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Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya gain big in ICC Men's T20I Player Rankings after series victory over New Zealand
Gill's 126 not out off 63 balls in the series decider at Ahmedabad that contributed to India's huge 168-run victory and helped seal the series 2-1, lifted him by an incredible 168 places in the rankings to be at 30th position. Gill, who has now slammed centuries in all three formats of the game, is ranked sixth in ODIs and 62nd in Tests.
Shubman Gill, Siraj in shortlist for Men's Player of the Month for January 2023
The ICC Player of the Month awards celebrate the outstanding cricketers on the international stage from the previous calendar month, and the lineups for January 2023 feature a blend of established international performers and exciting new talent hoping to claim the awards.
'I'II show them who I am', Sarfaraz Khan recalls how he fought back for his place in team
Sarfaraz also recalled how he waited for his opportunity and then responded with a triple hundred when he got the chance to bat for Mumbai in the Ranji Trophy. Though the Mumbai batter did not say so, his recalling of the incident indicates how he plans to continue working hard and wait for the opportunity to show his capabilities.
If Ashwin is on fire in both departments, might well decide outcome of the series: Ravi Shastri
At the same time, Shastri cautioned Ashwin about overthinking his plans while bowling to the Australian batters. With Ashwin, who's picked 89 wickets against Australia in Tests apart from making 457 runs against them, looming as a large threat, the visitors' had been practising in Alur against Baroda off-spinner Mahesh Pithiya, who has an eerie resemblance to the bowling action of Ashwin.
Kuldeep Yadav 2.0 could be India's X-factor against Australia
But a much improved and confident version of the left-arm wrist spinner with his mojo back is now ready to become India's trump card and X-factor against Australia in the Border-Gavaskar Test series starting February 9. After a five-wicket haul in Sydney in 2019, then head coach Ravi Shastri had termed Kuldeep as India's No. 1 spinner in overseas conditions, but it didn't translate in him getting regular chances.
Team India dogged by top-order worries, absence of Rishabh Pant and Jasprit Bumrah
We take a look at the strengths and weaknesses of the Indian team ahead of a marquee Test series: Strengths :Experienced bowlers: When one matches the bowling attacks of Australia and India, then the hosts' bowling attack having an upper hand over the visitors' can be felt, especially when it comes to playing at home.
Virat Kohli can try and be a little more aggressive against spinners: Irfan Pathan
Though Kohli has returned to form in white-ball cricket, he still hasn't got his mojo back in Test cricket, with his shortcomings against the spinners seen during the series against Bangladesh in December 2022 as well as in the home series against Sri Lanka earlier in the year.
Good form augurs well for India ahead of World Cup, but have to be careful against fatigue
In ODIs against Sri Lanka and New Zealand, India were able to register identical 3-0 sweeps, despite some situations where it felt like the match was out of their grasp, they maintained their stronghold on visiting teams in their own backyard. The batters, including captain Rohit Sharma, have been able to get big runs, while the bowlers, led by Mohammed Siraj and Kuldeep Yadav, were amongst the wickets and bowled decisive spells.
Mohammed Siraj becomes the new number one bowler in ICC Men's ODI Rankings
It's a remarkable rise for Siraj, who only returned to India's ODI setup in February last year following a three-year hiatus from the format and was even named in Men's ODI Team of the Year for 2022 on Tuesday. Siraj's rise to the top is more astonishing considering that he conceded 76 runs on his ODI debut against Australia in Adelaide in January 2019.
India batter Suryakumar Yadav wins ICC Men's T20I Cricketer of the Year 2022 award
"If I had to pick one knock which was very special to me, was the first hundred for my country (against England in the third T20I at Nottingham) because the first hundred is always special. Hopefully, many more knocks to come," Suryakumar Yadav said on receiving the award.