Cricket World Cup 2019: Srikkanth feels India are developing the fear factor to demoralise opponents

Sudhir Gupta 17/06/2019
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Virat Kohli's India continue to march on in the World Cup.

Former India skipper and World Cup winner Krishnamachri Srikkanth believes Virat Kohli and his men have started to forge a fearsome reputation that demoralises opponents before the game even begins.

Srikkanth’s comments came after India crushed arch-rivals Pakistan by 89 runs (DLS) in a 2019 ICC World Cup clash at Manchester on Sunday. It extended India’s World Cup record against Pakistan to seven wins out of seven while preserving their unbeaten campaign so far in the 2019 edition.

Srikkanth has even gone on to compare the Indian team to the mighty Windies sides of the 1970s which captured the first two editions of the World Cup.

“It is a little like England, at the moment everything seems to be going right (for India) and the fans should be very happy,” Srikkanth was quoted as saying by AFP.

“This is starting to feel a little like the West Indian teams of the 1970s, where the opposition would start the game with a psychological disadvantage.

“Teams are worried about facing India and how they will cope with them, which immediately puts them on the back foot.”

While Rohit Sharma’s ton laid the foundation for India’s big win on Sunday, Srikkanth pointed to KL Rahul’s contributions as a crucially important factor.

With Shikhar Dhawan out for up to three weeks with a fractured thumb, Rahul was promoted to open the innings with Rohit and the right-hander chipped in with a 57-run knock.

“Everyone knows how good a batsman Rohit Sharma is but for me the more important innings against Pakistan was from KL Rahul,” he said.

“Going into the game, the biggest question mark about this India team was how they would cope without Shikhar Dhawan.

“The fact the top three all got runs, that (Rohit) Sharma and Rahul put on more than a hundred for the first wicket and that Virat Kohli got more runs, is huge for India going forward in the tournament.”

India now stand behind just Australia and New Zealand in the 2019 World Cup standings with three wins and a no-result from their four games. They next face tournament minnows Afghanistan at Southampton on June 22.

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Cricket World Cup 2019: England's Jason Roy ruled out of Afghanistan and Sri Lanka clashes

Rory Dollard 17/06/2019
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Jason Roy could miss up to three games for England.

Jason Roy has been ruled out of England’s World Cup matches against Afghanistan and Sri Lanka with a tear in his left hamstring but captain Eoin Morgan’s back injury will continue to be assessed.

The pair both limped from the field during England’s comfortable victory over the West Indies in Southampton, with scans taking place over the weekend.

The England and Wales cricket Board confirmed Roy would play no part in this week’s double-header, though the lack of a clear rehabilitation period will lead to fears that his absence could be longer.

Morgan, who suffered a painful back spasm at the Hampshire Bowl, has responded to treatment and received a more optimistic prognosis.

The captain could still feature against Afghanistan at Old Trafford on Tuesday but given his importance as a batsman and leader, it is unlikely any gamble would be taken with his long-term fitness.

An ECB spokesman said: “An MRI confirmed that Jason Roy has suffered a hamstring tear. As a result of the injury, he will be reassessed on an ongoing basis this week. He is set to miss England’s next two matches.

“England captain Eoin Morgan underwent a scan this weekend and further treatment. The spasm has settled down and will be monitored over the next 24 hours ahead of England’s next match against Afghanistan.”

Roy’s absence means a likely recall for Hampshire’s James Vince, the spare batsman in the 15-man squad, while all-rounder Moeen Ali is also standing by to bolster the top seven.

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Cricket World Cup 2019: India's Bhuvneshwar Kumar could miss up to three games with hamstring niggle

Sudhir Gupta 17/06/2019
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A blow for India and Bhuvneshwar.

India seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar could miss as many as three matches in the 2019 ICC World Cup after sustaining a hamstring injury in the win over arch-rivals Pakistan.

Bhuvneshwar picked up the injury while bowling the fourth delivery of just his third over at Manchester on Sunday and played no further part in the remainder of the game subsequently.

Post India’s 89-run win at Old Trafford, skipper Virat Kohli confirmed that the seamer will miss the side’s next two to three games.

“He has a slight niggle,” Kohli told Star Sports after India’s win.

“It was because of slipping on the foot marks. It doesn’t look too serious at the moment. We are going to give it some time.

“Hopefully he will be ready in a couple of games, if not max by three games from now.”

Bhuvneshwar will definitely miss India’s upcoming clashes against Afghanistan and West Indies and is now facing a race to be fit in time for the crunch match against hosts England on June 30.

His injury follows that of opener Shikhar Dhawan who fractured his left thumb during India’s win over Australia. The left-hander faces up to three weeks on the sidelines but India have opted against picking a replacement for him at this stage.

With Bhuvneshwar injured, Kohli has backed Mohammed Shami to do the job in the pace department for the upcoming clashes.

“He (Bhuvneshwar) himself feels that the niggle is not too bad. Just time will heal it. He is going to be a very important factor for us so he hopefully he can recover well in time.

“We have got Shami ready and raring to go so we are not too worried about where the situation stands.”

India’s win over Pakistan means Kohli’s men have now picked up seven points in four games. They next face Afghanistan at Southampton on June 22.

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