“Last time I was sweeping, I was 19” – Ravichandran Ashwin reflects on memorable hundred


After scoring his fifth Test hundred on Day 3 of the second Test against England in Chennai, Ravichandran Ashwin has revealed that playing sweep shots against the spinners was a well thought out strategy.Ashwin scored 106 from only 148 balls in India’s second-innings total of 286, on a surface that some experts deemed unfit for Test cricket.Speaking at the end of the day’s play, the 34-year-old stated that he will sleep well through the night to recover. On his plan to use the sweep shot to counter England’s slow bowlers, Ashwin explained:“Even after the last Test, we spoke about how we are going to counter (Jack) Leach and probably bring sweep to the game. Last time I was sweeping, I was 19 years old, and was dropped from the first XI after I got out. I hit a bit of sweep shots well today. I am thankful the plan has paid off. Sort of had a very good day. I don’t know when I will play my next Test here, but I’m very pleased.”Ravichandran Ashwin was the last man out as India set England an improbable 482 to win the Test.Credit to Vikram Rathour for improvement in my batting: Ravichandran AshwinDuring his innings, Ravichandran Ashwin featured in a 96-run stand for the seventh wicket with Indian captain Virat Kohli. He notched up his first Test hundred since August 2016, and first against a team other than the West Indies.The veteran off-spinner credited batting coach Vikram Rathour for the significant improvement in his batting over the last few matches, including the Sydney blockathon. Praising Rathour, Ravichandran Ashwin said:“I have started practicing the sweep; I can’t say if it has just been happening over the last three days. Vikram Rathour has been helpful in exploring new options. I’d love to credit him for how I’ve played with the bat in the last few months.”

On the discussion between him and Mohammed Siraj as he approached his hundred on his home ground, Ravichandran Ashwin said it was a bit light-hearted. He revealed:“In the past, he’s (Ishant Sharma) been with me when I got hundreds at home and once Siraj came, I knew how to approach. I was just telling Siraj to look at the line of the ball and go wherever he wants. It was a funny thing and it was exciting to see how he [Siraj] celebrated and that says a few things about the dressing room. The moment I got the runs and looked up at the balcony, the applause was thunderous. I can’t thank the crowd enough, they have been very supportive.”England crumbled to 53 for 3 at stumps on Day 3 of the Test. Axar Patel picked up two wickets, while Ravichandran Ashwin scalped one.
Published 15 Feb 2021, 18:37 IST

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Kohli-Ashwin partnership helps India take 351-run lead into Lunch on Day 3


A solid 50-run partnership between captain Virat Kohli and Ravichandran Ashwin helped India take firm control of the 2nd Test against England. At lunch on Day 3, the hosts are placed at 156/6, and hold a massive 351-run lead.India began the day 249 runs ahead of England, and they didn’t get off to the best of starts. Cheteshwar Pujara was run out for 7 in bizarre fashion early in the piece as his bat got stuck in the pitch. Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane and Rishabh Pant failed to occupy the crease for long, leaving Kohli and Ashwin to steady the ship.Ashwin pulled out a wide range of sweeps against the England spinners, and has moved to 34 off just 38 balls. He was handed a repreive by Ben Stokes, who spilled a sharp catch at first slip off Stuart Broad.Kohli, on the other hand, was circumspect throughout his innings. Trusting his defence and playing with a straight bat, the Indian skipper has notched up 38 off 86 balls. He put away the bad balls and ran hard between the wickets, and appeared assured on what is certainly a tough pitch to bat on.India in prime position to level the series 1-1 Ashwin swept and reverse swept confidentlyWith 8 sessions left in the Test match, India are firmly in the driver’s seat. If Kohli and Ashwin can stretch this lead by another 50 runs or so, England will be set a target of over 400.Given that they scored only 134 in the first innings, it will be an impossible task for them to chase down the target and take a commanding 2-0 lead. As things stand, Kohli’s men are in prime position to level the 4-match series 1-1.This Test is important in the context of the World Test Championship, as India need to beat England in this series to make the final against New Zealand.
Published 15 Feb 2021, 11:49 IST

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Hardik Pandya bowls during practice ahead of third day’s play



Team India all-rounder Hardik Pandya bowled on one of the side pitches at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, ahead of the third day’s play between India and England on Sunday.According to a report in Sportstar, Hardik Pandya bowled for around 30 minutes and looked in good rhythm as bowling coach Bharat Arun watched closely.Following his bowling practice, the all-rounder also had a bat in the nets against the pink ball.The third Test between India and England will be a day-night encounter at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad.Except for one ODI in Australia, Hardik Pandya hasn’t bowled following his back surgery in 2019.When he wasn’t selected for the Australia Tests, captain Virat Kohli explained that the 27-year-old needed to bowl to fit into the Test squad.Meanwhile, pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah, who has been rested for the second Test, bowled a few deliveries from a shorter run-up.He also batted in the nets along with Shardul Thakur.Lower-order batting has been a massive concern for Team India as the tail hasn’t contributed much of note over the last few seasons.

