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Rajkumar Sharma Warns India Not To Be Complacent Against Pakistan Who Can Spring A Surprise

Rajkumar Sharma, India skipper Virat Kohli’s childhood coach, on Saturday said that team India is a better team than Pakistan, but the men in blue shouldn’t take their neighbours lightly ahead of the high-voltage clash in ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.

The Sunday evening’s blockbuster match will see the Dubai International Stadium house one of the most historic and mouth-watering fixtures in cricketing history as team India lock horns with arch-nemesis Pakistan in the Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup.

Rajkumar Sharma with Virat Kohli(Getty Images)
Rajkumar Sharma with Virat Kohli(Getty Images)

Rajkumar Sharma Warns India Not To Be Complacent Or Over Confident Against Pakistan In T20I WC

Ahead of that, Rajkumar Sharma said India doesn’t need to be complacent or over-confident because Pakistan is a team that can surprise anyone.

“The match between India and Pakistan is always exciting, as there are many nerves included. India has always defeated Pakistan in World Cup and I hope the same result comes tomorrow,” Rajkumar Sharma said. 

India and Pakistan rarely play against each other but have a heated rivalry. (Photo by Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
India and Pakistan rarely play against each other but have a heated rivalry. (Photo by Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

“Even if you look team-wise, India is a lot better team if compared to Pakistan. But India doesn’t need to be complacent or over-confident because Pakistan is such a team that can surprise anyone.”

Pakistan has never beaten India at a World Cup but most recently, beat the Indian team in the final of the Champions Trophy in 2017. Both India (2007) and Pakistan (2009) are former champions in the World T20 and have played plenty of cricket in UAE thanks to IPL and PSL.

India-Pakistan faced each other last in the 2019 ODI World Cup round-robin stage, where the former won by 89 runs (DLS method). Their last T20 World Cup face-off resulted in India’s 6-wicket win over Men in Green in Kolkata in the 2016 edition.

Rajkumar Sharma Backs India’s Bowling To Come Good In The WC

Virat Kohli has scored 169 runs from three innings against arch-rivals. In all those three innings, he remained unbeaten. 78* off 61 balls (2012), 36* off 32 balls (2014), and 55* off 37 balls (2016) were his scores against Pakistan in the T20I World Cups. Virat Kohli has been India’s highest run-getter against Pakistan in T20Is. He has scored 254 runs from six innings at 84.66 with two fifty-plus scores and a strike rate of 118.6.

Talking about the form of Indian skipper, his childhood coach said: “Virat from the beginning has a habit of accepting such challenges as he enjoys it. Pakistan hasn’t even got him out in T20 World Cup. He will continue his form and will be more relaxed and determined. As he has left captaincy and will be eager to win World Cup for India.”

Indian pacer Mohammed Shami (Photo | PTI)
Indian pacer Mohammed Shami (Photo | PTI)

Rajkumar Sharma also backed India’s bowling ahead of the Super 12s stage.

He said: “When the proper combination will play, the pressure will come from both sides. The Indian bowling attack is looking very good to me and they will also do great in the upcoming tournament.”

Besides Mohammed Shami (3/40), fellow pacer Jasprit Bumrah (1/26) and spinner Rahul Chahar (1/43) were also among wickets at the ICC Academy Ground in Dubai against England, but the pace duo was rested against Australia. Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin bowled 2 overs and finished with figures of 2/8 during India’s T20 World Cup warm-up match against Australia. All four spinners played in the match against Australia.

While Rahul Chahar finished with 1/17 from his 3 overs, Ravindra Jadeja was taken for 35 runs in his 4 overs, and he picked up one wicket. Ravichandran Ashwin bowled 2 overs and finished with figures of 2/8, while Varun Chakravarthy was tried in the death overs, where he went for 23 runs in 2 overs.

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Virat Kohli[photo: Twitter]
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Virat Kohli’s Teenage Coach Suresh Batra Passes Away At 53

Suresh Batra, Virat Kohli’s coach in his teenage years, has died on Thursday when he was 53. The Delhi-based coach Batra, who was assistant coach to Rajkumar Sharma when current India captain Virat Kohli began training at the West Delhi Cricket Academy.

Virat Kohli began coaching under Rajkumar Sharma and Suresh Batra at the age of nine. The deceased had told in an interview that after coming to the West Delhi Cricket Academy, he was surprised to see a brilliant six coming out of Virat Kohli’s bat.

