News Cricket

Sunil Gavaskar wants these two changes in Indian team in 2nd T20

Staff Writer Updated: 27 February, 2019, 3:13 PM IST

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Sunil Gavaskar stated India should bring back Shikhar Dhawan in the side for the second T20 against Australia. The hosts were defeated in the first T20 as the Aussies won the match by three wickets on the last ball of the match.

The former Indian skipper wants Dhawan to open the innings with Rohit Sharma while KL Rahul should bat at number four.

“India would do well to bring Dhawan back and have Rahul at No.4.,” Gavaskar wrote in his column for the Times of India. “The plus point for India is Rahul’s return to form and (Mayank) Markande showing good temperament under pressure.”

He lambasted Umesh Yadav for his ordinary performance in the first game.

“Umesh Yadav, despite being around for such a long time, is not convincing as a white-ball bowler, so India could well do with a replacement for him,” Gavaskar wrote.

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Rohit, Dhoni and Kohli on the verge of achieving personal milestones in second T20

Staff Writer Updated: 27 February, 2019, 2:55 PM IST

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Indian skipper Virat Kohli, his deputy Rohit Sharma and former captain MS Dhoni are on the cusp of achieving personal milestones in the second and final T20I against Australia. The Men in Blue are trailing 0-1 in the two-match series and will be looking to win this one in order to level the series.

The batters had a miserable outing in the first match and barring KL Rahul, who scored a well compiled fifty, none of the star players contributed with their willows.

Rohit Sharma is standing just two sixes away from becoming the leading six-hitter in the shortest format of the game. He is just one hit behind the likes of Chris Gayle and Martin Guptill, who have 103 sixes to their names.

Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni are involved in a race as to who will touch the 50 T20I sixes mark first. Dhoni has 49 sixes to his name while Kohli has hit 48 in his career.

News Cricket

Gautam Gambhir gives apt reply to Pakistan PM Imran Khan’s remark

Staff Writer Updated: 27 February, 2019, 2:38 PM IST

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Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir has lauded the Indian Air Force after they destroyed terror camps across the border. He also gave a fitting reply to Pakistan PM Imran Khan's remark of responding to India’s strike at the time and place of its choosing.

The strike, which was carried out in the Balakot region of Pakistan, had the involvement of 12 Mirage 2000 aircrafts.

The attack by the IAF came 12 days after the gruesome terror attack on the convoy of CRPF claimed the lives of 44 security personnel.

"Forum (NSC) strongly rejected Indian claim of targeting an alleged terrorist camp near Balakot and the claim of heavy casualties. Once again Indian government has resorted to a self-serving, reckless and fictitious claim," said a statement issued after the National Security Committee meeting in Islamabad which was attended by Prime Minister Imran Khan. "Forum concluded that India has committed uncalled for aggression to which Pakistan shall respond at the time and place of its choosing."

Gambhir took to twitter to respond to Imran's statement.

"We decided the time, we decided the place and we have decided the fate @IAF_MCC @adgpi #SurgicalStrikes2 #airstrikes."

News Cricket

I deserve chances more consistently: Ajinkya Rahane

Harshit Anand Updated: 27 February, 2019, 12:53 PM IST

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  • Rahane has not played an ODI since February 16, 2018
  • "Playing the World Cup is a dream every cricketer cherishes," Rahane said
  • It looks unlikely that he would get a chance in the World Cup

Indian Test vice-captain, Ajinkya Rahane is "very much hopeful" of getting a place in India's World Cup squad. India's chairman of selectors MSK Prasad, a while back had indicated that Ajinkya Rahane could be India's back-up opener at the World Cup. But Rahane was not picked in the any of the limited-overs squads to face Australia at home. The home series against Australia will be India's final international assignment before the World Cup.

"I am aggressive as a batsman but by nature, I am quite shy. I prefer to let my bat speak but sometimes it's important to speak the truth... I have believed the team always comes first and I have always respected the team management and the selectors' decision and I will continue to do that. But in the end, it is important that your performance is recognised as well. See the point that I am trying to make is that if as a player I have always played for the team, then I deserve chances more consistently. That's the least I am asking," Rahane said.

"If you see the last three-four series, my average was around 45 to 50. Yes, after that I was dropped and I went back to domestic cricket and I feel I have done reasonably well," he added.

