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Rashid Khan. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)
Rashid Khan. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)
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Robin Uthappa Believes Rashid Khan Will Fetch Above INR 16 Crore In IPL 2022

Rashid Khan is expected to create history as franchises, including Lucknow and Ahmedabad, would be keen to buy the world-class leg-spinner, after being released by Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) before IPL 2022 auctions.

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) releasing Rashid Khan ahead of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 remains to be one of the biggest talking points in world cricket. Rashid Khan, who has single-handedly won matches for the Orange Army, reportedly wanted to be retained as SRH’s No. 1 player. However, the team management went for Kane Williamson – who will lead the side after David Warner was released.

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan. Image Credits: Twitter

Rashid Khan Will Fetch Above 16 Crores Guesses Robin Uthappa

With Rashid Khan in the auction pool for IPL 2022 mega auctions, cricket fans can be rest assured of history being created by the Afghanistan spinner as every franchise, including Lucknow and Ahmedabad, will go deep into their pockets to buy him.

On the IPL retention day, soon after the retentions lists were announced, senior Indian cricketer Robin Uthappa was asked to guess an amount Rashid Khan would fetch at the auction. Robin Uthappa had represented Chennai Super Kings in the previous edition of the tournament.

“Well and truly above 16 crores,” Robin Uthappa told Star Sports.

It remains to be seen whether Rashid Khan goes into the mega auction or the two new franchises, who can buy three players each from the auction pool till December 25. But, whatever is the case, there’s no doubt that Rashid Khan would fetch a huge amount.

Robin Uthappa
Robin Uthappa (Image Credit: Twitter)

SRH retained three players in Kane Williamson (14 cr), Abdul Samad (4 cr), and Umran Malik (4 cr). SRH also ended its association with David Warner – who had guided them to their maiden IPL title in 2016.

In the UAE leg of IPL 2021, David Warner was abruptly sacked, and Kane Williamson led the squad. The exact reason behind what went wrong between SRH and David Warner is not yet known.

Rashid Khan has been SRH’s best bowler since joining the team back in 2017. His numbers in the IPL stand at a staggering 93 wickets from 76 games at an astonishing economy rate of 6.33.

Rashid Khan, who picked up 18 wickets in 14 matches in the last edition, has consistently turned heads with his bowling exploits in the IPL. Maintaining a good economy of 6.69, he was the seventh-best bowler in the Purple Cap standings last season.

Overall, Rashid Khan has scalped 93 wickets in 76 matches for SRH at an economy of 6.33. Only Bhuvneshwar Kumar (142 wickets), Sandeep Sharma (112 wickets), and Ashish Nehra (106 wickets) have a better wicket-taking record for the franchise than him.

SRH paid Rs 14 crores to New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson followed by Rs 4 crores each to uncapped Jammu and Kashmir talents Abdul Samad and Umran Malik. Meanwhile, David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were also released along with Rashid Khan.

KL Rahul And Shreyas Iyer Are Also Expected To Acquire Big Bucks At IPL 2022 Mega Auctions After Being Released By Punjab Kings And Delhi Capitals Respectively

Meanwhile, Rashid Khan is not the only big name to be a part of the auction pool as several overseas players in David Warner, Kagiso Rabada, Faf du Plessis, Jonny Bairstow, Marcus Stoinis, Trent Boult, Quinton de Kock are up for grabs at the auction.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul (Image Credit: Twitter)

Among Indian players, KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer have parted ways with Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Delhi Capitals (DC), respectively, and are also expected to fetch huge sums from the auction pool. On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) also released Shubman Gill and might want to buy back the stylish opener at the auction.

Kyle Jamieson, AFP
Kyle Jamieson, AFP
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Playing 2 Tests In India Is A Different Challenge Than Playing At Home: Kyle Jamieson

Kyle Jamieson, a New Zealand seamer, admits the upcoming India tour will be a challenge as his side prepares for the first Test in Kanpur on Thursday. Despite a brilliant start to his Test career, Kyle Jamieson’s place in the opening Test remains uncertain.

Kyle Jamieson made his Test debut against India in early 2020 to great effect, picking up a five-wicket haul in the second Test. However, none of his Test appearances have been in the sub-continent. Of his eight Tests, six have come at home. The towering quick’s first away game was at Lord’s against England earlier this year.

Kyle Jamieson (File Photo) | AP
Kyle Jamieson (File Photo) | AP

Kyle Jamieson: Playing Tests In India Different Than Playing The IPL

Kyle Jamieson said that he has left his World Test Championship Final exploits behind him and is looking forward to playing in India. The 26-year old feels playing Tests in India will be vastly different than the IPL. Kyle Jamieson, the NZ pacer, joined Black Caps captain Kane Williamson in sitting out their three Twenty20s against India to focus on the World Test Championship Test match clashes that follow.

After making a huge impression in the international arena during his short career so far, Kyle Jamieson landed a contract with the RCB for the 2021 season of the IPL. He picked 9 scalps in as many matches averaging 29.88 besides amassing 65 runs.

