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Sanju Samson Fined INR 12 Lakh For Maintaining Slow Over-Rate Against PBKS

Sanju Samson, Rajasthan Royals skipper has been fined for maintaining a slow over-rate during an Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) match against Punjab Kings on Tuesday (September 21). Sanju Samson was fined Rs 12 lakh for maintaining a slow over-rate in their opening IPL 2021 match in UAE leg against Punjab Kings.

After being sent in to bat by Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul, Rajasthan Royals got off to a flying start with openers Evin Lewis and Yashasvi Jaiswal going all guns blazing in the powerplay. Evin Lewis departed after scoring 36 while Yashasvi Jaiswal missed his half-century by a run. Mahipal Lomror made a handy contribution of 43 runs off just 17 deliveries to help Rajasthan post a total of 185 in their allotted 20 overs.

Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson (Image Credit: Twitter)

Sanju Samson Fined INR 12 Lakh For Slow Over Rate

The two sides were playing their first match after the resumption of the IPL on September 19. In a thrilling Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 match last night, Rajasthan Royals (RR) made an epic comeback, beating Punjab Kings (PBKS) by just two runs.

Punjab needed just four runs in the final over to win the game but was stopped from their march towards victory by RR bowler pacer Kartik Tyagi. Kartik Tyagi, the MOM, managed to take two crucial wickets and give away just one run in his final over spell.

“As it was his team’s first offence of the season under the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to a minimum over-rate offences, Sanju Samson was fined Rs 12 lakh,” read an official statement.

Rajasthan Royals registered a thrilling two-run victory over Punjab Kings at the Dubai International Stadium. Chasing 186, Punjab Kings got off to an excellent start as openers KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal put on 120 runs for the opening wicket.

Kartik Tyagi defended four runs off the final over to hand RR a 2-run win | Photo: BCCI / IPL
Kartik Tyagi defended four runs off the final over to hand RR a 2-run win | Photo: BCCI / IPL

However, after this, Rajasthan was able to make a comeback and the side registered a thrilling victory. Kartik Tyagi returned with two wickets and he was adjudged as Man of the Match. With this win, Rajasthan Royals has moved to the fifth spot in the points table with 8 points from as many games.

Arshdeep Singh’s Five Wicket Haul In Vein As Royals Win

Earlier, Arshdeep Singh took a five-wicket haul for Punjab Kings as Rajasthan Royals was bundled out for 185. For the Sanju Samson-led side, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Mahipal Lamror scored 49 and 43 respectively. For Punjab, Mohammed Shami also scalped three wickets. Rajasthan Royals will next lock horns against Delhi Capitals on Saturday at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

Arshdeep Singh (Photo| ANI)
Arshdeep Singh (Photo| ANI)

Punjab Kings cruised for the better part of their stiff chase of 186 runs, with opener Mayank Agarwal scoring 67 off 43 deliveries and skipper KL Rahul, 49 off 33 balls. All that changed when the next two batsmen, Nicholas Pooran (32 off 22) and Aiden Markram (26* off 20), failed to rotate the strike in the last two overs and let the team fall short by just two runs.

Rajasthan Royals 185 (Jaiswal 49, Lomror 43, Arshdeep 5-32, Shami 3-21) beat Punjab Kings 183 for 4 (Agarwal 67, Rahul 49, Tyagi 2-29, Tewatia 1-23)

Chris Gayle Image Source : IPLT20.COM
Chris Gayle Image Source : IPLT20.COM
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Chris Gayle Wouldn’t Have Let Punjab Kings Lose If He Had Scored 50-60 Runs: Virender Sehwag

Virender Sehwag believes the responsibility of the Punjab Kings’ (PBKS) humiliating defeat to Rajasthan Royals (RR) on Tuesday should be pinned on their openers, Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul, and no.3 batsman Aiden Markram. Virender Sehwag said either one of Mayank Agarwal or KL Rahul should have finished the game after facing 30-plus balls in the match.

He remarked that had Chris Gayle – who made way for Aiden Makram in the match – played and scored a half-century, he would not have let the team lose in the final over.

Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag (Image Credit: Twitter)

Virender Sehwag: Mayank Agarwal Should Have Finished The Game

In a thrilling Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 match last night, Rajasthan Royals (RR) made an epic comeback, beating Punjab Kings (PBKS) by just two runs. Punjab needed just four runs in the final over to win the game but was stopped from their march towards victory by RR bowler Kartik Tyagi. Kartik Tyagi, the MOM, managed to take two crucial wickets and give away just one run in his final over spell.

