The first week of October has seen the beginning of some exciting test cricket as well as ODI cricket. India’s home series against the West Indies kicked off where India comfortably humbled the visitors by a massive margin of an innings and 272 runs. Splendid batting performances by debutant Prithvi Shaw, skipper Virat Kohli, and the reinvigorated Ravindra Jadeja ensured that India put up a mountain of runs which the Windies batsmen could not even come close to surmounting.
Over at the Dubai International Stadium, Pakistan started their home test series against Australia in a positive note by scoring well over 450 runs on the back of centuries by Mohammad Hafeez and Haris Sohail. It will be interesting to see if the visitors crumble under pressure or hold their own when batting.
The all-African three-match ODI series between South Africa and Zimbabwe concluded with a 3-0 scoreline in favour of South Africa. Although the scoreline suggests it was a one-sided affair, in reality, Zimbabwe did manage to give the Proteas a few scares at certain points during the series.
Apart from the international contests, the Indian under 19 side followed on the footsteps of their senior team’s achievement last month and lifted the Asia cup. This augurs well for the future of Indian cricket. The Royals team management had a close look at the up and coming players in the hope of picking up some promising stars of tomorrow.
During the course of the week, we saw many of our Royals put up splendid performances for their international as well as domestic teams. Let us quickly track the best Royal performances of the week.
Heinrich Klaasen Sees South Africa Home
Heinrich Klaasen has had a good tournament against the visiting Zimbabwe both behind and in front of the stumps. He once again showed his maturity while guiding his team to a victory in the third and final ODI. Chasing a score of 229 on an uncharacteristic Paarl wicket, South Africa were in a spot of bother as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Under such circumstances, they needed the calm approach of our Royals player to ensure that there was no panic at the end. His partnership with Khaya Zondo was absolutely crucial in the context of the match as losing one more wicket at that stage could have titled the match in Zimbabwe’s favour. Klaasen’s calm innings not only earned him a well-deserved man of the match award but also helped the Proteas whitewash their African neighbours.
Krishnappa Gowtham takes Himachal Down
In a crucial encounter at the on-going Vijay Hazare trophy, struggling Karnataka faced a spirited Himachal Pradesh team. Batting first the men from Karnataka put on a below-par score of 257 on the board. Hence, much depended on the famed bowling line-up of the defending champions. Krishnappa Gowtham in typical Royals fashion took the responsibility when his team was under pressure. He bowled an impressive line and length and exhibited excellent variations to come up with a match-winning performance of 4/26. He first made his presence felt with a double-wicket over, picking up the wicket of well-set Nikhil Gangta and Pankaj Jaiswal. Once he had these two wickets, Gowtham and his teammates smelled blood and became hungry for a possible win. He further went on to dismiss Ekanth Sen and Gurvinder Singh to cap off a memorable victory for Karnataka.
Valiant Lomror Plays a Lone Hand against Bengal
Mahipal Lomror has proved to be one of the batting mainstays of the Rajasthan team throughout the Vijay Hazare competition this season. Unfortunately, the lack of support from the other end has seen the team languishing at the bottom end of the points table. Nonetheless, the performance of Lomror cannot be overlooked. His grit and determination were once again evident as he played a spirited innings of 79 not out off 86 balls. All though wickets continued to fall at the other end, Lomror looked determined to take his team to victory. The never-say-die attitude showed by this teenager means that the Rajasthan Royals team has someone in their ranks who can give their all even when the team is down in the dumps.
The coming week promises lots of action as England’s tour of Sri Lanka commences. In addition to that India will also play Windies in the second test, whereas, South Africa faces Zimbabwe in T20Is and the Pakistan-Australia 1st test includes. Some of the Royal stars will be turning out for their national teams and domestic teams this coming week. We hope all of them performs well for their team. We will be back next week with all the updates. Halla Bol!