Pakistan Played Well On That Day, And Against New Zealand, We Were Timid – Ravi Shastri On India’s T20 World Cup 2021 Campaign

Ravi Shastri

Former India head coach Ravi Shastri while talking about India’s performance in the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 said that Pakistan played well in the opening game against India, however, he opined that the game against New Zealand was where the Indian team looked timid.

India entered the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 tournament as favourites to win the tournament, however, they lost the game against Pakistan by 10 wickets and against New Zealand by 8 wickets and were technically knocked out of the semi-finals race.

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Virat Kohli, Ravi Shastri
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Meanwhile, Ravi Shastri believes that India’s “timid and tentative” approach cost them the world cup. Speaking on the ‘Bold & Brave The Ravi Shastri Way’ show on Star Sports, Former India head coach said:

“Pakistan played well on that day, and against New Zealand, we were timid. We were very timid. It showed in the game. We were tentative instead of going for the jugular. You never mind losing as long as you’re throwing punches. But if you’re timid and tentative then it hurts more. And in a tournament like this if you lose too early then you’re in trouble.”

Sunil Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri
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It’s Not Like The Format In 2019, Where You Can Play Every Opposition, I Think That Is The Way To Go Forward – Ravi Shastri

Ravi Shastri
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Shastri further added that the format of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 was not like the 2019 World Cup where each team plays all the others. Former India head coach feels that the 2019 World Cup format is the way to go forward. He asserted:

It’s not like the format in 2019, where you can play every opposition. I think that is the way to go forward. That format is the best, and then have the Playoffs ideally, if you want to decide the World Cup.”

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IPL 2022 Auction: 5 Pakistan Players Who Can Cause a Bidding War

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The IPL Mega Auction 2022 is scheduled to be held on 12th and 13th February 2022 in Bangalore. The eight existing teams have announced their list of retained and released players. The two new teams, Lucknow and Ahmedabad will also be announcing their three picks before the auctions. As of now, the eight existing franchises have retained a total of 27 players, which includes 19 Indians and 8 overseas.

The rest of the players should find themselves back into the auction pool unless they are picked by the two franchises. Given the fact that it’s a mega-auction, a lot of players will be going under the hammer. The franchise willingly or unwillingly released a lot of world-class players and all those are likely to cause a bidding war at the auctions.

The Pakistan players aren’t allowed to participate in the Indian Premier League. A total of 11 players from Pakistan played the inaugural edition of the Indian Premier League. However, the political tensions between the two countries grew thereafter and the players from Pakistan were barred from participating in the Indian Premier League.

There are a lot of talented players from Pakistan who can bag an IPL contract if given an opportunity. On that note, we take a look at five Pakistani players who can cause a bidding war at the auctions if they are allowed to play in the upcoming edition of the IPL.

IPL 2022 Auction: 5 Pakistan Players Who Can Cause a Bidding War

Mohammad Rizwan

Mohammad Rizwan
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Pakistan’s wicket-keeper batsman, Mohammad Rizwan had an outstanding year with the bat as far as T20 cricket is concerned. No other cricketer has scored most runs than Rizwan in T20 internationals this year. Averaging 73.67, Rizwan has scored 1326 runs in 29 T20 internationals.

Rizwan exhibited phenomenal performances in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 for Pakistan. In 6 matches, he amassed 281 runs at 70.25. Rizwan has been in blistering form and the franchises would be highly interested in buying his services if he finds himself at the IPL auction pool.

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Lance Klusener Resigns As Head Coach Of Afghanistan Cricket Team

Lance Klusener

Former South African all-rounder Lance Klusener has decided to step down from his role as the head coach of the Afghanistan Cricket Team. Klusener’s contract ends on December 31, 2021, and he has no intentions to renew.

Klusener’s major assignment was the recently concluded T20 World Cup 2021, where Afghanistan managed to defeat Scotland and Namibia but lost to Pakistan, New Zealand, and India. As a result, they exited from the Super 12 stage itself.

Phil Simmons
Phil Simmons was the previous coach [Photo: Getty Images]

The 50-year-old hopped on for a two-year period and took over from Phil Simmons. “I, Lance Klusener, have decided not to extend my contract as the head coach of the Afghanistan men’s cricket team which finished on 31st December 2021. Having spent two years with the team, I will take away some memorable moments with the team,” Klusener said in a statement.

“Everyone knows the fearless brand of cricket Afghanistan play” – Lance Klusener

Lance Klusener further mentioned that the team has developed into a force to be reckoned with due to their aggressive brand of cricket. He expressed his desire to see the Afghans become one of the best teams in the world in the future.

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As I walk away from Afghanistan cricket team and its cricketing structure, I look forward to the next stage in my coaching career and the opportunities it bring. I am extremely excited and honored to be given the opportunity to work with some of the best talents in world cricket. Everyone knows the fearless brand of cricket Afghanistan play. I am very confident that with some hard work we can become one of the best sides in the world,” Klusener said.

Klusener has enjoyed coaching roles in Zimbabwe and South Africa. He was also part of the IPL as a bowling coach with Mumbai Indians.

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