Rohit Sharma has distanced himself from comparisons to former India captain MS Dhoni which were made by Suresh Raina.

Speaking on the Super Over podcast, Raina likened Rohit's leadership to that of Dhoni, who captained India in over 300 matches across all formats and led the team to all three ICC white-ball trophies during his tenure between 2007 and 2016.

Though Virat Kohli succeeded Dhoni as India's skipper, Raina talked up Rohit's demeanour and described him as "the next MS Dhoni for the Indian cricket team".

When that was put to Rohit in an online question-and-answer session, the opener said on a Twitter video: "Yes, I heard about that comment from Suresh Raina.

"MS Dhoni is one of a kind and nobody can be like him and I believe comparisons should not be made like that, every individual is different and has his strengths and weaknesses."

Rohit, 33, has led Mumbai Indians to a record four Indian Premier League titles and has also captained India in 10 ODIs and 19 Twenty20 internationals, winning 23 of those 29 matches.

"Around him, players enjoy the intensity, they enjoy his aura," former India batsman Raina had said.

"When you enjoy the aura of a player, you like to be positive and I think that is what he is good at.

"MS Dhoni was brilliant. He [Rohit] has won more [IPL] trophies than MS, but they both are very similar. Both of them, as captains, like to listen.

"When your captain is listening, you can solve a lot of problems, you can solve the mental aspects of the players. So in my book, they both are wonderful.

"I have seen [Rohit], he is calm, he likes to listen. He likes to give confidence to the players and on top of that, he likes to lead from the front.

"When a captain leads from the front and, at the same time, he gives respect to the dressing-room atmosphere, you know you have it all."

Australia's Twenty20 series against West Indies scheduled for October has been postponed.

The move comes after the T20 World Cup, which was due to be played in Australia this year, was postponed last month due to the coronavirus pandemic.

In a statement, Cricket Australia (CA) said it and the Windies had agreed to postpone their scheduled three-game T20 series, which was set to be played in Queensland.

"Given the preference to host the warm-up three-match T20 series against the West Indies to coincide with the rescheduled T20 World Cup in Australia [which will take place in either 2021 or 2022], it has been agreed to postpone the matches," part of a statement from CA read on Tuesday.

Townsville, Cairns and the Gold Coast were scheduled to host the T20 matches.

At first glance, Joe Root does not look like the type of batsman that makes for a successful T20 player. Obdurate in the Test arena and the solid anchor sheet in One-Day Internationals, Root doesn’t seem to have the swashbuckling, sometimes even kamikaze-like penchant for attacking bowling that the best proponents of the shortest form of the game seem to possess. But, for some reason, maybe his incredible work ethic has helped him, he has adapted.

Root depends on deft touches and manipulations of the field to accumulate his runs, but his ability to do so is so exquisite that he could hurt a team without ever hitting a six. In fact, Root has only ever hit 16 sixes for England in 32 T20I outings. He has, however, scored five half-centuries in that period and averages above 35. The story is similar in the T20 arena where he has scored nine half-centuries in 20 games at an average of 30 and a half. His strike rate of 126 in international cricket and 125 in T20s isn’t staggering, but it does show remarkable adaptability for a man who strikes at 50 in the Test arena and just 60 in ODIs.

Career Statistics (2011-present)

Full name: Joseph Edward Root

Born: December 30, 1990, Sheffield, Yorkshire (29)

Major teams: England, England Lions, England Under-19s, Sydney Thunder, Yorkshire, Yorkshire 2nd XI, Yorkshire Academy, Yorkshire Under-17s

Playing role: Top-order batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak, Legbreak

 

T20I Career

Mat   Inns   NO    Runs    HS     Ave      BF      SR       100   50     4s      6s    

32       30       5      893      90*   35.72    707   126.30     0      5      92      16   

T20 Career

Mat   Inns   NO    Runs     HS     Ave      BF         SR         100   50    4s     6s     

72         66    13    1619      92*   30.54    1288      125.69      0      9    180    24    

 

Career Highlights

  • 32 T20I caps scoring 893 runs at 35.72
  • 1619 T20 runs at average of 30.54

The wicket of Kane Williamson is among the most prized in all of cricket, simple because he takes care of it so well. Not taking a chance against the New Zealand captain is probably the biggest mistake any opposition can make. Once Williamson is at the crease, New Zealand is likely to be a difficult prospect to beat.

