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A sweet and simple Bengali girl with traditional values but modern aspirations, Shinjini Banerjee is extremely fond of the gentleman's game – cricket. Her favourite cricketer is Gautam Gambhir and she just loves his cover drives and his cute smile. She hopes to meet him some day. Writing is her passion, creativity, obsession, and intelligence, her biggest weapon. You can connect with her on shinjini89@gmail.com.

Virat Kohli shares a heart-winning post after completing 11 years in International Cricket

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Virat Kohli

Team India captain Virat Kohli completed 11 glorious years in international cricket on August 18. He had made his debut in the ODI against Sri Lanka in Dambulla in the year 2008.

Kohli was a part of the Indian team that won the World Cup in 2011 and the Champions Trophy in 2013.

His biggest strength lies in the fact that he makes record-breaking look so easy. The 30-year-old has been in great touch of late. In the recently concluded ODI series against West Indies, the in-form skipper achieved a terrific feat. He became the first batsman to score 20,000 international runs in a decade.

Besides, the star right-hander also ended up becoming the second-highest run-getter for India in ODIs, and the leading run-scorer against Windies in one-day cricket.

After MS Dhoni stepped down, Virat Kohli took over the captaincy of the Indian team across all formats in 2017. Under his leadership, India marched to the grand final of the Champions Trophy in the same year.

However, in the 2019 World Cup, Kohli failed to lead the team to what could have been a historic World Cup victory. Despite valiant efforts by Dhoni and Jadeja, India lost to New Zealand in the semifinal.

Upon the completion of his 11 years in international cricket, the nation’s cricketing heartthrob took to Twitter to share a heartwarming message.

“From starting as a teenager on the same day in 2008 to reflecting on the journey 11 years after, I couldn’t have dreamt of the blessings God has showered me with. May you all get the strength and power to follow your dreams and always follow the right path,” he wrote.

Virat Kohli will be back on the field, this time in white, in the first Test match against West Indies on August 22. It would also mark the beginning of India’s World Test Championship journey.

He is a very impressive bowler: Steve Waugh opens up about Jofra Archer

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Having faced some of the most fearsome bowlers in his era, former Australia captain Steve Waugh is now all praise for England’s new Test spearhead Jofra Archer.

A mentor to the current Australia men’s Test team, Waugh says he finds it difficult to compare the extremely talented Archer to any other bowler.

He firmly believes that the 24-year-old speedster’s simple bowling action helped him maintain absolute accuracy. Furthermore, he was able to bowl long spells with immense ease, and the speed he generated in the end stood out and made him unique.

Archer played a huge role in changing England’s fortunes in the second Ashes Test. He wreaked havoc by ripping apart the Aussie batting line-up.

Prior to this, England had suffered a 251-run defeat in the first Test at Edgbaston.

“I can’t say I’ve ever seen anyone bowl quite like that,” Waugh told The Unplayable Podcast after the second Test match.

“He sort of ambles in and gets very close to the (stumps), makes the most of his height, and he’s got a simple action.”

Waugh also felt that there were some similarities between the young quickie and Australia’s most successful fast bowler in Tests, Glenn McGrath.

“In a lot of ways, not a similar action to Glenn McGrath, but very repeatable.”

“I can’t see too much going wrong with it and his control was very good for that reason, because he just bowls in a direct line and he’s close to the stumps.”

“He’s very upright, makes use of his height, he’s got that deceptive pace and, as we know, a pretty wicked bouncer.”

“That’s something our team has got to analyze and work out how to play that because it was pretty effective in this (Lord’s) Test match.”

“He is a very impressive bowler, for sure,” he added.

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Having led Australia to numerous wins during his captaincy, Steve Waugh opined that Jofra Archer was the kind of bowler any skipper would love to have in this team.

“It gives you that x-factor,” Waugh said.

“As a captain, you really want that bowler in your line up when you know you can intimidate the opposition, you can make things happen when it’s a seemingly flat pitch and potentially get wickets in clumps.”

“He’s a real asset to England.”

But the ex-skipper also stated that the youngster’s stamina and resilience would be tested at some point of time.

“If he plays four Test matches in a row, that will test him out.”

“So far he’s come through with flying colours.”

“(He bowled) forty (four) overs and each over was probably as quick as the previous one.”

Test Cricket is the longest format and is called challenging for a reason.

“It was a very impressive debut, but I know Test cricket.”

