Danish Kaneria, a former Pakistan leg-spinner feels the Indian team that is touring Sri Lanka (to which he referred to as India’s B team) has been performing exceedingly well. He has been impressed with the way Rahul Dravid has infused confidence in chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav.
Team India dominated Sri Lanka in the first ODI and sealed the series with a thrilling win in the second game. Danish Kaneria feels the way this Indian team is playing, they also have the capability to beat a full-strength Pakistan side if the two play against each other which isn’t happening nowadays due to political tensions across the borders.
Danish Kaneria: Even This India B Team Can Certainly Beat Pakistan
Half-centuries from Ishan Kishan and Shikhar Dhawan helped India register a comfortable 7-wicket win over Sri Lanka in the first ODI. Stand-in skipper Shikhar Dhawan led from the front with an unbeaten knock of 86 and he was well supported by Prithvi Shaw (43) and Ishan Kishan (59) as India chased down the 263-run target comfortably at the R Premadasa stadium.
Earlier, after winning the toss and electing to bat Sri Lanka posted a competitive total of 262 for nine from their allotted 50 overs. With the ball, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, and Deepak Chahar all picked up two wickets apiece. Prithvi Shaw, for his explosive cameo, was adjudged player of the match.
“The way this Indian team is performing, the way Rahul Dravid has worked with the Indian team he deserves all the praise. The way he has motivated Kuldeep Yadav, even this India B team can certainly beat Pakistan,” Danish Kaneria said on his YouTube Channel.
After impressing in the first ODI with two wickets, Kuldeep Yadav went wicketless while giving away 55 runs in the 2nd ODI. Likely to get another chance in the third ODI, Kuldeep Yadav needs more wickets if he is to keep his confidence high. Yuzvendra Chahal followed his impressive figures of 2/52 in the 1st ODI with even better figures of 3/50 off 10 overs in the 2nd ODI.
Danish Kaneria: Playing IPL 2021 In UAE Will Keep Indian Team In Good Stead
The three-match T20I series against hosts Sri Lanka will be the last piece of international cricket for India before the all-important upcoming T20 World Cup in October-November. While many may believe the lack of international games may hurt India, most of the players will be playing the second phase of the IPL 2021 season in the UAE just before the showpiece event.
Danish Kaneria feels the Indian players will get accustomed to the pitches in UAE and playing in these conditions will definitely give them the required practice before such a big tournament. The former Pakistan spinner has tipped India and West Indies to make it to the final of the T20 World Cup. Both teams are doing well on sluggish pitches and this could certainly be the case in the UAE.
“India are not playing any limited over cricket before the T20 World Cup but playing IPL will keep them in good stead. I think it will be India vs West Indies in the final,” Danish Kaneria concluded.
In the 2nd ODI, Deepak Chahar’s unbeaten 69 saw India recover from 193 for 7 to chase down 276 in Colombo. Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (19 not out) featured in an unbeaten 84-run stand for the eighth wicket to rescue India after a batting collapse. The third ODI of the India-Sri Lanka series will be played in Colombo on Friday, July 23.