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Unmukt Chand had shot to prominence when he captained India Under-19 to victory in the 2012 World Cup. (File Photo/BCCI)
Unmukt Chand had shot to prominence when he captained India Under-19 to victory in the 2012 World Cup. (File Photo/BCCI)

Unmukt Chand Becomes First Male Indian Cricketer To Be Signed By Australia’s Big Bash League Franchise Melbourne Renegades

Unmukt Chand, a former India U-19 captain, became the first Indian male cricketer to be signed by Australia’s Big Bash League.

He is set to represent the Aaron Finch-led Melbourne Renegades, the franchise confirmed on Thursday. The 28-year-old Delhi cricketer never played at the senior international level but had played for India A and captained India Under-19 in the 2012 World Cup. He scored a century in the final against Australia that featured the likes of Travis Head and Ashton Turner.

Australia limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch (File photo| PTI)
Australia limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch (File photo| PTI)

Unmukt Chand Excited To Be Part Of Melbourne Renegades

Earlier in the month of August, Unmukt Chand drew curtains on his Indian cricketing career, stating that he would like to explore more opportunities ‘across the world’. He had also represented the Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals), Mumbai Indians, and Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and played 67 first-class matches in the domestic circuit. Therefore, Unmukt Chand was delighted to be a part of the BBL.

He said, “I’m very excited, it’s great to be part of the Melbourne Renegades family. I’ve always followed the Big Bash and it’s a great opportunity for me to come and play some good cricket.”

Unmukt Chand retired from Indian cricket in 2021 to search for opportunities elsewhere Hindustan Times via Getty Images
Unmukt Chand retired from Indian cricket in 2021 to search for opportunities elsewhere Hindustan Times via Getty Images.

“I’m really looking forward to coming to Melbourne and to get going. I’ve always enjoyed playing in Australia. I haven’t been to Melbourne before… I know for a fact there are lots of Indians in Melbourne, so it’s going to be nice, and I hope the crowds turn up for games as well,” he added.

Unmukt Chand has signed on to play the upcoming Big Bash League season for the Melbourne Renegades. The 28-year-old becomes the first Indian to play in the tournament, though a number of Indian women have been part of the Women’s Big Bash League over the years. A top-order batter, Unmukt Chand hit a match-winning century in the final of the Under-19 World Cup in 2012 against Australia and was fast-tracked within a year to India A captaincy.

However, a massive dip in form that led to dwindling returns didn’t help nail down a permanent position, both at the IPL and with his state team, Delhi.

Unmukt Chand Is Currently Based In The USA And Was The Player Of The Minor Cricket League Tournament

Unmukt Chand is currently based in the United States. He represented the Silicon Valley Strikers and was named the player of the tournament as his team won the Minor League Cricket title in September. He will travel to Australia later this month and be available for the duration of the tournament.

“It’s great to have Unmukt on board and we’re looking forward to seeing what he can do as a Renegade. He makes history as the first Indian player in the BBL, which is exciting for our club, our fans and the competition,” General Manager, James Rosengarten, said.

Shaun Marsh playing for Australia - GETTY IMAGES
Shaun Marsh playing for Australia – GETTY IMAGES

“We believe we’re assembling a well-rounded group, with a nice mix of experience and exciting, young talent. Our list is close to finalised, but we look forward to sharing some more exciting news with our fans in the run to the season.”

He began his Minor League career in America by leading his team Silicon Valley to the title. In all, he has played 77 T20s since making his debut in 2010 and has an average of 22.35 and a strike rate of 116.09. In Melbourne Renegades BBL squad, apart from skipper Aaron Finch, who is also Australia’s limited-overs skipper, and Unmukt Chand, Marcus Harris, Shaun Marsh, James Pattinson, Kane Richardson are in the list.

Melbourne Renegades BBL Squad: Aaron Finch (C), Cameron Boyce, Unmukt Chand, Zak Evans, Jake Fraser-McGurk, Sam Harper, Marcus Harris, Mackenzie Harvey, Josh Lalor, Nic Maddinson, Shaun Marsh, James Pattinson, Mitchell Perry, Jack Prestwidge, Kane Richardson, Will Sutherland, Reece Topley

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Puckovski lead Victoria from the front. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Will Pucovski Suffered Shoulder Injury, Will Be Reassessed On The Eve Of 4th Test

Will Pucovski faces an anxious wait to see if he can recover from a shoulder injury in time for the fourth and final Vodafone Test against India, with Australia giving him every opportunity to prove his fitness.

Australia confirmed Will Pucovski suffered a “shoulder subluxation” injury while diving in the field on the fifth day of the third Test in Sydney. A subluxation is a partial dislocation of the shoulder joint when the ball of the upper arm bone partly comes out of the socket in the shoulder.

I'm Pumped To Take Up The Challenge Against India: Will Pucovski
Will Pucovski. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Will Pucovski To Continue Rehabilitation, Decision Will Be Made Prior To 4th Test

Will Pucovski joins the injury list with a shoulder complaint. In clear discomfort and holding his right shoulder after the dive, he soon left the field and was later sent for scans.

“He will continue rest and rehabilitation over the next two days before a decision is made on his fitness for the fourth Vodafone Test match,” a Cricket Australia spokesperson said.

If he is unable to recover from the injury, it could mean a fifth opening batsman to be used by Australia in four Tests, with Marcus Harris already in the extended 18 man Test squad. Will Pucovski scored a stylish 62 in the first innings in Sydney, prompting former Test captain Ricky Ponting to declare the youngster a 10-year Test player.

Joe Burns and David Warner
Joe Burns and David Warner. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Opening partner David Warner also admitted on Monday he still felt nervous about his groin injury, as his return from a lengthy layoff coincided with the back-to-back Tests. If Will Pucovski wasn’t deemed fit, Australia would again face a dilemma with options at the top of the order. David Warner scored 5 and 13 and wasn’t looking at ease.

Marcus Harris May Be Recalled Or Matthew Wade Could Bat Again As Opener

Having already dropped Joe Burns from the squad, Marcus Harris remains in the extended group and could be an option to be recalled.

Marcus Harris
Marcus Harris (Credits – Getty)

The other option would likely be returning Matthew Wade to the top, allowing Travis Head to make a comeback in Brisbane after being axed for Sydney.

The surprising fact is Shaun Marsh was omitted despite his performance atop the order in Sheffield Shield but his age considering 37-years-old and experience of 38 Tests where he didn’t make most of the opportunity averaging moderately 34.31 may have prompted the selectors to think otherwise.

Another contender 33-year-old Usman Khawaja has played 44 Tests for Australia and averages a very respectable 40.66. However, in the five matches where he has opened the innings, his average jumps to 96.80 at Test level. But he never managed to cement his place in the Test squad.

First Test: Australia won by eight wickets

Second Test: India won by eight wickets

Third Test: Match drawn

Fourth Test: January 15-19, Gabba

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Shaun Marsh And His Wife Rebecca Marsh Welcome Their 3rd Child

Shaun Marsh, Australian cricketer and his wife Rebecca Marsh have welcomed their third child on Thursday. On the next day on Friday, several photos were shared on her Instagram showing off their newborn son, Ted.

The 32-year-old opening batsman posted an adorable photo of her eldest son Austin, four, cuddling up to his baby brother who was swaddled up in a white blanket.

Shaun Marsh
Shaun Marsh. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Shaun Marsh And Wife Rebecca Welcomes 3rd Child

Austin was seriously taking his new job as big brother in another picture shared showing him protectively holding the newborn as their one-year-old sister Mabel joined them. The former Channel Seven reporter revealed their son’s rather traditional name in the caption of social media handle — Instagram, writing: ‘Ted Geoffrey Marsh 7.01.2021.’

