Showing posts with label Shikhar Dhawan. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Shikhar Dhawan. Show all posts

Friday, January 22, 2016

'Slowing down for 100' Virat Kohli criticised by Glenn Maxwell for chasing century

VIRAT Kohli has been in outstanding form this series but not everybody is entirely convinced the Indian superstar has played the game the right way against Australia.


Following his match-winning knock at the MCG, Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell – who hauled out for 96 in the penultimate over trying to hit a six – suggested India’s batsmen had focused too much on personal landmarks, hurting the team by slowing down the run rate.
“They were probably just making sure they got to a milestone,” Maxwell said on Sunday. “Some people are milestone driven, some people aren’t.

Dhoni denies Indian batsmen are selfish


Expanding on those comments on Thursday, Maxwell singled out Kohli for criticism, saying the 27-year-old lost momentum because of his century ambitions in the game at Manuka Oval, a match remarkably won by Australia after India collapsed from 1-277 to be all out for 323.
“I was sent a photo the other day, it said Virat was 84 off 63, and then 100 off 89 or something like that. He got his last 11 runs off 22 balls to get his hundred,” he told Wisden India.
Maxwell was right in his assertion that Kohli slowed down as he neared his hundred, though he was slightly off the mark with his figures, as the No.3 went from 84 off 61 to 100 off 84 and took 21 balls rather than 22 to make the 11 runs he needed to reach triple figures
“I thought about that and I was like, ‘Jeez he did it so easily all the way up until then, and then you just lose a bit of momentum’.

Some players play for milestones but not me : Glenn Maxwell


“Then you look on the other hand, when you watch David Warner get into the 90s and he tries to hit Ishant Sharma for a slog-sweep for six. It’s just, to me, that’s two complete different ends of the spectrum. And then you look at the scoreline and you see 4-0. And to me, I’d much rather be 4-0 basically.”
In fairness to Kohli, he was still looking to play his shots in the 90s only to hit fielders, and a match earlier at the MCG he moved from 84 to 100 in exactly 16 balls. He also gave up his wicket chasing quick runs in the first ODI at the WACA, caught in the deep for 91 looking to up the run rate.

But in that same game Rohit Sharma took 16 balls to move from 90 to 100, and a game later at the Gabba he went from 94 off 98 to 100 off 112. In both matches the consensus was that India had fallen 30 runs short of what it needed.
So while India may lead the century charts 5-3, Australia has outscored it by 1263 to 1235 and made those runs at a quicker rate too (6.41 an over to 6.20). Not huge differences but enough for Australia to be just one game away from a 5-0 clean sweep, and indicative of the way the team plays under Darren Lehmann.
“The way Boof has talked to us always has been: ‘Take the game on, take the game on, take the game on. I don’t care if you’re on 90, I don’t care if you’re on zero, take the game on’

“If you face an off-spinner first ball and you’re on zero and you’ve just lost three wickets, try and hit him for six. Don’t do yourself in, just try and hit him for six. You’ve got everyone’s backing, try and hit him for six. The other night (in Canberra, where Australia made 348 for 8), he was upset after the game. He thought we’d left 40 or 50 runs short out on the ground. That’s how much he has been pushing us. And when you’ve got a coach like that, it just drives everyone to be better, and that’s a great thing for Australian cricket.”

Wednesday, January 20, 2016

Kane's maiden Fifer and India's spectacular collapse - Aussies thrash 'duck' Dhoni's India for the fourth consecutive time

Paceman Kane Richardson claimed his maiden five-wicket haul to script India’s spectacular collapse and bowl Australia to a 25-run victory in the high-scoring fourth One-day international on Wednesday.

Three batsmen struck centuries in the 671-run match between the world’s top two one-day teams but it was Richardson’s (5-68) incisive bowling that clinched the contest, while also earning him the man-of-the-match award.

Chasing 349 for victory, India were cruising at 277 for one before losing their last nine wickets for 46 runs to succumb to their fourth successive defeat in the five-match series.

Opener Shikhar Dhawan (126) and Virat Kohli (106) featured in a 212-run stand for the visitors before the wheels came off India’s chase at Canberra’s Manuka Oval.

Dhawan registered his ninth ODI century and Kohli scored his second consecutive hundred but India lost three wickets in 11 balls for the addition of one run that derailed them.