Virender Sehwag said: “Singling out the player for defeat would be a bit difficult for this match. I would say that luck didn’t favor them but still if we have to pick someone, it should be Mayank Agarwal. If you are in form and scoring runs then you should finish the game and not leave it on anyone else… I always talk about Ruturaj (Gaikwad), he scored 89 not out, played 20 overs, even played the last ball and hit a six which probably won the game for CSK.”

Punjab Kings KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal during the IPL.(ANI)
Punjab Kings KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal during the IPL.(ANI)

The former India opener added: “Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul should do the same because that is the responsibility of the top-3. The new batsman doesn’t know much about the pitch or how to play on it but you are there for 40-50 balls. The team shouldn’t lose like this. If it was for Chris Gayle, I guarantee that if he had scored 50-60, he wouldn’t have let PBKS lose. He would have won the game for them.”

Punjab Kings cruised for the better part of their chase of 186 runs, with opener Mayank Agarwal scoring 67 off 43 deliveries and skipper KL Rahul, 49 off 33 balls. All that changed when the next two batsmen, Nicholas Pooran (32 off 22) and Aiden Markram (26* off 20), failed to rotate the strike in the last two overs and let the team fall short by just two runs.

Virender Sehwag: Aiden Markram Should Have Reached Out To The Non-Striker And Asked Him To Run No Matter Where The Ball Goes

Virender Sehwag explained: “He’s not out on 26 and didn’t play a single ball in the last over. He’s an international player, a senior player, it was his right to reach out to the non-striker batsman and say that he has to run [to rotate strike] no matter where the ball goes. You should have taken the strike back because you have already played 20 deliveries. I believe that’s another mistake.”

Kartik Tyagi defended four runs off the final over to hand RR a 2-run win | Photo: BCCI / IPL
Kartik Tyagi defended four runs off the final over to hand RR a 2-run win | Photo: BCCI / IPL

He concluded by saying: “Such mistakes don’t happen when MS Dhoni and Rohit Sharma are at the crease. Even from the outside a message should be sent that the non-striker should somehow take the strike back. If he had reached there, Punjab would have won. Tyagi was brilliant in the last over but Markram was at fault too.”

Nicholas Pooran (32) and Deepak Hooda were both caught behind and managed to frustrate Fabian Allen (0 not out) off the last ball as Punjab finished at 183/4. PBKS will now lock horns with SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) on Saturday in Sharjah. Earlier, Rajasthan Royals slumped to 185 all out in 20 overs after being put in to bat. Punjab claimed seven wickets in the last six overs with fast bowler Arshdeep Singh ending up with 5/32.

Ravi Shastri Image Source : AP
Ravi Shastri Image Source : AP
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Ravi Shastri Defends Book Launch Event

Ravi Shastri has defended his book launch event, saying that anything could have happened from the opening Test match of the series. The Indian cricket team’s camp was hit by COVID-19 last week when Ravi Shastri’s lateral flow test returned positive after day 3 of the 4th Test match. Following him, bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar contracted the infection.

On the eve of the 4th Test, junior physio Yogesh Parmar also tested positive for COVID-19, which led to the cancellation of the 5th Test match, which was to start on September 10. While the source of COVID-19 isn’t known, some are criticizing Shastri for his book launch event as it took place with over 100 people in attendance.

Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli during Shastri's book launch event in London | Twitter
Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli during Shastri’s book launch event in London | Twitter

Ravi Shastri: The UK Is Open As Anything Could Have Happened From 1st Test

Indian skipper Virat Kohli and other members of Team India were also present at the event. Ravi Shastri, who is in isolation in the UK, has responded to the criticism and defended the book launch event.

“The whole country [United Kingdom] is open. Anything could have happened from Test One,” Shastri was quoted as saying by mid-day.

“It’s been the best summer of cricket England has seen in a long time certainly from an Indian cricket team. It’s Covid times, awesome summer though. The boys were fantastic either side of the Thames.”

Ravi Shastri. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Ravi Shastri. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The cancelled 5th Test match is likely to take place at a rescheduled date as the BCCI said that the two boards will look to find a window for the fixture. Team India is scheduled to play a white-ball series against England next year and the one-off fixture could take place then.

