A stone roughly the size of the cricket ball was allegedly thrown at the bus the Australian cricketers were travelling after the second T20I against India in Guwahati. The incident reportedly happened when the players returned to their hotel in Guwahati after recording an eight-wicket win. Opener Aaron Finch tweeted an image of the shattered window.
In the second India-Australia T20I on Tuesday, former captain MS Dhoni was stumped for the first time in T20Is. Dhoni, playing his 80th T20I, was stumped for the fifth time in international cricket. Wicketkeeper Tim Paine stumped him off spinner Adam Zampa's bowling in the 10th over. Dhoni was before stumped in an international match in the 2011 World Cup.
Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar on Wednesday lashed out at BCCI selectors for dropping batsman Ajinkya Rahane in the T20 squad against Australia starting October 7. He questioned why Rahane was dropped while he scored four consecutive fifties in the recent ODI series against Aussies. Gavaskar further reportedly added, “KL Rahul is a fine player, but he didn't play a single game in the five-one day matches against Australia, why is he in the team and Rahane who scored four half-centuries is not there.”
According to reports, India opener Shikhar Dhawan, who is in an intimidating form, has asked the BCCI to release him from the first three ODIs against Australia in the upcoming series to attend his wife Ayesha Mukherjee, who is unwell. Announcing this in a statement, BCCI acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary on Thursday said the replacement for the left-handed batsman has not yet been decided, say reports.
The BCCI on Thursday announced the schedule of the home series against Australia which begins on September 17. India will be playing five One Day International matches and three T20 International matches against Australia. The schedule is here.
Sep 12: Warm-up match in Chennai
Sep 17: 1st ODI in Chennai
Sep 21: 2nd ODI in Kolkata
Sep 24: 3rd ODI in Indore
Sep 28: 4th ODI in Bengaluru
Oct 1: 5th ODI in Nagpur
Oct 7: 1st T20I in Ranchi
Oct 10: 2nd T20I in Guwahati
Oct 13: 3rd T20I in Hyderabad
India spinner Kuldeep Yadav reportedly said that there is no one better to judge his bowling than former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni. "There is no word to describe MS Dhoni's influence on a young bowler like me", Kuldeep said. "There is no one better than him to judge you because he is watching from behind the wicket and he keeps telling me what I need to. I feel very proud that I am playing with him and very lucky that I could be playing in his 300th game", Kuldeep added.
Australia fast bowler Josh Hazlewood was ruled out of the upcoming limited overs series against India after suffering a side strain during the first Test against Bangladesh on Tuesday. Australia is scheduled to play five ODIs and three T20 matches against India starting September 17 in Chennai.
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