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Gill bounces back after England flop show



Shubman Gill was clearly under pressure after the England tour.

In the all-important 5th Test, Gill got out cheaply in both innings, scoring 17 and 4.

In fact, many netizens put the responsibility of India’s defeat on Gill and Kohli.

Naturally, Gill’s place was under scrutiny in the ODI series against West Indies.

How Gill fared

Gill underlined his quality in the best way possible – by making his bat talk.

In the 3rd ODI, his sublime 98 helped India beat West Indies by 119 runs and complete a 3-0 rout.

In a rain-affected final ODI, India scored 225 for 3 in 36 overs, thanks to Gill’s career-best knock.

Skipper Shikhar Dhawan (58 off 74 balls) offered him able support.

Dhawan and Gill added 113 for the opening stand, their second hundred plus partnership in the series.

In fact, Dhawan notched up his second half-century (58 off 74 balls) following his 97 in the opening game.

India were 115 for 1 in 24 overs when the first rain stoppage occurred.

However, once the play resumed, the Indians smashed 110 runs in the next 12 overs as Gill looked good for his maiden century.

Interestingly, we saw two different dimensions of Gill’s batting batted during the course of the innings.

Before the rain-break, he was more of an accumulator and showed the defensive solidity required of an opener.

Later, he transformed into an ultra-aggressive avatar as he destroyed the Caribbean attack with stroke play.

Later when it started raining again, the disappointment was writ large on Gill’s face as he was unable to complete his century.

Though he fell 2 runs short of his ton, nevertheless Gill will be happy to have scored 205 runs in three games. (64, 43 and 98 not out)

Gill was deservingly named Player of the Series for his outstanding consistency.

In the series opener on July 22, Gill had announced his intentions with a fluent half-century off just 36 balls.

In the process, he became the second youngest Indian to score a half-century in ODIs in West Indies.

Gill was 24 years and 3 days when he achieved this feat.

The youngest was Virat Kohli at the age of 22 years and 317 days.

This was an important knock as Gill was playing in his first ever ODI after December 2020, against Australia.

Gill and Dhawan combo

India’s success in the ODI series can be largely attributed to the Gill and Dhawan combination.

In all the three ODIs, they put India in strong positions and covered up for the deficiencies of the middle order, where Suryakumar Yadav was a weak link.

While there is a raging debate on the future of ODIs, Gill would be indebted to this series, which has reinstated his status in the 50-over format.

The best news for Indian cricket is that Gill’s confidence is back.

And when Gill is confident, his batting is a sheer joy to watch. When Gill’s mind is clear from the cobwebs of worry, his batting blossoms and we get to see a player who is capable of hitting any stroke in the book, even against the best bowlers.

For instance, every cricket fan will cherish seeing Gill hit those two effortless sixes off leg-spinner Hayden Walsh and the purest of off-drives off pacer Jayden Seals.

We hope Gill can capitalize on this series and become an integral part of Team India in all formats.

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Smriti Mandhana and Ellyse Perry star in RCB women’s comeback win against UP Warriorz in WPL 2024




Smriti Mandhana and Alyssa Healy (Source - X)

RCB women overcame UP Warriorz by 23 runs to clinch their third win of the season. The home side outperformed Warriorz in all the facets of the game and emerged victorious. A collective team effort, particularly with the bat, helped RCB women to beat Warriorz for the second time in the season. They now have three wins in their five matches in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy won the toss and opted to field first. Given how things have panned out in the league so far, it needed a great batting performance from RCB to challenge the chasing side. The home side did exactly that. They were full of intent which was lacking in the last few games. Right from the start, S Meghana and Smriti Mandhana smashed the bowlers.

