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'Dhoni did same with Sachin, Sehwag and I': Gambhir wants Dhoni to make way for youngsters

Staff Writer Updated: 19 July, 2019, 2:13 PM IST


Gautam Gambhir has been quite vocal about MS Dhoni and his future with the Indian team. He has stated that its time to keep emotions aside and groom youngsters before the next World Cup in 2023. He gave the example of MS Dhoni, who wanted players like Virender Sehwag, Gambhir and Sachin Tendulkar out of the side before the CB Series in Australia.

“India now have a chance to give opportunities to youngsters. Be it Rishabh Pant, Sanju Samson, Ishan Kishan or any other wicketkeeper, whoever is believed to have the potential should be made the wicket-keeper. Give him chances for one and half-years and if he doesn’t perform, then others should be tried out as well. Then one would get to know who the keeper for the next World Cup is,” Gambhir told TV9 Bharatvarsh.

According to him, Dhoni was not interested in playing Sehwag, Gambhir and Sachin together during the CB series in Australia.

‘It’s important to look into the future. And when Dhoni was the captain, he invested in the future. I remember Dhoni saying in Australia that me, Sachin and Sehwag can’t play the CB series (in Australia) together as the grounds were big. He thought young players were needed for the next World Cup. It’s necessary to take practical decisions than being emotional,’ Gambhir added.

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‘You should start belly Dance program to lure international cricketers’: Fans troll Fawad Chaudhry

Staff Writer Updated: 10 September, 2019, 6:03 PM IST


Ten top Sri Lanka cricketers opted out of a tour to Pakistan this month citing security concerns.

Roshan Gunathilaka, the Sri Lanka Cricket security adviser and former air force chief, briefed the players on the security situation in Pakistan, and the security arrangements made by the Pakistan Cricket Board.

The players who opted out were one-day international captain Dimuth Karunaratne, Twenty20 captain Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal, Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dinesh Chandimal, Akila Dananjaya, and Thisara Perera.

Kusal Mendis was not considered for selection after he was injured in a collision with teammate Shehan Jayasuriya during a recent T20 match against New Zealand.

New ODI and T20 squads were selected, and were pending approval from the sports minister, SLC said on Monday.

The limited-overs tour begins on Sept. 27.

Over the past three years, Pakistan has successfully hosted Zimbabwe, the West Indies, Sri Lanka, and a World XI for limited-overs matches amid intense security.

Pakistan minister Fawad Chaudhry has stated that India has forced the Sri Lanka players to pull out of the Pakistan tour.

“Informed sports commentators told me that India threatened SL players that they'll be ousted from IPL if they don’t refuse Pak visit, this is really cheap tactic, jingoism from sports to space is something we must condemn, really cheap on the part of Indian sports authorities,” Hussain tweeted.

He was brutally trolled by cricket fanatics.

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Good news for Rohit Sharma as selectors are considering him for opening role in Tests

Staff Writer Updated: 10 September, 2019, 4:57 PM IST


Rohit Sharma was kept out of playing XI during the Test series against West Indies. Hanuma Vihari was preferred over him and this didn't go down well with former cricketers. However, with KL Rahul's failure in the last two matches, selectors are thinking of opening with Rohit Sharma against South Africa.

In an interview with India Today, chief selector MSK Prasad spoke about Rohit Sharma's chances in Whites.

"As selection committee, we haven't met after the conclusion of the West Indies tour. We will definitely take this (Rohit as opener) point into consideration when we all meet and discuss about it," he said.

He expressed concern over Rahul's poor form in Test cricket.

"KL (Rahul) is definitely a great talent. Of course, he is going through a bit tough time in Test cricket. We are definitely concerned about his form. He needs to spend more time on the wicket and regain his touch and form," he added.

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Watch: SRK, Dwayne Bravo nail Lungi Dance during Trinbago Knight Riders Party

Staff Writer Updated: 10 September, 2019, 4:55 PM IST


Shah Rukh Khan owned Trinbago Knight Riders (TKR) have performed exceptionally well in the ongoing Caribbean Premier League. The team led by Kieron Pollard has won all three matches so far. His team's display had made Shah Rukh Khan proud and he recently partied with players on a private boat.

In one of the videos uploaded by Dwayne Bravo, he can be seen dancing with King Khan on the tunes of Lungi Dance. In his post, Bravo also spoke about the way they celebrate their wins.

"This is how we do things in after we beat ppl..we rent a boat and have a nice time Lickssss when they come Trinidad @tkriders Champion squad always fun to have our boss around @iamsrk @realorlandooctave u have the biggest song in the country bro #Champion #LandOfChampions," Bravo captioned his post.

