Faster, Stronger, and fitter, Shami hopes for another good CWC

The India fast bowler, Mohammed Shami, is confident of once again excelling at the ICC Cricket World Cup, when the 2019 edition of the tournament gets underway on 30 May. Cricket followers are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. You can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Faster, Stronger, and fitter, Shami hopes for another good CWC
Faster, Stronger, and fitter, Shami hopes for another good CWC

Shami was one of the driving forces behind India’s excellent run to the semi-final of the previous edition, in 2015, in Australia and New Zealand. Following that tournament, he played only five matches, until December 2018. He has since made a strong comeback, with 19 wickets in 11 matches, at an average of 26.42, and is raring to exploit the overcast and windy conditions in England, which he thinks are largely suited to his bowling.

Flat pitches in England have become a batsman’s paradise in limited-overs cricket. But a bowler has to be smart enough to change his line and length rendering to the conditions. I have the pace and swing to outsmart them. I am not overly worried about it. In fact, I believe the conditions are suited for my bowling. The late movement outside the off-stump will definitely come in handy. Mohammed Shami

“I worked on my game during the time I was away from the field and didn’t lose focus of my aim – to get back into the national reckoning,” he told IANS. “I have returned stronger, faster and fitter.”

Shami, who is a master of swing – both conservative and reverse – sounded self-assured about executing his skills at the CWC.

“My yorkers are still as potent as they used to be, and I will be using a lot of them during the World Cup,” he said. “I back myself to bowl fast, incoming deliveries, and it wouldn’t be easy for batsmen to hit me.”

Speaking about the current Indian pace battery. Which also boasts of Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shami regarded the ability to bowl skillfully at a high pace as a major component of its success.

“The best chunk is that along with diversity, we have an attack that can bowl fast. Having skills and pace together is the USP of this side, as that somewhere increases the confidence of the attack. To be honest, it is like a dream that has come true, and I feel very proud that today people talk about our bowling unit as one of the best – a thing that wasn’t heard much, but is now called our strength.”

Shami acknowledged the healthy competition within the bowling department, adding that the current lot doesn’t shy away from taking each other’s advice to enhance their skills further.

 “We are a happy bowling bunch. We deliberate a lot among ourselves,” he said. “We are not wary of taking each other’s information, that’s the kind of freedom we enjoy. I tell Bumrah about a sure bowling aspect and he does the same with me. Our knowledge makes us a very strong bowling unit. We know our roles going into the CWC and will feat the conditions accordingly.”

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Alex Carey Said Australia’s high pressure experience will come in handy

The Australia wicket-keeper batsman Alex Carey trusts the vast skill of the side will be vital in “high pressure” situations at the CWC19. Cricket followers are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. You can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Alex Carey Said Australia’s high pressure experience will come in handy
Alex Carey Said Australia’s high pressure experience will come in handy

Several of the Australian Cricket players and support staff have important CWC knowledge. Ricky Ponting, their associate coach, won the tournament thrice (in 1999, 2003 and 2007), fielding coach Brad Haddin was part of the 2015 title-winning side, and the likes of Aaron Finch, the skipper, David Warner, Steve Smith,  Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Glenn Maxwell have all played in the previous editions.

“We have got a lot of knowledge,” Carey told reporters in London. “Brad Haddin played in the last CWC, we have got Ricky Ponting coming in, and we have got a number of players who played in that last CWC.”

“We have got lots of knowledge around the group of guys to access. When we get into it, that’s when the high-pressure skill comes into it.”

The 27-year-old also said Aussies would be focused on their own match plans rather than form them rendering to the opposition. Aussies have won eight straight away ODI, and Carey credited that form to this method.

“We have got a certain game style which has been successful in the last eight games, against quality opposition,” he said.

For us, it is playing to our strengths. Every team in the CWC has got its strengths. We are not too much about hostility’s game style. That’s where we get unfocused from what we are really good at.

“Thus for us, it’s building on our success in the last few months. David Warner and Steve Smith come back in. Aaron Finch is in really good form. Our quick’s are in good form as well. We got a lot of exciting players.”

