Cricket columns across the globe had their fill on Tuesday (August 29) with news from the on-going Bangladesh-Australia and England-Windies Test series.
Indian dailies focused on solving the Duleep Trophy riddle and India’s on-going limited-overs series against Sri Lanka. While there was plenty of praise for Jasprit Bumrah and Rohit Sharma, Sri Lanka Cricket’s decision to appoint Chamara Kapugedera as stand-in captain came under scrutiny.
On the domestic front, B Anirudh, the Hyderabad batsman, had taken a “big gamble“ ahead of the domestic season by deciding to play for his home state Tamil Nadu.
Young Bumrah taking his game to the next level (Deccan Herald)
There is nothing classical about Jasprit Bumrah the medium pacer. His run-up is a bit tardy and unorganised which he corrects only towards its final stretch; his sling-arm action is quite awkward but confusing enough.
The Gujarat bowler, who was first noticed as a teenager by the Mumbai Indians’ scouts for his unusual action, has made some big strides in international cricket with his skills and pace. The 23-year-old has a great yorker which he can pull off at will. He has an effective bouncer and a slower ball both of which he has used with great impact in the ongoing series against Sri Lanka. Bumrah, the man of the in India’s series-clinching six-wicket win here on Sunday, claimed his first career five-for (5/27) to go with his 4/43 and 2/22 in the previous two matches of the series. No one has had more impact in the three-match-old series than Bumrah.
Trust meets talent (Mirror)
Talent is one word that must have made Rohit Sharma bleed through his ears over the years. He heard that word first when he played for his school and kept hearing it as he made it to the Mumbai Ranji team, India ‘A’ team and finally the India team. There came a time when he said ‘talent is nothing’. He would hear it when he got runs during the World T20 in 2007, or added 123 with Sachin Tendulkar in the first final of the CB series at Sydney in 2008, or when he got just one fifty in the next 30-odd ODIs, or when he missed the cut for the 2011 World Cup due to a horror series in South Africa.
Kapugedera’s brain fade (The Island)
You don’t get a donkey to run in the Derby. Similarly you don’t get anyone with a First Class average of 32 to captain the national team. Unless of course he is Mike Brearley. That exactly is what Sri Lanka Cricket have done in appointing Chamara Kapugedera to lead the national team. And Kapugedera is no Mike Brearley.
Hyderabad star Anirudh shifts to Tamil Nadu (The Times of India)
Promising Hyderabad batsman B Anirudh has taken a “big gamble“ ahead of the domestic season by deciding to play for his home state Tamil Nadu.
The 22-year-old Anirudh, who played a pivotal part in Hyderabad’s run to the quarterfinals during the last Ranji Trophy season, was included in the TNCA City XI for the upcoming Buchi Babu tournament after the southpaw had submitted the No Objection Certificate from Hyderabad to the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) on Monday.
Born in Chennai, Anirudh, who made his first-class debut for Hyderabad in 2014 and carried on for three seasons, said it was a last-minute decision to move to TN.
BCCI planning India A tours for women’s team (The Times of India)
In an attempt to create a bigger feeder line for the women’s cricket team, the BCCI is planning to introduce more India A tours in near future.
Besides the ‘A’ tour, there are plans to expand the U-16 domestic zonal tournament to the all-India level. As of now, all-India junior tournaments cover only the U-19 and U-23 category.
Romesh Kaluwitharana’s post-retirement hideaway (The Indian Express)
“It was a close shave,” is how Romesh Kaluwitharana describes the scene. Even for someone who thrived on close shaves with bat in hand throughout his career, the diminutive Sri Lankan seems to be underestimating the level of danger that faced him that day. There he was surrounded by six wild elephants at the Udawalawe National Park with his wife and 10-year-old son, Ramith, for company inside his car. But he couldn’t panic. He instead kept his calm, and got the herd to retreat with some madcap honking and thumping of the bonnet.
Time to solve the Duleep Trophy riddle (The Hindu)
Till not so long ago, it used to be a virtual selection trial. However, for the second time in three seasons, the Duleep Trophy does not find a mention in the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) domestic calendar for the 2017-18 season. For a better part of the last decade, the BCCI has been ill-treating what has traditionally been one of the most important tournaments on the Indian cricket calendar. During the evolution of the Indian Premier League, the inter-zonal tournament was reduced to a knockout tournament from its earlier league format.
The six North-East States — Meghalaya, Mizoram, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, and Sikkim — who have been recommended by the Lodha Committee to be admitted as full members of the BCCI have written to the Committee of Administrators (CoA), saying that they want to be included in the draw of all the domestic tournaments for the 2017-18 season.
Gowtham scaling new heights (Deccan Herald)
A man who has made a lot of heads turn in Karnataka cricketing spheres over the last year is K Gowtham. After a splendid all-round show in the Ranji Trophy for the State side, Gowtham secured a big money move (Rs 2 crore) to Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Mumbai Indians during the 2017 auction. The lanky off-spinner was then rewarded a spot in the India ‘A’ squad that was touring South Africa, after Jayant Yadav returned home following the demise of his father.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has got the Supreme Court’s go-ahead to sell the muchawaited media rights of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as re-scheduled on September 4, but the recent clarifications sent out by the BCCI point to a few interesting facts. The BCCI has stated that it will not organise another tournament that is in competition with the IPL in India, the interpretation of which has led to a lot of speculation.
Factionalism in Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) reared its ugly head when one of the managing committee members, Madhav Ranade reached out to Committee of Administrators (CoA) seeking its intervention against former president Ajay Shirke’s alleged foul play in selecting new committee members.
Have Bangladesh found the chink in Steve Smith’s armour? (Sydney Morning Herald)
Bangladesh believe they’ve found a chink in Steve Smith’s armour after the Australian skipper fell cheaply during the first Test in Dhaka. So often Australia’s saviour, Smith made it to just the third over of day two before being dismissed for eight to leave the visitors in serious trouble on 4-33.
Can Aussies trick Ben Stokes into banning himself from Ashes Test? (The Courier Mail)
England hothead Ben Stokes is on the verge of being rubbed out of an Ashes Test for poor discipline, a sure sign he will be mercilessly targeted by Australia this summer.
Stokes is just one disciplinary point away from suspension following his latest outburst against the West Indies, and he will now play the entire Ashes on the precipice of a potentially series-defining ban.
Time was when a gritty 61 would not have secured an England Test batsman his seat on the flight to Australia. But never mind beggars: if the last few weeks have proved anything, it’s that selectors can’t be choosers.
Back in June, Dawid Malan cracked 78 off 44 balls on his England debut – a Twenty20 game against South Africa at Cardiff that confirmed his white-ball credentials without necessarily hinting at a first Test cap.
Here at Leeds, with his side facing the possibility of an embarrassing Test defeat by a West Indies team they had thrashed at Edgbaston, he was obliged to produce a different sort of innings.