News Cricket

Trevor Bayliss picks his favourite for the World Cup and its not England or India

Staff Writer Updated: 27 February, 2019, 12:18 PM IST

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England coach Trevor Bayliss feels West Indies have the chance to surprise everyone in the upcoming World Cup and are one of the favourites for the coveted title.

“The Windies have been playing some decent cricket over the last 18 months. With the size of their batters and the way some of them hit the ball, there can be a chance of winning that World Cup,” he said.

“It is an interesting choice keeping in mind that West Indies have not won a single bilateral series for close to five years but have sprung in few surprises, especially so far in the ongoing series versus England,” he further added.

After defeating England in the Test series, Windies have shown their firepower in the ongoing ODI series too.

“I know the right West Indies combination with a fully focused side can beat anyone on their day,” Richard Pybus, West Indies’ interim coach, said. “I wasn’t at the World Cup qualifiers but, with the group of guys we have now, we feel confident could take down anyone on their day.”

News Cricket

Surgical Strike 2.0: How's the josh, says Virat Kohli ahead of the second T20 against Pakistan

Staff Writer Updated: 27 February, 2019, 12:11 PM IST

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Indian skipper Virat Kohli is gearing up for the second T20 against Australia. After India's defeat in the first match, Men in Blue are in pressure to win the final game to keep the Aussies at bay.

The Indian captain was in full groove during the practice session on Tuesday along with his teammates.

It was an eventful day for the entire country as Indian Air Force took the revenge of 42 CRPF martyred by destroying terror camps across the border.

Many cricketers expressed their happiness on social media after IAF's strike. They lauded the Indian Air Force for its bravery.

Virat Kohli took to Facebook to post a picture with a thrilling caption, “How's the Josh?”

This phrase is from the recent super hit Bollywood movie, 'URI – The Surgical Strike'. It was based on Indian Army’s surgical strike in Uri sector in the valley.

News Cricket

Pakistan finally reacts to India's threat of boycott in World Cup 

Staff Writer Updated: 27 February, 2019, 11:58 AM IST

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The relationship between India and Pakistan has reached an all-time low ever since the Pulwama terror attack, in which at least, 40 CRPF Jawans were martyred. The terror attack was executed by a Pakistani backed terror outfit. Ever since the cowardly Pulwama attack, there have been calls by cricketers and fans in India for boycotting Pakistan in 2019 Cricket World Cup that starts from May 30 in England and Wales. 

India are slated to take on Pakistan in Manchester on June 16. BCCI wants other cricket boards to "sever ties with nation from which terrorism emanates". PCB Chairman, Ehsan Mani, MD Wasim Khan and COO Subhan Ahmad are present in Dubai at present juncture of time. 

“Pakistan’s stance is that if India wants to give a walkover, it can’t do anything about it. But it will pose a question as to what happens if both countries again qualify to meet each other in the knockout stages,” the PCB official said.

Yesterday, India finally avenged the Pulwama terror attack, when several Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter jets crossed the Line of Control (LoC) and destroyed terror camps in Balakot, Muzaffarabad, and Chakoti. ANI reported that around 3:30 this morning, 12 Mirage 2000 fighter jets of the Indian Air Force dropped 1,000 kg bombs on terror camps of the Jaish-e-Mohammed, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen.

Feature Tennis

Stefanos Tsitsipas will be the one to watch in 2019

Partab Ramchand Updated: 27 February, 2019, 11:38 AM IST

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  • Tsitsipas is at No 11 in the latest rankings
  • Tsitsipas is deadly serious about his game
  • He also has a big serve and comes to the net more often

It’s been a quiet start to the tennis season symbolized by the fact that there are no major changes in the ATP rankings. Novak Djokovic who won the Australian Open is predictably comfortably perched on the top and Rafael Nadal whom he defeated in the title clash at Melbourne is some distance behind him. Roger Federer has fallen to No 7 chiefly because of his fourth round loss in the Australian Open to Stefanos Tsitsipas. And this brings us to the young Greek who is right now the most talked about young player on the circuit. At 20 he is the youngest player in the top 20 in the ATP rankings. And his semifinal appearance at the Australian Open where he went down to Nadal has also marked him for greater things.

