Michael Holding, who was part of the Sky Sports commentary panel for more over two decades, has decided to call time on his career with the mike. Holding’s strong voice and sharp analysis on cricket won him many more admirers in life after retirement.
Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane (61) and Cheteshwar Pujara (45) added a crucial 100 runs for the fourth wicket on Day 4 of the Lord’s Test against England. However, both fell before the close of play as the hosts seized back the advantage. India ended the day on 181 for 6, with a lead of only 154 runs. Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant (14 off 29) and Ishant Sharma (4 off 10) were at the crease for India at stumps.
West Indian legend Michael Holding has showered praises on recently-retired Indian cricketer MS Dhoni, terming him a wonderful captain and wicket-keeper batsman. Holding, who is renowned among the greatest fast bowlers of all time, stated that Dhoni’s words of wisdom had the power to change the context of a match.
England medium-pacer Stuart Broad has described crossing the 500-Test wicket milestone as an amazing feeling. Broad dismissed West Indies opener Kraigg Brathwaite in the third Test as England came back from a 0-1 deficit to claim the series 2-1. In an amazing co-incidence, James Anderson had also got rid of Brathwaite three years ago to reach 500 wickets in Tests.
With the series tied at 1-1, West Indies will lock horns with England for the 3rd test starting on the 24th June in order to push for a series win. While West Indies won a thriller in the first test, England came back strongly in the second test to level the series.
England paceman Jofra Archer's breach of the bio-secure protocols in place for cricketers owing to COVID-19 could not only have been disastrous, but could also have cost the England and Wales Cricket Board tens of millions of pounds, ECB director of cricket Ashley Giles agreed.
So cricket resumed after 3 months, and we couldn’t have asked for a better return. An enthralling game of cricket, where we did not know who the winner, even in the last session of day 5. It’s games like these which prove that test match cricket is still the best format of the game. West Indies came to this match as the underdogs, as England are nearly invincible at home. Especially when a bowling attack comprises of players like Anderson, Archer, Wood and if someone like Broad can’t even find a place in it, then you know it’s a serious bowling line up.
International cricket will resume with England taking on West Indies in the first Test of a three-match series at Southampton on Wednesday. The hosts will be led by Ben Stokes in the absence of regular skipper Joe Root. More significantly, the match will be played in a bio-secure environment, without crowds, in the wake of Coronavirus wreaking havoc all over the world.