Namibia make history by qualifying for ICC T20 World Cup Super 12 stage with victory over Ireland
(Cricket news) Despite an opening partnership of 62 runs between Paul Stirling and Kevin O’Brien, Ireland were ultimately reduced to a meagre score of 125-8. Namibia’s superb bowling performance paid dividends as Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie was the only other player to reach double figures (21 runs off 28 balls) which meant that the Irish team went from 94-2 to 116-7 in a space of 4.2 overs.
This was Ireland’s second defeat of the tournament, the first being against Sri Lanka. Namibian bowler Jan Frylinck got impressive figures of 3-21 along with Weise (2-22), which ultimately reduced the Ireland score to an achievable 125 runs. 37-year-old Namibian cricketer Craig Williams scored 25 runs alongside Zane Green (24 runs off 32) but Williams was soon dismissed from a Campher delivery after O’Brien took an impressive catch at mid-on.
However, captain Gerhard Erasmus held the fort to get the run rate going while Green fell on the other end. Ireland severely missed Mark Adair and it showed as David Wiese (28no off 14) continued his brilliant form from his match-winning performance against the Netherlands. Erasmus’ 53 runs off 49 along with his partnership with Wiese was enough to seal the victory for Namibia as the skipper hit a six off Simi Singh while Wiese also hit successive sixes on the leg side off Craig Young. With the run rate needing less than one run per ball, it was Wiese’s boundary off Craig Young that recorded a famous victory with nine balls to spare as Erasmus raised both his hands in jubilation of the result.
Sri Lanka bank on bowlers to come good against inconsistent Bangladesh
Sharjah, Oct 23 (Cricket news) Sri Lanka will rely heavily on its bowling unit to make up for its relatively weak batting department, while Bangladesh would look for consistency when the two teams clash in a Super 12 Group 1 match of the T20 World Cup here on Sunday.
Both Sri Lanka and Bangladesh had to go through the first round group stage to secure their places in the Super 12s.
While Sri Lanka topped Group A with three wins out of as many games, Bangladesh finished second in Group B behind Scotland.
Sri Lanka defeated Namibia by seven wickets, before beating Ireland by 70 runs. In their last qualifying match against Netherlands, they skittled out the opposition for 44 and then accumulated the runs with eight wickets in hand.
Bangladesh, on the other hand, were far from impressive. The Tigers were stunned by Scotland by six runs in their opener before they scrapped past Oman by 26 runs and then defeated Papua New Guinea by 84 runs to qualify for the Super 12s.
But the road ahead would be tough for both Sri Lanka and Bangladesh. The two teams will have to go past the challenges of fellow Group 1 sides England, Australia, defending champions West Indies and South Africa if they wish to go deeper into the tournament.
Going forward in the tournament, Sri Lanka will have to deal with their stuttering top-order.
After successive failures against Namibia and Ireland, Dinesh Chandimal lost out his place to Charith Asalanka, who didn't help his cause either, scoring just 6 in the low-scoring game against Netherlands.
Kusal Perera returned among runs but the likes of opener Pathum Nissanka, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa and skipper Dasun Shanaka need to take up more responsibility.
On the bowling front, the pressure would be high on pace trio of Lahiru Kumara, Chamika Karunaratne and Dushmantha Chameera to deliver the goods while the spin department will be offie Maheesh Theekshana and all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga de Silva's responsibility.
Just like Sri Lanka, Bangladesh too have a shaky batting order to deal with. The shock loss to Scotland and scrappy win against Oman highlighted the lack of confidence among their batters.
In Mohammad Naim, Liton Das and Afif Hossain, Bangladesh have some talented batters up the order but the mantle of guiding the side remains largely on the shoulders of veterans Shakib Al Hasan, skipper Mahmudullah and Mushfiqur Rahim.
Bangladesh's bowling unit will led by star pacer Mustafizur Rahman with Taskin Ahmed, Mohammad Saifuddin and Shoriful Ahmed as support.
But Bangladesh's main weapon is the spin department, led by willy Shakib and Mahedi Hasan.
For Bangladesh, the T20 World Cup has not been a happy hunting ground. After their success in the inaugural edition in 2007, when they made it to Super 8s, the Tigers failed to register a single win in the 2009, 2010 and 2012 editions.
