Team India faced the wrath of both analysts and fans after exiting the T20 World Cup in the Super 12 stage. People were criticizing the approach of the team towards the tournament. All plans went wrong in the first two games. Thus, there was no use even though the team went on to win the next three matches. Before the tournament, Virat Kohli stated that he will resign to his T20I captaincy after the World Cup. The same was the case with head coach Ravi Shastri. Both of them relieved their duties after the World Cup. Within no time, new captain Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid have taken the team duties. They were assigned with a three-match T20I series a week after the World Cup. Even though there was less time, Rohit and Dravid proved their mettle and won the series by 3-0.
Star players like Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja were rested for the T20 series. Rohit had to lead youngsters like Ishan Kishan, Venkatesh Iyer, Harshal Patel and Surya Kumar Yadav. All players took the opportunity well and performed to their best in the series.
While it was Rohit and KL Rahul who performed well with the bat, players like Ashwin, Deepak Chahar, Harshal Patel and Axar Patel have proved themselves with the ball. Young all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer also shined with both bat and the ball.
On the whole, Rohit and Dravid became successful in their first assignment and started their journey to the 2022 T20 World Cup in style. It is important for them to make use of all the T20I series in the next 11 months and prepare a balanced side for the World Cup.
Ind v NZ series review: Team India turns invincible at home
Ind v NZ series review: Team India is continuing its dominance at home in Test Cricket. Just the other day, India won its 14th Test series on a trot on home soil. That record itself proves what a powerhouse the team has become over the last few years at home grounds.
India’s last Test series defeat at home came way back in the 2012-13 season where England had defeated the host country to win a four-match series by 2-1. Since February 2013, India didn’t lose a single Test series at home. Also, India has only lost two Test matches since 2013 at home. All these records prove India is almost invincible in home conditions.
The major reason for this transformation is the talent pool that India has right now. There are many skilled cricketers who can be filled in the squad right away whenever there is a need. Axar Patel, who made his debut earlier this year, has already become a regular part of the Team Indian squad for the home Tests. In the recently held Test series, Shreyas Iyer made his debut and impressed everyone by scoring a century as well as a half-century right in his debut Test. There are at least two to three players available for every slot in the Test squad.
This gives India a chance of shuffling Test squads at home and on overseas tours. Soon, Team India will be touring South Africa for a three-match Test series and three-match ODI series. The Test squad will be picked in a few days. We can see the likes of Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Jaspirt Bumrah and Rishab Pant making a comeback into the squad. Even if they are unavailable, there are many others, like Hanuma Vihari, Shreyas Iyer, Surya Kumar Yadav and Jayant Yadav, who are waiting for another chance of representing their country. With such a huge talent pool, India will definitely be the favourite of the upcoming World Test Championship.
Sachin Tendulkar’s daughter Sara makes her modeling debut
Sachin Tendulkar: Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar’s daughter Sara Tendulkar has taken her first step towards acting. The 24-year-old kicked off her modeling career recently and also shared her first promotional video on social media.
Sara posed for a promotional clip of clothing brand Self Portrait, which is being brought to India by Ajio Luxe. Along with Sara, Banita Sandhu and Tania Shroff acted in this advertisement commercial. Sara looks stunning in the clip and is like an angel in various attires.
Fans are also drooling over her beauty and are wishing all the luck for her modeling career. Sara is already a celebrity on social media and has more than 1.5 million followers on Instagram. It has to be seen if the young lady slowly takes her steps towards films as well, in the future.
Sports stars’ daughters entering into films is not a new trend in India. Earlier we have seen Deepika Padukone carving her own niche in the film industry. Deepika is the daughter of veteran badminton player Prakash Padukone.
Meanwhile, Sachin’s son Arjun Tendulkar is following in his father’s footsteps and is planning to be a cricketer. He currently represents Mumbai in the domestic leagues. He was also a part of the Mumbai Indians squad in IPL 2021. It has to be seen which team picks him in the upcoming IPL mega auction.
Ajaz Patel becomes the star of Ind Vs NZ Series
The second test between India and New Zealand witnessed a history. Team India tasted victory with one day remaining and the massive victory has put the team back in first place in the ICC Test Rankings. The Kiwi bowler Ajaz Patel scalped 10 wickets in a single innings against India and became only the third player in the history of Test cricket to achieve the special feat. He became the star of the series now.
Ajaz bowled a brilliant spell on the surface that was assisting his bowling style. As a result, he ended up taking all the wickets of India in 47.5 overs. He bowled 12 maidens and gave away 119 runs in his spell.
Ajaz took four wickets on the first day and scalped the rest six today. This is only the third time where we witnessed such a feat in Test cricket.
Earlier Jim Laker of England (10/53) and Anil Kumble (10/74) of India have achieved this feat.
Appreciations have been pouring in for Ajaz on social media from various cricket players, fans and analysts. This is a special moment for him that will remain in the history books forever.
In the second innings of the test match, Ajaz Patel bowled 26 overs and scaled 4 wickets.
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