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Nasser Hussain wants Ricky Ponting to be England's head coach | Courtesy: Ricky Ponting/Insta - Nasser Husain/Twitter
Nasser Hussain wants Ricky Ponting to be England's head coach | Courtesy: Ricky Ponting/Insta - Nasser Husain/Twitter
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Nasser Hussain And David Lloyd Urged England To Appoint Ricky Ponting As England Head Coach After Ashes 2021/22 Drubbing

Nasser Hussain and David Lloyd have urged England to appoint Australia’s great Ricky Ponting as head coach, following a dismal Ashes performance against the Aussies down under.

England has been blown away by their old rivals, and a humiliating 146-run defeat in the fifth and final Test in Hobart was the final nail in the coffin, in a devastating 4-0 series defeat.

Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Nasser Hussain: England Should Move Away From Chris Silverwood And Ricky Ponting Is The Alternative

Plenty of questions has understandably been asked about the England setup from top to bottom, with head coach Chris Silverwood the man taking most of the scrutiny. Following the crushing defeat, many have called for Silverwood to be replaced as head coach, and former England ex-captains Nasser Hussain and David Lloyd believe former Australia captain Ricky Ponting is the right man for the job.

Discussing where England’s Test team go from here ahead of the upcoming Test series in West Indies, Nasser Hussain believes it is the right time for Chris Silverwood to step aside.

He said: “I like Chris Silverwood and half his reign has come in Covid bubbles. I’ve got a lot of sympathy for that… But too many mistakes have been made and Silverwood is accountable because of the extra responsibility he has for selection. You can look at the system but county cricket doesn’t make you bat first at Brisbane and leave Broad and Anderson out on a green Gabba pitch.”

“You can’t take the same management team to the Caribbean and tell them to carry on as if nothing has happened. With a heavy heart I say move away from Silverwood.”

Chris Silverwood, England head coach Getty Image.
Chris Silverwood, England head coach Getty Image.

And, in replacement Nasser Hussain believes Ricky Ponting should be the man England looks to.

“An alternative? I like Ricky Ponting. Everything I see about him impresses me,” he added.

“He might not have a lot of international coaching experience but he’s got a great cricket brain. There are a few out there — unfortunately, not many of them English. Justin Langer might be available soon, too, so you never know! I would just about stay with Joe Root.”

Meanwhile, England’s current coach Chris Silverwood had said that he is a good coach and wants to continue in the role. However, his position is under scrutiny after the Ashes debacle.

Nasser Hussain certainly believes the former Australian skipper the perfect replacement for Chris Silverwood.

David Lloyd Agrees With Nasser Hussain That Ricky Ponting Is Perfect As England Coach If He’s Available

The former England captain’s colleague David Lloyd agreed, describing Ricky Ponting as the ‘perfect’ replacement to come in.

He commented: “If Ponting is available he’d be perfect. He cares about cricket and cricketers, he knows the game inside out and has gravitas.”

Ricky Ponting. Image- Twitter
Ricky Ponting. Image- Twitter

Like Nasser Hussain though, David Lloyd did have sympathies with Chris Silverwood and does believe he should remain in place for the rest of the winter.

The 74-year-old continued: “I’d go with the same two [for the tour of West Indies], Silverwood and Root. But Nass, if you want to go for Ponting, I’m with you. I will say the circumstances for Silverwood have been unprecedented so I’d give him the rest of the winter.”

Nasser Hussain sympathized with Chris Silverwood who has had to play the role of a coach as well as a selector. But, having seen Chris Silverwood make some blunders in team selection, Nasser Hussain wants the England head coach to move on.

Ricky Ponting hasn’t yet been the head coach of an international team but has had the experience of coaching the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Delhi Capitals. The ex-Australia captain was also a part of the Australian men’s national team’s support staff at the 2021 T20 World Cup in UAE.

A number of changes are expected to be made in the England Test team, be it in terms of the selection of players or the roles of a few. The next assignment of the England team is a 5-match T20I series against West Indies.

Quinton de Kock Photographer: Isuru Sameera Peiris/Getty Images
Quinton de Kock Photographer: Isuru Sameera Peiris/Getty Images
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Alviro Petersen Shocked Over Quinton de Kock’s Sudden Test Retirement After Playing 54 Tests

Alviro Petersen, the former South Africa opener is shocked with Quinton de Kock’s sudden retirement from Test cricket and feels more players might follow in the footsteps of the wicketkeeper-batter in the near future.

At just 29 years of age and having played 54 Tests, Quinton de Kock announced his retirement from the traditional format at the end of the opening Test against India, which the Proteas lost by 113 runs at SuperSport Park on Thursday. Cricket fans reacted in shock after South Africa’s Quinton de Kock announced his retirement from Test cricket on Thursday.

Quinton de Kock of South Africa (Photo by Steve Haag/Getty Images)
Quinton de Kock of South Africa (Photo by Steve Haag/Getty Images)

Alviro Petersen Shocked By Quinton de Kock’s Sudden Retirement From Tests

Quinton de Kock would, however, be available for ODIs and T20s in the future. Quinton de Kock had scored 34 runs in the first innings of the Centurion Test, followed by 21 in the second. Quinton de Kock played 54 Test matches for South Africa, scoring 3,300 runs with six centuries and 22 half-centuries. He also effected 232 dismissals (221 catches and 11 stumpings) behind the wicket.

“To be honest, I am a bit shocked by his decision,” said Alviro Petersen, who played in 36 Tests for South Africa, scoring five centuries, largely as opening partner to Graeme Smith.

“During the lunch break of day five in Centurion, I noticed that he was not quite 100 percent because Quinny is a player who likes to play his shots,” Alviro Petersen was quoted.

