IND vs ZIM: "Playing In The IPL Is My Dream": Zimbabwe Batter Innocent Kaia

Updated - 14 Aug 2022, 02:54 PM

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Innocent Kaia. (Photo by Michael Sheehan/Gallo Images)

Innocent Kaia, a batsman for Zimbabwe, will once again be in the spotlight during the India series. Before the series began, he spoke about his aspirations to play in the IPL.

A three-match One-Day International series between Team India and Zimbabwe is set to begin this week in Harare. The series is anticipated to be entertaining as KL Rahul will captain the Men in Blue. The hosts are also looking strong and are full of confidence after a 2-1 series victory against Bangladesh in both T20I and ODI matches earlier this month.

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India vs Zimbabwe (Credits: Getty)

KL Rahul will be the captain of the second-string Indian side, which has been chosen for the 50-over matches against Zimbabwe in the absence of the majority of first-team players. For the first time since the conclusion of IPL 2022, the top-order batsman will bat again.

The next series is also anticipated to be exciting because the hosts, who are entering it after a very unexpected 2-1 victory against a much higher-ranked Bangladesh squad in both T20I and ODI games, will likely present a tough fight to the second-string Indian team.

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Zimbabwe vs India (Image: Twitter)

The African country played well in the recently finished series, and it will keep them in a positive frame of mind when they play India. Even if this Zimbabwean team is not as formidable as the one from the 1990s, they may still make India pay by giving them a taste of their own medicine.

‘I am just praying that I perform well’: Innocent Kaia

Innocent Kaia, a middle-order batsman for Zimbabwe who last week hit a superb century in the first ODI against Bangladesh to set up Zimbabwe’s victory, is interviewed by Timesnowsports ahead of the start of India vs. Zimbabwe ODI match and Innocent Kaia was questioned about:

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Q: When a team plays against India, the players are in focus and if any opposition player does well, the talk about his inclusion in the IPL goes up. This is an opportunity for you guys. How are you looking forward to it?

Innocent Kaia remarked “Yes, sure, that’s my dream. I am just praying that I perform well against India and score big runs so that they can notice me and I can go and play in the IPL.”

Team India is scheduled to take on Zimbabwe in a three-match ODI series that starts this week in Harare.

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