Cricket News Today: KL Rahul creates impressive records, Kings XI Punjab's Ravi Bishnoi charged by ICC and more - 11th February 2020

Aakash Arya

KL Rahul

Hello and welcome to the daily round-up of all the major stories happening in the cricketing world today.

First up is KL Rahul's impressive record in final ODI, followed by Indian U-19 cricketers getting charged by ICC. David Warner has hinted at T20I retirement and lastly, England coach thinking of reducing Jofra Archer's workload.

Here is a look at those stories in detail.

#1 KL Rahul creates record with another ton

KL Rahul

KL Rahul became the first Indian to score a century coming down at number five or below against New Zealand after his impressive ton in the final ODI at Bay Oval. MS Dhoni was the last person to score a century coming lower down the order against England in 2017.

Rahul also surpassed Virat Kohli to take the second spot in an elite list of players having reached the three-figure mark four times in 31 innings. Kohli took 36 innings to achieve this feat while Dhawan leads the list having scored four tons in only 24 innings.

Rahul scored a brilliant 112 runs off 113 runs, hitting nine fours and two sixes but ended on the losing side eventually.

Full article: NZ vs IND 2020: KL Rahul smashes century in third ODI; creates impressive record

#2 Ravi Bishnoi and Akash Singh charged by ICC

Ravi Bishnoi was the highest wicket-taker of the 2020 U-19 World Cup

Md. Towhid Hridoy, Shamim Hossain, Rakibul Hasan, Akash Singh, and Ravi Bishnoi were players who were charged by the ICC for breaching Article 2.21 of ICC's code of conduct after the infamous brawl post-Bangladesh's maiden U-19 WC triumph against India.

Suspension points were handed to each player, with Ravi Bishnoi getting further charged for breaking Article 2.5 for an altercation with Avishek Das during the proceedings of the match.

ICC General Manager of Cricket, Geoff Allardice said:

“The match was hard fought, as you would expect in an ICC U19 Cricket World Cup Final, but the elation and disappointment experienced by some players after the game spilled over into unedifying scenes that have no place in our sport. Respect is at the very heart of the spirit of cricket, and players are expected to show self-discipline, congratulate the opposition on their successes and enjoy the success of their own team."

"It is disappointing that Code of Conduct charges needed to be laid after such a closely contested match, but it is important to reinforce the standard of behavior that will be expected of these young players should they transition to senior international cricket.”

Full article: 2020 U-19 World Cup Final: Ravi Bishnoi and Akash Singh among five players to be charged by ICC following infamous brawl 

#3 David Warner hints at T20 retirement

David Warner hinted that he could bid farewell to T20 cricket in a few years to focus on other formats.

Explosive Australian opener David Warner has hinted at possible T20I retirement in the coming years to focus on ODI and Test cricket and also enjoy more family time.

Warner, who received the Allan Border Medal for being Australia's Cricketer of the Year in 2019, also took away the T20I player of the year after outperforming his peers throughout the year. He also stated that he keeps in constant touch with AB de Villiers and Virender Sehwag to understand the dynamics of balancing cricket and life simultaneously.

"That's probably a format that could be one I drop in a few years. It's going to be very difficult to play all three forms - and good luck to all the guys that want to keep playing - it's challenging."

"I speak to guys like  AB de VilliersVirender Sehwag, guys who have done that for a long time, it does become challenging. Having three young kids and my wife at home all the time, the constant travelling becomes very difficult." 

Full article: David Warner hints at T20 retirement in few years to prolong career in other formats

#4 Silverwood reveals England looking to ease Archer's workload

England paceman Jofra Archer (left) and head coach Chris Silverwood

After suffering from a string of injuries including a low-grade stress fracture in his right elbow, Jofra Archer's workload may well be toned down according to head coach Chris Silverwood.

Archer has been sidelined from the full tour of Sri Lanka as well as IPL 2020 and Silverwood wants Archer to be used judiciously and in small spells to increase the pacer's efficiency. Archer bowled more overs than any other English bowler in 2019 and if given an option, Silverwood would swap that any day.

He accepted that being a fast bowler in all three formats is tough work and therefore bowlers like Archer need to be handled with utmost care.

"Things like [bowling 40 overs in an innings] we have to look at... But sometimes, when needs must, you've got to do it."

"We managed Mark Wood through both the Test matches he's played here and he's bowled in short, sharp spells. Would we look to do that now with Jof? Yes, we probably would."

"Not really. It's just a case of: his injury occurred, the first scan didn't show us where it was, the second has. We can now put a plan in place and get him going for our summer."

"Being a fast bowler is hard work. It is hard work. Ask Jimmy [Anderson], ask [Stuart] Broad, ask any of them. Being a fast bowler is hard work. It's just how it is."

"We can't turn the clock back, all we can do is look to the future and say, 'Well, how are we going to do it from now on?'"

Full article: England may look at easing Archer workload - Silverwood