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Sir Jadeja's family turns completely political, after his wife joined BJP, father and sister join Congress

Harshit Anand Updated: 15 April, 2019, 2:43 PM IST

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Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja’s elder sister Naynaba Jadeja and father Aniruddhsinh Jadeja joined Indian National Congress at an election meeting of the party in Kalavad taluka of Jamnagar district. Notably, last month Jadeja's wife, Rivaba had joined the BJP. Rivaba is a huge admirer of India's incumbent Prime Minister Narendra Modi. And that is why she joined BJP.

When it comes to Naynaba, Jadeja's elder sister, she also explained the reason why she joined Congress instead of BJP. Talking to The Indian Express, she said, “I have been observing both the BJP and Congress. What BJP is doing is not appropriate. For the last four years, we have been witnessing people struggling to meet their basic requirements. For example, farmers are fed up. There is no loan waiver, interest waiver for them. On top of all this, it gave only Rs2000 to farmers. What one can buy from this amount! Look at the price of DAP fertiliser! It is costing Rs1400 to Rs1500 per bag. On the other hand, their produce fetches a price of Rs 700 to Rs 800.”

At the moment, Ravindra Jadeja is one of the leading cricketers in the country. It would be interesting to see whether the Indian all-rounder joins politics after retirement or not.

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Watch: Kedar Jadhav's bromance with MS Dhoni after CSK's triumph at Eden Gardens

Staff Writer Updated: 15 April, 2019, 4:54 PM IST

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CSK Super Kings are ruling Indian Premier League in the ongoing season. They are the undisputed larders of the tournament with seven wins under their belt. After thumping KKR at the Eden Gardens, the kings were seen relaxing in the dressing room. Kedar Jadhav, who has been an important member of the squad, shared a video with MS Dhoni that defines their friendship. CSK skipper and Kedar Jadhav as the duo were seen having food from the same plate. Their camaraderie was enough to win the internet. "Bromance," Jadhav captioned the video.

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In their 8th game of the season, Chennai Super Kings defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 5 wickets to register their seventh win. Kolkata scored 161/8 in the allotted 20 overs with the help of Chris Lynn's 82 off 51 balls.

Chasing 161, CSK lost openers pretty early in the innings but Suresh Raina kept the scoreboard ticking and his unbeaten 58 runs off 42 balls sealed the game in his team’s favor.

Imran Tahir was declared Man of the Match for his display against the Kolkata Knight Riders. Tahir, who picked up four wickets, didn't allow home team to settle down despite Lynn scoring another half century.

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Can Djokovic halt Nadal’s run at Monte Carlo?

Partab Ramchand Updated: 15 April, 2019, 4:35 PM IST

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It’s clay court season time and so will it be Rafael Nadal all over again? The 32-year-old Spaniard has dominated the surface for over a decade and it is difficult to see any change in the scenario this year too except for the fact that he has been bothered by a troublesome knee for some time now and that will be his major concern as the season commences with the Monte Carlo Masters on Monday.

Nadal a 17-time Grand Slam winner and defending champion at Monte Carlo has not competed since withdrawing from his semifinal clash against Roger Federer at Indian Wells a month ago. He has undergone medical tests on his chronically bad left knee and will be hoping that it will hold up for the grueling run to Roland Garros which begins May 26.

Besides winning the French Open eleven times Nadal has also won the Monte Carlo event eleven times, such has been his mastery over the slow, red surface. But with injuries plaguing him could this be the time when others can take over? The foremost contender would appear to be world No 1 Novak Djokovic who has a decent record on clay highlighted by his title triumph at the French Open in 2016. But the Serb who turns 32 next month has had to endure a slump in his form of late which saw him one short of the quarterfinals at both Indian Wells and Miami Masters events last month.

While Djokovic has been injury free the problem with him is his preoccupation with ATP issues as president of the Player Council. He has admitted to distractions with too many things off the court which has affected his form on court. The incentive for the 15-time Grand Slam champion however is a bid to complete four Grand Slam titles in a row. He won Wimbledon and US Open last year before getting the better of Nadal at the Australian Open final in January. Djokovic grew up on clay and relishes the surface though statistically hard courts have been his most successful surface.

