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Top 5 Greatest Cricket Teams Ever To Be Assembled

West Indies from the 1980s and Australia from the early 2000s have usually held the tag of the greatest cricket teams to ever to be assembled, but do they have a new challenger now?

With the Australia women team winning the 2022 Commonwealth Gold medal, the debate is on—is this Australian women team among the greatest cricketing sides ever?

List of Greatest Cricket Teams

We will consider the modern-day cricket i.e. only the eras after the 1970s (there were great dominant Australian teams in the 1940s and earlier as well).

West Indies (1970-95)

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Claim to Fame

Winners of the 1975 ODI World Cup, 1979 ODI World Cup, and Runner Up in the 1983 ODI WC (regarded as a massive upset), Clive Lloyd’s men etched their name into glory. They were world beaters in Test match cricket as well with towering fast bowlers even till the mid-1990s.

Record

Most Consecutive Test Series without defeat (29), from 1980-1995

Key Players

Clive Lloyd (C), Garfield Sobers, Sir Vivian Richards, Sir Gordon Greenidge, Desmond Haynes, Michael Holding, Malcolm Marshall, Sir Andy Roberts, Joel Garner, Courtney Walsh, Curtly Ambrose, Lance Gibbs, Colin Croft, Deryck Murray, Lawrence Rowe, Alvin Kallicharan, Roy Fredericks, Rohan Kanhai, Larry Gomes

Australia Women (2018-2022)

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Claim to Fame

2020 T20 World Cup, 2022 ODI World Cup, 2022 Commonwealth Gold, 26 Winning ODI Streak (2018-2021)

Women’s cricket in Australia was always going to be one step forward due to awareness and funding. They have most of the ODI and T20 World Cups anyway, so how much better could this team be?

Well, this team is very, very good. They do not lose Test matches, have only lost a couple of ODIs in the last four years, and when it seemed the gas was running out, Ash Gardner & co made sure Australia had the mental strength to comeback from jaws of defeat. All this with the great Ellyse Perry on the sidelines.

Key Players

Meg Lanning, Alyssa Healy, Megan Schutt, Ellyse Perry, Rachael Haynes, Beth Mooney, Ash Gardner, Jess Jonassen, Annabel Sutherland, Alana King, Grace Harris, Nicola Carey, Darcie Brown, Sophie Molineux, Georgia Wareham, Delissa Kimmince

Australia Men (1999-2007)

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Claim to Fame

1999, 2003, & 2007 ODI World Cups

Record

16 Series Without Defeat (2001-2004) followed by 9 series (2005-2008)

Key Players

Ricky Ponting, Steve Waugh, Matthew Hayden, Adam Gilchrist, Justin Langer, Shane Warne, Glenn McGrath, Brett Lee, Shane Watson, Andrew Symonds, Michael Bevan, Mark Waugh, Dean Jones, Darren Lehmann, Damien Martyn, Stuart MacGill, Jason Gillespie, Simon Katich, Brad Hogg, Brad Hodge, Michael Kasprowicz, Andy Bichel, Nathan Bracken

South Africa (2007-2015)

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Claim to Fame

During this era, South Africa did not win a World Cup. Nor did they establish absolute dominance, but the thing was in an era where the Australian side had begun their descent, no team in the world was quite as strong.

South Africa though challenged teams all around the world, most notably winning in Australia and drawing in India. The era finally collapsed after 2015-16 season, but they gave it all in their final stand – The Blockathon.

Test Record

14 series without defeat (2008-14)

Key Players

Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis, Faf du Plessis, Hashim Amla, AB De Villiers, Dale Steyn, Morne Morkel, Mark Boucher, Vernon Philander, JP Duminy, David Miller, Imran Tahir, Shaun Pollock (end of career), Makhaya Ntini (end of career), Ashwell Prince

England ODI (2015-2022)

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Claim to Fame

Most World Cup winning teams are some of the greatest teams in a nations history, but why did I choose the England 2015-2022 team? It is because of the dominant nature of their high risk ODI cricket that they became famous for. Started by Brendon McCullum in the 2015 ODI World Cup, Eoin Morgan took the baton and carried England forward.

Yes flat pitches, bigger bats, and all but 498/4, 481/6, 444/3, 418/6, 408/9, & 399/6 is just another level of dominance. High risk meant that they lost more often, but they changed ODI cricket forever.

Key Players

Eoin Morgan, Joe Root, Alex Hales, Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy, Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Chris Woakes, Moeen Ali, David Willey, Sam Curran, Mark Wood, Tom Curran, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, James Vince, Joe Denly

Honorable Mention

Sri Lanka (1996-2015), Pakistan (1985-1999), India (2008-2013), India (2018-present), South Africa (1992-1999), England (2008-2011)

Do you agree that these are the greatest cricket teams? Comment below and let us know.

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5 Things We Learned from Cricket in CWG 2022

1. Cricket in Olympics Has Hope

Cricket at the 2022 Birmingham Commonwealth games was a watershed moment in world cricket.

With the ICC trying to push for cricket’s inclusion in the 2028 LA Olympics, women’s cricket at CWG was a trial run. No post-match presentation ceremonies, Barbados participating as a separate qualified nation, different Covid-19 protocols, and finally a ‘Gold Medal’ match for cricket.

