Cheteshwar Pujara Runs in England Test series 2016
Question in detailWe have no reason to doubt Cheteshwar Pujara's ability to become the highest run scorer in India Vs England Test series 2016. As against New Zealand earlier this series, Pujara can again outdrive the other batsmen in the table. The third day of the opener Test in Rajkot brings Cheteshwar Pujara his 9th Test hundred. Playing all the more impressive than his career strike rate (48.85), Pujara faced 206 balls to reach his ton and his strike rate in this innings counts 60.19. What a start the dependable gave his side in reply to England's mammoth first innings 537! If the beginning is that impressive, imagine how would be the end of the series. Come what may, Pujara's runs in the Test series against England must catch quite the viewers' eyes.
Pujara seemed to continue this innings from where he ended his last against New Zealand in the final Test at Holkar Cricket Stadium, Indore. If you don't remember the last Test against Black Caps, let's remind you what he did there. He scored an unbeaten 101 on a savage mission. Pujara also ended the series being the leading run scorer for his 373 runs. No wonder if he becomes the highest run scorer in India Vs New Zealand Test series 2016 as well. Well, considering his current form, nothing looks inaccessible for right-handed batsman. Pujara's runs in the Test series against England must help India sail smoothly in the ongoing Test series.
Does Cheteshwar Pujara have the potential to lead the table of highest run scorer in India Vs England Test series 2016?Question in your mind
- England Vs South Africa 3rd Test, match prediction: With both the teams managing to win one game each, the four-match Test series has come to an interesting point. While England was incredibly dominant in the opening game at Lord's, Africa made a strong comeback in the second Test at Trent Bridge. Much of Africa's success in the second match was the result of an incredible team performance and Faf du Plessis' captaincy. Having comprehensively won the second Test by 340 runs, the visitors are now keen to get an unassailable 2-0 lead over England. The Proteas put up an exceptional show at Trent Bridge, but it's always difficult for a visiting side to continue the momentum in a foreign land. The series is now tied at 1-1 and both the teams are eyeing to convert their performance into victory. Despite having home advantage with them, England at Kennington Oval will be on the back foot. Why? England has not been impressive in Oval, particularly for the last two years. They lost their last two Tests at the venue; once when Australia crushed them by an innings and 46 runs in 2015, and secondly when Pakistan slaughtered them by 10 wickets in 2016. Last time, Africa and England played a Test at Kennington where Africa won by and innings and 12 runs. Given their dreadful record at the venue, visitors have an edge over the hosts in England Vs South Africa 3rd Test. South Africa is likely to make one change to the squad that emerged victorious at Trend Bridge. And the change could be Kagiso Rabada, who missed the second Test due to excesses of demerit points. Rabada's return to the squad would be a big bonus for the visitors. The pace spearhead is likely to replace Duanne Olivier in the third Test starting on July 27 in Oval, London. So, South Africa will take on England with Rabada's boost in third Test. South Africa's playing XI for Kennington Test is likely to be as: Faf du Plessis(c), Dean Elgar, Hashim Amla, Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Heino Kuhn, Keshav Maharaj, Morne Morkel, Chris Morris, Vernon Philander and Kagiso Rabada. Injuries to key players add to England's worries. They seek a couple of changes with Gary Balance and Mark Wood getting injured ahead of the third Test. Toby Roland-Jones will replace Mark Wood, who suffered a heel injury during the second Test. The Middlesex fast bowler will make his debut at Oval. However for Gary Balance's replacement, England has included Tom Westley and Dawid Malan in the 13-men squad. The Essex batsman Tom Westley in all likelihood will replace Balance. England's playing XI for the third Test against SA is as: Joe Root(c), Alastair Cook, Keaton Jennings, Moeen Ali, Jonny Bairstow, Ben Stokes, Stuart Broad, Liam Dawson, Dawid Malan/Tom Westley, James Anderson and Toby Roland-Jones. Who will get an unassailable 2-1 lead in England Vs South Africa 3rd Test?
- Sri Lanka Vs India first Test, match preview: After a successful Caribbean tour, team India is now set to stem Sri Lanka in a three-match Test series starting from July 26. The opener of the series will be played at Galle, where both the teams have their own pros and cons. While the home side is having a reasonably wonderful Test record in Galle, India will eye to coat their dreadful record at the venue. India has won only one of four Tests played between two sides in Galle. The only win that India clinched at the venue came nine years ago in 2008. Lanka has been incredibly dominant in Galle with three wins in four Tests, and surprisingly two of them in 2001 and 2010 were all the more comprehensive. Now, ahead of Sri Lanka Vs India first Test, the home side will be keen to retain their Test sovereignty in Galle. But, it appears to be a big deal for a relatively weak Lankan side. This Indian team is certainly undergoing transition phase with a slew of experienced players being replaced for injury, and Ravi Shastri joining the squad as new head coach in place of Anil Kumble who quit the position under some questionable circumstances. Nonetheless, they look in a groundbreaking form having comprehensively won a long home season. Even if the resounding success came in the comfort of home, 12 wins in 17 Tests over a period of last two years or so fairly resonate that India is more than ready for challenges abroad. India has good bench strength too with Abhinav Mukund and Rohit Sharma coming in as handy batting options at their respective top and middle-order slots. While the tracks in Galle is supposed to be a spin paradise, Kuldeep Yadav or Hardi Pandya stand good chances to play as the fifth bowler in the squad. However, what could be a barrier to India's success in Sri Lanka Vs India first Test is ailment to key openers like Murali Vijay and KL Rahul. India's playing XI for first Test against Lanka is likely to be as Shikhar Dhawan, Abhinav Mukund, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli(c), Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (w), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav. Will India coat their dreadful Test record in Galle vanquishing Sri Lanka in the first Test?
