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Anil Kumble and Virender Sehwag can be selectors for India - Sourav Ganguly

Staff Writer Updated: 24 August, 2019, 5:24 PM IST


Former India skipper Sourav Ganguly feels both Anil Kumble and Virender Sehwag can become selectors. Speaking to India Today, he stated that Sehwag and Kumble are visionary characters, who can take Indian cricket forward.

"If Anil Kumble becomes a selector, what else could be better than that? He brings honesty, experience and has been such a huge cricketer for India. Even Sehwag would make a good selector. He has courage and vision. He played his cricket in a way which contributed to wins. His analysis and reaction in big matches was second to none. So he will definitely do a good job. Both Anil Kumble and Virender Sehwag can be selectors for India," he said.

Earlier, Sehwag had proposed Kumble’s name for the head of the selection committee. He had urged the governing body of Indian cricket to increase the pay bracket in order to get people like Kumble on board.

Sourav echoed Sehwag’s sentiments.

"Definitely, selectors should get good money. Because selector's is one of the most crucial positions in cricket. And the coach works with the team that selector picks. Coach has his inputs but the final decisions are made by the selectors," Ganguly added.

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Rashid Khan becomes youngest skipper to win a Test match as Afghanistan beat Bangladesh

AP Updated: 9 September, 2019, 6:29 PM IST


Afghanistan captain Rashid Khan claimed a career-best 6-59 amid the threat of rain, sealing a 224-run win over Bangladesh on Monday in a one-off test.

The six-for in the second innings, his third five-for or more in a row, took him to 11-104 in the match, alongside scoring 51 runs in the first innings. In doing so, he joined Pakistan's Imran Khan and Australia's Alan Border to have scored a half-century and taken 10 wickets while debuting as captain.

Left-arm spinner Zahir Khan complemented Rashid with 3-59.

A shower on the morning of the fifth day forced a delayed start with Afghanistan four wickets from victory. When it finally started, it lasted only seven minutes and 13 balls before more rain fell, with Bangladesh at 146-6.

Afghanistan got the prized wicket of Shakib Al Hasan on the first ball, when the Bangladesh captain played an expensive cut shot against left-arm spinner Zahir Khan.

Shakib scored 44 runs for Bangladesh in the innings.

Rashid's relentless attacking bowling had Mehidy Hasan (12) and Taijul Islam (0) flummoxed by googly. The captain then got the last recognized batsman, Soumya Sarkar, who spooned a catch to short-leg for 15.

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I got overwhelmed by the emotion and broke down: Kohli on his father's demise

Harshit Anand Updated: 9 September, 2019, 5:17 PM IST


It is never easy to deal with the loss of your beloved one that too early on in your life. Virat Kohli was just 18 when he lost his father in 2006. We have all heard about the courage with which he came out to bat in a Ranji trophy game Karnataka that too despite the passing away of his father. He batted brilliantly and helped his state side, Delhi, draw that game against Karnataka.

After a long time, Virat Kohli has again opened up on that unfortunate incident and what he went through in aftermath of the sad demise of his father.

“I was playing a four-day game at the time and was supposed to resume batting the next day when this (father passed) happened at 230 odd in the morning. We all woke up but had no idea what to do. I literally saw him breathe his last,” told Graham Bensinger in an interview.

“We drove him to the hospital where unfortunately they could not help revive him. My family broke down but I could not cry and there was no emotion. I could not register what had happened and I was blank.

“I called my coach in the morning and told him what had happened and that I wanted to play because leaving a cricket match was not acceptable to me no matter what.

“While my teammates were consoling me in the dressing room I got overwhelmed by the emotion and broke down.

“Now I feel like it was the most impactful thing to have happened in my life. I came back from the game for the last rites, and promised my brother that I will play for India. My father was keen that I play for India and that was when everything in life became second priority. Cricket became first priority.

“Falling down and fighting back is part of sport and life, but the ability to comeback made me realise that one incident had made me so strong.