Hardik Pandya’s stop-start Test careerWhile Hardik Pandya has been a constant feature of the limited-overs squads for India, he hasn’t been able to establish himself in the Test team.India are still trying to find a way to fit him in the scheme of things in the longer version of the game.Hardik Pandya made his Test debut back in July 2017. However, he has only featured in 11 Tests till date.The all-rounder has 532 runs at an average of 31.29. He has a Test century to his name – 108 against Sri Lanka at Pallekele in August 2017.With the ball, Hardik Pandya has claimed 17 wickets at an average of 31.05. He does have a five-wicket haul to his credit – 5 for 28 against England in Nottingham in August 2018.In contrast, Hardik Pandya has featured in 57 ODIs and 43 T201s, and has made a number of match-winning contributions with the bat.
Published 15 Feb 2021, 12:36 IST

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“I am extremely impressed with Rishabh Pant’s keeping today” – Sunil Gavaskar


Sunil Gavaskar has lauded Rishabh Pant for his excellent glovework behind the wickets in England’s first innings of the second Test in Chennai.Rishabh Pant held two acrobatic catches on the second day of the Test to get rid of Ollie Pope and Jack Leach. He also looked assured while keeping on a tough track, with Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel getting the ball to turn and bounce viciously.I have enjoyed these two catches from Rishabh Pant as much as I have enjoyed his batting….— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 14, 2021While reviewing the day’s proceedings on Star Sports, Sunil Gavaskar spoke in glowing terms about Rishabh Pant’s wicketkeeping and his desire to learn.The former Indian skipper disclosed that Ricky Ponting, Pant’s head coach at the Delhi Capitals, was also effusive in his praise for the youngster’s willingness to put in the hard yards.”I am extremely impressed with Rishabh Pant’s keeping today. I spent a lot of time with Ricky Ponting recently in Australia and he was praising Rishabh Pant’s work ethic a lot. He was telling that Pant is a young player who wants to improve,” said Gavaskar.”Ponting told that when Pant had come for the IPL he was a little over-weight. So, when he was asked to reduce his weight a little, he put a lot of hard work and lost a lot of weight and was back to his normal weight when he reached Australia,” added the former Indian batsman.”Rishabh Pant thinks a lot about his cricket” – Sunil Gavaskar Rishabh Pant has been preferred over Wriddhiman Saha because of his match-winning abilities

Sunil Gavaskar pointed out that Rishabh Pant has also been learning the tricks of the trade from Wriddhiman Saha.”We have also heard that Rishabh Pant sits with Wriddhiman Saha every evening and discusses about wicket-keeping. Everyone knows that Wriddhiman Saha is the No.1 keeper if we talk about only wicket-keeping but the Indian team needs an all-rounder who can play destructive knocks just like Rishabh Pant is doing, because of which he has been selected ahead of Saha,” observed Gavaskar.The cricketer-turned-commentator concluded by stating that Rishabh Pant is a thinking cricketer although he may seem like a happy-go-lucky character.”Pant is still trying to learn from Saha by giving him the respect and it is because of that we are seeing the improved wicket-keeping performances. This guy looks carefree the way he bats but thinks a lot about his cricket and it is a very good thing for Indian cricket,” Sunil Gavaskar signed off.Rishabh Pant certainly stood out behind the stumps in England’s first innings of the second Test in Chennai. However, the fourth innings of the Test will present an even bigger challenge, and a good performance there will give him immense confidence.
Published 14 Feb 2021, 18:14 IST

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Important to not feel too down about it: Graham Thorpe on game situation in Chennai


