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India Squad For Sri Lanka Tour (Image: BCCI)
India Squad For Sri Lanka Tour (Image: BCCI)
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Even This India B Team Touring Sri Lanka Can Certainly Beat Pakistan, Says Danish Kaneria

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 (Image credit: Twitter)
Danish Kaneria (Image credit: Twitter)

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.

Yuzvendra Chahal & Kuldeep Yadav. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Yuzvendra Chahal & Kuldeep Yadav. (Photo Source: Twitter)

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.

Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar's 8th wicket partnership saw India home in the 2nd ODI vs Sri Lanka (BCCI)
Deepak Chahar and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Image Credits: BCCI

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.

Ishan Kishan
Ishan Kishan
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Ishan Kishan Became Fearless Due To Meditation, Says Coach Uttam Mazumdar

Ishan Kishan’s coach Uttam Mazumdar has highlighted the importance of meditation in the recent success of the 23-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman. Uttam Mazumdar further stated that he wasn’t surprised when Ishan Kishan stepped out to hit a six off the first delivery he faced in ODI cricket.

Ishan Kishan smashed a blistering 59 off 42 balls in his ODI debut, helping India win the first game against Sri Lanka by seven wickets. What stood out was his confidence to hit the first ball he faced in ODI cricket for a six by dancing down the track.

Ishan Kishan (Image Credit: BCCI)
Ishan Kishan (Image Credit: BCCI)

Ishan Kishan Became Fearless Due To Meditation Which He Practiced After IPL 2021 Postponement: Coach Uttam Mazumdar

After the postponement of IPL 2021, Ishan Kishan took to meditating daily for 20 minutes. His coach asked him to envision his best knocks while thinking about his cricketing dreams coming true. Apart from meditation, the Indian youngster also took to practicing yoga for two hours daily under the advice of Uttam Mazumdar.

Ishan Kishan. Photo Credit: (Twitter)
Ishan Kishan. Photo Credit: (Twitter)

Speaking during an interaction with Bengali daily Anandabazar Patrika, his coach explained how meditation has made Ishan Kishan completely fearless.

“Since he started meditating, all his fears were gone. Confidence has also increased a lot. He had the skills to start his one-day journey with a six. So I was not surprised after he stepped out against Dhananjay de Silva. He also hit four off the first ball in his Ranji Trophy debut. In this way, he tries to reduce the pressure.”

His coach explained how in modern-day cricket, it is not enough for batters to play just textbook shots as they need to keep the scoring rate up by playing aggressive strokes.

Uttam Mazumdar added: “Cricket has changed a lot now. You have to bat according to the text book and also push your team’s score forward by playing big shots. In the first match, Prithvi and Ishan’s fearless cricket helped the team win with 15 pvers to spare. I would want them to play with a similar approach in the upcoming game as well.”

After his impressive ODI debut, Ishan Kishan revealed that he had already announced in the dressing room that he would try to hit the first ball he faced for a six. Wicket-keeper batsman Ishan Kishan, who made his One Day International debut for India on 18 July, scored a fast 59 off 42 balls against Sri Lanka. Ishan Kishan became the first Indian batsman to attain a half-century in the debut match in both T20 and One Day Internationals.

Ishan Kishan was the top run-getter for Mumbai Indians in the 2020 season, scoring 516 runs at an average of 57.33 while he had an indifferent campaign in IPL 2021 managing just 73 runs from 5 games averaging a dismal 14.6.

Ishan Kishan Told Everyone That Wherever The First Ball Lands, He Will Hit It For A Six Which He Did In Style

Speaking with official broadcaster Sony after the game, Ishan Kishan said that his mind was already made up even before stepping onto the field.

“Actually, everyone knew it, inside also I had already told everyone that once I go, wherever the first ball is, I will hit it for a six. Because the odds were in my favor – birthday plus a good pitch and I was playing my first ODI and I felt I could target him.”

