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After T20Is success, Krunal Pandya sets his eyes on India’s ODI team

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A Man of the Series performance in the just concluded T20I series against West Indies notwithstanding, isn’t willing to rest on his laurels. It is this very quality that has seen him make a steady progress on the cricket field. From being an integral part of the Mumbai Indian outfit in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Krunal is now an important cog in India’s T20 outfit. But the focus for the all-rounder is to take the next step and break into the Indian ODI side.


Speaking to IANS, Krunal said that he never wanted to be known as a one-format wonder and after the recent success in the shortest format of the game, he wants to break into the Indian team in the ODI format.


“The Windies series was a big confidence booster. It was the first series of the season and to do well against some quality players always helps. This is just the beginning and I will look to carry this forward into the next series.


“Looking to stay true to my goal and play across formats. That is an area of focus and I have played one-days for India ‘A’ in the last two years and the experience has given me confidence that I can rise to the challenge.


“Working closely with Rahul Dravid and Paras Mhambrey has helped. While Paras bhai has helped me with fine-tuning my bowling skills, just speaking to Rahul bhai makes you a more knowledgeable cricketer. It is such an experience to pick on his cricketing brain. I have tried discussing how to react to a situation and that helps. I want to play for India in all the formats and do well,” he smiled.


But then, the World T20 is just a year away and like skipper Virat Kohli said ahead of the series against West Indies, the preparation has begun. For Krunal though, it is about taking baby steps to the ultimate goal of booking a seat on the plane to Australia in 2020.


“The dream is to represent India in the World T20. Every performance will matter, but that is a long term goal. For now, it is about making it to the team in the next series and then do well. If I manage to keep performing, the goal of playing in the World T20 in Australia will obviously be fulfilled. However, for now, the focus is the next series against South Africa. Always important to take it one at a time,” he explained.


While he is the elder of the two brothers, success hasn’t been a walk in the park for Krunal. But that doesn’t bother him as he believes that Hardik deserves all the accolades for the hardwork that the fast bowling all-rounder has put in.


“There has never been a case of getting out of Hardik’s shadow. We enjoy each other’s success. Have never thought of any comparison as our journeys have been very different. There has never been any insecurity. Whoever succeeds, the other person is very happy. Our mindsets are very different and the focus is on making the country proud,” he pointed.


While Krunal is still new to the international circuit, he is a pro on the T20 circuit, having played for Mumbai Indians under Rohit Sharma. Asked about the difference in the approach of Rohit and India skipper Virat Kohli, Krunal said he doesn’t see much difference.


“They are both very successful captains and they are all about standing by the teammates. They are both brilliant leaders and be it Mumbai Indians or Team India, I always look to give it my 100 per cent. Have not really found much difference as they both go out to win,” he explained.


He is considered a bowling all-rounder, but Krunal loves his time with bat in hand. “I do look to spend equal time with bat and ball. I feel that I should be able to contribute across all departments and if I am able to do that, it helps the team at the end of the day,” he said.


Finally, talking about guiding the younger brother both on and off the field — Hardik landed in trouble after some of his comments on a chat show didn’t go down well with fans — Krunal said that Hardik’s USP is that he knows how to own up after committing a mistake.


“See, mistakes happen. We are all human at the end of the day. But Hardik’s strength is that he accepts his mistake and tries to rectify it. Some people try to ignore the reality, but not with him. He has learnt from his mistake and the way he returned to the field after it, not just in the IPL, but also for the Indian team bears testimony to the fact that he has put the mistake behind him and is focused on doing well for the country,” he signed off.


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I find nets claustrophobic, prefer practice on centre wicket: Virat Kohli

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India skipper finds nets “claustrophobic” and instead prefers to practice on a centre wicket with fielders around as it provides him with match simulation.


Kohli gave his opinion during a chat with West Indies legend Vivian Richards, the video of which was posted on the Indian cricket board’s official website, BCCI.tv.


“I felt like this many times where the pitches are fast and bouncy, or even in the nets when you are playing, I am sure you wouldn’t go to the practice just randomly practising,” Kohli said, seeking the opinion of Richards on his approach to net practice.


“You would go with the intent, with the purpose that I’m going to stand up against my own bowlers and not get out, not even hit a ball on the edge, hit everything from the middle of the bat.”

Richards, who, like Kohli, has dominated bowlers of his time, replied: “It is the same thinking, you go and try to eliminate may be the getting out process, but I have always found nets to be claustrophobic for me and I never felt comfortable.”

The Indian skipper responded saying: “I think exactly the same things about net practice how it can be claustrophobic and I prefer having a centre wicket net which is open against our bowlers with fielders so that I have a match simulation.”

In what was the second episode of a two-part interaction, Kohli also stressed on visualisation, which has played a big role in his success against Australia in 2014-2015

“After 2014, I went to England and I had a very bad tour but the next one was Australia which was even more hostile and tough so the thing that helped me was visualisation,” he said.


“Three months before going to Australia I started visualising that I was taking these bowlers on and I am going to dominate and I’m going to come on top and that for me was a revelation because I had so much belief because of putting that thought in my head.



