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Ben Stokes Image Source : GETTY IMAGES
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Maninder Singh Opens Up On Cricketers’ Mental Health Issues

Maninder Singh, former Indian cricketer has voiced his opinions about cricketers’ mental health issues after England all-rounder Ben Stokes decided to take an indefinite break from the sport. The 56-year-old said that it is not easy for everyone to emulate former captain MS Dhoni’s way of dealing with pressure.

In an interview, Maninder Singh was asked if MS Dhoni’s template of cutting off from cricket and media once off the field would help others.

Ben Stokes will miss the Test series with India (PA)
Ben Stokes will miss the Test series with India (PA)

Maninder Singh: Everyone Can’t Be MS Dhoni

Maninder Singh, who played 35 Tests for India, pointed out that MS Dhoni has always stayed away from the media and other distractions. He went on to add that it has been his fundamental nature.

“See, everyone can’t be MS Dhoni since everyone has a basic nature that is different from others. Dhoni has always been like that since his early days. He always said that he didn’t read newspapers or followed media which is a wonderful way to handle distractions but it is not easy to emulate that for others.

Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni share a great camaraderie on and off the field.© Instagram
Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni share a great camaraderie on and off the field.© Instagram

“When anyone tries to change his or her basic nature, it puts a lot of pressure inside your mind as well. So, it is not easy to follow the MSD way of handling pressure,” Maninder Singh said.

Known as one of the finest batsmen of the current times, one cannot believe that Virat Kohli has also gone through a phase where he struggled with mental health issues. However, failure in England in 2014 pushed Virat Kohli into a dark role, and he didn’t know what to do further. The ace batsman even revealed that it was the phase where he thought ‘it’s the end of the world’.

He didn’t know what to do, what to say, and even how to communicate with anybody. Virat Kohli now believes it’s wise to have rest days and keep your mind at peace. He also appreciated Australian stalwart Glenn Maxwell’s decision of taking a sabbatical and then returning back to cricket.

Maninder Singh: Mental Health Issues Affect Indian Cricketers As Well

BCCI’s president and former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly recently stated that mental health issues don’t affect Indian cricketers. When asked about his thoughts on this, Maninder Singh said that many people are in denial mode. He added that he’s sure that many cricketers are already seeking help to cope with their mental health troubles.

Maninder Singh during his playing days (Image Credit: Sport360)
Maninder Singh during his playing days (Image Credit: Sport360)

“It’s not only the cricketers, but a lot of people are in denial mode. You can say that I started this topic in India but Virat Kohli also spoke about his struggle so there are mental health issues in India as well. People in India are quick to say arey who toh pagal ho gaya (he has gone mad) when somebody is down and he is talking about his struggle. But, I am sure a lot of cricketers are seeking and taking help from someone or other (on coping with mental health issues),” Maninder Singh said.

Ben Stokes, who has taken a break from cricket due to mental health issues, will miss the upcoming series against India. Marcus Trescothick, Jonathan Trott, Sarah Taylor, and Andrew Flintoff have dealt with mental health issues. Will Pucovski and Glenn Maxwell also had mental health issues and decided to take a sabbatical from cricket.

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Australia No Longer The Best At Identifying Talent: Greg Chappell

Greg Chappell, former Australian skipper believes Australia is no longer the best at identifying talent and that the country has lost the bragging right of calling itself the best at it.

While Greg Chappell had a controversial run as the head coach of Team India, the former Australian captain had earlier praised the visitors after their stunning and historic 2-1 Test series win versus Australia to retain the recently-concluded Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

File image of Greg Chappell. (Getty Images)
File image of Greg Chappell. (Getty Images)

Greg Chappell: Australia Have Lost Position As The Best At Identifying Talent As England And India Are Doing Better Than Australia

Greg Chappell opined other countries like England and India have taken over.

“I think we’ve already lost our position as the best at identifying talent and bringing it through. I think England is doing it better than us now and India is doing it better than us,” Greg Chappell told cricket.com.au.

Virat Kohli, Image Source : AP IMAGE
Virat Kohli, Image Source: AP IMAGE

During the 2020/21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy, India fought back after losing the first Test to win the series 2-1, almost with second and third-string teams. The side was plagued with injuries to its key players in each department and was also without regular talismanic skipper Virat Kohli after the first Test.

