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Hardik Pandya Image Source : GETTY
Hardik Pandya Image Source : GETTY
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Parthiv Patel Doesn’t Think Hardik Pandya Is Going To Bowl In Initial Matches Of 2021 T20I World Cup

Parthiv Patel listed out two worries for India after their seven-wicket win over England in the warm-up game. Parthiv Patel said Hardik Pandya not bowling and Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s lackluster show with the ball is a major concern for Team India.

Openers KL Rahul and Ishan Kishan hammered scintillating fifties after Mohammed Shami’s three-wicket burst as India registered a seven-wicket win over England in their first warm-up match of the ICC T20 World Cup in Dubai on Monday.

File photo of Parthiv Patel with Mumbai Indians | Sandeep Shetty – Sportzpics – IPL
File photo of Parthiv Patel with Mumbai Indians | Sandeep Shetty – Sportzpics – IPL

Parthiv Patel Doesn’t Think Hardik Pandya Is Going To Bowl In Initial Matches And Is Worried About Bhuvneshwar Kumar

However, despite their convincing win, former India wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel pointed out two worries for India. All-rounder Hardik Pandya didn’t bowl, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar went for 54/0 in his quota of four overs.

“I don’t think Hardik is going to bowl in the first few games looking at the way Virat Kohli has used only five bowlers,” said Parthiv Patel during the mid-innings interval.

“Yes, I’m worried about Bhuvneshwar Kumar. He looks in the kind of form which he had in the IPL, where he took just six wickets, but yeah, he looked out of rhythm, almost as if didn’t practice. We might just see Shardul Thakur in the next game. It might be a combination that we might see,” Parthiv added.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (L) and Hardik Pandya (Photo credit should read LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)
Indian cricketer Bhuvneshwar Kumar (L) and Hardik Pandya (Photo credit should read LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Bhuvneshwar Kumar who conceded 54 runs in four overs in India’s first warm-up clash against England before the T20I World Cup, may not be picked for the mega clash against Pakistan as Shardul Thakur’s chances to play against Pakistan have increased. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has a massive haul of 142 wickets in 132 IPL games averaging 25.26, which is much better than his IPL 2021 bowling average- an extremely poor 55.83 picking only 6 scalps in 11 games.

Hardik Pandya has played 49 T20Is and has averaged below 20 with the bat despite a strike rate of 145, amassing 484 runs in 49 matches. He has also taken 42 scalps averaging 26.45. As a finisher in the 2021 T20I World Cup, he would certainly look forward to amending his batting average and bowling a few overs, trying to pick crucial wickets.

Ishan Kishan And KL Rahul’s Opening Partnership Saw India To Cruise To A 7 Wicket Game In Warm-Up Fixture Against England

Ishan Kishan smashed an unbeaten 46-ball 70, while KL Rahul (51 off 24) and Rishabh Pant (29 off 14) also chipped in as India chased down 188 runs with six balls to spare.

Ishan Kishan (Image Credit: BCCI)
Ishan Kishan (Image Credit: BCCI)

Earlier, Jonny Bairstow smashed a 36-ball 49 and Moeen Ali hit a whirlwind 20-ball 43 to help England post 188 for 5 after being sent in to bat. For India, besides Mohammed Shami (3/40), fellow pacer Jasprit Bumrah (1/26) and spinner Rahul Chahar (1/43) were also among the wickets.

While Ishan Kishan smashed 70 off 46 balls, KL Rahul made a blazing 51 off 24. The duo featured in an opening stand of 82 in 8.2 overs as India chased down a target of 189 with ease, winning the clash by seven wickets.

Liam Livingstone
Liam Livingstone
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Moeen Ali Downplays Any Concern Over Liam Livingstone’s Injury

Moeen Ali, England’s all-rounder, believes another all-rounder Liam Livingstone’s injury is not as serious as initially feared and has vouched for his teammate to return soon. He also shed praise for the impact Liam Livingstone had after being selected in the playing XI.

This is Liam Livingstone’s first major ICC event, and he has a pivotal role to play, especially with the bat, given Ben Stokes‘ absence. The spin-bowling all-rounder cemented his place in the T20 squad over the summer but recently endured a bleak IPL campaign for the Rajasthan Royals.