The good news? It was more or less a success. The semi-finals, finals, and the Bronze medal match all went down to the wire. Unlike the rumored T10 format for the Olympics, it was nice to see that T20 did the job fairly well. The best of all – crowds were in!

Hosting a world wide tournament in England is one thing…in a non-Test cricket playing nation…that may be a different challenge altogether.

Also Read: USA Cricket – A Trillion Dollar Bet

2. The Gap in Women’s Cricket is Large

India, Australia, England, and New Zealand qualified for the semi-finals. With the exception of a NZ team (which was on a downfall earlier), this was not exactly was a surprise.

Sri Lanka were bowled out for 46 & 102, Barbados bundled out for 62 & 64, and Pakistan all out for 99. On the flip side, Australia chased 155 out of nowhere, and the big teams had 11 scores combined between 150-170.

3. Australia are Invincible

In the opening match of the tournament, Renuka Singh’s four wicket haul were struggling at 49/5, courtesy Renuka Singh’s 49/5.

Then, I tweeted this – a seemingly arrogant headline by ESPNCricinfo, already gifting the gold medal to Australia

And guess what? Ash Gardner scored an unbeaten 52*(35) to take Australia home with Grace Harris and Alana King providing strong support.

It seems that Gold is reserved for this Australian team. This team is invincible – ODI World Cup, T20 World Cup, record streak of ODI wins, and now the Commonwealth Gold Medal.

This team is so strong that Ellyse Perry, yes the Ellyse Perry, sat on the sideline all tournament.

4. India lose out on nerves again, but is lack of WIPL the only reason?

India lost the final against Australia by 9 runs, the same margin they had lost in the 2017 ODI World Cup final. And in a similar fashion as well.

Chasing 162, India had recovered to a steady 118/2 in 14.2 overs. The young star, Jemimah Rodrigues and senior captain-slash-arch-nemesis, Harmanpreet Kaur were playing. Rodrigues was dismissed for 33 and Kaur followed soon with 65. Some baffling decisions with Yastika Bhatia, a regular #3 being sent at #9 & three run outs ensured India fell 9 run short, with 3 balls still to spare.

Social media went haywire with India’s inability to finish and ‘lack of mental strength’ accusations galore. Lots of pointers that the Women’s IPL has already been delayed 2-3 years too long and that resulted in not enough pressure situation practice.

That is partially true but a WIPL wouldn’t magically have done anything. Results and increased depth from WIPL will probably be seen in a decade from now at the earliest. This loss could be attributed to nerves in a final (regardless of the team), an Australian team one level above, and error in judgment by the set batters.

Also Read: Need for Change in Women’s Cricket: Hoping Against Hope

5. Early retirements a concern in women’s cricket too

Trent Boult’s semi-unofficial-retirement (in fashion of AB De Villiers), Ben Stokes’ ODI retirement, and Quinton de Kock’s Test retirement are not the only signs of cricket’s changing landscape.

Lizelle Lee (30) & Deandre Dottin (31) both announced shock retirements from international cricket. Although the reasons were different, it shows growing dissent between the players and respective boards.

Finally at the end of the tournament, captain Meg Planning announced that she is taking an indefinite break from cricket to spend time with family as well.

Cricket, both men’s & women’s, is shifting at a rapid pace, can the administration keep up?

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Should Virat Kohli be a part of India’s T20 World Cup Squad?

Should Virat Kohli…be in India’s T20 World Cup squad? Should he not? The burning question in every Indian fan’s mind. Rohit Sharma is getting increasingly annoyed with every press conference (Here are his conferences after the 1st ODI and 2nd ODI vs England).

Virat Kohli has now been rested for the West Indies 5-match T20I series. India’s series against South Africa and Ireland gave a hint of India’s new aggressive gameplay and how the future might look without Kohli. These five games against the West Indies will make it clear, can India survive without Virat Kohli?

Here is my take—Virat Kohli should be in the Indian T20 World Cup squad but as a floater, not the #3 batter.

Also Read: 54 Contenders for the Indian 2022 T20 World Cup Squad — Do Rohit Sharma & Virat Kohli Deserve a Spot?

Table of Contents

  1. What are the Pros of Having Virat Kohli in India’s T20 World Cup Squad?
  2. What are the Cons of Having Virat Kohli in India’s T20 World Cup Squad?
  3. Virat Kohli’s T20I Stats Since December 2020 (Post-Pandemic Break)
  4. Possible Scenarios for Virat Kohli
  5. Final Thoughts

What are the Pros of Having Virat Kohli in India’s T20 World Cup Squad?

Several international players have come to Virat Kohli’s defense. Rohit Sharma reiterated that even though each player suffers from ups and downs in his or her career, the player’s quality never reduces. Here are some other reasons why a player like Virat Kohli might be valuable in a T20 World Cup.

