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Birla scion Aryaman hits maiden FC ton as MP salvage a draw

11 hours ago  
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Left-handed opener Aryaman Birla slammed his maiden first-class century to help Madhya Pradesh salvage a draw following on, as Bengal had to settle for three points in their first Ranji Trophy home match of the season here ion Thursday. Scion of the Birla family, Aryaman remained unbeaten on 103 in his third first-class match, while Shubham Sharma gave him fine support with 100 not out on the fourth day to hand Madhya Pradesh one point in their Ranji Trophy Elite Group B fixture. Bengal, who enjoyed a first innings lead in their last match in Himachal Pradesh, have now six points from two games. Having taken a first innings lead over Tamil Nadu in their last match, Madhya Pradesh now have four points. Reeling at 69 for three in their second innings after being asked to follow-on, the 21-year-old opener showed fine application with Sharma as the duo managed the rescue act in an unbroken 171-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Son of business tycoon Kumar Mangalam Birla, Aryaman hit..
                 

Graeme Swann loses tons of kgs courtesy dance routines

12 hours ago  
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Former England cricketer Graeme Swann, 39, who was a part of the 2009 Ashes-winning side, has revealed that he has lost oodles of weight after joining British dance reality show — Strictly Come Dancing. After training and performing with partner Oti Mabuse, Swann said he has lost two-and-a-half-stone (around 16 kg) across the last two months. When the show's host Zoe Ball asked him about the weight loss, Swann joked that his aerobics themed Salsa was the reason for it, besides the treadmills. Meanwhile, Swann, who has three kids — Wilfred, seven, Charlotte, six, and Jessica, two, with Sarah — said that he's struggling to be a part of the show: "We have three very young kids. I live in Nottingham and it's hard balancing everything." 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..
                 

IND vs AUS: Happy to play without altercations, says Virat Kohli

13 hours ago  
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If the Australians are thinking of engaging Virat Kohli in verbal volleys to fluster the Indian skipper's focus during the much-anticipated four-Test Border-Gavaskar Trophy series next month, their attempts may end up being futile. For, Kohli made it clear yesterday that any sort of provocation will not have an effect on him. Kohli came under fire after showing his middle finger to the crowd that had annoyed him during the 2012 Sydney Test. He nearly got slapped a ban for his gesture. Kohli, who was skipper during the last Australia tour in 2014-15 after MS Dhoni's abrupt retirement, smashed four centuries and a half century in the Test series despite the Aussies getting under his skin quite often. His verbal duel with the now-retired Mitchell Johnson and being labelled a "spoilt brat" worked in his favour as he smashed 692 runs in eight innings. "On a personal level, I don't need to go and find these things [altercations or arguments] anymore. I can play without pumping myself up," ..
                 

Five-star Mehidy Hasan helps Bangladesh level series vs Zimbabwe

17 hours ago  
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Zimbabwe's Brendan Taylor fought valiantly with his second century of the Test but Bangladesh won the final match by 218 runs to end the series at 1-1 on Thursday. Needing a mammoth 443 to win, Zimbabwe were bowled out for 224 in the second session on the fifth day in Dhaka with Taylor remaining unbeaten on 106. Taylor's knock of patience and controlled aggression came from 167 balls and featured ten fours. He had hit 110 in Zimbabwe's first essay of 304. Off-spinner Mehidy Hasan was the wrecker-in-chief on the final day as he returned bowling figures of 5-38 -- his fifth five-wicket haul in Tests. Mehidy denied Zimbabwe any chance of repeating their clinical performance of the first match that they won by 151 runs in Sylhet." Taijul Islam added two more wickets to his five in the first innings and finished the series with a career-best haul of 18 scalps in two matches. He was named the player of the series. The home side declared the first innings on 522 for seven with Mushfiqur Rahi..
                 

IPL: Rajasthan Royals, Hyderabad Sunrisers retain Smith, Warner

17 hours ago  
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Disgraced Australian stars Steve Smith and David Warner will make a comeback in next year's Indian Premier League Twenty20 tournament, their franchises announced Thursday. Both Smith and Warner were barred from participating in the lucrative league this season after their involvement in a ball tampering scandal. Rajasthan Royals named Smith in their squad and Warner stayed with Sunrisers Hyderabad as the 12th IPL officially kicked off with the announcement of player retention from all franchises. The duo are serving one-year international bans but recently padded up for club cricket in Australia. Warner, who had led Sunrisers to victory in IPL 2016 edition, and Smith, captain of Royals, were suspended just ahead of the 2018 edition by the league's governing council. Royals and Sunrisers have not named their captains for the upcoming season. Apart from Smith, Royals also retained their England stars in Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer and New Zealand's Ish Sodhi. Overseas stars ..
                 

Retired John Hastings all set to open a cafe with wife in Australia

19 hours ago  
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Australian bowler John Hastings may have been forced to retire from cricket due to serious health issues, but he has already made plans for his second innings. He will open a cafe in Frankston, South Australia with wife Briannan. Hastings had to quite cricket after doctors warned that it could be life-threatening if he continued to bowl. He explained that despite undergoing various tests, the cause of him coughing up blood whenever he bowls could not be determined. According to a report in The Sydney Morning Herald, Hastings, Briannan and her cousins planning to open their cafe early next year. "That's going to be called Mr Frankie. I'll be in there helping out, trying to sell some coffees, and we're just going through the process of liquor licensing. There's an opportunity in the market down there to provide something fresh, new and fun," Hastings told the Australian newspaper. Cheers to that! Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day An..
                 

'Yes man' Shastri is most bizarre thing I've heard, says Virat Kohli

20 hours ago  
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Virat Kohli jumped to the defence of head coach Ravi Shastri, who is often perceived to be a 'yes' man to the Indian skipper. "It is the most bizarre thing that I have heard. I don't think anyone has said no to me more than him in Indian cricket. Honestly, he is one guy I can speak to and get an honest opinion. If there is something that doesn't need to be done, it doesn't need to be done. I have made more changes to my game listening to him than anyone else. We are not going to hold a banner and say this is what we are doing [though]," said Kohli yesterday. Kohli, it can be recalled, wanted Shastri to coach the team after Anil Kumble's exit. Pundits have also criticised Shastri's lack of tactical acumen as a coach following overseas defeats in South Africa and England this year. When asked what Shastri brings to the table apart from just motivating the players, Kohli said: "He makes people believe that they belong to this level. I can vouch for it." The captain revealed that he "..
                 

'Don't think this Indian side is better than ones I played against'

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Former Australia captain Steve Waugh is "not sure" if the current Indian team led by Virat Kohli is any better than some of the sides that he played against during his international career. Waugh spoke in reference to India coach Ravi Shastri's comments that this is "the best Indian side in the last 15 years". "Look I have played against some great Indian sides and I am not sure that the current side is better than the ones we played against," Waugh told ESPN Cricinfo in an interview. The 53-year-old said such comments could have been avoided as it puts pressure on the team. "I am not really sure but probably not a great thing to say as it puts extra pressure on the team. Once they start losing, they will get a lot of criticism for that. Look, it's good that Ravi Shastri believes in his side but comments like these could be kept to himself," Waugh said. The former skipper known for his mental disintegration tactic feels that Australia despite recent problems would be hard to beat i..
                 

This is India's best chance to beat Australia, says Sourav Ganguly

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Former India captain Sourav Ganguly yesterday said that Indian team under Virat Kohli has the "best chance to beat Australia" in absence of their premier players Steven Smith and David Warner. Cricket Australia's board has resolved to respond to the call to lift the bans on Smith, Warner and Cameron Bancroft by next week, but all indications are they are not ready to bring the trio back to international cricket early. Sourav Ganguly "This is like the Indian team not having Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. It's a huge factor," Ganguly said on the sidelines of a promotional event here yesterday. "It's a great moment for Indian cricket. This is their best opportunity to beat Australia," the former India captain added. Having suffered defeats in their earlier overseas Test series in South Africa and England, the Virat Kohli & Co will salvage pride winning in Australia. India will play four Test matches against Australia with the first five-day contest commencing in Adelaide on Decembe..
                 

Sam Curran, Jos Buttler rescue England vs Sri Lanka

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Sri Lanka's spinners claimed some big-name England wickets on the first day of the second Test on Wednesday before Jos Buttler and Sam Curran rescued the innings. Buttler's 63 and a crucial 64 from Curran at the end lifted England to 285 all out after they had been struggling on 89-4 on the turning Pallekelle stadium pitch. Curran, fast becoming an England hero, said reaching near 300 was a "massive" achievement. England spinner Jack Leach then strengthened England's position, dismissing opener Kaushal Silva in the 12 overs Sri Lanka faced as the home side reached 26 for one at the close. A day that saw Ben Stokes, batting at the key number three position, become the latest to fail also reinforced Buttler and Curran's standing lower down the order. England were in trouble against spinners Dilruwan Perera who took four wickets, Malinda Pushpakumara (three) and Akila Dananjaya (two) when Buttler came in to counter-attack with five boundaries and a crucial 45-run stand with Adil Rashid ..
                 

WT20: India eves eye semi-final berth against Ireland today

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Eyeing a semi-finals berth, overwhelming favourites India will have to guard against complacency when they play Ireland in their third Group 'B' match of the ICC Women's World T20 here today. India are on a roll having convincingly won their first two matches, including against arch-rivals Pakistan two days ago. Skipper Harmanpreet Kaur declared open the tournament with her blazing hundred against New Zealand at the Providence, the same venue where India will face Ireland. Ireland, on the other hand, have lost to both Australia and Pakistan. India will enter the game against the Irish as overwhelming favourites but Kaur is aware that her team cannot afford to take things for granted in this mega-event. Ireland cricket is known for its fighting abilities and taking them lightly will not be the way to go for India, with qualification to the last-four knocking on their doors. Having eased past Pakistan a couple of days after the big win against the New Zealanders, India will never..
                 