“The ability to comeback became so much stronger and right now I feel grateful that I could get the kind of strength from such a difficult point in life,” concluded India's skipper.

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Media is hyping Jasprit Bumrah's rise in international cricket - Kagiso Rabada

Staff Writer Updated: 9 September, 2019, 5:04 PM IST


Kagiso Rabada has lost his touch since his injury in the last edition of the IPL. The South African pacer was below average during the World Cup in England and Wales. He is not hogging limelight these days and the fans have started liking two other pacers - Jasprit Bumrah and Jofra Archer.

Bumrah has been phenomenal since making his debut, while Archer has done wonders for England. The two pacers played an important role for their teams in the World Cup and were lauded for their performances during the course of the tournament.

Archer has been impressive in the ongoing Ashes against Australia. Bumrah, on the other hand, was pick of the bowler in a two-match Test series against the Windies. He became the third India bowler to pick-up a hat-trick in Whites.

Meanwhile, ahead of the T20 series against India, Rabada lauded Bumrah and Archer but also took a dig at media for hyping such players.

“I admire those bowlers, they are good bowlers,” Rabada told “However, the media hypes certain players, and that’s okay. I know I have been playing very well. Archer is such a natural talent; Bumrah is doing wonders, and that can force you to lift your game. You are not always at the top, that’s one thing I can tell you.”

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Take Smith out of Australia and it would be very similar for both teams in Ashes – Joe Root

Staff Writer Updated: 9 September, 2019, 5:02 PM IST


Smith has scored 144, 142, 92, 211 and 82 in his five innings in the series so far. He missed one innings in the second test and the entire third test — which England won by one wicket — because of a concussion.

The 30-year-old Smith has been the single biggest difference between the two teams throughout the series.

Returning to test action following a 12-month ban for his role in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March, 2018, Smith has — so far — scored 671 runs in this Ashes series at an average of 134.20. It has lifted his career test average to 64.81 and has been the kind of performance that has drawn comparisons with Don Bradman, who was widely regarded as cricket's greatest batsman.

And Paine had a warning which Root's England is likely to take seriously ahead ahead of the fifth test in cricket's oldest regular international series.

"Credit to Australia, it was a good partnership for them. We were not as good as we would have liked to be and consistent throughout the whole game. Bowling at Steve Smith in his form is difficult and you have to make sure you take all your chances. We did not do that and that cost us," said Joe Root.

"Pat [Cummins] has bowled good areas. He has asked good questions a lot of the time and in many ways that is a good lesson for us as a side. It has been a series dominated by the ball. Look, both batting sides have very experienced players who have not performed how they would have liked and that tells a story by itself. Take Steve Smith out and it would be very similar from both teams," he added.

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BCCI to hike Ravi Shastri’s salary to Rs 10 crore from 8 crore

Staff Writer Updated: 9 September, 2019, 4:58 PM IST


Ravi Shastri's stars are shinning bright for him at the moment. After his reappointment as Team India's coach last month, he has received another big news. According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, he is set for a massive hike in his new contract.

The CTC of head coach will by increased by 20 percent and he is all set to earn between Rs 9.5 crore and Rs 10 crore, which is set to be Rs 1.5 crore more from his last contract.

Shastri was elated after he was given another chance to run Team India.

"The reason why I came in here is the belief I had in this team, the belief that they could leave a legacy which very few teams have left behind which other teams going down will try and emulate," Shastri told

"Next two years is to see the smooth transition happening. You will get a lot of youngsters coming -- in both white-ball setup and Tests. You need to identify another three-four bowlers to add to the pool by the end of our tenure. My endeavour by the end of this tenure would be to leave the team in a happier space so that they can set a legacy in the time to come.

"You’ve got to learn from your mistakes, nobody is perfect. When you strive for excellence and strive to raise the bar then you have to pay attention to detail," he added.

Bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar are expected to draw Rs 3.5 crore respectively, while newly appointed batting coach Vikram Rathour will be earning between Rs 2.5 crore to Rs 3 crore.

