India Isn’t Scared Of Defeat: Inzamam-ul-Haq

Inzamam-ul-Haq, former Pakistan legendary skipper has hailed Team India’s decision to play the second T20I against Sri Lanka despite having only five batters available. Inzamam-ul-Haq termed Team India’s move to contest the clash as a brave one. COVID-positive Krunal Pandya and eight other Indian players, identified as his close contacts, were ruled out of the Sri Lanka T20Is, having been placed in isolation. There were even reports that the series could be called off in the wake of the development. However, the match eventually went ahead, and Sri Lanka won by four wickets. Inzamam-ul-Haq: India Was Severely Affected Due To Covid-19 And Had The

India Isn’t Scared Of Defeat: Inzamam-ul-Haq

Inzamam-ul-Haq, former Pakistan legendary skipper has hailed Team India’s decision to play the second T20I against Sri Lanka despite having only five batters available. Inzamam-ul-Haq termed Team India’s move to contest the clash as a brave one.

COVID-positive and eight other Indian players, identified as his close contacts, were ruled out of the Sri Lanka T20Is, having been placed in isolation. There were even reports that the series could be called off in the wake of the development. However, the match eventually went ahead, and Sri Lanka won by four wickets.

Team India. Pic: BCCI

Inzamam-ul-Haq: India Was Severely Affected Due To Covid-19 And Had The Option To Pull Out But Decided Instead To Play As They Aren’t Scared Of Defeat

Speaking on his YouTube channel, stated that Team India’s decision to go ahead and play the series was proof of their mental strength.

He said: “Team India were severely affected due to COVID as eight of their players, apart from Krunal Pandya, were unavailable. They had the option to pull out of the game but decided to go ahead and play the second T20I.

“This proves that Team India are not scared of defeat. When you are not afraid of losing, victory will find its way towards you. They trusted the players who are available to play in the squad. Bhuvneshwar Kumar batted as high as No. 6 since Team India had only five batters.”

Inzamam-ul-Haq | AFP
Inzamam-ul-Haq | AFP

He added: “The game of cricket is all about approach. Team India’s playing very strong cricket these days because, mentally, they are ready to face tough challenges. They are sending players to England where injury has hit the Team India camp. They lost the 2nd T20I but not without giving a fight. Although they only managed 132 on the board, Sri Lanka won the match with two balls to spare. It was a commendable effort by Team India.”

India named 4 T20I debutants in Nitish Rana, Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and Chetan Sakariya for the 2nd T20I match. Put into bat, India was restricted to a modest 132 for 5 with skipper Shikhar Dhawan top-scoring with 40. The hosts then chased down the target with four wickets in hand and two balls to spare.

Prithvi Shaw, Suryakumar Yadav, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Yuzvendra Chahal, K Gowtham, and Deepak Chahar are the eight players identified as close contacts of Krunal Pandya, who tested positive for Covid-19 on Tuesday. Although all eight have tested negative for the virus, they have still been ruled out of the ongoing T20I series against Sri Lanka.

Inzamam-ul-Haq Credits Rahul Dravid For India’s Mental Strength

The Pakistan legend credited Team India coach Rahul Dravid for instilling a positive attitude and never-say-die spirit in the youngsters.

Inzamam-ul-Haq explained: “I will credit Rahul Dravid for Team India’s mental strength. Correcting techniques of players is one thing but making them mentally strong is another. When teams have such players, it is very difficult for sides to beat them. Winning and losing is part and parcel of the game. But I would say it was a brave decision from Team India to play the match despite lack of options available.”

Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid – K. MURALI KUMAR

Speaking ahead of the second T20I, Rahul Dravid himself dismissed suggestions that players are getting Team India caps easily.

He told the host broadcaster: “I truly believe that if you’re selected to play for India – whether it’s 15 players or 20 players – you’re good enough to play in the XI. I don’t really think that the selectors select you in the 15 just to warm the bench or for a holiday.”

With the series tied 1-1, Team India and Sri Lanka will battle it out in the decider in Colombo on Thursday.

