Shoaib Akhtar Pays Captain Virat Kohli The Ultimate Compliment
Virat Kohli's brilliant unbeaten double century paved the way for India's record series win over South Africa in Pune. India beat the visiting South Africans by an innings and 137 runs in the second Test to clinch the three-match series with one match still to play. With the win in Pune, India became the first team in the history of cricket to win 11 consecutive Test series at home. And while Virat Kohli's captaincy has been a topic of debate for many, especially after India's World Cup 2019 exit, the Indian skipper received high praise from all quarters. Former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar was effusive in his praise for Virat Kohli, even going to the extent of terming India's run-machine as the "best captain in the world at the moment, miles above the rest in current era".
Speaking on his YouTube channel, Shoaib Akhtar said: "I had earlier said that Virat Kohli will become a good captain after the World Cup because he is learning from his mistakes. He is learning well. He has learnt how to sort out India's batting order and team composition. Virat Kohli is the best captain in the world but around him there are so many poor captains."
"World is about mediocre captaincy nowadays. It's very disheartening to see that there are not many great captains in the world anymore apart from Kane Williamson and Virat Kohli. One thing I like about Virat Kohli is that he is a fearless captain. Virat Kohli ran all over South Africa. They (India) have become the best team in the world. They have a great, fearless captain. He puts his country before himself," added the former Pakistan cricketer.
India's win over South Africa in Pune meant they have now won 11 straight Test series at home, bettering their joint-record which they held with Australia, who twice won 10 home series in a row -- from 1994 to 2001 and 2004 to 2008.
Virat Kohli too achieved some big landmarks in the second Test, courtesy his highest Test score of 254 not out.
The Indian captain overtook Don Bradman's Test tally of 6,996 runs and also went past Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag by scoring a record 7th Test double hundred, the highest by an Indian.
As far as the Test Championship is concerned, India consolidated their position at the top of the table with 200 points after 4 wins.
India vs South Africa: Virat Kohli Breaks Massive Don Bradman Record
Virat Kohli flayed the South African bowlers to all parts of Pune en route his 26th Test hundred. In the post-lunch session on Day 2 in India vs South Africa 2nd Test, Virat Kohli adopted a more attacking approach and in no time reached the 150-run mark -- the ninth time he has done so whilst captaining the Indian team. In the process, Virat Kohli broke the legendary Don Bradman's record of most 150-plus scores as captain. The Indian skipper and the Australian great were tied at eight before the Pune Test but Kohli went past the former Australia skipper on Day 2 of the second Test with his ninth 150-plus score as captain.
India have dominated the second Test after Virat Kohli won the toss and elected to bat. Rohit Sharma, who hit two centuries in the opening Test of the three-match series, was dismissed cheaply but from thereon in, it was one-way traffic.
Mayank Agarwal, who hit a double century in the first Test, scored a hundred on Day 1 of the second Test while Cheteshwar Pujara (58) scored another gritty half-century.
Both batsmen were dismissed but Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane made sure India didn't suffer anymore setbacks on the first day.
Resuming on 273 for three, India didn't lose even a single wicket in the first session of the second day as Kohli and Rahane made merry against a hapless South African attack.
Virat Kohli's knock, though, wasn't one without chances. The Indian skipper found the going a tad bit difficult against Rabada early on Day 2 but one he settled down, the picture-perfect cover drives and flicks off the pads were on full display.
Keshav Maharaj too found the edge of Kohli's bat thrice in the span of two overs, but all three times the ball went past Faf du Plessis at first slip.
Overall, Kohli was just brilliant and peppered the boundary regularly in his superlative knock.
India finally lost a wicket on Day 2 shortly after lunch when Ajinkya Rahane was dismissed by Keshav Maharaj on 59.
Women's World Boxing Championships: Jamuna Boro Advances With Win Over Mongolia's Michidmaa Erdenedalai
Jamuna Boro (54kg) gave a flying start to India's campaign in the World Women's Boxing Championships by advancing to the pre-quarterfinals with a facile win on Friday. Boro defeated Mongolia's Michidmaa Erdenedalai 5-0, recovering from a slow start for a resounding victory. The 22-year-old, employed with Assam Rifles, has a tough one next up as she will square off against Algeria's fifth-seeded Ouidad Sfouh in the pre-quarterfinals. Sfouh had won a gold in the 2017 World Championships and was given a first-round bye here.
Boro, a debutant at the event, took her time to warm up but once she got going, the Assamese pugilist dominated Erdenedalai with her combination punches.
Her jabs connected particularly well and she also managed to not get distracted by her sprightly rival's grunting. The Indian was unstoppable in the final three minutes of the bout and thoroughly out-punched Erdenedalai.
On Saturday, former national champion Neeraj (57kg) and Saweety Boora (75kg), a ex-silver-winner at the event, will be in action for India.
While Neeraj will face China's Qiao Jieru, Saweety will face Mongolia's Myagmarjargal Munkhbat in the opening round.
The ongoing edition features 224 boxers from 57 countries.
India's best performance at the showpiece event was back in 2006 when the country won eight medals, including four gold.
India Finish Seventh In 4x400m Mixed Relay Final, Record Season Best Timing
India's mixed 4x400m relay team finished 7th in the final at the World Athletics Championships in Doha on Sunday. India's quartet finished with a season best timing of 3:15:77 above their Brazilian counterparts. India began the final from lane 8 with Muhammad Anas Yahiya taking the charge for the side. Muhammad Anas Yahiya gave India a competitive start by remaining close to his Bahrain counterpart. He then passed the baton to Vismaya and India slipped to seventh position in the race with the Polish runner taking the lead. Vismaya passed the baton to Jisna Mathew with Tom Noah finishing the race without much recovery after their slip. Meanwhile, the final exchange of baton saw the Polish team maintain their lead before Michael Cherry strode forward to take the lead and help United States clinch a gold medal with world record timing of 3:09:34.
The Indian mixed 4x400m relay team had qualified for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics on Saturday after reaching the finals. The quartet of Muhammed Anas, VK Vismaya, Jisna Mathew and Tom Nirmal Noah clocked 3 minutes 16.14 seconds to finish third in heat number 2 and book a berth in next year's Olympics.
The finalists (top 8) in relay races in the World Championships are automatic qualifiers for the Tokyo Olympics.
Steve Smith Dethrones Virat Kohli To Take Top Spot In Test Rankings
Steve Smith dethroned India captain Virat Kohli to reclaim the top spot in ICC Test rankings, released on Tuesday. Kohli was dismissed for a first-ball duck in the second innings of the final Test against the West Indies, which saw him slip to the No.2 spot. Two of the most prolific batsmen in world cricket currently, Steve Smith (904) and Virat Kohli (903) are separated by a single rating point in the latest Test rankings. However, Steve Smith will have a chance to further consolidate his lead when Australia face England in the fourth Test in Manchester, starting from September 4. Following them in the list are Kane Williamson (878), Cheteshwar Pujara (825) and Henry Nicholls (749).
Among the bowlers, Australia's Pat Cummins, who picked four wickets in the Leeds Test against England, continues to lead the rankings with 908 rating points. While premier India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah, after picking a hat-trick in the final Test against the West Indies, has climbed to the third spot with 835 rating points.
Jason Holder retained his top spot among the all-rounders with 472 rating points, followed by Ben Stokes (411) and Shakib Al Hasan (399). Among the Indian cricketers, Ravindra Jadeja is fourth in the list while Ravichandran Ashwin is seventh.
India with their comfortable 2-0 clean sweep over the West Indies in the Test series retained their summit spot among the teams, with 113 rating points. While New Zealand and South Africa are second and third in the list respectively.