We will be feared by a lot of teams in T20 World Cup: Collingwood
Ahmedabad, Mar 19 (PTI) England will be "feared" by a lot of teams in the upcoming T20 World Cup, assistant coach Paul Collingwood asserted on Friday. Collingwood, who had captained England to a T20 World Cup triumph in 2010, said they are now better prepared for the tournament, scheduled to be held in India in seven months' time. "Going into this World Cup I think we will be feared by a lot of teams because of our white-ball form for the past four years," Collingwood told British media on the eve of their T20I series-decider against India. "We've got a lot of match winners from one to 11, who can win games from their own bat. Totally different teams from 2010 to now, but I don't think we could be in a better place. "The team in 2010 was a team that came together right at the last moment, and we took a few risks, gambles on selection. "We knew what kind of cricket we wanted to play but it hadn't been drilled into us over a long period of time, like this team has. I think this team is better prepared." Collingwood said the success mantra of their white-ball teams lies in playing an aggressive brand of cricket. "I never feel you win World Cups, big tournaments by being conservative. You've got to be ahead of the game. This team has done that over the past four years, that drilled into being aggressive. "You've got to have a lot of bravery to do it in the big games. Tomorrow's another example. Hopefully, we can go out there and play our usual aggressive cricket and of course adapt to the conditions. "That's how they want to play and that's how you put teams under pressure whether you're playing the first game or in the final. That is our mantra." Asked about the importance of the series-decider, he said these kind of pressure situations would put them in perfect place ahead of the World Cup. "It's a huge game. Both teams know that. Another great opportunity to get experience under the belt in knockout cricket. It's like a final for us. When you're leading into the World Cup you need these kinds of experiences to see how players deal with the pressure. "It's just another experience that you can draw upon and use the memories of that." Collingwood hoped the pitch, which was used for the second T20I, would offer some bounce. "It's the same pitch as the second T20 but it had a lot of moisture put into it, it's been sealed up, so don't expect it to be a one that's going to be really slow and low and turning." He further spoke about soft-signal controversy and said it's difficult for the umpires to make definitive calls from the middle. The soft signal sparked a controversy during the fourth T20I as Indian captain Virat Kohli lambasted the concept of conclusive proofs required to overturn a soft signal and asked why can't there be a "I-don't-know" call for the umpires. "To be honest I think he's got a point on boundary catches. It's hard enough for an umpire to see what's going on from 20 yards away, and then having to look 60-70 metres away to a boundary catch." Recounting the experience of his playing days, he said: "Normally when I played the game and genuinely took a catch, you actually doubt yourself whether you've caught it. "You know you've got the fingers underneath but with the length of the grass which is generally two-three inches long, and the depth of your fingers, you can always look like that ball is actually on the turf." "But certainly it is difficult for the umpires to make definitive calls out in the middle to give soft signals. I mean it's frustrating from a player's point of view, it's frustrating from our point of view," he concluded.
Tendulkar credits IPL for developing India's bench
Raipur, Mar 19 (PTI) Batting great Sachin Tendulkar on Friday credited the IPL for helping develop India's bench strength, saying the current lot has benefitted by constantly playing against world-class performers in the lucrative league. Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan, who play for Mumbai Indians in the IPL, have produced stunning knocks against England in the ongoing T20 series and Tendulkar attributed their success to the league. "Yeah, both Surya and Ishan are ready to play, because you know, I have always felt that IPL's introduction has helped players," Tendulkar, who is captaining the India Legends in the ongoing Road Safety World Series, told PTI. "Because earlier when we played, I hadn't played against a Wasim (Akram), when we played in Australia, I hadn't played a (Sharne) Warne or (Craig) McDermott or Merv Hughes. We went there and we had to figure out what has happened." Tendulkar said the IPL has provided the players the opportunity to run shoulders with the top stars and compete against the best. "With the help of IPL, I mean, yesterday I was watching the game, and Surya was batting and (Jofra) Archer bowled to him and Ben Stokes and the commentator said that it is nothing new for Surya because he has already played against Rajasthan Royals," he said. "Both Archer and Stokes play for Rajasthan Royals, so it is nothing different and he (Surya) knows what they do and he has played against them already. So, it wasn't first time. "That's the only reason I am saying that both these guys are ready to play for India and that just shows the bench strength of our team, it is really strong. So that's the beauty of our cricket