Rajasthan Royals' director of cricket Kumar Sangakkara has informed that all-rounder Chris Morris, purchased by franchise for a record Rs 16.25 crore at the IPL auction, will have a very specific role of supporting Jofra Archer. Morris, on Friday, became the most expensive buy in the history of the IPL, beating Yuvraj Singh’s record of Rs 16 crore.
England coach Chris Silverwood has cleared the air over the Moeen Ali controversy, confirming that it was the team management’s decision to rest the all-rounder for the last two Tests against India. Silverwood even issued a public apology to Moeen, admitting that his exit was not handed in the proper manner.
Indian captain Virat Kohli and off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin praised debutant Axar Patel, who claimed a five-wicket haul on Test debut in the second innings of the second innings of the second Test in Chennai. Patel picked up 5 for 60 as India rolled over England for 164. With the 317-run triumph, India squared the four-match series 1-1.
Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Monday gave credit to India’s batting coach Vikram Rathour for his great showing with the bat in recent times. Ashwin slammed his fifth Test hundred on Day 3 of the second Test against England even as a debate raged over the Chennai pitch among former legends. Ashwin’s 106 was the top-score in India’s second-innings score of 286, setting England a target of 482. The visitors crumbled to 53 for 3 in response.
Indian Rohit Sharma made a superb 161 on Day 1 of the second Test against England in Chennai. Rohit slammed 18 fours and two sixes in his innings and featured in a 162-run fourth-wicket stand with vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane (67).