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Rahul Dravid Will Travel As India’s Head Coach For 3 T20Is And As Many ODIs For Sri Lanka Tour

Rahul Dravid will travel as India head coach for the six-game white-ball tour of Sri Lanka in July. Apart from Rahul Dravid, the coaching staff will consist of members of Rahul Dravid’s team from the National Cricket Academy (NCA).

The Indian white-ball team that will travel to Sri Lanka has been assured of at least one week’s preparation time before the opening fixture – the first ODI on July 13.

Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI
Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI

Rahul Dravid To Coach India’s Limited Overs Team In Tour To Sri Lanka

The BCCI initially thought of hosting a camp in Bangalore, but the worsening Covid-19 situation in India which has resulted in continued lockdown has ruled out that possibility. A source connected with the tour has revealed that the touring party will have quarantine before departure in India and is preparing to undergo isolation, if needed, on arrival in Sri Lanka too, depending on the bio-protocols in the island.

Rahul Dravid, former India skipper, and current National Cricket Academy (NCA) head will coach the Indian limited-overs team that will play a six-game series (3 T20Is, 3 ODIs) against Sri Lanka in July. This will be Rahul Dravid’s second stint with the Indian team after working with the Men in Blue as a batting consultant during the England tour in 2014.

Indian Cricket Team
Indian Cricket Team. Image Credits: Twitter

As of Tuesday (June 8), the Sri Lanka Ministry of Health guidelines states that one-day quarantine is needed for the fully vaccinated people from India, Vietnam, South African, and South American countries. These rules are applicable up to June 30. The guidelines, as per the order, could change after June 30 and different rules may be in place by the time the Indian team leaves for Sri Lanka. Different rules may also apply for those who have had only one dose of vaccination.

Production of pre-departure negative RT-PCR test would be needed on arrival, followed by a negative test result after a day’s stay at the hotel. The BCCI had previously advised players to take their vaccinations, but how many of them can complete both the doses on time before departure remains to be seen.

Shikhar Dhawan May Be Assigned Captaincy As Shreyas Iyer’s Availability Uncertain

As for the make-up of the Indian squad, there’s no immediate information on the date of the selection committee meeting, though it is expected to take place soon. Shikhar Dhawan could be handed captaincy, while Shreyas Iyer’s availability is still uncertain.

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer. Getty Images

While Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar look certain to be included in the Indian side, speculations are rife over who all are going to be included in the side. Young guns like Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, N Jagadeesan, and Chetan Sakariya might get rewarded for a good show in the IPL 2020-2021 while Suryakumar Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Ishan Kishan are likely to retain their spots.

The three ODIs will be played from July 13 onwards and the T20Is will take place from July 21. The ODIs will take place on July 13, 16, and 18 while the T20Is will be played on July 21, 23, and 25. The venue for the games will be R Premadasa Stadium at Colombo.

It will be a rare occasion when two Indian squads will be playing in different countries at the same time. The Virat Kohli-led side will be preparing for the five-match Test series against England at the same time. The Test squad is already in the UK for the World Test Championship final against New Zealand from June 18 while the England series begins on August 4.

Squad Contenders To Choose From- Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (subject to fitness), Devdutt Paddikal, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Manish Pandey, Sanju Samson (wk), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Tewatia, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Navdeep Saini, Kartik Tyagi, Ravi Bishnoi, Deepak Chahar, T Natarajan, Rahul Chahar, Chetan Sakariya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed, Jaydev Unadkat, Harshal Patel

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav (BCCI)
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Suryakumar Yadav Is The Batsman To Watch Out For In 3 ODIs And As Many T20Is vs Sri Lanka, Says MSK Prasad

MSK Prasad, former India chief selector believes the 30-year-old Mumbai batsman Suryakumar Yadav can make a big impact in the upcoming limited-overs series in Sri Lanka. India is set to play three ODIs and three T20Is starting July 13th against Sri Lanka.

But with Virat Kohli-led Test squad away in England, India is expected to send a squad of fringe players to Sri Lanka for the limited-overs series. So, MSK Prasad believes that players like Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, and Sanju Samson, who have been excellent in the IPL, can make a great impact in the series.

