Bris­bane Heat part ways with coach Vet­tori

Hindustan Times (Delhi) - - HTSPORTSMAX -

BRIS­BANE : Big Bash League’s Bris­bane Heat were on the look­out for a new coach on Satur­day after for­mer New Zealand cap­tain Daniel Vet­tori opted not to re­new his con­tract. His de­ci­sion came soon after Bren­don Mccul­lum con­firmed that this would be his last sea­son play­ing for the Heat. Vet­tori has been coach since 2015 and will end his ten­ure when sea­son fin­ishes. Cor­ri­gen­dum: In a short story on Fe­bru­ary 9, it was er­ro­neously men­tioned that Bris­bane Heat (158/0 in 10 ovs) had bet­tered the T20 record of Worces­ter­shire (162/0 in 10 ovs). Heat’s is a Big Bash record but the world record still stands with Worces­ter­shire. The er­ror is re­gret­ted.

In a sea­son of many firsts for In­dia, Ro­hit Sharma and com­pany will be aim­ing to be­come first to win a T20 In­ter­na­tional se­ries in New Zealand when the two sides clash in the fi­nal match here on Sun­day.

The past three months have made for a mem­o­rable phase for the In­dia team, which won its first Test and bi­lat­eral ODI se­ries in Aus­tralia fol­lowed by the big­gest one-day se­ries win in New Zealand.

A first T20 se­ries vic­tory in New Zealand will be the ic­ing on the cake for the ‘Men in Blue’, who have ex­ceeded ex­pec­ta­tions dur­ing their three-month trip to this part of the world.

With the se­ries locked 1-1, there is ev­ery­thing to play for in the de­cider which prom­ises to be a cracker of a con­test on a ‘Su­per Sun­day’ with a spicy Sed­don Park pitch in the off­ing.

In­dia will do well to re­mem­ber the night­mare they en­dured dur­ing the fourth ODI at this venue where they were shot out for 92 in the wake of some qual­ity swing bowl­ing from Trent Boult.

How­ever, Sun­day will be a dif­fer­ent day and there can’t be a big­ger mo­ti­va­tion than win­ning yet an­other se­ries in chal­leng­ing over­seas con­di­tions.

“We have played in Hamil­ton and there won’t be any sur­prise el­e­ment as far as the pitch is con­cerned. Also, hav­ing won the sec­ond game gives us con­fi­dence go­ing into the fi­nal match,” lef­t­arm speed­ster Khaleel Ahmed had said after the se­ries lev­el­ling win in the sec­ond T20 in Auckland, when asked about the Hamil­ton game.


“We have rec­ti­fied some of our mis­takes from the first game and hope­fully a few which are there will also be cor­rected,” Khaleel added.

In­dia fielded the same side in the first two games and in all like­li­hood will main­tain con­ti­nu­ity un­less there are some nig­gles.

In case the team man­age­ment gives change a thought, it could be Kuldeep Yadav com­ing in place of Yuzven­dra Cha­hal as the wrist spin­ner.

How­ever, a look at In­dia’s T20

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