“It certainly feels a long time ago. No better way to start than the challenge of India in India. I haven’t played a whole lot of cricket over here. I had the first half of the IPL which was good, but this will be different again. I’ve got Wags and Timmy here, so that’ll be good to bounce ideas of them, to get their expertise on how to bowl here. It’s certainly going to be a different challenge to what we get back home but really looking forward to it,” Kyle Jamieson said.

Kyle Jamieson Source IPL Twitter
Kyle Jamieson Source IPL Twitter

Kyle Jamieson has picked up a staggering 46 wickets in eight Tests so far, with an average of 14.17. He is also a reasonably accomplished lower-order batsman, averaging 42.66 with a solitary half-century. Kyle Jamieson, incidentally, was Man of the Match for picking 7 wickets, including a five-wicket haul in the WTC Final.

Kyle Jamieson Won’t Change His Game Too Much

Kyle Jamieson further claimed that adapting to conditions and sticking to his strengths would be critical if he were to play in the first Test. Pacer Kyle Jamieson’s absence could be a hint that he will play in the first Test, which would likely leave fellow seamers Tim Southee and Neil Wagner competing for one spot if the Black Caps go with two-seamers, two spinners, and an all-rounder.

The tall seam bowler didn’t play at the T20 World Cup, while Trent Boult will head home after the completion of the Indian T20Is due to the time he has spent in Covid-19 bubbles and managed isolation already this year.

“First and foremost I think for me it’s not trying to change my game too much – still try and stick to my strengths but try and adapt to what the conditions give. If I do play and get the new ball, it’s trying to swing that and as the conditions change and the roles change throughout the game, try to focus on that.”

Kane Williamson (AP)
Kane Williamson (AP)

The Kiwis will feel buoyed by the return of their regular captain Kane Williamson, who missed the three-match T20I series. However, India’s understrength team will still pose a significant challenge as they aim to extend their home dominance. New Zealand included as many as 5 spinners in the Test squad. Veteran Mitchell Santner will lead the slow-ball attack, supported by Ajaz Patel, Will Somerville, rookie Rachin Ravindra, and part-timer Glenn Phillips.

Pacers Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, and Kyle Jamieson have also been included, although Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme both chose to skip the tour.

New Zealand head cricket coach Gary Stead. (Photo| EPS)
New Zealand head cricket coach Gary Stead. (Photo| EPS)
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New Zealand Have To Adapt To The Conditions To Face World-Class Indian Spinners: Gary Stead

Gary Stead, the New Zealand coach, feels the Kiwi batters have to quickly adapt to the conditions in India if they want to overcome the challenge of the Indian spin attack in the upcoming Test series.

India and New Zealand will lock horns in the two-match Test series, which gets underway from Thursday.

Gary Stead | Photo Credit: AP
Gary Stead | Photo Credit: AP

Gary Stead: New Zealand Have To Adapt And Play World Class Indian Spinners Well

The last time New Zealand toured India was in the 2016-17 tour when it suffered a 3-0 thrashing in Tests beginning with the Kanpur Test. It later went on to lose the five-match ODI series 3-2. Similarly, in 2021, New Zealand, winners of the inaugural World Test Championship 2019-21 and runners-up in 2021 T20I World cup, was whitewashed 3-0 in T20Is preceding the 2 Tests.

“I think whenever you come here and face the likes of Ashwin, Jadeja, Axar Patel, who are world-class spinners in this environment as well. For us it’s about being able to adapt quickly to what the surface is telling us and what is right in front of us,” said Stead while replying to a query during a virtual press conference.

Axar Patel And Ravichandran Ashwin Agency Photos
Axar Patel And Ravichandran Ashwin Agency Photos

“Sometimes when you start the match, it may not be spinning too much but it does come later on. So having multiple ideas or ways to challenge the bowlers back will be something that will be important to our group,” he added.

Axar Patel made his Test debut in February 2021, six years after playing his maiden limited-overs match for India, and starred so much so with the ball that he ended up picking 27 wickets from the 3 matches in the Test series against England at home in 2021. He took 4 five-wicket hauls as England lost the series 3-1.

England managed to win only the first Test match, which Axar Patel missed due to a knee injury. In his debut Test series, he picked 27 scalps to finish behind Ravichandran Ashwin (32) in the leading wicket-takers list.

Gary Stead: New Zealand Will Miss Trent Boult But India Will Also Miss, Some Of Their Players

Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme will miss the Test series due to bio-secure bubbles fatigue. The New Zealand coach Gary Stead said Trent Boult wanted to get “mentally refreshed” after spending quite an amount of time in bio-bubble. New Zealand left-arm pacer Trent Boult had 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.

“Trent Boult has been a fine bowler for New Zealand for a long long period of time but we made the decision that the best thing for him was to get home in order to be mentally refreshed. I also know India is doing a similar thing with some of their players as well,” said Gary Stead.

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

“And I think that’s the sign of the COVID world that we live in. It’s not New Zealand who will miss Boult but I think India will also miss some of their players,” he added.

Gary Stead also informed that all New Zealand players are available for selection for the first Test, which gets underway from Thursday.  New Zealand will play two Tests in India, the first in Kanpur from November 25-29 and the second in Mumbai from December 3-7.

