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Mohammed Shami becomes fastest Indian to reach 100 ODI wickets

9 hours ago  
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Pacer Mohammed Shami Wednesday became the fastest Indian to claim 100 wickets in One-day Internationals, reaching the mark in the opening match against New Zealand here. This was his 56th game in the 50-over format. "I made a comeback after a long time and spent a good time at our rehab centre which is world class. The management and support staff have been really cooperative, as has been my captain (Virat Kohli) who has always encouraged me," Shami said after a haul of 3/19 in six overs that fetched him the man of the match award. Shami's wicket number 100 was New Zealand opener Martin Guptill, who played onto his stumps a delivery that moved in after pitching on a good length. With his brilliant opening burst at McLean Park, the 28-year-old Shami continued his good showing in the limited overs format, having impressed in Australia prior to this five-match ODI series. Before Shami, Irfan Pathan reached the 100-wicket mark in 59 ODIs, while Zaheer Khan (65 matches), Ajit Agarkar (6..
                 

High five: Indian selectors get Rs 20 lakh each for Aus tour success

14 hours ago  
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Virat Kohli led India to a historic 2-1 win in the four-Test series before capping the Australian tour with a maiden 2-1 triumph in the ODI series. "It has been decided that the selection committee comprising five members will get a bonus of Rs 20 lakhs each," BCCI said in a release. The selection committee comprises chairman MSK Prasad, Devang Gandhi, Jatin Paranjape, Gagan Khoda and Sarandeep Singh. Committee Of Administrator (CoA) chairman Vinod Rai lauded the selectors for picking a balanced Indian squad during the Test and ODI series in Australia. Crucial role"We are proud of the way India have performed in Australia. We had announced cash rewards for cricketers and support staff earlier and are now rewarding selectors," he said. "The five men have played a crucial role in picking a balanced squad and offering the team management enough options to work around different combinations. The boys chosen to represent the Indian team went about their task in a fearless manner and stood..
                 

Not many cricketers can match Virat Kohli, says Sir Garfield Sobers

16 hours ago  
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West Indian legend Sir Garfield Sobers yesterday lavished high praise on Virat Kohli after the India captain was announced as the International Cricket Council's (ICC) Cricketer of the Year. Kohli became the first player in history to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for Cricketer of the Year, the Test and ODI Player of the Year awards in one year. "You have made my day with the great news," said Sobers over the phone from Barbados yesterday. "He is a great player and there are not many cricketers around who can match his ability. As a captain too, he is very intelligent. He deserved this award," Sobers, 82, said about Kohli, who became only the second player after Australian great Ricky Ponting to retain the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy. Sir Garfield Sobers "Kohli is a great human being, a wonderful person. I met him once in Trinidad. My heartiest congratulations to him," he added. Kohli scored 1,322 runs at an average of 55.08 in 13 Tests with five hundreds during the calendar yea..
                 

'Parents' role, counselling important for youngsters'

17 hours ago  
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With a Mumbai U-16 player being recently handed a three-year ban for obscene behaviour, the MCA's Cricket Improvement Committee's senior member Raju Kulkarni feels counselling sessions will help teenage cricketers. The former India pacer also said that parents play a major role in shaping their child's behaviour. "Counselling is going to play a very major role in improving cricketers' behaviour. But before that, parents also need to tell their kids to stay away from distractions if they want to succeed," Kulkarni told mid-day yesterday on the sidelines of the 125th Giles Shield final at the Wankhede Stadium where he was invited to toss the coin. "I pity that youngster. Counselling should be done from the U-14 level and even for Ranji Trophy cricketers. I don't know what led the teenager to do that [flashing at his teammate]. Everything has to be considered. I don't want to comment on whether the ban should have been of three years or one year. Disciplinary action had to be taken," sa..
                 

Giles Shield: 17 wickets fall in a single day on fiery Wankhede surface

17 hours ago  
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Seventeen wickets fell on the opening day of the three-day Mumbai Schools Sports Association-organised U-14 Giles Shield final between Al Barkaat MMI (Kurla) and Rizvi Springfield (Khar) at the Wankhede Stadium yesterday. Batting first, defending champions Rizvi were bowled out for a paltry 111, thanks to a maiden five-wicket haul (5-45) from left-arm pacer Javed Sharif. In reply, Al Barkaat were struggling at 83-7, trailing Rizvi Springfield by 28 runs. At stumps, No. 4 batsman Yaseen Saudagar was unbeaten on 26. The green Wankhede surface tested batsmen from both teams. Rizvi Springfield lost opener Krish Singh for a duck on the third ball of the day after being trapped leg before by right-arm pacer Yaseen (2-21). Rizvi slid further with Javed claiming the wickets of opener Shlok Sawant (2) and No. 3 batsman Roshan Kanojia (2). A lot was expected from in-form batsman Owais Khan (12) and Vivan Nair (13), but the duo departed early, managing just 23 runs for the fourth wicket before..
                 

Shubman Gill is back where it all began - New Zealand

17 hours ago  
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New Zealand has become familiar territory for teenaged batsman Shubman Gill. Last year, he bagged the Player of the Tournament award after India lifted the U-19 World Cup where the team's vice-captain scored 418 runs. In December, he toured Kiwiland again with the India 'A' team for whom he scored a half century in three List A games against NZ 'A'. Since his return, Shubman, 19, has been in mercurial form, having smashed 268, 148, 10, 69 not out, 24, 91 and eight from his last seven Ranji Trophy innings for Punjab. Shubman could make his India debut on the ongoing tour of New Zealand. His great Ranji form notwithstanding, Shubman stretched every sinew in the Kolkata Knight Riders nets recently at Parsee Gymkhana and at other grounds in Navi Mumbai.Shubman credits the batting practice he had with a baseball-type stick at a very young age on his father's farmland in Fazilka (Punjab). "A cricket bat was too heavy for me to lift, so my father gave me a thick stick, like a baseball bat. ..
                 

Rishabh Pant named ICC's Emerging Cricketer of 2018

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India's fast-rising wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant was Tuesday named the International Cricket Council's Emerging Player of the Year in the world body's annual awards. The 21-year-old Pant was picked by the ICC's voting academy for a stellar show in his breakthrough Test year in 2018. He became the first Indian wicket-keeper to score a Test century in England, and equalled the record for the most catches taken in a Test, with 11 against Australia in Adelaide in December. He was also the first Indian wicketkeeper to score a Test hundred in Australia. 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 This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in..
                 

Hardik Pandya-KL Rahul Saga: BCCI CoA mulls behavioural counselling

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The Committee of Administrators (CoA) is mulling a behavioural counselling programme for the Indian team in the wake of the furore over KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya's sexist comments. The BCCI has suspended the two cricketers and their fate will be decided by an ombudsman, which will be appointed by the Supreme Court. The programme will also include all the age-group national teams and the 'A' squads. "The Indian senior team as well as the Emerging, A teams and U-19s will have behavioural counselling session at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). The course will deal with every aspect of a professional sportsperson's life. There will also be sessions on gender sensitivity," a senior BCCI official, privy to the development, told PTI on conditions of anonymity. When asked whether Rahul and Pandya will attend gender sensitization classes separately, the official responded in the negative. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iO..
                 

Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant to assist India 'A'

3 days ago  
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Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant will play two one-dayers while Ajinkya Rahane will lead the India A side in the first three games against England Lions in a home series beginning January 23. The BCCI senior selection committee on Saturday announced the India A squad for the five one-dayers against the Lions. Pant was dropped from the ODI team for the just-concluded three-match series in Australia but he remains in the reckoning for a World Cup spot following his stellar showing in the Test series. The hard-hitting batsman will play the ODI games on January 29 and 31 before flying to New Zealand for India's T20 International series beginning February 6. Also getting some game time will be Test vice-captain Rahane, who has been named in the India A squad for the first three one-dayers. Hanuma Vihari, who was a part of the Indian team which won a historic Test series in Australia, will also been seen in action alongside Shreyas Iyer and Shardul Thakur. Maharashtra batsman Ankit Bawne..
                 

Ranji Trophy: Record run-chase takes Saurashtra into semi-finals

3 days ago  
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Cheteshwar Pujara may not have made a big contribution, but his mere presence was reassuring enough as Saurashtra notched up the highest run-chase in the annals of the Ranji Trophy to subdue Uttar Pradesh by six wickets on the way to the semi-finals. At the Ekana Stadium here, after trailing by 171 runs, Saurashtra clawed their way back by dismissing UP for 194 in the second essay. That left them with a daunting target of 372. Pujara remained unbeaten on 67 and Sheldon Jackson on 73 as the two put on 136 for the fifth wicket to take the team home an hour after lunch on the final day. Much was expected of Pujara in the first innings, but he was gobbled up by junior India pacer Shivam Mavi for 11. That led to Saurashtra conceding a huge lead. But the bowlers, led by skipper Jaydev Unadkat, kept their team in the hunt by not allowing the hosts to run away with the match. Openers Snell Patel and Harvik Desai put Saurashtra on the path to victory by setting a strong platform of 132 runs...
                 

Mahendra Singh Dhoni: I'm ready to bat at any position

4 days ago  
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Former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni Friday said he has no preference in the Indian batting order and is ready to bat at any position as per the need of the team. Dhoni was adjudged the Man of the Series after he guided India to a comfortable seven-wicket win in the third ODI, thus securing a maiden 2-1 series win in Australia. Batting at number four, Dhoni, who generally bats at number six, anchored India's chase with a 114-ball 87 not out which was studded with six boundaries. "I am happy to bat at any number. The important thing is where the team needs me," said Dhoni, when asked where he wants to bat. "Whether I play at 4 or 6, we need to see if the team balance can be retained. I'm happy to bat lower down at 6. I can't say I can't bat at No. 6 after playing 14 years," he said after the match. Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav shared a 121-run partnership for the unconquered fourth wicket while chasing a tricky target of 231. Asked what the game plan was, Dhoni said: "It was a slow wicket, s..
                 

