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Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: BCCI)
Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: BCCI)
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Rishabh Pant Hit Three Match Changing Innings Which Some Can’t Do In Career With Ease: Ian Chappell

Rishabh Pant “changed the course” of three Test matches with his fearless batting approach, something which most players aren’t able to achieve in their entire career.

Rishabh Pant’s 97 nearly turned the Sydney Test in India’s favour which India managed to draw while his 89 not out at Brisbane won them the series Down Under. Then he hit a hundred under pressure against England in Ahmedabad to clinch India’s spot in the World Test Championship final.

Rishabh Pant, ICC
Rishabh Pant [Image-BCCI]

Rishabh Pant Produced 3 Innings Changing Match Course Which Most Can’t Do In Career: Ian Chappell

Former Australia captain, Ian Chappell heaped rich praise on Rishabh Pant for his ‘mature counterattacking’ knocks he played in Sydney, Brisbane, and in Ahmedabad, with India winning the last two out of those. The left-hander not only avoided a loss but put the opposition on the backfoot. In a space of a few Tests, he has not only cemented himself in the Test side but has also made a comeback in the limited-overs team.

“Pant has produced three innings that changed the course of a Test with mature counter-attacking when the team was in trouble. Most players don’t contribute that many in a career,” Chappell wrote in his column for ESPN Cricinfo.

Dom Bess Image Credit: PTI
Dom Bess Image Credit: PTI

Ian Chappell also wrote that Rishabh Pant, once criticized for his not-so-great glovework, was commendable during the four-Test matches.

“Not content with just batting heroics, Pant has also evolved as a keeper when standing up to the spinners, going from fumbling to fabulous in the space of a few weeks,” he wrote.

Ian Chappell feels the difference between the two sides was Rishabh Pant’s daredevilry which had the Indian team management’s mandate, something that young English players like Dom Bess and Ollie Pope didn’t have.

“Pant is a popular player in the Indian side and his spirit epitomizes the team’s confident, attacking approach to the game. England has players who could provide a similar stimulus to their team. What they lack is a conducive environment.”

Rishabh Pant, who has put together a string of impressive performances for India since the Test series against Australia, scoring four fifties and one century in the last seven Tests, played the first T20I at Ahmedabad on Friday, 12th March where he scored 21 off 23 balls including 2 fours and a six.

“The two young Englishmen became more tentative as the series progressed. Pope was keen to use his feet, but as his back foot continually craved the safety of the crease, it was obvious he was worried about being left stranded by the spinners.”

“Bess appeared to be deflated by his omission from the Test team. With his confidence severely diminished, he bowled in the final Test, hoping that the ball would land on a good length rather than being confident of its destination,” the cut-throat Australian was severe in his criticism of team management’s philosophies.

The youngster Rishabh Pant has been working a lot on his keeping skills especially on the Indian wickets and that has reflected in second India vs England Test match. On the Day 4 morning, he displayed some excellent glovework to inflict the stumping of England batsman Daniel Lawrence off Ravichandran Ashwin’s bowling. In the first innings, he took a couple of brilliant one-handed catches to dismiss Ollie Pope and Jack Leach.

Ian Chappell Liked Rishabh Pant’s Approach

What Ian Chappell liked about Rishabh Pant was how took risks but also blended them with aggression.

“Meanwhile, Pant was scared of… well, nothing actually. The chirpy Indian keeper, armed with a supremely confident disposition, played each innings balancing aggression with appropriate caution. His approach of “see the ball and hit it” is a simple one but it’s fortified by the common-sense approach of always looking for opportunities to score.”

The difference between the two sides was whereas Indian batsmen tried to find ways to score, Englishmen were content by merely surviving.

“In most cases this sums up the difference between India and England’s batting. The home side was constantly thinking about ways to score, while the visitors were preoccupied with survival,” he added.

Ian Chappell is a former Australia captain. (File)
Ian Chappell is a former Australia captain. (File)

The 77-year-old also credits the leadership group comprising the coach, captain, and vice-captain for creating a positive environment for the youngster, who not long ago struggled with form and fitness.

Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: BCCI)
Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: BCCI)
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Spirit Of Rishabh Pant Epitomizes India’s Confidence, Says Ian Chappell

Ian Chappell, former Australia captain has said that the spirit of wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant epitomizes India’s confident and attacking approach in modern-day cricket.

