Australia show nerve to clinch the series 3-2

Australia show nerve to clinch the series 3-2

Australia looked all set for a historic win when Adam Zampa got Rohit Sharma and Ravindra Jadeja in the 29th over en route bowling a maiden, the result was all but obvious. India was left with Kedar Jadhav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar to chase another 141 runs at more than run-a-ball. 

One more wicket and the Delhi crowd would have seen an early end to the game, which is not what the expectations were in the last ODI that Team India were playing ahead of the World Cup. The batting depth came to haunt India once again, and though Jadhav and Bhuvi narrowed down the target considerably, the chinks in the armor can in no way be ignored.

India were left with 59 runs to win in 30 deliveries, with both Jadhav and Bhuvi batting in their 40s. However, the fight had to end sooner than later, and the partnership was ended when the latter tried to clear the infield in the 46th over. It opened the gates for an Indian collapse and a rare series defeat for the Men in Blue.

At the other end, Jadhav who had to now go for everything perished in the next over, as he pulled Jhye Richardson to the fielder at fine leg. The rest of the batting unit failed to stick around, succumbing to 237 runs in reply to Australia’s 272. The win at Feroz Shah Kotla was Australia’s first after six series defeats, and it was India’s first defeat at home since 2015. Team India also managed to lose a home series to Australia for the first time since 2009.

Rohit, who got his 41st fifty in the game, tried his best but was hampered by the quick loss of wickets at the other end. Shikhar Dhawan played down the wrong line, while Virat Kohli found the edge while trying to play a hard stroke. Rishabh Pant, who was auditioning for a role, edged a Nathan Lyon delivery to first slip after attempting a forward defense. Vijay Shankar was out as he was looking to hit Adam Zampa off the park and Jadeja’s dismissal that closely followed the opener’s, stalled the Indian run-chase on a sluggish track.

Jadhav and Bhuvi then put up an audacious fight as they stitched 99 runs together in only 17.1 overs. The Australian innings was led by a fine Usman Khawaja knock, who scored his second ton in the series. With Aaron Finch looking scratchy, the impetus was on Khawaja who impressed with an array of shots and flicks that raced away to the boundary. After the Aussie skipper’s dismissal, Peter Handscomb combined with Khawaja to lay a fluent partnership together.

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The duo attacked from both ends and managed to dispel the threat of Ravindra Jadeja and Kuldeep Yadav. They were particularly harsh on Kedar Jadhav, who was taken off the attack after bowling just one over. However, Khawaja’s dismissal shifted the momentum in India’s favor as Australia collapsed from 175 for 1 to 182 for 4.

The middle order failed to get going for the visitors with India’s bowlers picking up wickets at regular intervals. Jadeja bagged a couple, while Mohammad Shami picked up 2 as well. Bhuvi scalped 3 and the only respite that the Australians had was when they scored 19 runs in the 48th over off Jasprit Bumrah, who had conceded only 14 runs in his first eight overs.

Though Australia had looked well set for a score of more than 300 after the first 25 overs, they kept their nerves and showed intent to become only the fifth side to win a 5-match series after being 0-2 down.

Brief Scores: Australia 272/9 in 50 overs (Usman Khawaja 100, Peter Handscomb 52; Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3-48, Ravindra Jadeja 2-45) beat India 237 in 50 overs (Rohit Sharma 56, Bhuvneshwar Kumar 46; Adam Zampa 3-46, Pat Cummins 2-38) by 35 runs.

Shane Warne Question’s Ponting’s Inclusion In IPL

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Shane Warne, the former Australian bowler has reportedly asked Ricky Ponting’s inclusion in the Indian Premier League. 

Ricky Ponting has been appointed as the assistant coach of the Australian cricket team for World Cup 2019. Therefore, Shane Warne has suggested the authorities to rethink the matter over conflict of interest issue. Shane Warne, in this regard, has shared examples of Indian coaches being barred to participate in IPL due to conflict of interest. According to him, Ricky Pointing should be treated in the same manner after his association with the national team of Australia.

Shane Warne Question's Ponting's Inclusion In IPL
Shane Warne Question’s Ponting’s Inclusion In IPL (Image- Getty Images)

The Backstory

The spin maestro, Share Warne is the brand ambassador of Rajasthan Royals whereas the former captain of Australia, Ricky Ponting coaches Delhi Capitals in IPL. The legends have been teammates for a good number of periods and have immense contribution to the legendary cricket status of Australia.

