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RCB leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal in action during IPL 2020 | Saikat Das / Sportzpics for BCCI
RCB leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal in action during IPL 2020 | Saikat Das / Sportzpics for BCCI
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Yuzvendra Chahal May Earn Big Bucks During IPL 2022 Mega Auction: Laxman Sivaramakrishnan

Yuzvendra Chahal is at a strange point in his career. Not too long ago, he was India’s premier spinner in white-ball cricket, but that soon changed when he was not included in India’s T20 World Cup squad in 2021 despite the team taking five spin-bowling options with them to the UAE.
Immediately after India’s disappointing outing in the World Cup, Yuzvendra Chahal was called back for the home T20I series against New Zealand but played only one T20I. A week later, the leg-spinner got another setback as Royal Challengers Bangalore decided not to retain him despite him being one of RCB’s top performers with the ball in the last eight seasons.
Yuzvendra Chahal was not retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL retentions.© IPL
Yuzvendra Chahal was not retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL retentions.© IPL

Yuzvendra Chahal May End Up Getting More Money For Being In IPL 2022 Auction Pool Instead Of Being Retained By RCB: Laxman Sivaramakrishnan

Former India cricketer Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, however, feels not all is lost for Yuzvendra Chahal. The former leg-spinner, in fact, is of the opinion that Yuzvendra Chahal might actually end up getting big bucks at the auction.

RCB retained Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, and Mohammed Siraj in the IPL retention that took place on Tuesday. Yuzvendra Chahal, who had been a part of the franchise since 2014, was released. However, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan said RCB would want the leg-spinner back in the fold during the mega auction ahead of IPL 2022.

“RCB would want to buy him back. The other teams would want Chahal in their side because of his exceptional record in the IPL. The people who have more money will have the luxury of going for Chahal.

‘In the end, Chahal might end up getting more money for being in the auction than by being retained,” Sivaramakrishnan told NDTV during a media interaction arranged by Sony Sports Network.

Laxman Sivaramakrishnan
Laxman Sivaramakrishnan. (File)

Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, who is in the commentary panel for the Ashes, gave an example of the bidding war for Ravichandran Ashwin between RCB and CSK to explain how other franchises might increase the price of Yuzvendra Chahal if RCB desperately wants him back in the side.

“I remember how RCB was raising the paddle seeing CSK going hard for Ashwin. If RCB want Chahal then the other teams might just bid to ensure he costs more to them. So, in the end, Chahal might end up being benefitted,” Sivaramakrishnan added.

Yuzvendra Chahal’s exclusion comes as a huge surprise to RCB fans. The leg-spinner has been the leader of Bangalore’s bowling attack for a good five to six years now. Yuzvendra Chahal is the only RCB bowler to claim more than 100 IPL wickets. Yuzvendra Chahal has thus far featured in 114 IPL games, claiming 139 wickets at an average of 22.28 and an economy rate of 7.59-all for RCB.

The likes of George Garton, Navdeep Saini, Dushmantha Chameera, Tim David, Shahbaz Ahmad, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dan Christian, and retired AB de Villiers were released by Royal Challengers Bangalore before IPL 2022 mega auctions.

Laxman Sivaramakrishnan Said More Indian Payers Being Retained Means They Will Form The Core

Unlike past retentions, only eight overseas players were retained by the teams this time around, while the number of retained Indian players was 19. Laxman Sivaramakrishnan said it was a good sign for Indian cricket.

“The overseas players not being retained are a sign that the Indian players are good enough. And the Indian players is what we really need to look at. The foreign players might make a fortune but the Indian players will form the core,” he added.

David Warner
David Warner[photo: Twitter]
Asked whether the likes of Steve Smith, David Warner, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer will be dejected for not being retained by their respective IPL franchises, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan said they would be focused on the Ashes, starting on December 8.

“Playing for the country is first and foremost. Your ambition as a young cricketer is not to play in IPL but to play for the country. There was no IPL when Ben Stokes or Steve Smith started to play.

“So, their aim would always have been to play for England and Australia. There are two ways to look at IPL retention. Firstly, the players who have already been retained will feel a sense of security. The players who have not been retained also have opportunity,” he signed off.

Many of the big-ticket players, including MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, and Glenn Maxwell, were retained. But the list of players released and going back into the auction pool is a long one.

Likes of Rashid Khan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Shubman Gill, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Deepak Chahar were released by their respective franchises.

IPL Trophy. (BCCI/IPL Photo)
IPL Trophy. (BCCI/IPL Photo)
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IPL 2022: Lucknow And Ahmedabad To Sign 3 Players Before Mega Auction

IPL 2022 is set to witness the introduction of two new teams, Lucknow and Ahmedabad, who will now look to sign three players before the auction. The much-awaited list of retained players was unveiled on November 30 (Tuesday) ahead of the mega auction of the IPL 2022. The existing eight teams had to make some tough decisions and leave out some of their key players to abide by the rules in place.

