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England To Take A Cue From India’s Game Plan Against Australia In Ashes 2021/22: Chris Silverwood

Chris Silverwood, England’s head coach says his team will look to take a cue from India’s game plan, which saw the visitors script a stunning, come-from-behind Test series triumph in Australia earlier this year when they face their traditional rivals in the upcoming Ashes 2021/22.

Down 0-1 after being skittled out for a paltry 36 in the opener, an injury-ravaged India staged an incredible comeback to claim the four-match series in their last Test series in Australia.

Chris Silverwood Getty Images
Chris Silverwood – Getty Images

Chris Silverwood: England Will Be Very Competitive In The Ashes 2021/22 Respecting Australia

Being 1-0 down, losing the services of regular skipper Virat Kohli due to his paternity leave, having lost several key players like Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Hanuma Vihari, Ravichandran Ashwin, KL Rahul, and Ravindra Jadeja due to injuries at various stages of 4 match Test series, a second-string Ajinkya Rahane-led India staged a comeback as they won their second straight Test series on Australian soil.

“I think we’ll be very competitive (in the Ashes). We look at the fact Australia have been very strong over the years and we have to respect them. But we have over the last 6-7 months played the top two teams in the world, learned a hell of a lot,” Chris Silverwood said.

Brisbane Test: India beat Australia by 3 wickets at Gabba to win series 2-1, retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy Image Source : AP IMAGE
Brisbane Test: India beat Australia by 3 wickets at Gabba to win series 2-1, retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy-Image Source: AP IMAGE

“We look at India, how do they go about their business. They’ve shown a game plan that was successful over there and so we will be learning from them. There is a strong belief we can do something very special,” Chris Silverwood was quoted as saying by ‘Cricbuzz’.

India used no fewer than 20 different players during their four-Test series in difficult, hostile conditions. In the 2020/21 Australia series, stand-in captain Ajinkya Rahane set the tone for a dramatic turnaround for the visitors with a match-winning ton in the 2nd Test at Melbourne.

He was the guiding light for the youngsters like Washington Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, and T Natarajan who stepped up in the absence of senior injured players and gave their best to outclass the Aussies in their own backyard.

Chris Silverwood: England Has Proven To Compete With India

England is seeking to reclaim the Ashes for the first time since 2015. Chris Silverwood was speaking after naming his 17-man squad for the series which begins in Brisbane on December 8. He also said his team has become battle-hardened having played top sides like India in recent times.

“We are battle-hardened. We had some success along the way and we’ve proven we can compete with India.  The important thing for me is our players have seen what the best in the world look like, they’ve played against it, they’ve felt what it is to have them push against us. We’ve also tasted success against them.”

“Look at the Headingley Test when we came back very strong, which shows that we have got the skills within the ranks to take 20 wickets and push the best. So I see that as a real positive, a real galvaniser to the group, to better handle pressure now that they see it more and more, which is great.”

India vs England (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
India vs England (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

Chris Silverwood also said that his coaching staff would study how India’s bowlers operated during their series in Australia. Mohammed Siraj ended the 2020/21 Border Gavaskar Trophy as India’s highest wicket-taker, with 13 wickets in three Tests in his debut Test series.

“We watched how India performed in Australia (last winter) and we tried to learn lessons from them. What we will be doing is looking back over the plans India used and adapting any of those to what our bowling attack is.”

“How do we get the best out of the bowling attack we have got rather than worrying about what we haven’t got. There is nothing we can do about that so it’s pointless. We will be using the skills we have in the best possible way and I do believe that we can make it work.”

In the four matches prior to the canceled Manchester fixture, India had led the series 2-1. The opening Test at Trent Bridge was drawn due to persistent rain on the 5th day before India won the next clash at Lord’s. England inflicted India an innings defeat in the third Test at Headingley but the visitors rallied to win the fourth Test at the Oval.

Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal
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Saba Karim Thinks It’s Too Late To Include Yuzvendra Chahal In T20I World Cup Squad

Saba Karim, a former Indian selector has opined that it’s too late for RCB leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal to be included in the marquee T20 World Cup squad. Yuzvendra Chahal was dropped from the squad for the ICC event which raised a few eyebrows.

