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On Wednesday, former skipper Mahindra Singh Dhoni hinted about the “importance of a good coach-captain relationship” to a group of 25 Indian coaches boost course at the National Cricket Academy at Bengaluru includes six coaches from Cricket Australia taking part in the programme.

The top coaches who have been taking part of the lecture were Sunil Joshi, Vijay Bharadwaj, Kawaljit Singh, M Venkatramana, D Vasu, M Senthilnathan, Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav were present in the programme.

Talking about the maintaining a good team environment by Dhoni, one of the coaches said to TOI that “It was more of a pep talk for the coaches from Dhoni for about 20-25 minutes. He spoke about how to maintain a good working relationship between the captain and coach so that it creates a good team environment.”

MS Dhoni

Australian retired cricketer Jason Gillespie said on Thursday that both the Indian cricketers spoke about “confidence and simplicity.” He said “It was excellent listening to both MSD and Kedar. They spoke about the importance of confidence and simplicity. All the sessions have been fantastic.”

“The local Indian coaches have been open to new ideas to complement their own coaching work, learning new things. Well done to the BCCI and CA for working together with this.”

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Jonty Rhodes

Former South African Test and one-day international cricketer Jonty Rhodes said that AB de Villiers wanted to leave from Test cricket earlier but was persuaded by Cricket South Africa (CSA) to stay till 2016

Jonty is currently in India for a period with Tamil Nadu Premier League franchise Ruby Trichy Warriors as a mentor. He has always been frank about his vision on South African cricket. However, he shares a pleasant with De Villiers.

Talking to Cricbuzz, Jonty said “I think he wanted to retire a while back from Test cricket, but Cricket South Africa persuaded him to stay on. Before 2016, he was talking to people about his Test future. In South Africa, people are critical because they don’t see the IPL mechanism.”

Jonty Rhodes

Jonty said that South Africa cricket fans do not recognize the concept of IPL. “They think cricketers are trying to make as much money as possible and it’s often at the expense of national call-ups.”

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Explained about playing against India, Jonty said “When we used to play against India, Mohammed Kaif and Yuvraj Singh were outstanding and Harbhajan Singh was probably the third best. Dhoni and Virat Kohli are physically strong. Fitness has certainly improved and so is the athletic ability.”

Jonty Rhodes

Comparing Virat Kohli with De Villiers and Rohit Sharma, he said “I have only seen skipper Kohli as part of Mumbai Indian’s coach on a couple of occasions. Rohit looks like a laid back guy. But he is like a duck on the water. All you see is the duck above.” He added, “From a captaincy perspective, de Villiers is just another nice guy. He hasn’t done anything different.”

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He concluded talking about great fielding abilities, “Peter Kirsten. We didn’t have any televised international cricket when I was at school during the apartheid era.”

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Rameez Raja

Former Pakistan opener Rameez Raja questioned to the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) about the decision allowing Mahendra Singh Dhoni a Grade A contract in spite of retiring from Test cricket in 2014.

Raja comes with heavily on the Indian Cricket Board and Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for neglecting Test cricket as a result of which the longer edition of the game is losing its importance in the sub-continent.

On Tuesday, Raja, who was a member of the important MCC World Cricket Committee, attended the body’s meeting.

When asked by AFP, former Pak’s opener Raja said that “You have to acknowledge and respect the status of Test match cricket and it has to come from the cricket boards, in Asia specifically.”

He added, “For example, MS Dhoni retired from Test cricket yet got the A-grade contract from the BCCI, Shahid Afridi retired from Test cricket yet got the A-grade contract from PCB.”

Rameez Raja

When India was touring Australia, Dhoni was called in time on his Test career in 2014. Afridi takes a decision to call it in 2010 after playing a Test match in almost four years in England.

Raja said, “It is under a lot of stress in Asia but if we have a properly planned Test match championship, that’s the way out of this, otherwise we will be struggling to put aside as much money as is available for the T20 leagues.”

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Speaking about the growing popularity of T20 domestic leagues in the sub-continent can also be a reason for Test cricket’s disappearing status.

Rameez Raja

The 54-year-old former opener said “It’s got to get better. In Asia, for example, because of poor Test match scheduling, the internet is dwindling. When you go back home you are never sure if you are going to have a one-Test series, a two-Test series or whether you are going to have a Test series at all.”

