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Michael Hussey has now been cleared to return to Australia on a commercial flight via Doha BCCI/IPL
Michael Hussey has now been cleared to return to Australia on a commercial flight via Doha BCCI/IPL
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Michael Hussey Opens Up On Battling With Covid-19 During IPL 2021 India Leg

Michael Hussey recounted his horrific battle with COVID-19 during the 2021 Indian Premier League. Michael Hussey had tested positive for the virus during the India leg of IPL 2021. The 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) season was a unique edition as it was played in two halves in two different countries.

While the first leg took place in India during the summer, the second half took place in September-October in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Unfortunately, it was a COVID-19 outbreak across the league in May, which forced the tournament to be suspended and completed in the UAE later in the year. Out of the people to test positive, one was Chennai Super Kings‘ (CSK) batting coach Michael Hussey.

Michael Hussey opened up on his CoVId-19 experience during IPL 2021
Michael Hussey opened up on his Covid-19 experience during IPL 2021  |  Photo Credit: IANS

Michael Hussey Felt Uneasy Flying To Covid-19 Hit India And After Getting Affected Was Isolated, Worried and Feeling Progressively Worse

Michael Hussey has opened up on his ordeal with the disease and described his experience of sitting in a body bag to be shifted from Delhi to Chennai in an air ambulance. The CSK coach also claimed he had doubts over coming to India from ‘the safest place in the world.’

In a column, Hussey wrote, “I felt uneasy when the time came to leave Perth earlier this year to coach with the Chennai Super Kings at the Indian Premier League.‘Why am I leaving one of the safest places in the world?”

“But I love my job and I had made a commitment to coach at the IPL. So, despite my nervousness, I flew to India and embarked on the mandatory seven-day quarantine which was a prerequisite for entering the IPL bubble,” he added. 

Michael Hussey was recuperating in Chennai after testing positive for Covid-19 (File Photo - TOI)
Michael Hussey was recuperating in Chennai after testing positive for Covid-19 (File Photo – TOI)

Michael Hussey spoke about his experience after being one of the support staff testing positive for COVID-19 and his isolation at the time. He described how his symptoms continued to get progressively worse in the beginning.

“I was locked in my room immediately. No one could come in, and I obviously couldn’t leave. Food was left outside my door like in quarantine. I was isolated, a bit worried and feeling progressively worse,” said Hussey. 

He further said, “My symptoms: I had a bad fever to the point where I was changing my shirt four or five times a night from sweating out. I had a relentless dry, barking cough. And I was really tired. I would try and sit at my desk to do some work, but quickly feel the need for a lie-down. I would wake up from what felt like a quick nap to realise three or so hours had passed.”

Michael Hussey, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) batting coach, believes that travelling from Mumbai to Delhi during the course of the IPL 2021 first Indian leg exposed all those involved to greater risk.

Michael Hussey and CSK bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji, both of whom were detected with COVID-19, were brought to Chennai from Delhi in an air ambulance.

Michael Hussey Realized He Was Probably In The Worst Place To Get Covid-19

Michael Hussey claimed that the worsening COVID-19 situation in Delhi became a source of worry for doctors and led to his decision to be taken to Chennai in an air ambulance.

He wrote “The doctor with the team was concerned. He realised I was probably in the worst place in the world to get Covid at that time. Delhi was recording hundreds of thousands of known new cases a day, there were very few hospital beds and many, many more people lining up outside the hospitals in need of them.”

“If things turned bad, the doctor wasn’t sure if I could get the medical assistance I would need. They decided the best thing to do was to fly me back to Chennai, the team’s home base,” added Hussey. 

File photos of Delhi Capitals' Amit Mishra (left) with SRH's Wriddhiman Saha. Image Source : IPLT20.COM
File photos of Delhi Capitals’ Amit Mishra (left) with SRH’s Wriddhiman Saha. Image Source: IPLT20.COM

Michael Hussey further described that he had to sit in a fully zipped body-bad to take the flight to Chennai.

“All I could do was trust them. Once we got to the airport, I was wheeled straight onto the plane on a stretcher inside the body bag. The air ambulance flight to Chennai took about three and a half hours. Then it was back into an ambulance and straight to a quarantine hotel,” said the CSK assistant coach. 

Michael Hussey concluded by saying he felt ‘lucky’ after seeing the suffering of so many people around the country.

“All that said, I was incredibly lucky. There were so many people in worse situations than me. I had an employer that went out of its way to look after me at a time of crisis for the country. As confronting as it was to be sick and stranded, having people on the ground with your best interests at heart was very comforting,” said the Australian. 

