India vs West Indies First One Day International Match Report-2018

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli scored magnificent centuries, as India defeated the West Indies comfortably by 8 wickets in the first One-Day International at Guwahati. Continue reading “India vs West Indies First One Day International Match Report-2018”

India vs West Indies First ODI Match Preview-2018

Team India having won the test series comfortably against the West Indies, will be hoping to continue their dominance in the ODI’s when they take on the visitors in the first of five games in Guwahati on Sunday.

The home side clearly have the edge having won the five of the last nine matches, with the Windies winning two and the remaining two producing no result.

As seen on criclore website The Men in Blue would be depending on their opening pair of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan to provide a solid foundation at the top.

Indian skipper and star batsman Virat Kohli would be looking to continue his prolific run of form.

The only worry will be the form of former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni who has looked off colour with the bat, though his keeping abilities can’t be faulted.

Lokesh Rahul and Ambati Rayudu would be hoping to make maximum use of this opportunity and seal the No 4 position which the team has struggled to fill in recent years.

Dashing wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant, who had a good test series against the Windes is expected to make his one day debut.

Rishabh Pant

With Hardik Pandya Injured, Ravindra Jadeja will be playing a key role as an all rounder with both bat and ball in the middle overs.

With Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar rested for the first 2 one dayers, the onus would be on Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami to lead the pace attack.

Left arm fast bowler Khaleel Ahmed, who had a good Asia Cup, would be looking to maximise this opportunity in the coming series and future tours, to be in contention for the World Cup.

Spin twins Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal would be looking to torment the Windies, who looked suspect against spin in the Test series.

The visitors following a disappointing showing in the test series, will be looking to put in an improved performance in the limited overs format.

With the likes of Evin Lewis and Chris Gayle having withdrawn from the ODI series, the onus will be on the experience of Marlon Samuels, and other batsman to deliver.

The Windes captain Jason Holder, who was sensational with both bat and ball in the second test, would be looking to replicate the same.

The visitors would be bolstered with the return of Kemar Roach, who, somewhat surprisingly, was not considered for the second test in Hyderabad.

India v West Indies will be played in Guwahati on Sunday October 21.

Why were Wayne Parnell & David Wiese’s selections rejected at MSL draft? Wiese Parnell not selected

In the recently concluded Mzansi Super League draft, both Wayne Parnell and David Wiese had bids from franchises, but they were disapproved/rejected/declined by the auditor present, leading to their clubs having to look for other players. The Durban Heat bid for Parnell in Round 7, and so did Paarl Rocks in the same round for Wiese, but with the bids rejected, they settled for Marchant de Lange and Grant Thomson respectively.

Why were the bids for Parnell and Wiese rejected?

As foreign (overseas Kolpak) players available at the draft, both Parnell and Wiese had a reserve base price listed. By the time Round 7 came around, the bids were at a rate far lower than their listed reserve price, which means they could not be purchased. Continue reading “Why were Wayne Parnell & David Wiese’s selections rejected at MSL draft? Wiese Parnell not selected”

Video Azhar Ali Run Out vs Australia Abu Dhabi 2018- Batsman talking in middle of pitch

Here is the video of Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali comically being run out, as both him and Asad Shafiq were talking in the middle of the pitch during the ongoing second test against Australia at Abhu Dhabi. Continue reading “Video Azhar Ali Run Out vs Australia Abu Dhabi 2018- Batsman talking in middle of pitch”

List of Overseas players at MSL 2018 | Rookie players at MSL 2018

Here are the list of overseas players chosen at today’s Mzansi Super League draft. Please note that the list does not include Kolpaks.

Tshwane Spartans have chosen the most number of foreign players (4). Cape Town Blitz are next with three, while the rest effectively have 2 each.

Overseas players at the 2018 MSL

By Country

English players at MSL 2018– Eoin Morgan, Dawid Malan, Jason Roy, Ben Duckett (4)
Zimbabwe players at MSL 2018– Sikandar Raza, Sean Williams, Brandon Mavuta (3)
West Indies players at MSL 2018:- Dwayne Bravo, Chris Gayle , Samuel Badree (3)
Afghan players at MSL 2018:- Rashid Khan (1)
Australian players at MSL 2018:- Dan Christian (1)
Pakistan players at MSL 2018:- Asif Ali (1)
Sri Lankan players at MSL 2018:- Jeevan Mendis (1) Continue reading “List of Overseas players at MSL 2018 | Rookie players at MSL 2018”

List of Durban Heat Players MSL T20- Durban Squad Mzansi Super League 2018

Here are the list of Durban Heat players who are going to feature in Mzansi Super League. Coached by Grant Morgan, the Durban franchise have assembled a strong squad with several local players that have represented the Dolphins- David Miller, Kyle Abbott, Keshav Maharaj and Khaya Zondo to name a few.

The Durban Heat have Hashim Amla as their domestic marquee player. They had first pick at the MSL draft which saw them take Rashid Khan as their international marquee player. Another spinner, Brandon Mavuta from Zimbabwe, is their other overseas player.

Okuhle Cele is their rookie player- Morgan revealed at the draft that Albie Morkel had recommended the former to him. Continue reading “List of Durban Heat Players MSL T20- Durban Squad Mzansi Super League 2018”

List of Nelson Mandela Bay Giants Players MSL T20- NMB Giants Squad Mzansi Super League 2018

Here are the list of Nelson Mandela Bay Giants players who are going to feature in Mzansi Super League. Veteran Proteas spinner Imran Tahir is their domestic marquee player and the franchise, coached by Eric Simons have gone for the English duo of Jason Roy and Ben Duckett as their foreign players.

A significant part of the NMB Giants squad is drawn from the Warriors/Eastern Province squad- the likes of JJ Smuts, Jonker and Ryan McLaren for example. Continue reading “List of Nelson Mandela Bay Giants Players MSL T20- NMB Giants Squad Mzansi Super League 2018”