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IND Vs NZ: Virat Kohli corrects his drive

10 hours ago  
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During India's practice session, head coach Ravi Shastri was heard telling each batsman, 'ruk ke khelna' [wait for it and then play]. Virat Kohli had alluded after the first Test that it was the lack of pace off the pitch that caused concern for his batsmen. The surface at the Hagley Oval here for the second Test that begins on Saturday is expected to be similar to the Basin Reserve, meaning the Indian top-order will have to master the art of letting the ball come to them. Virat Kohli was intense in the nets on Thursday, spending plenty of time correcting his drives against the fast bowlers. The Indian captain has not been at his best during the tour of New Zealand, having registered just one half-century in his nine outings across all formats. Virat Kohli During the practice session in Wellington and here, Kohli faced the Indian pace battery with admiration, but there was a sense of adventure against the net bowlers, as he pushed hard at good deliveries. Kohli has always been a great ..
                 

IND Vs NZ: Ravichandran Ashwin or Ravindra Jadeja?

10 hours ago  
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Thursday's practice session provided a hint that there will be some changes to the playing XI for the second Test against New Zealand. Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja came to bat along with the openers Mayank Agarwal and Shubhman Gill in the adjacent nets. Both also bowled together for the most part of the session. Though Ashwin bowled well in the first Test at Wellington, his lack of runs could go against his selection for the second Test here, beginning on Saturday. Ajinkya Rahane India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane said the team management will take a decision just before the match. "We have not taken any decision yet. Ashwin had bowled really well in Wellington and he is a quality bowler. Jadeja is also a quality bowler. Yes, it gets a bit tough [to choose between Ashwin and Jadeja] when we play overseas," said Rahane during the press conference on Thursday. "But I think it is a good sign for the team when we travel outside India because both are quality spinners. The decisio..
                 

Women's WT20: Three cheers, girls!

10 hours ago  
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India entered the semi-finals of the women's T20 World Cup after Shafali Verma's 34-ball 46 followed by a superlative performance from the bowlers helped the team notch up a narrow three-run win over New Zealand here on Thursday. Put into bat, India posted a below-par 133 for eight in the Group A match with Shafali top-scoring with a 34-ball 46 and Taniya Bhatia chipping in with a 25-ball 23. They, however, produced a disciplined performance with the ball to restrict New Zealand to 129 for six and register their third successive win in the tournament and seal a Last Four spot. With this win, India topped Group A, having beaten Australia and Bangladesh in their last two outing. "It is a great feeling when your team is performing like that," skipper Harmanpreet Kaur said after the match. India opener Shafali Verma en route her quickfire 46 against New Zealand yesterday. Pic/AFP Skipper unhappy"We committed the same mistakes. We got a good start in the first 10 overs but didn't carry the ..
                 

Glenn McGrath: I thought Ishant Sharma's career was over

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If Ishant Sharma was not a very important bowler, the Indian team management wouldn't have got him on the plane to New Zealand immediately after his rehab in Bangalore and played a jet-lagged pacer in the first Test at Wellington where he delivered with a fifer despite coming off an ankle injury. Ishant's revival since 2018 has been phenomenal. Even as Jasprit Bumrah gets most of the attention, Ishant has been quietly going about his business. 'Ishant's reinvented himself' The 2.0 version of Ishant has impressed Aussie pace great Glenn McGrath. "The way he has come back in the last couple of years is impressive. I thought his career might have been finished at the international level, but he has reinvented himself," said McGrath on Wednesday during an interaction organised by Tourism Australia to unveil their plans for the men's T20 World Cup this year in October. Australian minister for trade, tourism and investment Simon Birmingham was also present. After an impressive 2007-08 Austra..
                 

Gary Stead: We want teams to believe it's tough playing in NZ

2 days ago  
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New Zealand coach Gary Stead on Tuesday said that he was a bit surprised by India's abject surrender in the first Test but is expecting a strong comeback in Christchurch. India were all out for 165 and 191 in the two innings of the opening Test, leading to a 10-wicket drubbing in just over three days. "It was a bit of a surprise but it was also due to the pressure we put on those guys for long periods of time. You get Trent [Boult] and Tim [Southee] to operate in our conditions and both were outstanding. Trent's freshness after being out for eight weeks added spark," Stead told reporters. The head coach also had a subtle warning for the Indian team, saying touring New Zealand could be as tough as playing in some of the other countries. "We want teams to believe that it is as tough in New Zealand as it is playing anywhere else in the world. That's a pride thing." Getting Ajinkya Rahane cheaply on the fourth morning was the clincher for Stead. After that, he knew that New Zealand would w..
                 

