The depth of the fast bowling department and the friendship the players have between them are among the biggest reasons why India’s stride battery is rated as one of the best in the world, according to leading pioneer Mohammed Shami. Shami and Jasprit Bumrah are considered to be the core of most fast bowlers who have been an integral part of India’s success in test cricket in recent years.
“Our fast bowling group can go at speeds of 140 km / h plus and you need that kind of speed in Australia,” Shami said in an interview on the official website of the Cricket Supervisory Board in India (BCCI).
“Even our reserves are fast, you can’t see that kind of attack. We thrive on the challenge. We have experience. We also have variety in our spin bowling attacks. We can throw fast but we are all different, our skills are different. India has a bat. quality and we throw them in the net. We don’t look at the names, we focus on our expertise. You can be a world-class hitter, but one good ball will still get you out, “said Shami.
India will rely on Shami and Co. during their upcoming tour in Australia. The 30-year-old pacer comes into the series following success in the Indian Premier League where he took 20 goals in 14 games.
“My performance for Kings XI Punjab at IPL has given me a lot of confidence and put me in the right zone. The biggest advantage is that I can now prepare myself for the upcoming series without any pressure. There is no burden for me. very comfortable at this time. I’ve been working hard on bowling and my fitness is on lockdown. I know that the IPL will take place sooner or later and I am preparing myself for it, “he said.
The much-awaited India tour in Australia kicks off on 27 November and with less than a week remaining, players from both sides have left no stone unturned in their training.
Australian all-round star Glenn Maxwell is not shy about admitting that Virat Kohli’s Indian side are very strong opponents, even though Australia are playing in their own territory.
Speaking of Kohli, who will miss the last three Tests, Maxwell said that his Kings XI Punjab teammate KL Rahul could be the ideal replacement after his fantastic performances at the 2020 IPL.
During virtual media interactions, Maxwell said, “India still has reserves, is more than capable of playing that role. We saw KL Rahul, the performance he showed at the last IPL was extraordinary. Whether he unlocks batting or not, I’m sure he’ll be an equally good player. “
Australia got a big boost when it was announced that India captain Virat Kohli would return home after the first Test in Adelaide. The BCCI has stated that Kohli has been granted leave for the birth of his first child by the wife of actress Anushka Sharma.
KL Rahul is the winner of Orange Cap in IPL 2020 with an astonishing 670 runs. Maxwell had the opportunity to watch the likes of KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal and Mohammad Shami up close at KXIP – all of whom have performed brilliantly this season.
“Well, I would say they (Mayank-Rahul) are two beautiful men I have ever met. “It was great to spend the dressing room (with them), two very good players, they scored in all the goals and had very limited weaknesses,” said Maxwell.
Maxwell said Australia would rely on their strong bowling against India’s star-studded batting lineup and also hoped that a bigger field in Australia would be in their favor.
“I think ODI cricket might be a little different (compared to T20). Hopefully, with our bowling attacks, we can put pressure on them and with the reflections on the pitch and the bigger pitch too, they play in our hands. They are good players, and good players. “
India is scheduled to play three ODI, three T20I and four Tests under. The tour begins with the ODI series, starting on November 27th. The first tests are scheduled for Adelaide from 17 December.
Through the IPL13, which is illuminated with a series of match-winning strokes, the scoreboard plays with the initials SKY. Surya Kumar Yadav became the first player to score 2,000 runs in the IPL and like previous seasons, this time they came without strength. Yadav took the lead with a shot behind the goal, controlling the pitch smoothly, but also comfortable on the ground. But it wasn’t good enough for Yadav to go to Australia with the Indian team. In an exclusive interview, he talked about his disappointment, banter with Virat Kohli and how Rohit Sharma has helped Mumbai Indians (MI) to a series of IPL titles.
Q: How would you describe IPL 13 where you played multiple match-winning strokes for the MI champion?
A: It was a good season for me. Ahead of the season, I have set a few goals and I’m happy to be contributing to the team. I wanted to ship when the chip was down and luckily all went well. During preparation, we as a team created the slogan “creating history”, and want to win the title in 2020 which is an even year. Mumbai, India, has never won in even years. So, I have to say IPL 13 gives us reasons to be the happiest.
Q: Having been at MI for several seasons, can you explain the consistency of the team? How is the dressing room atmosphere?
A: Mumbai Indian has some outstanding former players like Zaheer Khan, Mahela Jayawardene and Shane Bond on the support staff. They are the backbone of this well-oiled team. These guys always tell players to keep it simple. They want everyone to play with freedom and, in the process, the players play to their potential. This is very important. This makes everyone appear consistent. Coach Jayawardene is a quiet man who knows what he wants from each player. The atmosphere of the dressing room is cooled with elements of Hardik (Pandya), Krunal (Pandya), Ishan (Kishan). Plus Rohit Sharma’s excellent leadership.
Q: Talk about the roles that you, Kishan, Krunal and Hardik have?
