Virat Kohli has owned the IPL 2016 with his batting prowess.
With four scores of three figures in 13 games, he has got over the mark of 850 with his runs’ tally and has left behind all the previous highest scorers of the tournament by some margin.
David Warner was fuming with himself last night when he let the ball go through him to allow Delhi Daredevils those two runs needed to win them the game on the last ball.
Bhuvneshwar’s fantastic mixture of lengths on the first four deliveries of the 20th over had pushed the equation in Hyderabad’s favour. But, for some reason, he decided to go short on the next two and both turned out to be boundaries.
The last one was of course the fielding mistake of the captain as he dived around, and tried to put his body behind the ball, but, because of a bad bounce, failed to stop it.
Sreenath Aravind says that Rahul Dravid should be given credit for the recent successes of the India ‘A’ team.
Dravid was put in charge of the ‘A’ team after the new hierarchy took over in BCCI and he seems to be doing a fine job.
Under Dravid’s guidance, India A won the triangular involving the ‘A’ teams of South Africa and Australia last month and then, yesterday, they completed a series victory against Bangladesh ‘A’.
As per Aravind, Dravid’s influence has been magical on all the players as the former Indian captain has made them believe in their abilities.
Virender Sehwag wants MS Dhoni to be the captain of the Indian One Day International team till the next World Cup.
Sehwag believes if Dhoni leaves the captaincy right now and decides to retire from the game; it would create a difficult situation for India as he is the only experienced player in the side.
Also, according to Sehwag, India does not seem to have anybody other than Dhoni at the moment to control the lower middle order and to bat with the tail if the wickets fall early at the top. So, for him to continue to be in the mix is very, very important.
Naman Ojha would be really cursing himself for the way he batted in his debut test match at the Sinhalese Sports Club.
Ojha has been in the domestic circuit of India forever and has been one of the consistent performers, but, has had to remain in the shadow of the likes of MS Dhoni, Wriddhiman Saha and Dinesh Karthik.
However, finally, after a long wait, he got to play his first game in the whites for India because of the injury to Saha and he desperately needed to grab that opportunity with both hands, but, he couldn’t do that.
Alastair Cook seems to have come into the Ashes series with a plan that he would not let the Australian spinner Nathan Lyon settle down when he is at the crease.
Cook generally is not that kind of player. He grinds his way to big scores, but, yesterday on the opening day of the ongoing Ashes series, as soon as Lyon came into the attack, the English captain was on the move.
He started doing a lot of things to try and put Lyon off his line and length, but, that ended up becoming the reason of his own downfall.
He misjudged the length of a delivery and was caught behind.
Alastair Cook gave all the credit for England’s win at Grenada to his spearhead fast bowler James Anderson.
The skipper, who himself made the mockery of a short chase with a pretty fluent half century, spoke very highly of Anderson in the post match press conference.
England had plenty of wickets to take on the final day and then, they needed enough time to complete the chase of the target that was going to be posted in front of them.
It was looking unrealistic in the morning.
But, the new ball came and Anderson devastated the hosts with that.
Dale Steyn, who was believed to be the best bowler in the world in all formats of the game not so long back, is not getting a place in the XI of the Sunrisers Hyderabad at the moment.
It’s Trent Boult whom the Sunrisers management currently prefers over Steyn for taking the new ball.
Boult being a left armer might be a reason, but, that is not the sole reason.
Actually, Steyn’s dip in form over the last one year especially in shorter formats is evident. He does not bowl yorkers and has lost his ability to swing the ball consistently as well.
England fans must not read too much into their team’s huge win over Scotland yesterday.
It was indeed a morale booster for England, something that they were in desperate need of after the New Zealand thrashing, but, if one is brutally honest, he would say that Scotland is a pretty ordinary team and even if you are not at the top of your game, you can beat them hands down.
There were some bright lights for England though. Moeen Ali scoring runs and the captain Eoin Morgan getting a few too would have been satisfactory for the team management.
Mohammad Irfan is somebody who can prove to be absolutely deadly for the batsmen in the World Cup 2015 which is starting this weekend.
The 32-year old is the tallest fast bowler going around with a height more than 7 feet and he is a left armer too. So, apart from the extreme bounce that he gets because of his height, he creates that angle coming from over the wicket for the right handed batsmen.
However, Irfan must ensure that he does not err too much on the shorter side. He has to get the batsmen playing on the front foot.