Cricket News In Brief – February 2, 2012 – Part 2
Australian all-rounder, David Hussey has backed the remarkable switch hit skills of David Warner as a perfectly legitimate act of brilliance.
Warner hammered India’s spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin, for a humongous six – changing his grip to loft the ball handsomely to the extra cover boundary (right hand’s deep mid-wicket).
"I think it's innovative," Hussey said. "Dave is a very classy player, he can bat right-handed or left-handed. It's just a new invention of Twenty20 cricket and I think it definitely should be allowed.”
Indian legend, Sunil Gavaskar wants his team to make most of Irfan Pathan’s all-round abilities in the second T20 international against the hosts.
The Men In Blue lost the opening T20 after a young looking batting side failed to deal with the Aussie bowling attack – losing the game by 31 runs.
Gavaskar said that the inclusion of Pathan will provide adequate cover in both departments which will come in handy for the national time as they search for their first win on tour Down Under.
Pakistani middle-order batsman, Asad Shafiq, wants to emulate the success of former Men In Green legend, Mohammad Yousuf.
The player was pivotal to his team’s success against England, where his scores of 58 and 43 in either innings of the second Test helped his side claim a thrilling victory at Abu Dhabi.
“I model my batting on Mohammad Yousuf. He is my idol. I have watched most of his innings and, when he scored a lot of runs in one year, 2006, he became my favourite batsman. I learned a lot from watching his style and I hope to bat like him,” claimed Shafiq.
Indian Bollywood star and owner of Indian Premier League side Kolkata Knight Riders, Shah Rukh Khan, is gearing up to meet the new coach of the side, Trevor Bayliss, before they embark on taking part in the fifth edition of the competition, starting
from April 4th.
A passionate cricket follower, Khan was keen to know the technical aspirations of Bayliss after he was appointed as the mentor of the outfit, following the resignation of Dav Whatmore.
Whatmore has been in talks with Pakistan after they substantial showed interest in the Australian to become their new Head Coach.