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Ian Chappell
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Ian Chappell Reckons T20 Format Is Enough To Take cricket Into Olympics And Not The 100

Ian Chappell, former Australia captain reckons that the T20 format is enough to take the sport into the Olympics and the newest addition ‘The Hundred’ was not really needed.

The Hundred is an England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) brainchild, and it is featuring eight teams taking on each other. The first match in the competition was played between the women’s teams of Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals on July 21. The Hundred is a 100-ball cricket competition that is seeing (both men and women) featuring in the tournament.

At what point does cricket become less of a game and more of an entertainment? Getty Images
At what point does cricket become less of a game and more of an entertainment? Getty Images

Ian Chappell: T20 Enough For Participating In The Olympics And A Further Reduction-The 100 Wasn’t Necessary

Trent Rockets is leading the Men’s points table with 6 points by winning all 3 games while Northern Superchargers is leading Women’s points tally with 7 points in 4 games(3 wins and 1 no-result).

“Apart from reducing the number of balls to obtain a terrestrial television deal, the reasoning behind the Hundred could well be that it improves the chances of cricket fulfilling the Olympic dream. This is often cited as a way to spread the game’s popularity to a wider audience. Surely the T20 format could achieve that same outcome without yet another reduction,” Ian Chappell wrote in his column for ESPNcricinfo.

“Cricket is a team game ideally played by 11 members aside. Performance satisfaction is a big reason why youngsters fall in love with the game. Administrators would do well to remember that before they rush into devising shorter forms of the game. The more the length of an innings is reduced, the greater chance that there will be players “just making up the numbers”. Even those players crave occasional performance satisfaction,” Ian Chappell added.

Further talking about the new format, Ian Chappell said: “Throughout my playing career I believed there were two possible solutions to a problem: a simple one and a complicated one. I also believed that to the benefit of Australia, England would regularly choose the complicated solution. They’ve done it again.”

File image of Ian Chappell.(Hindustan Times)
File image of Ian Chappell. (Hindustan Times)

“To overcome the perceived problem of public not fully conversant with cricket, they’ve concocted another form of the game – The Hundred. That’s right, they’ve reduced by a mere 20 balls a format that was extremely popular with players and the public,” Ian Chappell added.

The England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) The Hundred tournament is currently going on with much fanfare. The unique format sees both the team face 100 balls each with new sets of rules for the players.

Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Rashid Khan Are Some Of The Prominent Names Participating In The 100

Players like Joe Root, Ben Stokes, Rashid Khan, Quinton de Kock, Faf du Plessis, Sunil Narine, Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, and Jonny Bairstow are taking part in the tournament. Women’s cricket matches are also taking place simultaneously in the Hundred with five Indian players featuring across women’s teams – Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Deepti Sharma, and Jemimah Rodrigues.

The Hundred
The Hundred

Probably in her worst batting phase before coming into the tournament, Jemimah Rodrigues dazzled on her Hundred debut with an unbeaten 92 off 43 balls studded with a whopping 17 fours and a six. She pulled Northern Superchargers out of deep trouble from 19 for 4 and took them to a stunning six-wicket win with 15 balls remaining.

Jemimah Rodrigues continued her form in the next game with another fifty – 60 off 41 with ten fours – against Trent Rockets that posted a match-winning 149 for her team.

Kevin Pietersen file image | Faheem Hussain - Sportzpics
Kevin Pietersen file image | Faheem Hussain - Sportzpics
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England Would Have Been More Successful If The Hundred Had Started Earlier, Says Kevin Pietersen

Kevin Pietersen believes if The Hundred had started earlier, England would have been a much better white-ball team. Kevin Pietersen highlighted how during his playing days there were only three or four English players playing the extravagant IPL. The former batsman also suggested that he was often left frustrated by the England team management’s decision to pick conservative batsmen.

England had a disastrous 2015 World Cup campaign as they lost to Pakistan, Sri Lanka, New Zealand, Australia, and Bangladesh. They failed to even clear the group stage hurdle. But since then, under the captaincy of Eoin Morgan, England’s white-ball team has been known to play an aggressive brand of cricket as was evident in their 2019 World Cup victory beating New Zealand in the final in a thriller.

