Australia vs India: Shardul Thakur Likely To Replace Injured Umesh Yadav In Sydney Test, Says Report

The final call will be taken by the head coach Ravi Shastri, stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane and bowling coach Bharat Arun after reaching Sydney.

The Indian team management is likely to prefer Shardul Thakur over left-arm pace sensation Thangarasu Natarajan in the third Test against Australia in place of injured Umesh Yadav. According to sources, senior pacer Yadav is heading home for rehabilitation after being ruled out of the fourth and final Test in Brisbane as well. The third Test begins in Sydney from January 7.

“While people are excited about the brilliant progress shown by T Natarajan, we mustn’t forget he has played only one first class match for Tamil Nadu. And Shardul has been a seasoned domestic red ball pacer for Mumbai,” a BCCI source privy to developments in Australia told PTI on Thursday.

“Shardul was really unfortunate that his Test debut against West Indies ended abruptly due to injury even before he could bowl an over. He has been shaping up well and might replace Umesh in the playing XI,” the source added.

The final call will be taken by the head coach Ravi Shastri, stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane and bowling coach Bharat Arun after reaching Sydney.

Shardul has so far played 62 first class games and has 206 wickets to show for his efforts.

Another aspect that India would like to address ahead of the Third Test is a long tail that has affected the team.

Shardul has six first class half centuries and during his stint with the national team in white ball games, he has proved to be a decent batsman.

“Obviously the next few training sessions will be important and that’s why the final call is likely to be taken in Sydney,” the source said.

The Indian team management is likely to prefer Shardul Thakur over left-arm pace sensation Thangarasu Natarajan in the third Test against Australia in place of injured Umesh Yadav. According to sources, senior pacer Yadav is heading home for rehabilitation after being ruled out of the fourth and final Test in Brisbane as well. The third Test begins in Sydney from January 7.

“While people are excited about the brilliant progress shown by T Natarajan, we mustn’t forget he has played only one first class match for Tamil Nadu. And Shardul has been a seasoned domestic red ball pacer for Mumbai,” a BCCI source privy to developments in Australia told PTI on Thursday.

“Shardul was really unfortunate that his Test debut against West Indies ended abruptly due to injury even before he could bowl an over. He has been shaping up well and might replace Umesh in the playing XI,” the source added.

The final call will be taken by the head coach Ravi Shastri, stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane and bowling coach Bharat Arun after reaching Sydney.

Shardul has so far played 62 first class games and has 206 wickets to show for his efforts.

Another aspect that India would like to address ahead of the Third Test is a long tail that has affected the team.

Shardul has six first class half centuries and during his stint with the national team in white ball games, he has proved to be a decent batsman.

“Obviously the next few training sessions will be important and that’s why the final call is likely to be taken in Sydney,” the source said.

As far as Yadav is concerned, he is expected to head off to National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru for extensive rehab programme.

The 33-year-old had hobbled off the field after suffering the injury during the third day of the Boxing Day Test

Dinesh Karthik To Lead Tamil Nadu In Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy

Tamil Nadu Cricket Association named their squad for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, with Dinesh Karthik as captain and Vijay Shankar his deputy.

Indian batsman Dinesh Karthik will captain Tamil Nadu in the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, set to begin from January 10. The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) named 20 players, who are set to take part in the showpiece event. All-rounder Vijay Shankar has been named vice-captain of the side. “The State Senior Selection Committee of the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association has selected the following players to represent the Tamil Nadu State Senior Team to participate in the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Tournament which will be held at Kolkata from 10th to 19th January 2021,” the TNCA said in an official statement.

Last week, opening batsman Murali Vijay had pulled out of the tournament citing personal reasons, ESPNCricinfo reported. Also, the side will miss the services of Ravichandran Ashwin and T Natarajan who are currently with the Indian side for the Australia tour.

Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad will be hosting the knockout matches of the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has conveyed to its affiliated units that Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad will be hosting the quarter-finals (Jan 26-27), semi-finals (Jan 29), and the finals (Jan 31) of the tournament.

