World Cup 2019: Unfazed by MS Dhoni gloves row, India focussed on Australia match

first_imgAll the focus back home in India is on the controversy surrounding Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s wicketkeeping gloves but according to reports in England, the members of the Indian cricket team are keeping themselves away from all the negativity with their focus being solely on the next match in the Cricket World Cup 2019.Sources in the Indian team have revealed that they did not even know that the issue surrounding MS Dhoni’s gloves had become a huge controversy back home. The players are totally removed from it and all they are focussed on is the game against Australia on Sunday (June 9).Dhoni may not be allowed to wear the Indian Army’s Special Forces insignia on his wicketkeeping gloves in the next match but that surely won’t stop him from playing a key role in stopping Australia’s charge at the World Cup 2019.Virat Kohli would be turning to Dhoni once again to plot Australia’s downfall when they face the defending champions at The Oval in London.Dhoni has been receiving a lot of support from fans, former cricketers and politicians back home in India for his gesture during the last match against South Africa and he would be buoyed by that fact in the next game.#TeamIndia at the High Commissioner’s residence in London today. (@BCCI) June 7, 2019India defeated South Africa by 6 wickets in their campaign opener in Southampton but there were a few areas of concern which the team will have to address before they take on Australia.advertisementVirat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan failed to fire in the first game and would be hungry to gets some runs under their belt while KL Rahul will also look to score big if he gets another opportunity at No.4 after he quashed a good start and got out for 26 against Proteas.The Indian batsmen were tested to the full by the South African fast bowlers, especially Kagiso Rabada. Rohit Sharma stood tall against the fiery spells of Rabada, Chris Morris and Andile Phehlukwayo to guide India to victory with an unbeaten 122 as India chased down 228 with 15 balls to spare.#TeamIndia #CWC19 (@BCCI) June 5, 2019India’s bowling department meanwhile, looked really strong in the first game and fired all guns blazing with Jasprit Bumrah and Yuzvendra Chahal leading the way.Bumrah began with a devastating spell against the Proteas while Chahal ran through their batting order with his wily off-spin. Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Hardik Pandya also cashed in and gave the two strike bowlers good support.They would be looking to do the same against Australia, who struggled to deal with the pace and bounce of the West Indies bowlers in their last game.What happened when @imkuldeep18 turned presenter on Chahal TVThe duo speak about #TeamIndia’s dominant performance in their #CWC19 opener against South Africa – by @RajalArora @yuzi_chahalFull Video (@BCCI) June 6, 2019The Aussies were reduced to 79 for 5 in the first 20 overs before Steve Smith began a rescue act, scoring a fighting 73 off 103 balls. Nathan Coulter-Nile then smashed 92 off 60 balls to help Australia reach a challenging total.The bowlers then overcame a spirited effort from Shai Hope (68), Jason Holder (51) and Nicholas Pooran (40) to restrict the Windies to 273 for 9 in 50 overs with Mitchell Starc bagging 5 wickets.The pitch at the Oval is likely to assist the fast bowlers with pace and bounce on offer. The likes of Starc, Pat Cummins and Nathan Coulter-Nile would fancy their chances on it against the Indian batsmen with even Sachin Tendulkar admitting that Aussies will be more suited to the conditions there.”Australia at the Oval, it’s going to be a good game. The pitch has slightly spongy bounce and I think Australians are more used to that. Oval is one pitch where I feel there is a little bit of extra bounce which might favor Australia slightly.”The Australian attack is a good attack but Indian team is geared to play that attack. We have done well in the past against that bowling attack. Guys will be ready to face them,” Tendulkar told India Today.It would also be interesting to see if India opt for an extra pacer in Mohammed Shami for the next game due to the conditions in London. If they do select the in-form Shami then chinaman Kuldeep Yadav might have to sit out of the next game.Also Read | Smriti Irani shows solidarity with Indian Army’s Special Forces amid MS Dhoni gloves rowAlso Read | ICC red cards MS Dhoni gloves: Mahi in breach of ICC rulesAlso Read | World Cup 2019: Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah go on a ‘fast-bowling coffee date’Also Read | World cup 2019: Virat Kohli and Team India visit High Commissioner’s residence in Londonadvertisementlast_img

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