What is worse, is if Williamson has scored some runs before he plays against your team. That is problematic because he scores runs in bunches, like he did in the 2018 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) where he donned the Orange Cap, having scored 735 runs on the season. That was the season when Williamson was first announced as captain of Sunriser’s Hyderabad, a team he led to the IPL final where they were defeated by the Chennai Super Kings. And that has been the trend with Williamson, his performances improve with mounting responsibilities.

A stroke player, rather than a 'muscler' of the cricket ball, Williamson had to learn to play in the shortest format of the game, but he has. He was bought by Sunrisers for US$96,000 in 2015, winning the title the following year. He was one of the retained players in 2017, but by 2018, his value as a T20 batsman had soared, and it cost Sunrisers US$460,500 to keep him.  

 

Career Statistics (2009-present)

Full name: Kane Stuart Williamson

Born: August 8, 1990, Tauranga (29)

Major teams: New Zealand, Barbados Tridents, Edmonton Royals, Gloucestershire, Gloucestershire 2nd XI, New Zealand A, New Zealand Cricket XI, New Zealand Emerging Players, New Zealand Under-19s, New Zealand Under-19s, New Zealand XI, Northern Districts, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Yorkshire

Playing role: Top-order batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak

 

T20I Career

Mat   Inns   NO    Runs         HS     Ave    BF         SR     100   50         4s     6s     Ct         St

60    58    7      1665         95    32.64         1330         125.18      0         11    170   36         27    0

T20 Career

Mat   Inns   NO    Runs         HS     Ave    BF         SR     100   50         4s     6s     Ct         St

181   173   21    4593         101* 30.21         3681         124.77      1         31    430   115         71    0  

 

Career Highlights

  • T20I caps for New Zealand (60)
  • 5th most T20I runs by a Kiwi (1665)
  • Averages 32.64 in T20Is
  • 4593 T20 runs at 30.21 average
  • IPL 2018 orange cap winner (735 runs)

Mahendra Singh Dhoni is arguably the greatest finisher of the modern era, possibly of all time. A very cool, very calculated middle-order batsman in both T20s and One-Day Internationals, Dhoni, has been a pioneer in the art of assessing a run chase. With incredible ability to change the pace of an innings, Dhoni’s performances and his leadership have helped him carve out a place in Indian history, winning the most of any Indian captain. On the way to that record, Dhoni also became the first captain to win all three ICC limited-overs trophies, winning the World Cup, Champions Trophy and World T20 in 2013.

But his leadership and performances at the T20 level did not stop at international cricket, as Dhoni also led the Chennai Super Kings to Indian Premier League titles in 2010, 2011 and 2018. He also won the 2010 and 2014 editions of the Champions League Twenty20 with the Super Kings.

 

Statistics (2006-present)

Full name: Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Born: July 7, 1981, Ranchi, Bihar (now Jharkhand) (39)

Major teams: India, Air India Blue, Asia XI, Bihar, Bradman XI, Chennai Super Kings, East Zone, East Zone Under-19s, Help for Heroes XI, India A, Indian Board President's XI, International XI, Jharkhand, Rajasthan Cricket Association President's XI, Rest of India, Rising Pune Supergiants, Sehwag XI

Playing role: Wicketkeeper batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm medium

Fielding position: Wicketkeeper

 

T20I Career

Mat   Inns   NO    Runs    HS     Ave      BF         SR        100   50       4s     6s     Ct     St

98       85      42    1617      56    37.60    1282      126.13     0      2      116     52    57     34

T20 Career

Mat   Inns   NO    Runs     HS     Ave      BF         SR         100   50     4s     6s     Ct    St

317   283      117   6621      84*   39.88     4882     135.62      0     27    451   295   170   83

 