Alviro Petersen
Alviro Petersen. (© IAN KINGTON/AFP/GettyImages)

“Often when there is stuff happening with family or you are on a long tour, one foot is always on the plane and I had the sense that with him it was almost like one foot was already at home.”

Alviro Petersen was a right-handed opening batsman who could not do justice to his batting talent. The cool-headed batsman made a relatively late entry to the Test cricket at the age of 30, nine years after his professional debut, and could cement his place in the Proteas squad only after 2012.

However, Alviro Petersen suffered in his career because of inconsistency and tough competition from Jacques Rudolph for the opening slot. The opener, by all means, deserved to play more than the 36 Tests and 21 ODIs he played for South Africa.

Quinton de Kock Will However Continue Playing In The White Ball Formats For The Proteas With An Eye On Franchise Based T20 Leagues

A former Test captain, Quinton de Kock said he will continue playing in the white-ball formats for the Proteas, with a lot of focus on franchise-based T20 leagues. The former Mumbai Indians man should have been away from national duty on paternity leave for the last 2 Tests but has now decided to call it a day from the longest format of cricket.

“I am surprised but you can also understand that all the lucrative T20 leagues around the world and The Hundred (franchise 100-ball cricket tournament in the UK) now have changed the mindset of players,” Petersen said.

Quinton de Kock for Mumbai Indians - VIVEK BENDRE
Quinton de Kock for Mumbai Indians – VIVEK BENDRE

“In the past, Test cricket was the pinnacle and slowly that is being changed with guys looking after their financial wellbeing. Priorities have changed and he won’t struggle to get a T20 or The Hundred contract.”

Quinton de Kock has featured in Sunrisers Hyderabad, Delhi Capitals, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Mumbai Indians squad in the IPL. Quinton de Kock’s retirement means South Africa will have a new wicket-keeper in their playing XI in the last two games of the ongoing Test series against India. The Proteas have Kyle Verreynne and Ryan Rickelton as the other two wicket-keeping options in the squad.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (BCCI)
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Danish Kaneria Criticises BCCI For Not Giving Virat Kohli His Due Respect

Danish Kaneria, a former Pakistan spin bowler has weighed in on the episode, claiming that the BCCI was wrong in its manner to remove Virat Kohli, and mentions that there should have been a smoother form of communication between the two parties.

The decision to have Virat Kohli replaced as India’s white-ball captain continues to have a ripple effect, with former cricketers giving their opinions on one of the biggest developments in Indian cricket in recent years. Perhaps after the Sourav Ganguly-Greg Chappell saga, and the fallout between Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli in 2017, the removal of King Virat Kohli as India’s ODI captain has garnered the most attention.

Danish Kaneria (Image credit: Twitter)
Danish Kaneria (Image credit: Twitter)

Danish Kaneria: BCCI Did Not Give Virat Kohli His Due Respect

When Virat Kohli announced that he would be stepping down as India’s T20I captain after the T20 World Cup, he had clearly mentioned that he would focus on leading ODI and Test teams, probably with an eye on the 50-over World Cup scheduled to be held in India in 2023.

But the BCCI seemed to have something else in their minds, and they pulled the plug on Virat Kohli’s near five-year-long tenure as India’s white-ball captain through a tweet.

Former Pakistan spinner Danish Kaneria has weighed in on the episode, claiming the BCCI was wrong in their manner to remove Virat Kohli and mentions that there should have been a smoother form of communication between the two parties. Paying tribute to Virat Kohli’s fine record in ODIs as captain, the former leg-spinner felt Virat Kohli should have been shown more ‘respect’.

India's Virat Kohli. Credit: Reuters Photo
India’s Virat Kohli. Credit: Reuters Photo

“Did the BCCI do the right thing with Kohli? I don’t think so. They did not give him respect. He has gotten India 65 wins as captain, the fourth-highest by any India skipper. The thing is why didn’t you inform someone whose record as captain isn’t bad at all.

“Second most-highest runs as India ODI skipper. Based on his record, he deserved respect. Sure, he hasn’t won an ICC trophy as captain but the way he has led is phenomenal,” Danish Kaneria said on his YouTube channel.

Virat Kohli has been one of India’s most successful white-ball captains. In 95 ODIs, he won 65, giving him a winning percentage of 70-plus. In 45 T20Is, he led India to victory 27 times. He is the fourth in the list of most victories by an Indian captain where MS Dhoni leads the tally with 110 wins, followed by Mohammad Azharuddin(90) and Sourav Ganguly (76).

Under his leadership, India won 15 ODI bilateral series out of 19, which also includes victories in difficult conditions in South Africa, Australia, and West Indies. During his ODI captaincy stint, Virat Kohli scored 5449 runs in 95 matches with 21 hundred.

Rohit Sharma has been Virat Kohli’s longstanding deputy in limited-overs cricket, captaining the team in 10 ODIs and 19 T20Is before he was given full-time charge during the recent three-match home series against New Zealand. He started with a clean sweep. Five IPL titles leading Mumbai Indians in IPL made him an obvious choice as Virat Kohli’s successor.

Danish Kaneria: BCCI Was Harsh To Remove Virat Kohli Without Prior Information

Calling Virat Kohli a ‘superstar’ of world cricket, Danish Kaneria dwelled further on the clarification. Although BCCI president Sourav Ganguly had said that Virat Kohli was kept in the loop about the decision, the former spinner highlighted that the 33-year-old not scoring the way he used to could have been another factor that led to the change in guard.

“The only two superstars going around in world cricket at the moment are Virat Kohli and Babar Azam. You should respect you superstars. The BCCI were harsh in removing Kohli without informing him.

