India A pulled off an innings and 13 run-victory in their four-day unofficial Test against South Africa A at the Olympia Park in Rustenburg. The visitors took 11 wickets in less than a day to achieve the thumping victory.
A Zimbabwe tour isn’t the toughest for any top cricketing nation, but it will mean a lot for the lesser-known players in the Indian team, for they are here only because the seniors in the team have been rested.
All-rounder Irfan Pathan has been ruled out of the upcoming Celkon Mobile Cup Tri-Series in West Indies because of a hamstring injury. The 28-year-old Pathan has been replaced by Bengal fast bowler Shami Ahmed.
If India’s performance in the second ODI at Kochi was top notch, they were ruthless again against the Englishman on Saturday, at M S Dhoni’s hometown Ranchi. If it were the batsmen who set up India’s win in the Kochi game, this time it was the turn of the bowlers to shine upfront.
It were the much-vaunted Indian batsmen that had to deliver if India wanted to do well against Pakistan. In complete contrast, they did miserably and the Indians expectedly went down in yet another high-profile series.
India clinched a low scoring thriller at Delhi to avoid an embarrassing cleansweep against their arch rivals. Needing just 168 to win, Pakistan stuttered big time to lose the Third and Final ODI by 10 runs.
Two new faces have been included in the squad for the T20 and ODI series to be played against Pakistan, which begins on Christmas day. They are Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shami Ahmed. Here is some information about the little known duo.