Liam Livingstone injured his finger on the field during England's wam-up match against India (PC: Twitter)
Liam Livingstone injured his finger on the field during England’s warm-up match against India (PC: Twitter)

Moeen Ali Thinks And Hopes Liam Livingstone Is Fine After Injuring His Finger In Warm-Up Game Against India

The all-rounder suffered an injury to his finger while attempting to take a catch at deep mid-wicket. England was given a wake-up call in their first warm-up match before the T20 World Cup after Virat Kohli’s India beat them by seven wickets. More worryingly, perhaps, the all-rounder Liam Livingstone was forced off the field with a finger injury after dropping a catch.

Moeen Ali said: ” I think he’s alright. I think it’s just bruising on the back of the hand but I think he’ll be fine. Obviously, it was a bit of a scare at the time but he said it was fine, so hopefully he’s all good. “

Ali added: “He’s a brilliant player – he’s been playing really well over the last couple of years. Hopefully he can carry that form into the World Cup and I feel like it’s going be a big stage for him.”

Moeen Ali Getty Images
Moeen Ali Getty Images
Moeen Ali continued right where he left off in the 2021 IPL Final. The all-rounder scored 43 off just 20 balls for England in the warm-up fixture. Moeen Ali was lethal in the death overs and unleashed carnage against Bhuvneshwar Kumar in particular.

Liam Livingstone Won’t Feature In Next Warm-Up Game Against New Zealand

Liam Livingstone will reportedly not feature in England’s next warm-up game against New Zealand. He had to leave the field after getting hit on the finger, with Sam Billings replacing him. The 2016 finalists began their campaign with a loss to India in the first warm-up fixture.

The all-rounder appeared to have lost the trajectory of the ball for a brief moment amidst the light at the ICC Academy in Dubai. Liam Livingstone was seen in pain straightaway, with noticeable swelling observed a little while after the incident.

A spokesperson from the England camp confirmed that his injury would be assessed in the next 24 hours. Liam Livingstone put in a handy shift during the warm-up encounter against India.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

He registered a bright 30-run cameo with the bat and bowled a two-over spell with the ball, which yielded only ten runs and skipper Virat Kohli’s wicket. The 28-year-old batter scored 30 off 20 deliveries and returned figures of 1-10 in his two overs with the ball, including the wicket of India captain Virat Kohli. Liam Livingstone was named as a replacement for star all-rounder Ben Stokes, who had taken a break from cricket to focus on his mental health.

 

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)
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Aakash Chopra On Hardik Pandya And Suryakumar Yadav Not Getting Game Time “Once Again An Unfinished Story”

Aakash Chopra believes Team India should have given middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav and all-rounder aggressive batsman Hardik Pandya more time in the middle by making them bat ahead of Rishabh Pant in the warm-up match against England.

Team India registered an easy seven-wicket win in their first warm-up match against strong England ahead of the Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup. While KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan, and Rishabh Pant shone with the bat, Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya did not get to face too many deliveries.

Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan - SPORTZPICS
Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan – SPORTZPICS

Aakash Chopra Questioned Decision To Send Rishabh Pant Ahead Of Suryakumar Yadav And Hardik Pandya

While reflecting on India’s successful run chase in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra questioned Team India’s decision to send Rishabh Pant ahead of Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya.

He elaborated: “There was a big question in my mind that when Ishan was batting well, why did you send Rishabh Pant. End of the day, Surya made 8 runs off 9 balls, neither the form came nor went, you don’t know what really happened. Hardik Pandya, the shots he played, all balls were not hitting the middle of the bat, and once again a story which is unfinished.”

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The former India cricketer highlighted that both Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya needed a longer stint in the middle. Aakash Chopra reasoned that they needed more game time.

“You did not have a need to send Rishabh Pant there, you could have sent Suryakumar Yadav and then Hardik Pandya so that both of them would have got some game time. Rishabh Pant had scored runs just now in the IPL as well.”

Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya come into the T20 World Cup on the back of indifferent performances in IPL 2021. Although the duo seemed to be getting some of their touches back towards the end of the tournament, a little more time in the middle would have helped their cause.
Suryakumar Yadav managed only 317 runs in 14 IPL 2021 games after scoring above 400 runs every time since 2018, but Hardik Pandya had a poor IPL managing only 127 runs in 12 games averaging a pathetic 14.11.

Aakash Chopra: Undoubtedly KL Rahul Should Open

Speaking about some of the positives for Team India, Aakash Chopra opined that KL Rahul is head and shoulders above any other Indian batsman.

