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Former KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik (Photo | PTI)
Former KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik (Photo | PTI)
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Dinesh Karthik Reveals Reason for Not Playing First-Class Cricket For Tamil Nadu

Dinesh Karthik has been the cynosure lately not because of the heroics on the cricket field but in the commentary box. The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman has been entertaining fans with his hilarious and entrancing on-air remarks ever since making his commentary debut in the ICC World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand in July earlier this year.

While the audience has been loving the commentator, the 36-year-old still has some plans as a player. Dinesh Karthik, on many occasions, has said that he is determined to make a comeback in the national team for the T20 World Cup. However, the dashing batter has a different perspective for the longest format of the game. In a recent interaction with Aakash Chopra, he revealed why he hasn’t been playing First-Class cricket lately.

Dinesh Karthik Photo: © Reuters (Main Image)
Dinesh Karthik Photo: © Reuters (Main Image)

Dinesh Karthik Reveals Reason for Not Playing First Cass Cricket For Tamil Nadu As He Doesn’t Have Future In Red Ball Cricket

Notably, Dinesh Karthik hasn’t played a red-ball game for Tamil Nadu since February 2020. Speaking of the same, the veteran asserted that had he continued playing First-Class cricket for the state team, young wicket-keeper N Jagadeesan’s place would have been blocked. He also accepted that his days as a Test cricket are over.

“The reason I don’t play red-ball cricket for Tamil Nadu is that it will block the chances of Jagadeesan and also I don’t have a future in red-ball cricket as well,” said Karthik while speaking on Aakash Chopra’s YouTube channel.

MS Dhoni with CSK's other wicketkeeper-batsman N Jagadeesan (File Photo/CSK)
MS Dhoni with CSK’s other wicketkeeper-batsman N Jagadeesan (File Photo/CSK)

For the unversed, Dinesh Karthik made his Test debut way back in November 2004. He couldn’t do much in his initial days and MS Dhoni’s arrival made his job even more difficult.  The Tamil Nadu-born cricketer did play some matches as a pure batsman but couldn’t cement his place in the team.

N Jagadeshan, the wicket-keeper batsman made his debut in the Tamil Nadu squad in 2016 against Madhya Pradesh. N Jagadeesan has been among runs for his state-side and was picked to play for the CSK franchise in IPL which is led by MS Dhoni. He scored 33 runs in 5 games in IPL 2020.

Dinesh Karthik Failed Terribly After Being Picked In India’s Test Squad For 2018 England Tour

After MS Dhoni’s retirement from the format, Dinesh Karthik got a chance to stamp his authority as he was picked in India’s Test squad for the 2018 tour of England. He failed terribly in the first two games and got dropped subsequently. That proved to be his last assignment in Test cricket.

Dinesh Karthik
Dinesh Karthik (Image: NDTV Sports)

Dinesh Karthik is still determined to play white-ball cricket in India. This year’s T20 World Cup is just a couple of months away. Hence, if Dinesh Karthik put up a phenomenal show in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 he may forge a comeback in the national team.

Dinesh Karthik averages a below-par 25 in 26 Tests after debuting way back in November 2004 against Australia. He has scored only 1 ton and 4 fifties in the longest format. He scored only 4 runs against Afghanistan and only 21 runs in 2 Tests against England after being recalled in 2018.

Current India international and Tamil Nadu captain Dinesh Karthik’s longevity came to the fore again as he led Tamil Nadu to their second Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament title on Sunday, fourteen years after he led them to the inaugural title in 2006-07.

Dinesh Karthik was appointed captain of the KKR team prior to Eoin Morgan’s captaincy. However, midway through the 2020 season, the KKR management decided to switch roles by handing Eoin Morgan the leadership and making Dinesh Karthik his deputy. Dinesh Karthik had a poor IPL 2020 managing only 169 runs in 14 games averaging 14.08 while amassing 123 runs in 7 games in IPL 2021 averaging 30.75.

