The world of cricket is buzzing with all the blitzkrieg provided by the cricketing actions from all over the world. In the international scene, the South African side continued its struggles in the sub-continent against a young and inexperienced Sri Lankan team, who white-washed the visitors to win by a two-nil margin. The South Africans have a lot to ponder over before the one day series starts as Rangana Herath and company once again exposed their weakness against spin.
South Africa was not the only team to be white-washed this week. Over in Bulawayo sub-continental giants, Pakistan completely blew away the home team Zimbabwe to win the series 5-0. The hapless Zimbabwe team struggled throughout, but we expect that this experience proves to be a learning curve for this young team and they rise and shine from here on.
Over in the United Kingdom, the T20 series and the ODI series between England and India may have ended, but there is no lull in cricketing action in that part of the world. The T20 Vitality Blast got underway at the beginning of the month and has seen some spectacular action already. The competition which is played by 18 teams divided into two groups has already seen a lot of close encounters. At this stage, the Kent Spitfires and Lancashire Lightning are leading their respective groups. However, the competition is so close that even one match-day can completely transform the table. Some of our Royals have been turning heads with their performances in this competition.
The Secret to Success for Sussex
The Sussex Sharks are only one point away from the top team in their group, with a game in hand. They have just lost one match in the competition so far. Royals star Jofra Archer has been the secret to their success. He has played a vital role with both bat and ball. His role with the ball especially has been exceptional. He created a severe dent in the Essex batting line-up when he got three wickets, giving away just 24 runs in his quota of 4 overs. He also played a crucial role with the bat by scoring a quick-fire 24 runs off just 18 balls. This was not the only time that Archer shone this season. In the match against Hampshire, he picked up three important wickets at the cost of 26 runs. His subtle variations in pace and bowling the right length can get the better of most batsmen around the world. We hope he continues his fine form with both bat and ball and helps his team go deep into the tournament.
Ish Sodhi Tying Batsmen in Notts
One bowler who has benefitted the most from spending some quality time with the Royals mentor Shane Warne is Ish Sodhi. His time at the Rajasthan Royals camp proved to be fruitful as he returned a changed bowler. Since then he has been getting the better of several batsmen. He is also bowling much slower through the air which seems to be making all the difference. Sodhi has been a consistent performer for the Notts Outlaws, who are just two points away from the top spot. The Kiwi spinner has been the man towards whom the Notts captain Daniel Christian has often turned to for breaking partnerships. Ish Sodhi has responded more often than not by delivering wickets. In the six matches that he has played so far, Sodhi has taken eight crucial wickets. This performance is even more remarkable when considering that Sodhi has been bowling in conditions that does not assist the spinners as much as the sub-continental conditions.
In the coming week, team India will be back in action, and we will be tracking the performance of our Royals, Ajinkya Rahane, Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes. Apart from that, we will also be bringing to you all the latest developments in the world of cricket. Halla Bol!