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.

Former Indian seam bowler Venkatesh Prasad took a toll on the national selectors for not naming Sarfaraz Khan in the Test team for the Test series against Australia scheduled to begin on February 9. The 25-year-old has been a run-machine for Mumbai in domestic cricket for some time now. He has 556 runs in eight innings this season in Ranji Trophy at an average of 111.20, including three centuries. Moreover, he was also the highest run-scorer in Ranji Trophy last season with 982 runs at a staggering average of 122.75, including four centuries and a top score of 275 against Saurashtra. In…

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Former India Test opener Wasim Jaffer made a big statement following Axar Patel’s performance in the second T20I against Sri Lanka in Pune. All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has been injured for over three months now, and according to Jaffer, there is hardly any realization of his absence. Axar the batter has shown tremendous growth in the last few months, giving the Indian fans some jaw-dropping performances with the bat, especially in the shorter forms of cricket. Be it in the match against Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League last year or that last over finish in an ODI game at…

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While talking to media India’s thrilling win in the Mirpur Test against Bangladesh, stand-in India captain KL Rahul said he would’ve loved to have wristspinner Kuldeep Yadav up his sleeves in the second-innings with the ball but stressed India “don’t regret” not picking him on the morning of Day 1. India shocked everyone by leaving out Kuldeep, who picked up eight wickets and scored useful runs lower down the order in the first Test in Chattogram, and giving fast-bowler Jaydev Unadkat a return after 12 years.  Credit: BCCI On a track historically known to assist spinners, India went in with three seamers and two…

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Punjab Kings (PBKS) broke their bank to fetch an incredibly high INR 18.50 crores bid on regaining England allrounder Sam Curran at the Indian Premier League 2023 mini-auction on Friday in Kochi, where only Australian allrounder Cameron Green came near him in terms of the league’s most popular bids. Green bagged a sum of INR 17.50 crores from Mumbai Indians, the five-time IPL champions, to become the second highest-bid player in the league’s history after Curran. The two players went beyond Chris Morris, whom Rajasthan Royals roped for a massive 16.25 crores at IPL 2021 auction. Also hogging the limelight from set 2, featuring…

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Punjab Kings broke their bank to regain English allrounder Sam Curran with a shockingly high bid of INR 18.50 crores, making the Zimbabwe-born cricketer the highest bid player ever in the league’s history at the IPL 2023 mini-auction on Friday. Curran, who didn’t play the IPL 2022 due to an injury enforced break, was the highest selling set 2 player, featuring multiple bid-name allrounders, at the bidding war and garnered interest from various franchises, including his former franchise Chennai Super Kings. The player did go back to his former franchise. But it was the PBKS, who restored him in their set-up…

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Experienced Indian batter Ajinkya Rahane still believes he can make an India comeback even as the Test team moves forward to rejuvenate their middle-order options at the heels of the World Test Championship (WTC) 2021-23 cycle. The 34-year-old is hopeful of an unexpected India comeback as the side gears up for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy versus Australia in February and March. Rahane has led Mumbai to consecutive wins at the start of the Ranji season, with his latest outing featuring a knock of 204 off 261 balls against Hyderabad. With his knock helping Mumbai attain a bonus-point win, the player was hoping that the…

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The announcement of England’s 14-member squad for the three-match ODI series in January against South Africa paved way to the return of express quick Jofra Archer after a near two-year absence from the sport. England’s Barbados-born right-arm quick had been on an absence from the game since March 2021, when he last turned up during the T20I series in India. From there, the 27-year-olod went through two bouts with surgeries for elbow and back issues. Just when he was on a comeback trail from the two injuries, he was sidelined with a stress fracture that then ruled him out of…

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The mini-auction for the 2023 edition of the Indian Premier League will be held in Kochi on Friday. All ten IPL franchises will be entering the bidding event from IST 2:30 PM as they look to finalise their respective squads after undergoing the keenly followed pre-auction retention and release phase. A total of 991 players – 714 Indian and 287 overseas – were part of the initial list of players that the Premier League governing council shared with the franchises, letting them know who are the players they can expect to be up for grabs. This list was trimmed for…

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The seaming pitch used for the Brisbane Test that kickstarted the three-match rubber between hosts Australia and South Africa has been given a “below average” rating by the International Cricket Council. The governing body came up with a verdict for the surface on Tuesday. The Gabba witnessed one of the quickest finishes to a Test match in the sport’s history, with less than 150 overs bowled collectively over the span of two days, where 34 wickets fell, one going down every 25.5 deliveries, which marked the second-best strike rate ever in Test history. At no stage of the game did…

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England skipper Ben Stokes was jubilant and deemed it “a great time to be playing for England” as he revives the love for the sport with an incredible 3-0 Test series whitewash over Pakistan in Pakistan. Not once did England lose the grip of any of the three Tests played in Rawalpindi, Multan and Karachi, posting comprehensive wins on each occasion while continuing their ultraggressive ways with the bat in hand, regularly going above 6 runs an over to ruffle a Pakistani side missing their spearhead Shaheen Shah Afridi due to an injury. For all the limelight hogged by the batting unit…

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