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Meet Nuwan Seneviratne, The Throwdown Specialist Behind Team Indias Improved Performance Against Shaheen Afridi




In the recent Asia Cup Super 4 match between India and Pakistan, Rohit Sharma’s effortless flick for a six over backward square leg against left-arm pacer Shaheen Shah Afridi caught everyone’s attention. While the cameras zoomed in on Rohit’s masterful shot, they also captured a figure standing on the Indian dressing room balcony, a figure that left even hardcore cricket enthusiasts puzzled. That figure is none other than Nuwan Seneviratne, the left-arm throwdown specialist of the Indian cricket team, and his role is instrumental in helping Indian batters face the threat posed by left-arm pacers like Shaheen Afridi.

A Remarkable Journey from Obscurity to the Indian Team

Nuwan Seneviratne’s cricketing journey has been nothing short of remarkable. His own cricket career in Sri Lanka was relatively obscure, limited to just two First-Class matches. However, it was his ability to generate extreme pace and acute angles with his left-arm throwdowns that caught the attention of senior Indian batsmen Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. They recognized that Seneviratne’s skills could significantly aid them in handling left-arm pacers effectively during actual matches.

But Seneviratne’s path to becoming an integral part of the Indian cricket team was far from straightforward. At one point, he found himself uncertain about his future and worked as a school van driver in Colombo to make ends meet. During his free time, Seneviratne returned to his old club, the Nondescripts Cricket Club in Maitland.

A Fateful Encounter with Charith Senanayake

It was during one of his visits to NCC in 2015 that Seneviratne had a fateful encounter with former Sri Lankan batsman Charith Senanayake. Senanayake, who was the team’s manager at the time, was immediately impressed by Seneviratne’s skills and work ethic. Seneviratne’s ability to trouble batters with his pace during throwdown sessions caught Senanayake’s eye.

Senanayake believed that Seneviratne had genuine skill and recommended him to Roy Dias, a former stylish Lankan batsman. Dias accommodated Seneviratne in the support staff of the Sri Lanka ‘A’ team in 2016 when they toured India. Seneviratne later returned to the senior team in the same year, helping them during the tour to England.

Catching the Eye of Indian Cricket

However, fate had grander plans for Seneviratne. Without a regular contract with the Sri Lanka side, he was called upon to assist the Indian team at nets during their 2017 tour of Sri Lanka. During a training session, Seneviratne left a mark by hitting Virat Kohli and troubling him with his pace and angles.

After the session, the Indian team manager approached Charith Senanayake for more information about the local throwdown specialist. This led to a brief interview, and within a few months, Nuwan Seneviratne found himself on a flight to India as the team’s left-arm throwdown specialist.

Dedication and Recognition

Seneviratne’s journey from obscurity to becoming an essential part of Team India is a testament to his hard work, dedication, and unwavering commitment. He spent countless hours at the gym to strengthen his throwing arm and continuously worked on improving his skill set. His work ethic and dedication to his job impressed not only Virat Kohli but also the entire India management.

Today, Seneviratne can look back with satisfaction as Indian batsmen confidently face the challenges posed by left-arm pacers, thanks in no small part to his tireless efforts. While his success is now evident, it is essential to remember the hours of hard work and dedication that brought Nuwan Seneviratne to where he is today, making him an invaluable asset to Team India.

Nuwan Seneviratne’s story is a testament to the power of dedication, hard work, and the recognition of genuine talent, which transcends borders and brings together the cricketing world. His journey from obscurity to becoming a crucial part of Team India is a remarkable tale of perseverance and passion.


WATCH: Virat Kohli Shakes A Leg On ‘Lungi Dance’ Song During India Vs Sri Lanka Asia Cup 2023 Super 4 Match




Former India captain Virat Kohli may have failed with the bat against Sri Lanka in their Super 4 match of the Asia Cup 2023 on Tuesday but that didn’t prevent him from having a gala time on the field. Kohli was seen shaking a leg during India’s bowling innings against Sri Lanka at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo.

Kohli scored just 3 as India were bundled out for 213 with young Sri Lankan spinner Dunith Wellalage claiming 5/40 in 10 overs. In reply, Sri Lanka were bowled out for 172 as India won by 41 runs to book their place in the Asia Cup 2023 Final set to take place on September 17.

Watch Virat Kohli shake a leg to ‘Lungi Dance’ song during India vs Sri Lanka Asia Cup 2023 Super 4…

Kohli has been in sensational form with the bat over the last year, scoring 5 international hundreds in ODI cricket – same as Indian opener Shubman Gill. On Monday, Kohli scored his 47th international century in ODI cricket, scoring 122 not out against Pakistan in their Asia Cup 2023 Super 4 match.

On Tuesday, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli reached a total of 5,000 runs as a pair, becoming the fastest to do so.  The duo reached this landmark during India’s Super Four Asia Cup clash against Sri Lanka.

Though the partnership between Rohit and Virat, as the star duo is known among the fans, was short and restricted to just 10 runs after the dismissal of Virat for three, it was enough to touch this landmark.  In 86 innings, they have scored 5,008 runs as a pair at an average of 61.82. They have had 18 hundred run stands and 15 half-century stands, with their best being a partnership of 246 runs.