Also Read: Delhi Capitals: Strengths, Weaknesses and Possible Lineup | IPL 2019

Earlier this month Australia Cricket Board appointed Ricky Ponting as an assistant Coach to focus on Australia’s ODI World Cup campaign. He will be mostly working on the batting sector to help Aussies in England.

Referring to this, in an interview with Mumbai Mirror Shane Warne said, 

“Look, Virat Kohli is the captain of a team and Rohit Sharma is the captain of another side. They will have players from other countries who are bound for the World Cup. So that does not bother me.”

Shane Warne Feels Unfair

According to Warne, this would be unfair to the Indian cricketers who faced this scenario earlier.

“But on the first point, (and) this is not for me to say, but if the BCCI decides Ravi Shastri cannot be part of the IPL, then I don’t see how Ricky can be.”

Rahul Dravid, for the same reason, left the coaching of Delhi Daredevils (Delhi Capitals) earlier. BCCI mentioned how the national coaches would not be part of IPL due to conflict of interest. Shane Warne has shared his opinion in the same line and asked Ponting’s association in IPL.

IPL 2019 will begin on March 23 and BCCI is yet to disclose the schedule. It will be interesting to see if Ponting decides to respond on the same. BCCI is also expected to throw some light on the matter as Warne has some valid point.

Big Bash League introduces the baffling bat flip instead of the coin toss

Big Bash League introduces the baffling bat flip instead of the coin toss


⚬ The Big Bash League will see a bat flip instead of the coin toss from this season. 

⚬ Skippers will call ‘hills’ or ‘flats’ instead of the traditional ‘heads’ or ‘tails’.

⚬ How this move will eradicate the undue advantage garnered to the skipper winning the flip is still unknown. 

Brisbane Heat’s new skipper Chris Lynn will become the first player in the history of the game to flip a bat instead of the traditional coin at the toss in the inaugural match of the Big Bash League when his side takes on Adelaide Strikers on December 19. The BBL organizers will invent a new specially weighted bat for the bat flip, which is guaranteed to ensure that the results are 50-50 in favor of both teams.

Instead of calling out ‘heads’ or ‘tails’, the visiting team will have the option of calling out either ‘hills’ or ‘flats’, a term which is more synonymous with backyard cricket in Australia. After using LED stumps, that flash every time the ball crashes against it or the wicket-keeper whips the bails off, the BBL is on course for yet another invention, which could revolutionize cricket even more, according to BBL head Kim McConnie.

“For me, it’s a great moment, which reflects what BB is about,” McConnie said. “Some people don’t like the change, but I’d also challenge people to say when was the last time anyone watched the coin toss or really focussed on it to a great extent? Now we are making it much more relevant to families – we are creating a moment that is much more fitting for kids. If you’re out in the backyard what do you do? You toss the bat to decide.”

While the move is garnering a lot of headlines, the exact purpose of the change is still unknown. For years, the coin toss has been criticized for giving undue advantage to one side especially if the conditions are too varied over the two innings.

If a team wins the toss and opts to bowl first in cloudy, seaming conditions, they will have the upper hand. Alternatively, if the side opts to chase when dew sets in during the second half the match will be tilted in their favor. In such scenarios, the toss often dictates the terms of the match, which is what most players had rallied around to change.

Sachin Tendulkar had come up with an idea, where, in an ODI, team bats for 25 overs followed by the first 25 overs of the next team. The two sides then return to complete the following 25 overs. This will not only give the two teams a shot to battle it out in similar conditions – both sides will get a chance to bowl when the conditions are of help to the pacers and then when it is against them as the dew starts to settle in – but will also truly test a player.

However, instead of coming up with a progressive idea to negate the impact of the toss completely from the result, the Big Bash League organizers are just substituting one with the other. The captain that wins the bat-flip will once again be at an advantageous position and can make full use of the conditions on offer. How this step then is being seen as a revolutionary move is baffling.


Indians In Australia: Top 5 Test Batting Performances by Team India

Indians In Australia- Top 5 Test Batting Performances

Over the last 70 years, Team India have visited Australia many times, which included some legendary batsmen showcasing their prolific batting skill and ensuring a few historical moments for Indian cricket. 

