QPlay:Amit Mishra’s Comeback, Gavaskar’s Criticism, Bolt’s Returns
All the latest sports news in The Quint’s morning wrap.
1. Amit Mishra Returns, Harbhajan Retained For India-Lanka Series
Leg-spinner Amit Mishra was recalled into the Indian Test side after a gap of four years while veteran Harbhajan Singh retained his place in the 15-member squad for the upcoming tour of Sri Lanka.
Barring 32-year-old Mishra’s inclusion, there were no major surprise in the team with the selectors retaining as many as 14 players, who had toured Bangladesh for the one-off Test early this month.
Leg-spinner Karn Sharma and pacer Mohammed Shami were both left out due to injuries, while young batsman KL Rahul retained his place in the squad.
However, Ravindra Jadeja seemed to have lost favour with the selectors of the Test squad for good.
For the detailed report and the announcement video, click here.
2. Skipper Kohli to Play Four-day ‘Unofficial Test’ vs Australia A
Indian Test captain Virat Kohli has decided to get into the groove for next month’s Sri Lanka tour by playing in the second four-day ‘Test’ against Australia ‘A’ in Chennai from July 28-31.
Virat Kohli had requested the selection committee for some match practice and wanted to play a game against Australia A. He will be playing the second four day game against Australia A.
– Anurag Thakur, BCCI Secretary
When Sandeep Patil was asked as to who will lead the side, the chairman of selectors said: “Cheteshwar Pujara is the designated captain and he will lead the side.”
3. Axar Patel is Not Next Best Thing in Indian Cricket: Gavaskar
In a stinging criticism, former India captain Sunil Gavaskar today said that young left-arm spinner Axar Patel was not Test cricket material and was at best “a roller of the ball” who was very much predictable.
Gavaskar said that 21-year-old spinner was “not the next big thing of Indian cricket” and could not be considered as a specialist spinner in Test cricket because he does not turn the ball.
Axar Patel is not an alternative spinner India should be looking for. He just rolls the ball, he does not have the flight and his deliveries are very much predictable.
– Sunil Gavaskar
“Yes, Ashwin, Harbhajan, Amit Mishra and Karn Sharma are the spinners India can look for but certainly not Axar Patel,” Gavaskar told NDTV.
4. Ojha Picks 3 With Remodelled Action, Australia 185/4 at Close
Back in the mix after one and half years, left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha justified the selector’s faith by rocking Australia A top-order with three quick wickets as the visitors reached 185 for four against India A at stumps on the second day of the first unofficial cricket Test.
Ojha finished the day with figures of 3/52 as he had at one stage reduced Australia A from 57/1 to 75/4 in a space of 23 deliveries.
However Marcus Stoinis (42 batting) along with Peter Handscomb (75 batting) conjured an undefeated 110-run stand for the fifth wicket to stem the rot.
Earlier, India A were all out for 301 in their first innings after starting the day at overnight score of 221 for six.
5. South Africa Make Cautious Start After Conceding Lead
South Africa made a sedate start to their second innings after conceding a 78-run first innings lead to a spirited Bangladesh on day three of the opening test at Chittagong on Thursday.
Stiaan van Zyle was batting on 33 with Dean Elgar (28) at the other end when rain forced early stumps for the second consecutive day with South Africa on 61 without loss.
Earlier, a maiden half-century from wicketkeeper-batsman Litton Das helped Bangladesh overtake South Africa‘s first innings total of 248 in the first match of the two-test series at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.
6. Indian Hockey Team Rise to Eighth in FIH Rankings
India climbed up a rung to occupy the eighth spot in the men’s section, while the eves remained static at 13th position in the latest International Hockey Federation (FIH) rankings issued on Thursday.
India men’s hockey team’s rise can be attributed to their fourth place finish in the World League Semi-Finals in Antwerp earlier this month.
World Cup holders Australia’s men’s team and the Netherlands’ women’s team remain at the top of the charts after both teams won their respective Hockey World League Semi-Final events, beating Belgium and Korea in the finals.
7. In London’s Diamond League, Focus Only on Comeback Man Usain Bolt
Multiple Olympic champion Usain Bolt returns to action after a six-week injury-enforced break in the 100 metres event on the opening night of the London Diamond League meeting later today..
The 28-year-old Jamaican last raced on June 13, when he struggled to get the better of his 19-year-old training partner Zharnel Hughes over 200m in the New York Diamond League meeting.
Subscribe To Our Daily Newsletter And Get News Delivered Straight To Your Inbox.