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Should Pant and Rahul get selected for WC? Zaheer Khan and Ajay Jadeja opine  

Harshit Anand Updated: 7 March, 2019, 2:49 PM IST

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Team India is currently playing a five-match ODI series against Australia. Their preparations for the World Cup are going in full swing at the moment. Majority of the side that will travel to England and Wales for the World Cup are decided but there are few spots here and there, which are up for grabs. 

There are question marks over the inclusion of KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant. Former Indian cricketers, Zaheer Khan and Ajay Jadeja weighed in over the selection of KL Rahul and Rishabh Pant keeping the World Cup in mind.

“One of the two will definitely reach. Only time will tell whether both of them go to England or just one of them makes it,” Zaheer said in a video by Cricbuzz. 

“KL Rahul is definitely going,” said Jadeja to which Zaheer said, “I think Rishabh should definitely go.” Jadeja further added, “I agree with him but KL is a surety because a lot of times a captain is compelled to do so. Now that Rahul has scored in his last two games and the team is about to be made, if you don’t fail you are certain to make it.”

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Former Indian cricketers reveal main reason behind Shikhar Dhawan's poor form

CT Contributors Updated: 7 March, 2019, 2:27 PM IST

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Indian opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan is struggling to score runs in shorter formats of the game. Since his fifty in New Zealand, the left hand batsman has failed in nine innings with 30 being his highest score.

Nathan Coulter-Nile got better of him in the first ODI in Hyderabad while he was undone by part-timer Glenn Maxwell in the second match in Nagpur.

Former Indian cricketers Aakash Chopra and Vijay Dahiya, who have played with Dhawan for their state Delhi, feel there is no problem with his technique and he will turn it around in the upcoming games.

“There is no denying Dhawan is going through a bad patch but with only three international matches left, I don’t see any drastic changes happening,” Chopra told PTI on the eve of the third game.

“If he has scored 5000 plus ODI runs (5199 from 125 games), it means that he has been around for a reasonable period of time, seen ups and downs to have scored that many runs. “His record in multi-nation tournaments (World Cup, Champions Trophy, Asia Cup) is fabulous, so it could well be a matter of time that he is back in form,” he added.

Dahiya thinks Dhawan's current slump is because of his mindset.

“I won’t say technique is a big issue here as the boundaries that he got were all in-front of the wicket. May be not on the off-side but those were not behind the stumps shots either,” said Dahiya, who believes that every individual reacts to pressure in different situation.

“What he was trying to do was to score quickly and that’s what happened against Maxwell. He probably felt that since Maxwell is a part-time, he can score quickly and that’s why played that pull shot,” Dahiya said.

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Shikhar Dhawan names this Pakistani pacer as his all time favorite bowler

CT Contributors Updated: 7 March, 2019, 2:20 PM IST

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Shikhar Dhawan's poor form has become a matter of concern for Team India ahead of the World Cup. The left hand batsman couldn't do much in the first two ODIs of the five-match series against Australia.

After the ongoing series, star players of India will represent their respective IPL franchises in the upcoming edition of the league.

Shikhar Dhawan was bought by Delhi Capitals in the IPL auction and the franchise took to twitter on Thursday to post a video of their star player, where he is seen answering a series of questions.

When he was asked about his favorite bowler, he named Shoaib Akhtar. “I like Shoaib Akhtar a lot," he said.

His reply has come at a time when the political tension between India and Pakistan is at peak.

However, despite all the differences, players from both countries have always shared a close bond.

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Star Indian player ruled out of tournament

CT Contributors Updated: 7 March, 2019, 2:17 PM IST

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One of India's most reliable middle order batsman Ajinkya Rahane has been ruled of the Super Leagues stage of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. He led Mumbai in the group matches and according to Ajit Agarkar, the chairman of selectors, Rahane needed some rest to recover from niggles.

"He was carrying niggles even during the league phase, which he kind of pushed through when we were in a bit of trouble. But he would not be 100% (for Super League)," ESPN Cricinfo quoted Agarkar as saying.

Mumbai topped the Group C, winning five out of six matches. However, Rahane scored just 58 runs in six matches at an average of 9.67.

