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India vs England: Virat Kohli aims to iron out middle-order frailties

8 hours ago  
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One day on top of the world and the other, down in the dumps. That has been India's story on the tour so far, be it the T20Is or the ODIs. After being level in the T20I series, India clinched the decider with a commanding performance. The visitors are now in a similar situation in the ODIs and must win today's third match at Headingley to pocket their 10th successive series victory and win bragging rights ahead of the five-match Test series. Dent in confidenceBut the problem India face is that the heavy defeat in the second ODI at Lord's has dented their confidence, exposing a weak middle-order. One of the top-four batsmen need to play a big one and guide the batting right till the end, because the middle-order does not seem to have the gumption to carry the fight to the opposition if the top order fails. The Indian think-tank will surely be thinking of strengthening the middle-order, may be by bringing in Dinesh Karthik or Shreyas Iyer for Suresh Raina. But the problem is that ..
                 

Ramesh Powar is interim coach of Indian Women's cricket team

10 hours ago  
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After returning to the city following a short stint with Cricket Australia's young spinners as a spin bowling consultant in Brisbane last month, former India off-spinner Ramesh Powar has been asked to guide the Indian women's team as a interim coach." Following the resignation of women's coach Tushar Arothe recently, the BCCI have invited applications for the job. However, till then, Powar will be conducting a 10-day camp in Bangalore, beginning July 25, for their upcoming Sri Lanka tour. "It's a matter of pride [to coach the national women's team], given the way this team has performed in the last year or so. I'm more than happy to be a part of their growth," Powar told mid-day yesterday. After returning from Australia, Powar has appeared for two interviews, the first at the BCCI headquarters at the Wankhede Stadium for the position of spin bowling coach at the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore. Later, he had a discussion with the Mumbai Cricket Association's (MCA) Cricket Impro..
                 

Fakhar Zaman-inspired Pakistan dominate Zimbabwe

13 hours ago  
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An elated Fakhar Zaman cracked a career-best 117 as Pakistan dominated with both bat and ball to win the second of five one-day internationals against Zimbabwe by nine wickets on Monday. Zaman's hundred was his second in ODI's after his barnstorming 114 in last year's Champions Trophy final against India. The win was also set up by Pakistan's seam attack, who bowled Zimbabwe out for 194. Usman Khan took four wickets and Hasan Ali chipped in with three for 32 to bowl the hosts out, Pakistan's top order batsmen then capping a commanding performance. Zaman said: "I think I am in the best form of my life." "I've been trying for many games to get another hundred and my coaches were telling me there have been too many games since you last scored a hundred. So I was trying, and today I was lucky." Zimbabwe opted to bat first on another cold morning and were put under immediate pressure by the new ball, and in particular Khan. He had both openers caught behind in his first spell, but Zimbabwe..
                 

Pakistan's Azhar Ali signs for Somerset

13 hours ago  
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Pakistan batsman Azhar Ali has joined Somerset for the remainder of their first-class English County Championship fixtures this season, the southwest club said Monday. The 33-year-old replaces Australia opener Matt Renshaw, who made three hundreds at 51.30 in the opening rounds of the Championship before breaking a finger against Surrey at Guildford last month. Azhar is set to make his Somerset debut against Worcestershire later this month. "The standard of first-class cricket in England is very high and I hope that I can make a contribution to Somerset winning matches," Azhar told his new county's website. "I have heard good things about Somerset and I was impressed by what I saw at Taunton in 2016 (when Pakistan opened their tour of England that year against the county). "I am looking forward to joining my new team mates and meeting the Somerset supporters soon." Azhar struggled during Pakistan's three Tests against Ireland and England earlier this season, making 73 runs in six inni..
                 

Alastair Cook hits century for England Lions against India A

13 hours ago  
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Alastair Cook spent valuable time batting ahead of the Test series with India, making an unbeaten century for the second-string England Lions on the first day of their match against India A at Worcester on Monday. It was the first time Cook, given a chance to warm up with the Lions during a break in the first-class County Championship, had reached three figures this year. The 33-year-old left-handed opener, England's all-time leading Test run-scorer, completed his hundred in 173 balls and at stumps had moved on to 154 not out in a total of 310 for two. It was Cook's first century since his monumental 244 not out against Australia in the Boxing Day Test at Melbourne -- a rare England highlight in a comprehensive Ashes series loss. England and India begin as five-match Test series at Edgbaston on August 1. 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 This story has been sourced from a third party syndic..
                 

New Zealand great Richard Hadlee to undergo cancer surgery again

13 hours ago  
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New Zealand cricketing great Richard Hadlee will undergo a second round of surgery after cancer spread to his liver, his wife Dianne said Monday. Hadlee's family revealed last month that he had a tumour removed after being diagnosed with bowel cancer and was expected to make a full recovery after a course of chemotherapy. Dianne Hadlee provided an update on the 67-year-old's condition on Monday. "This week, Richard will undergo further surgery after secondary cancer was discovered in his liver," she said in a statement. "Medical advice is that it's still at a very early stage and is operable." Hadlee is regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time, and was the first to take 400 Test wickets. By the time he retired in 1990, he had played 86 Tests and taken 431 wickets at 22.29. He was also a hard-hitting batsman with a Test career total of 3,124 runs, including two centuries and 15 half-centuries, at an average of 27.16. Catch up on all the latest T20 news and updates here..
                 

India's assistant coach Sanjay Bangar backs MS Dhoni

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India's assistant coach Sanjay Bangar today came to the defence of the under-fire Mahendra Singh Dhoni, saying losing wickets at regular intervals did not allow the veteran campaigner to play freely in the second ODI at Lord's. Former skipper Dhoni took a lot of flak after uncharacteristic slow innings at Lord's, where he was even jeered while scoring 37 off 59 balls. After skipper Virat Kohli and leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal, Bangar backed Dhoni. "With the combination, we are playing, we do not have the depth at numbers 8, 9 or 10 (the lower order), and when you lose couple of wickets, it becomes really difficult to bat with that sort of freedom. Due credit to the England bowlers, they didn't allow us to score any boundaries in that period and that was the reason the run rate kept climbing up," Bangar said. The third and final series-deciding ODI of this short series will be played at Headingley tomorrow. "He was just hoping someone would bat with him and we were just hoping that he..
                 

Dinesh Chandimal, coach suspended for four ODIs, two Tests for ball-tempering

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Sri Lanka captain Dinesh Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusinghe and manager Asanka Gurusinha were today suspended for the first four ODIs and two Test matches against South Africa for their role in ball-tampering during the tour of the West Indies earlier this year. The trio were handed the punishment after they pleaded guilty to "conduct contrary to the spirit of the game".  The independent Judicial Commissioner, The Hon Michael Beloff QC, handed the trio eight suspension points, which means they will miss the first four ODIs along with both the Tests against South Africa. The three were charged by the ICC Chief Executive David Richardson on June 19 and had pleaded guilty to breaching Level 3, Article 2.3.1, which relates to conduct that is contrary to the spirit of the game during last month's St Lucia Test against the West Indies. According to an ICC statement, the Chairman of the ICC Code of Conduct Commission had held a hearing over video conference on July 11 to determine ..
                 

Virat Kohli defends MS Dhoni's slow batting, says we all have bad days

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It was a well laid out England plan which the Indian team was trapped into. The greenish tinge on the surface was a mere cover-up. Underneath the Lord's pitch, it was bone dry and with hot sun beating down on it, it was bound to help the spinners as the game progressed. The England think-tank knew that regardless of winning or losing the toss in the second ODI, they would be batting first, as India's preferred choice is to chase down a target. Eoin Morgan was the only player to make it to the ground on the eve of the match and have a talk with the head groundsman. Then he had a look at the pitch with the curator. On the advice given by the curator, he planned to bat on winning the toss. It surprised the pundits, as all the matches so far have been won by teams chasing. But, in the end it was indeed a courageous decision which paid off as England won the second ODI by 86 runs to level the three-match series 1-1. Batting first, the hosts scored 322-7 in 50 overs. In reply, the visitors..
                 

James Vince called into England squad for India ODI finale

2 days ago  
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Hampshire captain James Vince has been called into England's squad for the third and deciding one-day international against India at Headingley on Tuesday. The England and Wales Cricket Board said Sunday that Vince's call-up would allow Dawid Malan to play for the Lions, England's A side, in their four-day match against India A in Worcester starting on Monday. In addition, 2019 World Cup hosts England have also released Surrey paceman Sam Curran from their ODI squad to play for the Lions. Vince, 27, has played 13 Tests an five one-day internationals but has yet to nail down a place in the England side despite impressing at county level. England, the world's top-ranked ODI team, levelled their three-match 50-over series against India at 1-1 with an 86-run win at Lord's on Saturday that featured a century from star batsman Joe Root. The Lions match comes ahead of England's five-Test series against India starting at Edgbaston on August 1. Alastair Cook, England's all-time leading Test r..
                 

Unfortunate Dhoni's finishing skills are questioned again and again, says Kohli

2 days ago  
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Skipper Virat Kohli had to once again come to the rescue of under-fire former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, whose painstaking 37 off 58 balls, came in for sharp criticism after England beat India by 86 runs in the second ODI at the Lord's. Hailed as one of the best ever finishers in limited overs, Dhoni in the past couple of years have struggled to finish a lot of high pressure games unless there has been top-order support from the other end. India were chasing a competitive target of 323 on a Lord's track that slowed down and for once the top order failed with a lot of responsibility on Dhoni. However Dhoni failed to force the pace with India managing only 236 in 50 overs. When former England skipper Nasser Hussain asked the question about Dhoni's approach, Kohli didn't look amused. "This thing comes up again and again when he's not able to play the way he does," Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony. "It's unfortunate that people jump to conclusions quickly. When he doe..
                 