Career Highlights

  • 3rd most T20I runs scored by an Indian, 1617- avg. 37.60
  • 2nd most T20I caps by an Indian player (98)
  • Record for most T20 WC matches (35) and most as captain (33)
  • Captained India to 2007 T20 WC title
  • Most consecutive innings without a duck in T20s (84)
  • Most dismissals as a wicket-keeper in T20 WC history (32)
  • 6621 runs at 39.88

An elegant stroke maker, Sri Lanka’s Kumar Sangakkara is perhaps one of the few batsmen who seamlessly transition from Test to One-Day International, to T20 cricket. Without a significant reliance on the powerful shots that make the modern T20 batsman a nightmare, Sangakkara depends on timing, a deft touch and a heightened awareness of where a game is and what needs to be done at the crease. His ability to keep wicket as well cannot be understated.

The wicketkeeping left-handed batsman seemed destined for greatness in the T20 format of the game after a public poll conducted by Cricket Australia named him the greatest ODI cricketer of all time. On his way to that symbolic title in 2016, Sangakkara was named man-of-the-match in the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 and before that helped Sri Lanka to finals in 2009 and  2012. In those years, Sangakkara became the first cricketer to score half-centuries in two different T20I World Cups.  

Along with Mahela Jayawardene, Sangakkara was part of the greatest second-wicket stand in the history of the World Twenty20 competition, the pair notching up 166.

But Sangakkara has also taken his exploits with the bat to a number of leagues, including the Indian Premier League, where he scored 1567 runs from 62 innings, inclusive of 10 half-centuries.

 

Career Statistics (2004-present)

Full name: Kumar Chokshanada Sangakkara

Born: October 27, 1977, Matale (42)

Major teams: Sri Lanka, Asia XI, Central Province, Colombo District Cricket Association, Deccan Chargers, Durham, Hobart Hurricanes, ICC World XI, Jamaica Tallawahs, Kandurata, Kandurata Maroons, Kings XI Punjab, Marylebone Cricket Club, Multan Sultans, Nondescripts Cricket Club, Quetta Gladiators, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Surrey, Warwickshire

Playing role: Wicketkeeper batsman

Batting style: Left-hand bat

Bowling style: Right-arm offbreak

Fielding position: Wicketkeeper

 

T20I Career

Mat   Inns   NO    Runs         HS     Ave    BF         SR     100   50         4s     6s     Ct         St

56    53    9      1382         78    31.40         1156         119.55      0         8      139   20         25    20

T20 Career

Mat   Inns   NO    Runs         HS     Ave    BF         SR     100   50         4s     6s     Ct         St

267   260   23    6937         94    29.27         5487         126.42      0         43    740   139         167   60

 

Career Highlights

  • 2014 ICC World T20 player of the final
  • 3rd most T20I runs scored by a Sri Lankan, 1382r- avg. 31.40
  • T20I caps for SL (56)
  • 7th on T20 WC most runs list (661)
  • 2010 IPL orange cap winner for most runs (618)
  • 6937 runs at 29.27

A gifted cricketer, who didn’t quite live up to expectation as a Test player, JP Duminy still managed to become South Africa's leading T20 run-scorer, in 2013, as well as the first from the country to amass 1500 runs in the format.

He would eventually score almost 2000 T20 runs representing South Africa averaging 38 runs per innings.

He has also excelled in T20 leagues across the globe in which he scored almost 6400 runs at a healthy average of 37.19.

Duminy played in the Indian Premier League in 2009 after the Mumbai Indians franchise acquired him. He rewarded them by scoring two half-centuries in the tournament. He eventually went on to play for Sunrisers Hyderabad and Deccan Chargers and was named the captain of Delhi Daredevils in 2015. He was bought back by Mumbai Indians for the 2018 season and later released ahead of the 2019 IPL auction.

The middle-order batsman also plied his trade in the Pakistan Super League in 2018 for Islamabad United whom he captained to the league title. He also captained Winnipeg Hawks to the 2019 Global T20 Canada title. He was named Player of the Tournament during which he was the leading run-scorer.

His final T20 tournament was the 2019 Caribbean Premier League when he played for Barbados Tridents.

