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Gautam Gambhir. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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India Need Bowlers Who Can Bowl Above 140 kmph In South Africa- Gautam Gambhir

Former India opener Gautam Gambhir believes that India needs to test their best strength in the dead rubber against South Africa on Sunday as there is nothing at stake for India but testing new players might give them a few more options going ahead.

On Friday South Africa chased down the target of 288 with only a loss of 3 wickets as they took an unassailable lead of 2-0 in the 3-match series. It was by far the highest successful chase at this ground. Indian bowlers lacked energy in both games as they could manage only 6 wickets in both games. On the other side South Africa always was ahead of the required run rate as Quinton de Kock and Janneman Malan gave them a century stand.

India Need Bowlers Who Can Bowl Above 140 kmph In South Africa- Gautam Gambhir 1
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Gambhir opined that India needs a big change in their pace bowling as the current pace attack lacks the genuine pace which can trouble batters when the pitch is not offering much. Notable that Bhuvneshwar Kumar didn’t pick a single wicket in two matches and conceded with an economy of more than 7 rpo.

Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravi Ashwin should be rested for the next match, and changes in the batting order aren’t needed. Jayant Yadav should be given a chance along with seamers like Mohammed Siraj and Prasidh Krishna. India need to develop their second-string team and gives chances to bowlers who can bowl above 140 kmph in South Africa,” Gambhir spoke to Star Sports.

Rohit, Bhuvneshwar
Rohit, Bhuvneshwar

“Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar and Ashwin should be rested for the next match”- Gautam Gambhir

Gambhir insisted India go with a completely fresh bowling attack as all Indian bowlers looked tired in two games.

“India have three-four options in their arsenal. Navdeep Saini, Avesh Khan, Prasidh Krishna and Mohammed Siraj. India should definitely give these players an opportunity. The third and final game can be termed as a dead rubber and it’s a good chance for the team management to test its second string,” he added.

Indian spin attack also looked toothless in this series as the duo of Ashwin and Chahal picked only 2 wickets in the series so far. The third and final match will be played in Cape Town on January 23.

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KL Rahul
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KL Rahul Reckons India Would Want To Get Better In Both Batting And Bowling In The Middle Overs After Losing To South Africa Again In 2nd ODI

KL Rahul has admitted that the Indian team would have a lot of work to do in the middle overs in both the batting and the bowling department. India’s middle-order stumbled for the second game in a row while the bowlers also flopped, failing to defend a target of 288. India batted first and put up 287 for 6 as Rishabh Pant top-scored with 85 while KL Rahul himself contributed 55.

In response, South African openers Janneman Malan and Quinton de Kock added 132 for the opening wicket as the Proteas eased to victory by seven wickets. Apart from Jasprit Bumrah (1/37), no other Indian bowler could make much of an impression on the Proteas batters.
Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul during the 2nd ODI match between India and South Africa, at Boland Park(ANI)
Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul during the 2nd ODI match between India and South Africa, at Boland Park(ANI)

KL Rahul: India Would Want To Get Better In Both Batting And Bowling Departments In The Middle Overs

Skipper KL Rahul praised South Africa for putting up an impressive display at home but also pinpointed India’s flaws after his team suffered a seven-wicket loss in the second game and lost the three-ODI series on Friday.

Speaking after the disappointing performance, KL Rahul conceded, “We are trying to get better at things we haven’t done well in the past. Partnerships, middle-order becomes crucial when we are entering a big tournament, want to get better at bowling in the middle overs and these are the few things that are really obvious and right in front of us. We have spoken about it and it’s only up to us to get better, learn from it and find a way.”

The 29-year-old admitted that the surface in Boland Park was on the slower side and thus wasn’t like a typical South African pitch.

He added, “It does feel like one of the wickets at home and I don’t think it was a pitch where they could have chased down 280 that easily. Credit to them, they are showing us the importance of partnerships and putting pressure early on against the bowlers.”

KL Rahul Image Source : GETTY IMAGES
KL Rahul Image Source: GETTY IMAGES

Janneman Malan was the home team’s top-scorer with 91 off 108 while his senior opening partner Quinton de Kock made 78 off 66 balls. KL Rahul described it as a learning curve for the team members and also underlined their mistakes. Inability to pick up wickets at crucial junctures dented the Indian camp once again as the hosts strolled past the total without much trouble.

KL Rahul Credits The Likes Of Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, Shardul Thakur, And Jasprit Bumrah

While the 0-2 scoreline is demotivating from India’s point of view, KL Rahul preferred to look at the positives. KL Rahul also identified positives as he heaped praise on the batting display from Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli in the series opener, which was followed by Rishabh Pant’s career-best ODI innings in the second game.

