Wriddhiman Saha

David Miller
David Miller (Credits: Twitter)
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David Miller Who Scored 68* Off 38 Balls Admitted He Was A Little Nervous Before Successful Run Chase

David Miller, Gujarat Titans (GT) batter opened up about his approach during the 189-run chase alongside captain Hardik Pandya in the IPL 2022 Qualifier 1 against the Rajasthan Royals (RR). The Proteas ace was the star of the show after leading the new franchise to the final with an unbeaten 68 off 38 deliveries.

Coming into bat in the tenth over, GT was placed at 85-3 at the Eden Gardens. The left-handed batter took a while to find his groove after scoring just 10 of his first 14 deliveries. He eventually made up for his slow start and sealed GT’s qualification in style with three consecutive sixes in the final over off Prasidh Krishna.

David Miller, Hardik Pandya
David Miller, Hardik Pandya (Credits: Twitter)

David Miller Admitted He Was A Little Nervous Before Successful Run Chase

David Miller smoked an unbeaten 68 off just 38 balls to help the Titans chase down a 189-run target with seven wickets and three deliveries to spare. The win took Hardik Pandya’s side to the all-important title decider, where they will await the winners of Qualifier 2.

Playing at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in Qualifier 1 between Gujarat and Rajasthan, David Miller hit three sixes in the first three balls of the last over to take GT over the line, in what turned out to be a tense game in the IPL playoffs.

Admitting that he was nervous over the course of the run chase, David Miller said in a post-match interaction with Shubman Gill: “I was a little nervous, to be honest. But, Hardik kept saying let us just play good cricket shots and keep hitting the gap.

“As you saw, he was not running too fast, I enjoy running between the wickets pretty hard. But, it ended out working pretty well, it was a fast outfield, so hitting the gaps was the best call.”

Gujarat Titans pulled off a come-from-behind win despite setbacks due to David Miller's onslaught(BCCI)
Gujarat Titans pulled off a come-from-behind win despite setbacks due to David Miller’s onslaught(BCCI)

The GT skipper, too, remained unbeaten at the other end. Coming into bat at No.4 following the unfortunate dismissal of Shubman Gill, Hardik Pandya finished with an unbeaten 40 off 27 deliveries.

On a track that was two-paced, Rajasthan Royals rode on opener Jos Buttler’s 56-ball-89 to post 188 for six in 20 overs, which seemed like a winning total considering the pressure of the occasion. But Hardik Pandya (40 no off 27 balls) and David Miller (68 off 38 balls) added 101 runs in exactly 10 overs to seal the deal with three balls to spare.

David Miller Feels Special To Be In IPL 2022 Finals

Electing to bowl first, GT ended up conceding 188 in the first innings. Rashid Khan restricted the run scoring on a batting surface, conceding only 15 runs off his four overs. The rest of the bowling attack went for runs while poor fielding was also attributed to the mammoth score.

In reply, despite losing home-town hero, Wriddhiman Saha, to a 2 balls duck, former KKR batter Shubman Gill took charge in the powerplay. The youngster scored 35 off 21 deliveries on his former IPL home ground.

In Qualifier 1, Gujarat opener Shubman Gill got run out on the 4th ball of the 8th over after getting involved in a horrible mix-up with Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade. Shubman Gill’s innings ended at 35 runs of 21 balls, including 5 fours and 1 six.

Acknowledging the performances of his teammates en route to the final, David Miller said: “An unbelievable feeling to be honest, 12 years of IPL and this is the second time I’ve qualified.

“It does not come around too many times, to be honest, but it feels special to be in the final and to take the boys over the line was cool. Seriously good team performance if you think of all individual contributions.”

Shubman Gill. Photo-IPL
Shubman Gill. Photo-IPL

The Proteas batter will be making his first IPL final appearance since 2014 while Shubman Gill will play his second consecutive final. GT will face the winner of Qualifier 2 in the final in Ahmedabad on May 29 (Sunday).

Shubman Gill. Photo-IPL
Shubman Gill. Photo-IPL
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I’ve Never Played With A Crowd Of Over A Lakh People Watching Us: Shubman Gill

Shubman Gill who gave his team a ballistic start in the Qualifier 1 against Rajasthan Royals said that he is very excited to play the IPL 2022 finals in front of the home fans. Gujarat Titans will be playing the final of the Indian Premier League in front of their home crowd in the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday, 29 May. Gujarat Titans, who have dominated the tournament throughout and topped the group stage, stormed into the final on Tuesday, 24 May.

