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.

Missing out on the Test in Edgbaston due to COVID-19, the selectors are expecting opening batter Rohit Sharma to have recovered in time to resume captaincy duties for the white-ball leg of the series in England. Rohit has been named skipper for both T20Is and ODIs part of the limited-overs section of India’s July tour of England. Rohit takes the captaincy honour back from Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya, who were placed at the helm of affairs temporarily for the five-match T20I series at home against South Africa and the short stop-over trip to Ireland, respectively. The veteran cricketer, in whose absence Jasprit Bumrah will be leading the…

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Appointed skipper for the Edgbaston Test against England, Indian spearhead Jasprit Bumrah called it one of his “biggest achievements” in what happens to be a career on the rise for arguably the world’s finest quick. Bumrah will be captaining India in Birmingham in the absence of regular captain Rohit Sharma, who is yet to recover from a bout of coronavirus. His rise to captaincy makes him the first Indian fast-bowling male to be appointed captain in any format since the great allrounder Kapil Dev donned the leader’s badge. Kapil’s last assignment as India captain came way back in 1987 when he led the side against England in…

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A spectacular hundred from Deepak Hooda and a gigantic score of 225/7 was nearly not enough for India to beat the Ireland side that went as close as 221/5 in the run-chase during the second and final T20I of the series in Malahide. The tourists were nearly handed the shock of their lives by a fighting Irish team that missed out on series parity by just four runs. Experienced opening duo Paul Stirling and Andrew Balbirnie kicked off the chase with a level of command and authority that Ireland needed to send a message across to the opposition. Stirling, Ireland’s white-ball great, took on…

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CVI announced a major tweak to their leadership group in T20Is, with powerhitter Rovmen Powell made vice-captain to newly appointed skipper Nicholas Pooran for the three-match series against Bangladesh at home. The Calypso Kings have gone through multiple playing changes since their most recent T20I assignment in India in February. Apart from veteran Kieron Pollard signalling an end to his international career and premier allrounder Jason Holder getting rested for the entire Bangladesh visit to the Caribbean, missing from the squad that lost 3-0 to the Indians are also Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Roston Chase, Sheldon Cottrell and Shai Hope. In search of a T20I revival after facing a Super 12 exit…

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Kyle Mayers’ fantastic allround display helped West Indies bruise Bangladesh towards a 2-0 Test series whitewash at home on June 27. The Calypso Kings absolutely shattered the Bangla spirits into pieces on their way to a ten-wicket victory, chasing only 13 runs in the final innings.  Mayers produced a fantastic knock of 146 in the first-innings of the Test match to help his side reach a massive 408 in response to Bangladesh’s 234 all out on the opening day in St Lucia. This, either side of his effective medium fast-bowling, once again produced crucial wickets for the West Indies. He bagged 2 for 35 in the first half and bowled…

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Ben Stokes used words like “wow” and “phenomenal” to describe the incredible form that Jonny Bairstow has been in since the start of the year as he peaked with his game throughout England’s 3-0 Test series whitewash over the Kiwis at home. Bairstow, who smashed an unbeaten 71 off 44 deliveries to take England home in their series-clinching run-chase at Leeds on June 27, finished the three-match rubber with 394 runs in six innings, made with an astonishing strike-rate of 120.12. The explosive right-hander smashed 77 and 95-ball hundreds in the series against a quality New Zealand attack, which he made seam toothless on what were relatively flatter surfaces than seen at the start…

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The trio of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal and Deepak Hooda shined the brightest on a rain-marred day in Dublin as India ramped home to a seven-wicket victory in the opening T20I of the series against Ireland on June 26. Reduced to a 12-overs per side game in Malahide, the fixture was a high-scoring affair, where veterans Bhuvneshwar and Chahal made the biggest difference for the tourists while Hooda and the rest provided finishing touches to the victory with the bat in hand. Opting to bowl first after winning the toss, the Hardik Pandya-led side conceded 108/4 off their reduced quota of…

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Madhya Pradesh created history on June 26, winning the coveted Ranji Trophy title for the first time in their long journey in domestic cricket. The central India rivals conquered the mighty Mumbai in a marquee final of India’s premier domestic first-class competition in Karnataka. MP fulfilled the dream of their coach Chandrakant Pandit, a former Mumbai stalwart, who had tears rolling down his eyes as soon as his boys overhauled the finish line, feeling immensely proud of their achievement. It was a moment of resurrection, too, for Pandit, as it was at the same Chinnaswamy ground in 1999 when as captain…

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Dilip Vengsarkar was highly impressed by premier allrounder Hardik Pandya’s captaincy stint with Gujarat Titans in the Indian Premier League and said the cricketer could be a future full-time India skipper. Vengsarkar believes Pandya, who is set to lead India for their two-match T20I series in Dublin against Ireland, is a potential long-term skipper for the decision-makers to consider. The ex Test cricketer talked up Pandya’s captaincy stocks, feeling inspired by his attitude as Titans’ skipper and the way he “led from the front” throughout the new entrant’s successful campaign towards a maiden IPL crown in May. “He came into bat at the…

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Australian left-hander Usman Khwaja has issued a warning to the Big Bash League and Cricket Australia authorities over the league’s declining viewership and player interest, with it potentially becoming a second-rate tournament for overseas players going forward. Previously one of the highlights of the Aussie summer, the BBL has faced a drastic dip in interest from the fans ever since the eight-team competition has expanded to a full-fledged league featuring 14 games apiece ahead of the playoffs. On top of that, the league is facing a growing threat from other competitions in the T20 market, with tournaments involving Indian Premier League financial…

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