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The flow of runs seems to have dried up, especially since the start of the World Test Championship. The Saurashtra batsman has scored just 818 runs in 17 Tests since August 2019 at a poor average of 29.21.
India vs Australia: What helped India win this series? There could be many logical answers and yet there could be no answer to it at all. It wasn't meant to happen, such things don't happen at all. The rarity of such this accomplishment is what makes it surreal and overwhelming. Perhaps like a deus ex machina, that enters a play at the last moment and solves all the problems.
The latest to bite the dust is Mayank Agarwal, who has been benched for the crucial third Test match in Sydney. Agarwal made his Test debut against Australia in 2018 and showed great technical acumen and grit to cement his place in the side. But he has been all at sea against the pace and swing of Mitchell Starc this time and that has cost him his place in the playing XI.
Ind vs Aus: Rahane’s batting mirrored his quiet yet resolute personality and also his selfless nature. He was happy to don the role the team needed him to. His correct technique and wide array of shots quickly helped him carve a niche for himself in the middle order.
India vs Australia: Kohli has struggled to get going in the first Test match of a series over the past 5 series. He has in fact been even worse in the 1st team innings of a Test match since 2017, registering single digit scores in 8 out of 11 innings.
Ind vs Aus: The Australian captain is in fact the second highest run-getter in ODIs since 2019, only 6 runs shy of leader Virat Kohli, which might come as a huge surprise for a lot of people. While the world was fixated on the return of Warner and Smith, Finch kept getting the runs for his team.
IPL 2020 Final: Defending champions Mumbai Indians have beaten Ponting’s Delhi Capitals thrice this season and theirs is a side which is packed with match winners, each looking to knock the opposition out with a punch.
In a recent exclusive interaction with Hindustan Times earlier this month, former Australian cricketer Dean Jones, who has seen Mahendra Singh Dhoni play from close quarters for the latter’s entire career span, regarded him as one of the top 6 greatest cricketers of all-time for India.
IPL 2020: Speaking to Hindustan Times over phone from Australia, Jones said that it could all come down to who plays spin better as the pitches are going to get tired with so much cricket being played on them in extremely hot conditions.
Rajasthan Royals have not made to an IPL final ever since winning the inaugural edition but there have been several good campaigns in which they have fought with the favourites with limited resources. Here is our take on RR’s all-time XI.
Lara’s genius was spotted early, just like that his great contemporary Sachin Tendulkar. That he played the majority of his career during the dramatic collapse of the Caribbeans from the zenith of world cricket is unfortunate.
Warne bowled a flighted delivery that pitched at length way outside the leg stump and went on to hit the top of off stump. History was created. Warne and the Aussies celebrated in joy while Gatting stood bewildered.
The teams have slowly returned for training and the groundwork is being laid for a restart. LaLiga president Javier Tebas, in an exclusive interview with Hindustan Times, gave out the details of this process.
India vs Australia: A part time wicket-keeper for Karnataka in first-class cricket and a regular in the IPL for Kings XI Punjab over the past two seasons, Rahul it seems could be Kohli’s missing piece as he looks to complete the ICC puzzle in Australia later this year.
Only two teams have dominated world cricket till date. The West Indies of the 70s and 80s and the Australian sides of the late 90s and the 2000s. India aims to replicate that in this decade and for that they need match winners.