Kyle Jamieson

Kyle Jamieson Source IPL Twitter
Kyle Jamieson Source IPL Twitter
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Kyle Jamieson Reveals Reason For Opting Out Of IPL 2022 Mega Auction

Kyle Jamieson opted out of the IPL auction in order to spend more time at home – and away from Covid-19 restrictions on tour – and to give himself a window in which to work on his game with an eye towards firming up his spot in the New Zealand side across formats.
The fast-bowling allrounder revealed this during a media interaction on the eve of Auckland’s Plunket Shield opener against Northern Districts, which is set to begin on Friday.
Kyle Jamieson (File Photo) | AP
Kyle Jamieson (File Photo) | AP

Kyle Jamieson Wanted To Spend Some Time At Home And Work On His Game

Royal Challengers Bangalore bought Kyle Jamieson for a whopping INR 15 crore in last year’s mini-auction. The list of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 mega auction is out and a total of 590 players are set to go under the hammer. The bidding event will take place on February 12 and 13 in Bengaluru.

“Yeah, look, there were a couple of things for me,” Jamieson said, when asked why he hadn’t put his name on the IPL’s auction list.
“Firstly, after the last 12 months, it’s had its challenges with MIQs (managed isolation and quarantine) and bubbles and spending a fair amount of time in that sort of set-up. It was important for me, when I look at the schedule coming up over the next 12 months to try and find six weeks or eight weeks where I can spend some time at home.”
“The second thing for me was, reflecting over the last 12-24 months and understanding that I’m very young in my [international] career and only two years in, that I wanted to have time to work on my game. I guess I didn’t really feel like I was where I wanted to be and if I want to compete for spots in the New Zealand sides moving forward across all three formats, I actually need to spend time working on my game and not just trying to play the whole time. Yeah, for me it was just about time at home and just time to work on my game.”
Black Cap Kyle Jamieson, pictured in test action against Bangladesh in January, will not be in next week's IPL auction.
Black Cap Kyle Jamieson, pictured in test action against Bangladesh in January, will not be in next week’s IPL auction. KAI SCHWOERER/GETTY IMAGES
Kyle Jamieson said he was only skipping the 2022 season of the IPL for now, and hoped he would be able to feature in future editions of the tournament.
“I guess it was [a difficult decision] initially,” he said. “I sat with it for a fair while, and it was kind of lucky I had a couple of months in bubbles to sit in my room and have a think, but once I’d made the decision, it was a bit of a weight off my shoulder in a way, in terms of just focusing on myself and trying to get better.
“I’m still pretty young, I still think I’m young at 27 and I’ve still got a few years ahead, so this is just for this year and looking at what the next 12 months will look like, and hopefully moving forward there will be more opportunities to try and dip my toes into that environment.”
Several marquee players, including Ben Stokes, Joe Root and Mitchell Starc, have pulled out of IPL 2022 due to different reasons. New Zealand pacer Kyle Jamieson is another notable absentee from the list of players going under the hammer.

Kyle Jamieson Who Picked 9 Scalps In As Many Games In IPL 2021 But Conceded 9.6 Runs Per Over Trying To Learn from Situations

Kyle Jamieson was the second-most-expensive buy at the 2021 auction, with Royal Challengers Bangalore signing him for INR 15 crore. After that experience – which he had termed “surreal” – he went on to have a difficult first season for the Royal Challengers, playing nine of their 15 games and taking nine wickets while conceding 9.60 runs per over, the highest economy rate of all their bowlers to have bowled in at least five innings.
“I don’t think it’s either good or bad, it’s just another learning, another experience to have, and just trying to learn from situations,” he said, when asked for his thoughts on that season.
“Look, it certainly changed my life and yeah, it was a big moment that happened, but I guess just trying to learn from that, learn from the experience I had in the IPL, and more so the 12 months in general, and I guess some of the restrictions we had around cricket.”
“It’s been good in a way to sit back over these last couple of weeks and over the last couple of months to reflect on the 12 months that have gone and take that stuff into the next couple of Tests (against South Africa) and into the next couple of months moving forward.”
Kyle Jamieson with Virat Kohli| BCCI Photo.
Kyle Jamieson with Virat Kohli| BCCI Photo.
A year on from that life-changing auction, Kyle Jamieson says he is more aware of his own game as a T20 cricketer.
“Look, you see different situations in a game. I think I can kind of read them a little bit better. I have an understanding of where my game is at and how that matches up, but then also a fair bit around what I need to work on. I think just having been around a fair bit of T20 cricket over the last 12 months has actually been pretty good and given me some good learnings and good stuff to reflect on to how I use that April-May period to try and work on my game.”

Black Caps fast bowler Kyle Jamieson is not among the 24 New Zealand cricketers listed for next week’s Indian Premier League (IPL) auction. The 27-year-old from Auckland played nine matches and took nine wickets at 29.88 with an economy of 9.60, but he did not feature towards the end of their campaign as Bangalore, led by Indian superstar Virat Kohli, reached the semifinals.

