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World Cup flashback: Thanks Allot for the swing

5 hours ago  
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World Cup memoryThanks Allott for the swing New Zealand's left-arm seamer Geoff Allott was never coy to admit that he had very limited skills as a fast bowler. But those who watched him trouble Australia at Cardiff during the 1999 World Cup would never underestimate his ability to move the ball in the air and off the pitch. Allott trapped Mark Waugh (2) leg before wicket as the batting stylist tried to execute his favourite flick shot while Adam Gilchrist (14) was caught in the slips while playing the cut shot. Michael Bevan lost his middle stump off a ball that moved in the air. Shane Warne was bowled too and Australia could manage only 213. Roger Twose (80 not out) and Chris Cairns (60) emerged the batting stars for New Zealand in a five-wicket win, the Kiwis' second triumph over Australia in the World Cup after 1992. Did you know?Deryck Murray (61 not out) and Andy Roberts (24 not out) put on 64 for the last wicket to help West Indies beat Pakistan in their 1975 World Cup..
                 

Indian World Cup players' wives won't be allowed to travel in team bus

6 hours ago  
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Considering the World Cup is the most important cricketing event, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) which governs the BCCI, has taken a decision to not allow wives of the Indian team players to travel with them on the same bus as they hop from one venue to another during the mega event that starts on May 30. Unlike on the last England tour in 2018, where families accompanied the team members on the same bus during their internal travel, this time the players' families will travel in a separate vehicle as per CoA's instructions. "It will be just the players and support staff on the team bus... no one else," a top BCCI source told mid-day. Also Read: ICC World Cup 2019: No team favourite to win the World Cup, says Shoaib Malik The CoA has also decided to stick to the BCCI's standard overseas policy for the World Cup wherein wives of the players will not be allowed to accompany them for the first 20 days starting from the time the team land in England. It is learnt the player..
                 

Pakistan player Shoaib Malik on teams favorites to win the World Cup

19 hours ago  
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"All the teams at the World Cup are strong and no team is favourite. Everyone has to struggle under the English conditions, where rainy weather may create problems for any team on a given day," the Dawn quoted Malik as saying on Saturday. The veteran cricketer has not been in great touch in the past one year. Since the start of 2018, his performances with the bat has seen a dip. He has averaged 29.21 and scored at a strike rate of just 77.62. His overall record in England too is not good with an average of 13.63 from 23 innings with just one fifty-plus score. However, Malik insisted that he was unperturbed by the criticism and hoped that the critics won't be carrying out postpartum of the players' performance in the showpiece event for "non-technical reasons". "I hope the critics will not carry out postpartum of the players' (performances) during the World Cup on non-technical reasons. I have no complaint against the anchors but against (some) former cricketers, who just focus on d..
                 

World Cup flashback: Sanath Jayasuriya too good for England

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The first quarter-final of the 1996 World Cup played at the Iqbal Stadium in Faisalabad highlighted Sri Lanka's dominant performance in the tournament. The Sri Lankan bowlers did well to restrict England to 235-8 in 50 overs with the spin troika of Kumar Dharmasena, Muttiah Muralitharan and Sanath Jayasuriya claiming two wickets each. Only veteran all-rounder Phil DeFreitas managed a sizeable score - 67 with five fours and two sixes. Though Sri Lanka lost opener Romesh Kaluwitharana cheaply, Jayasuriya provided enough fireworks en route his 44-ball 82 which included 13 boundaries and three sixes. He equalled the World Cup's fastest 50 [coming off in just 30 balls] and Jayasuriya was well on course to beat Kapil Dev's record of the fastest World Cup century [off 72 balls in the 1983 edition]. However, the Matara Mauler's dismissal for 82 provided a huge relief in the England camp. Medium pacer DeFreitas, who also bowled a bit of off-spin out of desperation, was the most expensive of E..
                 

Blind association chief delighted at BCCI's directive to Hardik, KL

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Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) president GK Mahantesh has lauded the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) ombudsman DK Jain's decision to direct Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul to contribute to his association's fund. On Saturday, Pandya and Rahul were fined Rs 20 lakh each by Jain for making sexist comments on a TV show. In the order published on the BCCI website, Jain directed the World Cup-bound players to pay a fine of R20 lakh each and that included a payment of Rs 1 lakh each to, "each of the most deserving widows of 10 constables in para-military forces who have lost their lives while on duty, through Bharat Ke Veer App". Jain also instructed Pandya and Rahul to deposit a sum of Rs 10 lakh each in the fund created by the CABI for the promotion of the game. All payments are to be made within four weeks from the date of the order. "It is a good sign for blind cricket and a big positive step has been taken by the Indian cricket board. It will spread the mes..
                 

Troubles of South Asian players in Australian cricket

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So many people ask me why Australian cricket has so many players of South Asian heritage excelling at junior levels but it drops off a cliff as they get older. As someone from that group who has lived in Australia for 35-plus years, I have observed that phenomenon myself, as a player, coach and a parent of teenage sons and a daughter who have all made junior State teams. Some of the reasons are predictable. Education is still the major priority for most of these families so as the child gets older, the focus naturally shifts towards the traditional pathways of becoming a doctor, lawyer, dentist, accountant etc. But these decisions have a sinister undertone that cannot be ignored. Here's how it works for a typical boy of a family whose parents hail from India for example. Cricket is in their blood and even Grandma is obsessed with the game. He has some natural talent, is culturally inclined towards a strong practice ethic and shows impressive progress in his early teens. On the downsi..
                 

Pandya, Rahul fined Rs 20 lakh each for comments on 'Koffee With Karan'

2 days ago  
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New Delhi: India cricketers Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul were on Saturday fined Rs 20 lakh each by the BCCI Ombudsman D K Jain for their sexist comments on a popular TV show. In the order published on the official BCCI website, Jain wrote that no further action will be taken against Pandya and Rahul, who has already served a provisional suspension and tendered an unconditional apology for their loose comments on women. Instead, he directed the World Cup-bound players to play a fine of Rs 20 lakh each that included a payment of Rs 1 lakh each to "each of the most deserving widows of ten constables in para-military forces who have lost their lives while on duty, through 'Bharat Ke Veer App". Jain also instructed them to deposit Rs 10 lakh each in the fund "created by the Cricket Association for the blind". All payments are to be made within four weeks from the date of the order -- April 19, 2019. The Supreme Court-appointed Ombudsman had issued notices to Pandya and Rahul earlier this m..
                 

IPL 2019: Tendulkar, VVS in dugouts is conflict of interest

2 days ago  
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It's not just Sourav Ganguly, who is facing the conflict of interest wrath for his association with Delhi Capitals while holding his post of president at the Cricket Association of Bengal and being a part of the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC). India batting greats Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman have also been dragged into the conflict of interest sphere now. Sanjeev Gupta, a life member of the Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association [MPCA], has filed a complaint with the BCCI's ombudsman and ethics officer Justice DK Jain on April 17, pointing out that Tendulkar and Laxman too are in violation of the BCCI's conflict of interest rules as they are a part of the BCCI's CAC and are also involved with the IPL teams, sitting often in the team dugouts during matches. Also Read: Sachin Tendulkar: I wish I could've been there to watch Joseph's spell Gupta has also filed an exhaustive complaint against Ganguly, alleging that the former India captain is in violation of the conflict rules on..
                 

PCB chairman Ehsan Mani to meet Pakistan PM Imran Khan

2 days ago  
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The meeting, to be held in Islamabad, had been scheduled two weeks ago. It is understood, the PCB stated, the discussion has nothing to do with the current revolt by PCB governing board members against Wasim Khan's appointment as its Managing Director, The Express Tribune reported. International Cricket Council (ICC) is not in favour of any government interference. To solve the matter, PCB can either fasten the process of changing its constitution through which governing board members will not have any powers or convince the Board of Governors to bring in changes in domestic structure, leading to change their stance on Wasim's appointment. Wasim will continue his work since Mani did not accept the resolution passed by governing board members. Moreover, board officials stated the Board of Governors were informed about the appointment of Wasim during the December 18 meeting. Catch up on all the latest T20 news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get..
                 

'Rahul Johri has a very colourful past'

3 days ago  
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Citing sexual harassment charges, a lawyer has moved the Supreme Court challenging the continuation of Rahul Johri in the capacity of Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) CEO. Rashmi Nair, who claims to be a women issue activist, filed the petition in the apex court and has insisted that there was every reason for BCCI Ombudsman DK Jain to revisit the case against Johri. Johri gets away "Johri had a very colourful past in each and every organisation where he worked and he managed to get away with all allegations of sexual harassment levelled against him by threat, coercion or greed," the petition said. The petitioner also sought to know why the recently appointed ombudsman was not being handed the matter for investigation. Nair in her petition cited about three women who had raised the issue. "The three women came for deposition but for some reason one woman did not depose and the other two deposed against Johri. After this team carried out the investigation, there was a di..
                 

Ishant Sharma amongst 4 others kept on Stand by for the World Cup

3 days ago  
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Just like Pant-Rayudu-Navdeep Saini, Ishant and Axar Patel are also part of the reserves named by the Indian selectors for the showpiece event. A BCCI functionary said that the five players have been informed that they are in the stand-by list and they should be ready to take the flight if and when needed. Interestingly, Saini will already be in England with the team to help the batsmen prepare for the tournament. "Ishant, Axar, Pant, Rayudu and Saini are aware that they have been named stand-by. The board has informed them about this and while four of them won't be travelling with the team like Saini, they have been asked to be ready to jump onto the plane whenever needed. "We were looking at two batsmen, two pacers and a spinner when we decided to name the stand-by players. As you are aware, this year's format will see every team competing against every other team in the tournament and covering the bases is very important in such long format tournaments," the functionary explained..
                 

