Nicholas Pooran

BBL 2022 Player Draft Dates, Rules (PIC: CA Media)
BBL 2022 Player Draft Dates, Rules (PIC: CA Media)
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Cricket Australia Set To Introduce A Draft For International Players To Enter The Big Bash League (BBL)

Cricket Australia (CA) is set to introduce a draft for international players to enter the Big Bash League (BBL) to give the league a chance in a crowded international T20 league market. The plans have twice been affected by the Covid-19 induced pandemic. However, with more certainty around the 2022-23 season in terms of COVID-19 issues, it is hoped that the player draft will revitalize the BBL’s chase for international stars.

The BBL has hosted a mix of international star cricketers such as Rashid Khan, Andre Russell, Nicholas Pooran, AB de Villiers, Dale Steyn, and Alex Hales in recent seasons. But the draft system is set to pave the way for more international names to perform Down Under while also proposing a more commercially viable solution for CA.

Currently, discussions between local teams and overseas clubs are done privately, with negotiations not centralized by the league. It essentially means interest from star players is only generated if a deal is struck.

Cricket Australia
Cricket Australia

Cricket Australia Set To Introduce A Draft For International Players To Enter The Big Bash League (BBL)

With the new model, it is hoped international players will nominate themselves while clubs will bid for them in a similar fashion to the Indian Premier League auction (IPL). There will also be a television event, promoting the depth of talented cricketers interested in plying their trade in the Australian domestic competition.

The concept would provide extra money to attract overseas players, with the expectation that the draft funds will sit outside each club’s salary cap. It was reported this week that the Big Bash League-BBL will unveil a three-tier system, whereby players are ranked as platinum, gold, silver, or bronze.

Rashid Khan in Big Bash League Image Source: Twitter
Rashid Khan in Big Bash League Image Source: Twitter

In order to combat player availability issues, platinum players will be paid as much as $340,000, while gold players will earn $260,000, besides silver $175,000, and bronze $100,000. Previously, international players had been turned off from playing in the BBL with smaller remuneration – in relative terms – the main deterrence. However, some stakeholders remain reticent about the concept.

Established international names such as renowned Afghanistan leg spinner Rashid Khan (Adelaide Strikers) have long associations with BBL franchises, with players and franchises alike in these cases wanting concessions to allow players to return to their club of choice. It’s understood that the option to retain up to two players before the draft will be considered.

Big Bash League Is At An Important Crossroads With New Domestic Leagues Introduced Often

The BBL is now at an important crossroads, with new domestic leagues popping up every now and then, an ongoing player unavailability issue, and a new TV deal in the works. A solution to all its pitfalls is seemingly to attract a suite of high-profile players, both financially viable and achievable by implementing the international player draft.

There are also complexities over how a club would handle an injury or suddenly-unavailable international players. It’s an innovation that is expected to inject some goodwill into the league in a watered-down approach that could circumnavigate more drastic measures such as privatizing the tournament.

BBL, Big Bash League
BBL, Big Bash League. Image: Twitter

Big Bash League boss Alistair Dobson labeled the 2022-23 season as one of the most important. The international player draft could be a major barometer of how the competition fares this summer.

Cricket Australia has injected some much-needed life into the T20 Big Bash League, introducing an overseas player draft similar to the Indian Premier League to attract elite superstars at ‘globally competitive rates’. BBL clubs will be able to recruit up to three primary overseas players, with nominations formally opening on Wednesday.

Each Club’s BBL squad will comprise 18 players, including two or three overseas players from the Draft, and the remainder being domestic players. After the Draft, Clubs will be able to contract up to 5 replacement overseas players. A player must have been nominated for the Draft to be an eligible replacement overseas player unless approved by the League.

Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2021
Bhuvneshwar Kumar[photo: Twitter]
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Piyush Chawla Doesn’t Think There’s A Better Option Than Bhuvneshwar Kumar To Lead Sunrisers Hyderabad In Kane Williamson’s Absence

Piyush Chawla believes SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) shouldn’t look ahead of senior fast-bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar while picking a captaincy replacement for Kane Williamson for Sundays dead-rubber IPL 2022 match against Punjab Kings (PBKS).  In 13 games, the Kiwi and SRH skipper has scored 216 runs at a modest average of 19.64 and a very poor strike rate of 93.51.

