The Reserve Day Loophole

Sreelata S Yellamrazu Updated: 18 June, 2019, 12:34 PM IST

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With last week’s drama of rained out matches and the contention over the lack of reserve days, it has once again thrown in the question of the merit of having such a long tournament, and that knowing the weather forecast well in advance.

The outgoing ICC Chief Executive, Dave Richardson, laid down the logistical nightmare of having to schedule reserve days for each of the forty-five matches over the lengthy expanse of forty-six days. Talking about player recovery time, availability of venue, logistical issues of broadcasters moving from location to location and also, of the fans who would have taken time out of their schedule for a particular day’s ticket, Richardson claimed having reserve days for the round robin matches did not make sense.

What Richardson did not mention was the fact that in a tournament as protracted as this edition of the ICC Cricket World Cup of nearly six weeks, the allocation of reserve days would have stretched the tournament to more than two months which would have made the entire tournament redundant. With only ten teams in the premier ICC event, the already month and a half tournament has received flak for the time being consumed and the interest being diluted.

While Richardson does make the point about the potential of the reserve day also being a watered down affair, it raises the bigger question about the timing of staging the tournament which is arguably more relevant than the issue of reserve days. What is of concern with regard to the recurrent issue of reserve days is that with so many matches affected as a result of the pile up of rain results, it takes away from the merit of arriving at a champion. The argument that since most teams have suffered, it somehow equalizes or rather neutralizes the issue is a falsehood when a winner is declared by the number of victories and not by points shared as a result of rain.

While England might be experiencing the wettest season in years, that this would be a rain affected ICC Cricket World Cup was known well in advance. Teams and players knew going into the IPL knew that they could not really prepare for the World Cup given that the weather could have hot and sunny and therefore, dry one day and overcast on another. That this was known and no provision was made despite the weather forecast that predicted a wet world cup is something the ICC and the ECB will have to answer for.

The whole idea of dropping associate member nations from the ICC Cricket World Cup was with the intention to tighten the competitive level of the game and to increase the intensity factor. But with information in hand, that the ICC has chosen not to ensure that at least teams were ensured for a certain number of reserve days makes this a dubious way of predicting and arriving at a winner and it could well come down to a controversial rain point that pushes one team into the semi-final and another out of the tournament. The idea of fairness across all teams does not enter the equation.

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'Sir, you sound like a pressure cooker' - Bumrah brutally trolls Hardik over his latest tweet

Staff Writer Updated: 16 November, 2019, 3:54 PM IST

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Hardik Pandya's road to recovery is in full swing at the moment. After undergoing the knife, the Indian all-rounder is trying his best to comeback at the earliest. He has been posting videos of himself doing different exercises to recover. Hardik was seen doing the Pilates exercise with his trainer in one of the videos uploaded by the Indian star cricketer.

In the video, he is also seen making a sound while going through the rigorous workout, which invited a fun loving reaction from his India and Mumbai Indians teammate, Jasprit Bumrah.

“Pilates to help me with my recovery.. Doing everything I can and more to get out there stronger and better than before. Thank you for all your encouraging wishes #TrustTheProcess,” Hardik tweeted.

Bumrah made fun of his sound and tweeted, “Sir you sound like a pressure cooker”

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MS Dhoni to return for West Indies series? BCCI gives update

Staff Writer Updated: 16 November, 2019, 3:39 PM IST

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MS Dhoni has started practicing in Ranchi with an eye on the upcoming T20 series. However, he won't be able to play in the T20 internationals against the Windies. The Men in Blue will take on West Indies in the next T20I assignment. After drubbing in their own backyard, the visitors will play three T20Is and as many as ODIs in December. Since India will be engaged in shorter formats, many believed that time is right for Dhoni to stage a comeback in the squad.

The 38-year-old wicket-keeper batsman was a part of practice session at the JSCA Stadium in Ranchi on Thursday.

One of the BCCI officials has given an update on MS Dhoni’s possible comeback. "He is not available for the West Indies series," a BCCI official told PTI on Friday.

