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Shubman Gill gets maiden call for Tests; Rohit to play as opener vs Proteas

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Opener KL Rahul was on Thursday dropped from the Indian Test squad for the upcoming Test series against South Africa, propelling senior batsman Rohit Sharma to the opener’s role in red-ball cricket.


Rookie Punjab batsman Shubman Gill, as reported by PTI on Wednesday, has been rewarded with a place in the Test side as back-up floater, who can fit in both as an opener and a middle-order batsman.


“Yes, we are definitely looking at him (Rohit) and want to give him an opportunity up the order. He is keen (on opening) and the selection committee as well as everyone (team management) is keen. We want to see where he stands and then take a call,” said Chairman of Selectors MSK Prasad after the meeting of the panel.


“With regards to Shubman Gill, we look at him as an opener as well as middle-order batsman. We are looking at him as back-up for both the slots. As he keeps playing more and more, he will get his opportunities, because he is a player for all three formats,” he observed.


Another significant development was that Rishabh Pant, despite retaining his place in the squad, could lose his spot in the playing XI to a more accomplished Wriddhiman Saha.


India’s first Test against South Africa will start in Visakhapatnam on October 2, while the second and third games will be held in Pune (October 10-14) and Ranchi (October 19-23) respectively.


Umesh Yadav was dropped from the side as, in Indian conditions, one can’t have the luxury of four specialist pacers when only two will finally play.


Rohit will captain the Board President’s XI in a three-day warm-up match against the Proteas in Vizianagaram from September 26, where he will also test himself in the new role.


The 32-year-old’s stupendous success in white ball cricket has prompted the selectors to take a call on his batting position.


“He is opening in white-ball cricket for a decade now (for six years) and I am sure he has that ability to bat up the order. We have seen that in red ball cricket and if he can replicate that in white ball cricket, nothing like it,” Prasad said.


For Rahul, who has scored only one Test hundred in over 18 months, Prasad said that the Karnataka player got a fair run but a dip in form forced the panel to go for a change.


“We definitely communicated to KL. He is an exceptional talent and unfortunately his form has dipped in red-ball cricket,” Prasad said.


“With Shikhar Dhawan and Murali Vijay gone, we can’t keep changing both the openers in the side. Someone had to stick around. And probably with seniors, who exiting, KL got more opportunities. Unfortunately, he was not delivering consistently. He delivered in patches and that’s why we backed him because when he is on song, he is treat to watch.”

Asked what is the road ahead for Rahul, Prasad gave the example of VVS Laxman.


“When VVS Laxman was once dropped from the Indian team, he went back to domestic cricket, scored 1400 runs in the Ranji Trophy and came back. KL has to do the same,” said Prasad.


The selectors indicated that they have created a pool of openers and whoever now gets an opportunity, will get a long rope just like Rahul did.


“So you know, in the pipeline, Shubman is opening and we have Priyank Panchal and Abhimanyu Easwaran, who is doing extremely well. From the available lot, we will look at giving them as many opportunities.


“Whoever gets an opportunity, also gets a fair run. We have alternatives and back-ups, we have created bench strength,” Prasad asserted.


All-rounder Hardik Pandya was not included in the side because there is very little chance of him fitting into the XI in the Indian conditions.


“Hardik is not in the side because if you look at home conditions, he may not fit in. Also a lot of white ball cricket being played, it’s a culmination of both.”

Prasad also gave a fair indication that team management’s patience with Rishabh Pant is finally running out even though he remains the first-choice for the selection panel.


Asked who among Rishabh or Wriddhiman is the first choice, Prasad gave a twisted reply.


“My answer is same. Let’s see. Rishabh definitely to begin with but we will see whether the team management thinks on those lines. Let’s leave it to them. Also in India, we need a ‘keeper with some more skills playing at home, let’s see how it goes,” he said.


Prasad also felt that it’s better that Umesh Yadav plays domestic cricket as he has no chance to fit in the playing XI when one among Ishant and Shami will be dropped at home.


“Issue right now, we couldn’t have Umesh here as it will be two seamers who will play. If it’s really a seaming track, we go for the third one. So Umesh may not play. For him, it is better to play domestic cricket as we are in domestic season. He is in India A side,” Prasad added.


The Squads:

Test Squad: Virat Kohli (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (Wicket-keeper), Wriddhiman Saha (Wicket-keeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishant Sharma, Shubman Gill.


Board President’s XI: Rohit Sharma (Captain), Mayank Agarwal, Priyank Panchal, AR Easwaran, Karun Nair, Siddhesh Lad, KS Bharat (wicket-keeper), Jalaj Saxena, Dharmendrasinh Jadeja, Avesh Khan, Ishan Porel, Shardul Thakur, Umesh Yadav.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)



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From Patna Pirates to Bengaluru Bulls, playoff chances of teams on Day 57

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The seventh season of Pro Kabaddi League (PKL 2019) has entered in the 10th phase with Jaipur leg getting underway on Day 55. The race for PKL playoffs has intensified with less than a month remaining for the final showdown. The PKL 2019 playoffs will kick-start from October 14. The first team to get eliminated from the playoffs race was Tamil Thalaivas after U Mumba defeated Gujarat Fortunegiants on Day 56 of Pro Kabaddi. Meanwhile, Dabang Delhi and Bengal Warriors became the first two teams to register their place in the playoffs.

Check Pro Kabaddi points table and schedule here


How many teams can qualify for playoffs?


The top two teams in Pro kabaddi 2019 points table will directly qualify for semi-finals while the remaining four will play Eliminator 1 and Eliminator 2. The winners of the Eliminators will play the PKL 2019 semifinals. The winner of semifinal matches will play the PKL 2019 finals on October 19, 2019.