Eoin Morgan of England celebrates with his team as he lifts the Cricket World Cup trophy after the Final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between New Zealand and England at Lord's Cricket Ground on July 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Eoin Morgan of England celebrates with his team as he lifts the Cricket World Cup trophy after the Final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between New Zealand and England at Lord’s Cricket Ground on July 14, 2019, in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

Kevin Pietersen: England Would Have Been More Successful If The Hundred Had Started Earlier

Kevin Pietersen suggested that if more English players had played in the IPL in the past, England would have adapted to the new ways much quicker.

Pietersen said in an interaction with the Daily Mail: “One hundred per cent (if England would have been more successful if The Hundred had come earlier). I played in an era when only four or five of us were playing IPL cricket and we were all frustrated sat in England teams, asking, “What on earth are we doing blocking the ball? Why are we picking players who block the ball?” Now you’ve got an England team full of IPL stars who get dropped if they block it. It’s a complete change in mindset.”

Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen. Image Credits: Twitter

The inaugural edition of The Hundred starts tomorrow, with the men’s edition set to begin on July 22nd.

Kevin Pietersen: BCCI And ECB Should Work Out A Way To Include Indian Male Cricketers In The Hundred

The former England batsman also hopes that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) can work out a way to include male Indian cricketers in The Hundred in the near future. Dinesh Karthik recently admitted that he would be open to playing in The Hundred.

However, with current rules set in place by the BCCI, the male Indian fringe cricketers who are still vying for spots in the national team or want to carry on playing domestic cricket have predominantly stayed away from foreign leagues to avoid risking their careers. Kevin Pietersen realizes the number of fans following The Hundred would increase if Indian male players joined the tournament.

Dinesh Karthik Photo: © Reuters (Main Image)
Dinesh Karthik Photo: © Reuters (Main Image)

“The male Indian players make the TV numbers shoot through the roof, and they also make the crowds. They’re so well supported. Politically, if the two boards are on that level and conversations are happening then that would be a huge coup for English cricket,” said Kevin Pietersen.

The BCCI has given NOC to five women cricketers to participate in the inaugural season of The Hundred. Shafali Verma, Harmanpreet Kaur, Jemimah Rodrigues, Smriti Mandhana, and Deepti Sharma are set to feature in the women’s edition of the competition.

The Hundred is a professional franchise 100-ball cricket tournament involving eight men’s and women’s teams located in major cities across England and Wales. The tournament will be run by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) and will take place for the first time in summer 2021, having been delayed by a year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Chris Woakes, Dom Sibley, Moeen Ali, and Adam Milne will be part of the Birmingham Phoenix, while Zak Crawley, Dan Lawrence, and Eoin Morgan will be part of the London Spirit. Jos Buttler, Phil Salt, Matt Parkinson, and Lockie Ferguson will be part of the Manchester Originals.

Ben Stokes, Adil Rashid, and David Willey will be part of the Northern Superchargers. Sam Curran, Rory Burns, Tom Curran, and Reece Topley will be part of the Oval Invincibles.

Jofra Archer, Liam Dawson, George Garton, Chris Jordan, and Tymal Mills will be part of the Southern Brave. Joe Root, Rashid Khan, and Alex Hales will be part of the Trent Rockets.  Ollie Pope, Jonny Bairstow, and Tom Banton will be part of the Welsh Fire.

Ellyse Perry - GETTY IMAGES
Ellyse Perry - GETTY IMAGES
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Ellyse Perry Withdraws From The Hundred Citing Personal Reasons

Ellyse Perry, Australian all-rounder has withdrawn from the inaugural season of The Hundred citing personal reasons. The 30-year old woman cricketer was slated to play for Birmingham Phoenix but the all-rounder has pulled out of the tournament.

Ellyse Perry was due to play for Birmingham Phoenix in the inaugural season of the Women's Hundred Getty Images
Ellyse Perry was due to play for Birmingham Phoenix in the inaugural season of the Women’s Hundred Getty Images

Ellyse Perry’s Australia Teammates Also Pulled Out

Ellyse Perry’s Australia teammates Rachael Haynes, Alyssa Healy, and Meg Lanning have also pulled out of the showpiece event, ahead of the start of the multi-format series against India, which begins in September.

