Virender Sehwag names an ‘ideal replacement’ of current Team India opener Shikhar Dhawan

Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan captained his side in the recently concluded Sri Lanka tour comprising three One-Day Internationals and many T20 Internationals. The ‘Men in Blue’ clinched the ODI leg 2-1 but lost the T20I series 2-1. In the second T20I, Team India handed debuts to four youngsters in the form of Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj…

Virender Sehwag names an ‘ideal replacement’ of current Team India opener Shikhar Dhawan

Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan captained his side in the recently concluded Sri Lanka tour comprising three One-Day Internationals and many T20 Internationals. The ‘Men in Blue’ clinched the ODI leg 2-1 but lost the T20I series 2-1.

In the second T20I, Team India handed debuts to four youngsters in the form of Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Nitish Rana and Chetan Sakariya. Out of them, Padikkal was the biggest positive as he made 29 runs on a challenging surface in Colombo. In fact, Padikkal was the second-highest individual scorer for India after Dhawan, who had scored 40 runs.

Padikkal didn’t get the big score, but he still impressed many, including former India opener Virender Sehwag. In a chat with Cricbuzz, Sehwag heaped praises on Padikkal, saying he has the potential to go big in the fascinating game.

The 42-year-old even reckoned that the Karanataka batter has every quality to become an ideal replacement for Dhawan. Sehwag recalled Padikkal’s incredible century in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, saying he has scored some brilliant knocks in IPL, and I want to see him perming at the international level as well.

“I really want to see him perform because the way he played a couple of innings struck a century in the IPL, we saw some brilliant batting. When Shikhar Dhawan goes, he would be the right replacement for him,” said Sehwag.

The cricketer-turned-analyst also hoped the Indian young guns to get big opportunities in the sub-continent so that when they travel to SENA countries (South Africa, England, New Zealand, Australia), there shall be some confidence in them.

“The only thing is that I want these Indian youngsters to first get opportunities in the sub-continent because then when he goes to England, Australia or South Africa, there is confidence behind him,” Sehwag added.

Padikkal has so far played 21 IPL matches, in which he has managed to score 668 runs at a strike rate of 131.8 with one hundred and five half-centuries.

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West Indies vs Pakistan, 2021, 2nd T20I: Preview – Pitch Report, Playing Combination & Match Prediction

West Indies are set to lock horns with Pakistan in the second game of the ongoing four-match T20I series. The contest will take place at the Providence Stadium in Guyana on Saturday (July 31). The opening match held at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, in Barbados, got called off due to rain. The game was first reduced…

West Indies vs Pakistan, 2021, 2nd T20I: Preview – Pitch Report, Playing Combination & Match Prediction

West Indies are set to lock horns with Pakistan in the second game of the ongoing four-match T20I series. The contest will take place at the Providence Stadium in Guyana on Saturday (July 31).

The opening match held at Kensington Oval, Bridgetown, in Barbados, got called off due to rain. The game was first reduced to nine overs per side, in which the hosts managed to score 85 runs for the loss of five wickets. Skipper Kieron Pollard was their highest scorer with unbeaten 22 runs off 9 balls. However, the visitors couldn’t come to bat because of the rain and the match was abandoned.

The home team struggled in the batting department and would surely try to rectify the errors when they walk in to play the second game. On the other hand, the touring party will be hoping to replicate the similar bowling display and make the most of the conditions.

Pitch report:

The pitch in Guyana doesn’t offer much help to batters, especially in the shortest format. The average score in T20Is here is under 140 in seven matches. A similar trend is expected to be continued in the upcoming fixture.

Playing Combination:

West Indies

Although the batting unit of Windies struggled in the series opener but it isn’t easy to know the real potential of batters in a nine-over game. Therefore, it is highly unlikely that West Indies would change their playing XI.

WI XI: Kieron Pollard (c), Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Nicholas Pooran (wk), Andre Russell, Jason Holder, Dwayne Bravo, Hayden Walsh, Akeal Hosein

Pakistan

Pakistan’s batting wasn’t tested, and bowling did impress on all corners. So, Babar Azam might also field the same XI that featured in the opening match.

PAK XI: Babar Azam (c), Sharjeel Khan, Mohammad Rizwan (wk), Mohammad Hafeez, Fakhar Zaman, Azam Khan, Shadab Khan, Hasan Ali, Mohammad Wasim Jr, Shaheen Afridi, Usman Qadir

Match Prediction:

Case 1:

  • West Indies win the toss and bowl first
  • Pakistan Powerplay score: 40-50
  • Pakistan Total: 150-165

Case 2:

  • Pakistan win the toss and bowl first
  • West Indies Powerplay score: 35-45
  • West Indies Total: 140-155

Pakistan to win the contest.

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