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first_imgSunil Gavaskar batted for the inclusion of Prithvi Shaw in India’s playing XI as an opener for the fifth and final Test at Oval against England. India have already lost the five-match series.England beat India by 60 runs at Southampton to take an unassailable 3-1 lead in the series and the final Test at Oval in London will just be India’s opportunity to salvage some pride.Indian openers Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul and Murali Vijay have all not been able to hit their stride and have struggled for runs. Vijay was dropped from the side for the third Test after the second Test at Lord’s, where he was bowled out twice on duck. Subsequently, he was dropped for the final two Tests of the series and was replaced by an inform Shaw, who has been scoring runs for fun with India A.India’s openers in the fourth Test — Dhawan and Rahul — have managed 158 and 113 runs in six and eight innings respectively and Gavaskar feels this is a good opportunity to bring Prithvi Shaw in the senior team.WATCH FULL VIDEO”I think it’s a wonderful opportunity to blood Prithvi Shaw. I would look at him and Karun Nair if you want to go with an extra batsman. If you want to keep the same balance, then Ravindra Jadeja might get a look because I don’t know if Ravichandran Ashwin is fit to bowl,” Gavaskar told India Today.India go into the Oval Test having already lost the series and since the past 37 years, India have not won a Test match at the ground in London.advertisementGavaskar feels it is a pitch that suits India but in the past years, the Oval Test is usually the last match by when India already lose the series and therefore, such a timid record.Also read – Shikhar Dhawan’s perfect response to people who tried to troll Team India”I think it’s one of the pitches that should suit India, ball comes on nicely to the bat and there’s a bit of pace in the wicket and less of lateral movement. I don’t really know how the wicket is like yet. I will go later and have a look at the pitch and the conditions.”Playing the final Test after losing a series is not a good mental state to be in and perhaps this is why we have such a record at this ground where we have folded within three or four days,” Gavaskar said.Gavaskar also had his say on Indian head coach Ravi Shastri’s controversial statement where he declared this Indian team as the best touring side in the past 15-20 years.In the press conference on Wednesday, Shastri said that this Indian team have won nine overseas matches and he could not remember any Indian team of the past 15-20 years who had “that kind of run in such a short span of time”.What he failed to mention was the fact that five of these nine overseas wins have come in Sri Lanka.”In Sri Lanka, not too many Indian captains and teams have won. West Indies, England and South Africa, previous teams have won matches in the last 15-20 years. I think this was his [Ravi Shastri] view and perhaps only he can speak about it.Also read – Virat Kohli, Joe Root best active batsmen in the world: Brian Lara”What I can say is teams in 1980s have won in England and West Indies. Rahul Dravid also won series in West Indies in 2005, won matches in England in 2007 and captained India when they beat South Africa for the first time. Dravid gets very little credit for his leadership and his team’s wins. There have been teams who have won overseas.”I will not discount wins in Sri Lanka because they are tough to beat at home but when we talk of wins, it is in England, South Africa and Australia and India have won in England before but have never won a series in South Africa and Australia,” Gavaskar assessed.There have been unanimous echoes that this Indian team has the abilities to be the best touring side in the world right now but with series in South Africa and England, they have failed to live up to the potential.Also read – Shastri, Bangar should be held accountable for India’s overseas results: GangulyGavaskar feels an assessment has to be made of the performances and where the management went wrong but that can be done after the series. With one Test still left to go, he understands why the management is speaking so highly of the team.advertisement”I think that’s something [performance failure] that needs to be looked at by the end of the series. During the series, I understand the management saying that the team is still very good, which is to keep the morale up. There is still one Test to go. A real assessment has to be made on September 12, when the series ends.”Gavaskar also had his views on why the Indian batsmen have been found wanting in the series against England and he thinks too much of white ball cricket has a role to play.”Too much of one-day cricket means people can play through the line but with the kind of movement red ball generates, it is not possible. To play spin bowling, you need to use your feet and the lack of footwork has not helped this team.”last_img read more

first_imgThe Big 12 had some wacky news on Friday that it is reinstating its conference championship game, but it also had some really good news. That news was that it would distribute $304 million to its 10 teams for a total of $30.4M per team (#Math).This is the third most of the power five conferences behind the SEC and Big 10.This is a jump from last year of around $6M per team on average, and it’s probably not going to be that much less than what most SEC teams make. Here’s why. When the SEC announces its revenue distribution ($31M last year, probably $35-40M this year), it includes third tier rights. That is, content that is distributed in the SEC’s case to the SEC Network.These Big 12 numbers do not. So Texas’ third tier rights are tied up in the Longhorn Network and worth $15M which means Texas made ~$45M this year. That’s pretty good. It’s more than probably every SEC school other than maybe Alabama which can even sell its beyond-third tier content for a lot of money.A few years ago, OSU’s third tier rights sold for around $5M. Last year it sold them for $5.5M. Which means that figure is probably higher by now. I’d say in the neighborhood of $6M (this falls in line with what the Big 12 reported two years ago that its teams’ third tier money is between $3M and $15M <—- Texas).So OSU is making probably over $36M from the digital and radio distribution of its athletic content.  That’s insane. And it’s also in the neighborhood of what SEC schools are making. Remember, last year SEC schools got $31M plus whatever they could get from their beyond-third tier rights (golf, swimming etc.)We’re not even touching ticketing, concessions etc. It’s one reason the Cowboys are one of the 30 most lucrative athletic departments in the country.So where does all this dough come from?Brett McMurphy noted that the SEC money comes from the following places. You can presume the Big 12’s money comes from the same places save the fact that there is no Big 12 Network (and never will be).The total amount of the distribution is composed of revenue generated from the SEC Network, televised football, bowl games, the SEC football championship, televised basketball, the SEC men’s basketball tournament, NCAA championships and a supplemental surplus distribution.Big 12 commissioner Bob Bowlsby actually said last year that each school would be getting upwards of $44M a year by the time the TV contracts were to run out in the mid 2020s. And now with the implementation of the Big 12 title game which Bowlsby said would be worth ~$3M per school. that number could be even higher.So this is a big deal for OSU and other teams in the Big 12. It doesn’t mean you shouldn’t explore leaving because I think we all know this ship is going down either soon or when the contracts with ESPN and Fox run out. But if you stay, at least you’re guaranteed a hefty payday every June.Conference title game is the big news, but this is pretty darn important. Not nearly the gap we thought. https://t.co/dpSJBEdEbx— Stewart Mandel (@slmandel) June 3, 2016 If you're looking for the comments section, it has moved to our forum, The Chamber. You can go there to comment and holler about these articles, specifically in these threads. You can register for a free account right here and will need one to comment.If you're wondering why we decided to do this, we wrote about that here. Thank you and cheers!last_img read more