“We are obviously very disappointed that Ellyse Perry has had to withdraw from the Hundred due to personal circumstances, but we completely understand her decision and wish her all the best,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Beth Barrett-Wild, head of the women’s competition, as saying.

Sophie Devine has been playing since the end of September when New Zealand toured Australia Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images
Sophie Devine has been playing since the end of September when New Zealand toured Australia Kai Schwoerer/Getty Images

Ellyse Perry’s absence further depletes a Phoenix squad that will already be without Sophie Devine. The New Zealander had pulled out of the tournament last month, The women’s Hundred will begin on July 21 and will run until August 21.

Meg Lanning, Beth Mooney, Georgia Wareham (all representing Welsh Fire), Sophie Molineux, Elyse Villani, Annabel Sutherland (all representing Trent Rockets), Ashleigh Gardner (Ellyse Perry’s teammate in Birmingham Phoenix), Alyssa Healy, and Nicola Carey (both Northern Superchargers) had already withdrawn while Rachael Haynes had confirmed her unavailability to turn out for the Oval Invincibles in May.

Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Jemimah Rodrigues, And Deepti Sharma Will Feature In The Hundred

Meanwhile, five Indian women cricketers — Shafali Verma, Smriti Mandhana, Harmanpreet Kaur, Jemimah Rodrigues, and Deepti Sharma — will be seen in action in the inaugural edition of ‘The Hundred’. Shafali Verma is the number one ranked short-form batter and she has joined Birmingham Phoenix as a replacement for Sophie Devine.

Harmanpreet Kaur will star in the opening match, at the Kia Oval on July 21, as she joins Manchester Originals. Jemimah Rodrigues will feature for Northern Superchargers. Smriti Mandhana is set to form a devastating opening partnership with Danni Wyatt at Southern Brave, while Deepti Sharma joins England captain Heather Knight at London Spirit.

Shafali Verma became the third youngest Indian women cricketer to play Test cricket after she was handed her debut | Photo: BCCI women
Shafali Verma became the third-youngest Indian women cricketer to play Test cricket after she was handed her debut | Photo: BCCI women

The Hundred, to be organized and invented by ECB, will feature eight teams taking on each other. The first match in the competition will be played between the women’s teams of Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals on July 21.
The Hundred is a 100-ball cricket competition that will see prominent players (both men and women) featuring in the tournament in the English summer.

Jhulan Goswami File Photo
Jhulan Goswami File Photo
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India Women Players Are Trying Out Various Options To Be Better Prepared For World Cup, Says Jhulan Goswami

Jhulan Goswami said the Indian women’s cricket team would be trying out various options during the upcoming England series and beyond to check out what is the best possible combination that can be fielded going into next year’s WODI World Cup in New Zealand.

India’s senior middle-order batters like skipper Mithali Raj, Punam Raut, and Deepti Sharma were all guilty of wasting as many as 180 odd deliveries in the first ODI which England won by eight wickets chasing a modest target of 202. Mithali Raj top-scored with a 108-ball 72 but aside from Shafali Verma, who made a 14-ball 15, no India batter could score at a 90-plus strike rate.

Mithali Raj scored her 56th ODI fifty but struggled for rhythm Getty Images
Mithali Raj scored her 56th ODI fifty but struggled for rhythm Getty Images.

Jhulan Goswami: India Women Players Are Trying To Settle Combination And Create Options With An Eye To Upcoming WODI World Cup

Jhulan Goswami didn’t give a definitive answer on vice-captain Harmanpreet Kaur’s batting position but indicated that a lot of options will be tried out before the World Cup in New Zealand next year.

“Well, we are trying to settle our combination. We are trying to create a few options. Now which options will click for us, we are (still) searching for that. Whatever things will happen (options we finalise), the management will take a call before the World Cup,” Goswami said on the eve of the second WODI against England.

“Before the World Cup, we are trying to settle down a few things. Hopefully, in the coming matches, the coming series, we will sort out all those things.”

File image of Jhulan Goswami | Andrew Couldridge/Reuters
File image of Jhulan Goswami | Andrew Couldridge/Reuters

According to Jhulan Goswami, young Shafali Verma shouldn’t be put under the immense pressure of expectation and the veteran pacer is confident that it’s just a matter of time before the middle-order batsmen will produce impact performances expected of them in the ongoing series against England.

