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Navdeep Saini (Image Credit: Google)

Rohit Sharma Is Back While Navdeep Saini Is Set To Debut As India Name Playing XI For 3rd Test

Rohit Sharma comes back while Navdeep Saini is set to make his debut as the duo has been included in the XI which was announced on the eve of the 3rd Test against Australia which begins on Thursday at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Rohit Sharma will open the batting with Shubman Gill who will play his 2nd Test and young Navdeep Saini will make his debut in the third Test against Australia as India announced their playing XI for the all-important encounter beginning Thursday 7th January 2021 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Google)

Rohit Sharma’s Inclusion Means Mayank Agarwal’s Omission While Navdeep Saini Debuts After Injured Umesh Yadav Ruled Out

Rohit Sharma’s inclusion as an opener means Mayank Agarwal has to sit out after he failed to garner significant scores in the first two Tests. Navdeep Saini, on the other hand, replaced injured Umesh Yadav in India’s playing XI.

Umesh Yadav picked up an injury in the middle of 4th over during the second innings of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne. He had sustained a strain in his left calf muscle after which he underwent scans later that day.

Navdeep Saini
Navdeep Saini. (Photo by Vipin Pawar / Sportzpics for BCCI)

The BCCI further stated that the fast bowler Umesh Yadav won’t be able to recover completely ahead of the remaining two Test matches and hence was ruled out of the series joining likes of Mohammed Shami and KL Rahul who were ruled out too after suffering an injury while Virat Kohli remains a notable absentee as he had headed home.

Navdeep Saini leaked more than 150 runs in first two ODIs but played well in the warm-up game picking 3 wickets. He has played 7 ODIs and 10 T20Is besides 46 first-class matches where he picked 128 wickets averaging 28.46. His bowling average is pathetic in ODIs but is 18.07 in T20Is where he picked 13 scalps.

Rohit Sharma Will Be Seen At Top Of Batting Order: Ajinkya Rahane

Stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane said Rohit Sharma, who is also named as the vice-captain of the side, has been batting reasonably well in the nets and he would be seen batting at the top of the innings in the Pink Test at Sydney.

“He [Rohit] has been batting really well, the last couple of series, he has been playing as an opener, so you will definitely see him batting at the top,” said Rahane.

Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane (Image Credit: Twitter)

India have decided to put faith on their spin duo of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja who shared a total of 8 wickets at the MCG, which India won by eight wickets.

Debutants in the Melbourne Test, Shubman Gill who totaled 80 runs and Mohammed Siraj who picked 5 wickets have been retained while Hanuma Vihari has got another chance to prove himself as his competitor KL Rahul was ruled out from last two Tests after suffering injury.

India’s Playing XI vs Australia for 3rd Test: Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant, Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Navdeep Saini, Mohammed Siraj, Jasprit Bumrah

Kane Williamson, Virat Kohli, New Zealand vs India 2020, India
Kane Williamson. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Not At All Surprised To See The Consistency Of Kane Williamson: VVS Laxman

Kane Williamson, New Zealand skipper has now scored a hundred in every Test he has played this summer, and former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman is not at all surprised to see the consistency of the world number one batsman.

Kane Williamson hit an unbeaten 112 on day two of the second Test against Pakistan to put the Kiwis on top here at the Hagley Oval on Monday. This is his third consecutive ton after his 129 in the first Test and career-best 251 against West Indies in December 2020.

Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Kane Williamson’s Consistency Doesn’t Surprise VVS Laxman

VVS Laxman explained the reason behind his phenomenal success and said that the Kiwi skipper is the true role model for any youngster who is trying to make a name by playing cricket.

The former Indian batsman, who was famous for his wrist work stroke play in his playing days, said Kane Williamson’s unbelievable work ethics and attention to detail while preparing for any game are the prime reasons behind his success.

VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman (Photo: IANS)

“Not at all surprised to see the consistency of Kane Williamson. Unbelievable work ethics and attention to detail while preparing for any match are the reasons behind his success. A true role model for any youngster to emulate,” Laxman tweeted.

Kane Williamson scored above 6500 runs in over 80 Tests averaging in the 50s and notched ahead of Steve Smith and Virat Kohli to become No. 1 batsman.

New Zealand Trails Pakistan By 11 Runs Ending 2nd Day At 286/3

The Kiwis concluded day two of the ongoing Test at 286/3, trailing Pakistan by 11 runs. Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls are currently unbeaten on 112 and 89 respectively. For Pakistan, Shaheen Afridi, Mohammad Abbas, and Faheem Ashraf scalped one wicket each.

