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Shopkeepers in Pakistan refused to take money from me after 2021 T20 WC win over IND: Mohammad Rizwan

Swashbuckling Pakistan batter Mohammad Rizwan in an interview with Michael Atherton said that shopkeepers in Pakistan refused to take money from him after his unbeaten knock against India in the 2021 T20 World Cup. “When we won against India, that time, I thought it was only a match for me. But when it comes to Pakistan, I saw the love from my people. After that, whenever I went to a shop, they won’t take money from me. They would say, ‘you go, you go. I won’t take money from you! And it’s the same for Babar Azam and Shaheen Shah Afridi as well,” he said in the video shared by Pakistan Cricket. In the 2021 match, Pakistan had brought to an end India’s near-three-decade domination of them in the world stage in the most convincing fashion, embarrassing their arch-rivals by 10 wickets in t...
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T20 World Cup: Loss to India may force Pakistan to change team composition or batting approach

Pakistan’s last-ball defeat to India on Sunday in their opening match of the T20 World Cup may well have increased the pressure on their contrarian T20 strategy, in the absence of a genuine seam-bowling all-rounder. In a format where most top sides have come to rely on their batting heavyweights outgunning the opposition – India have almost been forced to adopt a more aggressive batting approach after their 2021 T20 World Cup debacle – Pakistan still swear by scoring just about par and trusting their high-quality bowling attack to defend it, game after game. There is no doubt that the strategy has worked more often than not when bowlers of the calibre Pakistan have are setting up the game. Since the 2021 T20 World Cup, Pakistan have lost only three and won 10 matches while chasing a tar...
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‘It was a no-ball and the umpire’s call was fine’: Ex-England captain on Ind vs Pak no-ball

Virat Kohli smashed a stunning half-century to lift India to a four-wicket win on the final ball against arch-rivals Pakistan in a classic T20 World Cup match on Sunday that unfolded in front of a massive Melbourne Cricket Ground crowd. With India chasing 160 to beat Pakistan in their Twenty20 World Cup opener in Melbourne, Kohli smashed two of the tremendous sixes of his career to leave his side needing 16 runs off the final over from Mohammad Nawaz. But the game-changing moment in the encounter occurred when India required 28 off the last eight balls and Kohli launched his onsla­ught against Haris and hit a couple of sixes- one back past the bowler’s head and the other over fine leg. “One of the best T20 games with an epic innings by Virat Kohli,” said former England captain Michael A...
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Hardik Pandya reveals special chat he had with close ones before India vs Pakistan match

India allrounder Hardik Pandya, who held up his end and scored a resolute 40 as Virat Kohli set off the fireworks in the other end against Pakistan, talked about a chat he had with his close ones before the match. In an clip shared by BCCI, Pandya said, ” I was very happy to be at the situation I was at. Being here, playing for my country, having such wonderful people and cricketers around me. I just had a feeling, you know, that’s why before the game, I took a punt saying to all the closest people of my life which are my brother, my wife, my sister-in-law, my mother and my manager. I messaged them saying I am gonna put on a show for you guys tonight and whatever I do is for you. Because I wanted to be accountable. It has happened in the past, a couple of people I say it’s going to be s...
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‘Shaheen Afridi wasn’t fit; he wasn’t really there’ Waqar, Akram, and Misbah share their thoughts

Shaheen Afridi went wicketless against India, giving away 34 runs, raising concerns about his fitness. Former captain Waqar Younis, Wasim Akram, Misbah-ul-Haq were worried about his fitness in the remaining matches in the T20 world cup. “We know what Shaheen Afridi delivers but he wasn’t really there. I was there in New Zealand [Pakistan played a series in New Zealand just before the world cup] also and spoke to the medical panel and Babar Azam and I asked that question: You are taking him to the world cup and why isn’t he here? He should have played in New Zealand,” Waqar said on A Sports. “He has just played 6 overs in the game-times in warm-ups. He didn’t play before that. You can fit in nets but in a crunch game, you need match practice. It looked like he wasn’t there yet.” The c...
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T20 World Cup: I am a showman, says Hardik Pandya after match against Pakistan

With Virat Kohli taking the lion’s share of the plaudits for his unbeaten 82 against Pakistan on Sunday, Hardik Pandya’s resolute 40 runs off 37 balls has taken somewhat of a backseat. But that did not stop Pandya from basking in the team’s glory and refer to himself as a showman while talking to former coach Ravi Shastri and Sunil Gavaskar after the match. “I think I am a showman. I will not come everyday but when I come I’ll put on a show. That’s why I messaged my wife and a few closest people and I said, I don’t know, I just had a gut feeling that tonight is gonna be a special night. I messaged the six of them and said, tonight whatever I am going to do, I’ll do for you guys. That about sums it up.” Hardik was also instrumental with the ball when he returned the figures of 3/30 takin...
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Hotels overbooked, ticket touts on prowl as all eyes in Melbourne on India-Pak Sunday

“HOW IS it possible for tickets to be sold out in just 10 minutes?” a local Melbourne Radio host wonders. A more rhetorical query wouldn’t have possibly crackled over Melbourne’s airwaves in recent times. This is a city that regularly hosts the Aussie Open Grand Slam and the Boxing Day Test. It has also witnessed the ODI World Cup finals. But still, Melbourne was surprised by the speed at which tickets for Sunday’s World T20 game between India and Pakistan got snapped up online. “After so many years, India and Pakistan will play in Melbourne. The last time they played against each other here was in the 1980s. There is a big buzz and everyone is looking forward to this Sunday. It will be a big carnival for the expats here,” says Jaspreet Manku, a fan who hopes to catch the action. The la...
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MCG my home ground: Rauf sends warning to India ahead of T20 World Cup opener

Pakistan pacer Haris Rauf is banking on his knowledge gained from the Big Bash League to outsmart Indian batters in the marquee clash of the T20 World Cup at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on October 23. The arch-rivals, who don’t play bilateral series due to geo-political tensions, will clash for a fourth a time in one year at the MCG. “If I give my best, they won’t be able to play me easily. For the upcoming World Cup match, I’m very happy because it is at the Melbourne Cricket Ground,” Rauf, who plays for Melbourne Stars in the BBL, said in the post-match interaction after their six-run win over England. “It is my home ground because I play for the Melbourne Stars, and I have an idea of how the conditions play out there. I’ve already started planning on how I would bowl against India,”...