Opinion Cricket

Should India drop Shikhar Dhawan, the Asian bully from Tests?

Harshit Anand Updated: 9 September, 2018, 12:42 PM IST

HIGHLIGHTS

"The only way I can keep clear of force is by justice. Far from being willing to execute his enemies, a real king must be willing to execute his friends."

― T.H. White

“It is not the strongest or the most intelligent who will survive but those who can best manage change.”

― Leon C. Megginson

One can draw imperative inferences from both the sayings. The former clearly indicates with greater power comes greater responsibility. A real king must rise of all worldly temptations and nothing as favoritism, friendship, or anything should come in the way of justice. The latter, describes one of the most important principles of life, to survive is to change, to change is to survive, to survive is to live.

Another innings and another failure for Shikhar Dhawan came on the fourth day of the Oval Test between England and India. That’s how Dhawan’s dreadful English tour came to an end.

The 32 years old racked up scores of 26, 13, 35, 44, 23, 17, 3, and 1 in eight Test innings of this tour. That makes up for 162 runs at an average of 20.25. Interestingly, on the last tour of England, Dhawan averaged marginally better at 20.33.

The left-hander got off to decent starts but couldn’t even touch fifty once. Top-order has been one of the biggest blemishes for India, thus far. He is part of that problem. A problem that has landed significant blows on India’s hopes away from home, this year.

But how does Dhawan gets to the Indian Test squad and then into playing XI outside Asia is a bigger question than anything else?

15 Tests, 30 innings, 774 runs, an average of 25.80 and three fifty-plus scores. This is how the Indian openers’ overall numbers read in SENA (South Africa, England, New Zealand, Australia) countries. Out of 30 innings, Dhawan has failed to reach fifty in as many as 27 innings. Interestingly, his average in Asia jumps to a whopping 61.

Even before this year's away series’ began, he had 580 runs at an average of 29 in SENA countries. So, it's not like this series unveiled something new. His technical flaws were well documented ever since India’s last SENA cycle.

So why would you take an opener with a weak technique and a glaring inability to score runs in such testing conditions, where your openers’ role becomes all more important? It was like a failure waiting to happen.

One could foresee this happening given Dhawan’s inadequacies in helpful seaming and swinging conditions. He got out to short-balls in South Africa. Here in England, the dashing southpaw got beaten on both inside and outside edge. In short, his batting has been laid bare once again, like the last non-Asian cycle despite glimpses of improvement here and there.

It’s a no-brainer that Dhawan is one of the blue-eyed boys of Captain Kohli. There are reports that point out to how “big” a figure Kohli has become in Indian cricket.

But now that Kohli’s punt on Dhawan is proving to be wrong over and again and he isn’t turning out to be Sehwag outside Asia, isn’t it time for the selectors to finally make a strong decision on Dhawan’s Test career?

India already have someone like Mayank Agarwal waiting in the wings. Vihari’s performances thus far have also given indications what fresh legs might bring to the plate instead of going for tried and tested failures like Dhawan.

Professional cricket is about the survival of the fittest. But the question is are Indian selectors willing to put the fittest on the park or will they keep waiting to make heroes out of players like Dhawan, who have invariably failed to adopt outside their comfort zone?

If selected, Dhawan might well cash in on West Indies like he did against Afghanistan, this year but it hardly solves India’s non-Asia conundrum. It is about time, India starts looking for long-term solutions.

ALL STATS UPDATED TILL SEPTEMBER 11, 2018.

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Steve Waugh names the best batsman among Kohli, Root, Kane, and Smith

Staff Writer Updated: 2 February, 2019, 11:46 AM IST

HIGHLIGHT

  • Steven Waugh is a veteran of 168 Tests
  • He named the best batsman of the present generation
  • The former Aussie skipper also explained the rationale behind his choice

Australian legend Steve Waugh named the best batsman of the present generation. The Fab Four compromising of Steve Smith, Joe Root, Virat Kohli, and Kane Williamson is considered to be the gold dust of batting in international cricket. Waugh picked Virat Kohli as the best batsman and also explained why he rates him so highly.

"I think Virat Kohli has got the best technique. If I told someone to model himself on a particular player I would say Kohli has got a perfect technique," Waugh told ESPNCricinfo when asked to pick the best batsman of the current generation.

