As a confident India take on England in the second One-Day International on Thursday (January 19), Nasser Hussain, the former England captain, has formulated a three-pronged plan to counter Virat Kohli. Dav Whatmore, meanwhile, hailed R Ashwin as one of the most valuable players in the world and the newspapers debated Yuvraj’s selection.
BCCI’s affairs were again in focus ahead of another big day in court, Chandika Hathurusingha, Bangladesh coach, was unhappy with his side’s second-innings batting collapse, and Sunil Gavaskar shared stories about Kapil Dev.
Nasser Hussain – My three-point plan to capture Virat Kohli’s wicket: Bore him, bounce him and work on his ego (Daily Mail, UK)
England might be starting to think: ‘How on earth do we get Virat Kohli out?’ But you always have to believe there is something you can do, otherwise there is little point going out there in the second ODI in Cuttack.Conventional thinking is not working so you have to plan outside the box. England and every other side who have been here in the last year have faced this problem. Perhaps Eoin Morgan has to take one side of the field out of the equation, go around the wicket and hide the ball outside off stump while telling his bowlers that he does not mind if they go for the odd wide or two, says, Nasser Hussain.
Why Yuvraj Singh keeps coming back (Livemint)
“When he was dropped, tab bhi koi tagda player toh paida nahi ho gaya tha (it’s not as if a strong player emerged). I don’t think the scenario has changed much. Few players are born with such a match-winning ability and that is why he is getting another chance,” argues Harbhajan. “He shouldn’t be judged on this series alone. If you have picked him, give him a long run and he will win you more matches,” adds India’s most successful off-spinner.
R Ashwin is one of the most valuable players in the world: Dav Whatmore (The Indian Express)
About Ashwin, he said, “he is one of the most valuable players in the world. Not just with the ball but he can make a 100 at no. 6. He is a very smart boy. Comes from Tamil Nadu and is an engineer. What an asset to have. Virat Kohli must be really happy to have him. (Muttiah) Muralitharan was absolutely world class (but) he didn’t bat as well as Ashwin could do.”
Competition at the top buoys India, but time is ticking (The Times of India)
India are approaching their penultimate 50-over game before the start of their ICC Champions Trophy title defence in England in June, and finding the right combinations in some departments of the line-up remains a work-in-progress. Competition for spots is the sign of a forward-progressing team setup, but the lack of games between now and the showpiece event could leave the holders in a spot of bother.
Fans left disappointed as most Indian players skip practice ahead of Cuttack ODI (Deccan Chronicle)
An excited crowd made a beeline at the Barabati Stadium but to their disappointment, captain Virat Kohli and most of the Indian players skipped the optional practice session on the eve of the second ODI against England here. Having checked in with less than 24 hours to go for the match, only three members of the team – MS Dhoni, Ajinkya Rahane and KL Rahul – were seen in the evening practice session.The trio batted at the nets after the usual warm-up and concluded their two-hour session with the routine pitch inspection.
Ditch the ‘Aussie line’ in India: Dizzy (cricket.com.au)
Hero of the 2004 series win in India has a simple message for this year’s tourists. Ditching the traditional “Australian line” and attacking the stumps with pace could be the best chance for success in India, says former Test player Jason Gillespie.
The back story of BCCI’s self destruction (The Times of India)
As the Supreme Court gets ready to appoint administrators to run the BCCI, I believe there is no one but the Board itself to blame for its overflowing cup of woes. The back story that I want to share with cricket lovers today is truly one of self-destruction. Cricket lovers need to understand how the greed and arrogance of some senior officials have brought the BCCI to this sorry state of affairs.
HCA club moves court against polls (Deccan Chronicle)
The Hyderabad High Court on Wednesday said that it will decide on Monday the maintainability of a writ filed against an order of a civil court, which ordered holding of elections to the Hyderabad Cricket Association.
No one turned matches around like Kapil, says Gavaskar (The Hindu)
Kapil Dev and Sunil Gavaskar had the audience in splits with their witty anecdotes on the occasion of the induction of India’s greatest all-rounder into the Legends Club Hall of Fame on Tuesday. Kapil was presented the Hall of Fame certificate with a citation summing up his achievements and a certificate detailing his achievements in Tests and ODIs.
I don’t blame one particular person: Coach (The Daily Star, Bangladesh)
Bangladesh coach Chandika Hathurusingha said he was extremely disappointed with the second-innings batting collapse in the Tigers’ first Test against New Zealand, but refused to blame it on careless shot selection from his senior batsmen.The prodigious Yorkshire fast bowler has undergone two operations to treat the condition since becoming the youngest post-war county cricketer in 2013 when he debuted at 15 in a one-day match against Leicestershire.
India selectors pick 29 players for U-19 matches against England colts (The Indian Express)
The three-member junior selection committee, led by Venkatesh Prasad comprising Gyanendra Pandey and Rakesh Parikh, picked an 18-member squad for one dayers and the four-day game and an additional eleven members were picked for the lone warm-up game against the England under-19 side. With an eye on the bigger picture, India’s under-19 coach Rahul Dravid wanted to try out more players, so that by the time the junior World Cup comes along, a core group could be identified
Indrajith scores second double century of season (The Hindu)
B. Indrajith hit his second successive double century of the season (213, 204b, 26×4, 3×6), and added 122 runs for the fifth wicket with R. Prasanna (46) as Vijay CC made 548 against Jolly Rovers on day two of the second round elite group TNCA first division cricket league at IIT-Chemplast on Wednesday.