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Sachin Tendulkar,
Sachin Tendulkar. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Sachin Tendulkar Names The ‘Best Series Of His Life’

Australia’s tour of India in 2001 is the most memorable tour for every Indian fan. After losing the first Test match badly by 10 wickets, India returned in the series from the second match courtesy of VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid‘s unbelievable partnership.

That match-winning partnership and effort boosted Team India’s confidence as they won the series by 2-1. In a recent interview, Sachin Tendulkar has also labelled this tour as the ‘best series of his life’.

Without any doubt, I have to say that was the best series of my life: Sachin Tendulkar.

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VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar (Image Credit: Twitter)

The legendary cricketer talked about the series in an interview with ABC Australia, who were documenting Steve Waugh’s camerawork in India. He liked the way India came back in the series even though the start didn’t go their way. Sachin Tendulkar stated that they  ‘started picking up in grand style’.

‘It was reported that Steve Waugh had said that this is his final frontier. So the series became even more important for Australians as well as us. In the first Test match, they beat us convincingly by 10 wickets. And from the second Test match, second innings onwards, we started picking up in grand style. And in the third Test match also, we won. We won the series 2-1. Without any doubt, I have to say that was the best series of my life,’ Sachin Tendulkar told ABC Australia.

VVS Laxman, Rahul Dravid.
VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid. Credits: Twitter

In the second Test match, India was all out of 171 runs in their first innings, and Australia gave the follow on, but it was the biggest mistake of them. Although Sachin Tendulkar didn’t play a big role in this Test, VVS Laxman and Rahul Dravid set the stage on fire.

The former scored a double century while the latter amassed 180 runs to chase down 657 runs to take the game home. India also went on to win the third Test in Chennai to clinch the victory in the Border-Gavaskar trophy.

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan. Image credit: Getty Images.

Struggling Shikhar Dhawan Anticipates Test Return, Boasts About Delhi Capitals’ Batting And Bowling Depth In IPL 2020

Indian star opener, Shikhar Dhawan, who has featured in 34 Tests since 2013, says there is plenty left in him when it comes to Test cricket. He feels he needs to deliver whatever is being thrown at him – to make a return in the Test fold for Team India despite faltering in between.

However, given to the inconsistency in the traditional format, Dhawan, who was marred by injuries too, had failed to cement his place in the team since the past 24 months. India has also used Prithvi Shaw, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma.

The 34-year-old Shikhar Dhawan made it clear that he had not given up owing to his return in the Test fold.

“I am not a part of the Test team but that does not mean I have given up all hopes of a comeback,” PTI quoted Shikhar Dhawan as saying.

The southpaw had last appeared in whites against England at The Oval in September 2018.

Shikhar Dhawan averages decent 40.61 in 58 Test innings. He had slammed seven hundreds and five fifties with his best of 190 which came against Sri Lanka in 2017.

Dhawan believes scoring bulk of runs in the domestic fold would brighten his chances on being picked for the Test squad in the near future.

The experienced campaigner maintained that he would like to make opportunities count in the elite domestic competition – Ranji Trophy. He reminisced how he made a comeback in the One-day International (ODI) squad after slamming a century in 2019.

“Whenever I got an opportunity… like in the Ranji Trophy last year I scored a century, then I made a comeback into the one-day team, if I get an opportunity then why not, of course,” Shikhar Dhawan said.

Shikhar Dhawan sets sights on T20 World Cup:

Shikhar Dawan, Indian national cricket team, retirement plan
Shikhar Dhawan. Image Credit: Getty Images.

The elegant batsman Dhawan remarked that he needs to keep performing as T20 World Cup is scheduled in 2021. He also maintained that fitness plays a crucial role to perform to project well for the foreseeable future.

“I will keep trying my best. The T20 World Cup is there next year, so I need to keep performing, keep myself fit, make runs consistently. If I keep doing these, other things will automatically fall into place,” Dhawan added.

