Firstpost Spodcast Episode 111: Mark Taylor's comments on Virat Kohli, Mumbai's draw against Saurashtra and more
In today's podcast, we discuss Mark Taylor's comments on Indian captain Virat Kohli, Mumbai's exciting draw against Saurashtra in the Ranji Trophy and more.
The criticism against the on-field conduct of Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli seems to have no end. The latest to join the chorus trying to shame Kohli is former Australian captain Mark Taylor.
Taylor appreciated Kohli's off-the-field conduct in one of their encounters but felt the Indian captain's confrontational approach on the field was something "the game does not need."
However, speaking about Kohli's aggression on the field, Taylor said, "He is an outstanding batsman but also hard-nosed and confrontational. I would not be surprised if most Australians mainly see him as the latter, which is unfortunate. While he generally captains the side well, the way he behaves at times does not do himself or his team any good. His goading of Tim Paine into a confrontation in Perth worried me. He was trying to elicit a reaction from Paine: 'Where are you at, mate? Are you prepared to take me on?' That's exactly what the game does not need. Cricket is a game about bat versus ball with a bit of theatre when required."
An all-round good performance by Bihar saw them win big over Nagaland while former Ranji champions Mumbai played out an exciting draw against Saurashtra at the Wankhede Stadium.
Bihar's left-arm spinner Ashutosh Aman picked up 12 wickets against Nagaland to help his side win by a huge 273 runs. It was Bihar's fourth win in six matches. They now have 27 points, which leaves them just 10 points behind leaders Uttarakhand.
Meanwhile, in Mumbai, the home team was involved in an exciting draw with Saurashtra. Four balls into the final over of the match, with Saurashtra requiring 19 runs for a famous win, the match was called off as a draw.
Hyderabad Hunters defeated the Chennai Smashers 5-0 on Tuesday.
The South Korean pair of Kim Sa Rang and Eom Hye Won beat Chris Adcock and Gabby Adcock 14-15, 15-13, 15-14 to seal a convincing victory for Hyderabad. The only respite for Chennai was in the women's singles match where Ji Hyun Sung defeated Olympic and World Championship silver medalist PV Sindhu 15-13, 14-15, 15-7.
The sixth season of the Pro Kabaddi League is in its 12th and final leg, which ends on Thursday. Bengal Warriors continued their unbeaten streak at home as they defeated Telugu Titans 39-34 on Tuesday, while the Tamil Thalaivas and Haryana Steelers played out a thrilling 40-40 tie.
Maninder Singh scored 12 raid points for Bengal Warriors, which made him the fastest man to reach 500 points in the Pro Kabaddi League — he achieved the milestone in just 56 matches.
Bengal Warriors, who have already qualified for the playoffs, ensured that Telugu Titans ended their campaign with a defeat.
The other match between Tamil Thalaivas and Haryana Steelers ended in a tie as Haryana scored two crucial points in the last minute. Monu Goyat and Ajay Thakur top-scored for Haryana and Thalaivas respectively, with 17 points each. The 40-40 tie meant that both teams finished bottom of the table in their respective zones.
Third seed Sindhu, the reigning world champion, had to toil hard to get the better of Yujin 14-21, 21-19, 21-14 in the quarter-final that lasted an hour and six minutes.
Sindhu, who is one of the nine candidates nominated for the six positions, will be contesting the election during the World Championships in Spain on 17 December
With the win the two-time Olympic medallist Sindhu extended her dominating head-to-head record against the Turkish shuttler to 4-0