Rishabh Pant has been in the remarkable form off late as he played a crucial knock in the fourth and final Test against England which also saw him reverse-sweeping James Anderson when he was coming to bowl with the second new ball.

Ian Chappell Getty Images
Ian Chappell Getty Images

Ian Chappell: Rishabh Pant Has Evolved As A Keeper Too Besides Heroics With Bat In Australia And Against England

The young Indian batsman has played match-winning knocks off late. In January this year against Australia,  Rishabh Pant played a match-winning knock against Australia at the Gabba, Brisbane as India went on to win four-match series 2-1 Down Under against all odds with a second-string side as key players were injured or unavailable.

“Pant was read the riot act in Australia when he turned up overweight. He then ‘worked his backside off’, according to the coach, and was reinstated in the team after the Indian debacle at Adelaide Oval. What followed has been a revelation. Pant has produced three innings that changed the course of a Test with mature counterattacking when the team was in trouble. Most players don’t contribute that many in a career,” Ian Chappell wrote in his column for ESPNcricinfo.

Rishabh Pant Plays Astonishing Reverse Scoop Off Jofra Archer.
Rishabh Pant’s reverse scoop off Jofra Archer drew several reactions on social media.© BCCI

“Not content with just batting heroics, Pant has also evolved as a keeper when standing up to the spinners, going from fumbling to fabulous in the space of a few weeks. Pant is a popular player on the Indian side and his spirit epitomizes the team’s confident, attacking approach to the game. England has players who could provide a similar stimulus to their team. What they lack is a conducive environment,” Ian Chappell added.

Rishabh Pant scored 274 runs in 3 Tests in Australia averaging 68.5. He scored 91,11, unbeaten 58, 8, and 101 in the 5 innings against England. He managed 270 runs against England averaging 54.

Ian Chappell is the eldest of the three Chappell brothers to play for Australia. Predominantly a right-handed batsman who could bowl a bit of leg-spin, Ian Chappell was known for his nonchalance while hooking and pulling short balls in an era where the batsmen shunned helmets.

Ian Chappell: Rishabh Pant Was Scared Of Nothing As He Was Confident And Played Balancing Aggression With Caution

The performances in Test format have also seen Rishabh Pant earning his place back in India’s T20I squad. Although he was not able to post a big score in the first T20I against England, the hosts would be hoping that he continues to play an attacking brand of cricket.

“In modern India, the players are more confident and aggressive. This attitude is boosted further on reaching the international arena by the positive encouragement of the leadership group of Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane, and Ravi Shastri. Then there’s the IPL. It has resulted in Indian players being exposed to more international thinking and training, which has had a positive effect on both cricketers and coaches,” said Chappell.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant. File Photo: PTI

“Pant was scared of… well, nothing actually. The chirpy Indian keeper, armed with a supremely confident disposition, played each innings balancing aggression with appropriate caution. His approach of “see the ball and hit it” is a simple one but it’s fortified by the common-sense approach of always looking for opportunities to score,” he added.

Rishabh Pant, who has put together a string of impressive performances for India since the Test series against Australia, scoring four fifties and one century in the last seven Tests, played the first game in Ahmedabad on Friday, 12th March where he scored 21 off 23 balls including 2 fours and a six. The performances in Test cricket have also helped him in moving to the seventh spot in ICC Test batsmen rankings.

Rishabh Pant’s average has been less than 30 and he has managed only 3 fifties in both the limited-overs formats combined as he has most often gifted his wicket but he will look to make amends in the remaining 4 T20Is and if selected in the 3 ODIs that follows the T20I series.

Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja / AFP PHOTO / ISHARA S. KODIKARA
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Ravindra Jadeja Believes He Will Be World’s Best Cricketer In 2025

Ravindra Jadeja, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) all-rounder believes he will be the best cricketer on the planet in 2025. The Rajasthan Royals posted a question on their official Instagram handle, asking their fans who would be the world’s best cricketer in 2025.

Ravindra Jadeja decided to answer the question about the world’s best cricketer in 2025 and dropped his name in the comments.