India vs Sri Lanka, 1st ODI: Skipper Shikhar Dhawan, debutant Ishant Kishan shine in 7-wicket victory over SL By: PTI | Updated: July 18, 2021 10:34 PM India vs Sri Lanka, 1st ODI: Chasing 262, India completed the task with 80 balls to spare at the R Premadasa Stadium. Kuldeep Chahal India vs Sri Lanka India's Yuzvendra Chahal celebrates the wicket of Sri Lanka's Avishka Fernando during the first one day international cricket match between Sri Lanka and India in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (AP Photo)
India’s Yuzvendra Chahal celebrates the wicket of Sri Lanka’s Avishka Fernando during the first one-day international cricket match between Sri Lanka and India in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (AP Photo)

India will be looking to wrap up the series when they take on Sri Lanka in the second ODI in Colombo on the date. Sri Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka won the toss and elected to bat against India in the second ODI. India fielded an unchanged team in the 2nd ODI while pacer Kasun Rajitha came in for fast bowler Isuru Udana in the Sri Lankan XI.

Sri Lanka was 137/4 as Yuzvendra Chahal accounted for 2 scalps and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar picked a wicket apiece.  For Sri Lanka, opener Avishka Fernando scored 50.

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan (Getty Images)(HT_PRINT)
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Shikhar Dhawan Is A Contender For 2021 T20I And 2023 ODI World Cups: Wasim Jaffer

Wasim Jaffer believes Team India shouldn’t look past Shikhar Dhawan as an opening option for the upcoming T20 and ODI World Cups just yet. The former batsman feels although Shikhar Dhawan’s contributions to Indian cricket have been brilliant, the southpaw has been overshadowed by the ‘outstanding’ batsmen skipper Virat Kohli and opener Rohit Sharma.

Wasim Jaffer’s comments come against the backdrop of the first India-Sri Lanka ODI which was won by the visitors. Shikhar Dhawan, India’s captain for the game and series, crossed 10,000 runs as an opener across all formats and became the 10th Indian batsman – and second fastest – to surpass 6,000 runs in ODI cricket.

Wasim Jaffer. (TOI Photo)
Wasim Jaffer. (TOI Photo)

Wasim Jaffer: Shikhar Dhawan Shouldn’t Be Ruled Out Either In 50-over ODIs or T20 Internationals

Lauding the 35-year-old veteran, Wasim Jaffer said in a video on his YouTube channel that Shikhar Dhawan, who is in the shadow of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, should be credited for his performance in white-ball cricket.

“The way the Indian team has come up the ranks in white-ball cricket in the past few years, a lot of credit goes to Shikhar Dhawan as well, even though sometimes his contributions remain in the shadow of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma who are obviously outstanding players.

“But I think we shouldn’t underestimate Shikhar Dhawan and I see him, at least for a year or two, a contender to play in this T20 World Cup and also the 2023 50-over World Cup.”

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Wasim Jaffer added that despite there being a host of contenders for the opening spot for the upcoming T20 World Cup, Shikhar Dhawan’s towering IPL performances in the last two years have made him a frontrunner.

“You can’t rule out Shikhar Dhawan for the upcoming T20 World Cup. The way he has performed in the IPL in the past two years… even though we know Rohit Sharma is a surety to open, KL Rahul is a candidate, Virat Kohli said he wants to open, Prithvi Shaw is also coming up as a future contender, there are a lot of options. But Shikhar Dhawan shouldn’t be ruled out either in 50-over or T20 internationals.”

Playing for the Delhi Capitals (DC), Shikhar Dhawan was the second-highest scorer in IPL 2020 with 618 runs at an average of 44.14. He followed it up with a chart-topping 380 runs at 54.29 in the first half of IPL 2021.

Shikhar Dhawan Has More Hundreds Than Virender Sehwag, Gautam Gambhir & Yuvraj Singh, So His Experience Counts: Wasim Jaffer

Wasim Jaffer further highlighted that Shikhar Dhawan’s records – including his 17 ODI hundreds which are more than some greats of Indian cricket – speak for themselves. He said Shikhar Dhawan’s experience at ICC events could also come in handy in the coming years.

“He has 17 hundreds in ODIs. And a surprising stat is that he has more ODI hundreds than Virender Sehwag (15), Gautam Gambhir (11) and even Yuvraj Singh (14)… comparisons aren’t a very good thing to do but the numbers speak for themselves.

