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“Suryakumar Yadav is the best middle-order batsman in T20 cricket” Misbah-ul-Haq says he hasn’t seen a knock like this

Suryakumar Yadav’s 68 off 40 balls on a pacy Perth track against South Africa when the next highest Indian score was 15 has caught the eye of the world. Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq would hail him as the best middle-order batsman in the world in T20. “He is the best middle-order batsman in T20 cricket. At 170 strike rate, in this match situation, against this bowling, on this pitch, it’s amazing. I haven’t seen an innings like that. To play a dominating innings like that on this pitch …it seemed as if he knew where the ball would land and where he can hit it.” Misbah told A Sports. His co-panellist Shoaib Malik would offer his reasons for Surya’s success. “The reason for his success and consistency is that he doesn’t change his game. Even when he gets out in 2 innings, the ...
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Surya keeps raising bar, Perth knock is his new T20 high

It’s Suryakumar Yadav’s eyes that tell the story. They don’t light up when he sees a bad ball as the commentators are prone to say. There’s no frantic scanning and surveying of the field. They remain calm, and they alone should hold off a tempest, like the one at Perth on Sunday. The captain had perished, the hero had drowned. His 40- ball 68 against South Africa was on a fast and bouncy track against a frightening quartet of hard-length perpetrators. Surya is just 35 international T20 innings old. Yet, in this briefest of periods, he has remade T20 batting in his own image. Every time he makes the world believe that he has compiled his greatest knock, he makes them rethink. Within days, he raises the bar, comes up with a new greatest knock. This was a night when all there was to do was...
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‘I have seen what happens in the last over with the spinners: Rohit Sharma explains why he used Ashwin in the 18th over of the chase against SA

Would Rohit Sharma do a Babar Azam and have the spinner R Ashwin for the last over? Or would he bring him on for the third-last over? He went for the latter. No luck. David Miller swung two massive sixes to long-off boundary to turn the tide further. Already, the game had two massive turning points when Virat Kohli dropped Aiden Markram and Rohit Sharma missed out a run out of Markram. At the end of the game, Rohit Sharma would explain his decision to use Ashwin in the 18th. “I have seen what happens with the last over with the spinners., I wanted to go the other way. If I can finish Ash and not keep him for the last over. I wanted the seamers to bowl the right overs. Given the new batter came, it was perfect time for him to bowl. But Miller …. These things happen,” Rohit said. After ...
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IND vs SA: The New Zulu: Lungi Ngidi from panic stricken to glorious attacker

South African pacer Lungi Ngidi once had a very scary Indian experience. Back in 2015, he was in India for a Universities World Cup. The games were in Dehradun and that saw the teams taking the busy narrow hilly roads on most days. On one such trip, on the foothills of the Himalayas, the young “Gentle Giant” had a panic attack. On a visit to University of Pretoria (UP) during India’s tour to South Africa, one had heard that story. Blanche Conradie of UP’s sports department had shared Ngidi’s unnerving experience. “It was a rare day, when the team’s tallest and broadest member, who loves to sleep, wanted to leave his room and go out. “We were in this bus on the hills with lots of hooting and honking around on the sinuous route with traffic jams. Lungi thought he was going to die and had ...
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Bumrah a big loss but an opportunity for someone else to stand up: Rahul Dravid after IND-SA T20 series

India head coach Rahul Dravid, Tuesday, admitted that pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah’s absence in the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia will be a blow for his team. “Bumrah’s absence is a big loss for us. He has been a great player but it happens,” said Dravid in the post-match interaction after South Africa beat India by 49 runs in the third T20. “But this is also an opportunity for someone else to stand up. We’ll miss him of course,” the 49-year-old outlined. While India won the T20 series by a margin of 2-1, the visitors eked out a thumping win in the final game of the series. But Dravid saw the positive side and said, it was good to get the right results in both series ( AUS & SA ). “In this format, you need luck, things to go your way, especially in close games. We didn’t have...
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Chahar gets shredded in last over; Indian bench has underwhelming audition; Rishabh Pant sparks excitement as possible opener

The bromance between Rohit Sharma and Dinesh Karthik has been the side-talk of the series. Rohit has kissed the forehead, mock-strangled, muttered in ears, and today, at the end of the final T20, he added a friendly punch to the meme-miners. At the end of the game, as India lost their last wicket, Karthik shuffled out of the dug out, clapping his hands, and there was who else but Rohit, who punched him with a smile. Earlier, he muttered and shook his head when Karthik lost his wicket to a reverse-switch lap shot; perhaps that punch was about that dismissal. Karthik had looked good for a lot more and was in need for a longer stay in the middle ahead of the T20 World Cup but that was not to be. South Africa ended the series well and will look back at Gauhati as a rare off-day with the ba...
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Will India give Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik more game time in the remaining two T20s against South Africa?

Moments after KL Rahul sealed the game against South Africa in Thiruvananthapuram with a six, Rishabh Pant dragged a support staff onto the corner of the ground and made him spit throw-downs. Some of the crowd who were leaving the stadium stopped and began to watch Pant, cheering him and exhorting him to unfurl the big strokes. Pant resisted the urges and seemed inclined to dead-bat the ball, but for an instance when he slashed a really wide ball, he hit the ball so hard that some of the television crew packing up their equipment after the presentation ceremony had to seek split-second evasive action. Pant waved a sorry and continued his dead-batting exercise. Of late, he is spotted batting mostly at the nets or before or after the games. His keenness is unmissable—he is often the first...
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IND vs SA 1st T20: ‘Surya woke up after he got hit!’

“He [Suryakumar Yadav] woke up after he got hit!” KL Rahul would say later. It was a brute of a first delivery from Anrich Nortje that cut in sharply with bounce to ram into Surya’s ribcage. The next ball could have been the wicket ball but proved the jail-break moment. He was now on an off-stump guard and tried to swing a short-of-length kicker to the on side but was done in by the pace, the line, and the bounce. But the ball flew off the leading edge over third man for a six, leaving Nortje with a wry smile. Next ball, Nortje went for a yorker but sprayed it on to the pads, and Surya picked it up and over deep backward square-leg bonndary. Before Surya’s entry, Rabada had harassed KL Rahul and picked up Rohit Sharma with a wonderful away-seamer. It lined up on the off stump, sucking ...
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Ind vs SA, 1st T20 | India elect to field against South Africa, Bumrah ruled out with back injury

Ravichandran Ashwin and Deepak Chahar have made it to the first eleven in place of Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah Ravichandran Ashwin and Deepak Chahar have made it to the first eleven in place of Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah India captain Rohit Sharma elected to field after winning the toss in the first T20 International against South Africa in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday. Jasprit Bumrah complained of back pain during India’s practice session on Tuesday. The BCCI Medical Team assessed him and he was then ruled out of the first game. Ravichandran Ashwin and Deepak Chahar made it to first eleven in place of Hardik Pandya and Bumrah, who played the last game against Australia. Teams: India: Rohit Sharma(c), K. L. Rahul, Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant(w), Dinesh Ka...