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ICC World Cup 2019: KL Rahul Could be the No 4 in the Showpiece Event Feels Dilip Vengsarkar

Former Team Indian batsman and a skipper Dilip Vengsarkar is of the opinion that KL Rahul can be India’s No 4 in the upcoming 2019 World Cup. Vengsarkar feels that KL Rahul has the technique and the temperament to succeed in English conditions.

A former chairman of selectors, Dilip Vengsarkar feels that Team India will have an easy ride till the Semi-final and they can take it from there on and look to win their remaining two matches to lift the title. There has been an area of concern for Virat Kohli and co surrounding the No 4 spot.

Ambati Rayudu who was tipped to be the No 4 by Virat Kohli wasn’t included in the squad and chief selector MSK Prasad revealed that they are considering Vijay Shankar as the No 4 as a start to the mega event. Hence Dilip Vengsarkar feels that KL Rahul might be the perfect No 4 for India in the showpiece event.

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“We have a settled opening pair in Shikhar (Dhawan) and Rohit (Sharma). Virat Kohli is phenomenal at No 3. I feel that KL Rahul could be an option at No 4. He has the technique and can complement the top three well. I believe No 4 should be a specialist batsman,” Dilip Vengsarkar said on Thursday.

Despite the pitches expected to be batting paradises on most occasions, Dilip Vengsarkar feels that KL Rahul’s technique is very well equipped and that gives him an added advantage.

“Since he is a specialist opener, in case of early wickets, he could provide stability. Also, in a long tournament, if required he can open the innings. I feel that he should be a part of playing XI,” Vengsarkar said about Rahul, who finished second in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2019) run-getters list with 593.

Meanwhile, the former Indian batsman also feels that playing a full series in England last year will be a huge advantage for Team India.

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Dilip Vengsarkar (Image Credit: Google)

“In England, the weather can be fickle and that can have an effect on the performance. Adaptability will always be the key. But to the Indian team’s advantage, they played in England during the same time last year. We have had exposure to those conditions and that’s a good thing. We should try and use it to our advantage,” said Dilip Vengsarkar who was part of India’s World Cup squad in 1983 when India lifted the title for the first time.

Meanwhile, Vengsarkar also feels that the indifferent form of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav won’t affect them in the upcoming showpiece event.  “I am sure both Chahal and Kuldeep must have worked on their game as to what went wrong against Australia. Once they get there, they must carefully assess the conditions and accordingly devise the strategy,” he said.V

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Dilip Vengsarkar Reveals His Expectation From India

Former Indian captain Dilip Vengsarkar believes that India has a great chance to win the upcoming Cricket World Cup in England and Wales.

The 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup is ready to begin on 30th May and it will run till 14th July. England and Wales are ready to host this ten-team tournament. Many experts believe that the host side England and the two-time World Cup champions India are the favourite sides for the upcoming Cricket World Cup.

Dilip Vengsarkar, who was a member of India’s 1983 Cricket World Cup-winning squad, also believes that India has a great chance to win the upcoming Cricket World Cup. He is confident that India will play the semi-finals in this upcoming tournament.

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Dilip Vengsarkar recently told according to PTI, “India has got a fantastic chance to win the World Cup. At least last four they will go definitely. But the final, I can’t predict to be honest. But we have got extreme potential and all the players are (in) good form.”

India will begin their upcoming World Cup journey on 5th June when they will face South Africa at Southampton.

Under Kapil Dev‘s captaincy, India won their first ever Cricket World Cup in 1983 in England. 28 years later, India won their second Cricket World Cup under MS Dhoni‘s captaincy. At present, the no.2-ranked ODI side India is in a great form under Virat Kohli’s captaincy.

Sachin Tendulkar is hopeful about the T20 Mumbai League

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Sachin Tendulkar (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Meanwhile, the second season of T20 Mumbai League will begin on this 14th May. While Sachin Tendulkar is the brand ambassador of this tournament, Vengsarkar and Sunil Gavaskar are mentors of this league.

Legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar lauded the T20 Mumbai League. He believes that it will soon evolve as the essential league in Indian domestic cricket.

Tendulkar said, “T20 Mumbai League is soon going to be a league that most of the players from across the nation will want to participate in. For so many years, the (way) Ranji Trophy team has played, if given a choice a number of players would have wanted to be part of Mumbai Ranji Trophy because the brand of cricket was different and everyone wanted to be part of it.”