“In 140-plus games he has scored over 6400 runs and experience matters a lot. When you got to an ICC event, play at a neutral venue, experience counts.”

Shikhar Dhawan Image Source : AP
Shikhar Dhawan Image Source: AP

Shikhar Dhawan will be in action during India’s second ODI against Sri Lanka. The 35-year-old veteran has scored 2,315 runs in 34 Test matches, 6,063 runs in 143 ODI games, and has amassed 1,673 runs 65 T20I. Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, and Rohit Sharma are the other four Indians to score more than 10,000 runs as an opener in international cricket.

During his match-winning knock of unbeaten 86, Shikhar Dhawan also became the 10th Indian batsman to score 6,000 runs in the 50-over format. Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, MS Dhoni, Mohammed Azharuddin, Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, and Virender Sehwag are the nine batsmen who have scored more than 6,000 runs in the ODI format.

Manish Pandey is likely to be given another opportunity in the second ODI against Sri Lanka | Photo Credit: AP
Manish Pandey is likely to be given another opportunity in the second ODI against Sri Lanka | Photo Credit: AP
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Sri Lanka vs India 2021: Manish Pandey Could Have Finished The Game Off, Says Aakash Chopra

Aakash Chopra has weighed in on Manish Pandey’s selection debate ahead of 2nd ODI between Shikhar Dhawan-led Team India side and hosts Sri Lanka.

Premier batsman Manish Pandey didn’t have the best of the starts in the series opener of the ongoing One Day Internationals (ODI) between India and Sri Lanka at the R.Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Sunday.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Aakash Chopra: Manish Pandey Could Have Finished The 1st ODI Off But Instead He Threw It Away In The End

Manish Pandey, who has been a seasoned campaigner for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), has failed to cement his place in the white-ball squad of Team India. In the Sri Lanka series, India is fielding a young promising squad, many expected Manish Pandey to showcase his talent in the absence of regular starters.

Manish Pandey made a cautious start in the 1st ODI of the three-match series against Sri Lanka but the premier batsman failed to accelerate his innings during India’s comfortable chase of 263 at the R.Premadasa Stadium. While Pandey’s critics have cast a doubt over his selection in the upcoming games, former cricketer Aakash Chopra has opted to throw his weight behind the Indian batsman.

Manish Pandey
Manish Pandey BCCI / Sportzpics

The former Team India opener and full-time cricket pundit Aakash Chopra presented his analysis on ESPNCricinfo’s Match Day show in the build-up to the 2nd ODI. Discussing India’s possible playing combination for the series decider, Aakash Chopra highlighted the fact that Manish Pandey should have finished the run chase with Shikhar Dhawan in the 1st ODI on Sunday.

“Manish Pandey could have finished the game off. He just threw it away in the end. But you can’t penalize him for just one bad shot in a game that got over with 15 overs to spare. So, no changes for Team India,” Aakash Chopra said.

Manish Pandey struck a four and six in his sedate knock of 26 against Sri Lanka. Manish Pandey’s 40-ball 26 knock ended in the 31st over as the premier batsman was removed by Dhananjaya de Silva.

Shikhar Dhawan Hits Unbeaten 86 As India Wins The 1st ODI, While India Remain Unchanged In The 2nd ODI

Middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav then joined forces with Shikhar Dhawan to help India thrash Sri Lanka by 7 wickets. Shikhar Dhawan (86) and Suryakumar Yadav (31) remained unbeaten to make sure India enter the 2nd ODI with a 1-0 lead on Tuesday at the same venue.

Shikhar Dhawan will lead India in the Sri Lanka tour. (Getty Images)(HT_PRINT)
Shikhar Dhawan will lead India in the Sri Lanka tour. (Getty Images)(HT_PRINT)

A near-flawless performance in the first ODI saw the Indian cricket team kick off the tour of Sri Lanka with a 7-wicket win in the first ODI. Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Ishan Kishan, and Suryakumar Yadav shone with the bat while Kuldeep Yadav looked in fine touch with the ball. Middle-order batsman Manish Pandey, however, couldn’t seize the opportunity.