 

Career statistics

Full name: Jean-Paul Duminy

Born: April 14, 1984, Strandfontein, Cape Town, Cape Province (36)

Major teams: South Africa, Barbados Tridents, Cape Cobras, Deccan Chargers, Delhi Daredevils, Devon, Islamabad United, Mumbai Indians, South Africa Under-19s, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Surrey, Western Province, Western Province Boland, Winnipeg Hawks

Playing role: Batting allrounder

Batting style: Left-hand bat

 

T20I Career (2004-present)

Mat    Inns    NO     Runs    HS       Ave     BF        SR        100     50    

81        75      25      1934     96*     38.68   1532   126.24      0        11    

T20 Career

Mat      Inns    NO     Runs      HS      Ave      BF        SR        100     50    

264       248      76      6397      99*     37.19    5215   122.66     0        42    

 

Career highlights

  • Most Capped T20I player for South Africa (81 matches)
  • Leading T20I runs scorer for South Africa
  • 6th best batting average in T20Is (38.68)
  • Most runs & Player of the tournament at 2019 Global T20 Canada
  • 6397 T20 runs at 37.19

One of the fastest scorers in world cricket, Glenn Maxwell has become a key man in Australia's middle order in the shorter formats. It is not just his power that worries opposing bowlers and captains.

His ability to make unconventional shots appear routine - reverse sweeps and pulls, for example - makes it hard to set fields to cover all of his scoring areas. His audacity comes with risk, and he can exasperate as well as exhilarate, but at his best, he can change a game in moments.

In 2017-18 his career entered a confusing stage as he was dropped from the ODI side and then told by new Australia coach Justin Langer to "go and make hundreds" without seemingly being given the opportunities to do so. But he re-established himself and is a pivotal member of the ODI and T20I sides playing some stunning innings on the tours of India and the UAE. He scored his third T20I century in Bangalore to help Australia mow down 194.

 

Career Statistics (2010-present)

Full name: Glenn James Maxwell

Born: October 14, 1988, Kew, Melbourne, Victoria (31)

Major teams: Australia, Delhi Daredevils, Fitzroy-Doncaster, Hampshire, Hampshire 2nd XI, Kings XI Punjab, Lancashire, Melbourne Renegades, Melbourne Stars, Mumbai Indians, Victoria, Victoria Second XI, Victoria Under-19s, Yorkshire

Playing role: Batting allrounder

Batting style: Right-hand bat

 

T20I Career

Mat    Inns    NO     Runs   HS      Ave     BF      SR         100     50      4s       6s      

61        54        9      1576    145*   35.02   985    160.00      3        7     133       81    

 

T20 Career

Mat    Inns    NO     Runs    HS      Ave      BF       SR        100     50      4s       6s         

268     251      34      5983     145*   27.57   3875   154.40     3       33      484     308  

 

Career highlights

  • Scored 1576 runs in T20Is at average of 35.02
  • 3rd most T20I runs by an Australian
  • 2nd most capped Australian in T20I (61)
  • 2nd Aussie to score a century in all 3 formats (3 T20I centuries)
  • Has the 4th highest T20I score (145*)
  • Australian men’s T20I player of the Year 2015 & 2019
  • IPL player of the tournament 2014
  • 5983 T20 runs at 27.57

AB De Villiers had every shot in the book and some that were not in it. He could hit the ball anywhere regardless of who was bowling. One of South Africa’s great players in Tests and ODIs, De Villiers won himself an army of fans playing T20 cricket in the Indian Premier League.

In ODI’s he saved some of his most destructive performances for the West Indies. In 2008, he scored blistering 103 not out off 109 balls in Durban against the Caribbean side. Then in January 2015, he broke the record for the fastest ODI century, reaching it in just 31 balls against West Indies at the Wanderers.

Though he struggled in T20 internationals largely because he was batting too low in the order, De Villers thrived playing in the Indian Premier League as one of the Royal Challengers Bangalore's most successful players.

