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

What’s The Road Ahead for BCCI In A Chaotic Month

The month of December has been quite a chaotic time for the BCCI in the captaincy saga. As the Indian Test captain Virat Kohli delivered a fiery press conference just ahead of the South Africa tour, things have been quite tense among the BCCI officials.

Notable that the BCCI president Sourav Ganguly claimed in an interview that he requested Virat Kohli to reconsider his resignation for T20 captaincy but he (Kohli) didn’t. So the selectors had no choice but to sack Virat Kohli as an ODI captain as they wanted one captain in both white-ball formats.

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However, Virat Kohli declined that any such conversation happened between him and any BCCI officials. He told the media that the decision (to leave T20 captaincy) was received well by the BCCI. There was no offence, no hesitation, and not for once he was told not to leave T20 captaincy, as told by Kohli in the press conference.

India hasn’t won any ICC Trophy under the captaincy of Virat Kohli.

Now it’ll be interesting to see how the BCCI responds from here on. However, the sources close to the BCCI revealed to ‘Times Now’ that the board does have a problem with the Indian Test Captain. The board is quite unhappy with the lack of communication between Kohli and the team as the Indian Test captain hasn’t been accessible after the matches and he also doesn’t co-ordinate with the selection committee.

Also, the drought of ICC trophies has made the BCCI impatient as India hasn’t won any ICC Trophy under the captaincy of Virat Kohli.

File image of former India captain Sourav Ganguly and current skipper Virat Kohli.(PTI)
File image of former India captain Sourav Ganguly and current skipper Virat Kohli. (PTI)

“I can understand why (he was sacked as ODI captain)- the reason – we haven’t won an ICC tournament. Whether the decision they took is right or wrong, there’s no debate. It’s a logical decision which I understand. The events that transpired and the way I was communicated, I’ve told you,” Kohli said in the press conference.

The sources also revealed that the BCCI is not obligated to inform Kohli about the change in ODI captaincy as it’s the selectors’ job. Definitely, the world’s richest board isn’t happy with Kohli as they are exploring options to handle this matter. They might hold a press conference to issue an official statement.

Also Read: India Will Start As Firm Favorites In South Africa, Believes Saba Karim

KL Rahul (Image Credit: Twitter)
KL Rahul (Image Credit: Twitter)

KL Rahul Is A Good Thinker Of The Game, India Would See Him As A Future Leader, Believes Salman Butt

Former Pakistan captain Salman Butt believes that Indian team management would see KL Rahul as a future leader. That’s the reason that the opener was assigned for the job as India’s vice-captain for the Test series in South Africa, opined by Salman Butt.

On Saturday BCCI made the announcement that KL Rahul will take up this role for 3-match series starting on December 26. Earlier Rohit Sharma was assigned for this role but the Mumbai batter was ruled out for the Test series due to a hamstring injury.

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

“Don’t think Kohli’s career is coming to an end anytime soon”

In his Youtube channel, Salman Butt spoke at length about KL Rahul’s leadership qualities. As the former Pakistani batsman was quite impressed with his captaincy in IPL. He also pointed out that the Indian opener enjoyed the challenges of various responsibilities for his IPL franchise, Punjab Kings.

“KL Rahul has captained Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League. He is a very decent captain. He’s a good thinker of the game. He has not had a strong team but he has emerged as a lone fighter. He’s kept wickets and opened the innings, which shows he can handle responsibilities. You only make a player the vice-captain when you see him as a future leader,” Salman Butt said.

Also, the former Pakistan opener warned India to watch out for the Proteas pace attack. Though he believes that India has all credentials to win their first-ever series win in the rainbow nation.

KL Rahul. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
KL Rahul. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

“India can win in South Africa. But it won’t be easy. South Africa is aggressive and they have a good fast bowling attack. But India has the capabilities to seal the series. However, the absence of Rohit Sharma will be felt,” Butt said.

Butt also said that it’s a matter of time before Virat Kohli regains his form. Notable that the Indian Test captain hasn’t scored a century since November 2019. But Salman Butt believes that his career is far from over.

“Nobody is fitter than Virat Kohli in the Indian team, or even in world cricket. His era won’t come to an end as long as he scores run. Form is temporary but class is permanent. Don’t think his career is coming to an end anytime soon,” Butt concluded.

