Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma keep giving us relationship goals. They make up for the most lovely and stylish couple and they openly come out in the public domain to express their love for each other as well.
It has been reported by DNA citing sources that Anushka Sharma will be present in England and Wales during 2019 Cricket World Cup to cheer for her husband.
As per sources, “Anushka has been the perfect partner supporting her husband’s milestones. Virat, too, has always gone out of his way for his beloved biwi. He is captaining India for the first time in a 50-over World Cup tournament and Anushka wants to be there to root for him and see him lift the prized trophy. But, what the duo is planning to do there is truly commendable. It just shows how supportive they are of one another and how they are actually each other’s better halves.”
The source adds, “While Anushka will be travelling to England to be the perfect pillar of strength to Virat, she might not go to the stadium with him. In fact, she wants to go separately to watch the matches and cheer the loudest for Virat. Usually, when the wives of the cricketers travel on tours, they take the team bus. However, on match days, Anushka plans to hire her own car and bear all the costs of her visit to the stadium. Of course, she has a heartwarming reason behind this decision. They both are huge celebrities and know that there will be ample media attention during the World Cup. So, the two of them wish to keep all distractions at bay during this sporting tournament. Virat and his boys definitely want to try and win for India. Somewhere, Anushka also knows how important the WC is and therefore, Virushka collectively feels that the lesser the distraction on match days, the better it is. The power couple wants the focus to be only on the game.”
Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma maintained a high level of secrecy during their wedding. They went to lengths to ensure that their wedding plans were not made public. They married in the dreamy valleys of Tuscany, Italy. When the photos of their wedding were out, it caused a social media meltdown.
To make sure that their wedding plans weren't out they even used fake names. Anushka Sharma revealed and said, “We wanted to have a home-style wedding. There were only 42 people there, with all our friends and family present. I wanted it to be about Virat and me marrying each other, and not this big celebrity wedding. The energy at our wedding was blessed.”
The couple even took on fake names when they interacted with the caterers. “I think Virat’s was Rahul,” said Anushka.
The aftershocks in South Africa continue a week after they were handed shocking defeat at the hands of Sri Lanka at home and as a double blow, lost Duanne Olivier to the dreaded Kolpak contract.
Cricket South Africa and Ottis Gibson will have to have a closer look not only at South Africa’s game plan but also, retention policy because not only did South Africa allow Sri Lanka to become the first Asian team to beat them in a Test series in their own backyard but also, are consistently applying defensive tactics even as they continue to suffer brain drain.
As South Africa tried to assimilate a rare Test series defeat at home and that too against a Sri Lankan team that was struggling to hold its ground, they were dropped another jolt when it was announced on social media first that their enterprising fast bowler, Duanne Olivier, had entered a three year Kolpak contract that would effectively render him unavailable to represent South Africa for at least that duration of time.
The blow is particularly impactful since South Africa had just begun to contemplate converting Olivier’s recent successes (he picked up thirty-one wickets in the last five of the total of ten Test matches he played) from Test cricket into the one day internationals format which would have included the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in June in England. Although Olivier’s stint with the national team began in 2017, his recent successes had made South Africa dream again of an all out pace quartet, particularly in home conditions, a decision that has been criticized for sometimes being one track and restrictive on the part of Gibson and the support staff as the game has undergone a sea change since South Africa’s readmission in 1991.
Cricket South Africa expressed disappointment as they had contemplated giving Olivier a two year contract although it has to be understood that the young fast bowler was already in talks and surreptitious deal making at the time of representing South Africa and before the performances that went his way. It is not easy to tell whether his recent distinction would have made him rethink his decision in light of the timing of the deal as well as the financial prospect.
From South Africa’s perspective, it throws a major spanner in the works for a team that is trying to desperately hold onto its top tier ranking without quite looking like the consistent, world beating unit. Taking another slice from the reduced pie that included the recent retirement of AB de Villiers, Faf du Plessis has been left to nurture the resources at his disposal at a time when South Africa seem to be losing talented, promising future prospects such as Olivier ad Kyle Abbott before him.
