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Podcast: Jadeja’s exit upset Team India’s balance

The chronic disease of cracking under pressure continues even today. Virat scored an unbeaten 122 off 61 balls with the help of 12 fours and six sixes. Apart from this, stand-in captain Lokesh Rahul also took a step forward in his quest for form by scoring 62 runs. In response, if Ibrahim Zadran had not scored an unbeaten 64 for Afghanistan, then the team’s score would not have reached even 111 runs. Bhuvneshwar picked up five wickets in his quota for just 4 runs. Bhuvneshwar is the first Indian to take two five-wicket hauls in T20 cricket. Playing first, India had made a huge score of 212 runs.

A decade later, the Asia Cup was being considered just a rehearsal for the Indian team, hoping to become champions again in Australia. But for the last one year, India has made its team a factory of experiments. Where even after the World Cup is in front, it is not decided who will play where. After the performance in the IPL last year under the captaincy, there was an exercise to hand over the reins to Rohit Sharma. But his strategy didn’t make sense on critical occasions. Even his own form is troublesome.

In the Asia Cup, his bat did score a half-century against Sri Lanka, but it was not enough. In the final match against Afghanistan, Rohit Sharma rested himself and Lokesh took charge.

In the group league, India made it to the Super-4 by winning against Pakistan and Hong Kong, but then losing against Pakistan by scoring 181 runs was beyond comprehension. Virat Kohli scored a half-century in the second consecutive match. However, India was again on the back foot after being dismissed for zero against Sri Lanka. In both the matches, India had to bat first after losing the toss, but despite this, this defeat is not being digested. Rohit and Lokesh Rahul continued to disappoint as openers. Especially Lokesh Rahul could not do justice to his batting at all.

Rishabh Pant has completely disappointed. With globs as well as with the bat. Against Sri Lanka, his wicket-keeping was also under question. Trying to avoid defeat, the Indian team had caught Sri Lanka’s breath in the last over, but Pant sealed his team’s defeat by throwing a childish runout on this occasion. Rohit did not show interest in trying Deepak Hooda as the sixth bowler, but as soon as he got the opportunity yesterday, he also took the wicket. The Indian team’s balance got disturbed after Ravindra Jadeja was ruled out of the Asia Cup due to injury. His availability in the World Cup is also doubtful.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar has once been considered a specialist in slog overs, but he was not expected to disappoint in the 19th over. Losing 19 runs against Pakistan and 14 against Sri Lanka became costly. On the other hand, Arshdeep Singh may not have made any significant impact in the rest of the spell, but in the twentieth over, India’s victory in both the matches was aroused. India’s fielding and dropping catches were also disappointing. In the Asia Cup today, the final match of the Super Four will be played between Sri Lanka and Pakistan, which can be considered a rehearsal of the final. Both made a great comeback after a weak start and made it to the finals.

Just before the World Cup, India has to play 6 T20 matches against Australia and South Africa on its soil. India has not declared its team for the T20 World Cup, but Australia and South Africa have declared their teams. Almost the same team of both will enter the series against India, which will play in the World Cup. Many players of India are injured, especially Jasprit Bumrah. Jadeja, who had a knee operation, is also out. Can Dinesh Karthik be preferred over Rishabh Pant? All these questions are constantly in the headlines.

Although there is no David Warner against India in the Australian team, but he will play in the World Cup. On the other hand, the South African captain Temba Bavuma has returned. He got injured in the series against India in June. Tristan Stubbs has also been included in the squad for the India tour. Stubbs was not a part of South Africa’s plans for the World Cup earlier, but he has managed to get a spot after performing well against England in the last series.

On the other hand, Indian women cricketers are in England and they will start their tour with a T20 match on 10 September. There are three T20 and three ODI matches in this series against England. Meanwhile, there is good news for Indian team member Jemima Rodriguez. She has been included in their team by Melbourne Stars for the Australian Women’s Big Bash. In fact, Jemima is identified as an explosive batter, in which she will be fit for Melbourne. Jemima has also been nominated by the ICC for the Player of the Month for August.

On the other hand, Shubman Gill has started the County Championship with a bang. Shubman Gill, playing for Glamorgan, scored 92 runs in his very first match. He handled his team’s crumbling innings against Worcestershire. The match finally ended in a draw on the fourth day yesterday. Earlier, Cheteshwar Pujara had also performed brilliantly in the County Championship. He proved useful for Sussex by scoring over 1000 runs in the County Championship and over 600 runs in the London Royal One Day Cup.

and finally domestic cricket
India’s domestic cricket has also started in the form of Duleep Trophy. Today is the second day of the two quarter-final matches of the Duleep Trophy. This time a new team North East Zone has debuted. The first day’s play started late yesterday due to wet ground in both the matches. West Zone scored 116 runs without losing a wicket in just 25 overs against North East Zone in Chennai. Then Yashasvi Jaiswal was at the crease on 55 and Prithvi Shaw on 61.

East Zone scored 179 for three against North Zone on the first day in Puducherry. Opener Sudip Kumar Garami scored 68 runs.

On the other hand, the second unofficial Test is going on between India A and New Zealand A in Bangalore. Yesterday’s first day’s play could not be held due to rain. The famous Krishna of India A team has been ruled out due to injury. Shardul Thakur was included in his place. Shardul was in the West Zone team in the Duleep Trophy, now Chetan Sakaria will replace him.

Earlier, the first four-day match of the three-match series ended in a draw. Abhimanyu Easwaran, Rajat Patidar and Tilak Verma scored centuries for India A in that match played in Bangalore. While captain Priyank Panchal scored 47 runs. Earlier, Joe Carter missed a double century by scoring 197 runs for New Zealand A.

So this was it, the weekly podcast based on the cricket activities of the week – Suno Dil Se, allow Sanjay Banerjee till next week, Namaskar




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