“Well…It is just the first match for Shafali. Day before yesterday, she made her debut in ODI cricket. We are expecting so much from her because that is the impact she has had,” Goswami, world’s highest wicket-taker in women’s ODIs, wants everyone to cut some slack when it comes to analysing the performance of a teenager.

” We just need one good knock from one among the top 3. They will definitely score runs. Just these things happen in cricket,” Goswami said about the consumption of 180 dot balls.

“Every day is a new day, every day is a new learning experience. One good innings from the three. Harman(Kaur) needs one good knock, we know Harman can do it. One good knock is required from our middle-order,” the 38-year-old seamer said.

Harmanpreet Kaur managed only 1 off 7 deliveries. She failed in the preceding Test as well scoring 4 and 8.

Jhulan Goswami: Bowlers Need To Believe In Their Abilities And Comeback Strongly In Next Games

Jhulan Goswami also believes that as a bowling group, they need to believe in their abilities and come back strongly after England batswomen Tammy Beaumont and Natalie Sciver gave them a real pasting in the opening ODI with both batsmen scoring at a strike rate of 100. Jhulan Goswami and Ekta Bisht took a wicket apiece but the target wasn’t a substantial total that can be defended easily.

“Honestly speaking, we need to come back as a bowling group strongly. We have discussed a lot of things, hopefully we can sort it out and come back strongly. You have to believe in these bowlers, they are your best bowlers, they have the ability.”

Tammy Beaumont and Nat Sciver stitched an unbroken 119-run partnership PA Photos/Getty Images
Tammy Beaumont and Natalie Sciver stitched an unbroken 119-run partnership PA Photos/Getty Images

“Both of our medium-pacers Shikha Pandey, Pooja Vastrakar, and we have another two pacers in the side, all are very good cricketers. Shikha is coming back from a break. Puja is playing after a long time. They are quality bowlers. They need a little bit of time, they will do well. They have won matches single-handedly for India. We just need to give them some time, they will come back strongly. I have a lot of confidence in them,” Jhulan signed off.

While Tammy Beaumont smashed 87 runs in 87 balls, Natalie Sciver hammered 74 runs in 74 runs as England women won the match in 34.5 overs. With the win, England took a 1-0 lead in the three-match ODI series. The 2nd match of the series will be played on Wednesday.

England 202 for 2 (Beamont 87*, Sciver 74*) beat India 201 for 8 (Raj 72, Raut 32, Ecclestone 3-40, Shrubsole 2-33, Brunt 2-35) by eight wickets

Sneh Rana took three wickets on the first day of her Test debut Getty Images
Sneh Rana took three wickets on the first day of her Test debut Getty Images
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England Women Resorted To Constant Sledging To Disturb Indian Women Team’s Concentration: Sneh Rana

England women players resorted to “constant sledging” to disturb the concentration of the Indian women team but they maintained their composure to pull off a thrilling draw for the Indian women’s team in the one-off Test here.

It was a tale of Indian women debutants as Shafali Verma (96 and 63), Deepti Sharma (3/65, 29* and 54), Taniya Bhatia (0 and 44*), Sneh Rana (4/131, 2 and 80*) and Pooja Vastrakar (1/53, 12 and 12) took the centre-stage to eke out a draw against England women after being followed-on in India’s first Test after seven years.

England Women Sledged A Lot, Says India's Savior Sneh Rana who first took four wickets, then played a match-saving knock of 80 not out in India's second innings. Courtesy: Twitter
England Women Sledged A Lot, Says India’s Savior Sneh Rana who first took four wickets, then played a match-saving knock of 80 not out in India’s second innings. Courtesy: Twitter

England Women Players Tried To Disturb Indian Women Players Who Were Unnerved

Needing two wickets in the final session, England women bowlers were on top and used all the tactics with close-in fielders and constant sledging but Sneh Rana and Taniya Bhatia remained unfazed.

“It was their job to disturb us, and they kept on doing so many things to achieve their goal,” Rana, who scripted a heroic act with Bhatia in their century-plus unbroken nine-wicket partnership, said at a virtual post-match conference on Saturday night.