Narendra Modi stadium in Ahmedabad will be welcoming home team Gujarat Titans on May 29. A sold-out stadium is expected to be buzzing in support of the home team who will play the IPL final in their first season.

The world's largest cricket stadium is in Motera, Ahmedabad (Image Courtesy: Twitter)
The world’s largest cricket stadium is in Motera, Ahmedabad (Image Courtesy: Twitter)

Gujarat Titans Batter David Miller’s Unbeaten Takes Gujarat Into The IPL 2022 Finals

Playing at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in Qualifier 1 between Gujarat and Rajasthan, David Miller hit three sixes in the first three balls of the last over to take GT over the line, in what turned out to be a tense game in the IPL playoffs.

David Miller
David Miller (Credits: Twitter)

Needing 16 off 6 balls, David Miller (68* off 38) completed the chase in style, smacking three successive sixes off Prasidh Krishna in the final over. Debutant Gujarat Titans stormed into their maiden IPL final with this comprehensive 7-wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals.

On a track that was two-paced, Rajasthan Royals rode on opener Jos Buttler’s 56-ball-89 to post 188 for six in 20 overs, which seemed like a winning total considering the pressure of the occasion. But Hardik Pandya (40 no off 27 balls) and David Miller (68 off 38 balls) added 101 runs in exactly 10 overs to seal the deal with three balls to spare.

Gujarat Titans Batter Shubman Gill Excited For The IPL 2022 Finals As He’s Never Played With A Crowd Of Over 1 Lakh At Ahmedabad

Speaking after the game Gujarat Titans batsman Shubman Gill who gave his team a ballistic start in the Qualifier 1 said that he is very excited to play the finals in front of the home fans at Ahmedabad’s Motera Stadium. A packed stadium is expected in the Narendra Modi stadium, which holds a capacity of one lakh, the highest in India and at par with the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia.

“I hear that there is going to be a huge packed ground in Ahmedabad?” man of the match David Miller asked Shubman Gill in the post-match catch-up.

“I am very excited. I have never played with a crowd of over a lakh people watching us and it will be pretty amazing and the atmosphere will be something that we can feed off. So hopefully it will be a great game for us,” said Shubman Gill.

Shubman Gill. Photo-IPL
Shubman Gill. Photo-IPL

Gujarat has been exceptional under the leadership of Hardik Pandya, who has led from the front, scoring 453 runs in the tournament. They have had match winners in every department, with the likes of Wriddhiman Saha, David Miller, Rashid Khan, and Rahul Tewatia putting their hands up whenever needed.

In Qualifier 1, Gujarat opener Shubman Gill got run out on the 4th ball of the 8th over after getting involved in a horrible mix-up with Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade. Shubman Gill’s innings ended at 35 runs of 21 balls, including 5 fours and 1 six.

GT have quite a bit of time to rest and regain their freshness ahead of the finals as Lucknow Super Giants, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals vie for the second spot in the finals of the Indian Premier League.

Gujarat Titans skipper Hardik Pandya at the jersey launch on Sunday. Twitter
Gujarat Titans skipper Hardik Pandya at the jersey launch on Sunday. Twitter
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Parthiv Patel Reckons Mentality Of Playing Big Matches Before For Mumbai Indians Will Help Hardik Pandya In Qualifier 1 Of IPL 2022

Parthiv Patel, the former India wicket-keeper believes that the experience of being part of high-stakes matches before Qualifier 1 of IPL 2022 will help Hardik Pandya.

The all-rounder will lead the Gujarat Titans (GT) in their first knockout match against the Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Qualifier 1 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 on May 24. Having won multiple titles with Mumbai Indians and represented India across various ICC tournaments, the 28-year-old is no stranger to big matches.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya. (Photo: IPL)

Parthiv Patel Said That The Mentality Of Playing Big Matches Before Will Help Hardik Pandya In Qualifier 1 While Virender Sehwag Opined He Will Be The Player To Watch Out For

The all-rounder, assuming the captaincy role for the first time in the IPL, has been one of the standout players for the new franchise. He is having his best campaign with the bat, recording 413 runs in the league stage of the tournament. There has been a slight dip in his strike rate, which has come on the back of a change in his batting position. He has undertaken more responsibility by promoting himself up the order.