For them, in-form Ajinkya Rahane came out to bat despite a split webbing of his fingers, but could score only two as India were all out for 323 in the final over.

India captain MS Dhoni took the burden of responsibility for a traumatic defeat, admitting it was his wicket so soon on the heels of Dhawan’s departure that changed the complexion of the match.

“I think it was my wicket because that specifically is my role in the team from that kind of position to make sure we finish off the game well,” Dhoni said. “So my wicket really was the turning point at that point of time, we lost quite a few there but it was my wicket because according to the role and responsibility that everybody has, that specifically is my role.

“That’s what pressure does to you. A few of them have not played much international cricket, so at times it seems when you’re batting in the middle playing that big shot is the right thing to do, but slowly and with more games under your belt you realise that’s a time you have to carry on some kind of a partnership, and once you get used to the pace and bounce of the wicket then you can play the big shots.

“Hopefully they will learn out of this, it’s the first few games they’ve played and maybe it’s the first time in their career that they were under some kind of pressure. Hopefully they’re learning,” Dhoni said.

Earlier, Aaron Finch struck his seventh hundred in a blistering opening partnership of 187 with David Warner to power Australia to 348 for eight wickets.

Finch smashed a run-a-ball 107 while Warner fell on 93 from 92 deliveries as the hosts continued to make merry against India’s toothless bowling attack after opting to bat first.

Australia had chased down each Indian target to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series and the tourists’ battered bowlers did little better after finally getting the chance to bowl first.

Warner, who missed the last two matches due to the birth of his second child, started off with a maiden against Umesh Yadav but soon hit his stride with three fours in an over against seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Yadav also conceded three boundaries in the next over against the diminutive left-hander as Australia raced to 50 in the seventh over.

Finch was equally destructive and a fierce straight drive from the right-hander off fast bowler Ishant Sharma (4-77) hit umpire Richard Kettleborough on the shin, forcing the official off the field.

Finch mistimed a pull to be dismissed eight overs after Warner had played Ishant on to his stumps.

Australia captain Steven Smith (51) and all-rounders Mitchell Marsh (33) and Glenn Maxwell (41) chipped in with some quick runs. Sydney hosts the fifth and final one-dayer on Saturday.

Australia wins 4th ODI by 25 runs, leads India 4-0

Kane Richardson took five wickets, including four in his last four overs, as Australia held on to beat India by 25 runs on Wednesday and extend its lead to 4-0 with one match remaining in the limited-overs international series.

Aaron Finch made 107 and David Warner returned from paternity leave to score 93 as Australia posted a total of 348-8 after winning the toss and batting.
India was coasting at 277-1 in reply in the 38th over but lost its last nine wickets for 46 runs, with Richardson taking 4-16 in a match-turning spell and returning 5-68 for the innings.

Shikhar Dhawan scored 126 and Virat Kohli added 106, the pair sharing a 212-run partnership for the second wicket and seemingly setting India on course for a victory, until the dramatic late collapse ended with the visitors all out for 323 in 49.2 overs.
The pattern of the series changed slightly on Wednesday; India batted first in each of the first three matches and lost.

Finch reached his seventh ODI century from 97 balls. It was his first against India and his second at Manuka Oval in the Australian capital.
Warner was the main aggressor in a blazing beginning by the Australian openers who rushed to 40-0 after five overs.
Warner was out in the 30th over when he chopped a ball from Ishant Sharma onto his middle stump.

Finch was out when Australia was 221-2 in the 38th over after he and Mitchell Marsh had added only 34 runs in 8.4 overs. The opener reached 100 with a single from his 97th delivery, two years after his first century at Manuka Oval against South Africa.

Finch was finally caught off Umesh Yadav, skying a pull shot to Ishant Sharma at mid-on.
Finch's power-hitting claimed one notable casualty. In the 17th over, his straight drive hit English umpire Richard Kettleborough on the right leg and Kettleborough was forced to retire from the match. He was replaced by Australia's Paul Wilson.
Steve Smith hit the ball powerfully from the outset and reached his 50 from 27 balls.
The Australians lost 5-37 to lose momentum before Glenn Maxwell hit 41 from 20 balls with six fours and a six, falling to the last ball of the innings.

The fifth match will be played in Sydney on Saturday.





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