Before the start of the third Test between India and England at Motera Stadium, there is a lot of talk about Ishant Sharma playing his 100th Test. Also there is a chance for skipper Virat Kohli to become the most successful skipper for India in Tests, at home. But the latter has made it clear, that these numbers don’t hold a great value as an individual, and his responsibility is only to keep the team on top. He also made it clear that MS Dhoni was his skipper and learnt a lot from him, and share a great camaraderie with him, so there is no comparison at all.
“Records as a captain mean nothing me or any other player. It is a responsibility given to me and I’m trying to do my best. This has always been the case, and will remain the same, as long as I play the game. These are fickle things which look great from outside, doesn’t matter to me as an individual,” Kohli said at the pre-match conference.
We (MS Dhoni) share great camaraderie, and mutual respect is something you hold very dear to your heart. It is alwatys more important than these milestones. I have a responsibility to keep Team India on top, and same applies to someone who takes over after me.”
Talking about the prospect of making it to the World Test Championship final, Kohli stressed that they would be looking to win both the Tests, but for now are only focussed on the next match.
“You don’t play for those reasons. We are looking to win both games, and not win this one and draw next. There is no point running too far ahead into the future. Let other people think about the what ifs.
Skipper Prithvi Shaw Slams Double Ton, Mumbai Post Highest Total in Vijay Hazare Trophy History
Mumbai skipper Prithvi Shaw slammed 227 not out off 152 balls helping Mumbai to a mammoth 457/4 against Puducherry at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur in Elite Group D match of the 2021 Vijay Hazare Trophy. Shaw registered the highest individual score in the tournament, surpassing Sanju Samson’s 2021 in 2019 against Goa. This is Shaw’s maiden List A double ton, that came off just 142 balls. In the process, he helped Mumbai register the highest team total in the tournament’s history. Wicketkeeper-batsman Aditya Tare made 56 off 64 while Suryakumar Yadav blazed to 133 off just 58 balls, hitting 22 fours and four sixes.
Shaw’s innings comprised five sixes and 31 fours, while for Puducherry, Pankaj Singh (7-0-79-2), Santha Moorthy (9-0-92-0), and Sagar Trivedi (9-0-99-1) were taken apart. Last week, Jharkhand had posted 422/9 vs Madhya Pradesh, which was the highest team total of the tournament history, until today. The previous best team score was 412/6 registered by Madhya Pradesh against Railways way back in 2010. Ishan Kishan had scored 173 runs in just 94 balls with the help of 11 sixes in the Elite Group B match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy on Saturday.
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