In India’s second Twenty-20 match against South Africa in the ongoing series, star opening batsman Rohit Sharma fell for a first ball duck, leaving India 0-1 in 1.1 overs. Rohit Sharma’s wicket was taken by Junior Dala.
Shikhar Dhawan, who is currently putting up consistently good performances in the India-South Africa series recently tweeted a very emotional message about his family.
Only when u spend so much time away from fmly, u realize hw much u actually miss them!I miss spending time with my kids, playing with them, cooking and being there for them. Also miss the Mrs like crazy!Want 2 spend quality time with her once I go back.luv u all to d moon & back! pic.twitter.com/BTo6K0ead8— Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) February 20, 2018
England cricketer, Kevin Pietersen is to retire after the third edition of Pakistan Super League to be held in Dubai. In an Instagram post, the cricketer had captioned, "Countless goodbyes to @jessicalibertyx & my kids as a cricket player & this one this evening is the last one I’ll ever have to do. I’ve hated every goodbye but also known it’s work so just gotten on with it." The batsman will be representing Quetta Gladiators in PSL.
Countless goodbyes to @jessicalibertyx & my kids as a cricket player & this one this evening is the last one I’ll ever have to do. I’ve hated every goodbye but also known it’s work so just gotten on with it. The journey has been absolutely amazing & for the next 3/4 weeks I’ll be a current professional & then it’s chapter closed! Had my time & loved it but the endless goodbyes & travel needs to calm down now. Cricket has been the best!
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According to reports, former Pakistani cricketer Aamer Hanif's son committed suicide by hanging himself on Monday. Reports say the cricketer’s son Mohammad Zaryab committed suicide as he failed to make it into an Under-19 cricket team. Zaryab was reportedly rejected of being an 'overage player'. Hanif claimed that his son was forced to commit suicide by his coaches. "My son was pressurised... The coaches' behaviour towards him forced him to kill himself," said Hanif.
Sri Lanka Cricket has reportedly announced the schedule for the upcoming Tri-series involving India and Bangladesh. India will face Sri Lanka in the opening match of the Nidahas Trophy triangular Twenty20 International tournament on March 6. The tournament has been organised in order to mark the 70th anniversary of Sri Lanka's independence.
March 6: Sri Lanka v India
March 8: Bangladesh v India
March 10: Sri Lanka v Bangladesh
March 12: India v Sri Lanka
March 14: India v Bangladesh
March 16: Bangladesh v Sri Lanka
March 18: Final
India captain Virat Kohli's has posted an adorable picture with his wife Anushka Sharma on Instagram. The picture features Kohli and Anushka hugging each other in front of a similar background with a line "My one and only."
India cricketer Ravichandran Ashwin and South Africa veteran Herschelle Gibbs got into a twitter spat on Monday. Ashwin posted a video on Twitter to promote Nike's new shoes for which Gibbs replied saying hopefully Ashwin can run faster after getting the new shoes. Ashwin responded with a fixing jibe at the South African cricketer. Later, Ashwin deleted the tweet.
Hopefully you will be able to run a bit faster now ashwin 😂— Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) February 19, 2018
Can’t take a joke i see😉 anyway moving swiftly on..— Herschelle Gibbs (@hershybru) February 19, 2018
As India goes on to register piles of records in the ongoing South Africa tour, wicket-keeper MS Dhoni has broken another record during the first T20I match. The former captain has taken 134 catches in 275 T20 matches surpassing Kumar Sangakkara (133 catches in 254 matches). The matches include T20 International and Indian Premier League.
Former India cricketer Virender Sehwag said that the Indian captain Virat Kohli is afraid to send MS Dhoni up the batting order as there are no prominent finishers in the team. “MS Dhoni should play up the order. I think, Kohli fears that if Dhoni comes at No 4 and loses his wicket early, then there won't be anyone on the finishing spot,” said Sehwag. He also insisted to hand the finisher's role to Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya or Kedar Jadhav.
Right-arm bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar became the first Indian seamer to pick five wickets in a T20I match on Sunday. Bhuvneshwar registered his career-best bowling figures of 5/24 during the first T20I against South Africa. Bhuvneshwar is the second Indian after Yuzvendra Chahal to pick up a five-for in a T20I. India won the match by 28 runs to lead the three-match series 1-0.
India beat South Africa by 28 runs in the first T20I on Sunday. India opener Shikhar Dhawan scored a blistering 72 from 39 balls to help India post a massive target of 203. Chasing the target, South Africa lost their wickets at regular intervals. Bhuvneshwar Kumar picked up five wickets to restrict South Africa to 175. India leads the three match series 1-0.
South Africa star batsman AB de Villiers has been ruled out of the T20I series against India due to a knee injury. Reports say that de Villiers sustained an injury before the fifth ODI and it worsened during the final ODI match. AB de Villiers has been advised a period of rest and rehabilitation to be fit for the four-match Test series against Australia in March.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has reportedly decided to send the Indian players to England 10 days in advance for their tour in July. Earlier, BCCI said that the Indian team could have done well if they had spent at least 10 days in South Africa before the first Test. India is set to play three T20I, five ODIs, and five Test matches beginning July 3.
India captain Virat Kohli lashed out at the media for criticizing the Indian team when they were struggling at the start of the South Africa tour. "One month back we were a very bad team. Now we are being asked these questions. We haven't changed our mindset. Now whether this is the biggest win or no, whoever wants to analyze, write what you do so," Kohli said. India lost the Test series 2-1 and made a comeback in the ODI series taking it 5-1.
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.