Ravindra Jadeja playing for Chennai Super Kings© BCCI/IPL
Ravindra Jadeja playing for Chennai Super Kings© BCCI/IPL

There were many names present in the comments box. CSK all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja also decided to answer the question and dropped his name in the comments. Regarded as one of the best all-rounders in the modern era of the gentlemen’s game, he was declared India’s Most Valuable Player’ (MVP) of the 21st century by a reputed cricket magazine in 2020.

The Royals’ Instagram admin pinned Jadeja’s comment and replied to him: “End of discussion.”

The all-rounder was part of the Rajasthan Royals squad that lifted the trophy in the inaugural IPL season. He played for them until 2010 before the Kochi Tuskers Kerala signed him at the auction. The Chennai Super Kings bought him in 2012 and since then he has been a match-winner for the franchise. He has been one of the most successful all-rounders in the history of IPL. He has played 184 IPL matches, scalping 114 wickets and aggregating 2,159 runs.

Ravindra Jadeja (Image Source: Twitter)
Ravindra Jadeja (Image Source: Twitter)

The Chennai Super Kings did not have a memorable season last year, but Ravindra Jadeja ensured they did not finish in the bottom 8th place. The 32-year-old played a couple of game-changing knocks for CSK in IPL 2020.

Ravindra Jadeja Wasn’t Included In T20I Squad For The Series Against England But May Return For ODI Series

As mentioned, Ravindra Jadeja has been an integral part of the Chennai Super Kings squad. Unfortunately, the all-rounder has been away from the field for quite some time because of his recurrent injuries. While he has now resumed training, the BCCI has still not included him in India’s T20I squad for their upcoming series against England. Instead, he might return to the Indian cricket team for the 3 matches ODI series against England.

Ravindra Jadeja almost took India to victory against New Zealand at Old Trafford in Manchester. (AFP Photo)
Ravindra Jadeja almost took India to victory against New Zealand at Old Trafford in Manchester. (AFP Photo)

But looking at the brilliant performances of the other Indian all-rounders like Washington Sundar and Hardik Pandya, it seems like the governing body might allow him some more rest ahead of a hectic season. He has played 51 Tests, 168 ODIs, and 50 T20Is. But in case Ravindra Jadeja does not play the ODI series, he is likely to return to action in the upcoming IPL which is scheduled to start on April 11.

Ravindra Jadeja had a batting average of 85 and a bowling average of 15 which is remarkable in the Test series against Australia playing 2 Tests. The all-rounder considered one of the most important players for the Indian cricket team was ruled out of the fourth Test, to be played in Brisbane, and also went surgery for his thumb.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya
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It’s Difficult To Control Hardik Pandya Especially In End Overs: Saba Karim

Saba Karim thinks Hardik Pandya’s ability to play strokes all around the park makes him a difficult proposition for the opposition.

Hardik Pandya has become an indispensable member of the Indian limited-overs team over the last few years. Although he has not bowled much of late to avoid risking his lower back pain, he proved his credentials as a specialist batsman in the white-ball leg of India’s tour of Australia.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya scored 42 off 22 balls at the SCG to blast the tourists to a six-wicket Twenty20 win. Photograph: Ryan Pierse/Getty Images

Saba Karim: Hardik Pandya’s Scoring Areas Or Range Has Increased

During a discussion on India News, former keeper Saba Karim pointed out that Hardik Pandya’s enhanced repertoire of strokes has made him a tough customer to bowl at by the opposition bowlers.

“From the last one year, I have seen a change in his batting, his scoring areas or range has increased. He can play brilliant shots on the off-side as well.

“It is very difficult to control this player and especially in the end overs, whatever you might try, whether it is the slower one, yorker, short delivery, his range is so big that he can play a shot from anywhere and increase his strike rate,” said Saba Karim.

Saba Karim
File photo of former wicketkeeper Saba Karim. – The Hindu

The former wicket-keeper stressed the fact that Hardik Pandya has played several blazing match-winning knocks for Team India as well as the Mumbai Indians.

“Hardik Pandya is already a star, especially in the shorter formats. Whenever he has got an opportunity, whether it is in the IPL for the Mumbai Indians or for the Indian team, he has performed. His strike rate has been extremely high in the match-winning knocks he has played and because of that he is such an incredible player,” added Saba Karim.

