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Shakib Al Hasan (Image Credit: Twitter)
Shakib Al Hasan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Bangladesh’s Win In NZ Will Change Notion Of Over-Depending On 4-5 Seniors: Shakib Al Hasan

Bangladesh created history earlier this week by beating the Black Caps, the reigning World Test Champions, by eight wickets to capture their first-ever win in New Zealand.

Bangladesh’s historic victory in New Zealand proves that the youngsters in the team are capable of handling responsibility and the side doesn’t always rely on the same 4-5 senior players to win matches, says premier all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who didn’t feature in the ongoing 2 matches Test series.

Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images
Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Bangladesh’s Spinner Shakib Al Hasan Credits Youngsters For Maiden Test Win Vs NZ And Feels The Notion That Always 4-5 Seniors Can Win Games Will Be Changed

Bangladesh created history by beating New Zealand, the reigning inaugural World Test Champions (2019-21), by eight wickets to capture their first-ever win on New Zealand soil. The 34-year-old was delighted by the fact that Bangladesh began 2022 with a maiden Test win over New Zealand after a difficult 2021, where they lost five out of seven Tests.

“I don’t think my presence was necessarily important (in New Zealand). I am actually happy that they did it without me. Not just me (but the others too),” Shakib, who withdrew from the series, was quoted as saying.

“I think what really delighted me was that the notion, particularly in the media, that not many players apart from the four or five senior ones can win games for the team — that will be changed. If they are handed the responsibility, these youngsters will play better.”

The 34-year-old former skipper feels while the maiden win at the Bay Oval will not change things drastically, it will open an opportunity for change. Shakib Al Hasan, who withdrew from the tour to spend time with his family, said that the victory proves the visitors don’t have to rely just on the senior players alone.

“We made an unbelievable start to 2022. I am very happy. Credit goes to all the players and coaching staff for playing well under so much pressure and in these conditions. Everyone tried hard.”

Bangladesh National Cricket Team Image Source: Twitter
Bangladesh National Cricket Team Image Source: Twitter

“This was always going to be a challenging year after a difficult time in 2021 for us. I hope we can continue in this manner. Bangladesh does not play this well all the time. “Not everything will change after a Test win. But it creates the opportunity for change. I think if we can hold onto this belief, particularly the BCB, we can do well in the World Test Championship,” Shakib said.

Speedster Ebadot Hossain put up a sensational display, taking a career-best 6-46, while his fellow pacers also played their part as the Bangladesh pace unit snared 13 wickets, the most it has ever bagged in a Test match.

Mashrafe Mortaza Delighted By Pacers Performances In The 1st Test

Another former skipper Mashrafe Mortaza was also delighted by the performance of the pacers.

“Taskin (Ahmed) and Ebadot proved that if they put in the hard work, they can improve. It is good to see the pacers winning a game for us, but this win doesn’t necessarily answer all the questions,” Mortaza said.

“This is not a reply to all the criticism in recent times. Rather, we should learn from this, that we can win matches if we give players the opportunity. Cricket boards should invest and see what’s happening so that it could bring better results in the future.”

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza addresses the media in Dhaka © Getty Images
Mashrafe Bin Mortaza addresses the media in Dhaka © Getty Images

Citing Ebadot Hossain’s case, Mashrafe Mortaza highlighted the need to give a player time to perform.

“Ebadot’s improvement isn’t recent. He has been playing for a while and has been kept in consideration in Tests. He must have been given assurance that he will play. He knows this is his career, his future. He has to serve the team.”

“Ebadot’s wickets won us the game. It could have been a drawn game. You have to give the player a bit of time. He got set slowly. Rahi has been giving service for a long time (unclear). Giving them a bit of time always brings a good result.”

He also pitched the idea of using Mirpur to develop fast bowlers.

“I think they could look at Mirpur to help the fast bowlers since the ball here goes up and down. It, however, depends on how much you depend on the fast bowlers. So it is good that the pacers won us the game.”

This was Bangladesh’s first-ever win on New Zealand soil in 32 matches across all formats and in the end, it was pretty comfortably done by the tourists. Devon Conway had scored 122 in the 1st innings but the duo of Bangladesh skipper Mominul Haque(88) and Liton Das(86) ensured Bangladesh get a handsome lead in the 1st innings before Ebadot Hossain ensured New Zealand be restricted to only 169 in their 2nd innings.

Bangladesh 458 (Mominul 88, Litton 86, Boult 4-85) and 42 for 2 (Shanto 17, Mominul 13*, Mushfiqur 5*) beat New Zealand 328 (Conway 122, Nicholls 75, Shoriful 3-69, Mehidy 3-86) and 169 (Young 69, Taylor 40, Ebadot 6-46, Taskin 3-36) by eight wickets

In the ongoing 2nd Test, Tom Latham (186) was the highlight but Devon Conway (99) too played a delightful knock. The platform though was set by the opening stand as they added 148. Will Young also looked all set for a big score but he fell. Devon Conway and Tom Latham then have built an unbeaten 200-run stand. Tom Latham is eyeing a double ton whereas Devon Conway is one short of his hundred. New Zealand is 349/1 at Stump’s on Day 1.

