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5 Reasons – Why Jasprit Bumrah captaining The Indian Team is Exciting !!

Jasprit Bumrah, the Marquee Indian Right-arm Pacer, was officially appointed as the captain of the Indian Team for the one-off rescheduled Test Match against England at the Edgbaston cricket ground. The original skipper, Rohit Sharma, being unavailable for the big game provided the Gujarat-born cricketer with a massive golden opportunity to lead the country in the toughest and oldest format of the game. The decision reaffirms that the management sees Jasprit Bumrah in the leadership role going forward. 

Jaspreet Bumrah has said earlier that he “Won’t Shy Away From The Opportunity To Be Captain”.

This is what Bumrah said after being appointed as the skipper: 

“This is a huge achievement, a huge honour. Playing a Test match for the country was my dream and getting this opportunity is the biggest achievement of my career. I haven’t thought so much in terms of where I stand or what people think about me. I back my self-belief and rely on my instincts and play normal cricket. I believe in that process. The taste of success feels good when there is pressure. I am always up for responsibilities and I love to be in tough challenges. As a cricketer, you always want to test yourself in deep waters.”

The Right-Arm Pacer is now considered to be India’s best bowler across all 3 formats. He has been representing the Indian team consistently after making his debut in respective formats. Bumrah has represented the Indian team in 4 ICC tournaments so far in his short International Career. Namely:

  • World T20 2016
  • World Cup 2019
  • World Test Championship 2019-21, 
  • T20 World Cup 2021 (Recently Concluded) 

Bumrah was fast-tracked by the Indian team into their setup after his impressive performance for the Mumbai Indians in his inaugural season for the franchise. He was spotted by John Wright in 2013, who was the head of scouts for the Rohit Sharma led franchise. He announced his arrival on the big stage after scalping the big wickets of Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers in his debut game against RCB in 2013. His performance in the match managed to impress the experts and fans.

Bumrah made his debut for the Indian team in 2016, in a Limited-overs series against Australia in Australia. However, it took him a couple more years for him to make his debut in Test Cricket. He made his Test Debut against South Africa at South Africa in 2018. He was considered to be a future asset for the Indian team since the beginning of his career.

Here are the 5 reasons why Jasprit Bumrah leading the Indian team is exciting:

1. The Pace Factor

Bumrah officially became the First Indian Fast-Bowler to lead the Indian Team since Kapil Dev, who led the team in 1987 i.e. 35 years ago. Fast bowling in itself is considered to be the toughest job in the game and leading the National Team while giving a 100% in bowling is never easy, especially for the pacers. Managing the physical and mental workload on the field and off the field remains the top priority of the pacers. 

Pat Cummins is another name among pacers, who was appointed as the captain of the Australian team in the red-ball format last year. He has shown results in a short span after successfully winning a Test series in Pakistan. He has managed to cope up with the heavy workload in the last few months.

Apart from that, New Zealand cricket’s veteran fast bowler, Tim Southee has been seen leading the Blackcaps on multiple occasions in absence of the senior players, but in the limited-overs format.

2. All-Format Player

Bumrah is India’s one of the few players who features in all 3 formats along with the likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja. He represents the National Side consistently throughout the year across all formats. This makes Bumrah’s job even more tough, but it will be interesting to see how he manages himself, leading the team in the Edgbaston Test.

This is the reason why multiple top cricket-playing nations are going with the Split-Captaincy Tactic. The cricket board fancies having two different captains for Limited overs cricket and Test cricket respectively. 

England has Jos Buttler as their skipper in white-ball cricket and Ben Stokes in red-ball cricket. Similarly, Aaron Finch and Pat Cummins for Australia; Temba Bavuma and Dean Elgar for South Africa; Nicholas Pooran and Kraigg Brathwaite for West Indies; Dasun Shanaka and Dimuth Karunaratne for Sri Lanka.

3. Gujju captain

Bumrah was born in Ahmedabad, which is one of the prominent and famous cities in the Gujarat district of India. The right-arm pacer is the first Gujarati player to lead the Indian Team in the Red-Ball Format. The cricket fans from Gujarat will definitely back Bumrah to do well on the big platform as the leader of the team. 

