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Rohit Sharma Has An Edge Over Virat Kohli: Gautam Gambhir

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli are two powerhouses for the Indian team. Their consistent show had played a crucial role in the team’s success. Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir said that Rohit is currently the best white-ball batsman and has the upper hand over Virat.

India’s vice-captain holds some unique records in a shorter format. He is the only player to have three double hundred in ODIs. Last year, he achieved a new feat after scoring five centuries in the same World Cup tournament. So far, he is the only cricketer to do so.

While Rohit plays a vital role as an opener, Virat occupies the crucial number 3 batting spot for the team. He is the No.1 ODI batsman in the ICC ranking. Moreover, he averages above 50 across all the formats.

Gautam Gambhir Compares Virat Kohli With Rohit Sharma:

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Gautam, who openly keeps his views, said that it is not easy to compare the two stalwarts, but Rohit creates more impact in the white-ball cricket than the Indian captain.

“I think he is the best white-ball cricketer in the world right now. He is not the greatest overall but at the moment he is the best,” Gambhir said to Sports Tak.

“He had hit 5 World Cup hundred in England. People cannot do that in their entire careers. 3 ODI double hundreds, players do not have 3 double hundreds in Tests. There are many who could score runs, but for me white-ball cricket is all about impact. Virat Kohli will end up getting many more runs than Rohit Sharma, and Kohli is among the greatest right now, but Rohit has an edge over Kohli because of the impact he has,” Gambhir added.

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“It is very difficult to compare both of them. Virat Kohli is unbelievable. His stats prove that. But when your reputation is such that when you get out after a hundred, people say he has missed out on double hundred, that speaks volumes about you,” he said.

Rohit has played 224 ODIs and scored 9115 runs at an average of 49.27. In T20Is, he has scored 2773 runs in 108 matches at an average of 32.62. Last year, the ‘Hitman’ was promoted to an opening position in Test. Earlier, he was a middle-order batsman in the most extended format. He has played 32 Test matches and scored 2141 runs.

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India vs South Africa 2020, ODI Series: Three Indian Players Who Might Get Maiden Call-Up

India’s cricket schedule has been busy ever since the start of 2020. The new year started with the T20I series against Sri Lanka and then, within a week after completing the ODI series against Australia, India toured New Zealand to play the full-fledged bilateral series.

Currently, the team is playing the two-match Test series against New Zealand. Seeing the hectic schedule, the team management might give rest to some regular players ahead of the three-match ODI series against South Africa at home.

Thus, it might also give much-needed opportunities to newcomers.

Here, we have listed three players who might earn the maiden call-up in the upcoming ODI series which played between 12th to 18th March.

3 Indian Players who might get a maiden call-up in South Africa ODIs:

Suryakumar Yadav:

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The Mumbai lad is in the eyes of selectors for a long time. The middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav has very well handled the pressure in the domestic circuit. Well,  giving many victories to the team, he had also banked on some prolific performances for Mumbai Indians (MI) in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Yadav can be given a chance in the upcoming ODI series against South Africa as Kedar Jadhav can be rested.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli has used the all-rounder Jadhav as a pure batsman. He hasn’t given chance to Jadhav, to bowl in the last ODI series against Australia.

Besides, the all-rounder was also not good with the bat. So, Suryakumar, who has more potential than Jadhav, can earn up the call for the impending home series.

Talking about Yadav’s credential, in 93 List A matches, he has scored 2447 runs at the striking rate of 99.63. In the shortest format, he has scored 3012 at a striking rate of 139.12.

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Team India departs for Australia

Mumbai, Nov 16 : Eyeing a maiden Test series win Down Under, the Indian cricket team left for Australia Friday for a gruelling tour, which will see them play four matches in whites, three ODIs and as many T20 Internationals.

Various members of the team took to Tweeter to share their feelings ahead of their departure with chinaman Kuldeep Yadav terming it an “exciting challenge”.

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“Exciting challenges ahead. Off to Australia with the boys #TeamIndia,” tweeted Kuldeep, who posted a picture with his teammates comprising young wicketkeeper and batsman Rishabh Pant, Rohit Sharma and others.

Pacer Jasprit Bumrah tweeted his picture and wrote, “Off we go! #Australia #Travelbound”.

“Taking off to head down under,” wrote Krunal Pandya on the micro blogging site as he posted snaps with team mates.
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At the pre-departure press conference on Thursday, Kohli emphasised on the need for the batsman to step up.

