Navjot Singh Sidhu has been shown the door from The Kapil Sharma Show following his comments on the Pulwama terror attack. He will be replaced by Archana Puran Singh on the show.
“His remarks have not been taken kindly by most. Also, the channel and the show was getting dragged into the unwanted controversy. This is when the team amicably decided that Navjot make a distance from the show. The team has already shot a couple of episodes with Archana,” a source told indianexpress.com.
Earlier, Sidhu landed in a controversy after he urged people to not blame entire Pakistan for the attack.
“For a handful of people, can you blame the entire nation and can you blame an individual?,” Sidhu was quoted as saying in Economic Times.
He went to Pakistan to attend the oath taking ceremony of Imran Khan, who was appointed as Prime Minister of the country in 2018.
“It (the attack) is a cowardly act and I condemn it firmly. Violence is always condemnable and those who did it must be punished,” the 55-year-old from Patiala added.
Punjab wrist-spinner, Mayank Markande received a maiden call-up to India's T20I team for Australia series on Friday. India will play a two-match T20I series, which will be followed by a five-match ODI series. These are the last seven games for India to try out different players and combinations keeping the World Cup in mind.
Mayank shot to fame with his appreciable performance in the last season of the IPL. He played for Mumbai Indians under Rohit Sharma. Markande termed Rohit as "legend" and also shared his excitement on the fact that he will get to play alongside Dhoni if given a chance.
“Sharing the Indian dressing room with Rohit Sharma will be special. He had motivated me a lot during the IPL. I always kept talking to him. He is a legend of the game now so I always try to learn as much as possible from him,” Markande told The Indian Express.
He further stated, “As for now I am not even thinking about getting in the playing XI. But if I do then having MS Dhoni keep for me will be special.”
Markande picked up 15 wickets in 14 games and had an economy of 8.36.
There is always the danger of costly errors being overshadowed by stupendous wins. India could be in danger of committing an oversight if they do not take stock upon their return back home after the terrific tours of Australia and New Zealand.
While Virat Kohli has already returned to the country as a result of having rest attributed to him through the tour of New Zealand, the rest of the Indian team returns home victorious from what would have undoubtedly been an enormously taxing tour, particularly of Australia. Although Australia were not as quick as England to step up to their game as on India’s previous overseas tour prior to the tour of Australia, India still had to put in the hard yards. That brought about some rather memorable and vindicating moments for players such as Cheteshwar Pujara and the Indian bowling quartet despite some injury niggles.
India’s win in Australia, the first time in seven decades, cannot overlook the fact that Australia were clearly playing well beneath the standards expected of them. And India had the opportunity to seal their success in England but let one too many opportunities slip through their fingers, literally and metaphorically speaking.
Not to be forgotten is the fact that prior to embarking on the tour down under, Virat Kohli was facing flak and not just because of his errant comments on social media. The duo of Kohli and Ravi Shastri, captain and coach respectively, had committed one too many blunders, whether it was in reading the pitch wrong or getting the team combination wrong and it had cost India dearly in terms of ceding to England a Test series that was, by most counts, India’s for the taking.
In the making of some rather bizarre moves such as at Lord’s when India’s team seemed to defy logic, the duo seemed to reflect thinking that was not on the par with that of the selectors, suggesting divisions right down the line where the squad did not match the think tank’s preferences and it led to the benching of some players such as Karun Nair who made their mark rather spectacularly. It kept the atmosphere terse and speculation rife, not an ideal situation on an overseas tour.
As the series improved down under, while India seemed to have been rewarded for backing some youngsters, the Nair issue was clearly one that would remain stuck in the throat, questioning whether the coach and captain were deciding teams based on who they favoured rather than who merited a place in the playing eleven.
As an afterthought, it would not be surprising that the team management may now claim they were running a horses-for-courses strategy when they may be asked to explain why Rohit Sharma was not considered for the home Test series against the West Indies but was selected without a single performance to justify his being picked for the tour down under.
Had India let the Australian series slip away, questions would have been asking about the manner in which the duo were running the show, at one point, even seemingly to openly differ with each other. Fortunately they quickly learnt the perils of leaving out a solid, weighty batsman like Cheteshwar Pujara, particularly when they play a mercurial player like Rohit Sharma in the Test format. While Pujara’s omission in England drew criticism, Pujara’s performance down under only underlined the learning curve that the skipper and coach had to go through.