Experience benefits Delhi Capitals: Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan, Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Further on speaking his Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise, Delhi Capitals (DC), Shikhar Dhawan admits the fact that there is a depth in batting as well as in the bowling department. He further added that experience will be a major gain for Shreyas Iyer-led side.

“We have [Ravichandran] Ashwin, Sandeep, Amit Mishra and Axar (Patel). We bat deep and their experience is a huge advantage for us, but the whole team has to play well to win the tournament,” Shikhar Dhawan said.

Dhawan also added that Iyer had done well in the 12th edition of the IPL as a skipper.

It becomes pertinent that Capitals had availed services of Ajinkya Rahane and Ashwin, who had already led Rajasthan Royals and Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) respectively which automatically gives an advantage to the Capitals skipper Iyer to learn from them.

“Shreyas led the team pretty well last year, this time Ajinkya has come in, Ashwin has come in, they are quite experienced players and I am sure they are going to share their insights,” Dhawan concluded.

In Dubai, Capitals will face Kings XI Punjab on September 20 after the much-awaited tourney will kick-off from September 19.

James Anderson. Credits: Getty Images.

England Vs Pakistan 2020, 3rd Test: James Anderson Becomes First Pacer To Claim 600 Test Wickets

On Tuesday (25th August), the 38-year-old England right-arm pacer James Anderson finally created the much-awaiting history as he became the first pacer to claim 600 Test wickets. He also became the fourth bowler but slowest bowler (in terms of the number of matches) to achieve this feat.

Ahead of the final day of the third and final Test of the series between the England and Pakistan at Southampton, James Anderson was stuck with 599 Test wickets. Due to the rain interruption, the start of the final day was delayed hugely. While it was the last day for England’s ongoing home Test summer, Anderson had to wait for a longer period if the final day was totally washed out in the rain.

James Anderson, 600 Test wickets, first pacer
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James Anderson completed his 600 Test wickets after dismissing Azhar Ali

In the early of the delayed final day, Anderson achieved his magic figure after dismissing Pakistan Test skipper Azhar Ali (31 runs). English Test captain Joe Root grabbed that catch at the lone slip.

James Anderson, 600 Test wickets, first pacer
James Anderson (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Playing his 156th Test match, James Anderson completed his 600 Test wickets. While he became the first pacer in Test cricket history to claim 600 wickets, he also became the fourth bowler overall to achieve 600 Test wickets. However, the veteran English right-arm pacer is the slowest bowler to claim 600 Test wickets.

Bowlers with 600 Test wickets

Player Matches Test wickets
Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka/ICC World Xi) 133 800
Shane Warne (Australia) 145 708
Anil Kumble (India) 132 619
James Anderson 156 600

While this final Test match of the series had the draw result (England – 583/8 decl; Pakistan – 273 & 187/4 f/o) and England won the three-match series by 1-0, Anderson finished with 600 wickets in 156 Tests. He bagged a total of seven wickets in this Test (5/56 & 2/45), including registering his 29th Test fifer during Pakistan’s first innings.

Fastest players to claim 600 Test wickets

Player Matches to complete 600 Test wickets
Muttiah Muralitharan (Sri Lanka/ICC World Xi) 101
Anil Kumble (India) 124
Shane Warne (Australia) 126
James Anderson (England) 156

James Anderson is the most wicket-taker for England in international cricket. After making his international debut in December 2002, the right-arm pacer has taken 887 international wickets, and he is currently the sixth most wicket-taker in international cricket history. Anderson is also the most wicket-taker for England in ODI cricket as he has taken 269 ODI wickets.

