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Suryakumar Yadav acknowledges the crowd. (Image Credit: Google)

IPL 2020: India’s Five Promising Prospects to Look Out For

Indian Premier League (IPL 2020) is the fate decider for many talented players who are looking for a big platform to showcase their talent. The annual cricketing carnival is around the corner and distinct franchises had selected their best in the recently-held auction for the IPL 2020.

The talented youngsters will be more under scanner because ICC T20 World Cup Trophy is also slated in Australia after the 13th edition of IPL. Precisely, the Indian cricket team management will be looking closely who will produce better results for the team. Let’s take a look to the five players who will surely have the attention by selectors in the league.

Tushar Deshpande:

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One of the franchises, Delhi Capitals had bought the right-arm pacer during the IPL 2020 Auction for 20 lacs. The 24-year old first came in the limelight when he took five-wicket haul for Mumbai in the quarter-finals of his debut season of Ranji Trophy 2018-2019.

Tushar has played 16 First Class, 19 List A and 20 T20s and eventually picked 31, 21 and 45 wickets respectively. He tirelessly runs in and bowls fast, more importantly, he has the ability to get crucial breakthroughs even in testing conditions.

The national selectors will surely have an eye on him during the upcoming season.

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Five Indian Cricketers Who Were Ignored For The New Zealand T20I Series

After the shocking Mumbai ODI defeat, Indian cricketers will have to tighten the grip on their game plan from the second home ODI assignment against Australia. The Aussie cricketers are playing in India for the three-match ODI series that will run till 19 Jan.

However, right after this limited-overs series, Virat Kohli & Co. will have to gird up their loins to prepare for a one-on-one with New Zealand (NZ). The India team will be visiting New Zealand for five T20Is, three ODIs and two-match Test series. The tour will start from Jan 24 and will go on for more than a month as the second Test taking place from Feb 29 – Mar 04.

Nevertheless, the upcoming face-off is the most anticipated one as the host bowlers gave Kohli & his men a tough time during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019. Meanwhile, earlier that same year (2019), India already had faced the wrath of the Kiwi pacers who defeated the Men in Blue by 2-1 in the three-match T20I series.

And ahead of the Australia series, team India announced their squad for the five-match T20I series against New Zealand. However, few names were missing who were anticipated to be seen in the New Zealand tour because of their stunning performances in the game.

Five Indian cricketers ignored for the New Zealand (NZ) T20I series:

Suryakumar Yadav:

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Best suited for the shorter format of cricket, Suryakumar Yadav has yet to feature in the international cricket. Although he has given several stunning performances in the recent domestic games, Suryakumar still awaits the maiden national call.

However, his form in the recently-concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, a twenty-overs domestic tournament, had cricket fans and critics speculate him to be donning the Indian jersey soon. The right-hander played amazing knocks in the last two games of the Syed Mushtaq tournament.

In the game against Karnataka, his bewitchingly unbeaten knock of 94 runs became the highlight for Mumbai as they defeated the opponents by seven wickets. However, the team was still out of the tournament while Karnataka emerged as the ultimate winners.

Nevertheless, the 29-year-old cricketer played his usual best. However, it came as a shock to all the cricket fans and the critics that he wasn’t named in the T20I squad visiting New Zealand.

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My Ultimate Goal Is To Play For India: Suryakumar Yadav On His Selection Over India A

Suryakumar Yadav has earned up the call in India A after seven years for the upcoming New Zealand tour. The player is delighted to get the chance in the India A squad but wants to focus on the present game. Currently, Yadav is busy playing in the Ranji Trophy matches.

The Mumbai player has scored 4920 runs in 73 first-class matches and 2311 runs in 88 List A games. There have been talks among cricket pundits to give him a chance in India’s senior team. However, the 29-year-old hasn’t earned up the place till now.

This year has been amazing for Suryakumar Yadav in domestic cricket. He was the third-highest run-scorer in the Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy 2019-20. In 11 matches played for Mumbai in the T20 domestic tournament, he scored 392 runs at an average of 56.00 with the strike rate of 168.96.

Recently, he scored a century in the Ranji Trophy match against Baroda. On the eve of the match against Railways, Yadav opined that he is happy that he has got the chance in India A and want to focus what presently is in his hand.

“The New Zealand series is in my mind but keeping that aside, currently, my full focus is on this (Ranji) game, which is more important,” Yadav said.

