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Dilip Vengsarkar Agrees That It’s Handy To Have A Keeper Who Can Score Runs

Dilip Vengsarkar stated that while it is handy to have a wicketkeeper who can score, one should not have a fixed idea about certain things. The role of a wicketkeeper in the game of cricket has evolved drastically in the last two decades.

Prior to the Adam Gilchrist and MS Dhoni eras, which redefined wicketkeepers as all-rounders, the world had seen specialist keepers in the names of Ian Healy, Syed Kirmani, Moin Khan, and Jeff Dujon, among others. They found a place in the team mainly because of their glovework.

Dilip Vengsarkar File Photo
Dilip Vengsarkar File Photo

Dilip Vengsarkar: One Can’t Have A Fixed Mind And Say Keeping Comes First

However, for a modern-day wicketkeeper, his batting skills matter as much as his prowess behind the stumps. If a team has to choose between a pure wicketkeeper and a wicketkeeper-batsman, they prefer the latter as that player adds depth to the side and brings in more balance. A fitting example in today’s world being Wriddhiman Saha and Rishabh Pant.

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

Former India captain, Dilip Vengsarkar is of the same opinion. While speaking to Cricket Next, the Indian batting stalwart Dilip Vengsarkar stated that while it is handy to have a wicketkeeper who can score, one should not have a fixed idea about certain things.

“It depends according to the situation. You cannot have a fixed idea about certain things. The wicketkeeper is a very important position in the team. Besides effecting stumpings and run-outs, if he is batting well, why not? If you have someone like Rishabh Pant, who can change the complexion of the match with his batting also, that is a huge advantage for the Indian team.

“You cannot have a fixed mind and say wicket-keeping comes first. If you are improving as a wicket-keeper, why not? Same thing happened with Mahendra Singh Dhoni. He kept improving,” said Dilip Vengsarkar.

India’s swashbuckling player Rishabh Pant has grown at a meteoric rate to cement his place permanently in the team. He was heavily criticized for his glovework until a few months ago but ever since India’s tour of Australia Down Under, he improved massively in both departments. He has replaced Wriddhiman Saha who lost his place due to uninspiring returns with the bat.

Dilip Vengsarkar, who scored 10,000 runs for India, opines that a team cannot have a staunch theory on the wicket-keeper these days and needs to be flexible according to conditions and situations.

Rishabh Pant Along With Indian Team Members Will Depart For England On June 2

Rishabh Pant, along with the Virat Kohli-led Indian team, will depart for the UK on June 2. They will first play the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand between June 18 and 22 in Southampton. After that, they will lock horns with the host country England in a five-match Test series starting August.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant | Twitter

Rishabh Pant scored 274 runs at an average of 68.50 in five innings for India against Australia. The keeper continued his form against England where he hit 270 runs at an average of 54.00. He had led India to victory at Brisbane and then his scintillating hundred against England at Motera impressed everyone. He scored 91,11, unbeaten 58, 8, and 101 in the 5 innings against England.

Rishabh Pant captained for the first time in IPL 2021. Delhi Capitals had an impressive run under the young wicketkeeper-batsman and was the table-toppers with six wins from eight matches before IPL 2021 was postponed. In fact, the 36-year-old Wriddhiman Saha was magnanimous enough to concede that his almost certain successor Rishabh Pant merits the place in the Test team.

India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant has climbed to his career-best 6th ranking in the ICC Test rankings for batsmen. The southpaw had broken into the ten for the first time after hitting his maiden hundred on home soil in the last Test match against England in March.

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

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.

Ravichandran Ashwin of India. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Ravichandran Ashwin of India. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

If I Were The Chief Selector, I Would Have Brought Ravichandran Ashwin Back In Limited-Overs Cricket: Dilip Vengsarkar

Dilip Vengsarkar said that he would have surely brought back off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin in white-ball cricket if he were currently the chief selector of the Indian cricket team after the recent disappointing performances of other spinners. The off-spinner 34-year-old Ravichandran Ashwin last played an ODI and T20I match in June 2017.

Former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar has said that off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who last featured in an ODI match in June 2017, would have been back playing in the white-ball formats if he were the chief selector of the Indian cricket team now.

Ravichandran Ashwin has 150 wickets from 111 ODIs for India. (File)
Ravichandran Ashwin has 150 wickets from 111 ODIs for India. (File)

Dilip Vengsarkar Would Have Brought Ravichandran Ashwin Back To White Ball Squad If He Was Chief Selector

The 64-year-old Dilip Vengsarkar, who was in the post from 2006 to 2008, added that Ravichandran Ashwin has matured with age and his inclusion in the white-ball setup could very well suit the requirements of Team India.

“If I were the chief selector (now), I would have brought Ashwin back (to the white ball set-up). Why not? Because he is such an experienced bowler and he has variety. As they say, spinners mature late and he has done so well over the years. He is in terrific form in red ball cricket. I think it will suit the team if he is brought back,” Vengsarkar told The Sunday Express.

Dilip Vengsarkar
Dilip Vengsarkar. (Photo: BCCI)

India captain Virat Kohli was asked about Ravichandran Ashwin’s white-ball cricket future ahead of the 5-match T20I series against England. The 32-year-old minced no words in replying to the question and stated that Washington Sundar, who is also an off-spinner, was already in the squad, and having two players of similar discipline was not possible.

