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'How can he…': Ex-IND selector takes aim at Suryakumar after batting slump

Middle-order batter Suryakumar Yadav registered back-to-back golden ducks against Australia in the absence of injured batter Shreyas Iyer. The former India selector has backed Iyer to reclaim the No.4 batting spot in India's lineup at the ICC World Cup.

Mitchell Starc celebrates the wicket of Indian batter Suryakumar Yadav (PTI)
Published on Mar 21, 2023 11:42 AM IST
By, New Delhi

Saba Karim picks standout performers of WPL, fires warning to Mumbai Indians

Responding to a Hindustan Times query, former Indian cricketer Saba Karim explained why it is too early to label Harmanpreet Kaur's Mumbai Indians (MI) as overwhelming favourites for the Women's Premier League 2023 (WPL) playoffs.

Saba Karim feels the tables can turn for Harmanpreet and Co. in the playoff stage(PTI)
Published on Mar 16, 2023 11:10 AM IST
BySiddharth Thakur, New Delhi

Ex-India selector's mic-drop remark on Bharat vs Rahul saga: ‘Expect them to…’

During a special interaction, the former Indian cricketer and ex-national selector weighed in on the selection debate involving wicketkeeper-batters KS Bharat and KL Rahul after India's series win over Australia in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

The former Indian cricketer and ex-national selector weighed in on the selection debate involving KS Bharat and KL Rahul(AP-PTI)
Published on Mar 16, 2023 08:30 AM IST
By, New Delhi

'Support your team instead': Ex-IND selector attacks AUS media for 'Ashwin' stat

The former India selector didn't mince his words as he talked about Australian media's criticism over pitch conditions in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in India.

Ravichandran Ashwin(AP)
Published on Feb 15, 2023 02:47 PM IST

‘One spot that Australia would want to exploit…’: Ex-IND selector's take on Pant

Team India have roped in KS Bharat and Ishan Kishan to fill in the big shoes of Pant but both are yet to mark their debuts in Test cricket. Bharat and Ishan also lack the international exposure that Pant carried as a wicketkeeper.

India's Rishabh Pant (ANI)
Updated on Feb 04, 2023 08:37 PM IST

‘One big knock in 6 months and then…’: Ex-IND selector's scathing take on Ishan

In no surprise, cricket fans and experts are up in arms against Ishan. In the absence of Rishabh Pant, he has been picked in to the squad as a wicketkeeper-batter alongside KS Bharat, for the Test series against Australia. But given his poor form, his selection in the playing XI looks in doldrums.

India�s Ishan Kishan (AFP)
Updated on Feb 03, 2023 04:23 PM IST

‘He can carry forward Kohli’s legacy: Saba Karim's huge remark on India star

Former Indian cricketer Saba Karim was all praise for the Team India batter after Rohit Sharma and Co. thrashed New Zealand in the ODI series.

Indian batter Virat Kohli has a chat with Master Blaster Sachin Tendulkar(AP (File Photo))
Updated on Jan 27, 2023 09:30 AM IST
By, New Delhi

‘Tendulkar would be the happiest if…’: Ex-BCCI selector's huge claim on Kohli

Much like Tendulkar, India's batting prowess became recognised around Kohli as he became the ambassador of cricket in India. And like Tendulkar, Kohli often comes under the radar of critics who accuse him of playing for records.

 Virat Kohli celebrates his century during the 1st ODI cricket match between India and Sri Lanka, at Barsapara stadium in Guwahati, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2023. (PTI)
Published on Jan 11, 2023 05:03 PM IST

'There is no need to pick them': Ex-IND selector's bold remark on Rohit, Kohli

The former Indian selector has made a bold statement about batting icons Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma ahead of the 1st ODI between Team India and Sri Lanka.

India's Rohit Sharma, left, is congratulated by teammate Virat Kohli after scoring 50 runs (AP)
Published on Jan 09, 2023 04:05 PM IST
By, New Delhi

'Hardik Pandya needs to focus on his attitude'

Hardik Pandya has earned plaudits for the way he has captained the Indian team whenever given a chance.

