There wasn’t much international cricket action but Thursday (February 4) was a special day for various reasons.

Firstly, it is Sri Lanka’s independence day.

 

 

There were some cricketing milestones made on this day too, as the International Cricket Council helpfully pointed out.

 

 

After those history lessons, the ICC made some possible predictions too, wondering if Ishan Kishan could become the next Virat Kohli.

 

 

Switching to the present, Pakistan geared up for a historic day with the launch of the Pakistan Super League in Dubai.

 

 

Like all private Twenty20 leagues, the PSL gave plenty of opportunities for cricketers to meet their idols. As Shane Watson found out.

 

 

Meanwhile, Jos Buttler revelled after a stunning century in England’s victory over South Africa in the first One-Day International.

 

 

While one bowler who could have helped South Africa was busy shopping for guitars.

 

 

Elsewhere, Yuvraj Singh continued his great work off the field and received plenty of support from his teammates, past and present.

 

 

Aakash Chopra spent time off feeding giraffes…

 

 

… While R Ashwin enjoyed his small break by attending cultural events in colleges.

 

 

Mohammed Shami too made good use of his injury-forced break and promised good news for Indian fans.

 

 

Harsha Bhogle picked his Indian squad for the World Twenty20 and Asia Cup…

 

 

… before moving on to the Indian Premier League auction.

 

 

Even as the Mankading debate continued in other quarters.