Ajinkya Rahane gets grand welcome in Mumbai after returning from Australia

Tanya Simon
January 22, 2021

"Australians don't like to lose and the knives will be out for a few members of that team after this defeat", Pietersen wrote in his blog for Betway.

Given England's form in Sri Lanka so far, the imminent series against India should be absorbing and thrilling: but Buttler is going to play in the IPL, and so it appears that an initial plan to rest him for two of the four Tests has now been expanded to three, which is much to England's disadvantage. Whatever team management decides, I will do just that.

He said Rahane told the umpires to take action over the abuse.

He did, and played a key role in India's historic series win, taking 13 wickets - the most by an Indian bowler - in three Tests, including a five-wicket haul in the fourth and final game in Brisbane.

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At age 43, he was the second-oldest green jacket victor , three years younger than Jack Nicklaus when he won the 1986 Masters. The 15-time major victor is expected to make a "full recovery" - after an operation to remove a pressurised disc fragment.

India fast bowler Mohammed Siraj went to his father's grave first thing after landing in Hyderabad, his home town, as he returned from India's tour of Australia.

The 36-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman has led the test side since Steve Smith was sacked in the wake of the 2018 Newlands ball-tampering scandal and has said he would like to return to South Africa as captain next month.

The country's news anchors were soon joined by the former Pakistani cricketers who took to the microblogging site Twitter to express their feelings upon witnessing one of the greatest games of Test cricket in history. But I got Smith out, it helped our team and I got a bit relaxed. "But I know his blessings were with me and I am speechless after my performance", Siraj had said. "I was mentally very disturbed when I heard about my father's demise". I bowled a bad spell in the fourth Test, Bumrah bhai told me not to focus on that and be prepared for the next spell. But there could be downside to all this - screws may get turned on Virat Kohli ("India hailed as "Immortals", Oz under fire after loss; ex-Pakistani players praise Men in Blue", Jan. 21, Gulf Today). I did not think that I was playing for India as it would have bought different pressure. Ajju (Rahane) bhai always trusted youngsters, gave confidence to us, which is needed for a youngster. "I tried hard but I couldn't find a single Rahane move which could be questioned by armchair critics like me", he writes. "I thank them too for all their good wishes", Siraj added. "It has been a long time since I tasted Hyderabadi biryani".

The selectors are presented with this problem by a board that wants a finger in every pie on the worldwide front - T20, ODI and Tests - and picks from very much the same pool of players for them. He had made his way into the side as spearhead Mohammed Shami got injured in the first Test at Adelaide.

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