Rahul Dravid
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Rahul Dravid Will Travel As India’s Head Coach For 3 T20Is And As Many ODIs For Sri Lanka Tour

Rahul Dravid will travel as India head coach for the six-game white-ball tour of Sri Lanka in July. Apart from Rahul Dravid, the coaching staff will consist of members of Rahul Dravid’s team from the National Cricket Academy (NCA).

The Indian white-ball team that will travel to Sri Lanka has been assured of at least one week’s preparation time before the opening fixture – the first ODI on July 13.

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

Rahul Dravid To Coach India’s Limited Overs Team In Tour To Sri Lanka

The BCCI initially thought of hosting a camp in Bangalore, but the worsening Covid-19 situation in India which has resulted in continued lockdown has ruled out that possibility. A source connected with the tour has revealed that the touring party will have quarantine before departure in India and is preparing to undergo isolation, if needed, on arrival in Sri Lanka too, depending on the bio-protocols in the island.

Rahul Dravid, former India skipper, and current National Cricket Academy (NCA) head will coach the Indian limited-overs team that will play a six-game series (3 T20Is, 3 ODIs) against Sri Lanka in July. This will be Rahul Dravid’s second stint with the Indian team after working with the Men in Blue as a batting consultant during the England tour in 2014.

Indian Cricket Team
Indian Cricket Team. Image Credits: Twitter

As of Tuesday (June 8), the Sri Lanka Ministry of Health guidelines states that one-day quarantine is needed for the fully vaccinated people from India, Vietnam, South African, and South American countries. These rules are applicable up to June 30. The guidelines, as per the order, could change after June 30 and different rules may be in place by the time the Indian team leaves for Sri Lanka. Different rules may also apply for those who have had only one dose of vaccination.

Production of pre-departure negative RT-PCR test would be needed on arrival, followed by a negative test result after a day’s stay at the hotel. The BCCI had previously advised players to take their vaccinations, but how many of them can complete both the doses on time before departure remains to be seen.

Shikhar Dhawan May Be Assigned Captaincy As Shreyas Iyer’s Availability Uncertain

As for the make-up of the Indian squad, there’s no immediate information on the date of the selection committee meeting, though it is expected to take place soon. Shikhar Dhawan could be handed captaincy, while Shreyas Iyer’s availability is still uncertain.

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer. Getty Images

While Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar look certain to be included in the Indian side, speculations are rife over who all are going to be included in the side. Young guns like Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, N Jagadeesan, and Chetan Sakariya might get rewarded for a good show in the IPL 2020-2021 while Suryakumar Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Ishan Kishan are likely to retain their spots.

The three ODIs will be played from July 13 onwards and the T20Is will take place from July 21. The ODIs will take place on July 13, 16, and 18 while the T20Is will be played on July 21, 23, and 25. The venue for the games will be R Premadasa Stadium at Colombo.

It will be a rare occasion when two Indian squads will be playing in different countries at the same time. The Virat Kohli-led side will be preparing for the five-match Test series against England at the same time. The Test squad is already in the UK for the World Test Championship final against New Zealand from June 18 while the England series begins on August 4.

Squad Contenders To Choose From- Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (subject to fitness), Devdutt Paddikal, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Manish Pandey, Sanju Samson (wk), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Tewatia, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Navdeep Saini, Kartik Tyagi, Ravi Bishnoi, Deepak Chahar, T Natarajan, Rahul Chahar, Chetan Sakariya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed, Jaydev Unadkat, Harshal Patel

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav (BCCI)
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Suryakumar Yadav Is The Batsman To Watch Out For In 3 ODIs And As Many T20Is vs Sri Lanka, Says MSK Prasad

MSK Prasad, former India chief selector believes the 30-year-old Mumbai batsman Suryakumar Yadav can make a big impact in the upcoming limited-overs series in Sri Lanka. India is set to play three ODIs and three T20Is starting July 13th against Sri Lanka.

