Deep Dasgupta

Deep Dasgupta
Deep Dasgupta. (Photo Source: Instagram)

Ishan Kishan Will Learn With Experience And Maturity: Deep Dasgupta

Ishan Kishan, the left-handed opener struggled on his way to 35 before falling to Roston Chase in the T20I series opener versus West Indies. However, Deep Dasgupta believes he will “learn with experience”.

Debutant spinner Ravi Bishnoi’s two-wicket haul was backed up by quality knocks by Rohit Sharma (40) and Suryakumar Yadav (34*) as India defeated West Indies in the T20I series opener on Wednesday. While Rohit Sharma was his usual elegant self at the top, Ishan Kishan looked scratchy.

Ishan Kishan (Image Credit: BCCI)
Ishan Kishan (Image Credit: BCCI)

Ishan Kishan Registers Slow Knock As He Wasn’t Finding The Middle Of The Bat: Deep Dasgupta

Ishan Kishan, who was bought for a staggering INR 15.25 crore by Mumbai Indians in the IPL auction last Saturday, registered the slowest knock by an Indian in T20 Internationals while facing at least 40 deliveries. Despite the young batter’s lacklustre batting show on the Eden Gardens strip, former India wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta feels Ishan Kishan endured “one of those days” when he wasn’t able to get going.

“Kishan just had one of those days with the bat. He was trying, it was not like he was not trying. Either the shots were finding the fielders or he was not finding the middle of the bat.

“Sometimes what happens is that when you’re trying too hard, you don’t find the middle of the bat. That, I think he will learn with experience and maturity. It is important how he manages such days.”

“So, not the usual Ishan Kishan innings, but it’s alright,” said Dasgupta said on his YouTube channel.

Deep Dasgupta. Photo Credit (Twitter)
Deep Dasgupta. Photo Credit (Twitter)

Ishan Kishan has played 6 T20Is for India so far and has opened in 4 of them. However, the aggressive wicketkeeper batter has also batted at No. 3 and No. 6, managing 148 runs in 6 innings which includes a fifty. The left-handed opener struggled on his way to 35 before falling to Roston Chase in the T20I series opener versus West Indies.

Rohit Sharma’s Innings Was Sublime And KL Rahul Should Ideally Open The Innings: Deep Dasgupta

Skipper Rohit Sharma was unperturbed by his opening partner’s struggles. He was in decent flow at the other end, scoring a quick-fire 40 off 19 deliveries to set up the run chase. Deep Dasgupta heaped praise on Rohit Sharma and also picked his opening partner in Indian colours. He feels KL Rahul should join Rohit Sharma at the top in the T20 format instead of playing in the middle-order.

“Rohit’s innings was sublime. He never looks out of form. Even if he scores 10, 20, or 30, he always looks in-form. The 55 runs in the first 5 overs helped a lot in chasing down the score.”

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

“Don’t think KL Rahul is an option for the middle order in T20s. KL Rahul is such a player, who can effortlessly play with a strike rate in excess of 140. When fit and available, he should partner Rohit Sharma at the top.

“But the change in the mindset, that’s important. KL Rahul is as good as anyone in world cricket. Ideally, he should open the innings,” he further elaborated.

Captain Rohit Sharma, who won the toss and opted to field in the 1st T20I on Wednesday, confirmed that Ishan Kishan and he will open the batting in the absence of vice-captain KL Rahul, who was ruled out of the series due to a hamstring niggle.

India also have Chennai Super Kings star Ruturaj Gaikwad for the role but the team management went ahead with Ishan Kishan for the opening role.

The second T20I is scheduled for Friday, with all the games to be played at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens. The only concern for India has been Virat Kohli’s form and he would definitely want a bigger knock than the scores of 8, 18, 0, and 17 so far in the assignment.

India's Ishant Sharma prepares to ball during the third day of the second Test cricket match of a two-match series between India and Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens cricket stadium in Kolkata on November 24, 2019. (Photo by Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP) / IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE

India Missed A Tall Fast Bowler Like Ishant Sharma In The Johannesburg Test- MSK Prasad

Former India wicketkeeper MSK Prasad believes that India missed a tall fast bowler like Ishant Sharma who could have extracted more out of that surface like South African pacers. Notable that Siraj had a hamstring injury during the first innings and he struggled through the second Test match. So he is likely to miss out on the second test match as there will be a toss-up between Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav for 3rd pacer slot.

Ishant Sharma
Ishant Sharma[Image-Twitter]

Ishant picked just 14 wickets in 8 tests last year.

