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Indian players Ishant Sharma, left, Ravichandran Ashwin, center, and Mohammed Shami
Indian players Ishant Sharma, left, Ravichandran Ashwin, center, and Mohammed Shami

WTC Final: We’ve Got Everything Covered, It Should Be India All The Way, Says Venkatesh Prasad

Venkatesh Prasad opined that India now has a third or a fourth seamer who can maintain pressure built by the new ball bowlers. Former Indian bowling coach Venkatesh Prasad feels that Virat Kohli’s team India has all bases covered to take on Kane Williamson’s New Zealand in the upcoming World Test Championship Final on Friday.

A lot has been talked about the advantage Kane Williamson-led New Zealand would have after playing two Tests against England, ahead of the WTC final.

Venkatesh Prasad
Venkatesh Prasad (Image Credit: PTI)

Venkatesh Prasad: India Has Got A Lot Of Options In Both Batting And Bowling As Their Bench Is Also Very Strong

However, Venkatesh Prasad believes there is enough firepower in Team India’s arsenal to win the inaugural title. While speaking in an interview with news agency PTI, Venkatesh Prasad opined that India now has a third or a fourth seamer who can maintain pressure built by the new ball bowlers. At the same time, he feels the team has the batting to put 350 runs on the board irrespective of the conditions.

“Two best teams are playing the final. India has got a lot of options as their bench is also very strong. Be it a batting or seaming track, India has got the upper hand for the simple reason: In the early 90s and later 2000s, there will be two good seamers but the team did have not a third or fourth option.

“Now the squad has got the strength of that and a couple of very good all-rounders. We always had world-class spinners but now we also have a world-class pace attack,” Prasad told PTI.

Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav Photo by Deepak Malik / Sportzpics for BCCI
Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, and Umesh Yadav. Photo by Deepak Malik / Sportzpics for BCCI

“And we also have the batting to 350 runs on the board. Now we have got everything covered. It doesn’t matter what sort of a pitch it would be. It should be India all the way,” he added.

Four days ahead of the ICC World Test Championship Final against New Zealand in Southampton, Virat Kohli & Coach Ravi Shastri has almost settled their bowling combination. The talks about India playing 4 pacers in Southampton can be put to rest. It is learned that instead team India will play 3 pacers & 2 spin bowler combinations against New Zealand.

Though the team management agrees that pitch and the English conditions will suit seamers more, India wants to play on their strength and will draft 2 spinners in form of Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin in the XI.

As for pacers, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami will become an automatic choice in English conditions with Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Siraj, and Shardul Thakur fighting for the third pacer slot. Umesh Yadav remains out of contention as of now.

Venkatesh Prasad Hopes The WTC Final Goes To The 5th Day

The former Indian pacer, who formed the new ball pairing alongside the great Javagal Srinath in his heydays, expects India to dominate the WTC Final from June 18 onwards. Venkatesh Prasad said he rather not pay too much attention to the opposition’s strengths.

“I hope to see the game go to the fifth day. Especially in India, we didn’t see it go beyond the third or fourth day. It should reach day five but in English conditions, the Dukes ball does something more often than not. The batsmen will have to adapt quickly and the bowlers will need to figure out the end which is more suited to them,” Venkatesh Prasad said.

Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj

While having Ishant Sharma is a must in Australia for his height and the bounce he generates, in England, Virat Kohli may opt for a little more variety and bring in Mohammed Siraj.

The Hyderabad-based pacer has done wonders in the last few months. He has troubled England batsmen on lifeless Indian pitches while bowling match-winning figures in Australia as he spearheaded the pace attack and was India’s highest wicket-taker with 13 scalps.

However, the fact that Ishant Sharma has a lot of experience in bowling in England and that he was the last tour’s top wicket-taker 18 scalps could get him the nod.

Mohammad Azharuddin played 99 Tests for India. Twitter
Mohammad Azharuddin played 99 Tests for India. Twitter

Venkatesh Prasad Was Comfortable Playing Under Mohammed Azharuddin

Venkatesh Prasad was asked to name the best captain he played under, and the former India fast bowler was forthright in his answer.