Ugandan youth find hope in Gujarat

2 days ago  
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The youngsters of the African nation Uganda can easily be victims of drug and alcohol abuse. But there is an avenue to keep them away from the dark alleys and points of no return — cricket. A bunch of Ugandans are visiting the western region of India for a 10-day cricket tour, with a majority of playing and practice activity happening at the Param Veer Academy at Sanjay Farms, 65 km away from Surat. Left-arm spinner Gerald Mubiru, 21, is getting his action and follow through right. It's hot enough to make him bowl without a shirt. He is also keeping a close eye on his 'brother'—former skipper Roger Mukasa, 30,— batting in the nets, facing a bowling machine. Uganda's left-arm spinner Gerald Mubiru prepares to bowl in the nets at Sanjay Farms, Chikhli recently. Pics/Harit N Joshi Mukasa, who played in the 2006 U-19 World Cup in Sri Lanka, may not be Mubiru's brother in a real sense. Mubiru, a school student, owes a lot to cricket and Mukasa. "I am able to lead a good li..
                 

They 'run' the show: Top 5 partnerships by batsmen in ODI history

4 days ago  
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On this day in 2015, West Indies batsmen Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels set a record for the highest partnership in ODIs. Let's take a look at the top 5 partnerships by batsmen in ODI history. Chris Gayle and Marlon Samuels - 372 runsGayle (215) Samuels (133) vs Zimbabwe at Canberra on 24 February 2015. Sachin Tendulkar and Rahul Dravid - 331 runsTendulkar (186) Dravid (153) vs New Zealand at Hyderabad on 8 November 1999. Sourav Ganguly and Rahul Dravid - 318 runsGanguly (183) Dravid (145) vs Sri Lanka at Taunton on 26 May 1999. Sanath Jayasuriya and Upul Tharanga - 286 runsJayasuriya (152) Tharanga (109) vs England at Leeds on 1 July 2006 Tillakaratne Dilshan and Upul Tharanga - 282 runsDilshan (144) Tharanga (143) vs Zimbabwe at Pallekele on 10 March 2011. All Pics/ AFP Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates..
                 

Harbhajan Singh pulls Rohit Sharma's leg for workout video, calls him 'shaana'

8 days ago  
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India's star opening batsman Rohit Sharma is currently nursing a bad injury to his calf and is putting his best foot forward when it comes to getting fit again to be back in the game. Rohit Sharma is busting himself in the gym lifting heavy weights during strenuous workouts and he recently shared a video on social media site Instagram to show his fans what he is up to.       View this post on Instagram A post shared by Rohit Sharma (@rohitsharma45) onFeb 18, 2020 at 3:27am PST While Rohit received praise from his followers, his former Mumbai Indians colleague and friend Harbhajan Singh posted a funny comment trying to pull Rohit Sharma's leg saying, "Only 40 kg for this ?? Common shaana." Rohit Sharma went on to respond to his buddy Harbhajan, saying: That's because it's my first day after injury with weights. Harbhajan's comment left users in splits, while some commented saying 40 kg was enough for Rohit to keep sending the ball to the stands. Rohit Sharma will ..
                 

Yuvraj Singh shares photo with wife Hazel Keech, Irfan Pathan 'trolls' him

11 days ago  
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Former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh wanted to show off his romantic side on a day after Valentine's Day and took to Instagram to do so. Yuvraj Singh shared a photo along with his wife Hazel Keech and wrote, "U will always be my valentine @hazelkeechofficial." Take a look at the post below.       View this post on Instagram U will always be my valentine ❤ï¸Â @hazelkeechofficial A post shared by Yuvraj Singh (@yuvisofficial) onFeb 14, 2020 at 11:01pm PST Now, as romantic as this is, Yuvraj Singh's friend and colleague Irfan Pathan went on to pull his leg by pointing out a valid point. Irfan Pathan said that his emotions did not match what his wishes conveyed. "Wishes ke emotions apke chehre se match nahi kar rahe hai... (The emotions of your wishes don't match your facial expression)," Irfan Pathan went on to post the hilarious comment in the section below. Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech dated for quite sometime before th..
                 

