Odean Smith

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India’s New Template For T20Is Will Be To Maximise The Powerplay, Says Saba Karim

Saba Karim, former Indian cricketer and selector stated that Team India’s new template in the format will be to make the most of the field restrictions as he highlighted Rohit Sharma’s attacking approach at the top of the order in the T20I series opener against West Indies.

Speaking on his YouTube channel Khelneeti, he pointed out that the likes of Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli looked to play aggressively during the powerplay.

Saba Karim. – File photo of former wicketkeeper - The Hindu
Saba Karim. – File photo of former wicketkeeper – The Hindu

Saba Karim: Rohit Sharma Ensured That He Maintained His Healthy Strike Rate

Saba Karim mentioned that while Rohit Sharma tends to start slow, he helped the side get off to a flying start on this occasion. Skipper Rohit Sharma was unperturbed by his opening partner Ishan Kishan’s struggles. He was in decent flow at the other end, scoring a quick-fire 40 off 19 deliveries to set up the run chase.

Saba Karim said: “India’s new template for T20Is will be to maximize the powerplay. Both Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli tried to do the same in the 1st T20I. They opened with Ishan Kishan because of the same. Sharma’s strike rate in powerplays has been low, but he ensured that he maintained a healthy strike rate during those overs this time.”

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. Image Credits: AFP

Rohit Sharma contributed with a quick-fire knock of 40 runs from just 19 deliveries. The right-handed batter dazzled viewers with his strokeplay as he took the West Indies bowlers to the cleaners. The second T20I is scheduled for Friday, with all the games to be played at Kolkata’s Eden Gardens. The only concern for India has been Virat Kohli’s form and he would definitely want a bigger knock than the scores of 8, 18, 0, and 17 so far in the assignment.

Saba Karim: Suryakmar Yadav And Venkatesh Iyer Looked Upon As Finishers By Team Management

The West Indies team made a comeback in the 1st T2I by dismissing Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant cheaply. However, Suryakumar Yadav and Venkatesh Iyer’s unbeaten partnership of 48 helped the Men in Blue chase down the target of 158 in the 19th over. The cricketer-turned-commentator suggested that the Indian think tank is considering Suryakumar Yadav and Venkatesh Iyer for the role of finishers in T20Is.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav (BCCI)

Suryakumar Yadav returned unbeaten on 34(18) while Venkatesh Iyer scored 24(13) as India chased down the 158-run target with seven balls to spare. After inviting West Indies to bat first the visitors piled 157/7 in 20 overs.

In response, India raced to 50 in the first 5 overs. Ishan Kishan was slow off the blocks but he picked up his pace after Rohit Sharma smashed Odean Smith for 22 runs in one over. Their stand came to an end on 64 as Roston Chase got the wicket of Rohit Sharma (40 off 19).

Saba Karim reckoned that the combination could prove to be very successful for the side, given the two players’ batting styles. He added that while Suryakumar Yadav has the ability to keep the scoreboard ticking with his smart batting, Venkatesh Iyer can contribute with big shots.

He added: “India’s team management is looking at Suryakumar Yadav and Venkatesh Iyer for the finisher’s role. While Yadav is a smart batter who improvises a lot, Iyer has great power-hitting abilities.”

India and West Indies will battle it out in the 2nd T20I of the 3-match series on Friday (February 18) at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. It will be a must-win encounter for the West Indies as they look to remain afloat in the series.

Punjab Kings Shahrukh Khan
Punjab Kings Shahrukh Khan
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Shahrukh Khan Backs Experienced Shikhar Dhawan To Lead Punjab Kings In IPL 2022

Punjab Kings covered all bases during the two-day mega auction ahead of the 2022 edition of the Indian Premier League. The Punjab franchise roped in star players like Shikhar Dhawan, Liam Livingstone, Kagiso Rabada, Jonny Bairstow, and Shahrukh Khan among others during the event in Bengaluru, completing the maximum limit of 25 players in the squad.

The side had retained Mayank Agarwal and Arshdeep Singh ahead of the auction, and with the addition of Shikhar Dhawan to the roster, speculations are rife over the team’s new captain ahead of the upcoming season.

Punjab Kings (Image Credit: Twitter)
Punjab Kings (Image Credit: Twitter)

Shahrukh Khan Backs Experienced Shikhar Dhawan To Lead Punjab Kings In IPL 2022

Shahrukh Khan, who had represented the Punjab Kings in the 2021 edition and was brought back by the franchise in the auction, revealed his choice for the leadership role in the franchise. When asked to pick between Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan, the young all-rounder chose the latter.

“I would say Shikhar Dhawan, because he has so much experience. He has a different aura and he has a very dynamic personality,” Shahrukh Khan said in a mid-auction show on Star Sports.

