After a grueling series of tests against Kohli’s India in the summer the Brit has set his sights on one of the best batsmen in Australia ahead of the Ashes in December-January.
“As a bowler you always look at the best player, and for me over the last three, four or five years, Steve Smith’s been Australia’s best player,” Anderson said on a Fox podcast.
It’s for sure that the Aussies remember Anderson pretty well from the last Ashes where he got 17 wickets at an amazing rate of 27.82. Since that intense series of tests, he’s played 32 more test matches for England, getting them 109 wickets out of which 13.5% of the wickets were against India in the summer.
When asked about his physical fitness to play all 5 Ashes matches, he had this to say;
“I will do exactly what I did in our summer, hopefully I’ll be playing all five, but I’d be happy with three or four.”
A confident Anderson looks to continue his staggering momentum throughout the Ashes this year.
This upcoming star cricketer injury might throw him out of the World Cup
As per BCCI sources, cricketer Varun Chakravarthy’s knees are not in the best condition. The secret spinner from Tamil Nadu is considered to be a X-factor for the upcoming T20 World Cup that would be held in UAE and Oman. He has played tremendously well for Kolkata Knight Riders in the last two seasons picking 32 wickets in 26 watches till now. In the current league of the tournament, Varun has picked 15 wickets in 13 matches with an economy of 6.73. It is one of the factors that has made the board keen enough to get him on board against Pakistan on Sunday, October 24 in Dubai.
As per the BBCI source in terms of improvement, “Varun’s knees are not in most noteworthy condition. He is in torment and trust me had it not been in a T20 World Cup, maybe even Indian group the board wouldn’t have faced the challenge of playing him.”
In addition to BCCI, KKR’s clinical group is also keeping a keen eye on the condition of Varun. The source further stated that “Supposedly, the KKR’s care staff has arranged an intricate strength and molding diagram for Varun, which is a piece of his bigger physical issue the board program. He likewise is controlled pain reliever infusions so he can bowl his four overs absent a lot of trouble. These are infusions, till the time impact remains it assists the aggravation with dying down. You can’t see it on TV, he examines torment when he isn’t bowling and moving around the field.” Varun has been advised not to jump while handling so that it does not put pressure on his knees. In addition to this, his sideways development has also been limited for better care.
Delhi Capitals, the IPL franchise, made a big announcement today. The Delhi-based franchise’s English all-rounder Chris Woakes has been officially replaced. Woakes pulled out of IPL 2021 before Phase 2 began.
In their overseas department, they already have three fast bowlers. Among the winners of the Purple Cap in the IPL 2020 are Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, and England all-rounder Tom Curran. Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma are also experienced, Indian fast bowlers.
Delhi did not use Nortje and Yadav in the first phase of IPL 2021 in India. They used Ishant Sharma, Kagiso Rabada, Chris Woakes and Tom Curran in their pace attack.
The pace-bowling attack of Delhi Capitals, runners-up in the IPL 2020, performed well in the first phase of the IPL 2021. Due to their performance, the Delhi Capitals were ranked number one on the points table when the IPL 2021 season was suspended.
Who will replace Chris Woakes?
Chris Woakes, who played for the Delhi Capitals in IPL 2021’s first phase, had withdrawn from the remaining matches. The Capitals have decided to sign an Australian player to fill the vacant overseas spot.
Woakes is a fast bowler, so the Delhi Capitals have also signed fast bowler Ben Dwarshuis. DC announced the replacement as follows:
“Delhi Capitals today announced that English all-rounder Chris Woakes, who picked up 5 wickets in 3 matches in the first half of the VIVO IPL 2021, has pulled out of the tournament due to personal reasons. The Delhi Capitals have announced Australian fast bowler Ben Dwarshuis as Woakes’ replacement for the remainder of the IPL 2021 season.”
CSK has had many issues ahead of the IPL, which begins on 19th Sept 2021.
1. Faf Du Plessis INJURED
CSK is dealt a huge blow as Faf du Plessis is injured ahead of the UAE leg
Faf Du Plessis of South Africa sustained an injury in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL 2021), preventing Chennai Super Kings (CSK) from playing the second half of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021).
The Chennai Super Kings have already reached the UAE to set up their training camp ahead of IPL 2021, which will be held in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah, and most of the players involved in CPL 2021 were expected to join them after the tournament concluded.
Former South African captain, who retired from Test cricket earlier this year, has been with the Chennai Super Kings since day one, except for a brief stint with Rising Pune Supergiant during the time CSK was suspended from the Indian Premier League.
After it was revealed he suffered a groin injury before the 28th match of CPL 2021 between St Lucia Kings and Barbados Royals, his participation in the second half of the IPL 2021 is in doubt. Andre Fletcher, the Kings’ stand-in captain, announced at the toss that Faf will miss this match as well as possibly others. For the Kings, he scored an unbeaten century earlier this season.