“It’s about longevity and how you back up and how you handle different conditions.”

“From England’s point of view, so far so good,” the cricketing stalwart concluded.

New Zealand names new captain for T20I series against Sri Lanka as Kane Williamson rested

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Kiwi fast bowler Tim Southee is all set to lead the Black Caps in the upcoming T20I series against Sri Lanka. Regular skipper Kane Williamson and pacer Trent Boult have been rested.

Both Williamson and Boult will go back to New Zealand after the second and final Test match against the island nation, slated to begin on Thursday in Colombo.

Tim Southee

The Tim Southee-led squad will feature three specialist spinners – Ish Sodhi, Mitchell Santner and Todd Astle.

New Zealand selector Gavin Larsen said that the team performed remarkably well in the 2019 World Cup. They would now concentrate on the next big tournament – the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020. But before the mega event, the Kiwis will play nine T20I series.

“Following that amazing ride in the ODI World Cup, it’s exciting to begin setting our sights on another world event,” Larsen said.

“The series in Sri Lanka will be a challenging one against a team who are tough to beat in their own conditions.”

“Our T20 team has been pretty consistent over the past couple of years and we’re really happy with the power and versatility we have in this squad. Kane and Trent played an enormous role in our recent World Cup campaign and with a big summer ahead, we see it as a good opportunity to give them a rest,” he added.

Meanwhile, Northern Districts’ wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert, who was not a part of the World Cup team in England, returns to the squad.

The T20I series between the Black Caps and Sri Lanka gets underway on September 1 in Kandy.

Here’s the 14-member squad –

Tim Southee (c), Todd Astle, Tom Bruce, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Scott Kuggeleijn, Daryl Mitchell, Colin Munro, Seth Rance, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert (wk), Ish Sodhi, Ross Taylor.

Ashes 2019: Former Cricket Stars condemn booing of Steve Smith by English Fans

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On Day 4 of the second Ashes Test, former Australia skipper Steve Smith suffered a nasty blow on his neck at Lord’s. For a moment, it reminded everyone of the fatal injury that had cost Phil Hughes his life.

It was a Jofra Archer bouncer that had caused Smith to fall on the ground, followed by a section of the English crowd booing him.

The in-form right-handed batsman had already received a hostile reception from the crowd, reminding him of the ball-tampering scandal. But the act of mercilessly booing him at such a sensitive moment, has invited significant criticism from many ex-international cricketers.

“It was disgusting,” Ian Healy was quoted as saying by AAP. “Lord’s won’t be happy with that either. They don’t like any ‘yobbo’ element of crowd behaviour.”

Shane Warne, during commentary, said, “Just get up, clap and say that’s courageous, very brave.”

Smith received a standing ovation when he left the ground. Most people in the crowd also stood up and applauded when he returned to bat at the crease. But some Team England supporters again chose to boo the batsman.

Australia coach Justin Langer spoke up and stated that nothing could change the situation.

“What can I say? … I’ve spoken enough about the boos, there’s nothing we can do about the boos,” Langer said.

“There are also a lot of people standing and applauding him,” he added.

Former England captain couldn’t hold himself back from tweeting –

“I get the pantomime of @stevesmith49 arrival to the crease and the booing but please stop booing once he plays with great skill, courage and incredible discipline !!! he deserves a standing ovation for that innings … #Ashes #Lords”

Commentator and former Australian Women’s Cricket Team skipper Lisa Sthalekar also shared her thoughts on Twitter.

“Sorry you cannot boo Smith after being hit and coming back on!! Are they F🤬 kidding #Ashes,” she tweeted.

Meanwhile, fans worldwide slammed the English booers as well.

Here are a few no-nonsense, aggressive tweets –

WATCH: Hardik and Krunal Pandya ride their brand new Lamborghini on the streets of Mumbai

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The Pandya brothers, Hardik and Krunal, were recently seen in an orange Lamborghini in the city of dreams – Mumbai.

Hardik, a regular player of the Indian team, is known for living life kingsize and has now added a super car to his fancy list of luxury items.

As per reports, the two had bought the car recently and were spotted driving around in Bandra.

Here’s a video of the star India cricketers enjoying an uber-cool car ride –

The selectors had rested Hardik for India’s ongoing tour of West Indies. It was a well-deserved break after the long and hectic World Cup. He has been a match-winner for both his country and his IPL team – Mumbai Indians. The fiery all-rounder is expected to return to the squad for the India-South Africa series in September.