Shikhar Dhawan (L); Mayank Agarwal(PTI/IPL)
Shikhar Dhawan (L); Mayank Agarwal(PTI/IPL)

Shikhar Dhawan was the first name to be called out in the IPL auction on Saturday and Punjab Kings spent 8.25 crore to secure his services. The left-handed India opener represented the Delhi Capitals between 2019-2021 and was also the skipper of the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise during the 2013 and 2014 seasons of the tournament.

Shahrukh Khan, meanwhile, was acquired by Punjab Kings for 9 crore in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) mega auction. A bidding war for Shahrukh Khan took place between Chennai Super Kings, Punjab, and Kolkata Knight Riders.

Punjab Kings Coach Anil Kumble Satisfied With New Players Acquisitions

Punjab Kings head coach Anil Kumble was extremely satisfied with the new players, including Liam Livingstone and Odean Smith, coming to his franchise during the IPL 2022 auction, the dynamics of which were “very different and challenging”.

“There is absolutely more demand than supply, but I guess there were challenges because there were 10 teams and it was different,” Kumble said.

Anil Kumble Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA
Anil Kumble Photograph: Mike Egerton/PA

“I have been in couple of big mega auctions in 2011, 2014 and smaller auctions before this auction. This one has been really, really different and more challenging because every player, that whoever is going for, is going for a large sum of money, so the purse is dwindling no matter what value you have in your purse.”

“The auction dynamics are very very different and you have to be nimble and that is something we realised in the last one and half days. You have to be even more nimble during this auction then the previous ones.”

While Punjab Kings retained opener, Mayank Agarwal, for Rs 12 crore, the Karnataka batter doesn’t have much leadership experience. Punjab Kings went all out to buy Shikhar Dhawan for Rs 8.25 crore, pipping the likes of Delhi Capitals during the IPL 2022 mega auction. Punjab Kings are on the hunt for a new captain since KL Rahul decided to shift base to Lucknow Super Giants.

Purchased players: Shikhar Dhawan ( 8.25 crore), Kagiso Rabada ( 9.25 crore), Jonny Bairstow ( 6.75 crore), Rahul Chahar ( 5.25 crore), Harpreet Brar ( 3.8 crore), Shahrukh Khan ( 9 crore), Prabhsimran Singh ( 60 lakh), Jitesh Sharma ( 20 lakh), Ishan Porel ( 3.8 crore), Liam Livingstone ( 11.5 crore), Odean Smith ( 6 crore), Sandeep Sharma ( 90 lakh), Raj Angad Bawa ( 2 crore), Rishi Dhawan ( 55 Lakh), Prerak Mankad (20 Lakh ), Vaibhav Arora ( 2 Crore), Writtick Chatterjee ( 20 Lakh), Baltej Dhanda ( 20 Lakh), Ansh Patel ( 20 Lakh), Nathan Ellis ( 75 Lakh), Atharva Taide ( 20 Lakh), Bhanuka Rajapaksa ( 50 Lakh), Benny Howell ( 40 Lakh)

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Photo: ICC)
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Virat Kohli Had Run Out Of Luck Scoring 8,18 And 0 In 3 ODIs Against West Indies Reckons Sunil Gavaskar

Virat Kohli scored 51 and 65 in the first and third game of the ODI series in South Africa respectively, but he managed to score 8,18 and 0 in the 3 ODIs at home against West Indies. Former legendary India captain Sunil Gavaskar had a one-word answer to the question on what’s ailing Virat Kohli in the ongoing ODI series against West Indies before he reminded us that he had scored two half-century knocks in the series in South Africa last month.

Virat Kohli hasn’t scored an ODI century since August 14 of 2019, a streak of 18 matches heading into the series against West Indies at home. But the 33-year-old owned a healthy average of 42.50, having scored 765 runs with 10 half-centuries before the 3rd inconsequential ODI. Two of those fifties came during the series last month in losing causes against South Africa where he scored 51 and 65 in the first and third game respectively.

Virat Kohli. Credit: Reuters Photo
Virat Kohli. Credit: Reuters Photo

Virat Kohli Isn’t Out Of Form But Out Of Luck: Sunil Gavaskar

Having scored over 2000 runs against West Indies, it remains Virat Kohli’s favourite opposition in the format. In fact, his last two centuries in ODIs, came against the West Indies, in consecutive innings in 2019.

However, he has managed scored of only 8 and 18 in the first two matches so far, getting dismissed with a short ball and the other caught behind. Dissecting the two dismissals, Sunil Gavaskar feels that luck hasn’t been with Virat Kohli in the last couple of matches.

Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

“Luck. Every batsman needs a bit of luck. Every batsman needs a particular situation where he plays and misses. Every batsman needs a particular situation where he edges the ball and the catch is dropped or the ball falls short in front of the fielder.”

“He hasn’t quite had the best of luck in the last couple in the last so many matches. But don’t forget, three matches back he had two back-to-back fifties in the series in South Africa. So he isn’t out of form, he is, not at the moment, having the best of luck,” he told Star Sports after India’s win in the second ODI in Ahmedabad.

