Former India opener turned analyst Aakash Chopra recently discussed about the best opening pairs in Test cricket currently. Opening is considered one of the most challenging jobs in Test cricket. Over the years, Hayden-Langer, Smith-Gibbs and Sehwag-Gambhir have been highly successful openers for their respective countries.
The life ban of former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin may have been lifted after a court cleared him of all match-fixing charges. However, Azharuddin has now opened up in an interview about the dark phase of his life, stating that he doesn't know till date why he was banned in the first place.
Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir has termed Ben Stokes as a player in a completely different league. According to Gambhir, no player comes close to Stokes on current form. Stokes hit a match-winning 176 in the second Test against West Indies to help the hosts level the series. Gambhir scored 313 runs and claimed nine wickets in the first two Tests.
Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli has termed his disastrous tour of 2014 to England as a milestone in his career. Kohli, who went to England on a high, managed only 134 runs in 10 innings, and failed to cross the fifty mark even once.
Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar has hit out at the BCCI, alleging the Indian cricket board had a hand in the postponement of the 2020 ICC T20 World Cup to pave the way for the Indian Premier League (IPL) to be held. Akhtar also expressed disappointment at the Asia Cup being cancelled.
Former Aussie paceman Brett Lee feels that India's pace bowling could make the big difference when they take on Australia during the upcoming series Down Under later in the year. India's pace trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami have formed one of most fearsome bowling attacks in the world.
Former England off spinner Graeme Swann has termed the current Indian bowling attack incredible, and claimed that it has the ability to bowl out any side cheaply. Swann was in West Indies when the Indian pace attack comprising of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma blew away West Indies with 33 wickets in two Tests, and was highly impressed with India's bowling prowess.
Pakistan legend Inzamam-ul-Haq recently revealed how former India opener Sunil Gavaskar’s advice enabled him to overcome a tough phase in his career. Inzamam went on his first tour to England following a memorable 1992 World Cup in Australia. However, he was facing constant troubles with short-pitched deliveries.
Veteran Indian batsman Ajinkya Rahane has been a crucial part of India’s Test squad ever since making his debut in 2013. In 65 Tests, he has 4203 runs at an average of 42.88 with 11 hundreds. However, despite consistent performances in ODIs, Rahane has found himself out of favour over the last two years.