Hardik Pandya, the Star Indian all-rounder, born in Gujarat, led the new franchise namely Gujarat Titans in the recently concluded edition of the Indian Premier League. He helped the team to get their hands on the IPL title in their inaugural season of the league. After a brilliant outing in the IPL, Pandya was given an opportunity to lead the national side in the recently concluded T20I series against Ireland. 

4. Leadership experience

It was an interesting call by the Chetan Sharma led 5-Member BCCI selection committee to appoint Jasprit Bumrah as captain, considering he has no real experience of leading the team, at the domestic level as well as in the IPL. The selectors could have easily gone in with someone like Rishabh Pant who is a certainty in the playing 11. The wicket-keeper has led the Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League for a couple of years and has been successful. Pant led the Indian team in the recently concluded home T20I series against South Africa, in the absence of senior players.

There was outside pressure on the leadership management to appoint the former Indian skipper Virat Kohli as the captain for the one-off Test. He led the Indian team and the rest of the series before the series was halted due to Covid last year. The fans were keen to see Virat Kohli dawning the captaincy hat once again.

5. The calmness factor

Jasprit Bumrah is considered to be one of the most composed characters in the Indian team. The pacer has himself confessed that he keeps things simple and enters the field with a clear plan and mindset. Bumraj acknowledged that he draws a lot of inspiration from MS Dhoni, who is known to be Captain Cool and has led the National side to win multiple World Cups and Titles. The cricketing world is expecting a similar brand of captaincy from the senior pacer.

The fans fancy to see a calm and composed personality leading the side. It is further crucial for a leader to think with a clear mind, when things are not going your way or even when the things are going your way. It is necessary for a captain to lead from the front and take both victories & defeats on the chin. 

Conclusion:

As things stand, Bumrah has represented the national side in 29 Test Matches, 90 One-Day Internationals, and 57 T20 internationals. In the short span, he has scalped 123, 113, and 67 wickets across all formats respectively. The right-arm pacer is going to be one of the first picks of the Indian team for the upcoming edition of the T20 World Cup.

As far as his future captaincy possibilities are concerned, The Chief Selector Chetan Sharma and the team management have made it clear that he ranks high (3rd) in the leadership hierarchy after Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul. However, A positive outing in the 5th England Test, might provide him with an edge over the Indian opener KL Rahul. 

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Morne Morkel Excludes Indian Legend MS Dhoni From His All-time 11

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Morne Morkel Excludes Indian Legend MS Dhoni From His All-time 11

Morne Morkel, The former South African fast bowler is considered to be a stalwart of South African cricket. He has represented the South African team in a whopping 86 tests, 117 ODIs, and 44 T20Is. He managed to scalp 309, 118, and 47 wickets in the three formats respectively. 

The star Proteas pacer announced his retirement in 2018 after the red ball encounter against Australia. The decision by the right-arm pacer was taken with immediate effect and indeed was a shocking one for the cricketing world. He was just 33 years old while announcing the decision.

Morne Morkel featured from Delhi Daredevils and Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League. He has been part of 70 IPL games. The right-hander has an impressive economy of 7.69 in the same league. He managed to scalp 77 wickets in the time period.

Morkel’s unique all-time 11:

Meanwhile, Morkel has picked his all-time 11 during a chat with a media company. What comes as a surprise is that the Indian wicket-keeper MS Dhoni does not feature in his 11. The Indian finisher has helped the team achieve multiple ICC titles. The list includes T20 World Cup 2007, World Cup 2011, and Champions Trophy 2013.

He named the former South African captain and current Cricket South Africa president Graeme Smith as the skipper of the side. While AB de Villiers, Another South African marquee player features as the wicket-keeper Morne Morkel’s all-time 11.

Here’s the all-time 11 picked by Morne Morkel:

  • 1. Graeme Smith ©
  • 2. David Warner
  • 3. Hashim Amla
  • 4. Jacques Kallis
  • 5. Virat Kohli
  • 6. Kevin Pietersen
  • 7. AB de Villiers (wk)
  • 8. Daniel Vettori
  • 9. Pat Cummins
  • 10. Kagiso Rabada
  • 11. Dale Steyn

Kevin Pietersen, Who is originally a skillful middle-order batter features at No. 6 in the 11. Virat Kohli is the only Indian player on the list. While, Morkel picked as many as 5 South African players namely – Graeme Smith, Hashim Amla, Jacques Kallis, AB De Villiers and Kagiso Rabada.

