Although Australia ended Day 1 of the Gabba Test at a healthy 274 for 5, Indian spinner Washington Sundar feels that T Natarajan brought India back in the match by claiming two wickets in the final session of the day’s play. Both Sundar and Natarajan made their Test debut at Brisbane for the injury-hit Indian team. The left-arm seamer dismissed Mathew Wade and centurion Marnus Labuschagne as India kept fighting in the Test, despite Navdeep Saini also walking off injured during the course of the day’s play.
Indian cricketing Sunil Gavaskar, in a scathing attack on the functioning of Indian cricket, has hit out at the alleged double standards in the team. According to Gavaskar, while skipper Virat Kohli was allowed to go back for the birth of his child after the first Test, T. Natarajan, who became a father during the IPL play-offs, has been asked to stay back as a net bowler.
India clinched the T20I series against Australia with a methodical six-wicket triumph at Sydney on Sunday. Set to chase 195 for victory, India got home courtesy a splendid cameo of 42 not out from 22 balls by Hardik Pandya. With 14 needed to win off the last over, Pandya dispatched debutant Daniel Sams over the ropes twice to seal an impressive win for India. Apart from Pandya, opener Shikhar Dhawan (52 from 36), skipper Virat Kohli (40 from 24) and KL Rahul (30 from 22) also made significant contributions. While Shreyas Iyer only made 12 from five, his two boundaries were also crucial as it came at a pivotal point in the chase.
Legendary Indian former all-rounder Kapil Dev insists that swing is more important than pace even in today’s T20-dominant era. In a conversation with senior journalist Ayaz Memon on day 2 of the Hindustan Times Leadership Summit, Kapil added that even in IPL players have realised the importance of swing.