While the Test series against England might not be going according to plan for India, the visitors are set to be handed a boost for the third Test as pacer Jasprit Bumrah gets ready to return from his injury layoff.
The 24-year-old fast bowler has been out of action for some time now due to a thumb injury he sustained in the second T20 against Ireland in Dublin earlier this summer. After being ruled out of the limited-overs clashes against England, Bumrah was named in the squad for the first three Tests as he continued to nurse his thumb injury.
The pacer expectedly did not feature in the first Test and missed out on the second at Lord’s too despite being ‘bowling fit’ according to the team management.
Now, the Mumbai man is expected to feature in the third Test at Trent Bridge which gets underway on August 18.
20-year-old Pant had a stupendous IPL campaign for Delhi Daredevils before some impressive showings for India ‘A’ in their recent tour of England. Following the injury to Wriddhiman Saha, Pant was given a maiden Test call-up to the India Test squad for the first three Tests as back up to Karthik.
With Karthik’s continued failure to perform with the bat so far on the tour, Pant could now be set to make his Test debut for India at Trent Bridge.
Sri Lanka‘s batting great Kumar Sangakkara clarified he has no intention of entering politics after local media reported he was eyeing next year’s Presidential elections.
Sangakkara’s made the statement after media compared him to former Pakistan cricket captain Imran Khan who is set to take oath as his country’s next Prime Minister on Saturday.
“I would like to put to rest speculation and rumour once and for all, confirming that I do not harbour any ambitions for political office,” the 40-year-old Sangakkara said in a statement.
“I never have, and, with enormous certainty, I can say I never will.”
Sri Lanka’s ruling coalition and the main opposition are yet to name their candidates for next year’s election.
Many cricket legends in the country have moved into politics. World Cup-winning skipper Arjuna Ranatunga is a minister in the current government, while former captain Sanath Jayasuriya became a deputy minister after he retired from the game.
Every technical expert has a secret up his or her sleeve when it comes to getting the job done. Mechanics, engineers, plumbers etc all know certain tricks that help them to solve most issues you and I can encounter.
Cricket groundsmen are not that different either. They know a thing or two about how to maintain the square, outfield and pitch. Whenever there is excess rain or heat, experienced caretakers know what to do to get the ground ready to host a match. Using charcoal on plates to dry wet pitches, boundary ropes to soak up dew are all part of their arsenal.
But the groundsmen at the R Premamadasa Stadium in Colombo might have come up with the most bizzare, and frankly unsettling, tactic.
Crows are a menace in the Sri Lankan capital and they are known to harass passers-by. So in order to keep the pesky birds away, the groundsmen in Colombo reportedly placed a dead crow next to the playing area to ensure the surrounding remains clear before the fifth and final ODI against South Africa. We must say, it’s the one of the most disturbing things we have seen on a cricket field.