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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)
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Virat Kohli May Be Removed As RCB Skipper Mid-way Through UAE Leg Of IPL 2021

Virat Kohli could be removed as the captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) mid-way through the ongoing UAE leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL), a former India cricketer has said. Virat Kohli earlier announced that he will step down as the captain of RCB after IPL 2021 concludes. Earlier this week, Virat Kohli had announced that he will relinquish his India T20I captaincy after the upcoming T20I World Cup to be staged in the UAE and Oman.

The reason for his axe as skipper seems to be quite evident after witnessing RCB’s meek surrender against the Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi on Monday. RCB had made a humiliating return to IPL’s UAE leg when they were bundled out for just 92 by KKR in their first match of Phase-2. It was RCB’s sixth-lowest total in IPL, as they lost to the Eoin Morgan-led KKR by nine wickets.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

Virat Kohli May Be Sacked As RCB Skipper Midway In IPL 2021

After opting to bat by winning the toss against KKR, Virat Kohli (5 runs off 4 balls) fell prey to pacer Prasidh Krishna in just the second over of the match. The 32-year-old batsman was trapped plumb in front and a bad review call didn’t help his case either. Even the body language of Virat Kohli was not the same, as it used to be, throughout the match. He was actually emanating shades of a player who has just decided to step down as the captain of RCB after the conclusion of IPL 2021.

Prasidh Krishna trapped Virat Kohli LBW for just 5 runs | Photo: BCCI / IPL
Prasidh Krishna trapped Virat Kohli LBW for just 5 runs | Photo: BCCI / IPL

His call to step down before the start of the IPL 2021 UAE leg further was criticized by many including former cricketer Gautam Gambhir, who had questioned the timing of his decision. He reckoned if Virat Kohli had to do something like that, he could have done it after the IPL was over. Some cricketers even went on suggesting that the team looked “unsettled” by the untimely announcement. One former India cricketer, on condition of anonymity said that it seems that Virat Kohli might be removed “mid-way”.

“Look at the way he was playing against Kolkata Knight Riders. Just clueless! It seems he is struggling big time right now. There are chances that he could be removed mid-way through the season. “

“It has happened earlier also with other teams — like with Dinesh Karthik in KKR and David Warner in Sunrisers Hyderabad, among others. They were either removed or they stepped down mid-way. So it can happen in RCB as well… I have this feeling after watching yesterday’s match. One more bad game and you can see a change in RCB captaincy right away,” said the former cricketer.

Virat Kohli was appointed the skipper of RCB ahead of the 2013 IPL season as a successor to outgoing captain Daniel Vettori. Since then, the side has unsatisfactory won 62 of the 132 matches under him, to go with 66 losses and 4 no-results, and an IPL trophy has forever eluded him. Appointed ahead of the 2013 season as a successor to spinner Daniel Vettori, Virat Kohli will end up with nine seasons at the helm for RCB.

AB de Villiers, Yuzvendra Chahal, And Devdutt Padikkal Are Likely Candidates To Replace Virat Kohli As RCB Skipper

Senior player AB de Villiers will probably be the apt candidate to replace Virat Kohli. He is greatly respected within the team. But there are also chances that he might not accept the offer. Yuzvendra Chahal’s name is also doing the rounds on the basis of seniority in the team. Yuzvendra Chahal has also been the leading wicket-taker for RCB in the IPL, clinching 125 wickets in 106 games that he has played for the franchise so far.

Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal. Image Credits: Twitter

Youngster Devdutt Padikkal’s name has been coined as well, following the trend seen in recent times of appointing young captains such as Delhi’s Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, and Rajasthan’s Sanju Samson. The Karnataka batsman Devdutt Padikkal has been among the leading run-scorers for RCB in the last couple of seasons and is considered one of the favourites of Virat Kohli.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav (BCCI)
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‘Unorthodox’ Suryakumar Yadav Is A Completely Different Class As Compared To Shreyas Iyer, Says Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir believes Suryakumar Yadav is in a different league as a T20 batsman compared to Shreyas Iyer. Suryakumar Yadav is part of India’s 15-member squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup. Another middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer, on the other hand, is part of the three standbys named in India’s squad for T20I WC alongside pacers Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur.

Following a long wait, Suryakumar Yadav made an excellent start to his international career. He was the Player of the Series in the ODIs against Sri Lanka and scored a half-century in India’s win in the first T20I as well. In his brief international career, the 30-year-old middle-order batsman has played 3 ODIs where he amassed 124 runs averaging 62 and 4 T20Is where he amassed 139 runs averaging 46.33.

