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Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma are making most of the month of love, new picture out

Harshit Anand Updated: 5 February, 2019, 2:59 PM IST

HIGHLIGHTS

  • Virat Kohli has been rested by the Board of Control for Cricket in India
  • Virat and Anushka are currently holidaying at some unknown place
  • Rohit Sharma has been captaining India in the absence of India's regular skipper

Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma make up for a hot and happening couple. One is the king from the field of cricket while the other one is a tinsel town diva. They are desirable, loved and have a huge fanbase. Since the time of their coming together, fans just couldn't get enough of this power couple.

Virat and Anushka are currently holidaying at some unknown place. But they are keeping their fans updated with their lovey-dovey pictures on social media. This time around, Virat Kohli took to Instagram to post a picture that shows the couple taking a walk in a forest.

Check out the picture here:

Indian skipper Virat Kohli has been rested by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) for the last two ODIs and the entire T20I series against New Zealand.

Rohit Sharma has been captaining India in the absence of India's regular skipper. Recently, India defeated New Zealand by 35 runs in the fifth and final ODI in Wellington on Sunday to win the series 4-1.

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Ravi Shastri names India’s No. 1 spinner in overseas conditions

Staff Writer Updated: 5 February, 2019, 3:07 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

  • Ravi Shastri has heaped ultimate praise on Kuldeep Yadav
  • He has played six Test matches and picked up 24 wickets
  • Shastri feels Kuldeep has done enough to seal the spot

Ravi Shastri has heaped ultimate praise on Kuldeep Yadav and labelled him as India's No.1 spinner in Test cricket ahead of R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. He was impressed with the way Kuldeep performed in the Sydney Test. He picked up five wickets despite not being part of the playing XI for the first three matches of the series. He has played six Test matches and picked up 24 wickets at an average of 24.12. Shastri feels Kuldeep has done enough to seal the spot ahead of two veterans if India play one spinner.

"Yes, and I was very impressed with the way Kuldeep bowled in Sydney. Even in Test cricket, it is going to be the age of wrist spin, especially in overseas Test cricket. The way he bowled in Sydney, he becomes our number one spinner in overseas Test cricket.

"He plays overseas Test cricket and he gets five wickets, so he becomes our primary overseas spinner. Going ahead, if we have to play one spinner, he is the one we will pick. There is a time for everyone (referring to Ashwin's poor fitness record in 2018). But now Kuldeep is our frontline number one overseas spinner," Shastri told Cricbuzz.

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Watch: MS Dhoni Stumps Kedar Jadhav By Speaking In Marathi During Fifth ODI

Staff Writer Updated: 5 February, 2019, 2:48 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

  • Dhoni was heard giving advice to Kedar Jadhav in Marathi
  • The Indian all-rounder was delighted and took to Twitter to express his feelings
  • India's convincing series victory away from home suggested it will mount a formidable World Cup challenge

Impossible is nothing for MS Dhoni as he can do anything on cricket field. He can finish games, win trophies and can also speak in Marathi. During the fifth ODI between India and New Zealand, he was heard giving advice to Kedar Jadhav in Marathi.

Here’s the video:

The Indian all-rounder was delighted and took to Twitter to express his feelings. "You always feel at home on foreign tours when @msdhoni is behind the stumps... But this moment came as a real surprise..."

Earlier, India sounded an emphatic warning to rivals at this year's cricket World Cup when it completed a 4-1 series win over New Zealand on Sunday, taking the final one-day international by 35 runs.

Coming into the series, India was second behind England in ODI world rankings and only eight points ahead of New Zealand which was third and had just completed an impressive 3-0 sweep of Sri Lanka.

India's convincing series victory away from home suggested it will mount a formidable World Cup challenge in England in the middle of the year. On Sunday it demonstrated resilience and versatility in rallying from 18-4 to reach 252, using up all but one ball of its 50 overs. It then bowled out New Zealand for 217 with 35 balls remaining.

