New ICC Rule can Affect Dhoni's and Other Batsman Batting, Need to Change the Bat

Dhoni is India’s cricketing Caesar, never practises glove work, has the odd net session with bat and ball and, at them, bowls more bouncers than his front-line speedsters. In other words, he does exactly as he pleases. Coaches close to him, Gary Kirsten and Stephen Fleming particularly, marvel at his instinct and calm. He is no great planner, more a reactor. But he never departs from reality. Dhoni is gifted, Dhoni is mischievous, Dhoni is dictatorial, Dhoni is driven and Dhoni is alert to every whisper around him. He trusts only a few and rarely declares his hand. He speaks in unarguable, often repetitive, rhetoric, dragging out debate that does not much matter to cover up that which does.

This is the way he copes with the almost impossible task of leading Indian cricket. He is the most modern cricketer of all cricketers, dividing his time between the various formats as if he has responsibility to the senate to answer for all the issues of the day, which, of course, he has had.

David Warner

As an ODI player, Dhoni has been consistently enterprising, batting up the order in key games, taking the initiative, playing few dot balls, and hitting the big shots when required. The 2011 World Cup final was a good example, though there have been other instances when he has played decisive innings with the bat.

As new laws has been implemented by the cricket association in which the new maximum permitted dimensions of a cricket bat will be 108mm in width, 67mm in depth with 40mm edges.The Marylebone Cricket Club’s new Code of Laws will be implemented from October 2017. From the last July MCC ruled on the bat dimensions to be changed in March this year after it received a recommendation on it. So, Dhoni can struggle to hit his trademark sixes at will once the new Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC) rule on cricket bat takes effect this October.

MS Dhoni

Ricky Ponting, Kumar Sangakkara, and Sourav Ganguly are the MCC’s World Cricket committee members and they has recommended for this change.

KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, and Cheteshwar Pujara have bat specifications that are identical to those of the bat used by their skipper.Indian captain Virat Kohli’s bat does not have to change his breach according to the new dimensions asserted by the MCC. All other Indian cricketers other than Dhoni have bats that do not cross the 40 mm stipulation.

Cricket owing to the popularity and changing times, it’s going through a set of changes on a regular basis. Dhoni roughly have a year and a half to get used to the bat before the ICC World Cup of 2019 starts.

As per the reports, Dhoni uses the heaviest bat with a total weight between 1250gm to 1300gm bat, with a 12-inch sweet spot, which starts from four inches above the bottom of the bat to 16 inches, the rule will affect players like David Warner, Chris Gayle and Pollard even more who have been using a bat with 50mm edge.

Dhoni is known for his unrivaled spectacle hits which mostly are huge sixes. These bottom heavy bats also allowed Dhoni to execute unthinkable strikes, like his famous Helicopter Shot. With the new rules, Dhoni will need to bat with a lighter version, thus limiting his ability.

Dhoni will be able to use his old bats till the end of Sri Lanka-India series, which ends on September 6, as his bat exceeds the limit in its criteria. So, now the Indian cricketer who played with the heavy bat will have to settle for a lighter version of his willow so as to adhere to the new set of MCC guidelines.

Unlike his predecessor, skipper Virat Kohli has no such need to change his weapon. It’s reported that Kohli and his contemporaries like AB de Villiers, Steve Smith and Joe Root ply their respective trades with ‘legal’ bats. ICC has even made the strict rules regarding on field behaviour.

Dhoni for future in international cricket has many have questions, and this issue with regards to his bat dimensions is a new problem that the right-handed batsman needs to address. The man’s game is centred around his powerful bottom hand and a swing of his heavy bat.

Virat Kohli fans must be relived by this news as along with him other Indian players like KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, Cheteshwar Pujara and newcomer Rishabh Pant is already using a bat with less than 40mm edge.

We hope for the best as he might have to bring minor changes to his core game too, considering he will be using a lighter bat now.

Ravi Shastri to be the New Coach of Indian Cricket Team

Ravi Shastri has been selected as the next coach of Team India on Tuesday. His tenure will last for two years. Earlier on Monday, BCCI’s CAC committee had interviewed candidates for the post of coach. After the interview process, CAC member Sourav Ganguly had announced that the name of the coach will be announced after the captain Virat Kohli returned from New York.but administrator’s committee member Vinod Rai told the BCCI that the name of the coach will be announced today. After which, Shastri was officially announced as the coach of Indian Cricket Team.