The middle name Geoffrey is likely derived from Shaun Marsh’s father Geoffrey Marsh, who is a former Australian cricketer and coach. The blonde beauty also shared a series of sweet photos on her Instagram Story, including one of the baby fast asleep and dressed in an onesie.

In another picture, Rebecca showed the newborn’s tiny feet in contrast to her hand. On Saturday morning, the doting mother-of-three shared a photo of her nutritious breakfast as her little one continued sleeping, along with the sweet caption: ‘Breakfast with a view.’

Shaun Marsh’s Wife Rebecca Announced Expecting 3rd Child In August

Rebecca announced that she and Shaun Marsh were expecting their third child in an Instagram post back in August. She donned a bikini showing the bump in the beachside family photo and simply wrote in the caption: ‘Party of five coming up!’

In September, she shared a photo of her children Austin and Mabel pointing to a sign that read their baby brother was due on January 21 2021. So his January 7 arrival was three weeks earlier than expected.

Shaun Marsh
Shaun Marsh. Photo Credit. IPL/BCCI.

Rebecca and Shaun were married tying the knot in a lavish wedding ceremony in April 2015 at St Joseph’s Church in Subiaco, Western Australia.


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Shaun Marsh Can Be Considered As A Stop-Gap Option: Allan Border

Shaun Marsh can be considered a stop-gap option in the top of the order in the injury-hit Australian squad, feels former Australian skipper Allan Border.

In a conversation, with The West Australia, Allan Border suggested the idea to include 37-year-old Shaun Marsh who has been in good form in recent Sheffield Shield Matches scoring 3 tons and a 88 run score in last six innings for West Australia since October. But he hasn’t been named in practice matches as the selection of the opening pair might depend on excellent performers in Australia A’s final tour game against India A starting December 11.

Allan Border
Allan Border. Getty

Shaun Marsh Could Be One Of Those Stop-Gap Guys Given Experience Needed Atop The Batting Order: Allan Border

Australia is currently struggling with some major injury concerns ahead of the 4 test match Border-Gavaskar trophy, beginning from December 17 with a day-night affair in Adelaide.

Australia received a huge blow after in form opener David Warner was ruled out of the opening first Test due to a groin injury. Meanwhile, Will Pucovski, who was in line for a debut for the opening Test, is now a doubtful starter for the first test after suffering a concussion in the first warm-up game. Another opener Joe Burns is also currently not in form scoring 4 and 0 in the first warm-up game.

Shaun Marsh.
Shaun Marsh. Image Credit: Getty Images.

“And right out of the left field, I think maybe even Shaun Marsh could be one of those stop-gap guys given the experience we need at the top of the order,” Allan Border said.

Shaun Marsh has played 38 Tests, 73 ODIs and 15 T20Is but his last test came in 2019 against India at Sydney. Shaun Marsh scored 31,110 not out,6, 115, 88 and 135 in the last 4 Sheffield Shield games for West Australia at Adelaide.

Joe Burns is also not in the form in recent Sheffield Shield matches scoring 7,29,0,10 and 11 in last 3 games after scoring a 93 for Queensland against West Australia.

Allan Border: Marnus Labuschagne Shown He Can Handle New Ball

Marnus Labuschagne averages a high 63.43 in 14 Tests and has batted mostly at No. 3 position.

“You could move Marnus Labuschagne up to the top of the order. He’s shown that he can handle the new ball; batting at number three you have to do a bit of that at times. Marcus Harris has been in some good touch; he could be one of those young bolters that could come in and do the job for you,” Border was quoted as saying.

Marnus Labuschagne
Marnus Labuschagne-Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Marnus Labuschagne scored 1074 runs averaging 82.62 with four tons and as many fifties while coming at No. three to bat.

Marcus Harris has opened and played 17 innings scoring 385 runs averaging a modest 24.06. He has played only nine Tests scoring two fifties.

Brad Hogg Gives Reason Why Shaun Marsh Has Been Snubbed For Test Series Against India
Shaun Marsh. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Australia vs India 2020-21: Brad Hogg Reveals Why Shaun Marsh Has Been Snubbed For Test Series Against India

Even though Shaun Marsh has been scoring centuries in the Sheffield shield, his name is not in the 17-men squad announced for the four-match Test series against India in December. His snub from the Test team has made everyone curious. Former Australian cricketer Brad Hogg, in the recent interaction with fans, has explained the reason behind Shaun Marsh’s snub from an important series.

Shaun Marsh last featured in Australia’s Test team for the Test series against India in 2019. In that series, he only scored one half-century in four Test matches. Before India’s Test series, the left-hand batsman had a string of low scores against Pakistan. His degrading performance has, thus, kept him away from the selection.

Brad Hogg’s reason for Shaun Marsh’s ouster:

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Brad Hogg has also given another reason why Cricket Australia is looking for other options over Marsh. He stated that the Western Australian player had been given enough chances and the young guns have proved themselves, which has, therefore, made tough for his selection at the age of 37.

Australia vs India 2020-21: Brad Hogg Reveals Why Shaun Marsh Has Been Snubbed For Test Series Against India 1

Overall, Shaun Marsh has represented Australia in 38 Test matches and has scored 2265 runs, including six centuries, at an average of 34.31. Apart from Tests, the southpaw has played in 73 ODIs and 15 T20Is, scoring 2773 and 255 runs respectively.

India tour of Australia:

Virat Kohli (India) vs Tim Paine (Australia)
Virat Kohli and Tim Paine. Image Credit: Twitter.

The Test series between India and Australia will begin with the day-night Test match in Adelaide on December 17. It is the first pink-ball Test that India will play on Australian soil. The second and third Tests will be played in Melbourne and Sydney Cricket Ground respectively. Brisbane will host the last and fourth Test matches to conclude the tour. India’s tour also consists of three-match ODI series and as many T20I series which will be played before the Test series.

Team India has already arrived in Australia and is currently following the quarantine in Sydney, but they are also allowed to practice.

Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum. Image Credits: Twitter

IPL 2020: Top 4 IPL 2008 Records Which Are Unlikely To Be Broken

Everyone is excited to experience the IPL 2020. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has already confirmed that the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will host the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) between 19th September and 10th November 2020.

In every year, we see that some teams and some players are breaking some old IPL records and creating the new IPL records. However, there are still some records which are unharmed since IPL 2008, and it is very hard to break even in the IPL 2020.

Here we are talking about the top four IPL 2008 records which are unlikely to be broken in IPL 2020

Most extras in an innings

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During the match between the hosts Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and the visitors Deccan Chargers (DC) at Kolkata on 20th April 2008, the visitors conceded a total of 28 extras during the second innings, when the hosts were batting. Among those extras, the visiting bowlers conceded 15 wides, eight leg-byes, four byes and one no-ball. While Deccan Chargers scored only 110 runs (18.4 overs) in the first innings, their too many extras helped the KKR to win that match by five wickets with six balls to spare (112/5).

It is still the record of most extras in an IPL inning. During the Dharamsala match in IPL 2011 (17th May 2011) between Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), RCB came very near to the record of most extras in an IPL inning as they conceded a total of 27 runs extras (14 leg-byes, 7 byes, 4 wides and 2 no-balls) in the first innings.

While it is very hard to break this record, especially when the bowlers are now more cautious at this particular point, the present record of most extras in an IPL inning is likely to be unharmed in the IPL 2020.


Top 5 Highest IPL Partnerships For Any Wicket

In an innings, the good partnerships are always important as it sets the game for the batting side. Strong partnerships help the batting side to control the bowling team.

In IPL history, we have already experienced many great partnerships which hugely helped those sides to win their matches comfortably.

Here we are talking about the top five highest IPL partnerships for any wicket

David Warner and Naman Ojha (Delhi Daredevils): 189* for the 2nd wicket against Deccan Chargers (at Hyderabad on 10th May 2012)

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It was the 55th match of the IPL 2012. The hosts Deccan Chargers decided to bat first and scored 187/4 (20 overs), thanks to the opener Shikhar Dhawan (84) and Cameron White (65). In reply, the Delhi Daredevils skipper and opener Virender Sehwag (4) lost his wicket on the second ball of the innings.

