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Pakistan AFP / Lindsey Parnaby
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Pakistan Should Give Youngsters Longer Run To Prove Themselves, Says Imam-ul-Haq

Imam-ul-Haq has explained that one of the things that are pulling down Pakistan cricket is the unwillingness to give the younger players a long rope.

During the 1990s and 2000s, the contests between India and Pakistan used to be pretty evenly-matches. However, over the last few years, the contests have become a lot more one-sided. While India has developed a strong pool of players, Pakistan has not been able to do that at the same level as their rivals.

Imam-ul-Haq © AFP
Imam-ul-Haq © AFP

Imam-ul-Haq Spoke To Eoin Morgan And Virat Kohli As He Feels Pakistan Is Lacking As Their Cricketers Isn’t Given A Proper Run To Prove Themselves

Opening batsman Imam-Ul-Haq has explained that one of the things bothering Pakistan cricket is the unwillingness to give the young players a long rope, something that cricketing nations like India and England have excelled at.

India’s pool of players is vast and highly talented, whereas England isn’t much behind. Pakistan, on the other hand, have depth in their line-up of their youngsters, but Imam-ul-Haq reckons the management needs to show faith in their abilities and give them considerable opportunities to help them nurture.

Eoin Morgan, Virat Kohli
Eoin Morgan, Virat Kohli
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“I have spoken to Eoin Morgan and Virat Kohli, two of the most successful captains in white-ball cricket. I have heard from them and their players that the cricketers get a full go and a proper run to prove themselves. I think this is where we are lacking,” Imam told sports presenter Sawera Pasha on the YouTube show ‘Cricast’.

“I think if we find that consistency, we will get better results. In South Africa, we managed to chase 330, because the core of the ODI side has been the same for a while.”

 Pakistan batsman Imam-ul-Haq has opined that players being underpaid compared to nations like India is one reason youngsters cannot express themselves freely out in the middle. Like the IPL, Pakistan has its own T20 league (PSL). However, according to Imam-ul-Haq, players don’t get paid enough, be it in the franchise or domestic cricket.
The 25-year-old revealed that he has even spoken to legends like Eoin Morgan and Virat Kohli on why their (white-ball) teams are incredibly successful and how they managed to maintain consistency.

Imam-ul-Haq: IPL Has Made A Big Difference In India

Another reason why Pakistan is behind in terms of producing quality young cricketers such as India points out Imam is not getting the chance to play the IPL. Pakistan cricketers have been banned from playing the IPL, with their only appearance coming in the first-ever edition back in 2008. Imam-ul-Haq says a tournament of the calibre of IPL has gone a long way in shaping youngsters.

“So when they face these bowlers in international cricket, there is less of a mental barrier. For Pakistan, a player is directly drafted in from domestic cricket, so he finds it difficult to make that immediate adjustment,” Imam explained.
Sohail Tanvir IPL
Sohail Tanvir IPL. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Apart from Pakistan’s Sohail Tanvir (Rajasthan Royals), other Pakistan cricketers like Shahid Afridi (Deccan Chargers), Shoaib Malik (Delhi Daredevils), Shoaib Akhtar (Kolkata Knight Riders), Misbah-ul-Haq (Royal Challengers Bangalore), Mohammad Asif (Delhi Daredevils), Kamran Akmal (Rajasthan Royals), Salman Butt (Kolkata Knight Riders), Umar Gul (Kolkata Knight Riders), Younis Khan (Rajasthan Royals), Mohammad Hafeez (Kolkata Knight Riders) participated in IPL 2008.

Sohail Tanvir represented Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the inaugural edition of the T20 Championship and scripted history by claiming the Purple Cap. Rajasthan Royals was on a roll during IPL 2008 as they became the first franchise to lift the elite Trophy. Sohail Tanvir played a major role in Rajasthan’s success as he picked 22 wickets in 11 matches including a best of 6 for 14, which stood as an IPL record for many years.

Sohail Tanveer. (Photo credit should read CHRIS RATCLIFFE/AFP via Getty Images)
Sohail Tanveer. (Photo credit should read CHRIS RATCLIFFE/AFP via Getty Images)
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Sohail Tanvir Maintains He Initially Had No Idea What IPL Was

Sohail Tanvir, a former Pakistan seamer was one among a handful of Pakistan players who received a chance to feature in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Sohail Tanvir represented Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the inaugural edition of the T20 Championship and scripted history by claiming the Purple Cap.

