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Aakash Chopra Picks 5 Players That Delhi Should Retain For IPL 2021

Aakash Chopra, former Indian opener turned commentator has picked five players the Delhi Capitals should retain for IPL 2021 if there is a mega-auction before the tournament.

He shared these names while talking about the road ahead for the Delhi-based franchise in a video shared on his YouTube channel.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra (Image Credit: Facebook)

Aakash Chopra: Delhi Capitals Success Shows Acquisition Of Good Players Is Half The Job Done

Aakash Chopra started by pointing out that the Delhi Capitals have shown that a good auction is the main ingredient of a successful IPL team with their brilliant acquisitions last time around.

“The Delhi Capitals’ success shows that the acquisition of good players is half the job done. Here the story is that everything is good and if you break anything it will be wrong only, it cannot be good.”

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The renowned commentator observed that the youthful team the Delhi Capitals assembled at the last auction is now an experienced unit and that a mega-auction might result in them losing some of their key players.

“But that’s the story of this team, it was a young team three years ago but is now an experienced team after three years. When you shake up an experienced team, somewhere or the other the things will become less.”

Delhi Capitals went into the auction and retained 14 players and bought 8 players in the IPL Auction 2020. Their best purchases were Shimron Hetmyer and Marcus Stoinis while Anrich Nortje and Daniel Sams came as replacements. Skipper Shreyas Iyer, Kagiso Rabada, Axar Patel, Shimron Hetmyer, Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw and a few others are below 30 years of age.

Aakash Chopra’s Take On Players Delhi Capitals Should Retain For IPL 2021

Aakash Chopra posed a question to himself about the five players the Delhi Capitals could look to retain for IPL 2021 based on their brilliant performance in recently concluded IPL 2020 where they stormed into the maiden final

“If they have to retain 5 players, 3 Indians and 2 overseas, they don’t have an uncapped player whom they will think of retaining.”

The 43-year-old commentator picked Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant as the three Indian players that the Delhi Capitals might look to retain, even though the latter who is a dashing wicketkeeper-batsman did not have a great IPL 2020.

“I would say Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant as the three Indians although Rishabh Pant did not have a good year but I will definitely retain him and I am pretty sure that the Delhi Capitals will also do that.”

Marcus Stoinis & Kagiso Rabada
Marcus Stoinis & Kagiso Rabada-Image credits: First post

Marcus Stoinis and Kagiso Rabada got the former KKR player’s vote as the two overseas professionals the Delhi Capitals could retain, with the former just edging out Anrich Nortje on a probable toss-up.

“If I have to retain two overseas players, I will be keen to retain Marcus Stoinis and Kagiso Rabada. There could be a toss-up between Marcus Stoinis and Anrich Nortje but I will go with Marcus and try to buy back Nortje in the auction.”

Aakash Chopra concluded by observing that the Delhi Capitals might have to let go of some of their other key players and try to get a few of them back at the IPL 2021 auction with Right To Match card.

“The others will have to go. They will be a little sad about players like Prithvi Shaw, Ashwin and Axar Patel as they are two or three players they may want to keep in the team but I don’t think it will be possible to keep all of them,” Aakash Chopra added.

The top 2 teams of IPL 2020-Mumbai Indians and the Delhi Capitals are the two teams that are likely to be adversely affected if there happens to be a mega-auction before IPL 2021 since they are likely to lose some of the key players from their already suitable combination, while the other outfits expected to have larger remaining purses.

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India vs Sri Lanka T20Is: Five Players Who Deserved A Place In T20I Squad

Indian selectors named plenty of new faces in the T20I squad to face Sri Lanka. Riding on performances in the IPL, players like Washington Sundar, Deepak Hooda and Basil Thampi earned maiden call-up but few of the players, though playing well, missed the cut.

Sportzwiki looks at the top players who deserved a place but were not named for the T20I series:

Substitute Fielder Unmukt Chand Keeps Wicket For Delhi After Changes In ICC Rules

The ongoing Ranji Trophy season has not been a good one for former U19 World Cup winning captain Unmukt Chand, and as a result, he was also dropped from playing XI in Delhi’s previous two games.

Even though Delhi decided to give regular players some rest, Unmukt did not find a place in the XI.

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However, he was forced to play a part in the ongoing Ranji Trophy game against Hyderabad after captain Rishab Pant left the field on the second day’s play. As per a report in Sportstar Unmukt, the occasional wicketkeeper replaced Rishab behind the stumps for the duration he was out of the field.

This was only made possible after the new rules have come into existence from October 1, 2017. Earlier, a substitute fielder was only allowed to replace a fielder and not the wicketkeeper, but now, a substitute fielder is allowed to keep wickets as well.

As a result, Unmukt performed the duties of the wicketkeeper,

“Earlier, a player only from the playing XI was allowed to don the gloves when the regular wicket-keeper was injured or out of action for any reason. Now, with the rule coming into force from October 1, 2017, any substitute can be the wicket-keeper in case of exigency,” Mr Chandrasekhar told Sportstar.

The report also adds that Unmukt was performing the role of a captain from his fielding position. It is to be noted that Milind Kumar, the vice-captain of Delhi, was dropped from the squad following his low scores in the initial games and Unmukt was the most senior player on the field barring Gautam Gambhir.

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Gautam Gambhir, India, Birthday Boy, Good Relation, Yuvraj Singh, Virender Sehwag
Photo Credit: BCCI.

Though Gautam Gambhir was also in attendance, he has already left the post of captain ahead of the season after he was replaced by Rishab Pant as the captain of Delhi in Vijay Hazare Trophy early this year.

Meanwhile, Delhi made a giant stride towards an innings win over the hosts by dismissing out their batsmen on 205, gaining a lead of 210 runs. In the second innings though, Hyderabad batsmen have shown grit, but there remains more than a day in the game, and Delhi bowlers would like to dismiss Hyderabad as early as possible to chase down the total if they are asked to do so.

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Rishab Pant was dropped from playing XI. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

Ranji Trophy 2017-18: Rishab Pant To Lead Delhi In Ishant Sharma’s Absence

Rishab Pant has been appointed as the captain of Delhi Ranji Trophy team in the absence of Ishant Sharma. The news was confirmed by Delhi’s Head Coach KP Bhaskar to The Indianexpress.

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The news has come as a surprise as Delhi had already announced Milind Kumar as the Vice-Captain of the side and the right-handed batsman was expected to lead the team in Ishant’s absence, but the team management decided to hand over the mantle to the man with international cricket experience.

This will be the second time when the former U19 player would lead Delhi in senior cricket. He was appointed as the captain of Delhi for the Vijay Hazare Trophy early this year after selectors took some tough decisions and removed Gautam Gambhir as captain. The team failed to reach the second round of the tournament, and the captaincy also has affected his performance.

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Gautam Gambhir plays a shot during IPL. (Credits: BCCI) 

Ahead of the start of 2017/18 season, selectors decided to hand over the captaincy duties back to Gambhir, but he refused to take charge. After his refusal, the selector decided to give the duty of captaincy to Ishant Sharma, who has led Delhi to two wins in three games. But with Ishant leaving the camp for India duty, Delhi decided to go back to the junior player, which also means that Milind Kumar, the vice-captain, will not be making his captaincy duty for Delhi.

Delhi have made one change to their squad as well. Pulkit Narag, the all-rounder, has been dropped for the next game. The selectors have roped in Lalit Yadav, a member of Delhi U-23 squad. Lalit has played three games of ongoing CK Nayudu Trophy and has scored 217 runs in four innings, at an average of 54.25. He is also part of team’s ongoing contest against Himachal Pradesh and has scalped a fifer in the first innings of the opposition.

Delhi will face R Vinay Kumar led Karnataka in their next contest, which will be played in Alur from November 9 to 12.

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Rishab Pant was dropped from playing XI. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

Ranji Trophy 2017/18: Rishab Pant To Miss Opening Ranji Game, Wicket-keeper Anuj Rawat To Make First-Class Debut

Rishab Pant will miss the opening encounter of the Ranji Trophy 20217/8 due to commitments with India A. Though he is not in the India A team for the first three games of List A series against New Zealand A, it looks like he is spending time at NCA, practising for the series.

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India A and New Zealand A will be playing a five-match unofficial ODI series in Visakhapatnam from October 6 to 15. While Shreyas Iyer has been appointed as the captain of the team for first three games, Pant will lead the team in two closing encounters. He is also included in the Board President’s XI squad for two practice games against New Zealand. Hence, he will miss the initial phase of the season for Delhi.

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In Rishab’s absence, Anuj Rawat will perform the wicketkeeping duties and will also be making his first class-debut against Assam tomorrow (October 6). Rawat has done well for Delhi U19 and made it to the NCA camp of Under19 players early this year.

Ranji Trophy 2017/18: Rishab Pant To Miss Opening Ranji Game, Wicket-keeper Anuj Rawat To Make First-Class Debut 2

Delhi have a new captain this time in the form of Ishant Sharma. As of now, he has been given the duties to lead the team for first two games, but he might stay as the leader for long because Ishant will be available for first four league phase games as he is not in contention to be selected in the ODI team.

Milind Kumar, the vice-captain of Delhi, will take over the charge if Ishant is selected for the series against Sri Lanka starting November 16.

The success, if any, of Delhi, depends on likes of Gautam Gambhir, Unmukt Chand, Nitish Rana, Navdeep Saini, Manan Sharma and skipper Ishant Sharma himself.

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Mumbai: India's U-19 player Shubham Gill (Photo Source: Mid Day)

Shubman Gill To Miss First Three Unofficial One-Day Games Against New Zealand A

India U19 batsman Shubman Gill has been ruled out of the first three unofficial One days against New Zealand A due to side strain. He suffered the injury during the practice camp of Punjab Ranji team and has now been ruled out.

“I was really excited about playing for India A. I was practising in Mohali before our state (Ranji Trophy) camp and I got injured there. I was in good form in England and was really looking forward to these games. Obviously, I am very disappointed. I was hoping that I would be fine before the series starts but unfortunately, I couldn’t (recover),” Gill told Wisden India.


Unlike many other players, Gill is a member of the squad for all the five games, which has come out as a big boon for him as this will not give him an opportunity to play last two games.

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Rishab Pant. Image Courtesy: Getty Images
For the first time, BCCI selected two different squads, with only a few players getting a place in both the teams. While Shreyas Iyer will lead the team in first three contests, Rishab Pant will replace Iyer in the next two games.
The unofficial one-day series will be played from October 6 to 15. All the matches will be played in Visakhapatnam.

New Zealand A have already lost both the unofficial Test matches against India A by a margin of 2-0 as in the second Test too, Karn Sharma and Shahbaz Nadeem spun a web which led to India A winning the game.

It is to be noted that New Zealand selectors have already announced nine out of 15 members for the upcoming international series and remaining six members will be selected by performances in List A series.

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Parthiv Patel replaced Wriddhiman Saha during Test series against England

Parthiv Patel Called To India A Side As Rishab Pant’s Cover

Experienced batsman and Gujarat skipper, Parthiv Patel, has been called to the India A side as a cover for Rishab Pant, who is down with a fever. As of now, Pant has not been ruled out of the side, and his participation in the game will be decided later.

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Pant has been suffering from fever since the first unofficial Test against New Zealand A, and he also did not take the field in New Zealand A’s second innings. It was Sudip Chatterjee who performed the wicketkeeping duties in his absence.

A call-up to Patel had come as a big boon to him as he was dropped from the Indian team at the start of the year when Wriddhiman Saha regained fitness.

He performed well on his comeback last year and also continued his form by playing an innings of 143* in the Ranji Trophy final, but his performances were not enough to earn him a place as a batsman as when the chance came, selectors decided to award Abhinav Mukund in the Test series against Bangladesh and Australia.

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Parthiv Patel now has an opportunity to perform against an A-level side and draw the attention of the selectors again.

The second unofficial Test match between India A and New Zealand will start on September 30 in Vijayawada. BCCI and New Zealand Cricket Board have made a last minute change to it as now; the match will be played with a pink ball. The game will be played in the daytime only due to lack of floodlights in the stadium.

India A is leading the unofficial Test series by a margin of 1-0.

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Virat Kohli Named in Delhi’s Preliminary Ranji Squad

India skipper Virat Kohli has been named in Delhi’s preliminary Ranji squad, which was announced by the state association after a meeting attended by selectors and coach last week.

Apart from Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Ishant Sharma and Rishab Pant are the three other players who have been named in the side.

First talking of Ishant, though is the only member of the Test team, with India set to play an extended limited-overs home season, there can be a chance when selectors might give their most experienced bowler a go in the limited-overs format as well.

Coming to Pant, he is always on fringes to be selected in the national side and have bright chances of getting selected during the home season. Kohli and Dhawan will undoubtedly miss the whole domestic season due to international commitments.

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Delhi selectors have not named any captain as of now. Earlier, they used to announce the leader of the team, but with no clarity over the fact whether Gautam Gambhir will lead the team or not, selectors have opted a safe process. Rishabh Pant was appointed as captain of Delhi side in the Vijay Hazare Trophy last season when selectors decided to take away captaincy from Gambhir, and now it will be surprising if the same process continues.

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In the list of 40 players, few players have played for India U-19 in the recent times. Jonty Sidhu, who led India in junior Test matches against England in the home season, has also been named in the squad. Apart from him, Manjot Kalra has also found a place in the team.

Few of the players namely Parwinder Awana, Mohit Sharma, and Vaibhav Rawal were not considered for a place in the team.

Delhi Squad – Virat Kohli, Gautam Gambhir, Shikhar Dhawan, Ishant Sharma, Rishabh Pant (Wicket Keeper), Pradeep Sangwan, Unmukt Chand, Navdeep Saini, Milind Kumar, Dhruv Shorey, Jonty Sidhu, Manjyot Kalra, Mayank Rawat, Manan Sharma, Nitish Rana, Varun Sood, Vikas Tokas, Subodh Bhati, Pulkit Narang, Pawan Suyal, Sarthak Ranjan, Kulwant, Himmat Singh, Kshitij Sharma, Aditya Kaushik, Akash Sudan, Shelly Shaurya, Harsh Tyagi, Tejas Baroka, Arjun Gupta (Wicket Keeper), Dinesh Mor (Wicket Keepe),  Anuj Rawat (Wicket Keeper), Rajesh Sharma, Gaurav Kumar, Vikas Mishra, Simrajeet Singh, Vishwas Malik, Kunal Chandela, Sahil Malhotra, Sarang Rawat.

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Sri Lanka Vs India 2017: 5 Players Who Deserved A Chance in The Team For ODIs And T20I

The Board of Control for Cricket in India, on Sunday (August 13) announced the 15-man squad for the upcoming limited-overs series against Sri Lanka and sprung some huge surprises as the likes of Yuvraj Singh, Mohammed Shami, R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Umesh Yadav were dropped from the team. On the other hand, Manish Pandey, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel and KL Rahul have been included in the team for the five ODIs and one T20I starting August 20 in Dambulla.

So here we are taking a look at 5 players who deserved to be in the squad:

5. Rishabh Pant:

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With just a couple of years left for the next World Cup and Mahendra Singh Dhoni not looking at his best, Team India should have certainly given a longer rope to Rishabh Pant. The 19-year old, who made his international debut earlier this year in the T20I against England, got just one more T20I against West Indies last month before being dropped. He struggled in the recently-concluded A series in South Africa but his performance in the last edition of Ranji Trophy is enough to show that he has the ability to make it big and deserves the backing from the selectors.

The hard-hitting batsman finished Ranji Trophy with a staggering 972 runs in only eight outings including four centuries and a couple of the fifties. He followed the successful domestic season with a good outing in the IPL for Delhi Daredevils.


ICC Champions Trophy: Three Players Who Can Replace An Injured Yuvraj Singh

A good show in the One-Day International series against England earlier this year might have given Yuvraj Singh a place in the Indian Team for the ICC Champions Trophy but the star batsman’s participation in the upcoming tournament is under doubt following a finger injury as well as a calf injury.

The 35-year old had suffered the injury while he was fielding at point against Mumbai Indians last week. Trying to stop a cut shot by Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj hurt his finger and immediately sat down before being treated by the physio. The injury also forced him to miss Sunrisers Hyderabad’s final league game against Gujarat Lions on Saturday (May 13).

With just a couple of weeks remaining before India embarks on its journey to defend the title in England, the left-handed batsman is in a race against time to get fit. But in case, the senior batsman fails to recover in time, the Indian team will have to select one player from the backup list for the eight-team tournament. The national selectors, while naming the 15-man squad for the Champions Trophy, also announced a 5-man list of standby players to get picked into the team in case of any emergency of replacing any injured player in the team. The five players are Rishabh Pant, Suresh Raina, Kuldeep Yadav, Dinesh Karthik and Shardul Thakur.

So here, we are taking a look at the players from this list who can replace Yuvraj if he fails to recover in time:

Rishabh Pant:

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The 19-year old hard-hitting wicketkeeper-batsman was one of the most notable players to miss out on a place in the team. Considered as the next big thing in Indian cricket, Pant has been making waves with his extraordinary exploits with the bat in the domestic circuit. The 19-year old grabbed the attention when he scored a belligerent 308 off 326 balls against Maharashtra in Ranji Trophy last year. He followed it up with a 48-ball hundred against Jharkhand, one of the fastest first-class centuries by an Indian. He finished Ranji Trophy as its fourth-highest run-getter with 972 runs in only 8 outings including four centuries and a couple of the fifties.

The left-handed batsman continued the same form in the ongoing Indian Premier League, scoring 321 runs in 13 matches including the stunning 43-ball 97 runs knock that helped the Delhi Daredevils to chase down 208 against Gujarat Lions.