Sachin Tendulkar believes that Mumbai has enough talent at the present moment. He is also confident about the future success of Mumbai cricketers.

He said, “I don’t think we are down in the dumps at all. There have been occasions where we have gone to the semis and final (in the Ranji Trophy). I feel with this T20 League’s performance, as Mr (Sunil) Gavaskar put it correctly, a number of careers started.”

Tendulkar further added, “I think 4-5 players were picked up by IPL teams to represent their teams. I think it’s a beginning when we compare ourselves to someone like Punjab who has 14 players playing for various teams (in the IPL). I am sure we can get there. We have got good talent here in Mumbai cricket. It is all about opportunities and I keep coming back to that.”

I am pretty certain that there will be many more coming from T20 Mumbai League – Sunil Gavaskar

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Sunil Gavaskar (Image Credit: Google)

On the other hand, Sunil Gavaskar is confident that many more talent will be seen in the upcoming T20 Mumbai League season.

He said, “Shivam Dube got an IPL contract after (playing in T20 Mumbai League), Suryakumar Yadav also got a big contract and I am pretty certain that there will be many more coming from this league, who will be wanted by the IPL franchises for the next season.”

Shivam Dube was the Player of the tournament in the inaugural season of T20 Mumbai League. He was the fourth most run-scorer in that tournament as he scored 213 runs with an average of 71.00. Also, the right-arm medium pacer was the joint leading wicket-taker in that tournament (12 wickets with an average of 22.25).

Later, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) bought him for INR 5 crore from the 2019 IPL Auction.

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I had Backed Virat Kohli When Dhoni, Kirsten Had Not Heard of Him – Dilip Vengsarkar

Former Indian chief selector Dilip Vengsarkar has revealed that he had backed the current captain Virat Kohli when MS Dhoni and Gary Kirsten had not even heard of him. Kohli was able to break into the Indian team after he had led the Under-19 side to glory. In fact, Kohli could not hit the ground running when he was taking baby steps at the International level.

Furthermore, the talisman batsman was on the verge of getting dropped from the India National Cricket Team. However, the former skipper MS Dhoni had put his weight behind him. Subsequently, Virat Kohli came up with match-winning innings for the team and since then he has never looked back.

Kohli wants boys to enjoy IPL ahead of WC

Kohli has stood tall to Vengsarkar’s backing.

“Then I picked Virat Kohli in the (national) team straight away. To be honest with you, we used to play (the) Emerging Players tournament in Australia, and that time I was in charge of the selection committee,” Dilip Vengsarkar said while speaking at the launch of the book launching the book ‘Howzzat’ penned by celebrated astrologer Greenstone Lobo in suburban Bandra.

Meanwhile, Dilip Vengsarkar stated that Kohli was able to impress him at first sight when led India to Under-19 World Cup glory. Kohli was showing glimpses of class at the junior level however he was able to turn the tables once he got going at the International circuit.

Kohli impressed Vengsarkar in the Under-19 World Cup.

“And I had gone to Australia to see the match and I had picked him (Virat) because they had won the Under 19 World Cup,'” recalled the former India captain.

On the other hand, the former skipper recalled that Subramaniam Badrinath had to make way for Virat Kohli, who was showing the promise to go big. Kohli had scored a majestic hundred in the first match of the Under-19 World Cup.

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“And in the first game itself, he (Virat) scored a hundred (in that tournament). And I was impressed (and thought) he is the boy (and has) exceptional talent. I came back and others had not heard of him

“MS Dhoni was the captain, Gary Kirsten was the coach of the India team and they had not heard of him, so they said we should not pick him now at the moment and let him play few games and I was insisting that you must pick this guy, there is no question and they had to drop (S) Badrinath at that time,” said Vengsarkar, who is fondly known as ‘Colonel’.

Meanwhile, Dilip Vengsarkar also recalled that he had backed Sachin Tendulkar when he was selected in the Mumbai side. Everyone had doubts that Sachin he is too young to get a chance but the former captain had backed him.

“Sachin Tendulkar was picked when I was the captain of the Bombay (now Mumbai) team, everybody was against him (saying) he was too small (young) at that time but I insisted that he (Tendulkar) should be picked,” he remembered.