Virat Kohli is world's no.1 when it comes to ICC's ODI and Test rankings. Not very long ago, Kohli became the first cricketer to sweep all three ICC awards - Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year, the ICC Men’s Test Player of the Year and the ICC ODI Player of the Year awards following an astonishing 2018.

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India's Chief Selector MSK Prasad showers huge praise on Hardik Pandya

Staff Writer Updated: 2 February, 2019, 11:37 AM IST

HIGHLIGHT

  • Pandya is one of the vital cogs of India's limited-overs outfit
  • He put up a strong show at Bay Oval in the third ODI
  • Prasad says Hardik has an abundance of talent

Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya is one of the vital cogs of India's limited-overs outfit. After getting ruled out of the side from September 2018, firstly due to injury and then owing to the Koffee with Karan controversy that got him temporarily suspended, Pandya was added to India's squad mid-way for the New Zealand ODIs.

He put up a strong show at Bay Oval in the third ODI as well to stamp his authority and reaffirm his value to the team. India's chief selector MSK Prasad has praised the lanky all-rounder, emphasizing on the kind of balance he brings to the plate.

“Hardik Pandya definitely adds huge strength to the team’s balance. He brings in that additional strength to all three departments (batting, bowling and fielding). He has an abundance of talent, which he needs to realise and convert into match-winning performances,” Prasad said in an interview with Cricbuzz.

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Michael Vaughan questions absence of Rishabh Pant from India's ODI squad

Staff Writer Updated: 1 February, 2019, 8:45 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

Michael Vaughan has questioned the absence of young wicket-keeper batman Rishabh Pant

Men in Blue were bowled out for 92 as Trent Boult took five wickets

India had already won the five-match series 3-0

With India's mediocre performance in the fourth ODI against New Zealand, former England skipper Michael Vaughan has questioned the absence of young wicket-keeper batman Rishabh Pant from the ODI side.

Men in Blue were bowled out for 92 as Trent Boult took five wickets in the game. Taking to Twitter, he wrote: “Why isn’t @RishabPant777 getting a go in the ODIs !???”

India had already won the five-match series 3-0, outplaying New Zealand by eight wickets in the first match, 90 runs in the second and seven wickets in the third.

But New Zealand finally found conditions to its liking — hot conditions which made the ball swing — and in the absence of captain Virat Kohli, who was rested, and M.S. Dhoni, who has a hamstring strain, bowled out India for 92 in 30.5 overs.

New Zealand reached 93-2 in only 14.4 overs, concluding the match before the scheduled dinner break. Ross Taylor made 37 in an unbroken 54-run partnership with Henry Nicholls (30 not out) to see New Zealand home, clinching the win with a six and a four from the bowling of Yuzvendra Chahal.

"I think it was one of our worst performances with the bat for a long, long time," stand-in captain Rohit Sharma said.

"Games like this can happen. You've got to give credit to the New Zealand bowlers; after losing three matches to come out and bowl like that was a magnificent effort."

Boult was thrilled to find the swing which is the foundation of his bowling success — he is ranked 10th in the world in ODIs — and used it expertly to wreck India's top and middle order. The full ball, swinging into the stumps late, was too much for India batsmen who flourished in more placid conditions in the first three matches. India lost three wickets for 33 runs and slumped to 55-8 before some tail-end resistance took it past 88, its previous lowest score against New Zealand.

"When you get conditions like this you obviously want to make the most of it," Boult said. "Coming off three pretty good wickets for batting, it was nice to come across something like this that gave us something to offer at the start and it was nice to put some pressure on the visitors."

Boult bowled his 10 overs consecutively, showing reluctance to give up the ball in such advantageous conditions. Colin de Grandhomme also bowled 10 consecutive overs of medium pace and swing, taking 3-26 including two wickets in his opening over.

Without the steadying influences of Kohli and Dhoni, India crumbled. Once New Zealand broke the opening partnership between Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan cheaply for the first time in the series, it was able to expose a middle order it hadn't previously seen.

The New Zealand bowlers had taken only nine wickets in the three previous matches. Sharma was promoted to captain India in Kohli's absence and in his 200th ODI.

