KKR vs CSK: 3 takeaways from the twenty-ninth encounter

KKR vs CSK: 3 takeaways from the twenty-ninth encounter

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) registered another easy win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on Sunday, April 14 in Kolkata. 


Chennai Super Kings won the toss and chose to field first. Put into bat, Kolkata openers Chris Lynn started off really well. However, another opener Sunil Narine failed to score. Apart from Lynn, other batsmen couldn’t do well as Imran Tahir bagged a 4-wicket haul. Lynn scored 82 off 51 and helped Kolkata to put up 161 on board.

Chasing 162, Chennai got off to a  flying start. But Shane Watson and Faf du Plessis got out very cheaply. Later, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni also failed to score big. However, Suresh Raina scored a 42-ball 58* and Ravindra Jadeja scored a 17-ball 31* and guided Chennai to a comfortable win.

Here are the three talking points:

Batting dismal after a flying start

Asked to bat first, Kolkata openers Chris Lynn took on Deepak Chahar from the very first over. He hit two back to back boundaries while he hit for a maximum and two more boundaries in Chahar’s second over. Lynn didn’t leave Shardul Thakur as well. He hit two boundaries in the fourth over as well and powered Kolkata to 33 within four overs.

To stop the run-flow, Chennai captain MS Dhoni brought left-arm orthodox bowler Mitchell Santner in the attack as both the openers struggled to play left-arm spinners. However, Santner was successful to give a breakthrough as he dismissed Sunil Narine for 2 and Kolkata managed to put up 49 for 1 within the powerplay.

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Chris Lynn, on the other hand, hit big shots in nearly every overs as he smashed Santner for a maximum over long-on. Lynn scored his eighth IPL fifty in the 9th over and Kolkata put up 77 runs in 10 overs.

However, from 11th over, wickets started falling at a regular interval, courtesy, Imran Tahir’s 4-wicket haul. Though, Lynn smashed three sixes and a boundary off Jadeja in the 14th over before his dismissal in the next over. Imran Tahir’s brilliant spell and Shardul Thakur’s brilliant comeback for his second spell dismantled Kolkata’s batting and restricted them within 161 after 20 overs.

Imran Tahir’s 4-wicket haul

After Chris Lynn’s blitzy start and Nitish Rana’s stable knock, Kolkata was pretty much in a great place after 10 overs as they put up 77 on board. But Imran Tahir had some other plans.

All of a sudden, Kolkata thought to score big and started hitting big. However, Nitish Ranawas the first one to fall for 21. Tahir picked up Robin Uthappa in the same over within a span of three deliveries of his second over.

He came back in the 15th over and dismissed the dangerous looking Chris Lynn for 82 off 51, including seven boundaries and six sixes. Andre Russell who took Tahir in the next two deliveries for a mid-wicket boundary and a maximum. Everyone was hoping for a blitzy innings from him but Tahir dismissed Russell in the very next delivery. Russell was trying for a slog-sweep but ended up giving a long-on catch to Dhruv Shorey. Though the final over went wicketless, Tahir ended up his spell with the figures of 4-0-27-4.

Ravindra Jadeja’s crucial knock

Ravindra Jadeja has once again proved his worth in the Chennai team and showcased his batting skill to everyone. Though he didn’t have a  good day with the ball, he did make up with the bat.

Chasing 162, though Chennai got off to a great start, they lost their opener Shane Watson for mere 6 in the 4th over. However, Faf du Plessis also troubled the bowlers but he was also got dismissed in the final over of the powerplay for 24 off 16 by Sunil Narine.

Middle-order batsman Ambati Rayudu was seen struggling and was dismissed after scoring only 5 off 11. However, Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni also couldn’t do well.

Dhoni’s dismissal brought Ravindra Jadeja at the crease. Chennai were needed 41 runs off 4.2 overs. In-form Suresh Raina was there at the crease and Kolkata was looking at the favourable position at that time. But Jadeja was determined to win the game for his side. 

Jadeja took 9 runs in the 17th over off Prasidh Krishna. They scored 8 runs in the next over off Sunil Narine. But Jadeja changed gears and hit three consecutive boundaries and collected 16 runs off the England seamer Harry Gurney in the penultimate over.

