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Five Flawed Genius of Cricket
Five Flawed Genius of Cricket

Five Flawed Genius of Cricket

The game of cricket had some flawless genius till now. Today we have a look at few of the flawed genius who used to get equal praise and criticism during their playing days:

Five Flawed Genius of Cricket



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Misbah-ul-Haq. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Misbah-Ul-Haq is one of the flawless geniuses of the game currently playing the game. Days when he was criticised for loss in the T20 world cup 2007, are still fresh in our mind. Same scenes were seen aftermath the semi-final of world cup 2011 as he was again the culprit for the loss but still, he is one the loved cricketers in the country.

Overwhelming response and support to his push up act were enough to tell that people still love him so much. He is the person who is blamed for two world cup losses but still is loved by the fans. He is also one of the successful captains for Pakistan team and sometimes people often compare him to Imran Khan as he is always the person who comes to rescue at difficult situations.

He understands the situation completely and then takes preventive measures. Due to this quality, he is a loved cricketer. Misbah is the perfect example of flawless cricketers.

The Hit And Flop Set Of Brothers In Cricket
The Hit And Flop Set Of Brothers In Cricket

The Hit And Flop Set Of Brothers In Cricket

Today, we will talk about the brothers in cricket and will have a look at few set of brothers out of whom one tasted success at an international level whereas the other could not match the shoes of the first one.

The Hit And Flop Set Of Brothers In Cricket

Pathan Brothers

The Hit And Flop Set Of Brothers In Cricket

The brothers and all rounder’s Irfan Pathan and Yusuf Pathan both played international cricket for the Indian cricket team. Irfan, the youngest one played for the country in all three formats of the game whereas Yusuf presence was just limited to the limited-overs cricket. Irfan was younger than Yusuf but still, he went to represent the country much earlier than him. He made his debut in the year 2003. Yusuf came to international arena five years later i.e. in the year 2007.

It can be fairly said that Irfan is more successful of the two brothers considering the fact that he played longer than Yusuf. His batting average is more than that of Yusuf in T20Is. Also, he has 63 ODI’s more than Yusuf.

Though Yusuf was a part of world cup winning team in 2011 he played a minimal role in the success of Indian team whereas Irfan played a crucial role in team India’s win in T20 world cup 2007. Now both the brothers are playing domestic cricket in a hope that they will get a call for the Indian team but now it seems to be a difficult one. In the end, it can be said that Irfan is much more successful and hit than his elder brother Yusuf Pathan.

5 Unknown Stories From Indian Dressing Room

5 Unknown Stories From Indian Dressing Room

5 Unknown Stories From Indian Dressing Room. We have always heard a few interesting instances from the Indian dressing room. The Indian dressing room has always been famous for a few popular instances as Indian player’s shares a healthy relationship among them. From Sachin-Ganguly to Yuvraj-Bhajji all share a healthy relationship among them. But still, there are some unknown stories that fans may not know. Let’s get you across among those instances-

5 Unknown Stories From Indian Dressing Room

1. When John Wright grabbed Virender Sehwag’s collar- Virender Sehwag is always famous for getting dismissed playing loose shots. In one of the incident, he got himself out playing a ridiculous shot in 2002 Natwest Trophy against England. John Wright, the coach of the Indian team at that time decided to confront Sehwag to warn him to stop playing these silly shots.

John-Wright-Virender Sehwag, 5 Unknown Stories From Indian Dressing Room
John-Wright-Virender Sehwag. Image Credits: Twitter

When Sehwag returned to the dressing room, John grabbed Sehwag’s collar and shook him and warned him that he should stop playing these silly shots. This news also sparked controversy as media reported that Ganguly asked for a written apology from Wright whereas Ganguly cleared the air by saying that he never asked for an apology.

5 Biggest Fights In India vs Pakistan Contests

5 Biggest Fights In India vs Pakistan Contests

5 Biggest Fights In India vs Pakistan Contests. So the biggest stage is set and Eden garden is geared up to experience an epic clash between the arch-rivals India and Pakistan. Both the teams are sweating it out hard to seal a victory here at any cost.