Shikhar Dhawan scored a half-century (86 off 95) in the first ODI while Prithvi Shaw (43 off 24) gave India a blazing start at the top and earned himself the Man of the Match title. Ishan Kishan, coming in to bat at No. 3, started off his innings with a six and scored 59 off 42 before being dismissed by Lakshan Sandakan. Manish Pandey, however, left plenty to desire as he only scored 26 off 40 balls in what was otherwise a free-flowing contest.

Sri Lanka skipper Dasun Shanaka won the toss and elected to bat against India in the second ODI. India is fielding an unchanged playing XI, while pacer Kasun Rajitha comes in for fast bowler Isuru Udana in the Sri Lankan XI.

Hardik Pandya Bowling
Hardik Pandya Bowling
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Hardik Pandya Should Be Utilised Better In The 2nd ODI, Says Aakash Chopra

Aakash Chopra wants all-rounder Hardik Pandya to be utilized more effectively as a bowler in the second ODI against Sri Lanka. This was among the few wishes the cricketer-turned-commentator shared in a video on his YouTube channel.

Hardik Pandya bowled five overs in the first ODI of the series, two as a one-change bowler and three at the death. The all-rounder is returning from back and shoulder injuries and will hope to attain peak bowling fitness soon.

Hardik Pandya Image Source : GETTY
Hardik Pandya Image Source: GETTY

Aakash Chopra: Hardik Pandya Should Be Utilized Better And Deepak Chahar Should Bowl In The Last 4-5 Overs

Apart from wanting the junior Pandya to bowl a few additional overs, Aakash Chopra hopes Deepak Chahar is given a chance by the team to showcase his death-bowling skills. India used six bowling options with three of them, Deepak Chahar claiming two wickets for himself apart from Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav to mark a fine bowling performance in the 1st ODI.

“Hardik Pandya to be utilized better. He didn’t get to bowl at the right time in the last match. You need to bowl Deepak Chahar in the last 4-5 overs and bowl Hardik before that. You should try to get 7-8 overs from him. Then you will come to know if Hardik as a bowler is getting there.”

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The former Indian opener also wished that the visitors get a chance to set a target.

“India should get to bat first. My greed is that if you get to bat first, you will get the full 50 overs, someone can score 100-150 runs and India can post a total of 325-330 runs. Our batsmen will get more time to express themselves.”

India chased down the 263-run target in less than 37 overs in the first ODI. They could post a massive score if they get to bat first and play in the same vein as they did in the last match.

Aakash Chopra: India Should Take Wickets With The New Ball

Aakash Chopra hopes India can strike blows with the new ball, which is an area they have been found wanting of late. He observed that India lacked penetration with the new ball. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was disappointed as he went wicketless and was punished for 63 runs in his nine wicketless overs.

“We should take wickets with the new ball. We can only improve when we admit our mistakes. Bumrah, Shami, Bhuvi, Deepak Chahar – we haven’t been picking wickets with the new ball, I want that to be changed.”

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Image Credit: Twitter)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Image Credit: Twitter)

The 43-year-old also wants India hopefuls like batsmen Prithvi Shaw, Ishan Kishan, and Suryakumar Yadav to play substantial knocks in the second ODI.

“Whichever youngster, whether it is Prithvi Shaw, Ishan Kishan or Suryakumar Yadav, gets a start should make a big score. These small scores look good for a while but after some time you will forget that. The main team does not have vacant spots, so in such a case 100-150 are remembered.”

Aakash Chopra signed off by hoping that Sri Lanka plays better and makes it a more even contest. The weather may play spoilsport and if rain doesn’t occur, the fans would watch another entertaining match.

Shikhar Dhawan enjoyed a perfect captaincy debut for India against Sri Lanka in the first of their three ODIs at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo, with his young and inexperienced team producing a performance that matched that of a world-dominating and seasoned outfit. India played as per the script and expectations to crush Sri Lanka by 7 wickets and more than 14 overs to spare, taking a 1-0 lead.

