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Asia Cup 2022: Jadeja ruled out due to right knee injury, Axar Patel named replacement

The All-India Senior Selection Committee on Friday named left-arm spin all-rounder Axar Patel as the replacement for senior left-arm spin all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who injured an injury, in the ongoing Asia Cup in the UAE.

“Jadeja has sustained a right knee injury and is ruled out of the tournament. He is currently under the supervision of the BCCI medical team. His replacement, Axar Patel was earlier named as one of the standbys in the squad and will join the team in Dubai soon,” said the BCCI in an official statement.

Earlier, Axar was named as one of the standby players in the squad and will join the squad soon. Later, all-rounder Jadeja featured had featured in both of India’s game in the group stage, against Pakistan and Hong Kong, respectively.

Against Pakistan, Jadeja joint top-scored with a knock of 35, although he went wicketless but a crucialinnings with the bat and emerged as one of they key person behind India’s win. In the match against Hong Kong, Jadeja took one wicket, but did not get the chance to bat.

India will now either play Pakistan or Hong Kong in their first match of the Super 4 stage of Sunday, September 4.

India’s squad for Asia Cup: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravi Bishnoi, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Arshdeep Singh and Avesh Khan

IPL 2022: Injured Jadeja likely to miss CSK’s remaining games in ongoing season

In what could be another setback for four-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK), ace all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is likley to miss the remaining games of his franchise in the ongoing season due to an injury.

Notably, Jadeja had picked up an upper body injury during CSK’s game against RCB following which he was forced to miss the clash against the Faf du Plessis-led side. As per a report in The Times of India, Jadeja is set to miss the remaining matches of CSK.

According to the report, CSK monitored Jadeja’s injury closely over the past couple of days and noticed that it has not improved much.

With the MS Dhoni-led side set to take on Mumbai Indians (MI) on Thursday, the loss of the star all-rounder will not be the best thing to have happened for the side as it has very slim chances to qualify for the IPL Playoffs.

Earlier, Jadeja had started the ongoing season as the captain of the side however, he later decided to step down midway after a string of poor performances in the current tournament following which Dhoni had to once again take up the mantle of captaincy.

Significantly, CSK have four wins from 11 games so far in the ongoing season.

In order to qualify for the next stage, CSK have to first win all their remaining games and then depend on the results of other games. For the Yellow Brigade, only a miracle can see them through to the Playoffs.

As of now, the Hardik Pandya-led Gujarat Titans (GT) are the only side to have sealed a playoffs’ berth.

Gavaskar lashes out at Shivam Dube for expensive 25-run over vs LSG

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar is unhappy with Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) Shivan Dube as he bowled a costly penultimate over against Lucknow Super Giants (LSG).

Dube leaked 25 run in the 19th over as it helped LSG win a thrilling match at the Brabourne Stadium in Mumbai on Thursday.

Gavaskar minced no words watching Dube being hit all sides of the park. “He has played a fair bit of limited-overs cricket and he is still bowling those length balls. He is going to get punished. Of course, it’s not fair that somebody who has not bowled so far is given the 19th over when the batsmen are looking to play the shots. But look at it… it’s a length ball,” Gavaskar said on air.

“He is bowling the slower delivery but a slower delivery is very useful on a turning, dry pitch. Not on a pitch where the ball is coming off the bat quite nicely,” he added.

Gavaskar was not impressed with Dube as the all-rounder was continuously bowling length balls, which allowed LSG batsmen Evin Lewis and young Ayush Badoni to play freely and milk a massive 25-runs from the six deliveries to help their side in sealing the match.

In the match, the 18th over was bowled by Dwayne Bravo and in the final two overs, the KL-Rahul-led LSG needed 34 off the last 12 balls. In the next six balls, Lewis took charge and blasted the fastest half-century of the season.

In the final over with nine needed, Badoni completed the formalities and helped LSG register their first-ever Indian Premier League (IPL) win.

“Clearly, CSK’s calculation as far as who should be bowling is going wrong. A length ball and a nice easy swing on this lovely batting pitch. He clearly hasn’t learnt anything, Shivam Dube. A quicker ball but length ball this time and it has gone the distance,” Gavaskar said while commentating.