Head coach Ravi Shastri categorically said that there won’t be any chopping and changing in the ODI team from now with just 13 games remaining before the World Cup.

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Experts and former players are seeing this tour as India’s best bet to defeat Australia in Tests as the hosts will be without their two key batsman, Steve Smith and David Warner, who are facing a year long ban for their involvement in ball tampering scandal in South Africa.

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India v Windies 2018: Ajit Agarkar Bats for Rishabh Pant for the ODIs

Former India all-rounder Ajit Agarkar has backed young wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant to be in ODI squad against Windies.

Meanwhile, MS Dhoni’s indifferent form with the bat in the last few series has drawn criticism from all center. He has struggled to put in quick scores when his team needed the most. Moreover, his poor form has also raised concern with World Cup 2019 in sight.

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However, the men in blues needs tighten up their screws to reclaim the title in England. Rishabh Pant, on the other hand, has done a terrific job since he made his Test debut. The selectors drafted him for the squad against England after Wriddhiman Saha failed to make the cut. Although he had to sit out for the first couple of Tests as the management showed interest in Dinesh Karthik. But with Karthik struggling to score, Virat Kohli backed Pant to make his debut.

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Soon he impressed and scored his maiden hundred in the fifth Test against England. Rishabh Pant took on the experienced England bowlers smashing them all over the park. The selectors drafted him in the Tests squad for the Windies owing to his superb form in England. He impressed all and sundry in the innings with an aggressive knock of 92 runs.

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And now with the selectors due to pick the squad for the limited-overs series, Ajit Agarkar has backed Rishabh Pant ahead of MS Dhoni.

“I can’t believe he (Pant) is not part of India’s shorter format setup,” Agarkar said to ESPNCricinfo.

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He further pointed out that there is no harm in resting Dhoni for an inconsequential series and giving the 21-year-old a chance.

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“Hopefully they do that (ODI for Pant) sooner, rather than later, against the West Indies in the ODI series. There are five ODIs, and there will be an opportunity to play him somewhere, whether as a batter or a wicketkeeper. I mean you know what Dhoni can do, and there is no harm in resting him for a couple of games,” Ajit Agarkar added.

In conclusion, Agarkar also admitted that Rishabh Pant’s style of batting is suited for all the formats. India will play five ODIs and three T20Is against Windies after the culmination of the Tests series.

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Andre Russell Returns to ODIs for the First Time Since 2015

Windies all-rounder Andre Russell is set to return to One-day International cricket after a prolonged gap. The cricketer last played 50-over format, for his country way back in November 2015. Russell found his name in the 13-man squad for the three-match series against Bangladesh.

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The series will begin on July 22 in Guyana. Pacer Alzarri Joseph and all-rounder Kieron Pollard will make their way back too.

Meanwhile, Marlon Samuels, Carlos Brathwaite, Nikita Miller, Sheldon Cottrell, and Kesrick Williams have been dropped from the ODI squad.

These cricketers were last seen in action during the World Cup qualifiers in Zimbabwe earlier this year.

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Russell back in action for the Windies:

Russell scored 41 off 24 balls in his last ODI against Sri Lanka. He also suffered an injury which ruled him out of the remaining two games. That was the lone ODI where he featured apart from the 2015 World Cup.

“Great to have Dre Russ back as well. His explosive power and energy will breathe life into an already motivated squad,” Windies coach Stuart Law said in a CWI press release announcing the squad for the Bangladesh series.

Setbacks and return:

The cricketer has served a ban of one year while violating anti-doping regulations. The world body ICC then charged Russell for failing to file his whereabouts paper on three occasions within a year.

Eventually, it resulted in a failed doping test under World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA) rules.

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Also, the prominent all-rounder went on to play in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) and the Indian Premier League (PSL).

Moreover, the hard-hitting batsman didn’t play for his country in the qualifiers as he wanted to earn back the confidence in the particular format first.

West Indies ODI Squad:

Jason Holder (capt), Devendra Bishoo, Chris Gayle, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope (wk), Alzarri Joseph, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell, Andre Russell.

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Ricky Ponting to Assist Justin Langer During England Tour

Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting will join the Australian support staff on their tour to the United Kingdom (UK). The visitors will play a warm-up game against Sussex from Thursday (June 7). The Aussies will play a series of five-match One-day Internationals and a solitary Twenty20 International between June 13 and 27.