Aussies will play warm-up games against Sri Lanka and England before their initial match against Afghanistan on 1 June, and Carey is self-assured they will begin the tournament on a positive note.

“We will start planning. We have warm-up games as well, which will be part of our build-up,” said Carey. “A lot of us have played against a number of their Afghanistan’s players. The first game is where we want to hit our straps. They will be keen to start the tournament well, and so are we.”

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Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir named in Pakistan’s CWC Team

Fast bowlers Wahab Riaz and Mohammad Amir were named in Pakistan’s team for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, as the PCB selectors named the final 15-man liable for the marquee tournament. Cricket followers are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Currently, you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir named in Pakistan’s CWC Team
Wahab Riaz, Mohammad Amir named in Pakistan’s CWC Team

Both Amir and Wahab had been omitted from the preliminary squad that had been named last month. The duo has come in place of fellow left-arm pacer Junaid Khan and all-rounder Faheem Ashraf.

In the other major change, middle-order batsman Asif Ali was named in place of Abid Ali. And leg-spinner Shadab Khan, who suffered a viral infection and was pulled from the series against England, has recovered and retained his place in the final 15.

The real challenge will be to choose between Mohammad Amir and Junaid Khan; the latter’s concern is his fitness, Amir — on the other hand — has not fired ever since the Champions Trophy two years ago. Junaid’s advantage lies in his Lancashire county cricket experience in England.

Earlier, Pakistan cricket chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq informed that Amir will be part of England T20I and ODIs to be played in the lead up to the World Cup from May 5 to May 19. Amir will also serve as a cover for the World Cup squad and, if required, can be drafted into the side until 23 May without International Cricket Council’s permission.

“For the T20I and ODI against England, we have added Asif Ali and Mohammad Amir as additional players. Asif is probably the best power-hitter in Pakistan, while Amir has the experience and a good record in England. These two will provide cover to the World Cup squad and can be drafted into the side by 23 May, if required,” he said.

Squad: Sarfaraz Ahmed (capt, wk), Asif Ali, Babar Azam, Fakhar Zaman, Haris Sohail, Hasan Ali, Imad Wasim, Imam-ul-Haq, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Hafeez, Mohammad Hasnanin, Shadab Khan, Shaheen Afridi, Shoaib Malik, Wahab Riaz

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Du Plessis wants South Africa to let go of fear of failure in CWC19

Skipper du Plessis supposed that South Africa hasn’t played their best cricket in earlier editions of the ICC Cricket World Cup because they put themselves under unnecessary pressure. Cricket followers are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Currently, you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Du Plessis wants South Africa to let go of fear of failure in CWC19
Du Plessis wants South Africa to let go of fear of failure in CWC19

South Africa; has a reputation of floundering in big tournaments, which the skipper put down to the players stressing over doing something special.

“In earlier CWC, we wanted to do Superman things. We thought we had to be more special, we had to do somewhat more than we usually do, and we did not do what was good enough before,” he said journalists on the eve of the team’s departure for England. “We haven’t always got that right in the past, to play our best cricket at the CWC, because we put so much pressure on ourselves. We want to just focus on enjoying our cricket.”

Du Plessis said the key would be for the players to overcome the fear of failure and hoped that he could draw on his own experiences to help them cope with pressure.

“We started a year or two ago with a real focus on mental preparation and, as a captain, I probably speak more about that than previous captains,” he said. “But I really believe it’s an area we can get better in. I’ve been there and I know the pressures, I understand how to deal with them”.

Our success in England over the next couple of months depends on how well we release that aspect of our play – we need that for the team to be at our best. Each player needs to find out his own strengths.

“There’s a reason why we want the guys to play freely – because we don’t want them to have a fear of failure, which is what the CWC is for some of them.”

The 34-year-old also wouldn’t commit to Hashim Amla making South Africa’s starting XI and said that selection would come down to the form of the players. Amla’s form has been a matter of concern lately. He also hasn’t played much cricket for South Africa recently, owing to his father’s critical illness.

