Right after the series win Down Under against Australia, one would have heard many experts talking about the vast resources of the talent pool that India boasts of. Rightly so, in the last few years, with improved domestic structure and the IPL, there would be close to 25-30 players who can play for the team at the same time, or in easier terms, India can field two international sides at the same time.
What was heartening to see were these debutants standing tall against a side that had a combined experience of 51 Tests, that too when seasoned stars like Mithali and Harmanpreet had failed miserably.
Recently appointed full-time CEO of Cricket Australia, Nick Hockley has heaped praise on BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, calling him a fantastic character and also lauded his passion for the game. Hockley went on to say that he had the opportunity of working closely with Ganguly while planning the women's Test series this year, and that is when he realised the true character of the BCCI president.
Poor, Joe Root. You gotta feel him. The England skipper has done everything right so far in this series, or at least he would like to think so. He batted superbly for his double ton in the opening Test at Chennai, to take his team to a solid victory, and since then has been fighting a battle against 11 Indian players and the third umprire, as it would appear, from the second Test onwards.
India all-rounder Hardik Pandya made his debut way back in 2016, in a T20I against Australia. Primarily, picked as a batsman -- a dasher, who could bowl at speeds in excess of 140kmph. While one could expect a few runs here and there, reliability in getting runs consistently was something that was missing. As for a bowler, he just did enough to get a wicket per match.
In yet another see-saw session between India and Australia, the visitors managed to score 189-5. After resuming the session from 87-3, India went on scoring runs at a quick pace and tried to push Australia on the backfoot. But two wickets in the session mean that the Indians are still not in control of the proceedings. First to depart in the session was Hanuma Vihrai (21), who looked to up the ante and fell to Nathan Lyon while attempting a sweep shot.