What have been the stand-out moments in world cricket for TMGA’s Head Coach, Josh Knappett
In between camps, we caught up with TMGA’s Head Coach, Josh Knappett, to chat about all things cricket, when he gave us his top five stand-out moments from world cricket in December and January…
So far the BBL has seen some outstanding individual performances during the league stages, with D’Arcy Short’s 96* from 57 balls for Hobart Hurricanes and Josh Lalor’s 5 for 26 from 4 overs for the Sydney Sixers being two of the real standout performances. My pic however is Josh Phillippe’s incredible 86* from 49 balls for the Sixers – a stunning and brutal display of batting that was simply breath-taking. Phillippe and James Vince also scored the highest second-wicket partnership in BBL scoring 167*.
What an incredible Test series we’ve just witnessed over in the Caribbean. For me, the standout performance came in the first Test, from the hosts Captain. Jason Holder. He was undoubtedly the key man, setting England a mammoth 628 run chase, thanks largely to his own score of 202 from 229 balls, including 8 maximums. This makes my top five as it clearly highlights how important it is to bat down the order and shows why Holder is regarded as one of the world’s best all-rounders of this era.
Virat Kohli has had an excellent 2018. This has been reflected in the ICC awards with the India captain winning the year's three biggest prizes: the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for cricketer of the year, the Test player of the year and the ICC men's ODI player of the year. Kohli has scored runs across all formats: 1,322 runs in 13 Tests at an average of 55.08, including five centuries, and 1,202 runs in 14 ODIs at 133.55, with six centuries. Kohli is in the form of his life right now and is showing little sign of letting that slip!
After a thrilling Test series in Australia, the ODI’s were sure to provide some brilliant displays – and it most certainly didn’t disappoint. In a closely fought series India ultimately ran out series winners, by a 2-1 margin, with MS Dhoni showing his skill as a batsman. At 37, he shows no sign of his brilliance dwindling, and his scores in the two ODI wins were vital, with 55 from 54 balls in the 2nd game and a game winning 87* to clinch the series.
My final pic brings me to the T10 Cricket League and specifically to the Northern Warriors - who thanks to the stand out efforts of two key players lifted the trophy in the competition’s second year. The T10 league format has already shown that it can offer great entertainment, which can definitely be said of both Nicholas Pooran and Hardus Viljoen. West Indian Pooran scored 324 runs with an average of more than 50, whilst South African Viljoen picked up player of the tournament award with a total 18 wickets, including figures of 3 for 6 against Maratha Arabians. His use of variations was key to him keeping his runs conceded so low.
Josh Knappett was also keen to remind all TMGA players to continue to develop their skills and enjoy their training/competitive opportunities.
He wants players to revisit their learning and recorded notes logged in their camp diaries as well as getting maximum value from the performance diary for those actively playing in games.
Sachin and Josh hope you are continuing to improve yourself as a good global citizen and they look forward to seeing you again at our next TMGA activity.