Dwayne Bravo's dinner with his 'brothers' MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya in London

2 days ago  
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West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo posted a picture of himself having dinner with MS Dhoni and Hardik Pandya in London. He captioned the Instagram picture: "Dinner with my brothers @mahi7781 @hardikpandya93 always nice to catch up with Cpt Kool #RunDWorld #Champion." Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the fourth Indian to reach the milestone of 10,000 runs in ODIs during the second match of the three-game series against England. The 37-year-old former India skipper joined an elite list which features some of India's greatest batsmen in Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid. Dhoni needed just 33 runs to achieve the milestone and he did it with a single in the 43rd over of the second ODI between India and England at the iconic Lord's Stadium.Dhoni is currently placed 12th in the list of all-time highest run-getters in ODIs. Also Read: MS Dhoni, Bravo, Harbhajan Singh celebrate Chennai's win with a dinner treat Catch up on all the latest T20 news and updates here. Also down..
                 

Australia's Aaron Finch sets Surrey record with T20 ton

3 days ago  
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Australia's Aaron Finch made an unbeaten 131, the highest score by a Surrey batsman in a Twenty20 match, as his side ended Sussex's unbeaten start to English cricket's Blast tournament with a 52-run win at Hove. But it might have been a different story for the Australia Twenty20 captain had he not been dropped on just one by Sussex paceman Jofra Archer. Finch then made Sussex, coached by former Australia fast bowler Jason Gillespie, pay with a blistering 79-ball innings including 10 fours and seven sixes as visitors Surrey piled up 192 for three. It was a total Sussex never came close to and they were bowled out for 140 in the 18th over. Archer is a fine fielder, particularly off his own bowling, so it was a shock when he dropped a gentle return catch after Finch pushed forward uncertainly to the first ball of the second over. Finch was not in a mood to give a second chance, with even Afghanistan leg-spinner Rashid Khan, the world's top-ranked T20 bowler, unable to escape punishment ..
                 

SL's Dilruwan Perera appeals on Day Two v SA yesterday

3 days ago  
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Spinners led by Dilruwan Perera put hosts Sri Lanka in firm command of the first Test on Friday after South Africa were bowled out for 126 -- their lowest Test innings in the country. First innings centurion Dimuth Karunaratne then made a fluent 60 as the hosts ended day two on 111 for four, leading by 272 runs at the Galle International Stadium. Angelo Mathews, on 14, and Roshen Silva, on 10, were batting at close of play after left-arm spinner Keshav Maharaj claimed three wickets for South Africa.But it was the Sri Lankan bowlers who starred on a dramatic day that witnessed South Africa slip to 51-6 before being bowled out for 126 in the second session of play. The dismal effort set a new low for South Africa in Sri Lanka, worse than their 169 in Colombo in 2006. Perera returned impressive figures of 4-46 with his off-spin, while paceman and stand-in skipper Suranga Lakmal took three wickets. Veteran spinner Rangana Herath started Sri Lanka's dominance by sending back nightwatchman..
                 

Kuldeep Yadav: I am expecting a Test call

3 days ago  
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Kuldeep Yadav has become a big mystery for the England batsmen. Whenever the conditions suit the chinaman bowler, he has undone the famed batting line-up much to the embarrassment to the No. 1 ODI team. With an impressive performance in the first ODI at Trent Bridge (6-25), and before that with a five-wicket haul in T20I match at Manchester, he has become a vital cog in the Indian bowling attack. With a long summer ahead for India in the UK, one can expect the left-arm wrist spinner to realise his full potential and keep troubling the England batsmen. His inclusion in the Test team is now a foregone conclusion. "Yes, I am expecting a Test call," said Kuldeep after his match-winning performance. "Whatever the format, it is important for me to bowl well and keep the pressure on the England batsmen," he added Former Australia spinner Brad Hogg, who was a successful chinaman bowler himself, believes that Kuldeep should be a part of India's Test squad. "Kuldeep provides the much-needed var..
                 

India vs England: India look to seal the series at Lord's

4 days ago  
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A high-on-confidence India look set to wrap up another series on the UK tour unless England find a way to tackle the marauding Kuldeep Yadav when the two teams clash in the second and penultimate ODI at Lord's here tomorrow. It is a short turn-around from the first ODI at Trent Bridge, as also from the T20I series that finished 2-1 in India's favour Sunday. Perhaps the game was scheduled for Saturday, keeping in mind the FIFA World Cup final on Sunday. But, with only a day's gap between the two matches, it hasn't worked out in England's favour who have their task cut out once again after going down by eight wickets in the series opener. In conditions resembling those in Manchester, in terms of a dry pitch, the English batsmen failed to comprehend Kuldeep's wrist spin. Like at Old Trafford, he was also helped by the breeze blowing across the ground and gained drift, bamboozling the batsmen to pick his best figures in ODI cricket. Unlike in the T20I series, England do not have the opt..
                 

Imran Khan has five illegitimate kids, some of them Indian: Reham

4 days ago  
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1st ODI England v India: It's an easy win for Virat Kohli and Co

4 days ago  
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When Indian skipper Virat Kohli put England in to bat in the first ODI at Trent Bridge here yesterday, there were fears the home team may bat India out of the match. The reason for that apprehension that England had posted 481 for six, a world record score in ODIs, last month against Australia at the very venue. And the way openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow began, putting on 73 in quick time, things looked ominous for India. That's the time Kohli introduced chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav. And within a matter of a few deliveries, he ensured that England did not run away to a huge total. Kuldeep bagged six wickets for 25, the fourth-best ODI bowling figures for India, to restrict the home team to 268, which was well below the par score, considering the high-scoring games the venue has witnessed in recent times. Kuldeep Yadav celebrates an England wicket. Pic/Bipin Patel With Rohit Sharma and Kohli in vintage form, putting on a huge stand of 167, India overhauled the total with eigh..
                 

India vs England: Kuldeep Yadav takes six as England all out for 268

5 days ago  
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Chinaman Kuldeep Yadav once again cast a spell on the England batsmen with his mesmerizing wrist spinners as his career-best 6 for 25 restricted the hosts to a moderate 268 in the first ODI, here today. Once Virat Kohli opted to field, the English script unfolded very much on similar lines with the T20 series, where things went downhill as soon as Kuldeep was introduced into the attack. None of the England batsmen were able to read him and a testimony to that was his brilliant figures of 10-0-25-6. He bowled an astounding 38 dot balls and not once was he hit for a boundary. This was Kuldeep's first five-for in ODIs after he had recently achieved the same feat in T20Is during the Manchester encounter. As usual Jos Buttler (53 off 51 balls) looked the most comfirtable while Ben Stokes (50 off 103 balls) played a painstaking knock. Together, they added 83 for the fifth wicket showing signs of recovery but he dismissed the two set batsmen in quick succession to bring about the home team'..
                 

Virat Kohli currently best batsman because Smith not there says Ricky Ponting

5 days ago  
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Former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting believes India captain Virat Kohli is currently the best batsman in the world only because Steve Smith is serving a year-long ban for his role in ball tampering at a Cape Town Test. Asked who is the number one batsman in the world, Ponting said: "Right now, he (Kohli) is because Steve Smith is not there. "(But) if Steve Smith was playing now, I'd have him as the number one player in the world," he said at Channel Seven's cricket season launch. Ponting believes Smith's contribution in Australia's many victories, especially at the Ashes, makes him a better batsman than Kohli. "That's how high in regard I hold Steve Smith - what he's done the last three or four years with his game and (he's been) able to lead an Australian team to so many wins the way he has (batted)," Ponting said. "The Ashes summer last year was just some of the best and purest batting as you're ever going to see. To do it on the big stage in an Ashes series, and to do it on the..
                 

PCB provisionally suspends batsman Shehzad for failing dope test

5 days ago  
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Pakistan batsman Ahmed Shehzad was today provisionally suspended by the country's Cricket Board (PCB) after issuing him a notice for failing a dope test in a domestic tournament in April-May. The PCB said in a statement that Shehzad had been given until July 18 to advise them whether he wishes to have his sample B tested by July 27. "The PCB has also provisionally suspended Shehzad pending the outcome of the charges," it said. Shehzad reportedly failed the dope test after traces of marijuana were found in his urine sample taken in May during the Pakistan Cup in Faisalabad. The PCB had also asked the Anti-Doping Agency of Pakistan to constitute an Independent Review Board and give their finding on whether a valid Therapeutic Use Exemption existed and whether there had been a departure from international standards of testing. The independent board after reviewing the lab pack gave its finding to the board which then issued the notice of charge to the cricketer for failing the dope test..
                 

India 'A' all out for 192 against West Indies

5 days ago  
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India A once again struggled in the first innings, folding up for 192 in response to West Indies A's 302 on day two of the second unofficial Test here. West Indies A could only add a run to their overnight score, ending at 302 in 90.5 overs Shamarh Brooks scoring an unbeaten 122. Like the previous game, Indian batsmen had a hard time facing the red ball in the first innings. Raymon Reifer (5/50) and Oshane Thomas (3/66) wrecked the Indian innings that lasted 48 overs. In the absence of openers Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal, Ravikumar Samarth (10) and Abhimanyu Easwaran (23) did not make the most of the opportunity. Captain Karun Nair (42) and Ankit Bawne (43 not out) were the only ones to show some resistance against the West Indies A attack. Rishabh Pant (3), playing his first game of the series, lasted only 13 balls. At the time of writing, West India A had made a promising start in their second innings, reaching 40 for no loss in 13 overs. The first unofficial Test had ended in..
                 

Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal, officials out of South Africa Tests

5 days ago  
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Captain Dinesh Chandimal and two top Sri Lankan cricket officials have agreed to sit out the Test series against South Africa pending sanctions, the International Cricket Council said Thursday. Chandimal, coach Chandika Hathurusingha and manager Asanka Gurusinha had pleaded guilty to violating the spirit of the game last month during Sri Lanka's second Test against the West Indies. The ICC said a judicial commission hearing ended overnight, hours before the first Test against the visiting South Africans was due to start at Galle on Thursday, but a decision would be announced "in due course". "In the interim, Chandimal, Hathurusingha and Gurusinha, who have pleaded guilty, have agreed not to participate in both Tests v SA," cricket's governing body said on Twitter. "This will be credited against sanction imposed by commissioner." The trio were charged by ICC chief executive David Richardson for their involvement in the Sri Lankan team's refusal to take the field in St. Lucia on the thi..
                 

Harmanpreet Kaur demoted from DSP to constable due to fake degree

6 days ago  
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Indian Women's T-20 Captain and vice-captain of women's national team Harmanpreet Kaur, who was appointed as a deputy superintendent of police (DySP) in March this year on the basis of her sporting credentials, may be demoted to the rank of constable after her graduation degree was found to be "fake" by Punjab Police. "As her graduation degree was found to be fake, Harmanpreet's qualification can now be treated as Class XII. So she can be given the post of constable which matches her educational qualification," said a senior government official. The government, however, is yet to take a final decision as the home department has sought comments from the director general of police on this matter. "The file (pertaining to Harmanpreet) has been sent to the DGP office for his comments," a senior official of the Home Department said.According to the service rules, a candidate has to be a graduate for the post of DSP in Punjab. The Punjab police during verification of Harmanpreet's testim..
                 

Mumbai coach job: Pradeep Sunderam vs Ramesh Powar?

6 days ago  
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After being a part of the Rajasthan team together, Pradeep Sunderam, 58, and his former ward Ramesh Powar will be pitted against each other for the Mumbai Ranji Trophy coach job when they appear for an interview with the Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC) of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) today. Sunderam, who used the three-day extension to apply for the Mumbai senior team coach's job, will face a stiff challenge from ex-India off-spinner Powar, who played as a professional for Rajasthan in 2013 when Sunderam was the coach. "It's a good and healthy competition. I am getting an opportunity to be with my student. I have worked with most of the players in Mumbai and played with them too. Ramesh played for Rajasthan when I was the coach in a team led by Hrishikesh Kanitkar in 2013-14. It's a good sign for Mumbai cricket," Sunderam told mid-day yesterday. Sunderam coached Mumbai's U-22 side for six years, winning the CK Nayudu Trophy twice. As coach of the West Zone U-19 team, Sun..
                 

Mohammed Shami's wife Hasin Jahan returns to modelling. Watch video

7 days ago  
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Team India pacer Mohammed Shami's wife Hasin Jahan, who recently accused her husband of cheating on her, has returned to modelling to rebuild her life. Jahan, a former cheerleader for Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Kolkata Knight Riders, had said that she left a promising career for marriage, but it looks like she is now ready to change that. Jahan posted a video of herself on Twitter (screen grab below) during a photoshoot recently."Hasin Jahan I m," she wrote. Wonder what will be Mr Shami's take on this latest development! India pacer Mohammed Shami found himself in the centre of a controversy following accusations of domestic violence and extra-marital affairs by his wife Hasain Jahan. Jahan posted screenshots of Shami's alleged WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger conversations with multiple women on her Facebook account. She also uploaded photos and phone numbers of the women. Hasin Jahan alleged that Shami, 27, and members of his family had even tried to kill her. "Everyon..
                 

Mumbai coach job: Pravin Amre not being ruled out in race

7 days ago  
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The three-day extension to invite more applications for the Mumbai coach job turned out to be a futile exercise as the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) did not receive any new applications when the deadline to apply ended yesterday. As of now, only six applications have been received - ex-India cricketers Ramesh Powar and Ajay Ratra, former Mumbai stumper Vinayak Samant, former Vidarbha off-spinner Pritam Gandhe, ex-Maharashtra batsman Nandan Phadnis and former Mumbai U-19 coach Vinod Raghavan, who has applied for the senior and U-19 positions. On July 11, the MCA's Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC) will meet to finalise the coaches for the Mumbai senior and its U-19 teams. MCA sources yesterday confirmed that only Powar and Samant have been invited for a formal interview process so far. Powar's elder brother Kiran, who has applied to coach the U-19 team, has also been invited for the interview, it is learnt. Former India pacer Karsan Ghavri will join CIC ch..
                 

MS Dhoni reveals his biggest challenge towards players as a captain

8 days ago  
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Giving a peek into the little details of his minimalist approach to leadership, MS Dhoni has said there is nothing called common sense in cricket and spoke about how he would break the ice with his teammates as captain. On his 37th birthday, Dhoni talked about his learnings as a leader. For India's most successful captain, the biggest challenge during his captaincy was instilling common sense in some players without hurting their egos. "A lot of time, I used to think that this is common sense. But no, there is nothing called common sense. You think, 'Oh, I don't need to say', but in a team environment, you need to say," Dhoni told Star Sports in an interview telecast on his 37th birthday. He spoke about how different players reacted differently in match situations and when the leader needs to step in. "There will be a few who are intelligent and they will be like 'Why is he telling this, we know this'. But it's not for them. They can figure things out. "It's for the person who does ..
                 

Absence of Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar makes India line-up look strange

8 days ago  
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Was it horses for courses or did India unnecessarily press the panic button. There was strong reaction to Indian think-tank's decision to leave out Kuldeep Yadav and Bhuvneshwar Kumar, especially the former, for the deciding T20I against England at Bristol yesterday. India were taken aback by the conditions at Cardiff during the second T20I where the England batsmen made the most of the short boundaries to tackle Kuldeep and Bhuvi. With conditions almost similar here at the Brightside Ground, small boundaries and greenish pitch, the Indians decided to add a bit more of firepower to their bowling attack. However, there was a strong opinion among commentators like VVS Laxman and Sourav Ganguly, who tweeted, "a team should go with its best XI irrespective of the conditions." For a cricketer, life can be pretty cruel. Kuldeep was the toast of the national after his feat of bagging a fifer in India's win at Manchester. After one bad game at Cardiff, he was sidelined. Of course, players do..
                 

Mahendra Singh Dhoni: As captain you don't presume all players have common sense

9 days ago  
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Giving an endoscopic peek into the little details of his minimalist approach to leadership, Mahendra Singh Dhoni has said there is "nothing called common sense" in cricket and spoke about how he would look to break the ice with his team-mates, as captain. On his 37th birthday, Dhoni talked about his learnings and philosophies as a leader of the national team. For India's most successful captain, the biggest challenge during his captaincy was instilling "common sense" in some players without hurting their egos. "The biggest learning during my tenure as a captain was, that a lot of time, I used to think that this is common sense. But no, there is nothing called common sense. You think, 'Oh, I don't need to say' or like 'Yeh batane ke cheez nehi hai', but in a team environment, you need to say," Dhoni told Star Sports in an interview telecast on his 37th birthday. He spoke about how different players reacted differently in match situations and when the leader needs to step in. "There wi..
                 

Can Kuldeep Yadav hit back in decider?

9 days ago  
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How much conditions matter was amply on view in the two T20I matches between India and England. It was to India's taste at Manchester and to the home team's liking in Cardiff, with the result the teams are deadlocked at one game apiece, leading to today's decider at Brightside Ground. Much has been said about how well the England batsmen handled chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav on a small Sophia Gardens ground, after being bamboozled by him in Manchester. But the fact remains that the conditions were too much against the Kanpur lad. The small straight boundaries, especially at River End, were a big disadvantage to him and the England batsmen made the most of it. Kuldeep must have learnt his lessons and would be itching to get back at the rivals. With England using the spin bowling machine, Merlyn, to practice, and pouring over miles and miles of video footage to decode the wily spinner, it is up to Kuldeep to stay ahead of the game. What variations he can bring will be crucial to the ou..
                 

Ben Stokes' return is a headache!

9 days ago  
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England one-day captain Eoin Morgan has refused to guarantee that Ben Stokes will jump straight into the side for Sunday's T20 series decider against India in Bristol. All-rounder Stokes missed the recent one-day series against Australia with a hamstring injury and has sat out the first two 20 over games against India. Stokes now rejoins the squad. Alex Hales recently said he thought his place was vulnerable when Stokes came back but he gave the selectors food for thought with his match-winning innings of 58 not out at Sophia Gardens which levelled the series up. 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 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) t..
                 

India vs England: India look to improve in series decider

10 days ago  
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With England winning the second Twenty20 International to level the series at 1-1, India will aim to improve the performance and win the third and decisive contest here on Sunday. In the second match, England bowling attack restricted India to a below-par score of 148/5. Leaving their previous mistakes behind which they committed in the first T20I, the English bowlers came accurate with the line and length as they struck at regular intervals to deny the visitors post a challenging total on batting-friendly wicket. Apart from skipper Kohli (47), Mahendra Singh Dhoni (32 not out) no other Indian batsmen clicked and went cheaply. Suresh Raina, however, tried to contribute but the Uttar Pradesh batsmen only managed to score 27 runs. So, if India want to seal the series, then top-order batsmen like Shikhar Dhawan, who failed in both the matches, Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul need to score big. In the bowling department, unlike first match, Bowlers failed to impress. Pacer Umesh Yadav was the..
                 

