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Watch: Ashok Dinda suffers nasty injury after being hit on forehead

Staff Writer Updated: 11 February, 2019, 4:15 PM IST

HIGHLIGHTS

Bengal and Indian pacer Ashok Dinda was hit on the forehead while attempting to take a return catch during practice match at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

The ball was hit hard by Birender Vivek and Dinda decided to go for caught and bowled on his follow through but he couldn’t grabbed the cherry and was hit on the forehead.

He immediately went down on the ground with physios rushing out for assistance.

He got up after few minutes and even completed his over. He, however, left the ground soon after and was taken to Nightingale Hospital where a CT scan was performed to know the exact nature of the injury.

“Dinda looked fine as he completed the over before returning back to the dressing room. As a precautionary measure, he was taken for scans. There is nothing alarming but he has been advised two days of rest,” a Cricket Association of Bengal official told PTI.

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Former Indian cricketer Amit Bhandari attacked with hockey sticks and rods

Staff Writer Updated: 11 February, 2019, 3:56 PM IST

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Former Indian cricketer and chairman of the DDCA senior selection committee, Amit Bhandari was attacked by a group of men during the trials for the Under-23 team at St Stephen's ground.

He was hit on his head and ear with hockey sticks and roads and was taken to the nearby hospital by his colleague Sukhvinder Singh.

The unidentified men fled the spot after the incident. Rajat Sharma, the president of Delhi & Districts Cricket Association told PTI that miscreants will not be spared.

"We are trying to procure all details of the incident. As far as I have come to know, it is regarding one disgruntled player, who didn't make it to the probables list for the National U-23 tournament.

"The SHO from the local police station has reached the Stephen's ground and I have personally spoken to the Delhi Police Commissioner Amulya Patnaik. The guilty will not go unpunished. I promise exemplary action against whoever is found involved in this misdeed. We will register an FIR," Sharma said.

Shankar Saini, who is the manager of Delhi's senior and U-23 teams, shed the light on whole incident.

"I was having my meal along with a colleague inside the tent and Bhandari along with other selectors and senior team coach Mithun Manhas was watching the probables play a trial match.

"A couple of men first came and went up to Bhandari. There were heated exchanges between Bhandari and the two men. They left and before we could gather our thoughts, suddenly some 15 men armed with hockey sticks, rods and cycle chains came charging," Saini said.

"When the other boys attending the trials along with us rushed to save Bhandari, they started threatening us and one of them said, "Don't get into this or else we will shoot you."

"They hit Bhandari with hockey sticks and rods and he sustained head injury," the former Delhi seamer added.

News Cricket

Virat Kohli drops out of top 15 in latest ICC batting rankings

Staff Writer Updated: 11 February, 2019, 3:48 PM IST

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The Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, who missed the three-match T20I series against New Zealand has dropped four places and is presently ranked 19th in the latest ICC T20I batting rankings.

India's chinaman spinner, Kuldeep Yadav, who featured only in the last T20I against the Black Caps has moved up to a career-best second position in the latest ICC T20I rankings. Kuldeep Yadav was India's stand-out bowler in the T20I series-decider, which the Men in Blue lost narrowly. The wrist-spinner ended up with figures of 2/26.

Rohit Sharma swapped three places with out-of-favor KL Rahul. Rohit Sharma is now ranked seventh in the batting rankings, which is headed by Pakistani batsman, Babar Azam.

Indian all-rounder Krunal Pandya moved up 39 places to a career-best 58th in the ICC T20I bowling rankings.

News Cricket

Steven Smith and David Warner may feature in last two ODIs against Pakistan

Staff Writer Updated: 11 February, 2019, 3:42 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

The banned duo of David Warner and Steve Smith will be eligible for national team again on March 29. The same day, Australia will take on Pakistan in Dubai in the fourth ODI of a five-match series.

Smith and Warner, who were banned for their roles in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa, are currently recovering from their respective elbow injuries.

The five match series will be held from March 22-31 and there is a possibility of these two being called up for the last two ODI against the hosts.

Smith's injury was of more serious nature and he is expected to be in elbow brace until the end of February.

Smith's manager, Warren Craig of Turning Point Management, had stated the surgery of the former skipper went well.

"Until the brace comes off we don't know for sure but all current opinion is that he'll then have about three and a half weeks (before being ready to play)," Craig told cricket.com.au in early February.