- Leicestershire NatWest T20 2017 Schedules & Fixtures Considering their nightmarish fates in the last three seasons, wherein they couldn't even manage to tower second from the bottom, Leicestershire signed up NatWest 2017 edition as the least-rated side to win the title. Barely two weeks into the tournament has the team changed millions predictions that once neglected them largely for many obvious reasons. Now in a comfortable position with three wins in the first three games, Leicestershire began on a higher note than expected. What a start Leicestershire has got off to their NatWest T20 2017 campaign this year! They sit top of the table at present on the back of three consecutive wins; the first that was a worthy of their laudable batting efforts, the second that seemed much easier in the chase, and the third that reflected their true bowling dominance. It's no less than a fairy-tale start for Leicestershire squad in NatWest T20 Blast 2017. Leicestershire cleared their intent in their very first clash chasing down a decent 174-run target against Lancashire at the loss of 7 wickets. The win infused them with a lot of confidence. Going into their next game against Worcestershire, the side showcased a lethal bowling display that was well supported by their batsmen in the chase. Leicestershire chased 149 with 5 down and also 9 balls to spare thus beating Worcestershire by 5 wickets. On a track that was more a bowlers' paradise, Leicestershire panned out another success story defending moderate a 147-run total against Warwickshire. Up and about with 6 points in three games, Leicestershire has seen all their players in form. Leicestershire squad in NatWest T20 Blast 2017 includes Clint McKay (c), Aadil Ali, Gavin Griffiths, Mark Cosgrove, Ned Eckersley, Luke Ronchi, Colin Ackermann, Lewis Hill, Cameron Delport, Callum Parkinson, Mathew Pillans, Dieter Klein, David Sayer and Tom Wells. Leicestershire NatWest T20 2017 schedules is as follows: Jul 09, Sun - Lancashire vs Leicestershire, Liverpool Jul 14, Fri - Worcestershire vs Leicestershire, Worcester Jul 16, Sun - Warwickshire vs Leicestershire, Birmingham Jul 20, Thu - Durham vs Leicestershire, Chester-le-Street Jul 21, Fri - Leicestershire vs Northamptonshire, Leicester Jul 25, Tue - Leicestershire vs Warwickshire, Leicester Jul 28, Fri - Leicestershire vs Durham, Leicester Jul 30, Sun - Derbyshire vs Leicestershire, Derby Aug 02, Wed - Leicestershire vs Nottinghamshire, Leicester Aug 04, Fri - Leicestershire vs Lancashire, Leicester Aug 11, Fri - Northamptonshire vs Leicestershire, Northampton Aug 12, Sat - Leicestershire vs Yorkshire, Leicester Aug 17, Thu - Leicestershire vs Derbyshire, Leicester Aug 18, Fri - Nottinghamshire vs Leicestershire, Nottingham. Will Leicestershire capitalize on the good start to make it to the knockouts in NatWest T20 Blast 2017?
- Most wicket taker in NatWest T20 Blast 2017: An all-time performer for Gloucestershire, Benny Alexander Cameron Howell reaped the reward of his wonderful bowling last year in the world's biggest league. He emerged as the most wicket taker in 2016 edition. Averaging 16, Howell hunted 25 batsmen at a superb economy of less than 7, thus ending top of the bowlers' chart. Howell took as many as three NatWest seasons to come out of the namelessness. The farther he moved in the league, the better he grew as a bowler for his side. In 40 innings of all the three editions, Howell has stacked up a sum of 57 wickets. He marked the opening season with 15 wickets to his name. The 29-year old pacer again came up with resounding season (2015), wherein he took 17 wickets. These figures are just phenomenal find him on a continual upswing. Howell resumed the fresh season from where ended last year. So far in the tournament, he has bagged 6 wickets in two innings at an average of 10 and an economy of 7.50. Third from the top at present, Howell stands good chances to become the most wicket taker in NatWest T20 Blast 2017. Don't you think so? Gloucestershire relies more on BAC Howell than any other pacer they have in their ranks. More often than not, he shoulders the responsibilities of doing the early damage with new ball. Effective in the death overs as well, Howell misses out no opportunity to deal a blow to the opponents' batting line-up, no matter how strong it sounds to be at situations and across conditions. Howell's presence sharpens the edge of Gloucestershire's pace attack. In tournament's opener against Middlesex, Howell in defense hunted two batsmen helping his team draw the last-ball thriller with a wicket on the game's last delivery. He spread the magic of his stunning bowling in the next match as well picking up 4 wickets. Undergoing superb form at present, Howell in all likelihood can end up being the most wicket taker in NatWest T20 Blast 2017. Will Gloucestershire's pacer Benny Howell become the most wicket taker in NatWest T20 Blast 2017?
