You are listening to the Express Sports Update. Here is the latest news from the world of Indian and International Cricket brought to you by The Indian Express.
“Let us begin this bulletin with some news on India’s tour to West Indies, as Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah have been rested for the upcoming T20I series. Kuldeep Yadav will make his comeback to the Indian team after his finger injury. However, it’s learned that the selection committee led by Chetan Sharma will continue to back Kohli and he remains an integral part of the team plan for the T20 world cup to be held in November.
India is currently playing England in an ODI series where they lead 1-0. Kohli, who was out of the 1st ODI with a groin injury, is likely to miss the second one as well.”
“The five-match T20I series against the West Indies will start on July 29 and will go on till August 7. The first match will be played at the Brian Lara Stadium in Trinidad, followed by the other two games, both of which will take place at Warner Park in St Kitts.
The series will conclude with the final two games to be played at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground in Florida.
India have announced a 16-member squad for the three-match ODI series in West Indies where Shikhar Dhawan will be captaining the side while Ravindra Jadeja will be his deputy. India will lock horns in three ODIs in Trinidad, which will begin on July 22.”
Ravichandran Ashwin believes that ODI cricket needs to find its relevance as the 50-over format is turning out to be an extended form of T20 cricket without “ebbs and flows”.
Bilateral ODIs across the globe are fast losing relevance and some like former India head coach Ravi Shastri want more franchise-based T20 leagues than these kinds of series.
Ashwin said, “It’s a question of relevance and I think ODI cricket needs to find its relevance. It needs to find its spot,” The greatest beauty of one day cricket was the ebbs and flows of the game. People used to bide their time and take the game deep. The one-day format used to be a format where bowlers had a say,” ”
Mohammad Shami said he wasn’t thinking about his long layoff from ODI cricket and approached his comeback game with a clear mind as he is well-versed with the white-ball behaviour.
The first ODI against England on Monday was Shami’s first appearance in the format after almost a gap of two years. He last played in India’s 51-run loss to Australia in November 2020.
Shami, who became the fastest Indian to take 150 ODI wickets said,
“It wasn’t a small break but of three years, nothing was going on in my head regarding it. We travel together and have been playing together for a decade. if you come with a question mark in your mind, then I believe it’s not good.””
“Jasprit Bumrah has regained the top spot in the ICC men’s ODI Player Rankings after fashioning India’s 10-wicket win over England with a career-best haul of six for 19 in the first game at The Oval.
Bumrah had lost the top spot to New Zealand’s Trent Boult in February 2020 after being No. 1 for most of the preceding two years. He has been at the top for a total of 730 days, more than any other Indian.
Bumrah, who has been No. 1 in T20Is in the past and is currently at a career-best third position in Tests, is only the second Indian fast bowler after Kapil Dev to be No. 1 in the ODI rankings.
India moved to the third spot, surpassing Pakistan in the ICC ODI Team Rankings after their emphatic win in the first game of the three-match series against England at The Oval. India were placed fourth with 105 points but the 10-wicket win on Tuesday propelled them to 108 rating points, leaving Pakistan behind at 106 in the latest chart.
New Zealand continue to reign supreme at the top of the table with 126 rating points, while England are second with 122. Pakistan had pushed India down to the No. 4 spot in the rankings last month after a clean sweep over the West Indies. However, their stay at No. 3 has been a short one, with India claiming the spot.”
Former India cricketer Arun Lal on Tuesday stepped down as Bengal coach citing health and personal reasons. With president Avishek Dalmiya away in the UK, the 66-year-old visited Eden Gardens on Tuesday and handed over the resignation to secretary Snehasish Ganguly.
An official statement from the Cricket Association of Bengal is awaited, but it is learned that the state body has accepted his resignation.
Lal said, “Coaching a state team is a tough job and I’m ageing. It’s nine months of cricket in a year and I’m fatigued. I am aging and just told them that I cannot continue. The future is bright for Bengal I hope they go on to win the title from here,” ”
“You were listening to the Expresso Sports Update by The Indian Express. Ask your digital assistant device to play the latest sports news from the Indian Express to
stay up to date with the most accurate and reliable updates in the world of Sports.”
Click here to listen to yesterday’s Cricket News bulletin