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Tahir Ibn Manzoor (Tahir Hussain Sofi) is an editor at Sportzwiki.com, who follows cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. Twitter - @TahirIbnManzoor

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. Image Credit: IPL/BCCI.
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IPL 2020: MS Dhoni Is The Soul of Chennai Super Kings; He Is Going To Get The Best Out Of Everyone – Aakash Chopra

Former Team India batter Aakash Chopra, who sheds lights on the different aspects of the game further did SWOT analysis of CKS. Chopra believes Chennai Super Kings (CSK) has a balanced team while adding that team revolves around their hero MS Dhoni.

The cricketer-turned-commentator Chopra maintained that Dhoni will excel as a skipper and batsman who’s also the mighty force of the Chennai-based franchise given — to his multiple roles which subsequently had a significant impact on the team since past one decade.

With three-time champions CSK team relying on Dhoni, Chopra credits Dhoni for playing a quintessential role — to get best out of his teammates. He added that Dhoni is the ‘life and soul’ of CSK camp which speaks volumes about his dedication towards the game he has loved the most.

“MS Dhoni is the biggest strength of the team. The entire franchise is dependent on him. He is the soul of Chennai Super Kings. As long as he is there, CSK’s heart keeps beating and they move forward. MS Dhoni, the player and the captain, has a great impact. This team, as I said before… Dhoni is the life and soul of this team. He is the one who is going to get the best out of everyone,” Aakash Chopra revealed on his YouTube channel.

The veteran had represented CSK since 2008. He had amassed 4432 runs in 190 IPL matches at an average of 42.2. Besides, he might not have a hundred to his name, but he had a tally of 23 fifties under his belt in 170 innings.

MS Dhoni is going to rule the roost: Aakash Chopra

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni

Chopra had thrown support behind Dhoni, who had remained out of the game since the 2019 World Cup semi-final clash against New Zealand.

The 39-year-old Dhoni has recently joined his CSK team in Dubai, to work hard ahead of their IPL campaign. Chopra subsequently believes Dhoni will deliver goods as the tourney progresses.

“MS Dhoni, the batsman, is important because when spin takes precedence, his influence will grow. He may not hit the ground running, but as the tournament progresses, I am pretty sure MS Dhoni is going to rule the roost,” Chopra added.

Chopra further gave a thought to how Dhoni had been out of the game for over a year. However, he believes Dhoni will yield desired results given to his wealth of experience he has.

“MS Dhoni, the batsman, we haven’t seen him in a long while. There are questions as to whether he will be able to hit the ground running or bat the way he used to in the past. Keep in mind, he is very experienced, and you don’t get experience in the supermarket,” Chopra stated.

Besides, Chopra believes CSK has a strong team despite not having services of Suresh Raina and Harbhajan Singh. The duo recently cited personal reasons to pull out of IPL 2020.

CSK’s strength is their spin-bowling department: Aakash Chopra

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MS Dhoni-led CSK team. Image Credit: Twitter.

While praising CSK for having Indian firepower settled, he further admitted the fact that CKS’s strength is also their spin bowling, in the absence of Harbhajan, Chopra cited five spinners including Imran Tahir and Ravindra Jadeja know what should be done to outsmart the opposition. He further feels the absence of Harbhajan might delay things for CSK, but overall it is complacent side as a spin-bowling attack.

Interestingly, with conditions perfect for the spinner in the UAE, Chopra feels three spinners are enough to rule the roost.

“Their second strength is the spin department. Harbhajan Singh is not there, it’s a bit of a setback,” 

But they have others like Mitchell Santner, Imran Tahir, Karn Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja and Piyush Chawla. When you have 5 spinners of this calibre, you can play 2-3 together whenever you want. And in the UAE, when spinners become more important, that’s when they will come to the fore,” Aakash Chopra concluded.

Overall, Chopra had hailed CSK for their all-round bowling department. He had placed CSK as No. 1 team of the IPL that’s eventually known for bowling capabilities.