He recounted, “The way Shikhar and Virat batted in the first game was very good, and today Rishabh batted, the way he managed the first 20 balls and then he took down the spinners. He is a really important member of the team and Shardul, too, showing us he can bat lower down and make a good contribution. Jasprit has been the standout bowler for us and Yuzi has been good today.”

Shikhar Dhawan (Getty Images)(HT_PRINT)
Shikhar Dhawan (Getty Images)(HT_PRINT)

While many critics have questioned Team India’s body language in the ongoing series, according to KL Rahul, staying in bio bubbles continuously has taken its toll on the body.

He concluded, “It’s been tough on the body staying in the bubbles. We love challenges and we have come short in the first 2 games, we will look ahead to the third game and try and win that one.”

The final ODI of the match, a dead rubber, will be played in Cape Town on Sunday. After defending a 296-run total in the first ODI, South Africa made light work of a 288-run target, chasing it down with 7 wickets in hand.

Brief Scores:

1st ODI: South Africa: 296 for 4 (Rassie van der Dussen 129 not out, Temba Bavuma 110; Jasprit Bumrah 2/48) beat India: 265 for 8  (S Dhawan 79, V Kohli 51; Andile Phehlukawayo 2/26) by 31 runs

2nd ODI: South Africa 288 for 3 (Malan 91, de Kock 78) beat India 287 for 6 (Rishabh Pant 85, KL Rahul 55, Shamsi 2-57) by seven wickets

KL Rahul
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Sunil Gavaskar Reckons Stand-In Skipper KL Rahul Ran Out Of Ideas In The 1st ODI Against Proteas

Sunil Gavaskar said stand-in captain KL Rahul looked he had run out of ideas when South Africa captain Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen were involved in a match-winning partnership in the first ODI in Paarl on Wednesday. Sunil Gavaskar said it’s still early days for captain KL Rahul and that he hopes India can turn it around in the 2nd and 3rd ODIs of the ongoing series in South Africa.

Sunil Gavaskar questioned India’s bowling changes, highlighting that both Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar needed to bowl more overs at the backend and Venkatesh Iyer could have rolled his arm over in the middle overs to trouble the partnership between Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen that stretched to 204 runs.

South Africa rode on twin centuries from skipper Temba Bavuma (110 off 143 balls) and Player-of-the-Match Rassie van der Dussen (129* off 96 balls) to canter to a 31-run win over India in the first of the three-match ODI series in Paarl on Wednesday. Chasing 297 on a sluggish pitch, the visitors only managed 265/8 in their 50 overs.

South Africa's Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen during their partnership (ANI)
South Africa’s Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen during their partnership. (ANI)

Sunil Gavaskar: KL Rahul Ran Out Of Ideas In The 1st ODI

South Africa posted 296/4 on the board after opting to bat and restricted India to 265/8 despite the much-needed fifties from Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, and Shardul Thakur.

“Well, when there is a partnership, sometimes the captain goes out of ideas. I think that is what happened. This was a very good pitch to bat on. The ball was coming onto the bat quite nicely, you can play through the line,” Gavaskar said.

KL Rahul Image Source : GETTY IMAGES
KL Rahul Image Source: GETTY IMAGES

During that partnership, it did look as if he had run out of ideas. KL Rahul didn’t know where to go as despite having two-most experienced death-overs bowlers in Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, they weren’t picked to bowl the last over as Shardul Thakur’s last over saw 17 runs coming instead. Both Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shardul Thakur conceded more than 6 runs per over in the 1st ODI.

“But, these are early days of his captaincy and maybe things will turn around, let’s hope for Indian cricket’s sake that things turn around in the next couple of days,” he added.

KL Rahul was leading India in the absence of Rohit Sharma who did not travel to South Africa after suffering a hamstring injury. The Karnataka batter opened the batting for India along with Shikhar Dhawan who scored 79 on the ODI return but failed to get going in the series opener.

Sunil Gavaskar: KL Rahul Needed To Open In Absence Of Rohit Sharma

When asked if KL Rahul should consider playing in the middle-order to beef up the batting unit, Sunil Gavaskar said the stand-in captain needs to open in the absence of Rohit Sharma, whose injured.

“Not when Rohit is not around. He is in the team as an opening batter in all formats of the game. I don’t think he should be looking to bat himself down at No. 4 or 5. Right at the top, he can lead from the front as well,” he added.

Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Meanwhile, Sunil Gavaskar also heaped praise on Shikhar Dhawan who hit a solid 79 on his return to the ODI side amid doubts over his place in the team.

