The all rounder of the Australian Cricket team, Steve Smith, made a mark with the ball the other day against Zimbabwe as he got 3 wickets in his 4.1 overs with his part time leg spin.
Smith is crucial to Australia’s plans for the World Cup. He is a gritty middle order batsman who can fight out testing conditions and if he starts doing a bit as a bowler too, he would be a great prospect for the Kangaroos.
Smith was actually a bowler who could bat a bit when he had first broken into the Australian national side. But, over the last 5 years, he has worked more on his batting and his bowling has slowly faded away.
People were able to see the glimpses of the old Adam Gilchrist the other day at Lord’s during the match between MCC and the rest of the World XI.
The Australian left hander came to open the innings for the Rest of the World XI. His opening partner was the Indian legend Virender Sehwag.
The crowd greeted both of them with huge cheers as they were making their way onto the ground.
Both Gilchrist and Sehwag started going after the bowlers from the word go as per their nature. The boundaries started flowing.
Gilchrist, in particular, was very aggressive. Anything marginally short outside the off stump, he was pouncing on that. He hit a total of 4 fours in one over of Shaun Tait.
David Warner has been one of the most improved Australian Cricketer in the last one year or so. The hard hitting left hander has scored heaps of runs in all formats of the game all over the world in the recent past.
First, he helped his team Australia regain the Ashes by being ultra consistent in the 5-match return test series played against England last year, then, he went to South Africa and continued batting in the same way there as well. With some great innings played against the destructive South Africa pace battery, he proved himself as one of the best modern day test players.
Warner couldn’t win too many matches for his team in the World T20 Championship 2014 though and that was his only failure in the season.
The Afghanistan coach Rashid Latif hopes that his team doesn’t go Kenya’s way. Kenya had also taken giant strides in terms of rising in international cricket. They had even reached the semi final round in the 2003 World Cup, but, after that, they faded and today, they don’t even have the right to play One Day matches at the international level. Latif doesn’t want the same thing to happen with Afghanistan as well.
Just about 6 years ago, Afghanistan was one of the 5th division teams. No one would have expected them to develop so quickly to make it to the World Cup 2015, but, they did that and in the recently concluded Asia Cup, they showed that they can even create upsets in Australia and New Zealand next year.
The condition of Afghanistan Cricket has improved a lot in the last few years. Not only have they started to win matches on the ground, their financial status has become much better too. Now, the players of the team have central contracts which help them earn more than 2000 Dollars per month.
It’s a very low amount if compared to the earnings of the cricketers of other countries, but, for the Afghan cricketers, it’s a lot of money because about 5 years ago, they were getting virtually nothing to play for the national side.
The coach of the Afghanistan cricket team, Kabir Khan, doesn’t think that his team is ready to be given the test status.
Afghanistan has performed pretty well in the limited overs matches that they have played of late and the cricket pundits have started wondering if the time has come for them to play the longest form of the game. Some think yes it’s the right time, but, the others think that it might be too early. Kabir falls in that second category.
The Afghanistan cricket team has made it to the main draw of the World Cup 2015. They did that by securing a fantastic victory over Kenya a few days back.
This achievement of the Afghan team has given a lot of joy to the whole nation. People are extremely happy and a lot of them had gathered at the airport to give their heroes a warm reception when they returned back home on Saturday.
Not only the Afghan people, the members of the Afghan team are pretty happy too and why shouldn’t they be? They have earned a place in the main draw after playing some fantastic cricket and they deserve to be given a lot of credit and respect.
The Afghanistan U-23 cricket team has defeated the Indian U-23 team in a group match of the ACC Emerging Teams Cup which is being played at Singapore. fghanistan won the match by 28 runs.
This is the first time ever that Afghanistan has secured victory over a test playing country.
The Indians had entered the match as hot favourites on the betting markets and they seemed to be winning the game easily at the half way stage as Afghanistan had managed to post only 184 runs on the board. But, that didn’t happen. The Afghanistan team showed tremendous fighting spirits and a great bowling effort by them saw India falling short of the target by 20 odd runs.
The former Afghanistan player, Raees Ahmadzai, has said that Afghanistan has got some very talented quick bowlers and the future of the team is looking bright.
Ahmadzai played international cricket for Afghanistan for a couple of years only. He played 5 One Day Internationals and 8 T20 Internationals.
He was a right handed hard hitting batsman. When he retired, he was just 26 years of age. He was appointed as the national selector after that. He did that job for 2 years before starting his coaching career.
In one of his recent interviews, when Ahmadzai was asked about the future of Afghanistan cricket, he said, “It is looking bright. We have got youngsters who are full of potential especially in bowling department. We have got bowlers who are capable of bowling with pace.”
The Pakistan cricket team has defeated South Africa in their second warm up match played at Kennington Oval, London. Pakistan won the match by 7 wickets.
Pakistan’s first warm up match against Sri Lanka was washed out on 30th of July.
The pitch at Kennington Oval had a bit of pace. Keeping that in mind, the Pakistani skipper Misbah-ul-Haq decided to field first after winning the toss.
South Africa didn’t manage to get off to a good start. Their premier batsman Hashim Amla perished in the very first over of the match. He was adjudged leg before wicket off the bowling of the left arm pacer Junaid Khan.