MS Dhoni has not played cricket since Team India's exit from the World Cup in England and Wales. There were reports that MS Dhoni might don the hat of a commentator for the upcoming first day-night Test between India and Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens, but he is unlikely to turn up for the match keeping his central contract in mind.

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Next time I want triple Test ton from you – Virat Kohli to Mayank Agarwal

Tarun Singh Updated: 16 November, 2019, 3:27 PM IST

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Mayank Agarwal who smashed his career-best 243 laced with 28 fours and eight sixes in the ongoing Test against Bangladesh, is enjoying being under the limelight.

Even the ‘Run-Machine’ captain Kohli was mesmerized by the Indian opener Mayank Agarwal who completed his double ton on the second day of the Test.

Mayank was interviewed by Virat Kohli after the end of the first day’s play. During their interaction, Virat Kohli urged the Indian opener to go for triple tons from now onwards as he has hit enough double tons in Whites.

Agarwal said that he always try to go for big knocks.

"In terms of mindset, the fear of failure and letting go of it helped me change a lot. After that I got hungry for runs. There have been times where I haven't gotten runs. Every time I get set, I try to make it a point to convert into a big score," Agarwal said.

"Put the team in the driver's seat from where we cannot lose becomes key. Knowing that you are batting well and you have got 100, it's on you to take the team ahead," Agarwal added.

With the power of Agarwal’s heroics, India have taken firm control over ‘Bangla Tigers’ in the ongoing Test and are heading towards comfortable win. Agarwal had also scored a double ton in his first-ever Test at home against the visitors South Africa.

After just eight Test matches, Agarwal has become the owner of three centuries out of which two are double tons.

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Mayank Agarwal loves playing PUBG after hitting double tons in Test cricket

Staff Writer Updated: 16 November, 2019, 2:51 PM IST

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Mayank Agarwal scored a career-best 243 as India finished the second day of the first test against Bangladesh at 493-6.

Agarwal scored his second double hundred in four tests and beat his previous best of 215, set six weeks ago against South Africa.

This was also Agarwal’s third test hundred, a milestone he crossed before tea on Friday. He scored 190 runs for the fourth wicket with Ajinkya Rahane (86).

“Every time I get set, I make it a point to convert it to a big score,” Agarwal said. “Letting go of fear of failure has helped shape my mindset.

“We (with Rahane) wanted to build a small partnership and then put pressure on Bangladesh by batting for a longer time. I got full value for my shots on this wicket.”

India scored 407-5 in the second day’s play. It was their third-highest aggregate in a day of test cricket after 443-1 and 417-2, both against Sri Lanka.

Agarwal’s innings included 28 fours and eight sixes.

At the other end, Bangladesh was able to get Rahane to fall to Abu Jayed, caught at deep point. Jayed finished the day with 4-108.

Agarwal then continued on to his double hundred off 303 deliveries while India crossed 400 in the 105th over.

Agarwal and Ravindra Jadeja added 123 runs for the fifth wicket. Jadeja stroked his way to a 14th test half-century off 72 balls.

Bangladesh finally got rid of the double-centurion, caught off Mehidy Hasan (1-125). India also lost Wriddhiman Saha (12) shortly after.

After the end of the day's play, Mayank came to interact with media.

On a day like this, what do you do in the evenings in the hotel? Do you go watch the highlights of your innings? Or do you like watching a movie? Or a web series show? What do you do? What does Mayank do?,” the reporter asked him. The Indian opener stunned the reporter with his hilarious response.

“Mayank plays PUBG,” he said.

News Cricket

I raised my voice but I was told that match fixers will play for Pakistan - Mohammad Hafeez

Staff Writer Updated: 16 November, 2019, 2:34 PM IST

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Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Hafeez has made sensational claims about match fixing in Pakistan. According to him, he had to play with corrupt players in order to safeguard his own career. Speaking to Shoaib Akhtar, the veteran stated that he tried to complain about wrongdoings but was told to keep quiet.

