Suresh Raina looks such a tentative player if he is confronted with a little juicy surface and fiery bowling.
On a flat deck, he is a different player altogether and seems to have all the shots in the book. But, as soon as some pace and bounce come along to challenge him, he looks awfully limited.
His game on the tough wickets is just not improving. He has been around in the circuit for 10 years now and still he is that flat deck player which he was when he had made his debut for India.
Seeing him bat gives the feeling at times that his problem has been more in the head than in the technique.
The way he just keeps jumping around his crease to try and develop new methods to counter the moving and bouncing ball, it seems he himself is acknowledging that his technique and defence are not good enough.
There is a good old theory in Cricket that you have to keep your head still while hitting the ball, but, it is just not possible to do that if your position in the crease is constantly changing.
Sharjeel Khan has been rewarded for the timely three-figure knock that he played in the last play-off game of the Pakistan Super League Season one.
He has been slotted in the Pakistan national squad for the two big multination tournaments coming up, that is the Asia Cup and the World twenty 20 Championship.
Sharjeel, who is featuring for Islamabad United in the first edition of the Pakistan Super League, was in a different zone in the third qualifier against the Peshawar Zalmi as he absolutely nailed it on a slow deck in Dubai.
And, that he did so against Zalmi, it made it that much more special as Zalmi had had the best of the bowlers in the tournament.
There was a hitter like Dwayne Smith standing at the other end with Sharjeel and the left hander made his Caribbean partner look like an ordinary player with the shots that he played.
It seemed as if the two batsmen were batting on different tracks.
While, Smith was finding it difficult to adjust to the lack of pace in the wicket and was not scoring at even a run a ball, Sharjeel was absolutely cracking it away (more…)
The coach of the England Cricket team, Trevor Bayliss, has brought an aggressive mentality with himself.
Addressing his very first press conference as the Three Lions boss, the Aussie made clear he wanted some ‘fire’ off the England players.
That showed in England’s performance in Cardiff. Everyone was up and ready for the task. There were counter attacks with both bat and ball.
Even Alastair Cook, who is known to be slightly cautious in his game, was ready to take on the opposition.
Cook going down the track and going for the lofted shot against a spinner is a rare sight in test match Cricket.
But, he was regularly trying to do so in the first test match.
He couldn’t succeed though, but, the intent was there.
However, earlier today while talking to the reporters, Bayliss said it’s not necessary for somebody like Cook to tinker with his natural game just for the sake of being aggressive.
According to Bayliss, the England skipper has spent whole his career being solid and he should continue that way as that would give the rest of the guys the freedom to play around him. (more…)
Mitchell Starc should give some credit for his recent rise in international Cricket to Shane Warne too.
If Warne had not made that sort of comment on him in the test series, he might not have got that extra motivation and energy to show his capability to the entire world.
What a bowler he emerged out as in the second half of the summer, the New South Welshman.
Not only did he make Warne eat his words at the end of the summer, he established himself as probably the best bowler of the Australian team in limited-over Cricket.
The steam that he showed in all the games in the World Cup and even before that in the triangular series too, it was incredible.
It was like as if he was eager to prove that he was a ferocious fast bowler and not the soft one which Warne described him as in the middle of the Border-Gavaskar series.
Now, Starc’s aim should be to perform in the test matches as well in the same way as he has done in limited-over Cricket.
In test matches where there is a bit more patience needed, a bit more skill needed, Starc has faltered so far. (more…)
Shane Warne is very confident about Australia becoming the World Champions again.
The reason behind Warne’s confidence is the no. of match winners that the Kangaroos have got.
According to Warne, there have been some very good Australian teams in the past as well, but, none of them had as much firepower as this current lot has.
Australia has already won three World Cups before, more than any other team in the history of the game.
The current edition is taking place in their home conditions. So, it would not be surprising if they take that tally to four in a few weeks’ time.
The presence of the all rounders in the squad is what makes Australia an almost unbeatable team at this point in time. (more…)