Ebadot Hossain celebrates the wicket of Will Young Getty Images
Ebadot Hossain celebrates the wicket of Will Young Getty Images

“Bangladesh Showed Us How To Go About Things On That Wicket”- Tom Latham

New Zealand stand-in captain Tom Latham has shown disappointment over New Zealand’s performance as Bangladesh upset the hosts by an 8-wicket win to script their first victory in New Zealand in any format.

On day-5, Bangladesh bowled New Zealand out for 169 in the second innings as Ebadot Hossain bowled a terrific spell of 6/46 which opened the doors of this historic win at Mount Maunganui, Bangladesh chased the target of 40 with the loss of two wickets as their veteran batter Mushfiqur Rahim hit the winning runs.

“We weren’t quite there in all three facets. Bangladesh showed us how to go about things on that wicket. They were able to build partnerships, bowl (tight) at both ends, and apply lots of pressure. We couldn’t quite do it for long enough. There have only been two Test matches here, the two games have been similar. Probably a little bit slower than what we expected and didn’t quite break up as much,” said Latham after the game at the post-match presentation.

Tom Latham is an underrated weapon for the Black Caps. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Tom Latham (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

“We knew what it would be like, unfortunately, we couldn’t quite do things for long enough. Looking back at the first innings, the position we were in, if we’d got 450, then it’d have been a different story. Full credit to Bangladesh for the way they went about things for all five days and they thoroughly deserved this win,” he added.

Bangladesh also broke the 17-match unbeaten streak by New Zealand at their home as New Zealand hasn’t lost a Test match at home since 2017. Bangladesh put a marathon batting effort in the first innings as they battled hard for 176.2 overs.

"Bangladesh Showed Us How To Go About Things On That Wicket"- Tom Latham 1
Historic win for Bangladesh in Mount Maunganui

It hurts, we got to turn to Christchurch in a few days’ time, hopefully, we can take the learnings from this Test match and apply them to what would be a different surface at Hagley. For every individual, it’s important that they reflect on how they went about their things and take their learnings from a surface like this and obviously the information from Bangladesh,” said Latham.

Focus has got to turn quickly to Hagley and hopefully we can put out a good performance there,” he added.

New Zealand regular skipper Kane Williamson was ruled out for this series with an elbow injury. The second Test will be played on January 9 at Christchurch.

Also Read: ICC World Test Championship 2023: Bangladesh Open Their Account With A Historic Win

Ajaz Patel (Photo Credit: ICC/Twitter)
Ajaz Patel (Photo Credit: ICC/Twitter)

Ajaz Patel’s Historic Feat Of Taking All 10 Wickets In An Innings Not Enough To Be Picked Against Bangladesh

Ajaz Patel’s historic feat of taking 10 wickets in a Test innings was not enough to secure his place in New Zealand’s squad for a home series against Bangladesh.

Off-spinner Ajaz Patel became only the third player in test history _ after England’s Jim Laker and India’s Anil Kumble _ to take all 10 wickets in an innings when he claimed 10-119 in the second Test against India earlier this month. But Ajaz Patel was absent from New Zealand’s 13-man squad for a two-test series against Bangladesh, beginning on January 1, 2022.

Ajaz Patel----Saikat Das / Sportzpics for BCCI
Ajaz Patel—-Saikat Das / Sportzpics for BCCI

Ajaz Patel Not Picked For Two Tests Against Visitors Bangladesh As New Zealand Conditions Favour Pacers: Gary Stead Defends Selections

The 13 man squad includes fast bowlers Trent Boult, Tim Southee, Kyle Jamieson, Neil Wagner, and Matt Henry along with medium pace allrounder Daryl Mitchell and only one spin option, allrounder Rachin Ravindra. The tests will be played at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui and Hagley Oval in Christchurch at New Zealand which is expected to favour quicker bowlers.

New Zealand head cricket coach Gary Stead. (Photo| EPS)
New Zealand head cricket coach Gary Stead. (Photo| EPS)

“You do feel for Ajaz after his record-breaking display in India,” New Zealand coach Gary Stead said. “However, we’ve always applied a horses-for-courses selection policy and believe the players selected best fit the way we want to take on Bangladesh here at home.”

“We feel having both Rachin and Daryl in the squad gives us a nice balance and the ability to pick a side best suited to the conditions we expect.”

New Zealand’s left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel picked up all 10-wickets in an innings in the second Test against India. Notably, the spinner became only the third bowler in the history of Test cricket to take all 10 wickets in an innings, joining Jim Laker and Anil Kumble, who had achieved the milestone in 1956 and 1999 respectively.

He also registered the best figures for a bowler against India in Test cricket. India registered a record 372 runs win over New Zealand in the second Test and sealed the two-match Test series 1-0.

