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Kohli says ‘Dada began tradition’ after India win Pink Ball Test

India defeated Bangladesh by an innings and 46 runs in their first Pink Ball Test cricket match. In this team’s victory, apart from Virat’s century, fast bowlers played an important role, claiming 19 wickets in this Test. After the win, Indian captain Virat Kohli praised the team’s performance. Virat Kohli also recalled the era of former captain Sourav Ganguly. He said, “This tradition was started by Dada, which we are following.”

Virat was asked about Indian fast bowlers’ ability to deliver tough bouncers. Kohli said, “Our mantra is that we have to establish ourselves in the field. We all know that Test cricket is a mental battle. I mean nobody has wanted to hurt the batsmen before. It used to be just that we get into the minds of the batsmen and get them out and that’s what happened.”

The Indian captain said, “Now we have learnt to stand up. It all started in the era of Dada (Sourav Ganguly), which we are now pursuing. Now our attack is fearless and they have full faith in themselves. They are ready to challenge any batsman. Now we are reaping whatever efforts we have made in the last three to four years. When a team is getting ready, a lot needs to be said. Now our players know exactly what they have to do.”

On this occasion, captain Virat Kohli also praised the huge Kolkata crowd of spectators that gathered at the Eden Gardens ground. Virat said, “Today we did not expect so many people to come here to watch the match because we had almost won this match. But a large number of people gathered here to witness the victory of the Indian team.”

On this occasion, Virat reiterated the need to build a test center in India, saying, ‘I think this (people coming to see the test) sets a good example and proves my point, which I have given to the test centers Had said that… If we move in this direction, it is a good step.

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Team India to be Tested at Eden Gardens

The first match of the two-Test series between India and Bangladesh will begin on Thursday, 14 November, at the Holkar Stadium here. But more than the first, cricket fans are waiting for the second Test to be played between the two teams! Even Team India is working extra hard for the second match, too. Here’s why.

The second Test between India and Bangladesh will be played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata beginning 22 November. The special thing about this match is the first day-night Test match of Team India, which will be played with the pink ball.

While many players of the team today prepared to play with the pink ball at the National Cricket Academy under the supervision of former captain Rahul Dravid, now even for the Indore Test, players are leaving no stone unturned in the preparation for the day-night Test.

How seriously Indian players are taking the day-night Test in Kolkata can be gauged from the fact that the team has organised a practice session under night lights with the help of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA). In this regard, Milind Kanmadikar, MPCA secretary, said that the association was very happy to help the players in the preparation of playing with the pink ball. He said, ‘We got a request from Team India that they wanted to participate in the practice session under night lights to prepare for the day-night Test. So we are arranging this for them.”

In a conversation with BCCITV, the vice-captain of the Team India for the Tests Ajinkya Rahane made some revelations about the ‘Pink Test’. He said, “Personally, I am very excited about the day-night Test. I do not know what the result will be, but after some practice sessions, we will get an idea of ​​it. After that, we will know how much the pink ball will swing and how the match will change from session to session. This match will also be very interesting for the fans. I think the more a batsman stays on the crease, the better. There should be no problem in coping with the situation.”

Team India No. 3 Cheteshwar Pujara said that he had had some experience of playing with the pink ball and that he had played with this ball in the Duleep Trophy. Pujara said, ‘It has been a long time since I played with the pink ball in 2016-17. Therefore, it cannot be judged as an advantageous condition. But this experience will definitely help. When you play with the pink ball, you know how to play.”

Pujara said that to play with the pink ball, one needed more practice. “When you start playing with it, you get used to it,” he said.

Pujara, the key link in the middle order of Team India, said, “We need to practise more with the pink ball. Whenever I get a chance, I try to practice with the pink ball.”

Looking at the preparations of Team India for the day-night Test, it is clear that coach Ravi Shastri and captain Virat Kohli do not want to leave anything to chance for this important and historic match. .

