In the long history of India v Pakistan cricket matches, few matches have become instant classics... 2003 World Cup, Desert Storm, Chennai Test and now, Melbourne 2022.
Virat Kohli returned to his chasing best with an innings for the ages. And we sat down with Ayaz Memon and RK to talk about all that went down in Melbourne on Sunday.
Sit back and relive the best moments - 10 questions, 10 answers, all the action!
And yes, we haven't forgotten Soumil Arora and his take on the EPL and the US F! GP.
00:00:10 Aditya K: Hello, Welcome to this episode of Sports Weekly, India. It's been an absolutely amazing start to the world t 20 in Australia, especially if you're an Indian fan. What a chase that was by Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya. 00:00:24 Aditya K: No less credit to the Pakistan team, either, by the way, for putting of an amazing display will talk a lot about that. But before that, here's a quick reminder for you to download bench parts and listen to this podcast for free or anywhere else. You get your podcasts drama to raid us. It just helps us to improve. And without further ado, let's get started. 00:00:47 Aditya K: Welcome to the show, RK. Welcome Ayaz. 00:00:50 Aditya K: RK first question for you, his Virat Kohli, the absolute best t 20 cricketer or chaser in general, I think Virat Kohli reminds me so much of Michael Bevan. As far as one day international trade is concerned. Michael Bevan in the nineties was D Chase master And then, of course, Mahendra Singh Dhoni understood how to manage the innings when it comes to run chases. But against this party's T 20 cricket is concerned I would possibly think year. He should be up there if not the very best. He should be up there with the top 00:01:19 RK: top trade. I think what we saw in that game against Pakistan was unbelievable stuff When he started off. I don't think he was the most comfortable. Then, even against shod, Abhi was fairly quiet, so understood that he was always not the strongest against Lex been. But he was able to take on the other bowlers and those two shots that he played in the 19th over the fifth and the sixth balls of the 19th over against Harris. Raph wears quite incredible, um, in the kind of power 00:01:48 Aditya K: that he generated. And I think what he said afterwards was quite telling. So he understood that this is the only shot that he wanted to play and therefore got into position very, very quickly and played the shot that heated. So it's supreme self confidence that you are talking about and I think in terms of chases, I think he's got a bit of a muscle memory as well. He's done it so often in the past. Whether it is t 20 cricket, weather is one day internationals. He just enjoys a number in front of him It's almost as if is a sprinter. He knows where he needs 00:02:16 Aditya K: to finish and he just goes, as people often say with respect to, say, 100 Metra sprinter. They calculate their 1st 10 metres, the 20 metres, the 30 metres they go in splits of 10 metres and so on and they understand, went to pick up, went to slow down a little bit and went to give that final push. I think Cawley to a large extent is that and it's just probably one of the best ever innings that have seen in the world of cricket and I guess is one of the best ever games of cricket that are witnessed. 00:02:50 Aditya K: Interesting insides there. Butt Ayaz has a big question. The Barbara's um choke 00:02:56 RK: babble Azam choke. Um, it's difficult to, you know, use that word for his batting. 00:03:01 RK: He was out first ball to our ship sing so you can you can say that he Indian have grub of the green. It was a terrific delivery from our ship and not much. Barber could do it right, play across the line, missed it completely and was slumped like before. So Pakistan's premier batsman just didn't get going at all practical. Barbara's, um, is also captain of the team. And did he choke as the captain tax know? Tough call? Because I thought that for most of the match, 00:03:27 RK: most of the Indian innings he handled his bowlers quite well. Remember India one of the last ball and except in the last two overs, it seemed that Pakistan were on on course to build this match so I can cheque. Barbara's, um choked in that sense in his decision, making us quite decisive on the field. Quite swift in It's the feed setting that he wanted the field placement where he wanted. He had chats, Mr Mrs Bowlers. But he did 00:03:55 RK: have midfield or, you know, conferences with 78 players involved, as has often been seen in the past when Pakistan have been used to have 56 captain on the fits all that didn't happen. I think Barbara's, um to his credit and to his team's credit, they put up a trap nous fire. This match went to the last ball and either team could have bad. You could have also entered in a super over and you have that 10th of a climax and finish new. Can't really say 00:04:21 RK: the captain was at fault for the fielding capital Risk losing captain was their fault. 