Hardik Pandya Sparks England Collapse As India Take Control On Day 2


After tea, opening duo of Shikhar Dhawan (44) and KL Rahul (36) looked to build on India’s advantage by making another cautious start. Rahul, in particular, was aggressive as he hit seven fours and scored at 100-plus strike rate during his 33-ball stay. 

Dhawan, on the other end, was a bit more watchful as the duo brought up the 50 in the ninth over. But Ben Stokes (1/30) broke the partnership by cleaning up Rahul in the 12th over.    

New man in, Pujara was cautious after his recent failures and put on 51 runs with Dhawan for the second wicket before Adil Rashid (1/23) foxed the left-hander with a google, only to be stumped by Jonny Bairstow. 

Earlier, Pandya picked up career-best figures as England lost 10 wickets in the post lunch session to be bowled out in 38.2 overs at Trent Bridge. Ishant Sharma (2/22) and Jasprit Bumrah (2/37) also picked up two wickets apiece.    

But Pandya’s lethal five-over opening spell made the difference as he sent the English line-up reeling in a space of 28 balls.    

Coming on to bat after lunch, the hosts crossed 50 in the 10th over, after which the downfall began. Sharma was handed the ball as play restarted and he had both the openers — Alastair Cook (29) and Keaton Jennings (20) — in all sorts of trouble.    

He dismissed Cook for the 10th time in Test cricket, caught behind in the 12th over after the left-hander was dropped by Pujara at first slip two balls earlier. On the very first ball of the next over, Bumrah removed Jennings caught behind as well.    

Olliver Pope (10) and Joe Root (16) added 21 runs for the third wicket, but Sharma’s fuller lengths caused all sort of troubles for both the batsman. He had Pope caught behind as well with Rishabh Pant latching on to his third catch of the day. 

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (0/3) went off the field for a short time owing to a stiff hip, but he recovered enough to return to the field.    

Pandya made sure that the off-spinner wasn’t required at all in the first innings. First, he had Root caught at second slip with Rahul getting his fingers under the ball in time for the TV umpire to rule in his favour.    

Then an over later, Pandya and Rahul combined again to send Bairstow (15) back. England were reeling at 108 for 5 in the 30th over as Stokes’ struggle ended with Rahul this time claiming a catch off Mohammed Shami (1/56).    

Pandya wasn’t done just yet. His next three wickets came in the space of three balls across the 31st and 33rd over, during which he was on a hattrick as well.    

Pandya accounted for both Chris Woakes (8) and Rashid (5) as Pant collected his fifth catch in only his first Test outing. 

Pandya was on a hattrick after he trapped Stuart Broad (0) with the first ball of the next over, but James Anderson (1 not out) fended it off.    

Pandya’s 28-ball effort was the second-quickest five-wicket haul for India in Test cricket after Harbhajan Singh took a fiver off 27 balls against West Indies in 2006.    

Jos Buttler (39) threw his bat around and hit three fours and two sixes as England barely managed to save the follow on. He added 33 runs for the last wicket with Anderson before holing out off Bumrah in the deep.    

Earlier, India’s tail failed to wag as England dismissed the visitors for 329 in their first innings before reaching 46 for no loss at lunch. 

Resuming at overnight score of 307 for six, the remaining four Indian batsmen could add just 22 runs in 7.5 overs as England bowled out the visitors in 94.5 overs. 

Kohli top-scored for India in the first innings with 97, while Ajinkya Rahane made 81

For England, James Anderson (3/64), Stuart Broad (3/72) and Chris Woakes (3/75) picked up three wickets apiece. England lead the five-match series 2-0.