Indian Players Who Feature In IPL Too Joined Their Respective Franchises And serving 6 Day Mandatory Quarantine Period

Meanwhile, the majority of Indian players have joined their IPL franchises in UAE. They are now serving the six-day mandatory isolation period. The 2nd phase of IPL 2021 kicks off on September 19. Ravi Shastri and other COVID-19 positive coaches will land in India after completing their isolation period. They will likely reach UAE for T20 World Cup next month.

The players started departing in clusters — some in charter flights arranged by their franchises like Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad while Chennai Super Kings cricketers took commercial flights. RCB captain Virat Kohli and his premier pacer Mohammed Siraj also took a charter flight from Manchester.

The three Punjab Kings players in the Indian Test side – KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, and Mohammed Shami – are also taking commercial flights out of England. England players in the franchise, none from the Test side, will travel later. As many as six Indian Test players – Rishabh Pant, Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Prithvi Shaw, Umesh Yadav, and Axar Patel – play for Delhi Capitals. They will join their IPL bubble on Sunday.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

The six-day quarantine rule led to some pull-outs. England trio Jonny Bairstow (Sunrisers Hyderabad), Chris Woakes (Delhi Capitals), and Dawid Malan (Punjab Kings) decided to give the IPL second phase a miss. It isn’t known if the three opted out after consulting the English Cricket Board to manage workload. All three are expected to feature in the Ashes series at the year-end.

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Virat Kohli[photo: Twitter]
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Salman Butt Doesn’t Think Virat Kohli Will Make Too Many Changes For The 4th Test At Oval

Salman Butt, former Pakistan batter reckons captain Virat Kohli will not make a lot of changes to the Indian team for The Oval Test, which starts on September 2.

Team India lost the Headingley Test without putting up much of a fight, going down by an innings and 76 runs. With the win, England squared the five-match series 1-1.

Salman Butt. Image-Twitter
Salman Butt. Image-Twitter

Salman Butt Doesn’t Think India Skipper Virat Kohli Will Make Too Many Changes For The 4th Test At Oval

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Salman Butt stated that India is likely to retain more or less the same team for the next Test.

The former Pakistan skipper said: “After hearing Virat Kohli’s press conference, I don’t think he will be making too many changes for The Oval Test. He was not speaking about individual performances and instead said that everyone in the think-tank is concerned with how the team is performing, whether winning or losing. Kohli did not single out any particular player, which is good.”

“He said that the team will reflect on the improvements that are needed once the series is over. So he did not speak about any chopping and changing in the team,” Salman Butt said.

Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin in action. (BCCI)
Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin in action. (BCCI)

Salman Butt went on to add that veteran off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin might come in for the next match.

“Any Asian side coming to England takes time to settle down. So he must be keen on carrying on with the same players. I think at least Ashwin will play this game. As for the batting, I don’t think he is going to make any changes. Remember, Kohli also said that he doesn’t believe in playing the extra batter in Test matches. According to him, if five-six cannot do the job, you cannot expect a seventh to do a lot,” said Salman Butt.

India triumphed in the Lord’s by 151 runs but failed to maintain the momentum at Headingley. They were all out for 78 batting first and were staring down the barrel from that point onwards.

Nasser Hussain Critical Of Virat Kohli For Playing At The Balls He Could Be Leaving

Nasser Hussain, a former England captain feels that Virat Kohli has been extremely tentative against the moving ball. According to Nasser Hussain, considering the quality of England’s pacers, life is not going to get any easier for the Indian captain. Virat Kohli has been dismissed caught behind in all five innings of the series so far.

“Kohli has played at balls he could be leaving, he seems to have that slight technical issue I highlighted in these pages with the positioning of his back foot and he is not picking up the line of Anderson and Robinson.

“Kohli is not sure whether to play or leave and whether to set himself for the inswinger or not. He doesn’t know what to do. It’s high class bowling and it’s not going to get any easier for him, ” wrote Nasser Husain in his column.

Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Virat Kohli has scored only 124 runs in three Tests so far at an average of 24.80. In comparison, his opposite number, Joe Root, is the leading run-scorer in the series, having amassed 507 runs with three hundred at an average of 126.75.

Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: BCCI)
Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: BCCI)
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Rishabh Pant Is Looking The Big Concern To Me: Aakash Chopra

Aakash Chopra believes Rishabh Pant’s indifferent form and the manner in which he has approached his innings is a huge concern for Team India.