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Jasprit Bumrah can become India’s greatest fast bowler, says Anil Kumble

Harshit Anand Updated: 9 September, 2019, 4:51 PM IST


Jasprit Bumrah's rise as a fast bowler for India has been one of the most delightful things for the lovers of the Indian cricket team. The Indian pacer is ranked no.1 in ODIs and no.3 in Tests respectively. His ranking is a fair reflection of how good he has been for India across formats. He recently had a brilliant series against West Indies, where he took 13 wickets with two five-fers and a hat-trick.

Former Indian captain, Anil Kumble is of the opinion that if Bumrah continues performing well, he might well end up as India's greatest ever fast bowler.

"He (Bumrah) is a lot more consistent, he knows how to get a wicket," Kumble said. "It is not just about the skillset you have or you possess the ability to bowl in, away or a bouncer. I think the ability to bounce back and what to do when I think Bumrah has done that brilliantly and he is a great student of the game, he understands the nuances, he bowls differently to different batsmen assesses those conditions really quickly and that has been the ability of Jasprit Bumrah in this series (West Indies tour)."

"He certainly has the quality to go on and become the greatest ever fast bowler from India. I think that is something that he has and you can see those shades early in his career. He is only 25 so he has a long way ahead of him and you know it is wonderful to see the kinds of performances he has put together," added Kumble, who ended his Test career with 619 Test wickets and is still the most successful Indian Test bowler.

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Nobody has gifted me a place in the team, I have earned it: Rishabh Pant

Harshit Anand Updated: 9 September, 2019, 3:34 PM IST


It is not the best of times for India's young wicket-keeper batsman, Rishabh Pant. He didn't live up to the billing on the tour of West Indies. The Windies tour, which comprised of three T20Is and ODIs each and two Tests, was the first series where Pant was India's first-choice wicket-keeper batsman across formats. Despite improvement in his wicket-keeping, he failed to impress with the bat and returned with just a fifty from the whole tour.

One of the most difficult things for Pant to deal with has to be the constant comparison with the Indian legend, MS Dhoni. His failures get magnified and at times, he is criticized much more than he should be because he is taking up Dhoni's place. But Pant just wants to focus on his game than all these external things.

“I do think about the comparison with Dhoni sometimes, but it’s too difficult. If I am learning from him, I can’t possibly think that I can be in his league overnight. I am just trying to learn from him. I consider him my mentor. He has taught me so many things — be it how to work on my batting or mindset before I go to bat, and most importantly, keeping calm in pressure situations,” Pant said in an interview with Bombay Times.

The southpaw also asserted that he is in the team because he is worth it then due to anything else. “It’s good for a player to get an early break. Besides, I am not getting anything for free I have worked hard and earned my place in the Indian cricket team. Nobody has gifted that to me. Koi nahi bolta ke, ‘Bhai team mein aaja’. Aisa nahi hota hai. If you don’t perform well, you won’t be selected. It’s as simple as that. Everyone has to justify their spot in the team,” he said.

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Everyone is talking about Smith but AUS bowling has been outstanding too: Ricky Ponting

Harshit Anand Updated: 9 September, 2019, 2:31 PM IST


The 2019 Ashes series is being talked up as the Smith's Ashes. The Aussie star has made three centuries and two fifties in the five innings that he has batted so far. He is averaging an outstanding 134.20 in the series and is the leading run-getter by a country mile. But former Australia captain, Ricky Ponting feels that Australian bowlers have done an exceptional job as well and they also need to be talked about and applauded in the same way.

"I think they (Australia) should have had a bigger lead, not just on the back of Steve Smith," Ponting told Sky Sports.

"Everyone is talking about what impact he has had, but the whole bowling department has been absolutely outstanding. Look at the difference in the bowling attacks in this game.

"(Mitchell) Starc, (Pat) Cummins, (Josh) Hazlewood and (Nathan) Lyon, match that up with the England attack. There were more holes in that England attack than the Australia one.

