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Rohit Sharma sets unwanted personal record in second ODI

Staff Writer Updated: 5 March, 2019, 3:51 PM IST

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Rohit Sharma was dismissed for a duck during the second ODI against Australia in Nagpur. He got out without troubling the scorers for the first time in ODIs in India. Looking to score runs having faced five deliveries, he played the upper cut on the short and wide delivery bowled by Pat Cummins but ended up giving a simple catch to Adam Zampa at third man. He is struggling for runs and has scored just one fifty in his last 8 innings. Earlier, Aaron Finch won the toss and elected to field first in the second match of the series.

Men in Blue went in with the same squad which had played in the first game. “We wanted to bat first, pretty much a no-brainer. Not much dew in the evening and it is a dry surface. Not typical of the kind of pitches you get here does not look like it will bounce much. We expect it to deteriorate further as the game progresses. We have the same team. We spoke about the middle order coming through when the top three does not click, so we need such games. Guys are looking for opportunities. It was a good performance for us, hopefully, we can keep it going,” Kohli said after the toss.

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India's best domestic all-rounder still dreams to play for the country

Harshit Anand Updated: 5 March, 2019, 2:56 PM IST

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India have been blessed with some wonderful talents in the field of cricket. It is not easy to break into the Indian team given the kind of competition there is in the country. Indore-born cricketer, Jalaj Saxena is considered to be the best all-rounder in India's domestic circuit. He is a veteran of 111 First-Class games but he is yet to represent India.

He has done exceptionally well in the last five years and more often than not ends up among the best bowlers of the season and also does quite well with the bat. He still harbours the dream to play for India.

Jalaj Saxena currently plays for Kerala in the domestic circuit. “I still have a dream to play for India. Age is just a number and fitness is an important aspect of my life. Yoga has helped me a lot, my father is a trainer as well. Professionally, it has helped my keep calm during tough times while helping me improve concentration and flexibility,” he said while speaking to Mail Today.

“I am pretty serious about the opportunity. I want to do my best for the Capitals in whatever capacity the team wants. In this era, being an all-rounder gives me a brighter chance at playing regularly at the top level,” he added.

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BCCI ultimatum to ICC: Take T20, ODI World Cup out of India

Staff Writer Updated: 5 March, 2019, 1:59 PM IST

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The governing body of international cricket has told the BCCI to get tax exemptions for conducting global events like the T20 World Cup in 2021 and fifty over World Cup in 2023. If BCCI fails to convince the government, they will have to pay the amount for hosting the events as ICC is not ready to bear the expenses.

The order issued by the ICC has not gone down well with some BCCI officials. Speaking to IANS, a senior official said that the ICC is free to take the global events out of the country as pressurizing Indian Cricket Board for exemptions would not help.

"We will abide by what the Tax Department and the Ministry decides on this. We would love for the World Cup to take place here, but if the ICC wants to play hard ball, they must be ready for everything.

"If they want to take the ICC tournament out of India, it's fine. Let BCCI then take the revenue out of the ICC and see who loses more.

"Those in-charge of administration are trying to take policy decisions without jurisdiction to do so. The ICC will find it difficult to hold the BCCI to those decisions since a lot of these decisions do not have the approval of the board," the official said.

Another official lambasted the ICC for working in an autocratic way.

"It was found earlier that the ICC had a different contract with different member boards. For example, Cricket Australia was only required to make best endeavours to get tax exemption while the BCCI was required to ensure tax exemption.

"See, this is a result of a situation where the present BCCI is found wanting. The CoA bigwig wants to show that he is in control of things and whenever that happens, the democratic functioning of an organisation is the first casualty.

"There is no way that the BCCI should agree to this. The ICC cannot on the one hand say that they aim to have an inclusive approach and on the other hand look at every possible opportunity to hurt India's interest," the official signed off.

