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BCCI AGM: India’s T20 World Cup show, NCA appointment, selectors’ term renewal on agenda | Cricket News – Times of India
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BCCI AGM: India’s T20 World Cup show, NCA appointment, selectors’ term renewal on agenda | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Indian team's performance in the T20 World Cup where they made a group league exit will be one of the main topics of discussion during the Annual General Meeting of the BCCI, scheduled in Kolkata on December 4. There are 24 points in the agenda -- most of which are common every year -- which also includes financial matters but it will be interesting to see what BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah have to say when they apprise the members about the team's performance in the global meet. Will Virat Kohli's future as captain in ODIs be discussed? There is still no clarity yet. Also the appointment of Rahul Dravid, along with his support staff Paras Mhambrey, T Dilip and Vikram Rathour, and financial modalities will be intimated to general body as per protocol. C...
You were our Glenn McGrath, says Allan Donald to Shaun Pollock | Cricket News – Times of India
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You were our Glenn McGrath, says Allan Donald to Shaun Pollock | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: Fast-bowling great Allan Donald on Saturday said his former teammate Shaun Pollock was the Glenn McGrath of a South African team that dominated world cricket alongside Australia. Pollock, a former South African captain, was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame on Saturday ahead of the ICC Men's T20 World Cup final alongside Sri Lanka's Mahela Jayawardene and ex England women's team skipper, late Janette Brittin. In a letter to Pollock, which was uploaded on the ICC website, Donald heaped high praise on his former pace bowling partner. "What I admire a lot about you is the way you were able to adapt your game. When you first came into the Proteas side, you were this fast bowler who could terrorise batters. "...Despite injuries later in your career, you always managed to be effective...
Hope my journey inspires young girls to pursue their dreams: Mithali Raj | Cricket News – Times of India
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Hope my journey inspires young girls to pursue their dreams: Mithali Raj | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The first woman cricketer to be conferred with the prestigious Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award, Mithali Raj on Saturday hoped her achievements would inspire the country's young girls to pursue their dreams and be the catalysts for change. The 38-year-old stalwart of Indian women's cricket was one of the 12 sportspersons to receive the Khel Ratna, the country's highest sporting honour, from President Ram Nath Kovind at the Rashtrapati Bhavan. "Women in sport are powerful catalysts of change and when they get the appreciation they deserve, it inspires change in several other women wanting to achieve their dreams," Raj said in a statement on her Twitter handle. "I sincerely hope that my journey inspires young girls all across the country to pursue their dreams and know that o...
khel ratna:  Feeling good to be finally conferred with Khel Ratna: Neeraj Chopra | More sports News – Times of India
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khel ratna: Feeling good to be finally conferred with Khel Ratna: Neeraj Chopra | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Tokyo Olympic gold medallist Neeraj Chopra on Saturday said that he is feeling good to be finally conferred with Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna award and he will continue to do better going forward. Neeraj Chopra, wrestler Ravi Kumar, para shooter Avani Lekhara, Indian football team skipper Sunil Chhetri and India women's cricket stalwart Mithali Raj were among the 12 athletes who received the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award on Saturday. "I am feeling very good, it is the biggest sporting honour in the country. Planning has started, the camp started some time back and I have already started my training. I am preparing for the World Championships, Asian Games and Commonwealth Games. I will strive to do my best in the Paris 2024 Olympics. I have been nominated for Khel Ratna f...
It’s a one-off match for us: Kane Williamson on the big final | Cricket News – Times of India
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It’s a one-off match for us: Kane Williamson on the big final | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson on Saturday played down the hype around their big final against Australia in the T20 World Cup, terming it "a one-off match for us" where the focus will be on extending their fine run in the tournament. From reaching back-to-back ODI World Cup finals in 2015 and 2019, to winning the inaugural World Test Championship in June this year, the Black Caps have been one of the most consistent sides in world cricket. "It's a reflection of a lot of hard work, but tomorrow's is a one-off match and for us, it is about trying to make those small adjustments again and keep the focus really close and what it needs to be," Williamson said during a virtual media interaction on the eve of the title clash. "The side has been operating well as a collective and ce...
Wrist and reward as Australia look to Zampa in T20 World Cup final | Cricket News – Times of India
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Wrist and reward as Australia look to Zampa in T20 World Cup final | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: Known as a connoisseur of whisky and a vegan devotee, Adam Zampa would rather people focus on his leg-spin box of tricks when Australia tackle New Zealand in Sunday's T20 World Cup final. Australia, who have won the 50-over World Cup on a record five occasions, have never triumphed in the final of the sport's shortest format in six attempts. But the baby-faced Zampa, who stands at just 1.75m (5ft 7ins), is increasingly being tipped as the man to end Australia's drought. The 29-year-old wrist spinner is the tournament's second highest wicket taker. His 12 victims in six games have come at an average of 10.91 and an impressive economy rate of just 5.69. Only Sri Lanka leg spinner Wanindu Hasaranga can boast better figures with 16 wickets in eight matches at a 9.75 average and 5.20 ...
Martin on pole with Rossi 10th in qualifying at Valencia GP | Racing News – Times of India
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Martin on pole with Rossi 10th in qualifying at Valencia GP | Racing News – Times of India

