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Shreyas Iyer joins elite list of Indian cricketers to slam century on Test debut

Debutant Shreyas Iyer on Friday became the 16th Indian to score a century on Test debut as he slammed his maiden Test century on Day 2 of the India vs New Zealand first Test at the Green Park in Kanpur.

The right-hander reached the three-figures mark with a couple off pacer Kyle Jamieson in the morning session of the ongoing second Test.

Before Iyer, the last debutant from India to achieve the feat was opener Prithvi Shaw, who had smashed a fantastic hundred against the West Indies in Rajkot in October 2018. Notably, the first Indian to score a century on debut was Lala Amarnath in 1933 against England in Mumbai.

The other Indians in the list are RH Shodhan, Kripal Singh, Abbas Ali Baig, Hanumant Singh, Gundappa Viswanath, Surinder Amarnath, Mohammed Azharuddin, Pravin Amre, Sourav Ganguly, Virender Sehwag, Suresh Raina, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma.

Earlier, Iyer had received his Test cap from former India great Sunil Gavaskar on Thursday. Meanwhile, Iyer also became the second Indian after Viswanath to score a Test hundred on debut in Kanpur.

Viswanath had done the same in 1969 against Australia.

Iyer had finished Day 1 remaining unbeaten on 75. In the morning session of the second day, Iyer continued his good form and didn’t take too long in adding 25 more runs to his overnight score.

Iyer is now the third Indian to score a Test ton debut against the Black Caps after Kripal Singh and Surinder Amarnath.

Overall, Iyer is now the 112th batter to smash a century on Test debut.

Iyer, 26, had earlier made his ODI and T20I debut in 2017 however, he had to wait for more than three years to earn his maiden Test cap. Iyer meanwhile, has fantastic record in First-Class cricket as he has amassed 4592 runs at an average of 52.18 with 12 centuries and 23 fifties in the domestic circuit while wearing whites.

CSK retains Dhoni; Rahul to lead Lucknow franchise in IPL 2022

Four-time champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have reportedly retained their captain MS Dhoni for the next three seasons of the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL).

As per a report in The Indian Express, CSK opener Ruturaj Gaikwad, who was the Orange Cap winner in IPL 2021, and star all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja have also been retained by the franchise ahead of the mega auction, scheduled to be held in December.

Notably, as per the BCCI’s retention policy for IPL 2022, all teams are allowed to retain a maximum of four players and a list of the retention has to be submitted by November 30.

Meanwhile, CSK are also reportedly in talks with England all-rounder Moeen Ali to take the final retention spot however, if it doesn’t happens for any reason, the Yellow Brigade would aim to retain England all-rounder Sam Curran.

Notably, if the report comes true, it would mean that CSK star batter Suresh Raina will be going under the manner during the mega auctions.

On the other hand, Mumbai Indians, another most successful franchise of the lucrative league, are set to retain skipper Rohit Sharma and pacer Jasprit Bumrah.

The report further said that negotiations for Kieron Pollard are still on wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan can also be retained.

The Rohit-led franchise are also aiming to sign Suryakumar Yadav at the mega auction.

Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals (DC) are set to retain Rishabh Pant, Axar Patel, Prithvi Shaw and South African pacer Anrich Nortje.

Moreover, Punjab Kings’ skipper KL Rahul is most likley to part ways with the Ness Wadia and Preity Zinta co-owned franchise and will reportedly lead the newly inducted Lucknow franchise in the IPL 2022.

Three-time champions and IPL 2021 runners-up Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) will retain West Indian duo of Andre Russell and Sunil Narine while negotiations with spinner Varun Chakravarthy, Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer are still on.

Significantly, the next edition of the IPL will now be a ten-team affair following the addition of Ahmedabad and Lucknow franchise recently and will reportedly begin on April 2 in Chennai.

Recently, in his speech at CSK’s fourth IPL win celebration event in Chennai, board secretary Jay Shah had said that the IPL will be making a return to India after the entire 2020 season and a half-season of 2021 edition were staged in the UAE due to the Covid-19 pandemic.