Here’s what Aakash Chopra says about MS Dhoni, who has been at the forefront for CSK since the inaugural edition of IPL:

Shubman Gill, IPL 2020, KKR
Shubman Gill. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.
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IPL 2020: Motivated Shubman Gill Focuses On Winning Games, Wants To Open For Kolkata Knight Riders

Promising Kolkata Knight Riders’ batter, Shubman Gill known for self-reliance stated that he set his sights on winning games for the teams he is representing. Concurrently, being part of KKR squad in the IPL 2020, Gill is confident to deliver for Dinesh Karthik-led side.

“In my mind, the only goal is to win matches for whichever team I am playing for,” Shubman Gill told PTI.

The elegant striker of the ball, Gill further reiterated that he has no pressure whatsoever given to the expectations from the team as well as his fans back home.

Shubman Gill on expectations:

Shubman Gill, Chris Lynn, Ravichandran Ashwin
Photo by: Deepak Malik /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

Gill, who is known for his optimistic approach is aiming to play a massive role for his team. The right-handed batsman Gill is keen to score as much as possible — to put his team in the driver’s seat.

“I don’t think it (expectations) really weigh on me that much, because when I go in to bat the only thing that stays in the mind is how I will score runs in a particular situation,” Gill added.

Gill also asserted that he would opt to open for his team if he will be asked to do so in the impending edition of the IPL. Previously, he had played against his batting position which hasn’t affected his batting results.

“If I was given an option, I would prefer to open the innings,” Gill further said.

You need to adapt: Shubman Gill

Shubman Gill, Jacques Kallis, IPL 2019, KKR
Shubman Gill is known for his batting skills. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

The 21-year-old batsman Gill maintained that he won’t find any problem on playing UAE pitches which are on the slower side. The promising batsman believes one needs to acclimatize on such conditions to excel.

Owing to his great confidence, Gill is certain to play on different surfaces without much hindrance.

“No, I don’t think we need to change to any kind of specific bats (in terms of weight), because in India we are used to playing on slow pitches. You need to adapt and I believe I can play on all kinds of surfaces,” Gill added.

After making his debut for KKR in 2019, Gill had featured in 27 matches in which he had amassed 499 runs at an average of 33.3. He has also slammed four half-centuries in 24 innings.

KKR is set to face defending champions Mumbai Indians at Abu Dhabi on September 23. However, Gill is sweating out in nets to bring best out of him.

The IPL 2020 will commence from September 19 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) at it was deferred due to the novel coronavirus. Earlier, the 13th season was scheduled to begin on March 29.

Mohit Sharma
Mohit Sharma. Photo: BCCI/IPL.
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Mohit Sharma Hails Coaches, Confident Of Having IPL 2020 As Delhi Capitals’ Season

 

Experienced campaigner, Mohit Sharma, who made his Indian Premier League (IPL) debut in 2013, speaks highly of Delhi Capitals’ coaches; Ricky Ponting and Ryan Harris. He has hailed their efforts ahead of the IPL 2020. Further, Mohit is certain that results will be in Capitals favour — for the 13th edition of the IPL, which will get underway at Sheikh Zayed Stadium on September 19.

Capitals led by Shreyas Iyer had been training hard under the watchful eyes of former Australian skipper and legendary batsman, Ponting.

The right-arm pacer from Haryana asserted that the team had been in a good shape — and hard work will be rich dividends in the upcoming IPL which will be held in Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Dubai.

“The team is looking very strong and the kind of process that’s going on, the amount of hard work we are putting in, the way (Ricky) Ponting is guiding us or the way Ryan Harris is working with the bowlers, I think the results will be in our favour this season,” Times of India quoted Mohit Sharma as saying.

The seasoned bowler is hopeful to have a fruitful season after being bought by Capitals at his base price of INR 50 lakhs during the IPL Players’ Auction 2020, which was held in December 2019.

Delhi Capitals had been good at giving competition: Mohit Sharma

Mohit Sharma
Mohit Sharma. Photo Credit: BCCI.

While shedding the light on the teamwork, Mohit is convinced that the players are keen to prove their credentials despite going through the tough times in their lives due to the novel coronavirus.

Optimistic Mohit reminisced that Delhi has always been spirited side, which he personally observed while featuring in different IPL teams. He also added other teams didn’t take Capitals lightly given to potential and ability of players to deliver.