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Virat Kohli Surpasses Sourav Ganguly To Become Highest Scoring India Test Captain Overseas


India captain Virat Kohli on Saturday became country’s highest run-getting Test skipper overseas. Virat Kohli achieved the milestone during the opening day of the third Test against England at Trent Bridge in Nottingham. The record was previously held by former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly, who has 1693 runs to his name. Ahead of the third Test, Virat Kohli needed 59 runs to surpass Ganguly to become India’s highest run-getter as Test captain in Tests played overseas. Courtesy Virat Kohli’s gritty 97 in the first innings at Trent Bridge, the Indian skipper crossed Ganguly’s total and now has 1,731 runs under his belt.

Kohli fell three runs short of a century as he was dismissed by Adil Rashid at 97. Kohli, who scored a brilliant first Test century against England in the series opener at the Edgbaston cricket ground, was dismissed when he edged an intended drive off an Rashid leg-break to Ben Stokes at slip.

Kohli took 19 Tests to achieve the milestone, while Ganguly played 28 Tests overseas as captain.

Former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is third on the list with 1591 runs at an average of 32.46. Dhoni has played 30 Tests as captain overseas.

Mohammad Azharuddin has 1517 runs under his belt in 27 Tests as captain while playing on foreign soil.

Rahul Dravid is fifth in the tally with 1219 runs at an average of 46.88. Popularly known as “The Wall”, Dravid led India in 17 Tests overseas.

Earlier, Kohli also became the 13th Indian cricketer to score 1000 runs against England. Kohli achieved the milestone during the Edgbaston Test in Birmingham.

India batting superstar Sachin Tendulkar tops the list with 2535 runs against England. He scored seven centuries and 13 half-centuries at an average of 51.73.

Apart from Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar (2483), Rahul Dravid (1950), Gundappa Viswanath (1880), Dilip Vengsarkar (1589), Kapil Dev (1355), Mohammad Azharuddin (1278), Vijay Manjrekar (1181), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (1157), Farokh Engineer (1113), Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravi Shastri (1026) are the Indian batsmen who have scored 1000-plus runs against England.



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Australia Paceman Mitchell Johnson Retires From Cricket


Australian fast bowler Mitchell Johnson said Sunday he was retiring from all forms of cricket as his body was “starting to shut down”, almost three years after he stepped down from the international game. The 36-year-old quit Twenty20 Big Bash League (BBL) team the Perth Scorchers last month, but had not ruled out playing in the Indian Premier League or other domestic T20 competitions. “It’s over. I’ve bowled my final ball. Taken my final wicket. Today I announce my retirement from all forms of cricket,” Johnson wrote for the Perth Now news website on Sunday.

“I had hoped to continue playing in various Twenty20 competitions around the world until perhaps the middle of next year. But the fact is my body is starting to shut down.”

Johnson said he experienced back problems during this year’s IPL and “that was probably a sign that it was time to move on”.

“I’m ready to break clear of playing cricket and move on to the next period of my life,” he added.

“If I can’t play at 100 percent then I can’t give my best to the team. And for me it’s always been about the team.”

Johnson said he would consider channelling his “competitive edge” into a coaching or mentoring role in the future.

Renowned for his ferocious pace, Johnson announced his retirement from international cricket during the Test series against New Zealand in Perth in November 2015, saying he had lost the hunger to play the long form of the game.

From the coastal Queensland city of Townsville, Johnson made his first class debut with the state in 2001 before getting his start in the Test team in 2007.

His best haul was 8-61 against South Africa, at the WACA in 2008.

Described by long-time mentor Dennis Lillee as a “once in a generation” bowler, the former ICC Cricketer of the Year played 73 Tests for Australia, claiming 313 wickets.

He also claimed 239 wickets in 153 one-day internationals, and 38 wickets in 30 T20 internationals for Australia.

Johnson joined the Scorchers following his retirement from international cricket. In the IPL, he had stints with the Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab.



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We Struggled To Create Chances In Middle Period, Says Chris Woakes


“The ball moved around pretty much all day – there was probably a period through the middle when it didn’t do quite as much, when the sun was out, and they capitalized on that. I think we bowled reasonably well, and they combated it pretty well. Throughout that middle period, we struggled to create a chance,” Woakes said after the end of day one.

