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The wait for King Kohli’s successor just got longer

The BCCI now has some serious thinking to do. Either they should bite the Aussie bug of split captaincy or Rohit Sharma will have to be more cautious about his health, just like Virat Kohli.  

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By Sakshi Verma 

The latest Test defeat for India at Edgbaston at the hands of England has highlighted one of the major drawbacks for the side. Ever since former skipper Virat Kohli gave up captaincy in all formats of the game, India has been struggling with a single captain in every series.

Though Rohit Sharma has been appointed the new Indian captain in all three formats, health concerns have left the Mumbai Indians skipper unable to lead the Indian side in all tours. In fact, Sharma had the worst Indian Premier League season after he took over Kohli.

The lack of leadership in the Indian team is also exposing this huge chink in India’s armor for other teams to take advantage of. The BCCI now has some serious thinking to do. Either they should bite the Aussie bug of split captaincy or Rohit Sharma will have to be more cautious about his health, just like Virat Kohli.  

Leading the Indian cricket team in all formats is no cake walk. Maybe Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri made it look easy over the past five-seven years. But now it’s high time Rohit Sharma built the same rapport with new Head coach Rahul Dravid. The two will have to come up with better strategy, team combinations and Plan Bs keeping the upcoming T20 World Cup in mind.

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Dravid, however, was troll-bait as soon as the series was declared a draw at Birmingham’s Edgbaston for Indian cricket-lovers. Their frustration over losing the decider can be understood since India lost a match it could have won, but for the bowlers, and drew a Test series that was almost in the bag. But what people are unable to comprehend is that the biggest support of a Head coach is his skipper.

Ever since Dravid has taken over as coach, India has had six different captains in eight months. First, it was Virat Kohli for the India vs South Africa Test series, later it was KL Rahul for the ODI series against South Africa, followed by Rohit Sharma in the India tour of Sri Lanka and West Indies tour of India. Then, Rishabh Pant led the Indian side against South Africa for the T20 series and Hardik Pandya led the men in blue against Ireland for two match T-20 series.

And finally Jasprit Bumrah led Team India against England for the fifth Test match. With such rapid changes in leadership, how can people expect positive results from coach Rahul Dravid? Also ever since ‘The Wall’ has been head coach, a majority of Indian players have been rested or injured.

With just half the manpower and a changing leader, India will never be able to win a series. The ball is now with the BCCI to address the issue. The team management will have to focus on the right team combinations and hone with their attacking strategy rather than being walled up.

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Greatest of all time: Virat Kohli shares special video message for Roger Federer, Swiss Tennis legend appreciates former skipper for his heartfelt message

Swiss Tennis legend Roger Federer had announced his retirement from tennis on September 15 and played his final match in the Laver Cup 2022

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Former team India skipper Virat Kohli on Thursday shared a heartwarming video from his social media handle for Tennis legend Roger Federer, following his farewell to the sport last week.

The Swiss Tennis legend responded to Kohli’s video message with a thank you note.

Reacting to Kohli’s heartwarming Instagram post, Federer took to Instagram and said that he looks forward to coming to India soon. Thanks, Virat Kohli and hope to make it to India soon, he wrote in his Instagram story.

In his message for Federer, Kohli called the former tennis star the greatest of all time. The team India batting legend also paid tribute to his immense contribution to the sport.

Hello Roger, it’s a great honour for him to be able to send this video across and congratulate him on a phenomenal career that has given us so many beautiful moments and memories, Kohli had said in an official video message posted by ATP.

Federer had announced his retirement from tennis on September 15 and played his final match in the Laver Cup 2022 – a doubles game alongside long-time Rafael Nadal.

Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli had earlier shared an emotional Instagram post for Swiss maestro Rafael Nadal shedding tears for Rodger Federer on his last game in Laver Cup 2022.

When your companions cry for you, you know what you’ve been able to do with your god-given talent. Nothing but respect for these 2, Virat Kohli wrote on his Instagram post.