“As far as Shikhar Dhawan is concerned, he has been scoring runs in the 50-over format, not so much in T20s. So as long as the man is scoring runs, everything else should be put in the background. You should not be going to talk about his age and all that. I don’t see why there should be any talk about it,” Gavaskar added.

India will face South Africa in the 2nd of the 3-match series on Friday, January 21 in Paarl. India skipper KL Rahul won the toss and opted to bat first against South Africa in the second ODI in Paarl. India has gone in unchanged while the Proteas have replaced Marco Jansen with Sisanda Magala. The latter picked the wicket of KL Rahul after he scored 55.

India made a solid start in the second ODI with captain KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan stitching a 63-run opening stand before they lost both Shikhar Dhawan (29) and Virat Kohli (0) successively. India is presently at 187/4 in 34th over after Rishabh Pant scored a quickfire 85.

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Aakash Chopra Calls For A Relook At Indian Batting Coach Vikram Rathour’s Contributions As Batsmen Failed In South Africa 2021/22 Tour

Aakash Chopra, the former Indian opener turned commentator wants a relook at present India batting coach Vikram Rathour’s contributions amid a stark decline in the team’s performances with the willow as evident in the recent South African tour.

Aakash Chopra remarked that as people have taken credit for the improvement in the bowling department, the “buck has to stop somewhere” for the dipped averages of the middle order batting trio of Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, and Cheteshwar Pujara in the last couple of years or so.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Aakash Chopra: One Need To Look Whether Vikram Rathour Is Doing His Job As A Batting Coach Well

He said India needs to see if there have been any shortcomings in Vikram Rathours work and how he has addressed them. Ajinkya Rahane has managed just 479 runs in 2021 at a paltry average of 20.83 while Cheteshwar Pujara has scored 702 runs at an average of 28.08. Virat Kohli too ended the year 2021 without scoring a century in international cricket. His last ton came in a Test against Bangladesh in 2019.

In a video on his Youtube channel, Chopra said: “Everyone has taken credit for India’s bowling improvement. Some people gave credit to Virat Kohli, some to Bharat Arun, some to Ravi Shastri. Everyone said, ‘Indian bowling has improved a lot’. But who is responsible for the batting decline? … If you are taking credit then responsibility needs to be taken as well. The decline is palpable. Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Virat Kohli’s numbers have dipped in the last 2-2.5 years so where’s the batting coach?”

The former India batter added: “The batting coach has the responsibility and the buck has to stop somewhere. Vikram Rathour, who is with the team for quite some time, you need to look at him again whether he’s doing his job well and if not then what are the shortcomings and how is he addressing them.”

Batting coach Vikram Rathour- PTI
Batting coach Vikram Rathour- PTI

Vikram Rathour was appointed batting coach in late 2019. While the likes of head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun, and fielding coach R Sridhar left last year, Vikram Rathour was the only coach to get an extension. However, India’s well-documented overseas success, which began at the same time as his arrival, has been mostly attributed to the fitter and more incisive bowling group.

Their consistency papered over the batting cracks, especially in the middle order. But it all came to a head in the recent series in South Africa, where the bowlers failed to bail out the struggling batting lineup in the last two Tests.

Aakash Chopra: The Coach Is Suddenly Like A Football Manager With An Enhanced Role As Coach’s Role Becomes More Important Than Captain

Speaking on the second major issue presently associated with Indian cricket – Virat Kohli’s sudden stepping down from the Test captaincy, Aakash Chopra said newly-appointed head coach Rahul Dravid’s job has got even tougher.  He feels that in this phase, Rahul Dravid’s role in designing India’s future path will be more important than the new captain, almost like a football club manager.

Aakash Chopra explained: “It’s difficult for the coach because he’s a new coach. If he had been there for a long time then he would have a blueprint ready for the new captain. Now there’s a new captain, a new coach and they have to travel a new path… In cricket, the captain is the most important and the coach is just below him. But in such situations, the coach goes up and the captain comes a bit behind him because there’s a guarantee of the coach’s continuity. The coach is suddenly like a football manager with an enhanced role.”

Rahul Dravid, Ajinkya Rahane. (Photo: Twitter)
Rahul Dravid, Ajinkya Rahane. (Photo: Twitter)

Aakash Chopra also lamented India’s failure to build a leadership group to succeed Virat Kohli who resigned as India’s most successful Test skipper with 40 Test wins in 68 Tests. He said there had been a “slight mismanagement” with regards to the trust shown in Ajinkya Rahane as a captaincy prospect despite his poor form.

