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Watch - Ziva Shakes A Leg On Famous Tamil Song & Its Breaking The Internet

Staff Writer Updated: 1 April, 2019, 2:34 PM IST


MS Dhoni played a match winning knock against Rajasthan Royals at the Chepauk on Sunday. The right hand batsman was in awesome touch since coming to the crease and he stayed till the end to lead his side to a third consecutive win in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League.

Ziva Dhoni was seen shaking her led to the tunes of a famous Tamil song 'Otha Sollaala'. Ziva was present to cheer for her father, who scored 75 off 46 balls and his innings was laced with four fours and four sixes.

Asked to bat first by Rajasthan Royals, CSK had a shaky start after losing Ambati Rayudu, Shane Watson and Kedar Jadhav cheaply before MS Dhoni rescued his franchise.

He shared a 61 and 56 runs partnership with Suresh Raina (36) and Dwayne Bravo (27). The skipper, who started slowly, smashed 42 runs off the last 16 balls he faced in his innings.

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Aaron Finch issues warning to opponents ahead of 2019 World Cup

Staff Writer Updated: 1 April, 2019, 3:16 PM IST


Australian skipper, Aaron Finch has fired shots at critics of the Australian team. The Finch-led Australia have won their last eight ODI games. They registered a brilliant series win over India and then followed it up by whitewashing Pakistan. Both the wins have come away from home, which is a testimony of their supreme form.

"We'll go to the World Cup with a lot of confidence now, even after a lot of people wrote us off," said Finch.

"Potentially we had a real focus coming here and that was our last hit-out before the World Cup 2019 so we wanted to go into that tournament with a lot of momentum," he added.

There were question marks over Finch's place after his dry run with the bat against India. But, he bounced back strongly in series against Pakistan. Finch led from the front and scored two hundreds and two fifties in the five-match series to win the Man-of-the-Series award.

He might well have secured his place but there are players, who are likely to miss the WC with the return of Smith and Warner.

"There will be some unlucky guys. "Everyone who has an opportunity has played some great cricket. At the end of the day there will be some tough calls, but its exciting for Australia at the same time because six month back a lot of people were slamming us.

"A lot of people were writing us off, not in just the one-day cricket but in all forms of the game. It's been really positive last couple of months and we have been building nicely," said the Aussie skipper.

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The way Dhoni carries himself is just unreal, Imran Tahir praises Dhoni after win over Royals

Staff Writer Updated: 1 April, 2019, 2:45 PM IST


Chennai Super Kings recorded their third consecutive win of the IPL season at the famous Chepauk Stadium. They defeated Rajasthan Royals by 8 runs after being asked to bat first by Ajinkya Rahane.

Apart from MS Dhoni, Imran Tahir also contributed in the winning cause. He picked up 2 wickets and gave away just 23 runs. He dismissed dangerous looking Steve Smith and even became the highest wicket taker in the ongoing season with 6 scalps from 3 games.

He praised MS Dhoni stating that he works hard on his game plan and also helps his teammates.

"You know him well because he has done that so many times," said Tahir.

"He works hard on his game plan. He works really really hard, I have to say that. Even in practice sessions, he helps his team-mates. And we respect that.

"The way he carries himself is just unreal. He won’t say much but he knows how to lift the team up. He is great leader and a great human being."

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India will win 2019 ICC World Cup

Staff Writer Updated: 1 April, 2019, 2:05 PM IST


MSK Prasad, who heads the Indian cricket selection committee, is backing India to win the upcoming World Cup in England. He also stated that the team for the 2019 World Cup will be announced on or before April 20.

"I had a good 'darshan' of the God along with my family. So far as Indian cricket team is concerned, we will be announcing our team for the World Cup on or before April 20," he said.

"I am confident that we are going to announce a good team. We have worked on this for almost one and a half years. We have observed all the players, tested good combinations," he said.

"We are confident that the team we will announce, will definitely win the World Cup to be held in England in 2019," Prasad told reporters during his visit to the temple of Lord Sri Kalahasteeswara at Srikalahasti town.

He even urged the people to cast votes in the Lok Sabha elections. "Vote is the right that the Constitution has given to us. The electing proper candidate is our moral right. I suggest all of you utilise your boring right and let the country and the state go ahead in the path of development."