Tamil Nadu squad: Dinesh Karthik (captain), Vijay Shankar (vice-captain), B Aparajith, B Indrajith, Aswin Crist, M Mohammed, G Periyasamy, Sandeep Warrier, J Kousik, R Sonu Yadav, M Ashwin, M Shahrukh Khan, C Hari Nishaanth, K B Arun Karthik, Pradosh Ranjan Paul, N Jagadeesan, R Sai Kishore, M Siddharth, L Suryapprakash, R S Jaganath Sinivas.

Mumbai Indians Emerge As Most Digitally Engaged Team In IPL

Mumbai Indians has once again reinforced its dominance as one of the most successful sports clubs in India, and a fast emerging Indian sports brand globally. The IPL 2020 winners have established themselves as the most engaging (cumulative engagement across Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter) IPL franchise for the third consecutive season. Amidst IPL 2020 played in challenging circumstances faced by sports globally due to the pandemic and the forced restrictions on in-stadia fan engagement opportunities, the IPL teams and athletes were left with a daunting task of connecting with their fans through digital innovations. The Mumbai Indians spokesperson in an official release said: “We are grateful and humbled to have an enviable force of our Paltan behind our boys. Our Paltan is the real source of our motivation in our endeavour to step up our efforts in every aspect both on and off the field. The Paltan are our real heroes. Mumbai Indians’ success on the digital front during this unique IPL season is testament to pioneering stature and following of our club across the globe.”

The season also witnessed the launch of a new interactive prediction game ”Paltan Play” on MI’s digital platforms which allowed participants to predict the game on a real-time basis through the MI website and App. Further, a study by Spanish firm Deportes and Finanzas revealed Mumbai Indians emerged as the most popular sports team in the world on Facebook for the months of October and November 2020, ahead of teams like Manchester United FC, FC Barcelona, Liverpool FC, and Arsenal FC. 

Australia vs India: Cameron Green Will Make Test Debut If Fit After Concussion, Says Coach Justin Langer

India vs Australia: Justin Langer, the Australia coach, said all-rounder Cameron Green will be in the XI for the first Test if he’s declared fit by the doctors. Green suffered a concussion in the second warm-up game against India.

Young Australian all-rounder Cameron Green will make his debut in the first Test against India if declared fit after a mild concussion, coach Justin Langer said Tuesday. Green, who hit an unbeaten 125 against India A, took a fierce blow to the head when bowling last week after a powerful drive down the wicket by Jasprit Bumrah. But the 21-year-old has joined the squad in Adelaide ahead of the opening day Thursday and will be in the side if given the all-clear by doctors. “If he’s passed fit he’ll definitely play,” Langer said on a Zoom call.

“We’re just going through the concussion protocols. We all saw, it was a very unusual incident that happened with him.”

The lanky Green, described by Greg Chappell as the best he has seen since Ricky Ponting, burst onto the scene this season, with his form making him hard to overlook.

“He’s a terrific young bloke, he’s obviously an excellent talent, he’s earned the right for selection through his performances through Sheffield Shield cricket,” said Langer.

“If he’s fit and available then he’ll make his Test debut, which is very, very exciting for Australian cricket, for him and his family.”

With regular opener David Warner out injured and his replacement Will Pucovski also recovering from a concussion, Matthew Wade looks set to be pushed up the order to open the innings and make way for Green.

Wade would potentially partner either out-of-form Joe Burns or Marcus Harris, who was recalled to the side after Pucovski was ruled out last week.

Incumbent Burns is on a horror run, scoring just 62 runs from nine first-class knocks this summer, putting his place under serious threat.

Pundits suggested Marnus Labuschagne could replace him, but Langer ruled out moving the number three Tuesday, while suggesting Wade had the attributes to open the batting.

“He could. He could handle anywhere. He’s tough, mentally tough, physically tough, got good footwork, he’s got the game for it,” Langer said of Wade.

He added: “I’ve maintained I’ve been privately and publicly backing Joey (Burns) the whole time. 

“He’s a very good player. You don’t lose your talent overnight… he also understands though that runs are the greatest currency of value to any player.”

Parthiv Patel Announces Retirement From All Forms Of Cricket

Wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel on Wednesday announce his retirement from all forms of cricket. Patel made his international debut in 2002 at the age of 17 in an away Test series against England and went on to represent India in 25 matches in the longest format, scoring 934 runs at an average of 31.13. He also played 38 ODIs and two Twenty20 Internationals . He last wore Indian jersey in 2018 during a Test match against South Africa in Johannesburg. The keeper, who bats left-handed, took to Twitter to announce his retirement.