“I know you all are waiting to see the CSK play at Chepauk. Well, the moment is not very far. The 15th season of the IPL will take place in India and it will be more exciting than ever with two new teams joining. We have a mega auction coming up, so it will be interesting to see what the new combinations look like,” Shah had said at the function.

On the other hand, the Mega Auction for the next IPL season will be staged in December and the board secretary expected that the event will be ever more interesting with new combinations.

“We have a mega auction coming up, so it will be interesting to see what the new combinations look like,” Shah had further said.

Indian spinners have been very professional: Bangar

Under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma, India registered a comprehensive 3-0 series win over New Zealand in the just concluded T20I series and former India batting coach Sanjay Bangar reckoned that the spinners bowled very decently, which was one of the key reason behind the victory.

After winning the first two affairs of the three-match series in Jaipur and Ranchi by five and seven wickets respectively, the Men in Blue bundled out the visitors on a paltry 111 in the third match in Kolkata on Sunday evening to whitewash the BlackCaps.

India had challenging put a 185-run target before New Zealand. While left-arm orthodox spinner Axar Patel emerged with stunning figures of 3/9, Venkatesh Iyer and Yuzvendra Chahal also bagged a wicket apiece to help India register a comfortable win in Kolkata.

Speaking exclusively on Star Sports show FOLLOW THE BLUES, Bangar said: “They have been very professional, they have been put under the pump a bit by the New Zealand openers but the way Indian spinners have responded in the middle overs has been fantastic.”

“So, Ashwin and Axar Patel both bowling well in tandem has really worked well for the Indian team in the middle overs and when they were chasing, I felt that the form that both the openers are turning out on a consistent basis has been really clinical for the Indian team performances in the series so far,” he added.

Further analysing Team India’s performance in the three-match T20I series, Bangar expressed: “Can’t take anything away from somebody like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who’s got his swing back because whenever he’s played and he’s bowled with that new ball, he’s got his swing back. The wicket that he took in the first match of Daryl Mitchell was a dream and it augers really well for the Indian team because he’s somebody who can give you those initial breakthroughs in the first six overs inside the powerplay and that sets any opposition on the back foot.”

“Add to that, how Harshal Patel took his chance in his debut match was really impressive because he’s someone who’s been known to rely a lot on his slow ball variations and in a match wherein there was a lot of dew. Despite that, he overcame that challenge and bowled really well with a wet ball and still used his variations, with cutters and slow bouncers,” he added.

“I felt that was a big plus for the Indian team as well,” Bangar signed-off.

After the white-ball series, India will now take on the visitors in a two-match Test series, scheduled to begin on November 25 at the Green Park stadium in Kanpur. With regular skipper Virat Kohli being rested for the affair, Ajinkya Rahane will lead the home side against New Zealand.

Kohli will make a return to the side in the second and final match, which will be held at Wankhede stadium in Mumbai from Decemebr 3.

Significantly, the T20I series was the first assignment for Rohit Sharma as the full-time captain of India in T20Is while it was also the first task for Rahul Dravid as full-time coach after Ravi Shastri.

Real estate developer Eldeco ties up with Rohit Sharma’s cricket academy CricKingdom

Eldeco on Wednesday announced its partnership with CricKingdom, a cricket academy by India T20I skipper Rohit Sharma for their flagship project, Eldeco Live by the Greens at Sector – 150 Noida.

The project boasts of full-fledged cricket grounds which shall be managed by CricKingdom mentored by Indian T20 skipper Rohit Sharma, to run the cricket academy at the project, including coaching operations, consultations and all the other game related advice.

Speaking about the tie- up, Manish Jaiswal, Group COO, Eldeco Group said: “We are elated to announce this partnership with CricKingdom, cricket academy by Rohit Sharma, who has brought numerous laurels to the Indian cricket landscape. We hope and wish that this academy will produce many such talents of its own by providing professional guidance and nurturing talent amongst the children residing in the local community.”

“Eldeco Live by the Greens in Noida Sector 150 is all about peaceful and healthy living and with the cricket academy inside, it further adds to the lush green environs and brings out its serenity even more,” he added.

