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Watch: MS Dhoni interacts with Sunrisers Hyderabad youngsters after IPL match

Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni was seen imparting pearls of wisdom to young members of the Sunrisers Hyderabad team, including pacer Umran Malik after the two sides met at the Chepauk on Friday. The Indian Premier League official handle shared the video with the caption,” When @msdhoni speaks, the youngsters are all ears.” In the match, Dhoni broke another record in side’s seven-wicket win against Sunrisers Hyderabad. Dhoni surpassed Quinton de Kock in the most T20 catches column, nabbing his 208th grab to remove Aiden Markram in the first innings at Chepauk. Next in the tally are Dinesh Karthik (205), Kamran Akmal (172) and Denesh Ramdin (150). When @msdhoni speaks, the youngsters are all ears 😃 Raise your hand 🙌🏻 if you also want to be a part of this insightful session 😉#CSKvSR...
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IPL 2023: CSK vs SRH | It’s the last phase of my career, says Dhoni after win against Hyderabad

Chennai Super Kings captain M.S. Dhoni is seen during the Indian Premier League match against Sunrisers Hyderabad, in Chennai on April 21, 2023. | Photo Credit: AP Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on April 21 dropped a hint that he could be playing in his last Indian Premier League season, saying "it's the last phase of my career". Dhoni's side gave the fans at the Chidambaram stadium much to rejoice on Friday night, defeating Sunrisers Hyderabad by seven wickets, with New Zealand cricketer Devon Conway scoring his third half-century of this IPL season and Ravindra Jadeja claiming three crucial wickets.Chasing 134/7, CSK scored the winning runs with eight balls to spare with Conway scoring an unbeaten 57-ball 77 and sharing an 87-run partnership with Ruturaj Gaikwad (35...
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MS Dhoni breaks record for most T20 catches: ‘Last phase of my career, important to enjoy it’

Chennai Super Kings captain MS Dhoni broke another record in side’s seven-wicket win against Sunrisers Hyderabad in IPL 2023 on Friday. Dhoni surpassed Quinton de Kock in the most T20 catches column, nabbing his 208th grab to remove Aiden Markram in the first innings at Chepauk. Next in the tally are Dinesh Karthik (205), Kamran Akmal (172) and Denesh Ramdin (150). Speaking of his catch, Dhoni started off with a typical tongue in cheek humor, “Still they didn’t give me best catch. I felt it was a fantastic catch. Not because of your ability but because of such a wrong position I was in to take it. Long time back I still remember one game – Rahul Dravid was keeping and he caught one like that.” In his own style, @msdhoni describes yet another successful day behind the stumps 👏 And along...
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Chennai Spin Kings: Ravindra Jadeja’s deadly spell, Devon Conway’s explosive batting lead CSK to win over SRH

SYNOPSIS: The Chennai Spin Kings showed up at Chepauk for the first time this season and Sunrisers Hyderabad who were in a muddle, helped Ravindra Jadeja dig their own grave. A win for Chennai Super Kings was imminent the moment Sunrisers Hyderabad managed only 134/7 while batting first. For the first time this season, the MA Chidambaram Stadium pitch behaved true to its old characteristics, where spinners get enough bite off the surface making it challenging for visiting batsmen to adjust to its nature. On such days, even the best of batting line-ups with clear-cut strategy can falter. And Sunrisers Hyderabad, for reasons best known to them, tinkered with their batting unit. They missed a trick or two by not bringing in their best spinners – Mayank Markande and Washington Sundar – earl...
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Chanting in cricket: “It needs to come from the fans….you can’t create it in corporate boardroom”

“The pants are red, the shirt is blue. The golden lion shining through. We are RCB and we are playing bold. Go to the final on our own. A finer kit you will never see….like you’ll never see. I think it’s quicker,” Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Faf du Plessis halted for a moment and explained to his teammate, David Willey the precise pace for a bit during the team’s song. Off they went again, “A finer team there’ll never be. Those other teams don’t bother me. From RCB, I am proud to be.” The rest of the players would join them for the whole bit followed by loud RCB chants in sync with claps. The dressing room celebrations at the Chinnaswamy Stadium felt like a page out of football. A sport heavy on songs and chants, from the fans and the players. RCB weren’t the only ones to do so ...
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‘Ab bhi ball thoda swing ho raha hai’: Sachin Tendulkar reveals what he told Virat Kohli after his dismissal during the 2011 WC final