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Koffee controversy comes back to haunt Hardik and Rahul, ombudsman issues notice for deposition

Staff Writer Updated: 1 April, 2019, 1:52 PM IST


It seems trouble is not over for Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul for their sexist comments on Koffee With Karan. The Supreme Court-appointed BCCI Ombudsman Justice DK Jain has issued notices to them to appear for deposition.

Rahul and Pandya, who are currently part of their franchises in the ongoing Indian Premier League, were provisionally suspended by the COA for their remarks before the ban was lifted pending inquiry.

“I have issued notices last week to Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul asking them to appear for deposition,” Justice Jain told PTI on Monday.

However, it will tough for them considering their hectic IPL schedule and the role they play for respective IPL teams. “Both are playing IPL and the itinerary is packed with back to back matches and a grueling travel schedule,” a BCCI official said.

The Ombudsman has made it clear that they need to appear for deposition if KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya want to resolve the issue.

“As per principles of natural justice, I need to hear their side. It’s up to them now to decide when they want to appear,” Justice Jain said.

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Ajinkya Rahane fined a record Rs 12 lakh by BCCI

Staff Writer Updated: 1 April, 2019, 1:46 PM IST


Ajinkya Rahane, who is leading Rajasthan Royals in the ongoing edition of the IPL, has been fined Rs 12 lakh for maintaining a slow over-rate during his team's match against Chennai Super Kings.

"As it was his team’s first offence of the season under the IPL’s Code of Conduct relating to minimum over-rate offences, (Ajinkya) Rahane was fined Rs 12 lakh,” read an official IPL statement.

Rajasthan were at the receiving end once again as they lost the match by 8 runs. MS Dhoni’s special knock won the game for his side after they were asked to bat first by Rahane.

The skipper of Chennai Super Kings scored an unbeaten 75 runs and despite Ben Stokes late hitting, Royals couldn’t cross the finish line.

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MS Dhoni ready to lead Men in Blue in World Cup if Virat Kohli decides to step down 

Staff Writer Updated: 1 April, 2019, 12:44 PM IST


The former Indian skipper expressed his desire to lead India in the World Cup if Virat Kohli decides to step down following Royal Challengers Bangalore’s three consecutive defeats in the ongoing edition of the Indian Premier League.

With no Dhoni by his side, Virat was found wanting in the last ODI series against Australia as well. The current Indian skipper has failed to motivate his troops in the absence of Dhoni, who is the most successful skipper in the history of Indian cricket.

Meanwhile, after winning the toss against Sunrisers Hyderabad Virat Kohli’s decision to field first backfired big time, with both Jonny Bairstow and David Warner slamming individual hundreds to lead their franchise to match winning totals.

The visitors were never in the game and were folded for a partly score of 113. Click here to read MS Dhoni's statement:

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See how Stephen Fleming got cake smeared all over his face during birthday celebration

Staff Writer Updated: 1 April, 2019, 12:24 PM IST


Chennai Super Kings have won three consecutive games and are leading the points table in the ongoing edition of the league. They defeated Rajasthan Royals by 8 runs. After their victory over Royals on Sunday, players celebrated head coach Stephen Fleming's birthday.

His face was smeared with cake by Mohit Sharma. MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Dwayne Bravo and other members also joined the celebrations.

He joined the team in the first edition of the Indian Premier League and was appointed as the coach of the franchise in 2009. Fleming has been part of three IPL one Champions League T20 title.

MS Dhoni was the star of evening as his brilliant 75 off 46 balls guided Chennai Super Kings to 175/5 in 20 overs. He had two fruitful partnerships with Raina (36) and Bravo (27) to take his side to a competitive total.

Imran Tahir and Deepak Chahar picked up two wickets each and Bravo defended 12 runs off the final over to clinch third win for the side.

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The first week of IPL 12: The pattern as before

Partab Ramchand Updated: 1 April, 2019, 11:37 AM IST


There is a feeling of déjà vu whenever a new IPL season starts and this time it’s been no different. The first week of IPL – 12 and the pattern has been much the same – huge hits, big crowds, the dominance of the bat over ball, closely fought matches and a couple of one sided games, a super over finish and controversies. All these will be repeated over the next few weeks till the tournament ends in the second week of May. Interest will not slacken and supporters of the eight franchisees will follow with bated breath their team’s fortunes and it is clear that over the years their loyalty has become that much more intense.