England batting coach Graham Thorpe has admitted that the side is disappointed with the huge deficit they are facing after two days of the second Test in Chennai.He, however, added that it was important for the visitors to remain positive despite being on the backfoot.After India posted 329 in their first innings, off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin ran through the England batting line-up with excellent figures of 5 for 43.Debutant left-arm spinner Axar Patel also picked up two scalps, including the big one of England skipper Joe Root for six. Speaking at a post-match conference, Graham Thorpe admitted that things did not go according to plan for England.He said:“We didn’t execute our plans. There were some good deliveries and fine catches as well from India today. We know we wanted to do better. We are definitely disappointed with the deficit in the game after two days. However, it is important we don’t allow ourselves to get too down about it.”Some players are playing here for the first time: Graham ThorpeGraham Thorpe, who played exactly 100 Tests for England, pointed out that there is some inexperience in this English line-up.The 51-year-old believes this inexperience was exploited by India, who took full advantage of the home conditions. Thorpe continued:

“Sometimes when you are playing at home, you have certainly got an advantage. We all know about India’s record at home. Their spinners are experienced bowling on these surfaces. We have got some players who are playing for the first time in this part of the world. So we have to keep that in perspective for our players as well.”When asked about how England are planning to tackle India’s spin challenge, Graham Thorpe, who was considered among the better batsmen against slow bowling, explained:“While playing spin, you have to pick the length well. That puts you in a position to either be able to score or trust your defence, if you cannot actually score. That’s how we try to simplify the plan for the players.”India ended Day 2 of the Chennai Test at 54 for 1 in their second innings, with Rohit Sharma unbeaten on 25 and Cheteshwar Pujara on 7. The hosts now have an overall lead of 249 runs.
Published 14 Feb 2021, 18:05 IST

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“Iske muh par bhi daal sakta hai!” – Rishabh Pant’s comments leave Twitterati in splits


Rishabh Pant, after playing a sensational innings, is also contributing to the Indian team through his hilarious comments from behind the stumps. The 23-year-old has been known for his witty remarks heard through the stump mic, and he was no different on Day 2 of the second Test against England.The youngster was heard motivating the bowlers and telling them where to bowl. He was also constantly chirping in the ears of the batsmen and unsettling them whenever they mistimed the ball or got beaten.Fans on Twitter react to Rishabh Pant’s on-field commentsIndian fans on Twitter were having a ball listening to Rishabh Pant’s humorous chatter. They believe the 23-year-old will make a great commentator and want the stump mic to be at its full volume whenever Pant is behind the stumps.They took to Twitter to praise Rishabh Pant for being so energetic and here is what they had to say:Already looking forward to 15 years from now, when Rishabh Pant joins Nehra & Sehwag in commentary box. #INDvENG— KISHLAY KISHORE (@kishlayy) February 14, 2021

“Peeche hi khada hai. Iske muh par bhi daal sakta hai, bapu.”Rishabh Pant is the ultimate hypeman. He’s going to rein in Lawrence.— DoubleA (@aayush510r) February 14, 2021

i would purchase a CD box set of great rishabh pant speeches from behind the stumps— please check my koo (@i_r_squared) February 14, 2021Rishabh Pant bigger motivator than Sandeep Maheshwari and Sadhguru from behind the stumps.— Viru Sharma (@183Mirpur) February 14, 2021

Petition to make Rishabh pant available for commentary in IPL for non-Delhi matches #IndvsEng— Mehul arora (@me_mehul02) February 14, 2021#Rishabh Pant is on fire again behind the stumps, can we please have a separate audio track for him?— Anupam Gupta (@b50) February 14, 2021Pant – ash bhai waha mat dalo..ash bhai niche rakho accha rahega…daro mat upar upar se khelne do…and jab wickets nhi aya toh pant bolta h – “Ash bhai apne hisaab se daalo “#RishabhPant #INDvENG— Govind (@Says_Govind) February 14, 2021

Earlier in the Test, Rishabh Pant played a crucial knock of 58* to help Team India reach a score of 329 in their first innings. When he walked out to bat towards the end of Day 1, Rohit Sharma was just dismissed for a brilliant hundred.Ajinkya Rahane soon followed Rohit and Team India were depended on the 23-year-old to take them to a daunting first-innings total. Rishabh Pant didn’t quite get the support he was expecting from his partners at the other end.However, he took calculative risks and dominated the opposition bowlers. His assault on Jack Leach in the first Test played on England skipper Joe Root’s mind and that certainly kept the left-arm spinner out of the attack.After bringing up his sixth Test half-century, Pant was at his best through his chatter behind the stumps. Team India will be resuming the post-lunch session in a dominating position with the visitors reeling at 39-4.
Published 14 Feb 2021, 12:31 IST

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Knew the pitch would turn from Day 1: Ajinkya Rahane 


