Folks! Here we are with the top 10 analysis of the day:
1) Virat Kohli creates another record
The Indian cricket team captain, Virat Kohli created a new record with the help of his century in the second innings of the third test. In the first innings of the current test match, Kohli missed the century by just three runs as he became the prey of Adil Rashid. This second innings ton helped the Indian captain in surpassing Mohammad Azharuddin’s 426 runs record. The most runs by an Indian captain in a series in England.
This century of Kohli did not only help him in breaking the record of the former Indian cricket team captain but also helped the Indian team in putting up a target of 521 runs for England. At the end of the third day of a current test match. The English cricket team were at 23 runs with a loss of zero wickets. There are still two days left in the test and it doesn’t look like that the host will be able to achieve the target or end the game in a draw.
2) Hardik Pandya answered his critics
After a poor performance in the starting two test matches. Hardik Pandya retained back his form and answered his critics in a perfect manner. The Indian all-rounder wasn’t able to deliver and help his team in putting up a tough fight against England in the current series. After, a big margin loss in the second test. Many people pointed fingers at Pandya and his position in the current Indian team.
However, the Indian all-rounder ignored most of the critics and it helped him in giving a game-changing performance in the second test. Pandya took five wickets for 28 runs which also became his career best figure in a test match and then scored a quick half-century in the second innings. This brilliant performance from Pandya has put the Indian team in a strong position in the current test match.
3) Sachin Tendulkar told me to focus on my game – Yashasvi Jaiswal
Yashasvi Jaiswal the budding cricketer from Mumbai was recently added to the Indian U-19 squad for a tour to Sri Lanka for the limited-overs leg. The 16-year-old cricketer described his meeting with Tendulkar. Jaiswal told, “Sachin sir invited me to his residence before the tour and gifted me a bat,” The 16-year-old cricketer added, “Meeting Sachin sir was like a dream come true. He spoke to me for 40 minutes. He advised me to keep my focus on the game and not to think about the past or the future.”
Jaiswal scored 15 and 1 in the starting two games of the tour and was dropped from the team due to his poor performance. However, the 16-year-old was added back to the team for the final and deciding game of the series. The Mumbai cricketer scored unbeaten 114 and took his team to victory in the match. This brilliant under pressure knock of Jaiswal came at a perfect time as it also helped the Indian team in winning the series against Sri Lanka.
4) Afghanistan thrashed Ireland in the first T20
Afghanistan defeated Ireland by 16 runs in the first T20 of the three-match T20I series at Bready in Northern Ireland. The match was reduced to 18 overs per side after the delay in the game due to rain. The Irish captain won the toss and put Afghanistan into bat thinking that it will be easy to restrict the Asian side to a small total in the overcast conditions. However, this decision of Gary Wilson didn’t turn out to be right as the visitors put up a target of 161 runs for the hosting nation.
Hazratullah Zazai’s brilliant knock of 74 in 33 balls helped Afghanistan in putting up a fighting total on the scoreboard. Ireland came to bat on the pitch with a motive of achieving the target and winning the first T20. However, the hosts could only make 144 for 9 in 18 overs and were fell short of 16 runs against the Asian side. The talisman of Afghanistan, Rashid Khan picked up three wickets for 35 runs in his four-over spell. A brilliant display of batting from Zazai and a fantastic bowling from Rashid helped Afghanistan in winning their first T20 on the tour.
5) Usman Khwaja should open in the test – Simon Katich
Australia is all set to tour UAE to play a test series against Pakistan. This will also be the first test series for Aussies since the ball tempering controversy during test series against South Africa.
As we are inching closer to the test series between both the nations. Many people are raising the question of what a perfect opening combination for Aussies will be against Pakistan. After a ban on David Warner due to ball tampering incident. The Invincibles have struggled a lot and have been failed to find a perfect replacement of the opener.
Simon Katich, the former Australian cricketer said on SEN’s Whateley program, “I think Australia need some seniority at the top of the order and given Khawaja has batted at three it might actually suit him to get out there and get into it straight away,” Katich further added, “He (Khwaja) is an opener from way back when he first started playing club cricket.”
Matt Renshaw is most likely going to be the first opener for the Aussies on the tour against Pakistan. As one spot in the opening is still empty. It will be interesting to see, who the Australian management choose to partner up with Renshaw to open against the Asian side.
