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ICC World Test Championship Final: India’s Best Predicted Playing XI

The inaugural edition of the ICC World Test Championship final is set to be held in a few week’s time from now between India and New Zealand at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. The Indian squad that will be on the flight to England was announced yesterday and as always, there has been a lot of questions on certain performers who have been left out from the squad.

However, the selectors have also noted the performances in the last test series against England and have picked accordingly. Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, and Hanuma Vihari have all returned from injuries while Kuldeep Yadav has been left out of the squad after a poor show in the previous series. Here is India’s best-predicted playing XI for the ICC World Test Championship final.

Rohit Sharma:

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Rohit Sharma[photo: Twitter]
Rohit Sharma will be the first choice opener for the world test championship final against New Zealand and he has proved to be a great choice at the top of the order for India in any format. After promoting up the order in tests, Rohit has scored the most number of runs as a Test opener in the world test championship so far with 1030 runs in 11 Tests at an average of 64.37. He is going to be a vital player for India in the final.

Mayank Agarwal:

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Mayank Agarwal[photo: Twitter]
Shubman Gill got the nod ahead of Mayank Agarwal for the England tests, and he failed to live up to the expectations after the Australian test series. Agarwal has done really well for India at the top of the order and he has shown good form recently in the IPL too. He has scored 857 runs in 12 Tests for India in the World test championship and after Gill’s poor show in the IPL, India should prefer Agarwal with the form.

Cheteshwar Pujara:

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Cheteshwar Pujara[photo: Twitter]
Cheteshwar Pujara is going to be the number three for India and he has cemented his place in the XIs after some heroic performances. He has been contributing immensely to India’s test success despite not getting those big centuries and he has scored nine fifties in the World Test championship. He has got the goods to deliver and he will have the responsibility of holding up the middle order in control.

Virat Kohli (C):

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Virat Kohli[photo: Twitter]
The Indian skipper Virat Kohli is going to be the key player in the world test championship final and despite his century drought in the last two years, he has been getting those important fifties at crunch times and this will be the best time for him to show why he is the best batsmen in the modern era. He played really well in the England conditions in the 2018 series and will be looking to take a leaf out of the book.

Ajinkya Rahane(VC):

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Ajinkya Rahane[photo: Twitter]
Ajinkya Rahane has been the top scorer for India in the world test championship with 1095 runs from 17 tests with three centuries. The vice-captain of the Indian test team is the man for a crisis and he has one of the best techniques in the squad. He has been inconsistent over the last few years but still has managed to create impacts at the right time when the team needs and he provides a lot of value with his captaincy too.

Rishabh Pant(WK):

Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: BCCI)
Rishabh Pant. (Photo Source: BCCI)

Rishabh Pant’s growth in the last six months has been a major plus for India in all the formats. Pant has improved both as a batsman and as a keeper which always gives the advantage for the skipper to play the extra bowler. He is the first-choice keeper now and has been in really good form in all the formats. He has been taking far more calculated risks and it is paying off for him certainly. He is a very much capable batsman at six and can be very destructive too.

Ravindra Jadeja:

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Ravindra Jadeja[photo: Twitter]
Ravindra Jadeja should get the nod for the final as he has performing brilliantly for India in all the formats and has been scoring prolifically in tests too. He has scored 469 runs at an average of 58.62 in the world test championship in 10 tests and has scored five fifties coming down the order. With Hardik Pandya not in the mix for tests, Jadeja should be the first-choice all-rounder for India with his left-arm spin.

Ravichandran Ashwin:

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Ravichandran Ashwin (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Ravichandran Ashwin has been batting and bowling really well for India in tests and he has taken a lot of wickets recently in the previous series against England. Ashwin has taken 67 wickets in 13 Tests at an average of 20.88 with four five-wicket hauls in the world test championship and he should start in the playing XI for India. Ashwin is more than a very handy all-rounder at eight and he recently popped up his fifth century in tests against England.

Ishant Sharma:

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Ishant Sharma (Photo by Dibyangshu SARKAR / AFP)

Ishant Sharma has grown to be a very good fast bowler for India and with lots of experience under his belt, he will be leading the pace attack for India. He takes the new ball usually and bowls consistent lengths and lines making it tough for the batsman to score. He uses his height as a strong advantage and has already taken 36 wickets in 11 tests for India in the world test championship with an excellent average of 17.36.

Mohammed Shami:

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Mohammed Shami (SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images)

Mohammed Shami has one of the best seam positions among the fast bowlers in the world and he relishes bowling in second innings which his numbers suggest. He has been an important member of the Indian bowling attack and does can generate a good pace at times. He is one of the best exponents of reverse swing bowling and has taken 36 wickets in 10 tests for India in the world test championship at an average of 19.77.

Jasprit Bumrah:

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Jasprit Bumrah[photo: Twitter]
Jasprit Bumrah has been the go-to bowler for the skipper Virat Kohli in all the formats and he has been bowling brilliantly in the test format too. He has taken 34 wickets in 9 tests in the world test championship and he can rip through any batting order when he gets his rhythm going. He will be a key factor for India if they have to win the world test championship.

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Rashid Khan. Image Credits: IPL
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IPL 2020: Rashid Khan Is Far Ahead Of The Rest Of The Spinners In The Last Few Years Of The IPL- Aakash Chopra

Former Indian cricketer and Commentator Aakash Chopra has stated that Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan is way ahead of the rest of the spinners in the last few years in the IPL. Rashid Khan has been part of the IPL for 3 seasons now with the Sunrisers Hyderabad and has been performing exceptionally well. The 21-year-old has 55 scalps to his name at an outstanding economy rate of 6.55.

Rashid Khan will be once again seen in the IPL playing for SRH this season. The Indian Premier League will be played in the UAE this season, where pitches are slow and dry, favouring the spinners.

Rashid Khan, Rishabh Pant is tough to bowl
Rashid Khan. Image Credit; Getty Images.

Aakash Chopra names the best spinners in IPL

Former Indian opener Aakash Chopra was asked on Facebook who does he pick as the best spin bowler in the IPL. He named R Ashwin because he is still doing great in the IPL. The others spinners he named were Harbhajan Singh, Amit Mishra, Sunil Narine, and Rashid Khan. In the last five years, he feels the absolute best was Rashid Khan, who he tells is far ahead of anyone else.

“It is a very difficult question because whom should I choose, Harbhajan Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin, Rashid Khan, Amit Mishra or Piyush Chawla. I am split to be honest.  I find Ashwin very good because he is still going strong and has been for a long time. The other spinners who have done well for a number of years are Amit Mishra and Harbhajan Singh.” said Chopra.

Aakash Chopra, Fab Four, Steven Smith, Joe Root
Aakash Chopra. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

“Harbhajan Singh, Ravichandran Ashwin and Amit Mishra will be my three choices but if you talk about the last five years, then Rashid Khan is the best because he has gone far ahead. Sunil Narine has also been very good although he has not been that effective for the last couple of years.”

Aakash Chopra names Rashid Khan as the best spinner in IPL’s last five years

Chopra ranked up the best spinners in IPL. The number three spot was given to DC’s Amit Mishra. At runners-up were Ashwin and Harbhajan. The number one spot was acquired by SRH’s Rashid Khan.

“So there are a lot of options but over twelve years of the IPL, I will say Ashwin, Harbhajan Singh and Amit Mishra. Mishra will be third in the list and there will be a toss-up between Harbhajan and Ashwin.”

Rashid Khan
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“But if you talk about the last three to five years, Rashid Khan has been absolutely the best.”

Amit Mishra with 157 wickets, is the second-highest wicket-taker in the IPL  and highest among spin bowlers in the history of the IPL. He is followed by Harbhajan Singh, who has 150 wickets and R Ashwin, who has 125 scalps to his name.

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Shreyas Iyer. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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IPL 2020: Ashwin And Rahane Will Add a Lot Of Depth To The Squad- Shreyas Iyer

Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer recently stated that he is happy with the inclusion of veterans Ravichandran Ashwin and Ajinkya Rahane to the team. He believes they will add depth to the squad and will help them in rotating the playing 11 according to the opposition and conditions.

Rahane was transferred to Delhi Capitals (DC) from Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Ashwin was brought from Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). The IPL 2020 will be played between September 19 and November 10. The venue this time is UAE and matches will be played in Dubai, Abu Dhabi and Sharjah respectively.

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Ajinkya Rahane and Ravichandran Ashwin (Image Credit: Google)

Ashwin and Rahane will add depth to the squad: Shreyas Iyer

The 25 years old Delhi Capitals skipper who is also the youngest captain in the IPL this season says he will rely on Ashwin and Rahane for advice on the field which would be beneficial for the team with the experience they possess. Rahane has captained RR and Ashwin was the captain of KXIP.

“I think it adds tremendous depth to our side and gives Ricky and me the option to be flexible with the playing eleven, depending on where we are playing, who our opposition is and how we are placed in the tournament at a particular point.