"They were relentless in everything they did," said Ponting.

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Steve Waugh compares Steve Smith with Don Bradman

Harshit Anand Updated: 9 September, 2019, 12:32 PM IST


Former Australian captain, Steve Smith has awed one and all with his ridiculously magnificent batting exploits in the ongoing Ashes series, which has earned him comparisons with arguably the greatest ever in the sport, Sir Don Bradman.

Smith has scored 671 runs in five innings at an average of 134. He has three centuries and two half-centuries in five innings of the series so far. His lowest score of the series has been 82. He starred with the bat in the Old Trafford win too with his double-ton in the first innings of the fourth Test.

Australia's legend, Steve Waugh has compared Smith to Bradman. "I think only he could explain that," Waugh, who is working with the Australian side as a mentor, told the BBC.

"It's a phenomenal performance. It's monumental when you look back on it. To be out of the game for so long, to have so much pressure and to do so well, it's almost incomprehensible what he's done. It'll go down in the history of the game as one of the great performances by an individual in a series. I obviously didn't see Don Bradman play, but I guess it's in a similar sort of vein," Waugh said.

Waugh added by saying, "He just keeps scoring runs and it almost looks too easy. He's playing on a different level to everyone else. I guess you've just got to cash in while it lasts because we know cricket can turn around pretty quickly. But right now he's making the most of some great form."

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I am the right man to lead England – Joe Root

AP Updated: 9 September, 2019, 10:26 AM IST


Australia retained the Ashes after beating England by 185 runs in the final session of the fourth test at Old Trafford on Sunday.

Josh Hazlewood claimed the winning wicket, trapping Craig Overton lbw, as Australia dismissed England's second innings for 197 deep into the evening session to take a 2-1 lead in the five-match series.

As the holder, Australia only needs to draw the series to keep cricket's famous urn.

"We've retained it, we haven't won it," Australia captain Tim Paine told the BBC. He added: "We'll have a bloody good night."

The fifth and final test in cricket's oldest regular international series starts Thursday at The Oval.

Australia star batter Steve Smith was player of the match — and the major difference between the two teams — with scores of 211 and 82. Australia declared its first innings at 497-8 and its second at 186-6.

England, which scored 301 in its first innings, resumed Day 5 on 18-2, went to lunch on 87-4 and tea on 166-6.

Jack Leach, who scored a 51-ball 12, was promoted to No. 10 and batted for an hour with England fans hoping for a repeat of his third test heroics, or even bad light.

Australia held on to the Ashes in England for the first time in 18 years. It thrashed England by 251 runs in the opening test at Edgbaston, the second test at Lord's was drawn before England won at Headingley by one wicket to level the series 1-1.

"Bitterly disappointed," England captain Joe Root said, "to come so close to taking it to The Oval is quite hard to take."

Pacer Pat Cummins finished with 4-43 off 24 overs. He bowled Jason Roy (31) in the 18th over of the day, knocking over his off stump, and then claimed the key wicket of Ben Stokes, hero at Headingley with Leach. The England allrounder got an inside edge and was well caught behind the wicket by Paine. Stokes, who had scored just one, did not wait for a decision from the umpire and walked as Australia appealed.

That left England in deep trouble on 74-4.

Joe Denly brought up his half-century after lunch with a crisp off drive off Cummins. It was his sixth boundary and took him to 53 off 112 balls. He fell without adding further to his score when he was caught out by the bounce from a delivery from Nathan Lyon (2-51) and offered a catch to Marnus Labuschagne at short leg.

Jonny Bairstow and Jos Buttler came together and steadily took the score to 138-5 after 53 overs as Paine turned to part-time bowlers Labuschagne and Travis Head in the hope of breaking their concentration.

But it was Starc (1-46) that made the next breakthrough when he won an lbw verdict against Bairstow for 25. That left England 138-6, with Australia needing just four more wickets to retain the Ashes.

Australia thought it had removed Overton with the first ball after tea as Labuschagne grasped a catch fielding close to the bat but the ball had hit the body.