Prasad said that India should go with Ishant considering his height as he believes that the South Africa attack gained more advantage in the second Tests as all of their pacers extracted the awkward bounce from the good length.

“We missed a tall fast bowler in Johannesburg and the only one we have is Ishant. On these kind of tracks, he is my choice ahead of Umesh. Had it been an Indian track which is rugged and feels like dustbowl, Umesh would be my ‘go to’ man,” MSK Prasad told PTI.

Also, former India wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta opined the same however he has some doubts over Ishant’s form. But he backed his consistency and experience in these conditions as it’s Ishant’s 4th tour to the rainbow nation.

“I won’t be able to say whether Kohli has the same faith in Ishant’s abilities which he had till 2019. But even then in this game, Ishant, if played, could come in handy compared to Umesh. Firstly, with that height, he would hit tougher lengths, and secondly because of his ability to keep the batters quiet for long periods of time which unfortunately didn’t happen on a bowler-friendly track at the Wanderers,” Dasgupta told PTI.

Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah (Photo-Getty)
Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah (Photo-Getty)

Ishant Sharma picked only 14 wickets in 8 Test matches with an average of 32.71 in the year 2021. His record in South Africa is also below par as he picked only 20 wickets in 7 test matches with an average of 40.

Ishant can bowl a good eight to 10 over spell and if we see the trend, a first innings score of 275 is the new 350 in Test matches in these conditions. Also, Ishant bowls that fourth stump line where the ball can straighten or cut back enough to make the batters play. But yes, team management will check out their practice form too,” he added.

Also read Rahul Dravid Explains Reason Behind Hanuma Vihari And Shreyas Iyer Wait To Bag Regular Test Spots

Deep Dasgupta
Deep Dasgupta. (Photo Source: Instagram)

Deep Dasgupta Delighted At BCCI’s Decision To Appoint Rahul Dravid As Team India’s Head Coach

Deep Dasgupta expressed delight over the management’s decision to appoint Rahul Dravid as a coach.  The former India captain will replace outgoing coach Ravi Shastri at the helm and will take charge of the team, starting with the upcoming series at home against New Zealand.

With Virat Kohli stepping down from Team India’s T20I captaincy, Rohit Sharma will lead the side in the home series against New Zealand, and KL Rahul will serve as vice-captain.

Deep Dasgupta. Photo Credit (Twitter)
Deep Dasgupta. Photo Credit (Twitter)

Deep Dasgupta: It’s A Brilliant Move To Bring Rahul Dravid In As A Coach

Deep Dasgupta feels that Rahul Dravid is the right person to lead this pool of players forward as a majority have been groomed by him during their Under 19 and India A days.

While speaking on his YouTube channel, Deep Dasgupta said: “It is a brilliant move to bring Dravid in as coach. He has had a big line in establishing and developing the current pipeline of players. It is only natural that he works with the players he groomed while coaching India A and U-19. So, it is a very very good choice.”

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

Rahul Dravid coached and led the India U-19 side to great success in the U-19 World Cup. He would hope to translate the efforts into the senior team, who are struggling at the big stage for quite some time now.

He was recently appointed as the interim head coach for the Sri Lanka series, with Ravi Shastri busy with the Test team in England. The new coach has been offered a hefty contract and will be drawing a salary of Rs 10 crore.

The amount makes him one of the highest-paid Indian coaches. His first stint came in 2014 when he travelled to England as a batting consultant for the Test series. In July 2021, he returned as interim head coach for Sri Lankan limited-overs tour as Ravi Shastri-led coaching staff was in England for a Test series.

Deep Dasgupta: Bilateral T20I Series Will Decide Future Of Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Deep Dasgupta also spoke about the squad that was picked for the three-match T20I series, which will mark Rohit Sharma’s stint as full-time captain of the T20 team. He noted how this could potentially be a future deciding series for long-time seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Deep Dasgupta added: “The series against NZ will be a huge one, and a future deciding one for Bhuvneshwar with bowlers like Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh, and Avesh Khan coming upto the first team now and pushing their case.”

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Image Credit: Twitter)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Image Credit: Twitter)

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been a vital cog in the Indian seam attack in white-ball cricket since his debut in 2012. As of late, however, he has derailed over the years because of his quest for pace, injuries, and inconsistency.

He was dropped from the India team following their loss against Pakistan and was never recalled into playing XI for the rest of the tournament. The 16-member squad to face NZ includes veteran wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant, middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav, keeper Ishan Kishan, spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, and pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar. All these players were part of the T20 World Cup squad too.