16 runs in the 19th over brought the equation down to eight runs in the final over. Jadeja hit a boundary in the first ball of the final over off Piyush Chawla and later took two singles and two runs from the next three balls and sealed the deal for Chennai. He remained unbeaten on 31 in 17 balls alongside Suresh Raina; who scored 58 off 42 and helped Chennai to win the game.

5 Talking Points- India Australia ODI Series

5 Talking Points- India Australia ODI Series

India got their first bilateral series win in Australia by beating the host 2-1. Barring the first match in Sydney, Indian team looked mostly untroubled as Australian batsmen except for Shaun Marsh in 2nd ODI failed to make big scores after getting set. 


Their bowling in last two matches also looked toothless. Whereas Indians kept their cool except some part of the first match and looked mostly set for the upcoming World Cup. Here are some of the key talking points from the series.

Re-emergence of MS Dhoni

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MS Dhoni did not score a single ODI fifty in 2018. He scored just 275 runs with an average of 25 and a strike rate of 71.42. Many questions were raised, people felt the old Dhoni was gone and even a part of media and fans were not sure whether Dhoni deserved a place in 2019 World cup planning or not. But India’s senior statesman started 2019 with a bang. This is the first time when Dhoni started the year with three consecutive 50’s. Two of these 50’s are unbeaten and came in winning causes. Although in all the matches Dhoni started slowly but picked up the scoring rate at the last stage of the chase. It has to be mentioned that in both matches he got excellent support from Dinesh Karthik and Kedar Jadhav, however, Dhoni himself showed enough promise to prove everyone that the 37-year-old can still contribute to Indian cricket. At least till the mega event of World Cup in June-July.

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India’s middle order conundrum

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With ICC Cricket World Cup less than six months away, all these ODI matches are important to test various combinations to get a set team to take to the World cup. Despite a stable top, three India’s middle order is still not set and in this series also we saw them to try different combinations. In the last two years, India have given chance to players like Manish Pandey, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Yuvraj Singh etc. All the above-mentioned names were not part of this tour as India trusted Ambati Rayudu for the number four spot based on his heroics in the 2018 IPL and also good showing in home ODIs against Windies. However, with two not so flattering performance, Rayudu was replaced by Kedar Jadhav who played a solid knock and looked solid to seal his spot for next few matches. Dinesh Karthik performed pretty well as a finisher in limited chances he got. He needs to produce some more decent performances in upcoming New Zealand tour then India’s 4-5-6 can be Dhoni-Kedar-DK with Rayudu as back up option. Interestingly the selectors have included the young talented Shubhman Gill in the Squad for the New Zealand tour and given a chance if he can display some part of his domestic/under-19 form, then that would give a happy headache to the selectors.

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India’s bowling reaches

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In recent times, Indian bowlers are one of the best performers in world cricket. With around 10 world class bowlers with everyone offering something different, Indian bowling has great depth and gives various options to the captain. A big credit should goes to India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun, especially considering that bowling was India’s Achilles’ heel for the ages. In this series, India rested Jasprit Bumrah and with Hardik Pandya out due to unfortunate circumstances, India had to move away from the preferred combination of two wrist spinners to maintain balance. They played Ravindra Jadeja as an all-rounder and only one of Kuldeep or Chahal could play. Where Kuldeep Yadav was preferred for his recent performances and was steady in first two matches, Yuzvendra Chahal got a chance in the 3rd ODI and promptly delivered a man-of-the-match performance. His bowling analysis of 6-42 is the best bowling analysis for a spinner ever in ODI’s on Australian soil.

Bhuvaneshwar Kumar, who could not break into the eleven during the test series, was the leading wicket-taker in the ODI’s from both team and kept giving good starts to India. He got Australian captain Aaron Finch during his first spell in all three matches and ensured that Australia could not take the game ways from the beginning. Mohammed Shami provided much-needed stability during the middle and end overs with his control and a hint of reverse swing. Although both Khaleel and Siraj were not great they would get more chances and mostly be the backup options once Bumrah is back. India also has bowlers like Umesh Yadav, Deepak Chahar, and Siddarth Kaul to fall back on in case they need more bowling options.

Australia far from settled

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In the World Cup, Australia will go as defending champion, but in one of the rare occasions not as favorites. The absence of Steve Smith and David Warner has impacted their batting. Although their bans will be lifted before the World Cup, both have complained about injuries and their participation is not guaranteed. Without them, Australian batting looked weak and unsettled. Finch is out of form since the test series. Their experiment of opening with Alex Carey was not successful, Usman Khawaja kept getting starts but could not push towards big scores and Glenn Maxwell’s batting position looks one spot too low. Shaun Marsh is their best batsman currently and needs to lead the batting pack and control the innings especially towards the end.