- England Vs South Africa second Test, match preview: After a comprehensive win at Lords, England seeks an indomitable 2-0 lead over South Africa. The first match saw Joe Root's era getting off to an emphatic start as the hosts squashed Africa by 211 runs with one day to spare. England will be taking on Africa in the second Test at Trent Bridge with an unchanged squad. In Eng Vs SA Nottingham Test, all eyes will be on Joe Root who played a tremendous knock (190 runs) at Lords despite shouldering added burden of captaincy. South Africa will be wary of Moeen Ali, who picked up 10 wickets in the first Test at Lords making the visitors concede a woeful defeat. Moreover, James Anderson and Stuart Broad will have the responsibility to do the early damage when Africa comes out to bat. While the hosts have sorted out their combination issues ahead of the match, Proteas are still in the dilemma of picking their pace attack. They are pondering whether to include Morris, Olivier or Phehlukwayo to compensate Rabada's loss. The pressure is, of course, on the visitors as a defeat in Eng Vs SA Nottingham Test will end their quest of a series win. With 0-1 down in the four-match Test series, South Africa will be playing the second Test under their regular Test captain Faf du Plessis who had to miss the first game for some family issues. Faf returns at the expense of JP Duminy who is struggling with his form for months now. While du Plessis return will be a boost for SA batting, suspension of Rabada will fade away their pace attack to some extent. With Kagiso Rabada being ruled out of the second game, much of the pace responsibilities will fall on Morne Morkel's shoulders. Morkel bagged 7 wickets in the Lord's Test. So, Africa will be heavy relying on Morkel in the pace bowling. Keshav Maharaj, who picked four wickets in the second innings, has been retained as the best spin option for Eng Vs SA Nottingham Test. Nottingham is one of the venues England fancy to play. They have won six out of their last seven Tests here. With one draw, they have been unbeaten at the venue since last 7 Tests. Africa, on the other hand, has had a poor Test record here. The past records go in favor of hosts in England Vs South Africa second Test. Will England get an unassailable 2-0 lead over South Africa in the Second Test at Nottingham?
- NatWest T20 Blast 2017 Hampshire squad and Fixtures It's quite unfortunate for a team to remain aloof from the coveted title despite reaching the semifinal twice in 2014 and 2015 consecutively. This has been Hampshire's narrative structure in NatWest T20 Blast 2017 so far. They played well, but hard lines to their disappointing ending scripted their fate ahead of the final in both the seasons. The 2016 edition, which they ended second from the bottom, hadn't befallen the way they would have fancied. Now going into the fresh season (2017), which is underway, Hampshire will refrain from repeating the mistakes they did in the first three seasons. Already featuring veterans like Kyle Abbott and George Bailey, Hampshire squad in NatWest T20 Blast 2017 has also got the boost of Shahid Afridi, who is a real T20 basher. With Afridi comes the option of an extra spinner in the squad. Giles White, Hampshire's director of cricket looks pleased having the former Pakistan skipper in their ranks. Afridi has spread his magic in Hampshire's opening game against Glamorgan picking their 4 wickets. Apart from this, Hampshire has the likes of Rilee Rossouw, James Vince, Lewis McManus and Reece Topley, who are in superb form at present. The side has got a resounding start to their NatWest T20 Blast 2017 campaign. Two consecutive wins in the first two matches keep them afloat in the tournament. Hampshire is now top of the table with 4 points. They opened their account with a strenuous over Glamorgan. Backed by Lewis McManus's 35-ball 59, they posted 167 on the board batting first. When bowling to defend, Shahid Afridi's 4/20 and Reece Topley's 3/23 made the total way more difficult than it looked. Their next win came over Sussex. James Vince (81 off 48 balls) and Kyle Abbott (3/22) shared the credit of Hampshire's second win. Given the way they have played in the tournament so far, Hampshire's bid to go the distance has got a perfect start. Hampshire squad in NatWest T20 Blast 2017 includes Kyle Abbott, James Vince(C), Michael Carberry, Fidel Edwards, Gareth Berg, Tom Alsop, Lewis McManus, Mason Crane, George Bailey, Rilee Rossouw, Shahid Afridi, Ryan Stevenson, Sean Ervine, Bradley Wheal, Brad Taylor, Chris Wood and Reece Topley. Hampshire NatWest T20 fixtures is as follows: Jul 07, Fri - Glamorgan vs Hampshire, Cardiff Jul 12, Wed - Sussex vs Hampshire, Hove Jul 14, Fri - Hampshire vs Middlesex, Southampton Jul 20, Thu - Hampshire vs Sussex, Southampton Jul 21, Fri - Essex vs Hampshire, Chelmsford Jul 23, Sun - Hampshire vs Surrey, Southampton Jul 26, Wed - Somerset vs Hampshire, Taunton Jul 28, Fri - Gloucestershire vs Hampshire, Bristol Aug 01, Tue - Hampshire vs Kent, Southampton Aug 03, Thu - Middlesex vs Hampshire, London Aug 04, Fri - Hampshire vs Essex, Southampton Aug 10, Thu - Hampshire vs Glamorgan, Southampton Aug 11, Fri - Kent vs Hampshire, Canterbury Aug 18, Fri - Hampshire vs Somerset, Southampton. Will James Vince make Hampshire win NatWest T20 Blast 2017 title?
