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Truthful Tuesday | Why Jasprit Bumrah shouldn’t play Tests in India at all
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Even in full-blown wars, the ace is only unveiled in special scenarios. Scenarios which can't be unlocked with anything but the X-factor, the special weapon that holds the audacity to be a differentiator, a differentiator needed when the run-of-the-mill stuff can no longer work.Jasprit Bumrah is that precious jewel, the X-factor, the special weapon, the differentiator in Indian cricket. The skills, the temperament, the confidence, he is one of the best that Indian cricket have had in ages. He's arguably the best pacer across all formats in world cricket at the moment. Short run-up yet great momentum. A chutzpah-laden jump, whiplash action from hyperextension, raw pace, dipping slower balls, killer yorker, wide-angle of attack. An ability to move the ball both ways, with accuracy and control, the deceptive change of wrist. And above all, a sharp brain, to work out a batsman's technique, play with his head, and attack where it hurts the most. He's GOLD for India. A bowler, who should be wrapped up in cotton wool and preserved. There have been great batsmen in the country, but very rarely as good fast bowlers. And that is why there is a greater need for India to be more cautious with him than others. No other bowler in the country walks into the XI across different formats, different conditions, and different countries but Bumrah. But that also means he is likely to be exposed to far more cricket than he ideally should be. And that is precisely where India will need to be careful.Given the team's fast bowling resources for Tests in India, there is a strong case to not play the 27-year-old in home conditions at all. Even his selection for the ongoing Test series against England didn't make much sense given the amount of cricket he had already played. He entered the home series having played 15 matches in IPL, three ODIs, one warm-up game, four Tests since September 19. He sent down 159.4 overs in these many Tests. He was even ruled out of the Gabba Test, which might well have been triggered as a result of his workload. In the hot conditions of Chennai, he had to bowl the most in an innings he ever had. No wonder the Indian pacer was rested for the second Test. But his selection in the squad itself was hard to comprehend, at least for me, given India have to play a lengthy white-ball series later, then there is the IPL and the much more important England tour lined-up. Not to forget, in the World Cup year, it will be great to try different combinations with Bumrah in the side so as to build up the team ahead of the megaevent than in it like the 2019 WC.Let's take a look at how Indian pacers have fared in the last five years in India with a minimum of 10 wickets: Indian pacers at home in the last 5 years  © Cricinfo Statsguru India have quality pacers in Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, and now Mohammed Siraj, all of whom are good enough with reverse swing and the old ball. And given how much of a factor India's batting and in particular spin bowling assumes, there is hardly any need of Bumrah’s presence. Why expose him when India already have enough firepower for familiar home conditions? So, they shouldn't. Also, in all honesty, Bumrah in India doesn't make as massive a difference as he does in SENA, for him to toil hard on flat, unresponsive Indian surfaces or the ones that are tailor-made for spinners. However, in SENA conditions, he is invaluable given he leads the Indian bowling attack and turns into an X-factor, with his top-notch skills which are better than most others pacers as the below stats reflect. Indian pacers in SENA in the last 10 years  © Cricinfo Statsguru Bumrah has the best bowling average for any Indian pacer in SENA nations in the last decade. He is the third leading wicket-taker after having made his debut in 2018 in South Africa, which shows he is a class apart. The difference in his bowling average with others shows the gulf between him and everyone else and his significance.And when it comes to limited-overs cricket, he is unrivaled in the Indian team with his value arguably even greater than Virat Kohli given Rohit can make up for his failures but there's no other pacer who comes even close to the diversity of the skills that Bumrah possesses. There is no better death bowler in the world than him forget India, where there is dearth of such options. And unlike Tests, India lack quality bench strength or even as many options in the colorful jersey. So, his value in white-ball cricket goes unabated just like SENA. Bumrah is a generational talent. India are lucky to have a match-winner like him. Now, it's on the selectors, team management, and captain whether they use him in the best manner possible or leave a room for injury with the amount of workload there is for an Indian cricketer, who happens to be a fast bowler, a regular across formats, and an IPL star. He certainly can't be wrapped up in a cotton wool and be preserved but used as judiciously as possible. To ensure that his body doesn't break down due to excessive cricket and he continues winning games of cricket in years to come. Follow us on Facebook hereStay connected with us on Twitter hereLike and share our Instagram page here .