India's Taniya Bhatia plays a shot during the one-off Test against England. — Reuters
India’s Taniya Bhatia plays a shot during the one-off Test against England. — Reuters

“We did not pay any attention and kept on talking to each other after every ball, be it from far or getting closer. It boosted us up. We just wanted to do it for our team. That was the only conversation we had in the middle.”

England women’s Sophie Ecclestone’s four wickets earlier in the day had England in a prime position to push for victory before an eighth-wicket partnership worth 41 runs between Sneh Rana and Shikha Pandey had India clinging on to the prospect of a draw at tea.

Sneh Rana, who on Test debut produced just the innings her side needed, reaching 80 not out off 154 balls to kill off any chance of the hosts sealing a result while Taniya Bhatia was unbeaten on 44 at stumps.

Sneh Rana And Deepti Sharma Opens Up On The One-Off Test

In her first match for India after five years, the spin allrounder Sneh Rana bowled 39.2 overs in the first innings before putting up the rescue-act batting at No 8.

“There was no nervousness. We just wanted to play our basics. There was sledging in the middle but we both decided to just focus on our batting and put in extra focus.I don’t think much and just keep myself busy. I didn’t want the situation to take over me so that I could play my natural game.”

Asked about missing a century on her Test debut, Rana said: “I didn’t think about the century. The team wanted me to stay so I was just playing ball-by-ball and contribute to the team.”

Sneh Rana remained unbeaten on 80 against England in the second innings
Sneh Rana remained unbeaten on 80 against England in the second innings (Courtesy: Reuters)

Promoted to No 3 after being unbeaten in the first innings, Deepti Sharma was steely in her partnership with Shafali Verma as she put in the foundation before England triggered a collapse. Indian women lost the momentum midway into the 2nd innings as they were staring on the brink of a defeat with the score at 199/7 before managing a respectable 344/8 following on.

“Actually, it was about starting all over again and play session by session. I always enjoy batting with Shafali, we know there will be sixes, boundaries anytime when she is playing.”

“I got a lot of confidence from my knock in the first innings, I just wanted to play close to my body in the second innings. I just played session-by-session,” Sharma said.

The England women and Indian women teams agreed to a draw at 6.13 pm local time with India 344 for 8 in their second innings following on, a lead of 179 runs, after Sneh Rana and Taniya Bhatia had combined for an unbroken stand of 104 for the 9th wicket.

India 231 (Verma 96, Mandhana 78, Ecclestone 4-88, Knight 2-7) and 344 for 8 (Rana 80*, Verma 63, Sharma 54, Bhatia 44*) (f/o) drew with England 396 for 9 declared (Knight 95, Dunkley 74*, Beaumont 66, Rana 4-131, Sharma 3-65)

Shafali Verma became the thrid youngest Indian women cricketer to play Test cricket after she was handed her debut | Photo: BCCI women
Shafali Verma became the thrid youngest Indian women cricketer to play Test cricket after she was handed her debut | Photo: BCCI women
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Shafali Verma, 17, Scores Gritty 96 On Her Test Debut Against England In Bristol

Shafali Verma continues to build her reputation as the next big thing in Indian cricket with scintillating innings on the Test debut. The 17-year-old smashed 96 runs in the ongoing Ine-off Test against England in Bristol, providing India with a solid start.

Shafali Verma belted 13 fours and two sixes during her 152-ball stay and her attempt to reach three figures with a big hit proved her downfall. She skied one from Kate Cross to hand an easy catch to Anya Shrubsole but not before having added 167 runs with her opening partner Smriti Mandhana.

India's Shafali Verma fell four runs of a century against England in the one-off Test in Bristol. - REUTERS
India’s Shafali Verma fell four runs of a century against England in the one-off Test in Bristol. – REUTERS

Shefali Verma’s Dismissal Resulted In A Mini-Collapse After Her 96 Runs Essay

However, her dismissal resulted in a mini-collapse with the tourists reduced to 187/5 at the close of play. Earlier, England had declared their first innings at 396/9 with captain Heather Knight making 95  while Sophia Dunkley (74*) and Tammy Beaumont (66) also making significant contributions.

