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Ranji Trophy 2021-22 Groups Announced By BCCI

Ranji Trophy 2021-22 season’s much-anticipated groups have been announced by BCCI. Mumbai, Karnataka, and Delhi have been clubbed in the virtual “group of Death” in the Ranji Trophy, which will start from January 5 next year. Along with the multiple-time Ranji champions are Hyderabad, Maharashtra, and Uttarakhand in the Elite group C.

Defending champions Saurashtra are clubbed with Tamil Nadu, Railways, Jammu and Kashmir, Jharkhand, and Goa in Elite group D. Last year’s runners-up Bengal has a relatively easy group (Elite B) with Vidarbha, Haryana, Kerala, Tripura, and Rajasthan.

Ranji Trophy, , BCCI File Photo
Ranji Trophy, BCCI File Photo

Ranji Trophy  Will Start On January 13, 2022

Another interesting group will be Elite group A that has Gujarat, Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Services, and Assam. The Elite E group has Andhra, Uttar Pradesh, Baroda, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, and Pondicherry.

The Plate group will comprise Chandigarh, Meghalaya, Bihar, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Sikkim, Arunachal Pradesh. The six cities where matches will be played are Mumbai (Elite A), Bengaluru (Elite B), Bengaluru (Elite C), Ahmedabad (Elite D), Trivandrum (Elite E), and Chennai (Plate). There will be a five-day quarantine for teams ahead of each game.

Saurashtra, Defending Champions, Last Winners Of Ranji Trophy Image: Twitter
Saurashtra, Defending Champions, Last Winners Of Ranji Trophy Image: Twitter
India’s men’s domestic calendar will begin with the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy on November 4, while the Ranji Trophy, the country’s premier first-class competition, starts on January 13, 2022. The Vijay Hazare Trophy will get underway from December 8, with neutral venues being used across all tournaments.
Last year, the Ranji Trophy, as well as junior cricket, were not held because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the operational difficulties of creating a bio-secure environment for thousands of players and support staff. While players lost out on significant earnings, the BCCI copped a lot of flak for too much focus on the cash-rich league IPL.
The Saurashtra team won the Ranji Trophy title for the first time in 70 years. Saurashtra became the champion based on the lead achieved in the first innings of the final against Bengal. Earlier, Saurashtra was known as Navanagar, Western India, and won the trophies in 1936-37 and 1943-44.  It was renamed Saurashtra in 1950 and started participating in this domestic tournament.
They finally won the Ranji Trophy for the first time in 2019–20 when they beat Bengal on a first-innings lead in the final at Rajkot.

Ranji Trophy Final Will Be At Kolkata On March 16

In an extensive list of domestic fixtures released by the BCCI on Monday, the board also confirmed that Delhi will host the Syed Mushtaq Ali final, on November 22, while Kolkata will stage the Ranji finale, on March 16.
The Ranji Trophy will begin after the teams complete a five-day quarantine, with the matches being held at Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, Trivandrum, and Chennai. Kolkata will host all the knockout matches, which will begin on February 20 after the teams serve another five-day quarantine period.
Kolkata, Eden Gardens
Eden Gardens, Kolkata
Each squad for the Ranji Trophy will comprise a maximum of 30 members. Of this, there will have to be a minimum of 20 players and the rest will be support staff. The support staff will also include a team physician to manage COVID-19 related issues.

Ranji Trophy Groupings:

Elite A: Gujarat, Punjab, Himachal, Madhya Pradesh, Services, and Assam (in Mumbai)

Elite B: Bengal, Vidarbha, Rajasthan, Kerala, Haryana, and Tripura (in Bangalore)

Elite C: Karnataka, Delhi, Mumbai, Hyderabad, Maharashtra, and Uttarakhand (in Kolkata)

Elite D: Saurashtra, Tamil Nadu, Railways, J & K, Jharkhand, and Goa (in Ahmedabad)

Elite E: Andhra, Uttar Pradesh, Baroda, Odisha, Chhattisgarh, and Pondicherry (in Trivandrum)

Plate: Chandigarh, Meghalaya, Bihar, Nagaland, Manipur, Mizoram, Sikkim, Arunachal (in Chennai)

Ranji Trophy, , BCCI File Photo
Ranji Trophy, , BCCI File Photo
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Ranji Trophy Will Return In January 2022

Ranji Trophy, India’s premier domestic cricket tournament, will return in January 2022 after the pandemic made it a no-show last season, the first break in its 87-year history. The domestic cricket season will kick off this September with the U-19 boy’s one-day tournament, the Vinoo Mankad Trophy, to be played in a bio-bubble environment.