James Anderson, 600 Test wickets, first pacer
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James Anderson completing his every 50 Test wickets

Timeline Completing every 50 Test wickets Test match number
July 2007 50th Test wicket 17
August 2008 100th Test wicket 29
January 2010 150th Test wicket 45
December 2010 200th Test wicket 55
March 2012 250th Test wicket 67
May 2013 300th Test wicket 81
June 2014 350th Test wicket 93
May 2015 400th Test wicket 104
May 2016 450th Test wicket 115
September 2017 500th Test wicket 129
August 2018 550th Test wicket 140
August 2020 600th Test wicket 156
Yuvraj Singh, Kevin Pietersen
Yuvraj Singh (Image Crediot: Google)

Would Have Liked To Play A Lot More Of Test Cricket: Yuvraj Singh

Indian legendary all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has had an amazing cricketing career, the only thing he still regrets is not playing more Test cricket. Yuvraj Singh announced his retirement from cricket in 2019 leaving everyone emotional including his die-hard fans. He had a stunning 19-year long career, achieving greatness in the cricketing world, but was unfortunate to not get many chances in the Test format.

Yuvraj Singh has been one of the finest white-ball cricketers in the history of the game. He is famous for hitting six sixes against Stuart Broad in an over during 2007 T2o World Cup. He was also the Man of the Series in India’s 2011 World Cup victory. The man who battled cancer and came back to play again for the nation in his top form, when many doubted him.

Yuvraj Singh
Yuvraj Singh. Getty Images

I would have liked to play more of Test cricket, when asked what would he like to change in his career

In an interview with timesnownews.com, the all-rounder immediately pointed out on the lack of playing test, when he was asked about anything he would like to change in his career.

“Experiences, good or bad, are a part of your learning and growth and I cherish them. Right from my early days to the 2011 world cup to battling cancer and being back on the field, my career and personal life have seen several milestones and these experiences have made me the person I am today,” Yuvraj said.

“I am extremely grateful to my family, friends, colleagues and fans who have supported and motivated me every step of the way. When I look back I feel that I would have wanted more opportunities to play Test cricket.”

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In those days, it was difficult to get a spot amidst star players like Sachin, Rahul, Virendra, VVS Laxman, Sourav – who started opening. Landing a spot in the middle-order was difficult,” he added.

“Moreover, compared to today’s generation who get to play ten-plus Test matches, we used to get one or two opportunities. My opportunity came when Sourav retired, but unfortunately, I was diagnosed with cancer and my life took a different turn. Nevertheless, I am happy with my journey and extremely proud to have played for my country.”

Yuvraj Singh’s Test career misfortunes:

Yuvraj Singh was unfortunate to have been playing in the time when the Indian middle-order was packed with legends like Rahul Dravid, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman — and hence he couldn’t get regular playing time.

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However, he still enjoyed a good Test career. He featured in just 40 Tests for the Indian cricket team, in which he managed 19,00 runs at an average of 33.93.


Richard Pybus, Windies, Head Coach, Dave Cameron
Dave Cameron Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Dave Cameron Feels Test Cricket Should Be Optional For Smaller Teams

Former Cricket West Indies (CWI) chief Dave Cameron, who wants to become the next Chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC), believes that the Test cricket should be mandatory for the smaller teams. He also wants more T20 leagues in future.

While recently Shashank Manohar ended the ICC Chairman post, the world governing cricket body is now searching for the new ICC Chairman.

In a recent interview to PTI, Dave Cameron opened up his views about the future of world cricket. He feels that the Test cricket should be optional for the smaller teams.

Dave Cameron, Test cricket, T20 leagues
Dave Cameron (Image Credit: Twitter)

Cameron told PTI, “(Playing) Test cricket should be a choice for smaller teams like Afghanistan and Ireland, it should not be mandatory.”

England’s Colin Graves is one of the favourites to become the next ICC Chairman. On the other hand, the present Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly can also be the front runner for this chair if he decides to become the next ICC Chairman. While at least two votes require from the ICC board, Cameron has claimed that he has these votes.

He added, “I have those votes I don’t think it will change. I am still waiting to hear about Ganguly’s future in the ICC. They have not finalised the election process yet.”

I see a longer IPL: Dave Cameron

While the T20 leagues are more profitable events now, Cameron feels that they should utilise it to grow up the game in the world. He also feels that the IPL and other top T20 leagues should be longer. Cameron also believes that more ICC events are not going to help the smaller countries.