Aakash Chopra added: “We’ve failed to create a leadership group, honestly speaking. If Ajju had been in good form it would have been a natural succession. That was certainly a plan but his performances were on a downswing in the last two years and we were not ready to look at anywhere else because we believed that Kohli is going to continue for a long time. That didn’t happen and there’s been a slight mismanagement.”

After opting to bat, South Africa lost their opener, Janneman Malan, early in the fifth over of the first ODI against India at the Boland Park In Paarl against India. Jasprit Bumrah was the wicket-taker and he along with Bhuvneshwar Kumar has bowled well so far.

India Playing XI: KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (c), Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Shardul Thakur, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal

KL Rahul (Image Credit: Twitter)
KL Rahul (Image Credit: Twitter)
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KL Rahul Feels It Would Be A “Huge Responsibility” If He Is Named As Test Captain

KL Rahul, the India stand-in ODI skipper on Tuesday said that it would be a huge responsibility for him if he is made the Test captain.

India and South Africa will lock horns in a three-match ODI series, with the first match set to be played on Wednesday in Paarl. Earlier, the Proteas had defeated India 2-1 in the Test series.

KL Rahul
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KL Rahul Feels It Would Be A Huge Responsibility If Test Captaincy Is Given To Him

KL Rahul had replaced Rohit Sharma as skipper for the upcoming ODI series after the Hitman was ruled out due to a hamstring injury. Pacer Jasprit Bumrah will serve as KL Rahul’s deputy in the series. Rohit Sharma has already been appointed captain in both white-ball formats and since he has faced quite a few fitness issues of late, KL Rahul’s name emerged as a strong contender for the job.

“I had not given it a thought till the names came out, till the articles or news have been doing the rounds. Obviously, I had the opportunity to lead the Test side in Johannesburg and it was really special. The result did not go our way but it was a great learning experience for me and it would be something I will always be proud of,” Rahul said during a virtual press conference.

Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Image Source: AP IMAGE

“Leading the country is always special for anyone and I am no different. Yes, it would be a huge responsibility if given to me (being the Test captain). It is something that is exciting, I am not really looking to anything forward, I am just focusing on the present,” he added.

KL Rahul’s comments come days after Virat Kohli announced his decision to stand down as India’s Test captain.
Virat Kohli holds the record for most Test appearances as India Test captain (68) and he also holds the record for most Test wins by an Indian captain (40). Only Graeme Smith, Ricky Ponting, and Steve Waugh have won more matches than Virat Kohli as captain in Test cricket.

Last year, Virat Kohli had stepped down as the T20I captain and then he was removed as the ODI skipper after the selectors wanted to have just one captain for the white-ball formats.

Marco Jansen And Venkatesh Iyer Debuted  In The 1st ODI

In the 1st ODI, South Africa is batting first and is currently 24/1 in the 6th over after Janneman Malan was dismissed on 6 by Jasprit Bumrah. Venkatesh Iyer debuted for India while Marco Jansen debuted for South Africa as pace spearhead Kagiso Rabada is unavailable.

Venkatesh Iyer (Getty)
Venkatesh Iyer (Getty)

Rohit Sharma is injured and isn’t playing in the ODI series while pacer Kagiso Rabada was released to manage his workload. KL Rahul captaining India for the first time in his 39th ODI. Kagiso Rabada has been released from the ODI squad ahead of the 3-match series against India to manage his heavy workload in the Test series. The 26-year old has been rested to stay fresh for 2-match test series in New Zealand starting on February 17.

Kagiso Rabada was the leading wicket-taker in the Test series against India as South Africa beat the visitors by 2-1 in a 3-match series. Kagiso Rabada bowled 119.1 overs to pick 20 wickets with an average of 19.05. Marco Jansen made a sensational debut in the Test series as a 21-year old picked 19 wickets and is debuting in the 1st ODI.

India Squad Playing XI:  KL Rahul (c), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Shardul Thakur, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Yuzvendra Chahal
South Africa Squad Playing XI: Quinton de Kock (wk), Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, Temba Bavuma (c), Rassie van der Dussen, David Miller, Andile Phehlukwayo, Marco Jansen, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi
India's Jasprit Bumrah in action during the 2019 ICC World Cup | AFP / Dibyangshu Sarkar
India's Jasprit Bumrah in action during the 2019 ICC World Cup | AFP / Dibyangshu Sarkar
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India Need To Have A Vision As Each ODI Series Is Important Before 2023 ODI World Cup, Says Jasprit Bumrah

Jasprit Bumrah, an Indian pacer has admitted that having a vision is very important as they approach the 2023 World Cup, which will be played at home. The fast bowler stated that while they have an eye on the ICC event, the team is not looking too far ahead and is treating each series with equal significance.