Virat Kohli’s rough patch with the bat in the ongoing ODI series against West Indies continued as the former captain was dismissed for a two-ball duck in the third and final game on Friday at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Virat Kohli left the first ball that was going outside off before trying to nudge the next down the leg side only to edge it to Shai Hope behind the stumps.

Shreyas Iyer And Rishabh Pant Score Fifties After Top Order Failure In 3rd ODI

Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant reach the fifties as they continue to rebuild the Indian innings after the hosts endured another poor start in the third and final ODI of the series in Ahmedabad. The top-3 of Rohit Sharma (13), Shikhar Dhawan (10) and Virat Kohli (0) was dismissed early as Alzarri Joseph and Odean Smith were among the wickets.

Rishabh Pant (Photo Source: Disney+Hotstar VIP)
Rishabh Pant (Photo Source: Disney+Hotstar VIP)

In the 3rd ODI, Kuldeep Yadav made a return to the XI while Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, and Deepak Chahar were also included in the game. KL Rahul missed the dead rubber with a niggle, while Deepak Hooda, Shardul Thakur, and Yuzvendra Chahal were the two other outgoing players.

With the dismissal, Virat Kohli ended the West Indies ODI series scoring just 26 runs which includes scores of 8 off 4 and 18 off 30 respectively in the first two games. It is the second-lowest he has ever scored in a three-match bilateral ODI series and the first since the home series against Pakistan in 2012/13, where he had managed only 13 runs in three innings averaging 4.33.

Phil Simmons ICC via Getty Images.
Phil Simmons ICC via Getty Images.
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Phil Simmons Reckons West Indies Batting Needs Attention After 3-0 ODI Series Loss Against India

Phil Simmons, West Indies head coach on Friday said his team’s batting was a huge concern in the ODI series against India and the batters need to assess the situations better and play accordingly.

The tourists lost the final match by 96 runs after being dismissed for 169 in their chase of 266 in Ahmedabad.

India's captain Rohit Sharma, left, and West Indies captain Kieron Pollard pose with the ODI winners trophy (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)
India’s captain Rohit Sharma left, and West Indies captain Kieron Pollard pose with the ODI winners trophy (AP Photo/Ajit Solanki)

Phil Simmons: Batting Needs Attention As Biggest Issue Is Mode Of Dismissals

West Indies failed to cross 200 runs even once in their 3-0 ODI series defeat to India and coach Phil Simmons on Friday termed the team’s extended batting slump as “hurtful”.

“It (batting) does need attention, it has lost us the last two games. You bowl India out for 230 and 260, you are expected to chase it. Under a year ago, we were cruising to 280 and 290 against SL, which has similar spinners and things…batting is a huge concern,” Phil Simmons said after his side lost the third and final ODI by 96 runs.

“Mode of dismissals is the biggest issue. It is hurtful and doesn’t make for good watching. Assessing the situation and knowing what to do…players have to sit and get it right. We can’t go on like this,” he said at the post-match conference.

Phil Simmons[Photo: Getty Images]
Phil Simmons[Photo: Getty Images]

India swept the three-match ODI series 3-0.

“People have to stand up as we go into the next set of ODIs and make sure that they are batting for the West Indies and what we have to do as a unit. It is a huge concern,” Simmons added.

To a question if the batters’ technique was an issue as the team was getting bowled out on several occasions without playing the full quota of 50 overs, Simmons said, “I don’t think technique is an issue. Batters need to assess the situation better.”

West Indies have failed to bat out 50 overs on 12 occasions in the last 18 games, sparking concerns about the batting unit. He picked out the performance by the bowlers as a positive sign in an otherwise poor series for the West Indies team. Alzarri Joseph picked 6 scalps while Jason Holder picked 5 scalps besides scoring 65 runs.

Odean Smith played a matchless but picked 3 scalps and scored 60 runs. But batsmen in the likes of Shai Hope(40 runs, avg 13.33), Brandon King (45 runs avg. 15) failed.

“I think the positive is the fact that the bowlers have done what we have asked of them. Bowling and fielding have been a huge positive,” Phil Simmons said.

“I think the bowlers are a little more disciplined than the batters and sticking to the plans we have for the Indian batsmen. Discipline has been much better from the bowlers,” he reiterated in response to another query.

Asked for an update on skipper Kieron Pollard, who missed the second and third ODIs due to a niggle, Phil Simmons said, “I don’t like to go into medical things. Polly has a niggle in his knee. Was not ready for today. Hopefully, Pollard will be back to 100 per cent in the next few days.”

The once-mighty West Indies have not been able to bat out their full 50 overs in their previous six ODI matches and suffered their second successive series defeat after a shock loss to Ireland last month. West Indies batted first in the opener and managed just 176, a total that India overhauled in 28 overs. Jason Holder made 57. In the second match, they were bowled out for 193 in their chase of 238.