Spanish rookie Jorge Martin snatched pole from Ducati's Francesco Bagnaia as seven-times MotoGP world champion Valentino Rossi finished 10th in qualifying in his final race at the season-ending Valencia Grand Prix on Saturday. Australian Jack Miller of Ducati will start third on the grid ahead of Spain's outgoing world champion Joan Mir in fourth. Yamaha's Fabio Quartararo, who sealed his maiden title last month, could only manage eighth place. Italy's Bagnaia seemed headed for a sixth straight pole when he slid off at turn two and had his lap time bettered almost immediately by Martin of Pramac Racing. Miller, the only rider on a medium front tyre, also crashed at the end of qualifying. Rossi, who had managed a surprise direct entry to Q2, suffered an early blow when he overran the fir...
T20 World Cup Final: ‘Underdog’ tag is not something we control, we focus on our cricket, says Williamson | Cricket News – Times of India
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T20 World Cup Final: ‘Underdog’ tag is not something we control, we focus on our cricket, says Williamson | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson on Saturday said that his side being constantly viewed as "underdog" is not something they can control and the Kiwis just look to focus on their cricket. Australia and New Zealand will square off in the finals of the T20 World Cup on Sunday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. "I mean look, it (underdog tag) sort of does not have anything to do with us, we focus on our cricket, try our best and we want to keep improving as a side. The different tags is not something we control," said Williamson while replying to an ANI query during a virtual pre-match press conference. When ANI asked whether he is big on match-ups while doing captaincy, Williamson said: "Yeah, I mean there are definitely a few match-ups in this format where it is so cond...
Primary reason why I got Khel Ratna is playing for 19 years: Sunil Chhetri | More sports News – Times of India
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Primary reason why I got Khel Ratna is playing for 19 years: Sunil Chhetri | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The first footballer to be conferred with the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna Award, Indian maestro Sunil Chhetri on Saturday credited his longevity at the top level as the reason for bagging the highest sporting honour of the country. The 37-year-old India captain, who began his professional career in 2002 with the famous Mohun Bagan club and made his international debut in 2005, received the Khel Ratna from President Ram Nath Kovind. "One of the primary reasons why I got the Khel Ratna Award is because I have been playing for 19 years. I want to thank each one of the masseurs, physios and doctors. You superstars have been the main reason why I could be on the pitch," Chhetri said. "There have so many time when I thought I couldn't, but you guys made it possible for me," he sai...
‘I will continue to back the team’: Ravi Shastri after stepping down as India coach
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‘I will continue to back the team’: Ravi Shastri after stepping down as India coach

Ravi Shastri shared a heartwarming post on Saturday after stepping down as the head coach of India men’s cricket team, saying he will cherish the memories made along the way and will continue to back the Men in Blue in the future. Shastri’s tenure with Team India ended with an early exit from the T20 World Cup. “Now that the penny has dropped…thank you so much for making me part of this incredible journey. Memories that I will cherish and a team that I will continue to back till the time I’m able to watch the sport #TeamIndia @imVkohli @ImRo45 @ajinkyarahane88,” wrote Shastri as the caption of his post on Twitter. Now that the penny has dropped…thank you so much for making me part of this incredible journey. Memories that I will cherish and a team that I will continue to back till the ...
Indian doctor helped a ‘critical’ Rizwan recover in time for T20 World Cup semi-final
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Indian doctor helped a ‘critical’ Rizwan recover in time for T20 World Cup semi-final