For seniors, the BCCI has planned the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament from the third week of October followed by a one-day tournament- the Vijay Hazare Trophy in November. If everything goes smoothly as plan, the board wants to have its Ranji Trophy and U-25 games in January 2022. The women’s senior and U- 25 games will also be played then in the meantime.Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy to kick start domestic season; Ranji Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy to follow

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy to kick start domestic season; Ranji Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy to follow

Ranji Trophy To Return After A Year’s Absence

Ranji Trophy, India’s premier red-ball tournament will return after a year’s absence as the BCCI set plans in motion for the Indian domestic season. The Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, Vijay Hazare Trophy will also resume with the season to kick start in September. The Women’s and U-19 level games will also return to the forefront as BCCI looks to place impetus on the domestic calendar.

BCCI joint secretary Jayesh George has been given charge of preparing the domestic calendar for the forthcoming season. A tentative schedule was earlier sent by the secretary Jay Shah in July but BCCI had to alter its old schedule due to the IPL mega auction in 2022 and the Covid-19 pandemic. As per the old schedule which was circulated earlier, the board was planning to host its Ranji Trophy from November 16, 2021, to February 19, 2022, but has now decided to conduct Vijay Hazare Trophy in November.

Secretary BCCI, Jay Shah. Courtesy: Indiatimes
Secretary BCCI, Jay Shah. Courtesy: Indiatimes

The state associations will be informed about the new schedule next week. The Indian board has gone back to the old season formula where five Elite groups will have six teams apiece while the remaining eight teams will form one plate group. A secure bio-bubble will be formed and the teams will have to check in three days in advance at their respective venues.

BCCI Decided To Conduct U19 Games To Prepare And Select The Team For ICC U19 World Cup To Be Held In West Indies In  January 2022

BCCI has decided to conduct U-19 games first to prepare and select the team for the forthcoming ICC under-19 World Cup, scheduled to be held in West Indies in January 2022. Owing to the pandemic, the board could not conduct any junior cricket for the last year. The BCCI Board will also announce a new five-member junior selection committee in due course. However, it’s not clear whether the board will go ahead with U-16 tournaments despite announcing it earlier.

Bangladesh U19
Bangladesh U19. (Photo by Matthew Lewis-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

India has won the U19 World Cup on a record four occasions, while Australia has won three times, Pakistan twice, and Bangladesh, England, South Africa, and the West Indies once each.  Bangladesh is the defending champion having won the title in 2020. Bangladesh won the title after defeating India by 3 wickets in the final match at Potchefstroom, South Africa, based on Duckworth Lewis Method on Feb 9, 2020. This was Bangladesh’s first ICC Under-19 World Cup victory.

Last year, the Ranji Trophy, as well as junior cricket, were not held because of the COVID-19 pandemic and the operational difficulties of creating a bio-secure environment for thousands of players and support staff. While players lost out on significant earnings, the BCCI copped a lot of flak for too much focus on the cash-rich league IPL.

Oman Cricket
Oman Cricket
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Mumbai Invited By Oman Cricket Association For Limited-Overs Series

Mumbai, Ranji Trophy giants have been invited by the Oman Cricket Association to play six games (three T20s and three One-days) in Muscat ahead of the 2021 T20 World Cup. The invitation has been sent out by Oman’s Chief Development Officer, Duleep Mendis.

Duleep Mendis has written a letter to the Mumbai Cricket Association, inviting them over to Muscat to give proper game time to Oman before they play the T20 World Cup qualifiers.

The picturesque Oman Cricket Academy ground. - OMAN CRICKET
The picturesque Oman Cricket Academy ground. – OMAN CRICKET

Mumbai Cricket Association Likely To Send A Team To Muscat

Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) is likely to send a team to Muscat later this month for an exposure trip that is being initiated by Oman Cricket.

“On behalf of Oman Cricket, we would like to invite the Mumbai Cricket team to play matches against Oman’s national cricket team.

“As we understand that both teams are currently preparing for the upcoming season, it will be an excellent opportunity for the players to get some quality practice just before the commencement of the season,” states the letter which was written by Mendis, which is in possession of ANI.

Mumbai Vijay Hazare Trophy. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Mumbai Vijay Hazare Trophy. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Oman has qualified for the T20 World Cup and is also set to host six first-round games of the marquee event, which was shifted from India due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The domestic heavyweights last season won the Vijay Hazare Trophy, the national one-day championship, after its poor show in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

Mumbai Cricket Association Likely To Accept Oman’s Invitation

The sources within the MCA said that the details of the tour to Oman are still being worked out. It is highly likely that MCA will accept this invitation.

“We have been invited for the tour between August 19-September 3. The details of the tour to Oman are still being worked out,” the source pointed.

As per the plan sent out by Oman Cricket, the Mumbai team will be departing for Muscat on August 19 and then they will quarantine themselves on August 20.

