Cricket folks! Here we are with the top analysis of the day:
1) Nehra to coach RCB alongside Gary Kirsten
Former Indian pacer Ashish Nehra has been appointed as the coach of the Royal Challengers Bangalore alongside South African great Gary Kirsten. Earlier last month, Kirsten was roped in, replacing Daniel Vettori after RCB failed to win for the 11th time.
Ashish Nehra was associated with the RCB franchise in IPL 2018 as a bowling consultant but this time the responsibility would be more on his shoulders. His experience would help the young lads of the squad who are eager to perform well at this level. Ashish Nehra, who is often known as Nehra Ji, played his last international match last year in November against New Zealand at Delhi. On the IPL front, Nehra has taken 106 wickets in his 88 outings.
2) RP Singh calls time on his career at 32
Former Indian left-arm pacer RP Singh has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on Wednesday (13th anniversary of his ODI debut). He was a part of 2007 World T20 squad that created history in South Africa by winning the inaugural edition of the tournament.
Overall, RP Singh took 40 wickets from 14 Test matches and 69 further scalps from 58 ODIs. He also made a great start to his IPL career by picking up 23 wickets in the second edition of the IPL, which eventually was won by his team Deccan Chargers.
3) Mohammad Hafeez, Imad Wasim out of Asia Cup squad; Shan Masood included
Pakistan has announced their squad for the much-awaited Asia Cup 2018 to be held in UAE. While the squad looks strong on papers, Mohammad Hafeez and Imad Wasim have been left out from it. After the squad announcement, Chief Selector Inzamam Ul Haq said, “Hafeez is dropped but still a part of World Cup plans.”
Pakistan have announced a strong side for the upcoming tournament. On the other hand, Indian fans are still unhappy with the decision of resting Virat Kohli for the all-important Asia Cup. So far, India have won the tournament 6 times while Sri Lanka have won it 5 times. Meanwhile, Pakistan are looking to grab their 3rd title on this occasion.
4) This is the best Indian team in the last 15-20 years, says Shastri
In the pre-match press conference, Ravi Shastri claimed that this side is better than what India used to have 15-20 years ago. On being asked about the collapse in batting, Shastri said, “I think shot selection left a lot to be desired, we blew away a very good position straight away after Tea on day two (in Southampton). That’s an area where you can tighten, be aware of what the team needs, being aware of the match situation, that will be a big help. I think that was crucial more than anything else.”
Being a No.1 Test side, scoring 240 shouldn’t be a problem for India irrespective of the conditions. The previous squad including Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, and Sourav Ganguly, was competitive and even scored more than 350 on several occasions in the 4th innings.
Well, we should not forget the furious bowling attack of that time. Almost all of them were legends and none of the Indian players mentioned above was looking to score a century or even fifty in the first session. For us, India as a Test squad is good right now but not that much what it was 15 years ago. Agreed?
5) Lucknow set for international debut during Windies tour of India
Finally, Lucknow’s Ekana international cricket stadium has been named to host the international game when Windies will tour India in October. It will host a T20 game between the two on November 6. Earlier, the matches in Uttar Pradesh used to be held at Green Park, Kanpur.
This stadium has hosted 6 domestic matches including 5 Duleep Trophy matches. Javagal Srinath inspected the stadium on August 29 and found it fit to hold the international match. So far, Lucknow has hosted 3 international games. One in 1952 between India and Pakistan, second in 1989 between Pakistan and Sri Lanka and the third one in 1994 between India and Sri Lanka.