As far as the teams are concerned, perhaps not unexpectedly defending champions Chennai Super Kings have taken an early lead winning all their three matches. On the other hand occupying cellar position are Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore having lost all their three matches. But as we have seen in the past the format gives even such teams the opportunity to keep climbing while at the other end of the scale teams that have started well have frequently faltered and even failed to make the play offs. Yes, with each side having 14 games, home and away, the chance is there to override even two or three bad games and yet be successful.

How much of an impact the IPL is going to have on selection to the World Cup squad is a moot point but there is no doubt that a really outstanding performance by one of the fringe players can play a part in his selection. Yes, this is T-20 and the World Cup is ODIs but the two remain shorter formats of the game and in many ways the skills required are the same.

No IPL is free of controversies but it must be said that this year in just over a week the tournament has had more than its share. The Ashwin – Buttler run out drama, umpire Sundaram Ravi overlooking the no ball off the last ball of the game and a couple of other minor incidents have dominated the headlines, even prompting the experts to ask for changes in the rules. But they have also been excellent performances underlined by three hundreds and two four wicket hauls. A keen contest for the places in the play offs also cannot be ruled out.

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Virat Kohli sacked as RCB Captain, Chahal named as the new skipper

Staff Writer Updated: 1 April, 2019, 10:48 AM IST


Indian skipper, Virat Kohli is the biggest superstar in the world of cricket. Whatever he does becomes a matter of great discussion. Recently, he led India to historical bilateral Test and ODI series victories in Australia. But there has been no change in his fortunes for Royal Challengers Bangalore as captain.

Yesterday, Bangalore got hammered by 118 runs against Hyderabad at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium. In their first game as well, they had suffered a huge loss. RCB are yet to win a game even after featuring in three games. As a result, RCB skipper, Virat Kohli has been sacked as captain of the team.

Leg-spinner, Yuzvendra Chahal, who has been the star performer for Bangalore over the years and is the second leading wicket-taker in the IPL so far, has been named as the new skipper.

He trumped AB de Villiers and Parthiv Patel in the race for captaincy. It is understood that the team doesn't want to put further pressure on ABD as he is already carrying heavy baggage to score consistently alongside Virat and also he isn't considered as the sharpest of captains.

People don't recognize Parthiv Patel with the brand RCB yet and that is why he wasn't given the captaincy role despite having a brilliant track record as captain in the domestic circuit. Click here to read the official statement:

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Australia sweeps Pakistan 5-0 in ODI series

AP Updated: 1 April, 2019, 10:02 AM IST


Australia swept new-look Pakistan 5-0 with a 20-run victory in a high-scoring fifth one-day international.

Glenn Maxwell's blistering 70 off 33 balls propelled Australia to its highest total in the series with 327-7 after Pakistan won the toss and chose to bowl in the final match.

Pakistan, going into the series without seven of its likely World Cup players, put up a fight but was restricted to 307-7.

"The way everyone contributed throughout the series was fantastic," Australian captain Aaron Finch said.

"Everyone has played a really good role, so the selectors have a hard job to select that World Cup squad."

Haris Sohail (130) got his second century of the series and stand-in captain Imad Wasim hit an unbeaten 50 off 34 balls but Australia was always ahead with Jason Behrendorff claiming 3-63 and off spinners Maxwell (1-45) and Nathan Lyon (1-50) each bowling a decent 10 overs.

"No matter what players are playing, 5-0 is a bad loss," Wasim said.

"We have to chin up as we have a series coming up against England and then the World Cup. We also need to take initiative and play attacking cricket."

Maxwell smashed 10 boundaries and three sixes after Usman Khawaja (98), Shaun Marsh (61) and captain Aaron Finch (53) had scored heavily upfront.

Pakistan saw two World Cup pace contenders impress with Usman Shinwari grabbing 4-49 and Junaid Khan picking up 3-73.

Pakistan lost the previous match's century-makers Abid Ali for a duck and Mohammad Rizwan for 12 before Sohail and Umar Akmal (43) led the fightback with a 102-run fourth-wicket stand.

But both batsmen fell in successive overs while looking for big hits.

Akmal holed out in the deep off Lyon while Sohail, who hit 11 fours and three sixes, was caught at backward point in the 41st over.

Earlier, Finch and Khawaja continued their prolific run of form in the series when they shared a 134-run opening stand.

Finch scored back-to-back hundreds in the first two matches at Sharjah before failing by just 10 runs at Abu Dhabi to become the first Australian batsman to score three successive ODI centuries.

Shinwari finally broke through when the left-arm fast bowler had Finch clean bowled but Khawaja batted solidly and added a further 80 runs with Marsh.

