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Sunil Gavaskar Unable To Understand Why Venkatesh Iyer Didn’t Bowl A Single Over In 1st ODI Against Proteas

Sunil Gavaskar could not wrap his head around the fact that all-rounder Venkatesh Iyer was not given a single over to bowl by India captain KL Rahul during the first ODI against South Africa in Paarl on Wednesday.

With South Africa stitching a 200-plus-run partnership around centurions Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen, ODI debutant Venkatesh Iyer was not given the ball despite India’s bowlers not tasting any success.

In the team as an all-rounder, Venkatesh Iyer got the not ahead of Suryakumar Yadav. If the plan was for Venkatesh Iyer not to bowl, India opting for Suryakumar Yadav ahead of him could have been a better option.

Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Sunil Gavaskar: Venkatesh Iyer Could Have Broken Partnership As Oppositions Didn’t Know Much About The ODI Debutant All-Rounder

Puzzled by this move, Sunil Gavaskar reckons a bowler like Venkatesh Iyer, whom teams haven’t seen much of, could have helped India break the massive partnership between Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen and allowed India to come back into the game.

“Only the captain has the answer as to why Venkatesh wasn’t bowled even once. He is a new player who has just made a name for himself in the last 4-5 months. That is why he is in the Indian team. But oppositions don’t know much about him. And when such a scenario arises, giving a couple of overs will allow the batters to know him,” Sunil Gavaskar said.

Venkatesh Iyer (Getty)
Venkatesh Iyer (Getty)

“And sometimes, that rhythm with which the batters are playing can also break. Had he given an over, something else could have happened. He could have given away 20-25 runs but at least it would have been something different,” Sunil Gavaskar said.

Debutant Venkatesh Iyer was not utilized for his bowling ability, raising question marks over his presence as an additional bowling option.

Sunil Gavaskar: Shivam Dube Also Didn’t Get Much Chances And Encouragement Before Being Dropped

Failing to understand the head and toe of the decision, Sunil Gavaskar added that something similar happened with Shivam Dube. Shivam Dube made his India debut in a T20I against Bangladesh in November 2019. Till now he has played 13 T20Is in which he has slammed a half-century and has best bowling figures of 3/30. Apart from that, he has also played an ODI against the West Indies in 2019.

Although in the press conference, India batter Shikhar Dhawan explained why Venkatesh Iyer wasn’t asked to bowl, saying that the spinners bowled well in tandem but numbers throw up a contrasting story. Yuzvendra Chahal and Ravichandran Ashwin combined to pick just 1 wicket for 106 runs as India managed to pick up only one wicket in the last 32 overs of the South African innings.

Shivam Dube. Image Credits: Twitter
Shivam Dube. Image Credits: Twitter

“I can’t understand. Whenever a partnership is flourishing, a bowler whom the opposition hasn’t ever faced, could be a good choice. Something similar happened with Shivam Dube. He too did not get the chances and encouragement that he should have. What is the reason behind it is something that might be answered in the press conference? What planning, what strategy was it that you didn’t even give him a single over,” Sunil Gavaskar pointed out.

Venkatesh Iyer didn’t get a chance to roll his arm over as the proteas posted the total of 296/4 and also as he got a chance to bat, he was caught in the deep against a short ball at his individual score of 2 and India eventually fell short by 31 runs.

Venkatesh Iyer, the opening batsman, and pacer had a sensational run in the UAE leg of IPL 2021 by amassing 370 runs in just 10 games. From taking to the IPL 2021 by storm to getting to make his T20I debut for India, things have come thick and fast for Venkatesh Iyer.

All-rounder Venkatesh Iyer got his maiden ODI call for the upcoming South Africa series. Venkatesh Iyer made his international debut against New Zealand last month in T20Is.  The all-rounder played all 3 T20Is at home against 2021 T20I WC runners up New Zealand, scored 36 runs, and picked a solitary scalp.

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Venkatesh Iyer Accepted That He Will Be A Finisher In Debut 3 Match ODI Series Against Proteas

Venkatesh Iyer, the opening batsman, and pacer had a sensational run in the UAE leg of IPL 2021 by amassing 370 runs in just 10 games. From taking to the IPL 2021 by storm to getting to make his T20I debut for India, things have come thick and fast for Venkatesh Iyer.

From someone who was playing for Madhya Pradesh unnoticed since 2015 to someone seen as a viable option for the seam-bowling allrounder’s slot in white-ball cricket vacated for now by Hardik Pandya, life has completely changed for the 27-year-old.

Venkatesh Iyer scored 4 off 2 balls during a short stay at the crease on debut. (Getty)
Venkatesh Iyer scored 4 off 2 balls during a short stay at the crease on debut. (Getty)

Venkatesh Iyer Reckons He Isn’t There To Fill Shoes Of Hardik Pandya

Before leaving for South Africa for the three-match ODI series, Venkatesh Iyer, also a finance expert, spoke on a variety of topics – his preparations for the tour, his late-blooming career, how academics has helped him in cricket, and his love for South megastar Rajnikanth.

