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Unique Plans are required for unique bowlers: Matthew Hayden

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Ex-Australian opener Matthew Hayden break-downs plan for Team India batters ahead of Pakistan clash. The marquee clash is all-set to take place on 2nd September, in Kandy.

Matthew Hayden, who were the Pakistan Team Mentor for previous World Cup. He thinks India need to come up with different plans to tackle Pakistan’s pace-bowling trio of Naseem, Shaheen and Rauf. Hayden further recalled Shaheen’s spell in the 2022 T20 World Cup and what skipper Rohit Sharma will need to do to counter the pacer’s attack. 

Ex-Pakistan team mentor says,

India is playing against Pakistan’s pace trio. Well, I can tell you this is one of the spiciest competitions on the planet. We’ve got Shaheen Afridi, Haris Rauf, and Naseem. Three very different types of bowlers and unique bowlers which require unique plans from Team India. Firstly, the conditions here in Kandy tend to have quite a lot of bounce, so you’ve got to watch that out, especially Haris Rauf. He’ll want to really hustle in and hit the top of off stump,”

You’ve got to be conservative against Shaheen Afridi. Remember back to the World Cup more recently; Shaheen was able to take early wickets. We’ll never forget that ball that he bowled to captain Rohit Sharma, so a little bit of caution against Shaheen Afridi. If it’s swinging, look to play out those first three overs,”

Matthew Hayden picks India as favourites for the mega-clash

The 51-year old Aussie picks Rohit and Co. to win the all important clash. He suggests India to play aggressively to put Naseem on the backfoot.

Matthew Hayden added on,

I think with Naseem, even though he will shape the ball, Pakistan can be in a position to advance forward with India managing to take them out of play by aggressive plays against someone like Naseem. Put him under pressure, feel like you are in front of the game. All in all, though, I think it’s going to be Team India that’s going to win. I think they’ve got a deeper, classier batting line-up, and I think they’ve got form on the board as well,”

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