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BCCI Looking To Create A System To Avoid Any Confusion Among Management And Players

BCCI has swung into action following the alleged “communication gap” between the team management, selectors, and the board itself over team building and future planning. BCCI top brass has got down to talking to players and selectors in preparation for a two-year “blueprint” to resolve such issues.

The development comes in the wake of India’s loss in the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand in June and captain Virat Kohli comments on the need to prepare for a “transition”, particularly in the Test format.

BCCI (File Photo| PTI)
BCCI (File Photo| PTI)

BCCI Looking To Create A System To Avoid Confusion Among Management And Players And Hearing Concerns Without Much Delay

One common problem that has been identified is that the lack of clarity in building a team for a big tournament. There have been multiple instances when players have complained of a “lack of communication” from either the team management or the selection committee over the past three years. As far as communication is concerned, the board has opened a channel directly with the players and team management to avoid any confusion

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

The BCCI top brass has been working on life beyond the T20 World Cup to be staged in October- November. Chief selector Chetan Sharma has been having rounds of meetings with BCCI president Sourav Ganguly. According to sources, the meetings were based more on preparing the blueprint. The present selection committee’s performance will be up for review after they complete a year in December.

“There were issues pertaining to communication and messages getting lost in translation. So the board top brass is looking to create a system so that the team management and players can have their concerns heard by the top management without much delay,” a top BCCI official said.

Meanwhile, the Indian team is all set to lock horns with England in the 2nd Test match at Lord’s. The first Test ended in a draw after Day 5 was washed out due to rain; when India needed 157 more runs to win with 9 wickets in hand. The Test series consists of 5 matches and the final encounter will begin on September 10.

Ravi Shastri Led Management Also Requested For An Additional Player But The Selectors Denied The Request

BCCI has stepped in to clear the air and stop an alleged “communication gap” between the team management and the selection committee.

There have been disagreements and rifts between the two parties over the course of the past few months, and Jay Shah and Sourav Ganguly have stepped in to nip out any issues in the bud. To gauge concerns, the BCCI themselves have opened a channel of communication with the Virat Kohli and Co. and the Ravi Shastri-led team management to ensure smooth sailing during the ongoing India-England series.

Prithvi Shaw was dropped from the Test squad earlier in the year. | Photo Credit: PTI
Prithvi Shaw was dropped from the Test squad earlier in the year. | Photo Credit: PTI

Things got frosty again following Shubman Gill’s injury after the WTC final, which led to the team management in England asking for two openers (Prithvi Shaw and Devdutt Padikkal) as replacements.

BCCI and selectors had first decided against sending any replacements but eventually, Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav were sent as covers. The duo is still in quarantine and will only be available from the third Test onwards.

The Ravi Shastri-led team management also requested for an additional player with Jayant Yadav and Devdutt Padikkal as options, but the selectors denied the request.

The two Mumbai batsmen were sent to the UK despite India having lost Washington Sundar and Avesh Khan to injury. Things could worsen for Virat Kohli and Co. with Shardul Thakur also nursing an injury.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant
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Rishabh Pant Tests Positive For Covid-19 In England

Rishabh Pant, a player of the Indian cricket team in England has tested positive for Covid -19 virus and is staying in home isolation at the moment. Rishabh Pant is home quarantined and is staying at his relatives’ place at present and is likely to join the tour party in Durham later. The Indian squad sans the player will return to bio-bubble in Durham on Thursday.

Sources said the player experienced a sore throat, which led to a Covid test and it returned positive. His teammates and support staff, who came in contact with the player, were kept in isolation for three days and they have completed their isolation period.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant | Twitter

Rishabh Pant Who Was Spotted Enjoying An Euro 2020 Match Contracted Covid-19 And Is In Quarantine

A few weeks earlier Rishabh Pant was spotted with a friend at a packed Wembley Stadium enjoying the Euro 2020 knock-out match between England and Germany. As per the report, sources in BCCI claimed that the player in question is wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant.

“He (Pant) is in quarantine at an acquaintance’s place and won’t be travelling with the team to Durham on Thursday,” a BCCI source said.