Starting their innings on the second day, New Zealand openers provided a steady start to the side as Tom Latham and Tom Blundell put on 52 runs for the first wicket, but Pakistan came back strongly as the visitors dismissed both the openers in a span of six balls.

Henry Nicholls
Henry Nicholls. Image Credit: Getty Images

Kane Williamson and Henry Nicholls though went past their half-century mark after arriving at the crease with the score at 71/3 following Ross Taylor’s wicket. In the end, the duo saw out the final session of play and the Kiwis ended day two with seven more wickets remaining in the bag. New Zealand had bundled out Pakistan for 297 in the first innings as Kyle Jamieson scalped five wickets.

New Zealand had won 1st Test with Kane Williamson scoring a ton but the match was well poised as Pakistan fought till the very end but lost despite Fawad Alam scoring 102 and stand-in skipper Mohammed Rizwan’s valuable contributions in both innings.

Sachin Tendulkar,
Sachin Tendulkar. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Mitchell Starc’s Wrist Position Was Missing For A While: Sachin Tendulkar

Mitchell Starc’s wrist position during the ongoing Boxing Day Test against India was praised by legendary Indian former batsman Sachin Tendulkar on Twitter.

Back in 2012, during the pacer’s younger playing days, he credited Pakistan bowling legend, Wasim Akram for helping him improve his wrist position. He said that invaluable tips gained from the legendary Pakistan pacer Wasim Akram helped him to swing the ball consistently.

Sachin Tendulkar and Wasim Akram
Sachin Tendulkar and Wasim Akram (Image Credit: Twitter)

Mitchell Starc records 250 Test wickets

Incidentally, the Australian pacer was able to dismiss Sachin Tendulkar during the Test series that was ongoing back then and credited Wasim Akram for his feat.

Starc’s quote from 2012 read: “It was a brief chat. I had the opportunity to catch up with him in Sydney. It was about wrist position to get the ball to swing consistently. I hope to catch up with him again. He is a genius and chatting with him would not do any harm.”


During the second day of the ongoing Boxing Day Test against team India at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), the left-arm pacer broke yet another record by taking his 250th Test wicket in his 59th Test to surpass Aussie legend Richie Bernaud who retired with 248 wickets besides his name.

Mitchell Starc
Mitchell Starc. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Mitchell Starc’s 250th Test scalp was Indian youngster wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant, who the speedster removed in the 11th over of the Indian innings during the second day’s play of the second Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

He picked up Mayank Agarwal’s wicket overnight who was plumb before wicket before dismissing Rishabh Pant who was caught by wicket-keeper skipper Tim Paine.

Rishabh Pant’s wicket was crucial for Australia as he was looking good while scoring 29 and had added 57 runs with Ajinkya Rahane for the fifth wicket.  But Ajinkya Rahane had the last laugh by scoring an unbeaten ton as India at 277/5 have taken a lead of 82 runs in 1st innings at stumps.

Mitchell Starc’s teammate, off-spinner Nathan Lyon is now just eight wickets short of taking 400 wickets. Shane Warne (708 wickets), Glenn McGrath (563), Nathan Lyon (392 and playing), Dennis Lillee (355), Mitchell Johnson (313), Brett Lee (310), Craig McDermott (291) and Jason Gillespie (259) are the Australians who are currently ahead of Mitchell Starc in terms of wickets.

Nathan Lyon
Nathan Lyon. Getty Images

Mitchell Starc is now the 9th all-time leading wicket-taker for Australia – a huge feat in itself for the pace sensation. He has 6 wickets so far in the ongoing Test series having picked up 4/53 in India’s 1st innings in 1st Test. He went wicketless in 2nd innings as Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins wreaked havoc and picked all nine wickets to dismiss India to their lowest ever Test score of 36 in 2nd innings of 1st Test.

VVS Laxman,
VVS Laxman. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

VVS Laxman Praised Ajinkya Rahane For Captaining India Well On The First Day Of MCG Test

VVS Laxman, former Indian batsman praised stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane for his captaincy in the absence of regular captain Virat Kohli on the opening day of the Boxing Day Test here at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Saturday as India restricted Australia for 195- their lowest total in Boxing Day Test batting first.

The Indian bowlers once again stole the show as they folded Australia for 195 in the first essay. It was an all-round bowling performance that saw pacer Jasprit Bumrah picking four while debutant Mohammad Siraj got two wickets.
Ravichandran Ashwin was once again in his elements as he picked three wickets, including the all-important wicket of batting mainstay Steve Smith who departed without scoring.

VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman (Photo by Shankar Mourya/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

VVS Laxman: Bowlers Were Sensational And Both Debutants Looked Confident

VVS Laxman hailed India’s “sensational” bowling performance on an opening day and said the most important aspect of the visitors was that they didn’t carry the baggage of the horrific collapse suffered in Adelaide.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“Excellent days play for India. Bowlers were once again sensational, both the debutants looked confident, Rahane captained the side really well but most importantly they didn’t carry the baggage of the loss from Adelaide,” VVS Laxman tweeted.

In the 1st Test, India registered their lowest Test score of 36 after a batting collapse in the 3rd day’s play in 2nd innings and handed Australia initiative despite taking a first-innings lead of 53 runs. Australia then comfortably chased down the 90 runs target.

India’s Debutants Shubman Gill Shines With Bat And Mohammed Siraj With Ball

At stumps, India’s score read 36/1 with debutant Shubman Gill batting on 28 and Cheteshwar Pujara giving him company on 7 at end of 11 overs. The visitors’ trail by 159 runs with nine wickets still left in first innings.

For Australia, it was Mitchell Starc who picked the lone wicket of Mayank Agarwal to finish the day with figures of 1/14 from four overs. Pat Cummins had identical figures as he bowled without luck to finish wicketless despite bowling four fiery overs conceding 14 runs.

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill (Image Credit: Google)

But it was the Indian bowlers who once again proved their consistency and the reason behind being considered one of the best in the business at present. With Tim Paine winning the toss and batting first at the MCG, the hosts would have thought of putting on a decent score on the board.

But led by Jasprit Bumrah (4/56), the Indians made short work of the Australian batting as they finished their first essay on 195. Ravichandran Ashwin took three wickets conceding 35 runs while debutant pacer Mohammed Siraj took two scalps as no Australian batsman could score even a half-century.


Robin Jackman Passes Away At 75; Cricket Fraternity Offers Condolences

Robin Jackman, the former England fast bowler, died at the age of 75 on Saturday. He played 4 Tests and 15 ODIs for England and was diagnosed with cancer in 2012.

Apart from being a Test cricketer for England, he was also a renowned commentator.

Robin Jackman
Robin Jackman

Robin Jackman Passes Away Aged 75 As ICC And Cricket Fraternity Offer Condolences In Twitter

International Cricket Council (ICC) took to Twitter to offer their condolences to Robin Jackman’s family and friends.

Cricket fraternity also offered their condolences to the former England cricketer and commentator.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers-Image Credit: Getty Images.

AB de Villiers was one of the first cricketers to post a tribute to ‘Jackers’, one of the most recognizable voices of cricket in South Africa. Several former cricketers too offered condolences.

Robin Jackman Was A Seam Bowler Who Played 4 Tests, 15 ODIs For England and 399 First Class Games

He made his Test debut against the West Indies in 1981 at Bridgetown. Robin Jackman (13 August 1945 – 25 December 2020) was an Indian-born English cricketer, who played in four Test matches and 15 One Day Internationals for the England cricket team between 1974 and 1983. He was a seam bowler and useful tail-end batsman. Robin Jackman died at his home in Cape Town on 25 December 2020.

He picked up five wickets in his first Test but retired after playing just four matches in the longest format of the game where he picked 14 wickets averaging 31.78. In 15 One-Day Internationals, he took 19 wickets at an average of 31.47.

Robin Jackman
Robin Jackman

He had an amazing first-class record. He picked up more than 1,400 wickets in 399 matches. The right-hander also smashed 5,681 runs with the help of 17 half-centuries.

Robin Jackman, who was born in Shimla in India, played for England before moving to South Africa where he began his second innings as a commentator. He was fondly called ‘Jackers’ as he went on to become one of the most popular commentators in the sport. In 2012, he was diagnosed with cancer having already had surgeries to remove malignant tumours from his vocal cords.

Following his retirement, he became a successful commentator in South Africa, where he lived with his wife Yvonne. His former Surrey teammate John Edrich had earlier passed away aged 83.

Robin Jackman made his one-day debut for England in 1974 but had to wait until the year 1981 for his first Test appearance which came during the West Indies tour where his presence caused controversy. The Guyanese government revoked his visa due to his regular winters spent playing cricket in apartheid South Africa, and the incident led to the second Test being cancelled.