On the other hand, Krunal was a part of the T20I squad that defeated West Indies 3-0. He scalped three wickets in the series, and also batted well as India outclassed their opponents. As far as the home series against South Africa is concerned, the elder Pandya will feature in the shortest version of the game.

 

After being re-appointed, Ravi Shastri names India’s No. 4 in ODIs

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Over the last few years, there has been a lot of drama surrounding the No. 4 position in India’s ODI side.

Players like Shreyas Iyer, Kedar Jadhav, Manish Pandey, and MS Dhoni were continuously rotated to find the perfect fit for the middle-order slots.

But the no. 4 batting position continued to be a spot of bother for India.
Rishabh Pant was given many chances, but failed to perform. On the other hand, Shreyas Iyer at no. 5, scored back-to-back half-centuries in the second and third ODI matches against West Indies.

Speaking exclusively to Times of India, re-appointed coach Ravi Shastri said Shreyas Iyer would be the obvious choice for No. 4 in ODIs.

“One of the areas we concentrated on over the last two years was to blood as many youngsters as possible. Shreyas Iyer, for instance, he is going to stay at No. 4,” said Shastri.

Shreyas Iyer

Iyer has cemented his place at no. 4, at least for the time being, thanks to his brilliant knocks of 71 and 65.

The right-hander had earned heaps of praise from skipper Virat Kohli.

“He understood the value of performing in these situations. The way he (Shreyas Iyer) batted out there, he took a lot of pressure off me. His knock was the game-changer. We want to have people take responsibility at different batting positions. But he certainly presented a strong case for himself. He completely played in full control and was putting pressure on the bowlers,” Kohli said.

The Indian captain also stated that Iyer was a ‘strong contender,’ and if he continued to play like this, he would become a ‘regular feature’ in the middle order.

Coming back to Shastri, he also added that the main aim was to try more and more young guns in the Indian limited-overs sides.

“Bench strength is everything if we’re looking at things from a long-term perspective. That constant flow of fresh, young talent has to be there. Be it Rishabh or Jasprit Bumrah, Kuldeep, Hardik, Mayank, Shankar – they’re there, constantly raising their hands up. That kind of a pool does wonders when the only objective is to ensure you don’t end up with, let’s say, any kind of deadwood.”

WATCH: Zaheer Khan reveals why Kuldeep Yadav’s effectiveness has started to decline

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Very few know that Kuldeep Yadav was an aspiring left-arm fast bowler who dreamt of becoming the next Zaheer Khan for India. But soon, Kuldeep and his coach Kapil Pandey realized that his talent did not lie in pace bowling. As a result, he was asked to take up a rare form of spin bowling – slow left-arm unorthodox, or chinaman.

And since then, there was no looking back. The youngster went on to win matches for both his IPL team – Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) as well as India. He was as good as a mystery spinner – a chinaman bowler whom batsmen were finding pretty challenging to read.

The left-armer enjoyed a dream Test debut against Australia at Dharamsala in 2017. He came up with brilliant figures of 4/68 in the first innings of the fourth and final Test match. David Warner was his first Test wicket.

But of late, Kuldeep seems to have lost a bit of his magic. In 2017-18, he was at his best, picking up two wickets per game at an average of 20.07. But his bowling figures in 2019, though not bad, can be termed as slightly ‘less impactful’ as compared to his golden period.

Former India fast bowler Zaheer Khan feels there’s nothing much to worry. Once you start playing more matches as a bowler, batsmen tend to figure out how to put you under pressure.

Batters have started using their feet against him or are playing the sweep shot very well off his bowling. Experienced Zak gives young Yadav some useful tips on how to re-invent his bowling action.

Here’s the video –

Former India cricketer and commentator Aakash Chopra said that Kuldeep Yadav was more effective in home games rather than away matches at the moment.

That may be one of the reasons why India have preferred Yuzvendra Chahal over him in recent times.

Yuvraj Singh’s case was an exception, no NOCs for other Indian cricketers to play in foreign leagues

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Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj Singh recently broke hearts by bidding farewell to international cricket. He retired from all formats and requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to grant the NOC, thus allowing him to play in foreign T20 leagues. Consequently, he played for Toronto Nationals (as captain) in the second season of the recently concluded Global T20 Canada 2019 League. Many former Indian cricketers were happy with the decision as they too hoped to play in leagues taking place overseas.

