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Krunal Pandya reveals his preferred batting position

Staff Writer Updated: 26 February, 2019, 4:31 PM IST


Krunal Pandya is sure of seeing a better performance from his teammates during the upcoming T20 match against Australia. According to him, Men in Blue have not loss the momentum despite their defeat in the first match of the series. Defending 126 runs, the hosts lost the match by three wickets in the end. Krunal was brilliant with the ball and ended up picking one wicket.

"It was a great bowling effort. Everyone chipped in and we almost defended the low total. We just have to be more cautious about our batting," said Krunal.

Tomorrow is a very important game as we are 0-1 down but I would not say that we have lost momentum. We lost the other night but we are not losing consecutive games. I am sure we will do well tomorrow," he added.

When asked about his preferred batting position or if he would like to bat higher up in the order, he said:

"Honestly, I am not thinking about where I want to bat. I am just focused on what is in my hands irrespective of the situation. I want to contribute with both bat and ball."

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AB de Villiers makes a big statement on his international return

Staff Writer Updated: 26 February, 2019, 4:28 PM IST


For the first time in their cricket history, South Africa got defeated by an Asian team at their backyard in Test cricket. We are talking about Sri Lanka's historic Test series win over South Africa. South Africa's batting has been found wanting. On the other hand, AB de Villiers has endured a purple patch and he recently won a match for his side in the Pakistan Super League (PSL).

2019 Cricket World Cup is not too far away. Connect the dots now. Quite simply, the moment the Proteas start underperforming, the demand for return of De Villiers starts gaining momentum. And why not, he is such a quality player.

Even AB misses playing for his country. He was qouted as saying by Standard Sport, "Playing at the highest level alongside your friends, scoring runs for your country are things that I look back and go, ‘Ah, I miss that a little bit." But, he has moved on and has no intentions of making a magical return to the Proteas side.

He added, “I don’t miss 90 per cent of it. I’ve pretty much moved on. I’ve made peace with the fact that the World Cup will not define me. Yes, it would be nice to add that to what’s been a very enjoyable career, but I know it won’t define me as a person or cricketer.

“You can never keep everyone happy. I’ve always been a people pleaser. I’m very passionate about my country, but I’m at a stage of my life where I’ve moved on. There are people who think I should still be playing, but the international scene just became a little bit too much for me with my family and a few other things. You have to answer to yourself, look yourself in the mirror and that’s what I’ve done. The most important people to please are your family.”

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Watch: Rohit, Bumrah, Hardik and Krunal unveil new Mumbai Indians Jersey for 2019 IPL season

Staff Writer Updated: 26 February, 2019, 4:22 PM IST


Ahead of the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League, Mumbai Indians have unveiled their new jersey.

In a video posted by Mumbai based franchise, Pandya brothers, Jasprit Bumrah and Rohit Sharma can be seen presenting the new kit in style.

Mumbai Indians have won the IPL title thrice while they have lifted the Champions League T20 trophy twice in their illustrious history.

The 2019 IPL will start from 23 March with the opening match being played between Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Mumbai Indians squad for IPL 2019: Rohit Sharma (c), Hardik Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Krunal Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Mayank Markande, Rahul Chahar, Anukul Roy, Siddhesh Lad, Aditya Tare, Kieron Pollard, Evin Lewis, Ben Cutting, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Jason Behrendorff, Barinder Singh Sran, Lasith Malinga, Yuvraj Singh, Anmolpreet Singh, Pankaj Jaswal, Rasikh Dar, Quinton de Kock and Jayant Yadav.

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Jasprit Bumrah is obviously a class act, says Pat Cummins

Harshit Anand Updated: 26 February, 2019, 4:10 PM IST


Pat Cummins has heaped praise on Jasprit Bumrah, stating that he is a class act across formats and his pace and accuracy has made him one of the best bowlers in international cricket at the moment.

The Indian pacer was on-song in the first T20 against Australia. He picked up three wickets in the game and his last over almost led India to win before Umesh Yadav’s expensive 20th over spoiled Bumrah’s hardwork.

“He is obviously a class act. Two of the basics he does really well is that he bowls fast and he bowls accurately. Anyone who does that in world cricket will pose a real challenge for the batsmen. He has got a great slower ball, seems to have a great cricketing brain, executes his skills really well,” Cummins said.

“He has done really well in all three formats and the one to watch out for, added the Aussie speedster ahead of the second and final T20 here Wednesday.

