From playing the catching up game, Delhi Capitals suddenly tightened the screws on the Sunrisers Hyderabad unit during their Indian Premier League game at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium and the two men who did maximum damage were Keemo Paul and Kagiso Rabada. While Paul started the collapse by dismissing Jonny Bairstow, Rabada finished things with figures of 4/22.
Speaking after the game, Rabada said the idea is to stick to the game plans and not try too many things in the middle when the going gets a little tough and the pressure is on.
“We have our game plans and all that we try to do is to stick to it. We hope it goes our way and more often than not, it should go your way. It’s been the trend so far, you need to have variety in your pace. We try to talk about change-ups especially if wickets are assisting those type of changes. It worked for us today. In many ways, you do have a responsibility as an overseas player. I just feel that you have to do your best. We are working on all the departments and it’s working well for us,” he smiled.
Echoing the sentiments, Paul said: “First of all thanks to God. This is a dream come true for me. My family has supported me tremendously. It is the biggest league in the world and why not enjoy it. Went back of the hand and it worked for me. I just tried to adapt to the wicket. I just bowled to suit the wicket. This game is all about confidence. I have not been getting much to contribute with the bat so wanted to contribute more. This is for the friends, family and all my team mates. Thank you for the support.”
Ball tampering was rampant during 1989 India-Pakistan Test series, says Kiran More
Kiran More. (File Photo: IANS)
Former India wicketkeeper Kiran More has said ball tampering was almost a norm during the team’s 1989 Test tour of Pakistan. More, however, said that neither side reported the other for it and everyone learnt how to scratch the ball and then generate reverse swing.
“In those days, scratching the ball was allowed, so you used to get reverse swing, big time,” More said on The Greatest Rivalry podcast. “It was like, nobody used to complain from both sides. Everybody used to scratch the ball and reverse swing the ball. It was difficult to bat, it was not easy to bat. Even Manoj Prabhakar learned on our team how to scratch that ball and reverse swing that ball and Pakistan found it challenging.”
More said that the umpires were pretty much powerless to deal with it. While the officials had a word with captains Krishnamachari Srikkanth and Imran Khan about it, there wasn’t too much of a difference because of it.
The series marked the international debut of Sachin Tendulkar and Waqar Younis. All four Tests were drawn affairs. Sanjay Manjrekar was the highest run-scorer in the series with 218 runs while Shoaib Mohammad was the top-scorer for Pakistan with 203 runs. Wasim Akram was the highest wicket-taker with 18 scalps while Prabhakar was the top wicket-taker for India with 16 wickets. Pakistan won the subsequent four-match ODI series 2-0.
Mohammed Kaif takes hilarious dig at Yuvraj on workout video
Former India batsman Mohammed Kaif recently took a hilarious dig at his former team mate Yuvraj Singh on the latter’s workout video. Yuvraj could be seen performing various workout routines in the gym in the video that he uploaded on Wednesday.
“Bhai ab tum fitness challenge bhejo mere liye (Brother, now you send me a fitness challenge),” said Kaif in reply to the Instagram post of the video.
The pair, who are both retired, are known to be good friends off the field. Kaif and Yuvraj were known for their athleticism while fielding apart from their ability with the bat. They had famously stitched a 121-run partnership in the 2002 NatWest series final against England at Lord’s. India were reeling at 146/5, chasing a target of 326 with captain Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag and Sachin Tendulkar all back in the hut.
Yuvraj scored 69 off 63 balls as he and Kaif went about rebuilding the chase. Yuvraj was finally dismissed by Paul Collingwood but Kaif stuck around and saw India through to an incredible series-win with two wickets and three balls to spare. He was unbeaten on 87 off 75 balls.
While Kaif’s international career only lasted till 2006, Yuvraj however went on to be recognised as one of India’s greatest ever limited-overs batsmen. He played talismanic roles in India’s wins at the 2007 T20 World Cup win and 2011 World Cup. The left-handed batsman finally retired from international cricket last year.
Yuvraj Singh pays tribute to ‘eternal captain’ Ganguly on 48th Birthday
Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh referred to former captain and current Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly as his eternal captain after the latter turned 48 on Wednesday.
The cricket fraternity took to social media to wish Ganguly on his special day and Yuvraj went a step further as he uploaded a video of them spending time together with the Indian team.
Yuvraj’s tweet read: “Happy Birthday to the undisputed Dada of Indian cricket. You have always led from the front, showing us what it means to be a true leader. I have learnt a lot from you and hope to become to others what you are to me. You are our eternal captain. @SGanguly99 #HappyBirthdayDada.”
In the short clip, Yuvraj also revealed a funny anecdote when a prank caused Ganguly to chase him and his former teammate Harbjahan Singh around the dressing room.
“I think when we got very familiar with you — me, Viru (Virender Sehwag), Bhajji (Harbjahan Singh), Zak (Zaheer Khan), (Ashish) Nehra — I think we played a lot of pranks on you,” Yuvraj said in the video uploaded on his Twitter handle.
“When we were playing against Pakistan, me and Harbjahan created a fake newspaper on April Fool’s Day and we wrote quotes for every player and attributed them to you.
“I remember you saying ‘I will resign the next day if I have said these things about you guys’. I remember your face going red till Rahul Dravid told you the truth.
“I think you knew who could have done such a thing and that is why you chased me and Bhajji around. Sorry for that but love you for that,” Yuvraj said.
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