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CSA T20 League: Is The New South African T20 League An Extension Of IPL ?

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CSA T20 League: Is The New South African T20 League An Extension Of IPL ?

The South African Cricket board has launched their new T20 league reportedly to be named as the CSA T20 league. The inaugural season of the highly-anticipated brand new league is set to take place in the first couple of months of the next year (2023).

The board claims that the league is set to be the next big thing in the world of cricketing leagues across the globe. Cricket South Africa have partnered with the local broadcasters namely SuperSport to run the marquee league. The league is expected to provide a big boost to the cricketing activities in South Africa. 

CSA T20 league or Mini-IPL? 

Meanwhile, The Graeme Smith-led Cricket South Africa has officially revealed the owner of each six teams of the CSA T20 challenge. The revelation on Wednesday (July 13) was followed after the bidding process which lasted for a couple of days. 

What comes as a surprising development is that the owners of the Indian Premier League’s franchises dominated the franchise auction of the CSA T20 league too. Each of the six franchises of the league are officially captured by the IPL franchise owners after successfully winning the bidding war. 

Here are the 6 cities (teams) and their owners :

1 Newlands, Cape Town – Reliance Industries Limited, owners of Mumbai Indians

2. Kingsmead, Durban – RPSG Sports Private Limited, owners of Lucknow SuperGiants

3. St George’s Park, Gqeberha (formerly Port Elizabeth) – Sun TV Network Limited, owners of Sunrisers Hyderabad

4. Wanderers, Johannesburg – Chennai Super Kings Cricket Limited, owners of Chennai Super Kings

5. Boland Park, Paarl – Royals Sports Group, owners of Rajasthan Royals

6. SuperSport Park, Pretoria – JSW Sports, co-owners of Delhi Capitals

Here’s how Graeme Smith (Head of the league) reacted:

“We are thrilled to welcome our new franchise owners to the South African League taking place in January and February 2023. This is truly an exciting time for South African cricket; the overwhelming interest shows that the country remains valued in the global cricketing ecosystem.”

The netizens found the development from South Africa to be amusing, while some expected it looking at the increasing brand values and popularity of the T20 league around the World. The experts believe that the league introduce by CSA will give Australia’s Big Bash and Pakistan’s PSL a run for their money. 

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WATCH: Virat Kohli & Rishabh Pant Gift Ravi Shastri A Champagne Amid ODI Series Win

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WATCH: Virat Kohli & Rishabh Pant Gift Ravi Shastri A Champagne Amid ODI Series Win

The Rohit Sharma-led Indian team’s dream run on England tour concluded with an ODI series win with a margin of 2-1. They achieved a significant victory over Jos Buttler-led English unit in the series decider of the three-match series at Old Trafford, Manchester. 

Rishabh Pant, The Indian wicket-keeper and left-handed batsman was named the player of the match. He played an exceptional knock after the top order of India collapsed early. The Delhi-born batsman scored 125 off just 113 deliveries and remained unbeaten. 

It was a dominating display by the visitors as they got the better of the English team in both the limited-overs format series, while successfully drawing the red-ball series. It was an outing to forget for the hosts. However, The tour was a memorable one for the Sharma-led unit. 

“Very pleased. Came here, and wanted to achieve something as a group in white ball. We were here last time and were beaten, I remember that. Not an easy place to come and win games.” said Sharma while concluding.

Ravi Shastri gets lucky:

Meanwhile, An interesting visual got trending from the Indian team’s celebration after winning the ODI series yesterday (July 17). The former Indian head coach Ravi Shastri was presented with a bottle of champagne by Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant.

The Indian wicket-keeper himself went on to hand over the bottle to the Mumbaikar, who was busy commenting on the post-match-show of the host broadcasters. He has been one of the star presenters with Sky Sports since the recently concluded Edgbaston test. 

Ravi Shastri was India’s head coach for multiple years before Rahul Dravid took over his role last year (2021 end). He has been part of the Indian dressing room since 2017 and indeed has a great bond with the Indian players, especially with the former Indian skipper Virat Kohli.

Watch the video:

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