Notably, CricKingdom is an exciting addition to this region of Noida Sector 150, already famous as a sports city. It is one of the world’s first platforms that will connect Cricket, players, coaches, students, academies and facilities in to an integrated ecosystem that would drive seamless engagement, interaction, learning and transaction, all under the able mentorship and guidance of Rohit Sharma, Captain of Indian national cricket team in T20s and Vice-captain of Team India in ODIs.

Significantly, established in 1985, Eldeco Group is a North India focused real estate developer with strong presence in Tier 2 cities.

The Group operates in Lucknow through the BSE listed entity Eldeco Housing & Industries Limited (EHIL) and in the rest of India through the privately held Eldeco Infrastructure & Properties Limited (EIPL). Eldeco Group has delivered 175 projects with approximately 30 million sqft of real estate development.

Besides these, the Group has 30 projects with 35 million sqft in various stages of execution. Apart from Lucknow, Kanpur, Noida and Gurugram, Eldeco is a leading real estate developer in key cities of North India such as Panipat, Sonepat, Ludhiana, Bareilly, Panchkula, and Jalandhar.

Rohit to miss Test series vs NZ, Rahane to lead in Kohli’s absence: Report

In a bid to manage the workload of India T20I skipper and opener Rohit Sharma, the Chetan Sharma-headed selection panel is reportedly going to appoint Ajinkya Rahane as the skipper for the first of the two Test against New Zealand, starting November 25 in Kanpur.

Earlier, the selectors had decided to hand Virat Kohli rest in the first Test in Kanpur and now it was been decided on Thursday that Rohit will sit out of the entire Test series to manage his workload.

As per a report in Times of India (TOI), the decision was taken after the selectors met on Thursday.

TOI had earlier reported that four regular Test players — Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Rishabh Pant and Shardul Thakur —  will also be rested in the two-match Test series against the Kiwis.

“According to sources, there was a lengthy discussion on the stand-in captain after Kohli had asked for rest in the first Test. There was a proposal to give Rohit the captaincy in the first Test and then give him rest for the second match in Mumbai,” the TOI report stated.

“However, after thorough analysis of Rohit’s workload, it was decided that the new full-time T20I captain needed to be given a longer break,” it added.

The decision comes in the wake of the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI’s) new policy of providing break to the players who have been on national duties for almost six months.

Recently, India pacer Bumrah had complained of fatigue during India’s campaign at the ongoing T20 World Cup.

“You need a break. Sometimes you miss your family after being on the road for 6 months. All of that sometimes plays on the back of your mind. But when you are on the field, you don’t think about all of those things. You don’t control all of those things the scheduling and all and what tournament is played when,” Bumrah had said after India’s went down against New Zealand in the Twenty20 World Cup in the UAE recently.

“The BCCI also tried their best to make us feel comfortable … It’s a difficult time. There’s a pandemic going on, so we try to adapt but sometimes bubble fatigue, mental fatigue also creeps in. We tried to give us some cushion. We wanted to get extra runs that could give us an advantage in the second innings,” he had added.

After the first Test in Kanpur, the second and final Test will be held in Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium from December 3.

After the home series against the Black Caps, Team India will fly to South Africa where they are scheduled to play three Tests, as many One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and four T20Is against the hosts from December 17.

Hardik Pandya expected to bowl against Pakistan, hints Rohit Sharma

Team Indian vice-captain Rohit Sharma has hinted that all-rounder Hardik Pandya might bowl when their side begins its T20 World Cup campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on October 24 at the Dubai International Cricket stadium in Dubai.

Sharma, who led the India in their second warm-up game against Australia, had said his side needs the services of a sixth bowler.

Notably, several questions have been raised over Hardik, who has refrained from bowling since a long time and the all-rounder also didn’t bolwed a single over in the recently concluded season of Indian Premier League (IPL).

“Hardik is coming along pretty well, but it’ll be a while before he will start to bowl. He hasn’t started bowling, but he should be ready by the start of the tournament,” Rohit had said at the toss for the warm-up match against Australia couple of days back.

“We have quality in the main bowlers, but you need an option for a sixth bowler,” he added.

“We want to make sure that we get the sixth bowling option, some options in the batting order as well, we’ll try all those things today,” he had said.

