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Kuldeep Yadav Released From India Squad To Play Vijay Hazare Trophy

Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav has been released by the Indian team management so that he can participate in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy.

Kuldeep was released before the third day of the first Test against Australia at Pune, where India suffered a defeat by a margin of 333 runs. Both teams now have a week off (almost) before the second Test kick-starts at Bengaluru from March 4.

He was called in the Indian squad for the historic Test against Bangladesh after Amit Mishra was ruled out due to an injury. Kuldeep was then retained for the first two Tests against Australia as there was no news regarding the fitness of Mishra.

Two days back, Hardik Pandya was also released from the Indian squad to join Baroda. He also played the first Vijay Hazare game for his state, where he scalped two wickets. Baroda defeated Railways by a margin of 30 runs at Palam A ground in Delhi.


India vs Australia 2017: Top 5 Players To Watch Out For in Pune Test

It all started on September 22, 2015, with the first Test match between India and New Zealand at Kanpur. It was also 500th Test match, a felicitation ceremony for former Indian captains including the legendary Ajit Wadekar and a win to kick off the long home season comprising of 13 Test matches.

Five months on and now we have reached the final phase of the home season.

The arduous Test series between India and Australia starts from Thursday (February 23) and it is undoubtedly the most awaited series of the season.

On one side, there is the home team India which will look to continue the unbeaten streak in the home season whereas Australia will look to row the boat upstream as it will be a laborious task for them as they are stacked up against the odds.

The success of both teams will depend on few of the key players. So here are five players to look out for in the series –

India vs Bangladesh 2017: Kuldeep Yadav Replaces Injured Amit Mishra

The chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav has replaced injured Amit Mishra for one-off the Test match against Bangladesh to be played in Hyderabad. This is the maiden call-up for Yadav in the longest format of the game.

Kuldeep emerged as the highest run-scorer and highest wicket-taker for Uttar Pradesh in the recently concluded Ranji Trophy by virtue of scoring 466 runs and grabbing 35 wickets in the tournament. The youngster backed his case with a fifer in the first practice game against England, which might have given him an edge over Shahbaz Nadeem.

Amit Mishra has been ruled out due to a knee injury which he suffered during fielding in the third and the final T20I in Bangalore. The right-arm leg-spinner put in two acrobatic dives while on the field but could not execute that properly and injured his knee during the attempt. Mishra also did not come with to Hyderabad with the team and since then there was speculation over his participation in the game.

Kuldeep Yadav will have a direct competition with comeback man Jayant Yadav for a place in the playing XI. Though Jayant will be the first choice for a place in playing XI but Kuldeep, who is a surprising factor in the team might also be considered once.

The first and only Test match of the historic series between India and Bangladesh will be played in Hyderabad from February 9.


5 Indian Players Who Deserved To Get Picked For England Series

The Board of Cricket Control For India (BCCI), on Friday, named a 15-member squad for both One-Dayers and T20Is against England, starting on January 15 at Pune.

Virat Kohli was named the skipper of both sides after Mahendra Singh Dhoni stepped down from the captaincy position on Thursday. The inclusion of stalwart Yuvraj Singh in the side brought many smiles back for sure, and with Shikhar Dhawan and Suresh Raina also making their comeback, the batting cordon looks quite dominating for the hosts.

Despite the surprise selections of rookie Rishabh Pant and veteran seamer Ashish Nehra in the T20 squad, MSK Prasad-led selection committee sent out a strong message to England that the hosts will come down hard at them, similar to what happened in Tests.

Having a good look at the squad, all departments look covered with even the back-ups rearing to make the most of their opportunity. However, there were a few players left, who had a great 2016 and deserved to be picked.

Sportzwiki brings you the names of five players who deserved to get selected.


5 Spinners Who Can Replace Jayant Yadav, Axar Patel In India’s ODI Squad For England Series

The recent injury crisis in the Indian team might be a blessing in a disguise for those fringe players who have trying hard to break into the national team. The limited-overs series against England starts on January 15 and with several players all but ruled out of the series, the selectors will have an opportunity to test those who have been doing well in domestic circuit.