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IND vs ENG | Shubman Gill to undergo precautionary scan, won’t take field today
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India's promising opener Shubman Gill, like Cheteshwar Pujara, has an injury scare, after he got hit on his arm while fielding and will be undergoing a precautionary scan. As a result of this, the right-hander will not be able to take field today as India try to level the Test series at the Chepauk.Indian cricket and injuries have become synonymous with each other since the tour Down Under. India had seen numerous injuries in Australia and had to play a depleted side with many players missing. And in the ongoing Test, there have been two injury scares. After Cheteshwar Pujara couldn't take the field on day three of the ongoing Chennai Test after getting hit whilst batting, Shubman Gill won't be fielding today. The young Indian opener had sustained a blow to his left forearm when he was fielding on day three of the Test. As a result of this, he will also be undergoing precautionary scan and is being currently assessed, stated BCCI, reported ANI. Only later, the extent of the injury will be known if there is anything major. In case, the Punjab opener fails to regain full fitness in time for the next Test, then Mayank Agarwal, who was dropped and replaced by Gill in Australia as an opener, may well return to the team's XI.  Shubman Gill sustained a blow on his left forearm while fielding on Day 3 of the 2nd Test. He has been taken for a precautionary scan. The BCCI medical team is assessing him. He won't be fielding today: BCCI#INDvsENG — ANI (@ANI) February 16, 2021On day four of the ongoing Test, India are in a commanding position with half of the English team already back in the hut, at the time of writing this. India will be looking to wrap up things today and level the four-match series 1-1 after losing the Test series opener.Follow us on Facebook hereStay connected with us on Twitter hereLike and share our Instagram page here .
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Reports | Shami, Saini set to join team for 3rd Test, Pant and Suryakumar likely for T20Is
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As per reports, Mohammed Shami and Navdeep Saini are likely to join the team for the last two Tests while Suryakumar Yadav and Rishabh Pant are also likely to make it to the T20I squad. After the second Test, the selectors will announce the squads for the last two Tests and five T20Is. Injured pacers Shami and Saini have regained their full fitness and after the team management asked them not to feature for their respective state sides in the Vijay Hazare, it's likely they will be part of the last two Tests for India. Shami had fractured his right arm during the first Test while Saini injured his groin in the last Test at the Gabba. Shami had started bowling 10 days back while Saini is also bowling at full 'tilt' at the NCA. “Saini is currently at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. He has bowling at full tilt. The Delhi selectors wanted to have his services for the Vijay Hazare Trophy but Saini was asked to stay back at NCA as he is likely to join the team in Ahmedabad,” a BCCI source told TOI.Also. the selectors are looking to form a pool of T20 specialists with players like Ishan Kishan, Nitish Rana and Sidharth Kaul set to be part of it.“One must realise there has been no India ‘A’ tours in the last year and it is difficult to hold one in the near future. This is essentially the ‘A’ team,” the source said.Players like Nitish Rana, are likely to be on stand-by, as they can be called into the national side at any time. “This is the reason they were asked to report to NCA for fitness tests. These players have been informed that they will be in standbys for the India T20I team. This is the reason why Rana wasn’t made the captain of the Delhi team for the Vijay Hazare tournament. These players could be called into Indian team anytime. They will be essentially appearing for trials,” the source added.It has also been reported that Rishabh Pant, who was not part of the limited-overs squads in Australia, is likely to be rewarded for his consecutive fifties in the last four Tests with a call-up in the T20I squad and will be part of the white-ball plans. Suryakumar Yadav, who has been performing brilliantly for Mumbai Indians in the IPL, is also likely to be tried for the five-match T20I series. The squads for the last two Tests and the five-match T20I series will be announced after the culmination of the ongoing Chennai Test. Follow us on Facebook hereStay connected with us on Twitter hereLike and share our Instagram page here .