“The captain has said that Rahul is going to open and there is no doubt that Rahul should open. In my opinion, he is India’s best T20 batsman at this point in time, nobody comes close.”

KL Rahul
KL Rahul-Reuters.

The 44-year-old commentator concluded by stating that Ishan Kishan is unlikely to be a part of Team India’s playing XI despite his exploits with the bat.

“If you are speculating if Ishan can open or come in the middle order, you didn’t make him bat in the middle order and there is no place where you made him bat. I think Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul are your two openers however well Ishan Kishan might bat.”

Virat Kohli has already confirmed that KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma will bat at the top of the order for Team India. Kishan could play at the expense of Suryakumar Yadav or Hardik Pandya in the middle order, especially if the latter is not fit to resume bowling.

While Ishan Kishan smashed 70 off 46 balls, KL Rahul made a blazing 51 off 24. The duo featured in an opening stand of 82 in 8.2 overs as India chased down a target of 189 with ease, winning the clash by seven wickets. Ishan Kishan’s 70 off 46 balls was studded with 7 fours and 3 sixes, and his strike rate was 152.17.

Ishan Kishan retired on 70, after which Rishabh Pant (29 not out) and Hardik Pandya (12 not out) took India past the finish line in 19 overs. KL Rahul was equally impressive, smashing six fours and three sixes. His strike rate was a monumental 212.5-the best of the Indian innings as it came off only 24 balls.

Salman Butt. Image-Twitter
Salman Butt. Image-Twitter
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Rohit Sharma And KL Rahul Will Open, Ishan Kishan Can Bat Anywhere In 2021 T20I World Cup: Salman Butt

Salman Butt, the former Pakistan skipper, reckons Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul will open the batting for India despite Ishan Kishan’s brilliant knock as an opener against England in a T20 World Cup 2021 warm-up game in Dubai on Monday. Ishan Kishan opened the batting with KL Rahul in India’s first warm-up clash ahead of the T20 World Cup.

While Ishan Kishan smashed 70 off 46 balls, KL Rahul made a blazing 51 off 24. The duo featured in an opening stand of 82 in 8.2 overs as India chased down a target of 189 with ease, winning the clash by seven wickets.

KL Rahul And Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Twitter)
KL Rahul And Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Twitter)

Salman Butt: Rohit Sharma And KL Rahul Will Open

On Monday, despite Ishan Kishan’s brilliant innings against England, Salman Butt opined that India will stick to the Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul opening pair.

Discussing India’s batting order for the T20 World Cup 2021, the former cricketer stated: “Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul will open, I don’t think that will change. Ishan Kishan can bat one down or in the middle-order or after Virat Kohli. He is in amazing form and can bat anywhere in the batting order.”

Ishan Kishan (Image Credit: BCCI)
Ishan Kishan (Image Credit: BCCI)

Speaking about youngster Ishan Kishan, Salman Butt added that he looked equally good against pace and spin. His 70 off 46 balls was studded with 7 fours and 3 sixes, and his strike rate was 152.17.

The 37-year-old elaborated: “I haven’t seen him in any kind of trouble either against the new ball or against the spinners. These are very good signs because he played Moeen Ali very well. Adil Rashid is a very good leg-spinner and he attacked him in rather impressive fashion. As an opener, he was confident against the fast bowlers as well.”

Ishan Kishan retired on 70, after which Rishabh Pant (29 not out) and Hardik Pandya (12 not out) took India past the finish line in 19 overs.

Salman Butt: It Looked Like KL Rahul Was Batting Against A Bowling Machine

While Ishan Kishan top-scored for India in the warm-up encounter against England on Monday, KL Rahul was equally impressive, smashing six fours and three sixes. His strike rate was a monumental 212.5-the best of the Indian innings as it came off only 24 balls.

Analyzing KL Rahul’s batting, Salman Butt said: “The highlight of India’s batting, according to me, was KL Rahul’s knock. If anyone wants to watch beautiful batting, they must watch KL Rahul bat. The way he took on England’s bowlers, it seemed like he was batting against a bowling machine. “

Controversial Pakistan batsman Salman Butt
Controversial Pakistan batsman Salman Butt (File Photo | AFP)

“He was able to hit the ball anywhere at his will. The standout aspect of his innings was that most of the shots he played were correct strokes. The kind of shots he played demonstrated the dangerous form that he is currently in.”