Jofra Archer decided to take his World cup exclusion in a positive way

3 days ago  
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Rather, the all-rounder is "excited to play against Pakistan" as he is in contention to make his ODI debut ahead of the marquee event. Born to a British father, the 24-year-old qualified to play for England on residence last month. Archer has been named to play against Ireland and Pakistan in seven games, beginning May 3. "It is not all about the World Cup for me right now; it is about playing against Pakistan which is what I have been selected for. It will still be the highlight of my career to play for England in the series against Pakistan. Of course, I want to play in the World Cup, but if it does not happen for me I am not going to get upset. I am just so excited to play against Pakistan and this is a position I did not imagine I would be in at this stage," Archer said Archer, who did not expect to "ever be good enough to play for England", is playing in T20 tournaments around the world. Currently, he is competing in the Indian Premier League (IPL), where he is donning Rajastha..
                 

Sourav Ganguly may quit cricket committee to avoid conflict

4 days ago  
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Sourav Ganguly is willing to resign from the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) after CEO Rahul Johri - on behalf of the board - asked ombudsman DK Jain to examine his dual role as member of CAC and Delhi Capitals advisor. Speaking to IANS, sources in the know of developments said that while the Cricket Association of Bengal president-cum-DC advisor is confident that he is not conflicted, even then, the former India skipper is willing to step down from the CAC which also has Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor VVS Laxman and Mumbai Indians mentor Sachin Tendulkar as members. "Sourav last attended a CAC meeting during the appointment of Ravi Shastri as coach after the Champions Trophy in 2017. In fact, the committee has not even met in recent times and he is clear that if required, he will step down from the role to avoid any questions of conflict. Even though his stance remains unchanged that he is not conflicted in any way, he will meet the o..
                 

Ricky Ponting surprised at exclusion of 'India's X factor' Rishabh Pant

4 days ago  
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Australian great Ricky Ponting yesterday expressed surprise at Rishabh Pant's exclusion from India's World Cup squad, saying he could have been the X factor in the playing eleven. Ponting met Pant on Monday night, hours after the India squad was announced with Dinesh Karthik being preferred over thePant, 21, for the reserve wicketkeeper's slot. "Yes I was surprised when he was left out of the Indian squad. I thought he would be in and he would be in the starting eleven. I thought someone like him batting at four or five could have been that X factor and the difference between India and the other teams," said the Delhi Capitals head coach. Ponting had nothing but words of encouragement for Pant. "One thing we know about Indian cricket is that there is a lot of depth around in batting and this time Rishabh has missed out. Knowing what he is like and the talent he has, I would be surprised if he doesn't play in at least three World Cups before his career is over." Catch up on all the l..
                 

'India's sharp bowling attack can enhance chances in World cup'

4 days ago  
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Former Australian fast bowler Brett Lee believes India's sharp bowling attack enhances their chances of succeeding at the World Cup. Talking about Indian fast bowlers, the cricketer-turned-commentator was all praise for death over specialist Jasprit Bumrah and called him a class act. Also Read: World Cup 2019: India has a strong side for World Cup, says Shikhar Dhawan The Virat Kohli-led World Cup side comprises pacers Bumrah, Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar apart from all-rounders like pace bowling all-rounder Hardik Pandya and Vijay Shankar, who can swing the ball. Jasprit Bumrah In good hands "I think India is in pretty good hands at the moment and I reckon their chances will be very good. That's because they have a good bowling attack," said Lee on the sidelines of an event where Runwal Group announced its coaching-related tie-up with Cricket Australia. Also Read: World Cup flashback: Rains ruin India's chase "I am impressed with the Indian fast bowlers. Jaspr..
                 

Ambati Rayudu takes a shot at World Cup selections with 3D jibe

5 days ago  
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Ambati Rayudu has "ordered 3d glasses" to watch the World Cup, a day after he was pipped by the "three-dimensional" Vijay Shankar in the Indian squad for the tournament. All-rounder Vijay Shankar was preferred over Ambati Rayudu for the contentious No. 4 spot in India's World Cup squad. "Just Ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the World Cup," Rayudu wrote on his Twitter handle yesterday. Rayudu's was left out of the squad just a few months after captain Virat Kohli had more or less earmarked him for the number four position. Just Ordered a new set of 3d glasses to watch the world cup 😉😋.. — Ambati Rayudu (@RayuduAmbati) April 16, 2019 "We did give a few more chances to Rayudu but Vijay Shankar gives three dimensions. He can bat, if the conditions are overcast, he can bowl, plus he is a fielder. We are looking at Vijay Shankar as a No. 4," chief selector MSK Prasad had said on Monday, justifying his selection. On the other hand, in his quest to ramp up his limi..
                 

Gambhir: Rayudu's omission should be debated more than Rishabh Pant

5 days ago  
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Ambati Rayudu's omission from India's World Cup squad after just three failures is "heartbreaking" but there should be no debate on Rishabh Pant's exclusion as he didn't grab his chances, feels former India opener Gautam Gambhir. Veteran Dinesh Karthik being favoured over Pant has been roundly criticised with Sunil Gavaskar calling it a surprising move. But the hero of the 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup final said Rayudu not making the cut is the most unfortunate bit about the squad announced on Monday. "I think there should be no debate about Rishabh Pant's exclusion but more about Ambati Rayudu," Gambhir told PTI during an interview here Tuesday. "It is very, very unfortunate that someone averaging 48 in white-ball cricket and is only 33 has been left out. That for me is more heartbreaking than any other selection decision," said the outspoken Gambhir. Rayudu was called India's first-choice No.4 by captain Virat Kohli a few months ago but low scores in the home series against ..
                 

World Cup 2019: Bangladesh announce squad, Mashrafe Mortaza to lead

6 days ago  
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Bangladesh on Tuesday announced their 15-member squad for the upcoming World Cup slated to be held in England and Wales. Mashrafe Mortaza will be leading the side in the showpiece event while Shakib Al Hasan will serve as his deputy. Middle-order batsman Mosaddek Hossain, who last played for Bangladesh in the Asia Cup last year, has made a comeback for the world cup. The Bangladesh selectors have also named pacer Abu Jayed in the squad. Jayed, who is yet to make his debut in ODIs, had impressed with his swing bowling during the Tests in New Zealand last month. Bangladesh will begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa at the Kennington Oval on June 2. Before that, they will play two practice matches against Pakistan and India on May 26 and 28, respectively. Apart from Bangladesh, New Zealand, Australia and India have also announced their squads for the prestigious quadrennial event starting from May 30. Bangladesh squad for World Cup: Mashrafe Mortaza (C), Tamim Iqbal, Ma..
                 

World Cup flashback: Afghanistan script historic win in 2015

6 days ago  
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World Cup memoryAfghanistan script historic win Afghanistan scripted history by stunning Scotland to register their first-ever World Cup victory at Dunedin in 2015. The last-wicket pair of Hamid Hassan and Shapoor Zadran took the World Cup debutants to a thrilling one-wicket victory in the final over following a fighting 147-ball 96 from Samiullah Shenwari. Chasing 211, Afghanistan were reduced to 97-7, but Samiullah gave Afghanistan hopes, sharing a 35-run stand with Dawlat Zadran for the eighth wicket and 60-run partnership for the ninth wicket with Hamid, before he was caught by Josh Davey off Majid Haq with the scoring reading 192-9 in 46.5 overs. Hamid and Shapoor took Afghanistan to 206-9 in 49 overs. With four required off four balls, Shapoor clipped one to the square-leg boundary to seal Afghanistan's victory. Richie Berrington (4-40) was the pick of the bowlers for Scotland. Earlier, Shapoor (4-38), Dawlat (3-29) restricted Scotland to 210 all out in 50 overs. Did you kn..
                 

Kedar Jadhav becomes first Pune player to figure in WC team

6 days ago  
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There were quite a few contenders for the No. 4 and No. 5 slots in the Indian batting order ahead of the Indian team's selection for the World Cup 2019. But almost nobody doubted who would occupy the No. 6 slot. He might not be as impactful as the top three in the Indian batting line-up, but Pune lad Kedar Jadhav has made the No. 6 slot his own, for more than one reason. Jadhav creates history Jadhav yesterday became the first Pune player to make the Indian World Cup squad. In fact, this attacking batsman is the first Maharashtra player to be named in the Indian World Cup squad, if one discounts Munaf Patel, primarily a Mumbai cricketer who played for Maharashtra for a few seasons. For someone who has played 59 ODIs for the Indian team in the past five years, an average of 43.48 with a strike rate over 100 is quite acceptable. Considering that the top-three have done bulk of the scoring in most of these games, one understands the importance of Jadhav's role in that unit. And we have..
                 

Rishabh Pant's omission from India's World Cup squad angers fans

6 days ago  
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Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar on Monday said he is surprised at young glovesman Rishabh Pant's exclusion from India's World Cup squad given his "exceptionally" good batting form and "great" improvement in wicket-keeping skills. The 33-year-old Dinesh Karthik pipped Pant in the fight for the second wicketkeeper's slot in India's 15-strong squad for the World Cup, starting May 30 in England. Gavaskar said the move is surprising but backed Karthik as a better wicketkeeper. "A bit surprised, looking at his (Pant's) form. He was batting exceptionally well, not only in the IPL but before that also. He was showing great improvement his wicket-keeping as well. He brings that left-handed option in the top-six which is very handy against the bowlers," Gavaskar told 'India Today'. "The bowlers have to change their line (for a left-hander) and the captains have to do a lot of field arrangements. Pant has so far scored 245 runs in the ongoing IPL, compared to Karthik's 111. Karthik was c..
                 

