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Sachin Tendulkar says Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw have a lot of potential

Harshit Anand Updated: 7 February, 2019, 2:39 PM IST

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  • Prithvi Shaw made a dazzling Test debut against West Indies
  • Shubman Gill also made his international debut recently against New Zealand
  • Sachin Tendulkar has endorsed talented youngsters, Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill

India's legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar has endorsed talented youngsters, Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill to come good in times to come. Both the U-19 stars have made a name for themselves. Prithvi Shaw made a dazzling Test debut against West Indies. Shubman Gill also made his international debut recently against New Zealand though he failed in his first two international appearances.

“I’ve spoken about Prithvi earlier as well, having watched him bat in the nets as a little boy, all of 8-9 years of age, he had something special even back then. I knew instantly that he would play for India,” Tendulkar told Timesofindia.com.

“Shubman also played a crucial role in last year’s U-19 World Cup and has had a good domestic season, so both of them (Prthivi and Shubman) have a lot of potential. Having said that, these boys have just started playing for India and they should enjoy their cricket,” Tendulkar added.

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Watch: Smriti Mandhana terms Yuzvendra Chahal her batting inspiration on Chahal TV

Harshit Anand Updated: 7 February, 2019, 12:53 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

  • Chahal TV has become quite popular with time
  • The Indian wrist-spinner interviewed a woman cricketer for a welcome change
  • Mandhana has been in brilliant form for India

Chahal TV has become quite popular with time. Indian wrist-spinner, Yuzvendra Chahal interviews Indian cricketers in this special segment released by the BCCI.

This time, Chahal interviewed a woman cricketer for a welcome change. India's vice-captain Smriti Mandhana appeared on Chahal TV.

She joked that Chahal's batting has greatly inspired her. "Yes, yes. I was inspired a lot after seeing you bat in the 4th ODI (vs New Zealand in Hamilton). I felt like I have to develop my game. You're one my inspirations when it comes to batting," Smriti Mandhana said.

Mandhana has been in brilliant form for India in the ongoing tour of New Zealand. The left-hander is currently the world No.1 ranked batter in Women ODIs.

Mandhana also reflected on hitting gold in the 2018 ICC Cricket awards and said: "I am very happy to have won the ICC Player ofthe Year award. When Jhulu di (Jhulan Goswami) had won it, I was a kid. I read it in newspapers. It feels nice."

The Indian southpaw also opened up on sharing jersey number 18 with India captain Virat Kohli.

The 22 years old said, "I wanted number 7 on the back of my jersey. My roll number at school was 7. But someone else had already taken 7. Vikas sir, our team manager, then suggested me to take 18 (Virat Kohli's jersey number). I knew it only a couple of years ago that Virat also has been playing with 18 on the back of his jersey."

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Sunil Gavaskar explains the rationale behind Vijay Shankar's promotion in the first T20I

Harshit Anand Updated: 7 February, 2019, 11:01 AM IST

HIGHLIGHT

  • New Zealand outplayed India in the first T20I in Wellington
  • The visitors lost the T20I series opener by 80 runs
  • Gavaskar also revealed why he felt Vijay Shankar's alleviation to no.3 was not wrong

New Zealand outplayed India in the first T20I in Wellington. The visitors lost the T20I series opener by 80 runs. India's composition in the match was a matter of debate. The Men in Blue didn't pick Kuldeep Yadav and had three all-rounders and wicket-keepers each in the XI.

Former Indian cricketer Sunil Gavaskar, however, sees no fault in India's XI. "No, I don't think so [missed a trick with the playing XI]. It was the first match of the T20I series. You're trying to sort of assess the strengths and weaknesses of not just your team but also your opposition. I wouldn't be too worried about it. T20I can be very unpredictable. The best of teams can lose on the day," Gavaskar said.

Gavaskar also revealed why he felt Vijay Shankar's promotion to no.3 was not wrong.