Tom Latham Will Captain New Zealand In The Absence Of Injured Kane Williamson While Devon Conway Will Return

Tom Latham will captain New Zealand in the absence of Kane Williamson, who has an elbow injury, and Devon Conway will return to the squad after breaking his hand at the Twenty20 World Cup last month. Devon Conway, who had been ruled out of the T20 World Cup final against Australia in the UAE and the subsequent India tour with a bizarre self-inflicted hand injury, returned to the squad.

“It’s obviously disappointing not to have Kane available for this series but, as we noted in India, he is undergoing a sustained period of rest followed by rehabilitation, strengthening, and gradual batting loading,” Stead said. “We have every confidence in Tom leading the side. He’s done an excellent job in the past when called upon.”

Tom Latham (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Tom Latham (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Ajaz Patel concluded the 2nd Test match against India with statistics of 14/225, while regular skipper Kane Williamson also missed the 2nd Test against India for an elbow injury. New Zealand captain Kane Williamson will be sidelined by an elbow tendon injury for at least two months, coach Gary Stead confirmed.

Trent Boult, who had opted out of the India tour because of bubble fatigue, was also back in the side as New Zealand ponder unleashing their four-pronged pace pack on Bangladesh. Ross Taylor, who had a horror tour of India, managing a mere 20 runs across four innings, retained his place in the Test squad.

He is three Tests away from surpassing Daniel Vettori as New Zealand’s most capped player in the format. Colin de Grandhomme, who had also opted out of the India tour, was omitted from this squad.

New Zealand: Tom Latham (captain), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Devon Conway, Matt Henry, Kyle Jamieson, Daryl Mitchell, Henry Nicholls, Rachin Ravindra, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, Will Young.

India's Mohammed Siraj celebrates after taking the wicket of England's Jonny Bairstow. (Reuters)
India's Mohammed Siraj celebrates after taking the wicket of England's Jonny Bairstow. (Reuters)

Mohammed Siraj Is The Number 3 Pacer After Mohammed Shami And Jasprit Bumrah: VVS Laxman

VVS Laxman, former Indian batsman has insisted that the bowler Mohammed Siraj needs to be in the XI in the South Africa Tests. Team India produced an emphatic performance on Day 2 of the Mumbai Test as the side inches closer to a series victory. After scoring 325 in the first innings, India bowled New Zealand out on merely 62 – the lowest Test score on Indian soil.

The Kiwi batters were caught in a web of spin as the trio of Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel and Jayant Yadav grabbed seven wickets in New Zealand’s innings. Pacer Mohammed Siraj gave India a strong start with the ball, picking the first three wickets. VVS Laxman reckoned that pace bowler, Mohammed Siraj, has done more than enough to warrant a place in the playing XI of the Indian team when they go to visit South Africa this month.

Mohammed Siraj (Photo: AP)
Mohammed Siraj (Photo: AP)

VVS Laxman: Pacer Mohammed Siraj Is The Number 3 After Mohammed Shami And Jasprit Bumrah And Should Be A Certainty For South Africa Tour

Mohammed Siraj dismissed openers Will Young, Tom Latham as well as veteran batter Ross Taylor early to put New Zealand in trouble, and the visitors could never recover from the setback. The pacer had missed the first Test of the series as Ishant Sharma and Umesh Yadav were the only two-seamers in Kanpur but made a return to the XI after the former picked an injury.

VVS Laxman (Image Credit: Twitter)
VVS Laxman (Image Credit: Twitter)

However, former India batter VVS Laxman believes that Mohammed Siraj needs to be among the top-3 bowlers for India when the side tours South Africa next month. India is scheduled to play three Tests against the Proteas. VVS Laxman believes that Mohammed Siraj is India’s third-best pacer after Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammad Shami.

“This would be a difficult decision for Rahul Dravid and Virat Kohli. It depends on how many fast bowlers will you play. You know that Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah are your first and second choices as far as Test cricket is concerned in overseas conditions. So, will Mohammed Siraj be number 3 or 4?  The way he bowled in Australia and England, and even in the second Test.. for me, he is the number 3,” VVS Laxman said on Star Sports.

Mohammed Siraj ended as India’s highest wicket-taker in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Australia, with 13 dismissals to his name in three Tests. He continued on his impressive performances on the Test tour of England, where he picked 14 wickets in four games.

Mohammed Siraj Debuted In The Successful Australian Tour In 2020/21 And Was The Highest Wicket Taker For India

Mohammed Siraj has played 10 Tests for India, claiming 33 wickets at an average of 27.3. He played a key role in India’s wins in the Melbourne and Brisbane Tests in the Australian tour picking up a maximum of 13 Test wickets.

The 25-year-old pacer made his debut in the second Test in Melbourne and immediately made his mark in international cricket. Eventually, he ended up as the highest wicket-taker for India with 13 wickets in the Border- Gavaskar Trophy 2020/21. What makes his performance even more praise-worthy was that Mohammed Siraj had lost his father when he was touring Australia for the series.

Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj (Image Credit: Twitter)

Mohammed Siraj was retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore before IPL 2022 mega auctions. RCB retained Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, and Mohammed Siraj in the IPL retention. Virat Kohli is the first player retained by the franchise. He will fetch Rs 15 crore as opposed to Rs 17 Crore, which he was earning earlier. Glenn Maxwell is the second player to be retained for an annual retainer of Rs 11 crore.

Meanwhile, Mohammed Siraj is the third pick at a sum of Rs 7 crore. As a result, the total purse remaining for the Bangalore franchise is Rs 57 Crore. Mohammed Siraj has picked 11 wickets each time in the last two seasons. He has picked up 50 scalps in as many matches and 40 has come for Royal Challengers Bangalore in 44 games.

Mohammed Siraj (Photo: AP)
Mohammed Siraj (Photo: AP)

Mohammed Siraj Bowled A Dream Delivery To Dismiss Ross Taylor In 2nd Test

Mohammed Siraj on Saturday said that the ball he bowled to get rid of Ross Taylor was a dream delivery as the hosts took the upper hand in the Mumbai Test against New Zealand on Day 2.

Mohammed Siraj bowled a fiery first spell to reduce New Zealand to 17 for 3 with the wickets of Will Young, Tom Latham, and Ross Taylor. New Zealand’s first innings lasted just 28.1 overs as they got bowled out for 62.
Mohammed Siraj’s ‘dream delivery’ which stunned Ross Taylor --- File image (Source: Twitter)
Mohammed Siraj’s ‘dream delivery’ which stunned Ross Taylor — File image (Source: Twitter)

Mohammed Siraj Bowled A Dream Delivery For Any Pacer To Dismiss Veteran New Zealand Batsman Ross Taylor

Mohammed Siraj said that the delivery that got New Zealand’s Ross Taylor out was a “dream” for any bowler on the second day of the second Test. Mohammed Siraj picked the wickets of openers Will Young, Tom Latham, and Ross Taylor, to leave New Zealand reeling at 17 for 3.

Asked about the delivery to Ross Taylor, Mohammed Siraj said, “The plan was that we had set field for an inswing delivery and aimed to hit the pads but the way I was building my rhythm, I thought why not bowl an outswing. It was a dream delivery for any fast bowler.”

Mohammed Siraj had split his webbing during the first T20 International against New Zealand in Jaipur and was out of action since then. He was overlooked with senior pacer Ishant Sharma getting a chance in the opening Test in Kanpur besides Umesh Yadav.

Ishant Sharma
Ishant Sharma[Image-Twitter]

“When I resumed training after getting injured, I did a lot of single wicket bowling with an aim to get as much swing as possible. That was my focus.”

“As and when I would get chance in Test match, I had to consistently hit one area and that’s what helps me in building my rhythm,” the Hyderabad fast bowler, who bowled a 147 kmph plus bouncer to dismiss Tom Latham, said.

The basic endeavor for him has always been to let batters play as many deliveries as possible and that’s why bowl a stump line and not outside the off-stump.

“I wanted to pitch it on stumps and hit one area consistently as it creates problem for batters. The batters start leaving deliveries if you start bowling outside the off-stump.”

He knew that on this track, spinners will bowl long spells and he had decided that whatever be the length of his spell, he would go full tilt, as he did during those four overs.

“I knew I will get 3-4 overs of spell and wanted to bowl with full intensity,” he concluded.

Mohammed Siraj registered the figures of 3 for 19 in the 1st innings. He has played 10 Tests for India picking 33 scalps averaging 27.3. He was the highest wicket-taker in Australia in his debut tour by picking up 13 scalps from only 3 Tests. He was retained by his franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore ahead of IPL 2022 mega auctions.

Mohammed Siraj Was Injured In The 1st T20I Against Visitors New Zealand

Mohammed Siraj did not make the cut for the second T20I owing to his injury. He was forced to miss the second match against New Zealand on Friday, November 19 after having injured his left hand while fielding in the series-opener. His unavailability thus made way for Harshal Patel in the team who made his India debut.

Mohammed Siraj
Mohammed Siraj. (Photo by Mark Brake – CA/Cricket Australia/Getty Images)

Mohammed Siraj got a web split on his left hand whilst fielding his own delivery in the previous game in Jaipur. Mohammed Siraj witnessed a decent outing in the first T20I. Though he conceded big runs in the middle overs, he bowled an impressive final over.

New Zealand 62 and 140 for 5 (Mitchell 60, Nicholls 36*, Ashwin 3-27) need another 400 runs to beat India 325 and 276 for 7 declared (Agarwal 62, Pujara 47, Ajaz 4-106)

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Ravichandran Ashwin Said He Imitated Harbhajan Singh’s Bowling Action After Going Past His Tally Of 417 Test Wickets

Ravichandran Ashwin, India’s off-spinner has revealed that he used to imitate Harbhajan Singh’s bowling action during his younger days as a cricketer. Ravichandran Ashwin also added that ‘Bhajju pa’ was the reason he took up spin bowling.