Cameron, Test cricket, T20 leagues
IPL Trophy. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Cameron claimed, “It is a vision which includes growing the game outside the sub-continent, we need to grow in China and other places. It is a plan that has to include India. Any globalisation will require investments from India (who generates 80 percent of game’s revenues).

“I see a longer IPL, I see longer leagues in Australia and England. The most profitable events we have now is T20 leagues and we need to grow that, take them to places like US and grow the opportunities have more players to participate in those leagues and have less international cricket, leading to more profitability. This thing of trying to do more ICC events is not going to help the smaller countries because there is not enough space in the calendar.”

Cameron also brought an example of how the West Indies cricket team can grow up in the present circumstances.

He said, “For example, a team like the West Indies plays less international games in a year but their players are able to play in the best leagues around the world and then they come to play for the country. That way players make more money, their board will not have to spend money on retaining its best players and we focus on continuous development of the sport with that money.”

We are trying to talk about tradition versus what the players want: Dave Cameron

While Cameron was asked whether he was putting lesser importance to the Test cricket, he clarified that until the smaller teams are becoming competitive, they couldn’t enjoy the Test cricket.

Afghanistan, Ireland, Test cricket, T20 leagues
Afghanistan script history on winning maiden Test in Dehradun. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

He claimed, “We are living in a capitalist world. We are trying to talk about tradition versus what the players want. The players want to be paid. Yes Test cricket is great and it is a tradition and it will survive for another few years between the big countries (India, England, Australia) but the truth is smaller counties like Afghanistan and Ireland should not be forced to play Test cricket until they can be competitive. You are wasting resources. Like women’s cricket, they should play only ODIs and T20s.”

While he was asked about the postponement of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 that opened up the window for the IPL 2020, Cameron believes that IPL is more important the World Cup.

Cameron said, “The IPL is way a more valuable product than the T20 World Cup. Let’s be very clear about that. India will make a lot more money and so as the players. The players themselves would prefer playing in IPL than the World Cup.”

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra (Image Credit: Facebook)

Aakash Chopra Reveals His Top Three Present Test Opening Pairs

Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra recently discussed the present Test opening partners and chose his top three Test opening pairs at present.

The 42-year-old Aakash Chopra feels that the present openers are not strong enough against the swing balls, while the past great opening partners showed their skills how to deal it.

Aakash Chopra, Test opening pair, Test opening partner
Aakash Chopra (Image Credit: Twitter)

In his recent YouTube video, Chopra first named the top five Test opening pairs ever with their averages and these players were Gambhir-Virender Sehwag (average 52.5), Matthew Hayden-Justin Langer (average 51.9), Gordon Greenidge-Desmond Haynes (average 47.3), Alastair Cook-Andrew Strauss (average 40.9) and Graeme Smith-Herschelle Gibbs (average 56.3).

Then Chopra talked about the present Test openers. While he recently saw the English Test openers Rory Burns and Dom Sibley, the former Indian Test opener has felt ok with them but unsure about their long-term future.

Chopra also talked about the South African Test openers Dean Elgar and Aiden Markram. While both of them haven’t maintained the Test batting average over 30 in the last two years, their last two years’ Test partnership average is very unimpressive 12.5.

Aakash Chopra also talked about Warner-Burns, Latham-Blundel; and Rohit-Mayank

Chopra then focused on the Australian Test opening pair David Warner and Joe Burns. While their last two years’ opening partnership average is 65.4, Chopra is definitely impressed with this record. But while Warner hasn’t impressed in India and the challenging conditions yet and Burns hasn’t played a Test in India yet, the former Indian cricketer is not ready to consider them as the best Test opening pair at present.

Test opening pair, Test opening partner
Joe Burns and David Warner (Image Credit: Twitter)

Then Chopra praised the New Zealand Test openers, Tom Latham and Tom Blundell. While their last two years’ Test opening partnership average is 47.14, Chopra is impressed as they have come out with some great batting instances in their challenging home condition.