“Those players are like my brothers and I do pray for them but what they did, I was against that,” Hafeez said on Akhtar’s YouTube channel. “I raised my voice but I was told that they will play for Pakistan and if you wish to play as well, then you decide (what you want to do) and I was like really?”

“So I went home and took the advice as I did not want to spend giving away my positive energy for Pakistan. I continued along with all those players although that was wrong.

I still say that it is wrong and it will never be fruitful for Pakistan. Bringing back any such player will never be fruitful for Pakistan,” he added.

Earlier, Shoaib Akhtar had also spoken about the issue.

“I was always of the belief that I can never cheat Pakistan, no match-fixing. I was surrounded by match-fixers,” he had said.

“I was playing against 22 people (sic)— 11 theirs and 10 ours. Who knows who was the match-fixer. There was so much match fixing. (Mohammad) Asif told me which all matches they had fixed and how they did it.”

“I tried to make Amir and Asif understand. What a waste of talent. When I heard about this, I was so upset that I punched the wall. Pakistan’s two top bowlers, smart, intelligent and the two perfect fast bowlers were wasted. They sold themselves for a little money,” he added.

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5 Players who can fetch big bucks in IPL auction

Harshit Anand Updated: 16 November, 2019, 2:22 PM IST

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Now that we are done with the trading window, and releasing and retaining of players, the focus shifts towards the auction of IPL 2020, which is highly anticipated in the cricketing circle. The auction is all set to take place in Kolkata for the first time and December 19 is going to be a big day for all the franchises of the cash-rich league. The IPL auction is also a very exciting time for players, as it is their moment to become millionaires in a blink of an eye. Today, we take a look at 5 Players who might get big bucks in IPL auction:

Mitchell Starc

Premier Australian fast bowlers have a tendency to skip IPL, so that they can maintain their fitness for international cricket. But, it is likely to change this time around with focus of players and teams shifting to shortest format as next big ICC event is set to be T20 World Cup, that will take place next year. After having missed last four seasons of IPL, Mitchell Starc is likely to appear in IPL 2020. He is a gun white-ball bowler. Starc has left-arm angle, hostile pace and ability to execute impeccable Yorkers in death overs. The highest wicket-taker in 2019 World Cup is likely to get an expensive bid in the IPL auction.

Tom Banton

Hard-hitting English batsman, Tom Banton is hyped as the next big thing in English cricket. The Buckinghamshire-born batsman shot to fame with his exploits in the T20 Blast this year. The right-hander blasted 549 runs at an average of 42.23 with a strike-rate of 161.47. He also won the PCA Young Player of the Year award this year and went on to make his debut in the New Zealand T20I series, where he impressed everyone with his audacious strokeplay. The Somerset star has drawn comparisons with maverick Kevin Pietersen, and the way he plays his bold range of shots that includes reverse-slaps and scoops, he is a born T20 superstar, all set to turn into a millionaire, cometh the IPL auction.

Chris Morris

South African all-rounder, Chris Morris was released by Delhi Capitals, which surprised many given what he brings to the plate. A power hitter and someone, who is more than handy with the ball in hand, his type of players are high on demand in every team's list. Morris has an average of 27.21 and a strike-rate of 157.62 in IPL after playing 61 games, which is very decent. Add to that, he has taken 69 wickets with an economy of 7.98. Morris failed to impress in last season with the bat and perhaps, that is why he has been released. But that doesn't change the fact that he is a very good all-round option, who will be on priority list of quite a few times.

Pat Cummins

Pat Cummins is one of the leading fast bowlers in world cricket across formats. Having taken nine wickets in seven T20Is, with an economy of 6.61, Cummins has been the highest wicket-taker for Australia in T20I, this year. With T20 World Cup coming up in 2020, Cummins is likely to participate in 2020 IPL to fine-tune his skills in world's best T20 league. Cummins is a complete fast bowling package and has a big reputation in international cricket. The right-arm paceman can spearhead any bowling attack. Moreover, he can also hit big shots, and is a gun fielder, which increases his value manifolds.