Dilip Vengsarkar is one of the finest players produced by India and he went on to score 6868 runs in 116 Test matches whereas he amassed 3508 in 129 ODI matches.

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Dilip Vengsarkar Rues as Rishabh Pant Misses ICC World Cup 2019 Berth for India

Former Team India captain and chairman of national team’s selection committee Dilip Vengsarkar is somewhat irked on seeing young wicketkeeper-batsman being ignored for the mega event. Vengsarkar has played a significant role for India between the 1970s and 1980s respectively. He is disappointed on seeing Rishabh Pant missing the Men in Blue’s ICC World Cup 2019 squad for England.

On April 15, the chief of India’s selection committee MSK Prasad has announced team along with interim secretary Amitabh Chaudhary.

Rishabh Pant misses his ICC World Cup 2019 Spot:

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Pant has a long road to go. Photo Credit: AFP.

Interestingly, the selectors had left out 21-year-old Pant of the 15-man coveted squad.

Moreover, given to the experience and finishing roles, selectors have reposed faith in senior campaigner Dinesh Karthik.

“Maybe they were looking for experience so went for Karthik, who has been playing for over ten years,” Vengsarkar told Khaleej Times.

Karthik will serve as a back-up wicketkeeper for India at the 2019 World Cup.

In 2008, the Indian cricket veteran Vengsarkar picked Virat Kohli in 2008.

Furthermore, Vengsarkar reiterated it’s unknown what was going through selectors mind on preferring Karthik over Pant.

The 63-year-old Vengsarkar stated he would have named Pant in Team India squad for the World Cup if he happened to be a national team selector.

“If I was a selector today, I would have gone for Rishabh Pant in the World Cup team,” Vengsarkar revealed.

As the debate has become a focal point in India’s cricketing landscape, Vengsarkar remarked that he expected to see Pant making it to the World Cup squad.

Known for audacious batting, Pant has impressed many on English and series Down Under Tour in the Test setup. He also has a Test hundred to his name in England before slamming a fine hundred on Australian soil.

“Pant is very talented, I was expecting him in the squad. He is young and he is an in-form batsman. He should have been in the team,” Vengsarkar said.

However, Vengsarkar holds a different perception of Ambati Rayudu’s non-selection.

The legendary cricketer stated, the middle-order batsman Rayudu had been given plenty of chances to prove his credentials. But he couldn’t live up to the expectations.

“Look he was given enough chances, he is 33 and has been inconsistent, so he missed the bus,” Vengsarkar further added.

Dilip Vengsarkar picks India among four semi-finalists at the ICC World Cup 2019:

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Vengsarka himself enjoyed batting in England during his heydays. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Vengsarkar feels India is in good stead overall while considering the team on the paper. He added it’s a balanced squad for the multi-nation tournament.

He has urged players to acclimatise the conditions at the earliest.

“Three good seamers, three quality spinners and two all-rounders make it a strong attack. “We will have to wait and watch how they play in those conditions. Of course, they know what is expected of them. And they have been playing well throughout the year,” Vengsarkar stated.

Moreover, Vengsarkar believes India are the favourites for the mega ICC event.

Apart from the Men in Blue, Vengsarkar has picked England, Australia and the Windies as other three semifinalists for the twelfth edition of the World Cup.

The ODI showpiece will commence on May 30, and the iconic Lord’s will host the grand finale on July 14.

Besides, India will proceed their World Cup campaign on June 5 against South Africa at Southampton.

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IPL 2019: Don’t Judge Virat Kohli By His IPL Form – Dilip Vengsarkar

Virat Kohli had one more tough season in the Indian Premier League. They failed to make things fall in place yet again in the home conditions to bag their sixth loss on a trot. In between, criticism followed the flamboyant batsman, where a section of people asked him to step down from captaincy. Meanwhile, Dilip Vengsarkar backed Virat Kohli.

Though Royal Challengers technically in the race for Playoffs, there are pretty minute chances for them to achieve that. So, a lot of analysts and former cricketers asked Virat Kohli to leave captaincy and IPL to recharge his batteries for the ICC World Cup 2019.

IPL performances cannot be criteria to judge Virat Kohli – Dilip Vengsarkar

The former Indian cricketer quoted that no one should be judged based on the performances in IPL. He believes that Kohli is in excellent form and evolving as a skipper of the team. Meanwhile, he also asks fans to back Virat Kohli 100% and put their faith on him.

