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Rohit Sharma Opens Up On Unfolded Events During 20th Over Of India’s Win Vs Pakistan In 2007 T20I WC

Rohit Sharma recounted the events that unfolded during the last over of India’s victory in the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007. He recollected how teammate Yuvraj Singh turned the other way, afraid to look up as he expected S Sreesanth might drop the catch.

Six runs were required off the final four deliveries when Pakistan batsman Misbah-ul-Haq attempted to scoop the ball over the short fine leg off the bowling of Joginder Sharma. S Sreesanth completed the catch on the edge of the circle to clinch the inaugural T20 World Cup title for India.

S Sreesanth Taking A Catch As India Won 2007 T20I WC Pic Source: T20 World Cup
S Sreesanth Taking A Catch As India Won 2007 T20I WC Pic Source: T20 World Cup

Rohit Sharma: The Moment Misbah-ul-Haq Played The Shot, Yuvraj Singh Turned Around To Not Watch Fearing S Sreesanth May Drop It

Rohit Sharma narrated the events to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup website. He was fielding at the cover at the time and saw Yuvraj Singh turn around at point as the ball went up.

“I was standing at covers that particular ball. Yuvi was at point. The moment Misbah played that shot, I saw Yuvi turning around. He was not watching because he thought he was going to drop it,” Rohit Sharma said.

Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni celebrate the 2007 T20 World Cup win © Getty Images
Rohit Sharma, Yuvraj Singh, and MS Dhoni celebrate the 2007 T20 World Cup win © Getty Images.

The Indian team for T20I World Cup 2007 was fairly young, captained by a 26-year-old MS Dhoni. The likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid, Sourav Ganguly, Anil Kumble, and Zaheer Khan had opted out of the tournament. MS Dhoni, who was on the rise, was given the reins of the team, and he created history with a bunch of youngsters. India defeated Pakistan in the final, played in Johannesburg, to claim the inaugural T20 World title.

Rohit Sharma Felt Surreal To Be Part Of India-Pakistan Final Match At 2007 T20I WC

The current Indian vice-captain reckons that S Sreesanth wouldn’t have experienced as much pressure in his life as he would have when the ball came at him.

“I was praying that just catch it. He didn’t have to move much. It was just there. He just moved two, three steps back and took it. It was the most pressure catch that he must have taken in his life.”

“At the stadium, you could only see India and Pakistan fans. I think more was India. Now, it feels surreal. It’s just unbelievable what we did on that day.”

2007 World T20 winning Indian team. Credits: Getty Images
2007 World T20 winning Indian team. Credits: Getty Images

The 34-year-old added that performing for India in the World Cup final at that point felt like a dream.

“I was 20 years old at that point and for me, to be in the final of the World Cup, of an inaugural T20 World Cup, was itself a great deal. And then to be playing the finals, and just going out there, scoring runs and taking catches and taking wickets, and seeing all the magic happen on the field was like a dream.”

India and Pakistan will once again face each other in a T20I World Cup when they play their opening match of the Super 12 stage on Sunday in the 2021 edition.

Yuvraj Singh featured in two World Cup wins for India (T20 World Cup in 2007 and ODI World Cup in 2011). In the 2007 T20 World Cup, Yuvraj Singh scored only 148 runs in the tournament, with two fifties. But he got those runs at a strike rate close to 195. In the tournament, his 12-ball half-century against England remains the fastest fifty in international cricket as he hit 6 sixes in one over off Stuart Broad.

With 362 runs at an average of 90.5 and 15 wickets at an average of 25.13, he was a key player in India’s second ODI World Cup Win after a hiatus of 28 years, and deservingly won the Player of the Tournament award.

India squad for T20 World Cup 2007: MS Dhoni (captain and wicket-keeper), Yuvraj Singh (vice-captain), Ajit Agarkar, Piyush Chawla, Gautam Gambhir, Harbhajan Singh, Joginder Sharma, Dinesh Karthik, Yusuf Pathan, Irfan Pathan, Virender Sehwag, Rohit Sharma, RP Singh, S. Sreesanth, Robin Uthappa

Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images
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Sachin Tendulkar Features In Pandora Papers As Beneficial Owner Off An Offshore Entity

Sachin Tendulkar, the former cricket legend who has been a Member of the Upper House of Parliament and members of his family, figures in the Pandora Papers as the beneficial owner of an offshore entity in the British Virgin Islands (BVI) which was liquidated in 2016.

Millions of leaked documents dubbed the Pandora Papers. A worldwide journalistic partnership on Sunday claims to have uncovered the financial secrets of current and former world leaders, politicians, and public officials in 91 countries and territories, including India.

