In today’s cricket news from Cricket Europe, learn about how India’s T20 World Cup roster, which will consist of 15 players, does not include Mohammed Shami. Meanwhile, post his debut for India earlier this year, Arshdeep Singh has something to cheer about with a ticket to Australia. He was named in the 15-member Indian squad for the T20 World Cup in Australia. Lastly, Harmanpreet Kaur, captain of the India women’s team, said that the team “had to play” in wet conditions against England.
India’s T20 Squad Excludes Mohammed Shami
Original Source: Mohammed Shami exclusion the big call in India’s T20 squad
Mohammed Shami isn’t in India’s 15-man T20 World Cup squad starting Oct. 16. Despite India’s death-overs struggles at the Asia Cup, the senior fast bowler is on standby.
Shami hasn’t played T20 since last year’s World Cup, but he’ll play in the home series against Australia and South Africa. The Chetan Sharma-led selection committee ignored Australian pitches.
The team has four batsmen: Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, and Suryakumar Yadav. Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik are wicketkeeper-batsmen; Hardik Pandya and Harshal Patel bowl seam. Deepak Hooda and Axar Patel are spin-all-rounders, with Ravichandran Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal supporting. Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Arshdeep Singh, who impressed with his death-overs bowling at the Asia Cup, are the fast bowlers.
In the last year, India’s T20I squad experimented and rotated players. The Asia Cup team showed what the T20 World Cup would be like. Despite the Super Four exit, the selectors chose consistency.
The easier part was team selection. Picking the playing XI is harder for team management. Will Rohit open? As Kohli broke his century drought in the Asia Cup, he looked comfortable opening. He does it regularly in the IPL and has contributed when opening for India in the shortest format. In fact, his opening inning average is 57.14, a significant improvement from his career T20I average of 51.94.
KL Rahul is an opener who likes to pace his innings. Two recent examples: In the Asia Cup group league match against Hong Kong, Rahul made 16 off 20 balls as India scored 44/1 in the Powerplay. Against Sri Lanka in Super Four, he scored 6 off 7 balls. India plays an outdated style of T20 cricket compared to world champion Australia and gung-ho England. Rahul’s batting sometimes hurts the team despite his runs.
By making him vice-captain, the selectors have protected him from being dropped, and he is likely to open with Kohli at No. 3.
After India’s final Asia Cup game, Rahul was asked if Kohli should open the batting. Rahul’s reply was sharp: “So, you want me to sit out?”
The team management missed a trick by not promoting Pant up the order; his innovative stroke-play can exploit field restrictions in the first six overs. As of now, the left-hander will bat fifth and Karthik will be the finisher.
We’ll see if excluding Shami works or backfires. Kumar lost against Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the Asia Cup and Arshdeep is a spring chicken, despite his UAE performance. T20 World Cup is a bigger stage, so death-overs batsmen will ask tougher questions. Shami’s skill and experience may be missed.
When you need to win, prepare more. I think the fast bowlers were poorly chosen. Know the rules. The spinner loses out. I was surprised you only brought 4 fast bowlers (including Hardik). You needed that extra one; Mohammed Shami relaxing at home puzzles me. After his IPL, he didn’t make the cut. After India’s Asia Cup exit, former coach Ravi Shastri criticized team selection on Star Sports.
Former Pakistani quick Wasim Akram agreed.
At the World Cup, India will be under pressure. Over the past year, they’ve lost a T20 World Cup group-stage match, Test and ODI series in South Africa, a one-off Test in England, and the Asia Cup. Rohit can’t afford a loss in Australia.
India will host Australia and South Africa before the T20 World Cup. BCCI says Hardik, Arshdeep, and Kumar will report to the NCA for conditioning work during the home series against Australia and South Africa.
Arshdeep Singh Gets an Australia Ticket After Social Media Trolling
The morning after Arshdeep Singh dropped a crucial catch and almost defended seven runs in the last over against Pakistan, he spoke with coach Jaswant Rai.
Arshdeep, who was trolled on social media for dropping Asif Ali, couldn’t sleep that night over his full toss that resulted in the match-deciding boundary. On Monday, when he was named to India’s T20 World Cup squad, Rai celebrated at his academy.