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“IPL performances cannot be the criteria to judge anyone. Virat is in excellent form. He is one of the great batsmen of all time and, as a captain, he is evolving. Once you put your faith in him, you must back him 100%. He has done well in Tests and ODIs,” the former India captain and chief selector told TOI during a brief visit to Goa.

India got the chance to reach the final four in ICC World Cup 2019:

Further, he believes that Virat Kohli-led Indian National Cricket team has been brilliant of late and will reach the final four stage in the ICC World Cup. Dilip Vengsarkar calls the current team as the best team over the years for India.

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“India have a chance to reach the last four. We have the best (bowling) attack so far. If we compare our attack to the previous teams at the World Cup, this is better than ever. That’s why we have hope. When India did badly, it was because of the last 10 overs where we were unable to contain the rival batsmen. Now, with (Jasprit) Bumrah and the others, it’s formidable,” said Vengsarkar.

So far, Virat Kohli led the team for six times in the Indian Premier League 2019 and failed to taste the success even once. However, he has got nothing on his way, as none of the players in the team is putting their hands up when it matters the most.

In fact, they came close to the victory in a couple of games but unfortunately, they ended up on the losing side for various reasons. The game against Mumbai Indians was the umpiring blunder while the game against Rajasthan Royals was pretty close.

As far as the ICC World Cup 2019 is concerned, the Indian National Cricket Team, which will be led by Virat Kohli will enter into the tournament as one of the favourites to win the tournament.

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Dilip Vengsarkar Criticises Captain Virat Kohli For Fielding In Deep

Former India skipper Dilip Vengsarkar feels Virat Kohli should take more responsibilities in ODIs, advising him to stay in the 30 yard circle.  Vengsarkar’s comment comes just days after Kohli failed to lead India to series win over Australia in the T20I and the ODI series. Kohli’s captaincy in the last two ODIs left a lot to be desired as Australia won both the games to cap off a remarkable series that saw win the five-match series 3-2 after losing the opening two games.

In the fourth ODI when India were defending a mammoth total of 358, Kohli was seen fielding in the outfield while his bowlers struggled to contain the Aussies. Young wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant was also having a tough time behind the stumps as Kohli was seen expressing his disappointment from the outfield. Kohli fielding in the outfield is nothing new. While the India skipper prefers to guard the boundaries during the slog overs, he hands the responsibility to his predecessor MS Dhoni. The former India skipper has been seen taking care of any tactical field changes in consultation with the bowler.

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The approach has yielded good results so far. However, Dilip Vengsarkar seems to be unimpressed with the method, saying that he is sure if it is the best way of approaching captaincy.

“Captain has to be in the inner circle. You can’t field in the deep and adjust fielding from there. You can see the match better from the circle. If he is going to field in the deep it is not going to help him at all,” Dilip Vengsarkar told India Today.

Vengsarkar opined that Kohli needs to take greater charge of things to take the team forward.

“Absolutely. You can only field in the deep during the slog overs,” he said.

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Virat Kohli (Credits: Getty)

The former chief selector also agreed with coach Ravi Shastri’s suggestion that Kohli could be seen batting at no.4 on occasions during the World Cup.

India’s number four woes is yet be solved. Their latest gamble on Ambati Rayudu has also failed so far as the right-hander failed miserably against Australia.

“I agree with Ravi. Because sometimes in English overcast conditions, if you lose early wickets, you may have to preserve Virat for no.4. because he is the best batsman in the world and in fantastic form. India depends heavily on him which is not a good thing because others have to perform,” Vengsarkar said.

The World Cup will start on May 30 with hosts England locking horns against South Africa. India will kickstart their campaign against South Africa on June 5.

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ICC World Cup 2019: Ajinkya Rahane Should be in the Squad Feels Dilip Vengsarkar

Former India batsman Dilip Vengsarkar expressed his disappointment over the non-inclusion of Ajinkya Rahane from the Indian squad in the ongoing 5 match ODI series against Australia. Vengasarkar is of the opinion that the selectors should have picked Ajinkya Rahane in the squad for the ongoing series.

Earlier too, Vengsarkar has called for the inclusion of Rahane given his experience. He doesn’t want the team to play Rahane in all the matches but he should be part of the squad at least feels the former Indian skipper.

