Some time back, Jadeja would struggle to clear long-on against pacers. He was fine hitting spinners but not against pacers, who stopped his attacking instincts by bowling short of a length. What changed?
Despite the gulf in experience, Babar Azam is cut from the same cloth as Virat Kohli — adhering to the conventional modes of batsmanship rather than the slam-dunk style made popular by the advent of T20 format.
An intimidating line-up that has Rohit Sharma, Quinton de Kock, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult at its core, the champion side reaped the benefits of having the right man for the right job.
Father Murali was a fast bowler, who represented college, while mother Kalavathi was a state-level volleyball player. At 14, Prasidh Krishna had to take a difficult call - to pursue volleyball or cricket.
The three-match ODI series to be held behind closed doors in Pune at the fag end of the England tour offers little context and relevance, with back-to-back T20 World Cups pencilled in before the next 50-over showpiece event in 2023.
Win the toss, bowl first and win the match seems to be the mantra for success in the subcontinent. Why are teams so keen to chase in the T20 format? Will these trends prove to be decisive in the T20 World Cup?