The architect of India’s commanding victory ― one that should particularly be noticed by Sri Lanka’s former World Cup-winning captain Arjuna Ranatunga for his bizarre comments before the series ― were youngsters in Prithvi Shaw, Ishan Kishan, the captain himself, and the leg-spin bowling pair of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)
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Aakash Chopra Warns India Of Complacency Against Sri Lanka

Aakash Chopra has warned the Shikhar Dhawan-led Indian cricket team against taking their opponents lightly in the second ODI.

The former opener believes the Sri Lankans, although a bit undercooked, have immense potential and can put the visitors’ young team under the pump with a collective effort.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Aakash Chopra: It’s Possible That Sri Lanka Can Give India A Challenge In The 2nd ODI

Aakash Chopra‘s observation came after India’s clinical seven-wicket win in the first ODI. The hosts initially showed some encouraging signs, with a 49-run opening stand and good starts for everyone in the top order. However, no batsman ultimately crossed 50 and the team stumbled to an easily chasable 262-9 in the first innings.

“It doesn’t look like that after the first game (if Sri Lanka can give India a challenge in the second ODI). But I still believe it’s possible. They need to score some more runs with the bat. A lot of players got a start and when that happens you expect at least one of them to make it big in the next game.”

Shikhar Dhawan guided India to a comfortable win over Sri Lanka on Sunday.© AFP
Shikhar Dhawan guided India to a comfortable win over Sri Lanka on Sunday.© AFP

“And the moment you have that big score and are around that 300-mark, you can certainly put pressure on this Indian team. Youngsters like Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw all lack a bit of experience,” Aakash Chopra told ESPNcricinfo.

Half-centuries from Ishan Kishan and Shikhar Dhawan helped India register a comfortable 7-wicket win over Sri Lanka. 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. Shaw, for his explosive cameo, was adjudged player of the match.

Aakash Chopra: India Will Be Under Pressure If Avishka Fernando Gets A Good Start

The cricketer-turned-commentator cited the example of opener Avishka Fernando, explaining how a pioneering knock from someone like him could easily turn the table on the Indians in the next match.

“I like Avishka a lot, imagine if he gets such a start again and puts up 130 then the same team will look very different and India will be under pressure. You shouldn’t think the opponents aren’t competing and just ‘participating’. It will be great if India wins but I won’t take the opponents lightly at all, they are well accustomed to these conditions,” added Aakash Chopra.

Sri Lanka’s Avishka Fernando Photograph: Lee Smith/Action Images via Reuters
Sri Lanka’s Avishka Fernando Photograph: Lee Smith/Action Images via Reuters

Aakash Chopra opined that there’s no scope for changes in the Indian playing XI ahead of the second ODI because most of the players looked in decent touch in the first match.

“Not at all and there are two reasons for it. Firstly, you should pick the original team for a 3-match series after a lot of thought and planning because there should be a change only when something has gone radically wrong…There’s neither a scope for a tactical change here nor form wise because whoever batted did well and whoever bowled, did decently too.”

India will look to capitalize on their 1-0 lead in the second ODI on Tuesday (July 20). Sri Lanka, on the other hand, has a lot of thinking to do. Their batting was still good but in the field, they seemed to have run out of gas. The bowling was haywire as well and they need to regroup to come back strong in the next ODI which is two days later.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)
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Destructive Indian Batting In The 1st ODI Meant Arjuna Ranatunga’s 2nd String Comment Taken To Heart: Aakash Chopra

Aakash Chopra said that the destructive Indian batting which was on display in the first ODI against Sri Lanka made it seem as though they had taken former Sri Lankan skipper Arjuna Ranatunga’s adverse comments about them to heart. Each of India’s top three batsmen- Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, and Ishan Kishan scored in excess of 40.

Ahead of the India-Sri Lanka limited-overs series, Arjuna Ranatunga had questioned the Sri Lankan board for allowing the BCCI to send a “second-string” Indian lineup and termed it an insult to the hosts.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Aakash Chopra: Arjuna Ranatunga’s 2nd String Indian Line-up Taken To Heart As India Wins By 7 Wickets Chasing 263 And 15 Overs To Spare

While reviewing the first ODI in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra pointed out that Team India seemed to be extremely keen to make Arjuna Ranatunga swallow his words.