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Speaking about the prospects of organising a World Test Championship, “I feel that the ICC ahs a decent plan in the shape of the World Test Championship. There should be a window for that and everything else should stop for a period of two months so the best players are available to play Test cricket,” said Raja.

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Hardik Pandya

Indian international cricketer Hardik Pandya established himself yet again in a run chase scenario this Sunday at North Sound in Antigua.

When asked about how long it took for him to get over the frustration of having bee run out in the Champions Trophy final, Pandya said “I thought it was just an outburst. Nothing specific. It wasn’t intentional.”

“I am always like that in my life as well. I get hyper quickly and after a few minutes, I am laughing. Actually, I was laughing in the dressing room. I was disappointed but it’s all about a team sport. So you need to move forward.”

Pandya was recalled at Sabina Park on Tuesday and he insists that even the Indian dressing room saw the funny side of his outrage too. “Obviously they were laughing. I reacted was too furiously,” added Pandya.

Hardik Pandya

When Pandya joined MS Dhoni in the middle order, the required of run rate was very controllable. He finally fell to a Jason Holder Yorker as trying to make a shot to the fine leg region by walking over his stumps and they failed to chase down 190 runs over Pakistan.

The 23-year-old Indian cricketer Pandya said “I am known for my sixes but I’ve played those innings as well. But it’s more about seeing the situation. Like I was doing in the last game.”

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Talking about the partnership with Dhoni which wasn’t good enough, in the end, Pandya said “The conversation was simple. The power we both have, we can chase down any total if required. It was more about staying there at the wicket and taking it deep.”

Hardik Pandya

“We were doing just that. It was unfortunate that I shuffled and got out. I faced a similar situation in the early stages of my career as well against New Zealand where I wasn’t able to finish the game but I know how to do it now.”

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Talking about the series against England, Pandya said “When I finished the game against England with a 40 not out of 40 balls, he said international cricket is all about copy-paste. You do it once and you keep repeating it the next day and you will get success eventually. I kept that in mind.”

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Ravi Shastri

On Tuesday, former Indian team director Ravi Shastri takes a decision to apply for the post of Indian men’s cricket head coach. Since he became the director of the team between 2014 and 2016 during which he led India to the semi-finals of the World Cup in 2015.

Last year he had applied for the post but Anil Kumble was chosen over him. After Kumble resigned as the head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) took a decision that not to extend his one-year contract and invited fresh applications for the post.

Legendary right-arm leg-spinner Kumble’s agreement has expired after the ICC Champions Trophy and also he was not ready to extend his job for one year.

After resigning as the head coach, former Indian captain said in a statement on his Twitter account that “the captain had reservations with my ‘style’… In light of these ‘reservations’. I believe it is best I hand over this responsibility to whomever the CAC and BCCI deem fit.”

Ravi Shastri

The situation had snowballed just previous to the ICC Champions Trophy with the BCCI questioning a press release, asking for applications for the post of Indian men’s cricket head coach.

Former team director was not the applicant among the people who had applied for the job of Head Coach when BCCI has subjected the first release. The list of the people who applied for the post included Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus and Lalchand Rajput.

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During Shastri leading as Team Director, Indian has won the Test series against Sri Lanka and also outplayed South Africa at 3-0 in a four-Test home series before starting the Asia Cup.

After that, Shastri greatly wanted to continue his association with the Indian team, but the BCCI (CAC) Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and VVS Laxman selected Kumble as the Indian team Head Coach ahead of Shastri.

Ravi Shastri

But now, it might be very interesting to know whether Shastri appears for an interview with CAC or directly chosen for the top job. As Shastri and Ganguly don’t get along is no secret in India’s cricketing circles.

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It was all out in the open soon after the BCCI appointed Kumble as coach of the Indian cricket team in 2016 after discussing with the Cricket Advisory Committee, of which Ganguly is a part. Shastri and Ganguly then went on to trade several blows in full public view, accusing each other of lacking professionalism

Talking to Wisden India, Shastri said to MS Dhoni that as ‘dada captain’ and omitted Ganguly’s name from the list of the best Indian skippers.

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Champions Trophy

On Thursday, 25th India skipper Virat Kohli said that the team has little mistake because of the tournament’s short format. His sides will gain from a fitter when they will start their defence of the Champions Trophy next month.

In the last edition of the Champions Trophy 2013, Kohli was the part of his team that trumped hosts England in the final match at Edgbaston. He said about the chance to lead India’s title defence, and the squad is well balanced with the right attitude to repeat their last success.

