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Rohit Sharma don’t Able to Read Shaheen Afridi at all- Shoaib Akhtar

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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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ICC World Cup 2023: ENG vs NZ Dream11 Prediction, Pitch Report, Playing XI for 1st Match

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ENG vs NZ Dream11 Prediction, Pitch Report, Playing XI for 1st Match: Defending Champion England will be face New Zealand in the 1st match of the ICC Cricket World Cup at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on October 5.

Joe Root, Moeen Ali, and Ben Stokes are among the crucial players from the English side. On the other hand, Tom Latham will be leading the New Zealand troops in this game. Mitchell Santner, Devon Conway, and Trent Boult are among the key players from the side.

England have not lost any of their last five games and seems to be in great touch for the World Cup. New Zealand, on the other hand, have been decent in the last few days, winning their last two games.

Match: England vs New Zealand

Date: 5th October, 2023

Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad, India

ENG vs NZ Dream11 Expected Playing XI:

England: Joe Root, Harry Brook, Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, M Ali, Liam Livingstone, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler (C), Aadil Rashid, Mark Wood, R Topley

New Zealand: Devon Conway, Will Young, D. Mitchell, Mitchell Santner, Rachin Ravindra, Tom Latham (C), Glenn Phillips, Trent Boult, L Ferguson, Matt Henry, Ish Sodhi

ENG vs NZ Dream11 Pitch Report:

The Narendra Modi Stadium is a batting-friendly surface and is expected to assist the batters once again here. Pacers, in particular, may enjoy some seam and swing at the start, which can create problems for the batters.

Temperature: 33°c

Humidity: 49%

Wind Speed: 11 km/hr

Precipitation: NO

ENG vs NZ Head-to-Head Record:

These two teams have played a total of 95 games against each other in this format so far, where England won 45 games while New Zealand pocketed 44 in their favor.

England: 45 wins

New Zealand: 44 wins

ENG vs NZ Dream11 Players Stats:

Devon Conway: 874 runs in 22 matches

Jonny Bairstow: 3653 runs in 98 matches

Daryl Mitchell: 1025 runs and 13 wickets in 29 matches

Joe Root: 6246 runs in 162 matches

ENG vs NZ Dream11 Prediction Team for Small League:

WK: Jonny Bairstow (vc), Tom Latham, Devon Conway (c), Jos Butler

Batsmen: Joe Root, Dawid Malan, Daryl Mitchell

All-rounders: Liam Livingstone, Sam Curran

Bowlers: Trent Boult, Mark Wood

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Shadab Khan Feels Rohit Sharma is most toughest Batsmen to Bowl

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Shadab Khan Feels Rohit Sharma is the most toughest Batsmen to Bowl: There is no question that the Indian cricket squad is chock-full of A-list players. This star-studded team features players like Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill, and Rohit Sharma.

With the ODI World Cup 2023 just around the corner, the players will be focused on putting up strong performances and perhaps winning the competition.

Shadab Khan, the all-rounder for the Pakistan squad, took the spotlight to talk about the star power that the Indian team had as the team came in India for the World Cup for the first time in seven years. The 24-year-old came up and nominated Rohit Sharma, the Indian skipper.

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Shadab opined that he admires Rohit Sharma a lot and named him one of the most influential batters in world cricket. He also stated that Rohit is extremely difficult to bowl to.

“I admire Rohit Sharma a lot and among the leading batsmen in the world, he is the most difficult to bowl to. Once he gets set he becomes very dangerous. Among the bowlers, since I am a leg-spinner, it will be Kuldeep Yadav given his recent form,” Shadab Khan was quoted as saying by Sportskeeda.

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Furthermore, Shadab Khan also talked of the welcome that the Pakistan side received when they arrived in Hyderabad for their first warm-up game against New Zealand. Shadab Khan pointed out the brilliant hospitality and the tasty food that they were greeted with.

“The welcome was fantastic at the (Hyderabad) airport and also a lot of people have been thronging the team hotel and hospitality wise it’s been really good,” Shadab Khan said.

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“The food has been really tasty and the support staff (all South Africans) are worried that we end up increasing our fat percentage (laughs). Hope, we get the same love in Ahmedabad where we play India (laughs),” he added.

After losing their first World Cup warm-up game against New Zealand, Pakistan will be taking on Australia in their final warm-up game on Tuesday, October 3. Furthermore, they will begin their World Cup campaign by taking on the Netherlands on Friday, October 6.

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