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Jos Buttler not close to the Universe Boss: Chris Gayle

Harshit Anand Updated: 28 February, 2019, 11:52 AM IST


Chris Gayle, who outscored Jos Buttler in a high-scoring fourth ODI in Grenada said that the Englishman is still not close to the "Universe Boss". Gayle hammered 162 runs off 97 deliveries with the help of 11 fours and 14 Sixes. Jos Buttler had made a 77-ball 150 with 13 fours and 12 sixes. England won the fourth ODI by 29 runs to take a lead of 2-1 in the five-match ODI series.

Gayle applauded Buttler and said, “He is superb, one of the best strikers in world cricket today.”

“He is playing all around the world and showcasing his talent. We can see he is a game-winner, a game-changer and every team needs a player like that to win games. He took the game away from us,” added the veteran Windies batsman.

But then came Gayle’s witty one-liner, which stole the show: “He’s not close to the Universe Boss – but he is a youngster and will get there eventually!”

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Rahul opens up on his hard times post the Koffee with Karan controversy

Harshit Anand Updated: 28 February, 2019, 11:27 AM IST


Indian opener, KL Rahul has made a great comeback to the Indian side after getting embroiled in Koffee with Karan controversy and enduring a poor run of form prior to the talk show controversy. Rahul made 50 runs off 36 deliveries in the first T20I while he smacked 47 runs off 26 balls in the second and final T20I in Bengaluru.

After the second T20I, Rahul opened on his hard times. The talented opener said, “It was a hard time no doubt. I mean, as a player, as a person, everyone has to go through difficult times and it was my time to go through that and I like I said it gave me time to reflect on my game, on myself. I have always been someone who takes things as it comes."

Rahul also revealed that he has become more humble now. “It has humbled me a little bit and you know, I respect the opportunity that I have gotten to play for the country. The dream of every kid is to play for the country and I am no different. Just to value where I am, just to keep making opportunities count and put my head down and keep working on my cricket,” he said.

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Universe Boss shatters record books with his sublime knock against England

AP Updated: 28 February, 2019, 10:22 AM IST


Gayle is one of a handful of players who would not shirk from chasing 419 and the 39-year-old Jamaican picked up Buttler's baton with a ton of his own.

He teed off immediately, clattering Chris Woakes for five sixes in nine balls.

Stokes then gave up two fours and two sixes from his first four balls. Things did not get any better in a ragged four-over spell that contained full tosses, wides and even an accidental beamer.

Wood was fighting a lone resistance, removing John Campbell and Shai Hope with the new ball and returning in his second spell to add Darren Bravo and Shimron Hetmyer in the same over.

But Gayle ticked off a shopping list of targets — 50 up in 32 balls, a 10,000th one-day run and then his hundred in 55 balls — but was fatigued by the time Stokes took his stumps on 162.

He became the second West Indies player to score 10,000 runs in One-day internationals after Brian Lara. Gayle also became the first player to hit 500 international sixes.

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Jos Buttler's ton inspires England to thrilling win

AP Updated: 28 February, 2019, 10:13 AM IST


Jos Buttler and Chris Gayle went toe-to-toe with two titanic centuries as England defeated the West Indies by 29 runs Wednesday in a scintillating fourth one-day international.

Buttler made career-best 150 in 77 balls, blazing his last hundred runs in just 31 deliveries as England posted what looked like a mountainous total of 418-6. But Gayle set up a tense finale by smashing 162, before England held on to take a 2-1 series lead.

"I think it just shows there are going to be unbelievable days of cricket and when someone like Chris Gayle's in the opposition you can lose those games," Buttler said. "We were put under great pressure and I thought the guys did well to stand up to it."

A late salvo from Carlos Brathwaite and Ashley Nurse left the hosts needing 32 from 18 balls to make the second largest chase in ODI history but Adil Rashid wiped out the last four wickets in the 48th over to bowl them out for 389.

Despite the leg-spinner's late intervention, Gayle and Buttler were the day's headline acts, hitting 26 sixes and 24 boundaries between them in a furious display of power-hitting.

England ultimately had the stronger supporting cast, as Eoin Morgan made a 103 of his own during a 204-run stand with Buttler.

England's innings was the highest ever on Caribbean soil and sits third on their all-time list, thanks in part to 154 runs from the final 10 overs.

Buttler and Morgan came together at 165-3, with Joe Root having fallen cheaply, and heaped on another 204 runs together in less than 21 overs.

Gayle is one of a handful of players who would not shirk from chasing 419 and the 39-year-old Jamaican picked up Buttler's baton with a ton of his own.