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Ricky Ponting might join Justin Langer as Assistant Coach. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

Ponting was part of the set-up along with former teammate Justin Langer back in 2017 when the side took on Sri Lanka.

The veteran batsman Ponting was also part of the staff, helping Darren Lehmann set base against England and New Zealand earlier this year.

The Australian coach welcomed his former skipper. The fact that Ponting is a familiar face in the dressing room, will hold things in the good state.

Langer and Ponting had been part of the Australian side for a good period of time, winning trophies and earning victories following remarkable on-field efforts.

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Ricky Ponting is the Head Coach of Delhi Daredevils.

Langer welcomes Punter

“Ricky is one of the greats of the game, and since he was already in England doing some commentary we saw it as a great opportunity to have him join our team for this important series,” ICC quotes Langer.

 

“We have played a lot of cricket together and coached alongside each other previously, and he will also know many of the players already through his work with the team over the past two summers and his BBL commitments,” he asserted.

Langer also praised Ponting’s sharp mind and said his experience will come handy.

“Ricky’s knowledge of the game is second-to-none, and we know that his experiences, tactical expertise and leadership will be invaluable for this group, as we start to build a team capable of winning a World Cup in these conditions in a year’s time,” Langer stated.

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Ricky Ponting’s latest assignment in the IPL though turned out to be an average one.

Delhi Daredevils (DD) finished at the bottom while their skipper Gautam Gambhir stepped down in the halfway mark.

Moreover, under their new captain Shreyas Iyer, Delhi won a few vital games but it just wasn’t enough to push for a playoff berth.

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2017 Records: Batsmen with Highest Strike-Rate in ODIs

We are almost approaching the end of this year, and like all the years, 2017 was a memorable one for several cricketers who produced some brilliant performances over the course of this calendar year to win recognition for their country. This year we have seen some brilliant display of hitting in the limited over cricket.

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The batsmen have scored runs at a towering rate as they hammered the ball all over the park. The list of batsmen with the highest strike rate in ODIs is topped by New Zealand’s bowling all-rounder Doug Bracewell with a towering strike-rate of 250.00 followed by his countrymen in the second spot is Scott Kuggelejin with a hitting rate of 183.33.

England’s spinning all-rounder Moeen Ali is fourth in the list scoring 408 runs from 12 innings at an astonishing rate of 148.88. Ali has been crucial for England in the middle overs scoring runs at a quick pace to help England notch up good totals.

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Pakistan’s Hasan Ali, who has had a tremendous year with the ball also finds him on the list scoring at a rate of just under 150. The young Bangladeshi all-rounder Mohammad Shaifuddin also slots in the list with a strike rate o145.45. The 21-year-old all-rounder has shown a lot of prospects and is capable of hitting shots.

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The last few places were filled with cricketers from Afghanistan, Hong Kong, West Indies and Ireland which is a welcome sign in cricket that the game of cricket is developing all over.

Here is the list of batsmen with the highest strike rate in ODIs this year:

BATSMAN COUNTRY MATCHES INNINGS RUNS STRIKE RATE
Doug Bracewell New Zealand 2 1 5 250.00
Scott Kuggeleijn New Zealand 2 1 11 183.33
Veerasammy Permaul West Indies 1 1 8 160.00
Moeen Ali England 17 12 408 148.88
Hasan Ali Pakistan 18 6 40 148.14
Mohammad Shaifuddin Bangladesh 1 1 16 145.45
Tanwir Afzal Hong Kong 2 2 49 144.11
Shafiqullah Afghanistan 7 6 163 142.98
Sunil Ambris West Indies 1 1 38 140.74
Jacob Mulder Ireland 4 2 15 136.36

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PAK vs SL 2017: No Margin of Error for Pakistan Pace Battery – Abdul Razzaq

Pakistan former all-rounder Abdul Razzaq believes Pakistan has to bear the brunt of overusing injured Mohammad Amir, who got eventually ruled out of the upcoming five-match One-Day International series against Sri Lanka in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

The 25-year-old Amir limped off the ground during the second day of the ongoing second and final Test in Dubai, before the MRI scan revealed the stress-related issue in his right shin, according to the Pakistan Cricket Board’s (PCB) press release.