Revealed! Krunal Pandya is Ajay Devgn's biggest fan

14 days ago  
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It is a known fact that Cricket and Bollywood are two of the biggest religions in India. They bring people together and doubles the entertainment quotient. This time on Zing Game On, Krunal Pandya is coming to double the fun bringing his world of cricket and love for Bollywood together. Known to be an all-rounder who bats left-handed and bowls slow left-arm, Krunal Pandya has an unknown Bollywood side to him. An ardent fan of movies, Krunal took centre stage and entered the show in the most dhamakedaar way possible - doing the Bala signature step. From delivering dialogues from the movie Gangs of Wasseypur - Part 2, to talking about the similarities between him and Ajay Devgn, Krunal did not shy away from revealing his Bollywood side to the viewers. In a rapid-fire segment, the host Karan Wahi asked him, “If you had to assign a cricketer to the following characters, who would it be? To which Krunal answered, "Chulbul Pandey is Kedar Jadhav, Mogambo is Shikhar Dhawan, Rowdy Ratho..
                 

Diana Edulji blasts 'lazy' Harmanpreet Kaur and Co after tri-series loss

15 days ago  
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New Delhi: Former captain Diana Edulji feels the Indian women's team will have to learn from the repeated mistakes it is making at the moment to end its ICC title drought in the upcoming T20 World Cup. The tournament is to be held in Australia from February 21. Chasing 155 against Australia in the tri-series final in Melbourne on Wednesday, India collapsed to 144 all out after sitting comfortable at 115 for three in the 15th over. Edulji, who did a lot for women's cricket during her 33-month tenure as a member of the Committee of Administrators running the BCCI, said the current team is losing games which it should win far too many times. "There is something wrong with this team. This is a team which can win every game and it does win from an unlikely situation but the next game it is losing from a comfortable position like it did today. They are simply not consistent enough. No scope for excuses "They have all the facilities at their disposal now, at par with men, and yet they have no..
                 

India U-19 cricketers impress Omar Henry

16 days ago  
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Omar Henry, the first non-white cricketer to don South African Test colours, who has spent a lifetime in coaching youngsters, reckons India are, "leaders when it comes to producing quality players." Cape Town-based Henry, 68, on Sunday was glued to his television set and watched India and Bangladesh stretch every sinew for honours in the U-19 World Cup final which eventually went Bangladesh's way. "I am very passionate about looking after the game and making sure the feeder system is proper, so I must compliment India for the way they have gone about producing players. "That left hander [referring to the Yashasvi Jaiswal] is a class apart. He is a compact player and is one guy who we are going to hear a lot about in the future. He was so consistent in this tournament," Henry told mid-day on Monday, a day after Bangladesh achieved their maiden World Cup triumph by three wickets via the Duckworth-Lewis method. Apart from Jaiswal, Henry was impressed with left-arm pacer Sushant Mishra and..
                 

U-19 World Cup: India young guns lose to Bangladesh to miss consecutive title

18 days ago  
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Potcherstroom: A sprightly bunch of Bangladesh boys created history by winning their country's first global cricket title, shocking defending champions India by three wickets in the summit clash of the ICC U-19 World Cup here on Sunday. In a low-scoring final, Bangladesh first choked India to a meagre 177 in 47.2 overs and then did well enough to score the revised target of 170 in 42.1 overs under Duckworth-Lewis method. Once play resumed after rain, the target was revised to 170 and with seven runs to get and three wickets in hand, it became a cakewalk for the Tiger Cubs as they scripted a golden chapter in their country's cricket history. India's cricketing battles with Bangladesh have been filled with acrimony since the 2015 World Cup quarter-final at the MCG and it only amplified with the kind of boorish behaviour that some of the Bangladeshi players displayed. In fact, a few players from both sides nearly came to blows at the end of the final and it was India coach Paras Mhambrey,..
                 

On this day in 1999: Anil Kumble takes all 10 wickets against rivals Pakistan. See Photos

21 days ago  
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It was on February 7, 1999, that Anil Kumble became just the second bowler in the history of cricket to take all ten wickets in an innings of a Test match.He achieved the feat against Pakistan at Feroz Shah Kotla Stadium, now known as Arun Jaitley cricket stadium in Delhi during the second Test of the two-match series. India had set Pakistan a target of 420 runs in the match and the visitors got off to a steady start as openers Shahid Afridi and Saeed Anwar put on 101 runs for the first wicket.It was then Kumble who came into the attack and wreaked havoc on the Pakistani batting line-up.The spinner, also known as 'Jumbo' first dismissed Afridi (41) in the 25th over. After the right-handed batter's dismissal, India kept on taking wickets through Kumble and Pakistan was reduced to 128/6 in no time.Kumble then kept on taking wickets at regular intervals and he got his tenth scalp in the 61st over after dismissing Wasim Akram. This effort enabled India to register a win by 212 runs, and Ku..
                 