But with Virat Kohli-led Test squad away in England, India is expected to send a squad of fringe players to Sri Lanka for the limited-overs series. So, MSK Prasad believes that players like Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, and Sanju Samson, who have been excellent in the IPL, can make a great impact in the series.

MSK Prasad
MSK Prasad (Getty Images)

MSK Prasad Feels Standby For England, Avesh Khan Will Be Unfortunate If He Miss Out On Playing Either Series

MSK Prasad also praised Delhi Capitals fast bowler Avesh Khan, who has been named as a standby in the UK tour, and said it would be unfortunate if the pacer misses both the series.

“Suryakumar Yadav is the guy to watch out for. Ishan and Sanju also have a great opportunity at hand. I would have also loved to see Avesh Khan (named standby for the UK tour). He has been excellent in the IPL, and it would be unfortunate to see him miss out on playing in either series,” Prasad told Sportstar.

Avesh Khan has been instrumental in Delhi Capitals’ early success in IPL 2021. Image: BCCI
Avesh Khan has been instrumental in Delhi Capitals’ early success in IPL 2021. Image: BCCI

While Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar look certain to be included in the Indian side, speculations are rife over who all are going to be included in the side. Young guns like Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, N Jagadeesan, and Chetan Sakariya might get rewarded for a good show in the IPL 2020-2021 while Suryakumar Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Ishan Kishan are likely to retain their spots.

Avesh Khan was a find of IPL 2021 for picking 14 wickets in 8 games and being 2nd highest wicket-taker before IPL 2021 was suspended for a surge in Covid-19 cases.

MSK Prasad: Confidence Level Of Modern Cricketers Is High An Example Being Suryakumar Yadav’s First Ball Six On Debut

MSK Prasad further on to went explain how the youngster of today’s generation is differentiating themselves from the players from the bygone era.

“The skill level back then was similar to what we have now. But the confidence levels of the boys today are five times more than what we had then,” Prasad said.

“Simple example: first ball, Suryakumar Yadav, gets an opportunity to play in a T20I game, smashes one of the best bowlers in the world for a six. Or Ishan Kishan, the way he blasted the opposition (England) on debut.”

He went on to make a bold prediction.

“I won’t be surprised if this young squad wins the series in Sri Lanka,” Prasad signed off.

Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan were given their debut caps ahead of India's second T20I against England in Ahmedabad on Sunday. - SPORTZPICS
Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan. SPORTZPICS.

Suryakumar Yadav has so far played two T20I innings. He has scored 89 runs at an average of 44.50 and a strike rate of 185.41. He kicked off his international career with a magnificent six against English speedster Jofra Archer.

Suryakumar Yadav has scored 512, 424, and 484 runs respectively in the last three seasons for Mumbai Indians and played a key role in them winning two titles. Ishan Kishan, another Mumbai Indians batsman scored 56 runs off just 32 balls while Suryakumar Yadav did not get a chance to bat in the 2nd T20I match where both batsmen debuted.

Suryakumar Yadav got the chance to bat in the fourth T20I and went on to score 57 runs from 31 deliveries before scoring a rapid 32 off 17 balls in the series decider T20I and was inducted in the ODI squad.

Indian Cricket Team
Indian Cricket Team. Image Credits: Twitter
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India Is Lucky To Have A Very Strong Pool Of Players Which May Be A Problem For Others, Says VVS Laxman

VVS Laxman, a former Indian batsman recognises that the times ahead are definitely exciting for Indian cricket. While speaking to Sportstar, VVS Laxman was asked whether this culture of sending two different teams can become a norm.

The main team, led by Virat Kohli, will locks horns with Kane Williamson’s New Zealand in the World Test Championship (WTC) final followed by a five-match Test series against England. On the other hand, India will play three ODIs and as many T20Is in the Sri Lanka tour.

VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman

VVS Laxman: India Has A Very Strong Pool Of Players To Choose From

The depth of Indian cricket, currently, is immense, to say the least. The fact that the BCCI has sent one team to England and will send a second-string Indian side to Sri Lanka in July bears a testament to the enviable talent of Indian cricket. That particular side is expected to consist of a few senior players, who failed to make the cut in the main team, along with a handful of uncapped players.

The last time it happened was in 1998 when one team featured in the Commonwealth Games and the other one played in the Sahara Cup in Toronto.

“What happened over the last couple of years in Indian cricket is very exciting. We have a very strong pool of players to choose from. Our domestic structure is so robust that there is so much opportunity for unearthing a lot of talented players.”

Rahul Dravid, former India skipper, and current National Cricket Academy (NCA) head will coach the Indian limited-overs team that will play a six-game series (3 T20Is, 3 ODIs) against Sri Lanka in July.

Shikhar Dhawan Image Source : AP
Shikhar Dhawan Image Source: AP

While Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar look certain to be included in the Indian side, speculations are rife over who all are going to be included in the side. Young guns like Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, N Jagadeesan, and Chetan Sakariya might get rewarded for a good show in the IPL 2020-2021 while Suryakumar Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Ishan Kishan are likely to retain their spots.

VVS Laxman: India A Program Under Rahul Dravid, Contribution Of NCA And IPL Are Reasons Behind Getting Many Quality Players

The 46-year-old also heaped praise on his teammate Rahul Dravid’s contribution and the IPL, saying these two factors helped in recognizing quality players.

“The India A program under Rahul (Dravid) and the contribution of NCA and of course the IPL – these three – are the reasons why we got so many quality players. And the best thing is that by default (may not be by design) a lot of these players got opportunities to showcase their talents and that’s why the confidence level is so high,” VVS Laxman added.

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

Concluding his point, VVS Laxman said that this concept is something Team India can definitely adopt in the future.

“I believe that India is very lucky to have so many talented players. It may be a problem for other countries because the talent pool is not as deep as it is available for us. So definitely, India can look at fielding two teams. We are fortunate to have some experienced players who will be going to Sri Lanka, who can walk into any international side,” VVS Laxman opined.

The Indian team is currently under quarantine in Southampton, England. The entire contingent, including the support and coaching staff, and the women’s team, checked in at the Hilton Hotel on June 3. The hotel is located on the premises of the Ageas Bowl, the venue for the grand finale.

MS Dhoni (Image Credit: Twitter)
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MS Dhoni’s Comments About Youngsters “Lacking Spark” Were Misunderstood: N Jagadeesan

MS Dhoni’s statement about Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) youngsters lacking ‘spark’ during IPL 2020 surprised many. CSK’s N Jagadeesan, however, said MS Dhoni’s comments were ‘completely misunderstood.’

MS Dhoni has his unique ways of captaining a cricket team. After three ICC titles, as many IPL trophies, and numerous other accolades, one would find it very difficult to argue against his methods. One of the striking features of his captaincy over the years has been his handling of the youngsters.

MS Dhoni (BCCI/IPL)
MS Dhoni (BCCI/IPL)

MS Dhoni’s Statement Was Completely Misunderstood By The Press: N Jagadeesan

He backs them but also doesn’t shy away to pull them up when required but never in public. Therefore, it was a bit surprising when Dhoni said he didn’t see the ‘spark’ in Chennai Super Kings’ young brigade after CSK had slumped to yet another defeat in IPL 2020.

“There were few chances given to the youngsters. Maybe we didn’t see the kind of spark that they could’ve given us to say, okay you know, push the experienced guys and make space for them,” Dhoni had said after CSK lost to Rajasthan Royals by 7 wickets.

MS Dhoni with CSK's other wicketkeeper-batsman N Jagadeesan (File Photo/CSK)
MS Dhoni with CSK’s other wicketkeeper-batsman N Jagadeesan (File Photo/CSK)

CSK wicketkeeper-batsman N Jagadeesan, however, came out to clarify MS Dhoni’s statement and said the legendary cricketer’s comments were misunderstood.