Michael Hussey returned to the CSK camp for the UAE leg of IPL 2021 and oversaw the team’s fourth title victory as they defeated Kolkata Knight Riders in the final.

KKR spinner Varun Chakravarthy and pacer Sandeep Warrier returned with positive results. Then, however, the governing bodies were forced to take the massive step as two more players – SRH’s Wriddhiman Saha and DC’s Amit Mishra were infected by the virus.

The virus had wreaked havoc in India at that time, claiming thousands of lives. Prasidh Krishna, who has been picked as a standby player for England tour, became the fourth Kolkata Knight Riders player to test positive for Covid-19. Earlier KKR wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert was reported to have tested positive for Covid-19.

Washington Sundar
Washington Sundar
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Washington Sundar Turns Up At Test Specialists Camp At BKC Where Team Is Gearing Up To Face Kiwis In 2 Tests

Washington Sundar may not be a part of Team India for the forthcoming two-Test series against New Zealand at home, but he’s still there in the camp for the Test specialists at the MCA’s BKC facility here.

The off-spinning allrounder is still recovering from a finger injury he sustained in July, during a practice game ahead of the Test series in England. Since then, Washington Sundar has missed plenty of cricket – the Tests in England, the T20I World Cup, and then the home series against New Zealand.

Washington Sundar
Washington Sundar (Photo by Albert Perez – CA/Cricket Australia via Getty Images)

Washington Sundar Is Hopeful To Be Fit For The 1st Test In South Africa

On Monday, the left-hander Washington Sundar took some throwdowns, though he didn’t bat or bowl.

“The selectors are hoping that he’d be fit for the first Test in South Africa, which kicks off on December 17 in Johannesburg. He’s a crucial cog in the wheel, especially as he bats so well and adds strength to the lower order. The team missed him badly in the T20 World Cup,” a source said.

Washington Sundar
Washington Sundar[photo: Twitter]

While he’s already established himself as a canny white-ball bowler, Washington Sundar has scored 265 runs in four Tests averaging 66.25, including three fifties, and taken six wickets averaging 49.83 to show how valuable he can be in Test cricket.

Washington Sundar has played 42 IPL matches since 2017 managing 217 runs and picking 27 scalps. In 6 matches in IPL 2021, he picked 3 scalps and scored 31 runs. Washington Sundar had taken an injection on his right-hand bowling finger during the three-day practice game against County Select XI in England tour. As a result, the spinner was ruled out of the remainder of the England tour.

Washington Sundar’s Replacement Jayant Yadav Bowled For A Long Time At Nets

On Tuesday, Washington Sundar’s replacement in the two-Test series against New Zealand, Jayant Yadav – who’s making a comeback into the Indian team after five years – bowled for a long time.

Royal Challengers Bangalore was without their allrounder Washington Sundar for the UAE leg of IPL 2021 after he failed to fully recover from a finger injury. Washington Sundar had sustained the injury in the UK last month which ruled him out of the ongoing Test series between India and England as well.

Jayant Yadav
Jayant Yadav—Image Source: Twitter

Jayant Yadav, who returned to the team after 4 years, played his last Test against Australia in 2017.  Jayant Yadav made his Test debut against England in Vizag in 2016. So far he has taken 11 wickets in 4 Tests. He picked 9 wickets in 3 Tests against England and 2 scalps in a solitary Test against Australia way back in 2017.

Middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer, keeper KS Bharat, and pacer Prasidh Krishna got a place in the Indian Test team against Kiwis for the 1st time.

India’s Test Team:- Ajinkya Rahane (c), KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara (VC), Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), KS Bharat (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Siraj, Prasidh Krishna. ** Virat Kohli (2nd Test only).

Ajinkya Rahane
Ajinkya Rahane
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Ajinkya Rahane, Skipper For The 1st Test vs New Zealand, Among India’s Test Specialists To Undergo 4-Day Camp In BKC

Ajinkya Rahane — who will be the captain in the first Test at Kanpur in the absence of Virat Kohli — has already been practicing at BKC for the last three days, revealed sources.

Even as India takes on New Zealand in the 3 matches T20I series from November 17, their Test specialists will undergo a four-day camp at the Mumbai Cricket Association’s ground in Bandra-Kurla Complex (BKC) from Monday, ahead of the two-Test series against the Kiwis.

Ajinkya Rahane. (Photo Source: Getty Images)
Ajinkya Rahane. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Ajinkya Rahane Among Test Specialists To Train At BKC Ahead Of 2 Tes Series Vs NZ

Apart from Ajinkya Rahane, those who will train are openers Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill, middle-order batters Cheteshwar Pujara, wicketkeepers Wriddhiman Saha and KS Bharat, off-spinner Jayant Yadav, and pacers Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav and Prasidh Krishna.