Having won the 2011 edition, also played at home, India was a semi-finalist in the 2015 and 2019 World Cups. With the World Cup returning to India in 2023, there will be additional pressure on the hosts to win the coveted trophy.

India's Jasprit Bumrah reacts during their ICC T20 World Cup match against Scotland in Dubai, UAE on November 5, 2021. | AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi
India’s Jasprit Bumrah reacts during their ICC T20 World Cup match against Scotland in Dubai, UAE on November 5, 2021. | AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi

Jasprit Bumrah Wants Teammates To Stay In The Present And Treat Every ODI Series As Significant Before 2023 ODI World cup

At a press conference ahead of the ODI series against South Africa, Jasprit Bumrah was asked if India have begun preparations for the 2023 World Cup.

Jasprit Bumrah responded: “We need to have a vision as to in what direction we need to move for the 2023 World Cup. So the preparations begin in advance. If some new players come in, then we will try to give them equal opportunities.

“Having a vision is very important. But, at the same time, we need to stay in the present and treat each and every series as significant. We need to value that. So yes, having a vision is very important and we will try and implement the same.”

India’s dream to conquer the ‘Final Frontier’ was prolonged after they lost the recently-concluded three-match Test series against South Africa 2-1 from a position of strength despite drawing first blood in the series-opener at Centurion. The teams will feature next in an ODI series which will comprise three games.

The 1st ODI will take place on January 19 at Boland Park in Paarl. The 2nd ODI will also take place at the same venue on January 21. The 3rd and the last ODI is scheduled to be played at Newlands Cricket Stadium in Cape Town on January 23. KL Rahul will be leading the Indian team in the succeeding ODI series whereas, Temba Bavuma would be the Proteas skipper.

KL Rahul Image Source : GETTY IMAGES
KL Rahul Image Source: GETTY IMAGES

Jasprit Bumrah was part of the Indian team that crashed out of the 2019 World Cup following an 18-run defeat to New Zealand in the semi-final in Manchester.

Jasprit Bumrah Doesn’t See Any Discomfort With Mohammed Siraj Who Is Practicing With Teammates

India was dealt a big blow during the Test series when Mohammed Siraj was ruled out of the Cape Town Test due to fitness issues. While he played in the second Test in Johannesburg, he did not look 100 per cent.

Asked for an update on the pacer who has become a critical component of the team in a short span of time, the 28-year-old Jasprit Bumrah asserted: “He’s fine, he is practicing with us. I don’t see any discomfort so hopefully everything stays that way. (Other injury issues) Nothing that I am aware of right now. Everyone seems to be okay.”

Mohammed Siraj Injured Photo Credit: (Getty Images)
Mohammed Siraj Injured Photo Credit: (Getty Images)

India’s three-match ODI series against South Africa will begin with the first game in Boland Park, Paarl on Wednesday, January 19.

India’s off-spinner Washington Sundar was ruled out of the forthcoming ODI series against South Africa after testing positive for COVID-19 during the camp in Bengaluru. Washington Sundar was supposed to travel to Cape Town with the ODI members on Wednesday and join the rest of the squad ahead of the ODI series starting January 19th.

The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Jayant Yadav as a replacement for Washington Sundar. The Committee also added fast bowler Navdeep Saini to the ODI squad as a back-up for Mohammed Siraj who is still recovering from his hamstring injury that he sustained in the 2nd Test against South Africa in Johannesburg.

India Squad: KL Rahul (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Venkatesh Iyer, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Prasidh Krishna, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, Jayant Yadav, Navdeep Saini.

Jasprit Bumrah and Virat Kohli. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz – CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)
Jasprit Bumrah and Virat Kohli. (Photo by Daniel Kalisz – CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)
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Jasprit Bumrah Opens Up On Virat Kohli’s Decision To Step Down As Skipper After 40 Wins In 68 Tests

Jasprit Bumrah opened up about Virat Kohli’s decision to step down from Test captaincy after India’s 2-1 Test series defeat against South Africa, last week.

Revealing that Virat Kohli had talked to the team members regarding his decision to step down from the role, Bumrah remained tight-lipped on the proceedings, calling it a personal decision.

Jasprit Bumrah AP Photo/Rui Vieira
Jasprit Bumrah AP Photo/Rui Vieira

Jasprit Bumrah  Revealed It’s Been A Pleasure To Play Under Virat Kohli’s Captaincy

Virat Kohli had stepped down from the Test captaincy role after the Test series ended in Cape Town, marking an end of an era of an astute leader in Indian cricket. Kohli had earlier relinquished his T20I captaincy role in November and a month later was removed from the ODI captaincy position with the selectors naming Rohit Sharma – the new white-ball captain.