He never scored a T20 century for South Africa, he scored four in league matches while amassing 8567 runs at a healthy average of 37.15 with a strike rate of 149.77

In a memorable match in the 2014 edition of the  IPL, de Villiers smacked his countryman Steyn for 23 runs in one over.

Career Statistics

Full name: Abraham Benjamin de Villiers

Born: February 17, 1984, Pretoria (36)

Major teams: South Africa, Africa XI, Barbados Tridents, Botha XI, Brisbane Heat, Delhi Daredevils, Jacques Kallis Invitational XI, Lahore Qalandars, Middlesex, North Eastern Transvaal, Northerns, Pretoria University, Proteas, Rangpur Riders, Rest of South Africa, Royal Challengers Bangalore, South Africa A, South Africa Under-19s, Titans, Tshwane Spartans

Playing role: Wicketkeeper batsman

Batting style: Right-hand bat

 

T20I Career (2004-present)

Mat          Inns         NO          Runs        HS           Ave         BF           SR           100         50            4s            6s               Ct            St

78            75            11            1672        79*          26.12       1237        135.16     0             10            140          60            65            7

 

T20 Career

Mat          Inns         NO          Runs        HS           Ave         BF           SR           100          50            4s            6s               Ct            St

310          292          59            8657        133*        37.15      5780        149.77       4            62            697          397           205          17

 

Career highlights

  • Featured in Wisden Cricketers of the Decade at the end of 2019
  • Tied 2nd most T20I caps for South Africa (78)
  • 2nd most T20I runs scored for SA (18th all-time), 1672- avg. 26.12
  • Most T20 WC matches for SA (30)
  • Leading T20 WC runs scorer for SA (5th all-time), 717r- avg. 29.87
  • 8657 T20 runs at 37.15

A versatile cricketer, Shoaib Malik is capable of hitting big shots but is also capable of effectively rotating the strike. His power was on display in 2003 against South Africa when he scored 82 from 41 balls.

He is one of three batsmen in T20I who have scored more than 1,500 runs joining the likes of Umar Akmal, Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik. In November 2018, he became the leading run-scorer for Pakistan in T20 internationals with more than 2,000 runs.

Domestically, Shoaib Malik captained the now-defunct Sialkot Stallions to eight domestic T20 titles.

He was appointed the captain of the Karachi Kings in the first PSL tournament. In the third season, he joined new PSL franchise Multan Sultans as their captain and scored 224 runs in eight innings with a strike rate of 124.44.

In June 2019, he was selected to play for the Vancouver Knights franchise team in the 2019 Global T20 Canada tournament. In November 2019, he was selected to play for Rajshahi Royals in the 2019-20 Bangladesh Premier League.

 

Career statistics

Full name: Shoaib Malik

Born: February 1, 1982, Sialkot, Punjab (38)

Major teams: Pakistan, Asia XI, Barbados Tridents, Bradman XI, Central Punjab (Pakistan), Chittagong Vikings, Comilla Victorians, Delhi Daredevils, Gloucestershire, Gujranwala, Gujranwala Cricket Association, Guyana Amazon Warriors, Hobart Hurricanes.

Playing role: All-rounder

Batting style: Right-hand bat

 

T20I Career (2005-Present)

Mat        Inns        NO         Runs      HS     Ave        BF           SR         100        50

113        105           31         2321       75     31.36     1869      124.18        0          8 

T20 Career                        

Mat        Inns        NO     Runs      HS       Ave        BF         SR         100        50

386        363          99      9892       95*      37.46     7877     125.58      0          61         

 

Career highlights

  • Most capped T20I player of all time (113 matches)
  • 4th most T20I runs, 2321 at an average of 31.36
  • First male cricketer to play 100 T20Is
  • In 2018 became 4th batsman to score 8,000 runs in T20s.
  • Scored 9892 runs at 37.47

England seamer Reece Topley has been ruled out of Tuesday's final ODI with Ireland because of a left groin strain.

Topley, who had seen a promising international career derailed by a series of stress fractures in his back, took his first ODI wicket for over four years in England's win on Saturday.

That four-wicket success clinched the three-match series for the hosts, but Topley will not be available as England look to complete a 3-0 triumph at the Rose Bowl.

