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Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli in action against Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2021. (IPL)
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli in action against Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2021. (IPL)
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It’s The Right Time For Virat Kohli To Step Down As RCB Skipper: Dale Steyn

Dale Steyn, former Proteas pacer believes that it is probably the right time for Virat Kohli to step aside from T20 captaincy and focus purely on his batting.

Virat Kohli announced last week that he would step down as India’s T20I captain after the upcoming T20 World Cup and a few days later, he announced that he would also give up the leadership of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) who is yet to win the coveted IPL trophy after the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) season.

Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn-RCB Twitter

Dale Steyn: Virat Kohli Is Involved In Everything And It’s The Right Time To Relinquish Captaincy

Dale Steyn had retired from Test cricket after taking 439 scalps from 93 Tests averaging 22.95. Dale Steyn also has 196 ODI scalps and 64 T20I scalps besides his name. Dale Steyn had also taken 97 scalps from 95 IPL matches playing many games for Royal Challengers Bangalore besides skipper Virat Kohli. He has played 33 matches for RCB taking 32 scalps.

“You see the way that he plays, he’s involved in everything, whether he’s in Test matches when he’s standing at first slip or even if he’s at the cover, he wants the ball immediately when it goes to the keeper, he always wants to be involved. But I think sometimes now in this COVID time maybe as Parthiv referred to bubble-life, his family that he’s got,” Dale Steyn said on Star Sports’ Live Feed of Select Dugout’.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

“It’s a lot of responsibility — and playing for RCB before — you see Virat, he’s in every advert and every meeting; he’s just so busy. So maybe it is the right time for him to just put this aside and focus purely on his batting,” Dale Steyn added.

While Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) started well in the first leg of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, they haven’t kick-started the UAE leg on an emphatic note.

Facing Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their first match after season resumption, RCB suffered a humiliating nine-wicket defeat at Abu Dhabi. It was indeed a comprehensive win for the two-time champions as RCB never really looked in the hunt and failed in both batting and bowling departments.

Parthiv Patel: It Has Been A Rollercoaster Ride For Virat Kohli And RCB

Unfortunately for RCB, none of Virat Kohli, Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat, and Glenn Maxwell could play a substantial knock. Even, AB de Villiers, who has rescued RCB from numerous batting collapses, got out for a golden duck. As a result, RCB skittled out for just 92 runs. Chasing the mediocre total, KKR didn’t break a sweat.

Speaking about Virat’s decision, former India wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel said: “I think he looked more emotional than happy. I think when you’re playing for one franchise for so many years, you get that emotional connection which was there in RCB. I think RCB actually invested in Virat Kohli’s talent in 2008 and then showed a lot of trust in him as well because if you look at his and RCB’s journey, it has been a rollercoaster one.”

File image of Parthiv Patel | Vipin Pawar /SPORTZPICS
File image of Parthiv Patel | Vipin Pawar /SPORTZPICS

“But yeah, he might be relieved because see moving around from one bubble to another can take a load on you and he has spoken about the workload and intensity, which he plays with. I think every practice session, every match session or gym session, he does it with full intensity and that’s something I’m sure he must’ve thought about,” he added.

After stumbling to a nine-wicket loss against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Director of Cricket and head coach Mike Hesson said that skipper Virat Kohli’s announcement to step down after the ongoing season did not impact the team’s performance.  Virat Kohli became the first player to play 200 IPL matches for a franchise. Overall, he’s the fifth to get the feat.

MS Dhoni (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Parthiv Patel Credits MS Dhoni For Handling CSK In A Remarkable Manner

Parthiv Patel, former Indian and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) player, credited skipper MS Dhoni for handling the team in a remarkable manner.

MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings (CSK), made a strong comeback in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. Though they began their campaign with a loss against Delhi Capitals, the three-time champions were quick enough to make it to the top half of the IPL 2021 points table and consolidated their position with back-to-back wins.

File image of Parthiv Patel | Vipin Pawar /SPORTZPICS
File image of Parthiv Patel | Vipin Pawar /SPORTZPICS

Parthiv Patel: It Was Remarkable To See The Way MS Dhoni Handled CSK

CSK had one of the most consistent batting line-ups in the tournament. With six of their batsmen scoring half-centuries, they didn’t rely on anyone in particular. Before the tournament was suspended last week, CSK was placed second with 10 points and a net run rate of +1.263 – the highest among all teams.

Former Indian and CSK player Parthiv Patel credited skipper MS Dhoni for handling the team in a remarkable manner. While speaking to the Star Sports network, the cricketer-turned-commentator said that a ‘strong captain’ is always needed if a team wants to make a ‘comeback’.