- Ian Bell has come out to be Warwickshire's savior with bat in both their first matches. Unbeaten 75 against Worcestershire in the team's opening game cruise them to an easy 8-wicket win. The Warwickshire skipper continued the ace and came up with another stunning knock against Nottinghamshire in the next game, wherein he scored 38-ball 47 leading his team to another clinical win. Positioned 3rd as the leading run-scorer in NatWest T20 Blast 2017 at present, Bell has stacked up 122 runs at an average of 122 and a strike rate of 131.18 in his first two innings. In the NatWest 2016 edition, the right-handed batsman smashed 5 half-centuries to reach 489 runs, a mark that only four batsmen in the league went past. He took as many as 13 innings to hang around 500-run mark. An average of near 41 exclaims how fluent the last season had been for him as a batsman. These numbers speak a lot about Bell's true potential to become the leading run-scorer in NatWest T20 Blast 2017. Don't you think so? Bell stands good chances to finish as the leading run-scorer in NatWest T20 Blast 2017, given the form he is undergoing in the competition at present. But, it would require him to continue his brilliance with the bat in the upcoming matches. And that doesn't sound to be a big deal for the veteran English batsman. Will Ian Bell become the leading run scorer in NatWest T20 Blast 2017?
- Adam Lyth: Highest Run Scorer in NatWest T20 Blast 2017 Riding on two back-to-back fifties in the Yorkshire's first two matches, Adam Lyth cements top spot as the highest run scorer in NatWest T20 Blast 2017. 150 runs to his name in two innings so far proclaim his batting might and also the form he is reveling in at present. In a one-sided affair against Nottinghamshire, the Yorkshire's opener cleared his intention of not giving way to any bowling attack in the tournament. He's been just unstoppable with bat. His brutal batting display (50-ball 80) that powered Yorkshire to 227 in their first game made Nottinghamshire concede the defeat. The left-handed batsman continued to take on bowlers in the chase (166) against Derbyshire, a game that turned out to be a nip-and-tuck affair towards the end. He scored 68 off 54 balls taking his team close to the set target, but dismissal in the 19th over spoiled his brilliant knock. With Lyth's wicket fell Yorkshire's hopes of recording their second consecutive win in the tournament. Yorkshire's opener is looking in good touch with bat and this increases his chances to become the highest run scorer in NatWest T20 Blast 2017. Embarked on a journey to stardom, Lyth has been on a continual upsurge as Yorkshire's top-order batsman since the last NatWest edition. He spread the magic of his batting scoring 312 in 12 innings at an average of 26 and a strike rate of 152. Having had a successful season last year, Lyth is now looking forward with hopes to emerge as the highest run scorer in NatWest T20 Blast 2017. The tournament is yet to go a long way, and all that Lyth will need to reach the milestone is consistency. Do you also predict Adam Lyth to become the highest run scorer in NatWest T20 Blast 2017?
