New Zealand have won their test series against England 1-0. The kiwis won the first match by an innings, while the second test ended in a draw. So, here are the top three things that we learned from New Zealand’s test series win over England:
1) Wonderful Wagner
Neil Wagner had a superb series with the ball. He managed to pick up five-wicket hauls, he was consistent with his length and managed to trouble the English batsmen. He has proven to be especially potent in the second innings of test matches. He will be hoping to continue this form in Australia.
2) Watling Magic
BJ Watling had a superb series as well. He managed to deflate the English bowlers in the first test. His double century was one of the highlights of the series. This year has been extremely good for Watling, who has proved that he is one of the top wicketkeeper-batsmen in the world. He will be a threat to any side.
3) Unlucky Archer
Jofra Archer had a tough series with the ball. He must realise that test cricket is not easy at all. Archer needs to be much more patient with the ball in hand. At the same time, he was also quite unlucky in this series. He was not backed up by his fielders, especially by Joe Denly, who will remember his drop for a long, long time.
To sum up, this series showed why New Zealand is ranked number two in the world. The kiwis outplayed the Englishmen and won the series quite comfortably. England will need to regroup before their tour of South Africa.
India have hammered Bangladesh in their two-test series. The hosts were extremely clinical and managed to win both matches comprehensively. So, here are the top three things that we learned from India’s test series win over Bangladesh:
1) Amazing Agarwal
Mayank Agarwal was simply outstanding for India in this series, and he showed his class once again. He managed to give India another good start and set up the platform for the hosts. He has looked in superb form, and he will be hoping to continue this in the next few series. He looks like a superb prospect for his country.
2) Superb Shami
Although Ishant Sharma won the man of the series award, it was Mohammad Shami who got the more important wickets for India. He bowled with superb pace and managed to trouble the Bangladeshi batsmen with his pace. He will be hoping to continue his superb form in the coming matches.
3) Poor Mahmudullah
In the absence of Shakib Al Hasan, Bangladesh wanted Mahmudullah to step up his game with both bat and ball. However, he proved to be a major disappointment for his team. He simply did not do enough for his team. Once again, it proved that Bangladesh is highly reliant on its superstars like Tamim and Shakib.
To sum up, this series showed us that India are by far the best test team at the moment. They have been extremely consistent, and totally deserve their place at the top of the World Test Championship.
Afghanistan have proved once again that they cannot be taken lightly. They had just lost the ODI series to the Windies 3-0. They had also lost the first T20I. However, they managed to bounce back and win the T20I series 2-1. So, here are the top three things that we learned from the T20I series between Afghanistan and the Windies:
1) Rashid Magic
The Afghan fightback was led by Rashid Khan. Time and again, he has proved to be the saviour for his team. Especially in the deciding match, he managed to control the flow of runs when his team needed it the most. Rashid has continued to improve as a cricketer, and he surely has a long and prolific career ahead of him.
2) Gritty Gurbaz
Afghanistan have found a gem of a cricketer in Rahmanullah Gurbaz. The young wicketkeeper had a superb series. He was agile behind the stumps, and also made some important contributions with the bat. Although his other more prolific team-mates will take the applause, Gurbaz has certainly proved his worth.
3) Poor Pollard
Keiron Pollard was poor with the bat in this series. He did not take responsibility for his team. Even though he was made the captain, he did not justify this tag. He should have led his team out of the tricky situations that they were in. Especially in the third T20I, he had the chance to take his team to a win, but he threw it away.
To sum up, this series showed us that these two teams are very closely matched. The way that Afghanistan bounced back, they will be extremely upbeat. The Windies will be deflated and will hope to recover soon.
Bangladesh had won the first game, India had won the second. It all came down to the decider. In the final match of the series, India managed to hold their nerve and win the series. So, here are the top three things that we learned from the T20I series between India and Bangladesh:
1) Chahar Charisma
What more can be said about Deepak Chahar? He was simply outstanding in the final T20I. He was not only named as the player of the match, but he also walked away with the player of the series award. His figures of 6 for 7 in the last match were the best ever bowling figures in a men’s T20I. Hats off to this young man.