“The first ball went for a six, and then he was smashed for a boundary. Then again, a boundary and then the last ball going to a six – 25 runs,” he added.

The Ravindra Jadeja-led CSK has now lost both of their two games so far in the season as prior to the LSG game, the Yellow Brigade had suffered a six-wicket loss against two-time champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). They will now be up against the Mayank Agarwal-led Punjab Kings (PBKS) at the Brabourne stadium in Mumbai on Sunday (April 3).

On the other hand, after a win and a loss from their two games, LSG will face the Kane Williamson-led Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) at the Dr DY Patil Sports Academy in Navi Mumbai on April 4 (Monday).

IPL 2022: Dhoni hands over CSK captaincy to Jadeja

With just couple of days before kicking-off their Indian Premier League (IPL) title defense, defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have made a big change to their leadership as ace all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been appointed as the new skipper.

Issuing a statement on Thursday, the four-time IPL champions said: “MS Dhoni has decided to hand over the leadership of Chennai Super Kings and picked Ravindra Jadeja to lead the team. Jadeja, who has been an integral part of Chennai Super Kings since 2012, will only be the third player to lead CSK. Dhoni will continue to represent Chennai Super Kings this season and beyond.”

Under Dhoni’s captaincy, the Yellow Brigade lifted the coveted trophy in the year 2010, 2011, 2018 and 2021 and also won the now abandoned Champions League T20 (CLT20) in 2010 and 2014.

The Jadeja-led CSK will begin their IPL 2022 campaign against four-time IPL champions Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) on March 26 at the hostoric Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai before taking on newly-inducted Lucknow Supergiants (LSG) at the Brabourne Stadium on March 31.

Notably, the upcoming IPL season will begin on March 26 and will be played in a bio-secure environment at a single hub to avoid air travel, considered as a major threat for the spread of COVID-19 infection, thereby affecting the players and tournament.

While 55 matches are scheduled to be held in Mumbai, the remaining 15 games will be staged in Pune while the playoffs’ venues haven’t been decided yet. Is most likley that the Narendra Modi Stadium in Motera, Ahmedabad will stage the playoffs however, no official announcement has been made yet.

In the upcoming season, the 10 teams have been divided into two groups. While Group A comprises of Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders, Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals and Lucknow Super Giants, Group B includes Chennai Super Kings, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Punjab Kings and Gujarat Titans.

From this year onwards, the lucrative league will be a ten-team affair following the addition of the two new teams – Ahmedabad and Lucknow and will have a total of 74 games.

South Africa a place where we haven’t won a series yet, very motivated to do that: Kohli

Team India’s red-ball skipper Virat Kohli has reckoned that his side will draw lots of motivation from the third Test win at Johannesburg in January 2018, which came in the ‘toughest conditions’ and said his team is aiming to perform well and win a series at a place where they have never won before.

India are scheduled to play three Tests against South Africa, starting from December 26 in Centurion and in a virtual pre-departure press conference on Wednesday, Kohli said: “We can take a lot of motivation from that (Johannesburg 2018 win). We probably won in the toughest conditions of that tour. So that should give us a lot of confidence. If we start off with the right mindset and with self-confidence and belief, we can definitely stand up to any challenge that comes our way and take a lot of heart from it.”

“South Africa is one place where we have not won a series yet, so we are very motivated to do that and that mindset is always to go out there in any country and win the series. We don’t think of winning just a Test match here and there and we will do our absolute best to make sure we keep contributing towards the cause. We will take a lot of motivation and belief from that win on the last tour,” added he.

Kohli further felt that the playing conditions in South Africa is very challenging for the batters on many fronts such as seam, bounce and even swing when the conditions are favourable.

“South Africa presents a different kind of challenge,” Kohli reckoned.

“The wickets have a lot of pace and bounce and you have to be at your absolute best to perform there and get runs — get difficult runs. It’s something we’ve tried to do as a team but probably left ourselves a bit too much to do at certain times. And when sessions have gone bad, they have gone very bad, which we have controlled well in the recent past with more experience and guys understanding conditions. So, I think we’re well-placed in terms of experience, belief, and confidence that this time around we can do something special and get results we want as a team and overcome conditions to go and win a series,” he added.