Ranji Trophy: Mumbai on back foot vs Saurashtra on Day 1

23 days ago  
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Rajkot: Saurashtra's slow left-arm orthodox bowler Dharmendrasinh Jadeja snared five wickets to leave Mumbai tottering at 249-8 on Day One of their Elite Group 'B' Ranji Trophy match here on Tuesday. Had Sarfaraz Khan yet again not rescued Mumbai after they suffered a top-order collapse with a 78, the 41-times Ranji champions would have been in an even more precarious position in what is a must-win game for them. Jadeja (5-90) rattled Mumbai top-order and among his wickets were Jay Bista (43), Bhupen Lalwani (25), Siddesh Lad (13) and rival skipper Aditya Tare (10). Opting to bat at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Mumbai openers Bista and Lalwani (25) failed to convert their starts. The duo put up 62 for the first wicket before Bista was trapped in front of the wicket by Jadeja. Senior-pro Suryakumar Yadav fell for a first-ball duck after being trapped in front of the wicket by Prerak Mankad as Mumbai were in a spot of bother at 63-2. Soon, it became 74-3 after Jadeja remov..
                 

Shreyas Iyer is a big player, feels batting coach Vikram Rathour

one month ago  
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Hamilton: Batting coach Vikram Rathour on Tuesday called the new generation of Indian cricketers "incredible" and said the team management has already identified the core of players for the T20 World Cup in October-November. Rathour was speaking ahead of the third T20I between India and New Zealand at Seddon Park on Wednesday, with the Men in Blue leading the five-match series 2-0. "Adjustments will keep going on till the last minute. But as far as I am concerned and the team management is concerned, we have the core. We know what our team is going to be. Unless there is a case of injury or really bad loss in form, I don't see many changes happening," said Rathour. With one eye on T20 World Cup in Australia, India have been on experimentation mode since the start of the home season in September last year, giving opportunities to host of a youngsters including Shreyas Iyer, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar and Shivam Dube. The T20 team has been doing really well in New Zealand and the y..
                 

CK Nayudu Trophy: One of my best performances, says Mumbai U-23 pacer Arjun Tendulkar

3 days ago  
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Mumbai thrashed Puducherry inside three days to storm into the U-23 CK Nayudu Trophy semi-finals at the Wankhede Stadium on Monday. This massive, innings and 231-run win came on Day Three, six overs after tea, thanks mainly to two fiery spells by left-armer Arjun Tendulkar (3-24) and fellow pacer Minad Manjrekar (4-38). It was a huge struggle for the visitors post lunch. In reply to Mumbai's 581, Puducherry were struggling 54-5 in just 15 overs. Tendulkar, who managed only wicket from eight overs in the first essay, clean bowled Puducherry opener Sai (9) with a sharp inswinger that sneaked in between bat and pad to disturb the furniture. The left-arm pacer's second victim, Yash Jadhav (5) too, was unable to read a quick incoming delivery that took off the bails. Arjun then forced right-hander George (0) into edging one to gully fielder Yashasvi Jaiswal. However, after claiming his third scalp, Tendulkar had to return to the dressing room after suffering an ankle injury during his foll..
                 

IND vs NZ | Tough on you guys, Sachin Tendulkar feels for Virat Kohli and Co

4 days ago  
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When a player like Sachin Tendulkar says it is difficult to negotiate the wind factor at Wellington's Basin Reserve, he ought to be taken seriously. Tendulkar on Sunday elaborated on why battling the wind is a massive challenge just like the Indian batsmen are experiencing in the ongoing opening Test of the two-match series against New Zealand. Virat Kohli's Indians were bowled out for 165 in the first innings and ended Day Three with 144 for four after New Zealand claimed a healthy lead of 183. India's premier batsman Ajinkya Rahane who stayed unbeaten with 25 on Sunday, said before the series that the wind factor would be a hurdle. "Jinks [Rahane's nickname] is correct and I can speak from experience as well. It's difficult to bat against the wind. It hurts your body and one tends to close his eyes. You have to spot those deliveries that come at speed. One can miss the line as well," Tendulkar told mid-day, recalling the 1998 Test there. He added: "Daniel Vettori [left-arm spinner] w..
                 