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, and Ravindra Jadeja due to injuries, a second-string Ajinkya Rahane-led India staged a comeback for the ages as they won their second straight Test series on Australian soil.

Greg Chappell: Indian Second String Players Have Played For India A Throughout The World Whereas Australia Had Picked Cricketers From Domestic Tournaments

Greg Chappell admitted the remarkable Test series victory bore testament to India’s highly effective player development system. On that tour, every youngster put their hand up and put his best foot forward.

“When you look at the Indian team that played in the Brisbane Test that had three or four fresh players, and everyone said, ‘This is India’s second XI’ – those guys had played (extensively) for India A,” said Chappell.

“And in all sorts of different conditions, not just in India. So when they get picked, they’re not tyros at all, they’re quite hardened international cricketers.”

Cameron Green
Cameron Green of Australia (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

On the other hand, Australian debutants Will Pucovski and Cameron Green had limited experience playing outside their home country.

“We picked Will Pucovski out of Shield cricket. Will has hardly had a game outside Australia. That’s the difference,” Chappell pointed out.

India’s next Test assignment is the tour to England. They will first play the World Test Championship final against New Zealand followed by a five-match Test series against the hosts England.

After a tough home loss to India, the Australian men’s side were due to head to South Africa for three Tests, however, that series was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The limited-overs tour of New Zealand for five T20s still took place, with the Black Caps prevailing 3-2.

Australia is set to make a belated trip to Bangladesh later this year for their first tour since 2017. Not for the Tests originally scheduled as part of the World Test Championship, but instead for T20Is intended as warm-ups for the T20 World Cup meant to be hosted by India soon afterwards. Bangladesh is also to host England for white-ball games ahead of the T20 World Cup, meaning a triangular series may be arranged.

Australia Pic: Getty
Australia Pic: Getty
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Cricket Australia Hands Contract To Cameron Green Among 17 Cricketers

Cricket Australia hasn’t handed contracts to Travis Head and Matthew Wade while allrounder Cameron Green has earned his first deal and youngster Will Pucovski has not been included.

Joe Burns, who lost his place during the Test series against India, and injury-prone Mitchell Marsh have also been omitted from last year’s original list with just 17 deals handed out by Cricket Australia for the 2021-22 season.

Cameron Green
ADELAIDE, AUSTRALIA – DECEMBER 15: Cameron Green of Australia poses before an Australian Nets Session at Adelaide Oval on December 15, 2020, in Adelaide, Australia. (Photo by Ryan Pierse/Getty Images)

Cricket Australia Want To Create An Environment Where Players Strive For National Selection Through Consistent International Performances

Cameron Green is the only new name in Cricket Australia’s contract list pruned to 17 instead of the maximum 20. However, players who make enough appearances during the period are elevated as Marcus Stoinis was last season but he too doesn’t make this selection.

The contracts include just three specialist Test batsmen in veteran David Warner, Steven Smith, and Marnus Labuschagne with Cricket Australia’s national selector Trevor Hohns saying he wants competition from outside those contracted.

“There are two main reasons behind the size of the contract list,” he said. “Firstly, we have seen format specialisation become increasingly prevalent in recent seasons which, accordingly, has resulted in a broader group of players representing Australia, often beyond the initial list of contracted players at the start of each year. Secondly, we want to create an environment where players strive for national selection through consistent domestic performances and earn national contracts through consistent international performances.”

Cricket Australia Haven't Handed Contract To Matthew Wade
Cricket Australia Haven’t Handed Contract To Matthew Wade (PA AAP)

The axing of Matthew Wade suggests he will struggle to resume his Test career as he was also dropped from the squad for the postponed tour of South Africa in February. However, he may still feature in the T20 World Cup as he featured on the recent limited-overs tour of New Zealand and captained Australia, as a stand-in for Aaron Finch, against India in December.

Travis Head was dropped after two Tests against India when the selectors opted to stick with Matthew Wade amid a batting reshuffle when Will Pucovski and David Warner both returned from injury at the SCG.

