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Very proud to have broken Sachin Tendulkar’s record: Afghanistan’s Ikram Ali Khil

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


Ikram Ali Khil was not even meant to play in the 2019 Cricket World Cup. But Afghanistani wicket-keeper, Mohammad Shahzad had fitness issues, which led to his ouster and inclusion of 18 years old Ikram in the side. And he made the world take notice of him when he scored 86 off just 92 balls against West Indies at Leeds

He became the youngest player (18 years and 278 days) to score an 80+ score in the history of the World Cup. The record was previously held by Sachin Tendulkar who scored 84 against in the 1992 World Cup at the age of 18 years and 318 days.

"Kumar Sangakkara is always in mind and my thoughts when I am batting out there," Ikram was quoted as saying by

"His ability to rotate strike and find a boundary when needed, that is what made him a world class batsman. That is what I try to copy as much as I can.

"I'm very proud to have broken the record of a legend like Tendulkar. It makes me very happy," he added.

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Watch: ICC bows down to Dhoni, make a heart-warming video on the legend

Harshit Anand Updated: 6 July, 2019, 5:12 PM IST


MS Dhoni is one of the greatest ODI players to have played the game. He has played 349 ODIs scoring 10,723* runs at an average of 50.58. His strike-rate is close to 90. The Indian wicket-keeper batsman has 10 centuries and 72 half-centuries. And yes, he remains the only captain in the world to have led his side to ICC Champions Trophy, ICC Cricket World Cup and World T20 titles respectively. And not to forget, he has also led India to no.1 rankings in both ODI and Test cricket.

But, the 37 years old is likely to retire at the culmination of the ongoing Cricket World Cup. He has been criticized for his slow-batting in the 2019 Cricket World. He had made 28 runs off 52 deliveries against Afghanistan and 42 runs off 31 balls against England and these are the two knocks that got him plenty of criticism.

But there are high chances that Dhoni will retire after the World Cup, which means if India reaches the finals, he has two more games. And that might well have resulted in the latest video released by ICC, where Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah are seen giving tribute to India's veteran stumper.

Here's the video:

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Jasprit Bumrah becomes second fastest to take 100 ODI wickets

Harshit Anand Updated: 6 July, 2019, 3:46 PM IST


India's pace sensation, Jasprit Bumrah completed his 100 wickets in ODI cricket when he dismissed Sri Lankan skipper, Dimuth Karunaratne on 10 runs. The 25 years old took 57 ODIs to reach the landmark. He has now become the second fastest Indian bowler to take 100 ODI wickets. Mohammed Shami holds the record of fastest 100 ODI wickets for India. He took 56 matches to reach the milestone.

Zaheer Khan (65), Ajit Agarkar (67) and Javagal Srinath (68) are other bowlers to feature in the list of top five fastest bowlers from India who have the fastest 100 wickets record. Bumrah's economy is 4.51 while his average and strike-rate stand at 21.61 and 28.78 respectively. He is currently the no.1 ranked ODI bowler in the world.

At the time of filing this copy, Bumrah's tally stands at 16* wickets in eight games of the World Cup. He is known as the best death-overs bowler in the world.

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ICC takes a dig at Mohammad Hafeez, but he laughs it off

Staff Writer Updated: 6 July, 2019, 3:43 PM IST


Mohammad Hafeez's extra flighted delivery was hit for four runs by Soumya Sarkar during World Cup clash between Pakistan and Bangladesh at Lord's. The ball slipped out of Hafeez's hands and was comfortably dispatched to the mid-wicket boundary.

The governing body of international cricket decided to take a cheeky dig at Mohammad Hafeez. They uploaded a video where the ball bowled by Hafeez went into the galaxy and after covering a considerable distance landed back on earth.

Soumya, who was waiting for an opportunity, was quick to go all out against rival bowler, accumulating four runs in the process.

“When your bowling coach tells you to “give it some flight,” ICC captioned the hilarious video.

The Pakistan cricketer, however, saw funny side and took it in a light mood as he responded to tweet. "Hahaha," he wrote.

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MS Dhoni makes a big statement about his retirement

Harshit Anand Updated: 6 July, 2019, 3:28 PM IST


News regarding MS Dhoni retiring after the World Cup has been widely running in the media. Would he retire at the culmination of the World Cup? Even MS Dhoni doesn't know that. Yes, MS Dhoni said that even he is not sure whether he will retire after the World Cup or not.