This will be the first meeting between the two teams in the game’s longest format since the WTC final in June, where New Zealand emerged victoriously. The last time New Zealand toured India, they were beaten 3-0 in Tests in 2016.

New Zealand Test Squad: Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blundell, Henry Nicholls, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Ajaz Patel, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Will Somerville, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, Will Young

Kevin Pietersen file image | Faheem Hussain - Sportzpics
Kevin Pietersen file image | Faheem Hussain - Sportzpics
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Kevin Pietersen Picked His Best 11 After 2021 T20I World Cup Concludes; David Warner Left Out

Kevin Pietersen, the former England superstar, has also picked his Best XI on the completion of the T20I World Cup in a blog after Australia won their maiden title. Interestingly, Kevin Pietersen has picked a spinner (Wanindu Hasaranga) and a batsman (Charith Asalanka) from Sri Lanka. Both have shown enormous promise.

Pietermaritzburg (Natal)-born Kevin Pietersen has chosen South Africans batsman Aiden Markram and pacer Anrich Nortje in his XI. Anrich Nortje has emerged as a top T20I bowler and should be a hot property in the big IPL 2022 auctions early next year.

Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen. Image Credits: Twitter

Kevin Pietersen Picked 2021 T20I World Cup Top Scorer Babar Azam In His XI

Another ICC event has ended, and every cricket lover is busy picking his best XI of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. In a format where the margin of error is virtually negligible, it is extremely difficult to shortlist the best 11 players. The T20I  World Cup 2021 in UAE has been a tournament of comebacks.

If Player of the Tournament opener David Warner and Mitchell Marsh turned up for Australia at a time when critics had written them off after defeats against West Indies and even Bangladesh prior to WC, debutants Namibia caught the eye with some spirited performances.

At the same time, Pakistan rose from the ashes, and India’s pride as a T20I monster was buried. A World Cup tests the skills, temperament, and application of every cricketer. India was a classic example of how reputation can go for a toss if a team has two bad days in office.

After losing for the first time in a World Cup against arch-rivals Pakistan and then being humbled by New Zealand, India was always playing catch-up in their group and eventually did not qualify for the knockouts. As a result, Virat Kohli, who was captaining India for the last time in T20Is, had to leave UAE a disappointed man.

Babar Azam
Babar Azam (Photo by Aamir QURESHI / AFP via Getty Images)

Pakistan and Australia were never the bookmaker’s favourites. Australia had never won the T20 World Cup, and Aaron Finch’s team arrived in the Emirates, sans the aura of formidability usually associated with an Australian cricket team. A defeat against India in a warm-up match did no good to their morale.

A loss against England in a group match further exposed their vulnerability. But then the Aussies made a stunning turnaround, improved every match largely due to their top-order batting where David Warner and Mitchell Marsh were simply outstanding.

Even when the ICC named their dream 11 at the end of the T20 World Cup, there was not a single Indian player. There were no Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Jasprit Bumrah – the world’s leading players in the game’s shortest format. And even more surprising, there was no Mitchell Marsh, who anchored Australia to their maiden T20 World Cup title.

Invariably, the ICC had a jury comprising former cricketers, journalists, and even match officials who racked their brains to arrive at a list agreeable to all. ICC produced a team with Pakistan’s Babar Azam as captain. No one questioned Babar Azam’s selection. He led Pakistan from the front in every game till Mathew Wade played an unbelievable inning to end the fairy-tale run by the Green Shirts.

While Babar Azam scored 303 runs in 6 innings, David Warner managed 289 runs in 7 innings, followed by Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan (281 runs) and Jos Buttler (269 runs).

Kevin Pietersen Didn’t Pick Player Of The Tournament David Warner In His XI.

Interestingly, there is no David Warner, no Mitchell Marsh, Kane Williamson, or Daryl Mitchell in Kevin Pietersen’s Best XI. Kevin Pietersen has gone with four specialist batsmen, three all-rounders, and four specialist bowlers, two of whom are leg-spinners.

Australia's David Warner (Associated Press)
Australia’s David Warner (Associated Press)

Kevin Pietersen’s Best XI

Mohammad Rizwan (Pakistan, 281 runs): Consistent run-scorer at the top of Pakistan’s line-up, who did brilliantly to battle back from illness and scored 67 against Australia in the semi-final.

Jos Buttler (England, 269 runs): Magnificent century against Sri Lanka was the highlight of a superb tournament for England’s opener.

Babar Azam (Pakistan, 303 runs): Proved once more that he is among the most consistent and best T20 batters in the world.

Charith Asalanka (Sri Lanka, 231 runs): One of several exciting young Sri Lankan players who we can look forward to watching again at next year’s T20 World Cup in Australia.

Aiden Markram (South Africa, 162 runs): A solid presence in South Africa’s middle-order and bowled some useful overs with the new ball.

Moeen Ali (England, 92 runs): A very versatile and important member of England’s side, who impressed with bat and ball.

Wanindu Hasaranga (Sri Lanka, 119 runs, 16 wickets): The tournament’s leading wicket-taker with his devilish leg-spin, and showed his potential with the bat, too.

Adam Zampa (Australia, 13 wickets): Wicket-taking ability in the middle overs was one of the key reasons why Australia won the tournament.