Kane Williamson flew back to New Zealand for the impending birth of his second child on Wednesday. At the time, it wasn’t confirmed whether or not the SunRisers Hyderabad would make it to the playoffs. But a couple of games later, the Orange Army found themselves two points behind the top-four contestants and were eliminated.

Kane Williamson SPORTZPICS/Instagram
Kane Williamson SPORTZPICS/Instagram

Piyush Chawla Thinks Bhuvneshwar Kumar Should Lead Sunrisers Hyderabad In Kane Williamson’s Absence

Apart from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Nicholas Pooran, who was recently handed West Indies’ white-ball captaincy, and Aiden Markram are also possible options. But Piyush Chawla feels the pacer, with his current form, leadership experience, and familiarity with the team, is the best interim replacement for Kane Williamson. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has picked 12 scalps from 13 IPL 2022 games averaging 30.08 at an economy rate of 7.2.

“If you talk about experience, I think they can go back to Bhuvneshwar Kumar because he’s an international player, has been a part of that team for a long time, the way he’s bowling, he knows the bowling unit and knows the team environment. I don’t think there’s a better option than Bhuvneshwar Kumar.”

Piyush Chawla
Piyush Chawla (Image Credit: Twitter)

So far, veteran SRH pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has stood in as captain in six matches in the IPL, winning two and losing the other four. Meanwhile, Kane Williamson’s absence will also pave the way for New Zealand’s hard-hitting all-rounder Glenn Phillips to enter the playing XI.

Piyush Chawla talked about Kane Williamson shunting to No. 6 in the batting order in the last match, adding that the SunRisers Hyderabad shouldn’t touch the stable-looking top order in the skippers’ absence and instead play Glenn Phillips in the middle order.

Piyush Chawla explained: “Even if Phillips comes in for Kane Williamson, he should bat in the middle order only because of how well Priyam Garg batted in the last match. We were saying for a long time that Kane Williamson is better suited for the middle-order. He didn’t get to play a lot of balls in the last match but the impact on the batting order was tangible.”

The 25-year-old right-handed batter Glenn Phillips boasts a strike rate of 140.21 from 35 T20Is for the Kiwis. He already has two fifties and a century to his name.

Piyush Chawla Reckons Express Pace Sensation Umran Malik Would Want To Finish IPL 2022 On A High In SRH’s Last Game

The season is coming to an end but the buzz around young pace sensation Umran Malik is not going to settle anytime soon. The 22-year-old has picked up as many as 21 wickets in 13 matches so far but there are still doubts about his ability to manage the express pace.

This is rooted in a handful of games where the pacer has been quite expensive without taking wickets. Piyush Chawla admitted that pace is a double-edged sword, saying that he’ll need to find a balance similar to his spell of 3/23 against the Mumbai Indians (MI) and finish this season on a high.

Umran Malik
Umran Malik (Credits: Twitter)

He concluded by saying: “The way he has bowled in this tournament, he was leaking a lot of runs, then he picked some wickets, then he was costly again. So when there’s such a big tournament, you expect that you won’t have 14 good matches, some will go bad too. The kind of bowler he is, he gives so much pace to the batters to use that when he goes for runs, it’s plenty of runs and when he takes wickets, it’s plenty of wickets. But this is the last match, he’ll want to finish on a high, bowl somewhat as he did in the previous game, and do something good for his team.”

The Jammu & Kashmir pacer has so far snapped 21 wickets in 13 matches averaging 20 and an economy rate of 8.94 including a five-wicket haul (5/25). The SRH-PBKS match will be played at the Wankhede Stadium, starting at 7:30 pm IST.

Suryakumar Yadav Photo by Deepak Malik / Sportzpics for BCCI
Suryakumar Yadav Photo by Deepak Malik / Sportzpics for BCCI

IND vs WI Stats Review: West Indies Tour Of India 2022, 3rd T20I

On Sunday, India completed the clean-sweep with a 17-run win against West Indies in the 3rd T20I, let’s look at some relevant numbers of the match.

7th clean-sweep for India:

Like in the ODI series, the hosts again completed a clean sweep in the T20I series as well. Overall it was the 7th clean sweep (series of 3 or matches) for India in the shortest format and 3 of them were against West Indies.