Bangladesh returned to winning ways in 2014 when the event was expanded to 16 teams, topping Group A in the first round only to lose all four matches in the Super 10 stage. It was a similar story in 2016, where they crashed out after a devastating loss to India.
But going by recent form, Bangladesh entered the tournament with nine T20I wins in the calendar year, only behind South Africa who have 12.
Barring the loss against Scotland, it has been a good build up to the event for Bangladesh.
In fact, since losing to New Zealand in March away from home, Bangladesh have registered series wins over Zimbabwe (2-1), Australia (4-1) and New Zealand (3-2).
Teams (from): Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka (c), Kusal Janith Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Dhananjaya De Silva, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Chamika Karunaratne, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, Lahiru Kumara, Maheesh Theekshana, Akila Dananjaya, Binura Fernando.
Bangladesh: Mahmudullah (capt), Liton Das, Mohammed Naim, Mahedi Hasan, Shakib Al Hasan, Soumya Sarkar, Mushfiqur Rahim, Nurul Hasan (WK), Afif Hossain, Nasum Ahmed, Taskin Ahmed, Shamim Hossain, Mustafizur Rahman, Mohammed Saifuddin.
Match starts at 3:30 PM IST.
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Small country, small number of people playing cricket, we should be proud: Erasmus
Sharjah, Oct 22 (Cricket news) Namibia's greatest athlete undoubtedly is quadruple Olympic silver medallist sprinter Frankie Fredericks, who captured the imagination of the athletics world during Barcelona and Atlanta edition.
But from Friday onwards, Fredericks might have some competition. At least, if Gerhard Erasmus demands his rightful place under the sun, no one would complaint.
Erasmus and a bunch of unknown cricketers from a country with a population less than West Delhi, earned its right to rub shoulders with the cricketing elites by beating Ireland in their ICC T20 World Cup.
Namibia had once played the tournament proper of the 50 over World Cup in 2003 where they were pummelled by India. But that was 18 summers back and since then despite being an associate member, they have improved their game.
And Erasmus as captain has been the leading light as his 53 off 49 balls would prove. Not to forget David Wiese, their professional cricketer, who has played across in T20 leagues.
"We run a tight ship. Small country, small number of people play cricket. We should be proud of ourselves," Erasmus said in the post match presentation.
"Hasn't sunk in yet, maybe on the way home." He expressed happiness that as senior players he and Wiese could secure a historic win, their second in the competition after beating Netherlands earlier.
"I count on my senior men to stand up when the pressure is on. And two of us did it tonight. Hopefully we can do it through the tournament." With two wins from three matches, Namibia join Sri Lanka in Super 12 stage from Group A while Ireland are eliminated, just like Netherlands.
Ireland captain Andrew Balbirnie admitted that his team was hurt by the defeat and it will be hard to forget.
"Hurts a lot. Really wanted to win. It wasn't to be (for us). We didn't get enough runs. It will be hard to get over it, and it hurts a lot," he said.
"I think Wiese played a brillant hand when the rate was at 8, and their skipper saw them home. There are lot of good cricketers in there in Namibia."
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I am ready to back Warner's ability and judgement, says Australia captain Finch
Abu Dhabi, Oct 22 (Cricket news) Australia captain Aaron Finch is ready to back the "ability and judgement" of his out-of-form opening partner David Warner, hoping that he would come out all guns blazing in their T20 World Cup opening fixture against South Africa.
Warner's last four T20 scores, including that in the IPL and warm-up games here, are 0, 2, 0, 1.
"I am backing Davy's ability and judgement," Finch said on the eve of the South Africa game.
"If you look at his World Cup history, it's bloody good and would he like more runs? Absolutely. He is one of the greatest players Australia has ever produced and I have no doubts that come game one, he will be absolutely fired and ready to go," the skipper added.
Finch said that his recovery from a knee injury had been quicker than expected.
"I am feeling really good and knee is feeling great. In fact, I am feeling better than what I thought it would be as I was able to play the two warm-up games against New Zealand and India which was crucial.
"Getting a few in the middle (of the bat) was nice, everyone is in nice space, we are really excited to kick it off tomorrow," the 34-year-old veteran of 76 T20Is said.
Finch didn't divulge his eleven but informed that his team is going in with seven specialist batters and in them, they have three all-rounders in Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell.
"We are going in with seven specialist batters, four specialist bowlers plus the all-rounders.
