The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the schedule for the white-ball series against Australia and South Africa, which will be played in India in September-October. India will take on Australia in 3 T20Is and South Africa in six white ball games before the T20 World Cup in Australia.
Team India’s stand-in captain Rishabh Pant has admitted that he is keen to make a significant contribution with the bat during the upcoming tour of England. The 24-year-old had a poor T20I series against South Africa at home, which ended on Sunday following the abandonment of the final T20I in Bengaluru due to rain.
Indian fast bowler Avesh Khan has hailed head coach Rahul Dravid after his fine four-wicket haul in the Rajkot T20I against South Africa. There were a few critics who felt that Avesh should have been replaced after he went wicketless in the first three matches of the series. However, the Indian think tank stuck to him and the 25-year-old delivered with figures of 4 for 18.
Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has stated that he tried to bowl quick leg breaks, but with a different seam position during the third T20I against South Africa on Tuesday. Having lost the first two matches, India were in a must-win position in Vizag. Defending a total of 179, Chahal claimed 3 for 20 as the hosts bowled out the visitors for 131 and registered a crucial 48-run victory.
Team India skipper Rishabh Pant lamented that his side was at least 10-15 runs short, batting first after losing the toss in the 2nd T20I against South Africa on Sunday (June 12) in Cuttack. He added that the Men in Blue fought back well with the ball in the first half but lost their way after that.
Team India’s captain for the T20I series against South Africa, Rishabh Pant, lamented that the wicket in Delhi got better to bat on in the second innings, as a result of which their bowlers could not build much pressure. The 24-year-old, however, gave credit to Rassie van der Dussen and David Miller, whose unbeaten 131-run stand lifted the Proteas to a record win.
India wicketkeeper batter Rishabh Pant has expressed relief at the fact that the home series against South Africa will be played without a bio-secure bubble in place. The BCCI has decided to do away with the bio-bubble for the five-match T20I series against South Africa, which will begin on June 9. Post COVID-19, most teams were forced to organize series’ in restricted environments keeping the safety of the players and fans in mind
Indian captain KL Rahul admitted after India’s 0-3 defeat at the hands of South Africa in the one-day series that the visitors were not good enough and went wrong in both the batting and bowling department. The hosts defeated the Men in Blue by four runs in the final ODI. Deepak Chahar played a brilliant knock of 54 in 34 balls to give India hope. However, in the end, he failed to take India over the line. Before the one-dayers, India conceded the Test series 1-2 despite taking the lead.
Former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh reckons that Virat Kohli is definitely feeling the pressure of all that he has gone through over the last few months. Kohli resigned from T20 and Test captaincy and, in between, he was sacked as ODI captain as the BCCI wanted only one captain for white-ball cricket. As a result, for the first time after many years, he stepped on to the field as a pure batter. According to Harbhajan, the controversy surrounding him and BCCI as well as his form definitely seems to have impacted him.