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Rishabh Pant is an asset for India, says Shikhar Dhawan

Staff Writer Updated: 5 February, 2019, 2:40 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

  • Shikhar Dhawan has lauded Rishabh Pant for his performance
  • Pant is returning back to side for the T20 matches against New Zealand
  • The upcoming series could lead to much-needed rest for Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan

Shikhar Dhawan has lauded Rishabh Pant for his performance in international cricket. According to senior pro, Dhawan has become an asset for the team due to his ability to chance the course of a game in a short span of time. Pant, who was the ICC's Emerging Cricket of the Year, is returning back to side for the T20 matches against New Zealand after being left out of the one-day international series which India won 4-1.

"He is an aggressive batsman, an asset for the team, can take away games from opposition in a very short span of time. I hope he grabs this opportunity (in T20s) with both hands," said Dhawan.

The upcoming series could lead to much-needed rest for Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan, as Ravi Shastri hinted after India lifted the ODI series trophy.

"We too are humans and our bodies need a bit of rest. Of course, we would be looking to win the series and carry the momentum back home for the Australia series," said Dhawan on the eve of the game.

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Hardik and Krunal look set to play alongside each other in an international game

Staff Writer Updated: 5 February, 2019, 2:30 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

  • Hardik and Krunal are all set to play alongside each other
  • They will join an elite list of brothers who have been part of playing XI
  • Amarnath brothers and Pathan brothers have been part of the playing squad at the same time

Hardik and Krunal are all set to play alongside each other for the first time when India will take on New Zealand in the three-match T20 series. They will join an elite list of brothers who have been part of playing XI at the same time in an international match. Amarnath brothers and Pathan brothers have been part of the playing squad at the same time.

Hardik made his debut for India in 2016 and has become an integral part of the team across formats. Krunal made his international debut against the Windies last year when his brother was injured. They play together for Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League.

They could have played their first game together in England but Krunal was not included in the playing XI in any of the T20 matches. This will be a memorable moment for Hardik Pandya, who was suspended for his sexist remarks on Koffee with Karan. The suspension, however, was lifted by the BCCI and he was drafted back into the side for the remaining ODI matches against New Zealand.

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Rohit Sharma And Yuzvendra Chahal Troll Each Other On Instagram And It Is Hilarious

Staff Writer Updated: 5 February, 2019, 2:03 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

  • Rohit Sharma and Yuzvendra Chahal are close buddies
  • Chahal uploaded a picture from the fourth ODI with an inspirational quote
  • Rohit recently came on Chahal TV

Rohit Sharma and Yuzvendra Chahal are close buddies and never miss a chance to troll each other. Chahal uploaded a picture from the fourth ODI with an inspirational quote. "Think big, believe big, act big, and the results will be big...!" Chahal wrote on the picture along with Kuldeep Yadav in the frame.

Rohit, the stand-in Indian skipper, trolled his friend with a hilarious comment. "How about ironing your uniform."

Chahal hit back in his own unique style praising Rohit for his effort.

"And my big brother trying to troll me hmm nice try bhaiya you improved little bit keep up," Chahal replied.

Rohit recently came on Chahal TV and the host of the show asked him if he can be promoted to number 3 position in absence of Virat Kohli.

Rohit’s reply was spot on.

"He [Chahal] was our top scorer in the previous match that we lost. But I want you to be the top scorer in a match which go on to win. I will speak to Ravi Bhai for your promotion to No.3 in the T20s," Rohit jokingly said.

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Sarfraz Ahmed breaks silence on alleged fallout with Shoaib Malik

Staff Writer Updated: 5 February, 2019, 1:54 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

  • Shoaib Malik was asked to lead Pakistan after regular skipper Sarfraz Ahmed was banned
  • Sarfraz has categorically denied any sort of feud with Shoaib
  • He is confident of retaining his place as skipper of the team

All-rounder Shoaib Malik was asked to lead Pakistan after regular skipper Sarfraz Ahmed was banned for four matches by the governing body of international cricket for making racial remarks against the South African all-rounder Andile Phehlukwayo. As soon as Shoaib Malik took over from Sarfraz, reports of their alleged fallout started doing the rounds. The announcement by the PCB to appoint captain of the World Cup team after the PSL further ignited the debate about Sarfraz’s captaincy future. Sarfraz, however, is not worried and has categorically denied any sort of feud with Shoaib.