Shannon Gabriel inspired West Indies crush Bangladesh in 1st Test

10 days ago  
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Shannon Gabriel completed his third five-wicket haul in five innings as the West Indies completed a crushing victory over Bangladesh by an innings and 219 runs just before lunch on the third day of the first Test in Antigua on Friday. Wicketless in the demolition of the tourists for their lowest Test innings score, 43, on the opening morning, Gabriel started the wrecking job in the second innings with four wickets on the fourth evening. He then bowled Kamrul Islam when play resumed to finish with five for 77 as the Bangladeshis were dismissed for 144 to hand the home side their largest innings victory ever in a Test in the Caribbean. However the morning's honours at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium went to Nurul Islam. The Bangladesh wicketkeeper-batsman blazed his way to 64, a maiden Test half-century in just his second match, and holding up the West Indies in the push for a victory that looked likely to be completed in a matter of minutes from the start of play. Nurul reached his fif..
                 

India vs England T20I: A cracker in Cardiff tonight?

11 days ago  
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England captain Eoin Morgan was so frustrated with Team India's dominant performance in the first T20I and the blatant support the visitors received from the Indian fans in Manchester that he claimed it felt like an away game. Morgan would be hoping that things are more even when England take on India in the second T20I at Sophia Gardens ground tonight to keep the three-match T20I series alive. Fickle weather at playOf course, Cardiff is much cooler than London or Manchester. So, the England bowlers will be hoping not be taken to the cleaners again and a litter assistance from the pitch. From India's point of view, it is good that conditions may be a bit different, as the players can be put to the test early on the long tour. The T20I and ODI series have their own importance, but for Virat Kohli and Co, they are also an ideal preparation for the tough five-Test series that will be played in August and September. "In T20 cricket, the wickets are going to be something that provide ente..
                 

Mithali Raj: Today, Indian women cricket team is treated on par with men's team

11 days ago  
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Indian women's cricket team is appreciated and respected like their male counterparts in today's time, feels the captain of the ship Mithali Raj who credits the team's impressive stint at the World Cup in 2017 for turning the tide in their favour. From increase in the amount that is paid to them as part of central contract; to their games being televised now for people to see; to the large number of support staff that travels with them, players now have more reason to focus on their performance. "I think the acceptance of the people has changed. They can now see it is not just about men but women also play equally well," Mithali told IANS on phone from Mumbai when asked about changes that she had seen in the people's perception from the time they started. The 34-year-old is the official ambassador for the new campaign of Rio Tinto‘s Australian Diamonds programme that helps promote popularity of diamonds in fashion and bridal jewellery, particularly for younger Indians. Talking ..
                 

Former pacer Raju Kulkarni back in MCA

11 days ago  
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Raju Kulkarni returns to the Mumbai Cricket Association's (MCA) Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC) after a gap of nine years. The India pacer and Mumbai captain, who was part of the committee from 2001 to 2009, emphasised the need for players to do justice to the lion-crested Mumbai colours. The CIC will meet at the MCA office today. Other members include Ajit Wadekar, Karsan Ghavri, Balvinder Singh Sandhu, Amol Muzumdar, Kiran Mokashi and Sahil Kukreja. Wadekar may not attend due to illness. "There are different challenges to face. Now, we are struggling for that cricketing acumen which Mumbai cricket was known for. Earlier, we used to offer a strong fight in games which were as good as lost. We are lacking in this area now. Playing for Mumbai and wearing that lion's crest was a matter of pride for all of us. This is lacking now," said Kulkarni. The right arm fast bowler, who picked up 232 wickets in 79 first-class games, felt Mumbai don't fall short on talent, but the boys need to..
                 

KL Rahul relieved to break 564-day jinx

11 days ago  
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In-form Indian batsman KL Rahul has heaved a sigh of relief after finally breaking his chain of half-centuries with a sublime hundred against England in the opening T20 International of the three-match series. He scored 101 not out off 54 balls to help India beat England by eight wickets, giving the visitors a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Until Tuesday, Rahul had gone 564 runs without breaching the three-figure mark. His last hundred also came against England, in the fifth Test at Chennai on December 16, 2016, wherein he scored 199 runs. Since then, he had scored 10 Test half-centuries, one ODI half-century and three T20I half-centuries as well as two half-centuries for Karnataka in the 2017-18 Ranji season and six half-centuries for Kings XI Punjab in the 2018 IPL. He finally broke the jinx at Manchester. 'Trust me I know (it had been 564 days). Quite honestly I didn't know what to make of it, whether I was in form or out of form. I kept getting the fifties and was getting ou..
                 

Fakhar Zaman's 73 helps Pakistan beat Australia in T20 tri-series

12 days ago  
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Pakistan's opener Fakhar Zaman blazed his way to a career-best 73 as his side completed a clinical 45-run victory over Australia on Thursday in the Twenty20 tri-series in Zimbabwe. Pakistan batted first, with Zaman's knock helping his side race to 194 for 7. Then left-arm seamer Shaheen Afridi starred with three wickets as Pakistan's bowlers held Australia to 149 for 7 in a match which was effectively a dress rehearsal for Sunday's final. Pakistan lost Haris Sohail for a golden duck after being put in to bat on a chilly midwinter morning in Harare, but Zaman and Hussain Talat wrested back control back with a rapid 72-run stand. Talat cracked three fours and a six before playing one shot too many to be bowled by Glenn Maxwell's offspin. Zaman continued to middle his aggressive strokes and went to a 33-ball 50, his third for Pakistan in this format, with a slog sweep for six, while another big hit off Andrew Tye's seamers took the batsman past his previous best of 61. An edged four to..
                 

Hardik Pandya gets emotional for elder brother Krunal

12 days ago  
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Hardik Pandya, 24, and Krunal, 27, became the third brother duo to wear India colours together and Hardik couldn't be more happier for his elder brother, who was selected for the T20 series against England. The other brother-pairs who played for India are Mohinder and Surinder Amarnath and Irfan and Yusuf Pathan. Though it was Hardik (seven Test matches and 38 ODIs) who made a mark before Krunal, Hardik said he felt proud to have Krunal by his side in the United Kingdom. Yesterday, Hardik posted this collage of pictures and tweeted, "Dream come BLUE!!! From building partnerships on a local ground in Baroda to standing together in the INDIA kit at Old Trafford, this has been one hell of a journey. As kids, we dreamt about representing & after going through many ups & downs together, today we are here... together. Honestly, I don't know how to express this feeling but to have @krunalpandya24 on my side in the camp makes me extremely emotional & proud." Catch up on all ..
                 

West Indies dismiss Bangladesh for record low of 43

12 days ago  
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Kemar Roach took five wickets as West Indies demolished Bangladesh for 43, their lowest Test total, on the opening morning of the first Test in Antigua on Wednesday. At lunch at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, West Indies had reached nine without loss. Bangladesh's pitiful performance was also the second shortest first innings in the 141-year history ot Test cricket. At 18.4 overs, it was just one ball longer than Australia's dismissal for 60 off 18.3 overs by England at Nottingham in 2015. Put in to bat on the greenest surface seen in the ten years of Test cricket at the venue, the Bangladeshis were no match for the quality of the West Indies fast bowling. Roach set the rout in motion by claiming the first five wickets for eight runs in just five overs despite appearing to be troubled by a muscular strain behind his right knee. However, it was the visiting batsmen who felt the greatest discomfort with only opener Liton Das reaching double-figures in a performance that once again exp..
                 

Sachin Tendulkar starts new initiative with Kit Up Challenge

12 days ago  
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Sachin Tendulkar has taken to social media to launch #KitupChallenge to encourage people to start playing sports. Posting a video of himself putting on his cricketing gear and getting ready to play, Tendulkar asked the viewers to take up a sport of their choice. As part of the challenge, Sachin called upon the viewers to post a short video of themselves on social media while getting ready to play a sport and use the hashtag to nominate others in the process. Sachin's new initiative aims to promote overall fitness and encourage Indians to inculcate an active lifestyle through the joy of playing sports. The challenge has been positively received from the sports community with noted personalities like Virat Kohli, PV Sindhu and Devendra Jhajharia already participating in the challenge. Other noted sports personalities like Srikanth Kidambi and Suresh Raina have also shown support. Last month, the government of India launched the #HumFitToIndiaFit initiative which also received a tremen..
                 

CoA: Office-bearers hampering effective functioning of BCCI

12 days ago  
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The Committee of Administrators (CoA) came out with a scathing status report — their ninth — on the eve of today's crucial Supreme Court hearing that further highlights the ongoing tussle with the office-bearers of the BCCI. The CoA, comprising of SC-appointed Vinod Rai and Diana Edulji, have alleged that the BCCI acting office-bearers have tried to hamper the functioning of the world's richest cricket board. The CoA have clearly not appreciated that the BCCI's acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary decided to go ahead with the requisition Special General Meeting on June 22 without taking approval from the CoA. A host of resolutions were passed in the SGM which is viewed by the CoA as an attempt to hamper the effective functioning of the BCCI through the CEO Rahul Johri. The CoA also urged the apex court to take notice of BCCI SGM's resolution to not allow Puducherry, Uttarakhand and Mizoram from Ranji Trophy and other BCCI tournaments which is in direct violation of the spir..
                 