In this article, we will have a look at those bowlers who can replace the frontline tweakers of the team. With India set to play a four-match Test series against Australia from February, selectors have hinted that Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will be rested against England while Jayant Yadav and Axar Patel, in all probability, will miss the series as they are still recovering from their injuries. The scenario has opened the gates for some spinners who have been performing well in the domestic arena and here we are look at five bowlers who might get a call for the upcoming series:

5. Bhargav Bhatt:


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Although Bhargav Bhatt is not on the selectors’ radar for a spot in the Indian team, he has the credentials to convince them to consider him for the upcoming series. Playing for Andhra Pradesh, the former Baroda left-arm spinner has picked up 38 wickets in nine Ranji Trophy matches this season. His track record is also impressive which can bring him into contention for the spinner’s place in the team. In his debut Ranji season, he picked up 47 wickets in nine matches to lead the wicket-takers tally and steered Baroda to final. He can definitely be an interesting option.

Special mention:

Harbhajan Singh:

The veteran off-spinner was recalled by the Indian team during the T20 series in Australia earlier this year and was also a part of the squad for the Asia Cup and World T20. And although he did not get enough playing opportunities, he is a proven customer and with Champions Trophy to be played in England next year, Harbhajan’s experience will surely come in handy for MS Dhoni’s side.

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Ranji Trophy Round Up: Kuldeep Yadav’s Ton Helps U.P. Get Past 450, Abhinav Mukund Dismisses On 99

Group A

Tamil Nadu opener Abhinav Mukund became batsman sixth in this season of Ranji Trophy to be dismissed on a score of 99. He was bowled by the former under 19 pacer Rush Kalaria, just a run before his fourth century this season. Still, Tamil Nadu is in a good position and there is a fair chance of getting past the first innings score of 307 put up by Gujarat in the first innings. It’s a must win the game for both the teams as a win here will ensure any one of the teams a direct entry in knockouts else they have to depend upon the results of other games in order to get to the next stage.

Kuldeep Yadav scored his first first-class century today against Baroda in a dead rubber at Nasik. He came as an overnight batsman who left the field yesterday on a score of 77*. Coming in next morning, Yadav added 50 runs more to his own total before being run out on 117 by Irfan Pathan. Surprisingly, he is the highest run-scorer as well as the highest wicket taker for Uttar Pradesh this season with numbers of 466 and 33 respectively.

Uttar Pradesh 481 lead by 239 runs Baroda 242/5 at Nasik.

Bengal 475/9d lead by 456 runs vs Madhya Pradesh 19/1 at Delhi (Palam A).

Gujarat 307 lead by 153 runs vs Tamil Nadu 154/2 at Belagavi

Punjab 468 lead by 460 runs vs Mumbai 8/2 at Rajkot.

Group B

Saurashtra, after being dismissed on 92 in the first innings failed to curb Delhi’s hopes as Delhi piled on 237 runs on a tough Vadodara track. Delhi gained a lead of 145 runs to which Saurashtra replied with a score of 234/5. Despite being on a big score currently, Saurashtra possesses just a lead of 89 runs with five wickets in hands. There are high chances of this game finishing tomorrow with Delhi emerging as the winner.

Saurashtra 92 & 234/5 (77 ov) lead by 89 runs vs Delhi 237 at Vadodara.

Maharashtra 163 trail by 150 runs vs Karnataka 313/9 (101 ov) at Mohali.

Rajasthan 140 & 10/0 lead by 34 runs vs Vidarbha 116 at Greater Noida.
Group C

The game between Andhra Pradesh and Hyderabad was the highlight of the day as after being dismissed on a score of 190, Andhra Pradesh bowlers made strong inroads and have taken five wickets on a score of 90. Andhra Pradesh have to gain first innings lead by hook or by crook to keep their hopes alive as in case they lose this game or concede a first innings lead to Hyderabad, then they have depended upon results of other games to advance further in this tournament.

Andhra 190 lead by 109 runs vs Hyderabad 81/5 at Lucknow

Chhattisgarh 370 lead by 337 runs vs Jammu & Kashmir 33/2 at Gwalior.

Goa 380 lead by 126 runs vs Himachal Pradesh 254/2 at Mumbai (BKC).

Haryana 231 & 186/4 lead by 239 runs vs Tripura 178 at Kolkata.