Tushar's fourth successive ton guides Al-Barkaat into final

4 days ago  
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Tushar Singh smashed yet another century to help Al-Barkaat MMI (Kurla) enter the final of the MSSA-organised U-14 Giles Shield cricket tournament after IES VN Sule Guruji (Dadar) failed to take the first innings lead on Day Two of their semi-final at Cross Maidan yesterday. Both teams mutually agreed to call off the match, after Al Barkaat reached 191-0 in reply to the opposition's 190 in the post lunch session. Tushar was batting on 116 while Asif Khan was 67 not out. This is Tushar's fourth successive century. His scores in the last three innings read: 132, 130 not out and 202 not out. Al Barkaat will face defending champions Rizvi Springfield (Bandra) in the final at the Wankhede Stadium from January 22 to 24. Rizvi beat Anjuman-I-Islam (CSMT) on the first innings. 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..
                 

Suresh Raina carries his wife Priyanka on shoulders

5 days ago  
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Suresh Raina seems to be flexing his shoulder muscles these days. The Indian cricketer has posted a couple of videos on his Instagram handle, where he is seen carrying his wife on his shoulder in one video and in the other video he carries his friend on his shoulder inside a gym. In the first video that Suresh Raina has posted, he is seen hauling his friend on his shoulders and walking around in the gym. The video is captioned, "Lifting on Back - Fitness is not about gyms, fad diets or shortcuts. Its a state of mind & a way of life. Sometimes you gotta go the desi way & grind out results. Don't forget to have fun along the way. My friend asked me for a lift, so I obliged #trainhard #powerup #crankit #vikrambetal"       View this post on Instagram "Lifting on Back - Fitness is not about gyms, fad diets or shortcuts. Its a state of mind & a way of life. Sometimes you gotta go the desi way & grind out results. Dont forget to have fun along the ..
                 

'3-year ban on Mumbai teen cricketer for flashing teammate justified'

5 days ago  
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Mumbai cricket's veteran administrator Professor Ratnakar Shetty agreed with the three-year ban slapped by the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) on its U-16 cricketer yesterday. The teenaged Mumbai cricketer, who was accused of flashing at his teammate during a Vijay Merchant Trophy tie against UP last month, cannot represent Mumbai in BCCI tournaments or participate in tournaments conducted by MCA. His ban ends on January 14, 2022. "MCA's decision is justified considering the magnitude of the incident. I was shocked to hear about it. I can't imagine the trauma the other guy [victim] must have gone through. Such scars stay with you forever. Taking a cue from this incident, MCA should now look to educate cricketers who play for Mumbai teams on conduct and behaviour," Prof Shetty told mid-day. After conducting an inquiry into the incident on January 14, MCA's ad-hoc Managing Committee made their decision public yesterday. In a letter addressed to the accused, the MCA stated: "The a..
                 

Shubham shines for Sule Guruji

5 days ago  
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Shubham Shinde struck a fine century for IES VN Sule Guruji (Dadar), but his team struggled to post a decent total on Day One of their Giles Shield semi-final v Al-Barkaat MMI (Kurla) at Cross Maidan yesterday. Shubham scored 123 before the Dadar outfit were bowled out for 190. At stumps, the Kurla school were 37-0. Opting to bat, the Dadar school lost their first wicket with just two runs on the board as Jaycool Girse (0) edged one off left-arm pacer Javed Sharif to Robin Vel at second slip. Shubham, who joined Tanay Khandeshi, put on 88 for the second wicket before Tanay mistimed one off leggie Adil Sayyed, to be caught by Prem Lingre at long on. Apart from Tanay (43) and Shubham, no batsman could manage double figures. Shubham reached his hundred in the 64th over with a sizzling square cut. It was his fourth century of the tournament. 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..
                 

Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul controversy: All you need to know

6 days ago  
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It has been a very tumultous start to 2019 for Indian cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul. Their life and cricket careers have turned upside down ever since their episode on Bollywood producer Karan Johar's chat show Koffee With Karan aired on national TV. We take a look at the problem, the aftermath and the consequences. What exactly happened?  On the show, Hardik Pandya boasted about seeing multiple women and also how 'open' he had been about it with his parents. His actual quotes were "At a party, my parents asked me tera wala [your women] kaun sa hai so I said yeh, yeh, yeh [pointing out to some women] and they were like 'waah, proud of u beta'," he said. Pandya also revealed how he informed his parents when he lost his virginity: "I came home and said, 'Main karke aya hai aaj'. Pandya made another unpleasant comment when he was asked how they decided if they all hit on the same woman. "'Talent pe hota hai. Jisko mila woh leke jao' [it's based on your talent. Whoever get..
                 

Ganguly defends Pandya, Rahul: People make mistakes

6 days ago  
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Former Indian cricket team skipper Sourav Ganguly has defended cricketers Hardik Pandya and K.L. Rahul over their "Koffee With Karan" episode controversy. saying people make mistakes but everyone should move on and ensure it doesn't happen again. Ganguly spoke at the trailer launch of the Hindi film "22 Yards", with the cast members Barun Sobti, Geetika Tyagi and Chaiti Ghoshal and director Mitali Ghoshal here on Wednesday. Pandya and Rahul were slammed over their sexist comments on "Koffee with Karan". Despite an apology to fans and their own teammates, Pandya and Rahul were suspended by the BCCI and ousted from a three-match ODI series against Australia in Sydney. Sourav Ganguly Asked if modern day cricketers should be responsible while giving statements on a public platform as a whole lot of youngsters look up to them, Ganguly said: "I haven't watched that episode. I watch ‘Comedy Nights with Kapil'. Jokes apart, I feel that you can't generalise that only modern day cricke..
                 

Where does Rishabh Pant fit in keeper-batsman mix?

6 days ago  
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With both MS Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik performing, Sachin Tendulkar cited the practical difficulties in having Rishabh Pant in the World Cup-bound side. "It's a nice thought [to have Pant in] but we have already got Dhoni and Karthik playing as a batter, we have two wicketkeepers, who have contributed in our success yesterday [on Tuesday in Adelaide]. They have had a crucial partnership which won us the match. "So if you are looking to have Pant in the team that means you have to remove a proper batter or one bowler, and I don't think we can afford to remove a bowler. So if he replaces a proper batter who doesn't bowl, then its okay but if he is going to replace an all-rounder then that's going to cost us," Tendulkar opined on his app 100MB. Sachin Tendulkar Dhoni from now on will be more like a anchor, who would, "control the game till the end," reckoned Tendulkar. No praise is enough for skipper Virat Kohli and the maestro felt that Indian captain's situational awareness is somethi..
                 

Will Mumbai teenage cricketer get 3-year-ban for sexual misconduct?

6 days ago  
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Mumbai's teenage cricketer, who is accused of alleged sexual misconduct, is set to be banned for three years by the Mumbai Cricket Association. The MCA is expected to officially announce their decision today. Sources told mid-day that the teenaged cricketer has been found guilty of his act where he allegedly flashed at his Mumbai U-16 teammate during the quarter-final of the Vijay Merchant Trophy against Uttar Pradesh last month. Last week, the MCA conducted an inquiry where the accused and the victim were called to present their side with other team officials. The incident came to light after the team manager highlighted the alleged sexual misconduct in his report that was submitted to the MCA recently. MCA officials confirmed to mid-day that the incident did take place. The association's authorities called for a disciplinary meeting yesterday, but cancelled it since the teenaged cricketer is out of town for some friendly Twenty20 games. The father of the young cricketer in questi..
                 

Will Supreme Court finally streamline BCCI administration?

6 days ago  
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Today's Supreme Court hearing concerning BCCI matters is perhaps the most anticipated one for the country's cricketing fraternity. With the hearing getting postponed on a couple of occasions, the last time the apex court heard BCCI matters was on August 9, 2018 when then Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra modified the July 18, 2016 judgment. There are four major issues that the bench of Justices SA Bobde and Abhay Sapre would have to deal with today. Several state associations have filed interlocutory applications before the Supreme Court. The non-recognised Cricket Association of Bihar (CAB) secretary Aditya Verma, who is also the petitioner, has appealed to the court to take cognizance of a 'divided' Committee of Administrators (CoA) and wants it back to four members. He has also highlighted unilateral decision-making by CoA chairman Vinod Rai. The CoA will also press for appointment of an 'ad-hoc' Ombudsman to look into issues related to suspended India cricketers Hardik Pandya and..
                 

Did you know Dhoni's average is better than Kohli in winning chases?

7 days ago  
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Virat Kohli registered his first century of 2019 in a winning cause, as India beat Australia in the second ODI of the three-match ODI series in Adelaide.  The  Indian captain registered the 39th century of his ODI career to win the match for the team. Another player who played a match-winning innings for India was MS Dhoni. After being ridiculed only for his slow innings in the first ODI, which eventually cost India the match, Dhoni made amends with a 54-ball 55 runs to carry India past the finishing line. The two batsman are best in the business when it comes to chasing a total and finsihing matches. A look at Virat Kohli's records, show that this was Virat Kohli's 24th hundred while chasing and 39th overall in ODIs. Virat Kohli currently also holds the record for most centuries (21) in successful chases. This was also Virat Kohli's 11th hundred in Australia across all formats, the most by any overseas batsman in Australia. Virat Kohli overtook Sri Lanka's Sanath Jayas..
                 