Deepak Chahar, Shreyas Iyer, and Axar Patel, who were on the standby list for the tournament, were also included in the team to take on the Blackcaps. In addition, Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has been recalled to the side. In addition, CSK opening batsman Ruturaj Gaikwad (635 runs in IPL 2021) and all-rounder Harshal Patel (32 wickets in IPL 2021), who finished IPL 2021 as the highest run-getter and wicket-taker, respectively, have earned an India call-up.

Venkatesh Iyer, who was a revelation for Kolkata Knight Riders in the UAE leg of the recently concluded IPL 2021, also earned a maiden India call-up. Delhi Capitals (DC) bowler Avesh Khan was also included in the squad. He had picked up 24 wickets in IPL 2021 and was 2nd highest wicket-taker after Harshal Patel (32). Venkatesh Iyer scored 320 runs in 10 games at an average of 41.11 and a strike rate of 128.47, including four half-centuries.

India’s T20I squad against NZ: Rohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wicketkeeper), Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj

Australia Pic: Getty
Australia Pic: Getty

Some Of The Australian Players In 2021 T20I World Cup Are Undercooked, Says Deep Dasgupta

Deep Dasgupta, the former India opener and wicketkeeper-batsman, diminished Australia’s chances of progressing into the final four of the 2021 T20 World Cup. The Aussies have a tough group ahead of them in the 2021 T20I World Cup, with West Indies and England primed to claim places in the semi-finals.

The Men In Yellow last made it into the semi-finals of the 2012 edition of the World Cup, where they lost to eventual champions West Indies.

Deep Dasgupta. Photo Credit (Twitter)
Deep Dasgupta. Photo Credit (Twitter)

Deep Dasgupta: Pacers Mitchell Starc And Pat Cummins Are Playing After A Long Time, And They Look Undercooked But Top Order Form Is A Matter Of Concern

Deep Dasgupta outlined potential concerns for the Australian team ahead of the Super 12s stages of the tournament. Deep Dasgupta feels certain Australian cricketers are undercooked. Deep Dasgupta feels despite spinner Adam Zampa’s T20I rankings, pacer Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc are playing after a long time and are underprepared.

While speaking on his YouTube channel, Deep Dasgupta said: “The team is good enough, especially if you look at the bowling. Adam Zampa is among the top when it comes to the T20 rankings and you also have Mitchell Starc. However, some of the players are undercooked. Starc and Cummins are playing after a long time and they look undercooked.”

File image of Pat Cummins | Andrew Boyers/Reuters
File image of Pat Cummins | Andrew Boyers/Reuters

“In pitches like these, Smith staying out in the middle is very important and so would Maxwell’s form. The real concern comes in the form of the top order, it is a huge concern,” said Deep Dasgupta.

Australia will kick off its campaign against South Africa on September 23 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Meanwhile, India fine-tuned its T20 World Cup preparations with a convincing nine-wicket win over Australia in its final warm-up game at ICC cricket Academy Stadium.

India had Australia on the mat at 11 for three after Aaron Finch opted to bat first. After a failed attempt at a reverse sweep, David Warner’s barren run had him trapped in front of Ravichandran Ashwin. With his very next ball, Ravichandran Ashwin got rid of birthday boy Mitchell Marsh who played for the turn, which wasn’t there only to edge it to the first slip.

Steve Smith (57 off 48) and in-form Glenn Maxwell (37 off 28) tried to break the shackles with a 61-run partnership. However, after Glenn Maxwell fell to a conventional sweep, Steve Smith and Marcus Stoinis (41 not out off 25 balls) got together and provided a much-needed final flourish to the innings.

Rohit Sharma (60 retired off 41) showed sublime touch alongside opening partner KL Rahul (39 off 31) as India chased down Australia’s 152 for five in 17.5 overs. Suryakumar Yadav (38 not out off 27) came at number three in Virat Kohli’s absence and got valuable time in the middle, which should boost his confidence going ahead. Finally, Hardik Pandya (14 not out off 8) came at four to finish the game, and he did it with a clean hit over the bowler’s head.

Australia Have Had A Rough Time In T20 Cricket Of Late: Brad Hogg

Former Australian spinner Brad Hogg also admitted to Australia’s woes when it comes to the shortest format in the game. Australia is coming into the tournament in the UAE on the back of a string of T20 series losses. They have succumbed to the West Indies and Bangladesh away from home recently. With subcontinent pitches on offer in the Middle East, the team will have to put together tight performances for potential qualification.

Brad Hogg was a part of two World Cup-winning Australian teams; 2003 and 2007 © Getty Images
Brad Hogg was a part of two World Cup-winning Australian teams; 2003 and 2007 © Getty Images.