Former fast bowler Venkatesh Prasad may have represented India in not more than 33 Tests, but he holds the record for being India’s fifth-highest ODI wicket-taker by a fast bowler. The fast-bowling pair of Venkatesh Prasad and Javagal Srinath was India’s most fabled pace duo in the 1990s, achieving great success together.

Venkatesh PrasadVenkatesh Prasad (Image Credit: PTI)

Venkatesh Prasad Was Comfortable When Mohammed Azharuddin Was Captain

From his debut in 1994 to his last match for India in 2001, Venkatesh Prasad wasn’t exactly in the game for the long haul but remained an important member of the Indian team. He wasn’t express pace but he was able to do what not many India fast bowlers could back in the day – move the ball both ways along with having a tremendous slower ball.

He started his career under the captaincy of Mohammad Azharuddin and finished under Sourav Ganguly while playing under Sachin Tendulkar as well during his two stints as captain of the Indian team. In a chat with The Grade Cricketer Podcast, Venkatesh Prasad was asked to name the best captain he played under, and the former India fast bowler was forthright in his answer.

Venkatesh Prasad played under Mohammad Azharuddin, Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar. (Getty Images)
Venkatesh Prasad played under Mohammad Azharuddin, Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar. (Getty Images)

“I can be very diplomatic here. I can easily say that ‘look, everybody is different in their own way’. But I was always comfortable when Azhar was the captain because he used to just throw the ball at you and would ask what field do you want. And when I set a field, I own the responsibility to bowl to that field, isn’t it? So that’s how it was,” Prasad said on The Grade Cricketer Podcast.

The pacer played under Mohammed Azharuddin from 1994 to 1996, before Sachin Tendulkar was named captain for the first time. The captaincy shifted between Mohammed Azharuddin and Sachin Tendulkar once more, before finally, in the year 2000, Sourav Ganguly was named the new India skipper.

Venkatesh Prasad Knew Mohammed Azharuddin Well As His Best Performances Came When The Hyderabad Man Was Skipper

The pacer clarified that while he did not face any issues under either Sachin Tendulkar or Sourav Ganguly, the rapport with Mohammed Azharuddin was just better due to the history between the two players.

“It wasn’t as if I was not comfortable with Sachin or Ganguly either but I guess my best performances came when Azhar was the captain and that’s how it was. Also, Azhar happens to come from Hyderabad, and Karnataka and Hyderabad aren’t very far so we knew each other very well. We used to play against each other, also together when there were zonal teams. So that’s how the rapport and understanding were much better,” Prasad added.

Indian cricket legends Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar. (PTI Image)
Indian cricket legends Sourav Ganguly and Sachin Tendulkar. (PTI Image)

Venkatesh Prasad was part of the Mohammed Azharuddin-led side from 1994 to 1996. Mohammed Azharuddin captained India in overall 174 ODI matches and under his leadership, the Asian giants managed to win 90 games.

The pacer recorded 96 dismissals in Test cricket playing 33 Tests while he scalped 196 ODI wickets in his international career playing 161 ODIs. He debuted in 1994 and was dropped from the Indian team after the 2001 test series in Sri Lanka as he struggled with injuries and dipping form towards the end of his career.

Mohammed Azharuddin’s international playing career came to an end when he was found to be involved in a match-fixing scandal in 2000 and subsequently banned by the BCCI for life. In 2012, the Andhra Pradesh High Court declared the life ban illegal.

Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan

England Fined 20% Of Match Fees For Slow-Over Rate In The 4th T20I

England has been fined 20 per cent of their match fees for maintaining a slow over-rate against India in the fourth T20I against India in Ahmedabad on Thursday.

Javagal Srinath of the Emirates ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees imposed the sanction after Eoin Morgan’s side was ruled to be one over short of the target after time allowances were taken into consideration.

