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Salman Butt. Image-Twitter
Salman Butt. Image-Twitter
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John Buchanan Was Very High-Tech Coach As He Used To Have Long Meetings Where Players Fall Asleep: Salman Butt

Salman Butt has raised an objection to the “glorifying” of World Cup-winning coach John Buchanan. Salman Butt, who played under John Buchanan during his stint with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in 2008, said the Australian was a ‘high-tech’ man who used to bore his players to sleep during team meetings.

John Buchanan was the head coach of the legendary Ricky Ponting-led Australian team that won three consecutive World Cups from 1999 to 2007. However, his contributions were always in question, with many believing that he simply inherited a great team. At KKR, his “multiple captaincy” strategy courted a lot of criticism, and he was ousted in 2009 after the team failed to perform as expected.

Controversial Pakistan batsman Salman Butt
Controversial Pakistan batsman Salman Butt (File Photo | AFP)

Salman Butt: John Buchanan Was Very High Tech Coach As He Used To Have Long Meetings Where Players Fall Asleep

Salman Butt said John Buchanan wasn’t successful in any other coaching assignments since the Australians would have won even without a coach.

“John Buchanan was a very high-tech coach. He used to have long meetings. I have also run teams and I am not a fan of such long meetings where players fall asleep. Players used to fall asleep in his meetings and he’s been part of a lot of coaching projects around the world but none were successful. “

John Buchanan did a commendable job as a coach Getty Images
John Buchanan did a commendable job as a coach Getty Images

“The Australian team was a massive side, it wouldn’t have mattered if they didn’t have a coach at all. Australian players have written the same in their books as well. He was a decent man but the glorifying of his coaching [is wrong]. Give any coach such players and the results will be similar,” Salman Butt remarked on his YouTube channel.

While Ricky Ponting once commended John Buchanan for his contributions to the team, players like Shane Warne were often dismissive of his convoluted coaching style. Former Australian coach John Buchanan trained the Australian side from 1999 to 2007, this was also the period when the side won three World Cups. Not just this, Australia also won the Champions Trophy and a couple of Ashes.

Salman Butt played under John Buchanan’s tutelage during his only year in the IPL. He was a part of seven matches, scoring 193 runs at an average of 27.57. KKR, despite starting the inaugural game with a bang, finished sixth in the points table that season.

Salman Butt Spoke Highly of Sourav Ganguly

“He was a good captain, there’s no doubt about that, he captained India very well. He’s very soft spoken, keeps the team with utmost care and a brilliant player too. I have a lot of respect for him. No, no, he was not at all strict. I have played with him, against him and under his captaincy as well, he was never strict,” concluded Salman Butt.

Sourav Ganguly played for KKR in the first three editions of IPL. Photo AFP
Sourav Ganguly played for KKR in the first three editions of IPL. Photo AFP

KKR finished sixth, eighth, and sixth in the first three editions of the IPL since its inception in 2008. Sourav Ganguly was an icon player for the franchise being a local lad, which resulted in fans outraging when he was left out. Gautam Gambhir replaced Sourav Ganguly, and under his leadership, the results began to improve. KKR won the tournament in 2012 and 2014, beating CSK and KXIP in the respective finals.

The left-handed batsman from Kolkata debuted for Team India in 1992. Sourav Ganguly was adjudged as the skipper for the Indian side after the match-fixing fiasco in 2000. His cricketing career spanned 16 years.

In the 2011 IPL auctions, Sourav Ganguly was released by the KKR franchise and went unsold in the auction to the surprise of many. However, Ganguly was bought by Sahara-owned Pune Warriors after Ashish Nehra injured his finger during the 2011 World Cup and was unavailable for the tournament. Also missing for them was the 2011 World Cup Man of the tournament Yuvraj Singh, who was diagnosed with cancer and went to the USA for treatment.

Shoaib Akhtar, Sachin Tendulkar | Photo Credit: AP, File Image
Shoaib Akhtar, Sachin Tendulkar | Photo Credit: AP, File Image
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Shoaib Akhtar Narrated An Incident When He Tried To Lift Sachin Tendulkar During 2007 Tour

Shoaib Akhtar, a former Pakistan fast bowler has narrated an amusing incident involving himself and Sachin Tendulkar during Pakistan’s 2007 visit to India. At an awards function during the tour, Shoaib Akhtar tried to lift Sachin Tendulkar for fun but ended up dropping him, which scared the hell out of the Rawalpindi Express.

Pakistan toured India for five ODIs and three Test matches in November-December 2007. The was the last time India and Pakistan featured in a bilateral Test series. Looking back at the tour, Shoaib Akhtar provided some interesting details of the incident involving him and Sachin Tendulkar.