Despite the poor string of results, Brad Hogg is not concerned about the form of the side, given that they played without the presence of several senior players in Bangladesh and the West Indies. Australia has lost 16 of their last 24 T20 internationals going back to the start of 2020.

Australia’s lost a bilateral series for the first time against Bangladesh, which wasn’t the ideal preparation they needed. Australia’s form has been particularly poor in the shortest format this year, with only two wins from 10 matches on tours of the West Indies and Bangladesh, losing both the 5 matches T20I series 4-1.

Brad Hogg added: “Australia have had a rough time in T20 cricket of late. They did not do well in Bangladesh and had their struggles in the West Indies. But that is not a huge concern for them because they were playing without the big players.”

Pioneers at the conventional 50-over World Cup, Australia have struggled to translate their success to the T20 World Cup. Their best finish came in the form of a finals appearance in the 2010 edition against arch-rivals England.
Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders. Image Credits: Twitter

Before The Resumption Of IPL 2021 In UAE, Not Many Thought KKR Would End Up In Top 4: Deep Dasgupta

Deep Dasgupta lauded the Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) stunning efforts to qualify for the playoffs of the Indian Premier League 2021. However, he acknowledged that no one would have counted on the Kolkata-based franchise to finish in the top four before the resumption of the IPL in the UAE.

When the 14th edition of the tournament was halted in May due to the COVID-19 outbreak in India and bio bubble breaches, KKR was placed second from the bottom of the table and had won just two matches out of their first seven. However, Brendon McCullum’s side manifested a fearless approach in the second leg.

Deep Dasgupta
Deep Dasgupta. (Photo Source: Instagram)

Deep Dasgupta: Before The Resumption Of IPL 2021 In UAE, Not Many Thought KKR Would End Up In Top 4

While reviewing every franchise’s performance during the league stage, Deep Dasgupta praised the Eoin Morgan-led side. After KKR’s impressive display during the second leg, he said that they now have the much-needed confidence and momentum in their side. However, deep Dasgupta also opined that the biggest issue for the two-time champions is the unavailability of Andre Russell in the last few games, as it remains to be seen if he is available for the playoffs.

“They (KKR) are pretty much in form the way they’re playing right now. The biggest issue is the unavailability of Andre Russell. It remains to be seen whether he will be available for the knockouts. But it looks like they’re a solid team, have momentum on their side and have instilled confidence. Before the resumption of the second half of the IPL, not many would have thought they would end up in the top 4. And the fact that they have qualified, tells you that they are in very good form.”

Kolkata Knight Riders (Image Credit: Twitter)
Kolkata Knight Riders (Image Credit: Twitter)

Brendon McCullum’s troops will look to lift their third IPL trophy this season. They will face the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Eliminator at the Sharjah Cricket Ground on October 11.

Deep Dasgupta: Rajasthan Royals Missed Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, And Jos Buttler

Meanwhile, the Men in Pink Rajasthan Royals took their inconsistent form from India to the UAE. Before the resumption of the competition, the Rajasthan Royals were in the fifth position after playing seven matches and winning only three games.

Deep Dasgupta opined that RR hand-picked their overseas contingent as the nucleus of the side, which eventually paved their downfall. The side’s star players, like Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, and Ben Stokes, were unavailable for the UAE leg of the competition. Moreover, the new signings – West Indian duo of Evin Lewis and Oshane Thomas, New Zealand cricketer Glenn Phillips, and South Africa’s left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi didn’t help the cause of Rajasthan to progress into playoffs.

Jofra Archer missed out from playing in IPL 2021 due to injury, while Jos Buttler, who was recently blessed with a child, opted out of IPL 2021 UAE leg, and Ben Stokes prioritized his mental wellbeing and decided to not play in India’s Test tour and IPL 2021 besides T20I World Cup 2021.

“They finished seventh in the table and you have to feel bad for them. They missed out on their big names. Rajasthan’s philosophy has always been to find success around their overseas players like Archer, Buttler, Stokes. Unfortunately, Jofra was not available for the franchise during the first leg, who was one of their best players last season. Unfortunately again in the second half, there was no Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes available as well.”

Rajasthan Royals batsmen Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson
Rajasthan Royals batsmen Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson Photograph: BCCI/IPL

Deep Dasgupta also stated that the consistent form of their skipper, Sanju Samson, was the biggest positive for the side. The 26-year-old amassed 484 runs at an incredible average of 40 runs per match in 14 encounters for his side. He was also the first player to score a hundred this season. Deep Dasgupta praised the wicket-keeper batsman.