Trent Boult (New Zealand, 13 wickets): Once again proved his worth to New Zealand with a string of timely and important wickets.

Anrich Nortje (South Africa, 9 wickets): Becoming a leader in South Africa’s attack after taking more wickets in the tournament than all but five bowlers.

Shaheen Shah Afridi (Pakistan, 7 wickets): A sensational new-ball spell against India set Pakistan’s tournament tone.

Inzamam-ul-Haq | AFP
Inzamam-ul-Haq | AFP
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Since The World Cup Rishabh Pant Hasn’t Lived Up To My Expectations, Says Inzamam-ul-Haq

Rishabh Pant has been slightly off-colour for India since the T20 World Cup, an observation that was made by former Pakistan captain Inzamam-Ul-Haq. The legendary ex batter, who has been highly vocal with his laurels for Rishabh Pant, feels the 23-year-old batter has fallen a bit off the radar.

India brushed off the disappointment of the T20I World Cup with a win over New Zealand in the first T20I on Wednesday in Jaipur. However, the victory wasn’t as easy as it seemed at one stage. Chasing 165 to win, India was in firm control until the 15-over mark and appeared to be cruising towards the target before a tight squeeze applied by New Zealand in the last five overs made the chase tricky.

Rishabh Pant (Photo Source: Disney+Hotstar VIP)
Rishabh Pant (Photo Source: Disney+Hotstar VIP)

Rishabh Pant Hasn’t Lived Up To Inzamam-ul-Haq’s Expectations

With wickets of a set Suryakumar Yadav and Shreyas Iyer falling in quick succession, India was left to get 10 off the last over when a boundary each from Venkatesh Iyer and Rishabh Pant sealed the game. But one can’t help but feel that with Rishabh Pant around, the team should have closed out the game sooner. But, instead, Rishabh Pant scored an unbeaten 17 off as many balls, including 2 boundaries.

“I had a lot of expectations from Rishabh Pant. The way he has performed in the last two years, I rated him highly. I saw him play in Australia, then against England when they toured India earlier this year.

“The conditions he played in. I thought that like MS Dhoni, when the top order fails, he makes up for it at the bottom. I felt that Pant is that sort of player. But since the World Cup, he hasn’t lived up to my expectations,” Inzamam-ul-Haq said on his YouTube channel.

Rishabh Pant scored 39, 12, and unbeaten 27 in 3 innings in India’s disastrous campaign in T20I World Cup 2021, where they were ousted from the group stage after losing to Pakistan and New Zealand.

Inzamam-ul-Haq JEWEL SAMAD / AFP
Inzamam-ul-Haq JEWEL SAMAD / AFP

Suryakumar Yadav top-scored for India while batting at the Number 3 spot in the absence of former T20I skipper Virat Kohli. Suryakumar Yadav scored 62 runs in 40 balls and added 59 runs with skipper Rohit Sharma for the second wicket. However, Rohit Sharma fell two-run short of his 25th fifty in the format. The India skipper also added 50 runs with KL Rahul for the first wicket that set the early tone for Team India in the chase of 165 runs.

Rishabh Pant Appeared Under Pressure But Is A Treat To Watch: Inzamam-ul-Haq

Inzamam-ul-Haq pointed out how Rishabh Pant’s USP has always been not to get bogged down under pressure, which is why it is a tad strange to see the batter struggle to get going. But, having said that, Inzamam-ul-Haq is confident that it is only a matter of time before the world gets to see Rishabh Pant back at his swashbuckling best.

“He appeared under pressure. Earlier as well, he has been under pressure, but he always used to hit his way out of it. So lately, he hasn’t lived up to my expectations. He scored 17 off 17 but having said that, he is a treat to watch. He must have realized it and I’m certain he will improve his game,” added Inzamam-ul-Haq.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav (BCCI)

There had been the fifties for Mark Chapman, Martin Guptill, and Suryakumar Yadav, and a 48 from Rohit Sharma full of vintage strokeplay, as well as terrific bowling from Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Mitchell Santner, but the end result came down to the bit-part players. Trent Boult also picked 2 scalps.

Martin Guptill top-scored for New Zealand with his impressive 70 off just 42 balls in Jaipur. Martin Guptill and Mark Chapman added 109 runs for the second wicket before the latter was dismissed for 63 by Ravichandran Ashwin.

India 166 for 5 (Suryakumar 62, Rohit 48, Boult 2-31) beat New Zealand 164 for 6 (Guptill 70, Chapman 63, Ashwin 2-23, Bhuvneshwar 2-24) by five wickets

WTC final: Pleasing to dismiss Virat Kohli, he's 'world-class' batter, says Kyle Jamieson | Photo Credit: AP
WTC final: Pleasing to dismiss Virat Kohli, he's 'world-class' batter, says Kyle Jamieson | Photo Credit: AP
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Kyle Jamieson And Kane Williamson Won’t Play In 3 Match T20I Series Against India To Focus In Tests

Kyle Jamieson, the NZ pacer, will join Black Caps captain Kane Williamson in sitting out their three Twenty20s against India to focus on the World Test Championship Test match clashes that follow.