Opining that Pandya will head into Qualifier 1 with nothing but confidence, Parthiv Patel said: “The mentality of playing big matches before will help Hardik Pandya here.”

Parthiv Patel added: “It means that he has taken decisions under pressure that is not easy to make. He will go into the match confidently, there is no doubt about it.”

File photo of Parthiv Patel with Mumbai Indians | Sandeep Shetty – Sportzpics – IPL
File photo of Parthiv Patel with Mumbai Indians | Sandeep Shetty – Sportzpics – IPL

Opining that Hardik Pandya should play like his former self in Qualifier 1, former India batter Virender Sehwag said during the same interaction: “Hardik Pandya is the player to watch out for from GT. He has to become Kung-Fu Pandya. Come in, play 30 odd balls and score 60-70 and leave. He is also in the Indian team now, he should play with full freedom and confidence.”

GT will face the Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2022 Qualifier 1 at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on May 24 (Tuesday). Hardik Pandya has scored 413 runs in IPL 2022 averaging 41.3 and taken 4 scalps averaging 47.45 playing 13 games. As a first-time skipper, he has been spot on with his tactics and field placements.

He is Gujarat Titans’ leading run-getter this season. Hardik Pandya made his debut for MI in 2015 and played for them for 7 years. In that period, the franchise won 4 titles and Pandya played a big part in those wins. He was an instrumental part of MI’s success in the past. He scored 1476 runs and picked up 42 wickets for them.

 

Parthiv Patel: A Lot Depends On Wriddhiman Saha’s Fitness But He Should Play When There Is The Slightest Chance

In a case of concern for the league leaders, Wriddhiman Saha picked up a hamstring injury during their contest against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Matthew Wade was seen keeping the wickets in the second innings at the Wankhede Stadium on May 19.

Opining that Saha’s absence will lead to a slew of changes for GT, Parthiv Patel said: “If there are concerns surrounding Saha, then an Indian batter has to be brought in. The likely option is Sai Sudarshan. If Saha is fit, then Alzarri Joseph could also be brought in for Matthew Wade.”

Wriddhiman Saha
Wriddhiman Saha (Credits: Twitter)

“The changes will most likely be tactical. A lot relies on Saha’s fitness. If there is even the slightest chance that Saha can play, then he should at any cost.”

The 37-year-old has been in excellent touch after forging an impeccable partnership with Shubman Gill at the top of the order. He crossed the 300-run mark in an IPL season for the second time and has registered three fifties so far.

Wriddhiman Saha, the Test discard, has scored 312 runs from 9 IPL 2022 games averaging 39. He will try to amend his strike rate of 124.8 in Qualifier 1. Wriddhiman Saha didn’t keep against Royal Challengers Bangalore due to a tight hamstring. Matthew Wade replaced him behind the stumps. But Gujarat Titans team management would hope that the Bengal keeper, a solid presence in front and behind the wicket, will be fit for the 1st Qualifier.

Wriddhiman Saha (Photo | PTI)
Wriddhiman Saha (Photo | PTI)
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‘Hurt’ Wriddhiman Saha To Leave Bengal, Wife Romi Mitra Reveals Reason

The confusion surrounding Wriddhiman Saha’s participation in the upcoming Ranji Trophy knockout refuses to die down. The veteran wicketkeeper-batsman was recently named in Bengal’s 22-man squad for their upcoming quarterfinal clash against Jharkhand. This happened just a few months after Saha had decided against playing for Bengal in the league stage of Ranji Trophy. At that time, he was disappointed after being told by the national selectors and the Indian team-management that he would not be considered for selection in future.

The saga has now taken a new turn as Saha is now reportedly set to leave Bengal. According to a report in Sportstar, the right-handed batsman had a long conversation with Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Avishek Dalmiya on Tuesday. During the same conversation, Saha had indicated that he may no longer play for Bengal. Before the latest development, a senior CAB official had questioned Saha’s committed following the latter’s refusal to play in the group stage of the Ranji Trophy.

