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Top 5 Test Centuries By The Indian Batsmen In The Follow-On Innings

It’s never easy to batting very positively right from the beginning of any follow-on innings of a Test match. While follow-on innings mean a big pressure for the batting side, some top-class batsmen really showed their amazing class in this tough innings.

There are some great innings in the follow-on innings by the Indian batsmen which are really unforgettable due to saving the team’s image.

Here we are talking about the top five Test centuries by the Indian batsmen in the follow-on innings

Dilip Vengsarkar – 157 vs England at Lord’s in June 1982

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England scored 433 runs in the first innings after deciding to bat first. In reply, India were bundled out for just 128 runs in their first innings. After they were forced to follow-on, when the Indian batsmen were struggling again, Dilip Vengsarkar played a memorable knock to bring some celebration in the Indian batting line-up.

Vengsarkar scored 157 runs off 264 balls (21 fours) while Kapil Dev also played a crucial knock of 89 runs off just 55 balls (13 fours and 3 sixes). Their batting massively saved the Indian team from the innings defeat but England finally secured a seven-wicket victory. After India were all-out on 369 runs in that innings, England chased down the 65 runs target by losing three wickets.

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Dilip Vengsarkar Recalls His First Meeting With The Legendary Sachin Tendulkar

Former Indian skipper, Dilip Vengsarkar, has recently shed light on his first meeting with Sachin Tendulkar way back in 1988 when a young Sachin broke into the Indian squad. At that point, no one would have imagined that Sachin Tendulkar would go on to represent the India National Cricket Team for 24 years and set and break almost all the cricketing records.

Sachin Tendulkar is widely regarded as the ‘God of Cricket.’ He has set almost every batting record in world cricket and smashed a whole lot of them during his stint on the 22-yard. Having scored more than 34000 international runs with a ton of international centuries, the Master Blaster of cricket set certain exemplary records during his career.

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Sachin Tendulkar.

Now, Dilip Vengsarkar has recalled the days when he first met Sachin Tendulkar and how amazed he was to witness a young Tendulkar thrive in the nets.

Dilip Vengsarkar Recalls His First Meeting With The Legendary Sachin Tendulkar

“’Actually, I had heard about Sachin because he was scoring heavily inter-school matches. These tournaments are 100 years old have given a lot of cricketers for Mumbai and for India,” Dilip Vengsarkar said in a Facebook Live video interview with Sportskeeda.

“At the time I was India’s captain, and I was about to play my 100th Test match against New Zealand in Mumbai. We were practising there. Our coach Vasudev Paranjpe was very impressed with Sachin, and he said, ‘look at this boy, he’s an exceptional talent’. I told him ‘I can look at him later, not now’. But he insisted,” the former batsman recalled.

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“So he got him on the ground, so I had to see him bat at the nets. I requested Kapil Dev, Arshad Ayub, Maninder Singh, Chetan Sharma to bowl to him. They were like ‘what is this thing like. Why should we bowl to an U-15 kid’,” Vengsarkar said with a laugh.

“So I told them he has been scoring runs in school tournaments, so we have to see him how we bats. So he batted. Hats off to those bowlers, they were established cricketers, but still they said they will bowl for a while. But Sachin was so impressive, he played so well,” Dilip Vengsarkar recalled.

Dilip Vengsarkar Brought The Young Tendulkar In The Indian Team

Vengsarkar further recalled that on the same evening, he suggested the Bombay (now Mumbai) team selection committee to pick Tendulkar in the 15-man squad.

“The same evening, we had a selection meeting to pick the Bombay team. I attended the meeting. I told them about Sachin. ‘I just saw him bat, he’s very good. So, pick him in the 15-member squad’.

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“They said ‘it’s too early for him. If he gets injured, we will be blamed. So we will wait for a while’. I said you keep him in the 15-member squad so that he is around the team and can learn the atmosphere of the team’,” Dilip Vengsarkar recalled.

Vengsarkar added that Tendulkar started seizing opportunities as and when they came his way and he made it to the Indian team by the next year. “In Duleep Trophy, he got a hundred. In Irani Trophy, he got a hundred. Then we went to Pakistan in 1989, and there came Sachin Tendulkar, and the rest is history,” he said.