Gautam Gambhir AFP
Gautam Gambhir AFP

Gautam Gambhir: ‘UnOrthodox’ Suryakumar Yadav Is A Completely Different Class As Compared To Shreyas Iyer

During a discussion on the Star Sports show Follow the Blues, Gautam Gambhir was asked about the two batsmen. The question posed was whether it was Shreyas Iyer’s injury or the range and temperament that Suryakumar Yadav has shown that has helped the latter pip the former to the post.

“Suryakumar Yadav is a completely different class as compared to Shreyas Iyer. He is much more versatile. He is much more unorthodox as well and in T20 cricket you want people who are unorthodox.”

Suryakumar Yadav plays a shot during the first one day international cricket match between Sri Lanka and India in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, July 18 (Photo | AP)
Suryakumar Yadav plays a shot during the first one-day international cricket match between Sri Lanka and India in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, July 18 (Photo | AP)

The former India opener added that the middle-order batsman 30-year-old Suryakumar Yadav has a full array of shots at his disposal.

“You want people who can hit that ball in different areas. He can lap you, he can late cut you, he can hit you over extra cover, he has got all the shots, especially at No.4.”

Suryakumar Yadav has set the stage alight in the four T20Is he has played for Team India. He has smashed 139 runs at a strike rate of 169.51 and has hit two fifties in three innings.

Gautam Gambhir: No. 4 Is The Most Tricky Position To Bat In T20Is

Gautam Gambhir highlighted that Suryakumar Yadav can adjust his game to the demands of the situation.

“Sometimes, No.4 is the most tricky position to bat in T20 cricket. Probably the easiest is the top three but No.4, sometimes you might be in when you have lost two early wickets and sometimes you come into the middle when you are 120/2 and then you have got to continue with that momentum. So, Surya has got both kinds of game which probably Shreyas Iyer doesn’t have,” said Gautam Gambhir.

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer- Getty Images

The 39-year-old acknowledged that Shreyas Iyer having recovered recently from a serious injury, could also have played a role in his omission from the 15 member squad.

Gautam Gambhir said: “You have also got to be mindful that he is coming off a serious injury and you never know what kind of a form he would be in the second leg of the IPL as well. So, they have gone with someone who has done really well since he has got into international cricket.”

The Indian selectors could have opted to keep both Suryakumar Yadav and Shreyas Iyer in the 15-man member squad, with the latter coming in at the expense of probably Ishan Kishan or a spinner. However, they may have refrained from going that route due to question marks over Shreyas Iyer’s fitness.

Shreyas Iyer has played 29 T20Is where he amassed 550 runs averaging a modest 28.94 with 3 fifties apart from 22 ODIs where he managed 813 runs averaging 42.78. His last T20I and ODI appearance came against England at home in March 2021 where he injured himself.

Ravichandran Ashwin made a comeback after playing his last T20I in 2017 while the likes of Krunal Pandya, Shikhar Dhawan, Kuldeep Yadav, and Yuzvendra Chahal didn’t find a place in the squad.

Full squad: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami; Stand-by: Shreyas Iyer, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur

File image of former India captain Sunil Gavaskar | AFP
File image of former India captain Sunil Gavaskar | AFP
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Sunil Gavaskar Picks His 15-Man India Squad For 2021 T20I World Cup

Sunil Gavaskar has named his 15-man roster for the showpiece event ahead of the official announcement of India’s squad for the T20 World Cup 2021.

Indian cricket lovers are holding on to their nerves, awaiting the selection committee’s announcement of the 15-man squad for the forthcoming T20 World Cup 2021. While fans have had their discussions over who deserves a spot in the team and who doesn’t, the experts are also weighing in. India legend Sunil Gavaskar also picked his 15-man squad for the showpiece event ahead of the official announcement.

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

Sunil Gavaskar Picks Krunal Pandya And Injured Washington Sundar In His 15 Man Squad For The Upcoming 2021 T20I World cup

Sunil Gavaskar surprisingly left out two stalwarts of Indian cricket in the form of Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer. While Shikhar Dhawan has been one of India’s most important batsmen in ICC events, Shreyas Iyer made the No. 4 position in white-ball cricket his own with some really responsible outings in the last couple of years.

Krunal Pandya. (Photo: Twitter)
Krunal Pandya. (Photo: Twitter)

Instead, Sunil Gavaskar put his confidence in spin-bowling all-rounder Krunal Pandya.