“I don’t know when I will retire. But a lot of people want me to retire before tomorrow’s game (against Sri Lanka),” Dhoni told ABP News.

Dhoni's slow batting has got him plenty of flak. The 37 years old Indian stumper has made 223 runs in seven innings at an average of 44.60 with a strike-rate of 93.31 in the 2019 WC. His knocks against Afghanistan and England put him under the scanner.

Earlier, a BCCI official had said that Dhoni will most likely retire after the World Cup. “You never know with MS Dhoni. But it is unlikely that he will continue to play for India after this World Cup. But since his decisions to quit captaincy from the three formats have been taken so suddenly, it is very difficult to predict at the moment,” a senior BCCI official had told PTI.

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2019 CWC: Five Most Impressive Young Guns

Harshit Anand Updated: 6 July, 2019, 3:20 PM IST


In this World Cup, we have seen many young talents blossoming in what is a dream to play for any cricketer- the ICC Cricket World Cup. Youngsters have brought a dash of fresh air, flamboyance, and fearlessness on display. Also, we as observers of the game love seeing the new crop of talents grow and develop, so what better stage than the Cricket World Cup, where the whole world is watching every bits and piece of the game we all love.

Take a look at Five Young Guns who have done well in WC:

Jofra Archer (England)

There's a lot to love about Jofra Archer. Jofra symbolizes coolness. He literally jogs in his run-up but then deliveries thunderbolts. His short, rhythmical approach is the silence before the storm. He doesn't terrify you at the onset like the Akhtars and the Lees. But he makes bowling look like such an art. He breezes through his action. Crashes the stumps with his yorkers, smashes the helmet with bumpers, hits the bails which goes for six but most importantly, picks wickets. The 24 years old has picked up 17 wickets in nine games of the World Cup and has gone under an economy of 5 rpo. He has proved that England did the best thing in the world by fast-tracking him to their squad for the World Cup.

Shaheen Shah Afridi (Pakistan)

Pakistan and Afridi. It just rings a bell. Doesn't it? After all, Shahid Afridi with his audacious stroke-play, charismatic attitude, and match-winning efforts won so many hearts. Times have changed but an Afridi is again shining for Pakistan. This time, it's Shaheeh Shah Afridi. After having struggled to find the right lengths early on, Afridi roared like a king in latter games. The teen sensation, who appeared for Pakistan in last year's Under-19 World Cup graduated to the big stage with a bang and finished with 16 wickets in five games in the World Cup. His six-for against Bangladesh was a record-breaking effort as he became the youngest bowler to take five wickets in a WC game.

Nicholas Pooran (West Indies)

Chris Gayle is so full of himself that if he showers praise on anyone else, it has to be someone extraordinary. A while back, Gayle announced that "Nicholas Pooran is go­ing to be a world record beat­er." He had praised his work ethic and we just saw against Sri Lanka what prompted him to say that as Pooran made one heck of a century, almost closing in on an incredible win against Sri Lanka. Just to imagine that the youngster met a career-threatening car accident in 2015, which took him seven months to walk unassisted, highlights the fighter in Pooran. He had to again learn how to walk but now he is coming up with flying colors. The left-hander finished as top run-getter for his team in the WC with 367 runs at an average of 52.42 and strike-rate of 100.27.

Avishka Fernando (Sri Lanka)

Where was this guy all the while? Well, this has been the question we all have been asking ever since we saw a glimpse of Sri Lanka's 21 years old Avishka Fernando against England. He has been so exciting that even former Sri Lanka captain, Mahela Jayawardene remarked that this youngster has the spark to re-ignite Sri Lankan cricket. Spark is the right word, after all, this Wadduwa-born batsman oozes fearlessness, class, and elegance. You can watch his shots on loop as such is the quality. He has made scores of 49, 30, and 104 in the World Cup so far. Notably, his runs have come at a strike-rate of 107, which makes it all the more impressive. Given the bleak times that Sri Lanka are in, he might well prove to be the renaissance man for Sri Lanka.