KKR dumps Mitchell Starc, informs him via text message

2 days ago  
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Australian paceman Mitchell Starc on Wednesday revealed that IPL side Kolkata Knight Riders has released him from the squad and he got the news of his dumping via a text message from the owners. One of the costliest buys in the 2018 auction, Starc was forced to miss the entire season due to stress fracture in his right leg. "I got a text message two days ago from the owners of Kolkata, saying I've been released from my contract. At the moment I'll be home in April," Starc told reporters. The exact reason for Starc's release is not yet known but it is being believed that it could be because of the uncertainty around his availability for the 2019 season. Starc, grabbed by KKR for 1.8 million Australian dollars, was replaced by England fast bowler Tom Curran.. "I obviously didn't go last year with my tibia injury and it was a great opportunity to freshen the body up, let everything heal by itself. I guess barring a little niggle in my hammy I've felt pretty good with my body and my s..
                 

SRK's promise to Rohit Sharma: Will perform Baazigar song live at IPL

2 days ago  
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Kolkata Knight Riders co-owner and Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan has promised India batsman Rohit Sharma that he will perform one of the hit numbers — Kaali Kaali Aankhen from his film Baazigar live during the Indian Premier League (IPL). Recently, to celebrate 25 years of his film Baazigar, SRK tweeted: "25yrs of Baazigar. A film that defines my career & gave me lifelong friends. Thx Utd 7 @rtnjn @theabbasmustan @KajolAtUN @TheShilpaShetty Thomas Johnnybhai Annu Rakhiji Sid Dilip Sarojji Rekha AkbarB & everyone on the film." To which, Rohit replied: "One of my top movies, no questions!! @iamsrk." And Shah Rukh was quick to answer saying: "Next time will do Kaali Kaali Aankhen for you live at the IPL my friend. Keep healthy. Love to u." Rohit retweeted with a comment: "@iamsrk I'm going to hold you to that. And at Eden Gardens so I can add that to my list of memories there." Catch up on all the latest T20 news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and..
                 

Ross Taylor attains career-best ODI ranking

2 days ago  
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New Zealand cricketer Ross Taylor has acquired a career-best position of number three in the recently-updated list of the International Cricket Council ODI ranking for batsmen. This comes after Taylor's splendid batting performance against Pakistan where he scored 80 and 86 in two one-day internationals. The scores took Taylor past Joe Root and Babar Azam in the ranking list, only behind the Indian duo of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. Other changes in the list of top 10 ODI batsmen included Faf du Plessis moving up three spots to number seven with both Kane Williamson and Quinton de Kock dropping two spots, but still staying in the top 10. While Williamson secured a spot at number 9, De Kock secured the tenth position. Moving to the top bowlers, Kagiso Rabada, after picking up seven wickets in the series in Australia secured a position in the top five, at number four. Among all-rounders, Mohammad Hafeez, who made big gains in the Twenty20 International charts too, swapped positions ..
                 

'I predict 3-1 in favour of India but Lyon could trouble Kohli and Co'

2 days ago  
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For the first time in their 71-year-old rivalry, India are expected to steamroll Australia in Kangarooland. The home team are bereft of genuine talent and experience in the batting department and India's wily pace attack along with spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will be licking their lips in anticipation. Kuldeep Yadav could be in the mix as well. However, stranger things have happened in cricket and who knows, the Border-Gavaskar Trophy will not be claimed as easily as the pundits reckon. Former Australia off-spinner Ashley Mallett knows a thing or two about underdogs surprising formidable opponents. Though he reckons India will win the four-Test series 3-1, they could find off-spinner Nathan Lyon a tough customer. Mallett was part of Ian Chappell's 1972 bunch in England, where the Australians were rated as one of the worst teams to land on their shores. But the series ended 2-2. Apart from the fact that the Indian batsmen have succumbed to spin overseas, the class..
                 

Mithali Raj exclusive: I do not think of marriage, happy being single

3 days ago  
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It was a dream-come-true moment for six fans when they met women's cricket icon Mithali Raj during mid-day's Meet Your Icon initiative recently. The Indian cricket star was the reason they took up cricket. They not only experienced the thrill of seeing Raj in person at the Mumbai Cricket Association Recreation Centre in Bandra Kurla Complex, they also got a chance to throw questions at their idol. Watch Mithali Raj speak about her early days as a cricketer: Fan Rupali Bodhe asked Raj whether thoughts of marriage crossed her mind and there was laughter. "It used to [cross my mind]... long time back, when I was very young," said Raj, unable to control her laughter. "But it doesn't cross [my mind] now when I see married people. I am very happy being single." Mithali Raj (centre) is flanked by young fans, Siddharth Joshi (left), Tanvi Parab, Vaibhavi Pilankar, Aachal Valanju, Rupali Bodhe and Jetsun Chee (right) at the meet Vaibhavi Pilankar, another fan, wanted to know her role when ..
                 

Gaining match-time experience in NZ will help on Aus tour, says Dravid

3 days ago  
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The playing conditions will not be similar to Australia but it would be still be valuable match practice for the Test regulars, who are part of India A squad in New Zealand, insists Rahul Dravid. India Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane, Rohit Sharma, Murali Vijay, Prithvi Shaw, Parthiv Patel and Hanuma Vihari figure in the A squad for the first unofficial Test, scheduled in Mount Maunganui from November 16. All these six players have also been picked for the four-Test series in Australia, beginning December 6. "I think it will be a very good opportunity for some of the boys who are requested by the senior team management to be a part of the A tour," Dravid told bcci.tv. "They will be able to gain some match-time experience even if the conditions are not going to be exactly the same or it is not like being in Australia. The A team format is pretty competitive and it is match-time experience. It is a good opportunity in the lead up to international tours." India A are scheduled to play ..
                 

Probe panel informed about Jr BCCI employee getting frequent promotion

3 days ago  
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Atleast six people yesterday deposed before the independent three-member probe committee that is investigating alleged sexual harassment allegations against BCCI CEO Rahul Johri. Former Mumbai captain Shishir Hattangadi, BCCI's acting treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry, Cricket Association of Bihar's secretary Aditya Verma, ex-Media committee chairman of the BCCI-affiliated Bihar Cricket Association Sanjeev Mishra and the Committee of Administrators met the probe panel members. Mishra asked the probe committee to enquire about a BCCI employee getting preferential treatment from Johri. "I pointed out that a junior BCCI employee received frequent promotions, which violated the organisation's rules and regulations. "I also informed them that the same employee enjoyed a match during India's England tour with all the facilities despite that person's ineligibility," Mishra told mid-day. Catch up on all the latest T20 news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get..
                 

Mithali Raj exclusive: I was into dance, but cricket was my destiny

3 days ago  
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Fearless. Strong. Positive. These words printed on Mithali Raj's T-shirt perfectly sum up India's most celebrated women's cricketer. Probably, the words make up her success mantra as well. It is the supreme combination of skill and optimum state of mind that has helped Raj reach the pinnacle of her sport. Next June, Raj, who is just three short of 200 ODI caps, will complete two decades in international cricket after carving a century on ODI debut v Ireland at Milton Keynes in 1999. Along the way, she has shattered several records. Her latest feat was becoming India's highest T20 scorer [105 v Australia 'A' on October 24]. Before the Indian team departed for the ICC World T20 in the Caribbean, Mithali took time off to appear on mid-day's Meet Your Icon at the Mumbai Cricket Association Recreation Centre in Bandra Kurla Complex. Mithali, who turns 36 on December 3, got candid about her cricketing journey, revealed her biggest secret and plans for the future. Excerpts: Almost two decad..
                 

Sri Lanka's Dananjaya reported for suspicious action

4 days ago  
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Sri Lanka off-spinner Akila Dananjaya was reported over a suspect bowling action during the first Test which England won by 211 runs, the International Cricket Council said Sunday. "Dananjaya's bowling action will now be scrutinised further under the ICC process relating to suspected illegal bowling actions reported in Tests, ODIs and T20Is," the governing body of the sport said in a statement. Dananjaya, 25, took two wickets giving away 184 runs in the match that concluded in four days at Galle on Friday. The match officials' report, which was handed over to the Sri Lanka team management, cited concerns about the legality of his bowling action, the ICC said. He is required to undergo testing within two weeks and, during this period, Dananjaya is permitted to continue bowling in international cricket until the results are known, the ICC added. There was no immediate comment from Sri Lanka Cricket. The second Test starts in Pallekele on Wednesday and the third and final match in the ..
                 

Women's WT20: Mithali Raj shines as India beat arch-rivals Pakistan

4 days ago  
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Riding on Mithali Raj's 56, India beat arch-rivals Pakistan by seven wickets in their ICC Women's World T20 match here yesterday. Chasing 134, Mithali and Smriti Mandhana gave India a solid start before the latter was dismissed for 26. The duo added 73 runs for the opening wicket. Mithali later got some support from young Jemimah Rodrigues (16). Mithali's innings was laced with seven fours. Last-match centurion Harmanpreet Kaur remained unbeaten on 14 as India chased the target with an over to spare. Earlier, opting to field after winning the toss, India made a great start with the ball, reducing Pakistan to 30-3 in the seventh over. Pakistan made a fine recovery thanks to half centuries from Bismah Maroof (53) and Nida Dar (52) as the duo stitched 93 runs for the fourth wicket to take their side to a competitive total. India also dropped at least three easy catches, which allowed Pakistan to come back. Opening bowler Arundhati Reddy immediately gave India the breakthrough by having..
                 