Rajasthan Royals was on a roll during IPL 2008 as they became the first franchise to lift the elite Trophy. Sohail Tanvir played a major role in Rajasthan’s success as he picked 22 wickets in 11 matches including a best of 6 for 14, which stood as an IPL record for many years.

Sohail Tanvir IPL
Sohail Tanvir IPL. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Sohail Tanvir Was Young And Inexperienced When He Played IPL In Its Inaugural Edition In 2008

The veteran opened up on his stint in the Indian Premier League saying that it was an enriching experience and gave him a platform to play against some of the best players. Sohail Tanvir admitted that initially, he had no idea regarding what the IPL was.

In an interaction on the YouTube channel My Master Cricket Coach, the 36-year-old said, “When I played IPL back in the first edition in 2008, I was young and inexperienced as I had not played too many international games.”

“That time, I think we were playing a series against South Africa and league cricket hardly used to be played, so I had no idea what the IPL was. The cricket board told me that we have got you a contract and you have to go to play IPL in March-April,” he said

“And, when I went to play in the IPL, there were so many big stars. I had never thought about something like that. The best bowlers from all over the world were there. So, to go there and perform so well…” Tanvir added.

The Rajasthan Royals (RR) is a franchise cricket team based in Jaipur, India, which plays in the Indian Premier League (IPL). They were one of the eight teams that competed in the 2008 Indian Premier League. They were captained by Shane Warne. The all-rounder Shane Watson won the man of the tournament award for scoring as many as 472 runs and picking 17 wickets.

Shane Watson With Rahul Dravid (PTI)
Shane Watson With Rahul Dravid (PTI)

Rajasthan Royals finished winners in the IPL and qualified for the champions league T20. The team won the inaugural edition of the IPL under the captaincy of Shane Warne, despite being written off as a title contender by the media and fans. The Royals were also the runners-up of the 2013 Champions League Twenty20 under Rahul Dravid’s captaincy.

On 14 July 2015, Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings were suspended for two years over a 2013 betting scandal, meaning they could not participate in both the 2016 and 2017 IPL tournaments. They returned to the competition for the 2018 season.

Sohail Tanvir: Everyone Knows About The Fan Following Of Pakistan Players In India And If Pakistan Players Are Allowed To Play In IPL, It Will Be Beneficial For Both Players And League

2008 was the last season when the Pakistan players played in the Indian Premier League. Due to the political tension between the two neighbouring nations, India and Pakistan face each other on the cricket field only during the ICC events. However, the veteran seamer is hopeful that relations between India and Pakistan will improve soon and the Pakistani players will be allowed to feature in the tournament as it will benefit both the players and the league.

“If Pakistani players are allowed to play in the IPL, it will be beneficial for both the players and the league. Players from all over the world except Pakistan play in the IPL. Everybody knows about the fan-following of Pakistan players in India. I have witnessed that while playing for Pakistan and also in the IPL.”

Shoaib Akhtar, Shah Rukh Khan Photo Credit: PTI
Shoaib Akhtar, Shah Rukh Khan Photo Credit: PTI

“When I played IPL, I learned a lot. Since I did well, it played a major role in me gaining confidence going ahead. So it would be great if our players get to play in the league. But, these things are not in our control. There are many other factors at work. Hope it happens sooner or later,” Sohail Tanvir signed off.

Apart from Pakistan’s Sohail Tanvir, other Pakistan cricketers like Shahid Afridi (Deccan Chargers), Shoaib Malik (Delhi Daredevils), Shoaib Akhtar (Kolkata Knight Riders), Misbah-ul-Haq (Royal Challengers Bangalore), Mohammad Asif (Delhi Daredevils), Kamran Akmal (Rajasthan Royals), Salman Butt (Kolkata Knight Riders), Umar Gul (Kolkata Knight Riders), Younis Khan (Rajasthan Royals), Mohammad Hafeez (Kolkata Knight Riders) participated in IPL 2008.

Amit Mishra is the second-highest wicket-taker in the history of IPL. (Source: File)
Amit Mishra is the second-highest wicket-taker in the history of IPL. (Source: File)
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Amit Mishra Asked For A Salary Hike After 1st Hat Trick In IPL 2008: Virender Sehwag

Amit Mishra had asked for a salary hike after claiming his first hat-trick in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Virender Sehwag recalled the incident as his comments came after Amit Mishra led Delhi Capitals to victory against Mumbai Indians in Chennai on Tuesday.