Federer a four-time finalist at Monte Carlo will again skip the event with the 37-year-old set for a return to clay for the first time since 2016 when he plays next month at Madrid prior to returning to Roland Garros. The 20-time Grand Slam champion has made a conscious effort to limit his playing on clay to extend his playing career.

And what about the younger brigade which is snapping at the heels of the Big Three? Main focus will be on world No 3 Alexander Zverev even if he has done little of note this year after winning the ATP finals in November last. The German however will not be the only serious challenger. Hoping to again pose a threat on clay will be last year’s finalist at Roland Garros Dominic Thiem. The fifth ranked Austrian had a breakthrough win with his first Masters 1000 trophy at Indian Wells with a victory over Federer in the title clash.

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Cricket Australia’s Language Under Fire

Sreelata S Yellamrazu Updated: 15 April, 2019, 4:30 PM IST

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Even as the India’s cricket loving public waited with bated breath over the team announcement for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, Australia revealed their list that did not altogether detour from the predictable. There was, however, some concern in how the return of Steve Smith and David Warner was phrased.

Cricket Australia released its list of the squad of fifteen players to make the trip to England for the ICC Cricket World Cup and also, released the central contracts for twenty players. What was on expected lines was the fact that the two senior, now disgraced players found themselves back in the squad and on the central contracts lists. There was a conjecture that the duo, in their posts as captain and vice-captain, at the time of the infamous sandpaper-gate incident in the Cape Town Test in March last year, were needed in the Australian team as much as the duo needed to get back into the thick of things to exonerate their name as it were, the latter an arguably more difficult challenge.

Furthermore, although both players were expected to play at least part of the series against Pakistan in the United Arab Emirates but did not, the selectors would have been reasonably pleased with both players in good form in the Indian Premier League as a way to warm up to international assignments. But while the players may have be ingratiating themselves once more into the international arena, questions will abound as will opinions be divided over whether these players require the kind of ceremonious red carpet welcome being meted out to them by their board.

When Trevor Hohns used the term ‘world class’ for the two players in announcing their presence in the squad, it lit up the social media platforms as well as it raised eyebrows in cricketing circles. While the batting prowess of both, Warner and Smith, are well documented, their ability to lead the team in leadership roles has been under intense scrutiny, made glaringly obvious in light of their miserable decision making at Newlands against South Africa. While their batting exploits might be well respected, whether they can be tagged ‘world class’ given that the ball tampering scar was a rather huge one, involving several members of the Australian team, remains in question.

There was never any doubt about these cricketers making the team even though conspiracies abounded in the immediate aftermath of the incident about Warner falling out with the team for his supposed willingness to release the names and number of players actually involved. It seems stranger still in light of that fact that all it took was one year for the team to suddenly band like brothers.

The entire year since the hastily imposed one year ban by Cricket Australia as a way to perhaps preempt international sanction has not been without controversy, with the two cricketers being allowed to play Twenty20 around the world in the guise of their needing to make money when they did bring the game into disrepute knowingly and also, when they were allowed to interact with and play alongside club cricketers under the ruse of their rehabilitation when there were conflicted reports about whether the duo were given sufficient counselling as well as time away to fully grasp the magnitude of their actions and decisions.

While the opinion is divided on the matter, there was never really a debate about whether Cricket Australia would dare to let Australia go to the ICC Cricket World Cup without their mainstay batsmen as Australia look to defend their title as five time champions.

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Tahir on trademark celebration: I want to show my wife & son that I love them as much as I love CSK

Staff Writer Updated: 15 April, 2019, 4:28 PM IST

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Imran Tahir is bossing batsmen in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League. He is bowling match winning spells and has won two Man of the Match awards in the cash rich league. Tahir is renowned for his trademark running celebration style after taking wicket. In eight matches so far, he has picked up 13 wickets and has conceded at less than six runs an over.

Shedding light on his famous style, Tahir told IPLT20.com: "Sometimes, my wife and son are here, and I want to show them that I love them as much as I love CSK, so at times, I run towards them. But normally, I don't know when I am celebrating, I hope that people like this. Pray to Allah, I keep taking wickets like this and celebrating like this.