In the recent times, Hardik’s fitness has been a cause of concern for the Men in Blue. It was due to his fitness which had forced the selectors to make a change in their 15-memeber squad for the T20 World Cup as Shardul Thakur, who was in the reserves, was bought in place of spinner Axar Patel because the Mumbai cricketer was the only seamer in the squad who can also be handy with the willow.

Recently, former India opener Gautam Gambhir had said that Hardik, not bowling could a big concern for the Kohli-led side.

“If I have to go with just five bowlers, then I will pick Ishan Kishan ahead of Hardik Pandya on current form. If you are going with five proper bowlers and six batsmen, Hardik’s form is probably a massive concern. Forget about the bowling, with the bat as well,” Gambhir had said on Star Sports show Gameplan.

“For me, Hardik Pandya gets into India’s playing XI only if he does proper bowling in both warmup games, not only in the nets. There is a huge difference between bowling in the nets and against quality batsmen like Babar Azam and that too in the World Cup,” he had added.

After beating England in their first warm-up fixture by seven wickets, the Men in Blue once again produced an all-round display as they had thrashed Australia by eight wickets in their second practise game.

India will now play Pakistan in the blockbuster clash of the showpiece event on October 24 in Dubai.

The Men In Blue, placed in the second group, will next face New Zealand on October 31 at the same venue before facing Afghanistan on November 3 in Abu Dhabi.

India will then take on the two of the four qualifiers on November 5 and 8 in Dubai.

The two semifinals will be held on November 10 and November 11 with the final to be played on November 14.

T20 World Cup: Clinical India hammer Australia by 8 wickets in 2nd warm-up match

Producing yet another clinical performance both with the bat and ball, Team India hammerd Australia by eight wickets in their second warm-up game, ahead of the Super 12 stage of the Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 at the ICC Academy Ground in Dubai on Wednesday.

The Indian spinners jolted their opponents at regular intervals, restricting them to a modest 152/5 in the allotted 20 overs.

Chasing 153 for victory, Indian openers KL Rahul (39 off 31) and Rohit Sharma (60 off 41) gave provided a decent start to their side.

The duo helped India cross the 50-run mark in 6.4 overs before Rahul fell to Ashton Agar in the 10th over.

While trying to clear the boundary, Rahul handed a catch to David Warner in the deep.

Soon, Rohit notched up his half-century with the help of a wonderful cut off Marcus Stoinis.

Suryakumar Yadav (38 off 27), who came aftre the fall of KL Rahul, too got some valuable runs under his belt.

When India was 26 runs away from crossing the line, Rohit decided to retire himself out and gave Hardik Pandya (14 off 8) some time to spend in the middle.

Hardik finally, sealed the game with a straight six, with 13 balls remaining.

Earlier, Australia skipper Aaron Finch won the toss and opted to bat against the Rohit Sharma-led Team India.

India started the proceeding with spin at one end as ace spinner Ravichandran Ashwin packed back Aussie opener David Warner and Mitchell Marsh off consecutive balls in the very second over of the game.

Later, Ravindra Jadeja dismissed Finch off his first ball in the fourth over following which Steve Smith (57 off 48) and Glenn Maxwell (37 off 28) steadied the ship for Australia.

Just when it looked like the duo were getting in the groove, Rahul Chahar broke the partnership after scalping Maxwell in the 12th over of the game with a googly.

Smith soon brought up a well-deserved half-century after smashing Shardul Thakur for three consecutive fours while Marcus Stoinis remained unbeaten on 41 off 25 balls, helpinf their side post a fighting 152/5 at the end of 20 overs.

The Virat Kohli-led Team India will now begin their campaign at the showpiece event against arch-rivals Pakistan on October 24 at the Dubai International Cricket stadium in Dubai.

The Men In Blue, placed in the second group, will next face New Zealand on October 31 at the same venue before facing Afghanistan on November 3 in Abu Dhabi.

India will then take on the two of the four qualifiers on November 5 and 8 in Dubai.

The two semifinals will be held on November 10 and November 11 with the final to be played on November 14.

Brief Scores: India 153/2 (Rohit Sharma 60, KL Rahul 39; Ashton Agar 1/14) beat Australia 152/5 (Steve Smith 57, Marcus Stoinis 41; Ravichandran Ashwin 2/8) by 8 wickets.

