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Gautam Gambhir. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
Gautam Gambhir. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Gautam Gambhir Praised By Manvinder Bisla And KC Cariappa For Good Captaincy For KKR

Gautam Gambhir was one of the most successful captains in Indian Premier League history.  Gautam Gambhir led Kolkata Knight Riders to two IPL titles in his career while playing an important part in their batting department.

Several KKR players have talked about the leadership skills of Gautam Gambhir, who is the only KKR skipper to win IPL, and that too, twice, and how he led from the front to guide youngsters in the team.

Gautam Gambhir has led KKR to two IPL titles
Gautam Gambhir has led KKR to two IPL title

Gautam Gambhir Was Fiercely Protective Of His Players: Manvinder Bisla

One of the players, Manvinder Bisla was an integral part of KKR’s batting department during Gautam Gambhir’s reign as captain. He even top-scored in the final of IPL 2012. Manvinder Bisla hit 89 runs off just 48 balls to help KKR chase down Chennai Super Kings’ total of 190 runs in the final.

Manvinder Bisla played 39 matches in the IPL and hit 798 runs at an average of 21. He narrated how Gautam Gambhir was as a captain and said that the former India opener was fiercely protective of his players.

Manvinder Bisla during his match-winning knock of 89 runs in IPL 2012 final against CSK.
Manvinder Bisla during his match-winning knock of 89 runs in the IPL 2012 final against CSK. (Photo: Twitter/@KKRiders)

“As a captain, Gautam was fiercely protective of his players. He was like an older brother. Win or lose, he needed to just see focus and intensity. Even when I wasn’t converting starts, he was never short of encouraging words if he saw the effort.

“So chats with him at different times during the competition gave me the reinforcement that I was very much valued. Vijay Dahiya, our assistant coach, was also a great motivator. These two made it easy for me to deal with both success and failure,” Bisla said as quoted by ESPNCricinfo.

Gautam Gambhir is a captain who is known to take bold decisions and the fact that Manvinder Bisla was chosen ahead of Brendon McCullum in the IPL 2012 final, is a living testament. Manvinder Bisla was made to open the innings along with skipper Gautam Gambhir.

However, KKR was dealt with a big blow as their marquee batsman Gautam Gambhir departed in the first over itself after a peach of a delivery from Ben Hilfenhaus. Gautam Gambhir was KKR’s leading run-scorer in that tournament and had amassed 590 runs.

Manvinder Bisla and Jacques Kallis steadied KKR’s ship and steered them close to the target. The duo was on song and stitched a magnificent partnership of 136 runs before Manvinder Bisla got dismissed for 89. His power-packed innings was the cornerstone of KKR’s victory as he emerged as the ultimate game-changer. His inning was packed with 8 fours and 5 sixes. Jacques Kallis too scored 69 before departing.

Two Bengali boys in the form of Shakib-Al-Hasan and Manoj Tiwary orchestrated the victory from thereon as KKR successfully chased the target of 191 put up by CSK. In IPL 2014 final, Manish Pandey scored 94 as KKR chased down KXIP’s mammoth total of 199 made possible after KXIP’s Wriddhiman Saha had scored a ton.

Gautam Gambhir Was Strict In Bowling Discipline And Didn’t Compromise Poor Effort On The Field: KC Cariappa

Another find of Gambhir was spinner KC Cariappa who spent two seasons for the franchise – in 2015 and in 2019. In a recent interview, KC Cariappa recalled his experiences of playing under the two-time IPL winning captain Gautam Gambhir in the IPL 2015 season, and described him as a “very good captain”.

“Gambhir was a very good captain. He was a little strict in terms of bowling discipline, and effort on the field was something he wouldn’t compromise,” Cariappa told Sportskeeda.

KC Cariappa. (Photo Source: Twitter)
KC Cariappa. (Photo Source: Twitter)

“Outside the field, he didn’t bother you. On the field, you had to give your 100% and that’s what I loved,” he added.

KC Cariappa has played 11 matches, the last of which came in 2019 and picked 8 scalps. He made his debut with the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2015, and later was a part of the Kings XI Punjab setup where he did not have the best of IPLs picking up just 8 wickets in 10 matches across three seasons(2015-17).

He was roped in as one of the replacements for injured KKR pacers Kamlesh Nagarkoti & Shivam Mavi in 2019 and played a solitary game where he went wicketless.