“What he [Dhoni] actually said was completely misunderstood by the press,” Jagadeesan who made his IPL debut in UAE last year told Sportseekda.

The wicket-keeper batsman made his debut in the Tamil Nadu squad in 2016 against Madhya Pradesh. N Jagadeesan has been among runs for his state and will look to hone his skills at the CSK camp. He managed 33 runs in 5 games averaging 16.5 in IPL 2020 held at UAE.

MS Dhoni’s Comments Boosted CSK Team: N Jagadeesan

N Jagadeesan, who along with opener Ruturaj Gaikwad were pitted as CSK’s next big thing in the IPL, said MS Dhoni’s comments actually boosted the entire team.

“It was not about the youngsters, Rutu and I did well, to be honest. What people don’t get is that he’s someone who’s trying to boost the entire team, the seniors as well. When you have such legends in the team, you can’t pinpoint each of them.

“There needs to be a way where the seniors are backed up. For them to be backed up, something had to be done. And after his comment, we did well and the team did really well,” said the right-hander who played five games for CSK last season.

Ruturaj Gaikwad
Ruturaj Gaikwad (Image Credit: Twitter)

CSK, who failed to make it to the playoffs for the first time in the history of IPL, however, finished well with three wins in their last four games with Ruturaj Gaikwad even scoring a hat-trick of fifties to prove his mettle. CSK was having a great time in IPL 2021 with 5 wins in 7 games before the tournament was indefinitely postponed by the BCCI after a sudden rise in cases among players and support staff of various franchises.

As expected, Ruturaj Gaikwad partnered with Faf du Plessis in the new IPL 2021 season but the opener got scores of 5, 5, and 10 as he struggled to get going before scoring 64, 33, and 75 in the next 3 games. Ruturaj Gaikwad amassed 196 runs in 7 games after scoring 20 in the first 3 matches.

He fared similarly in IPL 2020 held at UAE where he smashed a hat-trick of half-centuries in the last three games to amass 204 runs averaging 51 in 6 games after scoring just 5 runs in the first 3 outings.

When the event was suspended, Chennai Super Kings were placed at the second spot in the IPL table with 10 points in their kitty. After a horrendous run in IPL 2020, when CSK failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time since the inception of the cash-rich league, the MS Dhoni-led outfit was having a dream run this season.

CSK had played seven games this season and won five. Chennai was beaten only twice – at the hands of the defending champion Mumbai Indians (MI) and Rishabh Pant-led Delhi Capitals (DC) – this season.

Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI
Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI
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It’s An Amazing And Interesting Idea To Appoint Rahul Dravid As Coach, Says Inzamam-Ul-Haq

Inzamam-Ul-Haq, former Pakistan captain is excited at the prospect of seeing Rahul Dravid take charge of the team when India travels to Sri Lanka to play an ODI and T20I series in July. With head coach Ravi Shastri scheduled to be in England overseeing proceedings for the Indian Test team, Rahul Dravid, who is currently serving as the NCA chief is the likely candidate to travel with the squad as its coach.

Rahul Dravid has earlier served as coach of the India A and Under-19 team and delivered wonderful results with the Under-19 team winning the World Cup in 2018.

Inzamam-Ul-Haq talks about Rahul Dravid being India coach.(Getty Images)
Inzamam-Ul-Haq talks about Rahul Dravid being India coach.(Getty Images)

Inzamam-Ul-Haq: It’s An Amazing And Interesting Idea To Appoint Rahul Dravid As Limited Overs Coach For Sri Lanka Tour

Inzamam-Ul-Haq, who has been appreciative of Rahul Dravid and his role in the development of Indian cricket, feels the former India batsman taking charge could only mean good things for the squad that will travel to Sri Lanka. With Rahul Dravid at the helm, Inzamam-Ul-Haq expects an amazing and interesting experience for the Indian team.

