Agarwal's selection could also mean the Indian team management wanted a back-up opener after KL Rahul - who moved to the top after Dhawan went out - missed a large part of the England innings after hurting his hip while attempting a catch on the boundary. In the statement, the BCCI said that the team management had asked the selectors for a "suitable top-order batsman" as Vijay's replacement. Rahul did come out to bat in the chase against England, but made a nine-ball duck. Bangar indicated that Rahul was fit, but having a third opener in Agarwal might be a precautionary measure. … [Read more...] about Vijay Shankar out of World Cup with toe injury
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"Under pressure, we have seen Dinesh Karthik finishing matches. That scored for him" MSK PRASAD "After that Champions Trophy [in 2017] we have tried quite a few middle-order batsmen, which also includes Dinesh Karthik; we also tried Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey. We did give a few more chances to Rayudu, but what Vijay Shankar offers is three dimensions. Apart from his batting, he can bowl; if the conditions are suitable, overcast, which we might encounter in England, he might bowl a bit and he's a fantastic fielder. That's the thing that went in favour of Vijay Shankar. … [Read more...] about Rahul and Karthik in, Pant and Rayudu out of India’s World Cup squad
So I'm not too sure whether he still knows how to play those situations. When it comes to Test matches, you can still play your natural game whether it is 100 for 5 or 400 for 5. In T20 cricket, you are not really asked to do too many different things. But in a 50-overs game, in the middle order, you have to be a little more equipped in terms of handling different situations. My only concern is whether he is ready to do that as of now. … [Read more...] about The Rishabh Pant question: In or out of India’s World Cup squad?
It means that Warner and Smith, who also return to the CA central contract list for 2019-2020, could play their first international since the Cape Town Test on June 1 against Afghanistan in Bristol when Australia start the defence of their World Cup campaign. Before that, there is a training camp in Brisbane with three one-day games against New Zealand - not full internationals - followed by warm-up matches in England. … [Read more...] about Smith and Warner make World Cup return; Handscomb and Hazlewood out
Dhawan was hit on the left thumb by a Pat Cummins delivery early in his innings of 117 on Sunday. For a while after being hit, he kept taking his bottom hand off the bat when striking the ball, indicating that he was in pain. As the innings progressed, he seemed to have settled down, and played his shots without apparent discomfort. However, he didn't come out to field during Australia's innings and was seen with an ice pack on his left hand in the dressing room. … [Read more...] about Hairline fracture puts cloud over Shikhar Dhawan’s World Cup