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IND vs ENG | Pant’s batting confidence rubbing into his keeping as well, feels Deep Dasgupta
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Former Indian wicketkeeper batsman Deep Dasgupta feels that wicketkeeper batsman Rishabh Pant's batting confidence has started to rub on his keeping as well. He also praised his movement in the second innings of the first Test behind the stumps and also the two catches he took yesterday. Rishabh Pant's wicketkeeping has been pretty decent in the last three Tests. He was sloppy when he returned back to the Test side at MCG and the SCG where he had dropped simple catches. But ever since he got 97 on the final day of the SCG Test, his keeping has also improved as witnessed at the Gabba. Barring few misses here and there in the first innings of the first Test, he was really good in the game and has been absolutely brilliant in the ongoing second Test on a square turner. Former Indian gloveman Deep Dasgupta feels on the same lines as he reckoned that his batting confidence has rubbed on his wicketkeeping as well. “I think the way he is batting, that confidence is rubbing onto his keeping as well. Because it is, and we have all heard this before, and we have said it as well, that it is a confidence game. So, once you start feeling confident about yourself, about your skills obviously you look like a different player, " Deep Dasgupta told Sports Today, reported HT. He also applauded the way Pant kept wickets in the second innings of the first Test, where he felt he was balanced and relaxed. “If you look at someone like Rishabh, even in the last Test match as well, he kept really well in the second innings, the way he was moving around he looked relaxed and did not look worried, so he is not making those unnecessary movements, and because of that he has more balance in his approach and his stance".On day two of the ongoing second Test, the 23-year-old took two brilliant catches, both time diving to his left and grabbing the ball exceptionally well. DDG termed both the catches phenomenal “Those two catches were absolutely phenomenal, and not just that, those catches were, of course, brilliant, but generally also the way he kept for those deliveries that were down the legside from Kuldeep, he was really good at that. So, all in all, he is looking really good,” he added.Follow us on Facebook hereStay connected with us on Twitter hereLike and share our Instagram page here .
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IND vs ENG | No one talks when the ball seams all day long, asserts Sunil Gavaskar
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Former Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar has come out in defense of the Chepauk pitch and stated that no one complains when the balls pitch seams all day long and only about Indian pitches. He also added that as challenging a pitch this is, it's not unplayable and the knock by Rohit showed that. The Chepauk pitch has come under the scanner once again. In the first Test, there was criticism of the pitch as it played very flat on the first two days while the second Test pitch has been called out, mostly, by England fans and experts, for excessive assistance to spinners with pitch turning square and toss playing a major role. However, former Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar has come out strongly in defence of the pitch in the ongoing second Test and stated that no one complains when the pitches seam all day long and only Indian pitches are targeted. "We saw how Rohit Sharma getting 150, and yesterday he was getting close to ball and batting. This criticism (on pitch) is pretty unwarranted," Gavaskar said, reported HT. "Some of them are saying that - but you have a seaming pitch in England. Australia get dismissed for 46 - the ball keeps seeming all throughout. No one talks about that. It's always about Indian pitches, and when the ball starts to turn, people pose a problem," Gavaskar said.He further added that people have double standards and Rohit's knock in the first innings showed that it isn't impossible to score runs on this deck. "Yes. One or two who we know who don't like India, who don't like England, so they always be having a go at India and England, so that's fine. We ignore them because we know the double standards. But basically, we saw with Rohit Sharma's innings, if pitch was impossible, nobody would have scored 330," Gavaskar said."It's not unplayable. It's a challenging pitch, and that's what cricket should be about. In the first Test, on the first two days, when nothing was happening, people were saying 'it's boring, nothing is happening. It's so easy to bat.' So, there has to be a bit of balance between what is said. You cannot be complaining all the time."The former Indian Test opener also asserted that the talks should be about the batting and bowling skills than all the fuss about the pitch. "You can argue that maybe England spinners are not as good as Ashwin. That they did not bowl the lines and length that Ashwin or Axar did. But you have to also argue that who has got the better technique when it comes to batting and who has the better skills when it comes to bowling. That really should be the debate rather than the pitch," Gavaskar signed off.Follow us on Facebook hereStay connected with us on Twitter hereLike and share our Instagram page here .