"I think what India is looking at with this T20I how maybe some of the players can be looked at for the 50-over World Cup, which is a couple of month's time. So maybe that's the reason why Vijay Shankar got the promotion. So if the team is looking to experiment at this stage, I won't be worried too much about the result."

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Pakistan play like a number one team, beat South Africa by 27 runs in final T20

AP Updated: 7 February, 2019, 10:48 AM IST

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Pakistan won the final Twenty20 against South Africa by 27 runs to end its tour with a positive result having already lost all three series.

Top-ranked T20 team Pakistan defended its total of 168-9 when it held South Africa to 141-9 in its 20 overs at SuperSport Park.

South Africa took the series 2-1 and also won the test and one-day contests.

South Africa couldn't round off a whitewash in the T20s despite a late half-century by Chris Morris, who hit 55 not out off 29 balls but had too much to do at the end. Morris reached his maiden T20 50 with consecutive sixes off Shaheen Afridi in the final over, when South Africa was left needing 40 runs off the last six balls.

Mohammad Amir took 3-27 to lead Pakistan's bowlers and Shadab Khan and Faheem Ashraf collected two wickets each. Left-arm spinner Imad Wasim and Afridi were key for Pakistan in an impressive bowling performance as they restricted South Africa in the early overs. Both went for less than six an over.

Wicketkeeper-batsman Mohammad Rizwan top scored for the tourists with 26 after Pakistan was put in to bat. There were also contributions from Asif Ali (25) and Babar Azam (23) and although Pakistan's total wasn't huge, it was enough.

Shadab hit 22 not out off just eight balls in a crucial late effort, launching three sixes and plundering 21 runs off the final over of the innings.

Left-arm seamer Beuran Hendricks' career-best 4-14 for South Africa came in a losing effort.

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David Saker resigns amid criticism of his handling of Australian fast bowlers

AP Updated: 7 February, 2019, 10:45 AM IST

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Cricket Australia says bowling coach David Saker has announced his immediate resignation.

The cricket body confirmed in a statement that Saker would leave the post after a home season in which Australia's fast bowlers were criticized for going six test matches without an lbw decision against India and Sri Lanka.

Head coach Justin Langer said he reached a mutual agreement with Saker, a former England bowling coach, that it was time for the pair to part ways.

"David and I have had ongoing discussions over the past nine months about his role with the team, and we agreed it's the right time to head in a different direction in the best interests of the team," Langer said in the statement.

Troy Cooley will serve as acting bowing coach on upcoming limited-overs tours of India and against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates.

Langer is likely to hire a new bowling coach ahead of the team's marathon tour of England, during which Australia will defend both the World Cup and Ashes series.

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Australian fast bowler Mitchell Starc to miss India ODI tour

AP Updated: 7 February, 2019, 10:42 AM IST

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Fast bowler Mitchell Starc will miss Australia's limited-overs tour of India with a torn left pectoral muscle.

National selector Trevor Hohns said that Starc, who took 10 wickets in the final test against Sri Lanka earlier this week, tore the muscle on the final day of the match in Canberra.

Hohns said Starc hopes to return for five one-day matches against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates in late March.

Australia will play two Twenty20s beginning Feb. 24 and five one-dayers against India, an important buildup to its World Cup title defense in England beginning in June.

Fellow paceman Josh Hazlewood is already out of action with a back injury, sustained during the home test series loss to India.

Former captain Steve Smith and David Warner, suspended over the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last March, are still unavailable for selection.

D'Arcy Short was recalled to the 16-man squad named Thursday with Shaun Marsh set to miss the first half of the India series. Marsh will remain in Perth for the birth of his second child but is expected to be available for the third of five ODIs.

Australia: Aaron Finch (captain), Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Peter Handscomb, Glenn Maxwell, Ashton Turner, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey, Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson, Kane Richardson, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa, D'Arcy Short.