"The intent is that he will play in the IPL and then the World Cup and then the Ashes."

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Watch: Virender Sehwag turns babysitter, says he is ready to babysit Australian kids

Staff Writer Updated: 11 February, 2019, 3:20 PM IST

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Virender Sehwag is known for his humor and spot on replies on social networking sites. The former Indian opener, in a new TV commercial, has turned babysitter ahead of Australia's tour of India.

The visitors will play 2 T20Is and 5 ODIs against Men in Blue. The last Test series between India and Australia Down Under was a memorable one for Virat Kohli & Co.

They not only defeated Australia in their backyard but also won verbal duals against the home grown stars.

During one of the Test matches, Paine had asked Pant if he would like to babysit his kids while he is out with Mrs. Paine. After few days, when Team India went to meet the Australian Prime Minister, Pant was pictured with Paine’s wife and kids and she captioned the photo 'Best Babysitter.'

During the last Test match at the Sydney Cricket Ground, the Bharat Army even dedicated a song to Babysitter Pant.

The new commercial featuring Sehwag is hilarious. In an advertisement for Star Sports, he is seen with kids wearing Australian jerseys.

"Jab hum Australia gaye the, toh unhone poocha tha babysitting karoge? Humne kahaa sabke sab aajaao. Zaroor karenge."

News Cricket

Harbhajan Singh feels Dinesh Karthik's denial to take single costed India the game

Harshit Anand Updated: 11 February, 2019, 2:54 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

  • Dinesh Karthik refused to take an easy single on the third ball of the 20th over
  • Vijay Shankar top-scored for India with 43 runs off 28 balls
  • Rohit was a big disappointment as he batted sluggishly to score 38 off 32 deliveries

New Zealand defeated India by four runs in T20I series-decider in Hamilton to win the three-match T20I series 2-1. India were given a huge target in the third and final T20I. But the partnership between Dinesh Karthik and Krunal Pandya gave all the Indian fans hope of something special in the final T20I. One of the most controversial moments came in the final over of the game when Dinesh Karthik refused to take an easy single on the third ball of the 20th over.

Speaking to Sports Tak, the Indian off-spinner, Harbhajan Singh said, "This last T20I could have gone either way and any team could have won but a little mistake from Dinesh Karthik that he did not take that single and may be we could have won this game too. Somewhere I felt Krunal Pandya could have tried, he had got 18-19 runs in the previous over from Southee. So if that one mistake would not have been made, may be the result of the match and the series would have been different"

It was quite surprising to see Karthik refusing to take the single especially given the kind of touch Krunal had shown on Sunday. India were given 213 runs to chase after Colin Munro blasted 72 runs off 40 balls for the hosts.

Vijay Shankar top-scored for India with 43 runs off 28 balls while the likes of Dinesh Karthik (33 off 16), Rishabh Pant (28 off 12), Krunal Pandya (26 off 13), and Hardik Pandya (21 off 11) played wonderful cameos. Rohit Sharma was a big disappointment as he batted sluggishly to score 38 off 32 deliveries.

Feature Cricket

Flat-lining At the End of a Series

Sreelata S Yellamrazu Updated: 11 February, 2019, 2:41 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

  • Indeed India’s tour of Australia was an unprecedented success
  • It is easy to dismiss the loss in the Twenty20 series as something that came on the back of a huge tour
  • India went off the rails a little bit when they should have hammered in the final nail in the coffin

It may seem ironic and at the same time, easy to overlook that India lost the Twenty20 series to New Zealand in light of the fact that the tour down under has been, for the most part, a resounding success.

Indeed India’s tour of Australia was an unprecedented success, particularly in the arena of Test cricket as India vanquished the hosts 2-1 in the four Test series. That India’s overseas Test series win in Australia came after seven decades of touring the Southern Hemisphere nation speaks for itself. It was certainly a sparkling feather in Virat Kohli’s cap and poignant that this win came on the soil where he first took over the captaincy officially from Mahendra Singh Dhoni in 2014 in the context of Test cricket.

Arriving in New Zealand on the back of the rather rigourous, emotionally high tour of Australia for the limited overs series, even as New Zealand presented themselves as World Cup ready, India proved to be an easier ride for the first half of the tour anyway with regard to the one day internationals. Midway through, however, India appeared to have lost their edge and perhaps their steam without some of their more regular players on show. Although the series was much closer than just by going by the score line, the truth of the matter is that New Zealand were exposed as being not quite ready yet for the robust battles for the World Cup. And given the fact that India boast of Twenty20’s greatest platform of commercial value, the Indian Premier League, on paper anyway, it is a little bit worrisome to think India went off the rails a little bit when they should have hammered in the final nail in the coffin.

