Cricket Folks! Here’s the top analysis of the day:
1) ‘I don’t feel old’ says Anderson after taking 5 for 20
James Anderson was at his best on the Day 2 of the 2nd Test against India. The right-arm pacer bowled a brilliant spell as he picked up 5 for 20. After his scintillating performance, he said, “I don’t’ feel old. I won’t say that I am feeling like 28 but yes 32.”
This was Anderson’s 26th 5-wicket haul in an innings. From the past 10 years, he has been one of the most consistent fast bowlers for England. His current performance showed that still a lot of cricket is left in him. The 36-year old would like to continue his magic against Australia as well in the Ashes that is set to be played next year.
2) Legend Clive Lloyd feels Kohli needs time to prove his captaincy
One of the greatest of the game, Clive Lloyd said that Virat Kohli is still a work in progress when it comes to captaincy. He feels that the Indian skipper showed some positive signs over the last couple of years. On his aggression, the legend believes that as long as the limits are not crossed, his aggression is fine to me.
Virat Kohli is on everyone’s mind these days after his sensational knock at Edgbaston, however, he couldn’t take his side to a victory. India’s present situation at Lord’s is the worst one till date. If the side fails to deliver at the Mecca of Cricket, there is hardly any chance of winning this series.
3) Remarkable Russell scores century and takes hat-trick
Jamaica Tallawahs skipper Andre Russell picked up a hat-trick and then scored a blistering 49-ball ton to give his side a superb victory over Trinbago Knight Riders. After batting first, Tallawahs scored a magnificent 223 in their 20 overs which was chased down in style by Russell & Co.
This century must be a special one for Andre Russell as it came against Shah Rukh Khan’s team Knight Riders. On the other hand, King Khan would also be happy as Russell is a part of KKR in the India cash-rich league. With this performance, Andre Russell has made his captaincy debut even more memorable.
4) Sri Lanka look to end the series with a win
After a magnificent performance in the Test series, it looked like the hosts would be able to taste victory in the ODIs as well but the Proteas made a sensational comeback by winning first three ODIs easily out of five. The 4th one was won by the hosts while R.Premadasa Stadium is set to host the final ODI between the two.
Though Lankans have already lost the series, a great finish from here could help them continue the same performance in the one-off T20, which is to be played at the same stadium on August 14. Also, Dinesh Chandimal’s inclusion in the T20 squad is a big boost for the side.
5) Arjun Tendulkar turns groundsman for a day at Lord’s
Master Blaster’s son Arjun Tendulkar surprised everyone when the young lad turned groundsman at the iconic Lord’s. The main reason behind this was Lord’s management contract with Middlesex Tendulkar cricket academy where it is mandatory to serve the day as a groundsman.
On his career front, Junior Tendulkar showed some promise when India U-19 played couple of Test matches against Sri Lanka U-19. He picked up 3 wickets on that tour.
6) Ishant, Shami remove openers till lunch
After a forgettable performance by the Indian batsmen, it was in the hands of the bowlers to deliver. The hosts started off well but Cook & Jennings lost their wickets till lunch to Ishant & Shami respectively. However, these 2 wickets are still not enough for the visitors to make a comeback in this encounter. They need to create some magic with the ball just like England did on Day 2.
This is not the first time for India to face this situation. Way back in 2001, the similar incident happened while playing against Australia at Kolkata. India made a terrific comeback and win the match because of very very special innings from Laxman and The Wall Rahul Dravid. History can be repeated once again if India can bowl out England early.
7) WBBL, KSL provide opportunity to grow, feels Mandhana
Mandhana is currently enjoying her great form in the ongoing season of Kia Super League in England. She smashed 2 fifties and a hundred to get back in form. The southpaw feels that the leagues such as WBBL and KSL are helping the women cricketers to grow.
Recently, Australia’s Ellyse Perry came with a statement of bringing Women’s IPL to gain more exposure of T20 cricket between young female cricketers. There is a huge rise in the TRPs of women’s cricket in the past couple of years especially after the Women’s World Cup where India reached the finals. In this case, bringing Women’s IPL on the front could be a good idea.
8) Du Plessis injured, likely to miss Zimbabwe series
South African all-format skipper Faf Du Plessis is not having a great year so far as once again he has suffered from a shoulder injury. This might keep him away from the 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is starting from September 30.
The Proteas captain had a surgery in late 2017 due to which he was out from the squad for a long time. Also, less than a year is left for the World Cup and Du Plessis fitness in this case might put South Africa in trouble once again. South Africans anyways are known as chokers and with this news, the dream of lifting a World Cup could become more tough.
9) Chris Woakes scores his maiden Test century
Nothing is going in India’s favour as bowling all-rounder Chris Woakes scored a remarkable century at Lord’s against a tired looking pace attack of India. This was Woakes first Test century and nothing could be more better than hitting it at the Mecca of Cricket. Remember even Tendulkar hadn’t scored a ton here.
Woakes’ brilliant century and his bowling efforts are taking England to yet another victory against India. After this innings, he joined the list of players who scored a century and picked up 10 wickets in a match at Lord’s. Apart from this, he & Bairstow were involved in a record partnership of 189 for sixth wicket for England against India. India are completely on the back foot now with some minor hope left.
10) I am the Boss of T20 cricket, says the Universe Boss
Windies legend Chris Gayle cleared all the air about the greatest-ever T20 cricketer till date. He said, “I am the greatest as I have reinvented the cricket. There is a debate in Test and ODI cricket but when it comes to T20, I am the greatest.”
Many cricket fanatics would agree to his statement because he plays for the crowd while some wouldn’t agree on this as there are many options to chose from including Rohit Sharma, Shahid Afridi and Yuvraj Singh, Virat Kohli etc. While we believe that any of the cricket format needs fitness in which Gayle lacks a bit. Undoubtedly, he is great but might not be the greatest.