Topley, whose last ODI appearance prior to last weekend's victory came in South Africa in February 2016, enjoyed an impressive return and finished with figures of 1-31.

He will hope to recover in time to produce similar performances in this month's T20 series with Pakistan, which begins on August 28.

Guyana Amazon Warriors pace bowler Romario Shepherd is quietly confident that this can be the year the team snaps its Caribbean Premier League (CPL) drought, despite the unusual circumstances surrounding the competition.

Due to issues of safety stemming from the coronavirus pandemic, the entire tournament will be staged in Trinidad and Tobago, with enhanced bio security across two venues.  The teams will begin departing for the twin island republic on Monday, ahead of the tournament’s commencement on the August 8th.

“I am really looking forward to performing and helping us win the tournament this time. It’s long overdue, so this year is our year. Everything is different, so the results will be different this year,” Shepherd told the Guyana Times.

The player believes the task will be made complex by the fact that the majority of players have not been able to play competitive cricket due to the onset of the pandemic

““Being in a pandemic for the first time, I am a bit nervous and tentative going into the tournament. (For) a big tournament like this, you need match practice, and this season will be one of the toughest seasons, not just for me, but for everyone playing in the tournament,” Shepherd said.

“Just the guys coming back from England would have been active, but for the players in the Caribbean, it would be really tough. (There has been) no match practice, and you have to click from the beginning.”

Last season Shepherd claimed 13 wickets in an outstanding season for the Warriors who did not lose until the final.  Despite making it to the final five times the Guyana franchise remains without a title.

 

 

West Indies legend Sir Curtly Ambrose has admitted to some level of disappointment with the performance of young fast bowler Alzarri Joseph in the recently concluded series loss to England.

The 23-year-old was tipped for a breakthrough performance ahead of the England series, but that promised failed to materialise.  Joseph had several bright spells of bowling when the teams met in the Caribbean last year, but in the rematch on English soil, these were few and far between.

Joseph claimed figures of 2 for 98 in the first Test, before getting 1 for 84 in the second Test.  He was replaced in the final Test by off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall.

Ambrose, himself once one of the world’s premier fast bowlers, believes the young West Indian may have been guilty of being too passive.

“I was a little bit disappointed with the performance of Alzarri Joseph.  The pitches they played on, obviously, they were not the quickest, but as a fast bowler, you can’t be telling yourself that boy, it’s a slow pitch so I am just going to amble in and put it on a spot, no.  Whether a pitch is fast or slow, you as a fast bowler have to put out your best, and Alzarri, to me, he was bowling within himself and not looking to bowl fast,” Ambrose told the Antigua Observer.

“Alzarri Joseph is not a put-on-a-spot, hold-up-one-end type of bowler.  Jason Holder, the captain, can do that.  He can’t really bowl fast, but he can come at one end and put it on a spot and swing it around, seam it around and get a couple of wickets, but Alzarri is a guy who has to run in and bowl fast, look to rough up batsmen.  He will look to get wickets obviously, but rough batsmen up and let them know that ‘I am here’.”

 

 

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Mental exhaustion or not enough effort on the field?

  England beat the West Indies by 269 runs and took the series 2-1 to reclaim the Wisden Trophy forever. Windies captain Jason Holder, speaking at the end of the third Test, said, “It’s been challenging, it’s been really challenging, mentally some of the guys are a bit worn out.”

Though I agree it is difficult to play any sport during a pandemic and acknowledge the upheaval, surrounding social injustice issues, taking place, to simply attribute the Windies poor result to these issues is unacceptable. I agree the current climate is different than what anyone has ever experienced before but the Windies loss was brought about by a lack of team effort on the field.

Holder went on to say, “It could be this way for a little while, so we’ve got to find ways to make it work. Hopefully, things could ease up throughout the world and probably guys can get out of the hotel a little bit more, but it has been challenging for sure.”

 Each match was played behind closed doors with players unable to feed off the crowd’s energy.  While I agree that the conditions in which they played were not ideal, as professional athletes they knew the job at hand was to retain the Wisden trophy and play smart cricket. 