News Cricket

Rohit Sharma on the verge of joining Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli in elite list

Staff Writer Updated: 1 February, 2019, 8:39 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

Rohit Sharma, who is leading Men in Blue in the absence of Virat Kohli, will look to finish the series on winning note

He currently has 22 ODI tons and is joint third with Sourav Ganguly

He needs one more century to overtake former Indian skipper

Rohit Sharma, who is leading Men in Blue in the absence of Virat Kohli, will look to finish the series on winning note when the two teams take on each other on Sunday.

He currently has 22 ODI tons and is joint third with Sourav Ganguly on the list of most centuries for India. He needs one more century to overtake former Indian skipper.

Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli sit at the first and second spot with 49 and 39 centuries respectively.

Trent Boult took five wickets for 21 runs to lead New Zealand to a face-saving eight-wicket win over India on Thursday in the fourth one-day cricket international. India had already won the five-match series 3-0, outplaying New Zealand by eight wickets in the first match, 90 runs in the second and seven wickets in the third.

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Watch: After Sarfraz Ahmed racist comment, Fakhar Zaman uses a cuss word while batting

Staff Writer Updated: 1 February, 2019, 8:31 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

Sarfraz Ahmed was caught on the stump mic making racist remark

Fakhar Zaman was caught using a cuss word on the stump mic

Fakhar Zaman was hit by a short delivery bowled by Kagiso Rabada

Last month, Sarfraz Ahmed was caught on the stump mic making racist remark against South Africa's Andile Phehlukwayo during the 2nd ODI of the series.

He was banned for four matches after he was found guilty of breaching ICC’s code of conduct.

Now Pakistan's opener Fakhar Zaman was caught using a cuss word on the stump mic during the fifth ODI against South Africa. On the final ball of the 12th over of Pakistan's innings,

Fakhar Zaman was hit by a short delivery bowled by Kagiso Rabada. Watching his batting partner getting hit in the ribcage, Babar Azam walked up to Zaman to check up on him.

Looking frustrated, he was caught on the stump-mic saying: "Slow ho gaya. Yaar woh 140 hai, behen***d slow aa raha hai. (It got slow. He is 140 mate, beh*n***d it is coming slow)”. He scored 70 runs in the match but couldn’t save his team from losing the game as the hostswon the game by 7 wickets in the end.

News Cricket

 200 is just a number, says Mithali Raj after achieving World Record

Staff Writer Updated: 1 February, 2019, 8:26 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

Mithali Raj became the first woman cricketer to play 200 matches in the ODI format

She is also the highest run getter in the world with 6622 runs

She made her debut way back in 1999

Mithali Raj became the first woman cricketer to play 200 matches in the ODI format. She is also the highest run getter in the world with 6622 runs.

"200 is just a number for me but it feels nice to come so far," the unassuming India's ODI captain said after completing a maiden 2-1 series win on New Zealand soil. "I have seen different stages of (transformation) in women's cricket across the globe since I made by debut way back in 1999 under IWCC (International Women's Cricket Council). Coming under ICC, we could see the difference. I am just happy to represent the country for so long," Mithali said.

It was an emotional day for the Indian skipper as she was able to represent India for so long at the top level.

"When I started, I didn't think that I will come so far. Initially, my aim was to only wear the India colors, be one of the core members of the team but never did I think that I will continue to play for so long," said Mithali. "When you have a long career, you have different elements and reasoning that comes into factor. But one thing has been to constantly thrive and change my game to suit different conditions, different areas of my game and trying to keep up with the international standards. "I have seen joys, highs and lows -- when you have a long career," she said.

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When Sunil Chhetri made fun of Virat Kohli for ordering Idli

Staff Writer Updated: 1 February, 2019, 8:23 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

Indian cricket skipper Virat Kohli and football captain Sunil Chhetri have achieved a lot in their respective professions

Sunil Chhetri has revealed that his chat with Virat Kohli played an important part in the former turning vegan

He also shared an incident where he made fun of Virat for ordering idli

Indian cricket skipper Virat Kohli and football captain Sunil Chhetri have achieved a lot in their respective professions.

Sunil Chhetri has revealed that his chat with Virat Kohli played an important part in the former turning vegan.

He also shared an incident where he made fun of Virat for ordering idli. In a chat with TOI, Chhetri admitted that his friendship with Virat has helped him realize the benefits of going vegan.