“Sourav Ganguly is such a big name, a former captain. He should have communicated to Virat that we would like for Rohit to captain. Another thing that went against him was that Kohli was not scoring runs as big and fluently as he used to,” Danish Kaneria pointed out.

Sourav Ganguly- Twitter
Sourav Ganguly- Twitter

BCCI president Sourav Ganguly said the selectors felt that multiple leaders in the white-ball format would lead to confusion and that’s why the Chetan Sharma-led committee suggested that it’s better to have one leader. BCCI on Wednesday named Rohit Sharma as the new ODI captain, replacing Virat Kohli, with this tenure to begin from the impending white-ball series against South Africa in January.

Talking about the call, Sourav Ganguly on Thursday said that BCCI and the selectors made the decision together and that he and the chairman of selectors even had a word with Virat Kohli regarding the same. However, Danish Kaneria said that the BCCI was wrong in its manner to remove Virat Kohli as ODI skipper after he himself resigned as T20I skipper.

Rishabh Pant. File | Photo Credit: AFP
Rishabh Pant. File | Photo Credit: AFP
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Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill And Jasprit Bumrah Are Brilliant, Says Ravi Shastri

Ravi Shastri has singled out three players-Jasprit Bumrah, Shubman Gill, and Rishabh Pant who are different than the ones seen in Indian cricket’s previous eras.

In Ravi Shastri’s tenure as India coach, not only did India play a dominant brand of cricket, but also produced equally fearless cricketers who have what it takes to carry Indian cricket forward into the next era. The rise of the pacers and the emergence of some of the most promising youngsters with breath-taking skills are the two big achievements of Ravi Shastri’s tenure, besides India’s phenomenal record playing overseas.

Ravi Shastri Image Source : AP
Ravi Shastri Image Source: AP

Ravi Shastri: Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill And Jasprit Bumrah Are Brilliant

Ravi Shastri may have stepped down as India’s head coach, but his admiration towards this supremely confident and talented bunch of players only keeps growing. Lavishing high praise on the current crop of youngsters, Ravi Shastri has singled out three players who are different than the ones seen in Indian cricket’s previous eras.

“They are brilliant! Pant, Shubman Gill, Bumrah – it has only been a couple of years since they made their India debut. They have the same belief as their predecessors; it’s just that the exuberance of youth and the fearlessness is far greater. They come in far more experienced than the previous generations,” Ravi Shastri said.

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

Jasprit Bumrah’s rise in all formats has been second to none. In less than two years, Jasprit Bumrah has become the leader of India’s pacer attack in Tests, while taking his game several notches higher in ODIs and T20Is. Jasprit Bumrah has 101 wickets from only 24 Tests averaging 22.79 besides having 108 ODI (playing 67 ODIs) and 66 T20I (playing 55 T20Is) wickets.

Ravi Shastri: IPL Has Made A Difference

Then there is Rishabh Pant, who has turned a corner since returning to the Indian set-up in late 2020. His exploits in Australia and later at home against England are the stuff of legends and there is no doubt that the 23-year-old will be a crucial player for India in the two upcoming World Cups-2022 T20I and 2023 ODI World Cups. Shubman Gill, on the other hand, has shown sparks and is highly capable of converting them into a wildfire.

“I have always said that the IPL has made a difference – to share a dressing room with the best in the world, play with and against them and then come into the Indian team; [it makes them] far more experienced. When I was playing, the maximum pace I had faced in domestic cricket was 74kmph. Then, [when I made it] to the Indian team, [I faced] Imran Khan and the West Indies pacers. The exposure level is vastly different,” pointed out Shastri.

Shubman Gill, Jasprit Bumrah and Rishabh Pant
Shubman Gill, Jasprit Bumrah and Rishabh Pant. (file photo)

After scoring 350 runs averaging 58.33 in 4 Tests in his maiden series Down Under in 2018/19 which included his career-best unbeaten 159, Rishabh Pant scored 274 runs at an average of 68.50 in five innings (3 Tests) for India against Australia in the next tour in 2020/21.

Rishabh Pant’s 97-run knock in the Sydney Test raised the prospect of an unlikely India to win before they had to settle for a draw. However, the left-hander was not to be denied in Brisbane, as he took India to a series-clinching win by scoring an attacking unbeaten innings of 89.

Opening batsman Shubman Gill hasn’t fired in the international arena, scoring 558 runs in 10 Tests averaging 32.82 and 49 runs in 3 ODIs averaging 16.33 but is touted for big things in the future. Shubman Gill has played 58 IPL games for Kolkata Knight Riders amassing 1417 runs averaging 31.49 with 10 fifties.

Ajaz Patel----Saikat Das / Sportzpics for BCCI
Ajaz Patel----Saikat Das / Sportzpics for BCCI
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I Would Love To Play In The IPL As It’s An Amazing Tournament, Says Ajaz Patel

Ajaz Patel, a New Zealand spinner on Tuesday said that he “would love to play in the Indian Premier League” if an opportunity comes knocking on his door.

In an exclusive chat, the off-spinner spoke about his aspirations of playing in the cash-rich league, saying it would be a “privilege” to participate in IPL in India.

Ajaz Patel (Photo Credit: ICC/Twitter)
Ajaz Patel (Photo Credit: ICC/Twitter)

Ajaz Patel Would Be Privileged If Opportunity Comes To Bag An IPL Contract

Ajaz Patel concluded the 2nd Test match with statistics of 14/225. However, the Black Caps were defeated by India in the second Test by 372 runs. The 33-year-old stated that he is willing to participate in the IPL if he is selected by any of the teams and described the cash-rich competition as an incredible tournament.

“Yeah, hopefully, if the opportunity presents itself, I would love to play in the IPL [Indian Premier League] in India,” the left-arm orthodox spinner said.

