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Ravichandran Ashwin celebrates his wicket. Credits: BCCI
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Ravichandran Ashwin Concede With Virat Kohli’s Idea

Indian captain Virat Kohli earlier said that the Test cricket in India should be played in some fixed centres. The spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, in a post-match press conference of the day one, agreed with the skipper.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Virat Kohli’s advice to BCCI

India has currently introduced a new pattern in the Test match. The team will play its first day-night Test match against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens (Kolkata). The main reason to introduce the new tradition is to increase the viewers of the Test match.

Virat Kohli earlier advised that if we set centres for Test match then it will bring more crowd to the match as well as players will know beforehand the condition of the pitch.

Ravichandran Ashwin also goes in the same vein. He opines that if we select centres then players in advance will get prepared themselves according to the behaviour of the pitch. However, in last he has claimed that the decision lies in the hand of the administration.

Ravichandran Ashwin, 250 Test wickets, Virat Kohli
Ravichandran Ashwin (Image Credit: Twitter)

“Every other Test-playing nation generally has a certain pattern of playing Test cricket. They do know how the venue behaves, how the pitch behaves, how the games pan out. That’s perennially how Test cricket works in most parts of the world. Even in India, it was no exception,” Ashwin said.

“The understanding of a particular venue and keeping it that way will help the players. Whether or not that’s the right thing to do is something decision-makers will have to take,” he concluded.

On the first day of the first Test match, the off-spinner picked up two valuable wickets of new Bangladesh Test captain Mominul Haque and batsman Mahmudullah. He would have taken five wickets if Ajinkya Rahane would not have missed the catches. Ravichandran Ashwin is a spinner who cannot be avoided in Test matches. The player always has given the team a breakthrough.

KL Rahul, Sonal Chauhan
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Sonal Chauhan Reveals About His Relation With KL Rahul

KL Rahul is in news because of his low performance in the West Indies and also for dating Bollywood actress Sonal Chauhan. But the actress has denied any such rumour of links with KL Rahul.

He has also been linked with many Bollywood actresses. There were rumours that he was dating Muna Michale film actress Nidhhi Agerwal. Then he was hooked with the Alia Bhatt’s best friend Akansha Ranjan Kapoor, who was seen in the song with Aparshakti Khurana.

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When Sonal was asked during an interview about his relationship with the batsman KL Rahul, he at once denied. She said Rahul is a good player and talented but all the reports about her relationship with him are false.

Reacting to a question on Rahul, Sonal told Bollywood Bubble, “No, not at all. He is a very good cricketer. He is very talented and a nice guy,” while hinting that their involvement with each other is not driven by facts.

KL Rahul With Controversies

KL Rahul, Sonal Chauhan

Rahul has been earlier in controversy because of his unethical talks in Koffee with Karan show. He has to face a lot of criticism after that and had to apologies for it. That incident has great impact on his life as he says that he was disturbed during that period.

The player is also in news because of his poor performance in the West Indies tour. His disappointing performance has not given him a place in the home Test series against South Africa. Shubman Gill has replaced him. Rahul has been given many chances but he always unsuccessful to convert his score. He played two Test matches in West Indies soil and not even scored a half-century in the Test Series.

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Rahul is master in T20I but he has not given that performance in Test and proved to be the wrong choice as an opener for the team.

Sourav Ganguly, no.4
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Sourav Ganguly Advises A New Test Opener For India

India won across all the formats against West Indies. It was a great win for India. But there are some points where India needs to ponder upon. The opening batsmen in Test match were not profitable for India. Former captain Sourav Ganguly in his column for Times of India wrote that this opportunity can open the door for Rohit Sharma.

“I had suggested earlier about trying Rohit Sharma as an opener in Test cricket and I still believe that he needs to be given an opportunity because he is too good a player to be left out in the cold,” Sourav Ganguly wrote in his column for The Times of India.

According to him, finding for middle-order batsmen have come to an end after Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari‘s performances in Test. He believes that Rohit will also be waiting to play in a Test match.

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“After a fantastic World Cup, I believe he will be itching to grab the opportunity to open in Tests. With Ajinkya Rahane and Hanuma Vihari settling in nicely, there is not much left to play around in the middle order,” he further added.

Sourav Ganguly opines Mayank is good

Sourav Ganguly, Rohit Sharma
KL Rahul (Image Credit: Google)

Sourav suggested that India needs to find a good opener as Mayank Agarwal has given satisfactory performance. But the position of KL Rahul is to be filled.

“The opening still remains an area to work on. Mayank Agarwal looks good but will need a few more opportunities. His partner KL Rahul, though, has flattered to deceive and that creates an opening at the top,” Sourav Ganguly said.

In a first Test match, KL Rahul scored 44 and 38 but was not able to convert those starts, and in the second Test match, it went down to 13 and 6. He is being criticised for his batting technique in the Test matches. KL Rahul has been given the chance in the upcoming South Africa T20I series at home. This could be the last chance for him if he doesn’t perform well.

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Virat Kohli
Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin have been instrumental in maintaining India's unbeaten winning streak in Tests under Virat Kohli's captaincy.
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Virat Kohli Opens Up On Selecting Ravindra Jadeja Ahead of Ravichandran Ashwin

There were questions when Ravindra Jadeja was selected over Ravichandran Ashwin for the Tests against West Indies. Virat Kohli was being questioned about his team selection. Everybody was disappointed as Ashwin is master when it comes to playing in the Caribbean Islands. Finally, the skipper has answered why was Jadeja selected instead of Ashwin.

