Author: Sandip Pawar

Sandip Pawar is someone who lives and breathes sports, cricket in particular. He is a regular viewer of the sport, a keen observer, and loves learning its nuances.

Captaincy transition has always been a conundrum in Indian Cricket. Be it during the transition between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma in 2021 or even until recently where there was a controversy around Hardik Pandya’s potential T20 takeover until the rumours were dispelled by Rohit himself. Similarly, way back in the day when MS Dhoni gave up Test cricket and Kohli was appointed as the new leader of the Test side, there was always an impatience with Dhoni’s future as India’s white ball leader.  Even Virat, who was potentially going to take the captaincy of India’s white-ball team after Dhoni,…

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Kiwi fast bowler Matt Henry has been ruled out from the upcoming ODI series against Pakistan and India. The right-arm seamer suffered an abdominal strain while bowling on the final day of the recently concluded second Test game Karachi.  Coach Gary Stead confirmed that Henry, who bowled with the injury on the final day of the Test match, will now miss 6 ODIs against Pakistan and India.  “It was a pretty gutsy effort, really, but Henry will be withdrawn from the ODI side,” Stead said on Saturday. Henry’s injury further makes things difficult for the New Zealand’s white ball sides. Earlier,…

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Former Australia captain Greg Chappell has expressed his concerns for Cameron Green, who became the second highest-paid player in the history of the Indian Premier League. The 23-year all-rounder was secured by five-time champions Mumbai Indians in IPL 2023 auction, where they shelled out ₹17.50 crores after a bidding war with Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals. Green has played 38 matches for Australia across three formats and has scored eight fifties while picking 34 wickets with the ball. In his column for The Age, Chappell said the increased workload might not be good for his development in this early stage of his career. “Cameron…

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Arguably the best Test opener of his generation, David Warner vows to go back to the method that brought him success as he looks to break through the lean patch. Ahead of his 100th Test in baggy green, the player said playing aggressive style has brought him success over the years and he vows to go back to it to get out of the rough patch. The left hand batter is just 78 runs away from the 8000-run club in Test cricket. Warner has 24 centuries to his credit in this format but hasn’t passed three figures for nearly three…

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Pakistan may have lost the third Test versus England to suffer a 3-0 whitewash at home for the first time ever but the skipper Babar Azam gained on ICC rankings. He moved to no. 2 behind Marnus Labuschagne, after scoring 78 and 54 in two innings at Karachi. England’s historic series win in Pakistan saw some of their batters make big gains as well. Ben Stokes moved two spots up to No. 23, Ollie Pope was one spot to No. 28, whereas the Player of the Series Harry Brook climbed 11 positions to enter the top 50 for the first time at 44th place. ICC Test…

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England captain Ben Stokes and Ben Duckett completed the formalities on the fourth day of the Karachi Test to complete what was one of the most dominant away series wins. The visitors thrashed Pakistan by eight wickets in the third Test as they became the first team to register a clean sweep on Pakistani soil. Chasing only 167, England were in a hurry to finish the match on the third day itself but they were 55 runs short. It took Ben Stokes and Ben Duckett just 38 minutes to mow that down on the fourth day morning. Duckett remained unbeaten on a superb 82…

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England seamer Ollie Robinson revealed he was struggling to get on the field 12 months back and feared he might not play cricket again due to injuries. The 29-year-old played a crucial role in England’s famous Test series win in Pakistan as the right-arm seamer picked eight wickets in two matches so far, including 4 for 50 in the fourth innings of the Rawalpindi Test. Robinson spent almost 10 months on the sidelines due to recurring back issues. He was ruled out of March tour of the West Indies and then missed a major chunk of County cricket with Surrey. Speaking to Sky…

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Team India veteran Dinesh Karthik reflected on why the national can’t replicate England’s Bazball brand of Test cricket at present. England’s refreshing positive brand in Test cricket ever since Ben Stokes and Brendon McCullum, having taken over as the captain and coach respectively earlier this year, has been fetching them strong results since. The side have won eight of the nine Tests in the period, which includes the first two games of the ongoing three-match series in Pakistan. Credit: BCCI KL Rahul, who is captaining India in the ongoing first of two Tests in Bangladesh, had said that India would play aggressive cricket with…

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India women collapsed from 106/2 to 123/6 inside three overs as they failed to chase 173 against Australia at Brabourne Stadium on Wednesday. Captain Harmanpreet Kaur felt that playing too many dot balls was the reason they lost to Australia in the third T20 international on Wednesday. Chasing 173, India played 55 dot balls as they fell 21 runs short of the target and conceded 2-1 lead to the visitors at Brabourne Stadium. “After getting them on 170-odd runs, we really thought we can chase this total. We played too many dot balls in the middle. After getting a boundary,…

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England fast bowler Mark Wood said he wondered at one point if he would have to focus on white-ball cricket only, with the amount of injuries hampering his career. Wood produced one of his best performances in red-ball cricket in the Multan Test against Pakistan to hand England a historic series win. However, things haven’t been easy for the speedster with plenty of injuries to deal with, and admitted that he had concerns he would have to play white-ball cricket only. He was exceptional on the final day of the Multan Test by 26 runs, where he broke open the match with…

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