Also Read: India Will Start As Firm Favorites In South Africa, Believes Saba Karim

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

“Virat Kohli Is Hurt For The Way He Has Been Informed”- Kirti Azad

It doesn’t seem that the Virat Kohli captaincy saga is going to end anytime soon as the former players demand some clearance from BCCI about the controversy. Former Indian all-rounder Kirti Azad also joined the bandwagon to support Virat Kohli.

Kirti Azad feels that it’s not the decision (to remove him from ODI captaincy) but the way he has been informed, would hurt him.

Kirti Azad- file
Kirti Azad- file photo

“If you put the total number of matches played by the selectors, it won’t be even half of what Virat has played”

Also, the World Cup-winning all-rounder believes that as much as its selectors’ decision, Sourav Ganguly would have given them the final approval. As the former BCCI selector himself, Azad stated that any decision has been approved by the BCCI president before making any public announcement.

“If this was to be decided by the selectors, they should have gone up to the president. Generally, what happens is that when a team is selected – when I was also a national selector – we would select the team and go to the president of the board. He would see, okay it, sign it and then it would be announced. But it is always the custom that a team after being selected goes to have a look,” Kirti Azad spoke to News18.

Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)
Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

In the press conference, Virat Kohli said that he was told only an hour and a half before the announcement (about captaincy change) as he replied, “Okay, fine!” The former all-rounder also raised a question mark over the merit of selectors if the selection committee stands a chance against the aura of Virat Kohli. So Azad feels that it would be better if Sourav Ganguly informed him personally (before the meeting with selectors).

“So obviously, if you are changing the captain for any format, you write and inform the president. Virat is not upset, but I feel he is hurt for the way he has been informed. So once it went to Sourav, he could have also unofficially spoken about it. You can understand, I don’t want to say this. All the selectors are really great guys, but if you put their total number of matches, it won’t be even half of what Virat has played,” he added further.

Also Read: KL Rahul Named As India’s Test Vice-Captain For South Africa Tour

Virat Kohli in action during the third day of the WTC final against New Zealand. (File)
Virat Kohli in action during the third day of the WTC final against New Zealand. (File)

Once Virat Kohli Steps On The Field, Outside Noise Won’t Matter For Him, Feels His Childhood Coach

As the equation between Virat Kohli and BCCI hasn’t been going well, the Indian Test skipper got the backing of his childhood coach Raj Kumar Sharma. Sharma feels that these outside controversies won’t impact Virat once he steps on the field.

On Wednesday Virat Kohli delivered a fiery press conference as he stated all the facts regarding his interaction with BCCI on various aspects. Firstly he contradicted Sourav Ganguly’s statement in which the BCCI president told the media that he requested Virat to reconsider his resignation from the T20 captaincy. Kohli stated that such a conversation never happened as the decision was well-received by BCCI.

Raj Kumar Sharma
Virat Kohli with his childhood coach Raj Kumar Sharma (file photo)

His childhood coach feels that the controversy might be a little disturbing for him but it won’t affect his performance on the field. Speaking on the podcast ‘Khelneeti’, Sharma said that India should focus on cricket rather than any needless controversy.

“It might be in the back of his mind, but once he steps on the ground, I don’t think it would impact him. Virat is not greedy for anything; he has a lot of self-belief and he knows he will give his 100 percent,” Raj Kumar Sharma said.

File image of former India captain Sourav Ganguly and current skipper Virat Kohli.(PTI)
File image of former India captain Sourav Ganguly and current skipper Virat Kohli.(PTI)

 

“It’s obviously a little disturbing for any player when such conflicts or controversy happens. But I’m hopeful that the board will be tackling this situation efficiently and it won’t be dragged further.”

“I don’t want to speak much on the subject because it’s directly linked with Virat. But I feel that it could’ve been better if such strong words weren’t used from both sides. The team is doing good; I don’t think we need a needless controversy.” he added further.

India will be chasing their first-ever Test series win as the first test will begin on December 26 at Centurion.

Also Read: BCCI President Should Come Out And Clear The Air Before Test Series, Feels Madan Lal

Sourav Ganguly. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Sourav Ganguly. (Photo Source: Twitter)

VVS Laxman Wanted To Work With Indian Team, Reveals Sourav Ganguly

The BCCI president Sourav Ganguly revealed that VVS Laxman was more interested to work with the senior Indian team. But things couldn’t work out. However, the former captain assured that he would that chance (to coach the Indian team) sooner rather than later. Currently, the Hyderabadi batsman has been working as NCA director in Bengaluru.