With the hope of some well-crafted innings in the upcoming test series by Team India, here we are listing the top 5 test batting performances by Indian cricket legends.


Vijay Hazare’s Dual Tons – 1948

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Vijay Hazare (Photo: PA Photos)

The first Indian to reach 1000 runs and 2000 runs in Test cricket always performed in crisis for the team and proved to be a real savior. India’s tour of Australia in 1948 was no exception. India has lost the first and third test matches managing a draw in the second one. In the fourth test at Adelaide Australia scored mammoth 674 runs and India was all set to surrender once again. Hazare came to bat with India 3 for 69. He scored 116 runs in the first innings. While following on he again fascinated the crowd with a matured 145. He thus became the first Indian to hit two back to back centuries in both innings of a test match. India lost the match but Hazare’s innings sited in cricket history forever. His centuries came against the furious bowling attack of Ray Lindwall and Keith Millar.

Don Bradman wrote

“Hazare gave a display which ranks with one of the finest seen in this country. There is no doubt Hazare was among the most accomplished batsmen ever to visit Australia and cricket-lovers are indebted to him for the enjoyment he gave them.’’


Gavaskar’s Classic 118 – 1977

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Sunil Gavaskar (Photo: Getty Images)

India had lost first two test matches of the series and as always the batting line up was struggling against pace bowling attack on Australian soil. Led by Bishan Singh Bedi India batted first in the third test match at Melbourne and scored 256 runs. Bhagwath Chandrasekhar took 6 wickets for just 52 runs to wrap Australia in just 213 runs. It was evident that India was ready for a fightback this time. Gavaskar came to bat with the urge to prove himself as he had scored a duck in the first innings. Then it was nothing short of a spectacular show. Gavaskar scored a brilliant century and along with Mohinder Amarnath (72) and Gundappa Vishwanath (59) helped India to set a daunting target of 386 for Australia in the fourth innings. The Australian team was sent back to the pavilion for just 164 runs handing India their first ever win in Australia.  Sunil Gavaskar’s comeback innings was one of the instrumental keys behind this massive victory of India and is applauded by all till date.


Tendulkar Making The Presence Feel- 1992

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Sachin Tendulkar, Perth Test 1992 (Photo: Getty Images)

Australia won the 1991-92 test series against India but that series gave birth to the dependable batter at 4th position for the team. India came into the fifth test at Perth already 3-0 down and looked to salvage some pride. Australia batted first and scored 346 with a century from David Boon. Sachin Tendulkar already got a test hundred in the 3rd match of the series in Sydney. But this one was even more difficult. Tendulkar came to bat at 69 for 2 and departed at 240 for 9. In between except Sanjay Manjarekar and wicketkeeper Kiran More nobody provided enough support. But Tendulkar was in his own zone. He played multiple horizontal batted shots and some cracking drives. Senior bowlers like Craig McDermott and Merv Hughes could not stop him and the on-drive he hit to reach his 100 was a special shot announcing the arrival of a special batsman.


Also Read: India’s Test Tour To Australia, Top 5 Controversies


Dravid Taking The Lead- 2003

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Rahul Dravid, Adelaide Test 2003 (Photo: Getty Images)

Adelaide test in 2003 was almost a repeat telecast of 2001 Eden test match between India and Australia. Australia scored 556 runs in the first innings. India was in a tricky situation with 85 for 4 on the board with both Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar were already sent back to the pavilion when Rahul Dravid was joined by VVS Laxman in the crease. Then the cricket world witnessed some legendary batting as the duo added 303 runs and ensured that India saved the follow-on. It was a reverse role this time. At Eden, Laxman took the charge with Dravid supporting him. This time it was Dravid who played the key role and added 233 runs while Laxman went for 148. In the second innings, Indian bowling attack made the most of the opportunity with Agarkar recording a brilliant figure of 6-41. Australia set the target of 233 for India in the fourth innings. Dravid again came into rescue and scored unbeaten 72 to win the match.