For some time now the young generation has been threatening to take over from the trio of Djokovic, Federer and Nadal. At the moment they are still playing catch up with the top places in the rankings generally being occupied by the Big Three who are also having a monopoly of the Grand Slam titles. However if there is a feeling that 2019 could finally mark the transition it is largely because of players like Tsitsipas. There is little doubt that he is the leader of the GenNext of players who could take over from the top three. From being nowhere at the start of 2018 Tsitsipas ended the year ranked No 15 and not unexpectedly was named the ATP most improved player following his breakthrough season.

Obviously any further progress will be a bit slower even for this prodigiously gifted youngster but despite the intensely competitive field Tsitsipas is at No 11 in the latest rankings following his winning the Marseilles Open on Sunday. His talent and impressive record as such a tender age is not the only thing that has seen grabbing the headlines. Also attracting considerable attention is his good looks, long hair, flamboyant lifestyle and the fact that he comes from a tennis playing family. But on court Tsitsipas is deadly serious about his game which is based on being an aggressive baseliner. From the backcourt he is able to send down a stream of groundstrokes which either find their mark or are difficult to return. He also has a big serve and comes to the net more often than other typical baseline players. He has earned a lot of praise not only for his talent and all court game but also for his calm temperament which has reminded the experts of Federer, his idol. Clearly among the many challengers for the top spots Tsitsipas will be the one to watch most closely in 2019.

News F1

With Alonso watching, McLaren's Norris fastest in F1 testing

AP Updated: 27 February, 2019, 11:31 AM IST

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With Fernando Alonso watching from the pits, British rookie driver Lando Norris set the fastest time in his McLaren on Tuesday to start the final week of preseason testing in Formula One.

Norris' good run came on a relatively slow day for Mercedes and Ferrari, as both teams faced reliability issues.

Norris is part of the new McLaren lineup that also includes Spaniard Carlos Sainz. They are replacing Stoffel Vandoorne and two-time world champion Alonso, who left F1 after four seasons with the English team.

It has been a promising start for McLaren in 2019, with the team producing its best preseason performance in several years. It was able to run more laps in last week's sessions than in both weeks a year ago.

It wasn't a trouble-free day for Norris, though, as he twice faced mechanical problems at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit.

"On the whole today was a good day, although we didn't get to do quite as much running as we wanted," Norris said. "We've improved the car slightly since last week, especially on the longer runs, so we're going in the right direction, which is positive. It's important that we keep doing that."

His time of 1 minute, 17.709 seconds, which came on the faster tire compound, was three tenths of a second slower than Nico Hulkenberg's lap with Renault last week, the fastest so far this season. Pierre Gasly was second fastest with Red Bull on Tuesday, ahead of Lance Stroll of Racing Point.

Sebastian Vettel was fourth with Ferrari, with teammate Charles Leclerc seventh after being kept in the garage for a long time as the team investigated a cooling problem with his car.

"This morning we did fewer laps than planned, but I'm sure we can make up for lost work in the coming days," said Leclerc, who is debuting with the team this season.

Ferrari had enjoyed a smooth first four days of testing last week, showing good pace and reliability.

Valtteri Bottas was only 11th fastest with Mercedes on Tuesday, just ahead of teammate and defending world champion Lewis Hamilton. Bottas was stuck in the garage for most of the afternoon as the team had to change a power unit because of an oil pressure problem.

"Unfortunately, after four days of flawless reliability last week, I spent most of the day waiting," Bottas said. "But I'm glad I still got to do a few laps. The team did a really good job to get the car out again. It was important to get a bit of a feel for the new aero package. My running was obviously very limited, but it seems like we've made improvements."

Mercedes tested new aerodynamic parts to try to gain some speed compared to last week's sessions. There were relatively big regulation changes to the cars' front and rear wings compared to last season, and Ferrari appeared to arrive with a slightly more efficient design last week.

Williams, which started testing later than the other teams because a delay with its 2019 car, managed to run 119 laps with rookie George Russell.

Testing will continue through Friday at the Barcelona-Catalunya Circuit, home to the Spanish Grand Prix in May.

The season-opening Australian Grand Prix is on March 17.

News Cricket

Shocking! Star Proteas Pacer announces retirement from international cricket

Staff Writer Updated: 27 February, 2019, 11:18 AM IST

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A lot of South African players are going the Kolpak way. And another star Proteas pacer bites the dust. Duanne Olivier, who was named the Man of the Series against Pakistan, earlier this year, has become the latest South African player to announce retirement from international cricket.

