Indian keeper-batter Dinesh Karthik has termed his selection in the national squad for the T20I series against South Africa at home as his “most special comeback”. The 36-year-old has earned a much-deserved recall on the back of a stellar batting performance for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. Playing the designated finisher’s role for the franchise, he has hit 287 runs in 14 matches at an average of 57.40 and a strike rate of 191.33.
Former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh has recalled an interesting incident pertaining to the late Shane Warne, who passed away of a heart attack earlier this month. Harbhajan said that he had a fanboy moment during the 2001 series against Australia at home when he claimed 32 wickets in three Tests. Warne could not do much with the ball during the series, which India famously won 2-1
Team India captain Rohit Sharma has stated that India are ready to accept what comes with Rishabh Pant because of his game-changing ability. There have been mixed reactions to Pant’s style of play and, at times, he has been criticized for not playing to the game situation. Rohit admitted that Pant has been told to show greater game awareness at times. However, he asserted that the think tank has asked Pant not to deviate too much from his natural game
Team India batter Hanuma Vihari feels it will be an extremely challenging task for Sri Lanka to chase 447 in the second innings although three full days of play are left in pink-ball Test in Bengaluru. India declared their second innings on 303 for 9, setting the Lankans an improbable 447 for victory. The visitors went to stumps at a shaky 28 for 1. Earlier in the day, they were bundled out for 109 in their first innings as Jasprit Bumrah claimed his first five-wicket haul in Tests in India.
Team India batter Shreyas Iyer top-scored for the hosts with a sizzling 92 off 98 on Day 1 of the pink-ball Test against Sri Lanka in Bengaluru. On a pitch that was turning square from the start, India crumbled to 148 for 6. However, Shreyas, with some help from the lower-order lifted India to 252. The 27-year-old was at his aggressive best, striking 10 fours and four sixes in his innings.
Former Team India pacer Shanthakumar Sreesanth on Wednesday announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. The 39-year-old said he made the decision because he did not want to block the path for youngsters. The temperamental cricketer played 27 Tests, 53 ODIs and 10 T20Is for India between 2005 and 2011. He was part of the Indian team that won the 2007 T20 World Cup and the 2011 50-over World Cup under MS Dhoni. He claimed 169 international wickets.
Former captain Virat Kohli is all set to become the 12th Indian to play 100 Test matches for his country. The 33-year-old will achieve the feat when India face Sri Lanka in the 1st Test of the two-match series, starting in Mohali on Friday. It will be Kohli’s first Test since he relinquished captaincy in the format following India’s Test series defeat in South Africa. Ahead of the special Test, Kohli opened up on various aspects of his Test career in an interview with bcci.tv.
Indian captain Rohit Sharma has stated that he wants to understand what kind of bench strength the team has after the hosts thumped Sri Lanka 3-0 in the three-match series at HPCA Stadium in Dharamshala on Sunday. Team India won the final match by six wickets. Bowling first, the Men in Blue restricted Sri Lanka to 146 for 5 despite Dasun Shanaka’s brilliant 74 not out. Shreyas Iyer, however, scored his third fifty of the series, remaining unbeaten on 73 off 45 balls as the hosts cruised home.
India skipper Rohit Sharma praised Sanju Samson for his cameo in the second T20I against Sri Lanka, which helped the hosts clinch the match by seven wickets, and the series 2-0. Samson scored 39 runs off 25 balls, which included three sixes and a four in one over from Lahiru Kumara. He was dismissed in the same over but had put India well on track for a win.