July 8 Daily Cricket News Updates

6:00 PM (IST): Steve Smith when asked about ‘BazBall’, said to Fox Cricket: “If you come on a wicket that’s got some grass and Josh Hazlewood, Cummins and Starc are rolling in at you. Is it going to be the same? We’ll see what happens.”

3:36 PM (IST): India’s ODI squad against West Indies:Shikhar Dhawan (C), Ravindra Jadeja (VC), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Ishan Kishan (WK), Sanju Samson (WK), Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna, Mohd Siraj, Arshdeep Singh

2.55 PM (IST): After the 5th Test loss, Rahul Dravid spoke to the press about Rishabh Pant. He said: “I’ll say that even in the second innings in Capetown, his hundred was brilliant. He’s doing really well in Test Cricket; sure, he sometimes makes our hearts race by playing a few shots, but we’ve grown accustomed to it and accept that he will occasionally play shots that we think he can’t play, but he should play those. We have to accept it a little bit because the way he plays, he can turn a Test match around, as he did in this game and in South Africa, giving us a great chance.”

“Very impressive, and it’s not as if he’s planning to wildly smash; instead, he recognises his strength and waits for the ball, and when he finds the right bowler, he backs himself.

Our message to him has always been, “Go play positively when you get your favourable matchup.”

2:00 PM (IST): Rishabh Pant breaks into the top 5 of ICC Men’s Test batters rankings on the back of an outstanding year in 2022.

Pant in Test cricket in 2022: Matches – 5, Runs – 532, Average – 66, SR – 91, 100s/50s – 2/3

Former Indian captain Virat Kohli, on the other hand, has dropped out of the Top 10 due to a string of poor performances.

Virat Kohli in Test cricket since 2020: Matches – 18, Runs – 872, Average – 27, SR – 43, 100s/50s – 0/6

Position PlayerRating
1Joe Root 923
2Marnus Labuschagne879
3Steve Smith 826
4Babar Azam815
5Rishabh Pant 801
13Virat Kohli 714

12:36 PM (IST): Indian cricket commentator Sanjay Manjrekar believes that Shardul Thakur is not the same Test bowler he was 18 months ago. “I think Shardul Thakur is not the same bowler we saw in Test cricket, maybe 18 months back.”

The 56-year-old also hypothesised on Sony Six that Mohammed Siraj’s lack of development as a bowler could be attributed to the loss of his seam-up delivery. “I have been watching Mohammed Siraj’s evolution as a bowler. The seam-up delivery has just gone.”

The poor performances of these two Indian quicks, who combined for 163 runs and 0 wickets in 26 overs in the second innings of the Test, were a major reason for India’s defeat in the fifth and final Test of the Pataudi Trophy 2021-22.

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