It was a race against time. Two days before his team’s T20 World Cup semifinal against Australia, Pakistan’s wicket-keeper opener Mohammad Rizwan, after complaining of severe chest pain, was in the ICU unit of Medeor Hospital near Burjuman in Dubai. The attending pulmonologist, Dr Saheer Sainalabdeen, originally from Thiruvananthapuram, says Rizwan was critical at the time he was admitted. Under the Indian doctor’s care, Pakistan’s key player recovered in time for the game. He didn’t just make it to the playing XI, he also made a gritty 67, helping his team post a formidable score in the match that Australia narrowly won. Despite the heartbreaking loss, Rizwan, 29, remembered to acknowledge the efforts put in by the good doctor. As a token of gratitude, he sent across a team shirt, auto...
Cricket may step out of bio-bubble, go the Premier League way
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Cricket may step out of bio-bubble, go the Premier League way

Cricket is set to move into a Premier League-type model, shunning the bubble, it is learnt. The bubble issues were discussed at the International Cricket Council’s Chief Executives Committee meeting on Friday and the members agreed that the bubble model wasn’t sustainable. According to an ICC insider, a Premier League-type model, where there’s no bubble, but all stakeholders get tested regularly is the likely way forward. “In the Premier League, they don’t even send the close contacts to isolation. Only those who test positive, go into quarantine,” the source said. Jose Mourinho, when he was Tottenham Hotspur manager, had cited an example that how he was scared about testing positive for being Matt Doherty’s contact, as the latter had contracted Covid. But Mourinho tested negative and w...
Pakistani players were completely devastated after semifinal loss: Matthew Hayden | Cricket News – Times of India
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Pakistani players were completely devastated after semifinal loss: Matthew Hayden | Cricket News – Times of India

LAHORE: Pakistani players were "completely devastated" after their five-wicket defeat to Australia in the T20 World Cup semifinal but the dressing room was different in their opening match against arch-rivals India, batting consultant Matthew Hayden said. Pakistan went into the semifinals with an all-win record but suffered a heart-breaking loss to the Australians whose batter Matthew Wade snatched a sensational victory by smashing three consecutive sixes in the penultimate over. "The scenes in dressing room, it didn't shock me when you do play with your heart. Just how heart gets broken when you go into a match with expectations and it doesn't come off due to a number of different reasons," Hayden said in conversation with bowling coach Vernon Philander. The footage of the conversation...
John Cena’s MS Dhoni post invokes iconic ‘You Can’t See Me’ reactions
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John Cena’s MS Dhoni post invokes iconic ‘You Can’t See Me’ reactions

John Cena, the 16-time WWE world champion, on Saturday left fans in splits after sharing a photo of former India captain MS Dhoni on his social media. The uncaptioned post featured an image of Dhoni in the ongoing T20 World Cup. The 40-year-old Dhoni donned the hat of Team India’s mentor in the tournament. The Men in Blue, led by captain Virat Kohli, were knocked out from the T20 World Cup earlier this month after finishing third in the Super 12 Group 2. Pakistan and New Zealand advanced to the last four stage from their group. The Instagram post in question pictures Dhoni shaking hands with no one, implying Cena’s famous WWE catchphrase: “You Can’t See Me”. Cena has shared posts featuring other Indian celebrities like Virat Kohli, Amitabh Bachchan, Shah Rukh Khan, and Aishwarya Rai ...
India honours its sporting best at dazzling National awards ceremony | More sports News – Times of India
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India honours its sporting best at dazzling National awards ceremony | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Olympic champion javelin thrower Neeraj Chopra, veteran woman cricketer Mithali Raj and history-making Paralympic stars shared the spotlight as an unprecedented 12 sportspersons were presented with India's highest sporting honour -- the Major Dhyan Chand Khel Ratna -- by President Ram Nath Kovind here on Saturday. In a glittering function organised at the Durbar Hall of the Rashtrapati Bhawan here, the President recognised the country's unparalleled Olympic and Paralympic performances. The event became an in-person affair this time after going online the previous year due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The star attraction of the evening was Chopra, who received his Khel Ratna award amid thunderous applause from the select dignitaries present on the specially organised function. #W...
Fearless, aggressive batting will be crucial in final against New Zealand, says Langer | Cricket News – Times of India
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Fearless, aggressive batting will be crucial in final against New Zealand, says Langer | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: Australia coach Justin Langer reckons aggressive and fearless batting will hold the key in the T20 World Cup final against New Zealand. Australia and New Zealand will square off in the finals of the World Cup on Sunday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. "I mean, that's what you call fearless cricket and if we're going to win this tournament, we've got to continue on with the way we played from Bangladesh," stuff.co.nz quoted Langer as saying. "So bat first or second that fearless or aggressive batting will be crucial," he added. Matthew Wade and Marcus Stoinis had played remarkable innings against Pakistan to hand Australia an improbable win against Pakistan in the semi-finals. "It's very important we have the mindset whether we bat or bowl first that we can win from any...
A connoisseur’s final: New Zealand versus Australia
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A connoisseur’s final: New Zealand versus Australia

