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Virat Kohli Shouldn’t Be Over Aggressive: Kapil Dev

Virat Kohli embarks upon his third tour of England, so he would be no stranger to the conditions there, but former India World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev has interesting advice for the current skipper, which will help him excel.

Virat Kohli has been on two tours of England since he made his Test debut for India. In the first tour in 2014, he was all over the place, scoring just 134 runs from 10 innings, statistically the India captain’s worst in a three-Test series or more. However, four years later, Virat Kohli turned it around in style, scoring a mammoth 593 runs from five Tests, including two centuries and three fifties.

Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli Expected By Kapil Dev To Excel In England Tour

Three years later, as Virat Kohli will look to lead from the front in his third tour of England, former India World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev has advised the current skipper not to be over-aggressive, which will help him excel.

“I expect him to excel. Can you really shackle him? He is a natural when it comes to adapting but I would caution him to not be over-aggressive. He will have to measure it session by session. He’ll be better off waiting for his moments of dominance,” Kapil told Mid-Day in an interview.

Virat Kohli and Kapil Dev.(AP)
Virat Kohli and Kapil Dev.(AP)

“He will get his runs with a bit of patience. Trying too hard and too early doesn’t work in England where you need to watch the movement of the ball. If you play seam and swing well, show patience, you will succeed in England.”

India is set to travel to the UK for a long tour. They first face New Zealand in the final of the World Test Championship in Southampton starting June 18 before proceeding to play hosts England in a five-Test series starting August 4. India has faced defeats in their last three Test tours of England.

Kapil Dev: India Played Exceptionally Well In 1986 Tour

They last won a Test series in the UK in 2007, whereas prior to it, they had triumphed in England way back in 1986, when Kapil Dev was the captain. Under Kapil Dev, India won the series 2-0, and recalling the historic series, the former India all-rounder explained what the current team should keep in mind while playing in England.

“We played exceptionally good cricket. I want this team to remember that England in England is tough. They are a very good team when playing at home but then, it will also depend on how the Indian bowlers adapt to the conditions and pitches. The swing will be very rewarding and here I feel England is one step ahead of India,” explained Kapil Dev.

India captain Kapil Dev (left) and wicket keeper Kiran More congratulate Chetan Sharma after he dismissed Allan Lamb during the first Test at Lord’s in 1986. Photo: Popperfoto
India captain Kapil Dev (left) and wicket-keeper Kiran More congratulate Chetan Sharma after he dismissed Allan Lamb during the first Test at Lord’s in 1986. Photo: Popperfoto

India beat England 2–0 in the Test series and won the ODI Texaco Trophy that by virtue of a faster run-rate despite England having squared the series after losing the first game. India’s Dilip Vengsarkar scored a total of 360 runs in the Test series and was named player of the series alongside England’s Mike Gatting(293 runs).

In the ODI series, England’s David Gower (81 runs) was named player of the series alongside India’s Ravi Shastri. India’s Mohammed Azharuddin also scored 90 runs. The significance of the tour was considerable for Indian cricket too. India had won only four out of 52 Tests since the start of the decade. Moreover, under Kapil Dev’s leadership, the side had not won any of its 20 Test matches.

India could have gone on to win 3-0 in Birmingham but they failed to push the initiative on the final day. However, the match will be remembered for the wicket-taking abilities of Chetan Sharma. To this day, he remains the only Indian to have taken 10 wickets in a Test in England. Chetan Sharma finished with 16 scalps.

MCC Cricket Committee
MCC Cricket Committee

MCC World Cricket Committee Met Virtually To Discuss Laws Criticised

MCC World Cricket Committee, which includes the likes of Sourav Ganguly, Shane Warne, and Kumar Sangakkara and headed by Mike Gatting, met virtually on Monday to discuss key aspects of the game, including laws that have attracted widespread criticism in the recent past.

The Marylebone Cricket Club, who is the custodian of laws of the game, said that the MCC Cricket Committee met virtually to discuss and review a few laws of the sport, including short-pitched bowling, Decision Review System, saliva ban apart from the future of World Test Championship.

Tim May, Sourav Ganguly, Vince van der Bijl, Shakib Al Hasan (standing), Shane Warne, Mike Gatting and Kumar Sangakkara (sitting) at the MCC World Committee meeting MCC
Tim May, Sourav Ganguly, Vince van der Bijl, Shakib Al Hasan (standing), Shane Warne, Mike Gatting, and Kumar Sangakkara (sitting) at the MCC World Committee meeting in March 2019 MCC

MCC Cricket Committee Will Take Views From Across The Globe Regarding Law-Related To Short Pitch Bowling

The MCC Cricket Committee will embark on a global consultation drive and finalize whether the laws already in place need wholesome changes for cricket’s cause. The MCC Cricket Committee will take views from groups throughout the world on whether the Law relating to short-pitched deliveries is fit for the modern game.