Shastri has been selected as coach for two years that means he will be coach till 2019 World Cup. Shastri’s tenure begins with the upcoming Sri Lanka tour. Shastri has previously been the director of Team India. After this Anil Kumble was selected as coach and after the little conflict with Ganguly, it was believed that this time Shastri would not get the chance, but captain Kohli’s choice was preferred.

The news of Shastri’s appointment as head coach will not surprise many, given his work as team director for an 18-month period and the relationship he shares with Kohli and other members of the team. The former allrounder turned TV commentator and analyst, who played 80 Tests and 150 ODIs and led India in one Test, was brought in by the BCCI in August 2014. Shastri took over as the team director after the loss of 1-3 in the Test series against England in August 2014 and he was in the post till the Twenty20 World Cup. During that time, Team India defeated England for the first time in the one-day series in England. In the Twenty-20 series team India defeated  Australia in their home ground.

Last month, Shastri threw his name into contention for the vacant coach’s role after the BCCI, in the aftermath of Kumble’s resignation, decided to invite more applicants despite criticism by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators

Yuvraj Singh Might Get Replaced in 2019 World Cup by These Players

Yuvraj Singh, who debuted for India in 2000, has proven himself victorious by continuing to perform well in limited overs format over the years. He was the big reason for winning the title of India’s 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup. After the 2011 World Cup, Yuvraj fought the biggest fight of his career. He beat the cancer and then returned to the ground.

Yuvraj remained in and out of the team and whenever he got an opportunity in the Indian team, he was struggling to perform. Yuvraj also got an opportunity to play in the beginning of this year and played a wonderful innings of 150 against England and made his place in the team for the Champions Trophy. In the ICC event, UV made a match-winning half-century against Pakistan before struggling to get going against Sri Lanka and Pakistan in the final.

His batting powers have diminished and he hardly rolls his arms over. Adding to this, he has been poor on the field, something you generally didn’t associate with Yuvraj in the past. To be fair, he is 35 years old at the moment and one cannot expect him to throw himself on the field. It is safe to say that the age-factor has caught up with his batting as well.

In spite of all these, should the team management persist with him given that the 2019 World Cup is just two years away? If they think Yuvraj can be around till then, I am sceptical of India’s chances in the show piece cricket event. It is high time (even if he does well in West Indies) that the selectors, along with the team management, take a bold call and look beyond one of India’s most successful players in the format.

Let us take a look at five cricketers who can replace Yuvraj in the Indian middle order.

Suresh Raina was a vital member of the Indian team since making a comeback in 2008, but, the same cannot be said of his journey with the Indian team in the last two years. After the 2015 World Cup, Raina’s form dipped before he was eventually dropped after India’s series against South Africa later that year.

Since then, he was considered as a T20 specialist and has represented the nation in numerous T20Is. Raina might have been out of form and struggled against rising deliveries, something that was exposed by bowlers around the world and has been playing in his mind whenever he walked out to bat, he is still a safer bet than Yuvraj in all three departments.

Dinesh Karthik, Score heavily in the Indian domestic circuit, get picked in the Indian team, show a lot of promise, fail in the national colours, get dropped, repeat. This is the curious case of Dinesh Karthik for the last one decade. In spite of getting an extended run with the Indian team, Karthik has failed to cement his place in the playing XI.Once again, he has done well in the Indian domestic circuit and was given a national call-up ahead of the Champions Trophy. This time, he didn’t get a chance to play in the tournament and is unlikely to play in the series against West Indies.

Manish Pandey has been a part of the Indian ODI set-up for a while and proved his worth when he scored a match-winning century in the fifth ODI against Australia in 2016. The Karnataka batsman showed a lot of promise in the format as India were looking for someone who can do the job at number 4 or 5.