Rishabh Pant was spotted with a friend at a packed Wembley Stadium enjoying the Euro 2020 knock-out match between England and Germany. Image Source : TWITTER
Rishabh Pant was spotted with a friend at a packed Wembley Stadium enjoying the Euro 2020 knock-out match between England and Germany. Image Source: TWITTER

The report further stated that Rishabh Pant has been possibly afflicted by the Delta variant which has led to the rising number of cases in England. In fact, Rishabh Pant has been tested positive for over a week now and has been asymptomatic and recovering well.

“Yes, one player has tested positive but he has been in isolation for the last eight days. He was not staying in any hotel with the team, so no other player has been affected. But I can’t divulge the name of the player,” BCCI Vice President Rajiv Shukla told PTI on Thursday.

“As of now, no other player has tested positive. Also, you must be aware our secretary Jay Shah has written a letter to all players to maintain protocols,” Shukla added.

Earlier, it was reported that two of the 23 Indian cricketers in the ongoing tour of England have tested positive for COVID-19 during the 20-day break and will not be travelling with the team to Durham on Thursday. The report further stated that one of the COVID-19 positive players has already returned negative while the other is in isolation.

England And Sri Lankan Team Also Were Affected By The Virus

The development comes in the wake of BCCI secretary Jay Shah recently sending an e-mail to the Indian contingent in the United Kingdom warning it about the rising cases of COVID-19. The side is to reassemble at Durham in a bio-bubble ahead of the Test series against England next month. On Wednesday, chief selector Chetan Sharma met BCCI president Sourav Ganguly in Kolkata, but both were tight-lipped about what transpired in the meeting.

The news of the Indian cricketer testing positive comes in the wake of the virus sweeping through the England camp ahead of their limited-overs home series against Pakistan. Last week before the first ODI against Pakistan, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) confirmed that seven members of the team including three players and four staff members tested positive for Covid-19.

Ben Stokes Image Source : GETTY IMAGES
Ben Stokes Image Source: GETTY IMAGES

The development forced a radical overhaul of the England ODI squad, with Ben Stokes being appointed the captain of the team. A second-string England clean-swept Pakistan 3-0 in the ODI series, but the question of how the virus breached the bio-bubble was left answered. In his statement, ECB chief executive Tom Harrison mentioned the Delta variant of the virus without revealing if the squad members were affected by it.

“We have been mindful that the emergence of the Delta variant, along with our move away from the stringent enforcement of biosecure environments, could increase the chances of an outbreak.

“We made a strategic choice to try to adapt protocols, in order to support the overall wellbeing of our players and management staff who have spent much of the last 14 months living in very restricted conditions,” Harrison had said.

Sri Lanka toured England before the Pakistan series and upon returning home, they had a virus outbreak in their camp, which forced the postponement of their limited-overs series against India sans their Test specialists. After Sri Lanka’s batting coach Grant Flower and data analyst, GT Niroshan were tested positive, the series was pushed back to July 18 instead of its scheduled commencement on July 13.

The Indian players in the UK were allowed to leave the bio-bubble in England and spent time on their own after the World Test Championship final that ended on June 23 (reserve day).

The BCCI approved their departure from the bubble with the instruction that the players and the support staff should enter the bubble again in mid-July ahead of their five-Test series against England. The first Test starts on August 4.

Shubman Gill (Express photo: Jasbir Malhi)
Shubman Gill (Express photo: Jasbir Malhi)
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Shubman Gill’s Replacement Refusal Could Have Been Avoided If The Manager Had Followed The Protocols : BCCI Official

Shubman Gill has been ruled out of the five-Test series in England due to shin splints that will take a minimum of three months to heal. BCCI will not be sending a replacement for the injured opener Shubman Gill to England and India will have to make do with the 23 available players for the series starting next month.

The last few days have seen a lot of talk around the Indian team management’s call for a replacement for injured opener Shubman Gill and the national selectors’ refusal to send any more players considering the touring party already has enough backup players.