Pandya has captained India in six matches thus far and is yet to lose any. (PTI)
Updated on Jan 05, 2023 04:03 PM IST

Former India selector identifies Pant's 'ideal replacement' for Australia Tests

India could be on the lookout for a new Test wicketkeeper during the Border-Gavaskar Series in February.

Pant could miss the Border-Gavaskar Series after his horrific accident(AFP)
Updated on Jan 01, 2023 11:41 AM IST

'He couldn't believe this was IND's condition': Ex-BCCI selector on Dravid video

The moment the winning runs were hit, the smiles were back in the Indian dressing room, with coach Rahul Dravid walking out and embracing the star duo. But while Dravid looked pleased after the victory, there was a time when the Indian dressing room wore a concerned look.

India head coach Rahul Dravid didn't have the best of years in 2022(Getty)
Updated on Dec 27, 2022 07:52 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Ex-India selector's stunning comment on Bumrah and Shami's fitness

The former Indian selector has come up with a bold suggestion for Rahul Dravid and Co. amid the ongoing Bangladesh tour. India are without premier pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami for the ODI series against Bangladesh.

India are without premier pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami in the Bangladesh ODI series(AP-PTI)
Updated on Dec 09, 2022 08:16 AM IST
By, New Delhi

'If Pant doesn't perform, look at alternatives. Rohit's biggest challange…'

Pressure has been building around Rishabh Pant after his dismal performances in India's white-ball tour of New Zealand.

Pant had a forgettable tour of New Zealand with the bat(AP)
Published on Dec 02, 2022 08:02 AM IST

‘It's their job': Saba Karim blames NCA for failing to keep India pacers fit

Shardul Thakur too was absent from India's playing XI against New Zealand on Sunday, which was abandoned due to rain. Ahead of the match, which saw only 12.5 overs being bowled, Thakur was seen warming up but under close observation of a support staff.

India pacers Prasidh Krishna, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, and Yash Dayal
Published on Nov 28, 2022 11:48 AM IST

'Rohit Sharma may deny it but…': Ex-BCCI selector addresses India's 'headache'

Ahead of the T20 World Cup, a former BCCI selector reckons that no matter how much Rohit Sharma tries to brush the issue under the carpet, deep down he is aware that it is one big concern for the Indian team.

India captain Rohit Sharma has a big question to address ahead of T20 World Cup(Getty)
Published on Oct 05, 2022 07:56 AM IST
By, New Delhi

‘I think with age it may not be easy’: Ex-India selector on Jadeja's comeback

Ravindra Jadeja's absence was strongly felt by fans as the Men In Blue endured consecutive defeats in the Super 4 stage of the Asia Cup.

India's Ravindra Jadeja underwent knee surgery recently(REUTERS)
Published on Sep 07, 2022 09:30 PM IST

Asia Cup: Ex-selector predicts Rohit’s opening partner for IND vs PAK clash

Asia Cup 2022: Former selector Saba Karim has predicted Rohit Sharma's opening partner for India's opener against Pakistan on Sunday.

India's captain Rohit Sharma, left, and teammates arrive to participate in a training session at ICC ground ahead of their Asia Cup opener against Pakistan in Dubai.(AP)
Published on Aug 28, 2022 01:51 PM IST

Ex-wicketkeeper feels 30-year-old IND star 'needs clarity about his role’

Team India's recent form in white-ball has been impeccable. They defeated England in both the formats earlier this month and have now followed it up with a 3-0 whitewash over West Indies in ODIs.

Shreyas Iyer, Shardul Thakur and Shikhar Dhawan celebrate the dismissal of Sharmarh Brooks during 1st ODI against West Indies(AFP)
Updated on Jul 28, 2022 07:37 PM IST

'He is the biggest match winner in Indian white ball team'

India have got a good look at a few all-round options in white-ball cricket over the past few years, with even tail-enders like Axar Patel and Deepak Chahar playing prominent roles with the bat. 

Performances by all-rounders has been a feature of India's recent success in white-ball cricket. (AP)
Published on Jul 26, 2022 08:38 PM IST

'It was in his mind that he has to prove himself': Saba Karim hails India senior

Saba Karim, former India wicketkeeper-batter, has lauded the progress and rise of a senior player and stated that he has realised how important he is to the team.

