Putting the world in the World Cup

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Putting the world in the World Cup

We review the first two weeks of the T20 World Cup and chat about the heartwarming performances of USA and other Associate teams. Plus Pakistan’s insistence on opening with Babar and Rizwan; Kohli’s attempts to change; Pant’s hitting training; and the umpiring decision that Bangladesh are furious about.

Talking Points:

  • Why a 20-team World Cup seems so much more inclusive
  • Why USA beating Pakistan is not as shocking as it may have been 10 years ago
  • Many teams have struggled to score freely but the games have been close
  • Pakistan’s RizBar problem
  • The importance of a T20 batter having a wide range of strokes
  • Rishabh Pant’s trained hitting – and how he embraces risk at all times
  • Bangladesh’s close defeat to South Africa – and the lbw


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Kartikeya Date (@cricketingview) | Substack | ESPNcricinfo


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