Rahane, who is an important member of the Rajasthan Royals, is expected to be fit for the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League.

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AB de Villiers likely to be fit for IPL

Staff Writer Updated: 7 March, 2019, 2:14 PM IST

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AB de Villiers suffered a back injury during the Pakistan Super League and his IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore are in a fix since the next edition of the league is just two weeks away.

However, AB de Villiers has given a good news ahead of the 12th edition. He has stated that the doctors have suggested him to take two weeks rest, meaning he might get fit in time for the IPL.

“I saw my doctor who has advised complete rest for two weeks,” AB de Villiers was quoted as saying by the Indian Express.

Having retired from international cricket, AB de Villiers will be available for the whole season of the league.

He was in good touch in the Bangladesh Premier League and Pakistan Super League before being ruled out of the latter because of an unfortunate injury.

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Dhoni, Sakshi host Team India for dinner: Thank you bhai and bhabhi, says Chahal

CT Contributors Updated: 7 March, 2019, 1:43 PM IST

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MS Dhoni and his wife Sakshi hosted the members of Team India for dinner at their farmhouse. Yuzvendra Chahal took to twitter to thank Dhoni and Sakshi for hosting the team. "Thank you for last night @msdhoni bhai and @SaakshiSRawat bhabhi," he wrote.

India will take on Australia in the third ODI in Ranchi on Friday. As the team landed in Dhoni's land, he took over the driver duties for his teammates. In the video posted by the BCCI, he is seen driving some of the players in one his cars as soon as they came out of the airport.

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Earlier, he got a rousing welcome upon his arrival.

The game in Ranchi could be his last international appearance at his home turf. He is expected to retire from international cricket after the ICC World Cup in England and Wales.

Men in Blue could seal a series win against Aussies with a victory in Ranchi. The hosts are leading the five match series 2-0, having won the games in Hyderabad and Nagpur.

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Have South Africa found their Dhoni? Faf du Plessis thinks so

Staff Writer Updated: 7 March, 2019, 12:50 PM IST

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In the second ODI between South Africa and Sri Lanka, the hosts won the game easily by 113 runs to take a lead of 2-0 in teh five-match ODI series. However, an interesting incident took place during the course of the match. Proteas regular wicket-keeper, Quinton de Kock went off the field while Sri Lanka was batting. 

It compelled South Africa to hand over the gloves to David Miller, who is an absolutely brilliant fielder. And he made the most of his stint as the Proteas stand-in gloveman. Moreover, he also got compared to India's great MS Dhoni after he took off the bails in a rapid manner much like Dhoni in the 32nd over of the visitors' innings. 

The batsman at the strike was Vishwa Fernando. he was adjudged not-out since his foot was inside the crease. But Miller's quick hands made Dhoni's Chennai teammate and South Africa skipper, Faf du Plessis term him as MSD.

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Malinga slams his team after second ODI loss against South Africa

Harshit Anand Updated: 7 March, 2019, 10:46 AM IST

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South Africa thrashed Sri Lanka by 113 runs in the second ODI at SuperSport Park, Centurion to take a lead of 2-0 in the five-match ODI series. Sri Lanka captain, Lasith Malinga was not pleased with Sri Lanka's performance at all. In fact, he came hard at his teammates after Sri Lanka put up a poor show yet again.

He said, “I think they [Sri Lankan [players] didn’t understand. I feel this is not a gift. They have talent. That’s why they’re playing for the national team. They have to understand that. They have to understand their own value. We have done enough talking. Players have to realise they have to value these opportunities. They don’t come around every day. They have to grab it.”

“First 10-15 overs we did not bowl well. But we corrected ourselves and restricted them to 250. Very good effort from the bowlers,” added Malinga.

Sri Lanka had registered a historic Tests series over South Africa. But, they have failed to live up to the billing in the ODI series thus far. The 2019 Cricket World Cup isn't too far away, so this doesn't bode well for the no.8 ranked Sri Lanka and they need to improve their performance sooner than later.  