"I didn't start because of love for animals. Because after eating 2000 lambs I can't say that. (But at my age) It helps in recovery." “I used to make fun of him. One of the things we did for Star Sports, he ordered for some idli and I asked him what was wrong with him.” Chhetri said.

He also praised Virat Kohli for his hard work and achievements.

“He is one sportsman who is unbelievable. It is not easy to do what he is doing. What Virat is doing is unbelievable. He is also different from others in person. What he eats, how he trains, he is different from others. He actually trains like a footballer, he talks about body fat, he talks about sprints," he added. "He actually puts a lot of energy and time on being a better player and it is great because it is something which I learnt from,” the 34-year-old said.

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 Selection committee and team management was sure of Bumrah’s success in Tests, says MSK Prasad

Staff Writer Updated: 1 February, 2019, 8:19 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

Jasprit Bumrah has been phenomenal in Test cricket since making his debut

Bumrah proved doubters wrong with fine display of bowling with the red ball

Chief selector MSK Prasad is a relieved man now with Bumrah's emphatic performance

Jasprit Bumrah has been phenomenal in Test cricket since making his debut against South Africa in 2018. In his first year in Whites, he took 49 wickets to finish among the top wicket-takers in the world. There was a view that he was more suited to limited overs cricket and could get injured if exposed to five-day game. But Bumrah proved doubters wrong with fine display of bowling with the red ball. Chief selector MSK Prasad is a relieved man now with Bumrah's emphatic performance in the longest format of the game.

“There were many theories that this kid shouldn’t be exposed to the longer format. Since he has a peculiar action, which can lead him to injuries. In fact, the selection committee and team management thought the other way round, If this kid can get stronger without making any changes to his action, he can prove to be effective in the longer format, especially while playing abroad,” Prasad was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz.

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Anushka Sharma and Sakshi Dhoni Were Schoolmates. See Pics

Staff Writer Updated: 1 February, 2019, 3:23 PM IST

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MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli have a great bond and mutual understanding, which is quite reminiscent as well on the field. Not only Dhoni and Kohli but even their wives Anushka Sharma and Sakshi Dhoni have a connection, which we didn't know earlier.

Anushka Sharma and Sakshi Dhoni were in the same school when they were growing up. And this very revelation is breaking the internet with their pics going viral.

Check the pictures here:

“Sakshi and I lived together in a very small town in Assam. When she told me where she lived, I said wow, I have lived here too! She said I went to this school, I said I went to this school too... And then I found a picture in which Sakshi is dressed as a fairy and I’m dressed in a ghaghara like my favourite idol Madhuri. Sakshi is extremely funny,” Anushka Sharma had revealed during an earlier interview, as reported by India Today.

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Sri Lanka: Riddled with Problems

Sreelata S Yellamrazu Updated: 1 February, 2019, 2:25 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

  • Lasith Malinga took over from Thisara Perera and Dinesh Chandimal as Twenty20 and one day internationals captains
  • The past few months have been torturous for the one-time ICC Cricket World Cup winners
  • Sanath Jayasuriya and Nuwan Zoysa were found in the red for non-cooperation

If Australia were looking for a desperate way to push the spotlight away from them, they could not have asked for a better opponent. After being ripped apart to reveal fragility against the Indian team, Australian cricket can breathe easy as Sri Lanka appear to be falling apart on and off the field.

That the rot had indeed sunk deeper into the cricketers was evident in the fact that not a month after Lasith Malinga took over from Thisara Perera and Dinesh Chandimal as Twenty20 and one day internationals captains respectively, his wife posted a message on social media that has set the cat amongst the pigeons even as Sri Lanka are dealing with a heavy defeat in the first Test down under and in the midst of fighting for pride in the second.

That Sri Lanka’s cricket administration had trouble within the ranks is not a new headline. For at least the past couple of decades, there has been no hiding from the fact that Sri Lanka’s cricket is deeply embroiled in power struggle, nepotism, government interference and is an entity unlike no other. Time and time again, irrespective of the results on the field, Sri Lanka’s cricket administration has faced fickle times as a result of the disharmony, seeking dissolution and ad hoc appointments on a whim.