Jayant Yadav
Jayant Yadav—Image Source: Twitter

Jayant Yadav, who returned to the team after 4 years, played his last Test against Australia in 2017 while newcomers Shreyas Iyer and Prasidh Krishna got a place in the Indian Test team.  Jayant Yadav made his Test debut against England in Vizag in 2016. So far he has taken 11 wickets in 4 Tests. He picked 9 wickets in 3 Tests against England and 2 scalps in a solitary Test against Australia way back in 2017.

Prasidh Krishna, Shreyas Iyer, And KS Bharat Are Uncapped In Tests

Prasidh Krishna, who was included in India’s main squad ahead of their 4th Test against England at the Oval in September but was not part of the playing eleven, also finds a place in the team. The first Test will kick off in Kanpur on November 25.

Shreyas Iyer. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Shreyas Iyer. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Shreyas Iyer has received a maiden Test callup and KS Bharat has been included as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced a 16-man squad for the upcoming two-Test series against New Zealand. Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Rishabh Pant have all been rested for the two-Test series while Virat Kohli will return as captain in the second Test.

Hanuma Vihari has been overlooked for the Test series, and Shreyas Iyer was drafted into the Test squad. Shreyas Iyer has not played a single Test match for the Indian side. Middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer has been reportedly brought into the Indian squad for the New Zealand Test series as a possible backup for out-of-form players, Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara.

Hanuma Vihari, the supposed backup option in the middle-order, was left out of the Indian squad but was named in India ‘A’ team for the South Africa tour.

“The BCCI asked us to organize this camp at a very short notice. However, we’re very happy to organize it,” a source in Mumbai Cricket Association told TOI on Saturday.

The wicket at BKC has been prepared by veteran curator Nadim Memon.

India’s Test Team:- Ajinkya Rahane (c), KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara (VC), Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), KS Bharat (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Siraj, Prasidh Krishna. ** Virat Kohli (2nd Test only).

File image of former India captain Sunil Gavaskar | AFP
File image of former India captain Sunil Gavaskar | AFP
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Sunil Gavaskar Not Surprised By Hanuma Vihari’s Axe From Indian Squad For NZ Tests

Sunil Gavaskar was not surprised by Hanuma Vihari’s exclusion from India’s squad for the home Test series against New Zealand unlike most in the cricket fraternity. The former captain turned commentator argued on Saturday that since Hanuma Vihari didn’t feature in IPL 2021, he remained “out of sight and out of mind” of the national selectors.

Hanuma Vihari heroically helped India draw the Sydney Test in his last international appearance. He was the designated backup batter in the last couple of Test series, though didn’t get any game time.

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

Sunil Gavaskar Wasn’t Surprised With Hanuma Vihari’s Axe As He Hasn’t Played Much In The Last 3-4 Months

His snub caused a public furor because it was coincident with the inclusion of players like Shreyas Iyer and Jayant Yadav, who are talented but haven’t played much red-ball cricket in years.

Weighing on the issue while speaking to Sports Today, Sunil Gavaskar said: “I really was not surprised to be honest because he hasn’t played any cricket in the interim. He hasn’t played in the IPL so hasn’t had any cricket under his belt in the last three or four months. On the other hand, the others who have been selected have had some cricket, not necessarily Test cricket, so maybe that’s the reason why they came into the picture.

“Also, a lot of times we have seen over the years that the performances in the IPL have invariably been the ones that nudge the selection committee so that seems to have happened. Hanuma Vihari hasn’t played a single IPL game so out of sight, out of mind, ” Sunil Gavaskar said.

Jayant Yadav
Jayant Yadav—Image Source: Twitter

Hanuma Vihari hasn’t played in the IPL since 2019 when he represented the Delhi Capitals in two games. He has featured in 24 IPL games overall, scoring 284 runs at an average of 14.20. The 28-year-old went unsold in the 2020 auction. To make matters more intriguing, hours after the uproar over Hanuma Vihari’s exclusion, the BCCI made him a late entrant of the India ‘A’ squad for a tour of South Africa.

Jayant Yadav, who returned to the team after 4 years, played his last Test against Australia in 2017 while newcomers Shreyas Iyer and Prasidh Krishna got a place in the Indian Test team.  Jayant Yadav made his Test debut against England in Vizag in 2016. So far he has taken 11 wickets in 4 Tests. He picked 9 wickets in 3 Tests against England and 2 scalps in a solitary Test against Australia way back in 2017.

