“World Champions Play Like World Champions” Says Sikandar Raza As Zimbabwe Defeats India In T20I Match

The World Champions could not hold up to their name. The Indian men’s cricket team is on a tour to Zimbabwe for T20I series. The first match was held at the Harare Sports Club. India lost the match by 13 runs. Sikandar Raza speaks as Zimbabwe defeats World Champions India in T20I 1 of 3.

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The match was held today at the Harare Sports Club. The T20 series will go on till 14 July, 2024. India won the toss and opted to bowl first, showing great spirit and restricting Zimbabwe to 115 runs in 20 overs. However, Zimbabwe hit back harder, taking all of India’s wickets at 19.5 overs, giving only 102 runs.

Here’s what the Zimbabwe captain said

Zimbabwe captain Sikandar Raza became the Player Of The Match as his side won the match. Raza’s bowling dismissed India captain akd highest scorer for the team, Shubman Gill, apart from Ravi Bishnoi and Mukesh Kumar.

Addressing the audience in the post match ceremony, Raza admitted that playing against the World Champions was not an easy task, and being restricted to a score of 115 was not what they had in mind. He also praised the bowlers from both sides and congratulated his team.

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“Feel really happy about the win. Need to take one game at a time. The job is not done, series is not over. World champions play like world champions so we need to be ready for the next game. This isn’t a wicket where you get bowled out for 115. Credit to the bowlers of both sides. Clearly an indication we need to up our skills.” Sikandar said.

“I said I don’t care about the result as long as we could be true to the crowd and changing room, we had our plans, we stuck to it and we backed our guys. Our catching and ground fielding was amazing but we did make some errors, shows there’s room for improvement. We knew the fans would lift us up and give us energy, credit to them, it helped us.” He added.

India’s Playing XI for the match

Here Are the XI players who tried and failed at defeating Zimbabwe at the latter’s home ground in today’s match.

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India (Playing XI): Shubman Gill(c), Abhishek Sharma, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Riyan Parag, Rinku Singh, Dhruv Jurel(w), Washington Sundar, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan, Mukesh Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed

We are also to note, that today’s match was the international debut for Abhishek Sharma and Riyan Parag, who had a terrific IPL 2024 season.

Zimbabwe playing XI

These players led their team to victory against the T20 World Champions. While the Indian team is mostly comprised of young players, the Zimbabwe players played well.

Zimbabwe playing XI: Wessly Madhevere, Innocent Kaia, Brian Bennett, Sikandar Raza(c), Dion Myers, Johnathan Campbell, Clive Madande(w), Wellington Masakadza, Luke Jongwe, Blessing Muzarabani, Tendai Chatara

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The World Champions could not hold up to their name. The Indian men's cricket team is on a tour to Zimbabwe for T20I series. The first match was held at the Harare Sports Club. India lost the match by 13 runs. Sikandar Raza speaks as Zimbabwe defeats World Champions India in T20I 1 of 3.

The match was held today at the Harare Sports Club. The T20 series will go on till 14 July, 2024. India won the toss and opted to bowl first, showing great spirit and restricting Zimbabwe to 115 runs in 20 overs. However, Zimbabwe hit back harder, taking all of India's wickets at 19.5 overs, giving only 102 runs.

Here's what the Zimbabwe captain said

Zimbabwe captain Sikandar Raza became the Player Of The Match as his side won the match. Raza's bowling dismissed India captain akd highest scorer for the team, Shubman Gill, apart from Ravi Bishnoi and Mukesh Kumar.

Addressing the audience in the post match ceremony, Raza admitted that playing against the World Champions was not an easy task, and being restricted to a score of 115 was not what they had in mind. He also praised the bowlers from both sides and congratulated his team.

“Feel really happy about the win. Need to take one game at a time. The job is not done, series is not over. World champions play like world champions so we need to be ready for the next game. This isn't a wicket where you get bowled out for 115. Credit to the bowlers of both sides. Clearly an indication we need to up our skills.” Sikandar said.

“I said I don't care about the result as long as we could be true to the crowd and changing room, we had our plans, we stuck to it and we backed our guys. Our catching and ground fielding was amazing but we did make some errors, shows there's room for improvement. We knew the fans would lift us up and give us energy, credit to them, it helped us.” He added.

India's Playing XI for the match

Here Are the XI players who tried and failed at defeating Zimbabwe at the latter's home ground in today's match.

India (Playing XI): Shubman Gill(c), Abhishek Sharma, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Riyan Parag, Rinku Singh, Dhruv Jurel(w), Washington Sundar, Ravi Bishnoi, Avesh Khan, Mukesh Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed

We are also to note, that today's match was the international debut for Abhishek Sharma and Riyan Parag, who had a terrific IPL 2024 season.

Zimbabwe playing XI

These players led their team to victory against the T20 World Champions. While the Indian team is mostly comprised of young players, the Zimbabwe players played well.

Zimbabwe playing XI: Wessly Madhevere, Innocent Kaia, Brian Bennett, Sikandar Raza(c), Dion Myers, Johnathan Campbell, Clive Madande(w), Wellington Masakadza, Luke Jongwe, Blessing Muzarabani, Tendai Chatara

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