The New Zealand women’s team registered the highest ever score in a One-Day International as they posted 490-4 against Ireland in Dublin on Friday.
New Zealand captain Suzie Bates led the batting charge with a knock of 151 as she gave her team an ideal start during an opening stand of 172 with Jess Watkin (62). Suzie smashed 24 fours and two sixes during her 97-ball innings to set up the mammoth score.
Maddy Green’s 121 from 77 deliveries helped New Zealand break their own record of 455-5 against Pakistan at Christchurch in 1997.
Ireland bowlers came in for some rough treatment with teenage leg-spinner Cara Murray going for 119 runs in 10 overs.
The highest men’s List A score is Surrey’s 496-4 against Gloucestershire at The Oval in 2007.
Although he will be donning the national jersey for the first time, he is no stranger to the Indian set-up having practised in the nets with senior players when his father was part of the squad.
Here are some interesting facts about the 18-year-old:
LEFT-ARM PACE BOWLER
Arjun represented Mumbai at Under-14, U-16 and U-19 level and comes into the India team on the back of an impressive 2017-18 season, picking up 19 wickets including two five-wicket hauls in the Cooch Behar Trophy. His talents and ability to clock over 135kmph saw him get called up to the MCC squad last July. In one of his two matches against Namibia, he claimed four wickets.
DISMISSED BRIAN LARA
Former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram was impressed by what he saw during a 30-minute session with the-then 15-year-old during the 2015 IPL. “I’ve met Arjun before in an exhibition game in England last summer,” said Akram. “He was bowling and I was fielding at mid-on and I think he got Brian Lara out in that game. He’s a left arm fast bowler like me. He was asking me about his action. I talked to him about swing, fitness and like his dad, he seems to be very particular about fitness.”
IDOLISES BEN STOKES AND MITCHELL STARC
The youngster does not idolise his father or any of his international team-mates. In fact, during his interview with Australia-based ABC News in January, that honour went to Australian left-arm pacer Mitchell Starc and England all-rounder Ben Stokes.
For Sachin, he passes on his knowledge but not on a regular basis. “He has to have freedom to express himself. I can guide him,” he was quoted as saying in 2016. “Not on a regular basis, but when I feel that he needs to be told something, then I do. I don’t take his class every evening when he comes back home. I do not want to lecture, but let him enjoy the game and fall in love with cricket, which he is (doing). I have told him things about hard work like any father would.
“Unfortunately, he has the excess baggage of his surname and I know that is going to be there. It is not easy for him. For me, it was different as my father was a writer and nobody questioned me on cricket. I feel that my son should not be compared to me and should be judged for who he is.”
TRAINING WITH THE BEST
Arjun is no stranger when it comes to bowling to Indian internationals when they play in Mumbai. He has bowled to Virat Kohli at the Wankhede, while he also gave England’s Jonny Bairstow an injury scare with his yorker. As a regular visitor to Lord’s, he also bowled to the Indian women’s team ahead of their World Cup final to England last year.
IMPRESSIVE SHOWING IN AUSTRALIA
Playing in a T20 inter-club match in January at Sydney’s Bradman Oval, Arjun took four wickets and scored 48 runs off 27 deliveries, earning the praise of Australian media. He was even more pleased considering it came on a ground named after the great Sir Donald Bradman. “I’m just so privileged to play on the ground named after the Bradman, it’s unbelievable,” he said.
Cricket South Africa have revived their attempt to launch a T20 league after the T20 Global League (TGL) failed to get off the ground.
Announcing a partnership with broadcaster SuperSport on Friday, Cricket South Africa said the board has learned from the mistakes of the TGL and will ensure a smooth launch of the tournament that is now scheduled for November-December later in the year.
Talking about the new deal, acting CEO of CSA Thabang Moroe said: “CSA is delighted to announce this equity partnership with our long-term broadcast partners SuperSport. We have put the problems we experienced with the Global T20 League behind us and look forward to hosting the new competition.”
Gideon Khobane, CEO of SuperSport, said: “CSA has been an outstanding partner of SuperSport’s for many years. This sees our relationship taken to the next level, where we will pool our resources in a partnership which will create high-quality cricket and provide entertaining content for cricket fans locally and broadcast viewers both domestically and globally.”
The T20 Global League was launched in June last year with a lot of fanfare and had three team owners from the Indian Premier League and two from the Pakistan Super League. The then board CEO Haroon Lorgat left the board in September as issues regarding the T20 league persisted. In the end, the inaugural season was postponed after no agreement was reached on a broadcast deal and the projected losses from the first edition estimated to be around $25 million.
According to ESPNCricinfo, the eight franchise owners have been refunded their $250,000 deposit which means they will not feature in the new league.