After Amit Mishra registered a match-winning performance for his side Delhi Capitals in an IPL 2021 match against Mumbai Indians on Tuesday, former India opener Virender Sehwag narrated an incident when the leg-spinner had asked for a ‘salary hike’ after claiming his first-ever hat-trick in the Indian Premier League back in 2008.

Amit Mishra registered the best bowling figures by a Delhi Capitals bowler against Mumbai Indians (Courtesy of PTI)
Amit Mishra registered the best bowling figures by a Delhi Capitals bowler against Mumbai Indians (Courtesy of PTI)

Amit Mishra Wanted A Salary Hike After Claiming His 1st Hat-Trick: Virender Sehwag

Virender Sehwag’s comments came after Amit Mishra claimed a four-wicket haul to restrict the defending champions to a paltry 137/9 in 20 overs. In reply, Rishabh Pant & Co registered an easy 6-wicket win which came after five defeats in a row against the Mumbai-based franchise.

Amit Mishra who holds the record for claiming most hat-tricks in the IPL – 3 – had picked up three in a row in the inaugural edition of the league in 2008 against Deccan Chargers while representing Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals). Virender Sehwag was the then captain of the Delhi side.

“He is [Amit Mishra] a kind of guy who is very calm and talks gently to everybody. He gets to mingle with everyone pretty quickly. So that’s why he becomes the favourite of his teammates. When he gets beaten, other players feel for him. And when takes wickets, all are happy for him. I remember when he claimed his first hat-trick.”

“I asked him what do you want and he said ‘Viru Bhai, please get my salary increased.’ Now, I feel, he would be getting that much amount of money that he won’t ask for a raise even after getting another hat-trick,” Sehwag told Cricbuzz.

Virender Sehwag (Photo courtesy: AFP/ Puneet Paranjpe)
Virender Sehwag (Photo courtesy: AFP/ Puneet Paranjpe)

Amit Mishra with 164 scalps in 152 IPL games is the 2nd highest wicket-taker in IPL history and is only 6 scalps short of retired pacer Lasith Malinga who has 170 scalps in 122 games.

Mumbai eventually ended with just 137 for 9, with Amit Mishra’s strikes ensuring the Capitals stifled the defending champions. Amit Mishra wreaked havoc and dismantled the batting order removing Rohit Sharma, Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, and Ishan Kishan.

Virender Sehwag: Amit Mishra Accepts Challenges Irrespective Of Opposition Batsmen

It was Amit Mishra’s comeback game as he was dropped for two straight encounters after playing DC’s tournament opener against Chennai Super Kings. His 4-24 is the best bowling figure by a Delhi bowler against MI. Virender Sehwag further explained why he is considered one of the best bowlers in the league.

“Mishra seemed nervous during his over in powerplay. He got hit by Suryakumar Yadav hit for boundaries over covers. But when the powerplay ended, Mishra Ji also came back strong because once the field is spread, he also feels that he can bowl at a normal pace on which the batters have to take the risk.”

“He bowled really well. That’s why he is one of the best bowlers of this tournament. He has the most wickets as a spinner. Had Rohit Sharma played his normal game against him, he could have scored 60-70 runs easily,” Sehwag added.

Amit Mishra has dismissed Rohit Sharma for record 7 times in IPL. (Courtesy by BCCI)
Amit Mishra has dismissed Rohit Sharma for record 7 times in IPL. (Courtesy by BCCI)

The former cricketer further spoke about Amit Mishra getting Hardik Pandya for a duck. He said that the leg-spinner doesn’t hesitate in facing tough challenges.

“Amit Mishra knew that when Hardik Pandya plays spin, he simply attacks. If gets the ball in his area, he looks to smash it. If it’s his day, he whacks a maximum, or else he will get out. So, Mishra is wise enough to judge if a batsman like Pandya goes after him, who will he bowl or what variation does he need to make. Mishra accepts challenges no matter who the batsman he is bowling at,” Virender Sehwag said.