However, he was part of the squad for the then scheduled South Africa tour and had a prolific Sheffield Shield season, having finished as the second-leading run-scorer behind Cameron Green and is likely to be a strong candidate for a middle-order spot in the Ashes.

“There is a considerable amount of international cricket to be played across all formats in the next 12 months and the door to national selection is never closed to players outside this list,” Cricket Australia national selector Trevor Hohns said.

Both Cameron Green and Will Pucovski made their debuts last summer, but it’s only the all-rounder who makes the list. Cameron Green played all four Tests against India while Will Pucovski, who earlier in the season hit back-to-back double centuries in the Sheffield Shield before suffering another concussion, made his debut in Sydney where he scored a half-century but was then sidelined by a shoulder injury.

Will Pucovski is expected to recover in time for the start of next season and is the favorite to open the batting alongside David Warner in the Test side for the Ashes and the one-off match against Afghanistan penciled in beforehand.

Cameron Green had a magnificent season with the bat for Western Australia where he was the leading Sheffield Shield run-scorer with 922 at 76.83. In four Tests, he made 236 runs including a maiden half-century at the SCG. However, he went wicketless in the series – and only collected three in the Shield – as he worked his back from a stress fracture.

“Cameron is a player we believe will play an important role for Australian cricket after his impressive breakout summer,” Hohns said. “His 84 in the second innings against India at the SCG demonstrated excellent technique and resolve and we are confident his bowling will be impactful at the international level. His domestic form was also outstanding, and we expect he will only get better with more international exposure.”

While much of Australia’s schedule over the next 12 months remains to be confirmed, they are due to return to action in July with ODIs and T20Is in West Indies before potentially heading straight to Bangladesh for a T20I series.

Cricket Australia will send its team to be in Sri Lanka ahead of the T20 World Cup – currently scheduled for India in October – before returning home for a season that is expected to include a one-off Test against Afghanistan ahead of the Ashes that will run from early December to mid-January.

Australia
Australia. Image Credits: Twitter

According to the FTP, South Africa is due to tour early next year for white-ball matches before Australia has a full tour scheduled against Pakistan from late February. Australia has not played an overseas Test since the 2019 Ashes with tours of Bangladesh and South Africa postponed due to Covid-19.

Cricket Australia Contracts list: Ashton Agar, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Aaron Finch, Cameron Green, Josh Hazlewood, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Tim Paine, James Pattinson, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, David Warner, Adam Zampa

Australia’s Will Pucovski has been cleared of concussion and is in the selection mix to make his Test debut against India at the SCG on Thursday, Photograph: David Gray/AFP/Getty Images
Australia’s Will Pucovski has been cleared of concussion and is in the selection mix to make his Test debut against India at the SCG on Thursday, Photograph: David Gray/AFP/Getty Images
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Will Pucovski Set To Be Sidelined For 6 Months Due To Shoulder Surgery

Will Pucovski, Australian opener is set to be sidelined for up to six months to undergo reconstructive surgery on his injured right shoulder.

The Australian Test batsman who played a solitary Test will undergo surgery on his right shoulder next week and is likely to be sidelined for up to six months. Will Pucovski, who made his debut in the third Test match against India in Sydney had suffered a shoulder subluxation injury while diving in the field on the fifth day of the Sydney game.

Will Pucovski (AAP: Richard Wainwright)
Will Pucovski (AAP: Richard Wainwright)

Will Pucovski Won’t Be Part Of Remainder Of The Australian Domestic Season And Will Not Play If Australia Qualifies For WTC Final

Victoria coach Chris Rogers has said that Will Pucovski pulled up sore in a practice session, which ruled him out of the Sheffield Shield match against New South Wales.

He had a great start to the domestic season, accumulating two double tons in the Sheffield Shield but was laid low by a concussion in a tour game against India. Incidentally, he has a long history of concussion-related injuries.

“The medical advice is this is the best way forward for Will to prepare him for the 2021-22 season,” said Cricket Victoria’s General Manager of Cricket Shaun Graf.

Chris Rogers (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
Chris Rogers  (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)

“We’ll work closely with Will throughout his rehabilitation and look forward to seeing him back playing for Victoria and Australia later this year.”

