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Day: August 15, 2023

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Tilak Varma — a silver lining in World Cup squad uncertainty

[ad_1] Not for the first time, the Indian team management has yet to identify a settled squad as a World Cup fast approaches.When the team was announced for the 2019 Cricket World Cup, there was a surprise in store as Ambati Rayudu was left out in favour of Vijay Shankar. Then chief selector M.S.K. Prasad justified Vijay Shankar’s inclusion, stating that the all-rounder brought in a “three-dimensional” flavour. That did not go down well with a miffed Rayudu.The 2023 Cricket World Cup is only six weeks away, and once again, there is no clarity on who will don a key role. The middle-order slot is the most pressing concern. It is the injury status of Shreyas Iyer and K.L. Rahul that has caused this dilemma.Both batters — currently going through the paces at the National Cricket Academy — ar...
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Everything is going to be new for Bumrah, says Lakshmipathy Balaji

[ad_1] Excited: Balaji said that he’s looking forward to see how Jasprit Bumrah is going to come back. | Photo Credit: File photo Former India pacer Lakshmipathy Balaji said that he’s “excited to see how Jasprit Bumrah is going to come back,” into the Indian team in the context of the upcoming World Cup in India. Bumrah last bowled for India in September last year. He had recovered from stress fracture in the back only to be again ruled out injured. So much so, he had to undergo a surgery in New Zealand in March. With great anticipation surrounding his return to the team, he’s now left for Ireland with the India squad as its skipper. India is set to play three T20Is versus Ireland. “Any back surgery, it’ll have some little bit of hiccups here and there. But that is the maximum you can do...
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Umpiring was always a part of my life, says Kaushik Gandhi 

[ad_1] Transition: Kaushik says his career shift from being a player to an umpire has been interesting. | Photo Credit: File photo: M. PERIASAMY Kaushik Gandhi says he knew he was going to become an umpire even before he began his playing career.His father, P. Mohan, was an umpire, and umpires and umpiring have always been a part of his life. He’s always had an “interest in umpiring.”His not being a permanent member of the Tamil Nadu squad for the past three years and the BCCI’s player-turned-umpire offer in December 2022 have acted as catalysts for his decision to become an umpire. That offer has enabled him to straightaway become a level-2 BCCI umpire as well. ContentThough he feels he should have played more Ranji Trophy matches for Tamil Nadu, he’s content with his playing career giv...
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‘I am here in Saudi Arabia’: Neymar Jr. completes move from PSG to Al-Hilal

[ad_1] Just when you thought the Saudi Pro League had surprised you all it could with the names that it has acquired over the past few months from top European Leagues, another one arrived on Tuesday. And not just any other name. Neymar Jr. is now a Al Hilal player, as confirmed by the club statement. Financial details have not been disclosed but the transfer is reported to be for a fee of about 90 million euros plus add-ons and subject to a medical. It is done. Another supertstar of world football, who wore the Barcelona and Paris Saint Germain colors not long ago will now be a regular in the SPL. The club also confirmed the same with a video on social media with the 31-year-old stating, “I am here in Saudi Arabia, i am HILALI.” Neymar had moved from Barcelona to PSG in the summer of ...
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Sri Lankan all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga retires from Test cricket