“I had mentioned Rahul Dravid earlier as well… how he started producing players from the Under-19 group, who have gone on to play for the Indian team on a regular basis. And even now I ‘m hearing that the team which is going to Sri Lanka, Rahul Dravid could be its coach, he could look after it. I think that’s an amazing, interesting idea,” Inzamam said on his YouTube channel ‘The Match Winner’.

Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid- K. MURALI KUMAR

In the video, Inzamam-Ul-Haq pointed out how India has worked hard on improving their domestic structure, due to which they have reached a stage where they have at least 50 players ready to play for the national team.

Inzamam-Ul-Haq: If India Successfully Pulls Off Fielding Two Different International Teams At The Same Time, It Will Be A Benchmark For Other Teams

India will be the first team in this decade to field two separate teams near the same time in two different countries, which shows the exemplary bench strength it has. And if they are able to pull this off, the former Pakistan batsman feels it will set a benchmark for other cricket-playing nations to match.

“India are bringing a change in world cricket and I believe whichever nation strengthens its base, improves its First-Class structure, that country would be able to do what India are doing now – fielding two different international teams almost at the same time. If India are able to successfully pull it off, it will set a benchmark for the rest of the teams,” Inzamam said.

Shikhar Dhawan Image Source : AP
Shikhar Dhawan Image Source: AP

Rahul Dravid, former India skipper, and current National Cricket Academy (NCA) head will coach the Indian limited-overs team that will play a six-game series (3 T20Is, 3 ODIs) against Sri Lanka in July. This will be Rahul Dravid’s second stint with the Indian team after working with the Men in Blue as a batting consultant during the England tour in 2014.

While Shikhar Dhawan and Hardik Pandya look the only certainty for the Indian side, speculations are rife over who all are going to be included in the side. Young guns like Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, N Jagadeesan, Ravi Bishnoi, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and Chetan Sakariya might get rewarded for a good show in the IPL 2021.

Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI
Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI
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Rahul Dravid To Coach Team India During Limited-Overs Series For Sri Lanka Tour

Rahul Dravid, former India skipper, and current National Cricket Academy (NCA) head will coach the Indian limited-overs team that will play a six-game series (3 T20Is, 3 ODIs) against Sri Lanka in July.

This will be Rahul Dravid’s second stint with the Indian team after working with the Men in Blue as a batting consultant during the England tour in 2014.

Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid- Photo K. MURALI KUMAR

Rahul Dravid Will Coach Indian Limited Overs Team For Sri Lanka Tour

Speaking to ANI, a BCCI official in the know of developments confirmed that the NCA head would be leading the team as the trio of Ravi Shastri, Bharat Arun, and Vikram Rathour will be in England with the Test team.

“The Team India coaching staff will be in the UK and it is best that the young team is guided by Rahul Dravid as he has already worked with almost all of India ‘A’ boys. The comfort the youngsters share with him will be an added advantage,” the official said.

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

Before taking over as the head of NCA in 2019, Rahul Dravid had worked closely with the current crop of youngsters in the Indian team at the U-19 level as well as in the India ‘A’ team. In fact, Rahul Dravid is seen to have played an integral role in building solid bench strength for the Indian national team over the last couple of years — having taken charge of the U-19 and ‘A’ team in 2015.

India Team For Sri Lanka Tour Consisting Of 3 ODIs And 3 T20Is Expected To Be Selected At End Of May

The Indian team for the Sri Lanka series is expected to be selected at the end of the month and they will have to undergo quarantine in the Island Nation before playing the three ODI and three T20I games. The three ODIs will be played on July 13, 16, 19 and the T20Is are expected to be played from July 22-27.

Shikhar Dhawan Image Source : AP
Shikhar Dhawan Image Source: AP

While the young Indian players look to fight it out with Sri Lanka in the limited-overs series, the Virat Kohli-led side will be in England waiting for the start of the five-match Test series against the English team from August 4. The Test series will take place after India battles it out with New Zealand in the final of the World Test Championship in Southampton from June 18 to 22.