“It was an even day overall, I think. When you do win the toss, and go out there and have a bowl, there’s always that added pressure to skittle them early. But credit to India, I thought they played pretty well,” Woakes further added.

Both Kohli and Rahane were dismissed before they reached the three-figure mark. While Rahane was sent packing by Stuart Broad, spinner Adil Rashid made Kohli his victim.

“If he (Rashid) could do that when he’s on nought, that’d be nice. But Virat’s a world-class player, so to get him out at any point in the game is important – because obviously he can go on and score big ones, go on and get ‘doubles’,” Woakes remarked.

“So that’s a big wicket for us, and to then get another tonight was important. When I came on I felt like the ball actually started swinging after about 15 overs the lacquer came off and it started moving a little bit more in the air. The wickets leading to lunch were important,” he said.

Rishabh Pant made an electric start to his Test career with a second-ball six, and held ground for India at stumps.

“He’s an extremely good white-ball player. He obviously comes out and plays his shots, as we saw to Adil. (But) I suppose in English conditions, you like to think if you put the ball in the right areas enough we might be able to find his edge,” said the bowler.

Woakes also spoke about Ben Stokes, who had an average outing with the ball going wicket-less in 15 overs.

“There was no real difference in Ben. He’s the same as he always is – obviously desperate to do well, desperate to perform for England. He’s one of the hardest trainers in the team.

“Today probably didn’t go as well as he’d have liked. He’d have liked to pick up a couple of wickets, but that’s the game,” he signed off.

(With PTI Inputs)



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Indian Batsmen Playing For Their Careers, Says Sanjay Bangar


“…The players themselves are under tremendous pressure – they are playing for their careers. We understand that,” Bangar said at the end of first day’s play.

“To make at times when things don’t really work in your favour, it is important to maintain composure, have the same sort of sense whether things are going well or not going well. Maintaining your equilibrium, that helps,” Bangar further said.

The batsmen’s poor performances had raised questions on the support staff but Bangar said that such pressure only comes with the job.

“All of us understand clearly there is no magic wand we can work on any batsman. You have to understand the last five Test matches we played abroad have been in really trying conditions except for the Centurion Test.”

“Take the Johannesburg Test, which we from within the group believe was one of our best performances, not in terms of the number of runs but the victory we achieved in trying circumstances. So what we value is that Test win over any Test win we have had,” Bangar further added.

“And yes, handling pressure is part and parcel of any professional’s job and we try and do whatever we can do, the support we can give and the plans that we can strategise,” Bangar asserted.

Bangar said that subtle changes in technique by the batsmen helped India at Trent Bridge.

“The way Shikhar (Dhawan) made the changes to his batting, the way he reduced his bat speed, the way he played the ball later, these adjustments he made in the last 6-7 days, he should get credit. KL Rahul, too, was playing on the back foot, and he was reacting after the ball’s movement. These changes the batsmen have made make me hopeful for the rest of the series.”

“With five more innings left, if our batsmen can play in the same way, their performance graph will carry on to improve,” he added.

Dhawan and Rahul put on 60 runs, which was India’s best opening partnership outside Asia and West Indies since 2013.

“Overall I think the discipline was far, far better. The start Shikhar and Rahul gave us, that was crucial. We all know that with the Dukes ball first 10-15 overs can be crucial. Most teams if they bat well 30-35 overs and show discipline they can cash in later on,” Bangar said.

(With PTI inputs)



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India Edge England On An Enthralling First Day At Trent Bridge


India vs England: India Edge England On An Enthralling First Day At Trent Bridge


A stand of 159 runs between Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane revived India’s fortunes. © Twitter


India were 307 for six after losing the toss at stumps on the first day of the third Test against England at Trent Bridge on Saturday. James Anderson took his 100th Test wicket against India when he had Hardik Pandya (18) caught at second slip by Jos Buttler off what became the last ball of the day. Test debutant Rishabh Pant was 22 not out, with Chris Woakes taking three for 75 in 20 overs. India had been in trouble at 82 for three on the stroke of lunch before a stand of 159 between Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane (81) revived their fortunes.