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Shane Warne picks favorite teams to win World Cup

Staff Writer Updated: 6 February, 2019, 7:19 PM IST

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Former Aussie great Shane Warne has rated Team India as one of the favourites to win this year's World Cup along with England and reigning champions Australia.

"As I'm putting my #worldcup squad together for my column, I really believe Australia can win it again. As we have the players for the conditions, match winners etc. I think England & India go in as hot favourites, but if the selectors play their part - then the Aussies can 100 per cent win," Warne wrote on Twitter on Tuesday.

Men in Blue have done exceptionally well in the fifty-over format, defeating South Africa 5-1, Australia 2-1 before thumping New Zealand 3-1 this year.

Sachin Tendulkar is also backing India to come good in the World Cup. "I have gone on record saying that we have a perfect balance in the team where we will be competitive in any part of the world or on any surface." "As far as our chances are concerned, I will not hesitate in saying that we are the favourites," Tendulkar told PTI.

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Rohit Sharma & Co register embarrassing record

Staff Writer Updated: 6 February, 2019, 7:13 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

Wicketkeeper Tim Seifert hit 84 from 43 balls to help New Zealand to an 80-run win over India in the first of three Twenty20 internationals.

It is India’s biggest loss in this format as far as the margin of runs is considered. Seifert's maiden half century lifted New Zealand to 219-6 after being put in to bat, and the team then handed India its worst loss in Twenty20 when it was bowled out for 139 in 19.2 overs.

It was only the eighth time India has been bowled out in a T20 international. An opening partnership of 86 in 8.2 overs between Seifert and Colin Munro (34) got New Zealand off to a strong start.

Captain Kane Williamson hit 34 from 22 balls, Ross Taylor 23 from 14 and Scott Kuggeleijn 20 from only seven deliveries as New Zealand posted its highest score in T20 matches at the Wellington Regional Stadium.

In contrast, India struggled to attain any momentum in its innings. Opener Shikhar Dhawan struck 29 from 18 balls with two fours and three sixes and Vijay Shankar hit 27 from 28 with two fours and two sixes.

Wickets fell at regular intervals although M.S. Dhoni top-scored with 39 from 31 balls and was out two balls before the end. In the early part of its innings, India was close to the pace set by New Zealand.

It was 46-1 after five overs when New Zealand had been 54-0; the equation becoming more balanced when Dhawan struck 18 from the fifth over. In the sixth, Lockie Ferguson bowled Dhawan with a 151.5 kph (94 mph) yorker. Mitchell Santner then removed Rishabh Pant (4) and Shankar in the space of two balls in the ninth over.

Apart from Dhoni, only Krunal Pandya (20 from 18 balls) made an impact in the lower half of the order.

"We were outplayed in all three departments," India captain Rohit Sharma said. "We always knew 200 is not going to be an easy chase, although the grounds are smaller here. But we kept losing wickets which kept throwing us out of the game."

New Zealand benefited from the crucial opening partnership between Seifert and Munro. Seifert blazed his way to a maiden T20 half century from only 30 balls with five fours and three sixes.

He finished with seven fours and six sixes in an innings which likely secured his place as the backup keeper in New Zealand's squad for the upcoming World Cup. New Zealand produced an outstanding collective bowling performance.

Ferguson took 2-20 from his four overs and claimed two catches in the outfield while Tim Southee took 3-17 and Santner 2-24. Daryl Mitchell, son of former All Blacks rugby coach and current England assistant coach John Mitchell, took a wicket on debut.

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Virat Kohli has a lot of things in common with Imran Khan, says Abdul Qadir

Staff Writer Updated: 6 February, 2019, 7:11 PM IST

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Virat Kohli, who has been rested by the national selectors keeping in mind his busy schedule, has found a new admirer in form of former Pakistan spinner Abdul Qadir.

The old fox sees a lot of similarities between Indian skipper and former Pakistan captain Imran Khan.

