HARARE: Zimbabwe begin a five-match One-Day International (ODI) series against India today accepting that victory in even one of the games would represent a good result against the top-ranked side in the world.
India may have rested captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni, leading spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and seamers Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, but Zimbabwe’s new coach Andy Waller expects their replacements to prove equally threatening.
“All along we’ve prepared with the hope that we might surprise them in one of the games,” said Waller. “But, we have to be realistic, and look to be competitive and do the best that we can.”
While India’s squad for this series may be short on experience, they will not lack for motivation having gained the opportunity to press for more regular inclusion in the future.
“You need eleven players who are hungry for success, who are hardworking and whose vision is victory,” said Virat Kohli, the stand-in captain for Dhoni. “All fifteen players are strong and it is a strong unit.”
Published in The Express Tribune, July 24th, 2013.
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