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

“I had no doubts about it. CSK was in my top four even before the tournament started. But I thought the way MS Dhoni handled the team, it was remarkable. When you have to make a comeback, you need a strong captain,” said Parthiv Patel.

IPL 2020 was a season the Chennai Super Kings brigade would want to forget in a hurry. For the first time in the history of the tournament and in all the editions till then that CSK had played (11), the MS Dhoni-led side failed to make the cut for the play-offs. In fact, the men in yellow were the first ones to be eliminated from the play-off berth.

IPL 2021 however saw a reversal of fortunes as they are 2nd in the points table currently with 10 points from only 7 games winning 5 and losing 2 against Delhi Capitals and Mumbai Indians. They played a brand of attacking and aggressive cricket which was missing from their campaign last year.

Parthiv Patel: MS Dhoni Decided Batting Line-up By Keeping Players Form In Mind

Parthiv Patel further highlighted the way MS Dhoni decided his batting line-up, by keeping the form of his players in mind. As both Suresh Raina and Ambati Rayudu hadn’t played any competitive cricket before the IPL 2021, MS Dhoni went with Moeen Ali at No.3. The move paid off well as the English all-rounder amassed 206 runs at an average of 34.33 and a strike rate of 157.25.

“Everyone thought Suresh Raina will bat at No.3 but it was Moeen Ali. He knew what changes he needed to do. Everyone was thinking that MS Dhoni will come and bat at No.4 or No.5. He took a backseat, he knew that there are guys who are batting well and they should get more number of overs,” Parthiv Patel said.

Moeen Ali (Photo Credit : CSK Twitter Handle)
Moeen Ali (Photo Credit: CSK Twitter Handle)

Faf du Plessis continued from where he left in the UAE in 2020 scoring 320 runs in 7 matches at a strike rate of 145.45 including 4 fifties. The platform laid by him and opener Ruturaj Gaikwad (196 runs at a strike rate of 128.94) eased the pressure on the middle order and went a long way enabling CSK to put up massive totals.

Moeen Ali was a revelation with the bat at number three as he scored a useful 206 runs at a strike rate of 157.25. Ambati Rayudu-136 runs, Ravindra Jadeja-131 runs, Suresh Raina-123 runs also were among runs. Among the CSK bowlers, Sam Curran(9), Deepak Chahar (8), Ravindra Jadeja (6), Moeen Ali (5), and Lungi Ngidi(5) were among the wickets. Deepak Chahar twice took 4 wicket hauls.

Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders. Image Credits: Twitter
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IPL 2021: I Agree With Graeme Swann, There Was No Intent There, Says Parthiv Patel

Parthiv Patel and Graeme Swann were baffled that Kolkata lacked intent. Kolkata Knight Riders managed to post only 133 for 9 on a good batting surface in Mumbai after their batsmen failed yet again. Andre Russell, who came into bat only in the 16th over, managed to hit just 9 runs against Rajasthan Royals while the likes of Dinesh Karthik, Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, and Eoin Morgan fared no better.

Former England spinner Graeme Swann said it was surprising to see Kolkata Knight Riders’ lack of intent in Match 18 of IPL 2021 against Rajasthan Royals on Saturday. Kolkata Knight Riders managed just 133 for 9 in the stipulated 20 overs after being sent into bat at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai where totals in excess of 180 have been regularly posted this season.

Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell | IANS
Dinesh Karthik and Andre Russell | IANS

Kolkata Knight Riders Weren’t Trying To Hit Boundaries In The First 15 Overs Which Was Strange Enough: Graeme Swann

Graeme Swann said it seemed as if Kolkata Knight Riders weren’t looking to force the pace by looking for boundaries after the 2-time champions kept losing regular wickets despite not taking too many risks in the first 15 overs of their innings. KKR started cautiously and were 25 for 1 at the end of the powerplay after losing Shubman Gill for just 11 runs despite the Royals dropping the young opener once.

KKR’s decision to send Sunil Narine at No. 4 also didn’t work according to the plans as the pinch-hitter fell for 6. Captain Eoin Morgan, who came in at No. 5, unfortunately, fell for 0 without facing a delivery as he was run out at the non-striker’s end after a mix-up with Rahul Tripathi. Nitish Rana and Rahul Tripathi got a 33-run stand going but they were not able to impart any momentum into the innings.

Graeme Swann Twitter
Graeme Swann Twitter

KKR were 93 for 4 at the end of 15 overs and they held back dashing batsman Andre Russell, who had hit a quickfire fifty in the previous match against CSK. Andre Rusell, who walked into bat in the 16th over, managed just 9 runs as Chris Morris picked up his wicket and removed a well-set Dinesh Karthik in the same over which was the 18th over of KKR’s innings.

