Video of KL Rahul 54 runs in 36 Balls : India T20 Cricket

Video of KL Rahul 54 runs in 36 Balls : India T20 Cricket

As the T20 World Cup begins in a few days, let’s have a look at some of the most fascinating batting displays by Indian Batsmen in recent years. Let’s pray that they produce such performance in the world cup too.

India vs Sri Lanka, 3rd T20I Match, 10 January 2020

A whitewash was obviously what most experts would’ve predicted, but India – after all the experimenting as well – are these big bullies who just refused to be challenged. At least not at the hands of this group of Sri Lankans, who were clearly no competition here. Apart from those two triggered mini-collapses to minimize the damage the Indian batsmen could do, 201 was far beyond their reach.

It’d be fair to say the powerplay killed the chase. In fact, the first two overs killed the chase. Or maybe the first innings killed the chase. Anyway, the top four – Gunathilaka, Avishka, Perera and Oshada – fell for single digits inside the first six overs, Mathews and Dhananjaya kept the hopes alive (mathematically at least) with a few blows, and then the long tail just fell apart.

Manish Pandey: Coaches told me somewhere down the line I will get a game and I have to be ready for it. Luckily, I got my chance today and got a good partnership with Shardul. I will keep pushing. I have been batting well in domestic cricket.

Syed Mushtaq Ali was good for me as well as Karnataka. I was batting well in the nets as well, somewhere I knew, I will get my chance and I have to be ready. I had to deliver and I did. I have been working on my off-side game in the nets and these things help you in the matches too.  

Lasith Malinga | Losing skipper: “I think in these kind of situations when the conditions were wet, we needed to control the ball better. They (India) got away in the last three overs. But our top-order batsmen got out quickly and Dhananjaya and Mathews showed us how easy it was to bat here. We need to learn how to handle these situations better.

This is the talent we have in Sri Lanka and we have to back them and get the maximum out of them in the World Cup. All teams in the world are using wrist spinners, and we have good bowlers in Hasaranga and Sandakan. These are the two bowlers we are looking at going into the World Cup.”

Virat Kohli | Winning skipper: “A good start to this year. We started on the right track, chasing one game and setting the other. Very clinical as well, so I am very happy. Just the confidence of getting that 200 mark will help us. The middle collapse was challenging but what Manish and Shardul did in the end really helped.

We saw guys who turned up and who put their hands up when the senior guys don’t perform and need more of this in the coming games as well. We wanted to plug some of the gaps. I think today as well, we thought 180 at one stage and crossed 200. In Mumbai as well, we thought 200 and crossed 230. We don’t want to be a team which is tentative while batting first.

We want to show the same attitude which we bring in chases while batting first as well. All three (Rohit, Dhawan and Rahul) are solid players, it all boils down to who is batting better. Rohit has been a consistent performer. People must stop pitting people against each other and I don’t believe in doing that at all.

Avishkar Govardhane is a Sports Editor and enthusiast, working here at Clout News covering the latest Cricket News.

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