What Devdutt Padikkal has done to earn India Test call-up.

Devdutt Padikkal, the cricketer from Karnataka, got chosen to play his first Test match for India in the upcoming game against England, starting on February 15th. He’s stepping in for KL Rahul, who hurt his knee and can’t play. The Cricket Board in India (BCCI) said Rahul’s getting better and will train more to join the team later.

Rahul’s been playing great lately after coming back from an injury before the 2023 World Cup. Even in the last Test against England, he scored big for India. His absence is a setback, but it’s a chance for Padikkal, who’s been doing well in local cricket matches.

Padikkal’s famous for his IPL performances, but he’s also good at traditional red-ball cricket. In the matches he’s played so far, he’s scored lots of runs with a good average. This season, he’s been outstanding, hitting three centuries and a high score of 193.

He did great for India A against England Lions too. Padikkal had some tough times earlier, missing out on matches due to illness and injuries. But now, he’s back in form.

Padikkal might debut in Rajkot. He’s been training with the senior team and is ready to fill in the spots left vacant by injured players like Rahul and possibly Jadeja.

The team might see new faces in the middle order for the next game. Players like Sarfaraz and Padikkal could get their first chance to play for India in Tests.

Dattajirao Gaekwad, India’s oldest Test cricketer, dies at 95.

Dattajirao Gaekwad, the ex-India Test team leader and the oldest living Test cricket player from India when he passed away, has left us at the age of 95. He took his last breaths at a hospital in Baroda on a Tuesday morning due to health issues related to old age, as reported by PTI.

Gaekwad’s Anshuman also played for India, participated in 11 Test matches from 1952 to 1961 and served as captain during the England tour in 1959. He batted right-handed, scoring 350 runs in Tests with an average of 18.42. His highest score of 52 runs was against West Indies in New Delhi in 1959.

He was knows for his solid defense and skillful drives, and was also an amazing versatile fielder. He made his debut under Vijay Hazare’s leadership in Leeds in 1952 during India’s first tour of England after gaining independence. Even though he began as an opener, Gaekwad eventually settled into the middle-order, making occasional appearances during his decade-long international career. His last game was against Pakistan at home in 1961.

However, Gaekwad truly emerged as a star in the Ranji Trophy, where he was a key player for Baroda from 1947 to 1961. Throughout his first-class cricket career, he accumulated 5788 runs with an average of 36.40, including 17 centuries.

His highest score was an unbeaten 249 against Maharashtra in 1959-60, one of three double-centuries in his first-class journey. Under his leadership, Baroda clinched the Ranji Trophy in the 1957-58 season by defeating Services in the final.

In 2016, Gaekwad became India’s oldest living Test cricketer following the passing of former batter Deepak Shodhan at 87 years old. Currently, the title of the oldest living Test cricketer from India belongs to Chingleput Gopinath, hailing from Madras, who is 93 years and 349 days old.

Saurabh Tiwary to retire from professional cricket after Jharkhand’s final Ranji Trophy match.

Saurabh Tiwary, the left-handed batter, has decided to retire from playing cricket professionally. He made this decision after Jharkhand’s last league match in the Ranji Trophy against Rajasthan in Jamshedpur on February 16.

Tiwary, who has been playing cricket for 17 years, led Jharkhand and also played three ODIs for India. Additionally, he represented four IPL teams during his career.

During a press conference at the JSCA office in Keenan stadium, Tiwary announced his retirement from all forms of cricket after the Ranji Trophy match against Rajasthan. He mentioned that it’s the right time for him to step back from the game and give opportunities to young players, even though he feels he still has cricket left in him.

“I believe if you don’t make it to the national team or IPL, it’s best to make room for talented youngsters,” Tiwary expressed during the conference.

When asked about his future plans, Tiwary initially mentioned an interest in politics as a platform to give back to Jharkhand. However, he later clarified that he intends to stay connected to cricket and not enter politics.

He highlighted the abundance of talent in Jharkhand but stressed the need for better facilities to help young players compete with those from other states.

In his cricket career, Tiwary played three ODIs for India, scoring 49 runs. He also scored 8,030 runs in 115 First-Class matches with an average of 47.51, including 22 centuries and 34 half-centuries.

In the IPL, he scored 1,494 runs in 93 matches with an average of 28.73 and a strike rate of 120. Overall, he accumulated 3,454 T20 runs in 181 matches with 16 half-centuries and an average of 29.02.

During the ongoing Ranji Trophy season, Tiwary played four matches for Jharkhand, which is not in contention for the knockout stages.

Tiwary started his cricket journey at the age of 11 and made his First-Class debut during the 2006-07 Ranji Trophy season. He was also part of the Indian U-19 World Cup-winning team led by Virat Kohli in 2008.

As a captain, Tiwary led Jharkhand 88 times across different formats, winning 36, losing 33, and drawing 19 matches.

