first_imgSharma, who notched up 482 runs to end as MIs second Sharma, who notched up 482 runs to end as MIs second highest run scorer after Simmons 540 last season, said he intended to open the batting. “A lot depends on what sort of balance is needed. We have spoken about it. I would preferably open the innings. I would like to start the innings and see after 4-5 games. We had got some exciting players in the auction. “I am happy at the way things are turning out at practice sessions. Its all about getting the right balance in the team. If that means coming down the order I will do so.” Sharma also said that the teams bowlers knew they needed to be aggressive when bowling on the batsman-friendly Wankhede tracks.”When we play at Wankhede, we bowl with the new ball to take wickets and not just contain. They should be there to get the batsmen out. Theres not much offer from the pitch. Bowlers who have done that have been successful here.”Batsmen always try to come hard and so theres always opportunity to take wickets. Bowlers who have been aggressive have done well at the Wankhede. Preparation is the key when you play on a wicket which has not got much to offer to bowlers,” he explained. Sharma feels his team knows how to counter the dew factor while defending a total.”We play a lot of games with the dew coming down. Generally it does in the second half. We had played under those conditions and done well. Guys are used to these conditions, except the newcomers who will have to get adjusted. We have played here many a time and obviously this is our fortress and our home. We should know about the conditions better than others,” said Sharma. PTI SSR NRB CM CMadvertisementlast_img read more

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first_img The 5: Takeaways from the Coyotes’ introduction of Alex Meruelo Former Cardinals kicker Phil Dawson retires Comments   Share   Keep the costly contracts? The team won 11 games last season despite numerous key injuries, and there’s a strong and understandable belief that with a healthy squad, the Cardinals can do some serious damage. But that does not mean the team isn’t entering the offseason without some questions. In no particular order, here are five of the biggest: From the moment the clocked ticked down to 0:00 on the Arizona Cardinals’ 27-16 loss to the Carolina Panthers Saturday, attention was turned to the 2015 season. “Normally, when a season comes to an end, I’m ready for a break,” Cardinals coach Bruce Arians said. “But I can honestly say I can’t wait to start this next one knowing the quality of the people that we have in that room and the team that we can build around them is very excited.” Derrick Hall satisfied with D-backs’ buying and selling Top Stories Grace expects Greinke trade to have emotional impactlast_img read more