A: Before the tournament, the four of us chatted by the pool at the hotel about this year’s challenge. We conclude that on any given day, two players must excel and contribute to helping the team reach a dominating position. Me and Ishan like to attack from the start, so if we don’t click, batsmen number 5 and 6 (Hardik and Krunal) should come up well. While being agile too, we all think about these lines and support each other. We talk a lot on and off the pitch.
Q: Which was your most favorite round this season and why?
A: This should be my inning 79 runs (in 43 balls) against the Royal Bangalore Challengers (RCB). We were chasing 165. The opponents came down to us hard and it was amazing to score goals freely and arrange the win. I want to prove myself after not getting a place on the team headed for Australia. I also liked the 79 runs (in 47 balls) inning against the Rajasthan Royals. Although I love chasing, I enjoy hitting against a good bowling lineup. Chasing targets excites me. I like to play my punches and dominate during chases.
Q: What was the banter between you and Virat Kohli in that match against RCB? You react violently to Kohli sled.
A: It’s all very instinctive. Virat Kohli is a huge cricketer and he plays the game very aggressively. It was an important game for both teams and whatever happens, it happens during the game. After the game we laughed at him and he congratulated me on my punches. The Virat cricket brand is top class and his way of dominating world cricket is simply amazing. I also admire him. In the end, it was great to win the match.
Q: Are you expecting a call to the India team for the Australian tour?
A: Frankly, I was expecting to be selected this time. I was a little disappointed when I found my name was missing. I couldn’t even practice that day and it was hard to take my mind off the disappointment. Even Rohit (Sharma) asked me if I was disappointed and I told him I was disappointed. But nevermind. I will wait for my opportunity. There is plenty of time to show my cricket skills and strengthen my case for national calling. I hope I can score a lot of goals in domestic matches and then do well in the next IPL to attract the attention of the selectors.
Q: What comes to your mind when people say that you should make your India debut now?
A: The choice is not mine. So, I didn’t think much…. Even Sachin Tendulkar “paaji” sent me a message asking me to keep scoring and I want to use the opportunities and do well… I will try my best to compete for the T20 Team World
Q: How about Sharma as captain? What kind of relationship do you two share?
A: Rohit “bhai” is a fantastic captain who puts the team above himself. He has taken MI to five titles due to his good captain and top class hitting. He took over as captain in 2013 and left his opening slot for me. It’s amazing he did. I really enjoy it when I play beside him.
November has seen twenty20 league finishes primarily in Indian Premier League and the Pakistani Super League. Mumbai Indian won the title for the fifth time by beating the Delhi Capitals in the final at Dubai International Cricket Stadium. In the Pakistani Super League, it was the meeting of the two teams in the final for the first time when Lahore Qalandars faced King Karachi in the final. Karachi Kings won the title for the first time. The clashes at the IPL and PSL saw two prominent teams with a rich cricket culture clash on the pitch. However, there was a coincidence that happened in both games which was very strange.
The IPL 2020 final saw Mumbai Indian winning the match with five goals and with eight balls remaining against the Delhi Capitals. Remarkably, Karachi Kings also won the PSL title by an identical margin of five goals and eight balls remaining. Incidentally this statistic sent many social media users into a frenzy, with many claiming that in the event of a match between Karachi Kings and Mumbai Indians, who will win? The overwhelming number of users means that the Mumbai Indians will win hands down.
Mumbai Indians, Raja Karachi dominate
Mumbai Indian made it to final by winning Qualification against Delhi Capitals. The Karachi Kings also secured their way to the final in a straightforward manner by winning the Qualifer.
In the 2020 IPL final, Mumbai Indian was boosted by Trent Boult’s outstanding bowling performance as he selected three goals. Even though Shreyas Iyer is fifty years old, the Delhi Capitals could not deliver a massive score and fifty aggressive goals from Rohit Sharma as well as a superb shot from Ishan Kishan saw the Mumbai Indian become a five-time champion.
In the PSL 2020 final, Lahore Qalandars was limited to 134/7 thanks to some good bowling from Waqas Maqsood, Arshad Iqbal and Umaid Asif who each took two wickets each. Babar Azam showed his class and managed to score over 1000 runs in the Twenty20s this year, making him the only one to achieve this feat. Haris Rauf, by contrast, became the first bowler to win 50 T20 wickets this year.
The parallels between the Mumbai Indians and Karachi Kings in the final as far as their winning margins are concerned is staggering.
Written by Sriram Veera
| Mumbai |
Updated: Nov 8 2020 7:42:56 a.m.
Kane Williamson in action vs RCB (Twitter / SunrisersHyderabad)
The Eliminator against Bangalore is hanging on to a balance Kane Williamson swung it towards the Hyderabad Sunrisers with three shots: one late hit and two hard sweeps at various pressure points in hot pursuit. These three shots revealed his temperament, skill and technique.
It’s like a cookie jar that sits on a high shelf. As kids we know it was tough, likely out of reach, but we still reach out driven by a push beyond our control, almost. The late cut for the pioneer is something like that. At no point in his striving can the bat feel like he’s in control, unless you’re Arjuna Ranatunga, maybe. But the knowledge that there are four to take beyond enormous risks is too hard to resist.