In the bowling department, Mitchell Starc and Josh Hazlewood were rested and with another back injury for Hazlewood, his chance of participating in World Cup looks bleak. Jhye Richardson and Jason Behrendorff looked promising but have combined experience of 9 ODI’s among them and Australia will look to test various other options in their road to World Cup. They recalled Peter Siddle which looked like a failed move as Siddle ended with just 2 wickets with a bowling average of 81. Australia won just 4 of their last 26 ODI’s with this scenario even a semi-final spot looks unlikely for them

Kohli showing class

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If we go by the recent social media trend of #10yearchallenge, for Indian cricket it is how the mantle has passed from one Sachin Tendulkar to Virat Kohli in the last ten years. Virat Kohli is arguably the best batsman in the world in all formats currently and he showed enough class to score another hundred in his favorite Adelaide cricket ground. This was ODI century number 39 and with 10 more ODI’s leading to World Cup and at least 9 matches during the World cup, Tendulkar’s record of 49 ODI centuries is looking ever so close. His captaincy was solid and mostly without any blemish. But we can say that he was not challenged much by Australia and mostly played the ODI series in a calm, relaxed manner unlike his passionate self displayed during the test series.

Rishabh Pant definitely part of 2019 World Cup plans: MSK Prasad

MSK Prasad: Rishabh Pant definitely part of 2019 World Cup plans

MSK Prasad, the Chairman of Selectors of BCCI, has said that wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant will definitely be a part of India’s 2019 World Cup plans. Though he is not a part of the ODI squads for the upcoming series against Australia and New Zealand. 


The 21-year-old wicketkeeper-batter Pant has played only three ODIs and scored 41 runs so far. Though he has been regular in the longest format of the game, he has two more competitors in the limited overs game and dropped out from the squad for the upcoming tours against Australia and New Zealand.

Dinesh Karthik has been included in the squad as the second keeper while veteran MS Dhoni will continue to do the job behind the stumps. Though Pant is not going to play in the ODIs, BCCI’s Chairman of Selectors, Prasad expressed that Pant is “definitely part of our World Cup plans.”

“There is absolutely no doubt that (Pant) is among one of those wicketkeepers (for the World Cup). All the three shortlisted keepers are doing well. He is definitely part of our World Cup plans. It’s a part of the workload management we are following,” Prasad said to India Today.

Rishabh Pant has been in a great form throughout the last year. He was the second highest run-getter in the recently concluded Test series against Australia; where he amassed 350 runs including 159*. He will now be going to be a part of India A squad which will face England Lions for the five one-day series.

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“He is the only wicketkeeper to score hundred in England and Australia. We have given him some targets. We have set him he has to finish the matches and come. This Sydney Test match (where he scored a 189-ball 159) will be a turning point in his career,” Prasad added.

Moreover, Prasad said that Pant has been carrying few niggles from the four-match Test series; for which he needs rest to be fully fit.

“You have seen how many players we are resting these days. This kid has played the T20s and the four high-intensity Tests. Body also takes a wear and tear. He is having a few niggles, he needs to recover. I am sure he will come back much stronger.”

India will face Australia for a three-match ODI series which starts on January 12 in Sydney. Later they will play five ODIs in New Zealand.

India’s three-match ODI Squad against Australia: Virat Kohli(c), Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni, Hardik Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, K Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Shami

Australia caught in a spin by India on Day 3 at the SCG

Australia caught in a spin by India on Day 3 at the SCG

HIGHLIGHTS


⚬ Australia ended the rain-curtailed day at 236 for 6, still 386 runs behind India.


⚬ The home team were left reeling after Kuldeep Yadav and Jadeja shared 5 wickets between them.


⚬ India are 2-1 up in the series


Indian bowlers were unrelenting on a track that had been defined as a “road” on air by Michael Clarke before the third day’s play at the SCG. Using the weapons of canny spin bowling and reverse spin, the visiting side, led by Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja pushed the home team into disarray.

