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Faf du Plessis is currently playing for Quetta Gladiators in the Pakistan Super League 2021 was involved in a terrible collision with teammate Mohammed Hasnain. This incident happened during the 7th over, where Faf was trying to stop a boundary near the rope and Hasnain came in rushing from the opposite side, he couldn’t stop his run and his knee banged on the side of Faf’s neck – He was immediately rushed to the hospital. Still, there is no official update on his health condition.
England all-rounder Chris Woakes has finally made his return to the T20I side after a very long gap. He was announced in the 16-man T20I squad for the upcoming series with Sri Lanka. Have a look at the T20I squad of England vs Sri Lanka – Eoin Morgan (capt), Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.
In a recent interview, CSK’s new batting sensation Ruturaj Gaikwad said – ” Last year there was a situation, where I started badly in IPL, so he was the one who came up first and asked me to relax and enjoy the game…it calmed my nerves a little bit and it helped me enjoy my game. There are lot of inputs he has given me throughout and they have not just helped in cricket but also helped me in life.”
Team India and New Zealand are ready to take on each other in the inaugural WTC finals and one big question is asked by all the Indian fans – Will Jadeja be in the playing 11?. Answering this question – Australian Opening batsman David Warner said – “Over time Jadeja has bowled exceptionally well against left-handers. Jadeja definitely deserves to be in India’s XI for the WTC final. He adds up a lot of character to the team dynamics.”
Just a week to go for WTC Finals and both the teams will be gearing up and making strategies for the final. Playing 11 for the WTC finals will be a point of discussion in the dressing room. Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli will definitely look to put their best XI play for the first edition of the World Test Championship Final. let’s discuss Who will lead the pace attack for Team India?
Most of the experts state that Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Shami might lead the pace attack for India. Neil Wagner, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson, and Tim Southee will be the ideal choices for New Zealand. All the kiwi bowlers have the ability to make a difference single-handedly.
Former India spinner Harbhajan Singh has given his expertise and said – ” I feel that Ishant Sharma has a possible chance of missing out because of Siraj’s recent good form and considering that young lad can do both swings and seam. Siraj can handle situations and bowl any delivery according to the conditions.”
Siraj was the main man in absence of senior bowlers during Australia Tour. Mohammed Siraj’s debut was unexpected and the cricketing world was in awe of bowler after pin-point bowling. Siraj went onto picking 12 wickets in 3 matches.
When Harbhajan was asked about his priority in bowling combination for the final, he said, “If I was the captain, I would go with three pure fast bowlers. In that case, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami pick themselves. In this final, I would like to go with Mohammed Siraj ahead of Ishant Sharma.
“Ishant is a brilliant bowler, but for this game, my choice is Siraj, who has shown remarkable improvement in the last two years.”
“You have to look at the present scenario. Siraj’s form, pace and confidence make him a better choice for this final match. The kind of form he is in the last six months, he looks like a bowler who is hungry for his chances. Ishant has gone through some injuries of late but has been a great servant of Indian cricket no doubt,” the off-spinner said.
“If you leave some grass on the surface, Siraj with his pace will be lethal. Trust me, New Zealand batters won’t find him easy as he not only hits the deck but also gets to move the ball off the pitch at a brisk pace. He can create awkward angles for batsmen,” India’s third-highest wicket-taker in Test cricket observed.
Harbhajan Singh further explained why pitch and weather won’t be ideal for spinners.
“You play two spinners when the climate is on the hotter side. The cracks will appear, and they will both be effective. If it remains on the cooler side, the pitch, which comprises mainly black soil, won’t break.
“They can take a final call factoring in the weather just before the game and also taking the five-day forecast into the account. I don’t see a case for four pacers with no Hardik Pandya in the set-up. You can only play four pacers if the pitch can’t be distinguished from the outfield,” he explained.
New Zealand’s young pace sensation Kyle Jamieson has been signed by Surrey for the upcoming T20 blast and other Couty games. Kyle had a great IPL 2021 season and he will look to continue his form in the T20 blast too. Currently, he is part of the two-test series against England, followed by the WTC finals against India.
Indian left-hand opener Shikhar Dhawan has been announced as the captain for the upcoming white-ball tour against Sri Lanka in July. Dhawan expressed his happiness through Twitter and said – “Humbled by the opportunity to lead my country. Thank you for all your wishes,”.
Former Indian player Virender Sehwag has launched India’s 1st experimental learning website for cricket – Which is aimed to redefine the cricket coaching experience in the country. Cricuru is going to be an AI-based cricket coaching in the country and it will offer a personalized learning experience for all young cricketers. In the launch, Sehwag said – ” I always Indian cricket to be at the top and I had a vision for all the young and aspiring players to get the international standard of learning in cricket”.
The 38-year-old bowling legend, James Anderson has now became England’s most-capped test player after being selected for the final test against New Zealand. He has made 162 appearances in test cricket and surpassed former England skipper Alastair Cook. Anderson has made his debut for his country in the year 2003 and has picked 616 wickets. StumpsandBails Congratulates James Anderson for this achievement.
New Zealand Skipper Kane Williamson has been ruled out of the 2nd Test against England due to an elbow injury. New Zealand Cricket Board has officially confirmed his absence and said – It’s not an easy decision for Kane to have to miss a Test, but we think it’s the right one. He’s had an injection in his elbow to relieve the irritation he’s been experiencing when he bats and a period of rest and rehabilitation will help maximize his recovery.”