Rishabh Pant has scored just 87 runs at an underwhelming average of 17.4 in the three Tests against England so far. He has also repeatedly fallen prey to length deliveries angled across him.

Rishabh Pant. File | Photo Credit: AFP
Rishabh Pant. File | Photo Credit: AFP

Aakash Chopra: Keeper Rishabh Pant Is Looking The Biggest Concern In India’s Batting Lineup

While reflecting on the problem areas for Team India in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra named Rishabh Pant as the biggest worrying factor.

“Rishabh Pant is looking the big concern to me. The way he is batting, you are playing five bowlers because you know you have Rishabh Pant, who is a fabulous batsman, and that is why you are not playing Wriddhiman Saha.”

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The former India opener added that Rishabh Pant’s approach to his innings is also an area of concern.

Aakash Chopra elaborated: “But if he doesn’t score runs, it will be a problem. There will be a problem with his way of playing. Your team is stuck, and you are stepping out and playing. My way or the highway works, but I think that is an area of concern.”

Rishabh Pant has tended to dance down the wicket to counter the swing the England bowlers have generated. But that has not yielded many dividends, as he has mostly wafted at deliveries outside the off-stump and getting caught behind the wickets.

Aakash Chopra feels the lack of runs from Rishabh Pant’s willow might see Ravindra Jadeja walk ahead of him in the batting order. He observed in this regard spin all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has looked more comfortable at the crease than Rishabh Pant.

“In the next match, India might start thinking to promote Jadeja and demote Rishabh because the five-bowler theory looks good to hear, but it means Pant after Ajinkya, then Jadeja and four proper bowlers. It’s not a great thing.”

Ravindra Jadeja Photo Credit: (Sky Sports)
Ravindra Jadeja Photo Credit: (Sky Sports)

The reputed commentator also observed how pacer Ollie Robinson has had the wood on Rishabh Pant so far.

“You expect from him, and you only throw stones at a tree that bears fruit. You look towards an X-factor and ask him to score runs. Rishabh Pant will have to really change his tack very quickly. He is a class player, but till now, his number is in Ollie Robinson’s pocket.”

Four of Rishabh Pant’s five dismissals in the series have come against Ollie Robinson. The dashing wicketkeeper-batsman fell to Mark Wood in the first innings of the Lord’s Test, which India won.

Earlier in late 2020 and early 2021, Rishabh Pant continued his love affair with Australia on India’s last tour. With the team battling multiple adversities and injuries, he scored 97 runs off 118 balls in the third Test and an unbeaten 89 in the fourth Test in Brisbane and was adjudged Man of the match, as India won the match and series.

Rishabh Pant was picked in the playing XI again ahead of Wriddhiman Saha for the home Test series against England. In the four Tests, he scored 270 runs at an average of 54.00, including one century and two fifties. He batted at a strike rate of 84.11 in the four-match series, which India won comprehensively 3-1.

The contenders for a place in the Playing 11 for the 4th Test are Suryakumar Yadav, Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Wriddhiman Saha, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Hanuma Vihari. The likes of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj have played all three Test matches and maybe rested or rotated. The other one who could sit out is Ishant Sharma. Umesh Yadav, Shardul Thakur, and Prasidh Krishna may replace them.

KL Rahul. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
KL Rahul. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
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Rohit Sharma Said KL Rahul’s Lord’s 100 Is Probably The Best That He Has Seen

Rohit Sharma heaped rich praise on KL Rahul after his batting partner hit a hundred on the opening day of the 2nd Test between India and England at Lord’s. Rohit Sharma said KL Rahul did not have any confusion and executed his plans clear in the middle in difficult conditions for batting against the moving Dukes’ ball in London on Thursday.

KL Rahul became only the 3rd Indian opener and the 10th overall from the country to hit a hundred at the iconic venue and find himself a spot on the Lord’s Honours board. KL Rahul remained unbeaten on 127 at Stump’s on Day 1 as India finished at a dominant position, having posted 276 for 3 in 90 overs.

