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The Indian batsman, Cheteshwar Pujara, has said that it’s a huge honour to lead a team which includes some Indian greats like Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag and Zaheer Khan.
Pujara has been appointed as the captain of the India A team which will take on West Indies A in a couple of unofficial test matches. There are some senior Indian players in that team and according to Pujara, the presence of those players will help him in tackling tough situations.
Talking to the reporters yesterday, Pujara said, “They are great players and their presence in the camp is only going to help me. They have played a lot of international cricket and they will guide me through.”
“It’s really a privilege for me to be the captain of a side which has such great players in it. I have got a lot of respect for all these guys.”
When asked how he goes about his captaincy, Pujara said, “I always go with my instincts. Sometimes, my decision proves to be right, sometimes, it doesn’t.”
“I always listen what the other teammates have to say, but, eventually, I do what I think is good for the team.”
When asked if his batting gets affected by that extra responsibility of leading the side, Pujara said, “No, It doesn’t have any effect on my batting. I keep these two things apart. When I go out to bat, I think just as a batter and not as a skipper.”
These two unofficial test matches will be a great opportunity for the senior Indian players to make their case strong for selection in the Indian squad for the upcoming test series against West Indies and South Africa.
The first of these two games will start from 25th of September.
Ravi Bopara has been ruled out for a couple of months after picking up a side strain while playing for his county Essex in a T20 match against Kent on Monday.
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The Indian cricket team has defeated Zimbabwe in the second ODI match played at Harare Sports Club, Harare. India won the match by a profound margin of 58 runs. With this win, India has taken a lead of 2-0 in the series.
It was a great batting effort by India in the morning. They lost the toss and had to bat under seaming conditions.
A few quick wickets fell down and at 65 for 4, the men in blue were looking in big trouble, but, a 100-run stand between Shikhar Dhawan and Dinesh Karthik for the 5th wicket provided stability to the Indian innings.
Dhawan in particular was in amazing form. He got a couple of lifelines early on in his innings and he made Zimbabwe pay for that. Once he got set, he played shots all around the ground and completed his 3rd ODI hundred in just 115 balls with the help of 10 fours and a six.
Karthik also played some classy shots and got past 50 during that partnership. Finally, the pair was separated in the 43rd over when Karthik got run out at the score of 69.
Dhawan was also knocked over by Utseya soon after that and it seemed India would struggle to get to a score in excess of 280.
But, some lusty blows by tail-enders at the end got India to 294 which was a very challenging total on that pitch.
In reply, Zimbabwe was off to a good start. There were a couple of decent partnerships in the top order and at 109 for 1; the hosts had their nose ahead. But the dismissal of Sibanda in the 21st over opened the floodgate.
The next 4 wickets fell for just 24 runs which put India on the driving seat. Chigumbura and Utseya tried to stabilize the innings by putting up 80 odd runs for the 7th wicket, but, the asking rate was too much for them.
Zimbabwe just managed to reach 236 in 50 hours and lost the game.
Shikhar Dhawan was declared man of the match for his fantastic hundred.
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