T20 World Cup, India vs Pakistan: Rohit Sharma trains for the Shaheen Afridi challenge | Cricket News

MELBOURNE: On Friday, Team India captain Rohit Sharma sweated in an optional net session tackling ground shots with his left hand to prepare Shaheen Shah Afridirhythm, swing and bounce in the marquee ‘Super 12clash here against Pakistan on 23 October in T20 World Cup.
Rohit tackled the quick down shots of both right and left handed pitchers looking to replicate the Pakistani bowling lineup that boasts of fast pitchers like Afridi, Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah.
The Pakistani bowling team received a huge boost with the return of Afridi who was sidelined due to a knee injury.


The left arm pacer dismissed Sharma and KL Rahul in last year’s T20 World Cup, helping Pakistan win against India.
Sharma also had a long chat with team manager Rahul Dravid during the goal session.
It is highly unlikely that Rishabh trousers will make it to the eleven game against Pakistan when the youngster gave up the optional goal session and Dinesh Karthik spent quality time in the nets with long lines and training.


Jasprit Bumrah’s replacement in squad Mohammad Shami also worked hard and threw impressively in the nets. He showed signs of being fit after defending 11 points against Australia in a warm-up match, also taking three wickets in the over.
Deepak Hooda also went out for a networking session to work on his line.
Shardul Thakur and Mohammad Siraj, India’s reserves in the T20 World Cup squad, have thrown a ball at the Indian hitters, preparing for matches if the opportunity arises.


India’s top players Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have chosen to rest to keep their bodies fresh for India’s opening match.
Indian rose: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Hardik Pandya, R Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Mohammad Shami
Standby players: Mohammed Siraj, Shreyas Iyer, Ravi Bishnoi, Shardul Thakur


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