Except for the one ODI in Australia where Hardik Pandya bowled 4 overs, he hasn’t bowled much following his back surgery in 2019. He was arguably one of India’s standout performers in the limited-overs leg against Australia.
He hit 2 scores in the 90s in India’s otherwise poor performance in the ODIs. In the subsequent T20Is that followed, he scored 78 runs in three innings at an average of 39 and at a strike-rate of 156.00 which helped India chase down targets when odds were stacked against the team.

Saba Karim: Hardik Pandya Doesn’t Have Apparent Weakness And Plays Conventional Cricketing Shots Without Improvising

Saba Karim lauded Hardik Pandya for maintaining a high strike rate while playing orthodox strokes. Hardik Pandya is expected to play the finisher’s role in the 5 matches T20I series against England.

“The bigger thing is that he plays conventional cricketing shots. You don’t get to see too much improvisation. He doesn’t play high risk shots and plays shots according to his strengths,” added Saba Karim.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant File Photo: PTI

The 53-year-old signed off by stating that Hardik Pandya does not have any apparent weaknesses and can play big shots against both pace and spin.

“The opposition always thinks what sort of bowler should be used, spinner or pacer, who can prove to be a weakness for Hardik Pandya. But you don’t see any such weakness in this player because of which it remains a big area of concern in the opposition camp about which bowler to use to target him because he is known to play brilliant shots against all bowlers and we are seeing those shots in his batting,” concluded Karim.

India will hope that Hardik Pandya exhibits the same destructive form he showed in Australia in England T20Is. The likelihood of dashing in-form keeper Rishabh Pant accompanying him to play the finishers’ role will give the Virat Kohli-led side some much-needed firepower in the death overs.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant
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Rishabh Pant And KL Rahul Will Improve, Definitely: Naman Ojha

Naman Ojha, former India wicket-keeper, and domestic stalwart backed Rishabh Pant to become India’s best wicket-keeper batsman in the upcoming year.

Rishabh Pant is showing his prowess with the bat recently for the Indian Test team. After his outstanding efforts against Australia in their own backyard, the swashbuckling left-hander has continued his prolific run with the willow against England in the ongoing 4 match Test series at home. Rishabh Pant has been brilliant with the bat besides notable improvement in his glovework which often comes under the scanner.

Naman Ojha-wicketkeeper (Photo by Qamar Sibtain/India Today Group/Getty Images)
Naman Ojha-wicketkeeper (Photo by Qamar Sibtain/India Today Group/Getty Images)

Naman Ojha: Rishabh Pant Will Improve Day By Day

However, in the recently-concluded second Test against England in Chennai which India won by 317 runs, Rishabh Pant was sublime behind the wickets too and took some stunning catches. He also affected a number of crucial stumpings and looked solid on a turning track at the Chepauk.

Former India wicket-keeper batsman and domestic stalwart Naman Ojha recently lavished praise on Rishabh Pant and backed him to become India’s best wicket-keeper in the next year.

Rishabh Pant was in brilliant form behind the stumps as well. (Photo: BCCI)
Rishabh Pant was in brilliant form behind the stumps as well. (Photo: BCCI)

Naman Ojha, who recently retired from all forms of cricket, said Rishabh Pant is a tremendous batsman and is only going to improve with time.

“Rishabh (Pant) will improve day-by-day. If he is keeping in Test matches, definitely he will improve in one-dayers and T20Is. It is very tough to keep in a Test match. Rishabh is also a tremendous batsman. I am sure that he will improve and, in the next one year, he will become the best keeper,” Ojha said in an interview with Sportskeeda.

Rishabh Pant had lost his spot in India’s limited-overs sides last year. He was replaced by KL Rahul, who emerged as the first-choice keeper-batsman in both ODIs and T20Is. He was also overlooked in the first Test against Australia Down Under where Wriddhiman Saha was selected before making a roaring comeback. He has managed to hold on to his place on the Test side and has produced a string of impressive performances.

Rishabh Pant effected two jaw-dropping stumpings that of Dan Lawrence and Moeen Ali to help India wrap up the second Test against England on the fourth day winning by 317 runs. The stumpings were in addition to his brilliant one-handed catches to his left to dismiss Ollie Pope and Jack Leach in the first innings. In addition, he scored a crucial 58 not out in the first innings.