Services 322 trails by 291 runs vs Kerala 31/1 at Delhi (Karnail Singh Stadium)

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Suresh Raina to lead Uttar Pradesh in Ranji Trophy

The Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (U.P.C.A.) announced their squad for the first two games of the upcoming Ranji trophy season. The discarded Indian batsman Suresh Raina has been appointed as the captain of the team for the first two games against Madhya Pradesh and Bengal respectively. Wicketkeeper-batsman Eklavya Dwivedi has been appointed as his deputy.

The 15 member squad includes the likes of Piyush Chawla, Praveen Kumar, Ankit Rajpoot and Kuldeep Yadav. Both Rajpoot and Kuldeep Yadav were a part of Duleep trophy squads played in the month of August/September whereas Suresh Raina was the captain of India Green, one of the three teams selected by BCCI for the tournament.

A thing is to be noted that a few months back Suresh Raina alleged U.P.C.A. officials of nepotism and favouritism in the selection process and even said that the future of Uttar Pradesh cricket is in dark. Still, the selectors have retained him the squad to lead the team.

However, we may see a change of captain midway of the tournament as Suresh Raina might get an Indian call up for the five matches ODI series against New Zealand. In that case, Eklavaya Dwivedi will take over the charge as the captain of the team.

The former under 19 player Sarfaraz khan, who switched over to Uttar Pradesh last year have also been included in the squad. It will be a chance for him to perform in one of the premier domestic tournaments to get a promotion to the next level.

Last year, U.P. finished their campaign on the fifth stage in group B, thus failing to qualify for the quarter-finals. They could just manage to win two games out of eight games played by them. 5 off the eight games ended in a draw whereas they suffered a loss in one game against Railways.

The current champions of Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy will be looking to keep their shortest format form alive in this format as well. Uttar Pradesh last won Ranji Trophy in 2005/06 season by virtue of gaining first innings lead against West Bengal in the final. Suresh Raina scored twin half century whereas Mohammed Kaif scored a half century followed by a century in the all-important final clash.

Uttar Pradesh will play the first game at Bilaspur against Madhya Pradesh.

This year, the Ranji trophy matches will be played at neutral venues and it will be interesting to see how players react to this new concept.

The Uttar Pradesh squad is as follows-

The team: Suresh Raina (captain), Eklavya Dwivedi (vice-captain), Almas Shaukat, Umang Sharma, Samarth Singh, Mohd Saif, Sarfaraz Khan, Pravin Kumar, Ankit Rajpoot, Imtiaz Ahmed, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Israr Azim Khan, Saurabh Kumar, Deependra Pandey, Amit Mishra, Tanmay Srivastava.

The U.P.C.A. also announced their women squad for the state senior women one-day tournament. Deepti Sharma will be leading the women team. The squad is as follows –

The team: Deepti Sharma (captain), Aditi Sharma, Bhawna Tomar, Anju Rani, Apoorva Bharadwaj, Ayushi Chaudhary, Neetu Singh, Shashi Mathur, Neeshu Chaudhary, Ekta Singh, Tarun Kala, Shaifali Sahu, Sweta Verma, Shiva Kothari. Coach: Archana Mishra; Manager: Jully Ojha; Physio: Laxmi Rathore.



Rain drains final day of Duleep Trophy, match ends in a draw

The rainy game of Duleep trophy between India Red and India Blue has ended in a draw here in greater Noida. From past four days, it has rained heavily in the northern part of the country including greater Noida which destroyed the outfield and the pitch. As a result in four days, we could only see the play of 345 minutes and 78.2 overs which are not even equivalent to one day play.

The final day started with the same old story as it rained heavily a day before. The intensity of the rain can be justified by the fact that there was a big queue of vehicles in Noida and Delhi. Even the ministers and VIP guests were not untouched by its effects. The America’s secretary of state department John Kerry was stuck in traffic for long and had to cancel three of his scheduled programmes.

A frustrated Gautam Gambhir too jumped in the debate trolling the Delhi CM indirectly for the water logging in Delhi.

Despite a strenuous work from groundsmen, the ground could not be prepared for the game on the final day as rain arrived in pieces to ensure that there is no play on the final day. The first inspection on the final day was delayed till 5:00 P.M. After having a look at the ground the umpires decided to call off the final day and the match ended in a draw. Both the teams were awarded a point each. With this point, the India Red qualified for the historic final of Duleep trophy.