Wriddhiman Saha
Wriddhiman Saha (Credits: BCCI/Twitter)

‘Wriddhi was hurt’:

Wriddhiman Saha’s wife Romi Mitra has revealed the reason behind the deteriorating relationship between her husband and CAB. She has said that Wriddhiman was hurt after his commitment was questioned despite his services to the team over the years. She also revealed that the CAB president tried to persuade Wriddhiman to play for Bengal but the latter has decided against it. Romi has also alleged that CAB did not even check with Saha about his availability before naming the squad for the knockouts.

“A few months ago, when Wriddhi decided to skip the Ranji Trophy league stage due to personal reasons, a certain CAB official gave a statement to the media doubting his commitment. Being a senior player, who has given so much to Bengal cricket, Wriddhi was hurt with such statements,” Romi was quoted as saying by Sportstar.

“After the squad was announced last night, he spoke to Mr. Dalmiya today and discussed the entire issue. The CAB president told him to reconsider and play the knockouts, but Wriddhi told him that he is not in a position to play for Bengal again, after so many questions were raised about his commitment,” she added.

Wriddhiman Saha
Wriddhiman Saha (Credits: Twitter)

Saha is currently busy playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL). He is plying his trade for Gujarat Lions in IPL 2022. He has been in stunning form in the ongoing competition. The right-handed batsman has scored 281 runs in 8 games with the help of three fifties. Saha’s strike-rate in the competition is more than 123.

 

Wriddhiman Saha
Wriddhiman Saha (Credits: BCCI/Twitter)
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Wriddhiman Saha Set To Play For Bengal In Ranji Quarterfinal, Mohammed Shami Named In Squad Too

Veteran wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha has decided to play for Bengal once again in the upcoming quarterfinal clash of the Ranji Trophy. Earlier this year, Saha had refused to play for Bengal after his international career was effectively ended by the selectors and the team management. Saha had taken the decision after he was categorically told that he would not be selected in the Test team as the selectors backed Rishabh Pant.

Disappointed with the turn of events, Saha had decided against playing for Bengal in the league stage of Ranji Trophy. However, the wicketkeeper-batsman seems to have taken a u-turn on his earlier decision and is now all set to don the Bengal jersey once again. He will be a part of the team that will lock horns against Jharkhand in the quarterfinal in Bengaluru from June 6. Saha was named in the Bengal squad on Monday.

Wriddhiman Saha
Wriddhiman Saha (Credits: Twitter)

Along with Saha, India’s star bowler Mohammed Shami’s name is also in the Bengal squad. However, Shami’s participation in the match will depend on clearance from the BCCI and India coach Rahul Dravid taking his workload management into account. Both Saha and Shami are currently busy playing in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League. Both the Bengal stars are plying their trade for Gujarat Titans in IPL 2022.

Wriddhiman Saha shines in IPL 2022:

Wriddhiman Saha has been in stunning form in IPL 2022. The right-handed batsman has scored 281 runs in 8 games with the help of three fifties. Saha’s strike-rate in the competition is more than 123. Talking about Shami’s performance, the right-arm pacer has picked up an impressive 18 wickets from 13 outings. Shami has also maintained an economy-rate of less than 8 in the competition.

Mohammed Shami
Mohammed Shami (Credits: Twitter)

Bengal Squad: Abhimanyu Easwaran (c), Manoj Tiwary, Wriddhiman Saha, Mohammed Shami**, Anustup Majumdar, Sudip Chatterjee, Shahbaz Ahmed, Abhishek Kumar Raman, Writtick Chatterjee, Sayan Shekhar Mandal, Mukesh Kumar, Akash Deep, Ishan Porel, Koushik Ghosh, Ritwik Roy Chowdhury, Pradipta Pramanik, Karan Lal, Nilkantha Das, Sudip Kr. Gharami, Abhishek Porel, Mohd. Kaif, Ankit Mishra

**Subject to BCCI clearance

Virat Kohli | Photo Credit: AP
Virat Kohli | Photo Credit: AP
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Virat Kohli’s Selection During Dilip Vengsarkar’s Tenure Praised By Ratnakar Shetty

Virat Kohli, former India skipper was brought into the team during Dilip Vengsarkar’s tenure as the Chairman of Selectors. Dilip Vengsarkar sent the then youngster Virat Kohli out for different assignments and has been credited by veteran cricket administrator Prof Ratnakar Shetty for his contribution and acute decision-making.

Veteran cricket administrator Prof Ratnakar Shetty reserved special praise for former Chairman of selectors for his decision to introduce former India skipper Virat Kohli to the national side.