After his spell of 4/24, Amit Mishra now leads the list of bowlers with the most 4+ wicket hauls in IPL history. Amit Mishra pocketed the man of the match award for the stifling spell against defending champions Mumbai. This was his 12th such award in IPL history – the most amongst all IPL bowlers. Three other bowlers have eight – Harbhajan Singh, Rashid Khan, and Umesh Yadav.

Leg spinner Amit Mishra, with 164-wickets, is now No.2 on the list of most wickets in IPL history. The veteran is closing the gap on Lasith Malinga real quick. The Sri Lankan sits pretty atop this list with 170 IPL wickets. Leg-spinner Amit Mishra has now dismissed Rohit Sharma a total of 7-times in IPL. He now joins Zaheer Khan and Sandeep Sharma in this rather unique list.

Zaheer Khan has dismissed MS Dhoni 7-times while Sandeep Sharma has sent back Virat Kohli a total of 7-times in the IPL as well. In all the 7-times that Rohit Sharma has been dismissed by Amit Mishra, the batsman had faced at least 17-balls before the leg-spinner was called upon to bowl.

Brief Scores: Delhi Capitals 138/4 (Shikhar Dhawan 45, Steve Smith 33; Kieron Pollard 1/9) beat Mumbai Indians 137/9 (Rohit Sharma 44, Ishan Kishan 26; Amit Mishra 4/24) by 6 wickets.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (BCCI)
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Virat Kohli Never Sidelined Cricket And Was Always Focused, Irfan Pathan

Irfan Pathan, the former Indian cricketer has shared his first impression of Virat Kohli as a youngster and said that despite the immense fame that he was amidst, the cricketer’s commitment never dwindled.

Irfan Pathan has shared his first impressions of a young Virat Kohli who broke into the senior cricket circuit in 2008 and enjoyed a lot of praise and recognition since his first season in the inaugural IPL 2008. Virat Kohli made his IPL debut in 2008, for RCB and has been associated with the team since then even captaining the franchise after leading India to a win in the 2008 Under-19 World Cup.

Virat Kohli, Irfan Pathan Image Source: Irfan Pathan, Virat Kohli/ Instagram
Virat Kohli, Irfan Pathan Image Source: Irfan Pathan, Virat Kohli/ Instagram

Irfan Pathan: Virat Kohli Never Sidelined Cricket And Has Always Kept His Focus

Former India cricketer Irfan Pathan has recalled those days when he played alongside a young Virat Kohli, who was later made the captain of the RCB in 2013. Irfan Pathan has remembered how Virat Kohli was all over the news and made it to page 3.

“Whenever I used to see Virat Kohli in the IPL, I only saw one player. Someone who was young, has reached a certain level and is now enjoying himself on and off the field.The next morning when you opened the newspaper, he was everywhere, on Page 3 you see him,” Irfan Pathan said in a video shared by Star Sports on Twitter.

Irfan Pathan (file photo) | Faheem Hussain/SPORTZPICS
Irfan Pathan (file photo) | Faheem Hussain/SPORTZPICS

The former India pacer added that despite the unimaginable amount of fame that Virat Kohli received at a young age, he remained focused on his game and that marks his commitment to the great sport.

“But he never sidelined cricket, and always kept his focus. That’s why you see Virat Kohli has become such a special player. It shows his commitment to the game.”

Virat Kohli was an opener several times in the IPL and may do it again in IPL 2021. In 61 innings, Virat Kohli has amassed over 2300 runs at an average of 47.86, striking at 140.17 as an opener in IPL. His five T20 tons have all come while batting at the top of the order as well. Overall, he is the leading run-scorer in IPL history with 5878 runs in 192 games averaging 38.16.

Virat Kohli Led RCB From 2013 And Has Been A Member Since IPL’s Inaugural Year 2008

The Indian Cricket Team’s Captain, popularly known as the Run Machine, Virat Kohli’s ability and hunger to score hundreds has taken the cricketing fraternity by storm. Ranked among the top 3 in each format is a testimony of how the stylist top-order batsman has evolved over the years.

The flamboyant cricketer was the captain of the Indian team that won the 2008 ICC U19 Cricket World Cup and since then there has been no looking back for King Virat Kohli. He is the new-age cricketer who is aggressive and expresses his mind on the field.