Phil Simmons Hopeful Of West Indies Bouncing Back In T20Is and Was Effusive In Praise Of Odean Smith

The two teams play a series of three T20Is beginning on February 16. He was hopeful of the team bouncing back in the T20Is and said “assessment in the T20s is better than in the ODIs”. West Indies had recently won a T20I series against England before the India tour.

“We have got to assess the situation and play according to the situation.”

Odean Smith 
Odean Smith Photo Credit: (Twitter)

The former West Indies batter said Odean Smith, who picked up wickets and came up with some big hits during the series, had done well.

“Think he (Smith) has done well, bowled fast, picked up wickets and has batted well…he could have gone on for longer today. He is young in international cricket, we have to take it by stages,” the head coach said.

Odean Smith hit three big sixes in his 18-ball 36 albeit for a losing cause.

Deepak Hooda with his India cap Image: BCCI
Deepak Hooda with his India cap Image: BCCI
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India vs West Indies 2022: Deepak Hooda’s Childhood Dream To Get India Cap From Virat Kohli Fulfilled

Deepak Hooda, India all-rounder has said that it was his dream to get his debut cap from either Virat Kohli or MS Dhoni and it was great to see that fulfilled in the first ODI against West Indies.

Rohit Sharma and his side registered a 44-run win in the second ODI to gain an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Prasidh Krishna’s four-wicket haul helped India defend 237 and defeat West Indies by 44 runs in the second ODI at the Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad on Wednesday. Deepak Hooda scored 29 and picked a wicket in the 2nd ODI.

Deepak Hooda dismissed Shamarh Brooks on 44---Twitter
Deepak Hooda dismissed Shamarh Brooks on 44—Twitter

Deepak Hooda’s Childhood Dream Which Was To Get India Cap From Either MS Dhoni Or Virat Kohli Was Fulfilled After He Received It From Virat Kohli

All-rounder Deepak Hooda says his childhood dream was realised when he received the India cap from the great Virat Kohli during the team’s first ODI against the West Indies last week.

“I made my debut in the first ODI, it was an amazing feeling. You always work hard for that, before the match I spoke to you (Suryakumar Yadav). I feel blessed to be a part of the side.

“It was my childhood dream to get cap from either MS Dhoni or Virat Kohli. Getting the cap from Kohli was an amazing feeling. I worked on sidelining the distraction and work on my process,” Deepak Hooda told teammate Suryakumar Yadav in a video posted on BCCI.TV.

India's Suryakumar Yadav and Deepak Hooda after the first ODI cricket match between India and West Indies, at the Narendra Modi Stadium, in Ahmedabad, Sunday, Feb 6, 2022
India’s Suryakumar Yadav and Deepak Hooda after the first ODI cricket match between India and West Indies, at the Narendra Modi Stadium, in Ahmedabad, Sunday, Feb 6, 2022. (Photo | PTI)

Deepak Hooda took his first wicket in international cricket on the fifth ball of his very first over in the second ODI against West Indies. Deepak Hooda bowled a full-length delivery and a well-set Shamarh Brooks batting on 44 runs tried to loft the ball over the long-on only to find Suryakumar Yadav.

Deepak Hooda Blessed To Share Dressing room With Virat Kohli And Rohit Sharma

Deepak Hooda had scored 26 off 32 balls and remained not out in his first ODI as India defeated West Indies by six wickets on February 6. in the 1st ODI, spinner Washington Sundar returned to the Indian team and picked three wickets to help the hosts defeat West Indies, while Yuzvendra Chahal picked 4 scalps.

“Good things take time but keep yourself ready. Obviously, it is a blessed feeling to share the dressing room with Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid.

“You always learn so much from them. I am just trying to learn from them. My goal is to keep working on my process with the same intent and not worry too much about outcome,” he added.

Prasidh Krishna Source: Google/ Image Credit: India Today
Prasidh Krishna Source: Google/ Image Credit: India Today

Earlier, in the 2nd ODI, Suryakumar Yadav and KL Rahul might have played knocks of 64 and 49 but the hosts kept on losing wickets at regular intervals, and in the end, West Indies restricted India to 237/9 in the allotted fifty overs. For the West Indies, Alzarri Joseph and Odean Smith scalped two wickets each. The final ODI will be played on Friday at the Narendra Modi Stadium.

Prasidh Krishna and Suryakumar Yadav starred as India defeated West Indies in the second ODI to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Chasing a target of 238, West Indies were bowled out for 193 as India won the game by 44 runs. Prasidh Krishna took 4 for 12 in his 9 overs and was adjudged, MOM.