IPL 2021 was played in two parts after its suspension in May because of rising Covid-19 cases inside teams’ bubbles in India, which hosted the first 29 of 60 scheduled matches before its resumption in the UAE in September.

Kyle Jamieson was selected in New Zealand’s 2021 T20I World Cup squad that reached the final in Dubai last November, but he did not play in the tournament. The Black Caps lost the decider to Australia by eight wickets. He was rested for the three-match T20I series with India after the World Cup and has only played in Tests for New Zealand since – two each this summer against India (away) and Bangladesh (home).

New Zealand's Kane Williamson celebrates with the trophy and teammates after winning the final of the ICC World Test Championship. Photograph: John Sibley/Reuters
New Zealand's Kane Williamson celebrates with the trophy and teammates after winning the final of the ICC World Test Championship. Photograph: John Sibley/Reuters
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Ravi Shastri Reckons Losing WTC Final To Kane Williamson’s New Zealand Was Biggest Disappointment In His Tenure

Ravi Shastri’s stint as India head coach was filled with many highs and a few lows. The achievement of winning back-to-back Test series wins in Australia, leading England 2-1 on their soil, finishing five years in a row as the No. 1 ranked Test team, and reaching the knockouts of several ICC tournaments are just some of the accomplishments.

Ravi Shastri arguably is probably the best coach India has had in a long time as he instilled quality and confidence in his players. In between, there was the disappointment of not being able to win an ICC trophy.

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

Ravi Shastri Reckons Losing WTC Final Was Biggest Disappointment In His Tenure

The 2019 World Cup, the 2021 World Test Championship, the 2021 T20 World Cup would go down as missed opportunities as India failed when it mattered most. For a coach who thrives on being and making his team the best in the world, it’s a tricky question asking him which loss hurt the most, but Ravi Shastri is not one to mince words and he answered this question with bravado. Ravi Shastri said the loss in the final of the inaugural World Test Championship is his ‘biggest disappointment’.

“Losing the World Test Championship final for me was the biggest disappointment in my tenure because we didn’t deserve to lose that game. We should have drawn it at least. Because of the kind of cricket we had played for five years, to be No. 1 for five years is no joke,” the former India coach said on the ‘Bold and Brave: Ravi Shastri Way’ show on Star Sports.

Kyle Jamieson (File Photo) | AP
Kyle Jamieson (File Photo) | AP

“As much as you want to take about the preparation, the quarantine, the conditions that existed there, New Zealand already being in England… we had no business to lose that game. So that was disappointing, to say the least.”

India suffered an eight-wicket defeat to New Zealand in the WTC final at Southampton in a rain-marred game. All-rounder Kyle Jamieson rocked the Indian batting order with a five-wicket-haul. Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, and Ajinkya Rahane all got starts but none could go past fifty. The second innings saw India getting bowled out for 170, setting New Zealand 140 to win, which the BlackCaps achieved with 15 overs left.

Kane Williamson, Kyle Jamieson, And Tim Southee Architects Of New Zealand’s Inaugural World Test Championship Win

The ICC World Test Championship (WTC) Final ebbed and flowed and New Zealand finally won the match beating India by eight wickets in Southampton on June 23(the reserve 6th day). Fittingly veterans Ross Taylor and skipper Kane Williamson were the two batters at the crease who buried the ghosts of the ICC Cricket ODI World Cup 2019 and 2015, where they lost the finals.

Kane Williamson (AP)
Kane Williamson (AP)

The heroes of New Zealand’s victory were Kane Williamson(49 and 52*), Kyle Jamieson (5/31 in the 1st innings), and Tim Southee(4/48 in the 2nd innings).

Meanwhile, India has been able to hold on to their fourth spot in the World Test Championship (WTC) points table even after losing to South Africa in the second Test at the Wanderers, Johannesburg. South Africa, on the other hand, has climbed up the rankings to the fifth spot and registered their first win in the WTC 2021-23 cycle with the help of the seven-wicket win against India in the 2nd Test to level series 1-1.

Sri Lanka and Australia have the same percentage points and are sharing the honours at the top of the table, followed by Pakistan in third place in the latest WTC standings released by the ICC.

New Zealand 249 (Conway 54, Williamson 49, Shami 4-76) and 140 for 2 (Williamson 52*, Taylor 47, Ashwin 2-17) beat India 217 (Rahane 49, Kohli 44, Jamieson 5-31) and 170 (Pant 41, Southee 4-48) by eight wickets

Ebadot Hossain celebrates the wicket of Will Young Getty Images
Ebadot Hossain celebrates the wicket of Will Young Getty Images
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Ebadot Hossain: Bangladesh’s Maiden Win Against New Zealand Will Inspire Next Generations

Ebadot Hossain, Bangladesh pacer said that their win over inaugural World Test Championship 2019-21 winners New Zealand will inspire the next generations to do the same.

