England Cricket Board (ECB) CEO Tom Harrison on Friday said it was Indian players' anxiety over the COVID-19 situation in their camp and not a COVID-19 outbreak that forced the cancellation of the fifth and final Test at Old Trafford in Manchester. The fifth Test was always in doubt after assistant physio Yogesh Parmar's positive COVID-19 test on Thursday. Before that, head coach Ravi Shastri and he support staff were also sent into isolation after the former tested COVID-19 positive in the midst of the fourth Test
Even though India got the better of England in the three-match ODI series on Sunday, former India cricketer VVS Laxman is concerned with how captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma have struggled against England’s spinners. While Rohit failed to read a googly from Adil Rashid and was clean bowled, Kohli perished to Moeen Ali, going back to a delivery that spun back in.
Indian captain Virat Kohli expressed surprise that pace bowler Shardul Thakur did not win the 'Man of the Match' despite his excellent bowling effort in the final ODI in Pune, against England on Sunday. Shardul finished with figures of 4 for 67 in his 10 overs, dismissing Dawid Malan (50), England skipper Jos Buttler (15) and Liam Livingstone (36). Earlier, he also hammered 30 from 21 with the bat, a knock which featured three sixes.
England's stand-in skipper Jos Buttler is confident that Jonny Bairstow can go on to become the country's leading century-maker in ODIs. Following his 124 in the second ODI against India, Bairstow now has 11 hundreds to his name. After his ton, he had told the media that he would like to break the record for most one-day hundreds by an English batsman. England’s Test captain Joe Root holds the record for most ODI tons by an Englishman. He is followed by limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan (13) and Marcus Trescothick (12).
All-rounder Ben Stokes has stated that using aggressive body language and going over the top with their celebrations is not England’s way of playing cricket. Stokes was responding to a question on Indian captain Virat Kohli’s animated reactions to the fall of a wicket.
Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan stated that he was confident of performing in the ODIs because he remained in a positive frame of mind even when he was not in the playing XI for the T20Is. Dhawan top-scored for India with 98 in the team’s total of 317 for 5 in the first ODI. Virat Kohli, debutant Krunal Pandya and KL Rahul also hit fifties as India put up an impressive batting display. In response, England folded up for 251 despite Jonny Bairstow’s scintillating 94. With the 66-run win, India claimed the crucial 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
India captain Virat Kohli feels that the umpire’s call in the Decision Review System (DRS) is creating a lot of unnecessary confusion with regards to lbw dismissals. According to Kohli, the batsman should be out or not out depending on whether or not the ball is hitting the stumps or not. The margins should not come into play, according to Kohli. As per the present rule, at least 50 per cent of the ball should be hitting at least one of the three stumps for the batsman to be adjudged LBW on a review.
India skipper Virat Kohli has said that he would be happy to open the innings with vice-captain Rohit Sharma in the future as well. India dropped KL Rahul for the final T20I of the series against England. Kohli moved up the order to open the innings with Rohit. The move worked wonders as Kohli and Rohit added 94 for the first wicket. After Rohit was dismissed for 64 from 34, Kohli went on to remain unbeaten on 80 from 52 balls.
Indian captain Virat Kohli questioned the logic of ‘soft signal’ given by the on-field umpire to the third umpire after two controversial decisions in the fourth T20I between India and England. Suryakumar Yadav’s debut innings in international cricket ended on 57 after he was ruled caught even though replays hinted the fielder Dawid Malan had not taken the catch cleanly.