“He’s an all-rounder, a very experienced player, has performed very well in the IPL for the past many years so he surely deserves a place. He’s left-handed, which is an advantage as well,” he said over the selection of the elder of the Pandya brothers.

Ravindra Jadeja and Washington Sundar — two spin bowling all-rounders — made the cut in Sunil Gavaskar’s team though there isn’t much clarity on the selection of Washington Sundar because of his injury.

Washington Sundar, who plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL, had traveled to England with the Indian Test squad but returned to the country after injuring his finger while playing in a County game that served as a practice game for the visitors. He was ruled out from the Test series against England and the UAE leg of IPL 2021.

The T20I World cup 2021 is slated to begin immediately after the conclusion of the IPL and it remains to be seen if Washington Sundar is picked in the Indian squad without playing a single IPL game.

Sunil Gavaskar Picks Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, And Bhuvneshwar Kumar Alongside Deepak Chahar And Shardul Thakur As Pacers

In terms of pacers, the original Little Master went with the experienced trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar while Chennai Super Kings duo of Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur also received his nod. Yuzvendra Chahal was the only specialist spinner selected in the 15-man team by Sunil Gavaskar.

Shardul Thakur | Twitter
Shardul Thakur | Twitter

Sunil Gavaskar’s India squad for T20 World Cup 2021: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar (subject to fitness), Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, and Yuzvendra Chahal.

It also has to be noted that a total of 18 players will be picked for the showpiece event, including three reserves. The official announcement of the squad is expected to be made on Wednesday (September 08).

STANDBYS

Rahul Chahar/ Varun Chakravarthy: It could be a toss-up between the Mumbai Indians’ leg-spinner and Varun Chakravarthy, KKR’s mystery spinner.

Prithvi Shaw/Shikhar Dhawan: The choice could be between Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw. The flamboyant Mumbai opener has shown he could get into the fifth gear quicker than Shikhar Dhawan as he scored the most runs ever in the 50 overs domestic tournament Vijay Hazare Trophy. But Shikhar Dhawan, his DC teammate posted the most runs in IPL 2021 so far.

Mohammed Siraj/Mohammed Shami: While Mohammed Siraj is in red-hot form, he is yet to establish himself as a T20 bowler. Mohammed Shami’s experience and wicket-taking ability could give him an edge.

Axar Patel: Like-for-like backup for spinner all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.

Washington Sundar: His selection is subject to recovery from a finger injury.

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer
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IPL 2021: Shreyas Iyer Set To Get Back On The Field After NCA Gave Him Clearance To Play The UAE Leg

Shreyas Iyer, who was ruled out of cricket for a brief period due to an injury, is all set to get back on the field after being given clearance by the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru to play for the remaining matches of IPL.

Despite his return, however, it is being speculated that Indian wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant, who replaced Shreyas Iyer as the skipper of Delhi Capitals, will continue to be the team’s captain for the remainder of IPL 2021.

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer  Getty Images

Shreyas Iyer Is Fit Again And Ready To Get Back To Action But Rishabh Pant Will Continue Aa Skipper To Give Shreyas Iyer More Recovery Time

Rishabh Pant was made Delhi Capitals captain after usual leader Shreyas Iyer was ruled out of the IPL 2021 due to a shoulder injury he sustained during the ODI series against England. But IPL 2021 was postponed due to a bio bubble breach which will see Shreyas Iyer back in action.

A source was quoted as saying by a sports portal, “While it is great news that Shreyas Iyer is fit again and ready to get back to action, it is understood that the DC management wants to give him more time to recover. As a result, Pant will continue as captain, but only for the second half of IPL 2021.”

Rishabh Pant Photo: BCCI
Rishabh Pant Photo: BCCI

Rishabh Pant, the swashbuckling wicketkeeper-batsman, was one of the three players retained by Delhi ahead of the 2018 auction, and paid it back with a season, scoring close to 700 runs. While he missed out on the IPL Orange Cap but his batting was a bright spot for the Delhi Capitals, who went on to retain the youngster for the next two seasons, including for the IPL 2020.

Named skipper for the IPL 2021 following an injury to Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, who has 1 hundred and 12 IPL fifties to his name, is coming into this edition of the tournament on the back of a brilliant run of form in international cricket and will be looking to replicate the same for Delhi Capitals.

Shreyas Iyer Dislocated Shoulder While Fielding Against England In The 1st ODI In March 2021

Shreyas Iyer dislocated his shoulder while fielding against England in the first ODI in Pune on March 24. He had to leave the field right away and later underwent surgery that kept him away from the first session of the 14th edition of IPL before the tournament was suspended midway due to the breakout of Covid-19 inside the bio-bubble.

Speaking about his present condition, Shreyas Iyer had said, “Currently, I am feeling amazing, the journey was awesome, to be honest. I never hesitated for a while but right after the injury, I was sulking a bit and I didn’t know exactly what to do. I went into the dressing room and cried and it took me a while to digest it but yeah, at the end of the day, you need to go through all of it.”

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer of Delhi Capitals in action during a match ©BCCI

Wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant was given the captaincy duties and he did well leading Delhi Capitals to the top of the points table with 6 wins in 8 matches before the tournament was suspended mid-season owing to the covid-19 outbreak amongst multiple franchises.

The Delhi Capitals qualified for the finals first time in IPL 2020 after twelve years of the start of this tournament and qualified for the IPL playoffs in 2019 for the first time in seven years. In IPL 2021, Delhi Capitals lost only to Rajasthan Royals-3 wickets and Royal Challengers Bangalore-1 run.

In the first leg, DC outplayed Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Mumbai Indians, and Kolkata Knight Riders. They won both the encounters against Punjab Kings. For Delhi Capitals, Shikhar Dhawan played a leading role while batting. His powerful batting helped the team to win few games easily while chasing.

With 380 runs in 8 innings, the left-handed batsman is the highest run-getter in the tournament so far. In bowling, DC’s Avesh Khan showed a magnificent performance. The right-arm pacer picked 14 wickets in 8 games, emerging as the 2nd wicket-taker in the 1st leg of IPL 2021.

Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid - K. MURALI KUMAR
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National Cricket Academy (NCA) Fitness Clearance Must For Injured Players

National Cricket Academy (NCA) physios in Bengaluru will mandatorily monitor an injured cricketer’s rehabilitation process before the player is deemed fit for selection. Contracted players have been informed verbally that once the injury heals, they will have to be present in NCA, where a physio will monitor their progress on a day-to-day basis.

The BCCI has advertised for the position of head of cricket at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bangalore. The position was till now held by former India captain Rahul Dravid, whose two-year term has come to an end. Rahul Dravid can apply again should he be interested in getting an extension.

Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI
Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI

National Cricket Academy (NCA) Fitness Clearance Must For Injured Players

The new guideline was issued after a meeting with NCA’s Head of Cricket Rahul Dravid, BCCI secretary Jay Shah, Indian team head coach Ravi Shastri and captain Virat Kohli, was held to discuss the need to make NCA the final authority on the fitness of players. It’s understood that the NCA was not happy with a certain player, who had initiated his rehab with his IPL physio and then flew to Bengaluru only to clear his fitness test.

Contracted players have been informed verbally that once the injury heals, they will have to be present in National Cricket Academy, where a physio will monitor their progress on a day-to-day basis. Owing to the pandemic, if players cannot travel and want to train with their personal physio, they need to make a formal request to the BCCI and NCA.

“The players have been told that whenever they get injured, they need to inform the NCA. Once their injury has healed, the rehabilitation part will be taken care of by their physios in Bengaluru. It will also help prepare a database that will help the BCCI in the future,” a BCCI official said.

National Cricket Academy, Bengaluru is amongst the best cricket academies in India (Source: SportsWiki)
National Cricket Academy, Bengaluru is amongst the best cricket academies in India (Source: SportsWiki)

In the past, the National Cricket Academy had urged the BCCI to streamline the post-injury process of players since they were not kept in the loop on how the rehab was conducted. Indian players like Shreyas Iyer and Shubman Gill are currently at the NCA. Shreyas Iyer has cleared his fitness test, while Shubman Gill is on the road to recovery from his shin injury.

Shreyas Iyer Cleared By NCA To Participate In Competitive Games

India batsman Shreyas Iyer is now fully match-fit and cleared by the National Cricket Academy (NCA) to return to competitive action. India batsman Shreyas Iyer is now fully match-fit and cleared by the National Cricket Academy (NCA) to return to competitive action, which is set to take place when the IPL 2021 resumes in the UAE from September 19.

Shreyas Iyer will rejoin Delhi Capitals, the IPL franchise which he led to the final for the first time in 2020 but his injury meant that Rishabh Pant captained the side during the last edition, which was halted after multiple COVID-19 cases inside the bio-bubble.