“But the biggest positive for them was their captain Sanju’s consistent performance. Down the years the main issue with him was his inconsistency but this season, we’ve seen his maturity. His consistency is good news for Indian cricket as well. The only thing is that they were let down massively from their overseas contingent due to the unavailability.”

Considering their performances this season, Rajasthan Royals will look to revamp their entire squad for the cash-rich league in 2022.
Deep Dasgupta. Photo Credit (Twitter)
Deep Dasgupta. Photo Credit (Twitter)

Ruturaj Gaikwad’s Orthodox Shots Should Be Followed By Budding Cricketers Aspiring To Play All 3 Formats: Deep Dasgupta

Ruturaj Gaikwad scored his maiden Indian Premier League (IPL) century during the Saturday of Chennai Super Kings’ defeat to Rajasthan Royals in their IPL 2021 clash.

Former India wicketkeeper Deep Dasgupta praised the youngster’s brilliant unbeaten 101 off 60 balls and said that it was a great sign for more classical batsmen and said his innings proved that the shortest format of the game was not just for power-hitters.

Deep Dasgupta
Deep Dasgupta. (Photo Source: Instagram)

Ruturaj Gaikwad Played Orthodox Shots Which Budding Cricketers Aspiring Should follow To Play All 3 Formats: Deep Dasgupta

Ruturaj Gaikwad reached his century on the last ball of the CSK innings by smacking his fifth six and finishing with an unbeaten 101. The right-handed batsman’s 60-ball ton propelled the Chennai Super Kings to 189/4 in stipulated 20 overs and earned him the orange cap for being the leading run-scorer in the league ahead of veterans KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan.

Speaking to ESPNcricinfo, Deep Dasgupta said on Ruturaj Gaikwad’s century: “It just tells you that this format is not only for power hitters. If you have the right technique and you know your game well enough, there are different ways of being successful in this format. And if you look at Ruturaj and the shots that he played, they are very orthodox cricketing shots.”

Ruturaj Gaikwad
Ruturaj Gaikwad (Image Credit: Twitter)

Deep Dasgupta noted that Ruturaj Gaikwad is a great exponent for orthodox batting, which will stand players in good stead in all three formats.

Deep Dasgupta added: “I guess success to batters like Ruturaj Gaikwad is that much more important because when you go to these coaching camps and look at youngsters, they are trying all these fancy shots, the lap and the reverse-lap and all. Then you see someone like Ruturaj, it’s like this is how you should be playing, because this would make sure that you’re not only successful in T20s but the other two formats as well.”

West Indies all-rounder Carlos Brathwaite also praised how Ruturaj Gaikwad constructed his innings, scoring 30 runs off his first 30 deliveries and 71 of his next 30.

Carlos Brathwaite said,  “What was impressive is that in his first 30 balls, he was on 30. So going at run-a-ball just in and outside the powerplay, but then to have the confidence in your ability to step your game up.”

Ruturaj Gaikwad’s fine 101* helped CSK post 189 runs, which was the highest total in the UAE leg of IPL 2021. He had some support from Faf du Plessis and Moeen Ali. Ravindra Jadeja then came in to provide ample firepower at the death with a 15-ball 32.

Rajasthan Royals Wins After Evin Lewis, Shivam Dube, And Yashasvi Jaiswal’s Heroics As Ruturaj Gaikwad’s Ton Goes In Vain

However, Rajasthan Royals started their chase with a blitzkrieg opening stand, with openers Yashaswi Jaiswal and Evin Lewis going on a rampage in the powerplay. Evin Lewis hit 27 off 12 deliveries before falling in the final over of the powerplay, as the Rajasthan Royals finished at 81/1 in their first six overs.

Evin Lewis
Evin Lewis Image Source: IPLT20.COM

Yashasvi Jaiswal brought up his maiden IPL half-century off just 20 deliveries, before falling to Shardul Thakur off his next delivery in the seventh over. Shivam Dube carried on from where they left off and guided the Royals to a 7-wicket win.

Shivam Dube scored an unbeaten 64 off only 42 balls, studded with four boundaries and as many sixes. However, the defeat did not hurt CSK too much, as they had become the first team to secure a spot in the playoffs in IPL 2021.