Will Pucovski played 1 Test only scoring 72 runs with a fifty and his highest was 62. This injury and subsequent surgery mean that he will not be part of the remainder of the Australian domestic season and will be unavailable for Australia if they do qualify for the World Test Championship final mid-year against already qualified New Zealand.

Australia can make the final of WTC if England wins by 1-2 or if the series ends in a draw (1-1 or 2-2). Australia will play ODIs and T20Is against New Zealand, West Indies, Sri Lanka, and Bangladesh before the Ashes from November 2021 to January 2022. The Ashes will comprise of 5 Tests and will happen after T20I World Cup.

Will Pucovski Missed First 2 Tests Against India Due To Concussion And Scored A Fifty In 3rd Test Before Injuring His Shoulder

The debutant injured his shoulder while trying in vain to stop the ball at mid-wicket in the second session of the final day in the 3rd Test at Sydney against India. He missed the first two Tests against India due to a concussion injury but scored 62 and 10 in the 3rd Test after making his debut.

Will Pucovski (AAP)
Will Pucovski (AAP)
He has played 23 first-class matches where he amassed 1744 runs averaging 54.5. He hit back-to-back double tons for Victoria against South and West Australia.

Will Pucovski Injured
Will Pucovski Injured
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Will Pucovski Will Be Replaced By Marcus Harris If He Fails To Recover: Justin Langer

Will Pucovski, an opening batsman who debuted in Sydney Test has a partially dislocated shoulder and Marcus Harris would replace him if he fails to recover in time for the fourth and final Test against India at Brisbane this week, Australia head coach Justin Langer said on Wednesday.

Will Pucovski suffered the injury during the Sydney Test, which was his debut in the longest format of the game.

Marcus Harris
Marcus Harris (Credits – Getty)

Will Pucovski Had A Sore Shoulder Before He Fell: Justin Langer

The 22-year-old was injured while diving on the field and will be reassessed by Australia before the fourth Test begins on January 15. Will Pucovski faces an anxious wait to see if he can recover from a shoulder injury in time for the fourth and final Vodafone Test against India, with Australia giving him every opportunity to prove his fitness.

“Will had a sore shoulder before he fell, he was actually going to have a scan after that day’s play anyway, just to see what was happening,” Justin Langer said at a virtual press conference.

Will Pucovski
Will Pucovski Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“We will see how he pulls up today, we are really hopeful that he will get up and if he doesn’t, then the obvious thing would be Marcus Harris would come in as an opener,” he added.

Will Pucovski injured his shoulder while trying in vain to stop the ball at mid-wicket in the second session of the final day in 3rd Test. The opener made a memorable debut as he played an assured knock of 62 in the first innings of his debut Test. Although some poor sloppy fielding from the Indian players helped his cause, he looked in control for most of his innings.

Will Pucovski Mentally Is Going To Be Exhausted And Australian Management Will Keep An Eye On Him: Justin Langer

Justin Langer said he is quite optimistic about the batsman pulling through. Australia confirmed Will Pucovski suffered a “shoulder subluxation” injury while diving in the field on the fifth day of the third Test in Sydney. A subluxation is a partial dislocation of the shoulder joint when the ball of the upper arm bone partly comes out of the socket in the shoulder.

“Will is a young guy, he has just played his first Test. So mentally he’s going to be exhausted anyway. We will keep an eye on how he pulls up today. With shoulders, as long as he can bat OK and catch, it’s not as big a deal in Test cricket, we’re really hopeful he will get up, we will probably know by tonight,” Justin Langer added.

Justin Langer
Justin Langer (Image Credit: Google)

Will Pucovski, who has suffered numerous concessions, made an impressive start to his Test career, scoring a half-century on debut. On the other hand, Marcus Harris has so far played nine Test matches for Australia scoring 385 runs, including two fifties, with the highest score of 79. The four-match series is tied at 1-1 currently with the hosts winning the pink-ball opener in Adelaide and India emerging triumphant in Melbourne. The third game in Sydney ended in a draw.

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Puckovski lead Victoria from the front. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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Will Pucovski Suffered Shoulder Injury, Will Be Reassessed On The Eve Of 4th Test

Will Pucovski faces an anxious wait to see if he can recover from a shoulder injury in time for the fourth and final Vodafone Test against India, with Australia giving him every opportunity to prove his fitness.