While financial remunerations and the quota system in South African cricket are being blamed for South Africa’s depleted resources, while there is perceptible anger being directed at Olivier as it was at Abbot before him, there is a lot of deep reflection that must be done on the part of Cricket South Africa before it contemplates its next move when it comes to player management. For the moment though, South Africa’s headaches ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup have only compounded with Dale Steyn left to steer the ship in his senior role.
IPL is one of the major cricketing attractions in the world. The last season of IPL was a hit. But there are doubts over the 12th edition of IPL as there are chances that major players might miss a part of the cash-rich league given the fact that ICC showpiece event- World Cup will begin two weeks after the culmination of the IPL.
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is yet to decide whether stars like Kohli, Dhoni, Rohit will be rested from IPL or not. But they said that franchises will be "crucial" to this decision.
Speaking to Times Now, BCCI's acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary said, “Selectors are deciding on which all players representing India at World Cup should be given how much rest during the IPL. The decision of franchise owners is also important in this because they have signed a contract with those players.”
Chaudhary laid out four factors that will determine the workload management in the IPL:
1) Managing workload of players is crucial. If a player asks for more matches, he will be given more matches to play in the IPL.
2) Selectors to also take a call on the number of matches India’s players from the World Cup squad would play.
3) Opinion of head coach Ravi Shastri and assistant coaches will also be taken into account.
4) The opinions of franchise owners will also be taken into consideration as they have signed deals with the cricketers.
Retired South African cricketer, AB de Villiers, who was set to play for Lahore Qalandars in its final two league games has been ruled out of Pakistan’s leg of PSL due to injury, which comes as a huge shock for the Pakistani cricket community, which was eagerly awaiting to see Mr.360 degree in action.
“It’s disappointing news for Lahore Qalandars management and its fans that AB de Villiers will not be able to make it for Pakistan’s leg of PSL,” Sameen Rana, the manager of Lahore Qalandars, said in a statement.
“Any update on a replacement, if any, will be communicated in due course,” he added.
Pakistan will host the last four group matches, the qualifiers as well as the finals in Karachi from March 9.
De Villiers also expressed his sadness over missing out from the action in front of the "passionate Pakistani fans."
"I am very disappointed that I will not be able to play in front of the passionate Pakistani cricket fans. I saw my doctor who has advised complete rest for two weeks and, unfortunately, that rules me out of the games in Karachi," AB de Villiers said.
"I hope to be a part of the PSL next year and very much hope to play my part in the return of international cricket to the country. I am backing Lahore Qalandars to go all the way and win the trophy this year."
Since the arrival of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, veteran spinners R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja have been sidelined in the ODI format. R Ashwin is no more part of the team while Ravindra Jadeja is India's third choice specialist spinner.
When asked whether his and Chahal's superlative performances have almost shut the door on R Ashwin, Kuldeep said: “No, no, not at all. We haven’t ousted anyone. It’s just that we have got the opportunities and we did well. They (Ashwin and Jadeja) have always been doing well for India. In Test matches, Ash (Ravichandran Ashwin) and Jaddu Bhai (Ravindra Jadeja) are still playing,” Kuldeep said on the eve of the second ODI.
He went on to praise his senior pros. “And we learn a lot from them. They have a lot of experience. When I am in the Test squad, I learn a lot from them. Whenever we got an opportunity, for me and Chahal, we have performed for the team and that helped the team to win, so happy about it," he added.
India woman fast bowler Jhulan Goswami has reached the top position for bowlers in the ICC Women's ODI Rankings after picking up 8 wickets against England in the women's championship. Women in Blue reached the second position in the eight-team championship that provides direct entry to hosts New Zealand and four other top teams in the 2021 Women’s Cricket World Cup.
The veteran Indian bowler, who last held the numero uno spot in February 2017, has been in wicket taking form in the recent times. In the ICC Women's Championship series, Australia are leading the table with 22 points from 12 matches while India are second with 16 points from 15 matches. The Kiwis are third with 14 points from 15 matches. They are followed by South Africa and England.