Indian vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane has admitted that the hosts were aware that the surface at Chepauk for the second Test against England would start turning from the first day itself.Following India’s 227-run defeat in the first Test in Chennai, there were speculations that the pitch for the second Test at the same venue would be a rank turner.India won the toss and batted first, reaching 300-6 at stumps, thanks to a belligerent 161 from Rohit Sharma and a well-compiled 68 from Ajinkya Rahane.Speaking at the end of the first day’s play, Ajinkya Rahane described the conditions as ‘something to be expected’ in India, when he said:“I thought it was proper Indian conditions, and we knew it (the pitch) would turn from day one.”On what the team’s thinking was after winning the toss and batting first, Ajinkya Rahane said that it was all about building partnerships.“We were talking about partnerships – Rohit and Pujara, and then Rohit and myself. We were discussing intent – positive intent on this wicket. What happened in the first game was (in the) past,” observed Ajinkya Rahane.You can’t be too defensive on this wicket: Ajinkya Rahane

Ajinkya Rahane observed that the wicket is a tricky one to bat on due to the amount of turn it offered on Day 1. Hence, defensive play on this surface could be fraught with risk. Elaborating further on the same, the vice-captain also praised Rohit Sharma’s hundred, saying:“You can’t be too defensive on this wicket, and need to be one step ahead of the opposition. We discussed in our batting meeting on what shots to play, and we had to make them change the game-plan. And that’s what Rohit did (playing sweeps). 150-plus on this wicket is really good. I enjoyed the cover-drive against Moeen Ali against the spin.”While Ajinkya Rahane (67) and Rohit Sharma (161) added 162 runs for the fourth wicket, England fought back well in the last session. The visitors dismiss both batsmen and Ravichandran Ashwin (13) as well, but India ended the day on the ascendancy.On the plan for Day 2, the Indian vice-captain said that one more decent partnership could see the hosts take control of the game, saying:“Add another 50-60 runs from here. One more partnership from Rishabh and Axar…we’re in the game. When they were adjusting the pace and bowling quicker through the air, it was difficult.”

At stumps on Day 1 of the second Test in Chennai, Rishabh Pant was unbeaten on 33, while debutant Axar Patel was giving his fellow left-hander company on 5.
Published 13 Feb 2021, 18:19 IST

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It is a good decision to rest Jasprit Bumrah: Gautam Gambhir


Gautam Gambhir has backed the Indian team management’s decision to rest Jasprit Bumrah for the second Test against England.The former Indian opener feels Bumrah has done a lot of bowling lately and deserves some rest. The Chennai pitch for the second Test could provide very little assistance to pacers. Hence, Gambhir stated it only made sense to give the 27-year-old some much-needed break.Gautam Gambhir explained that the break will help Jasprit Bumrah remain fresh for the crucial pink-ball Test in Ahmedabad. Speaking on Star Sports’ show Cricket Live, Gambhir said:”I think it is a good decision to rest him. He will be ready to go in the pink-ball Test match. There is nothing for the fast bowlers here and he has bowled a lot of overs in Australia and the first Test match, so I think it was a very good decision from the team management’s point of view.””You would want to have Jasprit Bumrah for crucial Test matches” – Gautam Gambhir”I’m not sure whether Jasprit Bumrah should be Picked for the 2nd Test match. India should preserve him for the Pink Ball Test Match at Motera. Bumrah is an X factor in the series, irrespective of what surfaces to play on.” – Gautam Gambhir— CricketMAN2 (@man4_cricket) February 7, 2021Jasprit Bumrah missed the fourth Test of the 2020-21 Border-Gavaskar Trophy due to an abdominal strain. Gambhir believes it is highly imperative to manage the workload of the speedster and keep him fresh for important matches. “You would want to have Jasprit Bumrah for the crucial Test matches, the pink ball one and the fourth Test and there will be hardly any gap between the two. So, I think it is the right decision,” Gambhir stated.Mohammed Siraj, who replaced Jasprit Bumrah, has been one of three changes for Team India in the second Test. The hosts opted to bat first and were 106-3 at Lunch on Day 1.This is the spin combination India would have gone in with in the first test if Axar Patel had been fit. Siraj is a fine exponent of reverse swing so could be effective and to that extent, the absence of Bumrah might not be as big on this surface.— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 13, 2021India need to win at least two Tests and avoid defeat in the final three matches to make it to the World Test Championship final.
Published 13 Feb 2021, 12:35 IST