"There is no truth to the claim people who play under Shoaib bhai don't want to play under me. All the boys are very good and support each other. I don't think there's anything about that," he said.

"I'm hopeful and expectant of a comeback. I came back because I had a four-match ban, and there was just one more match after that. So travelling with the team all that while and not playing, what with me having been away from home for five months, was very hectic. If I had come back with the team and got just three days here before going for the PSL [Pakistan Super League], that would have been very hectic. So getting the rest instead was much better." he added.

He is confident of retaining his place as skipper of the team.

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Sourav Ganguly makes a bold prediction about Ambati Rayudu’s place in World Cup squad

Staff Writer Updated: 5 February, 2019, 12:44 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

  • He scored 90 runs in the final ODI against New Zealand
  • The right hand batsman was declared Man of the Match for his match winning innings
  • It was his knock that guided Men in Blue to fighting total

Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly has backed Ambati Rayudu to be part of the World Cup squad and come good in the showpiece event. He scored 90 runs in the final ODI against New Zealand. It was his knock that guided Men in Blue to fighting total. Rayudu shared a 98-run partnership with Vijay Shankar for the fifth wicket and added 74 runs with Kedar Jadhav for the 6th wicket. The right hand batsman was declared Man of the Match for his match winning innings.

“Rayudu played well. He fizzled out in the middle but has played well overall and I think he will go to the WC and he will play in India after this and he will score runs and go to the WC. This is a settled team and the 14-15 core of the team is settled and I hope all these players are fit come the World Cup and this team will be a strong team,” Ganguly was quoted as saying by India TV.

Ganguly also lauded Hardik Pandya, whose blistering knock in the end proved to be the difference between the two sides.

“He (Pandya) showed great mental strength. With time, everything cools off and his approach to the match was also quite better. He adds to the strength of the team,” Ganguly said.

“It’s been a better performance than Australia. It has been complete domination and it’s good to see them dominate at home and away as well. The confidence has been great and it’s quite impressive to see the bowlers get them out in 50 overs. It’s been a great year for India in ODIs,’ he added.

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Is Babar Azam as good as Virat Kohli? Here’s what Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur said

Staff Writer Updated: 5 February, 2019, 12:33 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

  • Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur has praised Babar Azam for his superlative batting performance
  • Babar will be among top five batsmen in the future
  • Pakistan have been undone by South Africa across formats

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur has praised Babar Azam for his superlative batting performance across formats. According to him, Babar will be among top five batsmen in the future. However, he accepted that he was wrong to predict that young Pakistan batsman would be as good as Virat Kohli.

“I think he will be in the top five [batsmen] of the world very soon across all formats. I thought I was a bit quick off the gun when I said two years ago that he would be almost as good as Virat Kohli but it has taken him a while to show that class,” Arthur was quoted as saying by Express Tribune.

“But if you watched him in the nets couple of years ago, he was a young boy who has developed into a young man, he’s got stronger and fitter and his game gets better and better all the time,” he added.

Pakistan have been undone by South Africa across formats but Babar Azam can held his head high after coming good in the Tests and T20 international series.

“I have never doubted Babar Azam, he keeps on getting better and better and the exciting thing for us is that we haven’t seen the best of Azam yet. He has been unbelievable on this tour. There have been question marks around Azam outside the sub-continent but I think he’s put those to rest now,” the coach added.