[ad_1] Wanindu Hasaranga | Photo Credit: K. MURALI KUMAR Sri Lankan all-rounder Wanindu Hasaranga on August 15 announced his retirement from Test cricket as he seeks to prolong his career in limited-over format of the game. The Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) said it has accepted the decision of the 26-year-old Hasaranga. “We will accept his decision and are confident that Hasaranga will be a vital part of our white-ball programme going forward,” said SLC CEO Ashley De Silva. Hasaranga made his Test debut against South Africa at Centurion in 2020, and played three more Tests thereafter. From four Tests, he took four wickets with his leg-spin. His last Test was against Bangladesh in Pallekele in 2021. However, Hasaranga continues to be a prominent figure for Sri Lanka in white ball formats as t...
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Rohit Sharma should be more aggressive as a captain: Kapil Dev | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] KOCHI: The sight of Kapil Dev lifting the World Cup from the Lord’s balcony forty years ago is etched in an Indian cricket fan’s memory. With another ODI World Cup around the corner, the man who inspired India’s maiden ODI World Cup success and ushered in a cricketing revolution in the country, Kapil Dev, spoke on Indian team’s chances in the tournament, allrounders and Bazball in an exclusive conversation with TOI on his visit to Kochi on Tuesday. Excerpts.How optimistic are you about India’s chances in the upcoming ODI World Cup?They need to come in the top four (semifinals) first. After that, anything is possible. You need a stroke of luck from the semifinal stage onwards and need things to go your way. But the most important thing is to reach the top four.But injuries have ham...
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Stokes set to come out of retirement to play World Cup, could skip IPL

[ad_1] Ben Stokes of England. File. | Photo Credit: Getty Images England Test captain and the world's premier all-rounder Ben Stokes is all set to come out of retirement and play the ODI World Cup in India even if it comes at the cost of missing a season of cash-rich IPL, according to British daily 'The Telegraph'. According to a report in the leading English newspaper, "Ben Stokes is prepared to make a sensational U-Turn and reverse his one day international retirement to help England's World Cup defence in India this year, even if it means missing out on next season's Indian Premier League." "The England Test captain now appears willing to play World Cup if he is asked by white-ball captain Jos Buttler," the paper further reported. The reason why Stokes could give his ₹16 crore annual...
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Now it’s Buttler’s job to make Stokes available for the World Cup: Ravichandran Ashwin

[ad_1] Ben Stokes, reportedly, making a comeback from ODI retirement to play in the World Cup later this year in India has been the news of the cricket town this week. “Jos Buttler will probably lead the way on that communication, but Ben’s pretty straight with all of us. We will see if he’s keen,” England head coach in white-ball cricket Matthew Mott would tell the Daily Mail. It was last summer when Stokes would announce his retirement from the 50-over format, stating that it was no longer ‘sustainable’ to play all three formats. India all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin believes the onus is now on the ODI and T20I skipper Jos Buttler to convince the England Test captain to return for the marquee tournament later this year. “Will Stokes come out of retirement? The main reason why he retire...
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Vinesh Phogat’s knee injury means Antim Phangal, the reserve, can go for Asian Games

[ad_1] Two-time World Championship bronze medallist Vinesh Phogat announced on her social media that she had suffered a left knee injury while training and would not be taking part in the 2023 Hangzhou Asian Games. Phogat said that she sustained the knee injury in a training session on August 13 and that she would be undergoing surgery on August 17 in Mumbai. The 28-year-old had been selected for the Asian Games, despite not having given a trial due to the Indian Olympic Association’s ad-hoc committee’s ruling that current World Championship medal winners would get a bye for the trials. It meant that both Phogat and 65kg Tokyo bronze medallist Bajrang Punia would make it into the Asian Games team without trials. In her social media post, Vinesh said, “A couple of days ago on 13th August ...
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Ruthless Magnus beats Gukesh to take lead in Chess World Cup quarters