He felt that the Indian team management just doing a big injustice to Rahane. Vengsarkar feels Rahane is a world-class batsman and will be very effective in English conditions. He further praised him for being a terrific fielder.

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Ajinkya Rahane will look to have a good season with the bat in IPL. . Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“I feel by ignoring talented and experienced Ajinkya, the Indian think tank is doing a grave injustice to him. He is a proven batsman in the English conditions and an outstanding fielder too,” the former BCCI Chairman was quoted as saying by the Mumbai Mirror.

Dilip Vengsarkar feels Ajinkya Rahane should be included in Indian World Cup squad

India has still not found a perfect No 4 option for the World Cup. They had a dilemma with the opening slot too as both Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan was out of touch coming into the 4th ODI in the series. However, both scoring runs might have cemented their places for the World Cup. But Vengsarkar feels given the experience Rahane has, he would have fit into both the roles as a reserve opener or as a No 4 batsman. However, given the current scenario, Rahane might not be in the Indian World Cup-bound squad.

“He (Ajinkya) will give the middle order the much-needed solidity besides the option as an opening batsman too as he has the experience of opening and also batting at No 4,” Vengsarkar said.

He further added that it is not a T20 tournament but a 50 overs event where building partnerships will be crucial if India loses early wickets. During that time the stability of Ajinkya Rahane will come into account. However, it is unlikely now that Rahane will board a flight to England for the 2019 World Cup.

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Dilip Vengsarkar feels India should have included Ajinkya Rahane for the World Cup. (Image Courtesy: Getty Images)

Dilip Vengsarkar reminds that it won’t be a T20 tournament

“Mind you, it’s not a Twenty20 tournament but the 50-over World Cup where building a team total will decide the fate of the teams. We need a total of at least 280 in every game,” he has said.

Meanwhile, Vengsarkar also felt bad for Ravichandran Ashwin who despite being a top class bowler won’t find a place in the 2019 World Cup. Ashwin is 3rd most successful Indian spinner in Test cricket after Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh. He is well on course to leapfrogging Harbhajan Singh and becoming the 2n most successful spinner for India in Tests. However, his limited-overs career looks bleak.

“They have decided on Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal as spinners. That rules out R Ashwin completely. I feel it is unfortunate because he is a class spinner and he will be more than handy in the English conditions.,” Vengsarkar said.

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Rohit Sharma hit an unbeaten 63 in the first innings at the MCG. Image Courtesy: Getty

Australia vs India 2018: ‘MCG Knock Could be the Revival of Rohit in Test Cricket’ – Dilip Vengsarkar

A decade back, it wasn’t Virat Kohli who rose through the ranks as the best talent around. Instead, it was Rohit Sharma. The Indian batsman though has had topsy-turvy Test career. Meanwhile, on the current Test tour Down Under, Rohit has somewhat found his Midas touch. After failing to hit runs in Adelaide, Rohit got ruled out of the Perth Test due to injury. The right-hander then made his return to Melbourne Test and scored an unbeaten 63 in the first innings. Moreover, former captains, Dilip Vengsarkar and Kapil Dev had a word or two to say about this.

MCG inning could revive his Test career – Dilip

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Dilip Vengsarkar says Rohit’s MCG inning should revive his Test career. Image Courtesy: Getty

Dilip Vengsarkar, the former India skipper, spoke about Rohit’s outing at the MCG. Terming this inning as the reviving one in his Test career, Dilip said Rohit should take a lot of positives from his game.

“This knock could be the revival of Rohit in Test cricket. I have always backed him to do well in Test cricket. I am sure he will make most of it in the days to come,” Vengsarkar said.

Furthermore, World Cup-winning captain, Kapil Dev also showered some words of praise on Rohit Sharma. Speaking to the TOI, he said Rohit’s batting is a treat to watch in any of the formats. Dev further added he hopes Rohit scores bulk of runs in the games to follow.

“Rohit is really a treat to watch when he is batting. He bats effortlessly and I hope he continues to plunder runs in Test cricket like he does in ODI,”

India on top at the ‘MCG.’