Shubman Gill Photo Credit: (BCCI)
Shubman Gill Photo Credit: (BCCI)

Shubman Gill’s Replacement Refusal Could Have Been Avoided If The Manager Had Followed The Protocols : BCCI Official

A senior BCCI official has said that the whole episode surrounding about Shubman Gill’s replacements could have been avoided if the manager had written to either the secretary or the acting CEO. Speaking to ANI, the BCCI official said that the manager should have followed the protocol and written to either Jay Shah or Hemang Amin and the confusion could have very well been avoided.

“It is time for the team management to focus on the tour after the break. There has been a lot of chatter around this whole replacement business and the email from the team management to the chairman of selectors, which has apparently caused confusion in the minds of a lot of people except possibly the team management and the selectors.”

“I think this is on account of the fact that the team manager addressed the email to the chairman of selectors rather than to the BCCI’s acting CEO or the secretary,” the official explained.

BCCI (File Photo| PTI)
BCCI (File Photo| PTI)

“It is very simple, when you are on tour, if there is any requirement or difficulty, you are to speak or write to the secretary or the CEO or their office since they are your point of contact. The selection committee is not empowered to unilaterally take a decision on the basis of an email. However, the selection committee can — if they feel the necessity — request the board if they wish to make changes and the board does usually accord approval for this.”

The official said: “In this case, too there was a verbal discussion and specific names were requested and the selectors had not agreed with the views of the team management. Therefore, if a mail had then to be written, it ought to have been to the acting CEO or the secretary.”

Explaining how there was a lapse in decision-making on part of the team management, the official said: “I am sure Girish Dongre and the Team Director and the captain who are marked on the email are well aware of the process as well. Therefore, this does not appear to be a well thought out decision to send out this email in this manner.”

BCCI President Sourav Ganguly tried to steer clear of the controversy surrounding the national selectors’ decision to not send a replacement for injured opener Shubman Gill in England, saying it was a matter for the selection committee to consider. BCCI has asked Shubman Gill to return home. There is, however, no news of a replacement as of now or when Shubman Gill is expected to fly back.

Selection Committee Giving Team Management The Necessary Replacements For Their Choice Coincided With Team Management’s Choice In Last Year: BCCI Official

There has also been a trend in the recent past wherein the previous selection committee under the Committee of Administrators accepted every demand of the team management. The official explained that while it is all fair when decisions are taken in unison by both parties involved, the final call should always lie with only the selectors.

“Over the last year the selection committee has been giving the team management the replacements they have asked for and that is because of the fact that the choice of the selection committee has been coinciding with the choice of the team management.”

“They would however do well to accept the fact that it is not the job of the team management to select the squad or to insist on specific players as that can prove to be deeply conflicted decision making. That job is of the selection committee alone and even the office bearers cannot play a role in the selection,” the official said.

Chairman Of Selectors Chetan Sharma (Pic Source: Twitter)
Chairman Of Selectors Chetan Sharma (Pic Source: Twitter)

The official further pointed that differences in views should be taken in the right spirit and not seen as a breakdown in communication.

“It is no surprise that the one time that there is a divergence in views, stories with motives being attributed to selectors start appearing and this must be avoided as this is unhealthy for Indian cricket and for the team management,” the official said.

As per the email written on June 28, the Indian team management has asked for openers Prithvi Shaw and Devdutt Padikkal to join the side, but questions were being raised about whether the chairman of selectors Chetan Sharma was on the same page as the think-tank.

Prithvi Shaw was dropped from the Test squad earlier in the year. | Photo Credit: PTI
Prithvi Shaw was dropped from the Test squad earlier in the year. | Photo Credit: PTI
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Selectors Decline Request Of Team Management To Send Prithvi Shaw And Devdutt Padikkal To England

Selectors have declined the request made by Indian team management to send openers Prithvi Shaw and Devdutt Padikkal to England to join the Test squad following the injury of Shubman Gill.