There’s a famous frame from India’s 2011 World Cup final triumph against Sri Lanka at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. As Sachin Tendulkar walked back to the pavilion following his dismissal, in came Virat Kohli. In hindsight, seen as a passing of the torch moment, given the bulk of runs and centuries Kohli has gone on to score across formats for India. During their crossover, there’s a short conversation that takes place. Many would’ve wondered over the years what was it that Tendulkar told a young Kohli walking out to bat with India two wickets down for 31, chasing 275. On Friday, Tendulkar cleared the air. “Ab bhi ball thoda swing ho raha hai!” Tendulkar responded to a fan query on Twitter. Tendulkar, who was the highest run scorer for India in the competition had been caught behind o...
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Novak Djokovic, World No.1, suffers shock defeat in Banja Luka quarter-finals | Tennis News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: World's top-ranked tennis player Novak Djokovic of Serbia suffered a 4-6, 6-7 (6/8) shock defeat at the hands of 70th-ranked Dusan Lajovic as his campaign ended in the quarter-finals of Banja Luka Open in Bosnia and Herzegovina on Friday.The straight-set defeat further raised doubts over Djokovic's form ahead of next month's clay-court Grand Slam French Open.Djokovic, who had dropped just four games against Lajovic across two previous meetings, was punished for failing to convert three set points in the second-set tie-break.Lajovic saved 15 of 16 break points overall and won the final five points of the match to condemn Djokovic to another premature exit following his loss in the last 16 of the Monte Carlo Masters."I'm overwhelmed," said 32-year-old Lajovic. "It's the biggest...
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Bengaluru FC blank Jamshedpur 2-0 to enter Super Cup final | Football News – Times of India

Bengaluru FC stormed into the final of Super Cup defeating Jamshedpur FC 2-0 in the first semifinal at the EMS Corporation Stadium, Kozhikode on Friday. After a goalless first half, substitute Jayesh Rane (67) and Sunil Chhetri (83) scored for BFC.They will now take on the winners of the second semifinal between NorthEast United FC and Odisha FC that will be played at Payyanad Stadium, Manjeri on Saturday.BFC didn't have a great first half as Jamshedpur enjoyed more ball possession and dominated the proceedings. Jamshedpur came close to scoring twice in the half but Daniel Chukwu and Boris Singh wasted the chances they got.BFC coach Simon Grayson made a double substitution in the 59th minute, replacing Rohit Kumar and Udanta Singh with Pablo Perez and Siva Sakthi.The move did wonders fo...
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Indian tennis can only move up from here: Ramesh Krishnan | Tennis News – Times of India

KOLKATA: Former Indian tennis star Ramesh Krishnan feels that the pandemic has hit the country's progress in the sport and it can only go up from here.Sumit Nagal is India's highest ranked player at 366 currently.Earlier this year, India lost to Denmark 2-3 to be relegated to Davis Cup World Group II for the first time since the new format was launched in 2019."A lot of competitions have moved to Europe, but that is something we have to live up with. The pandemic also has hit India quite badly," the former Wimbledon quarter-finalist said during the launch of Jaidip Mukerjea's autobiography 'Crosscourt'."I hope it starts moving up now. We can only go up from here. The quality of tournaments has come down in India."Former India No. 1 Somdev Devvarman feels the key is to bring quality tour...
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No result in Pakistan vs New Zealand T20 due to hailstorm

Ground staff leave after covering pitch and surrounding area due to heavy hailstones rain, which stoped the play of fourth Twenty20 cricket match between Pakistan and New Zealand, in Rawalpindi, Pakistan on April 20, 2023. | Photo Credit: AP New Zealand batters Mark Chapman and Chad Bowes struck half-centuries against Pakistan before a strong hailstorm brought a premature end to the fourth Twenty20 on Thursday.Chapman was unbeaten on 71 and New Zealand was in sight of posting a strong total at 164-5 in 18.5 over before heavy rain and hail forced the players off the field. The umpire then called off the game.Pakistan leads the five-match series 2-1 with the final match scheduled next Monday at the same Pindi Cricket Stadium.Skipper Tom Latham (13) provided the Kiwis an aggressive start ...
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Rafael Nadal fighting time, and an ailing hip, to get another crack at history