00:04:25 Aditya K: True, there were some choices that he could have done differently. Especially Nawaz bowling the last over. Was there a tactical error or was it over confidence? You know that they will just can't er over the line 00:04:35 RK: here. Officially, the question will be asked whether babble as, um did the right chink in holding back Mohammad Nawaz, right is the last over Mamata Wads, as we know as as it transpired, came under resort oppression. The first over he bowled he was it 00:04:48 RK: for some of you slept for six years by Harnik Panya D'argo the over where India needed that acceleration that impetus which Pandya and Kasey gave and then it got down to last over 16 runs needed. Babar, make a mistake in holding possibly is weakest link in the attack till the very end. But I think actually this is all the benefit of hindsight, you know, in hindsight, revisionist 2020 16 runs on the last over. Mohammad Nawaz has got a couple of fine performance 00:05:15 RK: belt, including one against India As as the batsmen perhaps, but has been amongst them more promising allrounders. I think that he rightly in when you look at it objectively to hold back the spin after Pandya and cause he had given them the charge, another over. Like that 18 20 runs could have finished the match there itself. I think Barber gambled on the on the trade hunch that with the run rate or the asking right mounting, either Pandya or police or 00:05:42 RK: boats would have get out in going for the big strokes. That didn't happen to the very last over with Panda was dismissed so that Blank was foiled, I think, very effectively by Coley and Pandya. And therefore when he ran onto option Barbara's um he had to go back to Mohammad Nawaz but posit a monumental blunder. It might seem like that, but I don't think practically it was such a Blundell is is being made out now, especially by Pakistan fans. 00:06:13 Aditya K: Yeah, that's always a tough on our key way to do thing. Pakistan lost the game. It's an interesting question. I know you can look at it in many different ways. One is you simply don't even look at Pakistan and you turn around and say that Virat Kohli played the innings of his life, probably the best ever innings that we have seen of him now. That's obviously one very good way of looking at it, and that's probably the one way we should be looking at it. But however, if we dig deep and understand, because the reason why I said 00:06:40 Aditya K: you need to look at it from Virat Kohli's perspective is when when we started this game or when Pakistan entered the tournament or broadly, When you talk about Pakistan, you're talking about one of the strongest bowling units. You turn around, you'll find Fastball is for fun on the streets of Lahore and you, you've got terrific fast bowlers. There were operating at breakneck speed. But I think at the end of the day, if you have got to dig in deep and understand where Pakistan actually lost the game, maybe you would turn around and say, Well, 00:07:07 Aditya K: what? They have been better off with another bowling option? Look, if you remember India, the last edition of the World Cup were restricted to only five bowlers, and I don't think Hardy Pandey, of course, was a part of the squad was a part of the playing 11 but he did not bowl and I think that was a critical difference as far as India was concerned and that is a luxury that Pakistan did not have and again in terms of calculating the overs. I think Barbara's um this time around knew it was going to come. At some point in time. He had to re 00:07:34 Aditya K: Mohammad Nawaz only because of the fact that he was hit early on, which means that you have to preserve the overs. So it it was eventually a game of chess and even in the final overs of one thing that Pakistan managed to do, a tried to do with the fact that Mohammad Nawaz was hardly bowling spin. He might a bold slow but he was trying to bowl seem up there with the keeper standing behind. So those were couple of learning's that Pakistan took at the back of the Asia Cup defeat where Mohammad Nawaz was forced to bowl that final over hard Dick Pan 00:08:01 Aditya K: finished that game. He, alongside Dinesh Kartik, did the job for Team India then now this time around again it went down to that final over and you know, probably once that happens, barbarism is almost praying for the results ago his way. So I think if we have got to pick and choose, maybe it's that particular moment. Not having an extra seem that probably hurt are not having an extra bowling option that Pakistan one of the other 00:08:28 Aditya K: options they had, really they had, if the card probably if they got bowls a bit of off spin, but nothing threatening as well. So between an Iftikhar and Mohammad Nawaz, I understand the choice. Mohammad Nawaz had to bowl that final over because you didn't have much of a choice beyond these two. And if the car was never going to be an option, because it was Mohammad Nawaz who at least had the experience who does ball very, very regularly, let's be honest and he has done very, very well. It's just the situation that he got caught in that made a huge difference. 