Test opening pair, Test opening partner
New Zealand cricketers Tom Blundell and Tom Latham (Image Credit: Twitter)

Chopra then named the new Indian Test opening pair Rohit Sharma and Mayank Agarwal. While their last two years’ Test opening partnership average is 69.16, both of them have also managed to maintain their batting average over 50 as the Test batting openers. The former Indian opening batsman praised both of them but he feels that it is too early to call them as the best Test opening pair at present as this opening partners haven’t been tested outside India yet.

Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Test opening pair, Test opening partner
Mayank Agarwal and Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: BCCI Twitter)

Aakash Chopra’s top three Test opening pairs

At the end of that discussion, Chopra selected Latham-Blundell as his best Test opening pair at present while he put Rohit-Mayank at close to them but in the second position. His third-best choice in this list is Warner-Burns, but Chopra isn’t totally convinced on their ability to bat in the challenging condition.

James Anderson Stuart Broad England India Tests
James Anderson And Stuart Broad. Getty Images

Joe Root About James Anderson And Stuart Broad: Two Of England’s Best Bowlers Of All Time

After winning the home Test series against West Indies, England Test captain Joe Root highly praised the two senior English pacers – James Anderson and Stuart Broad.

In this three-match Test series, both the right-arm pacers – the 37-year-old England’s most wicket-taker James Anderson and the 34-year-old England’s second-most wicket-taker Stuart Broad – played two matches each. While Ben Stokes-led English side dropped Broad in the opening game of this Test series at Southampton that England lost by four wickets, Joe Root-led English team dropped Anderson in the second game of this series at Manchester, which England won by 113 runs.

While they played the third or final Test again at Manchester, both Anderson and Broad appeared in this Test match and England won by 269 runs to secure this series.

Despite missing out the opening game of this Test series, Broad finished as the leading wicket-taker in this series as he picked up 16 wickets. At the end of this series, he and Caribbean all-rounder Roston Chase jointly won the Player of the Series award. On the other hand, the senior English pacer Anderson managed to take five wickets in this Test series.

James Anderson and Stuart Broad
James Anderson and Stuart Broad (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

It’s a real privilege to play alongside both James Anderson and Stuart Broad: Joe Root

Joe Root called both these senior English pacers as two of England’s best bowlers of all time. The English Test captain hopes to see this pair for more seasons.

James Anderson and Stuart Broad
James Anderson and Stuart Broad (Image Credit: Twitter)

According to Sky Sports, Root said after that Test series victory, “We’re looking at two of England’s best bowlers of all time. To be playing in the same team as both of them – we’ve got to understand how lucky we are to be watching them go about their business. Playing alongside them, seeing them operate day in, day out – it couldn’t be a better place for a young fast bowler to come in and learn their trade. It’s a real privilege to play alongside both Jimmy and Stuart and hopefully that’s going to happen for a lot longer as well.” 

Though Broad was the most successful English Test bowler in the last year, he missed out the opening game of this series and he was frustrated for that. However, he showed his great pace bowling skills in the next two Tests and guided the national team to win the home series.

While Anderson has already picked up 589 Test wickets, Broad (501 Test wickets) just completed his 500 Test wickets during the series-decider Test.

Joe Root, Stuart Broad
Joe Root and Stuart Broad (Image Credit: Twitter)

Joe Root said about Broad, “For him to come back into the team and have such an impact is testament to how good a player he’s been for England over such a long period of time. It sums Stuart up, he seems to get on those hot streaks and have a real impact in games and I’m really pleased for him to get to that milestone – 500 Test wickets is a phenomenal achievement. He’s the sort of guy that really grabs a game and wrestles it in your favour. He wants to be part of those big occasions and he wants to take the ball when you’re up against it. There are so many different occasions he’s done that.” 

Suresh Raina, Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly (Image Credit: Google)

Sourav Ganguly Believes He Still Can Score Runs For Indian Test Team If He Gets Three Months To Train

The 48-year-old former Indian captain and present Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) President Sourav Ganguly believes that he still has the quality to serve the Indian Test team if he gets three months to train.