For the better part of the 21st century, the European spring has played host to a peculiar Sunday tradition. For the average tennis obsessive, after spending a majority of the previous 9 months watching hard court play, action switches in April to outdoor red clay, a surface as physically taxing as it is technically demanding. They watch hardened athletes sweat and toil on the dirt for week-long events, only to draw out an entirely predictable conclusion – Rafael Nadal lifting the trophy at the end. Nadal, 36, is the long-fabled ‘King of Clay’, a title even the most cliche-opposed contrarians cannot deny. The Spaniard usually kicked off his clay season at the Monte Carlo Masters (where he has won 11 titles), before going to Barcelona (12 titles), where the showpiece court adorns his nam...
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IPL 2023 | Delhi Capitals recover stolen cricketing gear, culprits found: Warner

Delhi Capitals’ David Warner. | Photo Credit: AP Delhi Capitals cricketers have something more to cheer about after their maiden victory in IPL 2023, with skipper David Warner confirming on April 21 that most of the cricket gear, which had been stolen in transit from Bengaluru to Delhi a few days back, had been recovered.The Delhi franchise discovered the theft of their cricketing gear, including bats, pads and gloves, running into lakhs of rupees after they reached the national capital following their match against Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 15. Delhi Capital skipper David Warner thanks Police for catching culprits who stole the teams’ cricket kit. Photo: David Warner Instagram Warner had posted a message on social media about the theft, giving details about the items stolen...
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IPL 2023 final in Ahmedabad on May 28, Chennai gets Qualifier 1 and Eliminator

An aerial view of Narendra Modi Stadium. File The Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad will host Qualifier 2 and the final of the ongoing Indian Premier League on May 26 and 28 respectively, the BCCI said on April 21.Chennai's M.A. Chidambaram Stadium will stage the Qualifier 1 and the Eliminator on May 23 and 24 respectively, the IPL said in its advisory after the sport's apex body in the country finalised the schedule for the league four biggest matches.The 16th IPL began on March 31 at the Narendra Modi Stadium, the world's biggest cricketing arena. The venue also hosted the final of the league's last edition in 2022.The 2022 edition was played across four venues in Mumbai and Pune but the play-offs and the final were held in Kolkata and Ahmedabad.In this edition, the league reverted ...
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Delhi Capitals recover stolen cricketing gear, culprits found: David Warner | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Delhi Capitals cricketers have something more to cheer about after their maiden victory in IPL 2023, with skipper David Warner confirming on Friday that most of the cricket gear, which had been stolen in transit from Bengaluru to Delhi a few days back, had been recovered.The Delhi franchise discovered the theft of their cricketing gear, including bats, pads and gloves, running into lakhs of rupees after they reached the national capital following their match against Royal Challengers Bangalore on April 15.Warner had posted a message on social media about the theft, giving details about the items stolen."Stolen. 16 bats along with pads, shoes, thigh pads, gloves were stolen from the Delhi Capitals' players kit bags. 3 bats belong to David Warner, 2 of Mitchell Marsh, three of ...
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IPL 2023 | “I just want to focus on feeling good,” Jofra Archer speaks ahead of his awaited return for MI

Mumbai Indians’ Jofra Archer. | Photo Credit: AP Pace bowling sensation Jofra Archer is on the brink of returning to the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 action after he missed Mumbai Indians' last four matches as he picked up a little niggle.Archer's career has been plagued by injuries, but this time before making his return he is making sure that he feels good before making his return."To be honest, I still want to bowl fast and stuff — but when you feel good, you bowl good. I just want to focus on feeling good at the minute," Jofra Archer said as quoted by ESPNcricinfo."Obviously the last two weeks aren't exactly what you would hope for after being so fully active. But it's what you expect when you've been off for a long time, the body's not going to be 100% straight away."“There a...
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IPL 2023 | Wanted to win a game for the team whenever I got a chance: Ishant Sharma

