Admire Sanjay Banerjee with this podcast covering the week’s cricket activities. Listen from the heart. The Indian team is now in England after the T20 series against South Africa ended in a draw. Another team from India is also in Ireland on a brief tour. Obviously, playing two teams together on foreign soil not only shows the strength of Team India, but it will also be a better opportunity for many budding players to prove their talent. On the other hand, India’s women’s team is also currently on a tour of Sri Lanka. That is, after the IPL, now the process of India’s involvement in international cricket has started.
inThe only Test is to be played in Gland next month. This is the same Test that Indian players refused to play last year due to Corona. India will have a chance to win or draw this Test and win the five-match series. At the same time, if England wins the match, then they will be able to end the series on a level playing field.
Before the Test, the Indian team is busy in a four-day practice match against Leicestershire. Today is the second day. It is interesting that in this match, four players from India – Cheteshwar Pujara, Rishabh Pant, Jasprit Bumrah and famous Krishna are playing against the Indian team for Leicestershire county team. Since this is not a first-class match, it has been happening in the past as a practice. The aim is to give more and more Indian players a chance to practice. Last year when the Indian team was in England, there was no practice match before the Test and a lot was heard about it.
Wicketkeeper Srikar Bharat has scored 70 not out against Leicestershire. India had scored 246 for eight on the first day till the game was stopped due to rain. But, it was a bit disappointing that 21-year-old medium pacer Roman Walker, who did not play a single first-class match, made India a victim of top-order batsmen – captain Rohit Sharma, Hanuma Vihari, Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja and Shardul Thakur. .
By the way, before the test, the Indian team got two shocks simultaneously. R. Ashwin could not go with the team earlier due to Kovid being infected, but has now joined the team. Whereas Lokesh Rahul has been out of the team due to injury. Batsmen like Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari need to show better form to get back in the Test side and establish themselves as there are a plethora of options now.
India’s second team is in Ireland, which is to take part in two T20 International matches on 26 and 28 June. The Indian team also has to prepare for the T20 World Cup to be held this year. This small series is part of that. Hardik Pandya, who made Gujarat Titans champion without any prior experience in IPL, is officially the captain of the Indian team on the tour of Ireland. He has been given preference over Rishabh Pant. Dinesh Karthik and Umran Malik have also got the gift of performing brilliantly in the IPL. On one hand, despite his growing age, Karthik has impressed everyone with his ‘finishing touch’. At the same time, Umran Malik has given proof of being talented. It is a different matter that Umran Malik did not get a chance to play against South Africa, but there is every possibility of him being included in Ireland.
In the first match against Ireland, young players like Rahul Tripathi, Ishan Kishan, Arshdeep Singh and Avesh Khan will be in charge of the Indian team. After the tour of Ireland and England, the Indian team also has to go on the West Indies tour next month, so this is a great opportunity for all these players, which everyone would like to capitalize on.
By the way, the Indian team played a five-match T20 home series with South Africa only last week. Despite losing the first two matches, India had leveled the series by winning both the subsequent matches. Everything depended on the fifth match in Bangalore, but rain messed everything up and the match ended without any result. This was formally the first series for Rishabh Pant, in which he was the captain of Team India. Indian coach Rahul Dravid fielded ‘Same XI’ in all the matches of this series. Perhaps he has tried to give the message that whoever gets a chance, he will get it. Generally, there has been a tradition of changing players in every match on the basis of their performance.
In the series against South Africa, Ishan Kishan scored 206 runs including two half-centuries. Similarly, Harshal Patel managed to show his talent in the bowling, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar made excellent use of the experience.
Here, India’s women’s team is on a tour of Sri Lanka. Where there are to be three T20 and as many ODI matches. This is the first series of Indian women after the ODI World Cup. Yesterday the first T20 match was played in Dambulla, which Indian women won by 34 runs. Captain Harmanpreet Kaur won the toss and decided to play first, which later proved to be correct. Although India scored only 138 runs, but it was a matter of relief that Jemima Rodrigues, who was out of the Indian team in the World Cup, scored the highest 36 runs. Second explosive batter Shefali Verma contributed 31 and Harmanpreet Kaur contributed 22 runs. By the way, Deepti Sharma played the real innings, who added an unbeaten 17 runs in just eight balls with the help of three fours while playing at number eight. Although only 104 runs were scored in Sri Lanka’s counter-innings, Kavisha Dilhari scored an unbeaten 47. Radha Yadav got two wickets for India.
Now the second T20 women’s match between India and Sri Lanka will be played tomorrow in Dambulla, while the third match will be held on June 27.
Two players of Indian women’s cricket will no longer be seen playing on the field. After Mithali Raj, Rumeli Dhar has also retired. Mithali was the captain of the Indian team in Tests and ODIs, this responsibility has now come on the shoulders of Harmanpreet. 38-year-old Rumeli Dhar played an important role in taking the Indian team to the final of the 2005 World Cup.
And finally Ranji Trophy. The final of which is being played between Mumbai and Madhya Pradesh in Bangalore. Today is the third day of the five-day final. Yesterday, on the second day, Mumbai’s first innings ended on 374 runs. In response, Madhya Pradesh had scored 123 runs for one wicket till the end of the game. Then Yash Dubey 44 and Shubham Sharma were at the crease after scoring 41 runs.
In Mumbai’s first innings, Sarfaraz Khan scored a century of 134 runs and maintained his excellent form in the season. This is his fourth century of the season. Apart from Sarfaraz, Yashasvi Jaiswal scored 78 runs. For Madhya Pradesh, Gaurav Yadav took four and Anubhav took three wickets.
Mumbai has a great chance to win the Ranji Trophy for the 42nd time. Whereas as a team, Madhya Pradesh will try to win the title for the first time.
In the semi-final played earlier, Mumbai won against Uttar Pradesh on the basis of first innings. Then Yashasvi Jaiswal scored a century in both the innings for Mumbai. Currently, Shams Mulani is at the top with 37 wickets in the bowling, but he did not get any wicket in the semi-finals.
In another semi-final match, Madhya Pradesh defeated Bengal by 174 runs. Himanshu Mantri scored 165 runs and Rajat Patidar scored 79 runs for Madhya Pradesh. Whereas Sports Minister Manoj Tiwari scored a century for Bengal. Despite the defeat, Shahbaz Ahmed did a brilliant all-round performance for Bengal by taking eight wickets and scoring a century.
So this was it, the podcast based on the cricket activities of the week- Suno Dil Se. Allow Sanjay Banerjee till next week, Namaskar.