From August 21, Mumbai will be allowed to train. The three T20s will be played on August 22, 24, and 26. After this, Oman and Mumbai will shift their focus to 50-over cricket. The three Onedays will be played on August 29, 31, and September 2. The team will then be heading home on September 3.

T20 World Cup: Oman invites Vijay Hazare champion Mumbai to play T20s ahead of T20 WC qualifiers
T20 World Cup: Oman invites Vijay Hazare champion Mumbai to play T20s ahead of T20 WC qualifiers

It is understood that MCA secretary Sanjay Naik, after receiving a formal invitation letter from Oman Cricket on Friday, is set to deliberate the proposal with other office-bearers, coach Amol Muzumdar and chief selector Salil Ankola before taking a call later this week.

With almost a dozen top Mumbai cricketers being involved either in England or for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) preparation, if MCA decides to accept the proposal, it will have to select a second-string outfit.

BCCI is likely to allot six games of the first round of the forthcoming 2021 Twenty20 World Cup to Muscat, Oman. The BCCI is the host of the global tournament, and the allocation of games is at its discretion. In the meeting in Delhi, it is learned, the BCCI discussed the viability of holding matches in Oman.

With Oman having qualified for the tournament, their team is clubbed with Bangladesh, Scotland, and Papua New Guinea in Group B of the first round. Six league matches of that group could take place in Muscat. Only one venue, Oman Cricket Academy Ground, is being considered for the tournament.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)
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Prithvi Shaw And Suryakumar Yadav Are Perhaps Right Choices For Inclusion In 5 Tests Against England: Aakash Chopra

Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav are expected to join India’s Test squad in England for the five-match series against the hosts, as per reports. Aakash Chopra reckons that, given the players’ recent form, the Indian team has made the right choice by drafting them into the Test team.

Both Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav are currently in Sri Lanka for the limited-overs series against the Islanders. It is not yet clear when the duo will link up with the Test team in England. With the trio of Shubman Gill, Avesh Khan, and Washington Sundar being ruled out due to injuries, the Indian team management has urgently sought replacements. Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav are the frontrunners to join the Test team.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Prithvi Shaw Is Someone Who Has Scored A Ton On Debut In Tests And Deserves To Be Part Of India’s Squad For 5 Tests Against England: Aakash Chopra

Speaking on ESPNCricinfo, Aakash Chopra believes Shaw will have a better chance of featuring in India’s Test XI over Abhimanyu Easwaran if the need arises. Abhimanyu Easwaran is already in England as a standby opener.

“This (replacements coming in) doesn’t come as a surprise, the number of injuries that we have seen already in the Indian camp. You do wonder what’s happening there (in Indian camp). Abhimanyu Easwaran is already there. He is part of the squad. But if Prithvi Shaw is going it just feels from outside that he might play before Abhimanyu Easwaran if the opportunity arises”

Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw[photo: Twitter]
Chopra added that Prithvi Shaw’s selection is well justified as he has been with the Indian Test team in recent times.

“Is it a fair selection? Yes it is. Shaw was part of India’s tour to Australia. He is someone who has scored a century on debut in Test match. Shaw deserves to be there.”

Prithvi Shaw became India’s 293rd Test cricketer in Rajkot against West Indies in November 2018 after India’s selectors ran out of patience with Shikhar Dhawan. Prithvi Shaw marked the occasion by becoming the youngest Indian Test centurion on debut, and just the second-youngest Test centurion for India after Sachin Tendulkar.
He has played 5 Tests amassing 339 runs averaging 42.37.

Suryakumar Yadav Is Someone Who Has Played A Lot Of Long Format First Class Cricket: Aakash Chopra

Suryakumar Yadav has become a household name after his exploits in the IPL over the past couple of seasons. The Indian batsman has carried his good form into the national team as well. While many often view him as a limited-overs specialist, Aakash Chopra highlighted how Suryakumar Yadav had done the hard yards for Mumbai in first-class cricket as well.

“The guy is in red hot form and the Indian team is looking to cash in on the same form albeit in a very different format. Suryakumar Yadav has got 5000 first class runs. When you look at it from that vantage point, he is not your T20 specialist.”

“He is someone who has played a lot of long form cricket. He has been playing for the last 10 years for Mumbai. The recent attention has come via lot of white ball runs. But at the core of Suryakumar’s batting, it is the long form batting.”

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav (BCCI)

Aakash Chopra further explained how India is currently short of options as there has been no first-class cricket for over a year. Resultantly, the selection of Suryakumar Yadav is justified due to his experience in the longest format of the game.

“If you look at the options, no first class cricket in the last 18 monhts. India isn’t brimming with options in the middle order for once with Shreyas Iyer also not available for selection. If you look at it from all those quarters, Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav are perhaps the right choices.”

Suryakumar Yadav has played 77 first-class games amassing 5326 runs averaging 44.01 with 14 tons to his name. It remains to be seen whether the duo will make a positive impact if they get a chance to link up with the Indian squad in England.

Prithvi Shaw smashed six fours in the first over Delhi Capitals' innings against the Kolkata Knight Riders | Photo: BCCI / IPL
Prithvi Shaw smashed six fours in the first over Delhi Capitals' innings against the Kolkata Knight Riders | Photo: BCCI / IPL
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Aakash Chopra Is A Huge Fan Of Prithvi Shaw Because One Doesn’t Get A Destructive Batsman Like Him In Entire India

Aakash Chopra believes Prithvi Shaw’s destructive batsmanship cannot be replicated by any other Indian batsman.

Prithvi Shaw tore the Sri Lankan bowling attack apart in the first ODI on Sunday (18 July). The dashing opener smashed 43 runs off just 24 deliveries, including nine hits to the fence.

Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Aakash Chopra Is A Huge Fan Of Prithvi Shaw Because One Doesn’t Get A Batsman Like That In Entire India

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra was lavish with his praise for Prithvi Shaw. The former Indian opener said that he is a big fan of Prithvi Shaw who reminds everyone of former dashing swashbuckling opener Virender Sehwag.

“It seemed the momentum will be with Sri Lanka but Prithvi came, Prithvi ‘Shaw’, Prithvi conquered. He is from a different planet. I am a huge Prithvi Shaw fan because you will not get a batsman like that in entire India.”

Prithvi Shaw ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images
Prithvi Shaw ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images

Aakash Chopra highlighted that Prithvi Shaw had carried on with the form he had shown in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and the first half of IPL 2021.

“Viru (Virender Sehwag) used to be there but this player, 43 runs in just 24 balls, and it seemed without breaking a sweat, without taking chances, only on the rise and through the gap. I mean what a player. 2021 has been in this player’s name, from the Vijay Hazare Trophy to the IPL to now.”

Aakash Chopra: Prithvi Shaw Wasted The Opportunity To Convert Good Positive Start To A Substantial Knock

On the flip side, Aakash Chopra observed that Prithvi Shaw seemed to have given away his wicket after being struck on the head by a bouncer. Prithvi Shaw could not convert his start to a huge score against Sri Lanka.

“However, when he got hit on the head, he got a little rattled and then played a bad shot to get out. He will think about this, that these 43 runs are pretty and explosive but people tend to forget 40-odd runs.”

The 43-year signed off by pointing out that Prithvi Shaw had wasted an opportunity to play a substantial knock. In this regard, Aakash Chopra said that he should not have missed the chance.

“He had a chance today to convert it into 140. You have let that chance slip away from your hands.”

Prithvi Shaw was struck on the helmet by a Dushmantha Chameera bouncer. He was dismissed off the very next delivery he faced, caught at long-on off Dhananjaya de Silva while going for a big shot.

Colombo: India's Ishan Kishan, right, celebrates scoring a half century with Shikhar Dhawan during the first one day international cricket match between Sri Lanka and India in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, July 18, 2021.AP/PTIPhoto
Sri Lanka and India in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, July 18, 2021.AP/PTIPhoto

Chasing 263 for victory on a good pitch, the tourists won by seven wickets with 80 balls to spare. Prithvi Shaw’s 24-ball 43 provided early momentum and ODI debutant Ishan Kishan’s 42-ball 59 took the game away from Sri Lanka. Shikhar Dhawan anchored the chase with an unbeaten 86 off 95 balls but before the batsmen did their job, India’s spinners unsettled the opponents.

This was Prithvi Shaw’s first 50-over international in about 18 months. In batting-friendly conditions, the 21-year-old didn’t have the fear of his exaggerated hand movement impeding his natural game. In 4 ODIs, he has 127 runs averaging 31.75 and this 43 is his highest score to date, and the in-form batsman would like to make amends to his below-par average in his brief ODI career.

Shikhar Dhawan Image Source : AP
Shikhar Dhawan Image Source : AP
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Shikhar Dhawan Needs To Be A Bit More Patient To Get His Consistency Back, Says WV Raman

WV Raman feels Shikhar Dhawan needs to bide his time to get his consistency back, while his opening partner Prithvi Shaw should look to make the Sri Lanka tour count by getting runs against an international team in the limited-overs format.

Prithvi Shaw lost his place in the national side after a poor show in the Test series against Australia, but since then he has scored runs aplenty in shorter formats to make a comeback into the national limited-overs side.

Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw of Delhi Capitals during match 2 of the Vivo Indian Premier League. (Photo | ANI)
Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw of Delhi Capitals during match 2 of the Vivo Indian Premier League. (Photo | ANI)

WV Raman: An Opportunity For Prithvi Shaw To Get Runs Against An International Side

Prithvi Shaw amassed 827 runs at the Vijay Hazare Trophy and followed that up by scoring 308 runs from 8 games for Delhi Capitals in this year’s IPL which was suspended due to the 2nd wave of the Covid-19 pandemic and bio bubble breach. Prithvi Shaw will get a chance to redeem himself in the upcoming India-Sri Lanka series starting with the first ODI on July 18.

WV Raman PC: Twitter
WV Raman PC: Twitter

Former Indian player and Tamil Nadu star WV Raman feels the Sri Lanka trip will be a good chance for Prithvi Shaw to continue scoring runs as he has done in recent months.

“He is a quality player and this tour is an opportunity for him to gets runs against an international side,” WV Raman, who will be doing commentary during the series, told TOI on Friday.

Prithvi Shaw has earned a call-up into the white-ball squad following his excellent form in IPL 2021 (308 runs) and Vijay Hazare Trophy (827 runs). Prithvi Shaw’s scoring spree continued in the IPL 2021, which is currently suspended due to a rise of COVID-19 cases in India. The Delhi Capitals’ opener had scored 308 runs from 8 innings, at a staggering strike rate of 166.49 in IPL 2021.

WV Raman: Shikhar Dhawan Needs To Be A Bit More Patient And Ensure He Makes The Best Possible Use Of The Matches

Not only for Prithvi Shaw, but the tour is also crucial for his opening partner and skipper Shikhar Dhawan. With Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli looking set to open for India at the upcoming World T20, Shikhar Dhawan will be keen to stay in the mix by scoring runs in every given opportunity leading from the front as skipper.

“In case of Shikhar, it is a case of retaining his competitive edge, waiting and watching as to how things pan out. Unlike others, Shikhar needs to be a bit more patient and needs to try and ensure that he makes the best possible use of these matches and put the ball in the selectors’ court,” the former India opener mentioned.

The trip is significant for new coach Rahul Dravid as he will be making his ‘debut’ as head coach for the senior national side. Having managed India ‘A’ sides and U-19 teams before and also mentored numerous youngsters in the past, National Cricket Academy head Rahul Dravid, according to WV Raman, is the right man to take the national team forward in the future.

“It (Dravid becoming a full-time coach) is likely to happen. There is no saying as to when it will, but I will be surprised if it doesn’t happen sometime in the (near) future,” he said.
Shikhar Dhawan will lead India in the Sri Lanka tour. (Getty Images)(HT_PRINT)
Shikhar Dhawan will lead India in the Sri Lanka tour. (Getty Images)(HT_PRINT)

WV Raman feels former Sri Lankan skipper Arjuna Ranatunga, who labeled the Indian team for the Sri Lanka series as a second-string side, ought to have exercised caution while making such statements.

“Ranatunga has been an integral part of Sri Lanka’s success and well within his limits to express his disappointments in any which way about his own cricketing board and cricketing system. But he must probably be a bit choosy when he starts to describe a visiting team or the members of the visiting team,” WV Raman said.

Shikhar Dhawan has been in tremendous form during the now postponed IPL 2021, after getting dropped from the T20I side in the home England series preceding the IPL.

Opening for the Delhi Capitals, the left-hander scored 380 runs in 7 matches at 54.29, striking at 134.28, and was the leading run-scorer before the tournament got suspended. Shikhar Dhawan was the 2nd highest run-getter in IPL 2020 too with 618 runs in 17 games.

Prithvi Shaw smashed six fours in the first over Delhi Capitals' innings against the Kolkata Knight Riders | Photo: BCCI / IPL
Prithvi Shaw smashed six fours in the first over Delhi Capitals' innings against the Kolkata Knight Riders | Photo: BCCI / IPL
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‘Potential’ Prithvi Shaw Should Remain Grounded, Says Anshuman Gaekwad

Prithvi Shaw is the cynosure of all eyes in the Indian team which is gearing up for the forthcoming Sri Lanka series despite the presence of a few uncapped cricketers in the squad. The young and promising opening batsman was dropped from the Test squad in Australia after which he changed his technique and returned to the fold after missing England Tests at home.

Anshuman Gaekwad, a former India coach spoke about the importance of the forthcoming limited-overs Sri Lanka series for opener Prithvi Shaw and touched upon the circumstances that may have played a role in the youngster witnessing a roller-coaster ride.