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer- Getty Images

The 26-year-old Shreyas Iyer, who has played 22 ODIs and 29 T20 Internationals for India, sustained a horrifying shoulder dislocation during a one-dayer against England in Pune on March 23 and had to undergo surgery in the United Kingdom. Having completed an intense rehabilitation program and proved his fitness during his week-long stay at the NCA, it is understood that its medical team has declared him fit to return to competitive cricket.

Team India has been hampered by injuries in recent series’. Apart from Shubman Gill, the likes of Washington Sundar and Avesh Khan were also ruled out of the England Tests. Earlier, in Australia, India suffered multiple injury issues and went into the final Test at the Gabba with a number of their fringe players.

Shreyas Iyer. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Shreyas Iyer. (Photo Source: Twitter)
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Shreyas Iyer Starts His Training With Pravin Amre To Be Fit For The UAE Leg Of IPL 2021

Shreyas Iyer, the Delhi Capitals regular skipper has started his training and is working towards being fit for the UAE leg of the Indian Premier League 2021. Shreyas Iyer, who led Delhi Capitals to the final of the IPL last year, started his training five days ago at the indoor BKC facility in Mumbai with Pravin Amre.

Earlier this month, Shreyas Iyer was ruled out of his Royal London One-Day Cup stint with Lancashire. Rishabh Pant was made Delhi Capitals captain after usual leader Shreyas Iyer was ruled out of the IPL 2021 due to a shoulder injury he sustained during the ODI series against England. But IPL 2021 was postponed due to a bio bubble breach which will see Shreyas Iyer back in action.

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer of Delhi Capitals in action during a match ©BCCI

Shreyas Iyer Starts Training With Pravin Amre

Pravin Amre, who has largely been credited to the revival of Prithvi Shaw’s batting prowess after a poor Australia tour last year, has been engaged by the franchise to assist Shreyas Iyer in his training. They will continue to work till July 31 after which Shreyas Iyer has to report at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.

“They have been working indoors mainly because there is no permission to do so outside. And there has been rain in Mumbai too,” a franchise source said.

File image of former India cricketer Pravin Amre | Sportzpics for BCCI
File image of former India cricketer Pravin Amre | Sportzpics for BCCI

The source added that the fitness go-ahead will eventually be given by the NCA authorities but going by the progress shown in the last five days, Shreyas Iyer should be fit by the time the IPL restarts. The tournament will resume in UAE on September 19 while Delhi Capitals play their first match on September 22 against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant was given the captaincy duties and he did well leading Delhi Capitals to the top of the points table with 6 wins in 8 matches before the tournament was suspended mid-season owing to the covid-19 outbreak amongst multiple franchises.

The IPL will now be the only tournament where Shreyas Iyer will get the opportunity to prove his form and fitness to the national selectors before the forthcoming T20I World Cup. The right-hander was impressive in the T20I series against England at home, but Suryakumar Yadav seems to have almost booked a middle-order slot for himself.

Khalaf Bukhatir: To Host IPL Once Again Is A Privilege

The day after the Board of Control for Cricket in India announced the schedule of the IPL, Sharjah Cricket Stadium authorities have said the venue is ready to deliver secure games. Sharjah has been allotted 10 of the remaining 31 IPL games by the BCCI.

“We are more than ready and looking forward to hosting the players in a safe and secure environment. Our facilities continue to be upgraded and our pitches, as the past has shown, are ideal for an event like the IPL. To host this world-class tournament once again is a privilege,” Khalaf Bukhatir, the CEO of Sharjah Cricket Stadium, said.

Khalaf Bukhatir is ready to serve the cricket in the UAE. — Supplied photo
Khalaf Bukhatir is ready to serve cricket in the UAE. — Supplied photo

During IPL 2020, the Sharjah Stadium witnessed the highest run chase in the history of IPL when Rajasthan Royals knocked off 223 against Punjab Kings. The first match at the ground this year will be a contest between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore on September 24. The ground will also host two play-off games – Qualifier 2 on October 11 and the Eliminator on October 13.

Shivam Dube. Image Credits: Twitter
Shivam Dube. Image Credits: Twitter
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Indian All-Rounder Shivam Dube Marries Anjum Khan

Shivam Dube, a promising India all-rounder on Friday got married to longtime girlfriend Anjum Khan. The Rajasthan Royals player took to Instagram to share a few images from his wedding ceremony.

Shivam Dube made his India debut in a T20I against Bangladesh in November 2019. Till now he has played 13 T20Is in which he has slammed a half-century and has best bowling figures of 3/30. Apart from that, he has also played an ODI against the West Indies in 2019.

Shivam Dube AP Photo
Shivam Dube AP Photo

Shivam Dube Ties The Knot With Anjum Khan

The all-rounder plays for Mumbai in domestic cricket and Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League. He had made his international debut for the Indian cricket team in November 2019 and is an all-rounder as he is a left-handed batsman and a right arm, medium-pace baller. While his professional life is attaining all the success, he made a big move in his personal life too.

Taking to his Instagram handle, late at the night of July 16, 2021, the all-rounder announced his wedding with his girlfriend, Anjum Khan. He shared a series of pictures from their wedding festivities and it beautifully depicted the amalgamation of two religions. Shivam Dube and Anjum Khan tied the knot with Hindu and Muslim traditions.

Shivam Dube & Anjum Khan tied the knot on July 16. (Twitter)
Shivam Dube & Anjum Khan tied the knot on July 16. (Twitter)

“We loved with a love which was more than love,” he wrote in his caption. “And now this is where our forever starts.”

After the announcement, fellow cricketers and fans poured in with congratulatory messages. Shivam Dube’s cricketer friends started congratulating the couple and showered blessings on them. While Priyank Panchal wrote, “Congratulations!!”, Shreyas Iyer wrote, “Congrats bro.” Many other pour their wishes for the couple.

Shivam Dube Was Bought By Rajasthan Royals In The IPL 2021 Auction And Would Be Keen To Perform Well When IPL 2021 Resumes In The UAE

Earlier in his career, Shivam Dube had emerged as an impressive seam bowling all-rounder. But eventually, he wasn’t able to fetch any match-winning performances in the international circuit. Since he made his debut against Bangladesh in the year 2019, the southpaw has played just 13 T20 International games scoring 105 runs and scalping only five wickets. He last played in the Indian blues against New Zealand in February 2020.

Owing to his dip in form he was dropped from the Royal Challengers Bangalore team ahead of the mini-auction in 2021. Shivam Dube was bought by the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL auction in February ahead of the IPL 2021 season. After his selection in the side, Shivam Dube had expressed his excitement of getting in some tips from the Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara.

Shivam Dube
Shivam Dube. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

The remainder of the Indian Premier League 2021 is set to resume in Dubai from September. Shivam Dube of Rajasthan Royals would be keen to perform well in the tournament. In the first half of the IPL, he was able to score a few crucial runs for the team. He played six matches and managed to score 145 runs with his highest score being 45. Going ahead in the tournament it will be pivotal for him to fetch in some good performances for his team to fix his spot in the side.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)
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Aakash Chopra “Not In A Position” To Pick Between Shreyas Iyer And Suryakumar Yadav For No. 4 Spot In T20Is

Aakash Chopra has opined that selectors might not currently be in a position to choose between Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav for a middle-order spot in the Indian team for the T20 World Cup.

A 20-member Indian team is currently in Sri Lanka to play six limited-overs internationals(3 ODIs and 3 T20Is). While Suryakumar Yadav is part of the squad, Shreyas Iyer could not make it as he is still nursing an injury he sustained in the series against England.

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra was asked by a fan to pick one out of Shreyas Iyer and Suryakumar Yadav as Team India’s middle-order batsman at the T20 World Cup. The former India opener responded that neither he nor the selectors might be able to choose between the two at this point in time.

“This is a very very tough question whom you will like to pick. I am not in a position at the moment and I don’t think even the selectors are in a position to take that call.”

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer Getty Images

Aakash Chopra added that the No.4 position might be the only spot left in the Indian team for either Shreyas Iyer or Suryakumar Yadav.

“If Rahul and Rohit open and Kohli plays at No.3, you play Hardik and Rishabh Pant at No.5 or No.6 or the other way around, then you have got Ravindra Jadeja followed by Washington Sundar. So, only one slot is left and that is No.4. So Shreyas or Suryakumar at No.4, it is a tough call.”

Team India might have two middle-order berths available if Virat Kohli opts to open, an indication he had given after the final T20I against England. Shreyas Iyer averaged 40.33 in the T20I series against England batting at various positions after a less impressive Australia tour where he didn’t get many opportunities.

In T20Is, with 250 runs in nine matches, Shreyas Iyer has an average of 50.00 when he has batted at the No.4 position in T20Is. Shreyas Iyer has played 29 T20Is scoring 550 runs averaging 28.95. His average at No. 5 or No. 6 is low.

