The world.1 ranked ODI side, England are considered one of the red-hot favourites for the Cricket World Cup. Their batting is right up there with the best but when it comes to their bowling, there are question marks on this aspect of their game. But, English all-rounder, Chris Woakes feels England's bowling is good.
“A lot is spoken about our batting given the strength we have with the bat, it’s up there with the best in the world, we realise that is one of our strengths but I think we’ve done some really good stuff with the ball over the last few years as well,” Woakes wrote in his column for Sky Sports.
He further wrote,“Sometimes that goes unnoticed because of how good we are with the bat. It’s great to see some of the guys putting their hand up, it’s not in the ODI format but whenever you get an opportunity, it’s good to put in strong performances and show everybody what you can do – the guys who have been out in the Caribbean for the T20s have certainly done that.” Q
Indian cricketers, KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya landed themselves into huge trouble with their appearance on the TV show, Koffee with Karan. They were suspended after that and were sent back home from Australia mid-way through the tour.
India’s head coach, Ravi Shastri opened on the hot potato and said Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul needed ” the rap on their knuckles”, referring to the duo’s crass comments while appearing in a TV show.
“Pandya and Rahul needed the rap on their knuckles. They would have learnt a lot from what happened, which is good,” Shastri told ‘Mirror Now’.
“You are bound to make mistakes and you are bound to be punished at times but that’s not the end of the world. Such experiences just help players to come back stronger, harder and wiser,” he said.
India opener and vice-captain, Rohit Sharma created yet another record in One-day Internationals. In Delhi, the Indian batsman was on 18 when he became the fastest cricketer ever to reach 6000 runs in ODI cricket as an opener. He overcame South AFrican veteran batsman, Hashim Amla to reach the landmark.
The right-hander, Amla had scored 6k ODI runs as opener in 123 innings, whereas Rohit did it in just 121 innings. Rohit Sharma's career completely changed in ODIs when he started opening for India. He was made India's opener in 2013 Champions Trophy and he hasn't looked back from then onwards.
Rohit Sharma is going to be critical to India's chances in the ICC showpiece event in England and Wales
Indian opener, Rohit Sharma reached another landmark in the fifth and final ODI against Australia at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi. He reached the 8k run-mark in ODI cricket. It took him 200 ODI innings to reach the milestone. Rohit Sharma was batting at 50 runs off 73 balls with four boundaries. The series decider between India and Australia is evenly poised with India at 114 for three after 24 overs. They need 159 runs with seven wickets in hand to win the series.
This is India's final ODI game before the ICC Cricket World Cup that will take place in England and Wales. Rohit Sharma is currently one of the best ODI batsmen at present. The India batsman is known for making daddy hundreds in 50-overs cricket. He has two double-hundreds in ODIs.
Ravindra Jadeja bowled a terrific spell in the series decider against Australia at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi. He ended with figures of 2/45. But Jadeja won many a hearts with a peach of a delivery to get rid of dangerous looking, Aaron Finch in the 15th over of the game after Australia won the toss and elected to bat first in fifth and final ODI.
He got Finch out on 27 runs. The ball was fired in towards length on middle, then the ball spun away just about enough to beat the the bat of Finch to kiss the stumps. Australian openers had got the team off to a great start as they added 76 runs for the first wicket.
Here is the delivery that sent Finch packing:
Australia finished its innings on 272 runs for nine wickets. Opener Usman Khawaja scored a brilliant hundred for the Men in Yellow while last match centurion Peter Handscomb also scored a fifty.
Much has been written about the Ranchi one day international being potentially Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s swansong on Indian soil as far as playing in India’s colours is concerned. However, an important side story is the breaking apart of the leadership duo that is often less highlighted and the impact of that on Virat Kohli.
Not only was the idea behind wearing the camouflage caps in the course of the third one day international a joint pre-planned affair between India’s former captain, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, and current Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, but also, the plotting India’s successes over the years. Much was talked about the fact when Virat Kohli, emerging out of the shadows of Sachin Tendulkar post the 2011 ICC Cricket World Cup, appeared to be fast catching up with Dhoni who was then India’s captain. Eventually it seemed that time for Dhoni to pass on the Test cricket captain mantle was long overdue when unexpectedly midway through the Test series in Australia in 2014, Dhoni announced his retirement, making the obvious now the norm.
