Australia international Shaun Tait has retired from the game.
The 34-year old bowler played Tests against England in the 2005 Ashes, playing three Tests in his career. He is renowned for his exploits for Twnety20 in recent season.
Injuries are amongst the reasons he is retiring from the game, having suffered a spate of different injuries in his career. A chronic elbow problem has finally forced him out of the game.
“I wanted to play a couple of more years. The elbow has pretty much gone off a cliff now, it’s done and dusted.
“I’m 34 years old and I suppose when you’re not contributing on the field as much as you’d like to, it’s time to finish up. The game’s getting quicker and better and I’m getting slower and a bit older,” the player explained.
Two seasons so far, has seen the Adelaide Strikers finish in the semi-finalist position. However, it seems they can achieve the feat of lifting the Big Bash Trophy this time around.
Both at home and away in BBL05, the Strikers were in position to showcase a quite strong performance, which without, they would have to take some more beating.
The last season had seen them with a rare poor performance in a game that mattered the most, as they went on to lose the match to the final winners, Sydney Thunder in the semifinal of the BBL05.
So far, from the last summer, the Strikers have made no less than five changes to their squad. Chris Jordan, England’s Paceman and Ben Dunk, former Hurricanes batsman are the big additions made by the club for this season.
However, the loss of Adil Rashid, England’s wicket taker, who is currently on active duty for his country, could prove costly for the team.
One of the major concerns for the Indian fans ahead of the Asia Cup was that Yuvraj Singh had not got enough time to bat in the recent times.
But, the first couple of games in the Asia Cup have been good exposure for the left hander batting-wise as he has got decent number of deliveries to face.
He hasn’t scored too many runs, but, with more time at the crease, he is bound to get more fluent and that’s what India wants.
India desperately needs Yuvraj to be batting well as he is someone who can hit the big shots for a period of time.
The big hitters that many teams have got, they can hit the ball far back, but, you can’t expect a long stay at the wicket from them. They can come in, chance their arms, a couple of shots out of the park and that’s it
Those players are pretty rare who can keep that hitting spree going for some time and play a 30-ball 75 or a 40-ball 90 sort of knock, but, Yuvraj is definitely one that kind of a player.
If he is in good rhythm, he would not only clear the fence regularly, but, would stay there too. He is not a hit-or-miss.
The selectors have provided the Indian captain MS Dhoni many options in the One Day squad that they have picked for the series against the visiting South African team.
There is a seam bowling all rounder in Stuart Binny and there is also a spin bowling all rounder in Gurkeerat Mann who is uncapped at the international level at the moment.
Apart from that, the squad also contains six specialist bowlers out of which there are three spinners and three quickies.
Now, it’s up to Dhoni to decide what combination he wants to go with.
Dhoni, in all likelihood, would bat at no. 4 himself and Raina would take the crucial no. 6 position.
But, who would be slotted at no. 5 and no. 7?
If Dhoni reckons Binny is a good enough bowler to bowl his full quota, then he might go with a specialist batsman in the form of Ambati Rayudu at no. 5.
But, if the Indian captain has doubts over the bowling credentials of Binny, it opens the door for Gurkeerat who is a hard hitting batsman capable of bowling a bit of off spin.
Gurkeerat can be slotted just below Dhoni in the batting order with Raina and Binny following him and then the tail would start.
Leaving out Rayudu, however, would not be easy. The Hyderabad batsman has made his limited opportunities count. Even in Bangladesh, a couple of games that he played, he stitched a match winning partnership with Dhoni in one of them.
Virat Kohli might have been given the test captaincy of India, but, the BCCI has kept him under consideration for his on and off field behaviour and any act of arrogance in future might cost him big.
According to the reports, the way the Delhi player abused a media person during the World Cup, it did not go well with some of the board officials and if India had any other solid option for Dhoni’s replacement in test matches, Virat might have been denied the captaincy.
But, the fact is that Virat is the only option at present.
He and Ajinkya Rahane are the only two players whose places in the test team are certain.
As far as Rahane is concerned, he does not have any experience of captaincy at all. He has not captained at any level and he is not a natural leader either.
Virat, on the other hand, has got that leadership quality. His enthusiasm on the field is fantastic and he can encourage anyone.
That’s why, he has always been seen as future captain, but, very often, he tends to cross the fine line between aggression and arrogance.
Virat led India in two test matches in the Border-Gavaskar series recently and he was alright with his field placements and bowling changes.