Pat Cummins hit a six in the final over but he was undone by a slower ball from Chris Morris, who finished with figures of 4/23. It was a strange inning from Kolkata as their top order and renowned batsmen failed to get going once again.

“Well, I am not sure what his plan was. It certainly wasn’t about being aggressive. You expect them to go out and play aggressively, given they have Brendon McCullum as their coach,” Graeme Swann told Star Sports.

“But 25 for 1 in the first 6 overs. Very, very confusing. I mean, the guys bowled well, the lefties (from Rajasthan) bowled well. There was a brilliant run-out as well. But the first 15 overs, it didn’t really seem like KKR were trying to hit boundaries. Very strange but maybe it’s one of those days when things didn’t work for them,” he added.

Rahul Tripathi was the top scorer with 36 runs of 26 balls with the help of 1 four and 2 sixes as he was the only one who was looking to be aggressive but the others succumbed under pressure and were dismissed in order to increase the run rate.

Kolkata Knight Riders Didn’t Show Intent: Parthiv Patel

Meanwhile, former India wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel said he was baffled that Kolkata didn’t use the likes of Andre Russell properly despite his fireworks at the same venue a couple of nights ago. Andre Russell hit a six but he was caught in the deep mid-wicket when trying to clear the boundary again in the 18th over against Chris Morris.

“I agree with Swann. There was no intent there. Some of the shots they played, some of the run-outs, it seemed as if they were not looking for runs. In the first 6 overs, you have to take your chances.” Parthiv Patel said.

“You can’t just block it out, especially on a wicket like this. They did not utilize Andre Russell. In the kind of form he is, he can’t play only the last 4 overs,” Pathiv Patel said.

File image of Parthiv Patel | Vipin Pawar /SPORTZPICS
File image of Parthiv Patel | Vipin Pawar /SPORTZPICS

Kolkata Knight Riders headed into Match 18 on the back of three successive defeats. After Rajasthan’s win by 6 wickets, KKR is placed at the last 8th spot. Rajasthan achieved the target losing only 4 wickets as skipper Sanju Samson scored a 41 ball 42 while David Miller scored 24 off 23 balls and both were unbeaten. Kolkata Knight Riders are languishing at the bottom place with 1 win and 4 losses.

Brief Scores: Rajasthan Royals 134/4 (Sanju Samson 42*, David Miller 24; Varun Chakravarthy 2/32) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 133/9 (Rahul Tripathi 36, Dinesh Karthik 25; Chris Morris 4/23) by 6 wickets.  

Marco Jansen (Photo credit: Instagram/@mumbaiindians)
Marco Jansen (Photo credit: Instagram/@mumbaiindians)
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IPL 2021: I Think It Is A Bad Move For Mumbai Indians To Pick Up Marco Jansen – Scott Styris

Scott Styris said Mumbai Indians may have to spend the big bucks at the mega auction next year to retain South African young pace sensation Marco Jansen.

Former New Zealand all-rounder has presented an interesting perspective on one of defending champions Mumbai Indians’ newest recruit Marco Jansen. Though the lanky bowler put up an impressive show with the ball on his debut in the IPL 2021 opener against Royal Challengers Bangalore, pocketing 2/28 in 4 overs, Scott Styris believes the move may come back to bite the franchise in the future.

Scott Styris
Scott Styris. (Photo by Hagen Hopkins/Getty Images)

Scott Styris Thinks It’s A Bad Move For Mumbai Indians To Pick Up Marco Jansen As IPL 2022 Will See Mega Auction

Scott Styris, while speaking on Star Sports’ show ‘Cricket Connected’, was of the opinion that MI’s purchase of the South African pace bowler is a “bad move” because other franchises will take notice of him and with a mega auction scheduled to take place next year, defending champions Mumbai Indians could have to shell out a huge sum of money to retain him.

“I think this is a bad move for Mumbai Indians to pick up Marco Jansen right now, because now, as we are doing, we are talking about it, everybody is talking about it. And with the possibility of a major auction next year, then I think Mumbai may have to suddenly pay up big bucks because they are not going to keep him,” said Scott Styris.

Marco Jansen
Marco Jansen. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Further elaborating on his point, Scott Styris said: “So, I would suggest, to think a little bit long-term, maybe put him on the ice this year and Mumbai Indians could have swept in next year having for a long time like Lasith Malinga. Because I think he has got that skill to be a starting front-line bowler in the IPL for 10 years.”

Parthiv Patel explained that the Mumbai Indians scouting team had done their homework before roping in uncapped South African all-rounder Marco Jansen. He was snapped up by Mumbai Indians at his base price of INR 20 lakh at the IPL 2021 Auction.