The two spin bowlers shared five wickets among them in the two and a half sessions that were bowled on a rain-curtailed day. The Australians tried and tried hard to get under the skin of the slower bowlers, at times even using their feet unnecessarily, but it all went in vain.

The Australians started aggressively in the morning session scoring 95 runs in 30 overs with only the loss of Usman Khawaja’s wicket. The opener struggled to read the variations dished out by the spinners, especially Kuldeep and tried to play shots too many. After a luck-filled innings – he was dropped by Rishabh Pant yesterday evening and was almost dismissed by Jadeja in the first ball today as KL Rahul attempted an athletic dive – he came down and played one to midwicket, which resulted in his undoing.

Marcus Harris’s wicket in the second session paved the way for India to get back into the game. He had smashed the bowling to all corners in the morning session, but he was undone by a fuller and a wider delivery by Jadeja that was chopped on to the stumps. Shaun Marsh and Marnus Labuschagne too fell in quick succession.

The former edged Jadeja to slip, whereas the latter was out dismissed after Ajinkya Rahane’s low catch at mid-wicket. Soon after Australia lost the track and as Tim Paine, who was set up beautifully by a googly, perished in the first over after Tea. Peter Handscomb and Pat Cummins then combined to take Australia to stumps without further damage.

With rain around the corner, poor light cut short the famous Pink Day at the SCG, but with the home side trailing India by 386 runs still, their looks hardly any respite.


Brief Scores: India 622/7d. lead Australia 236/6 (Harris 79, Handscomb 28*, Cummins 25*; Kuldeep 3-71, Jadeja 2-62) by 386 runs.

 

Pant and Pujara steal the game away from Australia on Day 2 at SCG

Pant and Pujara steal the game away from Australia on Day 2 at SCG

HIGHLIGHTS


⚬ India resumed their innings at 303 for 4


⚬ Pujara was dismissed for 193 but Pant carried on to remain unbeaten on 159 as India piled on 622/7d.


⚬ Australia faced some scares but are batting on 24 for no loss at the end of Day 2.


India are well on course for a series win in Australia after a splendid day of cricket on Day 2 at the Sydney Cricket Ground against Australia. No team has lost a game at the SCG after piling on 596 runs or more, and with India declaring their innings at 622 for 7, their seems a high possibility that they have batted Australia out of the game and well, the series. The star-performers on the day were Rishabh Pant, who was unbeaten on 159, and Cheteshwar Pujara, who missed his double hundred by just 7 runs.

 

It was a historical day on many fronts as the India squad raked up their first 500+ total in any SENA country in over a decade. It was also India’s second-highest total Down Under and as Nathan Lyon bowled 57.2 overs – the most that he has ever bowled in an innings – the pressure on the home side could be felt.

With the Border-Gavaskar Trophy already in their kitty, the Indians began the day playing fearless cricket as Pujara negotiated the morning session with ease. India lost just one wicket by Lunch on Day 2 wherein they added 86 runs, and this patience paid fruit as Rishabh Pant, later on, made full use of the side’s comfortable position to play audaciously. After Hanuma Vihari was dismissed with the scorecard reading 329 for 5, Pant combined with Ravindra Jadeja to ensure India reached a safe total.

The afternoon session began with Pujara going back caught and bowled to Lyon. However, Jadeja and Pant ensured their were no further casualties and as the most punishing period of the game started, once could sense the pressure on the home side.

All of Australia’s four main bowlers conceded more than 100 runs, with Pat Cummins going wicketless, as Pant and Jadeja piled on 204 runs for the seventh wicket, the highest seventh-wicket stand that India have piled on in Australia. Pant became the second-youngest centurion to score a hundred in Australia, behind only Tendulkar, while Jadeja cracked 81 off 114 deliveries, with his dismissal bringing in the declaration.

Though Virat Kohli might have been tempted to allow Pant, who was on fire, the chance to get to his maiden 200, the declaration was brought about with the aim of scalping a few wickets in the 10 overs that Australia were to bat in the fag end of the day, which would intensify the pressure on the home side further.

His wishes were almost answered as India got a chance to grab Khawaja in the second over, as he edged one off Mohammad Shami to Pant, who missed the catch.

However, the day belonged to Pujara and Pant who broke a plethora of records. The former batted for more than 1257 deliveries in the ongoing Test series – the most by any visiting cricketer in Australia. He also became the ninth India to score 150 Down Under and only the second from India to bring up 150 while batting at number 3. Pant also became only the fourth Indian keeper to achieve the 150-run feat in Tests.