“Washington has been doing really well for us. So you cannot have two players of the same discipline, playing in one spot. So unless Washy has a drastically horrible season and things go south for him (this will not happen),” Kohli had said at the pre-match press conference ahead of the T20I series opener.

Ravichandran Ashwin has picked 150 scalps in 111 ODIs averaging 32.91 and 52 scalps in 46 T20Is averaging 22.94.

Dilip Vengsarkar Didn’t Agree With Virat Kohli’s Statement As There Was No Match Between An Young Washington Sundar And Ravichandran Ashwin

Dilip Vengsarkar, who picked Virat Kohli in the Indian team during his tenure as the chief selector, doesn’t agree with the captain’s statement. He has also made it crystal clear that there was no match between a young Washington Sundar and an experienced Ravichandran Ashwin.

“Washington Sundar is no match if you compare him with Ashwin purely as a bowler. Where is the comparison? Players of “the same discipline”, however, have featured in the Indian squad before the Ravindra Jadeja-Axar Patel combo was a case in point. So why not Washington and Ashwin?”

Kuldeep Yadav
Kuldeep Yadav Photo Credit: AP

“Yeah, absolutely. In the ODIs, when the spinners bowl, their job is to get wickets in the middle overs. If they fail to get wickets, then the opposition can score a huge total, with wickets in hand.

“So basically Ashwin’s job will be to get wickets and he is good at that. With the variety he has, he would be a very good attacking option and very few can match his variety. As far as spinners are concerned, you don’t contain the batsmen (in this format), especially in the middle overs,” Dilip Vengsarkar added.

Talks about Ravichandran Ashwin’s return to both ODI and T20I formats have gained more momentum after the dismal performances from the trio of Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, and Krunal Pandya in the T20I and ODI matches against England. In the 2nd ODI against England in Pune on Friday, the spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Krunal Pandya leaked 156 runs together without taking a wicket in 16 overs.

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Dev scored 3,783 runs in 225 ODIs. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

5 Indian Cricketers Who Have Scored Only ODI Century

As we all know, ODI cricket is one of the forms of the limited-overs leg. Indian team began ODI cricket since the year 1974 at Leeds in England, till now 229 players have had represented the Indian team, playing a total of 983 ODIs. India had won 512 ODIs while losing on 421 games. Besides, 41 ended up without any result and as many as nine matches were tied.

Talking about individual batting performances, various great players have had served India for a long time.

Like Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid, MS Dhoni, and Virat Kohli have graced the game.

Well, here we will be talking about the players who had scored a solitary ODI century in their whole career. As we know, Sachin has the most ODI hundreds (49) to his name followed by the chase master, Virat Kohli with 43*.

So, here we will brief you about the five Indian cricketers who managed a solitary ODI century during their respective careers.

5. Kapil Dev:

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Kapil Dev (Image Credit: Google)

The legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev hails from Haryana. He led Team India when they lift the 50-over World Cup for the first time in 1983 at an iconic Lord’s Stadium in London.

In Quetta, Kapil made his debut in 1978 against Pakistan. Dev had played 225 ODIs before retiring in 1994.

Having scored just single century, that innings also came at a very crucial time in the World Cup 1983 against Zimbabwe. Where India was struggling at an initial stage, later Kapil stood firm and made 175* runs which helped India to defeat Zimbabwe.


Dilip Vengsarkar Gives His Opinion On MCA’s Three-Year Ban On 14-year old Musheer Khan

Mumbai Cricket Association’s decision to hand a lengthy three-year ban to 14-year old Musheer Khan for ‘gross misconduct’ has invited mixed response from the cricket fraternity. While some feel that the decision will be a deterrent for other players, some feel that the ban could derail the budding cricketer’s career.

The incident had taken place during an all-India tournament in December last year. The MCA took the decision after a complaint against Musheer on December 22. The three-year ban will end on January 14, 2022. During this period, the player has been barred from playing in any cricket organised by the MCA or representing Mumbai in any BCCI-affiliated competition.

Dilip Vengsarkar Gives His Opinion On MCA's Three-Year Ban On 14-year old Musheer Khan 1
Dilip Vengsarkar said the ban on Musheer Khan is harsh (Credits: ESPN)

While the MCA did not reveal the details of what the player did, reports suggest that the teenager not only used bad language but also exposed himself in front of his team-mate.  MCA took the decision after the ad-hoc committee concluded its inquiry. The committee spoke not only with the accused and the complainant but also with the team coach, manager and chairman of the age-group selection committee. The ad-hoc committee comprised MCA secretary Unmesh Khanvilkar, CEO CS Naik, and managing committee members Naveen Shetty, Ganesh Iyer and Shah Alam Shaikh.

Ever since the verdict came out, the jury is out to decide whether it was right. Now former India skipper Dilip Vengsarkar has given his opinion on the topic. The legendary batsman feels the punishment is a little harsh. Vengsarkar, who also served as the chief of the national selection panel, further said that it is the right time for the MCA and even the BCCI to start counselling centres, more so after the Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul controversy.

“I don’t want to comment on the decision of the ad hoc committee as I was out of India and do not know the details but on the face of it, this ban (on Musheer Khan) looks a bit harsh,” Vengsarkar told the Times of India.

“The BCCI must make young cricketers undergo counselling at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). Similarly, the MCA must also introduce counselling for its young players as many of them come from a humble background,” said Vengsarkar.