Arthur Morris, the man, and legend behind Bradman's unstoppable squad of the 1940s, was once asked why he left cricket. His response was a simple comment: “Poverty.” Any celebrated cricketer today, 80 years later, would give a dramatically different response to the same question.
These days, it is not even unusual to see numerous cricketers dabbling in new enterprises in order to make sure that they will have a good wage even after hanging up their gloves.
Cricket was invented more than 300 years ago and has grown into a worldwide phenomenon. The sport is popular in many parts of the world, but India is a country that is absolutely crazy about cricket. In fact, IPL and cricket are the most popular forms of entertainment across India with hundreds of millions of devoted fans.
Both New Zealand and Indian captains, Kane Williamson and Shikhar Dhawan, admitted that rain was a major disappointment in the entire series comprising three T20Is and ODIs. The series, somewhat fittingly, ended with an abandoned game in Christchurch on Wednesday, November 30.
Former Australian captain Steve Waugh reckons that too much cricket is being played currently. Referring to the recently-concluded one-day series between the Aussies and T20 world champions England, he lamented that Australia "has almost overdosed" on the game, as a result of which there was hardly any interest in the series between the two sides.
Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir has claimed that the Indian Premier League (IPL) is the best thing to have happened to Indian cricket. He also stated that it was unfair to blame the league for the national team’s poor performance, adding that only the players must be held accountable.
Young Team India batter Shubman Gill has stated that he not thinking of the possibility of being a regular member of the ODI outfit as of now. He asserted that his aim presently is to make the most of his opportunities and leave an impact.
New Zealand came up with an excellent effort to beat India by seven wickets in the first one-dayer in Auckland on Friday, November 25 and go 1-0 up in the three-match series. Sent into bat after losing the toss, the Men in Blue put up 306/7 as Shreyas Iyer (80), Shikhar Dhawan (72) and Shubman Gill (50) struck half-centuries, while Washington Sundar (37* off 16) played a nice cameo. However, in the chase, Tom Latham struck a brilliant 145* off 104 balls as the hosts cruised to victory in 47.1 overs. Latham and Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson (94* off 98) added an unbroken 221 runs for the fourth wicket.