Day 2: Late Wickets Put England Women On Top After Shafali Verma-Smriti Mandhana Record StandEngland Women vs India Women: England took five late wickets to finish the day in the driving seat after Shafali Verma and Smriti Mandhana put up India's record opening partnership in Tests.ANIUpdated: June 18, 2021 12:41 AM ISTRead Time: 2 min Day 2: Late Wickets Put England Women On Top After Shafali Verma-Smriti Mandhana Record Stand Shafali Verma scored 96 against England Women, falling just four short of a maiden Test century on debut.© Twitter
Shafali Verma scored 96 against England Women, falling just four short of a maiden Test century on debut.© Twitter

While the chance at hitting three figures in debut innings must have left the youngster slightly disappointed but she has promised more is to come.

“I would like to thank each and every one of you for your kind words of support and for your wishes. It would not be possible to respond to each message individually. I am proud to be a part of this team and such wonderfully supportive teammates and support staff,” Shafali posted on her Twitter handle soon after the end of the second day’s play.

In another tweet, she added, “I know my father, my family, my Association, my team and academy will miss those 4+ runs more than me but I will make it up to them on other occasions. They have all been a huge support!”

India will hope to recover from the mini-collapse when they resume batting on Day 3, still trailing England by 209 runs. India openers Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma scripted a stunning opening stand but five quick wickets in the final hour of play brought England back in the game on Thursday.

England Stages Comeback With 5 Quick Wickets

The visitors went to stumps at 187/5 with Harmanpreet Kaur and Deepti Sharma unbeaten on four and zero respectively. India was right on track to register a mammoth total but England struck late to snatch the driver’s seat as the visitors lost four wickets in the last half an hour. Punam Raut, skipper Mithali Raj, and Shikha Pandey all went cheaply as India wobbled at the end before the close of day’s play.

Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma script highest 1st wicket partnership for India against England in Test
Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma script highest 1st wicket partnership for India against England in Test | Photo Credit: AP

Earlier, England resumed their innings from 269/6 but suffered an early jolt as Jhulan Goswami dismisses Katherine Brunt in the 94th over. Meanwhile, Sophia Dunkley hit a fifty on Test debut as England scored their highest total against India Women.

In the third session, Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Verma continued their fine form and first brought up the 100-run stand and then registered India Women’s highest opening stand in Tests. The duo passed the 153-run partnership between Gargi Banerji and Sandhya Agarwal against Australia in Mumbai in 1984.

I Was Always Waiting For This Moment: Deepti Sharma On Receiving Arjuna Award
Deepti Sharma. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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I Was Always Waiting For This Moment: Deepti Sharma On Receiving Arjuna Award

India women’s allrounder Deepti Sharma is overwhelmed after receiving the Arjuna Award for his excellent service to the sport. After being adjudged with the prestigious award, she has high expectations from herself. India’s prominent cricketer wants to take the team to the top with her contribution.

The 23-year-old Deepti Sharma has gathered a bundle of records at a very early age. Since she has made her debut in 2014, her place has never been in doubt. The Agra born cricketer is one of the best spinners and gritty batter. She is the overall best package for India. So far, she has represented India in 54 ODIs and 48 T20Is.

Deepti Sharma
Deepti Sharma. Image Credit: Getty Images.

I Was Always Waiting For This Moment: Deepti Sharma On Receiving Arjuna Award

In the recent interaction, Sharma showed his gratitude to the supporters, helping her to reach the top. She said that she was always waiting for this moment.

“I have worked really hard from the beginning and my family has supported me a lot. Even my coach Sumit bhaiyya has worked hard with me and we have specific training at our academy in Agra. Luckily even during the pandemic, I have practiced continuously. So those efforts have borne fruit today. I was always waiting for this moment to get the Arjuna Award,” Deepti Sharma said in a video on BCCI’s official Instagram page.

Deepti Sharma
Deepti-Sharma (Photo SOurce: ESPNcricinfo)

Deepti Sharma believes that the responsibilities of the players increase after getting an award because they are expected to deliver for the country.

“After getting this award, the responsibility of every player increases and they get motivated to perform better for the country. Whoever represents the country, if our name also gets mentioned, it feels good. I have met the cricketers and it feels really good.”