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Deepak Chahar’s father learnt cricket to train son

Indian cricket‘s latest sensation Deepak Chahar’s father Lokendra Singh Chahar was a soldier, but the battle in a cricket field was not his ballgame. Yet, a pillar of strength for his son, Chahar Sr. taught himself to teach his child. Deepak Chahar on Sunday registered the best-ever figures (6/7) in men’s Twenty20 Internationals (T20I), breaking the record of 6/8 by Sri Lanka’s Ajantha Mendis. Deepak Chahar also became the second Indian after women’s cricketer Ekta Bisht to take a hat-trick in T20Is, and the 12th bowler overall to take a T20I hat-trick in men’s cricket.

Retired from the Indian Air Force (IAF), Lokendra Singh trained son Deepak as a pacer. He gave the son a new ball every time Deepak went for practice. The day the ball looked worn off, it would be changed. This was how the father ensured that the son could swing the ball, as the seams need to be conspicuous for the ball to turn in the air after delivery. Deepak went on to convince his team he could swing in both directions.

Narrating the story of raising Deepak in their house in Agra, Uttar Pradesh, father Lokendra got a lump in his throat. “Now it seems that the dream we both had has come true. Before this performance, he practised at least a million deliveries at the net,” a proud father said.

Deepak’s career was interrupted due to injury. He lagged behind his peers by a few years as a result. The father acknowledged, “Those were significant stages of his career when he was injured. The time when you get hurt makes a lot of difference.”

Lokendra Singh had to stay in Ganganagar, Rajasthan, for his job with the IAF. He quit his job at one point to ensure his son became a better cricketer. He says, “When I left the Air Force job, I knew exactly what I was going to do. Never considered it a sacrifice. When I saw the boy playing at 12, he seemed to have the talent. He had innate skill. I wanted to be a cricketer myself. But my father did not allow it.”

“So I tried to fulfil my dream through my son,” says Lokendra Singh, betraying vicarious pleasure. “I wanted Deepak to dream about himself. I have no formal coaching degree. But I learned everything I needed to guide Deepak,” he said.

But how could he be sure his son would do well without a professional coach? The dad replied, “Malcolm Marshall is my all-time favourite. I like Dale Steyn, too. I used to watch the videos of these players. I used to notice the position of their wrists during outswings. I listened to commentators. After that, I taught all these things to Deepak.”

But then, Deepak Chahar’s father took him to Zila Cricket Academy in Jaipur when the son was all of 10. Lokendra Singh used to ride with him from Surat to Hanumangarh regularly to ensure Deepak practises 6 h a day.

Lokendra Singh now wants to see his son in a Test match. In his words, “It is good to play and play in the traditional format.” He believes Deepak will play for another six or seven years in T20s and ODIs. And then the dream of seeing him in a white coat in a Test match will come true, he hopes.

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India vs South Africa: 15 records made in Vizag Test

India beat South Africa by a big margin of 203 runs in the first Test match on the basis of the fierce spells of fast bowler Mohammed Shami and left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja. India took a 1-0 lead in the series, winning the Test match played in Visakhapatnam. There were many records made by both India and South Africa in this Test.

India had set a target of 395 runs for victory against South Africa that started with an overnight score of 11 runs for a wicket. Their second innings slumped to 191 runs in 63.5 overs.

Rohit Sharma, who scored 176 and 127 runs in the two innings of India, was given the Man of the Match award. Team India had declared their first innings after scoring 502 runs for 7 wickets. South Africa had scored 431 runs in their first innings. India thus got a lead of 71 runs on the basis of the first innings scores. India declared their second innings for 323 for 4 wickets and set a target of 395 runs before South Africa.

Following are the 15 records that were made in the first Test match played between India and South Africa in Visakhapatnam.