The India ‘A’ team, which also includes the likes of Prithvi Shaw and Rahul Chahar, will compete with South Africa ‘A’ in three four-day matches from November 23 to December 9 in Bloemfontein.

Sunil Gavaskar: India A Callup A Big Advantage For Hanuma Vihari

Sunil Gavaskar called the India ‘A’ callup a “big advantage” for Hanuma Vihari, saying scoring runs in South African conditions would keep the Andhra batter ready for an international comeback when India plays the Proteas in a Test series in December. Hanuma Vihari has scored 624 runs in 12 Tests averaging 32.84.

Sunil Gavaskar said: “I think if he’s playing and scoring in the ‘A’ team, that’s very good. He’ll be playing in the same conditions, will get some match practice under his belt. He’ll get a feel of the conditions, the pitch conditions, and everything. And therefore he’ll be absolutely ready in case he’s called for the Test team. So that’s a big advantage for him going to South Africa with the ‘A’ team.”

Hanuma Vihari
Hanuma Vihari– AP Photo

The India-New Zealand Tests will commence on November 25 and the South African tour will begin on December 17.

India’s squad for NZ Tests:

Ajinkya Rahane (captain for 1st Test), KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara (vice-captain), Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), KS Bharat (wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Siraj, Prasidh Krishna

** Virat Kohli (captain for 2nd Test, won’t play 1st Test)

 

India ‘A’ squad for South Africa tour:

Priyank Panchal (Captain), Prithvi Shaw, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Devdutt Padikkal, Sarfaraz Khan, Baba Aparajith, Upendra Yadav (wicket-keeper), K Gowtham, Rahul Chahar, Saurabh Kumar, Navdeep Saini, Umran Malik, Ishan Porel, Arzan Nagwaswalla, Hanuma Vihari

Ajinkya Rahane. (Photo Source: Getty Images)
Ajinkya Rahane. (Photo Source: Getty Images)
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Ajinkya Rahane To Lead India For The 1st Test Against New Zealand As BCCI Announced Squad For 2 Tests

Ajinkya Rahane will lead Team India for the first Test against New Zealand, while Virat Kohli has been rested for the opening Test. Rohit Sharma has been rested for the two-match Test series.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India on Friday (November 12) announced the Indian squad for the upcoming two-match Test series against New Zealand.

Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)
Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

Ajinkya Rahane Will Lead India In The 1st Test While Virat Kohli Will Lead The Team In The 2nd Test

Opener Rohit Sharma has been rested for the Test series while regular skipper Virat Kohli will join the squad from the second Test. Ajinkya Rahane will lead the squad in the first Test while Cheteshwar Pujara has been named the vice-captain.

“Virat Kohli will join the squad for the 2nd Test and will lead the team,” BCCI said in a statement.

Virat Kohli with Ajinkya Rahane Image Source: GETTY IMAGE
Virat Kohli with Ajinkya Rahane Image Source: GETTY IMAGE

India’s Test specialist Hanuma Vihari has been dropped from the squad, while Shreyas Iyer has been named in the 16-man squad. Mohammad Shami, and Jasprit Bumrah – who have been spearheading India’s pace attack, have also been rested for the two Tests along with Rishabh Pant. In contrast, KS Bharat has been named in the squad as a backup wicketkeeper to Wriddhiman Saha.

Shreyas Iyer, Prasidh Krishna, And Jayant Yadav Make Comeback To The Test Squad

In Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma’s absence, Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, KL Rahul, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, and Shreyas Iyer will form India’s top-order in whites. Veteran Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, and youngster Prasidh Krishna are the pacers named in the squad. At the same time, Ravindra Jadeja, R Ashwin, Axar Patel, and Jayant Yadav are the four spinners.

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer – Getty Images

Spin bowling all-rounder Washington Sundar, who played in India’s home series against England earlier this year, has also been excluded from the squad. However, Prasidh Krishna, who was included in India’s main squad ahead of their 4th Test against England at the Oval in September but was not part of the playing eleven, also finds a place in the team.

Middle-order batter Shreyas Iyer made a comeback in the Test squad along with off-spinner Jayant Yadav. India and New Zealand will play two Tests against each other in the upcoming series that kicks off on November 17 with three T20 Internationals. The two matches will be played at Kanpur and Mumbai, respectively, from November 25 and December 3.

Rohit Sharma was recently named India’s T20I skipper, and he will lead the team in the three-match T20I series, which will be his first full-time assignment as India’s T20I captain. However, keeping the players’ workload in mind, it was speculated that senior players will be rested for the Test series following a packed schedule in the last six months.