Dilip Vengsarkar file image | Sandeep Shetty / IPL/ SPORTZPICS
Dilip Vengsarkar file image | Sandeep Shetty / IPL/ SPORTZPICS

Prof Ratnakar Shetty Reserved Special Praise For Dilip Vengsarkar

While speaking at his book launch ‘On Board – My years in BCCI’, which was officially unveiled by former BCCI boss Sharad Pawar, Prof Ratnakar Shetty reserved special praise for Dilip Vengsarkar, implying he was the best.

“I have not seen a chairman in selection committee better than Dilip Vengsarkar in my tenure in BCCI,” Shetty said after his book ‘On Board – My years in BCCI’ was launched by former BCCI chief Sharad Pawar.

“We celebrated Virat Kohli’s 100 Test, but I know the truth that when he came back from ICC World Cup U-19, he (Vengsarkar) pushed him (Kohli) into the Emerging player’s tournament, sent him to Australia where Virat got a hundred in the final, which we won.”

“He came back (and) Dilip introduced him into the Indian team and brought him into this mainstream of Indian cricket,” he recalled.

Professor Ratnakar Shetty (Getty Images)
Professor Ratnakar Shetty (Getty Images)

Prof Ratnakar Shetty, who has worked closely with former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar, a veteran of 116 Tests, also threw light on the ‘Colonel’s’ tenure as the chief national selector.

“Not only that, even in the Greg Chappell era, difficult times in Indian cricket, some of the cricketers were left in the lurch at that time, many of them came back to play for India when he (Vengsarkar) became chairman of selection committee.

“Because, he had that power and he could take such decisions. That was Dilip Vengsarkar,” added Shetty, who is a chemistry professor by profession.

According to Prof Ratnakar Shetty, Sharad Pawar, the former ICC, BCCI and MCA chief, “had the knack of getting things done”. Sharad Pawar launched the book in the presence of Dilip Vengsarkar, Mumbai Cricket Association President Dr Vijay Patil, and a host of former India and first-class cricketers, including Balwinder Singh Sandhu, Diana Edulji, Nilesh Kulkarni, Chandrakant Pandit and others.

Virat Kohli Was The Leading Run Scorer In Emerging Players Tournament 2009

In the Emerging Players Tournament 2009, India took the 50-over title with a 17-run win over South Africa at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane. Virat Kohli was the leading run-scorer with 398 runs, including two centuries and as many fifties, while Sudeep Tyagi led the wicket charts with 14 wickets.

Virat Kohli Getty Images (file photo)
Virat Kohli Getty Images (file photo)

South Africa were the overwhelming favourites to take the title, having won all eight games but failed to chase down a challenging 284 in the final. The in-form opener Virat Kohli (104) and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha (74) were the top performers with the bat while the Uttar Pradesh fast bowler Sudeep Tyagi took 4 for 74 to derail the chase.

On March 2, 2008, the Virat Kohli-led Indian cricket team won the ICC Under-19 World Cup beating South Africa in the final of the tournament by 12 runs (D/L Method) in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.

A young and aggressive side won all their group matches and kept a perfect winning record in the tournament, however, a rainy final displayed India’s true temperament as the young lads held their nerves to win their second U-19 World Cup title at that time. Fast forward to 2022, India have now won the U-19 World Cup five times – 2000, 2008, 2012, 2018, and 2022.

Wriddhiman Saha (Photo | PTI)
Wriddhiman Saha (Photo | PTI)

Boria Majumdar Accuses Wriddhiman Saha Of Doctoring, Tempering Screenshots

The saga between Wriddhiman Saha and the journalist has taken a new twist as the renowned journalist Boria Majumdar came out with a video explaining his side of the story. He accused Wriddhiman Saha of doctoring and tempering screenshots of the WhatsApp chat between the two.

Wriddhiman Saha (Image Credit: Twitter)
Wriddhiman Saha (Image Credit: Twitter)

“I have shared all the details with the committee” – Wriddhiman Saha

Earlier in the day, a three-member committee spoke to the wicketkeeper to probe into his allegations.

“I have told the committee everything I know. I have shared all the details with them. I can’t tell you much right now. BCCI has asked me not to talk about the meeting outside as they will answer all your queries,” Saha spoke to reporters.