Shoaib Akhtar. (AFP Photo)
Shoaib Akhtar. (AFP Photo)

Shoaib Akhtar Recalls Good Memories From India Visits

Pakistan and India’s last bilateral ties at either of the two neighbouring countries were 2 T20Is and 3 ODIs in India way back in 2012. Speaking on Sportskeeda’s official YouTube channel, he revealed that he tried to lift former Indian batting legend, Sachin Tendulkar, for fun.

“After Pakistan, if there is one country where I have received a lot of love, it is India. I have a lot of good memories from my visits to India. During the 2007 tour, there was an awards function. So obviously, there was a get-together after the function. As usual, I wanted to do something different. “

” So I tried to lift Sachin Tendulkar, just for fun. I managed to lift him but then he slipped from my hands. Tendulkar fell down, not that badly, but I thought to myself that ‘I am dead’. I feared that if Sachin Tendulkar gets unfit or injured, I would never get an Indian Visa. The Indians would never allow me to come back to the country or would burn me alive.”

Sachin Tendulkar Getty Images
Sachin Tendulkar Getty Images

Adding that while they were rivals on the cricketing pitch, Shoaib Akhtar stated that he was great friends with Sachin Tendulkar off the field. Sharing more about the incident, the former pacer continued that he hugged Sachin Tendulkar after he fell down and feared that if he was injured, it could have caused trouble.

“When he fell down I really thought I am done for life. I remember Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh were also there and they were telling me, ‘what are you doing man?’ And I responded saying ‘I don’t really know, it just happened.’ So then I went and hugged Tendulkar and asked him if he was okay. Thankfully, he said he was fine.”

“Then I told him if anything would have happened, it could have caused big trouble to me, especially with the media and all the fans in India. Tendulkar later hammered us in the series. At that point, I wished he was unfit (jokingly).”

Sachin Tendulkar currently holds the record for most hundreds in both Tests and ODIs. Incredibly, he retained a divine enthusiasm for the game till his last match. He also scored the first double-century in one-day cricket. In 2012, he became the first player to score 100 international centuries.

Later that year, though, he announced his retirement from ODIs. And on November 16, 2013, Sachin Tendulkar retired from Test cricket after a memorable 200th Test-the most by any player.

Shoaib Akhtar revealed that Sachin Tendulkar was fit and also played the series. And for his visa, he continued to stay in India and also returned to the country for the 2011 World Cup, which was co-hosted by India, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh. India won the five-match ODI series 3-2 and followed up with a 1-0 win in the three-match Test series. The Master Blaster scored 259 runs in ODIs and 139 runs in two Tests.

Shoaib Akhtar Has A Habit Of Playing Pranks

In the same video, Shoaib Akhtar admitted that he had a habit of playing pranks, which sometimes went wrong and even ended up injuring people. Revealing details, he added that he once jumped on Yuvraj Singh’s back and pressed Shahid Afridi’s neck for which the latter got hurt and was ruled out.

Shahid Afridi brings out his trademark starfish celebration Pakistan Super League
Shahid Afridi brings out his trademark starfish celebration Pakistan Super League

“Yuvraj is my buddy. I once jumped on his back. Bhajji is a witness to that. I pressed Shahid Afridi’s neck, he got hurt and was ruled out. So these are the instances I remember. It’s not a great joke but I just did it for fun and sometimes injuries happened.”

Renowned as one of the fastest bowlers of his time, Shoaib Akhtar played 46 Tests, 163 ODIs, and 15 T20Is, claiming 444 international wickets.

Road Safety World Series
Road Safety World Series
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2nd Edition Of Road Safety World Series Likely To Be Held In January-February 2022

The 2nd edition of the Road Safety World Series is likely to be held from January 9 to February 16. Legendary cricketers from six countries – India, Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies, England, and Bangladesh – turn back the clock in the tournament. India Legends, led by Sachin Tendulkar, won the inaugural edition which was played in two legs due to the pandemic. The first season commenced last year and was stopped midway due to the COVID-19 outbreak.

The second edition of the Road Safety World Series is slated to commence, tentatively, from January 9 with the final on February 16. However, there hasn’t been any official word yet from the organizers.

Indian Legends Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag. (Photo: Twitter)
Indian Legends Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag. (Photo: Twitter)

Road Safety World Series’ 2nd Edition  Will Be Held In January-February

The remaining matches were played earlier this year but Australia Legends didn’t participate and they were replaced by a team from Bangladesh. India hosted the inaugural season of the Road Safety World Series which was organized to create awareness about the safety rules on the road.