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Jasprit Bumrah's bowling action imitated by a kid in Hong Kong is a must-watch

Staff Writer Updated: 5 March, 2019, 1:50 PM IST

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Jasprit Bumrah has carved a niche for himself across formats in international cricket. Since making his debut in 2016, Bumrah has been sensational and is currently ranked number one in ODIs. He is followed by upcoming cricketers, who have imitated his bowling action time and again.

Months after a video of an Australia kid imitating Bumrah's action in the backyard surfaced, another cricketer has copied his action. A clip of a U-13 cricketers in Hong Kong trying to bowl like the Indian pacer has gone viral on the internet.

Hong Kong Cricket has shared a video of the kid bowling during one of the cricket tournaments. The young pacer can be seen taking a short bowling stride before picking up pace like Bumrah.

The batsman has no clue whatsoever and is beaten by the nagging line and length of the bowler.

Bumrah had responded to the video of the Australian kid, who had imitated his action. "The kid is so cute. Give him my best wishes."

Bumrah will spearhead the Indian pace attack in England and Wales.

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MS Dhoni on the cusp of joining Sachin Tendulkar, Rahul Dravid in elite list

Staff Writer Updated: 5 March, 2019, 1:46 PM IST

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Former Indian skipper played another match winning innings in the first ODI against Australia in Hyderabad. The veteran is enjoying a brilliant run of form in 2019 and has slammed four fifties in one-day internationals.

He has amassed 301 runs at an average of 150.50, which is the best by any player this year. He has the chance to add another record to his impressive CV as he needs just 33 runs from becoming the sixth Indian batsman to score 17,000 international runs across all formats.

The other Indian batters who have achieved the feat are Sachin Tendulkar (34,357), Rahul Dravid (24,208), Virat Kohli (19,453), Sourav Ganguly (18,575) and Virender Sehwag (17,253).

VCA Stadium in Nagpur, the venue of the second ODI, is one of the favorite grounds for MS Dhoni. He has scored 268 runs in 5 games, which is the most for any batsman at the venue.

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Mohammed Kaif opines whether India should play Pakistan in WC or not

Harshit Anand Updated: 5 March, 2019, 12:51 PM IST

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There have been a lot of tensions between India and Pakistan ever since a Pakistan sponsored terror attack hit Pulwama, in which at least, 40 CRPF Jawans were martyred. There have even been calls for boycotting Pakistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup that begins from May 30 in England and Wales.

Former Indian player, Mohammed Kaif who was appointed as the assistant coach of Delhi Capitals, said, “Virat Kohli has said that government is going to take a call on that. It’s not about players or BCCI. They have said that the government will take a decision. So we’ll have to wait and see.”

BCCI had requested ICC to sever ties with countries which harbour terror. But ICC turned down the request. "There was no chance that anything like that would have happened. The ICC chairman made it clear that the decision to ostracize a nation is taken at the government level and ICC had no rule. The BCCI knew it all along but still took a chance," a BCCI official told PTI.

India and Pakistan are set to clash on June 16 in Manchester in the ICC showpiece event.

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Kedar Jadhav: Team India's most important asset

CT Contributors Updated: 5 March, 2019, 11:50 AM IST

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Kedar Jadhav’s role in the Indian cricket team bears utmost significance given his consistency and love for batting in crunch situations. The middle order batsman offers plenty of cushion for Team India with his match-winning attributes. From being an able bowler, who can give you the wickets, to that of playing strongly with the bat, Jadhav is a captain’s delight.

Jadhav was superb once again in the first ODI against Australia in Hyderabad after guiding Indian to a sensational six-wicket win. The utility man chipped in with a sublime 87-ball 81, which was studded with nine boundaries and a six. He joined hands with veteran wicket-keeper batsman MS Dhoni and the pair stitched a match-winning 141-run stand.

India got to the score of 240 for four in 48.2 overs after the Aussies had managed 236/7 in 50 overs. Ahead of his mastery with the bat, Jadhav also performed well with the ball after figures of 1/31 in seven overs. Jadhav has repaid the faith the side has vested in him and he has given the feeling of being an able finisher.