“It’s been a wonderful experience. Every cricketer who starts playing the game wants to play for the country. It’s the same with me. I’m really happy that it’s happened. Everyone has welcomed me. The warmth that I’m getting in the dressing room is amazing. You didn’t get to bowl much in the T20I series against New Zealand, ” on playing for India.

“It’s not about convincing, but it’s at the back of the captain and coach’s mind to make me bowl more, and whenever I get the opportunity to bowl, I’ll definitely try to give my best. I’m still working on my bowling and that process will never end. I’m trying to work harder on accuracy and bowling in the right areas, ” on bowling.

Hardik Pandya AFP/Getty Images
Hardik Pandya AFP/Getty Images

“I think I’ve played a lot on bouncy tracks. The best thing about playing in domestic cricket is that you get to play on a variety of tracks. In India, we have a lot of tracks where there’s extra bounce. Obviously, that practice has come handy. All my practice procedures are set, and I’m keeping up with them.” on preparations for South Africa ODIs.

“I’m not here to fill anyone’s shoes. I want to contribute to the team’s victory, and that’s my mindset. I believe that I’m in the team because I can bat and bowl. You are an opener with your IPL team and in the Madhya Pradesh team, but the team requires a finisher in you,” on Hardik Pandya’s comeback hurting his chances.

All-rounder Venkatesh Iyer got his maiden ODI call for the upcoming South Africa series. Venkatesh Iyer made his international debut against New Zealand last month in T20Is.  Meanwhile, Indian all-rounder, Hardik Pandya will continue to work on his fitness as the 28-year-old is set to skip the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021 tournament. He is undergoing an extensive rehabilitation program in order to regain his bowling fitness.

Venkatesh Iyer Accepted That He’s Going To Play The Role Of A Finisher

After making his international debut against New Zealand in the T20I series, Venkatesh Iyer returned to domestic cricket and he scored 379 runs in 6 matches averaging 63.16 with a strike rate of 133.92 in the Vijay Hazare Trophy. He also contributed with the ball as the right arm seamer picked 9 wickets with an economy of 5.75 averaging 30.66.

“I’ve batted in the middle-order for a long time. I’ve been an opener for just the past two years. Even in the recent Vijay Hazare Trophy I batted in the middle order, so it won’t be a new territory for me. I’ve accepted the fact that I’m going to play the role of a finisher for the team, and I’m completely ready for that. ” on accepting the role of a finisher.

“I knew that if I was given the opportunity I’ll do well. But to be very honest, I didn’t expect anything out of me. It was my first season, and I went in with the mindset to enjoy each and every moment in it, irrespective of whatever happens, the numbers, rather than put pressure on myself by expecting too much. I was happier that my team rose from No 7 to ultimately playing in the final,” on dream start while playing for Kolkata Knight Riders.

Venkatesh Iyer scored his maiden IPL fifty in the game vs MI.© Instagram
Venkatesh Iyer scored his maiden IPL fifty in the game vs MI.© Instagram

“The coming of Pandit sir has been amazing not just for me, but for entire MP cricket. The clarity of thought that I have now is something I never imagined I could have. We’ve excelled a lot as a team. Unfortunately, that couldn’t show in the form of results as we haven’t won any trophy, but as a team we’re doing really well,” on Madhya Pradesh coach Chandrakant Pandit.

“Expectations will always be there once you start playing a certain level of cricket. But I’m not thinking that way. I’m just focusing on my process. I know what to expect of myself and I understand what it takes to achieve things. Obviously, I’ll stick to my process irrespective of whatever happens. The numbers and performances are not in my hands.” on expectations after IPL 2021.

“I take things as they come, and not think about what’s going to happen in the future. Of course, there’s the ultimate objective of playing in all three formats for the country, and not just playing, but making India win. But right now, my focus is on the next series.” said Venkatesh Iyer, 27, on time running out to cement place in the Indian team.

“It’s very important for me to be fit, because I contribute in all the three departments of the game. I’ve to give a lot of credit to my trainer back home and also my nutritionist,” said Venksatesh Iyer on keeping himself fit.

Venkatesh Iyer caught everyone’s attention when he scored 370 runs in 10 games in the last IPL season as he was introduced in the UAE leg. The all-rounder played all 3 T20Is at home against 2021 T20I WC runners up New Zealand and scored 36 runs and picked a solitary scalp.

The 3 match ODI series between India and South Africa will begin on January 19 at Paarl. Venkatesh Iyer played only the UAE leg in IPL 2021 and amassed 370 runs averaging 41.11 with 4 fifties in only 10 games.

File image of former India captain Sunil Gavaskar | AFP
File image of former India captain Sunil Gavaskar | AFP
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If India Can Find 2 All Rounders They Will Have A Better Chance To Win 2022 T20I And 2023 ODI World Cups: Sunil Gavaskar

Sunil Gavaskar, who was part of India’s first-ever World Cup triumph in 1983, has pointed out a key area that promises to boost India’s chances of winning the next two World Cups. With back-to-back World Cups approaching, the Indian cricket team would be keen to end their ICC title drought and lay their hands on one, if not both – the T20 World Cup next year and the 50-over World Cup in 2023.