All the released players from the existing eight teams now have a chance to play for Lucknow and Ahmedabad in the IPL 2022. However, the two franchises won’t be able to pick more than three players before IPL 2022 mega auctions. They can only sign a maximum of two Indian players and one foreign player.

IPL Trophy
IPL Trophy (Image Credit: Twitter)

IPL 2022 Will Witness Lucknow And Ahmedabad To Sign 3 Players Before Auctions

The BCCI had set a price slab for the existing eight teams to retain their players. In a similar way, the two new teams featuring in IPL 2022 will have only Rs 33 crore to spend from their 90 crore purse to sign three players. The break up for the same is – Rs 15 crore, Rs 11 crore, and Rs 7 crore for the first, second, and third player respectively.

“If a player is negotiating with a new franchise, he can do it according to the purse allocation. If someone is in line to become the captain of a new team, then obviously he will be joining for Rs 15 crore,” said a CEO of one of the franchises.

Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina (Image Credit: Twitter)

Ahmedabad would be really interested in gaining the services of Hardik and Krunal Pandya, who Mumbai Indians have not retained, so is Ishan Kishan. Suresh Raina, another IPL stalwart, has been released from his franchise, Chennai Super Kings. Shreyas Iyer, who led Delhi Capitals to the 2020 IPL final, has also parted ways with the franchise, who decided to continue with Rishabh Pant as the captain.

KL Rahul To Be Assigned Skipper For Lucknow In IPL 2022: Reports

Reports have already suggested that KL Rahul will be playing for Lucknow next season, with the negotiations starting long back. However, Punjab Kings head coach Anil Kumble confirmed that the opening batter decided to go into the auction and hence the franchise had to release him. Something similar might happen with Rashid Khan, who opted to leave Sunrisers Hyderabad and could end up playing for one of the two new teams.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul (Image Credit: Twitter)

The deadline for the new teams to sign three players is December 25, and then the mega auction is expected to happen. The date for the mega auction isn’t officially announced yet, but it could happen in January 2022.

Many of the big-ticket players, including MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, and Glenn Maxwell, were retained. But the list of players released and going back into the auction pool is a long one.

Likes of Rashid Khan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Shubman Gill, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Deepak Chahar were released by their respective franchises.

VVS Laxman (Image Credit: Twitter)
VVS Laxman (Image Credit: Twitter)
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India Could Have Declared 5 Overs Early On Day 4 Of The 1st Test: VVS Laxman

VVS Laxman said that he did not see any intent from Wriddhiman Saha or Axar Patel to score quickly towards the end of the fourth day, and India could have chosen to make New Zealand bat for a few more overs than they eventually did.

India could have declared their second innings earlier and opted to have a few more overs to bowl at New Zealand on Day 4, and the decision to carry on may have had an effect on the outcome of the 1st Test match, said a former batsman VVS Laxman. New Zealand managed to force the match into a draw with just one wicket in hand, with the umpires calling an end to play on Day 5 due to bad light.

Wriddhiman Saha and Axar Patel put up an unbeaten stand of 67 runs off 124 balls. (AP Photo)
Wriddhiman Saha and Axar Patel put up an unbeaten stand of 67 runs off 124 balls. (AP Photo)

VVS Laxman Feels India Could Have Declared 5 Overs Earlier As He Didn’t See Any Intent From Axar Patel Or Wriddhiman Saha

On Day 4, India managed to pull things back after collapsing to 51/5 to reach 234/7, with Wriddhiman Saha and Axar Patel batting out 124 balls for an unbeaten 67-run partnership. Wriddhiman Saha roared back to form with an unbeaten 61 as India declared their second innings at 234 for 7 to set New Zealand a target of 284 runs to win the series opener.

VVS Laxman. (File Photo: IANS)
VVS Laxman. (File Photo: IANS)

The contributions of Wriddhiman Saha(61*), Shreyas Iyer(65), and Ravichandran Ashwin (32) bailed India out of troubled waters after they were reduced to 51 for 5 in the first session after Kyle Jamieson (3-40) and Tim Southee (3-75) ran through the top-order. Shreyas Iyer followed his first-innings 105 with a crucial 65, forging 50-plus stands with Ravichandran Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha for the sixth and seventh-wickets respectively.

“They could have probably declared five overs before they did. I didn’t see any intent from Axar Patel or Wriddhiman Saha. Yes, you wanted to get to a score which was about 234 but we all know that the last few overs is very tough for any batter, regardless of how established or new they are. So they should have bowled about five overs more yesterday and that could have been the difference,” said VVS Laxman on Star Sports after the match.

VVS Laxman also pointed out that India should have declared a few overs earlier, which he felt would have made the difference as New Zealand would have struggled with spin coming into play. New Zealand was four for one when bad light stopped play, chasing a daunting victory target of 284 on a worn-out track. Opener Will Young was given lbw to Ravichandran Ashwin, which could have been reversed, but the batsman was late to review the decision.