Rishabh Pant scored 274 runs in 3 Tests in Australia averaging 68.5. He scored 91,11, unbeaten 58, and 8 in the 4 innings against England amassing 168 runs in 4 innings.

Naman Ojha Praised KL Rahul Too For Improvement As Keeper And Good Fitness

Rishabh Pant has marked his comeback in the T20I side for the upcoming 5-match England series and is likely to be handed over the gloves by KL Rahul. Rishabh Pant has so far played 18 Test, 16 ODIs, and 28 T20Is for India, amassing 1256, 374, and 410 runs in the three formats respectively.

Naman Ojha also praised KL Rahul for his keeping and said the right-hander has also improved significantly behind the stumps. He reckoned both Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul ride on the confidence from their batting and will keep improving as wicket-keepers.

“KL Rahul has improved as a wicketkeeper. His fitness is very good. Fitness is very important in wicketkeeping. He is doing it from the last year or so, keeping in one-dayers and T20s. He is a match-winner with the bat. He and Rishabh will improve, definitely. Batting gives them confidence. When they score runs, they are very much relaxed behind the stumps. That is more important for a wicketkeeper,” said Ojha.

Rishabh Pant of India celebrates with Lokesh Rahul (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Rishabh Pant of India celebrates with Lokesh Rahul (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

The 37-year-old keeper Naman Ojha from Madhya Pradesh, who holds a distinctive record for the most dismissals by a wicketkeeper in the Ranji Trophy, featured in one Test, one ODI, and two T20 Internationals for India.

KL Rahul, who last played in Tests in the West Indies tour in August 2019 has amassed 2006 runs in 36 Tests averaging 34.59. KL Rahul scored 93 runs in 3 ODIs and 81 runs in 3 T20Is against Australia. KL Rahul was also the Orange Cap winner by virtue of being the highest run-getter in the IPL 2020 held at UAE, where he amassed 670 runs at an average of 55.83.

Matthew Wade
Matthew Wade (PA AAP)
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Matthew Wade Opens Up On The Test Axe After Loss To India

Matthew Wade has said that he expected to be dropped from the Australian Test team after the 2-1 Test series loss to India. He was not picked for the South Africa tour, which was finally cancelled due to COVID-19 concerns in the Rainbow Nation.

Although he had never played as an opener in red-ball cricket, Matthew Wade was played as an opener in the first two Tests against India. The 33-year-old explained that he regrets not converting one of his starts into a big score.

Matthew Wade CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES
Matthew Wade CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES

Matthew Wade Regrets Not To Turn One Of His Starts To Big Score As He Batted Really Well Atop The Batting Order

Matthew Wade played 36 Tests since debuting in April 2012 against West Indies. He managed 173 runs averaging 21.63 in the 4 Tests against India. As an opener, he managed 111 runs averaging 27.75 against India.

“I have been around long enough, as I said to Trevor (National selector), to know that if you don’t perform at my age at a high level, then your spot is going to be up. And if your team is not winning, there is more chance of something like that happening. The only regret I have is that I didn’t turn one of my starts into a big score. I batted really well at the top of the order,” Matthew Wade said.

Cameron Green says being both a batsman and a bowler is a blessing in disguise.(AAP: Jono Searle)
Cameron Green says being both a batsman and a bowler is a blessing in disguise.(AAP: Jono Searle)

Following Cameron Green’s emergence, Matthew Wade admits it would be difficult for him to get back into the Australian Test team.

“The facts are, [Cameron] Green is going to play for a long period of time, he is an all-rounder, and everyone wanted him to get into the position he is in now. Travis Head is a good, young player as well, and then there was myself in the middle order all kind of jostling for spots,” added Wade.

In four Test matches against India in the 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, Matthew Wade amassed 173 runs at an average of 21.63. The left-handed batsman has failed to score a half-century in his last 14 Test innings.

It has been a career of reinvention for Matthew Wade as he went from a Test wicketkeeper to specialist middle-order batsman and subsequently opener after a prolific run in domestic cricket when it appeared his international days were over. He eventually earned a spot for the 2019 Ashes series during which he scored two centuries and has since also returned to the ODI and T20 set-ups.

Matthew Wade Insisists To Do Well For Australia To Get Back Into Test Fold

Matthew Wade was dropped from the Australian Test team for the aborted Test series against South Africa. However, he remains in the Australian squad for the upcoming five-match T20I series against New Zealand. Matthew Wade insisted that in order to return to the Test fold, he needs to perform well for Tasmania.