Indian Manu Sawhney appointed ICC CEO

7 days ago  
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The International Cricket Council on Tuesday named Manu Sawhney its new chief executive officer to replace David Richardson, who will step down after the World Cup in July. The 52-year-old Indian will join ICC from next month before formally taking over the reins later this year from Richardson, a former South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman. Sawhney, a former chief executive of Singapore Sports Hub and managing director of ESPN Star Sports, is also a non-executive director and member of the audit committee of Manchester United Limited. ICC chairman Shashank Manohar ratified Sawhney's appointment after consulting with the nominations committee. "I am delighted to confirm Manu's appointment today," Manohar said in a statement. "He brings 22 years of outstanding commercial experience to the ICC and will lead the delivery of our new global growth strategy for the game." "Our search produced a host of excellent candidates from around the world, but Manu stood out as the man to work with our ..
                 

BCCI should take over blind cricket from CABI, insist players

7 days ago  
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India's blind World Cup-winning cricketer Anish Baig and Maharashtra's blind team skipper Prashant Jagtap urged the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to take over the running of blind cricket from the Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) for the betterment of players. Baig and Jagtap are currently in the city, representing Maharashtra in the national blind tournament for the Siyaram Cup. Baig, who was part of India's T20 World Cup triumph in 2017, but was not picked thereafter has been alleging for some time now that the CABI are asking players to pay to be selected. Blind Welfare Organisation of India chief Arun Bharaskar No hopeHe now wants BCCI to step in to stem this rot. "Why should I give CABI money to represent my country? Though I have lost all hope of being picked for the national team again, I will continue to play and perform. "I urge BCCI to take over blind cricket from CABI and help blind cricketers like me. My World Cup-winning teammate Ketan P..
                 

Sachin, Sehwag, Laxman praise Dhoni and Kohli after India's win

8 days ago  
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It was like back to 2015, when Virat Kohli scored an anchoring hundred in a steep chase and MS Dhoni played the perfect finisher by winning the match in his trademark six-hitting style in the final over. Chase master Kohli could not take his team to the finishing line this time but Dhoni (55 off 54) and Dinesh Karthik (25 off 14) rose to the occasion with an unbeaten 57-run stand off 34 balls, taking India home with four balls to spare. Australia scored 298-8 after opting to bat. Man of the match Kohli was dismissed in the 44th over after making 104 off 112 balls with five fours and two sixes. Dhoni, who has been coping a lot of criticism for his waning finishing skills, turned back the clock and took India past the finish line with a final over six. The veteran's running between the wickets, laced with two sixes as the only boundaries, finished things off in style for India. With the win, India levelled the three-match series 1-1 with the decider to be played on Friday. Indian cr..
                 

Sreesanth: Other players have made bigger mistakes than Hardik, Rahul

8 days ago  
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Former Indian pacer S Sreesanth, on Monday took a dim view of sexist remarks made by cricketers Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul on a popular TV show even as he hoped the "match winning players", currently under suspension, will be back in action soon. Sreesanth, however, also said that there are others who have made "bigger mistakes" than the duo. "What happened was wrong. They (Pandya and Rahul) said some wrong things. But there are others who have made bigger mistakes than these but are still playing. "They are in different fields and not only in cricket," he told reporters here while responding to a query over a controversy fuelled by Pandya and Rahul. The remarks made by the duo during the television show, Koffee with Karan are perceived to be sexist and "crass". Taking a serious note of the incident, the BCCI suspended both the cricketers pending an enquiry. "Whatever happened was very bad. But at the same time, the World Cup is around the corner. Both Hardik and Rahul are good c..
                 

Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma go horse-riding in Australia

8 days ago  
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India cricket captain Virat Kohli and his actor wife Anushka Sharma are spending some quality time together in Australia. As Virat Kohli marshals his troops in the ODI series between India and Australia, he took some time-out to go horse-riding with wife Anushka Sharma. The Bollywood actress posted these pictures which show the couple having a good time. Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma On Sunday, she posted these pictures from a farm and captioned it: "Days like these." Kohli will be busy in the Adelaide ODI today.       View this post on Instagram Days like these ❤ï¸ÂðŸ¥° A post shared by AnushkaSharma1588 (@anushkasharma) onJan 13, 2019 at 4:22am PST India need to win the second ODI in Adelaide to stay alive in the three-match ODI series. India lost the first match by 34 runs, despite Rohit Sharma's valiant 133 from 129 balls. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new..
                 

Big Bash League cricket betting racket busted in Hyderabad, 4 held

9 days ago  
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Two kingpins of a cricket betting racket were among the four persons who have been arrested here for allegedly placing bets on the Big Bash League matches, police said Sunday. Cyberabd Police seized Rs 5 lakh in cash, eight mobile phone handsets from them in the raid conducted on Saturday (January 12) evening. Based on a reliable information, a police team apprehended Ankith Agarwal and his brother Mohith Agarwal, a collection agent and a sub-organiser, the Cyberabad Police stated in a release. The Agarwal brothers, the organisers of online betting, and others were engaged in gambling, and were exchanging betting money when they were picked up, it said. The Big Bash League is an Australian professional Twenty20 cricket league. The Agarwal brothers have been indulging in the illicit online cricket betting since 2016, police said, adding that they were arrested in the past. Catch up on all the latest T20 news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get..
                 

14 all out! China cricket hopes stumped by record

9 days ago  
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Cricket's governing body has long dreamed of spreading the game to China, but the latest performance by its women's team is unlikely to inspire many in the world's most populous nation to take up the bat and ball. China was skittled out for just 14 runs at a tournament in Bangkok on Sunday -- the lowest ever score in a Twenty20 international match, for men or women. In reply to the United Arab Emirates' massive 203 for 3, China was bowled out in under an hour and with 10 overs to spare at the Thailand T20 Smash. Hin Lili led their fleeting resistance to the UAE's unsparing attack, top-scoring with four. The Thailand T20 Smash includes fellow cricketing underdogs Malaysia, Indonesia and Myanmar. It is not the first embarrassment to befall Chinese cricket against Asian nations who Beijing dominates in economic and political terms, but struggles to match on the wicket. In October last year, China's men made a dismal 26 against Nepal at a World Twenty20 qualifier, a total bested in j..
                 

Rishabh Pant is in our World Cup 2019 plans: MSK Prasad

9 days ago  
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Rishabh Pant is a "champion cricketer in the making", who is very much in the mix for India's 2019 World Cup campaign for his ability to seamlessly switch formats, says chairman of selector MSK Prasad. After being "rested" for the ODI series against Australia and New Zealand, there have been conjectures about his place in the England-bound squad but Prasad set the record straight about the selection committee's plans about talents such as Pant and Shubman Gill. "Rishabh Pant played three T20s and four Test matches in Australia and that had an impact on his body. He needed complete rest for two weeks and then we will take a call on how many matches he will play against the England Lions. Let me put it straight, he is very much in our World Cup plans. Chief selector MSK Prasad He is a champion player in the making and even he is not fully aware of the kind of potential he has," Prasad told PTI yesterday. Prasad is happy that Pant is now understanding what skipper Virat Kohli and coac..
                 

Shubman Gill gets India team selection news post-midnight

9 days ago  
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Shubman Gill was not expecting a call-up for India's tour to New Zealand. Certainly not after midnight on Saturday! The 2018 U-19 World Cupper was named for the limited overs tour of Kiwiland where India play five ODIs and two T20 internationals to be held after the three-match ODI series in Australia. "Generally, I go to bed at 10.30 pm, but I couldn't fall off to sleep and was awake at 1 am when my mobile rang. The caller, my friend, conveyed the good news to me," Shubman revealed yesterday. "I was overjoyed. I could not resist the temptation of waking up my father (Lakhwinder Singh), who was at fast sleep." The top order batsman, however, is not thinking too much about the fact that his selection in the team came about only because of BCCI's decision to suspend KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya for their derogatory remarks on women during a TV show. "Well, I can't comment on their behaviour, but when the selectors have reposed confidence in me, I will try to justify my selection. My exp..
                 

Pakistan fight back in final Test v SA

10 days ago  
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Duanne Olivier took his third five-wicket haul of the series before Pakistan's bowlers fought back on the second day of the third and final Test against South Africa on Saturday. Olivier grabbed took five wickets for 51 as South Africa gained a first innings lead of 77 at the Wanderers Stadium. But the hosts were unable to forge a position of dominance, struggling to 135 for five at the close, an overall lead of 212. Hashim Amla made a patient 42 not out off 90 balls against tight, disciplined bowling, while Quinton de Kock lifted the scoring rate late in the day by scoring 34 not out off 35 balls. The wickets were shared between four bowlers with medium-pacer Faheem Ashraf taking two for 19 -- with both his wickets coming in his first over -- to reduce South Africa to 45 for four. Fast bowler Olivier was twice involved in crucial breakthroughs as Pakistan were bowled out for 185 in their first innings. He ended an hour of frustration for South Africa when he took two wickets in four ..
                 

Appeal for restoration of democracy in BCCI

10 days ago  
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Several members of the BCCI, who met in the city on Friday, discussed the functioning of the CoA amongt a host of other things. "The members expressed shock at the manner in which decision-making was happening in the CoA where the views of one member were being ignored and the decisions of the other were being executed irregularly despite there being a deadlock in decision-making. "The members were concerned about the resources of the BCCI being wrongfully expended on such irregular decisions," a BCCI member said in a seven-point statement. "The members decided that they would bring forth certain points before the Hon'ble Supreme Court in order to ensure that democracy is restored in decision-making especially on cricketing matters so that Indian cricket does not suffer," it added. The members expressed shock at the double standards on display in dealing with issues related to players who have been suspended and in dealing with issues relating to the BCCI CEO. Catch up on all the ..
                 