Ebadot Hossain picked up a six-wicket haul in the second innings as Bangladesh defeated New Zealand by eight wickets in the first Test at the Bay Oval, Mount Maunganui on Wednesday.

Ebadot Hossain gave 'one of the best post-match interviews ever' after his MoM performance in Bangladesh's win
Ebadot Hossain gave ‘one of the best post-match interviews ever’ after his MoM performance in Bangladesh’s win | Photo Credit: AP

Ebadot Hossain: Victory Over New Zealand Will Inspire The Next Generations

Ebadot Hossain has become a household name overnight in Bangladesh after his stupendous performance with the ball in his side’s historic win against New Zealand in the first Test at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui. He picked up six wickets in the second innings as the visitors bowled out the Kiwis for just 169 runs and later they wrapped up the Test match losing just two wickets in the first session on the final day.

“We have come here for the last 11 years and not won a game. When we came this time, we set a goal and we said to ourselves we can do it. New Zealand are Test Champions and if we beat them then it will inspire the next generation to do the same,” said Ebadot Hossain after the game at the post-match presentation.

Ottis Gibson is now fast bowling coach at Bangladesh, having had two stints doing the same job with England (Adam Davy/PA)
Ottis Gibson is now fast bowling coach at Bangladesh, having had two stints doing the same job with England (Adam Davy/PA)
Talking about his rise and improvement, Ebadot Hossain gave credit for his success to the bowling coach Ottis Gibson saying that he has been learning how to bowl in overseas conditions.

“I have been working hard with Ottis Gibson. The conditions are too flat in Bangladesh and we are still learning how to bowl away from home. I am a soldier of Bangladesh and know how to celebrate (after a wicket). My journey from volleyball to cricket is a long story. I am enjoying my cricket,” he added.

Ebadot Hossain was adjudged the Player of the Match for taking 7 wickets in the game as the resounding win for the Bangla Tigers was followed by ‘one of the best post-match interviews ever’ from the tall pacer as he was his candid and honest best. The 27-year old pacer said that the team set a goal this time to beat the World Test Champions on their own soil and they had the belief that they can do it.

Bangladesh Registered First Test Victory Over New Zealand

With this win, Bangladesh has become the first team to defeat New Zealand in New Zealand a Test match since March 2017. This is also Bangladesh’s first Test victory over the BlackCaps. Bangladesh, a team at the lowest of ebbs only last month when they were swept at home by Pakistan, has taken down the world champions, mighty New Zealand, by eight wickets in the first Test in Mount Maunganui.

It’s the first time Bangladesh has beaten New Zealand in Tests, ending the hosts’ 17-match unbeaten home record. This is also the first time Bangladesh has beaten New Zealand in any format in New Zealand. It’s Bangladesh’s sixth overseas Test win – anywhere.

Bangladesh National Cricket Team Image Source: Twitter
Bangladesh National Cricket Team Image Source: Twitter

Needing 40 runs for the win, Bangladesh wrapped up the chase in overs with Mominul Haque (13*) and Mushfiqur Rahim (5*) remaining unbeaten at the crease. For New Zealand, Tim Southee and Kyle Jamieson picked up one wicket each in the second innings.  This was Bangladesh’s first-ever win on New Zealand soil in 32 matches across all formats and in the end, it was pretty comfortably done by the tourists.

Devon Conway had scored 122 in the 1st innings but the duo of Bangladesh skipper Mominul Haque(88) and Liton Das(86) ensured Bangladesh get a handsome lead in the 1st innings before Ebadot Hossain ensured New Zealand be restricted to only 169 in their 2nd innings.

Bangladesh 458 (Mominul 88, Litton 86, Boult 4-85) and 42 for 2 (Shanto 17, Mominul 13*, Mushfiqur 5*) beat New Zealand 328 (Conway 122, Nicholls 75, Shoriful 3-69, Mehidy 3-86) and 169 (Young 69, Taylor 40, Ebadot 6-46, Taskin 3-36) by eight wickets

India's spin bowler Ravichandran Ashwin (R) prepares to bowl against Australia during day four of the first Test cricket match at the Adelaide Oval on December 9, 2018. (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP) / -- IMAGE RESTRICTED TO EDITORIAL USE - STRICTLY NO COMMERCIAL USE -- (Photo credit should read PETER PARKS/AFP/Getty Images)

Ravichandran Ashwin Among Four Nominees For ICC Test Cricketer Of The Award

India‘s premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has been included among 4 nominees shortlisted by the ICC for the Test Cricketer of the Year award. Joe Root, Kyle Jamieson, and Dimuth Karunaratne are the other three who could make the cut for this award.