Kohli to step down as India’s T20I captain after T20 World Cup

Virat Kohli will step down as India’s T20I captain after the T20 World Cup in the UAE next month, he announced in a statement on Twitter on Thursday.

Taking to the micro-blogging website, the run-machine tweeted: “I have given everything to the Team during my time as T20 Captain and I will continue to do so for the T20 Team as a batsman moving forward.”

Kohli said he has had lengthy discussions with head coach Ravi Shastri and opener Rohit Sharma before coming to the conclusion that he needs to concentrate more on ODI and Test cricket both as a batsman and as captain to take the team to new heights.

“Of course, arriving at this decision took a lot of time. After a lot of contemplation and discussions with my close people, Ravi bhai and also Rohit, who have been an essential part of the leadership group, I’ve decided to step down as the T20 Captain after this T20 World Cup in Dubai in October,” he added.

Kohli also said that he has informed about his decision to the Indian board.

“I have also spoken to the secretary Mr Jay Shah and the President of BCCI Mr Sourav Ganguly along with all the selectors about the same. I will continue to serve Indian Cricket and the Indian Team to the best of my ability. I have been fortunate enough to not only represent India but also lead the Indian Cricket Team to my utmost capability. I thank everyone who has supported me in my journey as the Captain of the Indian Cricket Team. I couldn’t have done it without them – the boys, the support staff, the selection committee, my coaches and each and every Indian who prayed for us to win,” he added.

Meanwhile, Kohli said that he will continue to serve the national team as captain in the Tests and ODIs.

“Understanding workload is a very important thing and considering my immense workload over the last 8-9 years playing all 3 formats and captaining regularly for last 5-6 years, I feel I need to give myself space to be fully ready to lead the Indian Team in Test and ODI Cricket,” he added.

Notably, Kohli has led India in 45 T20Is so far. Under him, the Indian team managed to win 27 games while lost 14 affairs with two games having no result while remaining two being ties.

His success percentage as captain in T20Is has been 65.11.

IPL 2021: CSK, MI depart for UAE

The Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Friday departed for Dubai for the remainder of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, which will be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from September 19.

CSK shared a picture of Dhoni in which the former India skipper can be seen at the airport.

“Get ready folks!” the franchise tweeted.

After hanging his boots from international cricket on August 15, 2020, Dhoni now only features in the cash-rich league.

Earlier in the day, defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) also departed for UAE.

The Rohit Sharma-led MI will be up against the CSK on September 19 when the second led of the IPL 14 resumeS.

The final game of the league stage will be played between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals on October 8.

India should opt to bat if they win toss in WTC Final, suggests Ganguly

Former India captain and current BCCI chief Sourav Ganguly has opined that Indian team, led by Virat Kohli, should bat first even if the conditions are overcast in the World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand as he reckons that such decisions have worked in the favour of the team on overseas tours.

While speaking to India Today, Ganguly said, “If you dig into the record books and see India’s best overseas performances (save 2021 Australia), we have always won matches when we have batted first. It’s about a choice whether you want to face the pressure first up in adverse conditions or wait for the fourth innings.”

“Look at Leeds in 2002 or 2018 South Africa, we batted first in bowling friendly conditions, soaked in the initial pressure, put runs on the board and that’s how we won those games. Even Mark Taylor or Steve Waugh’s Australian teams rarely fielded even in seaming conditions. Maybe occasionally when the wicket used to be damp,” HE ADDED.

The BCCI chief also said that Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill will carry a huge responsibility on their shoulders as they will face the new ball attack and would require to give flying start to their side.

“Opening becomes a very important aspect when you tour abroad. When we toured Australia, England and Pakistan, we played well because we had openers like Virender Sehwag and Aakash Chopra, who used to play out the new ball and make it old. When your middle-order batsmen come out to bat at 30 for 2 then it becomes really difficult for a side to compete,” Ganguly opined.

“This tour therefore, will be very crucial for openers Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill. Not just the WTC Final but also the 5 Tests against England. They will have to play out the new ball and put a price on their wickets. If they are able to do that then they will be able to set the game for the batsmen coming after them like Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and India’s best batsman on current form Rishabh Pant,” he added.