2. Dwayne Bravo INJURED
Defeating the Patriots after Bravo suffers a groin injury ends their unbeaten streak.
Bravo returned to the field in his last CPL match, but he did not bowl, so he may still be recovering from his injury.
3. Sam Curran & Moeen Ali MIGHT MISS PLAYOFFS
England players selected for the T20 WorldCup may miss the playoffs next year, causing major problems for the IPL franchises. The England team management wants its full T20 World Cup squad available for the two-match series against Pakistan.
The likes of Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, Chris Woakes, Tom Curran will not be available to their teams in the Play-Offs.
England Squad for T20 World Cup: Eoin Morgan (c), Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Tymal Mills, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood: Reserves: Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, James Vince
According to reports, Virat Kohli is eager to focus on his batting and Test captaincy. Virat Kohli is likely to step down from his role as captain for limited-overs cricket and hand over the reins to Rohit Sharma. Kohli has established himself as one of the best cricketers of all time.
Rohit may take over the captaincy at least in T20Is, considering his record as a stand-in captain and his success with Mumbai Indians in the IPL. In contrast, Kohli might be more inclined to concentrate on his batting after the UAE hosts the 2021 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.
“Virat himself will make the announcement. He is of the view that he needs to concentrate on his batting and go back to becoming what he’s always been — the best batsman in the world,” The Times of India quoted sources as saying.
With 65 wins and 27 losses, Kohli has a winning percentage of 70.43 in 95 ODIs so far. With him as captain, India has won 27 T20Is and lost 14.
In ODIs, Rohit has led India to eight victories and two losses. He has captained them 19 times in T20Is, and they have won 15 and lost 4.
Kohli has been criticized for failing to win a major ICC trophy since taking over as captain. India lost the final of the World Test Championship in June, further fueling the talks.
Despite this, the TOI reports that Kohli, Rohit and the India team management met in the past few months to discuss the change of guard, at least in white-ball cricket.
Virat Kohli is an Indian cricketer who is the dream guy for most women. The way he carries himself and the way he believes in himself are impressive.
There are many Bollywood stars who have a crush on him. One more addition has been made to it, however. Recently, Mrunal Thakur revealed that she loves the Indian captain.
In an interview with a leading daily, Mrunal said, “There was a time when I was madly in love with Virat Kohli. I started liking cricket because of my brother who’s a big fan. I have fond memories of watching a match live at a stadium with him around five years ago. I remember I was wearing a blue jersey and cheering for team India. Cut to today, I am part of a cricket-based film like Jersey. It is such a happy coincidence.”
Currently, Mrunal is filming for her upcoming film Jersey.
Mrunal developed an interest in cricket because of her brother. Having watched a cricket match live in a stadium, she has a sense of the atmosphere. Her current project is a cricket-themed film with Shahid Kapoor as a co-star. Jersey is a remake of the original Telegu film.
Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma have recently arrived in the UAE for phase 2 of the upcoming IPL 2021. In England, India had a very successful series and will hope to continue in that vein.
On October 19, Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians will face off in the first match of the IPL. It will be interesting to see who wins the IPL trophy this year. For RCB fans, winning Virat’s debut IPL title would be a dream come true.
The otherwise calm & composed, former Afghanistan Captain Asghar Afghan, gives a fitting reply to Tim Paine’s comments on the Afghanistan Team.
Tim Paine’s harsh comments on the Afghanistan team has got the former Afghanistan captain Asghar Afghan raging in anger. Tim Paine earlier questioned Afghanistan’s participation in the upcoming T20 World Cup and said that the team should not be included in the tournament. Reacting to what Tim Paine said, Asghar Afghan has written a post on Facebook. Asghar has slammed the Australian captain for making disgraceful comments on the Afghanistan Cricket team.
Asghar Afghan slams Tim Paine through a Facebook post
As a reply to Paine’s comments, Asghar wrote that Afghanistan has the right to play all the ICC events according to ICC rules. He advised Paine to understand how tough it is for an underprivileged team like Afghanistan to compete with top cricketing nations. He wrote that Tim Paine should refrain from delivering any aggressive statements for the Afghanistan team.
Asghar mentioned that Mr. Paine should not mistreat Afghanistan Cricket and the achievements which were gained by them with hardships in the past decade. Further he added that cricket is the number 1 sport in Afghanistan and 30 million Afghans follow the sport today. Asghar urged through his post to keep cricket away from Politics.
What actually happened?
All this happened as the Taliban banned all Women sports in Afghanistan, including Women’s cricket. This became a big topic of discussion in the cricketing world. Australian Test Captain Tim Paine said that Afghanistan team should not be allowed to Participate in any ICC event. He said that the cricket playing nations should not play with a country who takes the rights off their women. Paine intended to say that the Afghanistan Cricket team should be boycotted.