India’s squad for NZ Tests:

Ajinkya Rahane (captain for 1st Test), KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara (vice-captain), Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Wriddhiman Saha (wicket-keeper), KS Bharat (wicket-keeper), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, Mohammad Siraj, Prasidh Krishna

** Virat Kohli (captain for 2nd Test, won’t play 1st Test)

Wasim Akram Image Credit: Supplied
Wasim Akram Image Credit: Supplied
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IPL Can’t Match Int’l Cricket Standards As Full Strength India Last Played T20Is In March: Wasim Akram

Wasim Akram believes India’s negligence towards playing limited-overs international cricket seems to be the reason behind their poor show in the ongoing 2021 T20I World Cup. The legendary former pacer, who holds the record for most ODI wickets, pointed out an interesting fact that prior to the T20 World Cup, the last big international limited-overs series the senior players played was back in March against England.

Although the players took part in the Indian Premier League recently, no amount of league cricket can match international cricket standards, let alone in the World Cup, highlighted Wasim Akram.

Wasim Akram. (Photo: Twitter/ @shoaib100mph)
Wasim Akram. (Photo: Twitter/ @shoaib100mph)

Wasim Akram: India Thinks Playing The IPL Is Enough

Like many cricket stars, former Pakistan captain Wasim Akram is also not amused with India’s poor show in the T20 World Cup 2021.

“India last played a limited-overs series with all the senior players in March. Now, we are in November. So that shows they are not taking those international series seriously. They think playing the IPL is enough.

“You play as much league cricket in the world that you want. While playing league cricket, you will find one or two good bowlers in the opposition. In international cricket, you will face all five good bowlers,” Akram said on A Sports following India’s defeat to New Zealand.

India vs England
India vs England- Image Credit: Twitter

Wasim Akram makes a valid point. India did play three ODIs and three T20Is in Sri Lanka around July end, but it was a squad filled with youngsters, mostly comprising of youngsters who did well in IPL since the senior players, mostly Test specialists, were participating in the Test series in England.

While the squad which won the limited-overs-ODI, T20Is series at home in March 2021 against England, saw the likes of Prasidh Krishna, Krunal Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, and Ishan Kishan debut, the series against Sri Lanka saw Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devdutt Padikkal, Nitish Rana, Krishnappa Gowtham and Chetan Sakariya playing for the first time for Men in Blue.

Wasim Akram: Biggest Mess Up Was Downgrading Rohit Sharma Who Has 4 T20I Tons As Opener To No. 3 In Do Or Die Game

Weighing in further on Sunday’s match, in which India lost to New Zealand by eight wickets to keep their semi-final chances hanging by a thread, Wasim Akram reckons to lose the toss deflated India in the first place, which further worsened when the management decided to push Rohit Sharma at No. 3.

“It wasn’t a great game. It was a one-sided game. India committed a lot of mistakes. When they lost the toss, I feel they were pushed back a little psychologically. The biggest mess-up was downgraded Rohit Sharma to 3 in a crucial, do-or-die game. The guy has got four centuries in T20Is as opener. They could have made Ishan Kishan bat at 3 too. This was the start when the panic button was pressed,” Wasim Akram pointed out.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma | AFP

The Indian batsmen Ishan Kishan (4 off 8 balls), Rohit Sharma (14 off 14 balls), KL Rahul (18 off 16), Virat Kohli (9 off 17), Rishabh Pant (12 off 19) failed when it mattered most. Ishan Kishan opened the batting along with KL Rahul while Rohit Sharma dropped to No. 3, but even that move didn’t work. Ishan Kishan scored just 4 runs from 8 balls, while Rohit Sharma made 14 from as many balls in India’s below-par total of 110 for 7 in 20 overs.

Ishan Kishan, KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, and Virat Kohli all perished cheaply against New Zealand as India lost their first four wickets with only 48 on the board within 10 overs. As a result, India ended up posting 110 for 7 in stipulated 20 overs, in which they didn’t effectively score runs in nine of those overs (54 dot balls). Worse, they were just able to hit a single boundary between overs 8 and 15 when two Kiwi spinners-Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner, were in operation.
Head coach Brendon McCullum says KKR will make couple of changes in Mumbai (Image Courtesy: KKR Twitter)
Head coach Brendon McCullum with skipper Eoin Morgan (Image Courtesy: KKR Twitter)
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Brendon McCullum Admits His Style Of Coaching Or Leadership For KKR During IPL 2021 Was Perhaps “Wild”

Brendon McCullum, Kolkata Knight Riders head coach, has said that his coaching style during the IPL this year, initially in India and later in UAE, was “a little wild”.