There are important aspects to consider, namely the balance between bat and ball; whether or not concussion should be recognized as a different injury to any other sustained and changes which are specific to particular sectors of the game besides whether or not lower-order batsmen should be given further protection than the Laws currently allow.

Phillip Hughes falls to the ground after being struck in the head by a delivery during day one of the Sheffield Shield at the Sydney Cricket Ground.
Phillip Hughes falls to the ground after being struck in the head by a delivery during day one of the Sheffield Shield at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Mark Metcalfe

MCC Cricket Committee also said that the members unanimously agreed that short-pitched bowling is an integral part of the game at the elite level. Surveys will be distributed in March 2021 onwards to “specific groups” who will be identified and their feedback will hence be taken into account before finalizing whether or not to change laws around short-pitched bowling. The decision will be made public by early 2022.

On November 27, 2014, emerging Australian batsman Phillip Hughes passed away aged only 25. He was felled by a bouncer during an Australian domestic game two days earlier.

He lost consciousness immediately and was placed in an induced coma despite wearing a helmet as the ball struck an unprotected area just below his left ear. In July 2019, ICC agreed to allow the use of concussion replacements in all international cricket matches from 1 August 2019, with the substitute having to be a “like-for-like replacement” and approved by the Match Referee

MCC Cricket Committee Proposed Extension On Saliva Ban And Discussed Decision Review System And World Test Championship

The MCC Cricket Committee also proposed the extension on the ban on using saliva to shine the cricket ball as it said the ICC Cricket Committee recommendation will be in place in the aftermath of the Covid-19 pandemic.

“Since the regulations were introduced, the committee has been closely monitoring the application of only sweat on the ball in relation to the balance of the game. There were some fears raised initially that prohibiting the use of saliva may make conditions too friendly to batsmen,” the statement read.

MCC Cricket committee debated prohibiting the use of saliva on the ball on a permanent basis and some members felt that eliminating the use of saliva on a permanent basis is premature and that it may be possible to allow its use once again in a post-Covid world.

Umpire’s call in the Decision Review System has been a hot topic of debate in the recent past with the likes of Sachin Tendulkar raising concerns about the efficiency of the system used.

The committee debated the use of ‘Umpire’s Call’ for LBW decisions made through the Decision Review System, which some members felt was confusing to the persons watching TV, particularly when the batsman involved could either be Out or Not out depending on the on-field umpire’s original decision. They felt it would be simpler if the original decision was disregarded on review.

Sachin Tendulkar on DRS (Image Source: Twitter)
Sachin Tendulkar on DRS (Image Source: Twitter)

According to the ICC rules, the on-field decision stays after DRS review if there is no conclusive evidence to overturn it. In the case of LBW appeals, the on-field decision by the umpire stays if more than half of the ball misses the stumps even after clipping the stumps.

The ‘hitting zone’ of the stumps would still be retained, which had to be hit by at least 50% of the ball for the umpire to give Out as the decision. Other members were satisfied with the current system, feeling that it was important to retain the human element of the on-field umpire’s decision, which takes into account the benefit of the doubt.

The inaugural cycle of the World Test Championship (2019 to 2021) is in its final stages and one head towards the next cycle which will be played from 2021 to 2023, as the MCC committee discussed the changes needed to enhance the status of the WTC.

Some of the other suggestions discussed by the MCC Cricket Committee include a more simplified points system, a clear window in the Future Tours Programme, and the marketing of the tournament to make it easier for supporters to understand besides inducting specialist TV umpires and the disproportionate amount of women’s cricket played in the aftermath of Covid-19 when compared to men’s cricket.

Shane Warne, Muttiah Muralitharan,
Shane Warne. Getty

I Wanted To Keep Shane Warne Under The Wraps – Allan Border

Former Australian skipper Allan Border revealed that he didn’t want the England team to get used to Shane Warne and thus he wanted to keep him under the wraps for the 1993 Ashes series. Allan Border-led Australia had obliterated England 4-0 on their previous tour to the English shores. Subsequently, England was looking for revenge in the 1993 series but Australia once again came on top and won the series 4-1.

Shane Warne had already shown the skills to be a big match-winner and Border wanted to throw his ace card at the right time in the Ashes. On this day, 27 years ago, Warne bowled the ball of the century to Mike Gatting, leaving England’s right-hander completely bamboozled.