Suresh Batra, Virat Kohli's childhood coach, who shaped his career in early days, passed away at 53 in Delhi, assistant to Rajkumar Sharma. Photo Courtesy: Twitter of journalist Vijay Lokapally
Suresh Batra, Virat Kohli’s childhood coach, who shaped his career in the early days, passed away at 53 in Delhi, assistant to Rajkumar Sharma. Photo Courtesy: Vijay Lokapally

Suresh Batra Dies Aged 53

According to senior journalist Vijay Lokapally, Suresh Batra collapsed on Thursday morning after his daily prayers. The Delhi-based coach, who was assistant coach to Rajkumar Sharma when Virat Kohli initially began training at West Delhi Cricket Academy, passed away on Thursday 20th May at the age of 53.

According to Vijay Lokapally, he was doing fine, before he suddenly collapsed after his morning prayers.

Suresh Batra was instrumental along with Rajkumar Sharma in shaping up Virat Kohli’s career. The duo always taught the Indian skipper to work hard in achieving the goals. Over the years, the 31-year-old cricketer has often lauded the efforts of his coaches in helping him become one of the best players in the world.

Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Image Source: AP IMAGE

“Suresh Batra (striped t-shirt), who coached  @imVkohli when he was a teenager, passed away on Thursday. He had finished his daily morning puja and collapsed. He was 53,” Lokapally tweeted.

He further quoted Rajkumar Sharma, Kohli’s childhood coach, as saying, “I lost my younger brother. Knew him since 1985.”

Years before Virat Kohli nobody would have that he would become the batting superstar that he is today, it was Rajkumar Sharma and Suresh Batra, who helped him hone his talent when he started training under them aged nine.

Suresh Batra Also Trained Manjot Kalra

Besides Virat Kohli, several other notable Delhi cricketers including the 2018 Under-19 World Cup-winner Manjot Kalra, who also scored a century in the final against Australia, also trained under Suresh Batra.

Manjot Kalra
Manjot Kalra (Getty Images)

Many Indian cricketers lost their loved ones in the last few months. Indian women’s cricketer Veda Krishnamurthy’s sister and mother died due to COVID-19. While Priya Punia lost her mother while RP Singh and Piyush Chawla have lost their respective fathers due to the deadly Corona Virus. Earlier this week, pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s father passed away after a long battle with cancer.

Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Virat Kohli’s Childhood Coach Gives His View On Kohli’s Absence In Indian Team During Most Part Of Australia Test Series

While Indian captain Virat Kohli is set to miss the last three Tests in the Australia tour, his childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma recently gave his view on the possible impact in the Indian Test team in Kohli’s absence.

India will restart their international cricket with the three-match ODI series against the hosts Australia on this Friday (27th November), and then they will quickly play another three-match T20I series. Then India will play the much-awaited four-match Test series in this Australia tour, which will run from 17th December 2020 to 19th January 2021.

Virat Kohli will lead the Indian team in the entire limited-overs series against the hosts Australia. But after the opening match in the four-match Test series in Adelaide, which will be the first day/night pink-ball Test encounter between Australia and India, Kohli will return in India due to the birth of his first child.

Virat Kohli, childhood coach, Rajkumar Sharma
Virat Kohli (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Virat Kohli will come back after the first Test, and it will be a big setback for the team: Rajkumar Sharma

Like many other cricket experts, Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma also believes that Kohli’s return to India will be a big setback for his team.

Virat Kohli, childhood coach, Rajkumar Sharma
Rajkumar Sharma (Image Courtesy: ANI)

Sharma told ANI, “It’s a very important series and we know both teams are very competitive, this series is very crucial and the world is looking forward to it. After a long time, competitive cricket will be seen and I feel it will be a good series to watch. Kohli will come back after the first Test and it will be a big setback for the team.”

Praising Kohli’s cricket and captaincy attitude, Sharma believes that the Indian team will miss him in the remaining three Tests in the Australia tour which will give a slight advantage to the hosts in that series. However, Sharma is still hopeful on the Indian Test side as he believes that the country has enough talented players.