Buttler misjudged the line off Hazlewood (2-31) and was bowled leaving the ball. His removal for 34 left England 172-7 and needing a rearguard from the tail.

Jofra Archer did not last long, scoring only one before being trapped lbw by Lyon with a ball that kept low.

Overton formed a stubborn ninth-wicket partnership with Leach, taking the score to 195-8 off 85 overs, with 20 remaining in the day.

Australia was unhappy with what they perceived as time-wasting tactics from the England pair but Leach's resistance came to an end after Paine turned to Labuschagne's leg-spin. Leach offered a simple catch to Matthew Wade close in.

The game ended when Hazlewood trapped Overton lbw, ending his stubborn innings of 105 balls for 21. The England man called for a review but the decision stood and Australia had kept the Ashes.

"Definitely, yes," Root said when asked if he felt he was the right man to lead England.

"We have an important test match against Australia and we have to make sure we finish this summer strong: do not lose this Ashes series," he said.

"Every game against Australia matters."

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Root's problem: How to stop Smith in the Ashes

AP Updated: 9 September, 2019, 10:18 AM IST


After leading England on a failed attempt to regain the Ashes, Joe Root has a familiar headache ahead of the fifth and final test: How to stop Australia's star batter Steve Smith scoring buckets of runs?

The England captain may also be wondering what else is on Smith's bucket list after Australia won the fourth test by 185 runs Sunday to take a 2-1 series lead which ensures it retains the Ashes.

"I've been here a few times when things haven't quite gone our way or we haven't performed to the best of our ability," Smith said in a post-match TV interview at Old Trafford. "To come back and get the urn here was always one to tick off my bucket list."

Smith has scored 144, 142, 92, 211 and 82 in his five innings in the series so far. He missed one innings in the second test and the entire third test — which England won by one wicket — because of a concussion.

The 30-year-old Smith has been the single biggest difference between the two teams throughout the series.

Returning to test action following a 12-month ban for his role in a ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March, 2018, Smith has — so far — scored 671 runs in this Ashes series at an average of 134.20. It has lifted his career test average to 64.81 and has been the kind of performance that has drawn comparisons with Don Bradman, who was widely regarded as cricket's greatest batsman.

Smith was the No. 1-ranked batter in test cricket before he was suspended last year by Cricket Australia. He regained the top ranking from India captain Virat Kohli last week.

Tim Paine, who replaced Smith as Australia's test captain last year, on Sunday described the No. 4 batsman as the "best player I have ever seen."

And Paine had a warning which Root's England is likely to take seriously ahead ahead of the fifth test in cricket's oldest regular international series.

Smith "is just a genius and I never had any doubt he would come back and be the player he was," Paine said. "The scary thing is he's getting better."

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What are the reasons behind KL Rahul's dismal run? Former Indian cricketer reveals

Staff Writer Updated: 7 September, 2019, 5:01 PM IST


KL Rahul has to be one of the most frustrating cricketers at present. He is so immensely talented and skillful that for lovers of the game, it is extremely disappointing to be deprived of the best that this Karnataka player can offer. Now, he is closing in on getting dropped after having another mediocre Test series.

In the last seven Test series barring the one-off Test against Afghanistan, Rahul's highest average in any single series has been 29.90, which is poor, to say the least, especially for an opener, who has a major role to play at the start of the innings. The stylish batsman managed scores of 44, 38, 13 and 6 in four innings in West Indies.

“I am fine if you get out early. But if you get out on 20, 30, 40 then your capacity and temperament are questionable. I saw Rahul going outside the off-stump and sweeping (in the first Test). You can’t do that. It’s a T20 shot. I saw Rahul going outside the off-stump and sweeping (in the first Test). You can’t do that. It’s a T20 shot,” Chetan Chauhan was quoted as saying by Hindustan Times.

“Opening is the most difficult task in batting. We’ve to persist with the openers, they should be given time to settle down. We must persist with Rahul. He has to play more Ranji games, score big hundreds to find rhythm, how to change the game immediately (from ODI to Test),” he concluded.