For Indians, the aim would be to win the game and keep their hopes alive in the tournament. Also, with this win, the Indian team will continue their winning streak against Pakistan in World Cup. And for Pakistani team, it is a golden opportunity to steal a win here against the low in the confidence Indian team. They will look to continue their form and will try their level best to put a brake on the on their losing streak.

We have to wait till tomorrow to see that which team will emerge as the winner but for now, let’s have a look at biggest fights between the two teams on the cricket field-

5 Biggest Fights In India vs Pakistan Contests

Kiran More and Javed Miandad- In a world cup match between the two teams More was continuously poking Miandad from behind the stumps. Javed was distracted by this. He was too frustrated and angry that he stopped the bowler and straightway turned to his back and had a war of words with More. He also complained to the umpire and got ready to play next bowl.

5 Biggest Fights In India vs Pakistan Contests

He played the next bowl and after that what happened left many stunned. Miandad after playing the bowl went back to the crease and jumped like a monkey twice. This scene left many stunned and also commentators were too surprised by this act from Miandad. Till now that two jumps from Miandad are an unsolved mystery that why he jumped like that twice.

Sanjay Manjrekar
Sanjay Manjrekar (Credits: Twitter)

BCCI Axes Sanjay Manjrekar From Commentary Panel: Report

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) finally seems to have taken note of controversial comments made by Sanay Manjrekar during the 2019/20 season by dropping him from the commentary panel. As per Mumbai Mirror, the former India batsman has been axed from the panel and he didn’t travel to Dharamsala for the opening ODI against South Africa. His fellow commentators were in town and also did pre-match shows.

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The update doesn’t come as a big surprise as Manjrekar found himself making headlines for all wrong reasons in 2019. At first, he criticised all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja during World Cup 2019. His comments did not make headlines but Manjrekar became the talk of the town when Jadeja vented his anger on social media.

Sanjay Manjrekar, New Zealand, India, Two Indian Bowlers
Sanjay Manjrekar. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

During the pink-ball Test, Manjrekar once again invited controversy for question Harsha Bhogle’s credentials as  a player during the live match. His comments came as a big surprise as the duo has been sharing commentary box for more than 20 years now. In a recent interview with ESPNcricinfo, Manjrekar did accept that he had a year to forget.

He continued to share his opinion during India’s matches even after his comments but will stay away from the commentary box for a while now. He is likely to miss the upcoming season of IPL as well.

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Manjrekar is the second veteran to be dropped from the panel in the past few years. Interestingly, BCCI had dropped Bhogle from the commentary panel in 2016. While no official reason was provided then, many believed that the criticism from Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan saw the board removing Bhogle.

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He stayed away from commentary for more than a year before making his full-fledged comeback during India’s tour of West Indies in 2017. He has been part of the commentary panel since then.

It remains to be seen if Manjrekar is back in the panel after a short hiatus. He works as an expert for a website and might also be seen sharing his views on television in time to come.

Photos: BCCI

Coronavirus Threat To Keep Public Away From India-South Africa ODIs, Confirms BCCI

The India-South Africa series is all set to be staged as per the schedule, albeit the rest of the two ODIs will be played in front of empty stands. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has confirmed that it will host the next two ODIs in Lucknow and Kolkata but there will be no public in the stands.

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Despite the coronavirus threat, the board allowed fans to witness the opening ODI in Dharamsala on Thursday. Many ongoing football leagues are being played with no crowd and the BCCI has now decided to follow the suit.

Although there is no word on IPL yet. The board is set to table a meeting on Saturday to take a final decision on it. Since the Indian Government has suspended foreign visas until April 15, many overseas players are confirmed to miss first two weeks of the league.

There are high chances of the league being pushed to mid-April so all the players get their visas. In this case, the board will have to organise many double-headers to complete the league by the end of May. BCCI had earlier scrapped Saturday double-headers for the upcoming season.

Quinton de Kock, CSK
Photo: BCCI

The South African players are already in India for the ongoing series and they might also return back if the league is delayed.