"We have got a lot of confidence in the depth of our squad and a lot of confidence in Maxwell, Stoinis and Marsh that they will be able to bowl out the fours overs between them. On these wickets and in these conditions, they can really do a good job and attack well," Finch said.
Due to the COVID-19 pandemic and rotation of players, most of Australia's T20 World Cup squad players haven't played as a team for at least a year and half and that's why Finch is excited to find how it all unfolds.
"All of us haven't played together as a squad for last 18 months so its exciting to have a run together. Our guys have been through different stages of preparations. They have come through IPL, some through injuries. I think its coming together nicely with two good hit outs against New Zealand and India." Finch is happy that four of Australia's five Super 12 games (save England) are afternoon matches which takes dew factor out of equation.
"We expect it to be pretty good as it has always been the case over here. Being a day game, it could be touch on the slower side, but a great surface and beautiful place to play actually," he said.
Asked if a player like Steve Smith, who anchors the innings, becomes more important on surfaces like these, Finch said that the former skipper's batting is not surface dependant.
"Any time Smith bats, it's great to watch. He is someone so versatile and he is adaptable to all conditions. He can resurrect a team and take them to a good total. He is a world-class player," said Finch, praising his team's senior batter.
He did accept that batting in Powerplays would become decisive in most games.
"We have seen in IPL teams that won Powerplays went a long way in winning the games, wickets first off in the tournament will start out a little bit better, but as tournament gets deeper, it might slow up and spin a little bit more," he said.
So what's the ideal total on these tracks? "Never go with total in mind, just let the surface dictate the play (accordingly)," he concluded.
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Erasmus, Wiese take debutants Namibia to Super 12s of T20 WC
Sharjah, Oct 22 (Cricket news) Gerhard Erasmus led from the front with a well-crafted unbeaten fifty to guide debutants Namibia to a historic eight-wicket win over Ireland in the first round Group A match and qualification spot in Super 12s of the ICC T20 World Cup here on Friday. Erasmus (53 not out off 49 balls) guided Namibia's chase of 126 in the company of David Wiese, who made an unbeaten 28.
Namibia made a quiet start to their chase. Boundaries were hard to come by for Namibia batters as they dealt mostly in singles and twos. Their struggle can be gauged from the fact that they found the fence only four times in the first 10 overs, scoring 49 for one.
Needing 77 off the last 10 overs, Erasmus and Zane Green (24) shared 48 runs for the second wicket to keep Namibia in the contest.
The duo played sensibly and brought down the equation to 55 off 42 balls and with nine wickets in hand, Namibia were clear favourites to win the contest.
But Green failed to clear Kevin O'Brien at mid-off to make the contest interesting.
After his two wickets with the ball, Wiese came to Namibia's rescue by hitting Craig Young for back-to-back sixes in the 15th over to bring down the equation to 33 off the last five overs.
Needing 21 off 18 balls, Erasmus lofted off-spinner Simi Singh over the long-off boundary and then struck two boundaries in the 19th over off Craig Young to finish off the chase in style with nine balls remaining.
Namibia have joined Sri Lanka in the Super 12s from Group A.
Earlier, asked to bowl, Namibian bowlers made a strong comeback after Ireland made a brisk start to restrict them to a modest 125 for eight. Ireland started brightly with Paul Stirling (38) and Kevin O'Brien (25) sharing 62 runs off just 44 balls for the opening stand.
But Namibia pulled things back by removing both the openers in quick succession as Ireland slumped to 67 for two in 8.4 overs.
After the opening partnership, Ireland innings literally fell apart as, barring skipper Andy Bilbirnie (21), no other batter could reach double-digit score.
The dismissal of Gareth Delany pegged back Ireland considerably as their batters found it difficult to keep up the scoring rate, reaching just 95 runs for the loss of three wickets at the end of the 15th over.
Bilbirnie tried his best to lift the innings but he also struggled to rotate the strike against some incisive bowling by Namibia in the second half of the innings, picking up six wickets by conceding just 54 runs in the last 10 overs.
Ireland's problems were compounded when left-arm pacer Jan Frylinck snared two wickets in the 16th over -- first Bilbirnie LBW and then Curtis Campher.
Wickets continued to tumble as Weise next accounted for Harry Tector as Ireland's innings went from bad to worse.