Prithvi Shaw was dropped from the Test squad earlier in the year. | Photo Credit: PTI
Prithvi Shaw was dropped from the Test squad earlier in the year. | Photo Credit: PTI

Prithvi Shaw Should Be Grounded As He Lost His Form Due To Overconfidence Or Arrogance: Anshuman Gaekwad

Prithvi Shaw has been rewarded for a stellar show in 2021, having become the first man to score over 800 runs in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, and also scoring 308 runs for the Delhi Capitals from just eight matches with three half-centuries, including slamming six fours in an over. He is the obvious first choice to open the innings with his Delhi teammate and new skipper Shikhar Dhawan.

The series against Sri Lanka could be a make-or-break deal for the youngster with an eye to be picked for the T20I World Cup. In the first half of last year, reports of him facing disciplinary issues emerged, and then the great Sachin Tendulkar came into the picture and mentored him.

Anshuman Gaekwad
Anshuman Gaekwad

Former India coach Anshuman Gaekwad touched upon the circumstances that may have played a role in the youngster witnessing a roller-coaster ride. He advised him to stay grounded and learn lessons himself or from watching others.

“It’s going to be very important for him. He’s a brilliant player, who’s got a lot of runs. He started off with flying colours. We thought there is a boy who had come here to stay. But then he lost it. And why did he lose it? It could be confidence, it could be overconfidence or arrogance.

“These are the reasons for which a player has a downfall. Being grounded is very, very important. I’ve seen the greatest of players – talk about Tendulkar, Dravid, Vishwanath. They were all grounded, and never put their collars up or said ‘I’m so and so’,” Anshuman Gaekwad said.

“All these guys played for long – Laxman, Sourav, Azhar. All of them. Of course, being young these things happen but I’m sure he’s learnt his lesson. He has to grow up, and I’m sure he has. Some players probably improve from the experience of watching others, while some want to do it themselves.

“They want to experience it themselves and then improve, so I hope he has learnt his lesson. Also, the thing with him is that he’s got time with him. He’s got tremendous potential and promise, so the sky’s the limit.”

Prithvi Shaw who is 21 may sometimes feel a decade older given what he has been through. From creating waves in the junior circuit to becoming a domestic behemoth, Prithvi Shaw realized his dream of playing for India when he earned his maiden Test cap in 2018. He lit up the occasion by scoring a century on debut, becoming the second Indian to do so.

Prithvi Shaw’s Indifferent Form In 2018 To 2020 Wasn’t Repeated In 2021 Where He Scored Above 800 Runs In Vijay Hazare Trophy And Continued His Form In IPL

In the Australian tour, during India’s warm-up game in Sydney, Prithvi Shaw twisted his ankle, which ended his Australia dreams. Prithvi Shaw spent the next couple of months recovering from the injury, after which he set his eyes on the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

But he endured a string of low scores there, averaging a lowly 16.75 in eight innings. The IPL was the bumper ticket for IPL to present a case for himself in India’s World Cup squad, but perhaps it was a tad late.

Despite scoring 353 runs for Delhi Capitals, Prithvi Shaw, on expected lines, was not picked for England. A shoulder injury to Prithvi Shaw ruled him out of the one-day leg of India A’s tour of the Caribbean as he underwent rehab at the NCA. And worse, it was followed by Prithvi Shaw being slapped with a suspension for a doping violation.

Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw (Image Credit: Twitter)

Once the ban was lifted, he scored patches of form against New Zealand but was far from being at his belligerent best. The IPL 2020 in the UAE last year did not help either, as Prithvi Shaw registered three ducks. Even as he was picked for the tour of Australia, after the two nightmarish outings against the pink ball in Adelaide, the door seemingly shut on him.

But what happened thereon is nothing short of inspirational. Prithvi Shaw went back to his roots, worked closely with Pravin Amre and emerged better than ever, setting the Vijay Hazare Trophy on fire.

He peeled off a double century, scoring 227, which broke the record for the highest individual score in List-A cricket, and dazzled with an unbeaten 185 in the semi-final. His rich vein of form continued in the IPL 2021 before it was halted due to Covid-19, but he has the chance to resume from where he had left off and go big against Sri Lanka.

Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw (Image Credit: Twitter)
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There Is A Different Kind Of Enjoyment Playing Under Rahul Sir, Prithvi Shaw

Prithvi Shaw lavished praise on coach Rahul Dravid and stated that there is a different enjoyment playing under him.

Prithvi Shaw is back in the Indian team and is gearing up to play against Sri Lanka in the upcoming limited-overs series which begins on July 13 in Colombo. Playing under head coach Rahul Dravid has already encapsulated his excitement level and the Mumbai youngster is looking forward to grabbing the opportunity.