VVS Laxman: India Must Address The Performance Of Top Order Batsmen

VVS Laxman praised the bowlers for their work on Day 5 and said that India has to look at their top-order batting woes. India’s top five put up just 145 runs in the first innings and 51 runs in the second.

“Today, the bowlers stuck to their task. If at all there is one thing that needs to be addressed is the batting. The performance of the top order batsman,” VVS Laxman said.

Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara both failed to score in the first Test against New Zealand. (AFP Photo)
Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara both failed to score in the first Test against New Zealand. (AFP Photo)

India’s top order (1-4), comprising two senior batters in Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara, along with openers Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill, averaged only 21.25 in the Kanpur Test. This is the second time in 2021 that the Indian top order has averaged this low in a Test at home since 2010, the other being against England in Ahmedabad, where the batters combined to average 16.50 – both are among the top five in the period.

Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored 26 and 22 in Kanpur, was dismissed in a similar manner as he was criticized for having a technical flaw in his game. Mayank Agarwal managed scores of 13 and 17 in the Kanpur Test. On other hand, Ajinkya Rahane scored 35 and 4 in the 1st Test. One of the trios has to make way for Virat Kohli, who will return in the 2nd Test.

VVS Laxman. (File Photo: IANS)
VVS Laxman. (File Photo: IANS)
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VVS Laxman Disappointed With India’s Batting In The 1st Test And Felt India Should Have Declared Earlier

VVS Laxman, a disappointed former Indian cricketer, pointed out an area of concern for India that Rahul Dravid and Vikram Rathour need to address following the culmination of the Kanpur Test against New Zealand.

On Monday, former Indian cricketer VVS Laxman pointed out a key area that Team India needs to address before the second Test against New Zealand, which begins on December 3 in Mumbai. Disappointed with the effort of the top-order batting line-up in the Kanpur opener, VVS Laxman wants coach Rahul Dravid and batting coach Vikram Rathour to look closely.

VVS Laxman (Image Credit: Twitter)
VVS Laxman (Image Credit: Twitter)

VVS Laxman: Disappointed With Indian Test Team’s Top Order, Particularly Cheteshwar Pujara Who Repeated His Mistakes

India’s top order (1-4), comprising two senior batters in Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara, along with openers Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill, averaged only 21.25 in the Kanpur Test. This is the second time in 2021 that the Indian top order has averaged this low in a Test at home since 2010, the other being against England in Ahmedabad, where the batters combined to average 16.50 – both are among the top five in the period.

VVS Laxman, Indian Test batting legend, was left disappointed, particularly with Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored 26 and 22 in Kanpur, for the manner of his dismissals, pointing out a technical flaw in his game. Mayank Agarwal managed scores of 13 and 17 in the Kanpur Test. On other hand, Ajinkya Rahane scored 35 and 4 in the 1st Test, and one of the trios has to make way for Virat Kohli, who will return in the 2nd Test.

“One thing I am disappointed with this Indian Test team after this match is their batting, especially their top order, and it needs to be addressed before the next Test. It’s not about getting out but how they got out. Pujara in the second innings, if you see the dismissal, it’s almost a repeat of the same mistakes, ” said VVS Laxman.

Rahul Dravid and Cheteshwar Pujara. (Image Source: Twitter)
Rahul Dravid and Cheteshwar Pujara. (Image Source: Twitter)

“And India is playing this Test match after a long break, so it is expected from professionals to rectify their mistake and introspect on what went wrong and continue to do what was working for you. Unfortunately, a lot of those mistakes were because of technical flaws. And that’s something I’m sure that Rahul and Vikram Rathour will look very closely,” he told Star Sports.

In both scenarios, it was debutant Shreyas Iyer who revived India’s innings. In the first innings, he scored a record 105 off 171 to help India post a total of 345. In the second innings, he scored a gutsy 65, and together with Wriddhiman Saha, who scored an unbeaten 61, the pair helped India set a mighty target of 284.

VVS Laxman: India Should Have Declared A Few Overs Earlier

VVS Laxman also pointed out that India should have declared a few overs earlier, which he felt would have made the difference as New Zealand would have struggled with spin coming into play. New Zealand was four for one when bad light stopped play, chasing a daunting victory target of 284 on a worn-out track. Opener Will Young was given lbw to Ravichandran Ashwin, which could have been reversed, but the batsman was late to review the decision.

“Yes, you wanted to get to a score which was above 274. But we all know that the last few overs are very very tough for any batsman however established he is. So I definitely feel that that probably should have bowled five overs more. That would would have been the difference. But having said that, today, the bowlers did stick to their task.”

India Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha (Photo | PTI)
India Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha (Photo | PTI)

Wriddhiman Saha roared back to form with 61 not out as India declared their second innings at 234 for 7 to set New Zealand a target of 284 runs to win the series opener. The 37-year-old Wriddhiman Saha has amassed 1313 runs in 39 Tests averaging 29.84. He has 3 tons and 6 fifties.

