The BCCI annual player contracts are meant for those who are available to play for India. Dhoni hasn’t played any competitive cricket after the 2019 World Cup. He was on a Rs 5-crore, Grade A contract during the last one-year cycle.
The left-arm chinaman bowler was accounted for three sixes and two fours before he dismissed Ali off the final ball of the over. Kuldeep looked broken. He was on his knees and didn’t join the team huddle.
The latest ICC Test bowling rankings have only Ashwin as a spinner in the top 10. In the top 20, the number of spinners is three, with the inclusion of Nathan Lyon and Jadeja. World cricket is witnessing a ‘pace age’ redux.
Priyank Panchal was picked for India A and showed consistency with three centuries in four series. But even after Murali Vijay's exit and Shikhar Dhawan and KL Rahul's loss of form, he wasn't considered for the Indian team.
After decades of flattering to deceive, Uttar Pradesh finally burned their underachievers' tag. But the triumph, after a disastrous start to the season, required a shake-up of dressing-room ethos, Mohammad Kaif's inspired leadership, and the blossoming of tyros like Suresh Raina and Praveen Kumar.