Road Safety World Series
Road Safety World Series. Image-Twitter

If the reports are to be believed, discussions are going on for Sri Lanka to host the tournament next year. However, nothing is confirmed yet. Apart from Sri Lanka, UAE and South Africa are also in the line to host the Road Safety World Series and it remains to be seen who earns the hosting rights of the competition.

The venue for the 2022 edition of the Road Safety World Series isn’t confirmed yet. With the unrelenting pandemic situation in India, which had already forced the second phase of the IPL 2021 and the T20 World Cup to the UAE, this tournament also is unlikely to take place in the country. Not to forget, Sachin Tendulkar, Irfan Pathan, and Yusuf Pathan had contracted the virus after their participation in the first season earlier this year.

Indian Legends Beat Sri Lankan Legends In The Final In March 2021

Earlier in March 2021, India defeated Sri Lanka in the final in a close game. It seemed the rematch of the 2011 World Cup Final between the two teams as a lot of players from that game featured in the game of the retired legends. After being put in to bat first, India was in a spot of bother at 78/3 in the 11th over of the innings.

But then Yuvraj Singh and Yusuf Pathan rolled back the clock with a stunning partnership. The duo added 85 runs in less than 8 overs to revive the innings.

Yusuf Pathan (L) and Yuvraj Singh (R) of India Legends(Road Safety World Series / Twitter)
Yusuf Pathan (L) and Yuvraj Singh (R) of India Legends(Road Safety World Series / Twitter)

While Yuvraj Singh slammed 60 off 41 balls with four fours and as many sixes, Yusuf Pathan remained unbeaten on 62 off 36 with four fours and five sixes as India posted 181 runs for the loss of four wickets in their 20 overs. In response, Sri Lanka Legends fought hard courtesy of Sanath Jayasuriya and Kaushalya Weeraratne but they fell 14 runs short as India famously won the tournament.

Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, File Photo
Yuvraj Singh, Suresh Raina, File Photo
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Suresh Raina Was Asked To Be Ready Before Test Debut In 2010 By “Unwell” Yuvraj Singh

Suresh Raina had a memorable Test debut against Sri Lanka in 2010 in Colombo. The left-hander came on to bat and smashed 120 runs in the match. It was not enough to win the match for India but certainly helped the MS Dhoni-led side in drawing against an in-form Sri Lankan team.

But in a recent interaction, Suresh Raina revealed that he was not initially going to play in the aforementioned Test. He revealed that another left-handed southpaw Yuvraj Singh was unwell a day before the Test, which led to him being included in the team.
Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina[photo: Twitter]

Suresh Raina Was Asked To Be Ready By Yuvraj Singh Who Had A Probable Stomach Bug The Night Earlier

Suresh Raina went on to score 120 runs in the first innings as India posted a staggering 707 runs on the board in reply to Sri Lanka’s first innings total of 648 runs. The match, however, ended in a draw after a stupendous display from the batsmen from both sides.

“Just before my Test debut, he (Yuvraj Singh) called me in the night around 12:30 or 1 clock at night. He said ‘Suresh, I am not able to sleep, I think I may have a stomach bug or something.

“You should be ready’. Generally, no one says like this, they usually think we will see how things go in the morning. He was so generous and kind to me to tell me that I should be ready,” Raina told sports presenter Gaurav Kapur on his ’22 Yarns with Gaurav Kapur’ podcast uploaded on Spotify.

Yuvraj Singh. (Photo by Marty Melville/Getty Images)
Yuvraj Singh. (Photo by Marty Melville/Getty Images)

“I could not sleep the entire night – thinking I might make my debut the next day, how will I go about it. It has not been discussed in the team meeting. I am not prepared. I don’t even know if I will make debut or not,” he added.

“Luckily, we lost the toss and were asked to field. We had to field for full two days with Sangakkara and Jayawardene scoring big. Then, after drinking a few coconut waters, I went on to bat,” he further said.

Suresh Raina played 18 tests scoring 768 runs at an average of 26.5. His maiden test hundred went on to be his only century and alongside that, he scored 7 half-centuries. Suresh Raina announced his retirement from international cricket on 15th August 2020, a few moments after the legendary MS Dhoni announced his retirement.

Suresh Raina Congratulated By Yuvraj Singh After Scoring A Ton

Suresh Raina revealed he was lauded by Yuvraj Singh after scoring a ton on his Test debut.

“After I scored a hundred, Yuvi paa came up to me and he hugged me. ‘This is you, well done, I am so happy for you,’ he said to me. It was such a good environment at that time. Senior players, taking care of me, looking after me like a younger brother.

“Looking after you if there is a controversy, they would protect you from the media. They would look after you mentally and give you space where you can perform and express yourself,” Raina signed off.