In List A cricket, Tiwary scored 4,050 runs in 116 games with 27 half-centuries and six centuries at an average of 46.55. His last IPL appearance was for Mumbai Indians in 2021.

Noted overseas cricketers pull out of PSL, picks BPL, ILT20 and SA20; PCB worried

The Pakistan Super League (PSL) is all set to start on February 17th, but there may be some challenges. Many star players are opting to play in other leagues like the Bangladesh Premier League, ILT20, and SA20 instead. This has created a big problem for all six PSL franchises.

Why are these players choosing other leagues? It’s because the PSL clashes with other tournaments. Also, some cricket boards are saying no to their players playing in the PSL. This means the PSL is losing out on big names.

Like Multan Sultans, for example. They’ve lost several players, including Reece Topley from England, who got injured and had to pull out. Even the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) didn’t give Topley permission to play in the PSL.

It’s not just Multan Sultans facing problems. Other teams like Peshawar Zalmi and Quetta Gladiators are missing out on key players too. Lungi Ngidi from South Africa won’t be playing for Peshawar Zalmi, and Quetta Gladiators will be without Wanandu Hasaranga from Sri Lanka.

It’s not just those mentioned. More players from places like the West Indies, South Africa, England, and Afghanistan are not joining the PSL. This really hurts the league.

One person who owns a team thinks the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) should think again about when the PSL happens. With many other leagues going on, it’s tough to get the best players to come. Also, there are many international cricket series going on in January and February, such as Sri Lanka vs. Afghanistan, South Africa vs. New Zealand, and West Indies vs. Australia.

The owner thinks it’s important to change when the PSL happens to keep it interesting and get the big players. Otherwise, fans and players might not be as interested anymore.

“IPL is much better than PSL”- Sikandar Raza hails IPL as the biggest league on the planet

Zimbabwe’s T20I captain, Sikandar Raza, thinks the Indian Premier League (IPL) is the best cricket league globally, much better than the Pakistan Super League (PSL). He’ll be playing for Punjab Kings in the upcoming IPL 2024. Right now, Raza is in the ILT20 league in the UAE, gearing up for the IPL.

Raza believes there’s no better practice than playing cricket. ILT20 is top-notch, and he’s excited about playing in the PSL too. He thinks playing in these leagues is the best way to prep for the IPL. According to Raza, the IPL is unique because all the best players gather for one big tournament. The crowds at IPL matches are amazing, almost as lively as those at PSL games.

Sunil Gavaskar predicts that CSK will make it to the top four in the IPL 2024 season. The IPL, which started in 2008, has become one of the biggest sports brands worldwide. Its success inspired other countries to start their own T20 leagues like the BBL in Australia and the CPL in the Caribbean.

Raza firmly believes that the IPL is the best cricket league, even better than the PSL. He’s grateful to Punjab Kings for choosing him in the auction. He feels lucky to be part of the IPL and doesn’t have a specific franchise or player he dreams of playing for. As long as he’s playing well, he’s happy.

Currently, Raza is playing for Dubai Capitals in the ILT20 league in the UAE, where David Warner leads the team.

Will MS Dhoni Retire After IPL 2024? Irfan Pathan Gives Massive Update

The 17th season of the Indian Premier League is coming up in just a month, and everyone is getting ready to enjoy lots of cricket. One person everyone is talking about is MS Dhoni, the captain of CSK. He’s going to play in the league again and make his fans happy with some great cricket.

People have been talking for the past 2 years about whether MS Dhoni will retire from the IPL. Some thought 2023 would be his last season with Chennai Super Kings, but Dhoni surprised everyone by saying he’s coming back to play because of the love from his fans.

Irfan Pathan, a former Indian player, was recently asked if he thinks MS Dhoni will retire after playing for CSK one last time. Pathan said he doesn’t think so and mentioned that Dhoni looks really fit and healthy. Pathan had met Dhoni about a month ago and noticed that Dhoni is taking care of himself well.

He also said that people would still love to watch Dhoni play even if he had to play with one leg. Pathan hopes Dhoni’s last season will be a great one, and he believes Dhoni will always be a part of the IPL and CSK.

Dhoni has played more IPL matches than anyone else, a total of 250 matches. Some pictures of him practicing in the nets were shared on social media a few days ago, showing that he’s already getting ready to help CSK win their sixth title.

Aakash Chopra says BCCI should crack the whip on players skipping domestic cricket.

A former cricketer named Aakash Chopra has asked the BCCI and national selectors to be tougher in how they choose players who skip domestic tournaments like the Ranji Trophy on purpose. Some young Indian players are not playing in the Ranji Trophy. Instead, they hope that playing well in the IPL will get them into the national team.