Eoin Morgan/

The English limited-overs skipper, Eoin Morgan has been in brilliant form of late. His stocks both as captain and middle-order batsman has been on a rise. He led England to their maiden World Cup win, earlier this year. After featuring in nine T20 internationals in 2019, the southpaw is averaging 44.67 and has scintillating strike-rate of 172.90, which is his best in any calendar year. Morgan played a big hand in England's recent T20I series triumph over New Zealand as well. He has the right experience, temperament and game to succeed for any team, when it comes to middle-order batting.

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Mohammed Shami is the best red-ball fast bowler in the world cricket – Gautam Gambhir

Staff Writer Updated: 16 November, 2019, 2:19 PM IST

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Mohammed Shami has come a long way since his controversial episode with wife, Hasin Jahan. The Indian pacer, who was dropped from the team after failing fitness test, is now one of the best fast bowlers in Test cricket. He has done wonders in home conditions, which was considered unimaginable for a fast bowler.

The 29-year old made South Africa dance on his tunes in the three-match Test series, and Shami’s performance in the ongoing first Test match against Bangladesh, has further strengthened the belief that he is the best red-ball fast bowler in the world cricket.

Gautam Gambhir, the former India skipper, has praised Shami for the way he has bowled in Indian conditions.

"Every ball that he bowls, there is something happening. There is this expectation that he is going to get a wicket off every ball. Not many fast bowlers in Indian conditions have that skill. Every time against any opposition, Obviously you can talk that Bangladesh is not that good an opposition. But look at what he did against South Africa. Look at what he did in Vizag in those conditions which were absolutely flat. We don't give enough credit to the Indian fast bowlers. We always talk about foreign fast bowlers. But for me, this is a pure exhibition of manners," Gambhir said.

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Mohammed Shami is almost like a leopard going for a kill – Sunil Gavaskar

Staff Writer Updated: 16 November, 2019, 2:16 PM IST

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The Indian fast bowlers were at their devastating best on Day 3 of the Test match against Bangladesh. They had removed four Bangladeshi batters at the stroke of lunch. Mohammed Shami, who is a second-innings specialist, once again showed his class, picking up two wickets in the first session.

After Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma's early burst, Shami took two in quick succession. He removed skipper Mominul Haque and Mohammad Mithun to leave the visitors in trouble.

Sunil Gavaskar was mighty impressed with Mohammed Shami and went on to compare him with leopard.

"When he is running in. When the spider cam actually takes it, it is such a sight. It is almost like a leopard going for a kill," Gavaskar said.

"His seam position and wrist position is so good. The last-minute little flick of one finger to get the ball away and the last-minute flick of the index finger to get the ball in. Amazing. This is a skill that he has practiced," he added.

The 29-year-old has been in a phenomenal form this season and has taken 67 wickets across all formats for India.

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Chennai Super Kings to release MS Dhoni, says fan: gets epic reply from three-time champions

Staff Writer Updated: 16 November, 2019, 2:14 PM IST

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Chennai Super Kings, the three-time IPL champions, have released five players ahead of the auction in December. They had taken to twitter to post a tweet regarding their intention of releasing five players. "Relea5ing tomorrow," read the tweet. Reacting to the tweet, one of the fans stated that CSK might release their most successful player and captain, MS Dhoni. The Chennai based franchise was quick to respond.

MS Dhoni is leading Chennai Super Kings since the inaugural edition of the cash rich league and has played a key part in three IPL triumphs. The 38-year old has been widely praised for his track record in the league.

"As per Close Sources, @ChennaiIPL #CSK planning to drop MSD tomorrow! Might be very well his way of saying "Goodbye Chennai"," read the tweet from the fan. "Time to say "Goodbye Close Sources," CSK responded.

While Dhoni might not play for Team India again, he is all set to lead Chennai Super Kings in the next season of the Indian Premier League.

He recently took part in his first practice session in Ranchi. The veteran hasn’t played for India since Men in Blue’s semifinal defeat in the last edition of the World Cup.

Meanwhile, Chennai Super Kings have released Sam Billings, David Willey, Mohit Sharma, Dhruv Shorey and Chaitanya Bishnoi.

