Last Updated: February 02, 2023, 23:43 IST
New Delhi, India
Hello and welcome to our daily blog for February 2, 2023, Thursday. On Wednesday a number of records were shattered when India thrashed New Zealand by 168 runs in the third T20I against New Zealand on Wednesday in Ahmedabad. Shubman Gill notched up his maiden T20I hundred, helping India set the visitors a mammoth target of 235. In reply, the Mitchell Santner-led side was bundled out for 66, handing India a 2-1 series win.
India’s 168-run triumph now stands as the biggest victory in terms of margin of runs over a Test-playing nation. The Men in Blue edged past Pakistan’s record which was set in 2018. It was the opening T20I of Read More
Towering pace bowler Kyle Jamieson was named on Friday in the New Zealand Test squad to face England after a long spell on the sidelines with injury.
Jamieson took 72 wickets in 16 Test matches for the Black Caps before a back injury forced him out of the tour of England last June. (Read Full Story)
Chloe Tryon scored an unbeaten 57 runs to help South Africa women beat India women by 5 wickets in the final of T20I Tri-series. The two teams, which managed to outclass West Indies to reach the final, played competitive cricket in the summit clash but Tryon’s innings turned out to be the big difference between the two sides. In a low-scoring thriller, South Africa chased down the 110-run target in 18 overs to outclass India ahead of the 2023 T20 World Cup. (Read Full Report Here)
Uncapped Tom Abell was on Thursday named in England’s ODI and T20I squads for their tour of Bangladesh. Abell, who will lead the England Lions one-day squad against Sri Lanka, also marked his presence in the SA20 in South Africa recently. He bats in the middle-order and can also contribute with the ball. The 28-year-old led Somerset’s batting charts in County Championship 2022 with 1039 runs at an average of 51.95 and also featured in the Lanka Premier League, Sri Lanka’s domestic T20 league, in December. (Read Full Story Here)
India’s U19 World Cup-winning player Hrishita Basu received a grand reception at the airport on her return to Kolkata on Wednesday. The 19-year-old star who scripted history by becoming the part of inaugural U-19 T20 World Cup winning side got a hero welcome at the airport. Basu was alongside her teammate Titas Sahdhu who ran riot with the ball in the final against England by claiming two wickets for just 6 runs in her four overs.
Veteran wicketkeeper batter Dinesh Karthik feels that India should pick Suryakumar Yadav over Shubman Gill in the middle-order for the first Test match against Australia if Shreyas Iyer failed to recover from his injury in time. Iyer, who was in phenomenal form with the bat last year, missed the New Zealand series due to a back injury. Several reports suggested that it will be tough for Iyer to recover in time for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy opener in Nagpur. (Read Full Story Here)
Former England captain Andrew Strauss has urged cricketers to avoid dressing room banter bordering on racial harassment and bullying in order to avert controversies like the Azeem Rafiq fiasco.
The Pakistan-born cricketer, who played for county side Yorkshire for almost a decade, had told UK’s Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) in November 2021 that racist comments and actions by fellow cricketers had left him “close to taking his own life”. (Read Full Story Here)
Hanuma Vihari has been garnering praise for his team spirit in the ongoing Ranji Trophy quarterfinals against defending champions Madhya Pradesh. On Wednesday, the Andhra captain walked out to bat with a fractured right arm. He turned a left-handed batter and played his shots with just one hand. Despite being in discomfort, Vihari scored 27 off 57 deliveries in the first innings. (Read Full Story Here)
Batting maestro Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma hailed Shubman Gill for his recent performances with the bat in recent times. The 23-year-old has been in tremendous form in recent times as he smashed a Test century against Bangladesh in December last year and then scored a double century in ODIs against New Zealand, while he smacked his maiden T20I hundred on Wednesday. (Read Full Story Here)
Former England captain Michael Atherton was impressed with the immediate impact made by Jofra Archer in his early days of coming back to the international cricket arena during the side’s 59-run win over South Africa in the third ODI at Kimberley.
After captain Jos Buttler and Dawid Malan hit centuries in the match against the Proteas, Archer, playing just his second international match after being on the sidelines due to back and elbow injuries, ran through South Africa’s top and middle order to pick career-best figures of 6-40 in his 9.1 overs and carry England to victory. (Read Full Story Here)
Veteran India cricketer Irfan Pathan feels that Virat Kohli should bat with an aggressive approach against the likes of Nathan Lyon and Ashton Agar in the upcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia. The big test awaits for India as they are all set to face Australia in the four-match Test series which will be crucial for them to qualify for the World Test Championship for the second successive time. (Read Full Story Here)
Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan heaped massive praise for young Shubman Gill and claims that he has the same potential as batting maestro Virat Kohli. Gill has been in imperious form across formats in the past year. The talented batter has slammed centuries in all three formats in the last six months which also includes a double century in ODIs last month against New Zealand. (Read Full Story Here)
Former India left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha thinks left-handed batter Tilak Varma, who had a breakout IPL 2022 with Mumbai Indians, is a special talent.