Tendulkar has worked wonders for team India during his 24-year long stint and even after his retirement, there is almost no one who can come close to what Sachin Tendulkar achieved over the years. His dominance and charisma had the power to hold the entire nation when he walked into bat. Therefore, there can be no other Sachin Tendulkar in world cricket.

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Dilip Vengsarkar Reveals How Virat Kohli Earned His Faith At The Young Age

Former Indian cricketer and chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar recently revealed how he understood the youngster Virat Kohli had the potential to become a world-class cricketer.

In early 2008, Virat Kohli earned the initial limelight after leading the India U19 team to win the ICC U19 Cricket World Cup 2008. Later in August 2008, Kohli made his international debut during the ODI series against the hosts Sri Lanka.

Though during that initial period of Kohli’s senior career, then Indian captain MS Dhoni and Head Coach Gary Kirsten were not interested to include young Kohli in the senior national team, Dilip Vengsarkar was confident enough about that youngster. Recently, then the chairman of the national selection committee Vengsarkar revealed how he got that early confidence about Kohli.

Vengsarkar brought up a story during the Emerging Players Tournament 2008 which Australia hosted in July 2008. During the match between India Emerging Players and New Zealand Emerging Players at Brisbane on 18th July 2008, youngster Kohli guided the team to the easy victory with his responsible centurion knock.

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Dilip Vengsarkar (Photo Credit: Twitter)

During a recent live session with Sportskeeda, Vengsarkar said, “In the first match against New Zealand, they had scored 240-250 and Virat Kohli was asked to open the innings and he scored 123*. What I appreciated was that even after his hundred, he went on to win the game for his team and he remained not out.”

Chasing down the 249 runs target, Kohli opened that innings and scored 120 not out which helped the team to successfully chase that target in 41 overs after losing three wickets (251/3). Vengsarkar impressed with his responsible batting, who not only scored a match-winning century but also finished that game safely, and he felt that Kohli was mentally enough mature to serve for the Indian team.

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Vengsarkar added, “That really impressed me and there I thought that here is a boy that we must push into the Indian team because he was mentally mature and of course we picked him and the rest is history.”

Why Dilip Vengsarkar-led national selection committee selected Virat Kohli in the Emerging Players tournament

Vengsarkar also opened up why his selection committee chose the 19-year-old Kohli in that Emerging Players Tournament 2008.

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Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

Vengsarkar commented, “When there was an emerging players’ tournament in Australia, I was the chairman of the selection committee (for the Indian team). We had decided at that point of time that we must pick players who were fringe players or who would play for India very soon, especially the U-23 boys. So we had picked Virat Kohli in the team.”

In the very next month of that Emerging Players Tournament 2008, Kohli earned the Men-in-Blue cap, and he is now leading the Indian team after earning the tag of one of the greatest batsmen.

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Dilip Vengsarkar Calls Gautam Gambhir As An ‘Underrated Player’

Former Indian cricketer and the Chairman of selectors of the BCCI, Dilip Vengsarkar always praises the former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir. Recently, Vengsarkar once again opened up his feeling on Gambhir where he called him an underrated player.

The left-handed batsman Gautam Gambhir was one of the great top-order batsmen in Indian cricket history who served for the Indian national cricket team between 2003 and 2016. In his 13 years of international career, Gambhir faced many ups and downs but still played 58 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 T20Is where the left-handed batsman scored 4154 runs (average 41.95), 5238 runs (average 39.68) and 932 runs (average 27.41).

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Gautam Gambhir (Image Credit: Twitter)

Apart from being the no.1-ranked Test and T20I batsman, Gambhir also played many important roles for the Indian team to achieve great success in international cricket. While MS Dhoni-led India won the ICC World T20 2007 and ICC Cricket World Cup 2011, Gambhir not only played the crucial roles in those entire tournaments, but he was also the top run-scorer for his team in both those finals.

Gambhir also won the ICC Test Player of the Year award in 2009. During that 12-month voting period, the left-handed batsman scored 1269 runs in eight Tests (average 84.60), including five centuries and four half-centuries.

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Gautam Gambhir (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

While Gambhir experienced the rise in his international career from the second half of 2007, he maintained that till January 2013. But then he was removed from every format of the Indian team, majorly due to his weak form, and only managed to play four more Tests till 2016.

Gautam Gambhir should have played much more for India: Dilip Vengsarkar

Calling him an underrated player, Dilip Vengsarkar added that Gambhir had a lot of talent, but his anger and emotions became a strong barrier. The 1983 Cricket World Cup-winning team member Vengsarkar believes that the talented Gambhir deserved to play more matches for the Indian team.