On Monday, Ravichandran Ashwin went past Harbhajan Singh’s tally of 417 wickets to become the third-highest wicket-taker in India’s Test history. The 35-year-old achieved the feat when he bowled New Zealand opener Tom Latham for 52 on Day 5 of the Kanpur Test.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh
Ravichandran Ashwin and Harbhajan Singh PTI Photo by Shailendra Bhojak (PTI9_25_2015_000078A)

Ravichandran Ashwin Decided To Take Up Off-Spin Because Of Harbhajan Singh

In a light-hearted interaction with Player of the Match Shreyas Iyer (105 & 65), Ravichandran Ashwin recalled how he used to copy Harbhajan Singh’s bowling action before discovering his own groove.

The seasoned off-spinner told Shreyas Iyer: “I used to bowl a bit of seam up for Tamil Nadu. Then I had a pelvic disc slip. After that, I just started batting, didn’t want to bowl at all. But, after that 2001 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, I decided to take up off-spin because of ‘Bhajju pa’.

“It’s pretty easy, you put your hands across, hop and skip and keep going. That’s how I started. Now, I don’t know if I can do it (smiles).”

Shreyas Iyer at the Green Park Stadium Photo: BCCI
Shreyas Iyer at the Green Park Stadium Photo: BCCI

Ravichandran Ashwin also got the wicket of Tom Blundell (2) on Day 5 in Kanpur and now has 419 Test wickets to his name at an excellent average of 24.48. Ravichandran Ashwin is currently on a high. He recently made a successful comeback to India’s T20 squad after a gap of four years, during the World Cup in the UAE. He has continued the good work in the home series against New Zealand.

However, the Tamil Nadu cricketer admitted that he was unsure about where his career was heading during the time of the pandemic. Ravichandran Ashwin claimed three wickets in both innings of the Kanpur Test and also made useful contributions of 38 and 32 with the bat.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Ravichandran Ashwin conceded: “I didn’t know if I would play Test cricket after the pandemic. I hadn’t played the last Test in Christchurch (before COVID).

“I was standing at the crossroads thinking whether I would play Test matches. Where is my future headed? Do I get into the Test team? This is the only format I play. God has been kind and I have been able to turn around things.”

It has to be noted that Harbhajan Singh, who enjoyed a sensational run in the Test arena, was replaced by none other than Ravichandran Ashwin in the national team. Making his Test debut in 2011, Ravichandran Ashwin performed regularly and didn’t take long in cementing his place in the side. The same cost him, Harbhajan Singh, a regular spot in the playing XI.

Senior India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin was shockingly dropped from the Test team from all of the 4 Tests against hosts England (after WTC Final) before he remarkably bowled well in the T20I World Cup 2021 on his comeback to the white ball squad after a 4-year gap following which he donned the whites again in the 1st Test vs NZ

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has played 5 T20Is since his comeback in the limited-overs format after a gap of 4 years. He has picked 9 scalps at an average of 11.66 and an economy rate of 5.25, and a strike rate of 13.3.

Despite being the leading wicket-taker in the squad, he was left out from all 4 Tests that India played on the England tour. To date, he has picked up 419 wickets in the 80 Tests he has played for India, at an excellent average of 24.49.

Dinesh Karthik Photo: © Reuters (Main Image)
Dinesh Karthik Photo: © Reuters (Main Image)

Wriddhiman Saha Fought His Way To Score 61* Through A Stiff Neck: Dinesh Karthik

Wriddhiman Saha is drawing praises for his valiant knock during the fourth day of the first Test between India and New Zealand in Kanpur. Wriddhiman Saha was battling a neck issue, but he still batted and went on to score a gritty half-century pushing his team on top in the series opener against the world champions.

Wriddhiman Saha scored an unbeaten 61 and required the attention of the team’s physio. He didn’t keep during New Zealand’s first innings and went back to the dressing room after having kept for just a couple of overs on Sunday.

India Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha (Photo | PTI)
India Test wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha (Photo | PTI)

Wriddhiman Saha Is A Solid Batsman And Has Got A Bit Of Dogfight In Him, Fought His Way Through A Stiff Neck: Dinesh Karthik

Fellow wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik is impressed with how Wriddhiman Saha performed under pressure considering the rich plaudits his injury stand-in KS Bharat was drawing for his skills behind the stumps.

“What I like about him is that he was again having his back against the wall in this Test. This could have easily been one of his last Test innings because there would have been a lot of pressure to bring Srikar Bharat for the next Test,” Karthik said.

Dinesh Karthik file image. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
Dinesh Karthik file image. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
“But again, I was just happy to see Wriddhiman Saha bat because he’s a solid batter, he’s really good, he’s got a bit of dogfight in him, you know, he fought his way through a stiff neck, changed his stance up, batted differently to what he’s used to but delivered. It’s good to see somebody with old legs coming and pushing people and showing how it can be done,” he added.

Dinesh Karthik said Wriddhiman Saha comes through when conditions are really rough.