In Australia, they whitewashed the hosts by 3-0 in 2016, then a 3-0 win against Sri Lanka in 2017. In 2018, they clean swept West Indies for the first time, then repeated the same next year in their own backyard. In 2020, they beat New Zealand by 5-0 which included two super-over wins. And last year against New Zealand, they beat the visitors by 3-0.

India
India. Image Credits: BCCI

Winning streak:

It was India’s 9th consecutive win in the shortest format which is jointly their longest winning streak in T20Is. Previously they also won 9 consecutive T20Is from January 2020 to December 2020. Since their loss against New Zealand in the T20 World Cup, they won each game. First, in the T20 World Cup, they beat Afghanistan, Scotland, and Namibia then they clean swept New Zealand at home.

Among Test-playing nations, the overall record belongs to Afghanistan as they won 12 consecutive T20I games from Feb 2018 to Sep 2019.

Unwanted record for West Indies:

After this loss, West Indies holds an unwanted record as they faced a total of 83 defeats in this format which included one bowl-out loss as well. It’s the most no. of defeats for any team in this format, Sri Lanka comes next with 82 losses. Overall West Indies played 160 games in the shortest format and won 68 of them which included two super-over wins as well.

Rohit Sharma at no.4:

Since 2013 when Rohit Sharma permanently was given the opening role, this is the only second time he batted outside top-3. In 2018, he batted at no.4 against Ireland in Dublin and got out without scoring. In a game against New Zealand in the T20 World Cup 2021, he also batted at no.3.

Consecutive fifties for Nicholas Pooran:

Nicholas Pooran has become 3rd West Indies batter to score three consecutive fifties as he scored 61,62 and 61 in the 3 matches in this series. Chris Gayle achieved this feat twice while Evin Lewis is another one to join this elite list. In fact, Chris Gayle is one of the 3 batsmen to score 4 consecutive fifties.

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar (AP Photo)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (AP Photo)
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Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s Plan In The Slog Overs Of 2nd T20I Was To Execute Yorkers

Bhuvneshwar Kumar said his plan in the slog overs of the second T20I was to back himself with the yorkers and despite the dew, he pulled it off to ensure a narrow eight-run win for his team.

With West Indies needing 29 off the last two overs to win and level the series, Bhuvneshwar Kumar took out Nicholas Pooran and conceded just four singles in the penultimate 19th over to give Harshal Patel 23 runs to defend, which he did to seal the T20I series in India’s favour.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Image Credit: Twitter)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Image Credit: Twitter)

Bhuvneshwar Kumar Believed And Backed Himself To Execute Yorkers

The veteran India bowler had been under fire for quite some time due to his indifferent performances on the tour of South Africa. He was wicketless in two ODIs while conceding at over 6 rpo, and didn’t feature in the ODI squad for the three-match series against the Caribbean side earlier this month.

“I was just believing in myself. Rohit told me that if I can give just 9-10 runs, it will be difficult for them, so I just backed myself with the yorkers. There was a bit of dew, but I still backed myself and it came out well,” said Kumar to broadcasters ‘Star Sports’ after the match.

Asked about the big hits coming from Rovman Powell’s bat in his unbeaten knock of 68, Bhuvneshwar Kumar jokingly remarked, “He (Powell) was hitting it pretty hard, probably 200kmph!”

Nicholas Pooran and Rovman Powell | BCCI
Nicholas Pooran and Rovman Powell | BCCI

Talking about bowling with the dew in the equation, Bhuvneshwar Kumar pointed out that it depends on how the pitch behaves.

“It’s always tough to bowl yorkers with the dew. When we bowled the slower balls, it wasn’t gripping and I changed my plan not to bowl slower balls, so it totally depends on the wicket. These (West Indies batters) are very powerful and if you bowl in their zone, it gets difficult.”

Chasing a stiff 187, wicketkeeper-batter Nicholas Pooran (62 off 41 balls) and Rovman Powell (68 not out from 36 balls) hit belligerent fifties to keep them in the hunt as they needed just 29 runs from the last two overs. Harshal Patel and Bhuvneshwar Kumar though held their nerve in the final three overs. India eventually won by eight runs to take an unassailable 2-0 series lead.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar Said That He Is Feeling Well Fitness Wise

Bhuvneshwar Kumar signed off by saying that he is feeling well fitness-wise. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has grappled with recurring injuries in the last three years. He hasn’t played Test cricket since 2018. The 31-year-old right-arm pacer has not played multi-day format cricket since January 2018 when he appeared in a Test in South Africa.