But the Committee of Administrators (CoA) strictly made it clear that Yuvraj’s case was an exception. No other Indian cricketer would be encouraged with an NOC to play in leagues other than the IPL.

“What happened in Yuvraj’s case was a one-off and we aren’t looking at handing out any NOCs at present for playing in foreign leagues. We discussed the matter, but felt no action is required to be taken on the issue,” a CoA member told IANS.

However, the BCCI officials were taken aback by this move of the CoA. They felt that rules should be the same for all the players.

“There is something called consistency, but clearly not under the current administration in the board. Arbitrary decision making isn’t the way when it comes to players and their careers,” one of the officials said.

“There might be quite a few former players who are no longer part of the scheme of things when it comes to the Indian team who would have thought of retiring and playing in T20 leagues. This sudden U-turn is unfair on them,” he added.

Another official expressed his view that if a cricketer announces retirement from the game, then he/she shouldn’t be permitted to play anywhere. After all, retirement isn’t location-specific.

“To be honest, you don’t retire geographically. You either retire or you don’t. If some country is permitting retired players to play in T20 leagues, that is an ICC issue. The ICC wishes to be ignorant on such issues. But as far as this U-turn is concerned, it is wrong,” he opined.

Veteran cricketer VB Chandrasekhar committed suicide, confirms Police

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VB Chandrasekhar

A piece of alarming news for the world of the gentleman’s game came in the form of former India opener and Tamil Nadu batsman VB Chandrasekhar’s (57) death. Unable to handle the pressure of a huge mounting debt, he committed suicide by hanging at his Mylapore residence in Chennai on Thursday night.

The veteran cricketer owned the T20 team, VB Kanchi Veerans that was a part of the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL). According to initial investigation reports, he had borrowed nearly Rs 4 crore from a private bank, and invested around Rs 3 crore on the team.

“The autopsy report had confirmed it as death by hanging and the body has been handed over to the family,” A Jayalakshmi, Deputy Commissioner of Police Mylapore, said.

Earlier, it was being said that he had died of a massive heart attack.

He was also with the CSK, and had played a big role in getting MS Dhoni into the team.

“He had incurred heavy losses in running the cricket team, Kanchi Veerans in the absence of any sponsor since its inception four years ago. Further, the team reached the play-off stage only this year but was eliminated after losing a crucial match. And recently, the bank from which he had borrowed money by pledging his house as surety, had sent a recovery notice. Ever since, he was under great mental stress,” said Jayalakshmi.

The Deputy Commissioner also added that Chandrasekhar’s wife, Sowmya, had told the police that he was depressed due to the financial losses and the debt burden.

“Preliminary inquiry points to death due to mounting financial troubles. Further investigations on,” the DCP signed off.

It was indeed a dark day for his family, comprising his wife and two daughters.

Here’s how the shocked cricketing world reacted to his sudden demise:

WI vs IND: Two former legends to help West Indies batsmen for India Tests

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Former legendary cricketers Brian Lara and Ramnaresh Sarwan will guide the Windies batsmen ahead of the first two Test matches against India.

Lara is an all-time great, while Sarwan was a fantastic player of his generation from the Caribbean, who knew how to lead from the front.

The two will be a part of the pre-series camp, to be held in Antigua before the first Test match.

Brian Lara and Ramnaresh Sarwan

They will share their vast knowledge and experience with the 13-member squad. Besides, the stalwarts of the game will also give some useful tips that will help the players to hone their skills.

West Indies and India will play the first Test from August 22 to August 26 at the Sir Vivian Richards Cricket Ground in North Sound, Antigua. The second Test match will start from August 30 and end on September 3 at Sabina Park in Kingston, Jamaica.

There will be massive expectations from the likes of Shai Hope, Roston Chase, Shimron Hetmyer, John Campbell, Kraigg Brathwaite, and Darren Bravo.

The series will also mark the beginning of the ICC World Test Championship for both the teams.

Jimmy Adams, Cricket West Indies’ (CWI) Director of Cricket, expressed his gratitude to Lara and Sarwan for making time to groom the young batsmen.

“We have some good young batsmen in the team who we believe will form the future of West Indies cricket. We saw some very good signs of development earlier this year in the Test matches when we played so very well to beat England and we want to see them grow and become outstanding players for the West Indies,” Adams said in a statement issued by the Windies.

