The India A squad kicked off their tour of England with a comprehensive 125-run win over an England Cricket Board XI at Headingley on Sunday. The side are due to play an ODI tri-series which also involves the England Lions and the West Indies A team.
The Rahul Dravid-coached side’s matches are precede the senior team’s extensive tour of England which gets underway in July. The warm-up match on Sunday along with the tri-series will provide an opportunity to India’s fringe players as well as future stars to work their way into the senior squad led by Virat Kohli when they take on hosts England in three ODIs and as many T20Is later in the summer.
Here, we take a look at players who made an impact during Sunday’s win over the ECB XI.
India’s U19 World Cup winning captain had a fine maiden IPL where he came up with some scintillating innings for Delhi Daredevils.
He carried that form over to Headingley on Sunday as he gave India A’s innings a flying start. The right-handed batsman struck seven boundaries and three sixes in his innings of 71 which came off just 61 balls.
The youngster took charge during the powerplay overs and along with Mayank Agarwal, put on 43 runs for the opening wicket. Of those 43 runs, Agarwal scored just four.
The Delhi Daredevils skipper had a fine individual IPL despite his team finishing dead last in the league table. Taking over captaincy duties for the India A side too, Iyer looked in good touch as he too smashed a fine half-century.
He put on 84 runs for the second wicket along with Shaw where he played second fiddle. Post Shaw’s departure, India A lost a couple of more quick wickets but Iyer ensured they posted a commanding total by anchoring the innings.
He departed for a 45-ball 54 in the end with the help of five boundaries and a six.
Another youngster who impressed in this year’s IPL, Ishan Kishan provided India A’s innings the flourish they needed in the death overs with some power hitting. The Mumbai Indians wicketkeeper-batsman struck two massive sixes along with four boundaries before registering a quick-fire half century.
His lusty blows in the death overs helped India A power on to 328-8 in their 50 overs.
Krunal Pandya has been a consistent performed for Mumbai Indians in the IPL over the years and the all-rounder made full use of the India ‘A’ outing.
Pandya did what he does best in the IPL – providing some big hits with the bat towards the end of the innings before turning the screws on the opposition with some tight overs of left-arm spin. He smashed a 28-ball 34 at the death with the help of two sixes before bowling six overs in which he conceded just 21 runs while picking up one wicket.
The Rajasthan-born pacer was a revelation for IPL champions Chennai Super Kings with the new ball. A pacer who has the ability to swing the ball both ways, Chahar enjoyed himself in English conditions as he picked up three wickets.
The pacer removed ECB XI skipper Alex Davies early in their chase to put India A on top before claiming the wickets of Matt Critchley and Tom Barber towards the death. He finished with figures of 3-48 in 7.5 overs to complete a fine outing.
Exactly a year on from Pakistan clinching the ICC Champions Trophy in England with a thumping win over India, former skipper Waqar Younis has claimed that the team has a ‘fair chance’ of winning the 50-over World Cup when it is held at the same venue next year.
The Champions Trophy victory had come against all odds with Sarfraz Ahmed’s new-look side stunning favourites and arch-rivals India by 180 runs in the final. Waqar believes that the Champions Trophy victory win has given the side the confidence they need to go on and win the World Cup.
“Looking back at the Champions Trophy, the team is building confidence, the faith is coming,” Waqar was quoted as saying by the ICC.
“I’ll give a fair chance to Pakistan winning this World Cup. Pressure is going to be there. Expectation from the entire country.
“There’s so many Pakistanis living in this county so they’re going to travel around, there’s going to be a lot of support for Pakistan.
“There will be pressure because supporters bring it but they will enjoy it hopefully and do well.”
Pakistan have won the World Cup once in their history with legendary skipper Imran Khan leading the side to a fairytale win in the 1992 edition held in Australia and New Zealand.
With England playing host to the 2019 World Cup, Waqar believes that Eoin Morgan’s No1 ranked side will be under extreme pressure to deliver in front of their own fans.
“There’s always pressure for the hosting side,” the former Pakistan pacer stated.
“Last two World Cups, the host team has won it, so that creates even more pressure. England know their game very well when they’re playing on their home ground. But the other teams are going to come very prepared.”
Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has been charged with “changing the condition of the ball”, the International Cricket Council has announced.
The charge comes after a ball-tampering row during the ongoing second Test between Sri Lanka and the West Indies at Gros Islet.
West Indies were awarded five penalty runs after umpires Aleem Dar and Ian Gould raised concerns about the condition of the ball during the second day’s play on Friday.
That led to a protest from Sri Lanka as the tourists took to the field for Saturday’s play two hours late.
A tweet from the ICC read: “Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal has been charged for breaching Level 2.2.9 of the ICC Code of Conduct. More details to follow in due course.”
Prior to that, Sri Lanka cricket had issued its own statement backing its players.
It read: “The team management has informed us that Sri Lankan players have not engaged in any wrongdoing during the ongoing (second) Test match played between Sri Lanka and West Indies.
“SLC shall take all necessary steps to defend any player, in the event any unwarranted allegation is brought against a member of the team.
“SLC reiterates its commitment to adhering to the laws of the game and upholding the spirit of the game. SLC stands firm in our commitment to protect the dignity of the national cricketers at all times.”
Speaking on the situation, former Sri Lanka player Kumar Sangakkara told Sky Sports: “I think that they feel hard done-by.
“I think that everyone is a bit jumpy and walking on eggshells, especially after what happened in South Africa. So maybe Gould was just being over-cautious.
“They say something, maybe, that meant the ball needed to be changed; maybe it was the shape. The Sri Lankans would have taken offence at that and would have made their case.”
Chandimal scored a century as Sri Lanka posted 253 in their first innings on Thursday. West Indies replied with 300. Sri Lanka were 34 for one in their second innings at the end of the third day.