He said that Jadeja has a unique control in his bowling even if he is not getting assistance from the wicket. According to Kohli, he is a trusted bowler and can pick the wickets. Jadeja has the ability to hit the same line and length on a consistent basis which is a rare quality in modern-day cricket.

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Ravindra Jadeja has been in outstanding form since the World Cup and Virat Kohli has backed his no 1 all-rounder. The Saurashtra-born cricketer has also justified the selection and delivered in crunch situations.

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Virat Kohli and Ravindra Jadeja. Image Courtesy: Getty Images

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“With Jadeja, we can bank on control. He is the most consistent and accurate bowler in away games. There is a reason why he is constantly playing in the XI. Even if the wicket is not supporting, he gives you control. As a batsman, when the bowler is pitching the ball in areas where you can get out constantly even if it is not turning so much, he is always in the game and that’s his USP,” he told reporters.

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Ravindra Jadeja. (Image Credit: Google)

The allrounder is in the best of form and has contributed to all the departments, Virat Kohli opined. He also said that the all-rounder is confident and wants to contribute to the team’s success. Jadeja has had a good outing and scored a crucial fifty and claimed a couple of wickets as well.

“With the bat, ball and field – there is nobody better than him in the world. He is in a great zone right now and willing to contribute to the team. And he wants the ball, he wants to do the job,” Kohli reasoned.

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Jason Holder, West Indies
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Jason Holder: We Didn’t Play A Complete Game Of Cricket In Both The Games

India tour of West Indies was the most remarkable win for India as India won all the series across the formats. India won T20I series by 3-0, ODI series by 2-0 and Test Series by 2-0 against West Indies. On part of West Indies, it was their poor performance on the field. The bowling unit was giving their best but the batting unit was giving disappointing performance again and again. The Windies captain Jason Holder was disheartened with his team performance.

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With the contributions of Hanuma Vihari and Ajinkya Rahane in the second innings, India gave Windies a huge target of 468 runs. Jason Holder and the team was able to make 210 runs in the fourth innings.

Jason Holder, West Indies
Ravendra Jadeja celebrating after dismissing Roston Chase

On Monday, West Indies were batting well before losing the wicket of Roston Chase. Shamarh Brooks scored a half Century but soon after he was run out by Virat Kohli‘s throw. Then there was the fall of wickets of Windies by Ravindra Jadeja, Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah‘s ball.

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Holder after the match talked about the team’s performance. For batters, he said that they need to work on themselves and take the ownership of their performances. Bowlers have worked hard.

“Obviously disappointed, we didn’t play a complete game of cricket in both the games. We need to put up the scores and fight out those tough periods, it’s a tough question on how to fix the batting. It’s an individual thing, we need to take ownership of our performances. The bowlers gave their 100% as we’ve been on the field every single day of this Test series, and the bowlers have delivered. It’s been a heavy workload on the bowlers, and at no point have they dropped their heads,” said Jason Holder

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Jason Holder appreciates India’s performance

He praised the performances of the Indian team and said that they played quality cricket.

“They knew our bowling was good – they made us work hard for those wickets. They are a quality side and they played quality cricket, we didn’t bat well enough. That’s the quality of their side. As a batter you need to get in, only then it gets easier. You had to work hard for your runs,” he added.

MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni. Credits: Twitter
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Virat Kohli Will Surpass The Record Of MS Dhoni If He Wins Next Test Match

Under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, India has broken and made many records. Indian Team has improved a lot in both batting and bowling style. There was a time when the Indian team was weak in bowling. But now the team has many young options. Jasprit Bumrah is the real gem of the team, India has never produced such talents like him.

India’s performance in last Test Match against West Indies was commendable. Luckily, Virat Kohli’s selection of the team was proven correct. Hanuma Vihari and Ajinkya Rahane partnership built a strong target. Ajinkya hit an international cricket century after two years. Jasprit Bumrah’s five-wicket haul and Ishant Sharma three-wicket stopped West Indies to chase the mammoth target.

It was Ishant Sharma’s strong Comeback, and in the first Test match, he was able to take eight wickets. The Windies were stopped in mere 100 runs in the fourth innings. It was India’s biggest margin win (by runs) on the foreign soil.

Virat Kohli will break another record

Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni
Virat Kohli celebrating the win (Image Credit: Google)

The team will be waiting to get the next big win in the second Test match against West Indies on 30 August. And with this, he will surpass the record of MS Dhoni of most Test win by the Indian captain.

Virat Kohli has equalled the record of MS Dhoni of 27 Test victories. In the last Test match win by 318 runs, Virat Kohli breaks the record of Sourav Ganguly of most away Test wins by the Indian skipper.

India has reached heights in Test Matches. The team recorded its first-ever Test series win against Australia in their soil. India is also the no.1 in the ICC Test ranking. The team will want to be in finals in the 2019-21 ICC World Test Championship.

Virat Kohli completed his 43rd ODI century in the current tour against West Indies. The way talisman is going, he will break the record of every legend. He is on the top in ICC Test batsman ranking.