  • Experience matters in a World Cup
  • Great record across formats in Australia consistently for the past 14 years
  • Player of the tournament in 2014/2016 T20 World Cups. Single handedly carried India.
  • Although IPL record is poor, his recent T20I stats have been pretty decent
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Virat Kohli’s T20I Stats Since December 2020 (Post-Pandemic Break)

One of the misconceptions from Virat Kohli’s bad form is due to all formats getting mixed – Tests, ODIs, T20Is, and IPL. He has horrid IPL seasons and been found out at the Test level at times as well, but in ODIs and T20Is, he has been pretty solid.

  • In Australia (December 2020)
    • 9 (9)
    • 40 (24)
    • 85 (61)
  • Vs England in India (Match 2021)
    • 0(5)
    • 73*(49)
    • 77*(46)
    • 1(5)
    • 80*(52)
  • T20 WC
    • 57 (49) vs Pakistan
    • 9 (17) vs New Zealand
    • DNB vs Afghanistan
    • 2* (2) vs Scotland
    • DNB vs Namibia
  • West Indies (Feb 2022)
    • 17 (13)
    • 52 (41)
  • England (July 2022)
    • 1 (3)
    • 11 (6)

Source: Virat Kohli StatsGuru

In summary, since Dec 2020, Virat Kohli in T20Is has stats:

17 matches, 15 innings, 514 runs, 46.72 average, 134.55 SR, best of 85, 6 fifties, 1 duck

Here are his overall career T20I stats:

99 matches, 91 innings, 3308 runs, 50.12 average, 137.66 SR, best of 94*, 30 fifties, 3 ducks

What are the Cons of Having Virat Kohli in India’s T20 World Cup Squad?

Now that we have discussed some of the positives, now let us discuss what is on everybody’s mind. Kapil Dev, Venkatesh Prasad, and lots of other cricketers have asked for players to be picked on form and merit, not reputation.

Also Read: 3 Unfairly Treated Cricketer: Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi, Prithvi Shaw

So, what are the cons of Virat Kohli in a T20 World Cup side?

  • Low Strike Rate in the Modern T20 Age
  • Needs some time to get going unlike a Rahul Tripathi, Sanju Samson, or Deepak Hooda at #3, who can continue the momentum
  • Can get bogged down by spin in T20s during the middle phase
  • Does not offer another skill (bowling, keeping, and unfortunately, no longer captaincy)

To give a complete picture, here are Virat Kohli’s stats in the last three IPLs:

  • IPL 2020
    • 15 matches, 466 runs, 42.36 average, 121.35 SR, 3 50s, best of 90*
  • IPL 2021
    • 15 matches, 405 runs, 28.92 average, 119.46 SR, 3 50s, best of 72*
  • IPL 2022
    • 16 matches, 341 runs, 22.73 average, 115.99 SR, 2 50s, best of 73
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So, is there a way to fitting Virat Kohli in the squad while considering both of these things?

The answer is YES. Virat Kohli can play a similar role to what Steve Smith played during Australia’s 2021 T20 World Cup victory run.

Possible Scenarios for Virat Kohli

Since India are going with an ultra-aggressive batting approach, there will be volatile days when the team may collapse. Going for 225 everyday, the team might end up collapsing for a score below 100.

In this case, a Grant Elliot-esque insurance policy is needed. For India, Virat Kohli can be that insurance policy (In the current setup, either Dinesh Karthik comes in earlier to do this role or Axar Patel has been sent to delay DK’s entry. In both cases, India lost momentum. Virat Kohli instead of Axar Patel would be the ideal scenario)

Here are some get possible scenarios:

  1. If openers have a blazing start, send in Sanju Samson-Suryakumar Yadav-Hardik Pandya, etc. depending on the situation/number of overs left. Push Virat Kohli down the order until absolutely necessary.
  2. If an opener gets out early, still send Suryakumar Yadav in hoping he will continue the positive approach. However, if another wicket falls during this tricky phase, send Virat Kohli at #4 to stem the flow of wickets.
  3. While chasing, if it is a tricky small run-chase in difficult batting conditions, send Virat Kohli at #3.
  4. Another option is to carry him in the World Cup squad without playing him in the XI. In case another batter is horridly out of form during the World Cup or gets injured, Virat Kohli can adapt to whatever role is necessary.

In this way, India will still be utilizing Virat Kohli’s core skills and experience rather than expecting him to be India’s modern T20 #3 batter.

Final Thoughts

Rohit Sharma made it clear in his press conference that each player will be given confidence, especially since India are trying to play with a new approach. Failures will happen, but judgements should not be made based on one or two series.

Based on his recent IPL stats, Kohli should not make it. Based on his recent T20I stats, he should be in contention for the World Cup, but not necessarily a certainty. But based on captain Rohit Sharma’s statements, Virat Kohli will be on that plane to Australia and more than likely, in the XI. So, why not give him our full support as fans?

These were my two cents. I have presented you with both perspectives. What do you think? Which side are you on?

Here is the Quora article that instigated this idea.

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IPL 2022 Prediction Results – Who Was the Closest?

IPL 2022 Prediction Results time!

Before this T20 festival begin, we asked our friends on Twitter on Facebook of their IPL 2022 Predictions. The predictions were recorded here. IPL 2022 Predictions – Orange Cap, Purple Cap, Emerging Players, and More!