KL Rahul has an amazing T20 record. He has smashed 1557 runs in 49 T20Is at a strike rate of 142.19. In IPL 2021, he amassed 626 runs in 13 games and was the third-leading run-getter in the edition.
Earlier, England managed to score 188/5 after Jonny Bairstow’s 49 off 36 balls and Moeen Ali’s cameo of unbeaten 43 off 20 balls as Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar(4 overs, 54 runs, 0 wickets) was taken to the cleaners. Mohammed Shami conceded 40 runs, too, despite picking 3 scalps. For England, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Chris Jordan, Moeen Ali, and Adil Rashid were too expensive as all of them conceded 10 runs per over or more.
Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant-- File Photo: PTI
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Rishabh Pant Can Change The Course Of A Match With His Power Hitting: VVS Laxman

VVS Laxman believes Rishabh Pant’s batting position should be defined by the number of overs remaining considering the dashing wicketkeeper-batter’s match-winning abilities.

Rishabh Pant walked into bat at the No. 4 position during India’s run chase in their first T20 World Cup warm-up encounter against England. The southpaw smashed an unbeaten 29 off only 14 deliveries, including 1 four and 3 sixes to see his team across the finish line, chasing a stiff 189.

Rishabh Pant (Photo Source: Disney+Hotstar VIP)
Rishabh Pant (Photo Source: Disney+Hotstar VIP)

VVS Laxman: Rishabh Pant Can Change Course Of A Match With His Power Hitting

While reviewing the India-England warm-up encounter on Star Sports, VVS Laxman was asked if Rishabh Pant should continue to bat at No. 4 ahead of Suryakumar Yadav.

He responded: “I feel No. 4 is the right position for Suryakumar Yadav. Rishabh Pant can start at No. 5 but if two or three wickets have fallen around the 13th or 14th over, then Rishabh Pant can go and bat. I will pay more attention to the overs because Rishabh Pant is a batter who can change the course of a match with his power hitting.”

VVS Laxman. (File Photo: IANS)
VVS Laxman. (File Photo: IANS)

The former India cricketer added that game-changers like Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya need to be promoted based on the match situation.

VVS Laxman explained: “So I will send Rishabh Pant in as soon as 14 overs are done. Batters like Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya who can play the big shots and play the role of a finisher, showing that flexibility is extremely necessary.”

VVS Laxman was also happy that Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya had provided the finishing touches to India’s run chase. After KL Rahul’s 51 and Ishan Kishan’s 70, Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya(12*) remained unbeaten as India managed to cross the 189 run target in the penultimate over.

“I feel 40 runs were required off the last four overs and you can see a similar situation in the main round of the World Cup, so it was a proper warm-up match as you saw the challenges you will see in the main round.”

Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya are expected to play the finishers’ role for Team India. However, the latter has not been at his best lately, and the Indian team will hope that he regains his touch before the actual tournament begins.

VVS Laxman: No. 3 Is The Right Position For Virat Kohli

VVS Laxman was also asked about Virat Kohli’s decision to bat at No. 3.

He replied: “I feel it is the right position for him because you have experienced opening batsmen in KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma. And the way Ishan Kishan is batting, I am feeling that he is going to force the team management to play him in the playing XI but No. 3 is the right position for Virat Kohli.”

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (BCCI)

Virat Kohli, who batted at No. 3 in yesterday’s warm-up encounter, scored 11 runs off 13 deliveries. However, he wasn’t at his fluent best and will hope for a longer hit in the middle during the second warm-up match against Australia.

Earlier, England managed to score 188/5 after Jonny Bairstow’s 49 off 36 balls and Moeen Ali’s cameo of unbeaten 43 off 20 balls as Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar(4 overs, 54 runs, 0 wickets) was taken to the cleaners. Mohammed Shami conceded 40 runs despite picking 3 scalps. For England, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Chris Jordan, Moeen Ali, and Adil Rashid were too expensive as all of them conceded 10 runs per over or more.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)
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Hardik Pandya Will Definitely Bowl 2 Overs In The Warm-Up Fixture Against England: Aakash Chopra

Aakash Chopra has predicted that Hardik Pandya will be seen in action with the ball during Team India’s T20 World Cup warm-up encounter against England.

Hardik Pandya has been laid low by multiple injuries of late. He did not bowl a single over for the Mumbai Indians in the recently concluded IPL 2021, and there have been doubts expressed about his ability to bowl even in the T20 World Cup.