He teed off immediately, clattering Chris Woakes for five sixes in nine balls.

Stokes then gave up two fours and two sixes from his first four balls. Things did not get any better in a ragged four-over spell that contained full tosses, wides and even an accidental beamer.

Wood was fighting a lone resistance, removing John Campbell and Shai Hope with the new ball and returning in his second spell to add Darren Bravo and Shimron Hetmyer in the same over.

But Gayle ticked off a shopping list of targets — 50 up in 32 balls, a 10,000th one-day run and then his hundred in 55 balls — but was fatigued by the time Stokes took his stumps on 162.

The final equation left the West Indies seeking 95 from the last 10 overs, with Brathwaite and Nurse surpassing low expectations in a boundary-strewn cameo that threatened to add one final twist to a day full of entertainment.

They were on the cusp of something special when Rashid kept his composure, tempting both into mis-hits that were held by Morgan and Liam Plunkett. He polished off Devendra Bishoo and Oshane Thomas in a hurry, providing a swift end to a superb battle.

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Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni complete fifty career sixes in T20 Internationals

Staff Writer Updated: 27 February, 2019, 9:26 PM IST


Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni completed their 50 sixes in T20 internationals during India's second and final match against Australia. The Indian skipper scored 20th fifty of his T20I career and added 100 runs for the fourth wicket with Dhoni. India scored 190 runs in 20 overs with Kohli remaining unbeaten on 72 while Dhoni accumulated 40 off 23 balls.

Earlier, Australia won the toss and elected to bowl first. Rohit Sharma was rested from the team while Umesh Yadav was dropped after his ordinary performance in the first T20 international. Virat Kohli, who was rested for the last two ODIs and T20 series against New Zealand, had scored 24 in the first match. MS Dhoni was slammed for his slow approach as he managed 29 not out off 37 balls.

Australia won the game by 3 wickets in the end.

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Twitter salutes MS Dhoni for his brisk knock in the second T20 international

Staff Writer Updated: 27 February, 2019, 9:10 PM IST


Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni combined together to take Men in Blue to 190 runs from the allotted 20 overs. The Indian skipper scored an unbeaten 72 off 38 balls while MS Dhoni amassed 40 off 23 balls as they stitched together a 100-run partnership within eight overs. Earlier, KL Rahul scored a magnificent 47 to give India a lighting start despite Shikhar Dhawan’s below par show from the other end.

Cricket fanatics were mighty impressed with the former Indian skipper batted after his uncharacteristic knock in the first T20, which India lost by 3 wickets. Dhoni was lambasted by critics for his slow batting despite facing a lot of balls.

Here’s how fans reacted:

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Watch: Hardik Pandya's latest gym video is setting fitness goals

Harshit Anand Updated: 27 February, 2019, 5:41 PM IST


India all-rounder Hardik Pandya hit the gym and how. The dashing youngster is sweating it hard in an attempt to get himself fit in time for the IPL. He has been ruled out of the entire India-Australia limited-overs series. He is out of action due to lower back stiffness. The Baroda player will undergo strength and conditioning training at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. A similar injury had ruled him out of the Asia Cup, last year, as well.

He made his India comeback in Down Under but the Koffee with Karan controversy got him suspended from the team. It was lifted after some time though and he returned in the third ODI against the Black Caps.

Take a look at Pandya's workout video:

Pandya has played 45 ODIs and averages 29.24 with the bat and has a strike-rate of 116.59. He has also taken 44 wickets.

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Watch: Bhajji's Strange Request to Yuvi Will Make You Go LOL

Harshit Anand Updated: 27 February, 2019, 5:10 PM IST


The Punjabi boys and Indian cricketers, Harbhajan Singh and Yuvraj Singh are currently enjoying themselves in Switzerland. Both Harbhajan and Yuvraj are great buddies. They are considered to be the biggest pranksters in the Indian dressing room and often charm everyone with their candidness and sense of humor.

In a recent video, the duo was spotted walking in the snow when Bhajji made a weird request to Yuvraj Singh. Take a look at what exactly happened in this video:

Both Yuvraj and Harbhajan are yet to retire from international cricket. But they are not currently considered for the senior Indian team due to their poor form. They will be part of the IPL though. Yuvraj Singh will play for Mumbai Indians while Bhajji will feature in Chennai Super Kings side.

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Is the Bengaluru T20I against Australia, Dhoni's final game?