The youngster has 64 wickets and 1417 runs in ODIs. Talking about in the shortest format, she has amassed 423 runs and picked 53 wickets. Sharma last played for Team India in the disheartening T20 World Cup 2020.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Google)
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BCCI Congratulates Rohit Sharma, Deepti Sharma And Ishant Sharma For NSA Awards

BCCI congratulated the trio including Rohit Sharma, who received the majestic Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna besides crediting Deepti Sharma and Ishant Sharma for receiving Arjuna Award. BCCI applauded all three through their official Twitter account on Friday following the decision of National Sports Award Committee for being conferred with awards.

Rohit Sharma became the fourth Indian cricketer to be conferred with the prestigious Khel Ratna award after finishing as the leading run-getter in ODIs in 2019 apart from being the first batsman to score five hundreds in one edition of the World Cup in 2019 joining the ranks of Sachin Tendulkar, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli in the elite list.

BCCI Thanks Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma(Left) Image Credits: Twitter

BCCI Congrats Rohit Sharma Being Fourth Cricketer To Get Prestigious Khel Ratna

Rohit Sharma known as Hitman is the only cricketer to score three double centuries in ODIs. Besides, he has the highest score in One-dayers which is 264 against a hapless Sri Lanka in Kolkata.

He captains his franchise Mumbai Indians and is fighting for a spot in the Test team. He has played 32 Tests scoring 2141 at a decent average of 46.54 and appeared in 224 ODIs where he scored 9115 runs at an exemplary average of 49.27.

Sachin Tendulkar, the world’s leading run-getter in both Tests and ODIs besides having the maximum number of international centuries to his name received the award in 1998.

MS Dhoni who retired from international cricket on Independence Day 2020 after leading India to famous victories in T20 World Cup in 2007 and 2011 World Cup was the second one to bag the award in 2007.

MS Dhoni was the only captain in history to win all three ICC trophies after winning 2013 Champions trophy. He has also scored more than 10,000 ODI runs.

Virat Kohli, who is second on the list of maximum international centuries and the present Indian skipper who averages more than 50 across all three formats was the third man to get the award in 2018.

Currently, he has 70 international centuries which is next to Sachin Tendulkar who is the only cricketer to have 100 centuries.

BCCI Also Salutes Deepti Sharma And Ishant Sharma For Arjuna Award

Indian spin bowling all-rounder Deepti Sharma has bagged the Arjuna Award for consistently performing equally well with both bat and ball in WODI and WT20I cricket for the past one and a half years.

Deepti Sharma has 15 and 30 wickets in 12 WODIs and 24 WT20Is besides scoring 137 and 302 runs respectively since 2019. The 22-year-old Deepti Sharma has accumulated 1417 and 390 runs in 54 WODI and 47 WT20I besides picking up 64 and 51 wickets in the two formats respectively.

Ishant Sharma, who is nearing a double of 100 Test appearances and 300 wickets bowled at his best especially in the last 3-4 years leading Indian pace attack in Tests. The veteran fast bowler was rewarded for his consistency by getting the Arjuna Award.

The Delhi cricketer has picked up 71 wickets in 18 Tests at an exceptional average of 19.14 since 2018. The 6 ft 4-inch tall pacer played for India since 2007 appearing in 97 tests where he picked up 297 wickets. Besides in 80 ODIs, he has 115 and in 14 T20Is he has 8 wickets.

Ishant Sharma
Ishant Sharma. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Ishant Sharma last played a one-day in 2016 and last T20I in 2013.

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Five Indian Cricketers Receive NADA Notices

Five Indian cricketers, who are centrally contracted with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), including Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul, have received the notice from the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA) for failing to disclose their whereabouts. However, the BCCI has clarified the reason for these failures.

Among the 110 strong National Registered Testing Pool (NRTP), a total of five Indian cricketers have received this notice. Apart from the men’s cricket team players Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul, two women cricketers have also got this notice and these two players are Smriti Mandhana and Deepti Sharma.

Indian cricketers, Pujara, Jadeja, Rahul
Cheteshwar Pujara and Ravindra Jadeja (Image Credit: Twitter)

NADA DG Navin Agarwal has confirmed that the Indian governing cricket body has officially explained the reason for these failures.