But he was eventually given the green signal to play in the next Test in Bridgetown, where he took five wickets but England lost the match. He made three further England Test appearances, the last of which came in a three-wicket win against Pakistan at Headingley in 1982.

Yuzvendra Chahal and Dhanashree Verma
Yuzvendra Chahal and Dhanashree Verma. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Yuzvendra Chahal Ties Knot With Dhanashree Verma

Indian spinner Yuzvendra Chahal on Tuesday tied the knot with choreographer Dhanashree Verma. The Indian leg-spinner took to Instagram to share pictures from his marriage with partner Dhanashree Verma as the couple got hitched on 22nd December 2020.

Yuzvendra Chahal.
Yuzvendra Chahal. Image Credit: Twitter.

Yuzvendra Chahal Was Last Seen In Action In Limited-Overs Series Against Australia

He was last seen in action in the recent white-ball limited-overs series against Australia. In the three-match T20I series, he managed to take four scalps besides being adjudged as Man of the Match in the first T20I for picking three scalps coming in as concussion substitute for Ravindra Jadeja.

Yuzvendra Chahal.
Yuzvendra Chahal. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Before the T20I series, he played the first two ODIs of the three-match ODI series against Australia where he managed to scalp just one wicket conceding plenty of runs though.

Yuzvendra Chahal Performed Well In IPL 2020

In the 15 matches he played for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, Yuzvendra Chahal finished with 21 wickets at an economy rate of 7.08 and an average of 19.28.

He finished as 5th leading wicket-taker in IPL 2020 after the likes of Kagiso Rabada, Jasprit Bumrah, Trent Boult and Anrich Nortje all of whom are pacers. So he was the leading spinner wicket-taker finishing ahead of Rashid Khan and Varun Chakravarthy.

The 30-year-old has played 54 ODIs and 45 T20Is for the Indian team picking 92 and 59 wickets respectively. He averages 27.29 with the ball in ODIs and 24.68 in T20Is.

Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal Photo Credit: Getty Images.

He would most probably be next seen in action in the upcoming ODI and T20I series against England next year. He has 121 wickets in 99 IPL games averaging 22.5. Yuzvendra Chahal is a chess player besides playing cricket.

He made his first-class debut at 19 years of age against Madhya Pradesh at Indore. He was picked by RCB in 2014 IPL and was even nominated for Emerging Player of the Year but lost to Axar Patel. In IPL 2018, he went past Vinay Kumar to become leading wicket-taker for Bangalore franchise. He was brought back by Bangalore with Right To Match for six-crore in IPL 2018.

Shahid Afridi, IPL
Shahid Afridi (Image Credit: Google)

Indian Batting Capable Of Fighting Back, Says Shahid Afridi After India Lost Adelaide Test By Eight Wickets

Shahid Afridi, former Pakistan skipper and batsman tweeted that Indian batsmen are still capable of fighting back but it will be tougher without skipper Virat Kohli after India succumbed to an 8-wicket defeat against Australia in the 1st Adelaide Test on Saturday.

The former all-rounder has backed arch-rivals India to bounce back in the rest of the matches of the Border Gavaskar Trophy besides praising top-quality pace attack on display by Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood.

Shahid Afridi
Shahid Afridi. Image Credits: Twitter

Shahid Afridi Praised Pat Cummins And Josh Hazlewood But Tweeted That Indian Batsmen Will Find It Tough Without Virat Kohli

After taking a handy lead of 53 runs in first innings, Virat Kohli-led India surrendered against the Australian attack led by pacers Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood in second innings. Resuming their innings from an overnight score of 9 for 1 on the third day of the play, the tourists were bowled out for 36 for 9 which turned out be their lowest score ever in Tests as none of the batsmen reached double-digit figures.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli-Image: Getty

While many experts of the game were critical of India’s disheartening defeat, Shahid Afridi backed India to make a strong return. He also praised Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood for their impeccable performances with the ball.

Shahid Afridi also pointed out that winning the remaining 3 Tests will not be an easy task for the tourists without their best batsman and captain Virat Kohli.

“Brilliant display by Cummins and Hazelwood today, really enjoyed top-quality Test match fast bowling after a long time. Indian batting is still capable of fighting back but it will be now tougher without Kohli,” Afridi tweeted.


The Australia pace duo Josh Hazlewood and Pat Cummins wreaked havoc in Adelaide on Saturday, bowling out India by sharing 9 wickets between themselves. None of the Indian batsmen, including skipper Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara could score in double digits. Virat Kohli will now head home as he was granted paternity leave by BCCI to attend the birth of the first child.

