Hardik Pandya has started showing that he is not just a batsman who can bowl a bit, but, he is a proper all rounder.
He has actually been performing better with the ball than with the bat in the Asia Cup.
He has got 4 wickets in 2 games at an average of 7-75 and has been India’s best bowler so far in the tournament.
He was the tormentor in chief for India bowling against Pakistan last night as he got three wickets for just 8 runs.
What’s great in Hardik is that he wants to bowl fast and he backs his strengths.
His preferred length is short of a length and he does not hesitate in banging the ball at that length even if he sees that the batsman is good against the short balls or has already pulled him for a four or a six.
In the game against Bangladesh, which was India’s opener in the tournament, Shabbir Rahman hit Hardik for a huge six pulling him in front of square.
Ahead of that, Shabbir had played a great pull shot off Nehra too in the power play.
Still, Hardik went for the short ball against Shabbir for the second time without fearing the consequences that he could be launched into the stands again.
And, guess what, he trapped Shabbir this time around as the Bangladeshi skied one straight into MS Dhoni’s gloves. (more…)
Peter Moores has finally been told to walk away by the England Cricket Board.
The 52-year old had been under the scanner for the past few months and finally, a poor result in the recent test series against West Indies cost him the job.
England did not lose that series. They drew it 1-1, but, their overall performance in the last test in Barbados was quite pathetic and the responsibility fell on Moores because he got the selections wrong there.
Moores actually could have escaped the sack if somebody other than Andrew Strauss had been appointed as the new ECB director.
But, with Strauss coming in, it was always going to be tough for Moores as the former England skipper does not share the best of relationships with him.
The new coach would not be named in a hurry. The ECB looks prepared to wait and take its time.
It has been announced that Paul Farbrace, a part of the Moores’ staff, will take over in the main role on an interim basis for the forthcoming couple of test matches versus the Black Caps.
However, Farbrace would not be given a promotion and given the job on a full time basis by the looks of it.
He might apply his name and then, will have to go through the interview, but, a direct promotion is highly unlikely.
There’s a couple of Australian former test Cricketers who might be interested in the England job. (more…)
England beat Australia in the first match of the ongoing Ashes series by a whooping margin of 169 runs.
It was the English bowlers who played the main role in that.
On a flat and slow pitch, to enforce victory in 4 days, it was really something appreciable.
Australia started their chase of 412 runs on the 4th day and Stuart Broad rocked them at the very start as he induced an edge off Chris Rodgers which was held by the safe hands of Ian Bell.
Australia carried on the fight though with David Warner and their new no. 3 Steven Smith holding the fort.
Both of them counter attacked and took the score to almost 100 before one of Moeen Ali’s arm balls provided the breakthrough to the hosts.
Warner misread the line and played for the turn. As soon as the ball hit the pads, it was always going to be out. He was right in front of the leg stump, the Australian opener.
It was such a big blow to the Kangaroos. If anyone had to win that match for them, it was Warner because of the pace at which he was churning the runs there.
The middle order of Australia showed lack of application against an attack which was much disciplined and knew exactly what was needed to be done in those conditions.
There was very rare short pitched bowling on display from England. They were rather full and right on the three sticks. (more…)
The English captain Eoin Morgan seems to be pretty confused at the moment.
Not only is he getting his team combination wrong, he is misreading the conditions as well.
He has won the toss in both the matches that he has played in the World Cup so far and both times, he has made the wrong decision.
On a flat batting deck at the Melbourne Cricket Ground against Australia, he bowled first, while, earlier today, against New Zealand when the conditions were quite conducive to bowling, he opted to bat.
That decision to bowl first against Australia was understandable to some extent. Probably it was the Mitchell Johnson factor which made him do so. But, to bat on a fresh pitch against the Kiwis, there was just no logic behind that. (more…)
Craig Kieswetter would not be able to feature in the upcoming county season as he is believed to be having some issues with his vision again.
Playing versus Northamptonshire last year, Kieswetter had taken a blow on his face and had sustained a couple of fractures there.
But, after going under the knife and recovering for a few weeks, the he was back playing for Somerset.
It was said back then that his recovery had gone as well as it should have been and he had started having clear vision again.
The 27-year old was one of the 30 players that had been shortlisted by the England selectors for the World Cup. (more…)
It seems the England players have not done any work on their game in the few weeks’ break that they had got after the ODI series against India. In the two games that they have played against Sri Lanka so far, they have again looked vulnerable against spin. They have just been clueless.
A part time bowler like Tillakaratne Dilshan opened the bowling for Sri Lanka the other day in Colombo and he struck twice with the new ball and that happened only because England allowed him to settle down and bowl the lengths that he wanted to bowl. There was no intention to attack him. The same was the case against India.
However, in the India series, one could understand England’s circumspect behaviour against the spinners. They had been getting rocked by the new ball bowlers in almost every game in that series and thus, could not afford to take any undue risk after that, but, against Sri Lanka, when the spinners are taking the new ball, they’ve got to be attacked. England needs to understand that.
Alastair Cook opening the batting is the real problem for England. He is a cricketer who is just not made for the limited-over cricket of modern age. He might be a great test player, but, in the other two forms of the game, he doesn’t have anything extraordinary to offer.
Alex Hales, who is perhaps a better attacker of the cricket ball than the England captain, should actually be opening the batting with the flamboyant Moeen Ali.
But, the thing is that Cook has almost become untouchable in the England set up. No matter how many failures he has with the bat or as captain, he always seems to get another chance and a few England fans are not happy about it.