"If I look at Virat Kohli as a batsman and captain, yes, I can say he is similar to Imran in the manner that he also sets the example by doing something himself and then expects his team to also do the same," Qadir said on GTV news channel.

He was asked about Ravi Shastri’s statement that there are traits of Imran Khan in Virat Kohli’s personalities.

The veteran of 67 Test matches has played under Imran Khan’s captaincy.

"Both (Kohli and Imran) lead from the front. Kohli takes responsibility and performs and then expects other players to also perform," Qadir said.

"Imran has the personality and ability to get performance out of his players. Kohli is not yet there (at the level of Imran). But no doubt the Indian captain also leads by example by performing himself."

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More trouble for Hardik, Rahul after case registered against them

Staff Writer Updated: 6 February, 2019, 7:07 PM IST

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Just when things were falling in place for Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul, they have been hit hard by a case which has been registered against them and Karan Johar in Jodhpur for the comments made in Koffee with Karan earlier this year.

Pandya and Rahul recently made a comeback to cricket after their suspensions were lifted by the BCCI.

Hardik has been phenomenal for Men in Blue since his return to playing XI while Rahul is part of India A, which is taking on England Lions.

Pandya had issued an apology for his sexist remarks on the show. "After reflecting on my comments on Koffee with Karan, I would like to apologise to everyone concerned who I may have hurt in a way. Honestly, I got a bit carried away with the nature of the show. In no way did I mean to disrespect of hurt anyone’s sentiments. Respect," Pandya had tweeted.

Karan Johar too had expressed his regret over the whole episode. "I haven't spoken about it really... I feel very responsible because it was my show and my platform. I invited them as guests and so the ramifications and repercussions of the show are my responsibility. I have had so many sleepless nights, just wondering about how I can undo this damage. Who is going to listen to me? It has now gone into a zone that is beyond my control."

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Smriti Mandhana takes a subtle dig at teammates after defeat in the first T20 against New Zealand

Staff Writer Updated: 6 February, 2019, 7:04 PM IST

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Smriti Mandhana, who scored a magnificent 58 runs off 34 balls, was not happy with her teammates after Indian failed to go past New Zealand in the first T20 international of the series.

She believes she has to bat for 18 to 20 overs to ensure there is no repeated failure while chasing stiff targets. Chasing 160 to win, Women in Blue were in the hunt till the time she was at the crease but her untimely dismissal sparked the sudden collapse.

"My wicket along with Jemimah's turned out to be crucial. If you get out back-to-back in T20, it proves costly. When you are chasing 160 and the run-rate is above 7 or 8, next time we have to plan and play better. It didn't work out today," Mandhana said after the match.

"Practically, I would say I have to bat till 20 overs that is the best option. The more I bat till 18 overs, we won't collapse because if the top three or 4 batters can bat till the 18-20th overs then rest can revolve around them, so tactically that is what I will try to do," she added.

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Hilarious memes trolling Men in Blue flood on Twitter after India's humiliating loss

Staff Writer Updated: 6 February, 2019, 7:01 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

Wicketkeeper Tim Seifert hit 84 from 43 balls to help New Zealand to an 80-run win over India in the first of three Twenty20 internationals.

Seifert's maiden half century lifted New Zealand to 219-6 after being put in to bat, and the team then handed India its worst loss in Twenty20 when it was bowled out for 139 in 19.2 overs.

It was only the eighth time India has been bowled out in a T20 international. An opening partnership of 86 in 8.2 overs between Seifert and Colin Munro (34) got New Zealand off to a strong start.

Captain Kane Williamson hit 34 from 22 balls, Ross Taylor 23 from 14 and Scott Kuggeleijn 20 from only seven deliveries as New Zealand posted its highest score in T20 matches at the Wellington Regional Stadium. In contrast, India struggled to attain any momentum in its innings.

