Jasprit Bumrah to be rested for Bangladesh series, expected to return in 2020

Sport360 staff 23:38 19/10/2019
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Jasprit Bumrah's sensational rise in Test cricket continues.

India’s ace fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah will remain unavailable for the upcoming T20Is and Tests against Bangladesh in November, due to his treatment for the minor stress fracture in his lower back he suffered in September.

Along with the ongoing Test series against South Africa, the quick bowler will miss the three T20Is and two Tests to be played against Bangladesh and the three ODIs, three T20Is and one Test match to be played against the West Indies.

The Indian team management is being cautious with their prized asset and want to ensure that Bumrah gets adequate rest to be ready for the upcoming tours. India is set to go to New Zealand in February-March for a full-fledged tour before the Indian Premier League starts in March.

The 25-year-old, who is presently undergoing a rehabilitation process, is expected to make his competitive return to international cricket in the ODI series against Australia`that begins on January 14, 2020.

Bumrah has played all the 12 Tests of his fledgling career away from home, picking up 62 wickets at an average of 19.24.

His absence will also provide an opportunity for the fast bowlers on the fringes of the national set-up, ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup in Australia next year.

India have many promising fast bowlers in the reserve with the likes of Navdeep Saini, Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammad Siraj looking to sneak into the team ahead of senior bowlers like Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami.

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Russell exults after picking a wicket for the Jamaica Tallawahs.

Caribbean all-rounder Andre Russell is one of the hottest property in the shorter formats of the game with his ability to change a game with both bat and ball. The West Indies man will be in action in the 2019 edition of the Abu Dhabi T10 League and he believes that the 10-over format could help cricket become part of the Olympics.

“It would be brilliant for cricket to become an Olympic sport and I know all players would love the opportunity of representing their country at an Olympic event,” said the 31-year-old.

Russell has been picked in the Northern Warriors squad in the third season of the Abu Dhabi T10 which will take place in the UAE capital between November 14 and 24.

He observed that the challenge in the T10 format is that a batsman has no time to get his eye in and needs to have a plan against every bowler in the opposition ranks.

“The T10 format is obviously shorter than T20 and batsmen have very less time to get themselves in. You have to really attack and go after the bowling from ball one, ” the Jamaican said.

“As a bowler and a fielding team, you have to really be on your game and plan well as you know the batsmen are looking to take you down every delivery.”

The World T20 winner also expects the Abu Dhabi T10 to gain prominence in the coming years.

“I am sure it will be a box office event. Abu Dhabi is a brilliant place to host the T10. It is a great place to tour as a player with a lot to do away from cricket culturally and the Zayed Sports City Stadium is an excellent stadium with brilliant facilities,” he said.

“Abu Dhabi seems to be attracting a lot of high profile cricket events and I am looking forward to getting over there.”

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Indian teenager Yashasvi Jaiswal breaks 34-year-old record with List A double ton

Sport360 staff 16:31 16/10/2019
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A record-breaking innings from the India U19 star.

At the age of 17 years and 292 days, Mumbai starlet Yashasvi Jaiswal became the youngest player in history to score a double ton in a List A game.

The Mumbai teenager performed the feat when he smashed 203 (154) against Jharkhand in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy. The record was previously held by South African batsman Alan Barrow when he scored an unbeaten 202 for Natal in 1975. Barrow was 20 years and 276 days old at the time.

Jaiswal’s story is nothing short of extraordinary as six years ago, the teenager was selling street food to make ends meet before he shot to prominence during the Under-19 Asia Cup in Dhaka in October last year.

The teenager becomes the seventh Indian to score a List A double ton after Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Karn Veer Kaushal and Sanju Samson. Kerala’s Samson set the record for the highest individual score in the Vijay Hazare trophy when he scored an unbeaten 212 just last week.

Jaiswal scored 140 of his 203 runs in boundaries, smashing 17 fours and 12 sixes in his rapid knock. He shared a 200-run partnership with fellow opener Aditya Tare in 34.3 overs and then added 105 runs for the second wicket with Siddhesh Lad. He reached his double century off just 149 deliveries with his captain Shreyas Iyer applauding from the other end.

The youngster put Jharkhand’s bowling attack to the sword and their bowling wasn’t exactly short of experience with the likes of Shabhaz Nadeem, Varun Aaron and Rahul Shukla in their ranks. Mumbai posted a mammoth 358/3 in their 50 overs after opting to bat first at Bengaluru.

This is Jasiwal’s third century in five 50-over games for Mumbai with the youngster previously scoring tons against Goa and Kerala in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. The southpaw has raked up 401 runs at an average of 101.25 and is currently the highest scorer in the tournament.

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