Prithvi Shaw’s electric start to his international Test career has seen the youngster earn rave reviews from former and current players alike.
The Mumbai batsman’s free flowing game has seen him being compared to Virender Sehwag, one of the finest Test openers produced by the country.
However, Sehwag’s former India and Delhi opening partner Gautam Gambhir believes such comparisons are premature.
“He (Shaw) is impressive, very talented – that is why he is there. He started his Test career on a very good note but there will be far bigger and far difficult challenges awaiting him,” Gambhir was quoted as saying by the Hindustan Times.
“Whoever is comparing needs to think before doing that. He (Shaw) has just started his career and there is a long way to go. I have never believed in comparisons. He has his own individuality and Sehwag has his own. He has played one match and Sehwag over 100 Tests,” the former India opener added.
While Shaw is creating a big buzz with a rollicking start to his Test career, another youngster Rishabh Pant too has caught the eye with his performances.
The wicketkeeper batsman smashed a quick-fire 92 in the first Test against the West Indies and his attacking approach has seen increased calls for him to replace a struggling MS Dhoni in the limited-overs setup.
According to Gambhir, India’s wicketkeeping slot should go to the most in-form player.
“There’s never been a right time or a wrong time. It really depends on the combination, and ultimately it is performance that will keep you in the side. If MS continues to do well, he should be playing but if someone else does well, that’s where it has got to be,” Gambhir stated.
Steve Smith is just halfway through serving his one-year ban from international cricket but former Australia wicketkeeper batsman Adam Gilchrist is backing him to retake the captaincy of the men’s team in the future.
Smith, along with his deputy David Warner, was served with a one-year ban from international and domestic cricket by Cricket Australia following the ball-tampering episode which occurred in Cape Town earlier this year.
The former Australia skipper was handed a further 12-month ban from any leadership role with the team for his misdemeanours. Many have speculated that the batsman will never get a leadership with the Australian team again but Gilchrist believes that the 29-year-old has every chance to become skipper once more.
“I don’t think it’s out of the question that Steve Smith could possibly captain Australia again one day,” the Australia great was quoted as saying by foxsports.com.au.
“He’s young enough and if he wants to play long enough, there’s every chance. Wouldn’t that be an amazing story of redemption.
“We all understood that he’s shown his remorse and his disappointment in himself and the damage that came out of that incident. Who knows down the track but it’s a long way off.”
Despite being out of action from international cricket since the end of March this year, Smith continues to rank high in the ICC Rankings for Test batsmen. The Aussie is currently in second place in the latest Test rankings, just one rating point behind India skipper Virat Kohli.
Heavy rainfall at Dambulla halted proceedings in the first ODI between Sri Lanka and England with only 15 overs of play possible so far. With no respite in sight after several hours, the match was ultimately called off without any result.
Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal won the toss and elected to field first on an overcast day. England openers Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy started well with the bat and added 49 runs between themselves in no time before Nuwan Pradeep dismissed the former.
Roy departed soon after with Sri Lanka’s Akila Dananjaya getting his name into the wicket-column. Joe Root and skipper Eoin Morgan had started to stitch together a promising stand between themselves before inclement weather took a toll on proceedings. England were batting at 92-2 when rain halted play.
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