Robin Uthappa
Robin Uthappa (Image Credit: Twitter)

Robin Uthappa Reckons MS Dhoni’s Wit Is Sharper Than His Glovework

Robin Uthappa, the veteran Indian batsman, reckoned that MS Dhoni’s wit is sharper than his wicketkeeping skills. The 35-year-old went down the memory lane when MS Dhoni, in a funny way, tried to get under former England skipper Kevin Pietersen’s skin. MS Dhoni’s antics were regarding a Test match between the two sides back in 2011.

During the game, Kevin Pietersen was given out caught behind with MS Dhoni rolling his arms over. On an immediate basis, the England batsman took the DRS and replays showed that he didn’t edge the ball. Hence, the on-field decision had to be reversed.

Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen (Image Credit: Twitter)

Robin Uthappa Recalls MS Dhoni Spoke Out From Commentary Box To Kevin Pietersen That He Got His Scalp Once

Eventually, Kevin Pietersen scored a first-innings double-hundred as the hosts won it by a massive margin of 196 runs. Robin Uthappa remembered MS Dhoni telling Kevin Pietersen to shut his mouth as the former Indian skipper told him to shut his mouth since he dismissed him.

“I’ll give you an example. MS said to Kevin Pietersen when he sledged him from the commentary box. MS told him ‘listen I’ve gotten your wicket so please keep quiet. So, I think that is proof enough for what he endorses and what he doesn’t. He’s very quick-witted.

“His wit, if not the same speed of his glove-work, it could be faster. MS’ wit is quick,” Uthappa was quoted as saying during an interaction with stand-up comedian Sorabh Pant on his YouTube channel ‘Wake Up with Sorabh’.

MS Dhoni Appeals Bowling at the Lord’s in the first Test between India and England in 2011.
MS Dhoni Appeals Bowling at the Lord’s in the first Test between India and England in 2011. (File image: AP)

MS Dhoni and Kevin Pietersen’s banter on whether the England player was his first Test wicket goes back to 2011. This in reference to a Test match between India and England at Lord’s (21 July 2011). Zaheer Khan was injured and MS Dhoni chipped in with a spell. Nine balls into his spell MS Dhoni almost got a nick from Kevin Pietersen’s bat as umpire Billy Bowden gave him out. However, Kevin Pietersen reviewed it and the decision was overruled.

This incident was once again brought up in April 2017 during an IPL match between Rising Pune Supergiants vs Mumbai Indians. This time Kevin Pietersen was inside the commentary box talking to Manoj Tiwary, who was fielding at slips. He told Manoj Tiwary to go and tell MS Dhoni that he (Kevin Pietersen) is a better golfer than him. When Manoj Tiwary did this after the next ball, MS Dhoni responded saying, “He’s still my 1st test wicket.”

Robin Uthappa Was Made To Stand At The Silly Point To Sledge Ricky Ponting During A T20I Match In 2007

Robin Uthappa also narrated an incident when India and Australia took part in a one-off T20I match in Mumbai back in 2007.

“In 2007 when we played a one-off T20 game against Australia, we were at it. MS would put me in charge of sledging some of the senior members of that Australia team like Ricky Ponting. So, in a one-day game, they would make me stand at the silly point just to chew Ricky Ponting and all. It was great fun,” he stated.

Robin Uthappa with MS Dhoni Image-Twitter.
Robin Uthappa with MS Dhoni Image-Twitter.

Going further with the interview, Robin Uthappa said that he was made to stand at the silly point for the sole purpose of sledging the Australian players, particularly the Delhi Capitals head coach, Ricky Ponting who was in his prime at that point of time. He also said that it was great fun to implement such tactics by ‘Captain Cool’ MS Dhoni. During the only T20I between India and Australia, Ricky Ponting was the highest run-scorer after getting 76 runs from 53 balls.

2007 turned out to be a memorable year for Team India. In MS Dhoni’s maiden stint as Team India’s skipper, the Men in Blue lifted the inaugural T20 World Cup. Later, at the start of 2008, India also won a tri-nation series in Australia. As far as Robin Uthappa is concerned, his career hardly took off. In 46 ODIs and 13 T20Is, the right-hander only managed 1183 runs with seven fifties. In the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), he was a part of the Chennai Super Kings (CSK), but he didn’t get to play a game.

