TAIT WORRIES

The Australian fast bowler Shaun Tait has said that overstepping has always been a big worry for him, but, he has worked hard on it recently and he is looking forward to bowling some good spells in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL).

Tait plays for Rajasthan Royals in IPL. He hasn’t been given too many playing chances by the Royals team management so far.

When asked what it takes to become a good T20 bowler, Tait said, “you have to be accurate in T20s. You can’t afford to miss your length even slightly. You have to bowl full and fast and then, try to sneak in a bouncer or a slower ball. Those are good surprise weapons.”

WEST INDIES DOMINATE

The skipper of the West Indies Cricket team, Darren Sammy, has said that he is very happy with the dominating performance of his team in the recently played T20 series against Zimbabwe.

West Indies won both the matches of the series quite easily. In the first match, the Caribbean team won by 8 wickets, while, in the second match, they won by 41 runs.
Talking to the reporters after the second T20 match, Sammy said, “We played some great cricket in these two matches. We are the world Champions in this format of the game and we certainly looked like champion on the field.”

“We defeated them by big margins in both the games and we need to put up such kind of performances in the other formats of the game as well.”

GANGULY BACKS DHONI

Former Indian captain, Sourav Ganguly, has said that Mahendra Singh Dhoni should not be criticized all the time as he is not the only man responsible for India’s defeats in recent times.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s captaincy has come under the scanner after India’s defeat in the test series against England and in the ODI series against Pakistan. But, Ganguly has said that the spectators need to be patient as the Indian team is going through a transitional phase and the young players will take a bit of time to settle down.

CLARKE DELIGHTED WITH AGGRESSION

Michael Clarke has said that he is delighted with the aggressive approach of his team in the second test match against Sri Lanka which was played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

The Australian team outclassed Sri Lanka in the second test match and won it by an inning and 201 runs. With this victory, Australia has taken a lead of 2-0 in the series with one match still to be played.

ENGLAND SATISFIED

The left arm spinner of the England cricket team, Monty Panesar, has said that his team has done reasonably well on the first day of the second test match against India at Wankhede Stadium.

On the first day, India put up 266 runs on the board in 90 overs after losing 6 wickets. Panesar was the one who took four out of those 6 wickets.

Actually, India had lost the six wickets only at the score of 169, but, the England bowlers couldn’t carry on the momentum after that and a 97-run unbeaten stand between R Ashwin and C Pujara brought India back into the game.

BAILEY BACKS GAYLE

The captain of the Australian T20 team, George Bailey, has said that the Sri Lankan team should be extremely careful against the West Indies opening batsman Chris Gayle who is in the form of his life at the moment.

The Australian team had taken on West Indies in the 2nd semi final of the World T20 Championship on Friday and was defeated by 74 runs in that match. Gayle was the hero of the victory of West Indies. He just smashed the Aussie bowlers. He hit six towering sixes in his inning of 75 runs.

In the post match press conference, Bailey said, “The Sri Lankan bowlers should try to take Gayle’s wicket early in the final match. Once he gets set, it’s not easy at all to get him out.”

DRAVID BACKS KOHLI

Former Indian captain and one of the greatest batsmen of all times, Rahul Dravid, has praised the young Indian middle order batsman Virat Kohli and said that he has been hugely impressed with the way Virat Kohli played in the second test match against New Zealand at Bengaluru.

Virat’s performance in the Bengaluru test match was absolutely phenomenal. He scored a century in the first innings and took India very close to the score of New Zealand. In the second innings, when India was struggling at 166 for 5 and the Kiwi bowlers were on top, Virat put up a match winning partnership of 96 runs with MS Dhoni and saw his team home. He was declared man of the match for his fantastic performance with the bat.

O'BRIEN NOT KEEN ON ENGLAND

The dashing Ireland batsman Kevin O’Brien has said that he doesn’t want to represent England in the international cricket and he is pretty happy to play for Ireland. O’Brien gave this statement on the launching event of his autobiography ‘Six after Six’. As per O’Brien, he is an Irish man and he wants to play only for Ireland. O’Brien scored the fastest world cup hundred against England in the world cup last year. On being asked about that hundred, O’Brien said that it was the best inning of his life. He was batting phenomenally that day. O’Brien said that after that hundred, he got the chance to play for Gloucestershire in the county cricket last year. He is playing for Somerset this year.

Pakistan announce Squad

Pakistan has announced the squad for T20s against Australia and also for the world T20 championship, which is going to be held in September, this year. Some experienced players have made their comeback in the team. The opening batsman, Mohammad Hafeez, will be captaining the side.

Salman Butt released from “British Prison”

The dishonored captain of Pakistan, Salman Butt, came back to his homeland after receiving the punishment imposed by British Prison.

The welcome done to him was a bit messy and he faced a chaos as he returned home. However he took an oath that he will prove his innocence in the recent spot-fixing scandal.

The spot-fixing was revealed in the Lord’s test match which was played in between Pakistan and England. This incident when came in front, Salman Butt was alleged and he was sentenced with an imprisonment for long 30 months. The other two teammates of Butt who were involved are Mohammad Asif and Mohammad Aamer.