Australia confirmed Will Pucovski suffered a “shoulder subluxation” injury while diving in the field on the fifth day of the third Test in Sydney. A subluxation is a partial dislocation of the shoulder joint when the ball of the upper arm bone partly comes out of the socket in the shoulder.

I'm Pumped To Take Up The Challenge Against India: Will Pucovski
Will Pucovski. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Will Pucovski To Continue Rehabilitation, Decision Will Be Made Prior To 4th Test

Will Pucovski joins the injury list with a shoulder complaint. In clear discomfort and holding his right shoulder after the dive, he soon left the field and was later sent for scans.

“He will continue rest and rehabilitation over the next two days before a decision is made on his fitness for the fourth Vodafone Test match,” a Cricket Australia spokesperson said.

If he is unable to recover from the injury, it could mean a fifth opening batsman to be used by Australia in four Tests, with Marcus Harris already in the extended 18 man Test squad. Will Pucovski scored a stylish 62 in the first innings in Sydney, prompting former Test captain Ricky Ponting to declare the youngster a 10-year Test player.

Joe Burns and David Warner
Joe Burns and David Warner. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Opening partner David Warner also admitted on Monday he still felt nervous about his groin injury, as his return from a lengthy layoff coincided with the back-to-back Tests. If Will Pucovski wasn’t deemed fit, Australia would again face a dilemma with options at the top of the order. David Warner scored 5 and 13 and wasn’t looking at ease.

Marcus Harris May Be Recalled Or Matthew Wade Could Bat Again As Opener

Having already dropped Joe Burns from the squad, Marcus Harris remains in the extended group and could be an option to be recalled.

Marcus Harris
Marcus Harris (Credits – Getty)

The other option would likely be returning Matthew Wade to the top, allowing Travis Head to make a comeback in Brisbane after being axed for Sydney.

The surprising fact is Shaun Marsh was omitted despite his performance atop the order in Sheffield Shield but his age considering 37-years-old and experience of 38 Tests where he didn’t make most of the opportunity averaging moderately 34.31 may have prompted the selectors to think otherwise.

Another contender 33-year-old Usman Khawaja has played 44 Tests for Australia and averages a very respectable 40.66. However, in the five matches where he has opened the innings, his average jumps to 96.80 at Test level. But he never managed to cement his place in the Test squad.

First Test: Australia won by eight wickets

Second Test: India won by eight wickets

Third Test: Match drawn

Fourth Test: January 15-19, Gabba

I'm Pumped To Take Up The Challenge Against India: Will Pucovski
Will Pucovski. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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Will Pucovski To Undergo Scans After Suffering Shoulder Injury In Sydney

Will Pucovski, Australian debutant was taken for scans on the final day of the Sydney Test as the ongoing Border-Gavaskar Trophy continues to be marred by injuries. The debutant injured his shoulder while trying in vain to stop the ball at mid-wicket in the second session of the final day in 3rd Test.

Will Pucovski stayed down on the ground for a few seconds after his failed attempt to stop the ball. He got up and looked visibly in pain, with his teammates coming in to help him. The 22-year-old then left the field.

Will Pucovski.
Will Pucovski. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Will Pucovski Scored 62 And 10 In Debut Test

The opener made a memorable debut as he played an assured knock of 62 in the first innings of his debut Test. Although some poor fielding from the Indian players particularly keeper Rishabh Pant helped his cause, Will Pucovski looked in control for most of his innings.

Joe Burns and David Warner
Joe Burns and David Warner. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Australia will be concerned with the latest update regarding Will Pucovski as they are short of options in the opening department. Even though David Warner made a comeback in the Sydney Test, he looked visibly in discomfort while batting and could only manage 5 & 13 in two innings. Will Pucovski missed the first two Tests due to concussion injury but scored 62 and 10 in the 3rd Test after making his debut.

Opener Joe Burns was axed for his poor form after first 2 Tests and Matthew Wade was promoted up the order in first 2 Tests but batted in the middle order at No. 5 after Will Pucovski and David Warner returned in playing XI.