 

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Good news for Pakistan: Shane Watson gives nod to play PSL matches in Pakistan

AP Updated: 7 March, 2019, 10:19 AM IST

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Shane Watson will play for his franchise in the Pakistan leg of the PSL.

The Australian all-rounder has scored 332 runs in Pakistan's premier domestic Twenty20 competition while representing Quetta Gladiators, which has already qualified for the playoffs after winning seven of its nine games.

Watson didn't come to Pakistan in the previous two editions of the PSL and only played in the league matches in the United Arab Emirates. Initially, Watson had agreed to play in the UAE in this year's tournament, too, but said he changed his mind.

"It has been a tough decision, more so from my family's point of view, and it all comes down to the support that my wife and my family has given me," Watson said in a statement Wednesday. "I am very excited as it has been 14 years since I was in Pakistan last."

The Pakistan Cricket Board sees the PSL as a pathway to regain the confidence of foreign teams for the resumption of international cricket at home.

Karachi will host eight PSL matches because the PCB moved three matches from Lahore to the southern port city last Sunday after political and military tension between India and Pakistan.

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World Cup winning coach returns to coaching

AP Updated: 7 March, 2019, 10:15 AM IST

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Darren Lehmann is set to take over as coach of the Brisbane Heat in Australia's Twenty20 Big Bash in what will be his first domestic appointment since quitting the national job in the wake of the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year.

Lehmann was Australia's head coach from 2013 until March last year, when three players were embroiled in a cheating scandal during a test match against South Africa in Cape Town.

A veteran of 27 test matches and 117 limited-overs internationals for Australia, Lehmann said he had no knowledge of the scheme to change the condition of the match ball. A subsequent Cricket Australia investigation found he was not involved the episode.

Steve Smith and David Warner, who were then captain and vice-captain, were each suspended for one year and opener Cameron Bancroft received a nine-month ban for their parts in the scandal. Lehmann quit days later because of the toll the scandal took on the team.

Brisbane Heat general manager Andrew McShea on Thursday said Lehmann, who coached the Queensland state team to a domestic Sheffield Shield title and the Heat to their only Big Bash League title in 2013, would assume his position next week.

The left-handed Lehmann scored 25,795 runs in first-class cricket in Australia and England. His test ambitions were restricted because of the strength of Australia's batting depth from the mid-1990s but he was a regular in the one-day international team, scoring the winning runs in the World Cup final at Lord's in 1999.

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Bowlers lead South Africa to win over Sri Lanka in second ODI

AP Updated: 7 March, 2019, 10:12 AM IST

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South Africa's fast bowlers came to the rescue after a batting collapse to deliver a 113-run win in the second one-day international on Wednesday.

The victory gave the home team a 2-0 lead in the five-match series, but the result wasn't on the cards after South Africa lost its last six wickets for 21 runs to fall to a mediocre total of 251 all out batting first. The South Africans were dismissed with nearly five overs of their 50 left unused at SuperSport Park.

South Africa's quicks ran through Sri Lanka in response, though, with Kagiso Rabada taking 3-43, Lungi Ngidi 2-14 and newcomer Anrich Nortje 2-25. Sri Lanka was bowled out for 138 in the 33rd over.

Those three fast bowlers combined to reduce Sri Lanka to 116-6 and there was no way back for the tourists after that.

Legspinner Imran Tahir chipped in with 2-39 and there was a late appearance by Dale Steyn, who joined the game as a substitute fielder and took a simple catch at point to dismiss last man Lasith Malinga and end the match.

South Africa was on course for a 300-plus score after being put in to bat. Opener Quinton de Kock hammered 94 off just 70 balls with 17 fours and a six. Captain Faf du Plessis made 57 to follow his century in the first game.

But du Plessis' dismissal, bowled by Thisara Perera in the 37th over, sparked the South African collapse.

The Proteas went from 220-4 to 251 all out, with Perera finishing with 3-26 and Malinga and Dhananjaya de Silva taking two wickets each.

Rabada cranked up the pace and struck first in the third over when Niroshan Dickwella couldn't deal with a fast, short delivery and looped a top edge to wicketkeeper de Kock. He picked up another two down the order.