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Hesson, Katich joins RCB as franchise part ways with Nehra, Kirsten

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Restructuring its setup, IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore on Friday appointed former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson as director of cricket operations and Australian Simon Katich as the new head coach.


The RCB said that in his new capacity, Hesson will be responsible for the the team’s overall cricket operations, including defining policy, strategy, programs, scouting, performance management and bringing in the best practices in “all aspect’s of the outfit’s cricketing pathway”.


Hesson will work closely with all the players and the coaching team and will be an integral part of the RCB team management.


Former Australia batsman Katich, in his new role as head coach, will “inculcate the high-performance culture” in the team.


“RCB’s purpose is to be the most trusted, respected and best performing T20 franchise and hence our constant endeavour is to create a culture of excellence and high performance for every member of the team. To deliver this ambition we are very happy to announce the appointment of Mike Hesson and Simon Katich,” RCB chairman Sanjeev Churiwala said in a statement.


“We believe that Mike’s extensive experience in building strong teams along with Simon’s powerful cricket experience will help us create a winning culture.”

With the new appointments, RCB has parted ways with Gary Kirsten, coach and mentor of the team in the previous seasons, as well as bowling consultant Ashish Nehra.


“As a result of this restructuring exercise, we will be moving to a single coach model. Consequently, we would like to thank Gary Kirsten and Ashish Nehra for their contribution over the past two seasons,” Churiwala said.


“They leave us with a legacy of having given several young players the confidence to show their ability on the highest stage. Everyone at Royal Challengers Bangalore wishes them all the best in the future.”

Hesson, who was one of the six candidates shortlisted by the BCCI for the India coach’s job, narrowly lost out to incumbent Ravi Shastri in the fight for the coveted post.


Hesson is not new to the IPL as he had served as the head coach of Kings XI Punjab before stepping down earlier this month.


Katich had worked as an assistant coach with the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise.



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Ganguly calls for more practical approach in conflict of interest rule

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on Friday called for a more practical approach in implementing the conflict of interest rule and cited as example Ricky Ponting’s multiple roles with Australian cricket and IPL.


Along with Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman, Ganguly has been at the receiving end of conflict of interest notices for being the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president as well as the mentor of IPL franchise Delhi Capitals.


Earlier this month, the former captain expressed his displeasure after Dravid was issued a notice by BCCI’s ethics officer Justice (Retd) DK Jain on conflict of interest allegations against the legend.


Asked whether an exception should be made to the rule for legends of the game, Ganguly responded in the negative.


“I wouldn’t say an exception be made to the rule (but) the rule has to be practical,” Ganguly said.


“Today Rahul Dravid has been appointed NCA head and there are issues over his job with India Cements, you got to be practical on that, you never know whether you would become the NCA head or not, three years later you may not remain NCA head, but these jobs are permanent and jobs remain with you.”

Ganguly said he does not see a cricketer doing coaching and commentary as a case of conflict of interest.


“It’s got to be practically solved – even when you do commentary or coaching – I don’t see it as a conflict of interest. When you go around the world, look at Ricky Ponting, he coaches Australia, he commentates, he is commentating in the Ashes and now in the month of April next year he will be with Delhi Capitals (as a coaching staff).


“I really don’t consider this as conflict of interest; because these are all skill-based, you don’t decide whether you commentate or whether you coach or you are part of a franchise, because of your skill you get picked by people, and I don’t think it can be a conflict, it has to be bit more precise otherwise everything is going to be conflict.”

has already dismissed reports related to conflict of interest allegations against Vikram Rathour, who will be appointed as the next Indian team batting coach replacing Sanjay Bangar. Rathour is the brother-in-law of junior selection committee head Ashish Kapoor.


Ganguly found the issues related to Kapoor ridiculous.


“There is an issue, I was reading in the newspaper that there is issue of Vikram (Rathour) now with conflict with Ashish Kapoor being a junior selector. I find it ridiculous.


“If somebody else is a junior selector and somebody else is batting coach, how does it influence and how it is conflict?

“So these things need to be a bit clearer and I am a firm believer that skills have to be kept separate because you cannot influence skills, it’s about one’s judgement of who’s better and who is not better,” the graceful left-handed batsman of yesteryear said.


Jain had issued the notice to Dravid on conflict of interest allegations made by Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association member Sanjay Gupta.


According to Gupta, Dravid is allegedly conflicted as he is the National Cricket Academy (NCA) director and vice-president of India Cements Group, which owns Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings.


The same person had filed similar conflict of interest complaints against Laxman and Tendulkar for their roles as Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) members and mentors of IPL franchises Sunrisers Hyderabad and Mumbai Indians respectively.


Tendulkar and Laxman made lengthy depositions before Jain on their case and denied having any conflict while offering to step down from CAC if proved otherwise.


Ganguly, who is the brand ambassador of My11Cricle, was speaking at an event here after felicitating the winners of the contest.


Last Monday, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) had called for a meeting to discuss the contentious issue with former and present cricketers.


CoA member Diana Edulji had said that a “white paper” will be prepared detailing the issues.



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