“If we keep results aside, the Delhi team has always been very good. I have played in other teams and Delhi was always competitive. Back then, we always used to say that you can never take Delhi lightly,” Mohit added.

IPL 2020 could be Delhi Capitals’ season: Mohit Sharma

Shikhar Dhawan, Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

While speaking about Delhi as a team, Mohit reiterated that team have settled youngsters since 2018.

“There are a lot of youngsters in the team, and even now why people are saying that Delhi is strong is because we have continued with those youngsters for two years now, so they are settled,” Mohit stated.

Mohit further added despite not having results in their favour which eventually takes a bit longer to yield desired results while relying on the young crop of cricketers.

“The results were not (consistently) in our favour because the process to get desired results is a long one. That could be the reason,” Mohit Sharma concluded.

With teams being in the bio-secure bubble, Mohit also found the first week of mandatory quarantine very tough like others that how it has been deemed as a necessary option — to follow set protocols from the authorities, in a bid to fight COVID-19 pandemic.

Meanwhile, Delhi will take on Kings XI Punjab in their first match of the IPL 2020 on September 20 at Dubai International Stadium.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kane Williamson
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Every Team Has Got Equal Chances Of Winning The IPL 2020 Title: Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Sunrisers Hyderabad’s pace spearhead, Bhuvneshwar Kumar while speaking about team’s preparation ahead of the IPL 2020, remarked that they’re keen to win the title by adding that he considers all eight teams have a chance to lift the IPL trophy.

The senior paceman within SRH squad have shouldered the responsibility in the recent past — and had made a comment given to the neutrality of conditions, which pragmatically takes away advantage from top IPL teams including Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

“I think every team has got fairly equal chances of winning the title. Talking about SRH, indeed, we are preparing well and definitely want to win it,” IANS quoted Bhuvneshwar as saying.

What pressure, says Bhuvneshwar Kumar:

Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is looking forward to enjoying the impending season. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

The right-arm pacer Bhuvneshwar further reiterated that he feels no pressure whatsoever of being a senior bowler. Despite that, he would be keen to back the young bowlers and make things count with his sheer experience. In IPL, he had snared 109 wickets in 96 IPL appearances so far.

With impending IPL edition set to begin on September 19, Bhuvneshwar Kumar is upbeat to put up a good show with the ball in hand.

“Well, there’s no pressure at all because the team is never dependent on any one player. It’s about all 11 guys who contribute. Although being a senior player you always want to take more responsibility, there’s no pressure at all,” Bhuvneshwar said.

Earlier, IPL was scheduled in India to kick-off on March 29, however, the COVID-19 pandemic forced the administration to schedule this year’s IPL behind closed doors owing to the bio-secure bubble.

With pitches in the UAE altogether different from India, Bhuvneshwar maintained that batsmen will score runs by working out well despite the spin-friendly conditions – and bowlers need to come up with plans to thwart any threat.

“I wouldn’t say bowlers will have an upper hand completely because both the batsman and bowler find out a way to score runs or take wickets, even if the pitches are not suitable for them. That is how this game is,” Bhuvneshwar further said.

Everyone is ready to go out and deliver: Bhuvneshwar Kumar

VVS Laxman, SRH, IPL 2019
Sunrisers Hyderabad. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL

Despite games being played behind the closed doors, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, 30, asserted that fans encourage players to bring out their best for the team.

Besides, he maintained that everyone is keen to give their best on the field as cricket has been affected owing to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“Fans always motivate you when they cheer for you or your team. Since no one has played any cricket for months, so everyone in the squad is hungry and motivated to go back to the field, play, and give his best shot,” Bhuvneshwar stated.

In 2016, under the dynamic leadership of David Warner, Sunrisers Hyderabad lifted their maiden title. And, it remains to be seen how far they would go in the celeberated tourney.

Jonty Rhodes, Team India
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Jonty Rhodes Opens Up On Racism And Bedlam In Cricket South Africa

Former South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes maintained that the chaos within the Cricket South Africa (CSA) has affected the team’s results to a great extent apart from admitted the fact that racism is still part of his country and it has left him nothing but eventually sad.