“I called him a street fighter, I hope that’s not too derogatory to him, on the commentary today. To me, he’s that sort of guy when the conditions are really, really tough he’s the fighter, the bloke who comes in and does the job when they are down and need him,” he said.

Wriddhiman Saha, on Day 4, batted extremely well to help India set a competitive target for New Zealand. Despite reeling in pain and going through bouts of on-field treatment from the team physio, the Bengal stumper scored a gritty 61 off 126 balls.

Wriddhiman Saha Put Together A 64 Run Stand With Shreyas Iyer And Unbeaten 67 Run Stand With Axar Patel

He put together a 64-run stand with Shreyas Iyer for the sixth wicket to rescue India from 103/6. Wriddhiman Saha, on Day 4, batted extremely well to help India set a competitive target for New Zealand. He put together a 64-run stand with Shreyas Iyer for the sixth wicket to rescue India from 103/6.

KS Bharat will keep the wickets for India on Day five© AFP
KS Bharat will keep the wickets for India on Day five© AFP.

Once Shreyas Iyer was dismissed at the stroke of Tea, Wriddhiman Saha and Axar Patel put 67 for the 7th wicket before stand-in skipper Ajinkya Rahane declared India’s innings at 234/7, setting the Black Caps a stiff target of 284.

Meanwhile, Andhra Pradesh-born KS Bharat was immensely impressive in the first innings. He affected three key dismissals and played a massive role in helping India come back in the first innings.

Substitute KS Bharat will don the wicket-keeping gloves for the Indian side on Day 5 of the 1st Test against New Zealand. Regular keeper Wriddhiman Saha is experiencing stiffness in his neck, and as a result, he will not come out to keep.

KS Bharat was forced to keep wickets coming as a substitute after Wriddhiman Saha suffered a sprain on his neck before the start of play. KS Bharat took two splendid catches while also pulling off a spectacular stumping to dismiss Tom Latham in the 1st innings.

Wridhiman Saha was declared fit to bat and has walked into the middle on Day 4 of the Test match. It remains to be seen if he is fit enough to don the gloves in New Zealand’s second innings.

With doubts over Wriddhiman Saha’s batting form and fitness, a Test debut for KS Bharat should not be far away. He is yet to play an international match for India in any format.

Ross Taylor:- REUTERS/Ross Setford (image sourced from Otago Daily Times
Ross Taylor:- REUTERS/Ross Setford (image sourced from Otago Daily Times

It’s A Great Place To Play Cricket But Definitely One Of The Toughest: Ross Taylor On India Tour

Ross Taylor, a New Zealand middle-order batsman, termed India as one of the toughest destinations to tour. He opined that India is a great place to play cricket, but it can be challenging for the touring sides.

The Black Caps are scheduled to tour India a few days after the ongoing T20I World Cup concludes at UAE. They will play two Test matches and three T20Is in the sub-continent.

Ross Taylor in action against India on Day 6 of the WTC final (Twitter/BlackCaps)
Ross Taylor in action against India on Day 6 of the WTC final (Twitter/BlackCaps)

Ross Taylor: Playing Spin And Reverse Swing Ball Is Toughest To Handle In India

Ross Taylor stated that India set a different set of challenges with spin and reverse swing.

“It’s a great place to play cricket but definitely one of the toughest. Obviously playing spin and then the reverse swing ball. I think trusting your defense early on against spin when there’s so many people around the bat (is important),” Ross Taylor stated.

NZ pacer Trent Boult (File Photo | AFP)
NZ pacer Trent Boult (File Photo | AFP)

Ross Taylor added that winning the toss plays a big part in the outcome of the game when you are playing Test matches in India.

“I’ve been there a few times and it’s probably a given but winning the toss plays a big part in it so no pressure on Kane (Williamson) to get the call right in those first few Tests.”

Ross Taylor is part of the 15-man squad announced by New Zealand for the tour to India. This will be the first meeting between the two teams in the game’s longest format since the WTC final in June. The last time New Zealand toured India, they were beaten 3-0 in 2016.

New Zealand left-arm pacer Trent Boult has made himself unavailable for the upcoming two-match Test series against India. The reason behind Trent Boult’s and pace allrounder Colin de Grandhomme’s unavailability for the Tests against India has been due to the prospect of further time in bio-secure bubbles and managed isolation.

Ross Taylor Opens Up On Facing Ravichandran Ashwin And Ravindra Jadeja

Ross Taylor reckons Ravichandra Ashwin could be a handful on the Indian tracks. However, he pointed out that the key will be to pick his variations right from the hand since the tracks will offer a lot of turns.

“I think you’ve got to watch the ball from the hand as early as possible, trust your defense. He’s (Ashwin) got carrom balls and got quite often the ball that actually skids on is just as dangerous as the one that turns a lot.”

Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja Photo Credit: AP
Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja Photo Credit: AP

Ross Taylor added that the likes of spinner Ravindra Jadeja and others like Axar Patel can also be difficult to negotiate on the sub-continent tracks.

