PV Sindhu loses women’s world championship finals

PV Sindhu loses women’s world championship finals

PV Sindhu had to be satisfied once again as a runner-up in the big tournament when she lost to Carolina Marin in the women’s singles finals of the World Championship. Olympic silver medalist Sindhu had to be satisfied with silver medal with a 19-21 10-21 defeat against Spain’s Olympic champion Marin.

The 23-year-old Sindhu, who suffered a knock against Japan’s Nozomi Okuhara in the final of Glasgow World Championship last year, did not have any answer for Marin’s rise in 45 minutes. Indu also became the only Indian player to make it to the podium four times in the world

championship Earlier, he won the bronze in Guangzhou in 2013 and Copenhagen in 2014.

Also Marin became the first female player to win the World Championship title thrice. He won the world title in Jakarta in 2014 and 2015. Prior to this match, Sindhu had won five matches against Marin while six had to face defeat. The match between the two players in the Malaysia Open in June was won by Sindhu.

Gavaskar backs ICC decision for ten teams World Cup format.

There has been lots of talks and discussion about the ICC’s decision to play 2019 world cup with just 10 teams. Apart from protest from those Associate nations who couldn’t qualify for the world cup even the people and cricket fans from the countries which have qualifed are against this decision. But Indian former cricketer and cricket commentator Sunil Gavaskar backs this decision by ICC. While writing his column for Mid Day he said if those teams are not good enough to make it to the World Cup through the qualifying tournament, then they don’t deserve to take part in it.

“Meanwhile Scotland’s surprise win over England has again raised the cry about the number of teams for next year’s World Cup.

“These people have forgotten that there was a tournament among Associate members and the two of the bottom ranked Test playing countries to qualify for next year’s World Cup. Afghanistan and West Indies qualified by getting to the finals.

“The point here is simple that if Ireland and Scotland, from where most of the noise comes about the number of teams for next year’s World Cup, were not good enough to qualify in an associate members event then how can they even think in terms of playing with the big boys in the World Cup? It’s like subcontinent teams asking to be included in the football World Cup.

“Get real guys, one win does not make you good enough to play in the cricket World Cup. If these teams are included then like we have seen in previous editions the quality of the game comes down and dilutes an event as big as the World Cup,” Gavaskar wrote this in his column for Mid Day.

The protest from those Associate nations had raised again when Scotalnd beat number one ranked side Engalnd in an ODI match in Edinburgh few days ago.

Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer responded to Gavaskar’s comments on Tuesday in Twitter.

He tweeted –
“Nobody is complaining about the qualifying process(this was a good tournament minus DRS). Should have been more qualifying places up for grabs at the #CWC19. 1 win …games against @ECB_cricket @ACBofficials @ZimCricketv @OfficialSLC must not count then(all in 14months)”

The ICC’s World Cup Qualifier, held in March 2018, had Zimbabwe, Scotland, Ireland, United Arab Emirates, Netherlands, Nepal, Papua New Guinea and Hong Kong competing, apart from Afghanistan and West Indies. The tournament was played without DRS and that hit Scotland particularly hard, with two key moments going against them in the Super Sixes. Scotland finished the Super Sixes on five points, just one behind Afghanistan, who finished second with six points and thus qualified for the World Cup along with West Indies.

Big Indian cricketers failing to quailfy Yo Yo Fitness Test. But what is Yo Yo Fitness Test. Detailed explanation.

The Yo Yo Fitness Test in Indian Cricket Team has been trending topic now. Each and every player of Indian Cricket Team who has been selected for nation side have to pass this yo yo fitness test. Those who fail to pass this test have to get out of the team. Recently Ambati Rayudu who had an extraordinary IPL season got call for England’s tour. But in the fitness test held at Bengaluru on 15 June he failed and as a result got out of the time. Suresh Raina has been announced as replacement for him. Along with Rayudu Mohammed Shami and Sanju Samson also failed to qualify in this test

Last year even big players like Yuvraj Singh and also Suresh Raina failed to qualify this yo yo test. Raina later worked on his fitness and then successfully passed this.

