Former captain, Younis Khan has said that both the Pakistan and New Zealand teams were reluctant to play the fourth one-day international in Abu Dhabi following the terrorist attack on Army Public High School in Peshawar on December 16.
The cricket fraternity on Thursday praised Rohit Sharma after the opener made an excellent comeback in international cricket by smashing a record ODI score of 264 against Sri Lanka in fourth match of the five-match series.
Having already pocketed the series, a rampaging India would like to continue their dominance and clinch the number one ODI spot as a hapless Sri Lanka look to salvage some pride during the penultimate game of the five-match Limited over International rubber at the Eden Gardens here Thursday.
Back in business after a belligerent century in India's thumping win against West Indies in the fourth ODI, Virat Kohli said that he is getting used to the burden of expectations from people all around.
Virat Kohli struck a rollicking 127 as India fashioned a 59-run win over the West Indies here on Friday, effectively sealing the ODI series 2-1 after the visitors dramatically pulled out from the remainder of the tour over an acrimonious pay dispute with their board.
Bolstered by their dramatic come-from-behind win in the last game, India will look to keep the winning momentum going when they meet West Indies in the fourth cricket one-dayer here on Friday on what is expected to be a pacy track.
India too has a batsman of such Kane Williamson`s calibre, in Cheteshwar Pujara, who has the same temperament and mental resolute to give the Indian team solidity in the middle overs which is the need of the hour, at least while playing overseas.
Rattled by Mohammad Shami`s three-wicket burst with the new ball in the abandoned fourth ODI, Australian skipper George Bailey has instructed his batsmen to watch out for the rookie Indian pacer in the remaining games of the ongoing seven-match series.
India pacer Mohammad Shami, who troubled the Australian batsmen with his pace and swing in a career-best haul of three for 42, today said he just concentrated on the basics without indulging in anything extra-ordinary in the abandoned fourth ODI here.