India can defend T20 title, says Ishant

Published: Tuesday, February 10, 2009, 12:15 [IST]
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'India will go all out to defend T20 WC'

Colombo: India's pace sensation Ishant Sharma has no doubt that that the team India will do whatever it takes to defend Twenty20 world cup which is scheduled to held in England later this year.

Ishant was talking to reporters during the unveiling of the International Cricket Council's World Twenty20 trophy here on Monday.

Sri Lankan captain Mahela Jayawardene felt Twenty20 posed a fresh challenge to batsmen as well as bowlers. “The batsmen have to be innovative and the bowlers need to look for different options." The trophy will be taken around the world in the lead-up to the ICC World Twenty20 tournament to be staged in England from 5 to 21 June. “It's a bold new concept. It offered international cricketers new challenges," Jayawardene said. The Sri Lanka captain went on to say that the 300-plus scores frequently registered nowadays was a direct fallout of the ever-increasing popularity of Twenty20. According to him, now that all teams have got a taste of the format, the competition will be fierce in England.

“We have learnt how to approach this game, so it will be much tougher this time. Not every team knew how to approach the game in South Africa. But playing some Twenty20 cricket over the last two years has given us more experience. We have seen different tactics and how different people approach the game," he said. He felt scores would not soar in England where the ball would swing a lot. “Teams have scored 180 to 200 in a Twenty20 game, but it will not be easy in England as even 120 or 130 might be a winning total in those conditions," he said. According to the Sri Lankan skipper, cricket's newest format has enhanced players' skills. “I think the skills have improved after Twenty20 cricket. It is more aggressive. It is a different challenge and cricketers like to challenge themselves in different ways," he said.


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