The Black Caps may have only played in the final of the T20I World Cup on Sunday [Monday NZ time], but they have more T20s in Jaipur on 17th November[the first ball Thursday 2.30 am NZ time], Ranchi, and Kolkata, ahead of the first Test in Kanpur, which starts next Thursday, and the second in Mumbai, which starts the following Friday.

Kyle Jamieson (File Photo) | AP
Kyle Jamieson (File Photo) | AP

Kyle Jamieson And Kane Williamson Won’t Play In T20I Series To Focus In Tests

Kane Williamson’s absence was confirmed when pacer Tim Southee took part in the pre-match press conference the day before the first game, but Kyle Jamieson’s news of his absence was only announced on Wednesday.

“We decided through talking with Kane and Kyle that they won’t play in this T20 series,” coach Gary Stead said in an interview supplied by New Zealand Cricket.

“They’re both going to get ready for the test matches and I think you’ll find there will be other guys involved in the test matches that won’t play the entire series either. It’s a bit of a balancing act at the moment and with three T20 games in five days plus travel to three different cities it’s a very, very busy time.”

Kane Williamson (AP)
Kane Williamson (AP)

Kane Williamson has been managing his training workload while nursing an elbow injury that has troubled him since last summer, and his absence from the T20Is was expected. Pacer Kyle Jamieson’s absence could be a hint that he will play in the first Test, which would likely leave fellow seamers Tim Southee and Neil Wagner competing for one spot if the Black Caps go with two-seamers, two spinners, and an all-rounder.

The tall seam bowler didn’t play at the T20 World Cup, while Trent Boult will head home after the completion of the Indian T20Is due to the time he has spent in Covid-19 bubbles and managed isolation already this year. Adam Milne, Trent Boult, and Tim Southee are the Black Caps’ preferred pace trio for T20Is.

Tim Southee, spin-bowling all-rounders Glenn Phillips and Mitchell Santner, and seam-bowling all-rounder Daryl Mitchell are the four other test players in the T20 squad, which now stands at only 13 players altogether.

Tim Southee has only been named as the T20 captain for the first match at this stage. He and Mitchell Santner are the most likely to feature in the first Test, with Glenn Phillips and Daryl Mitchell – called in at the weekend once Devon Conway was ruled out with a broken hand – in line for backup roles.

Gary Stead: Lockie Ferguson Set To Feature In The 1st T20I

Gary Stead said pacer Lockie Ferguson was set to feature in the first T20 after recovering from the calf injury that ruled him out of the World Cup.

“You’ll definitely see that the whole squad will get match time over here and that’s about us managing the workload of the players, especially with the test matches coming up for us, which will be a real key priority for us as we work through the next week.”

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

Former Northern Districts coach James Pamment has joined the Black Caps setup, which includes more than 40 people at present, including 25 players across both the Test and T20 squads, a swelling that has made for some logistical challenges arising due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“How our day works at the moment is that the test players will go and train from 10 to 1 on the morning of the matches, we then go back and play the match in the evening, we travel the next day, then we repeat that for three games in a row,” Stead said.

“There’s [25] players and 16 or 17 support staff. Some guys will leave after a week, there will be a number that will head back home, staff and players, from the T20 group that we had, but it’s probably the biggest support team and player group that we’ve had together in one place in my time, and it makes it a little bit more challenging to get around everyone and support them and their needs.”

The Black Caps’ tests in India are their first in the new cycle of the World Test Championship. They won the inaugural WTC final in June by beating India by eight wickets in Southampton in England.

Kyle Jamieson has had a terrific start to his Test career so far. In just 8 Tests, he has picked up 46 wickets at a scary average of 14.17 with the ball and boasts an impressive average of 42.66 with the bat.

Black Caps Tour Of India

Squads

Test: Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blundell, Henry Nicholls, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Daryl Mitchell, Ajaz Patel, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Will Somerville, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Neil Wagner, Will Young

T20: Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Mark Chapman, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Adam Milne, Daryl Mitchell, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Seifert, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee

Fixtures (NZ time)

Thursday, November 18, 2.30 am: First T20 international; Jaipur

Saturday, November 20, 2.30 am: Second T20 international; Ranchi

Monday, November 22, 2.30 am: Third T20 international; Kolkata

Thursday, November 25 – Monday, November 29, 5 pm daily: First test; Kanpur

Friday, December 3 – Tuesday, December 7, 5 pm daily: Second test; Mumbai

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Harbhajan Singh Named 3 Pakistan And 2 Indian Cricketers In His T20I World Cup XI

Harbhajan Singh has named three Pakistan players in his T20 World Cup team of the tournament. Harbhajan Singh picked three players from Pakistan, two each from India and New Zealand, and one each from Australia, England, South Africa, and Sri Lanka.

Harbhajan Singh, who played 103 Tests, 236 One-Day Internationals, and a further 28 T20 Internationals for India, opted to pick two members of the Indian side, who disappointingly failed to make it out of the Super 12 stages of the tournament held in the UAE.