“He’s from Hyderabad. I have seen his development since he was a kid. I am talking about him in U-15 and U-16 cricket and how hard he works. His schedule involves going to the ground at 6 AM and coming home at 6 PM. He only takes a 30-45-minute lunch break. He is thoroughly dedicated.”
Moeen, during the third ODI against South Africa, surprised everyone with a peculiarly attempted one-handed shot. The incident took place in the 44th over of the innings. Moeen, while facing South Africa spinner Tabraiz Shamsi, changed his batting orientation and tried to pull off a bizarre reverse slog.
Dhoni is known for his calm demeanour and Hardik feels now it is his responsibility to step into the legendary wicketkeeper’s shoes as a batter and he is ready to sacrifice his strike-rate to play that role.
“In that way, maybe I have to get my strike rate down or… Taking new opportunities or taking new roles is (something) I’ve always looked forward to. I don’t mind coming in and playing the role which somewhere down the line Maahi (Dhoni) used to play,” he said.
Star India all-rounder Hardik Pandya feels he has developed the ability to absorb pressure and doesn’t mind playing the anchoring role that the great Mahendra Singh Dhoni played for the team.
The 29-year-old has always been known for his batting pyrotechnics but says he has now learnt to take the back seat and anchor the innings, something which master chaser Dhoni did in the fag end of his international career.
“See, to be honest, I’ve always enjoyed hitting sixes, but I have to evolve and that is life,” the stand-in T20 skipper said during the press conference after India sealed the T20 series against New Zealand 2-1.
An absolute thunderbolt this by #UmranMalik!#INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/greKWAICLs
— Mohsin Kamal (@64MohsinKamal) February 1, 2023
Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Najam Sethi handed him all the awards at Lahore’s Gadaffi Stadium. Later Babar also posted about it on his social media. Caption read: “You are your own magic.” Babar won multiple ICC awards.
When will the SA20 match between Durban Super Giants and MI Cape Town be played?
The SA20 match between Durban Super Giants and MI Cape Town will be played on February 2.
Where will the SA20 match between Durban Super Giants and MI Cape Town be played?
The SA20 match between Durban Super Giants and MI Cape Town will be played at the Kingsmead, Durban.
What time will the SA20 match between Durban Super Giants and MI Cape Town begin?
The SA20 match between Durban Super Giants and MI Cape Town will begin at 9:00 pm IST on February 2.
Which TV channels will broadcast the SA20 match between Durban Super Giants and MI Cape Town?
The SA20 match between Durban Super Giants and MI Cape Town will be telecast on the Sports18 Network in India.
The Khulna Tigers were up against the Comilla Victorians in a high-scoring Bangladesh Premier League fixture on Tuesday. The game turned out to be an entertaining one as both sides registered 200-plus total. However, the action-packed encounter eventually grabbed eyeballs for all the wrong reasons. A controversial incident took place in the 19th over of the first innings, after Pakistan pacer Naseem Shah tried to rile up Azam Khan, son of former Pakistan wicketkeeper Moin Khan.
India, meh arah hoon. 🇦🇺–>🇮🇳 #incoming #khawajyenroute 🏏 https://t.co/RSDjf60DEx
— Usman Khawaja (@Uz_Khawaja) February 2, 2023
Earlier, Shubman altered the record books with his maiden T20I ton against New Zealand. The 23-year-old batter from Punjab entered the elite list of Indian batters to score a century in the shortest format of the game. Gill notched up his maiden T20I hundred off just 54 deliveries, becoming the seventh Indian player to do so.
Shubman Gill also became the 5th Indian batter to score a century across formats. He has made it to the list comprising the likes of Suresh Raina, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli.
With his sensational knock, Shubman broke the record of Virat Kohli to post the highest score by an Indian in T20Is. Kohli hit unbeaten 122 runs against Afghanistan in Asia Cup 2022 which was also his maiden T20I century. However, it didn’t last very long as Shubman pipped him on Wednesday with a sublime 126-run* knock
Highest scores by an Indian in T20Is
Shubman Gill ? 126* vs New Zealand in 2023
Virat Kohli ? 122* vs Afghanistan in 2022
Rohit Sharma ? 118 vs Sri Lanka in 2017
Suryakumar Yadav ? 117 vs England in 2022
Suryakumar Yadav ? 112* vs Sri Lanka in 2023
“It feels good when you practice and it pays off. I was backing myself to score big. Didn’t happen in the Sri Lanka series and in the first T20 matches, but happy to see it work out now,” Gill said in the post-match presentation.
The opener also credited Hardik for backing and advising him after he fails in the first two games.
“Everybody has a different technique to hit sixes. Hardik bhai told me to play my game, not do anything extra and he kept backing me,” he said.
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