Sachin Tendulkar. (Photo Source: Twitter
Sachin Tendulkar. (Photo Source: Twitter

Sachin Tendulkar, Anjali Tendulkar, And Anand Mehta Were Named As BOs And Directors Of Saas International Limited

Sachin Tendulkar, with his wife Anjali Tendulkar and father-in-law Anand Mehta, as per an investigation of Panama law firm Alcogal which are part of Pandora Papers, are named as follows: BOs and Directors of a BVI-based company: Saas International Limited. The data is part of documents from Panamian law firm, Alcogal, with their company being incorporated by LJ Management (Suisse).

According to the ICIJ, Pandora Paper’s secret documents expose offshore dealings of the likes of the King of Jordan, the presidents of Ukraine, Kenya, and Ecuador, the Prime Minister of the Czech Republic, and former British Prime Minister Tony Blair. The files also reveal the financial activities of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s “unofficial minister of propaganda” and more than 130 billionaires from Russia, the US, Turkey, and other nations.

Anjali and Sachin Tendulkar (File Photo)
Anjali and Sachin Tendulkar (File Photo)

Saas International’s first reference in the Pandora records dates back to 2007. The most detailed set of documents, along with financial benefits for the company’s owners, are available from the time of liquidation of the company in July 2016. At the time of liquidation of the company, its shares were bought back by shareholders as per the value listed:

· Sachin Tendulkar (9 shares): $856,702

· Anjali Tendulkar (14 shares ): $1,375,714

· Anand Mehta (5 shares) $453,082

The average buyback price of shares of Saas International Limited is around $96,000. The company’s resolution dated August 10, 2007 (the day the company was formed) shows 90 shares of the company were issued at the outset. Anjali Tendulkar got the first share certificate with 60 shares; her father got the second share certificate with 30 shares. While there are no details of buyback of the remaining shares, the value of 90 shares can be pegged at $8.6 million (roughly Rs 60 crore).

The date of liquidation of Saas International Limited is also significant as it came three months after the Panama Papers expose. In Alcogal spreadsheets, Sachin Tendulkar and Anjali Tendulkar also figure where they are categorized as Politically Exposed Persons (PEPs). In one registry of PEPs, Sachin Tendulkar is listed on account of him being an MP and is put in the “high risk” category. Another review of Sachin Tendulkar and Anjali Tendulkar’s PEP status was done in May 2016, two months prior to the winding up of Saas International Limited.

Sachin Tendulkar’s tenure as a nominated Member of the Rajya Sabha was from 2012 to 2018, and for four of these years, his BVI entity was registered and running with Alcogal. As per regulations, nominated Members of the Rajya Sabha are not required to submit their annual list of assets and liabilities as other elected MPs need to.

The shareholders’ resolution for dissolution is signed by all three of its shareholders: Sachin Tendulkar, Anjali Tendulkar, and Anand Mehta. As per regulations of the Mutual Legal Assistance (MLA) Act, 2003, there are also details about where the “location of records and underlying documentation” for Saas International Limited will be after its liquidation. The certificate, dated July 15, 2016 (the day the liquidation was initiated), shows that the records would be maintained by LJ Management in Neuchatel, Switzerland.

Pandora Papers Expose Offshore Dealings Of Anil Ambani, Jackie Shroff, And Other Famous Celebrities

The former cricketer, his wife Anjali Tendulkar, and his father-in-law Anand Mehta have been named as Beneficiary Owners and Directors of Saas International Limited, a company based in the British Virgin Islands. The company was reportedly liquidated three months after the Panama Papers expose.

Mrinmoy Mukherjee, the director of Sachin Tendulkar Foundation, said that the investment was legitimate and was declared in the former cricketer’s income tax returns. He said that there was no question of him engaging in money laundering or tax evasion.

From left: Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Sachin Tendulkar, and Anil Ambani. | Reuters, AFP
From left: Kiran Mazumdar Shaw, Sachin Tendulkar, and Anil Ambani. | Reuters, AFP

The ICIJ analysis of the secret documents identified 956 companies in offshore havens tied to 336 high-level politicians and public officials, including country leaders, cabinet ministers, ambassadors, and others.

Besides Sachin Tendulkar, the ‘Pandora Papers’ also expose offshore dealings of Reliance ADAG boss Anil Ambani, Purvi Modi, sister of fugitive diamantaire Nirav Modi, John McCallum Marshall Shaw, a British citizen and the husband of Kiran Mazumder Shaw, Bollywood actor Jackie Shroff and corporate Lobbyist Niira Radia.

