From broken records to broken hearts, world cricket witnesses roller coaster ride
The cricket world is witnessing shining time with the onset of various tournaments. On September 20, something exceptional happened in Vitality T20 Blast match where Hampshire’s Shaheen Afridi took four wickets in four balls. Shaheen Afridi’s career-best figures of 6/19 in the match led Hampshire win over Middlesex by 20 runs. Middlesex was chasing 141 runs in 20 overs wherein Shaheen Afridi came to ball in 18th over and took 4 wickets in four balls by registering their win and bundling out Middlesex for 121 runs.
The other exceptional innings were then seen in 6th match of Dream 11 IPL 2020 going on in UAE. In the match between KL Rahul led team KXIP and Virat Kohli led team RCB, KXIP registered a massive win with the splendid contribution from KL Rahul. KL played a captain knock by scoring 132*. He played magnificent innings showing his class, dedication and skills. RCB’s captain had a couple of chances to send KL Rahul to the pavilion but Kohli dropped two important catches which then led KL go on and on. KL Rahul’s century becomes the first century of IPL 2020 and with this, he also breaks Sachin Tendulkar’s record as well. KL Rahul is now the fastest Indian Batsman to score 2000 runs in IPL in just 60 innings. Earlier, this record was in name of Sachin Tendulkar where he made 2000 runs in IPL in 63 innings. Taking into consideration all Indian and foreign players, KL Rahul is now the 3rd fastest batsmen in IPL to score 2000 runs. Ahead of him, Chris Gayle is on first position with fastest 2000 runs in 48 innings and Shaun Marsh is on second position with 2000 runs from 52 innings. From the first IPL 2020 century to super over, IPL is going on with great thrill and entertainment which assures to provide more of it in coming days.
On one end where new records were being made on the other side, a void got created in the world of cricket. Dean Jones, one of the commentators in the commentary panel for IPL’s 13th edition died in a Mumbai hotel after suffering from a cardiac arrest. Dean Jones was former Australian cricketer, coach and an ace commentator. He was being heard with his classic observations and commentary in the ongoing IPL for Star Network one day before his death and then the news of his demise completely shook the cricket world. Dean Jones famously knows as “Professor Deano” had played 52 Tests and 164 ODIs for Australia team and has been a great coach of all times. He coached Islamabad United in PSL (Pakistan Super League) as head coach and then in November 2019 he became head coach of PSL team Karachi Kings. Dean’s demise has left the entire cricket community in shock and grief.