“Today I announce my retirement from all forms of cricket, and as I bring down the curtains on this 18 year old cricketing journey, I feel heavier with gratitude towards many. The BCCI showed a generous amount of confidence and faith in a 17 year old boy to play for India. I have enormous gratitude towards them for being a guiding force and hand holding me, in the formative years of my young career,” Patel said in his long Twitter post.

“I am full of gratitude to The Gujarat Cricket Association, my home, for solidly rallying around me throughout my journey, and the leadership role conferred upon me couldn’t have been more joyous and fulfilling than our team winning all formats of the game,” he added.

Patel was a stalwart in Indian domestic cricket and scored over 11,000 runs in 194 first-class games, with 27 centuries and 67 half-centuries. 

He was leading Gujarat in Ranji Trophy for part few seasons and even guided them to their first-ever title triumph in the 2016-17 season.Listen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com

Patel also proved his mettle in the Indian Premier League (IPL) where he played for sides like Mumbai Indians, Chennai Super Kings, SunRisers Hyderabad, Royal Challengers Bangalore among others. 

He played 204 T20 matches for his state and various IPL franchises and scored 4,300 runs at a strike rate of 123.84, with the help of 23 half-centuries.

Virat Kohli Inspiration Behind Career Revival For England’s Haseeb Hameed

Haseeb Hameed paid tribute to India captain Virat Kohli for inspiring a revival that the England top-order batsman hopes will see him regain his Test place.

Haseeb Hameed paid tribute to India captain Virat Kohli for inspiring a revival that the England top-order batsman hopes will see him regain his Test place. Hameed signed a new contract with English county side Nottinghamshire on Thursday that is set to keep him with the Midlands club until the end of the 2022 season. He scored three half-centuries in five Bob Willis Trophy matches for Nottinghamshire after moving to Trent Bridge from his native Lancashire at the end of last season, when it looked like a once promising career might be cut short.

New Zealand vs Pakistan: Blow For Pakistan As New Zealand Health Ministry Refuses Permission To Train

New Zealand vs Pakistan: Eight members of Pakistan squad have tested positive for COVID-19 and hence New Zealand health ministry refused to give the squad permission to train while in quarantine in Christchurch.

In a major blow to the Pakistan cricket team, the New Zealand Health Ministry on Friday refused to give permission to the touring team to leave their hotel to train in groups while completing their time in managed isolation in Christchurch. “Following careful consideration, the Director-General of Health has today confirmed that he will not be granting the exemption which would allow the Pakistan men’s cricket team to leave their hotel to train in groups while completing their time in managed isolation in Christchurch,” the New Zealand Health Ministry said in a statement.

Dr Ashley Bloomfield said he has ”very carefully” considered the situation and have concerns about the risk of cross-infection within the squad.

“I have very carefully considered this situation. At this time, I continue to have ongoing concerns about the risk of cross-infection within the squad,” Bloomfield said in a statement.

“There have been a number of active cases identified among the team. Public health considerations will continue to be foremost in our response to COVID-19, whether this involves individuals or teams. We appreciate the challenges that this decision will have for the touring team,” he added.

On Wednesday, the New Zealand Health Ministry had confirmed that one more member of the Pakistan cricket squad tested positive for coronavirus which had taken the total cases in the touring team to eight.

Australia vs India: Sydney ODI Head To Head Stats Last Five Matches

Australia Vs India 2020: Australia enjoy a decent edge over India in Sydney, the venue for the opening two ODI matches considering the head-to-head stats for the last five 50-over games at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

India’s tour of Australia will start with a three-match ODI series, with the first two games set to take place in Sydney on November 27 and November 29. The Sydney Cricket Ground has witnessed a lot of clashes between the two sides, over the years. The most recent game was back in January 2019, with Australia emerging victorious by a margin of 34 runs in the first ODI of the three-match series. The hosts further enjoy a decent head-to-head record against Team India in their last five matches of the 50-over format at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Australia have emerged victorious in three of those games, with the visitors winning one. The remaining clash was a no-result. 