“Like any player, Arshdeep was tense, but we told him he’d done the hard work and need not worry. After dropping a catch against Pakistan and almost defending seven runs in the last over, he told me he couldn’t sleep. He said he doesn’t care about trolls, but his only concern was his yorker attempt. “The T20 World Cup is the biggest stage for any cricketer, and Arshdeep’s attitude of fixing his mistakes will help him and India,” Rai told The Indian Express.
Rai first met Arshdeep in 2015 when he came to his Sector 36 academy with his parents. The youngster has since become one of the best death over bowlers in the IPL. Last year, he had the best death overs economy rate (7.58), taking 10 wickets in 14 matches for Punjab Kings. Last year, Arshdeep had 18 wickets and the second-best strike rate among the top 10 wicket-takers.
As a youngster, Arshdeep could bowl six balls with six different variations. But I knew he couldn’t master it until he practiced all the variations. I would stand near the wickets and ask him to bowl 5m, 6m, or 7m length balls aimed at boxes on the pitch as he entered his delivery stride, Rai recalls.
Since his India debut this year, Arshdeep has taken 14 wickets in 11 T20Is at an average of 20.14 and a strike rate of 16.3. His 7.38 economy impresses Rai. He took two wickets against Pakistan in India’s first match in UAE and three more in the tournament. “Earlier in his career, I made him bowl with a tennis ball to improve length control. As he grew, we worked on wrist and seam position.
His wrists are the main tool behind his slow and fast bouncers, but we worked on his posture, including bringing his arm closer to his ear for in-swings and further away for out-swings. We would place a fielder at fine leg to teach him that the seam should face fine leg for in-swing and first slip for out-swing. We’d repeat that for 20-25 balls twice a day, and now it’s imprinted on his mind.”
In Australia, Arshdeep will join Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, and Hardik Pandya. Since Australian pitches are larger than most in India, Rai has been helping him adjust.
“His yorkers are near perfect. Now we’re working on balls for Australian pitches. He can’t pull back or extend because batsmen can counter with pull or straight shots. The larger ground allows him to bowl slow bouncers and bouncers effectively, whereas in UAE and IPL, these don’t work. If the pitch is slow in Australia, he should use more yorkers and length balls. Rai said he must use his swing on greens.
Arshdeep’s performances have impressed left-arm pace bowlers.
, “He told me that after the Pakistan match, Wasim Akram told him, ‘Well done, sardar ji, very good bowling’ Former players have told him in the last week that his slog bowling against Pakistan and Sri Lanka helped close the games. As a coach, what more can I ask of Arshdeep? Rai quit.
Harmanpreet Kaur Said the Team “Forcefully Played” in Wet Conditions
Original Source: We forcefully played in wet conditions: Harmanpreet Kaur
Harmanpreet Kaur, India’s women’s team captain, said her team “forcefully played” in wet conditions in the first T20 International against England. The tourists lost by nine wickets.
India beat England in the Commonwealth Games semi-final a month ago, but the T20 series didn’t go well.
“We didn’t get the runs expected. I feel like we forced it because conditions weren’t ideal, Harmanpreet said after the match.
However, the Indian captain backed her teammates, saying that despite the wet conditions, everyone gave their best.
Still, I’m happy with the girls’ effort because they’re ready to play when injured.
“That’s why you need teammates who can score in any condition, and I’m happy with our efforts,” she said.
Radha Yadav’s shoulder injury in the second over of England’s chase cost India a key player.
His sudden departure left India without a bowler who could have turned things around.
“I know it wasn’t ideal to play cricket, but we tried.
“The ground was too wet, so there were many chances to get hurt, and one of our players did. She was our main bowler, so we lacked,” Harmanpreet said.
“We were one bowler short, so our efforts mattered,” she said. “I’m glad girls are volunteering,” she said.
Summary of today’s Cricket/Sport News
Overall, India’s 15-person team for the T20 World Cup, which starts on October 16, does not include Mohammed Shami. This is a big deal. Even though India had trouble in the last overs of the Asia Cup, the senior fast bowler was kept on standby.
Also, Arshdeep was made fun of on social media for not catching Asif Ali, and he couldn’t sleep that night because he kept thinking about his full toss that led to the winning boundary. Rai’s Chandigarh Academy had something to celebrate on Monday when he was named to India’s 15-person team for the T20 World Cup in Australia.
Finally, the T20 International was won by England over India by nine wickets. Harmanpreet Kaur, India’s women’s team captain, stated her squad “forcefully played” in damp conditions against England.