“The same mistakes are being made and there is not much accountability. It saddens me…it does impact on field performance. Even though we have some great players, we have been lacking consistency in performance because of inconsistency off the field,” PTI quoted Rhodes as saying.

Amid the racism allegations, South African team comprised of 32 players — had participated in culture camp held in August, this year. Pertinently, the campaign focused on unity and respect apart from adaptability and resilience in the team.

However, with Graeme Smith serving as the Director of Cricket at CSA, many believe that things would turn better for South Africa in the near future despite him being at the recieving end.

While reminiscing about 2014, Rhodes maintained that Smith had faced disparagement, however, Graeme Smith was the skipper of the team which partook in the first-ever culture camp.

“Graeme Smith has got a lot of disparagement of late but he was the captain of the team that had the first-ever team culture camp and came up with the ‘Protea Fire’,” Rhodes said.

The administration is in such chaos: Jonty Rhodes

Jonty Rhodes
Jonty Rhodes. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Recently, Smith had received death threats for throwing support behind Black Lives Matter (BLM) movement which made an impact across the world after handcuffed George Floyd was pinned to the ground by a white police officer while kneeling on his neck. The 46-year-old African-American Floyd passed away on May 25.

Besides, Boeta Dippenaar, Pat Symcox had criticised young Proteas bowler Lungi Ngidi for giving thumbs up to BLM movement. The former players believe that everyone’s lives matter in this world.

Moreover, the Proteas board had also faced accusations of racial discrimination from its national players including Makhaya Ntini and Ashwell Prince.

The existing issues within the administration have further left a void in South Africa’s ecosystem. Besides, the CSA had monetary issues.

The veteran cricketer personally feels that the chaos within administration should end in a bid to improve things within the system which is need of the hour. He believes it is very unfortunate to see administration failing miserably despite 30 players offering to work for the betterment of cricket in the country.

“The sad thing for me is that even though top 30 players in the country want to work together for the game, the administration is in such chaos that unfortunately, it does have an impact on things (on the field),” Rhodes added.

White privilege continues: Jonty Rhodes

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South African players (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

In August 2020, President Chris Nenzani has put down his papers since 2013. However, during Nenzani’s reign allegations of corruption were levelled against the administration.

“This white privilege still extends and carries on generation after generation; it is difficult for young black children coming up in a disadvantaged community to have a better life than their parents just because of lack of facilities. There is so much corruption,” Jonty Rhodes said.

Rhodes, who is known for setting a high-standard on the field – is concurrently in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), to serve as a chief coach for the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the IPL 2020.

Ramiz Raja, Pakistan tour of England
Ramiz Raja. Image Credit: Twitter.
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UAE Conditions To Test Hardik Pandya, Chris Lynn And Kieron Pollard As Power-Hitters: Ramiz Raja

Cricketer-turned-commentator Ramiz Raja is of the view that big-hitting sensation like Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard and Chris Lynn will face a lot of challenge on slow tracks of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) during the 13th season of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020).

While speaking to the sports journalist Sawera Pasha on her YouTube programme Cric Cast, Raja observed that despite Hardik Pandya playing spin bowling quite well, Pandya brothers will also struggle when it comes to the big-hitting.

Given to the significance of Hardik, he plays a quintessential role for Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians side.

“The big-hitters will struggle. Like Lynn, Pollard or Pandya brothers, Hardik Pandya probably although he plays spin well,” Ramiz Raja told Sawera.

Besides, the UAE pitches had a history of helping the slow bowlers and same could be witnessed, according to Raja in the impending IPL 2020 which will commence from September 19 in Dubai.

Spinners will dominate in the IPL 2020: Ramiz Raja

IPL Trophy
IPL Trophy. Credits: Twitter

Former Pakistan cricketer Raja further added that teams with spin-heavy attack could yield the desired results in UAE conditions.

“I think the teams who have a good spin department will do well, that is the first thing,” Raja said.

When asked how to tackle such situation in the UAE, Raja had suggested a plan to opt for variations and shuffling the bowlers as per the requirement. He added that team selection would be altogether different in the UAE and pacers will drop pace in a bid to get more assistance from the pitches.