Also, these are both individuals who are highly knowledgeable about the game and have captained IPL teams. So for me as a captain, (it is an opportunity) to use their experience and reach out to them whenever I want to share or discuss anything at all.” said Shreyas Iyer in a video tweeted by IPL’s official handle.

 

Blessed to work closely with Ricky Ponting in the IPL: Shreyas Iyer

Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting is the head coach of Delhi Capitals this season and captain Shreyas Iyer is excited on the opportunity to work with such a huge figure. He says Ponting makes you feel like at home and gives the freedom to play their own game.

“I feel very blessed to have the opportunity to work with a person of his stature so closely. He is such a legend and makes everyone from the senior-most player to the newest guy feel at home and a part of this team. As a captain, he gives you the freedom and that has helped me grow as a cricketer.”

Shreyas Iyer and Ricky Ponting
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The Delhi Capitals squad have reached UAE and on Saturday conducted their first training session after completing their mandatory six-day quarantine period. They are one of the three sides to have never won the IPL.

Ravichandran Ashwin, Jaydev Unadkat
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Ricky Ponting Wants To Talk To Ravichandran Ashwin Ahead Of IPL 2020 As Mankading Is Not Within Spirit Of Cricket

Ricky Ponting, coach of IPL franchise — Delhi Capitals believes Mankading is not within the spirit of the game — and said he will have a conversation with spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who will play for the Delhi-based franchise in the Indian Premier League (IPL 2020). R Ashwin was the captain of the Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) when he mankaded Jos Buttler. There on, he was highly criticized for his action.

Ravichandran Ashwin made headlines in IPL 2019 when he Mankaded by running Jos Buttler out at the non-striker’s end after the Rajasthan Royals batsman was found outside his crease even before Ashwin delivered the ball.

The former Kings XI Punjab’s Mankad act divided the sporting fraternity into two halves- some criticised Ashwin for his action terming it as illegal while quite a few backed the off-spinner, saying Mankading is within the rules and spirit of the game.

Ashwin and Buttler Mankad
R Ashwin and Jos Buttler Mankad

Ricky Ponting Will Not Let R Ashwin To Do Mankading For Delhi Capitals

Jos Buttler was also out similarly against Sri Lanka in 2014 when Sachithra Senanayake did the same. Mankading has happened only four times in Tests, five times in ODIs and only time in T20I and is named after Vinod Mankad.

R Ashwin played for Chennai Super Kings from 2008 to 2015, before short stints with Rising Pune Supergiants in 2016/17 and Kings XI Punjab in 2018/19 before being picked up by Delhi Capitals for 2020 IPL.

Ashwin defended his act of Mankading and said it’s within the rules of the game and he didn’t ‘know from where the understanding of the Spirit of the Game comes from’. Also, when asked by a fan if he would Mankad batsmen in IPL 2020, R Ashwin replied in the affirmative.

The six-foot-tall spinner all-rounder played 70 Tests,111 ODIs and 46 T20Is for India and has picked up 362,150 and 52 wickets respectively at decent averages.

Ricky Ponting For Delhi in IPL
Ricky Ponting For Delhi Capitals in IPL

Stressing that he believes R Ashwin will take his suggestion with open heart, Ricky Ponting said none of the Delhi Capitals bowlers will attempt Mankading during IPL 2020, which will be played from September 19 to November 10 in the Emirates. The tournament was slated for March 29 but was deferred to September 19 in UAE.

“I’ll be having a chat with him about [mankad], that’s the first thing I’ll do,” Ricky Ponting said while speaking on The Grade Cricketer Podcast.

“Obviously, he wasn’t in our squad last year, he’s one of our players that we tried to bring in this year. Look, he’s a terrific bowler, and he’s done a great job in the IPL for a long period of time now.

“But I must admit watching that last season, as soon as it happened and he did that, I actually sat our boys down and said ‘Look, I know he’s done it, there’ll be others around the tournament who’ll think about doing this well but that’s not going to be the way that we play our cricket. We won’t be doing that’.”

“So, that’s going to be a conversation and that’s going to be a hard conversation I will have to have with him, but I’m pretty sure he’ll take it on the chin.

“I think, even him, looking back now, probably he’d say it was within the rules and he’s right to do it, but this is not within the spirit of the game, not in the way I want, at least with the Delhi Capitals anywaym,” he maintained.