“In terms of team selection, that’s a call we will make when we get to that first game,” du Plessis said. “We have two warm-up games. Generally, we want to pick on form. If we believe Hash Amla is the guy with the best form for the first game, then he will be picked. But if we feel there are other guys that are more in a form we will pick them.”

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CWC19 announces most advanced CWC Coverage to date

ICC (The International Cricket Council) today announced a stellar line up of commentators for the ICC Cricket CWC along with complete broadcast plans that will bring more than a billion followers closer to the exploit and players than ever before. Cricket followers are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Currently, you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

CWC19 announces most advanced CWC Coverage to date
CWC19 announces most advanced CWC Coverage to date

The last man to boost the ICC CWC, Clarke, will be creation his ICC TV commentary entrance along with some of the match’s most respected broadcasters counting Wasim Akram, Alison Mitchell, Nasser Hussain, Ian Bishop, Sourav Ganguly, Kumar Sangakkara, Michael Atherton, Melanie Jones, Brendon McCullum, and Graeme Smith.

Additional big names who will commentate through the CWC contain Michael Slater, Ian Ward, Shaun Pollock, Isa Guha, Pommie Mbangwa, Mark Nicholas, Michael Holding Sanjay Manjrekar, Harsha Bhogle, Simon Doull, Ramiz Raja, Athar Ali Khan, and Ian Smith.

CWC19 announces most advanced CWC Coverage to date
CWC19 announces most advanced CWC Coverage to date

Brendon McCullum: Still the marquee occasion in our sport, I have got so many pleasant memories of CWC. 2015 was the climax after a lot of hard work and I am excited to be complicated in a different volume this time around – confidently we’ll have plenty of drama.

Nasser Hussain: “The entire of ENG and Wales is energetic with enthusiasm in hope of the massive summer of cricket ahead. This edition of the CWC abilities to be the most amusing one yet and I cannot wait to be part of this event program and witness history in the making, first hand.”

Kumar Sangakkara: This is going to be a very superior summer of cricket in England and perhaps the most modest CWC of all time. Hosts England have a great side but there are several truthful candidates and we are sure to see some remarkable cricket along the way.

Melanie Jones: “There is a strong sense of expectation for this year’s CWC between players and followers alike. The round-robin format pitting each nation against each other added with the strength of all ten sides, will no doubt result in the most inexpensive and closely fought CWC to date. Add to that the chance of first time CWC winner and it’s as thrilling as the option of numerous upsets throughout.”

Wasim Akram: The upcoming CWC has the same setup as in 1992. It is the best format as sides get more probabilities and I calculate all sides will have an equal chance to succeed for the semi-finals. A CWC comes every four years so players wait for it and do their best to give a notable performance. I hope we are going to see some stiff rivalry with the edge of the seat thrillers, high skills and supreme moments with the best players of the world on show.

Ian Bishop: “I look forward to the next few weeks with great anticipation and expectation. It’s an honor to be part of the broadcast commentary team that will bring the stories, updates, and analysis of the CWC to you wherever you are. This edition promises to be even more exciting and innovative than ever and it is a great privilege to be a part of the team that brings it to you.”

ICC TV will produce live coverage of all 48 games being played over 46 days, as well as full live coverage of all ten warm-up games for the first time.

Audiences will be preserved to state-of-the-art coverage which will comprise a minimum of 32 cameras at every match, counting eight ultra-motion Hawk-Eye cameras, front and reverse view stump cameras and Spidercam.

The first time at a CWC, the broadcast will produce 360° replays, providing by Piero which permits multiple cameras feeds to be sewed together to create a spectacular video that helps provide an in-depth study of big moments in the match.

The coverage will also be completed with a diversity of logical and visual improvements including the use of Player Following. Broadcast tools such as Hawk-Eye will be added by an in-depth cricket data analytics system to be provided by analytics app CricViz.

The drone camera providing by Batcam will also provide spectacular visuals of all venues across England and Wales. There will be a roaming Buggy Cam as well, for a ground-level view of minutes.

ICC TV is maintained by production services partner Sunset+Vine and tackle services partner NEP Broadcast Solutions. Whilst sports graphics specialists Alston Elliott have developed a contemporary styled graphics package to visualize the ever-crucial scores and statistics throughout the coverage.

Aarti Dabas, Head of Media Rights, Broadcast and Digital said: “I am excited to welcome such a brilliant team of broadcasters to ICC TV; they will bring to life the CWC for more than a billion followers around the world.

“Our focus for this event has been on carrying fans closer to cricket than ever before and our complete host broadcast plan brings this. Followers can enjoy unique visions from our commentators added by extraordinary analytics focus making this the most attractive CWC broadcast production to date.”

ICC TV has also made preparations to produce a host of extra content off the field of play, to be dispersed to its broadcast partners and other media rights partners via the ICC TV Content Delivery Service. This content will include daily player profiles, team features, match previews, venue features and other behind the scenes content, getting followers up close and personal with all the action around the CWC19.

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Gambhir trusts India are a pacer short at the CWC19

Former India opening batsman Gautam Gambhir reckons that India will be a fast bowler short at the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England and Wales. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Now you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Gambhir trusts India are a pacer short at the CWC19
Gambhir trusts India are a pacer short at the CWC19

India has a three-pronged pace attack for the tournament, featuring Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami, while all-rounders Hardik Pandya and Vijay Shankar offer supporting options. However, with the three frontline pacemen likely to feature in the XI, India lacks a back-up option should injury strike one of the three.

“I feel Indian team lacks one more quality fast bowler,” Gambhir said. “Bumrah, Shami, and Bhuvi need more support. You may argue that India has two fast bowling all-rounders in Hardik and Vijay Shankar, but I am not convinced.”

Gambhir, however, endorsed Bumrah, saying he will be India’s X-factor in the tournament. Bumrah is the top-ranked bowler in the ICC ODI Bowler Rankings and is lethal, both as a containing and a wicket-taking option. Bumrah is also potent in the closing stages of the innings, where he is exceedingly hard to put away. Those attributes were visible during the recently-concluded IPL final, where Bumrah gave away just eight runs in his last two overs, including five in the penultimate over of a nail-biting chase.

“The wickets are going to be very flat and it’s going to be hot,” Gambhir said. “So how Jasprit Bumrah bowls will decide where India reaches because it’s going to be a high-scoring World Cup.”

But as an attack overall, Gambhir picked Australia’s like the most potent in the tournament.

“They have the best-all rounded bowling attack in the tournament,” he said. “With Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, David Warner, and Steve Smith coming back, they’re probably the side to beat. In any ICC tournament, if you beat Australia, you’re right up there because they know how to play big matches.”

Gambhir also praised the present World Cup format, saying that it eliminates the luck factor.

“This will be a well-contested tournament as all the teams play each other,” he said. “This format will give us the real world champion, and I think ICC should stick to this format for all future World Cups.”

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Clive Lloyd said it will be all-rounders Cricket World Cup

Former West Indies skipper Clive Lloyd has predicted that all-rounders will play an energetic role in the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Now you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Clive Lloyd said it will be all-rounders Cricket World Cup
Clive Lloyd said it will be all-rounders Cricket World Cup

Lloyd opined that the flat pitches in England would make things difficult for bowlers, which meant that being multi-dimensional gave players a better chance of succeeding at the mega-event.

“From Afghanistan to England, or from India to West Indies, every team is blessed with top-class all-rounders,” Lloyd said. “That’s why I believe it will be an all-rounders’ World Cup.”

Lloyd also sounded hopeful of a good showing from West Indies at this year’s event. West Indies drew a five-match series against England, the top-ranked team in the ICC ODI Team Rankings, in March this year. They have also made the final of the Ireland tri-nation series, after picking up two resounding victories over the tournament hosts.

Lloyd cited the selectors’ decision to recall players such as Andre Russell, who last played ODI cricket in August 2018 but has been successful in T20 tournaments around the world in the interim, saying it will bolster their chances at the tournament.

The West Indies Cricket Board has brought back the main players who have been doing well in different tournaments around the world. They will try their best,

He said. “During the last 20-odd years, we lost so many good cricketers. I think the good cricketers have again come up with the intention of doing well.”