Interestingly, he is himself keen to know how teams will adjust on neutral pitches which proved different than what India had on an offer for the shortest version of the game.

Also, the teams had lost the advantage of playing at the respective homes, which will also open up the impending edition of the lucrative league.

“But I feel that the team selection in this IPL will be slightly different. Fast bowling will be difficult, you will see a lot of variations. So, it will be interesting to see how they adjust themselves in neutral territory,” Raja further maintained.

IPL without the buzz of the crowd is incomplete: Ramiz Raja

Chennai Super Kings, IPL 2019, Dwayne Bravo
CSK fans Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

The 58-year-old Raja admitted the fact that things are far different when it comes to the matches behind closed doors apart from players being pushed into the bio-secure bubble amid the COVID-19 pandemic.

Raja made it clear that it would certainly have its impact — and mega crowds that completes the extravaganza of the IPL.

“And behind closed doors, what will be the impact, because you will have to almost remain like a prisoner in a bio-secure environment and put up your best performance. So it becomes a difficult task. Because IPL without the buzz of the crowd is incomplete,” Raja stated.

Ramiz Raja speaking to Sawera Pasha on IPL 2020:

Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami.(Photo by Vishal Bhatnagar/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
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IPL 2020: Mohammed Shami Sheds Light On Workload Management In Simmering UAE

Kings XI Punjab’s (KXIP) premium bowler Mohammed Shami, who has a wealth of international experience on his back, maintained pacers must manage workload while considering the scorching heat in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

As the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is scheduled to commence with a lung-opener between IPL champions Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings on September 19, Shami further reckons that it won’t be easy conditions to go along in the UAE.

Fear of getting dehydrated: Mohammed Shami

Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings - Fantasy Cricket Tips
Photo by: Prashant Bhoot /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

Given the hot and humid conditions with temperatures expected between 36-40 degrees during the cash-rich league. Shami maintained that there’re chances of players getting dehydrated apart from experiencing a contraction of muscles.

“Temperature is much higher compared to India. There are chances of getting dehydrated. There will be chances of cramps. So we will have to keep those things in mind,” IANS quoted Mohammed Shami as saying.

Recently, the IPL was moved out of India due to the surge in COVID-19 cases. The 13th season of IPL will be played across three different cities of Abu Dhabi, Sharjah and Dubai.

Pertinently, the domestic T20 professional league was scheduled to begin on March 29 at iconic Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

While observing the wickets in the UAE, which generally tends to be on the slower side – to help the spinners, Shami overall terms it as a difficult job.

The 30-year-old pacer Shami further clarified that complicated things could be handled and it shouldn’t be that problem.

“It will be difficult as the wickets here are also different. So workload management is important. But it is not that difficult that it can’t be managed. It depends on us how we manage our workload,” Shami added.

Mohammed Shami is overjoyed to start playing again:

Mohammed Shami, IPL, KXIP, UAE,
Kings XI Punjab player Mohammed Shami. (Image Credit: BCCI)

Considering the lockdown in India, the KXIP’s premium pacer is maintained that fans should be delighted in India.

“In India, IPL should bring smiles to the faces of all,” Shami said further.

The prominent bowler Shami is also happy to be in Dubai to play the game he has loved dearly. He added that it is a great sight to see each and everyone doing their best on the field amid the Coronavirus pandemic.

“It felt great getting out of home and coming to Dubai. We are all grateful to play the game which we all love. So the feeling cannot be compared. The best part is that everyone is on the field and training,” Shami said, who is practicing hard for the impending competition.

Shami is aiming to do better and live up to the expectations of the team – as he is back with the KXIP camp – to nurse the youngsters too and inspire his KXIP team to maiden IPL trophy.

The senior campaigner had made his IPL debut in 2009. He had featured in 51 matches to snare 40 wickets at an average of 25.80 with his best figures of three for 21 which came in IPL 2019.