Indian team management’s request to selectors for sending openers Prithvi Shaw and Devdutt Padikkal to join the Test squad in England has been declined. The request was made after opener Shubman Gill’s injury surfaced following the completion of the World Test Championship (WTC) versus New Zealand in Southampton. He scored 36 runs only across two innings in India’s defeat.

Shubman Gill Photo Credit: (BCCI)
Shubman Gill Photo Credit: (BCCI)

Selectors Decline Indian Team Management’s Decision To Send Prithvi Shaw And Devdutt Padikkal To England In Place Of Injured Shubman Gill

Selectors have suggested the management draft Abhimanyu Easwaran, who is already with the team as a reserve opener, in the squad. The Indian team management in England has written an email asking for a replacement for Shubman Gill. India is set to play a five-match Test series against England, starting August 4.

As per the email written on June 28, the Indian team management has asked for openers Prithvi Shaw and Devdutt Padikkal to join the side, but questions were being raised about whether the chairman of selectors Chetan Sharma was on the same page as the think-tank.

Chairman Of Selectors Chetan Sharma (Pic Source: Twitter)
Chairman Of Selectors Chetan Sharma (Pic Source: Twitter)

The request had hinted that Abhimanyu Easwaran, who is in the reserves, is not believed to be technically ready for top-quality Test cricket. His selection over Prithvi Shaw and Devdutt Padikkal is also debatable under these circumstances. This also means that KL Rahul, who has opened in England before, is only considered for the middle order and not as an opener.

“Shubman Gill has been ruled out of the entire Test series in the UK with shin splints that will take a minimum of three months to heal. The team’s administrative manager, at the end of last month, had sent an emailed requisition to former pacer Sharma asking for two more openers to be sent to the UK,” PTI had quoted a senior BCCI source privy to developments.

Both Prithvi Shaw and Devdutt Padikkal are part of India’s limited-overs squad which is currently in Sri Lanka for the six white-ball matches.

Prithvi Shaw And Devdutt Padikkal Shone While Abhimanyu Easwaran Failed Recently But Was Surprisingly Chosen As A Stand By

The Indian team management in England wanted young openers Prithvi Shaw and Devdutt Padikkal to join the side but the chairman of selectors Chetan Sharma is not on the same page as the think-tank. There are big questions in the corridors of Indian cricket as to how Bengal opener Abhimanyu Easwaran made it to the England-bound team as a stand-by after a disastrous 2019-20 Ranji season and an equally dismal A tour of New Zealand.

Devdutt Padikkal and Prithvi Shaw
Devdutt Padikkal and Prithvi Shaw Twitter

While Prithvi Shaw was dropped from the playing XI in Australia and later from the England Test series after his failure in the 1st pink-ball Test versus Australia in Adelaide, Devdutt Padikkal just received his maiden India call-up for the Sri Lanka series starting July 13 with the first ODI in Colombo.

It can be concluded that Abhimanyu Easwaran is not believed to be technically ready for top quality Test cricket and his selection ahead of two in-form players like Prithvi Shaw and Devdutt Padikkal has raised quite a few eyebrows.

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Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
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Virat Kohli Shouldn’t Be Over Aggressive: Kapil Dev

Virat Kohli embarks upon his third tour of England, so he would be no stranger to the conditions there, but former India World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev has interesting advice for the current skipper, which will help him excel.

Virat Kohli has been on two tours of England since he made his Test debut for India. In the first tour in 2014, he was all over the place, scoring just 134 runs from 10 innings, statistically the India captain’s worst in a three-Test series or more. However, four years later, Virat Kohli turned it around in style, scoring a mammoth 593 runs from five Tests, including two centuries and three fifties.

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Virat Kohli Expected By Kapil Dev To Excel In England Tour

Three years later, as Virat Kohli will look to lead from the front in his third tour of England, former India World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev has advised the current skipper not to be over-aggressive, which will help him excel.

“I expect him to excel. Can you really shackle him? He is a natural when it comes to adapting but I would caution him to not be over-aggressive. He will have to measure it session by session. He’ll be better off waiting for his moments of dominance,” Kapil told Mid-Day in an interview.