It has been eight long years since India last won an ICC title when they beat England to win the 2013 Champions Trophy. Ever since, despite coming close on several occasions, an ICC trophy has always eluded the Men in Blue.

Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Sunil Gavaskar: If India Can Find 2 All Rounders They Will Have A Better Chance To Win 2022 T20I And 2023 ODI World Cups

The team received a major jolt in the recently concluded 2021 T20 World Cup two months ago in the UAE when it suffered an exit before the semi-finals, and hence the upcoming two World Cups become all the more crucial.

Underlining the one key aspect which the Indian winning team of 1983, 2007, and 2011 World Cups had, Sunil Gavaskar feels Team India needs to get this one particular department of all-rounders sorted if they are to be at the top of the world again. Sunil Gavaskar reckoned India needs two good all-rounders to win the next two WC’s.

“It was a squad of 14 players and one manager and we conquered the cricketing world. There were no field restrictions then, no limitations on the number of bouncers too and the red ball in English conditions which hardly stopped moving even after the shine was gone,” Sunil Gavaskar said about India’s 1983 World Cup-winning team while writing in his column.

Hardik Pandya AFP/Getty Images
Hardik Pandya AFP/Getty Images

“That team were full of all-rounders and that is the key especially in limited overs cricket. Even the 2007 and 2011 teams had batsmen who could bowl and bowlers who were no bunnies with the bat. If India can find two all-rounders, then we will have a better chance in the T20 World Cup in Australia in 2022 and in the 50 overs Cup at home in India in 2023,” said Sunil Gavaskar.

When it comes to all-rounders, the current Indian team doesn’t have too many options to look up to. Their premier all-rounder Hardik Pandya is out rehabilitating at the NCA. Hardik Pandya didn’t bowl in the 2021 T20I World Cup but went on to play all the matches, scoring 11 off 8 against Pakistan, 23 off 24 against New Zealand and an unbeaten 35 off 13 against Afghanistan. Hardik Pandya amassed only 69 runs averaging 34.5.

Shardul Thakur, Venkatesh Iyer Are Pace All-Rounders While Ravindra Jadeja And Ravichandran Ashwin Are Spin All-Rounders Who Have Done Well In The Past

Shardul Thakur is slowly getting an all-rounder status but is yet to show his capabilities much with the bat in limited-overs. Youngster Venkatesh Iyer showed his capability in the IPL 2021 UAE leg for KKR but is yet to be tested at the highest level. Surely, India needs to add more depth in the all-rounders’ department with several ICC events lined up.

Venkatesh Iyer played only the UAE leg in IPL 2021 and amassed 370 runs averaging 41.11 with 4 fifties in only 10 games. The all-rounder played all 3 T20Is at home against 2021 T20I WC runners up New Zealand and scored 36 runs and picked a solitary scalp.

Shardul Thakur | Twitter
Shardul Thakur | Twitter

While all of Hardik Pandya, Shardul Thakur, and Venkatesh Iyer are pace all-rounders, India has a few spin all-rounders too in the likes of Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Axar Patel.

Like pacer Shardul Thakur, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Axar Patel don’t have excellent averages in the batting department but their batting can come in handy in crunch situations to bail the team out of trouble. Ravindra Jadeja has scored 13 fifties in ODIs but his T20I batting average is below par.

Venkatesh Iyer scored his maiden IPL fifty in the game vs MI.© Instagram
Venkatesh Iyer scored his maiden IPL fifty in the game vs MI.© Instagram
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Looking Forward To Play In Eden Gardens: Venkatesh Iyer Grateful To KKR For Retaining Him For IPL 2022

Venkatesh Iyer was one of the 4 players that the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) chose to retain ahead of the IPL auctions. Venkatesh Iyer will be paid a colossal sum of INR 8 Crore by the Kolkata franchise for the 2022 edition of the tournament.

IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) has retained Sunil Narine, Andre Russell, Venkatesh Iyer, and Varun Chakravarthy for IPL 2022. KKR ended as runners-up to CSK in IPL 2021 after losing the final by 27 runs. However, the franchise does not seem keen on retaining its leadership group of Eoin Morgan and Dinesh Karthik.

Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell | IANS
Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell | IANS

Venkatesh Iyer Is Extremely Grateful To Kolkata Knight Riders Management For Retaining Him For IPL 2022

The dashing left-hander has revealed that he is happy to have been retained by the KKR franchise. Adding that the KKR side gave him his major break in his career, the 26-year-old said that he is grateful to the management for having faith in him.

“I am really happy to be back, KKR is the franchise that gave me my big break and introduced me to the world of cricket. I am extremely grateful to KKR management for putting their faith in me,” said Venkatesh according to an official release from the KKR franchise.