Kohli’s Love Story – 2014

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Virat Kohli, Adelaide Test 2014 (Photo: Getty Images)

Virat Kohli’s love affair with Adelaide Oval is well known. He got his maiden Test century during the 2012 tour in that ground and when Indian team reached again in 2014 to play the first test Kohli was the most important batsman in the team. As the fate would have it just before the test match Indian captain MS Dhoni was declared unfit and Kohli got the chance to captain India in a test match for the first time. He duly celebrated by making a century in both innings of the test match, only the fourth Indian to do so after Vijay Hazare, Sunil Gavaskar, and Rahul Dravid. Both the innings were a great display of batting skill and stroke play; especially the one in the second innings while chasing 364 for victory Kohli guided team India with a masterful 141 but a few rash shots, in the end, resulted in a narrow loss by just 48 runs.

5 things to know about Australia’s best ever all-rounder Keith Miller

Keith Miller

Australia’s Keith Ross Miller was born in Sunrise, Victoria on November 28, 1919. He would have been 99 years old today. Known as “Nugget” and claimed to be Cricket’s “Golden boy” by an English journalist, Keith Miller was one of the most charismatic cricketers ever. 

Tall, lithe and handsome, Keith Miller was a popular face and probably Cricket’s first pin-up. During his late teenage years he was already a jockey, give to his good looks. After retirement, he took to the press box to elongate his association with Cricket. He played the “Victory Tests” in England after World War II and was a part of Don Bradman’s “Invincible” Australian side.


Service during the war and back injury

Soon after Keith Miller made his debut for Victoria, his cricketing career was interrupted by World World II. He went to England and served as a night fighter pilot. He picked up a back injury there which made him almost handicapped and it made him suffer for years down the line. 


Miller’s outlook towards Test Cricket during the post-war era

A war-time hero and a brilliant all-rounder during the post-war era, Keith Miller soon made it to the forefront of the cricket scene. A spot for him in the Australian Test side was inevitable. Captain Don Bradman discerned his fast-bowling abilities accurately as he let him open the bowling with Ray Lindwall. He was a natural hard-hitter and was allowed bat in the top order. Many say that the war had changed him. And even though he was amazing as a Cricketer he wasn’t too competitive. 


Keith Miller’s Ashes Debut

Keith Miller made his Ashes debut at the Gabba in the year 1946. Test Cricket had marked its comeback after nine years in Australia. Miller claimed nine wickets in the first match at Brisbane. Australia had won the series 3–0 wherein Miller scored 384 runs at 76.80 and bagged 16 wickets at 20.88.


Keith Miller’s relationship with his captain Don Bradman

Keith Miller and Don Bradman exhibited sheer contrast in characters. Miller was never ruthless in his approach as a cricketer whereas Bradman was absolutely competitive. Miller’s sporadic stints of throwing away his wicket and not bowling too hard to his opponents often enraged his captain. the relationship had soured up so much that even after Bradman’s retirement he made sure Keith Miller was not made captain.


Keith Miller life outside of Cricket

Keith Miller was unpredictable in and outside the Cricket field. His contrast in choices was highlighted by the fact that he was both a fan of classical music and loved gambling. He married Margaret “Peggie” Wagener who he met during the war years and had four sons from that marriage. He later divorced his wife in 2002 and remarried after she passed away in 2003. He spent his last years on a wheelchair.

Marcus Harris and Chris Tremain earn maiden Test call-ups

Marcus Harris and Chris Tremain Australia

Two new baggy greens are set to be given out as opener Marcus Harris and fast-bowler Chris Tremain earn maiden call-ups for the upcoming Test series against India. Matt Renshaw hasn’t earned a place in the Test squad yet again. 

The maiden Test series for Marcus Harris and Chris Tremain will also be Australia’s first home series since Steve Smith and David Warner were banned due to the sandpaper-gate. 

India is currently touring Australia and so far have played one T20I. The Aaron Finch led Australian team managed a 4-run victory(DLS) against India on November 21. The Test series will start in December before which there are two remaining T20Is to be played. The first Test match that is scheduled to be played at the Adelaide Oval starts on December 6. The second Test match will be played at Perth and will commence on December 14. 

While Mitchell Marsh, Shaun Marsh, and Travis Head have retained their places, Matt Renshaw, Marnus Labuschagne, all-rounder Michael Neser and fast bowlers Jon Holland and Brendan Doggett have all been dropped. Usman Khawaja has apparently recovered from his knee injury which he had acquired during the series against Pakistan. He underwent an operation and after being declared fit has been incorporated in the squad. 