It is easy to dismiss the loss in the Twenty20 series as something that came on the back of a huge tour and followed the stupendous Test series win, it speaks to something of being professional as well as being diligent, as well as somewhat perhaps rudderless without their premier batsman and captain, Virat Kohli, who was rested and eventually returned home. Given the amount of Twenty20 that the Indian cricketers play and given the fact that the formats have seen different composition of players, it is hard to attribute the attritional effect of a long, heavily contested tour to relatively fresh faced players for whom this format is presently their bread and butter.

It is, also, easy to shove this loss aside as a one-off and immaterial in the context of the phenomenally heavy Test cricket season that is on its way out and the ICC Cricket World Cup that is increasingly looming large. However, given the amount of time teams get to play these tours and series against varying opponents, and some of these players who do not play all formats are relegated to the IPL in the absence of international commitments, with a packed schedule, the next World Twenty20 is not that far around the corner. Despite the tremendous tour, India must keep their eye on their victories as well as their defeats, even if they appear narrow and/or presently inconsequential.

It is not an uncommon scenario around the world when the tour gets to the end, that teams treat some matches and tourneys almost like dead rubber events. But for teams looking to scale the top and stay there, every match gains significant learning experience if not consistency of wins.

News Cricket

Let’s create a situation where India request Pak to play bilateral series, says managing director

Staff Writer Updated: 11 February, 2019, 2:31 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

  • Wasim Khan feels India will not play Pakistan anytime soon
  • He wants his national board to create a situation where Men in Blue request them to play
  • He stated that the two member boards have good relations

Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) managing director Wasim Khan feels India will not play Pakistan anytime soon and he wants his national board to create a situation where Men in Blue request them to play bilateral series.

“It’s a massive challenge and I don’t think we’re going to see any solutions anytime soon. I think elections are coming up in India, so nothing is going to happen in the near future. But, we are trying and [PCB chairman] Ehsan Mani is trying hard to get them to the table and get things moving,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Wasim, as saying.

“We keep on asking them to play us but let’s create a situation where they ask us to play. I think we need to do that. It’s sad that we are not playing against them but life continues. We need to move forward and carry on. We can’t wait forever to play India. Our focus is to develop Pakistan cricket and get our team and players a lot of success at the international level,” he added.

He said there is no point in contacting India on the matter till the general elections. Ehsan Mani praised the BCCI and stated that the two member boards have good relations but they won’t be asking BCCI to play cricket.

He added that if Pakistan is able to land itself among the top three teams in the world then India would come of its own to play with them.

“Until it’s not done (elections in India), there is no point in engaging them at this stage because we have to start over with new people in the BCCI. But our relations with the Indian board are very good and we have mutual respect but we won’t be imploring them to play us. If we will take Pakistan cricket to a level where we are among the top three teams in the world, they will come on their own to play with us,” Mani said.

“I get a lot of messages from Indian journalists and public about their wish to play against Pakistan. Unfortunately, politics sneaks in which I don’t believe sports should ever be mixed up with. But it happens in our environment, especially in India it happens a lot. But I understand when they are done with elections their attitude will get right too,” he added.

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Watch: When MS Dhoni prevented the flag from touching the ground in the blink of an eye

Harshit Anand Updated: 11 February, 2019, 12:50 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

  • A fan had invaded the pitch to meet MS Dhoni during the third T20I against New Zealand
  • The invader had Indian flag in his hands
  • Dhoni exhibited his quickness and prevented the Indian flag from touching the ground

Former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni is one of the most loved and adored cricketers in the world. And in the T20I series-decider against New Zealand on Sunday, he once again won many a hearts when he prevented the Indian flag from touching the ground.

A fan had invaded the pitch to meet the veteran Indian cricketer during the third and final T20I against New Zealand in Hamilton. The fan ran towards the 37 years old in a bid to touch his feet. But he had Indian flag in his hands. As he bent down to touch his feet, unintentionally, the flag slightly touched the ground. In the blink of an eye, Dhoni took away the tri-color from the invader's hands so that it doesn't remain in contact with the ground.