With the ICC World Cup 2019 starting in England and Wales from May 30 onwards, Jadhav’s influence in the team will be immense. One can expect skipper Virat Kohli to continuously turn on to the player in terms of producing moments of magic with both bat and ball. Jadhav has grown to become an experienced customer and every now and then he has played innings of substance to help India win ODI matches.

What Jadhav has shown here is that the side can rely on his experience during tricky chases. In January, his 61* helped India get past the line. Back in 2017, his knocks of 120 and 90* against England, helped the side register stiff targets in the ODI series at home.

Jadhav is a player that excels in these type of situations. In the Asia Cup in 2018, his 23* helped India beat Bangladesh in the final. Once again India were chasing in that match. This is a strong sign of a player, who isn’t afraid to go out and express himself in these situations.

When you follow Jadhav’s ODI career trajectory, while batting first, the right-hander has only one 50+ score in 18 innings. But when it comes to chasing a match, he has six 50+ scores. The statistic puts weight to his credentials as a chaser. He is someone who is growing to become like a Dhoni or Kohli, who are known to be terrific while chasing down targets.

Jadhav’s role is more than just a part-time spinner. His attributes with the ball make him a vital bowler in this ODI side. One can expect the player to get crucial overs during the Cricket World Cup. He won’t be there just to fill in the numbers. Kohli will be tempted to give him decent amount of overs and bring that impact in the middle overs. Jadhav has a knack of getting key scalps and he is often a partnership breaker.

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Adam Zampa credits INDIAN player for success against Virat Kohli

Staff Writer Updated: 5 March, 2019, 10:54 AM IST

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Australian leg-spinner, Adam Zampa had a good outing in the first ODI against India in Hyderabad. The Aussie player accounted for wickets of Indian skipper, Virat Kohli, and Ambati Rayudu. He caused a mini-collapse in India's innings but then the partnership between MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav and the average total set by Australia proved too difficult for the visitors to win the ODI series opener.

Zampa revealed how he plans against Kohli, who is no.1 ranked Test and ODI batsman. He was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au., “He’s (Virat Kohli) one guy we always spend a little bit of extra time talking about in team meetings. It’s good for the confidence, it’s exciting to get a player like that out.”

Zampa credited former Indian player, and Australia’s spin consultant, Sridharan Sriram for his success against Kohli. “Sri (Sridharan Sriram) has got the experience here and the knowledge. In Australia, I tend to bowl a little bit more top-spinners and wrong’uns whereas here I’m probably a bit more out the front, a bit of side spin. Sliders with a little bit of leg-spin, I’m finding in the nets it worked. And I got a wicket like that the other night in the first game – Kohli was the one that went straight on,” said Zampa.

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Virat and Anushka's World Cup plan prove why they are the most adorable couple

Staff Writer Updated: 4 March, 2019, 5:34 PM IST

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Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma keep giving us relationship goals. They make up for the most lovely and stylish couple and they openly come out in the public domain to express their love for each other as well.

It has been reported by DNA citing sources that Anushka Sharma will be present in England and Wales during 2019 Cricket World Cup to cheer for her husband.

As per sources, “Anushka has been the perfect partner supporting her husband’s milestones. Virat, too, has always gone out of his way for his beloved biwi. He is captaining India for the first time in a 50-over World Cup tournament and Anushka wants to be there to root for him and see him lift the prized trophy. But, what the duo is planning to do there is truly commendable. It just shows how supportive they are of one another and how they are actually each other’s better halves.”

The source adds, “While Anushka will be travelling to England to be the perfect pillar of strength to Virat, she might not go to the stadium with him. In fact, she wants to go separately to watch the matches and cheer the loudest for Virat. Usually, when the wives of the cricketers travel on tours, they take the team bus. However, on match days, Anushka plans to hire her own car and bear all the costs of her visit to the stadium. Of course, she has a heartwarming reason behind this decision. They both are huge celebrities and know that there will be ample media attention during the World Cup. So, the two of them wish to keep all distractions at bay during this sporting tournament. Virat and his boys definitely want to try and win for India. Somewhere, Anushka also knows how important the WC is and therefore, Virushka collectively feels that the lesser the distraction on match days, the better it is. The power couple wants the focus to be only on the game.”