Australia beat India by 34 runs in first ODI, despite Rohit Sharma ton

11 days ago  
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Australia beat India by 34 runs in the first One-day International to take a 1-0 lead in the three match series here Saturday. Electing to bat, Australia posted 288 for five at the Sydney Cricket Ground. In reply, India were stopped at 254 for nine in the stipulated 50 overs. Opener Rohit Sharma top-scored for the visitors with a fine 133 off 129 balls. Peter Handscomb was the highest scorer for the hosts with his 73-run knock while Usman Khwaja (59) and Shaun Marsh (54) also scored half-centuries. Brief Scores:Australia : 288/5 in 50 overs. (P Handscomb 73, U Khawaja 59, S Marsh 54; K Yadav 2/54, B Kumar 2/66, R Jadeja 1/48).  India: 254/9 in 50 overs (Rohit Sharma 133, Mahendra Singh Dhoni 51; Jhye Richardson 4/26). 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 This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Except for the change in headline, the story has been pro..
                 

Pakistan bowlers fight back to defy South Africa

11 days ago  
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Pakistan's bowlers changed the course of the third and final Test against South Africa when they engineered a dramatic collapse on the first day of the third and final Test on Friday. From being in control on 226 for three at tea, South Africa were bowled out for 262 at the Wanderers Stadium. Vernon Philander struck back for South Africa, taking two wickets off successive balls as Pakistan reached 17 for two at the close. A polished innings of 90 by Aiden Markram, coupled with some wayward bowling by Pakistan, laid the foundation for some attacking batting by South Africa, who collectively hit 37 fours and a six before tea on what looked the best batting pitch of a series already won by the hosts. But the runs dried up after the interval as South Africa were able to add only 36 for the loss of seven wickets in 19.4 overs, hitting only four more boundaries. Mohammad Amir and Mohammad Abbas set the tone after tea, taking two and one wickets respectively. Both bowlers gained reverse swin..
                 

Time to take fresh guard: Raman

11 days ago  
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The Indian women's team have been in the news for the wrong reasons of late, but the team's new coach WV Raman is optimistic that every member of the side will start afresh. "I am sure everyone will start afresh as sportspersons are primed to move on. The girls are committed and are aware of their responsibilities. Therefore, it is imperative that they are allowed to get on with their job," Raman told mid-day from Chennai yesterday. The team will play three ODIs and as many T20Is under the leadership of Mithali Raj and Harmanpreet Kaur respectively in New Zealand. The first one-dayer will be held on January 24 at Napier. When asked about the preparations for the tour and the challenges ahead, Raman said: "Being in New Zealand a few days ahead of the first ODI will give the team enough time to acclimatise and get a better feel of the conditions. We will have to go there and assess the conditions to sort of try and adjust our approach accordingly." Raman, who was the India U-19 coach..
                 

Centurion Kaushik rescues VPMS against mighty Rizvi

11 days ago  
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A gritty century by opener Kaushik Shukla (100 off 145 balls) helped VPMS Vidya Mandir (Dahisar) salvage a draw after being made to follow on against Rizvi Springfield (Bandra) in the Giles Shield two-day match at National Cricket Club, Cross Maidan yesterday. Kaushik stitched a valuable 83-run stand with Shivam Ghosh to deny the Bandra outfit an outright win. When the umpires decided to end the day's proceedings, the Dahisar side were at 170-5 with Shivam unbeaten on 41 alongside Mohammed Zain (15 not out). Rizvi, however, bagged two points due to their first innings lead. They had bundled out VPMS for just 118 in their first essay, during the morning session of the second day's play, before asking them to bat again. Skipper Mohit Tanwar was the wrecker-in-chief for Rizvi, claiming five wickets for 18 runs while Shivam top-scored with an unbeaten 54 for the Dahisar side. With a huge task to accomplish, given his team were a massive 345 runs behind Rizvi's first innings total of 463..
                 

Ghavri quits as CIC chief on crucial day

11 days ago  
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Mumbai Cricket Association's Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC) had one-on-one interactions with the Mumbai Ranji Trophy team's senior players and support staff, but the CIC chief Karsan Ghavri resigned a few hours before the crucial meeting. Former India pacer Raju Kulkarni took Ghavri's place. The CIC first interacted with the selection committee comprising Ajit Agarkar, Nilesh Kulkarni, Ravi Thakkar and Sunil More. That was followed by a discussion with Dhawal Kulkarni and Siddhesh Lad, the two players who led Mumbai this season. Aditya Tare, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Akhil Herwadkar, coach Vinayak Samant and support staff members met the CIC individually as well. Ghavri clarified he resigned due to personal reasons. "We all agreed that the will to succeed is missing. We asked them why they were not playing like old Mumbai teams and we are going to work on that. Hopefully, we can solve those (issues)," said Kulkarni after the meeting that lasted more than five hours. Catc..
                 

Mayank Agrwal floored by comparison to Virender Sehwag

12 days ago  
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Overwhelmed by the comparisons with Virender Sehwag after his 'dream debut' in Australia, Mayank Agarwal says he will be happy if he could do even half of what the former India opener achieved in his illustrious career. Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar and his personal coach Irfan Sait are among those who feel that "there is a little bit of Sehwag" in Agarwal, who drew the flattering comparison with his aggressive style of play. Drafted into the squad in the middle of a well-poised series, the 27-year-old rose to the occasion with a 77, 76 and 42 in Melbourne and Sydney, playing a crucial hand in India's maiden Test series triumph Down Under. "Honestly, I am not a fan of comparisons but he is one of the greats of Indian cricket. I just like to go in the middle, give my best and see what comes out of it. Having said that, if I could do even half of what he (Sehwag) did, I will be happy," the Karnataka batsman told PTI after returning home. He did not have a sponsor's logo on his b..
                 

Mumbai team need a coach like Ramakant Achrekar: Sharad Pawar

12 days ago  
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Mumbai Cricket Association's (MCA) former president Sharad Pawar expressed the need for a coach like Ramakant Achrekar to help the struggling Mumbai team. "I am disturbed. The performance of the Mumbai team evokes restlessness among those who are passionate about it. If we have to change then Mumbai desperately needs a coach like Achrekar," said Pawar at a condolence meeting organised by Shivaji Park Gymkhana yesterday to honour the departed coach. Sachin Tendulkar and Vinod Kambli were present too. Achrekar passed away on January 2 at the age of 87. Pawar felt Achrekar's famous students should carry forward his legacy. "Sachin and Vinod told me that they are giving time towards this. If these two and their colleagues give time, I am confident Achrekar's legacy will be carried forward," Pawar said. Tendulkar conveyed a strong message to current coaches while speaking of his best-loved coach. "Sir sent out a big message that coaching doesn't mean making changes. Had my grip been c..
                 

Why are sports journalists kept at bay, asks BCCI's Anirudh Chaudhry

12 days ago  
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BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry questioned how permission was granted to Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul to appear on Karan Johar's Koffee with Karan show even as access to sports journalists is restricted. "The provisions of the earlier contracts and the practice in place would have required these contracted players to seek permission to appear on the show. Was such a permission sought? Was such a permission granted? If so, by whom? It is very unfair that sports journalists who are essentially the people who bring the sport and the stories surrounding the sport to the fans and play a part in ensuring the popularity of the sport, do not get access to these players for interviews but Karan Johar was able to get the access. I have nothing against Johar but I question the situation where the sports journalists are kept at bay while access to the players is given to entertainment shows," wrote Chaudhry. Catch up on all the latest T20 news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Andr..
                 

'Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul ought to have been suspended'

12 days ago  
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Even as the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) mulls over the quantum of punishment for Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul for their controversial comments on a TV show, the BCCI's acting office-bearers feel the duo should have been suspended immediately pending an enquiry. Writing in response to CoA member Diana Edulji's email yesterday, which was accessed by mid-day, BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary said: "Suspension is in any case not punishment and for the reported misconduct, this suspension [pending inquiry] should have happened yesterday itself, considering it was reported early [India time]. Therefore, the suspension must happen immediately. In view of the ODI in two days, the team/team management should prepare itself accordingly." BCCI treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry felt CoA chief Vinod Rai's recommendation of a two-match ban is not sufficient. "As far as the quantum of the punishment is concerned, if the players are found guilty as per the procedures laid down..
                 

Pandya, Rahul, Johri should undergo sensitisation: BCCI office-bearers

12 days ago  
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The BCCI office-bearers did not miss out on the opportunity to lash out at BCCI CEO Rahul Johri after the Indian cricket board found itself embroiled in another controversy following crass comments from Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul on a TV show recently. BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary and treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry trained their guns on Johri in their emails to the Committee of Administrators (CoA) yesterday. Johri was given a contentious clean chit by the three-member independent inquiry committee last November after allegations of sexual harassment surfaced against him. The BCCI treasurer suggested that Pandya, Rahul as well as Johri should undergo a proper sensitisation— "...must be allowed to join the team [if selected] only once they have gone through a proper sensitisation in addition to serving a ban, if imposed upon them. In any case, the entire team and support staff must go through a sensitisation process. The CEO may join them in the sensitisation as well as recommend..
                 