Chopra talked about players like Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane. Even though they are not in the Test team anymore, they still play in the Ranji Trophy. Chopra thinks it’s important for young players to play in domestic tournaments like Ranji Trophy, even if they are doing well in the IPL.

It’s been said that the BCCI wants all cricketers who are not in the national team and not getting treatment at the NCA to play in the upcoming Ranji Trophy matches. This decision came after news that Ishan Kishan wasn’t available to play for Jharkhand, even though he wasn’t needed for national team duty.

Chopra thinks playing in first-class cricket is really important if you want to get picked for the Indian team. He wants the board to make sure players take part in domestic tournaments. He believes that the national selection committee, led by Ajit Agarkar, will be very clear about this and will tell players they’ll only be considered for the national team if they play in first-class cricket.

Chopra said, “If first-class cricket is happening and you’re fit but not in the Indian team, go and play. If you think you’ll just come back without playing, the selection committee needs to make it clear that you’ll only be considered if you actually play. If they’re making this rule, they should make it even stricter.”

Captain Smriti Mandhana Joins Royal Challengers Bangalore Camp Ahead of WPL 2024 (See Pics)

The Women’s Premier League (WPL) had an awesome first season! Everyone loved it! Now, everyone in the cricket world is super excited for the second season to start.

Smriti Mandhana, the captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), is getting ready for the Women’s Premier League (WPL) 2024. She’s practicing with her team. The tournament starts on February 23rd.

Last time, Mandhana’s RCB didn’t do as well as they hoped. They only won two out of eight matches. That wasn’t great. They ended up with four points and a bad Net Run Rate (NRR) of -1.137.

This time, RCB wants to do much better. They’re hoping to win more matches and make their fans proud. Also, the Mumbai Indians just unveiled their cool new jersey for the WPL 2024. They’ve partnered with Skechers for their official kit. There are pictures and a video online!

Three player replacements to venues and new coaches for RCB, GG – List of changes ahead of WPL 2024.

The women’s Premier League’s second season is about to start with everyone being excited about it. WPL was a big hit last year and this season already has people being eager for it to start.

With the 2024 WPL season commencing on 23 February at Bengaluru’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium, there have been some changes revolving around both teams and behind the scenes. 

With major changes this season, many teams have new players and new coaches. Let’s have a look at it.

Players joining the league:

  1. Chamari Athapaththu will be playing UP Warriorz instead of Lauren Bell. Athapaththu is a fantastic player from Sri Lanka, known for her skills in the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL).

  2. Nadine de Klerk is replacing Heather Knight in RCB. Knight decided to skip WPL to focus on another series, so de Klerk gets her chance to shine.

  3. Lea Tahuhu is taking the place of Lauren Cheatle in GG. Tahuhu, a talented New Zealand bowler, earned her spot while Cheatle is recovering from skin cancer removal.

About the venues:

Last year, all the matches were in Mumbai, but this time it’s more exciting. The games will be split between Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium and Bengaluru’s M Chinnaswamy Stadium.

New Coaches:

  1. Luke Williams: now coaching RCB, taking over from Ben Sawyer. Williams has a great track record, winning titles in the WBBL, and RCB hopes for better results under his leadership.

  2. Michael Klinger: new coach for GG, replacing Rachael Haynes. Klinger has a lot of experience both as a player and a coach, and GG is aiming for improvement with him at the helm.

So, get ready for another thrilling season of WPL! The first match between Mumbai Indians and Delhi Capitals promises to be an exciting start to the action-packed tournament.

WPL 2024: Mumbai Indians unveil Indian peacock-inspired jersey.

After the first season of the Women’s Premier League (WPL) was a big hit last year, everyone in cricket is excited for the second one to start.

The Mumbai Indians, who won last year by beating the Delhi Capitals, have shown off their jersey for WPL 2024. It looks great and was made by famous designer Monisha Jaising.

The jersey keeps the same blue and gold colors the Mumbai Indians always wear.

“The jersey’s design is inspired by the blue feathers of a peacock’s neck and the coral-peach color of the stem. We used a gradient pattern like the colors you see on a peacock,” said Mumbai Indians in a statement.

Harmanpreet Kaur and her team will wear the new jersey on February 23 in Bengaluru when they play against the Delhi Capitals to start WPL 2024.

You can buy the player edition jersey for Rs 3,999 on the Mumbai Indians’ website.

Last year, Mumbai won six out of their eight matches to make it to the Eliminator round.

Nat Sciver-Brunt from England was the top scorer for Mumbai with 332 runs in 10 innings, averaging 66.40 with a strike rate of 140.08. Harmanpreet (281 runs) and Hayley Matthews (271 runs) also did well. Hayley was also the joint-highest wicket-taker, getting 16 wickets in 10 matches and winning the Player of the Series award.

Harmanpreet, Hayley, and Sciver-Brunt want to lead and support the younger players to help Mumbai keep the title.

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