MS Dhoni may be a soft spoken personality, but, you cannot just sledge him or tease him and get away even if you are a commentator.
During the match no. 2 of the on-going IPL, the Pune player Manoj Tiwary was in a conversation with the commentary team upstairs while he was fielding at the first slip position. MS Dhoni was standing just beside him keeping the wickets.
Kevin Pietersen who was one of the commentators at that time requested Tiwary to go to Dhoni and tell him that he was not as good a golfer as KP.
Tiwary obliged and then the answer that came from the Indian wicketkeeper got everyone burst into laughter.
Dhoni reminded Pietersen that he could say whatever he wanted to say, but, he would still remain his first scalp in international Cricket with the ball.
It’s a story of 6 years back when India and England were playing a test match at the historical venue of Lord’s. (more…)
Kevin Pietersen will be one of the voices behind the microphone in this year’s IPL which is commencing from today.
Pietersen taking up the commentary for IPL 2017 is surprising for many people because he had earlier made a decision of remaining away from the league to be at home in that duration.
He was going to be up for sale in the auction along with hundreds of other Cricketers from different countries in February, but, at the last second, he had pulled himself out of that.
So, after refusing to be available to play in the league for the sake of having some family time, how is he now coming to India to perform the broadcasting duties? That’s the question people have been asking to Pietersen on social media.
Answering to one of his followers yesterday who had asked the same question to him, the 36-year old cleared his point. (more…)
The recent test series played by India against England, has seen a lot of records being broken and lovely performances from various players.
The latest was from the captain of the Indian Test team, Virat Kohli who became a social media darling, after he posted a career-best of 235 runs, thus leading his team to finish off their first innings with a massive 231-run lead over England at the Wankhede stadium, during their fourth test on Sunday in Mumbai.
This has led him to become a highly respected social media personality as his fans, followers and admirers kept on posting various praises of their cricket hero. The Indian captain smashed a lot of records on his way to his overwhelming double ton, becoming the first Indian captain to register two double tons. His three double centuries were all in the year 2016, just oneshy away from reaching Michael Clarke’s record of four double centuries in a year.
In addition to that, Kohli’s 235 is so far the highest ever scored by an Indian Test Captain. Before this, the highest had been 224 by MS Dhoni in 2013, in a match against Australia. (more…)
Alastair Cook reckons it’s because of not enough runs coming off the bat of no. one, two and three and not all the catches being safely held by his close in fieldsman that his team could not have the better of Pakistan.
Cook talked about all the guys having got as reasonable a run as they should have, but, not paying dividends regularly enough. His indication was definitely towards Alex Hales who played all the matches and batted in all the innings, but, barring one innings, was never able to see off the new ball with his skipper.
Regarding catches, Cook said that whenever in the past, England had been victorious, not a lot of catches went to ground and whenever they had been on the losing end, there were a lot of missed catching opportunities and the Pakistan series was no different. The catches were not taken and it became the cause of the losses as batsmen getting the reprieve made it big. (more…)
Playing in the Big Bash League in Australia, Kevin Pietersen showed why some people still consider him good enough to play international Cricket for England.
The right hander batted absolutely beautifully and was the pick of the Stars’ batsmen.
He made key contributions in the semis and then in the final too and had almost won the tournament for his team.
There have been voices getting raised now for his inclusion in the England squad for the World T20 Championship coming up in India.
However, the England Cricket Board still seems to be rigid on its previous stance.
Pietersen has time and again maintained that his game suffered in the 2013-14 Season because his knee was bothering him.
According to him, since he has not played much Cricket for the last 18 to 24 months and has had enough rest, he has got himself back to his best shape and is ready to play some of his best Cricket now.
And, he is proving his words right. Not only with what he did in the Big Bash, but, ahead of that, playing in the Ram Slam too, he was destructive with the bat and had smashed back to back centuries.
In India, which is not the easiest place for the overseas batsmen to come and play the cross bat heaves, someone like Pietersen who knows how to play the spinners with the straight bat, can add immense value to a team. (more…)
Australia might have to make quite a few changes in the XI for the Lord’s game, but, as far as England’s concerned, there is nothing to be worried about on that front as barring any injuries; they will most definitely be going with the same set of players.
At the start of the series, there was indeed a decision to be made regarding the spinning slot.
Moeen Ali had not been in the best of forms. So, there were talks whether he should be overlooked for Adil Rashid, but, the team management went with the former and with the kind of effort the Worcestershire man put in with the ball, he almost secured his place in the XI for the next couple of games.
So, there is no selection conundrum for the hosts at the moment.
Adam Lyth is someone who might be under the scanner the next test match. He was not a complete failure in Cardiff. In the second innings there, he played a few good shots, but, he would like to make some decent contributions for the team going ahead in the series.
Ian Bell, who had not had too many big knocks under his belt coming into the Ashes, got a fluent fifty at Sophia Gardens to help the Three Lions set a profound target for the Aussies. (more…)