now, that there are a number of players, who are ready to go out." Back in the field for the Road Safety World Series, Tendulkar said, "It's a special feeling to be back (in) the dressing room. "Like I said that sport unifies everyone, no matter which part of the country you come from, which caste, creed, nothing, your bank balance, sport doesn't recognise anything, it only recognises the way you play," he said. "It is a fair ground for everyone and we have always believed that when we are there in the dressing room, it is one team, we are together. We have always taken pride in representing the nation, it is a huge honour." The Indian Legends have already made it to the summit clash, which will be played on Sunday and according to Tendulkar, all the players are playing for a specific cause. "It is fun to be out there in the middle for a cause, and I would like to applaud all six teams that includes India and I am taking India's name here also. All the players have come here for a cause and they want to go out and give their best and. "Players are diving around and trying to stop the ball, trying to bowl fast. So, we are here for a cause and it is a message that we are trying to give to everyone, create that awareness on road safety, which is sometimes taken for granted." Tendulkar stressed on wearing helmets while driving. "The message is that we lose almost 1.35 million people globally every year because of road accidents and out of which 1.5 lakh lives are lost in India because of road accidents. It could be because of not wearing a helmet. "When we talk about not wearing helmet, not just for the rider but also the pillion... The stats show that from the age of 18-35, that age group 50 per cent of the lives are lost because of not wearing helmets and not taking precautions." "The message we are trying to give everyone is when you are riding a scooter/bike/two-wheeler wear a helmet, if there is a pillion travelling with you make sure that the passenger also wears a helmet. "If you are driving a car, wear a seat belt, don't jump signals, don't drive on the wrong side of the road."
Harmanpreet and Co eye redemption in T20 series against South Africa
Lucknow, Mar 19 (PTI) Outplayed in the ODI series, Indian women will have to lift their game in all departments to redeem themselves in the three-match T20 series against South Africa, beginning here on Saturday. Apart from the nine-wicket win in the second match, Mithali Raj's side failed to fire as a unit against their South African counterparts, who looked in good rhythm throughout the series. In the words of skipper Mithali Raj, India looked underprepared in their first series in 12 months. While they posted competitive scores in the 3rd and 4th ODIs, the hosts struggled to below-par totals in the first and fifth games. With Jemimah Rodrigues short of runs, India missed the flair of young Shafali Verma. However, the 17-year-old, who had an amazing T20 World Cup last year, will be back at the top of the order. Star opener Smriti Mandhana had just one good innings to show in the five-ODI series and will need to step up. India will also hope that the change of captaincy will bring a change of luck as Harmanpreet Kaur looks to lead from the front. With 160 runs, the left-handed batter has looked in good touch with the bat. Harleen Deol and Richa Ghosh will also look to make use of the chances that they get to show their skills in the middle order. In the one-dayers, the hosts' bowling was too dependent on veteran Jhulan Goswami as the spinners, save Rajeshwari Gayakwad (8 wickets), failed to make a mark, which is one of the prime reasons for the loss. Senior leg-spinner Poonam Yadav and spin all-rounder Deepti Sharma were dropped from the fifth ODI after their lacklustre show and the duo will look to bounce back in the shortest format. In the pace department, the onus will be on Arundhati Reddy and Manshi Joshi and eyes will also be on rookies Monica Patel and Simran Dil Bahadur. South Africa, on the other hand, have looked like a well-oiled machine as both their batters and bowlers have excelled in the tour. Opening batswoman Lizelle Lee, who topped the runscorers list with 288 runs in four matches with totals of 83 not out, 4, 132 not out and 69, will once again look to dominate the proceedings. She was ably supported by Mignon du Preez (166 runs) and Laura Wolvaardt (154 runs) and it will be a real test for the Indian bowling attack to tame them. Pacewomen Shabnim Ismail (7 wickets) and Tumi Sekhukhune (5 wickets) have been their most successful bowlers, while medium pacers Marizanne Kapp (3) and Nadine de Klerk (3) too have chipped in with useful spells. Squads: Indian women: Harmanpreet Kaur (Captain), Smriti Mandhana (vice-captain), Shafali Verma, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Richa Ghosh, Harleen Deol, Sushma Verma (wicket-keeper), Nuzhat Parveen (wicket-keeper), Ayushi Soni, Arundhati Reddy, Radha Yadav, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Mansi Joshi, Monica Patel, C. Prathyusha, Simran Dil Bahadur. South Africa women: Sune Luus (captain), Ayabonga Khaka, Shabnim Ismail, Laura Wolvaardt, Trisha Chetty, Sinalo Jafta, Tasmin Britz, Marizanne Kapp, Nondumiso Shangase, Lizelle Lee, Anneke Bosch, Faye Tunnicliffe, Nonkululeko Mlaba, Mignon du Preez, Nadine de Klerk, Lara Goodall, Tumi Sekhukhune. Match Starts at 7pm IST.