Further, he added that its hard to live in a present as you always dream to play for India one day. But Suryakumar Yadav hasn’t left any hope and believes that small chances can pave the way to bigger ones.

My Ultimate Goal Is To Play For India: Suryakumar Yadav On His Selection Over India A 1

“Yes, my ultimate goal is to play for India. However, at the same time, you’ve got to stay in the present. You’ve got to follow your process, you just can’t think of going there. If you do the small things right, which I’ve been doing lately, that (national team selection) will automatically come,” Yadav told reporters.

“It’s a little difficult because, at the back of my mind, I keep thinking that I’ve got to play for India. However, in the end, I have to stay in the present. If it (the national call) has to come, it will come automatically.”

India A squad

On Monday, after the announcement of India’s senior team against Sri Lanka and Australia, the selectors also declared the India A team which will be touring to play two tour matches and three one-day games and two four-day games.

India A squad for two tour matches and three one-day games: Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill (capt), Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Axar Patel, Rahul Chahar, Sandeep Warrier, Ishan Porel, Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Siraj

India A squad for 1st four-day game: Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Priyank Panchal, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Shubman Gill, Hanuma Vihari (capt), KS Bharat (wk), Shivam Dube, Shahbaz Nadeem, Rahul Chahar, Sandeep Warrier, Avesh Khan, Mohammed Siraj, Ishan Porel, Ishan Kishan

India A squad for 2nd four-day game: Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Hanuma Vihari (capt), KS Bharat (wk), Shivam Dube, R Ashwin, Shahbaz Nadeem, Sandeep Warrier, Avesh Khan, Mohammed Siraj, Ishan Porel

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Harbhajan Singh Questions Team India Selection Process After Suryakumar Yadav Again Missed Out

Some of the senior Indian cricketers never remain silent if they see a talented cricketer is not getting opportunities continuously, despite showing impressive performances in domestic cricket consistently. Veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh is one of them, and once again, he has opened up his frustration after not finding Suryakumar Yadav’s name in the latest national team selections.

The 29-year-old Suryakumar Yadav is not an unknown player in Indian cricket, thanks to the Indian Premier League. Since his return to Mumbai Indians (MI) ahead of 2018 season, Suryakumar Yadav has performed consistently in the IPL as well as in the domestic cricket. In the last two IPL seasons, he scored 512 runs (average 36.57) and 424 runs (average 32.61) respectively.

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Suryakumar Yadav (Image Credit: Google)

Suryakumar Yadav has also performed impressively in recent domestic cricket

Suryakumar Yadav has performed extraordinarily in the ongoing domestic season (2019/20). As a top-middle-order batsman, the right-handed batsman has played consistently smashing cricket in the domestic limited-overs tournaments in this season.

In the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019/20, Yadav scored 226 runs in just four innings with an incredible average of 113.00 and strike-rate of 154.79.

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Suryakumar Yadav (Image Credit: IPL)

Later, in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019/20, Yadav finished as the third most run-scorer after scoring 392 runs in 10 innings with an average of 56.00 and strike-rate of 168.96. He hit four half-centuries in this T20 tournament. Even in the previous season of SMAT (2019/20), Yadav finished as the sixth most run-scorer after scoring 360 runs in 10 innings (average 51.42 and strike-rate 145.16).

Also, in the first game of the Ranji Trophy 2019/20, the Mumbai captain Yadav scored a duck and 102 runs against Baroda.

Despite these consistent performances, Suryakumar Yadav hasn’t earned the senior national team call-up yet. Though he has been selected for India A for the one-day games in the forthcoming New Zealand tour, he has missed out the Indian squad for the upcoming home T20I and ODI series against Sri Lanka and Australia respectively.

I keep wondering what’s wrong Suryakumar Yadav has done – Harbhajan Singh

Showing the support on Suryakumar Yadav, Harbhajan Singh has questioned why there are different rules for different players.

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Harbhajan Singh (Image Credit: Twitter)

“I keep wondering what’s wrong @surya_14kumar hv done ? Apart from scoring runs like others who keep getting picked for Team india india/A india /B why different rules for different players ???”


Watch: Rohit Sharma In A Rapidfire With ‘Kul-Cha’ Brothers

With the ‘Kul-Cha’ brothers back in the squad, the things around the team have spiced up a bit. After the ongoing T20I series have been leveled-up game on Sunday (8th December), Rohit Sharma once again took some time off the practice and had a rapid-fire round with the spin duo.