He said: “Not only him (Ashwin), Jadeja and co are going to be a handful.”

New Zealand will play a T20I series and then follow it up with two Test matches. The T20Is will be played on November 17 in Jaipur, November 19 in Ranchi, and November 21 in Kolkata. The two Tests will be played in Kanpur (November 25-29) and Mumbai (December 3-7).

The 15-member squad for the Test series against India includes regular cricketers like captain Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor, Tom Latham, Devon Conway, and Henry Nicholls with a back-up in Will Young. Tom Blundell will take the wicketkeeping duties after BJ Watling retired from international cricket post victory in the inaugural World Test Championship final over India in Southampton in June 2021.

Left-arm spinners Ajaz Patel and Mitchell Santner, off-spinner Will Somerville, and uncapped left-arm spin all-rounder Rachin Ravindra and wicketkeeper-batter Glenn Phillips provide a part-time off-spin option, are present. At the same time, Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, and Kyle Jamieson are the pace trio.

NZ squad for Tests: Kane Williamson (captain), Tom Blundell (wicketkeeper), Devon Conway, Henry Nicholls, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Ajaz Patel, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Will Somerville, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner and Will Young

NZ squad for T20Is: Kane Williamson (captain), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Kyle Jamieson, Adam Milne, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, and Tim Southee

Misbah-ul-Haq- the head coach of the Pakistan cricket team.© AFP
Misbah-ul-Haq- the head coach of the Pakistan cricket team.© AFP

It’s Not An Ideal Situation For Pakistan After Resignation From Misbah-ul-Haq And Waqar Younis Before T20I World Cup: Shadab Khan

Shadab Khan, Pakistan’s white-ball vice-captain admits the situation arising out of the sudden resignation of head coach Misbah-ul-Haq and bowling coach Waqar Younis was not ideal but the team was trying to shun any negative thoughts as important events are coming up.
The Pakistan Cricket Board on Monday announced that Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis have resigned and that former Pakistan Test players, Saqlain Mushtaq and Abdul Razzaq would be interim coaches for the time being.
Pakistan coaching unit - comprising Misbah-ul-Haq, Waqar Younis (AFP)
Pakistan coaching unit – comprising Misbah-ul-Haq, Waqar Younis (AFP)

Shadab Khan: It’s Not An Ideal Situation For Pakistan As Two Coaches Step Down Before T20I World Cup

The Pakistan Cricket Board on Monday announced that Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis have resigned and that former Pakistan Test players, Saqlain Mushtaq and Abdul Razzaq would be interim coaches for the time being.

The sudden changes coincide with the induction of former Test captain Ramiz Raja as the new PCB chairman on September 13. Ramiz Raja on his YouTube channel and as a commentator and analyst has maintained that he does not believe Misbah-ul-Haq and Waqar Younis are the best coaches for the Pakistan team.

“I can’t comment on their decision but yes we as a team are trying to ensure that no negativity creeps into our camp because of recent happenings because it is not an ideal situation for us,” Shadab Khan said.

“Our focus is on doing the things that are in our control in the right manner. We don’t want to think about the what-ifs of the situation. With the T20 World Cup approaching, our focus is to prepare ourselves for it,” said the 22-year-old Shadab Khan.

Shadab Khan (File Photo)
Shadab Khan (File Photo)

Pakistan host New Zealand in a limited-overs series of three ODIs and five T20Is beginning on September 17 and then heads to the T20 World Cup beginning in the UAE from October 17. Shadab Khan said there’s no guarantee of success in international cricket.

“Look, we can do our best to prepare for a situation but there is no guarantee about success or failure. It is the same with every team,” said the seasoned all-rounder, who is deputy to Babar Azam.

“We are trying to play modern-day cricket and be aggressive and selfless in our approach to the game but we will also face failures in this and I think we need to accept that.”
Shadab Khan praised Pakistan skipper Babar Azam, saying that he had always backed the national squad. Speaking about the transformation needed in the Pakistan squad, the vice-captain said it wouldn’t be an issue as “aggression is on our DNA.”

Shadab Khan: It Would Have Been Good If New Zealand Had Sent Their Full Strength Squad To Pakistan

Shadab Khan, a member of the Pakistan squad that won the Champions Trophy in 2017, said it would have been good if New Zealand had sent their full-strength squad to Pakistan for the upcoming three ODI and five T20I series as it would have meant more competitive cricket going into the T20 World Cup.

“But what we have to realize is that this is their national team and it has eight to nine players who have played for them in ODI cricket and even T20 matches and we are not going to underestimate them at all. That would be a mistake.”