While Shikhar Dhawan and Hardik Pandya look the only certainty for the Indian side, speculations are rife over who all are going to be included in the side. Young guns like Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, N Jagadeesan, Chetan Sakariya might get rewarded for a good show in the IPL 2021.

Squad Contenders To Choose From Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (subject to fitness), Devdutt Paddikal, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Manish Pandey, Sanju Samson (wk), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Tewatia, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Navdeep Saini, Kartik Tyagi, Ravi Bishnoi, Deepak Chahar, T Natarajan, Rahul Chahar, Chetan Sakariya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed, Jaydev Unadkat, Harshal Patel

N Jagadeesan, MS Dhoni, IPL 2019, Chennai Super Kings
Photo Credit: CSK/IPL.
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IPL 2019: MS Dhoni Inspires N Jagadeesan on Fitness Grounds

Tamil Nadu wicketkeeper-batsman N Jagadeesan has effusively praised MS Dhoni for his athleticism. Jagadeesan has been inspired by Dhoni owing to the sheer fitness when it comes on the display in the top-flight cricket.

More often than not, Dhoni has delivered goods for Team India. So much so, his reflexes behind the stumps saw many senior being in awe of Dhoni. Leading his team on the fitness ground alongside skipper Team India Virat Kohli.

Jagadeesan in awe of MS Dhoni:

MS Dhoni, India
MS Dhoni is quick between the wicket. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

While putting in a lot of hard work, Jagadeesan maintained Dhoni has helped him in the best possible way. He stressed upon that whenever he struggles with the bat or behind the stumps, he prefers Dhoni in guiding him.

But he is always there to guide you. I will be doing my drills and, at times when Mahi bhai sees me, he takes the time out to come and give me inputs. If I have doubts in my wicketkeeping or batting I go to him,” Jagadeesan to CSK digital.

The supremely fit Dhoni has set a benchmark for youngsters across the cricketing globe. The 37-year-old is lightning quick between the wickets.

Dhoni, who is the astute thinker known which way the game is going. Owing to the tangents, Dhoni has relied on basic principles to shine on.

“He is supremely fit. You really can’t say he is 37 because of the way he moves, he is so swift around the field. And he is just so calm. He rarely speaks, but those few words lift the team,” Jagadeesan added.

Interestingly, Jagadeesa has bagged the IPL contract of INR 20 lakh in 2018 to represent the Super Kings.

The promising batsman has followed Dhoni on close quarters.

In between, Jagadeesan has received the vital tips from senior gloveman. Jagadeesan has sought tips on conditioning from Dhoni, too.

“I not only got to learn technical stuff. I also got to see how they prepare before a game mentally, how they carry themselves on and off the field,” Jagadeesan said.

Jagadeesan has expressed delighted share the dressing room with senior campaigners. He added the legends of the game has helped him to improve his game by giving him invaluable inputs from time to time.

“To be coming back to the same dressing room is something special. I’m seeking to further my experience and learn more. As a cricketer I really learnt a lot, sharing the dressing room with some of the legends of the game was an experience in itself,” Jagadeesan added.

Dhoni does not need practice at the nets:

MS Dhoni, India
MSD has left a lot in his tank. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The 23-year-old right-handed batsman Jagadeesan, who made his Ranji Trophy debut in 2016, revealed Dhoni does not don the gloves in a net session. He added the talismanic cricketer has straightaway kept wickets during the games.

“You don’t see Dhoni keep at the nets, he is someone who keeps directly in the games,” Jagadeesan said.

Concurrently, Jagadeesan is enjoining his time at CSK camp in Chennai. He’s training alongside Suresh Raina, Karn Sharma, KM Asif and Mohit Sharma.

The defending champions will kick-off their campaign on March 23 at the MA Chidambaram stadium.