Yuzvendra Chahal seemed to be an automatic selection in Team India’s T20 World Cup squad but the leg-spinner was shockingly omitted. Yuzvendra Chahal, who has been India’s frontline spinner in white-ball cricket since 2017, was pipped by mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy and leg-spinner Rahul Chahar.

Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal. Image Credits: Twitter

Saba Karim Thinks It’s Too Late To Include Yuzvendra Chahal And He Can Only Be Included If Someone Gets Injured

Ravichandran Ashwin, who made his comeback to the T20 side after 4 years, replaced Washington Sundar, who is injured and out of action. Yuzvendra Chahal though has been doing well in the UAE leg of IPL 2021 and can still make it to the WC squad. It is to be noted that cricketing boards can alter their squads till October 10.

While Yuzvendra Chahal continues to present his case for selection in the WC squad, former selector Saba Karim has opined that it’s too late for him now.

Saba Karim
Saba Karim (Source: Twitter)

“I think it’s too late now. People have been talking about making changes in the squad, but that can only happen if someone gets injured. You also have to see Rahul Chahar was performing very well when he got selected. We saw both of them (Chahal and Chahar) in Sri Lanka, and his performances there were definitely noteworthy, which is why he was picked by selectors, ” Saba Karim said on Youtube channel Khelneeti.

“Now, in the second half of the IPL, Chahal has shown great improvement in his performances, which is very good. But he will have to wait a little. The players who have been selected, their form and performances will be seen before Chahal is given a chance again,” said Saba Karim.

Saba Karim reckons that he will have to wait for a little as selectors will be watching the performance of the players picked for the 2021 T20I World Cup squad. Yuzvendra Chahal has scalped 9 wickets in 4 matches in the UAE leg of the season. The likes of spinners Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, and Varun Chakravarthy were preferred over Yuzvendra Chahal who wasn’t selected even among the standby players.

From having made his debut for RCB in 2014 to earning a national call-up in 2016 and taking 100 wickets in the IPL, Yuzvendra Chahal has had an impressive career so far. In his international career thus far, the 30-year old has bagged 97 and 63 wickets in 56 ODIs and 49 T20Is respectively apart from 135 scalps in 111 IPL games.

Rahul Chahar Picked Up Only 2 Scalps In UAE Leg Of IPL 2021

Talking of other spinners, Varun Chakravarthy has 8 wickets in UAE while Ravichandran Ashwin has dismissed 4 batsmen in the 2nd leg. Rahul Chahar and Axar Patel have 2 and 6 wickets respectively in the 2nd half of IPL 2021.

Rahul Chahar
Rahul Chahar. Image Credits: Twitter

It remains to be seen if Yuzvendra Chahal replaces any one of these spinners in the coming days or not. India kick off their T20 World Cup campaign against Pakistan on October 24.

In India, Rahul Chahar had picked up 11 wickets from just seven matches and did well in India’s tour of Sri Lanka as well. The young leg-spinner picked up 7 wickets in 3 T20Is, following which he earned a place in the T20 World Cup squad. Rahul Chahar has picked up only 2 wickets in the franchises’ first 4 matches of the UAE league of IPL 2021 following which he was axed.

Ravichandran Ashwin of India. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Ravichandran Ashwin of India. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
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Rohit Sharma ‘Backed’ Ravichandran Ashwin’s Selection In T20I World Cup Squad

Rohit Sharma, it is understood, has played a major part in the selection of the team for the T20 World Cup. The board and selectors had sought Rohit Sharma’s opinion before the selection meeting and he was insistent on bringing Ravichandran Ashwin back into the scheme of things.

Captain Virat Kohli too was on the same page when the idea was floated during the meeting. The 34-year-old Ravichandran Ashwin last played white-ball cricket for India in 2017 before being sidelined from one-day cricket following the Champions Trophy debacle.