Deep Dasgupta
Deep Dasgupta. (Photo Source: Instagram)

Better Words Should Be Used In Case Of A Disagreement, Says Deep Dasgupta

Deep Dasgupta, the former India wicketkeeper, was disappointed with the language used while expressing his opinion on the Ravichandran Ashwin-Eoin Morgan debacle. The on-field altercation between the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain and the Delhi Capitals (DC) all-rounder has sparked a debate among the cricketing fraternity, including prominent ex-cricketers.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Eoin Morgan both expressed their thoughts behind the incident after the culmination of the match. Deep Dasgupta felt the entire concept of “spirit of cricket” is very vague, making it a hard line to tread. Ravichandran Ashwin called his Delhi Capitals (DC) skipper Rishabh Pant for a run after a throw ricocheted, having hit the latter during an IPL 2021 clash against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Sharjah.

Deep Dasgupta. Photo Credit (Twitter)
Deep Dasgupta. Photo Credit (Twitter)

Deep Dasgupta: Disgrace And Ashamed Are Very Harsh Words, And Better Words Should Be Used In Case Of A Disagreement

More than the incident, the events that have unravelled since it took place have particularly concerned Deep Dasgupta. While he does not hold an issue with someone expressing their opinion against something, he firmly believes the right language must be used.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Deep Dasgupta said: “My opinion can be different and I may disagree with Ashwin, and that is fine. But the words that have been used so far like ‘disgrace’ and ‘ashamed,’ these are very harsh words. These are extremely, extremely harsh words. If there is only disagreement, better words could have been used.”

Ravichandran Ashwin of Delhi Capitals reacts with Tim Southee during the Indian Premier League match.(PTI)
Ravichandran Ashwin of Delhi Capitals reacts with Tim Southee during the Indian Premier League match. (PTI)

“Just because your thoughts are different and mine are different from yours, does not mean words like these are used. Especially from influential people and role models in cricket. Fewl weird hearing things like these from them.”

According to Ravichandran Ashwin, he was called a “disgrace” by the opposition skipper, and even Shane Warne used the terms “ashamed” and “disgraced” when it came to Ravichandran Ashwin’s actions. The incident follows in the footsteps of ugly on-field interactions from previous editions.

Deep Dasgupta: If Spirit Of Cricket Is Adhered To, There Shouldn’t Be An Issue

Deep Dasgupta noted that as long as the spirit of the game is being mended legally, there should not be an issue.

He added: “What I think is that, the rules of the game is a line, and the spirit of the cricket can be drawn anywhere inside the line , depends on you. The line is a barrier, as long as it is being drawn inside of it, there should not be any issue.”

KKR captain Eoin Morgan Twitter/@KKRiders
KKR captain Eoin Morgan. Twitter/@KKRiders

After Ravichandran Ashwin’s dismissal, KKR bowler Tim Southee and skipper Eoin Morgan got involved in a heated argument with the Indian spinner over the extra run taken. While Ravichandran Ashwin ended up with the last laugh by scalping Eoin Morgan for a duck, it was KKR who won the contest by 3 wickets with 10 balls to spare and delayed DC’s qualification for the playoffs.

KKR, however, went on to win the game by 3 wickets with 10 balls to spare. DC’s Rishabh Pant and Steve Smith scored 39 each, while KKR’s Sunil Narine scored a cameo (21 runs off 10 balls) besides taking 2 scalps. Nitish Rana top-scored for KKR with unbeaten 36 runs.

In the IPL 2019, Ravichandran Ashwin had come under criticism after running out Rajasthan Royals’ Jos Buttler before delivering the ball, although the dismissal is perfectly legal as per the laws.

Brief Scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 130/7 (Nitish Rana 36*, Shubman Gill 30; Avesh Khan 3/13) beat Delhi Capitals 127/9 (Rishabh Pant 39, Steve Smith 39; Sunil Narine 2/18) by 3 wickets.  

World Test Championship, India
Indian test team[photo: Twitter]

Deep Dasgupta Praised Indian Test Team’s Performance On Day One Of 1st Test

Deep Dasgupta has joined a host of pundits heaping praise over Team India’s dominating showing against England on Wednesday. The former wicket-keeper stated it was the best first-day performance he has seen from an Indian team away from home of late and hailed the bowlers for showing the way.

India bowled England out for a paltry 183 in the first innings at Trent Bridge. Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami showed massive improvement from the World Test Championship (WTC) final and accounted for seven wickets between them. They were well-supported by the fresh vigor of Shardul Thakur (2-41) and Mohammed Siraj (1-48).

Deep Dasgupta
Deep Dasgupta. (Photo Source: Instagram)

Deep Dasgupta: Indian Teams Generally Start Slowly In Every New Series

Deep Dasgupta was impressed by the meticulous planning that went behind each dismissal, from bowlers’ lines and lengths to the field settings.