  1. The first Test in Visakhapatnam saw batsmen hitting a total of 37 sixes. The previous record was held by the 2014 Test between New Zealand and Pakistan in Sharjah where 35 sixes were hit.
  2. India have attained the second rank in terms of maximum sixes in a Test match hit by batsmen of a Test-playing team.
  3. Ravichandran Ashwin has equalled Sri Lankan Muttiah Muralitharan’s fastest 350 wickets. R Ashwin has become the fastest Indian bowler to complete 350 wickets in 66 matches.
  4. Ashwin took more than five wickets for the 27th time in a Test match. Only Muralidharan is ahead of him, having achieved the feat 45 times.
  5. Senuran Muthusamy and Dan P Taney shared the highest 91 runs for the ninth wicket. They broke the record of the 80-run ninth-wicket partnership between VVS Laxman and Anil Kumble.
  6. Ravindra Jadeja has become the third left-arm spin bowler to take 150 wickets at home ground after Rangana Herath and Daniel Vettori.
  7. Rohit Sharma now holds the record of most sixes in a Test, thanks to his 13 sixes in this match. Earlier, this record was held by Wasim Akram who had hit 12 sixes in a Test.
  8. Rohit Sharma also became the sixth Indian batsman to score a century in both the innings of a Test after Vijay Hazare, Sunil Gavaskar, Rahul Dravid, Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane.
  9. African bowler Keshav Maharaj became the third bowler to concede maximum runs in a Test. He gave away 318 runs. Earlier, Tommy Scott had cost the West Indies 374 runs in a match against England while Jason Krejza of Australia had given away 358 runs against India.
  10. The pair of Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma became the third Indian opening duo after Veenu Mankad-Pankaj Rai and Rahul Dravid-Virender Sehwag to share a partnership of over 300 runs. There was a 317-run partnership between Sharma and Agarwal.
  11. Rohit and Mayank thus set a new record also of an opening partnership in a match between India and South Africa. The previous record was that of 236 runs in 1996 made by AC Hudson and Gary Kirsten.
  12. Mayank Agarwal became the fourth Indian batsman after Dilip Sardesai, Vinod Kambli and Karun Nair to convert his first century into a double century.
  13. Agarwal also became the third Indian batsman to have played the least number of innings to score a double century. Karun Nair had taken three innings and Vinod Kambli four to pull it off.
  14. This match saw the highest partnership of 525 runs scored by openers. The previous record was 414 runs in the 1978 Mumbai Test between India and the West Indies.
  15. Mohammed Shami took four wickets in the innings by bowling the batsmen out. He now holds the record jointly with Jasprit Bumrah who had bowled out four batsmen in North Sound of Antigua against the West Indies.
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Cheteshwar Pujara scoring century gives India strong start in 4th Test against Australia at SCG

Sydney: Cheteshwar Pujara played the anchor’s role yet again with his third masterful hundred of the series, helping India dominate Australia on the opening day of the fourth and final Test here.

Leading 2-1 after the 137-run win in the Melbourne Test, India made a strong start by ending at 303/4 in 90 overs on Thursday. Opener Mayank Agarwal was another solid performer, continuing his good form with a 77-run knock.

At stumps, Pujara (130) and Hanuma Vihari (39) were holding fort for the visiting side, which is in pursuit of a maiden Test series triumph on Australian soil. Virat Kohli’s men have already secured the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with their unassailable lead.

At the Sydney Cricket Ground, Pujara faced 250 balls, hitting 16 of them for fours, and added 75 runs for the unbeaten fifth wicket stand with Vihari.

Post-tea, Australia were able to make a quick breakthrough as Virat Kohli (23) was caught down leg. They had consistently bowled towards the leg-stump against the Indian skipper, cramping him for room and the ploy worked as he gloved behind off Josh Hazlewood (2-51) in the first over after the break.

It brought Ajinkya Rahane (18) to the crease, who faced the same tactic. Cramping the batsmen for room, the hosts were able to put a check on the scoring rate as only 36 runs came in the first hour of play after tea.

Unlike his counter-attacking style in the first three Tests, Rahane was subdued on this occasion as he looked to settle down. But Mitchell Starc (1-75) had him caught behind in the 71st over with a sharp-rising unplayable bouncer.

India crossed 200 in the 63rd over, but needed a partnership at this juncture. Vihari proved to be a handy partner for Pujara as the duo put on 50 runs in 72 balls.

Vihari kept the scoreboard ticking with minimum fuss, batting at a strike-rate of 67.2. 

He took pressure off Pujara at the other end, who was solid as ever, and celebrated his 18th Test hundred off 199 balls. In doing so, he went past 438 runs against England in 2012-13 as the most he had scored previously in a Test series.

This was also the fourth time he faced 200-plus deliveries in the current series, going past Sunil Gavaskar’s record of three such instances back in 1977-78.