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Vengsarkar told TOI, “Underrated player. Had a lot of talent but couldn’t control his anger and emotions. I feel that for the kind of ability he had, he should have played much more for India.”

The former Delhi cricketer Gautam Gambhir retired from all forms of cricket in December 2018 after hitting a century in a Ranji Trophy match (against Andhra).

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MS Dhoni, Gary Kirsten Were Doubtful About Virat Kohli’s Selection: Dilip Vengsarkar

Indian current captain Virat Kohli was once in the position for his selection in the Indian team. The young Kohli had gained the name after leading India U-19 team to the victory in ICC U-19 World Cup 2008. The then chairman of selectors Dilip Vengsarkar was ready for Kohli, to introduce in the national side. But then captain MS Dhoni and coach Gary Kirsten hadn’t agreed for it.

Virat Kohli was the second-highest scorer for the U-19 team in that tournament. For his prolific performance, he grabbed the headlines because of his batting as well as captaincy. Vengsarkar, former Indian captain, said that he had a belief in the aggressive player’s technique.

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So, he recommended Dhoni and Kristen to select Kohli for the upcoming Sri Lanka tour. But according to Vengsarkar, they didn’t agree with him.

“There were an Emerging Players tournament in Australia (for) youngsters — four A-teams were there — India, Australia, South Africa, and New Zealand,” Vengsarkar was quoted as saying by PTI. 

“I and my colleagues decided that we will take the U-23 boys and at that time we had won the U-19 World Cup, Virat Kohli was the U-19 captain and I selected him in the team,” he added.

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MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

“He (Kohli) was technically sound and I thought he should be played. We were going to Sri Lanka and I felt that this is the ideal situation that he should be in the team. My four colleagues said ‘As you say Dilip Bhai’,” he said, referring to the other members of the selection panel.

“However, Gary and Dhoni were saying ‘No, we haven’t seen him and we will continue with the same team’. I told them ‘You haven’t seen him but I have seen and we have to take this boy’,” Vengsarkar said.

However, Virat Kohli made the debut in the Sri Lanks series in 2008. And now, we know how great batsman he is.

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Dilip Vengsarkar Lashes Out at Ajinkya Rahane For Poor Show in New Zealand

Former Indian cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar has heavily criticized Ajinkya Rahane for his poor performance in the Two-match Test series against New Zealand. India’s Test vice-captain was a complete failure with the bat when it came to the bouncy pitches despite a solid start in Wellington.

Well, Rahane had a good start in the tour with scoring 46 runs and 29 runs in the first Test match. Although he was not up to the mark, he was surely better than others at Basin Reserve.

However, he failed to continue his performance in the second Test match which was crucial for the visitors as India had already lost the first Test match.

Ajinkya Rahane failed to deliver as a senior batter:

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Ajinkya Rahane. Credits: BCCI Twitter

The 31-year-old struggled to face the Kiwi pacers. They didn’t have to try hard to get him out.

Tim Southee bowled an outswinger and Rahane could conjure up just seven runs in the first innings while in the second innings, Neil Wagner bowled a short delivery to claim prized scalp of Virat’s deputy.

You’ve to show a lot of patience and guts: Dilip Vengsarkar on Ajinkya Rahane

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Former Indian batsman Vengsarkar, who played 116 Tests himself, pointed out the mistakes of Rahane’s technique against New Zealand.

“He’s making an extra movement with his hands while batting. He’s moving his bat too much in his backlift. He’s a fraction of a second late on to the ball. It explains why his head isn’t still when the ball is delivered,” told Vengsarkar to TOI.

He continued, “You need to leave the short balls alone. They were bowling short-pitched stuff on a green top. Your shot selection becomes very important in such a case. You’ve to show a lot of patience and guts.”

Meanwhile, New Zealand clean-sweep India in the two-match Test series with 2-0. It was a disappointing defeat for India as no major player including Virat Kohli showed a below-par performance.

As now the team has arrived home, they will play three-match ODI series against South Africa starting from March 12.

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Dilip Vengsarkar Blames Selection Process For India’s Failure In New Zealand Tour

Former Indian cricketer and selector, Dilip Vengsarkar has hugely blamed the selection process for India’s thrashing defeat in the New Zealand tour during ODI and Test series.