“Feels good and I don’t want to say anything about that.”

Harshal Patel BCCI
Harshal Patel BCCI

Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s 19th over of the innings was pivotal to India’s win in the game, as he conceded only four runs while taking the all-important wicket of Nicholas Pooran. Ahead of the 19th over, the Windies required 29 runs off 12 deliveries, with the pair of Nicholas Pooran and Rovman Powell forging a 100 plus run-stand in the previous over.

However, the experience of Bhuvneswhar Kumar eventually prevailed over the fight from the visitors.

Harshal Patel conceded only 8 runs in the 18th over. The 19th over bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar saw only 4 runs coming besides the wicket of Nicholas Pooran.

Although Rovman Powell hit Harshal Patel for 2 consecutive sixes in the final 20th over, only 2 runs came in the final 2 balls, giving India an unlikely win.

Virat Kohli. Credit: Reuters Photo
Virat Kohli. Credit: Reuters Photo
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Virat Kohli Played With Positive Intent In 2nd T20I Against West Indies

Virat Kohli scored a fine half-century as India posted 186 runs in the 2nd T20I against West Indies at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Virat Kohli went into bat early after India lost Ishan Kishan and made his intentions clear right from the first ball. The talismanic run-scorer unleashed his shots while Rohit Sharma took some time to settle.

The former Indian skipper had previously registered scores of 8, 18, 0, and 17 in the ongoing home assignment against the West Indies. He had ended the West Indies 3 matches ODI series scoring just 26 runs which include scores of 8 off 4 and 18 off 30 deliveries respectively in the first two games.

Rohit Sharma Photo Credit: (BCCI)
Rohit Sharma Photo Credit: (BCCI)

Virat Kohli Was Happy As He Went Out With Clear Intent In The 2nd T20I Scoring 52 Off 41 Balls

Virat Kohli, who was on a lean patch, admitted that he tried to be positive right from the start.

Speaking during the mid-inning break, Virat Kohli said: “For me, it’s always been an opportunity to bat well under different situations for the team. Today when I went in, I decided to be positive then we lost a few wickets. I wanted to continue in the same way.

“I was probably disappointed to get out at the time I did because I set up the game nicely for me to go hard in the last 4-5 overs which is the way I bat, which is my strength.”

Virat Kohli scored a fine half-century in the 2nd T20I (Credit: BCCI)
Virat Kohli scored a fine half-century in the 2nd T20I (Credit: BCCI)

The 33-year-old cricketer added: “I was happy that I went out with clear intent today and not to think so much about whether I should try my shots or not and it came off. It’s a nice way to start that innings for myself.”

Virat Kohli went on to explain that when you play with responsibility for a long period of time, you tend to back your instincts and play the natural game.

He said:”When you play with responsibility over a long period of time, you tend to go into a mindset where you start thinking too much about whether you can take a risk or not. I think sometimes, you tend to forget why you got to the stage you got to and it’s important to back your instincts.”

Virat Kohli carried the Indian innings on his shoulders despite losing Rohit Sharma and Suryakumar Yadav before Rishabh Pant and Venkatesh Iyer flourished in the end. Virat Kohli finally perished after a well-made 52 off 41 balls, including seven boundaries and a six.

Virat Kohli Praised Rishabh Pant And Venkatesh Iyer For Forging A Successful Partnership Of 76 Precious Runs

Virat Kohli also lauded the manner in which Rishabh Pant and Venkatesh Iyer shifted gears in the final stages of the game. The duo added 76 runs in 35 balls to finish the proceedings on a high.

Virat Kohli added: “We know they are going to go after the shots and that is going to provide us those wicket-taking opportunities. Special mention to Rishabh and Venky, the way they batted gave us those extra 10 runs in the end and hats off to that partnership.”

Venkatesh Iyer (Getty)
Venkatesh Iyer (Getty)

Rishabh Pant remained unbeaten on 52 off 28 balls, including seven fours and one six. Venkatesh Iyer chipped in with 33 runs from 18 deliveries aided by four boundaries and a six. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Harshal Patel produced superb bowling in slog overs as India survived some anxious moments before walking out with an eight-run win over West Indies in the second T20I that handed them an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series here on Friday.