Brief Score:1st ODI: West Indies: 176 in 43.5 overs (Jason Holder 57, Yuzvendra Chahal 4/49, Washington Sundar 3/30, Prasidh Krishna 2/29). India: 178 for 4 in 28 overs (Rohit Sharma 60; Alzarri Joseph 2/45).

Brief Score:2nd ODI: India 237/9 (Suryakumar Yadav 64, KL Rahul 49; Alzarri Joseph 2-36); West Indies 193 all out (Shamarh Brooks 44, Akeal Hosein 34; Prasidh Krishna 4-12).

Pragyan Ojha — File Photo
Pragyan Ojha — File Photo
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India vs West Indies 2022: Pragyan Ojha Praised Rohit Sharma’s Leadership Skills

Pragyan Ojha has showered rich praise on Rohit Sharma’s leadership skills in the second India-West Indies ODI on Wednesday. The former spinner Pragyan Ojha was pleased with the skipper’s “old-school” attacking methods.

He was also impressed by the skipper’s support for the underperformers and the optimal use of his best bowlers of the day. India defended a sub-par score of 237 by a 44-run margin to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Rohit Sharma, captaining in just his second ODI since taking the job full-time, was the life of resistance. His field placements were spot-on and he made some unpredictable but logical bowling changes.

Rohit Sharma © BCCI
Rohit Sharma © BCCI

Pragyan Ojha: Rohit Sharma Planned Really Well And Tried To Outsmart The Opponents

Speaking on the show ‘Cricbuzz Chatter’ after the match, Pragyan Ojha admitted Rohit Sharma was a bit lucky that all his plans worked well. But he praised him for making the plans in the first place and sticking with them.

Pragyan Ojha said: “See, every captain does the planning part but there’s also a luck factor involved – whichever bowler he asked to bowl, did well and got him wickets. But I don’t want to take away anything from him. He planned really well and everything just strung together nicely for him.”

Pragyan Ojha added: “You need to challenge the batsmen sometimes. The way he did that with [Odean] Smith by bringing in Chahal and asking him to bowl slowly outside off-stump. It’s nice to see a captain encouraging his bowlers to play old-school cricket.”

Pragyan Ojha (Image Credit: Twitter)
Pragyan Ojha (Image Credit: Twitter)

Pragyan Ojha also talked about the captain’s bowling changes in the match.

Pragyan Ojha said: “Nowadays, if a batsman starts hitting, the captain removes the bowler from the attack, thinking he’ll get hit for runs. But he (Rohit) tries to outsmart the opponents.”

Pragyan Ojha added: “The way he used Shardul. He knew he wasn’t in the best rhythm so bowled him accordingly and gave him a breather too. These small things matter a lot to bowlers and their confidence. The same Chahal was looking muddled a few years ago but now the clarity in his thoughts is tangible.”

Rohit Sharma’s use of Prasidh Krishna and Washington Sundar was particularly impressive. The young fast-bowler got his first spell after the eighth over. He picked up two wickets in seven balls and after that was used in short aggressive spells, which yielded two more scalps. Washington Sundar was costly early on but then got called up in the 45th over. He replied by removing West Indies’ final hope -Odean Smith for 24 (20).

Ajay Jadeja: Rohit Sharma Used Same Data In A Different Way

Former India batter Ajay Jadeja, speaking in the same interaction also lauded Rohit Sharma for using data without being too predictable.

He explained: “Recently, there was a phase where teams became so reliant on data that which bowler will bowl when was all pre-decided… Earlier, when India used to bowl in the 50 overs, even you (the general audience) could tell that these bowlers will bowl the first 5-7 overs, these will do the last 10 and there will be ‘Kul-cha’ or someone else in the middle.”

He added: “But in the last two matches, I was surprised by some moves and I may not agree with it but he started with Shardul , then brought Prasidh – since he’s become captain, he’s using the same data in a different way.”

Prasidh Krishna Source: Google/ Image Credit: India Today
Prasidh Krishna Source: Google/ Image Credit: India Today

Ajay Jadeja also talked about the 34-year-old’s combination of the two buzzwords, intent and process, and how he’s moulded them into his natural style.

He said: “The game has evolved but it’s all the same things whether you call it intent or process. These are buzzwords. Today as the captain Rohit Sharma showed intent but it was attacking intent.

“The process couldn’t be pre-decided. He’s decided the intent but he’s building the process himself. He’s playing differently in every match and the opposition will now have to find a antidote to this.”

For the record, India won the contest by 44 runs, thanks to an inspired spell of 4/12 in nine overs from the tall Prasidh Krishna. Pacers Mohammed Siraj (1/38), Shardul Thakur (2/41), and spinners Yuzvendra Chahal(1/45), Washington Sundar (1/28) and Deepak Hooda (1/24) perfectly aided Prasidh Krishna.