“Lloyd went with a conventional choice when asked to pick the favorites to win the 2019 edition. “There is a strong wave in the UK that England will do well this time,” he said. “No doubt they had done well in recent years. They are a well-balanced side. England will be a very tough competitor this time.”

Lloyd is a two-time World Cup-winning captain, having led West Indies to the title in the first two editions, in 1975 and 1979. West Indies were also the odds-on favorite to win the trophy a third successive time in 1983, before being stunned by Kapil Dev’s India in the final, where they were bowled out for 140 and lost by 43 runs.

“We all thought anyone of us will go to the wicket and score the runs. But just the opposite happened,” he said. “We came back one after another. I have to give credit to our bowlers, who did not allow the Indians to score even 200 runs in a 60-over game. We, the batsmen, could not deliver.”

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Kohli said CWC is always going to be important tournament in Cricket

Virat Kohli, the India captain, put over the ICC Cricket World Cup as the pinnacle of the sport but placed India’s Test series victory in Australia on the same pedestal as their triumph in the 2011 edition of the flagship tournament. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Now you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Kohli said CWC is always going to be important tournament in Cricket
Kohli said CWC is always going to be important tournament in Cricket

Kohli’s India registered the country’s first-ever Test series win in Australia when they famously edged out the hosts 2-1 earlier this year. It was India’s maiden triumph in 12 attempts.

“I would put the win in Australia at par with the World Cup,” Kohli told the Times of India. “Look, you cannot place a World Cup win below anything else. It is a global tournament, and the significance and the charm of the tournament is something else. It is always going to be the most important tournament in world cricket. But if you look at the challenges that Test cricket brings, if you look at the fact that we had never ever done something like this in Australia before, then this becomes supremely significant too.”

Kohli will lead an Indian team that is arguably one of the strongest contenders for the title at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. India is the No.2-ranked ODI side in the world, and has among the most well-rounded outfits in the tournament, alongside the hosts England. According to Ravi Shastri, the coach, the partnership between himself and the captain has been one of the reasons behind that success.

“The hallmark of any successful team, or a great team, is the relationship between the captain, coach and the support system working around it,” he said. “It becomes extremely important, because when two individuals are on the same page – and luckily, Virat and I am pretty similar in the way we think, aggressive in the way we think – that’s the time when you got to take your chances. That’s precisely what we’ve tried to do over the last three-four years and the performances speak across all formats. It holds us in good stead for the World Cup too.”

Kohli has himself been at the forefront of India’s transformation into a world-beating unit. He is currently the top-ranked batsman in both Tests and ODIs and has been a relentless run-scorer for the team across formats.

That vein of form has run alongside exponential gains on the fitness front, and Shastri said that the transformation began four years ago when India last toured Australia. “When he got those four hundred, you could see a sudden desire in him to strive for absolute perfection, without cutting any corners. The idea was simple: there was going to be no room for excuses, nothing at all.

“You could see him telling himself out there, ‘I want to be the best in the world. But for me to be the best in the world across all formats, I have to do this, no compromise. If it means I have to be the fittest, if I have to sacrifice certain things, I’ll do it.’ That’s how he set himself on the path. And over the course of time, I think that rubbed off on the rest of the team.”

In no department has that effect been felt more than in the bowling. India now boasts perhaps their most potent attack in all formats. While Bhuvneshwar Kumar is a master of swing bowling, Jasprit Bumrah is unerringly accurate, and wrist-spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal are strike weapons. Three of those bowlers – Bumrah, Chahal and Kuldeep – are also among the top ten bowlers in the format, with Bumrah holding the top spot.

Kohli is now set to captain at the World Cup for the first time, but he will also have some reliable sounding boards for making important decisions. “MS Dhoni is among the smartest guys in the game. Behind the stumps, he’s priceless. It gives me the freedom to do my thing,” he said. “Someone like MS is around with a wealth of experience and we’re richer with it.

“MS and Rohit – the way they’ve gone about with their respective roles as captains [in the IPL] speaks volumes of what they bring to the table. MS, in particular, has a legacy. So it augurs well for this team to have both of them in a leadership role. That’s why the team management decided to have a strategy pool in place, which MS and Rohit are a part of, along with us.”

