Author: Kashish Chadha

Kashish Chadha is a cricket analyst and writer by heart and profession. You can find his works featured on such websites as CricXtasy, Circle of Cricket, and Cricfit.

India’s ever-dependable rock at No.3, Cheteshwar Pujara, highlighted the need for him and his team to be mentally ready for the World Test Championship final. Before taking on New Zealand in Southampton from June 18, Pujara shed light on the psychological aspect for what will be a high-pressure one-off encounter in foreign conditions. Given the extended isolation, the Indian players haven’t had much time to prepare and get acclimatised to the conditions in England. But Pujara said the magnitude of the challenge and occasion is enough for Indian players to be mentally recharged and play their best game. “Well here I think…

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On Tuesday, the England and Wales Cricket Board issued an apology for not being able to provide a fresh wicket for the highly anticipated England-India women’s Test to be played from Wednesday. As the two teams lock horns at the County Ground in Bristol, they’ll have to make do with a surface that has already had 37 overs’ worn out since it was used for a T20 Blast fixture last week. “We are all disappointed that the wicket for the LV= Insurance Test match against India will have had 37 overs played on it. We know that England Women deserve…

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In a clash of two left-arm spinners, New Zealand have preferred Ajaz Patel over Mitchell Santner as the lone tweaker in their 15-member squad for the World Test Championship final against India, starting Friday. Ajaz has been retained in the squad after an impressive outing at Edgbaston in the second Test against England, where he delivered fine spells of 2/34 & 2/25 in the visitors’ historic win. It isn’t just about the wickets, as Ajaz simply showed more control, consistency, and skill than his direct competitor, Santner, who lost his place after struggling on those fronts during the first Test…

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The prodigiously talented right-hand batsman from Punjab has secured the opener’s role in India’s 15-man squad (pruned from 24) announced this Tuesday (June 15) for the ultimate finale in Southampton against New Zealand, starting Friday (June 18). Agarwal has lost his place to Gill after the latter’s emergence since the successful tour of Australia Down Under and his own ouster from the playing XI during the same trip. The 30-year-old had performed exceedingly well pre-pandemic in India’s WTC league campaign. However, he lost his form thereafter and looked technically out of sorts against the Aussie quicks. There was no place for left-arm spinner Axar Patel either despite…

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England have handed comebacks to Chris Woakes, David Willey and Liam Dawson for their forthcoming three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka, starting June 23. Woakes, an integral member of the Test and ODI setups, is back in the T20I squad after as many as five years. The Warwickshire all-rounder has previously featured in eight T20Is for England with an indifferent record. But his presence throws up options to the team, especially with the new ball. So does the inclusion of Willey, who last represented England in the shortest form of the game back in May 2019. A good pace exponent of the…

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Coach of the Indian U-19 side when Virat Kohli took over as captain for the first time – just one month before leading the side to the junior World Cup glory in Kuala Lumpur – former batsman WV Raman vividly remembers the early traits of the now India captain and what separated him from the rest even at that age. In a conversation with Cricbuzz, Raman reminisced what instantly caught his eyes about Kohli the batsman and the leader that he felt would serve him well in years down the line. Kohli, though not then the all-format genius he is today, was…

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The Mumbai Cricket Association has asked cricketer Ankeet Chavan to approach the court to revoke his life ban instead of requesting the state body to reduce his punishment. The MCA arrived at this decision at its apex council meeting on Friday , with an office-bearer stating that the onus is on BCCI and court to decide whether Chavan’s ban period shall be over or not. “The life ban was imposed by the BCCI. As it stands now, the BCCI doesn’t want to review it, a policy it has maintained even in previous cases like Mohammad Azharuddin or Manoj Prabhakar. They…

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South Africa made short work of the West Indies second-innings and clinched a comprehensive victory by an innings & 63 runs in the first Test in St Lucia this Saturday. The visitors ended the proceedings within three days, with their ace quick Kagiso Rabada taking a five-fer and fellow paceman Anrich Nortje, left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj sharing the rest of the wickets. Resuming play at 82/4, still 143 runs behind Proteas’ first-innings score, West Indies needed Roston Chase, Jermaine Blackwood, Jason Holder and the rest to do something special to make the visitors bat again in difficult batting conditions. But, even though Chase provided a level of resistance through…

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When New Zealand lost their way with the bat after inching past the England first-innings total, it did seem they have rained on their own parade and provided the hosts with the kind of opening they so desperately needed. However, a final session that saw them take seven wickets pulled the game back in their favour decisively and left them on the verge of a historic series win. The last time Black Caps won a Test series in England was the summer of 1999. Now, they are only a wicket and a few runs away from rewriting the history books. …

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An outstanding century in difficult conditions from Quinton de Kock helped South Africa overhaul West Indies’ paltry first-innings total with a significant lead on Day 2 of the first Test in St Lucia. De Kock couldn’t have timed his 6th Test hundred a lot better as he allowed Proteas to recover from a slightly vulnerable spot and force their way to a score close to 330. His stupendous knock of 141 not out included 12 fours and 7 sixes, an innings reflective of not just his undoubtedly ability but often understated temperament and mental toughness. He has been the stand-out…

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