Nasser Hussain says there is a significant shift in India’s intent

Mohammed Siraj

Former England skipper, Nasser Hussain has commented on team India’s performance in the ongoing ODI World Cup 2023.

After beating four formidable teams, India is in second place in the points table, just behind New Zealand.

Meanwhile, India will look to get their 5th win of the tournament when they take on the Blackcaps tomorrow.

Furthermore, Hussain has stated that there is a huge shift in India’s batting approach in this World Cup.

He feels that last year, India was a little timid in their approach, the result being the loss to England.

Additionally, he has also given special praise to India’s top three batters- Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, and Virat Kohli.

The most important thing I like is intent. There is real intent, for a while they played a bit of timid cricket in the T20 World Cup in Australia and they lost to England in Adelaide in that semifinal. This looks like a different top three, the way Rohit, Shubman and Virat are playing are going to put a lot of top-order bowlers under pressure.

Nasser Hussain showers special praise on Rohit Sharma the Skipper

Meanwhile, Hussain didn’t hold back on his words and went on to praise India skipper, Rohit Sharma.

He says that Rohit is doing some excellent captaincy at the moment and it’s benefitting India a lot.

He also says that he is a great maestro of white-ball cricket and is doing just that.

I have thought for a long time, he’s one of the best white-ball batters there has ever been. His record is up there with the best, he’s done it in World Cups. His record against Bangladesh is magnificient, his pull shot, at one stage we showed a graphic- he was averaging 400 in the pull shot in the last couple of years. He got out to it in the end but not before he had done a lot of damage.

Adding further, he says,

Just the way when you lose a bowler, the way you have to think about bowlers are key moments in the games. Kuldeep was bowling really well, and he realised the way Siraj has come back with those cross-seam deliveries and then he went to Siraj. He got the wicket, and then he went back to Kuldeep, Jadeja and Bumrah. He rotated his bowlers, and as Dinesh Karthik said on commentary, it wasn’t just the rotation, he was always rotating, looking to get a wicket. So, a bit like his batting where he has the attacking option, it’s the same with his captaincy.

Fans in eager anticipation about the thrilling clash between India and New Zealand

Come Sunday, it will be India vs New Zealand at Dharamsala and fans can’t stop raving about it.

Both teams are unbeaten in the tournament and it will be interesting to see who will witness it’s first defeat.

India would surely like to inflict some serious damage on the Blackcaps after losing out against them in the 2019 semifinal.

On the other hand, New Zealand will also look to defeat India yet again in the 50-over World Cup.

Thus, we all are one sleep away to witness this thrilling clash between these two heavyweights of the tournament.

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