These comments from Tim Paine bothered Asghar Aghan and he went on to give a fitting reply to Paine.
Afghanistan is all set for the T20 World Cup 2021 as they have already released their squad. Asghar Afghan is also a member of the squad. Rashid Khan who was named as the Captain, stepped down immediately. He stated that he was not consulted before picking the squad. With Rashid Khan stepping down, Asghar Afghan might get the role of captaining the Afghanistan side.
Jemimah Rodrigues is one of the most popular cricketers, playing for the Indian women’s cricket team. The 21-year-old has represented the Indian women’s cricket team in 21 ODIs and 47 T20Is so far. She has scored 394 runs in the 50-over format, with her highest score being 81*.
Speaking of her numbers in the T20I format of the game, Jemimah Rodrigues has amassed 976 runs at a strike rate of 111.16. Rodrigues is a middle order batter who also bowls right-arm off-breaks.
Apart from the Indian women’s cricket team, Rodrigues has played for India Green Women, Mumbai Women, Supernovas and most recently for the Northern Superchargers in Women’s Hundred 2021.
Rodrigues traveled to the United Kingdom to play for the Northern Superchargers. Many fans would know that the Men’s Hundred 2021 was also happening at the same time, and South African star Faf du Plessis was a part of the Northern Superchargers team in Men’s Hundred 2021.
Jemimah Rodrigues reveals she has a crush on Faf du Plessis
Jemimah Rodrigues had a chat with Indian men’s cricket team’s all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin on his official YouTube channel. During that interaction, Jemimah was asked if she met any of the members of the men’s team of the Northern Superchargers team.
Ashwin initially asked Jemimah if she met Jonny Bairstow during the Hundred. However, later the all-rounder remembered that Bairstow was a member of the Welsh Fire squad. Next, Jemimah spoke about Faf du Plessis and revealed that she had a crush on him. She revealed that du Plessis narrated how he reached the UK by quarantining at different places. You can watch that segment here:
Unfortunately, du Plessis could not play in Men’s Hundred 2021 because of concussion. The South African star will now play for the Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2021. Meanwhile, Jemimah Rodrigues will play for India on the Australian tour.
Netherlands legendary cricketer Ryan Ten Doeschate has decided to retire after the 2021 World Cup. A 41 years old veteran Netherlands player is ready to retire from professional cricket. The place for English domestic cricket and representing the Essex team in the major domestic cricket tournament.
Ryan ten Doeschate is also a skipper of the team. He is also a part of the 2021 T20 World Cup squad of the Netherlands. He decided to retire from cricket just after the World Cup ended and the summer season of English ended. He is known to hit two centuries, one is against all and another is against England in the 2011 World Cup.
After that, he was selected to play for the KKR in the IPL. He was noticed by Graham Gooch in 2003 and then after he was selected to play for the domestic cricket of England. And continuously representing the Ireland side in international cricket and performing exceptionally well.
Ryan ten Doeschate statement on leaving the cricket
“From the bottom of my heart I’d like to thank everyone. Who has been involved with Essex during my time at the Club. It’s been the greatest professional experience to grow in this environment, to watch the organisation and the individuals within it evolve and become something that I am extremely proud to have been a part of,” Ten Doeschate was quoted as saying.
He is really a good player and a good person also. He helped Essex to win the bill’s trophy in 2019. 41 years old is now leaving cricket and the whole world is in shock. Because is the most loved cricket in all formats being a part of a Netherlands. he shows the dominance of his game all over the world.“Coming from Cape Town to be given a chance to pursue my dream seems like a million moons ago. We’ve shared some remarkable times but for me, the biggest achievement has been making a home away from home. I have a collection of memories from Chelmsford to keep me happy long into retirement,” he added
Well, the 5th Test match between England and India didn’t happen in Manchester, but there is no loss in cricketing action as the world’s biggest cricket league, the Indian Premier League 2021 returns from 19th September.
The Indian Premier League’s 2021 edition began on the 9th of April with a big match between the Mumbai Indians and the Royal Challengers Bangalore. However, the tournament had to be halted Midway through the tournament due to a number of COVID-19 positive cases inside the IPL 2021 bio secure bubble.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India initially faced a lot of struggle in rescheduling the tournament, but finally the United Arab Emirates (UAE) was finalized as the venue for the remaining of the matches.
All the 8 franchises that will be participating in the competition have already arrived in UAE and has also hit the ground running with the training. Teams and players have shared training photos on their social media accounts.
Mumbai Indians all-rounder Hardik Pandya also took some time out to share an Instagram story in which he is seen talking with fellow Kolkata Knight Riders’ wicketkeeper batsman Dinesh Karthik. “Seeing my joker after so long” added Hardik Pandya as caption in his story with some heart and laughing emojis.