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Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult’s partnership will be lethal in IPL - Mahela Jayawardene

Tarun Singh Updated: 16 November, 2019, 2:08 PM IST

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Everything has worked in favor of the defending champions of Indian Premier League (IPL), Mumbai Indians in the transfer window ahead of the auction for the 2020 edition of the IPL tournament.

Mahela Jayawardene, the coach of Mumbai Indians, was excited with the trade-in of New Zealand pace-ace, Trent Boult.

Sri Lanka’s former cricketer Mahela feels the combination of India's ‘yorker-king’ Jasprit Bumrah and the ‘danger-man’ Trent Boult will be dangerous for the other (IPL) teams in the upcoming edition.

The Mumbai Indians coach said, “The biggest concern we had was with Jason Behrendorff having the operation. We needed to replace him, he was fantastic for us last year and when the opportunity came with Delhi releasing Trent Boult, we felt he is a world class bowler, very lethal in our conditions and especially to partner Bumrah -- that will be a lethal partnership.” Mumbai Indians have retained most of its key players who helped them win record four (IPL) titles.

Here is the present squad of Mumbai Indians in the 2020 edition of (IPL).

Retained players are Rohit Sharma, Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Surya Kumar Yadav, Rahul Chahar, Anmolpreet Singh, Jayant Yadav, Aditya Tare, Anukul Roy, Quinton de Kock, Kieron Pollard, Lasith Malinga and Mitchell McClenaghan.

Traded-in players are Trent Boult, Dhawal Kulkarni, and Sherfane Rutherford.

Meanwhile, Trent Boult, who was released by Delhi Capitals, shared a message for Mumbai Indians. “Paltan, thank you for the thunderous welcome. I look forward to joining the four-time IPL champions, the Mumbai Indians. I can’t wait to get over it and meet the rest of the gang, especially Boom. Let’s rock this. See you soon, Mumbai.”

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Hardik Pandya and love interest Natasha Stankovic share similar posts, Fans go berserk

Staff Writer Updated: 16 November, 2019, 2:01 PM IST

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Hardik Pandya has been retained by Mumbai Indians ahead of IPL auction in Kolkata. The Indian all-rounder is currently out of action after going under the knife to fix his back issues. He is spending quality time with his family and would be wife Natasa Stankovic. If rumors are to be believed, they both are serious about the wedlock. The world came to know about their closeness when she posted a long message on Hardik Pandya's birthday. Calling him as her best friend, she praised him for his influence on her.

“To my best friend, the strongest and the most beautiful soul. This year has been a roller coaster ride for you. Many great things happen and some were not that great but definitely have made you stronger. You have been such an inspiration for all of us and I couldn’t be more proud of you for everything you have done for yourself and people around you, for everything you have gone through and still decided to stand tall and get out of it like a winner . Keep shining, smiling and getting stronger. You are on the right track. Stay focused. I’ll always have your back. Happy bday HP 🤴🏽❤️ God bless you @hardikpandya93 #happyface.”

They were spotted together in Mumbai. If this was not enough, Hardik and Natasa have fuelled the rumors with their Instagram posts.

Both of them posted similar pictures from the all-rounder's car, which was enough for cricket fans to guess what was brewing between Hardik and Natasa.

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Rajat Sharma resigns from the post of DDCA President

Staff Writer Updated: 16 November, 2019, 12:31 PM IST

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Rajat Sharma, the owner of India TV, has resigned from the post of president of Delhi & Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) after facing a lot of interference from the other group in the organization. His nearly 20-month tenure was not easy for him considering his differences with Vindo Tihara, who has a strong base in the DDCA.

"The cricket administration here is full of pulls and pressures all the time. I feel that vested interests are always actively working against the interest of cricket," Sharma said in a statement.

"It seems that it may not be possible to carry on in DDCA with my principles of integrity, honesty and transparency, which I am not willing to compromise at any cost," he added.

He had joined cricket administration on the instructions of former finance minister late Arun Jaitley. However, with his demise, Sharma lost the ground as there was no one to bring everyone together.

