Team India captain Rohit Sharma has blamed the team’s batters for the hosts’ defeat in the second ODI against Australia in Visakhapatnam on Sunday, March 19. The Men in Blue were bowled out for 117 in 26 overs as India succumbed to their biggest defeat in terms of balls remaining - 234 balls.
A clinical Team India beat Australia by five wickets in the first one-dayer of the three-match series at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Friday, March 17. Bowling first after winning the toss, India came up with an excellent performance to clean up Australia for 188 in merely 35.4 overs. India lost five wickets for 83 runs in the chase, but got home in 39.5 overs.
Reflecting on India’s nine-wicket loss to Australia in the Indore Test, captain Rohit Sharma opined that his batters did not do enough to challenge the opposition bowlers, allowing them to get on top. He, however, credited veteran Aussie off-spinner Nathan Lyon, who ran through the Indian batting line-up with figures of 8/64 in the second innings.
Team India captain Rohit Sharma has stated that stripping KL Rahul of the vice-captaincy does not mean anything. Rahul was named vice-captain for the first two Tests of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia. However, Rohit will be without a deputy for the remaining two Tests. The decision to strip Rahul as vice-captain has coincided with his struggles with the bat.
Indian wicket-keeper batter KS Bharat has opined that trusting defence is the key for batters to succeed in sub-continent conditions where there is plenty of spin on offer. According to the 29-year-old, it’s not impossible to survive in Indian batting conditions, adding that it is imperative to back your instinct.
Team India pacer Mohammed Shami was the pick of the bowlers for his figures of 4/60 on Day 1 of the second Test against Australia at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Friday, February 17. India were asked to bowl first after Pat Cummins won the toss again. For the second Test in a row, the hosts cleaned up the visitors on the opening day.
Indian cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar reckons that Australia were spooked by their own media, who vehemently made shocking claims about the Nagpur pitch in the build-up to the Test. Gavaskar added that if Australia are smart, they would tell the media to let them play the game
When Todd Murphy was handed a Test debut in Nagpur by the Australian team, not everyone was convinced about the decision. However, two days into the Test against India and 22-year-old Murphy has emerged as the standout performer for the visitors
The Indian team management has clarified details of a video featuring all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and fast bowler Mohammed Siraj that went viral on Day 1 of the Nagpur Test against Australia. In the clip, Jadeja is seen taking a substance off Siraj’s hand and applying it on his left index finger.