Virat Kohli with Rohit Sharma
Virat Kohli with Rohit Sharma IMAGE: AFP

Manoj Tiwary Feels Virat Kohli Should Take A Cue From Rohit Sharma

Manoj Tiwary opened up on Virat Kohli’s struggles in the ongoing India-England Tests. Manoj Tiwary feels the Indian skipper should have to take a clue from Rohit Sharma on how to deal with balls pitched outside off-stump.

Virat Kohli has been a run-machine in modern-day cricket for a long time now. However, the Indian captain is going through a rather lean phase, which has seen his century-drought being extended since November 2019. He has failed to impress with the willow as he has registered scores of 11, 72, 0, 62, 27, and 0 across six innings.

Manoj Tiwary
Manoj Tiwary. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Manoj Tiwary: Virat Kohli Should Have Left The Ball Like Rohit Sharma

Even in the ongoing India-England Tests, the 32-year-old has looked in decent touch at times, with two crucial half-centuries under his belt, but he has still not managed to cross triple figures in 2020-21.

Virat Kohli was dismissed for a duck for the second time in the series during Day 2 of the fourth and final Test in Ahmedabad. Virat Kohli was taken aback by a Ben Stokes delivery, which was pitched outside the off-stump and the Indian captain poked at it to get a thick edge and was caught neatly by the keeper.

As his struggles continue, discarded cricketer-turned-politician Manoj Tiwary opened up on Kohli’s indifferent run and begun by stating, “We all should accept the fact that the series is happening in very tough conditions.

“If we leave the first two days of the first Test when England batted in Chennai, the ball is constantly turning. The low scores are there due to the tough batting conditions and the conversion is not happening because, in challenging situations, a batsman is not set after scoring 50 runs also.”

Virat Kohli celebrates his century (100 runs) during the second day of the second Test cricket match of a two-match series between India and Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens cricket stadium in Kolkata on November 23, 2019.
Virat Kohli. (Photo by Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP)

He opined on Virat Kohli’s issues versus the balls pitched outside off-stump when he is new to the crease.

In this regard, Manoj Tiwary said, “But from what I have seen today, Virat should have left that ball. One should always remember the advice of batting great Sunil Gavaskar as he says that’s the batsman whether batting in the top of the middle order should always give at least half-hour to themselves to get settled on the pitch. You should know how to leave the balls. Today Rohit Sharma showed us the art of leaving the balls.”

Rohit Sharma had aggregated 345 runs averaging 57.5 in the England series. Virat Kohli had scored only 172 runs averaging a modest 28.67 which is poor by his standards. His last century came against Bangladesh in India’s first-ever day-night Test in Kolkata in November 2019.

Manoj Tiwary: Virat Kohli Should Take Clues From Rohit Sharma Reading Leaving Balls Pitched Outside Off-stump

Earlier, Manoj Tiwary lavished praise on Rohit Sharma. The senior batsman started by saying that the art of leaving balls outside off-stump has vanished from Tests. Further, he stated that Rohit Sharma is the only batsman who knows where his off-stump is. Manoj Tiwary hailed the right-handed batsman for his transformation and called him the best in the world.

“You can leave balls when you are confident about where your off-stump is. Everyone knows that sometimes there are questions about Virat Kohli’s batting as he gets confused about where his off-stump is.

“When you world’s number one batsman then you sometimes believe that you will be able to play every ball. But the way this ball bounced, Virat should have left it. Virat should take clues from Rohit Sharma regarding leaving the balls which are outside the off-stump,” Manoj Tiwary concluded. 

Rohit Sharma, India
Rohit Sharma. Image Credits: Twitter

While Virat Kohli’s bat has remained silent for a while now, Rohit Sharma has come to his usual best in whites with crucial runs at the top in the ongoing Tests versus England. So far, he has one fifty-plus score, a sedate 49, and a century up to his sleeves in the four Tests. He also breached the 1,000-run mark in the ongoing ICC Test Championship following his crucial contribution during India’s first innings of the final Test in Ahmedabad.

Rohit Sharma has been in good form in the ongoing 4 match Test series and scored a cracking century in the second Test at Chennai. His sublime 161-run knock had helped the hosts winning the game and draw level in the series.

