The Pakistan cricket team has arrived in India for the World Cup, marking their sixth visit to the Indian subcontinent. Prior to the tournament, the team had been preparing for the event by playing warm-up matches against local sides. Notably, their two warm-up matches have been scheduled in Hyderabad, where they will face New Zealand and Australia.
As part of their preparation, the Pakistani players have been honing their skills in the nets. Interestingly, they have been joined by Hyderabad’s own under-19 player, Nishant Saranu, who has been impressing both his team and the opposition with his blistering pace bowling. Standing at an imposing height of 6 feet 9 inches, Nishant has caught the attention of Pakistan’s coach Moni Morkel.
During a recent net session, Nishant got the opportunity to bowl to some of Pakistan’s top players, including Fakhar Zaman and the tail-enders. His accurate bounce and delivery speed left the Pakistan team in awe. Even Morkel himself expressed interest in having Nishant bowl to his team, the Lucknow Super Giants, during their net practice sessions.
Driven to Succeed
Nishant, who aspires to succeed in both red ball and white ball cricket, dreams of representing Hyderabad at the first-class level. Inspired by Australian pacers Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins, he aims to follow in their footsteps and leave his mark on the international cricket scene.
Morkel, keen on further developing the skills of his net bowlers, including Nishant, has encouraged them to increase their pace. This challenge does not faze Nishant, as he has previously bowled for international players, including the New Zealand cricket team before their series against India earlier this year.
After the warm-up matches, the Pakistan team will be heading to the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad to face the Netherlands on October 3 and Sri Lanka on October 10. It is highly likely that Nishant will continue to contribute to the team’s preparation by bowling to the Pakistani players in the nets.
As the excitement builds for the upcoming World Cup, it is clear that the Pakistani team is putting in the hard work and meticulous preparation required to excel on the international stage. The inclusion of Nishant, a promising local talent, in their net session is a testament to their dedication and willingness to explore all avenues for success.
The Pakistan team arrived in India for the World Cup on the last day. Babar and his team arrived on Indian soil a week ago to play warm-up matches before the World Cup. Prior to this, the Pakistan national team came to India in 2016.
Pakistan’s two warm-up matches are scheduled in Hyderabad. Pakistan will play warm-up matches against New Zealand and Australia.
The Pak team is practicing before the warm-up match. Pakistan have started training with domestic bowlers in the nets.
Under-19 player Nishant Saranu from Hyderabad was the focus of the net session. The 6-foot-9-inch Nishant has surprised the Pakistan team and coach Moni Morkel with his pace bowling.
Morkel bowls Nishant after Pakistan pacers Harris Rauf and Shaheen Shah Afridi finish their spells. The player bowled for Pakistan tail-enders and opener Fakhar Zaman. His accurate bounce really impressed the Pakistan team.
‘Now I bowl at a speed of 125-130 kmph. Moni Morkel sir has asked me to increase my speed. He also asked me if it would be possible for him to bowl in the nets for Lucknow Super Giants,’ said Nishant.
“I want to build my career in red ball and white ball cricket format. So my main aim is to represent Hyderabad at the first class level,’ added Nishant.
He considers Aussie pacers Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins as his heroes.
Morkel has asked the net bowlers including Nishant to increase the pace.
This is not the first time that Nishant has bowled for international players. The Hyderabadi also bowled for the Kiwis ahead of the New Zealand-India series earlier this year.
After the warm-up match, both matches will be played at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad, Pakistan. Because of this, it is expected that Nishant will still bowl for Pakistan in the nets.
These games are against the Netherlands on October 3 and Sri Lanka on October 10.
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