Australia Won Ashes trophy 2017-18 (Image Tweeted By @CricketAus)
Australia Won Ashes trophy 2017-18 (Image Tweeted By @CricketAus)

“In terms of my path back into the Test team, that will take care of itself if I perform and, if an opportunity comes up, they [selectors] know I can play at that level. I will go back and contribute to, hopefully, wins for Tasmania … if I do that, and manage to score the runs on the way to those wins for Tassie, then maybe I get another opportunity,” Wade said.

Australia’s Will Pucovski has been cleared of concussion and is in the selection mix to make his Test debut against India at the SCG on Thursday, Photograph: David Gray/AFP/Getty Images
Australia’s Will Pucovski has been cleared of concussion and is in the selection mix to make his Test debut against India at the SCG on Thursday, Photograph: David Gray/AFP/Getty Images
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Will Pucovski Set To Be Sidelined For 6 Months Due To Shoulder Surgery

Will Pucovski, Australian opener is set to be sidelined for up to six months to undergo reconstructive surgery on his injured right shoulder.

The Australian Test batsman who played a solitary Test will undergo surgery on his right shoulder next week and is likely to be sidelined for up to six months. Will Pucovski, who made his debut in the third Test match against India in Sydney had suffered a shoulder subluxation injury while diving in the field on the fifth day of the Sydney game.

Will Pucovski (AAP: Richard Wainwright)
Will Pucovski (AAP: Richard Wainwright)

Will Pucovski Won’t Be Part Of Remainder Of The Australian Domestic Season And Will Not Play If Australia Qualifies For WTC Final

Victoria coach Chris Rogers has said that Will Pucovski pulled up sore in a practice session, which ruled him out of the Sheffield Shield match against New South Wales.

He had a great start to the domestic season, accumulating two double tons in the Sheffield Shield but was laid low by a concussion in a tour game against India. Incidentally, he has a long history of concussion-related injuries.

“The medical advice is this is the best way forward for Will to prepare him for the 2021-22 season,” said Cricket Victoria’s General Manager of Cricket Shaun Graf.

Chris Rogers (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
Chris Rogers  (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

“We’ll work closely with Will throughout his rehabilitation and look forward to seeing him back playing for Victoria and Australia later this year.”

Will Pucovski played 1 Test only scoring 72 runs with a fifty and his highest was 62. This injury and subsequent surgery mean that he will not be part of the remainder of the Australian domestic season and will be unavailable for Australia if they do qualify for the World Test Championship final mid-year against already qualified New Zealand.

Australia can make the final of WTC if England wins by 1-2 or if the series ends in a draw (1-1 or 2-2). Australia will play ODIs and T20Is against New Zealand, West Indies, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh before the Ashes from November 2021 to January 2022. The Ashes will comprise of 5 Tests and will happen after T20I World Cup.

Will Pucovski Missed First 2 Tests Against India Due To Concussion And Scored A Fifty In 3rd Test Before Injuring His Shoulder

The debutant injured his shoulder while trying in vain to stop the ball at mid-wicket in the second session of the final day in the 3rd Test at Sydney against India. He missed the first two Tests against India due to a concussion injury but scored 62 and 10 in the 3rd Test after making his debut.

Will Pucovski (AAP)
Will Pucovski (AAP)
He has played 23 first-class matches where he amassed 1744 runs averaging 54.5. He hit back-to-back double tons for Victoria against South and West Australia.

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Hardik Pandya Bowls During Practice Before 3rd Day’s Play In Chennai

India’s pace bowling all-rounder Hardik Pandya bowled on one of the side pitches at Chennai’s M. A. Chidambaram Stadium ahead of the third day’s play in the 2nd Test between India and England on Sunday.

According to a report in Sportstar, Hardik Pandya bowled for around 30 minutes and looked in good rhythm as bowling coach Bharat Arun watched from the sidelines. The all-rounder also batted in the nets against the pink ball following bowling practice as the next 3rd Test will be a day-night affair.

