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.
After hammering Sri Lanka 2-0 in the two-match Test series in Sri Lanka, England skipper Joe Root said that the team’s performance is definitely on the up. England defeated Sri Lanka by six wickets in the second Test at Galle on Monday. Spinners Dom Bess and Jack Leach picked up four wickets each as the visitors rolled over the hosts for 126 in their second innings. Dominic Sibley (56 not out) and Jos Buttler (46 not out) then took England home in a chase of 164 after they had crumbled to 89 for 4. Root, himself, had scored a magnificent 186 in the first innings and was awarded both Man of the Match and Series
Former Sri Lanka captain and 1996 World Cup-winning batsman Aravinda De Silva has been investigated over the 2011 World Cup fixing allegations. Along with De Silva, former opener Upul Tharanga, who played in the final, has also been questioned.
Indian pace bowlers Navdeep Saini and Shardul Thakur shone in the second T20I against Sri Lanka at Indore on Tuesday. While Saini (2 for 18) impressed with his pace and bounce, especially the unplayable yorker he delivered to Danushka Gunathilaka, Thakur (3 for 23) stood out with his variations, running through the lower order.