India started the New Zealand tour by winning the five-match T20I series by 5-0. But they massively failed to continue that momentum as they lost all the matches in the ODI and Test series. While India lost the three-match ODI series by 3-0, they also lost the two-match Test series by the 2-0.

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Talking about those loses, Vengsarkar claimed according to mirror, “I feel a lot of answering has to be done by the officials at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) and the office-bearers of the BCCI as these losses (Test series defeats) must not be pushed under the carpet after winning the so-called T20 tournaments.”

Ahead of the ODI and Test series in the New Zealand tour, India A played the one-day, and first-class matches against the hosts New Zealand A. Some of the Test and ODI players featured for India A in that tour. However still, it didn’t work much positively for the Indian team during the international series.

Firstly, Vengsarkar hasn’t been impressed to see that the India A players missed out the Ranji Trophy matches. Then, he has felt disappointed with the performances of the India A cricketers during the international series in New Zealand tour.

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He added, “The India A team too travelled to New Zealand before this tour to build and assess the bench strength. Though the timing of the A team’s tour was wrong as many had to miss out on the Ranji Trophy matches and yet nobody in the A team impressed the selectors who accompanied the team on tours. Are our cupboards empty? I am sure they are not. The BCCI and NCA must come out with facts as to how the A tours have worked.”

Admitting the home advantage, Vengsarkar pointed out the massive batting failure was the big reason for India’s poor result in New Zealand tour.

Vengsarkar said, “Whenever the team tours abroad, the conditions almost always favour the home team and that must be acceptable. India boast of a good new ball attack but to win matches, it must be backed up by a decent total on the board which the batsmen failed to deliver.”

It’s unfortunate we don’t intend to learn from our mistakes: Dilip Vengsarkar

Vengsarkar feels that the present Indian batting line-up is only depended on Rohit Sharma and captain Virat Kohli. The former Indian cricketer believes that team management is continuously putting faith on the struggling players instead of the in-form players.

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He quoted, “It’s unfortunate we don’t intend learn from our mistakes but continue to depend on the likes of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma to deliver match after match besides experimenting with others making each one of them insecure about their positions in the batting line up.

“The Indian batting line-up has come to a stage where there could be all together a new batting order in the next Test match. It’s unfair to expect Virat and Rohit to perform in every match. It’s a team game and others have to chip in as well but shockingly, match after match, those who are in form are not picked and those who are struggling make it to the XI.”

In the Test series during the latest New Zealand tour, India scored 165, 191, 242 and 124 runs.

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Dilip Vengsarkar Reveals How Cheteshwar Pujara Can Release The Pressure

Ahead of the Christchurch Test against the hosts New Zealand, the former Indian cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar has given crucial advice to the experienced Indian batsmen, including Cheteshwar Pujara.

Indian batsmen mostly surrendered to the host bowlers during both innings of the previous Test at Basin Reserve (Wellington). It was the first game of the two-match Test series between New Zealand and India where the visitors India scored 165 and 191 runs. While the hosts scored 348 runs in their first innings, they won by ten wickets after reaching the nine runs target without losing their wickets.

While there are some new cricketers in the Indian batting unit, Cheteshwar Pujara (11 & 11) and captain Virat Kohli (2 & 19) failed to perform in that Wellington Test match.

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Cheteshwar Pujara and Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

Dilip Vengsarkar: Cheteshwar Pujara has to be able to rotate the strike

Dilip Vengsarkar feels that the senior Indian batsmen have to take responsibilities as they haven’t the settle opening partners in this series. While Pujara was heavily criticised for his slow non-responsive batting, scoring a total of 22 runs in 123 balls, Vengsarkar believes that Pujara has to rotate the strike to help the team.

The Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane scored 46 and 29 runs in the last game. Dilip Vengsarkar pointed out his performances too as the former Indian cricketer believes that Rahane failed to convert his starts.

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Dilip Vengsarkar (Image Credit: Google)

Vengsarkar told according to Times Now, “He (Pujara) has scored a lot of runs, but he has to be able to rotate the strike, otherwise his batting partner will be in trouble as he will lose the rhythm being stranded at the other end for long periods. Pujara can’t get bogged down. Also, Ajinkya Rahane was not able to convert his starts.

“They have not allowed the team to settle down. The opening combination is not settled, and so is the middle-order.”

