The Zimbabwean stated that the chance to play against a top team like India on such a big stage and in an iconic venue like MCG (Melbourne Cricket Ground) is rare and that the team would like to take advantage of this opportunity.
“Not every day do you get a chance to bowl Virat Kohli. It’s a chance to pocket his wicket. How often do you get a chance to pocket Virat Kohli’s wicket? I’m sure our fast bowlers stand eager to go, come tomorrow. Great opportunity to bowl with some of the best lads in the world,” Ervine said as he spoke of the Zimbabwe bowlers to the Indian cricket team’s batters who are in excellent form.
Ervine also cited the chance of making it difficult for India to qualify for the semi-finals by beating India, which caused a shock, and said the team had orchestrated a shock against Pakistan and would like to do so against India.
“Beating Pakistan has given us a lot of faith and confidence and I don’t think it will change in the game tomorrow. We would love to do that against India,” the Zimbabwe captain said of their chances of winning against India. .
The left-hander expressed satisfaction with the team’s performance in the World Cup T20 and said the team came with the goal of qualifying for the Super-12 and competing with the best teams.
“We came with a momentum we created during the qualifying phase and we would continue with this as we exit the tournament with a busy schedule ahead of us,” Ervine said.
Commenting on the narrow loss to Bangladesh, which the team lost by just three runs, he said: “We are disappointed that we couldn’t beat Bangladesh after coming so close.”
Ervine spoke of the number of matches that have been put on hold over the course of the ongoing T20 World Cup and said the World Cup was exciting with many close games.
“I think the World Cup has been very exciting with a lot of close games. If you stay in the game and go deep, you can take the game where you want,” said the left-hander. The captain also spoke of having specific bowling plans for Virat and said the player is too good to succumb to certain plans. He said players with Virat’s class are adapting to the plans.
“Just too good a player. If you come out and hit the area. There’s no special plan because these guys are great players who can adapt to the situation,” Ervine said.
India will play Zimbabwe on November 6 at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.