The game is well and truly in favour of the Indians and despite it being a flat track, it should not be surprising if India have the upper hand on Day 3 as well.

Brief Scores: India 622/7 dec (Pujara 193, Pant 159*, Jadeja 81, Agarwal 77) lead Australia (Harris 19*, Khawaja 5*) by 598 runs

 

 

Bumrah 9-wicket haul; India claims a convincing victory over Australia

Bumrah 9-wicket haul

After having washed out the first session due to rain, India took only 27 balls on the final day to register a convincing win over Australia. 


On the fourth day of the third test, Pat Cummins (61*) and Nathan Lyon (6*) stood strong at the crease and reached 258 at the end of the day. Cummins had registered his highest Test score as well. It took 27 balls for India to bundle Australia and win the test with 2-1 on the last day in the four-match series.

 

After an early lunch due to rain, India’s bowlers didn’t take much time. Jasprit Bumrah took Pat Cummins in an outswinger while Pujara took a low catch at first slip. This was Bumrah’s 9th wicket in the match.

“The credit has to go to our bowlers, especially Jasprit, they have been outstanding,” Captain Kohli said after the match. “The way Jasprit bowled in Perth it was almost criminal not to get wickets, but the management told him they would come in bunches.”

Cummins’ dismissal brought Josh Hazlewood on the crease; who faced Bumrah at first. On the very next over, Ishant Sharma did the final job done. Lyon got dismiss while edging a pull and Pant took an easy catch which gave India a daunting 137-run victory. With this wonderful victory, the Border-Gavaskar trophy has been retained.

Still one more test is left in the four-match series. “Nothing will distract us from winning that last Test,” Captain said. “we’ve worked really hard for this,” he further added.

With this win, some records have been made by India. Bumrah’s 9-wicket haul by giving 86 runs is the best figure by an Indian pacer in Australia so far while Rishabh Pant made the record of most dismissals (42) by a Wicket-Keeper in his debut calendar year and equaled Brad Haddin’s dismissal (2008). Cheteshwar Pujara became the only batsman to score 50+ in all of India’s four away wins in 2018. Along with this, Virat Kohli equaled Sourav Ganguly’s record of most wins in overseas Tests as captain.

Brief scores: India 443/7 and 106/8 (Mayank Agarwal 42; Pat Cummins 6-27) beat Australia 151 (Jasprit Bumrah 6-33) and 261 (Pat Cummins 63, Shaun Marsh 44; Jasprit Bumrah 3-53, Ravindra Jadeja 3-82) by 137 runs.

Pat Cummins all-round performance made headline on the fourth day

Pat Cummins all-round performance made headline on the fourth day

India was just an inch away of becoming victorious at Melbourne but on the fourth day of the third test but Pat Cummins heroics didn’t allow India to win the match as he remained unbeaten on 103-ball 61. 


Having set a huge total of 399, India’s bowlers did a commendable job by picking eight wickets on the fourth day but Pat Cummins (61*) and Nathan Lyon (6*) stood strong at the crease and reached 258 at the end of the day.

 

Cummins had earlier registered his career-best bowling figures of 6/27 in the day and then scored his highest Test score as well.

After India’s declaration, Australia got off to a horrible start as the opener Aaron Finch was dismissed in the second over. He survived an lbw shout of the first ball off Bumrah and the next delivery saw his dismissal as he gave an easy catch to Virat Kohli at second slip. Another opener, Marcus Harris too couldn’t stay long as Jadeja picked up his wicket with Agarwal took the catch at short leg. Usman Khawaja and Shaun Marsh tried to steady the ship and added 30-run for the third wicket before Shami handed over the third breakthrough by picking up Khawaja. He got trapped in the leg before on 33 in the 21st over.

Later Shaun Marsh and Travis Head built a steady association of 51 runs before Marsh too got trapped in the leg before on 44. Mitchell Marsh soon followed his brother in the dugout. He scored 10 off 21 before getting dismissed by giving an extra cover catch to Kohli. Travis Head was next to follow when he got bowled by Ishant Sharma on 34. Jadeja and Shami chopped in Paine and Starc on 26 and 18 respectively. However, Pat Cummins showed immense patience and remained unbeaten on the fourth day on 61*.