India's World Cup 2019 squad announced: Karthik in, Pant misses out

6 days ago  
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The selection team comprising of MSK Prasad & Co met today at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai to pick the Indian World Cup squad that will be touring England and Wales to play the biggest tournament in cricket between May 30 and July 14, 2019. While Virat Kohli will be leading the team in the 2019 World Cup, Rohit Sharma will be the vice-captain of the team. Former World Cup-winning captain MS Dhoni will be behind the stumps in the playing 11, Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav will be leading India's bowling attack.(Pic/ Suresh KK) This will be Virat Kohli's first ICC World Cup as captain of the Indian team, he has earlier featured in the team during the 2011 World Cup in India and the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. India's squad for the ICC World Cup 2019:Virat Kohli (Capt), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, ..
                 

Australia World Cup 2019 squad: Smith, Warner return, Finch to lead

7 days ago  
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Steve Smith and David Warner have been included in the Aaron Finch-led Australia squad for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, announced on Monday. The 50-over tournament will take place in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14. Australia will open its World Cup title defence against Afghanistan at the Bristol County Ground on June 1. The return of Smith and Warner has strengthened the batting line-up of the title defenders. However, the inclusion of big hitters has led to the dropping of in-form batsman Peter Handscomb and Ashton Turner. "Steve Smith and David Warner come back into the squad. Both are world class players and it has been pleasing to see them produce some good form in the IPL. Given the depth of talent and competition for spots there were a number of tough calls we had to make to settle on our squad of 15," Chairman of Selectors, Trevor Hohns said. "Unfortunately, from the recent squad which toured India and the UAE, Peter Handscomb, Ashton Turner and Kane Richardson ..
                 

World Cup flashback: When mighty Australians struggled against Scotland

9 days ago  
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The Australia v Scotland pre-match build-up did not include any talk of an upset in the 1999 World Cup and the eventual champions led by Steve Waugh, did win their New Road tie on May 16. However, Australia couldn't call it a smooth ride especially when it came to surpassing Scotland's World Cup debut total of 181-7. Mr Extras was top scorer with 39 and Scotland were helped by an entertaining 62-run partnership in 57 balls by George Hamilton and James Brinkley. Left-arm pacer Asim Butt struck first to dismiss Adam Gilchrist with only 17 on board. Opener Mark Waugh and one-drop Ricky Ponting put their heads down to produce an 84-run second wicket stand in nearly 22 overs. A running catch from Mike Allingham at midwicket off John Blain sent Ponting back for 33 before Darren Lehmann was bowled by off-spinner Nick Dyer for a duck. Steve and Mark Waugh then put on 40 for the fourth wicket, but Mark (67) was dismissed in the 36th over - caught and bowled by Dyer for 67. Steve (49 not out) ..
                 

Mumbai Cricket Association cuts summer camps from 21 to 8 centers

10 days ago  
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The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA), it has been learnt, has decided to drastically reduce their summer vacation cricket camps from 21 to just eight centres this year. Quality over quantity, a centralised approach and budget constraints are being projected as the reasons for the pruning of the talent feeding centres. MCA's move to reduce the camps has shocked the local cricket fraternity as they feel the increased number of players across age groups at each centre will be hard to manage. On an average, each centre receives over 500 participants every summer. "Now, with just eight centres, the load on each camp is estimated to reach close to 2000 entries," said a MCA member and a regular functionary of summer vacation camps. Each camp will be pruned to 28 players. The MCA's Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC) had initially decided to have at least 16 centres, but later they were convinced by the MCA's adhoc committee to restrict it to eight. "It is more to do with a qualitative appro..
                 

Under-19 T20 Cup: Masters Sports Association clinch cricket title

11 days ago  
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Masters Sports Association (Navi Mumbai) beat Boys CC (Dombivli) by seven wickets to lift the IDBI Federal Insurance Cup U-19 T20 title at Mahul recently. Batting first, the Dombivli team posted 123 for nine in 20 overs. Aditya Rawat (13-ball 29) and Arya Ikhe (51-ball 33) were the chief contributors. For Masters Sports Association, right-arm medium pacer Mukund Sardar (3-27) and off-spinner Rohit Desai (2-11) were among the wickets. Chasing, the Navi Mumbai outfit's Siddhant Mhatre (52-balls 66) and Shreeraj Gharat (21) put on a 49-run partnership. Later, Siddhant, in the company of Pushkar Sharma (19 not out) stitched 63-run partnership to see their team over the finish line. Siddhant was named the Best Player as well as the Best Batsman of the tournament. Bhushan Kastur was named the Best Bowler while Shantanu Nayak was awarded the Best Fielder trophy. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Kumble, Dravid's fight for revenue share benefiting current cricketers

11 days ago  
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Financially more secure than athletes in any other sport in India, the current generation of cricketers should be thankful to Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid and Anil Kumble for fighting for them, feels former batting star Virender Sehwag. Referring to the trio's fight for share in BCCI revenue for players back in 2001-02, sehwag said it went a long way in guaranteeing financial security that is enjoyed by the current crop of players.The BCCI is on the cusp of having its own Players' Association within the next few days but the seeds were first sown by Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Dravid and Kumble, who had formed a 'Players' Association' demanding a share from the BCCI's TV rights deal. "We had to fight to get a share of revenue from BCCI but I don't think there is any such precedence in any other sport. Had the likes of Tendulkar, Dravid and Kumble not fought for our rights, we wouldn't have been where we are today," Sehwag said on the sidelines of newly launched IPKL Kabaddi Leage fl..
                 

World Cup flashback: Gilchrist walks and wins hearts in 2003

13 days ago  
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It was a sight that left the cricketing world stunned - Adam Gilchrist walking back after umpire Rudi Koertzen had negated Sri Lanka's Aravinda de Silva's appeal for a caught-behind verdict during the 2003 World Cup semi-final at Port Elizabeth. Contrary to the image of the Australians walking only when their cars run out of petrol, Gilchrist's gesture came as a surprise. It also won many hearts. With Sri Lanka looking to make their first final since their successful one in the 1996 World Cup, Gilchrist, with 329 runs in the tournament, was a prized Australian wicket. After seeing the hard-hitting wicketkeeper-batsman dismissed for 22 and then the departure of Ricky Ponting (2) and Matthew Hayden (20) in quick succession, Sri Lanka would have fancied their chances of being the first team to beat the Aussies in the 2003 edition. However, Andrew Symonds' unbeaten 91 helped Australia post 212 for seven. A rain interruption resulted in Sri Lanka having to face a revised target of 172 in ..
                 

Physically challenged teams named after slain soldiers

13 days ago  
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It's nearly two months for the deadly terror attack in Pulwama where 40 CRPF soldiers lost their lives on February 14, but tributes and gestures continue to flow in. Physically challenged teams participating in the selection trial games for the first-ever World Series Championship to be held in England following the ICC men's World Cup, will be named after the departed CRPF personnel. The selection games to be held from April 10 to 13 in Baroda are a part of the nation-wide selection process to pick the best 16 physically challenged players for the World Series. The names of the slain soldiers have been selected depending on the state the captain represents in each of the seven teams. In the case of Iqbal Khan, who hails from Rajasthan, his team has been named after martyr Hemraj Meena. The two captains from Maharashtra - Ravi Patil and Vikrant Keni - will lead martyr Sanjay Rajput XI and martyr Rathore Nitin Shivaji XI, who hail from the state's Buldhana district. West Bengal'..
                 

World Cup flashback: How Allan Lamb shocked West Indies

14 days ago  
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England stunned the WI with a two-wicket win at Gujranwala in the 1987 World Cup. After restricting WI to 243 for 7, England were in trouble at 40 for 2. But Graham Gooch and Mike Gatting put on 58 for the third wicket before Carl Hooper, bowling medium pace, disturbed Gatting's furniture. One run later, Hooper sent back Gooch. Soon, England were gasping at 131 for six. John Emburey threw his bat around and so did Philip DeFreitas. When No.10 Neil Foster joined Lamb, England needed 34 off three overs. Lamb blasted 15 in the 48th over from Courtney Walsh and then Patrick Patterson conceded only six in Over No. 49. Thirteen to get in the last over, Lamb hit Walsh's first ball for two and the next one for four. The third ball gave England four wides. A no-ball also helped England and it was down to two runs to get from four balls with Foster on strike. The tailender hit one through the slips which reached the boundary for England to win a thriller. Lamb was man of the match for his 67 n..
                 

Ian Chappell: Aus now joint favourites to win World Cup with India

15 days ago  
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Australia has just completed a remarkable resurgence, transforming from a struggling ODI side to beat the highly ranked Indian team and follow that with a comprehensive series win over Pakistan in their home territory. The victory over India was even more remarkable for the fact that they were at home and led the series 2-nil and Australia was missing four of their top players — two from suspension and an injured pair. Australia's spirited revival, plus the pending return of star players now has them on an equal footing with India and England as joint favourites to win the World Cup. That sounds like a team on the up but the story at home is one of a different hue. For many years the Sheffield Shield competition was recognised by players — Sir Garfield Sobers among them — as the toughest cricket outside the Test arena. A glance at a recently completed Sheffield Shield round suggests that accolade is well and truly out of date. In two of the three games played —..
                 