But the other opener David Warner and wicketkeeper-batsman Naman Ojha handled that early situation very well and totally controlled that chasing. While Warner maintained his familiar aggressiveness, Ojha was giving him the proper support by taking the advantages in the loose balls. Their 189 runs partnership for the unbroken second wicket helped the Delhi Daredevils to chase the target easily in 16.4 overs (193/1).

Warner smashed his second IPL century in that game as he remained not out on 109 runs off 54 balls (10 fours and 7 sixes). Meanwhile, Ojha was batting on 64 runs off 46 balls (2 fours and 5 sixes).

Shaun Marsh playing for Australia - GETTY IMAGES
Shaun Marsh playing for Australia - GETTY IMAGES

Shaun Marsh, Australian Cricketer Set To Become Father For Third Time

Shaun Marsh, an Australian batsman is set to become a father for the third time as his wife Rebecca announced via an Instagram post while the family was enjoying on a beach. They have received congratulations from well-wishers.

Shaun Marsh and Rebecca had married in April 2015 which is the general norm as it is the season end for Australia. The team also had ended their season on a bright note by winning the 2015 world cup. Rebecca, who has worked as a Channel seven journalist is already blessed with a boy and a baby girl.

Shaun Marsh With Family Pic Credit: Zimbio
Shaun Marsh With Family Pic Credit: Zimbio

Shaun Marsh Debuted In 2008 And His Last Match Came In Mid 2019

Shaun Marsh had debuted for the Australians back in 2008 and has played 38 Tests, 73 ODIs, and 15 T2OIs so far. He has been away from the national team since the 2019 world cup where Australia lost to eventual winners hosts England in the semi-finals after which he failed to keep his place in the squad.

Shaun Marsh, 36, last played for Australia in mid-2019, having featured in 38 Tests, 73 ODIs, and 15 Twenty20s for the country during his career.

Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, SCG Ashes century | Fox Sports Pic Credit: Fox Sports
Shaun Marsh, Mitchell Marsh, SCG Ashes century | Fox Sports Pic Credit: Fox Sports

Dropped from Tests in the 2018/19 season, he has not played in Tests since January 2019. Marsh had made almost nine comebacks to the test squad and hopes to play for them again. The 37-year-old has also not played a T20I since 2016. Left-handed opener Shaun Marsh is the elder brother of Mitchell Marsh, both of whom play for Australia.

Shaun Marsh Was Away From Cricket Since March 2020

Like other teammates, he has been away from competitive cricket since March 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic for which thousands of people have died.  The recent surge in cases could see him out of action for another two or three months.

Shaun Marsh  Pic Credit: Gossip Gist
Shaun Marsh Pic Credit: Gossip Gist

Cricket Australia has plans to start women’s Big Bash League (BBL) to be probably played from December 3. The board is also planning to host a T20I series against Sri Lanka and Pakistan, but the schedule will be postponed till the commencement of IPL 2020.

In 2008 IPL, he also won the orange cap for scoring the maximum runs by any player in that season. Till 2017 since 2008, he played for Kings XI Punjab in the IPL. He has so far scored six tons in tests and seven tons in one-day internationals. His test highest score is 182 whereas his ODI highest score is 151.

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IPL 2020: Three Unsold IPL Players Having Splendid Time in the Big Bash League

The auctions of the Indian Premier League (IPL) for edition 13 had some interesting bids after the trading window closed much before the grand event. Although it has been the same old story for the Australian cricketers this season as well, it was an unexpectedly good time for the Indian domestic players. Amongst 62 sold players, 29 cricketers were the domestic players who were not a part of the Indian cricket team.

In the meantime, 29 overseas cricketers made it into the eight teams of the franchise-based league. While Pat Cummins was the highest bid of the season after being sold off to Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for a whopping INR 15.50 Crores. On the other hand, Piyush Chawla was the priciest Indian cricketer sold during the event.

Nevertheless, some big names surprisingly went unsold in the auctions of the upcoming league event.

New Zealand’s Martin Guptill who came in at a base price of INR 1 Crore, and Australian bowler Adam Zampa (base price – INR 1.50 Crore) were among the big names of the unsold players’ list.

However, below are three unsold players from the auction who are now having a splendid time in the Australian Big Bash League (BBL).

IPL 2020: Three unsold players of IPL impressing in the ongoing Big Bash League (BBL):

Shaun Marsh:

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Shaun Marsh is one of the finest batsmen in the Australian set-up who has been in the game for over a decade now.

Coming in to bat No.3, the left-handed batsman has played in every format of cricket. Being the aggressive top-order batsman, Shaun has always been on the top of the priority list of the Australian team selectors.

Talking about his game in the premier league of India, Shaun has had an impeccable journey with the Indian franchises. He made a debut in the game in the inaugural season (IPL 2008) of the league for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP).

Nicknamed as SOS, the Southpaw had majestic time with the Punjab-based franchise and scored a total of 616 runs, with a century, in 11 games.

Shaun was the vital cog for KXIP for the next 10 editions of the premier league before he was released by them ahead of the IPL 2018.

Ever since then, the 36-year-old batsman has remained unsold in all the three editions of the league. In the IPL 2020 Auction as well he came in for the base price of INR 1.50 crores but as usual remained unsold.

However, in the on-going T20 league of Australia (BBL), Shaun is certainly living the time of his life. He has been magnificent in BBL this year while playing for the Melbourne Renegades. With 449 runs in 12 matches, the southpaw is the second-leading run-getter of the league.

Recently, in the match against Hobart Hurricanes on 21 January, Shaun scored a 30-ball half-century. However, Renegades lost the game by just four runs.

Earlier in the game against Melbourne Stars, Shaun had scored a noble 43-ball 63. But yet again, his team had been on the losing side as they were defeated by seven wickets.

Although Shaun provided with ample runs in all the games, Renegades still are residing at the bottom of the points table with 10 losses and 2 wins from the 12 games they have played.

George Bailey, Shaun Marsh doubtful for DD clash

Aaron Finch Names Underrated T20 Player

The Australian limited-overs skipper Aaron Finch believes that Shaun Marsh is a special player in the team who has been underestimated. Shaun Marsh is playing the first time for Melbourne Renegades, which is led by Aaron Finch.

Marsh is an outstanding T20 franchise player despite has not played much T20 internationals. He was the part of Indian Premier League since the inaugural edition, 2008. The 36-year-old was in the action on Thursday (19 December) against Sydney Thunders, which was his first game for Melbourne Renegades, and scored 42 runs.

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Aaron Finch. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Shaun Marsh is going to be a key player for us – Aaron Finch

Meanwhile, before that match, Melbourne Renegades captain Aaron Finch spoke about Shaun Marsh. He opines that Marsh will be an important player for his team in BBL. Finch has faith on his Australian teammate’s ability.

“It’s important we let Shaun play his natural game, and not expect anything more than what he’s done in the past for Australia and the Scorchers. Look at his IPL numbers, in the Big Bash, any time he’s played for Australia, his numbers are extraordinary,” Aaron Finch said.

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Shaun Marsh. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“He is going to be a key player for us. He’s a huge asset to have for us and hopefully someone we can bat around and let him do his thing. I honestly think he’s the most underrated T20 player in the world,” quoted Finch as saying.

In IPL, he started playing for Kings XI Punjab in 2008 and spent 10 years for the team before being released ahead of 2018 auction. He has played 71 IPL matches and scored 2477 runs. Marsh went unsold in both 2018 and 2019 edition.

Shaun Marsh gained fame in the international platform after his impressive performance in inaugural IPL. But he has not got many chances for his country as he has just played 15 T20Is for Australia.

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