Mohammed Shami Ruled Out Of Remainder Of Test Series With A Fractured Arm

The visitors managed to give a paltry 90-run target for the Aussies to chase after scoring their lowest Test score of 36. In reply, Joe Burns, who was clearly struggling with his form, scored an unbeaten 51 off 63 deliveries to see his team cross the hurdle. With this victory, Australia have taken a lead in the series 1-0 with 3 Tests remaining.

Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami. Image Credit: Twitter.

Both teams will now compete against each other in the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne which starts on December 26. Meanwhile, India received yet another blow as pacer Mohammed Shami got ruled out from the remainder of the Test series with a fractured arm.

Mohammed Shami suffered a fracture on Saturday and is likely unable to play any further in the remaining 3 Tests. The Indian pacer, who also was instrumental in their maiden 2-1 win in Australia in 2018-19, suffered a blow to his right hand while trying to sway away from a Pat Cummins‘ bouncer on Saturday before India were all out for their lowest Test score of 36.

Prithvi Shaw, North Mumbai Panthers, T20 Mumbai League
Prithvi Shaw (Image Credit: Google)

Prithvi Shaw Should Play At Domestic Level Again: Dodda Ganesh

Prithvi Shaw failed to score much-needed runs to boost his lost confidence at the first Adelaide Test between India and Australia managing scores of 0 and 4 in two innings.

While he faced only 2 balls in 1st innings, he faced 4 balls to score as many runs in the second innings but fell soon in the 3rd session of 2nd day’s play.

Prithvi Shaw.
Prithvi Shaw. Credits: Twitter

Prithvi Shaw Dismissed Cheaply In Both Innings Of 1st Test

Pacer Pat Cummins accounted for his wicket in the fag end of 2nd day’s play. While he played on and was bowled off the bowling of Mitchell Starc in 1st innings, he perished off a Pat Cummins delivery in 2nd innings. The gap between bat and pad was exposed both times as the ball traversed through to dismantle the stumps.

India scored 244 in first innings and the Indian bowlers came back hard to reduce Australia to 111/7 before Tim Paine fought but were eventually dismissed for a paltry 191 as India gained a healthy 53 run 1st innings lead. India now leads by 62 runs after end of 2nd day’s play as the team are 9/1 currently.

Shubman Gill
Shubman Gill (Image Credit: Google)

Prithvi Shaw had a dismal IPL 2020 too scoring 228 runs in 13 IPL games averaging a pathetic 17.53 with only two fifties. So, it was quite a surprise to see him included in Indian XI for the 1st Day-Night Test. The selectors and team management decided to probably give him a chance ahead of Shubman Gill who is yet to debut in Tests and KL Rahul who performed poorly in last few Tests.

Prithvi Shaw was probably selected as he averages almost 50 in 4 Tests and has a century too in India against West Indies when he became the youngest Indian to score a ton in debut. But they probably forgot the fact that he is not in form like Shubman Gill or KL Rahul, who performed magnificently in IPL 2020. KL Rahul is the current Orange Cap holder by virtue of scoring maximum runs in IPL 2020 while Shubman Gill too top-scored for his franchise, Kolkata Knight Riders,

Prithvi Shaw Needs To Go Back And Play At Domestic Level Again: Dodda Ganesh

Prithvi Shaw got selected over Shubman Gill, who looked in good touch in the second pink-ball warm-up game against Australia A in Sydney where he scored 43 and 65 batting at number 3, while opener Prithvi Shaw scored 40 and 3 at the top of the order.

Both failed in first practice game as both of them failed to score in first innings. Prithvi Shaw scored 19 while Shubman Gill scored 29 in second innings of a first practice game.

Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting predicted Prithvi Shaw’s exact mode of dismissal seconds before the Indian opener was bowled for a second-ball duck after India opted to bat first in the historic first-ever day-night Test match against Australia in Adelaide on Thursday. He explained that the young India opener tends to leave a gap between his bat and pad while playing in-coming deliveries.

Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting. Image Credit: Getty Images.


Dodda Ganesh, the former pacer was critical of Prithvi Shaw even saying he should play a couple of more years at the domestic level to improve upon his footwork and stance.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Google)

Rohit Sharma Tweets More Double Tons Are Yet To Come

Rohit Sharma hit a 3rd ODI double century exactly 3 years go in 2017, becoming the first and only batsman till date to achieve this feat.

