India batsman KL Rahul is enjoying a well-deserved break after playing his part in winning the third Test against England at Trent Bridge.
Rahul starred in two fifty-plus stands for the opening wicket in the third Test and also snared seven catches at slip as India pulled one back after losing the first two Tests.
The fourth Test of the series starts at Southampton on Thursday and Rahul enjoyed some time away from cricket.
Rahul, accompanied by fast bowler Umesh Yadav, visited the Emirates Stadium on Saturday to watch Arsenal take on West Ham in the Premier League.
Rahul not only got to watch the game but also met Danny Welbeck. In one of the posts, Rahul and Umesh can be seen showing off their footballing skills.
More pics and video below.
There is a story about the great West Indies team of the 1970s and 80s. That team was so full of talented players that picking any XI meant keeping a top class player on the bench.
Most players picked themselves and the fight would generally be for one or at the most two spots. But with so many waiting in the wings, what does the captain do? The story, or joke, is that the captain would pick the better looking player.
Whether or not that happened during the golden age of West Indies cricket is not the issue here. Maybe there is some truth to the notion that some players miss out simply because they have the wrong face.
You find it funny? Then what other reason can one come up with to justify the continued non-selection of Indian batsman Mayank Agarwal?
Was expecting either Gurbani or Siraj to be picked for Thakur. Well, that didn’t happen. Good luck to Prithvi and Vihari. Feel for Mayank Agarwal. Couldn’t have done more to get a call up... #EngvInd— Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) August 22, 2018
The Karnataka batsman has piled on the runs in the domestic cricket but he is yet to get a break at the international level. When the squad for the final two Tests against England was picked, it was hoped that a heavy scorer like Agarwal would get a look in, However, the Indian selectors picked Under-19 World Cup winner Prithvi Shaw and Hanuma Vihari.
Agarwal scored more than 2,000 runs in the domestic circuit in the recent 2017/18 season – a record in Indian cricket. He is averaging a shade under 50 after 42 first-class matches and scored a first-class double century against South Africa ‘A’ and a List A ton for India ‘B’ team this month alone.
But it wasn’t enough to clinch selection. His fate seems similar to that of Pakistan batsman Fawad Alam.
For the best part of a decade, the left-handed Fawad has been one of the best performing batsmen in first-class cricket with more than 10,000 runs at an average of 55. However, he hasn’t played for Pakistan in Tests since 2009, ODIs since 2015 and T20s since 2010. Not only that, he was even dropped from the new central contracts list.
So people just have rotten luck.
IPL 2018 was supposed to be the perfect platform for India‘s Under-19 World Cup star Kamlesh Nagarkoti to graduate to the next level after setting the stage alight with his speed and aggression during the U19 tournament in New Zealand earlier in the year.
But a foot injury meant the teenager didn’t get to showcase his skills at the senior level. His place in the Kolkata Knight Riders team went to the unheralded Prasidh Krishna and he grabbed the opportunity with both hands.
Krishna, who was just a net bowler at the beginning of the year and not a regular for his state side Karnataka, was spotted by KKR talent scouts and got drafted into the team. The lanky pacer turned heads with his quick arm action and disconcerting bounce. In seven matches for the Knight Riders, Krishna snared 10 wickets and even though he was expensive at 9.2 an over, he had done enough to put himself on the radar.
Krishna was selected for the India ‘A’ and ‘B’ teams and his last two efforts have put him in the limelight.
Playing for India ‘B’ in the Quadrangular series, he picked up 4-49 in a 50-over match against South Africa A before picking up 4-50 against India ‘A’.
Krishna hits the deck hard and at just 22 years of age, has a long road ahead of him. And if he sustains his fitness and discipline, India will gain yet another fine pace bowling option to add to their ever-growing arsenal.