Pitch and weather: The Feroz Shah Kotla was the scene where World Cup records tumbled with South Africa and Sri Lanka aggregating the highest match total and Aiden Markram amassing the fastest century.
India vs Afghanistan Highlights 2023, Wednesday 11-10, 9th Match (D/N) ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, Arun Jaitley Stadium, Delhi.
Shahidi says it’s a good surface, says if they put up a good target they have a good line-up to defend. Says they’ll try their best to bounce back with the bat. Says travel has been enjoyable. Same team for Afghanistan.
Rohit says they’d have looked to bat second as they noticed dew while training. Says the wicket won’t change too much, that they need to bowl well. Says the last game gives them a lot of confidence, that the way Kohli and KL batted was magnificent, that they take pride with players standing up. One change: Ashwin misses out, Shardul Thakur comes in for India
Toss: Afghanistan chose to bat.
India team: Rohit (c), Ishan, Kohli, Shreyas, Rahul †, Pandya, Jadeja, Shardul, Kuldeep, Bumrah, Siraj.
Afghanistan team: Gurbaz †, Ibrahim, Rahmat, Shahidi (c), Nabi, Najibullah, Omarzai, Rashid, Mujeeb, Farooqi, Naveen.
Head to Head In ODI’s: 3
India Won: 2
Afghanistan Won: 0
India ODI Rankings: 1st
Afghanistan ODI Rankings: 9th
(last five completed ODI’s, most recent first)
Match Timings: 8:30 AM GMT | 2:00 PM Local
Umpires – Michael Gough, Paul Reiffel
TV Umpire – Marais Erasmus
Match Referee – Jeff Crowe
Reserve Umpire – Sharfuddoula
Match number – ODI no. 4666
Post Match Presentation
We had above 300 as the target in mind, given India’s strong line-up. Unfortunately, we lost back-to-back wickets in the middle. Our thinking at the toss was that it was a good pitch and we wanted to put up big runs. After losing three, me and Azmat were talking, told him to keep going and look after each other. Looking forward to the seven more games. Hope to work on the issues and come back positively.
Was a good win for us. Important to get the momentum at the start. You will be put under pressure. There will be a spell from the opposition and we’ll have to absorb the pressure. We absorbed it well. For now, it’s leaving what’s happened aside and move on. You’ve got players with different skillsets bringing different attributes, which is good for the team. We got batters who play freely and fearlessly. When you have all-round players, things take care of themselves. In WCs, you need to respond with different styles of play. Looking at India Pakistan like we did this game. Don’t want to worry about the external favours. We’ll treat every game like that: how the pitch plays, conditions and combinations, etc.
Rohit Sharma, POTM:
Was a good pitch to bat. Backing myself to play my natural game. Knew wicket would get easier once I’d get my eye in. It’s something I’ve been working on for a while. Special to get a World Cup 100. Very happy about that. Don’t want to think about records too much because I know there’s a long way to go ahead and not to lose my focus and what’s required.
Just want to make it count on days like this. Some of my play is premeditated, can’t just go out and play big shots. Sometimes, you go by instinct. It’s a mixture of both. I know it’s my responsibility to give the team a good start and put the team in a good position as much as possible. It’s something I’ve done for a while and love. Looks good when it works out. It doesn’t always come off but I want to back myself to keep trying and put pressure on the opposition.