Frylinck (3/21) was the pick of the bowlers for Namibia, while Wiese (2/22) also snared two wickets.
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Are Glazer’s looking to purchase an IPL team?
(Cricket news) With two more teams getting added to IPL there might be a possibility that Manchester United owners will look to diversify their funds and look to venture into India by purchasing a new team in the IPL. According to the rumour mill, the Glazer family are interested in IPL and have picked up the Invitation To Tender(ITT) floated by BCCI through a private equity.
The ITT was floated by BCCI one that has called for closed bids to be submitted in the last week of October as this has some strict rules like a potential bidders are expected to submit an average turnover of Rs 3,000 crore or personal net worth of Rs 2,500 crore to be eligible to bid. If the rumours are true then for the first time a foregin investor will look to invest or even bid for an IPL team. The Glazer family already own Manchester United and Tampa Bay Buccaneers which are two of the biggest franchises in the world but now with the global reach that the IPL has, the Glazers will maybe look to purchase a third team.
The Glazers are already under massive scrutiny with United as they tend to take a sufficient dividends from then and run the club into debt, it could be something of an exit strategy to by purchasing a third team or it could be the fact that the rumours don’t hold much truth in it, any which was if the Glazers do come to India they surely bring in a lot of money into the sport but also some Indian sports fan may not be happy especially seeing their track record with their current teams that they own.
According to the sources in the BCCI they said, “A lot of people usually pick these tender documents to study and gather information that tends to be otherwise very useful from a larger industry perspective. For instance, buying a bid document will tell me more about what the BCCI is planning next, in terms of the league expansion, etc. For instance, if Disney has bought the tender document to buy the franchise, it doesn't mean Disney is interested in owning a franchise. It will study the document because it has to plan its own media rights landscape.”
Amongst others to have picked up the document are Adani Group, Torrent Pharma, Aurobindo Pharma, RP-Sanjiv Goenka Group, Hindustan Times Media, Jindal Steel (led by Naveen Jindal), entrepreneur Ronnie Screwvala and three private equity players. Ahmedabad, Lucknow, Guwahati, Cuttack, Indore, and Dharamsala are in contention to host the new teams. Only time will tell us if the Glazers actually invest in a IPL team but one thing is certain that irrespective of that next year with the mega auction and two new teams IPL will be even more exciting.
2021 T20 World Cup: Defending Champions West Indies take on No.1 ranked England
(Cricket news) West Indies and England kick off their T20 World cup campaign on Saturday at the Dubai International Stadium. The match will be a replay of the 2016 T20 World Cup final which West Indies won.
England lost their 1st warm-up game against India by 7 wickets but came back to win their 2nd game against New Zealand by 13 runs. The defending champions on the other hand suffered heavy defeats in both their warm-up games. Against Pakistan they lost by 7 wickets and 27 balls to spare and against Afghanistan by 57.
Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Tymal Mills, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
The big concern in England camp will be Eoin Morgan's form with the willow. The skipper contributed almost nothing as a batter although he did lead the team well as a captain. Moeen Ali, who just won the IPL with CSK has been in good form while Jason Roy also got some runs in the last few games that he played for SRH. Other than these three no other player has played much cricket but they are the no.1 team in the world which makes them heavy favourites.
West Indies squad:
Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Fabian Allen, Dwayne Bravo, Roston Chase, Andre Fletcher, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Evin Lewis, Obed McCoy, Lendl Simmons, Ravi Rampaul, Andre Russell, Oshane Thomas, Hayden Walsh jnr.
Despite his impressive performances in the IPL, Sunil Narine doesn't find a place in the squad because of fitness issues. The West Indies side usually bats very deep sometimes till no. 10 which is a huge advantage. Chris Gayle's form has been heavily discussed and is a bit of concern for West Indies. Dwayne Bravo and Shimron Hetmyer will be the two key players for the Windies as both of them have had a very good IPL.
The average first innings score at the Dubai International Stadium is 144 while it drops down to 122 in the 2nd innings. The dew will also be a very big factor, maybe even more than the wicket itself. West Indies' performance in the warm-ups shouldn't be too big of a concern as they have a lot of fire power in their side. England on the other hand are the no. 1 side in the world and would like to start that way.
