Nita Ambani’s appointment a well deserved one: Gavaskar

Even as the Indian contingent at the Rio Olympics is finding the going tough, the one piece of good news that came out was the election of Mrs. Nita Ambani to the IOC Board.

It is a well deserved appointment as Mrs Ambani has shown by her leadership of the Mumbai Indians franchise as also the ISL which has given Indian football a shot in the arm or should I say a shot in the legs.

With more youngsters following football now than other sports there is a huge opportunity for Indian football with the participation of some big names from the international arena as players and coaches in the ISL to take giant strides and be one of the competitive teams in world football.

The Indian cricket team may have missed out on going 2-0 up after the terrific fightback by the West Indians in the Kingston Test but they continue to do well in the West Indies.

In the third Test despite their top order being dismissed quite cheaply Ravi Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha batted really well with great determination and good cricket sense to take India to more than respectable score. With the rains interfering and washing out the entire third day’s play a draw is most likely result and so the last Test in Port of Spain, Trinidad is the home team’s last chance to salvage the series with a win.

In Sri Lanka the Australians are having a miserable time as the spinners are making life tough for them. If it was Rangana Herath in the first Test, it was off-spinner Perera who took ten wickets in the Test to win the game for Sri Lanka. In Zimbabwe the New Zealanders were just too strong for the home team and won both Tests but it’s good to see the Zimbabweans playing Test cricket and not just focussing on limited overs cricket.

In England, Pakistan’s proclivity to collapse means even though they get good totals in the first innings they can just fold up in the second and hand over the match on a platter to the hosts. How they could have done with a batsman of the class of Hanif Mohammad who sadly passed away a few days back.

Hanif Saab was just the kind of batsman who could hold an innings together at the top which is what Pakistan is lacking at the moment.

Despite losing both the Test matches so far Australia will be pleased with the way Mitchell Starc is coming back from an injury has taken over as the leader of their new ball attack. His 11 wicket haul in the second Test makes him the CEAT International Cricketer of the Week.

Source: PMG




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