They are the fastest to reach the landmark, overtaking the legendary West Indies duo of Gordon Greenidge and Desmond Haynes, who reached the mark in 97 innings. They are the eighth-most successful duo of all time, with the best being Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly, who scored 8,227 runs as a pair in 176 innings at an average of 47.55 and 26 century and 29 half-century stands. Their best partnership is 258 runs.

Behind Sachin-Sourav and Rohit-Shikhar Dhawan (5,193 runs at an average of 45.15 with 18 century and 15 half-century stands), they are the third-best Indian batting pair. Coming to the match, India elected to bat first and an 80-run partnership between skipper Rohit Sharma (53 in 48 balls, seven fours and three sixes) and Shubman Gill (19) helped lay a foundation for a big score.

(with ANI inputs)

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Asia Cup 2023 Points Table: How Can Babar Azam’s Side Set Up India Vs Pakistan Final On September 17




Team India have become the first side to book their berth in the Asia Cup 2023 Final with their 41-run win over Sri Lanka in their second Super 4 match at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Tuesday. Rohit Sharma’s side had earlier thrashed Pakistan by 228 runs in a rain-hit Super 4 clash which ended on the ‘Reserve Day’ on Monday.

With 2 wins in 2 matches in the Super 4 stage, Team India now have 4 points and net run-rate of 2.690 and have booked their place in the Asia Cup 2023 Final which will take place on Sunday (September 17). After India’s win over Sri Lanka, Bangladesh are out of the race of qualification for the Final and need a miracle with 2 losses from 2 matches and a NRR of -0.749.

Check Asia Cup 2023 Super 4 Points after India’s win over Sri Lanka HERE…

Sri Lanka are still currently in second place with 2 points from 2 matches with NRR of -0.200 while Babar Azam’s Pakistan are in third place with 2 points as well but a NRR of -1.892. Sri Lanka and Pakistan will face each other in the fifth match of the Super 4 stage and the winner of the contest will book a place in the final with India.

Here are the Asia Cup 2023 Final Qualification scenario for Sri Lanka and Pakistan…

Sri Lanka – Points: 2; Net run rate: – 0.200; Matches remaining: Pakistan (Thursday)

The equation is simple for Sri Lanka, win against Pakistan and book their place in a second-successive Asia Cup final. However, if the match of Thursday is washed out due to rain, Sri Lanka will be progressing to the final on account of their superior net run-rate.

Pakistan – Points: 2; Net run rate: – 1.892; Matches remaining: Sri Lanka (Thursday)

For Pakistan also, the situation is same as Sri Lanka. The Super 4 match on Thursday between Sri Lanka and Pakistan is a virtual semifinal for Babar Azam’s side. A win will ensure a Final berth while a loss in their final Super 4 match will send the flying home.

If the SL vs Pakistan Super 4 match is washed out due to rain, hosts Pakistan will be flying back home due to their poor net run-rate after their massive loss to India on Monday.

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Asia Cup 2023: Afghan Mystery Girl Celebrates Team India’s 41-Run Win Over Sri Lanka In Super 4 Match, See PIC




Team India has been receiving unexpected support from across the border from as far off as Afghanistan during their Asia Cup 2023 campaign in Sri Lanka. Rohit Sharma’s side posted their second win in successive days – hammering Sri Lanka by 41 runs on Tuesday to book their place in the Asia Cup 2023 Final on Sunday (September 17).

Afghanistan mystery girl Wazhma Ayoubi has taken social media by storm, not only for her gorgeous look, but the way she has been supporting the Indian cricket team over the last week. On Tuesday night, she posted another picture of herself on social media platform ‘X’, formerly Twitter, with the caption, “Bharat wins by 41 runs”.

Wazhma Ayoubi is a model, business owner and philanthropist based out of Dubai. Born in Afghanistan in 1995, she left the country which was in political turmoil.

Wazhma owns the fashion brand ‘LAMAN’ and hopes to act in Bollywood someday. After Afghanistan were knocked out, Wazhma turned into fan of her second ‘home’ team – India. She cheered for the ‘Men In Blue’ vs Pakistan and Nepal during the group fixtures.

On Sunday and Monday, September 10 and 11, when India played Pakistan in the Super 4s, Wazhma supported India again. She congratulated Rohit Sharma and Co after the team thumped Pakistan by a massive margin of 228 runs.

Wazhma did not just congratulate India for the win, but also chose her words smartly. Instead of saying ‘India’, Wazhma wrote ‘Bharat’ to congratulate Rohit Sharma’s side.

Meanwhile, Team India captain Rohit Sharma was pleased to come out of a tough encounter against Sri Lanka with a win under his belt. “For us also to play a game like that under pressure on a slightly challenging pitch. It was challenging in a lot of aspects. We are definitely looking to play on pitches like this to see what we can achieve, we might as well come here and play on pitches like these,” Rohit Sharma said after the match on Tuesday.

On bowling of Hardik Pandya, Rohit Sharma said, “He has worked really hard in his bowling for the last couple of years. It doesn’t happen overnight and it’s pleasing to see. He looked like taking a wicket off every ball. Was not an easy target to defend as the pitch got easier at the end and we had to put it consistently in one area and I think we did quite well.”

Team India have booked their place in the Asia Cup 2023 Final and will play Bangladesh in their final Super 4 match at the R. Premadasa Stadium in Colombo on Friday.

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