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Reports | IPL franchises seek clarity on availability of Proteas players for the tournament
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After CSA announced a white-ball series at home against Pakistan in April, the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises are seeking clarity on availability of the Proteas players for the 2021 season of the league. There is a likelihood of players missing games as the SA-PAK series starts from April 2.South African players have been an integral part of the Indian Premier League over the years. Generally, they are completely available for the entire duration of the IPL tourney as well. But this time that might not be the case as the CSA recently announced that they will play three ODIs and four T20Is against Pakistan at home starting from April 2 with the white-ball series culminating on April 16. The 2021 season of the IPL is expected to kick-start from April 9 or 10 and with COVID protocols in place, South Africans might miss a few IPL games.A team like Delhi Capitals will be the worst affected as their strike bowlers Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje might not be able to make it on time, who were key to their success in the last edition of the league. Chennai Super Kings also have a couple of South African players, who are key to their side. As per reports on Cricbuzz, Delhi Capitals have raised their concern with the BCCI as they might well lose players for "two games or for two weeks" and in response, the board has made it clear that it "will send the availability details of overseas players shortly."CSA, on the other hand, in response to the query regarding the availability of the Proteas players, said it will be in contact with the BCCI over the same. Faf du Plessis and Lungi Ngidi (Chennai Super Kings), Quinton de Kock (Mumbai Indians), AB de Villiers (Royals Challengers Bangalore) and David Miller (Rajasthan Royals) are the high profile Proteas players retained by the franchises ahead of the 2021 IPL mini-auction apart from the DC duo of Rabada and Nortje.While there is a long list of Proteas players, who will be part of the upcoming IPL auction on February 18. Chris Morris, Van der Dussen, Wayne Parnell, Beuran Hendricks, Hardus Viljoen, Andile Phehlukwayo, Daryn Dupavillon, Morne Morkel, George Linde, Dwaine Pretorius, David Wiese, Gerald Coetzee, Marco Jansen and Jacques Snyman are the 14 South Africans have been shortlisted and will be up for grabs in IPL. Follow us on Facebook hereStay connected with us on Twitter hereLike and share our Instagram page here .
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IND vs ENG | Pant has been working incredibly hard on his keeping, insists Ravichandran Ashwin
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Ravichandran Ashwin, who had an incredible day-out in Chennai, insisted that Indian wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant is working really hard on his glove work. There was criticism for India for using Kuldeep Yadav late but Ashwin stated that it is ought to happen given he's the third spinner.Indian gloveman Rishabh Pant continued to impress with his batting as he made fifty in the fourth consecutive Test. He remained unbeaten at the end of India's first innings on 58* and helped the hosts reach 329 hitting some clean sixes of the English spinners. But remarkably enough, it was his wicketkeeing today that stole the thunder as he took an exceptional diving catch to his left off Mohammed Siraj's bowling that left everyone in awe of his abilities. In the first Test, he had kept well but did make errors, not quite so today, even though it was a turner and the kind of pitch where his keeping remains under scrutiny the most. Pant had missed a simple stumping chance on the bowling of R Ashwin in the first Test after which the offie was seen telling him how to use his hands better whilst keeping. But after his good day out in the park, when Ashwin was asked about Pant's keeping, he revealed that the 23-year-old is working really hard on his glovework and also outlined that it's wrong to constantly compare him with others. “In terms of Rishabh Pant’s keeping, the name of the game is confidence. He has been batting well, he has been working incredibly hard on his keeping. Sometimes, when you are constantly compared with someone, it can be really hard. I really do feel for Rishabh, especially when he is playing the white-ball format, he was constantly compared with the great MS Dhoni. Now too, he is being compared with Saha and so on, sometimes it is better to give him a break. He definitely has the ability and will go on from strength to strength, which I have no doubts on,” Ashwin said in the virtual presser. Axar Patel, who is making his Test debut in the ongoing game was really good as well as he took the crucial wicket of Joe Root when the English skipper mistimed his favorite sweep shot to hand over Patel a memorable maiden scalp. The left-arm spinner also got rid of Moeen Ali later and finished with figures of 2/40. Ashwin also reckoned that taking Root's wicket, who had made a double-hundred last test, was crucial for the team.“Axar Patel is one of those players who has playing first-class cricket for a while now. He has had his share of good performances. Like I mentioned before about Washi, we see them in the limited-overs format and build our own perception. So with respect to that, getting Joe Root in his first Test must be a really good thing for him, very important wicket in terms of the game. And Moeen Ali too, it was crucial for us to get that wicket.”On a wicket which was turning square, Kuldeep Yadav was introduced late in the attack and bowled merely six overs while both Axar and Ashwin bowled 20 and 23.5 overs respectively. Reacting on the criticism that India received on bowling him late, the offie, who take a fifer today, asserted that he's the third spinner and in a five-man attack, it takes time to get to bowl. “Look sometimes, we just play the game and we don’t see how you guys are seeing the game. Anyone who has played the game will understand that there are five bowlers and he’s the third spinner. It will take time before he gets his turn. This is how the game goes, this is pretty much how it happens. I think it is more about the perception of what people want to see. I thought he bowled really well and I think you will see an increasing role for him.”Follow us on Facebook hereStay connected with us on Twitter hereLike and share our Instagram page here .