Centurions Mominul, Mushfiqur put Bangladesh in command v Zimbabwe

4 days ago  
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Mominul Haque and Mushfiqur Rahim shared a record partnership with centuries apiece to put Bangladesh in a strong position in the second Test against Zimbabwe in Dhaka on Sunday. Mominul made 161 while Mushfiqur added an unbeaten 111 as Bangladesh reached 303-5 at stumps on the opening day at Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium. Mominul and Mushfiqur shared 266 runs in their fourth wicket stand, helping Bangladesh bounce back from 26-3 to cross the 200-run mark for the first time in their last nine Test innings. Mominul faced 242 balls and hit 19 fours in his seventh Test century, while Mushfiqur smashed nine fours for his sixth Test hundred. They surpassed Bangladesh's previous record-high for a fourth wicket stand of 180 runs, shared by Mominul and Liton Das against Sri Lanka earlier this year. After some early success, Zimbabwe had to wait for the second new ball to break the partnership, when Tendai Chatara forced Mominul to give a catch at gully to Brian Chari. Kyle Jarvis removed ni..
                 

Dinesh Ramdin rues absence of senior players

5 days ago  
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Denesh Ramdin reckons that absence of their top players was a major reason for their defeat in the Twenty20 series against India. "It's difficult to build a team given the current scenario. When you look at our T20 players they are in demand all over the world, so yes, we are suffering in that aspect. Our senior players did not turn up for the tour, and that's one of the reasons why we are 0-2 down in this series," Ramdin said ahead of the third T20I. Explosive batsmen Chris Gayle and spinner Sunil Narine were missing from the WI line-up. "It's all about having food on the table. The players are good enough to be taken by a team in another part of the world, then I can't stop a player who's out there to improve." Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability,..
                 

Skipper Kaur battled stomach cramps while going for big shots

5 days ago  
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For an ordinary cricketer, battling unbearable stomach cramp could well mean retiring to the cooler confines of the dressing room but if it is Harmanpreet Kaur, she would just hit eight sixes in order to avoid running. Known for her penchant to raise the bar on biggest platforms, the skipper smashed her way to 103 off 51 balls in India's comfortable 34-run win against New Zealand in the opening game of the ICC World T20. "Yesterday, I was having little bit back problem," Kaur said after the match. "In the morning, I was not feeling well. When I came to the ground I was feeling a little low and getting some cramps." The severe cramps hampered her running between the wickets as she came up with a different plan. "When initially I was running twos, I got a little cramp, after that the physio gave me medicine, and a little bit it settled down," she said. "Then I thought instead of running too much, if I could I get more big shots — because you run too much, you get more cramps. Th..
                 

Pacer Munaf Patel quits all forms of cricket

5 days ago  
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India pacer Munaf Patel announced his retirement from all forms of the game on Friday. Munaf, who made his international debut in 2006 against England at Mohali, played 13 Tests, 70 ODIs and three T20Is for India claiming 125 wickets. The pacer represented Mumbai, Maharashtra, Baroda and Gujarat in domestic cricket. In the Indian Premier League, he played for Mumbai Indians, Rajasthan Royals and Gujarat Lions. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever..
                 

Women's World T20: Ton-up captain Kaur leads India to win over NZ

6 days ago  
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Riding on skipper Harmanpreet Kaur's century, India beat New Zealand by 34 runs in the ICC World T20 opener here yesterday. Kaur, became the first Indian woman to record a century in the shortest format, her scintillating 51-ball 103 powering the team to an imposing 194-5. New Zealand in reply, got off to a solid start as openers Suzie Bates (67) and Anna Peterson put on 52 runs in just 6.3 overs before the latter was dismissed by spinner Dayalan Hemalatha (3-26) for 14. Spinner Poonam Yadav (3-33) claimed the wickets of Sophie Devine (9) and Jess Watkin (0) off back-to-back deliveries to reduce New Zealand to 93-3 in the 10th over. New Zealand couldn't recover thereafter and ended up scoring 160-9 in their 20 overs. Earlier, Harmanpreet reached the three-figure mark in 49 balls, punishing the New Zealand bowlers with eight sixes and seven fours. The skipper led by example after India were struggling at 40 for three. Jemimah Rodrigues too struck a brisk 59 off 45 balls with the help..
                 

IPL: Mohammad Kaif named Delhi Daredevils' assistant coach

7 days ago  
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Former India batsman Mohammad Kaif was Friday named assistant coach of IPL franchise Delhi Daredevils for the upcoming 2019 season. "Delhi Daredevils have roped in former Indian batsman Mohammad Kaif as their assistant coach for the upcoming Indian Premier League season," the team announced. Kaif, who was roped in as a talent scout in the DD set-up, was earlier an assistant coach to Brad Hodge at the Gujarat Lions in the 2017 IPL season. Kaif joins Ricky Ponting and James Hopes in the Daredevils' coaching team. He previously led Chhattisgarh in their debut Ranji Trophy season and acted as mentor for the young team. "I'm delighted to be part of the Delhi Daredevils and am looking forward to bringing together an exciting group of boys, who are going to make their franchise and country proud," Kaif said. "With the management team's support, I am sure we'll help nurture many of the younger boys in the squad and make this team a force to be reckoned with in the IPL," he added. Delhi D..
                 

Shane Warne offers to help beleaguered Cricket Australia

7 days ago  
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Spin king Shane Warne put his hand up Friday to help Australian cricket out of its current spiral and urged the sport's beleaguered governing body to make better use of other former top players. The national team has been in a form slump since a ball-tampering scandal in March and Cricket Australia has seen a clean-out of top executives after a scathing review blamed its culture as partly contributing to players cheating. Warne said he was "frustrated" at the state of Australian cricket. "In the words of Donald Trump, let's make cricket great again," he said in a column for Melbourne's Herald Sun. "Cricket Australia is in disarray -- fact. CA has lost control and sight of what it was trying to achieve, to make cricket Australia's favourite sport. "That was its slogan and it was right but it has lost its way and thankfully heads are starting to roll." The leg-spin icon said retired cricketers needed to play a bigger part in steering the sport, calling on a host of former teammates to ..
                 

Kohli, Pandya, Dhawan celebrate Diwali with their families

7 days ago  
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Diwali is the biggest festival in India and the Indian cricketers leave no stone unturned to celebrate the season with a lot of enthusiasm with family and friends. From wearing the best brands in traditional wear, to lighting up their houses in the most fashionable way possible, lets take a look at how the cricketers celebrated Diwali 2018. Virat Kohli has been in the eye of the storm recently, for his comment to a fan, telling him to leave the country if he did not like Indian cricketers. Netizens and cricket enthusiasts around the world trolled the India captain for the issue, but that did not seem to deter Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma, who celebrated the festival together and posted on Instagram. Virat Kohli was seen wearing a classy white kurta, while Anushka Sharma was looking radiant in a skin-colored saree.       View this post on Instagram A very happy and prosperous Diwali to everyone from our home. Wishing everyone peace, happiness and good hea..
                 

CA to give 'due consideration' to lifting bans on Smith, Warner

7 days ago  
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Cricket Australia will give "due consideration" to the Australian Cricketers Association's (ACA) demand of revoking the ball-tampering bans on Steve Smith and David Warner, said board CEO Kevin Roberts. ACA has increased the pressure on CA to lift the ban on Smith and Warner ever since an independent review claimed that the 'culture' nurtured by the board contributed to the ball-tampering scandal, which rocked the nation in March. The scathing review said the governing body was perceived as "arrogant" and treated its elite players like commodities, allowing 'alpha-male' egos to develop a win-at-all-costs approach. "The ACA submission around the players' sanctions was received by the board a few days ago," Roberts told reporters. "It was addressed to the board rather than to me or all management. So not for me to comment on a board matter other than to say that the board will be respecting that submission and giving it due consideration," he added. Smith and Warner were handed a 12-m..
                 

BCCI official on Kohli controversy: It's a very stupid comment to make

7 days ago  
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Virat Kohli courted controversy on Wednesday when he asked fans who didn't like Indian players to leave the country in a promotional video. The BCCI brass, it is learnt, is not happy with the statement but are undecided whether to haul up Kohli for the comment while interacting with fans on his newly-launched app. "It was a very stupid comment to make. He should have been more careful. He must understand that the kind of money he is earning is because Indian fans have invested in this game. "But again the comment was made on his private forum or business initiative. He hasn't used a BCCI platform so that's also an issue," the senior official said. Meanwhile, the CoA displayed their dissatisfaction on Ravi Shastri's arrogant comments during the England vs India series that was held earlier this year. "India's best travelling team in last 15 years," said Ravi Shastri. "Let people be the judge," retorted the Committee of Administrators when the national cricket coach spoke of the ..
                 

Aaron Finch: Cricket Australia chaos distracting players

8 days ago  
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Disarray within Cricket Australia has distracted the Australian team, one-day skipper Aaron Finch said Thursday as he urged his players to keep their focus on the field. The embattled governing body has been under intense pressure after a scathing review said its "arrogant" culture contributed to players cheating in the pursuit of victory. It has led to an overhaul of the organisation. Chairman David Peever last week followed chief executive James Sutherland out the door, director Mark Taylor quit this week and team performance boss Pat Howard is also leaving. "When there are changes, and there are things being said and written, I think it's hard not to read it sometimes when it's everywhere," Finch said in Adelaide ahead of the second ODI against South Africa. "You might spend a little bit of time reading it, and putting some kind of doubts in your mind." Cricketers Steve Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft were banned for trying to alter the ball with sandpaper in South Afr..
                 

Cricket Australia's performance boss Pat Howard quits

8 days ago  
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The exodus at Cricket Australia grew Wednesday as two more top executives quit the embattled governing body after a ball-tampering scandal and a scathing review triggered an outcry. Team performance boss Pat Howard, who was due to leave next year, has brought forward his departure to next week, while broadcasting chief Ben Amarfio left on Wednesday, Cricket Australia said. The latest departures come after chairman David Peever was forced out last week and former Test captain Mark Taylor quit as a director. Former CEO James Sutherland stepped down last month. The 'Sandpaper-gate' scandal, where the team was caught using sandpaper to alter the flight of the ball, also cost former coach Darren Lehmann his job and prompted lengthy bans for three players. Cricket Australia said the latest changes signalled a "new chapter" under the leadership of incoming chief executive Kevin Roberts. "It is clear that we need to deepen our relationships with fans, players and the broader cricket communit..
                 

