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“Stop searching for MS Dhoni-the keeper in Rishabh Pant” says Aakash Chopra

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he Indian player selectors gave some rest Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the final two matches against Australia in order to test young Rishabh Pant before the World Cup. However, the young player Rishab struggled behind the stumps in Mohali and missed a couple of stumpings which did not help India’s cause.

India did not got any profit and it did not help them, with each, mistake, the crowd started chanting Dhoni’s name, and for Pant is was a day that he should forget for sure. Social media was all against the young man and equated his keeping to Dhoni, a comparison which did not go down too well with former Indian batsman Aakash Chopra, who defended the inclusion of Pant in the Indian squad.

“Stop searching Dhoni-the keeper in Rishabh Pant. He’s work in progress. The question should be—Is he worth investing in?

My answer—YES,” he tweeted after Australia scripted an amazing comeback to clinch the Mohali ODI.

“Also, bear in mind that IF Pant is picked for the World Cup, he won’t be playing ahead of Dhoni. And he won’t be keeping. So…it’s kinda unfair to judge him purely as a keeper. I thought he played a fairly decent knock today. Struck well,” he added.

After the match, captain Virat Kohli spoke about the lapses in the field and how it played a part in India’s loss.

“We were sloppy in the field. We were not at our best, and we should have grabbed those chances and made the most of the opportunity when it came by,” Kohli said at the post-match press conference.

 

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Anil Kumble says that Virat Kohli Is A More Comfortable India Captain With MS Dhoni Around

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Dhoni, as the Indian captain in played his first match in 2007, gave the captainship and all the responsibilities to Virat Kohli in 2014. Over a long period of his leadership, he naturally inhabits the quality of him. On having a leader’s role for such a long time handed, Kumble said, “Leading comes naturally to MS. He had been the captain for a long long time. He is behind the stumps, so he reads the game better than anybody else. He obviously is in conversation with the bowler. On the kind of lines that the bowlers need to bowl, the kind of pace that they need to bowl.”
Kumble gave his views on the ODI series against Australia that, “With the field placings, I think Virat certainly depends a lot on MS Dhoni in one day cricket. For him to have those proper field placings. That is something he probably missed in the last two matches against Australia.”
“If you look at the last 10 or 15 overs, the second half or the final powerplay, Virat is generally manning the boundary. When MS is there, he is on the boundary line. Suddenly (in the matches where MS Dhoni was rested), he had to man the last two overs and the last ten overs under pressure. So yes, he certainly depends a lot on MS Dhoni,” Kumble said.
Kumble says that the presence of Dhoni plays an important role in the field and the bowling innings, where Virat is at a distance from the bowlers as Dhoni is there.

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Gautam Gambhir says There can’t be conditional bans on Pakistan

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Gautam Gambhir on Monday said, “BCCI should either snap all cricketing ties with Pakistan, including multi-lateral events, or engage with the arch-rivals at every level as “there can’t be conditional bans”.”
“There can’t be conditional bans. Either you ban everything with Pakistan or open everything with Pakistan. What has happened in Pulwama is absolutely not acceptable,” Gambhir, who was recently conferred the Padma Shri, told reporters on the sidelines of a promotional event for ‘Funngage.com’. “I am sure it’s going to be difficult for India to boycott them in ICC tournaments but stop playing Pakistan in the Asia Cup,” said the left-hander.
“There could be repercussions and we may not qualify for the semi-finals. No media should blame the Indian team if they plan to boycott playing Pakistan,” he said. Gambhir when asked that what if the two teams meet in the final, he said, “India should surrender the final. “Two points are not that important. Country is important, those 40 soldiers who lost their lives are far more important than a cricket match. If we let go of a World Cup final, the country should be ready for it. “Certain section of society says that don’t mix sports with politics but Jawans are far more important than a game of cricket.”
“All of us need to decide if sport is more important or lives of our soldiers? I am all for facing backlash if the international sporting federations decide to ostracise us. Sentiment of the country is far more important than sports, Bollywood, art or culture. If we get boycotted at sports events, we should be ready for it,” former Indian opener says.
Also when asked about his mind set of entering into the politiccs, 37 year old said, “All my life I have only played cricket and and my family needs to be convinced. I have heard from people that full time politics can change people. “But I have two little daughters. I need to spend time with them. I have also heard rumours but right now, I will be doing commentary for Star Sports during IPL.”