ICC charges Sri Lanka bowler Lokuhettige over corruption

17 days ago  
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Rohit Sharma: Kohli's preference, a big factor in WC team selection

17 days ago  
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Though India's team for the World Cup is more or less selected, India's ODI vice-captain Rohit Sharma said yesterday that skipper Virat Kohli's 'preference' will play a major role in borderline cases for the showpiece event that starts on May 30. To underline the captain's role in team combination, Rohit gave his own example. "I captain Mumbai Indians and know how it works. The preference of the captain is very important in terms of an extra spinner that you want in your squad, whether it is a batsman, bowler or spinner, so I think Virat and Ravi Shastri [head coach] have to decide what combination they want - the extra player, the extra cushion they are looking for… that is something which will matter," Rohit said during the launch of cricket.com website at a city hotel. "We are pretty much settled. There are a few spots left, which everyone knows about. But again, all that depends on what the captain, coach and selectors think about the combination they want to go ahead with..
                 

'Cricket is my bread and butter, I'll never indulge in any betting'

17 days ago  
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Former Indian women's cricket team coach Tushar Arothe on Wednesday claimed innocence a day after he was arrested and subsequently released on bail for allegedly betting on an IPL match. "This (cricket) is my bread and butter. Whatever I am today is because of cricket and I will never do such type of activity. Life mei ek paisa idhar-udhar nahi kiya hai (I have never cheated)," Arothe told PTI. The 52-year-old from Baroda was arrested on Monday before being given bail by the police, Vadodara Police Commissioner Anup Singh Gehlot told PTI on Tuesday. "Forget about doing it, I have never thought about it," the former batsman, who represented Baroda in 114 first-class games. Arothe and 18 others were arrested by the city Crime Branch for betting on the IPL match between Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab played at Mohali, said Deputy Commissioner of Police Jaydeepsinh Jadeja of Vadodara Crime Branch. "Arothe is a former coach of the Indian women's cricket team. He was among the 19 per..
                 

Ex-India women's team coach Tushar Arothe arrested for betting

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Nothing's changed in Australian cricket

19 days ago  
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Sometimes you have to surrender before you can think about winning. Twelve months ago, Australia surrendered more than the moral high ground in the shadows of Table Mountain in Cape Town. They surrendered their captain, vice-captain and their coach. Not long after, they surrendered their head of Integrity. How ironic! And soon after, they surrendered their long-time CEO. Well, to be honest, he jumped ship a few days before a damning Cultural Review was released. It's not always the case that surrenders and cowardice are best friends but this time. Oz, a threat at World Cup Here we are, one year later. Australia are now genuine World Cup threats again. Almost unthinkable a few months ago when India laid waste to them in all formats and when there were dark mutterings about a dearth of options to fill a gaping void. Now, it's a matter of how the selectors can fit 20 viable candidates into 15 slots. The darkest hour is just before the dawn. At the coalface of Australian cricket, far f..
                 

Yuvraj and Sachin get emotional on 2011 World Cup win anniversary

19 days ago  
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This day, eight years back on April 2, 2011, MS Dhoni cleared the stands at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai to lift the 2011 World Cup trophy. Emotional scenes followed as the Indian players including Yuvraj Singh, Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh amongst others, started crying on the field. It was a great and unforgettable day for an Indian cricket fan and just like the regular fan, It was the biggest day in the careers of all the Indian players on the pitch. Maybe the biggest day was for Sachin Tendulkar, who waited for more than two decades to get his hands on the trophy. Moreover, Yuvraj Singh, Harbhajan Singh and others dedicated the win to Sachin Tendulkar.  Remembering the big day, Yuvraj Singh shared a few images from the incredible day on his Instagram and captioned, "Bringing back the memories of this day 2nd April 2011 when we won it for this special man! The greatest @sachintendulkar and my legendary bowler and friend! @zaheer_khan34 #worldcup2011memories" ..
                 

Pakistan cricketer Umar Akmal fined for late-night outing

20 days ago  
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Pakistan cricket's enfant terrible Umar Akmal has been fined 20 per cent of his match fee and has also received an official reprimand following his late night outing in Dubai after the fourth ODI against Australia. The Pakistan Cricket Board said on Monday that team manager, Talat Ali had held a hearing at which Umar pleaded guilty and also apologised for his actions. A video clip emerged on social media showing Umar having a late night outing after Pakistan had lost the fourth ODI in Dubai, following which a debate stirred on whether the batsman had shown indiscipline or his personal life should be respected. The batsman, who has had a history of run-ins with the establishment and disciplinary issues, was recalled for the ODI series against Australia after showing good form in the Pakistan Super League after having spent nearly two-and-half years on the sidelines. Head coach Mickey Arthur, who had a run-in with Umar in Lahore last year, has said that while Umar's attitude has impro..
                 

BCCI Ombudsman summons Hardik, KL for deposition over sexist comments

20 days ago  
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The Supreme Court-appointed BCCI Ombudsman Justice (Retd) D K Jain has issued notices to India players Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul to appear for deposition for their sexist comments on a TV chat show. Pandya and Rahul were provisionally suspended by the Committee of Administrators (CoA) for their loose talk on chat show "Koffee With Karan" before the ban was lifted pending inquiry by the Ombudsman. "I have issued notices last week to Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul asking them to appear for deposition," Justice Jain said. However, it is not clear how the BCCI will co-ordinate with Pandya and Rahul's respective franchises Mumbai Indians and Kings XI Punjab to arrange for their deposition in between the ongoing IPL. It is learnt that they might depose ahead of the April 10 clash between the two teams in Mumbai. "Both are playing IPL and the itinerary is packed with back-to-back matches and a gruelling travel schedule," a BCCI official said. The Ombudsman, who is also the BCCI's ad-hoc Ethic..
                 

English pacer Stuart Broad back in the crease with Mollie King?

21 days ago  
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England cricketer Stuart Broad, 32, and singer Mollie King, 31, are reportedly back together after they were seen holding hands during a stroll in London recently. According to British tabloid, The Daily Mail, the couple went out for dinner before going shopping. Earlier, reports of the couple ending their relationship emerged in November when they cited packed schedules for their split. They had started dating in March last year after being introduced by common friends. The couple were said to have ended their romance last August. They had even unfollowed each other on social media. Who is Mollie King ?Mollie King is an English singer-songwriter, model, television and radio presenter. She is best known for being a member of girl gang The Saturdays. As part of the Saturdays, Mollie King has had many top-ten and top-five singles, including the UK no.1 hit What About Us on the UK Singles Chart and five top-ten albums on the UK Albums Chart. Before The Saturdays, King was a member of a..
                 

World Cup flashback: England spoil Brian Lara's farewell in 2007

23 days ago  
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Despite being an inconsequential match for both West Indies and England, the last Super Eight game of the 2007 World Cup at Bridgetown's Kensington Oval witnessed a full house. The crowd which turned up to watch Brian Lara in action for the last time in international cricket, were treated to a thrilling encounter with England defeating West Indies by one-wicket with a ball to spare. Chasing West Indies' 300 all out, skipper Michael Vaughan's 79 gave England a sound start before three direct-hit run outs threatened to derail their chase. England were struggling at 189-6, setting the stage for West Indian captain Lara to bow out on a winning note. However, Kevin Pietersen's second World Cup ton and wicketkeeper-batsman Paul Nixon's crucial 38 turned the match in England's favour. Earlier, Chris Gayle (79) and Devon Smith (61) provided West Indies a flying start as the hosts raced to 100 in the 15th over with the former scoring half-century off just 29 balls. Lara walked at No. 3, to a ..
                 

World Cup flashback: A dream comeback for Canada in 2003

23 days ago  
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Making a comeback to the World Cup for the first time since 1979, Canada stunned Bangladesh by 60 runs at Kingsmead in their first match of the 2003 edition. Bangladesh, a Test-playing nation, with three years of international experience, were considered the favourites going into the match. Batting first, Canada were bowled out for 180 inside 50 overs, with Mashrafe Mortaza, Manjural Islam and Tapash Baisya troubling the Canadian batsmen with their pace. Ian Billcliff (42), who played provincial cricket in New Zealand, came in at No. 4 with the score reading 47-2. He tried to steady Canada's innings and even smashed six boundaries, but failed to get enough support from the other end and was part of a foolish run out after a mix-up with Ashish Bagai, leaving Canada in trouble at 134-7. The chase looked easy with Hannan Sarkar and Al Sahariar providing Bangladesh the perfect start at 33-0 in six overs. But Bangladesh were suddenly reduced to 46-3, after Davis Joseph provided Canada the ..
                 

Finch, Zampa shine as Australia ease to series win over Pakistan

24 days ago  
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Skipper Aaron Finch just missed a record hundred while Adam Zampa took four wickets and Pat Cummins claimed three as Australia demolished Pakistan by 80 runs in the third one-day international in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Finch hit a 136-ball 90 to steer Australia to 266-6 in 50 overs on a slow-paced Sheikh Zayed Stadium pitch before Zampa (4-43) and Cummins (3-24) jolted Pakistan's batting before they folded at 186 in 44.4 overs. The win gives Australia an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series with the last two games taking place in Dubai on Friday and Sunday. Australia won the first two matches by identical margins of eight wickets -- both in Sharjah -- and continued their dominance of a depleted Pakistan side who rested six of their key players in a surprise move, two months before the World Cup. Cummins, fresh after resting the first two matches, followed his 14 wickets in the series win in India earlier this month, by dismissing Shan Masood (two) in his third over and the..
                 