He has signed a three-year Kolpak contract with Yorkshire. The 26 years old had even made it to top 20 in the ICC Test bowler rankings. And he looked a great prospect for South Africa going forward. But, just like Kyle Abbott, Olivier is also leaving South Africa at the peak of his powers.

There is a quota system prevalent in South African cricket, whereby the target is for an average of six players of color in the first XI, which often creates insecurity among players.

He was quoted by Yorkshire website as saying, “I came over to the UK last year and thoroughly enjoyed my time playing county cricket. I have since realized I could happily base myself there for the foreseeable future.

“I was originally looking to come back as an overseas player, but when I got a long-term offer from Yorkshire as a Kolpak, I knew that signing for the club would be the best option for both myself and my family.

“I would be lying if I said this wasn’t a difficult decision to make,” he added. “It’s giving up playing for my country, with no guarantees of playing international cricket again. But at the end of the day, I needed to be true to myself. I’ve only got this one chance to see where my talent can take me, and Yorkshire just felt right to me,” he added.

News Football

Rodgers quits treble-chasing Celtic, takes over at Leicester

AP Updated: 27 February, 2019, 11:16 AM IST

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Brendan Rodgers gave up the opportunity to lead Celtic to a third straight treble in Scotland to take over as Leicester manager in the Premier League on Tuesday.

It secured Rodgers a first managerial post in the English top flight since getting fired by Liverpool in October 2015, a year and a half after nearly leading the team to the Premier League title.

In his two full seasons at Celtic, Rodgers swept the Scottish Premiership, Scottish Cup and Scottish League Cup titles. Already this season, Celtic has won the League Cup, leads the league by eight points, and is into the quarterfinals of the Scottish Cup.

Celtic moved immediately to replace Rodgers by hiring Neil Lennon, the club's manager from 2010-14.

Rodgers, who succeeds Claude Puel after the Frenchman's firing on Sunday, was due at Leicester's King Power Stadium for Tuesday's league game against Brighton but won't take charge of the team until the game on Sunday at Watford.

"I'll give my life," Rodgers said, "to make the supporters proud of their club. Together, we'll be stronger and I'm looking forward to working with the players, staff and supporters to make the right steps forward."

Leicester hasn't won any of its last seven games, stretching back to Jan. 1, and has slid to within eight points of the relegation zone.

Once a team happy to just be in the top division, Leicester's expectations have altered owing to its improbable Premier League title triumph in 2016 under manager Claudio Ranieri.

Leicester has endured tragedy this season when its Thai owner, Vichai Srivaddhanaprabha, died after his helicopter crashed leaving the stadium following a game in October. Puel had to lead the club through grief in the following weeks.

But his future has been the subject of almost continuous speculation since the turn of the year, when Leicester lost to fourth-tier Newport County in the FA Cup. It has lost five of its six league games since.

Hired to replace Craig Shakespeare in October 2017 months after being released by Southampton, Puel led Leicester to a ninth-place finish last season.

"We're continuing to grow as a club," Leicester vice chairman Aiyawatt Srivaddhanaprabha said, "and I am anticipating that Brendan's coaching methods, knowledge and experience can enhance our journey."

The 46-year-old Rodgers was appointed on a contract through June 2022.

News Football

Abramovich's Chelsea confronts anti-Semitism problem

AP Updated: 27 February, 2019, 11:13 AM IST

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Gathered with his Chelsea directors, Roman Abramovich stopped the football talk to raise deep concerns.

This was in November 2017, and Abramovich was alarmed by a rise in anti-Semitic incidents, particularly in Britain — and even in his own stadium. Rather than just focusing on trophies, the Premier League club's Jewish owner believed Chelsea could be a force for social change, to transform the minority of fans hurling abuse at Stamford Bridge.

"We're just sitting, talking ... and he brought up what he had noticed and what he was concerned about," Chelsea chairman Bruce Buck recalled in an interview with The Associated Press, "and of course everyone said he's someone that can do something about it."

For more than a year, Chelsea has been working with Jewish organizations to harness the power and influence of the world's biggest sport to promote a more inclusive environment at games and, more broadly, educate new generations about the murder of six million Jews in the Holocaust.

A group from the club, including academy players, has visited the Nazi concentration camp at Auschwitz. A Holocaust survivor, Harry Spiro , addressed the first team squad about the horrors of the Buchenwald and Theresienstadt camps.