Here are the playoffs chances of teams featuring on Day 57?


Dabang Delhi playoff chances


Thanks to Bengal Warriors’ win on Sunday (Day 55), Dabang Delhi along with Bengal are assured of a playoff spot as they will not fall out of the top six under any circumstances now. However, Delhi will look to consolidate their position in the league standings. They have played 16 matches so far and earned 69 points, winning 13 matches while losing only two. They still have to play six matches.


Bengaluru Bulls playoffs chances


Bengaluru Bulls after Sunday’s results find themselves in the 6th place, but with a win against Dabang Delhi on Monday could take them to the third spot but if Haryana manage to win against Patna today, then they will retain the third spot and Bulls will move to the fourth spot despite a win.


Bengaluru have 50 points in 17 matches played so far with nine wins and eight defeats.


Haryana Steelers playoffs chances


If Haryana Steelers lose this match by a difference of more than 7 points and Bengaluru Bulls win their match against Dabang Delhi, Haryana will slip to 4th place. Haryana have 54 points in 16 matches so far with 10 wins and five defeats.


Patna Pirates playoffs chances


Of all the matches to be played on Day 57 of Pro Kabaddi 2019, Patna Pirates have a stiff chance to register a place in the playoffs. Patna Pirates have won only six matches of 17 and are placed at the 10th position on PKL points table with 38 points. If they manage to win their today’s fixture against Haryana Steelers, they will move to eighth position and still have to win the remaining four matches to keep playoffs hope alive.



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Pro Kabaddi 2019 Live score: Patna take on Haryana in today’s first match

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In today’s Pro Kabaddi 2019 match, the first game will be played between Patna Pirates and Haryana Steelers. Dabang Delhi will lock horns with Bengaluru Bulls at Sawai Mansingh stadium, Jaipur, in the second match. The Patna vs Haryana kabaddi match will begin at 7:30 pm IST.




Check Pro Kabaddi points table and schedule here

Pro Kabaddi 2019, Day 57, Match 2: Dabang Delhi vs Bengaluru Bulls live streaming details

Head to head, Dabang Delhi have a slight advantage as they won seven of 12 matches while Bengaluru Bulls won five. The Delhi vs Bengaluru kabaddi match will begin at 8:30 pm IST after the first match ends. Kabaddi fans can catch Pro Kabaddi 2019 live action on Star Sports 2 and Star Sports 2 HD with English commentary, and on Star Sports 1 Hindi and Star Sports 1 HD Hindi. You can also live stream kabaddi matches on Hotstar.


Stay tuned for Patna Pirates vs Haryana Steelers and Dabang Delhi vs Bengaluru Bulls live match score here



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Pro Kabaddi 2019 top raiders Pawan and Naveen to feature in today’s match

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In Match 105 of Pro Kabaddi 2019, Dabang Delhi will lock horns with Bengaluru Bulls at Sawai Mansingh Stadium, Jaipur, on Monday. Two of the top three raiders Naveen Kumar and Pawan Sehrawat will go face-to-face when table toppers Dabang Delhi meet defending champions Bengaluru Bulls. With 217 raid points, Pawan currently leads PKL 2019 raiders leaderboard while Naveen is in hot pursuit just 20 raid points behind and having played one match lesser.


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Most Raid Pts. – PKL 2019

Highest Raid Pt. Avg. – PKL 2019

Team

Raid Points

Raider

Avg. Raid Points

Pawan Sehrawat

217

Pawan Sehrawat

12.8

Pardeep Narwal

207

Naveen Kumar

12.3

Naveen Kumar

197

Pardeep Narwal

12.2



Led by their two star raiders, the two teams have been among the best raiding teams in the league this season. Dabang Delhi and Bengaluru Bulls both have a raid point average of 20.6 per match, which is the joint-2nd highest after Bengal Warriors. They also have the best raid strike rate among all teams – Delhi’s raid strike rate of 50 is joint-best along with that of Bengal while Bengaluru are just a notch below at 49.









Top Raiding Teams – PKL 2019

Team

Avg. Raid Points

Raid SR

Bengal Warriors

20.8

50

Dabang Delhi

20.6

49

Bengaluru Bulls

20.6

50



The two raiders are also among the best when it comes to picking up multi-point raids in Pro Kabaddi 2019. Pawan has been a master at picking up the bonus and touch point raids with 33 such raids so far this season, the highest among all raiders. Considering just touch points, Pawan has picked up 25 multi-point raids there too which is second best behind only Pardeep Narwal. Naveen Kumar’s 19 multi-point raids with just touch points is 3rd best again.














Most Multi-Point Raids (with Bonus) – PKL 2019

Most Multi-Point Raids (only Touch Pts.) – PKL 2019

Raider

Multi-Pt. Raids

Raider

Multi-Pt. Raids

Pawan Sehrawat

33

Pardeep Narwal

28

Pardeep Narwal

31

Pawan Sehrawat

25

Naveen Kumar

23

Naveen Kumar

19



Pawan will look to break the Cover trap

Puneri Paltan did the double over Bengaluru Bulls this season. Much of their success was down to how well they tackled Pawan Sehrawat using their covers to trap him in the middle of the mat. In total, Pune tackled Pawan 11 times combined in the two matches. Even looking at by position, most of his failed raids have come against the right corner and right cover positions. He had more trouble against the right side of defences which is where he is likely to battle Ravinder Pahal and Vishal Mane. He has been tackled 21 times in the middle of the mat just ahead of the baulk line as well as in the area to the left of it which is where the successful dashes have come from.









Pawan Sehrawat Most Failed Raids by Position – PKL 2019

Position

Unsuccessful Raids

Right Corner

22

Right Cover

15

Left Corner

14






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