Meanwhile, Axar Patel again claimed a 5 wicket haul as India needs 2 wickets more to wrap up the Test series and win by a 3-1 margin. England is 130/8 at the moment trailing by 30 runs. Washington Sundar was stranded on 96 while Rishabh Pant scored 101 as India managed 365 in reply to England’s 205.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma | AFP

Rohit Sharma Is The Only Batsman Who Is Assured Where His Off Stump Is: Manoj Tiwary

Manoj Tiwary has said Rohit Sharma is the only batsman who knows where his off-stump lies. Virat Kohli and Steve Smith have been the popular picks as the best batsman in the world for the last five-six years or so. The race has been limited between the India skipper and the former Australia skipper.

Virat Kohli is currently the top-ranked ODI batsman in the world while Steve Smith was the top-ranked Test batsman not very long ago.

Virat Kohli and Steve Smith are two of the best batsmen of the current generation.© BCCI
Virat Kohli and Steve Smith are two of the best batsmen of the current generation. © BCCI

Manoj Tiwary States Rohit Sharma Is The Best Batsman In The World Currently

At present, Steve Smith is the second-ranked Test batsman in the world after Kane Williamson. Although the jury is still out to decide the best batsman in the world, Manoj Tiwary has added another name to the debate by stating that opener Rohit Sharma is the best in the world at present. The veteran cricketer’s comments came after seeing Rohit Sharma’s performance in the ongoing fourth Test between India and England in Ahmedabad.

Rohit Sharma, India
Rohit Sharma. Image Credits: Twitter

The India opener tried to bail India out of trouble in the crucial clash after the hosts lost the likes of Shubman Gill (0), Cheteshwar Pujara (17), Virat Kohli (0), and Ajinkya Rahane (27) cheaply. Rohit Sharma, however, stood firm and scored a hard-working 49 runs off 144 balls with the help of 7 fours before being dismissed LBW.

Manoj Tiwary Impressed With Rohit Sharma’s Technique

Manoj Tiwary took to social media Twitter to lavish praise on Rohit Sharma. The senior batsman started by saying that the art of leaving balls outside off-stump has vanished from Tests.

Manoj Tiwary
Manoj Tiwary. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Further, he praised Rohit Sharma and stated that the India star is the only batsman who knows where his off-stump is. Manoj Tiwary hailed the right-handed batsman for his transformation and called him the best in the world.

Rohit Sharma has been in good ominous form in the ongoing 4 match Test series and will also play a huge role if India is to win batting fourth in the ongoing 4th Test. The Mumbai star had scored a cracking century in the second Test at Chennai. His sublime 161-run knock had helped the hosts winning the game and draw level in the series. India would be hoping that their star batsman delivers once again, this time in Ahmedabad.

Meanwhile, India has taken a slender lead in reply to England’s 205. Rishabh Pant is batting on unbeaten 66 off 97  balls with 7 fours and a six. Jack Leach, Ben Stokes, and James Anderson have taken 2 scalps apiece.

Virat Kohli and Manoj Tiwary
Virat Kohli and Manoj Tiwary

Manoj Tiwary Praises Virat Kohli For Inculcating Fitness Culture In Indian Cricket

Manoj Tiwary praised Virat Kohli for inculcating fitness culture which has uplifted Indian cricket by leaps and bounds. The veteran Bengal batsman felt the fitness culture had affected domestic cricket at its grassroots.

Virat Kohli is one of the fittest cricketers on the international sporting circuit having represented India in 87 Tests, 251 ODIs, and 85 T20Is. He has over 20,000 international runs and is next to the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Ricky Ponting as he has 70 international centuries.

India’s Virat Kohli Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA
India’s Virat Kohli Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA

Manoj Tiwary: Lot Of Credit Goes To Virat Kohli For Bringing In Fitness Mindset

Under Virat Kohli’s tenure as skipper, BCCI has increased its fitness levels by incorporating yo-yo tests and 2 km fitness tests as Indian cricketers have to work hard to increase their chances of qualifying for a berth in the squad.

Speaking to Sportskeeda’s Indranil Basu in an SK Live session on Facebook, Manoj Tiwary said, “A lot of credit has to go to Virat Kohli for bringing in that (fitness) mindset, especially after the last phase of MS Dhoni’s captaincy. He brought a change in the fitness levels. As always, he has remained a prolific run-scorer.”

Yo-Yo Test (Image : News Nation)
Yo-Yo Test (Image: News Nation)

“Even on a pitch where others struggled in Chennai, Kohli was out there scoring runs. Apart from the runs, he also brought in a fitness culture. He knew fitness would take the Indian side to a different level. That’s how the yo-yo tests came in.”

