Nikhil Narain is Senior Copy Editor at News18.com with over eight years’ experience in digital and broadcasting industry, having worked for Cricbuzz, Star Sports and Wisden Impact Index. He specialises in creating unique content on cricket with a focus on telling engaging stories through numbers. He has co-authored the critically acclaimed book ‘Numbers Do Lie’.
Prithvi Shaw's dazzling stroke-play and the impact he had at the top of the order was the highlight of India's thumping seven-wicket win against Sri Lanka in the ODI series opener in Colombo.
Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal and Suryakumar Yadav will be the three Indian batsmen to watch out for during the ODI series against Sri Lanka. India should be wary of mystery spinner Akila Dananjaya and destructive opener Avishka Fernando.
India's skipper in Sri Lanka, Shikhar Dhawan is just 23 runs short of the 6000-Club in ODIs and should he achieve the feat on Sunday he would become the 4th fastest in history to reach the landmark.
Bhuvneshwar Kumar has seen a remarkable transformation in his wicket-taking prowess in ODIs since 2019 and continues to be a master restrictor with the ball in T20 cricket too.
Chris Gayle became the first batsman in T20 history to cross the landmark of 14000 runs in the format. From his magnificent 175 in Bengaluru to his record 22 hundreds in the format - we look at 10 interesting numbers from his T20 career.
The choice between Yuzvendra Chahal and Rahul Chahar will really be a choice between choosing an experienced but out of form spinner and investing in a young in-form bowler who could be a match-winner in the foreseeable future.
West Indies have taken an unassailable 3-0 lead and thereby the five-match series against Australia at home and might just be peaking at the right time ahead of the World T20 in similar conditions in the UAE in October.
Shubman Gill's injury has given Mayank Agarwal a chance to cement his place back at the top of the order for India and a few good performances in England would push him up in the pecking order of openers for the country.
Manish Pandey has had a stop-start international career and the tour to Sri Lanka might just be the last chance for the middle-order batsman to revive his limited overs' career for India.
Mohammed Shami led India's fightback with the ball on Day 5 whereas Kane Williamson's 5 hour stay at the crease was the main difference between a lead and deficit for New Zealand. Tim Southee's cameo and two strikes with the new ball gave New Zealand the edge going into the reserve day in Southampton.