Virat Kohli and Kapil Dev.(AP)
Virat Kohli and Kapil Dev.(AP)

“He will get his runs with a bit of patience. Trying too hard and too early doesn’t work in England where you need to watch the movement of the ball. If you play seam and swing well, show patience, you will succeed in England.”

India is set to travel to the UK for a long tour. They first face New Zealand in the final of the World Test Championship in Southampton starting June 18 before proceeding to play hosts England in a five-Test series starting August 4. India has faced defeats in their last three Test tours of England.

Kapil Dev: India Played Exceptionally Well In 1986 Tour

They last won a Test series in the UK in 2007, whereas prior to it, they had triumphed in England way back in 1986, when Kapil Dev was the captain. Under Kapil Dev, India won the series 2-0, and recalling the historic series, the former India all-rounder explained what the current team should keep in mind while playing in England.

“We played exceptionally good cricket. I want this team to remember that England in England is tough. They are a very good team when playing at home but then, it will also depend on how the Indian bowlers adapt to the conditions and pitches. The swing will be very rewarding and here I feel England is one step ahead of India,” explained Kapil Dev.

India captain Kapil Dev (left) and wicket keeper Kiran More congratulate Chetan Sharma after he dismissed Allan Lamb during the first Test at Lord’s in 1986. Photo: Popperfoto
India captain Kapil Dev (left) and wicket-keeper Kiran More congratulate Chetan Sharma after he dismissed Allan Lamb during the first Test at Lord’s in 1986. Photo: Popperfoto

India beat England 2–0 in the Test series and won the ODI Texaco Trophy that by virtue of a faster run-rate despite England having squared the series after losing the first game. India’s Dilip Vengsarkar scored a total of 360 runs in the Test series and was named player of the series alongside England’s Mike Gatting(293 runs).

In the ODI series, England’s David Gower (81 runs) was named player of the series alongside India’s Ravi Shastri. India’s Mohammed Azharuddin also scored 90 runs. The significance of the tour was considerable for Indian cricket too. India had won only four out of 52 Tests since the start of the decade. Moreover, under Kapil Dev’s leadership, the side had not won any of its 20 Test matches.

India could have gone on to win 3-0 in Birmingham but they failed to push the initiative on the final day. However, the match will be remembered for the wicket-taking abilities of Chetan Sharma. To this day, he remains the only Indian to have taken 10 wickets in a Test in England. Chetan Sharma finished with 16 scalps.

My Action Will Speak Louder Than Words: New Chief Selector Chetan Sharma
Chetan Sharma. Image Credit: Twitter.
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Indian Team’s New Chief Selector Chetan Sharma Gives A Promising Statement

The new chief selector of India men’s cricket team Chetan Sharma has promised that he will be only working for the progress of Indian cricket. The former Indian pacer has replaced Sunil Joshi from the chief selector’s position.

Sharma represented India in 23 Tests and 65 ODIs during an 11-year-old international career, the highlight of which was his hat-trick in the 1987 World Cup.

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Chetan Sharma achieved the milestone against Kiwis. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The new panel was formed on the sidelines of the Board’s 89th Annual General Meeting (AGM) here, with Sharma pipping Maninder Singh and Vijay Dahiya from the north zone. BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) has also picked Mumbai’s Abey Kuruvilla and Odisha’s Debasis Mohanty in the five-member selection committee.

“It’s indeed a privilege for me to get an opportunity to serve Indian cricket once again. I am a man of few words and my action will speak louder than words,” Sharma, who has a five-wicket haul at Lord’s in a Test match, told PTI.

“I can only thank BCCI for this opportunity,” the 54-year-old added.

Chetan Sharma preferred based on seniority:

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Chetan Sharma with Kapil Dev. Image Credit: Getty Images.

BCCI secretary Jay Shah informed that Chetan Sharma was offered the chief selectors position despite Sunil Joshi already serving the position only because he has much experience of playing in international cricket.

“The committee further recommended Chetan Sharma for the role of chairman of the senior men’s selection committee based on seniority (total number of Test matches),” BCCI secretary Jay Shah said in a press release.

