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Mohammad Rizwan reacts ‘India can’t play Shaheen, Rauf, Naseem’ trend in Asia Cup

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Mohammad Rizwan reacts ‘India can’t play Shaheen, Rauf, Naseem’ trend in Asia Cup: In the Group match between the two sides in the Asia Cup 2023, Shaheen Afridi once more let loose on India, bowling an outstanding spell of 4/35 in 10 overs.

He took four wickets, including valued victims Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Virat Kohli, and Rohit Sharma.

Fans were taken back to the 2021 T20 World Cup by Shaheen’s session, which brought to recall his historic three-wicket haul against India. This victory allowed Pakistan defeat their arch-rivals for the first time in World Cups.

The dominance of Pakistan was so overwhelming that the phrase “they can’t play him” started trending on various social media platforms. This phenomenon emerged after Afridi’s exceptional performance in dismantling India’s top-order during the T20 World Cup in 2021. Even prominent figures like former Pakistan Prime Minister, Shehbaz Sharif, and former pacer Wahab Riaz, took to their respective X (formerly Twitter) handles to use this phrase.

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Recently, Pakistan wicketkeeper batter Mohammad Rizwan was asked about the use of this phrase to hail Afridi. He answered by saying that with the amount of talent that the Pakistan fast bowlers possess, they can pose problems for all batters and not just for India.

Further speaking ahead, Rizwan praised India for putting a good total on the board despite losing early wickets in the previous game between the two teams.

“Their batters also haven’t faced our bowlers a lot. They lost early wickets but they put close to 270 on the board. Similarly, we will also have plans when their bowlers will come up against us. India have a good bowling attack, some of the world’s best who will obviously challenge us. But as professionals, we should be ready with the answers,” Rizwan added.

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“Our fast bowlers have played a crucial role in taking us to the No.1 spot. And the three fast bowlers we are talking about, they are not just going to pose difficulty for the Indian top-order but for every team. They are gifted bowlers. And if you look at our bench strength, that is also very good and that is why we have risen to the top,” he told a group of journalists when asked about the “they can’t play him” trend.

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“Their batters also haven’t faced our bowlers a lot. They lost early wickets but they put close to 270 on the board. Similarly, we will also have plans when their bowlers will come up against us. India have a good bowling attack, some of the world’s best who will obviously challenge us. But as professionals, we should be ready with the answers,” Rizwan added.

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Sunil Gavaskar Says Virat Kohli May Miss IPL 2024

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Sunil Gavaskar Says Virat Kohli May Miss IPL 2024: The great Sunil Gavaskar pondered on Monday if star batsman Virat Kohli will participate in the next Indian Premier League, given that the cricket player has been missing the current Test series against England due to personal issues.

On March 22 at Chepauk, the reigning champion Chennai Super Kings will play the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the opening match of the IPL 24. Initially named in the Indian Test squad, the RCB talisman pulled out before the opening game in Hyderabad.

Earlier this month, the cricketer along with his wife Anushka Sharma announced the birth of their second child.

“Kya woh khelenge… kuchh reason ke liye khel nahin rahe hain, shaayad ho sakta hai ke IPL ke liye bhi na khele (Will he play… He is not playing because of some reason, perhaps he may not play in IPL as well),” Gavaskar said rather cheekily when asked if Kohli would be hungry for runs in the IPL as he would be returning to action after a long break.

According to Gavaskar, Dhruv Jurel, a wicketkeeper-batter for the Rajasthan Royals, may be this IPL’s breakout star.

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Jurel, who was playing in just his second Test match, was named Man of the Match after he brilliantly batted for 90 runs and 39 not out in India’s five-wicket victory against England that ended the series.

“He could get a promotion in the hierarchy. Following this performance in the Test matches, Jurel may become a superstar. Even Akash Deep could have more opportunity to play the position of death over specialist in RCB, which they lacked in the previous season.” Gavaskar also hailed Mumbai Indians’ move to make Hardik Pandya their captain, paving the way for Rohit Sharma to bat freely, without the additional responsibility of leading the side.

