Former New Zealand all-rounder Scott Styris has heaped praise on Indian batter Suryakumar Yadav, describing him as a versatile batter who provides the X factor that some other batters might not have. After a few low scores in recent matches, Suryakumar smashed 76 off only 44 balls in the third T20I against West Indies in St Kitts.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the schedule for the white-ball series against Australia and South Africa, which will be played in India in September-October. India will take on Australia in 3 T20Is and South Africa in six white ball games before the T20 World Cup in Australia.
Team India captain Rohit Sharma stated that their bowling performance in the middle overs was a crucial aspect in their victory in their third T20I against West Indies in St Kitts on Tuesday (August 2). Sent into bat after losing the toss, the hosts reached 61 for 1 after eight overs. However, Hardik Pandya (1 for 19) and Ravichandran Ashwin (0 for 26) bowled tight spells as India restricted the hosts to 164 for 5
BCCI's rotating policy for premier players has put to rest Shreyas Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, Arshdeep Singh, Ravindra Jadeja and Suryakumar Yadav for the three-match ODI series in Zimbabwe, scheduled to be held from August 18 to 22 in Harare. They were part of the recently concluded ODI series in the West Indies.
The last two matches of the ongoing bilateral T20I series between India and the West Indies are hanging in limbo due to visa issues. These were scheduled to be held in the United States to boost cricket in the country. Several members of both teams are yet to receive their travel documents.
The Indian team for the three-match one-day series in Zimbabwe has been announced. Senior opener Shikhar Dhawan, who led Team India to a 3-0 whitewash in the West Indies, has been retained as captain for the games that will be played in Harare from August 18 to 22.
India captain Shikhar Dhawan praised his team for not losing self-belief and putting up an amazing performance in the second one-dayer against West Indies in Trinidad. Chasing 312, India were three down for 79. However, Shreyas Iyer (63) and Sanju Samson (54) gave India hope with a 99-run stand for the fourth wicket. Axar Patel then came in and smashed an unbeaten 64 off 35 as India won the game with two balls to spare and clinch the series. The left-hander struck five sixes in his innings, the last of which took India past the target.
Indian captain Shikhar Dhawan admitted that he was disappointed not to get a hundred in the fIrst ODI against West Indies at the Queen's Park Oval in Port of Spain, Trinidad on Friday. However, he was happy with the overall team effort as the Men in Blue held their nerves to clinch a close three-run win and go 1-0 up in the three-match series.