Earlier in the day, India started on 5 for 54. Mayank Agarwal and Rishabh Pant were the overnight batsmen but it became difficult to continue for long before the strong bowling line-up. Cummins picked up Agarwal on 42. Soon Jadeja too got dismissed after giving an easy catch to Khawaja. Cummins bagged 6 wickets while Josh Hazlewood took 2 before India declared.

Australia need 141 runs while India need 2 more wickets to win on the final day.

Brief scores: India 443/7 and 106/8 (Mayank Agarwal 42; Pat Cummins 6-27) lead Australia 151 (Jasprit Bumrah 6-33) and 258/8 (Pat Cummins 61*, Shaun Marsh 44; Ravindra Jadeja 3-82) by 141 runs.

Ravindra Jadeja- The Indian All Rounder turns 30

Ravindra Jadeja- The Indian All Rounder turns 30

Born on 6th Decembers, 1988 the enigma called Ravindra Jadeja turns 30 today. 


It was in 2006 Under-19 World Cup that splendid spells from Ravinder Jadeja and Piyush Chawla bundled Pakistan in 109 in the finale. Unfortunately, India lost the match by 38 runs but the tournament gave birth to some of the future legends of the Indian cricket team.

In 2008 during the next Under-19 World Cup in Kuala Lumpur Ravindra Jadeja went on to win it for Virat Kohli’s Team India. He bagged 10 wickets at 13.20 and with an economy rate of 3.14 led Indian team to their second Under-19 World Cup triumph.

 

Ravindra Jadeja (Photo: AFP)

This limited over specialist became the second bowler after Anil Kumble to claim the number 1 spot among bowlers in One Day International in 2013. However, his test performances have been also impressive since his test debut in 2011-12 against England. Since then he has been a part of some heroic victories against Australia (in 2012-13 and 2016-17) and England (2016-17). Jadeja, currently the second-ranked test all-rounder is also in the top 5 in bowlers’ ranking and has 385 wickets in international cricket till now.

Although he started with Rajasthan Royals in IPL, he later became one of the main pillars of Chennai Super Kings with his tight bowling, dashing fielding and big hitting. He has been a go-to man for MS Dhoni whenever he needed to break a partnership. After facing a ban in the third edition of IPL, he came back even stronger to prove his worth as an all-rounder.

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Jadeja provides a good support in lower order in both tests and ODIs as displayed by his 10 fifties in ODIs and 9 fifties and one solitary century in test cricket. His maiden century came in his home ground in October against the West Indies. However, Jadeja has a scintillating batting record in the first class cricket and he is one of those nine batsmen who have scored three first-class triple hundreds. The names include legends like WG Grace, Bill Ponsford, Don Bradman, Wally Hammond, Graeme Hich, Brian Lara, Michael Hussey, and Cheteshwar Pujara. Jadeja had entered this elite list before he even turned 24.

He was called ‘rock-star’ by Shane Warne during the inaugural IPL edition. He was earlier trolled as ‘Sir’, ‘Lord’ by the fans, but now those have become his nicknames. With India Australia test series beginning from today, we can only hope the birthday boy to show his skills on the Australian soil to register the much-awaited series win for the team.

Players CSK would aim to buy in the upcoming IPL auctions

3 players CSK would aim to buy in the upcoming IPL auctions

CSK released only three players ahead of the IPL auctions next month in a bid to keep the team combination that won the third IPL this year intact. 


With the squad already having 22 players, they are likely to have a quiet auction in Jaipur next month as CSK can only pick up 3 more players. The players that they released ahead of the IPL auctions are Kanishk Seth, Mark Wood – both seamers – and Kshtiz Sharma, who is a middle-order batsman.

Here are the three possible players they could aim to buy for the twelfth season of the league.

 

Manan Vohra

The player was released by RCB, after an indifferent season for them last year. Though he is vastly talented, he has often played under the shadows of bigger names, which has stalled his progress in the IPL.

Vohra will offer the CSK side some flexibility as he can not only open but is equally comfortable batting lower down the order as well. While Shane Watson and Ambati Rayudu made the opening slot their own earlier this year, the latter is seen as a middle-order player – and even plays for India down the order. In such a scenario, having Vohra will help the franchise keep their options open.