It was at PCA-IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali on December 13, 2017, that he hit an unbeaten 208 against Sri Lanka- his third double ton after 209 and 264.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma-Photo by Arjun Singh / Sportzpics for BCCI

Rohit Sharma Tweets More Double Tons Are To Come

On Saturday, as Star Sports tweeted about the achievement, Rohit Sharma replied with a simple message, ‘More to Come’. Rohit Sharma captained IPL 2020 winners Mumbai Indians and led them in the last few matches after missing 4 matches but looked in discomfort.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: IPL)

He is India’s most dependable opener averaging 49.27 in 224 ODI matches. Still, he wasn’t in the squad for the tour of Australia as he was under rehabilitation at NCA after suffering a hamstring injury in IPL 2020.

The level of his achievement is such that no other player has been able to replicate it apart from Rohit Sharma and there are a total of just 8 double centuries in ODI cricket. None apart from him who scored 200-3 times has scored double ton even twice.

Sachin Tendulkar Was First To Reach 200 Breaking Saeed Anwar’s 194

In a famous match in Gwalior, legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar became the first batsman to reach the double hundred mark in ODI cricket when he hit an unbeaten 200 against South Africa in February 2010 breaking Pakistan batsman Saeed Anwar’s long-standing ODI record of 194 that he hit against India in Chennai, way back in 1997. Sachin Tendulkar’s unbeaten 200 opened the flood-gates as Virender Sehwag, and Rohit Sharma soon followed scoring double tons within 2 decades.

His opening partner Virender Sehwag went on to better the record by scoring 219 against the West Indies in Indore the following year.

Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag
Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag (Image Credit: Twitter)

The next two double centuries in ODI cricket came from the Mumbai batsman Rohit Sharma. He first scored a 209 against Australia at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore in November 2013. Exactly a year later, he followed it up with the highest ODI score ever made till date- a 264 against Sri Lanka at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

West Indies batsman Chris Gayle (215), New Zealand batsman Martin Guptill (237*) and Pakistan batsman Fakhar Zaman (210*) are the only other batsmen to hit double centuries in ODIs apart from the Indian trio.

Varun Chakaravarthy (Image Credit: IPL)

Varun Chakravarthy Honoured To Be Mentored By Rahul Dravid

Varun Chakravarthy, a spinner who performed extraordinarily in the debut season for Kolkata Knight Riders on Saturday said it is an honour to be mentored by former Indian legendary batsman Rahul Dravid known fondly as The Wall for his defence during his cricketing years at the National Cricket Academy (NCA).

The 29-year-old spinner was the highest wicket-taker for Kolkata Knight Riders as he clinched 17 scalps in 13 games averaging 20.94 at an economy rate of 6.84. He played only 1 match previously where he picked 1 wicket representing Kings XI Punjab in 2019.

Varun Chakravarthy
Varun Chakravarthy. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Varun Chakravarthy Excelled For Kolkata Knight Riders In IPL 2020

On 24 October 2020, he took his maiden five-wicket haul in the IPL 2020, returning with figures of 5 wickets for 20 runs, against runners-up Delhi Capitals in Abu Dhabi. However, on 9th November 2020 after being named in India’s T20I squad on 26th October, he was ruled out of the squad and replaced by pacer T Natarajan after suffering the shoulder injury.

The 29-year-old Karnataka bowler who played in only 1 first-class and 9 List A games was picked in the T20I squad for India’s tour of Australia, but a shoulder injury forced him to miss the series.

Varun Chakaravarthy
Varun Chakaravarthy

He was included in the T20I side after a successful IPL season with the ball where he was 9th among leading wicket-takers in just his second IPL season.

Varun Chakravarthy Will Complete Rehabilitation Process Under Rahul Dravid

Varun Chakravarthy will now complete his rehabilitation process under NCA head Rahul Dravid. Rahul Dravid who represented India from 1996 to 2012 was one of the few players to score 10,000 runs in both ODIs and Tests. He became the first player in the world to score a century in all the ten Test-playing countries in 2004.

Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid. Credits: Hindustan Times.

Ex India captain Rahul Dravid was appointed as Head of Cricket at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) on July 8, 2019. He was supposed to take over as NCA head starting from July 1, but his job as a vice-president at India Cements caused the inevitable delay.

The Committee of Administrators (CoA) asked him to relinquish his post or be on leave until his tenure is completed. India Cements then sent him on leave to avoid conflict of interest as advised by CoA.

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