[ad_1] When five-time chess world champion Magnus Carlsen is in the mood, it can be quite difficult, punishing almost, to play against him.India’s teen sensation and World No. 7 in live ratings D Gukesh found that out the hard way in their opening game of the FIDE World Cup quarterfinal in Baku on Tuesday.The Norwegian, despite playing with black, punished Gukesh for just a slight oversight and found his way through an arduous endgame to win the first game in 49 moves. The loss leaves 17-year-old Gukesh in a must-win situation on Wednesday as a draw will be enough for Carlsen to go through to the semifinals. In an all-Indian quarterfinal between two teens, Arjun Erigaisi, playing with black, punished R Praggnanandhaa for a few careless moves, winning the opening game. The other Indian in...
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Harmanpreet Kaur says some of the audience liked WPL more than IPL | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: The Women's Premier League turned out to be a huge success as it helped give a much-needed boost to women's cricket in India. And if Indian women's cricket team captain Harmanpreet Kaur is to be believed, the audience showed more interest in WPL than IPL."WPL was a game changer for us. That tournament was so good. Everyone loved it back home. The response we got, trust me, some of the audience was more interested in women's IPL than men's because it was something new to watch," Harmanpreet said on Daggers & Lyds podcast.Organised by the BCCI, the franchise T20 cricket league took place from March 4 to March 26 this year. The tournament featured five teams and a total of 22 matches, all held at Brabourne Stadium and DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai.The franchise-based T20 ...
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Harmanpreet Kaur says audience liked WPL more than IPL | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: The Women's Premier League turned out to be a huge success as it helped give a much-needed boost to women's cricket in India. And if Indian women's cricket team captain Harmanpreet Kaur is to be believed, the audience showed more interest than IPL."WPL was a game changer for us. That tournament was so good. Everyone loved it back home. The response we got, trust me, some of the audience was more interested in women's IPL than men's because it was something new to watch," Harmanpreet said on Daggers & Lyds podcast.Organised by the BCCI, the franchise T20 cricket league took place from March 4 to March 26 this year. The tournament featured five teams and a total of 22 matches, all held at Brabourne Stadium and DY Patil Stadium in Mumbai.The franchise-based T20 cricket...
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Indian football legend Mohammed Habib no more

[ad_1] Mohammed Habib, the playmaker par excellence of the 1970s who scored against Pele’s New York Cosmos in Mohun Bagan colours and made the football icon take note of his game, died on Tuesday. The former India player was 74. Habib, who was suffering from dementia and Parkinson’s syndrome for the past couple of years, breathed his last in Hyderabad, his birthplace. Habib was survived by his wife and three daughters. A bronze medallist in the 1970 Asian Games in Bangkok under the captaincy of fellow Hyderabadi Syed Nayeemuddin and manager PK Banerjee, Habib has represented the big three of Kolkata Maidan — Mohun Bagan, East Bengal and Mohammedan Sporting in his heydays, dominating the Mecca of Indian football for a prolonged period in the late 1960s through to the 70s. Following a succ...
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Australia captain Pat Cummins eyes comeback during India ODI series | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Australia's captain, Pat Cummins, who has been recuperating from a left wrist injury, expressed his intention to stage a comeback to international cricket during the upcoming three-match ODI series against India in late September. This return is strategically timed ahead of the World Cup.Cummins suffered a fractured wrist during the fifth Ashes Test at the Oval, which took place from July 27 to 31. Medical advice dictated a six-week period of rest for his recovery.As a result of his injury, the fast bowler will unfortunately be absent from Australia's five-match ODI series against South Africa, scheduled from September 7 to 17. However, Cummins aims to rejoin the team for the ODI clashes against India on September 22, 24, and 27. This return aligns with his preparation ...
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PCB ignores former PM Imran Khan from I-Day video; draws ire on social media | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: On Pakistan's 77th Independence Day, the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) faced backlash for excluding former Prime Minister Imran Khan from a commemorative video dedicated to the country's cricket icons and historic achievements. Surprisingly, the video omitted Khan, despite his pivotal role in leading the World Cup-winning team in 1992.Fans expressed astonishment at the oversight, highlighting Khan's status as a star performer who clinched Pakistan's sole World Cup victory in one-day cricket. The move drew sharp criticism, questioning how the cricket board could overlook Khan's remarkable contributions.Imran Khan, having transitioned from a cricketer to a politician, founded the Pakistan Tehreek-e-Insaf (PTI) party after retiring from the sport. Presently, he remains inca...
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SA20 season 2 to kick off on January 10 next year | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: The much-anticipated second edition of SA20 is set to kick off on January 10, 2024, with the reigning champions, Sunrisers Eastern Cape locking horns with Joburg Super Kings (JSK) in Gqeberha in the opening match. The fixture lineup was revealed in Johannesburg on Tuesday.Over the course of 34 matches taking place across six venues throughout the country, South Africa's finest talents will share the stage with some of the world's most renowned cricketers. The climax of this exciting tournament will be marked by the final match on February 10.The action-packed schedule guarantees that each of the six Indian Premier League (IPL)-owned teams will host a home match during the initial week, intensifying the rivalries and competitive spirit among them.The inaugural match on J...
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‘Pakistan have…, India don’t…’: Former Pak player on Asia Cup clash | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: India hold the upper hand over Pakistan in the recent past and emerged victorious in the multi-team events barring their loss in 2021 T20 World Cup. But former Pakistan leg-spinner Danish Kaneria opines that the upcoming Asia Cup clash would be a different ball game as the Indian bowling unit looks unsettled."Pakistan have the edge, as India don't look settled at the moment. They don't know which fast bowlers are going to play. In their spin department, Yuzvendra Chahal has been inconsistent. Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, and Ravindra Jadeja should be the three spinners, according to me. If they want a spinner on standby, Ravi Bishnoi should get the nod," Kaneria said during a live session on his official YouTube channel.Star batters KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer are back in a...
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Any team that has a Ben Stokes is a better team: Ollie Pope on the England Test captain playing in ODI World Cup