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Shutting noise – the Rohit Sharma way 
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It's Gabba. Series decider. Rohit Sharma is in the middle. He's looking great at 44 off 73. He's surely not going to throw it away like SCG. He's a senior man. But Rohit goes for a big lofted hit off Lyon. He's caught. What have you done Rohit? Sunil Gavaskar is livid. Ricky Ponting is critical.It's Rohit vs the whole world. Making him deputy to Ajinkya Rahane is being questioned. His away record is again in focus. His shot selection. The inability to convert a start again. The baffling nature of the dismissal from a seasoned campaigner in his 15th year of international career. The game situation. Where India are in the series.Rohit comes out in the presser. He's chilled. But his defense of the dismissal is dismissive. After a good long explanation, he intently expresses, "Like I said, those are my shots and I will keep playing them." This is some statement. His way of saying, 'talk as much as you want, for I, don't even give two hoots about it'. This is Rohit Sharma. He does things his way. It's my way or the highway. There isn’t a bigger believer in the mantra of ‘live by the sword, you die by the sword’ than him. That's how it's been in the lead up to the Australia tour. Let's go back to November, 2020, UAE, IPL. Rohit Sharma's fitness, injury and rehabilitation have become the mystery of the Indian cricket. This is Indian cricket's own Bermuda Triangle. Rohit is practicing in one of the videos released by Mumbai Indians. But he isn't in the squad for Australia. There's no official statement from BCCI about his hamstring injury. The heavyweights of Indian cricket Sourav Ganguly and Ravi Shastri are warning him against rushing into playing for Mumbai Indians. India's head coach is recalling how he could have extended his career by half-a-decade had he not rushed back from injury, trying to knock experience into India’s white-ball vice-captain. On November 4, BCCI's President, the most powerful man in Indian cricket, is warning Rohit not to rush back. But on the same day, in the evening, Rohit comes out to the toss in the playoff against Delhi Capitals. The cricketing world goes into a meltdown. Rohit is trending everywhere. He’s being criticized as much as BCCI.He continues playing amidst putting a lot of men who matter in Indian cricket into a state of embarrassment. The 33-year-old keeps playing until Mumbai Indians bag the IPL glory yet again. He's at the forefront of all things good for the Men in Blue. He makes a final winning fifty unfazed and unconcerned by all the fuss outside for MI. For him, he does what he wants. He achieves what he sets out for himself. But not without all the criticism that comes along. He goes for rehab to the NCA. As it emerges, he's not able to fit in the side till the third Test against Australia. The club vs country debate is also going on in full swing. Amid all this, he also bumps himself into trouble with the alleged bio-bubble breach in Melbourne after joining the team. More so, because Rohit is a senior man expected to behave more responsibly. All this had happened, also the SCG late in the day dismissal yet the aggressive batsman came out with all the conviction of still going for his shots at the Gabba off Nathan Lyon. That's Rohit Gurunath Sharma for you. But then came another low. India lost for the first time in a Test at home since 2017 in the Test series opener against the Three Lions in Chennai. The veteran opener again failed. His age. Mayank Agarwal's ouster, which for many was gross injustice. Everything was stacked up against Rohit. This was Rohit Sharma vs the world world again. Another failure in Chennai and the criticism would have grown stronger than ever before. But in the very first session of the ongoing second game, what can be a series defining Test - Rohit came out with all guns blazing. The same attitude that was getting him flak for the last few months kept him going at the Chepauk. The art of being unfazed. The art of keeping the noise out. The art of not giving into intense criticism. The art to be himself. The Rohit Sharma we know. Free flowing, playing his shots, a bit of audacity, full of chutzpah, just the Hitman