"Being here is like a dream for me. Now that I am here, I pray I do not lose out on the opportunity. I am thankful to God that I am on this platform, playing the best league in the world, representing CSK, one of the best teams in the world," Tahir added.

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"Ambati Rayudu must be shattered", Twitter reacts on India's World Cup selection

Harshit Anand Updated: 15 April, 2019, 4:16 PM IST

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India announced its 15-man squad for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. Dinesh Karthik was picked as the reserve-wicket-keeper batsman ahead of youngster Rishabh Pant. While Ambati Rayudu, who was announced as India's no.4, a few months back by Indian skipper, Virat Kohli couldn't even find a place in the squad after his form turned hot and cold.

India picked two seaming all-rounders in the form of Vijay Shankar and Hardik Pandya and one spinning all-rounder, Ravindra Jadeja. There are only three specialist pacers namely, Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar, and Shami in the side. Shankar is being looked upon as no.4 batsman.

Here is India's squad for 2019 World Cup:

Virat Kohli (Capt), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, MSD (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohd Shami

Take a look at how Twitter reacted to the squad announcement:

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MS Dhoni back injury: CSK skipper gives update on fitness after back trouble

Staff Writer Updated: 15 April, 2019, 3:50 PM IST

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In their 8th game of the season, Chennai Super Kings defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 5 wickets to register their seventh win. Kolkata scored 161/8 in the allotted 20 overs with the help of Chris Lynn's 82 off 51 balls.

Chasing 161, CSK lost openers pretty early in the innings but Suresh Raina kept the scoreboard ticking and his unbeaten 58 runs off 42 balls sealed the game in his team’s favor.

During the game, Dhoni was seen in pain and was attended by physio on the field. The skipper gave an update on his back issue in the post-match presentation ceremony. “Got a back spasm. It's a bit tight right now, hopefully, it'll get better,” MSD said when asked about his injury.

He praised the bowling effort. “The bowling was very good and as a complete team we bowled really well. With Tahir getting us those timely wickets. Lynn had a good day but we kept taking wickets from the other end. We bat quite deep, so we have to take the chances,” Dhoni further added.

He also spoke about his plans while chasing. “Depending on the opposition, we keep changing our plans. I wanted to go after the bowlers early and it paid off today. Me along with Raina, I think it was a good chase. There were a few soft dismissals today but if you get a start it's important to carry on and finish it off. You need to be there till the end. Overall it was a good performance by us.” Dhoni said in the post-match presentation ceremony.

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MSK Prasad reveals the reason why DK was picked over Pant

Harshit Anand Updated: 15 April, 2019, 3:33 PM IST

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There were a lot of debates regarding who to pick between Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant as the reserve wicket-keeper batsman for the 2019 Cricket World Cup. The Indian selectors went ahead with the seasoned campaigner, Dinesh Karthik ahead fo raw talent Rishabh Pant.

The Indian chief selector, MSK Prasad revealed the reason behind DK's selection. He said, "Definitely a case where we debated in length. We all were in unison that either pant or DK will come in only when Mahi is injured. In an important game wicket keeping is also important."

So, Pant's questionable keeping went against him in the race to be on the flight to England and Wales. Here is India's squad:

India’s squad for the ICC #CWC19: Virat Kohli (Capt), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, MSD (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohd Shami

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Dinesh Karthik and R Jadeja in, Pant out, as India announce 15-Man Squad

Harshit Anand Updated: 15 April, 2019, 3:22 PM IST

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India have included Dinesh Karthik as the wicket-keeper ahead of Rishabh Pant in India's World Cup squad. All-rounder, Ravindra Jadeja also made it to the side. India didn't pick fourth specialist pacer. Also, India overlooked Ambati Rayudu from the squad that was announced today.