MSK Prasad
MSK Prasad (Getty Images)

MSK Prasad Feels Standby For England, Avesh Khan Will Be Unfortunate If He Miss Out On Playing Either Series

MSK Prasad also praised Delhi Capitals fast bowler Avesh Khan, who has been named as a standby in the UK tour, and said it would be unfortunate if the pacer misses both the series.

“Suryakumar Yadav is the guy to watch out for. Ishan and Sanju also have a great opportunity at hand. I would have also loved to see Avesh Khan (named standby for the UK tour). He has been excellent in the IPL, and it would be unfortunate to see him miss out on playing in either series,” Prasad told Sportstar.

Avesh Khan has been instrumental in Delhi Capitals’ early success in IPL 2021. Image: BCCI
Avesh Khan has been instrumental in Delhi Capitals’ early success in IPL 2021. Image: BCCI

While Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar look certain to be included in the Indian side, speculations are rife over who all are going to be included in the side. Young guns like Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, N Jagadeesan, and Chetan Sakariya might get rewarded for a good show in the IPL 2020-2021 while Suryakumar Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Ishan Kishan are likely to retain their spots.

Avesh Khan was a find of IPL 2021 for picking 14 wickets in 8 games and being 2nd highest wicket-taker before IPL 2021 was suspended for a surge in Covid-19 cases.

MSK Prasad: Confidence Level Of Modern Cricketers Is High An Example Being Suryakumar Yadav’s First Ball Six On Debut

MSK Prasad further on to went explain how the youngster of today’s generation is differentiating themselves from the players from the bygone era.

“The skill level back then was similar to what we have now. But the confidence levels of the boys today are five times more than what we had then,” Prasad said.

“Simple example: first ball, Suryakumar Yadav, gets an opportunity to play in a T20I game, smashes one of the best bowlers in the world for a six. Or Ishan Kishan, the way he blasted the opposition (England) on debut.”

He went on to make a bold prediction.

“I won’t be surprised if this young squad wins the series in Sri Lanka,” Prasad signed off.

Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan were given their debut caps ahead of India's second T20I against England in Ahmedabad on Sunday. - SPORTZPICS
Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan. SPORTZPICS.

Suryakumar Yadav has so far played two T20I innings. He has scored 89 runs at an average of 44.50 and a strike rate of 185.41. He kicked off his international career with a magnificent six against English speedster Jofra Archer.

Suryakumar Yadav has scored 512, 424, and 484 runs respectively in the last three seasons for Mumbai Indians and played a key role in them winning two titles. Ishan Kishan, another Mumbai Indians batsman scored 56 runs off just 32 balls while Suryakumar Yadav did not get a chance to bat in the 2nd T20I match where both batsmen debuted.

Suryakumar Yadav got the chance to bat in the fourth T20I and went on to score 57 runs from 31 deliveries before scoring a rapid 32 off 17 balls in the series decider T20I and was inducted in the ODI squad.

Indian Cricket Team
Indian Cricket Team. Image Credits: Twitter
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India Is Lucky To Have A Very Strong Pool Of Players Which May Be A Problem For Others, Says VVS Laxman

VVS Laxman, a former Indian batsman recognises that the times ahead are definitely exciting for Indian cricket. While speaking to Sportstar, VVS Laxman was asked whether this culture of sending two different teams can become a norm.

The main team, led by Virat Kohli, will locks horns with Kane Williamson’s New Zealand in the World Test Championship (WTC) final followed by a five-match Test series against England. On the other hand, India will play three ODIs and as many T20Is in the Sri Lanka tour.

VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman

VVS Laxman: India Has A Very Strong Pool Of Players To Choose From

The depth of Indian cricket, currently, is immense, to say the least. The fact that the BCCI has sent one team to England and will send a second-string Indian side to Sri Lanka in July bears a testament to the enviable talent of Indian cricket. That particular side is expected to consist of a few senior players, who failed to make the cut in the main team, along with a handful of uncapped players.

The last time it happened was in 1998 when one team featured in the Commonwealth Games and the other one played in the Sahara Cup in Toronto.

“What happened over the last couple of years in Indian cricket is very exciting. We have a very strong pool of players to choose from. Our domestic structure is so robust that there is so much opportunity for unearthing a lot of talented players.”