Legendary photo! Sachin Tendulkar catches up with Rajinikanth

26 days ago  
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Former Indian batting great Sachin Tendulkar shared a picture with south cinema superstar Rajinikanth on his Instagram. Sachin Tendulkar captioned the picture as, "Always a pleasure to catch-up with you Rajni sir."        View this post on Instagram Always a pleasure to catch-up with you Rajni sir. . . #SneakPeek @rajinikanth A post shared by Sachin Tendulkar (@sachintendulkar) onMar 26, 2019 at 6:57am PDT Rajinikanth was recently spotted in the stadium during the inaugural match of the IPL 2019 between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. Rajinikanth was seen watching the match, ditching the VIP seats and watching from the common seats amongst cricket fans. He had a scarf with which he had hidden his face so that no one recognises him in the audience.  As soon as Rajinikanth removed his scarf, the cricket fans in the nearby seats were shocked to find the superstar amongst them.&n..
                 

Alex Hales takes a break from cricket just before the World Cup

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The 30-year-old did not feature in his county side Nottinghamshire's 50-over match against Lancashire on Friday. "Alex Hales has made himself unavailable for selection for personal reasons and no timetable has been set for his return to action," ICC quoted the statement issued by the county. Hales has played 70 ODIs, registering six hundreds in the format for England. He scored 147 runs against Australia at Trent Bridge, helping England to a record-breaking total of 481/6 last year. England will face Ireland in a one-off ODI before taking on Pakistan in one T20I and five ODIs. Hales is named for these matches. The host for the 2017 World Cup will then play Australia and Afghanistan in warm-ups and then open its 50-over campaign against South Africa on May 30 at The Oval, London Catch up on all the latest T20 news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

World Cup memory: Andrew Hudson opens up in style

2 days ago  
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The Pakistan v West Indies 1992 World Cup game will always be remembered for Jonty Rhodes running out a hapless Inzamam-ul-Haq. But Andrew Hudson stood out earlier in the day at the Gabba on March 8 when his off-side play mesmerised the Brisbane crowd. Kepler Wessels was the man the crowd wanted to watch as well because Wessels played for Queensland, but the SA skipper was back in the hut early. Hudson, who peeled two fours in the opening over bowled by Wasim Akram, put his back foot to good use and had the Pakistan bowling attack in sixes and sevens. His driving was clean and the ball cleared the ropes eight times in his innings of 54 which earned him the man of the match award. The world had a good look at future star Hansie Cronje as well. He stayed unbeaten on 47 as SA totaled 211 for seven in 50 overs. That's before quicksilver Rhodes took everyone's breath away by contributing to Pakistan's 20-run loss. Did you know? The 1992 World Cup witnessed two Channel Nine television ..
                 

BCCI to send 7 players for County experience before World test C'ship

2 days ago  
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The players that BCCI have zeroed in are Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane, Prithvi Shaw, Hanuma Vihari, Mayank Agarwal, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ishant Sharma, who will play County cricket. Pujara already has a three-year contract with Yorkshire and is set to play there again. "Pujara's contract was a deal between him and the county and it's a long term deal," a senior BCCI official told PTI on Friday. As far as Rahane is concerned, he is likely to sign a deal with Hampshire in the coming week and is waiting for the approval of all three Committee of Administrators."CoA head Vinod Rai has already given his approval but Diana Edulji and Lt General Ravi Thodage are yet to give their approvals," the official said. "With India set to play against the Caribbean in about fortnight after the end of the World Cup, the BCCI has prepared a proposal wherein their Test specialists can play some red ball cricket in months of June till mid July," the senior official added. Some of the counties t..
                 

World Cup flashback: Kohli, Shami demolish Pakistan in 2015

3 days ago  
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India couldn't have asked for a perfect occasion to get into the groove for the 2015 World Cup with an opening clash against arch-rivals Pakistan at Adelaide. Though the match did not live up to the hype and hoopla with India winning comprehensively by 76 runs, the cricket world's biggest showdown witnessed some fine individual performances nevertheless. Opting to bat, India opener Shikhar Dhawan (73) provided a rollicking start. Virat Kohli further exploited the hapless Pakistan attack with a fine knock of 107 that was worthy of the Man of the Match award. Dhawan and Kohli put on 129 runs for the second wicket. Kohli and Suresh Raina (74) ensured India's momentum was not affected after Dhawan's run out as they stitched a 110-run third wicket partnership. It helped India propel to 300-7 in 50 overs. Sohail Khan was the pick of the Pakistani pacers with 5-55. Except skipper Mishab-ul-Haq (76) and opener Ahmed Shahzad (47), the rest of the Pakistani batsmen couldn't cope with World Cup..
                 

Virat Kohli revisits old days when he was backed by MS Dhoni

3 days ago  
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The Indian captain also expressed his happiness with the composition of the 15-strong Indian squad for the World Cup in an interview. "It's unfortunate to see so many people going after him. For me, loyalty matters the most," Kohli's words showed his reverence for his first international captain. "When I walked into the team he had the option of trying someone else after few games, although I grabbed my chances but for me to get that kind of backing, it was very crucial for me. "Also, he gave me an opportunity to bat at No 3 because not many youngsters get to play at No 3," the skipper recalled his formative days in international cricket. When an astute brain meets a superlative performer, there is bound to be lot of mutual admiration and the Kohli-Dhoni relationship is no different. "It's just about the field placements and bowling changes and we say you know the angles, you know the pace of the pitch and that's why there is so much of trust and respect between the two of us," he s..
                 

ICC World Cup 2019: Hashim Amla included in South Africa's squad

3 days ago  
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Amla has been an accomplished player for the South African team, as he has scored almost 8000 runs in the ODI format at an average of just 49.75. But the batsman has been struggling for form over the past year. He has been bogged down by inconsistency, but his experience was hard to rule out for the selectors. Amla's inclusion meant that Reeza Hendricks had to be left out from the fifteen-member squad. The 29-year-old Hendricks had established himself as a potential replacement for Amla after having a flourishing start to his ODI career. Aiden Markram has also been included in the World Cup squad and as a result, the team has now three solid opening options (Quinton de Kock, Aiden Markram, Hashim Amla). The team will be led by Faf du Plessis and he will have plenty of bowling options as Kagiso Rabada, Andile Phehlukwayo, Lungi Ngidi, Dale Steyn, Anrich Nortje and Dwaine Pretorius have been included in the squad. JP Duminy, who is currently recovering from his shoulder injury has a..
                 

Dale Steyn believes rankings do not matter in any way at World Cup

3 days ago  
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"I think you really need to take rankings and throw it out of the window. Rankings these days don't mean anything. I don't even know what ranking West Indies have, and they just beat England. Australia were losing, and then they've started winning again," the Royal Challengers Bangalore pacer said at the Eden Gardens. "I think every team going to the World Cup has a massive chance. England are playing in England, and they're playing good some white-ball cricket," he said refusing to name any clear favourites."You just need to go there, figure out which teams are best adapting the conditions and then the team that hits the ground running first has the best chance," he added. Steyn, who will turn 36 in June, will probably be appearing in his last World Cup and he said they are going with high expectations. "I don't think South Africa have lost an ODI series in two and a half years but no one gives us a chance and then somebody does," he said as they've won 11 of their last 13 ODI serie..
                 

Would've preferred 16-man squad, says Team India coach Ravi Shastri

4 days ago  
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India coach Ravi Shastri yesterday said he would have preferred a 16-member World Cup squad instead of the mandated 15 and urged those who missed out to "not lose heart". On Monday, India announced a 15-strong squad for the mega event, starting May 30 in the United Kingdom, and the omissions of young keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and veteran Ambati Rayudu triggered a debate on the choices made by the selectors. Shastri steered clear of commenting on the furore. "I don't get involved in selection. If we have any opinion, we let the captain know," Shastri was quoted as saying by the 'Sport360' website here. "When you only have 15 to pick, there is bound to be someone or the other who misses out, which is very unfortunate. I would have preferred 16 players. We had mentioned to the ICC that in a tournament that long, 16 players makes sense. But the diktat was 15," he added. Shastri said those who missed the final 15 should look ahead as opportunity can knock anytime. "They [who missed ou..
                 

World Cup 2019: Pant, Rayudu, Saini named standbys

4 days ago  
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Young wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant and veteran batsman Ambati Rayudu were Wednesday named among the standbys for India's World Cup squad, reigniting their dashed hopes of making the trip to the UK in case an injury setback hits the side. Speedster Navdeep Saini also found a place in the list of three back-ups for the mega-event starting on May 30. Pant and Rayudu's exclusion from the squad of 15 had created quite a stir on Monday. While Sunil Gavaskar called Pant's omission surprising, the snub to Rayudu was questioned by Gautam Gambhir. With the ICC doing away with the practice of letting countries announce a probables' list before the final squad, the BCCI also has the option of including anyone apart from these three but it is unlikely to happen. "Just like ICC Champions Trophy, we have three standbys. Rishabh Pant and Ambati Rayudu are the first and second standbys while Saini is the bowler in the list. So if anyone gets injured, as per requirement, one of the three will be going,..
                 