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Virat Kohli Kept Fake Name To Keep Their Wedding A Secret

Staff Writer Updated: 4 March, 2019, 5:31 PM IST

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Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma maintained a high level of secrecy during their wedding. They went to lengths to ensure that their wedding plans were not made public. They married in the dreamy valleys of Tuscany, Italy. When the photos of their wedding were out, it caused a social media meltdown.

To make sure that their wedding plans weren't out they even used fake names. Anushka Sharma revealed and said, “We wanted to have a home-style wedding. There were only 42 people there, with all our friends and family present. I wanted it to be about Virat and me marrying each other, and not this big celebrity wedding. The energy at our wedding was blessed.”

The couple even took on fake names when they interacted with the caterers. “I think Virat’s was Rahul,” said Anushka.

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SA Continue to Reel after Olivier Dilemma

Sreelata S Yellamrazu Updated: 4 March, 2019, 5:29 PM IST

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The aftershocks in South Africa continue a week after they were handed shocking defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka at home and as a double blow, lost Duanne Olivier to the dreaded Kolpak contract.

Cricket South Africa and Ottis Gibson will have to have a closer look not only at South Africa’s game plan but also, retention policy because not only did South Africa allow Sri Lanka to become the first Asian team to beat them in a Test series in their own backyard but also, are consistently applying defensive tactics even as they continue to suffer brain drain.

As South Africa tried to assimilate a rare Test series defeat at home and that too against a Sri Lankan team that was struggling to hold its ground, they were dropped another jolt when it was announced on social media first that their enterprising fast bowler, Duanne Olivier, had entered a three year Kolpak contract that would effectively render him unavailable to represent South Africa for at least that duration of time.

The blow is particularly impactful since South Africa had just begun to contemplate converting Olivier’s recent successes (he picked up thirty-one wickets in the last five of the total of ten Test matches he played) from Test cricket into the one day internationals format which would have included the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in June in England. Although Olivier’s stint with the national team began in 2017, his recent successes had made South Africa dream again of an all out pace quartet, particularly in home conditions, a decision that has been criticized for sometimes being one track and restrictive on the part of Gibson and the support staff as the game has undergone a sea change since South Africa’s readmission in 1991.

Cricket South Africa expressed disappointment as they had contemplated giving Olivier a two year contract although it has to be understood that the young fast bowler was already in talks and surreptitious deal making at the time of representing South Africa and before the performances that went his way. It is not easy to tell whether his recent distinction would have made him rethink his decision in light of the timing of the deal as well as the financial prospect.

From South Africa’s perspective, it throws a major spanner in the works for a team that is trying to desperately hold onto its top tier ranking without quite looking like the consistent, world beating unit. Taking another slice from the reduced pie that included the recent retirement of AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis has been left to nurture the resources at his disposal at a time when South Africa seem to be losing talented, promising future prospects such as Olivier ad Kyle Abbott before him.

While financial remunerations and the quota system in South African cricket are being blamed for South Africa’s depleted resources, while there is perceptible anger being directed at Olivier as it was at Abbot before him, there is a lot of deep reflection that must be done on the part of Cricket South Africa before it contemplates its next move when it comes to player management. For the moment though, South Africa’s headaches ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup have only compounded with Dale Steyn left to steer the ship in his senior role.

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Will Dhoni and Kohli be rested from IPL? Here's what BCCI has to say

Staff Writer Updated: 4 March, 2019, 4:58 PM IST

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IPL is one of the major cricketing attractions in the world. The last season of IPL was a hit. But there are doubts over the 12th edition of IPL as there are chances that major players might miss a part of the cash-rich league given the fact that ICC showpiece event- World Cup will begin two weeks after the culmination of the IPL.

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is yet to decide whether stars like Kohli, Dhoni, Rohit will be rested from IPL or not. But they said that franchises will be "crucial" to this decision.

