Thwack! Slap! Whack!
Jaskaran Malhotra took off his helmet, lay down his bat, tightly clenched his right fist, and gazed at his teammates. “C’mon,” he shrieked, elated. The nerves in his neck flexed, and his biceps bulged through his red, blue, white jersey. He had just hammered eight boundaries, hard-to-achieve shots that earn the maximum runs obtainable per ball, to help his team secure a chance at competing in the next 50-over World Cup.
Just like that, U.S. cricket was back. Since Malhotra’s streak last November, triumphs for American cricket have been racking up: gaining One Day International (ODI) status, and thus international eligibility for the men’s team; 100% wins for the women’s team; new seasoned coaches; the best-ever