There was cheers all around the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Tuesday even though India’s centurion Shikhar Dhawan was dismissed trying to up the ante. The reason for the cheer, MS Dhoni was walking out to bat.But the cheers suddenly turned to sorrow. The reason, Dhoni walked back to the pavilion and that too for a duck.In India’s 2018 Asia Cup opener against Hong Kong, Dhoni tried to force the issue as he came down the track but was deceived. He ended up getting a faint edge as the Hong Kong keeper took a sharp catch to send back the former India captain.The perpetrator (read bowler) was Ehsan Khan, a Pakistan-born 33-year-old off-spinner.Earlier in the match he had dismissed Rohit Sharma, who is leading Team India in the tournament after regular captain Virat Kohli opted to take a break. Ehsan Khan reacts after getting the wicket of MS Dhoni (AP Photo)So who is Ehsan Khan?Playing just his 15th one-day international, Ehsan made his first-class cricket debut against Ireland in the 201517 ICC Intercontinental Cup, and played his first ODI against Scotland – where he took 2/28. His best performance tough came against Afghanistan as he took 4 wickets for just 33 earlier this year in the ICC Cricket World Cup Qualifier at Bulawayo.After that performance Ehsan, named the match of the match, had said that Hong Kong “showed we can beat any team”. After the end of the qualifiers, though Hing Kong failed, Ehsan was named the ‘rising star’ of his team by ICC.advertisementHe has taken a total of 47 first class wicket from 22 matches and 11 wickets from 4 List-A games. In T20Is, Ehsan has a total of 6 wickets from 4 matches since making his debut against Ireland in 2016. Apart from the Hong Kong national team, Ehsan has played for Diasqua Little Sai Wan Cricket Club in Hong Kong and also for Rawalpindi in Pakistan.In Hong Kong’s first match of the Asia Cup, Ehsan had dismissed Fakhar Zaman and Babar Azam, finshing the game with figures of 2/34.India went from 240/2 in 40 overs to 285/7, despite Dhawan scoring his 14th ODI ton as the other middle-order faltered once again, thanks to some clever bowling by the Hong Kong spinners.As for Dhoni, the frowns on the World Cup-winning captain’s brow must be growing especially given his recent slump in form.His strike rate in the recent tour of England had brought a lot of criticism, and doubts being raised over his finishing abilities during the limited-overs series.Dhoni’s slow batting led to boos from the stands in Lord’s as India failed to chase down England’s set target of 323 in the second ODI.Though the world stands divided on questions of Dhoni’s participation in the 50-over World Cup in 2019, the answer might just have to wait for the time now.
In line with Touch Football Australia’s direction to assist in the International Development of the Sport, National Coaching Director Dennis Coffey has returned from a development tour of Europe. Whilst in Europe, DC as he is commonly known, conducted a number of coaching courses in Germany, France, England and Scotland, with participants from these nations and also Belgium, Ireland, Wales, and Guernsey, training and accrediting over 100 new coaches. Participants included the likes of current Elite players and Presidents of the National Associtations. The courses will greatly assist in the development of coaches in these European Countries, which will further lead to the development of skills and the game overall.