00:09:00 Aditya K: Moving on to India's batting. I, as I think it just failed, ended what went 00:09:04 RK: wrong barring Virat Kohli. India stock order flocked, 00:09:08 RK: cost India the match. Rohit Sharma didn't make too many Nigel Rahul, both because well, many early and then, of course, inform Surya Kumar Yadav was also dismissed. The inaction pertain who was promoted up the order as the left hand option against some of the bowlers that Pakistan we're deploying. Did he got run out? So India was left in a very precarious the tuition, not justice. A bit of a worry. I think what happened in this match is India seem to sort out their bowling issued which looked 00:09:35 RK: to be the most serious concern going into this match. Arch deep was brilliant. So was shot. So was hard. Dick. So Bhubaneshwar, everybody bold, fabulous! See all the four fast bowlers and I Sure, Ashwin, also very good job. As the spinner action Patel was hammered in the only over. He bowled confronting too much. He mowed only one over. But yes, he was hammered. But it's the top order protest getting very few runs. So to Rahul Sudhir Kumar Yadav, Maybe this off as it is catching up. 00:10:02 RK: So this is good. Be an area of concern, especially against a team like South Africa, because India have to beat South Africa to assure themselves, virtually assured themselves in the knockout. So this is becoming an issue because Rohit and Rahul not just been getting the big scores. Rows is about a couple of fifties in the recent past, but they have not been in, really, you know, the really daunting of the revisit of games. And that's something that India will be seeking from both these openers. 00:10:29 Aditya K: While while the batting didn't do wear lighting, the bowling did click well. R K. Do you agree? Does it look like a settled bowling unit to you now? As far as Indian attack is concerned, I thought it was a bit of a horses for courses. I did suspect that Ashwin will play a part. I know a lot of those games have been played by use vendor Chahal, but Ashwin, I thought, will play a part because of two reasons. One is because with longish square boundaries that you look at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Scott seriously long boundaries. And the other thing is, there's a bit of 00:10:56 Aditya K: step that he adds to the batting lineup. Sometimes we do underestimate the batting province of Ashwin. Now let's look at it this way, right? I mean, you had Ashwin What if she al had entered the frame instead of Ashwin during a such a situation between Shell and Ashwin, you're F probably thought Ashwin would have done the job or Ashwin would do the job as a batter in such a circumstance as opposed to cheque. So in that sense as well, I think the selection of Ash Monroe Jama 00:11:23 Aditya K: just wanted to extend that batting line of a little bit more. Because if you're looking at this as a contest between the batting of India and the Bowling of Pakistan, you would think that India will have to bat really well and barrel bit deep against the Pakistani fastball is a Pakistani bowlers in general. But is this going to be the line up going forward for every game? I'm not so sure that they could be changes. Shale would come into play in a few grounds is what I suspect. But it looked good 00:11:50 Aditya K: and was also very good track, Mind you that we got to see the way booby started the way our sleep started. Special mention to our sleep. He was fantastic. A rally and Shamis induction was very, very good. So yes, suddenly you're turning around and saying that you've got a bit of option as far as the bowling department is concerned. I as review thing that Coley and Pandya managed to chase well, Lord, did they really leave it until very late? I mean, at one stage, 28 were needed of aid and but for those two sixes of her, 00:12:17 Aditya K: ISRO for India could well have ended up on the losing side. 00:12:21 RK: Korea and Pan, you put up a marvellous exhibition of Basson Ship 20 Basson shipping How wanting bill partnerships and steer a team or deep deep crisis in India was in a precarious position, four wickets down and that being a very few runs on the board. Another wicket in that stage could up mint couple game over for India and that's when they had to manage. The situation 00:12:45 RK: almost perfectly has ensured that no wicket has lost at the same time ensure the runs keep taking, even if they are coming in a bit of a trickle to start with, but then keeping the required run rate in mind all the while. So I think this was an outstanding exhibition of a partnership of juggle Bandy between