“The CAC will review the candidates after a one-year period and make the recommendations to the BCCI,” Shah added.

Ajit Agarkar‘s name was also going around for the position but medium-pacer Kuruvilla, who was backed by Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) bigwigs, was preferred over a more decorated Ajit Agarkar from the west zone

The new selection committee’s first meeting will be held to pick the squad for the full-fledged home series against England.

My Action Will Speak Louder Than Words: New Chief Selector Chetan Sharma
Chetan Sharma. Image Credit: Twitter.
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Chetan Sharma Picks Sunil Gavaskar Over Sachin Tendulkar And Virat Kohli As A Great Batsman

India has produced extraordinary batsmen like Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, and Virat Kohli. These three great batsmen have ruled the world with their willow. When asked to pick the best batsman among the mentioned trio, Chetan Sharma picked Sunil Gavaskar over the other two great players.

Former Indian pacer, who has played 23 Test matches and 65 ODIs, has shared most of his cricket career with Gavaskar. He stated that the former opening batsman fearlessly faced the pacers during his illustrious career. At that time, batsmen feared facing West Indies bowlers like Joel Garner, Andy Roberts, Colin Croft, and Michael Holding but Gavaskar dominated them.

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According to Chetan Sharma, the former cricketer was special because he played pacers without wearing a helmet.

“I think it’s definitely Sunil Gavaskar and it’s not because I have played most of my cricket with him. I have played with Sachin as well, from 1989 to 1994. I obviously haven’t played with Virat but I have seen him play on television, more than he must have seen himself play.

“But Sunil Gavaskar, playing without a helmet to Joel Garner, Andy Roberts, and Michael Holding was a huge thing because facing those bowlers was always terrorizing… Nothing can beat Sunil Gavaskar’s herculean efforts against those bowlers,” Chetan Sharma said during a live session on Facebook with Sportskeeda.

Chetan Sharma picks between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma:

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Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Twitter)

The 54-year-old picked the better captain between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. The captaincy debates never end because the latter has led the team to four title wins while Kohli is still far from the title. But Chetan picked Kohli as the better captain, saying that his aggressiveness makes him special.

My Action Will Speak Louder Than Words: New Chief Selector Chetan Sharma
Chetan Sharma. Image Credit: Twitter.
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Chetan Sharma Against The Legalising Of Ball Tampering

The global pandemic has forced the debate of whether to use saliva or sweat to shine the ball because these natural substances have now turned out to be the carrier of the coronavirus. Therefore, debates are going on legalizing the use of artificial substances on the ball though ICC has not taken any particular call on the subject. However, many former and present cricketers have kept their views, and the latest one to join them is Chetan Sharma.

The former Indian pacer is against the use of outer substances on the ball, saying that it is illegal. According to him, it is not easy to control the spread of the virus even though the sweat and saliva are banned from using. If a player is in the field, it is natural that he would get sweaty and swipe his hands on his face, which could naturally transfer the disease to others.

Chetan Sharma on ball-tampering:

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Bowler shining the ball. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“If the usage of artificial substances are made legal then what happened to all the debate we have had over the years on ball-tampering,” Chetan Sharma said to Times of India.

“Moreover if a player is spending around six hours a day in the middle, just observe the number of times they lick their lips. There is no chance that they won’t lick their lips or wipe their faces with their hands when they are out there for that long,” Chetan Sharma added.

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Faf du Plessis using saliva on the ball. Image Credit: Twitter.

“So whether you put saliva on the ball or not your germs are going on it anyhow. So if they are stopping this practice to ensure that your germs don’t reach the ball, they have failed right there because the body fluids will reach the ball in some way or the other. You can’t tell the players that they can’t wipe the sweat off their faces or bodies,” Chetan Sharma added.

Chetan Sharma, further, supported the decision to play IPL behind closed doors. He also of the view that the lucrative league should be hosted this year to support the young player because IPL is a big opportunity for them.