“Did you take it to heart? Arjuna Ranatunga had said that a second-string team had been sent and that it was an insult to them. 262 runs are not that few that you win the match like this by seven wickets and 15 overs are left.”

Former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga. (File photo)(Bloomberg)
Former Sri Lanka captain Arjuna Ranatunga. (File photo)(Bloomberg)

The reputed commentator highlighted that it was an explosive display by the Indian batsmen.

Aakash Chopra observed:“The young Indian team showed how to silence the hosts. The atmosphere has changed a little. The whole way of demolishing, absolutely annihilating the opposition, destructive.”

Team India chased down the 263-run target with ease. They overhauled the Sri Lankan score with seven wickets in hand and more than 13 overs to spare.

Aakash Chopra Impressed By India’s Batting Exploits

Aakash Chopra was even more impressed by the Indian onslaught as it was in sharp contrast to the approach he himself used to take while batting.

The former Indian opener highlighted: “The opposing team won the toss and in the mid-innings we thought 262 runs are not less. But such explosive and amazing batting. Also because this was totally not my style of batting. The way I used to play, I used to wake up if I batted like that even in my dreams.”

Ishan Kishan (Image Credit: BCCI)
Ishan Kishan (Image Credit: BCCI)

Shikhar Dhawan top-scored for Team India with a responsible unbeaten 86, which came at a decent strike rate of 90.52. However, he was completely overshadowed by the breathtaking assault from the other end. Prithvi Shaw (43 off 24 deliveries), Ishan Kishan (59 off 42 balls) and Suryakumar Yadav (31* off 20 deliveries) shred the Sri Lankan attack and never allowed them to settle down.

Prithvi Shaw’s 24-ball 43 provided early momentum and ODI debutant Ishan Kishan’s 42-ball 59 took the game away from Sri Lanka. Later skipper opener Shikhar Dhawan anchored the chase with an unbeaten 86 off 95 balls but before the batsmen did their job, India’s spinners unsettled the opponents.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya
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Hardik Pandya Was Looking Really Fit While Bowling After A Long Time: Deep Dasgupta

Hardik Pandya, the Indian all-rounder has hardly bowled in recent times after suffering a shoulder niggle. The Indian team has long wanted him to be 100% fit before handing him the ball. In the first ODI against Sri Lanka on Sunday (July 18), Hardik Pandya has been finally seen bowling after a really long time.

Former Indian cricketer, a wicketkeeper, and commentator Deep Dasgupta gave his take on Hardik Pandya bowling for the Indian team. He said it was a “very, very positive sign,” in a video on his YouTube channel.

Hardik Pandya Image Source : GETTY
Hardik Pandya Image Source: GETTY

Hardik Pandya Was Looking Really Fit While Bowling After A Long Time: Deep Dasgupta

Deep Dasgupta also added that Hardik Pandya’s bowling is very important for India in limited-overs cricket, especially with the forthcoming 2021 T20 World Cup arriving soon. Hardik Pandya was handed the ball against Sri Lanka in the last over of the first powerplay.

When talking about Pandya’s bowling, Deep Dasgupta said: “He didn’t just bowl, but bowled in the death overs as well. He went for a few runs but his bowling seemed very close to what it used to be.”

Deep Dasgupta. Photo Credit (Twitter)
Deep Dasgupta. Photo Credit (Twitter)

Hardik Pandya is a key member of India’s limited-overs setup and his bowling provides some much-needed balance to the team. Hardik Pandya did not bowl a lot in the first ODI, but just seeing him bowl will come as a huge relief to the Indian management and fans. He bowled five overs conceding 34 runs and also managed to pick up a wicket.

“He was bowling bouncers, pace was up, was looking really fit, and was quick through the action,” added Deep Dasgupta.

After recovering from a career-threatening back injury he suffered in 2019 for which he went back surgery, Hardik Pandya bowled quite impressively and without too much apparent discomfort during the limited-overs series against England. He didn’t bowl in IPL 2020 at UAE and didn’t bowl much in the Australia tour except for one ODI. Hardik Pandya has bowled sporadically since his back surgery, which has led to his non-selection in Test format.