least two, which kept the ultimate site. 00:13:06 RK: You know the sights on the victory Always alive. Yes, it was a very top men, but I thought the beta navigated. Especially Virat Kohli. I thought, you know, marvellous. And reading the match situation perfectly. Sort of hard dick, I think, to give hardly credit which you know he must get for his role in the partnership. But even otherwise, for the way he bowled, then picked up the tickets to keep Pakistan to 1 59. Nico Development 1 65 1 70 year. You know something that in again then the match We have been over. So 00:13:33 RK: yes, Virat Kohli, hero of the day hero of that of that evening. Wonderful to see him come back to his best. Arguably the greatest 20 innings. Not just by Indian as Rohit Sharma said, but perhaps by anybody in this format. 2020 history. But don't forget that Arctic Pandya, 00:13:54 RK: in my opinion, this now India's MVP the most valuable player for what he does with the ball Devalue, bring with the bat. And he is also brilliant Fielder. And this partnership showed that Pandya, you know, is not a show pony. It is not just wanting all the attention of itself is 00:14:10 RK: waiting to play in the foyer. So too, he played the file to Pandya to start, you know, he was a chief. Mentioned later, he was trying to eke out the wrong, just looked a bit scratchy. Everybody was saying where it will strike Great the complaint for coming again, all that he brushed aside. But don't forget the role Pandya played 00:14:31 Aditya K: well. What about the batting order? Did it make sense to ST Knocks A Patel up? I know Prince shitter can make or break, but it seemed like it was more of a break situation year hiding the one reason why a chair Patel was sent to us because I think when you look at that Indian side, you don't have too many left tenders. Akshay Patel was one left and, er he if he could have relieved the pressure a little bit because India was definitely struggling because of Pakistani fast bowlers were doing very, very well. If he could have relieved the PA 00:14:58 Aditya K: a little bit. Things could've been slightly different because I think when you look at that entire top seven, action is your only left hander. If Pant had been in the set up in the playing 11. That gives you an extra option, but unfortunately well, duty management hasn't gone in for punch. And to be fair, I don't think panties at the backing of the numbers for the role that he is normally a scientist, because let's be honest about it as far as the top order is concerned. If got Rohit if God cailed Rahul 00:15:24 Aditya K: Number three's Virat Kohli for a sorry Kumar Yadav five. Azhar Dick Pandya, where would you probably slot in a month? And that's why, if at all, Pant had to be slotted in somewhere. I'm not saying in at this point in time. It could have been played as an opener maybe. I mean, I'm not even saying that was an idea that was mooted in England when India toward England. I think he played one of the T twenty's as an opener. So in the absence of a left hander, I think Rohit and company decided that 00:15:52 Aditya K: it's not a bad idea to probably push and action Patel. If he had scored about 2025 runs somewhere in reasonably quick time, things could have panned out slightly differently. I think that's one reason why a Char Patel was sent up the order where what you think need fixing before the next game for either side honestly is very difficult to put your hand on something and say you need a fix here. You need a fixed there because what happens in such a tightly contested game is one side takes a lot of confidence getting into the next one. 00:16:22 Aditya K: And I think when you're talking about in India Pakistan game, you're also talking about the extra pressure that comes along with playing at the Melbourne Cricket Ground in front of 90,000 fans cheering one way or the other. So it's so much more than your normal cricket game. So when I'm looking at a contest say against the Netherlands with due respect, I think it's a completely different ballgame altogether. You would possibly see Team India playing with a lot more freedom and they go in. His firm favourites is very different to a game that you play 00:16:50 Aditya K: gains Pakistan when you're not necessarily going in as favourites because at the end of the raids about who handles the day or the evening better that comes out winners. I think in terms of fixes India will have to absorb what has happened. Let's be honest. What happened with Virat Kohli on that night was absolute magic. Now you can't expect such a performance from somebody day in and day out. So maybe India, that India, you could turn around and say You don't want to put yourself in that situation 00:17:19 Aditya K: If I were to still struggle and think hard and think about something. I like the approach of heartache Pandya and Virat Kohli in this game. Maybe for all the talk of intent that