- Warwickshire Team and Fixtures in NatWest T20 Blast 2017 Studded with veterans like Ian Bell, Grant Elliott, William Porterfield, Jonathan Trott, Chris Woakes, Jeetan Patel and Colin de Grandhomme, Warwickshire is arguably one of the toughest NatWest sides. They marked the opening season (2014) with a title victory to their name and continued the good run in the next season as well. However, stumbles in the semifinal of 2015 edition kept them aloof from their second title in a row. The 2016 edition, which they ended 6th on the point table, was more a roller-coaster ride than a smooth sail for them. Having done reasonably well in all the first two seasons and suffered a woeful ending last year, Warwickshire is now set to fancy their chances of winning their second title. Can they? Though nothing is certain in a tournament like NatWest T20 Blast, the way Warwickshire have begun their campaign this year makes them front-runner of the title. Warwickshire team in NatWest T20 Blast 2017 is looking in good touch both with bat and ball. A good bowling unit, the Ian Bell-led side restricted both their opponents below 160 in the first two Warwickshire NatWest T20 fixtures. The opening match saw them beating Worcestershire by 8 wickets. It was a clinical win as they achieved 153-run target losing just 2 wickets with one over to spare. They came up with a repeated performance in the next game against Nottinghamshire. Two consecutive wins in the tournament so far places them second on the point table next to Derbyshire. The least Warwickshire would be eyeing from here on is to qualify for the knockouts. It would be no surprise if they make it so. Warwickshire team in NatWest T20 Blast 2017 boasts the likes of Mark Richard Adair, Tim Ambrose, Keith Barker, Ian Bell, Rikki Clarke, Grant Elliott, Sam Hain, Oliver Hannon-Dalby, Ateeq Javid, Alex Mellor, William Porterfield, Josh Poysden, Boyd Rankin, Aaron Thomason, Jonathan Trott, Andrew Umeed, Ian Westwood, Chris Woakes, Chris Wright, Jeetan Patel, Olly Stone and Colin de Grandhomme. Warwickshire NatWest T20 fixtures is as follows: Jul 07, Fri - Worcestershire vs Warwickshire, Worcester Jul 08, Sat - Warwickshire vs Nottinghamshire, Birmingham Jul 14, Fri - Warwickshire vs Northamptonshire, Birmingham Jul 16, Sun - Warwickshire vs Leicestershire, Birmingham Jul 21, Fri - Yorkshire vs Warwickshire, Leeds Jul 23, Sun - Warwickshire vs Derbyshire, Birmingham Jul 25, Tue - Leicestershire vs Warwickshire, Leicester Jul 28, Fri - Warwickshire vs Yorkshire, Birmingham Jul 30, Sun - Warwickshire vs Lancashire, Birmingham Aug 01, Tue - Northamptonshire vs Warwickshire, Northampton Aug 04, Fri - Warwickshire vs Worcestershire, Birmingham Aug 11, Fri - Nottinghamshire vs Warwickshire, Nottingham Aug 13, Sun - Durham vs Warwickshire, Chester-le-Street Aug 18, Fri - Lancashire vs Warwickshire, Manchester. Can Warwickshire fancy their chances of winning NatWest T20 Blast 2017?
- Lancashire Squad and Fixtures in NatWest T20 Blast 2017 The first two seasons of NatWest T20 Blast were of Lancashire's gusto. The side has been fluent throughout, making it to the final twice in the first two seasons. More interestingly, they ended being the winner of 2015 edition. The last season was their worst as they finished it 5th in the group stage. Lancashire is a side to have reasonably done well in the competition so far. Failing to reach the knockouts in the 2016 edition, the side has the potential to do it this time around. With Jordan Clark, Steven Perry, Dane Vilas and Liam Livingstone to their roster, Lancashire can fancy their chances to win the coveted NatWest title this year. Moreover, Buttler's presence in the Lancashire squad in NatWest T20 Blast 2017 makes them a team to really reckon with. Lancashire opened their account with an efficacious win beating Durham by 52 runs. The match saw Jos Buttler at his brutal best with bat. Backed by Buttler's 39-ball 59 and Karl Brown's brisk 35, Lancashire piled up 192 with six down, a reasonably competitive total on the score board. When bowling to defend the total, Jordan Clark shouldered the responsibilities to make Durham suffer reaching the finish-line. However, coming into the second game of Lancashire NetWest T20 fixtures, the side suffered a disappointing loss to Leicestershire. Overall, they got a mixed start to their campaign. Lancashire squad in NatWest T20 Blast 2017 features Tom Bailey, Luke Procter, Jos Buttler, Stephen Parry, Matthew Parkinson, Saqib Mahmood, Liam Livingstone, Jordan Clark, Arron Lilley, Steven Croft, Alex Davies, Simon Kerrigan, Kyle Jarvis, Dane Vilas, Ryan McLaren, Danny Lamb, Josh Bohannon and Karl Brown. Lancashire NetWest T20 fixtures is as follows: Jul 07, Fri - Durham vs Lancashire, Chester-le-Street Jul 09, Sun - Lancashire vs Leicestershire, Liverpool Jul 14, Fri - Lancashire vs Yorkshire, Manchester Jul 16, Sun - Lancashire vs Derbyshire, Manchester Jul 21, Fri - Worcestershire vs Lancashire, Worcester Jul 23, Sun - Lancashire vs Durham, Manchester Jul 25, Tue - Derbyshire vs Lancashire, Derby Jul 28, Fri - Lancashire vs Nottinghamshire, Manchester Jul 30, Sun - Warwickshire vs Lancashire, Birmingham Aug 03, Thu - Northamptonshire vs Lancashire, Northampton Aug 04, Fri - Leicestershire vs Lancashire, Leicester Aug 11, Fri - Yorkshire vs Lancashire, Leeds Aug 16, Wed - Lancashire vs Worcestershire, Manchester Aug 18, Fri - Lancashire vs Warwickshire, Manchester. Does Lancashire stand a chance to win NatWest T20 Blast 2017?