In his debut series, Nortje contributed two wickets and also a run out, when he hit the stumps with his throw from third man to remove Kusal Mendis for 24. He also had top-scorer Oshada Fernando put lbw next over as Sri Lanka fell to 92-5.

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Watch: MS Dhoni takes driver seat for Men in Blue

Staff Writer Updated: 6 March, 2019, 10:31 PM IST

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The Indian cricket team has landed in Ranchi. The JSCA stadium will host the third ODI of the series between India and Australia. It is no more a secret that MS Dhoni loves driving bikes and cars. After arriving in his home town, he wasted no time in assuming driver duties for his teammates.

He was seen driving some of his teammates in one of his cars as soon as they came out of the airport upon their arrival in Ranchi.

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Earlier, he was given a rousing welcome by the local fans at the airport.

The game in Ranchi could be his last international appearance at his home turf. He is expected to retire from international cricket after the ICC World Cup in England and Wales.

Men in Blue could seal a series win against Aussies with a victory in Ranchi. The hosts are leading the five match series 2-0, having won the games in Hyderabad and Nagpur.

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Humble Dhoni refuses to inaugurate ‘Dhoni Pavilion’ at JSCA

Staff Writer Updated: 6 March, 2019, 10:22 PM IST

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Former Indian captain, who is known for his humble and down to earth nature, has refused to inaugurate the pavilion named after him at the JSCA stadium ahead of the third ODI between India and Australia.

According to PTI, he informed about his decision to JSCA secretary Debashis Chakraborty.

“We requested him but he said ‘Dada apne hi ghar mein kya inaugurate karna.’ (What’s there to inaugurate in my own house). He is still so humble and down to earth,” Jharkhand State Cricket Association (JSCA) secretary Debashis Chakraborty told PTI on Wednesday.

“At the AGM last year, the decision was taken that the North Block stand that comprises media enclosure as well as VIP boxes would be named after Dhoni,” he added.

The game in Ranchi could be his last international appearance at his home turf. He is expected to retire from international cricket after the ICC World Cup in England and Wales.

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Steve Smith and David Warner can lead Australia to sixth World Cup title – Shane Warne

Staff Writer Updated: 6 March, 2019, 5:20 PM IST

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Steve Smith and David Warner, who are serving one year ban following their involvement in ball-tampering saga in South Africa, are about to return to international cricket.

They are expected to join their national team ahead of the World Cup in England and Wales.

Smith and Warner have not played international cricket since last one year but former Aussie star spinner Shane Warne is not worried. Citing his own example, he said these two will come back stronger after the break.

Warne was suspended in 2003 for one year after testing positive for a banned substance. He was written off but came back with a bang. He feels Smith and Warner can lead Australia to sixth World Cup title.

"Sometimes having an enforced lay off - like I'm used to, I had 12 months off myself - what that means is you become really fresh," he told Fox Sports.

"You freshen your mind up, you become hungry again and realise how important cricket is to you."

"That's why I reckon Australia can win the World Cup," he said.

"They'll walk straight back in, they'll be hungry. They'll be a bit nervous in the first few games but that'll be good for them, they'll be excited and I would expect them to play as good as they always have."

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Brother wearing husband's jersey! Ritika reacts after spotting Yuvi with Rohit’s jersey

Staff Writer Updated: 6 March, 2019, 5:10 PM IST

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Yuvraj Singh, who was bought by Mumbai Indians for INR 1 crore, is eagerly waiting to play for his new IPL franchise. During one of the shoots, he had to don Rohit Sharma's jersey as his jersey was not ready. The picture was shared by the official page of Mumbai Indians. Rohit Sharma's wife Ritika Sajdeh, who is quite active on social media, saw the picture and gave her reaction. "My brother wearing my husband's jersey is all kinds of weird @yuvrajsinghofficial @rohitsharma," she wrote.

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Yuvi has played for Kings XI Punjab, Delhi Daredevils, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Pune Warriors India and Sunrisers Hyderabad in the past.

The Indian all-rounder has not represented national team since long and could hang his boots after the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League.

He has been part of two World Cup winning campaigns – T20 World Cup in 2007 and Fifty Over World Cup in 2011.