The past few months have been torturous for the one-time ICC Cricket World Cup winners whose had captured the hearts and imagination of the cricket loving public. However, 1996 seems a faraway dream as Sri Lanka wrestle to maintain equanimity in the face of corruption charges that have led the International Cricket Council (ICC) to give the board a fifteen day amnesty period to come clean. This came after former cricketers such as Sanath Jayasuriya and Nuwan Zoysa were found in the red for non-cooperation and fixing respectively.

In turmoil on the field in terms of producing consistent results in the aftermath of the exit of the talented twin duo of Mahela Jayawardene and Kumar Sangakkara, Sri Lanka’s cricket has struggled to maintain an aura of dignity. Captaincy since had become Russian roulette with all-rounder Angelo Mathews even threatening to quit cricket at one point over being demoted from the captaincy ranks.

Lack of success has continued to make matters worse as Malinga, only days after being appointed captain, has to now face another barrage as his wife, Tanya, alleged Perera was seeking government intervention for his place in the team. With the unrest having spread into the WAGS corner and with social media now becoming an unwitting participant, it is hard to see Sri Lanka being able to back out of this corner for the team to perform in cohesion.

Even the coaching position has not been spared ignominy and the sense of farce about the proceedings. Once banned for stalling play along with the captain over ball tampering allegations in the West Indies, Chandika Hathurasingha now finds himself out of the on-tour selection team that now includes the team manager and the captain. It is hard to see how the dynamics plays out or for the sport to suddenly come clean given that Sri Lanka already have their backs to the wall, on the field and off it as well with the malice having spread deep enough to create proxy wars.

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Mitchell Starc no longer a certainty for Ashes: Former Aussie Captain

Harshit Anand Updated: 1 February, 2019, 2:02 PM IST

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Mitchell Starc hasn't been in the best of form of late. He has lost his sharpness, which once made him one of the best Test bowlers in the world. Former Australian player Mark Taylor feels Mitchell Starc might be in danger of missing the Ashes series against England, which is scheduled to be played in the UK after the culmination of the Cricket World Cup.

Taylor wrote in a column for Fairfax, “Australia’s Big Three fast bowlers is on the verge of becoming a Big Two. Mitchell Starc’s membership is in danger of being revoked. This has not been a great summer for the big quick which is why it’s so important he gets something out of the final Test of the season.

“Starcy’s numbers – 15 wickets at 36 – are not awful but they do not show how inconsistent he has been. His pace is still up but control is an ongoing issue. There were spells in Brisbane where he bowled on both sides of the pitch, just as he did at a crucial stage in Adelaide.

“I no longer have him as a certainty for the Ashes, but as a probable. My issue with him in England is his inability to maintain pressure. He took a bag of six and five in 2015 but he leaked four to five runs an over in those innings and Australia lost comfortably. His higher run rate places extra pressure on the other two quicks to keep it tight.

“His advantage is that as a left-armer he gives the attack a point of difference but some of Australia’s express-pace quicks of the past, like Jeff Thomson, Brett Lee and Jason Gillespie, had higher averages in England compared to the rest of their career. Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood, if fit, will go. It’s hard to leave out Jhye Richardson, who can bowl fast outswing.

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Zaheer Khan names his Indian squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup

Staff Writer Updated: 1 February, 2019, 12:21 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

  • 2019 Cricket World Cup is just a few months away
  • Zaheer Khan was part of India's World-Cup winning squad in 2011
  • He named his Indian squad for World Cup

The 2019 Cricket World Cup will commence from May 30 in England and Wales. The megaevent will culminate on July 14. England and India are prime favorites to win the 50-overs cricket World Cup. They are ranked no.1 and no.2 in ICC ODI team rankings and have been performing brilliantly in the last few years. 

India's former pacer and World Cup winner, Zaheer Khan named his Indian squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.

Here is the Indian World Cup 2019 squad named by Zaheer Khan:

Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (captain), MS Dhoni (wk), Ambati Rayudu/Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Rishabh Pant and KL Rahul/a fast bowler.  

Zaheer told Cricbuzz, “The main factor which will up for the debate is basically you want to go with four fast bowlers and Hardik Pandya or you want to take that chance and say okay, Hardik Pandya is our fourth seamer,” Zaheer said, adding the latter option would give India the space to accommodate an extra batsman. According to him, two players out of Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik and KL Rahul would get a nod if Pandya is picked as the fourth bowler.