Australia's limited overs tour of India to begin on Feb 24

13 days ago  
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Bengaluru will host the first match of Australia's limited overs tour of India with a T20 International on February 24, the BCCI announced Thursday. The second T20I will be played in Visakhapatnam on February 27, followed by five ODIs. The first ODI will be held in Hyderabad on March 2), followed by matches in Nagpur (March 5), Ranchi (March 8), Mohali (March 10) and New Delhi (March 13). Both T20Is will be night matches starting at 7pm, and all five ODIs will be day-night affairs, starting at 1:30 pm, according to a BCCI release. For Australia, this tour is set to be their last international assignment before the World Cup which starts on May 30 in England. For India, this series will be followed by a home assignment against Zimbabwe, before the players head into the IPL ahead of the World Cup...
                 

Now, Rohit Sharma asks Rishab Pant to babysit his daughter Samaira

13 days ago  
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Rishab Pant's babysitting skills seem to be much in demand right now. Yesterday, hours after landing in Sydney, Rohit Sharma asked Pant if he could take care of his newborn daughter Samaira. On New Year's Day, the wicket-keeper showed that he is good with babies, something that got an instant thumbs up from none other than Australian skipper Tim Paine's wife Bonnie. "Morning buddy. Heard you are a good baby sitter, need one right now. Ritika will be quite happy. @RishabPant777," tweeted Rohit. Rohit's wife Ritika replied: "Could definitely use one @RishabPant777 @ImRo45." Meanwhile, Bonnie said yesterday: "Trying to unpack with needy baby. Wonder if Rishabh Pant is free for a babysitting gig today." 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..
                 

Sachin heaps praise on Pujara and bowlers for epic victory vs Aus

13 days ago  
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Team India's historic series triumph in Australia was lauded by legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar. Virat Kohli & Co retained the Border-Gavaskar Trophy with a 2-1 victory margin on Monday. Tendulkar heaped praise on India's bowling attack and No. 3 batsman Cheteshwar Pujara, who slammed three centuries and a half century in the four-Test series. "The brand of cricket that India have produced Down Under has been magnificent," said Tendulkar during the launch of the 'Keep Moving' initiative by IDBI Federal Life Insurance yesterday. Tendulkar felt Pujara, who scored 521 runs in the series, laid the foundation for India's victory. "Pujara has been outstanding. The number of statements made on Pujara, which ideally weren't in his favour, kind of undermined [diminished] his contribution. Along with [Pujara], [we] cannot ignore the bowlers' contribution. They have [also] done exceedingly well. "Pujara has been instrumental in laying that solid foundation on which there were a number o..
                 

Krunal Pandya gives blank cheque for fellow cricketer's treatment

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A host of cricketers, including former India captain Sourav Ganguly, have come together to help former batsman Jacob Martin who is in critical condition following an accident. Martin met with the accident on December 28 and has been on a ventilator after suffering extensive damage to his liver and lungs. The daily cost of the Baroda player's treatment is around Rs 70,000. While the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) sanctioned Rs 5 lakh for Martin's treatment after his wife appealed for support, several past and present players have also pitched in. "Martin and I have been teammates and I remember him as a quiet, introvert-type of person. While praying for Martin's speedy recovery, I'd like his family to know that they don't stand alone," Ganguly was quoted as saying by the Telegraph. "I have conveyed to Mrs Martin that she shouldn't hesitate to contact me if further assistance is required," he added. Current India international Krunal Pandya, who also hails from Baroda..
                 

Kohli becomes first ever player to sweep all individual ICC awards

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Indian captain Virat Kohli on Tuesday became the first cricketer to make a clean-sweep of individual honours in the ICC annual awards, claiming the Test, ODI and overall Player of the Year trophies besides being named captain of the world body's all-star teams. Kohli has become the first player in history to win the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for ICC Cricketer of the Year, his second consecutive, the ICC Test and the ODI Player of the Year awards following an extraordinary 2018. "Not only is Kohli the first player to win these three major ICC awards together but he has also been named the captain of the ICC Test and ODI teams of the year for a fabulous run in international cricket," the ICC said in a statement. Kohli scored 1,322 runs at an average of 55.08 in 13 Tests with five hundreds during the calendar year while in 14 ODIs he amassed 1202 runs at an astonishing average of 133.55 with six centuries. He also scored 211 runs in 10 T20Is. "It's a reward for all the hard work that..
                 

Kohli is greatest ODI batsman to have played the game: Clarke

2 days ago  
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That Virat Kohli is destined to be among the pantheons of all-time greats is an oft-repeated assertion but for former Australia captain Michael Clarke, the India skipper is already the greatest ODI batsman to have ever played the game. Kohli, the World No. 1 Test and ODI batsman, led India through a historic tour of Australia, during which the team won the Test and ODI rubbers and drew the T20I series. Michael Clarke Kohli's India was the first team ever not to lose any series Down Under and along the way, he continued to add to his rapidly-rising count of international hundreds. "To me, Virat Kohli is the greatest batsman to have ever played one-day cricket. I have no doubts after seeing what he has achieved for India," Clarke said. Kohli has already scored 10,385 runs in 219 ODIs with an astounding average of 59 plus, including 39 hundreds. An unabashed Kohli fan, Clarke said that the Indian's passion is unmatchable. "You have to respect Virat's passion to win games for his count..
                 

Ranji Trophy: Vidarbha rout Uttarakhand

3 days ago  
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Reigningchampions Vidarbha routed minnows Uttarakhand by an innings and 115 runs in their Ranji Trophy quarter-final here Saturday and made to the semifinals. India pacer Umesh Yadav (5-23) and slow left arm orthodox bowler Aditya Sarvate (5-55) grabbed five wickets each to dismantle them for 159 in the second innings and script a memorable win. Trailing the hosts by 274 runs in the first innings and resuming the day at the overnight score of 152 for 5, Uttarakhand needed to bat out their skin to salvage a draw. But their innings folded up very quickly as they lost their last five wickets for only seven runs. It was an abject surrender by Uttarakhand as their lower middle order and the tail failed to put up any fight. First innings centurian Saurabh Rawat fell for a duck after being trapped in front of the wicket by Yadav. Before that Sarvate sent back Malolan Rangarajan (2) to the pavilion. Ater Rawat's departure, Vidarbha bowlers blew out the tail to help their team emerge triumph..
                 

CK Khanna: Let Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul play while inquiry is on

3 days ago  
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BCCI acting President C K Khanna Saturday urged the Committee of Administrators (CoA) to lift the suspension on Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul for their much-criticised sexist remarks and refused to convene a Special General Meeting on the matter. Khanna said calling the SGM to appoint an ombudsman to investigate the two players' conduct, as demanded by Board officials, wouldn't be right as the Supreme Court is due to take up the issue next week. Pandya and Rahul have been suspended pending an inquiry for their sexist comments on a TV chat show. "They made a mistake, and they have already been suspended and called back from the series against Australia. They have also submitted an unconditional apology," Khanna wrote in a letter to the Committee of Administrators (CoA) running the BCCI. "I suggest that pending inquiry we reinstate both the cricketers into the Indian squad immediately and allow them to join the team in New Zealand at the earliest," he added. The CoA wants the Supreme Co..
                 

Have seen Sachin get angry, but not MS: Ravi Shastri

4 days ago  
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Ravi Shastri has seen Sachin Tendulkar get "angry at times" but not Mahendra Singh Dhoni, "a once in 40 years player" who will be very difficult to replace once he bids adieu to the game, according to India's head coach. The 37-year-old Dhoni, who was panned by critics for 51 off 96 balls in the first ODI against Australia, showed glimpses of his golden days by anchoring India to a series win with scores of unbeaten knocks of 55 and 87 in the next two. "He is a legend. He will go down as one of our great cricketers. I have never seen an individual so sound. I have seen Sachin at times get angry. Not this man," Shastri told the 'Daily Telegraph'. Shastri made it clear that a player of Dhoni's calibre can't be replaced. "You can't. Such players only come once in 30 or 40 years. That is what I tell Indians. Enjoy while it lasts. When he goes you will see a void that will be very hard to fill," he said. The coach is hopeful that Rishabh Pant would live up to the hype surrounding him but ..
                 

Centurions Rajsigh, Aditya boost Mumbai U-14 to 418-6

4 days ago  
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IND vs AUS 3rd ODI: MS Dhoni anchors India to 2-1 series win

5 days ago  
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India beat Australia by six wickets in the 3rd ODI in Melbourne, to win the series 2-1. MS Dhoni who hit his third consecutive fifty of the series remained unbeaten on 87 to guide India to victory. MS Dhoni was well supported by Kedar Jadhav who was not out on 61. Dhoni was adjudged the 'Man of the Series' for a hat-trick of half-centuries and two coming in winning causes. Chasing 231, India lost Rohit Sharma (9) early after the right-handed opener was caught at slip in the sixth over as he tried to accelerate the run-rate. Despite Kohli coming to the crease thereafter, India were bogged down by the Australian bowlers in the first powerplay and only scored 26-1 in the first ten overs. Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli put on a partnership of 44 runs before Dhawan was dismissed for 23 runs. Virat Kohli scored a fluent 46 before being dismissed. Earlier in the day, Virat Kohli won the toss and opted to field. Playing his first match of the series, Chahal wreaked havoc in t..
                 

3rd ODI: Chahal takes 6 for 42 as India restrict Australia to 230

5 days ago  
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Australia's vulnerability to quality leg-spin was exposed by Yuzvendra Chahal, who returned with his second overseas fifer to help India restrict the hosts for a megre 230 in the series-deciding third ODI at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) here on Friday. Playing his first match of the series, Chahal wrecked havoc in the Australian line-up, returning a career-best 6/42 as the home batsmen seemed to have no clue playing the leggie. Australia's top order conundrum, especially the off-colour opening duo of skipper Aaron Finch (14) and his deputy Alex Carey (5), continued to hurt them even though contributions from the middle order gave their bowlers something to defend. After pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar got rid of the openers and reduced the hosts for 27/2, Chahal ripped through the middle order, taking the crucial wickets of the in-form Shaun Marsh (39) and Usman Khawaja (34) in his very first over. The leggie then returned to remove all-rounder Marcus Stoinis (10) before ending a sti..
                 

