Manish Pandey failed to find a place in the Indian squad for the World Twenty 20 Championship

Despite scoring a century on the recent tour of Australia, Manish Pandey failed to find a place in the Indian squad for the World Twenty 20 Championship.

It’s Ajinkya Rahane who got the nod from the selection committee instead of him.

If the comparison is made between Rahane and Pandey, the latter is probably a better T20 player as he has got the combination of the power and the touch game.

Rahane, on the other hand, is all about touch game and although, he can play his shots from time to time, he can’t be expected to just blow the opposition away with his hitting.

He is a good option to have at the top of the order for you as a captain, but, if the ball has got old and the pitch has got a little bit slow, he would not be your preferred choice to be out there in the middle.

But, that’s not the case with Pandey. He can go both ways.

He can open the innings as well and can play conventional Cricket shots against the new ball to collect boundaries and he can then start cross-batting too once the innings progresses and reaches its business end.

However, since Rahane has featured in big tournaments quite a lot in the last 3-4 seasons, he is much ahead of Pandey from experience point of view and that’s the reason, the selectors have gone with him. Read more »

Adam Lyth seems to be wasting his opportunities in the current Ashes

Adam Lyth seems to be wasting his opportunities in the current Ashes and the time is not that far off when he would find himself on the radar.

He did get a century against New Zealand, but, in the 5 innings that he has played against Australia, every time he has been caught behind the stumps and that is really a concern.

In the first couple of games, one could feel that he got a few corkers and probably, any batsman in the world would have nicked those.

But, the shot that he played in England’s first innings at Edgbaston yesterday, he would not be happy with that at all.

It was a wide cross-seam delivery by Josh Hazlewood and after pitching, it was going further away. It was surely to be left for the wicketkeeper. But, Lyth just threw his bat at it and got the edge.

For a fraction of a second, he would have thought he got away with it as Adam Voges at the first slip position for Australia juggled with the ball a little bit before grabbing it eventually and sending the Yorkshire left hander on his way.

After England’s loss at Lord’s, much of the talk was about the poor form of Gary Ballance and Lyth sort of slipped under it, but, now, if he fails in the second innings too in the ongoing test match, the knives would be out. Read more »

Eoin Morgan missed his hundred at Leeds in the 4th One Day against Australia

Eoin Morgan missed his hundred at Leeds in the 4th One Day against Australia, but, his innings ensured that his team equalized the series 2-2.

Now, the 5th game, which is going to take place in Manchester, has turned into a decider.

Hunting down the target of 300, England had lost three wickets below the 100-mark and all the hopes were lying with the skipper again and the Middlesex man was up to take the responsibility.

He knew even if he played quietly for a brief period of time, it was of no worry as the required run rate could be caught up later on, but, losing more wickets at that juncture would have been disastrous.

He took odd calculated risks in between and punished the bowlers whenever he was given width outside the off stump, but, till the 35th over mark, his focus was mainly on singles and twos.

And, very calmly, he got England to a position where they had enough wickets in hands with not too many runs required to score.

Morgan would definitely have liked to stay till the end and finish the job himself, but, a brilliant catch at backward point by Glenn Maxwell sent him back to the hut.

However, the likes of Bairstow, Plunkett and Moeen Ali played good hands thereafter and England got to the target in the penultimate over.

Moeen was lucky though that Matthew Wade dropped him when he had just come on to bat. Had that catch been taken, the game could have turned around, but, it wasn’t to be. Read more »

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Eoin Morgan big Flop in IPL 8

Eoin Morgan, one of the few England players that are featuring in IPL 8, has been a big flop so far.

Playing for one of the Southern region teams in the League i.e. the Sunrisers Hyderabad, Morgan has not been able to make even one match winning contribution.

At the start, he found himself on the bench with Kane Williamson being preferred over him which was a little bit of a surprise.

The left hander was slotted in after a couple of games though, but, the change hasn’t made any difference so far.

Morgan is actually struggling more than Williamson. Maybe, he needs to bat higher, that can be argued, but, he is not looking in form at all if the truth is spoken.

Morgan has had a successful time over here in India in international Cricket in the past.

Because of his soft hands and quick feet, he handles spin well which is very important in these conditions, but, the last year or so, he has had a bit of a downfall as a batsman and his confidence appears to be very low at the moment. Read more »