India-England Series Should Be Renamed As Tendulkar-Cook Trophy: Monty Panesar
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India-England Series Should Be Renamed As Tendulkar-Cook Trophy: Monty Panesar

Monty Panesar, former England spinner wants BCCI and ECB to name the India-England Test series as the Tendulkar-Cook Trophy.

After a thrilling Border-Gavaskar Trophy played in Australia which was won by India, the cricket fraternity’s focus has shifted towards the ongoing Test series between India and England in India.

Monty Panesar
Monty Panesar

Monty Panesar Comes Up With Suggestions To Name India-England Test Series As Tendulkar-Cook Or Vaughan-Dravid Series

Both teams entered the series high on confidence having won an away series prior to that but England won 1st Test against India. Former England spinner Monty Panesar suggested that the Board of Control for Cricket in India, as well as the England Cricket Board (ECB), must rename the series between the two teams as Tendulkar-Cook Trophy.

In a tweet, Monty Panesar opined that since both Sachin Tendulkar and Alastair Cook were the highest run-getters for their respective teams in the longest format, the series should be named after the two cricketers. Monty Panesar also came up with an alternative suggestion of naming the India-England series as ‘Vaughan-Dravid Series’.

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Legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar on Saturday wished former India skipper Rahul Dravid on his 47th birthday.

Monty Panesar also created a Twitter poll for his fans giving them options as to what the India-England series should be called. The four options involved Sachin Tendulkar, James Anderson, Alaister Cook, Michael Vaughan, Rahul Dravid, Ian Botham, Kapil Dev’s names.

England have got off their campaign to the best possible start in India by winning the opening game by a big margin of 227 runs. Joe Root led the team from the front by hammering a double ton in what was his 100th Test.

Alastair Cook Questions Virat Kohli’s Captaincy In 1st Test

Former England captain Alastair Cook has questioned Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s captaincy in the Chennai Test – where the former England opener opined Virat Kohli got back into his groove as the captain only in the second innings as he managed only 11 off 48 in 1st innings where Rishabh Pant, Washington Sundar and Cheteshwar Pujara struck the 50s.

But, despite Virat Kohli’s 72 and Shubman Gill’s 50, India could score only 192 chasing a stiff target of 420 in the 2nd innings.

“In that first innings India were lackadaisical. In the second innings, Kohli was back to what he was, so I imagine we’ll see more of that [animation],” Cook was quoted as saying by Sky Sports.

India-England Series Should Be Renamed As Tendulkar-Cook Trophy: Monty Panesar 2As a calm Ajinkya Rahane led India to a memorable series triumph in Australia recently, Alaister Cook also wondered if it was a deliberate attempt from Virat Kohli to lead differently in the first innings and advised the Indian captain to carry on with the same approach as he has led India in the past.

“Was that a deliberate ploy from Kohli because it was mentioned that India preferred that relaxed style? It didn’t work for him. It’s not his natural way, so he’s got to carry on doing what he does, because they have been successful,” Cook added.

Virat Kohli is India’s most successful Test skipper with 33 wins but lost the last 4 Tests in succession. The loss also ended India’s 14-match unbeaten streak in home Tests and 8-match unbeaten streak at the venue. This was also India’s fourth Test loss at home in the last 10 years.

India has not lost a bilateral Test series on home soil since England’s 2-1 win in 2012. They head into the series off the back of a stunning comeback win over Australia at the turn of the year. England is also on a run of five overseas Tests wins in a row following the triumphant series in Sri Lanka last month.