The year 2021 has been a roller coaster ride for Ravichandran Ashwin. Ashwin finished the calendar year as the leading wicket-taker. Indian off-spinner picked 52 wickets in 9 Tests with an average of 16.94 which included 3 fifers.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo Source: Twitter)

On another side, he wasn’t picked in any of the 4-Test match series in England which raised many eyebrows. However, the home series against England was most fruitful for him as he picked 32 wickets in 4-match series with 3 fifers. Ashwin also picked 14 wickets in the 2-Test series against New Zealand. In both the series at home, he received the ‘Player of the Series’ award.

The no.2 ranked all-rounder also chipped in with the bat as well. He started the year with a marathon match-saving effort at Sydney. Later in the home series against England, he also scored a hundred in front of his home crowd at Chennai.

Among other nominees, Joe Root would be the toughest competitor for Ashwin. England captain had a dream run in the year 2021 as the Yorkshire batter scored runs in every part of the world. Root scored 1708 runs in 15 Tests this year with an average of 61 which included 6 hundreds.

He started the year with a big hundred and a double hundred in the two-Test match series at Galle against Sri Lanka. Then in India, he again had a Player of the match performance with a double hundred at Chennai.

Joe Root
Joe Root Photograph: Sri Lanka Cricket

Joe Root scored 1708 runs in the year 2021

Then in the home series against India, he scored 3 back-to-back hundreds against a quality Indian pace attack. However, he is still chasing his first hundred in Australian soil as he failed to convert his three fifties into a hundred in the ongoing Ashes down under.

Next on the list is New Zealand all-rounder Kyle Jamieson who picked 27 wickets in 5 Tests this year. In his very first match of the year, he picked 11 wickets in the match against Pakistan at Christchurch. But his most memorable performance of the year would be his ‘Player of the Match’ performance in the World Test Championship final against Virat Kohli & Co. as the Kiwis beat the table-toppers to become champions of the inaugural edition of the World Test Championship.

Last but not the least, Sri Lanka’s Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne will also compete for this award as he scored 902 runs in 7 Tests this year which included 4 hundreds. A hundred at Johannesburg in the New Year test is something he would cherish a lot. He also scored 3 hundreds in the home series against Bangladesh and West Indies which included a big double hundred (244) at Pallekele.

Also, read BCCI Decides To Delay Selection Meeting To Name ODI Squad For South Africa To Know Rohit Sharma’s Availability

Virat Kohli in action during the third day of the WTC final against New Zealand. (File)
Virat Kohli in action during the third day of the WTC final against New Zealand. (File)
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Virat Kohli Becomes First Skipper To Record 50 International Wins In Each Format Of The Game

Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper on Monday became the first player to record 50 international wins in each format of the game. Virat Kohli achieved the feat after India defeated New Zealand by 372 runs in the second Test of the two-match series here at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday.

With this win, Team India is back to the number 1 spot in ICC Test rankings. The victory over New Zealand also means India sealed the two-match series 1-0, and now Virat Kohli’s side will head to South Africa for three Tests and three ODIs, beginning December 26. The 4 T20Is scheduled alongside Tests and ODIs will be held on the next tour.

Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Image Source: AP IMAGE

Virat Kohli Became First Cricketer To Win 50 Matches In Each Format

India captain Virat Kohli, who was rested from the series opener, made his comeback in the 2nd Test played at the Wankhede Stadium. He led his team to a dominating performance which was his 50th Test win as a player. He thus became the first-ever cricketer to be part of 50 wins in each format of the game.

With this win, Team India is back to the number 1 spot in ICC Test rankings. The victory over New Zealand also means India sealed the two-match Test series 1-0.

Virat Kohli with Team India (Image: BCCI)
Virat Kohli with Team India (Image: BCCI)

“Congratulations @imVkohli. The first player with 50 international wins in each format of the game,” BCCI tweeted.

  1. Virat Kohli in Tests: 50 wins from 97 matches (2011 to 2021)
  2. Virat Kohli in ODIs: 153 wins in 254 matches (2008 to 2021)
  3. Virat Kohli in T20Is: 59 wins in 95 matches (2010 to 2021)

India defeated New Zealand by 372 runs which became their biggest ever Test win in terms of runs. The victory margin surpasses the previous record of 337 runs set against South Africa in 2015. This series win was India’s 14th consecutive Test series win at home.

Ravichandran Ashwin Became 2nd Ever Indian To Take 300 Scalps At Home

Resuming Day 4 at 140/5, overnight batters Rachin Ravindra (18) and Henry Nicholls managed to add just 22 more runs to the total before the former was scalped by Jayant Yadav and the visitors were staring down the barrel, still needing 378 runs for a win with just four wickets in hand.

