The newly assembled Indian selection committee led by Chetan Sharma has announced the squad for the first two Tests of the four-match series to be played in Chennai against England, starting February 5. The last two matches of the series will be played at Sardar Patel Stadium in Ahmedabad, the largest cricket stadium in the world.
After the historical Test series win in Australia at Gabba, India are in exemplary form. On the other hand, England beat Sri Lanka by 7 wickets in the first Test. Joe Root began 2021 in style with a record-breaking double ton in the first Test against Sri Lanka. He scored 228 runs which came in only 321 balls.
Generally, India stick with duo spin in-home pitches, England are also likely to stick with the twin spin attack of Dom Bess and Jack Leach who played in the opening Test, sharing 14 wickets between them, including a five-wicket haul each. However, England’s seven wicket-victory was their fourth consecutive win away from home, something they last managed in the 1950s.
Every team is dominant in home conditions. In the past five years, India have won just one of their six Test series outside Asia, against a struggling West Indies. Their overall Test record in England is uninspiring -six wins from 57 matches and three series victories -1971, 1986, and 2007.
Whereas India’s home record in the past 10 years, 17 Test series played by India during this period, it has won 15, losing one and drawing one. India have a winning record of 88%. The next best side on those counts is England, with 75% respectively. However, Virat Kohli holds the distinction of being the first Asian captain to win a Test in each of England, Australia and New Zealand.
In 32 Tests, the home team wins 14 times and the visitor wins 6 times respectively. Meanwhile, 11 games end with no results, and 1 game end in a tie at the Chepauk Stadium.
Here are the last 5 Test matches average scores of all 4 Test Innings:
Test Matches 1st Innings average score – 376 runs
Test Matches 2nd Innings average score – 473.4 runs
Test Matches 3rd Innings average score – 218 runs
Test Matches 4th Innings average score – 87.4 runs
The pitch of MA Chidambaram Stadium is normally dry and hard so it is quite easy to bat in the first two innings on this pitch. You will not see green grass at all on this pitch. With time pitch will begin to help the spinners due to heat, crack, and footmarks of the bowler.
It has a maximum and minimum temperature is 31°C and 21°C respectively. During the day, temperatures usually reach 31°C in Chennai with high heat and humidity. There is usually 1 day with some rain in Chennai in February and the average monthly rainfall is 12mm.
Virat Kohli (C), Ajinkya Rahane (VC), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (WK), Wriddhiman Saha (WK), Ravichandran Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Md. Siraj, Shardul Thakur.
Joe Root (captain), Moeen Ali, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Ben Foakes, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Ben Stokes, Olly Stone, Dom Sibley, Chris Woakes, Jofra Archer, James Anderson.
Virat Kohli-led India team is definitely the new chokers, here is the reason…
Do you know why Virat Kohli-led Indian team crumbles in the big events of ICC?
A scintillating and full of aggression on the field, the Indian skipper Virat Kohli needs no introduction. He is maverick with the bat. But when it comes to leadership Virat Kohli completely failed in this department.
After the stupendous run in the ICC events under the leadership of MS Dhoni, it was quite difficult for the Indian skipper to match that level or had tough boots to fill. There are also failures under the captaincy of MS Dhoni but failures in a row, question the leadership of Virat Kohli and the selection committee.
Let’s have a quick look at the big events of ICC- Champions Trophy 2017, 2014 World T20, 2016 World T20, World Cup 2015, World Cup 2019 and most recently one World Test Championship Finals. Do you know, all these events have one thing in common? You will be surprised to know!
The common thing was India’s failure in knock out matches of these events despite showing superb performances and being the strong contender in the league stages.
Indian skipper Virat Kohli has led India in three big events of ICC so far- the 2017 Champions Trophy, the 2019 ODI World Cup and the recently completed inaugural edition of the WTC. In all these events, India managed to reach the closing stages, unfortunately, we lost the trophy in one hour of a bad game.
In June 2017 Champions Trophy, the Men in Blue were favourites to clinch the title but India lost the summit clash against arch-rival Pakistan in a one-sided affair.
Overall, India have not won an ICC tournament in eight years, despite reaching the knockouts six times. The last time India won an ICC Champions Trophy in 2013 under the leadership of MS Dhoni.
What are the reasons the men in blue failed to deliver at the big stage? Let’s have a quick look-
Dependency on the Top order:
Every skipper has tried different combinations in the top order but there is no change in the outcome. Right from Shikhar Dhawan to Rohit Sharma and then to Virat Kohli have scored big runs in the latest few years.
Now, KL Rahul and Shubman Gill have been added to the list. When the team’s top order collapsed then one can easily predict the result.
Back-to-back experiments in the middle order:
Virat Kohli and head coach Ravi Shastri along with the management tried different combinations but failed to find the batsman at no.4. Frequent experiments in the middle order have put more pressure on the boys because there is no backing from the management side.