Rahul Dravid, former India skipper, and current National Cricket Academy (NCA) head will coach the Indian limited-overs team that will play a six-game series (3 T20Is, 3 ODIs) against Sri Lanka in July.

Shikhar Dhawan Image Source : AP
Shikhar Dhawan Image Source: AP

While Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar look certain to be included in the Indian side, speculations are rife over who all are going to be included in the side. Young guns like Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, N Jagadeesan, and Chetan Sakariya might get rewarded for a good show in the IPL 2020-2021 while Suryakumar Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Ishan Kishan are likely to retain their spots.

VVS Laxman: India A Program Under Rahul Dravid, Contribution Of NCA And IPL Are Reasons Behind Getting Many Quality Players

The 46-year-old also heaped praise on his teammate Rahul Dravid’s contribution and the IPL, saying these two factors helped in recognizing quality players.

“The India A program under Rahul (Dravid) and the contribution of NCA and of course the IPL – these three – are the reasons why we got so many quality players. And the best thing is that by default (may not be by design) a lot of these players got opportunities to showcase their talents and that’s why the confidence level is so high,” VVS Laxman added.

Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI
Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI

Concluding his point, VVS Laxman said that this concept is something Team India can definitely adopt in the future.

“I believe that India is very lucky to have so many talented players. It may be a problem for other countries because the talent pool is not as deep as it is available for us. So definitely, India can look at fielding two teams. We are fortunate to have some experienced players who will be going to Sri Lanka, who can walk into any international side,” VVS Laxman opined.

The Indian team is currently under quarantine in Southampton, England. The entire contingent, including the support and coaching staff, and the women’s team, checked in at the Hilton Hotel on June 3. The hotel is located on the premises of the Ageas Bowl, the venue for the grand finale.

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Mohammad Shami To Dedicate Win To Frontline Workers, Doctors If India Wins In England

Mohammad Shami said if the Indian team returns victorious then he would like to dedicate the win to the frontline workers and doctors who have served selflessly in India’s battle against Covid-19 in recent times.

The Indian cricket team is gearing up for the upcoming tour of England which comprises the World Test Championship final against New Zealand, which starts on June 18, followed by a 5-match Test series against the host country England in August 2021. The players are out of the quarantine in Mumbai and will board the flight to the United Kingdom on June 2.

Mohammad Shami
Mohammad Shami / AFP / Jewel SAMAD (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Mohammad Shami To Dedicate Win To Soldiers, Police Officials And Doctors If India Returns Victorious From England Tour

Before leaving for the much-awaited tour, seasoned India pacer Mohammad Shami spoke about the upcoming challenge in English conditions. The right-arm quick also said if the Indian team return victorious then he will dedicate the win to the frontline workers and doctors who have served selflessly in India’s battle against Covid-19 in recent times.

“When we play for the country, it doesn’t matter what the outcome is but we try to give our hundred percent. We put country first. Be it the batsmen or bowlers, we have been working as a unit over the last years. And I hope, we can continue the same work and the winning spree in the WTC final,” Shami told India News.

“As far as the England series is concerned, may we return victorious and I’ll dedicate the win to our soldiers, police officials and doctors who have served selflessly during the pandemic,” he added.

Jasprit Bumrah (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP)
Jasprit Bumrah (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP)

India pacer Mohammad Shami is one of the key players for India in the upcoming ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand starting on June 18. In the past few years, Mohammad Shami has redefined himself as a bowler and has formed a lethal combination with Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma.

Men in Blue now boast one of the most lethal fast-bowling units in world cricket. Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar have taken the Indian pace battery to the next level.

Mohammad Shami: New Zealand Will Have Advantage Playing Tests Versus England Before WTC Final But None Of The Two Teams Will Have Home Advantage

The senior Indian pacer further said that there will be no home advantage for either India or New Zealand as both teams will square off against each other at a neutral venue.

“Definitely they will have the advantage as they have arrived early and will play a couple of Test matches against the hosts. But I feel, when two teams enter finals, they reach that point after showcasing their abilities. None of the teams will have the home advantage and I hope our playing XI must commit the least errors. Both India and New Zealand are top-class teams and neither of them would let go any chance. So, it’s important to utilise your time and skills precisely.”

“Hope, the bowling unit performs well. We have beaten Australia in Australia and then England at home. The boys are high on confidence and I hope, they continue the same in England,” said Shami.

