‘Not too Many Concerns’ Around Hamstring but Elbow not 100% yet : Kane Williamson

The New Zealand captain been feeling discomfort while gripping the bat and extending the elbow but is pleased with the overall progress

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has confirmed that his hamstring is fine but elbow might still need “a little bit of time” to get back to 100%. The elbow complaint has been a long-standing one for Williamson, forcing him to miss the ODI series at home against Bangladesh, the start of the first leg of IPL 2021 in India and the Edgbaston Test against England.

After leading New Zealand to World Test Championship glory, Williamson continued to manage his elbow as he withdrew from the Hundred, where he was supposed to turn out for the Birmingham Phoenix.

“The hamstring is minor, it’s progressing nicely, so not too many concerns and we’ve still got plenty of time,” Williamson said, speaking from New Zealand’s base in Dubai. “So, yeah, hopefully in the next few days or so, I’ll be taking part in the training. So, it’s all good.

“The elbow – it has just been a bit of a slow-burner. Yeah, it has been quite frustrating for a long period of time. However, it has definitely improved a bit over the last two months I’ve had after the World Test Championship. In rehab, it has definitely seemed to move forward, which is refreshing, but still a little bit of time to get back to a 100 [%], but it’s definitely better.”

Williamson explained that he has been feeling some discomfort while gripping the bat and extending the elbow, but was pleased with his overall rehab in months that followed the WTC final against India.

India Vs England: Maninder Singh Makes Bold Statement On Virat Kohli

After a brilliant victory in the second Test match against England, Team India started badly in the third. On the first day of the third match, the whole team was bowled out. Only 78 runs were scored in 40.4 overs. This was disappointing after the win at Lord’s. Virat Kohli would have been disappointed with his team’s performance. Furthermore, he did not help his case much since he was poor with the bat as well.

There was a lot of criticism for the Indian captain because of this. After such a shameful performance, fans were angry. On the first day, England bowled brilliantly to dominate Indian batting. Anderson was the pick of the bowlers after the visitors won the toss and elected to bat.

Angry at the poor start to the third test against England, Maninder Singh reacts

The Men in Blue are struggling in the third test between India and England in the ongoing Test series. The result of the first match in the series was a draw due to rain on the fifth day of play. After winning the second game at Lord’s Cricket Ground last week, Virat Kohli’s men were in high spirits heading into the third game. After electing to bat first, India was all out for just 78 in 40.4 overs.

Virat Kohli is struggling to score big runs with the bat. James Anderson, who had his tail up right from the start of this game, made his first out after playing an expansive drive. In his opening spell, he rattled the Indian top-order and showed his class. Rohit Sharma made 19 runs after surviving 105 deliveries, making him the highest scorer of the batting lineup. The decision by Kohli to send England to bowl first sums up India’s poor performance with the bat.

As the Indian captain acknowledged, the English conditions were the most difficult to bat in, and they were unable to survive two sessions against a resurgent England bowling attack. Kohli was out for trying to drive off the outside of the stumps on James Anderson’s off-stump delivery. In four innings, Kohli scored only 69 runs.

Maninder Singh told ESPNCricinfo –

Former Indian cricketer Maninder Singh says Virat Kohli should spend some time in the middle before hitting his shots.

Before the Test match, Virat Kohli had said that in these English conditions you’ve got to keep your ego in your pocket. I think that is absolutely right.”

“If he tries to dominate like Virat Kohli usually does, these are not the pitches where he can bat like that. Needs to spend some time there as he did on the previous tour where he scored almost 600 runs. Once you know the pace and know how much the ball is seaming around, then you can carry on playing your shots.”

These are not flat Indian pitches, where you can just put your foot forward and start driving. What Kohli preached, he will have to practice. Keep your ego in your pocket.

The Story of Day 2 And Where The Game Is Heading

At the end of Day 2, England had scored 423 for the loss of eight wickets, putting them 345 runs ahead. As there is no rain forecast at Headingley for the next three days, India will have to bring their best batting performance in the second innings to save the test match. Maninder believes Kohli has not learned from his mistakes on his first tour to England in 2014.

“Virat Kohli is basically making the same mistakes. The ones that he was making on his first tour of England. He is playing away from the body. It could happen to you if you are not playing regular cricket. He got out a couple of times the same way as you did in 2014. When he just got 138 runs in ten innings.”I think things start coming back. Am I playing the wrong line? Should I be leaving these balls? All these Indian boys, in the first two Tests, were leaving balls outside the off stump. I do not know what happened in this Test match. They were wanting to play at it and paid the price for it. With Virat Kohli, he is going through a bad patch.”

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In Response to Seeing Jasprit Bumrah Named on the Honors Board, Sanjana Ganesan Reacts

It is not everyday that your name appears on the honors board of an English cricket ground. Jasprit Bumrah earned a place on the honor board at Trent Bridge as he claimed an all-important five that brought England to its knees in the second innings.

As the match resumed, Bumrah announced a terrific comeback by claiming Rory Burns’ wicket to start the showdown. Until Shami wreaked havoc on the opening day of the Test, England seemed well settled.

When Bumrah was brought into the attack late, he quickly mopped up the English tail.

However, he saved his best for last. In the second innings, England’s captain, Joe Root, showed great leadership with a blistering century. 

Bumrah’s exploits in the second innings began with Dom Sibley, followed by Zack Crawley, Sam Curran, Joe Root, and Stuart Broad. While India seemed worried about Root’s burgeoning innings, the country’s top fast bowler made a remarkable comeback after a couple of mediocre series.

Sanjana Ganesan, the illustrious sports presenter and wife of Jasprit Bumrah, posted a story on Instagram about Bumrah’s claim to a position on the honors board.

This year, Jasprit Bumrah married Sanjana Ganesan 

The chemistry between the duo has been evoking awe for quite some time now. In the Indian cricket roster, they are considered one of the cutest couples. Earlier this year, the couple tied the knot and started a new chapter in their lives.

157 runs are needed for India to win the first Test Match. Rahul was dismissed yesterday after a decent knock that put India in the driving seat. India will begin its second World Test Championship with a five-match Test series.