“I still feel the four fast bowler option is still important. Considering the fact that the World Cup is going to be a long tournament. So you don’t want a bowler to come from outside and right away try to fit in the squad. So when you are picking your squad, you would want to cover all your bases,” he added.

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Disaster at Hamilton raises a few pertinent questions

Partab Ramchand Updated: 1 February, 2019, 12:19 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

  • Defeat also underlines the truth that the team is over dependent on the top order
  • Result came as rude wake up call for the Indians
  • Moreover a defeat is one thing, a rout quite another

India’s ignominious defeat in the fourth ODI against New Zealand at Hamilton raises a few pertinent questions. One may be tempted to shrug off the loss coming as it does after the visitors had taken an unassailable lead in the series. But it is still a valid point to be ruthless at all times. That is one quality the unbeatable West Indies under Clive Lloyd and Vivian Richards displayed in unmistakable terms. They kept up the pressure at all times. Once they had the opposition down they trampled all over them and that is how they made a clean sweep of several Test and ODI contests.

Secondly the defeat also underlines the truth that the team is over dependent on the top order. If the top three fail the rest of the side could just collapse like a construction made of adulterated cement. This was one opportunity for the middle and late order batting to show that they were made of sterner stuff and could rise to the occasion in a crisis but they failed abysmally.

Overall the result came as rude wake up call for the Indians and underscored the fact that in international sport there is no room for complacency. One has to play their best side and play at their best at all times to be truly world class. To that extent despite their No 2 ranking the Indians do not appear to be a side to be installed as one of the favourites for the World Cup.

Moreover a defeat is one thing, a rout quite another. To go down without a fight by eight wickets with a record 212 balls to spare after being bowled out for 92 and then allowing opponents who have been at the receiving end so far to canter to victory is all a bit hard to swallow. There can be no excuse for plumbing the depths to this extent and even a vastly improved performance by the Indians in the final ODI on Sunday will not erase memories of the all-round disaster at Hamilton.

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Rahul Dravid gives out his verdict on struggling KL Rahul

Harshit Anand Updated: 1 February, 2019, 11:48 AM IST

HIGHLIGHT

Discarded Indian opener KL Rahul is going through a turbulent phase in his career at the moment. Firstly, he endured a dry run with the bat and then the Koffee with Karan controversy further added salt to injury. All-rounder Hardik Pandya got selected in the senior team after both the players were allowed to play again but that wasn't quite the case with Rahul. The 26 years old is sweating it out for India A under the able guidance of Indian legend Rahul Dravid.

KL Rahul's poor form has continued even for India A. Things are getting murkier for him with time. It is never easy to make it to the Indian team but earning back your place again is even tougher. But the Karnataka batsman has found support in Rahul Dravid.

India A head coach Rahul Dravid said, “He (KL) got a good first ball today as it seamed. I have no doubt that he has got quality and ability. He is playing four-day games as well and he has shown that he can succeed at the international level in all three formats.”

“He has got a hundred in T20, ODI and Test and not many batsmen have that record. He is a proven performer and I am not too worried about his form,” the India A coach added.

Dravid also reflected on the relevance of India A for upcoming as well as senior players. “India A is always a combination of two things. There’s always some players coming in from India (senior national team) and there are some other senior boys selectors want to see. They are looking at players from a short-term perspective and there are other boys they are looking at medium and long term perspective. India A is a balance of both,” said Dravid.

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Rahul Dravid names favorites for 2019 Cricket World Cup

Staff Writer Updated: 1 February, 2019, 10:53 AM IST

HIGHLIGHT

The 2019 Cricket World Cup is just a few months away. It is going to be the biggest extravaganza of the year. It will be played in England and Wales. Former Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid has named India as one of the favorites for ICC's mega event.

Dravid said, “I think India are playing very good cricket at the moment and go in as one of the favourites. Hopefully, we will peak in the next few months.

“Wickets will be very flat in England and I expect it to be quite a high-scoring World Cup. When we were in England with A team, 300 was regularly scored,” Dravid said, citing how things have changed in the last two decades.

“A lot more runs will be scored compared to the 1999 World Cup, where we used the Dukes white ball. The white Kookaburra with two new balls, revised field restrictions (different Powerplays) are different, so you can’t compare the two World Cups.”