Last Updated: February 01, 2023, 23:57 IST
New Delhi, India
Hello and welcome to our daily blog for February 1, 2023, Wednesday. On Tuesday, Suryakumar Yadav felt that the upcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy is going to be exciting but at the moment his primary focus is to help India clinch the T20I series against New Zealand as the two teams clashed in the third T20I at Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad on Wednesday. Surya has been picked in the squad for the first two Test matches against Australia and is expected to make his debut if Shreyas Iyer failed to recover from injury in time.
The 32-year-old said that he has played a lot of cricket at the domestic level and also wants to don the Read More
Captain Hardik Pandya was the pick of the bowlers, returning figures of 4 for 16 while Arshdeep Singh (2/16), Umran Malik (2/19) and Shivam Mavi (2/12) equally distributed the rest of the 6 wickets.
23-year-old Gill also became the fifth Indian batter to score centuries in all three formats after Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli. He also became the youngest Indian (23-year-old) to score a T20I century.
Batting legend Sachin Tendulkar delivered a motivational speech at the felicitation ceremony, congratulating the young girls for their glorious achievement.
Karnataka, riding on veteran all-rounder Shreyas Gopal’s unbeaten 103, took a massive 358-run lead against Uttarakhand on day two of their Ranji Trophy quarter-final.
India skipper Hardik Pandya has won the toss and opted to bat first. He confirmed that the hosts have made one change to their playing XI that won the second T20I in Lucknow
Roelof, 38 is still going strong having represented Netherlands in the T20 World Cup 2022, and he has backed his former Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) teammate Virat Kohli to go on and surpass Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 100 centuries.
“T20 series Ranchi se start hua tha toh calm attitude udhar se hi aaya [The T20 series started in Ranchi so maybe that calm attitude came from there]. But I guess a lot of domestic cricket which I played before making my international debut, has helped me a lot. Because the grind that we have there, we play on challenging tracks and you have to apply yourselves, so whatever I have learned there I have carried it here. Rest whatever I have learned is by watching the senior players and talking to them about how they tackle various difficult situations,” Suryakumar Yadav told the reporters after the second T20I in Lucknow.
During his early days, Pant was an error-prone teenager but he was helped by former Indian fielding coach R Sridhar although, there was a time when the youngster’s stubbornness troubled the then-Indian coach.
In his book titled ‘Coaching Beyond’, Sridhar revealed how he had nearly stopped coaching Pant as he drove the veteran nuts. However, with time they both gelled together and things became smooth sailing.
“There were some inputs he was a little reluctant to take. Because he trusted the game that had brought him to this level. Sometimes, I must confess, it drove me nuts, his stubbornness,” Sridhar wrote. (Full Story)
Former India captain and ex-coach Anil Kumble has named Ishan Kishan and Arshdeep Singh as the upcoming stars of India who will carry the baton forward.
Indian stalwart Suryakumar Yadav has continued his reign atop the ICC T20I rankings and he’s risen to new heights by achieving his career-best ratings in the latest ICC T20I rankings for batsmen.
Suryakumar achieved the highest-ever ratings in T20I format rankings by an Indian batter, and he remains within touching distance of Dawid Malan’s all-time record for the highest-ever ratings achieved by a batsman.
The 32-year-old reached 910 ratings on the back of his 47-run knock in the first match of the ongoing T20I series against New Zealand.
He continues to have a healthy lead over his competitors as he continues to reign supreme at the top.
Bavuma made 109 as South Africa took a decisive 2-0 series lead in Bloemfontein before scooping a ball from Curran into his stumps.
Curran ran down the pitch and got close to Bavuma as he celebrated the wicket.
Match referee Jeff Crowe of New Zealand fined Curran following a report by the umpires. Curran admitted the offence and there was no need for a formal hearing.
England all-rounder Sam Curran has been fined 15 percent of his match fee and handed a demerit point for “excessively celebrating” his dismissal of South African captain Temba Bavuma in the second one-day international on Sunday.
The penalty was announced by the International Cricket Council on Tuesday.
The teams meet in the third and final match of the World Cup Super League series in Kimberley on Wednesday.