The fifty was Wriddhiman Saha’s sixth in Test cricket and first since August 2017. The 37-year-old, who didn’t keep wickets on Day 3 due to a stiff neck, was in visible pain throughout his knock. Indian spinners, led by Ravindra Jadeja in the 2nd innings, put up one of their most persevering performances in recent times.

Still, Mumbai-born Ajaz Patel (2 off 23 balls) and Karnataka-born Rachin Ravindra (18 not out off 91 balls) consumed 8.4 overs after the fall of the ninth wicket to keep New Zealand on an even keel in the two-match series. A lot of credit should also go to night-watchman Will Somerville (36 off 110 balls), who played the entire fifth morning first to raise visions of the improbable draw.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
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Ravichandran Ashwin Is Reliable In Home Conditions, Says Daniel Vettori

Daniel Vettori, New Zealand legendary spinner and ex-captain, weighed in on Ravichandran Ashwin’s performance, lauding the India off-spinner for having a terrific career after a draw between New Zealand and India in Kanpur.

The legend of Ravichandran Ashwin continues to grow as India’s premier off-spinner became the country’s third-highest wicket-taker in Tests surpassing the 40-year veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh when he dismissed New Zealand batter Tom Latham to grab his 418th Test scalp on Day 5 of the Kanpur Test.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh
Ravichandran Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh PTI Photo by Shailendra Bhojak (PTI9_25_2015_000078A)

Daniel Vettori: Ravichandran Ashwin Is Reliable At Home Conditions And Is Always Trying To Get Better

Ravichandran Ashwin is now next only to the legendary Anil Kumble and Kapil Dev and looks set to go second, needing another 16 wickets. Former New Zealand spinner and legend Daniel Vettori weighed in on Ravichandran Ashwin’s performance, lauding the India off-spinner for having a terrific career.

Daniel Vettori is New Zealand’s record wicket-taker.© Twitter
Daniel Vettori is New Zealand’s record wicket-taker.© Twitter

Daniel Vettori found Ravichandran Ashwin’s trait to evolve over the years impressive, saying the way he has dominated, especially in home conditions, is probably next to none.

“I think for someone who has been so dominant in so many different scenarios for India. He is so reliable, particularly in home conditions. The pace at which he takes wickets is phenomenal.

“The way he has evolved… his variations… the bowler that he was to the bowler that he has become. He is always learning, always trying to get better,” Vettori said on ESPNCricinfo.

The 35-year-old Ravichandran Ashwin took his 419th wicket in his 80th Test to surpass Harbhajan Singh (417 in 103 Tests) at an excellent average of 24.49. Ravichandran Ashwin claimed three wickets in both innings of the Kanpur Test and also made useful contributions of 38 and 32 with the bat.

Daniel Vettori Is Surprised How Ravindra Jadeja Is Preferred Over Constant Match Winner Ravichandran Ashwin

Having said that, Daniel Vettori expressed surprise over India’s tendency to drop Ravichandran Ashwin frequently from Test matches. Referring to Ravichandran Ashwin’s repeated snub from the four-Test matches in England, the former New Zealand captain found it tough to believe how the Indian team management preferred Ravindra Jadeja over him in Ravichandran Ashwin, given how the 35-year-old is possibly the best spinner in the world.

Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja Photo Credit: AP
Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja Photo Credit: AP

“All this while he is one of the best spinners for India and in world cricket, he regularly gets dropped. It is fascinating to sit back and see a guy who averages over five wickets in a Test and is a consistent match-winner gets left out of the team, and how Jadeja gets preferred over him. But he keeps coming back. He is far from done,” added Vettori.

Ravindra Jadeja has amassed 2195 runs besides picking up 232 scalps in 57 Tests since debuting in 2012. He averages 33.77 with the bat in Tests and 24.85 with the ball in the longest format.

The Indian think tank believed that Ravichandran Ashwin was not a potent threat on the seamer-friendly tracks in England. Ravichandran Ashwin has 18 wickets from seven Tests in England, while Ravindra Jadeja has 23 wickets from 10 Tests.

The two had played together in the World Test Championship final at Southampton against New Zealand in June without much success. Ravichandran Aswin is yet to score a Test fifty in England, while Ravindra Jadeja has three half-centuries to his credit.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
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Ravichandran Ashwin Said He Imitated Harbhajan Singh’s Bowling Action After Going Past His Tally Of 417 Test Wickets

Ravichandran Ashwin, India’s off-spinner has revealed that he used to imitate Harbhajan Singh’s bowling action during his younger days as a cricketer. Ravichandran Ashwin also added that ‘Bhajju pa’ was the reason he took up spin bowling.