 Lord's Test: It was KL Rahul's day and he made it count, says Rohit Sharma (Reuters Photo)
Lord’s Test: It was KL Rahul’s day and he made it count, says Rohit Sharma (Reuters Photo)

Rohit Sharma Said This Is Probably The Best That He Has Seen KL Rahul Bat

KL Rahul was happy to play second fiddle to Rohit Sharma during their 126-run opening stand that set a solid platform for India after Joe Root won the toss and opted to bowl. KL Rahul was solid in defence and left balls outside the off-stump wonderfully well.

After Rohit Sharma missed out on a well-deserved hundred by just 17 runs, KL Rahul took charge and dominated his partnership with Virat Kohli for the 3rd wicket. KL  Rahul was fluent on the off-side as he drove off the front foot and punched off the back foot with precision. KL Rahul and Virat Kohli added 117 runs before Ollie Robinson sent the India captain back to the hut late on Day 1.

“This is probably the best that I have seen KL Rahul bat,” Rohit Sharma said after Day 1 action in London.

“I thought he was very much in control from Ball 1. Till we finished the day today, he looked very much in control. At no point, it looked like he was confused or thinking too much, he was very clear about his plans. When you are clear with your plans, when you trust your plans, it definitely works,” he added.

“I thought today was his day and I thought he really made it count.”

Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul managed to emulate a 69-year-old record for India. (Reuters Photo)
Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul managed to emulate a 69-year-old record for India. (Reuters Photo)

Rohit Sharma posted his highest Test score in overseas conditions but the senior batter missed out on an opportunity to score his first Test hundred. Rohit Sharma came up with flawless innings but James Anderson got the better of the well-set opener with an inswinger.

“I wouldn’t say the best (knock of mine) because as long as you’re playing, there will be a lot of opportunities. But certainly, challenging one, the most challenging that I have played. I felt very good, was very happy with the way I started off. Unfortunate dismissal but probably I couldn’t have done anything to that,” Rohit said.

Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul broke a 69-year-old record for India at Lord’s on Thursday in the ongoing second Test with their gritty opening partnership against England. The duo put on a 100-run opening partnership in a Test match for India at Lord’s for the first time since 1952. Vinoo Mankad and Pankaj Roy were the last Indian openers to achieve the feat when they put on 106 for the first wicket against England in 1952 at the home of cricket.

Rohit Sharma Said KL Rahul Has A Similar Mindset Like Him

Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul have combined at the top for India in Tests for the first time in this series against England but the pair had already put two solid opening stands — 97 at Trent Bridge and 126 at Lord’s. Rohit Sharma said despite not opening together much in the longest format of the game, the two batsmen have been able to get the job done because they understand each other’s game well.

“Honestly, there was no discussion because KL was not supposed to play, Mayank was supposed to play. But unfortunately, he had a concussion and then KL stepped in. Only when we went out to bat, we started discussing what we need to do.”

KL Rahul | Photo Credit: PTI
KL Rahul | Photo Credit: PTI

“Yes, this is the first time I am batting with him in Tests but we have batted with each other a number of times, we know each other’s game, we understand each other’s game. It’s important to keep talking in the middle. You can be very lonely if you don’t have someone to communicate with. Both KL and I have a similar mindset and we want to take the game forward,” Rohit added.

In the 1st Test against England too, KL Rahul, playing his first Test in nearly two years, scored a tenacious 84 off 214 balls, spending nearly 350 minutes out in the middle of the crease. Thanks to his performance, India managed to get a crucial 95-run lead over England in the first innings.

KL Rahul, who last played a Test before Nottingham in August of 2019 against West Indies, before the England Test series, was drafted into the Playing XI after opening batsman Mayank Agarwal was ruled out due to a concussion.

The 28-year-old batsman who can do wicket-keeping job as well debuted in 2014 in Tests. KL Rahul had scored a century in a three-day warm-up game before the Test series and he top-scored with 84 as India made 278 in reply to England’s first-innings 183 in the 1st Test.

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England And India Docked 2 Points Each From WTC Tally For Slow Over-Rate In The 1st Test

England and India have been docked two points each from their World Test Championship tally for slow over-rate in the first Test at Trent Bridge. Both the sides were also fined 40 per cent of their match fees for the aforesaid offence by match referee Chris Broad.

The ICC has imposed a 40 per cent penalty on match fees for both England and India teams along with a deduction of two ICC World Test Championship points each for maintaining slow over-rates in the first Test in Nottingham.