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Dale Steyn Knew Mohammed Siraj Was Going To Have A Good Test Career

Dale Steyn, the South African legendary former pacer believes Mohammed Siraj has the right attitude and skills to succeed in England, picking the Indian pacer to have a successful Test career. Dale Steyn also praised Shardul Thakur who has played only 2 Tests. Mohammed Siraj had troubled England batsmen on lifeless Indian pitches while bowling match-winning figures in Australia as he spearheaded the pace attack and was India’s highest wicket-taker with 13 scalps. But experienced Ishant Sharma was preferred ahead of him in the final. Dale Steyn Knew Mohammed Siraj Was Going To Have A Good Test Career As He Brings A

Dale Steyn Knew Mohammed Siraj Was Going To Have A Good Test Career

Dale Steyn, the South African legendary former pacer believes  has the right attitude and skills to succeed in England, picking the Indian pacer to have a successful Test career. Dale Steyn also praised Shardul Thakur who has played only 2 Tests.

Mohammed Siraj had troubled England batsmen on lifeless Indian pitches while bowling match-winning figures in Australia as he spearheaded the pace attack and was India’s highest wicket-taker with 13 scalps. But experienced Ishant Sharma was preferred ahead of him in the final.

Shardul Thakur and Mohammed Siraj. Pics/AP, PTI

Dale Steyn Knew Mohammed Siraj Was Going To Have A Good Test Career As He Brings A Good Attitude To The Game Which Was In Show In Australia Tour

In a column, Dale Steyn analyzed the Indian pace attack. Praising Mohammed Siraj, the South African wrote that he brings a good attitude to the game.

“I think he (Mohammed Siraj) brings a good attitude to the game. That’s another thing we tend to forget when you’re playing in English conditions. It’s not just about where you put the ball but also the attitude you bring, getting in people’s faces, making them play shots they don’t particularly want to play – I think Siraj is somebody who can do that.

“I saw parts of that little bit of fight when he played in Australia, and I immediately knew he was going to have a good Test career. Don’t forget about the attitude of a fast bowler too.”

Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Mohammed Siraj has played five Tests for India, claiming 16 wickets at an average of 28.25. He played a key role in India’s wins in the Melbourne and Brisbane Tests in the Australian tour picking up a maximum of 13 Test wickets.

The 25-year-old pacer made his debut in the second Test in Melbourne and immediately made his mark in international cricket. Eventually, he ended up as the highest wicket-taker for India with 13 wickets in the Border- Gavaskar Trophy 2020/21. What makes his performance even more praise-worthy was that Mohammed Siraj had lost his father when he was touring Australia for series.

Dale Steyn Compares Shardul Thakur’s Ability To Swing With Tim Southee

Dale Steyn reckons India would have relished playing the pacer in the World Test Championship (WTC) final. But he agreed that that would have come at the cost of another batter or a bowler who could bat better. India went ahead with Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Shami in the WTC final, which they lost to a spirited New Zealand side.

Dale Steyn emphasized fitness being the crucial parameter for Indian pacers to be successful in England. The 38-year-old also praised Shardul Thakur and compared his ability to swing with New Zealand’s Tim Southee’s.

“I like what they (India) have got right now. All those bowlers bring something different to the party. My advice is to stay fit. Five Test matches – that requires a lot of bowling. It’s a lot of wickets to take, and if you’re going to rely on your seamers to do a lot of bowling, you have to stay fit.”

Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn Photograph: Christiaan Kotze/AFP/Getty Images

“I like Shardul Thakur. He does swing the ball beautifully, and when he learns how to get the ball that stays straight on batters, that’s when he might find a lot more edges. He’s another guy like Tim Southee who can swing it beautifully. But he needs to learn how to bowl that kind of scrambled ball that just holds the line, and he can find the edges,” Dale Steyn wrote.

Dale Steyn also pointed out and Umesh Yadav’s ability to swing the ball at a good pace. He said that whoever among the two bowls is better in the nets should start in the Tests. The two-Test old Shardul Thakur was mighty impressive in the only longest format game he played in the away series against Australia this year, picking up seven wickets and scoring a half-century in Brisbane.

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