Mentors can't do much, it's players who have to perform in middle: Gavaskar on MSD impact
Dubai, Oct 22 (Cricket news) A mentor can only help as much because it is the players who will have to go out there and perform the "actual task", the legendary Sunil Gavaskar said on the appointment of Mahendra Singh Dhoni as the Indian team mentor for the T20 World Cup.
India will play Pakistan on Sunday in the Super 12s and Gavaskar feels that in this format Virat Kohli's team can't be termed clear favourites.
"Mentor can't do much," Gavaskar told Aaj Tak. "Yes, he can help you prepare in change room as its a fast-paced game and if needed, help you tweak the tactic." "May be speak to batters and bowlers during time-out, so the move to employ Dhoni is a good one but Dhoni will be in the change room and its the players who have to perform the actual task in the middle. How they handle pressure would determine what the result will be," Gavaskar said during the event.
Gavaskar feels Kohli will feel lesser pressure now that he has decided to quit captaincy in the T20 format.
"When you become a captain, you can't just think about yourself, he has to speak to a batter who is going through a bad patch or discuss strategies with a bowler.
"Amid all this, one tends to neglect his own form. When you don't have that pressure, you can focus on your own game. I think it will be good for Virat that after T20 World Cup, he doesn't have to think about responsibilities.
"So he can focus on his own game and score as many runs as possible," he added.
Gavaskar, one of the most respected voices in world cricket, also pointed out that India's failure to win knock-out games in global tournaments has been primarily due to the faulty team selections.
"India's problem in big matches has been team combination. If they would have got final XI selection right in knock out games, they would have had less problems. At times, your thought process is different," he said.
"In knock-outs and finals, you should bat first, put runs on the board, whatever you put, 140 may be, the other team has to score and it's not always easy to score at seven runs per over in international cricket," he explained.
"So when we haven't batted first, in a chase, if you lose one or two wickets, you consolidate and then catch up becomes a problem and they (Indian batters) have been found wanting." In T20 cricket, Gavaskar has found one flaw with the Indian batting and that's losing momentum between overs 7 and 12.
"India's batting weakness has been in the overs after Powerplay, between 7 and 12. After 7 overs, we start struggling. It will be great if we can bat well in those four to five overs and score 40 runs," he said.
But Gavaskar was pretty clear that India do not start as favourites.
"In T20 cricket, it's not difficult to beat any team. Yes, in Tests, you can say that whether you have that kind of depth in batting or bowling matters. But in T20, no team is favourite and the team that makes less mistakes will win," he said.
Gavaskar had one advice for the teams.
"Just giving it your all at times might not be sufficient. With hard work you also need to use your brain."
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Fifth Test between India and England rescheduled to July 2022
London, Oct 22 (Cricket news) The fifth and final Test between India and England, which was suspended due to a COVID-19 outbreak in the visitors' camp last month, was on Friday rescheduled to July next year.
The England and Wales Cricket Board announced that the game has been moved to Edgbaston from Manchester and will be part of India's white-ball tour. The match will be held from July 1.
"With India leading the series 2-1, the concluding fifth match will now take place from July 1, 2022, at Edgbaston, following an agreement between the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)," said the ECB in a statement.
"Ticket holders do not have to take any action as all tickets will remain valid for the equivalent rearranged matchday at their host venue.
"Host venues will communicate the new fixture details to ticket purchasers and the options available to them, including the timeframe for requesting a refund if they are not able to attend the new match day," the ECB added.
Last month, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly, in an interview to PTI, had made it clear that the rescheduled match would be an extension of the series and not a standalone game.
"We want the series to be completed as this will be our first series win (in England) since 2007," Ganguly had said.
India were leading 2-1 when the match was called off after the visiting players refused to step on to the field following positive COVID-19 cases among its support staff, including head coach Ravi Shastri.
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England take on India next year and will conclude LV=Insurance Test series
(Cricket news) The fifth test match between England Men and India Men of the LV=Insurance Test series has been rescheduled and will now take place in July 2022.
The match was due to take place last month at Old Trafford but was called off when India were unable to field a team due to the further increase in the number of COVID-19 cases inside the camp.
With India leading the series 2-1, the last test match will now take place from July 1, 2022, at Edgbaston, following an agreement between the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
Due to the complex schedule, the fixture cannot be held at Old Trafford owing to clashes with pre-planned events at the same venue, this will leave insufficient time to prepare a Test match pitch. Old Trafford will now host the second Test match against South Africa next summer, starting on August 25, 2022.