Venkatesh Iyer scored 4 off 2 balls during a short stay at the crease on debut. (Getty)
Venkatesh Iyer scored 4 off 2 balls during a short stay at the crease on debut. (Getty)

Venkatesh Iyer’s IPL salary has shot up 40 times. In the 2021 auction, Knight Riders bought the allrounder for his base price of INR 20 lakh. On Tuesday, Venkatesh Iyer, who made his India debut in November, was retained by Knight Riders for INR 8 crore. The all-rounder played all 3 T20Is at home against 2021 T20I WC runners up New Zealand and scored 36 runs and picked a solitary scalp,

Venkatesh Iyer Feels At Home Being A Part Of KKR And Is Looking Forward To Play Before Eden Gardens Crowd

Venkatesh Iyer also said that he feels at home when he is playing for the KKR outfit, and added that the Kolkata franchise had played a pivotal role in helping him make his debut for the Indian side as well. Venkatesh Iyer concluded by stating that he is looking forward to playing in front of the crowd at The Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Venkatesh Iyer
Venkatesh Iyer. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

“I feel at home being a part of KKR, the franchise has played a very vital role in me adorning the blues. I am looking forward to playing at Eden gardens, it’s always special to be there and to play in front of a packed crowd,” concluded Venkatesh.

Venkatesh Iyer was in rollicking form in the 2021 edition of the IPL’s UAE leg and gave blazing starts for the KKR side at the top of the order. He played 10 matches in the tournament and plundered 370 runs at an average of 41.11, and a strike rate of close to 130.

David Warner (Image Credit: Twitter)
David Warner (Image Credit: Twitter)
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David Warner Says No To Captain SRH Again In IPL 2022

David Warner’s infamous fallout with the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise has all but marked his association with the IPL franchise. But that has not stopped the fans from hoping that perhaps one day the two parties will reunite. David Warner joined SRH back in 2014 and served the team for eight long years, but things went awry between the two when SRH stripped the Australian opener of captaincy and later dropped him from the Playing XI, picking Jason Roy instead of him.
In the T20I World Cup 2021, David Warner opened the batting. The charismatic New South Welshman amassed an impressive 289 runs, including a blistering 53 off 38 balls in the final to help the Aussies successfully chase down 172 against New Zealand. He finished the tournament as the second-leading run-scorer behind Pakistan’s Babar Azam (303 runs).
Australia's David Warner (Associated Press)
Australia’s David Warner (Associated Press)

David Warner Reacts Negatively When Asked By A Fan To Captain SRH Again In IPL 2022 Under Tom Moody

Although there has been no official word from the franchise about releasing David Warner in IPL 2022, a social media post shortly after the conclusion of the IPL 2021 hinted that the batter has parted ways with the franchise.
Ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction, as teams gear up to finalize the list of retained players, there are certain speculations that suggest that there might just be a tiny ray of hope to watch David Warner and SRH get back together. However, as far as David Warner is concerned, he has nothing to do with SRH.

On an SRH fan page on Instagram called ‘WeAreOrangeArmy’, when a fan mentioned the prospect of Tom Moody coaching and Warner captaining the side, to which Warner put in a prompt two-word reply: “No thanks.”

Kane Williamson SPORTZPICS/Instagram
Kane Williamson SPORTZPICS/Instagram

SRH endured a forgettable campaign in IPL 2021, finishing with the wooden spoon. In the first half, after losing five matches out of seven, David Warner was removed as captain of the side and replaced by Kane Williamson.

IPL 2021 has been the Australian’s worst season ever with just 195 runs in 8 games, with two fifties, averaging 24.38, and striking at 107.73. As the IPL 2021 season resumed in UAE, the Aussie opener featured in the first two games for SRH but aggregated just 2 runs.

David Warner Even Led SRH To A Title In 2016 And Won Orange Cap Thrice All With Sunrisers Hyderabad

However, the change in guard couldn’t help much in turning the fortunes of the franchise as the team slipped to the bottom of the table. David Warner was subsequently dropped but returned for the first two matches of the second phase. However, following scores of 0 and 2, David Warner never made it back to the Playing XI and even stayed back at the hotel for a couple of matches.

David Warner
David Warner (Image Credit: Twitter)

David Warner is still the only player to win the IPL Orange Cap three times, and with SRH on all occasions. He even led SRH to an IPL title in 2016 and holds the record for the second-most runs in a single edition of the IPL (848 in 2017) after Virat Kohli’s 873 runs in 2016.

He has been SRH’s star opener for a number of years, having carried the weight of a fragile middle order single-handedly. He was the Orange Cap winner in 2015, 2017, and 2019, having amassed 4014 runs in 95 games for the franchise at a whopping average of 49.56 and striking at 142.59.

He is still the IPL’s 5th highest scorer, having amassed 5449 runs in 150 games averaging 41.59 with 4 tons and 50 fifties. He has hit the maximum number of the fifties in IPL history. David Warner led SRH to their maiden IPL title in 2016 as they defeated Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final by eight runs.