Shardul Thakur, T Natarajan
Shardul Thakur, T Natarajan. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Mohammad Shami picked 5 wickets in the Test tour to New Zealand in 2020 which was lost by India by a 2-0 margin. He was expected to do well in Australia but he got injured while batting suffering a hand fracture. He could bowl only 17 overs in the 1st innings and didn’t bowl in the 2nd innings. He went wicketless and missed the subsequent home series against England in 2021 too.

Despite the absence of Mohammad Shami and other key players due to injury, India bounced back in Australia winning Tests at Melbourne and Brisbane, eventually winning by a 2-1 margin. The rise of pacers Mohammad Siraj, Shardul Thakur, and T Natarajan were key to India’s success as India fielded a team without any frontline bowlers in the 4th Test at Brisbane and won.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (AP Photo)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (AP Photo)
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Bhuvneshwar Kumar Realized He Has To Improve Pace Along With Swing

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, India, and SunRisers Hyderabad pacer broke into the scene as a swing bowler. But over the years, he has also improved on his pace and that has made him all the more dangerous as batsmen find it a little more difficult to take him on.

The fast bowler has revealed that he didn’t realize the need to add pace to his bowling in the first few years of his journey. In fact, Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s first-ever delivery in ODI cricket was an inswinger that jagged back like a cobra to peg back Mohammad Hafeez’s off-pole.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Image Credit: Twitter)

Bhuvneshwar Kumar Realized He Has To Improve His Pace As Batsmen Adjusted To His Swing

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has grappled with recurring injuries in the last three years. He hasn’t played Test cricket since 2018 and was recently overlooked from the 20-men squad for the upcoming Test summer in England. The Syed Mushtaq Ali and the Vijay Hazare tournaments saw the 31-year-old find a place for himself in the ODIs and T20s against England, where he impressed picking 4 T20I scalps and 6 ODI scalps against England at home.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar[photo: Twitter]

In a video posted on SunRisers Hyderabad’s official Twitter handle, Bhuvneshwar said: “To be honest, the first couple of years I didn’t realize pace is something that needs to be added. As I kept playing, I realized with the swing I need to improve my pace because bowling in late 120kph or just 130kph, batsmen were adjusting to the swing. So, I wanted to increase the pace, but I didn’t know how to do it. That was the general trend to train hard and spend time in the gym.”

“Fortunately, I was able to improve the pace and that really helped me in the later stages. So yes, when you have pace, not the express 140-plus, but bowling in the mid-130kph helps maintaining that swing and keep the batsman guessing.”

India medium-pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the leading wicket-taker for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. Quite expectedly, he is the leader of the SRH pace attack and one of the bowling mainstays for the franchise along with Rashid Khan. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has a massive haul of 139 wickets in 126 IPL games. In 5 games in IPL 2021, he picked 3 scalps.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar Clarifies He Have Prepared Himself For All 3 Formats Irrespective Of Team Selection

While Bhuvneshwar Kumar missed the bus for the upcoming World Test Championship final against New Zealand in Southampton and the five-match Test series against England, he has made it clear that he is keen to make a comeback to the red-ball squad.

“There have been articles about me not wanting to play Test cricket. Just to clarify, I have always prepared myself for all three formats irrespective of the team selection and will continue to do the same. Suggestion – please don’t write your assumptions based on “sources”!” he wrote on Twitter.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar[photo: Twitter]
Even though he is not part of the Test tour to England, he is expected to play the limited-overs series that has been planned against Sri Lanka with an eye on the upcoming T20 World Cup.

Despite Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s absence, the Indian team is travelling to England with a 25-member contingent (including 5 standby players), unlike the tour of Australia. However, this contingent includes only six pacers as a lot is expected from the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Ishant Sharma besides Umesh Yadav.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar was ruled out of the Australian tour while playing for the SunRisers Hyderabad franchise in the IPL 2020. Unlike last year, when he got ruled out of the Australia series because of a thigh injury he suffered during an IPL game, he has been fit for the most part of this year.

Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2021
Bhuvneshwar Kumar[photo: Twitter]
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SRH In A Dilemma To Retain Bhuvneshwar Kumar For His Fitness Concerns Before IPL Auction 2022

Aakash Chopra feels Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s fitness concerns might make it a tricky decision for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) to retain the seamer ahead of the IPL 2022 auction.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has suffered a spate of injuries in the recent past. While he missed the majority of IPL 2020, he was also sidelined for a couple of matches in the now-suspended current edition of the league.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the leader of the SRH seam attack [P/C: iplt20.com]
Bhuvneshwar Kumar is the leader of the SRH seam attack [P/C: iplt20.com]

Aakash Chopra: Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s Fitness Has Been An Issue As SRH Might Be In A Dilemma To Retain Him Or Not

While reflecting on SRH’s possible retention strategy in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra pointed out the franchise might be in a dilemma due to Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s fitness issues.

“Hyderabad has Bhuvneshwar Kumar amongst the Indians to be retained, whom they might think about. But Bhuvi’s fitness has been an issue. If it persists like this, it will be a problem because the first retention might be for 17 crores and the second might be for 12-15 crores. Would he be available at the auction for a cheaper price, maybe yes, maybe not,” said Aakash Chopra.

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan. Image Credits: Twitter

The cricketer-turned-commentator-picked leg-spinner Rashid Khan is the first player SRH should look to retain.

“So in my opinion, Rashid Khan will be SRH’s first retention. He is going to be an expensive player although you want to keep more Indians in the retention list,” stated Aakash Chopra.

Rashid Khan has been SRH’s standout bowler over the last few seasons of the IPL. The Afghanistan leg-spinner has ten scalps in IPL 2021 to date, while the next highest wicket-taker for SRH has just four to his name. He has picked 85 scalps in only 69 IPL matches averaging an impressive 20.1 at an extraordinary economy rate of 6.23 and a strike rate of 19.34. His economic rate is the best in IPL history.

Aakash Chopra Feels SRH Should Retain David Warner

Aakash Chopra feels SRH should retain David Warner, discounting the southpaw’s somewhat insipid performances in IPL 2021 to date. He scored 193 runs in 6 games averaging 32.16 at a below-par strike rate of 110.28.

“Second could be Bhuvi but I might just want to go with David Warner. You can leave the current performance but he is a terrific player,” said Aakash Chopra.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The former KKR player concluded by picking Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kane Williamson as the two possible RTM options for SRH.

“You can use the RTM card for Bhuvneshwar Kumar. You can also use it for Kane Williamson. Other than them, I don’t feel you might have to think too much. You can let Jonny Bairstow and Jason Roy go, you will be able to get them back,” signed off Chopra.

While the number of retentions is yet to be decided, the franchises might not have an option to retain more than two overseas players, including the ones via the RTM card. SRH will be able to retain either David Warner or Kane Williamson in such a scenario, assuming Rashid Khan is their first overseas pick.

SRH handed over the reins to Kane Williamson after suffering defeats in five of their six matches under David Warner’s leadership. However, the move did not yield immediate dividends as the Orange Army was handed a 55-run drubbing by the Rajasthan Royals.

With Jonny Bairstow and Kane Williamson in good form, SRH did not have any other option but to leave David Warner out of their playing XI. With 5447 runs, David Warner is fifth on the list of the leading run-getters in the IPL and the highest run-getter among overseas players.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has reportedly shelved its proposed 10-team plan for the next edition of the IPL in 2022. The Indian cricket board would go ahead with all the existing eight franchises in the next season as well. BCCI was planning a mega auction to add two more teams to the 2022 mega-auction.

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Virat Kohli[photo: Twitter]
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Virat Kohli’s Teenage Coach Suresh Batra Passes Away At 53

Suresh Batra, Virat Kohli’s coach in his teenage years, has died on Thursday when he was 53. The Delhi-based coach Batra, who was assistant coach to Rajkumar Sharma when current India captain Virat Kohli began training at the West Delhi Cricket Academy.

Virat Kohli began coaching under Rajkumar Sharma and Suresh Batra at the age of nine. The deceased had told in an interview that after coming to the West Delhi Cricket Academy, he was surprised to see a brilliant six coming out of Virat Kohli’s bat.