But late in the night, Boria Majumdar posted a video on Twitter, explaining the whole scenario. He claimed that the messages were sent in a different context and Saha doctored and tempered the screenshots before posting them on Twitter. He accused Saha of ‘playing a victim card’.

“There are always two sides to a story. @Wriddhipops has doctored, tampered screenshots of my WhatsApp chats which have damaged my reputation and credibility. I have requested the @BCCI for a fair hearing. My lawyers are serving @Wriddhipops a defamation notice. Let truth prevail,” Boria Majumdar tweeted with the video.

He explained that Saha blurred a certain part of the screenshot to twist the story. He claimed that Saha was agreed to give in an interview about the IPL auction in which he bagged a deal of 1.9 crores to play for Gujarat Titans but he posted the screenshot after the Indian squad was announced for the test series which was almost a week later.

He claimed that the messages are of different dates and he tempered the screenshot to twist the context. Notable that Saha along with 3 other senior players was dropped for the 2-match test series against Sri Lanka.

 

On February 19, Wriddiman Saha posted the screenshot on Twitter, “After all of my contributions to Indian cricket..this is what I face from a so-called “Respected” journalist! This is where the journalism has gone.

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Sourav Ganguly- Twitter
Sourav Ganguly- Twitter
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Sourav Ganguly Regularly Attends Team Selection Meetings Violating Protocols

Sourav Ganguly, BCCI President regularly attends team selection meetings even though the rules suggest otherwise. As per the constitution of the BCCI, the board president has no role in selection meetings; however, a report has quoted a couple of former members of the selection committee claiming that Sourav Ganguly is indeed present during the Indian team selection meetings.

BCCI constitution bars its president from having any role in picking the national team in order to retain the independence and autonomy of the selection committee.

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

Sourav Ganguly Regularly Attends Team Selection Meetings Violating Protocols

The President is shorn of his say in selections according to the Supreme Court-approved constitution. The only BCCI office-bearer authorized to be present is the secretary, who acts as a convenor without a say in the selection.

Three past and present selectors under Sourav Ganguly’s tenure confirmed that he was a regular feature at selection meetings. A senior BCCI functionary went to the extent of claiming that Sourav Ganguly has attended every selection meeting since he took over as BCCI president in October 2019.

Two selectors said Sourav Ganguly would log in for online selection meetings and because of his stature and position, no one could object. One of them revealed that they often felt “bullied” by his presence.

“It made many committee members uncomfortable and guarded in expressing their opinion,” said the selector, speaking on the condition of anonymity.

Sourav Ganguly with former selector MSK Prasad, BCCI secretary Jay Shah, cricketers Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and players and officials in 2019. (BCCI)
Sourav Ganguly with former selector MSK Prasad, BCCI secretary Jay Shah, cricketers Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and players and officials in 2019. (BCCI)

With Sourav Ganguly as BCCI chief, the selection committee has taken some key decisions, including the ouster of Virat Kohli as ODI skipper and captaincy for Rohit Sharma across formats.

Multiple sources in BCCI confirmed Sourav Ganguly’s presence at selection meetings. They said that considering the former captain’s stature, who has played 113 Tests and 311 One-day Internationals, the less-experienced selectors were reluctant to express their opinions which undermined the power of Indian cricket’s all-important decision-making committee.

The current chairman of selectors, Chetan Sharma, has featured in 23 Tests and 65 One-day Internationals and his predecessor MSK Prasad in six Tests and 17 ODIs. The combined experience of the current group of selectors, which also includes Debashish Mohanty, Sunil Joshi, and Harvinder Singh, is 43 Tests and 195 ODIs. The previous panel had played nine Tests and 28 ODIs between them.

Sourav Ganguly’s proximity to the selection committee first came to light on October 24, 2019, a day after he was elected BCCI president, when the board tweeted a picture with a caption: “All smiles at the Senior Selection Committee meeting earlier this afternoon as the teams for the forthcoming T20I & Test series against Bangladesh were announced.”

About allegations of him influencing team selection, Sourav Ganguly said: “I don’t think I need to answer anybody, anything (on this) and dignify any of these baseless accusations. I am the president of the BCCI and I do the job of what the president of the BCCI should be doing. (I have played) 424 international matches for India. Not a bad idea at times to remind people about it, isn’t it?”