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Meanwhile, the second ODI of the series takes place on Sunday (March 15). The third and the final ODI is scheduled to take place on March 18. There was no action in the opening ODI in Dharamsala due to rain in Northern India. In September 2019 as well, the opening game (T20I) between the two nations was washed out due to due to rain.

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer. Photo: BCCI

IPL: Delhi Capitals’ All-Rounder Withdraws From IPL 2020

Delhi Capitals have suffered a big blow ahead of IPL 2020 as their star all-rounder Chris Woakes has withdrawn from the league, PA News Agency has reported. The England all-rounder had joined the Delhi-based franchise at his base price of Rs 1.5 Crore.

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The update is a blow to the franchise as Woakes would have contributed in both the departments but Delhi is now all set to miss his services. With Woakes set to miss the league, Delhi have a tough task to bring in a pace-bowling all-rounder.

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Woakes has played 18 IPL matches in which he has 63 runs and 25 wickets. Back into the auction for IPL 2018, He was one of the biggest gainers as he joined Royal Challengers Bangalore for 7.4 Crore. He did take eight wickets in five matches but had an economy rate of 10.36.

He went unsold in IPL 2019 auction but made attracted a bid in IPL 2020 auction. Woakes, like other Test players, would have missed few matches at the start and playoffs due to international fixtures.

Apart from Woakes, Delhi Capitals bought Jason Roy (Rs 1.5 Crore), Shimron Hetmyer (Rs 7.75 Crore), Alex Carey (Rs 2.4 Crore), Marcus Stoinis (Rs 4.8 Crore), Lalit Yadav (Rs 20 Lakh), Mohit Sharma (Rs 50 Lakh) and  Tushar Deshpande (Rs 20 Lakh).

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Photo: BCCI

DC also brought in seniors R Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane from Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals, respectively. There is no change in captaincy as Shreyas Iyer will continue to lead the franchise. Under him, Delhi ended their drought and qualified for the playoffs stage after a long break of seven seasons.

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It is already confirmed that Delhi will be without the services of their advisor Sourav Ganguly. The former India captain is now the President of BCCI and isn’t allowed to be part of an IPL franchise.

Delhi Capitals play their opening game of the season against Kings XI Punjab at Arun Jaitley Stadium on March 30.

Kings XI Punjab vs Chennai Super Kings - Toss Report
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IPL: Kings XI Punjab Appoint New Bowling Coach For Upcoming Season

Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) added yet another heavyweight in their coaching set up. The Punjab-based franchise has roped in former South Africa pacer Charl Langeveldt as their bowling coach. KXIP haven’t made an announcement regarding it but his is mentioned of their official website.

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Earlier, reports had suggested that they have roped in West Indies legend Courtney Walsh as their bowling coach but his name never featured on the official website.

IPL: Kings XI Punjab Appoint New Bowling Coach For Upcoming Season 3
Photo: KXIP.in

Langeveldt has a wealthy experience of working with international teams. He started his career with South Africa before being replaced by Ottis Gibson when he took over as head coach. Langeveldt worked with Afghanistan cricket team before joining Bangladesh – along with Daniel Vettori – following World Cup 2019. Although, he returned to South Africa after five months.

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At KXIP, Langeveldt will be working under director of cricket Anil Kumble, who is all set to make his comeback in IPL. Apart from Kumble, Jonty Rhodes (fielding coach) and Wasim Jaffer (batting coach) are other two well-known faces in KXIP’s set-up. Sunil Joshi had also joined KXIP as their bowling coach but he succeeded MSK Prasad as the chairman of the selection panel a couple of days back, which bars him from working with an IPL team.

KL Rahul, Chris Gayle, Virat Kohli, IPL 2019
Photo: BCCI

Apart from a new coaching staff, KXIP also have a new captain in the form of KL Rahul. The franchise wanted to retain captain R Ashwin for the season but he was keen on moving to Delhi Capitals, which saw a change in the leadership role.

One of the most underperforming teams in IPL, KXIP have only played one IPL final – in 2014 – 12 seasons. They are yet to qualify for playoffs since then.