However, while there were speculations about the rare, odd and rather awkward scenario where a former captain with playing ambitions would have to play under a younger, more aspirational skipper with a penchant for embracing of the public adulation, Dhoni has enjoyed being a player with modest appreciation while letting Kohli rightfully take on the spotlight.
For his part, Kohli has been nothing but respectful of Dhoni, even defending the former captain when his bat fell ominously silent and his place in the team was being questioned, particularly with the ICC Cricket World Cup not that far away. On more than one occasion, Kohli has been expressive about using Dhoni’s quick thinking-on-his-feet acumen in pressure situations and imbibing some of the coolness that Dhoni has built his reputation around.
That said, Kohli’s captaincy has been known to border on impetuosity, retaliatory and sometimes exposing captaincy credentials being somewhat in an embryonic stage vis-à-vis the more mature, composed Dhoni. An odd couple, Dhoni and Kohli seem to complement each other on the field when it comes to strategizing their next move and in that sense, perhaps Kohli will indeed fell the void should the speculation about Dhoni having played his last match on Indian soil be the truth.
For a while, it has been considered that there was far from a competitive streak and more of a camaraderie between the two captains, evident in how they interacted in the after hours. Kohli himself stated explicitly that Dhoni’s presence on the field creates not only clarity of ideas but also, serenity as Dhoni has had the penchant for not being afraid to take the match to the final over, somewhat unconventional in limited overs internationals where tradition dictates matches are finished well before panic about the pressure sets in.
It is not unusual for the manner in which the young wicketkeeper, Rishabh Pant, was treated for his wicket keeping skills vis-à-vis Dhoni and neither is it surprising that Virat Kohli’s glaring omissions about fielding and utilizing Jasprit Bumrah came under the radar, particularly as it became obvious that Australia were putting themselves in a commanding position in Mohali to pull off a second win on the trot. With Dhoni sitting out after the Ranchi one day international, while speculation suggested Dhoni had played his last match in India in his home town, it was not that far a target for Kohli and Rishabh Pant to be put on the defensive, considering the big boots that they have had to fill.
Popular Bollywood actress, Sunny Leone has named her favourite cricketer and the name isn't too surprising. She has named India's limited-overs wicket-keeper batsman, MS Dhoni as her favourite cricketer.
She said, “My favourite is Dhoni. I think he has the cutest child, doesn’t he? I see him post pictures of him with his child (daughter Ziva Dhoni) and it just looks so cute. Therefore, he is my favourite cricketer as he is a family man.”
MS Dhoni is one of the most popular Indian cricketers at the moment. He has a big fan-base. And why it wouldn't be like that? He is the only international captain to have led his country to win in all the ICC events- Champions Trophy, World Cup and WT20.
The Ranchi lad has also led Chennai Super Kings to victories in IPL and Champions League T20. The veteran Indian cricketer still remains a key part of the Indian team.
Indian skipper is a terrific leader, but India need the services of someone like MS Dhoni to handle pressure situations, according to Shane Warne.
Dhoni's absence was felt during the fourth ODI in Mohali, where India failed to defend a total of 358 runs.
Talking to ANI, Warne said it is easy to lead a side when things are going your way, but one needs the presence of experienced players like Dhoni in crunch moments.
"Virat Kohli is a terrific leader but many a time we can have experience of MS Dhoni to help Virat when pressure is on. It's easy to captain a side when things are going well but when it's tough you need experience like you saw in MS Dhoni," the former Australian cricketer said.
He slammed the critics of the former Indian skipper."MS Dhoni is a great player. He can bat anywhere whatever the team needs. He is adaptable and anyone criticising him has no idea what they are talking about. India need him in the World Cup. They need his experience and leadership skills on the field to help Virat Kohli as well," he said.