 

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अपने ही टीम के खिलाड़ी को हराकर देश को दिखानी है वर्ल्ड कप की जीत

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1. दिनेश कार्तिक:- अनुभवी विकेटकीपर बल्लेबाज को ऑस्ट्रेलिया के खिलाफ
वनडे टीम में शामिल नहीं किया था और उनकी जगह ऋषभ पंत को दी थी और कहा गया
था कि महैंन्द्र सिंह धोनी के अलावा विकेटकीपर के लिए वह दूसरे विकल्प
होंगे लेकिन मैदान वह पूरी तरह फ्लाप हो गए। धोनी को आराम देने के बाद ऋषभ
को ऑस्ट्रेलिया के खिलाफ वनडे में खेलने का मौका दिया गया। लेकिन उनको दिए
इस मौके का वह फायदा नहीं उठा पाए, वह ना तो विकेट के पिछे गेंद को पकड़
पाए और न ही बल्लेबाज की क्रीज से बाहर जाने के बाद गेंदो को ठीक से पकड़
रोक पाए। 5 वनडे की 4 पारियों में ऋषभ ने 23.25 की औसत से कुल 93 रन बनाए।
वनडे के इन 5 मैचों में वह अपना बेहतरीन स्कोर केवल 36 रन तक बना पाए।
ऐसेमें दिनेश अपने टीम के खिलाड़ी ऋषभ की इस परफॉरमेंस का फायदा उठा सकते
हैं। अगर कार्तिक आईपीएल में बेहतरीन प्रदर्शन करते दिखे तो उन्हे वर्ल्ड
कप में शामिल किए जा सकते हैं। कार्तिक को पंत के मुकाबले ज्यादा बेहतरीन
खिलाड़ी और फिनिश्र माना जाता है।

2. क्रुणाल पंड्या : वर्ल्ड कप में शामिल होने का क्रुणाल के पास एक सुनहरा
मौका होगा, क्रुणाल आभी हुए टी-20 का हिस्सा भी रहे हैं। पंड्या को रवींद्र
जडेजा की खराब फॉर्म का फायदा मिल सकता है। लेफ्ट आर्म स्पिन बेहतर
गेंदबाजी में जडेजा के मुकाबले क्रुणाल पांड्य की मानी जाती है अगर आईपीएल
में क्रुणाल पांड्य अपनी अच्छई पकड़ बनाए रहे तो वर्ल्ड कर में दोनों
पांड्या भाई एक साथ खेलते नजर आ सकते हैं।

3. अजिंक्य रहाणे :- वर्ल्ड कप में अजिंक्य रहाणे के पास भी नंबर 4 रायडू
के फ्लॉप शो के बाद एक सुनहरा मैका होगा। रहाणे नंबर 4 के बेहतर विकल्प हो
सकते हैं इतना ही नहीं जरूरत पड़ने पर नंबर 3 पर बल्लेबाजी कर सकते है ताकि
वो ओपनरस को जल्द आउट कर सकें जिससे विराट कोहली को नई गेंद के सामने क्रीज
पर नहीं उतरना पड़ेगा। रहाणे जैसे बल्लेबाज का होना भारतीय टीम के लिए बहुत
जरूरी है इससे पहले वे 2015 के वर्ल्ड कप में भी नंबर 4 पर आजमाए गए थे।

4. पृथ्वी शॉ :- राहुल की नाकामी का फायदा पृथ्वी शॉ को मिल सकता है
क्योंकि ऑस्ट्रेलिया के खिलाफ राहुल का कुछ खास प्रदर्शन नहीं दिखाई दिया
और ऐसे में अगर पृथ्वी अच्छा प्रदर्शन करते हैं तो ना केवल उनकी जगह ले
पांएगे बल्कि वर्ल्ड कप अपनी जगह भी बना पाएंगे। पृथ्वी
शॉ की बल्लेबाजी कई दिग्गजों को पृथ्वी शॉ में वीरेंद्र सहवाग की झलक देखने
को मिली।

5. खलील अहमद :- जसप्रीत बुमराह, मोहम्मद शमी और भुवनेश्वर कुमार ही वर्ल्ड
कप के लिए चयनकर्ताओं की पहली पसंद होंगे। लेकिन चौथे तेज गेंदबाज को लेकर
अभी कुछ साफ नहीं हुआ। इस बार खलील अहमद के पास खुद को साबित करने का मौका
है क्योंकि उमेश यादव कुछ कमाल नहीं दिखा सके हैं। अहमद बांए हाथ के
गेंदबाज है जिससे टीम इंडिया को वर्ल्ड कप में एक अलग तरह का गेंदबाज मिल
सकता है।

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