Peter Handscomb who was dropped during the Pakistan series has been called back into the squad for India series. The two new recruits, Harris and Tremain forced their way into the 14-man squad with the help of exceptional performances in the domestic front.


“Marcus Harris has forced his way into the squad after an impressive start to the Sheffield Shield campaign for Victoria,” said Australia’s head selector Trevor Hohns.


Marcus Harris is an opener, who has scored 437 runs this shield season at 87.4 with the highest score of 250 which he scored for Victoria, against New South Wales last month. Harris will open the batting for Tim Paine-led Australia with Aaron Finch who made his Test debut recently against Pakistan. Chris Tremain is a fast bowler who has taken 24 wickets at 20.45 this season of Sheffield Shield and has also been consistently productive for multiple seasons of late. 


“We will select a final team of 12 prior to each Test, and the two remaining squad members will be released to get important match time in the Sheffield Shield,” Hohns added.



The Australian squad for first-two Tests vs India: Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Harris, Josh Hazlewood (Vice Captain), Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Nathan Lyon, Mitchell Marsh (Vice Captain), Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine (Captain), Peter Siddle, Mitchell Starc, Chris Tremain


India Tour of Australia | 2018-19

India Tour of Australia | 2018-19

After a one-sided Test series, the India-Windies One Day series is proving to be a close battle. Although the ODI series will be followed by a 3-match T20 series most of the Indian fans have started thinking about the big Australia tour starting in 3 weeks time.

In India’s last Australia tour in 2016, Indians only played the limited over formats. Although they lost the ODI series 1-4, in T20s they whitewashed Australia for the first time in Australia with a 3-0 win.

This time the tour will start with T20s with three T20 Internationals scheduled on 21st, 23rd and 25th November in Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney respectively. After a 10 days break the Border Gavaskar Trophy will commence from 6th December with the first test being played at Adelaide followed by second test match at Perth from 13th. Last two test matches will be the traditional Boxing-day and New Year tests at Melbourne and Sydney. The final leg of the tour will include 3 ODIs in 12th, 15th, and 18th January.

The Indian selectors have already announced the squads for the T20 and Test series and it includes quite a few surprises.

The T20 squad was announced for combined Windies and Australia tour and the biggest one is the removal of MS Dhoni from India’s T20 squad. This is the first time MS Dhoni has been dropped from an Indian squad in his 14 years long career. Instead of Dhoni, the selectors have opted for both Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik, a move described to pick the backup options behind the stumps.

Virat Kohli has opted to play the T20s in Australia and batting gives a familiar look with Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, and KL Rahul as Top order options. For the middle order, Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey will shoulder the responsibility along with the wicketkeepers.

Hardik Pandya is still not fit and in his absence, the Allrounder duties are handed to his elder brother Krunal Pandya who is expected to make his debut against the Windies. Krunal is also part of the Four member Spin attack for Australia which includes Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Washington Sundar. Bumrah will lead the pack of fast bowlers with support from Bhubaneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and impressive new boy Khaleel Ahmed.

The 18 members Indian Test squad has a more stable look. Based on his experience Murali Vijay earned a call-up to support KL Rahul and the amazing Prithvi Shaw as the third opener option. Shikhar Dhawan was not so lucky neither is Mayank Agarwal, who despite the bucketful of runs in domestic cricket could not make the cut. With the regular troika of Kohli, Pujara, and Rahane in the middle order, the backup choices are Hanuma Vihari and Rohit Sharma who also returns in the squad after missing the England tour due to his horrible show in South Africa at the beginning of the year. One should feel bad for Karun Nair who remained out of the squad after being part of the touring Indian side in England without playing a single game. Maybe Vihari’s off-spin bowling played a role in selectors going for him.

As Wriddhiman Saha’s long injury lay-off continues, Parthiv Patel earns another call-up as back up to Rishabh Pant and can also be another potential option in the top. Bowling looks more settled with all the regulars present in both Pace and Spin department. Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Kuldeep Yadav will provide spin options of different variety. Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma will lead the seam bowling options with support from Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, and Bhubaneshwar.

Australia just finished a winless series against Pakistan and with Steve Smith and David Warner still out due to the ball-tampering bans it will be a great opportunity for India to prove their supremacy in all formats and get their first Test series to win in Australian soil.

Top 5 Test Innings of Virat Kohli against Australia

Top 5 Test Innings of Virat Kohli against Australia

Virat Kholi is Team India’s backbone for the Australian tour. Let’s see skipper Kohli’s top 5 innings against The Aussies.