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Woakes said safe is probably not the word on his place in the World Cup 2019 Squad

Fast bowler Chris Woakes believes that Jofra Archer’s arrival in the team, and his following performances, have flashed a healthy competition within England’s bowlers to retain their place in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 team. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Now you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Woakes said safe is probably not the word on his place in the World Cup 2019 Squad
Woakes said safe is probably not the word on his place in the World Cup 2019 Squad

England has a long line of talented pacers, who have been performing extremely well over the last couple of years and supporting their strong batting line-up.

“The batters have obviously set the benchmark over the last few years, there’s always been competition for places there – more so maybe than the bowling – and this, I suppose, has done the same for the bowlers,” he said. “It’s always good to have competition; at the international level, that’s always going to be the case.”

The 30-year-old, who debuted for England in 2011, has been a regular feature of the ODI side. He has 121 wickets in 87 ODIs. He put on a terrific display in the third ODI against Pakistan on Tuesday, 14 May, picking up 4/67 in 10 overs.

However, when asked after the match if he felt that his place in the World Cup squad was safe, Woakes said: Safe is probably not the word, but you always feel like you need to put in performances, and I’m pleased I managed to put in a good performance today.

“You hope you are safe, but I suppose until that squad’s selected, you’re not. Hopefully, I am, but we’ll see.”

Woakes reckoned that England’s selectors would have a tough call to make, as the 23 May deadline for naming the final squad draws closer.

“Someone, unfortunately, will miss out, but we don’t sit in the dressing room talking about, ‘is it going to be me?’, ‘is it going to be you?’ I think everyone knows it’s there and it’s creating a good competitive edge to the team, but we don’t talk about who is going to miss out and who is going to be selected.”

England has two ODIs left against Pakistan. After that series concludes, on 19 May, they will play two warm-up matches, against Australia and Afghanistan, before starting their World Cup campaign on 30 May against South Africa at The Oval.

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Shadab khan said Pakistan has the skills to do well in the CWC

Pakistan’s Leg-spinner Shadab Khan, who was only recently cleared to play in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, after improving from a viral infection, trusts that Pakistan will be the side to beat in the upcoming tournament. Cricket fans are waiting for thrilling performances of their favorite players in this year’s tournament. Now you can book Cricket World Cup Final tickets Online.

Shadab khan said Pakistan has the skills to do well in the CWC
Shadab khan said Pakistan has the skills to do well in the CWC

Shadab was ruled of the Ireland and England tours due to a virus found in his blood during a routine medical check-up. However, Pakistan skipper Sarfaraz Ahmed confirmed the bowler’s fitness a couple of days ago.

 “Our team has 100 percent skills to do well in the World Cup. They are struggling, but so are other teams in many ways. They are playing good cricket overall,” he said.

Shadab, who has been his side’s first-choice spinner, said that Pakistan is no different from the other sides participating in the tent event. He did admit to Pakistan’s bowling not being up to the mark but discharged any concerns regarding the same or their recent results against England.

Bowlers are not doing well, they are actually not in the rhythm required, but once they start clicking, we will start winning games. When you are missing your four key players, it becomes increasingly tough. But there is a difference between pressure for a bilateral series and a World Cup.

“Nowadays, you have to take wickets because cricket has become very fast and even 350 isn’t a par score. Yes, we have been struggling with the ball in middle overs, but the way the batsmen are performing, it’s a good sign.”

The 20-year-old, who has taken 47 wickets in 34 one-day internationals at an economy rate of 4.80, has already had the experience of succeeding in a big tournament – Shadab was a part of the Pakistan squad that won the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy in England.

“Now, I am heading towards the World Cup. Since we are going there regularly from the last three years, it isn’t really difficult to acclimatize with the condition. All I have to do is get in my rhythm. Otherwise, you are mentally prepared for the challenge,” he said.

“I have already played in a competitive tournament – Champions trophy – which we won. Even though we lost a few games, I know how to adapt myself to a big tournament.”

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