Federer won 103 ATP singles titles and overall 1,251 matches throughout his career. The Swiss legend finishes his career with 20 Grand Slam singles titles, third all-time among men behind rivals Rafael Nadal (22) and Novak Djokovic (21).

The 41 years old was struggling with a knee problem for the last three years. It led him to take retirement.

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Jasprit Bumrah ruled out of T20 World Cup due to back stress fracture, BCCI pays price for pacer’s return in T20I series vs Australia

Jasprit Bumrah’s rushed return into playing XI in the second T20I against Australia at Nagpur has now turned into a nightmare for Team India.

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Team India star pacer Jasprit Bumrah’s rushed return into playing XI in the second T20I against Australia at Nagpur has now turned into a nightmare for Team India.

Team India’s premier pacer has been ruled out of the upcoming T20 World Cup due to a back stress fracture, PTI reported on Thursday citing BCCI sources. While, an official confirmation from the BCCI is awaited.

Reports said Bumrah has been ruled out of T20 World Cup following his rushed return in the second T20I in Nagpur.

Bumrah had complained of back pain during practice and was immediately withdrawn from all training routines but the damage was already done. After this damage, he could be rested for 4 to 6 months with the back injury even if he doesn’t require surgery.

Jasprit Bumrah complained of back pain during India’s practice session on Tuesday. The BCCI Medical Team assessed him. He is ruled out of the first T20I, BCCI had tweeted just minutes before the toss for first India vs South Africa T20I.

Bumrah will undergo extensive rehabilitation and will report to the NCA in the next few weeks.

However, the sign has not been great as Bumrah pulled out of India’s series opener against South Africa in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday. He is the second team India star player to be ruled out of the T20 World Cup after Ravindra Jadeja, the all-rounder underwent knee surgery.

Mohammed Shami, who had been ruled out of the home T20I series against South Africa, and Deepak Chahar, who had played the first T20I of the three-match series, are in the T20 Cup World Cup squad’s standby list. One of them could be placed into the main squad.

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IND vs SA: Checkout time, venue, squad, broadcasting of the first T20I

The squad will be highlighted by Mohammed Shami and Arshdeep’s returns, but Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who keeps leaking runs in the end, will be sidelined for the series.

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Team India is all set to host South Africa for a three-match T20I series ahead of the three-match ODI series. Today both the teams will play the first T20 match at the Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram.

With the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup scheduled in Australia next month onwards, India will be leaving no stone unturned to play with their best combinations and lineups. After defeating Australia by 2-1, Men in blue will be aiming to defeat South Africa and give a perfect end top their World Cup preparations.

But it won’t be easy this time as South Africa will be looking to win another T20I series against Team India in hopes to get some momentum before the World Cup and repeat what they did back at their home ground. For the unversed, India was clean swiped by Proteas when India played guest in 2021.

However, the Indian team management and captain Rohit Sharma has got the right combination that has been producing results and bagging titles. With the return of Jasprit Bumrah the Indian bowling attack has become more solid but Bhuvi, Harshal Patel and Yuzi Chahl form will be a focus.

The squad will be highlighted by Mohammed Shami and Arshdeep Singh’s returns, but Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who keeps leaking runs in the end, will be sidelined for the series.

India vs South Africa 1st T20I

Venue: Greenfield International Stadium, Thiruvananthapuram

Date & Time: Wednesday, September 28 at 7:00 PM (IST)

IND vs SA T20 Squads

India squad for T20Is: Rohit Sharma (C), KL Rahul (VC), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Arshdeep Singh, Mohd. Shami, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar, Jasprit Bumrah.

South Africa squad for T20Is: Temba Bavuma (C), Quinton De Kock, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Wayne Parnell, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Rilee Rossouw, Tabraiz Shamsi, Tristan Stubbs, Bjorn Fortuin, Marco Jansen, Andile Phehlukwayo

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