2) Superb Shreyas
Shreyas Iyer had a good series. He played a crucial role in the final T20I. It appears that Iyer could be the solution to India’s issues at number four. He managed to dig in and played some superb shots in the final game. His partnership with KL Rahul proved to be extremely important for India. He will be hoping to continue this form.
3) Bangladesh Collapse
There were four occasions in the final T20I when Bangladesh lost two wickets in two balls. This showed that their batting lineup failed to apply themselves. The target set by India was not out of their reach. But throughout the series, the Bangladeshi batsmen have not played to their true potential.
To sum up, this series was a closely-fought affair. India would not have expected Bangladesh to play so well and take a series lead after the first match. However, India managed to bounce back in style. They will be looking forward to the test series now.
Bangladesh have shocked India in the first T20I. Chasing a modest target of 148, the Bangladeshi batters managed to hold their nerve. So, here are the top three things that we learned from the first T20I between India and Bangladesh:
1) Superb Mushfiq
Mushfiqur Rahim proved once again that he is an excellent cricketer. When he came in to bat, his team was not in a very strong position, and they were slipping behind the required rate. However, Rahim managed to score four boundaries in the 19th over to take his side home. He is a superb batter, and he showed his class.
2) Tight Spinners
Bangladesh had earlier managed to restrict India to under 150. This was made possible by their spinners who bowled tight lines and lengths. The Indian batters had no answer to them and were not really able to accelerate towards the end of the innings. The Bangladeshi spinners will be hoping for a similar performance in the remaining matches.
3) India Struggle
India had a poor day with the bat and on the field. Towards the end of the game, a dropped catch by Krunal Pandya proved to be a gamechanger. Had he clung on to the catch, the result could have been different. However, India did not deserve to win the game, and Bangladesh were clearly the better team.
To sum up, this match has shown that India must not take Bangladesh lightly. They need to up their game if they want to compete with the Tigers. The Indian fans will certainly be hoping for a comeback!
The biggest story in the cricketing world this week was the ban imposed on Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. He has been banned due to his failure to report corrupt approaches. So, here are the top three things that we learned from Shakib Al Hasan’s ban:
1) Tighter ACU
In recent years, the ICC has gone the extra mile in order to keep a check on corruption. The Anti-Corruption Unit has spread its wings and now has the ability to nab the suspects. This proved true in this case, as well. The team worked hard to collect information and found that Shakib is guilty of not reporting an approach. A tighter ACU is good for the game.
2) Cricketers Need To Be Aware
All cricketers need to be aware of their responsibilities. In today’s highly connected world, it is hard to get away from your deeds. All players need to be aware of the reporting procedures and should report any approaches at the earliest. This will not only help them in avoiding such bans but will also ensure that the game becomes cleaner.
3) Setting A Precedent
This ban will also set a precedent for the future. It will make sure that others do not find themselves in the same position. If a well-known player like Shakib can be banned from the game, others will also realise the risks of not reporting such approaches.
To sum up, this incident could go a long way in removing corruption from the game. At the same time, this ban will be a major loss for the Bangladesh team and their supporters. They will be hoping that Shakib comes out of this stronger.
India have won the third test against South Africa in a convincing manner. A 3-0 scoreline in the series indicates how dominant India were. So, here are the top three things that we learned from India’s test series win over South Africa:
1) Wonderful Rohit
What a wonderful series Rohit Sharma has had. He has played a series of superb innings for his country. In this match, his double century helped India in piling up a mammoth total. He was also named as the man of the match. Rohit needs to keep this form going and ensure that he plays with the same authority when India is playing abroad.
2) Superb Shami
Mohammad Shami has become one of the most reliable Indian bowlers in recent times. This match proved it once again. He managed to outfox the South African batsmen and took crucial wickets for India. His partnership with Umesh Yadav also proved to be extremely successful, indicating that India can challenge the other big teams overseas.
3) Hamza Fight
Zubayr Hamza was only playing his second test match. But he looked the most accomplished South African batsman in this test. His fifty in the first innings showed that he has the ability to bat well against the best of bowling attacks. If South Africa continue to persist with him in the future, he could become an important player.
