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Cricket News Rishabh Pant matches MS Dhoni, enters elite keepers club in Adelaide Test against Australia

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first_img For all the Latest Sports News News, Cricket News News, Download News Nation Android and iOS Mobile Apps. The attacking left-hander was picked in the India squad for the Twenty20 Internationals against Australia after MS Dhoni was left out. Pant made his Test debut in 2018 against England in Nottingham and he immediately grabbed the attention of the cricketing world by getting off the mark with a six. Although his contributions were moderate, Pant ended the England tour on a high with a blazing 114 in the final innings of the Oval Test. At home, Pant smashed 92 in both the Rajkot and Hyderabad Tests against West Indies.Pant’s feat in the Adelaide Test has ensured that Kohli is right in calling him champion. New Delhi: Rishabh Pant entered an illustrious list on day 3 of the Adelaide Test between India and Australia. The 21-year-old Delhi wicketkeeper matched MS Dhoni’s record by taking six catches and helping India secure a vital 15-run lead. Pant was solid behind the wickets and he took the catches of Usman Khawaja (28), Peter Handscomb (34) and Tim Paine (5) on day 2. On day three, he was the common factor in all the dismissals when Mitchell Starc (15) edged Jasprit Bumrah. The Australian innings ended when Travis Head (72) edged Mohammed Shami and in the very next ball, Josh Hazlewood (0) edged the same bowler and Pant had created a record.Pant is only the fourth Indian wicketkeeper to effect six dismissals in a Test match after Dhoni, Wriddhiman Saha and Syed Kirmani. However, Kirmani had taken five catches and had effected a stumping during the Christchurch Test against New Zealand in 1976. Saha also achieved the same thing at North Sound, Antigua when he took five catches and a stumping against West Indies in 2016. Dhoni and Pant are the only Indian keepers to take six catches, with the former India cricket team captain achieving the feat in the 2009 Test against New Zealand at the Basin Reserve in Wellington.Read More | Shaun Marsh creates this unwanted 130-year record in Adelaide TestThe world record for the most number of catches is seven which is held by four wicketkeepers. Wasim Bari of Pakistan took seven catches against New Zealand in Auckland in 1979, England’s Bob Taylor achieved the feat against India in Mumbai in 1980, New Zealand’s Ian Smith against Sri Lanka in Hamilton 1991 while West Indies’ Ridley Jacobs was the last one to achieve the feat against Australia in Melbourne in 2000.Read More | Yorker is still the best ball: Steffan Jones, RR fast bowling coachBefore the start of the Australia tour, Virat Kohli had posted a selfie with Pant and praised the youngster on his Twitter handle and wrote, “Back to Australia. Looking forward to the next few weeks with this champion.”last_img read more

Making the Jump: ‘A can of worms’