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“We need to see how Kuldeep Yadav can fit in” – Kiran More


Former wicketkeeper Kiran More believes India must look to bring in left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav for the second Test against England to strengthen their bowling department.India preferred off-spinner Washington Sundar and left-arm orthodox spinner Shahbaz Nadeem ahead of Kuldeep Yadav for the first Test in Chennai. However, neither could make an impression with the ball, as England cruised to a commanding victory.Speaking to Sportskeeda’s Indranil Basu in an SK Live session on Facebook, More felt that India missed Kuldeep Yadav in the first Test. He stated in this regard:“We need to see how Kuldeep Yadav can fit in. Washington Sundar definitely gives us batting strength. But, with two off-spinners, things become very easy for the opposition. I think Ravichandran Ashwin’s line and length and Sundar’s line and length are slightly different.”More elaborated further:”It will be harsh to drop Sundar. But sometimes you have to play the right combination to win a Test match. So, the think tank will have to decide how to go about it. And Kuldeep (Yadav) will give a different combination, different ideas for the captain, and also give something to think for the England batters.”Kuldeep Yadav can win matches for India: Kiran MoreExplaining what Kuldeep Yadav brings to the table, More observed that the 26-year-old has the ability to win games for the team. The 58-year-old explained:

“He is a guy who has got some different varieties. And he is hungry. If you give him an opportunity, he will bowl well. Nadeem was struggling. He has not played cricket for a long time, and coming into a Test match straightaway after the pandemic is not easy. Kuldeep has done well in Test cricket. He has the variety, which helps to win a Test match. Sundar has good control. But Kuldeep is someone who can get you wickets anytime. He can take a five-wicket haul and win a match for you.”On being told that Kuldeep Yadav was dropped in favour of Nadeem to avoid monotony in the bowling attack, the former chairman of selectors pointed out:“Kuldeep can take the ball away from the batsmen also. On a slower pitch, a slow bowler bowls better. On flatter pitches, Sundar who gets good bounce and has good height will be useful, like in Australian conditions. But in Indian conditions, Kuldeep will be a better choice.”Following India’s defeat in the first Test, captain Virat Kohli defended the decision of Kuldeep Yadav’s non-inclusion, saying that his inclusion would have made the bowling attack one-dimensional. However, Kohli admitted that the team combination will be revisited in the wake of the loss.
Published 10 Feb 2021, 00:21 IST

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“If we get a good start, we can chase this down” – Ishant Sharma hopeful of India chasing 420


Team India pace bowler Ishant Sharma believes the hosts are not out of the Chennai Test yet. England have set India a target of 420 to win the first Test.According to Ishant Sharma, who completed 300 wickets in Test cricket on Monday, if India get a good start tomorrow, anything is possible with the line-up they possess. Speaking at the end of the fourth day’s play, Ishant Sharma said:”It all depends on how we start tomorrow. If we get a good start I am sure that we can chase this down. We have a fearless batting line-up and we are very positive so it’s about how we start and then we can think about how we go through the game.”Ishant Sharma added that the pitch has been a tough one to bowl on. Describing the surface as a “road”, he continued:”For the first two days I thought we were playing on a road but yesterday it started to spin a bit more. I think we’ve bowled really well, even on day one or two when the pitch was offering nothing.”Ishant Sharma trapped Dan Lawrence lbw to complete 300 Test wickets, while Ravichandran Ashwin ran through the England line-up to finish with figures of 6 for 61. This restricted the visitors to a second-innings score of just 178.Chasing 420, India lost Rohit Sharma cheaply again, bowled by a peach from Jack Leach for 12. The hosts were 39 for 1 at stumps, with Shubman Gill unbeaten on 15 and Cheteshwar Pujara on 12.When India chased down 387 against England in Chennai India’s target is a little more than the 387 they famously chased at this very venue against England back in 2008. That, too, was the first Test of the series, and not many had given India a chance to chase the mammoth total.

However, Virender Sehwag’s spectacular knock of 83 from 68 balls gave India the much-needed impetus. Sehwag’s opening partner, Gautam Gambhir, also made a dogged 66.Sachin Tendulkar (103 not out) and Yuvraj Singh (85 not out) featured in an unbroken 163-run stand for the fourth wicket to seal a famous win for India.The hosts will need to come up with a similar effort to clinch the current Chennai Test on Tuesday. India chased down a record total at the Gabba in their most recent Test. Can they add one more to their kitty at Chepauk?
Published 08 Feb 2021, 18:34 IST

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