Despite how well India played down under, even relieving some of the pressure and the idea that everything rested on how Kohli fared as a batsman, and the bowling fulcrum coming into their own with Jasprit Bumrah forming the core of the lineup, India cannot overlook the fact that they had their chances in South Africa which they failed to capitalize on and then let England regenerate themselves on the momentum they gained by making the right moves in terms of having their finger on the pulse as far as their fringe players were concerned. A hapless England was not only allowed to believe in themselves again but also, to celebrate vanquishing the team that Ravi Shastri once called ‘the best travelling team in the world.’
The victory down under may have undone some of the ignominy from the tour of England but it did not spare the bloopers as the coach was caught playing the game of whether a player was fighting fit or not with the captain talking otherwise when it came to India’s lead spinners in Test cricket, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. A review would be advised.
Does the non-inclusion of Dinesh Karthik in the Indian team to play Australia in the ODI series starting later this month mean that he is out of contention for a berth in the World Cup squad? One would hope not and chief selector MSK Prasad has also hinted along these lines saying that there is a pool of about 20 players from which the final selection will be made. But it does put needless pressure on a player who has performed admirably of late, on numerous occasions rising to the occasion on the big occasion and displaying his prowess as a finisher.
From being in and out of the team for long Karthik who made his ODI debut against England at Lord’s in 2004 seemed to have finally cemented his place in the side thanks to a series of sterling performances. He has gone in for India from anywhere between the No 3 and No 7 positions besides opening the innings on a few occasions. He took a lot of time to consolidate his position in the side because the middle order was very competitive and he could only get in as a specialist batsman since MS Dhoni was always around as the wicketkeeper.
Despite the meteoric rise of Rishabh Pant one would like to think that Karthik would be an automatic selection for the World Cup given his recent showing. With Dhoni still around even Pant will play as a specialist batsmen and there is place for both. But while Pant finds a place in the team to play Australia – making his elevation to the World Cup squad almost automatic – Karthik will have to withstand the suspense of whether he is going to make the team for England following his omission from the side to play Australia.
Very clearly the selectors have opted for KL Rahul in place of Karthik. Overall Karthik would seem to have the better figures. In 77 innings he has scored 1738 runs at an average of 31 and a strike rate of almost 74. Rahul from 12 innings has 317 runs at an average of 35 and a strike rate of 80. On recent form though there is no denying the fact that Karthik’s record is far superior. In the last two years Rahul has scored just 121 runs from nine innings at an average of 15. Karthik on the other hand in the last six months has scored 221 runs from nine innings at an average of 44. On the evidence of all this it is clear that the selectors have not been fair to Karthik.
Former Australian opening batsman Matthew Hayden has joined Virender Sehwag in the babysitting advertisement for the upcoming T20 and ODI series between India and Australia. Star Sports, the official broadcaster, had launched Sehwag’s ad in the first place where he was seen with kids wearing Australian jerseys.
"Jab hum Australia gaye the, toh unhone poocha tha babysitting karoge? Humne kahaa sabke sab aajaao. Zaroor karenge [When we had gone to Australia, they asked us, will you babysit? We said all of you come, we will surely do]," Sehwag had said.
Matthew Hayden took potshot at Sehwag by saying "Never take Aussie's for a joke Viru Boy."
Now Hayden has joined Viru in a new commercial released by Star Sports. The former Indian opener is seen bringing milk bottles for the kids and he goes to one kid and says, "Beta aap bhi doodh pee lo, warna Kohli aa jayega [Son, you also have milk, otherwise Kohli will come]"
As he turns around, a ball hits the tray and they all fall. Hayden make his entry at this very moment and with a smile on his face, he says, "Viru Paaji, Australians ko bachcha mat samajhna!"
The selectors have included Siddarth Kaul in the ODI series in order to try him, considering they are yet to fill the spot of fourth seamer for the upcoming World Cup. England have always been a paradise for fast bowlers so theory of face pacers is vital for Men in Blue. Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami are the frontline pacers, who are expected to play a key role but India are still looking for one more bowler.
They tried Khaleel Ahmed in Australia and New Zealand series but he failed to perform. Former Indian batsman Sanjay Manjrekar has stated that he wouldn’t be surprised if Umesh Yadav makes it to the final team.
He has been included in the team for the T20 series against Australia.
“Yes because if they don’t find any viable and dependable fourth pure seamer by the end of the T20I series they will go to Hardik Pandya and use him as a third or the fourth seamer. But there is I think a back-door entry for Umesh Yadav. Don’t be surprised if he is in the final squad there. In T20Is he has proved his worth for RCB. So this works out well for him,” Sanjay Manjrekar said in a conversation with ESPNCricinfo.