Virat Kohli, childhood coach, Rajkumar Sharma
Virat Kohli (Image Credits: Getty Images)

Sharma continued, “Everyone knows the kind of record Virat has against Australia, he gives the team the desired momentum and he is a sort of captain who leads from the front. He is very focused and determined so I think the Indian team will miss these qualities against Australia. The hosts will have a slight advantage but I hope that the players who get an opportunity in the absence of Virat grab their chance as we have talented players on our side.” 

In the absence of Virat Kohli, the Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane is likely to take the captaincy charge of the Indian team for the last three Tests of the Australia tour. While Rahane has led the Indian team in two home Tests till the date, India won both those matches.

Ajinkya Rahane, Rajkumar Sharma
Ajinkya Rahane (Image Credit: Twitter)

Rajkumar Sharma praised Rahane, and he also believes that Rahane can be a good leader in Test cricket.

Sharma said, “Ajinkya Rahane is a very good player in Tests. He has a good record. He has good technique and he is a good leader. He will have a chance to establish himself as a captain.”

In the last Australia tour, which happened in 2018/19 summer, India drew the three-match bilateral T20I series (1-1) but won the three-match bilateral ODI series (won by 2-1) and four-match bilateral Test series (won by 2-1). It was the first time when India won the bilateral Test and ODI series in Australia.

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IPL 2020: People Forget Virat Kohli Is Human, Not A Machine: Childhood Coach Rajkumar Sharma

RCB skipper Virat Kohli has not had the perfect start to the IPL 2020 campaign and has only got a total of 15 runs in two matches so far, which has left the fans losing their calm. In their last match against KXIP, RCB had to face a massive loss of 97 runs after KXIP went to bat first and put up a massive score of 206 runs on the board.

KL Rahul went out to score a massive knock of unbeaten 132 runs off 69 balls including 14 fours and seven sixes. Virat Kohli dropped Rahul’s catch twice and gave him a lifeline which cost RCB enough.

The RCB team had a quick breakdown against the Punjab bowlers, going all out for 109 runs in the 17th over. Kohli also failed miserably in their chase after he was sent back to pavilion for just one run in five balls by Sheldon Cottrell.

Virat Kohli, RCB, IPL
RCB captain Virat Kohli (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma comes in ward’s defence:

Rajkumar Sharma, who is the childhood coach of Virat Kohli has come out in defence of him stating that highs and lows are a part of sportsman’s life. He said that Kohli has set such a benchmark for himself that people forget even he is a human and he can make mistakes too.

“It is just a part and parcel of a sportsman’s life. You have good days and you have bad days on the pitch. It is just that Kohli has set such a benchmark that people forget he is only human and not a machine. You are bound to have off days and there is nothing wrong with it. People will ask if there is some technical issue or a mindset issue, but I will again say that it is a part of the game,” Rajkumar Sharma told ANI.

Rajkumar Sharma
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“You cannot succeed every time you walk onto the pitch. Kohli’s fans have been so used to seeing him perform consistently that even one bad innings makes them sad.”

Rajkumar Shah on Virat Kohli dropping two catches against KXIP:

Rajkumar Shah reiterated that it was just a bad day for Kohli and anybody can miss a catch or two. He gave an example of Jonty Rhodes and Javed Miandad who were considered great fielders also missed a couple of catches.

“Firstly, like I said before, these things happen. Anybody can miss a catch or two. Even Jonty Rhodes missed a catch here and there. Javed Miandad was considered a great fielder and if you go back and look, he also did slip once or twice.

“So, this has nothing to do with patience or the urge to set the tone after the resumption of cricket. It is just a bad day on the field which can happen to even the best. He has played enough cricket to come back strongly and lead from the front,” he said.

Virat Kohli (RCB)
RCB captain Virat Kohli (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

Virat Kohli will now look to regain his form in the next match where RCB will face the defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) on September 28th at Dubai.

Jaydev Unadkat, India, Rajkumar Sharma, Virat Kohli's coach, Jaydev Unadkat
Raj Kumar Sharma. Photo Credit: ANI/Twitter.
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‘Proven’ Jaydev Unadkat Should be Included in India’s Squad: Virat Kohli’s Childhood Coach

Fast bowler Jaydev Unadkat’s hard work was finally paid off after he helped Saurashtra team — to lift the maiden Ranji Trophy trophy of the 2019-20 season. For his outstanding performance, he has been praised by Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma.