Geeta Basra wishes husband Harbhajan Singh in a sweetest way possible

13 days ago  
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Team India's veteran off-spinner Harbhajan Singh's wife Geeta Basra tweeted this picture of the couple with daughter Hinaya Heer Plaha on the occasion of Bhajji's birthday yesterday. "Happy birthday to the love of my life.. I only wish good health and happiness for you .. you're an amazing father and husband and I'm blessed to have you in my life .. have an amazing day we love you @harbhajan_singh," she wrote. Harbhajan Singh and Geeta Basra were married on October 29, 2015 after dating for a while. At first, the couple did not confirm about seeing each other. It was only after a few years that Bhajji and Geeta went public with their relationship. Harbhajan and Geeta are often seen professing their love for each other on Instagram and other social media sites. Geeta Basra and Harbhajan Singh became proud parents to Hinaya Heer Plaha on July 27, 2016.  Also View: These photos of Harbhajan Singh and wife Geeta Basra will give you marriage goals! Catch up on all the latest ..
                 

Ramesh Powar is top contender for Mumbai coach job

13 days ago  
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Ramesh Powar, the ex-India off-spinner, appears to be a leading contender for the Mumbai Ranji Trophy coach's post now that former India pacer Abey Kuruvilla and ex-India batsman Pravin Amre decided against applying for the job. "I am ready with my action plan for the upcoming season and will present it to the MCA when they call me," Powar, 40, told mid-day yesterday. "I think players should play for Mumbai for at least for five-six years. Only then, we will get match-winners. I would like to work with Mumbai team to build such players. That why I have applied for the job." Interestingly, Powar resigned as the spin bowling coach of the MCA's indoor cricket academy recently because the association did not implement his plans. Powar is just back from Down Under where he guided young Australian spinners across two weeks. Ex-Mumbai wicketkeeper-batsman Vinayak Samant too is keen on guiding the senior Mumbai team. "I'm competing with myself. I don't think about the other contenders for t..
                 

India look to bounce back in style to clinch ODI series at Leeds

23 hours ago  
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Their middle-order frailties laid bare in the previous match, India would be aiming to plug the loopholes in tomorrow's deciding third and final ODI against England, where a win would fetch Virat Kohli's men their 10th successive series triumph. Smarting from their 86-run loss at the Lord's after winning the first game in Nottingham by eight wickets, India have their task cut out. Victory in London confirmed England's spot as the No.1 ODI side in the ICC Rankings. A win for India at Headlingley will only help close the gap and hand them the bragging rights before the Test series begins on August 1. India had previously won the T20I series 2-1. The Men in Blue have been on a high-flying streak in bilateral ODI cricket. Going as far back as January 2016, when they last lost 4-1 in Australia, India have won every bilateral ODI series since, beating Zimbabwe, New Zealand (twice), England, West Indies, Sri Lanka (twice), Australia and South Africa, both home and away. It is also another o..
                 

Pakistan beat Zimbabwe by nine wickets in second ODI

yesterday  
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Pakistan continued their dominance with both bat and ball to win the second of five one-day internationals against Zimbabwe by nine wickets. Opener Fakhar Zaman eased to his second ODI century, finishing with a career best 117 not out, to seal a win that had been set up by Pakistan's seam attack, who bowled Zimbabwe out for 194. Usman Khan took four wickets and Hasan Ali chipped in with 3 for 32 to bowl the hosts out, Pakistan's top order batsmen then capping a commanding performance. Zimbabwe won the toss and opted to bat first on another cold morning in Bulawayo, They were put under immediate pressure by Pakistan's new ball attack, and in particular Khan. He had both openers caught behind in his first spell. Zimbabwe briefly rallied during a 62-run partnership between Masakadza and Tarisai Musakanda. but that was their best stand. After Khan took two wickets with consecutive deliveries in the 44th over, the hosts were 166 for 7 and sinking fast. Moor cobbled together stands with th..
                 

Zaheer Khan and Sagarika Ghatge enjoy FIFA mania together at Moscow

yesterday  
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Former India and Mumbai fast bowler Zaheer Khan posted this picture of himself with wife, Bollywood actress Sagarika Ghatge in Moscow. "Loving the World Cup vibes #moscow," he wrote. Sagarika Ghatge, known for her role as a hockey player who was dating a cricketer in "Chak De! India", got married to Indian cricket star Zaheer Khan in real life. Talking about her relationship and the connection with the "Chak De! India" role, she had once said at an event, "When I think of it, there is an irony in that, but it's definitely not planned. I don't know how to look back at it, but we can definitely call it ironic. More than me, a lot of people think of it like, 'Oh my God, she is actually marrying a cricketer because she dated a cricketer'. But that was a movie, this is my real life. So, I don't know how I can associate both." Also View: Love off the pitch: Cricketers and their beautiful wives and girlfriends Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download th..
                 

India vs England: Couple's marriage proposal at Lord's goes viral

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A couple's day out to watch the second ODI between India and England at Lord's on Saturday turned out to be the most memorable day of their lives when the man chose the iconic venue to propose to his girlfriend. The sequence of events unfolded during the 24th over when England skipper Eoin Morgan and Joe Root were at the crease. The camera zoomed in on the duo, Charan Gill and Pavan Bains, and that's when Bains decided to go down on one knee and proposed to her with a ring. The moment turned out to be so dramatic that even former English cricketer and commentator David Lloyd eagerly waited for Gill's response. Even the broadcaster joined the action when a message, 'Decision Pending', flashed on the TV screen. "She said Yes!" was immediately flashed after Gill said yes. The crowd loved it and so did India's Yuzvendra Chahal, who applauded the moment. While marriages are made in heaven, this match was certainly made in Lord's! Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. A..
                 

Ajinkya Rahane, Murali Vijay set to play for India A against Lions

2 days ago  
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With just a fortnight to go for the start of Test series, opener Murali Vijay and vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane will be looking to get into the groove in India A's last first-class engagement, against England Lions at the County Ground in Worcester, beginning tomorrow. Vijay and Rahane last played the one-off Test against Afghanistan and were not part of the limited overs squad. The Indian Test squad for the England series is expected to be announced during or after the England Lions game as it will give them a clearer picture about the availability of certain players. Rahane and Vijay are certainties in the Indian Test squad but unlike others, they would need more red-ball match time, which is the reason why the selectors, after consultation with the team management and A team coach Rahul Dravid, had chalked out a plan. The two other Test specialists -- Cheteshwar Pujara and Ishant Sharma -- have played reasonable amount of county cricket and with some of the others playing the limite..
                 

Lord's pitch offered turn when we batted unlike when we bowled, says Chahal

2 days ago  
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Leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal felt that unlike England innings when there wasn't much assistance for slow bowlers, the Lord's track helped home team spinners, Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali, as India lost the second ODI by a comprehensive margin of 86 runs. The hosts scored 322/7 after Joe Root scored his 12th ODI hundred after recovering from 239/6 at one stage. In reply, India were all-out for 236 in 50 overs. "I think as a team, we conceded 20-25 runs too many at the death. But the credit should go to Willey and Root too because they batted so well in the end. It was a different, slow pitch. If you bowled slow, the batsmen were able to play it easily. When we bowled, there wasn't as much turn as there was in the second innings," Chahal said at the post-match press conference. While Kuldeep Yadav (3/68) provided the breakthroughs, Chahal bowled a tight seven-over spell before the 40th over before Willey-Root broke free. "When I bowled a couple of overs, I found it to be a bit slow. So I ..
                 

Sri Lanka bowl out South Africa for 73 to register big win

2 days ago  
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South Africa collapsed dramatically against Sri lanka's spin to crash to 73 all out in the first Test in Galle on Saturday, their lowest total since readmission to international cricket. The dismal performance came a day after they were bowled out for just 126, which had been their previous lowest Test innings in Sri Lanka. Off-spinner Dilruwan Perera took six for 32, and veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath claimed three for 32, as the pair bowled in an unbroken partnership for 28 overs, after Sri Lanka set South Africa a target of 352 for victory. Herath moved to ninth on the all-time wicket tally, with 423 career dismissals to his name, while Perera's five-wicket haul was the sixth of his career. South Africa's match aggregate of 199 was 20 runs fewer than Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne's individual score across both innings. Only three of the visitors made it into double figures, and the highest partnership yielded just 22, as batsmen repeatedly fell in their attempts to tak..
                 

Sri Lanka beat South Africa by 278 runs in first Test at Galle

3 days ago  
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South Africa collapsed dramatically against Sri lanka's spin to crash to 73 all out in the first Test in Galle on Saturday, their lowest total since readmission to international cricket. The dismal performance came a day after they were bowled out for just 126, which had been their previous lowest Test innings in Sri Lanka. Offspinner Dilruwan Perera took six for 32, and veteran left-arm spinner Rangana Herath claimed three for 32, as the pair bowled in an unbroken partnership for 28 overs, after Sri Lanka set South Africa a target of 352 for victory. Herath moved to ninth on the all-time wicket tally, with 423 career dismissals to his name, while Perera's five-wicket haul was the sixth of his career. South Africa's match aggregate of 199 was 20 runs fewer than Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne's individual score across both innings. Only three of the visitors made it into double figures, and the highest partnership yielded just 22, as batsmen repeatedly fell in their attempts to ta..
                 