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Sachin Tendulkar terms India favourites for 2019 Cricket World Cup

Harshit Anand Updated: 5 February, 2019, 11:53 AM IST

HIGHLIGHT

  • Tendulkar feels India are favorites to win the 2019 Cricket World Cup
  • India are currently ranked no.2 in ICC ODI Team rankings
  • England are numero-uno when it comes to team rankings

India's legendary batsman Sachin Tendulkar feels India are favorites to win the 2019 Cricket World Cup that will take place in England and Wales given their "balance" which makes them extremely difficult to beat. Team India recently overpowered New Zealand by 4-1 in the five-match ODI series.

They had a great start to the year as well. Virat Kohli had led India to their first ever ODI bilateral ODI triumph on Australian soil. The fact that it came after they were 0-1 down, made it even more special.

Tendulkar told PTI in an interview, "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."

India are currently ranked no.2 in ICC ODI Team rankings. England are numero-uno when it comes to team rankings and they have played exceptional cricket since their shock early exit from 2015 World Cup. The Men in Blue had reached the finals of the 2017 Champions Trophy and they have also gone from strength to strength in 50-overs format.

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Sachin Tendulkar names a big threat for the opposition at 2019 World Cup

Harshit Anand Updated: 5 February, 2019, 10:47 AM IST

HIGHLIGHT

  • The 2019 Cricket World Cup will take place in England and Wales
  • It will commence from May 30
  • Sachin Tendulkar named a big threat for the opposition at 2019 World Cup

The countdown for cricket's biggest carnival - the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup has begun with all the participants trying to be in best possible shape and form by the time the megaevent commences in England and Wales.

India are red-hot favorites to win the 2019 World Cup. Jasprit Bumrah is one of the X-factors for the Men in Blue. There is no better bowler in death overs than Bumrah in white-ball cricket. And Indian legend Sachin Tendulkar has also termed him as a "big threat" for batsmen in World Cup.

"Bumrah will be a big threat to the opposition and a great asset to India at the World Cup," Sachin Tendulkar said.

"I am not surprised by Bumrah's success. Having spent time with him and seen his sincere and honest efforts to improve and learn, I always knew it was a matter of time before he would rattle the best batsmen in the world," Tendulkar said, as quoted by Sportstar.

"I have seen from close quarters how he looks to improve. In 2015, I had seen his ability to win a battle. With Kane Williamson in batting, I had said Bumrah would make his mark. I am happy he has," he added.

Bumrah made his Test debut last year against South Africa and left his mark instantly. After that, he carried his hot form in the Test series against England and Australia as well.

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Tsonga recovers to reach 2nd round at Open Sud de France

AP Updated: 5 February, 2019, 10:39 AM IST

HIGHLIGHT

  • Tsonga wasted seven break points but finally took the advantage
  • Jo-Wilfried Tsonga rallied from a set down to beat fellow Frenchman Ugo Humbert
  • Tsonga will next face another compatriot in fourth-seeded Gilles Simon

Jo-Wilfried Tsonga rallied from a set down to beat fellow Frenchman Ugo Humbert 3-6, 7-6 (5), 6-4 in the first round of the Open Sud de France.

Tsonga, who has slipped to 210 in the world rankings after a long injury layoff, will next face another compatriot in fourth-seeded Gilles Simon, who received a first-round bye.

Tsonga wasted seven break points but finally took the advantage in the final set, with Humbert visibly disappointed to have lost a second set he dominated.

It was even tougher for Marcel Granollers, who needed three tiebreak sets to prevail 7-6 (3), 6-7 (5), 7-6 (5) over Croatian Ivo Karlovic, who turns 40 this month.

Granollers of Spain next faces third-seeded Denis Shapovalov of Canada.

Jeremy Chardy routed lucky loser Adrian Menendez-Maceiras of Spain 6-1, 6-1 in only 47 minutes. Chardy will meet fellow Frenchman Antoine Hoang or Belgian Steve Darcis in the second round.