The yo-yo test level for the cricketers has been raised to 17:1. BCCI has also incorporated a new fitness parameter to run a two-kilometre time trial, which is now a global fitness standard employed by international cricket teams. It is understood that players have the choice to pick either of the two tests-the yo-yo test or the time trial, but the BCCI has made it mandatory to clear one of the two fitness tests. Fast bowlers have to run two kilometres in 8 minutes 15 seconds, the rest in 8 minutes 30 seconds.

Manoj Tiwary: Even Budding Youngsters In Domestic Cricket Emphasise Fitness

The 35-year-old veteran Bengal batsman who featured in 12 ODIs and 3 T20Is for India thought that the fitness culture brought by Virat Kohli in the team has encouraged youngsters to work hard on the aspect of fitness.

“Even the budding youngsters in domestic cricket emphasise fitness knowing that if they aren’t fit enough, they don’t have a chance to represent India,” added Manoj Tiwary, who played 15 internationals between 2008 and 2015.

Manoj Tiwary
Manoj Tiwary. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Manoj Tiwary was bound to achieve great things after he was selected in the Indian team but the spate of injuries and poor luck limited his presence thereafter he made his international debut in the 2007-08 Australian tour.

Manoj Tiwary also praised Ajinkya Rahane’s captaincy during the recently concluded Test series against Australia but stated that Virat Kohli’s captaincy record is “phenomenal” and rated among the best in the world as he is India’s most successful Test captain leading India to 33 Test wins.

Virat Kohli, RCB
Virat Kohli, RCB

Overseas Players Couldn’t Contribute To Virat Kohli-Led RCB In IPL 2020: Manoj Tiwary

Manoj Tiwary, an Indian cricketer who plays for Bengal in the domestic circuit has blamed RCB skipper Virat Kohli’s failure as an IPL captain on a combination of poor selection, team strategy, and some bad luck.

Royal Challengers Bangalore is one of the franchises that are yet to win an IPL title ever since the league’s inception in 2008. Royal Challengers Bangalore’s best performance under skipper Virat Kohli came in 2016 when the team finished runners-up.

Manoj Tiwary (Reuters Photo)
Manoj Tiwary (Reuters Photo)

Manoj Tiwary: Lots Of Reasons For Virat Kohli’s Team Not Winning IPL

Manoj Tiwary tried to decode one of the IPL’s biggest mysteries while speaking to Sportskeeda’s Indranil Basu in an SK Live session on Facebook.

He explained: “There are lots of reasons for it (Virat Kohli not winning IPL). His record with the Indian cricket team is far better than his record with RCB as a captain. To build a good team, you have to have a good combination.”

Manoj Tiwary pointed out South African swashbuckling batsman AB de Villiers not keeping wickets at the beginning of the tournament held in UAE hurt the team’s prospects.

“Until and unless AB de Villiers keeps for the whole tournament, you will not be able to play another overseas player in your team. We did not see AB keep in the first six or seven games. But eventually, they had to do it,” said Tiwary.

AB de Villiers, Josh Philippe, IPL 2020 in UAE, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB),
AB de Villiers, Josh Philippe, IPL 2020 in UAE, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)

Manoj Tiwary added that the failures of star players and the absence of some overseas players due to injury didn’t help Virat Kohli’s cause in IPL 2020.

“Josh Philippe was a big letdown (last season). They thought he would come and do the job for them at the top of the batting line-up. Unfortunately, he could not contribute. When your overseas players cannot contribute, then your team is in trouble. Chris Morris was also injured in the first half of the tournament,” noted Tiwary.

“Virat Kohli had made a statement that after so many years, they had a balanced side this year (IPL 2020). Unfortunately… Aaron Finch was disappointing as well. These are the main factors (for RCB struggling),” Tiwary added.

Josh Phillipe scored only 78 runs in 5 matches averaging 19.5. Aaron Finch was another letdown scoring only 268 runs in 12 games averaging 22.33. Moeen Ali scored only 12 runs and picked 1 wicket in 3 games and was another failure. Chris Morris did well with the ball picking 11 scalps in 9 games and scored 34 runs with the bat but couldn’t play all matches due to recurrent injuries.