Half-centuries from Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant were backed by a spirited bowling performance at the death as India defeated West Indies by eight runs on Friday to gain an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match T20I series. India resisted a fightback from the Windies’ pair of Nicholas Pooran (62) and Rovman Powell (68*), restricting the visitors to 178/3 in the 187-run chase.

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma
Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma Twitter
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Rohit Sharma Highlighted Importance Of Virat Kohli’s 52 In The 2nd T20I

Rohit Sharma, India’s white-ball captain highlighted the importance of Virat Kohli’s half-century in the 2nd T20I against West Indies at Eden Gardens on Friday.

The home side were reeling at 10/1 when Virat Kohli came out to bat. He looked positive right from the onset and played some glorious-looking shots to put the innings on course. Virat Kohli soaked in the pressure and carried the innings on his shoulder to set the platform for the batters to follow.

Rohit Sharma Photo Credit: (BCCI)
Rohit Sharma Photo Credit: (BCCI)

Rohit Sharma: Virat Kohli Took The Pressure Off Me

Rohit Sharma, who has backed his favourite ward to the core, lauded Virat Kohli’s magnificent 53 runs off 41 balls, which included seven boundaries and a six. Virat Kohli scored his 30th T20I fifty which helped India to set the score of 186/5 in 20 overs. In reply, West Indies fell short by 8 runs despite Rovman Powell’s heroics.

Speaking at the post-match presentation, Rohit Sharma said: “Very important, that innings of his. He took the pressure off me as well. We didn’t start well in the first two overs. Great finish in the end by Rishabh and Venky Iyer.”

India were at 106/4 in 13.4 overs when Venkatesh Iyer was united with Rishabh Pant. The duo flourished in the end, guiding India to 186 runs in 20 overs. They added 76 runs in 35 balls to finish the proceedings on a high.

Rishabh Pant and Virat Kohli (ANI Photo)
Rishabh Pant and Virat Kohli (ANI Photo)

Rishabh Pant remained unbeaten on 52 off 28 balls while Venkatesh Iyer contributed with 33 runs from 18 deliveries. Rohit Sharma also spoke about how Venkatesh Iyer, who is still early into his international career, has matured as a cricketer.

The Indian captain added: “Very happy to see how he has progressed. To see such maturity is very pleasing. He backs his skills and that is what every captain wants. In the end, he wanted to bowl one over as well. We need such characters in our team.”

The all-rounder from Madhya Pradesh will look to continue his good run in the final game of the series with an eye on a spot in the squad for the 2022 T20I World Cup. West Indies produced an outstanding performance with the bat. Nicholas Pooran and Rovman Powell almost took the visitors home with a 100-run stand for the third wicket.

Rohit Sharma: Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s Experience Came Into Play In The 19th Over

Bhuvneshwar Kumar produced an outstanding effort in the 19th over, giving away only four runs and picking up the crucial wicket of Nicholas Pooran. The fast bowler from Uttar Pradesh returned with figures of 1/29 in his four overs. Rohit Sharma showered praise on the veteran pacer, who showed character in the death overs to bring India back into the game.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar was disappointing in the ODIs against South Africa© AFP
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was disappointing in the ODIs against South Africa© AFP

The 34-year-old said: “Absolutely, very critical, given the situation of the game. That’s where experience comes into play. Bhuvi has been doing that for many years. He is capable of nailing the yorkers and bowling the odd bouncer. We believe in his talent a lot.”

The third and final T20I of the series is scheduled to take place on Sunday in Kolkata. Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant have been given a short break following India’s T20I series win over West Indies in Kolkata with one game remaining.

Both are likely to also rest for the upcoming three T20Is against Sri Lanka starting February 24 in Lucknow, the squad for which is expected to be named over the weekend.

After this series, India will play a series of 3 T20Is and 2 Tests against Sri Lanka which is their only remaining assignment before the IPL 2022.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Image Credit: Twitter)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s Experience Came Into Play At A Critical Moment: Rohit Sharma

Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s 19th over of the innings was pivotal to India’s win in the game, as he conceded only four runs while taking the all-important wicket of Nicholas Pooran. Ahead of the 19th over, the Windies required 29 runs off 12 deliveries, with the pair of Nicholas Pooran and Rovman Powell forging a 100 plus run-stand in the previous over. However, the experience of Bhuvneswhar Kumar eventually prevailed over the fight from the visitors.