It was the night of the RCB skipper. The Southpaw scored 80(50) in her stay. S Meghana perished after a valuable 28(21). Ellyse Perry batted well and registered her first fifty of the WPL 2024. She was aided well towards the end by Richa Ghosh whose 21(10) propelled RCB to a score of 198 on the board. It was the highest team total in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy’s efforts go in vain

Chasing the daunting total, UP Warriorz were off to a flier. The opening duo of Healy and Kiran Navgire gave a fiery start to the visiting side. When the two were batting in the PP overs, it seemed like the Warriorz could pull off an insane chase. However, Sophie Devine brought RCB back into the game with crucial wickets. At Bengaluru, the home crowd was literally behind the RCB women.

It helped the home side to stay calm and do their job with ease. Sophie Molineux and Asha Sobhana were the pick of the bowlers, who claimed 2/29 each in their spell of four overs. While Healy scored a fifty and Deepti tried her best in the death overs, ten daunting targets could not be chased down. Despite the early hiccups, RCB managed to restrict UP Warriorz to a score of 175 and won by 23 runs.

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WATCH: Ellyse Perry in disbelief as her six breaks car’s window




Ellyse Perry smashed a six in the match against UP Warriorz in the WPL 2024. It was an interesting six as the ball travelled towards the boundary ropes and fell exactly on the window of the car. As a result, the glass of the window was broken. The car is set to be provided as a reward for the player of the tournament.

It was the over of Deepti Sharma towards the last few moments of RCB’s innings. Before Perry struck, the home side was in a great position in the match, thanks to a great start provided by Smriti Mandhana. The star batter scored 80 (50) and shined in front of the home crowd. Her form helped RCB to have a good momentum towards the death overs.

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Perry, who was struggling till that point, opened up and smashed the bowlers for fun. She went hard against the spinners like Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Deepti Sharma who were asked to bowl at the death. The right-handed batter smashed back-to-back sixes in the over of Sharma. One of those travelled towards the mid-wicket region where the car was stationed. The video of her shot has gone viral on X.

RCB teammates laugh, Ellyse Perry in disbelief

As the ball fell on the car and damaged the window, the fans erupted. There was no end to the joy of the fans who started chanting “Perry.. Perry..” and lit the atmosphere of the stadium. However, Perry was in disbelief. As she saw the impact of the ball damaging the car’s window, the Australian batter could not believe her eyes and thought about what she had just done.

On the other hand, the RCB teammates of Perry were in awe of the shot. They looked at the replays and appreciated the shot of Perry. At the same time, players like Sophie Molineux and Sophie Devine had a laugh about the car’s window getting damaged. Ellyse scored a fifty and helped her team score 198 runs with her batting in front of the home crowd.

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Praveen Kumar addresses Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer’s negligence of taking part in Ranji Trophy




Praveen Kumar

Praveen Kumar has given his opinion on the preferences of Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer in recent times. The duo did not take part in the Ranji Trophy matches for their respective teams despite being fit. It did not go well with the Indian Cricket Board which landed the duo without a ventral contract which was announced a few days back.

Praveen Kumar has reacted to the issue recently. The former India pacer claimed that he has been of an opinion on the issue for a long time. Praveen felt that one should definitely earn money but not at the cost of neglecting to play for domestic and national teams. The right-arm pacer felt that players today are having a certain mentality which is not good.

The former pacer claimed that the players have a mindset that they can rest for a month before taking part in the IPL, thereby bypassing playing for their national team or the domestic teams. Praveen felt that the players could not resist letting go of money which they could earn by taking part in the IPL and other T20 leagues (For foreign players).

‘Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun’ – Praveen Kumar

“This thing is now firmly in the mind of players. Mai ek mahine pehle rest kar lunga, fir IPL khel lunga. Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun,” said Praveen in the interview. He claimed that youngsters these days are spoilt and are behind money. The former RCB pacer felt that it is not fair on the part of the young players to neglect the country over the IPL.

Kumar felt that a player needs to maintain a balance between playing for the IPL team and for the country. He felt that money is an important factor, but not at the cost of playing for the national team. “But this is not fair at all. A player needs to balance things. Money is important, but this (giving franchise cricket the priority) is wrong,” said the former Indian bowler in the interview.

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