- BCCI selection committee named 16-member Indian squad for Lanka Test series starting on July 26. Rohit Sharma made a comeback replacing Karun Nair, who smashed a record triple-ton against England in December 2016. Rohit Sharma's return to Indian Test team could be little surprising, but the selectors seem to have gone with the fact that Rohit was in the mix when injured in the first place. Hardik Pandya, another man to get a call-up for the upcoming Sri Lankan tour, was also a part of the Test squad but finished the series uncapped on account of injury in the last session. KL Rahul claimed his comeback after rehabilitation from injury, which is suffered during the fourth Test against Australia in late March. Abhinav Mukund has been included as standby opener in Indian squad for Lanka Test series. Murli Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane retain their places. Ever promising wicketkeeper-batsman, Wriddhiman Saha will be seen behind the wickets with the gloves. The Chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav retains his place as the third spinner along with Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. Moreover, India will be touring Lanka with four pacers, including Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Five bowlers, including two seamers and 3 spinners will be the way to go in each of the three Tests of the series. And it won't come as a surprise if Pandya plays the role of third seamer and also slots in somewhere between Ashwin, Jadeja and Saha. Amongst all changes the selection committee made, Rohit Sharma's return to Indian Test team is the most surprising one. Indian squad for Lanka Test series features Virat Kohli (c), Murali Vijay, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Abhinav Mukund, Hardik Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma. Who gets a call-up and who doesn't in Indian squad for Lanka Test series 2017?
- Surrey Team and Schedule in NatWest T20 Blast 2017 Having had two desperately tough goings in 2015 and 2016 respectively, Surrey now seeks a remarkable upsurge going much the same way they were in the opening season of NatWest T20 Blast. With Surrey falling by the wayside ahead of the playoffs in the last two seasons, not many would have thought the side to begin their NatWest 2017 campaign this much mightily. Surprisingly, they have sprung hard abasing both of their first opponents Essex and Somerset at the chess opening of the fresh season. The semifinalist of the first season, Surrey from South division has got the desirable start to their campaign. The tournament is yet to go a long way. What all Surrey will need from here on is to continue with the form Surrey's team in NatWest T20 Blast 2017 is undergoing at present. Leading the table with 4 points for the time being, the Dernbach-led side has bagged two consecutive wins in their first two matches. In a close battle against Essex, Surrey piled up 188 runs with the help of Finch and Sibley's tremendous half-centuries batting first. The opponent, in the chase, got out of the breath just 3 runs short of the target. The next clash of Surrey NatWest T20 schedule saw them up against Somerset. Result was the same as Surrey again emerged victorious. Names like Kevin Pietersen, Aaron Finch, Moises Henriques, Jason Roy and Kumar Sangakkara make Surrey hard to be beaten and that's been quite palpable in the tournament so far. Surrey's team in NatWest T20 Blast 2017 has the likes of Kevin Pietersen, Aaron Finch, Mark Stoneman, Moises Henriques, Ollie Pope, Gareth Batty, Rory Burns, Zafar Ansari, Scott Borthwick, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, Jade Dernbach, Matt Dunn, Ben Foakes, Mark Footitt, Stuart Meaker, Mathew Pillans, Ravi Rampaul, Jason Roy, Kumar Sangakara, Dominic Sibley, Ryan Patel and Freddie van den Bergh. Surrey NatWest T20 schedule is as follows: Jul 07, Fri - Essex vs Surrey, Chelmsford Jul 09, Sun - Surrey vs Somerset, London Jul 13, Thu - Middlesex vs Surrey, London Jul 14, Fri - Surrey vs Kent, London Jul 19, Wed - Surrey vs Essex, London Jul 21, Fri - Surrey vs Middlesex, London Jul 23, Sun - Hampshire vs Surrey, Southampton Jul 28, Fri - Glamorgan vs Surrey, Cardiff Aug 03, Thu - Sussex vs Surrey, Hove Aug 04, Fri - Surrey vs Glamorgan, London Aug 06, Sun - Somerset vs Surrey, Taunton Aug 13, Sun - Surrey vs Sussex, London Aug 17, Thu - Surrey vs Gloucestershire, London Aug 18, Fri - Kent vs Surrey, Canterbury. Can Surrey become the winner of NatWest T20 Blast 2017 title?
