MUMBAI: It was a knock which summed up Ajinkya Rahane's struggles. In the second innings of the second Test at Christchurch, a barrage of short balls by New Zealand's rampaging pacers had left him dazed. In what proved to be a horrible decision, he came out with an intention to attack, a strategy which turned counter-productive as, moving towards the offside, he paddled a Neil Wagner delivery on to the stumps. After a 43-ball 9, his 59-minute ordeal had come to an end. Clearly, Rahane is a shadow of the player he was in the 2013-14 season - India's best batsman in overseas conditions, who slammed hundreds at Wellington, Lord's and the MCG. So, just what has gone wrong with him? "He's making an extra movement with his hands while batting. He's moving his bat too much in his backlift. He's a fraction of a second late on to the ball. It explains why his head isn't still when the ball is delivered," former India skipper Dilip Vengsarkar told TOI. News in BriefExplore Briefs … [Read more...] about Over-cautious approach hurting Ajinkya Rahane?
Top cricketers like Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane will have to wait longer to resume individual training in Mumbai due to its status of being a coronavirus red zone, which rules out opening of sports facilities in the city for the time being. … [Read more...] about No resumption of cricket practice in red zone Mumbai
Mumbai has been among the worst hit by the COVID19 pandemic. On Tuesday, the city’s COVID-19 count rose to 22,563 with an addition of 1,411 new cases. There have been overall 800 deaths in Mumbai due to the virus, according to the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corporation till Tuesday. … [Read more...] about Cricket to resume in Mumbai? Not yet
“Rohit Sharma’s a bit lucky to find a place in this XI. He’s averaged over 90 but has played Test cricket only in India. But I love the way that he’s so relaxed, just pushes the ball through the off side and also works the ball off his legs” said Hogg. … [Read more...] about 4 Indians but no Virat Kohli in Brad Hogg’s current World Test XI
Praising Dhoni further Raina said Dhoni always used to stay a step ahead of the game. “He was always a step ahead. He used to stand behind the stumps for the entire match, assess the pitch, whether it has turn and swing… He was seldom wrong, I can say he was god gifted. Later when I became the captain of Gujarat Lions in IPL, he told me ‘you can come up to me anytime for suggestions,” said Raina. … [Read more...] about Was having sandwich when Dhoni said ‘pad-up’: Suresh Raina on strategy that changed 2015 World Cup match against Pakistan