Ikram Ali Khil (Afghanistan)

The 18 years old, Ikram Ali Khil was not even supposed to play the World Cup. But, Mohammad Shahzad's injury opened the door for him, to live what everyone dreams of, representing your country in ICC Cricket World Cup. He is not as flamboyant or aggressive as Shahzad but he impressed with his temperament. The southpaw made the world take notice of him when he broke Sachin Tendulkar's 27 years old world record for the highest score by an 18-year-old. The youngster made 86 runs against West Indies bettering Sachin's 84 and looks like a player, who can do great things for Afghanistan, which often struggles for a quality batsman.

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Umpire Ian Gould to retire after India-Sri Lanka match

Staff Writer Updated: 6 July, 2019, 3:08 PM IST


Ian Gould will umpire his last cricket international when Sri Lanka and India take the field at Leeds.

Gould is notable for his practice of not employing a standard ball counter, instead using six Bahraini dinars to count deliveries.

This will be his 140th ODI, 13 years after his first. The Englishman has also officiated in 74 tests.

This is his fifth World Cup, and fourth as an umpire.

He kept wicket for England in the 1983 World Cup, and played 18 ODIs.

One of his best moments as a player was in the fourth test of the 1982-83 Ashes, as Australia chased 292 for a series victory. On the field as a substitute, Gould caught Australia captain Greg Chappell on 2 with a stunning low grab in the covers off the bowling of Norman Cowans. England won the test by 3 runs.

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Mashrafe Mortaza to rethink retirement plans after World Cup exit 

Staff Writer Updated: 6 July, 2019, 3:04 PM IST


Bangladesh's Mustafizur Rahman returned 5-75. That haul included a superb caught and bowled catch against Shadab Khan after diving low, to move to 20 wickets, four behind tournament leader Mitchell Starc. Chasing 316 runs to win, Bangladesh ended on 221 all out.

Shakib finished his tournament with a total of 606 runs from eight innings, the third highest ever in World Cup history, behind India's Sachin Tendulkar (673 in 11 innings) and Australia's Matthew Hayden (659 in 10). Shakib averaged 86 runs.

"He's been absolutely beautiful," Bangladesh captain Mashrafe Mortaza said. "He has done what he could do ... I think he's one of the best (World Cup) performances of all time."

Bangladesh won three of its eight completed matches. It's yet to reach a World Cup semifinal.

Mashrafe said he had enjoyed the all-play-all format of this edition.

"Playing each other, to know our strengths, to know our weaknesses, and how can we improve our game going forward, it's (a) really very exciting tournament," he added.

When asked about his retirement plans, he refused to reveal the details.

"My future plan is obviously going home from here, and then I'll rethink," he told reporters.

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CSK take a subtle dig at Manjrekar, back Jadeja after his feud with former cricketer

Staff Writer Updated: 6 July, 2019, 2:53 PM IST


It seems controversy surrounding Sanjay Manjrekar and Ravindra Jadeja won't die its natural death. After days of discussion and taking sides by fans and former cricketers, things were finally settling down but Chennai Super Kings' entry has ignited the feud once again.

Former Indian cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar was lambasted on Twitter by Ravindra Jadeja after his words didn't go down well with the Indian all-rounder.

Ravindra Jadeja's Indian Premier League franchise, Chennai Super Kings took to Twitter and posted a cheeky tweet in support of their player.

Seeing Jadeja being called a bits & pieces player by Manjrekar, CSK took a subtle dig at the former Indian cricketer.

“We, dear Sir, love you to bits, to pieces, eight times round the Moon and back! #WhistlePodu #SirJaddu #Yellove @imjadeja”, CSK tweeted.

"I am not a big fan of bits and pieces players which Jadeja is at this point of his career in 50-over cricket. In Test matches, he is a pure bowler. But in 50-over cricket, I would rather have a batsman and a spinner," Manjrekar had said.

"You never actually base your judgements on exceptional results. India losing to England was an exceptional result. Spinners going for runs is exceptional and you have to understand that," he added.

Jadeja decided to give him back. “Still i have played twice the number of matches you have played and i m still playing. Learn to respect ppl who have achieved.i have heard enough of your verbal diarrhoea.”

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Ranveer looks like carbon copy of Kapil Dev as he reveals his first look from 83

Staff Writer Updated: 6 July, 2019, 2:01 PM IST


Bollywood heartthrob Ranveer Singh, who is celebrating his 34th birthday today, shared his first look as Kapil Dev from the upcoming movie, 83. He is playing the role of former Indian skipper Kapil Dev, who led India to first World Cup glory in 1983.

