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.

South African limited-overs captain Temba Bavuma said he would be lying if he said it wasn’t disappointing for him to find no favours at the SA20 league auction held in Cape Town. The 32-year-old revealed he was hoping to get a chance and play his part in establishing CSA’s long-ambitioned T20 league. Bavuma had registered for the league’s first-ever auction for a base price of Rand 850,000, but none of the six franchises offered a bid for him at the auction. The player came up for purchase during the auction’s accelerated round after going unsold in the initial sets. However,…

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South African batter Tristan Stubbs attracted the highest bid of Rand 9.2 million at the auction for Cricket South Africa’s newly launched SA20 league on September 19. Donavon Ferreira, another talented Protea batter up for international recognition soon, also created quite a stir at the bidding war, fetching bids that led to chaos at one point. Stubbs went to Sunrisers Eastern Cape side, who evaded strong competition from MI Cape Town and Johannesburg Super Kings to secure the services of the 22-year-old. The right-hander is known for his big-hitting abilities and has already featured in six T20Is for his national side, with a strike-rate…

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Haryana seamer Harshal Patel attributed his successful transition from a journeyman IPL cricketer to an India T20I bowler to the role clarity provided by coach Rahul Dravid and skipper Rohit Sharma. Patel seamer believes the communication from the Dravid-Rohit duo has helped take a lot of pressure off his back and allowed him to flourish at the top-level game. Since his debut in November last year, Harshal has become an integral part of India’s T20I plans, which was reflected in his selection for the T20 World Cup in Australia but also his absence during the Asia Cup 2022 in UAE…

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Indian skipper Rohit Sharma has earmarked Virat Kohli as the team’s third opener heading into the upcoming T20 World Cup. The captain has said since the team hasn’t selected a designated backup opening batter for the ICC event, they are eyeing Kohli as a potential opener if one of him or KL Rahul is unavailable. According to Rohit, Kohli, who has been India’s longstanding No.3, being capable of adjusting to the demands of batting inside the powerplay gives India immense flexibility. Sharma took heart from the great batter’s magnificent hundred against Afghanistan at the end of the Asia Cup 2022 campaign when…

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Unredeemed dents in the relationship between England internationals Alex Hales and Ben Stokes are not going to affect the side’s aspiration to reclaim the T20 World Cup crown in Australia this winter, believes limited-overs head coach Matthew Mott. The two players have undergone a rift ever since their involvement in the infamous night brawl incident back in 2017 in Bristol, which had led to both the players being handed backdated bans with fines imposed on them by a Cricket Disciplinary Commission. Stokes had at the time denied the charges labelled against him and was found not guilty. The rift came…

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The Board of Control for Cricket in India is all set to introduce the player substitution rule in the forthcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali T20, reports Cricbuzz. The Indian board is about to implement the idea via the latest edition of India’s National Championship for the shortest format, with the aim being to “make the format more attractive, dynamic and interesting” for the viewers and the participating teams. In a note possessed by Cricbuzz that BCCI has sent to all state associations in the build-up to the SMAT 2022-23, the rule is stated for allowance to replace one member of the…

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Incredible performances for Sydney Thunder in the Big Bash League earned Alex Hales a comeback to England’s T20I side in time for the T20 World Cup, suggested Jos Buttler. The England captain said success in Australian conditions made Hales an “obvious pick” in the side once Jonny Bairstow was ruled out with an accident. Also read 👉 “Freak” golf accident rules England’s Bairstow out of T20 World Cup Hales had his first training session with the rest of the England players in Pakistan after three years since his controversial axing from the side prior to the 2019 World Cup. The player was suspended…

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An untimely knee injury has seen left-hander Fakhar Zaman getting ruled out of Pakistan’s squad for the T20 World Cup announced on September 15, with the selectors roping in Shan Masood for the marquee tournament in Australia. Masood is yet to feature in a T20I for Pakistan, but has earned his selection on the back of strong performances in domestic T20s. A like-for-like replacement for Fakhar, he amassed 438 runs at an average of 39.83 and strike-rate of 138.15 for Multan Sultans in PSL 2022. He then top-scored for Derbyshire in this year’s T20 Blast with 547 runs from 14 matches, averaging 45.58 with…

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India’s impressive comeback win in the second T20I proved to be a false dawn for their fans as the side were hammered in the series decider by England on Thursday in Bristol. The hosts crushed the visitors with an impressive allround display, clinching the three-match series 2-1. India’s over-dependence on a couple of key players, including elegant opening batter Smriti Mandhana, was exposed brutally by the England women’s side in a seven-wicket defeat that reinforced some of the team’s longstanding problems. Mandhana, who was the star of the Indian victory in Derby with an unbeaten 79 off 53 balls, failed to…

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One of the game’s prominent fast-bowlers, Australia’s Test skipper Pat Cummins believes it is critical for his body that he “finds windows to rest” in what is essentially a cramped schedule across Tests, ODIs and T20Is. The pacer has also had Indian Premier League commitments to adhere to. Cummins was responding to captaincy queries in the aftermath of Aaron Finch’s decision to retire from ODIs a year prior to the 2023 World Cup in India. The pace giant expressed hesitation to commit to anything but the Test captaincy for now, saying the selectors should not rush into any decision on Finch’s replacement. …

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