"In my endeavour though I faced many road blocks, opposition and oppression, just to keep me from discharging my duties in fair and transparent," Sharma said.

"That's why I have decided to call it a day and hereby tender my resignation to the Apex Council from the post of President, DDCA with immediate effect," he added.

Feature Cricket

India Realize Twenty20 Perils with Bangladesh Test

Sreelata S Yellamrazu Updated: 16 November, 2019, 11:46 AM IST

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The chasm might be much wider in Test cricket. But India learnt recently that they cannot afford to take the foot off the pedal against a team like Bangladesh, particularly with the ICC Twenty20 World Cup not far away.

Not many teams can afford to tinker around with their teams, leave alone rest their captain, as India did recently against Bangladesh in the three Twenty20 international series, even with the ICC Twenty20 World Cup not far on the horizon. With the focus having shifted heavily since the conclusion of the ICC Cricket World Cup in England in July to the inaugural ICC World Test championship, it would seem that thinking about the next World Cup would be a stretch.

To that end, India were perhaps trialling a few different options, while giving regular skipper, Virat Kohli, a much needed short break before taking charge once more in the Test series against Bangladesh. But India’s experimentation almost saw the team fall flat on their face. That Bangladesh themselves feel that they have plenty of work ahead of them is not entirely untrue given how close they came to giving India shock series loss in their own backyard. As far as the sport is concerned, coming close matters little and winning is what puts teams ahead of the mark.

If the defeat in the first Twenty20 international took stand-in skipper, Rohit Sharma and his team by surprise, even Rohit’s heroics in the second match could not stop Bangladesh from once again defying the odds in the deciding third Twenty20 international. Until up to thirty balls remaining in the match, Bangladesh appeared to have put the cat amongst the pigeons once again as far as the Indians were concerned.

While India will claim that the test was good for the team, too many of these erratic results and inconsistency of team choices might catch up with India to catch them on the wrong foot come the tournament. India would be wise not to lose the format goals while putting their eggs in the one immediate format of interest, Test cricket. India were found wanting in the crucial semifinal of the ICC Cricket World Cup semifinal against New Zealand and that bitter blow has only been assuaged by their rise in Test championship points.

Mohammad Naim led admirably with the bat, putting up eighty-one runs in less than half a century of balls and taking Bangladesh into the final few overs when one flourish was all that was needed to put India in an unusual position. Yet, while Deepak Chahar ran away with a hat trick, Bangladesh would go back to question how they managed to flounder such a golden opportunity, a pet peeve of captain, Mahmudullah, who lamented as much.

While Bangladesh will rue their chances, India will have to go back to the drawing board themselves. Experimenting to find the best playing eleven and bench strength is one thing. But in a format such as Twenty20, India will, also, realize the value of building winning momentum, in the build up to the premier tournament in Australia next year even as the team continues to meet the challenges of the Test championship.

If nothing, India will have quickly realized that while their Test wins give them an unprecedented early lead in the World Test championship, the competition can get a little too close for comfort in the more competitive situations and formats such as the Twenty20 when it comes to the lower ranked teams. India cannot afford to breathe easy, not with the World Cups following each other in the immediate trail. It is why even as they continue to forge ahead in the ICC World Test Championship, India have reminded to keep a close eye on their World Cup prospects next year.

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Mayank Agarwal’s second Test double hundred: 8 key stats

Renin Wilben Albert Updated: 16 November, 2019, 11:41 AM IST

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Indian opener Mayank Agarwal continued his golden run in Test cricket, slamming his second double century on the second day of the first Test against Bangladesh at Indore. Agarwal brought up his double century in Virender Sehwag-style, dispatching off-spinner Mehidy Hasan for six.

Agarwal, who was dropped on 32 by Imrul Kayes off Abu Jayed on day 1, went on to score a memorable 243 in 330 balls with 28 fours and eight sixes. Agarwal featured in a 190-run stand for the fourth wicket with Ajinkya Rahane (86) after skipper Virat Kohli fell for a rare duck. Agarwal’s 243 comes close on the heels of the 215 he made against South Africa at Visakhapatnam last month.