The image showed Sourav Ganguly seated between the then chief selector, MSK Prasad, and BCCI secretary Jay Shah, along with the then skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and other selectors. Recently, when the picture started doing the rounds again on social media, Sourav Ganguly denied the frame was from a selection meeting.

Sourav Ganguly Assured Wriddhiman Saha Of His Place In The Indian Team But It Changed And He Lost His Place In Sri Lanka Tests

Last month, Wriddhiman Saha spoke about the message he had received from Sourav Ganguly after scoring a half-century against New Zealand despite a neck injury.

“After scoring 61 against New Zealand at Kanpur, Dadi (Ganguly) congratulated me over WhatsApp and mentioned, ‘As long as I’m here (helming the BCCI), you would be in the team’. Such a message from the BCCI president really boosted my confidence. What I’m struggling to understand is how things have changed so fast,”Saha said, referring to his omission from the team for the Sri Lanka series.

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

Wriddhiman Saha said that when he had hit an unbeaten 61 taking a pain-killer in the first Test against New Zealand, last November, BCCI President Sourav Ganguly congratulated him over WhatsApp, and even mentioned that he should not worry about anything so long as he is at the helm of the BCCI.

Virat Kohli | Photo Credit: AP
Virat Kohli | Photo Credit: AP
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Dilip Vengsarkar Reveals Events Leading To Virat Kohli’s Selection In Indian Team In 2008

Dilip Vengsarkar has revealed the series of events that led to Virat Kohli’s selection in the Indian team. Former captain Dilip Vengsarkar was the man responsible for giving Indian cricket the genius of Virat Kohli.

The former India captain was the chairman of selectors of the BCCI in 2008 when Virat Kohli received his India cap.

Dilip Vengsarkar played a vital role in the selection of Virat Kohli. (PTI)
Dilip Vengsarkar played a vital role in the selection of Virat Kohli. (PTI)

Dilip Vengsarkar Reveals How The Selectors Picked Virat Kohli In The Emerging Players Tournament In Australia

Virat Kohli’s India debut had roughly six just months after he had led the Under-19 team to a World Cup win in Malaysia in the year 2008, and recalling how the then-India youngster had risen through the ranks exponentially, Dilip Vengsarkar revealed the series of events that led to Virat Kohli’s selection in the Indian team.

“I had watched Virat for the first time at the Under-16 tournament when he played for Delhi schools and it was in Kolkata. He didn’t score many runs but he was very impressive. And later on, of course, he played Under-19 for India and did extremely well.

“They won the World Cup. And then the emerging players’ tournament was happening in Australia,” Vengsarkar said in a video uploaded by BCCI.

Dilip Vengsarkar file image | Sandeep Shetty / IPL/ SPORTZPICS
Dilip Vengsarkar file image | Sandeep Shetty / IPL/ SPORTZPICS

“I was the chairman of the selection committee. And we had picked Under-23 boys in the tournament because what we felt was that emerging players should be under 23 because they are the future of Indian cricket. That’s how we picked Virat Kohli.”

In the Emerging Players Tournament 2009, India took the 50-over title with a 17-run win over South Africa at the Allan Border Field in Brisbane on Saturday. Virat Kohli was the leading run-scorer with 398 runs, including two centuries and as many fifties, while Sudeep Tyagi led the wicket charts with 14 wickets.

South Africa were the overwhelming favourites to take the title, having won all eight games but failed to chase down a challenging 284 in the final. The in-form opener Virat Kohli (104) and wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha (74) were the top performers with the bat while the Uttar Pradesh fast bowler Sudeep Tyagi took 4 for 74 to derail the chase.

Dilip Vengsarkar Reckons Virat Kohli Will Play For Another 5-6 Years

The Colonel of Indian cricket, Dilip Vengsarkar congratulated Virat Kohli on the phenomenal achievement of playing 100 Tests and underlines the three aspects that he feels have made Virat Kohli a top player in world cricket. At 33, Virat Kohli still has a lot to offer to Indian cricket, with Dilip Vengsarkar backing the star India batter to carry on for another five years at least.

“To play 100 Test matches for India is a fantastic achievement. It shows Virat’s class as an international player. His focus, passion and discipline, these are the virtues which have enabled him to play for so long for India.

“He is still very young, extremely fit and I’m sure he will play for maybe another 5-6 years easily. He is one of the best in the world,” mentioned Vengsarkar.