Meanwhile, as Team India will miss the services of ace all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and Rohit Sharma, Kohli said it’s an opportunity for players who step into their shoes and do something special.

“Jadeja is a very important player for us. He contributes to all three departments which is invaluable overseas and he will be missed,” the skipper noted.

“That said, we do have the quality in the side to be able to create the best combination possible and still be able to win Test matches. Because we’ve created that bench strength and environment where people coming in are seizing opportunities, grabbing it with both hands and even making sure the team is helped by their performances. As much as we’ll miss him, it won’t be a deciding factor,” he added.

Further speaking on Rohit’s absence in the side, Kohli said: “Will miss his abilities a lot. He’s proven in England already that he’s really worked his Test game out and the opening partnership was very important for us to play in that series. Obviously, with his experience and skill, we will miss those qualities. That said, it’s an opportunity for Mayank [Agarwal] and KL [Rahul] to step up and solidify that start for us and make sure the good work is carried on in this series.”

India will play three-Test series in Centurion, Johannesburg and Cape Town on their tour while the ODIs will be held at Paarl and Cape Town. Paarl is scheduled to host the first two ODIs.

Kane Williamson ruled out of 2nd Test vs India

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has been ruled out of the second and final Test against hosts India, scheduled to begin at the Wankhede stadium in Mumbai. with a long-standing left elbow injury.

The Kiwi skipper had picked up the injury during the first Test in Kanpur Test, which had ended in a draw.

In his absence, Tom Latham, who played a key role for New Zealand in earning a draw in Kanpur, will now lead the side.

New Zealand head coach Gary Stead confirmed about Williamson’s injury and felt that the increased batting load in the Test format has brought back the problems for the skipper.

“It’s been a really tough time for Kane having to deal with such a persistent injury,” Stead said.

“While we’ve been able to manage the injury through the year and the T20 World Cup, the shift to Test cricket and the increased batting loading has re-aggravated his elbow. Ultimately the injury is still not right and while he got through the Kanpur Test, it was clear playing in the second Test wasn’t an option,” he added.

Williamson had earlier missed the Bangladesh ODIs, the first part of IPL 2021 in India as well as the Edgbaston Test against England in the build up to the World Test Championship final due to the left elbow injury.

Earlier on Friday, India’s Ajinkya Rahane, Ishant Sharma and ace all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja were also ruled out of the Mumbai Test after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) informed that all three players have sustained injuries.

Issuing a statement on Friday, just before the scheduled start of the second Test, the board informed about the development.

Issuing a statement, the BCCI said: “Fast bowler Ishant Sharma dislocated his left little finger during the final day of the 1st Test match in Kanpur. He is thus ruled out of the 2nd Test in Mumbai. The BCCI Medical team will continue to monitor his progress.”

“All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja suffered a right forearm injury during the 1st Test match in Kanpur. After undergoing scans, he was diagnosed with a swelling on his forearm. He has been advised rest and is thus ruled out of the 2nd Test in Mumbai,” it added.

Further informing about Rahane, who was the stand-in skipper of the Indian team in the absence ok regular skipper Kohli in Kanpur, it said: “Ajinkya Rahane sustained a minor left hamstring strain while fielding on the final day of the 1st Test match in Kanpur. Since he has not recovered completely, he has been ruled out of the 2nd Test in Mumbai. His progress will be closely monitored by the BCCI Medical team.”

Earlier on Thursday, Kohli had revealed that Wriddhiman Saha, who had batted in the Kanpur Test despite a stiff neck and scored a half-century, has recovered and is now fit and will be available for selection for the second Test against New Zealand.

Addressing the media on the eve of the fixture, Kohli said: “As of now, he (Saha) is fit. He has recovered from his neck spasm and is absolutely fine.”

Rahane, Jadeja, Ishant ruled out of 2nd Test vs New Zealand

The Virat Kohli-led Team India will miss the services of Ajinkya Rahane, Ishant Sharma and ace all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja in the second and final Test against New Zealand in Mumbai after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) informed that all three players have sustained injuries.