Rohit Sharma-led India will now play a dead rubber third ODI on Friday, February 11. The result meant that India pocketed another bilateral series win at home and another one against West Indies (their 11th in succession), against whom they have not lost a series since 2006.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. Image Credits: AFP
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I Really Liked Rohit Sharma’s Move Of Bringing Washington Sundar On When Odean Smith Was Going Good: Dinesh Karthik

Rohit Sharma made a bold decision during the closing stages of the visitor’s run-chase during the second ODI of the 3 ODI series against West Indies in Ahmedabad, when he brought Washington Sundar into the attack. With the Windies requiring 49 runs to win from 36 deliveries, Rohit Sharma handed the ball to Washington Sundar immediately after Mohammed Siraj had conceded 11 runs in the 44th over.

Washington Sundar eventually conceded only two runs in the over while also taking the important wicket of Odean Smith. India won the game in the next over, bowling the visitors out on 193.

Rohit Sharma with Washington Sundar Image: PTI
Rohit Sharma with Washington Sundar Image: PTI

Rohit Sharma’s Brave Move To Bring Washington Sundar Praised By Dinesh Karthik

Following the 2nd ODI game, wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik lauded Rohit Sharma on the “brave move” to bowl Washington Sundar.

“I really liked Rohit Sharma’s move of bringing Sundar on when Odean Smith was going good. That was a brave move. It was a very interesting one to bring the off-spinner on with the right-handers in play. He (Rohit Sharma) is willing to throw a bit of a bait,” said Karthik.

Dinesh Karthik file image. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
Dinesh Karthik file image. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

“The beauty of Sundar is that he is able to absorb pressure. You know the batter is going to go after you. So you need some skill and talent. That is the captain and bowler camaraderie blossoming.”

Washington Sundar returned to the attack for the 45th over, when the West Indies needed 48 from 36 balls with two wickets in hand. Washington Sundar bowled a nerveless three-run over while also having Odean Smith caught at deep midwicket. He bowled into the pitch and hid the ball away from the swinging arc of Odean Smith.

Washington Sundar Comfortable Against Left-Handers But Predictable Against Right Handers: Shaun Pollock

However, former South African captain Shaun Pollock also found a fault in Washington Sundar’s bowling.

“The only concern for me having watched the bowling line-up was Washington Sundar. The guys behind the scene need to help him come up with a game plan. Once the left-handers are on strike, you can see how comfortable he is. (But) he was just too predictable against right-handers, darting it back of a length. They were able to get on to him,” observed Pollock.

Shaun Pollock (Image Credit: Twitter)
Shaun Pollock (Image Credit: Twitter)

“He needs to work on changing the angle every once in a while. If he goes on to surfaces that are flat going forward, he needs to have that confidence that he has a little bit more up his sleeve.”

The hosts defended 237 to wrap up the ODI series, with one game left. MOM Prasidh Krishna led the way for India, returning extraordinary figures of 4 for 12 in nine overs and reminding everyone why he was picked ahead of Deepak Chahar once again.

Prasidh Krishna and Suryakumar Yadav starred as India defeated West Indies in the second ODI to take an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series. Chasing a target of 238, West Indies was bowled out for 193 as India won the game by 44 runs.

Earlier, after being put on to bat, India recovered from a top-order failure to post a total of 237 for nine in 50 overs. Suryakumar Yadav top-scored with a brilliant 64 while vice-captain KL Rahul got run-out on 49. KL Rahul had returned to the team to replace Ishan Kishan, while Kieron Pollard had missed out for the Windies due to a niggle.

India 237 for 9 (Suryakumar 64, Rahul 49, Smith 2-29) beat West Indies 193 (Brooks 44, Hosein 34, Prasidh 4-12) by 44 runs

Indian Cricket Team
Indian Cricket Team Image Credits: BCCI
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India vs West Indies 2022: KN Ananthapadmanabhan’s Three Decisions Were Overturned In 1st ODI

India had registered an emphatic victory in the first ODI against West Indies on Sunday and will be aiming to seal the three-match series, when Rohit Sharma’s men meet the ‘Men in Maroon’ for the second game in Ahmedabad. The hosts had chased down a 177-run target with six wickets to spare after the Indian spinners ran through a hapless Windies batting order.

It was a near-perfect outing for the Indian team in the 1st ODI but the same cannot be said for umpire KN Ananthapadmanabhan, who had three of his decisions overturned in significantly quick successions.

KN Ananthapadmanabhan (L); Rohit Sharma (extreme right) taking the review during 1st ODI.(Hotstar/AP)
KN Ananthapadmanabhan (L); Rohit Sharma (extreme right) taking the review during 1st ODI.(Hotstar/AP)

India Wins The 1st ODI But KN Ananthapadmanabhan Was Criticized For His Multiple Errors Resulting In His Decision Being Overturned Thrice

The first successful review came in the 12th over of the West Indies innings when Washington Sundar trapped Darren Bravo in front of the wickets. A second came in the 20th over when Yuzvendra Chahal was convinced on another leg-before shout.