Delhi Capitals have some big names like Shreyas Iyer, Prithvi Shaw, Ajinkya Rahane, Amit Mishra of India and Kagiso Rabada, Jason Roy and Shimron Hetmyer as international stars in IPL 2020.

Ricky Ponting Mentions Penalizing Non-striker Better Option

Ricky Ponting also said there are better ways to stop batsmen from gaining an unfair advantage at the non-striker’s end than ‘having the ugly incident of a Mankad’.

“I think there’s ways that you can actually stop batsmen cheating like that,” he said.

“If the bowler was to stop, and the batsman was a foot out of his crease for instance, why don’t you just penalise him some runs or something? Then they won’t do it again.

Vinoo Mankad
Vinoo Mankad

“You’ve only got to do that once at the start of a tournament, and then all the players see it, and you can guarantee the players won’t be fudging any ground from then on.

“I chatted to some of the match referees about it during last year’s IPL as well. If the umpires make a stance and do something to warn the batsman that they might be cheating, then that’s better than having the ugly incident of a mankad,” he said.

Vinoo Mankad, who was known for his world record opening partnership of 413 runs with Pankaj Roy in 1956 was also infamously associated with Mankading which happened for the first time when he caused a major controversy in 1947/48 on India’s tour of Australia when he ran out Bill Brown in the second test.

Mankad while bowling broke the wicket at the non-striker’s end when Brown was out of crease backing striker.

Such an act although not a violation of the laws of cricket, some considers it unsporting and against the spirit of cricket.

However, Mankad warned Brown before dismissing him and likewise, Courtney Walsh also received praise for warning rather than dismissing Saleem Jaffer who was the non-striker during 1987 World Cup.

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Ravichandran Ashwin. Credits: BCCI
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Why Did You Stop Me From Bowling Leg-Spin?: Ashwin asks Murali, Gets Stunning Reply

Indian off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin revealed in a chat with Muttiah Muralitharan asking him why he stopped him from bowling leg-spin, during their time in CSK. The Indian and Sri Lankan off-spinners got in a chat and discussed their old times together in the colours of Chennai Super Kings in the IPL.

R. Ashwin was considered to be a T20 specialist when he first broke into Team India, but he’s currently only representing them in the Test format. He hasn’t played any limited-overs match for India since 2017.  The 48-year-old Muttiah Muralitharan is one of the greatest cricket players. He has taken 800 wickets in 230 innings with a best of 9 for 51 and has the record for the most test wickets.

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Ravichandran Ashwin. Image Credit: Getty Images.

For Variation, I Bowled Leg-Spin For A Few Days And They Selected Me: Muttiah Muralitharan

The Sri Lankan off-spinner told his story of breaking into the team by bowling leg-spin because the team already had two off-spinners.

 I bowled leg spin for a few years in my school days, the reason was Ruwan Kalpage, also a Sri Lanka cricketer, who was also an off-spinner. There was another Test spinner in our age-group, a left-arm spinner. With two spinners playing in our team, I didn’t get a place. So for variation, I bowled leg-spin for a few days and they selected me for a season. I have confidence in bowling leg-spin but not sure it would have come out well in Test cricket. Bowling leg spin and spinning the ball, bowling googlies is easy but landing the ball correctly is difficult. said Muttiah Muralitharan

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Muttiah Muralitharan. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Why Did You Stop Me From Bowling Leg-Spin? Asks R. Ashwin

R. Ashwin asked Muralitharan that why did he stop him from bowling leg-spin and the Sri Lankan had a fitting reply.

Ashwin asked ‘Why are you bowling leg spin? Bowl off-spin, you do that very well.’ Why did you say that to me?

“Me bowling leg spin was to get into the U-19 side. Now you are going to try and play for India and the selectors say then only want leg spinners,

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the onus is on experience. Only when you take wickets, you will get the confidence. It’s about proving yourself. Not just proving yourself by bowling leg spin. Instead, take more wickets by bowling off-spin that’s a challenge. Even I got dropped in my career.” answered Muralitharan

 

Sri Lankan spinner Muttiah Muralitharan is celebrated as the highest ODI wicket-taker with a total of 534 wickets and highest test wicket-taker with 800 wickets. 33-year-old R. Ashwin will feature with Delhi Capitals side in this IPL after he was released from KXIP side which he captained last year.

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Cricketers And Their Favourite Dishes

Cricketers And Their Favourite Dishes. We know some of our cricket heroes’ love for different cuisines. Their love for different types of food is well known to us. MS Dhoni hit the headlines not so long ago when he left a Hyderabad hotel as the hotel authority did not allow biriyani sent from the home of Ambati Rayudu.