IPL Trophy
IPL Trophy. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Ajaz Patel also heaped praise on the quality of the league and what it meant for cricket fans around the world.

“It’s an amazing tournament. Everyone follows it really closely and it brings a lot of cheers and thrills around the world. So, it’s a great tournament and I will be privileged if the opportunity came,” he added.

Ajaz Patel became the talk of the town when he took all 10 Indian wickets in the first innings of the second Test match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. Ajaz Patel has represented the Kiwis in 7 T20Is, picking up 11 wickets at an economy rate of below 5 averaging a mere 10.72. He has also taken 73 wickets from 62 T20 games at an economy rate of 7.54 in the shortest format of the game. He has 43 scalps in 11 Tests averaging 27.13.

Ajaz Patel Becomes Only 3rd Bowler To Take All 10 Scalps In An Innings After Jim Laker And Anil Kumble

With this feat, he joined an elite list of cricketers to have taken a perfect 10. In 1956, England spinner Jim Laker tormented the Australian team in The Ashes with 10 wickets in an innings to become the first player to achieve the feat. Indian spinner Anil Kumble joined Jim Laker with an epic 10-wicket haul in an innings in the Delhi Test against Pakistan in 1999.

Jim Laker (L) and Anil Kumble (R).
Jim Laker (L) and Anil Kumble (R).(Photo Courtesy: Facebook/@ICC/Reuters)

Ajaz Patel’s phenomenal feat however ended in a losing cause as New Zealand went down by 372 runs and lost the two-match series 0-1 to India. Despite the attention he has received as a result of his recent success in India, Ajaz wishes to remain grounded and not let stardom go to his head. Ajaz Patel became the series’ leading wicket-taker, with 17 wickets from two games at an average of 22.06.

Ajaz Patel----Saikat Das / Sportzpics for BCCI
Ajaz Patel----Saikat Das / Sportzpics for BCCI
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Great To Be Congratulated By Virat Kohli And Rahul Dravid After 10-Wicket Haul In The 1st Innings Of Wankhede Test: Ajaz Patel

Ajaz Patel, a New Zealand spinner said that Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli coming to congratulate him in the BlackCaps dressing room is a very big thing for him and he now just hopes to raise his game with each match.

Ajaz Patel recently become just the third bowler in the history of the game, after Jim Laker and Anil Kumble, to pick all ten wickets in a single Test inning. He achieved the feat against India in the recently-concluded Mumbai Test.

Ajaz Patel (Photo Credit: ICC/Twitter)
Ajaz Patel (Photo Credit: ICC/Twitter)

Ajaz Patel Feels Good To Pick All 10 Wickets In A Single Test Innings In His Birthplace Mumbai

After the feat, Ajaz Patel also gained 23 spots in the ICC Test bowler rankings to sit in 38th place. The 33-year-old spinner took 14 wickets in the second Test to become the bowler with the second-best figures for a New Zealand bowler. The tally also included a 10-wicket haul as he became only the third player after Jim Laker and Anil Kumble to do so.

“It is a very good feeling, picking all ten wickets in a single Test innings is a big feat. Anil Kumble and Jim Laker are big names, both of them have a big number of wickets in their kitty. So being alongside them is a special feat and to do in it Mumbai, which is my birthplace, makes it all the more special,” Ajaz Patel said.

“I never thought that I would be able to achieve this kind of feat in Mumbai. Just playing at the Wankhede was special for me. I never thought that I will be able to take so many wickets in Mumbai. It is about destiny I feel,” he added.

Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin Photo: © Reuters (Main Image)
Virat Kohli, Ravichandran Ashwin Photo: © Reuters (Main Image)

Further talking about his feat, Ajaz said: “If I am telling the truth, when I had taken nine wickets, then I thought I have a chance of picking all ten. There were four balls left in my over and I realized those were the most important. I was lucky that I was able to get the tenth wicket in that over. Rachin Ravindra took a very good catch and it all went according to plan.”

Ajaz Patel went on to add that he knew he had a chance to claim the 10 wicket haul after picking the ninth wicket and praised Rachin Ravindra for taking a good catch to help him script history.

Ajaz Patel lauded the sportsmanship shown by Indian players as while Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli went to the dressing room to congratulate him, seasoned Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin interviewed him after the match and also presented him with a jersey signed by members of the Indian cricket team.

Ajaz Patel Felt It Was Great To Be Congratulated By Virat Kohli And Rahul Dravid

New Zealand spinner Ajaz Patel, who bagged a record 10-for against India in the first innings of the Mumbai Test, lauded the sportsmanship shown by Indian players and said Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli congratulating him for the historic feat was a huge thing for him.

“I do not know whether I will get a chance to get as many wickets again but the intention would always be to pick more wickets. Rahul Dravid congratulated me, he came to acknowledge me in the dressing room and this is a very big thing for me. We all know about the history of Dravid.”

“Virat Kohli also congratulated me. He is the leader of India and if he is coming to acknowledge you, it is a big thing. Mohammed Siraj congratulated me and then Ravichandran Ashwin took my interview and presented me the signed India jersey. Sportsmanship is a big part of our game,” he added.

Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI
Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI

Talking about his love for Mumbai, the Kiwi spinner said: “The main thing is my name would always be there on the Mumbai Honours Board. It can never be erased. When I took four wickets on the first day, I knew if I take one more wicket, my name would be there on the Honours Board. I got so many messages and calls. As soon as I opened my phone, it got filled with messages.”

“For me, all ten wickets are equal. The main thing for me was to bowl with good intensity. After bowling 30 odd overs, the body gets tired and then you need to focus more. I kept on getting wickets and all ten wickets are equally important for me,” he added.

The Kiwi spinner also opened up on how he would love to play for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL) if the opportunity presents itself.