Will Pucovski Has Awesome Temperament And A Bright Future Ahead: David Warner

Will Pucovski was in line to play the first Test against India- a day-night affair in Adelaide, given his impressive performance in domestic cricket. However, he missed the first two Tests at Adelaide and Melbourne after suffering a concussion in the tour game against India A while facing youngster uncapped Kartik Tyagi. Will Pucovski had a long history of concussion injuries, and as a result, he was ruled out of the first two Tests.

Kartik Tyagi
Kartik Tyagi. Image Credit: IPL.

The 22-year-old impressed everyone with his sound technique and ability to get behind the line of the ball in the third Test. His handling of the short balls was also applauded as many experts thought it might be his weakness. David Warner praised his new opening partner.

“He looks like he’s at home. He’s obviously scored a lot of runs in Shield cricket. His temperament is awesome … he’s got a bright future ahead,” said David Warner.

With only a three-day break between the third and the fourth Test at Brisbane, Australia will be hoping that the scans don’t reveal anything serious. The hosts will want Will Pucovski to be fit enough to play the fourth Test, which is scheduled to start from 15 January in Brisbane.

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Ponting aghast over poor surface. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.
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Ricky Ponting Tweets Rishabh Pant’s Approach Was Perfect

Ricky Ponting, former Australian skipper was surprised that the Sydney pitch hadn’t deteriorated much even on Day 5 of the third Test on Monday and said that India wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant’s approach in the final innings of the match was the perfect one.

Most experts including former cricketers and commentators had earlier predicted that India would struggle in the fourth innings and said that scoring above 200 would be difficult on this pitch.

Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting. (Photo by Hamish Blair/Getty Images)

Ricky Ponting: Rishabh Pant’s Approach Perfect In The Prevailing Conditions

India, chasing a stiff old target of 407 to win the Sydney Test, etched out a draw after scoring 334/5 playing 131 overs with Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin scoring 23 and 39 runs and remaining unbeaten playing almost 300 balls between themselves. They forged a 62 run unbroken partnership playing about 45 overs.

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara Image Credits: BCCI

Earlier, Rishabh Pant top-scored with 97 with 12 fours and 3 sixes and Cheteshwar Pujara scored 77 off 205 balls with 12 boundaries. Cheteshwar Pujara played a valiant innings scoring at a strike rate of 38 until he was dismissed by Josh Hazlewood.

 

Rishabh Pant played fantastic innings but missed out on his 3rd century by a whisker to keep India in the hunt for an improbable victory until India managed a draw in the final session of play in the Sydney Test. He also stitched together a crucial 148-run partnership with Cheteshwar Pujara, who displayed a different approach that Ricky Ponting has earlier been critical of.

Ricky Ponting: Rishabh Pant Has To Work Harder As He’s Dropped More Catches Than Any Other Keeper

Rishabh Pant has to work on his keeping skills according to Ricky Ponting. Just earlier this week, Ricky Ponting had been critical of Rishabh Pant for his wicket-keeping skills.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“I’ve said it all along, the knock on Rishabh is always going to be on his keeping. Since his debut in Test cricket, he’s dropped more catches than any other keeper in the world. That highlights he has got some work to do with his keeping,” Ricky Ponting stated.

Rishabh Pant had dropped debutant Will Pucovski twice – on 26 and 32 – but was lucky that the Australia opener didn’t go on to make a big score on a good batting track at the Sydney Cricket Ground. He scored 62 in 1st innings.

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Rishabh Pant. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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Rishabh Pant Is 1st Visiting Batsman To Score 25+ Runs In 9 Consecutive Innings In Australia

Rishabh Pant, Indian wicket-keeper batsman has set a unique batting record in Australia by becoming the first visiting batsman to score over 25 runs in nine consecutive innings.

Rishabh Pant went past Wally Hammond (England), Rusi Surti (India) and Viv Richards (West Indies), who scored 25+ runs in eight consecutive innings.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant. Image Credits: Twitter

Rishabh Pant Crosses 400 Run Mark In Australia

During the third day’s play in the ongoing third Test between India and Australia at Sydney Cricket Ground, Rishabh Pant surpassed another milestone as he crossed the 400-run mark in the country. Playing his ninth innings in Australia, he now averages over 58 in the country. His only century in Australia (159*) came during the Sydney Test of 2019 in the historic maiden Test series win in Australia.