Marco Jansen was given an opportunity to bowl at the Indian players in the nets during their South African tour in 2017-18. After Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri saw them, they invited him and his twin brother Duan Jansen, to come and bowl at another practice session.

Marco Jansen made his first-class debut for North West Province in the CSA 3-day Provincial Cup 2018-19. He has played 12 matches and picked up 52 wickets at an average of 20.51 and a brilliant strike rate of 37.8. In List A cricket, he has played 13 matches, picking up 16 wickets.

Scott Styris Thought It Was A Phenomenal Performance From Marco Jansen Who Is Expected To Get Bounce For Tall Height

Cricketer-turned-commentator Scott Styris, however, acknowledged that he was impressed with what he saw from the Proteas bowler. He believes his tall frame, of 6ft 8inch, will make him a very useful bowler in the years to come.

“I thought it was a phenomenal performance. I haven’t seen much of him as well. I asked Parthiv Patel, who has had a little bit of scouting experience with Marco. All around, I thought he is incredibly impressive and the reason for that is not about the simple factor that he gets bounce because he is six foot eight, which is what you expect.

“He touched 143mph, which is a serious pace. He is going to get bounce if he has got pace. And he started, on that pitch, to bowl the slower balls as well,” said Scott Styris on Star Sports’ show ‘Cricket Connected’.

Marco Jansen
Marco Jansen. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Marco Jansen’s scalps on his IPL debut included Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell and Shahbaz Ahmed. Mumbai Indians will next lock horns against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) later on 13th April in a high voltage clash. While MI lost to RCB, KKR won against SRH. All the 4 matches played so far have seen all the 8 teams rising to the occasion and scoring runs above 150.

Mumbai Indians won the IPL 2020 trophy (Image Credit: IPL)
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Mumbai Indians’ Won’t Be Thinking Of Playing In Neutral Venues: Parthiv Patel

Parthiv Patel, former India wicketkeeper-batsman says that Mumbai Indians will not be worried about playing their first few matches in Chennai and added that they have the players to do well on any wicket.

Former India wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel believes that defending champions Mumbai Indians have the team that can play well on any surface and says that not playing at Wankhede won’t be much of an issue for them.

File photo of Parthiv Patel with Mumbai Indians | Sandeep Shetty - Sportzpics - IPL
File photo of Parthiv Patel with Mumbai Indians | Sandeep Shetty – Sportzpics – IPL

Parthiv Patel: From The Mumbai Indians’ Point Of View They Don’t Have To Tinker A Lot With Their Playing XI

The format for IPL 2021 this year is such that no team will have the ‘home advantage’ for the tournament. Mumbai Indians will start their campaign in Chennai against the Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore. But Parthiv Patel believes that the Mumbai Indians unit is quite settled and added that the defending champions do not need to ‘tinker a lot with their playing XI’.

“I don’t think Mumbai Indians will be thinking of where they are playing next. All the teams would be thinking about where they are playing first and you know, try and get their best team forward, try and get their best XI on the path. If they are playing in Chennai, you might expect some spinner but from the Mumbai Indians’ point of view, I don’t think they have to tinker a lot with their playing XI,” Parthiv Patel told Star Sports.

Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians. Image Credits: Twitter

The five-time champions were by far the best side in IPL 2020 and topped the group during the play-offs. They beat a good Delhi Capitals side comfortably in the final to take yet another IPL title. The nucleus of the team revolves around their skipper Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, and Kieron Pollard.

Parthiv Patel Hints At Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Rahul Chahar, And Krunal Pandya Chipping In With 4 Overs

Parthiv Patel also said that they have a settled bowling unit and added that it looks like all-rounder Hardik Pandya will be bowling for the Mumbai Indians in IPL 2021.

“Hardik Pandya is bowling quite a bit now, almost bowling 4 overs, Pollard bowls his slower ones really well, which might be useful on a Chennai wicket. And obviously, Rahul Chahar had an outstanding IPL, a couple of outstanding IPLs and hence, he was picked for India. Krunal Pandya’s four overs, his form in domestic cricket, so I can go on and on about it,” Parthiv added.

Hardik Pandya
File image of Hardik Pandya | Vipin Pawar – IPL – Sportzpics

Mumbai Indians has been the most successful side in the history of the Indian Premier League. The Rohit Sharma-led outfit has lifted the IPL title a record 5 times. Mumbai Indians saw three of their batsmen in the top 10 in terms of runs in IPL 2020.

The likes of keepers Ishan Kishan (516), Quinton De Kock (503), and batsman Suryakumar Yadav (480) were consistent with the bat to help the side. Jasprit Bumrah claimed 27 wickets at 14.96 to finish as 2nd leading wicket-taker behind Kagiso Rabada.