Prithvi Shaw and Rahul Dravid.(BCCI File)
Prithvi Shaw and Rahul Dravid. (BCCI File)

Prithvi Shaw: There Is A Different Kind Of Enjoyment Playing Under Rahul Dravid, Who Was Under-19 Coach

The series against Sri Lanka will mark Prithvi Shaw’s return into the Indian dressing room after getting dropped last year, due to failure during the Australia Tests. However, the 21-year-old earned the spot in the limited-overs squad following a terrific domestic season and some mind-blowing knocks in the IPL 2021.

Prithvi Shaw will team up with his Under-19 World Cup coach and is ready to have the ‘out of the world’ experience once again. Before leaving for the tour, the opener had lavished praise on Rahul Dravid and stated that there is a different enjoyment playing under him.

Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI
Rahul Dravid Photo Credit: PTI

“There is a different kind of enjoyment playing under Rahul sir. He was our India under-19 coach. The way he speaks, the way he shares his coaching experience, is just amazing.

“Whenever he talks about the game, it shows how much experience he brings to the table. He knows everything about cricket. The way he speaks on conditions and how to use them is just out of this world,” Prithvi was quoted as saying.

After having his technique scrutinized following scores of 0 and 2 during the first India-Australia Test of the 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, he went back, worked on his batting, and returned with stellar returns in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, where he became the first player to amass over 800 runs in a single edition of the tournament.

Prithvi Shaw Was Desperate To Get Back Into The Indian Team

Prithvi Shaw further said he was desperate to get back into the team. He is keen to give his best since he is now in the team touring Sri Lanka comprising of youngsters.

“As Rahul sir is there, one will expect discipline in the dressing room. I’m looking ahead to the practice sessions with Rahul sir because I love to speak to him for hours. On this tour, I just have to grab the opportunity. I was desperate to get back into the Indian team. I have always kept the team above me. Be it India, Ranji Trophy team, club, or my school team. I want to give my best,” said Prithivi.

Prithvi Shaw smashed six fours in the first over Delhi Capitals' innings against the Kolkata Knight Riders | Photo: BCCI / IPL
Prithvi Shaw smashed six fours in the first over Delhi Capitals’ innings against the Kolkata Knight Riders | Photo: BCCI / IPL

Prithvi Shaw has earned a call-up into the white-ball squad following his excellent form in IPL 2021 (308 runs) and Vijay Hazare Trophy (827 runs). Prithvi Shaw’s scoring spree continued in the IPL 2021, which is currently suspended due to a rise of COVID-19 cases in India. The Delhi Capitals’ opener had scored 308 runs from 8 innings, at a staggering strike rate of 166.49 in IPL 2021.

He slammed 37 boundaries and 12 maximums and was fourth in the Orange Cap list (highest run-getters in IPL 2021). Prithvi Shaw also hammered KKR’s Shivam Mavi for six fours in an over during an 82-run knock. The Men in Blue will play three ODIs followed by the same number of T20Is, starting July 13.

The other two ODIs will take place on 16 and 18 July while the T20Is will take place on 21, 23, and 25 July. The Premadasa Stadium in Colombo will host all six games.

Ankeet Chavan celebrates a wicket with his team-mates AFP/Getty Images
Ankeet Chavan celebrates a wicket with his team-mates AFP/Getty Images
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Ankeet Chavan’s Life Ban For His Involvement In 2013 Spot Fixing Ends

Ankeet Chavan was arrested in 2013 alongside Ajit Chandila and S Sreesanth by the Delhi Police on charges of spot-fixing during the IPL sixth edition. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to end his ban and now the Mumbai spinner will be able to play professional cricket.

BCCI has finally accepted Mumbai left-arm spinner Ankeet Chavan’s plea that he be allowed to play professional cricket since Board Ombudsman DK Jain has reduced his life ban to seven years.

Ankeet Chavan was arrested on charges of spot-fixing during IPL's sixth edition.© AFP
Ankeet Chavan was arrested on charges of spot-fixing during IPL’s sixth edition.© AFP

Ankeet Chavan Will Now Be Able To Play Professional Cricket After BCCI Ends His Ban

Sources within the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) confirmed the development to ANI on Tuesday.

“Yes, the BCCI has ended Chavan’s ban and he will now be able to play professional cricket,” the source said.

S Sreesanth
S Sreesanth

In 2013, Ankeet Chavan was arrested on charges of spot-fixing during the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) sixth edition. He was arrested by the Delhi police alongside Ajit Chandila and S Sreesanth. The trio was at that time playing for Rajasthan Royals. Though he’s 35 now, the spinner thinks he can make it back into the Mumbai team.

While the ban in principle got over in September 2020, unlike S Sreesanth, whose order for a similar term reduction arrived last August, the spinner had to wait till May 3, 2021, to get a copy of the order from the ombudsman.