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"Look out Sachin, Virat is coming for you", Shane Warne cautions Sachin about his records

Harshit Anand Updated: 7 September, 2019, 4:32 PM IST


Former Australian cricketer, Shane Warne has opined that Indian captain, Virat Kohli is a major threat to Sachin Tendulkar's records. Virat has always been but now he is inching closer in actual terms. And it's scary if you are a Sachin fan.

Before anything else, we have to look at records of Virat Kohli. The Indian skipper has 11,520 runs in 230 ODI innings at an average of 60.31. The 30 years old has 43 centuries to his credit. The Delhi batsman has 6,749 runs in 135 Test innings at an average of 53.14 with 25 centuries. He also has 2,369 T20I runs at an average of 49.35. His centuries add up to 68 in international cricket.

Given the fact that Kohli is 30-year-old, he is likely to overtake Sachin Tendulkar's world record of 100 centuries and most number of hundreds in ODI cricket.

Warne said, "Yes, I think Sachin's records are in danger and it is like anyone else who has a record. With me having 708 Test wickets, I was asked the question if I think Nathan Lyon can get me, I hope he does because that will mean that he has played well for a long period of time. It is the same with Sachin. I believe if you ask him if he wants Virat to break his records, he would say absolutely. It will be great fun to watch. Look out Sachin, Virat is coming for you."

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Ravi Shastri, Virender Sehwag, and Gautam Gambhir pay tribute to Chandrayaan-2

Harshit Anand Updated: 7 September, 2019, 3:39 PM IST


Ravi Shastri, Virender Sehwag, and Gautam Gambhir applauded the scientists of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) after setback during Chandrayaan-2 mission. Apparently, ISRO lost contact with Chandrayaan-2's lander Vikram. About 2.1 kms from the surface, the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO), unfortunately, lost contact with the lander

Gautam Gambhir tweeted, It's only a failure if we don't learn from our setbacks. We will come back stronger! I salute the great spirit of team @isro for making a billion Indians dream together, as one. The best is definitely yet to come 🚀 #Chandrayaan2

Virender Sehwag tweeted, "Khwaab Adhoora raha par Hauslein Zinda hain, Isro woh hai, jahaan mushkilein Sharminda hain .
Hum Honge Kaaamyab #Chandrayan2"

Ravi Shastri tweeted, "#India is proud of its #ISRO scientists who have made us a world leader in Space Science. #Chandrayaan2 will inspire millions of Indian kids. Jai Hind 🇮🇳"

"If we would have been defeated by our starting difficulties, we would not have become a premier space agency. Regardless of the result, I and all of India are extremely proud of our scientists and engineers," PM Modi said as he addressed the nation from Isro's headquarters in Bengaluru on Saturday.

"The learnings from today will make us stronger and better; there will be a new dawn. The best is yet to come in our space programme; India is with you. Countless people have got access to a better life due to the hard work of our space scientists. Our determination to touch moon has become even stronger, we came very close but we need to cover more ground," PM Modi further said.

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Sachin Tendulkar, Shoaib Akhtar, and several other cricketers pay tribute to Abdul Qadir

Harshit Anand Updated: 7 September, 2019, 3:20 PM IST


The whole cricketing fraternity is mourning the untimely death of prodigal Pakistani leg-spinner, Abdul Qadir. Touted as the reviver of the art of leg-spin during his heydays, Qadir died of a cardiac arrest on Friday at the age of 63. His son revealed that they rushed him to the hospital but unfortunately, he couldn't survive much to the sadness of his family and cricket lovers.

Qadir represented Pakistan in 67 Tests from 1977-90, picking 236 wickets. He also took 132 wickets in 104 ODI games. Qadir served Pakistan as chief selector in 2008. He also ran a private cricket academy just outside PCB headquarters at Gaddafi Stadium in Lahore.

Let's take a look at how the cricketing community reacted to the loss: