With a fluent century on a slow track in Nagpur to make it 4-1 against the Australians, Rohit Sharma once again gave evidence of his magical abilities in the 50-over format.
On the other side of the world, England are faced with the possibility of travelling to Australia without Ben Stokes, and Nasser Hussain backed Samit Patel to take up the mantle should Stokes miss out.
The Rohit Sharma science that eludes Aussies (The Indian Express)
Nothing can provide context to the most insignificant match of a most inconsequential bilateral ODI series. Not even Rohit Sharma at his free-flowing best. But what he certainly can do—and did at the packed VCA Stadium in Nagpur on Sunday— is to make you lean back in your seat, hands behind the head, and say: what the heck!
Kedar Jadhav gives a positive spin again (Hindustan Times)
Bowling figures of 1/48 in 10 overs normally won’t even get a second look. But it was the latest impressive show by India’s part-time spinner Kedar Jadhav, who helped pull back Australia after a solid start in the final ODI here on Sunday. Besides, Kedar Jadhav is a part-time wicketkeeper too, who is now asked to roll up his sleeves and send down a few overs.
Player ratings: Who starred and who flopped in Australia’s dismal ODI series loss in India (Fox Sports)
Australia walks away from this one with battered egos, a 4-1 series defeat and a plummeting one-day ranking.
Ahead of this summer’s all-important Ashes series, several Australian stars have serious question marks hanging over their heads after yet another series in which batting collapses were the norm and a failure to deliver in the clutch moments highlighted a worrying trend.
So following Sunday’s heavy seven-wicket loss, but before we shift to the Twenty20 leg of this tour, let’s have a look at where it all went wrong for Steve Smith’s men.
PCB to offer $10,000 per match in Pakistan to foreign PSL players (Dawn)
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has decided to offer $10,000 per match to each foreign cricketer who would play Pakistan Super League (PSL) matches in the country, sources told DawnNews.
The incentive is aimed at attracting foreign players to play PSL matches being held in the country. This amount would be payed separately from all other payments.
The T20 Global League is now in a right old mess (iol.co.za)
Cricket South Africa claim that for now at least the T20 Global League tournament will take place.
For the sake of the credibility of the organisation it simply must. Too much has already been invested in the event. Plans for the tournament were outlined to the International Cricket Council, a launch occurred in London, consortia and individuals (including well known celebrities) have bought teams and players and coaches have been drafted.
It would be deeply embarrassing if it were to be cancelled now.
Samit Patel is no Ben Stokes but the Nottinghamshire all-rounder is the right man to step up for the Ashes (The Daily Mail)
England will miss Stokes in more ways than one. And for that reason I’d add a player and take a 17-man squad.
My two picks would be Samit Patel and Tom Westley, and I’ll explain why.
I realise that Patel is no Ben Stokes, but then no one is, otherwise they’d have been selected in the squad in the first place.
But if England are going to compete, it’s crucial they get off to a good start at Brisbane – and that will mean scoring runs.
Five-year-old former refugee receives the gift of cricket (Stuff.co.nz)
In his short life, 5-year-old Muhammad has had to deal with his father’s murder, fleeing from Afghanistan and moving to the other side of the world.
However, his mother hopes playing cricket will now help him forget all they had to endure.
She’s still worried the death threats could follow them to New Zealand, so she has adopted the alias Shogofa for their safety.