Javagal Srinath Courtesy: BCCI
Javagal Srinath Courtesy: BCCI

England Fined 20% Of Match Fees As Eoin Morgan Pleads Guilty

In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minimum over-rate offences, players are fined 20 per cent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time.

England Players were fined 20 percent of their match fees
England Players were fined 20 per cent of their match fees AP Photo

Eoin Morgan pleaded guilty to the offence and accepted the proposed sanction, so there was no need for a formal hearing. On-field umpires KN Ananthapadmanabhan, Nitin Menon, and third umpire Virendra Sharma levelled the charges. England took two hours to finish their 20 overs in the previous game.

Suryakumar Yadav Adjudged Man Of The Match For Scoring 57

India won the match by eight runs on Thursday night to level the five-match series at 2-2, paving the way for a winners-take-it-all final game at the same venue on Saturday. India’s Suryakumar Yadav was adjudged Man of the Match for his knock of 57 runs in 31 deliveries.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav (BCCI)

Suryakumar Yadav’s 57 runs came off just 31 deliveries and were studded with six fours and three sixes as he looked comfortable against both pace and spin. He was, however, unlucky to be given out, as there was no conclusive evidence against Dawid Malan taking a clean catch, which could have overturned the on-field decision of ‘out.’

Suryakumar Yadav hit a first-ball six against England pacer Jofra Archer off the first ball he faced in international cricket, on Thursday evening, and left everyone amazed during the penultimate T20I. He hit his maiden fifty in international cricket in only his 2nd match in Indian Blues. The 30-year-old, on his debut in the 2nd T20I, did not get a chance to bat but made it count off the first opportunity he was bestowed with.

Suryakumar Yadav has been handed a maiden ODI call-up after an impressive show in the ongoing T20Is while fast bowler Prasidh Krishna and spinner Krunal Pandya has been added to the 18 member squad which will be led by Virat Kohli.

India vs England 3rd Test, Ahmedabad: Motera Stadium pitch and weather report , England Cricket Twitter
India vs England 3rd Test, Ahmedabad: Motera Stadium pitch and weather report , England Cricket Twitter

Ahmedabad Pitch Used For 3rd Day-Night Test Rated ‘Average’

Ahmedabad pitch, the much-debated one used for the third India-England Test at the Narendra Modi Stadium has been awarded a rating of ‘average’ which isn’t too bad according to standards, considering the negative hype it received from several England players which save the newly refurbished stadium from serious sanctions.

Ahmedabad pitch will now escape any sort of punishment, which could not have been avoided if the rating were found to be below average or worse. The rating for the fourth Test pitch, which was also played on the same ground, is ‘Good’. That Test lasted three days with India inflicting an innings defeat on England.

The world's largest cricket stadium at Ahmedabad-Motera Stadium
The world’s largest cricket stadium at Ahmedabad-Motera Stadium (Image Courtesy: Twitter)

3rd Test At Ahmedabad Ended Within 2 Days And Attracted Severe Criticism From Former England Players

The third Test, which was a day-nighter, ended within two days and had a dubious distinction of being one of the shortest games in Test history, leading to negative criticisms from former English players like David Lloyd, Michael Vaughan, Alastair Cook, and Andrew Strauss. The England team management left it to the apex board ICC to decide on the quality of the Ahmedabad pitch while India skipper Virat Kohli blamed it on the failure of the batsmen.

Under the new ICC rules, that came into effect in January 2018, an ‘average’ rating of a certain pitch entails no punishment, and in that sense, the Motera pitch will not be affected by any means. A rating of poor or unfit would have resulted in serious consequences. A below-average rating would have led to one Demerit Point.

Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)

The pitch rating is given by the match referee in consultation with match officials, who used to be always from neutral countries. In the aftermath of Covid-19, the ICC was forced to oversee the games through home umpires, the process of grading also got ICC involved with the operations team of the world body working in co-ordination with the match officials. That way the verdict cannot be accused of being a ‘biased’ conclusion. Javagal Srinath was the match referee.