Battle for supremacy among two best teams in series-decider
Ahmedabad, Mar 19 (PTI) Having outsmarted England in challenging conditions, a confident India will back themselves to win the series-decider here on Saturday and take another firm step towards finalising their core for the T20 World Cup. India, who went into the series with a fresh and fearless approach in the shortest format, find themselves well-placed in their preparations for the mega event at home later this year, irrespective of what happens in the fifth game. The Virat Kohli-led side, which did not have the depth earlier to attack in all situations, finds itself full of 'x-factor' with the emergence of Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav, whose willow bludgeoned the England bowlers, making it a dream debut on Friday. His innings at number three was pure delight and left even the likes of Kohli "stunned", reinforcing the role of IPL in providing polished talent to the national team. It was not a surprise that Suryakumar found a place in the squad for the upcoming ODI series. "It's not easy to walk in at three in your first game and we all were stunned. He stamped his authority and allowed the likes of Shreyas, Hardik and Pant to do their job. I am a fan of these youngsters," said Kohli referring to Suryakumar. With Kishan and Suryakumar making massive impact in their maiden series, Haryana all-rounder Rahul Tewatia is the only one in the squad left to make his debut and that could happen on Saturday.Another big plus for India in the series has been Hardik Pandya contributing with the ball regularly. He was among the star bowlers on Thursday, taking two wickets for 16 runs in four overs.Leggie Rahul Chahar, playing in place of Yuzvendra Chahal, also did a decent job while Washington Sundar had a rare off day.India will now be hoping K L Rahul fires at the top, having showed some form in the previous game following scores of 1, 0, 0.Kohli must have got a lot of satisfaction out of the fact that India were able to to put up a big score and defend with the dew around in the night. It was the first time in the series that the team batting first went on to the win the game. England, on the other hand, will expect Jos Buttler and world's number one batsman Dawid Malan to show more consistency with the bat. The pace duo of Jofra Archer and Mark Wood have been impressive but they have not got a lot of support from Chris Jordan, who leaked most runs in the fourth T20. "We are just trying to learn as much as we can in this series. The progression to the World Cup in seven months is important," said Morgan following the eight-run loss. "....We really want to play in must win games like these. Certainly all to play for now. Playing away from home and winning will be great." Squads: India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vc), KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Rahul Tewatia, Ishan Kishan.England: Eoin Morgan (captain), Joss Buttler, Jason Roy, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Ben Stokes, Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid, Reece Topley, Chris Jordan, Mark Wood, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Sam Billings, Jonny Bairstow, Jofra Archer.Match Starts at 7 pm.