Issuing a statement on Friday, just before the scheduled start of the second Test, the board informed about the development.

Issuing a statement, the BCCI said: “Fast bowler Ishant Sharma dislocated his left little finger during the final day of the 1st Test match in Kanpur. He is thus ruled out of the 2nd Test in Mumbai. The BCCI Medical team will continue to monitor his progress.”

“All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja suffered a right forearm injury during the 1st Test match in Kanpur. After undergoing scans, he was diagnosed with a swelling on his forearm. He has been advised rest and is thus ruled out of the 2nd Test in Mumbai,” it added.

Further informing about Rahane, who was the stand-in skipper of the Indian team in the absence of regular skipper Kohli in Kanpur, it said: “Ajinkya Rahane sustained a minor left hamstring strain while fielding on the final day of the 1st Test match in Kanpur. Since he has not recovered completely, he has been ruled out of the 2nd Test in Mumbai. His progress will be closely monitored by the BCCI Medical team.”

Earlier on Thursday, Kohli had revealed that Wriddhiman Saha, who had batted in the Kanpur Test despite a stiff neck and scored a half-century, has recovered and is now fit and will be available for selection for the second Test against New Zealand.

Addressing the media on the eve of the fixture, Kohli said: “As of now, he (Saha) is fit. He has recovered from his neck spasm and is absolutely fine.”

On Wednesday, bowling coach Paras Mhambrey had said that newly appointed head coach Rahul Dravid and Kohli were involved in regular conversation with the physios, who were assessing Saha’s recovery and had hinted that the hosts’ team management would take a call closer to the game.

Notably, K.S. Bharat had kept wickets in place of Saha in the first Test in Kanpur.

“We will discuss the combination soon. There is a weather change, and we have to take that into account, and we have to pick the combination accordingly. At the end of the day, you cannot predict whether conditions will remain like this over the five days. So, we need to see what bowling combination should be picked that can tackle in different conditions,” Kohli said.

Meanwhile, with the bio-secure environment taking a toll on the players’ mental health, Kohli also stressed on the need to be given breaks to recover from the fatigue and not just for workload management.

“Important to refresh mentally. To practice in a place where we didn’t have a structured environment or with no cameras makes a huge difference. To maintain the quality we must consider such things. Managing workload is more important from the mental point of view,” Kohli had said in the pre-match press conference.

IPL 2021: CSK should build team around Jadeja after Dhoni departs, suggests Vaughan

Though Chennai Super Kings (CSK) CEO Kasi Viswanathan may had said that MS Dhoni might play the Indian Premier League (IPL) for another season, question still looms large in every cricket fans’ mind as to who will replace the charismatic leader after he decides to hang his boots.

Former England captain Michael Vaughan believes all-rounedr Ravindra Jadeja should be the cricketer that CSK should ‘build their team around’ after Dhoni departs.

Jadeja, who took four catches and also turned the game towards CSK by picking up two important wickets – Jos Buttler and Shivam Dube – against Rajasthan Royals in the IPL 2021 match in Mumbai on Monday, has been an integral part of the CSK team since IPL 2012.

Vaughan said Jadeja’s all-round abilities make him the front-runner to be Dhoni’s successor in CSK.

“You may say that Dhoni will play for 2-3 more years but let’s be honest, he’s not gonna play a great deal after that. So you’ve got to start looking at who you can build a team around and to me, Ravindra Jadeja is the kind of cricketer that I would build my team around. I just think he’s that good with the ball, in the field, with the bat in hand, his mindset, his mentality is very good,” said Vaughan on Cricbuzz.

“Jadeja for me is the kind of player to whom you can say ‘You’re gonna bat at No.4 or 5, get in there early. We might even open the bowling with you, depending on who is batting We’ll put you in key fielding positions.’ He is ready for that. I think he is that good a cricketer,” he added.

Meanwhile, England all-rounder Sam Curran has been a consistent performer for the Yellow Brigade since the last season and Vaughan said that though there were talks that CSK might think about building a team around Curran after Dhoni hangs his boots, the England all-rounder is too young and inexperienced for the role.

