De Kock sets Pak huge task
RISHABH Pant is a “champion cricketer in the making”, who is very much in the mix for the 2019 India’s World Cup campaign for his ability to seamlessly switch formats, says chairman of selector MSK Prasad.
After being “rested” for the ODI series against Australia and New Zealand, there have been conjectures about his place in the England-bound squad but Prasad set the record straight about selection committee’s plans about talents such as Pant and Shubman Gill.
“Rishabh Pant played three T20s and four Test matches in Australia and that had an impact on his body. He needed complete rest for two weeks and then we will take a call on how many matches he will play against England Lions. Let me put it straight, he is very much in our World Cup plans. He is a champion player in the making and even he is not fully aware the kind of potential he has,” Prasad told PTI in an exclusive interview.
Prasad is happy that Pant is now understanding what skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri expect of him and Sydney was a testimony to that.
“Ravi and Virat had advised him to put his head down and respect the match situation and he did exactly that. He proved that he can switch gears seamlessly. When we picked him for Tests, experts were sceptical about his keeping but 11 catches in a Test in England, record dismissals in Australia series proves A CENTURY by Quinton de Kock ensured Pakistan would face a huge task in their quest for a consolation win in the third and final Test against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday.
Needing 381 runs to win, Pakistan were 34 for no wicket at tea on the third day.
De Kock equalled his Test-best score of 129 before South Africa were bowled out for 303. It was De Kock’s fourth Test century and his first in two years.
De Kock went to the wicket with his side in some trouble at 93 for five, at which stage their lead was a modest 170.
De Kock shared a sixth wicket stand of 102 with Hashim Amla, who made 71, before adding 79 for the eighth wicket with Kagiso Rabada (21).
In an innings studded with flowing strokes, De Kock reached his fifty off 49 balls and his century off 121 deliveries.
He was finally caught in the deep, trying for a second successive six off leg-spinner Shadab Khan, after facing 138 balls and hitting 18 fours and a six.
Shadab finished with three for 41 while medium-pacer Faheem Ashraf took three for 42.
Pakistan opening batsmen Imam-ul Haq and Shan Masood both started confidently as they scored freely against Dale Steyn and Vernon Philander, neither of FORMER Goa Ranji player Rajesh Ghodge (44) died after collapsing during a local-level match in Margao town of the state Sunday afternoon. “He was at the non-striker end when he collapsed. He was immediately shifted to a hospital,” a senior member of the Margao Cricket Club which had organised the tournament told PTI.
The incident took place at the Rajendra Prasad Stadium around 2.30 pm.
The cricketer was declared dead upon arrival at the hospital. Ghodge was part of the Goa Ranji squad in 1999-2000 and was active in local cricket circles.
When joke became reality for Jason
ON A dream ODI debut, Australian pacer Jason Behrendorff picked up a wicket in his very first over and this was exactly what he had joked about ahead of the match. whom was able to find the swing or seam movement that they generated in the first innings.
Pakistan have only made one total over 200 in their first five innings in the series and have not batted for longer than 70.4 overs.
In a nightmare start to their chase, India were reduced to four for three in the fourth over, with Behrendorff snapping up Shikhar Dhawan for a duck in the very first over.
“I was a little nervous in the first over. It shows you care and it was good fun. But I cannot ask much more than how that first over went about. I joked with a couple of guys that I would love to have a wicket in my first ODI over, and then it happened. That was one way to settle the nerves,” Behrendorff said on Sunday.
RR appoint Upton as Head Coach
RAJASTHAN Royals have brought back former Team India mental conditioning coach Paddy Upton in their ranks for the forthcoming Indian Premier League season.
During his earlier stint, Upton was the head coach for four years, reaching the semi-finals of the IPL in 2013. The edition was particular difficult one as three of its players including the tainted S Sreesanth, were arrested midway into the tournament on allegations of spot-fixing.
The same year, Royals also reached the final of the Champions League T20.
His biggest achievement came with the Indian national team, as mental conditioning coach, when he combined with head coach Gary Kirsten to guide India to 2011 ODI World Cup title and World No.1 rank in ICC Test rankings.
South African batsman Quinton de Kock raises his bat and helmet as he celebrates his hundred during third day of their third Test against Pakistan at Wanderers cricket stadium in Johannesburg, South Africa. (AFP/Gianluigi Guercia)