Kaif retires on 16th anniv of NatWest Series

3 days ago  
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Vinayak Samant: Coaching Mumbai is a very big responsibility

4 days ago  
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After three meetings (on July 6, 10 and 11), which lasted nearly 18 hours in total, the Mumbai Cricket Association's (MCA) Cricket Improvement Committee (CIC) yesterday finally decided on who will coach the Mumbai Ranji Trophy team and the under-19 side. Former Mumbai and Tripura wicketkeeper-batsman Vinayak Samant got the Ranji team's job while ex-Mumbai all-rounder Wilkin Mota will guide the under-19 outfit." Samant was the first candidate to appear before the CIC for an interview on Wednesday morning before former Test off-spinner Ramesh Powar and ex-Rajasthan coach Pradeep Sunderam. Samant, who coached the Mumbai U-23 team to their 2015-16 CK Nayudu Trophy triumph, had a sleepless night on Tuesday as he worked on two consecutive shifts — 3 pm to 10 pm and then 10 pm to 7.30 am — at his Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited (BPCL) office in Sewri. "I am used to it," Samant told mid-day about his grueling schedule. "I don't think it's too hectic for me because I enjoy fin..
                 

Kuldeep has exposed area of our game we need to improve on, says Eoin Morgan

4 days ago  
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Nottingham, July 13 (PTI) England captain Eoin Morgan says his team must improve against chinaman Kuldeep Yadav if it is to bounce back in the three-match ODI series against India. England batsmen have been at all sea while facing Kuldeep who has picked up 11 wickets in the two T20s and one ODI against the hosts. He finished with a career-best six for 25 in the series opener here yesterday. When asked to explain the Kuldeep phenomenon so far, the skipper replied, "It is about identifying when he bowls well. The two grounds we've played at have offered more turn than other grounds. Today, like at Old Trafford, he turned it more than any other spinner in the game and similar to Cardiff and the way we adapted between the two games, conditions change. "I think Lord's will be similar to Cardiff in that regard so the shift will be important, but that doesn't paper over the fact that we need to get better at playing him. He is very good and there is no getting around that. He exposes an are..
                 

PCB provisionally suspends batsman Ahmed Shehzad for failing dope test

4 days ago  
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Pakistan batsman Ahmed Shehzad was today provisionally suspended by the country's Cricket Board (PCB) after issuing him a notice for failing a dope test in a domestic tournament in April-May. The PCB said in a statement that Shehzad had been given until July 18 to advise them whether he wishes to have his sample B tested by July 27. 'The PCB has also provisionally suspended Shehzad pending the outcome of the charges,' it said. Shehzad reportedly failed the dope test after traces of marijuana were found in his urine sample taken in May during the Pakistan Cup in Faisalabad. The PCB had also asked the Anti-Doping Agency of Pakistan to constitute an Independent Review Board and give their finding on whether a valid Therapeutic Use Exemption existed and whether there had been a departure from international standards of testing. The independent board after reviewing the lab pack gave its finding to the board which then issued the notice of charge to the cricketer for failing the dope test..
                 

Dimuth Karunaratne ton lifts Sri Lanka to 287 on tough day one

4 days ago  
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Opener Dimuth Karunaratne hit an unbeaten 158 to lift Sri Lanka to 287 all out against South Africa on day one of the first Test in Galle on Thursday. Fast bowler Kagiso Rabada claimed four wickets to reduce Sri Lanka to 176-8 but Karunaratne blasted a 222-ball knock after the hosts elected to bat first. The left-handed Karunaratne, who registered his eighth century in his 50th Test, built crucial partnerships including a 63-run 10th wicket stand with Lakshan Sandakan, who made 25. In response South Africa were in trouble at four for one at stumps after veteran spinner Rangana Herath got Aiden Markram out for nought. Dean Elgar, on four, and nightwatchman Keshav Maharaj were at the crease at close of play on a tough day's cricket that saw rain in the afternoon and an extended final session. The day belonged to Karunaratne who stood tall during his marathon stand after Rabada and then left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi tore into the Sri Lankan middle-order. "This is one of my best ..
                 

Vinayak Samant named as new coach of Mumbai Ranji team

5 days ago  
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Former Mumbai stumper Vinayak Samant has been appointed as the new coach of the Mumbai Ranji team for the upcoming season. The Mumbai Cricket Association also appointed Wilkin Mota as the coach of its Under 19 team. The announcements were made by MCA Joint Secretary Unmesh Khanvilkar after the cricket body's Cricket Improvement Committee met here for two days to decide on the new coach. The vacancy arose after former India stumper Sameer Dighe quit just after one season as the Mumbai coach. Mota succeeds Satish Samant as the under 19 coach. "The CIC has decided that Vinayak Samant will be the coach for Ranji team and Wilkin Mota for the Under 19 team," Khanvilkar told reporters here. Samant pipped former Rajasthan cricketer Pradeep Sundaram and former India off spinner Ramesh Powar, who were in the race. The 46-year-old Samant, who played 101 first class games, had amassed 3,496 runs, with the highest score of 200 not out. Samant, who represented Mumbai and Tripura, on his part said ..
                 

If players decide fate of coaches then we are setting bad precedent, says Arothe

5 days ago  
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Forced to resign after senior women cricketers gave a negative feedback about him, a hurt Tushar Arothe says that "letting players decide the fate of coaches" will only set a bad precedent. The 51-year-old Arothe, who guided India women cricket team to World Cup final, was removed after the BCCI received complaints from senior players, especially Twenty20 skipper Harmanpreet Kaur, about his training methods. "If students start deciding on the syllabus and course curriculum when there is a teacher, I don't think it's a great thing. Similarly, if you start removing coaches merely on the basis of allegations from the players, then you are setting a bad precedent," Arothe told PTI in a no-holds barred interview today. Arothe also said that this frequent chopping of coaches whenever the players are unhappy will only reflect poorly on them. "There was someone before me (Purnima Rau), who was removed as players didn't want her. Now they don't like my style. Tomorrow, a new person will come ..
                 

India vs England: 'Gabbar' Shikhar Dhawan's form is a big concern

5 days ago  
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India go into the three-match ODI series with their confidence high after clinching the T20I series. But that does not mean they do not have worries. Their biggest is the form of opener Shikhar Dhawan and inconsistent performance of their strike bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, who also has a niggle, and Kuldeep Yadav. Before the first ODI at Trent Bridge, the Indian think-tank would be in dilemma whether to re-induct Bhuvneshwar and Kuldeep in the playing XI after dropping them at Bristol for the final T20I. Size mattersTrent Bridge is a big ground, unlike at Cardiff and Bristol. So, the conditions would not be as adverse to give the duo a look-in for this game. Having persisted with Dhawan in all the three T20I matches, India would like to give him a longer rope as he can tear any bowling attack on his day when set. The only problem has been that "his days" are fewer these days. An in-form Dhawan, accompanying Rohit Sharma at the top of the order, gives the Indian batting line-up the righ..
                 

Joe Root: India present a different challenge than our recent opponents

5 days ago  
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England batsman Joe Root feels India present a different challenge than their recent opponents including Australia and the home team will have to be at the top of its game to beat the Virat Kohli-led outfit in the three-match ODI series beginning here tomorrow. England had beaten Australia 5-0 in the home ODI series last month. 'India have been a really strong team in this format for a long time. They won (ODI series) last time they came over here. I know it was a very different side they played against but it is a really good marker to see where we are,' said Root on Wednesday. 'We have played some really strong cricket in one day format and India are right up there as one of the best one day sides in the world. They present different challenges to the ones we have recently faced but we know that if we play to our potential, keep learning and improving we will be a difficult side to play especially at home,' he added. For Root, this series holds prime personal importance. He couldn't..
                 

Rohit on KL Rahul's batting position: Where Virat wants to bat is important

5 days ago  
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KL Rahul has made a case for himself in the shorter formats with a string of good scores but his batting position against England in the three-match ODI series will primarily depend on where skipper Virat Kohli wants to bat, said Indian team's vice captain Rohit Sharma. Kohli has a phenomenal record batting at No 3 but Rahul has impressed one and all with his performance in the T20 Internationals coming one down. The skipper dropped himself at No 4 for the T20s against Ireland and England but it will be interesting if he follows the same strategy in the 50 over format too. 'Speaking of Rahul batting at 3 or 4, I don't know where he'll bat in ODIs. Certainly he has been in great form. We have got to see tomorrow where he actually bats. It will either be No 3 or 4. I don't know where the captain wants to bat. That will be the most important question," Rohit said on the eve of the first ODI against England. Rohit was all praise for Rahul's ability to play match winning knocks. 'I think R..
                 

Ind vs Aus: Virat Kohli won't score a ton, says pacer Pat Cummins

6 days ago  
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Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins has made a 'brave and bold' prediction: Virat Kohli will not score a hundred when Indian team plays a four-Test series Down Under later this year. "My brave, bold prediction; I'd say I think Virat Kohli is not going to get a hundred and we're going to knock them off over here," Cummins said at a Channel 7 event here yesterday. Kohli averages 62 in the eight Tests he has played in Australia, more than his career average of 53.40. He has five Test centuries to his name while playing in Australia. Pat Cummins In the absence of the suspended Steve Smith and David Warner, India have a good chance of winning their maiden series in Australia. Australian fast bowling great Glenn McGrath was present at the function alongside Cummins. McGrath predicted that Australia would blank India 4-0. He also wants to see the home team target Kohli. "I want to see Australians put pressure on Kohli and just see how he handles it. It's going to be a good, hard, tough serie..
                 

