Just like his debut test, Kuldeep Yadav secured a 4-wicket haul in the first innings of his second test as well and his wonderful spell left Sri Lanka in dire straits on the second day in Pallekele.
The stand-out thing about Kuldeep’s bowling was the heart with which he bowled.
When he initially tried to loop the ball, the Sri Lankan batsmen came at him and hit him for a few boundaries, but, the youngster didn’t get intimidated.
Normally for someone who hasn’t had that much of exposure in test match Cricket, it’s very easy to take the safety first approach and start pushing the ball through rather than looping it so that he doesn’t go for too many boundaries.
But Kuldeep didn’t show any reluctance in looping it again and that fetched him the rewards as the Sri Lankan glove-man Niroshan Dickwella who had been lofting him pretty convincingly failed to read the flight properly on one occasion giving his counterpart Wriddhiman Saha the opportunity to catch him outside the crease. (more…)
The Gujarat Lions might not be using Dwayne Bravo, the batsman, to the fullest.
In the set-up of the Chennai Super Kings, the previous team Bravo played for, his position was always in the higher middle order and he would come to bat at the fall of the second or at maximum, the third wicket.
But, Gujarat, despite that Suresh Raina is leading them who was at CSK as well and was even a part of the team management there as the vice-captain, has regularly kept Bravo down at no. 7.
The batting order of Gujarat is lengthier than that of the Super Kings because they play with many all-rounders, but, still, one can say that Bravo’s position can be above someone like Ravindra Jadeja who is more of a swinger of the willow and is not a manipulator of the strike at all.
Whenever Jadeja finds himself at the crease at a time when there are 40-50 deliveries to see off, he gets into a state of confusion in regard to which way he should bat and trying not to get out, he ends up blocking too many which Bravo, if promoted, would not do because he has a better batting sense and not only can he keep changing the ends, but, can also, get the odd big shots in between keeping the innings fluid.
Ian Bell would be pretty disappointed that he could not take advantage of the start that he had managed to get in on a green seaming wicket at Edgbaston on the first day of the third test match.
After Australia was bowled out for just 136, England lost one of the openers and Bell came on to bat at his new position of no. 3.
He was willing to dominate straightaway and was playing his shots.
But, just for a second while facing the off spinner Nathan Lyon, he got a bit reckless or that cost him his wicket.
He was on 54 and could easily have gone on to convert that into a century, but, a rush of blood made him go down the track to Lyon who was smart enough to drag the length of the delivery just a little bit to ensure Bell does not get to the pitch of it.
The ball dipped on Bell and he only ended up lofting the ball in the air to be caught at the short midwicket position.
Not too many overs were remaining in the day’s play at that point of time. In fact, only 10 minutes after that, a rain break saw the umpires calling it the stumps. So, Bell would be sitting in the dressing room and would be kicking himself for the shot that he went for. (more…)