India registered a narrow 8-run victory in the second T20I of the series against visitors West Indies in Kolkata, clinching a series win on Friday. The hosts held their nerve throughout the closing stages of the game as they resisted a fightback from the Windies’ pair of Nicholas Pooran (62) and Rovman Powell (68*), restricting the visitors to 178/3 in the 187-run chase.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar was disappointing in the ODIs against South Africa© AFP
Bhuvneshwar Kumar was disappointing in the ODIs against South Africa© AFP

Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s Experience Came Into Play At A Critical Moment: Rohit Sharma

The veteran India bowler had been under fire for quite some time due to his indifferent performances on the tour of South Africa. He was wicketless in two ODIs while conceding at over 6 rpo, and didn’t feature in the ODI squad for the three-match series against the Caribbean side earlier this month.

However, following his match-winning performance in the 2nd T20I, captain Rohit Sharma said that the team management continues to believe in the 32-year-old star bowler.

“You are always a bit scared when you are playing against these guys (West Indies power hitters). In the end, it was a phenomenal finish. Right from the start, we knew it wouldn’t be easy. But I am proud we executed our plans under pressure. It was very critical at that point when Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled,” Rohit Sharma said in the post-match presentation.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. Image Credits: AFP

“That’s where experience comes into play. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been doing it for many years and we believe in him a lot,” Rohit Sharma further said.

Rishabh Pant played a splendid knock in the second T20I and scored an unbeaten 52 runs in just 28 deliveries. His knock included seven fours and one six. Rishabh Pant forged a 76-run stand in merely 35 deliveries with fellow left-hander Venkatesh Iyer, who played a crucial 33-run knock off 18 balls.

Venkatesh Iyer arrived after the dismissal of Virat Kohli, who also scored 52 but India’s run-scoring rate remained undeterred, thanks to consistent hitting from both batters during their stay at the crease.

Kieron Pollard Praised Nicholas Pooran And Rovman Powell For Taking The Game To The 20th Over

West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard, meanwhile, took a lot out of the game despite the loss and praised Nicholas Pooran and Rovman Powell for taking the game to the final over.

“He was phenomenal today (Powell). His partnership with Pooran almost took us over the line. Pleased with the guys. The ball was moving around and they have got good bowlers. You have to give credit where it’s due,” he said.

Nicholas Pooran and Rovman Powell | BCCI
Nicholas Pooran and Rovman Powell | BCCI

Chasing a stiff 187, wicketkeeper-batter Nicholas Pooran (62 off 41 balls) and Rovman Powell (68 not out from 36 balls) hit belligerent fifties to keep them in the hunt as they needed just 29 runs from the last two overs. Harshal Patel and Bhuvneshwar Kumar though held their nerve in the final three overs. India eventually won by eight runs to take an unassailable 2-0 series lead.

Harshal Patel conceded only 8 runs in the 18th over. The 19th over bowled by Bhuvneshwar Kumar saw only 4 runs coming besides the wicket of Nicholas Pooran. Although Rovman Powell hit Harshal Patel for 2 consecutive sixes in the final 20th over, only 2 runs came in the final 2 balls, giving India an unlikely win.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma Photo Credit: (BCCI)
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Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Venkatesh Iyer Praised By Skipper Rohit Sharma After India Clinch T20I Series Against West Indies

Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Harshal Patel produced superb bowling in slog overs as India survived some anxious moments before walking out with an eight-run win over West Indies in the second T20I that handed them an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series here on Friday.

Half-centuries from Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant were backed by a spirited bowling performance at the death as India defeated West Indies by eight runs on Friday to gain an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match T20I series. Chasing 187, Nicholas Pooran and Rovman Powell kept West Indies in the chase, with the visitors needing 63 to win off the final five overs.

 

Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Image Credit: Twitter)
Bhuvneshwar Kumar (Image Credit: Twitter)

Bhuvneshwar Kumar And Venkatesh Iyer Praised By Skipper Rohit Sharma

It was a third successive series win for Rohit Sharma after being appointed the full-time captain and the 34-year-old opener heaped praise on Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s experience.