Virendra Sehwag sees Sunny side up on Sunil Gavaskar's 69th birthday

6 days ago  
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Former India opener Virender Sehwag is a known social media star. Yesterday, on ex-India captain Sunil Gavaskar's 69th birthday, Sehwag came up with an interesting birthday wish. Virendra Sehwag He tweeted a picture of two sunny side up eggs to wish Gavaskar, fondly known as Sunny. "#SunnySideUp, for a man who taught a-not-very-high-on-confidence generation. He was truly a Dabanng for his courage to face bowlers who looked like killing you, without any fear and protective gear. Happy B'day, Sunil Gavaskar," he wrote. Meanwhile, Mumbai's Suryakumar Yadav recalled a calyspo on Gavaskar: "The lyrics of the song still rhymes in my head. It was Gavaskar De real master, Just like a wall, We couldn't out Gavaskar at all." Catch up on all the latest Crime, National, International and Hatke news here. Also, download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Virat Kohli won't score 100 in Australia, says this Aussie pacer

7 days ago  
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Australia fast bowler Pat Cummins has made a 'brave and bold' prediction: Virat Kohli will not score a hundred when Indian team plays a four-Test series Down Under later this year. "My brave, bold prediction; I'd say I think Virat Kohli is not going to get a hundred and we're going to knock them off over here," Cummins said at a Channel 7 event here today. Kohli averages 62 in the eight Tests he has played in Australia, more than his career average of 53.40. He has five Test centuries to his name while playing in Australia. In the absence of the suspended Steve Smith and David Warner, India have a good chance of winning their maiden series in Australia. Australian fast bowling great Glenn McGrath was present at the function alongside Cummins. McGrath predicted that Australia would blank India 4-0. He also wants to see the home team target Kohli. "I want to see Australians put pressure on Kohli and just see how he handles it. It's going to be a good, hard, tough series. Kohli has g..
                 

T20I series aftermath: I think like a batsman when I bowl, says Hardik Pandya

7 days ago  
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Though it was Rohit Sharma's scintillating century that hogged the limelight to help India clinch the T20I series in a commanding display, the contribution of all-rounder Hardik Pandya cannot be discounted. Skipper Virat Kohli had gracious words for the Baroda lad, whose stature in international cricket is rising by each superlative performance. Kohli said: "He (Pandya) is a really good all-round cricketer, very confident, and the way he picked up those wickets is what you want to see in younger guys. "He then delivers with the bat. Rohit was obviously very special, but Hardik was the standout performer." Backing PandyaThe Indian think-tank, especially Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri have been backing Pandya to the hilt for the last couple of years. He was their blue-eyed boy during last year's Champions Trophy in the UK. In the final against Pakistan at the Oval, he nearly pulled off a heist after India were in a hopeless situation while chasing. Pandya was unfortunately run out in a ..
                 

KL Rahul moves to third position in T20I rankings

8 days ago  
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Top-order batsman Lokesh Rahuls scores of 70, 101 not out, six and 19 have made him India's highest-ranked batsman in Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is) as he moved up nine places to a career-high third position in the ICC rankings. Opener Rohit Sharma in 11th rank (up by two places) and captain Virat Kohli in 12th rank (down by four places) are the next highest-ranked India batsmen. Meanwhile, Australia opener Aaron Finch became the first player in the history of T20Is to break the 900-point mark as he moved up three places to finish the tri-series in Harare against Pakistan and Zimbabwe as the top-ranked batsman in the shortest format of the game. Finch, who captained Australia to the final, had touched the 900-point mark following his record-breaking knock of 172 (76b, 10x6, 16x4) against Zimbabwe in Harare on July 3. The 31-year-old from Victoria eventually finished the T20Is (also comprising a one-off against England at Edgbaston) in number-one position on 891 points. Finch had sta..
                 

India vs England: Eoin Morgan laments batting collapse

8 days ago  
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England captain Eoin Morgan said his side was 20-30 runs short in the lost third T20 International against India and blamed the death-overs' batting collapse for the score, which wasn't enough despite being steep. Rohit Sharma scored his third T20I hundred as India chased down 199 with seven wickets in hand to pocket the three-match series 2-1. "We were probably 20-30 runs short. 225 or 235 would have been more of a difficult chase (on that ground). India never really got away from us, but we struggled to take wickets (during the chase)," said Morgan. "They kept up with the rate, and then it was a position in the 16th or 17th over they could take the game away from us which is disappointing. (But) Jason (Roy) and Jos (Buttler) were brilliant up front and almost gave us a licence to allow ourselves to think about 220," he added. England lost four wickets for 46 runs in the middle overs that restricted their momentum, and in the death overs they lost another five wickets in the space o..
                 

India vs England: We showed character in tight situations, says Virat Kohli

8 days ago  
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Indian captain Virat Kohli today praised his team-mates for showing character in tight situations in the seven-wicket win in the third and final T20 International to clinch the series 2-1 here. Kohli lauded the effort of his bowlers to come back at the back end and restrict England to a sub-par score while praising Hardik Pandya and centurion Rohit Sharma for their efforts with the bat. "The comeback from the bowlers was outstanding. At one stage we thought they'd end up getting 225-230. But the character they showed, that's something we're very proud of. Just hit our areas better I guess," Kohli said at the post match presentation ceremony. "We have the qualities to bowl wicket-taking deliveries as well. 25-30 runs in this format can be massive," he added. Talking about the run chase, Kohli said, "(Hardik) Pandya is a really good all-round cricketer. He's confident with his skills with bat and ball. The way he came back after his first over is what you want to see as a captain. It w..
                 

Pakistan beat Australia by six-wickets in T20 tri-series final

9 days ago  
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Opener Fakhar Zaman cracked a career-best 91 to help set up Pakistan's six-wicket win over Australia in the final of the Twenty20 tri-series at Harare Sports Club on Sunday. Zaman shared in a century stand with Shoaib Malik as Pakistan recovered from an early wobble in their pursuit of Australia's 183 for 8, and Malik then showed all the experience of an 18-year international career to see his team home with an unbeaten 43. It looked as though Australia had produced a masterstroke in opening the bowling with Glenn Maxwell's offspin as debutant Sahibzada Farhan was stumped off the first ball he faced and Hussain Talat sliced a catch to point three balls later to derail Pakistan's chase. Australia threatened to storm to victory, but Zaman quickly set about re-building the innings. First, he added 45 with captain Sarfraz Ahmed to take his team out of immediate danger, and he then added 107 for the fourth wicket with Malik to seize the advantage for Pakistan. When Zaman fell cutting out ..
                 

Virat Kohli: Cruel format for bowlers

9 days ago  
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The extra bounce and early juice in the Sophia Gardens pitch and the short straight boundaries, especially at the River End. These were the conditions that were going to help the home team and once they won the toss, the balance tipped in their favour. It was to the credit of the Indians that they carried the fight till the final over despite mustering only 148 in Friday's second T20 international here. Skipper Virat Kohli accepted that the home team made better use of the conditions. "England made good use of the wicket which had some extra bounce and some assistance for the seamers. They put pressure on us and made us lose wickets. The run out didn't help either. When you lose three wickets in the first six overs for 30 runs, it's difficult to come back. I thought a partnership would get us to 145 and that would have been competitive. "However, I believe, we were probably about 15 runs short. We were pushed back initially in the first six overs. Our powerplay was not good enough, a..
                 

You are getting older, says MS Dhoni's daughter Ziva

9 days ago  
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Ringing in his 37th birthday sporting a thick, grey beard, Mahendra Singh Dhoni was reminded that he was 'getting older' through a song by none other than his toddler daughter Ziva."Happy birthday papa, you are getting older," sang Ziva to her father who continues to inspire his teammates and millions of fans. Sakshi Dhoni posted this picture with MSD on Instagram In a video posted by the official Twitter handle of the BCCI, everyone from Virat Kohli to Ziva and wife Sakshi sent their wishes to the former India World Cup-winning skipper. SPECIAL: From his teammates to someone very very special, wishes galore for @msdhoni as he celebrates his 37th birthday. Watch it till the end - Cuteness Alert! #HappyBirthdayMSDhoniLINK---->https://t.co/wT27zi4Bx1 pic.twitter.com/YPupnjLVwz — BCCI (@BCCI) July 7, 2018 Meanwhile, on Saturday, Dhoni posted a video on Instagram and wrote, 'This is what happens when u keeping bossing around for the whole year and finally youngsters get a..
                 

England tackled Kuldeep well and it made difference, says Virat Kohli

10 days ago  
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England could level the series since they came well-prepared to effectively tackle wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav, India captain Virat Kohli said after they lost the second Twenty20 by five wickets. Kohli had no qualms in admitting that the hosts were a better side in the second Twenty20 with the hosts comfortably chasing a 150-run target. Kuldeep, who had bamboozled England batsmen in the series-opener and returned a five-wicket haul, remained wicket-less in second match last night. "They played Kuldeep really well today, and that was the difference in the middle overs this time. They did their homework and played Kuldeep really well. Need to get back day after," Kohli opined after the match. The India skipper said losing top-order inside five overs pegged the back. Rohit Sharma (5) , Shikhar Dhawan (10) and KL Rahul (6) departed early to leave India struggling at 22 for three. "It's always difficult to come back after losing three early wickets. England hit the right areas and made us..
                 

India vs England T20I: Hales keeps nerve as England square T20 series with India

10 days ago  
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Alex Hales kept his nerve with 58 not out to see England home and square the international T20 series against India 1-1 with one to play in Cardiff on Friday. Set 149 to win off their 20 overs England needed 12 off the final over and Hales put Bhuvneshwar Kumar out of the Cardiff ground off the first ball and the second for four. A single followed and David Willey hit Kumar for the winning runs to set up the decider on Monday. Hales made his runs from 41 balls with four fours and three sixes to get his side over the line when they were faltering. England's big hitters at the top of the order Jos Buttler and Jason Roy were both out cheaply trying to get the early run rate up to Umesh Kumar. Roy made 15 and Buttler just 14 before they were both dismissed by Umesh Yadav but Hales kept England in the game. He had struggled against the Indian spinners in the opening game in Manchester but played with more confidence here and Kuldeep Yadav who took five for 24 in the first game went wicketl..
                 