In the picture, he is looking intense and is wearing a white jersey.

With a leather ball in his hand, he is looking quite similar to Kapil Dev.

He wrote, “On my special day, here’s presenting THE HARYANA HURRICANE KAPIL DEV @83thefilm @kabirkhankk @deepikapadukone @mantenamadhu @sarkarshibasish @vishnuinduri @reliance.entertainment @fuhsephantom @nadiadwalagrandson.”

As soon as he shared the picture on social networking site, several biggies lauded the actor for his new look.

Shikhar Dhawan, who was ruled out of the World Cup following an unfortunate injury, complimented the actor. "Looking exact like paji. Happy Birthday, bro. Have a great one," he wrote.

Dhadak director Shashank Khaitaan also wrote, “Oh WOW!!! This is so good ... exactly like the legend Kapil Dev... Happy Birthday Bro... Keep on inspiring... cause thats what you doing with every character you breathing...”

He met Kapil Dev for continuous 10 days in order to know about his personality. Ranveer was trained by the cricketer himself in Dharamshala. Praising Ranveer for picking up even the minute details easily, Kapil Dev was mighty impressed with the actor.

“His commitment and passion. These two traits in him are what strikes an onlooker at the first go. He will be at something repeatedly and won’t let go till he feels he’s mastered it, despite others telling him it’s acceptable. Just acceptable is not okay. It has to be excellent.”

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‘The Wall’ nickname was given to me for making headlines – Rahul Dravid

Staff Writer Updated: 6 July, 2019, 1:55 PM IST


Rahul Dravid is the truest servant of Indian cricket. The former skipper is the only player who has devoted his time to garnish the future generation. The 46-year old, who was the wall of Indian batting line-up during his playing days, is all set to head the National Cricket Academy in Bangalore.

He ended up his Test career with 13,288 runs at an average of 52.31. The right hand batsman also accumulated 10,889 runs in 344 ODIs at an average of 39 plus. Dravid was nicknamed The Wall but the legendary player is not convinced. “I don’t know where a wall came to be from?” the former batsman told Breakfast with Champions host Gaurav Kapur.

According to him, the nickname came from a reporter, who was looking to target him in the near future when he faced an ordinary day at the office.

“When I don’t do well, it will be like ‘cracks in the wall’, ‘another brick in the wall crumbles’. And there were those when I went through a tough patch or wasn’t scoring runs,” the former Karnataka cricketer said.

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Sania Mirza pens down an emotional message after Shoaib Malik bids adieu to ODI cricket

Staff Writer Updated: 6 July, 2019, 12:25 PM IST


Shoaib Malik announced his retirement from ODI cricket after his team's last World Cup game against Bangladesh. The former skipper played just three games in the tournament and was axed from the playing XI after accumulating eight runs. He made the news public while speaking to the press after Pakistan's fifth win in the World Cup.

His wife Sania Mirza took to social media to post an emotional message for her husband.

"Every story has an end, but in life every ending is a new beginning’ @realshoaibmalik ?? u have proudly played for your country for 20 years and u continue to do so with so much honour and humility..Izhaan and I are so proud of everything you have achieved but also for who u r (sic)," Sania Mirza wrote.

Following his ODI retirement, Shoaib stated he is disappointed that he was blasted for his ordinary performance in the tournament and is being judged on the basis of just three games he played during the World Cup.

"I have no regrets. But it’s just that I have been too flexible in my batting order. I have batted wherever the team wanted. I have been dropped many times, I missed a few years of international cricket and have been around for 20 years, Malik said. I am disappointed to be judged on three bad games here," said Malik.

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After Michael Holding, Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur comes down hard on NRR rule

Staff Writer Updated: 6 July, 2019, 12:22 PM IST


Win, win, win, win ... out.

Pakistan defeated Bangladesh by 94 runs at Lord's for a fourth straight win and still missed out on the Cricket World Cup semifinals.

Going to the last four instead was New Zealand, a team Pakistan beat by six wickets in the final over last week.

Pakistan secured fifth place and finished on the same points as fourth-placed New Zealand. Both teams had five wins but the Black Caps advanced with a superior net run-rate.

