— Agarwal 2nd Indian opener to hit tons in consecutive Tests vs SA —
Mayank Agarwal has become the second Indian opener after Virender Sehwag to slam hundreds in consecutive Tests against South Africa. The 28-year-old, who had slammed 215 runs in the first Test at Visakhapatnam, reached the three-figure mark off 183 deliveries in the Pune Test today. Sehwag had slammed two tons in consecutive Tests against South Africa in 2010.
— Osaka giving up US citizenship to play for Japan in 2020 Olympics: Reports —
Two-time Grand Slam champion Naomi Osaka will be giving up her US citizenship to play for Japan in the 2020 Olympics, Japanese media said on Thursday. The 21-year-old, born in Japan to a Haitian father and Japanese mother but raised in the US, told Japanese public broadcaster it will be special for her to represent host Japan at Tokyo Games.
— Ramiz asks translator to translate SL player’s Yes to English, video viral —
A video of commentator Ramiz Raja asking translator to translate Sri Lankan leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga’s ‘Yes’ to English during post-match presentation after third Pakistan-SL T20I went viral. In the video, Raja asks Hasaranga, “Is this the best you’ve ever bowled?” to which Hasaranga responds, “Yes.” Raja then points the mic towards the translator, who says, “Yeah…he says…it’s the best.”
— Kohli becomes 2nd player in history to lead India in 50 Test matches —
Virat Kohli has become only the second player after Mahendra Singh Dhoni to lead Team India in 50 Test matches. The 30-year-old achieved the feat after leading his side out against South Africa in the second Test against South Africa in Pune on Thursday. Kohli overtook former India captain Sourav Ganguly, who had led India in 49 Tests.
— Kohli breaks Sachin’s record as India end Day 1 of 2nd Test vs SA at 273/3 —
India ended the first day of the second Test against South Africa in Pune at 273/3. Opener Mayank Agarwal slammed his second century of the series, while Cheteshwar Pujara brought up his 22nd Test fifty. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli, who is unbeaten on 63, broke Sachin Tendulkar’s record (553 runs) for scoring most Test runs against South Africa as India captain.