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Ben Arfa suing for compensation over unhappy spell with PSG

AP Updated: 5 February, 2019, 10:30 AM IST

HIGHLIGHT

  • French midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa is seeking up to 8 million euros ($9.1 million) in compensation
  • Ben Arfa's contract at PSG was heavily weighted with performances bonuses
  • Ben Arfa joined PSG in 2016

French midfielder Hatem Ben Arfa is seeking up to 8 million euros ($9.1 million) in compensation from Paris Saint-Germain for not playing him during the last 15 months of his largely unhappy spell with the club.

The player's lawyer, Jean-Jacques Bertrand, said in an Associated Press interview that the suit was filed on Friday with a Paris labor tribunal.

Bertrand said Ben Arfa's contract at PSG was heavily weighted with performances bonuses, so his earnings took a hit from the club's decision not to play him. The suit also argues that PSG's treatment of Ben Arfa amounted to workplace harassment.

The lawyer alleges the club's aim was "to make him crack," and PSG "did everything to push him to leave."

In response, PSG expressed confidence that it will be vindicated and said it regrets the "stubbornness" of Ben Arfa and his attorney.

Ben Arfa joined PSG in 2016. But after scoring twice in a French Cup quarterfinal in April 2017, he never played for the PSG first team again to the end of his contract in June 2018, an exile of nearly 70 matches.

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Liverpool held by West Ham as title challenge falters again

AP Updated: 5 February, 2019, 10:19 AM IST

HIGHLIGHT

  • Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp is keen to transmit serenity
  • Liverpool is still top of the English Premier League by three points
  • Manchester City can overhaul Liverpool for top spot by beating Everton

With points dropped for the second consecutive game and a title challenge getting jittery, Liverpool manager Juergen Klopp is keen to transmit serenity.

After all, Liverpool is still top of the English Premier League by three points despite being held 1-1 by West Ham after also drawing with Leicester in the previous game.

"It's not about pressure," Klopp said. "It's about enjoying the situation you are in it. We have 62 points. We lost one game in the (league) season so far, which is very positive."

There is, however, a noticeable downturn in the club's fortunes in the league. Michail Antonio canceling out Sadio Mane's opener for Liverpool meant Klopp's squad has now dropped seven potential points in its last five games. The northwest club only dropped six points in the opening 20 fixtures by drawing three games.

Now Manchester City can overhaul Liverpool for top spot by beating Everton on Wednesday, albeit only on goal difference and by having played a game more than Liverpool.

Klopp could tell critics weren't convinced by the display at the Olympic Stadium or Liverpool's ability to sustain the challenge to end the team's 29-year English title drought.

"I have seen your faces," Klopp told a post-match news conference. "You feel a little bit sorry for us, and you don't have to. We are all fine."

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When New Zealand captain Kane Williamson was left heartbroken!

Harshit Anand Updated: 4 February, 2019, 5:23 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

  • India won the fifth and final ODI in Wellington against New Zealand
  • One of the critical points in the game came in the 11th over when Pandya got Taylor's wicket
  • Taylor consulted Williamson whether to take the DRS or not.

India won the fifth and final ODI in Wellington against New Zealand by 35 runs to clinch the five-match ODI series by 4-1. Ambati Rayudu, who top-scored with 90 to help India recover from 18-4 was adjudged Player-of-the-Match. India posted 252 runs on board after opting to bat first.

One of the critical points in the game came in the 11th over when Hardik Pandya got rid of in-form Kiwi batsman Ross Taylor. Taylor was given out leg before the wicket. Taylor consulted Williamson whether to take the DRS or not. Williamson felt it was out and advised Taylor against taking the review. But later it was found that the ball was missing the stumps.

"I heard about that not long after I got out which is extremely frustrating. We had a conversation and Ross has been batting absolutely beautifully so it breaks your heart when you realise you make a mistake like that through communication," Williamson said at the post-match conference.

He added, "Yeah, he walked past me and asked, 'what do you reckon, and maybe it's too high, and maybe it's umpire's call,' and unfortunately it's one of those things that we move on (from)."