we have had over the last 6789, 10 months, maybe since the last edition of the World Cup. I think the way Rahul got out, it was not a short which which kind of alluded to the team wanting to be aggressive. I understand that you might have wanted to look at a few deliveries, 00:17:47 Aditya K: but again what that was Rohit or whether it was Rahul, Look, I am I am actually struggling to think about I would say that possibly in that sense, maybe you would have wanted to show a bit more intent to take the attack to the opposition. But otherwise I wouldn't look at this game and say in the Indian team needs a fix year or there because at the end of the day is a huge morale boosting, confidence boosting win. Now what will happen is because of that victory. Things get a little bit more comfortable for Team India and you would possibly see 00:18:15 Aditya K: be local Rahul and Rohit playing with a lot more freedom than we got to see them last time around and actually score quite a few runs in the following game. Any question as what you think this does to Pakistan's confidence for the rest of the tournament. This was a game that was theirs to lose and they lose it. 00:18:33 RK: Obviously Pakistan have suffered a mighty defeat. Losing to India in itself is the, you know, in the youth setback. But in the context of this tournament, that's really the more important consideration. 00:18:44 RK: They have lost a very important match. Now you've got to get past South Africa to keep alive their hopes of being in a knockout. This can be a very tough passage into the knockout because yes, there are six teams in each. Each cluster in the Super 12th, the two toughest teams in this cluster R India, Pakistan. Of course, South Africa. There are other teams also can cause an upset. But Pakistan are under pressure now. I won't say they lost confidence. It really depends on how quickly recovers 00:19:13 RK: from the defeat against India at the mull over. It brewed over it for too long. Then they could take the field against South Africa in the negative frame of mind that something they need to guard against. But they could also look at it the other way that they put up a mountainous fight against India and having just lost that match on the last ball, it means then they matched India blow for blow right to the end. If they take that kind of positive sentiment into the matching in South Africa, I don't think that it's a very good team. Pakistan have and we've seen. 00:19:43 RK: But this bowling attack is capable of batting needs to shape up a little bit. I thought depending to the batting, trying to dominate or take the aggressive route rather than the more measured route that something game plans will have to sort all because South Africa and will be pushovers. But yes, I think the recovery from now to the next match really depends on how they come to terms with the defeat against India and put it behind them. Take the field believing that deacon been Thank 00:20:09 Aditya K: you gentlemen, for that. Inside, it's been one heck of a weekend. 00:20:13 Aditya K: And to wrap up this weekend, we've got Sawmill Aurora with all the football and Samuel A one round 00:20:23 Aditya K: Thank you so much gentlemen, now on to the Premier League and onto the football, the major storeys. This week we're evolving all the big clubs. Firstly, Mr are still dropping points to Southampton away from home, which means that they're now only two points ahead of Man City at the top instead of the four point lead that they walked into this week. And so that is one tricky point that they left negotiate with on the coast of the next few weeks. But the other major Storey has to do with all the other big clubs. First, let's start off with Man United. 00:20:51 Aditya K: They ended up beating Tottenham votes for two nil in a very complete performance. But then they ended up drawing to both Newcastle United in a very drab match and then chair see in a comedy of errors in which eventually they ended up equalising at the 94th minute. And so Qasim era Hera after they conceded a penalty in the 87th minute with Georgina scoring. So it was a crazy match that United ended up growing 11 at the end. And then, of course, we saw talking about spending up losing the Newcastle to one as well. Missing. It's not 00:21:19 Aditya K: be also welcome new cast into the Big Six and making the Big Seven abacus. They have been producing some excellent results. But these two results aside, What I really want to talk to you about today is Liverpool because Liverpool I think the last week were back when they hammered Rangers with a big, big margin when they beat Manchester City one nil. They were consistently producing good results like beating West Ham one nil as well, So we thought, Well, yes, Liverpool are back, but this week never pull a back 00:21:47 Aditya K: to being when they were couple of weeks ago, which is producing poor performances and