“We were talking the other that are they (CSK) trying to build a team around Sam Curran but I think Sam’s too young and he’s not quite ready for that kind of mantle yet. 4-5 years down the line maybe but I think Sam Curran’s a better cricketer when he is under the radar. Just let him be. Don’t need to put too much pressure on him, he’ll deliver,” Vaughan opined.

CSK are currently placed at the second spot in the eight-team standings.

Kohli, Rohit, Bumrah retains top slot in BCCI’s Annual Contract List

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the annual central contracts as per which India skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah have been retained in the A+ category and will receive Rs 7 crore annually.

The period of the contracts will stretch from October 2020 to September 2021 and like last year, the Indian board has divided the players into four grades – A+, A, B and C.

As per the new contratcs, India Test specialists like Ravichandran Ashwin, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane and Ravindra Jadeja have found a place in Grade A with a retainership amount of Rs 5 crore.

The Grade B includes five players, including fast bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Umesh Yadav and Shardul Thakur, who all will receive a sum of Rs 3 crore.

Hardik Pandya, who was in Grade B last season, has been promoted to Grade A, while Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who recently won the ICC player of the month for March, has been dropped to Group B.

On the other hand, spinner Kuldeep Yadav has been pushed to Grade C from Grade A, while pacer Mohammed Siraj and batter Shubman Gill have received their maiden central contracts.

Both Gill and Siraj have been placed in Grade C worth Rs 1 crore.

Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has been placed in the fourth and final category, while the likes of Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav have dropped from central contract list.

BCCI’s Central Contract List are as follows:

Grade A + (Rs 7 crore): Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Jasprit Bumrah.

Grade A (Rs 5 crore): Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Ishant Sharma, Rishabh Pant, and Hardik Pandya.

Grade B (Rs 3 crore): Wriddhiman Saha, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur, and Mayank Agarwal.

Grade C (Rs 1 crore) Kuldeep Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, Shubhman Gill, Hanuma Vihari, Axar Patel, Shreyas Iyer, Washington Sundar, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Mohammed Siraj.

Doping watchdog serves notice to Pujara, Jadeja, Rahul

National Ant-Doping Agency (NADA) has served notices to five India cricketers, including two women’s national team players, for not disclosing their whereabouts during the nationwide.

It was mandatory for the players to update their whereabouts online even as the country was in lockdown due to COVID-19 pandemic.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India has come in defense of the five centrally contracted players – Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja and KL Rahul Smriti Mandhana and Deepti Sharma. The board has said that the players failed to disclose their whereabouts on time due to a “password glitch”.

NADA Director General Navin Agarwal confirmed to national news agency PTI that BCCI has sent an official explanation for its five contracted players’ failure to submit whereabouts.

“There are two ways to fill up the whereabouts form in the ADAMS (Anti-Doping Administration & Management Systems) software. Either athlete does it himself or association fills it on his or her behalf,” Agarwal said.

“Now athletes in some discipline aren’t educated enough or do not have access to internet and find themselves unable to handle the whereabouts clause of the ADAMS or upload the filled up form. They use the assistance of their concerned federations. So federations have accepted the responsibility of uploading their whereabouts,” Agarwal added.

“Similarly in cricket also, although these people are well qualified and they can do it, perhaps they don’t have the time for whatever reasons, so the federation concerned, the BCCI has taken upon itself the responsibility of uploading their whereabouts,” he said.

NADA DG seems to have accepted the BCCI explanation in principal for failure to update the players updates. But the procedure will be followed before exonerating the board or the players. “Well they have given an explanation which appears to be reasonable but a decision will be taken. They have said that there has been a glitch with regards to password in ADAMS. Now they have said that issue has been resolved.”

NADA DG added that “BCCI’s explanation will be discussed as to whether it will be counted as one of three filing failures or not. It will be decided on the explanation given and how they (BCCI) proceed from here.”

Three such failures to disclose leads to one Anti-Doping Rule Violation (ADRV) can lead up to two years of suspension upon hearing.