Wasim Jaffer credits Mumbai's big-ton culture for 206

5 days ago  
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Veteran Wasim Jaffer's double century (206) helped Vidarbha to take a 204-run first innings lead against Uttarakhand in the Ranji Trophy quarter-final at Vidarbha Cricket Association's stadium in Jamtha yesterday. Jaffer, 40, who registered his ninth first-class double ton on Day Three of the game, credited Mumbai's cricketing culture for another big hundred. "When I was growing up in Mumbai, you needed to score big runs to get noticed. Small scores of 50, 70, 80 and even a small hundred wouldn't get you anywhere. Big hundreds, maybe double hundreds, triple hundreds were needed. I grew up watching Sachin [Tendulkar], Vinod Kambli and other players, who used to score big hundreds. I was in an old school environment — when a batsman is set, he is expected to score a big hundred. I developed this habit and it has stuck with me," Jaffer told mid-day over the phone from Nagpur yesterday. In reply to Uttarakhand's first innings total of 355, the hosts piled up 559 for six. One-drop J..
                 

Revealed! Why did MS Dhoni lose his temper on Khaleel Ahmed

6 days ago  
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King Googlyan was distraught after the first ODI; the man he has adored and loved since many years, MS Dhoni (51 from 96 balls in 1st ODI), was apparently held accountable for India's loss against Australia. The royal lemur then took it upon himself to resurrect MS Dhoni's reptuation in the second ODI at Adelaide.  While India was chasing Australia's steep total of 299, King Googlyan was sitting just behind India's dugout in the ground. Dhoni was batting at the crease and as captain Virat Kohli was dismissed after his century, all the expectations were on MS Dhoni's shoulders to redeem himself and win the match for India. With only around six overs left, and more than 50 runs to get, King Googlyan came up with a plan. King Googlyan was sitting right behind Yuzvendra Chahal, who was the 12th man in the match, and was about to run on to the ground to give MS Dhoni a refreshment drink. Yuzvender Chahal placed the refreshment drink on the bench while waiting to enter the ground. T..
                 

You cannot calculate Dhoni's value: Gavaskar

6 days ago  
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"Please leave the gentleman alone," former India captain Sunil Gavaskar said of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, insisting that the veteran's value to the team cannot be calculated despite the lack of consistency. Dhoni turned back the clock with a match-winning half century against Australia in the second one-dayer in Adelaide, even hitting one of those trademark last-over sixes. The well-timed knock eased the pressure he has been under under due to inconsistent form. "My prayer is to please leave the gentleman alone and he will continue to do well. He is also not getting younger. So the consistency you might have at a younger age will obviously not be there and you have to bear with that," Gavaskar told 'India Today'. Sunil Gavaskar The 37-year-old two-time World Cup winning former captain's future is one of the most debated topics in Indian cricket right now but Gavaskar feels he deserves better. "Bear with that little inconsistency. But he's still tremendous value to the team... That..
                 

ICC opens online portal for public screening requests of 2019 WC

6 days ago  
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The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Wednesday opened an online portal for parties interested in staging ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 public screening events. The portal provides a registration gateway and the guidelines, permissions and licence fees for staging a public screening event. Public screening events are classed as any commercial or non-commercial event where the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 matches are made available for viewing by an audience, at locations which do not normally broadcast sporting events, such as beaches, parks, recreational areas, army bases, embassies and oil rigs. Head of Media Rights Broadcast and Digital Aarti Singh Dabas, said, 'These screenings will offer companies not usually involved with the broadcast of cricket, the unique opportunity to get involved with the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and connect with their consumers through one of the biggest sports events in the world. And the opportunity to do so has been made simple through the launch of..
                 

Gujarat blind players hoping for a proper jobs after emerging champions

6 days ago  
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Most members of Gujarat's blind cricket team do not have proper jobs. Some sell cutlery in trains while others are daily wage workers. But that hasn't stopped them from pursuing their passion, and excelling at it. Ketan Patel, Ganesh Gavit, Ganesh Bhusara, Ganesh Gondkar, Hitesh Patel, Subhash Goya, Mahesh Chaudhari and Ashwin Kumar are part of the Gujarat team that emerged champions in the National blind cricket tournament for the Siyaram Cup at the Brabourne Stadium yesterday. They beat Maharashtra by 116 runs in the final. The triumph ensured Gujarat remain unbeatable in the tournament's history - having won all 10 editions till date. Interestingly, all these players have also represented India in World Cups or bilateral series. But somehow, jobs and financial security have eluded them. From these eight international cricketers, only Gavit has managed to find a job as a teacher at Ghadvi School in Kaprada. "It's very sad that despite representing your country, you are still strugg..
                 

Hardik Pandya avoids stepping out of his house, stops taking calls

7 days ago  
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Team India's flamboyant all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who returned from Australia ahead of the ODI series after being suspended by the BCCI over his controversial comments on a recent TV show, Koffee with Karan, did not celebrate Makar Sankranti yesterday. Pandya, instead, stayed put in his Baroda house, watching India beat Australia in the second ODI at the Adelaide Oval, his father Himanshu revealed to mid-day. "He watched the match. Ever since he has returned from Australia, he has not stepped out of the house. He is also not taking any calls... he is just taking rest," said Pandya Sr. Himanshu Pandya "It's a festival... a public holiday in Gujarat, but Hardik did not fly any kites. He loves flying kites but his busy cricketing schedule never allowed him to be at home during this festival over the last few years. "This time, he had a chance to fly kites, but because of the adverse situation, there was no mood to celebrate the festival," Pandya's father added. Pandya and his teammat..
                 

Virat Kohli is just like Sachin Tendulkar, says Aus coach Langer

7 days ago  
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Australia coach Justin Langer compared Virat Kohli with Sachin Tendulkar and said the Indian captain's balance while playing 360-degree shots in all formats of the game is "unbelievable". After his 39th ODI hundred helped India to a series' levelling win in Adelaide, Langer heaped praise on Kohli, saying the India skipper is currently having the same impact on international cricket as Tendulkar. "I would like to have them both in my team. Sachin was an incredible cricketer. I used to watch him and it was like he was meditating. He was so calm and that's why his record is peerless," Langer said after Australia's six-wicket loss in the second one-day international here. "Virat is doing the same thing. He is so calm and so competitive, and technically, his balance is unbelievable. For him to play 360-degree shots in all formats of the game, his balance is unbelievable." Langer said it is a blessing in disguise for the young Australian cricketers to play against class players like Kohli..
                 

Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul tender unconditional apologies to BCCI

7 days ago  
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Suspended India players Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul Tuesday gave their statements to BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, initiating the inquiry into their much-condemned comments on women that have split the Committee of Administrators (CoA). It is learnt that both players deposed via telephone after having tendered unconditional apologies in reply to the fresh show cause notices issued by the BCCI. "The CEO spoke to them via telephone. However, his brief was simple as the inquiry initiator. He has to just collate whatever they have written in their show cause reply. He is expected to submit his report to CoA by tomorrow," a BCCI official, privy to the development, told PTI. However, it is learnt the CEO did not ask any questions on whether their agents pressurised them into attending such the entertainment show and also speaking in the manner that they did. "Any investigative question is the purview of the ombudsman. Now the next phase will only happen if the SC appoints an ombudsman or an ad-ho..
                 

Virat Kohli all praise for MS Dhoni, calls it a 'classic'

7 days ago  
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India captain Virat Kohli called it an "MS classic" after Mahendra Singh Dhoni plundered sixes that reminded of his heyday, hammered home the point that the finisher in him is still alive. Dhoni slammed an unbeaten 55 off 54 balls after Kohli laid the foundation for India's series-levelling six-wicket victory over Australia in the second ODI with a fluent century here yesterday. "There is no doubt that he should be a part of this team. Tonight was [a] MS classic. He calculates the game so well. He takes the game till the end, when only he knows what's going on in his mind, and he backs himself to hit those big shots at the end," Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony. India captain Virat Kohli celebrates his century against Australia yesterday Kohli could not take his team home this time but Dhoni and Dinesh Karthik (25 off 14) rose to the occasion with an unbeaten 57-run stand, helping India chase down a target of 299 with four balls to spare. Man of the match Kohli wa..
                 

IND vs AUS: Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni lead India to series-levelling win

8 days ago  
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MS Dhoni pulled off a tight finish for India just like old times to silence his critics after captain Virat Kohli laid the foundation for a series-levelling six-wicket win against Australia with his 39th ODI hundred here on Tuesday. Chase master Kohli could not take his team to the finishing line this time but Dhoni (55 off 54) and Dinesh Karthik (25 off 14) rose to the occasion with an unbeaten 57-run stand off 34 balls, taking India home with four balls to spare. Australia scored 298-8 after opting to bat. Man of the match Kohli was dismissed in the 44th over after making 104 off 112 balls with five fours and two sixes. Dhoni, who has been coping a lot of criticism for his waning finishing skills, turned back the clock and took India past the finish line with a final over six. The third and final ODI will be in Melbourne on Friday. India got off to a frantic start with Shikhar Dhawan hitting five boundaries in his 28-ball 32 runs. He put on 47 runs for the opening wicket with Roh..
                 