In his very next over, Jayant Yadav dismissed Kyle Jamieson and Tim Southee and it seemed that the hosts would wrap up the match before the lunch break on Day 4. The final two wickets also fell in quick succession and in the end, New Zealand was bowled out for 167, handing the hosts a 372-run win. Ravichandran Ashwin became the second-ever Indian to take 300 wickets at home after Anil Kumble.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

The defeat also means that the Kiwis are still searching for their first Test win in India since 1988 which incidentally came at the Wankhede Stadium. Ajaz Patel will have mixed feelings despite his record haul of 14 wickets during the Test including a 10 wicket haul in the first innings. He finished the match with figures of 14/225 which is also the best performance by a bowler in a losing cause.

Jayant Yadav struck thrice in the first half-hour of the fourth morning and four times in nine legal deliveries to finish with career-best figures of 4 for 49, as India wrapped up their biggest win in terms of runs – 372 – and also handed New Zealand their biggest loss. Ravichandran Ashwin finished with 8 for 42 in the match and spinners lapped up 33 of the 36 wickets that fell to bowlers, apart from Tom Blundell’s run out on the third evening.

India 325 (Agarwal 150, Axar 52, Ajaz 10-119) and 276 for 7 declared (Agarwal 62, Ajaz 4-106) beat New Zealand 62 (Ashwin 4-8, Siraj 3-19) and 167 (Mitchell 60, Nicholls 44, Ashwin 4-34, Jayant 4-49) by 372 runs

KS Bharat keep wickets in place of Wriddhiman Saha on Day 3 of Kanpur Test (Image Source: Twitter)
KS Bharat keep wickets in place of Wriddhiman Saha on Day 3 of Kanpur Test (Image Source: Twitter)
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KS Bharat May Debut And Open In The 2nd Mumbai Test, Backed By MSK Prasad

KS Bharat did well behind the stumps while substituting for Wriddhiman Saha in the first Test against New Zealand in Kanpur, is in line to make his debut in the second Test, which begins at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday.

While Wriddhiman Saha overcame a stiff neck to score a fighting half-century (61 not out) in the second innings at Green Park, there’s still uncertainty over his fitness and availability for the second Test.

India Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha (Photo | PTI)
India Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha (Photo | PTI)

KS Bharat Substituted Wriddhiman Saha And Did Well, So He May Debut In The 2nd Mumbai Test

On Wednesday, India’s bowling coach Paras Mhambrey said that the Indian team management is yet to take a call on the availability of Wriddhiman Saha.

“We will take a call closer to the game. Physios are in constant touch with (India coach) Rahul (Dravid) and (India captain) Virat (Kohli).

Paras Mhambrey
Paras Mhambrey

The prospect of playing a Test in front of his home crowd at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday – after an eight-and-a-half-year Test career – should have got Ajinkya Rahane excited. Instead, the Mumbaikar is staring at a future as gloomy as the Mumbai weather was on Wednesday.

“Closer to the game, we can take a call on what condition he is in. What Saha did in the last game was a fabulous effort. It was painful to bat, but he raised his hands and delivered for the team,” Mhambrey told reporters.

The 37-year-old Wriddhiman Saha has amassed 1313 runs in 39 Tests averaging 29.84. He has 3 tons and 6 fifties. Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh-born KS Bharat was immensely impressive in the first innings. He affected three key dismissals and played a massive role in helping India come back in the first innings.

Regular keeper Wriddhiman Saha experienced stiffness in his neck, and as a result, he didn’t keep much. Wriddhiman Saha suffered a sprain on his neck before the start of play.

KS Bharat Is Actually Natural Specialist Opener: MSK Prasad

Indian thinktank believes that India can overcome all their selection headaches for this game by giving a Test debut to KS Bharat by sending him as an opener with Shubman Gill. This move will allow India to fit in all their middle-order batsmen – the struggling Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane, skipper Virat Kohli and Kanpur centurion debutant Shreyas Iyer.

This development will leave behind the hard decision to drop Cheteshwar Pujara or Ajinkya Rahane to another day. However, to expect KS Bharat to open in his very first Test, against the likes of Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson, and perhaps Neil Wagner, would be asking him to go through a baptism by fire.

KS Bharat will keep the wickets for India on Day five© AFP
KS Bharat will keep the wickets for India on Day five© AFP.

“It’s not a new thing to him. He’s actually a natural, specialist opener. He got his triple hundred for Andhra while opening the innings. He’s scored 90% of his runs as an opener. Given an opportunity, he can open for India,” former India chief selector and ex-stumper MSK Prasad said.

MSK Prasad, who played six Tests for India, pointed out that KS Bharat had “scored three hundred in days’ cricket” for India A too. Like everyone, MSK Prasad, who has observed KS Bharat’s growth closely both at Andhra and as a chairman of the national selection committee, was impressed by the 28-year-old’s neat glove-work, barring the odd mistake, in Kanpur.

“His ‘keeping was really good in the first Test. It’s not easy to keep wickets in Kanpur as the ball stays low and we have three kinds of spinners. If he gets the chance he’ll grab it,” Prasad said.