Saurashtra skipper Unadkat notched up two wickets in the final against Bengal. Following this, he became the highest wicket-taker in the 2019-20 season of the domestic tournament, with 67 wickets to his name. Besides, the pacer now also holds the second position in the list of overall highest wicket-taker in Ranji Trophy.

Jaydev Unadkat has already proved himself: Virat’s childhood coach

Rajkumar has lauded Unadkat’s effort to lead his team to victory and hopes that his performance in the event will surely give him a place in India’s squad.

Jaydev Unadkat
Jaydev Unadkat (Image Credit: Twitter)

“I congratulate Saurashtra for their stellar performance in Ranji Trophy, especially Jaydev Unadkat, who bowled crucial spells and picked 67 wickets in the mega event,”

“He should be included in India’s squad. In the IPL, he had already proved himself and now he has shown how useful he can be in the longest format of the game,” he added.

Unadkat has played for India in one Tests, seven ODIs and 10 T20Is. He lost the place in the team because of injury. After recovery, he was called in the T20 team but could not impress the team management. Thus, was dropped from the team.

Rajkumar Sharma on postponing of IPL 2020:

Jaydev Unadkat, RR vs SRH, Deepak Hooda, IPL 2019
Jaydev Unadkat Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

The outbreak of coronavirus has triggered every cricketing event. BCCI has also decided to postpone the IPL 2020 till 15th April which was earlier scheduled to start from 29th March.

Rajkumar Sharma believes that BCCI has taken the right step, to delay the start of the most-watched T20 league because it will help to curb the spread of the virus.

“I appreciate the efforts made by BCCI as it was necessary to ensure the fan’s safety. Postponing the IPL was need of the hour”

Earlier, Virat Kohli also shared the message with fans to stay safe and take every precaution to prevent the expansion of pandemic.

Virat Kohli, Virat Kohli's Childhood Coach, Rajkumar Sharma
Virat Kohli with his childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma. Credits: Twitter
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Virat Kohli’s Childhood Coach Rajkumar Sharma Defends His Ward

Team India skipper Virat Kohli has grabbed headlines for all the wrong reasons during India’s tour of New Zealand. Kohli struggled to tackle the high-quality New Zealand pace bowling attack and was dismissed for cheap scores in the tour. He managed to score just one fifty in eight innings.

Soon after that, questions have been raised over his poor run of form. As if his terrible form wasn’t enough, he ended a forgettable tour of New Zealand by triggering a fresh controversy over his infamous sendoff to New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson.

Virat Kohli, New Zealand Journalist, New Zealand vs India 2020, Bogey Team, New Zealand
Virat Kohli. Image Credit: Twitter

Rajkumar Sharma defends Virat Kohli:

While the majority of the netizens criticised Virat Kohli for his attitude, Virat Kohli’s childhood coach by the name of Rajkumar Sharma has, however, defended his ward, saying that everyone appreciates Virat Kohli when he is doing well with the same aggression for the nation.

According to Sharma, Virat Kohli’s biggest strength is his aggression while also adding that aggression pumps him up to do incredibly well across formats. He added Kohli has never crossed his limits and also advised him not to do so.

Virat Kohli, Virat Kohli's Childhood Coach, Rajkumar Sharma
Virat Kohli with his childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma. Credits: Twitter

 

“When he’s doing well with the same aggression for the country, then everyone appreciates him. That time, they say that aggression is his strength. I’ve always believed that yes, aggression is his strength, but there’s a thin line between aggression and misbehaviour. He never crosses that line, and he shouldn’t do that as well. Aggression pumps him up to do well,” Rajkumar Sharma was quoted as saying by TOI.

Sharma is not worried over Kohli’s batting form who ran through the worst phase of his cricketing career, having managed only 38 runs in two Tests at a paltry average of 9.50 in New Zealand.

Law of averages caught up with Virat Kohli: Rajkumar Sharma

“Every player goes though a lean patch. There’s something called as law of averages in cricket. That has caught up with him. There’s nothing to worry. He’s too good a player. He knows where it’s going wrong. We’ve already discussed that. He’ll be back. He’s a magnificent player. In the next series (against South Africa), he’ll show what he’s capable of,” Rajkumar Sharma added in a statement.

The childhood coach termed Virat Kohli as a ‘magnificent player’ while also adding that he will bounce back in the upcoming home series against South Africa starting on March 12, Thursday at HPCA Stadium, Dharamshala.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. BCCI Twitter
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Virat Kohli’s Coach Rajkumar Sharma On Rohit Sharma: The Team Has Found Another Virender Sehwag

After the first Test match against South Africa, Rohit Sharma became the superstar of the Test cricket. He played first time as the Test opener in Visakhapatnam. Virat Kohli‘s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma is impressed with Rohit Sharma’s performance.

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Rohit did an outstanding job as he broke many records in his debut match as the Test opener. In the first inning, he scored 176 runs and built a strong opening partnership with Mayank Agarwal of 317 runs. His bat didn’t stop in the second innings as he scored another century.

Rohit Sharma is playing the natural game, as usual, he is not hesitating to hit boundaries. He kept entertaining everybody with his sixes and fours. Rajkumar Sharma opines that Rohit’s skill will help India in Test matches. He compared Rohit with Virender Sehwag and expresses that the Indian team has found the next Sehwag.

Rajkumar Sharma, opener
Rajkumar Sharma (Image Credit: BCCI)

“Rohit is an outstanding player. Everyone knows about the talent he possesses. He was known for his batting in the ODI format, but he showed everyone that he can be a great Test player as well,” Sharma told ANI.

Rohit Sharma, Rajkumar Sharma

“India has found an established opener now. He can accelerate whenever the team requires him to. I think the team has found another Sehwag. Rohit scored five hundred in the World Cup and he has earned his place in the Test squad.” he added.

India declared the first innings after scoring 502 runs. South Africa played very well in their first innings. With the help of twin centuries from Dean Elgar and Quinton de Kock, Proteas scored 431 runs. India still had a lead of 71 runs.

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It was a very clinical performance – Rajkumar Sharma

In the second innings, Rohit Sharma’s 127 runs and Cheteshwar Pujara‘s 81 runs helped the team to set the fourth-innings target of 395 runs. On the fifth day, Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja bowled very well and the visitors were all out at 191 runs. The pitch helped Mohammed Shami as he picked five wickets in that innings and he also got a good support of Jadeja who picked up four wickets. Rajkumar Sharma also praised the efforts of Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin and Shami.

“It was a very clinical performance. The way our bowlers performed today was very nice to see. Bowlers maintained their intensity throughout. Ashwin picked up seven wickets in the first innings and in the second innings, Jadeja showed his class. Shami was outstanding as well, he showed how useful he can be,” said Sharma.

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There Is No Reason To Look For Anyone Else, Virat Kohli’s Childhood Coach Backs Him To Lead Indian Team Across Formats

Virat Kohli created history early this year when India defeated Australia on their home soil in the four-match Test series. It was the first time in 70 years that India won a Test series in Australia. Also, India became the first Asian team to defeat Australia in Australia (In Test series). In ODIs as well, India defeated the home side and came back with Test and ODI trophies.

Right from taking over the captaincy in all the formats, Kohli has been doing a great job and the captaincy role has not had an impact on his batting as well. He continues to break records across formats and has been the top batsman for India.

Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane

He has also been given ample rest in past few years, that has sometimes led to talks of Rohit Sharma being given captaincy in the T20I format on a regular basis. Virat’s deputy in the limited-overs format, Rohit has also led Mumbai Indians to four IPL victories while Virat hasn’t led Royal Challengers Bangalore to a title victory despite leading the team since 2013.

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Rajkumar Sharma, the childhood coach of Virat Kohli, though does not believe that there is a need for split captaincy. “There is no reason for India to look for anyone else… T20s and ODIs are different and I cannot even think of comparing IPL and international cricket,” he told Hindustan Times.

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Under Rohit, India won Nidahas Trophy and Asia Cup 2018, where Kohli was rested. For now, it is no doubt that Kohli will continue to led team India across formats and there is no chance that the selectors will also look to Rohit Sharma for the T20I captaincy on a regular basis.

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Presently, Kohli is leading team India in World Cup 2019, his maiden World Cup as the captain. He was the part of 2011 and 2015 World Cup teams, where MS Dhoni was the captain of the side. Dhoni will now be playing under Kohli.

This is the second ICC tournament where Kohli is leading Men in Blue. Under him, India made it to the finals of ICC Champions Trophy 2017.