Mike Hussey BCCI/IPL
Mike Hussey BCCI/IPL
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Michael Hussey Opens Up On Battling With Covid-19 During IPL 2021 India Leg

Michael Hussey recounted his horrific battle with COVID-19 during the 2021 Indian Premier League. Michael Hussey had tested positive for the virus during the India leg of IPL 2021. The 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) season was a unique edition as it was played in two halves in two different countries.

While the first leg took place in India during the summer, the second half took place in September-October in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Unfortunately, it was a COVID-19 outbreak across the league in May, which forced the tournament to be suspended and completed in the UAE later in the year. Out of the people to test positive, one was Chennai Super Kings‘ (CSK) batting coach Michael Hussey.

Michael Hussey opened up on his CoVId-19 experience during IPL 2021
Michael Hussey opened up on his Covid-19 experience during IPL 2021  |  Photo Credit: IANS

Michael Hussey Felt Uneasy Flying To Covid-19 Hit India And After Getting Affected Was Isolated, Worried and Feeling Progressively Worse

Michael Hussey has opened up on his ordeal with the disease and described his experience of sitting in a body bag to be shifted from Delhi to Chennai in an air ambulance. The CSK coach also claimed he had doubts over coming to India from ‘the safest place in the world.’

In a column, Hussey wrote, “I felt uneasy when the time came to leave Perth earlier this year to coach with the Chennai Super Kings at the Indian Premier League.‘Why am I leaving one of the safest places in the world?”

“But I love my job and I had made a commitment to coach at the IPL. So, despite my nervousness, I flew to India and embarked on the mandatory seven-day quarantine which was a prerequisite for entering the IPL bubble,” he added. 

Michael Hussey was recuperating in Chennai after testing positive for Covid-19 (File Photo - TOI)
Michael Hussey was recuperating in Chennai after testing positive for Covid-19 (File Photo – TOI)

Michael Hussey spoke about his experience after being one of the support staff testing positive for COVID-19 and his isolation at the time. He described how his symptoms continued to get progressively worse in the beginning.

“I was locked in my room immediately. No one could come in, and I obviously couldn’t leave. Food was left outside my door like in quarantine. I was isolated, a bit worried and feeling progressively worse,” said Hussey. 

He further said, “My symptoms: I had a bad fever to the point where I was changing my shirt four or five times a night from sweating out. I had a relentless dry, barking cough. And I was really tired. I would try and sit at my desk to do some work, but quickly feel the need for a lie-down. I would wake up from what felt like a quick nap to realise three or so hours had passed.”

Michael Hussey, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) batting coach, believes that travelling from Mumbai to Delhi during the course of the IPL 2021 first Indian leg exposed all those involved to greater risk.

Michael Hussey and CSK bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji, both of whom were detected with COVID-19, were brought to Chennai from Delhi in an air ambulance.

Michael Hussey Realized He Was Probably In The Worst Place To Get Covid-19

Michael Hussey claimed that the worsening COVID-19 situation in Delhi became a source of worry for doctors and led to his decision to be taken to Chennai in an air ambulance.

He wrote “The doctor with the team was concerned. He realised I was probably in the worst place in the world to get Covid at that time. Delhi was recording hundreds of thousands of known new cases a day, there were very few hospital beds and many, many more people lining up outside the hospitals in need of them.”

“If things turned bad, the doctor wasn’t sure if I could get the medical assistance I would need. They decided the best thing to do was to fly me back to Chennai, the team’s home base,” added Hussey. 

File photos of Delhi Capitals' Amit Mishra (left) with SRH's Wriddhiman Saha. Image Source : IPLT20.COM
File photos of Delhi Capitals’ Amit Mishra (left) with SRH’s Wriddhiman Saha. Image Source: IPLT20.COM

Michael Hussey further described that he had to sit in a fully zipped body-bad to take the flight to Chennai.

“All I could do was trust them. Once we got to the airport, I was wheeled straight onto the plane on a stretcher inside the body bag. The air ambulance flight to Chennai took about three and a half hours. Then it was back into an ambulance and straight to a quarantine hotel,” said the CSK assistant coach. 

Michael Hussey concluded by saying he felt ‘lucky’ after seeing the suffering of so many people around the country.

“All that said, I was incredibly lucky. There were so many people in worse situations than me. I had an employer that went out of its way to look after me at a time of crisis for the country. As confronting as it was to be sick and stranded, having people on the ground with your best interests at heart was very comforting,” said the Australian. 

Michael Hussey returned to the CSK camp for the UAE leg of IPL 2021 and oversaw the team’s fourth title victory as they defeated Kolkata Knight Riders in the final.

KKR spinner Varun Chakravarthy and pacer Sandeep Warrier returned with positive results. Then, however, the governing bodies were forced to take the massive step as two more players – SRH’s Wriddhiman Saha and DC’s Amit Mishra were infected by the virus.

The virus had wreaked havoc in India at that time, claiming thousands of lives. Prasidh Krishna, who has been picked as a standby player for England tour, became the fourth Kolkata Knight Riders player to test positive for Covid-19. Earlier KKR wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert was reported to have tested positive for Covid-19.