Ahead of IPL 2021 auction, Mumbai Indians had released seven players out of their squad in the likes of Lasith Malinga, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Pattinson, Sherfane Rutherford, and Mitchell McCleneghan.

Australia pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile turned out to be Mumbai Indians’ biggest buy as he was brought back at INR 5 crores. Mumbai Indians also inducted New Zealand pacer, Adam Milne, into their team. The right-arm pacer was bought for INR 3.2 crores. Mumbai Indians also spent INR 20 lakh to buy Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun Tendulkar in their team and bought allrounder James Neesham for INR 50 lakh.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya
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It’s An Injustice To Keep Hardik Pandya At No. 7: Aakash Chopra

Aakash Chopra believes the Indian team should always send all-rounder Hardik Pandya up the order in T20Is to utilize his big-hitting skills more effectively.

The junior Pandya was sent at No.4 in the series-deciding final T20I against England. He made the best use of the opportunity by blasting an unbeaten 39 off just 17 deliveries.

Hardik Pandya in action against England in Ahmedabad.(Twitter (Hardik Pandya))
Hardik Pandya in action against England in Ahmedabad.(Twitter (Hardik Pandya))

Aakash Chopra: Hardik Pandya Batting Too Low Down And It’s Injustice To Keep,

During a discussion on Star Sports, Aakash Chopra opined that Hardik Pandya deserves to get a longer hit in the middle when asked about the latter’s promotion up the batting order in the final T20I.

“It is a very simple thing. If you give the opportunity, then someone will shine. The way he was promoted in the batting order, I think this should happen every time. He was batting too low down, it is an injustice if you keep Hardik Pandya at No.7,” said Aakash Chopra.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The cricketer-turned-commentator Aakash Chopra pointed out Team India could use Hardik Pandya optimally by sending him to bat whenever a wicket falls in the second half of the innings.

“Whenever a wicket falls after 10-12 overs, he should be the guy who should come out to bat. He has shown it in Australia and proved here again that there is no better striker than him in India and he is one of the best in the world as well. What is the use of the sharpness of a sword if you keep it in the scabbard,” added Aakash Chopra.

Hardik Pandya was sent in to bat at No.7 for the majority of the T20I series against England, as India opted to play an additional batsman. However, with the Virat Kohli-led side losing their second wicket only in the 14th over in the final T20I, it was an opportune time to send the swashbuckling all-rounder up the order and he did not disappoint with his blazing entertaining knock.

Parthiv Patel Feels The Positive From The T20I Series Was The Way Hardik Pandya Bowled

Parthiv Patel picked Hardik Pandya’s bowling performances in the recently concluded T20I series against England as one of the biggest gains for Team India from the T20I series. Hardik Pandya gave a decent account of himself with the ball.

“I feel it is a huge plus from this series the way Hardik Pandya has bowled. He executed his plans very well, used the slower ones very well. His pace was regularly above 140 kph and the way he bowled the bouncers, it seems he has come back fully fit,” said Patel.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel
Wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel Image Source: GETTY IMAGES

The former Indian wicket-keeper signed off by stating an all-rounder like Hardik Pandya allows the team to play an additional bowler based on the surface.

“An all-rounder changes the balance of the entire game. The way Hardik Pandya can bat from No.4 to No.6 and can give four overs, you can play an extra spinner or pacer according to the wicket. I always feel if you have an all-rounder who can bat well and can bowl four overs, you are playing with twelve players,” concluded Patel.

Hardik Pandya had an excellent economic rate of 6.94 in the T20I series against England, second only to Bhuvneshwar Kumar across both sides. Team India will hope he maintains his fitness and continues to excel by having impactful performances, especially with the T20 World Cup scheduled later in the year.

Hardik Pandya has played as a specialist batsman more often than not, including in the last IPL. Hardik Pandya bowled in the 2nd ODI against and in Australia where he had figures of 1/24 in 4 overs where other bowlers went for plenty.  He hasn’t bowled much following his back surgery in 2019 to not risk aggravating his lower back pain.

Hardik Pandya scored 86 runs averaging 28.67 and bowled 17 overs picking 3 scalps averaging 39.33 in the 5 T20Is against England.

Bhuvi, Bumrah PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP
Bhuvi, Bumrah PUNIT PARANJPE/AFP
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It’s Necessary For Bhuvneshwar Kumar And Jasprit Bumrah To Bowl Well If India Want To Lift T20I World Cup: Aakash Chopra

Aakash Chopra has opined that pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvneshwar Kumar could hold the key to India’s chances at the forthcoming T20 World Cup to be staged later in the year.