Australia vs India Head-to-Head Match Stats (Last 5 ODI Games): 

Australia Won: 3 

India Won: 1 

No result: 1 

The Indian team will be missing out on the services of opener Rohit Sharma, who is still recovering from a hamstring injury. 

Rohit sustained the injury during the recently concluded 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). With the batsman set to miss the ODI and T20I series, KL Rahul has been named vice-captain for the white-ball formats. 

The hosts have made a recent change to their limited-overs squad, with Andrew Tye replacing Kane Richardson. Richardson withdrew from the squad, in order to stay with his wife and new-born son in Adelaide. 

The final ODI of the series will be held on December 2 at the Manuka Oval in Canberra. The three games of the 50-over format will be followed by the same number of T20Is and a four-match Test series. 

South Africa vs England: One South Africa Cricketer Tests Positive For COVID-19

South Africa vs England: One player of the South Africa men’s team has tested positive for COVID-19 and two others have been placed in isolation, said CSA.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) have confirmed that one of their men’s players has tested positive for COVID-19 ahead of the upcoming white-ball series against England. As a precautionary measure, CSA has put two players who were considered to be close contacts under self-isolation. The decision was taken based on the risk assessment undertaken by the medical team. CSA has not revealed the identities of players who have been put into self-isolation. “One player has returned a positive test result and two players were considered close contacts based on the risk assessment undertaken by the medical team. All three players have been placed in immediate isolation in Cape Town as part of the COVID-19 protocols. While all players are asymptomatic, CSA’s medical team will monitor them to ensure their health and well-being,” CSA said in an official statement.

“CSA can confirm that approximately 50 COVID-19 PCR tests were performed on players and support staff prior to entering the bio-safe environment in Cape Town for their upcoming limited-overs tour against England. The testing is in line with fulfilling the organisation’s obligation and commitment to its duty of care to its team and to the broader public in controlling the spread of the virus,” it added.

The players who have been put under isolation would not be replaced for the series against England. However, CSA has clarified that two replacement players will be included in the squad.Listen to the latest songs, only on JioSaavn.com

The decision to add replacement players was taken for the purpose of the inter-squad practice matches that will be played on Saturday, 21 November 2020.

South Africa and England are slated to play against each other in three T20Is and three ODIs.

Virat Kohli, Team India Members Depart For Australia Tour

The Indian cricket team on Wednesday departed for a two-month long tour of Australia where it will aim to build on the historic Test series win two years ago. The BCCI tweeted photographs of the Indian contingent before departure with the players sporting customised PPE kits for travel amid the COVID-19 pandemic. “#TeamIndia is BACK! Let’s embrace the new normal,” read the photo caption on BCCI Twitter handle. The majority of the India squad members were competing in the IPL and following the conclusion of their respective team’s campaign, they moved to the bio-bubble created for the national team in the UAE.

Test specialists like Cheteshwar Pujara and the support staff had arrived last month to enter the national team bio-bubble.

Rohit Sharma, who led Mumbai Indians to a record fifth IPL title on Tuesday night, and Ishant Sharma, who is recovering from internal oblique muscle tear injury at the NCA in Bengaluru, will join the team later. Ishant will be added to the squad after he proves his fitness.

The selectors had added Rohit to the Test squad after initially excluding him due to the hamstring injury he sustained last month. However, he made a surprise comeback for the final league game of the IPL and went on to play two more games, including the summit clash.

India’s number one Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha is also travelling with the squad after he sustained injuries to both his hamstrings during his side Sunrisers Hyderabad’s IPL game on November 3.

“A call on his availability will be taken later,” the BCCI had said when it announced the revised squad on November 9.

The Indian team will land in Sydney where it will undergo a 14-day quarantine during which it has been allowed to train.

Indian play three ODIs, three T20s and four Tests starting November 27. The ODI and T20 series will be played in Sydney and Canberra from November 27 to December 8.

The much anticipated Test series begins with the Day-Night Test at Adelaide from December 17. Skipper Virat Kohli has been granted paternity leave after the first Test as he and his wife Anushkar Sharma are expecting their first child.

Bangladesh Test captain Mominul Haque tests positive for Covid-19

Haque’s coronavirus positive result came close on the heels of another senior player Mahmudullah Riyad contracting the virus which forced him to miss the Pakistan Super League play-offs.