When the top order fails completely then there is no single lad in the middle order to who can single-handedly win the games for the side. There is also an exception when Dinesh Karthik heroics helped India stun Bangladesh to lift the Nidahas trophy in the year 2018.
No policy of backing up players:
You will be surprised to know that the Indian team is still lacking in the balance playing X1. Before going to the World Cup 2019 we have only Vijay Shankar and Rishabh Pant, who hardly played 10 ODIs that is very unusual.
Ambati Rayudu who had proven his worth in the middle order was dropped out of the team just before the World Cup. They haven’t back up the players after a couple of bad performances. Suresh Raina was the ultimate example, who dropped just because of his few failures. In the past years, many fresh players have given chance but none of them has been backed properly. Currently, the same is going with the Kuldeep Yadav.
All these factors choked the Men in Blue very badly at the vital events. Have you realized that why this is happening with Virat Kohli? On the other hand, Under the leadership of Ajinkya Rahane, who is very calm and composed, won the historic test in Australia.
For the longest time, the ‘C’ word was symbolized for the South African cricket team, which had a history of losing knockouts of ICC events, including the semi-final vs Australia in the 1999 World Cup. Sooner or later, this tag will associate quickly with the Indian team for repeatedly reaching the knockouts but not being able to win the trophy for the country.
What you think the fine line between confidence and over-confidence has been breached?
Is BCCI acting as a step mother for Indian Women’s Cricket Team?
BCCI is a “Not-for-profit” Cricket governing body of India. Is this organization doing justice with its title? Is it fulfilling its prime goal? Are their decisions fair about the women’s cricket team?
BCCI is a “Not-for-profit” Cricket governing body of India. It was established in the year 1928 under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in India. But is it doing justice with its title? Is it fulfilling its prime goal? Are their decisions fair about the women’s cricket team?
BCCI ANNUAL INCOME
Firstly, take a look at BCCIs annual income-
In Financial Year 2019-20, the total amount of BCCI is estimated to be over 3,730 Crore INR. It included revenue from IPL, Bilateral cricket with other nations, and India’s share of ICC revenue. And with that BCCI became the richest Cricket Organization in the World.
In 2020, India received a total of 405 million USD from ICC.
Such a huge amount in a “Not-for-profit” council creates suspicion that where all this money is invested. And if it is going for cricket’s benefit then why Our Women’s Cricket Team is legging behind the Men’s Cricket Team?
After reports emerged that members of the Indian women's cricket team are yet to receive their share of the prize money from the 2020 T20 World Cup, the BCCI officials have indicated that the delay was due to the “pandemic”.@ShayanAcharya reportshttps://t.co/TKfFPY78Vu
— Sportstar (@sportstarweb) May 24, 2021
INDIA’S WOMEN’S CRICKET TEAM
Over the years, women have proved themselves in every aspect. From household to professional life, women have managed to cope up with the situation together. But every time we all questions women’s credibility. It is in human nature only- not only with men but in women too.
Something like this happened with our Women Cricket team as well.
In 2020, where there was a crucial situation of the Covid pandemic, Men’s cricket team was having IPL matches after Lockdown. Did anyone think of the Women’s match? No. Right?
As for the Indian women’s payment distribution, Mithali Raj, Jhulan Goswami, Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana is placed in Grade A and will receive 50 lakhs per annum
Poonam Yadav, Veda Krishnamurthy, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Ekta Bisht, Shikha Pandey, Deepti Sharma in Grade B will receive 30 lakhs per annum.
And Mansi Joshi, Anuja Patil, Mona Meshram, Nuzhat Parveen, Sushma Verma, Punam Raut, Jemimah Rodrigues, Pooja Vastrakar, Taniya Bhatia in Grade C will be given 10 lakhs per annum.
— BCCI Women (@BCCIWomen) May 30, 2021
UNFARE NATURE OF BCCI
BCCI simply ignored the Women’s team during the whole pandemic. As it is okay that Men’s cricket team brings more crowds to the stadium, they sell more tickets and have more sponsors than a Women’s team. But this does not mean that BCCI should just ignore the Women’s team.
There is one parameter where the Women’s team leads ahead to Men’s team and since it is a professional sport, this one parameter has a lot to say. The women’s Cricket team have to lead to the finals of the last T20 match where a feat that Men’s cricket team didn’t manage in the outing.
Considering this fact, the Women’s team, instead of getting a renewal for next summer matches, was ignored by the BCCI. This made us question the BCCI’s partial nature.
It is not only about the match, there is a question about BCCI’s salary format. Only 5.1 crore INR is spent on the salaries of 19 Indian Women’s Cricket teams while 96 crores for Men’s Cricket team.