“I have always supported Mumbai Indians. If I ever get selected in the IPL, it would be a big honour for me,” said Ajaz.

However, Ajaz Patel’s effort went in vain as Mayank Agarwal’s heroics with the bat in the 1st and 2nd innings (150 and 62) and Jayant Yadav’s four-wicket haul in the second innings besides Ravichandran Ashwin’s performances with the ball in both innings (8 wicket haul) helped India defeat New Zealand by 372 runs in the second Test.

IPL 2021 will is scheduled from April 9 to May 30 [Credits: IPL]
IPL 2021 will is scheduled from April 9 to May 30 [Credits: IPL]
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T20 Cricket: 5 New Rules Which Can Make T20s More Interesting

T20 cricket is now watched eagerly across the globe as the shortest format has generated a lot of interest. The game of cricket has evolved vastly over the years. There was a time when 5 days of Test cricket was probably the only thing that happened. Then came the 50 overs ODI and the 20 overs T20I format which made the cricket on-lookers experience the fresh breeze blowing. With the inception of T20 cricket, the game became even more athletic.

T20 cricket made people ponder then so as to how cricket can be played in such a short span of 20 overs. But then came the T10 league that further shortened the format. With T20s, the approach of the game witnessed a shift. The batters came in with innovative shots whereas bowlers introduced more variations. The Hundred (100 balls) and T10 leagues (10 overs) have generated a lot of interest but T20s were the first thing that saw edge-of-the-seat thrillers and generated revenues.

The IPL further garnered the audacity of the T20 cricket format as its pace and entertainment fetched in a large chunk of the audience to watch the games. It is probably the most celebrated format now with fans yearning to watch the action unfold. But T20 cricket can be more interesting if some rules are changed.

IPL Trophy. (BCCI/IPL Photo)
IPL Trophy. (BCCI/IPL Photo)

T20 Cricket: 5 New Rules Which Can Make T20s More Interesting

1. 8 runs for sixes over 100 meters

Chris Gayle Image Source : IPLT20.COM
Chris Gayle Image Source: IPLT20.COM

The T20 cricket matches carry a tag of being entertaining and full of action-packed performances. With the likes of power hitters like Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, AB de Villiers to name a few, big hits are always in the scenario. Often the power that these players generate whilst hitting the shots leaves many in awe of their strength.

Big sixes aren’t a rare sight in T20 cricket and often the ball is out of the stadium. So the thought of rewarding the batters with much more than just 6 runs for their effort of hitting it big will do wonders to the individual player and team. Hitting the ball over 100 meters requires immense strength in T20 cricket and the ones who can do it must be provided with some advantage. So giving eight runs instead of six to a maximum that goes over 100 meters could be a new rule that adds to the fascination of the T20 cricket format.

Maybe one can think of bringing it in the franchise leagues in the first place. If that happens, the team with hard hitters will benefit. It will take the target of the side to an even more challenging total for the opposition to chase. In case the team batting first had struggled initially to get in runs, if their attacking batters are able to send the ball out of the stands it might help the team to chip in some necessary runs.

2. More Than 4 Overs For A Bowler

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

The format is shorter but it demands the players to challenge themselves even more. By tuning out all the distractions, they have to find the shelf of possibilities to take the team past the total or put a commanding target on board. It thus becomes the game of calculation, wherein the batters decide their targets.

They play out the tough bowlers and then design their approach in such a way that they then take on the part-timers and the less fancied ones. A batter has the opportunity to play an entire inning when in form, but when it comes to the bowlers, they have just four overs to bowl.

However, a tweak in the quota of the bowlers can be made. If the number of overs is increased, the bowler who is having a good day will make most of it and the team will be gifted with more important breakthroughs. This will scrape off the tension of the skipper in case one of his prime bowlers is having a bad day.

The batters will then have to face more balls from the lethal in form bowlers and that would test their abilities in T20 cricket. This move can provide more challenges to the batters and will produce furthermore compelling contests for the fans. The batsman will have to go big against the prime bowlers and that would exude more competition and build excitement around the matches.

Bowlers like pacer Jasprit Bumrah of Mumbai Indians or spinner Rashid Khan of Sunrisers Hyderabad can bowl more than 4 overs if this rule comes to effect in T20 cricket thus worrying the opposition.

3. Player Replacement In The 2nd Half Of T20s

Chris Lynn and Dan Lawrence
Chris Lynn and Dan Lawrence in Big Bash League (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

This rule was brought in by Cricket Australia in the recent edition of the Big Bash League. As per the rule, the teams will be allowed to make use of one ‘X’ factor player after the 10th over of the ongoing match.

The ‘X’ factor player can only replace a player who hasn’t been quite active in the game. Thus, on the batting side, he can replace a batter who hasn’t taken the charge of the field. And from the bowling side, the replacement will come for a bowler who hasn’t bowled more than an over. If this rule is considered in the bigger picture, it might sometimes change the fortunes of the game upside down.

For instance, after playing a few overs on the field, if the team realizes that a certain player who isn’t in the playing XI can be crucial whilst the conditions, they can rope in him. It takes no time for the game to turn around completely in T20 cricket. The substitution of the player at times can have an immediate impact on the game.

If the team is in trouble they can get in an extra batsman and put a respectable total on the board. On the other hand, with the bowlers, it will provide an extra option for the side. The teams will have the opportunity to bring in an extra spinner or pacer depending on the surface and the condition. The anticipation that the substitute will bring on the 22 yards will keep the fans etched to the match to see if he changes the things around.

Super Substitute was a rule that was in existence in 2005, for ODI cricket but was scrapped within a year of its introduction. So, this rule says that a team can select a player and nominate him as the SuperSub before the toss. And, during the game, they can substitute the Super Sub, with another player in the playing XI.