Staff Writer Updated: 27 February, 2019, 5:04 PM IST


Mahendra Singh Dhoni has to be one of the greatest players to have played for India. He is the only international captain to have led his side to victories in all the major ICC events- World Cup, T20 World Cup, and Champions trophy. Not to forget, he has also led India to no.1 ranking in Test cricket and he also has IPL and Champions League titles to his credit. But, today might well be the last time we see the 37 years old in the shortest format.

India will take on Australia in the second and final T20I of the series at M Chinnaswamy Stadium on February 27. After that, India will play five-match ODI series against Australia, followed by the World Cup that commences on May 30. There are no international T20 games before the World Cup. And the World Cup is touted to be Dhoni's last appearance in the Indian jersey.

Dhoni has 1,577 runs in 84 T20I innings at an average of 37.55 but his strike-rate of 125.26 has often got him severely criticized.

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Why ICC Will Not Boycott Pakistan

Sreelata S Yellamrazu Updated: 27 February, 2019, 4:30 PM IST


The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), in a plausible attempt to subvert the topic, has claimed to call upon the International Cricket Council (ICC) with a view to having a wider ban on playing Pakistan. However, while the point may be stated on the table, there is a reason why the ICC cannot and will not ban Pakistan altogether.

Even as the clamour for the BCCI led by the Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators to take actions has grown in the days after the Pulwama attack on the CRPF convoy, the BCCI had remained a largely mute spectator, even rendering the voices of the current crop of cricketers virtually redundant by what is being perceived as an unwritten gag. With players toying the line that they will play Pakistan in accordance with the stance taken by the BCCI and in turn, the BCCI claiming to await the Indian government directive in the matter, the matter has been a standoff although the issue about India boycotting Pakistan in cricket and cutting off sporting ties altogether has remained one of the central issues in the hearts and minds of the Indians still mourning the loss of personnel.

With public sentiment being at an all-time high on the issue, although previously India did play Pakistan at the height of the Kargil war in 1999 in the course of the ICC Cricket World Cup in England, once again the venue in June this year, the Pulwama attacks appear to have been the tipping point as far as the proxy war with Pakistan over the Kashmir issue has been concerned. Public opinion has sometimes been labeled knee jerk, emotional and irrational although there is good rationale behind cutting off sporting ties and thereby, cutting off a trail of supply of money as well as respectability for a state that has openly proved to be a safe haven for disruptive, terrorist elements.

Amongst the many tactics the CoA has employed as a way to calm enraged sentiment was to cancel the IPL opening ceremony to donate those allocated funds to the families of the martyrs which has only appeared to be a cosmetic solution to a deeply entrenched problem. Thereafter the BCCI has claimed that it was exploring all options, including India boycotting Pakistan at the ICC Cricket World Cup and also, setting up a proposal at the ICC imploring all cricket playing nations to boycott playing Pakistan.

However, while the BCCI’s word will carry weight, provided it takes the agenda to the ICC which has given no such indication to that effect yet, the ICC is embroiled in its own self-preservation muddle. Even if it were to incur the wrath of the BCCI -which does not seem wholly adamant on the idea of boycotting Pakistan which is explained by their passing their buck on to the Indian government, the ICC is currently dealing with a scenario in which only half of the Test cricket playing nations are competitive and commercially viable at best while the other half struggles for exposure, commercial revenue and competitive levels. With Pakistan forming one half of the most commercially viable rivalry, from its own commercial standpoint and to the end of safeguarding cricket as a viable sport that is struggling to grow globally on a competitive footing, the ICC cannot afford to cut off Pakistan, which has traditionally produced some great players as well as plays.

From the ICC’s perspective, struggling to hold onto those with the Test status has become as much of an agenda as bringing new teams and boards into the fold. In that light, perhaps even the BCCI knows that its lip service to assuage the angry Indian contingent is not likely to hold ground which is why it is unlikely to press matters too hard, even if it brings it up before the ICC.

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Congress leader requests BCCI to appeal ICC to ban Pakistan from World Cup

Staff Writer Updated: 27 February, 2019, 4:06 PM IST


Congress leader V. Hanumantha Rao has requested the governing body of Indian cricket to appeal the ICC to ban Pakistan from the World Cup in England and Wales. In the letter written to the COA and the BCCI, Rao stated that he is requesting because Pakistan is encouraging terror activities on Indian soil.

He further added: “If Pakistan cricket team is not allowed to play in the World Cup, they may realize, that what they are doing is wrong and may desist with such activities in future.”

He lauded the Indian Air Force for its strikes across the border that destroyed terror camps. “I salute the bravery of Indian Air Force pilots who have made the entire country proud by striking terror targets in Pakistan.”

