Former Pakistan cricketer Kamran Akmal has been highly impressed with the performance of the Rohit Sharma-led India in the recently concluded T20I series against New Zealand. Akmal said that it doesn’t seem like the same Indian team were unable to make it to the semi-finals of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 and got knocked out in the Super12 round.
India convincingly won the home T20I series against New Zealand by 3-0. Also, this was the first assignment of Rahul Dravid as the permanent Head Coach of India, as well as the first assignment of Rohit Sharma as the full-time T20I skipper.
Speaking on his official YouTube channel, ‘Catch and Bat with Kamran Akmal,’ he praised India for giving chances to new players in the team. However, he said that it’s never easy to win the series with the inexperienced side and in the absence of main players. Akmal also added that India played according to their reputation in the 3-match T20I series against New Zealand.
“This is one thing that is to be appreciated of the Indian team – they give chances to every player. That’s how a player becomes mature. This is why the Indian team has been so successful. It’s absolutely not easy to play with an inexperienced side and the rest of the main players, and win the series. They played cricket according to their reputation,” former wicketkeeper Akmal said.
When India Doesn’t Make It To The Knockouts Of An ICC Tournament, The Whole Event Turns Insipid – Kamran Akmal
Akmal further added that the whole ICC tournament turns insipid when India fails to make it to the knockout round.
“It doesn’t seem that the same team was knocked out from the group stages of the T20 World Cup. When a team like India doesn’t make it to the knockouts of an ICC tournament, the whole event turns insipid,” he said.
Akmal was also happy to see Ishan Kishan in India’s playing XI, and he lauded young wicketkeeper-batsman for contributing good runs for the team.
“It was good to provide Ishan Kishan with some gametime. This is what happens when you clinch the series in the first two games only. It’s a great advantage.
“Kishan didn’t seem under any pressure and played his shots against fast-paced bowling opposition – Boult, Milne and Lockie Ferguson. His 29 runs was crucial because he utilized the powerplay to his team’s advantage,” he asserted.
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