While debating on the Ahmedabad pitch, the match and ICC officials have viewed the footage and concluded that the third Ahmedabad pitch Test surface had the much-required carry, a key ingredient, the absence of which would have led to a lower rating. Further, the colour of the ball was also factored in and it was believed that the extra layer of pink coating facilitated the ball’s skiddy behaviour.

The statistics that were also taken into consideration were most Pink Ball Tests have not lasted the course. Of the 16 Pink Ball Tests so far, only five have gone to the fifth day, with two of them ending inside two days and five inside three days. Four pink-ball Tests ended on Day Four.

Meanwhile, the surfaces for the first two Tests, which were both played at Chepauk in Chennai, received the ratings of Very Good and Average respectively. After losing the first Test, which went to the fifth day, India won the series 3-1 after winning the last 3 Tests.

Ahmedabad Pitch Rated Average Not Substandard Which Would Have Seen One Demerit Point

In the revised ICC Pitch and Outfield Monitoring Process, if a pitch or outfield is rated as being substandard, that venue will be allocated a number of demerit points. One demerit point will be awarded to venues whose pitches are rated by the match referees as below average, while three and five demerit points will be awarded to venues whose pitches are marked as poor and unfit, respectively.  Demerit points will remain active for a rolling five-year period.

Ahmedabad pitch for the Day-Night Test. Pic: Twitter
Ahmedabad pitch for the Day-Night Test. Pic: Twitter

When a venue accumulates five demerit points or more, it will be suspended from hosting any international cricket for a period of 1 year, while it will be suspended for 2 years when it reaches the threshold of 10 demerit points. A limited amount of seam movement is acceptable early in the match and that a pitch may develop some unevenness of bounce for pacers as the match progresses.

It is acceptable for a pitch to offer some turn on the first day of a match, particularly in the sub-continent conditions, though anything more than occasional unevenness of bounce at this stage of the match is not acceptable.

It is impossible to quantify the amount that a ball is “allowed” to turn as bowlers will turn the ball in differing amounts. The type and identity of the bowler shall be taken into account when assessing this factor.  Ahmedabad pitch should have been allotted demerit points if the pitch was termed below average.


Joe Root Disappointed And Questions 3rd Umpire’s Consistency

Joe Root, England skipper was extremely displeased with a couple of decisions from the third umpire on Day 1 of the third Test against England which didn’t go in England’s favour.

The 1st day of the third Test between India and England at the newly built revamped Narendra Modi stadium became the center of some debatable umpiring decisions.

Joe Root
Joe Root Photograph: Ross Setford/Reuters

Joe Root And Chris Silverwood Spoke To ICC Match Referee Javagal Srinath After The End Of 1st Day’s Play

After all-rounder Ben Stokes’ dropped catch involving Shubman Gill stirred a controversy, England skipper Joe Root was left infuriated with the third umpire’s decision to not check a stumping incident involving an Indian batsman Rohit Sharma from multiple angles.

Joe Root as well as England head coach Chris Silverwood spoke to the ICC match referee, Javagal Srinath, after the end of the first day’s play after seeing two questionable decisions going India’s way without the third umpire giving enough time and attention.

Chris Silverwood, England head coach
Chris Silverwood, England head coach Getty Images

The third umpire on duty was Chettithody Shamshuddin who appeared to have reached his conclusions into the two debatable matters quite quickly without spending much time in assessing all angles involved. A frustrated Joe Root could also be heard asking for more consistency from the umpires on the stump microphone as only one camera angle was used to make up the decision despite the availability of more.

“The England captain and head coach spoke with the match referee after play,” an England team spokesperson told ESPNCricinfo.

“The captain and head coach acknowledged the challenges the umpires faced and asked respectfully that in making any decisions there was consistency in the process. The match referee said the captain was asking the right questions of the umpires.”