Now is the time for the moment of truth. Who was the closest? Were there any major surprises? Let’s find out.

The Results

Before we dive to the winners, here are the results from this year’s IPL.

  • #OrangeCap:
    • Jos Buttler (863 Runs) RR
    • KL Rahul (616) LSG
    • Quinton de Kock (508) LSG
  • #PurpleCap:
    • Yuzvendra Chahal (27 wickets) RR
    • Wanindu Hasaranga (26 wickets) RCB
    • Kagiso Rabada (23 wickets) PBKS
  • #Winner: Gujarat Titans
  • #Top4: GT, RR, RCB, LSG
  • #EmergingPlayer: Umran Malik
  • #SurprisePackage: Gujarat Titans team surprising everybody, Dinesh Karthik 4.0, Mohsin Khan, Rajat Patidar, Tilak Verma, Rinku Singh, David Miller 3.0, Umran Malik, Jitesh Sharma, Khaleel Ahmed 2.0, Dewald Brevis, Tim David towards the end, Arshdeep Singh’s death over accuracy, captain Hardik Pandya, Rishi Dhawan providing balance to PBKS, SRH’s streaks of wins & losses, R Sai Kishore seamlessly going from SMAT greatness to IPL, R Ashwin being R Ashwin (retired out, promoted to #3, finishing games off, bowling behind the umpire, etc.)
  • #BrokenDream: Virat Kohli & Kane Williamson underwhelm, RCB so near so far yet again, Evin Lewis’ catch crushes Rinku Singh led KKR revival, Buttler 863 fails to break the 973 record, MI/CSK end at the bottom, KL Rahul on the losing side once again despite runs

Other IPL Awards

  • Most Valuable Player: Jos Buttler
  • Super Striker: Dinesh Karthik (183 SR)
  • Game Changer: Jos Buttler
  • Fastest Delivery: Lockie Ferguson (157.3 kph)
  • Perfect Catch: Evin Lewis (KKR vs LSG)
  • FairPlay Award: GT & RR

How Prediction Points Were Awarded

Depending on how many predictions you attempted, there were a total of 11/12 points up for grab. Here is the points breakdown:

  • Orange/Purple Cap: 2 Points for the Exact Answer, 1 Points for someone else in the Top 3
    • For example, you would get 2 points if you had predicted Buttler/Chahal for the orange/purple cap respectively, 1 point for KL Rahul or QDK/Hasaranga or Rabada, and 0 otherwise
  • Top4: 4 Points Total, +1 for each of the play-off participants
  • Emerging Player/Surprise Package: Since there were several uncapped players who performed above expectations this time around (and since there were 0 predictions for Umran Malik), any reasonable guess will get a point (examples in the #SurprisePackage list above)

IPL 2022 Prediction Results Part 1

For the first part, we look at predictions from the Subtle Curry Sports Facebook group.

And The Winners Are….wait for it…Drumrolls Please

SHIVASHIS PATRI! 5/11 🥇 predictions correct. Congratulations 👏

Close behind are Arnab Kumar, Srikar Chakka, Lakshya Kaviya, and Aalay Gandhi all with 4/11 points 🥈

Special mention to Aalay Gandhi for his Surprise Package comment: “GT (Yes, the whole team)“- when literally no fan or expert predicted this.

Orange CapPurple CapWinnerTop4Emerging PlayerSurprise Package
Arnab Kumar
4/11
Shreyas Iyer Avesh KhanCSKCSK, RCB✔, LSG✔, PBKS
(2/4)
Tilak Verma✔
+1
Hardik Pandya✔
+1
Neel Patel
3/11
Sanju SamsonBumrahRCBDC, RCB✔, RR✔, MI
(2/4)
Yash DhullKohli✔
+1
Surprising for sure, but in the wrong way.
Shalin Sheth
2/11
Shikhar DhawanBumrahPBKSPBKS, DC, LSG✔, MI
(1/4)
Raj BawaRishi Dhawan✔
Provided the balance for PBKS this season.
+1
Srikar Chakka
4/11
KL Rahul ✔
+1
Rabada✔
+1
Punjab KingsPBKS, RR✔, LSG✔, SRH
(2/4)
HangargekarRomario Shepherd
Sharan Sivakumar
3/11
Rohit Sharma/David WarnerJasprit Bumrah/Harshal PatelLSG/CSKLSG✔, CSK, RCB✔, PBKS
(2/4)
MS Dhoni/ DreRuss/T NatarajanVijay Shankar/Bhuvneshwar Kumar✔
Bhuvneshwar Kumar surprised with a good comeback, especially with his yorkers.
+1
Lakshya Kaviya
4/11
Rahul✔
+1
Wanindu Hasaranaga✔
+1
Delhi CapitalsDC, LSG✔, CSK, SRH
(1/4)
Yash DhullOdean Smith✔
Surprised at the death in finishing games, being hit by Tewatia, and coming back with decent spells.
+1
Aalay Gandhi
4/11
KL Rahul✔
+1
BumrahDelhi CapitalsDC, MI, CSK, RR✔
(1/4)
Tilak Verma✔
+1
GT (the entire team, yes)✔
Can you predict the future?😂
+1
Shivashis Patri
5/11
KL Rahul✔
+1
Kagiso Rabada✔
+1
Rajasthan Royals
*So Close…
DC, CSK, RCB✔, RR✔
(2/4)
Yash DhullHardik Pandya✔
+1