Merely two overs later, Yuzvendra Chahal induced an outside edge off Sharmarh Brooks and Rohit Sharma took the review straight away, resulting in another dismissal.

Washington Sundar With Rohit Sharma Image: PTI
Washington Sundar With Rohit Sharma Image: PTI

As a result, KN Ananthapadmanabhan was criticized by fans for his multiple errors and former Pakistan captain Salman But made a cheeky remark as he discussed the umpiring standard in first ODI.

“In India’s game (against West Indies), the umpire’s (KN Ananthapadmanabhan) decision was overturned on three occasions. In one of the decisions, the camera was on Rohit Sharma. Now, I might be wrong, he was wearing glasses so I couldn’t see his eyes, but his face looked like he took the review only because this umpire gave the decision,” Butt said.

Rohit Sharma succeeded in overturning umpire KN Ananthapadmanabhan’s three decisions during the first ODI between India-West Indies on Sunday.

Salman Butt: Umpiring Errors Not A Good Sign

The former Pakistan captain further added that such errors are “not a good sign.”

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

“India were benefitted on three occasions after taking the review against the umpire’s decision, so this definitely signals that the umpiring wasn’t good. It’s not a good sign,” said Butt.

Rohit Sharma will be aiming to seal a first series win as full-time limited-overs captain of the Indian team. West Indies stand-in skipper Nicholas Pooran won the toss and decided to field first against India in the 2nd ODI at Ahmedabad on Wednesday.

India made one change in the starting XI, bringing in KL Rahul for Ishan Kishan, while Odean Smith replaced injured captain Kieron Pollard for West Indies. Rishabh Pant opened with skipper Rohit Sharma.

India Playing XI: Rohit Sharma (c), KL Rahul, Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant (w), Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, Prasidh Krishna

West Indies Playing XI: Shai Hope (w), Brandon King, Darren Bravo, Shamarh Brooks, Nicholas Pooran (c), Jason Holder, Akeal Hosein, Fabian Allen, Odean Smith, Alzarri Joseph, Kemar Roach

West Indies players celebrate after Jason Holder's four wickets in four balls clinched victory against England (Getty Images)
West Indies players celebrate after Jason Holder's four wickets in four balls clinched victory against England (Getty Images)
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Jason Holder Picked 4 Wickets In As Many Balls To Register Career-Best Figures Of 5 For 27 In The 5th T20I Against England

Jason Holder, West Indies all-rounder on Monday became the first men’s player from his country to take a T20I hat-trick. He achieved the feat in the fifth and final T20I against England at the Kensington Oval. The bowler took a hat-trick in the final over of England’s innings as the Three Lions were chasing 180.

Jason Holder prized the scalps of Chris Jordon, Sam Billings, Adil Rashid, and Saqib Mahmood to register a double hat-trick. Jason Holder’s fifer and Akeal Hosein’s four-wicket haul helped West Indies defeat England by 17 runs in the fifth and final T20I at the Kensington Oval on Monday.

Jason Holder registered figures of 5/27 including a hat-trick as he picked up 4 wickets in four balls
Jason Holder registered figures of 5/27 including a hat-trick as he picked up 4 wickets in four balls | Photo Credit: Windies Cricket Twitter

Jason Holder Picked 4 Wickets In As Many Balls To Register Career Best Figure Of 5/27 In The 5th T20I Against England

Jason Holder’s sensational run in the T20I series against England concluded on a thumping note as he picked four wickets in as many balls, registering his best figures in the shortest format 5/27 bettering 4/7, which he took in the first match of the series.

England required 20 runs off the final over to win the series decider at the Kensington Oval in Barbados and Jason Holder was given the responsibility with the ball. It didn’t start well for the tall pacer as he overstepped but the good thing for the hosts was that the pure batsman Sam Billings was off-strike.

The 30-year old was able to keep Chris Jordan quiet on Free Hit and then dismissed him on the next ball as the England pacer failed to connect the slower full toss and hit straight into the hands of Hayden Walsh. Sam Billings too got out on the next ball in his bid to target the shorter boundary but the ball was pitched outside off stump and Walsh completed another simple catch.

England leg-spinner Adil Rashid
England leg-spinner Adil Rashid- Twitter

Jason Holder then dismissed Adil Rashid on the fourth delivery of the over, a cross-seam delivery bowled outside off and the batsman handed a simple catch to Odean Smith, who ran to his left at deep square-leg and the hometown boy had a hat-trick to his name but he wasn’t done yet. He clean bowled Saqib Mahmood on the penultimate delivery of the over and he completed his fifer, his first in the shortest format.

Adil Rashid had earlier become England’s all-time leading wicket-taker in T20 internationals, returning 2-17 to peg back West Indies before Kieron Pollard and Rovman Powell guided their side to 179-4 with an unbroken stand of 74.