VVS Laxman (Image Credit: Twitter)
VVS Laxman (Image Credit: Twitter)

“Rahul Dravid wasn’t agreeing because of the time away from the home”

In an interview with the journalist Boria Majumdar for ‘Backstage with Boria’ he also revealed the difficulties to rope in Rahul Dravid as Indian head coach as the latter wasn’t interested in the job, citing that he has a young family and this job (as Indian coach) means that he would spend 8-9 months away from his family. But Ganguly managed to convince him for the job.

“We had Rahul in mind for a long period of time, both me and Jay, but he wasn’t agreeing because of the time away from home because doing a national team’s job is (about being) on the road for about 8-9 months in a year and he has two young children,” Ganguly told Boria Majumdar.

Rahul Dravid

Rahul Dravid has been involved in coaching from the very beginning of his post-retirement career. In IPL he had been involved with Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals. Since 2015, he has been involved with BCCI, firstly as a coach of India A and U-19 sides, later as NCA director at Bengaluru.

VVS Laxman worked with Sunrisers Hyderabad as a mentor since its inception in 2013. To avoid any kind of conflict of interest he has given up all his media commitments and also resigned from his role in Sunrisers Hyderabad. For the job of NCA director, he had to move to Bengaluru.

Also Read: Cricket Won’t Be The Winner In This Tussle Between Virat Kohli And BCCI, Believes Aakash Chopra

Sourav Ganguly reveals T20 world Cup trophy | Image Credit: Twitter
Sourav Ganguly reveals T20 world Cup trophy | Image Credit: Twitter

“No Comments To Make, The BCCI Will Deal With It Appropriately”- Sourav Ganguly On Virat Kohli’s Comments

The BCCI President finally spoke on Virat Kohli’s comments in his pre-tour conference before South Africa tour. Speaking to media Kohli denied Ganguly’s claim that he was asked to reconsider about his resignation as T20I captain.

Also Kohli said that there was no proper communication with the selectors as he got to know about ODI captaincy change only an hour and half before the actual announcement.

File image of former India captain Sourav Ganguly and current skipper Virat Kohli.(PTI)
File image of former India captain Sourav Ganguly and current skipper Virat Kohli.(PTI)

“Whatever was said about the communication that happened about the decision that was made was inaccurate. I was contacted one-and-a-half hours before the selection meeting on December 8 for the Test series and there was no prior communication to me at all since I announced my decision on T20I captaincy.” Virat Kohli spoke in press-conference.

“When I left the T20I captaincy, I had first approached BCCI and intimated them of my decision and laid down my point of view in front of them (BCCI). I gave the reasons why I wanted to quit T20 captaincy and my view point was received very nicely. There was no offence, no hesitation and not for once was I told that ‘you should not leave T20 captaincy.” he added further.

Sourav Ganguly. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Sourav Ganguly. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Notable that it’s totally contradiction to what Sourav Ganguly said in an interview a week ago. The BCCI president said that he personally made a request to Kohli to reconsider his resignation but he (Virat Kohli) didn’t.

“I personally requested him (Kohli) not to give up the T20I captaincy. Obviously, he felt the workload. Which is fine, he has been a great cricketer, he has been very intense with his cricket. He has captained for a long period of time and these things happen. Because I have captained for a long period of time; therefore, I know. Also, they wanted only one white-ball captain. And that’s why this decision.” Ganguly said to News18 a week ago.

Today when Sourav Ganguly was asked to respond to Virat Kohli’s statements, the BCCI president replied that he hasn’t anything to say.

“I have no comments to make. The BCCI will deal with it appropriately.”The former Indian captain said.

 

Also Read: Virat Kohli Was Kept In The Loop Before ODI Captaincy Change: BCCI Sources

 

Sachin Tendulkar,
Sachin Tendulkar. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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Sachin Tendulkar Extends A Helping Hand To 560 Children From Economically Weaker Background

Indian cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar has partnered with a NGO named Parivaar to help 560 tribal children from economically weaker background. NGO Parivaar has been active in building Seva Kutirs in remote villages in the Sehore district of Madhya Pradesh. Children majorly from  Barela Bhil and Gond tribes of villages Sewaniya, Beelpati, Khapa, Nayapura and Jamunjheel in Sehore district are now getting nourished meals and education with the help Tendulkar’s foundation.

