PODCAST: The unfinished series between India and England for a year will be decided today in Edgbaston


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Today will be a memorable day for Indian cricket. With the intention of sealing last year’s incomplete series, India will face hosts England in the deciding Test match at Edgbaston today. In the Test in which everything is at stake, captain Rohit Sharma will not play due to corona infection and Jasprit Bumrah will take over in his place, who has no experience of captaincy in any match till date.

Rishabh Pant, who is considered to be the captaincy contender for some time, will still remain the vice-captain. Anyway, it seems that under Pant’s captaincy, the BCCI’s disillusionment has definitely dissipated a bit. This Test will also be unique in the sense that it took more than a year to finish the series and the captains and coaches of both the teams in its first part have all changed now.

Last year, the Indian team refused to play the fifth Test due to Corona, India is currently leading 2-1 in the series. Rohit Sharma will not play the test due to being corona positive twice. In such a situation, it was believed that either Virat Kohli would be the captain or Rishabh Pant, but announced Jasprit Bumrah’s name. That is, another name has been added to the list of Indian captains, never so many captains were associated with the team in such a short time.

There is also the problem of opening in front of India due to the absence of Rohit. Lokesh Rahul is not already on tour, who had surgery yesterday. Mayank Agarwal has been added to the squad in place of Rohit. By the way, Shubman Gill and Shreyas Iyer are being seen as the opening pair. The problem is also in the form of Virat Kohli, whose bat has been waiting for a big innings for many months. If Hanuma Vihari plays, he will have a big responsibility. While Cheteshwar Pujara played strong innings for Sussex in the County Championship. So there are high expectations from them.

England will also land with the new captain Ben Stokes. However, Stokes is now a veteran of three matches, under whose leadership the hosts thrashed New Zealand 3-0. In this way England will face India with full enthusiasm. In this Test, at present, England looks strong on paper. There is a better chance for him to level the series with India.

This Test match at least has a lot to do with India doing better in the World Test Championship points table. Currently, India is ranked third behind Australia and South Africa, while England are in seventh place and are out of a race to reach the finals. India is still in a position to reach the finals. After this test, the next series is to be against Bangladesh and Australia. Although India is currently at the top in terms of total points, the finalists of the championship will be decided by percentage points, in which India is ranked third. If India wins the Test, it will get 12 points – which will also increase the percentage point.

India’s second team after playing in Ireland in a shorter format is now in England. Where many young and experienced players will get a chance to show their performance in the warm-up T20 match against Derbyshire. The same team will also play the second warm-up match against Northamptonshire. After the end of the Test match, the Indian team will play against England in three T20 and three ODI matches.

Legendary batsman Shikhar Dhawan and all-rounder Hardik Pandya have returned to the Indian team for the ODI series. Dhawan, who played an important role for India in the Cricket World Cup 2019, last played for India in February 2022. Two teams have been selected for the three-match T20 series against England. Sanju Samson and Rahul Tripathi have been kept in the squad for the first T20 match, while both have been rested for the second and third T20 matches. India’s top bowler Mohammed Shami has been rested for the T20I series while Mohammed Siraj has been left out of the squad for the second and third T20Is.

Earlier this week, India’s bench strength team won the two-match T20 International series against Ireland by 2-0. India won the first match in Dublin by seven wickets and in the second match by four runs. However, Ireland also chewed the gram in India’s second T20 match.

Deepak Hooda looted the gathering in the series. Hooda scored a half-century in the first match, while only scored a century in the second match. So far only four batsmen have scored centuries for India in T20. Apart from him, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina have done this feat. Umran Malik was being trusted a lot. After conceding 14 runs in one over in the first match, he proved the confidence of the new captain Hardik Pandya by bowling a little tight in the last over of the second match.

Before the Test, the Indian team played a four-day warm-up match against Leicestershire. In fact, it was more like an intra squad match than a warm-up match. Because most of the Indian players played for both the teams. Especially Hanuma Vihari and Cheteshwar Pujara batted for both the teams. Srikar Bharat, Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant cleaned up the bat by collecting fifty. Navdeep Saini, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Mohammad Siraj, Shardul Thakur, Jadeja and Mohammed Shami enjoyed the moisture of England by taking some wickets in the bowling.

On the other hand, the women’s team is playing the first ODI under the captaincy of Harmanpreet Kaur. After winning the T20 series 2-1, the Indian women’s team has to play three ODIs. The second ODI is to be played on 4 and the third ODI is to be played on 7 July. All these matches will be held in Pallekal whereas all the earlier T20 matches were played in Dambulla. Indian women have to participate in the Commonwealth Games this month.

The first leg of India’s women’s team’s tour of Sri Lanka can be considered successful, as it has won the three-match T20 series 2-1. After winning the first two matches, the Indian team lost in the last match at Dambulla. This was the first series for Indian women after the T20 World Cup and also the first time the players played the match after Mithali Raj’s retirement.

Apart from captain Harmanpreet Kaur, batters like Shefali Verma, Jamima Rodriguez and Smriti Mandhana performed well on average but could not score any half-century. While for Sri Lanka, captain Chamari Attapattu played an innings of 80 not out in addition to 43 runs. Also, Kavisha Dilhara and Vishmi Gunaratne scored as many runs in an innings as no Indian batsman could score in any one innings. In bowling too, Ranaveera and Ranasinghe of Sri Lanka bowled better than the Indians. Still, the series was occupied by India.

And finally the Ranji Trophy.
Madhya Pradesh won the Ranji Trophy title for the first time by defeating 41-time champions Mumbai by six wickets in the final. More than becoming the champion of Madhya Pradesh, this time it is being discussed that how Chandrakant Pandit became a coach and made a different team a champion. Pandit holds many Ranji titles both as a captain and as a coach. He showed why the position of coach is important in cricket.

Although Sarfaraz Khan batted well for Mumbai and Shams Mulani bowled brilliantly, but both could not make the team champions. Yashasvi Jaiswal also batted very well. On the other hand, the centuries of Yash Dubey and Rajat Patidar in the first innings for Madhya Pradesh played an important role in making the team champion. Apart from this, apart from bowlers Gaurav Yadav and Anubhav Agarwal, Kumar Karthikeya and Parth Sahni also played an important role.

With the end of the Ranji Trophy, the Indian domestic season has now officially come to an end. This time in the Ranji Trophy, Sarfaraz Khan of Mumbai scored 982 runs and Rajat Patidar of Madhya Pradesh scored 658 runs as the top two batsmen. In this way, Shams Mulani took 45 wickets and Kumar Karthikay took 32 wickets and grabbed the first two places. Big names include Jharkhand’s Shahbaz Nadeem who took 25 wickets in just five matches.
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