England lead this five-match series 2-0.






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Hardik Pandya Shares Travel Day Picture, Faces Fans’ Ire


India take on England in the all-important third Test at Trent Bridge, Nottingham, starting Saturday. The visitors trail 0-2 in the five-match Test series and will be under severe pressure to make their mark in England. Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya has done precious little in the Test series so far with many fans and critics questioning his place in Virat Kohli‘s team. Ahead of the Trent Bridge Test, Pandya shared a picture of him enjoying his day out but that didn’t go down too well with some Indian fans.


Soon after sharing his post, the comments section was flooded with fans unleashing their fury at the under-performing all-rounder.

Here are some of the comments on Pandya’s post:

hardeep_singh_bhatti: Make full use of your first and final UK picnic tour sponsored by BCCI

sandy_boom__baba: Concentrate on ur game dude..

amitsinhrajput: practice karo bad me ye sab karna you are not there for photoshoot do practice as more as you can

khush_050: You can do one thing take a leave from BCCI and then enjoy how much u want, you r there to represent team India not on a world tour

prabhjeetmehta: Hope u do more on ground than shopping on the streets of London !

choudharyv: @hardikpandya93 you have gone on their to play cricket not to make any kind of fun so please play any practice match after the third test

mr_sagar_17: It’s look like a vacation tour instead of cricket tour..!???

nikhil____joshi: Bro. You should be travel agent not a team player

Pandya hasn’t fared too well in the Test series against England so far. In the two innings of the Edgbaston Test, Pandya scored a total of 53 runs and went wicketless in the match.

In the second Test at Lord’s where India were drubbed by an innings and 159 runs, Pandya managed scores of 11 and 26 in the two innings. The all-rounder did improve with the ball in hand, accounting for three wickets in England’s first innings.

Not just Pandya, barring Virat Kohli, the entire batting line-up has failed to get going. All three openers used so far – Shikhar Dhawan, Murali Vijay and KL Rahul – have looked completely at sea against the swing of the English fast bowlers.

Coach Ravi Shastri had asserted that the struggling batsmen need to show more discipline and grit in the third Test. He admitted that the team has not played well and needed to up their game if they are to make a comeback.





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Virat Kohli Urges People To “Stay Indoors”, Thanks Army And NDRF For Their Support


Virat Kohli on Friday took to Twitter and urged “everyone in Kerala to be safe and stay indoors” after the state was left devastated by the worst floods in a century. Kohli also thanked the Indian army and the National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) for their “incredible support”. “Everyone in Kerala, please be safe and stay indoors as much as you can. Hope the situation recovers soon. Also, thanking the Indian army and NDRF for their incredible support in this critical condition. Stay strong and stay safe,” Virat Kohli, who is currently leading India in the five-match Test series against England, said.

Indian football team skipper Sunil Chhetri, tennis star Sania Mirza and India cricketer Harbhajan Singh also lent their support to the cause, urging people to help out.

“Prayers and thoughts with the people of Kerala,” Sania Mirza said.

“The people in Kerala need all the help possible, to deal with the crisis and get back on their feet. Here’s some information on where and how you can help them out. #PrayForKerala #SOSKerala #KeralaFloods,” Harbhajan Singh tweeted.

Kerala’s most savage monsoon in a century has killed over 300 people while over two lakh people have been displaced in the last nine days.

Hundreds of thousands have been shifted to relief camps as nearly 100 dams, reservoirs and rivers have overflowed.

Authorities warned of more torrential rain and strong winds over the weekend, as hundreds of troops and local fishermen staged desperate rescue attempts in helicopters and boats across the southern state.