He subsequently requested the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) to apply to the BCCI for a confirmation letter, a requisite for him to return to competitive cricket, which he received on June 15 from Hemang Amin, BCCI interim chief executive.

Ankeet Chavan And S Sreesanth Were Banned From Cricket For Life In 2013

In September 2013, Ankeet Chavan and S Sreesanth were banned from cricket for life by the BCCI’s disciplinary committee. However, in July 2015, the Delhi Court gave a clean chit and discharged him of all the charges in the IPL spot-fixing case.

S Sreesanth’s ban was lifted by the BCCI last year, and as a result, the pacer made a comeback in domestic cricket and he even represented Kerala in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

Ankeet Chavan. (TOI Photo)
Ankeet Chavan. (TOI Photo)

Ankeet Chavan, 35, has played 18 first-class matches, 20 List A games, and 26 T20s. His last representative match was against the Mumbai Indians in the 2013 IPL season. Ankeet Chavan was one of three Rajasthan Royals players, along with S Sreesanth and Ajit Chandila, to be charge-sheeted by the Delhi Police at the time. S Sreesanth had received his order before his ban ended last year, allowing him to participate in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy earlier this year.

S Sreesanth made a stellar statement by picking a five-wicket haul in the 50 overs Vijay Hazare Trophy a few days after all IPL franchises decided to ignore him in the 2021 auction. S Sreesanth picked 13 scalps in the Vijay Hazare Trophy as he was the 9th highest wicket-taker among bowlers.

Prithvi Shaw Image Source : TWITTER
Prithvi Shaw Image Source : TWITTER
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Success Don’t Happen Overnight: Prithvi Shaw Reacts To India Call-up For Limited Overs Sri Lanka Tour

Prithvi Shaw has made a comeback to the Indian set-up for the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka in July. The 21-year-old faded away after making a dream start to his international career. A lean patch with the bat was followed by off-the-field controversies, which affected his career.

However, the right-handed youngster found a way to bounce back and did so in style. He was rewarded for his consistent performances with a ticket to Team India’s tour of Sri Lanka where his compatriot Delhi Capitals opener Shikhar Dhawan will lead for the first time.

Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw of Delhi Capitals during match 2 of the Vivo Indian Premier League. (Photo | ANI)
Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw of Delhi Capitals during match 2 of the Vivo Indian Premier League. (Photo | ANI)

Prithvi Shaw Included In 20 Member Squad For Sri Lankan Tour

Prithvi Shaw did not find a place in the Indian squad for the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand, scheduled to take place on June 18 in Southampton. It was expected that the right-handed opener would find a slot for the forthcoming India-Sri Lanka limited-overs series and it happened. The youngster made a post on Instagram to respond to news of his call-up.

Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw (Image Credit: Twitter)

Shaw captioned the post:”Success doesn’t happen overnight!”

After being dropped from the Test side during Team India’s tour of Australia, Prithvi Shaw has worked tirelessly on his technique and has finally been rewarded.  Prithvi Shaw’s turnaround from the low of Australia tour last year has been nothing short of sensational.

After having his technique scrutinized following scores of 0 and 2 during the first India-Australia Test of the 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, he went back, worked on his batting, and returned with stellar returns in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, where he became the first player to amass over 800 runs in a single edition of the tournament.

Prithvi Shaw has earned a call-up into the white-ball squad following his excellent form in IPL 2021 (308 runs) and Vijay Hazare Trophy (827 runs).

Prithvi Shaw Who Became The First Player To Breach The 800 Run Mark In A Single Edition Of The Vijay Hazare Trophy Continued His Form In IPL 2021

Prithvi Shaw got his rhythm back in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, amassing 827 runs, including three centuries and a double hundred to lead Mumbai to the title. In the process, he became the first player to breach the 800-run mark in a single edition of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

Prithvi Shaw’s scoring spree continued in the IPL 2021, which is currently suspended due to a rise of COVID-19 cases in India. The Delhi Capitals’ opener had scored 308 runs from 8 innings, at a staggering strike rate of 166.49 in IPL 2021.

He slammed 37 boundaries and 12 maximums and was fourth in the Orange Cap list (highest run-getters in IPL 2021). Prithvi Shaw also hammered KKR’s Shivam Mavi for six fours in an over during an 82-run knock.

The Delhi Capitals batter will face competition from Devdutt Padikkal, who earned his maiden call-up for the opener’s slot. The Men in Blue will play three ODIs followed by the same number of T20Is, starting July 13.

The other two ODIs will take place on 16 and 18 July while the T20Is will take place on 21, 23, and 25 July. The Premadasa Stadium in Colombo will host all six games.

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