On Monday, Ravichandran Ashwin went past Harbhajan Singh’s tally of 417 wickets to become the third-highest wicket-taker in India’s Test history. The 35-year-old achieved the feat when he bowled New Zealand opener Tom Latham for 52 on Day 5 of the Kanpur Test.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh
Ravichandran Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh PTI Photo by Shailendra Bhojak (PTI9_25_2015_000078A)

Ravichandran Ashwin Decided To Take Up Off-Spin Because Of Harbhajan Singh

In a light-hearted interaction with Player of the Match Shreyas Iyer (105 & 65), Ravichandran Ashwin recalled how he used to copy Harbhajan Singh’s bowling action before discovering his own groove.

The seasoned off-spinner told Shreyas Iyer: “I used to bowl a bit of seam up for Tamil Nadu. Then I had a pelvic disc slip. After that, I just started batting, didn’t want to bowl at all. But, after that 2001 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, I decided to take up off-spin because of ‘Bhajju pa’.

“It’s pretty easy, you put your hands across, hop and skip and keep going. That’s how I started. Now, I don’t know if I can do it (smiles).”

Shreyas Iyer at the Green Park Stadium Photo: BCCI
Shreyas Iyer at the Green Park Stadium Photo: BCCI

Ravichandran Ashwin also got the wicket of Tom Blundell (2) on Day 5 in Kanpur and now has 419 Test wickets to his name at an excellent average of 24.48. Ravichandran Ashwin is currently on a high. He recently made a successful comeback to India’s T20 squad after a gap of four years, during the World Cup in the UAE. He has continued the good work in the home series against New Zealand.

However, the Tamil Nadu cricketer admitted that he was unsure about where his career was heading during the time of the pandemic. Ravichandran Ashwin claimed three wickets in both innings of the Kanpur Test and also made useful contributions of 38 and 32 with the bat.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Ravichandran Ashwin conceded: “I didn’t know if I would play Test cricket after the pandemic. I hadn’t played the last Test in Christchurch (before COVID).

“I was standing at the crossroads thinking whether I would play Test matches. Where is my future headed? Do I get into the Test team? This is the only format I play. God has been kind and I have been able to turn around things.”

It has to be noted that Harbhajan Singh, who enjoyed a sensational run in the Test arena, was replaced by none other than Ravichandran Ashwin in the national team. Making his Test debut in 2011, Ravichandran Ashwin performed regularly and didn’t take long in cementing his place in the side. The same cost him, Harbhajan Singh, a regular spot in the playing XI.

Senior India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was shockingly dropped from the Test team from all of the 4 Tests against hosts England (after WTC Final) before he remarkably bowled well in the T20I World Cup 2021 on his comeback to the white ball squad after a 4-year gap following which he donned the whites again in the 1st Test vs NZ

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has played 5 T20Is since his comeback in the limited-overs format after a gap of 4 years. He has picked 9 scalps at an average of 11.66 and an economy rate of 5.25, and a strike rate of 13.3.

Despite being the leading wicket-taker in the squad, he was left out from all 4 Tests that India played on the England tour. To date, he has picked up 419 wickets in the 80 Tests he has played for India, at an excellent average of 24.49.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo Source: Twitter)
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Ravichandran Ashwin, India’s 3rd Highest Test Wicket Taker Didn’t Know Whether He Would Play Test Cricket Again Due To Covid-19 Pandemic

Ravichandran Ashwin, who became India’s third-highest wicket-taker in Tests, made a staggering revelation to teammate Shreyas Iyer in a video following the culmination of the 1st IND vs NZ Test match in Kanpur,

Senior India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was dropped from the Test team from all of the 4 Tests against hosts England before he remarkably bowled well in the T20I World Cup 2021 on his comeback to the white ball squad after a 4-year gap following which he donned the whites again in the 1st Test vs NZ.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Ravichandran Ashwin Didn’t Know Whether He Would Play Tests Again Due To Pandemic And Lockdown For Covid-19

The Tamil Nadu bowler, despite being one of the best spinners the nation has produced, is often dropped from Tests due to inexplicable reasons. But he always fights back, and that is why he is regarded as a modern-day great.

In an interview with teammate Man of the Match Shreyas Iyer(105 and 65), Ravichandran Ashwin made a staggering revelation, admitting that he was crossroads last year and didn’t know if he would ever be done the whites again.
For him to make this statement, hours after surpassing Harbhajan Singh to become the third-highest wicket-taker in Tests for India, speaks volumes of the struggles that stars have to go through.
Harbhajan Singh poses for a photograph ahead of a practice session © AFP
Harbhajan Singh poses for a photograph ahead of a practice session © AFP

On Monday, the 35-year-old Ravichandran Ashwin, who took his 419th wicket in his 80th Test to surpass Harbhajan Singh (417 in 103 Tests), said he got very candid with Shreyas Iyer in a chat.

“To be very modest about what is happening in my life and my career over the last couple of years, I did not know if I would go on to play Test cricket when we were in the pandemic, in the lockdown,” Ashwin said.

“I had not played (India’s) the last Test in Christchurch (which began on February 29, 2020). I was standing at the crossroads thinking whether I would play Tests again, where is my future headed, do I get into the Test team which is the only format I am playing. But God has been kind and I have been able to turn things around,” he said.