Rohit Sharma's batting progress and captaincy lauded by former India player Saba Karim: 'It was in his mind that he has to prove himself'
Updated on Mar 01, 2022 07:00 PM IST
By, New Delhi

'He is in India XI because of his batting. Should not lose focus’: Saba Karim

Saba Karim, former India cricketer, has sounded a stern warning for the star India player following a poor show against Sri Lanka.

Rohit Sharma, India skipper, called out for poor form by ex-cricketer Saba Karim: 'He is in the XI because of his batting. Should not lose focus’
Updated on Feb 28, 2022 07:38 PM IST
By, New Delhi

‘Reinvented himself. Scored runs everywhere’: Saba Karim hails star India batter

Former India player Saba Karim was appreciate of the star batter's exploits in the recently-concluded T20I series against Sri Lanka.

Shreyas Iyer praised by former India wicketkeeper Saba Karim for Sri Lanka series' exploits; 'Reinvented his game, he scored runs everywhere'(AP)
Published on Feb 28, 2022 05:15 PM IST

Kohli's sudden resignation forced BCCI to…: Saba Karim on Virat stepping down

Former India cricketer Saba Karim has expressed his thoughts on the chain of events following the string of sudden resignations by Virat Kohli.

Kohli's sudden resignation forced BCCI to…: Saba Karim weighs in on domino effect following end of Virat's captaincy era
Published on Feb 22, 2022 04:18 PM IST
By, New Delhi

'He can take a break but I don't think Kohli needs a break': Ex-India player

Despite Virat Kohli's poor outing in the first India vs West Indies ODI at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, former cricketer maintains that the 33-year-old does not need a break.

Former India captain Virat Kohli(PTI)
Updated on Feb 08, 2022 09:00 AM IST
By, New Delhi

‘He might have been feeling suffocated’: Ex-India wicketkeeper on Kohli

Former India wicketkeeper-batter believes a string of unfortunate events led to Virat Kohli stepping down as Test captain.

‘He might have been feeling suffocated’: Ex-India stumper Saba Karim attempts to understand Virat Kohli's decision to quit Test captaincy
Published on Jan 18, 2022 10:17 AM IST
By, New Delhi

'This is why the bench strength is so strong': Ex-IND WK on India's dominance

The Virat Kohli-led Indian unit achieved unparalleled success under Ravi Shastri, who housed an all-Indian coaching staff.

India Test captain Virat Kohli and  Ajinkya Rahane (Getty Images)
Updated on Dec 20, 2021 05:50 PM IST
By, New Delhi

Ex-India keeper names opener who can replace Pujara in South Africa Tests

Following the culmination of the India-New Zealand Test series, former wicketkeeper opined that star Indian opener is more than capable of replacing Cheteshwar Pujara at the no.3 spot.

Mumbai, Dec 03 (ANI): India's Mayank Agarwal and Shubman Gill during the first day of the 2nd Test match between India and New Zealand, at Wankhede Stadium, in Mumbai on Friday. (ANI Photo)(ANI)
Updated on Dec 07, 2021 11:00 PM IST

‘England should not have too many expectations, need to be extremely sensitive'

The Ashes: Former India player Saba Karim, while talking about Ben Stokes' comeback following a long break, opined that the England team management needs to deal with things with utmost care and sensitivity.

'One doesn't know what transpired': Saba Karim urges England to not have 'too many expectations' from comeback man Ben Stokes during The Ashes vs Australia(HT COLLAGE)
Published on Nov 26, 2021 04:10 PM IST
By, New Delhi

‘That did not happen, which is why we are out of the tournament’

Former India wicketkeeper-batsman, while analyzing India's T20 World Cup 2021 campaign, listed two reasons why the Virat Kohli-led side failed to live up to the promise.

'Which is why we are out of the tournament': Ex-India player lists 2 main reasons behind team's failure at T20 World Cup(AP)
Published on Nov 08, 2021 04:02 PM IST
By, New Delhi
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