KL Rahul had a successful Test series against Australia when he injured his shoulder during the first Test in Pune and played the remainder of the series in spite of the injury. Just before the start of IPL, he decided to go under the knife and get fully fit before the ICC Champions Trophy. Unfortunately, his recovery took more time and he was forced to miss the Cup and the subsequent series in West Indies. Rishabh pant might also get a chance to replace yuvi in 2019 world cup.

"I AM LIKE WINE", Dhoni's Performance Getting Better With Age

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been one of the best captains India has ever had, with his magnificent with his leadership quality he had won millions of heart.

Mahi Indian people call him out of love, We are not wrong if we say that Dhoni is regarded as one of the best captains in Indian Cricket history. He with cool temperament has the ability to handle pressure. Dhoni has been a class in showcasing his arsenal at times of crisis and has been crucial in steering his team through in the toughest of times. His ability to extract results out of pressure situations tells a lot about his leadership abilities.

Dhoni in an Interview showed his happiness saying that “He is happy that he got a chance to play in Innings”, When asked how he is getting better with the age. He replied- “Its’s like a wine”. The old it is the more expensive it becomes as there was inconsistency in his batting recently, his unbeaten 78 off 79 balls enabled India to post a winning score on a tough track in third ODI against the west Indies. He got a chance to play an innings of quality after the top three has been scoring bulk of runs in recent times.

“Our top-order has been doing the bulk of the scoring in the last one-one and a half years, so it felt good to get an opportunity and score runs.” – said Dhoni.

Dhoni is self-aware of certain things? He knows about his strengths and weaknesses. By which he catapult himself.

 He further added -“I think it was the nature of the wicket (what made the knock special). There was variable bounce and at times the pace. It was important to have a partnership at that stage. In my mind, I had 250, and we got there, with Kedar batting with me at the end. It was something the bowlers could defend, but they had to bowl well.”

 

“It’s important (to guide spinners). Kuldeep has played a lot of games in IPL but when it comes to international cricket, it’s important to know where to use your variety. Once he plays 5-10 games, he will realize it himself. The good thing is, compared to the last game, he bowled very well today.”

His words not only motives his fans but also himself, he is a self-motivator who works consistently toward his goals. Dhoni’s locus of control is very intrinsic. He is not blinded by the glamour and money. He plays the game for the love of the game. He competes with only himself and none other.

Indain Cricket Team, Creates World Record, Maximum Times 300 Runs in ODI

Virat Kohli’s squad put up a spectacular show in the second ODI cricket against West Indies in Port of Spain as they registered a 105 run win to take a 1-0 lead in the series.

Ajinkya Rahane’s century and Kohli’s brilliant 87 off 66 balls helped India amass 310/5. During the course of the innings, India went past 300 for the 96th time in ODIs, thus creating a new world record. They went past Australia’s mark of 95. India and Australia are the only countries who have notched up a 300-plus totals over 90 times. South Africa, the world No.1 ranked ODI team, have registered 300-plus totals 77 times.

Out of the 96 times India have gone past 300, they have registered 75 wins and 19 losses with two matches being tied. However, the number of losses is the highest by any team in the list. Australia have won 84 out of the 95 times while posting in excess of 300 while South Africa have lost only seven times when they have gone past this total.

Virat Kohli

 When it comes to high scores in ODIs, India feature prominently in all the lists. Kohli’s team are in second position when it comes to scoring totals in the range of 350 to 400-plus. India have scored a total in this range 23 times, just one behind South Africa who have reached scores in this range 24 times. When it comes to totals in excess of 400, India once again are in second position behind South Africa. The Proteas have a record six scores in the 400-plus range in ODIs while India have five.

India first registered a total of over 300 in ODIs in 1996 against Pakistan in Sharjah when they smashed 305/5. Their first total in excess of 350 was against Sri Lanka in the 1999 World Cup encounter in Taunton while their first 400-plus score in ODIs came against Bermuda in the 2007 World Cup encounter in Port of Spain.

Women's Cricket World Cup, India vs England Today

The Indian Women’s Cricket Team will start the world cup campaign against England. The Indian Women Team has made it to the final in 2005 only once in the World Cup where it defeated Australia. At that time, the captain of the team was Mithali and this time also the team’s commands is in her hands.

England has captured this title three times and being a host, England’s team will surely get the advantage on the ground. However, considering the existing form of India the host can not sit comfortably. Mithali’s team is in excellent form this time. She had performed well in the series of four countries recently in South Africa.

Earlier, she had won the World Cup qualifiers tournament. Due to lack of points due to the  refusal to play one-day series with Pakistan, the Indian team had to play qualifiers tournaments. Mithali Raj is the spine of team.

Harmanpreet Kaur, Smriti Mandhana, Veda Krishnamurti are good batsmen. Mithali’s experience will be extremely useful to the team. Apart from them, Jhulan Goswami was also in the team in the 2005 World Cup. The experience of the highest wicket-taker in Women’s ODI is also useful for the team.

Before this, England has hosted the World Cup for the two times and has claimed the world cup both the times. The team wants to do this for the third time too. England played against Sri Lanka in their last ODI series in 2016, in which they won. With this win, they had qualified directly in the World Cup. The good news for them is that Sarah Taylor has returned after a one-year break, which will strengthen the batting.

Heather Knight is heading the team for the first time in the World Cup. But she has a team which is very strong India will not make a mistake of undermining them and will prepare themselves best to achieve the victory in the World Cup.

Cricket is Not Everything, Yuvraj Said 300th Match Today Against Bangladesh

Today, Yuvraj is playing against Bangladesh, his 300th ODI match . Yuvraj when asked, if he has any regrets? He came up with a perfect reply saying that,”Sir zindagi bach gayi humari, who sabse badi baat hain (I am alive and that is the biggest thing for me).”  The legendary cricketer has seen many ups and downs in his life, he fought back to life when he was suffering from cancer. He said, ” I don’t want to talk about my regrets when I am in a good zone. I am playing well and would continue for a few more years. As long as I am performing, I would like to play,” making it clear that the 2019 World Cup is still in his mind.

The left handed batsman, while expressing his words of wisdom said that,”It’s not difficult to play for India but sustaining is tough. You need to have determination and self belief is important. When things are not going well, people will have a lot of opinions and you need to believe in yourself it’s a matter of time you can do it again.”

Yuvraj when asked about, what one should keep in mind, if they aspires to become a cricketer, he said that, “It is important to stick to the process and train as hard as possible… and to stay away from (the) media.”

Yuvraj when asked about his 300th ODI milestone, he said that, “I don’t know whether I am a role model but it’s been a big achievement for me to get to 300 games. It’s a huge honour. When I started playing, I was happy playing just one game for India. That would have been a big achievement for me but here I am now. I have seen ups and downs. I am proud of myself that I have come through and still managed to get through to 300 games. At one stage, I was thinking whether or not I will play again, but here I am.”

When the media asked him about his biggest attribute, he came up with a reply saying,”I think my biggest quality has been never to give up, pushing no matter what obstacles came in my life. I always advise younger guys to never back down and always keep on working with the same intensity, irrespective of whether you are having a good time or a bad time. Be persistent, be consistent and focus on the process of the game.”

Praising today’s younger generation, he said that, “Well, there has been a big transformation. We learnt from our seniors and now we try to pass on the knowledge to younger guys. The game has evolved, fitness levels have evolved, it has become faster. Guys who are coming into the team are much fitter with better knowledge of eating habits, they are learning quickly. They are getting exposed to IPL playing with international cricketers.”

Today, Indian cricket team is celebrating Yuvraj’s milestone and if they win today’s match, then, that would be the biggest gift for Yuvraj Singh. Cricketer, Harbhajan Singh posted a short video to pay tribute to the left-handed talisman. He talked about the bond the two cricketers share, both on and off the field and how they both have travelled so far in their careers. The video was posted with the caption, “A bond which started more than 20 years agospecial dedication for my brother Yuvraj Singh.”

In the video, Harbhajan Singh praised the cricketer for his talent of cricket and also send warm wishes to Yuvi by saying,  “You are a true champion Yuvi! You are a winner both in life and on field. And I hope you achieve victory even in your 300th match today and I pray that you are declared the Man of the Match! God bless you brother! I am really proud of you.”

Let’s just wish for the win of Indian team in today’s match, so Yuvi can enjoy his milestone.