The Australian cricket team flew to India to take part in a riveting series. Australia’s tour of India will kick off with a four-match Test series on February 9. After the completion of the Tests, the two teams will be involved in a three-match ODI series. The first ODI is slated to take place on March 17. Ahead of the action-packed Border-Gavaskar Trophy against India, veteran opening batter David Warner, a crucial part of Australia’s batting unit, appeared to be absolutely ecstatic. The southpaw posted a photo of himself on Instagram stories and wrote, “See you soon India.”
Andhra captain Hanuma Vihari came out to bat on the second day of his team’s ongoing Ranji Trophy 2022-23 quarterfinal clash against Madhya Pradesh in Indore despite a fractured wrist. With his team in the midst of a batting collapse, Vihari batted left-handed with the scorecard reading 353/9.
The 29-year-old peeled off a couple of fours off Avesh Khan and Kumar Kartikeya to ensure Andhra innings didn’t fold before the lunch break.
Star India batter Virat Kohli and his wife, actress Anushka Sharma, recently embarked on a spiritual trip to Rishikesh. The couple paid a visit to Swami Dayanand Giri Ashram. In fact, several pictures have gone viral on social media in which Virat and Anushka can be seen paying their obeisance at the temple. As per a now-viral photo, Virat and Anushka even organised a bhandara (religious feast) for the saints at the ashram. A heartwarming picture of the couple from the bhandara is going viral on Twitter. In the picture, Virat and Anushka can be seen bowing in respect in front of the saints.
MS Dhoni is counted among the legends of cricket not just because of his game skills but also for the human that he is, off and on the field. Former cricketers like Anil Kumble, Chris Gayle, Robin Uthappa and Scott Styris were all in agreement as they named him the most selfless player in IPL history during a special rapid-fire interview round on Jio Cinema. Dhoni hung up his boots in international cricket in 2020. However, he continues to be an integral part of the Chennai Super Kings.
In what could be a major blow, India batter Shreyas Iyer is reportedly ruled out of the series opener against Australia which is set to begin on February 9 in Nagpur. Earlier, Iyer had taken a break from the three-match ODI series after an injury concern and was later asked to undertake rehab at NCA Bengaluru.
However, he is expected to regain full fitness before the second Test at the Feroz Shah Kotla.
Earlier, a report in The Indian Express said that Iyer will take at least a fortnight before regaining full fitness. This means a golden opportunity for Surya Kumar Yadav who now becomes the frontrunner to replace Iyer
Australia opener Usman Khawaja missed the team’s flight to India on Wednesday for their four-test tour due to a visa delay, Cricket Australia (CA) said.
A CA spokesman said the Pakistan-born batsman was the only player in Australia’s squad not to board because his visa had not arrived in time.
Khawaja posted a popular meme on social media of a man sitting on a garden chair staring into space, with the caption: “Me waiting for my Indian Visa like… #stranded #dontleaveme #standard #anytimenow.”
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“Obviously, everyone wants to play Test cricket. You start your cricket at domestic level, playing with red ball only, and I played for Mumbai. We all know how exciting the series would be, but at the same time, it’s about staying in the present and the focus is on how to give your best for tomorrow’s game, then we have full time to think about Tests,” Suryakumar said in the press conference ahead of 3rd T20I.
Suryakumar played a gritty knock against New Zealand in Lucknow to help India level the series 1-1. He scored 26 runs* off 31 balls and hit the winning runs to get the job done.
The Mumbaikar attributed his exploits in domestic cricket to his composure while batting in tense situations.
“I’ve played a lot of domestic cricket before making my international debut, that has helped me a lot.
“You have to apply yourself a lot and the grind you have there, playing on different challenging tracks, I just carried it from there. Rest I’ve learnt seeing so many senior players in the team, talking to them. Every game, I try to put my best foot forward.”
The world’s No. 1 T20I batter has come a long way since making his debut against England at the same venue on March 14, 2021.
Turning a touch emotional, he said: “I told my manager also ‘I’m back where it all began’. Even I took the steps slowly thinking of 2021 and how I came here.
“I’ve very good memories, but it will be completely different now. I’m very excited. Beautiful stadium, amazing crowd, looking forward to an exciting game tomorrow,” he signed off.
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