“Always a fear when you are playing against these guys. We knew it would be a little tough. We were very well prepared. Under pressure, we executed all our plans. It was very critical given the point of time. Experience plays a part. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was hitting those yorkers and that odd bouncer,” he said in the post-match presentation.

Venkatesh Iyer (Getty)
Venkatesh Iyer (Getty)

He also underlined Venkatesh Iyer’s growth and spoke about the maturity that the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) recruit has shown. The Indian team is currently searching for someone like Venkatesh Iyer, who brings all-round skills to the table along with strengthening the middle order. He also has the ability to chip in with a few overs.

“Very happy to see how he (Venkatesh Iyer) has progressed. To see such maturity is very pleasing. He backs his skills and that is what every captain wants. In the end, he wanted to bowl one over as well. We need such characters in our team,” Rohit Sharma further said.

The equation was 28 runs needed from nine balls when Bhuvneshwar Kumar removed Nicholas Pooran (62) in the penultimate over to tilt the game in India’s favour. The seasoned pacer conceded just four runs off the penultimate over before Harshal Patel defended 25 runs in the final over.

Rohit Sharma Admitted India Was A Little Sloppy On The Field

The white ball skipper admitted that the team had a hit-or-miss day on the field and called for a much-improved effort in the future.

“We were a little sloppy in the field, a little disappointed with that. We could have done better if we had taken those catches. We want to try and minimise those mistakes moving forward.”

Rohit Sharma,  Virat Kohli, Twitter
Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Twitter

Earlier, Virat Kohli also seemed to have found his lost mojo as he scored his 30th fifty in the shortest format. Rishabh Pant later hit a quickfire half-century and put up 76 in just 5.5 overs with Venkatesh Iyer. Chasing a stiff 187, wicketkeeper-batter Nicholas Pooran (62 off 41 balls) and Rovman Powell (68 not out from 36 balls) hit belligerent fifties to keep West Indies in the hunt for an unlikely win.

Rishabh Pant (Photo Source: Disney+Hotstar VIP)
Rishabh Pant (Photo Source: Disney+Hotstar VIP)
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Rishabh Pant Was In A Perfect Mindset And Played A Mature Innings: Ajay Jadeja

Rishabh Pant rose to the occasion during the second T20I against West Indies on Friday, slamming a half-century (52* off 28 deliveries) to steer India’s score to 186/4 in 20 overs. The side eventually registered an 8-run win after Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Harshal Patel bowled brilliantly in the final two overs to resist the Windies fightback, led by Rovman Powell (68*) and Nicholas Pooran (62).

Rishabh Pant forged a 76-run stand in merely 35 deliveries with fellow left-hander Venkatesh Iyer, who played a crucial 33-run knock off 18 balls. Venkatesh Iyer arrived after the dismissal of Virat Kohli, who scored 52 but India’s run-scoring rate remained undeterred, thanks to consistent hitting from both batters during their stay at the crease.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant– File Photo: PTI

Rishabh Pant Was In A Perfect Mindset: Ajay Jadeja

Former Indian cricketer Ajay Jadeja noted that the onus of power-hitting was not solely on Rishabh Pant, which allowed him to play with a  clear mindset. Rishabh Pant played a splendid knock in the second T20I and scored 52 runs in just 28 deliveries. His knock included seven fours and one six.

“Today was fabulous. More than skill, I admire the temperament that he showed. Guys batting at 4, 5, 6, 7, when they start with a boundary, they have couple of balls to take their time and get into a better mindset. Throughout those 28 balls, he was in a perfect mindset,” Ajay Jadeja said.

Venkatesh Iyer (Getty)
Venkatesh Iyer (Getty)

“He was joined with Venkatesh Iyer; the other problem I had with him is that sometimes, he (Pant) thinks he is the only one who has to hold the innings together.

“Today, they (Pant and Iyer) played as partners – 35 balls 76 (runs), it’s (the partnership) just not dependent on Rishabh Pant. He’s got 17-ball 36, he’s got a partner who scored 18-ball 33 as well.”

Rishabh Pant received the MOTM award for his knock of 52 in just 28 balls. Since Rohit Sharma was named as India’s permanent skipper in T20I and ODI cricket, the Men in Blue are yet to lose a single game.

A 3-0 whitewash against New Zealand in a T20I series in November followed by the same result in the ODI series against West Indies earlier this month and now India finds themselves on the brink of another whitewash in the T20I series against the West Indies.