Manoj Tiwary: No comparison between Virat Kohli’s RCB and Rohit Sharma’s MI

Virat Kohli’s captaincy in the IPL has often been compared to Mumbai Indian skipper Rohit Sharma’s, who has led the Mumbai Indians to a record five IPL titles. However, according to veteran Manoj Tiwary, a comparison between the duo is unfair.

“Rohit Sharma’s team and Virat Kohli’s team are completely different. Everything boils down to the combination of the team. Players like Hardik and Krunal, from the time they have come in, have looked unbeaten. They have good three good all-rounders in the lower-order. So, when they get a good start, then they know that these three guys will finish the job for them,” said Tiwary.

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma(Source: IPL)
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma(Source: IPL)

“They have a good scouting team. I can vouch for that. RCB does not have that,” the 35-year-old added.

RCB has retained just 12 squad members before the IPL 2021 auction and released 10 players. The release list includes recently-retired Parthiv Patel and Dale Steyn, who opted out of IPL 2021. RCB released Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Aaron Finch, Chris Morris, Pavan Negi, Parthiv Patel (retired), Dale Steyn (unavailable), Isuru Udana, Umesh Yadav from their IPL 2020 squad before IPL 2021.

Manoj Tiwary
Manoj Tiwary

Manoj Tiwary Opens Up On Indian Captaincy Debate

Manoj Tiwary opened up on the captaincy debate between Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane, which has taken place ever since Ajinkya Rahane won the last 3 Tests of the Test series versus Australia in their own backyard.

Ajinkya Rahane has often made it clear that he is Virat Kohli’s deputy in Tests and will only take charge when the need arises, mainly during Virat Kohli’s unavailability.

Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane - Image Source : GETTY IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane – Image Source: GETTY IMAGE

Manoj Tiwary: Ajinkya Rahane Was Excellent In Australia Making Bowling Changes Quite Well And His Captaincy Style Is Different From Virat Kohli

Talks for Ajinkya Rahane to take over Virat Kohli as skipper started doing the rounds ever since the former took the side to a memorable 2-1 series win versus Tim Paine-led Australia, in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy 2020/21, in the absence of Virat Kohli in the last 3 Tests.

However, it won’t be wrong to call the current Test line-up a shadow of Virat Kohli due to the work he has done with the side ever since he took over from a precarious position from MS Dhoni in late 2014.

Manoj Tiwary (Reuters Photo)
Manoj Tiwary (Reuters Photo)

Recently, India’s discarded veteran cricketer Manoj Tiwary opened up on the Test captaincy debate between the duo ahead of the side’s second Test versus England in Chennai.

Tiwary acknowledged Rahane for his leadership role in Australia and said on Sportskeeda Live, “Whatever little I saw in Australia, Ajinkya Rahane was very good. He made the bowling changes quite well. You don’t need to be a quiet guy to be a good captain; you can be expressive too. The difference is in their style.

“Rahane’s captaincy style is very different from what we see from Virat Kohli. If allowed to lead India, I am sure Rahane will do a good job. I don’t know when that time will come. He has to score consistently to keep away the talks of him getting dropped from the Test side.”

Manoj Tiwary is a right-handed batsman who bowls occasional leg break. He represents Bengal in domestic cricket and played for Kolkata Knight Riders, Kings XI Punjab & Rising Pune Supergiants in the Indian Premier League. He has represented the Indian national cricket team in limited-overs and was a part of the 2012 T20 World Cup Squad of India. He played 12 ODIs and 3 T20Is and has a century and a fifty in ODI. He also picked 5 ODI scalps.

Manoj Tiwary: One Should Not Have A Controversy Within The Team

On the other hand, Manoj Tiwary also didn’t shy away from settling the debate for the Test captaincy spot between the duo of Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane.

He opined, “As far as Rahane is concerned, he did mention that Virat is the captain of the team. He did the right thing. We should not have a controversy within the team. The team knows that Virat Kohli is the captain of the side and when he isn’t around, it’s Rahane,” added Tiwary, who last represented the Men in Blue in mid-2015.

Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli (Reuters Photo)
Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli (Reuters Photo)

Virat Kohli has led India to 33 Test wins and is India’s most successful Test skipper while Ajinkya Rahane is yet to lose a Test as skipper. He led India in only 5 Tests when regular skipper Virat Kohli remained absent.

