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Rohit Sharma don’t Able to Read Shaheen Afridi at all: Former Pakistani pacer Shoaib Akhtar thinks Rohit Sharma has a tough time reading Shaheen Afridi with the new ball. In the aftermath of a break brought on by the rain on Saturday at the Pallekele International Stadium, Afridi castled Rohit with a ball that came back in off the seam.

The Indian skipper was dismissed by the left-arm pacer’s inswinging yorker when the two arch-rivals met at the 2021 T20 World Cup. Rohit already has a dodgy record against left-arm seamers, and Afridi being one of the best in the business does not help him one bit.

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Rohit tried to play for the inswing, but Afridi effectively put the ball away several times by changing the angle. After the ball finally moved back in enough to hit the stumps and breach the bat-pad gap, Rohit was forced to return to the pavilion after only scoring 11 runs from 22 deliveries.

“I don’t think Rohit is able to read or understand Shaheen at all. The visual of Rohit Sharma being beaten like this was not good, he is a far better player than this. Rohit can bat much better than this, I think he is worrying too much.”

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“The constant interruptions by rain, leading to the players going off the ground and coming back in, it affects the focus of the batters. Gill lost his wicket exactly because of this reason, he lost his concentration, and that is why he played such a loose shot.”

The last time Rohit Sharma faced Shaheen Afridi in an ODI was in 2018, when the spinner was still quite inexperienced. After some time, he became one of the top fast bowlers in the world and is perhaps the best in the industry with the new ball.

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“What a spell it was by Shaheen Afridi, what a bowler he is. Everyone knows what he will do, pitch it full and bring it back in, and in spite that Rohit Sharma had no answer. Buthwhat is Rohit Sharma supposed to do, in his defense he had last played him in 2022, he does not get the opportunity to face him too often,” Akhtar explained.

The Men in Green, who earlier beat Nepal, secured passage to the Super Fours stage with the help of the point they received for the washed-out match against India.

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IPL 2024: Sachin Tendulkar Amazed by SRH’s Outstanding Shows Against DC

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Sachin Tendulkar Amazed by SRH’s Outstanding Shows Against DC: The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024’s most vicious teams are the Surisers Hyderabad (SRH). Every time the Orange Army plays a group stage game, they break records, led by the recently appointed Pat Cummins.

Their most recent victory was on Saturday night when they defeated Delhi Capital by an enormous margin of 67 runs in their own turf. This was their third 250-plus total in the current competition.

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Abhishek Sharma and Travis Head, the openers, mounted an attack on the DC bowlers, amassing 131 runs for the first wicket in the Powerplay alone. With six sixes and eleven boundaries in a 32-ball performance of 89, the Australian batsman top-scored.

All-rounder Shabaz Nadeem made a half-century down the order to help the SRH record 266/7 in 20 overs.

DC responded by attempting to match SRH’s ferocity with a few early pyrotechnics. Abhishek Porel added a 22-ball 42 to help his team gain a fast start in the massive chase, which was spearheaded by Jake Fraser-McGurk’s 15-ball half-century.

With five balls remaining, the hosts were dismissed for 199 after running out of steam due to their dismissals.

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Sunrisers’ exploits continue to surprise the experts of the game. Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar heaped huge praise on the Cummins & Co. for their all-round show in Delhi on Saturday.

“What is it with @SunRisers that they’ve gotten past 260 thrice in this season alone! Today was a game where they completely outclassed @DelhiCapitals. They, of course, batted well thanks to a mind-boggling start by @travishead34 & @IamAbhiSharma4 and a wonderful finish by Shahbaz. And in the 2nd half of the game, they bowled much better than DC, with their variations proving to be very effective. Well played, SRH,” Tendulkar wrote on X.

Captain of DC Rishabh Pant said his team was practically playing catch up the entire time after Sunrisers Hyderabad produced a massive “power play” by hammering 125 runs to set a new IPL record.

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“I think power play was the difference. We were just catching up throughout the match. That was the massive difference. Hopefully, we will come back with more thought process and clear mindset,” said Pant.

“The only thought process behind that (deciding to bowl first) was we thought there would be some dew but it didn’t come. I thought if we could restrict them to 220-230, we would be in with a chance,” he added.

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T20 World Cup India’s Squad 2024: 8 Cricketers Who will miss Selection from 2022 Squad

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T20 World Cup India’s Squad 2024: The BCCI is going to announce the deadline to reveal the T20 World Cup Squad. However, India’s Squad for 2024 edition will become key point.

Many social media reports claims that at least 10 cricketers have been earmarked as a sure-shot selection in the squad while there are still quite a few spots up for grabs.

Interestingly, given that the World Cup is being held in the USA and the West Indies, India may be bringing a big team, adding five players to the existing 15-man roster.

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India has not taken home a trophy since the competition’s inception in 2007 and has only advanced to the final once, in Bangladesh in 2014, where they were defeated by Sri Lanka.

India was destroyed by eventual victors England in the semi-final of the most recent edition, which was held in Australia in 2022, losing by a 10-wicket margin.

It’s interesting to note that at least seven players from India’s 2022 T20 World Cup roster may be traveling to the Caribbean this time, while at least eight other players have either lost favor or are injured.

Here are some of the players from India’s T20 World Cup 2022 roster that might not make the team for the T20 World Cup 2024.

India’s T20 World Cup 2022 squad was this:

Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul (VC), Dinesh Karthik (WK), Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Ravichandran Ashwin, Deepak Hooda, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Harshal Patel

From the above squad, the skipper Rohit Sharma will travel to the Caribbean at the same capacity while Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Arshdeep Singh are more or less certain to feature in this edition as well barring any injuries.

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But players like Harshal Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, and Deepak Hooda have lost the selectors’ favour and aren’t even in the running to be included in the team for the 2024 T20 World Cup.

With Kuldeep Yadav’s comeback, Ravichandran Ashwin, who was a member of the 2022 squad, is also probably going to be left out.

In large part due to Ravindra Jadeja’s disqualification from the competition, Axar Patel managed to secure a spot in the 2022 edition. Jadeja is fit this time around, and even though his play hasn’t exactly lit the IPL 2024 stage on fire, it seems almost a given that the Saurashtra all-rounder will make the team.

Though he won the Purple Cap in 2022 and is India’s top wicket-taker in Twenty20 Internationals, Yuzvendra Chahal is an intriguing choice because he hasn’t participated in a single Twenty20 World Cup for his country.

Strangely, despite being selected for the 2022 edition, he did not appear in the playing XI at all throughout the competition. He was not selected for the 2020 edition.

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Pacer Mohammad Shami is another player who will be missing out. He has had surgery to treat his injury, and BCCI secretary Jay Shah has indicated that he may be back for the Bangladesh Test.

Nonetheless, Mohammad Siraj, who will replace Harshal Patel in the previous team, and Jasprit Bumrah, who had an injury during the 2022 edition, will be included in the 2024 roster.

One other name that could miss out from the 2022 squad is Dinesh Karthik. But with the kind of form he is in for RCB as a finisher, it will be very intriguing to see if DK’s final mad dash earns him a spot this year as well.

Expected Squad for T20 World Cup 2024:

Rohit Sharma (C), Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant (WK), Suryakumar Yadav, Shivam Dube, Hardik Pandya (VC), Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammad Siraj, Avesh Khan, Sanju Samson (WK), Shubman Gill

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