India-England series is a trailer for other teams to improve ahead of T20 WC: Ramiz
Karachi, Mar 19 (PTI) Former Pakistan captain Ramiz Raja has termed the ongoing series between India and England as a "trailer" for other teams, saying the five-match T20 rubber will help them to improve their skills and strategy ahead of the T20 World Cup later this year. "I think it is a trailer for other teams on how to improve their skills, strategies for this format before the World Cup," he said in an interview on the Cricket Baaz YouTube channel. "We have two of the best teams playing and I think England is the team to beat in the World Cup." Ramiz heaped praise on the England team for their metoric rise in white-ball cricket. "Their rise in white ball cricket has been massively impressive given the fact that until some years back they didn't even give priority to ODIs or leave alone T20 cricket," he said. "England are fearless now and playing attacking cricket in white ball format." Ramiz also felt that England had shell shocked the quality top order of the Indian team with their express pace. The former Pakistan batsman also described Misbah-ul-Haq as the poor man's MS Dhoni, saying the Pakistan head coach needs to adopt a "modern thinking" approach to guide the team. "Misbah's training and upbringing is different. Let me put it this way, he is the poor man's Dhoni. MS was also restrained, no expressions and not emotional. Misbah is also like this but I think now he has to go on modern thinking," he said. "Misbah has to take a new direction because there is a need to set the GPS right for Pakistan cricket because aggression is in our DNA. I think at times he gets too protective and he gets cagey as soon as we lose a match. But if our products and talent is right we shouldn't be afraid of hiccups and setbacks." Asked to compare Misbah with India's head coach Ravi Shastri, Ramiz made some interesting observations. "When we played against Ravi we felt he was a misfit in Indian team because he had aggression, he was a go getter, team player ready to open bat down the order and his body language was different. We felt he wanted to be a Imran Khan type player because we were like that. "I think he took this attitude to the Indian team and fortunately for him the captain, Virat Kohli is also like that aggressive and expressive and this has made a big difference to the Indian team." Ramiz also called for the appointment of a chief executive for the Pakistan team who would oversee only technical cricket matters related to the team selection, coaches, players etc. He also felt that time has come for Pakistan to stop reliance on foreign coaches. "In the past I could understand we needed foreign coaches because we were young to this field but now we have grown ourselves in this area. "In fact I think there is no need to have permanent coaches with the team for all tours and we should only be appointing specialist coaches as required on tour to tour series to series basis. "Appointment of coaches should be tour based and opposition based. Use their expertise for a series and move on rather than carry on with them for a long period." Talking about the World Test Championship, Ramiz said: "The current format was lopsided and prolonged and it made no sense not having India and Pakistan series. "Teams didn't play the same number of matches and even the points system was weird. Next time when the WTC is held no cricket should be held at that time, No ODIs or T20s, if you want to promote test cricket and infuse life into it and also attract sponsors to this format."
Prasidh Krishna, Krunal Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav in ODI squad for England series
New Delhi, Mar 19 (PTI) Karnataka pacer Prasidh Krishna, all-rounder Krunal Pandya and Suryakumar Yadav were on Friday named in the India squad for the three-match ODI series against England in Pune.Krishna and Krunal have been rewarded for their good performances in the recently held Vijay Hazare Trophy while Suryakumar's selection was not a surprise given his stupendous T20 debut in the fourth T20 against England. All three games will be played in Pune, starting March 23. India's ODI squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), KL Rahul (wicket-keeper), Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Krunal Pandya, Washington Sundar, T Natarajan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, Prasidh Krishna and Shardul Thakur.
Getting under the pump before World Cup is good for us: Stokes
Ahmedabad, Mar 19 (PTI) England star all-rounder Ben Stokes says losing a tight game like the fourth Twenty20 against India on Thursday and going into a 'winners-take-all' contest will only prepare them better for the World Cup as they will get used to pressure situations. Eyeing an unassailable 3-1 lead, the Eoin Morgan-led side faltered in a tricky chase of 186 to go down to India by eight runs. The fifth T20I, scheduled for Saturday, is now like a summit clash. "Whoever wins that game wins the series so you know that's great for us as a team, and especially with the T20 World Cup coming up, the more pressure situations we get into as a team, the more we will benefit from it," Stokes told reporters during the post-match interaction on Thursday. "The more pressure that we get under as a team, the more that's going to do for us in that World Cup, because World Cups can end very quickly. Every game is a big game." Stokes nearly carried England home with his 46 off 23 balls but he and captain Morgan were dismissed off consecutive Shardul Thakur deliveries at the start of the 17th over from where it was tilted in home team's favour. "One of us have got to be there till the end. Leaving that many runs for our bottom order to have to deal with obviously is less than ideal. In that situation, one of our middle-order needs to be there till the end to get it over the line. It's always more frustrating when you feel like you've got the game in your hands." "Rather than going away and being too down on myself you got to look at these things and assess them and learn from them. You know we've got a T20 World Cup coming up and there's no doubt it will put in a similar situation at some point in that tournament so these are all great learning experiences for us as players," he said. Talking about Saturday's game, he said: "It is a final because if we don't win then we lose the series, and we don't want to lose the series." "We want to make a habit of winning. As I said the more situations we get put into where we've got pressure on us and we keep prevailing, that's just got to do with the world of good." The Morgan-led England have been in brilliant form in the white ball cricket since their ODI World Cup victory in 2019. "Getting into any of our white ball teams now is a huge honour, purely because of how well we have played over the last four-five years. "Even the guys who are in the XI know that there's guys on the bench, knocking that door down, so competition for places in this team is real, real healthy and it really drives everybody to get better and better every day," Stokes said. In the first three T20Is the team that has won the toss, has chosen to bat second and won but the latest match bucked that trend. "This is the best wicket we've had in this series. We knew that straightaway after the first couple of overs with Jofra and Woody. The wicket didn't have that sort of up and down, bounce where it did the first couple of games. The bowl skidded on nicely. "You got to give credit to India and the way they bowled. They realised quite early that taking the pace off the ball and digging into the wicket was actually quite tough," he concluded.