England(AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)
England(AP Photo/Tsering Topgyal)

England And India Docked 2 Points Each For Slow Over Rate In The 1st Test

ICC match referee Chris Broad imposed the sanctions after both the sides were ruled to be two overs short of their targets after time allowances were taken into consideration.

“In accordance with Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to minimum over-rate offenses, players are fined 20 percent of their match fees for every over their side fails to bowl in the allotted time. In addition, as per Article 16.11.2 of the ICC World Test Championship playing conditions, aside is penalized one point for each over short,” ICC said in a release.

England captain Joe Root and India captain Virat Kohli hold the series trophy (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
England captain Joe Root and India captain Virat Kohli hold the series trophy (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

The two captains – Joe Root and Virat Kohli – pleaded guilty and accepted the sanctions. As a result, there was no need for a formal hearing. The charges were laid by on-field umpires Michael Gough and Richard Kettleborough, third umpire Richard Illingworth and fourth umpire David Millns.

England And India’s First Test Ended In A Draw With 5th Day’s Play Washed Out With Incessant Rain

The first Test between England and India at Trent Bridge ended in a draw. With the game evenly poised, both teams were left frustrated on the final day as the game was called off without a ball being bowled. That meant the teams were both allotted four points each.

KL Rahul. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
KL Rahul. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
According to the points system of the 2021-23 cycle of the ICC World Test Championship, a team can claim a maximum of 12 points for winning a Test, with six points available in the event of a tie, and four points for a draw.   The first Test of the series ended in a draw with rain playing spoilsport on the final day. India was 52 for 1 in their second innings in pursuit of 209. The second Test of the series will commence on August 12 at Lord’s.
Cheteshwar Pujara scored 4, Indian Captain Virat Kohli was dismissed on duck and Vice-Captain Ajinkya Rahane got out on 5. Still, KL Rahul stood on one end and helped India get the lead in the first innings. KL Rahul who was asked to open after Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill’s injury smashed brilliant 84 runs against England’s fiery bowling unit. Meanwhile, in the second innings, he scored 26 runs.Jasprit Bumrah picked a wicket in the very first over of the Test match. Also, he didn’t stop there as he went on to pick a 4-wicket haul in the first innings of the match. Just like Joe Root, he did even better in the second innings and converted his 4 wicket haul into 5 wicket haul.In the first innings, England’s batting failed against the strong pace battery of India as they scored only 183 runs. Meanwhile, among the 183 runs, 64 were contributed by captain Joe Root. No England batter touched the 30 runs marks in the first innings of the match. Meanwhile, in the second innings, Joe Root smashed a sensational 109 to help England get the lead of 209. Meanwhile, he was awarded Player of the match for his excellent century.
K L Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. (AFP File Photos)
K L Rahul and Mayank Agarwal. (AFP File Photos)
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India May Play Mayank Agarwal As An Opener And Push KL Rahul At No. 3 In The 2nd Test, Says Brad Hogg

Brad Hogg, former Australia spinner believes Mayank Agarwal is a potential option for India in the second Test against England. He feels India will have to pick up momentum heading into the Lord’s Test after having lost out on the chance to go 1-0 up in the series. The first Test at Trent Bridge was washed out on Day 5, which means that the prospect of taking the lead in the series is still wide open.

Brad Hogg feels that India will stick to the same playing eleven from the first Test. India fielded a team of four-seam bowlers and a spin all-rounder. They also had KL Rahul open the innings in place of Mayank Agarwal, who was ruled out of the contest after getting struck in the head in the nets.

Brad Hogg was a part of two World Cup-winning Australian teams; 2003 and 2007 © Getty Images
Brad Hogg was a part of two World Cup-winning Australian teams; 2003 and 2007 © Getty Images

Brad Hogg: The Only Change India Will Think Will Be Bringing Mayank Agarwal To Open And Push KL Rahul At No. 3

However, with Mayank Agarwal cleared for selection, Brad Hogg notes that the only change India might consider making is in their top order. The former left-arm chinaman bowler thinks India could bring Mayank Agarwal back into the opening slot and push KL Rahul down to the No.3 spot. He also noted Cheteshwar Pujara’s poor form with the bat as of late.

Speaking on his YouTube Channel, Brad Hogg said: “India will be disappointed that they are not 1-0 up in the series because of the English rain. I don’t think India will change their playing eleven.