Ravichandran Ashwin, Rohit Sharma
Ravichandran Ashwin, Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma Played A Role To Bring Back Ravichandran Ashwin

Ravindra Jadeja made a comeback into the Indian white-ball team under stand-in captain Rohit Sharma midway through the Asia Cup in UAE in 2018. Ravindra Jadeja and Ravichandran Ashwin were deemed ineffective in white-ball cricket after India lost the Champions Trophy final to Pakistan in June 2017.

It has taken four and a half years for Ravichandran Ashwin to rejoin Ravindra Jadeja in the limited-overs setup. The off-spinner will also play in the UAE, at the 2021 T20I World Cup. This time too, it is Rohit Sharma who has had a role to play.

“It has been 480 days since I played, so I will always remember this,” Jadeja had announced after the match.

Washington Sundar
Washington Sundar

Virat Kohli had earlier suggested that doors would open for off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin only if Washington Sundar’s performances dipped drastically. Now that Washington Sundar has been ruled out of at least IPL 2021 with a finger injury, there was a slot up for grabs.

RCB will be without their allrounder Washington Sundar for the UAE leg of IPL 2021 after he failed to fully recover from a finger injury. Washington Sundar had sustained the injury in the UK last month which ruled him out of the ongoing Test series between India and England as well.

Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli both highlighted how Ravichandran Ashwin has been one of the toughest spinners to hit in the IPL over the last two years. The slow pitches in the UAE also played a major part in the decision.

Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians Saw More Cricketers In 2021 T20I World Cup Squad Than Any Other Franchise

There’s a theory within the Indian cricket board (BCCI) that Rohit Sharma, who captains Mumbai Indians in the IPL, needs to be given a larger role when it comes to the leadership group in white-ball cricket. There seems to be a growing imprint of the Mumbai Indians brand of cricket in Team India, just like there was a Chennai Super Kings imprint a few years ago.

The selectors went in favour of Mumbai Indians players while deciding between two players for one spot. Ishan Kishan was up against the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw and Sanju Samson. Even Rahul Chahar won the battle of leg-spinners as the seasoned Yuzvendra Chahal fell behind.

Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians. Image Credits: Twitter

Ishan Kishan’s ability to float around the batting order and his wicketkeeping skills were highlighted by chief selector Chetan Sharma on Wednesday. What he didn’t mention is that these fresh faces from the Mumbai Indians stable are more used to winning the big moments that help a team prevail in a tournament.

After dominating IPL, Mumbai Indians have now started to dominate international cricket. As many as six players have made it to India’s T20 World Cup squad. Besides Rohit Sharma, Rahul Chahar, Hardik Pandya, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, and Jasprit Bumrah have made it to the 15-man squad.

File image of former India captain Sunil Gavaskar | AFP
File image of former India captain Sunil Gavaskar | AFP
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Sunil Gavaskar Picks His 15-Man India Squad For 2021 T20I World Cup

Sunil Gavaskar has named his 15-man roster for the showpiece event ahead of the official announcement of India’s squad for the T20 World Cup 2021.

Indian cricket lovers are holding on to their nerves, awaiting the selection committee’s announcement of the 15-man squad for the forthcoming T20 World Cup 2021. While fans have had their discussions over who deserves a spot in the team and who doesn’t, the experts are also weighing in. India legend Sunil Gavaskar also picked his 15-man squad for the showpiece event ahead of the official announcement.

Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Sunil Gavaskar Picks Krunal Pandya And Injured Washington Sundar In His 15 Man Squad For The Upcoming 2021 T20I World cup

Sunil Gavaskar surprisingly left out two stalwarts of Indian cricket in the form of Shikhar Dhawan and Shreyas Iyer. While Shikhar Dhawan has been one of India’s most important batsmen in ICC events, Shreyas Iyer made the No. 4 position in white-ball cricket his own with some really responsible outings in the last couple of years.

Krunal Pandya. (Photo: Twitter)
Krunal Pandya. (Photo: Twitter)

Instead, Sunil Gavaskar put his confidence in spin-bowling all-rounder Krunal Pandya.

“He’s an all-rounder, a very experienced player, has performed very well in the IPL for the past many years so he surely deserves a place. He’s left-handed, which is an advantage as well,” he said over the selection of the elder of the Pandya brothers.