Hanuma Vihari
Hanuma Vihari. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The wicket-keeper walked in to bat at 142/4 after the run out of Hanuma Vihari and immediately counterattacked. He was hit on his elbow by a bumper, and post that blow, he did not look comfortable. The youngster departed in the 88th over for a 67-ball 36, with four fours to his name.

Rishabh Pant Dropped Two Catches Which Should Have Been Taken: Ricky Ponting

Overlooked for the first Test at Adelaide Oval, Rishabh Pant replaced Wriddhiman Saha for the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne after India registered lowest ever score of 36 in Adelaide. He contributed in India’s win by scoring a vital 29 in the first innings, a knock that played a small part in India’s memorable win at the venue.

However, the southpaw has been under fire and criticism for his shoddy glovework. Earlier in the ongoing Sydney Test, he dropped Will Puckovski twice as the debutant went on to register his maiden fifty.

Ricky Ponting, IPL
Ricky Ponting, IPL Image Credit: AuGetty Images.

Australian legend Ricky Ponting, who is also incidentally Rishabh Pant’s coach at Delhi Capitals (DC) in the IPL, criticized the southpaw for his wicketkeeping, stating that no keeper has dropped as many catches since his debut.

“The one’s (dropped catches) today are two that should be taken, simple as that. It’s probably lucky for Rishabh that Pucovski didn’t go on and make a big hundred or a double hundred and looking at the wicket, it looks like an unbelievable surface,” Ricky Ponting told cricket.com.au.

India were dismissed for 244 in reply to Australia’s 338. Australia are 81/2 in 2nd innings. Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja were hit while batting on the 3rd day of Sydney Test and were subsequently taken for scans to determine the nature of the injury. While Rishabh Pant was hit on the left elbow, Ravindra Jadeja was hit on the left thumb but both of them batted with a bandage.

Australia vs India 2020-21: Excited Tim Paine Had Informed Will Pucovski About His Debut A Couple Of Days Before Sydney Test
Tim Paine and Will Pucovski. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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Australia vs India 2020-21: Excited Tim Paine Had Informed Will Pucovski About His Debut A Couple Of Days Before Sydney Test

Australia’s Test captain Tim Paine could not keep secret with Will Pucvoski that he will be making his debut in the Sydney Test match. He has confessed that he had informed the youngster about his debut a couple of days before the Test.

Will Pucovski had a dream-like start to his Test career. He registered a maiden half-century which was supported by two dropped catches by Rishabh Pant. He rode his luck on a couple of occasions but made 62 crucial runs from 149 deliveries.

Tim Paine Had Informed Will Pucovski About His Debut A Couple Of Days Before Sydney Test

Australia vs India 2020-21: Excited Tim Paine Had Informed Will Pucovski About His Debut A Couple Of Days Before Sydney Test 1
Will Pucovski. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Talking to Cricket.com.au after the end of day one, Tim Paine said he couldn’t lie to the youngster when he inquired him about his debut. The skipper said he was excited to share the happy news for him.

“I might have a little bit of a confession to make actually. Because he (Pucovski) was in my room a couple of days ago and he sort of asked (if he would be making his debut). I couldn’t lie to him. I said, ‘You are playing, but don’t tell anyone.’ So I let it slip, but I was just excited for a mate,” said Tim Paine.

Australia vs India 2020-21: Excited Tim Paine Had Informed Will Pucovski About His Debut A Couple Of Days Before Sydney Test 2
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Andrew McDonald had given the baggy green to Will Puckovski on his debut. It was a proud moment for the Assistant coach as well because he had coached him for three years during his stint with victoria. Tim Paine suggested that Pucovski’s debut was a special moment for McDonald as well.

“He’s (McDonald) gone through a lot with him, in his development, on his Shield debut, and also through a lot of tough times for Will. I know they’ve got a great relationship and it was a really special moment for both of them,” added Tim Paine.

Talking about the Sydney Test’s first day, India has sent both the openers packing on the flat pitch. However, Australia’s two batting mainstays Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne are still standing firm at the crease.

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