IND vs NZ | Shane Bond: New Zealand is hard to beat at home

9 days ago  
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Wellington: The Indian team have come to New Zealand with a pace bowling attack which is the envy of the world. New-ball partners Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah are being seen as the biggest threat, as far as former New Zealand speedster Shane Bond is concerned. "Both [Shami and Bumrah] are going to be key factors because Shami has bowled brilliantly of late across formats and Bumrah will be desperate to bounce back [after going wicketless in the ODI series]. I don't think he bowled badly with the white ball. You can't expect him to pick wickets all the time," said Bond on Tuesday. The first Test starts here on Friday and the Basin Reserve Test is expected to be a battle among the pacers. "I won't pick a spinner on this track. I will be surprised if New Zealand pick a spinner. It's a win-toss, field-first kind of pitch although I think India will play [Ravindra] Jadeja," said Bond, who is Mumbai Indians' bowling coach. Shane Bond Despite a humiliating 0-3 loss in their last Test ser..
                 

Sri Lankan pacer Achini Kulasuriya cleared of serious injury after horror blow to head

11 days ago  
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Sydney: Sri Lankan pacer Achini Kulasuriya has been cleared of serious injury after a horrific blow to the head while fielding during the practice Super Over of Sri Lanka's pre-women's T20 World Cup warm-up match against South Africa on Sunday.A Sri Lanka team spokesman told cricket.com.au Kulasuriya had been responsive as she was carried from the field, and she was discharged from hospital late this afternoon and returned to the team's Adelaide hotel.The incident happened when Kulasuriya misjudged a skied catch by South Africa's Chloe Tryon while fielding at long-on. The ball ended hitting her flush on her head and she lay face down motionless for several minutes. Her team mates and the batters all rushed to her aid and ambulance officers later checked her condition. She was then stretchered off the field. The match was called off after the incident. Achini KulasuriyaTeams that are set to take part in the World Cup are in Australia going through their warm-up matches. Apart from the g..
                 

Ranji Trophy: Run-filled Day One

15 days ago  
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Debutant Aakarshit Gomel (122) and young gun Sarfaraz Khan (169 not out) grabbed opportunities with both hands to help Mumbai enjoy a rare good day in the season on Wednesday. Mumbai reached 352 for four against Madhya Pradesh on Day One of the Ranji Trophy encounter at Wankhede Stadium on Wednesday. Already knocked out of the tournament, Mumbai were three down for 72 at one stage as the visitors' pacer Kuldeep Sen (3-67) sent back opener Hardik Tamore (12), one-drop batsman Suryakumar Yadav (43) and No.4 Siddhesh Lad (4) in the space of five overs. Gomel patiently combined with Sarfaraz, who batted at No.5 and stitched a 275-run stand for the fourth wicket. The Mumbai U-23 skipper showed his class with a perfectly-timed on-drive off pacer Venkatesh Iyer in the first session, a copybook straight drive to Sen in the first over after lunch and another on-drive off the same bowler in the next over. A single off Iyer to mid-on got Gomel his fifty in 117 balls (6x4). He pulled left-arm pace..
                 

Pakistan cricketer Shadab Khan threatened to leak my nudes, claims Dubai-based woman

16 days ago  
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Pakistan cricketer Shadab Khan is currently in the middle of a controversy after he was accused of vulgar blackmailing and sending nudes to a woman based in Dubai. The woman in question, Ashreena Safia took to photo-sharing website Instagram to share a lengthy write-up about the shameful behaviour of the Pakistani all-rounder. Ashreena Safia has also addressed her reported relationship with Shadab Khan, dismissing all rumours of them dating, but saying they were in touch since March last year. She went on to say that they began to connect during the World Cup 2019 in London. She said that she travelled to many countries to be with him but he would 'hook up with other girls'. She also went on to add that after a Pakistani journalist threatened to leak a story about them, Shadab apparently threatened her (Safia) to keep quiet else he would leak her nudes. She also went on to say that Shadab Khan reportedly sent her nudes while he was performing Umrah in Mecca. Safia also posted screensho..
                 

David-Candice Warner, Steve Smith-Dani Willis: Cricketer-WAGs sizzle on awards night!

17 days ago  
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Australia's top cricketers made the annual Australian Cricket Awards in Melbourne on Monday a glamorous affair by turning up with their wives and girlfriends for the event. David Warner and wife Candice Steve Smith with wife Dani Willis Pat Cummins and fiance Becky Boston Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates <p><em><strong>Catch up on all the latest <a title="sports news" href="https://www.mid-day.com/sports" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">sports news</span></a> and updates here.&nbsp;</strong><strong>Also download the new mid-day <span style="color: #ff0000;"><a title="mid-day android app " href="https://goo.gl/8Xlcvr" target="_blank"><span style="color: #ff0000;">Android</span></a></span> and <span style="color: #ff0000;"><a title="mid-day iOS app" href="https://goo.gl/KQ..
                 

