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Should India go with Ashwin over Varun Chakravarthy?



Varun Chakravarthy or R. Ashwin?

After Varun was chosen for the India’s second game against New Zealand, the debate over whom should India choose – has only gotten louder.

The murmurs started inevitably after the record- breaking and convincing victory by Pakistan against the Indian side.

Admittedly, Chakravarthy proved a little bit expensive against Pakistan especially in his last over.

Before jumping to a conclusion, let’s look at both the players in detail.

Ashwin: The Experienced Card

R.Ashwin is a very good and experienced spinner and there is no doubt about that.

He is making a comeback after almost 4 years in the national side for the T20 world cup but the reason for his comeback is not only the experience he has but also his form in the recent IPL.

He might have not picked up too many wickets in the IPL but he has bowled some very good spells and most importantly with a very low economy rate which is very important in the T20 format.

He can provide his team with not only some good breakthroughs but also maintain a good economy rate as we have seen in the warm-up match of India against Australia.

He picked up the wickets of the Australian top order and helped his side to restrict the Aussies for a low total.

So, he is someone who can win games for you.

V.Chakravarthy: The Trump Card

Now let’s talk about Varun Chakravarthy, a very fine right-arm leg-break bowler who was selected as a trump card in the Indian side for the T20 world cup.

He got a good reputation before the world cup all over India.

The mystery spinner was a part of the match against Pakistan but was unable to showcase his talent due to some brilliant batting from the Pakistani openers.

He is a wicket-taker and we have seen him many times taking wickets at crucial times.

He is obviously, a bowler who can pick up wickets in the middle overs and maintain pressure over the opposition by blocking the flow of runs.

He has a lot of variety and his ability to pick up wickets at any stage of the game is beyond doubt and definitely, it was the reason for his selection in the team.

Ashwin or Chakravarthy?

Now the answer Ashwin or Chakravarthy?

I think Ashwin is no doubt a very experienced and quality bowler but it makes sense to go with Chakravarthy over Ashwin at least for now.

Ashwin is a good bowler and he has a very good economy rate.

He might keep the scorecard tight but in T20s you want wickets to win the games.

Varun is that type of bowler who can pick up wickets and break partnerships.

Yes, he was a little bit off-color against Pakistan but I think that was a bad day for the whole team India as none of the Indian bowlers was able to pick up a wicket against Pakistan.

V. Chakravarthy will be a great asset for the Indian team in the years to come and it makes sense to invest in him.

If India drops him in the next few matches, it will only lessen his confidence that is not good for a new bowler.

His first match was against Pakistan in front of thousands of people, it is obviously not easy for a youngster.

He must be given a few more chances to prove himself.

Ashwin will definitely get some chances in the next matches but for now, Chakravarthy should not be dropped and he must be a part of the playing eleven 

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Smriti Mandhana and Ellyse Perry star in RCB women’s comeback win against UP Warriorz in WPL 2024




Smriti Mandhana and Alyssa Healy (Source - X)

RCB women overcame UP Warriorz by 23 runs to clinch their third win of the season. The home side outperformed Warriorz in all the facets of the game and emerged victorious. A collective team effort, particularly with the bat, helped RCB women to beat Warriorz for the second time in the season. They now have three wins in their five matches in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy won the toss and opted to field first. Given how things have panned out in the league so far, it needed a great batting performance from RCB to challenge the chasing side. The home side did exactly that. They were full of intent which was lacking in the last few games. Right from the start, S Meghana and Smriti Mandhana smashed the bowlers.

It was the night of the RCB skipper. The Southpaw scored 80(50) in her stay. S Meghana perished after a valuable 28(21). Ellyse Perry batted well and registered her first fifty of the WPL 2024. She was aided well towards the end by Richa Ghosh whose 21(10) propelled RCB to a score of 198 on the board. It was the highest team total in the WPL 2024.