Ajay Jadeja: It Was Probably The Most Mature Innings From Rishabh Pant In The Last 6 Months

Ajay Jadeja further added that the partnership put the pressure back on the bowlers, while adding that this is the “most mature innings” he saw from Rishabh Pant in the past six months.

“What that does is that it takes pressure off the batsman and puts pressure back on the bowler. It’s not only you who has to hit the big shots now.

“Now, the bowler can’t play with you anymore, he can’t bowl a certain bowl which doesn’t allow you to hit a boundary and bowl differently to the other guy. It was probably the most mature innings I’ve seen from Rishabh Pant in the last six months,” Jadeja said.

Ajay Jadeja
Ajay Jadeja (Photo- Twitter)

Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant will be unavailable for the third and final Twenty20 International against the West Indies, scheduled to take place at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Sunday.

Rishabh Pant and Virat Kohli (ANI Photo)
Rishabh Pant and Virat Kohli (ANI Photo)
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Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant Rested For 3rd T20I Against West Indies And Most Likely For Sri Lanka T20Is

Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant have been given a short break following India’s T20I series win over West Indies in Kolkata with one game remaining. Both are likely to also rest for the upcoming three T20Is against Sri Lanka starting February 24 in Lucknow, the squad for which is expected to be named over the weekend.
Both players left the Indian camp in Kolkata early on Saturday, after India won by eight runs on Friday to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the series. Virat Kohli was India’s early enforcer, making 52, while Man of the Match Rishabh Pant lent the finishing touches with finisher Venkatesh Iyer in a blistering 76-run stand off just 35 balls. Rishabh Pant also scored 52 in fewer balls (28) than Virat Kohli.
Rishabh Pant (Photo Source: Disney+Hotstar VIP)
Rishabh Pant (Photo Source: Disney+Hotstar VIP)

Virat Kohli And Rishabh Pant Rested For Final Inconsequential T20I To Ensure All Format Regulars Are Give Breaks Periodically

The decision to rest Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant is part of a policy that is being put in to ensure the all-format regulars are given breaks periodically. Rishabh Pant’s absence could allow some game time for one of Shreyas Iyer or Ruturaj Gaikwad, who have had to sit out of the T20Is so far owing to team combination. Ishan Kishan is expected to take over the wicketkeeping duties.

Meanwhile, Virat Kohli’s break at this juncture, in particular, is to ensure he is fresh for the two-Test series that follows the T20Is against Sri Lanka. He is currently on 99 Tests and is set to play his 100th in Mohali on March 4. He had earlier missed the Johannesburg Test in South Africa due to back spasms.

Nicholas Pooran and Rovman Powell | BCCI
Nicholas Pooran and Rovman Powell | BCCI
Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant hit the fifties while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Harshal Patel produced superb bowling in slog overs as India survived some anxious moments before walking out with an eight-run win over West Indies in the second T20I that handed them an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series in Kolkata on Friday.
Chasing a stiff 187, wicketkeeper-batter Nicholas Pooran (62 off 41 balls) and Rovman Powell (68 not out from 36 balls) hit belligerent fifties to keep them in the hunt as they needed just 29 runs from the last two overs.

Virat Kohli Rested For

Virat Kohli has for long underlined the need to ensure player workloads and mental health are factored in as teams move from one bubble to another. Last year, he had spoken of the need for administrators to reconsider the length of tours to make bio-bubble life sustainable.
“These things will have to be considered,” he had said. “Like what length of the tournament or series one is going to play and what impact it will have on players mentally to stay in a similar environment for 80 days and not do anything different. Or have space to just go and see family or small things like that.”
“These things have to be thought about seriously. At the end of the day, you want the players to be in the best state mentally, based on how they’re feeling. Those conversations should take place regularly.”
Virat Kohli | Photo Credit: AP
Virat Kohli | Photo Credit: AP
Virat Kohli was earlier rested from the New Zealand T20Is and the first Test in November following a long four-month stretch that began with the tour of England and ended with the 2021 T20I World Cup in October-November, with the second instalment of the IPL 2021 in UAE thrown in between.
The 2022 IPL is also set to begin 11 days after the scheduled end of the second Test against Sri Lanka on March 16 in Bengaluru.
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