[ad_1] With less than two months left in the 2023 ODI World Cup, England Cricket have been subject of a good news with reports emerging of Test captain Ben Stokes deciding to come back from ODI retirement to play in the marquee tournament in India later this year. “Jos Buttler will probably lead the way on that communication, but Ben’s pretty straight with all of us. We will see if he’s keen,” England head coach in white-ball cricket Matthew Mott would tell the Daily Mail. Commenting on the speculations, England batter Ollie Pope would tell Sky Sports, “Ben Stokes is someone who loves playing for England. He’s a player that any England team is lucky to have in its side. Obviously he has his knee (issues), it’s no secret that he has been trying to manage that. It’s great for him that he f...
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India vs Pakistan World Cup match ticket sales to start from September. Find out more details | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Tuesday announced their plan for the sale of tickets for the upcoming ODI World Cup 2023, set to commence in Ahmedabad on October 5.India's opening match against Australia is scheduled for October 8 in Chennai, and their highly anticipated clash against traditional rivals Pakistan is slated for October 14 in Ahmedabad. However, fans will not have immediate access to tickets for all matches.The ticket sale process will be organised in a phased manner. While ticket registration has already commenced, the actual purchase of tickets will only be possible starting from August 25.On this date, tickets for warm-up matches not involving India and all matches excluding those involving India will become available for distribution.The dis...
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Nishant Kushwah scored a timely 106 (256b, 16×4) and Sahab Yuvraj followed it up an unbeaten 92 (172b, 14×4, 2×6) as Indian Railways chugged along slowly and steadily

[ad_1] Nishant Kushwah Railways, who scored 106 | Photo Credit: Special Arrangement Coimbatore Nishant Kushwah scored a timely 106 (256b, 16x4) and Sahab Yuvraj followed it up an unbeaten 92 (172b, 14x4, 2x6) as Indian Railways chugged along slowly and steadily to finish the opening day at 251 for four against TNCA President’s XI in the all-India Buchi Babu invitation cricket tournament at the Sri Ramakrishna Institutions grounds here on Tuesday.After losing three wickets early on to pacemen Sandeep Warrier (3/47) and M. Mohammed, Railways went on the defensive. It knew it was all about being patient on a pitch that had some juice in it for the fast bowlers. The left-handed opener Kushwah first forged a stand with partner Sahab Yuvraj and, soon after lunch, went on the hunt. The former ...