As India attempt to sew up their maiden One-Day International series win in South Africa, Mahenda Singh Dhoni was in the spotlight in Tuesday’s (February 13) papers for his unique wicketkeeping style. So were Steven Smith, the Allan Border Medal winner for the second time, and Ellyse Perry, who also won the Belinda Clark Award again.
Back home, Aditya Tare, the Mumbai skipper, has said his teammate and Under-19 skipper Prithvi Shaw “needs to learn” the art of finishing matches, while Kamlesh Nagarkoti, another Under-10 star, is eager to work Glenn McGrath, the Aussie legend, ahead of his IPL debut with Kolkata Knight Riders.
‘Mahi-way’: The art, and science, of wicketkeeping by MS Dhoni (The Indian Express)
The 18th over, as South Africa chased a revised target at the Wanderers, was eventful. That was when David Miller got two lives. That over by Yuzvendra Chahal became a major talking point of the fourth ODI.
IPL to give BCCI 95 percent of its surplus (The Times of India)
The Indian Premier League (IPL), which started as a sideshow by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in 2008, is now set to account for nearly 95 percent of the board’s surplus.
MCA demands IPL play-offs at Pune (The Hindu)
Pune may no longer be home to an Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, but riding on Rising Pune Supergiant’s stupendous run last year, the Maharashtra Cricket Association (MCA) has staked claim to host two of the four playoff games of the IPL’s upcoming edition at its international stadium on the outskirts of Pune.
Board to popularise college tournaments (The Hindu)
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has planned an ambitious project to revive cricket in colleges.
As a first step in this direction, the Board has decided to “glamorise” the Vizzy Trophy, the inter-zonal university cricket tournament.
Kamlesh Nagarkoti seeks McGrath help ahead of IPL debut (Deccan Chronicle)
Measuring 5 foot 8 inches, a sinewy Kamlesh Nagarkoti defies the stereotype of a fast bowler. But he makes up for the lack of height with a whippy action as the Rajasthan pacer consistently clocks above 140kmph.
One of the finds of India’s triumphant U-19 World Cup campaign, Kamlesh has been labelled as one for the future and it was no surprise that Kolkata Knight Riders snapped him up for Rs 3.2 crore in the IPL auctions.
Prithvi Shaw needs to learn the art of finishing games: Mumbai skipper Tare (The Times of India)
Mumbai skipper Aditya Tare stressed before the Vijay Hazare Trophy started that his side’s primary objective was to qualify for the knockouts, which they had failed to do in the last two years.
TN cricket lacks quality and direction (The Hindu)
The problems afflicting Tamil Nadu cricket are many. The lack of junior talent coming through, questions over commitment of the seniors, the nature of the pitches, misplaced priorities that have led to the local calendar becoming increasingly cramped, and the shocking absence of quality in league cricket are factors that have combined to make the State side a ‘lightweight’ instead of a ‘feared opponent’ it once was.
Lateral damage for Rohit Sharma, India in seamer-friendly conditions (The Indian Express)
Even if Rohit Sharma collects a few more blobs in the remaining ODIs against South Africa, and even if he doesn’t do too well in the limited-overs games later in the year, he will — and should — open in next year’s World Cup in England. It’s not an attempt at sarcasm but a comment at reality.
Fielding for India will be a challenge again vs South Africa in windy Port Elizabeth (Hindustan Times)
Fielding will again be a challenge for India in the fifth ODI here on Tuesday after they messed up in wet conditions in the last game at Wanderers. Port Elizabeth is known as a windy city, and taking high catches is tough here. And unless it rains, there is bound to be plenty of wind at St George’s Park.
Virat Kohli: Lording at No. 3, ‘cap-ton’ wonderful (Hindustan Times)
“Stepping out on the field and scoring centuries has become a routine for Virat Kohli.” “He’s on a different level this bloke wow.” “Yet another ton for Virat Kohli … the hunger & consistency is remarkable … the Greatest ever ODI player?”
Steve Smith’s main job at home: To keep the rubbish out (India Today)
The Australian cricket team got a chance to unwind and enjoy the evening, after a long and grueling home season, as Cricket Australia hosted its annual awards night in Melbourne on Monday.
The Australian men’s and women’s cricket teams made a grand entry with their respective partners but right before the gathering the players were put to test on the blue carpet by host Fiona Goldfinch, who asked them about the first thing they like to do when they get home after a long tour.
Ellyse Perry backs women’s Ashes points system for other series (The Sydney Morning Herald)
Australian cricket star Ellyse Perry has backed the points system used during the women’s Ashes to be introduced in other series.
This summer’s series was the fourth under the format where total points through Twenty20 matches, one-day internationals and a Test determine the winner.
‘Refreshed’ Steve Smith ready to make Australia a great team (The Sydney Morning Herald)
Steve Smith has conceded he was mentally exhausted after a stirring Ashes campaign but is ready now to try and help Australia become a “great” team.
Smith’s superb year was capped on Monday night when he claimed the Allan Border Medal for second time. He polled the maximum votes in four of the 11 Tests throughout the 12-month voting period, including two through the Ashes where he was named player of the series.
A prelude to the Second Age of Ponting (cricket.com.au)
It was a strange way for it to happen, but if there was any further confirmation needed that Australian cricket is taking its first steps towards a Second Age of Ponting, we received it last night in the form of the ex-captain’s recurring nightmare.