Friday, 17 August, 2018

Batting better now: Nair

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Sidney Guerrero | 14 June, 2018, 02:57

The key for me is fitness and over the last few months, I have brought a lot of changes into my fitness regimen.

Anderson will sit out the games against Worcestershire and Hampshire as part of a six-week period of rest in a bid to be ready to face the tourists in a five-match series which starts on August 1.

"My shoulder has been an issue ongoing for the last couple of years and it is just managing it and looking after it best way I can", he told BBC Radio's Test Match Special during England's shock six-run one-day worldwide by Scotland in Edinburgh on Sunday.

"It´s fantastic to see two young Afghanistan spinners bamboozle world batsmen", Kumble, the third-highest wicket-taker of all time and now a commentator, told AFP.

"I think that is a pretty big statement to make, considering they haven't played Test cricket". I am not thinking too far ahead and obviously the A series is in England, so the preparations are going on well.

Talking about India's opponents in the Bengaluru Test, Nair did not read much into words of Afghanistan captain Asghar Stanikzai, who called his spin attack better than the hosts'.

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"The whole world knows that [we have very good spinners in] Rashid Khan, Mujeeb [Ur Rahman], [Mohammad] Nabi, Rahmat [Shah], Zahir [Khan]", ESPNcricinfo quoted Stanikzai, as saying.

In the past year or so, Afghanistan's reputation has grown as they played at Lord's in London against an MCC XI led by Brendon McCullum, drew an ODI series in West Indies, beat Ireland and Zimbabwe away, and then came back from the brink to win the ICC 2019 ODI World Cup Qualifier in Zimbabwe.

Shami has been out of competitive action for a while after being dropped from the Delhi Daredevils side midway into the Indian Premier League.

Afghanistan cricket team attained a status of a Test nation recently and the match will mark their debut in the Test cricket. He only picked up three wickets at an economy rate of 10.40.

Not long ago, Karun Nair was celebrated as the only Indian to score a triple hundred after Virender Sehwag.

And wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Shahzad also admitted that Afghanistan's spinners, particularly Rashid - who is now ranked number one and number two in T20Is and ODIs respectively - are as good as any other spinners in the world and can push India hard in Bengaluru. "So, it will be a new challenge for everyone of them", Nair said. "You know what our spinners have been doing of late". They know they will get few innings and would be keen to make majority.

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