"I thought they'd be on their iPhones," Buck recalled. "He told his story for about 45 minutes and every single player and every single coach sat there mesmerized."

Ahead of Holocaust Memorial Day last month, players, including Eden Hazard, were featured in a video urging the world, "We Remember."

"They're role models," Buck said, "so we hope some of these stupid fans, and there are a few out there, realize that these are my role models."

It's a work in progress that has layers of complexity.

UEFA disciplinary officials on Thursday will decide how to punish Chelsea for anti-Semitic chants made by fans during a Europa League game in Hungary in December against Vidi. Chelsea could be forced to play a game behind closed doors without any fans.

The Chelsea fans were chanting "Yid," a derogatory term for Jewish people. What muddies complaints is the fact that fans of crosstown rival Tottenham, which has traditionally drawn a large fan base from the Jewish communities in London, call themselves the "Yid Army." For decades the Y-word has been deployed as a call to arms by Tottenham followers.

But when Chelsea fans have hurled the Y-word — particularly during games against Tottenham — there has also been hissing, mimicking Nazi gas chambers. With Chelsea hosting its London rival on Wednesday night in the Premier League, fresh warnings have been issued for fans to cut out the antisemitism that has tarnished past derbies.

"There is a particular problem with the Y-word," Buck said. "We think the use of the Y-word by Spurs supporters, or by anybody, is wrong. It's very confusing ... because UEFA thinks it's wrong and are charging our fans. ... We're trying to say there shouldn't be a ban."

News Tennis

Top-seeded Nishikori wins in Dubai; Cilic loses to Monfils

AP Updated: 27 February, 2019, 11:10 AM IST

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Top-seeded Kei Nishikori eased into the second round of the Dubai Championships by beating Benoit Paire 6-4, 6-3, while No. 3 Marin Cilic was eliminated by the resurgent Gael Monfils.

Making his debut in Dubai, Nishikori saved all eight break points he faced and needed just 81 minutes to set up a meeting with qualifier Hubert Hurkacz.

All eight of Paire's break points came in the first four games, as Nishikori continually found a way to get out of trouble en route to taking a 3-1 lead.

"I think the key was the longest game at 2-1. (I was) able to get the game. I was more confident. If he broke back, anything (could have) happened," said Nishikori, who improved his record against Paire to 6-2.

Cilic, meanwhile, has still never won against Monfils, falling to 0-4 against the Frenchman after a 6-3, 4-6, 6-0 loss. The 32-year-old Monfils, who is coming off his eighth career ATP tour title in Rotterdam two weeks ago, won 24 of 29 points in the final set against an inconsistent Cilic.

"I had this momentum going on his service game (in the third set)," Monfils said. "For me, it was just about putting him under pressure. Obviously it worked."

Stefanos Tsitsipas also extended his good form after winning his second ATP title in Marseille on Sunday, beating Mathew Ebden 6-4, 3-6, 6-3. He will next face Belarusian qualifier Egor Gerasimov, who edged Robin Haase 7-6 (2), 7-6 (5).

Czech veteran Tomas Berdych also advanced after a 2 ½-hour struggle against Ilya Ivashka, winning 6-4, 4-6, 7-6 (4).

Other winners included American Denis Kudla, who outlasted Matteo Berrettini of Italy 2-6, 7-5, 7-5 and wild-card entry Marcos Baghdatis, who rallied to beat Mohamed Safwat 4-6, 6-3, 6-4.

News Cricket

Jayasuriya banned from cricket for 2 years

AP Updated: 27 February, 2019, 10:11 AM IST

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Former Sri Lanka captain Sanath Jayasuriya was banned from cricket for two years for refusing to cooperate in an investigation of corruption in his country's cricket.

The International Cricket Council made the decision after Jayasuriya admitted to breaching two counts of its anti-corruption code.

He was charged last October with failing or refusing to cooperate, and obstructing or delaying the investigation, and said at the time he has "always conducted (himself) with integrity and transparency" in cricket.

"This conviction under the code demonstrates the importance of participants in cricket cooperating with investigations," Alex Marshall, the general manager of the ICC anti-corruption unit, said in a statement. "Compelling participants to cooperate under the code is a vital weapon in our efforts to rid our sport of corruptors. These rules are essential to maintain the integrity of our sport.