“Virat Kohli told us about leaving his Test captaincy in a team meeting. It’s his decision. He knows his body. He knows his frame of mind. We respect that. It’s been a pleasure to play under his captaincy. I made my debut under him”

“He brought in energy. He brought in the fitness culture. He was driven. Everybody moved in one direction under his leadership. He has been immense and he will still be immense with his inputs,” said Bumrah ahead of the start of the three-match ODI series in Paarl against South Africa.

Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Image Source: AP IMAGE

“We understand the change. All of us have played enough cricket. As a team, we will make positive contributions to that,” he added.

Talking about the ODI series, Jasprit Bumrah will feature in the vice-captaincy role while KL Rahul will be leading the Indian team after Rohit Sharma failed to recover in time from his hamstring injury.  India will play two of the three ODIs in Paarl, starting January 19, and the final tie will be played in Cape Town.

Virat Kohli Stepped Down As India’s Most Successful Test Skipper

Jasprit Bumrah has lauded Virat Kohli’s contribution as the captain of the Indian Test team. The latter on Saturday decided to step down from his post after serving the team for seven long years. Virat Kohli, through a social media post, announced his decision that took the entire cricketing world and fans by surprise.

Virat Kohli’s decision comes a day after India was defeated by South Africa in the Cape Town Test by 7 wickets. The tourists slumped from taking a 1-0 lead to lose the series 2-1. The 33-year-old led India in 68 games and won 40, becoming the country’s most successful Test captain in the process.

Graeme Smith, Ricky Ponting and Steve Waugh
Graeme Smith, Ricky Ponting, and Steve Waugh

He led in 68 Test matches out of which the team registered victory in 40 games. He steps down from his role as India’s most successful Test captain. He is fourth in the list of captains with the most Test wins behind South Africa’s Graeme Smith (53) and Australian greats Ricky Ponting (43) and Steve Waugh (41).

Last year, the 33-year-old had stepped down as the T20I captain and then he was removed as the ODI leader later as the selectors wanted only one captain for the white-ball format.

Marco Jansen (Gallo)
Marco Jansen (Gallo)
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Marco Jansen Opens Up On His Altercation With Jasprit Bumrah In 2nd And 3rd Test

Marco Jansen, the South Africa left-arm seamer on Monday opened up on his altercation with India pace-spearhead Jasprit Bumrah during the Johannesburg Test.

South Africa left-arm seamer Marco Jansen opened up on his duel with India pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah in the recently-concluded 3 match Test series won by South Africa, saying there were no hard feelings because they were acting in the heat of the moment.

Jasprit Bumrah and Marco Jansen have a go at each other. Pic: Getty Images
Jasprit Bumrah and Marco Jansen have a go at each other. Pic: Getty Images

Marco Jansen: Altercation With Jasprit Bumrah Was In The Heat Of The Moment

Jasprit Bumrah and Marco Jansen were part of the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 but, both players were involved in a heated altercation in the 2nd Test.

Marco Jansen reciprocated Jasprit Bumrah’s short balls by peppering bouncers at him before both got involved in a heated exchange during the second innings at Johannesburg. Jasprit Bumrah then reacted with a stare after dismissing the South Africa pacer in the first innings of the third Test.

“Obviously, it felt good to have gotten a chance in the Test team and then to contribute to the side’s cause. I did not expect to do that well in the series. Very glad that we won the series 2-1. India has not won a Test series in our conditions, glad that we could maintain that record,” Jansen said during a virtual press conference.

Marco Jansen (Photo credit: Instagram/@mumbaiindians)
Marco Jansen (Photo credit: Instagram/@mumbaiindians)

“The first innings of the first Test sums it up really well. I did not start the way I wanted to and I was very nervous. It is normal for every player to get nervous. Off the field, I am a chill guy, I am an introvert but when I am on the field, I want to express myself,” he added.

When asked about his aggressive nature on the field, Jansen said: “I love this sport, I have wanted to play since I was a child. All the emotions show how much love and passion I have for the game. Obviously, I played with Jasprit Bumrah in the IPL, we are good friends but sometimes on the field, things get heated.”

“You play for your country, you are not going to back down for anyone and obviously, he plays the same way as well. There are no hard feelings, it just happened in the heat of the moment (on altercation with Bumrah in the Johannesburg Test),” he added.

“Obviously, we are taking momentum from the Test series into the ODIs. But we are not underestimating India at all, India is one of the best teams in the world so we have to bring our A-game. We are looking to take the fight to them. We have to be as prepared as we can, a series win against India would be big.”