Pat Cummins was Australia’s top performer in the Test series against India before raking in another exceptional performance against Sri Lanka.

“I haven’t seen too many memes (of myself on social media) but really happy with how my game is going at the moment. So many things have fallen into place. Playing quite consistent cricket has helped,” Cummins said.

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Promising youngster wants to forget his first India outing

Staff Writer Updated: 26 February, 2019, 4:07 PM IST


Playing for your country at the highest level is a dream come true for anyone. It's an absolute honor for any budding cricketer. But not all players have a fairytale beginning. Some players greatly struggle after making their debut while some don't get enough chances despite doing well. Young Mumbai batsman, Shreyas Iyer falls into the latter category.

Iyer averages 42 and has a strike-rate of 96.33 after playing five ODIs, still he is not anyway near to India's World Cup squad. His First-class average is 52.18. List A average is 42.01, which is quite good. While he is on fire in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali trophy. He made 55-ball 147 (15 sixes and seven fours) and 55-ball 103* (10 sixes and five fours) against Sikkim and Madhya Pradesh respectively.

When asked about his India stint by SportsStar, Iyer said, "I don’t like to talk much about that as I am playing Mushtaq Ali now. It is all past. I just want to forget it and concentrate on my cricket and perform."

Shreyas Iyer was made Delhi's capital in last season of IPL. He also opened up on how captaincy shapes a player. “You become mature and you start taking responsibility as an individual. Other players also look up to you as captain and they start respecting you,” Iyer said of captaincy. “ think I have improved a lot as a batsman and I have realized my strengths and weaknesses. I try to learn as much as possible from everywhere I play. All these things have really helped me as a captain,” said Iyer.

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Suresh Raina, Ajinkya Rahane salute Indian Air Force for giving fitting reply to Pakistan

Staff Writer Updated: 26 February, 2019, 4:02 PM IST


Leading Indian cricketers have saluted Indian Air Force after its jets crossed the line of control and destroyed terror camps, killing 350 Pakistan sponsored terrorists.

Cricket stars Suresh Raina and Ajinkya Rahane joined the rest of the country in saluting IAF.

Suresh Raina, who recently completed 8,000 runs in T20 format, took to twitter to hail the IAF.

My salute to #IAF for showing great courage in the face of adversity. A fitting reply to cowardice,” he wrote.

He was joined by Ajinkya Rahane, the vice-captain of the Indian team in Test cricket.

Bravo to the #IndianAirForce! They have sent a much needed message against terror. We are proud of you," he wrote.

Earlier, Foreign Secretary VK Gokhale stated India carried out strike to eliminate terrorists.

"Credible intelligence was received that JeM was attempting another suicide terror attack in various parts of the country, and the fidayeen jihadis were being trained for this purpose. In the face of imminent danger, a pre-emptive strike became absolutely necessary," Gokhale said.

"The selection of the target was also conditioned by our desire to avoid civilian casualties. The facility is located in thick forest on a hilltop far away from any civilian presence. As the strike has taken place only a short while ago, we are awaiting further details," he added.

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Our niceness should never be comprehended as weakness, says Sachin after IAF destroys camps

Staff Writer Updated: 26 February, 2019, 3:16 PM IST


Former Indian skipper Sachin Tendulkar has given his reaction after the Indian Air Force carried out strikes to destroy terror camps of the Jaish-e-Mohammed across the border.

“Our niceness should never be comprehended as our weakness. I salute the IAF, Jai Hind,” tweeted Sachin Tendulkar.


According to Indian government, 350 terrorists were killed in the strikes carried out by IAF. There was a lot of pressure on the present Indian regime to avenge the killing of 42 CRPF security personnel in Pulwama.

Former Indian cricketers are demanding to boycott World Cup match against Pakistan in the wake of dastardly terror attack on the Indian soldiers. Players like Sourav Ganguly, Mohammad Azharuddin and Harbhajan Singh are not in favour of cricketing ties with arch rivals after gruesome attack took away the lives of Indian bravehearts.

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Rohit Sharma trolls Yuzvendra Chahal on Instagram once again

Staff Writer Updated: 26 February, 2019, 2:55 PM IST


Rohit Sharma and Yuzvendra Chahal are close buddies and they never misses a chance to troll each other on social media. Their funny banter is loved by everyone and they are hailed for their on-field chemistry.

It was Rohit Sharma's turn this time to settle the score with Yuzvendra Chahal. Rohit made fun of Chahal’s sponsor less bat when he saw him shadow practicing with his willow.

