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Rajendra Prasad Mohapatra

With India and South Africa Test series and famous Ashes series between Australia and England on, the cricketing world witnessed an interesting week with little banters between many current and former great players.

Bumrah Warns South Africa

Generally, India’s pace sensation Jasprit Bumrah is covertly aggressive. Mostly, he lets the ball all the talking for him. However, the second Test between India and South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium in Johannesburg saw the other side of the unorthodox pacer.

Bumrah was unusually showing open aggression in the second Test which South Africa won convincingly. The reason behind that could be his lacklustre performance against the batting line-up of the hosts and hence, the frustration on the ground.

Bumrah was heard saying, “Abhi toh bohot uchhal rahe hain, uchhalne do - ek Test match baaki he abhi, batata hun Cape Town mein unko.”

These words were uttered by the ice-cool pacer during the final stages of the second Test which took many by surprise. Moreover, this could well be a warning for the hosts as they know very well about Bumrah’s capability.

Sachin & Warne On Same Page

Australian spin wizard Shane Warne is always a great admirer of India’s Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar. Recently, both the former greats were found on the same page once again. 

Sachin had recently tweeted in favour of a new law which should declare the batter out if the ball hits the stumps irrespective of the bails have fallen or not. Sachin had come with the suggestion after England all-rounder Ben stokes got a reprieve as Australian bowler Cameron Green bowled a peach of a delivery which hit the stumps, but the bails were not dislodged.

“Should law be introduced called ‘hitting the stumps’ after the ball has hit stumps but not dislodged the bails. Let’s be fair to bowlers,” Tendulkar had tweeted tagging Warne.

Reacting to Sachin’s tweet, Warne had called it interesting. He said to take Sachin’s suggestion to MCC.

“Interesting point and one to debate my friend. I will take this to the world cricket committee for discussion,” Warne responded.

However, former Australia batsman and Warne’s teammate Damien Martin didn’t like the suggestion.


Live Clash Between Ali & Cook

While discussing about Joe Root’s poor captainship in the Ashes series, England all-rounder Moeen Ali and former captain Alastair Cook took digs at each other in a live television show.

Moeen compared Root’s captainship to Cook and blamed the former captain for unsettling him by giving different positions in the batting order.

Cook responded Ali’s dig sharply.

“I never dropped you Mo. So you might criticise me. But, how many times did Rooty drop you?” questioned Cook.


(Edited by Pradeep Singh)

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