Not disappointed with my dismissal, few things not in my control: Suryakumar
Ahmedabad, Mar 19 (PTI) His terrific innings in only his second international outing was cut short by a controversial dismissal, but Suryakumar Yadav took it on his chin, saying few things are "not in my control". Suryakunar smashed a blistering 57 off 31 balls to set up India's series-levelling eight-run win against England in the fourth T20 International against England here on Thursday night. Just when he was looking to pile on England's misery, the Mumbai dasher was given out in a controversial fashion. "Regarding my dismissal, not really disappointed because few things are not in my control. Things that are in my control, I try to control that and things outside that, are not in my hands," Suryakumar said at the post-match press conference on Thursday. He began his foray in international cricket with a stunning six off England pacer Jofra Archer. "I am very happy with the way the things went. My plan was really clear when I went out to bat. I have seen Archer in the last two-three seasons in the IPL, I watched all of his games, whenever a new batsman comes in, what plans he has, obviously I had my plans as well," added Suryakumar. "It was a great opportunity for me to bat at number three for India. Yeah, I knew he will come a little short at me." During India's innings, two umpiring seemed to have gone against the hosts. Suryakumar was dismissed by Sam Curran. The right-handed batsman tried to play a shot but Dawid Malan ended up taking the catch. Replays indicated that the ball might have hit the ground when Malan was taking the catch. However, as the soft signal was out, the third umpire upheld the on-field call citing "lack of conclusive evidence". Suryakumar was not included in India's squad for the white-ball series against Australia despite a stellar IPL and domestic season Speaking about how he prepared for the series against England, Suryakumar said, "I have always said that the passion for this game has always kept me going." "I kept working hard, I only knew that I have one option and I try to do things that are in my control. I kept on working on my skills and fitness and I knew that when the time is right, an opportunity will come and I will grab it with both hands. "There were some butterflies, I was happy when I got to know that I will be playing at three, I knew what I had done before, I just followed the same process which I do while playing for my franchise. "I knew this situation really well, I wanted to do the same things. I did not do anything different, I just expressed myself," he said.
Why soft signal is so important? Kohli questions
Ahmedabad, Mar 18 (PTI) Indian captain Virat Kohli on Thursday questioned the concept of requiring "conclusive proofs" to overturn a "soft signal" of the field umpires, saying that rules should be made simpler so that teams do not suffer in high-stake games. During the fourth T20I against England here, which India won by eight runs, there were at least two dismissals that benefitted England for want of conclusive proofs. Asked about the incidents at the post-match presentation, Kohli went back to a Test match against England, which preceded the T20I series. "There was an instance during the Test series when I was next to Jinks (Ajinkya Rahane) and he clearly caught the ball but he wasn't sure so we went upstairs. If it is a half and half effort and the fielder is in doubt, there is no way the umpire from square leg can see it clearly. "The soft signal becomes that important and it becomes tricky. Where there should be conclusive proof? I don't know why there can't be an 'I don't know' call with the umpires as well. It is similar to umpire's call as well. "These are decisions that can change the course of the game, especially in these big games. We were on the receiving side today, and tomorrow it could be some other team." Suryakumar Yadav was unlucky to have been given out in the 14th over after repeated replays of Dawid Malan's catch off Sam Curran by the TV umpire. A part of the ball seemed to have touched the ground but the TV umpire did not overturn the on-field umpire's decision (soft signal) due to a lack of conclusive proof. Washington Sundar was also given out in the last over after repeated replays by the TV umpire to see if Adil Rashid had touched the ropes with his back heel while taking the catch failed to get a conclusive evidence. The Indian captain said the rules should be made simple by "ironing out" the grey areas. "... keep the game really simple and linear. It isn't ideal in high pressure games and have a lot of clarity on the field." On him leaving the field during the nervy late overs, when Rohit Sharma was leading the side, Kohli said, "I ran for a ball and threw it and I just aggravated my leg a little bit. Nothing serious, I should be fine for the game in a day and a half. "Better than sprinting for five or six overs, because we have another game in two days and I took the smart decision of going out. I didn't want to make it into a niggle or an injury."