Third umpire Chettithody Shamsuddin decided Ben Stokes had grounded a catch at slip after Shubman Gill edged Stuart Broad, while he also determined that Rohit Sharma had grounded his foot as Ben Foakes aimed to complete a stumping off Jack Leach.

Zak Crawley: Frustrations Lie With Not Checking More Thoroughly

Zak Crawley, England’s best batsman in the first innings with a half-century to his name, cited the example of lower-order tailender batsman Jack Leach where a low catch was checked by 5 to 6 different angles by the third umpire but there was no such case in the incidents involving Indian batsmen Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill.

“When we batted, Jack Leach had a similar sort of one [low catch, similar to the Stokes dismissal] where it didn’t quite carry and it seemed like they looked at it from five or six different angles,” Crawley said. “When we were fielding it seemed like they looked at it from one angle.

England's Zak Crawley. Credit: AFP
England’s Zak Crawley. Credit: AFP

“That’s where the frustrations lie. I can’t say whether they were out or not out, but I think the frustrations lie with not checking more thoroughly.”

Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, the unavailability of neutral umpires for bilateral contests has become a much-talked-about issue. The apex board, hence, decided to give teams an extra review per innings but certain issues like the ones in Ahmedabad in the pink-ball Test continue to arise.

Apart from Zak Crawley’s 53, the other batsmen didn’t contribute much with Joe Root’s 17 next best. For India, Rohit Sharma is unbeaten on 57 while Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Virat Kohli were men to be dismissed.

India ended Day 1 at 99 for 3, training England’s total by only 13 runs as opener Rohit Sharma is batting on 57 not out. Left-arm spinner Axar Patel picked up a 6-wicket haul while Ravichandran Ashwin picked up 3 wickets as the Indian spin duo ran through the England batting unit.

Umpire Anil Chaudhary, right, signals a no-ball by India's Jasprit Bumrah, left, during the first one-day international cricket match between India and Sri Lanka in Dharmsala, India, Sunday, Dec. 10, 2017. (AP Photo/Altaf Qadri)

India vs England 2021: ICC Names Anil Chaudhary, Virender Sharma, Nitin Menon As Umpires For The First 2 Tests

ICC (International Cricket Council) has appointed the pair of Anil Chaudhary and Virender Sharma as umpires to stand alongside another umpire Nitin Menon for the first two Tests between India and England.

The trio of umpires will officiate in the first two Tests of the upcoming f0ur-Test series between India and England, thus continuing the trend of home umpires officiating in Tests ever since the outbreak of COVID-19 pandemic in 2020.

Anil Chaudhary
Anil Chaudhary (Image Credit: Twitter)

ICC Names Anil Chaudhary As On Field Umpire For 1st Test And Virender Sharma As Umpire For 2nd Test

According to a report in ESPN, Anil Chaudhary will be the on-field umpire for the first Test beginning February 5 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, with Virender Sharma replacing him in the second beginning February 13 at the same venue.

C Shamshuddin, also part of the international panel, will be the third umpire for the first Test, and will be replaced by Anil Chaudhary for the following match. Former India fast bowler Javagal Srinath will be the match referee for England’s entire tour, which also comprises five T20Is and three ODIs, the report further stated.

ICC Match Referee Javagal Srinath
ICC Match Referee Javagal Srinath (Photo by Chirag Wakaskar-IPL 2010/IPL via Getty Images)

Anil Menon, the only Indian official on the ICC’s Elite Panel, will be standing in his fourth Test, while for both Anil Chaudhary and Virender Sharma, it will be the maiden Test appearance.

The final two Tests will be played in Ahmedabad, including a day-night Test starting February 24 followed by the fourth and final Test from March 4.

ICC Temporarily Removed Neutral Umpires From All Formats After Covid-19 Outbreak

ICC had temporarily removed neutral umpires for all international formats owing to the “logistical challenges with international travel”, when in June last year international cricket resumed after the global lockdown because of the dreaded COVID-19 pandemic.

