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Biggest challenge for Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Biggest challenge for Mahendra Singh Dhoni
                                 The biggest challenge for Mahendra Singh Dhoni

The cool leader Mahendra Singh Dhoni has won several name and fame in the World Cricket. He has given his entire energy for cricket and cricket has given him big things. As a captain, Dhoni has won 2007 T20I World Cup, 2011 World Cup, Champions Trophy etc but this time World Cup 2019 is one of the biggest challenges for him.

World Cup 2019

Dhoni has to focus on wicket-keeping, batting, planning, guiding the young team and so many other aspects. The whole world is a big fan of Dhoni. Unlike the 2011 World Cup, this time the crown of captaincy will not be on MSD but the responsibility of the whole team will be on his shoulders. He has given chance to many young players to show their hidden potential and in return, players have satisfied him with extraordinary performances. Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar etc are the live examples.

There were a lot of question marks on the playing of MSD for this world cup also but his recent performance in New Zealand have put full stops on many faces. Dhoni is the world’s best wicket-keeper, finisher and leader of cricket. May his experience and dedication turn out good for team India.

Virat Kohli has learnt a lot from Mahendra Singh Dhoni on and off the ground fora couple of time. He has won many series as a captain. Now Dhoni, Virat and Rohit Sharma have big respinsibilities to win World Cup title.

Dhoni Kohli Rohit

Big game, a big challenge but India can do it.!!!

Playing Squad: 5 match ODI series against Australia

Ahead of the World Cup 2019, there is a 5 match ODI series between India and Australia hosted by India from 2nd March 2018 in Hyderabad. Both the team are ready for the rehersal match before World Cup. Team India has recently won the ODI series against New Zealand.

The time is crucial and accounting for both the team. The countdown has begun. All the team are doing their best, choosing their best to perform the best in World Cup. The Virat Kohli led Team India is full of young players and their energy is also young.

The playing squad of India for the first 2 match ODI series against Australia are:-

  1. Virat Kohli (Captain)
  2. Rohit Sharma (Vice-Captain)
  3. Shikhar Dhawan
  4. Ambati Rayudu
  5. Kedar Jadhav
  6. MS Dhoni (wk)
  7. Hardik Pandya
  8. Jasprit Bumrah
  9. Mohamed Shami
  10. Yuzvendra Chahal
  11. Kuldeep Yadav
  12. Vijay Shankar
  13. Rishabh Pant
  14. Siddharth Kaul
  15. KL Rahul

The playing squad of India for the last 3 match ODI series are:-

  1. Virat Kohli (Capt)
  2. Rohit Sharma (Vice-Captain)
  3. Shikhar Dhawan
  4. Ambati Rayudu
  5. Kedar Jadhav
  6. MS Dhoni (wk)
  7. Hardik Pandya
  8. Jasprit Bumrah
  9. Bhuvneshwar Kumar
  10. Yuzvendra Chahal
  11. Kuldeep Yadav
  12. Mohammed Shami
  13. Vijay Shankar
  14. KL Rahul
  15. Rishabh Pant

Bhuwaneswar Kumar has been given rest in the first 2 ODI matches as he has to remain fit for the upcoming World Cup. Dinesh Karthik has been dropped from the ODI series. The eyes of selectors are more on young Rishabh Pant. Virat Kohli has the tough situation before World Cup. This series will indicate the performance of India and Australia. Both the team have excellent players.

Selectors have shown deep interest on KL Rahul after his incredible performance in the domestic cricket. Rahul was sent back from Australia tour due to an indisciplinary comment in the famous reality show “Coffee With Karan”. A great comeback from him. He knows the performance before world cup is demanding.

The team is a mixture of old cum new experience. Most of the things will depend upon Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Their elite form is expected before World Cup.

All the best Team India..!!!

Playing Squad : 2 match T20I against Australia

Playing Squad : 2 match T20I Series against Australia

After loss in the T20I series against New Zealand, its high time for India to win the two match T20I series against Australia starting from 24th February at Visakhapatnam. Virat Kohli is back to lead Team India after taking rest in the T20 series in New Zealand.

The playing squad for the two match T20I series of India:-

  1. Virat Kohli (Captain)
  2. Rohit Sharma(Vice-Captain)
  3. KL Rahul
  4. Shikhar Dhawan
  5. Rishabh Pant
  6. Dinesh Karthik
  7. MS Dhoni (wk)
  8. Hardik Pandya
  9. Krunal Pandya
  10. Vijay Shankar
  11. Yuzvendra Chahal
  12. Jasprit Bumrah
  13. Umesh Yadav
  14. Sidharth Kaul
  15. Mayank MarkandePlaying Squad : 2 match T20I against Australia

 K L Rahul and Rishabh Pant have been included in the Team as their chances to play World Cup is also high. The selectors have shown interest in both these young players and they want to give more chance to play cricket before World Cup.

KL Rahul won the heart of selectors after scoring two half century for India A against England Lions in the two unofficial tests. The opener KL Rahul was called back from Australia after an unwanted comment on a women in the the famous reality show “Coffee With Karan”. He was asked to focus on domestic cricket and he did the same. As a result of which the selectors gave him a chance before World Cup.

Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik are two alternative wicket-keepers for India. Now the performance will decide who will go for the World Cup. Rishabh Pant is likely to be selected for World Cup as per the arguments from selectors. He has done quite well in all the dynamics.

Mayank Markande will be a new face who has been recently rewarded after his 5 wicket haul leading India A to win against England Lions. Markande has also played IPL from Mumbai Indians. Let’s see what this spinner does in the upcoming big matches.

The last T20I series against Australia came up with a 1-1 tie during 2017-18. The opposition team is also expected to perform the best as it is a pre-test before World Cup.

Dinesh Karthik has been selected for T20I only. He will not play in the 5 match ODI Series.

All the best for Team India to perform well in the upcoming series…!!!

India Women Cricket Team

India Women’s playing squad for Paytm ODI series against England got announced | India v/s England

The All India Women’s Selection committee declared Indian Women Team to be the part for 3 match Paytm ODI series against England Women. These 3 ODI will be the part of ICC Women’s Championship which will be played on the Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai. Team India will have to perform better to get good rankings in the upcoming matches. The selection criteria for India Women’s playing squad for Paytm ODI series against England is crucial as it will be home ground for India to play against England. Team India has performed good at their home ground. It will be a tough challenge for Mithali Raj to make the team strong enough in short span of time. While Indian men will be playing against Australia, Indian women will have to face England in the series. The craze of women cricket has also been increasing day by day and it will be good moment for Indians to see the team playing in Wankhede stadium, Mumbai.

The Indian women squad for ODI series as per the selectors:-

  1. Mithali Raj (Captain)
  2. Jhulan Goswami
  3. Smriti Mandhana
  4. Jemimah Rodrigues
  5. Harmanpreet Kaur
  6. Deepti Sharma
  7. Taniya Bhatia (Wicket-keeper)
  8. R Kalpana (Wicket-keeper)
  9. Mona Meshram
  10. Ekta Bisht
  11. Rajeshwari Gayakwad
  12. Poonam Yadav
  13. Shikha Pandey
  14. Mansi Joshi
  15. Punam Raut.

India Women Cricket Team

The team of selectors have also picked the Board President’s XI squad who will play a one-day warm-up match prior to the ODI series in Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on 18th February.

Board President’s XI playing squad:

  1. Smriti Mandhana (Captain)
  2. Veda Krishnamurthy
  3. Devika Vaidya
  4. S Meghana
  5. Bharati Fulmali
  6. Komal Zanzad
  7. R Kalpana
  8. Priya Punia
  9. Harleen Deol
  10. Reemalaxmi Ekka
  11. Manali Dakshini
  12. Minnu Mani
  13. Tanuja Kanwar

The schedule of the match is:-

S.No Date Match Venue
1 18th February Warm-up Mumbai
2 22nd February 1st ODI Mumbai
3 25th February 2nd ODI Mumbai
4 28th February 3rd ODI Mumbai

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India - New Zealand Series won by 4 wickets

New Zealand beat India by 4 runs in 3rd T20 | NZ won T20 series

The unbeatable fight for runs continued till the last over but India could not reach upto the target of 213 runs in the 3rd T20 against New Zealand. The match was crucial as it was a series deciding game. New Zealand with their overall performance defeated India by 4 runs in the 3rd T20 and won the series by 2-1.

New Zealand won by 4 runs at Hamilton
New Zealand won by 4 runs at Hamilton

Colin Munro’s 72 runs off 40 balls helped New Zealand to set the powerful target of 213 runs in 20 overs. The pitch was considered to be for the batsman and the team who played early got good benefits also. Rohit Sharma after winning toss took the decision of bowling first. The dismissal of Shikhar Dhawan in the early of the game was disappointing. In spite of that, all the players came and hit their best shots. Rohit Sharma although stayed for long time on the ground but at the crucial moment he also got caught behind the stumps. The pressure was increasing ball by ball because the total was more than 200.

India New Zealand match

Vijay Shankar handled the game a bit and made some attacking shots to pull off the pressure. His 43 runs off 28 balls put the required run rate a bit low. The entry of young Rishah Pant was superb. The sixes and fours in the first over made the audience more excited but as he dismissed the crowd and score board became a bit low. Hardik Pandaya then took the risk and continued the scoreboard. He made some airy shots in between. The way match was going for Indian, the difficulty for NZ was increasing. The fall of wickets of Hardik Pandaya and Mahendra Singh Dhoni came to be a negative sign in the final series deciding match for India.

Dinesh Kartik and Krunal Pandaya in last 5 overs played exceptionally well and brought the match close to last over. The last over was best from New Zealand as they stopped Team India from making runs. Thus, finally the 3rd T20 match as well as series came into the courtyard of New Zealand. It was great come back from the ODI loss for NZ. They lifted the series trophy after long way back. Rohit Sharma would be disappointed with this loss as he could not give winning trophy in the hands of young players. The team was full of young energy and they performed better keeping eye on huge target. Now team India should start focusing on upcoming series with Australia. Good day for New Zealand and congratulations to Kane Williamson and team for winning the series.

India - New Zealand Series won by 4 wickets

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