File image of Suresh Raina.(AP)
File image of Suresh Raina. (AP)

Suresh Raina’s Test career never flourished as he played only 18 matches where he scored 768 runs at an average of 26.48. His journey in the longer format ended after he bagged a pair against Australia back in 2015 at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

However, parking aside the disappointments, the southpaw had an impressive start to his Test sojourn back in 2010. Suresh Raina scored a century on debut against Sri Lanka at the SSC in Colombo. His 120-run knock was laced with 12 fours and two sixes before Ajantha Mendis dismissed him.

Yuvraj Singh. (Photo by Marty Melville/Getty Images)
Yuvraj Singh. (Photo by Marty Melville/Getty Images)
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Rishabh Pant Has Proven That He Is A Match-Winner, Says Yuvraj Singh

Rishabh Pant has managed to cement his place in the national team as a playing XI regular. He was criticized in the initial part of his career, especially for his wicket-keeping skills, which needed improvement, but he got support from the team management and managed to turn himself into a match-winner.

Early on in his career, Rishabh Pant was also criticized for throwing away his wicket by going for rash shots, after getting in. He has worked on that too. It’s in fact Rishabh Pant’s exploits with the bat which have made it impossible to keep him out of the team. He has become the first choice keeper in the Test team, both in foreign conditions and at home.
Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: BCCI)
Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: BCCI)

Rishabh Pant Has Proven That He Is A Match Winner: Yuvraj Singh

Former India all-rounder and the 2011 World Cup player of the tournament, Yuvraj Singh feels Rishabh Pant has proved himself as a match-winner and agrees that he has matured with age.

“He is very mature and is a find for India because I felt he got a lot of criticism after the ways (in which) he got out. So, it is good to listen to some positive words for him. Rishabh has proven that he is a match-winner.

“In tough conditions like Australia, the way he batted and the way he got a brilliant hundred against England as well. He is probably a key (player) in the middle order,” Yuvraj told TimesofIndia.com in an exclusive interview.

The biggest turning point of Rishabh Pant’s career so far was India’s 2018 tour of Australia. He scored 350 runs in 4 matches at an average of 58.33. In the crucial Sydney Test, with India leading 2-1 and needing a win or a draw to win the series, Rishabh Pant once again accelerated India’s run rate as he scored an unbeaten 159 off 189 balls. India drew the match and clinched their maiden series win on Australian soil.

Wriddhiman Saha and Rishabh Pant | Source: Twitter
Wriddhiman Saha and Rishabh Pant | Source: Twitter

Rishabh Pant continued his love affair with Australia on India’s last tour in 2020-21. With the team battling multiple adversities and injuries, he scored 97 runs off 118 balls in the third Test and an unbeaten 89 in the fourth Test in Brisbane and was adjudged Man of the match, as India won the match and series.

Rishabh Pant was picked in the playing XI again ahead of Wriddhiman Saha for the home Test series against England. In the four Tests, he scored 270 runs at an average of 54.00, including one century and two fifties. He batted at a strike rate of 84.11 in the four-match series, which India won comprehensively 3-1.

Yuvraj Singh, who played a vital role in India’s two World Cup triumphs (2007 and 2011), sees a glimpse of Australia’s legendary wicket-keeper batsman Adam Gilchrist in Rishabh Pant.

“I see someone, Rishabh Pant, like Adam Gilchrist who can change the course of the game. Gilchrist changed the course of the game in Test cricket when he came onto the scene. And I feel Rishabh can do the same,” Yuvraj told TimesofIndia.com.

“I also see Rishabh as a potential Indian captain in the future. Because he is jumpy, chirpy, and talks around. But I feel he surely has a smart brain as well because I saw him when he was captaining in the IPL for Delhi Capitals.

“He did an incredible job. So, people should look at him as the next captain of the Indian team in the coming years,” Yuvraj, who played 40 Tests, 304 ODIs, and 58 T20Is for India further said.

Named skipper for the IPL 2021 following an injury to Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, who has 1 hundred and 14 IPL fifties to his name, led Delhi Capitals to the top spot in the points table before IPL 2021 was suspended.

Yuvraj Singh: Current Left-Handers Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, And Ravindra Jadeja Can Change The Course Of The Game Anytime

Over the years, Yuvraj Singh became one of India’s biggest match-winners. He reckons the left-handers Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya, and Ravindra Jadeja can change the course of the game anytime.

Responding to this Yuvraj said: “I probably don’t see any left-hander right now in the middle. Overall, we have got some good hitters in the middle. We have got Rishabh. We have got Hardik.