Prithvi Shaw Awarded Man Of The Match For His 43 Off Just 24 Balls

Sri Lanka only managed 262 runs at the end of their allotted 50 overs and that was never going to be enough against a good Indian batting line-up. Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal were excellent and secured two wickets each, while Krunal Pandya dried up the runs with a tight spell.

India won the first ODI against Sri Lanka by seven wickets with 80 balls to spare to open their tour on a positive note. The hosts opted to bat first but failed to get a good total on the board as they failed to increase the momentum in the middle overs.

Ishan Kishan (Image Credit: BCCI)
Ishan Kishan (Image Credit: BCCI)

Chasing 263 for victory, Prithvi Shaw provided India with a flying start. He was awarded the Player of the Match for his attacking 43 off just 24 balls that took the wind out of the Lankans’ sails.

Skipper Shikhar Dhawan initially played second fiddle to Prithvi Shaw but opened up later on. He remained unbeaten on 86, while Ishan Kishan scored an attacking 59 on his ODI debut. India has now taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series. They will look to continue the momentum in the second ODI on July 20 and secure the series with a match to spare.

Pragyan Ojha LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP
Pragyan Ojha LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP
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Indian Cricket Is Flexing Its Muscle, Says Pragyan Ojha

Pragyan Ojha, former Indian cricketer showered praise on second-string Team India after they thrashed Sri Lanka by seven wickets on July 19 (Sunday) at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. As a result, the Men in Blue have gone 1-0 up in the three-match ODI series.

Taking to Twitter, Pragyan Ojha credited India A tours and IPL for creating a pool of cricketers who can take international cricket by storm on any given day.

Pragyan Ojha — File Photo
Pragyan Ojha — File Photo

Pragyan Ojha: Indian Cricket Is Flexing Its Muscle

Pragyan Ojha played for Mumbai Indians for 4 seasons between 2012 and 2015 and twice won the IPL title with them. He picked 89 scalps in 92 IPL games averaging 26.2 playing from 2008-2015. Pragyan Ojha played 24 Tests, 18 ODIs, and 6 T20Is picking 113, 21, and 10 wickets respectively.

Pragyan Ojha wrote: “Indian cricket is flexing its muscle. Pure dominance and contagious confident attitude. Without a doubt frequent India A tournaments and IPL have been revolutionary.”

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav (BCCI)

Incidentally, the India A team has played 24 unofficial Test matches between 2017-2019, which is more than what international teams like Pakistan, New Zealand, and Bangladesh have played during the same period. The BCCI has invested a lot of time and money in creating strong bench strength over the last couple of years under Rahul Dravid, which is reaping rewards now.

The likes of Devdutt Padikkal, Nitish Rana, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and Chetan Sakariya have been successful in IPL 2020 and/or 2021 and were chosen for the first time in the Sri Lanka tour while other experienced stars like Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Suryakumar Yadav, and Prithvi Shaw have performed consistently well in IPL and domestic cricket for which they were selected in the senior team.

India Chased Down 263 Successfully With Crucial Knocks From The Trio Of Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, And Ishan Kishan

Chasing a target of 263 in the 1st ODI, set by Sri Lanka after a late resurgence from Chamika Karunaratne (43* off 35 balls), India got off to a flying start. Prithvi Shaw went berserk against Sri Lanka’s new-ball bowlers. By the time he was dismissed after scoring 43, the visitors were already at 58 in just 5.3 overs.

After the dismissal, debutant Ishan Kishan came to the crease and announced his arrival with a six and four. The southpaw partnered with captain Shikhar Dhawan and steered the run chase with ease. Ishan Kishan scored a brilliant fifty on debut to become only the second Indian after Robin Uthappa to score a half-century on both ODI and T20I debuts.

Ishan Kishan (Image Credit: BCCI)
Ishan Kishan (Image Credit: BCCI)

They added 85 runs for the second wicket before the debutant was dismissed after scoring 58 runs. While Prithvi Shaw and Ishan Kishan went all guns blazing, Shikhar Dhawan was happy to play the role of a second fiddle.