Here is India's squad:

India’s squad for the ICC #CWC19 announced: Virat Kohli (Capt), Rohit Sharma (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Vijay Shankar, MSD (wk), Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohd Shami

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ICC relates Imran Tahir's celebration style to Game of Thrones

Staff Writer Updated: 15 April, 2019, 3:10 PM IST

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Imran Tahir is ruling the ongoing season of the IPL with his clever and classy bowling. He was declared Man of the Match for his display against the Kolkata Knight Riders. Tahir, who picked up four wickets, didn't allow home team to settle down despite Lynn scoring another half century. The governing body of international cricket was mighty impressed with the way Tahir bowled against one of the best IPL franchises. They decided to praise Tahir and came up with a hilarious tweet, relating his celebration style to Game of Thrones.

Fans were bowled over at ICC tweeting about the famous series.

CSK's five-wicket win over KKR took them to 14 points and they are favourites to win this season of the IPL. Imran Tahir's exceptional bowling display helped CSK restrict KKR to a 161 for eight in their allotted 20 overs. Chasing 162, CSK reached the desired target easily with the help of Suresh Raina, who scored his first fifty of the ongoing season.

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Imran Tahir credits MS Dhoni for red-hot form in the IPL

Harshit Anand Updated: 15 April, 2019, 3:07 PM IST

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With 13 wickets in eight games, Imran Tahir has been on fire in the 12th edition of the IPL. He is second leading wicket-taker in 2019 IPL. The Pakistani born leg-spinner is relishing his time under India's former captain, MS Dhoni. Tahir took 4 wickets for 27 runs and was one of the reasons behind Chennai's win over KKR at Eden Gardens, Kolkata on Sunday.

“I just bowled according to the captain’s instructions. It’s always beneficial taking advice from Dhoni. He’s helping me a lot. It’s an absolute pleasure and the credit goes to him,” Man-of-the-match Tahir told reporters at the post-match news conference.

“There are few things which he tells me like where I need to bowl, which area and where the guy is going to hit. It’s working and I’m just loving it. We are playing good cricket. We respect each other and enjoy each other’s success,” said Tahir.

“Those were small things. He tells me like this guy is trying to hit in this area so I bowl accordingly. I am an attacking spinner and want to take wickets and he allows me to bowl that way,” Tahir further said of Dhoni.

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Watch - Ziva presents Man of the Match trophy to Imran Tahir and teaches Bravo how to wear cap

Staff Writer Updated: 15 April, 2019, 2:25 PM IST

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The defending champions are on a roll in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League. They have won seven matches and are sure of qualifying for the play-offs. After defeating KKR at the Eden Gardens, Dhoni was accompanied by his daughter Ziva to the ground. She was seen giving a kiss to Suresh Raina and even presented Man of the Match trophy once again to Imran Tahir. Ziva was also spotted teaching Dwayne Bravo how wear a cap.

Ziva has become a favourite among fans and is often seen cheering for Chennai Super Kings from the stands during the team's matches in the league.

Imran Tahir was the star of the match as he picked up wickets f Chris Lynn, Nitish Rana, Robin Uthappa and Andre Russell. Despite Lynn's 82 of 51 balls, KKR could only manage 161/8 in 20 overs. Chasing 162 runs, CSK were always in the hunt. Raina's 58 off 42 balls and an unbeaten 31 from Jadeja sealed their team's victory.

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England captain Eoin Morgan names Pakistan as second or third favorites for World Cup

Harshit Anand Updated: 15 April, 2019, 12:33 PM IST

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As we are inching closer to the 2019 World Cup, the excitement and buzz is building up for the mega event. The ICC's showpiece event will commence from May 30 in England and Wales. England and India are prime contenders for the World Cup. With their performance in the last 10 ODIs and the return of Smith and Warner, Australia are looking as strong as ever.

Ahead of England's one-off T20I series against Pakistan, England captain, Eoin Morgan rated Pakistan as one of the favorites for the WC. "[The Pakistan series] is a nice way to ease into the summer and get some really good, competitive cricket going," said Morgan. "Pakistan are probably second or third favourites for the tournament," he said.

"They hold the Champions Trophy – playing extremely well to win that, in England – so it’s a series we’re all looking forward to," he further added.

Pakistan are currently ranked sixth in ICC's ODI rankings. England and India are ranked first and second in the 50-overs format. Pakistan have been inconsistent post their 2017 Champions Trophy win. But still, you would underestimate them only at your own peril.

