Former India cricketer VVS Laxman has hailed Sri Lanka’s spin bowling legend Muttiah Muralitharan, describing him as someone who troubled batsmen all over the world, irrespective of the conditions on offer. Muralitharan was named as the Greatest Of All Time (G.O.A.T) among bowlers by a 50-member jury put together by Star Sports. Murali beat fellow legends like Shane Warne, Dale Steyn and Glenn McGrath to win the honour.
Young Maharashtra batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad has said that he will look to bring his adaptability to the fore during India’s upcoming tour of Sri Lanka. Gaikwad is among the new faces in the Indian team for the tour of Sri Lanka. A limited-overs specialist squad will face the Lankans in three ODIs and three T20Is from July 13 and July 25. Gaikwad has impressed for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in recent IPL seasons.
Newly-appointed Sri Lankan ODI skipper, Kusal Perera, has said that the team needs to play fearless cricket if they want to win more matches. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has announced an 18-member squad for a three-match ODI series against Bangladesh. The three matches of the series will be held on May 23, 25, and 28 in a bio-bubble. While Perera will captain the team, Kusal Mendis has been named as his deputy.
Looking back at India’s 2011 World Cup victory, former coach Gary Kirsten has said that he is proud to see the manner in which the Indian team has evolved over the last decade. Kirsten was the Team India coach when the MS Dhoni-led side lifted the World Cup 10 years ago, on April 2, 2011. India knocked out defending champions Australia in the quarter-finals, defeated a below-par Pakistan in the semis before going on to beat Sri Lanka in the final, by six wickets at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.
After hammering Sri Lanka 2-0 in the two-match Test series in Sri Lanka, England skipper Joe Root said that the team’s performance is definitely on the up. England defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets in the second Test at Galle on Monday. Spinners Dom Bess and Jack Leach picked up four wickets each as the visitors rolled over the hosts for 126 in their second innings. Dominic Sibley (56 not out) and Jos Buttler (46 not out) then took England home in a chase of 164 after they had crumbled to 89 for 4. Root, himself, had scored a magnificent 186 in the first innings and was awarded both Man of the Match and Series
Former Sri Lanka captain and 1996 World Cup-winning batsman Aravinda De Silva has been investigated over the 2011 World Cup fixing allegations. Along with De Silva, former opener Upul Tharanga, who played in the final, has also been questioned.
Indian pace bowlers Navdeep Saini and Shardul Thakur shone in the second T20I against Sri Lanka at Indore on Tuesday. While Saini (2 for 18) impressed with his pace and bounce, especially the unplayable yorker he delivered to Danushka Gunathilaka, Thakur (3 for 23) stood out with his variations, running through the lower order.