Hardik Pandya Image Source : GETTY
Hardik Pandya Image Source: GETTY

Aakash Chopra: Hardik Pandya Will Definitely Bowl At Least A Couple Of Overs In The Warm-Up Fixture Against England

While making his predictions for the India-England warm-up encounter in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra opined that Hardik Pandya would bowl at least a couple of overs.

He elaborated: “Hardik Pandya will definitely bowl two overs. He can bowl more than that as well but two for sure and it will soothe your and my heart if Hardik bowls because if he doesn’t bowl, the story will look very different.”

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The former India cricketer also feels the bowlers will strike a few blows in the powerplay overs.

Aakash Chopra predicted: “In the powerplay overs, the two teams will lose three wickets. There is a high probability of three or more wickets falling, that’s what I feel.”

It will be interesting to see if Team India uses just their seamers or try Varun Chakravarthy as well with the new ball. They might also not want to reveal their plans before the main event begins.
Hardik Pandya has played 49 T20Is and has averaged below 20 with the bat despite a strike rate of 145, amassing 484 runs in 49 matches. He has also taken 42 scalps averaging 26.45. As a finisher in the 2021 T20I World Cup, he would certainly look forward to amending his batting average and bowl a few overs, trying to pick crucial wickets.

Aakash ChopExpects Trio Of Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, And Rohit Sharma To Contribute In Warm-Up Fixture Against England

Aakash Chopra predicted that the trio of Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, and Rohit Sharma will make a substantial contribution as Aakash Chopra expects Team India’s top order to be amongst the runs.

He said: “Kohli, Rahul and Rohit will together score more than 100 runs. I am expecting the Indian batting engine room to score a lot of runs.”

The reputed commentator concluded by stating that India will put it across England in tonight’s match in Dubai, but even if they lose, they shouldn’t be concerned much as it’s only a warm-up fixture.

Aakash Chopra observed: “I am saying India will win this match. Even if they don’t win, who cares. This is just a warm-up game.”

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma
Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma- Twitter

Apart from winning the encounter, India will hope to find answers to some of the open questions regarding their ideal team composition. While most of their issues will be resolved if Hardik Pandya can bowl at his best, the team management will also want to figure out their best bowling combination.

Fast bowling all-rounder Shardul Thakur replaced Axar Patel in India’s squad for the T20 World Cup to be held in the UAE and Oman from October 17. The selectors wanted a cover for him with pace all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who plays for Mumbai Indians, not bowling during the IPL because of fitness issues.

Manchester Test: The message on the scoreboard after the fifth Test was called off PA Photos/Getty Images
Manchester Test: The message on the scoreboard after the fifth Test was called off PA Photos/Getty Images
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Old Trafford May Miss Out On Hosting The Rescheduled 5th Test Between England And India

Old Trafford cricket stadium in Manchester could miss out on hosting the rescheduled Test between England and India next due to scheduling conflicts.

Reports suggest that the rescheduled Test could be taking place at the same time as England’s white-ball matches against South Africa.

Old Trafford Cricket Ground
Old Trafford Cricket Ground (Photo | AP)

Old Trafford May Not Be The Venue For The Rescheduled Test

The fifth Test match between England and India was cancelled in Manchester in early September. The BCCI and ECB held several rounds of discussion to find a way to play the Test match. However, the outbreak of COVID-19 in the Indian team contingent forced the decision of calling off the game.

“An agreement in principle has been reached with India over completing the aborted series next year, after the tourists refused to play at the 11th hour last month due to concerns over Covid. However, the deciding Test will take place elsewhere due to scheduling issues at Old Trafford,” said a report on Thursday.

India vs England (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
India vs England (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
In the four matches prior to the Manchester Test fixture at Old Trafford, India had led the series 2-1. The opening Test at Trent Bridge was drawn before India won the next clash at Lord’s. England inflicted India an innings defeat in the third Test at Headingley, but the visitors rallied to win the fourth Test at the Oval.

Lancashire Unable To Commit To Put The Test In The Narrow Window Available

County cricket side Lancashire had reportedly lost more than one million pounds through hospitality income when the fifth and last Test between England and India was cancelled.

The final Test was called off just two hours before the start of play due to a COVID-19 outbreak scare in the Indian camp after assistant physiotherapist Yogesh Parmar tested positive. However, it is understood that they have opened talks with the ECB about receiving compensation, which will be forthcoming.

