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Pakistan will not be looking to make any out-of-the-box changes tonight
Asia Cup 2022: What is Inzamam's advice for Babar, Fakhar ahead of final?
ADMIN posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogFormer Pakistan cricketer Inzamamul Haq says batters always gain confidence when they score, not by staying at wicket
Pak vs SL: What advantage will today's winning team have in Asia Cup final?
ADMIN posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogInzamam-ul-Haq believes team winning today's match will have psychological advantage in Asia Cup final
Meghan Markle and Prince Harry's decision to quit royal duties isn't final?
ADMIN posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogA royal author drew a comparison between Princess Diana and her two sons
T20 World Cup: What is Babar Azam doing ahead of Pakistan vs Australia semi final?
ADMIN posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogTo prepare for the high-stakes Pakistan vs Australia match, skipper Babar Azam is doing something "productive"
T20 World Cup: Which team will Pakistan play in semi final?
ADMIN posted a blog entry in Geo News BlogEngland and Australia have emerged as Group 1 winners, but it is still unclear who will go against Pakistan
A couple of days ago, it was reported that Rahul Dravid had politely declined the BCCI when they had approached him to assume the position of the Indian Head Coach after Ravi Shastri’s tenure comes to an end following the T20 World Cup 2021. The reason Dravid gave for not taking the job was that he was wanted to continue to focus on junior players and do his duties as the head of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in his hometown of Bengaluru. According to reports, Rahul Dravid, the Head of Cricket at the National Cricket Academy (NCA), has "politely" declined the BCCI's offer to replace Ravi Shastri as Team India's head coach. pic.twitter.com/OkYNGu8xxr — India Updates (@theindiaupdate) October 13, 2021 However, a new report by The Times of India has suggested that the former Indian skipper finally accepted the role during the Indian Premier League final between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday. “Dravid has confirmed he will be the next head coach of the Indian team. He will be stepping down as the head of the NCA soon,” a top BCCI official told the publication following the IPL final in the United Arab Emirates. What a news#RahulDravid pic.twitter.com/YEkPTQIXsm — GANESH YADAV TAMMALALA (@Ganeshyadav1404) October 16, 2021 “He was re-appointed as the NCA head last month. But the BCCI needed a strong candidate to take Indian cricket forward. He has worked so hard to develop the next line of Indian cricketers. Even Mhambrey knows this next lot of players like the back of his hand. So, Ganguly and Shah thought it would be best if they could bring both of them on board. They will assume charge from the New Zealand series after the World Cup,” added the source. The report also confirms that Dravid’s right-hand man, Paras Mhambrey is also being appointed as the next bowling coach for the Men in Blue. According to the same report, Vikram Rathour is to continues as the batting coach, while there is no update on the replacement for R Sridar as the fielding coach. There is no better replacement of Bharat Arun as bowling coach for #TeamIndia. Paras Mhambrey appointed as bowling coach with Rahul Dravid together is not a surprise. Dravid has preferred him to work with in all the India A & u19 assignments till date. He was there in SL as well. pic.twitter.com/rdGsnrLNFU — Kaushik (@_CricKaushik_) October 15, 2021 According to the information shared by the BCCI official, it is understood that Dravid has agreed to become the Indian head coach for a tenure of two years with an annual salary worth Rs 10 crore, which is close to what the current head coach Ravi Shastri is drawing from the Indian cricket board after his 20% raise back in 2019. View the full article
Did India Miss The Trick By Not Playing Mohammed Siraj In The WTC Final?