Delhi Capitals bowler Ishant Sharma during the IPL T20 match at the Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium in New Delhi on April 20, 2023. | Photo Credit: Moorthy R.V. Indian veteran pace bowler Ishant Sharma made a remarkable debut in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 against Kolkata Knight Riders on April 20 at Arun Jaitley Stadium.Ishant set the tone of the match by picking up two crucial wickets of in-form KKR skipper Nitish Rana and Sunil Narine cheaply for scores of 4(7) and 4(6) respectively. In his economical spell, he ended up conceding 19 runs. Ishant became one of those players who capitalized on the opportunity when it presented itself. For his heroics with the ball, he received the Man of the Match award in the post-match presentation."I was just waiting for my chance. I wanted t...
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IPL 2023 | “We were on the luckier side today”, Sourav Ganguly after DC’s first win

Delhi Capitals head coach Ricky Pointing having word with Sourav Ganguly director of cricket, Delhi Capitals during practice sesson. | Photo Credit: Ritu Raj Konwar Delhi Capitals picked up their first victory of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 against Kolkata Knight Riders at Arun Jaitley Stadium by 4 wickets on April 20 and luck certainly played a crucial role in their victory.Unexpectedly, rain intervened and forced the game to kick off late than usual time. The new conditions took KKR by surprise and DC capitalize on the opportunity that came knocking on their door.DC batters, however, struggled to chase down the low target as their batting unit once again surfaced as the major problem in their unsuccessful campaign."We were on the luckier side today. We bowled well before as ...
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IPL 2023 | Always available for my team to bowl tough overs: Avesh Khan

Lucknow Super Giants’ Avesh Khan bowls during the Indian Premier League cricket match between Lucknow Super Giants and Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur, India on April 19, 2023. | Photo Credit: AP In a low-scoring thriller, Lucknow Super Giants held their nerves as they defended the lowest target of this season of the IPL to defeat Rajasthan Royals by 10 runs at the Sawai Mansingh stadium in Jaipur.Batting first, in a tricky Jaipur wicket, an opening partnership of 82 runs helped the Giants put up a score of 154/7. For the most part of the chase, Rajasthan Royals looked like getting to the target easily with both openers Yashasvi Jaiswal and Jos Buttler piling up 40+ scores each to stitch a partnership of 87.Jaiswal was the first to be removed by Marcus Stoinis in the 12th over followed by S...
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Won’t see IPL’s impact player rule in international cricket anytime soon: Jason Behrendorff | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Mumbai Indians left-arm pacer Jason Behrendorff does not think the "Impact player' rule introduced in the Indian Premier League this season will be implemented at the international level anytime soon.The 'Impact Player' rule allows teams to replace any one member of their playing XI during the match."I do not think we will see it at the international level for probably a while," Behrendorff told the media here during Mumbai Indians' pre-match media conference."Looking back at what the Big Bash (League) has done in Australia with some different rules coming in at different stages, different competitions are going to try to have something, that is maybe a little bit different that can change the course of their competition or their game, but at this stage I do not see the internat...
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CSK vs SRH | Conway, Jadeja guide Chennai to seven-wicket win against Hyderabad

Ravindra Jadeja’s three-wicket haul was complemented by a magnificent unbeaten fifty from opener Devon Conway as Chennai Super Kings cantered to a comfortable seven-wicket win against Sunrisers Hyderabad in a low-scoring IPL match in Chennai on April 21. Jadeja (3/22) spun a web of spin with a three-wicket haul to restrict SRH to a below-par 134 for 7 and Conway then slammed a 57-ball 77 not out as CSK made light of the target, reaching 138 for 3 in 18.4 overs for a fourth straight win over SRH at Chepauk. The stylish left-handed batter hit 12 fours and one six during his sensational knock and shared an 87-run stand with opening partner Ruturaj Gaikwad (35) to provide a rollicking start to the chase. Conway and Ruturaj Gaikwad notched up 50 in the 6th over. Conway waded ...