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Mahela Jayawardene targets Sanath Jayasuriya for not "cooperating" with ICC

Staff Writer Updated: 27 February, 2019, 3:52 PM IST


Former Sri Lanka captain, Mahela Jayawardene has criticized Sanath Jayasuriya, who was banned for two years after admitting to breaching two counts of the ICC's Anti-Corruption Code. Jayasuriya is one of the greatest cricketers to have played for Sri Lanka. So this came as a shock for many of his cricket fans.

Jayawardene tweeted and questioned Jayasuriya that if he loves the game why didn’t he cooperate with the anti-corruption unit.

"Its a sad day for SL cricket to see one of their favorite sons getting a two year suspension from @ICC. why not cooperate? If any one loves the beutiful game in our country should expose the curupted so we protect the next genaration. #Values," read his tweet.

According to an ICC release, "Mr Jayasuriya, the former Sri Lanka Cricket Chair of Selectors, admitted to being in breach of the following provisions of the Code:

1. Article 2.4.6 - Failure or refusal, without compelling justification, to cooperate with any investigation carried out by the ACU, including failure to provide accurately and completely any information and/or documentation requested by the ACU as part of such investigation.

2. Article 2.4.7 - Obstructing or delaying any investigation that may be carried out by the ACU, including concealing, tampering with or destroying any documentation or other information that may be relevant to that investigation and/or that may be evidence or may lead to the discovery of evidence of corrupt conduct under the Anti-Corruption Code.

The release further added that "As a result of the admissions, he has accepted a sanction of a two-year period of ineligibility."

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Gayle closes in on a big record, set to join an elite list

Harshit Anand Updated: 27 February, 2019, 3:41 PM IST


Jamaican star, Chris Gayle is one of the most entertaining cricketers. Be it his antics off the field or aggressive batting on it, he is someone who draws attention like none else. These days, he is back to playing for West Indies' senior team. He even made a century in the first ODI against England, which was followed by a fifty in the second ODI.

The 39 years old is set to peak another scale. Gayle has 9,912 runs in ODIs after 281 innings. He needs just 88 runs to reach the landmark of 10,000 ODI runs. Only 13 men cricketers have reached 10K run-mark in ODIs so far. Gayle averages 37.4 and has 24 centuries to go with 50 fifties.

However, Gayle has 9,857 runs for Windies and will need to score 143 runs to score 10K runs for the Caribbean side. Only one batsman from West Indies has scored 10K ODI runs and he is Brian Lara. Gayle is 492 runs away from becoming the highest run-getter for West Indies in 50-overs format. Lara has 10,348 runs to his credit.

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Jasprit Bumrah is on the verge of replacing Rashid Khan as best ‘death bowler’

Staff Writer Updated: 27 February, 2019, 3:34 PM IST


Jasprit Bumrah is one of the best fast bowlers in the world at the moment and is on the cusp of becoming the best death bowler.

He is 5 scalps away from surpassing Rashid Khan as the bowler with most wickets in the death overs (16-20).

The premier spinner of Afghanistan has picked up 33 wickets in the last five overs (all in T20Is starting from 2013) while Jasprit Bumrah is third with 29 wickets to his name.

The second spot is occupied by Lasith Malinga with 31 wickets.

Earlier, from 89-2, Australia nosedived to 113-7 as India tightened its bowling and fielding.

Bumrah struck off successive balls in the 19th over to go past 50 wickets in T20 internationals, only the second India bowler after Ravichandran Ashwin (52) to do so in this format.

With 14 runs needed from the last over, Umesh Yadav conceded two boundaries and Pat Cummins (7 not out) and Jhye Richardson (7 not out) gave Australia the win by scampering home for two runs off the final delivery.

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Sunil Gavaskar wants these two changes in Indian team in 2nd T20

Staff Writer Updated: 27 February, 2019, 3:13 PM IST


Sunil Gavaskar stated India should bring back Shikhar Dhawan in the side for the second T20 against Australia. The hosts were defeated in the first T20 as the Aussies won the match by three wickets on the last ball of the match.

The former Indian skipper wants Dhawan to open the innings with Rohit Sharma while KL Rahul should bat at number four.

“India would do well to bring Dhawan back and have Rahul at No.4.,” Gavaskar wrote in his column for the Times of India. “The plus point for India is Rahul’s return to form and (Mayank) Markande showing good temperament under pressure.”

He lambasted Umesh Yadav for his ordinary performance in the first game.

“Umesh Yadav, despite being around for such a long time, is not convincing as a white-ball bowler, so India could well do with a replacement for him,” Gavaskar wrote.