Uttar Pradesh need two teams for Ranji Trophy: Chetan Chauhan

11 days ago  
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Chetan Chauhan, former Test cricketer and currently the Sports Minister of Uttar Pradesh, on Friday said the state should have two cricket teams to play in the Ranji Trophy. The veteran BJP leader told IANS that just one Ranji team for UP does not do justice to the state's cricketing talent. Pointing out that even small states like Haryana, Goa and Delhi have one team each, he said it is grossly unfair that UP, which has a population of 22-crore plus, is also allowed to have single representation in Ranji Trophy. A source in the state sports department told IANS that the minister was "very passionate about promoting young talent in the state." Very soon, the state government is likely to send a proposal to the Board of Cricket for Control in India (BCCI) to allow two teams for the state. Young cricketers reacted positively and enthusiastically to the move. Shiv Sehgal, who represented the state in the under-19 team and was part of the team that lifted the national trophy, said "havin..
                 

Former selectors hail bringing back five-selector policy

11 days ago  
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The chances of Jatin Paranjape and Gagan Khoda returning to the fold have brightened up with the Supreme Court hinting at bringing back the five-selector system in the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Paranjape and Khoda ceased to be part of the selection committee last year as they did not meet the criteria of being Test cricketers. That criteria too will be relaxed, according to Chief Justice of India Dipak Misra and Justices AM Khanvilkar and DY Chandrachud. The minimum criteria will now be 35 first-class games as compared to being a Test player which was recommended by the Justice Lodha Committee panel. Former India selectors lauded SC's willingness to revert to a five-man selection committee. "It's a fair call," ex-chief selector Kiran More told mid-day yesterday. "Talented players were missing out. I would also want the selectors to watch matches outside their zones because they would already know players from their zones. It was something that we used to do during ..
                 

Kraigg Brathwaite ton helps WI turn the screws

11 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Cricket  
Kraigg Brathwaite completed a seventh Test century as the West Indies turned the screws on Bangladesh on the second day of the first Test in Antigua on Thursday. The Windies reached 271 for three in reply to the tourists' first innings total of 43 at lunch at the Sir Vivian Richards Stadium. They resume in the afternoon session with the phlegmatic opener unbeaten on 121 in partnership with Shai Hope (14 not out) and the home side already ahead by 128 runs with eight first innings wickets in hand. Under no pressure to accelerate the game after Kemar Roach had led the pacers' demolition of the tourists for their lowest Test innings total ever on day one, Brathwaite progressed at a snail's pace on the second morning. He added 33 runs in two hours' play with the West Indies advancing overall by 70 runs from their overnight position of 201 for two. Nightwatchman Devendra Bishoo was the lone casualty for the hosts as he was bowled by Kamrul Islam for 19 after yet again making an important c..
                 

India vs England: India look to wrap up series win at Cardiff

12 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Cricket  
A dominant opening win has set the tone and India would look to ensure that a spin-wary England remains on the back-foot when the two sides clash in the second T20 International, here tomorrow. Kuldeep Yadav took 5-24 and KL Rahul scored an unbeaten second T20I ton as the Men in Blue produced a fine all-round display to stun the hosts by eight wickets in Manchester for an early lead on this tour. A win tomorrow would seal the three-match series for Virat Kohli and Co. In fact, India stand on the cusp of a sixth successive T20I series' win -- a run stretching back to their 2-1 win over New Zealand at home in November 2017. In all, they have been unbeaten in bilateral T20I series since September last year. In terms of ICC Rankings, a 2-0 series' lead will allow India to close the gap with second-placed Australia, while a 3-0 whitewash will help them overleap to second behind top-ranked Pakistan. Australia will have to win both their next two games in the ongoing tri-series in Zimbabwe ..
                 

Ajinkya Rahane exclusive interview: Life is all about serving

12 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Cricket  
The Indian cricket team's vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane kicked off the first edition of Meet Your Icon — mid-day's brand new dialogue series between sports stars and a select group of budding players. Rahane, currently gearing up for the much-awaited five-match Test series against England beginning on August 1 in volatile English conditions, made a pit stop at the mid-day office in Bandra east, stone's throw away from the Mumbai Cricket Association's BKC nets, where he practices regularly. Known as a man of few words, Rahane, this time, took a select live audience by storm, opening up on his initial struggle in cricket, how his father was an inspiration and his success mantra in life — enjoy the game and the rest will follow. The 40-minute chat kept everyone hooked and it was a no-brainer to say that the first edition of Meet Your Icon was a huge hit! Ajinkya Rahane in conversation with mid-day's Noel D'Souza during the first edition of Meet Your Icon at this newspaper's of..
                 

Pakistan knocks hosts Zimbabwe out of T20I series

12 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Cricket  
Pakistan knocked Zimbabwe out of the Twenty20 tri-series in Harare in a closely-fought encounter today, beating the hosts by seven wickets with five deliveries to spare. Opener Fakhar Zaman top-scored for Pakistan with 47 before captain Sarfraz Ahmed overcame a spirited Zimbabwean fightback and saw his side home with an unbeaten 38. Their efforts meant that Zimbabwean allrounder Solomon Mire's bellicose earlier innings earlier went in vain. Mire struck 94, the highest score by a Zimbabwean in Twenty20 internationals, but Zimbabwe's 162 for 4 was not enough to overcome the world's top-ranked T20 side. Zaman said Pakistan was always confident they could pull off a successful chase. "We have a very deep batting line-up, so we were confident we could chase it," he said. Pakistan given a rapid start by Zaman and fellow opener Haris Sohail, who took 56 from the Powerplay. Sohail holed out soon afterwards, but Zaman continued to show the sort of touch that made him vital to Pakistan's succe..
                 

Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal fail as India 'A' struggle

12 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Cricket  
After a dominant batting show in the limited overs series, the young India A batsmen struggled to tackle the red ball as they were out for a paltry 133 against West Indies on the opening day of the four-day 'Test', here today. Prithvi Shaw, in preceding tri-series, perished in the first ball of the match, bowled by Chemar Holder, and his opening partner Mayank Agarwal too suffered a golden duck. Captain Karun Nair fell for 20 and if it was not for a 60-run stand between Hanuma Vihari (37) and all-rounder Vijay Shankar (34), the Indian side would have been in a more embarrassing position. The young turks are playing in the challenging English conditions with red duke ball for the first time in their career. Pacers Holder (4/57) and Sherman Lewis (4/35) shared eight wickets between them while Raymon Rifer scalped two Indian batsmen. In reply, West Indies were 99 for three in -- overs with 18 more overs remaining in day's play. Opener Chandrapaul Hemraj scored 42 runs before being ..
                 

Ajay Ratra, Pritam Gandhe eye Mumbai coach job

12 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Cricket  
In a surprising development, former India stumper Ajay Ratra, who represented Haryana and ex-Vidarbha off-spinner Pritam Gandhe are also in the fray to become the next head coach of the Mumbai team. And while there are two wicketkeepers – Ratra and Mumbai man Vinayak Samant and two off-spinners Gandhe and Ramesh Powar – who have applied for the post, it is learnt that former Mumbai under-19 coach Vinod Raghavan and former Maharashtra player Nandan Phadnis, have also thrown their hats in the ring. Ratra, who played six Tests and 12 ODIs, scored 4029 runs and had 260 victims in 99 first-class games, coached the Punjab Ranji Trophy team last season. "If I do get an opportunity to coach the Mumbai team, I will strive to provide them a good atmosphere for practice. It is very necessary to have a good ambiance in the dressing room. It is important for each player to execute his role efficiently and play as a team," Ratra told mid-day from Faridabad. Earlier, he was Assam's under..
                 

Kuldeep Yadav, KL Rahul lead India to T20 victory over England

13 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Cricket  
Kuldeep Yadav claimed his maiden Twenty20 international five-wicket haul and KL Rahul struck his second century in the format as India began their tour of England with an impressive eight-wicket victory at Old Trafford on Tuesday. Left-arm spinner Yadav finished with 5-24 as England were restricted to 159-8 after they collapsed from 94-1 following India skipper Virat Kohli's decision to insert the hosts at the toss. India's Kannanur Lokesh Rahul celebrates scoring his century during the international Twenty20 cricket match between England and India at Old Trafford cricket ground in Manchester, northwest England, on July 3, 2018. Pic/AFP Jos Buttler was the only England batsman to cause the India attack any trouble on his way to 69 from 46 balls before he also fell victim to the beguiling spin of Yadav. India then confidently chased down the total in 18.2 overs as Rahul -- dropped on 17 by Jason Roy -- mixed finesse with some brutal hitting as he whacked five sixes and 10 fours en rou..
                 

Mithali Raj gets real about India's chances at the World T20 later this year

13 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Cricket  
A lot has changed for skipper Mithali Raj and the Indian's women cricket since they finished runners-up in the 50-over World Cup in England last year. But with rising reputation and recognition come higher pressure, and that's the reason the stylish batswoman is blunt in her assessment of the team's chances at the World T20 in the Caribbean this November. In the city to promote Australian Diamonds, Mithali tells mid-day that though India are a good one-day unit, it's still a work in progress in T20s. Excerpts from an interview. On the change post the 2017 World Cup:People knew who Mithali Raj was, but I was still quite anonymous. There have been times when I have heard people talking about me, without realising that I'm sitting next to them. But now, with women's cricket matches being televised, I get recognised a lot. Social media too has also played a very important role. Now, people recognise and talk about the team. Earlier, people would know either Jhulan [Goswami] or me. But to..
                 

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