Suryakumar's maiden international fifty takes India to 185/8 against England
Ahmedabad, Mar 18 (PTI) Suryakumar Yadav smashed a blistering maiden fifty and powered India to 185 for 8 in their fourth T20 International match against England here on Thursday. Suryakumar, who replaced an injured Ishan Kishan, struck six fours and three sixes in his 31-ball 57 to top score for India after being asked to bat. He debuted in the second T20I but did not bat in that match. He did not play in the third game. India did not have a big partnership but quickfire knocks from Shreyas Iyer (37 off 18 balls) and Rishabh Pant (30 off 23) took the hosts to their highest total of the series. England again opened the attack with leg-spinner Adil Rashid but Rohit Sharma (12) clobbered him for a six in the first ball of the match and then followed it up with a four. But Rohit's promising innings was cut short in the fourth over as he was caught and bowled by Jofra Archer, who took career-best figures of 4/33. Suryakumar hit Archer for a six in the first ball he faced in international cricket, picked up the gaps and found the boundaries to keep the scoreboard moving, though the England bowlers were by no means wayward. India's 45 for 1 after the powerplay was not a top-notch effort but Suryakumar smacked Rashid for a six and a four in the seventh over to overtake opener KL Rahul (14). The home side suffered a double blow in the form of Rahul and captain Virat Kohli as they were pegged back to 70 for 3 in the ninth over. Rahul continued his struggle as he offered a simple catch to Archer at mid-off off the bowling of Ben Stokes while Kohli was stumped out as he danced down the track to smash Rashid in an uncharacteristic show of aggression early in his innings. India were 75 for 3 at halfway mark with Suryakumar going great guns. He reached his maiden international fifty from just 28 deliveries, with a four off Rashid in the 12th over. Pant joined the party as he hit two fours off Stokes in the 13th over, taking India's score to 104 for 3. But Suryakumar was unlucky to have been given out in the 14th over after repeated replays of Dawid Malan's catch off Sam Curran by the TV umpire. A part of the ball seemed to have touched the ground but the TV umpire did not overturn the on-field umpire's decision due to lack of conclusive proof. Ben Stokes took a blinder of a catch to get rid of Hardik Pandya in the 19th over and Washington Sundar was given out in the last over after repeated replays by the TV umpire.
India beat England by 8 runs in 4th T20 International, level series 2-2
Ahmedabad, Mar 18 (PTI) A determined India beat England by eight runs in the fourth T20 International to level the five-match series 2-2 here on Thursday. Invited to bat first, India scored 185 for eight in the stipulated 20 overs, with Suryakumar Yadav (57) and Shreyas Yadav (37) doing the bulk of scoring at the Narendra Modi Stadium. Suryakumar's 31-ball effort was his maiden half-century in international cricket and Iyer made his runs in just 18 balls, hitting five fours and a six, as India managed to put up a challenging total. Suryakumar smashed three sixes and six fours during his stay in the middle. In reply, England were stopped at 177 for eight in their full quota of overs. All-rounder Ben Stokes top-scored for England with 46 off 23 balls while Jason Roy smashed a 27-ball 40 at the top of the order. Brief Scores: India: 185 for 8 in 20 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 57, Shreyas Iyer 37, Rishabh Pant 30; Jofra Archer 4/33). England: 177 for 8 in 20 overs (Ben Stokes 46, Jason Roy 40; Hardik Pandya 2/16, Rahul Chahar 2/35, Shardul Thakur 3/42).
