Posts Tagged ‘virat kohli’

It’s more than a year now since I named my 11 to watch, so it’s probably time to weigh up (briefly) who’s lived up to their potential and who hasn’t:

Nasir Jamshed is still under 20, but had little chance to impress this year given Pakistan’s effective exile from international cricket; Virat Kohli made some waves, and is still well-placed for a call-up to the Indian Test side after some good ODI performances and a strong showing in domestic cricket; Tamim Iqbal has shown some promise, but Bangladesh’s continued position at the bottom of the cricketing pile has frustrated his ability to shine; Fawad Alam is probably the one that got away; Steve Davies has finally been called up to the England side, and looked good for a while when he got his chance; Adil Rashid has also won some recognition from the ECB, and will probably play Test cricket in the next year or two; Beau Casson has sunk from the international picture seemingly without trace; Sulieman Benn gave England a torrid time in the Tests and looks set to be a part of the Windies side for some time to come; Tim Southee hasn’t quite lived up to the early hype but still shows promise; Ishant Sharma continues to scare batsmen (especially Ricky Ponting) the world over; Mitchell Johnson continues to do the same to everyone that isn’t Australian.

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The contrast between the moods of the two sides going into this series. India are on a high following their Test triumph over Australia, whilst England have compounded their failure in the Stanford Super Series with an embarrassing warm-up defeat by a Mumbai Cricket Association XI.

Although it seems an age since England last played an ODI, their recent form is impressive. Kevin Pietersen‘s honeymoon period seems to be over now, though, and this tour will be a real test for the likes of Samit Patel and Graeme Swann.

The tourists may be particularly pensive given the wealth of young talent available to India, not least amongst them a certain Virat Kohli. Many of these players will have an eye on the Test spots vacated by Ganguly and Kumble‘s retirements, and hence will have plenty of incentive to perform.

The first ODI starts at 9am local time (3:30am UK time), and you can follow it here, or here.

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Who on earth is Murali Vijay? The 24-year-old has been called up to the India Test squad as a replacement for the banned Gambhir.

Is this India’s Pattinson moment? Well, perhaps, but Vijay has just hit a double hundred for Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy, and has played well for India A in the past.

Good luck to him, I say, even if he is taking Virat Kohli‘s rightful place in the side. With most of the old guard nearing retirement, there could be plenty of chances yet for India’s young batsmen.

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A Virat Kohli update

Virat Kohli has made 105 today against the touring Australians. I hope you were watching.

If not, don’t worry, there’ll be ample opportunity when he makes it into the Test side.

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Do the Aussies have floppy fringe? Not with ‘Nice’ Bryce McGain in the side. The former IT worker took 3-51 today for Australia ‘A’ in 17 overs, staking his claim for the role of Australian Test spinner as fellow contender Beau Casson found himself quite literally hamstrung after a single over.

The ‘unofficial Test series‘ between India ‘A’ and Australia ‘A is also notable for the participation of ‘one to watch’ Virat Kohli (currently unbeaten on 48) and the often underrated Mohammad Kaif (there with Kohli at the close on 68 not out). The series could be worth keeping an eye on, especially in the absence of any meaningful International cricket over the next couple of weeks.

Then again, maybe you should go and see Graeme Hick while you still can.

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India were all out for 103 in the fifth and final ODI against Sri Lanka, allowing the hosts a handsome 112 run win under the D/L method as consolation in the face of losing the series.

India’s collapse (only Kohli managed to score more than 20) was mainly orchestrated by Ajantha Mendis (4-10) and Nuwan Kulasekara (4-40), proving that India’s batsmen are still as vulnerable as ever.

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India confirmed their first ever ODI series victory in Sri Lanka with victory in Colombo.

What’s more, the batsmen finally delivered. Raina and Dhoni continued with their form from the last game, and Virat Kohli made his maiden ODI 50 as the tourists assembled a score of 258, the highest of the ODI series so far.

For Sri Lanka, the story is their first ever back-to-back home series defeats. Ouch. Vaas took his 400th One Day International wicket, but it was scant consolation for the hosts, who struggled throughout.

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