Ravindra Jadeja and Washington Sundar — two spin bowling all-rounders — made the cut in Sunil Gavaskar’s team though there isn’t much clarity on the selection of Washington Sundar because of his injury.

Washington Sundar, who plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL, had traveled to England with the Indian Test squad but returned to the country after injuring his finger while playing in a County game that served as a practice game for the visitors. He was ruled out from the Test series against England and the UAE leg of IPL 2021.

The T20I World cup 2021 is slated to begin immediately after the conclusion of the IPL and it remains to be seen if Washington Sundar is picked in the Indian squad without playing a single IPL game.

Sunil Gavaskar Picks Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, And Bhuvneshwar Kumar Alongside Deepak Chahar And Shardul Thakur As Pacers

In terms of pacers, the original Little Master went with the experienced trio of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar while Chennai Super Kings duo of Deepak Chahar and Shardul Thakur also received his nod. Yuzvendra Chahal was the only specialist spinner selected in the 15-man team by Sunil Gavaskar.

Shardul Thakur | Twitter
Shardul Thakur | Twitter

Sunil Gavaskar’s India squad for T20 World Cup 2021: Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli (c), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Washington Sundar (subject to fitness), Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, and Yuzvendra Chahal.

It also has to be noted that a total of 18 players will be picked for the showpiece event, including three reserves. The official announcement of the squad is expected to be made on Wednesday (September 08).

STANDBYS

Rahul Chahar/ Varun Chakravarthy: It could be a toss-up between the Mumbai Indians’ leg-spinner and Varun Chakravarthy, KKR’s mystery spinner.

Prithvi Shaw/Shikhar Dhawan: The choice could be between Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw. The flamboyant Mumbai opener has shown he could get into the fifth gear quicker than Shikhar Dhawan as he scored the most runs ever in the 50 overs domestic tournament Vijay Hazare Trophy. But Shikhar Dhawan, his DC teammate posted the most runs in IPL 2021 so far.

Mohammed Siraj/Mohammed Shami: While Mohammed Siraj is in red-hot form, he is yet to establish himself as a T20 bowler. Mohammed Shami’s experience and wicket-taking ability could give him an edge.

Axar Patel: Like-for-like backup for spinner all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja.

Washington Sundar: His selection is subject to recovery from a finger injury.

Washington Sundar
Washington Sundar
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Royal Challengers Bangalore Will Be Without Washington Sundar In IPL 2021 UAE Leg

Royal Challengers Bangalore will be without their allrounder Washington Sundar for the UAE leg of IPL 2021 after he failed to fully recover from a finger injury. Washington Sundar had sustained the injury in the UK last month which ruled him out of the ongoing Test series between India and England as well.

Washington Sundar hurt his finger during a warm-up match in the lead-up of the five-match series.

Washington Sundar
Washington Sundar[photo: Twitter]

Royal Challengers Bangalore Naes Bengal Pacer Akash Deep As Washington Sundar’s Replacement As The Spin All Rounder Is Ruled Out Of IPL 2021 UAE Leg

Washington Sundar has played 42 IPL matches since 2017 managing 217 runs and picking 27 scalps. In 6 matches in IPL 2021, he picked 3 scalps and scored 31 runs.

“Royal Challengers Bangalore’s all-rounder Washington Sundar has been ruled out of the remainder of the Vivo IPL 2021 due to a finger injury,” RCB said in a media release on Monday.

Bengal pacer Akash Deep celebrates a wicket.(BCCI Image)
Bengal pacer Akash Deep celebrates a wicket. (BCCI Image)

Washington Sundar appeared in a fitness test at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru a few days back but could not clear that. Bengal cricketer Akash Deep, who is with Royal Challengers Bangalore as their net bowler, has been named as Washington Sundar’s replacement.

 

“Akash Deep, a state cricketer from Bengal and net bowler with the franchise has been named as a replacement. The move reiterates the focus RCB has on grooming and nurturing young players as the team continues to develop exceptional talents and create a pathway for young talents to find their way into IPL and Indian Cricket,” the statement read.