The Indian vice-captain reminded Chahal of his unbeaten innings of 18 runs in the fourth ODI against New Zealand in Hamilton.

Chahal was the highest run scorer for Men in Blue in that game.

“Plain bat? I thought by now you could get a sponsor for your bat after that knock in NZ. #GOAT,” Rohit wrote on an Instagram story.

India are currently trailing by 0-1 in the two-match T20 series against Australia after an ordinary batting performance led them to a three-wicket defeat in the first game.

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Yuzvendra Chahal lauds bohot hard, ‘bohot hard strike by Indian Air Force

Staff Writer Updated: 26 February, 2019, 2:33 PM IST


India cricketer Yuzvendra Chahal has lauded the Indian Air Force after they carried out strikes at Balakot, which is located in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province of Pakistan. He took to twitter to hail the Indian security personnel for their efforts.

The IAF destroyed the terror camps of the Jaish-e-Mohammed in the wake of Pulwama attack, which had resulted in the killing of 42 Indian bravehearts. The Indian Air Force conducted this successful operation with the help of 12 Mirage 2000.

Chahal was mighty pleased with the news and he wrote: “Indian Air Force 🇮🇳👏 Bohot Hard Bohot Hard #IndiaStrikesBack #JaiHind 🇮🇳🇮🇳”

Earlier, he had requested Indian Government to take stringent action those who were involved in Pulwama attack in Kashmir.

“It’s not in our hands, if BCCI says, we will play if they say no then we won’t. I think it is high time, we need to take firm action.

“I am not saying all people there (Pakistan) are at fault but those who are responsible should be acted against,” he had said.

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Choose between IPL and PSL? When BCCI considered giving foreign players a choice between IPL and PSL

Harshit Anand Updated: 26 February, 2019, 12:49 PM IST


Ever since the Pulwama terror attack, the animosity between India and Pakistan have soared. There were even calls of boycotting Pakistan in the 2019 Cricket World Cup that will commence from May 30 in England and Wales.

Now, as per reports, BCCI was considering giving foreign players the choice to pick one between Indian Premier League and the Pakistan Premier League. But, after discussions, the idea wasn't considered feasible.

As per a report in Indian Express, the BCCI contemplated this way so as to isolate Pakistan. The members of the Committee of Administrators (CoA) — Vinod Rai, Diana Edulji and Lieutenant General Ravi Thodge along with BCCI CEO Rahul Johri had an exhaustive meeting over the same but they decided against it as it is the IPL franchises, who buy players than the BCCI itself.

Today, India finally avenged the Pulwama terror attack, when several Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter jets crossed the Line of Control (LoC) and destroyed terror camps in Balakot, Muzaffarabad, and Chakoti.

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Rohit Sharma to join MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina in elite list

Staff Writer Updated: 26 February, 2019, 12:25 PM IST


Hitman is on the verge of joining MS Dhoni and Suresh Raina in the elite list. He is just one match away from becoming the third Indian player to play 300 T20 matches. Former Indian skipper has been part of 301 matches in the shortest format while Suresh Raina recently touched the 300 mark.

14 cricketers in total have played 300 or more T20 matches with Kieron Pollard leading the table with 451 appearances. The current vice-captain of the Indian team has played 94 T20Is for Men in Blue.

He needs just two sixes to go ahead of New Zealand’s Martin Guptill and West Indies batsman Chris Gayle (both with 103 sixes) to become the leading six hitter in T20 internationals.

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Surgical Strike 2.0: Cricketers Bow Down to Hail IAF's Strikes Across LoC

Staff Writer Updated: 26 February, 2019, 11:50 AM IST


India finally avenged the Pulwama terror attack, when several Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter jets crossed the Line of Control (LoC) and destroyed terror camps in Balakot, Muzaffarabad, and Chakoti. ANI reported that around 3:30 this morning, 12 Mirage 2000 fighter jets of the Indian Air Force dropped 1,000 kg bombs on terror camps of the Jaish-e-Mohammed, Lashkar-e-Taiba and Hizbul Mujahideen.

“At 0330 hours on 26th February a group of Mirage 2000 Indian Fighter jets struck a major terrorist camp across the LoC and completely destroyed it,” IAF sources were quoted by ANI as saying.

In the dastardly Pulwama terror attack that took place on February 14, terrorists had targeted a convoy with a car bomb. They were carrying more than 350 kg of explosives.