ADMIN posted a blog entry in FDF Online NewsThe weather forecasts for the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand aren’t encouraging at all, with rain predicted to play spoilsport throughout the match. Despite the overcast conditions, Team India went in with three pacers and two specialist spinners, whereas the New Zealand line-up didn’t have a single spinner, as they went in with four front-line fast bowlers and a seaming all-rounder. Virat Kohli and team management announced the playing XI on the eve of the match but had the chance to alter the line-up after no action was possible on the opening day, including the toss. It is hard on Siraj but Ishant's incredible numbers over the last few years and, I suspect, confidence in his current fitness level, have tilted it in his favour. This is as complete a bowling attack as you can get — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 17, 2021 A complete washout on the opening day provided India with an opportunity to possibly alter their playing XI and include an extra seamer, but the management decided against it and went in with the same combination. Having seen the Indian bowlers struggle for wickets on the third day, one couldn’t help but wonder if India really missed the trick by not including Mohammed Siraj in the playing XI as his ability to swing the ball both ways would have definitely made him a lethal choice. Here are the problems that emerged in Mohammed Siraj’s absence: 1. Lack Of Quality Swing Bowlers © Instagram Mohammed Siraj The three fast bowlers Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami that India played in the game are primarily the ‘hit-the-deck-hard’ types and they rely on their bounce, more than anything, to trouble the batsman, whereas Siraj’s strength lies in his swing and the conditions in Southampton would have completely suited his style to bowling. Despite toiling hard, Bumrah, Ishant and Shami couldn’t even generate half of the seam movement that New Zealand bowlers managed during their bowling. 2. Struggle For Ideal Length © Instagram Mohammed Siraj One explanation as to why Indian fast bowlers weren’t as effective as their counterparts could be because they struggled to find their ideal length on the pitch. They bowled comparatively short-of-length which made it easy for the New Zealand batsmen to either defend or shoulder arms and let it pass into wicketkeeper’s gloves. Pitching the ball a little but higher up would’ve forced the batsmen into the drive, something all NZ bowlers especially Kyle Jamieson did extremely well and reaped the rewards. Siraj is also known for bowling in the same channel and his presence would have definitely made India a more potent bowling attack. 3. Excessive Burden On The Three Pacers © Reuters Playing two spinners together meant longer spells for the three Indian fast bowlers, and it affected their recovery. The conditions were more suitable for the pacers but Kohli had only three of them at his disposal, which made it difficult for him to give them enough rest in between spells. Kane Williamson, on the other hand, was able to manage the workload of his quicks because he had plenty of options to pick from. Bumrah was nowhere near his best and conceded over three runs per over and that aggravated India’s problems even further. 4. India Bowled With Four Bowlers © Reuters In order to rest his fast bowlers, Kohli was left with no choice but to bring in Ravichandran Ashwin, who bowled nicely and also gave India their first breakthrough. But if you would have asked any batsman to pick between a pacer and a spinner as to who he would like to face, his answer would have been a no-brainer. Kohli also realised this and that’s why he didn’t bring Jadeja into the attack for so long and made him bowl only three overs which meant India managed the day with only four bowlers. View the full article
The rain played hide and seek throughout the opening day of the World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand, and in the end, the match officials declared the day abandoned, leaving millions of fans around the world disheartened. Team India announcing its playing XI on the eve of the match oozed confidence and showed how confident they were going into the match and expected each player to do their respective jobs on the field. NEWS Here's #TeamIndia's Playing XI for the #WTC21 Final pic.twitter.com/DiOBAzf88h — BCCI (@BCCI) June 17, 2021 Despite being fully aware of the weather forecasts, Kohli and the team management picked two spinners -- Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja -- in the starting XI and went in with only three front-line pacers-- Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Sharma. The management would have thought that their spinners could be the game-changer on the Ageas Bowl track which starts turning on the fourth and the fifth day. But it happens only when the sky is clear and the sun is shining at its full force, baking the pitch. © Instagram/Indian Cricket Team While the weather is expected to improve over the next few days, chances of rain still loom large on all the remaining days and it could throw India’s whole game plan in the bin. The only good thing that happened on the opening day was that the toss didn’t take place, hence, as per the ICC rules, the teams are allowed to make changes to their playing XI and fans expect that the team would want to make use of it. The wait continues ️ #WTC21 Final pic.twitter.com/kNJofd2RfK — BCCI (@BCCI) June 18, 2021 If announcing the playing XI a day before the start was a battle won, drifting away from their initial plan now would be a sign of weakness and Kohli and Co definitely don’t want to give that impression, especially not when it’s the biggest Test match ever. Hence, when asked about this during the virtual press conference at the end of the opening day’s play, India’s fielding coach R Sridhar answered in negative, saying the playing XI they have announced “takes conditions out of the equation” with each player capable of delivering on any kind of surface irrespective of the weather conditions. Support for the women's team from Southampton! Go well! #TeamIndia @coach_rsridhar pic.twitter.com/ncE2gzS8mf — BCCI (@BCCI) June 18, 2021 "I was expecting this to be the first question. The eleven that has been announced is eleven that takes conditions out of the equation. I think it's the eleven that can play and perform on any given surface and any given weather conditions. This eleven that has been put in the park. If need be, a decision will be taken," R Sridhar told journalists in a virtual press conference. Having said that, Sridhar and team management know that this is not any game, it’s the World Test Championship final and they can’t leave anything to chance, only because of what people outside will think of them. © Twitter/BCCI That’s why while asserting that the team is balanced for all conditions, Sridhar didn’t completely rule out the possibility of altering the playing XI and hinted that “if need be, a decision will be taken” by the management group. View the full article