“I then shifted to Delhi Capitals when you (Shreyas) were captain and things have changed ever since,” he said in the interview shared by BCCI’s official Twitter handle.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has played 5 T20Is since his comeback in the limited-overs format after a gap of 4 years. He has picked 9 scalps at an average of 11.66 and an economy rate of 5.25, and a strike rate of 13.3. The 35-year-old Ravichandran Ashwin last played white-ball cricket for India in 2017(before returning in 2021 T20I WC) before being sidelined from one-day cricket following the Champions Trophy 2017 debacle.

Despite being the leading wicket-taker in the squad, he was left out from all 4 Tests that India played on the England tour. To date, he has picked up 419 wickets in the 80 Tests he has played for India, at an excellent average of 24.49.

Ravichandran Ashwin Rues Not Winning Despite Coming Close

The video was uploaded after India, and New Zealand played out a dramatic draw in Kanpur. Needing 280 runs to win with nine wickets in hand on a Day 5 pitch in India, the Kiwis managed to bat through the day as the final pairing of Rachin Ravindra and Ajaz Patel batted for 51 balls.

Talking about the game, Ashwin said, ” After the game, it is still sinking in, the fact that we could not win, we were so close yet so far. It’s a tough thing to get over for me.”

Ajaz Patel (Photo Credit: ICC/Twitter)
Ajaz Patel (Photo Credit: ICC/Twitter)

“It happened once in Jamaica where we could not cross the line, on the last day we were trying to force a victory but could not get it. It takes some time for me especially as a bowler bowling in the last innings, but it just did not happen today,” said Ashwin.

Indian spinners, led by Ravindra Jadeja, put up one of their most persevering performances in recent times. Still, Mumbai-born Ajaz Patel (2 off 23 balls) and Karnataka-born Rachin Ravindra (18 not out off 91 balls) consumed 8.4 overs after the fall of the ninth wicket to keep New Zealand on an even keel in the two-match series.

A lot of credit should also go to night-watchman Will Somerville (36 off 110 balls), who first played the entire fifth morning to raise visions of the improbable draw.

VVS Laxman (Image Credit: Twitter)
VVS Laxman (Image Credit: Twitter)
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VVS Laxman Hailed Wriddhiman Saha For His 61* While Batting In Considerable Pain

VVS Laxman hailed wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha’s fighting fifty on Day 4, which put the hosts in a commanding position against New Zealand in Kanpur on Sunday.

Wriddhiman Saha roared back to form with 61 not out as India declared their second innings at 234 for 7 to set New Zealand a target of 284 runs to win the series opener.

VVS Laxman, Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor with Wriddhiman Saha- FILE PHOTO/ AKHILESH KUMAR
VVS Laxman, Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor with Wriddhiman Saha- FILE PHOTO/ AKHILESH KUMAR

VVS Laxman: Wriddhiman Saha Is The Ultimate Fighter And Team Man

The fifty was Wriddhiman Saha’s sixth in Test cricket and first since August 2017. The 37-year-old, who didn’t keep wickets on Day 3 due to a stiff neck, was in visible pain throughout his knock, but he batted through it to put India in the driver’s seat on a penultimate day. The 37-year-old Wriddhiman Saha has amassed 1313 runs in 39 Tests averaging 29.84. He has 3 tons and 6 fifties.

Hailing Wriddhiman Saha’s contribution in the second innings, VVS Laxman said: “Wriddhiman Saha is the ultimate fighter and the ultimate team man.”

VVS Laxman has been working closely with Bengal’s veteran keeper Wriddhiman Saha for a few years now at Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise and, therefore, knows the 37-year-old inside-out. VVS Laxman also praised the 37-year-old keeper who battled stiff neck but showed that fight and determination that reflected the true character of the champion player.

India Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha (Photo | PTI)
India Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha (Photo | PTI)

The contributions of Wriddhiman Saha, Shreyas Iyer, and Ravichandran Ashwin (32) bailed India out of troubled waters after they were reduced to 51 for 5 in the first session after Kyle Jamieson (3-40) and Tim Southee (3-75) ran through the top-order. Shreyas Iyer followed his first-innings 105 with a crucial 65, forging 50-plus stands with Ravichandran Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha for the sixth and seventh-wickets respectively.

New Zealand Manages A Thrilling Draw In The 1st Test

Chasing a daunting victory target of 284 on a worn-out track, New Zealand was four for one when bad light stopped play. Opener Will Young was given lbw to Ravichandran Ashwin, which could have been reversed, but the batsman was late to review the decision. Tom Latham resumed on two on Monday with nightwatchman Will Somerville, who is yet to open his account, for company.

Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Axar Patel put in a tremendous effort in challenging conditions. The fifth-day pitch in Kanpur showed little sign of deterioration, and its slowness and lack of carry continued to negate the threat of its low bounce.