Goswami is the most successful ODI bowler with 218 wickets in her kitty and has held the top spot for 1873 days, with only Cathryn Fitzpatrick ahead of her having spent more time at the top, for 2113 days.
After Pulwama terror attack, in which at least 40 CRPF were martyred, the BCCI had urged the ICC to "sever ties" with countries which harbor terror, indirectly indicating to Pakistan.
But ICC has not paid heed to BCCI's request to sever ties with countries from which "terrorism emanates".
"There was no chance that anything like that would have happened. The ICC chairman made it clear that the decision to ostracize a nation is taken at the government level and ICC had no rule. The BCCI knew it all along but still took a chance," a BCCI official told PTI.
In wake of the Pulwama terror attack,, there were calls for boycotting Pakistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup.
India are slated to take on Pakistan in the ICC showpiece event. They will take on each other in Manchester on June 16.
Kane Williamson completed a meticulous double century and New Zealand compiled its highest score in tests on day 3 of the first Test match against Bangladesh. Williamson struck a four from the last ball of the innings to reach 200 not out before declaring New Zealand's innings at 715-6, a lead of 481 runs. Williamson's innings propelled New Zealand on to its highest test total, which ground down the Bangladesh bowlers.
Williamson has become a relentless run-scoring machine for New Zealand with 20 centuries and 29 half centuries in 71 tests at an average of 52. He has now scored almost 900 runs in the eight tests New Zealand has played in the past year, with a double century, two centuries and three half centuries in that time.
Williamson has lifted himself to second place on world test batting rankings, behind India captain Virat Kohli, and he also became only the fourth New Zealander after Stephen Fleming, Brendon McCullum and Ross Taylor to pass 6,000 runs in tests.
Williamson has reached a career-best 915 rating points in the ICC Player Rankings for Test batsmen. He is seven points behind Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who is the number one Test batsman with 922 points.
South Africa won the first ODI against Sri Lanka at the Wanderers Stadium, Johannesburg by eight wickets. Imran Tahir and Lungi Ngidi had set up the base for the victory. Both picked three wickets each and helped the hosts restrict Sri Lanka to an average total of 231 runs.
Tahir was the stand-out bowler since he ended up with figures of 3/26. Du Plessis termed him as his biggest weapon. "He is probably my biggest weapon as a captain over the years,” Du Plessis said of Tahir. Notably, Tahir's contract was not renewed for the 2019/2020 season by Cricket South Africa.
Faf also credited Lungi Ngidi, who took early wickets of Niroshan Dickwella and Upul Tharanga. Ngidi was returning to the side after a while. "Imran bowled brilliantly in the middle overs today but it was really important to get wickets with the new ball,” said Du Plessis.
The Proteas skipper himself played a major role in team's win as he scored a brilliant century. Wicket-keeper batsman, Quinton de Kock had also made a terrific half-century.
Virat Kohli was looking impressive during the first ODI against Australia in Hyderabad before he missed a googly from Adam Zampa and was trapped in front of the wickets. The appeal was turned down by the on-field umpire but Australia reviewed it and got the wrong decision successfully overturned. Kohli's knock of 44 runs was laced with 6 fours and a six.
After Kohli's dismissal, Rohit Sharma and Ambati Rayudu were also dismissed in quick succession, leaving the hosts in big trouble. MS Dhoni and Kedar Jadhav scored match winning fifties during their unbeaten 141-run stand to take India home. Jadhav scored 81 not out while Dhoni smashed an unbeaten 59 as India won the series opener by six wickets.
Meanwhile, Kohli ended up breaking a long-standing world record during his 44-run knock. The Indian skipper completed 12,000 runs in List A cricket and became the 50th player to achieve the feat. He reached the milestone in 248 innings and broke former Australia batsman Michael Bevan's record. Bevan had completed 12,000 runs in List A cricket in 297 innings.
Australian opener Usman Khawaja has lauded MS Dhoni for the way he led India to win in tense situation during the first ODI in Hyderabad. Praising MS Dhoni for staying calm and compose under pressure, Khawaja stated Dhoni executes run-chases to perfection most of the times.