The roundabout near the Dubai International stadium wore a deserted look on the eve of the final. For the last few weeks that was the place for a lot of Indian and Pakistani fans to assemble ahead of the matchday, and on the day of the match, hoping against hope for extra tickets. Sujoy Banerjee, originally from Garia in Kolkata, but a Dubai resident for the last seven years, would be a reluctant attendee. He got a ticket for the final, hoping to see Virat Kohli and company turning up for the game. Now the recourse for the die-hard cricket fan is “an honest game of cricket”. Sujoy doesn’t begrudge Australia and New Zealand, for according to him, the best two teams at this T20 World Cup are meeting for the title showdown on Sunday. Some of his colleagues at The Oberoi here are looking to...
State comeback in near future looks tough for vaccine-hesitant Murali Vijay | Cricket News – Times of India
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State comeback in near future looks tough for vaccine-hesitant Murali Vijay | Cricket News – Times of India

CHENNAI: Hesitant about taking the COVID-19 vaccine, Murali Vijay has stayed away from cricket of his own volition. A comeback in the near future though, for all his domestic exploits and 3982 Test runs, could be difficult. Since representing Chennai Super Kings in the IPL 2020, the 37-year-old out-of-favour India opener had made himself unavailable for selection as he wasn't keen on remaining inside the bio-bubble, which is part of the BCCI's standard operating procedures for conducting its tournaments. As a result, the Tamil Nadu selectors did not consider his name for the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. Sources in the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) now claimed that even if the seasoned batter expresses a desire to return to the state team, it is going to be "very difficult". ...
India’s preparatory camp for New Zealand series to begin from Monday
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India’s preparatory camp for New Zealand series to begin from Monday

The Indian team will have a week-long preparatory camp in Mumbai from Monday ahead of the series against New Zealand without Rahul Dravid, who will be with the T20 squad. In another important development, VVS Laxman will replace Dravid as the Head of Cricket at the National Cricket Academy in Bengaluru. The Indian Express understands that Ravindra Jadeja had asked for a few days more rest and he is likely to join the Indian camp later. The Indian board hasn’t kept any secure bio-bubble for the camp but have advised players not to venture out and take precaution by not going in crowded places. It’s been a long time since the BCCI has conducted a camp ahead of a series. The Test team for two Tests against New Zealand, in Kanpur and Mumbai from November 25, has already been announced. Ajin...
‘It’s a one-off match for us’: Kane Williamson on T20 World Cup final
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‘It’s a one-off match for us’: Kane Williamson on T20 World Cup final

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson on Saturday played down the hype around their big final against Australia in the T20 World Cup, terming it “a one-off match for us” where the focus will be on extending their fine run in the tournament. From reaching back-to-back ODI World Cup finals in 2015 and 2019, to winning the inaugural World Test Championship in June this year, the Black Caps have been one of the most consistent sides in world cricket. “It’s a reflection of a lot of hard work, but tomorrow’s is a one-off match and for us, it is about trying to make those small adjustments again and keep the focus really close and what it needs to be,” Williamson said during a virtual media interaction on the eve of the title clash. “The side has been operating well as a collective and certainly...