With the football World Cup and Wimbledon taking centerstage, cricket took the backseat on Saturday (July 11) with only a handful of copies coming through.
Are Kuldeep Yadav-Yuzvendra Chahal closing in on R Ashwin-Ravindra Jadeja Test spots? (India Express)
It was perhaps a not-so-subtle hint to the Indian selectors, who have left the Test squad announcement to later than usual, of the team management’s idea or choice of India’s bowling arsenal. Kohli’s words also drew a vague yet ominous cloud over the immediate futures of Test regulars R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, at least in terms of their place in the playing XI. And most importantly, it meant that the English batsmen are still a long way from getting done wrestling with “chinaman-shaped” shadows this summer.
To see Yadav playing the first Test though wouldn’t count as a “surprise”. It looks more like a certainty now than a possibility that Kohli spoke of. If anything, it would be surprising to not see him give the ball a rip at Edgbaston. Not after he’s bamboozled the English batsmen over the last 10 days and snared 11 wickets at an average of 7.54 apiece in three limited-overs matches.
Chris Lewis interview: ‘Did other cricketers keep in touch after I was sent to prison? The simple answer is no’ (Independent)
“I was all at sea,” he says. “I left Leicester when I still had two and a half years left on my contract. There was no planning involved, there was just a load of upset. I wanted to be out of the space but the problem was that I hadn’t made a plan, I just went off.”
Thoughts from a fictitious South Africa batsman: This isn’t how it was supposed to be in Sri Lanka (Cricinfo)
So I don’t really understand how, after so recently smashing Australia so hard that half their team is now banned, we have wound up in this kind of trouble in Sri Lanka. I mean, look at our pace attack, and then look at theirs. They only have one seam bowler. Credit to this Lakmal guy for looking in the mirror every day and still having the confidence to go outside with that hairstyle, but his bowling average is over 40 – about twice as high as Kagiso’s and Vern’s. Apparently he’s their captain, but he doesn’t bowl himself in the first 35 overs. Is he playing as a specialist batsman at No. 10? None of this makes any sense.
Vinayak Samant: Coaching Mumbai Is A Very Big Responsibility (Mid-Day)
Samant, 45, has figured in 101 first-class games (for Mumbai and Tripura) and was part of four Mumbai Ranji Trophy triumphs. He scored 3496 first-class runs and claimed 347 victims behind the stumps. “I’m very glad, but at the same time, I know that it’s a very big responsibility on me. I’m sure I will fulfill my duty with positive results. I’m hoping my presence will benefit the players and the association (MCA),” he added.
Silly-Point: Whither Women’s Cricket (Financial Chronicle)
Arothe’s resignation, one seriously hopes, is not another decision taken by the authorities bowing down to star power. A bone of contention between the women players and the coach was something trivial – the timings of their practice sessions. While the coach wanted two sessions, the players preferred one, long net session. Something that could have been sorted out over a cup of coffee by whoever that looks after women’s cricket in the BCCI.
Former judges sent to run Mumbai cricket body get caught in battle for IPL passes (The Print)
“The whole thing is completely mismanaged and wrong. Unfortunately, there are important people being hurt in the new system of distribution of passes, be it government officials or people in semi-government agencies or others,” a source close to members of the MCA’s managing committee said on the condition of anonymity. “This will disturb the MCA’s relations with them and will be detrimental to the cricket body’s long-term interests.”