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Yuzvendra Chahal
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Yuzvendra Chahal Will Be On That Flight To Australia For The Next T20 World Cup, Says Dinesh Karthik

Dinesh Karthik, a veteran Indian wicketkeeper-batsman on Sunday picked leg-spinner, Yuzvendra Chahal, as an absolute certainty for Rohit Sharma-led India’s squad for the 2022 T20 World Cup slated to be played in Australia next October.

Following the culmination of the India-New Zealand bilateral T20I series, Dinesh Karthik named one bowler Yuzvendra Chahal who he believes will be a certain selection in Rohit Sharma’s India in the 2022 ICC Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia.

Dinesh Karthik file image. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
Dinesh Karthik file image. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

Dinesh Karthik: Yuzvendra Chahal Has Single-Handedly Grown In Stature In IPL And Will Be Retained By RCB Franchise

Yuzvendra Chahal was finally picked in India’s T20I squad for the third game against New Zealand in the series. It was his first appearance for India since the tour of Sri Lanka in summer earlier this year, following which he was dropped from the T20 World Cup squad where Rahul Chahar was picked ahead of him. However, following the end of the tournament, the bowler was reconsidered for the New Zealand series while Rahul Chahar was dropped.

Dinesh Karthik was all praise for the leg-spinner as he made his comeback to the XI, pointing out how he has improved as a bowler and how also being a chess player has helped him as a bowler.

“Great to see him come back. And he showed his character. The way he bowled in the second leg of IPL, he was an absolute champion. He is the top leg-spinner in India. I always rate him very high because he is also a chess player and they are always a couple of moves ahead than normal people,” said Dinesh Karthik.

“And that is always a special attribute for me. He’s got good skills, good variations and is a brave bowler and he has single-handedly grown in stature in IPL. He was bought for INR 10 lakhs by RCB in 2013, and now he is beyond what it is and that shows he has improved over time and has shown his value. I’m sure he will be retained by the franchise,” said Dinesh Karthik.

Leg-spinners Rahul Chahar (L) and Yuzvendra Chahal
Leg-spinners Rahul Chahar (L) and Yuzvendra Chahal

”He is also a very good bowler abroad as well, a very important attribute to keep in mind when India travel to Australia for the next T20 World Cup. I am sure he will be on that flight to Australia. And I also know Rohit trusts him a lot. Their relationship is not just strong off the field, on the field they have some good conversations,” said Dinesh Karthik.

Yuzvendra Chahal picked only four wickets in seven games in the India leg of the 2021 Indian Premier League, at an economy rate of 8.26, which saw him fall out of contention for the race to the T20 World Cup squad, to Rahul Chahar, who snared 11 wickets in as many games at an economy rate of 7.21.

However, the RCB leg spinner made an impressive comeback in the second leg, picking 14 wickets in eight matches at an economy rate of 7.06. At the same time, Rahul Chahar struggled immensely, managing only two wickets in four games at an economy rate of 7.73.

Yuzvendra Chahal Felt Down For 2-3 Days After Being Surprisingly Dropped For T20I World Cup

Earlier this month, Yuzvendra Chahal had opened up about his World Cup snub, saying that he found it difficult to come to terms with the shocking decision, but his family and fans helped him bounce back.

“I was not dropped in four years and then I got dropped for such a marquee event. I felt really bad. I was down for two-three days. But then I knew the second leg of the IPL was still around the corner. I went back to my coaches and spoke to them a lot,” Yuzvendra Chahal said.

Yuzvendra Chahal picked a wicket, that of New Zealand opener Martin Guptill, on his return to XI, conceding 26 runs in four overs as India beat New Zealand by 73 runs in the final inconsequential T20I against New Zealand and register a 3-0 whitewash at home.

RCB leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal in action during IPL 2020 | Saikat Das / Sportzpics for BCCI
RCB leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal in action during IPL 2020 | Saikat Das / Sportzpics for BCCI

Yuzvendra Chahal missed the bus to T20 World Cup 2021 owing to some inconsistent performances, both for India as well as in the first half of the Indian Premier League for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Varun Chakravarthy, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Ravindra Jadeja were the spin options for India in the 2021 T20I World Cup.

The 35-year old spinner Ravichandran Ashwin made noteworthy outings in the opening two games against New Zealand, where he returned with figures 4-0-23-2 and 4-0-19-1, but he was rested for the final 3rd T20I as Yuzvendra Chahal was picked instead.

Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal
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Yuzvendra Chahal’s Axe From Starting XI In 1st T20I Vs New Zealand Surprised Daniel Vettori

Yuzvendra Chahal saw himself warming the bench again as Ravichandran Ashwin was preferred over him in the India squad for the first T20I of the 3-match series against New Zealand in Jaipur. However, former New Zealand spinner Daniel Vettori has questioned the preference of off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin over leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal considering the upcoming 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia.

The Indian cricket team put their T20 World Cup 2021 disappointment behind them as they took on New Zealand in the first of the 3-match T20I series in Jaipur on Wednesday. The match marked the return of some familiar and some new faces, but leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal had to settle for the bench again as he was overlooked in the playing XI for the opening contest.