Sourav Ganguly was one of the greatest batsmen and captains in Indian cricket history. Playing international cricket between 1992 and 2008, Ganguly played 113 Tests and 311 ODIs where the left-handed batsman scored 7212 runs (average 42.17) and 11363 runs (average 41.02). Also, the right-arm medium pacer managed to pick up 32 Test wickets and 100 ODI wickets.

Sourav Ganguly, Indian Test team
Sourav Ganguly (Photo by Michael Steele/Getty Images)

Under his captaincy, which was between 1999 and 2005, the Indian team achieved massive success, including winning the ICC Champions Trophy 2002 (joint-winners with the hosts Sri Lanka) and finishing as the runners-up in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2003.

Ganguly played his last ODI on 15th November 2007 during the Gwalior ODI against Pakistan, while he retired from the international cricket after the Nagpur Test in November 2008. However, he still feels that he could score more runs for the Indian team. He even strongly believes that he still can be able to serve the Indian Test team if he gets at least three months to train.

Sourav Ganguly, Indian Test team
Sourav Ganguly (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Ganguly told Bengali newspaper Sangbad Pratidin, “If I was given two more series in ODIs, I would’ve scored more runs. If I hadn’t retired in Nagpur, I would’ve scored runs in the next two Test series too. In fact even now give me six months to train, let me play three Ranji games, I’ll score runs for India in Test cricket. I don’t even need six months, give me three, I will score runs. You might not give me an opportunity to play but how will you break the belief inside me?”

I was dropped from the ODI side despite being one of the highest scorers of that calendar year: Sourav Ganguly

Sourav Ganguly, who was excluded from the national squad for multiple times since 2005, was dropped from the ODI team in early 2008 during the team selection for the ODI tri-series in Australia.

Since then, he was never selected in ODI format. However, in 2007, Ganguly was the third most ODI run-scorer for India as the left-handed batsman scored 1120 runs in 30 matches with an average of 43.07, including 11 half-centuries.

Sourav Ganguly
Sourav Ganguly (Image Credit: Google)

Ganguly feels that it was unbelievable to get dropped from the ODI side despite being one of the most run-scorers for India in the previous calendar year.

He added, “It was kind of unbelievable. I was dropped from the ODI side despite being one of the highest scorers of that calendar year. No matter how good your performance is if the stage is taken away from you then what will you prove? And to whom? The same thing happened with me.”

Though he retired from the international cricket in 2008, he still served for Bengal and also continued his IPL career till 2012 before retiring from the game.

Sourav Ganguly, Ashok Malhotra, BCCI, ICA
Sourav Ganguly. Photo Credit: Twitter.

T20 Cricket Is Important: Sourav Ganguly

Cricketer pundits have agreed to the fact that after the introduction of 20-over format, the approach towards the Test cricket has changed. Firstly, the most extended format now doesn’t attract a large audience after the inauguration of entertaining T20 cricket. Secondly, earlier, the batsman used to play Test cricket with more patience but now, T20 cricket has produced explosive batsmen who try to hit the ball from the very first ball, which has brought a revolution in the oldest format of the game. However, Sourav Ganguly has backed the evolution in cricket after the inception of the shortest format.

On Sunday, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly lent his support for T20 cricket, saying he would have reinvented his game to meet the demands of the shortest format if he was playing in this era.

Chris Gayle, RCB, Pune Warriors, Yuvraj Singh
Chris Gayle. Credits: IPL/BCCI.

“T20 is very important. I would have changed my game. It’s the licence to keep swinging and keep hitting…,” Ganguly said while replying to a question on BCCI Twitter handle.

“I would have loved to play T20, although I did play for the first five years of the IPL. I think I would have enjoyed T20,” he said.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni. Image Credits: BCCI/IPL.

T20 cricket: Sourav Ganguly played 59 IPL matches

Sourav Ganguly, who played 113 Tests and 311 ODIs, retired from the game when T20 cricket was flourishing. However, he featured in the most popular T20 league, IPL, as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain and Pune Warriors’ India player. The prince of Kolkata played 59 IPL matches and scored 1349 runs at the strike rate of 106.80.