Suresh Batra, Virat Kohli's childhood coach, who shaped his career in early days, passed away at 53 in Delhi, assistant to Rajkumar Sharma. Photo Courtesy: Twitter of journalist Vijay Lokapally
Suresh Batra, Virat Kohli’s childhood coach, who shaped his career in the early days, passed away at 53 in Delhi, assistant to Rajkumar Sharma. Photo Courtesy: Vijay Lokapally

Suresh Batra Dies Aged 53

According to senior journalist Vijay Lokapally, Suresh Batra collapsed on Thursday morning after his daily prayers. The Delhi-based coach, who was assistant coach to Rajkumar Sharma when Virat Kohli initially began training at West Delhi Cricket Academy, passed away on Thursday 20th May at the age of 53.

According to Vijay Lokapally, he was doing fine, before he suddenly collapsed after his morning prayers.

Suresh Batra was instrumental along with Rajkumar Sharma in shaping up Virat Kohli’s career. The duo always taught the Indian skipper to work hard in achieving the goals. Over the years, the 31-year-old cricketer has often lauded the efforts of his coaches in helping him become one of the best players in the world.

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

“Suresh Batra (striped t-shirt), who coached  @imVkohli when he was a teenager, passed away on Thursday. He had finished his daily morning puja and collapsed. He was 53,” Lokapally tweeted.

He further quoted Rajkumar Sharma, Kohli’s childhood coach, as saying, “I lost my younger brother. Knew him since 1985.”

Years before Virat Kohli nobody would have that he would become the batting superstar that he is today, it was Rajkumar Sharma and Suresh Batra, who helped him hone his talent when he started training under them aged nine.

Suresh Batra Also Trained Manjot Kalra

Besides Virat Kohli, several other notable Delhi cricketers including the 2018 Under-19 World Cup-winner Manjot Kalra, who also scored a century in the final against Australia, also trained under Suresh Batra.

Manjot Kalra
Manjot Kalra (Getty Images)

Many Indian cricketers lost their loved ones in the last few months. Indian women’s cricketer Veda Krishnamurthy’s sister and mother died due to COVID-19. While Priya Punia lost her mother while RP Singh and Piyush Chawla have lost their respective fathers due to the deadly Corona Virus. Earlier this week, pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s father passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Rajasthan Royals wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler in action in IPL 2019. - AFP
Rajasthan Royals wicketkeeper-batsman Jos Buttler in action in IPL 2019. - AFP
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Jos Buttler Picks His All-time IPL XI Including Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni And Virat Kohli

Jos Buttler, Rajasthan Royals opener picked his all-time IPL XI. Jos Buttler’s XI included the likes of Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni, and Virat Kohli while Chris Gayle and David Warner were some of the notable absentees.

Jos Buttler is a limited-overs specialist and has also created a niche for himself in the Indian Premier League (IPL), representing the Rajasthan Royals (RR) since 2018. In the now-indefinitely postponed IPL 2021 season, the RR opener Jos Buttler wasn’t at his usual best before he came to his own with a scintillating 124 versus Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), just a few days before BCCI suspended the tournament due to Covid-19 threat.

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler[photo: Twitter]

Jos Buttler Reveals His All-Time IPL XI Including MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma, And Virat Kohli

Recently, after IPL 14’s suspension, Jos Buttler was in a conversation with Cricbuzz Plus, where he revealed his all-time IPL XI.

While the IPL started in 2008, it has created a huge fan-base worldwide, with the likes of MS Dhoni, Yuvraj Singh, Gautam Gambhir, Adam Gilchrist, Chris Gayle, Kieron Pollard, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Lasith Malinga, and Jasprit Bumrah being among many star-attractors and superstar players in the cash-rich league’s history.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

Thus, he had a hard time picking his IPL XI but he went ahead with some big names featuring in his list. The 30-year-old Englishman’s XI includes some big names in IPL, such as Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper Rohit Sharma, Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) captain MS Dhoni and Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Virat Kohli and his teammate AB de Villiers.

Jos Buttler Names Rohit Sharma As His Opening Partner While Ravindra Jadeja And Kieron Pollard As All-Rounders

Jos Buttler named Rohit Sharma and himself as his openers. Rohit Sharma is the fourth-highest run-getter (5,480) in the league history whereas Jos Buttler has 1,968 runs in 64 innings. His rest of the batting line-up comprised IPL’s leading run-getter in Virat Kohli (6,076) followed by Mr. 360 AB de Villiers — with 5,056 runs — and MS Dhoni, who has 4,669 runs despite batting lower down the order for most parts.