Given the rescheduling of the fifth Test, the T20 Series and The ODI series between England and India will now start six days later after the last test match. The T20 series will begin on 7 July at Ageas Bowl as Edgbaston and Trent Bridge will be the other two venues for the T20 which will be held on 9 and 10 July respectively.
The One Day Series starts on 12 July at the Kia Oval. Lord’s will host the 2nd game on 14th July and the series will wrap up at Old Trafford on Sunday 17 July.
Tom Harrison, ECB Chief Executive Officer, said: “We are very pleased that we have reached an agreement with the BCCI to create a fitting end to what has been a brilliant series so far.
“I’m very grateful to all the venues involved for the cooperation they’ve shown in allowing us to reschedule this match. I’d also like to thank Cricket South Africa for their support and understanding to allow these changes to be possible.
“We would like to apologise again to fans for the disruption and disappointment of September events. We know it was a day that so many had planned long in advance.
“We recognise that accommodating this extra match means a tighter schedule for the white ball series. We will continue to manage our players’ welfare and workloads through next year while we also continue to seek the optimum schedule for fans, players and our partners across the game."
Mr Jay Shah, Honorary Secretary, BCCI, said: “I am delighted that the England-India Test series will now have its rightful conclusion. The four Test matches were riveting, and we needed a fitting finale.
"The BCCI recognizes and respects the traditional form of the game and is also mindful of its role and obligations towards fellow Board Members. In the last two months, both the BCCI and the ECB have been engaged in discussions and our efforts were aimed at finding a suitable window. I thank the ECB for their understanding and patience in finding an amicable solution.”
Revised Dates and venues:
- Rescheduled 5th LV= Insurance Test v India, Edgbaston - 1 - 5 July
Vitality IT20 Series v India
- 1st Vitality IT20, Ageas Bowl - 7 July
- 2nd Vitality IT20, Edgbaston - 9 July
- 3rd Vitality IT20, Trent Bridge - 10 July
Royal London Series v India
- 1st Royal London ODI, Kia Oval - 12 July
- 2nd Royal London ODI, Lord’s - 14 July
- 3rd Royal London ODI, Emirates Old Trafford - 17 July
2nd LV= Insurance Test v South Africa, Emirates Old Trafford - 25-29 August
Pandya will be an impact player for India, Rishabh a game-changer: Rahane
Dubai, Oct 22 (Cricket news) Star all-rounder Hardik Pandya will be an impact player for India in the ongoing T20 World Cup, India Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane said, urging the side to rally around the injury-ravaged cricketer whose role as a bowler is uncertain due to fitness issues.
There has been a lot of debate regarding Pandya's inclusion in the squad as he did not bowl in the recently-concluded IPL. The team management has, time and again, stressed on the importance of his bowling to the side's overall balance.
"We need to support him. When a player comes back from an injury, we don't know what situation he goes through and what is his mindset. It is easy to talk from outside, but what that individual is going through, we can't even feel it," said Rahane said on 'Salaam Cricket 2021' on Sports Tak.
"He has won India many matches in this format with some impactful performances. There will always be outside news, who should play and who shouldn't. Hardik's role is very crucial and we need to back him." Rahane also feels that his IPL team Delhi Capitals' captain Rishabh Pant would be a "game-changer" for India. The team's World cup campaign opens with a clash against arch-rivals Pakistan on Sunday.
"He is such a batsman who can change the complexion of the game immediately. We have seen his ability in Australia in Tests, also against England, he scored runs. He has improved his game immensely. He now knows how to take his game one notch above." The dew would play a major role in the T20 World Cup, just like it did in the IPL, making toss a crucial aspect of the game. India are playing all their games in the evening and coach Ravi Shastri has stated that dew would decide whether the bowling attack will feature and extra pacer or spinner.
"Dew factor didn't matter in the initial period but it started to make a mark in the finishing stages (during IPL) as the weather started to change a bit," Rahane recalled.
"It came down hard in the final few games, especially in Sharjah, where the toss became very important because of the dew.