4. 5 Penalty Runs For Slow Over Rate

IPL Franchises' Skippers
IPL Franchises’ Skippers

There have been talks on the issue of slow over-rate since always. To complete the innings in the fixed time is what is expected of the teams. Often it doesn’t go that way as the teams exceed the time and are then fined for the same in T20 cricket. But imposing fines on the cricketers particularly captains necessarily doesn’t solve the concern.

Instead, if 5 penalty runs are added to the opposing team’s total, then it might create a greater impact and a convincing solution. In the shorter format, even a single run can decide the outcome of the match. The teams strive hard on the field to save runs. Probably a run saved in the T20 cricket format is a run scored. And thus if this ruling comes to the forefront, the teams will put their thinking hats on the seriousness of following the time.

This will make the teams more conscious about the pre-set marks and they might follow them more effectively. A fine might not hurt the players the way these penalty runs would. It can then go on to affect the match’s outcome.

An over rate in cricket is generally defined as the number of overs bowled in an hour (60 minutes). In the general run of things, an over-rate in the range of 13-15 is considered to be an apt one for it allows the match to move at a fast pace.  To further curb fielding captains regarding over rates, the authorities have reduced the mandatory time of completing an IPL inning to 90 minutes in IPL 2021.

Therefore, starting from tonight in IPL 2021, fielding captains will have to ensure that they bowl their 20 overs within a 90-minute period. Technically, the time for a fielding side to bowl 20 overs in 85 minutes as an IPL innings comprises a couple of strategic timeouts (combined duration of five minutes).

5. The Golden Over

AB de Villiers played an unbeaten 75-run knock against the Delhi Capitals [P/C: iplt20.com]
AB de Villiers played an unbeaten 75-run knock against the Delhi Capitals [P/C: iplt20.com]

If one aims to add even more thrill to the T20 cricket, another rule that probably sneaks in is the golden over. Under this, the team can avail one over from the match wherein the runs scored in that particular over will count double, including the extras. The batting team will have to decide on that over before their innings start.

This creates a lot more enthusiasm as the fans will probably be waiting for that over to start. The batting team will have an unsaid pressure of delivering in this over. The over will be of utmost importance as if the side is able to smash big and pile up good runs, it will take them in a better position in the match. It would equally be challenging as well because the opposition will make sure that their best bowler takes the run-up in this case.

This tussle between the two teams in T20 cricket might produce a good fight as both sides will be keen on seizing the moment. If it is in the case of a chase, the batters on the field can calculate their innings and think of fetching in maximum runs from the over as it will get doubled.

In the T20 cricket matches where a single delivery changes the fate of the game, a Golden Over can pretty much do wonders by further increasing the anticipation of the fans. In franchise cricket leagues which attracts a lot of audiences already, such a ruling can add to the plethora of anticipation of the leagues.

In a first for a major T20 cricket competition, the Big Bash League introduced three major rule changes in the 2020/21 season: the Power Surge (the usual six-over powerplay split into four overs at the start of an innings and a floating block of two for the batting team to call in the second half of the innings), the Bash Boost (a bonus point for the team with the higher ten-over score) and X-factor replacements (the option to bring in a substitute player after ten overs of the match).

Former South Africa opening batsman Herschelle Gibbs. (Getty Images)
Former South Africa opening batsman Herschelle Gibbs. (Getty Images)
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It’s Sad When Politics Get Involved In Sports: Herschelle Gibbs On BCCI’s Interference Over KPL

Herschelle Gibbs, South Africa’s former legendary batsman in an interview with Cricket Pakistan, termed the threats meted out to him by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) over his participation in the inaugural edition of the Kashmir Premier League (KPL) as ‘sad and disappointing.

The 47-year-old expressed his belief that politics should be kept firmly away from the sport and that he would always go wherever cricket was being played in the world.

Herschelle Gibbs have made some serious allegations on BCCI.
Herschelle Gibbs has made some serious allegations on BCCI.

 

Herschelle Gibbs Found It Bizarre That The BCCI Interfered Suddenly And Said It’s Sad When Politics Get Involved In Sports

Herschelle Gibbs plans to play for the Overseas Warriors in the six-team Kashmir Premier League, which runs from August 6-17 and includes several retired international cricketers and Pakistan stalwarts.

“No, there is no pressure on me whatsoever. I have been traveling for so many years to all cricket-playing countries without interference from the BCCI. I found it very strange and bizarre that they wanted to interfere with my business all of a sudden when I was coming to the Kashmir Premier League.”

“For me, it is no politics. I just go where there is cricket being played. Kashmir is another place where they are playing cricket and that is the way I look at it. That is why I find it bizarre that the BCCI interfered all of a sudden and wanted to prevent me from coming here,” Gibbs said.

Herschelle Gibbs, one of the accused in the 2000 match-fixing scandal, has signed up to play for KPL franchise Overseas Warriors. (AP File Photo)
Herschelle Gibbs, one of the accused in the 2000 match-fixing scandal, has signed up to play for KPL franchise Overseas Warriors. (AP File Photo)

“It was a little sad in a lot of ways because I have worked lots of times in India and have a lot of friends there. For them to want to step in and interfere and prevent me from coming here and threaten me by saying that I would be denied entry in India is sad and disappointing. I have never liked politics in sports. There is a lot of politics back home in South Africa cricket too. It’s really sad when politics get involved in sports,” he added.