Speaking to Times Now, BCCI's acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary said, “Selectors are deciding on which all players representing India at World Cup should be given how much rest during the IPL. The decision of franchise owners is also important in this because they have signed a contract with those players.”

Chaudhary laid out four factors that will determine the workload management in the IPL:

1) Managing workload of players is crucial. If a player asks for more matches, he will be given more matches to play in the IPL.

2) Selectors to also take a call on the number of matches India’s players from the World Cup squad would play.

3) Opinion of head coach Ravi Shastri and assistant coaches will also be taken into account.

4) The opinions of franchise owners will also be taken into consideration as they have signed deals with the cricketers.

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Bad news for Pakistan! AB de Villiers not to play in Pakistan leg of PSL

Harshit Anand Updated: 4 March, 2019, 4:16 PM IST

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Retired South African cricketer, AB de Villiers, who was set to play for Lahore Qalandars in its final two league games has been ruled out of Pakistan’s leg of PSL due to injury, which comes as a huge shock for the Pakistani cricket community, which was eagerly awaiting to see Mr.360 degree in action.

“It’s disappointing news for Lahore Qalandars management and its fans that AB de Villiers will not be able to make it for Pakistan’s leg of PSL,” Sameen Rana, the manager of Lahore Qalandars, said in a statement.

“Any update on a replacement, if any, will be communicated in due course,” he added.

Pakistan will host the last four group matches, the qualifiers as well as the finals in Karachi from March 9.

De Villiers also expressed his sadness over missing out from the action in front of the "passionate Pakistani fans."

"I am very disappointed that I will not be able to play in front of the passionate Pakistani cricket fans. I saw my doctor who has advised complete rest for two weeks and, unfortunately, that rules me out of the games in Karachi," AB de Villiers said.

"I hope to be a part of the PSL next year and very much hope to play my part in the return of international cricket to the country. I am backing Lahore Qalandars to go all the way and win the trophy this year."

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Kuldeep makes a big statement regarding sidelining of Ashwin & Jadeja from ODI format

Staff Writer Updated: 4 March, 2019, 4:10 PM IST

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Since the arrival of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, veteran spinners R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been sidelined in the ODI format. R Ashwin is no more part of the team while Ravindra Jadeja is India's third choice specialist spinner.

When asked whether his and Chahal's superlative performances have almost shut the door on R Ashwin, Kuldeep said: “No, no, not at all. We haven’t ousted anyone. It’s just that we have got the opportunities and we did well. They (Ashwin and Jadeja) have always been doing well for India. In Test matches, Ash (Ravichandran Ashwin) and Jaddu Bhai (Ravindra Jadeja) are still playing,” Kuldeep said on the eve of the second ODI.

He went on to praise his senior pros. “And we learn a lot from them. They have a lot of experience. When I am in the Test squad, I learn a lot from them. Whenever we got an opportunity, for me and Chahal, we have performed for the team and that helped the team to win, so happy about it," he added.

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After two-year absence, Jhulan Goswami back at No. 1 in ODI rankings

Staff Writer Updated: 4 March, 2019, 3:46 PM IST

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India woman fast bowler Jhulan Goswami has reached the top position for bowlers in the ICC Women's ODI Rankings after picking up 8 wickets against England in the women's championship. Women in Blue reached the second position in the eight-team championship that provides direct entry to hosts New Zealand and four other top teams in the 2021 Women’s Cricket World Cup.

The veteran Indian bowler, who last held the numero uno spot in February 2017, has been in wicket taking form in the recent times. In the ICC Women's Championship series, Australia are leading the table with 22 points from 12 matches while India are second with 16 points from 15 matches. The Kiwis are third with 14 points from 15 matches. They are followed by South Africa and England.

Goswami is the most successful ODI bowler with 218 wickets in her kitty and has held the top spot for 1873 days, with only Cathryn Fitzpatrick ahead of her having spent more time at the top, for 2113 days.