“We have taken the step to have Brian and ‘Ronnie’ work with these players, who have demonstrated a will to learn and succeed. We know they still have the passion and love for West Indies cricket and are eager to assist and share their information with the present generation.”

Brian Lara, 50, is the pride of the Caribbean and the leading run-getter for West Indies. He has notched up a total of 11,953 runs in 131 Test matches. His 400 not out against England in Antigua in the year 2004 will always be remembered worldwide as the only quadruple century in Test history.

Brian Lara

Lara also holds the record of registering the highest first-class score of all time – 501 not out, which came while playing for Warwickshire in the English Country Championship.

Meanwhile, West Indies have faltered in the limited-overs format against India, losing both the T20I and ODI series. They will look to turn things around and bounce back in the upcoming Test series.

CPL 2019: St Lucia Zouks to replace ‘terminated’ St Lucia Stars

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St Lucia Zouks will make a comeback in the upcoming Caribbean Premier League after the recent ouster of St Lucia Stars from the seventh season of the tournament.

The franchise was formerly known as The Zouks when the league was launched in 2013. The Stars had come in place of The Zouks in 2016.

But last week, the CPL ended the participation agreement with Royal Sports Club LLC (an entity that operates the Saint Lucia franchise).

However, the CPL organizers had not given any particular reason behind their decision to remove St Lucia Stars from the cricketing event.

On Saturday, Jay Pandya, the chief executive and owner of Royal Sports Club LLC, said that he did not agree with the CPL statement. He also added that the franchise would work with the organizers to address any issue that may have come up.

“We completely disagree with the CPL press release and will be working to address any issues the CPL may have in an appropriate manner and forum,” Pandya said.

St Lucia Stars had never emerged champions in the league, and put up their best show in 2016, finishing in the third position.

In 2018, they finished fifth out of the six teams that had played, amassing seven points from ten matches. They had top-class Caribbean players in the team last year – Darren Sammy, Kieron Pollard, and Rahkeem Cornwall.

The main overseas players in the 2018 team included David Warner, Niroshan Dickwella and Mitchell McClenaghan, while this year they had roped in Lasith Malinga and Fawad Alam.

The 2019 CPL season is scheduled to begin on September 4, and the first match will be a face-off between Trinbago Knight Riders and St Kitts & Nevis Patriots.

On September 5, St Lucia Zouks will lock horns with Guyana Amazon Warriors.

Inaugural edition of the Euro T20 Slam cancelled

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Euro T20 Slam

The inaugural season of the Euro T20 Slam has been cancelled for now, and postponed until 2020. The confirmation came on Wednesday, August 14.

The mega event, billed as the first multinational T20 franchise tournament, was slated to begin in the Netherlands on August 30 and end on September 22. It would then move to Scotland and Ireland. Local talent from all the three countries would get a golden opportunity to play alongside some of the best T20 players in the world.

Prashant Mishra, ET20S Board Member and Managing Partner at Woods Entertainment, said – “The Board of the Euro T20 Slam, funding partners and franchise owners of this exciting new T20 tournament have reluctantly come to the decision that staging of the event will not be possible in 2019.”

“We want to ensure that the inaugural staging of the Euro T20 Slam provides the best springboard to making this a truly flagship event on the global cricket calendar. As such, we believe the right course of action is to postpone the Slam to a further date. This will give us the necessary breathing space to ensure we are ready to go.”

“We will work with the three cricket boards, our principal investors, the franchise owners, players and other stakeholders within the game to ensure we fulfil any commitments we have made to the extent possible. We want to ensure the goodwill and integrity that we have built up rolls on into 2020,” he added.

The six teams that were all set to play in the tournament are – Dublin Chiefs (Ireland), Belfast Titans (Ireland), Amsterdam Knights (the Netherlands), Rotterdam Rhinos (the Netherlands), Edinburgh Rocks (Scotland) and Glasgow Giants (Scotland).

Eoin Morgan, Rashid Khan, Shane Watson, Brendon McCullum, Shahid Afridi, and Martin Guptill were the ‘icon players’ for the Euro T20 Slam 2019.

Babar Azam, Chris Lynn, JP Duminy, Luke Ronchi, Imran Tahir, and Dale Steyn belonged to the ‘marquee players’ category of the tournament.