 

Murugan Ashwin

The CSK franchise has Harbhajan Singh, Ravindra Jadeja, and Karn Sharma as the Indian spinners in their ranks. However, except for Jadeja – who picked up 11 wickets in 2018 – the other two were inconsistent last season, and Bhajji’s retention by the CSK side was questioned as well.

Murugan Ashwin

In such a scenario, it would do the team well if they could get on-board another spinner, who can take the field if the former Indian stalwart is in poor form. Imran Tahir is a reliable option, but he takes up an overseas spot and at 39 years of age, he is anything but a live-wire on the field.

Hence, CSK would do well to invest in Ashwin, who will do well on the slow tracks of Chepauk.

 

Mohit Sharma

The former CSK player was released from Kings XI Punjab after he managed to pick up just 7 wickets from 9 games in 2018, with an economy rate of 11 runs per over. Mohit does not have pace in his arsenal but he has been a game-changer for the franchise when he played for them from 2013 to 2015, picking up 57 wickets with an impressive economy rate as well.

Mohit-Sharma

His outside the off-stump yorkers can prove to be lethal on a slow Chepauk ground, if the IPL is held in India. If it is held in South Africa, Mohit can use the bouncy conditions to his advantage and emerge as a match-winner once again.

 

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India Tour of Australia | 2018-19

India Tour of Australia | 2018-19

After a one-sided Test series, the India-Windies One Day series is proving to be a close battle. Although the ODI series will be followed by a 3-match T20 series most of the Indian fans have started thinking about the big Australia tour starting in 3 weeks time.


In India’s last Australia tour in 2016, Indians only played the limited over formats. Although they lost the ODI series 1-4, in T20s they whitewashed Australia for the first time in Australia with a 3-0 win.

This time the tour will start with T20s with three T20 Internationals scheduled on 21st, 23rd and 25th November in Brisbane, Melbourne, and Sydney respectively. After a 10 days break the Border Gavaskar Trophy will commence from 6th December with the first test being played at Adelaide followed by second test match at Perth from 13th. Last two test matches will be the traditional Boxing-day and New Year tests at Melbourne and Sydney. The final leg of the tour will include 3 ODIs in 12th, 15th, and 18th January.

The Indian selectors have already announced the squads for the T20 and Test series and it includes quite a few surprises.

The T20 squad was announced for combined Windies and Australia tour and the biggest one is the removal of MS Dhoni from India’s T20 squad. This is the first time MS Dhoni has been dropped from an Indian squad in his 14 years long career. Instead of Dhoni, the selectors have opted for both Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik, a move described to pick the backup options behind the stumps.

Virat Kohli has opted to play the T20s in Australia and batting gives a familiar look with Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, and KL Rahul as Top order options. For the middle order, Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey will shoulder the responsibility along with the wicketkeepers.

Hardik Pandya is still not fit and in his absence, the Allrounder duties are handed to his elder brother Krunal Pandya who is expected to make his debut against the Windies. Krunal is also part of the Four member Spin attack for Australia which includes Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Washington Sundar. Bumrah will lead the pack of fast bowlers with support from Bhubaneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and impressive new boy Khaleel Ahmed.

The 18 members Indian Test squad has a more stable look. Based on his experience Murali Vijay earned a call-up to support KL Rahul and the amazing Prithvi Shaw as the third opener option. Shikhar Dhawan was not so lucky neither is Mayank Agarwal, who despite the bucketful of runs in domestic cricket could not make the cut. With the regular troika of Kohli, Pujara, and Rahane in the middle order, the backup choices are Hanuma Vihari and Rohit Sharma who also returns in the squad after missing the England tour due to his horrible show in South Africa at the beginning of the year. One should feel bad for Karun Nair who remained out of the squad after being part of the touring Indian side in England without playing a single game. Maybe Vihari’s off-spin bowling played a role in selectors going for him.

As Wriddhiman Saha’s long injury lay-off continues, Parthiv Patel earns another call-up as back up to Rishabh Pant and can also be another potential option in the top. Bowling looks more settled with all the regulars present in both Pace and Spin department. Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, and Kuldeep Yadav will provide spin options of different variety. Jasprit Bumrah and Ishant Sharma will lead the seam bowling options with support from Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, and Bhubaneshwar.

Australia just finished a winless series against Pakistan and with Steve Smith and David Warner still out due to the ball-tampering bans it will be a great opportunity for India to prove their supremacy in all formats and get their first Test series to win in Australian soil.