We have seen how quick Dhoni is behind the stumps. But, in the third T20I, he showcased his love and respect for the national flag by showcasing similar quickness, which was applauded by one and all.

Watch the video:

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Presence of several utility players encouraging

Partab Ramchand Updated: 11 February, 2019, 12:05 PM IST

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  • Looking at the current T-20 squad one is encouraged by the presence of utility players
  • Vijay Shankar for example was promoted to No 3 in Sunday’s game and top scored with 43
  • Hardik of course has been around for some time

So India could not cap a successful Trans-Tasman trip with victory in the T-20 series in New Zealand. They lost by a narrow 2-1 margin in a contest between two evenly matched sides but there were a few gains. And perhaps the biggest gain was the sudden discovery of a number of utility players so very important in limited overs cricket.

One of the reasons behind India’s unexpected triumph in the 1983 World Cup was that the team had a number of these bits and pieces cricketers – players who could contribute a bit both with bat and ball. Kapil Dev, Roger Binny, Madanlal, Mohinder Amarnath and Ravi Shastri constituted a more than useful quintet and even a cursory glance at the scores of that triumphant campaign will illustrate how these players were in the thick of action one way or the other.

Looking at the current T-20 squad one is encouraged by the presence of players like Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Kedar Jadhav and Vijay Shankar. All of them fit in aptly in the category of utility players. In the batting order they are also floaters in that they can go almost anywhere depending on the situation. And they also chip in more than usefully with the ball either keeping the runs down or picking up the odd wicket. Vijay Shankar for example was promoted to No 3 in Sunday’s game and top scored with 43.

Hardik of course has been around for some time now and has established himself in both the ODI and T-20 squads besides playing eleven Tests with moderate success. Krunal Pandya has played only nine T-20 internationals but has impressed as a highly competitive cricketer. Besides he has an excellent record in the first class game and List A cricket. Kedar Jadhav who turns 34 next month has been in and out of the ODI squad but with a batting average of 43 and a bowling average of 31 from 54 games his credentials cannot be overlooked. Vijay Shankar is the latest entrant having made his T-20 debut last year and his ODI debut only last month but even though he has played only four ODIs and eight T-20s he has already impressed the experts with hit utility skills. The discovery of so many bits and pieces players augurs well for the future for they are essential in the limited overs game.

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Rohit Sharma: The new god of T20 cricket

Staff Writer Updated: 11 February, 2019, 11:28 AM IST

HIGHLIGHT

Rohit Sharma has grown from strength to strength in the T20 format and his resurgence for Team India is quite telling. One of the most feared batsmen in the world, Rohit recently became the top run-getter in T20Is. His adaptability and dominance atop for India is quite remarkable. India may have lost the T20I series against New Zealand by a 2-1 margin, but Rohit's contribution should be lauded. He struck a fabulous 16th T20I fifty in the second match and helped India level the series. In the third match, he played more of an anchor and got to a decent looking 38.

Rohit's tryst with records is quite mind blowing in the format. The senior cricketer has already earned a lot of fame in ODIs, but his impact in T20Is is monumental. On Friday, the player surpassed New Zealand's Martin Guptill (2,272 runs) for the most runs amassed in T20Is. It was another feather in the cap of the Mumbaikar. Rohit's knock of 52 helped India dominate the show. The opening batsman has 2,326 runs from 93 T20Is. His astounding average of 32.76 highlights his prowess. Rohit is one of the most consistent batsmen in T20Is. He was the second highest run-scorer in the format in 2018 (590). He was also the only batsman to hit two tons in this format last year.

Rohit's progress in T20Is has been on an upward trajectory. His free-flowing nature and ability to be aggressive whenever required makes him a steal. His batting isn't about just the records and the plethora of runs. The way he sets himself in this format, makes him pleasing to the eye. Out of all the top T20I run-getters, Rohit isn't just someone, who just comes in and plays a brisk innings to give his side the desired start. He is more than just that. His ability to control the game and bat for longer periods helps him. Four T20I tons is a testament to his batsmanship. He is also a clean striker of the ball and 102 sixes in the format shows his capability in finding the fence often.

To be alongside Chris Gayle and Guptill in this feat, makes him a special entity. His contribution in the game for India has helped the side gain control on a consistent level. The vital part about his game is that he doesn't wastes his time. He faces more deliveries being an opener, but he also scores the runs to contribute. Few cricketers are as talented as Rohit and he hasn't thrown this aspect away. These factors make him not only the best batsman for India, but also in the world.