Jason Holder Picked 15 Wickets In 5 T20Is Against England

While he became the first bowler from the island nation, it was the 27th hat-trick overall in the men’s T20Is. Jason Holder became the fourth Windies bowler to take a fifer in T20Is as he finished with 15 wickets in 5-match series as the hosts prevailed in an enthralling series by a margin of 3-2. West Indies now travel to India for a 6-match white-ball series including three ODIs and as many T20Is.

Akeal Hosein (Photo credit - CWI Media)
Akeal Hosein (Photo credit – CWI Media)

With this win, West Indies won the five-match series 3-2. Chasing 180, only James Vince got going for England with the bat as he played a 55-run knock from 35 balls. Sam Billings also chipped in with a 41-run inning, but it did not prove enough as West Indies kept on taking wickets at regular intervals.

Jason Holder and Akeal Hosein were the standout performers and the duo ensured that the hosts end up winning the series. Earlier, Kieron Pollard and Rovman Powell played unbeaten knocks of 41 and 35 to help West Indies post 179/4 in the allotted twenty overs. For England, Adil Rashid and Liam Livingstone returned with two wickets each.

Phil Simmons[Photo: Getty Images]
Phil Simmons[Photo: Getty Images]
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Phil Simmons Rubbishes Claims Of Victimization In The 3rd T20I

Phil Simmons on Friday quashed reports of all-rounder Odean Smith being victimised, especially after he was not included in the playing eleven for the third T20I.

With Odean Smith being benched from playing eleven, Rovman Powell made a blistering 107 off 53 balls to take West Indies into a 2-1 lead in the five-match series against England.

Rovman Powell
Rovman Powell (Image: Twitter)

Phil Simmons Rubbishes Claims Of Victimization After Odean Smith Was Dropped For 3rd T20I

West Indies coach Phil Simmons and Cricket West Indies have both rubbished reports of Odean Smith being ‘victimised’, after the allrounder was benched in favour of Rovman Powell for the third T20I against England.

“For me, that can’t happen when I’m here. You don’t victimise anyone. You don’t try to pull down anyone. You try to make players a better person first of all, and a better cricketer afterwards. In my coaching career and even in my playing career, you look to help the man next to you.

“And that’s one thing I’ve been preaching in this team, and in all the teams that I’ve dealt with. So, there is no such thing as victimisation here and there will be none as long as I’m around,” Phil Simmons was quoted as saying.

Phil Simmons ICC via Getty
Phil Simmons ICC via Getty Images.

Odean Smith bowled just one over for four runs in the first T20I and did not get to bowl in the second T20I before moving out of playing eleven for the third T20I. With the bat, Odean Smith made seven in the first match before not being required to bat in the second match as West Indies won by nine wickets.

Explaining the logic of bringing Powell in for Smith, which eventually worked wonders for West Indies, Phil Simmons said, “I think you’re going down the wrong line with this. Let me explain something to you, and I’m saying it again.

“We need to stop this foolishness that we’re going on with. We sit down and we look at the best team for the day. And if Odean wasn’t in the best team for the day, it is because we thought that Rovman was better suited for yesterday.”

Phil Simmons further urged everyone to not pay any heed to the rumours of victimisation in the West Indies camp.

“All those who want to sit out there and preach about victimisation, I think they need to look within themselves. There’s no victimisation in selection in West Indies cricket, and there’s no victimisation in this team is playing anyone.

“So, we need to start stepping away from that and letting the people who are pushing this know that that’s not happening. I’m not going to be answering any more questions about things like that.”

Odean Smith has played three ODIs and seven T20Is for West Indies so far. He came to prominence during CPL 2021, with his hard-hitting batting and ability to touch 140kph.

Phil Simmons Found Support From Dwayne Bravo

Phil Simmons found support from former West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo through Twitter.

“After enjoying a beautiful hundred, a West Indies win, series lead at present I woke up to see the same individuals who don’t care about the cricket trying to push a victimization narrative … hopeless unhappy ppl…I guess some ppl will never change!” tweeted Bravo.

Odean Smith 
Odean Smith Photo Credit: (Twitter)

Earlier, Ricky Skerritt, the President of Cricket West Indies (CWI), said in a statement that the narrative of a rift in the West Indies’ is a malicious attack on the credibility of white-ball skipper Kieron Pollard.

“I view this as a malicious attack on the credibility of the West Indies Captain, designed to sow division within our team that has just recorded three very impressive T20I performances against very strong opponents, including two outstanding wins and one heroic comeback to get within one run of victory.”

West Indies are currently leading England 2-1 in the five-match T20I series at the Kensington Oval in Barbados. The fourth and fifth matches of the series will be played at the same venue on Saturday and Sunday. After the series ends, West Indies will fly to India for a series that comprises three-match ODI and as many T20I matches to be played at Ahmedabad and Kolkata respectively.

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