In the past, KS Bharat has opened for Andhra in the Ranji Trophy and has scored 4283 runs in 78 first-class games averaging 37.24, with nine hundred and 23 fifties, and even a triple hundred (308) under his belt. With doubts over veteran 37-year-old Wriddhiman Saha’s batting form and fitness, a Test debut for KS Bharat should not be far away. He is yet to play an international match for India in any format.

VVS Laxman (Image Credit: Twitter)
VVS Laxman (Image Credit: Twitter)
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India Could Have Declared 5 Overs Early On Day 4 Of The 1st Test: VVS Laxman

VVS Laxman said that he did not see any intent from Wriddhiman Saha or Axar Patel to score quickly towards the end of the fourth day, and India could have chosen to make New Zealand bat for a few more overs than they eventually did.

India could have declared their second innings earlier and opted to have a few more overs to bowl at New Zealand on Day 4, and the decision to carry on may have had an effect on the outcome of the 1st Test match, said a former batsman VVS Laxman. New Zealand managed to force the match into a draw with just one wicket in hand, with the umpires calling an end to play on Day 5 due to bad light.

Wriddhiman Saha and Axar Patel put up an unbeaten stand of 67 runs off 124 balls. (AP Photo)
Wriddhiman Saha and Axar Patel put up an unbeaten stand of 67 runs off 124 balls. (AP Photo)

VVS Laxman Feels India Could Have Declared 5 Overs Earlier As He Didn’t See Any Intent From Axar Patel Or Wriddhiman Saha

On Day 4, India managed to pull things back after collapsing to 51/5 to reach 234/7, with Wriddhiman Saha and Axar Patel batting out 124 balls for an unbeaten 67-run partnership. Wriddhiman Saha roared back to form with an unbeaten 61 as India declared their second innings at 234 for 7 to set New Zealand a target of 284 runs to win the series opener.

VVS Laxman. (File Photo: IANS)
VVS Laxman. (File Photo: IANS)

The contributions of Wriddhiman Saha(61*), Shreyas Iyer(65), and Ravichandran Ashwin (32) bailed India out of troubled waters after they were reduced to 51 for 5 in the first session after Kyle Jamieson (3-40) and Tim Southee (3-75) ran through the top-order. Shreyas Iyer followed his first-innings 105 with a crucial 65, forging 50-plus stands with Ravichandran Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha for the sixth and seventh-wickets respectively.

“They could have probably declared five overs before they did. I didn’t see any intent from Axar Patel or Wriddhiman Saha. Yes, you wanted to get to a score which was about 234 but we all know that the last few overs is very tough for any batter, regardless of how established or new they are. So they should have bowled about five overs more yesterday and that could have been the difference,” said VVS Laxman on Star Sports after the match.

VVS Laxman also pointed out that India should have declared a few overs earlier, which he felt would have made the difference as New Zealand would have struggled with spin coming into play. New Zealand was four for one when bad light stopped play, chasing a daunting victory target of 284 on a worn-out track. Opener Will Young was given lbw to Ravichandran Ashwin, which could have been reversed, but the batsman was late to review the decision.

VVS Laxman: India Must Address The Performance Of Top Order Batsmen

VVS Laxman praised the bowlers for their work on Day 5 and said that India has to look at their top-order batting woes. India’s top five put up just 145 runs in the first innings and 51 runs in the second.

“Today, the bowlers stuck to their task. If at all there is one thing that needs to be addressed is the batting. The performance of the top order batsman,” VVS Laxman said.

Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara both failed to score in the first Test against New Zealand. (AFP Photo)
Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara both failed to score in the first Test against New Zealand. (AFP Photo)

India’s top order (1-4), comprising two senior batters in Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara, along with openers Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill, averaged only 21.25 in the Kanpur Test. This is the second time in 2021 that the Indian top order has averaged this low in a Test at home since 2010, the other being against England in Ahmedabad, where the batters combined to average 16.50 – both are among the top five in the period.

Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored 26 and 22 in Kanpur, was dismissed in a similar manner as he was criticized for having a technical flaw in his game. Mayank Agarwal managed scores of 13 and 17 in the Kanpur Test. On other hand, Ajinkya Rahane scored 35 and 4 in the 1st Test. One of the trios has to make way for Virat Kohli, who will return in the 2nd Test.

VVS Laxman (Image Credit: Twitter)
VVS Laxman (Image Credit: Twitter)
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VVS Laxman Hailed Wriddhiman Saha For His 61* While Batting In Considerable Pain

VVS Laxman hailed wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha’s fighting fifty on Day 4, which put the hosts in a commanding position against New Zealand in Kanpur on Sunday.

Wriddhiman Saha roared back to form with 61 not out as India declared their second innings at 234 for 7 to set New Zealand a target of 284 runs to win the series opener.