not having anything of material to show for because they ended up losing to last place Nottingham Forest, one nil away from home. And what a drab match that was. The one thing you could really tell from this war is the Liverpool locked all sense of creativity. They work really 00:22:06 Aditya K: chances, yes, but it's not like the Liverpool of all, where they were feeding of the board to their wingers, who would then cut in and score. They were just blindly looking for Darwin noon years, who many a times couldn't quite get there on time because his movement isn't quite in sync. Winterised, rest of the team last save a pool of major injury issues at their midfield issues 00:22:25 Aditya K: somewhat of a shoestring midfield at this stage, where they've got most of their major players gone. It's amazing. How are Liverpool have fallen from grace and just one season, and they not able to play the like Santiago as well. Our Nunes has also been slightly out of form. There's not got loose d has available to place well, it's just a weird team that's been put together by your gun club with bits and pieces, the place that are all available and the notable put in a good show amid the locks. 00:22:49 Aditya K: Fabio Ochoa volley had a great chance to perform. Half the Elliot had a great chance of performing. Curtis Jones had a great chance of performing. But all of them field unchained Nottingham Forest, which is very compact, sat back down deep and when the counterattack moment arrived, they were able to score. One goal in could have been too. But he S t eventually said he was born at Nottingham Forest, are now off from the bottom of the Premier League. And it seems that Liverpool are at Rock Baht 00:23:12 Aditya K: right now. Drums their performances. They currently stand 8 16 points, which one game and had a head of Fulham who have played 12 and now have 18 point 7/7 right now. But the top six at that stand spokes is asked to Manchester City to Dr Moscow have now lost two games in a row to Newcastle. Your have in fourth, Chelsea in fifth and Man United in sixth. While we this Premier League season is turning out to be outstanding, is in if 00:23:44 Aditya K: and now for Formula One in the USA, where weird thing riches keep on happening. We saw Shaquille O'Neal present the trophy and he just seemed withdraw off the entire trophy, even though it is quite a big one, actually. For the weather, we saw hundreds of cheerleaders darts sing on the track before the race began. We saw stupid cowboy hats. We saw an assortment of fireworks and a joint Lima zeal for Red Bull racing to celebrate their world constructorschampionship when as well 00:24:08 Aditya K: but a hell really waiting. We saw Mercedes potentially fighting for a win in Austin. Yes, for the first time since 2021. Now in was in little bit of a weird, because it was a lot to do with Ferrari having a terrible day. We saw Charlotte clear fighting back from P 12 to kind of care up the ceiling near of doing that quite well, which has should come out for a second. But 00:24:28 Aditya K: Hamilton was really fighting with Max Verstappen because pole sitter Carlos Sainz could taken out on the very first lap by George Russell and that's it that was raced on on the very first collar. So that meant that we saw the snap and Mrs Hamilton and attending what Max Verstappen want this race with a five second margin even though he spent 10 seconds in the pit lane extra because Red Bull racing actually had a botched pitstop. 00:24:53 Aditya K: Yup, that's how good he is. And until you the kind of records he's beaten this weekend, he now is the sixth most successful driver and formula on history in terms of race wins his past. Fernando Alonso. He's got 33 race wins, one more than Alonso, and he now has the same number of world championships as Fernando with two as well. And he's not died. The record of Michael Schumacher and Sebastian 00:25:16 Aditya K: of taking the most wins in a Formula One season with 13. Using Credible, he overcame that gap with such ease and was able to beat Lewis Hamilton. But now you might be wondering Hamilton fighting for the wind. What year is it is a 2021 on over again a liver glimpses of hope from a series that they were definitely closer. But there is a lot to gain for them So far. The car is unpredictable, un 00:25:39 Aditya K: reliable per se, but it's just hard to know when it'll be formal. Wear it boat and Mercedes Well, they're concept this radical concept of having no sigh pots on their cars is not working at this moment. And yes, we did see a stellar performance and Lewis Hamilton, but I think for that monomer series when we might have to wait under 2023. But Maxie's Stapp and take a bow. What a driver water champion. And what a crazy US chief E. 00:26:07 Aditya K: Thank you so much for that sawmill will see all next week. Until then, there's a lot of cricket as a lot of sports keep watching, keep listening.