The 24-year-old Akash Deep is a medium-pacer who has played nine first-class matches apart from 11 List A and 15 T20 games as well. In 15 T20s, he has taken 21 wickets at 16.85 and an economy of 6.67.

Washington Sundar May Not Be Picked In T20I World Cup Squad

Talented youngster Washington Sundar was ruled out of the second phase of the IPL starting in the UAE on September 19 as the finger injury he suffered in England has not healed completely and he could not clear the fitness test at the NCA.

Washington Sundar, who plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore, had traveled to England with the Indian Test squad but returned to the country after injuring his finger while playing in a County game that served as a practice game for the visitors.

Royal Challengers Bangalore all-rounder Washington Sundar (Photo/ iplt20,com)
Royal Challengers Bangalore all-rounder Washington Sundar (Photo/ iplt20. com)

The 21-year-old, who is an off-spinner and a useful batsman, had turned up for the County side and was hit by India pacer Mohammed Siraj, forcing the all-rounder out of the tour. The World Twenty20(T20I World cup 2021) is slated to begin immediately after the conclusion of the IPL and it remains to be seen if Washington Sundar is picked in the Indian squad without playing a single IPL game.

The second leg of IPL 2021 resumes in UAE when Chennai Super Kings take on defending champions Mumbai Indians at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on September 19. RCB will resume their campaign on September 20 when they take on former two-time winners Kolkata Knight Riders at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

When the league was suspended in the first week of May this year, RCB was in the third spot having won five of their seven matches while losing twice.

Royal Challengers Bangalore has roped in Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga as a replacement for Australia’s Adam Zampa. Wanindu Hasaranga bagged a total of 7 wickets, including a 4-wicket haul in the final T20I during the recent limited-overs series against India. Other replacements for RCB are Dushmantha Chameera for Daniel Sams, left-arm quick George Garton for Kane Richardson, and Tim David for New Zealand’s Finn Allen.

Kyle Jamieson with Virat Kohli| BCCI Photo.
Kyle Jamieson with Virat Kohli| BCCI Photo.
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Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) Pacer Kyle Jamieson Eager To Fine-Tune His Skills In IPL 2021 For T20I WC

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) pacer Kyle Jamieson is eager to fine-tune his skills on the subcontinent ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup, which is slated to start in October.

The pacer will be part of the IPL that restarts on September 19 in the UAE. The tournament was postponed on May 4 following the rise of COVID-19 cases in India and bio bubble breaches.

Kyle Jamieson Source IPL Twitter
Kyle Jamieson Source IPL Twitter

Kyle Jamieson Feels Nice To Practice Some T20 Skillsets In IPL 2021 As T20I World Cup Will Be In The Same Venues

Kyle Jamieson was RCB’s most expensive buy in the 2021 auction. He was picked up for a whopping Rs. 15 crores and was the second-most expensive purchase of the auction. The Kiwi bowler is keen on adapting and developing his skillset when the IPL 2021 resumes. Kyle Jamieson hopes he will benefit from it when he lines up in New Zealand jersey during the upcoming T20 World Cup slated in the same venue.

“It certainly gives us, (and) me, a little bit of a head-start in terms of getting used to those conditions and those grounds. It’s nice to have a block of T20 cricket going into the World Cup and, like I said, just a good chance to practice some T20 skillsets in the venues we’re going to be playing in.”

Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Image Credit: Twitter)

Kyle Jamieson picked up nine wickets in seven games for RCB in the first half of IPL 2021 averaging 24.55 besides scoring 59 runs. As far as the T20 World Cup goes, New Zealand will face-off against Pakistan in their Super 12 match at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on October 26.

Royal Challengers Bangalore Won 5 Of 7 Games And Was 3rd In The Points Table

RCB made a great start to the latest edition of the IPL, winning five of their seven games. They were third in the points table behind the Delhi Capitals and Chennai Super Kings when the season was suspended back in April.

Their IPL 2021 campaign was bolstered by the arrival of Glenn Maxwell and Kyle Jamieson. Both players positively impacted their batting and bowling fronts, respectively. RCB will be hoping for their stars to continue in the same vein when the remainder of the IPL resumes in the UAE.

Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell (Image Credit: Twitter)

In related news, the BCCI issued the complete timetable for the second phase of IPL 2021 on Sunday (July 25). The Mumbai Indians will play the Chennai Super Kings in what will be the 30th match of the season.

The United Arab Emirates will host the rest of the league fixtures and the playoffs, with Dubai, Abu Dhabi, and Sharjah being the three venues. The BCCI has decided to have seven double-headers in the second phase of IPL 2021. Apart from weekends, there will be double-headers on September 28, October 7, and October 8.

Delhi Capitals are the only franchise that will play three afternoon matches, while the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), the Rajasthan Royals, and Sunrisers Hyderabad are scheduled to play only one game in the afternoon.

Royal Challengers Bangalore consists of few powerful domestic players in the current squad like Virat Kohli, Devdutt Padikkal, Washington Sundar, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Navdeep Saini. Among the overseas players, AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell, and Kyle Jamieson are among few popular members of the team.

Royal Challengers Bangalore is a powerful team in the Indian Premier League that has made it to the finals on three occasions- IPL 2009, IPL 2011, and IPL 2016. But unfortunately, the Virat Kohli-led side ended up as runners-up in all these seasons.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav (Instagram)
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Suryakumar Yadav And Prithvi Shaw’s Quarantine Finished; They Started Training; To Be Available For 3rd Test

Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw finished their quarantine and reunited with the squad. They have started training at the Lord’s Cricket Stadium. Both cricketers will be available for selection in the third Test against England, which starts on August 25 at Headingley.

In a video uploaded by ESPNCricinfo on Twitter, Suryakumar Yadav was seen batting in the nets. In the short clip, Suryakumar Yadav, who had landed in the UK in outstanding form, was seen playing a shot with the middle of the bat and let one go.

Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw (Credit: BCCI)
Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw (Credit: BCCI)

Suryakumar Yadav Is Yet To Debut In Tests But Is In The Form Of His Life In The White Ball Cricket

Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw were also observed obliging fans requesting selfies while heading to training. Earlier, the BCCI welcomed both Mumbai cricketers as they linked up with the entire Indian contingent.

Prithvi Shaw And Suryakumar Yadav Were Called-up As Injury Replacements

Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw had been called up to the squad as injury replacements. India suffered three injuries ahead of the series. Shubman Gill was ruled out of the entire series with an aggravated knee injury while Washington Sundar and Avesh Khan copped blows while playing for Select County XI in the warm-up game to be ruled out of the entire series.

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

They were in Sri Lanka with the limited-overs squad when Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav were named in the squad. They started on August 3, and upon landing served a mandatory 10-day quarantine, before joining the squad.

Prithvi Shaw has already represented India in five Tests. He has accumulated 339 runs at an average of 42.39, including a century and two fifties. However, Prithvi Shaw was dropped owing to poor form midway through the Australian tour last year.

World Test Championship, India
Indian test team[photo: Twitter]
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BCCI Looking To Create A System To Avoid Any Confusion Among Management And Players

BCCI has swung into action following the alleged “communication gap” between the team management, selectors, and the board itself over team building and future planning. BCCI top brass has got down to talking to players and selectors in preparation for a two-year “blueprint” to resolve such issues.

The development comes in the wake of India’s loss in the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand in June and captain Virat Kohli comments on the need to prepare for a “transition”, particularly in the Test format.

BCCI (File Photo| PTI)
BCCI (File Photo| PTI)

BCCI Looking To Create A System To Avoid Confusion Among Management And Players And Hearing Concerns Without Much Delay

One common problem that has been identified is that the lack of clarity in building a team for a big tournament. There have been multiple instances when players have complained of a “lack of communication” from either the team management or the selection committee over the past three years. As far as communication is concerned, the board has opened a channel directly with the players and team management to avoid any confusion

Sourav Ganguly. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Sourav Ganguly. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The BCCI top brass has been working on life beyond the T20 World Cup to be staged in October- November. Chief selector Chetan Sharma has been having rounds of meetings with BCCI president Sourav Ganguly. According to sources, the meetings were based more on preparing the blueprint. The present selection committee’s performance will be up for review after they complete a year in December.