Why Rishabh Pant's comparison with MS Dhoni won't help

8 days ago  
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Why is Rishabh Pant finding it more difficult to make a mark in white ball cricket than young bowlers? Is it because he is feeling the pressure of being hailed as the replacement for MS Dhoni? Or is he overawed by the likes of super bats Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma? Take the example of chinaman spinner Kuldeep Yadav and now left-arm pace bowler Khaleel Ahmed. The two have been increasing their profile with each game, so much so that Kuldeep has outshone Yuzvendra Chahal and is preferred in the XI ahead of the leg-spinner. Khaleel too could soon become an integral part of the Indian bowling attack. On the other hand, Pant, after doing fairly well in Test cricket, has found life not so easy against the white ball. His failure in the two T20Is against the West Indies has some experts and his fans worried that the lad may not live up to his potential. He may also be flummoxed by Dinesh Karthik being preferred over him to keep wicket after Dhoni was dropped from the T20I squad. Some exper..
                 

Pacer Jhulan Goswami reflects on the hard days of her career

9 days ago  
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From bunk beds and unreserved train tickets to staying in five-star hotels and flying business class, women's cricket has undergone a "massive" change, feels one of its biggest stars Jhulan Goswami. Jhulan, the only bowler in the women's game with over 200 ODI wickets, reflected on her time in international cricket and also looked ahead to the upcoming ICC Women's World T20 in the West Indies starting November 9. "I remember staying in an accommodation with bunk beds for my first World Cup, in 2005. For domestic matches, we often travelled unreserved in trains, and played on grounds where getting injured would have been very easy," the 35-year-old wrote in her column for the ICC. "There were countless junior tournaments where we stayed in dormitories and slept on mattresses on the floor. There's been such a massive change to women's cricket since I started playing." The World Cup's league matches will be played in Guyana and St Lucia from November 9-18 with the two semifinals and the ..
                 

Relief for MCA as High Court empowers Unmesh Khanvilkar, CS Naik

9 days ago  
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It was a day of celebration for the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) as the Bombay High Court accepted the association's request and allowed secretary Dr Unmesh Khanvilkar and Chief Executive Officer CS Naik to act as authorised signatories. MCA's day-to-day activities were disrupted since there was no authorised signatory to make payments after the High Court-appointed Committee of Administrators made an exit on September 15. This issue also caused the MCA to miss out on hosting the fourth India v West Indies one-day international recently and the game was awarded to the Cricket Club of India. Apart from permitting Khanvilkar and Naik to operate MCA bank accounts, the court also formed an ad-hoc managing committee to look after day-to-day affairs. The ad-hoc panel consists of MCA's current eligible managing committee members along with Naik. "It's a Diwali gift for MCA; the crisis has been sorted out. Having an ad-hoc committee will put everything in place. Basically, it's good for ..
                 

Gautam Gambhir blasts CAB for inviting Mohammed Azharuddin

10 days ago  
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The outspoken Gautam Gambhir has lashed out at the Cricket Association of Bengal for inviting former skipper Mohammed Azharuddin for the first T20 International against the West Indies. Gambhir, not one to hold back from expressing his reservations for anyone remotely associated with match-fixing, took to twitter to air his views. "India may have won today at Eden but I am sorry @bcci, CoA & CAB lost. Looks like the No Tolerance Policy against Corrupt takes a leave on Sundays! I know he was allowed to contest HCA polls but then this is shocking. The bell is ringing, hope the powers that be are listening," Gambhir tweeted. Repeated calls to CAB president Sourav Ganguly and joint secretary Abhishek Dalmia went unanswered. Azharuddin was banned for life by the BCCI for his alleged involvement in the match-fixing scandal that rocked the cricket world in 2000. However, in 2012, the former captain's ban was overturned by the Andhra High Court. While the BCCI has never formally issued ..
                 

2nd T20I: Rohit Sharma and Co eye series win in Lucknow!

10 days ago  
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The Indian top-order had failed to fire against the spirited West Indies pace bowling in the first T20I match in Kolkata on Sunday night. The raw pace of Oshane Thomas and skipper Carlos Brathwaite tested even a batsman of the calibre of Rohit Sharma. With Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant also unable to get going, India were lucky to scrape though as West Indies had managed a paltry total. Maiden match at EkanaThough the pitch at the Ekana Stadium, which is hosting its first international fixture today, is unlikely to be as bouncy as the Eden wicket on Sunday night, the West Indies would be eager to get their act together in the second T20I and go into the decider at Chennai on an even keel. The West Indies have only shown glimpses of fighting qualities on the tour. They have not been able to siege crucial moments and allowed India to get away. That's because when their batting has come good, the bowling has been a letdown and when bowling has done well, the batsmen have flop..
                 

About Virat Kohli being fast, first and the only!

11 days ago  
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Virat Kohli has stamped his authority as the best batsman in the world of cricket in the current generation. He is leaps and miles ahead of his contemporaries and Virat Kohli's achievements are being continuously compared to the 'God of Cricket' Sachin Tendulkar. Virat Kohli's fans feel that the Delhi-born cricketer will smash every batting record in the book before he retires, and their claim has some merit as Virat Kohli has already broken several records and looks good to smash few more. On his 30th birthday today, let's take a look at 30 of the most astonishing records he achieved: Fastest century by an Indian cricketer in ODIs (52 balls). Fastest Indian to reach 1,000 runs in ODIs. Fastest Indian and third fastest in the world to reach 5,000 runs in ODIs. Fastest Indian and second fastest in the world to reach 6,000 runs in ODIs. Fastest Indian and second fastest in the world to reach 7,000 runs in ODIs. Fastest player in the world to reach 8,000 runs in ODIs. Fastest ..
                 

Aditya Tare after Ranji Trophy ton for Mumbai: Less to worry about now

11 days ago  
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Former Mumbai captain Aditya Tare, who scored a first-class century after a gap of three Ranji Trophy seasons yesterday, revealed that he is playing with a clear mind, without the burden of captaincy. Tare slammed an unbeaten hundred in Mumbai's Ranji opener against Railways at the Karnail Singh Stadium in Delhi. The four-day game ended in a draw. The middle-order batsman, who scored 237 runs last season, notched up his eighth first-class hundred yesterday. "I have less things to worry about now. I can look after my own skills and I am playing with a clear mind as compared to when I was captain. As captain, you have to do lot of things, worry about a lot of things. As a player, you have less responsibilities. However, I am okay… I enjoyed my role as captain too. Now, I am playing a different role in the team. I am enjoying it and trying to do my best," he told mid-day over the phone.Mumbai ended the final day on 321 for five in their second innings in reply to Railway's 307. S..
                 

Happy Birthday Virat Kohli: The king of the chase

11 days ago  
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Virat Kohli is perhaps the best match-winner while chasing in ODIs, the world has ever seen. A big number of Virat Kohli's ODI tons have come while successfully chasing down a total. We bring you 11 of those accolade worthy three-figures on the Team India captain's 30th birthday. Virat Kohli 122 vs England After England posted a mammoth total of 350 runs, India were in trouble at 63/4, but a double-century stand between Virat Kohli and Kedar Jadhav saw India chase their second highest total in ODI history. Virat Kohli scored his 27th ODI ton and Jadhav posted his career best individual score. Virat Kohli 154* vs New Zealand India had a task cut out for them as Kiwis posted 285 on board for the hosts to chase thanks to Tom Latham and James Neesham. The hosts were further in a soup following the loss of their openers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane at 41 runs. Kohli went on to play a heroic innings. He built on a steady partnership with skipper MS Dhoni to come closer to the tar..
                 

1st T20I: Skipper Rohit Sharma hails 'exceptional' India

11 days ago  
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Skipper Rohit Sharma yesterday hailed Team India's 'exceptional' performance after India won the first T20I against the West Indies by five wickets and 13 balls to spare. Though the win looked comprehensive in the end, it wasn't really so after India were reduced to 45-4 at one stage, chasing West Indies' 109-8. "It was an exceptional performance with the ball. There was quite a bit for the seamers upfront. Even for the spinners, if they put in the revs, it was spinning. There was a little bit in every department. "We knew it won't be easy given the seamers they have, but there's some learning for us there, what we should do as a batting unit when conditions are in our favour," Rohit said in the post-match presentation ceremony. Rohit was effusive in his praise for debutant Krunal Pandya, whose all-round capabilities helped India in their tricky chase. "I've seen him [Krunal] closely playing for Mumbai Indians. He likes the situation where the team expects him to perform. He wa..
                 

Azharuddin: Australia not batting deep is a plus for India

12 days ago  
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Mohammed Azharuddin, who was here for the 25th anniversary of the 1993 Hero Cup celebration, agrees that this is the Indian team's best chance to beat Australia in their den and hopes Virat Kohli & Co can create history. Azharuddin was captain of India on the 1991-92 tour where India lost 0-4 across five Tests. Fortune did not favour his team in the Sydney and Adelaide Tests of the series. At Sydney, Ravi Shastri plundered a double century while Sachin Tendulkar scored his first hundred on Australian soil - an unbeaten 148 - which Richie Benaud rated very highly. "Of course, there is a good chance of beating Australia. But we have to play very hard. In our time, we could not win because whenever the bowling clicked, the batting didn't and when the batsmen got runs, the bowlers did not deliver. We came pretty close to winning in Sydney and Adelaide," said Azhar, who helped himself to a strokeful hundred at the Adelaide Oval. He added: "I really wish the current team can win this ..
                 