Herschelle Gibbs, one of the accused in the 2000 match-fixing scandal, has signed up to play for KPL franchise Overseas Warriors. The tournament is likely to see six teams- Overseas Warriors, Rawalakot Hawks, Muzaffarabad Tigers, Bagh Stallions, Kotli Lions, and Mirpur Royals. Players like Imad Wasim, Mohammad Hafeez, Shahid Afridi, Shadab Khan, Shoaib Malik, Herschelle Gibbs, and Kamran Akmal are expected to participate in this league.

Herschelle Gibbs: KPL Couldn’t Have Asked For A Fantastic Start In Picturesque Muzaffarabad

The former batsman praised the beauty of Muzaffarabad, where the KPL is being played while explaining that lack of practice was the reason why the fans were yet to see him in action for his side.

“It’s beautiful. It’s a wonderful opportunity to play. It’s an inaugural time for the league. It’s nice to be part of a new league for the first time. The location and the venue are fantastic. I think the games have been highly entertaining. I think the league couldn’t have asked for a better start. Entertainment is what T20 cricket is all about and it has been a fantastic start,” he said.

 

“Because it is winter back home, there hasn’t been any nets available and because of the Covid restrictions back home in South Africa, there weren’t any net facilities I could use indoors. When I arrived, I thought I could have a couple of practice sessions but there are no net facilities at the ground, unfortunately. I think it would be wrong for me to get a game at this stage. It would be unfair since I haven’t practiced. But there might be a bit of surprise on the way,” he concluded.

Herschelle Gibbs is a South African cricket coach and former cricketer, who played all formats of the game for fourteen years. A right-handed batsman who mostly opened the batting, Herschelle Gibbs became the first player to hit six consecutive sixes in one over in ODI cricket, doing so against the Netherlands in the 2007 Cricket World Cup.

He held the record for the highest score in a successful run-chase (175*) in the match where Australia for the 1st time in ODIs scored above 400- 434 but was beaten by South Africa. Regarded as one of the most naturally talented cricketers South Africa has ever produced, Herschelle Gibbs was also known as an excellent fielder, like his compatriot Jonty Rhodes. 

 

Herschelle Gibbs keeps Deccan Chargers on winning track
Happy hooker: Herschelle Gibbs hit 69 off 56 balls in Durban CREDIT: Photo: AP

In April 2008, Herschelle Gibbs joined the Deccan Chargers of the Indian Premier League. His mediocre performance in the 2008 season made the Deccan Chargers’ management put him on sale. However, he came up with splendid knocks in the second season helping the Deccan Chargers go ahead with four continuous wins in their first four matches.

He also played a crucial role in the finals by scoring an unbeaten 53 (48 balls) in the final when Adam Gilchrist went out for a duck. In the 2012 version of the IPL, he was signed by the Mumbai Indians with a reported fee of US$50,000. His top score is 69* (56) v Chennai Super Kings. In 2012, he scored 66* (46) for the Mumbai Indians.

India Squad For Sri Lanka Tour (Image: BCCI)
India Squad For Sri Lanka Tour (Image: BCCI)
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The Tour Of Sri Lanka Has Been A Waste For India: Yajurvindra Singh

Yajurvindra Singh reckons that the decision to send a young squad comprising of several uncapped fringe players to the Sri Lanka tour has proved to be a wasteful exercise and termed it as a goodwill gesture on the part of the BCCI to help the financially struggling Sri Lankan cricket board.

Former India cricketer Yajurvindra Singh opined that BCCI’s decision to send a second-string outfit for an international series against Sri Lanka degraded the essence of a national side.

Team India [Image-Twitter]
Team India [Image-Twitter]

Yajurvindra Singh: International Cricket Is An Entirely Different Ball Game From IPL

India won the ODI series 2-1 but lost the T20I series by the same margin – that after they lost several players to covid forced isolation. In a helpful gesture, the BCCI agreed to send an Indian team to Sri Lanka to help out the SLC recover losses due to the pandemic.

“The idea of India sending two teams, one to England to play the Test series there and the other to Sri Lanka for limited-overs series was actually demeaning to the very essence of a national side. “

Sri Lanka
Sri Lanka. (Credits: Twitter)

“One can debate on the fact that India can make two international level cricket teams. If so, one wonders as to why India has not won a single major tournament in the last six years. The quantity is surely there for one to see, however, it is the skill and quality of a player at the top level that makes the difference. Performance in the Indian Premier League (IPL) is a good indicator to unearth talented cricketers, but international cricket is an entirely different ball game.”

Yajurvindra Singh, however, isn’t pleased with this act of the governing body thrusting young IPL stars into international cricket. He felt that the “national pride and prestige” is at stake in international matches and the board had damaged it as Sri Lanka registered their first-ever T20I series win over India.

Yajurvindra Singh: The Tour Of Sri Lanka Has Been A Waste For India As It Was A Goodwill Gesture By BCCI To Help Struggling Sri Lankan Cricket Board

India was up against Sri Lanka for the limited-overs series comprising of six games. The men in blue won the ODI series but lost the T20I series while playing with its depleted side. The visitors were marching up in all the confidence before the COVID-19 scare broke in their camp and they had to go up with their limited options.

“The tour of Sri Lanka, involving three ODIs and equal number of T20Is, has been a waste for India. The whole exercise was a goodwill gesture by the BCCI to help Sri Lankan cricket board which is struggling financially.”

“One appreciates being nice to one’s neighbour and to assist them in their hour of need, but one has to realise that national pride and prestige is at stake. Apart from this, points are accumulated for qualifying for World Cup tournaments and so generosity may not be the best option.

Yajurvindra Singh
Yajurvindra Singh. Image-Twitter

“India may have won the ODI series but had to face a defeat in the last game. In cricket, one never takes one’s opponent lightly and India in doing so lost valuable points by losing a match. Although, it was a golden opportunity for the youngsters, their performance against a relatively weak Sri Lankan side would not be an ideal indicator of their ability against top cricket sides, ” said Yajurvindra Singh.