Shane Warne applauds the praise.
Shane Warne. Getty

Shane Warne was a magician

“We didn’t want to show England anything, that we had this kid up our who we suspected could be the real deal,” Border was quoted as saying by foxsports.com.au. “I was really excited about what I was seeing and what he potentially could bring to the table so I was keen to keep him under wraps,” he added.

The ball pitched outside the leg-stump and turned miles to hit the top of off-stump after beating the outside edge of Gatting’s bat. The right-hander was stunned as he had no chance against that magical delivery from Warne.

Warne had made his debut in 1992 but he announced himself at the big stage in the 1993 Ashes. The leg-spinner scalped 34 wickets in the six Test matches at an average of 25.79 in that series and finished as the leading wicket-taker.

Allan Border, World Cup 2019, Virat Kohli,
Allan Border. Getty


“I was just happy Mike Gatting was out to the first ball from Warne. When we got into the huddle everyone was like ‘gee AB, that was a pretty special delivery’, I’m sort of ‘yeah yeah yeah, whoop-de-doo’.

“Then I saw the replay and went ‘wow’,” Border said.

Shane Warne went on to become one of the best spinners to ever embraced the game. Warne was a magician and he had the skills to get the turn on any kind of surface. The legendary leg-spinner finished with 708 Test wickets in 145 Test matches at an average of 25.41.

Olympics, cricket, Mike Gatting
Mike Gatting (Image Credit: Google)

Mike Gatting Claims Cricket Can Be A Part In The 2028 Olympics

MCC World Cricket Committee chairman Mike Gatting has recently claimed that cricket can return in the Summer Olympics during the 2028 edition.

In the Summer Olympics history, cricket was only the part during the 1900 edition in Paris (only for men’s). Since then, it has never returned in the Summer Olympics till the date.

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However, in recent times, the global cricket body and many international cricket teams have wished to see cricket in the Olympics. The legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has also supported this view.

Recently, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has agreed to come under the National Anti-Doping Agency (NADA). NADA is an affiliated agency of the World Anti-Doping Agency (WADA). BCCI’s latest decision has put the cricket one step ahead to enter the process of returning in the Olympics.

Olympics, cricket, Mike Gatting

Recently, the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) World Cricket Committee chairman Mike Gatting has brought the good news for the cricket fans. He claimed that the ICC was hopeful to see cricket in the Summer Olympics 2028 in Los Angeles.

Gatting claimed according to ESPNcricinfo, “We were talking with Manu Sawhney the ICC chief executive, and he was very hopeful we can get cricket into the 2028 Olympics.

“That’s what they’re working towards at the moment and that would be a huge bonus for cricket worldwide, it would be fantastic.”

It’s two weeks, that’s a good thing about it – Mike Gatting about the inclusion of cricket in the Olympics 2028

Mike Gatting has also added that the Olympic scheduling is very friendly for the cricket. It will be a two-week schedule once every four years.

Olympics, cricket, Mike Gatting
Mike Gatting (Image Credit: Getty Images)

The former English cricketer said, “It’s two weeks, that’s a good thing about it, it’s not a month, so it’s one of those (events) where scheduling for two weeks should be fine once every four years once you do the first one.

“You’re going to have – one hopes – a four-year period, once you know you’ve been accepted into the Olympics, that gives you a chance to actually shape your two weeks, so it’s not as if it is butted into the schedule.”

Gatting believes that the next one-and-a-half-year are very important to the progress of this game.

He added, “I think the next 18 months will be very interesting as to how we do that. One of the problems has been negated, where the BCCI is now working with NADA, the drugs agency, which it wasn’t previously a part of.

“That will help a long way towards the sport being whole, which is what we need it to be to apply for the Olympics, both men and women to play and all countries to comply.”

Recently, the women’s cricket has been included in the Commonwealth Games 2022 in Birmingham. After the 1998 edition, it will be the second time in CWG history where cricket will be a part. However, only men sides participated in the 1998 edition while only women sides will participate in the 2022 edition.

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Virat Kohli, Mike Gatting

Virat Kohli Deserves To Get The Tag Called “Great” – Mike Gatting

There have always been the debates over Kane Williamson, Joe Root, Virat Kohli and Steve Smith regarding the best batsman in the world across the formats. However, a lot of experts and the former cricketers failed to give their best while picking one among them. Meanwhile, Mike Gatting stamped his trust on the Indian skipper Virat Kohli.

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Kohli is regarded as one of the modern-day greats and has been piling on runs regularly for India in all three formats of the game. He is currently leading India in their ongoing tour of West Indies which commenced with a three-match T20I series. Kohli continued his purple patch in the series and looked in fine touch.

