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.
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.
The stand-in test captain of Australia, Steve Smith, just does not get tired of scoring runs.
No matter how hard the surface is, he always dominates and after being appointed the captain, he seems to have taken his batting to a different level.
When he had said prior to the Brisbane test match that it’s him who would replace Michael Clarke at the no. 4 slot, not too many people had supported him at that point in time.
MS Dhoni might be able to play in the entire test series now against Australia.
He was initially not to take part in the first test match in Brisbane because of his injury, but, now, that the Brisbane match has been postponed and the Adelaide test is going to be the first of the series, the wicketkeeper batsman is likely to lead the team in all the games.
The English captain, Alastair Cook, has said that the statements that his former teammate Graeme Swann has made about him are not helpful.
A couple of days back, Swann had criticized England’s selection policy for the limited-over formats of the game saying that too much emphasis has been paid on technically correct, conservative players who would not be able to win the team the World Cup.
According to Swann, the creative players such as Jason Roy should be included in the Three Lions’ One Day set up.
Sachin Tendulkar might have been the greatest cricket player till date, but, his popularity around the world is significantly lesser than that of the other sports personalities.
Sachin along with David Beckham, the former Three Lions captain, had gone to the All England club last week to watch Maria Sharapova play
These two gentlemen didn’t prove to be the lucky charm for the Russian beauty queen as she suffered a defeat.
The 3-match ODI series against Bangladesh is going to be a defining series for the limited-over career of the Indian top order batsman Ajinkya Rahane. It might well be the make or break for him.
Rahane has got a lot of opportunities in the shorter versions of the game in the last few months, but, he hasn’t been able to make any sort of impact. He has failed in most of the limited-over matches that he has played in the recent past and if some of the regular players had not been rested for this series against Bangladesh; he would probably not have been included into the squad.
The Sachin Tendulkar owned Kochi franchise of the Indian Super League or ISL has been christened as the Kerala Blasters.
The new team and the name was announced by incumbent Kerala Chief Minister Oommen Chandy after he had a brief meeting with the Indian cricketing legend in the capital last week.
The former Indian batsman also accepted the Kerala Chief Minister’s request to become the Goodwill Ambassador for the National Games which will be held in Kerala next year.