IND vs NZ: India lose it

19 days ago  
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Auckland: New Zealand had lost their seventh wicket for just 187 runs on the board in the 38th over and it did appear that India's decision to bowl first was a masterstroke. Almost similarly, India lost their seventh wicket in the 32nd over with even a lower score of 153. However, the comparison ended there as New Zealand had someone like Ross Taylor to rescue them from a precarious situation along with debutant Kyle Jamieson to take the hosts to 273-8 in 50 overs. Taylor anchored the innings with another unbeaten knock of 73 (109 in the first game) and strangely he doesn't get enough credit for his ability and spoken in the same breath as some ODI legends. Ross Taylor On Saturday, India failed to chased down the 274-run target set by the Kiwis, falling short by 22 runs to lose the second one-day international at Eden Park, thus losing their first bilateral ODI series since Australia in March 2019. "Firstly, we were just trying to get through to 50 overs. We had plenty of time and that..
                 

IND vs NZ: Ross Taylor's ton overshadows Shreyas Iyer's as Kiwis win first ODI

22 days ago  
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Hamilton: New Zealand's veteran batsman Ross Taylor is a master when it comes to tough run chases. On Wednesday, he once again showed that after his unbeaten century helped the Kiwis beat India by four wickets in the first ODI here. The fact that his century came against India which boasts of one of the best bowling attacks at the moment, would give him more satisfaction. "If you look at it, 348 is not an easy chase, but the way they planned their innings, with one guy [Taylor] anchoring it and the rest playing cameos. Credit to them for the way they scored, it was a very good win for them," said Shreyas Iyer, the other centurion of the first ODI, in the post-match press conference. It was Taylor's 21st ODI hundred, while stand-in skipper Tom Latham scored 69 off 48 balls as their 138-run partnership drove the Black Caps' run chase. Henry Nicholls contributed 78 off 82 balls. Earlier, Iyer showed just why he is considered the next big thing in Indian cricket by scoring 103 off 107 ball..
                 

Prithvi Shaw set for ODI launch

23 days ago  
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Hamilton: India have been forced to open with a brand new pair of Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal (who hadn't reached Hamilton by the time the practice session got underway on Tuesday) even though they have an option in KL Rahul. "Prithvi is in the team and will definitely start with whoever the replacement is [Agarwal], we've asked for an opener. KL will play in the middle-order. We want him to get used to that role at No. 5 and keep [wickets] as well," said Kohli, ruling out the possibility of sending Rahul up the order as he will be tired after 'keeping for 50 overs if India have to chase. Shaw has happy memories of New Zealand, having led India to a U-19 World Cup triumph in 2018 when his side beat Australia at Mount Maunganui on February 3. Last month, he hit a hundred for India 'A' in a practice game against New Zealand XI at Lincoln. Kohli was seen applauding Shaw's strokeplay a couple of times and also acknowledged Shardul Thakur's line and length when he bowled to him during t..
                 

U-19 World Cup: Kartik Tyagi blows away Aussie top order as India cruise into semis

one month ago  
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Portchefstroom: Pacer Kartik Tyagi blew away the Australian top-order with a sensational spell to power India into the semifinals of the ICC U-19 World Cup with a comfortable 74-run win here on Tuesday. Kartik's four wickets came after India recovered through Atharva Ankolekar's combative half-century to reach 233 for nine, a modest total which the holders defended in impressive fashion. Riding on Kartik's spell in which he swung the ball at a good speed, India bundled out Australia for 159 with 6.3 overs to spare in their Super League quarterfinal. Invited to bat, India lacked a substantial partnership until Atharva and Ravi Bishnoi joined forces to raise a fighting 61-run stand for the seventh wicket. Atharva scored an unbeaten 55 off 54 balls with five fours and a six, while Bishnoi made 30 off 341 balls. Tyagi (4/24) then produced a dream spell in which he removed Australian skipper Mackenzie Harvey (4) and Lachlan Hearne (0) in successive balls in his very first over. Atharva Anko..
                 

Virat Kohli: I am batting really well, would like to contribute in a win in next Test

4 days ago  
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Virat Kohli was disappointed after the thrashing in the first Test against New Zealand at Wellington but cautioned against reading too much into the loss. "We did not play good enough cricket and that’s why we lost," Kohli told reporters while interacting with the media at the post-match conference. He added that a one-off defeat will not make Team India a bad team overnight, he was confident that the team will up the ante and put up an improved performance in the second Test. "There is no doubt that we are going to try to win the next Test, playing positive cricket. We are not bothered about another loss but we are not going to take a backward step for sure" said Kohli. Virat Kohli takes pride in his performance and expects every team member to show similar fight and character while competing on the cricket field. He believes that good team work is the key to success and in his tenure as the captain of India; Kohli has downplayed individual achievements especially when the team ..
                 