Jasprit Bumrah was rested from the ongoing limited-overs series against England in both T20Is and forthcoming ODIs. Bhuvneshwar Kumar has staged a comeback after a lengthy injury layoff.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Aakash Chopra: Bhuvneshwar Kumar And Jasprit Bumrah Have To Do Well If India Wants To Win T20I World Cup

During a discussion on Star Sports, Aakash Chopra observed Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s successful return was a great sign for India’s ambitions at the T20I World Cup to be staged in October-November. The former India opener termed the seam-bowling pair of Jasprit Bumrah and Bhuvaneshwar Kumar as the crucial aspect in the Indian bowling lineup.

“One hundred percent. If India has to win the 2021 World Cup, it is necessary for Bumrah and Bhuvi to do well. Bumrah is evergreen, he did not have any injury issue. He has been bowling well and his workload is being managed,” said Aakash Chopra.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar broke the game for India in the chase BCCI
Bhuvneshwar Kumar broke the game for India in the chase BCCI

Aakash Chopra highlighted that Bhuvneshwar Kumar may not have been extremely penetrative in the T20I series against England, but the way he bowled suggests he is back to his former self.

“We were waiting eagerly when Bhuvi will come, the ball will swing and he will take the wickets. He might have taken only four wickets in the series, today he took two wickets but his bowling was sensational and we can say that Bhuvi is back,” added Aakash Chopra.

Although a fit-again Bhuvneshwar Kumar has taken just four wickets in the five T20Is against England, his economy rate of 6.38 was the best among all the bowlers across the two teams. It is an even more commendable feat since he bowled a majority of his overs in the powerplay or at the death.

Parthiv Patel: The Way Bhuvneshwar Kumar Has Swung The Ball Is A Big Positive Of The T20I Series

Parthiv Patel picked seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar moving the ball both ways as one of India’s huge positive gains from the series. He also lauded the right-arm seamer for his economical spell in the high-scoring series decider. Bhuvneshwar Kumar is renowned for moving the ball both ways.

“The way Bhuvneshwar Kumar swung the ball has been a big plus point of the series. When it is a 225-run match where the opposition team is making 190 runs, there to concede just 15 runs in four overs and a wicket at the crucial time,” said Patel.

File photo of Parthiv Patel(Getty Images)
File photo of Parthiv Patel(Getty Images)

“The way Buttler and Dawid Malan’s partnership was going, it was necessary to get them out at that time. He was the main experienced bowler with the most quality, so the team was dependent on him at the time to dismiss the batsmen and it was a very big thing for me that he did that,” concluded Patel.

England were very much in the chase as they needed 98 runs off 48 deliveries with nine wickets in hand when Bhuvneshwar Kumar was handed over the ball. The wily pacer had Jos Buttler caught by Hardik Pandya at long-off which triggered a batting collapse as India triumphed by 36 runs.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s 2/15 off his 4 overs was India’s biggest match-winning performance as he returned after a long injury lay-off. He has picked 45 scalps in 48 T20Is averaging 26.73 and at an economy rate of 6.98.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has been rightly adjudged the ‘Player of the Match’ for his performance for his figures of 2/15. The 31-year old, who last played for India in November 2019 was returning after two long injury gaps and immediately made his mark.

Suresh Raina (Image Credit: IPL)
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Suresh Raina Will Hold Key If CSK Want To Turn Things Around In IPL 2021: Parthiv Patel

Suresh Raina who is one of IPL’s most successful batsmen will make his comeback in IPL 2021 for Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

Suresh Raina’s decision to opt-out of IPL 2020 even before the start of the tournament last year in UAE was one of the biggest talking points of the Indian Premier League held in UAE.

Suresh Raina
Suresh Raina (Image Credit: Twitter)

Suresh Raina Holds The Key In The CSK Line-up: Parthiv Patel

“And now with Suresh Raina coming in the squad. I think he holds the key in the CSK line-up and we have seen what he has done throughout the years of IPL. With him coming back and Ruturaj Gaikwad doing well in domestic cricket and plus MS Dhoni, they’re great players and you can’t count them out for too long,” Parthiv said in Star Sports show Cricket Connected.
Parthiv Patel, Mumbai Indians
Parthiv Patel (Source: PTI)

On 9th December, the 35-year-old Parthiv Patel announced retirement from all forms of professional cricket, which he served for around two decades. Just after his retirement from the game, Parthiv Patel was appointed for the Talent Scout role of the record five-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians, who won the last two IPL trophies.

Parthiv Patel, who served for six different teams in his 13 years of IPL career, played for Mumbai Indians between 2015 and 2017. He was also a member of IPL winning side Mumbai Indians in the 2015 and 2017 seasons.

