IND vs ENG : 3 Indian Players For Whom This Could Be The Last Chance To Retain Their Place

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India will be back to playing continuous international cricket till the T20 World cup and beyond post the conclusion of IPL 2022. First, they host South Africa in a five-match T20I series in June followed by the rescheduled fifth Test against England in July. The Test match will be followed by a three-match T20I and ODI series in the same month.

The BCCI has announced India’s Test squad against England for the one-off Test. They will announce the white-ball squads in due course. Meanwhile, India’s T20I squad for South Africa series is also announced.

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Indian Cricket Team. (Photo: BCCI)

It is expected that many players who are part of the T20I squad against South Africa will be picked for the England series as well. Those who will not be picked, it can be considered that their international T20 career might be almost over. With the BCCI looking to promote young players in T20 cricket, the following players can consider this as their last chance if they are picked in the squad.

IND vs ENG : 3 Indian Players For Whom This Could Be The Last Chance To Retain Their Place

Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan, Indian Player
Shikhar Dhawan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Dhawan has not been picked for the T20I series against South Africa. There is a possibility that he might not be picked for the England series as well. Dhawan being axed from India’s T20I squad against South Africa became a topic of discussion once the squad was announced. It was said that the board is looking to give opportunities to young players keeping the T20 World Cup in mind.

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“Huge Difference Between County And Test Attack”: Sunil Gavaskar Gives His Take On Cheteshwar Pujara’s India Comeback Chance

Cheteshwar Pujara and Sunil Gavaskar. Photo- Twitter

Former India skipper Sunil Gavaskar shared his views regarding whether Cheteshwar Pujara can get back in the saddle into the Test side on the back of his great exhibitions in the County Championship playing for Sussex.

Cheteshwar Pujara has been in incredible form in the County Championship this season. In his four matches up to this point, he has scored two double centuries and two centuries. His incredible show has persuaded numerous to think that he is ready to get back into the game to the Indian Test side.

Cheteshwar Pujara (Image Credits: Twitter)
Cheteshwar Pujara (Image Credits: Twitter)

Pujara was dropped from the Indian team for the home series against Sri Lanka after some unfortunate run of form. However, with India playing England in a solitary Test beginning on July 1, which will finish the away series that Team India has been driving 2-1 since last year, the BCCI selectors might be enticed to bring Pujara back in.

Cheteshwar Pujara Should Be Considered For Selection Against England: Sunil Gavaskar

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara (Image Credit: Twitter)

Former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar had a fascinating interpretation of Pujara’s opportunities to get back in the saddle.

“Yes, it should be kept in mind (for India’s Test match in England). Just last year we saw that before the World Test Championship final, New Zealand played two Test matches in England. Because of that, they got acclimatised to the conditions there and when they got similar conditions in Southampton for the WTC final.

It was raining. They were used to the condition. This is what is happening to Cheteshwar Pujara. He has gotten used to batting in English conditions, against their bowlers.

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara (Image Credit: Twitter)

Yes, there is a huge difference between a County attack and a Test bowling attack, but when a batter is in rhythm, why not take advantage and consider him,” Sunil Gavaskar told in an interview on Sports Tak.

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Chennai Pitch Curator Deliberately Aided India’s Loss Against England Last Year, Ravi Shastri And Bharat Arun Were Livid: Reports

Chennai Pitch Curator Deliberately Aided India's Loss Against England Last Year, Ravi Shastri And Bharat Arun Were Livid: Reports

Some shocking media reports have emerged which state that the Chennai pitch curator for the first Test between India and England in 2021 deliberately went against Head Coach Ravi Shastri and bowling coach Bharat Arun. The consequence was huge as team India faced a loss in the Test match when they were on the verge of being knocked out of the ICC World Test Championship Final 2021.

India and England played a four-match Test series last year wherein a couple of games each was hosted by the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai and the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. Team India won the four-match series 3-1 and qualified for the ICC World Test Championship Final 2021. However, things didn’t go as planned for the hosts when the series began.

India National Cricket Team
India National Cricket Team. Image Credits: BCCI

Chennai Pitch Curator Went Against The Wishes Of Ravi Shastri And Bharat Arun

A report published in TOI stated, “Ravi Shastri and Bharat Arun were at the Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk on the evening of February 4, a day before the start of the Test against England. The head coach and the bowling coach explicitly told the curator and the groundsmen that the pitch should be left the way it is, and the water and roller should not be used. Having conveyed it with absolute clarity, they left the stadium with the rest of the team, sources who were present at the venue that evening say.”

Ravi Shastri,R sridhar and B Arun. Photo- Getty
Ravi Shastri,R sridhar and B Arun. Photo- Getty

“After Shastri and Arun left the venue, the BCCI curator who was present there told the groundsmen that he had been ‘asked’ by a ‘higher authority’ to water the pitch and roll it. He did so without being questioned by the local groundsmen who have no authority on these matters except listening to instructions.”

“There are those who want the BCCI to investigate ‘who made the call that evening to the curator’. “He (curator) watered the pitch, brought out the roller, and the next morning, the wicket was a ‘paata’ (flat deck) sources added,” the reports further stated.

Ravi Shastri And Bharat Arun Lost It After India Lost The Match

As the track was prepared like a mere dead batting track, England won the toss and elected to bat first in the game. Joe Root, the England captain, smashed a scintillating double century in the first innings of the match. The Indian batters only kept chasing the score throughout the match and eventually, the hosts fell short by a massive 227 runs and found themselves in a situation to win all their next 3 matches to qualify for the WTC final 2021.

India vs Sri Lanka
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“Ravi and Arun were absolutely livid with the curator for not heeding to the team management’s instructions. It was done deliberately and that curator clearly received a call and was asked to do this. The curator must be questioned who instructed him to act against the Indian team’s best interests. It was an extremely serious misdemeanour,  say those in the know of these developments,” the report further stated.

This eventually led the Indian team management to lodge an official complaint about the same to the BCCI and then, the curator was changed for the second match of the series. The BCCI moved swiftly after the complaint and a senior curator was called to the venue, and he prepared the pitch in alignment with the team management’s plans for the second Test that team India won.

Now, there are voices that suggest that there might be an official probe into the matter.

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