- Derbyshire NatWest T20 Fixtures and Squad It wonders! Yes, it does seeing Derbyshire the side to finish bottom of the table in the first two seasons (2014 and 2015) on a continuous upsurge right at the beginning of the fresh season. A blasting start to their credit is what they were aimed at ahead of the NatWest T20 Blast 2017. They couldn't have written a better script than winning both their initial games. Two back-to-back wins respectively over Northamptonshire and Yorkshire holds them top of the table at present. Derbyshire squad in NatWest T20 Blast 2017 is now reveling in their good form, which they have shown in the first two matches. The side seems to be reviving their fortunes rather ruing over the desperate runs they had in the last three seasons. Topping the point table at present with two wins in a row, Derbyshire has cleared their intention of coming way more competitive than how they had been earlier. The first match of Derbyshire NatWest T20 fixtures saw them registering a clinical 3-wicket win over Northamptomshire. The opponent compiled a competitive total (179-6) on a track that was more a batting delight than bowlers' paradise. Derbyshire reached the finish-line losing just 3 wickets with 5 balls to spare. Next, in a game that turned out to be a cliff-hanger, Derbyshire beat Yorkshire by 3 runs. Derbyshire bowled right line and length to defend a moderate 166-run target. It was their second win of the tournament. It looks as if they would go the distance given the way Derbyshire is approaching the tournament. Derbyshire squad in NatWest T20 Blast 2017 includes Billy Godleman, Hardus Viljoen, Tom Milnes, Gary Wilson, Luis Reece, Daryn Smit, Harvey Hosein, Alex Hughes, Matthew Critchley, Matt Henry, Rob Hemmings, Ben Slater, Tony Palladino, Ben Cotton, Will Davis, Wayne Madsen and Jeevan Mendis. Derbyshire NatWest T20 fixtures is as follows: Jul 07, Fri - Northamptonshire vs Derbyshire, Northampton Jul 08, Sat - Derbyshire vs Yorkshire, Chesterfield Jul 16, Sun - Lancashire vs Derbyshire, Manchester Jul 19, Wed - Worcestershire vs Derbyshire, Worcester Jul 21, Fri - Nottinghamshire vs Derbyshire, Nottingham Jul 23, Sun - Warwickshire vs Derbyshire, Birmingham Jul 25, Tue - Derbyshire vs Lancashire, Derby Jul 28, Fri - Derbyshire vs Northamptonshire, Derby Jul 30, Sun - Derbyshire vs Leicestershire, Derby Aug 03, Thu - Yorkshire vs Derbyshire, Leeds Aug 04, Fri - Derbyshire vs Nottinghamshire, Derby Aug 15, Tue - Derbyshire vs Durham, Derby Aug 17, Thu - Leicestershire vs Derbyshire, Leicester Aug 18, Fri - Derbyshire vs Worcestershire, Derby. Can Derbyshire make it count this year in NatWest T20 Blast 2017?
- NorthamptonshireSquad and Fixtures in NatWest T20 2017 Northamptonshire has been one of the most consistent sides in NatWest T20 Blast since the opening year 2014. Two consecutive final appearances in the last three years speak a lot about how dominant they have been all along their NatWest journey. More importantly, they bagged the coveted title last year beating Durham by 4 wickets. And much of their success has been the result of their collective performance. The defending champions, also the runner-up of 2015, Northamptonshire look keen to repeat the history going into the fresh season 2017. They have quality players in their roster to pose a threat to the oppositions' tent. Some of the key players Northamptonshire squad in NatWest T20 Blast 2017 will be heavily relying on are: Richard Levi, Joshua Cobb, AG Wakely, Ben Duckett, Rory Kleinveldt, Azharullah and Adam Rossington. Levi is amongst those who can change the course of the match single handedly from any situation. He scored 485 runs in 16 innings in 2015 leading his team to the final. When talking about Josual Cobb, he is also one who can decimate any bowling attack. His 400 plus runs each in the last two seasons is a clear testimony of what he is capable of doing in T20 cricket. Another T20 basher to really fear about is Ben Duckett, who had two fruitful seasons to his name. Likes of Wakely and Rossington in the middle make Northamptonshire and even stronger batting unit. Additionally, all-rounders like Azharulla, Rory Kleinveldt and Richard Gleeson can play a key role both with bat and ball to get the team out of tough situations. More a bowler than a batsman, RK Kleinveldt ended both the last two seasons picking 15 wickets each. RK Kleinveld has also been impressive, particularly with the ball in the previous seasons. One player to miss the Northamptonshire squad in NatWest T20 Blast 2017 for the first three matches is S Prasanna, who played a crucial role last year to power his team to the title victory. Not a big worry, the management has hired Shamsi for the first three matches to compensate Parsanna's loss. The 18-member Northamptonshire squad in NatWest T20 Blast 2017 includes Azharullah, Joshua Cobb, Steven Crook, Ben Duckett, Richard Gleeson, Rob Keogh, Rory Kleinveldt, Richard Levi, David Murphy, Rob Newton, Adam Rossington, Ben Sanderson, Alex Wakely, Graeme White, Saif Zaib, Nathan Buck, S Prasanna and Shamsi (the new addition). Northamptonshire NetWest T20 fixtures is given below: Jul 07, Fri - Northamptonshire vs Derbyshire, Northampton Jul 09, Sun - Durham vs Northamptonshire, Chester-le-Street Jul 11, Tue - Northamptonshire vs Yorkshire, Northampton Jul 14, Fri - Warwickshire vs Northamptonshire, Birmingham Jul 21, Fri - Leicestershire vs Northamptonshire, Leicester Jul 22, Sat - Nottinghamshire vs Northamptonshire, Nottingham Jul 27, Thu - Northamptonshire vs Worcestershire, Northampton Jul 28, Fri - Derbyshire vs Northamptonshire, Derby Aug 01, Tue - Northamptonshire vs Warwickshire, Northampton Aug 03, Thu - Northamptonshire vs Lancashire, Northampton Aug 05, Sat - Worcestershire vs Northamptonshire, Worcester Aug 11, Fri - Northamptonshire vs Leicestershire, Northampton Aug 17, Thu - Yorkshire vs Northamptonshire, Leeds Aug 18, Fri - Northamptonshire vs Durham, Northampton. What makes Northamptonshire a team to reckon with in NatWest T20 Blast 2017?