Ravindra Jadeja (Image Credit: Twitter)
Ravindra Jadeja (Image Credit: Twitter)

Two Indian-born cricketers, Ajaz Patel and Rachin Ravindra, showed remarkable resilience under fading light and on a deteriorating track to defy India’s famous spinners, eking out a thrilling draw for New Zealand in the opening Test on Monday.

Indian spinners, led by Ravindra Jadeja, put up one of their most persevering performances in recent times. Still, Mumbai-born Ajaz Patel (2 off 23 balls) and Karnataka-born Rachin Ravindra (18 not out off 91 balls) consumed 8.4 overs after the fall of the ninth wicket to keep New Zealand on an even keel in the two-match series.

A lot of credit should also go to night-watchman Will Somerville (36 off 110 balls), who played the entire fifth morning first to raise visions of the improbable draw.

India 345 (Iyer 105, Gill 52, Jadeja 50, Southee 5-69, Jamieson 3-91) and 234 for 7 declared. (Iyer 65, Saha 61, Jamieson 3-40, Southee 3-75) drew with New Zealand 296 (Latham 95, Young 89, Axar 5-62, Ashwin 3-82) and 165 for 9 (Latham 52, Jadeja 4-40, Ashwin 3-35)

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)
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Off-Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin And Pacer Kapil Dev Should Be Spoken Of In The Same Breath: Dinesh Karthik

Dinesh Karthik feels veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin should be considered an all-time great in Indian cricket, especially in the game’s longest format. One of the finest spinners of his generation, Ravichandran Ashwin’s all-around show paved the way for Ajinkya Rahane-led India to stage an incredible comeback on a penultimate Day 4 of the 1st Test match between New Zealand and hosts India at the Green Park stadium in Kanpur. 

After Ajinkya Rahane-led Team India side was reduced to 51/5 in their 2nd innings, Ravichandran Ashwin played a perfect second fiddle to an in-form batsman Shreyas Iyer to help the hosts bounce back on the penultimate day of the series opener.

The senior spinner then showcased his bowling exploits in New Zealand’s 2nd innings by getting the better of opener Will Young to make sure India finish the day ahead of the Kane Williamson-led side.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Dinesh Karthik Admits Ravichandran Ashwin, And Kapil Dev Should Be Spoken In The Same Breath

Talking about Ravichandran Ashwin playing a crucial role in the 1st Test at Kanpur, Indian batter Dinesh Karthik described the veteran off-spinner as one of the greatest matchwinners for India in the longest format.

Dinesh Karthik opined that off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin and legendary pace all-rounder Kapil Dev should be spoken of in the same breath when it comes to Indian cricket. The Indian wicketkeeper batter and former Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper opined that Ravichandran Ashwin and Kapil Dev are definitely two of the best all-rounders Team India has ever had for a long period of time.

Dinesh Karthik feels veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin should be considered an all-time great in Indian cricket | Photo: IANS/ AP
Dinesh Karthik feels veteran spinner Ravichandran Ashwin should be considered an all-time great in Indian cricket | Photo: IANS/ AP

“Obviously, I don’t think I am in a place to judge both of them, but I must admit that they should be spoken of in the same breath when it comes to Indian cricket because both of them have been match-winners, have been exemplary, and have been definitely the two best all-rounders to have come out of this soil for a long, long time,” Dinesh Karthik explained. 

Ravichandran Ashwin chipped in with a crucial 32 off 62 balls before Shreyas Iyer (62) and Wriddhiman Saha (61*) slammed half-centuries as India declared at 234 for 7 in the 2nd innings.

Dinesh Karthik Reckns Ravichandran Ashwin Is Among India’s Best All-rounders

The senior spinner then became the joint third-highest wicket-taker for India in Test history when he removed New Zealand’s Will Young on Day 4 of the 1st Test at Kanpur.

“You have to put him there (among India’s best all-rounders) with the number of Man of the Series he has won, the accolades he has got obviously. Getting 417 wickets in 80 Tests is an unbelievable record to have and the fact that he’s contributed and scored five hundred, much more than a lot of the batters who play for a longer period of time in Test matches.

“There are people who have played 30-35 Tests, and still haven’t managed five hundreds,” Dinesh Karthik added.

Dinesh Karthik file image. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
Dinesh Karthik file image. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has played 5 T20Is since his comeback in the limited-overs format after a gap of 4 years. He has picked 9 scalps at an average of 11.66 and an economy rate of 5.25, and a strike rate of 13.3. The 35-year-old Ravichandran Ashwin last played white-ball cricket for India in 2017 before being sidelined from one-day cricket following the Champions Trophy debacle.

He was left out from all 4 Tests that India played on the England tour, despite being the leading wicket-taker in the squad by picking up 417 wickets in the 80 Tests he has played for India, at an excellent average of 24.53. As a result, India registered a whitewash against 2021 T20 World Cup finalists New Zealand, winning the bilateral T20I series 3-0 in a convincing fashion before narrowly missing an outright win in the 1st Test.