Ravichandran Ashwin was selected over Yuzvendra Chahal  |  Photo Credit: AP
Ravichandran Ashwin was selected over Yuzvendra Chahal  |  Photo Credit: AP

Yuzvendra Chahal Was Omitted From T20I World Cup Squad And Starting XI For 1st T20I vs NZ Despite Consistent Showing In IPL 2021

Deepak Chahar, Axar Patel, Shreyas Iyer, and Mohammed Siraj were some of the faces who were recalled in India’s T20I team after a number of senior players were rested. All-rounder Venkatesh Iyer also got the nod, earning his maiden India cap, but the absence of Yuzvendra Chahal from the team did leave a few surprised.

Former New Zealand captain Daniel Vettori was one of those who were left baffled by the team management’s decision to leave out Yuzvendra Chahal and play Ravichandran Ashwin instead. Daniel Vettori questioned the inclusion of Ravichandran Ashwin over Yuzvendra Chahal, considering the team is being built, keeping the next 2022 T20 World Cup in mind.

Bangladesh Hire Daniel Vettori, Charl Langeveldt As Bowling CoachesDaniel Vettori, New Zealand's record wicket-taker, will work for 100 days leading up to next year's World Twenty20 in Australia starting with November's tour of India.Agence France-PresseUpdated: July 28, 2019 12:11 AM ISTRead Time:2 min Bangladesh Hire Daniel Vettori, Charl Langeveldt As Bowling Coaches Daniel Vettori is New Zealand's record wicket-taker.© Twitter
Daniel Vettori is New Zealand’s record wicket-taker.© Twitter

“Venkatesh Iyer, who is being rewarded for his form in the IPL. It’s sad to see Chahal not being given the same opportunity. We all know what Ashwin can do, is he going to be in the starting XI for the World Cup next year, who knows?

“But Chahal was bowling exceptionally well and was a wicket-taking option for Kohli throughout the IPL. He is one of the best T20 leggies in the world,” said Vettori.

Yuzvendra Chahal missed the bus to T20 World Cup 2021 owing to some inconsistent performances, both for India as well as in the first half of the Indian Premier League for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Varun Chakravarthy, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Ravindra Jadeja were the spin options for India in the 2021 T20I World Cup.

Yuzvendra Chahal was left out of the Indian squad for the T20I World Cup 2021, and he wasn’t named in the reserves as well, owing to his poor form. Even in phase one of IPL 2021 in India, Yuzvendra Chahal could pick up just 4 wickets in 6 games at a high bowling average and never looked in a good rhythm.

However, he has been a revelation since the start of the UAE phase of IPL 2021. Yuzvendra Chahal has picked up 14 wickets in 8 games in UAE with an excellent economic rate.

Yuzvendra Chahal Deserved Opportunity To Comeback In Starting XI: Daniel Vettori

However, as the wrist-spinner made his return to India’s T20 squad for the New Zealand series after an impressive show in the UAE-leg of IPL, Daniel Vettori expected him to be in the starting XI.

“At the time, the decision was probably right to leave him out of the World Cup squad but then the Chahal that we saw in the IPL, was the Chahal we all know.

“Chahal bowled quicker in the IPL, trying to spin more, and attacked the stumps more often. So, I thought he deserved the opportunity to come back into the starting XI tonight after being left out earlier,” said the Kiwi legend.

Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal. [Photo: Twitter]
Ravichandran Ashwin had a memorable outing in Jaipur, conceding just 23 runs in 4 overs while also picking two important wickets of Mark Chapman and Glenn Phillips. As things stand, it doesn’t look like leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal will get to feature for India in the 2nd T20I against New Zealand, too, at Ranchi.
Venkatesh Iyer scored his maiden IPL fifty in the game vs MI.© Instagram
Venkatesh Iyer scored his maiden IPL fifty in the game vs MI.© Instagram
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Venkatesh Iyer Reveals Harbhajan Singh Told Him He Would Be KKR’s Find Of IPL 2021 By Watching Him At Nets

Venkatesh Iyer, the name which has been on the lips of the fans for the past couple of months, has made quite an interesting revelation regarding veteran India off-spinner and his Kolkata Knight Riders teammate Harbhajan Singh.

After making impressive performances in the second half of the IPL 2021, Venkatesh Iyer has been given his maiden India call-up for the upcoming home T20I series against New Zealand.

Harbhajan Singh. (Twitter/KKRiders)
Harbhajan Singh. (Twitter/KKRiders)

Venkatesh Iyer Revealed Harbhajan Singh Said He Would Be KKR’s Find In IPL 2021 Much Before He Played His 1st IPL Game

However, the left-handed opener has revealed that spinner Harbhajan Singh had predicted him to be KKR’s “find of the season” after watching him in just a couple of net sessions.

“One thing that Harbhajan Singh told me when the IPL began, after he saw me in just a couple of net sessions, when I wasn’t part of the set-up: ‘You will be KKR’s find this season. I have complete faith in you and when you get the opportunity, you will definitely be able to do it’,” Venkatesh Iyer said.