“The only change that they will think about making will be bringing Mayank Agarwal to open the batting and may push Rahul to No.3 because Pujara has been out of sorts. Over the last 10 innings that he has played, he has not scored over 40.”

Mayank Agarwal
Mayank Agarwal[photo: Twitter]
Brad Hogg, however, added that the change might be a little farfetched as well.

“But I don’t think they will do that (drop Pujara for Agarwal), I think they will keep the same eleven and try to keep that positive momentum that they had gained in the first Test match.”

Mayank Agarwal was seen practicing in the nets as the visitors reached London for the second Test match slated to start tomorrow. KL Rahul played a solid 84-run knock that helped Team India take a first-innings lead against England in the drawn first Test.

KL Rahul’s 84-run knock came off 214 deliveries and was studded with 12 hits to the fence. Playing his first Test in nearly two years, KL Rahul scored a tenacious 84 off 214 balls, spending nearly 350 minutes out in the middle of the crease. Thanks to his performance, India managed to get a crucial 95-run lead over England in the first innings.

KL Rahul, who last played a Test at Nottingham in August of 2019, was drafted into the Playing XI after opening batsman Mayank Agarwal was ruled out due to a concussion.

Shardul Thakur’s Injury May Pave The Way For The Likes Of Ishant Sharma And Ravichandran Ashwin In The 2nd Test

But the team was presented with a fresh injury case as pacer Shardul Thakur is rumoured to have suffered a niggle. This could force the side to abandon their four-pacer approach. Shardul Thakur is reportedly struggling with his hamstring and his absence could see the return of Ravichandran Ashwin back into the playing eleven.

Indian players Ishant Sharma, left, Ravichandran Ashwin, center, and Mohammed Shami
Indian players Ishant Sharma, Ravichandran Ashwin and Mohammed Shami. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Ishant Sharma also could enter the playing XI as Virat Kohli has confirmed that they will continue to play 4 seamers throughout the series. Shardul Thakur took 4 scalps in the 1st Test.

KL Rahul. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
KL Rahul. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
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You Can Make Comeback Either In Rahul Dravid’s Defensive Style Or My Aggressive Style, Says Virender Sehwag

Virender Sehwag has highlighted that there is no defined way of staging a comeback and lauded KL Rahul for finding his own path.
KL Rahul played a solid 84-run knock that helped Team India take a first-innings lead against England in the drawn first Test. The stylish opener credited his shot selection for his successful return to the longest format of the game.
Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag (Image Credit: Twitter)

Virender Sehwag: KL Rahul’s Improved Performance Was Due To Shot Selection

During a discussion on Sony Sports, Virender Sehwag pointed out that one can take a defensive or attacking approach while making a comeback and KL Rahul had to choose the one appropriate for him.

“There are two types of mindset, you can make a comeback either in Rahul Dravid style, where you don’t play a shot at all and become extremely defensive, or you play aggressively in Sehwag style. Both are difficult, so you have to find your own way which is best for you.”

The former Indian opener spoke in glowing terms about KL Rahul stating that he has worked on his shot selection. While citing the example of Virat Kohli, Virender Sehwag highlighted that it is the most vital ingredient for success at the international level.

“He said a very good thing that the improvement was caused by his shot selection. It is the most important thing, if your shot selection is good, the performance will surely happen. Virat Kohli is so consistent because his shot selection is very good. He knows which shots he can play and which he can’t. He sticks to that even after scoring a century.”

KL Rahul | Photo Credit: PTI
KL Rahul | Photo Credit: PTI

Virender Sehwag added that KL Rahul played shots based on the merit of each delivery and was not ultra-aggressive.

“So that is the line I liked the most in KL Rahul’s interview that he was looking to play too many shots earlier but in this innings his shot selection was most impressive. He only played shots if the ball was pitched up or short, he either left or defended the good length deliveries.”

KL Rahul’s 84-run knock came off 214 deliveries and was studded with 12 hits to the fence. Playing his first Test in nearly two years, KL Rahul scored a tenacious 84 off 214 balls, spending nearly 350 minutes out in the middle of the crease. Thanks to his performance, India managed to get a crucial 95-run lead over England in the first innings.

KL Rahul Shines On Comeback After 2019 As Virender Sehwag Is Hopeful That He Will Go Forward And Play Many More Substantial Knocks

With KL Rahul also saying that he has worked on his trigger movement, Virender Sehwag opined that the 29-year-old will only grow from strength to strength from here as he seems to have addressed his issues.

