Kolkata Knight Riders would be ruing their soft batting execution at Green Park which got them losing their second game back to back and left them in a shaky situation for the playoffs qualification.
The grass on the deck meant the scores of 190-200 were not quite realistic even with the boundaries not situated at a huge distance.
Technique had to play its part while setting up the total for the opposition and Kolkata’s main weapon in that regard was their skipper and highest run getter Gautam Gambhir who had got a half century in the last game too.
Virat Kohli has owned the IPL 2016 with his batting prowess. With four scores of three figures in 13 games, he has got over the mark of 850 with his runs’ tally and has left behind all the previous highest scorers of the tournament by some margin.
Virat seems to have unlocked something for himself in terms of his big hitting because he never hit the ball such far and long before. He was always the anchor of a batsman who would begin his innings with some watchfulness and would be interested in finding the gaps through the field as he went along.
The Indian team beat Sri Lanka in the last two games and won a bilateral Twenty 20 series at home for the first time.
Sri Lanka, a team mostly comprised of the young players, had won the series opener on a green top, but, they had a reality check in the second and the third game as they were absolutely torn apart by the Indian heavyweights.
However, the Sri Lankan team management would be really impressed with a couple of their players especially in the fast bowling department.
That tall lanky pace bowler Dushmanta Chameera, he was on fire that lad.
Steaming in, hitting the deck hard, hurrying the batsmen and in between all that, he disguised his slower deliveries superbly as well.
He would be a bowler to look out for in the World Cup as he can make use of all conditions.
Eoin Morgan, the captain of the England national side in white ball Cricket, is not going to feature for Middlesex in the upcoming County game versus Worcestershire.
He is said to have almost recovered from the concussion that he had sustained batting in the 5th One Day International game of the Australia series, but, the Middlesex management has decided to keep him out on a precautionary measure.
This season, the ECB has advised all the counties to be slightly careful with the players who have had concussion and to play them only when they don’t show any signs of dizziness for at least 7 days.
The Afghanistan Cricket team is going to be captained by Asghar Stanikzai from here on in.
Asghar has got the charge after the stepping down of the experienced all rounder Mohammad Nabi who had been at the helm for Afghanistan for the last couple of years.
Nabi captained Afghanistan in a lot of big tournaments including this year’s ICC Cricket World Cup.
The biggest achievement of Nabi’s captaincy was that he managed to guide Afghanistan to a win against a test playing nation Bangladesh in the Asia Cup 2014.
The reason because of which Nabi is believed to have resigned is his own deteriorating form.
The Afghanistan Cricket Board has named those players who would travel to Australia/New Zealand next month to represent the country in the biggest One Day International tournament i.e. the World Cup for the first time ever.
Mohammad Nabi, the off spinning all rounder, has been given the charge of the team again.
The Afghan squad is more or less similar to the one which had taken part in the Asia Cup and the World T20 Championship last year.
Though the performance of that side was not anywhere close to what it should have been, the selectors have still put the onus on those same players.
The Afghanistan Cricket team might be travelling to Pakistan after the World Cup for a bilateral One Day International series.
The international cricket has not taken place in Pakistan for a long time.
Considering the danger of the terrorist attack in Pakistan, the cricket boards of the test nations do not want to risk sending their players there.
The Sri Lankan team had become the victim of the terrorist attack when they had travelled to Pakistan back in 2009.
The bullets had been fired on the team bus of Si Lanka and several of their players had got severely injured. Since then, no top flight cricket has been organized in Pakistan.
Gary Ballance is gutted to be left out of the England One Day International side, but, he doesn’t think it’s impossible for him to get into the World Cup squad.
According to the Yorkshire left-hander, a couple of long series is there and changes might still be made in the side. So, he is very much hopeful.
Ballance’s place in the England test team appears to be certain now with the kind of summer he has had.
He played in the limited-over games as well over the summer, but, he could not convince the management that he was as much suited to it as he was to test cricket.
In the India series, he featured in only one game and that too was a forced change for England as Ian Bell had got injured while practicing.
The all rounder of the Australian Cricket team, Steve Smith, made a mark with the ball the other day against Zimbabwe as he got 3 wickets in his 4.1 overs with his part time leg spin.
Smith is crucial to Australia’s plans for the World Cup. He is a gritty middle order batsman who can fight out testing conditions and if he starts doing a bit as a bowler too, he would be a great prospect for the Kangaroos.
Smith was actually a bowler who could bat a bit when he had first broken into the Australian national side. But, over the last 5 years, he has worked more on his batting and his bowling has slowly faded away.
People were able to see the glimpses of the old Adam Gilchrist the other day at Lord’s during the match between MCC and the rest of the World XI.
The Australian left hander came to open the innings for the Rest of the World XI. His opening partner was the Indian legend Virender Sehwag.
The crowd greeted both of them with huge cheers as they were making their way onto the ground.
Both Gilchrist and Sehwag started going after the bowlers from the word go as per their nature. The boundaries started flowing.
Gilchrist, in particular, was very aggressive. Anything marginally short outside the off stump, he was pouncing on that. He hit a total of 4 fours in one over of Shaun Tait.