“It is understood Lancashire were unable to commit to putting on the Test in the narrow window available. Old Trafford is already due to host a one-day international between England and South Africa on July 24 while the Old Trafford club are also expected to stage several gigs next summer. While the ECB have yet to finalise a date with their Indian counterparts, it is likely there will be some overlap between the Test match and England’s one-day series against South Africa,” further said the report.

India vs England
India vs England- Image Credit: Twitter

India is scheduled to tour England for three ODIs and as many T20Is from July 1 to 14. England’s home series against South Africa begins on July 19. After the series concludes on July 31, it will be immediately followed by the second edition of the Hundred.

With a limited time period for the match to take place and an ODI game between South Africa-England set to take place in Manchester on 24th June, and various music gigs scheduled to take, Lancashire has refused to commit to hosting the game. Although the two boards have agreed to play a rescheduled Test match, there is still no clarity on whether that match will be the series’ fifth match or a stand-alone event.

Both teams are awaiting the International Cricket Council‘s (ICC) verdict on the implication of the postponed game on the WTC. It remains to be seen whether India will be forced to forfeit the game, or the game will be counted as abandoned, or whether ICC allows the fifth game to be played next year.  If the series ends as thing stands now, India will be declared winners by a 2-1 margin.

India National Cricket Team.
India National Cricket Team. Image Credits: BCCI
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India Will Return To England Next Summer To Play 3 ODIs And 3 T20Is

India will return to England next summer to play six white-ball games, the ECB confirmed on Wednesday (September 8). While announcing the schedule for their 2022 home summer, the ECB also confirmed that they will be hosting New Zealand and South Africa too apart from India.

Even though England hosted New Zealand for a couple of Tests earlier this year (New Zealand won 1-0) in June before the World Test Championship final, they will host them again for three Tests this time to kickstart their summer. This series involving the hosts and the defending World Test champions will come under the 2021-23 World Test Championship cycle.

New Zealand's Kane Williamson celebrates with the trophy and teammates after winning the final of the ICC World Test Championship. Photograph: John Sibley/Reuters
New Zealand’s Kane Williamson celebrates with the trophy and teammates after winning the final of the ICC World Test Championship. Photograph: John Sibley/Reuters

India Will Return To England To Play 3 T20Is And 3 ODIs In July 2022

Following the conclusion of the three Tests, England will play 12 limited-overs games in the month of July. The T20I series against India kicks off on July 1 at Old Trafford in Manchester following which the teams move to Edgbaston and Southampton for the next two games. The T20I series will be followed by a three-match ODI series that concludes at Lord’s on July 14.

India will play three T20Is and as many ODIs next English summer.
India will play three T20Is and as many ODIs next English summer. © Getty

Joe Root’s Test side begins their series against New Zealand at Lord’s on June 2 before heading to Trent Bridge (June 10-14) and Headingley (June 23-27). A white-ball series against India follows in July, with three T20s taking place before three ODIs from July 1 to 14. England then welcomes South Africa for the biggest series of the summer, featuring three ODIs, three T20Is, and concluding with three Tests.

England Will Also Play New Zealand In 3 Tests Starting June And A Full Fledged All Format Against South Africa From July-August

England will then host South Africa for a full series from July 19 that will see the visitors play three ODIs, three T20Is, and three Tests. England’s home summer will conclude with the final Test against South Africa scheduled to begin on September 8 at The Oval. The Test series will carry more significance since the teams will be vying for vital WTC points. The ECB also confirmed that the T20 Blast Finals Day will be staged at Edgbaston on July 16.

ECB chief executive Tom Harrison Getty Images
ECB chief executive Tom Harrison Getty Images

“It has been a scintillating summer of cricket and so good to see crowds backpacking out venues later this summer,” ECB Chief Executive Officer, Tom Harrison, said. “For next summer, I am pleased to be able to confirm three high-quality men’s international touring teams for 2022, starting with a three-Test LV= Insurance Series against World Test Champions New Zealand.”

Tom Harrison is the chief executive officer of the England and Wales Cricket Board. He confirmed the home schedule for the men’s team for 2022. Tom Harrison also confirmed that discussions are in progress regarding England Women’s home schedule as well as the 2022 domestic season.

“We also look forward to India returning for two white-ball series before we host South Africa for what promises to be hard-fought series across three formats”

Lord’s will host the first Test (17-21 August) against South Africa before the series moves to Edgbaston (August 25-29) and The Oval (September 8-12).