“There were issues pertaining to communication and messages getting lost in translation. So the board top brass is looking to create a system so that the team management and players can have their concerns heard by the top management without much delay,” a top BCCI official said.

Meanwhile, the Indian team is all set to lock horns with England in the 2nd Test match at Lord’s. The first Test ended in a draw after Day 5 was washed out due to rain; when India needed 157 more runs to win with 9 wickets in hand. The Test series consists of 5 matches and the final encounter will begin on September 10.

Ravi Shastri Led Management Also Requested For An Additional Player But The Selectors Denied The Request

BCCI has stepped in to clear the air and stop an alleged “communication gap” between the team management and the selection committee.

There have been disagreements and rifts between the two parties over the course of the past few months, and Jay Shah and Sourav Ganguly have stepped in to nip out any issues in the bud. To gauge concerns, the BCCI themselves have opened a channel of communication with the Virat Kohli and Co. and the Ravi Shastri-led team management to ensure smooth sailing during the ongoing India-England series.

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

Things got frosty again following Shubman Gill’s injury after the WTC final, which led to the team management in England asking for two openers (Prithvi Shaw and Devdutt Padikkal) as replacements.

BCCI and selectors had first decided against sending any replacements but eventually, Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav were sent as covers. The duo is still in quarantine and will only be available from the third Test onwards.

The Ravi Shastri-led team management also requested for an additional player with Jayant Yadav and Devdutt Padikkal as options, but the selectors denied the request.

The two Mumbai batsmen were sent to the UK despite India having lost Washington Sundar and Avesh Khan to injury. Things could worsen for Virat Kohli and Co. with Shardul Thakur also nursing an injury.

Jay Shah AP Photo
Jay Shah AP Photo
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Jay Shah Backs Team Management’s Request To Send Suryakumar Yadav And Prithvi Shaw To England

Jay Shah, BCCI secretary has backed the request of the team management to send Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav to the UK to join the Indian contingent already there for the five-match Test series. This development came after there were doubts on whether there will be a change of plan with the duo being isolated as close contacts of Krunal Pandya came in Colombo ahead of the second T20I in the Island Nation.

Sources in the know of developments said the board officials including Jay Shah discussed the situation after Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw had to be isolated ahead of the 2nd T20I against Sri Lanka, but the board secretary Jay Shah backed the call from skipper Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri to send the duo to the UK for the Test series.

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

Jay Shah And BCCI Discussed Where There Needs To Be A Change In The Plan After The Duo Was Identified As Close Contacts Of Krunal Pandya

Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw will be flying to the United Kingdom from Colombo on Saturday (July 31) despite Sri Lanka being a Red List country under the UK Government’s travel advisory. Their entry into England is being facilitated by a specially-created rule for sportspersons by the UK Government.

That Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw will still enter the UK, is because the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have made use of a special provision that permits Elite Sportspersons in the UK this summer.

“There were discussions if there needs to be a change in the plan after the duo had to be isolated as close contacts of Krunal Pandya. But with the reports coming in negative for COVID-19, the secretary Jay Shah felt it was best to back the request of the team management and send them to the UK,” the source said.

Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw will fly on 31st July. Image Credits: BCCI Twitter
Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw will fly on 31st July. Image Credits: BCCI Twitter

The BCCI had on July 26 informed that the All-India Senior Selection Committee had named Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav as replacements for the upcoming Test series against England as all-rounder Washington Sundar, batsman Shubman Gill and pacer Avesh Khan have been ruled out of the tour due to injuries.

Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw have been given the nod by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah to fly out for England on Saturday(July 31). Also, to be noted is that both will be travelling under a special ‘Elite player exemption’ rule of the UK government which is for sportspersons entering the UK from Red List countries, such as Sri Lanka.

Washington Sundar, Shubman Gill, And Avesh Khan Were Ruled Out

As per the release, Washington Sundar had taken an injection on his right-hand bowling finger during the three-day practice game against County Select XI. However, his recovery will take longer than expected and he is not bowling-fit. As a result, the spinner had been ruled out of the remainder of the England tour.

