Asia Cup in focus as we look at the weekly cricket news round-up for Week 4 of August 2022 by Cric8fanatic.
This week’s cricket news roundup brings some exciting news and stats from Asia Cup 2022, IPL 2023, India vs Zimbabwe, and many more. So, let’s get to it.
#1: India Whitewash Zimbabwe for 5th Time in ODIs
Team India on Monday, August 22nd completed their 5th ODI series whitewash against Zimbabwe. Having won the first two ODIs batting second, the third ODI saw Team India win a close encounter while defending a modest total. With a 3-0 series win, KL Rahul registered his first ODI series win as Captain.
#2: Shubman Gill wins Successive Player of the Series Award
Ever since his return to the ODI side, Shubman Gill seems to be on a roll. Having won the Player of the Series award in the West Indies ODI series, he won the Player of the Series award for the Zimbabwe series too. Shubman Gill had scored 205 runs in the West Indies series. He bettered that against Zimbabwe by scoring 245 runs at an average of 122.5.
#3: Rahul Dravid Tests Positive for COVID, but Recovers in Time
In an unfortunate scene of circumstances, Team India’s Head Coach, Rahul Dravid had tested positive ahead of his departure to UAE for Asia Cup 2022. In his absence, VVS Laxman was named as the Interim Coach. Thankfully, Rahul Dravid recovered in time, and joined the team ahead of the India vs Pakistan clash.
#4:BCCI Announce India A Squad for New Zealand 4-day Test Series
BCCI on Tuesday announced the official squad for India A for the three 4-day series vs New Zealand A. Priyank Panchal shall lead the squad, which has 16 members. Here’s the official squad for India A.
Batters: Abhimanyu Easwaran, Priyank Panchal (C), Rajat Patidar, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Sarfaraz Khan, Tilak Varma
WKs: KS Bharat (WK) & Upendra Yadav (WK)
All-rounders: Saurabh Kumar
Bowlers: Arzan Nagwaswalla, Kuldeep Yadav, Mukesh Kumar, Prasidh Krishna, Rahul Chahar, Umran Malik & Yash Dayal
#5: Punjab Kings Part Ways with Head Coach Anil Kumble
The IPL 2023 sees some shocking news even before the tournament officially begins. After having served as the head Coach for the last three seasons, Punjab Kings decided to part ways with Anil Kumble. PBKS had finished at 6th position in all three seasons under Kumble. Meanwhile, the new coach announcement is yet to be made.
#6: India begin their Asia Cup 2022 Campaign with a Thrilling win against Pakistan
From losing by 10 wickets to Pakistan in their last encounter in the T20 World Cup 2021 to taking all 10 wickets of Pakistan, life comes in full circle for Team India. It’s a great beginning to the Asia Cup 2022 for Team India as they defeat Pakistan by 5 wickets. Hardik Pandya was the star of the match for his spell of 3/25 and a key knock of 33*(17).
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