Agarwal looked set for 250 when, having hit Hasan for a six over long-off, he fell next ball, mistiming a slog-sweep and finding the man at deep mid-wicket. Thanks to Indian opener’s heroics, India finished the day at 493 for 6, with Ravindra Jadeja unbeaten on 60, and massive lead of 343 with three days to go.

Here are some significant stats from Mayank Agarwal’s stunning double hundred on Friday.

Quicker than Bradman

Mayank Agarwal took just 12 innings to post his second Test double hundred. He thus went past Don Bradman, who took 13 innings to do so. Only Vinod Kambli stands above Agarwal. The former India left-hander needed only five innings to register two double tons.

Next after Sachin

Agarwal’s 243 is now the second highest score in India-Bangladesh Test matches. The highest individual score in India-Bangladesh Tests is in the name of Sachin Tendulkar, who made 248 not out at Dhaka in 2004. Kohli’s 204 at Hyderabad in 2016/17 is the next best.

Joint most sixes in an innings by an Indian

Agarwal’s eight sixes are the joint most in a Test innings by an Indian batsman. He equaled the feat of another former India opener Navjot Singh Sidhu, who had also smashed eight sixes in a Test against Sri Lanka at Lucknow in 1993/94.

Four Tests, Four 200s! A First

Agarwal’s 243 means for the first time in the history of Test cricket a team has had a player scoring a double hundred in four consecutive Tests. The sequence is as follows -- Agarwal 215 (Visakhapatnam), Kohli 254 not out (Pune), Rohit Sharma 212 (Ranchi), and Agarwal 243 (Indore).

Agarwal joins Mankad, Jaffer

With two double hundreds, Agarwal is now joint third on the list of most double centuries by Indian openers. Agarwal shares the honours with Vinoo Mankad and Wasim Jaffer. Virender Sehwag (6) has hit most double hundreds for India as opener (6) followed by the legendary Sunil Gavaskar (3).

4th quickest Indian opener to three Test hundreds

With his knock on Friday, Agarwal became the fourth quickest Indian opener to reach three Test hundreds. Rohit Sharma tops the list with 4 innings followed by Sunil Gavaskar (7) while KL Rahul needed 9 innings. Mayank needed 12 innings to get there, and is tied at 4th spot with Vijay Merchant.

2nd highest Test run-scorer in 2019

With a tally of 740 runs, Agarwal is now the second highest Test run-getter in 2019. He is second only to Steve Smith, who has amassed 774 runs in the Ashes 2019 Test. Will Agarwal end up as the leading Test run-scorer of 2019?

Over 200 runs in a day’s play

Agarwal, who was unbeaten on 37 on Day 1, scored 206 runs on Day 2. This is the joint fifth best by an Indian in a day, equaling MS Dhoni, who also scored the same number of runs in a day during the 2012/13 Test against Australia at Chennai. Sehwag leads the pack with 284 runs in a day against Sri Lanka at Mumbai in 2009/10.

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Mayank Agarwal reveals the reason behind his success in Test cricket

Tarun Singh Updated: 16 November, 2019, 11:33 AM IST

HIGHLIGHT

Mayank Agarwal is in tremendous form and stole the show with his double ton in the ongoing first Test against Bangladesh. The Indian opener Agarwal revealed how he gets motivated to play such long innings, at the end of the second day’s play in Indore.

Mayank Agarwal, who was happy with his knock of 243, said, “I think it goes down for me at least, to understanding that there have been times where I’ve not got runs.”

“So I must respect the game, that I am batting well. When I am doing that, I need to make sure that I make it big and put the team in the driver’s seat or put it in such a position that we cannot lose from there.

“So I think that becomes key. Knowing that you are batting well, and you’ve got your hundred, you’ve got to make sure – it’s on you to take the team ahead, Agarwal further added.”

Mayank Agarwal is playing his eighth Test only and he has now three centuries under his belt out of which two are double tons.

At the time of penning down on day three, India were comfortably placed with Bangladesh four wickets down in their second innings.