World Cup flashback: Rains ruin India's chase

4 days ago  
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It was edge-of-the-seat excitement as Australia scampered to a one-run victory over India at the Gabba in the 1992 World Cup. Opting to bat, Kapil Dev dismissed Australian openers Mark Taylor (13) and Geoff Marsh (8) early in the innings. Dean Jones (90) and David Boon (43) rebuilt the Australian innings with a 71-run third-wicket partnership that helped the hosts post 237-9 in their 50 overs. The Indians were off-colour in their chase to begin with as Ravi Shastri scored 25 off 67 balls. India were 45-1 in 16.4 overs when rain stopped play. On resumption, three overs were deducted while there was a reduction of just two runs in the revised target, as per the rules then. India skipper Mohammed Azharuddin smashed a stylish 93, while Sanjay Manjrekar gave him good company with 47. Their run outs changed the complexion of the game. It ultimately boiled down to four runs off the last ball. When Steve Waugh dropped Javagal Srinath at long on, Venkatapathy Raju, who was the batsman at the..
                 

Mithali Raj named goodwill ambassador for SCC World Cup

5 days ago  
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Indian women's cricket team captain Mithali Raj has been named the goodwill ambassador of Team India at the Street Child Cricket World Cup (SCCWC). She, alongside Sourav Ganguly and Rajasthan Royals, joins in supporting the team as they gear up for the final match at Lords, just ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup in May this year. Announcing her support, Mithali said, "I am excited to join the Street Child Cricket World Cup as a goodwill ambassador for Team India. As an athlete, I know the true potential that sports can play in not just changing a child's reality, but also garnering public support for children who live on the streets. India has over 20 lakh street connected children and there lies our nation's untapped potential." Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Hardik Pandya: Everyone has a setback, the time away helped me

5 days ago  
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Everyone learns from setbacks and Hardik Pandya by his own admission is no different as he worked on his game and mindset during the forced break which is paying him dividends in the ongoing IPL. In the eye of the storm at the start of the year due to his loose talk on a chat show, Hardik was provisionally suspended by the BCCI and the matter is still pending before the Ombudsman even though he is likely to get a clean chit. However, since his comeback in New Zealand, Pandya has shown more focus on the field and has been in tremendous form with the bat in the ongoing IPL as a finisher for Mumbai Indians with 186 runs at a strike-rate of 191 plus. "It's okay, everyone has a setback and for me, I got some time for my body (working on fitness routines) as well. The time I was out is helping me right now because I am in a good mindset and everything is coming right," Hardik said after powering MI to victory with 37 off 16 balls against Royal Challengers Bangalore. Also Read: IPL 2..
                 

Vijay Shankar used to practice on the terrace at home, says father

6 days ago  
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On the outskirts of Chennai, a father takes a call from his son who is in Hyderabad. It's the news of his World Cup selection. Vijay Shankar, 28, is overjoyed to deliver the biggest news of his cricketing life and father H Shankar is overcome with emotion. "I was out of my house and in a meeting with someone when Vijay called me with the news of his inclusion. He was thrilled after having put in so much effort for the past 17 to 18 years. I couldn't talk much to him because we both were busy with some work. He wanted me to hear the news from him," Shankar told mid-day from Chennai yesterday. Shankar, 59, a former all-rounder himself, has played club cricket in Chennai. H Shankar "Once we came to know of his selection, we thanked God and prayed for Vijay to do well in every match. I pray that he is fit enough to play and shoulder the challenges in the World Cup," Shankar added. Shankar turned back the clock: "When Vijay was 17, I asked him whether he wanted to play cricket as a ..
                 

Dinesh Karthik is not better than Rishabh, says Pant's coach

6 days ago  
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Rishabh Pant's exclusion from the World Cup team came as a major surprise. The southpaw was tipped to be on the plane to England, but MSK Prasad's selection committee ultimately preferred the experienced Dinesh Karthik over the Delhi dasher. Pant has long been touted as an understudy to Dhoni, whereas Karthik has been experimented for the No. 4 slot before being dropped to the lower order as the one to finish the game. "It was discussed among the selection committee that one of them [Pant or Karthik] will play in the XI, provided MS [Dhoni] is injured. In such a situation, in crunch matches, who is the best guy who can handle pressure? That is what went in favour of Karthik. Otherwise, Pant is full of talent, there is lot of time for him. It's unfortunate that he missed out," explained Prasad yesterday. Also read: ICC World Cup 2019: Pant was almost there, says MSK Prasad after another "near miss" Tarak Sinha Pant's childhood coach and mentor Tarak Sinha was disappointed. "The..
                 

Why Dinesh Karthik's selection in India's World Cup team was sealed!

6 days ago  
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Dinesh Karthik's selection in India's World Cup team was sealed primarily on two counts — the experience of 91 ODIs and better wicketkeeping skills than Rishabh Pant. Chairman of selectors MSK Prasad made it clear that the second wicketkeeper will only be in the playing XI if MS Dhoni gets injured. However, what tilted the balance in Karthik's favour is his ability to finish games. "One of the wicketkeepers will play only if MSD is injured. Under pressure, we have seen Dinesh finish matches. That scored for him," Prasad said yesterday. Karthik's standout knock in recent times came in the T20 Nidahas Trophy in Sri Lanka, where his last-ball six in the final helped India clinch the title in Colombo last year. As far as his ODI knocks are concerned, Karthik has been able to produce a few cameos. Karthik, who was also part of the 2007 World Cup as back-up to Dhoni, was not included in the last two home ODI series that India played against West Indies and Australia. In the two o..
                 

David Warner and Steve Smith back in Australia's Squad for World Cup

6 days ago  
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It is the first call-up for the former captain and his deputy since the expiry late last month of year-long bans for their part in the "sandpapergate" scandal in Cape Town that rocked cricket. They were eligible for the final two games of Australia's recent limited-overs tour against Pakistan, but selectors preferred that they eased themselves back at the Twenty20 Indian Premier League.Both grabbed the opportunity and have been in good touch, particularly the bombastic Warner who has made a blistering return. It left coach Justin Langer with a dilemma on the back of the defending World Cup champions winning eight one-day internationals on the trot, against India and Pakistan. All the top order have been firing, and it is Handscomb who is the fall guy despite averaging 43 in 13 games this year. The decision to drop him means the team only has one wicketkeeper in Alex Carey. "We have been extremely pleased with how the ODI squad has been building over the past six months, including t..
                 

World Cup flashback: Tonny time for India at Taunton

7 days ago  
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World Cup memoryTonny time for India at Taunton India needed a big win at Taunton after defeats to South Africa and Zimbabwe which came before their win over Kenya at Bristol in the 1999 World Cup. They had defending champions Sri Lanka as their opponents and though the islanders were heavy on talent, the seaming English conditions were a different kettle of fish. Astute skipper Arjuna Ranatunga opted to field first and the only satisfaction he extracted from that decision was when Chaminda Vaas clean bowled Sadagoppan Ramesh for five as Rahul Dravid and Sourav Ganguly blazed away to a 318-run stand for the second wicket in 45 overs. Dravid was imperious till he got run out for 145 and Ganguly displayed his full array of strokes to score 183 – still the highest individual score by an Indian at the World Cup. Sachin Tendulkar, Ajay Jadeja and Robin Singh fell cheaply, but India still amassed 373 for 6. The Lankans never looked like challenging India as Robin claimed a fifer ins..
                 

ICC World Cup: National selectors to pick India's squad today in Mumbai

7 days ago  
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The 15-member squad that the national selectors picked for the last three ODIs against Australia on February 15 reflected India's World Cup roster to several pundits. The squad was: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma (vice-captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Kedar Jadhav, MS Dhoni (wicketkeeper), Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Vijay Shankar, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant. Exactly two months later, when MSK Prasad & Co meet today at the BCCI headquarters to pick the World Cup team, they could well come up with the same squad, but there wouldn't be any shortage of discussions over it. Pre-selection talk was all about, "one or two slots to fill" but it isn't as simple. The selectors will have to take into consideration the permutations and combinations, depending on the conditions and the fickle English weather. That's what makes selection of all the squads harder since the conditions change in England swifter and Ind..
                 

Steve Smith, David Warner got away with murder: Curtly Ambrose

9 days ago  
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The Australian duo of Steve Smith and David Warner "got away with murder" and should have been banned for two years for their roles in the ball-tempering scandal, feels West Indies pace legend Curtly Ambrose. Former captain Smith and his deputy Warner were handed a one-year ban by Cricket Australia for their role in trying to rough up one side of the ball with sandpaper during the third Test against South Africa at Cape Town in March last year. The duo are currently playing in the Indian Premier League after their ban period ended on March 29. "When you break the law like that you should be punished. I honestly thought they got away with murder. A year was a little bit [lenient]. I would have said two years just to send a message because it was stupid really," Ambrose told Fox Sports. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Kuldeep: Kohli has different kind of hunger when he plays for India

10 days ago  
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Spinner Kuldeep Yadav says Virat Kohli has a different kind of hunger when he plays for India, refusing to believe that the IPL losing streak will affect the skipper's form going into the World Cup. The Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore have lost six matches on the trot this IPL season but Kuldeep backed his captain. "He's one of the best in the world, has broken so many records I don't think he will be affected by this," Kuldeep said. "He has a different hunger when he plays for India. Everyone is highly motivated to do well in the World Cup." The 24-year-old from Kanpur feels lack of team combination is the main reason behind RCB's failure. "With 5000-plus runs, individually he's doing his best. But maybe his team combination is not clicking. Maybe somewhere down the line he's lacking in team combination. It's a team combination. "He's in great touch and if he keeps doing well like that it will be good for India in World Cup." Catch up on all the latest IPL News and update..
                 