India captain Virat Kohli has been in terrific form. The form in which is in, he will be the player to watch out for in the tour of Australia.

Against Australia, he has scored the bulk of runs in his test career. In 15 test matches and 27 innings, Kohli has scored 1322 runs at an average of 50.84 with six centuries and three half-centuries so far. His best score of 169 runs has come in 2014 at Melbourne Cricket Ground.

In Australia, Virat Kohli has scored 992 runs from just 8 test matches. He has scored 5 hundred and 2 fifties to his name. In Australia, his highest score is 169 which came in 2014.

The 2014 tour to Australia was very good for Virat Kohli. That was his second test tour and he was also handed the captaincy for the very first time. That happened due to MS Dhoni’s injury. Kohli captained India in 2 matches. He was the highest run-getter for India in that test series. Even though India lost the 4 match test series 2-0 but that series will always be remembered for Kohli’s master class knocks. Kohli scored 4 test centuries on that tour. He scored 692 runs in 4 matches with an average of 86.50.

As the tour of Australia is coming up next month, let’s relive Virat Kohli’s top five knocks against the Aussies.

169 and 54 at Melbourne in 2014 – This is the top score of Kohli against Australia. This came in India’s last tour to Down Under in 2014. After Shikhar Dhawan and Chesteshwar Pujara went early, it was Virat Kohli’s 169, with Ajinkya Rahane and Murli Vijay’s timely knocks which helped India post a total of 465 in their 1st innings. In the 2nd innings too, Kohli’s 54 runs saved India the game. In the end, this test match resulted in a draw.

115 and 141 run at Adelaide in 2014 – In this Test, Virat Kohli captained India for the first time in Test. He broke many records when he scored two hundred in two consecutive innings as a Captain. He was under pressure right from the start of that tour. His 115 knock was in the 1st innings. Apart from Kohli’s 115, Pujara’s 73, Murli Vijay’s 53 and Ajinkya Rahane’s 62 were the only contributors for India which allowed them to score 444 in their 1st innings. Chasing the target of 364 in the 2nd innings India was on the course of a big win at Adelaide but the wicket of Murli Vijay turned the game towards Australia. Unfortunately, Indian batsmen couldn’t stuck around with Kohli to chase that total, Kohli’s 141-run knock went in vain. India lost the match by 48 runs in the end.

147 at Sydney in 2015 – Virat Kohli ended this tour with another magnificent hundred. His 147 run knock again came in under pressure situation. After Australia declared their 1st innings on 572 runs, India got off to another poor start. This time it was Murali Vijay who went to the pavilion without troubling the scorers. But Lokesh Rahul and Rohit Sharma’s partnership helped India for the time being. But it was again Kohli’s brilliance that took pressure off them. His marathon knock of 147 helped India to come closer to Australia’s total. This Inning was his third consecutive hundred as a captain. His 147 helped India to pile up 475 in their 1st innings. In 2nd innings too, Kohli contributed 46 runs that helped India to draw this match.

116 at Adelaide in 2012 – His love affair with Adelaide started from here. This was Kohli’s first tour Down Under. His knock of 116 was the only highlight of that Indian Innings. But it wasn’t enough as India lost this match by a huge margin of 248 runs.

107 at Chennai 2013 – This is Kohli’s only hundred against Australia at home. His 107 runs at Chennai set the tone for the hosts in that series. It was a real treat for the Indian cricket fans to watch Kohli’s innings of 107 and master class knock of MS Dhoni. His 224 runs gave India the momentum to seal the match by eight wickets and series. It was the first time that India beat Australia 4-0 in a Test series.

Mithchell Johnson announces retirement from all levels of cricket

Mithchell Johnson announces retirement from all levels of cricket

Former Australian pacer Mitchell Johnson announces his retirement from all forms of cricket. In an article in Perth Now on Saturday, he writes that his “body is starting to shut down”. He recalls that he had hoped to play until the middle of next year but back injuries in this year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) were a sign for him to hang his boots.

His decision to call an end to his playing days comes three years after he retired from international cricket. Earlier this year, he quit Perth Scorchers after the Big Bash League (BBL) was extended from 10 to 14 league games. The left-arm fast bowler writes of his conversation with Scorchers’ coach Adam Voges which made him realize that he was “mentally done too”.