Despite winning three matches, they are second in the points table on the basis of net-run rate. Guyana Amazon Warriors are the leaders at the moment.

Earlier, Dwayne Bravo was ruled out of the tournament due to finger injury.

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Shami doesn't need to surrender anymore – Lawyer

Staff Writer Updated: 10 September, 2019, 4:53 PM IST


Mohammed Shami, who was told to surrender within 15 days from September 2 by the Alipore Court in Kolkata, has managed to get a stay from a higher court. According to his lawyer Salim Rahaman, the order of the court was wrong as Shami or his representative had to be summoned first before issuing any order.

"The order didn't hold much ground because while you can summon a person, you cannot issue a surrender notice. We have got a stay on the matter from a higher court and the rest of the plan of action you will get to know tomorrow," he said. Shami left for the US after completing his professional commitment against the West Indies.

Speaking to IANS, a senior Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) functionary had said he would return to India on September 12.

"Shami has gone to the US after the tour of the West Indies got over and he will be back in the country on the 12th. He has been in constant touch with his lawyer on the court matter and has also spoken to the relevant people within the board on the matter," the functionary had said.

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Reports of a rift between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are absolute nonsense - Ravi Shastri

Staff Writer Updated: 10 September, 2019, 4:51 PM IST


Team India's head coach Ravi Shastri has once again clarified that reports of a rift between Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are not true.

Following India's exit from the World Cup, it was reported that all was not well in the Indian dressing room.

Shastri, who shares a close chemistry with Indian players, further added that such reports were absolute nonsense and if they were true, how would the two players perform well for the Men in Blue in the World Cup.

“Listen, I have been around the dressing room for the last five years. I have seen how the boys have played and how they have complemented the team and know their work ethics. I feel it is absolute nonsense. I have been there with them and I know the way they play. If that was the case why would Rohit get five hundreds in the World Cup? Why would Virat do what he is doing? How would they have partnerships together,” Shastri said in an interview.

According to him, there would always be a difference in opinions when there are 15 members in a squad. “In a side when you have 15 players there will always be times when there will be opinions that will be different. That is what is needed. I don’t want everyone toeing the same line. You have got to have discussions and someone might then think of a fresh strategy which has to be encouraged. So you have to give the guys the opportunity to express themselves and then decide what is best."

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Steve Smith increases lead to 34 points over Virat Kohli in ICC Test Rankings for Batsmen

Staff Writer Updated: 10 September, 2019, 4:48 PM IST


Steve Smith, the former Aussie skipper, has consolidated his position at the top of the ICC Test Rankings for batsmen. He scored 211 and 82 in the two innings of the fourth Ashes Test match. Smith is now 34 points ahead of Indian skipper Virat Kohli.

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.

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India threatened to ban Sri Lankan players from IPL if they didn’t pull out of Pak tour – Pakistan Minister

Staff Writer Updated: 10 September, 2019, 2:48 PM IST


Ten top Sri Lanka cricketers opted out of a tour to Pakistan this month citing security concerns.

Players picked in a preliminary squad were summoned for a discussion before the final squad was picked. They were given a choice about whether or not to go Pakistan, which major teams have generally avoided touring since the 2009 terrorist attack on the Sri Lanka team bus which killed eight people and injured several players.

Roshan Gunathilaka, the Sri Lanka Cricket security adviser and former air force chief, briefed the players on the security situation in Pakistan, and the security arrangements made by the Pakistan Cricket Board.

The players who opted out were one-day international captain Dimuth Karunaratne, Twenty20 captain Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews, Suranga Lakmal, Kusal Perera, Niroshan Dickwella, Dhananjaya de Silva, Dinesh Chandimal, Akila Dananjaya, and Thisara Perera.

Meanwhile, Pakistan minister Fawad Chaudhry has stated that India has forced the Sri Lanka players to pull out of the Pakistan tour.

“Informed sports commentators told me that India threatened SL players that they'll be ousted from IPL if they don’t refuse Pak visit, this is really cheap tactic, jingoism from sports to space is something we must condemn, really cheap on the part of Indian sports authorities,” Hussain tweeted.

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Head coach Shastri to raise India’s Yo-Yo test passing score to 17 ahead of South Africa series

Staff Writer Updated: 10 September, 2019, 12:56 PM IST


Fitness levels are taken seriously in Team India at the moment. Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri have clearly stated the need of having fit players in the squad.