England’s 2022 home summer schedule

vs New Zealand

Match Date Venue
1st Test June 2-6 Lord’s, London
2nd Test June 10-14 Trent Bridge, Nottingham
3rd Test June 23-27 Headingley, Leeds

vs India

Match Date Venue
1st T20I July 1 Old Trafford, Manchester
2nd T20I July 3 Trent Bridge, Nottingham
3rd T20I July 6 Ageas Bowl, Southampton
1st ODI July 9 Edgbaston, Birmingham
2nd ODI July 12 The Oval, London
3rd ODI July 14 Lord’s, London

vs South Africa

Match Date Venue
1st ODI July 19 Riverside, Chester-le-Street
2nd ODI July 22 OldTrafford, Manchester
3rd ODI July 24 Headingley, Leeds
1st T20I July 27 Bristol
2nd T20I July 28 Sophia Gardens, Cardiff
3rd T20I July 31 Ageas Bowl, Southampton
1st Test August 17-21 Lord’s, London
2nd Test August 25-29 Edgbaston, Birmingham
3rd Test September 8-12 The Oval, London
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Monty Panesar Revealed Plans Shared With James Anderson To Dismiss Sachin Tendulkar

Monty Panesar, England spinner has explained how and veteran fast bowler James Anderson planned on dismissing the great former Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar during India vs England Tests. Sachin Tendulkar was prolific against several bowlers of his time but was never at his free-flowing best against England spinner Monty Panesar and pacer James Anderson.

In fact, James Anderson has dismissed Sachin Tendulkar nine times in Tests while Monty Panesar got his wicket four times in 11 Tests.

James Anderson
James Anderson (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

Monty Panesar Felt End Or Start Of Interval After Lunch Or Tea Was The Best Time To Dismiss Sachin Tendulkar

The former left-arm spinner revealed that while getting Sachin Tendulkar was never easy, England sensed a particular pattern in his batting, and Monty Panesar and James Anderson explored it to dismiss the former India batsman several times.

“Every time there used to be an interval… the first five minutes or the end of the interval when Sachin looked like he wanted to close out. We thought that was the best time to get Sachin out. After lunch or tea, the first five minutes used to be crucial. It’s like a car that takes 5-7 minutes to warm up. Once it’s away, there is nothing stopping it. If you missed it, you had to wait for the next interval,” Monty Panesar told Sports Yaari in an interview.

Monty Panesar
Monty Panesar

In fact, Monty Panesar’s maiden Test wicket was that of Sachin Tendulkar during England’s 2006 tour of India.

Monty Panesar had Sachin Tendulkar out LBW on Day 3 of the Nagpur Test and went on to pick his wicket three more times. As a matter of fact, Monty Panesar’s delivery to dismiss Sachin Tendulkar during the 2012 home series is believed by many experts to be one of the best balls bowled ever in Test cricket. The ball looped, gripped, and turned, squaring up Sachin Tendulkar to hit his off-stump.

“This is how me dismissed Sachin so many times. Those 5-10 minutes… James Anderson knew this was the opportunity. The first five minutes after every interval, Sachin would take a little time, but once he was set, then he was difficult to get out,” Panesar added.

Sachin Tendulkar has played 200 Tests. His highest appearances in Tests is surely a record tough to break. Against England, he amassed 2535 runs in 32 Tests averaging 51.73 a little less than his career batting average of 53.79. In England, he amassed 1575 runs in 17 Tests averaging 54.31.

Sachin Tendulkar Has Many Records To His Name

In 200 Test matches, he has scored 15,921 runs in the process, with an amazing average of 53.78, including 51 Test hundreds and 68 fifties. He retired from the Test format after playing the last Test match against West Indies at his home ground Wankhede Stadium in 2013. His retirement from the game was an emotional moment for Indians.

Sachin Tendulkar carried on the shoulders of his teammates after the 2011 World Cup win | AFP
Sachin Tendulkar carried on the shoulders of his teammates after the 2011 World Cup win | AFP

Sachin Tendulkar has been part of six ICC World Cups but his best came in the 2003 world Cup where he scored the most runs. In 11 matches played in the mega event, he scored 674 runs which remains the most runs by a player in the single edition.

Even his prolific performance could not help India to lift up the trophy of ICC World Cup 2003. But he got the chance to lay his hands on the trophy in ICC World Cup 2011 where he was the second-highest scorer in the tournament. In ODIs, he has the most runs- 18426 and was the first player to score a double-ton. He has the most runs -34357 in his career. He has the most runs-2278 in World Cups averaging 56.95 with 6 tons in 45 matches.