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Bumrah picked six for 33 in the first innings of the MCG Test. Image Courtesy: Getty

In their quest to match India’s first innings total, Australia failed miserably in their efforts. On day three of the third Test, Jasprit Bumrah wreaked havoc, as he picked his first six-for in Australia. The hosts, however, got all out on 151, trailing behind 292 runs. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli didn’t enforce the follow-on, and the Indian openers were out in the middle to bat.

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Dilip Vengsarkar Perplexed to See BCCI Restricting Mohammed Shami’s Workload

Former India skipper Dilip Vengsarkar has labeled BCCI’s decision to put conditions on fast bowler Mohammed Shami, who is currently featuring for Bengal in the Elite Group B Ranji Trophy games.

Meanwhile, Shami expressed his desire to play in the Ranji Trophy in a bid to prepare for the Australia tour. However, BCCI came up with certain restrictions to manage the workload of Mohammed Shami. The apex body told the Bengal team management that he can bowl only 15 overs an innings with a grace of 2-3 overs.

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Dilip Vengsarkar termed this decision as absurd and admitted that he hadn’t heard this before.

Suppose I’m the captain, and he’s taken two wickets in his second spell, I would want to continue him to get rid of the main batsmen. I won’t say, he’s bowled 15 overs, so he can’t bowl anymore. This is absurd. I haven’t heard this before,” Vengsarkar told TOI on Monday.

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The board apparently took this decision to manage the workload of the injury-prone fast bowler. However, Vengsarkar feels it is imperative for a fast bowler to have enough match practice.

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Bowling and batting in a match is more important than doing the same in the net because you get the confidence and the rhythm only in those 22 yards. You don’t get that in the nets. If you perform well and have runs/wickets behind you, that gives you confidence. That confidence doesn’t come by bowling 10 overs in the nets,” Dilip Vengsarkar added.

Furthermore, BCCI also asked Ishant Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin not to take part in the Ranji Trophy games for their respective states. The Test series between Australia and India commences from December 6 at Adelaide.

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Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni. Image Courtesy: BCCI

MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli was Not in Favour of Selecting Virat Kohli in 2008: Dilip Vengsarkar

Former Indian batsman and a selector of the national team selector Dilip Vengsakrar said that it was his call to take Virat Kohli in the national team in 2008 despite reluctance from the then skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and head coach Gary Kirsten. They were willing to give Subramaniam Badrinath a longer run in the middle order.

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Virat Kohli (captain) of India celebrates his half-century, fifty runs during the 6th One Day International match between South Africa and India held at Supersport Park Cricket Ground in Centurion on the 16th Feb 2018
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However, Vengsarkar was pretty impressed with Virat’s performance in the U-19 World Cup. Hence he first picked him in the Emerging player’s tournament. It took place in Australia. Vengsarkar was highly impressed with an innings which Virat played in that tournament. He scored a sensational 123 against a West Indies side. The Caribbeans had some Test players in their ranks.

Recalling the incident, Vengsarkar said that it was heartening to see a youngster perform brilliantly in tough conditions and against a quality bowling attack. When Vengskarkar watched his knock, he was pretty certain that Virat would go on to make a big name in international cricket and was a man for the long-term.

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However, Dhoni and Gary Kirsten were not really in favour of Virat as they hadn’t seen enough of Virat Kohli with the bat yet. But Vengskarkar wanted him in the squad and needless it turned out to be a masterstroke.

Selection of Kohli ahead of Badrinath annoyed the then BCCI Treasurer

However, the move to select Kohli ahead of Badrinath annoyed the then BCCI treasurer N Srinivasan. He was the owner of the Chennai Super Kings. Badrinath was part of the franchise then. As per reports, Srinivasan reminded everyone that Badrinath had a great domestic season and scored over 800 runs.

However, Vengskarkar assured that Badrinath was in line for a call-up and he would be selected as and when a vacancy pops up.But Srinivasan made him pay for the call and raised the issue to Sharad Pawar. He was the BCCI chief then, and Vengsarkar was removed from his post.

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“Srinivasan asked me on what basis Badrinath was axed, and I explained that I had been on the Emerging players’ tour to Australia where I saw Virat, who is an exceptional player and that is why he is in the team.”

“He argued that Badrinath has scored over 800 runs for Tamil Nadu. I told him he will get his chance. But the very next day, he took Srikkanth (who replaced Vengsarkar as the chief selector) to Sharad Powar and that was the end of my selection tenure”. Vengsarkar was quoted saying by TOI.

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