Earlier, Pujara put on 54 runs with Kohli as India reached 177-2 at tea. Post lunch, Agarwal and Pujara continued their second-wicket partnership to 116 runs. The duo put on an attacking show after the break, with their 100-run stand coming off 178 balls.

Agarwal reached his second Test half-century off 96 balls, inclusive of two sixes against Nathan Lyon (1-88) as the two batsmen rotated the strike well and kept the scoreboard ticking.

India were scoring at a run-a-minute at one stage before drinks, as 64 runs came in the first hour of play after lunch.

Agarwal looked good for a hundred but threw it away when he holed out in the deep off Lyon in the 34th over and walked back shaking his head at an unnecessary shot.

Kohli then walked out to boos for the fourth Test running, but got going immediately with an immaculate cover drive. Australia resorted to more conservative bowling and kept his scoring rate in check.
But they had no response to Pujara’s grounding knock again, albeit with a different pace. Another 44 runs were added in the second hour of play, with Pujara reaching his half-century off 134 balls, including three fours in an over from leg-spinner Marnus Labuschagne (0-25) before the tea break.

In the morning, India were placed at 69-1 at lunch. This was after India won the toss and opted to bat. R Ashwin didn’t pass the fitness test and was ruled out of this match. The visitors then made two changes, with KL Rahul and Kuldeep Yadav coming in for Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma.

Australia too made two changes with Peter Handscomb and Marnus Labuschagne replacing Aaron Finch and Mitchell Marsh.
Things didn’t change much for Rahul (9) despite missing the Melbourne Test, as he edged twice in the first four balls faced only for the ball to go to the boundary.

He didn’t last long, however, edging Hazlewood to first slip in the second over, and his nightmare run on this tour continued.

This was the sixth opening pairing for India in 12 overseas Tests since January 2018 and only averages 21.56 in 23 overseas innings.
At the other end, Agarwal settled down and stroked a couple of cover drives. He looked solid in comparison to his Karnataka teammate and along with Pujara, drove the Indian run-rate forward.

In a series where low scoring has been the norm, India were scoring at 4.29 per over in the first hour as they reached 46-1 at drinks. India crossed 50 shortly thereafter, with the duo bringing on their 50-partnership off 104 balls.

Australia lost a DRS review in the 15th over, when Hazlewood had a loud shout against Pujara turned down. There was nothing on the Snickometer with the ball coming off the batsman’s thighs.

The hosts then resorted to run-saving tactics once again, and moved to a shorter length, targeting the batsmen’s bodies. Pujara was hit a couple of times, once on the head.

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Mayank Agarwal scores 76 on debut, advantage India in Boxing Day Test

Melbourne: Debutant Mayank Agarwal provided the base with a confident half-century before Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara steered India to a solid 215 for two on day one of the third Test against Australia, here Wednesday.

Mayank Agarwal, pushed into the squad following failure of KL Rahul and Murali Vijay, responded with a 76-run knock off 161 balls, sorting out India’s opening woes to some extent.

The conditions, though, were completely different from what Rahul and Vijay had countered in bowler-friendly Adelaide and Perth.

The MCG pitch turned out to be docile, ideal for someone making his Test debut as the Australian pacers had to bend their back to get the Kookaburra ball to rise sharply.

Make-shift opener Hanuma Vihari did not make many runs, getting just 8 off 66 balls in his 40-run stand with Mayank Agarwal but they batted out 18.5 overs, India’s longest opening stand in terms of balls faced in Test cricket across Australia, New Zealand, England and South Africa since December 2010.

Virender Sehwag and Gautam Gambhir had batted out 29.3 overs against the Proteas at Centurion in that year.

The combination of Agarwal and Vihari was India’s sixth opening pairing in 2018, and fifth in 11 overseas Tests this year.

Mayank Agarwal missed out on scoring a hundred on Test debut but grabbed the opportunity with both hands. His 76 came off 161 balls with eight shots to the fence and one over it.

During his knock, he became only the second Indian to make a 50-plus score on debut on Australian soil after Dattu Phadkar (51) at SCG in December, 1947.

Overall, he became the seventh Indian batsman to score a half-century on Test debut. He fell at stroke of tea, caught down the leg side to be the second victim of paceman Pat Cummins, the only successful bowler for the hosts today.