Virat Kohli, RCB
Virat Kohli, RCB

In 2008, Virat Kohli was inducted into the RCB squad and started leading the side in the year 2013. He donned the Orange Cap in IPL 2016. The highest-paid cricketer in IPL, Virat Kohli was the first one to be retained by his franchise ahead of the IPL 2018 Player Auction and will continue to lead his side in IPL 2021.

Virat Kohli scored a maximum of 973 runs which remains the highest in a single season in the ninth edition of the Indian Premier League in 2016 to guide his team to the finals of the tournament. The season saw him score as many as four centuries — the most by a player in a single season.  On 28 March 2019, he became the second player to reach 5000 IPL runs after Suresh Raina.

Australia vs India 2020-20: India Will Win Without Virat Kohli, Believes Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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Harbhajan Singh Reminisces About Virat Kohli’s Six On Sanath Jayasuriya’s Bowling

Even since Virat Kohli has emerged into the international scene, he has maintained the standard despite losing cool most of the times. However, veteran spinner Harbhajan Singh has recalled an incident when courageous Kohli hit Sri Lankan legendary bowler a six.

Harbhajan Singh, who recently pulled out of the IPL 2020 citing personal reasons, recalled his encounter with Indian skipper Kohli which took place during the Mumbai Indians vs Royal challengers Bangalore match of the inaugural edition of the cash-rich IPL.

The star off-spinner Harbhajan on Star Sports’ programme ‘IPL memories’ reiterated that he had heard Kohli’s name from Lalchand Rajput much before the IPL Players’ Auction 2008.

Back then, Harbhajan led Indians in the absence of Sachin Tendulkar.

“I had heard Virat Kohli’s name before the IPL auction from Lalchand Rajput. In an IPL game, I was the captain of the Mumbai Indians, Sachin paaji was sitting out,” Harbhajan stated.

What showed Harbhajan Singh that Virat Kohli is ‘one for the future’?

MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma
MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma. Image Credits: Twitter

Known for his fearless approach, Kohli had always tried to dominate the bowlers and so he did against Jayasuriya.

Harbhajan further revealed that Kohli had stepped out to struck a six which subsequently gave him an idea of how Kohli has been one for future for India some 12 years ago.

“Virat Kohli hit Jayasuriya for a six by stepping out of his crease. He was not afraid of the fact that a man of Jayasuriya’s stature was bowling to him. That showed me that he is one for the future,” Harbhajan said.

Over the years, Kohli has become a renowned cricketer across the globe for his remarkable show with the bat especially his way of batting in the run-chase.

The veteran batsman in the contemporary cricket had further led his team to finest victories which included a historic Test series victory over Australia in 2018-19.

Given to the domination across all three departments, Kohli also became first-ever Indian skipper to hand India a Test series win on Australian soil.

Virat Kohli always kept his focus on cricket: Irfan Pathan

Virat Kohli,
Virat Kohli. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Besides, Harbhajan, former Indian left-arm fast-bowler Irfan Pathan had also recalled Kohli’s emergence. He further hailed Kohli for his work ethic on being focused on what he loved to become a star.

Pathan further added that Kohli has always enjoyed his game and never set cricket as his secondary choice which eventually helped him to evolve in the game.

“The good thing is that he always kept his focus on cricket. This is why he is one of the best players in the world right now and it shows how much commitment he has,” Pathan said about Virat Kohli.

Former Indian cricketer Subramaniam Badrinath has also heaped praises on Kohli approach towards the gentleman’s game.

Meanwhile, Kohli-led RCB has regrouped in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to set their sights on their maiden IPL title as the IPL 2020 will commence from September 19 in Abu Dhabi.

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Virender Sehwag, MS Dhoni
Virender Sehwag, MS Dhoni. Image Credits: Getty Images
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MS Dhoni Was Not The First Choice Skipper for CSK in 2008; Management Wanted Virender Sehwag: S Badrinath

Former CSK batsman Subramaniam Badrinath has revealed CSK management’s first choice for the captain was Virender Sehwag and not MS Dhoni. At the inception of the Indian Premier League, the Chennai Super Kings franchise wanted India’s star former batsman Virender Sehwag as their skipper, but he decided to stay with his domestic side Delhi Daredevils.

CSK reached the final in the maiden season of IPL under MS Dhoni’s captaincy but lost the title to Shane Warne led Rajasthan Royals.  Since then Dhoni has been the captain of the side and has led the CSK side to 3 IPL wins and 2 CL T20 wins.