Alyssa Healy’s efforts go in vain

Chasing the daunting total, UP Warriorz were off to a flier. The opening duo of Healy and Kiran Navgire gave a fiery start to the visiting side. When the two were batting in the PP overs, it seemed like the Warriorz could pull off an insane chase. However, Sophie Devine brought RCB back into the game with crucial wickets. At Bengaluru, the home crowd was literally behind the RCB women.

It helped the home side to stay calm and do their job with ease. Sophie Molineux and Asha Sobhana were the pick of the bowlers, who claimed 2/29 each in their spell of four overs. While Healy scored a fifty and Deepti tried her best in the death overs, ten daunting targets could not be chased down. Despite the early hiccups, RCB managed to restrict UP Warriorz to a score of 175 and won by 23 runs.

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WATCH: Ellyse Perry in disbelief as her six breaks car’s window




Ellyse Perry smashed a six in the match against UP Warriorz in the WPL 2024. It was an interesting six as the ball travelled towards the boundary ropes and fell exactly on the window of the car. As a result, the glass of the window was broken. The car is set to be provided as a reward for the player of the tournament.

It was the over of Deepti Sharma towards the last few moments of RCB’s innings. Before Perry struck, the home side was in a great position in the match, thanks to a great start provided by Smriti Mandhana. The star batter scored 80 (50) and shined in front of the home crowd. Her form helped RCB to have a good momentum towards the death overs.

Watch the viral video here –

Perry, who was struggling till that point, opened up and smashed the bowlers for fun. She went hard against the spinners like Rajeshwari Gayakwad and Deepti Sharma who were asked to bowl at the death. The right-handed batter smashed back-to-back sixes in the over of Sharma. One of those travelled towards the mid-wicket region where the car was stationed. The video of her shot has gone viral on X.

RCB teammates laugh, Ellyse Perry in disbelief

As the ball fell on the car and damaged the window, the fans erupted. There was no end to the joy of the fans who started chanting “Perry.. Perry..” and lit the atmosphere of the stadium. However, Perry was in disbelief. As she saw the impact of the ball damaging the car’s window, the Australian batter could not believe her eyes and thought about what she had just done.

On the other hand, the RCB teammates of Perry were in awe of the shot. They looked at the replays and appreciated the shot of Perry. At the same time, players like Sophie Molineux and Sophie Devine had a laugh about the car’s window getting damaged. Ellyse scored a fifty and helped her team score 198 runs with her batting in front of the home crowd.

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Praveen Kumar addresses Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer’s negligence of taking part in Ranji Trophy




Praveen Kumar

Praveen Kumar has given his opinion on the preferences of Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer in recent times. The duo did not take part in the Ranji Trophy matches for their respective teams despite being fit. It did not go well with the Indian Cricket Board which landed the duo without a ventral contract which was announced a few days back.

Praveen Kumar has reacted to the issue recently. The former India pacer claimed that he has been of an opinion on the issue for a long time. Praveen felt that one should definitely earn money but not at the cost of neglecting to play for domestic and national teams. The right-arm pacer felt that players today are having a certain mentality which is not good.

The former pacer claimed that the players have a mindset that they can rest for a month before taking part in the IPL, thereby bypassing playing for their national team or the domestic teams. Praveen felt that the players could not resist letting go of money which they could earn by taking part in the IPL and other T20 leagues (For foreign players).

‘Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun’ – Praveen Kumar

“This thing is now firmly in the mind of players. Mai ek mahine pehle rest kar lunga, fir IPL khel lunga. Ye mentally hota hai, ki mai itne paise kaise chodun,” said Praveen in the interview. He claimed that youngsters these days are spoilt and are behind money. The former RCB pacer felt that it is not fair on the part of the young players to neglect the country over the IPL.

Kumar felt that a player needs to maintain a balance between playing for the IPL team and for the country. He felt that money is an important factor, but not at the cost of playing for the national team. “But this is not fair at all. A player needs to balance things. Money is important, but this (giving franchise cricket the priority) is wrong,” said the former Indian bowler in the interview.

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