- Nottinghamshire Squad and Fixtures in NatWest T20 2017 A side to reach the playoffs twice in the last three seasons, Nottinghamshire has got the reasons to begin NatWest T20 Blast 2017 again on a high note. They got an emphatic start to their campaigns in 2014 and 2016 making it to the semifinal and quarterfinal respectively. However, stumbles towards the end kept them devoid of the title in both the seasons. Their previous runs in the tournament advocate how competitive they can be in the ongoing season. Nottinghamshire's squad in NatWest T20 Blast 2017 doesn't however include big names, the way they approach the tournament make them a side to really reckon with. Likes of Daniel Christian, Alex Hales and James Pattinson, a few big names in their roster, gives them added vigor both in batting and bowling departments. Aside from this, they will be relying a lot on their all-time performers, including Wessels, Gurney and Patel. Samit Patel has been their best all-rounder in all the three seasons. In the opening season (2014), he picked 15 wickets and scored 379 runs to power his team to the semifinal. In the very next season, he marked his presence with 8 wickets and 386 runs. Again, he had a fruitful season in 2016, wherein he grabbed 16 wickets and hit 143 runs. Another player to watch out for in NatWest 2017 is right-handed batsman Wessels, who reached 400-run mark in all the last three seasons. Gurney will be seen shouldering the bowling responsibility as he picked 12, 9 and 17 wickets in the last three seasons respectively. So, Nottinghamshire's squad in NatWest T20 Blast 2017 will have a significant reliance on these three players. The 16-member squad features Matthew Carter, Daniel Christian, Luke Fletcher, Harry Gurney, Jake Libby, Alex Hales, Brett Hutton, Tom Moores, Steven Mullaney, Samit Patel, James Pattinson, Greg Smith, Chris Read, Brendan Taylor, Riki Wessels and Luke Wood. Nottinghamshire NatWest T20 fixtures is given below: Jul 07, Fri - Yorkshire vs Nottinghamshire, Leeds Jul 08, Sat - Warwickshire vs Nottinghamshire, Birmingham Jul 21, Fri - Nottinghamshire vs Derbyshire, North Group, Nottingham Jul 22, Sat - Nottinghamshire vs Northamptonshire, Nottingham Jul 25, Tue - Durham vs Nottinghamshire, Chester-le-Street Jul 26, Wed - Nottinghamshire vs Worcestershire, Nottingham Jul 28, Thu - Lancashire vs Nottinghamshire, Manchester Jul 30, Sun - Nottinghamshire vs Yorkshire, Nottingham Aug 02, Wed - Leicestershire vs Nottinghamshire, Leicester Aug 04, Fri - Derbyshire vs Nottinghamshire, Derby Aug 05, Sat - Nottinghamshire vs Durham, Nottingham Aug 11, Fri - Nottinghamshire vs Warwickshire, Nottingham Aug 13, Sun - Worcestershire vs Nottinghamshire, Worcester Aug 18, Fri - Nottinghamshire vs Leicestershire, Nottingham. Will Nottinghamshire become the title winner of NatWest T20 Blast 2017?
- Windies Vs India only T20 match preview: Having won the five-match ODI series 3-1, team India is now keen to crush Windies in the one-off T20 scheduled to be played on July 9. Does it sound that easy? No, it doesn't. Let's look upon the reasons. West Indies in ODIs and T20s are two different sides. While the one team is lacking experience, the other has got the might of Carlos Brathwaite(c), Samuel Badree, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard and Marlon Samuels. Moreover, Chris Gayle's return in Windies T20 squad against India gives them the vigor to tear apart any bowling attack. Not surprisingly, this West Indies squad poses a threat to the opponent no matter who it may be. A brutal batting side, the hosts boast on the power-hitting, which is their forte and has been the key to their resounding success, particularly in the shortest format. The hosts also look a promising bowling unit with Sunil Narine, more often than not, coming up with tight spells in the initial, middle and/or death overs equally well. Windies T20 squad against India is as follows: Carlos Brathwaite(c), Samuel Badree, Ronsford Beaton, Chris Gayle, Evin Lewis, Jason Mohammed, Sunil Narine, Kieron Pollard, Rovman Powell, Marlon Samuels, Jerome Taylor, Chadwick Walton, Kesrick Williams. This is just WI Vs India only T20 match preview stating the strengths and weaknesses of both the sides on a comparative note. India is also not less in any department, whether be it batting or bowling. The visitors have seen their top-order undergoing purple patch on this West Indies tour. Interestingly, Rahane and Kohli ended the ODI series top of the batsmen's chart. Dhawan, Rahane and Kohli are some of the players visitors need to be careful about. Kuldeep Yadav, who is on his debut tour, has left a lasting impression with his wrist work. The Chinaman spinner staked 8 wickets, the most in the preceding ODI series. Moreover, Umesh Yadav and Hardik Pandya can also prove to be the trump card in the bowling department. So, India stands good chances to win the one-off T20 against West Indies. Who is your favorite in the one-off T20 between India and Windies?