KXIP take on Delhi Capitals at Arun Jaitley Stadium in their opening game of the season on March 30. They play their first home match against Sunrisers Hyderabad on April 4.


Sunil Joshi Replaces MSK Prasad As Chairman Of Selection Panel, Harvinder Singh Replaces Gagan Khoda

Former India spinner Sunil Joshi has been named as the Chairman of selection panel. He has replaced outgoing selector MSK Prasad. Joshi will be joined by Harvinder Singh, who comes from central zone. Joshi played 15 Tests and 69 ODIs. He was named as the chairman of the panel by virtue of playing most Test matches among other members of the panel.

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Joshi made his Test debut against England in 1996. His last international appearance came against Australia in an ODI in Pune in 2001. He also played IPL for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Joshi retired from the game in 2012.

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After retirement, he took up coaching assignments and joined Bangladesh Cricket Team in 2017. His contract came to an end after World Cup 2019.

Talking of Harvinder Singh, the former India pacer played three Tests and 16 ODIs. He represented Punjab and Railways in domestic cricket. The duo of Joshi and Harvinder will join Sarandeep Singh, Jatin Paranjpe and Devang Gandhi in the existing panel.

The two new selectors were picked by CAC headed by Madan Lal. RP Singh and Sulakshana Naik are other members of the panel.

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Apart from Joshi and Harvinder, BCCI had also shortlisted Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, Venkatesh Prasad and Rajesh Chauhan for the job. Prasad was the front-runner for the chairman’s position but failed to make the final cut.

Ajit Agarkar, Nagpur Test, India XI, Puzzled, Hardik Pandya,
Photo: Getty Images

It is to be noted that former India all-rounder Ajit Agarkar was also in the fray for the top job but he wasn’t shortlisted due to the reason that the present selection panel already includes a member from the West Zone (Jatin Paranjpe).

The new selection panel will soon meet to announce the squad for three-match ODI series against South Africa that starts on March 12.

Ajit Agarkar, Mumbai Cricket Association,
Ajit Agarkar (Credits - Getty)

Ajit Agarkar Ignored As BCCI Shortlists Five Candidates For Selectors’ Job

Favourite Ajit Agarkar has been ruled out of the race to become Team India’s chief selector as his name doesn’t feature among the list of shortlisted candidates who have been called up for the interview today. Many reports have confirmed that five players will be interviewed for two vacant positions. Sunil Joshi, Harvinder Singh, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, Venkatesh Paraad and Rajesh Chauhan will appear for the interview.

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The primary reason behind Agarkar missing out is the BCCI’s zonal policy. Though it doesn’t exist now, the presence of two selectors from West Zone – present selector Jatin Paranjpe represents West Zone – could have been questioned by those in BCCI. Hence, Agarkar wasn’t considered for the job for now. He will be the frontrunner to replace Paranjpe when his tenure comes to an end later this year.

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Photo: BCCI

Among the shortlist candidates, Sivaramakrishnan seems to be the front runner to join the panel. He was tipped to be the next chairman even before the process started but that might not happen as he played nine Tests. Should CAC pick a former player who played more Tests than him, the other candidate will lead the panel.

Prasad also holds a strong chance to join the panel but he will not be able to serve for the complete duration as he has been the chairman of the junior panel in past. The board will surely avoid appointing a selector who will not complete his tenure.

Sunil Joshi
Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Joshi, the former left-arm spinner, leads the race to head the panel. He played 15 Tests and 69 ODIs from 1996 to 2001.

Rajesh Chauhan is also another strong candidate. He played 21 Tests and 35 ODIs. He will lead the panel if he makes the cut along with any other cricketer, barring Prasad.

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Harvinder Sigh, the fifth player to be shortlisted for the job, played three Tests and 16 ODIs. He comes from Central Zone

The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) consisting Madan Lal, RP Singh and Sulakshana Naik will interview the shortlisted at BCCI’s office today. The new selection panel will pick the squad for South Africa ODIs this week.

It isn’t confirmed whether they will announce the selection panel for the women’s team today or not.

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