Opener Shikhar Dhawan struck 29 from 18 balls with two fours and three sixes and Vijay Shankar hit 27 from 28 with two fours and two sixes. Wickets fell at regular intervals although M.S. Dhoni top-scored with 39 from 31 balls and was out two balls before the end. In the early part of its innings, India was close to the pace set by New Zealand.

It was 46-1 after five overs when New Zealand had been 54-0; the equation becoming more balanced when Dhawan struck 18 from the fifth over. In the sixth, Lockie Ferguson bowled Dhawan with a 151.5 kph (94 mph) yorker.

Mitchell Santner then removed Rishabh Pant (4) and Shankar in the space of two balls in the ninth over. Apart from Dhoni, only Krunal Pandya (20 from 18 balls) made an impact in the lower half of the order. Here are some memes trolling Team India:

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Twitter reacts to India's huge loss against New Zealand in Wellington

Harshit Anand Updated: 6 February, 2019, 5:39 PM IST

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The Kiwis overpowered the Men in Blue by 80 runs in the first T20I in Wellington. India endured a poor start to the three-match T20I series. This is India's biggest ever loss in terms of runs in T20Is. India's skipper Rohit Sharma opted to bowl first. But New Zealand scored 219 runs in 20 overs on the back of Tim Seifert's 43-ball 84-run knock to prove Rohit's decision wrong.

New Zealand batsmen proved too hot to handle for the vistitors. Indian bowlers got hammered all over the park while their batsmen were of no match to New Zealand's brilliant bowling.

Take a look at how Twitter reacted:

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It would be crazy not to include Steve Smith and David Warner in World Cup squad: Justin Langer

Harshit Anand Updated: 6 February, 2019, 5:15 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

  • The bans on Steven Smith and David Warner will come to an end next month
  • Australia have missed their services greatly
  • They are likely to feature in the 2019 Cricket World Cup

Discarded Australian cricketers Steve Smith and David Warner will not be brought back into the Australia side in any kind of haste. Their bans will come to an end next month. But Australia's head coach Justin Langer reckons it would be "crazy" not to include them in the World Cup squad.

"They're going to need to get some cricket before coming back into the squad. It's all part of the management. We'll have to wait and see," he said.

"We know it's been a tough time for them, it's been a tough time for Australian cricket, but we know the ... integration has been going for the last nine or ten months ... it's getting closer, isn't it? And that'll be a continued process.

"It's about how much cricket they get to play between now and then. They'll find opportunities. We'll find opportunities.

"We're talking about two great players, we're not talking about two really good players," he added. "Two great players who on paper we'd be crazy not to have them in the team."

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VVS Laxman names the batsman that he would like to see at no.3 for India

Harshit Anand Updated: 6 February, 2019, 4:57 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

  • Virat Kohli is currently holidaying with his wife Anushka Sharma
  • The 30 years old has been rested for the three-match T20I series against New Zealand
  • Kohli also missed last two ODIs against the Kiwis

Indian skipper Virat Kohli is currently holidaying with his wife Anushka Sharma. He is making most of his free time by spending quality time with the love of her life.

The 30 years old has been rested for the three-match T20I series against New Zealand. He was also not part of the team in the last two ODIs. He has been given a breather so that his workload can be properly managed in lead up to the World Cup.

In his absence, former Indian cricketer, VVS Laxman reckons that India should give the no.3 slot to someone like Dinesh Karthik. “India will take the momentum from their Wellington win into the Twenty20 Internationals. I for one believe that it is imperative to keep looking to develop more match-winners. Towards that end, I would like to see Dinesh Karthik bat at No. 3 in Virat's absence. It's important to entrust greater responsibility to DK, Rishabh Pant and Krunal Pandya,” Laxman wrote in his column for the Times of India.

“Rishabh has been in very good touch and Krunal caught the eye during the T20s in Australia, with ball and bat. They can both deliver the big blows at the death alongside the pedigreed Hardik, which is a welcome sign with the future in mind," Laxman wrote.