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England leg-spinner Adil Rashid again traps Virat Kohli

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India captain Virat Kohli has been dismissed only four times in the seven limited-overs matches during England’s ongoing tour of India. On three of those occasions, he has fallen to leg-spinner Adil Rashid.

On Friday, Kohli (66) fell to Rashid while trying to play a cut shot and edging his leg-break to wicket-keeper Jos Buttler.

The England spinner has had the better of the talismanic Indian batsman despite being at the receiving end of the some of other India batsmen at times.

Kohli’s failures against Rashid in the ongoing white-ball games would have been brushed under the carpet. And, had it not been for his recent failures against right-arm wrist spinners.

Though Kohli has tried to score against wrist spinners and always tried to be attacking, he has also fallen to them.

“We basically found that Virat finds leg-spinners hard to line up early in his innings,” Australia leg-spinner Adam Zampa had said in January 2020 when the Aussies had toured India for a limited-overs series. In that three-ODI series, Zampa had got him out twice.

In 2017, Zampa had got Kohli once and in March 2019 as well the Aussie had dismissed him out twice.

Soon after Australia’s visit to India in 2020, Kiwi leg-spinner Ish Sodhi dimissed Kohli with a googly on the tour of New Zealand. Although that was his only dismissal off a leg-spinner in the seven white-ball games he played on that tour, the way he was dismissed told a story.

Sodhi bowled a googly and Kohli played for a leg-break, meaning that he hadn’t read the ball from the bowler’s hand. Sodhi had got him out twice in 2016, twice in two matches within three days.

Interestingly, in T20 Internationals, Rashid, Sodhi and Zampa have got rid of Kohli twice, which is the most number of times a bowler has got the Indian master batsman. There are others, too, who have got him out twice.

Rashid has dismissed Kohli three times in seven One-day International matches.

In 2018 at Headingley, Leeds, Rashid produced one of the best deliveries bowled in ODI cricket to bowl Kohli when he was batting well at 71. The ball pitched outside the leg-stump and then went onto clip the off-stump. The expression on Kohli’s face showed he was stunned.

Five days before that dismissal, Rashid had Kohli stumped off a beautifully flighted delivery at Trent Bridge, Nottingham.

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Pollard was stunned by 1st contract offered by MI: Dwayne Bravo

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Dwayne Bravo revealed the role he played in Mumbai Indians (MI) signing Kieron Pollard in 2010. Bravo played for MI between 2008 and 2010 and the team was searching for a replacement after the Trinidadian left for Chennai Super Kings.

“When Mumbai Indians needed a replacement for me, I gave them Kieron Pollard’s name. When they tried contacting him, he was playing for a club, so I recommended Dwayne Smith and he became my replacement,” Bravo told Cricbuzz.

“The following year, when it was the Champions League, I called Rahul (Sanghvi) and said, ‘Pollard, he’s here. Come and sign him now before the tournament starts.’ Rahul and Robin Singh left Mumbai and came to Hyderabad, I’ll never forget they came with a contract which at that time was 200,000 USD. I called Pollard, who came downstairs and met them both in the lobby. He saw the contract. Now for someone coming from Trinidad, as a 19-year-old, that was wow. He said, ‘Dwayne are you serious?” said Bravo.

Pollard has turned out to be one of the most important signings in MI’s history, playing an integral role in the team’s five Indian Premier League (IPL) victories. He has scored 3,191 runs for MI at a strike rate of 150.87 and taken 63 wickets as well.

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India retain top spot in ICC Test rankings

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India have retained the top spot in the International Cricket Council’s (ICC) annual update of the Test rankings. India are on 121 rating points while second-placed New Zealand are on 120.

England overtook Australia to take third place with 109 rating points. Australia currently have 108. The West Indies, who beat Bangladesh 2-0 and drew 0-0 with Sri Lanka in series played this year, have moved from eighth to sixth with 84 points, their best position since 2013.

The ICC said that the latest update eliminates the results of 2017/18. It rates all matches played since May 2020 at 100 per cent and those of the previous two years at 50 per cent

“India’s 2-1 win over Australia and 3-1 win over England over the past year and New Zealand’s 2-0 series wins over the West Indies and Pakistan have helped them keep ahead of the pack,” said the ICC.

Pakistan have gained three points but remain in fifth position.

South Africa are in seventh position, equaling their lowest in Test ranking history, while Sri Lanka are next on the list. Bangladesh have lost five points but remain in ninth position while Zimbabwe have gained eight points but are still nine points behind Bangladesh.

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Warner took news of being axed as SRH captain with class: Brad Haddin

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Batsman David Warner took the news of him being axed as SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) captain in the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) “with class”, said the team’s assistant coach Brad Haddin.

“He took it with class. It was a bit of a shock to everyone when the management decided to go in a different direction to try and spark something in the team. We weren’t playing at the standard we needed to but with Davey, the way he handled it, it was all class. He just got back on with the job,” Haddin said on Fox Cricket.

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson replaced Warner as captain. SRH ended up playing only one match under Williamson as the season got postponed after that due to the Covid-19 pandemic and Warner was dropped in that game.

Haddin, the former Australia wicketkeeper who was also Warner’s team mate in the Australian team, said that the latter just got on with his job and had no qualms in bringing out drinks for the players.

“I dare say he would come back in the contention in the next few games. He’s one of the best in the world in that form of the game. You had to look at the way he reacted when he came on to the bench. He was around everyone; he was running the drinks out. He was really focussed on the meetings so he handled it with a lot of class in a difficult situation,” Haddin said.

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