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,Moeen Ali shares a good bond with Adil Rashid. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
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Adil Rashid Has Got So Much Skill, He’s Best In The White-Ball Cricket: Moeen Ali

England all-rounder Moeen Ali has hailed his teammate – Adil Rashid as best in business when it comes to the limited-overs cricket. Ali heaped praises on star leg-spinner, Rashid after the completion of 2-1 T20I series win over Australia in the recently-held third fixture at the Ageas Bowl.

However, Australia won the dead-rubber by five wickets and three balls to spare in Southampton. Ali, who shares a great camaraderie with Rashid enjoys latter’s bowling when he is on the song.

“He’s an amazing bowler for us – when he’s bowling like that, I think he’s the best in the world. He’s brilliant and he has been over a long period of time and it’s the reason why he’s a leading wicket-taker in white-ball cricket,” Moeen Ali told English media after the culmination of T20I series.

In Eoin Morgan’s absence, Moeen Ali led England in the final T20I on Tuesday in which visitors chased down the target of 146 with five wickets in hand.

Adil Rashid is hard to pick:

Adil Rashid
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Given to the third T20I, Adil Rashid had bowled magnificently well in which he bagged three wickets after giving away just 21 runs in his four overs, which eventually impressed stand-in skipper Ali to say a few good things about Rashid.

Pertinently, Rashid claimed wickets of Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch in 11th over before dismissing Steven Smith in 13th over of Australia’s innings. However, Marcus Stoinis and Mitchell Marsh did well for Australia for a consolidation win over the Three Lions.

The prominent leg-spinner Rashid has finished as a top-wicket taker in the three-match series with six wickets.

While further speaking to media, Ali said that Adil Rashid is hard to pick by batsmen given to his skill set. He further revealed that one often wishes to see Rashid having an extra over to bowl.

“You always wish he had another over or so. I think he is quite hard to pick and play, he’s got so much skill,” Ali said.

Jos Buttler is a great leader: Moeen Ali

Moeen Ali
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Besides, Ali had also hailed Jos Buttler, who was named as the player of the series. Buttler had missed the final T20I after going against the bio-secure protocol amid COVID-19 challenges – to see his family.

The explosive batsman Buttler had done well for England in the white-ball cricket despite faltering at times. Ali maintains that a player like him adds a wealth of experience in the change room.

“He’s an amazing, world-class player – a great leader and if he had been here tonight I’m sure he would have been captain,” Moeen said about Buttler.

He further reiterated that the return of Ben Stokes and Jason Roy will bolster England team. The hosts will now play ODI series against Australia which will commence from September 11 at the Old Trafford.

Zaheer Abbas,
Zaheer Abbas. (Image Credit: Google)
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Zaheer Abbas Suggests Pakistan To Take A Cue From Team India Batsmen To Handle Pressure Situations

Renowned Pakistan cricketer – Zaheer Abbas has recommended Pakistan batsmen should learn a thing from Indian batters — in a bid to understand the game when it comes to handling the trickiest situations in cricket.

Furthermore, Abbas, who is also known as ‘Asian Bradman’ reiterated that Indian counterparts had excelled whenever the team was in any predicament whatsoever. He further added that despite facing a trouble someone has put his hand up to see India home — and this is what he wants from Pakistan batsmen.

“You look at how Indian batsmen perform nowadays. Whenever the team is in trouble, somebody comes and scores. This is what I want Pakistan to learn,” Zaheer Abbas revealed in a Youtube programme – Cricket Baaz.

The legendary batsman Abbas, who had served world cricket governing body – ICC, has recently been inducted in the ICC Hall of Fame, for his remarkable show in the game of cricket apart from his contributions towards world cricket.

I learned from observing batsmen: Zaheer Abbas

Zaheer Abbas.
Zaheer Abbas of Pakistan. Photo Credit Getty Images.

The 73-year-old Sialkot-born Abbas asserted that India had learned such niceties from Pakistan. Abbas subsequently remarked that cricket is all about learning from each other while citing the example of veteran Sunil Gavaskar, who believed in picking the brains of opposition batters.

“They [India] have learned this from us. What we taught everyone has been picked up very well but now it’s time we have to learn something from them. Gavaskar used to say that ‘you should always learn from the opposition too’,” Abass maintained.