"The ball will grip on the UAE wickets which are a bit slow. Batsmen found it difficult to play scoring shots but that changed a bit because of the dew factor. The toss will be very important because of the dew factor." Talking about India's chances, Rahane said: "India has a strong team, it is a plus point that IPL was held here, weather is also getting better...I hope we win the World Cup. Our team has a good balance.." "Pakistan players have played a lot of cricket in the UAE. There is not much difference in conditions here and in India, so we know how to adapt to the conditions.
"All other players, including batters and bowlers, who have played in the IPL, they too have an advantage because they have played here. We always respect the opposition and this T20 team would show the same respect to the Pakistan team as (it shows) to any other opposition." It will be a swansong event for Kohli as captain and Rahane said the team will try to win the trophy for him.
"I don't think there will be any pressure. He has captained the side for so many years and we know his record... All the players will try to win it for Kohli. We also have (Mahendra Singh) Dhoni as mentor, his presence will help the team." Probed further on how Dhoni's presence will help, Rahane said: "See, he has captained India for so many years and he has captained CSK also all these years, his experience in this format... we know how good a captain he is, how sharp he is." "He doesn't speak much but shares some small important points which will help the team. He doesn't complicate things, keeps it simple." India have a lot of options in the opening slot with Kohli too expressing his desire to take the slot during the England series. Rahane said flexibility will be the key.
"It is important to have flexibility in this format and we do have flexibility. Virat had opened against England, but I don't know what would be the decision (during World Cup).
"I think we can't go with a fixed mindset ...it will depend on wicket, conditions, strategy, it is important to not get predictable."
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Suryakumar Yadav's batting in post-Powerplay overs can be game-changer for India: Wasim Akram
Dubai, Oct 22 (Cricket news) Legendary former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram singled out the stylish Suryakumar Yadav as a potential "game-changer" for India in the ICC T20 World Cup, saying his ability to hit innovative 360 degree shots in the post Powerplay overs makes him a special player.
India and Pakistan open their tournament campaign against each other on Sunday and the world's greatest ever left-arm bowler said that Pakistan's dismal ICC record won't have any bearing on the upcoming game.
"Suryakumar Yadav will be India's game-changer. He will change the complexion after the six (Powerplay) overs and I have seen his shots, he was with me (Akram was mentor) in KKR (back in 2012 and 2014) and now he has improved," Akram told 'Aaj Tak'.
"What a terrific player he (Surya) has become. He plays safe shots and doesn't stop, so he should play in that manner only," Akram added.
In fact, Akram feels that Surya is a product of the robust domestic structure that BCCI has built in the past decade.
"Indian cricket is on a high and I heard Ajinkya (Rahane) say that BCCI has invested in domestic cricket. You are getting the fruits now." While Virat Kohli has decided to quit T20 captaincy, Akram feels that it will help him "play fearless cricket" in the tournament.
On comparisons between Kohli and his younger Pakistani counterpart Babar Azam, another player destined to be a great for his country, Akram feels that Babar will eventually emulate the Indian captain in terms of achievements.
"Virat is Virat, one of the greats in the world. Babar has just started captaincy but again is a very good player to watch. He is consistent across formats, T20 or ODIs. He is learning the ropes of captaincy as he is a quick learner.
"It is a journey and Babar will ultimately touch the heights which have been surpassed by Kohli," said Akram, who has 900 plus international wickets in Tests and ODIs.
However, the no-nonsense former Pakistan skipper wasn't very happy that the squad had been changed a week before the start of the tournament as veteran Shoaib Malik made the cut.
"The selectors changed three guys and Shoaib is in good form but it tells you that selectors didn't have any planning. When you create a situation like this, players would be in two minds. But now that the team is announced, I would say Shoaib has the experience and there will be some difference," Akram said.
He said that Shoaib and Mohammed Hafeez can stem the rot in case of a top-order collapse.
"If two quick wickets go, then he and Hafeez can steady the innings. In T20s, you can't hit 4s and 6s every ball." Akram wants Pakistan to follow the West Indies model in the middle overs where even if they lose wickets, they continue to attack. They might lose a few games in the process but the intent should be to play positive cricket.
"The problem in T20 is from overs 6-12 and teams normally get into trouble in that phase.
"Good teams generally carry the momentum of Powerplay because if you play waiting game it will be 70 in 12 overs and even if you score at 10 an over, it will be 160.
"Look at West Indies (T20 WC winners in '12 and '16), they never stop. They would continue hitting but Pakistan goes run-a-ball and then pressure increases," Akram concluded.