“Amir has been bowling in all three formats since he came back. His injury surely has something to do with him being overused,” Razzaq was quoted as saying by Express Tribune.

The injury-hit Pakistan further left skipper Sarfraz Ahmed in a dilemma with a pace spearhead down while nursing the injury which he picked while bowling on the very first day of the Dubai Test. Before limping of Amir sent down just three overs, as he held his leg while writhing in pain.

With Amir being advised to rest for at least three weeks, Razzaq believes it might take a toll on other fast bowlers during the ongoing Test in which Pakistan is struggling.

“This really puts added pressure on the other three pacers since now there is almost no margin of error,” Razzaq maintained.

The Punjab-born bowler since making the return to top-flight cricket in national fold against New Zealand in January 2016 featured in domestic fixtures which included an English County season in the United Kingdom.

However, Amir, who picked a solitary wicket in three innings, seemed to have lost the fizz in him which further saw him struggling in the ongoing series even after giving his cent percent with the red-ball in recently concluded Abu Dhabi Test.

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Mohammad Amir was featuring in the day-night Test in Dubai. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

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The prominent figure with the ball, Amir, will be replaced by left-arm 23-year-old Usman Shinwari in the 50-over format, who has had donned Pakistan colours while featuring in four Twenty20 internationals with just a wicket to his name.

“He has a lot of potential and he is passionate about the game. [After injury] he has worked hard on his bowling and is once again a very good bowler,” Razzaq added.

Razzaq, who himself represented Pakistan in 265 ODIs, 46 Tests and 32 T20Is urged the Champion Trophy hero Hasan Ali to shoulder the responsibility after Amir’s untimely exit left a void in the set-up as of now.

“Hasan [Ali] will have the most expectations on him to fill the gap left behind by Amir, but Rumman [Raees and Junaid also have impressive ODI stats,” Razzaq concluded.

Amir has so far represented in 36 ODIs, 31 T20Is and 30 Tests for Pakistan. He has bagged 184 wickets across formats.

Michael Clarke hopeful to see Australia coming good in the remainder of the ODIs. Photo Credit: Web/PTI.

Michael Clarke Picks Australia’s Playing XI for Fourth and Fifth ODI against India

Former Australian skipper Michael Clarke, who is enjoying the commentary stint with broadcasting giant Star Sports while hitting the gym revealed the visitors have had to play out of their skin in the remainder of the One-day internationals following the 0-3 drubbing against India.

The premium right-handed batsman Clarke put on the thinking cap to announce his best possible Playing XI for next two ODIs on September 28 and October 1 in Bengaluru and Nagpur respectively.

While having a huge experience on his back, Clarke reiterated the struggling side needs to go out with a positive mindset – to fetch the desired results against a side which has been already playing a quality cricket owing to the all-round efforts from the players.

“Australia’s intensity and attitude needs to change… they need to get an impressive approach for the whole one-hundred overs,” Clarke said in his video interview for Viktre which has been transcribed by Sportzwiki.

Pertinently, the Virat Kohli-led India has outplayed Steven Smith’s side in all departments, in the first three matches, as the hosts sealed the series by 3-0.

“Get out there put your balls on the line – go a hundred miles an hour and take it to India. That’s how this Australian one-day team plays their best cricket,” Clarke added.

The then batting mainstay and World Cup-winning skipper Clarke played 245 ODIs while donning Australian colours stated the visiting side need to learn from the failures and settle on to perform when there is little on an offer for the experiment.

“Get rid of the feeling of being scared to fail or being scared to lose,” Clarke maintained.

The 36-year-old New South Wales-born Clarke took to the micro-blogging website Twitter to announce his selection for Australia, in a bid to salvage some pride after humiliating series loss.

“Selectors cap on. My opinion on Australia’s 11 for the next 2 games,” Clarke tweeted with the video link which has been uploaded on Viktre.

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Clarke scored 7,981 runs in 223 innings of 245 ODIs at an average of 44.58. He smashed eight hundreds and 58 fifties during his international career. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

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In his video capsule, Clarke remarked he was surprised when leg-spinner was not picked for the Indore game, as he believes the inclusion of the wrist spinner would play a crucial role.

Pertinently, the 23-year-old Melbourne-born left-arm orthodox spinner Ashton Agar flew home while nursing the webbing-split during fielding in the third ODI on September 24.