Yajurvindra Singh, who featured in 4 Tests for India between 1977 and 1980, was disappointed seeing the tour head coach Rahul Dravid also “fell victim to the system” for making a number of changes in the third ODI after India had won the series by winning the first two ODIs.

Rahul Dravid had earlier claimed that they will always be fielding their best eleven and giving opportunities to inexperienced players wasn’t their priority. But for the third ODI six changes were made – five ODI debut caps were handed – including dropping of Deepak Chahar, the Man of the Match in the second ODI.

“Sri Lanka look like a team in complete disarray and the small wins against India have given them a ray of hope for their future. Rahul Dravid insisted that his squad will play to win all the matches and that it will not be possible to give everyone an opportunity to play on such a short tour. He too fell victim to the system by making changes. One felt that he failed to understand that this was not an India A side but an India senior side and that every match is important as it goes down in cricket history.”

“The T20 series between India and Sri Lanka had to be completed despite the Covid infection of Krunal Pandya and the quarantine requirements of a few other players.This is precisely why Indian cricket looks good with plenty of options. But the Indian team management is unable to finalize ideal combinations.”

“The IPL will be more of an Indian domestic affair and one has to understand that even in full flight, the bowling arsenal of each team is not as potent and of the same caliber as that of a good International side. “

“India needs to be cautious that a Sri Lankan pandemic and quarantine situation does not arise in England. The BCCI needs to ensure that replacements are on call, if required, at short notice. One dreads to think of an Indian side with fringe players being inducted to make their Test eleven.”

In the same line of events, former India Test cricketer Yajurvindra Singh had stated that the entire Tour was a waste, and the Indian side just played the whole series in order to assist the Sri Lankan cricket board financially. Yajurvindra Singh added that sending a B-side team to a nation is altogether not a good idea only. He added that there is a lot of difference between playing IPL and shining at the international level.

Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan has been so busy because of his prowess in short-form cricket that he is rarely at home. Photograph: Catherine Ivill/ICC/Getty Images
Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan has been so busy because of his prowess in short-form cricket that he is rarely at home. Photograph: Catherine Ivill/ICC/Getty Images
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Rashid Khan Reveals That He Has Spent Just 25 Days At Home In The Last 5 Years

Rashid Khan plies his trade in several major T20 competitions worldwide. 22 years old Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan is already arguably the most sought out T20 bowler going around.

The talismanic leg-spinner has been instrumental in the rise of Afghanistan cricket. Rashid Khan just doesn’t tend to restrict the run flow but also picks up wickets at regular intervals. In fact, the leggie has shown his prowess in many prominent T20 leagues worldwide.

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan (Photo Credit: Twitter/@cricketworldcup)

Rashid Khan Reveals That He Has Spent Just 25 Days At Home In The Last 5 Years Due To Commitments In The Global T20 Leagues

Although Rashid Khan is a global star now, his road to glory hasn’t been easy by any means. The star cricketer had to make tough significant sacrifices to pursue his dreams. The biggest of them is being away from his family. With Rashid Khan playing his trade in international cricket, IPL, BBL, CPL, and PSL, he hardly gets any free time. In fact, he has spent just 25 days at home in the last five years.

“In the last five years I’ve spent about 25 days at home. I didn’t have that opportunity to celebrate my achievement with the family because I was just so busy. I forgot my achievements and that hurts sometimes. I don’t get enough time to be with the family, but at the same time it is the start of my career so I have to struggle,” Rashid told Guardian.co.uk.

Rashid Khan hopes his country will soon start hosting international teams (Reuters Photo)
Rashid Khan hopes his country will soon start hosting international teams (Reuters Photo)

Rashid Khan made his One-day International debut for Afghanistan against Zimbabwe in October 2015 and has become an indispensable part of the national team. The 22-year-old leg-spinner has so far played in five Tests, picking 34 wickets, while in 74 ODIs he took 140 wickets. In the T20 Internationals, he has scalped 95 wickets from 51 outings.

It seems odd to call someone a veteran at 22 years but Rashid Khan is sort of in T20 cricket having played 266 matches in the format spread across IPL, BBL, PSL, CPL, Afghanistan, and more.

Rashid Khan Regrets Not To Play An International Match In His Country Afghanistan

It’s a known fact that Rashid Khan takes a lot of pride in representing Afghanistan. However, the youngster is yet to play an international game at home and he regrets it. The Sunrisers Hyderabad star also opined that people will come in large numbers when his country Afghanistan hosts an international game.

“Wherever I go I see international players playing at home in front of their crowds, getting the support, getting all the love; we so much want the same in our country. Our people, they love cricket, they love sport and the moment we have a series back home it will be massive. There will be no single spot to sit,” says Rashid.

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan. Image Credits: Twitter

Meanwhile, Rashid Khan must gear up to unleash his A-game with the ICC T20 World Cup being months away. The tournament will get underway in October in UAE. Although many are not backing Afghanistan to go far, Rashid Khan would be raring to defy the odds.

Ever since his debut IPL season in 2017, the leg spinner has garnered all the right eyeballs owing to his mastery with the ball. The leg-spinner turned in a few memorable match-winning efforts in SRH’s journey to the finals of the 2018 edition. He took 21 wickets and emerged as the second-highest wicket-taker in that edition. He has 85 scalps in 69 IPL games averaging a mere 20.1 at an economic rate of 6.24-the lowest economy rate ever in IPL history.

He has been SRH’s standout bowler over the last few seasons of the IPL. The Afghanistan leg-spinner has grabbed 10 wickets in 7 games in IPL 2021 at an impressive average of 17.20 and a splendid economy rate of 6.14.

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