Up-and-coming batsman Shubman Gill was surprisingly overlooked for India’s tour of the West Indies, failing to find a place in any of the three teams.
It was a surprise call as 19-year-old Gill is not only the most promising batsman in the country, but also in good form. His omission surprised even former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who blasted the selectors for indecisive picks.
Gill himself said he expected to be selected for at least one format. “I was waiting for the Indian senior team to be announced on Sunday and I expected to be selected for at least one of the squads,” Gill was quoted as saying by CricketNext.
“It was disappointing not to get picked but I am not going to spend time thinking over it. I’ll keep scoring runs and performing to the best of my ability to impress the selectors.”
Putting the disappointment behind him, Gill put his focus back on batting and made another sizeable contribution. In the ongoing unofficial Test in the West Indies, Gill hit 40 in India A’s first innings at Antigua. That knock helped India take a decent first innings lead.
It was the fourth consecutive knock of substance from Gill, after he hit three fifties in the preceding one-day series against West Indies A which the Indians won 4-1.
Before that, in June, Gill had hit a one-day century against Sri Lanka A right after ending his IPL 2019 campaign for Kolkata Knight Riders with two fifties in three games.
Retired India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh had an utterly forgettable start to his Global T20 Canada campaign as he struggled to 14 off 27 balls for Toronto Nationals against Vancouver Knights.
Toronto captain Yuvraj failed to hit a single boundary against a Vancouver attack that didn’t have any top international names as Totonto posted 159-5 in Brampton.
In reply, Vancouver had little trouble reaching the target as they chased down the runs with nearly three overs to spare.
Even Yuvraj’s dismissal was scarcely believable as he nicked one behind to the keeper who dropped the ball and deflected it on to the stumps. Yuvraj walked off even as replays suggested he was not out.
Yuvraj has been struggling with the bat for some time, getting benched by the Mumbai Indians in the IPL after four outings. The 2011 World Cup winner has given up a BCCI contract in order to purse franchise assignments – like GT20 – across the world.
India off-spinner Ravi Ashwin is never short of ideas. The veteran off-spinner is constantly trying to innovate in an attempt to stay one step ahead in a batsman-dominated game.
Be it changing his action, the carom ball or even leg-spin bowling, Ashwin has never shied away from trying something new to remain competitive – especially in limited overs cricket.
In his latest attempt to deceive the batsman, Ashwin unveiled a ‘back of the body’ delivery.
Playing for Dindigul Dragons in the Tamil Nadu Premier League, Ashwin tried to unsettle the batsman by hiding the ball behind his back in his run-up, delivering the ball well after he was in his delivery stride.
In another instance, Ashwin hid the ball behind his back and delivered the ball midway through his stride. The deception worked as Ashwin picked up the wicket as well. Watch the innovation below.