VVS Laxman, Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor with Wriddhiman Saha- FILE PHOTO/ AKHILESH KUMAR
VVS Laxman, Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor with Wriddhiman Saha- FILE PHOTO/ AKHILESH KUMAR

VVS Laxman: Wriddhiman Saha Is The Ultimate Fighter And Team Man

The fifty was Wriddhiman Saha’s sixth in Test cricket and first since August 2017. The 37-year-old, who didn’t keep wickets on Day 3 due to a stiff neck, was in visible pain throughout his knock, but he batted through it to put India in the driver’s seat on a penultimate day. The 37-year-old Wriddhiman Saha has amassed 1313 runs in 39 Tests averaging 29.84. He has 3 tons and 6 fifties.

Hailing Wriddhiman Saha’s contribution in the second innings, VVS Laxman said: “Wriddhiman Saha is the ultimate fighter and the ultimate team man.”

VVS Laxman has been working closely with Bengal’s veteran keeper Wriddhiman Saha for a few years now at Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise and, therefore, knows the 37-year-old inside-out. VVS Laxman also praised the 37-year-old keeper who battled stiff neck but showed that fight and determination that reflected the true character of the champion player.

India Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha (Photo | PTI)
India Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha (Photo | PTI)

The contributions of Wriddhiman Saha, Shreyas Iyer, and Ravichandran Ashwin (32) bailed India out of troubled waters after they were reduced to 51 for 5 in the first session after Kyle Jamieson (3-40) and Tim Southee (3-75) ran through the top-order. Shreyas Iyer followed his first-innings 105 with a crucial 65, forging 50-plus stands with Ravichandran Ashwin and Wriddhiman Saha for the sixth and seventh-wickets respectively.

New Zealand Manages A Thrilling Draw In The 1st Test

Chasing a daunting victory target of 284 on a worn-out track, New Zealand was four for one when bad light stopped play. Opener Will Young was given lbw to Ravichandran Ashwin, which could have been reversed, but the batsman was late to review the decision. Tom Latham resumed on two on Monday with nightwatchman Will Somerville, who is yet to open his account, for company.

Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Axar Patel put in a tremendous effort in challenging conditions. The fifth-day pitch in Kanpur showed little sign of deterioration, and its slowness and lack of carry continued to negate the threat of its low bounce.

Ravindra Jadeja (Image Credit: Twitter)
Ravindra Jadeja (Image Credit: Twitter)

Two Indian-born cricketers, Ajaz Patel and Rachin Ravindra, showed remarkable resilience under fading light and on a deteriorating track to defy India’s famous spinners, eking out a thrilling draw for New Zealand in the opening Test on Monday.

Indian spinners, led by Ravindra Jadeja, put up one of their most persevering performances in recent times. Still, Mumbai-born Ajaz Patel (2 off 23 balls) and Karnataka-born Rachin Ravindra (18 not out off 91 balls) consumed 8.4 overs after the fall of the ninth wicket to keep New Zealand on an even keel in the two-match series.

A lot of credit should also go to night-watchman Will Somerville (36 off 110 balls), who played the entire fifth morning first to raise visions of the improbable draw.

India 345 (Iyer 105, Gill 52, Jadeja 50, Southee 5-69, Jamieson 3-91) and 234 for 7 declared. (Iyer 65, Saha 61, Jamieson 3-40, Southee 3-75) drew with New Zealand 296 (Latham 95, Young 89, Axar 5-62, Ashwin 3-82) and 165 for 9 (Latham 52, Jadeja 4-40, Ashwin 3-35)

Shubman Gill (Express photo: Jasbir Malhi)
Shubman Gill (Express photo: Jasbir Malhi)
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Shubman Gill Impressed With 52, But Aakash Chopra Said He Doesn’t Look Like A Test Opener

Shubman Gill impressed the cricketing fraternity with a flamboyant half-century in the first Test match of the two-match home series against New Zealand. India’s Test against New Zealand saw India register 345 after debutant Shreyas Iyer scored 105 but New Zealand started superbly and has crossed 100 runs without losing a wicket.

However, former Indian cricketer, ex-opener turned commentator Aakash Chopra wasn’t impressed and questioned his credentials to open the batting in Test cricket. Aakash Chopra believes that Shubman Gill’s technique makes him vulnerable as an opener.

Shubman Gill Photo Credit: (BCCI)
Shubman Gill Photo Credit: (BCCI)

Shubman Gill Doesn’t Look Like A Test Opener: Aakash Chopra

Opening the batting alongside Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill scored a free-flowing knock of 52 in 93 balls before pacer Kyle Jamieson dismissed him.

In an interaction, Aakash Chopra said, “Whenever I see him play, he doesn’t look like a Test opener to me. The way he plays inside the line, the outside edge and inside edge are both exposed.”

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

He added, “But when he plays spin, he is tall and uses his feet well, uses the reach very well, his footwork is impeccable and his defense is also solid. The bat is always in front of the pad.”