Kim Hughes, Imran Khan, Ian Botham and the rest in '79-80

5 days ago  
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A significant fallout of Team India's twin triumphs of 1971 was an increase in the volume of international cricket. Starting 1974-75, India played at least one Test series, either at home or away, every season. The 1979-80 season marked the culmination of this upsurge. India's most hectic home season till that point witnessed as many as 13 Test matches, split between three touring sides. For the Indian players, the 1979-80 season was an extension of the previous one. A historic tour of Pakistan had been followed by a six-Test series at home against the West Indies, after which the team flew to England for the second World Cup and a four-Test tussle. In fact, the Indian team was still in England when Kim Hughes's Australians arrived for a six-Test contest in August 1979. Kerry Packer's World Series Cricket, which had run parallel to 'establishment' cricket for two seasons, had been disbanded by then, but the Australian selectors still chose not to pick the cricketers who had been a part..
                 

Gavin Larsen: Jasprit Bumrah can't be put down for too long

10 days ago  
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Hamilton: Jasprit Bumrah remains the focus as India head into the first Test against New Zealand at Wellington on Friday. Bumrah has set such lofty standards for himself in little time at the international level that going wicketless in the recent three-match ODI series against the Kiwis came as a shocker. Bumrah, the first Asian bowler to grab a five-wicket haul in South Africa, England, Australia and West Indies all in his first tour to these countries, would be eyeing a similar achievement in New Zealand this time. Although he suffered a slump in the ODI series, Bumrah managed to impress in the tour game against New Zealand XI, finishing with 11-3-18-2. Hamilton-based former NZ pacer Gavin Larsen, who is the national chief selector at the moment, has no doubt that Bumrah will not be easy to tackle. "Bumrah is a quality player. He can't be put down for too long. Just watch out for Test matches, he will bounce back," said Larsen. Mohd Shami is the other Indian pacer that poses a huge..
                 

On top Down Under!

12 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Cricket  
I wrote recently about overseas captains who struggled to come to grips with the tactical side of leading in Australia. However, there have been some very successful visiting skippers. Leading the pack would be England's Douglas Jardine with his highly successful 1932-33 Bodyline strategy. It wasn't Jardine's fault that the laws of cricket allowed a gap in field placement that he fully exploited. He invoked the first principle of good captaincy—reduce the effectiveness of the opposition's best player—and in doing so exploited the law perfectly. Jardine made his dislike of Australians obvious and went out of his way to annoy the increasingly volatile crowds. However, he wasn't devoid of humour. In 1953 after the tumult and shouting had died down, Jardine attended a London gathering in honour of the touring Australians. Someone with an evil sense of humour sat him next to former Bodyline foe, Australian leg-spinner Bill 'Tiger' O'Reilly. The guest speaker was Australian Prime..
                 

T20 Series: India Jess fall short

15 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Cricket  
India opener Smriti Mandhana's 37-ball 66 went in vain as Australia claimed the tri-nation women's T20 series with a gritty 11-run win following a sensational five-wicket haul by spinner Jess Jonassen here on Wednesday. Set a target of 156, India were all out for 144 after being 115 for three in the 15th over. Seasoned left-arm spinner Jonassen was the star of the show with brilliant figures of five for 12 in four overs, making her only the third Australian bowler to return a five-for in the women's T20 format. "It was a really good all-round performance. Getting Mandhana was the game-changer, she was whacking us all over the park," said Australian captain Meg Lanning. Opting to bat, Australia managed to post 155 for six in their stipulated 20 overs. Chasing a challenging target, Mandhana was up to the task at hand and smashed 12 boundaries in her knock at the Junction Oval. However, Mandhana's dismissal in the 15th over, caught brilliantly by Nicola Carey in the deep mid-wicket, turne..
                 