Ranji Trophy:Steyn, mother's cancer battle inspire Mumbai's Deshpande

12 days ago  
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"Bowling at a speed of 140-plus kmph on a slow Delhi track is not something you see often," read a tweet from Mumbai team analyst, Saurabh Walkar after Tushar Deshpande, 23, claimed his second five-wicket haul in just his ninth first-class match on Saturday. Deshpande's career-best 6-70 in 24.2 overs helped Mumbai take the first innings lead after Railways were dismissed for 307 in reply to Mumbai's 411 at the Karnail Singh Stadium in New Delhi on Day Three of their Ranji Trophy Group 'A' clash. Mumbai were 57-2 at stumps, taking their lead to 161. Resuming on 115-6, Mumbai were troubled by Railways' Arindam Ghosh (71) and lower order batsman Harsh Tyagi (39) as they added 58 runs for the seventh wicket. Another 65-run stand for the eighth wicket between Tyagi and Avinash Yadav (48) added to Mumbai's frustration before Deshpande dismissed Tyadi, Yadav and Madhur Khatri in quick succession. "Bowling short spells and going all out worked well for me," Deshpande told mid-day. Deshpande..
                 

MCA wants general body's nod on voting rights for int'l cricketers

13 days ago  
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Even as the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators (CoA) has urged the BCCI state units to initiate the process of providing international cricketers from the state with voting rights, indications are that the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) will wait for its general body to give this a nod. Mandatory voting rights to international cricketers, which is a recommendation from the Justice Lodha Committee, is set to have a huge bearing on state association elections. Mumbai has the maximum number of international stars hailing from the city which can change the landscape of the way elections are conducted in the MCA. "We don't think the process will be initiated unless our general body gives a green signal," said an MCA official. Meanwhile, ex-MCA chief Sharad Pawar's plea in the Supreme Court to end the administrative vacuum was on Thursday disposed since it is the jurisdiction of the Bombay High Court. This has resulted in the MCA once again approaching the Bombay HC for ..
                 

Mumbai's Shivam Dube ecstatic after smashing maiden Ranji hundred

13 days ago  
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Mumbai all-rounder Shivam Dube was eager to make his Ranji Trophy debut memorable by scoring a century in the quarter-final against Karnataka at Nagpur last year. However, he fell short then by 29 runs. This time round, the left-hander made it count with an impressive 114 in only his second Ranji game, against Railways in Delhi yesterday. After posting 411, Mumbai derailed the Railways, struggling at 115-6, at stumps on Day Two. Siddhesh Lad and Dube resumed the day with Mumbai 278-5, and their respective scores being 80 and 35. Crisis man Lad failed to get to his seventh first-class hundred by a solitary run (99, 14x4s) when he was bowled by left-arm spinner Avinash Yadav. Dube battled on to realise his dream. "After ending up very close to a century against Karnataka [in Nagpur] in my first Ranji match, I was determined to do well this season. And I'm glad to get my maiden Ranji Trophy hundred in the first match of the season. I prepared very hard for this. A first century is impor..
                 

WT20: Mithali Raj scores fifty, India eves beat Ireland to enter semis

19 hours ago  
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Indian spinners produced yet another controlled performance to clinch a semi-final berth with a comfortable 52-run victory against Ireland in a group league encounter of the ICC Women's World T20 on Thursday. After managing 145 for 6 on a slow track, Indian spinners maintained tight leash on Irish women restricting them to 93 for 8 in 20 overs. With their third win, India with six points were assured of a last-four spot along with Australia (6 points from 3 games) with New Zealand, Pakistan and Ireland already even before their campaign could officially end. While India's batting performance leaving a lot to be desired, the spinners Radha Yadav (3/25 in 4 overs), Deepti Sharma (2/15 in 3 overs), Poonam Yadav (1/14 in 4 overs) and skipper Harmanpreet Kaur (1/10 in 4 overs) were economical as well picked wickets at regular intervals. India's strategy of packing off-side cordon and bowling wide of stumps, paid off as Ireland were never in the chase conceding as many as 65 dot balls (nea..
                 

Mumbai Indians retains 18 players; releases Duminy, Cummins, Rahman

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Mumbai Indians have retained 18 players including their skipper Rohit Sharma but released some top international stars like JP Duminy and fast bowling duo of Pat Cummins and Bangladesh's Mustafizur Rahman ahead of the 2019 Indian Premier League players' auction. The franchise has also released 10 players which include one capped, five uncapped and four international cricketers. All-rounder Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Mayank Markande, Aditya Tare, Ishan Kisan, Rahul Chahar, Anukul Roy and Suryakumar Yadav have been retained by the three-time champions. To maintain the mix of experience and youth, the franchise has also retained Kieron Pollard, Ben Cutting, destructive opener Evin Lewis and Kiwi pair of Mitchell McClenaghan and Adam Milne. The management has also backed Australia's T20 specialist Jason Behrendorff after the left-arm quick was recalled to the national side to face the Proteas. Rohit -- the most successful captain in IPL -- will continue to lead the ..
                 

Wasim Akram's wife Shaniera: Do not let a diabetic person suffer alone

yesterday  
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Former Pakistan cricket captain Wasim Akram's wife Shaniera had a word of advice for families who have a near one suffering with diabetes, on the World Diabetes Day yesterday. Akram, 52, who was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 30, has not let the illness come in his way of success and his family played a major role in him being fit. Yesterday, Shaniera tweeted: "If your loved one is a diabetic then so are you! Eat healthier, sleep earlier and exercise together. Don't let a diabetic suffer alone. Not only are you reducing your risk of Diabetes you are also making life easier for the person you love #WorldDiabetesDay #DiabetesTogether." Earlier, she tweeted: "My sister has juvenile diabetes, I was diagnosed with gestational diabetes when I was pregnant, my husband has Type 1 and over 25% of people in Pakistan are living with diabetes today." 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..
                 

Ashish Nehra: Pacers will face big challenge in Australia

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The Indian pace attack has been a revelation this year during overseas tours but tougher conditions in Australia will make it a very challenging series for the fast bowlers, reckons former speedster Ashish Nehra. Nehra, who was a part of the Indian squad that drew 1-1 during the 2003-04 series in Australia, felt the current attack "has the ability" to succeed but conditions will be different than what they got in England and South Africa. "The Australian team are going through a massive restructuring and this is India's best chance without doubt. We have the bowling attack to beat them. But we need to be mindful that conditions will be much tougher Down Under where the wickets will be flat and weather would be on warmer side," Nehra said. "In Australia, you will get extra bounce but there will only be lateral movement till the Kookaburra seam doesn't flatten. It won't be like England where the ball swings all day. Once you get adjusted to the bounce, batsmen can hit you all day," sa..
                 

Ailing Oz pacer John Hastings quits, fearing he may bleed to death

yesterday  
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Australian fast bowler John Hastings has retired from all forms of cricket fearing a mystery ailment could lead him to bleed to death on the field. The burly all-rounder, who has represented his country in all three formats of the game, revealed last month he was struggling with an illness that causes him to cough up blood whenever he bowls. He first noticed the issue several years ago and despite a battery of tests and operations is no closer to knowing why it happens. "It's (only) when I bowl. The pressure at the crease, little blood vessels in my lungs burst," he told The Age newspaper in Melbourne on Wednesday. "That determines that I cough up blood on a regular basis when I'm trying to bowl. It's a really scary thing." The 33-year-old, who was planning to play in Australia's Twenty20 Big Bash League next month, said he was otherwise healthy. His decision to pull the pin came after doctors were unable to reassure him that he wouldn't bleed to death on the cricket pitch. "I'm train..
                 

Mahmudullah gives Bangladesh the edge vs Zimbabwe

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Mahmudullah Riyad scored his first Test century in more than eight years as Bangladesh set Zimbabwe a towering 443-run target to win the second Test in Dhaka on Wednesday. The hosts began their victory push, reducing Zimbabwe to 76-2 at stumps on the fourth day after Mahmudullah's unbeaten 101 off 122 balls helped the side declare the second innings on 224-6. Off-spinner Mehidy Hasan broke a 68-run opening stand by removing Hamilton Masakadza for 25 after he dropped the Zimbabwe captain on five off debutant pacer Khaled Ahmed. Mehidy also dropped Brian Chari on naught but fellow spinner Taijul Islam dismissed the opener for 43 soon after Bangladesh got their first breakthrough. Brendon Taylor and Sean Williams remained at the crease on four and two respectively, facing a monumental task to win or avoid a loss as Zimbabwe still trailed the hosts by 367 runs. Zimbabwe lead the two-match series 1-0 after last week's victory in Sylhet -- their first away Test win in 17 years. A draw in t..
                 

Bleeding on lungs sees Aussie paceman John Hastings retire

2 days ago  
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Australian fast bowler John Hastings has retired from all forms of cricket fearing a mystery ailment could lead him to bleed to death on the field. The burly all-rounder, who has represented his country in all three formats of the game, revealed last month he was struggling with an illness that causes him to cough up blood whenever he bowls.He first noticed the issue several years ago and despite a battery of tests and operations is no closer to knowing why it happens. "It's (only) when I bowl. The pressure at the crease, little blood vessels in my lungs burst," he told The Age newspaper in Melbourne on Wednesday. "That determines that I cough up blood on a regular basis when I'm trying to bowl. It's a really scary thing."  The 33-year-old, who was planning to play in Australia's Twenty20 Big Bash League next month, said he was otherwise healthy. His decision to pull the pin came after doctors were unable to reassure him that he wouldn't bleed to death on the cricket pitc..
                 