News Cricket

Shane Warne opens up on the Sachin v Kohli debate

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

HIGHLIGHT

There have been constant comparisons between Sachin Tendulkar and Virat Kohli, over and again. There is a whole bunch of fans, which absolutely loves making comparisons between Sachin and Kohli. Both the cricketers enjoy a cult fan following. Virat Kohli is the best batsman in the world at the moment that too by a country mile while people regard Sachin Tendulkar as the greatest batsman to have graced the game. One is India's kingpin at present, the other was the whole and sole hope of the country in the 1990s.

Australian spinner, Shane Warne, however, feels it is unfair to compare two batsmen from different eras. Warne was quoted as saying by Times of India, "Very hard to judge when someone is playing and very hard to judge eras,” Warne said. “Think about the bowlers in the ’90s. Different surfaces that seamed. Now they’re a lot flatter. The ball swung more. So many invariables. But to think that someone was better than Brian Lara and Sachin – in those mid-’90s – against Wasim, Waqar, Curtly, Courtney, McGrath, Donald, Saqlain, Mushy, Vettori, Murali, myself. You can go on."

He further added, “Virat is breaking all the records, which is great but I want to wait. See, what people miss is this: You can set benchmarks, score those many centuries, average that high, score a lot many runs. But what people are going to remember you for is the way you played the game. Someone should run down the street and ask fans, how many runs did Mark Waugh make or what his average was? They wouldn’t have a clue but chances are, here’s what they’ll say: I loved watching him play.

Warne reckons Kohli will go down as the best ODI batsman of all-time with Viv Richards. "To my mind, what’s already evident is that Virat is one of the best players of all time. In One-dayers, he probably has to go down with Viv Richards as the greatest ever, not so much for the record but for the way he plays his game. But I’ll judge him at the end of his career,” said Warne.

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Virat Kohli The Best Leader Of Men, Not Tactical Captain: Shane Warne

Staff Writer Updated: 11 February, 2019, 10:38 AM IST

HIGHLIGHT

  • The former leg-spinner termed Kohli as the "best leader of men
  • Warne feels there is a difference between captaincy, tactics and the leader of the team
  • Virat Kohli is likely to be back in the team for the home ODI series against Australia

According to Australian spin legend, Shane Warne, Virat Kohli might not be the best captain in the world in terms of tactics but he certainly is the best leader of men. Warne admittedly is a big Virat Kohli fan. Over and again, he has expressed his adulation for the 30 years old Indian skipper. Virat Kohli, a while back, became the first captain to lead India to bilateral Test and ODI triumphs in Australia.

The former leg-spinner termed Kohli as the "best leader of men." Shane Warne was quoted as saying by NDTV, "I think he (Virat Kohli) is the best leader of the team at the moment. There is a difference between captaincy, tactics and the leader of the team."

Warne, who took 708 Test and 293 ODI wickets added, "I am a huge Virat Kohli fan. I think he is great for the game of cricket. He leads his team so well. Tactically it's very hard to split. I think Tim Paine, Kane Williamson from New Zealand are very good tactically as well. So I think it's very hard to say if there are any standout captains but I would say the best leader of men at the moment is definitely Virat Kohli."

Virat Kohli is likely to be back in the team for the home ODI series against Australia. He was rested from the team for the last two ODIs and T20I series against the Black Caps.

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Girl trolls Hardik Pandya with Pandya Aaj Karke Aaya Kya? banner in New Zealand

Staff Writer Updated: 9 February, 2019, 8:55 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

Hardik Pandya is back with a bang after his ban was lifted by the BCCI and was among runs and wickets during the ODI series against New Zealand.

However, it seems his sexist comments on Koffee with Karan are not going to leave him easily. At T20 international match between the two sides, a girl trolled the Indian all-rounder by holding a banner that read, “Pandya Aaj Karke Aaya Kya?”

Video of the woman holding the placard is also doing rounds on social media.

Many took to Twitter and tagged Pandya to the post and lauded the fan for her courage and stance.

Pandya was not the only one who was targeted over his remarks. Kuggeleijn, the Kiwi player, who was accused of raping a woman in 2015, had to bear the brunt of public anger.