Skipper Kohli and Pujara then took control over the proceedings denying the hosts any more success in the final session. However, Kohli survived a hostile Mitchell Starc over towards the end to stay unbeaten on 47.

Tim Paine grassed a caught behind chance when Kohli chased one from Starc in that over.

Kohli and Pujara, who is batting on 68, have stitched together a 92-run stand for the third wicket.

The Indian captain had walked out to bat to a mixture of cheers and boos, but soon impressed the capacity crowd at the MCG with his repertoire of strokes. He sped off the blocks and at one stage was scoring at strike-rate 70-plus before Australia reined things in with some tight bowling.

It soon reflected in India’s overall run-rate as well which didn’t cross 2.5/over all day.

At the other end, Pujara continued in his usual manner and brought up his 21st Test half-century off 152 balls.

Australia tried their best to etch out a breakthrough and in desperation also wasted a DRS review for lbw off Nathan Lyon (0/59).

They took the second new ball in the 83rd over, and the big moment came in the 87th over when Tim Paine dropped Kohli (on 47) off Starc (0/32).

Earlier, Mayank Agarwal kept the scoreboard ticking after a watchful initial period, reaching his maiden Test half-century off 95 balls. .

It was only the second instance in 11 overseas Tests this year that Virat Kohli was yet to arrive at the crease with 100-plus runs on the scoreboard. The first instance was in Nottingham during the second innings against England.

To their credit Australia created chances in the latter half of this second session. In the 52nd over off Mitchell Marsh, a delivery looped up towards gully off Pujara but fell just short of a diving Usman Khawaja.

Then, three overs later, Mayank Agarwal edged Cummins through the vacant third slip. The pacer picked himself up though and three balls later he had Agarwal as Australia got a boost going into tea.

It showed in how Lyon came on to bowl as early as the eighth over, only the second time in his Test career that he had done so.

Even in the previous four Indian innings on this tour so far, he had only come on to bowl in the 14th over each time.

Vihari took 25 balls and 33 minutes to score his first run as he batted with patience, which was lacking in previous opening partnerships in the first two Tests.

He was hit on the helmet in the 13th over off Cummins as Australia started bowling short and attacking the batsmen more. The makeshift-opener shrugged it off and went on to face 66 balls, the second highest for an Indian opener in five innings this series.

Cummins got him off a sharp rising delivery in the 19th over, as Vihari took his eyes off the ball and gloved it to Aaron Finch in the slip region. The Australian pacers continued to test the Indian batsmen with sharp bouncers at every opportunity possible.

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India has best chance to bounce back in series at Lord’s

New Delhi : The pursuit of bagging a first-ever victory at Edgbaston didn’t materialise for team India and now they are up against England for the second Test at the ‘Home of Cricket’ Lord’s.
Having struggled to get the batsmen – barring skipper Virat Kohli – going in the first Test, former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly believes Lord’s Test is the perfect opportunity for the visitors to level the series with a win.
The 22 yards still seemed dry, with grass on the surface to hold it together. Both teams haven’t announced their final eleven, humming and hawing about the possibility of two spinners.
Over the two days, with the opportunity to stand really close where you can almost touch the net strings, the absence of the front foot stride hit you more than ever. Barring that man Virat Kohli, of course.
A short forward press later, he decides where his foot should roam, according to the needs of the ball.
R Ashwin, who picked up seven wickets in the first game, troubling almost every English batsmen, there’s a temptation around the Indian camp to play either Kuldeep Yadav or Ravindra Jadeja to provide more support to the senior off-spinner.
England made one change the day after the Test, partly to deny R Ashwin so many left-hand batsmen to feast on, partly as a response to Dawid Malan’s form with the bat and in the slips.
The 20-year-old promising right-hand batsman Ollie Pope has been confirmed to make his debut. Which one out of Woakes and Moeen plays will depend on the pitch and the forecast.

England squad for second Test: Cook, Jennings, Root, Pope, Bairstow, Buttler, Woakes, Moeen Ali, S Curran, Rashid, Broad, Anderson.