Dilip Vengsarkar set to be Mumbai Cricket Association's CIC chief

11 days ago  
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In an attempt to better their performance from last season, the Bombay High Court-appointed adhoc committee of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) is set to appoint former India captain Dilip Vengsarkar the Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC) chairman. Vengsarkar had resigned as MCA vice-president in 2017 following the Supreme Court's verdict that barred him from continuing as per the Lodha Committee recommendations. Current CIC chief Raju Kulkarni will continue to be a part of the committee. Also Read: Four match women's IPL to be played this year The MCA's adhoc committee will also have to seek replacements for Amol Muzumdar and Sahil Kukreja, who resigned from the CIC to support the senior selection committee headed by Ajit Agarkar. The selectors had no option but to quit after the General Body called for their sacking. Rege likely chief selector Once the CIC is back to full strength, they will set out to appoint the senior selection committee. mid-day has learnt that for..
                 

World Cup flashback: A costly miss by Herschelle Gibbs in 1999

12 days ago  
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World Cup memoryA costly miss by Gibbs The scenario was clear for Australia — they had to beat South Africa to progress to the 1999 World Cup semi-final. Batting first, South Africa posted 271 for seven in 50 overs, courtesy Herschelle Gibbs' 101 and a half-century from Daryll Cullinan. Damien Fleming was the pick of the bowlers for Australia with 3-57 at Leeds. Australia were off to a poor start in their chase, losing openers Mark Waugh (5) and Adam Gilchrist (5) cheaply. Damien Martyn's dismissal for 11 reduced Australia to 48-3. However, Ricky Ponting (69) and skipper Steve Waugh (120 not out) revived Australia with a 126-run stand for the fourth wicket. Though Waugh took Australia over the finish line, the skipper was lucky to get a reprieve when on 56. Gibbs, one of the most trusted of South African fielders, managed to hold on to a simple catch at midwicket, but in his attempt to hurl the ball in the air to celebrate the big wicket, it slipped from his hands and fell on ..
                 

Four match women's IPL to be played this year

13 days ago  
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The Indian squad for the ICC World Cup will be selected on April 15 in Mumbai, the Committee of Administrators (CoA) decided yesterday. The CoA along with three BCCI office bearers met in the Capital to discuss various issues related to IPL and Cricket Operations. The last date for announcing the World Cup squads is April 23 but BCCI has decided to announce it eight days prior to the scheduled date. The World Cup will begin on May 30 in the United Kingdom. The decision was informally taken at an earlier date but was announced yesterday. Four-match women's IPLMeanwhile, the CoA also decided on the format of the mini Women's IPL which will be played with three teams. There will be four games instead of the odd-exhibition match played last year. "The matches will be held at 8 pm which is also TV prime time for men's matches. One game will be held in Visakhapatnam and other games will be in all likelihood held in Bangalore," said a source. Catch up on all the latest sports news and upd..
                 

India's World Cup squad selection on April 15 in Mumbai

13 days ago  
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India's 15-member squad for the ICC World Cup will be selected on April 15 in Mumbai.The Committee of Administrators (CoA) along with office bearers decided on the date during a meeting on Monday. The last date for announcing the World Cup squads is April 23 but BCCI has decided to announce it eight days prior to the scheduled day. The World Cup will be starting on May 30 in United Kingdom. Meanwhile, the BCCI will be getting Rs 2.09 crore from Cricket Australia after reconciliation of accounts for the past 10 years. "There have been discussions on accounts settlements over all the past bilateral series between India and Australia. We are supposed to get Rs 2.09 crore. The discussions are still on. The office bearers will again meet the CoA on April 20," a BCCI official told PTI on Monday...
                 

Pak skipper Sarfaraz casts doubts over Mohd Amir's World Cup selection

14 days ago  
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Mohammad Amir's World Cup selection was throw into uncertainty after captain Sarfaraz Ahmed expressed concerns over the experienced left-arm pacer's inability to take wickets in One-day Internationals. "When your main strike bowler is not taking wickets regularly obviously it causes concern to the captain," Sarfaraz told a television channel. Since the Champions Trophy final at the Oval in 2017 when he produced a match-winning spell of 3 for 16, Amir, 26, has not taken more than a wicket in 14 ODIs and has also gone without a wicket in nine of these matches. Even he has hit an average of around 85 per wicket in these 14 games and even his pace and strike rate has gone down in Test matches. The selectors are due to announce the Pakistan World Cup squad on April 18 and sources say that they are likely to announce 17 to 18 players to go to England on April 23. "Pakistan is due to play a five-match ODI series against England besides some matches against English counties in May and since ..
                 

World Cup memory: Ireland hunt in ICC tournaments big time

16 days ago  
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World Cup memoryIreland continue to hunt big After stunning Pakistan and England in the previous two editions, Ireland keen to shed the minnows tag, this time shocked two-time champions West Indies in their opening encounter of the 2015 edition. West Indies, despite languishing in eighth spot in the ODI rankings, were expected to have an easy outing against the World No. 11 Ireland. However, opener Paul Stirling had other ideas. His blistering 92 helped Ireland achieve the 305-run target in just 45.5 overs. Ireland captain William Porterfield's decision to put West Indies into bat proved right as the Caribbean openers Chris Gayle (36 off 65 balls) and Dwayne Smith (18 off 24 balls) struggled on a lively Nelson pitch. At the halfway stage, the Windies were reduced to 93-5 with George Dockrell claiming the wickets of Gayle, Marlon Samuels and Dinesh Ramdin. Centurion Lendl Simmons (102) and Darren Sammy (89) counter-attacked the Irish bowlers to put up a 154-run stand for the sixth wic..
                 

World Cup flashback: Bangladesh stun World No. 1 South Africa in 2007

17 days ago  
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To prove that beating India by five wickets in the 2007 World Cup was no fluke, Bangladesh went on to stun yet another powerhouse - South Africa - in the Super Eights stage. This victory was even special, considering it was their first against the Proteas. Riding on 87 from Mohammad Ashraful, Bangladesh posted 251 for eight in their 50 overs with Andre Nel (5-45) being the pick of the South African bowlers. South Africa never really managed to get any partnerships going in their chase after losing the skipper Graeme Smith for 12. Losing the next five wickets for just 24 runs put South Africa's chase in complete disarray. Herschelle Gibbs waged a lone battle with an unbeaten 56 as the Proteas were bowled out for 184 in 48.4 overs. Left-arm spinner Abdur Razzak claimed 3-25 in 9.4 overs, while Shakib Al Hasan and Syed Rasel took two wickets each to stun the World No. 1 ODI side in Guyana. Figured outSourav Ganguly's 183 against Sri Lanka in at Taunton in 1999 is the highest individu..
                 

Vaughan inspires champs South Zone

17 days ago  
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Sri Lanka skipper Dimuth Karunaratne fined USD 7000 for drink-driving

18 days ago  
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Sri Lanka's cricket board Wednesday fined captain Dimuth Karunaratne USD 7,000 after he was arrested for drink-driving, with the player also ordered to stand trial next month. Karunaratne, 30, has apologised for his "unbecoming" actions after he was detained for crashing into a three-wheel taxi on Sunday, leaving its driver injured. "Sri Lanka Cricket decided to impose a fine of $7,000 on Dimuth Karunaratne, after the player was found to have violated the 'Player Contractual Obligation,'" the board said in a statement. However, the board will take no further action as he had maintained a "very high professional standard as a player". A magistrate has suspended Karunaratne's driving licence and fixed a trial for May 2. The cricket star was also asked to take a medical test. Police told the court that Karunaratne went through a red light and hit the taxi whose driver was hospitalised for minor injuries after the pre-dawn crash. "My actions were utterly unbecoming of a Sri Lankan natio..
                 

World Cup flashback: Aussie pacers thrive at Port Elizabeth vs Kiwis

19 days ago  
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The Australia v New Zealand 2003 World Cup game at Port Elizabeth went the defending champions' way as expected although Ricky Ponting's men endured some nervous moments caused by Stephen Fleming's enthusiastic Kiwis. This match will also be remembered for the exploits of two speed merchants - Australia's Brett Lee and New Zealand's Shane Bond. The Australians were reduced to 84-7, six of those wickets claimed by Shane Bond as he gave away only 23 runs at St George's Park. But a 97-run stand between Michael Bevan (56) and pacer Andy Bichel (64) for the eighth wicket helped Australia reach 208-9 in 50 overs. That was before Lee did the incredible by sending back five batsmen in the space of nine deliveries as New Zealand were dismissed for 112 - their lowest total in a World Cup game. Interestingly, Fleming sent Daniel Vettori to open the innings and the left-arm spin exponent could only manage 10 off nine balls. Lee's 5-42 was backed up by Glenn McGrath's 3-29. Figured outThe late ..
                 

Disabled Cricket: Age no problem! Ravalia wants to lead India at 47

19 days ago  
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At 47, Saurabh Ravalia is not only optimistic of playing for the country, but is also keen on captaining India's disabled cricket team in the first Physical Disability World Series in England. Ravalia, who led India against Afghanistan in a two-match ODI series that ended 1-1 in Greater Noida last December, helped West Zone beat North Zone and East Zone in the Inter-Zone T20 Championship by 16 and 22 runs respectively yesterday. Civil engineer Ravalia, who is the West Zone skipper, scored 29 and 26 respectively. Also Read: BCCI recognition, but no funds for disabled cricketers Good rapport "As I have been playing for the country for so many years, I have good relations with the players and they like to play with me. It's an advantage for me. I am optimistic of leading India in the World Series. I have maintained my fitness and even at 47, I can play every game with great intensity. But as there is competition for places in the team, there is also competition for the captaincy ..
                 