Robin Uthappa
Robin Uthappa (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Robin Uthappa Reckons MS Dhoni’s Wit Is Sharper Than His Glovework

Robin Uthappa, the veteran Indian batsman, reckoned that MS Dhoni’s wit is sharper than his wicketkeeping skills. The 35-year-old went down the memory lane when MS Dhoni, in a funny way, tried to get under former England skipper Kevin Pietersen’s skin. MS Dhoni’s antics were regarding a Test match between the two sides back in 2011.

During the game, Kevin Pietersen was given out caught behind with MS Dhoni rolling his arms over. On an immediate basis, the England batsman took the DRS and replays showed that he didn’t edge the ball. Hence, the on-field decision had to be reversed.

Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen (Image Credit: Twitter)

Robin Uthappa Recalls MS Dhoni Spoke Out From Commentary Box To Kevin Pietersen That He Got His Scalp Once

Eventually, Kevin Pietersen scored a first-innings double-hundred as the hosts won it by a massive margin of 196 runs. Robin Uthappa remembered MS Dhoni telling Kevin Pietersen to shut his mouth as the former Indian skipper told him to shut his mouth since he dismissed him.

“I’ll give you an example. MS said to Kevin Pietersen when he sledged him from the commentary box. MS told him ‘listen I’ve gotten your wicket so please keep quiet. So, I think that is proof enough for what he endorses and what he doesn’t. He’s very quick-witted.

“His wit, if not the same speed of his glove-work, it could be faster. MS’ wit is quick,” Uthappa was quoted as saying during an interaction with stand-up comedian Sorabh Pant on his YouTube channel ‘Wake Up with Sorabh’.

MS Dhoni Appeals Bowling at the Lord’s in the first Test between India and England in 2011.
MS Dhoni Appeals Bowling at the Lord’s in the first Test between India and England in 2011. (File image: AP)

MS Dhoni and Kevin Pietersen’s banter on whether the England player was his first Test wicket goes back to 2011. This in reference to a Test match between India and England at Lord’s (21 July 2011). Zaheer Khan was injured and MS Dhoni chipped in with a spell. Nine balls into his spell MS Dhoni almost got a nick from Kevin Pietersen’s bat as umpire Billy Bowden gave him out. However, Kevin Pietersen reviewed it and the decision was overruled.

This incident was once again brought up in April 2017 during an IPL match between Rising Pune Supergiants vs Mumbai Indians. This time Kevin Pietersen was inside the commentary box talking to Manoj Tiwary, who was fielding at slips. He told Manoj Tiwary to go and tell MS Dhoni that he (Kevin Pietersen) is a better golfer than him. When Manoj Tiwary did this after the next ball, MS Dhoni responded saying, “He’s still my 1st test wicket.”

Robin Uthappa Was Made To Stand At The Silly Point To Sledge Ricky Ponting During A T20I Match In 2007

Robin Uthappa also narrated an incident when India and Australia took part in a one-off T20I match in Mumbai back in 2007.

“In 2007 when we played a one-off T20 game against Australia, we were at it. MS would put me in charge of sledging some of the senior members of that Australia team like Ricky Ponting. So, in a one-day game, they would make me stand at the silly point just to chew Ricky Ponting and all. It was great fun,” he stated.

Robin Uthappa with MS Dhoni Image-Twitter.
Robin Uthappa with MS Dhoni Image-Twitter.

Going further with the interview, Robin Uthappa said that he was made to stand at the silly point for the sole purpose of sledging the Australian players, particularly the Delhi Capitals head coach, Ricky Ponting who was in his prime at that point of time. He also said that it was great fun to implement such tactics by ‘Captain Cool’ MS Dhoni. During the only T20I between India and Australia, Ricky Ponting was the highest run-scorer after getting 76 runs from 53 balls.

2007 turned out to be a memorable year for Team India. In MS Dhoni’s maiden stint as Team India’s skipper, the Men in Blue lifted the inaugural T20 World Cup. Later, at the start of 2008, India also won a tri-nation series in Australia. As far as Robin Uthappa is concerned, his career hardly took off. In 46 ODIs and 13 T20Is, the right-hander only managed 1183 runs with seven fifties. In the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), he was a part of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), but he didn’t get to play a game.

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