Richard Illingworth.
Richard Illingworth. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

However, recently, England’s Richard Illingworth was announced as a neutral on-field umpire for the two-match Test series between Bangladesh and West Indies. That too was necessitated as Bangladesh don’t have an umpire in the ICC’s Elite Panel and for the same reason the ICC appointed Richard Illingworth as the umpire for the match beginning February 3 at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Jasprit Bumrah Is Going To Be A Superstar Once His Career Finishes: Jason Gillespie

Jason Gillespie, former Australian pacer praised Indian seamers, especially predicting big things in the future for one impactful quick Jasprit Bumrah in particular.

India has reached Australia for the upcoming series comprising of 3 ODIs, 3 T20Is and 4 Tests which begins with the first T20I taking place on November 27th. The 4 Test match series starts on December 17, and skipper Virat Kohli will miss last 3 tests to attend the birth of a child.

Jason Gillespie
Jason Gillespie. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Jason  Gillespie: Indian Paces Are A Fine Bunch Now, And Pace Attack Is Best In A Long Time

One of the biggest factors that make the current Indian team a tough competitor and the team to beat is the fast-bowling attack that skipper Virat Kohli has nourished under him comprising several veterans and raw youngsters in the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, among many others.

In a recent interaction, former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie was asked to compare the current India fast bowling attack to the one which India had during his playing days like Zaheer Khan and Javagal Srinath among others. In his reply, he praised India seamers, especially predicting big things in the future for Jasprit Bumrah.

“They all bring their different ways of doing it (bowling fast). I think the Indian pace attack now is as good as they’ve had in a long time. That’s no disrespect to the guys who came before them,” Gillespie told Sportstar.

“But they are a fine bunch now. (Jasprit) Bumrah is going to be a superstar once his career finishes. He will go down as one of India’s greatest in all three forms of the game. There’s no doubt about that,” he added.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah. Image Credit: IPL.

“(Mohammed) Shami has been excellent. Ishant Sharma has shown what an adaptable player he is. He has had a few ups and downs but has shown real resilience. He is always trying to better himself,” he further said.

“India should be proud of how he has stuck to his task and found ways to reinvent himself. And then you’ve got other guys like Bhuvneshwar Kumar. Bhuvi is injured at the moment. Hopefully, he will be fit soon. Umesh Yadav has added a yard of pace, hasn’t he,” he added.

However, injuries have played a part too as currently Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar are nursing injuries and have not been named in any squad for the Australian tour. Both of them suffered injuries in the recently concluded IPL 2020. Jasprit Bumrah, on the other hand, narrowly missed purple cap and became 2nd bowler among maximum wicket takers with 27 wickets after Kagiso Rabada who picked 30.

Jason Gillespie: Difficult To Compare Eras Absolutely

Jason Gillespie played from 1996 to 2006 and appeared in 71 Tests and 97 ODIs, and he faced Indian pacers like Ajit Agarkar, Javagal Srinath and Zaheer Khan.

Comparing the two generations of players, Gillespie said: “What a wonderful bowler (Javagal) Srinath was. Probably knocked me over on a few occasions (smiles)… Zaheer Khan, too, brought something different to the Indian seam attack.”

Zaheer Khan
Zaheer Khan (Image Credit: Getty Images)

“[It’s] difficult to compare eras absolutely, but the biggest difference between the pace attacks (then and now) has been the depth. I am not sure if in the past they’ve (India) had quite as much depth as they have now,” he signed off.

Jason Gillespie though said it is difficult to compare eras but reckons India currently have the depth in pace attack, unlike previous years.

The former pace attack comprised of Javagal Srinath, Irfan Pathan, Zaheer Khan, RP Singh, Munaf Patel, Ashish Nehra and L Balaji, to name a few.