The unit has been trying to rid Sri Lanka cricket of inherent corruption for the past year, and Marshall said a recent amnesty drew 11 players and others to come forward with information.

Jayasuriya helped Sri Lanka win the Cricket World Cup in 1996, captained the team to the semifinals in 2003, and came back from retirement to help the team at age 38 reach another final in 2007.

The all-rounder played 445 one-day internationals and 110 tests before retiring for good in 2011. By then he was a member of parliament. He also became the chairman of selectors in 2013 and resigned in 2017 after a second stint.

Opinion Cricket

India's Predicted XI for the second T20I against Australia

Harshit Anand Updated: 26 February, 2019, 5:44 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

The first T20I between India and Australia in Vizag turned out to be a thriller with the result of the match coming on the final ball of the game. Now, the focus shifts to the second T20I, which will be played at M Chinnaswamy stadium. It is a two-match T20I series, so the Bengaluru T20I will be a do-or-die game for India.

Here is our Predicted XI for the second T20I against Australia:

Rohit Sharma

The Indian T20I vice-captain, Rohit Sharma needs to stand up and perform for the Men in Blue. He is one of the best batsmen in the T20 format. In the last seven T20Is, however, the stylish Indian opener has scored just one fifty. He is crucial to India's hopes in the series-deciding T20I game in Bengaluru.

KL Rahul

Rahul made a terrific comeback and was the stand-out batsman in the first T20I at Vizag against Australia. He scored a free-flowing fifty and played some classical shots. Given how good he has been in T20 internationals, and the fifty he made in Vizag, India might well play him ahead of Dhawan tomorrow as well.

Virat Kohli (C)

Kohli has scored just one fifty in last 11 T20Is and just like Rohit, needs to pull his socks up in the Bengaluru T20I. Virat looked in good touch in Vizag but he needs to play a defining knock in the series-decider against Australia.

Rishabh Pant

Rishabh Pant was unlucky to get run-out in the last T20I. But, he can be very dangerous in the shortest format and would need to play a knock of repute if he has to boost his chances of inclusion in India's World Cup squad.

MS Dhoni (WK)

MS Dhoni is a misfit in India's T20I squad at present. With some quality youngsters making their way, even his selection in the T20I squad is surprising. It was not as if he was lacking in practice, as he would be playing all the five ODIs against Australia, so his T20I selection was baffling, to say the least. Dhoni made 29 runs off 37 deliveries in the Vizag T20I and he certainly needs to up his game, especially when it comes to power-hitting.

Dinesh Karthik

Dinesh Karthik has been fabulous as a finisher in T20 cricket. He failed in the first T20I but should be persisted with in the second game. If Dhawan makes a return, Rahul would bat at no.3 and that would disturb Kohli's batting position. If Vijay Shankar replaces Karthik, he would give overs but won't be useful lower-own the order, given he needs to work on power-hitting. That means India would be deprived of the benefit of an all-rounder. So, keeping all aspects in mind, it would be better if India plays Karthik at M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

Krunal Pandya

Krunal Pandya was India's second-best bowler in the Vizag T20I. He gave away just 17 runs and picked up the crucial wicket of Ashton Turner in his quota of overs. But, he is yet to show his batting prowess for India in T20Is, which he would love to, in an important game against Australia.

Yuzvendra Chahal

Wrist-spinner, Yuzvendra Chahal shot to fame with his brilliant performances for Royal Challengers Bangalore. One of the great things about his IPL stint has been how well he bowls at a small ground like M Chinnaswamy stadium. Even his best figures in T20Is came in Bengaluru, so he would be India's trump-card in the second T20I.

Jasprit Bumrah

Bumrah ended with figures of 3/16 in the first T20I and was the force, which helped India give a tough fight in the Vizag T20I. The 25 years old will again be paramount to India's hopes.

Siddarth Kaul

Umesh Yadav was poor and one of the major reasons behind India's loss in Vizag. He clearly struggles in death overs and it would be better for India if they play Siddarth Kaul in place of Umesh Yadav.

Mayank Markande

Leg-spinner, Mayank Markande, who made a name for himself in the 2018 IPL, had an average outing in the first T20I against Australia. But, he should be given another chance. Markande is not part of India's ODI squad against Australia, so he needs to be given another game, at least to prove himself at the highest level.