However, Shinwari denied Khawaja a deserving century when the left-hander was caught at short mid-wicket. He hit 10 boundaries.

Maxwell's arrival at the crease saw Australia adding 107 runs in the last 10 overs. Maxwell raised his third successive half-century of the series and smashed Pakistan seamers at will with his extravagant shots on both sides of the wicket.

Australia rounded off its World Cup preparation tour with eight successive ODI victories. It won the series against India 3-2 despite losing the first two games.

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Hundred doesn't really matter too much to me: Glenn Maxwell

Harshit Anand Updated: 30 March, 2019, 5:41 PM IST


Australian middle-order batsman, Glenn Maxwell played a brilliant knock in the fourth ODI against Pakistan to set-up a win for the Men in Yellow, who have registered series wins over both India and Pakistan in their last two bilateral ODI series that too away from home.

Glenn Maxwell made 98 runs to help Australia recover from 140/5 to post a decent 277/7, which proved too good to chase for Champions Trophy winner, Pakistan. Maxwell isn't too bothered about missing out on a well-made ton.

“I’m not going to look back on my career when I’m done and think about all the hundreds I’ve missed,” Maxwell said after Australia secured a thrilling six-run win in the final over of the fourth ODI.

“It would have been nice to get a hundred but I was really happy with the way I played today. To put that partnership on with Carey, to get us to a total we thought we could defend – I was really proud of the way I went about it. The hundred doesn’t really matter too much to me.

“I’ve made a lot of mistakes as a middle-order batter and not quite made it to the time when I can go. It was nice to be there for the back end and delay the bigger hitting until a little bit later when we felt like we could comfortably get to a total we could defend,” the 30-year-old said.

Maxwell was one of the most important members of the Australian side that won the 2015 World Cup and he will again be crucial to Australia's chances this time around in the ICC showpiece event that commences from May 30 in England and Wales.

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Ganguly has a piece of advice for struggling Dhawan

Harshit Anand Updated: 30 March, 2019, 5:18 PM IST


Shikhar Dhawan hasn't been in the best of form this year. He has played 13 ODIs and scored 420 runs at an average of 35. The left-hander is averaging 19.50 in T20 internationals. And even in the first two games for Delhi Capitals, Dhawan has struggled to find his imperious touch.

Delhi Capitals mentor and former Indian skipper, Sourav Ganguly has revealed that the Indian opener will play differently against Kolkata Knight Riders.

"It wasn't a struggle in the last few games. He just played differently and will play differently against Kolkata. I had a chat with him after the nets and just asked him to take it like a normal T20 game and play attacking cricket," Ganguly said in an interview with IANS.

Shikhar Dhawan is an integral part of the Indian team and his form is going to be crucial for India in the upcoming days.

Shikhar Dhawan hasn't been in the best of form this year. He has played 13 ODIs and scored 420 runs at an average of 35. The left-hander is averaging 19.50 in T20 internationals. And even in the first two games for Delhi Capitals, Dhawan has struggled to find his imperious touch.

Delhi Capitals mentor and former Indian skipper, Sourav Ganguly has revealed that the Indian opener will play differently against Kolkata Knight Riders.

"It wasn't a struggle in the last few games. He just played differently and will play differently against Kolkata. I had a chat with him after the nets and just asked him to take it like a normal T20 game and play attacking cricket," Ganguly said in an interview with IANS.

Shikhar Dhawan is an integral part of the Indian team and his form is going to be crucial for India in the upcoming days.

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Need for wider use of technology to spot no balls

Partab Ramchand Updated: 30 March, 2019, 4:43 PM IST


Sundaram Ravi will just have to live with it. There are umpiring errors and umpiring errors and while some of them are either minor or do not have a major impact on the result of the match his overlooking of the no ball sent down by Lasith Malinga in the IPL match between Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians on Thursday has predictably – and rightly - caused an uproar.

It was the last ball of the match and a right call from Ravi would have given RCB an opportunity to win. The wrong call meant that MI won by six runs. Unfortunately for Ravi it also turned out to be a high profile game and as Virat Kohli fumed ``We are playing at the IPL level and not playing club cricket. That’s a ridiculous call off the last ball.’’ Yes, and in a game of small margins umpiring blunders can be decisive.

Ironically Ravi is the only Indian representative in ICC’s elite panel and is regarded as one of the better Indian umpires. However neither he nor the other umpire C Nandan who unfairly signaled a wide in the previous (19th) over have been adversely reported by the match referee Manu Nayyar. Also Ravi is unlikely to be sanctioned due to lack of officials with international experience on the BCCI roster.