Javagal srinath
Javagal Srinath (Photo by Steve Mitchell/EMPICS via Getty Images)

Don’t Look For Any Empathy: Javagal Srinath Supports Mankading

Former Indian cricketer Javagal Srinath echoed in support of bowlers for practicing Mankading to get the batsman out. The veteran opines that if the batsman at nonstriker’s end moves inches out of the crease while the bowler has still not released the ball, he is not invoking the spirit of the game.

Srinath’s remark came after Delhi Capital’s coach Ricky Ponting opined that Mankading is against the spirit of the games. The former Aussie captain had also said that DC players, including Ravichandran Ashwin, would not be allowed to pull out such practice. The debate on Mankad had started after Ashwin had picked the wicket of Jos Buttler, at the nonstriker’s end, in the same way.

Javagal Srinath stands in support of Mankading

Ravichandran Ashwin, Dale Steyn
Image Credit: BCCI/IPL

In the recent interaction with Ravichandran Ashwin on his Youtube show ‘DRS With Ash’, Srinath opined that he does not feel that the bowler is wrong if he runs out a batsman in this fashion.

The bowler is focusing on the batsman. For the batsman (at the non-striker’s end) to stick to his crease till the ball is released is no big deal, because he’s not batting, nor is he thinking of anything else.” Srinath told Ashwin 

“So the batsman shouldn’t leave the crease and the bowler should focus on just bowling and the batsman he’s going to bowl to. If the batsman is taking undue advantage, and if he’s involved in a run out, I am fine. I am perfectly okay with that,” Srinath said.

India’s former pace mainstay Javagal Srinath has opined that the batsman should stay inside the crease until the bowler has not delivered the ball.

Don’t look for any empathy. Don’t invoke the spirit of the game. The spirit of the game is with the runner. He cannot move out of the crease. If he is doing it, he’s not invoking the spirit of the game itself. I would believe that the batsman should stick to the crease.”

The result is unfair: Javagal Srinath

Ravichandran Ashwin, Jaydev Unadkat
Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

Srinath said that the runner’s moving out of the crease can impact the outcome of a close game in an unfair manner. He added that the batsman should not be given an unfair advantage to move out four to five feet from the crease.

“Even if the batsman has inadvertently left the crease, and it happens to be the last ball of the match where there’s a run-out (chance) with the batsman in by an inch, but he has already taken three-foot forward before the ball has been delivered, the result is unfair.

“One of the teams will probably pay for it. I would like to see a balance here.”

“It cannot be that he’s gaining four to five feet advantage every ball. In T20, every ball matters. How many games go to the last ball?” he asked.

Meanwhile, the IPL is set to begin from 19th September and it would be interesting to see whether Ashwin would use Mankad to get the player out.

MS Dhoni, India
MS Dhoni has been quintessential for India.

Javagal Srinath Recalls First Meeting With MS Dhoni

Javagal Srinath, who is a former Indian fast bowling legend recalled the first time he met with former skipper MS Dhoni, who recently retired from international cricket. After Javagal Srinath had announced his retirement from the sport back in 2003, he met Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

MS Dhoni was a member of the India A team that was scheduled to play a triangular series against Pakistan and Kenya. In a recent interaction with spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, he recalled how MS Dhoni-led India A team to win in every league games single-handed and hit bowlers all around the ground.

Javagal srinath
Javagal Srinath (Photo by Steve Mitchell/EMPICS via Getty Images)

Javagal Srinath Met MS Dhoni In 2003 Triangular Series In Kenya

India A lost their first league match to Kenya but went on to beat Pakistan A by four wickets, 121 runs and six wickets respectively in the three league matches besides beating Kenya by ten wickets and six wickets in the remaining two league matches. India A won the final against Pakistan A by six wickets.

“My first meeting with Dhoni was in 2003 post my career in Kenya. There was a triangular series between Kenya, India and Pakistan; in all the three league games all the way to the finals Dhoni won it single handedly,” Srinath told Ravichandran Ashwin on his chat show DRS with Ash.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. Image Credits: Twitter

”At the end of it, the way he disdainfully played the spinners and fast bowlers as if he was playing school cricket,” the former fast bowler further added.