Aakash Chopra: Shreyas Iyer Has Greater Experience, But Suryakumar Yadav Might Seal The No. 4 Slot If He Does Well In Sri Lanka

Aakash Chopra pointed out that more experienced batsman Shreyas Iyer might be preferred due to his greater experience at the international level.

“You will tilt towards Shreyas Iyer only because he has the greater experience, he has already performed well in the ODI team and is also the captain of his team. If he does well in the IPL, you might just go with him, to begin with.”

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav (BCCI)

However, the 43-year-old added that Suryakumar Yadav might just seal the deal with excellent performances on the Sri Lanka tour and subsequently in the IPL 2021 2nd phase.

“But if Suryakumar Yadav does very well in the six matches now and the IPL also complements that, then you will have to go with Suryakumar Yadav. It’s a lovely dilemma. I can’t pick a player at this point in time because both are good and have the ability to play at better than run-a-ball and have the requisite experience of T20 cricket. So maybe just go by current form,” said Aakash Chopra.

Smashing a half-century on his T20I debut, Mumbai Indians in form batsman Suryakumar Yadav proved that he is here to stay. His sensational run for Mumbai Indians in the IPL earned him a spot in the England T20I series. With 512 runs in the 2018 season, followed by 424 runs in 2019 and 480 runs in 2020, the conversation around the Mumbai batsman shifted to the prospects of him doing the same for Men in Blue.

It took until the fourth T20I in the five-match series against England earlier this year for him to get a chance to bat in international cricket, where an instant impact was made. His 31-ball 57, consisting of six fours and three sixes, bore an uncanny resemblance to what he regularly pulled off for his IPL franchise. He did it again just two days later with a 17-ball 32 in the fifth T20I.

It is probably too premature to finalize India’s batting order at the T20 World Cup. The limited-overs series against Sri Lanka and the remainder of IPL 2021 could throw many players in the mix while ruling out some of the others.

Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid - K. MURALI KUMAR
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Rahul Dravid Will Travel As India’s Head Coach For 3 T20Is And As Many ODIs For Sri Lanka Tour

Rahul Dravid will travel as India head coach for the six-game white-ball tour of Sri Lanka in July. Apart from Rahul Dravid, the coaching staff will consist of members of Rahul Dravid’s team from the National Cricket Academy (NCA).

The Indian white-ball team that will travel to Sri Lanka has been assured of at least one week’s preparation time before the opening fixture – the first ODI on July 13.

Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI
Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI

Rahul Dravid To Coach India’s Limited Overs Team In Tour To Sri Lanka

The BCCI initially thought of hosting a camp in Bangalore, but the worsening Covid-19 situation in India which has resulted in continued lockdown has ruled out that possibility. A source connected with the tour has revealed that the touring party will have quarantine before departure in India and is preparing to undergo isolation, if needed, on arrival in Sri Lanka too, depending on the bio-protocols in the island.

Rahul Dravid, former India skipper, and current National Cricket Academy (NCA) head will coach the Indian limited-overs team that will play a six-game series (3 T20Is, 3 ODIs) against Sri Lanka in July. This will be Rahul Dravid’s second stint with the Indian team after working with the Men in Blue as a batting consultant during the England tour in 2014.

Indian Cricket Team
Indian Cricket Team. Image Credits: Twitter

As of Tuesday (June 8), the Sri Lanka Ministry of Health guidelines states that one-day quarantine is needed for the fully vaccinated people from India, Vietnam, South African, and South American countries. These rules are applicable up to June 30. The guidelines, as per the order, could change after June 30 and different rules may be in place by the time the Indian team leaves for Sri Lanka. Different rules may also apply for those who have had only one dose of vaccination.

Production of pre-departure negative RT-PCR test would be needed on arrival, followed by a negative test result after a day’s stay at the hotel. The BCCI had previously advised players to take their vaccinations, but how many of them can complete both the doses on time before departure remains to be seen.

Shikhar Dhawan May Be Assigned Captaincy As Shreyas Iyer’s Availability Uncertain

As for the make-up of the Indian squad, there’s no immediate information on the date of the selection committee meeting, though it is expected to take place soon. Shikhar Dhawan could be handed captaincy, while Shreyas Iyer’s availability is still uncertain.

Shreyas Iyer
Shreyas Iyer. Getty Images

While Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar look certain to be included in the Indian side, speculations are rife over who all are going to be included in the side. Young guns like Prithvi Shaw, Devdutt Padikkal, N Jagadeesan, and Chetan Sakariya might get rewarded for a good show in the IPL 2020-2021 while Suryakumar Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Ishan Kishan are likely to retain their spots.

The three ODIs will be played from July 13 onwards and the T20Is will take place from July 21. The ODIs will take place on July 13, 16, and 18 while the T20Is will be played on July 21, 23, and 25. The venue for the games will be R Premadasa Stadium at Colombo.

It will be a rare occasion when two Indian squads will be playing in different countries at the same time. The Virat Kohli-led side will be preparing for the five-match Test series against England at the same time. The Test squad is already in the UK for the World Test Championship final against New Zealand from June 18 while the England series begins on August 4.

Squad Contenders To Choose From- Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer (subject to fitness), Devdutt Paddikal, N Jagadeesan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Manish Pandey, Sanju Samson (wk), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Tewatia, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Navdeep Saini, Kartik Tyagi, Ravi Bishnoi, Deepak Chahar, T Natarajan, Rahul Chahar, Chetan Sakariya, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Khaleel Ahmed, Jaydev Unadkat, Harshal Patel

Rishabh Pant Photo: BCCI
Rishabh Pant Photo: BCCI
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Rishabh Pant Was Handed Captaincy Of Delhi Capitals In IPL 2021 As BCCI Has Future Plans: Salman Butt

Salman Butt, former Pakistan skipper has listed three names who could potentially go on to become the captain of Team India in the future. Though the massive responsibility is safe and sound in the hands of its talismanic batsman Virat Kohli, the subject will garner more attention in the future.

Even though there has been some chatter in the past about a potential split captaincy across formats, it has mostly been among fans. Virat Kohli has led India to record-breaking wins in the bilateral series, but the ICC and IPL trophies remain elusive. Rohit Sharma, on the other hand, has five IPL titles, an Asia Cup, and the Nidahas Trophy on his shelf.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (BCCI)

Salman Butt: BCCI Might Have Some Plans For Future, So Rishabh Pant Was Handed Captaincy Of Delhi Capitals

Salman Butt, while speaking on his YouTube channel, attempted to answer the big question when asked by a fan. He picked Rishabh Pant along with two other senior names in Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane.

Speaking about Rishabh Pant, Salman Butt said: “I am not aware of his domestic cricket (records) in-depth but from what I have seen in the IPL, if they handed Rishabh Pant the captaincy (of Delhi Capitals), then the cricket board (BCCI) may have some plans for the future. Even though Kohli is still young as he is not going anywhere for the next 8-9 years.”

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant (Image Credit: Twitter)

Rishabh Pant was made DC’s captain after usual leader Shreyas Iyer was ruled out of the tournament due to a shoulder injury he sustained during the ODI series against England. Rishabh Pant did not disappoint; before the tournament was indefinitely suspended due to the Covid-19 outbreak in the country and inside numerous franchise bio-bubbles, Delhi was sitting pretty at the top of the table with six wins from eight matches.

The wicket-keeper batsman led Delhi Capitals to six wins in their first eight matches and ensured they finished on top of the table before the league was suspended indefinitely on May 04. Under him, Delhi Capitals got off to a winning start in IPL 2021 with wins over Chennai Super Kings before defeating the likes of Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders. Their two defeats came against Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Salman Butt: Discussion Regarding Future  Captain Irrelevant For India Has 3-4 Cricketers Who Can Captain Anyway

Salman Butt also lavished rich praise on Rohit Sharma’s captaincy and rightfully so because the Mumbai cricketer has won five IPL titles with Mumbai Indians.

“Along with him (Pant), Rohit Sharma is an outstanding captain. I really like him as a captain. Strategically and tactically, he’s a very good captain,” observed Butt while speaking about Sharma.

Southpaw Salman Butt was also left impressed by Ajinkya Rahane, who took over the duty from Virat Kohli after India lost the first Test and in the absence of numerous star players over the course of the four-match series, guided India to a famous 2-1 win.

“Recently, they (India) won the Test series in Australia in which Ajinkya Rahane was handling the captaincy. He also did a very nice job in Australia. Tactically, he was spot on and his decision-making was clear,” stated Salman Butt.

Salman Butt. Image-Twitter
Salman Butt. Image-Twitter

Thirty-six-year-old Salman Butt concluded by saying that India need not worry about this topic in the near future and whenever they need to, the side’s got numerous options.

“In the long run, let’s see who turns up and what kind of a scenario is created. For now, it is not a matter of discussion for Indian cricket. They have 3-4 people anyway,” observed Salman Butt.

For now, the Indian team’s sole focus is on the upcoming tour of England. They will first play the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand followed by a five-match Test series against the hosts.

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