Parthiv Patel: MS Dhoni Determined To Get CSK’s Campaign In IPL 2021 Off To A Promising Start

CSK has also roped in the services of spinners Moeen Ali and Krishnappa Gowtham to strengthen their spin-bowling and lower order.

“See, obviously they must be slightly disappointed that they have to get out of Chennai because they have got Moeen Ali in their squad, they have got K Gowtham in their squad. Last year, what went wrong for CSK was, that they were not getting enough runs on the board. Then, in the latter half of the tournament, you saw the emergence of Ruturaj Gaikwad,” said Parthiv.

Commenting about CSK veteran skipper MS Dhoni, Parthiv Patel said the former India captain will be determined to get CSK’s ball rolling from the initial matches.

“He (MS Dhoni) had an indifferent season last year but as we saw how keen he is (spoke to him few times) and he is very determined to get CSK’s ball rolling to start with,” Parthiv added.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni (Image Credit: Twitter)

“These are the teams who have done well and they know that once they win the first game or the second game — they can start believing again. So, it won’t take much of time for CSK to start the tournament in a positive manner,” said Parthiv.

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) had a forgettable campaign in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, but by the end of the tournament, after finishing 7th in the points table, they had found a new star in young Ruturaj Gaikwad who produced a commendable fightback after initially struggling in the first three matches.

Ruturaj Gaikwad smashed a hat-trick of half-centuries in the last three games to amass 204 runs averaging 51 in 6 games after scoring 5 runs in the first 3 outings. He scored unbeaten 65, 72, and unbeaten 62 as CSK won the last 3 games but finished 7th. The franchise released Kedar Jadhav, Murali Vijay, Harbhajan Singh, Piyush Chawla, Monu Singh, Shane Watson(retired) before IPL 2021 Auctions.

CSK spent big on acquiring services of England’s spinner Moeen Ali on the board while off-spinner Krishnappa Gowtham got a big contract from MS Dhoni’s 3-time champions. Another notable player that was acquired was Test specialist batsman Cheteshwar Pujara who announced his desire to play limited-overs T20 cricket again.

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India Can’t Take England Lightly And Must Field Best XI In Remaining T20Is: VVS Laxman

VVS Laxman has said that India cannot afford to take visitors to England lightly and need to play their best possible combination to win the T20I series. Indian team management rested veteran opener, Rohit Sharma, in the first T20I against England. They also went in with a three-pronged spin attack on a surface that was likely to assist the seamers.

VVS Laxman India
VVS Laxman. (Photo by DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP via Getty Images)

VVS Laxman: England Is A Very Experienced T20 Side

During a discussion on Star Sports, Parthiv Patel asked VVS Laxman if Team India played three spinners because they were trying that combination or if they failed to read the wicket. While stating that resting Rohit Sharma and playing Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul as the two openers may not have been a bad decision, the former Indian batsman VVS Laxman observed the hosts will have to put their best foot forward to get the better of the Eoin Morgan-led side.

“I feel if you want to win this series, which Virat Kohli and the Indian team wants to do, you need to play your best playing XI. I can understand not playing Rohit Sharma because Shikhar Dhawan is also an experienced batsman and KL Rahul is also an in-form experienced player. But if you don’t play the right combination against England, it will be very difficult to exert pressure because England is not lacking in experience,” said VVS Laxman.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma | AFP

The cricketer-turned-commentator pointed out Team India cannot treat the England T20I side as pushovers.

“The Test series was a different challenge as the wickets were in India’s favour, the England team had inexperienced batsmen but this England team is a very talented and experienced T20 side. So if you don’t play your best playing XI, it will be very difficult especially since this was the first match of the series,” added VVS Laxman.

Parthiv Patel Was Surprised At India Playing With 3 Spinners On The Black Soil Wicket Offering More Bounce

Recently retired Parthiv Patel also expressed his surprise at the Indian team fielding three spinners, with the black soil wicket tending to assist the seamers. India fielded Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Axar Patel as their three spinners.

“The Mushtaq Ali Trophy also took place here. The ball was bouncing a lot on the black soil wicket. Not too many runs were scored and fast bowlers took a lot of wickets. There were stats that spinners have taken more wickets here but that was when the matches were played on the red soil wickets. The black soil wicket has more bounce and I was also surprised that they played with three spinners,” said Patel.

File photo of Parthiv Patel(Getty Images)
File photo of Parthiv Patel(Getty Images)

The former wicketkeeper added India could have opted to go down the spin-heavy route if they had two wrist-spinners, which was not the case in the Ahmedabad encounter.