Australian opener Usman Khawaja has been in tremendous form in the ongoing ODI series against India. He is the main reason behind Australia's emphatic comeback after losing the first two ODIs. The left hand batsman is the leading run-scorer in the series with two tons to his name.
He surpassed AB de Villiers' record of scoring most runs against Men in Blue in a five-match ODI series. Khawaja accumulated 383 runs while De Villiers scored 358 runs in 2015. His tally is also the highest against India in a bilateral five-match ODI series across the globe.
Khawaja went past Kane Williamson, who scored 361 runs in 2014.
Earlier, Australia captain Aaron Finch won the toss and decided to bat first in fifth and deciding one-day international against India.
"Looks like a pretty dry wicket, hopefully we can post a big score and defend it," Finch said.
Australia made two changes, with Shaun Marsh replaced by Marcus Stoinis and Nathan Lyon coming back into the team to replace Jason Behrendorff.
India also made two changes, with K.L. Rahul and Yuzvendra Chahal making way for Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja.
India captain Virat Kohli said he would have batted first if he had won the toss.
"Hopefully it doesn't break down so much. Hopefully there's dew later," Kohli said. "This is a knockout game for us. Everyone is pumped up."
India won the first two ODIs in Hyderabad and Nagpur but Australia tied the series with successive wins in Ranchi and Mohali.
India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (captain), Vijay Shankar, Kedar Jadhav, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah.
Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Ashton Turner, Alex Carey, Jhye Richardson, Pat Cummins, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa.
Indian speedster, Umesh Yadav is known for his bowling prowess but he was surprisingly promoted to open the batting for the two-time defending champions of Ranji Trophy, Vidarbha against Karnataka in the Super League of the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy.
Umesh Yadav started off with a bang and smacked a four but he was brought down to earth the very next delivery as he lost his wicket. He could score merely fours runs and this fancy experiment by Vidarbha failed miserably. This was the first time when Umesh batted in the top five in his cricket career.
Umesh Yadav was overlooked from India's squad for the five-match ODI series against Australia. It would be interesting to see whether he gets selected for the ICC showpiece event or not. Umesh Yadav didn't do too well in India's historic Test series win in Australia as well. And his stocks are on the down when it comes to the highest level.
Bharat Arun, bowling coach of India, has defended Team India for wearing camouflage caps during the third ODI between India and Australia in Ranchi. According to him, players wanted to express solidarity with the Indian soldiers and complaint of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is beyond their control.
“We did what we really felt to show solidarity for the country. BCCI got permission for it. Whatever PCB is saying, it is not in our control,” Arun told reporters on the eve of fifth ODI between India and Australia.
Despite ICC's clarification that the BCCI had sought permission from it to wear the caps, the governing body of Pakistan cricket wrote to the International Cricket Council (ICC) that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) was politicizing the game of cricket and should be penalized for their act.
"The BCCI sought permission from the ICC to wear the caps as part of a fundraising drive and in memory of fallen soldiers who have died, which was granted," ICC spokeswoman Claire Furlong had told The Associated Press in an e-mail on Monday.
Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Ehsan Mani had said he has "strongly taken up the matter with the ICC."
"There's absolutely no misunderstanding in the ICC about our position," Mani said late Sunday in Karachi. "We believe that cricket and sports should not be used for politics and we have said this very clearly. Their (India) credibility in the cricketing world has gone down very badly."
Prime Minister has reached out to influential personalities from different categories to inspire people to come out and vote during the Lok Sabha Elections, which will being in April.
He urged cricketers MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Sachin Tendulkar, Rohit Sharma, Anil Kumble, VVS Laxman, Virender Sehwag; shuttlers PV Sindhu, Saina Nehwal, Kidambi Srikanth; wrestlers Sushil Kumar, Yogeshwar Dutt, Bajrang Punia, Geeta Phogat, Vinesh Phogat, Babita Phogat, Ritu Phogat and athlete Neeraj Chopra to encourage youth to vote in the elections.