The greatest cricketer on planet earth has always shown his generousness by helping those in need. He has been long associated with different NGO’s to help children in need.

Sachin Tendulkar, Laureus Sporting Moment Award
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Sachin Tendulkar comes ahead to help tribal children in need

Tendulkar who is the goodwill ambassador of UNICEF has partnered with an NGO in Madhya Pradesh to help the tribal children from the economically weaker background with their education and nourishment. Sachin has always spoken for the betterment of concerns like ‘Early Childhood Development’.

“This initiative by Sachin is testimony to his concern towards tribal children in Madhya Pradesh who have been plagued by malnutrition and illiteracy,” a press release stated.

Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar (Image Credit: IANS)

The helping hand of Sachin Tendulkar

The Master blaster has come ahead to help many people in multiple instances. One such instance is when Dalbir Singh Gill, a former cricketer who played with Sachin Tendulkar at the under-17 level. He was injured in a road accident in 2002. He had a hip replacement surgery in 2010 and can now walk again. The bill for his treatment was paid for by Sachin Tendulkar. Tendulkar also has adopted two villages to completely take care of under the Sansad Adarsh Gram Yojana Scheme.

Sachin Tendulkar, Muttiah Muralitharan,
Sachin Tendulkar. Image: AFP

In December 2019, through the ‘Spreading Happiness InDiya Foundation’, Sachin had set up solar lighting systems to provide green energy to run digital classrooms, equipped with modern means of learning, and sports facilities at Shri Gadge Maharaj Ashram School, Borivali, Mumbai.

Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh. Image Credits: Twitter
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BCCI’s New Policy May Be A Hurdle In Yuvraj Singh’s Return

Former Indian star all-rounder Yuvraj Singh wants to return to domestic cricket playing for Punjab, but BCCI’s new policy is a hurdle on his way to return. Yuvraj announced his retirement from cricket in June 2019. He has reportedly said that he wishes to come out of retirement and play domestic cricket for Punjab.

Yuvraj Singh has been one of the finest white-ball cricketers in the history of the game. He is famous for hitting six sixes against Stuart Broad in an over during the 2007 T2o World Cup. He was also the Man of the Series in India‘s 2011 World Cup victory. The man who battled cancer and came back to play again for the nation in his top form, when many doubted him.

Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh (Credits: Twitter)

BCCI’s policies may hamper a chance for Yuvraj Singh’s comeback

A BCCI official has said the final call lies with BCCI over the permission for Yuvraj Singh to return from retirement to play domestic cricket. The BCCI policies may be a hurdle because he has already been given the one-time retirement benefit and has been earning a 22,500 pension ever since retiring.

“Getting to spend time with someone as experienced as Yuvraj could be the best thing to happen for the young players coming into the Punjab squad. But then, he has not only received a one-time benefit post-retirement but also reportedly gets a pension of around Rs 22,500. These are all documented in the accounts of the BCCI as well from the time of his retirement in 2019. The final call lies with the board.” A BCCI official told ANI

BCCI Considering To Cancel Domestic Season This Year- Reports
BCCI. Image Credit: Twitter.

Yuvraj Singh requests BCCI President Sourav Ganguly to allow him to play domestic cricket

The latest report suggests Yuvraj Singh has sent a mail to BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and Joint secretary Jay Shah, requesting them to allow him to come out of retirement and play domestic cricket for Punjab. He has reportedly, mentioned in the mail that he won’t participate in any Global T20 league if he is granted permission to play for Punjab.

Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh, Trolls, Instagram
Sourav Ganguly and Yuvraj Singh (Image Credit: Google)

PCA secretary Puneet Bali had approached Yuvraj with a request to come out of retirement last month and return to the Punjab team as a player-cum-mentor.

Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal
Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal. Image Credits: Twitter
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Kuldeep Yadav Opens Up On Competition With Yuzvendra Chahal

The Indian spin duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal has been an integral part of team India since 2017 when they replaced Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja in the team. The spot for a spinner in the India National Cricket Team has always been a tough spot to fight for as the country has never been short of producing legendary spinners.