“I can understand playing with three spinners if you have two wrist-spinners, in which case it can become an attacking option. But here you have Yuzvendra Chahal as a wrist-spinner and two finger spinners,” signed off Patel.

India’s bowling combination was almost immaterial in the end as they posted a below-par score of 124/7. They would have struggled to defend that total even if they had more seamers as part of their playing XI. India didn’t field the likes of batsmen Suryakumar Yadav and Rohit Sharma and fielded spinners Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Washington Sundar apart from pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shardul Thakur.

Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians . Image Credits: Twitter
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Parthiv Patel Stresses That Mumbai Indians Have All Bases Covered In IPL 2021

Parthiv Patel believes that not playing at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai won’t impact the IPL defending champions Mumbai Indians as they have all the bases covered.IPL 2021 will be staged across six venues, with none of the franchises playing on their home turf. The Mumbai Indians have their league stage matches scheduled in Chennai, Delhi, Bengaluru, and Kolkata.

Parthiv Patel, Mumbai Indians
Parthiv Patel (Source: PTI)

Parthiv Patel Did A Lot Of Scouting For Mumbai Indians And Stressed Piyush Chawla Brought Experience As A Wrist Spinner

During a discussion on Star Sports, Parthiv Patel pointed out that the Mumbai Indians have assembled a squad good enough to perform in all conditions.

“I have done a lot of scouting for MI. I know what kind of work we have put in, what kind of process the Mumbai Indians have put in. It will not matter as much where Mumbai Indians are playing,” said Parthiv Patel.

Piyush Chawla
Piyush Chawla, CSK Twitter

“If there was any one thing which anyone would have talked about last year’s Mumbai Indians squad is the need of another experienced spinner, ideally a wrist-spinner, we have got that. This year we went in with the thought that it is just a one year tournament with the big auction coming up, we needed the most experienced wrist-spinner in the side and we got it. So, I think we have covered all the bases as far as the Mumbai Indians is concerned,” added Parthiv Patel.

The addition of Piyush Chawla, the third-highest wicket-taker in IPL history, will lend some much-needed experience to the Mumbai Indians’ spin attack. One of the most successful bowlers in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Piyush Chawla is number three in the list of highest wicket-takers in IPL having snaffled 156 victims from 160 matches to be placed just behind Lasith Malinga and Amit Mishra.

Ahead of IPL 2020, he was released by KKR, and then he went into the IPL Player Auction. After a bidding war with Kings XI Punjab, Piyush Chawla was secured by CSK but picked only 6 scalps in 7 matches.

Parthiv Patel: Marco Jansen Bowls Well

Parthiv Patel also explained that the Mumbai Indians scouting team had done their homework before roping in uncapped South African all-rounder Marco Jansen. He was snapped up by MI at his base price of INR 20 lakh at the IPL 2021 Auction.

“Everyone is playing good cricket. There have been some surprises about Marco Jansen where not many people knew about it but we have seen in the videos how well he can bowl. He is tall, lanky, 20-year-old and can hit long. We released Coulter-Nile and got another two fast bowlers. So all in all, the Mumbai Indians are sitting pretty. Now it is up to how we prepare and how the process happens and just get that habit going,” concluded Patel.

Marco Jansen
Marco Jansen. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The Mumbai Indians will be hoping to win a record-extending sixth IPL title this year. It would also make them the first team to win a hat-trick of titles in the prestigious league if they manage to emerge victorious yet again.

Marco Jansen was given an opportunity to bowl at the Indian players in the nets during their South African tour in 2017-18. After Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri saw them, they invited him and his twin brother Duan Jansen, to come and bowl at another practice session.

Marco Jansen made his first-class debut for North West Province in the CSA 3-day Provincial Cup 2018-19. He has played 12 matches and picked up 52 wickets at an average of 20.51 and a brilliant strike-rate of 37.8. In List A cricket, he has played 13 matches, picking up 16 wickets. He was called up for the South African team which toured Pakistan recently. He didn’t get a Test cap but got some priceless experience with the national team for the first time.

Ahead of IPL 2021 auction, Mumbai Indians had released seven players out of their squad in the likes of Lasith Malinga, Nathan Coulter-Nile, James Pattinson, Sherfane Rutherford, and Mitchell McCleneghan.

Australia pacer Nathan Coulter-Nile turned out to be Mumbai Indians’ biggest buy at INR 5 crores. Mumbai Indians also inducted New Zealand pacer, Adam Milne, into their team. The right-arm pacer was bought for INR 3.2 crores. Mumbai Indians also spent INR 20 lakh to buy Sachin Tendulkar’s son Arjun Tendulkar in their team and bought allrounder James Neesham for INR 50 lakh.

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