Is this really fair with our legendary sports players like Mithali Raj, Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, and others? They all are getting paid equivalent or less than equal to Virat Kohli’s salary i.e. 7 crores.
CONCERNS RAISED BY INDIAN DOMESTIC PLAYER:
• Fees not reaching them on time, before the start of the new season.
• Fees not matching those received by the boys.
• Drain on resources when they stay in high-end hotels during tournaments.
• Fewer corporate tournaments as compared to the boys from which they can earn additional income.
BCCI should give an equivalent status to the Women’s Cricket Team as they provide to the Men’s Cricket team. As all women fight with society and culture for their status and try to achieve a golden name for our country in the field of Cricket, BCCI should promote them so that in near future it will become an aspiration and motivation for the next generation.
On the equal pay issue, Indian vice-captain Smriti Mandhana clarifies that “We need to understand that the revenue we get is through men’s cricket. The day women’s cricket starts earning revenue, I will be the first person to say that we need the same thing.
But right now, we can’t say that. The only focus right now is to win matches for India, get the crowd coming in, and earn revenues … For that, we need to perform. It is unfair on our part to say that we need to be paid as much as the men.”
Debutants are the new flavour for Team India!
Just like Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi putting an effortless effort to build Digital India, in the same way, BCCI is trying to build an aggressive, fearless team India termed as New India.
What a brioche start for debutants for Team India! This is new India filled with mature, pure talent and consistency to execute on the ground.
Once again debutants attracted enough attention to pull out the Indian team under the pressure and deliver some victorious performance.
However, Cricket still has its share of geniuses but the old-school touch artist has become a rare breed in the post-Shane Warne-Wasim Akram-Brian Lara-Sachin Tendulkar era.
BCCI on the path of Modi’s plans:
Just like Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi putting an effortless effort to build Digital India, in the same way, Sourav Ganguly-led BCCI is trying to build an aggressive, fearless team India termed as New India.
— ICC (@ICC) March 24, 2021
Key Players of The New India:
Rishabh Pant, Shardul Thakur, Mohammed Siraj, T Natarajan, Ishan Kishan, Washington Sundar, Surya Kumar Yadav, and now Prasidh Krishna and Krunal Pandya are the improvised version of their themselves.
All these cricketers have the x-factor, which is somehow late or on time recognized by the Indian Selection Committee.
All these players are capable of snatching victories from the jaw of defeat.
Moreover, Virat Kohli-led India team is on the right track as they showed a scintillating series win against Australia and England in the longer format of the game.
Rishabh Pant’s unbelievable knock on the Australia Tour and later in the home against England in the Test series made him the key player in the Indian squad.
In the bowling department, Shardul Thakur, T Natarajan, Mohammed Siraj (lead the pace attack) showed remarkable spell of bowling, accurate, skillful and wholehearted.
💬 Our father was with us in dressing room: Pandya brothers @hardikpandya7 interviews @krunalpandya24 post his emotional knock on ODI debut. This has all our heart 💙- By @RajalArora #TeamIndia #INDvENG @Paytm
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 24, 2021
Krunal Pandya (58 not out) broke the world record for the fastest fifty by a debutant in ODI cricket.
The last fastest fifty on ODI debut was off 35 balls, held by John Morris of England against New Zealand in 1990.
Pandya’s strike rate of 187.10 is also the second-highest for any player to have scored 50-plus runs in his maiden ODI innings.
New face of India’s pace attack:
Prasidh Krishna, another debutant added to the bowling unit showed his brilliant skills.
He became the first bowler from the country to pick four wickets in his first appearance in the limited over format.
Karnataka pacer had an economy rate of 6.61, the second-highest for any player with a four-wicket haul on ODI debut.
— Kisshore Kampara (@KisshoreKampara) March 23, 2021
Noel David (3/21), Varun Aaron (3/24), Subroto Banerjee (3/30), and Hardik Pandya (3/31) are the next on the leaderboard of bowlers with the best figures on ODI debut.
India was grateful to a pair of fine debuts from Krunal Pandya and Prasidh Krishna, alongside vital contributions from several senior hands, as Eoin Morgan’s men collapsed after a dominant start to their chase had seen them reached 135 without loss in the 15th over.
Hence the result of this, Virat Kohli’s juggernaut beat the world champions England by 66 runs in the first ODI, lead the three-match series 1-0.
However, India are able to break the chain of losing the first game of the series.
— BCCI (@BCCI) March 23, 2021
India’s spirit of winning games remains intact:
Indian team showed great character and intensity and promoting players in the order, who have intent, became the important decision.
India still adapted better and then managed to turn the tables dramatically every time the game was slipping away. And India saw the emergence of more debutants doing more awesome things.
Now, the Indian cricket team lived to embody that spirit, coming back as they did to win the Test series in Australia and against England later on.
Though several faces have changed in the shorter versions, the spirit remains intact.
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