Mithali Raj, captain of the Indian women's cricket team was taken over by Australian all-rounder Ellyse Perry as ODI No. 1 according to ICC rankings. After her average performance in the ODI series against South Africa, she was pushed to third rank. The second position is being held by Australian player, Meg Lanning.
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India had a smashing victory against South Africa on their first ever ODI there. However, according to reports, it seems that the Indian captain, Virat Kohli and the rest of the team have not been happy with the local food served in South Africa. Complying to them, the local caterers were asked not to serve the Indian team and an Indian restaurant named Geet was asked to do the job.
Following Virat Kohli’s brilliant performance in the ongoing India-South Africa series, coach Ravi Shastri was quoted as saying, “It’s not just about averages, it is the way you get runs, when you get it, and the impact those runs have on what the team does. I would simply say he is the best batsman in the world now.”
India on Friday thrashed South Africa in the final ODI match of the 6-match series to register an emphatic win by 8 wickets and won the series 5-1. Captain Virat Kohli slammed his 35th ODI century and was at the crease with 129 runs off 96 balls. The hosts, who were asked to bat first, were bowled out for 204 runs in 46.5 overs. Shardul Thakur took four wickets. India reached the target in 32.1 overs.
India successfully chased a total of 143 runs in 19 overs against South Africa as Smriti Mandhana and Mithali Raj scored 57 and 76 runs respectively. Mithali Raj, with an unbeaten 76 runs was declared ‘Player of the Match’. India is now leading 2-0 in the five-match series against South Africa.
Australia won their fourth consecutive win in the Twenty20 tri-series played in Auckland when they beat New Zealand with the highest ever run chase in international Twenty20 history – 245 runs for 5 wickets with seven balls left.
Following MS Dhoni’s lacklustre performance against South Africa in the ongoing series, Suresh Raina came out in his support and said that Dhoni ought to bat up the order. Raina was quoted as saying, "I feel Dhoni can do better up the order. He can hit better and get more time. He is the kind of player who if he plays up the order will always keep the team in a strong position."
Former India opener Virender Sehwag reportedly said that the India captain Virat Kohli is an upgraded version of former captain Sourav Ganguly. "Kohli's aggression can be compared with Ganguly. In fact, he is an upgraded version of Sourav Ganguly. Under Ganguly's captaincy, we saw some incredible wins overseas and such has been the trend so far with Virat Kohli," said Sehwag.
India captain Virat Kohli reportedly said that there could be some changes in the team for the sixth and final ODI against South Africa on Friday. "4-1 feels great. We want to win 5-1, for sure, but there might be a scenario for a few more guys to get a chance in the next match," Kohli said.
England wicket-keeper batsman Sam Billings said that he is honored to be picked by Chennai Super Kings. “I am hugely honoured to have been picked up by the Chennai Super Kings, one of the most followed and decorated franchises in the Indian Premier League,” Billings said. “I’m very much looking forward to working with Dhoni, someone who I have admired as a player for a long time as we play in similar roles,” added Billings.
According to reports, Australian opener Aaron Finch is set to tie the knot with his long-time girlfriend on April 7. The Indian Premier League will also kick-start at the same date. The explosive opener might miss the opening game for his side Kings XI Punjab against Delhi Daredevils on April 8. Top Australian players might also miss the first two-three matches due to the wedding.
Former pacer Atul Wassan reportedly said that the Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja won’t make it to the 2019 Cricket World Cup squad. "Well people might say diplomatically they have a chance, but I don't see any chance unless one of Kuldeep or Chahal gets injured," Wassan said. Earlier, India's bowling coach Bharat Arun said that the "race is not over yet" for Ashwin and Jadeja.
India left-handed batsman Suresh Raina has said that he was hurt after being dropped by the selectors despite his good performance. Looking to make an impressive comeback in the T20I series against South Africa, Raina said, “I won’t leave it here. I have to play for India for as long as possible. I have to play the 2019 World Cup because I know I have done well in England.” He last played against England at Bengaluru in February last year and scored 63 runs.
According to reports, Australians Aaron Finch and Glenn Maxwell of Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Daredevils respectively will miss the opening games in the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League. While Finch is getting married on April 7, Maxwell is Master of Ceremonies for the event. Finch said that he will be available for the second match involving KXIP on April 13.
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Following India’s 4-1 lead in the 6-match series against South Africa, legendary former South African all-rounder Jaques Kallis elaborated the reason behind the Proteas’ struggle against India, saying that,” It takes time to read good leg-break bowlers. We have to accept we don't have enough world class leg-spinners in our country. So, this is a learning curve for the youngsters in our team."
Superstar Amitabh Bachchan on Thursday followed IPL franchise Chennai Super Kings on Twitter. Happy with the star’s support, CSK tweeted, “More Our fan boy moment of the day! 😍”
Our fan boy moment of the day! 😍 pic.twitter.com/OD1Lt2ft9c— Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) February 15, 2018
Former South African all-rounder Jacques Kallis feels that the India captain Virat Kohli needs to tone down his on-field aggression. Kallis said that Kohli's aggression is working for him, but he should also see if it works for his team as well. "He has been aggressive and I think it works for his game. But it maybe an area he needs to look at. The way it works for him, he has got to see if it works for his team. It might be an area to tone it down a little bit,” said Kallis.
Former India cricketer Atul Wassan reportedly said that the former India captain MS Dhoni is the man behind the Indian spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav's success. "I think half of the wickets should go to Dhoni. He is just amazing behind the stumps. Before every ball was bowled, he knows what a batsman going to do. These guys should bow down and touch his feet,” said Wassan. He further added that the two spinners are not experienced that much and Dhoni is the one doing the homework for them and he should be credited for this.
India vice-captain Rohit Sharma lashed out at the media for criticising about his bad form. During the post-match press conference ahead of the sixth ODI, Rohit said, "I got out in three matches only, how can you say form is bad after three matches? You guys put people in good form after one match, and if somebody doesn't have three good matches, you say he is in bad form."
The BCCI on Wednesday announced the fixtures for the upcoming 11th edition of the Indian Premier League. Chennai Super Kings who will be making a return will face the defending champions Mumbai Indians at the Wankhede Stadium in the league opener on April 7. CSK welcomed the announcement with a GIF featuring superstar Rajinikanth.