After arriving in London for the Champions Trophy tournament, Kohli said to reporters, “This year the team is a lot fitter, the cricketers are a lot more mature because that was a very young group years ago. It has gained a lot of experience in the last three or four years… we are in a good head-space going into this tournament.”

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They (India) begin their Group B campaign against Pakistan in Birmingham on June 4, before play match between Sir Lanka and South Africa.

The 28-year-old Kohli said “I love the tournament because it represents a challenge from the (word) go. In the ICC Cricket World Cup you have a league and a lot of games to play but here it is group games and then either the semis or you are out.”

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Kohli said he expects his former captain MS Dhoni, who has been included in India’s squad, to succeed during the tournament.

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“We needed to strengthen our lower middle order contribution. I felt too much burdens was coming on MS Dhoni in the past couple of years. He wasn’t able to express himself purely because of the fact that there are not enough guys showing composure to finish off the game with him.”

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“But now we are a balanced side. It’s about execution now. You might have the best side in the world but if you do not execute there is no point having that skill. In a tournament like this it all boils down to how you execute on the day.”

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Sanjiv Goenka

Rising Pune Supergiants (RPS) owner Sanjiv Goenka has praises on skipper Steve Smith and also veteran wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni. Praising the Aussie cricket, Smith gave a huge kind word to him by saying that his mind was even ahead of the seasoned Indian campaigner.

The 39-year-old RPS chairman Goenka said to Hindustan Times praising Smith and Dhoni, “MS is one of the greatest minds I have interacted with. And he is the best wicket-keeper in the world. The one mind ahead of Dhoni’s is (Steven) Smith’s. My brief to Smith was – ‘win the championship.’”

“It’s difficult to believe the way he has planned some dismissals; the tact and firmness with which he has dealt with tricky situations and the win-or-nothing attitude he has been able to infuse into the team (and) get them to gel as a unit.”

Sanjiv Goenka

RPS owner further added, “You need to win eight (or) nine games to make the playoffs and Smith told me that between him, (Imran) Tahir and (Ben) Stokes, we would win seven. And players of the calibre of MS will always give you something.”

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“We had more match winners this time, players who would need five (to) six balls to settle down instead of 20. And we had not factored in Rahul Tripathi, Washington Sundar and Jaydev Unadkat. Tripathi and Sundar are going to be serious players on the Indian cricket scene.”

Sanjiv Goenka

Talking about the journey which took some essential changes in approach, Goenka said: “The first season was a disaster and I wanted it to end soonest, with our dignity intact.” He further describes the last season that his sides changed 11 players, “The team got younger, fitter and more energetic. So, we have fielded better. This time, with whom players loyalties lay didn’t matter.”

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Talking about learning one year to control the ‘fragile egos’ of his superstars, Goenka said “We didn’t want to be like a franchise that doesn’t invest its Rs 66 crore purse and is happy finishing fifth but last year, I didn’t know better. Also, with the World T20 around, we didn’t have time.”

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Ben Stokes

England all-rounder Ben Stokes honored to MS Dhoni for being “accommodating” and “epitomises calmness” on the field. Stokes has been an important part of Rising Pune Supergiants in the tenth edition of the Indian Premier League 2017.

However, he won’t be playing 1st Qualifier match against Mumbai Indians as he called for training for the ICC Champion Trophy.

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When asked by the Telegraph Stokes said that he was lucky working with MS Dhoni and Steve Smith. “I’ve been fortunate to share the dressing room with MS and Steve (Smith) and the likes of Faf du Plessis as well. The thing about international cricket is that you never really get to know the guys you play against.”

Ben Stokes

“The T20 leagues allow you to actually know an individual. In the hotel, MS keeps his door open and anybody can go in. He’s been very accommodating. On the field, MS epitomises calmness and, from a cricket point of view, has the best angle in terms of field placements.”

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“Obviously, Steve’s the captain, but he’s aware that MS has the best angle and, so has worked with him in setting fields. Indeed, Steve and MS have worked really well together.”

Ben Stokes

Steve Smith replaced MS Dhoni as captaincy of Rising Pune Supergiants before the tenth season begins. Although the move was expected to create worry between the two individuals, but it has been seen quite opposite. Both of them worked together to make strong their team RPS and finish in the league stages.


Wriddhiman Saha

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On Friday, Indian wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha said that he certainly not found to former head coach Anil Kumble “strict” and adding that current coach...