Ravi Shastri, who was recently reappointed as India's head coach, has decided to raise the fitness bar. Earlier, the score of 16.1 in the yo-yo test was enough to be eligible to play for the country.

However, Shastri has decided to increase it up to 17. According to a report in Bangalore Times, Shastri will speak to Virat Kohli and other players to discuss the same.

A source was quoted as saying by Bangalore Mirror: “Fitness is integral to participation at the international level and the minimum qualification will be 17.”

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Ex-England captains Strauss, Boycott receive knighthoods

AP Updated: 10 September, 2019, 10:12 AM IST


Former England cricket captains Andrew Strauss and Geoffrey Boycott have been given knighthoods in former Prime Minister Theresa May's resignation honors list.

The two opening batsmen were the only sporting names in a list largely consisting of political figures, a nod to May's lifelong love of cricket and her admiration for Boycott in particular.

Strauss played 100 tests for England from 2004-12, scoring more than 7,000 runs at an average of 40.91, and captaining the team to two Ashes series wins. Less than three years after retiring, he became the most powerful official in the English game as managing director. He was the unseen administrative architect behind England's first World Cup triumph in July.

Boycott's 108 tests from 1964-82 brought him 8,114 runs at 47.72 — the first man to reach 8,000 in tests for England. He captained England in four tests in 1978, deputizing for the injured Mike Brearley.

At a news conference last November, May was asked in the form of a cricketing analogy about the number of ministerial resignations, or "wickets," over her handling of Brexit.

"One of my cricket heroes was always Geoffrey Boycott, and what do you know about Geoffrey Boycott?" she asked. "He stuck to it, and he got the runs in the end."

Boycott was forced to apologize in 2017 after joking that would have to "black up" to be considered for a knighthood, pointing out the honor had been bestowed on West Indies cricketers including Sir Viv Richards, Sir Garfield Sobers, and Sir Curtly Ambrose.

He was also given a three-month suspended prison sentence in 1998 after being convicted of assault against former girlfriend Margaret Moore. He was diagnosed with throat cancer in 2002 but made a full recovery and returned to TV commentating.

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Michael Clarke undergoes third surgery to remove skin cancer, makes heartfelt appeal to youngsters

Staff Writer Updated: 9 September, 2019, 10:41 PM IST


Former Aussie skipper Michael Clarke recently went under the knife to remove skin cancer from his forehead. It was third such operation since the problem was diagnosed in 2006.

He shared a picture with a heartfelt message for youngsters.

"Another day, another skin cancer cut out of my face... youngsters out there make sure you are doing all the right things to protect yourself from the sun.”

According to a report in, he has been an ambassador for the Cancer Council since 2010.

He played 115 Tests, 245 One-Day Internationals (ODI) and 34 Twenty20 International (T20I) for Australia in his international career.

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Malinga, Mathews among ten players to opt out of Pakistan tour over security concerns

Staff Writer Updated: 9 September, 2019, 10:37 PM IST


Lasith Malinga, Angelo Mathews and eight other players have decided to pull out of an upcoming tour of Pakistan over security concerns.

The travelling team is scheduled to play three ODIs and as many T20Is in Pakistan.

Thisara Perera, who led the Sri Lanka team which toured Pakistan in 2017, has decided against going to the sub-continent country.

The Sri Lanka Cricket board briefed players about security arrangements and gave them the choice to decide about their course of action.

Following this, ten players decided to opt out of the tour.

Niroshan Dickwella, Kusal Perera, Dhananjaya de Silva, Akila Dananjaya, Suranga Lakmal, Dinesh Chandimal and Dimuth Karunaratne are the other seven players, who will not travel to Pakistan.

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Kieron Pollard named as new West Indies' limited-overs skipper

Staff Writer Updated: 9 September, 2019, 10:34 PM IST


The governing body of West Indies cricket has decided to name Kieron Pollard as their new skipper of the national team in ODIs and T20 internationals. He has replaced Jason Holder in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) and Carlos Brathwaite in the Twenty20 Internationals (T20Is).

CWI President Ricky Skerritt made the announcement in a press conference.

"We believe Kieron Pollard is the right person at the right time now to lead the West Indies team in white ball cricket".

Pollard stated that his priority will be to defend the T20 World Cup title.

"In the short term as Captain, the immediate aim is to defend the T20 World Cup. One of the discussions I hope to have is to bring back the idea of specialists playing in their best positions.

"I've played franchise all over the world and I hope to use this experience to help the West Indies in my role as captain.”

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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.”