Meanwhile, amid the ongoing coronavirus crises, the IPL 2020 has been postponed indefinitely. The BCCI is planning to host the league later this year but nothing can be assured because of the unprecedented virus.

Cheteshwar Pujara, World Test Championship
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Cheteshwar Pujara Speaks Out Why Pink-Ball Test Is Different Than Traditional Red-Ball Test

Indian Test specialist batsman Cheteshwar Pujara feels that the day/night pink-ball Test is very different than the traditional red-ball Test match.

Cheteshwar Pujara featured during India’s only day/night pink-ball Test match in last November (against Bangladesh at Kolkata). While the host side Indian team won that match by an innings and 46 runs, Pujara scored 55 runs in that game.

Earlier, in the 2016/17 Duleep Trophy, which was the day/night pink-ball match, Pujara scored 166, 31 and 256 not out respectively.

Pujara, who has played 77 Tests, feels this new style of Test cricket is very different than the traditional red-ball Test match especially due to the different ball’s pace and visibility.

Cheteshwar Pujara, pink-ball Test, red-ball Test
Cheteshwar Pujara (Photo by Cameron Spencer/Getty Images)

Pujara told on the ‘Sony Ten Pit Stop’ show, “First of all, to speak about the Day and Night Test or (to play) with the pink ball, I think it is different from what we are used to with the red ball. Although it is still the same format, but the (pink) ball’s pace and visibility is very different. As a batsman you need to get used to it.”

While the cricketers regularly follow the red-ball matches, Pujara feels that it is not easy to maintain performances in the pink-ball game without having the proper net sessions.

Pujara said, “It won’t be very easy, because you need to have such net sessions. To do that at the domestic level, it is not easy. If any upcoming player is coming, he is used to playing with the SG red ball in Ranji Trophy, so when you play him for India, he is ready for this format.”

I feel it will be a challenge for a young player who is coming in and playing a pink-ball Test: Cheteshwar Pujara

The 32-year-old Pujara further pointed out the major issues which the batsmen can face with the pink-ball if they don’t get proper preparations.

Cheteshwar Pujara, pink-ball Test, red-ball Test
Cheteshwar Pujara (Image Credits: AP)

Pujara claimed, “He is ready for a Test match. But when he comes to play with the Pink Ball, he will not have that much of an experience and that many net sessions also won’t have happened, so I feel it will be a challenge for young player who is coming in and playing a pink Ball Test. But, yes guys (players) who have already played with pink ball in some domestic tournament and who have played one of the Pink Ball Test match, they will get used to it, but it is a different challenge altogether for a batsman.”

In the late of this year, India will tour in Australia for the full international series, including the four-match Test series. The second Test of this series will be the day/night pink-ball Test match at Adelaide Oval, Adelaide (11th-15th December), which will be India’s first away day/night pink-ball Test match while Australia have already experienced seven overall day/night pink-ball Test matches.

From his few pink-ball game experiences, Pujara believes that the pink-ball might swing more, but it may not happen in Australia due to Kookaburra ball. He also added that the Australian pitches are very good for the batsmen.

Cheteshwar Pujara, pink-ball Test, red-ball Test
Cheteshwar Pujara (Photo Credit: AFP)

Pujara said, “I think they (Australian) bowlers will get more pace and bounce off the pitch, from what I have realised so far with the Pink Ball. Apart from this, the ball might swing more, but usually Kookaburra pink ball doesn’t swing much, maybe the new ball might swing a bit, but once the ball gets old, it will be a good ball to bat against. Because be it the Kookaburra red ball or pink ball… and if you are playing in Australia, it is one of the best pitches to bat on.”

In the India tour of Australia 2020/21, they will play the four-match Test series from 3rd December 2020 to 7th January 2021.

In their last Australia tour in the 2018/19 summer, India won their first-ever Test and ODI bilateral series in this country. Cheteshwar Pujara won the Player of the Series award at the end of the Test series for scoring highest runs in that series (521 runs).

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