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Harbhajan Singh reveals his fourth seamer for the World Cup

Harshit Anand Updated: 15 April, 2019, 11:54 AM IST

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Today, India will announce its 15-man squad for ICC's showpiece event. There is a lot of debate going around for the place of the fourth seamer. Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami pick themselves. But there is a headache around the fourth seamers slot. Bowlers like Deepak Chahar, Sid Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini are options for India.

Indian cricketer, Harbhajan Singh has batted for Navdeep Saini's inclusion in the side. Navdeep Saini has been impressive in the IPL so far. "You need a fourth specialist seamer in England too and Navdeep Saini would be my pick. Not just because he has bowled well in IPL which in itself is creditable in Bangalore's batting friendly wickets but also because he has won Ranji matches in the past, so he comes with domestic experience," Harbhajan was quoted as saying by India Today.

He also talked about Dhoni's fitness. "It's not that Dhoni does not have niggles. Playing cricket with him I know he has some back issues but with his experience, he knows how to play with all that. I don't think you need any backup for Dhoni unless he suffers from any major injury during the World Cup. In case of any minor niggle, you do have KL Rahul in the squad who can keep," said Harbhajan.

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Smith, Warner named in Australia World Cup squad

AP Updated: 15 April, 2019, 9:48 AM IST

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Former captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner were on Monday named in Australia's squad for the Cricket World Cup after completing 12-month suspensions for ball tampering.

Both players also regained their Cricket Australia contracts as the country's new list of contracted players was announced — less than three weeks after becoming eligible for international selection again after bans imposed for their involvement in the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa last year.

Young batsman Cameron Bancroft, who was suspended for nine months after using sandpaper to alter the condition of the ball in the third test against South Africa in March 2018, has not received a contract.

The 15-man World Cup squad announced on Monday is more notable for its omissions than the expected inclusion of Smith and Warner.

While banned from international cricket, the pair was still able to play in professional leagues overseas, and Warner has been in outstanding form in the Indian Premier League.

Fast bowler Josh Hazlewood, who has a back injury, and batsman Peter Handscomb have both been omitted from the squad.

Despite Smith's return, Australia will be captained by Aaron Finch in its World Cup defense, with selectors having flagged that they would continue with the man who has led the country in one-dayers in Smith's absence.

Handscomb was seen to have a strong case for selection as he averaged more than 40 in 13 matches last year and offers wicketkeeping coverage.

Pacemen Nathan Coulter-Nile and Jason Behrendorff are among the surprise inclusions.

Mitch Marsh, who was Australia's test vice-captain as recently as October, has been omitted and has lost his CA contract but his brother Shaun Marsh has been retained.

Usman Khawaja who has been Australia's most prolific batsman in the past year while opening the batting with Finch, may now be under pressure to hold that position with the return of opening batsman Warner. Khawaja and Finch have averaged 89 in their recent opening stands.

Selection chairman Trevor Hohns said choosing the squad involved several tough calls.

"Steve Smith and David Warner come back into the squad," he said. "Both are world class players and it has been pleasing to see them produce some good form in the IPL."

Hohns said fast bowlers Mitchell Starc and Jhye Richardson have been named subject to fitness.

Hazlewood has been included in two Australia A squads — one for one-day cricket and the other for four-day matches — which will tour England later this year, in a bid to show his fitness ahead of the subsequent Ashes series, also in England.

"Having not played at the highest level for some time, we feel this will provide him with the best preparation to get some quality cricket under his belt," Hohns said. "Our focus is to have Josh back bowling at his best for the commencement of the big Ashes Tour."

Australia World Cup squad: Aaron Finch (captain), David Warner, Usman Khawaja, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (vc), Pat Cummins (vc), Jhye Richardson, Mitchell Starc, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Adam Zampa, Nathan Lyon.

Cricket Australia's 2019 contract list: Pat Cummins, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Alex Carey, Aaron Finch, Usman Khawaja, Peter Handscomb, Marcus Harris, Travis Head, Josh Hazlewood, Nathan Lyon, Glenn Maxwell, Shaun Marsh, Tim Paine, James Pattinson, Jhye Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, David Warner, Adam Zampa.