Take a look at how cricketers reacted to the attack:

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Jasprit Bumrah is on the verge of making history in T20I cricket

Staff Writer Updated: 26 February, 2019, 10:49 AM IST


Indian speedster Jasprit Bumrah became the second Indian bowler after R Ashwin to pick up 50 wickets in T20I cricket. He returned with figures of 3/16 in the first match of the series against Australia.

The pacer has taken 51 wickets in 41 matches and is just two wickets away from going past R Ashwin, who has taken 52 wickets in 46 T20I matches.

Jasprit Bumrah was pleased to see KL Rahul's comeback to form.

"It's always good when you've got good competition in the team. He looked the best batsman today I feel because he was playing with a lot of composure, he started off playing good shots and he was playing conventional shots. It's always good when a player like him is back in form," Bumrah said at the post-match press conference.

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Media watchdog says Williams cartoon didn't breach standards

AP Updated: 26 February, 2019, 10:34 AM IST


The Australian Press Council has ruled there was no breach of its standards of practice in a cartoon of tennis star Serena Williams which attracted global condemnation after being published by Melbourne's Herald Sun newspaper last September.

The depiction of Williams by cartoonist Mark Knight showed the 23-time major winner reacting angrily during her loss to Naomi Osaka in the final of the U.S. Open. Williams is depicted with her mouth open wide, hands in fists and jumping above a broken tennis racket and a baby's pacifier. The umpire was shown telling a blond, slender woman — meant to be Osaka, who has a Japanese mother and a father from Haiti — "Can you just let her win?"

In a ruling published Monday, the Australian Press Council said it "acknowledged that some readers found the cartoon offensive" but said there was sufficient public interest in commenting on the behavior of a player with a globally high profile.

Critics of Knight's cartoon described it as a clear example of a stereotype facing black women, depicting Williams as an irate, hulking, big-mouthed black woman jumping up and down.

The press council said it had received complaints from people who believed the cartoon was racist and sexist.

"Specifically, concern was expressed that the cartoon depicted Ms. Williams with large lips, a broad flat nose, a wild afro-styled ponytail hairstyle different to that worn by Ms. Williams during the match and positioned in an ape-like pose," the council said in a statement. "The council considered that the cartoon uses exaggeration and absurdity to make its point but accepts the publisher's claim that it does not depict Ms Williams as an ape, rather showing her as 'spitting the dummy,' a non-racist caricature familiar to most Australian readers."

Spitting the dummy is an Australian term for a tantrum.

The Washington Post criticized the cartoon at the time of its publication as reflective of the "dehumanizing Jim Crow caricatures so common in the 19th and 20th centuries."

The Herald Sun said the cartoon used "satire, caricature, exaggeration, and humor" to depict an event of public interest.

Knight told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation on Monday he was "very happy" with the council's ruling.

"I will not be changing the way I draw cartoons because I think I'm a very free and fair cartoonist and I accept issues on their merits and draw them as such," he said.

The press council said it accepted the newspaper's contention the cartoon was in response to Williams' behavior during the match.

The newspaper "said that the cartoon was not intended to depict negatively any race or gender and was drawn in a style that the cartoonist has drawn over several decades and was only intended to be a 'sporting cartoon' for the publication's local readership," the press council said in its findings.

During the final against Osaka, Williams got a warning from the chair umpire for receiving coaching from the sidelines. An indignant Williams emphatically defended herself, denying she had cheated. A short time later, she smashed her racket in frustration and was docked a point. She protested and demanded an apology from the umpire, who penalized her a game.

Williams has won the Australian Open seven times and is a crowd favorite at Melbourne Park, where she has been playing at the season's first tennis major since 1998. She returned for the tournament last month but lost in the quarterfinals.

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UEFA charges Atletico coach Simeone for obscene gesture

AP Updated: 26 February, 2019, 10:32 AM IST


UEFA has charged Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone with improper conduct for an obscene gesture after his team scored against Juventus in the Champions League.

After Atletico defender Jose Maria Gimenez scored the first goal late in a 2-0 win, Simeone turned to his team's fans and made the gesture.

Simeone said the gesture showed he had courage to make tough selection decisions. Two days later, he apologized.

UEFA says its disciplinary panel will judge the case at a later date. Simeone could be banned from a future game.

The second leg in Italy will be played on March 12.

Juventus coach Massimiliano Allegri also faces an improper conduct charge for his team being late on the field for kickoff.