A fine leg arm spinner in Yuzvendra Chahal and an unorthodox chinaman in Kuldeep Yadav have been India’s face of spin attack for quite some time now and are indispensable in the team. However, surprisingly they have not been picked up together in the T20 lineup since July 2018, despite them performing well playing together.

Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, India vs New Zealand 2019
Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzendra Chahal (Image Credit: Getty Images)

He has always taken care of me, like an elder brother: Kuldeep Yadav on Yuzvendra Chahal

The spin duo of Yadav and Chahal has been a proven match-winner for team India. They both have developed a strong bond with each other both on and off the field. 25-year old, Kuldeep Yadav has stated that Chahal has always taken care of him like an elder brother and has always given him good advice. He also mentioned there is no competition between them, despite whichever gets the starting place in the team.

“He has always taken care of me, like an elder brother. Even now, after playing so many matches together, even off the field, he gives me advice on cricket as well as off cricket. He supports me, and this bond is visible on the field as well. We’ve never had a competition between us, irrespective of which of us gets picked to play,” Kuldeep Yadav told the RCB website.

Jacques Kallis, Kuldeep Yadav
(Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

Team India have refrained to put Chahal and Yadav together in the lineup for a long time

Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav have played 34 ODIs together and taken 65 wickets at an average of 22.73. The numbers are quite astounding, yet India have not picked them together in the ODI team since their ICC World Cup 2019 group stage clash against England.  Their T20 record together is decent with the duo getting 22 wickets in 10 matches, yet they haven’t been picked together since July 2018 in India’s starting 11. The decision of the Indian team to not pick them together has been very confusing, the reason being they have performed utterly well whenever they have started together for the team.

Kuldeep Yadav, who is altogether a different spinner, as he belongs to such a rare category called Chinaman. Meanwhile, he wants to learn from Yuzvendra Chaha
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Yuzvendra Chahal will be repping the RCB colors and Kuldeep Yadav will represent KKR in the IPL 2020. The 13 the edition of the IPL will begin from September 19 till November 10, a total 53-day campaign will see all the 8 teams play in UAE.

Arat Kohli, Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya and Virat Kohli could get the much needed rest. (Photo credit should read GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/AFP/Getty Images)
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Shreyas Iyer Knows A Definite Arm-Wrestling Winner Between Virat Kohli And Hardik Pandya

Indian cricketer Shreyas Iyer was asked a question in an interview by ESPNCricinfo that who would win in an arm-wrestling match between Indian skipper Virat Kohli and all-rounder Hardik Pandya. Virat Kohli has been looked up to as the fittest cricketer in the world right now. His India teammate Pandya also has a great physique and is quite fit.

Shreyas Iyer will be leading Delhi Capitals this IPL season, Virat Kohli will be leading RCB, and Hardik Pandya will represent Mumbai Indians. They are all currently in UAE, training with their respective squads after completing the mandatory quarantine on travel from India.

Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya
Virat Kohli and Hardik Pandya, Image Credits: Twitter

Who would win an Arm-wrestling match between Virat Kohli & Hardik Pandya: Shreyas Iyer answers

Indian batsman Shreyas Iyer has opined, according to him Virat Kohli would win in an arm-wrestling battle with Hardik Pandya. He was asked by ESPNCricinfo in a video quiz, he said Pandya had a better physique out of the duo.

25-year-old Iyer is all praises for his Team India skipper Kohli and lauded him for his strong resolve.

 “It’s really a phenomenal feeling when he talks or compliments his teammates… He’s a role model for all the youngsters out there.”

Shreyas Iyer, India, Test Cricket
Shreyas Iyer. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“Whenever he goes out on the field it feels as if he’s playing his first game. He’s never tired, always energetic like a lion. You see a different body language when he enters the ground, something great to learn from him.”

Shreyas Iyer and Virat Kohli also share a special bond as each other’s neighbors in Mumbai

Kohli and Iyer live very near to each other in Mumbai and had been exchanging homemade food with each other during the coronavirus pandemic triggered a lockdown. Shreyas brought Kohli Neer Dosas which his mother made and Kohli sent him some Mushroom Biryani.

The Indian duo will be seen in action in the IPL which is set to begin from September 19 till November 10, a total 53-day campaign will see all the eight teams play in UAE. The venue this time is UAE and matches will be played in Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah.

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