Chasing the Rajasthan Royal’s demanding 183, yesterday (Cricinfo match report here), the Kings XI Punjab got off to a good start through their international openers Ravi Bopara and Kumar Sangakkara.
When on the last ball of the third over Sangakkara was out cutting high to third man to take the score to 41 – 1, Mavinder Bisla walked to the wicket. The batsmen had crossed and Bisla prepared to face the first ball of the fourth over to be bowled by Munaf Patel.
Blocking the first ball, Bisla proceeded to tear into Patel, taking 18 off the remaining five balls with beautifully executed and aggressive shots to all parts of the ground. FOUR lofted over midwicket, SIX straight back over the bowler’s head, dot ball, FOUR cramped for room but still able to punch the ball off the back foot through extra cover, FOUR stepping out and lofting the bowler over wide mid-on.
Cricinfo tells us that Bisla aged 25 has played just 35 first class matches averaging just short of thirty runs, 29 List A, averaging 21 and 15 T20s averaging 25. Oh, and he keeps wicket.
In the next over he faced Warne; DOT, WIDE, FOUR square on the on side, SIX straight into the sightscreen, ONE pushed down to long off. Two overs later Warne, who seems to be dying his teeth now as well as his hair, has him caught slog-sweeping to cow corner from wide outside off stump for 35 off 18 balls (4×4 2×6) with a strike rate of 194.44.
Bisla, so Third Man learns, earlier caught everyone’s attention when ‘blazing’ 75 against Bangalore. One shot here
Australia revolutionised the approach to cricket development by introducing its Academy. Has India taken the next step? By bringing world class players to their country and putting their own players along side them in the same dressing rooms or in competition against them in high pressure situations are they preparing the next generation of their Test stars?
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UPDATE: In this morning’s match between Delhi and Bangalore, the Daredevil’s No 5, KM Jadhav, helped set a matching winning total with a contribution of 50 not out. Cricinfo shows Jadhav as 25 tomorrow with just 19 first class appearances, 13 List A and 9 T20