IPL 2022 Prediction Results Part 2

From our twitter page, we have our overall winner – ROHAN GULAVANI 👏🥇 7/12 Predictions Right! Congrats!!! Kudos to Kickit Wicket with 4/12 🥈 as well 👏

Orange CapPurple CapWinnerTop4Emerging PlayerSurprise PackageBroken Dream
Sourabh Sanyal
1/12
KL Rahul
+1
BoomMI/DelhiMI/DC/CSK/PK
(0/4)
Dhull/HangargekarHangargekar MSD
Rohan Gulavani
7/12
Shreyas/KL✔
+1
Y Chahal✔
+2
DCDC, CSK, LSG✔, RCB✔
(2/4)
Yash D/ BishnoiObed McCoy✔ & Conway
The way Obed McCoy held his nerve throughout this tournament was a sight to see.
+1
RCB failing to cross the line again✔
+1
Just Cricket
3/11
KL Rahul✔BumrahLucknowCSK, MI, Lucknow✔, PBKS
(1/4)
Hangargekar/JaiswalBrevis/Parag/Tilak Verma✔
+1
Cric Crazy Veer
3/12
KohliRashidLSGLSG✔, CSK, RR✔, MI
(2/4)
Shahrukh Khan/R Sai Kishore✔
+1
Ajinkya Rahane/MS DhoniKL Rahul underperforming, MSD Retires Forever
Kickit Wicket
4/12
KL Rahul✔Rashid KhanCSKDC, CSK, GT✔, RCB✔
(2/4)
Smeed (after called in as replacement)BishnoiRCB lose in the final✔
Close enough.
+1
Sourabh Negi
3/12
Shreyas/KL Rahul✔RashidKKRCSK, LSG✔, DC, KKR
(2/4)
Rasik Salam/Brevis✔
+1
MSD Retires Forever

My Own IPL 2022 Predictions

My own predictions ended up with a 4/12.

  • #OrangeCap: Shreyas ❌
  • #PurpleCap: Rashid ❌
  • #Winner: LSG ❌
  • #Top4: LSG✔, RCB✔, PBKS, DC (2/4)
  • #EmergingPlayer: R Sai Kishore/Brevis ✔ +1
  • #SurprisePackage: Rishi Dhawan/Tim David ✔ +1
  • #BrokenDream: Russell/Narine duo struggle & MSD Retires Forever ❌

Well IPL 2022 was fun while it lasted. Now on to international cricket. Test cricket, ODI Super leagues, women’s cricket, and the build up to the T20 World Cup. Stay tuned!

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Cricket Thought of the Day #1: Why Don’t England Players Play in Overseas First Class Domestic Competitions?

By Nitesh Mathur, Broken Cricket Dreams, 06/04/2022

Cheteshwar Pujara. Mohammad Rizwan. Sussex. One of the highlights of the County Cricket summer so far.

Pujara’s run was nothing short of astonishing—5 matches, 8 innings, 4 centuries, including two doubles, 720 runs, 120 average. Rizwan, although not as prolific, hit a couple of half centuries as well. Pujara has now made a comeback to the Indian Test team for the fifth Test and has acclimatized to the English conditions a month ahead of time.

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England Vs New Zealand

Now let’s us jump to the ongoing England vs New Zealand Test match.

NZ looked in all sorts and decimated to 132/10 via ageless Jimmy Anderson, Stuart Broad, and debutant Matty Potts. In response, England punched above their weight and scored 59/0 with Zak Crawley finally finding some form.

Then Crawley threw it away. 59/1 No worries.

Then departed ever-promising never-performing Ollie Pope. England 75/2. Root stepped into the ground after 20 overs. Can you believe that, 20 overs? Two backfoot punches, business as usual. England 92/2.

However, Colin de Grandhomme reignited 2019 WC Final memories to get rid of Joe Root. Then came silky Southee around the wicket and IPL finalist Trent Boult to wreak havoc. Another England collapse. 5 runs & 8 wickets in 25 balls. From 59/0 to 92/2 to 100/7 and eventually 141 all out.

Brendon McCullum or no Brendon McCullum, Stokes or no Stokes, Same old, Good Ole England.

Kevin Pietersen has been ridiculed for his adamant proposal on “Franchising County Cricket.” Reduce the number of counties and things will be all good, right? Well, Matty Potts (Durham) has just come up from second division and seemed to fit right in, while Root/Bairstow (Yorkshire)-Foakes (Surrey) are first division players. Poor batting displays boil down to two reasons–a bowling era (pitches/quality of bowlers) and technical deficiencies of the batters.

Thought of the Day

Now let’s shift our focus back on Pujara-Rizwan. Why are they in England? To improve their batting skills, face different conditions, and prepare themselves when their countries play England, right?