The current selection panel led by MSK Prasad has axed in-form batsman Dinesh Karthik from the ODI squad. Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant, who failed to get going in the one-day format, has been recalled to the side meaning selectors have finalized him for the World Cup.
In the wake of Dinesh Karthik's latest ouster, former Indian batsman Sanjay Manjrekar feels it is the end of the road for the right hand batsman in ODIs.
“His fans will feel sorry because with the opportunity he has got, he has done as well as he could but I feel with this selection or non-selection of Karthik, India have told everyone that we look at Karthik as a T20 batsman and his 50-over future is over as far as we are concerned,” said Manjrekar in conversation with ESPNCricinfo.
“He has done well in the opportunities he has got, but he has been around for a long time and the selectors are thinking just like me – World Cup, big stage, big match, 50-overs cricket, Dinesh Karthik. Ambati Rayudu by playing that innings in New Zealand when he put India on the track of recovery and got the team to get a big score. Dinesh Karthik hasn’t played that kind of an innings.
“He has mostly played the role of a finisher. So this is where the numbers are disregarded by the selectors, the captain, the management and they are thinking temperamentally so far what we have seen of Karthik, is he someone who will excite us a 50-overs cricket at World Cup and they have said no and I don’t grudge them for that,” he added.
Ricky Ponting, who was recently appointed as Australia's assistant coach ahead of the World Cup, has been showered with praise from Glenn Maxwell. According to Australian all-rounder, it was Ponting's motivational words that helped the Aussie team chase down a mammoth total of 244 in 18.5 overs against New Zealand at the Eden Park in 2018.
“The confidence that he gave the group when he walked into the change room was undoubted, and just something different. He makes you feel like you can walk on water sometimes. He’s a good person for the batters to talk different tactics with because he can read someone’s technique really well. And he’s an unbelievable coach in the way that he coaches technique and the basics of the game,” Maxwell was quoted as saying in an interview with cricket.com.au.
“He can spend five minutes with you and work out any flaws and strengths that can slightly help, without changing your game too much. He can even change your mindset with just a conversation because of his amazing ability,” he added.
Virat Kohli and his wife Anushka Sharma have returned to Mumbai after spending quality time with family in Delhi. The couple was seen at the Mumbai airport and were twining in black.
Pictures from their Valentine's Day celebration were shared on social media. The couple went to Virat Kohli's restaurant in the national capital. Virat has shared a picture from their date.
Virat Kohli will lead India in the ODI and T20 series against Australia. He was rested from the last two ODIs and T20 series against the Black Caps.
Opener Martin Guptill made a second consecutive century to guide New Zealand to an eight-wicket win over Bangladesh in the second one-day cricket international on Saturday and a 2-0 win in the three-match series.
After carrying his bat for 117 in the first match which New Zealand won by eight wickets, Guptill made 118 as New Zealand — at 229-2 — surpassed Bangladesh's total of 226 with almost 14 overs remaining.
Guptill's century on Saturday was the 16th of his career and his third of the summer after his 138 in the first one-day international against Sri Lanka in early January.
Bangladesh was coming off an impressive series victory in the West Indies. But a single warm-up match sent them into the ODI series under-prepared and they have struggled to adapt to New Zealand conditions.
Sent in to bat after losing the toss on Saturday, Bangladesh's top order struggled on a pitch at Hagley Oval which contained moisture under a tight-packed covering of grass. The ball seamed a little and the Bangladesh batsmen struggled to cope.
Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza hoped his batsmen could survive the threat of the new ball, then hit out later in their innings and set New Zealand a challenging total.
While Bangladesh was reduced to 5-93 in the 21st over after a slow beginning, it began to hit out strongly in the second half of its innings.
Mohammed Mithun, who top-scored with 57, put on 75 for the sixth wicket with Sabbir Rahman (43) and at 168-5 in the 35th over, Bangladesh was in a good position to launch. But the lower order faltered and the last five wickets added only 58 runs, with the last wicket falling with two balls to spare.
When New Zealand batted, Guptill and Henry Nicholls quickly asserted the host's dominance, taking 23 runs from the first three overs.
Nicholls fell with the total 45 but when Guptill was out for 118 in the 29th over, New Zealand was 188-2 and coasting to victory.
Kane Williamson completed his 37th one-day international half century and was 65 not out at the end, hitting a boundary for the winning runs, while Ross Taylor was 21 not out. He put on 143 for the second wicket with Guptill to put the win beyond doubt.
"Another clinical performance for us is what we're wanting," Williamson said. "I thought the lads in the first half with the ball in hand were outstanding."