Women's World T20: Group A to remain in St. Lucia

2 days ago  
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The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday confirmed that the Group A of the ongoing Women's World Twenty 20 will remain in Saint Lucia. Extreme weather has seen 40% more rainfall in Saint Lucia in the first 10 days of the month than the island would usually see in the whole of November. Confirming the same, ICC head of events Chris Tetley said that the decision has been taken after exploring alternative options. He further asserted that moving the Group A match to Antigua might not help either as rain forecast at the venue would impact their ability to prepare the playing surfaces for any relocated fixtures. 'Our absolute priority is to do everything we can to play cricket and as such in light of the forecast in Saint Lucia, we explored alternative options for group A games. After considering a range of factors including a detailed analysis of weather forecasts in both Saint Lucia and Antigua and an inspection of the square and outfield in Antigua, we have taken the decision..
                 

Akila Dananjaya likely to miss third Test against England

2 days ago  
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Sri Lanka spinner Akila Dananjaya will most likely miss the third Test of the ongoing three-match Series against England as he is set to travel to Brisbane for biometric testing of his bowling action. The 25-year-old was reported for a suspect bowling action following their first Test against England. Giving out further information in the matter, Sri Lanka team manager Jeryl Woutersz said that the right-arm bowler would leave for the bowling action test after the second match adding that Dananjaya might not be able to come back in time for the third Test. "We're hoping to get Akila down to Colombo the day the second Test ends, and send him on from there," ESPNcricinfo.com quoted Woutersz, as saying. "At this stage, it doesn't seem like he will be able to be back in time for the third Test,' he added. Sri Lanka are trailing the ongoing Test series against England 0-1 after losing their opening match by 211 runs. The second Test is slated to be held from November 14 at Pallekele Inter..
                 

Rohit Sharma rested for India 'A' opener in New Zealand

2 days ago  
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Keeping in mind his recent workload, Rohit Sharma was on Tuesday rested for India A's first unofficial Test in New Zealand after being named in the squad originally. Rohit, who has made a comeback to the Test side, will now leave for Australia with India's T20 squad on Friday. "Rohit Sharma has been advised rest by the BCCI Medical Team in consultation with the team management and the All-India Senior Selection Committee. The decision was taken keeping in mind his recent workload," said the BCCI in a statement. The senior batsman has made the Test team on the back of his stellar performances in limited overs cricket. He was picked for the four-day game alongside senior players such as Ajinkya Rahane, Murali Vijay, Hanuma Vihari, Parthiv Patel and young Prithvi Shaw, who are all part of the India squad for the four-Test series in Australia. India A coach Rahul Dravid had pointed out that playing in New Zealand ahead of the Australia tour would provide valuable match time to the senio..
                 

Shoaib Malik calls for more MNCs to support Pakistan hockey team

3 days ago  
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Pakistani cricketer Shoaib Malik has urged more Multinational Corporation (MNC) companies to come forward and support the national sport of hockey, after news of appliances giant Haier agreeing to become Pakistan Hockey Federation's (PHF) title sponsor for three years was announced recently. PHF's official Twitter handle wrote: "To bring Pakistan Hockey back to its glory, Haier Pakistan has taken the step to fulfill this mission. Haier Pakistan has agreed to sponsor the PHF and Hockey Team till 2020....." Yesterday, replying to PHF, Malik, who is also India tennis star Sania Mirza's husband, tweeted: "Excellent news! Wish more and more MNCs come forward to support our national sport iA." Interestingly, until a week ago, Pakistan was not sure of taking part in the hockey World Cup as the PHF had no money to send the team to India. 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..
                 

Pandya brothers reunite with fellow MI all-rounder Pollard in Mumbai

3 days ago  
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Hardik Pandya shared a picture on Tuesday with his brother Krunal Pandya and his Mumbai Indians' teammate Kieron Pollard. Kieron Pollard who is in India after participating in the India vs West Indies T20I series, was seen partying with the Pandya brothers in Mumbai, after a hard fought series.       View this post on Instagram I had to hold my phone pretty high to fit Big Polly into the frame 😂 Happy to see you again my brother 😘 ❤ A post shared by Hardik Pandya (@hardikpandya93) onNov 12, 2018 at 9:55pm PST Kieron Pollard has had a forgettable T20I tour of India with scores of 14 and 6, which puts his spot in the West Indies squad in doubt for the future. Hardik Pandya has been out of action lately, after he injured his back during an ODI versus Pakistan in the Asia Cup earlier this year. The all-rounder however has been enjoying his time off the pitch with his new pet dog named Bentley. Krunal Pandya is on a..
                 

Mohammad Shami banking on videos to click in Australia

3 days ago  
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India pacer Mohammed Shami on Monday said they are preparing for the Australia series by watching videos of their opponents in order to get the line and length right. The Indian pace attack impressed in England but it's the batsmen who let them down to lose the series 1-4. "As a fast bowling unit, we did well in England. We are preparing for the Australia series and watching a lot of videos. The plan is to focus on the series as much as possible as the opponents are very strong. We will work on getting the line and length right," Shami told reporters here. Shami, who was part of the Test and ODI squads in their just concluded series against West Indies, was back home and visited the Eden Gardens on the sidelines of Bengal's Ranji Trophy match against Madhya Pradesh. "We will always try to do our best. Winning or losing also depends on luck. We will give our 100 per cent," Shami said. India will play four Test matches against Australia with the first five-day contest commencing in Ade..
                 

Probe panel summons BCCI chief, secretary

4 days ago  
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The three-member probe panel has summoned acting BCCI president CK Khanna and acting secretary Amitabh Choudhary to join treasurer Anirudh Chaudhry for deposition in the alleged sexual harassment case against CEO Rahul Johri. While treasurer Anirudh had emailed to the probe panel on Friday, offering to assist the panel in its probe against Johri, Khanna and Amitabh received mails from the panel yesterday asking them for deposition. "Yes both CK Khanna and Amitabh have received mails to join Anirudh for a deposition in the sexual harassment case on Monday at the BCCI headquarters," a senior BCCI official told PTI today. With all three principal office bearers being called for deposition, the issue is becoming serious by the day. "This is the right decision by the panel to call all the office bearers for helping them assist in the probe. I believe all the employees (male and female) of BCCI should also be called for deposition," the official added. As of now, the only high profile de..
                 

Sourav Ganguly terms Wriddhiman Saha best 'keeper in last 5-10 years'

4 days ago  
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A shoulder injury has forced Wriddhiman Saha out of action as of now but he has been India's best wicketkeeper in the last five to ten years, reckons former captain Sourav Ganguly. The 34-year-old Saha, who has been India's number one wicketkeeper in Test cricket since MS Dhoni's retirement in December 2014, is undergoing rehab for his shoulder surgery. "He's out of the team for about a year now but I think in the last five to 10 years' he has been India's best glovesman. Hope he recovers soon," Ganguly said. The former captain spoke during the launch of 'Wiki', a sports fiction written by senior journalist Gautam Bhattacharya. The book chronicles the journey of a struggling wicketkeeper and how he makes it big. Young Rishabh Pant has made an impressive start to his Test career and he will take flight for the upcoming Australia tour. Parthiv Patel is also in the squad as a backup to Pant. Saha, who has played 32 Tests and scored 1164 runs including three hundreds, last played in the ..
                 

Miller, Faf guide South Africa to ODI series win vs Australia

4 days ago  
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David Miller and Faf du Plessis plundered big-hitting centuries in a batting masterclass as South Africa beat Australia by 40 runs to win their one-day series and inflict another defeat on Justin Langer's misfiring side. The pair shared in a 252-run stand to power the Proteas to 320-5 in the third and final match in Hobart -- a record fourth wicket partnership by South Africa against the hosts in Australia. They came together at 55-3 in the 16th over with Miller swatting 139 for his fifth limited-overs century and skipper du Plessis smashing 125 -- his 10th one-day ton. A composed Shaun Marsh cracked a fighting 106 in the run chase, ably supported by Marcus Stoinis (63) and Alex Carey (42) -- an improvement on recent batting displays but still not good enough. Pace spearheads Kagiso Rabada and Dale Steyn both took three wickets in controlled and disciplined spells. The victory handed South Africa their first ODI series win in Australia since 2009 and left Australia with plenty to pond..
                 

Pakistan's Imam hospitalised after blow on the head

5 days ago  
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Pakistan beat New Zealand by six wickets in the second ODI in Abu Dhabi on Friday but the match was overshadowed by an injury to opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq, 22, who was taken to hospital after being hit on the head by a short ball. Imam, on 16, was forced to retire after a delivery from fast bowler Lockie Ferguson hit the grille of his helmet, making him dizzy before he fell to the ground. His eyes were closed, but he did not lose consciousness. Team management said that the batsman would undergo CT scans and be monitored for the next 48 hours. However, the Pakistan Cricket Board later said that scans had shown that the player had suffered no damage. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day mana..
                 

India eye T20I whitewash against West Indies in Chennai today

5 days ago  
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Having already clinched the three-match rubber 2-0, India will be looking for a clean sweep against the West Indies when the two sides face off in the final T20 International at the MA Chidambaram Stadium here today. However, Chennai fans will miss their favourite "Thala" in former India skipper MS Dhoni, who has been dropped from the ongoing T20I series and also the forthcoming T20I rubber in Australia. With the series already in India's kitty, after wins in Kolkata and Lucknow, the team management had decided to rest pacers Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah, and chinaman Kuldeep Yadav for the final match. In such a scenario, the home side would look to test their reserve players like Shreyas Iyer, Washington Sundar and the uncapped Shahbaz Nadeem. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility o..
                 

Oz legend Neil Harvey does not want ban lifted for tainted trio

5 days ago  
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Although Shane Warne believes that Australia desperately need Steven Smith, David Warner and Cameron Bancroft back, another cricket legend in that country, Neil Harvey, 90, says he does not feel that the ball tampering-caused bans should be lifted. Smith and Warner were banned for one year, while Bancroft was suspended for nine months. Harvey, the only surviving member of Don Bradman's 1948 Invincibles (they were called that because they ended their tour of England unbeaten), feels the players must complete the ban period considering what they did in Cape Town earlier this year. When pointed out that their absence could lead to Australia's loss to India this summer, Harvey said: "Australia have lost to many teams in their presence. If they decide to bring them back, Australia's reputation in world cricket will take a beating, so I won't support the move. Australia have the bowlers, let them win it for the team." Asked if the late Sir Don Bradman would have supported the ban, New Sou..
                 