The second and final Test series will be played at Hagley Oval (Christchurch) from 29th February. While India can only save this Test series, they must have to win this game to fulfil their only wish.

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Prithvi Shaw Reminds Me Of Virender Sehwag: Dilip Vengsarkar

After serving an eight months ban from cricket, the Indian cricketer Prithvi Shaw is back with a bang. Shaw played a heroic innings for Mumbai in Baroda where he scalped the third-fastest double century in Ranji Trophy history. The former Indian cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar, who felt that the eight-month ban was a bit too harsh for Shaw, reminded Virender Sehwag when Shaw plays his shots.

The Indian Test cricketer, Prithvi Shaw was handed an eight-month ban from the cricket ground for a doping violation in the 2018-19 domestic season. The 20-year-old cricketer had unknowingly consumed a cough syrup that contained prohibited substance terbutaline.

However, the veteran former Indian cricketer Vengsarkar was against that decision saying that Prithvi Shaw was just 19 years old at that time and might not have known about the prohibited substances. He said that the punishment of three-months would have sufficed the level of the crime which the talented batsman had committed.

Talking to the Gulf News from Mumbai, Vengsarkar said: “Shaw is an outstanding cricketer and there is no question about his abilities. It was a big jolt he had to face because he had a cough syrup that contained a banned substance. Now he is more mature and will be wiser too.”

Prithvi Shaw can clear the ground at will: Vengsarkar

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The Mumbai cricketer, who at the mere age of 14, turned heads with his performance at the Mumbai’s Harris Shield, celebrated his 20th birthday in last month. Prithvi Shaw promised to again score heavily after his ban will be lifted and he has truly made an impactful comeback.

On Wednesday, Shaw went on to smash and score a sensational double century for Mumbai in the second innings against Baroda. In the first innings, the right-handed batsman scored 66 runs to which he added his stunning 202 runs studded with seven sixes and 19 fours.

Speaking about the spectacular performance given by Shaw, Vengsarkar added that Shaw’s performance reminds him Virender Sehwag.

He said, “He is playing extremely well. The amount of shots he has in repertoire is amazing. He reminds me of (Virender) Sehwag for the number of shots he plays and he can clear the ground at will.”

Before the ongoing Ranji Trophy, Shaw played at the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy where he aggregated 240 runs in the five innings. He scored three half-centuries in that event after completing his ban.

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ICC World Cup 2019: I Like KL Rahul But I Don’t Like His Stupid Shots – Dilip Vengsarkar

Over the years, India delivered a quality number 4 batsman. They ruled the roost at that slot before losing out their places for obvious reasons. Meanwhile, of late, the Indian team suffered a lot for the perfect replacement at that slot, where they finally satisfied with KL Rahul in the World Cup. But, unfortunately, he was asked to open the innings again with Shikhar Dhawan being ruled out.

Somewhere in between the brilliance of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, the knock of KL Rahul went unnoticed. The flamboyant batsman stood up to the task by showing his brilliance to the cricketing world with his strokes down the ground. But, Dilip Vengsarkar isn’t happy with the way the youngster dismissed.

The former Indian cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar makes his voice on the Karnataka Batsman. Dilip isn’t happy with the way KL Rahul delivering those poor strokes in the middle of the overs. He believes that there was a century for taking to KL Rahul but he failed to make it happen.

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KL Rahul played some stupid shots – Dilip Vengsarkar

Dilip Vengsarkar asked KL Rahul to stop playing those stupid shots during his innings. He wants KL Rahul to play with determination in the middle of his innings, which would see him scoring more than 150 runs in ODI game.

Converting the starts into big knocks has always been a tough ask for the youngster. Even in the Test matches, he registered the record of scoring consecutive fifties but failed to convert them into century at least once.

“KL Rahul has a lot of potential but he should score big runs. A 100 was there for the taking (against Pakistan) yet he chucked his wicket away. He played some stupid shots which I would not recommend to anyone,” he told India Today.

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“He can score straight and get runs. He has got so many shots. But he must be hungry for runs because he is good enough to score 150-170. He is a great player. I like him to be honest but when he plays some of these stupid shots, I don’t like it,” he concluded.

Well, it would be interesting to see how things would pan out for the youngster. Most probably, India would ask him to open the innings in all the remaining games for the country. His form is a much-needed requirement for the Indian National Cricket Team.