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Virat Kohli Urges Team India To Embrace ‘Backs To The Wall’ Mentality


On the eve of the third Test of the five-match series between India and England, skipper Virat Kohli urged his team to win at Trent Bridge as it is the only option available to the visitors to keep the series alive. Going into the Saturday’s fixture at Nottingham, the tourists are 2-0 down in the series after a narrow loss at Edgbaston was followed by a thumping innings and 159-run defeat at Lord’s last week. Only once in Test history have a side come from 2-0 down to win a five-match series and that was when a Don Bradman-inspired Australia beat England in 1936/37. But Kohli, speaking to reporters at Trent Bridge on Friday, was in defiant mood. “The only thing that is spoken about it to focus on what the team requires at all times, in this Test match,” he said.

“You know when your back is against the wall, that is the time for you not to think about anything else.”

“If you look at it from another point of view, it’s actually a good situation to be in because you literally have no room for thinking about anything else apart from what the team requires at that particular moment from you throughout the course of the Test match,” the star batsman added.

“The only conversation we’ve had is that the only option is to win this game and nothing else. 

“As I have mentioned in the past, (it’s) up to the individuals to stand up and say ‘I’m going to go out there and make a difference’.”

Kohli’s own back was a concern for India after he was clearly in pain at Lord’s, where he managed scores of just 23 and 17 after his impressive tally of 200 runs at Edgbaston, which included an innings of 149 – the 29-year-old’s maiden Test century in England.

But Kohli insisted he was fit to play at Trent Bridge.

“I’m feeling absolutely fine. It’s been an issue that’s coming on and off again.

“I’ve had it (back trouble) a couple of times before, so it’s not a new development. I know how to handle it.”

Meanwhile, Kohli said a recall for Jasprit Bumrah was possible, with the paceman having been sidelined since breaking his thumb during a Twenty20 international against Ireland in Dublin on June 27.

Bumrah has taken 14 wickets in three Tests at an average of 25.21 since making his debut in South Africa in January and he could now replace left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav.

“I’m very excited that Jasprit’s getting fit again,” said Kohli.

“He’s an attacking bowler who bowls good lines and lengths. He’s very consistent in hitting the areas that are required at Test level. 

“He showed that in South Africa already and he’s one guy who’s really aggressive — he wants to take the situation front on and basically make the batsmen feel uncomfortable.

“That’s been his biggest strength and he relishes the challenge whenever given an opportunity. We are very excited he’s coming back.”

(With AFP Inputs)



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AB De Villiers Reveals The Reason Behind His Sudden Retirement From International Cricket


AB de Villiers’ retirement from international cricket four months ago came as a shock to the cricketing fraternity. He decided to hang up his boots after playing 114 Tests, 228 One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and 78 Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) for South Africa. Recently, the former South Africa skipper highlighted the reason behind his sudden departure. “It’s been unbearable at times: the pressure you have to face, performing day in and day out,” De Villiers was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.

De Villiers, who averaged a little over 50 in Test cricket, also said that the expectations from the fans were massive and he did not like getting so much attention.

“The expectations that you put on yourself, from fans, from the country, from coaches,” he said.

De Villiers played his last Test against Australia in April this year. He spent the final years of his career in and out of the game due to injuries and increasing need for personal and family time.

However, he said that he is going to miss all the action related to cricket but has no regrets about quitting the game.

“It is huge, and it’s something that’s on your mind all the time as a cricketer. And it’s definitely something that I’m not going to miss.

“I’m very happy to have stepped away. Absolutely no regrets,” De Villiers said.

De Villiers made his debut for South Africa in 2004. Since then, he had notched up 8765 runs in Tests, 9577 in ODIs and 1672 in T20Is.

The 34-year-old holds an average over 50 in Tests and ODIs with an unbeaten 278 being his highest score in the longest format of the game.



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