But the thing is that what is this Yo Yo Fitness Test? Still many are unknown from this. So let’s know about this in detail…

A yo-yo test involves a player shuttling between two cones that are set 20 metres apart on flat ground. He starts on a beep and needs to get to the cone at the other end before the second beep goes. He then turns back and returns to the starting cone before the third beep. That is one “shuttle”.

A player starts at speed level 5, which consists of one shuttle. The next speed level, which is 9, also consists of one shuttle. Speed level 11, the next step up, has two shuttles, while level 12 has three and level 13 four. There are eight shuttles per level from 14 upwards. Level 23 is the highest speed level in a yo-yo test, but no one has come close to getting there yet. Each shuttle covers a distance of 40 metres, and the accumulated distance is an aggregate of distance covered at every speed level.

The player gets ten seconds to recover between shuttles. At any point if he fails to reach the cone before the beep goes, he gets a first warning. Usually a player gets a few “reminders” to keep to the pace, but three official warnings generally marks the end of the test.

As a player moves up the levels, the time available to complete each shuttle diminishes, which means he needs to run quicker to reach the next cone before the beep. The player runs until he gets his three warnings, and the level achieved at that point is the test result.

Importance of Yo Yo Fitness Test for playing cricket…

The yo-yo test is mainly derived from the Leger Test, created by Luc Leger of the University of Montreal, which was popular till the turn of the century. The Leger multi-stage test, where an athlete would run non-stop 20-metre shuttles for 12 minutes, was not considered suitable for sports like cricket, which are marked by bursts of activity separated by recovery periods.

“You bowl, you throw, you hit, you run, you have about 30 seconds before the next ball starts,” Andrew Leipus, who was till recently the head physiotherapist at the NCA, says. “So you’ve got to get your heart rate down, your breathing rate down for the next delivery.”

Leipus says that the yo-yo test is not simply a fitness test, in that it also helps players improve their fitness while testing it. He used it as such when he doubled up as strength and conditioning coach at the Darren Lehmann Cricket Academy in Adelaide earlier this decade. “I used to actually run it back to back after 10-15 minutes’ recovery time. Alternatively, I would get the players running at a set level.”

Currently the standard set in Indian Cricket Team for this test is 16.1. Every player has to score atleast 16.1 in this test to clear it. In countries like New Zealand and Austraila the benchmark set is even more higher.

England vs Australia 2nd ODI. Match Preview

England and Australia will lock horns again in the second ODI match in Cardiff. With already having lost first ODI Australia will like to bounce back in this match and level the series.

England being 1-0 up in the series but they have plenty to work. Their win in first ODI was not a convincing one as a batting unit. Chasing a low target they somehow got over the line with two wickets in hand. They were great with the ball especially their spinners Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali who picked up 5 wickets together and restricted Australia to a low score.

Last time when England played at Cardiff they had a very disappointing end. They lost to Pakistan in the semi final of ICC Champions Trophy 2017. Just before the start of the series they lost to Scotland in an ODI match. Win in first ODI was also not a convincing one. They have to perform together as a team. Against Scotland bowling let them down and in first ODI against Australia batting created problems for them. Well two average performance should not worry them much as they have been best ODI team in last one year but there is plenty of improvements needs to be done. The big positive thing for them from last game was their two spinners who preformed really well.

While Australia on the other hand facing one of the toughest times as they lost their captain and vice captain. Though in last ODI even after poor batting performance their bowlers shown some good fighting spirit which proved that they are still ready to fight. Their batting needs to show some character. In last one year even in the presence of Steve Smith and David Warner, it’s their batting that has led them down.

Also in first ODI against England their batsmen put up a poor show. They barely managed to score 214 runs. At one stage they were 90/5. Senior players like Aaron Finch and Shaun Marsh needs to take that extra responsibility. Thanks to other senior partner Glen Maxwell who scored crucial 62 in last match and took Australia to a fighting total.