After struggling in the first leg of the tournament in India, KKR made a remarkable turnaround when the event was moved to the UAE, reaching the finals to play eventual champions Chennai Super Kings, where they lost.

Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders (Image Credit: Twitter)

Brendon McCullum’s Style Of Coaching Or Leadership Was Perhaps Wild

KKR ended the season as runners-up, which was impressive, because they had won just two of their seven games in the India leg of the tournament. Eventually, CSK was the better team on the day as KKR fell short of their third IPL title.
Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum BCCI

Brendon McCullum played in the IPL as a player from 2008 to 2018. Brendon McCullum featured in 109 matches in the IPL and amassed 2881 runs with a strike rate of 131.61. In the opening season, Brendon McCullum’s 158 not out for the Kolkata Knight Riders is still engraved in every IPL fan.

“My style of leadership or coaching was perhaps a little wild,” Brendon McCullum said.

Shubman Gill amassed 478 runs in 17 games, while Nitish Rana amassed 383 runs and Rahul Tripathi managed 397 runs, while the likes of Eoin Morgan (133 runs) and Dinesh Karthik (223 runs) failed to deliver with the bat. Pacer Lockie Ferguson picked 13 scalps, spinners Sunil Narine picked 16, and Varun Chakravarthy picked 18 scalps- the highest by a KKR bowler. Indian pacers Shivam Mavi and Prasidh Krishna were also among the wickets.

Brendon McCullum: KKR Rocked In The Second Half Of IPL 2021

The former New Zealand captain, though, was pleased to see the comeback KKR made in the league.

“It takes a little while to really dig down and thankfully we were able to do it in the second half of the tournament and we got a bit more intent into batting and then we were able to play a bit more of an aggressive form of cricket. Thankfully it translated to results and we got on a bit of a roll.”

Venkatesh Iyer scored his maiden IPL fifty in the game vs MI.© Instagram
Venkatesh Iyer scored his maiden IPL fifty in the game vs MI.© Instagram

KKR had just two wins out of seven matches at the end of the first leg and was placed seventh. But, in the second half of the tournament in the UAE, they won five out of their remaining league matches to make the playoffs, and then, the finals.

“We rocked in the second half of the tournament, we were kind of dead and buried (after starting with two wins and five losses). We were under a fair amount of pressure with two wins from seven games and seventh on the table out of eight. The expectations on us were pretty low,” said McCullum, who won the IPL 2012 title with KKR as a player.
Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) head coach Brendon McCullum was full of praise for the impact that opener Venkatesh Iyer and the rest of the Indian top-order batsmen (Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, and Nitish Rana) had in the second half of the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL).
In opening the innings with Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer scored 370 runs in 10 innings and even put in handy shifts with the ball, taking three wickets in the season. In just 10 IPL 2021 games, all at UAE, the opener Venkatesh Iyer has 370 runs beside his name, averaging 41.11 with as many as 4 fifties. It was his debut IPL season, where he also picked 3 scalps averaging 23 with the ball.
Gautam Gambhir. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
Gautam Gambhir. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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My Heart Says KKR Should Win But At The Same Time, I Want A New Winner: Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir has revealed that he wants either the Delhi Capitals (DC) or the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to lift the IPL 2021 trophy. The former KKR captain led his franchise to their two IPL wins in 2012 and 2014.

The former opener’s remarks came during an interaction during ESPNcricinfo’s show ‘Runorder’.

Gautam Gambhir AFP
Gautam Gambhir AFP

Gautam Gambhir Wants KKR To Win, But Heart Wants A New Winner

Gautam Gambhir, who led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to their two IPL titles in 2012 and 2014, started by saying that his heart still lies with his former team. However, he added that a new winner like Delhi Capitals or Royal Challengers Bangalore would be better for the competition.

Delhi Capitals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
Delhi Capitals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore File Photo

Gautam Gambhir said: “I want KKR to win. My heart says KKR should win but at the same time, I want a new winner. So the new winner has to be either Delhi or RCB. I want a new winner and it’s good for the league, the competition and it’s good for everyone.”

Among the four teams that have reached the playoffs this year, only the Chennai Super Kings (thrice) and KKR (twice) have won an IPL title before. DC made their best-ever finish by reaching the finals in IPL 2020, and RCB has been runners-up thrice without clinching the trophy. RCB has played three finals in the IPL but lost all of them (in 2009 to the Deccan Chargers, 2011 to the Chennai Super Kings, and 2016 to Sunrisers Hyderabad).