He named Ravindra Jadeja and Kieron Pollard as his two all-rounders. Both were in sublime form in IPL 14. They remain a livewire on the field, can contribute with key wickets and handy overs besides being aggressive,  assaulting from ball one with the bat.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Twitter)

The Englishman’s bowlers were Harbhajan Singh — with over 150 IPL scalps — followed by Bhuvneshwar Kumar (to have won the Purple Cap on back-to-back occasions), Jasprit Bumrah, and Sri Lanka legend Lasith Malinga who has the most wickets (170) in IPL.

Here’s Jos Buttler’s all-time IPL XI: Jos Buttler, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, MS Dhoni (WK), Kieron Pollard, Ravindra Jadeja, Harbhajan Singh, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Lasith Malinga.

While Jos Buttler’s XI is surely a daunting line-up, he had no mention of Mr. IPL Suresh Raina. The CSK batter has been a huge hit in IPL, with third-most runs in the tournament history (5,491). In fact, he didn’t even pick the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Amit Mishra, David Warner, Chris Gayle, KL Rahul, Shane Watson, Steve Smith, Brendon McCullum, Sachin Tendulkar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rashid Khan, and Rishabh Pant.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (AP Photo)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (AP Photo)
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Bhuvneshwar Kumar Doesn’t Want To Play Tests Anymore: Reports

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, the Indian pacer would have been Team India’s greatest asset on the tour of England. In ideal circumstances, nobody among the current Indian pacers is capable of getting handed a ticket to the United Kingdom ahead of swing expert Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

In a country that favours swing seamers, the Meerut-born seamer would’ve been the perfect arsenal to carry along. Yet he is not in the squad. Right now, Bhuvneshwar Kumar is not injured, as has been the case often in his career, especially over the last four years. Unlike last year, when he got ruled out of the Australia series because of a thigh injury he suffered during an IPL game, he has been fit for the most part of this year.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar
India’s Bhuvneshwar Kumar. (Photo | AP)

Bhuvneshwar Kumar Just Doesn’t Want To Play Tests Anymore

The Syed Mushtaq Ali and the Vijay Hazare tournaments saw the 31-year-old find a place for himself in the One-dayers and T20s against England, where he impressed, and it appeared as if he was on the move again. Those tracking the pace bowler’s career and cricket say he is “focusing on the next T20 opportunities coming up”.

“Bhuvneshwar just doesn’t want to play Test cricket anymore. That drive has gone missing,” they add. “Those who have seen him from close insist he brought in a huge change in his work-drills a couple of seasons ago, doing away with heavyweight training, falling to the lure of the white-ball comfort, and avoiding those hours of long spells that are so integral to red-ball cricket.”

Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar[photo: Twitter]

“To be honest, the selectors don’t even see Bhuvi hungry for 10 overs, forget Test cricket. It’s Team India’s loss no doubt because if one bowler should have made it to England, it should have been him,” say those tracking developments.

The pacer was ruled out of the Australian tour after sustaining a thigh muscle injury while playing for the SunRisers Hyderabad franchise in the IPL 2020. The 30-year-old pacer made his comeback with Uttar Pradesh in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has played the last Test against South Africa in 2018. He picked 4 T20I scalps and 6 ODI scalps against England at home.

Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami And Jasprit Bumrah Almost Certainties In WTC Final While Mohammed Siraj And Shardul Thakur May Get Chances During 5 Tests Against Hosts England

Despite Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s absence, the Indian team is travelling to England with a 24-member contingent, unlike the tour of Australia. However, this contingent includes only six pacers as a lot is expected from the likes of Jasprit Bunrah, Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma besides Umesh Yadav.

“Ishant has been the backbone of India’s attack, and rightly so, but when was the last time he worked his way through an entire series? Injury relapses and niggles have been a constant irritant. That will leave the bulk of the responsibility on two pacers, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami,” say sources.

In that, the team management is learnt to be leaning heavily on the backup pacers Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur to rise to the occasion besides Avesh Khan who’s on standby.