Abbas, who slammed 109 first-class tons, further addressed that he had himself learned the niceties of batting from Hanif Mohammad and Rohan Kanhai, who was known for playing hook shots.

“I used to watch and learn from Hanif Mohammad, Rohan Kanhai. I didn’t go and train with them, I just learned after observing their batting,” Abbas said.

Zaheer Abbas hails Rohit Sharma for his show:

Rohit Sharma, Dinesh Lad
Rohit Sharma. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

More often than not, Abbas has hailed Rohit Sharma for his temperament. He further wants Pakistan batters to learn from him too on how he takes the game forward despite the team being in a precarious situation.

“If you say that Rohit Sharma is good. Then you should learn from him. Watch him, see how plays, observe his technique,” Abbas further added.

While speaking about various topics, Abbas has a suggestion for Pakistan – to set up an association for cricketers in Pakistan in a bid to play a significant role in terms of coordination between the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and players.

Abbas also highlighted how things were managed during his team as a Pakistan player when no coaches were available. He further added that they have surpassed several records.

Abbas has himself represented Pakistan in 78 Tests and 62 ODIs between 1969 and 1985. He averaged 47.6 in One-dayers and 44.8 in the traditional format.

Here’s the interview of Zaheer Abbas, who hailed Indian batsman and wants Pakistan to learn from the opposition:

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Australia Regain No. 1 Spot In ICC T20I Rankings After Beating England By Five Wickets In Southampton

After beating England by five wickets in the third and final Twenty20 International (T20I) at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton, Australia has reclaimed their number one spot in the T20I rankings on Tuesday night.

Despite losing the series 2-1, Australia did some hard yards to win the dead-rubber before shifting their focus on ODI series which is scheduled to commence from September 11. The first of the three-match series will kick-off at the Old Trafford in Manchester.

Owing to their run chase of 146 in their consolidated victory, despite losing three quick wickets the visitors recover well courtesy Mitchell Marsh’s 36-ball 39, to chase down the target in 19.3 overs.

Besides, between the score of 70 and 87, Australia lost Marcus Stoinis, Glenn Maxwell and Aaron Finch, who scored 26-ball 39 with the help of four boundaries and a solitary six. However, Marsh played a sensible knock to see his side over the line.

England vs Australia: Moeen Ali made captaincy debut

Moeen Ali, Cricket Australia
Moeen Ali has claimed a rare record. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Earlier, Australia won the toss and opted to field first. Interestingly, as Eoin Morgan rested himself ahead of the ODI campaign, Moeen Ali was handed over the captaincy — to see hosts posting 145 for six in 20 allotted overs. Ali also became the first player from Asian origin to captain England in any of the formats at the international level.

Australian bowlers bowled brilliantly as Finch shuffled his bowlers well. Adam Zampa managed to pick two wickets in his quota of two overs after conceding 34 runs. However, rest of the lot managed to pick a wicket each including Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood.

For England wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow was the top scorer with 55 off 44 deliveries. He had slammed three sixes and as many fours.

As visitors were chasing the target of 146, they had a flying start with 30 in three overs before lost three wickets for 14 runs. However, it didn’t dent visitors who were already trailing by 2-0 in the series.

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Jonny Bairstow top-scored for England in 3rd Southampton T20I. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The victory in the final T20 has allowed Finch-led side — to reclaim their number spot in the ICC T20 rankings after slipping to number two position owing to the back-to-back losses against England in Southampton.

Australia had now claimed 6,047 points with their rating reading as 275 in 22 T201s, whereas, England had 275 rating points in the same number of matches.

The arch-rivals are followed by India (266) Pakistan (261) with South Africa (258) maintaining the fifth spot in ICC T20I rankings.

Australia tops ICC T20I Ranking charts:

ICC T20 Rankings Teams No. of games Rating points
1 Australia 22 275
2  England 22 271
3  India 35 266
4  Pakistan 23 261
5  South Africa 17 258
6  New Zealand 23 242
7  Sri Lanka 23 230
8  Bangladesh 20 229
9  Windies 24 229
10  Afghanistan 17 228