Harbhajan Singh poses for a photograph ahead of a practice session © AFP
Harbhajan Singh poses for a photograph ahead of a practice session © AFP

Harbhajan Singh Chose David Warner And Mohammad Rizwan As Openers

The 41-year-old spinner chose Australian batsman and the ICC player of the tournament David Warner to open the batting after the charismatic New South Welshman amassed an impressive 289 runs, including a blistering 53 off 38 balls in the final to help the Aussies successfully chase down 172 against New Zealand. David Warner finished the tournament as the second-leading run-scorer behind Babar Azam, who failed to find a place in Harbhajan Singh’s XI.

Opening the batting alongside David Warner is Pakistan wicket-keeper batter Mohammad Rizwan, who scored 281 runs at the top of the order while also playing a key role for his side behind the stumps. Mohammad Rizwan’s tournament may be best remembered for his fantastic 67 runs against Australia in the semi-final, despite being in hospital with a chest infection just hours before the match was due to begin.

Australia's David Warner (Associated Press)
Australia’s David Warner (Associated Press)

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson made it into Harbhajan Singh’s team of the tournament after he lead the Black Caps to another ICC final, where he hit 85 off 48 balls, only to be beaten yet again. England superstar Jos Buttler, who scored the only hundred of the tournament against Sri Lanka in Sharjah, is picked at four following his fine campaign with both bat and gloves.

While Babar Azam scored 303 runs in 6 innings, David Warner managed 289 runs in 7 innings, followed by Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan (281 runs) and Jos Buttler (269 runs).

Harbhajan Singh Picks Ravindra Jadeja And Jasprit Bumrah

The middle-order comprised of South Africa batsman and part-time off-spinner Aiden Makram, Sri Lanka’s leg-spinning all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga and Pakistan’s hard-hitting finisher Asif Ali, while India slow-left arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja also made the team, surprisingly.

Young Pakistan seamer Shaheen Shah Afridi, who wowed everyone with his pace and new-ball swing, was slotted in at nine, with fellow left-arm pacer Trent Boult, who is dangerous both at the start of the innings and at the death, being picked at 10.

Shaheen Shah Afridi (Image Credit: Twitter)
Shaheen Shah Afridi (Image Credit: Twitter)

India’s pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah sneaked into the team at 11, despite having an uncharacteristically poor tournament, and Afghanistan mystery spinner Rashid Khan was selected as Harbhajan Singh’s 12th man. However, there was surprisingly no place in the team for the tournament’s leading run-scorer, Babar Azam, nor was there a spot for the Super 12’s leading wicket-taker, Adam Zampa.

Aiden Markram managed 162 runs in 5 innings while Wanindu Hasaranga managed 119 runs, besides picking the most 16 scalps. Both Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja picked 7 wickets each. Shaheen Shah Afridi also picked 7 scalps while Rashid Khan picked 8 scalps. Trent Boult was the joint 2nd highest wicket-taker with 13 scalps besides his name.

Harbhajan Singh’s T20 World Cup Team Of The Tournament

David Warner (Australia), Mohammad Rizwan (Pakistan), Kane Williamson (New Zealand), Jos Buttler (England), Aiden Makram (South Africa), Wahindu Hasaranga (Sri Lanka), Asif Ali (Pakistan), Ravindra Jadeja (India), Shaheen Shah Afridi (Pakistan), Trent Boult (New Zealand), Jasprit Bumrah (India), Rashid Khan (Afghanistan-twelfth man)

New Zealand cricket team. (Credits: Twitter)
New Zealand cricket team. (Credits: Twitter)
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Gautam Gambhir Would Have Demanded A Refund If He Was A Kiwi Supporter After NZ Lost The 2021 T20I WC Final

Gautam Gambhir’s favourite team after his nation India for the 2021 T20I World Cup was New Zealand, but the Blackcaps left him disappointed with their second-half show in the T20 World Cup final, which Australia won to claim their maiden world title in the shortest format.

The Kiwis did well to put a challenging 172/4 on the board, but the script went woefully wrong for Kane Williamson’s men from thereon. Australia won comfortably by eight wickets, thanks to dominating half-centuries by David Warner and Mitchell Marsh. Opener David Warner’s 38-ball 53 and Mitchell Marsh’s 50-ball unbeaten 77 meant that Australia overhauled the target with consummate ease in 18.5 overs.

Mitchell Marsh and David Warner
Mitchell Marsh and David Warner. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

Gautam Gambhir Would Have Demanded A Refund If He Was A New Zealand Supporter After New Zealand Lost Despite Putting 172/4 On Board

New Zealand bowlers, particularly pacer Tim Southee and spinner Ish Sodhi were ineffective as they leaked away more than 11 runs per over. Trent Boult returned with the best figures of 2/18 in 4 overs. James Neesham, too, conceded 15 runs in the solitary over, he bowled.

“My favourite side after India (for the T20 World Cup) was New Zealand. Seeing them bullied around like an apprentice wasn’t a pleasant experience,” the former India opener wrote in his column.

“They batted very well to score 172 for four. More often than not this kind of score isn’t that tough to defend, especially with a balanced attack like that of New Zealand. But clearly the occasion got to them as they didn’t look the same team that beat India or England in the semis.”