The BCCI announced India's T20I and ODI squad for Australia home series yesterday. Rishabh Pant has been included in the team for both the formats. He was in the T20I team against New Zealand where he impressed in the last two games. Now, he has been named in the ODI squad as well and would look to make a strong case for himself.
Indian chief selector, MSK Prasad has said that India are open to playing Pant in the top-order as well. “We have included him considering many factors. We will try and figure out his best possible batting position, because being a left-hander, there is an advantage of playing left-right combination. We are discussing all that,” Prasad said. He also said, "Yes" when asked if India would try Pant in top-order.
He further added, "Prior to this, we had series in New Zealand and Australia. That is where Karthik was chosen because Rishabh played four Tests (against Australia) and we wanted him to get a good rest. Then he (Rishabh) played a couple of matches against England Lions where he played extremely well. Then he played the T20I matches. So we wanted him to give him a few ODIs as well before we take the final call."
England and India are touted to be the two favorites for the 50-overs Cricket World Cup that will commence from May 30 in England and Wales. England and India are ranked no.1 and no.2 in ICC ODI team rankings. They are playing at a level, which is far superior in comparison to other ODI sides at the moment.
Indian legend, Sunil Gavaskar has picked England over India as favorites to win the World Cup.
"The strong favourites in the World Cup tournament are England. And it is not because of the fact that it will be a home World Cup for them. But because they have changed their attitude towards ODI cricket. They had lost in the league stage in 2015 World Cup, probably against Bangladesh. But since then, the manner in which they changed their game, the way in which they picked their team, England have grown into a strong side. They have a good opening pair, they have strong middle-order batters, they also have a good all-rounder in the form of and when you play at home you also have a strong backing," Gavaskar told India Today.
"The advantage that India have is they have played in England for two consecutive years - 2017 and 2018. So the players who will be part of the World Cup squad will be aware of the conditions and hence will be able to use their experience and probably India can use the factor to lift the World Cup. But I feel the most favourites are England and then come India," Gavaskar added.
In wake of the dastardly Pulwama terror attack, the RP-SG Indian Sports Honours has been postponed. The entire nation is saddened over the loss of lives of our brave hearts in the attack in which at least 42 CPRF jawans have been martyred. The cowardly attack took place on Thursday when terrorists targeted a convoy with a car bomb at Awantipora in Jammu and Kashmir's Pulwama district. They were carrying more than 350 kg of explosives.
“At this heavy moment of loss that we all find ourselves in, we would like to cancel this event that was scheduled to take place tomorrow,” said Kohli in his tweet.
“The who’s who of entertainment and sports industry were supposed to be present for the award ceremony. every partner and all the sport-stars and delegates associated with this award have been informed and communicated with stating that hosting an event was unacceptable at this moment when India is mourning the death of its jawans,” the batsman’s PR team said in a statement.
Top-seeded defending champion Dominic Thiem of Austria advanced to the Argentina Open semifinals, beating Uruguay's Pablo Cuevas 4-6, 6-4, 6-3.
Thiem will face fourth-seeded home favorite Diego Schwartzman on Saturday. Schwartzman beat Spain's Albert Ramos Vinolas 6-1, 7-5.
In the other quarterfinals, third-seeded Marco Cecchinato of Italy beat Spain's Roberto Carballes Baena 7-6 (3), 6-4, and Argentina's Guido Pella topped Spaniard Jaume Munar 6-7 (3), 7-6 (9), 6-1.
WWE announced that Minute Maid Park in Houston will host the Royal Rumble on Sunday, January 26, 2020. The event will mark WWE’s debut at Minute Maid Park and the second time the Royal Rumble has been held at a baseball stadium following this year’s event at Chase Field in Phoenix which took place in front of a capacity crowd of 48,193.
Fans attending this Sunday’s Elimination Chamber event at the Toyota Center in Houston will receive an exclusive pre-sale offer to buy tickets to the Royal Rumble before the general public. Details on ticket availability will be forthcoming. Additionally, fans in attendance will have the chance to win four tickets to the 2020 Royal Rumble by taking part in a special Twitter and Instagram sweepstakes.
“We are thrilled to bring one of WWE’s biggest events of 2020 to Minute Maid Park,” said Janis Burke, CEO of the Harris County - Houston Sports Authority. “We look forward to WWE fans from around the world descending on Houston for the Royal Rumble.”
The event, which will stream live around the world on WWE Network, will feature a 30-Man Royal Rumble match, and a 30-Woman Royal Rumble match, with the winners of both matches receiving Championship opportunities at WrestleMania 36.
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