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

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 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: 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 (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.

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Shoaib Akhtar Glad To Be Proved Wrong As He Thought Virat Kohli Was Making A Mistake By Being Team India Skipper

Shoaib Akhtar, a former Pakistan pacer was rich in his praise for India skipper Virat Kohli for instilling aggression in his fast bowlers and for changing the mentality of Indian cricket. In an exclusive interview with Sportskeeda, Shoaib Akhtar shared his thoughts on India’s evolved pace attack over the last few years. Shoaib Akhtar Thinks Virat Kohli Has Done A Wonderful Job As A Captain So far, Virat Kohli has represented his side in 92 Tests, 254 ODIs, and 90 T20Is, scoring 7547, 12169, and 3159 runs respectively. He is the only player to average above 50 across all the

Shoaib Akhtar Glad To Be Proved Wrong As He Thought Virat Kohli Was Making A Mistake By Being Team India Skipper

Shoaib Akhtar, a former Pakistan pacer was rich in his praise for India skipper Virat Kohli for instilling aggression in his fast bowlers and for changing the mentality of Indian cricket.

In an exclusive interview with Sportskeeda, Shoaib Akhtar shared his thoughts on India’s evolved pace attack over the last few years.

Shoaib Akhtar. (AFP Photo)

Shoaib Akhtar Thinks Virat Kohli Has Done A Wonderful Job As A Captain

So far, Virat Kohli has represented his side in 92 Tests, 254 ODIs, and 90 T20Is, scoring 7547, 12169, and 3159 runs respectively. He is the only player to average above 50 across all the formats. But the batsman is yet to score a ton in any format since his 136 against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens in November 2019. His century drought continued but he will look to make amends in the upcoming 5 Tests against hosts England.

“I think Virat (Kohli) has done a wonderful job as a captain. I said it to Anushka Sharma in a Sony show-‘I think Virat is making a mistake by being a captain. I knew there was a tremendous amount of pressure on him and it would bog him down.”

“In a country like India with a population of a billion, there are around 20,000 TV sets and channels, enough to slam him. In my mind, I was thinking, “he’s a young kid, let him score runs and play his game.”

Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Image Source: AP IMAGE

In a way, the 45-year-old was glad to be proved wrong. In the interview, he credited Virat Kohli for instilling the aggression a tearaway pacer needed.

“He [Kohli] took up that challenge of being a skipper. He took it on and made sure that his replica was instilled within the fast bowlers. He wants to see his aggression in his fast bowlers. He’s not actually a Virat Kohli on the field, he is a fast bowler running in the form of an Ishant Sharma or a Bhuvneshwar Kumar or [Mohammed] Shami.”- Shoaib Akhtar

As a bowling unit, Virat Kohli wants his bowlers in the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, and Ravichandran Ashwin to take twenty wickets and has changed the mentality of Indian cricket.

Shoaib Akhtar Was Feared By Batsmen Across The World For Generating Express Pace While Virat Kohli Is Yet To Win An ICC Trophy As Skipper

Shoaib Akhtar was undoubtedly one of the fastest bowlers in international cricket and his 178 Test wickets and 247 ODI scalps bear proof of his calibre. Known for his ferocious pace, intense aggression, and his ability to provide regular breakthroughs at important critical junctures in the game, he was often seen as the main threat by the opposition batsmen.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

He headlined news across the world for bowling a delivery at 161.3 km/h (100.23 mph), in an ODI against England during the 2003 Cricket World Cup. Shoaib Akhtar was nicknamed the “Rawalpindi Express” for his breakneck speed. He was also the first bowler to be recorded bowling at 100 miles per hour and did so twice during his career.

Virar Kohli, who was handed the reins for the final Test match against Australia on the 2014-15 tour, has led India in 61 Tests which is the most by an Indian skipper so far. Under Virat Kohli, India has won 36 Test matches.

In the One Day Internationals, Team India has registered 65 victories from the 95 matches. Virat Kohli has captained the T20I side 45 times, and India has won 27 matches. Under Virat Kohli, India has been the most consistent Test side over the past five years.

Under Virat Kohli, India has come close thrice to lift an ICC Trophy – the in 2017, the 2019 World Cup, and most recently, the WTC final – but have stumbled at the final hurdle. Royal Challengers Bangalore, Virat Kohli’s franchise is also yet to win IPL but finished as runners up on three occasions between 2009 and 2016. They were runners up in 2009,2011 and 2016-the last of which came under Virat Kohli.

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