Gautam Gambhir AFP
Gautam Gambhir AFP

“New Zealand is one team that prides itself on meticulous planning, clear role definitions, precise execution and all this without any fanfare…If I was a New Zealand supporter, I would have demanded a refund seeing my team all over the place in second half. It wasn’t a performance worthy of a final,” Gautam Gambhir analysed.

Australia reached the target with seven balls to spare, with all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, batting at No. 3, scoring a 50-ball 77 not out. David Warner, named ‘Player of the Tournament’, made 53 off 38 balls.

“While watching Australia beat New Zealand in the finals on Sunday, I was once again tapped on my shoulder by my grandpa’s assessment of great institutions…he once told me ‘good institutions produce individuals, great institutions produce culture.’ He made that remark regarding my school and its legacy,” the 2011 World Cup winner recalled.

“In this case, it was Australian cricket – robust, contextual, in your face and overall brilliant.”

Australia lifted their maiden T20 World Cup trophy with a commanding eight-wicket win over New Zealand in the title clash, which was rendered one-sided by Mitchell Marsh with his blistering 77-run knock on Sunday. Skipper Kane Williamson top-scored for the Black Caps with his 85-run knock, while opener Martin Guptill contributed 28 runs after Australia inserted them in to take the first strike.

Gautam Gambhir  Failed To Understand Why New Zealand Bowled Short And On A Wrong Line To Mitchell Marsh

Gautam Gambhir couldn’t make any head or tail out of the line of attack. New Zealand bowlers chose to bowl to Mitchell Marsh. He smashed 6 fours and 4 sixes in his blistering knock.

“It was hard to understand why they (New Zealand) bowled short and on a wrong line to Mitchell Marsh. He is a Western Australian, played most of his cricket at WACA, Perth. So playing a pull shot would have been the first thing he would have learnt,” said Gautam Gambhir, who was also a member of Indian team that won the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007.

Dew and toss made a lot of news during the T20 World Cup, where winning the toss virtually meant winning the game. The late-evening dew made it difficult for bowlers, and captains invariably chose to bowl first after winning the toss.

“There were a few lessons to be learnt and challenges to be addressed,” Gautam Gambhir wrote.

Gautam Gambhir. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
Gautam Gambhir. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“I think dew was a big concern. My two cents: go for an early start. There is no harm in starting an hour early to what they were doing now. Players, broadcasters, fans – I don’t think anyone would complain. My second suggestion would be to have a mandatory ball-change after 10 overs in both innings. These two changes may help in restoring balance in the contest.”

Gautam Gambhir also mentioned that ICC should take note of the performance of the associate nations.

“Another area of concern is lack of anything notable from the new teams. Those new kids on the block didn’t seem a part at all. If I was ICC, I would be disturbed. I am all for the romance of amateurs playing professional sport, but then the real story is woven on the field, not off it. It definitely merits attention. Once again it is about the culture that the institution breeds and ICC need to set that part in order,” Gambhir concluded.

The 2021 T20 World Cup featured five Associate nations – the Netherlands, Papua New Guinea, Namibia, Scotland, and Oman – along with 11 full member nations. Among them, Scotland and Namibia qualified for the Super 12s.

Brief Scores:

New Zealand: 172/4 in 20 overs. (K Williamson 85, J Hazlewood 3/16, A Zampa 1/26).

Australia: 173/2 in 18.5 overs. (M Marsh 77 not out, D Warner 53; T Boult 2/18).

India's Jasprit Bumrah reacts during their ICC T20 World Cup match against Scotland in Dubai, UAE on November 5, 2021. | AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi
India's Jasprit Bumrah reacts during their ICC T20 World Cup match against Scotland in Dubai, UAE on November 5, 2021. | AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi
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Brad Hogg Includes Jasprit Bumrah In His XI Of 2021 T20I World Cup

Brad Hogg, former Australian wrist-spinner, has named his team of the tournament following the culmination of the T20 World Cup 2021. The competition in the UAE saw the Australian men’s team lift the trophy for the first time ever after overcoming their neighbours New Zealand in the final.

Players from Team India have hardly featured in the list of top players in the tournament following their early exit. While Indian openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul were among the runs, they were far behind the other openers of other teams in terms of consistency.

Brad Hogg was a part of two World Cup-winning Australian teams; 2003 and 2007 © Getty Images
Brad Hogg was a part of two World Cup-winning Australian teams; 2003 and 2007 © Getty Images.

Brad Hogg Finally Found An Indian In The Form Of Pacer Jasprit Bumrah, Who Fitted In His Best XI Of The T20I World Cup 2021

Brad Hogg, though managed to include one Indian in his team, and it was in the form of pacer Jasprit Bumrah.

While speaking on his YouTube channel, Hogg said: “Finally found an Indian that could fit in my team. Jasprit Bumrah, obviously a very good new-ball bowler, can bowl in the middle overs with spin at the other end, it is sometimes a nice combination to have in those middle overs. He is also one of the best death bowlers going around in World Cricket at the moment.”

India's Jasprit Bumrah in action during the 2019 ICC World Cup | AFP / Dibyangshu Sarkar
India’s Jasprit Bumrah in action during the 2019 ICC World Cup | AFP / Dibyangshu Sarkar

Jasprit Bumrah was one of the few positives to emerge for India in an otherwise disappointing tournament where they were ousted from the group stage. The Indian bowling unit had their task cut out for them since they had to defend below-par totals against top sides like New Zealand and Pakistan.