style.The first day pitch was tricky unlike the first Test. The ball was turning and the puff of dust kept coming off a lot of deliveries. The ball was stopping a bit too. Jack Leach had a more than accurate partner in Moeen Ali. Stuart Broad with fresh legs and mighty confidence of being at his peak. Olly Stone with the pace, the early wicket, the hit-the-deck-hard mantra of Jofra Archer. Cheteshwar Pujara got out to a sharp turner. Virat Kohli was done in by a classic offie that came back sharply to leave him stunned. This wasn’t a flat pitch. Raging turner as Rohit would term it later in the press conference. But it was a blockbuster Rohit Sharma show. The one for which Chennai crowds won't mind creating a hole in their pockets. There was application, there was discipline but also the daredevilry to play shots at free will. The audacious pull six off Ben Stokes in the 12th over with deep square leg in place was as big a statement as when he started sweeping Jack Leach for all his money. It was interesting to see Rohit coming down the track to counter spin and also play sweep shots. Generally, a batsman does either of the two but not a freak like Rohit. He came down the track to 24% of the deliveries he faced from spin at one point in the day, well up on his career average of 10%, as revealed by CricViz. Also, he would lunge forward to play one ball, which is dangerous, but then also would go back and punish loose balls, which is just mastery of playing spin bowling. When India reached 50, it was Rohit with 42 of them. When they reached 100, it was 75 of his runs, and he kept dominating England. By the time he got out, India had made 248 of which the right-hander made 161. He had racked up 80* runs by the time first session was done, and, notably, only three times had an Indian opener made more runs in the opening session of a Test, two of which was achieved by Virender Sehwag, that too on a turner. No wonder India made runs quickly at 4.1 rpo in the first session, or else, they could have been in a dire situation, especially given they don't play six specialist batsmen in India and in this game, there was no Washington Sundar either.But Rohit wasn't only about attack. In the second session, the elegant batsman showed he was there for a long shot. The daddy hundreds, which daddy Rohit loves. There was composure. Temperament, which was missing at times, in the last few months. When he reached his hundred, his celebration gave out a lot. Virat Kohli was crazily excited like ever. His wife Ritika Sajdeh, a cross between relieved and nervous. But when the camera panned on Rohit, he was not over the moon, rather steely determined with a bigger pursuit. Not too bothered about hundred or as much as he's when people write against him. He was eyeing a big one. That's a hallmark of his game, when he gets a hundred, he makes it a big one. In the process of reaching the three-figure mark, he became the opener with most Test centuries since the time he started opening for India in 2019. He also became the batsman with most (19) international hundreds since 2018.Rohit kept on piling runs as his partnership grew bigger with Ajinkya Rahane taking the game further away from England after early inroads. He kept on making run-scoring easy, when it clearly wasn’t. He got out on 161 but not before putting India in a commanding position. The value of his runs magnified when during the fag end of play, someone like Joe Root was spitting venom off the surface. To think of what he did - make 161 off 231, on a turner - it was arguably Rohit's best Test knock yet, given the context and what all he had to go through since IPL. To be a successful sportsman, the art of living in a bubble is paramount. The ability to filter out noise from intense criticism. To have faith in your game when the whole world is against you. Today, the Mumbaikar embodied the same spirit that helped him turn into the Hitman of Indian cricket from the most trolled player. From one intensely disliked to having one of the biggest fan bases. Rohit's approach of 'my way or highway' can polarize opinions but not his performances as long as they keep coming, like the epic today.Follow us on Facebook hereStay connected with us on Twitter hereLike and share our Instagram page here .