At present, the visitors England are leading the 4 match Test series by 1-0 margin. Chennai, the venue for the 2nd Test also hosted the series opener first Test and the visitors won that match by 227 runs.

India has made three changes with Mohammed Siraj and Kuldeep Yadav’s return to XI and Axar Patel making his debut in place of Jasprit Bumrah, Shahbaz Nadeem, and Washington Sundar while England has included Olly Stone, Ben Foakes, Moeen Ali, and Stuart Broad in place of Jos Buttler, James Anderson, Dom Bess, and Jofra Archer in XI. India batting first is 90/3 with Shubman Gill and Virat Kohli failing to score while Rohit Sharma hit a fifty.


Manoj Tiwary Names Best 11 Of IPL 2020

Manoj Tiwary, the veteran Bengal cricketer, has named the best eleven of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020. As one of his openers, he picked Kings XI Punjab’s (KXIP) KL Rahul, who ended as the Orange Cap winner with 670 runs in 14 matches. He put forth his opinions while speaking on Cricbuzz Live.

Manoj Tiwary assigned captaincy to Rohit Sharma who would partner KL Rahul as an opener. The captain of the Mumbai Indians (MI), who won their fifth IPL title, beating Delhi Capitals (DC) in the final was included though he wasn’t consistent. Rohit Sharma scored 68 in the final amassing 332 runs in 12 games.

Manoj Tiwary
Manoj Tiwary-Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Manoj Tiwary Went For Suryakumar Yadav, AB De Villiers And Krunal Pandya

At number three, Manoj Tiwary went for Suryakumar Yadav, who performed throughout the tournament with his flamboyance and elegance amassing 480 runs in 16  games. Manoj Tiwary also picked AB de Villiers who was arguably the standout batsman for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Manoj Tiwary went for Krunal Pandya as the all-rounder ahead of Marcus Stoinis and Rahul Tewatia.

Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya
Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya. Photo by: Sandeep Shetty /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

From the Royal Challengers Bangalore side, he left out Virat Kohli, who wasn’t quite in the best of form according to his high standards with the bat. At number five and six positions, Manoj Tiwary went for power hitters Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard, who both showed their brute force for the Mumbai-based franchise. One of Manoj Tiwary’s picks that is questionable enough was that of Krunal Pandya, who scored only 109 runs and picked up six wickets in the tournament.

Manoj Tiwary Omits Kagiso Rabada And Yuzvendra Chahal

In the spin-department, to partner Krunal Pandya, Manoj Tiwary went for Sunrisers Hyderabad’s (SRH) Rashid Khan. The Afghanistan spinner picked up 20 wickets at an incredible economy rate of 5.37. His best figures of 3/7 came against the runners up Delhi Capitals in Dubai. But he didn’t go for Yuzvendra Chahal, who was impressive for RCB throughout the event picking up 21 scalps.

Yuzvendra Chahal and Rashid Khan
Yuzvendra Chahal and Rashid Khan Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL

Jofra Archer, Jasprit Bumrah and T Natarajan were his choices as pacers. Jofra Archer ended as the ‘Most Valuable Player’ of IPL 2020 despite his team Rajasthan Royals (RR) ending at the bottom of the points table. Jasprit Bumrah ended with 27 wickets finishing second behind Kagiso Rabada’s 30 and T Natarajan impressed everyone with his ability to bowl yorkers at death overs. He omitted Purple Cap holder Kagiso Rabada.

Here’s the XI:
Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, AB de Villiers, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rashid Khan, Jofra Archer, Jasprit Bumrah, T Natarajan

Manoj Tiwary, Indian national cricket team
Manoj Tiwary. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Suryakumar Yadav And Axar Patel Played In Wrong Era – Manoj Tiwary Tweets

Suryakumar Yadav and Axar Patel, who play for Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals respectively and have some impressive performances in the Indian Premier League 2020 were ignored by the selection committee.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the squad for India’s tour of Australia for all the three formats as injured pacers Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar and also batsman Rohit Sharma were not selected for any format while dashing wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant was ignored for white-ball formats.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav (Image Credit: Google)

Suryakumar Yadav And Axar Patel Are Ignored Probably For Playing In Wrong Era According To Manoj Tiwary’s Tweet

The selection committee headed by Sunil Joshi picked the squads for all the three formats for India’s upcoming Test, ODI and T20I series against Australia. There were a few surprises as India’s limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma wasn’t included in any of the squads while fast bowler Ishant Sharma, who is a regular in the Test set-up was also not named in the Test squad for 4-match Test series against Australia.