Jasprit Bumrah took 7 wickets with an economy of 5.08 in the Super 12s stage of the tournament. Apart from the Indian pacer, Brad Hogg also included Trent Boult of New Zealand and Australia’s Josh Hazlewood as pacers.

Babar Azam Leads Brad Hogg’s Team Of The Tournament

Brad Hogg named Pakistan skipper Babar Azam as his team’s opening batsman and captain. He lauded the player for setting a platform for Pakistan across all their matches and leading his side perfectly.

Brad Hogg said: “Babar Azam will captain the team and open the batting as well. He has done a fantastic job by being able to control the innings. He also led his troops perfectly.”

Babar Azam
Babar Azam (Photo by Aamir QURESHI / AFP via Getty Images)
He also selected five Australians in his team, including player of the tournament David Warner, and Matthew Wade as the wicket-keeper of the team. David Warner was the 2nd highest scorer as he amassed 289 runs averaging 48.16 in a list headed by Pakistan’s Babar Azam, who amassed 303 runs averaging 60.6.
David Warner’s 49 of 30 in the semi-final against Pakistan and 53 of 38 in the final against New Zealand were the key performances behind Australia winning T20 World Cup for the first time.
Australia’s all-rounder Mitchell Marsh amassed 185 runs averaging 61.66. Proteas batsman Aiden Markram amassed 162 runs averaging 54. Australian spinner Adam Zampa and Kiwi pacer Trent Boult picked 13 scalps each. Another Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood picked 11 scalps. Afghanistan’s Rashid Khan picked 8 scalps.
While Australia’s Matthew Wade played a key role in Australia’s win against Pakistan in the semi-final, Mitchell Marsh played a match-winning role in the final. Mitchell Marsh was named Player of the Match for his unbeaten 77 off 50 balls in the final against New Zealand. It was the sixth half-century of his T20I career, all coming in 2021.
New Zealand (File Photo) - GETTY IMAGES
New Zealand (File Photo) - GETTY IMAGES
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New Zealand Include 5 Spinners In 15-man Test Squad For India Tour

New Zealand will begin their ‘World Test Championship” title defense with a Test series against India later this month, a few days after T20I World Cup concludes. New Zealand included five spinners in a 15-man Test squad to tour India later this month in the Black Caps’ opening series of their World Test Championship defense.

New Zealand won the inaugural World Test Championship 2019-21 after defeating India in the final at Southampton in June 2021, with the next cycle of matches continuing until 2023.

New Zealand's Kane Williamson celebrates with the trophy and teammates after winning the final of the ICC World Test Championship. Photograph: John Sibley/Reuters
New Zealand’s Kane Williamson celebrates with the trophy and teammates after winning the ICC World Test Championship final. Photograph: John Sibley/Reuters

New Zealand Coach Gary Stead Said Success Of Kiwi Spinners On Recent Tours To Sub Continent Has Been Encouraging

Coach Gary Stead said selectors had tailored the squad to spin-friendly conditions. The spin-heavy attack makes sense since conditions in the series-opener (Kanpur, November 25-29) and the second Test (Mumbai, December 3-7) are expected to suit the slower bowlers.

“The success of our spinners on recent tours to the sub-continent has been encouraging and we hope they can once again feature prominently,” he said.

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

Veteran Mitchell Santner will lead the slow-ball attack, supported by Ajaz Patel, Will Somerville, rookie Rachin Ravindra, and part-timer Glenn Phillips.

Glenn Phillips has been selected in the Test squad for the first time since debuting against Australia as a late replacement in 2020 when the Blackcaps camp was struck by illness on the eve of the New Year’s Test in Sydney. The 21-year-old Rachin Ravindra made his New Zealand debut in a T20I against Bangladesh in September, and although he toured England with the Test side earlier this year, he is yet to play in the longest form of the game.

Gary Stead: Touring India One Of The Greatest Experiences In Cricket

Pacers Tim Southee, Neil Wagner, and Kyle Jamieson have also been included, although Trent Boult and Colin de Grandhomme both chose to skip the tour. Gary Stead said the Black Caps were fired up about defending their title.

“Touring India is one of the greatest experiences in cricket and I know our guys are really looking forward to the challenge,” he said.

“It’s fair to say we’re expecting spin-friendly conditions and it’s great to have a range of options in this department.”

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

New Zealand will play two Tests in India, the first in Kanpur from November 25-29 and the second in Mumbai from December 3-7. There will also be three Twenty20 matches on November 17, 19, and 21 featuring the same Black Caps squad currently contesting the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates.

This will be the first meeting between the two teams in Test cricket since the inaugural World Test Championship final in June, in which India lost by eight wickets. New Zealand suffered a 0-3 humiliation against India on their last tour in 2016.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (capt), Tom Blundell, Devon Conway, Kyle Jamieson, Tom Latham, Henry Nicholls, Ajaz Patel, Glenn Phillips, Rachin Ravindra, Mitchell Santner, Will Somerville, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor, Will Young, Neil Wagner.

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