That 2017 ICC Women’s World Cup winner Danielle Wyatt’s huge admiration for Virat Kohli is no secret.
Wyatt had raised eyebrows back in 2014 after she posted a tweet asking the Indian skipper to marry her following his stunning performances at the ICC World Cup T20.
The England all-rounder got the chance to meet her idol briefly on the sidelines of the World T20 where the Indian batting supremo gifted her a cricket bat.
The 26-year-old took to Twitter on Monday to display her special gift but what caught the eye of cricket enthusiasts was the way Wyatt had spelled Kohli’s name.
— Danielle Wyatt (@Danni_Wyatt) September 10, 2017
Wyatt wrote “Back training this week. Can’t wait to use this beast. Thanks @imVkohli #ping #middlesbiggerthanme.”
The Stoke native had inscribed the Indian superstar’s name at the base of the bat but spelled his surname as ‘Kholi’.
The legions of Indian cricket fans on social media wasted no time in pointing out the gaffe to Wyatt.
Kholi marry me!!!
— Danielle Wyatt (@Danni_Wyatt) April 4, 2014
While the spelling mistake was embarrassing for someone who is supposed to adore Kohli, the fans did manage to see the funny side of the incident.
Wyatt has played 53 ODI’s and 70 T20I’s for the English Eves though she is yet to make her mark in the Test arena.
She was an integral member of the side which captured the Women’s World Cup earlier this year on home soil.
Wyatt and co had beaten the Mithali Raj-led Indian side in an exciting final at Lord’s.
Bangladesh’s Shakib Al Hasan, the world’s leading all-rounder, had requested a six-month break from Test cricket ahead of the upcoming tour of South Africa, the country’s board said on Monday.
Bangladesh are likely to name their squad later on Monday for the South Africa tour comprising of two Tests, three one-day internationals and two Twenty20 games, starting on September 28.
“Shakib has handed a letter to the board, seeking a break from Test cricket,” Bangladesh cricket Board spokesman Jalal Yunus told AFP.
“He said he will be available for other formats during this period but he needed this break from Test cricket to refresh his body.
“We haven’t yet made any decision regarding his request. BCB president (Nazmul Hasan) will make the final decision.”
The BCB has now accepted the all-rounder’s request though he hasn’t been granted a six-month break as desired.
Shakib has been granted exemption from Bangladesh’s tour of South Africa starting later this month but the Board have kept the option open for the star man to rejoin the squad for the second Test if he so desires.
— Bangladesh Cricket (@BCBtigers) September 11, 2017
The left-hander has been omitted from Bangladesh’s 15-man squad for South Africa which was announced by the BCB on Monday.
Shakib starred in Bangladesh’s maiden Test win over Australia last month, claiming 10 wickets and scoring 84 runs.
The 30-year-old has played every Test for Bangladesh since missing two games against the West Indies in 2014 because of suspension.
His request for the Test break comes amid concerns over player fatigue, as well as criticism that players are prioritising earning money over representing their countries.
He is the first Bangladesh player to miss a Test voluntarily in their cricketing history.
Shakib is a regular at franchise-based Twenty20 tournaments around the world, and earned $712,000 from four Twenty20 competitions in 2016, according to Bangladesh’s Daily Star.
The West Indies were expected to roll over and play dead in England. The three-Test series wasn’t built up as an intense battle between equally matched sides. But cricket is a funny game.
After the Windies were walloped in the opening Test, losing an inc-redible 19 wickets on the third day of the day-night game at Birmingham, they hit back with a vengeance at Leeds.
England rallied on the fourth day and set the visitors a target of 322 but the Caribbean side didn’t throw in the towel, with Shai Hope scoring an incredible second innings ton to stun the hosts.
The final match at Lord’s was a slugfest with both teams dismissed for less than 200 in their first innings. It took a career-best effort of 7-42 from James Anderson to end the West Indies challenge on what turned out to be the last day of the Test contest.
England have undoubtedly learned a lot about themselves, something which might not have been possible in one-sided encounters like the first Test.
One of the biggest takeaways from the West Indies series is that while there aren’t many outstanding new talents waiting in the wings, the regular members of England’s Test team are still very much on top of their game.
The top three run-scorers for England were Alastair Cook (304), Joe Root (268) and Ben Stokes (228) while the leading wickettakers were James Anderson (19), Stuart Broad and Stokes (nine each).
Broad’s tally would have been better had England held on to the catches; they dropped at least 14 chances with seven of them off Broad. The only up-and-coming player to make a considerable impact was pacer Toby Roland-Jones. He was reliable in two Tests, picking up seven wickets.
— England Cricket (@englandcricket) September 10, 2017
And while it was not as spectacular as his debut game against South Africa, his efforts were consistent enough to give the management some confidence as they draw up plans for the next Test assignment – the Ashes in Australia in November. Batting, however, remains a major concern.
Mark Stoneman (120 runs from five innings) and Tom Westley (71 from five) hardly inspire any confidence while Dawid Malan (154 from four outings) was decent without being spectacular.
England’s top five still revolves around Cook and Root with Stokes and Moeen Ali providing resilience down the order alongside Jonny Bairstow, who admittedly had a poor series (59 from four innings), but offers experience.
Australia look a far more settled unit. Matt Renshaw and Peter Handscomb can deliver consistently and their bowling attack has never lacked any bite, with Pat Cummins doing a fine job in Bangladesh in the absence of Mitchell Starc and later Josh Hazlewood.
England haven’t unearthed any spectacular talent of late but at least most of the established names are still doing a fine job. The Ashes will be an altogether different challenge for new Test captain Root.
However, they can realistically hope to challenge the Aussies as long as their main players are fit and they hold on to their catches. If not, then they don’t have a Plan B.