2018 Nidahas trophy is a cricket tournament staged in the format of Twenty20 international fixtures. It would be hosted by Sri Lanka (one of the three participating national teams) in March 2018. The tournament is scheduled to mark the 70th year independence anniversary of the host country, India and Bangladesh are the other two participating international teams. All the fixtures are slated to be played at R. Premadasa stadium in Colombo.
It would be in the best interests of cricket fans to understand the participating teams. Hence, below is a summary of their individual strengths and weakness going into the competition.
Bangladesh cricket team Popularly referred to as ‘the tigers’, the team is managed by Khaled Mahmud. The team whose average age is 26years would be captained by Shakib Al Hasan (a key all-rounder player in the team). Other notable key players in the Bangladesh team include Tanim Igbal, Mushfizur Rahim, Mashrafe Mortaza, and Mahmudullah.
The Bangladesh national cricket team is over the years known to be good at exploiting the death bowling and top-order battling strategy – this serves as a very vital advantage going into the Sri Lanka Tri-Nation series 2018. It is pertinent to state their drawbacks as a team. The inability to handle pressure and ineffectiveness against teams that are superior in pace would be a very huge disadvantage for them if not properly looked into by the technical team.
All the same, we expect a great performance from them.
Known simple as the ‘men in blue’. The India team has always been the team to beat in Twenty20 tournaments, this is evident in their current T20 ranking (3rd). The team is managed by Ravi Shastri (one of the best coaches around), and dutifully captained by Virat Kohli.
Some vital players in the squad include Ajinleya Rahane, Ishant Sharma, Ravindra Jadeja, Murali Vijay, and Ravichadran Ashwin (to mention few). The squad is one with a youthful average rate.
The known strategy that has worked as an advantage for the team over the years is the strength and dept of the squad. Another vital strategy is the team’s bowling tactics. Only complacency and slight issues are the noted disadvantages in the team.
Widely referred to as ‘the lions’. The team is the host of the 2018 Nidahas Trophy tournaments, hence, a lot is expected from them. Managed by the versatile Chandika Hathurusinghe and captain by Angelo Mathews, the team is quite a force to reckon with in this tournament.
Boosting of an undefeated record in 2018, the commitments of players such as Kansha Silva, Dimuth Karmaratue, Ajantha Mendis, Sachithra Senanayake, Thisara Pereva and others cannot be questioned. The team’s T20 ranking is quite impressive (8th).
Their strength in the batting strategy is arguably one of the best amidst the three competing teams. Same is not to be said of the tactical approach of the team – losing matches when they are in winning position is one of the blunders of their tactics.
The Sri Lanka cricket team is backed by different analyst to cause an upset in the 2018 Nidahas Trophy competition. Who else is in line with such prediction?
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