Washington Sundar, Avesh Khan & Shubman Gill | Getty
Washington Sundar, Avesh Khan & Shubman Gill | Getty

Fast bowler Avesh Khan suffered a blow to his left thumb on Day 1 of the warm-up game. He was taken for an X-Ray and the result confirmed a fracture. A specialist was consulted for further management of his injury. He was also ruled out of India’s Tour of England.

Opening batsman Shubman Gill had sustained a developing stress reaction on his left lower leg (shin) during the World Test Championship final and he was also ruled out. The Test series between India and England commences on August 4 at Trent Bridge.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav (BCCI)
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Suryakumar Yadav And Prithvi Shaw Will Fly To The UK From Colombo On July 31 Under Special Provision

Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw will be flying to the United Kingdom from Colombo on Saturday (July 31) despite Sri Lanka being a Red List country under the UK Government’s travel advisory. Their entry into England is being facilitated by a specially-created rule for sportspersons by the UK Government.

Normally, only travelers from Green List or Amber List countries are allowed in the UK. Those travelling from the Red List countries — which Sri Lanka is — can be allowed only if they are the UK and Irish citizens.

Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw will fly on 31st July. Image Credits: BCCI Twitter
Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw will fly on 31st July. Image Credits: BCCI Twitter

Suryakumar Yadav And Prithvi Shaw Wil Enter The UK As The UK Government Created Elite Player Exemption

That Suryakumar Yadav and Prithvi Shaw will still enter the UK, is because the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have made use of a special provision that permits Elite Sportspersons in the UK this summer. This is the very rule that allowed footballers and tennis players into the country for Euro Football and Wimbledon earlier this summer.

“The UK Government created Elite player exemption earlier this summer to help the Indian touring party travel in the first place. The same rule was used for other sports like football and tennis for the Euros and Wimbledon. And now that is being used for the two new players,” a top ECB official told Cricbuzz on Friday (July 30).

Washington Sundar, Avesh Khan & Shubman Gill | Getty
Washington Sundar, Avesh Khan & Shubman Gill | Getty
Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav will reportedly have to return three negative RT-PCR tests before they can travel to England as replacements for the upcoming Test series.

The Indian Test squad in England has already seen three of the players being ruled out. While opener Shubman Gill withdrew due to leg injury and has since returned home, off-spin bowling all-rounder Washington Sundar has hurt his finger, and pace bowler Avesh Khan, who was among the standby players, has suffered a fracture his left thumb.

As a result, the selectors have pushed Abhimanyu Easwaran into the main squad and have also called up Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav. The Test series begins on August 4 in Nottingham. The second Test will be played on August 12-16 at Lord’s, London, the third Test on August 25-29 in Leeds, the fourth Test between September 2 and 6 at the Oval, London, and the fifth and final Test in Manchester from September 10 to 14.

Prithvi Shaw And Suryakumar Yadav Have To Undergo Quarantine For 10 Days In England Upon Arrival Ruling Them Out Of The First 2 Tests

Despite the special permission, Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav will still have to undergo quarantine for 10 days. The isolation period effectively rules them out of the first two Tests. The second Test starts at Lord’s on August 12, by when the two players’ quarantine period should be over but the general perception is that they will have to have some red-ball practice before being considered for a place in a Test against England.

Meanwhile, the Indian Test team in England will travel to Nottingham on Saturday, the venue for the first Test which starts on August 4. The team was supposed to have its last net session in Durham on Friday but it had to be cancelled because of bad weather. Meanwhile, the Indian white-ball team had returned home from Sri Lanka.

Yuzvendra Chahal, Krishnappa Gowtham (Pic Source: Twitter)
Yuzvendra Chahal, Krishnappa Gowtham (Pic Source: Twitter)

At around 4 pm on Friday, the Shikhar Dhawan-led side, barring five players, landed in Bangalore by a charter flight from Colombo. Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Krishnappa Gowtham, besides Prithvi Shaw and Suryakumar Yadav, have stayed back for various reasons. Having tested positive for Covid-19, Krunal Pandya, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Krishnappa Gowtham will have to spend a few more nights in Colombo before they can return home.

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