He told PTI, “There are two ways to fill up the whereabouts form in the ADAMS (Anti Doping Administration & Management Systems) software. Either athlete does it himself or association fills it up on his or her behalf.

“Now athletes in some discipline aren’t educated enough or do not have access to internet and find themselves unable to handle the whereabouts clause of the ADAMS or upload the filled up form.

“They use assistance of their concerned federations. So federations have accepted responsibility of uploading their whereabouts.”

Indian cricketers feel it through the BCCI

To ensure the filling up process perfectly, the Indian cricketers also complete it through the BCCI.

Indian cricketers
Indian cricketers (men) Image Credits: Twitter
Indian cricketers
Indian cricketers (women) Image Credit: Twitter

He added, “Similarly in cricket also, although these people are well qualified and they can do it, perhaps they don’t have the time for whatever reasons, so the federation concerned, the BCCI has taken upon itself the responsibility of uploading their whereabouts.”

Talking about the BCCI’s explanation, Agarwal claimed that the Indian governing cricket body pointed out the password glitch in ADAMS, which has been resolved now.

Agarwal claimed, “Well they have given an explanation which appears to be reasonable but a decision will be taken. They have said that there has been a glitch with regards to password in ADAMS. Now they have said that issue has been resolved.”

He further added, “BCCI’s explanation will be discussed as to whether it will be counted as one of three filing failures or not. It will be decided on the explanation given and how they (BCCI) proceed from here.”

According to the PTI reports, three filling failures can result in two years of suspension upon hearing.

In reaction, a BCCI official has raised the question of why the board didn’t advice the players to fill up the form individually with some guidance.

Shikhar Dhawan, Rohit Sharma, Indian national cricket team
Shikhar Dhawan with Rohit Sharma. (Image Credit: Getty Images)
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BCCI Nominates Rohit Sharma For Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award

The Board of Control for Cricket in India has nominated India’s limited over vice-captain for the prestigious Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna award. Rohit Sharma has been in prolific form in the last few years and he was the highest run-getter of the 2019 World Cup with 648 runs. The flamboyant was also awarded the ICC ODI cricketer of the year award for his fine performances.

On the other hand, the Indian board has nominated Shikhar Dhawan, Ishant Sharma, and Deepti Sharma for the Arjuna Awards. All these three players have been at their best in the recent past and they have done a fine job for the Indian team.

Jason Gillespie, Ishant Sharma, Wellington, New Zealand vs India 2020
Ishant Sharma. Credits: BCCI Twitter

Rohit Sharma has been in prolific form

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said as quoted by BCCI.TV, “Rohit Sharma has set new benchmarks as a batsman and achieved scores people thought were not possible in the shorter formats of the game. We feel he is worthy of getting the prestigious Khel Ratna award for his commitment, conduct, consistency, and his leadership skills”.

The government of ministry of youth affairs and sports has sought invitations for the respective awards for the performances between 1st January 2016 and 31 December 2019.

Meanwhile, Shikhar Dhawan has been at his best in the major ICC events. He was the golden bat winner in both the Champions Trophy editions of 2013 and 2017. Dhawan has been a consistent performer for the Indian team in the ODI format.

On the other hand, Ishant Sharma has turned the tide in the last three years. The lanky fast bowler is the most improved pacer and he is now the pack leader of the side. The Delhi fast bowler has scalped 297 wickets in 97 Test matches.

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Deepti Sharma. Credits: Twitter

Deepti Sharma is a genuine all-rounder and she has been instrumental in the success of the Women’s team. She has impressed with both the bat and ball and the southpaw holds the record for the highest individual (188) by Indian batswoman. She is also the solitary Indian spinner to take six wickets in an ODI inning.

 Ganguly added, “Ishant Sharma is the most senior member of the Test squad and his contribution has been vital in the Indian team’s long run as the No. 1 Test side. Fast bowlers are prone to injuries and Ishant has had a fair share of them but he has fought hard to be back on the park every time. Shikhar has been consistently scoring at the top and his performances in the ICC events have been significant. Deepti is a genuine all-rounder and her contribution to the team has been vital”.

All these four players will look to continue their good work for the national side and they have rewarded for their hard work.

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