Indian cricketers will leave for their long tour of the UK on June 2 after completing the eight-day hard quarantine period in Mumbai. India will first take on New Zealand in the World Test Championship (WTC) final in Southampton from June 18-22, which will be followed by five Test matches against England.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Friday, announced the Test squad for the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand and the five-match Test series versus England. Ravindra Jadeja and Hanuma Vihari, who were injured during their heroics in Australia, have made a comeback. Jasprit Bumrah, who skipped a part of the England series at home for his wedding, is also back.
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.
Even though India got the better of England in the three-match ODI series on Sunday, former India cricketer VVS Laxman is concerned with how captain Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma have struggled against England’s spinners. While Rohit failed to read a googly from Adil Rashid and was clean bowled, Kohli perished to Moeen Ali, going back to a delivery that spun back in.
Indian captain Virat Kohli expressed surprise that pace bowler Shardul Thakur did not win the 'Man of the Match' despite his excellent bowling effort in the final ODI in Pune, against England on Sunday. Shardul finished with figures of 4 for 67 in his 10 overs, dismissing Dawid Malan (50), England skipper Jos Buttler (15) and Liam Livingstone (36). Earlier, he also hammered 30 from 21 with the bat, a knock which featured three sixes.
England's stand-in skipper Jos Buttler is confident that Jonny Bairstow can go on to become the country's leading century-maker in ODIs. Following his 124 in the second ODI against India, Bairstow now has 11 hundreds to his name. After his ton, he had told the media that he would like to break the record for most one-day hundreds by an English batsman. England’s Test captain Joe Root holds the record for most ODI tons by an Englishman. He is followed by limited-overs captain Eoin Morgan (13) and Marcus Trescothick (12).
All-rounder Ben Stokes has stated that using aggressive body language and going over the top with their celebrations is not England’s way of playing cricket. Stokes was responding to a question on Indian captain Virat Kohli’s animated reactions to the fall of a wicket.
Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan stated that he was confident of performing in the ODIs because he remained in a positive frame of mind even when he was not in the playing XI for the T20Is. Dhawan top-scored for India with 98 in the team’s total of 317 for 5 in the first ODI. Virat Kohli, debutant Krunal Pandya and KL Rahul also hit fifties as India put up an impressive batting display. In response, England folded up for 251 despite Jonny Bairstow’s scintillating 94. With the 66-run win, India claimed the crucial 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
India captain Virat Kohli feels that the umpire’s call in the Decision Review System (DRS) is creating a lot of unnecessary confusion with regards to lbw dismissals. According to Kohli, the batsman should be out or not out depending on whether or not the ball is hitting the stumps or not. The margins should not come into play, according to Kohli. As per the present rule, at least 50 per cent of the ball should be hitting at least one of the three stumps for the batsman to be adjudged LBW on a review.