Just like T20 specialists these days go around the world and play in the IPL, PSL, BBL, CPL, etc., why can’t England players hone their techniques in Sheffield Shield or Ranji Trophy in the off season? Ex-England chief executive, Tom Harrison, wrote to Australian board to allow English players after the Ashes loses.

So why don’t England players these days play in overseas domestic first-class tournaments?

Think about it.

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54 Contenders for the Indian 2022 T20 World Cup Squad — Do Rohit Sharma & Virat Kohli Deserve a Spot?

In IPL 2022, at least 54 players are auditioning at the moment for the Indian 2022 T20 World Cup Squad to board the flight to Australia in October.

Exactly six months to go for the World Cup. Halfway through IPL 2022.

With Dinesh Karthik asking questions and knocking the door down, Deepak Chahar’s injury cloud, and Virat Kohli- Rohit Sharma-Ishan Kishan-Venkatesh Iyer having off years, all permutations and combinations are open.

The depth of Indian cricket team is at its all-time peak, but the selectors have their task cut out for them. However, India’s abundant depth is both a blessing and a curse.

So how is this going to work? Today, YOU ARE THE SELECTOR. I am going to break up each role (opener, finisher, fast bowler, etc.) one by one and the contenders for that spot. At the end of each section, you can VOTE on your choice for the Indian 2022 T20 World Cup Squad.

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Why Have India Not Won an ICC Trophy in the Last Decade?

Last time, India won a major ICC Trophy was the 2013 Champions Trophy. And 2007 for their only T20 World Cup Trophy.

Since then, India have lost 2012, 2016 (semi-finals), and 2021 T20 World Cups, 2017 Champions Trophy (finals), 2015 & 2019 ODI Cricket World Cups (semi-finals). Hindsight is 2020, but what were some of the reasons?

  1. Constant chopping and changing in the squads & lack of clarity on player roles (“The #4 Question”)
  2. Selecting/Mixing players for T20Is based on ODI form and vice-versa
  3. Balance of the XI: Lack of batting allrounders in the Top 6 (too many wicketkeepers)
  4. Vulnerability against left-arm seamers/swing bowlers in the first few overs (ex: Mohammad Amir, Shaheen Shah Afridi, Trent Boult/Matt Henry)
  5. Wicket-taking options in the middle overs (switch from Jadeja-Ashwin to Kuldeep-Chahal and back)
  6. Freak injuries (Shikhar Dhawan, Vijay Shankar in the 2019 CWC)
  7. Predominantly right-handed batters (post-Raina/Yuvi/Gambhir era)

How To Build a T20 World Cup Winning Squad

Now that we have established where things can go wrong, let us discuss how to form our XI & squad of 15.

Rather than picking the best 15 players in India, we pick out the best players for each role depending on which position they play for their IPL and domestic teams. The idea is that we should not make an opener a makeshift #5 again.

T20s are now moving to a place where a fluid batting line up is preferred. Instead of being assigned a fixed batting spot (#3,4,5, etc.), each batter has a relative batting spot (top order, accumulator, finisher) and an ‘optimal entry’ based on the overs & match situation (Ex: Send Russell after the 10th over, DK after the 16th over, etc.)

Similarly, Powerplay swing bowlers & specialist death bowlers have separate assigned roles. (Ex: David Willey’s role is bowl a couple of economical overs up front, take a wicket/set tone, and not finish his spell).

Ideal T20 XI

So, an ideal T20 XI needs the following ingredients:

  • The Top Order (2 aggressive & 1 accumulator who can soak pressure, but also has change of gears)
  • The Engine Room (3 Finishers – 1 Power hitter, 1 360-Player, 1 Calm-Head/Insurance Policy)
  • 2-3 All-Rounders in the Top 7
  • Wrist Spinner
  • Wicket-taker in the Powerplay (Swing bowler)
  • Death-Overs Specialist
  • 145 kph+ Pace Bowler
  • Mystery Spin optional

Who Was in India’s Latest T20I Squad?

As a quick reminder, here are the list of players and key performers from the recent T20I series against New Zealand, West Indies, and Sri Lanka.

Since the 2021 T20 World Cup, India have won all of their 9 T20I matches. In these 9 matches, India have had 8 different player of the matches and/or player of the series.

Such a wealth of talent.

Team Indiavs New Zealandvs West Indiesvs Sri Lanka
Series Result3-03-03-0
Highest Run Scorers for IndiaRohit Sharma
(159, 2 – 50s, 53.00 AVE, 154.36 SR)
Suryakumar Yadav
(107, 1 – 50, 53.50 AVE, 194.54 SR)
Shreyas Iyer
204, 3 – 50s, unbeaten*, 174.35 SR)
Highest Wicket-Takers for IndiaHarshal Patel (4, 7.28 ECON)
Axar Patel (4, 6.00 ECON)
Harshal Patel (5, best of 3/22, 8.75 ECON)Bhuvneshwar Kumar (3, best of 2/9, 7.50 ECON)
Player of the Series
(Player of Matches)
Rohit Sharma
(Suryakumar Yadav 62 (40),
Harshal Patel 2/25,
Axar Patel 3/9)
Suryakumar Yadav
(Ravi Bishnoi 2/17,
Rishabh Pant 52* (28),
Suryakumar Yadav
65 (31))
Shreyas Iyer
(Ishan Kishan 89 (56),
Shreyas Iyer 74* (44),
Shreyas Iyer 73* (45))
Indian 2022 T20 World Cup Squad – Recent T20I Performers