To sum up, India have once again shown what a great team they are. They have not lost a home test series in seven years, winning 11 on the trot. They will be hoping that this run will continue in the near future, and it is looking extremely likely that it will!
India have won the second test against South Africa, taking an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. This was a much more dominant performance compared to the first test, led by Virat Kohli’s double century. So, here are the top three things that we learned from the second test between India and South Africa:
1) Marvellous Mayank
Mayank Agarwal has been superb throughout this series. In the second test, he managed to score his second test century. This young player has shown that he has the ability to play well against any bowling attack. Mayank Agarwal is also improving his technique with each passing match and will be hoping to continue this form.
2) Superb Shami
Mohammad Shami was again superb with the ball. Whenever India seemed to be lacking ideas in the field, he managed to pick up a wicket. At present, Shami is the best fast bowler in the Indian test side. He manages to show great control over the ball and has been extremely consistent for his country.
3) De Bruyn Blunder
South Africa will be left wondering whether it was the right decision to play Theunis De Buryn in these conditions. He has failed with the bat in both the test matches. He has never really looked comfortable against the Indian attack. The South Africans could have chosen to play Heinrich Klassen instead.
To sum up, this match proved that India remain one of the biggest challenges for any test team. This time, the conditions have not been too difficult for the visitors. Yet, India have managed to win the series comprehensively. They will now be hoping for a clean sweep!
The first test between India and South Africa appeared to be meandering along at a slow pace for the first three days. However, it came alive on the fourth day and India managed to sneak in a win. So, here are the top three things that we learned from the first test between India and South Africa:
1) Rohit Rampage
Rohit Sharma was opening in test matches for the first time. He managed to grab the opportunity with both hands. He scored a century in both innings, giving India the perfect start. His partnership with Mayank Agarwal in the first innings proved to be crucial for India. They will be hoping that Rohit can continue this form.
2) Rabada Rage
Kagiso Rabada is one of the finest bowlers in test cricket. The rankings show that. His abilities show that. However, he failed to perform well in this test. Yes, the conditions were tough and not supportive for the fast bowlers. But Rabada managed just one wicket in the test. This was not at all expected. He will be hoping to improve soon.
3) Piedt Fight
Dane Piedt had a forgettable match with the ball. He failed to trouble the Indian batsmen and was taken apart by Rohit Sharma. However, in the second innings, Piedt showed great fight with the bat, scoring a half-century. He did so after his team had been reduced to 70 for 8. This shows his character, and he will be hoping to turn things around with the ball as well.
To sum up, this match showed us that South Africa has the ability to challenge India on its home turf. They will need to improve their bowling, and they could fight back in this series. India will also have to bowl much better than this. All this makes for an exciting series!
The test series between India and South Africa begins tomorrow. It is expected to be a close battle because the two teams have been doing well in test cricket. So, here are the top three things to look forward to during the India vs. South Africa test series:
1) Rohit Gamble
India have decided to take a punt on Rohit Sharma. The dashing one-day opener will be given a chance as a test opener. It is a big gamble because Rohit’s Test career has seen him achieve mixed results. Nevertheless, he will be hopeful of a good performance, as he is already 32 years of age and may not get too many more chances in test cricket.
2) Markram Potential
Aiden Markram is one of the best young players in the game. The South African opener has already shown his class by winning the Under 19 World Cup for his side in 2014. However, his performances at senior level have not been as good. He will be hoping to prove himself against India in India. If he does well, it will be a great boost for him and his side.
3) Rabada Brilliance
Kagiso Rabada is already one of the best bowlers in test cricket. He has the skills to trouble the best of batsmen. This will be a great opportunity for him to showcase his skills with the red ball. Indian pitches are not likely to be very supportive. However, he has the ability to succeed in all conditions and will hope to show his class once again.
To sum up, this series is likely to be a closely fought one. Both teams will look to start off in a strong manner. India will be hoping to make the most of their home advantage, while South Africa will look to prove themselves in the subcontinent.