Imam-ul-Haq suffers horrific head injury after getting hit by a bouncer

6 days ago  
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Pakistan beat New Zealand by six wickets in the second day-night international in Abu Dhabi on Friday but the match was overshadowed by a worrying injury to opening batsman Imam-ul-Haq who was taken to hospital after being hit on the head by a short ball. Imam, on 16, was forced to retire after a short delivery from fast bowler Lockie Ferguson hit the grill of his helmet, making him dizzy before he fell to the ground. His eyes were closed but he did not lose consciousness. Team management originally said that the 22-year-old would undergo CT scans and be monitored for the next 48 hours. However, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) later said that scans had shown that the player had suffered no damage. "Imam-ul-Haq all scans clear. He joined the team and will remain under observation of Team Physio," the PCB tweeted. On the pitch, pace bowler Shaheen Shah Afridi recorded his career best bowling while opener Fakhar Zaman hit a half century to help Pakistan to a series-levelling victor..
                 

'Best team' comment didn't come up in meeting, says Ravi Shastri

6 days ago  
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Ravi Shastri has rubbished a news agency report that quoted an unnamed BCCI official as saying that a member of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) told the Indian cricket team's head coach that the people should judge whether this is India's best travelling team in the last 15 years. Shastri made the 'best in 15 years' comment after India lost the fourth Test against England at Southampton. India had a chance of evening out the scoreline in Southampton since they won the third Test at Trent Bridge. In the end, England won the Pataudi Trophy at the Oval 4-1. "The truth is that it [15-year comment] didn't even come up. The so-called source needs to do some target practice. He is aiming Paris, hitting Tokyo," Shastri told mid-day. India coach Ravi Shastri during a net session at Edgbaston in Birmingham last August. Pic/Getty Images When asked whether he was disappointed that the contents of a confidential meeting between the team's core group (Shastri, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and..
                 

In a first, DRS to be used in ICC Women's T20 World Cup

7 days ago  
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The Decision Review System (DRS), using ball-tracking and edge detection technology, will make its first appearance at an International Cricket Council (ICC) World Twenty20 event, which will be implemented from this year's women's edition slated to commence in the West Indies on Friday. The tournament, which has been separated from the men¿s event for the first time to give its own identity and place in the international cricket calendar, will see all matches being broadcast live for the first time in more than 200 countries around the world. "Building on the momentum from last year¿s ICC Cricket World Cup which broke all viewership records with 180 million people watching the final, the coverage is part of the ICC¿s commitment to accelerating the growth of the women's game. It also reflects a growing demand for women's cricket. 70 per cent of cricket¿s one billion plus fans said they wanted more coverage of the women's game in the recent ICC global market..
                 

Kohli urges fans to keep it light, says he's all for freedom of choice

7 days ago  
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Facing severe backlash for his controversial response to a fan, India captain Virat Kohli Thursday said that he is all for "freedom of choice" urging fans to "take it light". Kohli courted controversy on Wednesday when he asked a fan to "leave the country" while responding to his comment that he found the Indian skipper over-rated. His remarks did not go down well with the Twitterati, who trolled him for his unsavoury comments. "I guess trolling isn't for me guys, I'll stick to getting trolled! I spoke about how "these Indians" was mentioned in the comment and that's all. I'm all for freedom of choice. Keep it light guys and enjoy the festive season. Love and peace to all," Kohli, who was in a damage control mode, tweeted. I guess trolling isn't for me guys, I'll stick to getting trolled! 😁I spoke about how "these Indians" was mentioned in the comment and that's all. I’m all for freedom of choice. 🙏 Keep it light g..
                 

Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath to retire after first England Test

7 days ago  
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Sri Lanka's Rangana Herath, the most successful left-arm bowler in Test history, has announced his retirement after the first Test against England at the Galle International Stadium, starting November 6. Herath, who is the last active Test cricketer to have made his debut in the 1990s, currently holds the No.7 spot in the ICC Test bowlers rankings, according to an International Cricket Council (ICC) statement. The 40-year-old has picked up 430 Test wickets at an average of 27.95, with 34 five-wicket hauls and nine 10-wicket hauls in 92 Tests. Having made his Test debut at the Galle International Stadium in 1999, Herath needs just one wicket to join the legendary Muttiah Muralitharan to take 100 wickets at the venue. "We respect and support Rangana's decision. Even though his retirement will be a big loss for Sri Lanka Cricket. We wish to thank him for the invaluable contribution he has made to Sri Lanka Cricket," said Ashley de Silva, the CEO of Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). Herath also..
                 

Umpires call out Shiva Singh's unconventional 360 degree delivery

7 days ago  
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Uttar Pradesh's young left arm spinner Shiva Singh's unconventional delivery stride with a 360-degree rotation during a CK Nayudu Trophy match against Bengal was called a dead ball by the umpires but his bizarre move did generate a lot of discussion. During Bengal's second innings, Shiva, who was a member of the Prithvi Shaw-led India U-19 World Cup champion team, suddenly twirled before loading up and then sent down the delivery. The 50-second video went viral after India's greatest left-arm spinner Bishan Bedi tweeted it and termed it "weird". However, even before Shiva had completed his delivery, umpire Vinod Seshan signalled dead ball, much to the frustration of the bowler. The match is being played at the Bengal Cricket Academy ground at Kalyani. The match was halted briefly as the umpire explained to Shiva why the delivery, as per the MCC's Laws, is illegal. According to MCC's clause 20.4.2.7, "either umpire shall call and signal dead ball when there is an instance or delibera..
                 

Kohli tells fan 'you should not live in India', gets trolled online

8 days ago  
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India cricket captain Virat Kohli has been criticised on social media for saying that those who enjoy watching English and Australian batsmen more should leave India. In a video released on his new app, Kohli is seen replying to mean online messages from fans. In one message read by Kohli, a fan claims that he is an "over-rated batsman and I see nothing special in his batting. I enjoy watching English and Australian batsmen more." In reply, Kohli says: "Okay, I don't think you should live in India then. You should go and live somewhere else, no? Why are you living in our country and loving other countries? I don't mind you not liking me but I don't think you should live in our country and like other things. Get your priorities right." Online users have not taken kindly to Kohli's remarks. "Asking a citizen to leave his own country is not up to you Virat," wrote one user. Here are some reactions by Twitter users on Virat Kohli's comment: Nationalist @imVkohli playing next world cu..
                 

43 runs in one over! New Zealanders Carter, Hampton create history

8 days ago  
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Joe Carter and Brett Hampton created history for Northern Districts in New Zeakand's domestic one-day cricket tournament by smashing 43 runs off one over. Central Districts medium pacer Willem Ludick made it worse by bowling two no-balls. Hampton smashed a boundary in the first ball of the over, then stuck two sixes off two successive no-ball deliveries, hit another six before taking a single off the third ball. Joe Carter then smashed three sixes off the last three deliveries. Ludick finished with figures of 1-85 off 10 overs. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Except for the change in headline, the story has been provided "AS-IS," "AS AVAILABLE, without any verification or editing from our side. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the t..
                 

SL vs ENG: Foakes, Moeen put England on top

8 days ago  
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England spinners led by Moeen Ali helped dismiss Sri Lanka for 203 and build on their advantage after wicketkeeper-batsman Ben Foakes' debut ton in the first Test on Wednesday. The islanders conceded a 139-run lead in response to England's 342 after being bowled out in the final session of play on day two on a turning Galle pitch notorious for its low scores. Ali claimed four wickets and was ably supported by fellow spinners Jack Leach and Adil Rashid who took two each. England were 38 for no loss at stumps in their second innings, stretching their lead to 177 runs. Debutant Rory Burns, on 11, and Keaton Jennings, on 26, were batting at close of play. But it was Foakes who stood out with his patient yet effective batting in England's first essay to give the team a challenging total after electing to bat first. The 25-year-old Foakes, who replaced injured Jonny Bairstow converted his overnight 87 to 107 in the morning session to become only the fifth wicketkeeper-batsman to score a hu..
                 

Wasim Jaffer: The legend of Indian cricket's domestic circuit

9 days ago  
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Wasim Jaffer is known as one of the stalwarts of Indian cricket. He might be one of those extra-ordinary Indian batsmen, whose exploits in the domestic circuit completely outweigh his achievements in the international arena. On this day, on November 7, 1996, a young 18-year-old caught Indian cricket fans and pundits’ attention, when he scored an unbeaten 314 for Mumbai against Saurashtra in only his second first-class game. Wasim Jaffer proved himself to be yet another awe-worthy product of Mumbai’s batting machinery. As we remember the massive knock on its 22-year anniversary. Let’s take a look at Wasim Jaffer’s statistics in domestic cricket and compare it to his statistics in his international career. Wasim Jaffer has played for India pretty comprehensively in Tests as an opening batsman. The right-handed bat has played in 31 Tests, scoring 1944 runs, which included 5 centuries, at an average of 34. The statistics are descent, considering the fact that Jaf..
                 

Zimbabwe coach Lalchand Rajput hails team's win over Bangladesh

9 days ago  
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It took 17 long years for Zimbabwe to register their first overseas Test win, as they beat Bangladesh by 151 runs in Sylhet, near Dhaka, yesterday. Debutant leg-spinner Brandon Mavuta (4-21) and Sikandar Raza (3-41) shared seven wickets between them to bundle out the hosts for 169 in their chase of 321 for victory at the Sylhet International Cricket Stadium. The win has taken a long time coming, admits Zimbabwe's head coach and former India opening batsman Lalchand Rajput, who coached India when MS Dhoni & Co won the 2007 World T20 title in South Africa. "The hard work that we put in during the 45-day camp [August-September] at Harare has paid off. The emphasis was mainly on strengthening our batting abilities. The front-foot defence without wearing pads, stepping out for drives and sweep shows were some of the areas of concentration for our batsmen. They worked really hard and that too on turning wickets. Now, the results are there for all to see," Rajput, who took over as coach ..
                 

