Former India opener Virender Sehwag feels that Manish Pandey may not get another chance to play for India in ODIs. And, even if he does, it may take a long time coming. Pandey played in all three matches of the ODI series against Sri Lanka but disappointed with scores of 26, 37 and 11. While Sehwag also named all-rounder Hardik Pandya as one of the letdowns, according to him, Pandey was the biggest disappointment.
India captain for the Sri Lanka limited-overs series, Shikhar Dhawan, has admitted that the three-match T20I series will be crucial for him to put his name as a contender for the T20 World Cup. Dhawan did not feature in most of the matches of the T20I series against England at home earlier in the year. KL Rahul was preferred as Rohit Sharma’s opening partner. However, Dhawan scored 600-plus runs in IPL 2020 and was the leading run-scorer this year as well until the tournament was suspended.
Indian captain Shikhar Dhawan admitted that India did not put up enough runs on the board after winning the toss and batting first in the third ODI in Colombo. Having already won the series, India made as many as five changes to the team that played the second one-dayer. India were all-out for 225 in 43.1 overs with Prithvi Shaw, Sanju Samson and Suryakumar Yadav all contributing 40s. In response, Sri Lanka reached 227 for 7 in 39 overs in the rain-curtailed match. Avishka Fernando top-scored with 76 while Bhanuka Rajapaksa contributed 65.
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.
Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir has said that captain Virat Kohli and his deputy Rohit Sharma will have to shoulder the major responsibility when India face Pakistan in the T20 World Cup later in the year. The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday announced the groups for the Men's T20 World Cup 2021. The event will be held in Oman and the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from October 17 to November 14, with BCCI retaining the hosting rights as India were originally scheduled to host the event.
In what was inevitable, COVID-19 has hit the Indian camp in England. After it was revealed that wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant is COVID-positive, support staff Dayananda Garani has also returned a positive test. The other wicketkeeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha has also been forced into isolation after being identified as as a close contact. As for Pant, he will have to get a negative test on Sunday to quit the quarantine and join the team. Bowling coach Bharat Arun is also isolating after he too was found to be a close contact.