Here is the list of the 25 players who were selected in these squads:

  • Batters: Rohit Sharma (C), Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant (WK), Ishan Kishan (WK), Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson (WK), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Suryakumar Yadav, KL Rahul* (WK)
  • All Rounders: Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Hooda, Venkatesh Iyer, Axar Patel*, Washington Sundar*
  • Fast Bowlers: Jasprit Bumrah, Avesh Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Siraj, Harshal Patel, Deepak Chahar
  • Spinners: Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravi Bishnoi, Ravichandran Ashwin

*withdrawn

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Next to each player, overall T20I & T20 stats will be displayed along with performance in the IPL after the covid break (IPL 2020, IPL 2021, and IPL 2022 up to the halfway mark)

Each player will also have a symbol:

🟩 Almost certainly plays the first match in the T20 World Cup

🟨 In the Probable 30, but selection in the 15 depends on the IPL and T20 bilaterals preceding the WC

🟪Wildcard Entry: Not in the current scheme of things but might come into conversation as a backup player.

🟧 Future Indian players who can occupy these roles (Lots of youngsters have come to the party in IPL 2022. I doubt they will make the Indian 2022 T20 World Cup Squad, but you never know)

Who are the Best T20 Openers for India Right Now? (Pick 3)

Who are the Best T20 Openers for India Right Now

India have 9 openers vying for 3 spots for the 2022 Indian T20 World Cup Squad. Namely, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Ishan Kishan, Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shubman Gill, and Devdutt Padikkal.
Rohit Sharma & KL Rahul are front runners for the T20 World Cup opening squad (if Rahul recovers from injuries), but Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, and Virat Kohli are other wildcard options.

1. Rohit Sharma 🟩

Current Status: Incumbent, Other Roles: Captain

  • T20Is: 125, Runs: 3313, 100/50: 4/26, Best: 118, AVE+SR: 172.03, AVE: 32.48, SR: 139.55
  • T20s: 376, Runs: 10009, 100/50: 6/69, Best: 118, AVE+SR: 165.37, AVE: 31.67, SR: 133.70
  • Last Played T20Is for India: February 27, 2022
  • IPL (since 2020): 31 matches, Runs: 827, 100/50: 0/4, Best: 80, AVE+SR: 154.49, AVE: 26.67, SR: 127.82

Pros ✅: Experience

Cons ❌: Lack of Form

How Is He Doing in IPL 2022?

An average of 16.28 and no fifties in 6 innings is not the best of Rohit, but remember, he was the player of the T20I series not too long ago. As long he is captain, he boards the flight to Australia as an opener.

2. KL Rahul 🟩

Current Status: Incumbent, Other Roles: Wicketkeeper

  • T20Is: 56, Runs: 1831, 100/50: 2/16, Best: 110*, AVE+SR: 183.17, AVE: 40.68, SR: 142.49
  • T20s: 179, Runs: 6007, 100/50: 5/50 Best: 132*, AVE+SR: 181.64, AVE: 43.52, SR: 138.12
  • Last Played T20Is for India: November 19, 2021
  • IPL (since 2020): 34, Runs: 1561, 100/50: 2/12, Best: 132*, AVE+SR: 190.78, AVE: 55.75, SR: 135.03

Pros ✅: Best Current Batter in India, Versatile

Cons ❌: SR inversely proportional to team composition/match situation

How Is He Doing in IPL 2022?

Although he has century & a fifty already (265 runs), it still seems that he has more to offer to reach the heights of the last couple of a seasons. A must have in the T20 World Cup XI.

3. Ishan Kishan 🟨

Current Status: Incumbent, Other Roles: Wicketkeeper

  • T20Is: 10, Runs: 289, 100/50: 0/2, Best: 89, AVE+SR: 153.53, AVE: 32.11, SR: 121.42
  • T20s: 121, Runs: 3093, 100/50: 2/18, Best: 113*, AVE+SR: 160.34 , AVE: 29.17, SR: 131.17
  • Last Played T20Is for India: February 26, 2022
  • IPL (since 2020): 30, Runs: 697, 100/50: 0/8, Best: 99, AVE+SR: 177.22, AVE: 41.21, SR: 136.01

Pros ✅: Aggressive Opening Option, Left-Handed

Cons ❌: Lack of Form

How Is He Doing in IPL 2022?

Ever since he was retained by Mumbai Indians for the mammoth price, Kishan has looked a show of himself. He has a couple of 50s and a top score of 81* but at a SR of 116.46, the Rohit-Ishan partnership is just not working for MI at the moment.