South Africa and India will lock horns in a three-match ODI series, with the first match set to be played on Wednesday in Paarl where Marco Jansen got his maiden limited-overs call-up. Earlier, the Proteas had successfully defeated India 2-1 in the Test series. Marco Jansen had a good show with the ball as he went on to take 19 wickets in the Test series.

Marco Jansen had played in two matches picking 2 scalps for Mumbai Indians in IPL 2021 before his debut for South Africa. In his debut Test series, he is already 2nd highest wicket-taker after Kagiso Rabada (20) with 19 wickets averaging 16.47.

Jasprit Bumrah Too Played Down On-Field Altercation With Marco Jansen

Jasprit Bumrah too had played down last week’s on-field altercation with Marco Jansen and the palpable nervous energy that has followed in the third Test against South Africa in Cape Town. He said the argument ‘ended’ in Johannesburg (2nd Test) and the duo had “moved on in life”

Jasprit Bumrah AP Photo/Rui Vieira
Jasprit Bumrah AP Photo/Rui Vieira

Jasprit Bumrah and Marco Jansen, former teammates at the Mumbai Indians, were involved in a heated exchange in the middle of the pitch in the second Test. The incident took place after the South African hit Jasprit Bumrah on the body with a few bouncers.

The Indian pacer got his revenge on Wednesday(3rd Test) by softening Marco Jansen with a short-ball barrage and then clean-bowling him for 7. He even followed it with a cold stare, but no words were exchanged between them.

Hardik Pandya, Shubman Gill, Rashid Khan. (Photo: Twitter)
Hardik Pandya, Shubman Gill, Rashid Khan. (Photo: Twitter)
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Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan And Shubman Gill Set To Be Part Of Ahmedabad Franchise In IPL 2022

Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan, and Shubman Gill are set to be a part of the Ahmedabad franchise for the upcoming IPL 2022 season.
The Ahmedabad franchise, which was bought last October by CVC Capital Partners (Irelia Company Pte Ltd), has also finalized its coaching staff – they will be led by former India fast bowler Ashish Nehra, and former South Africa batter and head coach Gary Kirsten.
Former England batter Vikram Solanki, who is currently Surrey’s head coach, will be the team director. This is the second IPL franchise where the trio will work together: the previous instance was at Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Hardik Pandya Image: PTI
Hardik Pandya Image: PTI

Hardik Pandya And Rashid Khan All Set To Play Together For Ahmedabad Franchise

Ahmedabad and Lucknow, the two new franchises participating in the IPL 2022, are yet to disclose the players they have bought but the deadline for doing so is fast approaching- January 22.  Both teams were given the same purse – INR 90 crore – the same as the existing eight franchises.
However, unlike the other teams, which could retain four players, the two new ones can buy a maximum of three players with the overseas slot limited to one. It has been learned that Ahmedabad has decided to pay both Hardik Pandya and Rashid Khan the same amount – INR 15 crore.
It is also learned that Hardik Pandya is likely to take charge as Ahmedabad captain, a first experience for the allrounder in the IPL. The third player – Shubman Gill – will be paid INR 7 crore. This means the franchise will go into the auction in February with a purse of INR 53 crore.
Hardik Pandya’s rise, since he was bought as an uncapped player for a mere INR 10 lakh in 2015, has been exponential. By 2018, he had established himself as the best allrounder in India and Mumbai duly retained him as their second pick at the auction that year, paying INR 11 crore.
This is the first time Hardik Pandya and Rashid Khan will play for the same team in the IPL, having previously represented Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively. Hardik Pandya is a four-time title-winner. However, Hardik Pandya struggled with fitness issues over the last two IPLs and did not bowl at all in this period. His batting, too, hasn’t been as effective as before.
Rashid Khan. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)
Rashid Khan. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)
That forced Mumbai to look in a different direction as they retained the in-form Suryakumar Yadav, who has proven he can bat and accelerate at any position. Hardik Pandya is currently focussing on regaining complete fitness and has not been part of any of the Indian white-ball squads since the 2021 T20I World Cup.
As for Rashid Khan, the Afghanistan legspinner became a big talking point immediately after Sunrisers Hyderabad decided to retain Kane Williamson, who will be full-time captain from IPL 2022, along with the uncapped Jammu & Kashmir pairing of Abdul Samad and Umran Malik.
In 2017, Sunrisers Hyderabad bought Rashid Khan for INR 4 crore and, a year later, they retained him for INR 9 crore. Remarkably, Rashid Khan featured in all 76 matches played by Sunrisers Hyderabad since his debut, picking up 93 wickets at an economy rate of 6.33. Only Jasprit Bumrah has taken more wickets (104) than Rashid Khan in the last five IPL seasons.
Sunrisers Hyderabad wanted to keep Rashid Khan, so they told him that he would be their second pick behind Kane Williamson. The talks got derailed thereafter, which freed Rashid Khan to weigh up his options, including going into the IPL 2022 mega auction.

