Ahead of India’s series opener against South Africa in New Delhi, head coach Rahul Dravid had spoken about how he was someone who liked to have consistency in the playing eleven, giving players time and making them feel settled in the positions.
Despite losing the first two matches, India didn’t tinker with their playing eleven, as Dravid continued to keep his faith on the playing eleven. In India’s 82-run win over South Africa at Rajkot, pacer Avesh Khan repaid the faith in him despite going wicketless in the first three matches, picking a career-best haul of 4/18 to skittle out the visitors for 87.
“The team hasn’t changed over four games, so credit to Rahul (Dravid) sir. He gives chances to everybody and intends to give them a long enough run. He doesn’t drop a player after one or two bad performances because you cannot judge a player on the basis of one or two matches. Everyone is getting enough matches to prove themselves.
“Yes, there was some pressure on me. I had zero wickets in three games but Rahul sir and the team management trusted and gave me another opportunity today and I ended up picking four wickets. I feel very happy and it’s also my papa’s birthday, so one can say it’s a small gift for him too,” said Avesh after the match.
The pitch for India’s series-levelling win at Rajkot wasn’t an easy one for the batters, barring Dinesh Karthik’s blistering 55 off 27 balls as pacers got assistance from movement and variable bounce. Avesh revealed that after seeing the first innings and having a chat with opener Ishan Kishan, he had decided on bowling hard lengths.
“Whenever we are batting first, I always end up asking the batters how the wicket played, whether it was flat, two-paced or slow. I spoke to Ishan (Kishan) and he said that bowling hard length balls will be good as they aren’t easy to play; some are bouncing, some are stopping and the others are keeping low. After first innings ended, I planned to attack the stumps and bowl the hard lengths consistently. It’s in my hands to bowl well, not pick wickets and try hard to follow my process.
“The slower ball wasn’t very effective on today’s wicket, so I tried to bowl hard lengths with the occasional bouncer to change things up. Today’s wicket wasn’t easy for batters, it was two-paced although DK bhai, Hardik and Rishabh in between all played well. 170 was a very good total on this wicket and all we wanted to ensure was pick a couple of wickets in the powerplay to get a good grip on the game,” concluded Avesh.
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The 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers has been marred in controversy as the match between Brazil and Argentina saw violent clashes between rival supporters before the start of it. The high-profile fixture had to be delayed by 30 minutes as the Marcana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro witnessed ugly scenes, with disturbing visuals emerging on social media.
With the Brazilian and Argentinian players lining up for national anthems, the camera turned towards the stands as a section of rival fans exchanged blows. The local police officials could be seen beating up a section of Argentinian fans with batons and it did not go well with the tourists. By pointing at the violent scenes, Messi and co. decided to walk off the pitch.
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Pakistan cricket fans were left ruing their luck at the toss as it fell in England’s favour at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Saturday. With Jos Buttler winning the toss marking the end of Pakistan’s campaign at the showpiece event, netizens have relentlessly trolled Babar Azam and his men for losing the contest at the toss.
Coming into the game, Pakistan were facing a near impossible equation as winning the toss was the first priority. After winning the toss, Pakistan had to beat them by a massive 287-run margin. As things stand currently, Babar Azam and co. must do the unthinkable, bowling out for a mere 20 runs and getting those in only 1.3 overs, which would be their best-case scenario.
As things stand, the target for Pakistan will get bigger and the overs will keep diminishing. Pakistan fans were already irked as Babar was excluded among the list of captains during the light show at the Gateway of India in Mumbai on Thursday. It’s worth noting that Pakistan haven’t qualified for the 50-over World Cup semi-finals since the 2011 edition.
Pakistan have also made one change from their last match, benching Hassan Ali for an extra spinner in Shadab Khan. England have gone ahead with an unchanged line-up.
CWC 2023: South Africa vs Australia Semi-Final To Be Shifted To Mumbai If Pakistan Reach Knockouts, Confirm ICC Sources
The ODI World Cup semi-final between South Africa and Australia will be shifted to the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai if Pakistan qualify for the knockouts, sources in the International Cricket Council confirmed to the Free Press Journal on Thursday.
If Pakistan manage to reach the semis then they will face arch-rivals India once again in this tournament. In that case, the semi-final will be played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on November 15.
But if Pakistan don’t reach the semis then India will face either New Zealand or Afghanistan in Mumbai and South Africa will take on Australia in Kolkata as per the original schedule.India are scheduled to play their semifinal match in Mumbai only if they don’t face Pakistan. The Men in Green have refused to play in Mumbai due to security reasons.
Pakistan qualification scenario explained
But Pakistan’s qualification depends on the result of the match between New Zealand and Sri Lanka which is being played at the M Chinnaswamy stadium in Bengaluru.
If New Zealand manage to beat Sri Lanka by a comfortable margin then Pakistan’s qualification will take a hit even if they defeat England in their last league game. A loss against the defending champions in Kolkata on November 11 will automatically knockout Pakistan from the race for the semis.
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