Australia’s in-form batsman Marnus Labuschagne has continued his rise in the ICC Test Player Rankings following his knocks of 143 and 50 in the Perth Test. The knocks followed his 185 and 162 in the two Tests against Pakistan at Brisbane and Adelaide. Labuschagne, whose fortunes changed after he was brought in as concussion substitute for Steve Smith during the Ashes Test at Lord’s, moved up to number five from eight.
Indian captain Virat Kohli jumped five places to enter the Top 10 of ICC T20I rankings for batsmen. With 685 points, he is just behind vice-captain Rohit Sharma. Kohli smashed 70 not out in only 29 balls as India beat West Indies 2-1 to clinch the three-match series at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
Allaying all criticism about not being good at batting first, India put up a sensational display after being sent in, to claim the T20I series against West Indies 2-1. Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli all smashed blazing half-centuries to bring the crowd at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai to its feet.
Even as most of the talk in T20Is is centering around preparations for the upcoming World T20, Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma feels it is important to live in the present. India take on West Indies in the third and final T20I of the series to be played today at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. The series is currently tied 1-1, with both teams having secured one win each.
India captain Virat Kohli, while interacting with the media on Thursday, claimed that there is only one up for grabs in the seam bowling department as India work towards building the squad for the World T20 in Australia next year. Kohli was speaking to the media ahead of the first T20I against West Indies in Hyderabad on Friday.
Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly opines that Day-Night Test has a bright future, and even went on to express his desire that India should play at least one pink-ball match in every series.
Australia’s experienced left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc and England’s Test skipper Joe Root have opted out of the Indian Premier League 2020 auction to be held in Kolkata on December 19. On the other hand, five Australians have listed their names with a base price of Rs 2 crore. The names include Glenn Maxwell, who recently took a break from international cricket due to mental health issues, and Chris Lynn, who was surprisingly released by Kolkata Knight Riders.
The somewhat controversial tenure of the BCCI senior selection committee led by MSK Prasad has come to an end, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly confirmed on Sunday. An amendment in the BCCI constitution does allow for a maximum term of five years for a selection committee. However, BCCI has decided not to extend the tenure of the present team.
Abhimanyu Mithun, on Friday, did the unthinkable by picking up five wickets in a over in a T20 match. Mithun achieved the feat playing for Karnataka against Haryana in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy semi-final. Mithun’s five wickets in an over also included a hat-trick.
Australian opener David Warner continued to torment Pakistan as he hit a career-best 335 at the Adelaide Oval on Saturday, the highest individual score in a Day-Night Test. Australia declared having posted a massive 589 for 3, with Marnus Labuschagne falling for a wonderful 162.
Wicket-keeper batsman Sanju Samson has been named as replacement for injured Shikhar Dhawan in the T20I squad that will take on West Indies in a three-match series. Dhawan ended up getting a deep cut on his left knee during a Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy match against Maharashtra, BCCI informed. After assessing the left-hander’s condition, BCCI’s medical team concluded that Dhawan would not be fit for the T20Is, as the injury would take time to heal.
Veteran Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has sought a change in the Indian selection panel, and has tweeted requesting BCCI President Sourav Ganguly to do so. Harbhajan wrote so in reference to Sanju Samson being dropped from the T20I squad for the West Indies series without being given a chance to prove his worth against Bangladesh.
Indian pacer Umesh Yadav claimed all three wickets to fall on Day Three of the pink-ball Test at Eden Gardens in Kolkata as India clinched the series against Bangladesh 2-0. Yadav finished with figures of 5 for 53 as Bangladesh were cleaned up for 195. Mushfiqur Rahim top-scored with 74 but could not stop India from registering victory by an innings and 46 runs. This was India’s fourth successive victory by an innings, a new world record.