Cricketers And Their Favourite Dishes

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Being vegetarian, Ashwin has very limited options if he is in the middle of a tour. That’s why he prefers just about anything vegetarian though nothing compares with a good dal roti. But his favourite dish is the paneer capsicum his mother makes at home.

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Yuzvendra Chahal Trolls R Ashwin, Challenges Him To A Match

R Ashwin and Yuzvendra Chahal are two of the most active cricketers on social media. While Ashwin is famous for trolling his critics with his witty replies, Chahal mostly trolls his fellow cricketers with his comments. On Friday, the India limited-overs leg-spinner trolled Ashwin and challenged him to a chess match.

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Ashwin, who took a rest from Ranji Trophy duties, shared a post on social media in which he wrote that playing chess against computer is too easy for him. Commenting on the post, Chahal challenged Ashwin to a match against him.

Chahal is a former India chess player and also represented the nation at World Youth Chess Championship. Though he later switched to cricket and has been a regular part of the team since 2017.

Incidentally, Chahal replaced Ashwin in the limited-overs team in 2017. Ashwin, along with Ravindra Jadeja, was rested for the tour of Sri Lanka when Chahal was called in. His performances impressed the team management and selectors and the leggie kept his place during the home season.

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He hasn’t been dropped from the ODI squad since then and made a comeback to the T20I squad after being dropped for two series.

Yuzvendra Chahal Trolls R Ashwin, Challenges Him To A Match 2

Ashwin remains to be a permanent member of the Test team and is unlikely to make a comeback in the limited-overs team. The national selection committee has tried out of Washington Sundar and Rahul Chahar and they might be called up to the ODI squad if any of the regular spinners is dropped due to form issues.

Meanwhile, Chahal will be back in action during the home series against Sr Lanka which starts on January 5. The leg-spinner is also a part of the ODI squad for the three games against Australia. He is expected to retain his place for the limited-overs series against New Zealand as well.

Following the limited-overs series, Ashwin, along with other Test specialists, will fly to New Zealand for two Test matches. After New Zealand’s Tests, Team India’s next red-ball assignment will come against Australia at the end of the year.

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Ravichandran Ashwin. Photo: BCCI
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‘Owners Felt I Didn’t Deliver, Which Is True’ – R Ashwin On Moving To Delhi Capitals From Kings XI Punjab

After Kings XI Punjab failed to make it to the playoffs for the second time in a row under R Ashwin, there were expectations that KXIP might release their skipper. Later, the reports suggested that instead of releasing, the franchise will trade him to Delhi Capitals. With Anil Kumble joining KXIP’s team management, the talks stopped but Ashwin decided to move on from KXIP and joined the Delhi-based team.

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In an interview with Mumbai Mirror, Ashwin said that owners felt he didn’t deliver, which is true. Under Ashwin, KXIP won 12 out of 28 matches that they played across two seasons. They were on the cusp of qualifying for the playoffs in IPL 2018 but their form slumped in the second half of the season and they finished at the seventh spot in the points table.

“My stint at Kings XI was fantastic to say the least. The experience enriched me in every possible way. I was given the role of captaincy, that was new boundaries I explored. Within my purview I thought I did a fair job, if not a very good job, but these decisions were not mine entirely. There are other factors, the owners did feel I haven’t delivered which is true. Because I could not take the team through to the play-offs in both the seasons,” he said.

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At Delhi, Ashwin will play under a young captain Shreyas Iyer. Apart from Ashwin, Delhi also roped in senior batsman Ajinkya Rahane, who, like Ashwin, led an IPL team – Rajasthan Royals – in previous two seasons.

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Before KXIP, Ashwin played for Chennai Super Kings for seven seasons. In 2016, he was roped in by Rising Pune Supergiant. Ashwin missed IPL 2017 due to sports hernia. CSK tried to buy Ashwin at the IPL 2018 auction but KXIP made a final bd of Rs 7.6 Crore.

KXIP haven’t named their captain but KL Rahul is the favourite to take over the leadership duty. Ahead of the auction, the franchise roped in Krishnappa Gowtham and Jagadeesha Suchith from Rajasthan Royals and Delhi Capitals, respectively.

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Ranji Trophy: Vijay Shankar To Lead Tamil Nadu; Hanuma Vihari Named Andhra Pradesh’s Captain

Out-of-favour India all-rounder Vijay Shankar will be leading Tamil Nadu in the upcoming Ranji Trophy season, TNCA announced on Monday. He will be assisted by man-in-form, Baba Aparajith. Shankar has taken over the captaincy from Baba Indrajith, who is out due to a shoulder injury. Indrajith hasn’t played a match this season due to shoulder issue.