His comments come after MS Dhoni stitched an impressive and match winning partnership with Kedar Jadhav in the first ODI of the series.
India were in a spot of bother when Dhoni and Jadhav joined hands. Dhoni once again played the anchor’s role to perfection during an unbeaten 141-run stand with Jadhav. Dhoni remained unbeaten on 59 while Jadhav smashed 81 not out as India defeated Australia by six wickets.
"He [Dhoni] just executes well. He has the last three games, just stayed calm and backed himself to take it deep. Then when he needs to he hits a boundary. You can tell he sort of changes gears, he'll hit single, single, two then try to hit a boundary," Khawaja was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au.
"It doesn't always come off but the majority of times it does. He does that really well, that's experience."
Mohammed Siraj, who was picked in Indian ODI side for Australia series, might not have had impressed a lot with his bowling but he has been doing well in domestic cricket for a while. He was erratic and expensive in his debut ODI against Australia. The lanky pacer opened up on his Australia experience.
“I had big shoes to fill of Bumrah. It’s was disappointing just to play in only one ODI, but I learned so much from taking part in the training sessions. I am feeling and bowling well and it is good to perform in the domestic circuit coming back from my stint with the Indian team,” Siraj told CricketNext.
He also revealed how Indian captain Virat Kohli and former captain, MS Dhoni guide Indian bowlers. He said, “Kohli and (MS) Dhoni backed me throughout on these tours. They provided useful tips in the practice sessions there like how to bowl in different situations, which areas to bowl and what type of yorkers to bowl.
“They (Kohli and Dhoni) spent time with all bowlers individually. Coaches (Bharat) Arun and Ravi (Shastri) sir’s inputs were also very good. They told me to bowl in the nets like I would bowl in match conditions and that helped me get a lot of focus. They instructed me not to try experiment too much, just bowl back of a length as much as possible,” added Siraj.
Shikhar Dhawan, the Indian opener, is struggling to get going for Men in Blue. After a free flowing 2018, he has been a shadow of his illustrious past in the ongoing year. He was dismissed without troubling the scorers in the series opener against Australia and now questions are being asked about his position in the squad ahead of the World Cup.
Nehra, however, is still backing Dhawan to hit form in the remaining matches of the series. He has amassed just 243 runs in nine innings in the ODIs format this year at an average of over 30. Former Indian pace bowler is not bothered about Dhawan's lean patch.
"Rahul there or not there, any player who is playing will look to score runs. It is not that Dhawan has played 10-15 innings without doing anything. Even for Rahul, he has scored just those two - 50 and 47 in the T20I format (vs. Australia). If he wouldn't have done that, the question would have been irrelevant. Yes, Dhawan needs to score runs but he didn't play much cricket. I feel he is one good innings away from coming back to form. I am not that worried about Dhawan," Nehra told CricketNext.
After achieving top rank in the ODIs, Indian women's team opener Smriti Mandhana now wants to win a World Cup title with Women in Blue. She became the number one batswoman in the ODI ICC Women's rankings last month following her sensational batting display. She will lead India in the three-match T20 series against England.
“As a kid when you start playing, you always think of winning the World Cup. Obviously, there are individual targets like, getting to ICC world no.1 spot. And reaching there was really pleasing but now I have to work even harder. To stay there is much more important than getting there,” said Mandhana.
“As a batter the most important thing is to reach the ICC world no.1 position. Definitely it was one of the small goals for me, but my major goal is definitely to win the World Cup,” she added.
The series against England will help the team to identify main players ahead of the T20 World Cup next year but the stand-in skipper’s primary goal is to win the series.
“Definitely we are looking to win the series and not just trying out new faces. We really have a very exciting team. It is important for us to believe that we are going into the series to win it rather than experimenting,” the skipper said.
“First goal is to win the series and if we can achieve that we will definitely be able to find new faces for the World Cup. It would be much easier rather than thinking the other way.”
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