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Joe Root. File Photo
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Joe Root Who Went Unsold In IPL 2018 Mega Auction Hasn’t Registered For IPL 2022

Joe Root has once again passed on the opportunity to enter the IPL auction and hasn’t registered for the league. He went unsold in IPL 2018 mega auction.

The fans’ wait to see Joe Root participate in the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been extended by at least one more year as the England Test captain has decided against entering the mega auction. Joe Root, who recently finished his five-match assignment against Australia, had recently hinted at entering the auction for the first time in 4 years.

Joe Root to sacrifice IPL in order to turn the fortunes of England's Test side.© AFP
Joe Root to sacrifice IPL in order to turn the fortunes of England’s Test side.© AFP

Joe Root Went Unsold In The IPL 2018 Mega Auction And Denies Entering IPL 2022 Mega Auctions

Joe Root is uncapped in IPL as he went unsold in the IPL 2018 mega auction. He hasn’t entered an IPL auction since and the chances of him playing in the T20 league are diminishing with every passing season. A number of England greats, including Alastair Cook, James Anderson, and Stuart Broad, didn’t play IPL. Though the likes of Andrew Flintoff and Kevin Pietersen earned huge amounts by taking part in the league.

England Test skipper Joe Root backs James Anderson , Twitter
England Test skipper Joe Root backs James Anderson, Twitter

The IPL 2022 mega auction is likely to take place on February 12 and 13 in Bengaluru. The list of players up for grabs will be out once the 2 new teams announce their 3 respective picks.

During the presser after another defeat on the tour, Joe Root denied entering the auction and said that he ”will keep sacrificing as much he can.” “There’s a lot that we need to do for this team, which deserves all of my energy. I’ll keep sacrificing as much as I can because I care so much about Test cricket in our country and trying to get us to where we want to be,” the England skipper said.

England was thumped 0-4 in the recently concluded Ashes series but Joe Root insisted that he wants to continue as the captain as he has the ‘appetite’ for it. As a result, he will not be entering the IPL 2022 auction.

Mark Wood And Mitchell Starc May Feature In IPL 2022

While Joe Root has confirmed that he won’t be part of the mega auction, there is still no clear word on Mark Wood and Australia’s Mitchell Starc. Mark Wood was part of Chennai Super Kings in IPL 2018 but hasn’t played the league since then. Mitchell Starc participated in IPL back in 2015. He was to make his comeback to the league in 2018 after being bought by Kolkata Knight Riders but was ruled out of the season due to an injury.

Mark Wood last played in the lucrative league back in 2018 for defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and withdrew from last year’s auction to spend time with his family. But, Mark Wood has already submitted his paperwork for the upcoming auction. Mark Wood reckoned the IPL provides a lot of learnings, and it will be good considering England has a really better one-day side.

Mark Wood. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
Mark Wood. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
Mitchell Starc is contemplating a return to the IPL for the first time since 2015 as he tries to juggle Australia’s Test commitments in the subcontinent with preparation for the T20 World Cup title defense at home in October. Speaking ahead of the fifth Ashes Test in Hobart, Mitchell Starc revealed he was seriously considering entering the IPL 2022 mega auction, which is scheduled for February.
Mitchell Starc has only played in two seasons of the IPL, back in 2014 and 2015 for Royal Challengers Bangalore, despite being one of the best and most valuable T20 bowlers in the world over the last seven years. He took 34 wickets in 27 matches for Royal Challengers at an economy rate of 7.16 and a strike rate of 17. Mark Wood has played only one match in the T20 league so far and it came for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in 2018.
AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers. Image Credits: Twitter
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AB de Villiers Retired From All Formats As Soon As The Enjoyment Of Playing Cricket Went Down In IPL 2021

AB de Villiers, the former Proteas wicketkeeper-batsman recently called time on his illustrious career, but that was a decision that was already made before its confirmation. AB de Villiers retired from all forms of cricket late last year, after having completely ruled out any possibility of returning to the Proteas fold months earlier.

That statement alone crushed the spirits of many a Proteas fan, who had been clinging on to any sight hope that they would get to see AB de Villiers in the green and gold South African cricket jersey again. However, despite a year of publicly flirting with the idea of a sensational return, both CSA and AB de Villiers seemed to finally accept that his international career had come to an end.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers. Image Credits: Twitter

AB de Villiers Retired From All Formats As He Felt The Difficulty Of Travelling In Bio Bubbles In IPL 2021 For Close To 3 Months

That is, of course, an incredible international career, which saw AB de Villiers represent the Proteas for 16 years at the highest level. In that period he amassed all of 114 Tests, 228 ODIs, and 78 T20s for South Africa, doubling up as wicketkeeper-batsman. He was also no slouch on the field when deployed elsewhere when not wearing the gloves behind the stumps.

But it was undoubtedly with the bat in hand where he made his name and shone the most for the Proteas. The 37-year-old notched up a mind-boggling 20,017 runs across all formats of the game for South Africa. He also holds the unique record of being the fastest batter to reach 50, 100, and 150 in ODIs.

AB de Villiers (Image Credit: Twitter)
AB de Villiers (Image Credit: Twitter)

AB de Villiers revealed that the decision to retire was already set in stone before it was announced to the world.

“Cricketing wise, it has been coming for quite some time, it’s always been about enjoyment for me. And the minute where I felt the difficulty of traveling and being there at the IPL for two and half to three months a year, specifically with this one that was spilt into two, bubbles and this and that made things very complicated with regards to cricket and the enjoyment thereof,” said de Villiers.

AB De Villiers retires from IPL as the sixth highest run-getter in the tournament and one of the two overseas players to scale the mountain of 5000 runs. AB De Villiers retired from all forms of cricket in November 2021, making the 2021 season of the IPL his last IPL season.

The 37-year-old had played in 184 IPL matches, firstly for Delhi Capitals (formerly Delhi Daredevils) for three seasons, followed by a successful decade with Bangalore, where he formed a formidable partnership with Virat Kohli. Overall, he scored 5162 runs at an average of 39.70 and strike rate of 151.68, including three centuries and 40 half-centuries while being a member of the Royal Challengers Bangalore side, which entered the IPL playoffs five times.

AB de Villiers Said It Was Time To Move On As Soon As The Enjoyment Of Playing Cricket Went Down

AB de Villiers then made a startling revelation that, while the rest of the world enjoyed seeing the talented former batter racking up the runs on the park, the feeling was rather different for him.

“I found myself on the park where scoring runs and doing well for the team didn’t really match with everything that goes with it any more and that’s where the balance started leading towards hanging my gloves up.I have never been the guy who is going to push every single bit of energy of my ability and my cricketing skill, I have always played for the enjoyment of the game. And the minute that sort of started going down, I knew it was time for me to move on,” concluded de Villiers.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers (Image Credit: Twitter)

No matter how one feels about AB de Villiers, his contribution to not only the Proteas but the sport of cricket deserved a better ending than that. AB de Villiers announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on November 19, 2021.

Notably, he had already retired from international cricket in May 2018 and since then he was playing only franchise cricket. AB de Villiers, who hangs up his boot as one of the greatest players in the shortest format of the game, hit 9424 runs in 340 matches in T20 cricket, having played franchise-based cricket across the globe.

He had retired from international cricket in 2018 after scoring 1672 runs in 78 T20Is, 9577 runs in 228 ODI matches, and 8765 runs in 114 Tests. He played seven matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL 2021 and smashed 207 runs at a strike rate of 164.28 averaging 51.75.

Harshal Patel
Harshal Patel (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Harshal Patel Reveals Reason For Not Being Retained By RCB Before IPL 2022 Mega Auction

Harshal Patel wasn’t retained by RCB ahead of IPL 2022 mega auction despite leading the bowling charts in the previous IPL 2021. The franchise instead decided to keep Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, and Mohammed Siraj in the team.

Retention of players ahead of mega auction remains an incredibly tough task for Indian Premier League franchises. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) decided to keep hold of Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, and Mohammed Siraj ahead of IPL 2022 auction, leaving out the likes of Harshal Patel, Devdutt Padikkal, and Yuzvendra Chahal.

Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal. Image Credits: Twitter

Harshal Patel Reveals Reason For Not Being Retained By RCB Was To Better Manage Their Purse

While there’s no denying that the team management had to make some tough calls, Harshal Patel has now revealed why exactly was he let go by the team. In a chat, the seamer, who recently made his international debut, said that the decision was taken by the team in order to better manage their purse, going into the auction.

“When I was not retained, Mike Hesson (RCB’s Director of Cricket) called me and said, that it was mainly purse management,” Harshal Patel said.

Harshal Patel
Harshal Patel (Image Credit: Twitter)

Speaking of his future ambitions, the Haryana-born medium-pacer confirmed that he would love to continue his career at RCB. When it comes to other franchises, Harshal Patel also said that he hasn’t been approached by anyone in particular.

“They would obviously love to have me back in the team and I too would obviously would love to go back and play for the team because RCB and this season (2021) changed my entire career and my entire life. However, in terms of auction, I haven’t heard from any franchises yet,” he added.

Harshal Patel picked up as many as 32 wickets in 15 games, making him the highest Indian wicket-taker in a single season and joint-most with Dwayne Bravo. Harshal Patel was able to bag 32 wickets in just 15 IPL 2021 games at an average of 14.34, an economy of 8.14, and a strike rate of 10.56.

His best bowling figure in IPL 2021 was 5/27. Harshal Patel won the Gamechanger of the season, Most Valuable Player of the season, and Purple Cap award during his sensational run.

Harshal Patel Didn’t Get Star Struck But Admired Great Teammates Like Virat Kohli And AB de Villiers

Harshal Patel was also asked about the feeling of sharing the dressing room with greats like Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers at RCB. Responding to the query, the 30-year-old said that he has never been star-struck by the presence of such players, even during the early days of his carer.

AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)
AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

“It’s pretty normal, to be honest. I don’t get star-struck. Even I remember my first year in IPL, I was never star-struck.

“I just admire them for what they bring onto the field, the kind of people they are, the level of skill they have, and their ability to stand up in pressure situations and say: ‘I am going to bring the team out of this difficult situation.’ That’s what I have learned from those two guys,” he answered.

Harshal Patel is expected to be on the radar of many franchises in the upcoming mega-auction. Having ended the 2021 season as the highest wicket-taker, the Haryana lad is likely to trigger a big bidding war.

Harshal Patel won player of the match for his figures of 2/25, besides giving away just 16 runs in his last two overs in the 17th and 19th and taking the wicket of the dangerous Glenn Phillips in that period as India beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the second T20I. He picked 4 wickets in 2 T20Is, both coming against New Zealand but he was ignored for the South African tour with India’s regular pacers making comebacks.

Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)
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Virat Kohli Deserves A Huge Ovation From The Crowd For His 100th Test – Sunil Gavaskar

Virat Kohli missed the ongoing second Test against South Africa owing to an upper back spasm. Team India suffered a huge blow on Monday(1st Day) as regular Test skipper Virat Kohli was ruled out of the crucial second Test against South Africa in Johannesburg, but former India captain Sunil Gavaskar found a silver lining.

With India taking a 1-0 lead in Centurion, following a 113-run win in what made the visitors the first Asian team to beat South Africa in their citadel, India was eyeing a series win at the Wanderers, where they have never lost a Test match in five appearances. The second Test would have been Virat Kohli’s 99th appearance in the format, subsequently making the final tie in Cape Town his 100th.
Virat Kohli[photo: Twitter]
Virat Kohli[photo: Twitter]

Sunil Gavaskar Hopes Crowd Is Allowed For Virat Kohli’s Probable 100th Test Match At Bangalore, His 2nd Home For Playing For Royal Challengers Bangalore In IPL

With Virat Kohli missing the Johannesburg Test, owing to an upper back spasm, the 33-year-old is now expected to play his 100th Test in India, at his adopted home ground, at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

Sunil Gavaskar feels that it will be a fantastic experience for Virat Kohli, who has captained Royal Challengers Bangalore for many years, whose home ground is the Chinnaswamy. The veteran former cricketer also hopes the crowd will be allowed during the Test match because he feels that Virat Kohli deserves a huge ovation for his record appearance in Test.

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli in action against Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2021. (IPL)
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli in action against Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2021. (IPL)

“The next one is in Cape Town. The 100th Test match will be in Bangalore. And of course, him being the captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore for such a long time it will be a fantastic experience.

“We have to see if crowd is allowed there, that is also important. I hope it is allowed because he deserves a huge ovation from the crowd for his 100th Test,” he said on air.

India’s next Test assignment will be the Sri Lanka series at home. India will play two Tests in the contest with the opener on February 25 in Bengaluru and the second Test in Mohali starting March 5. Virat Kohli will become the 11th Indian player to feature in 100 Test matches joining the likes of Sachin Tendulkar (200) and Rahul Dravid (163) among a few others.

Virat Kohli’s Absence Felt As India Dismissed For Only 202

In an unexpected turn of events, Test skipper Virat Kohli was ruled out of the second Test against South Africa with an upper back spasm with KL Rahul taking the charge. The 33-year-old Virat Kohli made way for Hanuma Vihari, who has notched up impressive performances for India A in the recent past.

KL Rahul. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)
KL Rahul. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP via Getty Images)

Virat Kohli’s absence is a big jolt for the visitors, given the fact that the prolific batter flaunts impressive records at the venue. He had scored 119 and 96 in a high-scoring draw in 2013 and made 54 and 41 in 2018. Virat Kohli hasn’t been in the greatest of batting forms but he has 310 runs in just two Test matches at the Wanderers, making him the second leading run-scorer for a visiting batter at the venue.

South Africa was 35 for one at stumps in response to India’s 202 all-out. Dean Elgar and Keegan Petersen were batting on 11 and 14 respectively at the close of play.

Stand-in skipper KL Rahul (50) was the top scorer for the visitors while Ravichandran Ashwin (46) played a crucial knock towards the end of the innings. Left-arm pacer Marco Jansen (4/31) was the pick of the South Africa bowlers while Duanne Olivier (3/64) and Kagiso Rabada (3/64) also played their part in wrapping up Indian innings

Quinton de Kock Photographer: Isuru Sameera Peiris/Getty Images
Quinton de Kock Photographer: Isuru Sameera Peiris/Getty Images
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Alviro Petersen Shocked Over Quinton de Kock’s Sudden Test Retirement After Playing 54 Tests

Alviro Petersen, the former South Africa opener is shocked with Quinton de Kock’s sudden retirement from Test cricket and feels more players might follow in the footsteps of the wicketkeeper-batter in the near future.

At just 29 years of age and having played 54 Tests, Quinton de Kock announced his retirement from the traditional format at the end of the opening Test against India, which the Proteas lost by 113 runs at SuperSport Park on Thursday. Cricket fans reacted in shock after South Africa’s Quinton de Kock announced his retirement from Test cricket on Thursday.

Quinton de Kock of South Africa (Photo by Steve Haag/Getty Images)
Quinton de Kock of South Africa (Photo by Steve Haag/Getty Images)

Alviro Petersen Shocked By Quinton de Kock’s Sudden Retirement From Tests

Quinton de Kock would, however, be available for ODIs and T20s in the future. Quinton de Kock had scored 34 runs in the first innings of the Centurion Test, followed by 21 in the second. Quinton de Kock played 54 Test matches for South Africa, scoring 3,300 runs with six centuries and 22 half-centuries. He also effected 232 dismissals (221 catches and 11 stumpings) behind the wicket.

“To be honest, I am a bit shocked by his decision,” said Alviro Petersen, who played in 36 Tests for South Africa, scoring five centuries, largely as opening partner to Graeme Smith.

“During the lunch break of day five in Centurion, I noticed that he was not quite 100 percent because Quinny is a player who likes to play his shots,” Alviro Petersen was quoted.

Alviro Petersen
Alviro Petersen. (© IAN KINGTON/AFP/GettyImages)

“Often when there is stuff happening with family or you are on a long tour, one foot is always on the plane and I had the sense that with him it was almost like one foot was already at home.”

Alviro Petersen was a right-handed opening batsman who could not do justice to his batting talent. The cool-headed batsman made a relatively late entry to the Test cricket at the age of 30, nine years after his professional debut, and could cement his place in the Proteas squad only after 2012.

However, Alviro Petersen suffered in his career because of inconsistency and tough competition from Jacques Rudolph for the opening slot. The opener, by all means, deserved to play more than the 36 Tests and 21 ODIs he played for South Africa.

Quinton de Kock Will However Continue Playing In The White Ball Formats For The Proteas With An Eye On Franchise Based T20 Leagues

A former Test captain, Quinton de Kock said he will continue playing in the white-ball formats for the Proteas, with a lot of focus on franchise-based T20 leagues. The former Mumbai Indians man should have been away from national duty on paternity leave for the last 2 Tests but has now decided to call it a day from the longest format of cricket.

“I am surprised but you can also understand that all the lucrative T20 leagues around the world and The Hundred (franchise 100-ball cricket tournament in the UK) now have changed the mindset of players,” Petersen said.

Quinton de Kock for Mumbai Indians - VIVEK BENDRE
Quinton de Kock for Mumbai Indians – VIVEK BENDRE

“In the past, Test cricket was the pinnacle and slowly that is being changed with guys looking after their financial wellbeing. Priorities have changed and he won’t struggle to get a T20 or The Hundred contract.”

Quinton de Kock has featured in Sunrisers Hyderabad, Delhi Capitals, Royal Challengers Bangalore, and Mumbai Indians squad in the IPL. Quinton de Kock’s retirement means South Africa will have a new wicket-keeper in their playing XI in the last two games of the ongoing Test series against India. The Proteas have Kyle Verreynne and Ryan Rickelton as the other two wicket-keeping options in the squad.

Mohammed Siraj (Photo: AP)
Mohammed Siraj (Photo: AP)
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Sunil Gavaskar Feels There Was No Need For Mohammed Siraj To Throw The Ball To Temba Bavuma

Sunil Gavaskar was slightly unimpressed with Mohammed Siraj attempting to run out Temba Bavuma, which saw the India pacer unintentionally hurt the South Africa batter.

In the 62nd over of play of Day 5 of the first Test in Centurion, Mohammed Siraj picked up the ball and inadvertently threw it back at the South African batsman hoping for a run-out, but Temba Bavuma hadn’t even moved out and he copped the blow on his shin.

Mohammed Siraj accidentally hit Temba Bavuma. (Twitter)
Mohammed Siraj accidentally hit Temba Bavuma. (Twitter)

Sunil Gavaskar Said There Was No Need For Mohammed Siraj To Throw The Ball As Temba Bavuma Didn’t Take The Run

While the world of Twitter did not take too kindly to Mohammed Siraj’s act, Sunil Gavaskar feels the 27-year-old fast bowler should be talked to in regards to aggression. Sunil Gavaskar believes that Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj needs a dressing down after an incident in the first Test against South Africa in Centurion.

Mohammed Siraj gathered the ball in his followthrough and threw it back quite aggressively at Temba Bavuma. The South African was well in his crease and had no intentions of taking a run. Mohammed Siraj’s throw hit him right in the foot following which Temba Bavuma needed medical attention.

“There was no attempt to take the run. You are a little bit aggressive; you’ve gotten a bit carried away. But if there was an attempt to run, it would have been understandable. He’s there. He didn’t take the run. There was no need, absolutely no need for that. Siraj should be spoken to. At the end of the day, how gracious Temba Bavuma was when Siraj gave him the thumbs up,” Sunil Gavaskar said on air.

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

Keeping the Temba Bavuma episode aside, Indian pacer Mohammed Siraj has made improved by leaps and bounds. If 2021 is to be carefully glanced at, pacer Mohammed Siraj’s rise is perhaps the biggest individual positive for Indian cricket to happen.

Mohammed Siraj Was Retained By His IPL Franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore For IPL 2022 And He Had A Great 2021 In Tests

The way he started off at the Boxing Day Test in Australia and led the Indian pace attack in the absence of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, and Umesh Yadav, claiming a five-wicket haul in the Gabba Test was a sign of greater thing to come.

Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj (Image Credit: Twitter)

He kept it up in the Test series in England grabbing a four-for as India completed a historic win at the Lord’s cricket ground. Mohammed Siraj was in hot form for his IPL franchise RCB as well and was one of the four players retained by the franchise for the next season. And the 27-year-old quick ended the year on a high with disciplined bowling against South Africa in Centurion.

Mohammed Siraj has played only 11 Tests for India so far, claiming 36 wickets at an average of 27.94. He played a key role in India’s wins in the Melbourne and Brisbane Tests in the Australian tour. The 25-year-old pacer made his debut in the second Test in Melbourne and immediately made his mark in international cricket.

Eventually, he ended up as the highest wicket-taker for India with 13 wickets in the Border- Gavaskar Trophy against and in Australia in 2020/21. Mohammed Siraj was retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore before IPL 2022 mega auctions. RCB retained Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, and Mohammed Siraj in the IPL retention. Mohammed Siraj was the third pick at a sum of Rs 7 crore.

Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn
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Dale Steyn In Line To Be Roped In As Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Bowling Coach In IPL 2022

Dale Steyn is set for a new inning in the forthcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 as Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) have approached him to be their bowling coach. Unless the talks fall through at the last minute, the franchise is expected to make an announcement next week. Dale Steyn, who has played 95 IPL games for several franchises, had announced retirement from all forms of cricket, including franchise competitions, earlier in August.

Regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time with 439 wickets in 93 Tests at an average of 22.95, the South African will be working alongside Tom Moody, who is going to take over as the head coach of the SRH franchise.

Dale Steyn has returned 97 wickets in the IPL.
Dale Steyn has returned 97 wickets in the IPL. © BCCI

Dale Steyn Approached By Sunrisers Hyderabad To Be Their Bowling Coach

Dale Steyn, who also played 125 ODIs (196 wickets) and 47 T20Is (64 wickets), has represented Deccan Chargers, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Gujarat Lions, and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL and has returned 97 wickets in the league. Dale Steyn, a veteran of 95 IPL matches and 97 wickets, has been a part of the league since its inaugural year. Dale Steyn’s last IPL appearance came in 2020.

Dale Steyn did not respond to a message but an IPL official, in the knowledge of the developments, confirmed negotiations. It is also likely that Hemang Badani, a former India and Tamil Nadu all-rounder, will join the coaching staff of the Hyderabad team. Hemang Badani represented India in four Tests and 40 ODIs between 2000 to 2004.

VVS Laxman. (File Photo: IANS)
VVS Laxman. (File Photo: IANS)

The franchise needed new personnel in the coaching staff after head coach Trevor Bayliss and batting coach Brad Haddin quit after the 2021 season. The franchise has also had to part ways with long-standing mentor VVS Laxman, who took up an assignment with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). Tom Moody, SRH’s director of cricket last year, has been re-designated as head coach.

Sunrisers Hyderabad had a forgettable IPL 2021 season as they finished at the bottom of the tally to break their unbeaten playoff qualification streak running since 2016. The upcoming edition of the league is set to have ten teams as two new franchises – Lucknow and Ahmedabad – have been added to the existing eight.

The edition will be preceded by a mega auction, likely to be held in late December or early January. Ahead of the same, SRH has retained only three players, skipper Kane Williamson and uncapped Jammu Kashmir talents, Abdul Samad and Umran Malik.

BCCI Authorities Silent On CVC Capitals Buying Ahmedabad Team As CVC Capitals Endorses Betting

Meanwhile, the wait on the Ahmedabad franchise, bought by CVC Sports, continues. Although there is an air of optimism for a possible settlement soon, the BCCI authorities have been inexplicably silent on the matter. It is learned that a retired judge of the Supreme Court has been consulted and his advice is being awaited.

CVC Capital
CVC Capital

One notable development that has come to light recently is that the expert advice has gone against awarding the franchise to the second-highest bidder, should the BCCI decide to cancel the allocation of the franchise to the American investment firm.

The BCCI, apparently, will have to go for rebidding, which may offset a lot of the IPL planning. In a case where the BCCI cancels CVC Capitals‘ association with the league over their investments in betting businesses, the board would need to roll out a fresh tender to invite new bids. In such a case, the plans of the 2022 edition of the league could also take a hit.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. Image Credits: AFP
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BCCI Underplayed Virat Kohli’s Sacking As ODI Captain Handling Rohit Sharma To Lead In Both White-Ball Formats

BCCI, on Wednesday, underplayed Virat Kohli’s sacking as India’s ODI captain and the handing over the overall white-ball charge to Rohit Sharma. The Test opener will now lead both T20I and ODI sides.

A senior BCCI official informed that the decision was in the works for a while but it was the selectors who took the final call. Unlike the T20I captaincy change, where the announcement came from Virat Kohli himself, citing his workload, the ODI leadership switch is seen as a BCCI decision.

BCCI (File Photo| PTI)
BCCI (File Photo| PTI)

BCCI Wanted A Complete Leadership Separation Between Tests And Limited Overs

Virat Kohli wasn’t informed about the decision beforehand. Again, this was a departure from the past. At the time he relinquished T20I captaincy, Virat Kohli had mentioned his conversation with former India head coach Ravi Shastri, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and board secretary Jay Shah before taking the decision. Giving up Royal Challengers Bangalore’s captaincy in the Indian Premier League, too, was his own choice.

“The BCCI wanted absolute clarity between red-ball and white-ball cricket. The BCCI wanted a complete (leadership) separation between the longest format and shorter formats to avoid any confusion. In the end, it was left to the selectors to take a call. They decided to appoint Rohit as new ODI captain,” a BCCI insider said.

Three months ago, while relinquishing T20I captaincy after the conclusion of the T20I World Cup 2021, Virat Kohli had expressed his desire to lead India in Tests and ODIs, going ahead.

“Understanding workload is a very important thing and considering my immense workload over the last 8-9 years playing all 3 formats and captaining regularly for last 5-6 years, I feel I need to give myself space to be fully ready to lead the Indian team in Test and ODI cricket,” he wrote on Instagram on September 16.

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma
Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma—Twitter

However, after India’s early exit from the T20 World Cup, it was clear that BCCI wasn’t on the same page as Virat Kohli. They would make it official at the first given opportunity.

The Test squad announcement that had Virat Kohli as captain and Rohit Sharma as vice-captain ended thus: “The All-India Senior Selection Committee also decided to name Mr Rohit Sharma as the Captain of the ODI & T20I teams going forward.”

The first signal about Virat Kohli’s shaky position in the hot seat came about when BCCI brought in MS Dhoni as the team mentor for the T20I World Cup. Virat Kohli’s inability to win ICC events was a concern for the Indian board.

However, in a move that surprised even BCCI officials, Virat Kohli made public his decision to give up the T20I captaincy even before the tournament started.  With India hosting the 2023 50-over World Cup, Virat Kohli didn’t wish to give up the ODI captaincy.

However, in Indian cricket, captaincy decisions have never been left to the players. Kapil Dev was sacked within a year of winning the 1983 World Cup. Sunil Gavaskar stepped down after winning the World Championship of Cricket in 1985. Sourav Ganguly’s captaincy was taken away in acrimonious circumstances. Even MS Dhoni, with three world titles in his bag, was informed by the then selection committee when it was felt that a white-ball captaincy change was required.

In another interesting development, the selectors elevated Rohit Sharma to Test vice-captaincy, replacing Ajinkya Rahane, although the latter was picked for the three-match series in South Africa. Virat Kohli has been one of India’s most successful white-ball captains. In 95 ODIs, he won 65, giving him a winning percentage of 70-plus. In 45 T20Is, he led India to victory 27 times.

Rohit Sharma has been Virat Kohli’s longstanding deputy in limited-overs cricket, captaining the team in 10 ODIs and 19 T20Is before he was given full-time charge during the recent three-match home series against New Zealand. He started with a clean sweep. Five IPL titles leading Mumbai Indians in IPL made him an obvious choice as Virat Kohli’s successor.

Virat Kohli took over the limited-overs captaincy from MS Dhoni in 2017 and under him, India won the limited-overs series in every country. But he failed to triumph in ICC events. The closest India came to annexing global silverware was at the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy, where the team lost to Pakistan in the final.

The T20 World Cup in UAE this year wasn’t up to expectations as India lost their first two group league games against Pakistan and New Zealand and crashed out of the tournament in the group phase. The BCCI publicly took a kinder view on the team’s T20 World Cup debacle, considering it as “one bad tournament”. But it is learned that the board wanted a new direction in limited-overs cricket under a new captain.

Rohit Sharma Would Now Have Ample Time To Build 2022 T20I And 2023 ODI World Cup Squads As Virat Kohli’s Form Slump Didn’t Favour The Test Skipper

The next T20 World Cup in Australia is less than 12 months away, while India will host the 50-over World Cup a year later. The BCCI and the selection committee clearly wanted to give Rohit Sharma time to build the squad for the two upcoming ICC events.

A form slump also didn’t do Virat Kohli any favours. Over the past two years, he has scored 560 runs in 12 ODIs without a century. His average during this period is 46.66, well below his career average of 59.07. In 20 T20Is during the same period, he has scored 594 runs at 49.50, while in 13 Tests in the last two years, he made 599 runs at an average of 26.04. Ravi Shastri, however, had defended his captain’s lean patch, citing bubble fatigue.

Virat Kohli with Rohit Sharma
Virat Kohli with Rohit Sharma IMAGE: AFP

“In the last 24 months, they (players) have been home for 25 days. I don’t care who you are, if your name is Bradman and you are in a bubble, your average will come down because you are human,” he had said.

Indian cricket has barely dealt with split captaincy and two power centres in the team. It would be interesting to see how new head coach Rahul Dravid handles this going ahead. Under Virat Kohli, India has scaled unprecedented heights in Tests and as of now, he remains the long-form captain. But even there too, Rohit Sharma’s shadow could be unmistakable.

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma
Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma Twitter
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Salman Butt Isn’t Surprised By Rohit Sharma’s Appointment As Limited-Overs Skipper Replacing Virat Kohli

Salman Butt, the former Pakistan captain has weighed on BCCI’s decision to hand over India’s ODI captaincy to Rohit Sharma from Virat Kohli.

Ever since the BCCI announced that opener Rohit Sharma will replace Virat Kohli as India’s new ODI captain, reactions from the cricketing fraternity have been pouring in.  The latest member to jump on the bandwagon is former Pakistan captain Salman Butt.

Controversial Pakistan batsman Salman Butt
Controversial Pakistan batsman Salman Butt (File Photo | AFP)

Salman Butt Isn’t Surprised By Rohit Sharma’s Appointment As Limited Overs Skipper Instead Of Virat Kohli Whose Workload Would Be Reduced

Salman Butt welcomed the decision, stating that the former T20I and ODI captain was “overloaded” and the pressure seemed higher than usual due to his century drought. He also added that the board has finally nailed the workload management of its modern-day great.

“This doesn’t come as a surprise to me. It was on the cards. It doesn’t make sense anyway if he’s only the T20I captain. It makes sense to segregate between white between red ball and white ball to reduce the pressure on a certain player.

“India doesn’t not play a lot T20Is; they mainly play ODIs and Tests. In order to reduce workload (off Kohli), the entire white-ball captaincy had to go one way,” explained Salman Butt while speaking in a video on his YouTube channel.

India's Virat Kohli. Credit: Reuters Photo
India’s Virat Kohli. Credit: Reuters Photo

Virat Kohli had led Team India in 95 ODI matches and registered victories 65 times. He is the fourth in the list of most victories by an Indian captain where MS Dhoni leads the tally with 110 wins, followed by Mohammad Azharuddin (90) and Sourav Ganguly (76).

Under his leadership, India won 15 ODI bilateral series out of 19, which also includes victories in difficult conditions in South Africa, Australia, and West Indies. During his ODI captaincy stint, Virat Kohli scored 5449 runs in 95 matches with 21 hundred. Virat Kohli also finished as India’s second-most successful captain in T20Is after MS Dhoni, having led the team in 50 matches, winning 32 of them and losing 16.

Virat Kohli, with a stellar 72.65 ODI average and more than 5,000 runs with 21 ODI hundred in 95 matches, will go down as one of the most accomplished record-holders for an Indian captain.

Salman Butt: Virat Kohli’s Performance May Get Better Because He Was Overloaded

Rohit Sharma, 34, has led India 10 times in ODIs and led them to victories on eight occasions. In T20Is, he has captained them 22 times, of which they have won 18 and lost four, after whitewashing New Zealand 3-0 at home in T20Is after T20I WC.

“Like I said, there is no element of surprise here. It’s a good thing because you will see Virat Kohli’s performance getting better because he was extremely overloaded. And as it is, the volume of cricket that India plays is very high.

“The pressure is even higher when all eyes are on him and people only talk about him not scoring runs. For people, him scoring 50s did not amount to anything. I reckon this was a perfect exchange with Rohit Sharma,” said Salman Butt.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma | AFP

Rohit Sharma won’t be new to the role as he has already led the ‘Men in Blue’ in 10 ODIs. Under him, India has won eight of those, including the 2018 Asia Cup in the UAE. Virat Kohli was absent from the tournament in which India beat Bangladesh in a thrilling final.

Rohit Sharma was assigned skipper for the New Zealand bilateral T20I series which India won 3-0 despite the absence of many white ball regulars and would be the skipper in ODIs too for the next South Africa tour.

Rohit Sharma’s first assignment as full-time ODI skipper of the Indian team will be the three-match series in South Africa, which will be played from January 19 to 23. Earlier, Virat Kohli also stepped down as skipper of his IPL franchise – Royal Challengers Bangalore. The IPL 2021 season was his last as RCB skipper where the team was knocked out in the Eliminator.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma
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A Batsman Of Virat Kohli’s Quality Is Always Needed In The Squad: Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma, Team India’s limited-overs captain has applauded Virat Kohli’s contribution to Indian cricket, stating that a batter of his quality is very important to the team. On Wednesday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) selectors named Rohit Sharma as India’s new ODI captain and Test vice-captain.

Virat Kohli will continue to lead in the longer format of the game-Tests. Earlier, Rohit Sharma had also replaced Virat Kohli as T20I captain after the latter stepped down from the post following the conclusion of India’s T20 World Cup 2021 campaign.

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma
Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma—-Twitter

Rohit Sharma: A Batsman Of Virat Kohli’s Quality Needed In Squad As An Average Of Over 50 In T20Is Is Crazy And Unreal

Hailing Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma asserted on the show “Backstage with Boria” that the former will remain a leader in the team. Virat Kohli, with a stellar 72.65 ODI average and more than 5,000 runs with 21 ODI hundred in 95 matches, will go down as one of the most accomplished record-holders for an Indian captain.

The seasoned opener stated: “A batter of his (Kohli’s) quality is always needed in the squad. To have an average of 50 plus in the T20 format, it is crazy and unreal. Obviously, with the experience… he has batted and bailed India out so many times from difficult situations. The quality and his kind of batsmanship is required. Plus, he is still a leader of the team. All those things put together, you don’t want to miss out. You don’t want to ignore that kind of stuff. His presence is very important to the team.”

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma | AFP

Although Virat Kohli had resigned from the T20I captaincy, he was keen to remain a leader in both ODIs and Tests. However, the selectors, while announcing the Test squad for South Africa on Wednesday, also confirmed that Rohit Sharma would lead the team in both ODIs and T20Is henceforth.

Rohit Sharma Assigned ODI Skipper By BCCI Selectors

Virat Kohli has exceptional numbers in the ODIs as captain where he has a win percentage of 70.43 — the most by an Indian who has led the national side in more than 10 matches. Virat Kohli had led Team India in 95 ODI matches and registered victories 65 times.

He is the fourth in the list of most victories by an Indian captain where MS Dhoni leads the tally with 110 wins, followed by Mohammad Azharuddin (90) and Sourav Ganguly (76).

Under Virat Kohli’s leadership, India won 15 ODI bilateral series out of 19, which also includes victories in South Africa, Australia, and West Indies. During his ODI captaincy stint, Virat Kohli scored 5449 runs in 95 matches with 21 hundred.

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma © BCCI
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma © BCCI

In his maiden assignment as Team India’s full-time T20I skipper, Rohit Sharma captained India to a 3-0 whitewash over New Zealand at home. According to a report, discussions over Rohit Sharma taking complete charge of the white-ball teams from Virat Kohli had been taking place for a while in the BCCI. Apparently, the selectors took the final call on the matter.

A BCCI insider was quoted as saying, “The BCCI wanted absolute clarity between red-ball and white-ball cricket. The BCCI wanted a complete (leadership) separation between the longest format and shorter formats to avoid any confusion. In the end, it was left to the selectors to take a call. They decided to appoint Rohit as new ODI captain.”

Rohit Sharma’s first assignment as full-time ODI skipper of the Indian team will be the three-match series in South Africa, which will be played from January 19 to 23.

Earlier, Virat Kohli also stepped down as skipper of his Indian Premier League franchise- Royal Challengers Bangalore. The IPL 2021 season was his last as RCB skipper where the team was knocked out in the Eliminator.

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