To reach the semis, Pakistan had to win by an unprecedented 316 runs. It didn't take on the challenge and finished on 315-9 with Imam-ul-Haq scoring a 100-ball 100 and Babar Azam 96 in 98. The updated maths meant, to advance to the semis, Pakistan had to bowl out Bangladesh for 7 or less, and that equation died in the second over of the chase.

"I do feel net run-rate needs to be looked at. One really poor game and you're really battling to recover," Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur said. His side rued losing its opener to West Indies by seven wickets after being dismissed for 105.

With the benefit of hindsight, Arthur added, "I'd like it to be number of wins and then head to head and then net run-rate in the future that determines places when points are level."

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Imran Tahir’s Void in an Emotional Contest

Sreelata S Yellamrazu Updated: 6 July, 2019, 12:18 PM IST


Although it is an inconsequential match from the standpoint of the foregone conclusion of the semifinalists for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, given the context in which the two teams played the last time in a World Cup scenario in England, Imran Tahir’s South Africa are more emotionally loaded in their bow out match.

Imran Tahir brings a significant chapter of South Africa’s cricket history to rest after deciding to retire at the end of South Africa’s ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 campaign. As it turns out, South Africa lost out on contention from the very outset and as a result, will now have the ignominy of playing Australia in their final round robin match.

Not only are South Africa playing Australia for the first time since the infamous sandpaper gate in Cape Town in March, 2019, but also, it will be in a situation which has completely upset the apple cart. South Africa will be fighting for redemption while Australia will be asserting domination as they have right through their World Cup campaign, barring the match against India.

The memory of South Africa playing Australia in a terse semi-final in the 1992 edition that ended in a tie, with Australia going through on the fact that they beat South Africa in the previous round, continues to rankle, now with greater pain and raw emotion. Australia went onto to lift the World Cup. But South Africa have struggled ever since to live down the emotional fracas and labels that ensued that very disturbing loss. Now it would seem they would do anything to have a history even close to their run in the 1999 edition.

Those memories, re-ignited by the World Cup returning to England, have become now a distant mirage as South Africa have not even come close to contesting for a place in the semi-final, let alone rewrite history. What will be even worse is the fact that South Africa will go into the final match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 knowing that they have no chance but to cop humiliation and pray for a good showing.

In that light, once again, the end of a career of a player like Imran Tahir, who brought his spin skills over from Pakistan to debut for South Africa in 2011 at the age of thirty-two to now retire at forty years of age with 172 wickets from over one hundred one day internationals calls to light the very real problem facing South Africa cricket where they possess match winning talent but are unable to convert it into a cohesive team performance capable of overturning their World Cup fortunes and history.

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Semifinalists along expected lines

Partab Ramchand Updated: 6 July, 2019, 12:15 PM IST


On the eve of the World Cup the general opinion was that the semifinalists would come from the quintet of Australia, England, India, New Zealand and South Africa with Pakistan having an outside chance and West Indies termed as the dark horses. This judgement was made on recent form and current rankings and now that the semifinalists have been spotted it can be said that things have largely worked out according to predictions.

Australia were always in the forefront and their qualifying was never in doubt with the defending champions showing why they have won the title five times. So too India who got off to a great start and maintained it the loss to England notwithstanding. The hosts blew hot and cold and were in some danger of not making the semifinals. But they rose to the occasion when it mattered most and it would have been a travesty if England had not qualified after being the No 1 ranked team and with a run of sterling achievements in recent times. New Zealand too were almost always there and even though their campaign ended on a limp note with three successive losses they were able to ward off Pakistan’s challenge on NRR.

Pakistan on reflection probably just missed out because of their one shoddy display against West Indies in the opening match. But the biggest disappointment of the competition has been South Africa. They were never really in the hunt for a semifinal spot and the fact that they are likely to finish only above West Indies and Afghanistan shows how much they have fallen off. There must now be serious doubts as to whether South Africa will ever win the World Cup.

Sri Lanka and Bangladesh for a brief while stayed in the hunt. But the former a pale show of a team which has won the trophy once and been runners-up twice never really inspired confidence. Bangladesh however won a lot of hearts by their gallant showing and they proved once again why they were the most improved team in international cricket. And after South Africa West Indies were the major disappointment. Their campaign never really took off and the fact that they finished only above Afghanistan tells its own sorry tale.