Ahead of the fourth ODI, terms opening batsman was ‘fantastic’ after making a comeback while recovering from calf injury. Clarke urged David Warner to play his natural game, in a bid to give a decent start to Australia.

“I want to [see] that impressive David Warner with both bat and in the field. I want to see him in the game. I want to see that aggressive Warner that everybody knows — to come out and really set the tone for Australia.

Interestingly, Clarke wants all-rounder Glenn Maxwell at the No. three position while referring it as a ‘big change’.

“To me he has got two [big] games. In these two games, [he has] to stand up and get a really big score for Australia. Put pressure on and let him know you’re batting at No. three, you need a big score (not talking about a hundred,” Clarke asserted.

After the middle-order failure worried the Australian side, Clarke feels the best against spin Steve Smith can ‘adapt’ and ‘rotate’ the strike alongside other batsmen down the order.

Clarke also feels promising bowling all-rounder James Faulkner should be included in the side alongside regular gloveman Matthew Wade while pointing out him as the ‘specialist.

Clarke believes Marcus Stoinis has ‘improved’ and shown his capability while playing according to his strength during the ongoing series in the subcontinent, adding the all-rounder should bat at No. 6, before wicket-keeper batsman Wade.

Coming to the conclusion, Clarke admitted the fact that he is eagerly waiting to his national side leaving an impact in the remainder of the ODIs.

“I wish the boys all the best. I can’t wait to see an Australian victory,” Clarke concludes in his 2-minute 44-second video.

Here’s Michael Clarke’s Playing XI for Bengaluru and Nagpur ODIs: Aaron Finch, David Warner, Glenn Maxwell, Steven Smith, Travis Head, Marcus Stoinis, Matthew Wade, James Faulkner, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile and Adam Zampa.

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IND vs AUS 2017, 1st ODI: Crowd Cheers MS Dhoni’s Magnanimous Return to Chennai

As the hosts struggled with the bat early on in the first One-day International of the five-match series, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s return has had received a rousing welcome from Chennai’s heart-warming crowd against Australia on Sunday (September 17).

Interestingly, when the former skipper Dhoni walked out into the park, the passionate fans in the jam-packed stadium gave him a rousing welcome while chanting ‘Dhoni, Dhoni’, as the right-handed batsman was making a return after two-odd years at his second home-base in the ODIs.

The prominent figure in the form of gloveman Dhoni came to bat when India was reeling at 64 for four, in 16 overs to join Kedhar Jadhav, in a bid to take control and build-up the partnership.

Pertinently, the long-term relationship with widely-acclaimed Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Dhoni has been the primary fascination for the cricket fanatics particularly in the eastern part of the country where the die-hard fans religiously follow cricket.

Fully committed, the 36-year-old Dhoni, who is having an orthodox style of batting, last played in the ODIs on 22 October 2015 when the hosts thump the South Africa by 35 runs. In the-then fourth ODI of the limited-overs series at M. A Chidambaram Stadium, Dhoni, however, managed to score 15 off 16 deliveries.

Playing the pivotal role in a blue jersey, Dhoni had led India to the three ICC titles which further show how he led the team as a leader while avoiding the boasting of his achievements. The revered cricketer has been brilliant with the bat particularly in the 50-over format where he averages over 52 (52.20).

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In 159 IPL matches, Dhoni registered 3,561 runs at an average of 37.88 which included 17 fifties. Photo Credit: BCCI.

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The Ranchi sensation has been regarded as one of the best finishers in the limited-overs fold during his prime, as he still has left decent cricket in him which is further subjected to his fitness and personal choice.

Adopting Chennai as a second home for the gentleman’s game, Dhoni further led the Men in Yellow for two IPL titles and two Champions League triumphs, respectively since the idea of the professional league was floated in 2007-08.

Coming to a conclusion, Dhoni is scheduled to make a significant return for the eleventh edition as skipper after the outfit was defunct for last two years following the two-year ban over the spot-fixing scandal which surfaced in 2013. Dhoni-led Rising Pune Supergiant(s) in the ninth edition, before being inducted as a wicket-keeper batsman for the tenth edition which was eventually won by Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians.

Dhoni, who made his international debut way back in 2004 against Bangladesh, played 301 internationals in which he amassed 9,658 runs. He smashed ten hundred at 65 half-centuries in 259 innings.

Here’s the reaction from the Chennai crowd: