Following India’s meek surrender in the second Twenty20 International against New Zealand in Rajkot, questions have been raised over Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s utility and effectiveness in the game’s shortest format. Newspapers on Monday (November 6) also shed light on Dhoni’s declining shot-making prowess that often haunts India in T20Is.

Colin Munro, who hit a swashbuckling hundred in the second T20I, could be one of the hot picks in the upcoming Indian Premier League auction due to his unorthodox hitting abilities and effective medium-pace bowling.

Down Under, Stuart Broad has urged his teammates to look the Australians in the eye, and meet fire with fire.

MS Dhoni’s declining shot-making prowess raises questions about his T20I selection (Firstpost)
The strange saga of Mahendra Singh Dhoni alternatively called Captain Cool, the Best Finisher, Sixer King or the Man with the Midas Touch. In a day and age when audiences in India accord a cricketer with a status that can be equated to a demi-god, Dhoni was India’s Zeus. The ruler of Indian cricket. The most powerful batsman and captain who could overthrow records and establish his own legacy in the realm of the sport.

MS Dhoni should give chances to youngsters in T20 format, says VVS Laxman (The Indian Express)
“In T20s, MS Dhoni’s role is at No 4. He requires more time to get his eye in and then do the job. But today [Saturday] was a classical example because when Virat Kohli was batting, Dhoni had to give strike to Kohli. Kohli’s strike rate was 160, MS Dhoni’s strike rate was 80. That’s not good enough when India were chasing a mammoth total.”

Is MSD stretching it? (The Times of India)
The problem, however, is that Dhoni’s inability to force the pace, which could be a result of a combination of factors like his waning hitting powers especially against quality attacks and smart bowling from the Black Caps, made the target even more stiffer. After surviving a stumping chance off Ish Sodhi, he danced down the track to loft the leggie for his first six over long on. In the next over, he smashed the bowler for another maximum, but by then, he had consumed 20 balls for his 17, preferring to take singles when a few boundaries were mandatory.

NZ opener could be a hot pick in IPL auctions (The Times of India)
One such analyst said Munro being a lefthanded opening batsman is a big advantage.“There are not many cricketers in modern day cricket who can strike the ball cleanly from the word go. He is fearless and Munro is known for his pyrotechnics. He will definitely be sought-after during the auction. I don’t know if he will be in the top five buys but he will certainly be a match-winner that every team wants,“ the analyst told TOI.

Black Caps Colin Munro and Ish Sodhi excel (New Zealand Herald)
The performances of Colin Munro and Ish Sodhi in New Zealand’s 40-run Twenty20 victory over India in Rajkot showed the value in persevering with them at international level. Both have been on the periphery of the Black Caps for years. Their contributions to level the current series demonstrated an ability to deliver match-winning performances.

When cricket comes to Sreesanth’s constituency (Sportstarlive)
The 34-year-old former India fast bowler — whose career choked following the IPL spot-fixing controversy in 2013 — will not be able to attend the first international cricket match in his constituency. The Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram is set to host the third and final T20I between India and New Zealand on Tuesday, thereby becoming the 50th international cricket venue in the country.

Anmolpreet Singh makes mark, picked up for Sri Lanka warm-up game (Hindustan Times)
“It was good to get a half-century on debut. However, I was disappointed to lose the berth in the second game against Vidarbha. I was told to play in the CK Nayudu Trophy against Himachal. I wanted to score a big knock and get back my spot in the senior team for Ranji Trophy.”

Tamil Nadu’s wicket-keeper dilemma (Sportstarlive)
An interesting race is on in Tamil Nadu. It’s a contest between emerging wicket-keeper batsmen. There are several contenders. Given his India commitments, Dinesh Karthik’s appearances for the State could become fewer in the days ahead. . Jagadeesan donned the big gloves for Tamil Nadu in Karthik’s absence. He could be challenged.

Siddhesh Lad: ‘I am a big fan of Rohit Sharma’ (Sportstarlive)
“I look up to Rohit. I am a big fan of his, and I know he is far better than me. I have spent a lot of time with him in the last few years and he keeps giving me inputs.”

England hopes to rest on Anderson (Cricket Australia)
If England are to stand any chance in the upcoming Magellan Ashes series then James Anderson is probably going to have to continue the sensational form of a northern summer during which he became only the sixth man in history to pass 500 Test wickets.

England must look Australians in the eye and meet fire with fire… We have to get a result in first Test at the Gabba (Daily Mail)
I’ve played in five Ashes series and I’ve been fortunate enough to have won four of them, when our team’s been full of characters: guys like KP, Prior, Strauss, Cook, Trott, Anderson, Swann, who don’t back down in the heat of Test cricket. That’s how you win Ashes series. And we’ll have to bring that intent to our game in Australia.

Maxwell puts body on line in bid for runs (Cricket Australia)
Glenn Maxwell was struggling to breathe after his bizarre dismissal on the second day of Victoria’s JLT Sheffield Shield clash with South Australia. Not because he might have thought his Magellan Ashes chances had just gone up in smoke after getting out for 60, or anxiety that he’d opened the door for a potent Redbacks bowling attack that later took five quick wickets to leave the clash evenly poised.

‘Cricket in Ireland is more transparent than in Punjab’ (The Times of India)
“By transparency, I mean that things are very clear, performance matters. It is not as complicated as it is here (in Punjab). If you haven’t been selected in the team, you can simply call the authorities and they will have to give a clarification to you. A couple of years back, when I was not selected, I called the selectors and they explained it to me why I was not selected. See, this kind of approach you can’t have it here. Selection process here is always done behind closed doors.”

Pakistan to provide 400 balls for Blind Cricket World Cup (Dawn)
Pakistan will be supplying 400 cricket balls for the Blind Cricket World Cup scheduled to be held in Pakistan and UAE in January 2018, said Pakistan Blind Cricket Council (PBCC) Chairman Syed Sultan Shah.

All for a glimpse of the show (The Daily Star)
Sadia Begum, a nine-year-old girl from Badambagicha, an area near the Sylhet International Stadium, was carrying her three-year-old younger brother Sami up a hillock adjacent to the venue. As she climbed the slippery slope, all she managed to see was the giant screen near the grass banks and a partial view of the gallery where thousands were cheering.

Meet the ultimate cricket tragic (New Zealand Herald)
“He’s gutsy and resilient; you never see him injured or on the physio table. He knows his game inside out, knows how to pace an innings, and sometimes gets called “Bevo” after [Australia’s master closer Michael Bevan] as a result.”