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IND vs ENG | You have to keep your intent up and be proactive, proclaims Rohit Sharma 
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India's centurion on day one of the second Test in Chennai, Rohit Sharma stated that on pitches like today the intent has to be up there. He also added that the team trained extensively on how to use feet more and play sweeps as there was need to be more proactive on such kind of tracks. India's under-fire opener Rohit Sharma played one life-time of a knock to score 161 on a turner on day one of the second Test at Chepauk amid the return of crowd as India ended the day on 300/6. There was plenty of assistance for spinners as the ball was exploding a lot of times after hitting the surface which made it a tricky surface to bat. But the Indian opener batted in his own way as he took the attack to the English bowlers especially pacers against whom he scored at a great rate.He didn't even leave spinners as he attacked them when needed while he played with patience as and when the situation required. At the end of the day, the right-hander stated that he was just playing the ball on 'merit' and also admitted that there is a need for 'intent' on such wickets while being practice.  “I was just playing to the merit of the ball, I didn’t play many cross-batted shots. You have to keep your intent up there, you have to be more proactive every delivery. I’m not going to rate any of my knocks, every one of it comes under different circumstances. I’m not a person to rate any of my knocks. I’m happy with the fact that I could help the team get to a respectable position. It was important for us to bat as deep and as long as possible,” Rohit stated in the press conference at the close of day one. One of the hallmarks of Rohit's knock was how well he used his feet against the slower bowlers and that is something that the team trained extensively, revealed India's white-ball vice-captain. "Yeah look, we knew about these conditions and the pitch. We were aware that it was going to turn, we trained accordingly to the match situation. So basically, using your feet more often and sweeping was what we trained for. We have to be more proactive than reactive on these pitches. It was important to be on the top of the bowler in these pitches. Also, it is crucial to understand how the ball is turning, the bounce and everything. That was my decision making going into a shot. The preparation really helped me in terms of going out and playing my shot.”The 32-year-old also added that he was willing to wait for the ball when the left-arm spinner Jack Leach was bowling, who was one of England's pick of the bowlers besides asserting that it was a knock where he wanted to consciously be more proactive as being diffident could have proven costly. “The first part of your question, it is satisfying to get some runs on board. Talking about my plans, it was important to be proactive, with the ball turning or keeping low. You had to make sure that it was never too late. You can’t be tentative about your shot selection. What helped me was the preparation I had before the game. All I wanted to focus was to get these things right, also look at the line that they are bowling." "There is a slight chance that you might get LBW. Otherwise, there isn’t much chance for the bowler to get your wicket. Those were the ideas and the thought. When Leach was bowling, it was important to wait till the ball came. We rotated the strike well as well.”Follow us on Facebook hereStay connected with us on Twitter hereLike and share our Instagram page here .
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India require firepower in terms of finishers for T20 World Cup, opines VVS Laxman 
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Former Indian Test batsman VVS Laxman has asserted that India will need to add up strength in terms of finishers which is an area of concern for the T20 World Cup to be played later this year. He also added that Men in Blue's death bowling is also concerning and that they need to address it.Over the years, India have had their issues in terms of power hitters who can finish with a flourish at the end in white-ball cricket. After the retirement of wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni, India have been left with only Hardik Pandya who can finish the innings in an able manner. Though Ravindra Jadeja did well in the finisher's role on the Australia tour, it's still early days for him and he needs to do it more often. While Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik are two other players, who have the ability to finish with a lot of firepower only if they get enough chances in the side.Former Indian batsman VVS Laxman has opined that finishers role is one of two areas that India need to fill as he doesn't see any able finisher apart from hard-hitting all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who had a great limited-overs series in Australia. “As far as the T20 World Cup is concerned, the balance of the squad is very very important. There are two areas where India really requires firepower. Number one is the finisher. We depend overly on Hardik Pandya. Apart from Hardik Pandya, I don’t see anyone else who can play that finisher’s role,” Laxman said on Star Sports' chat show Cricket Connected, reported HT. T Natarajan has emerged as a great option for death overs after he was able to nail yorkers in the 2020 IPL that helped him get a place for Australia where he did well. But he's highly inexperienced at the moment while regular injuries have kept Bhuvneshwar Kumar out of the Indian team.Laxman feels that India will need to address their death bowling woes heading into the T20 World Cup which will be held this year in India, later. “And in the bowling department, who along with Bumrah can bowl those death overs," Laxman asked."We have got options in Natarajan or Bhuvneshwar Kumar. But that is one area in the bowling department which Virat Kohli requires to address,” he added.Follow us on Facebook hereStay connected with us on Twitter hereLike and share our Instagram page here .
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