Australia really needs to find the way to deal against spinners. In last match they gave away 5 wickets to Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali. In their series against India also it was the two wrist spinners who troubled them most. So to give a good fight to strong England team they need to play their spinners well.

Venue – Sophia Gardens, Cardiff

Date : 16 June, 2018

Timing : 11 AM Local Time, 3:30 PM IST

Weather Forecast –
It’s a mixed forecast with some chances of showers

Approaching Milestones

Adil Rashid needs 3 more wickets to become second England spinner after Greame Swann to take 100 ODI Wickets.

Eoin Morgan needs 41 more runs to surpass Ian Bell’s tally of 5416 runs to become England’s leading run scorer in ODIs.


Australia: Tim Paine(c), Aaron Finch, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Travis Head, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, D Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Michael Neser

England: Eoin Morgan(c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Sam Billings

Smriti Mandhana signs with Western Storm, 1st Indian to play in England T20 Leaugue.

Indian Women Cricketer Smriti Mandhana will become first Indian Cricketer to play Women’s Cricket Super League in England after signing up with Western Storm. Defending champions Western Storm has signed Smriti Mandhana as their second overseas player for the third season of the domestic T20 competition on Thursday June 14. Other overseas player whom they signed up is New Zealand wicketkeeper batsman Rachel Priest.

Before this also Mandhana has already played in overseas franchise leaugue. She has played for Brisbane Heat in Women’s Big Bash Leaugue in 2016-17. She also captained IPL
Trailblazzers in one off T20 exhibition match played on 22nd May 2018.

“I am very excited to be playing for the Kia Super League champions. To be the first Indian player to appear in the tournament is a real honour and I hope that I can help Western Storm to more success,” Mandhana said after she signed up the deal for Western Storm.

Western Storm head coach is also very excited to have Mandhana in their team. Their head coach Trevor Griffin said – “We are really excited that Smriti will be joining us. She is one of the brightest young talents in the game at the moment. Although she is still young, she has a great deal of experience of the game at the highest level and we believe that she will prove to be an excellent signing.”

Mandhana has been very consistent for India with the bat. In 2018 she has scored 531 runs at an average over 66, including five fifties and a career-best 135 against South Africa, in nine ODI innings. She also won best Women’s International Cricketer of the year award in a award show hosted by BCCI.

Sri Lanka head coach resigned before the end of his tenure.

A release from Sri Lanka Cricket confirmed the news that Hemantha Devapriya, Head coach of Sri Lanka Women Cricket Team has resigned with immediate effect.

Devapriya, a former wicketkeeper who played 70 first-class matches and 15 List A games from 1980-81 to 1995-96, had taken up the post from Lanka de Silva in October 2016. His contract was up until October 2018, but he decided to step down after Sri Lanka failed to make it to the final of the recently concluded Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup in Malaysia, where they also lost their last league game against Thailand.

After her resignation Devapriya told – “Thailand aren’t a strong side and we should have not lost that game. We wanted to get 130 but couldn’t. The Thai team has been getting low scores in the tournament but in our game, they chased down a target of 105 and that happened to be their highest score in the competition.”
“We had a decent World Cup We finished seventh and beat Pakistan while giving a close fight to strong teams like India and West Indies. But since then when we toured West Indies, we lost in both forms of the game and the home series against Pakistan. Losing to Thailand was the last straw.”

“Whilst thanking Devapriya for his services, SLC will start the process of engaging a new coach to take the women’s team forward’’ said Ashley De Silva, SLC’s CEO

Devapriya had previously coached Colombo Cricket Club, Nondescripts Cricket Club, Fingara Cricket Academy and Sri Lanka A in the past.

Sri Lanka’s next assignment is the home series against India in September.

Dhawan becomes 1st Indian to score century before lunch on Day 1 and 6th overall. Let’s find out who did this before this.

While Afghanistan had all the attentions in their first historic test match against India, Shikhar Dhawan found his own way to get into limelight. Dhawan becomes first Indian to score a century before lunch on first day of a test match. Before this no Indian batsman did this. The previous record of highest score in first session of day 1 by an Indian was of Virendra Sehwag who missed his century by just 1 run and scored 99* against West Indies in Gros Islet in 2006.

