The Hitman goes for a stroll

The Hitman goes for a stroll

Rohit Sharma made sure that his 100th T:20 match did not lacklustre. The last match was a disappointment for the men in blue and Hitman got out quite early. India had to save the series in today’s match.

Hitman made 85 runs in 45 balls at a strike rate of 197.67. He hit 6 sixes and 6 fours. His three sixes in the row were definitely the highlight of the match.

Mosaddek Hossain ceded 21 runs in the 10th over where Rohit hit 3 sixes. The initial 3 balls were bowled round the wicket then Hossain changed his action to over the wicket. People were expecting 6 sixes but alas it did not happen.

This is was his second fastest fifty.

India vs Bangladesh: 2nd T-20

India vs Bangladesh: 2nd T-20

After a disappointing loss in the first T-20, India was all set for a good game in the second match of the Paytm series against Bangladesh. Rajkot a pretty good come back from the young Indian side. The side was indeed being criticized a lot for having too many new players but apparently, cricket is a game of chances and the result today was in favour of this new young Indian side.

The new boys chip in

Bangladesh started in a great form and looked quite threatening. Liton Das and Mohammad Naim started off well when Das was run out by wicket-keeper, Rishabh Pant at 29(21). It was a continuous fall of wickets after the 7th over. Yuzvendra Chahal took two wickets in 12th over of Mushfiqur Rahman and Soumya Sarkar. Rahman got out early today at 4 runs but Sarkar was actually going good with 30(20) runs.

Washington Sundar, Khaleel Ahmad and Deepak Chahar took one wicket each and the final score of Bangladesh was 153/6 in 20 overs. Four out of the six wickets taken were caught out thanks to the amazing fielding.

And Rishabh Pant indeed had a good day as a keeper as he was responsible for one run out and one stumping. The stumping of Soumya Sarkar was actually phenomenal but he still is being trolled as always for not being as good as M.S. Dhoni.

Rohit Sharma’s brilliant performance

Rohit Sharma hit an outstanding 23 ball 50, he scored 85 in 45 balls only to get out at the hands of Aminul Islam in the 12th over. Shikhar Dhawan too was sent back to the pavilion at 31 runs by Aminul. Shreyas Iyer once again showed a good temperament by hitting 24* runs in 13 balls while KL Rahul made 8*in 11. The match got over 15.4 overs thanks to Hitman Rohit Sharma’s action packer performance.

Sharma scored 85 in 45 balls at a monstrous strike rate of 197.67. This was Rohit’s second-fastest half-century in T-20’s.

“Fans should not compare Rishabh Pant with M.S. Dhoni” says Adam Gilchrist

“Fans should not compare Rishabh Pant with M.S. Dhoni” says Adam Gilchrist

Rishabh Pant is being constantly criticised and trolled for his poor performance and is being subjected to tremendous pressure due to this.

Since day one the wicket-keeper/Batsman has been compared to former skipper M.S.Dhoni as his selection in the Indian cricket team was based on the fact that a replacement for Dhoni will soon be required.

The point is that Pant is still young and will require a lot of time to establish himself. The high point that Indian fans stop trolling him and comparing him with M.S. Dhoni. Former Australian cricketer Adam Gilchrist also came in support of this.

He said, “I’m not big on comparisons like I have said before. I think Indians fans shouldn’t be trying to compare him to Dhoni. Dhoni has set such a high benchmark. One day someone might match it but it is probably unlikely,”

Well he is absolutely right! Give Pant some break.

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Yuvraj Singh on M.S. Dhoni

Yuvraj Singh on M.S. Dhoni

M.S. Dhoni has been away from cricket since July 2019 and when former cricketer Yuvraj Singh, who declared his retirement early in June this year was asked about the ex-skipper, his reply to it was, “I don’t know boss. You should ask your great selectors when you meet them. That’s their call, not mine,”

“We do need better selectors, for sure. Selectors’ job is not easy. Whenever they select 15 players, there will be talks that what will happen to the other 15. It’s a difficult job but their thinking in terms of modern-day cricket is not up to the mark. It’s my opinion,” Yuvraj said.

“We do need better selectors, for sure. Selectors’ job is not easy. Whenever they select 15 players, there will be talks that what will happen to the other 15. It’s a difficult job but their thinking in terms of modern-day cricket is not up to the mark. It’s my opinion,” Yuvraj said.

Yuvi also spoke about players taking a break from the game due to mental health issues. Mental health is a sensitive issue in our country and people tend not to talk about it openly. Recently, Australian cricketer, Glenn Maxwell took a break from the game owing to the mental health issues he is facing.

“We see outside India, if players are fatigued and tired mentally, like is the case with (Glenn) Maxwell, he has taken a break because he is feeling it.”

“Our players can’t do that because they fear they may lose their place. So a players’ association is very important,” he added.

It was good of Yuvraj to talk about these tabooed issues. This also gives us an insight into how the team selection takes place in our country and what sort of pressure our players go through.

Happy Birthday Virat: King turns 31 and here is a special century we want to remember

Happy Birthday Virat: King turns 31 and here is a special century we want to remember

Indian skipper Virat Kohli turns 31 today and we want to celebrate it by talking about a chosen favourite century of his.

It was India vs Sri Lanka, commonwealth bank tri-series in Australia. India needed an extra point to stay in the race for winning the series. Sri Lanka ended up setting a huge target of 321 runs and India had to chase the total under 40 overs. A task which seemed to be impossible was completed by none other than King Kohli.

It is my favourite innings personally. There is a reason that he is known as the king of run chases. 321 was indeed an impossible task. Kohli ended up scoring 133* in 86 balls.

Kohli hit 16 fours and 2 sixes. Malinga ceded 24 runs in an over and the entire innings turned out obe a career-changing moment for Kohli.

The Lasith Malinga over that went on to be like 2,6,4,4,4,4, is my favourite cricket memory.

Kohli finished the match in 36th over itself, which was unbelievable.

Take a look for yourself:

So, on his 31st birthday, we wish him all the best. God bless him! Happy birthday Virat.

Why do we need to cut Rishabh Pant some slack?

Why do we need to cut Rishabh Pant some slack?

Rishabh Pant is indeed an extremely talented player who is going through a rough patch right now.

Pant has not been able to perform much in the past few months in international cricket he last good game he had was in August in West Indies where he scored 65 runs in 42 balls. It is true that he has been unable to deliver what was being expected of him but at the same time, many factors affect the current scenario.

Constant comparison with Dhoni

To be honest, it is quite stupid to compare Pant with Dhoni. It takes a lot of time to get at that level and the moment this guy entered the team everyone labelled him as next Dhoni. And he is under a lot of pressure due to this constant comparison.

He has his own style and it won’t be easy to just go on and do whatever the former skipper did.

Too much media attention

I cannot believe that there is so much talk around a guy who has two Test hundreds away from India and who can play impactful innings. T20 can sometimes get you into trouble because you have to play shots and the ball was there to be hit, only the execution was not probably to what he would have liked,” said former cricketer Ajit Agarkar.

There is some unnecessary pressure put on that guy who is very young in his international career and has the potential to win games for India,” he added. 

Former cricketer Ajit Agarkar also came up in his support saying that the media is giving him too much attention and he should come down in the batting order. India’s issue with the number-4 batsman has been persistent since ICC world cup-2019.

This does not mean that he should not be reprimanded for his poor performance but at the same time, we should cut him some slack.

(I saw the guy being cursed by the spectators in the stadium and it was not a very happy sight. )

The trolls have been way too harsh for him but high point the selection committee takes some appropriate decision that benefits his game. It has been suggested that he goes back to domestic cricket and works hard on himself and come back stronger.

Meanwhile, all we have to say is, give him a break, guys!

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