The team India will be heading to Mumbai for the T20I decider against the visitors and will look to avoid the poor misfields like the previous two T20Is. West Indies has levelled the three-match T20I series in the second match at the Greenfield Stadium on Sunday, December 8. Owing to the important catches dropped and silly misfields, India lost the game by eight wickets.

However, among all the seriousness of the game, the hitman took some time out and had a rapid-fire round with Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. Earlier, Rohit interviewed the spin duo during the practice sessions ahead of the first T20I against West Indies.

Chahal finds it difficult to bowl to Rohit, while Kuldeep named Suryakumar Yadav

In the quick questionnaire round, Rohit launched a series of quirky questions from the spin duo. The young bowlers were asked questions to which they had to answer in one word.

Kuldeep said that the stadium is the best thing that happened to him in Hyderabad. Kuldeep debuted for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Hyderabad during IPL 2016.

Meanwhile, the notorious leg-spinner Chahal hilariously mimicked the host of the show. Whereas the Chinaman mimicked Mohammad Shami who is the most soft-spoken player in the cricket team.

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During the entire video program, Rohit asked the duo bowlers the name of one batsman to whom they find it difficult to bowl to. Chahal immediately named Rohit Sharma, especially considering IPL, as the aggressive opener is well known for hitting across the boundaries in every direction.

“I think, if I talk about IPL, I’ll take your name because everyone accepts that when you are past 20-25 runs it becomes difficult as you play shots in every direction,” says Chahal.

Happy hearing his name from the leg-spinner, Rohit quickly replied with “I have to take him for dinner tonight.”

Meanwhile, Kuldeep named Suryakumar Yadav who has been in good form in domestic cricket.

Here is the video of the ‘Rapidfire ft. Kul-Cha and HITMAN’ posted by BCCI:

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Ranji Trophy 2019/20: Mumbai Announces 15-Member Squad For Their Opening Match

On Tuesday (3rd December), Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has announced the 15-member squad for their opening match of the new Ranji Trophy season (Group B). The Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has also been named in this squad.

The record 41-time Ranji Trophy winners Mumbai will begin their journey in the Ranji Trophy 2019/20 on 9th December 2019 with the match against the hosts Baroda. Suryakumar Yadav will lead this team in this game while Aditya Tare will play the vice-captain role of the team.

Suryakumar Yadav will lead Mumbai team in their opening game of the upcoming Ranji Trophy (Image Credit: BCCI)

In this 15-member Mumbai squad, four players have international cricket experiences. These Indian cricketers are Ajinkya Rahane, Prithvi Shaw, Shardul Thakur and Dhawal Kulkarni. While India have the next Test cricket assignment against the hosts New Zealand in late February 2020, Ajinkya Rahane wants to prepare himself with this domestic first-class cricket matches.

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Ajinkya Rahane (Image Credit: Twitter)

Less than a month ago, Prithvi Shaw has returned to the domestic cricket after completing his back-dated eight-month suspension period. Since his latest comeback, the player has shown good temperament with the bat. In the recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019/20, Prithvi Shaw played five matches where he scored 240 runs (average 48.00), including three half-centuries. Mumbai camp expects that the 20-year-old Shaw will maintain the impressive batting form in the Ranji season too.

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Prithvi Shaw (Image Credit: Google)

Shreyas Iyer and Shivam Dube are missing from the Mumbai squad

Due to the national team commitment, Shreyas Iyer and Shivam Dube have missed out the opening game squad of the new Ranji season. During the forthcoming Baroda vs Mumbai match, Indian national cricket team will be busy in the three-match home T20I series against Windies, starting from 6th December 2019. Both are in the T20I squad.

Shreyas Iyer and Shivam Dube with Yuzvendra Chahal (Image Credit: Twitter)

In the last Ranji Trophy season (2018/19), Mumbai finished their journey in the league stages.

Mumbai squad for their first match of Ranji Trophy 2019/20: Suryakumar Yadav (Captain), Aditya Tare (Vice Captain), Ajinkya Rahane, Prithvi Shaw, Jay Bista, Shubham Ranjane, Akash Parkar, Sarfaraz Khan, Shams Mulani, Vinayak Bhoir, Shashank Attarde, Shardul Thakur, Tushar Deshpande, Dhawal Kulkarni and Eknath Kerkar.