MS Dhoni, S Badrinath
MS Dhoni and S Badrinath. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Virender Sehwag was CSK’s first choice skipper in 2008: S Badrinath

Former Indian cricketer S Badrinath has made an interesting revelation on the first season of IPL. According to him CSK’s first choice for the captain was Sehwag, but he was adamant to stay with Delhi for whom he has also played domestic cricket. India had just won the 2007 T20 World Cup under the captaincy of MS Dhoni and CSK decided to bring him in the team.

“IPL started in 2008, and if you see who was the first option for Chennai Super Kings, it was Virender Sehwag. The management had decided on picking Sehwag for sure, but Sehwag himself said that he was brought up in Delhi, so he would have a better connection. Badrinath said on his Youtube channel.

MS Dhoni, Virender Sehwag, India
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“The management agreed for him to play in Delhi, thinking it would be better. Then came the auctions, and they saw who was the better player, and before that India won the 2007 World T20. And only then did they decide to sign Dhoni.”

 

“MS Dhoni coming to CSK was killing three birds with one stone,” says S Badrinath

Dhoni was the most expensive signing of the inaugural IPL. Badrinath felt that MSD’s signing added to the CSK squad a perfect captain, a perfect finisher, and a perfect wicket-keeper, thus killing three birds with one stone.

“In 2008, MS Dhoni was the most expensive player, they bought him for INR 6 crores. So this is a story you probably don’t know but Dhoni was picked instead of Sehwag. According to me, MS Dhoni coming to CSK was killing three birds with one stone. One, he is one of the best captains the world has ever seen. There is no trophy that he doesn’t have.  Second, the best finisher. A finisher is a very important part of all the best T20 teams around the world. Badrinath said.

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Even if you see all the good teams today, Mumbai Indians have Pollard, Kolkata Knight Riders have Andre Russell, CSK have MS Dhoni. And third, he is an excellent wicketkeeper. One of the best and safest keepers I have ever seen.”he added.

CSK have won the IPL title 3 times and MSD will be looking to add one more piece of silverware to his huge collection. MS Dhoni will be back in action in September leading CSK in the 13th edition of the IPL. The tournament starts on the 19th of September and the final will be played on November 10.

John Buchanan And Sourav Ganguly
John Buchanan And Sourav Ganguly
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John Buchanan Opines Sourav Ganguly Was An Unfit Captain For The T20 Format

John Buchanan, who is a former Kolkata Knight Riders coach has revealed that he did not believe Sourav Ganguly was fit to play the T20 format either as a player or as a captain. He was of the view that the Indian legend who is currently BCCI president was not suited for the requirements of the IPL or T20 cricket in general.

John Marshall Buchanan is a former world cup winning coach of Australian national team which won 2003 World Cup beating Sourav Ganguly led India at final. He was the coach of KKR in 2008 and 2009 but was sacked after the team finished last in 2009 IPL.

John Buchanan
John Buchanan

John Buchanan: Sourav Ganguly Unable To Take Quick Decisions

In an interview with Sportstar, the Australian mentioned that he even had talks with the former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly regarding the subject. According to him, a captain needs to make spot-on decisions on the field in a T20 game, and the former Indian skipper was simply unable to do so.

He said:“My thinking at the time was, as a captain, you needed to be able to make quick decisions and your game needed to be suited to the shorter format, and that’s why I had those conversations with Sourav. I just couldn’t believe he was suited to the format of the game and certainly not in a formal captaincy role.”

Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly Playing For KKR (Image Credit: Twitter)

Sourav Ganguly and John Buchanan worked together at Kolkata Knight Riders in the inaugural 2008 edition of IPL, during which the franchise finished at the sixth place out of eight teams. The coach was subsequently unhappy with his captaincy and had Brendon McCullum take over as skipper for the 2009 IPL.

However, the team ended up finishing last, and he was subsequently sacked. Sourav Ganguly led KKR in 2010, but both he and Brendon McCullum were released in 2011 and instead, KKR management appointed Gautam Gambhir as captain which paid rich dividends as KKR won 2o12 and 2014 IPL under his captaincy.

John Buchanan: ‘Split Captaincy’ Could Be Important In IPL 

As the coach of KKR, John Buchanan had tried to introduce split captaincy but the then skipper of KKR Sourav Ganguly opposed it.