Two Indian-born cricketers, Ajaz Patel and Rachin Ravindra, showed remarkable resilience under fading light and on a deteriorating track to defy India’s famous spinners, eking out a thrilling draw for New Zealand in the opening Test on Monday.

Indian spinners, led by Ravindra Jadeja (4/40), put up one of their most persevering performances in recent times. Still, Mumbai-born Ajaz Patel (2 off 23 balls) and Karnataka-born Rachin Ravindra (18 not out off 91 balls) consumed 8.4 overs after the fall of the ninth wicket to keep New Zealand on an even keel in the two-match series.

India 345 (Iyer 105, Gill 52, Jadeja 50, Southee 5-69, Jamieson 3-91) and 234 for 7 dec (Iyer 65, Saha 61, Jamieson 3-40, Southee 3-75) drew with New Zealand 296 (Latham 95, Young 89, Axar 5-62, Ashwin 3-82) and 165 for 9 (Latham 52, Jadeja 4-40, Ashwin 3-35)

Vinoo Mankad's (L) son Rahul Mankad (R) condemns the use of the term 'Mankading'. Agencies
Vinoo Mankad's (L) son Rahul Mankad (R) condemns the use of the term 'Mankading'. Agencies
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Rahul Mankad Writes Email To BCCI, Objecting ‘Mankading’ Usage

Rahul Mankad doesn’t want BCCI to use the term ‘Mankading’ as he finds it disrespectful. Run-outs that are affected by bowlers when the non-striker backs up too far are popularly and unofficially known as ‘Mankading’.

The term came into effect when legendary Indian all-rounder Vinoo Mankad ran out Australia’s Bill Brown for backing up too far during India’s tour to Australia in 1948. Since then, this form of dismissal is commonly termed as Mankad-ing. However, the late all-rounder’s only surviving son, Rahul Mankad, isn’t amused by the fact.

Rahul Mankad
Rahul Mankad. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Rahul Mankad Writes To BCCI To Resolve The Mankading Post As He Finds It Unearranted And Disrespectful

Rahul Mankad doesn’t want the Board of Control for Cricket in India(BCCI) to use the term ‘Mankading’ as he finds it disrespectful. The official Twitter page of BCCI referred to a run-out as ‘Mankading’ during the women’s Under-19 semi-final match between Karnataka and Madhya Pradesh. Disappointed by the same, Rahul Mankad wrote an email to BCCI president Sourav Ganguly, asking him to avoid using the term.

“I am writing this email with a request to please resolve the unwarranted and disrespectful situation that has appeared in a post on the BCCI website,” Mankad wrote in an email on October 18.

Secretary Jay Shah and chief executive officer Hemang Amin were also marked in the email.

Sourav Ganguly. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Sourav Ganguly. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Vinoo Mankad was best known for record opening partnership of 413 runs with Pankaj Roy in 1956, which stood for 52 years. He scored 2109 runs in 44 tests averaging 31.47, and scored 5 tons, the highest being 231. He also took 162 wickets, averaging 32.32, with the best being 8/52.

Rahul Mankad Yet To Receive Any Response From BCCI

Meanwhile, Rahul Mankad also confirmed that he hadn’t received any response from the Indian cricket board. Moreover, that post hasn’t been deleted yet.

“It is an overenthusiastic and ill-informed post and perhaps a misplaced attempt at humour, but the fact that it has not been taken off is a cause for concern, in my view. I urge you to take immediate action and remove the offensive post forthwith,” he had written further.

Jos Buttler was furious with the umpire's decision after being Mankaded by R Ashwin (BCCI Photo)
Jos Buttler was furious with the umpire’s decision after being Mankaded by R Ashwin (BCCI Photo)

Rahul Mankad also pointed out the fact has ICC has stopped using the ‘unfortunate’ term and is referring to the controversial form of dismissal as a run-out.

“Vinoo Mankad was a great Indian cricketer, and his stature as a player and person is unquestionable, you will agree. I strongly believe that BCCI needs to come out and endorse the wrong associated with the eponymous dismissal and term it as it is rightly and under the Laws of Cricket labeled as “RUN OUT,” wrote Mankad.

“As you are aware, the ICC has dropped the unfortunate term referring to my father and has started calling it a Run Out. It is only right that BCCI of all the peak bodies ought to take lead and put this issue to bed, once and for all,” he added.

Vinoo Mankad was an opening batsman and was also a slow left-arm orthodox bowler and hit his career-best 231 against New Zealand in 1956 besides establishing a world record partnership of 413 runs with Pankaj Roy.

Ravichandran Ashwin made headlines in IPL 2019 when he ‘Mankaded’ by running Rajasthan Royals’ Jos Buttler out at the non-striker’s end after the Rajasthan Royals batsman was found outside his crease even before then Kings XI Punjab’s off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin delivered the ball. Jos Buttler was also out similarly against Sri Lanka in 2014 when Sachithra Senanayake did the same.

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