Bangladesh Test captain Mominul Haque has tested positive for COVID-19 and he is undergoing home isolation, according to a report here.

Haque’s coronavirus positive result came close on the heels of another senior player Mahmudullah Riyad contracting the virus which forced him to miss the Pakistan Super League play-offs.

Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief physician Dr Debashish Chowdhury confirmed Haque’s test result to local news website ‘Sarabangla’.

“Mominul is coronavirus positive with mild symptoms,” Dr Chowdhury told the website.

Haque, on his part, said that he had mild fever and got himself tested.

“I only came to know yesterday that I have tested positive for COVID-19. I had fever for the last two days. Even I am running temperature today. But otherwise, there aren’t any other symptoms,” Haque said. His participation in the Bangabandhu T20 Cup later this month is doubtful.

Some of the other Bangladesh stars who have recovered from COVID-19 are Mashrafe Mortaza, Abu Jayed and Saif Hassan.

IPL 2020: ‘See you in Australia’ – David Warner congratulates T Natarajan for his maiden India call-up

T Natarajan received a maiden India call-up on Monday as the BCCI announced the revised squads for the upcoming tour of Australia. The left-arm pacer, who was initially set to travel as a backup bowler, found the spot in the T20I squad after Varun Chakravarthy was ruled out following a shoulder injury. (IPL 2020 Full Coverage)

Natarajan made the cut following his stellar show with the ball in the IPL 2020 for Sunrisers Hyderabad, which initially went unnoticed by the Indian selectors. The Tamil Nadu pacer managed to pick 16 wickets in the season at an economy of 8.02.

Soon after the Indian cricket board released the list of players, Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner was quick enough to congratulate the 29-year-old speedster. In a recent video posted on the SRH Twitter handle, Warner spoke about this year’s IPL experience.

At the end, he said, “Congratulations to Nattu. I will see you in Australia. Thank you everyone. Bye.”

Sunrisers ended their IPL 2020 campaign following a heart-wrenching loss to Delhi Capitals in the Qualifier 2. After the match ended, Warner praised the contribution of Natarajan throughout the season, terming him the ‘find of this season’.

“Natarajan is a find of this IPL, and he’s been outstanding. Rashid has been amazing, and so has Manish Pandey at No. 3. From an all-round perspective, it’s been great. I’d like to thank all our supporters at home.” Warner said in the post-match show.

The left-armer was so impressive with his lethal Yorkers and brilliant death bowling that cricketer-turned-commentator Murali Karthik coined the name ‘Yorker Natarjan’ for him. He has already stunned a number of batsmen and now he is all set to don the blue Indian jersey in the series down under.


Kursk hosted a cricket tournament for the first time in its history

Kursk hosted the first ever cricket tournament. It is organized by the Embassy of Sri Lanka in Russia. Student teams competed with each other. Oleg Budnikov delved into the subtleties of the game.

This game is more popular in Sri Lanka than football in Russia. During the big race, life in the cities stops. The legacy of colonial England-cricket spread throughout South Asia, remaining a favorite folk game even after the era of British rule. Sri Lankan students are actively introducing the game to Russians. Traditionally, an inter-University tournament is held.

Upul Karivosa, organizer of the competition: “it was usually held in Moscow in the early years, but now we have decided to hold it in the regions. This time we chose Kursk. Kursk is a very cozy city, very nice people and students like to study like this”.

Teams from universities in Kursk, Moscow, St. Petersburg and Tver met on the field. Most of all, cricket resembles domestic bast shoes. The difference in the number of players, handling of the ball, the shape of the field. The main thing in cricket is to protect the goal. The game helps students feel at home and better get used to the middle lane after their native tropical climate.

Student: “what is not like in Sri Lanka is the weather. You can immediately see that the weather here is not like this. It’s good to be away, it’s better at home-that’s what I can say. “

But for those who are used to our latitudes, it’s already difficult to part with them.

Student: “I am a budget student, I was chosen by the state to send to Kursk. At the beginning it was hard for me, but then I got used to everything. I met good people here, good culture, and that’s why I don’t miss home right now.”

Unfortunately, Smoking on the pitch was not. But there is hope that cricket will take root in the region — only Sri Lankan students in the region over five hundred, so there is someone to start a new sports tradition.