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first_imgMike Eaves and his coaching staff must balance blue-chip talent with developmental prospects each recruiting cycle.[/media-credit]Mike Eaves’ office is tidy and spacious. It’s a nice room, befitting the all-time leading scorer in Wisconsin hockey history, a man who coached the Badgers to their sixth national title and got to the cusp of a seventh.So as he sits at a table in his office and talks about the dirty work his job entails (recruiting), there’s a stark contrast between his work and where he works. He calls the recruiting board he and his coaching staff uses a “can of worms,” explaining how complicated and messy the process can be.“Because you open that thing and you look at it – and you could spend all day in there,” Eaves said. “And after a while, you almost say, okay, it’s been an hour, we need to close this thing back up. Get all the worms back in there, take a break and step back. Things happen on their own, they evolve and you open it back up again, you get back in there.“But it is an interesting beast.”The beast reference was directed to the recruiting board. But it might as well apply to college hockey recruiting in general as well – a process constantly made more difficult when players leave early for the professional ranks.Unlike college basketball or football, hockey players are not usually coming to programs straight from high school. Most NCAA hockey players have played at least a year or two of junior hockey, a catch-all term for various North American leagues that feature competition for 16- to 20-year-olds. The United States Hockey League is the only top-tier amateur junior league in the U.S., while there are several provincial leagues in Canada.Twenty of the players on UW’s 2010-2011 roster played at least one year of junior hockey prior to joining the Badgers. Only three came to UW straight from Minnesota high schools, while the other three not to come from juniors or high school came from the U.S. National Team Development Program.There’s both an advantage and a downfall to this system, however. On one hand, players can play junior hockey for a couple of years and grow bigger and stronger, which can be necessary since some NCAA hockey seniors can be up to 24 years old if they played juniors before college. It also allows a recruit to stay committed to a program even if there isn’t immediately a spot on the roster; coaches can essentially stash recruits by having them commit two or three years before they’re actually going to join the team, which also allows for flexibility to get the player on campus sooner or later, depending on need.The downfall is, a team might lose a recruit to another school that has a more immediate opening. Or maybe he decides to play major junior in Canada instead. And depending on if players leave a program early or stay longer than projected, there sometimes isn’t always scholarship money to go around.“We always talk about plan A, B and C. And D is probably worst-case scenario: What happens if we lose all these kids? We have to talk about those things now,” Eaves said. “Well plan A, if he leaves, who gets his money and can we frontload him or backload him? It makes our job – instead of juggling three balls, we’re trying to keep four or five up in the air. And it makes it a lot more difficult because of that.”This also means teams can’t always go after the top recruits, because a coaching staff must try to project how long a given kid will stay. Sometimes a team needs to sacrifice talent for a four-year commitment. Whether it’s an undersized kid or someone who hasn’t grown into his frame yet, or even someone with good character, Eaves and his staff are mixing and matching proverbial blue-chip prospects with what he referred to as some red- or white-chip prospects as well.A shining example of the pitfalls of recruiting top talent is Don Lucia’s program at Minnesota. The Gophers won back-to-back titles in 2002 and 2003. From 2001 through 2007, UM finished no worse than fourth in the WCHA. Then came the effects of the new NHL collective bargaining agreement in 2005. From 2008-2011, the Gophers finished fifth twice and seventh twice. Minnesota has missed the NCAA tournament the past three seasons, after missing it just three times between 1985-2007. All despite rosters that have regularly featured between 10 and 20 NHL draft picks.The Gophers have lost 19 underclassmen since 2003, including fiveplayers who went one-and-done. From 2006-2008, Minnesota saw 11underclassmen leave early for the pros. It goes to show that experience and chemistry, something that isn’t always as strong when players are always leaving, is a big part of the equation.But that doesn’t stop the hunt for those sure-thing NHL prospects, either.“You’re still going to need talented people to win. That’s one thing that you learn early as a coach, you don’t turn a tortoise into a hare,” Eaves said. “If you’re going to go to a championship game and you’ve got Bus A and Bus B, and Bus A has more talent than Bus B, you’re going to go with Bus A.“That’s the simplest form of that. We’re going to need talented people. We’re going to need those guys that have magic, the things that you don’t teach, that can make something out of nothing.”Added to the fact is most of these kids are 15 or 16 years old, and coaches need to try to recruit them before they can decide to play major junior, all the while trying to project how the player will be when he’s actually on campus. How much bigger or stronger will the player get? Will he be the same or better four years from now?And as financial dealings get tougher around the NHL, the pressure to fill around stars with cheap, young prospects is affecting more schools than ever before.Boston College head coach Jerry York gained a reputation for recruiting small, speedy forwards considered undersized by NHL standards. Because they aren’t being pursued by pro teams, they tend to stay for four years. And it has worked, as BC made the 2006,  2007, 2008 and 2010 national title games, winning in 2010.But even for York, that’s beginning to change. BC has lost three players to early departure this offseason alone, matching its total from 2003-2010. York called Eaves to ask his advice on the matter.“Now [York is] saying, ‘How are you doing it?’ He’s never had to do that before because his recruiting has kind of been, he was always trying to get four-year guys, guys who were going to stay, smaller guys that maybe weren’t NHL guys,” Eaves said. “He’s dealing with that for the first time. I said to Jerry, ‘Jerry, it is a gray area. I don’t have definitive answers for you.’”Check back Tuesday for the final part in this five-part series.last_img read more