The 67-year-old, however, still is of the belief that the idea of split captaincy is still relevant in the IPL. In a T20 match several decisions have to be taken fairly quickly. He believes that it’s a burden for one player to handle all these responsibilities together and every player would need to act as their own captain.

John Buchanan said:“I think it’s too much for one person to actually understand all the set of plays that you need to put in place, all the various decisions you need to make, reasonably quickly. And really where it was going to was to have everybody as a leader.

John Buchanan And Sourav Ganguly
John Buchanan And Sourav Ganguly

In other words, you are saying split captaincy, but you want everybody to be a leader on the field. These days all the bowlers are in charge of every delivery that they make. All batters make decisions out there without necessarily the inputs of the captain and the coaches. I think that is where the strength of the team lies.”

John Buchanan’s two-year stint as KKR coach in the IPL was full of controversies. Apart from the poor performance of the franchise in 2008 and 2009, Indian opener legendary Sunil Gavaskar had even accused him besides his coaching staff of racial discrimination against Indian players.

Despite John Buchanan’s claims, Sourav Ganguly had amassed 1031 runs in 40 matches for Kolkata Knight Riders and now-defunct Pune Warriors India.

Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum. Image Credits: Twitter
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IPL 2020: Top 4 IPL 2008 Records Which Are Unlikely To Be Broken

Everyone is excited to experience the IPL 2020. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has already confirmed that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will host the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) between 19th September and 10th November 2020.

In every year, we see that some teams and some players are breaking some old IPL records and creating the new IPL records. However, there are still some records which are unharmed since IPL 2008, and it is very hard to break even in the IPL 2020.

Here we are talking about the top four IPL 2008 records which are unlikely to be broken in IPL 2020

Most extras in an innings

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During the match between the hosts Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and the visitors Deccan Chargers (DC) at Kolkata on 20th April 2008, the visitors conceded a total of 28 extras during the second innings, when the hosts were batting. Among those extras, the visiting bowlers conceded 15 wides, eight leg-byes, four byes and one no-ball. While Deccan Chargers scored only 110 runs (18.4 overs) in the first innings, their too many extras helped the KKR to win that match by five wickets with six balls to spare (112/5).

It is still the record of most extras in an IPL inning. During the Dharamsala match in IPL 2011 (17th May 2011) between Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), RCB came very near to the record of most extras in an IPL inning as they conceded a total of 27 runs extras (14 leg-byes, 7 byes, 4 wides and 2 no-balls) in the first innings.

While it is very hard to break this record, especially when the bowlers are now more cautious at this particular point, the present record of most extras in an IPL inning is likely to be unharmed in the IPL 2020.

Shane Warne (left) (RR) and MS Dhoni (CSK) - AP
Shane Warne (left) (RR) and MS Dhoni (CSK) - AP
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Simon Taufel Picks Top Three Cricketing Brains During His Umpiring Career

The world-famous cricket umpire Simon Taufel is also known for his deeper understanding of cricket whose started his career of umpiring at the age of 24 as a club umpire and umpired for 17 years even winning the best umpire award for five consecutive years in the international arena.

Simon Taufel also officiated in the 2011 World Cup finals but was unable to do it for many other finals of ICC events since his country Australia played in those finals thereby depriving him officiating as the home umpire is not allowed. His knowledge of cricket saw him taking the role of ICC’s umpire performance and training manager.

Simon Taufel Twitter
Simon Taufel Twitter

Simon Taufel: Darren Lehmann, Shane Warne and MS Dhoni have the best cricketing brain

Simon Taufel recently spoke on the best cricketing brain he had seen during his umpiring career on the podcast, 22 yarns with Gaurav Kapur. The debate on the person having the best cricketing brain is going on for a long period.

The former umpire, Simon Taufel interacted with a lot of cricketers during his tenure but picked up Darren Lehmann, Shane Warne and former Indian skipper MS Dhoni to have the best cricketing brain, besides applauding Dhoni’s sense of humour and calmness maintained by him on the field.

Kuldeep Yadav (left) and MS Dhoni | Deepak Malik/SPORTZPICS
Kuldeep Yadav (left) and MS Dhoni | Deepak Malik/SPORTZPICS

According to him, MS Dhoni is not only calm, relaxed apart from having a good sense of humour and been praised by ‘cricket pundits’ for knowledge of cricket and his directions behind the stumps have always helped spinners.