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Ireland win toss, elect to bat against Namibia in virtual knockout game
Sharjah, Oct 22 (Cricket news) Ireland won the toss and elected to bat first against Namibia in the penultimate T20 World Cup first round Group A match here on Friday.
The game is a virtual knock-out tie for both the teams as whoever wins will qualify for the Super 12s stage alongside Sri Lanka from the group.
Teams: Ireland: Andy Balbirnie (c), Paul Stirling, Kevin O'Brien, Gareth Delany, Curtis Campher, Harry Tector, Neil Rock (wk), Simi Singh, Mark Adair, Josh Little, Craig Young.
Namibia: Gerhard Erasmus (c), Zane Green (wk), Craig Williams, David Wiese, JJ Smit, Jan Frylinck, Jan Nicol Loftie-Eaton, Pikky Ya France, Ruben Trumpelmann, Michael van Lingen, Bernard Scholtz.
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Syed Mushtaq Ali: Akshay Wadkar to lead Vidarbha; Umesh in squad
Nagpur, Oct 22 (Cricket news) Wicketkeeper batsman Akshay Wadkar will lead a 20-member Vidarbha squad, which includes senior India pacer Umesh Yadav, in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, starting on November 4.
The Vidarbha Cricket Association has posted the squad on its website.
Siddhesh Wath has been named Wadkar's deputy.
Umesh, who will lead the pace attack, has represented India in 49 Tests and 75 ODIs and has 98 first-class matches under his belt.
Other pacers in the team include right-armer Darshan Nalkande and 22-year-old fast bowler Yash Thakur.
Vidarbha selectors have also included batting mainstays in Ganesh Satish and opener R Sanjay, who has been impressive in the previous seasons.
Experienced off-spinner Akshay Wakhare has also been named in the side.
Vidarbha, who are placed in the Plate Group, will be playing all their league matches in Vijayawada.
Squad: Akshay Wadkar (captain), Siddhesh Wath (vice-captain), Atharva Taide, R Sanjay, Ganesh Satish, Yash Rathod, Jitesh Sharma, Apoorva Wankhede, Shubham Dubey, Akshay Karnewar, Akshay Wakhare, Harsh Dubey, Parth Rekhade, Ganesh Bhosale, Darshan Nalkande, Yash Thakur, Siddesh Neral, Aditya Thakre, Sooraj Rai and Umesh Yadav. Coach: Pritam Gandhe.
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Will be great if I can open in Test matches for India: Washington Sundar
New Delhi, Oct 22 (Cricket news) He started as a top-order batter in junior cricket before becoming a specialist spinner in the shortest version but Washington Sundar would love to "open" in Test matches for India if he gets a chance in the near future.
The 22-year-old Washington has played four Tests, one ODI and 31 T20 Internationals in which he has taken 32 wickets in all and scored 312 runs, including three fifties.
A hand injury during a practice game in the UK in July has robbed Washington an opportunity to play in the IPL as well as the ongoing T20 World Cup in the UAE.
He was supposed to come back purely as a batter in Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy but it is learnt that he has not got the requisite clearance to start playing and as the per BCCI policy, might not be selected for the New Zealand series without any domestic games under his belt.
"It will be a blessing for me to open for the Indian test team," Washington answered a PTI query on the sidelines of a store launch by footwear giants Puma.
Washington's fitness is a big concern right now after being withdrawn from the Tamil Nadu squad as he is still not match-fit to even bat. But the player did not want to dwell on it.
For now, he is looking forward to the T20 World Cup where India will open against Pakistan on Sunday.
"I am eagerly looking forward to watching Virat Bhai, KL Rahul and Ravindra Jadeja," he said.
Asked about his choice of four semi-finalists, Washington said: "Obviously India along with West Indies, England and Australia mostly." Washington spoke on the sidelines of the inauguration of PUMA's largest store in North India at CyberHub.
The store was inaugurated in the presence of six-time boxing world champion boxer MC Mary Kom, Tokyo bronze-medallist hockey star Rupinder Pal Singh, Washington and singer Harrdy Sandhu. Also present was the company's India and South-east Asia MD Abhishek Ganguly, Harrdy Sandhu incidentally is a former India U-19 pace bowler, who was back in the day, known as Hardavinder Singh Sandhu.
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