“If I can’t play at 100 percent then I can’t give my best to the team. And for me it’s always been about the team”, he writes in a heartfelt article to announce his retirement.

Indicating his future endeavors, he suggested that he would be available for coaching or mentoring roles even though, he has no prior coaching experience.

“My competitive urge hasn’t left me and hopefully that’s something I can use to channel into a coaching or mentoring role in the future. I’m a believer in sticking to your strengths and cricket is my strength. I don’t know if I’ll be any good at it. I’ve got a lot of experience in cricket and no experience in coaching officially, though I did help out at Wanneroo last summer and I’ve always enjoyed working with young players.”, he wrote.

The left-arm seamer is considered as one of the best fast bowlers Australia has ever produced. He was discovered by fast bowling legend Dennis Lillee at the age of 17 at a fast bowling clinic. Lillee called him “once-in-nine-lives prospect.” He made his Australian Test debut in 2007 and ODI debut in 2005.

Recounting his stand-out performances, he singles out the 2013/14 Ashes series, South African tours – his lone Test century at Cape Town in 2009 and the World Cups.

The recipient of two ‘ICC Cricketer of the Year’ awards, he says he values his mates and the camaraderie more than awards and achievement. Joking about the fast bowling cartel and spinner Nathan Lyon, he writes – “We all lead separate lives once we retire but I’m determined to keep catching up for a beer. Especially with the fast bowlers such as Ryan Harris and Peter Siddle. And you can throw in Nathan Lyon”.

Fellow Australian pacer Pat Cummins congratulated the great on Twitter.

Johnson moved to Perth a decade ago to live with his wife Jessica and calls it ‘home’. He started his domestic career in Queensland. He decides to settle in Perth and build better connections with the community having traveled for much of the time.

Being a motorsport lover, he says he will devote his time to following Formula One and MotoGP. Not being a big footy fan, he still has to decide his loyalties when it comes to the AFL (Australian Football League).

Return of Warner, Bancroft in July

David Warner

Australian cricketers, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft will be returning to the field for the NT Strike League in Darwin. This is a month-long commitment consisting of T20 and one-day matches and four franchises – Desert Blaze, City Cyclones, Northern Tide, and Southern Storm.

David Warner used to be an opening batsman for the Australian Tests along with Cameron Bancroft.

Warner and Bancroft made the headlines for their involvement in the ball tampering scandal in their third Test against South Africa which took place in March. They were handed a one-year and nine-month suspension respectively from top-flight international and state cricket.

However, the Strike League being a low-level, limited-overs tournament does not come under either of those categories and hence, allowed both to be drafted.

According to Joel Morrison, however, the duo will be covering their own costs to play.

Bancroft will be participating for the entirety of the tournament while Warner will take part in two one-day matches on July 21st and 22nd.

“I’m really looking forward to playing in the Strike League in July. I heard so much about the competition while I was in Darwin earlier this month that I’m keen to be part of it,” Warner said in a statement on Tuesday.

“We’re delighted that Cameron and David will be joining us in Darwin for the Strike League, their presence and experience will be invaluable for our local players,” NT Cricket CEO Joel Morrison said.

‘There’s no payment to any players in our competition. These two players are coming up here, looking after their own flights and accommodation. We don’t lose sight of the fact that they’re up here because of the events in Cape Town. They made a big error in judgment and ultimately paid the price. They’ve also demonstrated a willingness to learn from their mistakes and move forward.’

“We’re more than happy to support them on that journey. It’s great they can start it now, as opposed to waiting for summer”, he added.

Steve Smith, the former Captain of the Australian International Cricket Team,  will also be making a return to cricket for the Global T20 Tournament in Canada and he is to be joined by Warner as well. Warner will be joining in as a marquee player. The tournament extends from 28th June to 15th July.

Warner was selected in the third round by the Winnipeg Hawks after Dwayne Bravo and David Miller, while Smith has been taken in by the Toronto Nationals along with Darren Sammy and Keiron Pollard.

Warner is also taking part in the Sydney club tournament for Randwick Petersham. Bancroft will be playing with his West Australian club side – Willetton – further along, this year.

It will not be a smooth comeback for any of them after everything that has happened but this will be the first step to their recovery in the game. We wish all three the best of luck!