Hardik Pandya during practice session at IS Bindra Cricket Stadium in Mohali .(HT Photo)
Hardik Pandya during a practice session at IS Bindra Cricket Stadium in Mohali. (HT Photo)

Hardik Pandya Hasn’t Bowled Much Following Back Surgery In 2019

The third Test between the two teams India and England will be a day-night encounter at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad. Except for the one ODI in Australia where Hardik Pandya bowled 4 overs, he hasn’t bowled much following his back surgery in 2019. Regular captain Virat Kohli explained that the 27-year-old needed to bowl to fit into the Test squad as he wasn’t selected for 4 Tests in Australia.

Hardik Pandya (Photo Credit: https://twitter.com)
Hardik Pandya (Photo Credit: https://twitter.com)

Hardik Pandya was arguably one of India’s standout performers in the limited-overs leg against Australia. He hit 2 scores in the 90s in India’s otherwise poor performance in the ODIs where the team suffered a 2-1 loss.

In the subsequent T20Is that followed, he scored 78 runs in three innings at an average of 39 and at a strike-rate of 156.00 which helped India chase down targets when odds were stacked against the team.

Jasprit Bumrah Bowled With Shorter Run-up And Batted With Shardul Thakur

Meanwhile, pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah, who has been rested for the second Test, bowled a few deliveries from a shorter run-up. He also batted in the nets along with Shardul Thakur. Lower-order batting has been a massive concern for Team India as the tail hasn’t contributed much of note over the last few seasons.

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

Meanwhile, Mohammed Shami resumed training at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru as he has recovered ‘significantly’ from a wrist fracture that ruled him out of the first 2 Tests of the ongoing 4-match Test series against England and saw him missing the last three Tests against Australia.

The combined number for the Indian bowlers (Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Navdeep Saini, T Natarajan, and Washington Sundar) was only 9 Tests yet India won the crucial Brisbane 4th Test against Australia to win the series but India is down 0-1 after losing the first Test against England by 227 runs in Chennai.

Manoj Tiwary
Manoj Tiwary
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Manoj Tiwary Opens Up On Indian Captaincy Debate

Manoj Tiwary opened up on the captaincy debate between Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, which has taken place ever since Ajinkya Rahane won the last 3 Tests of the Test series versus Australia in their own backyard.

Ajinkya Rahane has often made it clear that he is Virat Kohli’s deputy in Tests and will only take charge when the need arises, mainly during Virat Kohli’s unavailability.

Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane - Image Source : GETTY IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane – Image Source: GETTY IMAGE

Manoj Tiwary: Ajinkya Rahane Was Excellent In Australia Making Bowling Changes Quite Well And His Captaincy Style Is Different From Virat Kohli

Talks for Ajinkya Rahane to take over Virat Kohli as skipper started doing the rounds ever since the former took the side to a memorable 2-1 series win versus Tim Paine-led Australia, in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2020/21, in the absence of Virat Kohli in the last 3 Tests.

However, it won’t be wrong to call the current Test line-up a shadow of Virat Kohli due to the work he has done with the side ever since he took over from a precarious position from MS Dhoni in late 2014.

Manoj Tiwary (Reuters Photo)
Manoj Tiwary (Reuters Photo)

Recently, India’s discarded veteran cricketer Manoj Tiwary opened up on the Test captaincy debate between the duo ahead of the side’s second Test versus England in Chennai.

Tiwary acknowledged Rahane for his leadership role in Australia and said on Sportskeeda Live, “Whatever little I saw in Australia, Ajinkya Rahane was very good. He made the bowling changes quite well. You don’t need to be a quiet guy to be a good captain; you can be expressive too. The difference is in their style.

“Rahane’s captaincy style is very different from what we see from Virat Kohli. If allowed to lead India, I am sure Rahane will do a good job. I don’t know when that time will come. He has to score consistently to keep away the talks of him getting dropped from the Test side.”

Manoj Tiwary is a right-handed batsman who bowls occasional leg break. He represents Bengal in domestic cricket and played for Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab & Rising Pune Supergiants in the Indian Premier League. He has represented the Indian national cricket team in limited-overs and was a part of the 2012 T20 World Cup Squad of India. He played 12 ODIs and 3 T20Is and has a century and a fifty in ODI. He also picked 5 ODI scalps.

Manoj Tiwary: One Should Not Have A Controversy Within The Team

On the other hand, Manoj Tiwary also didn’t shy away from settling the debate for the Test captaincy spot between the duo of Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane.