New Zealand batsman Tom Latham acknowledges the crowd after reaching his century (Photo: AFP)
New Zealand batsman Tom Latham acknowledges the crowd after reaching his century (Photo: AFP)
Tom Latham will lead New Zealand in the absence of Kane Williamson on their white-ball tours of Pakistan and Bangladesh starting September. The opener will stand in as leader on both tours across white-ball formats. Several first-team players, including Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson, and Lockie Ferguson will be unavailable owing to their involvement in the IPL, which clashes with part of the tour.
Bangladesh won 3 T20Is while New Zealand won a solitary T20I. The 5th T20I will be played on 10th September.
Squad for Bangladesh T20Is and Pakistan ODIs: Tom Latham (capt, wk), Finn Allen, Hamish Bennett, Tom Blundell (wk), Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Jacob Duffy, Matt Henry (ODI only), Scott Kuggeleijn, Cole McConchie, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Rachin Ravindra, Ben Sears (T20 only), Blair Tickner, Will Young.
Squad for Pakistan T20Is: Tom Latham (capt, wk), Finn Allen, Todd Astle, Hamish Bennett, Tom Blundell (wk), Mark Chapman, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Daryl Mitchell, Ajaz Patel, Ish Sodhi, Ben Sears, Blair Tickner, Will Young.
Mushfiqur Rahim
Mushfiqur Rahim

Russell Domingo Reveals Mushfiqur Rahim Doesn’t Want To Keep In T20Is Anymore

Russell Domingo, Bangladesh head coach has revealed that Mushfiqur Rahim does not want to do wicketkeeping in the shortest format of the game anymore. Russell Domingo’s revelation came after Bangladesh’s defeat in the third T20I against New Zealand on Sunday.

Mushfiqur Rahim has informed the Bangladesh team management that he will no longer keep wickets in T20Is, according to Russell Domingo. Mushfiqur Rahim didn’t keep wicket in the 3rd T20I against New Zealand, although it was declared before the series that he would split wicketkeeping duties with Nurul Hasan in the first four games.

Russell Domingo
Russell Domingo Image Source: TWITTER/BCBTIGERS

Russell Domingo: Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim Doesn’t Want To Keep Wickets In T20Is Anymore

Russell Domingo said that they have to quickly move on to allow Nurul Hasan, who has been keeping wicket in Bangladesh’s recent cluster of T20Is since mid-July, to be the No. 1 wicketkeeper going into the T20I World Cup.

This is the first time that Mushfiqur Rahim has told the team management that he wants to give up wicketkeeping. Normally, he has insisted that he wants to play as a wicketkeeper-batter, particularly in the last five years when his wicketkeeping has come under the scanner. The most recent occasion was the second ODI against New Zealand in March this year when he dropped Tom Latham at a crucial stage of the game.

“There has been a change in plans. Initially, after speaking to Mushy, he was going to keep after the second game. But he told me he probably doesn’t want to keep wicket in T20s anymore, so we have to move on. I don’t think Mushfiqur’s desire to keep in this format is great anymore. We have to focus on Nurul Hasan Sohan, and let him do those duties going into the competition,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Russell Domingo as saying.

Mushfiqur Rahim is yet to come out in the open and reveal his side of the story on why he does not want to don the wicketkeeping gloves in the shortest format of the game. Spinner Ajaz Patel’s four-wicket haul helped New Zealand defend 128 and defeat Bangladesh by 52 runs in the third T20I of the five-match series here at the Shere Bangla National Stadium on Sunday.

Mushfiqur Rahim
Mushfiqur Rahim(Reuters Photo)

With this win, New Zealand registered their first win of the series and the five-game series stands at 2-1 in favour of Bangladesh. The fourth T20I will now be played on Wednesday. Chasing 129, no Bangladesh batter got going and the top-scorer was Mushfiqur Rahim as he played a knock of 20 runs. The Bangladesh innings folded inside 19.4 overs.

Nurul Hasan Is In Good Form Behind The Stumps

When Mushfiqur Rahim missed the T20Is against Zimbabwe and Australia due to a family emergency, Nurul Hasan took over with good form both behind and in front of the stumps. It opened up a bit of competition between the two, which the team management decided should be settled by splitting the wicketkeeping duties over four matches of a five-match series.

Mushfiqur Rahim has been a regular wicketkeeper in ODIs and till 2020, in T20Is. His inclusion as a wicketkeeper-batter allows the team to have the luxury of playing two world-class all-rounders. But there are many in Bangladesh who believe, with reason, that Mushfiqur Rahim should focus his energy on only batting, as he is arguably Bangladesh’s best all-format batter.
Mushfiqur Rahim plays a shot against Sri Lanka. - AFP
Mushfiqur Rahim plays a shot against Sri Lanka. – AFP
At the same time, Nurul Hasan’s reputation as the country’s best wicketkeeper is backed by good domestic performances this year. For the selectors and team management, he was too hard to ignore as the wicketkeeper in Bangladesh’s white-ball teams.

Left-arm spinner Ajaz Patel claimed a career-best 4-16 as New Zealand kept alive its Twenty20 series against Bangladesh with a thumping 52-run victory in the third game on Sunday. Off-spinner Cole McConchie (3-15) and left-arm spinner Rachin Ravindra (1-13) also played their part in dismissing Bangladesh for only 76 in 19.4 overs after New Zealand had recovered from 62-5 to a total of 128-5 on a slow surface.

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