In one of his tweets, he wrote: “Dear @msdhoni, @imVkohli and @ImRo45, You are always setting outstanding records on the cricketing field but this time, do inspire the 130 crore people of India to set a new record of high voter turnout in the upcoming elections. When this happens, democracy will be the winner!”.
Addressing Laxman, Sehwag and Kumble in another tweet, Prime Minister wrote: “Dear @anilkumble1074, @VVSLaxman281 and @virendersehwag – your heroic deeds on the cricket pitch have inspired millions. Come, it is time to inspire people once again, this time to vote in record numbers.”
He also requested other famous personalities to help him in this noble cause.
Conservative MP Rehman Chishti has requested the UK government to confer knighthood on Kapil Dev, Sachin Tendulkar, Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and other legends from the Commonwealth Countries.
He stated when cricket legends such as Don Bradman (Australia) and Richard Hadlee (New Zealand) can be conferred knighthood, why not honour other cricketers from the Commonwealth region.
Chishti, MP from Gillingham and Rainham in Kent,raised the issue when foreign office minister Harriett Baldwin credited cricket for its positive influence on the region.
He said: “She mentioned cricket—many things bring happiness to us in the Commonwealth, and one of them is cricket—and perhaps she can clarify an anomaly.”
“In Australia, Sir Don Bradman was knighted, and in New Zealand, Sir Richard Hadlee was knighted, but there has been no knighthood for cricketers from Pakistan, India, South Africa or Sri Lanka, which have produced some brilliant cricketers”.
“From Sri Lanka we had Muralitharan; from Pakistan we had Wasim Akram and Imran Khan; from South Africa we had Jacques Kallis; and from India we had Sachin Tendulkar and Kapil Dev. This is the year when we host the cricket World Cup. Can the Minister ensure that we rectify that anomaly so that all our counterparts in the Commonwealth are treated fairly and equally?”
His remarks drew a positive response from the foreign office minister.
She said: “Madam Deputy Speaker, have you ever heard such a compelling application to Her Majesty to recognise more cricketers from around the Commonwealth? I am sure that it will have been heard by the relevant people”.
“My hon. Friend is right; I mentioned Bangladeshi women’s cricket. I am also thrilled that in Rwanda, which is one of the newer members of the Commonwealth, cricket is fast growing into a very popular, if not leading, national sport. He is right to make the link between the Commonwealth and cricket”, Baldwin added.
Shikhar Dhawan, who slammed a magnificent hundred in the fourth ODI against Australia in Mohali, took to Instagram to post a picture from an event before the fifth and final ODI of the series. “Piche kaun kaun baitha hai? Can you spot some familiar faces? ”
The left hand batsman was trolled by his former Indian teammate Harbhajan Singh. "Tind Chamak rahi hai teri Gabbar," he wrote.
Dhawan was under the scanner following his poor run of form in the limited-overs cricket before the fourth ODI against Australia.
He had scored just 22 runs in the previous three games but produced a well compiled hundred in Mohali to signal his comeback to form.
He shared a record 193-run partnership with Rohit Sharma, who scored 95 runs.
Despite India's mammoth total of 358/9 in fifty overs, Usman Khawaja (91), Peter Handscomb (117) and Ashton Turner (84 not out) took Australia to win with 13 balls to spare.
Mohammed Shami hosted members of Team India for dinner at his residence in Delhi ahead of the fifth and final ODI against Australia at the Feroz Shah Kotla on Wednesday. The Indian pacer took to Twitter to thank teammates for making his evening special with their presence.
He also posted a picture with some of the players. In the photograph posted by him, he can be seen standing with Rishabh Pant, Kedar Jadhav and family members.
Earlier, MS Dhoni and Sakshi had also hosted Men in Blue for dinner at their home in Ranchi ahead of the third ODI against Australia. Yuzvendra Chahal had thanked the hosts for their hospitality.
India pacer Siddarth Kaul had hosted the whole team at his residence in Zirakpur ahead of the fourth ODI in Mohali. A day before hosting his teammates, Kaul had tied the knot with Harsimran Kaur.
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