Shortly after India’s exit from the 2019 World Cup last year at the hands of the Kiwis, much was speculated about Dhoni’s future with the team and the prospective replacement being groomed in Rishabh Pant. At that point, he was the regular test keeper and though was in and out of the limited overs side, he had pretty much cemented his place in the team.
After Shoaib Akhtar, Pakistan great Zaheer Abbas has also urged his country’s batsmen to learn from India and improve their game. Abbas was recently inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame for his outstanding achievements in the game. According to Abbas, India always find a way out of trouble as some or the other batsman puts his hands up, which is not the case with Pakistan.
In a shocking development earlier today, senior Chennai Super Kings batsman Suresh Raina has pulled out of IPL 2020 citing personal reasons. Now, according to a report in Dainik Jagran, his uncle has passed away following a midnight attack in their village in Pathankot. The same report also added that his aunt is critical.
Having captained Rajasthan Royals for a major portion of IPL 2019, Ajinkya Rahane will be seen in a new role this year. He was traded to Delhi Capitals during the trade window. While Rahane remains an integral part of India’s Test team, he hasn’t played an ODI since February 2018, missing out on a World Cup spot last year.
Indian captain Virat Kohli and limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma have retained the top two positions in the ICC ODI rankings for batsmen. They stand first and second respectively as per the latest ranking released on Wednesday. In Test matches, Australia’s number one batsman Steve Smith is still ruling charts, followed by Kohli and in-form Aussie Marnus Labuschagne. Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane are the other Indians in the Test Top 10.