Former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar took an indirect dig at the Indian openers and the top order while heaping praise on Hashim Amla who batted superbly in difficult batting conditions during the World Cup warm-up clash against the West Indies. Hashim Amla scored 33 of 37 deliveries before the match was halted owing to rain. It will be interesting to see how the champion batsman fare in the World Cup.
Taking to his twitter handle, Sanjay Manjrekar wrote, “Hashim Amla’s batting today in the first 10 overs was an object lesson on how to bat in overcast seaming conditions. Keep a copy of it and learn from it, I say to batsmen who struggle in this phase. Amla struck 6 fours during his unbeaten knock while Quinton De Kock also looked in great touch. The southpaw is currently batting on 21 of 20 deliveries which were studded with 4 fours.
Meanwhile one of the firm favourites of the tournament, India started off their campaign on a disappointing note as they lost their opening warm-up clash against New Zealand. It was a seaming pitch at Old Trafford and the Indian batters kept falling one after the other. Trent Boult bowled brilliantly and made the pitch do the rest.
In the toss, Virat Kohli revealed that as it was a warm-up clash, they wanted to test themselves under the most difficult situations. Just after the entry of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, the two departed courtesy great bowling from Trent Boult. The ball swung prodigiously and kept defeating the bat. He bagged all the first four wickets to push India to a corner.
In the end, it was Ravindra Jadeja who scored a fluent half-century and ensured India reached 180. The Indian bowlers bowled well but it wasn’t enough to hand them a victory. The pitches in the main tournament shouldn’t be like this and the Men in Blue should be confident of winning the Cup. They will like to believe that their warm-up defeat against New Zealand was just an aberration.