The Windies made a great start to their tour with a win, at the Rose Bowl, but England found form in Manchester. The shortcomings of the Windies batsmen in English conditions were exposed numerous times. They conceded first-innings leads of 182 in the second test and 172 in the series decider. The most discouraging factor was the batsmen's inability to capitalize on the numerous starts that they got as a few of the batsmen did make half-centuries. The key difference between both squads was when England got opportunities, they went big, for example, Ben Stokes and Dom Sibley.

England’s bowlers were fresh and eager throughout and that ensured their dominance of the series. A key factor in England’s success was the class of bowlers that were available to choose from as well as the effective rotation of those bowlers. It was useful that none of England’s bowlers bowled in more than two matches – not even Ben Stokes and Dom Bess, who played every game but were not required to bowl.  In the case of the Windies, our bowlers were overworked and two of our key bowlers most notably, Shannon Gabriel and Jason Holder, were struggling with niggles.

Though the mental strain of being away from their families and playing the game during the pandemic may have affected the Windies players’ performance, I don’t believe is it the main reason they lost the series.

 

Arsenal has aced the recipe for FA Cup success

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is hoping the FA Cup victory on Saturday will convince captain Pierre Emerick Aubameyang to stay at the club after they beat Chelsea 2-1. The Gunners captain scored twice to seal the win, taking his team to a 14th FA Cup success. Aubameyang has less than a year left on his contract and his future at the club has been a topic of discussion.

On Saturday, when Aubameyang dropped the trophy before raising it above his head, Arteta joked, “He needs more experience with trophies, we can get him more used to that.” Chelsea’s manager Frank Lampard also commended Aubameyang on his match-winning performance. The North Londoners have now landed a spot in UEFA’s second-tier competition next season. 

This triumph has rectified some of the problems Arsenal had this season, especially after finishing 8th in the Premier League.

 

 The TKR captaincy fits Polly

Kieron Pollard will continue to lead the Trinbago Knight Riders for CPL 2020. Last year, Pollard replaced Dwayne Bravo as captain after he was ruled out with a finger injury.  The decision was a beneficial one and a team with a fit Bravo and Pollard can yield success.

Bravo, who led the team to three CPL titles previously, expressed to the owner that he would rather focus on his game, while Pollard leads the team. I think it is a perfect fit for the team as Pollard and Bravo are great friends and a healthy Bravo with Pollard at the helm puts TKR in a position to win another CPL title.

Pollard has scored 1759 runs in 70 matches, at a strike rate of 148.56. He is the 6th highest run-scorer in the history of the tournament. With the ball, Bravo is the leading wicket-taker with 97 scalps in 69 games. Together both players can use their individual achievements and personalities to get the best of the unit as they seek a 4th CPL title.

The delayed 2020 Indian Premier League season will begin on September 19, pending government clearance, with games to be staged in Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi. 

This year's edition of the Twenty20 tournament was originally due to start in March, only to be postponed indefinitely amid the coronavirus pandemic. 

With COVID-19 cases continuing to rise in the country, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had already revealed plans to stage the entire competition in the United Arab Emirates later in the year. 

Following a video conference between members of the IPL's governing council on Sunday, a statement signed by BCCI secretary Jay Shah announced further details regarding the 53-day event, including venues, updated regulations and key dates. 

The final is due to be played on November 10 and there will be 10 double-headers during the round-robin stage, though a full fixture list is yet to be released.

The UAE has staged the IPL previously, co-hosting the 2014 season due to a clash with India's general election.

"The governing council also discussed the comprehensive standard operating procedures (SOPs), which will be finalised and published in due course, including the agencies to execute and deliver a bio-secure environment for safe and successful conduct of IPL 2020 Season," the statement read. 

"The governing council also reviewed the player regulations for replacement players for 2020 season."

The IPL governing council plans to hold a meeting with all franchises in the near future, while the proposals must be ratified by the Indian government. 

the Women's T20 Challenge will also take place in the UAE, with three teams playing four matches during the same week as the IPL play-offs. 

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