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Suryakumar Yadav Is Sure To Get The Chance In Indian Team

The Mumbai T20 captain Suryakumar Yadav is confident that he will get the chance to play for the country this year. The middle-order batsman has given an impressive performance in the ongoing domestic season. Earlier, Harbhajan Singh also praised the efforts of the player.

SuryaKumar’s consistence performance

The Mumbai player was impactful in Deopdhar Trophy 2019/20. He scored 72* runs in just 29 balls which included 4 sixes and 9 fours.

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Suryakumar Yadav (Photo by: Faheem Hussain / IPL/ SPORTZPICS)

In the ongoing domestic T20 tournament, he has scored two half-centuries. Under his captaincy, Mumbai won all the four matches played against Mizoram, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh and Puducherry.

Talking to ESPNCricinfo, he talked about Harbhajan Singh‘s tweet and opined that the former cricketer always motivated him to do the best.

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Harbhajan Singh (Image Credit: Google)

“Knowing he tweeted, I was really happy. I called him and told him, ‘Thank you so much Bhajju pa for tweeting for me. It means a lot that you tweeted’. He keeps motivating me, keeps pushing me because he feels I’m not doing justice to my talent. And that’s good, there have to be a few people who keep doing this for you.”

Suryakumar Yadav is confident

The player has seen many ups and downs in his career. He started playing domestic level cricket in 2010 and in his initial stages he was best. But as time flew, he lost his shine but he didn’t lose his hopes. The 29-year old made a strong comeback and was chosen by Mumbai Indians (MI) in the IPL.

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Suryakumar Yadav (Image Credit: Google)

Suryakumar Yadav has not lost the hopes as he detects that he will surely get the chance to play in the Indian team.

“I always feel some things in life are not in our hands. If you think only about ‘I have to play for India’, it puts unnecessary pressure on yourself. Of course, I have been thinking that I’m not there in that circle still. But I strongly feel that the time is around the corner and I’m going to push the door this year.”

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Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy: Mumbai Include Shreyas Iyer, Shivam Dube, Shardul Thakur For Last Four Matches

Mumbai have been bolstered by the comeback of international stars Shreyas Iyer, Shivam Dube and Shardul Thakur for the last four matches of Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019/20. The trio was a part of the T20I squad for the series against Bangladesh and are now available for the domestic tournament. Despite Iyer making a comeback, senior SuryaKumar Yadav will continue to lead the team.

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Iyer, the only consistent performer with the bat in the T20I series, scored 108 runs. He hit a half-century in the third T20I and helped India get close to 150. In the end, the home side registered a total of 174/5 in 20 overs. Iyer also registered his highest score – 30 – in the shortest format.

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Dube, who did not have much to do in the first two T20Is, also shone in the decider. He scalped three crucial wickets, including that of Mohammad Naim and Mushfiqur Rahim, on the ball first ball that he faced. Dube’s crucial scalps saw India make a comeback.

Thakur did not get a chance in the series as Rohit Sharma retained Khaleel Ahmed for all three T20Is. One of these two is likely to be dropped from the squad as Navdeep Saini is in line to make his comeback for the T20I series against West Indies.

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Talking of Mumbai, they are placed at top of the points table with three wins in as many matches in Group D. They kicked off their campaign with a 10-wicket win over Mizoram. In the second match, they defeated Haryana by eight wickets and registered a big win by nine wickets over Madhya Pradesh in their third contest. They next face Puducherry today.

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Prithvi Shaw. (Photo by Harry Trump/Getty Images)

Mumbai will also be bolstered by the comeback of Prithvi Shaw in the second round of the tournament. The former India U-19 World Cup-winning captain will be available for selection from November 16 and is likely to be named in the team.

Mumbai’s squad: Suryakumar Yadav (captain), Shreyas Iyer, Aditya Tare, Sarfaraz Khan, Jay Bista, Siddhesh Lad, Shivam Dube, Shubham Ranjane, Shams Mulani, Shardul Thakur, Dhawal Kulkarni, Kruthik Hangewadi, Parikshit Valsangkar, Raunaq Sharma, Dhurmil Matkar, Tushar Deshpande, Sujit Nayak and Atif Attarwala

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Suryakumar Yadav To Lead Mumbai In Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, No Prithvi Shaw

Senior batsman SuryaKumar Yadav will be leading Mumbai in the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. The right-handed batsman was appointed as vice-captain in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and has been elevated to the top position.