India score 185/8 against England in 4th T20I
Ahmedabad, Mar 18 (PTI) Invited to bat, India posted 185 for eight against England in the fourth T20 International here on Thursday. Suryakumar Yadav top-scored for the home team with a 31-ball 57 while Shreyas Iyer blazed away to 37 off 18 deliveries. England lead the five-match series 2-1. Brief scores: India: 185/8 in 20 overs (Suryakumar Yadav 57, Shreyas Iyer 37; Jofra Archer 4/33).
Rohit completes 9000 runs in T20 cricket, 2nd Indian after Kohli
Ahmedabad, Mar 18 (PTI) Senior opener Rohit Sharma on Thursday became the second Indian to complete 9000 runs in T20 cricket after skipper Virat Kohli. Rohit achieved the feat when he drove spinner Adil Rashid for a single during the fourth T20 International against England at the Narendra Modi Stadium. He scored 12 runs in Thursday's match. He was dismissed by pacer Jofra Archer. Rohit, who is one of the modern-day greats in white-ball cricket, is the ninth highest-run getter in the T20 format. More than half of his T20 runs came in the Indian Premier League. In T20 Internationals, Rohit has so far accumulated 2800 runs from 110 matches at an average of 32.41 and with a strike rate of 138.36. Across T20s, he has amassed 9001 runs from 342 matches with a strike rate of 133.36. He has to his credit six centuries and 63 fifties in the game's shortest format. Rohit also has over 500 runs ti his name in the IPL. Last January, Rohit became the third fastest player in the world to reach 9000 runs in One-day Internationals.
England win toss, opt to bowl against India in 4th T20I
Ahmedabad, Mar 18 (PTI) England captain Eoin Morgan won the toss and opted to bowl in the fourth T20 International against India here on Thursday. India made two changes with Ishan Kishan, who is suffering from a groin strain, making way for Suryakumar Yadav and Rahul Chahar coming in for Yuzvendra Chahal. England are fielding the same playing XI from the previous match. The teams: India: Virat Kohli (C), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Shreyas Iyer, Hardik Pandya, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Rahul Chahar. England: Eoin Morgan(C), Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Dawid Malan, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Jofra Archer, Adil Rashid and Mark Wood.
Australian superstar Perry signs up for The Hundred
According to a press release by the ECB, Australia's cricketing icon Ellyse Perry has signed up for Birmingham Phoenix to join other cricketer stars from world cricket in the brand new 100-ball competition The Hundred. Representing Birmingham Phoenix in the inaugural season of the brand new competition,tThe ICC Women’s Player of the Decade will join forces with Ashleigh Gardner, New Zealand’s Sophie Devine and England’s Amy Jones and Georgia Elwiss. Ellyse Perry said: “I can’t wait to come over to the UK and get involved in The Hundred this summer. It’s fantastic to see how it’s put women’s cricket in the spotlight and attracted so many of the world’s top players to come and play in it. “With 100 balls per side it’s going to be really exciting to play in, and I’m looking forward to helping introduce a new generation to cricket and hopefully inspiring them to pick up a bat and ball themselves.” Perry became the youngest cricketer to play for Australia in the year 2007. She also played a part in the Australian team that won the 2013 ICC Women’s Cricket World Cup and the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup in 2010, 2012, 2014, 2018 and 2020. Perry was recently decorated with the title of the ICC Women’s Cricketer of the Decade. The Hundred will showcase world-class domestic and international players in men’s and women’s events, it will kick start from July this year and feature eight city-based teams from Birmingham, Cardiff, Leeds, Manchester, Nottingham, Southampton and two from London. Oval Invincibles will take on Manchester Originals at the first match of the tournament on July 21. Beth Barrett-Wild, Head of The Hundred Women’s Competition, said: “Ellyse’s participation in The Hundred shows that the competition continues to attract the best players from around the world. “By showcasing the most talented female cricketers on the planet, on a big stage, alongside the men, we have an opportunity to continue to normalise cricket as a sport for women and girls, as much as it is for men and boys. I truly believe that The Hundred will be a gamechanger for women’s sport.” Ben Sawyer, Birmingham Phoenix women’s team Head Coach said: “Ellyse is a world-class cricketer who would improve any team and we are thrilled that she will be turning out for us at Birmingham Phoenix this summer. I’ve been lucky to work with her over a number of years and I know her quality and work-ethic will be a huge asset to us and the whole competition.”