Diwali comes early for India as Rohit Sharma and Co clinch 71-run win

9 days ago  
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When Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan are in top flight there is little the opposition can do but admire and hope that they can replicate it when it's their turn to bat. But rarely does it happen, and surely not when this West Indies team are involved. FireworksIt was fireworks on Diwali eve at the newly-named AB Vajpayee stadium, as Rohit hammered his fourth T20I century and along with Dhawan (43), put on 123 for the opening wicket in just 14 overs to set the foundation for a big total. Once Dhawan left, it was Rohit all the way, as he reached his century in just 58 balls and remained unbeaten on 111 from 61 deliveries with six sixes and eight boundaries. Once India had posted 195 for two in their 20 overs, the pressure was entirely on the West Indies batsmen. And not for the first time, they failed to live up to the task. They were restricted to a mere 124 for nine, giving Rohit his 10th win in 11 T20I games as skipper. Bhuvneshwar Kumar took 2-12 With the 71-run win, India clinche..
                 

Gambhir steps down as Delhi Ranji captain, Nitish Rana takes over

10 days ago  
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Gautam Gambhir was Monday replaced by Nitish Rana as Delhi's Ranji captain after the team's seniormost player decided to make way for someone younger at the top position. "Time to pass the captaincy baton to youngsters, hence have requested the DDCA selectors not to consider me for that role. I will be in the background helping the new leader to win games," Gambhir tweeted. The 24-year-old Rana is a middle-order batsman, who has an average of 46.29 in 24 first-class appearances so far. The 26-year-old Shorey has 21 first-class matches to his credit and is a top-order batsman. "Gautam has intimated the state team's chief selector Amit Bhandari that he would like to opt out of captaincy. He suggested that someone younger be groomed for the job. Nitish Rana will lead the side and Dhruv Shorey will be his deputy," Delhi and Districts Cricket Association (DDCA) president Rajat Sharma told PTI. "We would have loved to have Gautam leading the team. At the same time, I am happy that Gautam ..
                 

IPL: 'Unsettled' Shikhar Dhawan moves to Daredevils from Sunrisers

10 days ago  
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Sunrisers Hyderabad have traded an "unsettled" Shikhar Dhawan to Delhi Daredevils in a move that will see the India opener play for the IPL franchise of his home city after 10 years. In exchange of Dhawan, Delhi have released all-rounder Vijay Shankar, spinner Shahbaz Nadeem and the young Abhishek Sharma to Sunrisers. Dhawan was bought back by Sunrisers in the auction earlier this year through Right to Match card for Rs 5.2 crore. The southpaw was unhappy about his price tag, leading to the move to Delhi where he played in the inaugural IPL in 2008. "It is with a heavy heart that we announce that one of our long standing players, Shikhar Dhawan, will be playing for another franchise in 2019. We were delighted to pick Shikhar up in the auction after using one of its RTM cards," said Sunrisers in a statement. "Unfortunately, it has become apparent that the player has been unsettled ever since with the amount he was bought for in the auction, which we cannot rectify due to IPL rules. W..
                 

1st T20I: Hopefully we can learn from these mistakes, says Rohit Sharma

11 days ago  
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Skipper Rohit Sharma hoped they will learn from the mistakes which put India in a spot of the bother before crossing the line in the first T20 International against West Indies here Sunday. Chasing 110, India were struggling at 45 for four in the eighth over when Dinesh Karthik took control of the proceedings at the Eden Gardens. First in the company of KL Rahul and then debutant Krunal Pandya (21 of 9 balls), Karthik helped the hosts break a four-match winless run. "(We) knew the chase wasn't going to be easy. Hopefully we can learn from these mistakes," Sharma said at the post-match presentation ceremony. India prevailed over the visitors by five wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. "Exceptional performance with the ball. There was a lot on offer for the seamers. Even with spinners, it wasn't easy. Overall there was little bit for every department. To start with, we bowled well - good areas. Used the conditions perfectly," Sharma said. Wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav ..
                 

IND vs WI: Gastric problem rules out Bhuvneshwar Kumar at Eden Gardens

11 days ago  
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Bhuvneshwar Kumar was yesterday forced to pull out of the first T20I against the West Indies here at the Eden Gardens due to a gastric problem. Bhuvneshwar was named in the 12-member team released on the eve of the match, but his unavailability forced India to make a last-minute change. Bhuvneshwar stayed back at the hotel. He is expected to be available for the second T20I in Lucknow on November 6. "Bhuvneshwar Kumar has a gastric complaint and is expected to be fit for the second T20I in Lucknow," the BCCI media manager said. Pacer Umesh Yadav took Bhuvneshwar's place in the playing XI while chinaman Kuldeep Yadav was picked ahead of leggie Yuzvendra Chahal. India also handed debuts to left-arm spin-bowling all-rounder Krunal Pandya and left-arm quick Khaleel Ahmed. West Indies — had three debutants — fast bowler Oshane Thomas, left-arm spin-bowling all-rounder Khary Pierre, and batting all-rounder Fabian Allen. Catch up on all the latest T20 news and updates here. Al..
                 

1st T20I: India beat West Indies but not without a scare

11 days ago  
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Team India drew first blood in T20I series as well, beating the West Indies by five wickets at the Eden Gardens here yesterday, but not before they had been given a little scare. Defending a modest 109, debutant Oshane Thomas launched a Caribbean comeback by removing skipper Rohit Sharma in the very first over and Shikhar Dhawan in his next to set the cat among the pigeons. With skipper Carlos Brathwaite getting into the act and knocking down two more, the Indians were suddenly 45 for four in the eighth over and looking vulnerable. Both bowlers had cranked up the pace and found disconcerting bounce. A 38-run partnership for the fifth wicket between Manish Pandey and Dinesh Karthik put the hosts back on course. Debutant Krunal Pandya joined Karthik to lend the finishing touches as India romped home with 13 balls to spare. Karthik, who kept wickets, remained unbeaten on 31 off 34 with three boundaries and a six. West Indies, put in to bat, never quite recovered from early blows. The to..
                 

Dale Steyn claimed 2/18 in 7 overs

11 days ago  
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South Africa hammered Australia by six wickets in the first one-day international in Perth on Sunday, with a Dale Steyn-led pace onslaught exposing their batting frailties. Set 153 to win, Proteas' openers Quinton de Kock (47) and Reeza Hendricks (44) helped secure victory with 124 balls to spare, leaving Australia with plenty to ponder ahead of the second of the three-game series in Adelaide on Friday. The hosts came into the clash having lost 16 of their past 18 ODIs and with the reverberations of a ball-tampering scandal this year still hanging over them. Coach Justin Langer was hoping they could put a smile back on the faces of fans in their first game on home soil since the cheating row boiled over in March. But without the banned Steve Smith and David Warner, their batsmen were exposed once again in a stadium full of empty seats. They were bowled out for just 152 in 38.1 overs with Nathan Coulter-Nile (34) and Alex Carey (33) the only ones to offer any resistance. Veteran Steyn..
                 

Ambati Rayudu retires from first-class cricket

12 days ago  
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India's ODI specialist Ambati Rayudu Saturday announced his retirement from first-class cricket to focus on one dayers and T20s. The 33-year-old Rayudu is one of the key members of the Indian ODI side but has never played Test cricket. "This is to inform that Ambati Rayudu, Hyderabad captain and member of the India ODI team, has decided to retire from longer version of the game including Ranji Trophy (multi day) to focus on limited overs cricket and T20 cricket," Hyderabad Cricket Association said in a press release. "He will continue to play international and domestic matches of shorter version. He has thanked BCCI, Hyderabad Cricket Association, Andhra Cricket Association, Baroda Cricket Association and Vidharbha Cricket Association," the release further stated. Rayudu, who recently made a comeback in the Indian team by virtue of a successful IPL for Chennai Super Kings, is being seen as India's number four batsman going into the ODI World Cup in England. He recently had a product..
                 

Kings XI Punjab and Virender Sehwag part ways

12 days ago  
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Virender Sehwag on Saturday announced that he will not be part of the Kings XI Punjab dressing room next IPL after mentoring the team in the previous three seasons. Sehwag's future at KXIP became unclear after the team appointed former New Zealand coach Mike Hesson on a two-year contract earlier this week, replacing Australian Brad Hodge. "All good things must come to an end and I've had a wonderful time at Kings 11 (sic) Punjab, for 2 seasons as a player and 3 as a mentor. My association with Kings 11 (sic) comes to an end and I am thankful for the time I have had here and wish the team all the very best for the times ahead," tweeted Sehwag. The former India opener had become KXIP's mentor in 2016 after being a player for two seasons. KXIP have never won the IPL and their last appearance in the play-offs came in 2014, when they lost to Kolkata Knight Riders in the final. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to ..
                 

Krunal Pandya set for T20I debut against West Indies today

12 days ago  
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All-rounder Krunal Pandya in all likelihood will make his senior India debut after being named in the final 12 for the first T20 International against West Indies here on Sunday. Krunal, elder brother of star all-rounder Hardik Pandya, was part of the squad for the three T20I series in England this summer, but didn't get a game. On match eve, Krunal had a lengthy batting and bowling sessions at the nets under bowling coach Bharat Arun. Catch up on all the latest sports news and updates here. Also download the new mid-day Android and iOS apps to get latest updates This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever..
                 

What sort of joke is this? asks Michael Jeh on Sutherland's remarks

13 days ago  
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