Inzamamul Haq addresses a press conference in Lahore. — AP/File
Inzamam-ul-Haq addresses a press conference in Lahore. — AP/File
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Inzamam-ul-Haq Discharged From The Hospital After Suffering A Heart Attack

InzamamulHaq, the former Pakistan captain and one of their all-time batting greats, has been discharged from the hospital after suffering a heart attack in Lahore.

The former Pakistan skipper underwent a successful angioplasty on Monday evening. The former middle-order batsman, who shot to global prominence during Pakistan’s World Cup-winning 1992 campaign, had been complaining about chest pain over the last three days.

Inzamam-ul-Haq | AFP
Inzamam-ul-Haq | AFP

Inzamam-ul-Haq Was Stable But Under Observation

Initial testing cleared him but tests on Monday revealed he had suffered a heart attack and had to be rushed for surgery. According to his agent, Inzamam-ul-Haq was stable but was under observation. The 51-year-old who is Pakistan’s highest run-getter in ODIs is their third-highest scorer in Tests.

Inzamam-ul-Haq JEWEL SAMAD / AFP
Inzamam-ul-Haq JEWEL SAMAD / AFP

He was also among the country’s most successful captains. He retired from the international game in 2007 and has since held several positions in Pakistan, as a batting consultant and then the chief selector from 2016 to 2019. He has also worked as head coach of Afghanistan.

The former Pakistan captain underwent angioplasty on Monday after complaining of breathing difficulties. Soon after the news broke out, many including legendary cricketers like Sachin Tendulkar and Wasim Akram took to Twitter to wish him a speedy recovery.

Inzamam-ul-Haq Played A Role In The Rise Of Afghanistan

Inzamam-ul-Haq is one of the most successful batsmen in Pakistan cricket history. Inzamam-ul-Haq played a vital role in the rise of the Afghanistan cricket team. When he was the team’s coach, the Afghans upset the West Indies in the ICC T20 World Cup 2016.

Afghanistan
Afghanistan

The 51-year-old had played 120 Tests and 378 One-Day Internationals for Pakistan. Inzamam-ul-Haq scored 8,830 runs in Test cricket with the help of 25 centuries and 56 half-centuries. His highest score of 329 in the longest format of the game came in Lahore against New Zealand in 2002. In the 50-over format, the right-hander scored 11,739 runs with 83 half-centuries and 10 hundreds at an average of 39.53.

File photo of Parthiv Patel with Mumbai Indians | Sandeep Shetty – Sportzpics – IPL
File photo of Parthiv Patel with Mumbai Indians | Sandeep Shetty – Sportzpics – IPL
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Parthiv Patel’s Father Passes Away On 26th September 2021

Parthiv Patel, the former Team India cricketer lost his father on Sunday. The former keeper informed about his father Ajaybhai Bipinchandra Patel’s demise on Twitter.

Parthiv Patel, who played for Team India and represented a handful of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises in his professional career informed about the death of his father Ajaybhai Bipinchandra Patel on Twitter.

File image of Parthiv Patel | Vipin Pawar /SPORTZPICS
File image of Parthiv Patel | Vipin Pawar /SPORTZPICS

Parthiv Patel’s Father Pass Away, Sachin Tendulkar, RP Singh, And Pragyan Ojha Condoled Demise

The entire cricket fraternity is in a state of shock ever since the former Indian wicketkeeper-batsman shared the tragic news of his father’s demise. Sachin Tendulkar, Pragyan Ojha, and RP Singh condoled his demise.

“It is with the deepest grief and sadness, we inform the passing away of my father Mr. Ajaybhai Bipinchandra Patel. He left for his heavenly abode on 26th September 2021. We request you to keep him in your thoughts and prayers. May his soul rest in peace,” Patel said in his tweet on Sunday.

Sachin Tendulkar. (Photo Source: Twitter
Sachin Tendulkar. (Photo Source: Twitter

Parthiv Patel’s father was earlier hospitalized in his hometown Ahmedabad in the aftermath of a brain haemorrhage. In 2019, the keeper had opened up about his father’s medical condition on social media.

“Please keep my father in your prayers. He is suffering from a brain hemorrhage,” Patel had tweeted.

The Indian southpaw was plying his trade with the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the IPL 2019 at the time.  Parthiv Patel had emerged as RCB’s third-highest scorer in the 2019 edition of the IPL. The Indian batsman had amassed 373 runs for the Virat Kohli-led RCB franchise in the IPL 2019.

Parthiv Patel Debuted In 2002 And Retired In 2020

Besides RCB, the 36-year-old left-handed keeper also represented Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Deccan Chargers, Kochi Tuskers, Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), and Mumbai Indians (MI) in his glittering IPL career.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel
Wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel Image Source: GETTY IMAGES

One of the youngest cricketers to have played for the Indian team in the longest format at the age of 17, Parthiv Patel had announced his retirement from all forms of the game in 2020. The keeper made his Team India debut against England at Trent Bridge in 2002.

The Indian wicketkeeper-batsman played 25 Tests, 38 One Day Internationals (ODIs), and 2 T20Is for Team India. Parthiv Patel has scored 934 runs in Tests while he has 736 runs to his name in ODIs. In T20Is, he scored 36 runs. After retiring from cricket, he is currently playing the role of a commentator. He is currently doing commentary in IPL 2021.

A pocket-sized attacking wicket-keeper-batsman, Parthiv Patel entered the international scene in 2002 when, at 17 years and 153 days, he became Test cricket’s youngest wicketkeeper after making his debut at Trent Bridge.

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Virender Sehwag: Ravindra Jadeja Was Promoted Since Right Hand And Left Hand Combination Often Trouble Bowlers

Virender Sehwag analyzed the possible reason behind the changes in India’s batting order. In doing so, he even recalled India’s tour of Australia in 2004 and cited the example of Sachin Tendulkar who wasn’t among runs and his batting position was changed in one of the games in the series.

India got off to a wobbly start against England on the first day of the third day’s opening day at The Oval. After being put to bat, the visitors lost their top three batters with just 39 runs on the board. After Cheteshwar Pujara nicked a James Anderson delivery to keeper Jonny Bairstow, the fans would have expected vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane to walk in next.

Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag (Image Credit: Twitter)

Virender Sehwag: Ravindra Jadeja Was Promoted Since Right Hand And Left Hand Combination Often Trouble Opposition’s Bowlers

However, to everyone’s surprise, India opted to make a massive change in the batting order by promoting Ravindra Jadeja at No. 5. The left-hand all-rounder gave company to his captain and looked confident. India didn’t lose any more wickets in the morning session and reached 54 for 3 at lunch.

“Maybe it was a step taken to force the England bowlers to alter their line and length against a left-hander. And if the reason is something else then it’s not a good sign for India. It could be just one of the matches when Jadeja was promoted up and sent in to bat ahead of Ajinkya Rahane, ” said Virender Sehwag.

“The conditions are favouring swing and troubling the right-handers, so send in Jadeja at No. 5; which we usually see in the shorter formats. The right-hand and left-hand combination often troubles a bowler, so maybe to introduce that format in Tests as well,” Virender Sehwag said.

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

Virender Sehwag has opined that India sent Ravindra Jadeja ahead of Ajinkya Rahane to force England’s bowling unit to change their line and length against a left-hander. Virender Sehwag believes that if this is not the reason then it’s not a good sign for India. He feels that it’s a one-and-done thing for India promoting Ravindra Jadeja up the batting order.

Ravindra Jadeja fell for 10, failing to make good use of the opportunity that came his way. Ajinkya Rahane scored 14 as India was dismissed for 191.

Virender Sehwag Questions Why Out Of Form Virat Kohli And Cheteshwar Pujara’s Position Weren’t Altered

Virender Sehwag further pinpointed that alongside Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli and Cheteshwar Pujara also haven’t scored runs, so it’s just a one-time affair that Ajinkya Rahane’s batting position was changed. He recalled the 2004 Australia tour where Sachin Tendulkar’s position was changed when he didn’t score good runs.

“Rahane hasn’t scored much in the last games but the same is the case with Kohli and Pujara. Why wasn’t their position altered? So, I think it could be a one-time affair,” he added.

“I remember, Tendulkar wasn’t getting runs in the 2004 tour of Australia. So, Sourav Ganguly changed his position from No. 4 to 5 and he himself batted at No.4. It happens sometimes that when you are getting out regularly while batting at a similar position then such changes are made.”

Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar [Image Courtesy: Twitter]
Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar [Image Courtesy: Twitter]

“Even when I wasn’t scoring as an opener, I was sent to bat in the middle order. When I found my rhythm back, I was back on top of the order. So that could be a possible reason for the change,” Sehwag concluded.

The former swashbuckling Indian opener further added that even he was pushed back to the middle when he was going through a rough patch.