Photos: Sreesanth spotted with wife and daughter at a theatre in Juhu

8 days ago  
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Indian cricketer and Bigg Boss finalist Sreesanth was spotted after a movie screening in Juhu with his wife Bhuvneshwari Kumari and daughter. The family looked to be in a jovial mood as they exited the theatre.Sreesanth with wife and daughter Sreesanth was the talk of the town for most part of last year during his stint inside the Bigg Boss house. Sreesanth had opened up about the slap-gate involving him and Harbhajan Singh in IPL, where he was seen crying profusely after being slapped by Harbhan on the field.Sreesanth with wife and daughter Sreesanth, who has done three movies a few movies and web-series so far in Hindi cinema and Malayalam cinema so far, expressed his desire to work in Hollywood recently.  "I want to work with Steven Spielberg...whether it is a small role or big in a Hollywood movie. It will be a dream come true for me. And I always believe that anything can happen in life. I look at my life journey as a miracle," Sreesanth said. He explained: "I was born i..
                 

South Africa complete series sweep vs Pakistan

8 days ago  
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Duanne Olivier (3-74) sparked a Pakistan collapse as South Africa completed a series clean sweep with a 107-run win on Day Four of the third and final Test at the Wanderers Stadium yesterday. Starting the day on 153-3, Pakistan lost their remaining seven wickets for 120 runs to be bowled out for 273. Olivier effectively ended Pakistan's hopes when he took two wickets off successive balls in the third over of the morning. Babar Azam received a fast, lifting ball angled in towards his throat, which he gloved to wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock. Azam (22) had helped Asad Shafiq add 58 for the fourth wicket. Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed was bowled first ball. Olivier, who got his chance to play in the series because Philander was injured, was the leading wicket-taker with 24 at an average of 14.71. He was named man of the series. 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 This story has been sourced fr..
                 

With CoA at loggerheads, SC may show way forward

8 days ago  
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It appears the Supreme Court will step in to give direction on who will be a part of the inquiry panel to investigate Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul's controversial comments on a recent TV show, Koffee with Karan what with the SC-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) differing among themselves. A BCCI hearing is scheduled for January 17 at 3pm in the Supreme Court. Both players have tendered unconditional apologies, according to a PTI report yesterday. The differing views between CoA chief Vinod Rai and CoA member Diana Edulji over the formation of conduct of inquiry is likely to delay the commencement of investigations as Pandya and Rahul stare at missing out on the New Zealand tour as well. Rai has made it clear that he will not be part of the inquiry process. "In my view, the COA is duty bound to follow the new constitution and what you are suggesting is neither in consonance with the constitution nor is it as per the legal advice received. It cannot be the case that we follow ..
                 

Ex Ranji cricketer Rajesh Ghodge collapses on field, dies at age 46

9 days ago  
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A former Goa Ranji Trophy cricketer Rajesh Ghodge, 46, collapsed on a cricket ground while playing a local tournament in Margao yesterday and died soon at a local hospital, organisers of the tourney said. The deceased cricketer had scored 30 runs and was at the non-striker's end, when he collapsed, Poorv Bhembre, secretary of the Margao Cricket Club, which had organised the tournament, told IANS. After he collapsed, Ghodge was immediately shifted to the nearby ESI hospital, from where he was shifted to a private health facility in Margao town, located 30 km south of Panaji, before he was declared dead. The deceased was also the honorary joint secretary of the tournament-organising club. Bhembre said that Ghodge, who played two Ranji matches for Goa and represented the state in several one-day matches in the 1990s, had no history of medical issues. "He used to play cricket almost everyday. We are completely shocked," Bhembre said. Catch up on all the latest T20 news and updates here..
                 

Indian women's cricket team have set high standards: Coach WV Raman

9 days ago  
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1st ODI: Ambati Rayudu reported for suspect bowling action

9 days ago  
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Indian batsman and part time off-spinner Ambati Rayudu has been reported with a suspect bowling action during the first ODI against Australia in Sydney, the ICC said on Sunday. Rayudu bowled only two overs in the game on Saturday, conceding 13 runs. "The match officials' report, which was handed over to the India team management, cited concerns about the legality of the 33-year-old off-spinner's bowling action," said the ICC in a statement. However, Rayudu can still bowl if the need arises. "Rayudu's bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the ICC process relating to suspected illegal bowling actions reported in Tests, ODIs and T20Is. "He is required to undergo testing within 14 days, and, during this period, Rayudu is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results of the testing are known," the statement added. Rayudu has only bowled 20.1 overs in his 46-ODI old career, taking three wickets at an average of 41.33 and economy rate of 6.14..
                 

Ton-up Quinton de Kock sets huge task for Pakistan

9 days ago  
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A century by Quinton de Kock ensured Pakistan would face a huge task in their quest for a consolation win in the third and final Test against South Africa at the Wanderers Stadium on Sunday. Needing 381 runs to win, Pakistan were 34 for no wicket at tea on the third day. De Kock equalled his Test-best score of 129 before South Africa were bowled out for 303. It was De Kock's fourth Test century and his first in two years. De Kock went to the wicket with his side in some trouble at 93 for five, at which stage their lead was a modest 170. De Kock shared a sixth wicket stand of 102 with Hashim Amla, who made 71, before adding 79 for the eighth wicket with Kagiso Rabada (21). In an innings studded with flowing strokes, De Kock reached his fifty off 49 balls and his century off 121 deliveries. He was finally caught in the deep, trying for a second successive six off leg-spinner Shadab Khan, after facing 138 balls and hitting 18 fours and a six. Shadab finished with three for 41 while med..
                 

Hardik Pandya-KL Rahul saga: The fight goes on

10 days ago  
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The divide between the two-member Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) is as wide as the North and South poles. That CoA chief Vinod Rai and member Diana Edulji once again differed as Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul were suspended with immediate effect on Friday pending inquiry. This time, the difference of opinion was on BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and completing the enquiry by the second ODI v Australia of the ongoing series. In a fresh round of emails exchanged between them on Saturday morning, which is accessed by mid-day, Rai wrote, "CEO to commence the enquiry as advised by legal (cell). Since the team is abroad with a squad of 13 now, we will have to complete the enquiry quickly. The players must give their explanation quickly. We must take a view by the time the second ODI is over as we cannot afford to debilitate team strength due to delinquent behaviour in part of some players." Edulji's objectionsEdulji objected with what Rai said. As far as weakening the team's s..
                 

India v Australia history lessons at Bradman Museum

10 days ago  
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With the Indian team under captain Virat Kohli conquering their final frontier on Australian soil in Sydney, the renowned Bradman Museum: International Cricket Hall of Fame in another New South Wales city has been hosting a special exhibition commemorating the glorious history of Indian cricket. Bowral, 117km away from the venue for the decisive fourth Test, is the place where the iconic Don spent his formative years in life as well as cricket. The sleepy southern highlands city with its sylvan, hilly surroundings had played a role in shaping up Bradman's career as a schoolboy cricketer while the museum, situated next to the ground where the Australian icon scored his first-ever century in school cricket, gives a glimpse of his legendary life alongside the evolution of the gentlemen's game and its fabulous past. Titled 'Kapil to Kohli: India's Rise to Cricket Greatness', the special exhibition, marking the Indian sojourn Down Under, is a profound celebration of the fascinating past a..
                 

CoA members Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji at loggerheads

11 days ago  
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Even as the BCCI has decided to conduct an inquiry after suspending India cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul following their controversial comments on TV show Koffee with Karan, the two-member Committee of Administrators (CoA) are once again at loggerheads.  While CoA chief Vinod Rai wants BCCI CEO Rahul Johri to commence enquiry and appoint an ad-hoc Ombudsman to be appointed quickly so that the proceedings can be completed by the second ODI of the ongoing Australia series, CoA member Diana Edulji feels Johri should not be a part of the inquiry and the CoA and office-bearers can complete the discplinary process.  “CEO to commence the enquiry as advised by legal. Since the team is abroad with a squad of 13 now, we will have to complete the enquiry quickly. The players must give their explanation quickly. We must take a view by the time the second ODI is over as we cannot afford to debilitate team strength due to delinquent behaviour in part of some players,” ..
                 

Doug, Scott set up NZ's T20 win

11 days ago  
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The recalled Doug Bracewell and debutant Scott Kuggeleijn starred with bat and ball for New Zealand to beat Sri Lanka by 35 runs in the one-off Twenty20 match in Auckland on Friday. It ended a dismal tour for the Sri Lankans with the drawn first Test followed by a succession of losses in the second Test, three one-dayers and the Twenty20. New Zealand, sent into bat, recovered from 55 for five to finish on 179 for seven with Bracewell (44) and Kuggeleijn (35 not out) the key contributors. Although the target was not daunting, and Sri Lanka easily kept up with the required run rate to be four for 118 after 12 overs. But their last six wickets fell for the addition of only 26 more runs and the innings folded for 144 with 19 balls remaining. Kuggeleijn and Bracewell both took wickets in their opening overs. Kusal Perera, who raced to 22 off 12 deliveries was removed by Kuggeleijn's third delivery while Niroshan Dickwella, who smacked a four and a six from the first two balls of the inning..
                 

'We will look into Hardik Pandya's unedited Koffee with Karan footage'

11 days ago  
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Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) probes have often ended up as being labelled as shams. The inquiry into allegations of sexual harassment against board CEO Rahul Johri in November. when he was given a contentious clean chit, was the last one to attract criticism. However, the board has promised a thorough investigation against cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul for misogynist and crass comments on a TV show. Yesterday, the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) decided to suspend Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul pending inquiry for their conduct on the Koffee with Karan show. The suspension was done at the behest of CoA member Diana Edulji in consultation with the BCCI's legal cell and BCCI office-bearers. CoA chief Vinod Rai, though, had recommended a mere two-match suspension for the cricketing duo. Duo sent homePandya and Rahul will return from Australia. "They have to return as they are suspended. They are not on a holiday," a BCCI source told mid-day...
                 