India Blue and India Green will lock horns in the next game and the winner will play the final of historic pink ball Duleep trophy.

There are speculations that Virat Kohli may be a part of this contest, so surely we will see the fan running towards the ground to get a glimpse of the Test captain. The next and the final group stage game will kick off from 4 September at the same venue here in Greater Noida.


Kuldeep Yadav topples India Blue after rain eats up 62 overs in the day!

Finally, after 3 inspections and delay of 6 hours and 15 minutes, we got some action in Greater Noida in which we saw the local boy Kuldeep Yadav once again toppling the opposition batting line up by trapping the batsman in his spin web. As reported yesterday, the first session of the game was an obvious wash out due to wet outfield and dap conditions.

The first inspection took place at 3: 30 P.M., umpires were not convinced by the conditions and delayed called for another inspection at 5:00 P.M. Meanwhile the grounds men laid another strip of the grass so as to make the ground prepared as soon as possible. At 5:00 P.M. umpires again stepped on the field, the scenes were same as still there were few wet patches which made umpire call for another inspection at 6:00 P.M.

Finally, the umpires seemed to be satisfied with the conditions and called for a start at 8:P.M. Just as the players was ready to step into the playing area another rain arrived here which irked the players but it soon vanished after causing a halt of another 15 minutes.

After a wait of 375 minutes, we got some action.

Gambhir and Agarwal started where they left, busy running between wickets and hitting boundaries on few occasions. Both the batsmen were on the road of scoring respective hundreds before Nathu proved to be a speed breaker for Gambhir as he trapped him in front of stumps at a score of 77. Gambhir’s wicket marked the fall of India Blue inning as soon after he left, Kuldeep Yadav spun a spin web and grappled every succeeding batsman in that trap.

It looked like we are watching scenes of the last match as again the batsmen were not able to see the spinning pin spherical object. The ball was turning like a top and batsmen were dancing to its tune. Kuldeep pouched the wickets of next 4 batsmen namely Baba Aprajith, Mayank Agarwal, Surya Kumar Yadav and Karn Sharma. Agarwal missed his second first century as he left his crease and Kona Bharat was smart enough to dislodge the balls in time.


India Blue is batting on a total of 200/5. They would still like to 100-150 runs to their total to come close near to 350. The rain threats still loom over the game for next two days.


Kuldeep Yadav is good like Brad Hogg: Erapalli Prasanna

Former Indian spinner Erapalli Prasanna has said that young spinner Kuldeep Yadav can be considered as a good option by the selectors after the Chinaman bowler impressed everyone with his brilliant performance during the first match of Duleep Trophy.

With the pink ball, Kuldeep finished with match figures of 9/120. In the process, Kuldeep also registered his first 5-wicket haul in first-class cricket, and his efforts helped his team — India Red register a comprehensive 219-run win over India Green.

“I saw him bowling in the Duleep Trophy match the other day. He is good like Brad Hogg. He certainly adds to the variety and the selectors can certainly look at him as an option,” Prasanna said.

A bumper home season awaits the Indian team, where they are scheduled to play 13 Tests and former Indian left-arm spinner and selector Venkatpati Raju said that if more bowlers perform like Yadav then India will have a very strong bench strength. Currently, the Indian team will not look to experiment with its squad as Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravinder Jadeja have been performing brilliantly in the longest format.

“India have a long season ahead of them. If more spinners start performing like this, it is good news for Indian cricket,” said Raju.

Both Prasanna and Raju don’t mind having two left-armers in the team. “If the bowling combination can help the captain get those 20 wickets quickly, I don’t think anyone will mind,” Raju said.

Kuldeep hogged the limelights when he took a hat-trick in U-19 world cup a couple of years ago and ever since he made his way into the Uttar Pradesh Ranji Trophy squad two seasons ago, he has been consistent. Spending time with Australian chinaman bowler Brad Hogg during IPL has also helped him to develop new skills, most notably a potent flipper.

On the other hand, the Left-arm spinner, Jadeja has been performing brilliantly on Indian pitches but he struggles once the conditions do not suit him so Kuldeep might become one of the options for the Indian team.