The side includes senior batsman and former captain, Aditya Tare, Siddhesh Lad and Sarfaraz Khan, who made his comeback to Mumbai before the start of the season.

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Prithvi Shaw has not been named in the squad. He was expected to make his comeback as his ban ends on November 15. Shaw might make his comeback if Mumbai make it to the second round of the tournament, which starts on November 21.

Surprisingly, the selectors also didn’t name Yashasvi Jaiswal in the squad, who top-scored for Mumbai in the Vijay Hazare Trophy with 564 runs in six matches. He also played for India B in Deodhar Trophy.

Dhawa Kulkarni will lead the pace attack. There is no Shardul Thakur in the squad as he is a part of the Indian team for the Bangladesh T20I series but he will be back once the series ends as he isn’t a part of the Test squad.

Mumbai will kick off their campaign against Mizoram on November 8. They will next face Haryana (November 9), Madhya Pradesh (November 11), Puducherry (November 12), Bengal (November 14), Meghalaya (November 15) and Assam (November 17). They will play all their matches in Mumbai.

Squad: Suryakumar Yadav (Captain), Jay Bista, Aditya Tare, Sarfaraz Khan, Jaideep Pardeshi, Siddhesh Lad, Shubham Ranjane, Shams Mulani, Parikshit Valsangkar, Raunaq Sharma, Dhaval Kulkarni, Kruthik Hangewadi, Deepak Shetty, Aquib Qureshi, Dhrumil Matkar.

Bengal drop Ashok Dinda –

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In a surprising move, Bengal dropped their most experienced pacer Ashok Dinda from the squad for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. With 10 wickets in six matches in Vijay Hazare Trophy, Dinda performed well in the tournament but was dropped from the T20 side. It remains to see if the selectors recall the senior pacer for the Ranji Trophy.

Squad; Abhimanyu Easwaran (captain), Sreevats Goswami, Abhishek Raman, Vivek Singh, Manoj Tiwary, Agniv Pan, Arnab Nandi, Writtick Chatterjee, Ishan Porel, Akash Deep, Sayan Ghosh, Ravi Kant Singh, Ayan Bhattacharjee, Ritwik Roy Chowdhury, Shahbaz Ahmed, Debabrata Das.

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Deodhar Trophy 2019/20: India A Eliminated After India C Outclass Them

On Friday (1st November), during the second game of Deodhar Trophy 2019/20, India C claimed a giant victory against India A at Ranchi. With this defeat, India A has been eliminated from this tournament while India B and India C both have qualified for the final of this tournament.

India C managed to score 366/3 after the domination of the batsmen

It was the must-win game for India A. India C captain Shubman Gill decided to bat first after winning the toss. The openers, Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill, provided a solid start that led them towards the big total.

The opening partnership was 226 runs while both the openers hit centuries. Agarwal scored 120 runs off 111 balls (15 fours and only six) while Gill played the knock of 143 runs off 142 balls (10 fours and six sixes).

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Mayank Agarwal (Image Credit: Google)
India C, Deodhar Trophy
Shubman Gill (Image Credit: Google)

In the death overs, Suryakumar Yadav bashed the India A bowlers. In the last three overs, India C added 61 runs out of which Yadav scored 55 runs off 14 balls. Yadav completed his half-century in just 24 balls and scored 72 not out off just 29 balls. As a result, India C managed the mammoth first innings total of 366/3 (50 overs).

Jalaj Saxena picked up seven wickets, India A only scored 134 runs

In reply, India A were bundled out for just 134 runs (29.5 overs) as India C won that game by 232 runs. Only three batsmen reached the 20-run mark in that innings. Those batsmen were the opener Devdutt Padikkal (31), Bhargav Merai (30) and the wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan (25).

The off-spinner Jalaj Saxena dominated with the ball as he achieved the best bowling figures in Deodhar Trophy history. At the end of that innings, Saxena had the bowling figures of 9.5-0-41-7. Also, Ishan Porel (2/12) took two wickets and Dhawal Kulkarni (1/29) scalped one wicket in that innings.

India C, Deodhar Trophy
Jalaj Saxena (Image Credit: Delhi Capitals)

India A have lost both the matches of this tournament. On Thursday (31st October), India B beat them by 108 runs.

On Saturday (2nd October), India B and India C will meet at the same venue. They will again meet in the final of this tournament on Monday (4th November).