Shikhar Dhawan remained unbeaten on 86 runs along with another debutant, Suryakumar Yadav, who chipped in with 31 as India went past the target within 36.4 overs to go 1-0 up in the series. The second ODI of the three-match series is on July 20 (Tuesday) at the R Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

Yuzvendra Chahal & Kuldeep Yadav. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Yuzvendra Chahal & Kuldeep Yadav. (Photo Source: Twitter)
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Kuldeep Yadav And Yuzvendra Chahal Performed Well Playing After A Long Time

Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal slowed down Sri Lanka in the middle overs, which helped them to restrict the hosts to a total of 262/9 in 50 overs. The Indian spin duo showcased signs of a return to form when bowling together in the first ODI against Sri Lanka on Sunday at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo. It has been a while since the two bowlers, jointly known as ‘Kul-Cha’ of Indian cricket, had played a game together.

Their forms have dipped over the past few months which has led to both of the spinners being in and out of the team. But on Sunday in the first ODI, the two put their best foot forward, as they both picked up two wickets each.

Kuldeep Yadav struck twice for India in the 1st ODI vs Sri Lanka.© AFP
Kuldeep Yadav struck twice for India in the 1st ODI vs Sri Lanka.© AFP

Kuldeep Yadav Backs Yuzvendra Chahal As The Spin Duo Performed Well Playing After A Long Time

The duo slowed down Sri Lanka in the middle overs, which helped them to restrict the hosts to a total of 262/9 in 50 overs. India captain Shikhar Dhawan scored an unbeaten 86 as the visitors won the match by 7 wickets, chasing down the total in the 37th over. Speaking at the post-match press conference, Kuldeep Yadav said that he was happy to bowl alongside Yuzvendra Chahal and find his rhythm back.

“Very happy that after a long time Chahal and I got to play together for the team. We are comfortable with each other and we back each other. We both share inputs on the field whenever it is required, the bonding is nice between us both. We performed well together, we played after a long time and it orders well for the side,” Kuldeep was quoted as saying by news agency ANI.

India's Yuzvendra Chahal celebrates the wicket of Sri Lanka's Avishka Fernando during the first one day international cricket match between Sri Lanka and India in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (AP Photo)
India’s Yuzvendra Chahal celebrates the wicket of Sri Lanka’s Avishka Fernando during the first one-day international cricket match between Sri Lanka and India in Colombo, Sri Lanka. (AP Photo)

“I was trying to vary my pace as the wicket was dry in the first innings. The wicket offered some assistance for the spinners, I was varying my pace depending on the batsmen. Very happy with the way team performed in this match,” Kuldeep added.

The chinaman bowler bowled nine overs, conceding 48 runs but most importantly, took two wickets off beautiful deliveries in the same over. Yuzvendra Chahal too had a good day, taking a wicket off his very first ball and then sending back the Sri Lankan skipper Dasun Shanaka for 39 runs. He ended with figures of 2/52.

Kuldeep Yadav: Rahul Dravid Backed And Motivated As He Asked Not To Worry About The Result

The left-arm bowler further explained how coach Rahul Dravid helped him gain confidence and motivation before the encounter.

“Nervousness is always there when you step out to the field. Rahul Sir backed me and he motivated me. We talked a lot and he told me to enjoy my bowling and not worry about the result. I am happy that I performed well. Obviously, you are nervous when you play cricket after a long time, the way the team performed, I am very happy with it,” Kuldeep said.

Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav Photo Credit: AP

“We have come to play cricket here. We are lucky that we are getting to play cricket. There are many youngsters in the side, we are not worried about what anyone is saying. We are just here to enjoy our cricket. It is difficult to stay in bubbles, when you are not playing there are doubts that can creep in. It’s sport at the end of the day, someone gets the chance and someone doesn’t,” he added.

In ODIs, Kuldeep Yadav averaged 17.78 with the ball in 2018 picking as many as 45 wickets in 19 games but has picked only 6 scalps in 5 ODIs in 2020 and 2 scalps in 3 ODIs in 2021 averaging above 50 both years. In T20Is his average is an extraordinary 13.77 but he has got limited opportunities.

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