Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar, once a nemesis of many a top Indian batsman, is now ready to offer advice to his arch-rivals saying that Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav and Varun Aaron will be key to India's 2015 World Cup defence.
Skipper Mushfiqur Rahim led from the front with a sparkling ton while young opener Anamul Haque impressed with a half-century as Bangladesh overcame early hiccups to post 279/7 against India in their Asia Cup opener here on Wednesday.
In five Tests since his debut against the West Indies in November 2013, Mohammad Shami has shown complete control of line and length and while the rest of the Indian bowlers have been faltering in the ongoing tour of New Zealand, he is fast emerging as the bowling spearhead.
Mohammad Shami may not be available for Bengal`s knock-out leg of the Ranji Trophy but the talented India speedster ensured that his statemates get some quality net-practice ahead of their Ranji Trophy quarter-final against Railways starting Wednesday.
He might have cemented his place in the India team in less than a year`s time, but Mohammad Shami is not fyling high as the pacer today cherished returning to his roots and bowled to his Bengal teammates, boosting their morale ahead of their Ranji quarters against Railways.
National selectors have overlooked him many a times but Bengal skipper Laxmi Ratan Shukla is unfazed as he is living a dream to win the Ranji Trophy for his state, which had won the coveted first-class title way back in 1989-90.
India`s pace bowlers staged a dramatic turnaround with a devastating exhibition of swing bowling as South Africa suffered a stunning collapse to leave the first cricket Test more or less on an even keel here on Thursday.
After a spineless show in the ODI series against South Africa, the famed Indian batting line-up will have to adopt a patient approach to make a contest out of the two-match Test series, which starts at Johannesburg here tomorrow, feels former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar.
Ishant Sharma might think that Quinton de Kock was lucky to get three back-to-back hundreds in the ODI series against India but the young South African`s coach Geoffrey Toyana is not the least bit surprised that the 20-year-old has sparkled so early in his career.
Describing his hundred in the washed out third and final ODI against India as the toughest of the series, young South African batsman Quinton de Kock said his work ethic and confidence has improved manifold in the three matches.
In a desperate bid to revive their Ranji fortunes, a struggling Bengal today axed four players and named six in a 16-member squad for their Group B league match against leaders Uttar Pradesh, commencing here on December 14.