Gautam Gambhir: KKR’s Bowling Lineup Can Defend 150-160 At Sharjah

When asked whether KKR has it in them to go all the way this season, Gautam Gambhir replied in the affirmative. He explained that playing in Sharjah for the Eliminator and possibly also the second Qualifier gives KKR an advantage as it will suit their spinners and batting lineup.

Gautam Gambhir concluded by saying: “Yes, because they are playing in Sharjah. They’ll play their first [playoffs game] at Sharjah and if they end up beating RCB, they’ll play their next game in Sharjah as well and that’d probably suit their attack. They have got Shakib, Narine and Varun Chakravarthy and they have got their Indian batting that suits that surface. If they can probably get to 150-160, they’ve got the bowling lineup with Lockie Ferguson who’s got pace to defend that total.”

Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders. Image Credits: Twitter

KKR will clash with RCB in the Eliminator on Monday. If the Eoin Morgan-led team wins, they will then meet the loser of the first Qualifier between CSK and DC on Wednesday.

Full of youngsters and potential throughout their ranks, the franchise went into the 2021 mini-auction with a specific plan – adding experience to the squad. Their new acquisitions in the likes of Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib Al-Hasan and youngster Venkatesh Iyer did well when their chance finally came in IPL 2021 UAE leg.

Their persistence with the Caribbean duo of Andre Russell and Sunil Narine over the years has borne fruits for the franchise as the two have been at the end of numerous match-winning performances for the purple brigade. Kiwi speedster Lockie Ferguson continued to terrorize opposition batters with his ruthless pace and menace. At the same time, all-rounder Shakib Al-Hasan is capable of winning matches both with the bat and the ball.

Moreover, the Knight Riders have a young fast-bowling contingent, with the likes of Prasidh Krishna, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, and Sandeep Warrier all in the mix and vying to play suiting KKR’s bowling combination.

Ravindra Jadeja, CSK
Ravindra Jadeja. Image Credits: Twitter
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Ravindra Jadeja Is Outstanding And Offers Everything With His All-round Skills: Michael Vaughan

Michael Vaughan stated that Ravindra Jadeja is a cricketer who is outstanding and is adept at everything. Former England skipper Michael Vaughan has lavished praises on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.

Michael Vaughan hailed Ravindra Jadeja as “the perfect T20 cricketer” due to the all-rounder’s ability to make a difference with the ball, ball, and in the field.

Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja (Image Credit: Twitter)

Michael Vaughan: Ravindra Jadeja Offers One Everything

Michael Vaughan added that if someone wants a perfect batsman, he would go for the power of West Indies opener Chris Gayle and the finesse of Indian skipper  Virat Kohli, and said that if someone wants to build a complete cricketer, then he will go for Indian spin all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.

Ravindra Jadeja has had a terrific time with both bat and ball in the ongoing IPL so far. With the bat, he has amassed 212 runs in 13 games with the career-best average of 70.66 and a strike rate of 152.51. With the ball too, he has had an impressive season as he has picked 10 wickets with an average of 27.70 and an economy rate of 6.75.

Michael Vaughan (Image Credit: Twitter)
Michael Vaughan (Image Credit: Twitter)

“He [Ravindra Jadeja] is outstanding, he’s just got everything. If you are building a T20 cricketer, if you are building a batter, you go for Chris Gayle’s power or Virat Kohli’s finesse. But if you are looking to build a cricketer from scratch, you’ll almost start with Ravindra Jadeja because he offers you everything,” said Michael Vaughan in a chat.

Ravindra Jadeja single-handedly took the game away from a confident Kolkata Knight Riders in their Indian Premier League encounter at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium as he scored 22 runs off the penultimate 19th over as Prasidh Krishna looked on haplessly.

With 24 required from ten balls, Ravindra Jadeja smashed Prasidh Krishna for 20 runs in four balls.  All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja played catalytic innings of 22 runs in 8 balls towards the end, before falling prey to Sunil Narine, on the fifth ball of the final over.

Ravindra Jadeja The Perfect T20 Cricketer: Michael Vaughan

Michael Vaughan also said that Ravindra Jadeja is an unbelievable fielder, and is also a superb left-arm spinner as well. The 46-year-old commentator Michael Vaughan added that Ravindra Jadeja can play the role of an anchor with the bat if his side loses early wickets, and at the same time he can smash the bowling from the very first ball he faces as well. Michael Vaughan concluded by terming him as a perfect T20 cricketer.

”He is an unbelievable fielder, he can bowl brilliant left-arm spin, if there is an element of turn in the surface, he is as good as any. Obviously, with the bat, he can play the anchor role if you lose early wickets, he can also come in with 15 balls to go and pretty much go on from ball one. He is the perfect T20 cricketer,” concluded Michael Vaughan.

Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja. (Photo Source: Twitter/IPL)

Ravindra Jadeja and the Chennai Super Kings will next be seen in action on the field on 7th October 2021, when they take on the Punjab Kings (PBKS) side at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. Ravindra Jadeja is a veteran of IPL cricket and has played a whopping 197 IPL matches. While he has scored 2371 runs with the willow, he has also taken 124 wickets with his left-arm spin as well.

Yuvraj Singh celebrates after guiding India to victory against Australia in the quarter-finals of the 2011 ODI World Cup | AFP / Manan Vatsyayana
Yuvraj Singh celebrates after guiding India to victory against Australia in the quarter-finals of the 2011 ODI World Cup | AFP / Manan Vatsyayana
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There’s A Lot Of Yuvraj Singh’s Flair In Venkatesh Iyer’s Batting After His Impressive Knocks In IPL 2021 vs RCB, MI: Parthiv Patel

Parthiv Patel lavished praise on Kolkata Knight Riders’ youngster Venkatesh Iyer after the latter’s impressive showing with the willow in the UAE leg of IPL 2021.

Kolkata Knight Riders opening batsman Venkatesh Iyer grabbed eyeballs with his fine knocks against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians in the ongoing UAE leg of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.

There's A Lot Of Yuvraj Singh's Flair In Venkatesh Iyer's Batting After His Impressive Knocks In IPL 2021 vs RCB, MI: Parthiv Patel 1
Venkatesh Iyer has impressed for KKR in the UAE leg of the IPL 2021 so far.© BCCI/IPL

Parthiv Patel: There’s A Lot Of Yuvraj Singh In Venkatesh Iyer’s Batting

Venkatesh Iyer remained unbeaten on 41 against RCB in a 9 wicket win and brought up his maiden IPL half-century against defending champions Mumbai Indians in the next game. Impressed with the left-hander’s batting prowess, former India wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel said Venkatesh Iyer’s flair reminds him of Yuvraj Singh.

“There is a lot of Yuvraj Singh in his (Venkatesh Iyer) batting. He has a bit of flow into him. I mean, sure, you don’t compare him to Yuvraj Singh but here you talk about the bat flow, the shots, the drive… standing upright. The backfoot drive which he played I thought was the shot of the day,” Parthiv Patel said on the pre-match show for the official broadcasters Star Sports.

Parthiv Patel, whose father had passed away on 26th September played 25 Tests, 38 One Day Internationals (ODIs), and 2 T20Is for Team India. Parthiv Patel has scored 934 runs in Tests while he has 736 runs to his name in ODIs. In T20Is, he scored 36 runs. After retiring from cricket, Parthiv Patel is currently playing the role of a commentator. He is currently doing commentary in IPL 2021.

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

On Sunday, Venkatesh Iyer scored 18 runs against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) as KKR suffered their first defeat in the UAE leg of IPL 2021. Venkatesh Iyer’s contribution at the top of the order has given the likes of skipper Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik to come in and play big shots from the word go. Despite going down against CSK in a last-ball thriller on Sunday, KKR are still placed fourth on the IPL 2021 points table.

KKR Named Tim Southee In Place Of Injured Andre Russell And Sandeep Warrier In Place Of Expensive Prasidh Krishna Against Delhi Capitals

The Kolkata-based franchise will be up against Rishabh Pant’s Delhi Capitals in Sharjah on Tuesday. While KKR will look to get back to winning ways, Delhi Capitals will be aiming to continue their unbeaten run in the UAE.

Tim Southee is the third-highest wicket-taker in T20I cricket, with 99 strikes in 83 games Associated Press
Tim Southee is the third-highest wicket-taker in T20I cricket, with 99 strikes in 83 games Associated Press

Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to bowl first in their Indian Premier League match against Delhi Capitals. KKR made a couple of changes from the previous game with injured all-rounder Andre Russell and out-of-form pacer Prasidh Krishna making way for Kiwi quick Tim Southee and fast bowler Sandeep Warrier. For the Delhi Capitals, the injured Prithvi Shaw made way for Australian Steve Smith in the playing XI.

In 40 IPL games, Tim Southee has picked 28 wickets at an economy rate of 8.47. He came as a replacement player for Pat Cummins who picked 9 scalps in 7 games averaging 26.33 besides scoring 93 runs averaging 31 in the first half of IPL 2021 in India.

Playing XI – Delhi Capitals

Shikhar Dhawan, Steven Smith, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c/wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan

Playing XI – Kolkata Knight Riders

Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Varun Chakaravarthy, Sandeep Warrier

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