6) India Blue clinched the Women’s T20 Challenger Trophy
The India Blue won the final game against India Red with a margin of just four runs and got their hands on the Women’s T20 Challenger Trophy.
The India Red won the toss and asked their opponents to bat first at the KSCA Cricket Ground in Alur. The Indian Blue were on the ground without their key player Mithali Raj, who missed the final game of the competition due to injury. The absence of the star opener did not put any pressure on the India Blue as they succeeded in putting up 131 in 20 overs on the scoreboard.
The India Red came close to the winning total but fell short by four runs. Poonam Yadav and Radha Yadav shared five wickets among themselves and restricted the opponents on 127-7 in 20 overs. Punam Raut scored 52 runs and Deepti Sharma scored 45 runs but that couldn’t help the India Red in successfully chasing the target. The other batsman of India Red put up a miserable display of batting and that became the reason for their loss in the final.
7) Ehsan Mani to replace Najam Sethi as PCB chairman
Najam Sethi formally submitted his resignation which confirmed his departure from the role of PCB chairman. Also, after a few minutes of the resignation. Imran Khan, the new prime minister of Pakistan tweeted that he has nominated former ICC president Ehsan Mani for the post of PCB chairman.
Imran Khan and Najam Sethi never had a smooth relationship. Once Imran was elected as the new prime minister. Speculations started rising related to the future of Sethi as the PCB chairman. In Pakistan, there is a rule that if the prime minister wants to change the PCB chairman then he can do it if desired.
Sethi addressed his resignation letter directly to the prime minister. Mr. Sethi said, “You have said on many occasions you have a vision for Pakistan cricket. Therefore, it is only proper that you should assume charge and responsibility for assembling a management team for PCB that enjoys your full confidence and trust.”
8) Durham defeat Glamorgan by an innings
On the third day of second division county game. Durham ran riot against their opponents, Glamorgan. The hosts were wrapped up on 111 in the second innings which helped Durham in winning the game by an innings and 30 runs.
In the first innings, Glamorgan were able to put up only 154 runs on the scoreboard. The visitors in reply scored 295 runs and the major contribution of it came from the bat of Axar Patel, who scored unbeaten 95 runs. As the hosts were trailing by 141 runs in the second innings. The match looked completely in the favor of Durham. The visitors confirmed their victory once their bowler, Chris Rushworth picked up a five-wicket haul for 28 runs and bowled out Glamorgan 30 runs before they could avoid an innings loss.
9) BCCI registers new Supreme Court constitution
The new Supreme court- approved constitution was firmly registered with the Registrar of Societies of Tamil Nadu by the Board of Control for Cricket in India.
After the registration, CoA Chairman Vinod Rai said, “We thank the Honorable Supreme Court for their directions and are pleased to start the process today by the submission of the new constitution of the BCCI with the Tamil Nadu Registrar of Societies at Chennai. We are committed to implementing the Supreme Court directive in its entirety.”
Under the new constitution, the office bearers will now be allowed to serve two successive terms. Further, as per the new set of rules, the selection committee will not be restricted to just three members. Moreover, ‘one state one vote’ doesn’t exist anymore which provided relief to associations such as Gujarat (Gujarat, Saurashtra, and Baroda) and Maharashtra (Maharashtra, Mumbai, and Vidarbha) who could have lost the power, if the original set of recommendation were not changed.
10) Another injury blow for Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn picked up another injury during the game between Hampshire and Nottinghamshire at Southampton. The 35-year-old suffered groin injury which made him leave the field in the middle of the match.
In the last couple of years, Dale Steyn has been prone to regular injuries which have also acted as a barrier for him in the process of becoming South Africa’s record test wicket-taker. The 35-year-old suffered shoulder injury before which kept him out of the action for almost one year. The same Injury created a problem once again during the test series against India. This injury sidelined the South African bowler from the series.
Steyn became South Africa’s joint-highest wicket-taker in tests during the series against Sri Lanka. The 35-year-old equalized the record of Shaun Pollock’s 421 dismissals in tests. After taking the wicket of Lakshan Sandakan for six in the second innings of the first test.
This is a tough time for Steyn as he is picking up injuries after injury and that too at the age of 35. These injuries have acted as a huge barrier in his career and seems to continue in the future as well. However, the South African bowler needs just one wicket to surpass the record of Shaun Pollock. At the moment, it looks like that the 35-year-old will achieve this feat but the road for it won’t be easy.