There have been a fall in umpiring standards of late in domestic cricket – particularly in the Ranji Trophy – and experts have put this down to a lack of professionalism on the part of the BCCI. It’s been two years since the umpires subcommittee has functioned. In the past a process was followed wherein the umpires were assessed during the year by a panel of former officials.

The umpiring howler has led to calls for greater use of technology. Many former cricketers are of the view that there should be a separate technology to spot no balls while others have said that the third umpire can check for no balls for every delivery. Either way a solution has to be found to this problem which is causing growing annoyance.

Two other separate points too need to be discussed. One, what was Malinga doing bowling a no ball at that critical juncture? A bowler of his skill and experience sending down a no ball off the last delivery of a T-20 match is absolutely unacceptable. Secondly a close look at the photograph of Malinga about to send down that delivery has the tell-tale image of the non-striker (AB de Villiers) still in the crease. Obviously Ravi Ashwin’s run out of Jos Buttler has had the desired impact.

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Warner: The Scapegoat for Outing Team?

Sreelata S Yellamrazu Updated: 30 March, 2019, 4:40 PM IST


Even as the Australians are using the Indian Premier League as a distraction from their ball tampering saga as well as a way to rebuild their ICC Cricket World Cup form and plans, the doubts and suspicions about the Australian cricket team continue to do the rounds.

It appeared that Australia’s recent success against India in the one day internationals had helped assuage some of the concerns Australia had going into the ICC Cricket World Cup about their batting order and form. However, even as Australia’s cricketers are using the IPL as a platform to put Australia’s troubles behind them, it appears that they cannot quite shake off the ghost of ball tampering quite yet.

For the past year, the ball tampering that damaged Australia’s reputation in the course of the Newlands Test has refused to leave the headlines. Even as Australia have tried desperately to focus on the redemption part of the return of Steven Smith and David Warner, not in Australian colours, but rather conveniently in IPL shades, the focus of the fallout of the ball tampering refuses to leave Australian cricket circles.

Furthermore, even as former Australian greats themselves are voicing serious concerns about the depth of the malice and whether enough has been done to go deep not only to unearth the truth but also, to find appropriate remedial measures, the story that once did the rounds when the story first broke out continues to gather storm. And not surprisingly it revolves around David Warner.

Although deliberate attempt is being made to shift focus by dubbing Warner’s enterprising IPL 2019 debut match innings, it has not really allowed people to shift the focus of the conspiracy theory that Warner, whose career was stated as being practically over, was blamed as the mastermind of the fiasco was in fact just a scapegoat to cover a deeper problem, one that penetrated more than just the ‘leadership group’ as stated by Smith in the press conference following the breaking out of the story last March in Cape Town.

Warner, who had been the perennial bad boy of cricket, was attributed even by his own team mate and fellow perpetrator, Cameron Bancroft, as being the one to hatch the idea in the first place of using sandpaper to manipulate the surface of the ball in a desperate attempt to change the course of the match. However, while it seemed fishy to many that the Australian team that did not want to have anything to do with Warner last year was willing to welcome him back into the fold right before the ICC Cricket World Cup, it has allowed for the emergency for the alleged back story that Warner was made to look back not only because of the escalating level of personal transgressions that involved Quinton de Kock but also, and perhaps more importantly, because Warner had apparently reported that the entire Australian team was in on the act, which did not amuse the rest of the team.

At the time of the ball tampering incident, Smith had suggested there was a group behind the decision and that he was merely a passerby who did nothing, which is quite serious in itself given that he was the captain and a batsman of fair repute at the time, and many conjectured that the bowlers could not have possibly been ignorant that the nature of the ball was being deliberately manipulated. It raised furious reactions back and forth and it seemed that Australia had more to cover up when Darren Lehmann, the coach at the time, refused to resign under pressure but eventually stepped down at the end of the Test tour. If Smith must be believed, then Warner alone is not culpable. That said, if Cameron was being a spokesperson for the rest of the team by throwing Warner under the bus for spilling the beans, it explains a lot. As conspiracies abound, this one would take the cake for the lack of clarity.

In what seems like unfinished business, perhaps it is for these cricketers to then convert their back stories into juicy bestsellers when a financially lucrative proposition presents itself though it leaves cricket none the richer now or in the future.