There were posters which referred to #MeToo and one of the posters said: “Wake up, NZ Cricket, #MeToo”.

Opinion Cricket

Why Krunal Pandya might be a better bet than Ravindra Jadeja in World Cup

Harshit Anand Updated: 9 February, 2019, 5:35 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

There are some players who have a special aura about them. And you need not to be in the face of your opponents, be aggressive on the field or do things that cater to the general perception of being special to be a special player necessarily. Not all heroes wear capes.

Unlike younger Pandya, the elder Pandya doesn't command your attention with his style and attitude. Both brothers are poles apart. If one is fire, the other is ice, if one is madness the other is calmness, if one is chaotic, the other is harmonized. But, one thing common among them, except for the genes, is that both are highly talented players.

Krunal oozes calmness and maturity. His moves are calculated and he gives a feeling of reliability. One can make out from his body language and his aura, that he is special. He has that X-factor in him to solve team's all-rounders problem.

Unlike Hardik, Krunal had to wait for long and hard for the elusive India call-up. But, boy he has arrived in style and showed to the world, why he should have been in the set-up, much earlier. Krunal has played eight T20Is but already exhibited what made him a stand-out player right from his IPL days, which would often leave the cricket pundits perplexed as to why this Baroda lad is not making to the senior team.

Krunal Pandya is temperamentally very strong. He has this knack of bringing his best game forward in times of adversity. He is also resilient and knows how to deal with setbacks and bounce back. In the third T20I against Australia in Sydney, he starred for India in a do-or-die game. The Men in Blue were 0-1 down going into the final T20I.

Pandya bagged four wickets and was adjudged the Player-of-the-Match. He didn't have the best of starts to the series. He was hammered all around the park in the first T20I, but he put up a decent show in the second T20I and then was central to India's win in Sydney. And this was just his first overseas series.

Even in the ongoing New Zealand T20I series, he made a terrific comeback in the second T20I to win Man-of-the-Match award after being ineffective in the T20I series opener. Krunal's triple-strike dented New Zealand's hopes of putting a big total on the board in Auckland.

It was a commendable performance from the left-armer, especially when we put into perspective, the flat pitch, small boundaries and the pressure that a do-or-die game has on the players. India had succumbed to their biggest T20I defeat in the series opener in Wellington.

There was enormous pressure on the 27-year old, more so, after Rohit Sharma picked him at the expense of India's premier white-ball spinner, Kuldeep Yadav. But, he was unperturbed by everything and delivered, which showcases his mettle. Even in IPL, he has made a world-class batsman like AB de Villiers his bunny. So more the challenges, the better Pandya performs.

The Ahmedabad-born cricketer is quite adaptable. He not only reads the game situations well but is also smart enough to translate them into performances. Who can forget his 2017 IPL final heroics for Mumbai Indians? The southpaw made a crucial 47 when the chips were down and then bowled an economical spell to help Mumbai Indians win the title. He was later given the Man-of-the-Match award as well.

Krunal's batting skills have still not come to the fore at the highest level. He has only batted on three occasions for India, which is not enough for a rookie player to leave his mark. Batting has been his stronger suit, so he will only enhance his reputation in international cricket when given adequate opportunities.

Ravindra Jadeja and Krunal are like-for-like cricketers. Both are slow left-arm orthodox and left-handed batsman. Jadeja is currently India's no.1 choice for the spinning all-rounder position but Krunal might be able to do a better role than him in that slot.

First of all, despite all the talent that Ravindra Jadeja has, he has been average with the bat, at best. Jadeja lacks the versatile game that has been significant to Krunal's success with the bat in IPL. Not only the elder Pandya can build innings but he possesses a much better power-game, which is need of the hour for India in limited-overs format since the waning powers of MS Dhoni.

If you need a bowler to bowl at one line and length with invariable consistency all day, you won't find a better bowler than Ravindra Jadeja. Perhaps, that's why he is so successful in Tests. But it becomes his weakness in white-ball cricket, where you cannot afford to be predictable. On the other hand, Krunal is a street-smart bowler. He varies his line, length, and pace perfectly and is quite good at being one step ahead of the batsman.

Krunal Pandya's IPL success speaks volumes about his potential. And we have often seen that IPL has been a pathway to the Indian team, so let's not pretend that IPL's success doesn't have bearing on ODI selections. Pandya has impressed in T20Is and can be India's surprise package for the 2019 Cricket World Cup.