In-form Virat Kohli once again played a brilliant knock but he missed his 18th ODI ton by one run in the 2nd ODI match between West Indies and India being played at Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam.
Pakistan all rounder Shahid Afridi has claimed the new one-day rules introduced by the International Cricket Council ( ICC) late last year has made it tough for the slow bowlers in the fifty-over format.
Preparations for the India-England ODI on January 15 next year are going on full swing and the pitch and ground related work is expected to be completed in a couple of months, a Kerala Cricket Association official said.
Irfan Pathan, who was India`s star with his fine all-round performance, said his good batting towards the end of Indian innings gave him the confidence to bowl well as he picked up five Sri Lanka wickets in his side`s win, on Saturday.
Leg-spinner spinner Rahul Sharma, who tested positive for recreational drugs after being caught at a rave party, was today left out of the Indian cricket team for the first one-dayer against Sri Lanka at Hambantota.
The ICC Cricket Committee has recommended discontinuance of the rule of taking powerplays between 16th and 40th overs in ODIs, saying that it has made little impact in making the shorter format attacking.