India (possible) team for second Test: Dhawan, Vijay, Kohli, Rahul, Rahane, Karthik, Pandya, Ashwin, Yadav, Sharma, Shami

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If CBSE Leaks, Why Go After Private Tutors?

The leaking of CBSE’s Class X mathematics and Class XII economics examination papers before the tests were held is a disturbing development. This act of cheating is an injustice of an immeasurable proportion meted out to honest examinees who have to go through the grind all over again for the retests. The Central Board of Secondary Education happens to be not only the most popular board among schools of the country but also one that is sensitised the most to the advancements in pedagogy internationally. While it is still nowhere near world class, such leaks have so far been associated with secondary boards of economically backward States that are downright archaic as well as apathetic. An Indian grows up on stories in newspapers that say, for example, that exam papers of a certain State board have been found in a vegetable or fish market or in the possession of a hawker! That, one day, a similar story would unfold in the CBSE as well was hitherto unthinkable. Clearly, an official or more in the board in charge of its vaults is compromised. Yet, it is astounding that the police are going after private tutors in a wild goose chase, sparing the crooks in the board altogether. If the cops say they are acting in response to the complaints filed so far, it implies our society is as anti-market as the authority. There are seasoned tutors who can study the pattern of questions or problems in the past to foretell almost accurately those that would figure in the upcoming exam. They do not need to sneak into the CBSE and steal the questionnaire of a subject to boast of 100% accuracy in their forecast. In fact, that our exam papers can be predicted is a poor commentary on the state of affairs of those who set the questions. Their laziness is one of the reasons that has created a dysfunctional education system in the country where the dumbest of students can pass exams without applying their minds into problem-solving. It now transpires that even the security system of the board is lax.

While it would be wrong to heckle Union HRD Minister Prakash Javadekar for the leak, as the government has no direct role to play in the routine affairs of the autonomous CBSE, Sirf News has been lamenting the callous regard for education the Narendra Modi government has betrayed since the day the prime minister had appointed Smriti Irani for the chair that Javadekar occupies today. Having promised a complete transformation of the country during the 2014 election campaign, one had expected Modi would prioritise education, which he did not. Among the essential changes that were required in this sector was a switch of focus from schooling to examining. If all governments in the country have been slogging for better output from schools, it is paradoxical that they spend more time on the inputs: the acreage of land on which the school stands, condition of classrooms, size of the playground, number of toilets, teachers’ attendance, uniform, etc. If the country aims at producing outstanding talents, how does it matter how these talents are groomed? On what basis does the government presume it has the best ideas of training future citizens? If only as much attention were to be given to improving the standard of testing students, it would create a meritocratic society. The applicants could themselves decide when they were ready for a particular test on the basis of their aptitude for the subject and smartness in the preparations. With all kinds of schools — including home tutoring — recognised, there would be no need for reservations in schools either on caste or economic basis. And instead of clearing one class annually, a student would take tests of increasing gradations of their capabilities in comprehending and applying concepts of the arts and the sciences.

Let alone trying some innovation in education, if the state cannot handle even the mediaeval set-up it works in, it’s a shame. In order to hide its own failure, corruption, incompetence and/or inefficiency, the state is now looking for a scapegoat in the private sector. Even if it is assumed that some avaricious coaching centre(s) bribed somebody in the CBSE to take the exam papers out, it is the state and not a private entity that is accountable to the people of the country. More so because the leaked papers had landed in the mobile device of a board officer through messaging site WhatsApp before the tests had been conducted! Even students, far removed from political and economic theories, are protesting this state persecution. Therefore, the unscrupulous babus in the CBSE, which is a public office, must be identified, arrested, prosecuted and punished first. If this board loses credibility, Indians can pin no hope on the scores of State boards that range from the indifferent to the pathetic.

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Played aggressive cricket to emerge as deserving winners, says Sharma

Cape Town: India never backed down in adverse situations and played an aggressive brand of cricket to emerge as deserving winners in the limited over series, said stand-in captain Rohit Sharma.

“We will take these limited-overs trophies, throughout the series we played with a lot of aggression. As a group, we never back down from any situation. That is the reason we are standing here as winners,” Sharma said after India beat South Africa by seven runs to clinch the series 2-1 yesterday.