Here’s look at the list of Indian batsmen who scored highest individual score in first session of first day.

Shikhar Dhawan – 104* at Bengaluru against Afghanistan in 2018

Virendra Sehwag – 99* at Gros Islet against West Indies in 2006

FM Engineer – 94* at Chennai against West Indies in 1996-67

Virendra Sehwag – 91* at Galle vs Sri Lanka in 2008

Virendra Sehwag – 87* at Ahmedabad vs New Zealand in 2010-11

Shikhar Dhawan also became sixth overall batsmen in the world to acheive this feat.
Let’s take a look at the list of players who have scored century before lunch on first day of a test match

VT Trumper – 103* vs England at Manchester in 1902

CG Macartney – 112* vs England at Leeds in 1926

DG Bradman – 105* vs England at Leeds in 1930

Majid Khan – 108* vs New Zealand at Karachi in 1976-77

David Warner – 100* vs Pakistan at Sydney in 2016-17

Shikhar Dhawan – 104* vs Afghanistan at Bengaluru in 2018

Shikhar Dhawan scored total 104* runs with 19 fours and 3 sixes till lunch.

World Cup preparations start. England vs Australia 1st ODI, Preview

England and Australia will face each other not for the first time this year in the limited-overs format. But a lot has changed since both the teams locked horns down under post the tussle in Ashes. The visitors will be led by Tim Paine and not Steve Smith or David Warner as both of them have been banned for 12 months in the aftermath of the ball-tampering scandal. No doubt they will miss the duo but the new captain Tim Paine and coach Justin Langer would be optimistic about coming out on top in this series.

While their opponents are coming on the back of a shock defeat at the hands of Scotland a couple of days ago. England are still favourites to win the series but the doubts would be lingering in their minds now after the loss. Australia, on the other hand, have won a couple of warm-up games comfortably and the momentum is with them which they need to carry on. The first game of every series is crucial and it is no different this time around.

England, who lost to Scotland in the previous match, will have an upper hand due to absence of Smith and Warner in Australian squad and also because they have the home advantage. Since losing to Pakistan in the semi-finals of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, England has won 11 out of their 16 ODI’s, and have registered convincing victories over West indies, Australia and New Zealand in the past. England’s bowling attack lacks the support of Ben Stokes and Chris Woakes, both of whom are injured. The team’s batting will be boosted by the return of Jos Buttler, who was rested for the Scotland match. The addition of Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Joe Root, Morgan and Buttler will also be helpful for the team.

On the other hand, Australia will feel the need of Steve Smith and David Warner for sure, and they may face difficulties in facing England. But taking note of the Scotland’s victory, Australia may definitely seek to find the loopholes in the English team to bag the victory. For Australia, this series is an opportunity of test, as it is the first international series after the infamous ball tempering incident. The team has undergone big changes, from the captain to the head coach to the opening batsmen, and the team also lacks the power of Mitchell Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins in the bowling department.

Key Statistics

England have won 7 of their last 10 ODIs against Australia.
England have won 17 of their last 21 ODIs at home, losing just 3.
England remain unbeaten in 12 day/night ODIs at home, winning 10.
England have won 6 of their last 8 day/night ODIs at this venue .
Australia have lost 12 of their last 14 away ODIs, winning just 1.

1st ODI, Squads: England vs Australia

Australia: Tim Paine(c), Aaron Finch, Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Travis Head, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, D Arcy Short, Billy Stanlake, Marcus Stoinis, Andrew Tye, Michael Neser

England: Eoin Morgan(c), Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler, Tom Curran, Alex Hales, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Joe Root, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Sam Billings

Head to Head

Matches – 142, England – 56, Australia – 81, Tie – 2, N/R – 3

Timing of the match: 17:30 IST

Broadcast Details

TV: Sony Six

Online Streaming: Sony LIV