England's James Anderson (R) celebrates the dismissal of India's captain Virat Kohli (L) during the first day of third Test cricket match at Headingley cricket ground in Leeds, England. (Photo | AP)
England's James Anderson (R) celebrates the dismissal of India's captain Virat Kohli (L) during the first day of third Test cricket match at Headingley cricket ground in Leeds, England. (Photo | AP)
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James Anderson Opens Up On Animated Celebration After Dismissing Virat Kohli

James Anderson holds an edge over Virat Kohli in the ongoing series as he has already dismissed the Indian skipper twice so far. For 7 long years, James Anderson had to wait to get Virat Kohli out in a Test match. And in the ongoing series, the senior England pacer has already dismissed the Indian skipper twice.

In the opening Test, England’s most experienced veteran pacer dismissed Indian skipper Virat Kohli for a first-ball duck while in the 3rd Test, the India skipper managed only 7 runs before being dismissed as India was bowled out for only 78 in the 1st innings.

James Anderson
James Anderson (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

James Anderson: There Was A Lot Of Emotion When Virat Kohli Was Dismissed

James Anderson has dominated Virat Kohli in the ongoing series and will hope to extend his dominance in the last two matches. Apart from dismissing Virat Kohli, James Anderson’s animated celebration has also been a talking point. Writing in his column for The Telegraph, James Anderson opened up on his celebration and revealed the reason behind it.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli[photo: Twitter]

“When I got Kohli out in the first innings in Leeds there was a lot of emotion. It was the same as at Trent Bridge. I guess there is that extra something with him because he is such a good player and their captain as well. You see how much it means to him when his team takes a wicket so I want to show him what it means to us to get him out,” he wrote.

The two probably don’t share a good rapport as Virat Kohli swore at James Anderson during the 2nd Test. During the same fixture, Jasprit Bumrah had tested James Anderson’s batting skills with a barrage of bouncers.

James Anderson, who dismissed batting great Sachin Tendulkar on 9 occasions, has got Virat Kohli on 7 occasions. He dismissed Virat Kohli five times on the 2014 tour. He failed to dismiss the Indian captain in the past three series.

Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images

The five-match Test series is level at 1-1 and the winner of the 4th Test will gain an unassailable lead. The first Test of the series had ended in a draw while India won the 2nd Test match, at Lord’s. England bounced back strongly in the 3rd Test to hand India an innings defeat. The 4th Test of the series kicks off today (September 2) at Kennington Oval, London.

James Anderson is the highest wicket-taker in Test cricket when it comes to pacers. James Anderson has been phenomenal against India in the series, taking 13 wickets at 16.25 and a strike rate of 47.7. The England Test veteran has taken a whopping 30 wickets at 19.79 this year alone, including two five-wicket hauls.

The battle between India skipper Virat Kohli and James Anderson may not take place in the fourth Test at The Oval as the veteran England pace bowler could be rested and return only for the fifth Test in Manchester. Virat Kohli hasn’t had the best time with the bat in India’s ongoing tour of England. In three Tests, the skipper has only scored 124 runs at an average of 24.80, which is much lower than the bar he’s set at the biggest stage.

Sanjay Bangar | Twitter: ANI Digital
Sanjay Bangar | Twitter: ANI Digital
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“The Fewer Shots One Have, The Better It Is: Sanjay Bangar Recalls 2002 Leeds Test

Sanjay Bangar, the former Indian batting coach spoke about batting in English conditions ahead of the third Test. The 48-year-old was part of the Indian team that toured England in 2002.

India scripted one of their most dominant overseas wins during their visit to Leeds in 2002. Centuries scored by Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, and Sourav Ganguly paved the way for a famous win, but the platform was set up by a 170-run partnership registered by Sanjay Bangar and Rahul Dravid for the second wicket. Sanjay Bangar stood his ground in extremely challenging conditions and played out 236 deliveries for his 68-run knock.

Sanjay Bangar
Sanjay Bangar

Sanjay Bangar: The Fewer Shots One Have, The Better It Is In Headingley

Sanjay Bangar noted that keeping things simple was one of the things that worked in his favour.

While speaking on Brad Hogg’s YouTube channel, Bangar said: “What happens at Headingley or in conditions which are seaming and swinging, the less shots you have, the better it is. And I never had too many shots in my book so that worked to my advantage, when you know, I sort of was restricted or very limited in my range of scoring or the range of shots that I had.”

Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar and Sourav Ganguly (Photo Credits: Twitter)
Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, and Sourav Ganguly (Photo Credits: Twitter)

In the Leeds Test in 2002, Sanjay Bangar (68 in 236 balls) and Rahul Dravid (148 in 307 balls) joined hands after the fall of the first wicket and stitched a patient 170-run partnership for the second wicket after playing 414 balls. The duo showed immense application, composure, and grit to counter the English bowling attack in the challenging overcast conditions on Day 1 to give India the upper hand in the encounter.

Later Sachin Tendulkar (193) and Sourav Ganguly (128) cashed in on the perfect platform set by the top order and helped India reach 628/8 before declaring the innings.

England came in to bat after 180.1 overs on the field. Indian bowlers bowled impressively and bundled out the hosts for just 273 in their first innings. The bowling figures read – Zaheer Khan (2/59), Ajit Agarkar (2/59), Anil Kumble (3/93), and Harbhajan Singh (3/40).

England went on to bat again after Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly enforced a follow-on. Things did not change much this time either as the home team got all-out for 309 runs and lost the match by an innings and 46 runs.

Sanjay Bangar Don’t Think The Conditions Determine The Choice Of Openers

One of the positives for the Indian team so far has been the stability provided at the top of the order by Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul. Sanjay Bangar noted how Rohit Sharma cemented his place following a good run of performances and KL Rahul’s credentials justified his place at the top of the order.

“I think it was a bit of a chance for KL Rahul that he got a nod in, in the first place because all along Rohit Sharma has been nurtured as an opening batsman since the last two years, since he played a lot of home Test matches and that is a great place to begin for any opener.

“I don’t think the conditions determine the choice of the openers as such but it was basically what was available and who were the personnel were and both of them were very very well adept at doing that particular role,” Sanjay Bangar said.

KL Rahul (Image Credit: Twitter)
KL Rahul (Image Credit: Twitter)

Following a lengthy break after events at Lord’s, India and England will meet at Headingley, Leeds for the third Test of the series, starting today-25th August.

IMAGE: Virender Sehwag (left) and Harbhajan Singh share a laugh during an ODI against Australia in Mohali in November 2009. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images
IMAGE: Virender Sehwag (left) and Harbhajan Singh share a laugh during an ODI against Australia in Mohali in November 2009. Photograph: Mark Kolbe/Getty Images
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Virender Sehwag Names Harbhajan Singh As The Biggest Prankster

Virender Sehwag, a former Indian legendary cricketer is known to be outspoken and straightforward. Often in his views or Tweets too he expresses his point of view by being precise and accurate. Be it supporting the Indian athletes during the Olympics, or appreciating team India for winning the Lord’s Test, the Nawab of Najafgarh is in the news all the time.

This time he is in the news because he has launched a clothing line ‘VS’. He spoke about this new brand and also revealed a few secrets about his teammates during his playing days.

Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag (Image Credit: Twitter)

Virender Sehwag Revealed Sachin Tendulkar Instructed Teammates To Wear Branded Clothes And Ashish Nehra Needed Fashion Advice

When he was quizzed about the most fashionable member in the Indian team, Virender Sehwag immediately replied by taking Sachin Tendulkar’s name.  He also said how the master blaster was a trendsetter for all the other players in the team to wear branded clothes.

“Sachin told us to wear branded clothes,” Sehwag said to Network18.

Sachin Tendulkar Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images
Sachin Tendulkar Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images

When the cricketer-turned-expert was asked to name one player with the worst fashion sense or someone who needed a bit of fashion advice, Virender Sehwag named left-arm pacer Ashish Nehra.

“During our times he used to only wear Reebok T-shirts and shorts. But his life has completely changed now. He needed that push in the beginning, and once again Sachin was the one who guided us,” he added.

Sachin Tendulkar currently holds the record for most hundreds in both Tests and ODIs. Incredibly, he retained a divine enthusiasm for the game till his last match. He also scored the first double-century in one-day cricket. In 2012, he became the first player to score 100 international centuries.

Later that year, though, he announced his retirement from ODIs. And on November 16, 2013, Sachin Tendulkar retired from Test cricket after a memorable 200th Test-the most by any player.

Virender Sehwag Names Harbhajan Singh As The Biggest Prankster

It’s a well-documented fact that the Indian team during the early 2000s had a fair bit of pranksters in the team. However, Virender Sehwag took the name of veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh‘s name as the biggest prankster.

He said, “It has to be Harbhajan Singh. If you ask anyone from that team, they would name him. In 2001, Harbhajan had got some scary masks from the US. So we put on those masks at night and decided to scare everyone. The first on the list was our computer analyst Nandan.”

Harbhajan Singh (© IANS)
Harbhajan Singh (© IANS)

The former India opener also revealed how Reetinder Singh Sodhi reacted when he was pranked with those masks.

“The second one was Reetinder Singh Sodhi, who actually took out his bat to hit us. We had to run away quickly from there. That is when we told him, it was only a prank,” Sehwag said.

Harbhajan Singh picked up 417 scalps by playing 103 Tests and 269 scalps playing 236 ODIs. He also picked up 25 scalps from 28 T20Is. His last Test and ODI came in 2015 and his last T20I came in 2016.

Since 2012, Harbhajan Singh has been mostly in and out of the side with Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja firming up as the lead spinners in Tests. Harbhajan Singh was restricted to the odd comeback, notably in the 2015-16 season where he played a few Tests and a handful of ODIs apart from getting a chance in the 2016 World T20 as well.

Since 2016, he hasn’t played for India in any format and it’s unlikely that he will ever again. Although yet to officially announce retirement, his career is all but over.

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Joe Root Only Capable Of Scoring 100s: Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar, the former legendary batsman says the current England team is in complete awe of India’s world-class seam attack with only its skipper Joe Root looking capable of getting a big hundred.

In an exclusive interview, the iconic batsman spoke on a host of issues including India’s victory, the standard of the England Test team, skipper Virat Kohli’s technical adjustments, Rohit Sharma’s dominance against the new ball, and Jasprit Bumrah’s return to wickets with 12 scalps in the last two games.

Sachin Tendulkar Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images
Sachin Tendulkar Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images

Sachin Tendulkar: England Batsmen Aren’t Capable Of Scoring Tons Consistently Apart From Joe Root

Joe Root has amassed 1277 runs playing 10 Tests in 2021, averaging 57.21, and has hit 5 tons. He scored 228 and 186 against Sri Lanka and hit 218 in the 1st Test against and in India while scoring 109 and an unbeaten 180 in the first two successive Tests when India toured England.

“When I saw Joe Root putting India in after winning the toss, I was really surprised and I felt that in itself was an indication that England was worried about our fast bowling attack.  Bowling first wasn’t an ideal decision by the England captain and credit to our openers, they were brilliant. This England team has had a history of collapses.In this team, I don’t see anyone other than Joe Root(capable of scoring 100s). Teams of the past had a number of such players,” Sachin Tendulkar said about England batsmen.

Joe Root
Joe Root Photograph: Sri Lanka Cricket

“Other than Root, I can’t find anyone(to score consistent tons) and that’s the state of their batting today. Maybe the reason for Root to opt for fielding first,” Sachin Tendulkar said about England’s batting collapse.

“He(Rohit Sharma) has been a leader there and KL has supported him brilliantly. As far as playing pull shot is concerned, he has cleared the fence with that shot and I am looking at what he has been able to achieve for the team in both Tests. Rohit has left the ball and defended the ball brilliantly or equally well. He was always a fantastic player but seeing his last few innings in England, I can say he has definitely gone a notch higher,” Sachin Tendulkar said about Rohit Sharma.

“They played a very crucial role considering that we were effectively 28 for 3 when they came together. Two more quick wickets and we would have been 60 for 5 and dynamics would have been completely different. They stabilised the innings,”Sachin Tendulkar said about Ajinkya Rahane And Cheteshwar Pujara’s partnership.

Ajinkya Rahane paired with Cheteshwar Pujara (45) to put up a solid 100-run stand for the 4th wicket to put India in a comfortable position. An afternoon of dead-batted defiance from Cheteshwar Pujara, 45 from 206 balls, and Ajinkya Rahane, 61 from 146, was followed by a three-wicket intervention that keeps England in the hunt to reward Joe Root’s masterful 180 on the third day with a 1-0 series lead on the final 5th day.

Resuming from 181-6, leading by only 154 runs, India was soon reduced to 209-8, losing both their overnight batsmen in the form of Rishabh Pant and Ishant Sharma before the pair of Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah’s partnership changed the course of the match, tilting it in favour of India.

 

Sachin Tendulkar: England’s Body Language Wasn’t Great On The 5th Day

Virat Kohli is having an off-form with the bat recently in Tests but his captaincy tactics have been spot on and his aggressive instinct has given India many Test wins of late. For Joe Root, it’s just the opposite as he is in the form of his life but his team has lost to New Zealand and India recently.

“Virat hasn’t had a great start. It is the mind that leads to technical errors and if the start isn’t good you start thinking about a lot of things. Because anxiety levels are high you tend to over compensate for your movements.Form is also your state of mind along with the body working in harmony,” Sachin Tendulkar said about Virat Kohli.

“If you can dismiss the top-order by bowling in good areas, why wouldn’t you try that with the tail-enders. I thought they were impatient and felt they wanted to scare them by bowling short but it actually was one of the reasons that triggered their motivation to stay at the crease and add those invaluable 100-odd runs. England’s body language wasn’t great,”Sachin Tendulkar said about England’s performance on the 5th Day.

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

“Today this bowling attack is the best in the world. It’s a reflection of talent, discipline and ability to work hard on fitness and wanting to learn more. I felt before the WTC final, Bumrah didn’t have enough long spells under his belt. He is the kind of bowler who is like the more he bowls, the better he gets,” Sachin Tendulkar said about Jasprit Bumrah and India’s pace attack.

“Siraj is a quick learner and adapts well to situations. He has come across as a fast learner. He has spring in his strides and gives his 100 per cent every time,” Sachin Tendulkar said about Mohammed Siraj.
Mohammed Shami hit a fifty and Jasprit Bumrah hanged around for a solid 34 as the two tail-enders added 89 not out for the 9th wicket. India then returned to the field with their pacers charged up. After picking up 2 wickets early, India went on to bowl England out for 120 in less than 52 overs to go 1-0 up in the 5-match series
Sachin Tendulkar
Sachin Tendulkar
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Technology Has Changed Everything, Says Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar, the former Indian legendary Master Blaster made his debut back in 1989 but for the first time technology made its presence felt in his cricket journey was a lot later, 2002 to be precise.

The situation in the Indian dressing room was fast-changing and Sachin Tendulkar too reacted to this change. Sports analytics was just foraying into the annals of Indian cricket. This was the first time an ‘analyst’ was inserted into the dressing room with a laptop in hand.

Sachin Tendulkar Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images
Sachin Tendulkar Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images

Sachin Tendulkar: Technology Has Changed Everything

There was a time in cricket, where the run-out calls were made by the onfield umpires until the third umpire rule came into the party. It made a huge difference and the era has changed now with the game of cricket starting to use analysts. All the cricketing nations have hired an analyst who can give a detailed survey of the opponent’s weaknesses and their own strengths in an elaborative and statistical way.

“Technology has changed everything. In 2002, a laptop was brought to the dressing room and I said, What will a laptop do in the dressing room?,’” he told The Indian Express in an exclusive chat.

Sachin Tendulkar carried on the shoulders of his teammates after the 2011 World Cup win | AFP
Sachin Tendulkar carried on the shoulders of his teammates after the 2011 World Cup win | AFP

He later revealed that as time passed, the players accepted technology as it only improved the state of affairs.

“Over a period of time, there was acceptance. Only if there is acceptance, will there be adaptability. Our team meetings started to be more precise. It was not left to individual imaginations. So, the meetings were not like earlier, where we used to say remember back then at Melbourne, how we got them out. And after saying that, no one knew who was thinking about that Melbourne day and how we got the batsmen out.”

“Now, we had data on the screen where you could pinpoint and say where the foot of the batsman was. We knew the number of times a particular batsman has been out in a similar fashion.”

Sachin Tendulkar currently holds the record for most hundreds in both Tests and ODIs. Incredibly, he retained a divine enthusiasm for the game till his last match. He also scored the first double-century in one-day cricket. In 2012, he became the first player to score 100 international centuries.

Later that year, though, he announced his retirement from ODIs. And on November 16, 2013, Sachin Tendulkar retired from Test cricket after a memorable 200th Test-the most by any player.

Sachin Tendulkar Watched The Opposition Bowlers Rather Than Watching Himself Batting

Sachin Tendulkar also said that living with data was not that easy for him as the more he delved into the data, it got even more complicated.

“Personally speaking, I felt the deeper I got into it, the more my mind would get complicated. One needs to have that balance and see how much is enough. And instead of watching my batting, I watched the opposition bowlers. Let them spend more time on me and I will spend even more time on them.”

Sachin Tendulkar. (Photo Source: Twitter
Sachin Tendulkar. (Photo Source: Twitter

Sachin Tendulkar mentioned that 2002 was the first time he saw a laptop in the Indian dressing room and wondered what it would do in a dressing room. He later realised that the importance of precise calculations which started to take place in team meetings rather than imaginary battles. He added that it is important to accept the new working things to adapt to the needs of the game.

He is the highest run-scorer of all time in international cricket, and the only player to have scored one hundred international centuries, the first batsman to score a double century in a One Day International (ODI), the holder of the record for the most runs in both Test and ODI cricket, and the only player to complete more than 30,000 runs in international cricket

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