Day four of the fourth Test in Dharamsalasee Australia stare at a loss in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy series. India just have the task of hitting 87 runs with ten wickets in hand.
Australia have defeated the Indians just once back in 2004 despite the two nations meeting since 1969.
Australia would surely miss David Warner who was dismissed early in the last game and their poor batting record in the second innings would be a problem.
“David will be very disappointed with his series aggregate on tour. He was desperate to have a very big tour and a very big influence here. Where he puts himself under too much pressure to do so, only he can answer that.
“He’ll reflect on it as your champions do and assess it himself. Without doubt, he’s one of our major players – you would have hoped for a little bit more from him,” Australian batting Coach Graeme Hick said of Warner’s actions. It was the player’s top three worst series of his entire Test career. He made just one half-century (56) in the first innings of the game.
For the rest, just three batsmen in Aussie skipper Steve Smith, CheteshwarPujara and Lokesh Rahul have broken the 30+ barrier in the series ahead of the final Test. Continue reading “BORDER-GAVASKAR SERIES: INDIA WIN 2-1”
The Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) have confirmed plans to implement new laws of the game in which players will get sent off for serious issues bordering on misconduct.
In addition, the MCC will clamp down on bat sizes ahead of the Ashes series.
The 2017/18 Ashes series will see players getting punished through penalty runs as part of new on-field sanctions for poor player behaviour. The series this year is poised to happen in Australia from November to January.
The issue of batsmen having an edge over bowlers has been addressed after bats increased in thickness in recent years. The maximum dimensions of bats are now 108mm in width, 67mm in depth and 40 mm in edges.
“The bat size issue has been heavily scrutinized and discussed in recent years. We believe the maximum dimensions we have set will help redress the balance between bat and ball, while still allowing the explosive, big hitting we all enjoy,” the MCC head of cricket John Stephenson said.
There is now a four-level scale for offences and umpires have more powers to deliver sanctions in games. Continue reading “CRICKET SET NEW BATS SIZE LIMIT”
MS Dhoni fans are angry with the hierarchy of the Pune Franchise at the moment as the franchise has dismissed the wicketkeeper batsman as the skipper of the team and has named the Aussie Steve Smith as his successor.
It’s not just the dismissal of Dhoni which has irked his fans, but, it’s the manner in which he has been dismissed. If the hierarchy had to dismiss him, they were well within their rights to do so because they own the team.
But, while doing so, they should also have made sure that they did not disrespect Dhoni, simply because of his contributions to the country on the Cricket field.
If they had asked Dhoni to tell the media himself that he was willing to be relieved from the captaincy duties, it would have come across as a more gracious thing and it wouldn’t have hurt the sentiment of the fans either.
But, for the supremo of the franchise, Mr. Sanjiv Goenka, to come out and stress on the point that it was a case of the captain getting sacked and not resigning, it was rude on his behalf to say the least. Continue reading “MS Dhoni fans are angry with Pune Franchise”
The Pakistan pair of Yasir Shah and WahabRiaz, had been said to have confronted each other during a warm-up soccer match at training, in what seemed to be a fiery training incident.
According to photographers who had caught the pair on camera during their confrontation in a warm up session ahead of their Wednesday training session at Gabba, the duo of coach mickey Arthur and Skipper Misbah-ul-Haq were said to have been on-lookers as the pair continued.
However, the pair took to social media to put all claims of bad blood between them to bed. On his Instagram page, Wahab posted a video where a grinning Yasir stressed that there was “nothing as such” between them, with Wahab enforcing the same message.
Wahab, had said in Urdu,
“Yasir and I are very good friends and we are united. Wrong things have been reported in the media. We will play together tomorrow.”
“You all need to pray for us. Thank you.” Continue reading “YASIR, WAHAB TAKE TO SOCIAL MEDIA TO PUT AN END TO RIFT CLAIMS”