This was a shot that broke the hearts of the field team. No wonder Saini looks as if she saw a ghost and Kohli looks like someone who knows his fate has been determined. When did Kane Williamson decide that Nitin Saini’s shipment was good enough for late cuts? A third short man was hovering, and not too wide at it. The pitch was prepared for an on-the-up drive. Or drive on the ground. Produce pulls if you can. Try cutting if you want to kill yourself because it won’t be short in length.
And to think Williamson didn’t play that shot as a young kid. “We decided that the risks and rewards were not profitable because the outfield was so slow in our lower class,” David Johnston, his old coach told The Indian Express.
As it reached the higher levels of first-class cricket and international limited-overs, both saw its use. “Often times, the third person in the circle is the faster bowling and outfielder.”
Let’s replay the ball now. The ball was long enough, so full that Williamson thought Saini had gone to Yorker, as he said in a chat with Jason Holder on the official IPL website. The thought meant Williamson was not advancing, as he might have otherwise.
As the ball moves towards him, he does what he usually does. “He’s got a really strong base to give himself the option of playing a variety of shots,” said coach Johnston. “The key is to get to the base and then have an alternative.”
The base of the ball is slightly shifted towards the off. He was already on standby for this delivery and only a slight side step came out as Saini was about to be released. Then the Yorker’s thoughts hit him and he stopped.
Over the years, due to his desire to play the ball very late, delaying his reactions as late as possible, he has worked hard to hit the back-foot to the ground. Thus, sometimes he couldn’t move forward as fast as some of the other batsmen. She has a rear leg propulsion option ready to cover such a scenario.
Currently for Saini’s ball, he’s on a strong base that he likes – shoulders open a touch to allow the bat to swing unhindered by the side of the foot if he chooses to go there, still square and head still enough to go off if he wants. Balanced, ready, without commitment.
It is at this point that thoughts of late deduction arise in the brain. “When you are in a strong position and then you hit the ball so late, you have time to adjust and respond to what the bowler is doing. And what the ball does, “said Johnston.
The ball is full and straight outside. The options for limit shots are getting narrower. A traditional cut shot out of the window. Too full and close for that. A Kris Srikkanth like a flamboyant scythe through a point on his back knee was a possibility, but Williamson did not comply as such.
He didn’t go too far out or open himself too much to cut it to the leg, as Hardik Pandya did. A blow through the closing point for a sweeper is what seems to be staring at us.
Or that late cut, of course. He stirred. Bend knees. Your hands drop as if he were pressing a hand pump, if you will. Soft cut. With Ranatunga, the tattoo image is of a hand raised and a wrist that is blocked backwards because the lift of the back is much lower to the ground. Williamson’s hand was already up, and down.
“It becomes very intuitive that this is the result of a lot of hard work in the net hitting thousands of cricket balls.” Johnston spoke of when Williamson made the decision to make the cut late, at what point in the delivery. Intuition is supported by rational thought, in Williamson’s case.
They need 41 of 25 balls at this time. It was Chahal’s last spell. Bangalore needs a goal, borders would be welcome for Hyderabad. It is understandable that Williamson chose to put Chahal down. It would have been fine if Chahal had chosen a run-saving option to add to the pressure. In the end, the choices they made revealed their character.
Chahal has been the best bowler in Bangalore in this tournament, he knows if he doesn’t get one last hit from his last ball in the match it could be his last ball in this IPL. He had to find a ball that would tempt Williamson to try it. He wanted to provoke a reaction. Make him achieve great success.
His best goal-taking balls when the batsmen chase him are the ones he throws far outside. He had even tried it up top, nearly luring Holder into the fatal blow but the ball had spun over the edge. Chahal rightly argues that Williamson probably won’t make such a delivery at this stage. The situation is not yet urgent for Hyderabad. Williamson may also not have come into the line for the usual torn leg spinner on the stump, to work.
To tease Williamson, it had to be a broken leg in the foot and midline. Chahal usually throws the lined up at a hitter who isn’t very good against legspins because he can make them go up or stab awkwardly and scoop the front end back. With Williamson, the second possibility is unlikely and he is sure to hope for the first – a glaring glare.
But Williamson didn’t mess it up. Perhaps, if he had decided late to work hard, he might have made a mistake but he moved quickly, decisively, and cleanly to smoke sixfold. Chahal did exactly what he did; only Williamson was too good that day.
They need 59 of the 38 balls as they slow down so much against the spinners to consolidate. Williamson scored 13 of 24 balls and Holder had just faced four when Washington Sundar came in to throw in his fifth delivery from his second, which has only had one run so far.
“He has the extraordinary ability to isolate every ball and play it according to the demands of that ball, while needing to impose his input on game situations.” At this point, the situation calls for a pressure relief limit.
Spinners flock to them and if left unchecked they will take complete control. Sundar could throw another two overs, and who knows goal might have dared Kohli to try Moeen Ali.
It was a long outer ball and Williamson knelt down to throw it into the corner of the cow. As it turned out, the six Williamson would make Kohli decide not to let Sundar or Ali try again. The six who brought out two descendants and forced the captain to bowl tailors later.