Virat Kohli, Mike Gatting
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Meanwhile, the former England captain Mike Gatting said he would rate Indian captain Virat Kohli as a great for the kind of consistency he has shown with the bat across formats. Mike Gatting, on Thursday, distinguished Virat Kohli from one of the greats to the greatest of his generation for consistency across formats.

Kohli deserves it – Mike Gatting

Gatting spoke after launching the book ‘Fortune Turner‘, penned by Sachin Bajaj and Aditya Bhushan, at the Royal Bombay Yatch Club here on Thursday. The book is based on the famous Indian spin quartet of Bishan Singh Bedi, B Chandrasekhar, Erapalli Prasanna and S Venkataraghavan.

Virat Kohli, India, Cricket World Cup
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Google)

“Yes, Kane Williamson is very good now. Yes, Steve Smith has reignited his career and his ability to play one-day cricket… but to see someone like Virat perform so regularly and so well in all three formats, he does deserve that tag of great (player) without a doubt,” the former England captain was quoted as saying by PTI.

Virat Kohli plays all formats with Greatness:

Gatting, who is one of the chairman of the World Cricket Committee of the lawmakers of the game, London-based Marylebone Cricket Club, also hailed Virat Kohli for picking Test Cricket over the limited-overs format. He believes that is the best quality of him, something, which would be lacking in the other cricketers.

Virat Kohli, Mike Gatting

“He (Kohli) has said Test cricket for him… if you have to be regarded as a great player, you have to play Test cricket. This is fantastic. The fact that he plays all forms of cricket with a greatness, that I don’t think you see from a lot of other people and possibly might not,” he said.

The Indian skipper has undergone massive transformation since his early days in cricket. And also, worked tirelessly on both his batting and fitness to become a world-beater. Kohli has been one of the most consistent batsmen across formats in the past couple of years. Currently, he is the number one batsman in both Test and ODI rankings.

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Mike Gatting (Image Credit: Google)

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: England Will Not Have A better Opportunity To Win It – Mike Gatting

Former England captain Mike Gatting believes that the present English ODI side is the strongest ever England ODI team. He feels that England has its best chance to win the upcoming Cricket World Cup.

The 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup will run from 30th May to 14th July in England and Wales. A total of ten top teams will participate in this tournament, including the host side England.

Gatting feels that the present ODI cricket is in an excellent position. He thinks that it will be tough to predict the winner of the forthcoming Cricket World Cup.

Gatting recently told The Cricketer, “One-day cricket is as good as it’s ever been. It’s quite incredible the way the format has blossomed again over the last few years and it’s difficult to say who will come out on top this summer.”

Talking about the present England ODI team, Gatting feels very excited. He believes that it is the strongest side in England ODI cricket history. He also added that the young all-rounder Jofra Archer‘s inclusion would only strengthen the national team. Gatting thinks that the upcoming Cricket World Cup will be England’s best chance to win it.

Mike Gatting, England, New Zealand, Cricket World Cup
England cricket team (Image Credit: Getty Images)

He added, “England have the strongest side they have ever had, and the inclusion of the exciting Jofra Archer is only going to strengthen that. England will not have a better opportunity to win it.”

England will start their upcoming Cricket World Cup campaign through the opening match of the tournament. On 30th May, England and South Africa will play the opening match of the tournament at The Oval (London).

I look at the squads, and I do fancy New Zealand to do well – Mike Gatting

Mike Gatting is also excited about the New Zealand team, who finished as the runners-up in last Cricket World Cup. Gatting believes that New Zealand is no longer the dark horse side due to the availability of enough experienced players in the national team.

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New Zealand national cricket team (Image Credit: Getty Images)

He said, “I look at the squads and I do fancy New Zealand to do well. You can no longer call them dark horses as their players are so experienced.”

Gatting praised the New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and the senior cricketer Ross Taylor. Moreover, he called the front-line pacers Tim Southee and Trent Boult as the match-winning bowlers.

Talking more about the Kiwi side, Gatting added, “They play some great cricket, they always play as a team, and they are well led by Kane Williamson. Ross Taylor is also a fine batsman, and, in Tim Southee and Trent Boult, they have match-winning bowlers.”

New Zealand will begin their journey in the forthcoming Cricket World Cup on 1st June. In their opening match of the tournament, New Zealand will face Sri Lanka at Cardiff.

England and New Zealand, both haven’t won the Cricket World Cup yet. In this tournament history, England has finished as the runners-up for thrice (1979, 1987 and 1992). Meanwhile, New Zealand’s best Cricket World Cup record was in 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup where they finished as the runners-up.