On Wednesday 9 November 2016, Haseeb Hameed stepped out to bat at the Khandheri Cricket Stadium in Rajkot. It was a day of firsts: the first time this venue had hosted a Test match, and the first time that Hameed had represented England at this level.
England have announced a 17-member squad for the first two Tests of the five-match series against India. Fast bowler Jofra Archer remains unavailable while Ben Stokes and Ollie Robinson both make a return. Robinson comes back after he was fined and handed an eight-match ban, five of which are suspended for two years, for offensive historical tweets. His posts went viral on his Test debut against New Zealand.
India recovered from 193 for 7 to chase a target of 276 against Sri Lanka and clinch the three-match ODI series 2-0. Coming into bat at number eight, Deepak Chahar scored a brilliant 69 not out off 82 balls with the aid of seven fours and a six. Bhuvneshwar Kumar also played a mature hand of 19 not out from 28 balls as India won the game by three wickets with five balls to spare.
Former Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has heaped praise on Ishan Kishan and Prithvi Shaw for their impressive knocks in the first ODI against Sri Lanka in Colombo, which the visitors won by 7 wickets on Sunday.
Former India cricketer Yuvraj Singh has opined that Team India captain Virat Kohli was already a legend at 30. According to Singh, cricketers become legend when they retire but Kohli reached that stage much before that. Kohli made his international debut in 2008 and has gone on to become one of the most successful batsmen in the history of the game. In 92 Tests, he has amassed 7547 runs at an average of 52.04. Further, he has 12169 runs in 254 ODI matches at an average of 59.07 and 3159 runs at an average of 52.65 from 90 T20Is.