“Their hard work, recent performances and the ability to deal with the given conditions has been a plus. Umesh is around, but he’s been a lottery at most times. Also, expect Avesh Khan to be a find during this tour, regardless of whether he gets a Test match or not,” is how the team management is believed to be seeing things.

Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav
Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav. Photo by Deepak Malik / Sportzpics for BCCI

The team will be going through eight days of quarantine. Four of them will be spent in isolation and the remaining four in restricted spaces. That means losing that much more time in preparing for the World Test Championship final against New Zealand starting on June 18.

“Bowlers who travel to England usually require two weeks to get a hang of what line and length to bowl on the wickets there. It’s the early onset of summer but things always get tricky in the UK,” says a team source.

It’ll be a battle against time, conditions and a host team that’s desperate to see India in their backyard and payback in the same coin. India’s bowling attack, which has done very well between 2018 and now, will be facing its biggest challenge in both WTC Final and 5 Tests against England.

Indian pacer Mohammed Shami (Photo | PTI)
Indian pacer Mohammed Shami (Photo | PTI)
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Mohammed Shami Credits India’s Pace Bowling Success To Atmosphere

Mohammed Shami, while speaking to Cricbuzz, revealed that that the special camaraderie is the reason behind the pacers’ recent success. Mohammed Shami added that every one of the pacers enjoys each other’s success.

After a long phase of subdued pace bowling– when selectors were seeking raw pace–Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav, and Jasprit Bumrah came to the side’s rescue.

Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami (Photo credit should read JEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Mohammed Shami: Indian Pacers Enjoy Each Other’s Success A Lot

Team India’s fast bowlers, over the last few years, have risen rapidly to the top to earn the reputation of being one of the world’s most lethal pace attacks. This bowling unit comprising of the likes of Mohammed Shami and Ishant Sharma breathed new life into the bowling department and from there on, the country has gone on to produce more quality speedsters.

“Our fast bowling unit is a great package where everyone works really hard while also understanding the other counterparts really well. The bonding and the fun you saw that day was because we enjoy each other’s success a lot. We are happy when the other one is happy,” said Shami.

Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav
Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, and Umesh Yadav
(This test match is the first Day / Night Test match that India have taken part in)
Photo by Deepak Malik / Sportzpics for BCCI

The 30-year-old also stated that the special camaraderie brings unity on the field because the ultimate aim, for anyone featuring in the XI, is to do well for the country. Hence, when the chips are down, they lift each other’s spirits up in unison.

“Even if someone’s down and out, we make sure that we lift his spirits. We try to make them forget all the stresses and try to lighten the mood. I think all bonds should be like that because to play for your country is indeed a matter of pride. but this unit that we have built since 2013-14, you’ll find that the guys enjoy each other’s success a lot,” added Shami.

Earlier in the previous decade, the onus was on the trio of Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, and Umesh Yadav before Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s arrival. In Australia, however, Mohammed Siraj led the Indian pace attack which included Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur, and debutant T Natarajan in absence of Test regular pacers who were injured and ruled out in various stages of the Test series.

Mohammed Shami Credits Unbelievable Healthy Atmosphere

However, over the last 3 years, it’s all been the trio’s performances in Tests. The trio has bagged 149 wickets in the 11 matches they have played together. Mohammed Shami credits the success to the atmosphere and the harmony within the team.

He said: “We’ve curated such a healthy atmosphere within the last 5-6 years that you’ll find it hard to believe.”

Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar[photo: Twitter]
Every senior pro in this unit missed out on a few games during the Australian due to injury. However, they are now fit and will resume duties on the England Tour. India will first play New Zealand in the World Test Championship final (in June), followed by a five-match Test series against the hosts beginning in July.

Ishant Sharma has already taken 36 wickets in 11 tests for India in the world test championship with an excellent average of 17.36. Mohammed Shami is one of the best exponents of reverse swing bowling and has taken 36 wickets in 10 tests for India in the world test championship at an average of 19.77. Jasprit Bumrah has taken 34 wickets in 9 tests in the world test championship cycle.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar hasn’t played any form of competitive red-ball cricket in the last three years, a period where India’s fast-bowling stocks have gone through the roof. So, this does seem like the end of his Test career. He took 63 scalps in 21 Tests averaging 26.1.

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