Virat Kohli: We were not at all good on the field

16 days ago  
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Mt. Maunganui (NZ): It's not even a fortnight for the Indian team's first-ever 5-0 win on tour in the T20 format here. However, on the same ground on Tuesday, India were humbled 0-3 in the ODI format by New Zealand. It's a rarity to see India missing regular openers [Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan] due to injury, captain Virat Kohli struggling for runs [just 75 runs in the ODI series] and Jasprit Bumrah hopelessly searching for a wicket. No wonder India lost all their matches of an ODI series after 31 years. For the first time, captain Kohli, who has led the team in 17 ODI series, was playing a dead rubber. The manner in which they were crushed by the Kiwis [five-wicket loss] in the third and final ODI, there was a sense of inevitability to the outcome. 'It's not serious' "Overall if you see, it is just the fourth or fifth series loss in the last 4-5 years. The other team is also here to play. You cannot win every match. We have won one series [T20] and lost the other, so it is not so..
                 

Ex-skipper Bishan Singh Bedi on India U-19 team: Disgusting and disgraceful

17 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Cricket  
Bishan Singh Bedi has come down heavily on the visible poor behaviour of the Indian team during Sunday's U-19 World Cup final against Bangladesh in South Africa, tongue-in-cheekly urging the International Cricket Council to "put its foot down" on such conduct and call it a "juvenile" and not the "U-19 World Cup." Bangladesh achieved their maiden World Cup triumph by three wickets via the Duckworth-Lewis method and the on-field aggression went on even after the winning runs were hit. Some players reportedly got physical while returning to the pavilion end of Senwes Park, Potchefstroom. The Bangladeshi players appeared to be more poorly behaved, but Bedi said: "Look, what Bangladesh do is their problem, what our boys do is our problem. You could see that there was abusive language used. Bishan Singh Bedi "You bat, bowl and field badly…happens, but there's no excuse for behaving badly. The behaviour was disgusting and most disgraceful. The innocence of that age was not visible at a..
                 

U-19 World Cup: No change in approach, says Paras Mhambrey

19 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Cricket  
While the senior Indian team have developed the reputation of being masters of the chase, the juniors are taking a similar route. Since last July, the India U-19 team have won 25 of their 28 ODIs, 15 of them coming while chasing. The Boys in Blue dished out a dominant performance in their semi-final against arch-rivals Pakistan, winning by 10 wickets to reach the final of the U-19 World Cup for the third consecutive time. As India prepare to take on Bangladesh, who are in their first-ever U-19 World Cup final, head coach Paras Mhambrey spoke to mid-day from South Africa about his team's chase mantra, the special talent of Yashasvi Jaiswal and skipper Priyam Garg's leadership qualities. Edited excerpts: What's the secret behind consistent success while chasing?It's a result of constant efforts in putting ourselves in that situation. It has been a dedicated effort. We always challenged ourselves and the boys responded without taking any pressure which resulted in consistent success. We w..
                 

Irfan Pathan: Shardul Thakur's emergence as death bowler is a big positive

23 days ago  
News / Mid-Day/ Cricket  
Hamilton: Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan believes that one of the biggest positives for Team India in their T20I whitewash of New Zealand here is the emergence of Shardul Thakur as a reliable death bowler. "One of the most heartening aspects of India's T20I series win here is that we have found another death bowler in Shardul Thakur because we always wondered who could do that job in a case [Jasprit] Bumrah is not available. India's pace bowling unit was outstanding thoughout. Right from seniors like [Mohammed] Shami to the junior-most [Navdeep] Saini gelled," Pathan, 35, who is here on TV commentary duty, told mid-day recently. While Thakur got the most wickets (eight in five matches at 19.62) in the five-match T20I series, Saini was quite economical in the two matches he played (economy rate 6.50). If the bowlers can carry their form into the ODI series beginning today, captain Virat Kohli's job will become a lot easier, felt Pathan, who represented India in 24 T20I, 120 ODIs ..
                 

IND vs NZ: Jasprit Bumrah is a tough person to handle, says Kiwis coach Gary Stead

28 days ago  
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Wellington: It's a pleasant surprise when one sees two cricketers passing by almost unnoticed at the Auckland domestic airport just after being part of an epic T20 contest few hours earlier in Hamilton. Scott Kuggeleijn hasn't played much for New Zealand but Ross Taylor is a great in this part of the world and yet no one, not even a single fan, tried to catch their attention. One suddenly realises this is not India where these two would have been mobbed even at the remotest of places. However, Kiwi coach Gary Stead was not so lucky to go unnoticed when we landed at Wellington airport, especially after the heartbreaking loss in the Super Over on Wednesday. The Black Caps have now been on the wrong side of their last three Super Overs—the epic World Cup final against England and then in November to decide the T20 series against the same side. However, losing the T20 series to India at home even before the fourth game is painful. Stead believes this Indian team are outstanding. "The..