He opined, “As far as Rahane is concerned, he did mention that Virat is the captain of the team. He did the right thing. We should not have a controversy within the team. The team knows that Virat Kohli is the captain of the side and when he isn’t around, it’s Rahane,” added Tiwary, who last represented the Men in Blue in mid-2015.

Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli (Reuters Photo)
Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli (Reuters Photo)

Virat Kohli has led India to 33 Test wins and is India’s most successful Test skipper while Ajinkya Rahane is yet to lose a Test as skipper. He led India in only 5 Tests when regular skipper Virat Kohli remained absent.

At present, the visitors England are leading the 4 match Test series by 1-0 margin. Chennai, the venue for the 2nd Test also hosted the series opener first Test and the visitors won that match by 227 runs.

India has made three changes with Mohammed Siraj and Kuldeep Yadav’s return to XI and Axar Patel making his debut in place of Jasprit Bumrah, Shahbaz Nadeem, and Washington Sundar while England has included Olly Stone, Ben Foakes, Moeen Ali, and Stuart Broad in place of Jos Buttler, James Anderson, Dom Bess, and Jofra Archer in XI. India batting first is 90/3 with Shubman Gill and Virat Kohli failing to score while Rohit Sharma hit a fifty.

Cricket - India v Afghanistan - Indian Team's Press Conference - Bengaluru, India – June 13, 2018 – India's test cricket team captain Ajinkya Rahane addresses a news conference. REUTERS/Abhishek N. Chinnappa
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If One Looks At My Last 10-15 Tests, You Will Find Some Runs There: Ajinkya Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane opened up on his personal form with the bat, saying people will find runs if they look at his last 10-15 Tests.

India Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane played down concerns over his batting form, saying people will find runs if they look at his last 10-15 Tests. Ajinkya Rahane also said that the Indian team is playing at home after two years, and the focus is always on the team not on any particular individual.

Ajinkya Rahane. Photograph:( Reuters )
Ajinkya Rahane. Photograph:( Reuters )

Ajinkya Rahane: India Are Playing At Home After 2 Years And It’s All About Team Bot Any Individual

Ajinkya Rahane stepped up as stand-in captain in Australia and hit a series-defining hundred in Melbourne but he has been inconsistent with the bat since then. 4, 22, 24, 37, 1, 0 have been his series of scores since that match-winning hundred in the 2nd Test against Australia in December 2020.

“We are playing at home after two years. It’s all about the team, not about any individual. If you look at my last 10-15 Tests, you will find some runs there,” Ajinkya Rahane said while speaking in the press conference ahead of 2nd Test vs England.

India's Ajinkya Rahane waves his bat to the crowd as he leaves the field following play on day two of the second cricket test between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne, Australia, Sunday, Dec. 27, 2020. | Photo Credit: AP
 Photo Credit: AP

Ajinkya Rahane scored a solitary run across the two innings in the first Test against England in Chennai. The Indian vice-captain hasn’t breached the half-century mark in his last seven Test innings after scoring 112 runs in the 2nd Melbourne Test win in Australia.

The 32-year-old middle-order batsman flopped against New Zealand earlier in 2020 where he averaged only 22.75 in 2 Tests and apart from his 112, he couldn’t score another half-century in other Test matches in Australia as well.

Ajinkya Rahane Did Not Reveal Playing XI But He Feels Good To Have Axar Patel Fit

Ajinkya Rahane did not reveal the playing XI for the second Test against England but said that spinner Axar Patel’s fitness was good for the team.

“Every player is in the mix. Good to have Axar Patel fit. I’m not going to say who is going to play in the second Test. All our spinners are good and I’m sure they’re keen to do well,” Ajinkya Rahane added.

Axar Patel had been ruled out with a knee injury in 1st Test (BCCI)
Axar Patel had been ruled out with a knee injury in 1st Test (BCCI)

Shahbaz Nadeem had picked four wickets in all in the 1st Test but gave away 233 runs in 59 overs across two innings with an economy rate of close to 4 runs per over. And if that wasn’t enough, as a slow spin bowler, a total of nine balls at the Test match level is considered to be a major issue.

One expects allrounder Axar Patel, who is now match-fit, to replace him. India was outplayed in the first Test, losing to England by 227 runs.