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

Virat Kohli joined an elite list of cricketers as he played the ongoing 100th Test match as India takes on Sri Lanka in the first of the two-match Test series in Mohali. Virat Kohli became the 71st player in the world to play 100 Tests. Virat Kohli’s journey in international cricket started in 2008 when he was picked to play in an ODI against Sri Lanka in August 2008. He made his Test debut in 2011.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo Source: Twitter)
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Pragyan Ojha Concerned With Ravichandran Ashwin’s Fitness Before 1st Test Against Sri Lanka

Pragyan Ojha, the former India spinner expressed his concern over the fitness of Ravichandran Ashwin ahead of the first Test between India and Sri Lanka. The veteran off-spinner is part of the squad, but his selection is subject to fitness following an injury after the tour of South Africa.

Ravichandran Ashwin is an integral part of Team India’s spin attack, especially in home Tests. He recently claimed his 300th wicket at home during the home series against New Zealand. Ravichandran Ashwin made a fine comeback to white-ball cricket with nine wickets in five T20Is in the 2021 T20I World Cup and T20I series against New Zealand averaging 11.66. While he struggled in South Africa, he made a return to the ODI side after five years.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ravichandran Ashwin (AP Photo/Rui Vieira)

Pragyan Ojha: Question On Ravichandran Ashwin’s Fitness Remains

The unknown injury cut short Ravichandran Ashwin’s white-ball comeback which began with the 2021 T20 World Cup. Keeping him on the sidelines for a period of three weeks, the injury ruled him out of the home limited-overs series against West Indies as well. Ravichandran Ashwin reached Mohali 10 days before the 1st Test against Sri Lanka. He was recovering from a wrist and ankle injury he suffered during the South Africa ODI series.

Opining Ashwin’s replacement as an issue to be visited, Pragyan Ojha said: “The bowling unit is usually a pretty set pattern. But the question on Ashwin’s fitness remains. If you see the squad, I think Bumrah will be playing, I think Siraj can also get a chance. My main concern is regarding Ashwin’s fitness.”

Pragyan Ojha (Image Credit: Twitter)
Pragyan Ojha (Image Credit: Twitter)

The former left-arm spinner Pragyan Ojha added: “When you play in India, the way Ashwin has bowled here, his absence could prove to be a big factor. If he is fit, then well and good but if he is not, who will Team India play instead of him? That is something to think about.”

The management is highly likely to play Ravindra Jadeja in the playing XI. The second spinner’s spot will be contested by the likes of Kuldeep Yadav, Jayant Yadav, and uncapped Saurabh Kumar, while even a third spinner could be chosen. Hanuma Vihari could also play the latter role to avoid a potential compromise of the batting unit.

Ravichandran Ashwin finished as the highest wicket-taker in Tests in the calendar year 2021 as the off-spinner picked 54 scalps in 9 test matches with an average of 16.64. Notable that he wasn’t picked in any of the 4 matches against England last summer.

Parthiv Patel Thinks India Will Play Hanuma Vihari And Shreyas Iyer In The Playing XI In 1st Test

Team India will be without the experienced duo of Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane for the first time since 2012. Their prolonged run of poor form has prompted the selection committee to look for options in the middle order. According to Parthiv Patel, the No. 3 and No. 5 spots could be taken by Hanuma Vihari and Shreyas Iyer.

He said: “Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane are not there in the squad, that was on expected lines. But, I think we will see two out of Gill, Vihari and Iyer featuring in the playing XI.”

Patel added: “I see Vihari and Iyer making the cut into the playing XI. Another concern is the form of Mayank Agarwal, he did not have a good series in South Africa.”

Hanuma Vihari and Shreyas Iyer. (Photo Source: Getty Images and BCCI)
Hanuma Vihari and Shreyas Iyer. (Photo Source: Getty Images and BCCI)

Praising the selection committee for rewarding players with a good domestic record, he said: “Just like Saurabh Kumar, other names like Priyank Panchal, who has done well in the domestic circuit, even KS Bharat as well have come up from the domestic ranks.

“The best thing about this squad is that domestic players are being rewarded for their performance in Ranji Trophy.”

KS Bharat is likely to be in the scheme of things moving forward after the team axed Wriddhiman Saha from the squad in favour of younger options. The first Test between India and Sri Lanka is scheduled to start tomorrow (March 4) at the IS Bindra Stadium in Mohali.

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