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“To allow Rohit to play purely as a batter… it has been a busy season for him, first the World Cup, and now this series.

“This will give him the freedom to play without worrying about other players. My feeling is that it will work very well for Mumbai Indians.

“For Hardik to have someone like Rohit to turn to would be invaluable. Hardik will enjoy having Rohit as ‘captain’.”

Gavaskar is also excited that his favourite player, Rishabh Pant, will be making a much-awaited comeback after surviving a near-fatal car accident.

“I’m also a big fan of him. For me the most important thing, is he should be healthy like before, so that he can come and entertain us.

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“It will be very difficult for him and it will take some time for him to get that batting fluency. But good that he has started training.

“Knee plays a pivotal role in batting as well as keeping — which of course he may not do initially. Maybe he won’t be the usual Rishabh Pant that we are used to seeing,” Gavaskar said.

“He certainly has the ability to think on his feet. If he gets back to full fitness, the reins of (Delhi Capitals) captaincy should be handed over to him.

“Let’s stay hopeful. This season is first of him coming back to full fitness. Let’s not rush him into doing something that there will be a setback,” he added.

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PSL: Babar Azam Creates history in Pakistan Super League, become first batter to achieve this huge feat

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Babar Azam Creates history in Pakistan Super League, by becoming the first batter to achieve this huge feat: In the current Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2024, Babar Azam is heading the Peshawar Zalmi. The team lost their opening game to the Quetta Gladiators by a score of 16 runs, but Azam was outstanding in the game, scoring 68 runs off of 42 deliveries while hitting four fours and four sixes.

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Babar Azam became the first player to reach the 3000-run milestone in PSL history with this innings. In the PSL, he has amassed 3003 runs at a strike percentage of 125.49 in 78 innings.

Along with Saim Ayub, Babar Azam began the innings and together they amassed 91 runs, chased a massive 207 runs that the Quetta Gladiators had set.

Jason Roy and Saud Shakeel destroyed the Peshawar bowlers, adding 157 runs for the opening partnership, after Peshawar Zalmi won the toss and decided to bowl first. Jason Roy hit 75 off 48 deliveries, while Saud Shakeel struck 74 off 47 deliveries, all of which Babar Azam dismissed with a brilliant catch.

In the Pakistan Super League, Babar Azam achieved the 3,000 milestone, while Mohammad Rizwan became the most recent inductee into the 2000 runs club. Rizwan was the fourth hitter to surpass the 2000 runs mark in the PSL, tallying 2007 runs in 61 innings with a strike rate of 128.32.

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The Multan Sultans’ captain, Muhammad Rizwan, guided his squad to the championship game the previous season. In their opening match of the season, Multan Sultans defeated Karachi Kings by a margin of 55 runs.

Since its inaugural in 2016, the Pakistan Super League has served as both an annual competition for Pakistani players and an excellent platform for developing fresh talent. The tournament’s all-time highest scorer is Babar Azam, while the players with the most runs in the competition are also Fakhar Zaman, Shoaib Malik, Mohammad Rizwan, and Kamran Akmal.

Here are the top five run-getters in the Pakistan Super League:

Babar Azam: He leads the Peshawar Zalmi franchise and was previously associated with Karachi Kings where he the title. Babar Azam has amassed 3003 runs in 78 innings at a strike rate of 125.4

Fakhar Zaman: Zaman currently plays for the defending champions Lahore Qalandars which is led by Shaheen Shah Afridi. He has amassed 2381 runs in 77 innings at a strike rate of 141.97

Shoaib Malik: Shoaib represents Karachi Kings and has amassed 2135 runs in 78 innings at a strike rate of 130.18 and he has also represented Peshawar Zalmi and Multan Sultans previously.

Mohammad Rizwan: Rizwan is the captain of the Multan Sultans and he is the latest entry in the 2000 runs club in the PSL. He has amassed 2007 runs in 61 innings at a strike rate of 128.32

Kamran Akmal: He played for Peshawar Zalmi and has amassed 1927 runs in 74 innings at a strike rate of 136.94

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