4. Shikhar Dhawan 🟨

Current Status: Out of Squad

  • T20Is: 68, Runs: 1759, 100/50: 0/11, Best: 92, AVE+SR: 154.28 , AVE: 27.92, SR: 126.36
  • T20s: 309, Runs: 8980, 100/50: 2/64, Best: 106*, AVE+SR: 157.40, AVE: 32.53, SR: 124.87
  • Last Played T20Is for India: July 29, 2021 (captain)
  • IPL (since 2020): 40, Runs: 1419, 100/50: 2/8, Best: 106*, AVE+SR: 173.39, AVE: 39.41, SR: 132.98

Pros ✅: Left-handed; Big match/ICC tournament player; Top form in IPL 2020/2021

Cons ❌: Poor form in IPL 2022; Out of Favor with selectors right now; Rohit-Dhawan-Kohli archaic T20 lineup

How Is He Doing in IPL 2022?

Not as dominating as before (2nd highest in IPL 2020 & 4th highest in 2021). 214 runs at 30.57 average & best of 70, the consistency is just not there this season. Only one 50 in 7 attempts and a SR of 126.62 will go against his name.

5. Prithvi Shaw 🟨

Current Status: Out of Squad

  • T20Is: 1, Runs: 0, 100/50: 0/0, Best: 0, AVE+SR: 0, AVE: 0, SR: 0
  • T20s: 77, Runs: 1962, 100/50: 0/17, Best: 99, AVE+SR: 173.89, AVE: 25.48, SR: 148.41
  • Last Played T20Is for India:
  • IPL (since 2020): 34, Runs: 883, 100/50: 0/8, Best: 82, AVE+SR: 180.31, AVE: 26.75, SR: 153.56

Pros ✅: Aggressive Opening Option; In-Form

Cons ❌: Inconsistency; Golden Duck in only T20I (inexperience)

How Is He Doing in IPL 2022?

He is in imperious form in IPL 2022! In 5 innings, with 164.93 SR & 36.28 average, 2 fifties, he is giving the start Delhi needs. Is he a dark horse for October?

6. Ruturaj Gaikwad 🟪

Current Status: Reserve

  • T20Is: 3, Runs: 39, 100/50: 0/0, Best: 21, AVE+SR: 121.33 ,AVE: 13.00, SR: 108.33
  • T20s: 69, Runs: 2182, 100/50: 1/17, Best: 101*, AVE+SR: 168.48, AVE: 35.19, SR: 133.29
  • Last Played T20Is for India: February 20,2022
  • IPL (since 2020): 28, Runs: 947, 100/50: 1/8, Best: 101*, AVE+SR: 170.25, AVE: 39.45, SR: 130.80

Pros ✅: Steady when comes good

Cons ❌: Out of Form

How Is He Doing in IPL 2022?

0,1,1,16,17.73. It is getting better, but the string of single digits was not a good show for 2021’s IPL Orange Cap holder.

7. Mayank Agarwal 🟪

Current Status: Out of Squad

  • T20s: 169, Runs: 4011, 100/50: 2/25, Best: 111, AVE+SR: 160.62, AVE: 26.21, SR: 134.41
  • IPL (since 2020): 29, Runs: 983, 100/50: 1/7, Best: 106, AVE+SR: 181.37, AVE: 35.10, SR: 146.27

Pros ✅: Dependable

Cons ❌: Has Not Debuted in T20Is yet (inexperience)

How Is He Doing in IPL 2022?

With an average of 19.66 with best of 52, Agarwal is out of runs (and struggling on the captaincy front with PBKS as well). He was in great form in IPL 2020 but has not reached those heights since that mid-season injury.

8. Shubman Gill 🟪

Current Status: Out of Squad

  • T20s: 79, Runs: 2034, 100/50: 0/14, Best: , AVE+SR: 158.66, AVE: 31.78, SR: 126.88
  • IPL (since 2020): 37, Runs: 1118, 100/50: 0/8, Best: 96, AVE+SR:154.31, AVE: 31.05, SR: 123.26

Pros ✅: Majestic; Stability; In-Form

Cons ❌: Strike Rate; Consistency; Has Not Debuted in T20Is yet (inexperience)

How Is He Doing in IPL 2022?

This might be the breakthrough season Gill was looking for. A vital cog for Gujarat Titans’ dominance. 200 runs already with best of 96. 33.33 Average and SR of 151.51. The two ducks would worry him though.

9. Devdutt Padikkal 🟧

Current Status: Out of Squad

  • T20Is: 2, Runs: 38, 100/50: 0/0, Best: 29, AVE+SR: 119, AVE: 19.00, SR: 100.00
  • T20s: 60, Runs: 1967, 100/50: 2/13, Best: , AVE+SR: 171.13, AVE: 35.76, SR: 135.37
  • Last Played T20Is for India: July 29, 2021
  • IPL (since 2020): 36, Runs: 1076, 100/50: 1/7, Best: 101*, AVE+SR: 156.58, AVE: 30.74, SR: 125.84

Pros ✅: Left-hander

Cons ❌: Out of Form

How Is He Doing in IPL 2022?

473 & 411 runs in the last two seasons, DDP has struggled a bit this time around. Best of 41, only 138 runs in 6 innings, 129.72 SR. Might be last resort, but I do not see Padikkal boarding the flight to Australia at this moment.

Other Future India Prospects: Yashashvi Jaiswal, Anuj Rawat

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