Shubman Gill Also Set To Be A Part Of Ahmedabad Franchise In IPL 2022

For Shubman Gill, this will be his second team in the IPL having been picked by Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2018 auction for INR 1.8 crore. The 22-year old, who has already played 10 Tests and three ODIs, has been earmarked as one of the brightest young talents of this decade, and at one point was even looked upon as a future leader by the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Shubman Gill (Image Credit: Twitter)
Shubman Gill (Image Credit: Twitter)
However, the Kolkata Knight Riders had several other options when it came to the retention and Shubman Gill had to be left out. Shubman Gill was a member of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and he was let go by the franchise as the franchise retained Varun Chakravarthy, Venkatesh Iyer, Sunil Narine, and Andre Russell instead.
Ahmedabad’s third choice Ishan Kishan didn’t work out and they zeroed in on Shubman Gill, who could also be seen as a potential captaincy candidate.

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Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)
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Aakash Chopra Picks 3 Candidates To Take Up Test Captaincy From Virat Kohli

Aakash Chopra has suggested the three best options who could take over the reins of the Indian Test side from Virat Kohli. Virat Kohli decided to step down as Team India’s Test skipper after the 2-1 series loss to South Africa.

With no heir apparent in front of them, the Indian selectors might have a tough task to choose his successor. Former India player turned veteran commentator Aakash Chopra has said that Virat Kohli’s decision to step down as Team India Test captain has indicated the process of transition, which was not planned as well.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Aakash Chopra: Rohit Sharma Most Obvious Choice As Test Skipper While KL Rahul Is Another Option

While raising question marks over Rohit Sharma’s fitness, Aakash Chopra highlighted that the Mumbaikar is probably the favored option as he is also the new limited-overs skipper.

“Rohit Sharma seems to be the most obvious choice because he is the ODI and T20I captain at the moment and the last one year was a watershed event for him in Tests. But there are serious questions about his fitness because the hamstring is troubling him since 2020. In theory, it seems alright but will he be able to remain fit?”

KL Rahul And Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Twitter)
KL Rahul And Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Twitter)

The former India cricketer feels KL Rahul is the other most likely candidate for the role. KL Rahul will led the Indian ODI team in the next 3 ODIs against hosts South Africa in absence of injured Rohit Sharma.

Aakash Chopra elaborated: “KL Rahul also seems to be an obvious choice. His stature has grown in Test cricket over the last one year. But it is also true that it has happened only after August. He was made to open and has not looked back since. But does he come across as your natural leader?”

However, Aakash Chopra did add that he has not been able to make up his mind on KL Rahul based on what he has seen him captain the Punjab Kings and the odd match for Team India.

Aakash Chopra: Rishabh Pant’s Captaincy Credentials Hasn’t Ben Tested Yet

Aakash Chopra pointed out that Rishabh Pant could also be an option, which has been suggested by the former skipper and batsman Sunil Gavaskar as well.

The former explained: “Can we make Rishabh Pant the captain? Sunny bhai has also asked him to be made the Test captain. Not a bad choice but Rishabh Pant goes too much up and down. He is young and his place is certain in the Test side but is he your leader? His captaincy credentials have not been tested yet.”

Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: BCCI)
Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: BCCI)

The reputed commentator also shared his order of preference among the three best candidates for the role.

Aakash Chopra observed: “My vote is for Rohit Sharma as of now, short-term. Second is KL Rahul – you can go with him. Rishabh Pant is the third, it is a slightly left-field or out-of-the-box selection, you can also look towards him.”

Aakash Chopra all but ruled out the chances of Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Jasprit Bumrah becoming the next Team India Test captain. He reasoned that Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara have not cemented their place in the Indian Test side as they are struggling with their form as was evident in the preceding South Africa Tests.

While Ravichandran Ashwin might not figure in the playing XI in overseas conditions, Jasprit Bumrah could be given a break for the Tests played in India. Aakash Chopra named Virat Kohli the best-ever Indian Test skipper. Virat Kohli led India in 68 Tests in which they won 40 games as well.

Aakash Chopra further highlighted that Virat Kohli was appointed as the skipper of the Test team when India was at the No.7 spot in the ICC rankings and when he stepped down as skipper India is ranked No.1.

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