Speaking in this regard on his YouTube channel, he said: “Generally we’ve seen Indian teams start slowly in every new series. But here, they are in the driving seat from the first day itself. I haven’t seen a better first day away from home in a while… It was quite evident the team had plans for every batsman. “

“Whether it was Dom Sibley or Zak Crawley who play more from the stumps, there was a plan to attack on the stumps right from the beginning. And to encourage the bowlers to bowl at that line, four fielders were on the leg-side, which is against the norm of six on the off-side and three on the leg-side. “

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

Citing the example of England captain Joe Root’s lbw by Shardul Thakur with a full-length out-swinger, Deep Dasgupta also lauded the persistence of the pacers.

He added: “Joe Root plays well on the backfoot, square of the wicket. He had a few boundaries right at the start but the bowlers didn’t move away from their plan of full balls outside off-stump, encouraging him to drive. As for execution, the WTC final was a blip where they were criticized for bowling a bit too short. But they were absolutely spot-on on this first day.”

Jasprit Bumrah finished as the standout bowler for India with 4 wickets for 46 runs while Mohammed Shami bagged 3 for 28 and Shardul Thakur finished with 2 for 41 in just 13 overs. England captain Joe Root was the only batsman who could deal with the pace and swing of the Indian speedsters.

Joe Root scored his 50th fifty in the format and ended up with 64 runs off 108 balls while Jonny Bairstow (29), Zak Crawley (27), and Sam Curran (27 not out) managed to reach the twenties but the rest failed miserably against the Indian pace trio.

Deep Dasgupta: It’s Imperative Overnight Openers KL Rahul And Rohit Sharma Start Well On The 2nd Day

India made the already good day even better when the new opening pair Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul saw off 13 overs and remained unbeaten at nine runs each after the day’s play. Deep Dasgupta said the two right-handers have plundered an advantage that will have to be solidified on Day 2.

Dasgupta explained: “Those last 10-15 overs with floodlights on can be very difficult for batters, especially in these bowling-friendly conditions. But the way KL Rahul and Rohit batted, the stubbornness they showed will set the tone for the rest of the team. Having said that, it’s just the first day and although India are at an advantage they will have to solidify this position further on Day 2.”

KL Rahul. Pic: Getty Images
KL Rahul. Pic: Getty Images

“It’s imperative they start well because there is a forecast for rain after lunch, which we know will make conditions bowler friendly. The first one hour and the first session are very, very important.”

It will be interesting to see whether the openers will play in line with Deep Dasgupta’s comments when the play resumes at 3:30 PM IST on Thursday.

At the Stumps on the 1st Day, India was 21 without losing any wickets. India’s openers Rohit Sharma (9 not out) and KL Rahul (9 not out) negotiated the burst of English pacers in the evening session. India is currently 57 for no loss in the 29th over with Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul unbeaten on 25 and 26 respectively on the 2nd Day.

Deep Dasgupta
Deep Dasgupta

It’s A Good Opportunity To Send Bhuvneshwar Kumar And Prithvi Shaw To England After Sri Lanka Series Concludes, Says Deep Dasgupta

Deep Dasgupta, former Indian wicket-keeper has suggested a couple of players, who could be sent to the UK ahead of the five-match Test series against England, which starts on August 4 in Nottingham.

Team India has been marred by a couple of injury bowls. After opener Shubman Gill was ruled out with a knee injury, pacer Avesh Khan and all-rounder Washington Sundar are also set to miss the high-profile Test series.

Deep Dasgupta. (Photo Source: Instagram)
Deep Dasgupta. (Photo Source: Instagram)

Deep Dasgupta On England Series:

Speaking on his YouTube channel ‘Deep Point’, Deep Dasgupta said Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar can be handy options in English conditions.

“With Avesh Khan ruled out even though he was a net bowler, it is a good opportunity to send Deepak Chahar or even Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Both are swing bowlers and are in good form and will be useful in English conditions. They are making the white ball swing, so they can definitely swing the red Duke ball in England.”

Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Bhuvneshwar Kumar[photo: Twitter]
The young fast bowler from Madhya Pradesh, Avesh Khan reportedly fractured his finger while fielding for Select County XI during the warm-up game against India on July 20.

In his only Test series in England (in 2014) to date, Bhuvneshwar Kumar had shared the Man of the Series award with England’s James Anderson on the back of picking 19 wickets in five Tests at an average and strike rate of 26.63 and 54.5 respectively.

The 31-year-old right-arm pacer has not played multi-day format cricket since January 2018 when he appeared in a Test in South Africa.