World Cup flashback: Virat Kohli lights up Adelaide in 2015

19 days ago  
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World Cup memoryVirat lights up Adelaide in 2015 No other India v Pakistan cricket match enjoyed such hype than the one that opened both the neighbours' 2015 World Cup campaign at the Adelaide Oval. It was the mother of all battles and even though Pakistan had never beaten India in the World Cup, there was a fear that the 1992 champions would triumph if they had MS Dhoni's Indians undone with their batting firepower. But it was not to be. Virat Kohli (107) and Shikhar Dhawan (73) put on 129 for the second wicket. Suresh Raina chimed in with a 56-ball 74 as India piled up 300 in 50 overs with pacer Sohail Khan claiming five of the seven wickets to fall. Except for skipper Misbah-ul-Haq's 76, no Pakistan batsman looked to be threatening as Mohammed Shami claimed four for 35 in his nine overs. Shahid Afridi, the most experienced of Pakistani players, departed for a 22-ball 22. After Kohli completed the high catch to dismiss the veteran, the Pakistani fans were seen making their way out..
                 

Dimuth Karunaratne sorry after drink-driving arrest

20 days ago  
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Sri Lanka's Test captain Dimuth Karunaratne apologised Monday for his "unbecoming behaviour" after being arrested for drink-driving in an accident that left a taxi driver injured. Karunaratne, 30, was taken before a magistrate who suspended his driving licence and fixed a trial for May 2. The cricket star was also asked to take a medical test. Police told the court that while driving under the influence of liquor, Karunaratne went through a red light and hit a taxi whose driver was hospitalised for minor injuries after the pre-dawn crash on Sunday. "My actions were utterly unbecoming of a Sri Lankan national cricketer and I do apologise to all of you for this incident," Karunaratne said in a statement. The incident came as Sri Lanka decides who will be captain for the national team at the World Cup starting in England on May 30. Karunaratne, who led Sri Lanka to a stunning Test series victory against South Africa last month, had been one of the favourites for the position. Sri Lanka..
                 

BCCI recognition, but no funds for disabled cricketers

20 days ago  
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Late India captain Ajit Wadekar fought with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for 30 long years to get due recognition for the All India Cricket Association for the Physically Challenged (AICAPC). And yesterday, on Wadekar's birth anniversary (he passed away on August 15 last year), the disabled cricket fraternity got a shot in the arm as the Indian board allowed the Indian team to participate in the 2019 Physical Disability World Cricket Series which will be held in England from August 3 to 13. However, it is only 'recognition' and AICAPC will still have to shoulder the financial burden and search for sponsors, which worries AICAPC President and Ajit Wadekar's younger brother Ashok. "They [BCCI] have given us moral support. Now we can play as the India team. However, our players are not permitted to use the BCCI logo. We have to shoulder the financial burden. If we get that, along with BCCI's facilities and coaches, it will be a big boost for our disabled cricketers,..
                 

World Cup flashback: Zaheer Khan, Mohammad Kaif outclass New Zealand

21 days ago  
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World Cup memoryZaheer, Kaif outclass NZ Zaheer Khan's sensational 4-42 literally ended New Zealand's hopes of making it to the 2003 World Cup semi-finals as the Kiwis were bundled out for 146 in 45.1 overs with Stephen Fleming top-scoring for NZ with 30 at Centurion. NZ pace ace Shane Bond started off brilliantly to reduce India to 21-3 with Virender Sehwag (1), Sourav Ganguly (3) and Sachin Tendulkar (15) inside the first five overs. However, Mohammad Kaif (68 not out) and Rahul Dravid (53 not out), who kept wicket in this tournament, put up a match-winning partnership of 129 runs to post a convincing seven-wicket win with 56 balls to spare. It was Ganguly & Co's seventh victory in a row at this World Cup and later India made it to their then second World Cup final appearance. It was a satisfying win for India considering the Kiwis had beaten them in the Test and one-day series held on some very unfair seamer-friendly wickets in New Zealand before the World Cup. Indian opener..
                 

Work on your process, not result, says Chandrakant Pandit

23 days ago  
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Oblivious to the severe late morning sun, coach Chandrakant Pandit patiently spent close to two hours passing on pearls of wisdom to six aspiring cricketers during the mid-day Masterclass at the MIG Cricket Club in Bandra. Chandrakant Pandit He answered various queries, ranging from what is the ideal grip for a batsman to the art of flighting the ball for a spinner. He also shared some tips on wicketkeeping - his basic task in his playing days. All this though came with a final warning: "Buri aadatein phir se nahi aani chahiye [bad habits should not creep into your game again]." The boys happily nodded in agreement. Leg-side struggleAaryan Yadav(Bihar U-19 batsman): I face difficulty in playing the ball on the leg-side.While batting, you tend to lose your balance and that's when you struggle to play on the leg-side. It is important that you maintain your body balance. There are two ways of working on this. First, when you face the bowler, try and get your [left] shoulder to dip a ..
                 

Hanumant Singh, a true servant of cricket!

24 days ago  
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Hanumant ‘Chottu” Singh been around for his 80th birthday today, he would have probably still made it for his daily a game of golf at the US Club. He’d even be at the Cricket Club of India later in the day, chatting quietly with friends and also passing on valuable tips to aspiring cricketers with a smile on his face. I cannot claim to have known him very well, but our professional interactions were always pleasant. When this newspaper organised an exchange programme wherein young Indian squash players were sent to Malaysia to train and play while Malaysian kids came over for cricket training and matches, it was Hanumant who willingly trained the kids at the Elf Vengsarkar Cricket Academy, Oval Maidan. He was the ideal coach for the raw cricketers and put them at ease even though they were being taught by a former Test player. As a kid, I had read about him being one of the several Indian batsman to score a century on Test debut (against England at Delhi in 1964) bu..
                 

World Cup flashback: Clive Lloyd leads West Indies from the front

25 days ago  
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Clive Lloyd provided the ideal example of leading from the front in the 1975 World Cup final against Australia at Lord's. Ian Chappell put the West Indies in and his decision proved right when the men from the Caribbean were reduced to 50 for three. But there was still Lloyd and the veteran Rohan Kanhai, who thrilled Lord's with some sublime strokeplay. Kanhai scored a vital 55 while Lloyd smacked his way to 102. The skipper enjoyed his share of luck with Ross Edwards dropping him twice early in his innings. Lloyd thrived on his good fortune and guided his team to 291 for eight in 60 overs. Australia had the quality in their batting to win the inaugural World Cup final, but a certain Viv Richards ran out three of their batsmen (Alan Turner, Ian and Greg Chappell). Ian top-scored with 62 and some useful runs from Dennis Lillee (16 not out) and Jeff Thomson (21) towards the end helped Australia get closer to the target before falling 17 runs short. Javed Miandad Did you know?Javed Mi..
                 

MS Dhoni moves Supreme Court over non-payment of dues by Amrapali group

26 days ago  
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New Delhi: Former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Tuesday knocked the doors of the Supreme Court seeking its direction to Amrapali group for payment of his pending dues allegedly amounting to Rs 40 crore towards his services to the real-estate company. "The embattled real estate group owes Rs 40 crore to the former cricket captain over his services to the group while acting as a brand ambassador," Dhoni's lawyer M L Lahoti told ANI. The plea is yet to come up before the apex court. The top court had last month allowed Delhi Police to arrest Amrapali Group CMD Anil Sharma and two other directors in a criminal complaint filed against them. It had directed attachment of Sharma's personal properties including a bungalow in South Delhi. It had made clear that the properties of the other two directors would also be attached. The court had asked the forensic auditors to complete their investigation on transfer and/or divergence of homebuyers' money by Amrapali group. On January 25..
                 

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Sourav Ganguly's duty towards Cricket Association of Bengal questioned

yesterday  
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Three Bengal-based cricket fans -- Bhaswati Shantua, Abhijeet Mukherjee and Ranjit Seal -- had alleged that Ganguly's duty as Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president is in direct conflict with his dual role as an advisor of IPL franchise Delhi Capitals as well as Cricket Advisory Committee member. The BCCI termed that the former India captain's alleged conflict of interest comes under the 'tractable category' which could be sorted without much fuss and with "full disclosure". According to the BCCI's constitution clause 38 (3) (a): "Tractable conflicts are those that are resolvable or permissible or excusable through recusal of the individual concerned and - or - with full disclosure of the interest involved." It is learnt that the Committee of Administrators (CoA) does not want Ganguly to be penalised if he makes "full disclosure". "Agreed that he resigned from IPL technical committee and Governing Council after the sub-committees were dissolved when new constitution came int..
                 

IPL 2019:: Virat Kohli makes his fifth IPL ton count against KKR

2 days ago  
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Virat Kohli made his fifth IPL ton count as Royal Challengers Bangalore prevented Kolkata Knight Riders from running away with a last-over win at Eden Gardens last night. Set to score 24 to win after the 19th over, KKR were kept quiet by Mooen Ali to give RCB a 10-run win. KKR ended up with 203-5, after RCB scored 213-4. Earlier, Kohli got to his fifth IPL century after Moeen Ali generated the momentum midway through the innings with a 28-ball 66 as Royal Challengers Bangalore put up an ominous 213 for four in their 20 overs. Kohli fell in the last ball of the innings, his 100 coming off 58 balls with nine fours and four sixes. Though RCB were successful in dismissing KKR's top four batsmen cheaply, the dangerous Andre Russell (65) and Nitish Rana (85 not out) kept the hosts in the hunt with some incredible hits. Andre Russell who scored 65 Parthiv Patel left early, caught in the country as he tried to hoist Narine over the mid-wicket boundary and new man Aksdeep Nath left in the n..
                 

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