Mahela Jayawardene names a current bowler who could’ve troubled him in his playing days

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Mahela Jayawardene is one of those legendary greats of Sri Lankan cricket, who was successful in all three formats of the game. The right-hander represented his country in more than 600 matches, in which he scored over 25,000 runs including 54 centuries and 136 half-centuries. He last played for the island nation in the 2015 World Cup.

Jayawardene had notched up a fine century in the 2011 World Cup final at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, but it went in vain. Gautam Gambhir(97) and MS Dhoni (91*) played beautifully and took their team home after beating Sri Lanka by six wickets. India lifted the World Cup after 28 long years, thus becoming the first country to win the tournament on home soil.

In a recent chat with ESPNcricinfo, he went on to reveal something interesting. When asked about a current generation bowler who he felt could’ve troubled him, he named Jasprit Bumrah. Jayawardene is aware of the young bowler’s skills as he is the coach of Mumbai Indians, the IPL franchise for which Bumrah plays.

Jasprit Bumrah

The in-form pacer was one of India’s go-to players in the World Cup, and was later rested for the T20I and ODI series against West Indies. He is currently the No. 1 bowler in the ICC ODI rankings, and has done immensely well for both his country and IPL team so far. The youngster’s bowling variations and consistent performances have given him sure shot success in a short span of time.

Jayawardene was also asked about a current batsman, he could identify with, as a cricketer. The veteran named the calm and composed New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson, who is currently the No. 2 batsman in the ICC Test rankings.

kane williamson

Williamson was in red-hot form during the 2019 World Cup, and won the Player of the Tournament Award. He notched up a couple of hundreds in the showpiece event, and also emerged as the leading run-scorer for the Black Caps. However, sadly, his team ended up on the losing side against England in the final due to a much-talked-about ‘boundary count’ rule.

And lastly, Mahela is also very active on social media. On being asked to choose between Twitter and Instagram, he chose the latter. He said the crazy pictures people posted on Instagram, piqued his interest.

IND vs SA: Dale Steyn apologizes to Virat Kohli after T20I snub

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Dale Steyn, Virat Kohli

South Africa pace sensation Dale Steyn, who recently retired from Test cricket, did not find a place in the T20I squad touring India in September. He took a jibe at selectors for excluding him from the shortest version of the game.

Steyn had bid farewell to Test cricket in order to focus on T20Is as well as ODIs.

Besides, the selectors did not give any particular reason behind the omission. The fast bowler also made it clear that he was very much available for selection.

Taking a sarcastic dig at the selection panel, he tweeted that perhaps, they had missed out on him during the reshuffling of the coaching staff.

He wrote – “I did… Obviously lost my number in the reshuffling of coaching staff.”

Meanwhile, the same journalist tweeted that the selectors were most probably saving Steyn for bigger games. The disappointed 36-year-old apologized to Indian team skipper Virat Kohli and the fans on behalf of Cricket South Africa (CSA) for not considering the India tour important.

“Apologies to Virat and a billion people for thinking they not.”

Dale Steyn played 44 T20Is for the Proteas, where he scalped 61 wickets at an average of 17.50. He proved pretty miserly, giving away runs at an economy rate of 6.79.

India and South Africa will lock horns in a three-match T20I series next month. The first T20I will take place in Dharamsala on September 15. The remaining two matches are scheduled to be played in Mohali and Bengaluru on September 18 and 22 respectively.

James Neesham jokingly asks NZ teammates to stop using his Netflix account in Sri Lanka

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James Neesham

New Zealand all-rounder Jimmy Neesham is an absolute hero on Twitter. His posts always manage to get fans talking. On Wednesday, August 14, Neesham yet again left his fans in splits with a light-hearted tweet.

The left-handed batsman, who is not in the Test team, is likely to be a part of the T20I squad. He took to Twitter to wish his teammates all the best for their World Test Championship campaign against Sri Lanka –

“Best of luck to the @BLACKCAPS lads today for the start of the #testchampionship.”

In the following tweet, he hilariously revealed that one of his teammates was using his Netflix account –

“Also whichever one of you is using my Netflix login on the team iPad get off ffs.”

The funny tweet caught the attention of plenty.

Here are some Twitter reactions –

Soon, Neesham discovered that it was New Zealand spinner William Somerville, who was using his account.

This is what Somerville wrote – “@BLACKCAPS haha that me – you got the raptors background? I’ve logged in with my own deets now.”

Jimmy ended the conversation with his final tweet – “Continue watching Coronation Street? Must’ve been you old fella!”

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