Deep Dasgupta: Sending Prithvi Shaw As An Opener Won’t Be A Bad Idea

With Shubman Gill ruled out, management has requested BCCI to send Prithvi Shaw and Devdutt Padikkal as reserve openers. However, the offer was turned down by the selection committee which resulted in a lot of chaos. But Deep Dasgupta believes having an in-form Prithvi Shaw in England will give India a lot of flexibility in the five-match Test series.

“There has been a debate about sending openers in the last few days but I think the kind of form Prithvi Shaw is in, he can be a good choice. Obviously there is (Abhimanyu) Easwaran, there is Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma, but sending Prithvi will not be a bad idea,” Deep Dasgupta added.

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

Opening batsman Prithvi Shaw missed being a part of the 20-member squad for the five-match Test series against England. All-rounder Hardik Pandya also was not picked as it seems he is still some time away from bowling full throttle. A notable miss also was pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar.

Prithvi Shaw earned a call-up into the white-ball squad following his excellent form in IPL 2021 (308 runs) and Vijay Hazare Trophy (827 runs).

The IPL 2020 in the UAE last year did not help his cause, as Prithvi Shaw registered three ducks. Even as he was picked for the tour of Australia, after the two nightmarish outings against the pink ball in Adelaide in 2020-21, the door seemingly shut on him. He then worked upon his technique which worked wonders.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya

Hardik Pandya Was Looking Really Fit While Bowling After A Long Time: Deep Dasgupta

Hardik Pandya, the Indian all-rounder has hardly bowled in recent times after suffering a shoulder niggle. The Indian team has long wanted him to be 100% fit before handing him the ball. In the first ODI against Sri Lanka on Sunday (July 18), Hardik Pandya has been finally seen bowling after a really long time.

Former Indian cricketer, a wicketkeeper, and commentator Deep Dasgupta gave his take on Hardik Pandya bowling for the Indian team. He said it was a “very, very positive sign,” in a video on his YouTube channel.

Hardik Pandya Image Source : GETTY
Hardik Pandya Image Source: GETTY

Hardik Pandya Was Looking Really Fit While Bowling After A Long Time: Deep Dasgupta

Deep Dasgupta also added that Hardik Pandya’s bowling is very important for India in limited-overs cricket, especially with the forthcoming 2021 T20 World Cup arriving soon. Hardik Pandya was handed the ball against Sri Lanka in the last over of the first powerplay.

When talking about Pandya’s bowling, Deep Dasgupta said: “He didn’t just bowl, but bowled in the death overs as well. He went for a few runs but his bowling seemed very close to what it used to be.”

Deep Dasgupta. Photo Credit (Twitter)
Deep Dasgupta. Photo Credit (Twitter)

Hardik Pandya is a key member of India’s limited-overs setup and his bowling provides some much-needed balance to the team. Hardik Pandya did not bowl a lot in the first ODI, but just seeing him bowl will come as a huge relief to the Indian management and fans. He bowled five overs conceding 34 runs and also managed to pick up a wicket.

“He was bowling bouncers, pace was up, was looking really fit, and was quick through the action,” added Deep Dasgupta.

After recovering from a career-threatening back injury he suffered in 2019 for which he went back surgery, Hardik Pandya bowled quite impressively and without too much apparent discomfort during the limited-overs series against England. He didn’t bowl in IPL 2020 at UAE and didn’t bowl much in the Australia tour except for one ODI. Hardik Pandya has bowled sporadically since his back surgery, which has led to his non-selection in Test format.

Prithvi Shaw Awarded Man Of The Match For His 43 Off Just 24 Balls

Sri Lanka only managed 262 runs at the end of their allotted 50 overs and that was never going to be enough against a good Indian batting line-up. Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal were excellent and secured two wickets each, while Krunal Pandya dried up the runs with a tight spell.

India won the first ODI against Sri Lanka by seven wickets with 80 balls to spare to open their tour on a positive note. The hosts opted to bat first but failed to get a good total on the board as they failed to increase the momentum in the middle overs.

Ishan Kishan (Image Credit: BCCI)
Ishan Kishan (Image Credit: BCCI)

Chasing 263 for victory, Prithvi Shaw provided India with a flying start. He was awarded the Player of the Match for his attacking 43 off just 24 balls that took the wind out of the Lankans’ sails.

Skipper Shikhar Dhawan initially played second fiddle to Prithvi Shaw but opened up later on. He remained unbeaten on 86, while Ishan Kishan scored an attacking 59 on his ODI debut. India has now taken a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series. They will look to continue the momentum in the second ODI on July 20 and secure the series with a match to spare.

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