“MS Dhoni, I find him amazing. He’s got one of the best cricket brains I’ve ever come across – [him], Darren Lehmann and Shane Warne would be the top three cricket brains that I’ve been fortunate to come across. MS Dhoni is so calm – he’s so relaxed – but he’s also got a sense of humour that most people wouldn’t get to see,” he said.

Recently, leg spinner Kuldeep Yadav said that with MS Dhoni behind the stumps, no coach was needed. The former captain stayed the skipper for almost a decade and changed his decisions based on gut feelings which changed the course of the match.

Unlike MS Dhoni, Darren Lehmann Hasn’t Captained Australia And Shane Warne Has Led In Only 11 ODIs

 

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has captained India from 2007 to 2016 including being a Test skipper from 2008 to 2014. He is the only captain to win all ICC trophies- inaugural 2007 T20I WC trophy, 2011 ODI World cup and 2013 Champions Trophy. MS Dhoni has won 27 out of 60 tests he captained for India and has most wins 41 in T20Is as captain out of 72 matches.

However, Simon Taufel’s other pick Darren Lehmann has never captained his side Australia and spinner Shane Warne has only led in 11 one day internationals but stayed as deputy most of the time since his behaviour outside cricket denied him becoming full-time permanent skipper.

Shane Warne
Shane Warne

The leg spinner also led Rajasthan Royals to an incredible win in the inaugural 2008 Indian Premier League while Darren Lehmann became coach of Australia before resigning after the infamous ball-tampering case.

He stepped down as head coach after the fourth test match versus South Africa in March 2018 following the scandal and was originally thought to be involved, but was finally cleared of blame after the conclusion of an investigation by Cricket Australia.

Shaun Marsh playing for Australia - GETTY IMAGES
Shaun Marsh playing for Australia - GETTY IMAGES
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Shaun Marsh, Australian Cricketer Set To Become Father For Third Time

Shaun Marsh, an Australian batsman is set to become a father for the third time as his wife Rebecca announced via an Instagram post while the family was enjoying on a beach. They have received congratulations from well-wishers.

Shaun Marsh and Rebecca had married in April 2015 which is the general norm as it is the season end for Australia. The team also had ended their season on a bright note by winning the 2015 world cup. Rebecca, who has worked as a Channel seven journalist is already blessed with a boy and a baby girl.

Shaun Marsh With Family Pic Credit: Zimbio
Shaun Marsh With Family Pic Credit: Zimbio

Shaun Marsh Debuted In 2008 And His Last Match Came In Mid 2019

Shaun Marsh had debuted for the Australians back in 2008 and has played 38 Tests, 73 ODIs, and 15 T2OIs so far. He has been away from the national team since the 2019 world cup where Australia lost to eventual winners hosts England in the semi-finals after which he failed to keep his place in the squad.

Shaun Marsh, 36, last played for Australia in mid-2019, having featured in 38 Tests, 73 ODIs, and 15 Twenty20s for the country during his career.

Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, SCG Ashes century | Fox Sports Pic Credit: Fox Sports
Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, SCG Ashes century | Fox Sports Pic Credit: Fox Sports

Dropped from Tests in the 2018/19 season, he has not played in Tests since January 2019. Marsh had made almost nine comebacks to the test squad and hopes to play for them again. The 37-year-old has also not played a T20I since 2016. Left-handed opener Shaun Marsh is the elder brother of Mitchell Marsh, both of whom play for Australia.

Shaun Marsh Was Away From Cricket Since March 2020

Like other teammates, he has been away from competitive cricket since March 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic for which thousands of people have died.  The recent surge in cases could see him out of action for another two or three months.

Shaun Marsh  Pic Credit: Gossip Gist
Shaun Marsh Pic Credit: Gossip Gist

Cricket Australia has plans to start women’s Big Bash League (BBL) to be probably played from December 3. The board is also planning to host a T20I series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan, but the schedule will be postponed till the commencement of IPL 2020.

In 2008 IPL, he also won the orange cap for scoring the maximum runs by any player in that season. Till 2017 since 2008, he played for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL. He has so far scored six tons in tests and seven tons in one-day internationals. His test highest score is 182 whereas his ODI highest score is 151.

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