Sharma also lauded his bowlers for a clinical performance.

“We discussed certain plans and it worked today. The idea was to keep the ball on the stumps and we kept it tight in the first six overs. Credit to the new-ball bowlers. It was a complete bowling performance,” he said.

“To be honest, we were 15 runs short. Because the way the first half went, I thought we lost our way in the end. These things happen and we learn from it. I thought it was a decent score and the bowlers did the job for us. I hope games like these teach us a lot of things.”

JP Duminy, South Africa’s stand-in captain credited India for dominating the powerplays with both bat and ball.

“They bowled pretty well in the Powerplay, and we just couldn’t get the boundaries. The difference between their batting Powerplay and ours was 30 runs. I definitely thought 170 was chaseable,” he said.

“The slower balls and the knuckleballs from them worked. I am proud of the way the guys fought, especially Jonker. It is amazing to see a lot of talent coming through. All credit to India, outstanding white-ball tour for them.”

Raina, who was adjudged the Man of the Match for scoring 43 off 27 balls and taking one wicket for 27 in three overs, credited skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri for showing confidence in him.

“Especially in the first overs, you need to show intent. Thanks to Virat and Ravi Bhai, they gave me the licence. The way we played, the dressing room atmosphere is so calm.

“The last we have done in two-and-a-half months, no team has done it in a long time. Two lefties at the crease, I got a ball, and working on it.”

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who was awarded the Man of the Series, said IPL helped him to hone his skills in the shorter format.

“Yes, I really enjoyed this tour. I was very happy with my preparation. First of all thanks to IPL, it has made an Indian bowler a thinking bowler,” said Kumar, who took seven wickets, including a five-wicket haul, in the three-match T20 International series.

“It is important not to give too many runs in the first six overs. I always try to keep it simple. I hardly get these kinds of wickets in India and I enjoyed this.”

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Confident Raina hopes to make comeback to ODI team

Cape Town: Indian batsman Suresh Raina says he is hoping to continue his strong show in the T20 International series against South Africa in the upcoming tournaments, including the IPL, in his bid to make a comeback into the ODI squad.

Raina hit 43 off 27 balls and took one wicket for 27 runs in three overs in an all-around display to help India beat South Africa by seven runs in the third T20I here yesterday to clinch the series 2-1.

“This moment (comeback) is very important for me. From here on we will play in Sri Lanka and then IPL. We have a lot of matches coming up. I have been part of the World Cup before and I have won the World Cup before in 2011. It was my first World Cup and we won the trophy. That was an unbelievable feeling,” he said.

“Coming back to ODIs, I have done well at No. 5. It is just a matter of couple more games and I think I can show that I can definitely come back in the ODIs too soon,” said Raina who was adjudged man of the match.

Raina last played in an ODI in October 2015 against South Africa in Mumbai. Before this T20I series, Raina’s last appearance in the shortest format in India colours was in February last year.

“I worked really hard for last two years. Each and every session I was doing in the gym or on the field, I was just hoping when am I going to play for India again. I have worked really hard on my game as well as my fitness and my mental toughness. When team India wins everything looks so nice,” he said.

The 31-year-old left-handed batsman said the Indian team was a confident bunch of players, which was reflected by the results.

He said he has benefitted immensely from the promotion to No. 3, especially with Virat Kohli himself moving down to No. 4. The skipper was absent from this final match owing to a stiff back.

“The way Virat led the team in last two and a half months, he showed he cares about each and every person. Batting at No. 3, he has done brilliantly in T20 cricket but he gave me that license to go after the bowlers and attack. He showed the faith in me.”

Raina said it’s imperative to make the first six overs count whether batting or bowling.

“Today, I was enjoying batting with Shikhar Dhawan. He made me more comfortable at the other end. I just looked to enjoy myself and express my shots. That s what we have done in the first six overs (throughout the series). I think T20 is all about six overs. You can put a lot of bowlers back easily if you have wickets in hand and you can execute later on,” he said.

“When South Africa won the toss it meant that they had to bat well in second innings. With 171, when you have Bhuvi, Bumrah and Hardik, you can easily defend with the good fielding unit we have,” he added.

PTI