“Sometimes there are small-small things that you need to pay attention to. So your friend or coach who has been seeing you for long can tell you better, identifying that is very necessary. He has identified that now and he will go forward from here and not back.”

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Mayank Agarwal[photo: Twitter]
KL Rahul only played the first Test against England after Mayank Agarwal was ruled out from the 1st Test due to a blow to his head. The former will hope to continue in the same vein in the remaining Tests and cement his place in the Indian team at the top of the order.

KL Rahul, who last played a Test before Nottingham in August of 2019, was drafted into the Playing XI after opening batsman Mayank Agarwal was ruled out due to a concussion. He played his last Test way back in 2019 August against and in West Indies. With Shubman Gill already back home, Mayank Agarwal injured and Prithvi Shaw having just reached England, KL Rahul was tasked with the responsibility of opening the innings along with Rohit Sharma, and he answered the challenge with aplomb, keeping the innings steady with a 12th Test fifty.

KL Rahul, Rahul Dravid Image Credit: shortpedia
KL Rahul, Rahul Dravid Image Credit: shortpedia
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Zaheer Khan Sees A Few Similarities Between KL Rahul And Rahul Dravid

Zaheer Khan sees a few similarities between batsman KL Rahul and ex-India captain Rahul Dravid who besides sharing the same name and originating from the same city of Bengaluru keep wickets too.

Former India fast bowler Zaheer Khan, who played a lot with and under Rahul Dravid’s captaincy drew a comparison between the two players after KL Rahul, 29, opened the innings for India and did a great job top-scoring for India with 84 in the first Test against England.

KL Rahul | Photo Credit: PTI
KL Rahul | Photo Credit: PTI

Zaheer Khan Points Out Similarities Between Rahul Dravid And KL Rahul

Given how KL Rahul has been Virat Kohli’s go-to man for India and stepping up to take up different responsibilities – such as shuffling up and down the batting order and keeping wicket when need be, Zaheer Khan reckons some traits are common between the two Rahul’s.

“‘That’ Rahul also held the wicketkeeping gloves for the team and this Rahul did the same as well. It could either be the Bangalore connection or the connection of their names but he’s very talented too,” Zaheer said on Cricbuzz.

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

“Rahul Dravid has done so much for India that this show won’t suffice to talk about it. But yes, seeing such a role model who has done so much for the team compared to him and seeing that he’s being looked at with the same eyes, KL Rahul would be very happy.”

KL Rahul, who last played a Test before Nottingham in August of 2019, was drafted into the Playing XI after opening batsman Mayank Agarwal was ruled out due to a concussion. KL Rahul has scored 670 runs in 14 games in IPL 2020 and was the highest scorer and scored 331 runs in IPL 2021 as well in the first half. He played his last Test way back in 2019 August against and in West Indies.
The 28-year-old batsman who can do wicket-keeping job as well debuted in 2014 in Tests. His average was a dismal 7.5 against South Africa in 2018 and 11.4 against Australia in 2018 which led to his snub from Tests. KL Rahul featured in all five Tests during the tour of England in 2018.

KL Rahul Surely Deserves Praise: Zaheer Khan

With Shubman Gill already back home, Mayank Agarwal injured and Prithvi Shaw having just reached England, KL Rahul was tasked with the responsibility of opening the innings along with Rohit Sharma, and he answered the challenge with aplomb, keeping the innings steady with a 12th Test fifty. Zaheer Khan feels as the series progresses, KL Rahul will be the player to watch out for.

“KL Rahul will be talked about a lot throughout this series. The way he has utilized the opportunity, the application he has shown, the way he’s leaving balls and even some of the cover drives he has played, the head position and the perfect lean, he surely deserves praise,” Zaheer added.

Zaheer Khan. Image-Sportstar
Zaheer Khan. Image-Sportstar

KL Rahul had scored a century in a three-day warm-up game before the Test series and produced a confident 84 in the first innings of the opening match, helping India take a 95-run lead. Opening batsman KL Rahul, in his first Test for nearly two years, top-scored with 84 as India made 278 in reply to England’s meagre first-innings 183.

All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja’s typically dashing 56 featured eight fours and a six. There was more pain for England in-store when tailender Jasprit Bumrah made a Test-best 28 after his 4 wicket haul in England’s 1st innings.

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