MS Dhoni, the skipper of India A scored 70, 120 and 119 against Pakistan A in the three league matches and led the team captained by Sairaj Bahutule and comprising of Gautam Gambhir, Ambati Rayudu, Venugopal Rao to name a few all the way to finals which was won by India A by six wickets.

Javagal Srinath Says MS Dhoni Is Like A Yogi

Javagal Srinath describes MS Dhoni as a yogi who is detached to results besides maintaining calm composure and body language when the team is struggling.

“MS Dhoni is a yogi in cricket. The way he has understood the game, his detachment to results. The way he speaks and conducts himself and on every victory, he holds the cup, the most prized cups, he hands it to someone else and walks away,” Srinath said.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. Image Credit: Getty Images.

”When he looks into all these things, when things are not going well on the pitch and the team is struggling, his composure and body language as if nothing has happened, he can only be a yogi to be such a wonderful cricketer,” he further added.

MS Dhoni, who announced his international retirement last month on Independence Day will return to play for CSK in the upcoming edition of IPL which kicks off from September 19th, 2020.

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Anil Kumble celebrating after picking the wicket. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Anil Kumble Recalls How Javagal Srinath Sacrificed To Help Him Get The 10-Wicket Haul

The year 1999 is widely remembered for the Kargil War between India and Pakistan but before that clash, the two countries faced each other in the cricket battle. In January 1999, Pakistan toured India to play two-match Test series which ended in a draw but the rivalry between the two nations was visible in the field. The Indian player who etched history during the series was none other than Anil Kumble.

The leg-spinner claimed all the 10 wickets in the second innings of the second Test as Pakistan lost that match by 212 runs.

No doubt, Indian fans’ one of the most cherished memory is Anil Kumble bringing Pakistan on their knees in the 1999 Test match in Delhi.

In the recent interaction, Anil Kumble recalled his famous knock and revealed how his teammate Jagval Srinath helped him to achieve the unique feat.

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Anil Kumble. Image Credit: Getty Images.

The visitors Pakistan was in the lead after winning the first Test match. In that match, Sachin Tendulkar tried his best to take the team across the line but didn’t get the support from the other end. Eventually, he lost his wicket for 136 runs and India lost the first Test by 12 runs.

The men in blue were surely under pressure after losing the first Test at home. The fans were also disappointed with India’s loss. However, Kumble came out as their hope. He ruined Pakistan’s batting line up while chasing 420 runs in the second Test at Feroz Shah Kotla.

Javagal Srinath sacrificed for Anil Kumble:

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Javagal Srinath. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Anil Kumble reminisced that before he picked his last wicket, Javagal Srinath had to bowl an over. The pacer was under pressure because he didn’t want to pick the 10th wicket to ruin Kumble’s achievement. As per the spinner, it was the toughest over for Srinath. However, he managed to go wicketless and Kumble in the next over dismissed Wasim Akram to claim his 10th wicket.

“After tea, I got 7, 8 and 9. And finished my over and Javagal Srinath had to bowl one, that was probably the toughest he had to bowl,” Kumble told Pommie Mbangwa in an Instagram chat.

“He had to unlearn all his skills and bowl wide. But I didn’t ask him, believe me. I thought, ‘Let’s give Wasim a single.’ But I thought I had to get one that over, because it would have been embarrassing to ask one more. I was just destined. One down in a series, against Pakistan, just so special.”

Anil Kumble became the second bowler to register a 10-wicket haul

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Anil Kumble. BCCI

Anil Kumble took only 26.3 overs to achieve the feat, picking 10 wickets for 60 runs. He became the second bowler in the history of the sport to take a ten-wicket haul.

The first bowler to take a ten-wicket haul was Jim Laker, off-spinner from England, against Australia back in 1956. Laker bowled a spell of 10/53.

Former Indian coach Anil Kumble retired from the sport as the leading wicket-taker in Tests, picking 619 wickets in 132 Test matches.

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