IND vs AUS: Fine with any combination, says Virat Kohli

11 days ago  
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India captain Virat Kohli said he is not too stressed about the suspension of all-rounder Hardik Pandya for his "inappropriate" comments on women as the side have a ready replacement in Ravindra Jadeja. On a high after the maiden Test series triumph on Australian soil, India have been hit by an unsavoury off-field controversy due to Pandya and KL Rahul's controversial comments on women on a TV show. The two are facing the prospect of being banned after an inquiry. "We played in India against the West Indies with a finger spinner and a wrist spinner, so it's good that we have someone like Jadeja who can do the all-rounder's role," Kohli said on the eve of the first ODI against Australia yesterday. Virat Kohli "We are not too stressed as a team [about the Pandya situation] because you'll always have things that you can do in terms of creating that balance for the side. And hence, we keep players who can provide balance with bat and ball as a back-up anyway," he added. Critical of Ha..
                 

Pandya, Rahul suspended pending inquiry; Kohli condemns comments

12 days ago  
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Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul were Friday suspended for their outrage-evoking comments on women by India's cricket administrators, hours after the duo's on-field leader Virat Kohli expressed his strong disapproval. The under-fire players have been suspended pending an inquiry into their sexist comments on a TV show, ruling them out of the three-match ODI series against Australia beginning Saturday in Sydney. "Both Pandya and Rahul have been suspended pending an inquiry," the Committee of Administrators (CoA) chairman Vinod Rai told PTI. The 'Koffee with Karan' episode featuring the cricketers has since been taken down by the channel's online platform. On the show, Pandya had boasted about hooking up with multiple women and being open about it with his parents. Rahul was, however, a shade more restrained in his responses on relationships and women. A source in the BCCI said the two will be issued fresh show cause notices before a formal enquiry begins. "Whether it will be an interna..
                 

Pandya, Rahul out from 1st ODI amid recommendation of suspension

12 days ago  
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India will not be fielding Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul in Saturday's ODI series-opener against Australia after Committee of Administrators (CoA) member Diana Edulji recommended a suspension pending inquiry for their controversial comments on women during a TV show. A BCCI source told PTI that Rahul was not considered for selection while Pandya will not feature at least in the game on Saturday. A final decision on the matter is still awaited. "The team management has told Pandya that he is not playing tomorrow as they are yet to get a final directive. Rahul, in any case, wasn't in contention for a first XI berth," said a source close to the development. "The team management is waiting for an official communication on whether there is a provisional suspension and if they will be sent back," he added. On Thursday, COA chief Vinod Rai recommended a two-match ban for Pandya and Rahul but colleague Edulji referred the matter to BCCI's legal team. On Friday, Edulji called for suspension ..
                 

No personal talk, appearance on non-cricket shows for players now?

12 days ago  
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India all-rounder Hardik Pandya is potentially staring at severe punishment for his insensitive comments on a TV show while his teammate KL Rahul, who also appeared with him on Karan Johar's show, may get a lesser punishment. After the Committee of Administrators (CoA) chief Vinod Rai recommended a two-match suspension for the players' remarks on the Koffee with Karan show, CoA member Diana Edulji invited suggestions from the BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary and the legal department before the CoA decides on the quantum of punishment. Serious viewIt is learnt that Pandya's sexist comments have attracted most of the CoA and BCCI's attention. Rai in his email to Edulji and BCCI CEO Rahul Johri, said: "The apology has obviously been drafted by the agency [player management firms]. Doesn't appear sincere. Could be different for both players depending upon what they have said in the show." Rai's adviceMeanwhile, Rai has also advised Johri to, "prepare an advisory to all BCCI contracted p..
                 

Rohit Sharma: India won't have 'drastic changes' in squad for World Cup

12 days ago  
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Vice-captain Rohit Sharma yesterday said that India's World Cup squad is more or less settled but nobody should take his place for granted as poor form could lead to omissions. He said that there could be one or two changes in the squad that will take on Australia and New Zealand in the upcoming limited overs series, depending on poor form and injuries. 13 ODIs coming up"The squad that plays these 13 ODIs (five in Australia, three in NZ, five at home v Australia) is more or less the same squad that will go to the World Cup. There will be one or two changes, keeping in mind form and injury concerns over the next few months," Rohit said ahead of India's first ODI against Australia here on Saturday. "We played a lot of cricket throughout the year, so injuries are bound to happen. And there will be some concerns about form and fitness." Talking about the slots in the playing XI, he said, "More or less, the slots are pretty much taken but everything will depend on form. Nobody is guarante..
                 

Giles Shield; Shreyansh's ton boosts Rizvi Springfield

12 days ago  
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A spectacular, unbeaten century by Shreyansh Mishra (129* off 76 balls) powered Rizvi Springfield (Bandra) to a massive total on Day One of their second Group X two-day match in the MSSA-organised Giles Shield match against VPMS Vidya Mandir (Dahisar) at National Cricket Club, Cross Maidan yesterday. Shreyansh smashed 19 fours and two sixes in his 75-minute stay at the crease as the Bandra outfit declared on 463 for six in 75 overs. At stumps, the Dahisar team were 35-2 in 27 overs. Earlier, opting to bat, openers Kasim Alijan and Shlok Sawant provided Rizvi a good start with a 47-run partnership before Kasim was dismissed by Aditya Chaurasiya. Apart from Shreyansh, Shlok (52), skipper Mohit Tanwar (93) and Owais Khan (58) struck half-centuries. Shreyansh stitched a 117-run stand for the sixth wicket with Ayush Mhatre (41) and then added 73 with Jawwad Ali (22) for the seventh. For VPMS, Mayank Rana (2-118) and Meghal Solanki (2-92) took two wickets each. Catch up on all the latest ..
                 

Watch video: Shikhar Dhawan playing a flute is breaking the internet!

13 days ago  
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Shikhar Dhawan is known for his talents on the cricket field, but how many of us out there knew that Dhawan aka Gabbar is also a capable flute musician? This video proves that the stylish Indian cricketer can impress everyone with his music. In a video Shikhar Dhawan shared on his Instagram account, he is seen playing the flute at his home backyard in Australia. Shikhar Dhawan captioned, "Hoping to hit the right notes in the new year! 🎶🎶 #tuesdaythoughts #flute #music".       View this post on Instagram Hoping to hit the right notes in the new year! 🎶🎶 #tuesdaythoughts #flute #music A post shared by Shikhar Dhawan (@shikhardofficial) onJan 8, 2019 at 2:34am PST Shikhar Dhawan is set to join the Indian squad for the three ODIs to be played in Australia. The left-hander has played 115 ODIs, scoring 4935 runs, at an average of 45.69. Shikhar Dhawan is now settled with his wife Aesha and kids in ..
                 

Suspend Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul: BCCI secretary tells CoA

13 days ago  
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BCCI secretary Amitabh Choudhary has urged the Committee of Administrators (CoA) to immediately suspend Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul for their crass comments on a TV show Koffee with Karan.  The Indian cricketers have received a lot of flak for their sexist comments on the entertainment show hosted by Bollywood director Karan Johar. Choudhary's response was sought from CoA member Diana Edulji after CoA chief Vinod Rai recommended a two-match ban. Choudhary in his email to the CoA, which was accessed by mid-day, said: "Suspension is in any case not punishment and for the reported misconduct, this suspension (pending inquiry) should have happened yesterday itself, consiering it was reported early (India Time). Therefore, the suspension must happen immediately. "It is surprising that the matter is being sought to be disposed of hurriedly and surreptitiously as in the earlier case of sexual harrasment. "Legally, the inquiry can be conducted only in accordance with the provisions of..
                 

South Africa all-rounder Albie Morkel retires from all forms of cricket

13 days ago  
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South African all-rounder Albie Morkel announced retirement from all form of cricket on Wednesday. The 37-year-old said that his 20-year-long cricketing journey has been incredible and that he is going to cherish those moments forever. The right-arm bowler thanked his domestic team The Titans and Cricket South Africa (CSA) for supporting him during his journey. "Time has run out for me on the cricket field, and I would like to announce my retirement from the game. The last 20 years of my life took me on an incredible journey, with so many awesome memories that I will cherish forever. I would like to thank Jacques Faul and everyone involved at the Titans for giving me the opportunity to live my dream. The squad is in a healthy state and I'm looking forward to seeing the progress that the younger players will make. I will forever be a big Titans fan," The Titans official website quoted Morkel, as saying. "I want to say a big thanks to Cricket South Africa (CSA), because it was a huge h..
                 

Hardik Pandya on comments: I made those statements in flow of show

13 days ago  
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Indian cricketer Hardik Pandya yesterday offered "regrets" in response to a show cause notice for his comments on women on a TV show, which triggered a massive outrage and might prompt the BCCI to bar players from such appearances. Pandya and teammate KL Rahul were on Wednesday issued show cause notices by the BCCI for their remarks on women which triggered a social media storm. Regret and not apology was what Pandya offered in his reply. "I made an appearance on the chat show where I have made certain statements without realising that these could be disrespectful and offend sensitivities of viewers for which I am sincerely regretful," stated Pandya's response, a copy of which is with PTI. "I would like to assure you that there was no malice or any sort of ill-intent on my part to offend anyone or portray any section of the society in bad light," he added. Pandya vowed never to repeat the behaviour. "I made these statements in the flow of the show and had not comprehended the extent..
                 

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