India would be better off calling Suresh Raina back into the limited-over squad because his game has a few aspects which can provide benefits to the team.
First of all, now that the selectors have seemed to have moved on from Yuvraj Singh, there’s no left hander left in the batting order. Everyone from one to seven bats right handed.
And that can sometimes be a problem in certain conditions. For example, if the opposition has a left arm spinner who is going well, you want a left hander to counter that. If you only have right handers, that doesn’t help.
So because of Raina being left handed, his presence at no. 6 will add that extra bit of dimension to the batting order and he is a natural six hitter as well and can take the spinners to the cleaners. Read More
Australia international Shaun Tait has retired from the game.
The 34-year old bowler played Tests against England in the 2005 Ashes, playing three Tests in his career. He is renowned for his exploits for Twnety20 in recent season.
Injuries are amongst the reasons he is retiring from the game, having suffered a spate of different injuries in his career. A chronic elbow problem has finally forced him out of the game.
“I wanted to play a couple of more years. The elbow has pretty much gone off a cliff now, it’s done and dusted.
“I’m 34 years old and I suppose when you’re not contributing on the field as much as you’d like to, it’s time to finish up. The game’s getting quicker and better and I’m getting slower and a bit older,” the player explained. Read More
Wriddhiman Saha’s presence in the Indian test team raises a lot of questions. Clearly he is not one of the top 7 batsmen in the team and bats at 8 and his biggest quality is his keeping skills. So, is there a place for such a player in modern day Cricket?
If you see around the world, the wicketkeepers that the other teams are playing, they are all top quality batsmen and are more of a batsman-keeper than a keeper-batsman which Saha is.
Saha, in all fairness, is not the worst with the bat and his fans would even say that he has got an overseas hundred, but, the fact is that whenever he faces a strong attack like the one the presently visiting Australian team has got, he struggles.
He has his limitations against both pace and Spin. He is definitely not a good player of pace bowling and the moment there is any sort of freshness in the wicket and the ball starts zipping through, he is found hurried because he likes to get so far forward. Read More
Jake Lehmann was on ground to ensure that South Australia rode home victoriously in their game against the New South Wales, winning by two wickets as they went on to claim their third Shield win and go up to second position on the ladder.
The NSW men had been put to bat with Callum Ferguson, SA’s captain winning the toss. On the turning Adelaide pitch, NSW had made 269, with NicMaddinson scoring for them with 80. He was however supported by Daniel Hughes who sent in 52, and Nathan Lyon, who scored a rare half century.
The SA attack shared the wickets, with Chadd Sayers and Kane Richardson picking up three wickets each, while David Grant and Joe Mennie picked up two scalps.
SA were restricted to 236 in the first innings, following fine spells from Test star Lyon and first class debutant, Charles Stobo as they each took three wickets. Read More