Axar Patel
Axar Patel

“The All-India Senior Selection Committee met via video-conference on Monday to select the Indian Cricket Team for the upcoming Tour of Australia. Team India will take part in three T20Is, three ODIs and four Test matches against Australia,” a statement released by BCCI said.

However, despite some impressive performances in the Indian Premier League 2020, Mumbai Indians batsman Suryakumar Yadav and Delhi Capitals’ all-rounder Axar Patel were ignored by the selection committee.

Suryakumar Yadav And Axar Patel Played In Wrong Era - Manoj Tiwary Tweets 1

Suryakumar Yadav has notched up 283 runs in 11 matches, averaging 31.44 with 2 fifties was supposed to be named as a finisher but missed this time around. All-rounder Axar Patel who has scored 65 runs and taken 8 wickets in 10 matches wasn’t named too as Manoj Tiwary in a tweet blamed them for playing in the wrong era but suggested they could have played alongside competitors. Suryakumar Yadav has 1831 runs in 96 IPL matches averaging 28.6.

The former Bengal skipper was not in the reckoning after missing out in IPL squads in 2019 and 2020 and wasn’t selected in the Indian team after playing 12 ODIs and 3 T20Is, the last of which came in 2015.

Team India Squads Will Be Accompanied By 4 Additional Pace Bowlers

Team India T20I squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul (vice-captain and wicket-keeper), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Sanju Samson (wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Varun Chakravarthy

Varun Chakravarthy earned his maiden call in the Indian T20 squad and said that it was a surreal experience after picking 13 wickets in 11 matches including a 5-wicket haul against Delhi Capitals.

Team India ODI squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul (vice-captain & wicket-keeper), Shreyas Iyer, Manish Pandey, Hardik Pandya, Mayank Agarwal, Ravindra Jadeja, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Navdeep Saini, Shardul Thakur

Hardik Pandya will probably play as a batsman only as he hasn’t bowled in the IPL 2020 and KL Rahul is the only wicket-keeper in ODI squad after ‘overweight’ Rishabh Pant was ignored for white-ball formats.

Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj (Image Credit: IPL)

Team India Test squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Jasprit Bumrah, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, R. Ashwin, Mohd. Siraj

Mohammed Siraj of Royal Challengers Bangalore picked 6 wickets in 5 matches including 3/8 in 4 overs against hapless Kolkata Knight Riders which included two maiden overs and 16 dot balls. He earned his maiden Test call up after Ishant Sharma and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were injured and not considered.

Four additional bowlers – Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kartik Tyagi, Ishan Porel and T. Natarajan – will travel with the Indian contingent according to the official release which stated so.

T Natarajan has 11 wickets in 11 matches while Kartik Tyagi has 7 wickets from 8 matches. Kamlesh Nagarkoti has 4 wickets in 8 matches in IPL 2020. Ishan Porel of Bengal though hasn’t played a game in IPL 2020.

Yusuf Pathan
Yusuf Pathan (Image Credit:

IPL 2020: 5 Indian Cricketers Who Can Return As Replacement

The 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) will begin very soon. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) will host the entire IPL 2020 from 19th September to 10th November 2020. All the teams have almost sorted out their full squad, except some last-minute changes due to the unavailability of their contracted players.

As the IPL 2020 will be as usual a long tournament, there is a chance of some changes in the full squad in the later period of the tournament, majorly due to the fitness and health issues. So, we can still hope to see some cricketers in the late IPL 2020, who are currently not in any squad but they can be added as a replacement in a later period.

Here we are talking about the five Indian cricketers who can return as the replacement during the IPL 2020

Barinder Sran

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The 27-year-old left-arm pacer Barinder Sran was remained unsold in the 2020 IPL auction, whose base price was INR 50 lakh. While he played eight limited-overs international matches for India in 2016 (6 ODIs and 2 T20Is), he has played 24 IPL matches from 2015 to 2019. In his IPL career, Sran has taken 18 wickets. His inconsistency performances were the main reason why he wasn’t picked up in the latest IPL auction.

In his T20 career, Sran has taken 45 wickets in 48 matches. As he is a left-arm Indian pacer, he can be picked up during the IPL 2020 if a left-arm pacer misses out at any stage of this tournament.  

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