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Business News/ Sports / Cricket News/  Ind vs Pak, Asia Cup 2023: How can Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma tackle Shaheen Afridi's challenge? Ex-India star opines
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Ind vs Pak, Asia Cup 2023: How can Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma tackle Shaheen Afridi's challenge? Ex-India star opines

India's top-order struggles against Pakistani pacers in Asia Cup, Manjrekar advises preparing for good-length deliveries. Gill trains with left-arm specialist.

Shaheen Shah Afridi of Pakistan celebrates the wicket of India's Virat Kohli during the Asia Cup cricket match between India and Pakistan at Pallekele, Sri Lanka, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2023. (AP Photo/Pankaj Nangia) (AP)Premium
Shaheen Shah Afridi of Pakistan celebrates the wicket of India's Virat Kohli during the Asia Cup cricket match between India and Pakistan at Pallekele, Sri Lanka, Saturday, Sept. 2, 2023. (AP Photo/Pankaj Nangia) (AP)

India's top-order batsmen struggled to get going in their first Asia Cup match against Pakistan, losing 4 wickets for 66 runs. Later, a 100-run partnership between Ishan Kishan and Hardik Pandya helped India cross the 250-run mark and post a respectable total before the match was washed out due to rain.

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However, India's top order's struggles against Pakistan's pacers has caught the attention of the crowd, who are worried about the Men in Blue's performance against Pakistan's pace trio of Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf and Naseem Shah in their last encounter.

Manjrekar's advice for Indian batters: 

In an interaction with Star Sports, Manjrekar said, “The opening phase had two spells; in the first spell before the rain had come, he was bowling typical Shaheen Afridi kind of deliveries. He was bowling further up the pitch, trying to get the ball to swing inwards, and that length was being played very well by Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma,"

Manjrekar opined that it wasn't the typical fuller-length deliveries of Shaheen Afridi that troubled the Indian batter instead it was when the Pakistani pacer stretched his length back that the Indian batters struggled. 

“He brought his length back and in that length, the good length, Rohit Sharma got out, and so did Virat. So it wasn't the typical Shaheen Afridi kind of delivery that troubled the Indian batters, but the shorter length, meaning the movement from the pitch made them out." Manjrekar noted.

The former Indian cricketer noted that Indian players need to prepare themselves for the good-length deliveries of Shaheen Afridi. He also pointed out the positives from the game saying that both Shubman Gill and Rohit Sharma weren't phased by the swinging deliveries of the left-handed pacer.

Shubman Gill reveals how team is preparing to tackle Pakistan's pacers: 

Gill, who has been working with left-arm spinner Njwan Seneviratne to prepare himself to face the Pakistani pacers said, “Definitely (training has helped). He (Nuwan) has been travelling with us for the last 7-8 years. It is nice to have that variation. We have that right-arm specialist (Raghu), the side-arm specialist (Dayannd Garani) and the left-arm specialist. It does help in any conditions that you play,"

 

 

 

 

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Published: 10 Sep 2023, 01:12 PM IST
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