IND vs PAK WORLD CUP 2015
Pakistan lost yet another match to India in the World Cup. Frankly, what chance they had? They failed when Wasim, Waqar, Saqlain, Mushtaq, Inzimam and the likes of Saeed were in the team. The burden of breaking the jinx on this flat side was big and they succumbed to it.
After winning the toss, Dhoni elected to bat first. Sharma and Dhawan gave a steady start to the Indian innings.
Sharma got out in the eighth over while trying to pull a delivery and misjudging the bounce. Then Kohli came in and steadily built the innings with Dhawan. They both reached their fifties in their 129 run partnership.
We profile 28 years batsman Suresh Raina, if there is any truth to the claim that India Team are a good chasing side, or they like to chase, Suresh Raina is one of the main reason behind it. M S Dhoni is the world’s best finisher, everyone knows that, but few knows and appreciate that Raina, quite often, is the man who takes the game to the point where Dhoni’s ice-cold mien emerge. The duo has averaged more than 69.7 together in the last three years. The average partnership runs between the two in ODI’s has been in excess of 55.4.
He made 5104 runs in ODI, his decent average is 35.44 and strike rate is 92.98. He made 4 centuries and 33 half centuries in ODI. He scored 439 fours and 106 sixers. His batting style is such that he likes to play lofted shots. Though he is good at it and it looks great when he pulls it off. Ideally a middle order batsman should be a good player of spin, Raina is just about okay. Raina has been the best chaser (abroad and in neutral grounds) among Indian’s with the strike rate 96.73 in the last five years.
One of the four players from the 2011 W C winning side, there are great hopes from Raina in the W C 2015.
29 years Ambati Rayudu is a batsman. He displays a quiet resolve every time he walks out to bat for India these days. There is a sense of responsibility that reflects from his batting. His solid technique and fluent stroke making earned him praise from many including Tendulkar.
He got his India ODI debut against Zimbabwe in July, 2013. He scored a gritty unbeaten 63 in India’s win to become the third oldest Indian to score fifty on debut. He scored 584 runs from 20 matches; including his first century 121 not out against Sri Lanka in Ahmadabad. In his 27 match career, he has scored 743 runs including five fifty and one century, at an average of 41.27.