Roundup: The Week That Was

Enough alone is happening in cricket right now to warrant a 32098-word article, but the tennis and F1 seasons are at the cusp of culmination too. Everyone’s attention is back on something apolitical and uncomplicated: sports. There’s now a lot of (invisible) pressure on India to perform and win a test series to improve the mood in the country. Kidding, nothing India does in a test series (unless it’s a World Cup of tests) will ever distract the national mood. In any case…
After the first day of the second test match between India and England at Vizag, Virat Kohli <yawn> is on the verge of yet another test double-century <yawn> – his third of the year if he does it. Even if he doesn’t he now has 40 international centuries. 26 in ODIs, 14 in tests. And he’s 28. It seems like only yesterday he hit the scene later than Rohit Sharma, and yet, here he is. His test average is finally closing in on 50, too. After Cheteshwar Pujara’s third consecutive test century on the bounce at home (of course, on home soil), India put themselves in a good position despite another Ajinkya Rahane failure and KL Rahul’s comeback duck. That’s two ducks in a row for Indian openers this series (Gambhir scored a duck at Rajkot in the second innings). James Anderson, England’s highest wicket-taker in tests, is finally back, and picked up three crucial wickets. Either way, we’re set for a good four days ahead, and hopefully a decisive result.
Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara - BookMyShowElsewhere, Australia lost their fifth test in a row, as well as the second of a home series, succumbing to South Africa – and going through their worst spell of cricket since, well, the 1980s. Immediately, Rod Marsh resigned from his post as chief of selectors, all but four of the team are insecure about their place, coach Darren Lehmann whose contract was extended till 2019 suddenly looks dispensable, and the Ashes next year look like a walkover. Steve Smith feels like a lone ranger with David Warner, yet even he will be befuddled by the recall of Greg Chappell as the ‘interim’ selector. The other players of the squad were sent – in an unprecedented move of desperation – back to Sheffield Shield 4-day cricket BEFORE the final test at Adelaide. In the process, Adam Voges suffered a nasty blow from a bouncer and pulled out due to concussion, making it easier for the selectors to “drop” him for the final test after he averaged 13 in the last five test matches. Can Australia avoid their sixth defeat in a row? We’ll know next week, in only the third day-and-night test of all time.
Further elsewhere, after a minor earthquake, Pakistan are waiting to start their test series against New Zealand at Christchurch, rain pending. The first day was washed out, tarnishing a series between two very competitive teams in some very interesting conditions.
Further, further elsewhere, the tri-series in Zimbabwe between the hosts, Sri Lanka and West Indies is being watched by exactly forty forty-three in the world – including the teams on the pitch. A second-string West Indies side (when are they ever not?) defeated a third-string Sri Lankan side in a low-scoring ODI, with captain Jason Holder again proving his worth as a bowler. Sri Lanka conceded a bonus point after winning a bonus point against Zimbabwe in the first match – demolishing them by 8 wickets, continuing their minnow-bashing ways.
In the ongoing World Tour Finals, the monster in Novak Djokovic has woken up again. The now World no. 2 lost the first set of the tournament to Dominic Thiem, before hitting back and winning that match, as well as the next two against Milos Raonic and David Goffin, proving that he finishes a season fresh like nobody else except, perhaps, the new World no. 1 and the other guy in the next group, Andy Murray. Djokovic reached the semis again, gunning for his sixth title here. Murray won tricky fixtures against Marin Cilic and then Kei Nishikori to virtually book his place in the semis, and is likely to face either Raonic or Thiem, depending on who finishes second to Djokovic in the group. Either way, we’re set for a mouth-watering, all-or-nothing season-ending clash between the two best players on the planet in the final at London. The winner will finish the year as World no. 1. The loser will finish the year second – and Murray doesn’t want to be there…again.Novak Djokovic - BookMyShowFOOTBALL
On Saturday, English Premier League action returns – with Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United set to face Arsene Wenger’s Arsenal for the first time this season. United is sixth in the table, while Arsenal is fourth – six points ahead of United. Two points separate the top four teams.

Did you like this blog?*
How did you find this blog?*
What kind of articles would you like to read on the blog?*

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

one × 7 =

More in Sports

  • 3 Reasons ICC Women’s World Cup Was a Game Changer

    India needed 38 more runs with seven wickets in hand. Jhulan Goswami had blown England away exactly at this stage in...

    Rahul DesaiJuly 24, 2017
  • Three Challenges for Team India Coach Ravi Shastri

    After weeks of uncertainty, the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) – consisting of Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman – declared...

    Rahul DesaiJuly 12, 2017
  • Numbers from the Nadal vs Müller Classic

    Yesterday was ‘Manic Monday’ – the traditional second Monday at Wimbledon. All of the ‘Big 4’ were to play their fourth...

    Rahul DesaiJuly 11, 2017
  • F1 2017: The Austrian Grand Prix

    In the ninth race of the 2017 F1 season, something interesting happened. Nothing really happened during the actual race – it...

    Rahul DesaiJuly 10, 2017
  • The Week That Was

    Joe Root showed his class. Virat Kohli broke another record. West Indies lost the series again. Roger Federer and Rafael Nadal...

    Rahul DesaiJuly 7, 2017
  • Wimbledon 2017: The Best Statistics

    The All England Club is already busy hosting the most famous tennis tournament in the world. Most of the first-round matches...

    Rahul DesaiJuly 5, 2017
  • MS Dhoni: The Finished Finisher

    When MS Dhoni walked off the pitch in the penultimate over of the fourth ODI against the West Indies at Antigua,...

    Rahul DesaiJuly 4, 2017
  • The Week That Was

    Tubelight has stuttered its way to becoming one of Salman Khan’s “weakest hits” in a decade. Meanwhile, the only Hollywood films...

    Rahul DesaiJune 30, 2017
  • Now Running Will be a lot More fun

    It is rightly said that fitness and healthy living should be your lifestyle. On Sunday, Mumbai witnessed a huge crowd of fitness lovers. Yes, a marathon was...

    Joseph BhathenaJune 29, 2017

All articles/blogs are intended to inform, entertain and amuse. We make no representations or guarantees about the truth, accuracy or quality of any content.

Copyright 2016 © Bigtree Entertainment Pvt. Ltd. All Rights Reserved

Subscribe To Our Newsletter
Subscribe to our email newsletter today to receive updates on the latest news!
Thank You For Subscribing To Us!

Now get regular updates on the latest entertainment news and style trends.

Providing you with the best of Bollywood, Hollywood, style and more.
Get the best in entertainment, while keeping yourself entertained!
We respect your privacy. Your information is safe and will never be shared.
Don't miss out. Subscribe today.
WordPress Popup