Harbhajan Singh, Venkatesh Iyer
Harbhajan Singh, Venkatesh Iyer. Image-BCCI

Venkatesh Iyer did emerge to be KKR’s find of the season; the southpaw played a crucial role in reviving KKR’s season and launching them till the final. He scored 320 runs in 10 matches in the UAE leg, with the help of four fifties, including a half-century in the final vs CSK, but it wasn’t enough to see his side to the title.

Venkatesh Iyer Didn’t Believe Harbhajan Singh’s Early Comments Would Come Out To Be True

The 26-year-old said that he initially thought Harbhajan Singh was just boosting some confidence in him by praising the youngster.

“To be honest, I didn’t believe it. I thought, why is this guy telling me so much when he hasn’t even seen me in practice games? I thought he was just [being] a good person and comforting me. But I’m happy that it turned out to be slightly true. That’s something that warms my heart,” the all-rounder added.

Venkatesh Iyer
Venkatesh Iyer (Image: Twitter)

It remains to be seen if Venkatesh Iyer gets to make his India debut against the Kiwis. Also, it would be interesting to see how he goes should he be given a middle-order slot in the all-rounder’s role in the absence of Hardik Pandya.

Venkatesh Iyer, who was a sensation in the second leg of the IPL 2021 in the UAE, has earned his maiden India call-up. Venkatesh Iyer scored 320 runs in 10 games at an average of 41.11 and a strike rate of 128.47, including four half-centuries. He finished as KKR’s fourth-highest run-scorer.

India’s squad for New Zealand T20Is:

Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul (vc), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Avesh Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Harshal Patel, Mohd. Siraj

David Warner (Image Credit: Twitter)
David Warner (Image Credit: Twitter)
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David Warner Wasn’t Dropped From SRH Playing 11 For A Cricketing Reason: Brad Haddin

David Warner was dropped from the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) playing XI in the 2021 edition of the IPL. The way SRH skipper David Warner was treated by the SRH franchise hogged the spotlight in the world of cricket.

And now, the assistant coach of the SRH franchise, Brad Haddin has revealed that it was not a ‘cricket ‘decision to drop David Warner from the side.

David Warner
David Warner (Image Credit: Twitter)

Brad Haddin: Circumstances To Drop SRH Skipper David Warner Was Out Of Coaching Staff’s Control

Brad Haddin also added that David Warner was not out of form and turned up in a good mental space. Brad Haddin also revealed that the former SRH skipper was striking the ball well in the nets but the situation was out of control.

“I tell you what it was not a cricket decision that he was not playing for SunRisers Hyderabad. I think the one thing you have to realize with David is that he was not out of form, he was out of match practice. They had a long break, he did not go to Bangladesh or West Indies. But he turned up in really good headspace. He was hitting the ball well, circumstances were out of our control, even the coaching staff,” said Brad Haddin.

Brad Haddin | Reuters
Brad Haddin | Reuters

Brad Haddin also said that David Warner was not out of form and needed some match time to get back in the groove. IPL 2021 has been David Warner’s worst season ever with just 195 runs in 8 games, with two fifties, averaging 24.38, and striking at 107.73. As the IPL 2021 season resumed in UAE, the Aussie opener featured in the first two games for SRH but aggregated just 2 runs.

After being dropped from SunRisers Hyderabad’s playing XI during IPL 2021, David Warner turned the clock back during Australia’s maiden T20 WC-winning campaign and was awarded Player of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. He scored 49 and 53 in the semi-final against Pakistan and final against New Zealand respectively.

Brad Haddin: David Warner Has Got A Back Of Rhythm Into His Game Which Was Good To Watch

Brad Haddin added that Australian opener David Warner has got the rhythm back into his game in the way he is playing and is very good to watch.

“But it was not because he was out of form. All he needed was some match time, he was hitting the ball well. He just needed to spend some time in the middle to get the rhythm again. As the tournament went on, you have seen his class. He got a bit of rhythm back into his game and he was good to watch,” concluded Haddin.

Australia's David Warner (Associated Press)
Australia’s David Warner (Associated Press)

David Warner was the star performer for the Australian side with the bat in the T20I World cup 2021 and top-scored for the kangaroos by plundering 289 runs in 7 innings in the 2021 T20 World Cup. The 35-year-old has even been adjudged the Player of the Tournament for his stellar show with the willow in hand.

David Warner has been SRH’s star opener for a number of years, having carried the weight of a fragile middle order single-handedly. He was the Orange Cap winner in 2015, 2017, and 2019, having amassed 4014 runs in 95 games for the franchise at a whopping average of 49.56 and striking at 142.59.

He is still the IPL’s 5th highest scorer having amassed 5449 runs in 150 games averaging 41.59 with 4 tons and 50 fifties. He has hit the maximum number of the fifties in IPL history. David Warner led SRH to their maiden IPL title in 2016 as they defeated Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final by eight runs.

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