“I think Rishabh and Hardik together as they play more one-day and T20 together, they both will be quite a dynamic duo, batting together. You have Ravindra Jadeja coming in. So, these three guys can change the course of the game anytime. Jadeja has improved by leaps and bounds in one-day cricket and T20 cricket.”

“The left-right combination is always dangerous, as I and MS Dhoni were. So, I am looking forward to seeing Rishabh, Hardik, and Jadeja bat at the 5,6, and 7 slots,” he stated.

File image of Yuvraj Singh | Oli Scarff/AFP
File image of Yuvraj Singh | Oli Scarff/AFP

Like many other retired cricketers, Yuvraj Singh has also taken to golf in a big way.

“I am playing Golf. In these COVID times, it is quite important to keep a positive attitude,” he asserted.

A recent development for Yuvraj Singh was him being named as the face of Puma Motorsport in India, which saw him join the likes of Thierry Henry, Boris Becker, and Usain Bolt as part of the brand’s global list of legends.

“My association with Puma has been about 10 years now. If you see internationally, their association is with legends. The great thing about Puma is that they don’t let go of their legends, internationally or across.

“But the great thing about Puma is that they still stick to their old legends. Because they feel that the old legends and the new generation are both responsible for making the brand popular.”

Yuvraj was recently spotted playing golf with the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Ajit Agarkar, and Ashish Nehra.

Kapil Dev, BCCI
Kapil Dev, BCCI
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Madan Lal Picks Kapil Dev’s 1983 Champions As Winners If There’s A Match Between 1983 World Cup And 2011 World Cup Winners

Madan Lal has picked Kapil Dev’s 1983 World Cup-winning side will come out on top if there is a hypothetical match between MS Dhoni’s 2011 World Cup winners and Kapil Dev’s 1983 champions.

Kapil Dev was the first captain to lead the Indian cricket team to World Cup success in 1983 while MS Dhoni repeated the feat in 2011, winning the ODI World Cup after a 28-year wait.

MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh PTI
MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh PTI

Madan Lal Had No Doubts About Winner Of A Hypothetical Match Between MS Dhoni’s 2011 WC Winning Team And Kapil Dev’s 1983 Champions

Indian cricket has been blessed with some phenomenal captains who have done the country proud with their achievements on the field. Cricket has given the nation some of its finest sporting celebrities. The Kapil Dev-led side earned India its first success with the 1983 World Cup win while MS Dhoni’s team repeated it 28 years later.

On the 38th anniversary of India’s first-ever triumph at the ODI World Cup, the Kapil Dev-led side appeared to relive some memories from the nation’s maiden World Cup triumph.  When asked to pick the winners of a match between the 1983 side and the 2011 team both of which won the World Cups, Madan Lal had no doubt that the team he played with would’ve come out on top.

“We would have won definitely. We had all the fighters in our team, they wouldn’t have let the World Cup go. Everybody will get a chance to do well, they would have definitely won the game,” Madan Lal said.

Madan Lal , DNA file photo
Madan Lal , DNA file photo

Roger Binny also sided with Kapil Dev & Co., saying the team would’ve won if the match was played at England’s iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground.

“If we were playing at Lord’s we would have definitely won,” Binny said.

The 1983 World Cup saw underdogs India defeating the mighty West Indies.

India Won 1983 World Cup Defeating West Indies At Lords And MS Dhoni Repeated The Feat 28 Years Later In The 2011 World Cup

Kapil Dev’s men had only managed to put 183 runs on the board in 54.4 overs but despite the low total, they didn’t lose hope. Mohinder Amarnath was the star with the ball for India, picking up 3 wickets for 12 runs while Madan Lal also contributed three scalps. In the end, the Windies were bundled out for 140 runs in 52 overs.

Dhoni's 2011 side vs Kapil's 1983 team: Who will win?
Dhoni’s 2011 side vs Kapil’s 1983 team: Who will win? | Photo Credit: BCCL

MS Dhoni & Co. then repeated the feat as India defeated Sri Lanka in the 2011 World Cup final at Mumbai’s Wankhede stadium. The Jharkhand-born wicket-keeper batsman was among the top performers in the match, scoring 91 runs and sealing the fate of the title with an iconic six straight down the ground.

Gautam Gambhir, the other hero who top-scored with 97 in that final, is irked that MS Dhoni’s six became the defining moment of India’s World Cup triumph and not Yuvraj Singh’s all-around contribution in the tournament. With 362 runs at an average of 90.5 and 15 wickets at an average of 25.13, Yuvraj Singh was a key player in India’s second ODI World Cup win after a hiatus of 28 years and deservingly won the Player of the Tournament award.

Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni
Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni
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Suresh Raina Admits It Isn’t Pleasant That People Link His Place In Team To MS Dhoni’s Friendship

Suresh Raina admitted it wasn’t a pleasant experience knowing that people linked his place in the team to his friendship with MS Dhoni. Suresh Raina and MS Dhoni were great teammates but even better friends. From playing together for India to representing Chennai Super Kings to announcing their international retirements on the same day, the duo shares a great bond.

The camaraderie shared between the two is one that is rarely seen between two top-level cricketers and theirs is a pair that is immortal when it comes to India cricket’s fabled duos.

Suresh Raina with MS Dhoni. (Photo| PTI)
Suresh Raina with MS Dhoni. (Photo| PTI)

Suresh Raina Said MS Dhoni Knew How To Get The Best Performance Out Of Him And He Trusted The Keeper

In his recently released autobiography, Believe, authored by veteran sports journalist Bharat Sundaresan, Suresh Raina revealed how MS Dhoni played a part in bringing the best out of the left-handed batsman but admitted that it wasn’t a pleasant experience knowing that there were people who always linked his place in the team to his friendship with the former India captain.

“Dhoni knew how to get the best performance out of me, and I trusted him. When people equate our connection with a spot for me in the Indian team, it hurts a lot. I’ve always worked hard to win my spot in Team India, just as I’ve earned Dhoni’s faith and respect,” Suresh Raina wrote.

MS Dhoni (BCCI/IPL)
MS Dhoni (BCCI/IPL)

Between the two, MS Dhoni made his India debut first. The former India captain played his first match for India on December 23, 2004 – during an ODI against Bangladesh, where he was run out without scoring. Seven months later, Raina made his Indian team debut. July 30, 2005, is when the left-handed southpaw would make his debut for India in an ODI against Sri Lanka in Dambulla.

Suresh Raina And MS Dhoni Announced Retirement On The Same Day 15th August 2020 And Both Played For CSK Mostly

Over the next few years, MS Dhoni and Raina would go on to become the linchpin of India’s middle order, especially in ODIs, along with the prolific Yuvraj Singh. Unfortunately, Raina injured his knee and required surgery in 2006, which kept him out of action for six months. He was still recovering by the time the 2007 T20 World Cup came rolling and had to miss the event that would prove to be a defining moment for Indian cricket.

However, Suresh Raina would light up the next edition of the T20 World Cup in 2009, becoming India’s first-ever T20I centurion. He was also the first Indian batsman to score a century in all three formats for India.

The MS Dhoni-Suresh Raina camaraderie continued for years as India won the 2011 World Cup and the 2013 Champions Trophy, with MS Dhoni being at the helm and Suresh Raina being his go-to man. Fittingly, the duo announced their retirement on the same day, August 15, 2020.

Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina (Image Credit: Twitter)

Raina had so far scored 5,491 runs in 195 innings(200 games) for CSK and Gujarat Lions averaging 33.07 and is 3rd highest run-scorer in IPL history. He managed 123 runs in 7 games in IPL 2021 after pulling out of the tournament in 2020 citing personal reasons.

The 39-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni is India’s most successful captain winning the 2011 World Cup final win on home soil and also guided them to victory in the inaugural T20 World Cup final in 2007 and the Champions Trophy 2013. He last played in the 2019 World Cup, where he was run out, much like in his debut match in 2004.

Apart from being a good batsman, Suresh Raina was exceptional on the field too often patrolling the point and cover regions with his brilliant acrobatic fielding saving run at crucial junctures and affecting run-outs. The Uttar Pradesh-born Raina was India’s designated finisher along with former India skipper MS Dhoni. Raina was a part-time right-arm off-break spinner too and picked crucial wickets at much-needed intervals.

File image of Yuvraj Singh | Oli Scarff/AFP
File image of Yuvraj Singh | Oli Scarff/AFP
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Yuvraj Singh Thinks MS Dhoni Was Very Happy To See Him Hit 6 Consecutive Sixes

Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni have gifted fans some of the greatest moments in Indian cricket while batting together. Yuvraj Singh was the non-striker when MS Dhoni hit the winning runs of the 2011 World Cup.

Four years before that, in another world event – T20 World Cup – MS Dhoni was standing at the other hand when Yuvraj Singh became the first and to date the only batsman to hit six sixes in an over in a T20I.

MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh PTI
MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh PTI

Yuvraj Singh Thinks MS Dhoni Was Very Happy To See Him Hit 6 Consecutive Sixes Off Stuart Broad

Almost 14 years since Yuvraj Singh hit England’s Stuart Broad for six sixes in an over, the former India all-rounder revealed how captain MS Dhoni felt standing at the non-striker’s end.