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Ajit Agarkar And Other High-Profile Dignitaries Apply For National Selector’s Post

On Friday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) invited the applications for Team India’s two national selector’s post. Till now, MSK Prasad, who had finished his four-year term last November, has been serving as the interim chief selectors along with former India and Rajasthan batsman, Gagan Khoda.

According to rule, the selectors are appointed by the members of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC). But CAC is nonfunctional since the last November. Thus, there is no clarity over who will interview the applicants of selectors.

Meanwhile, many high-profile dignitaries have applied for the Indian Men’s selector’s post.

Here we will discuss their profile in brief including Ajit Agarkar:

Chetan Sharma:

Chetan Sharma, Selectors

At the age of 18, former Indian pacer made the Test debut against Pakistan. He has represented Team India in 23 Test matches and 65 ODIs.

Sharma snared 61 wickets in Tests and 67 wickets in the white-ball format. He was also a useful lower-order batsman who has a Test fifty and ODI century to his name. After his retirement from the game of cricket, he became a popular commentator.

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Mohammed Shami (Image Credit: Google)
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Chetan Sharma Believes Mohammed Shami Is Presently Number One Reverse Swing Bowler In The World

Indian pacer Mohammed Shami dominated in the fourth innings of recently concluded Visakhapatnam Test. Former Indian cricketer Chetan Sharma has praised Shami and claimed that Shami is the present no.1 reverse swing bowler in the world.

Indian team dominated in the opening Test of the three-match home Test series against South Africa at Visakhapatnam. The 29-year-old right-arm pacer Mohammed Shami was one of the top performers in that game.

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Shami had the wicketless bowling figures (0/47) during South Africa’s first innings in that match. However, he dominated in the fourth innings of that Test match. While South Africa had to score 395 runs in the fourth innings to win that game, Shami’s brilliant five-wicket haul destroyed the visitors and they were all out on 191 runs. In that innings, Mohammed Shami had the bowling figures of 10.5-2-35-5.

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Mohammed Shami (Image Credit: Google)

Reverse swing is a matter of accuracy: Chetan Sharma

Chetan Sharma highly praised Mohammed Shami for his recent bowling performance. The former Indian cricketer believes that Shami is the best reverse swing bowler in the present world. Sharma has also described how the reverse swing is tough and how Shami is gaining success.

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Chetan Sharma (Image Credit: Getty Images)

He told Khaleej Times, “I think he (Shami) is now the number one reverse swing bowler in the world. He has got a very good idea about using the old ball. Only those fast bowlers who have got good control over reverse swing can bowl well in the fourth innings.

“The ball tends to lose its shine faster in the fourth innings and there are a lot of wear and tear on a fifth-day pitch. He is very accurate. Reverse swing is a matter of accuracy. If you get reverse swing, but if you don’t get the line right, you will not get a wicket. So your accuracy has to be top class. This is where Shami is always on target.”

During the Visakhapatnam Test, Mohammed Shami became the fifth Indian pacer to claim a five-wicket haul in the fourth innings of the home Test. Since November 1996, it was the first time when an Indian pacer managed a five-wicket haul in the fourth innings of the home Test.

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Mohammed Shami has taken 158 Test wickets in 43 Tests. Out of these, he has taken 39 wickets in the fourth innings with the incredible bowling average of 19.71.

No doubt the BCCI has been very smart now when it comes to handling the fast bowlers

Chetan Sharma has also praised the Indian team management for managing the pacers very well with the help of a great rotation policy.

Sharma added, “Now they have a great rotation policy. Someone like Ishant (Sharma) only plays Test cricket. Now the team is also introducing new bowlers in T20s. But in our time, they didn’t have such policy. There was Kapil Dev, me and Manoj Prabhakar. There is no doubt the BCCI has been very smart now when it comes to handling the fast bowlers. They are doing a very good job.”

Chetan Sharma played 23 Tests and 65 ODIs for India from 1983 to 1994. He was the first bowler to claim a hat-trick in the Cricket World Cup history (against New Zealand in 1987 CWC). It was also the first hat-trick in international cricket by an Indian bowler.