Shubman Gill has played only 9 Tests and 3 ODIs but is touted as a future star in the making. However, he was injured after the WTC Final and didn’t play any of the 4 Tests against hosts England. Shubman Gill was ruled out due to shin splints suffered during the World Test Championship final against New Zealand. Shubman Gill scored 36 across the two innings in the final which India lost.

Shubman Gill Is A Middle Order Batsman Although He Has Done Well As An Opener: Aakash Chopra

The ex-Indian opener claimed that Shubman Gill is better suited to batting in the middle-order in Test cricket and he will flourish batting lower down the order for India.

“In my opinion, he is a middle-order batter, he has been made to open. He has done well as an opener but his true color and form will be seen when he bats in the middle order,” said Chopra. 

K L Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. (AFP File Photos)
K L Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. (AFP File Photos)

Before the series, multiple media reports suggested that Shubman Gill would bat in the middle-order with KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal set to open. However, KL Rahul’s injury changed India’s plans. However, these reports left also Aakash Chopra perplexed as Shubman Gill was above Mayank Agarwal in the pecking order.

Chopra said, “People were saying that you should make Shubman bat in the middle order. But Shubman Gill was before Mayank in the pecking order, so why were you sending him down the order. If the slot was made available, it should have been given to the one who had the first right.”

Shubman Gill made his Test debut during the boxing day Test match in Australia last year and played a key role in India’s historic series victory down-under. However, he missed India’s away series against England after sustaining an injury during the World Test Championship (WTC) final.

Although Shubman Gill, who had a successful debut in Australia, started the England home Test series with a 50 as well, it has all gone downhill for him since then. Although he has scored 466 runs so far in 9 Tests averaging 33.29 in his Test career, his last few innings score read: 0, 14, 11, 15*, 0, 28, and 8 before the 52 against New Zealand at home.

Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid - K. MURALI KUMAR
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Irfan Pathan Hopes There Will Be Great Understanding And Communication Between Rahul Dravid And Test Skipper Virat Kohli 

Irfan Pathan, the former all-rounder pace bowler, believes the change in management will not be a major issue, especially for Test skipper Virat Kohli. Indian cricket is going through a transition phase, with ex-captain Rahul Dravid now stepping into the head coach role following Ravi Shastri’s exit post the disappointing 2021 T20 World Cup where India was ousted from the group stage itself.

The cricketer-turner-commentator Irfan Pathan made the remarks on Star Sports’ show Follow the Blues ahead of India’s Test series opener against New Zealand. Irfan Pathan highlighted how Rahul Dravid’s approach of flowing into the system, rather than changing it, is likely to make the transition easier.

Irfan Pathan and Rahul Dravid. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)
Irfan Pathan and Rahul Dravid. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)

Irfan Pathan: New Coach Rahul Dravid Likes To Come Into The System And Doesn’t Change It Much

While Irfan Pathan admits that Rahul Dravid is expected to chip in with his tactical ploys, his interruption will not cause a disturbance. Having played under the 48-year-old’s captaincy, the left-hander Irfan Pathan pointed out how he never used to be disruptive while at the helm of the team.

Irfan Pathan predicts that the partnership between Virat Kohli and Rahul Dravid will thrive on communication. He also noted that youngsters will also be given significant roles alongside senior campaigners on the side.

Irfan Pathan said: “This will be a new partnership between Rahul Dravid as well as Virat Kohli, the captain. Especially in the longer format, I don’t see any problem because Rahul Dravid is a kind of guy who likes to come into the system, he doesn’t change the system much.”

“One thing is for sure, there will be a great understanding and communication in this partnership, along with this youth players will be given as much importance as a senior player gets in the team.”

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

The upcoming two-Test series between India and New Zealand will be Rahul Dravid’s first red-ball assignment as head coach. While Virat Kohli will not feature in the opening contest, he is scheduled to return for the subsequent Test in Mumbai.

Ajinkya Rahane Leading Team India In The Kanpur Test Versus New Zealand

After their one-sided white-ball series, the two cricketing nations will lock horns in the longer format. New Zealand, which is the top-ranked team in the ICC rankings in Test matches, will face an imposing challenge in the Indian conditions. The highly anticipated first Test will begin on Thursday, November 25. The Green Park in Kanpur will host the exciting fixture.

Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane--- Image Source: GETTY IMAGE
Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane— Image Source: GETTY IMAGE

On Thursday, India reached 154/4 at the end of the second session on the first day of the first Test of the two-match series against New Zealand at Green Park, Kanpur. After opting to bat first, India lost opener Mayank Agarwal (13) before the hosts reached 82/1 at lunch, courtesy of a 61-run stand between Cheteshwar Pujara (26) and Shubman Gill (52).

In the second session, India lost Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, and skipper Ajinkya Rahane (35). Shreyas Iyer (17*) and Ravindra Jadeja (6*) were holding the fort for the home side at the break. On the other hand, New Zealand fast bowler Kyle Jamieson (3/38) once again troubled the Indian batters with his pace.

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