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Under Shankar, Tamil Nadu had won Vijay Hazare Trophy in 2016/17. He has been part of India’s Test squad as well but is yet to make his debut in the longest format. Vijay was apart of the Indian team for World Cup as well but an injury has seen him losing his place.

Ravichandran Ashwin, semi-final

Tamil Nadu’s squad include India internationals Murali Vijay, Abhinav Mukund, Dinesh Karthik and R Ashwin. All the players will be available for the majority of the season. As per a report in Sportstar, team’s coach D Vasu wanted Ashwin as skipper but since he will leave for New Zealand for the Test series in February, Ashwin will miss the knockouts if Tamil Nadu make it to the next round.

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The two-time Ranji Trophy champions have done well in the season so far. Under Dinesh Karthik, they made it to the final of Vijay Hazare Trophy and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, losing to Karnataka in both the finals.

Tamil Nadu host Manish Pandey and co in their opening game in Dindigul from December 9.

Squad: Vijay Shankar (Captain), B Aparajith (vice-captain), M Vijay, Abhinav Mukund, K Dinesh Karthik, N Jagadeesan, R Ashwin, R Sai Kishore, T Natarajan, K Vignesh, Abhishek Tanwar, M Ashwin, M Siddharth, Shahrukh Khan, K Mukunth

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Ranji Trophy: Vijay Shankar To Lead Tamil Nadu; Hanuma Vihari Named Andhra Pradesh's Captain 3

Andhra Pradesh have named India Test player Hanuma Vhari as captain for the Ranji Trophy. KS Bharat, who was called for the pink-ball Test as a backup to Wriddhiman Saha, has been named Vihari’s deputy and will lead the team in the second round if Andhra Pradesh qualify.

Vihari, who scored a century in the West Indies, got to play just one Test against South Africa. He is expected to be in the playing XI in New Zealand as India do not play two spinners overseas.

Andhra Pradesh host defending champions Vidarbha in their first match from December 9.

Squad: Hanuman Vihari (Captain), KS Bharath (vice-captain), Ricky Bhui, DB Prasanth Kumar, C R Gnaneshwar, N Jyoti Sai Krishna, K Karan Shinde, B Sumanth, P Girinath Reddy, B Ayyappa, KV Sasikanth, Ch Stephen, P Vijay Kumar, Y Pruthvi Raj, G Manish & D Naren Reddy

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R Ashwin Pulls Off A Mushfiqur Rahim, Gets Trolled On Twitter

India’s Test specialist bowler R Ashwin was one of the top performers for Tamil Nadu in the final of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy but he failed to steer his team past Karnataka, who won the final by just one run. With 13 runs needed in the final over, both the teams had their chances. Ashwin started the things on a positive note by hitting sending first two balls to boundary ropes.

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However, TN managed three runs on the last four balls to lose the crunch tie. After fetching eight runs on the first balls, Ashwin was confident that TN will pull off a win and he also celebrated the boundary. Though it turned out to be a ‘Mushfiqur Rahim’ moment for him. Twitterati trolled the star player for celebrating even before winning the match –

https://twitter.com/FreakoCrick/status/1201198423073935360

https://twitter.com/nainani_vikas/status/1201202152250589185

During India vs Bangladesh T20 World Cup match in 2016, Mushfiqur famously celebrated after hitting Hardik Pandya for back to back fours. However, that tuned out to be a premature celebration as Pandya scalped two wickets in next two balls and MS Dhoni effected a run out on the final ball to lead India to a one-run victory.

Talking of the final of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Ashwin got the wickets of KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal in the first powerplay. Devdutt Padikkal’s resistance and Manish Pandey’s 60* off 45 saw Karanataka put a total of 180 on the board.

Tamil Nadu lost four wickets in first 10 overs and were 80/4 at halfway stage. Vijay Shankar and Baba Aparajith put up 71 runs for the fifth wicket to take Tamil Nadu close but Aparajith’s dismissal derailed the chase.
Still, TN had their chance in the final over after Ashwin’s twin boundaries but Krishnappa Gowtham ensured a comeback for his side.

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Defending champions Karnataka became the first team to retain the T20 trophy. They had kickstarted the domestic season with a title win in Vijay Hazare trophy there as well, where they got better off Dinesh Karthik-led Tamil Nadu.

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