“I think MS was very happy. If you’re the captain and the other guy is just hitting six after six, you’re just happy that the score is increasing and it was a must-win game,” Yuvraj told Gaurav Kapur in the ’22 Yarns’ podcast.

Stuart Broad and Yuvraj Singh. (Getty Images)
Stuart Broad and Yuvraj Singh. (Getty Images)

Yuvraj Singh had also registered the fastest T20I fifty off just 12 balls in that match, helping India stay alive in the tournament, which they later on won by beating Pakistan in the finals.

“I remember I hit two good boundaries off Flintoff which he obviously didn’t like. He said something to me and I said something back. It was quite a serious fight at that time. The umpires also came in. I just felt like I wanted to hit every ball out of the park,” Yuvraj revealed.

Yuvraj Singh featured in two World Cup wins for India (T20 World Cup in 2007 and ODI World Cup in 2011). In the 2007 T20 World Cup, Yuvraj Singh scored only 148 runs in the tournament, with two fifties. But he got those runs at a strike rate close to 195. His 12-ball half-century against England in the tournament remains the fastest fifty in international cricket as he hit 6 sixes in one over off Stuart Broad.

With 362 runs at an average of 90.5 and 15 wickets at an average of 25.13, he was a key player in India’s second ODI World Cup win 11 in 20after a hiatus of 28 years, and deservingly won the Player of the Tournament award.

Yuvraj Singh Prepared Himself For Full-Length Deliveries

The left-hander who played another blistering inning in the semi-final against Australia explained how he prepared himself for fuller lengths delivery once he hit Stuart Broad for a couple of sixes at the start of the over.

“Luckily, the first ball I hit (off Broad) went out of the park. The second ball I hit, went into the crowd. The third ball I hit over point, where I hadn’t even hit a boundary in my career. Collingwood came and told Broad to keep bowling yorkers to me outside off-stump because the off-side was big.”

Yuvraj Singh blasted six sixes in one over bowled by Stuart Broad in the ICC World T20 clash in Durban on September 19, 2007 and 13 years later, IPL 2020 is beginning. , Twitter
Yuvraj Singh blasted six sixes in one over bowled by Stuart Broad in the ICC World T20 clash in Durban on September 19, 2007, Twitter

“My first look was to Flintoff, giving him a cheeky smile. My second look was to Dimitri Mascarenhas sort of telling him that the scores are settled and then obviously I did a fist pump with Dhoni. It actually didn’t register to me that I had hit six sixes. For me, it was all about settling the scores with England.”

Former India cricketer Yuvraj Singh recalled how former England all-rounder Andrew Flintoff angered him that led to the southpaw hitting six sixes off Stuart Broad during the inaugural edition of the ICC World T20 in 2007. Yuvraj Singh slammed six maximums in one Stuart Broad over during his majestic 14-ball 58 which ultimately proved to be the difference between the two sides as India won the match by 18 runs.

MSK Prasad. (Photo Source: Twitter)
MSK Prasad. (Photo Source: Twitter)
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MSK Prasad Opens Up On Arguments With Ravi Shastri And Virat Kohli During His Tenure As Chief Selector Till 2019 World Cup

MSK Prasad, whose stint as the BCCI chief selector came to an end after the 2019 World Cup, often faced questions regarding him being overshadowed by India captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri.

For a large part of his tenure as chief selector of the Indian cricket team, MSK Prasad brought several new prominent youngsters to Indian cricket – including the likes of all-rounder Hardik Pandya and dashing keeper Rishabh Pant, both of whom have proven to be match-winners for the team.

MSK Prasad
MSK Prasad (Getty Images)

MSK Prasad Asked If There Was A Perception That He Was Too Humble In Front Of Ravi Shastri And Virat Kohli

In a recent interaction, MSK Prasad was once again asked about the perception that he was “too humble” in front of Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri.

“There was a perception that you were too humble in front of someone like Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli. People can’t imagine how you could win arguments against such aggressive professionals?” MSK Prasad was asked in an interaction on cricket.com.

Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli
Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli. PTI Photo by Shashank Parade (PTI11_21_2014_000176B)

In response, the former India wicketkeeper-batsman revealed that he often engaged in arguments with both Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri, but added that all of them are professionals and understand the role they needed to play for the benefit of the team.

“You ask them what kind of arguments we had. Sometimes, we didn’t want to see each other (after meetings) but the beauty of them is that the next morning when we would meet, they would recognize and acknowledge that there is (merit in the) point we made,” MSK Prasad revealed.

“I am a management student and know how to manage. People want me to blame someone publicly? Why should I do that because it is my family? I may like or dislike decisions even at home in my family but can I come out and say something publicly?” MSK Prasad added.

The 46-year-old was often criticized for his decisions as he was not an experienced campaigner on the international circuit. The wicketkeeper-batsman’s 23 international appearances included six Tests and 17 ODIs with a solitary half-century.

MSK Prasad: Just Because Indian Team Management Didn’t Have Differences Publicly Doesn’t Mean Succumbing To The Duo Of Virat Kohli And Ravi Shastri

India’s former chief selector MSK Prasad in a recent interaction revealed that he used to have arguments with skipper Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri. MSK Prasad has often been criticized for the decisions he took during his tenure which includes picking Vijay Shankar over Ambati Rayudu in World Cup 2019 squad to Yuvraj Singh’s ouster after Champions Trophy 2017.

File image of Yuvraj Singh | Oli Scarff/AFP
File image of Yuvraj Singh | Oli Scarff/AFP

During MSK Prasad’s tenure, many young talents including Hardik Pandya and Rishabh Pant joined the competition in the senior team. Even, Jasprit Bumrah got the chance in the Test team following which he enjoyed success with the red-ball too.

“Virat and Ravi will tell you about that (how we used to have heated debates). Just because we didn’t have differences publicly doesn’t mean that we were succumbing to them. Who knows how we have convinced them on so many issues,” he signed off.

MSK Prasad did not reveal the details of the arguments but said that in the end, the two sides acknowledged the points each other made.

One very disturbing trend in his tenure was the lack of predictability in his selection pattern. There were haphazard chopping and changing of the squad, across formats, amid a few allegations that players were not informed of the reason behind their exclusions.

The first in his tenure was Karun Nair, the man who notched up 303 runs against England at home before he lost his spot in the Indian Test team and did not get a recall despite decent knocks in domestic cricket. Limited-overs cricket too witnessed the same in the buildup to India’s World Cup 2019 preparations.

Ambati Rayudu was constantly backed as India’s No.4 batsman for the tournament. And after a stretch of only 14 innings, Ambati Rayudu incurred a failure, against Australia at home, and he was eventually dropped from the ODI team. Vijay Shankar, who had only made his debut a few months back in January 2019, found his name on the World Cup list.

Yuvraj Singh. (Photo by Marty Melville/Getty Images)
Yuvraj Singh. (Photo by Marty Melville/Getty Images)
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New Zealand Will Have An Edge As Lack Of Test Cricket Can Hurt India: Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj Singh, a former Indian all-rounder who played only 40 Tests for the country and amassed 1,900 runs, feels it will be Kane Williamson & Co. who will have an edge in the English conditions.

The whole of the cricketing fraternity is eagerly awaiting the ICC World Test Championship final (WTC). Virat Kohli-led Team India and Kane Williamson’s New Zealand, the top-two ranked Test sides respectively, will square off against each other in the summit clash with an aim to win the first-ever WTC.

Yuvraj Singh | Oli Scarff/AFP
Yuvraj Singh | Oli Scarff/AFP

Yuvraj Singh Feels 3 Tests Will Be Ideal And New Zealand Will Have An Edge

Ahead of the marquee encounter — which is to be held at The Rose Bowl, Southampton from June 18-22 — many former cricketers, experts, and pundits of the cricket fraternity have already opined on which side will have an edge over the other.

Ravi Shastri. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Ravi Shastri. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Yuvraj Singh also agreed with the likes of Indian team head coach Ravi Shastri and Ravichandran Ashwin that the WTC final should ideally be a best of three affairs.

In a conversation with Sports Tak, Yuvraj Singh said, “I feel in a situation like this, there should be a best of 3 Tests, because if you lose the first one then you can come back in the next two. India will have a slight disadvantage because New Zealand are already playing Test cricket in England.”

Yuvraj Singh further opined, “There are 8-10 practice sessions (for Team India) but there’s no substitute for match-practice. It will be an even contest but New Zealand will have an edge. I do believe India is very strong because lately, we have been winning outside the country. I think our batting is stronger, in bowling they are at par.

Prior to the team’s departure for the United Kingdom, Shastri and captain Kohli had addressed the media where the former had said, “Ideally, in the long run, if they want to pursue with the Test championship, a best-of-three final would be ideal — a three-match final as the culmination of two and a half years of cricket around the globe. Best of three would have been ideal,” he maintained.

New Zealand Drew With England In The 1st Test

England 275 (Burns 132, Southee 6-43) and 170 for 3 (Sibley 60*, Wagner 2-27) drew with New Zealand 378 (Conway 200, Nicholls 61, Robinson 4-75) and 169 for 6 decl. (Latham 36, Robinson 3-26)
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