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New Zealand’s Performance Analyst Saurabh Walkar living something he never dreamt of

He has been a part of Mumbai’s celebrated Ranji Trophy outfit on multiple occasions. From T10 and The Hundred to the T20 World Cup in 2021, he has been a part of various cricket set-ups across the globe.Still, Saurabh Walkar is thrilled with his current assignment — as the New Zealand team’s Performance Analyst for the 2023 Men’s World Cup.“I cannot even call it a dream come true since I had never ever dreamt of anything like this. I was hooked to cricket as a school kid while watching the 1996 World Cup in India. And to be a part of a team set-up for another World Cup in India is just inexplicable,” Walkar said.Walkar has been operating as an analyst for almost two decades.Despite having worked with Afghanistan’s national team for 18 months, including the T20 World Cup in UAE in 2021, ...
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Cricket World Cup: Mitchell Santner, Rachin Ravindra give New Zealand all-round strength as they thrash Netherlands for second straight win

Just before the toss, in the sweltering heat of Hyderabad, Kane Williamson strolled into the ground for a pitch-peep. The scant crowd went wild, yelling wildly to gather the attention of the former Sunrisers Hyderabad captain. Williamson acknowledged with a warm wave and their day was already made.The buzz then was whether the recovering-from-injury captain would feature in the match. He did not. But for New Zealand it did not seem to matter, as they rolled over the Netherlands without much strain, trumping them by 99 runs, headlined by Mitchell Santner’s all-round heroics. Suddenly, with two thumping wins in as many games, hopes of them walking one step further than they had in the last two editions is swelling. It is not a mere illusion. For, they are getting stronger by the day, even...
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Watch: Third umpire faces ire over ‘most bizarre’ no-ball decision, law says otherwise | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: In an unusual and bizarre turn of events, third umpire Joel Wilson's no-ball decision came under criticism during the New Zealand-Netherlands World Cup match in Hyderabad.The incident took place in the 41st over of the Dutch chase when ODI debutant Sybrand Engelbrecht came down the track against Rachin Ravindra and the bowler bowled the delivery wide outside off and keeper Tom Latham was quick to whip off the bails. While the on-field umpire declared the delivery as wide, the stumping was referred to the third umpire.It seemed umpire Wilson made a mistake while ruling the stumping from Latham as no-ball after keeper seemingly grabbed the ball in front of the stumps. The replays also showed that the ball was collected just behind the stumps but despite watching several replays...
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Cricket set to be included in Olympics, ICC ‘delighted’ after Los Angeles 2028 recommends inclusion

Cricket is set to be included in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympic programme alongside flag football, baseball and softball, according to a report.The Guardian reported that cricket's inclusion in the Olympics will be confirmed at the 141st International Olympic Committee session that gets underway in Mumbai on October 15.The International Cricket Council (ICC), in a statement, expressed delight at LA28 organising committee recommending the sport's inclusion at the Summer Games. "The International Cricket Council (ICC) is delighted at the decision of the organisers of the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics to recommend cricket for inclusion at the Games.Five sports have been proposed by the @LA28 Organising Committee for inclusion at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles in five years' time:⚾ Baseball-sof...
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Watch – The start was quite bizarre to be honest: Virat Kohli tells KL Rahul in a candid chat | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: After three batters were dismissed for ducks with only two runs on the board, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul pulled off an incredible heist by forging a match-winning 165-run partnership in India's opening World Cup match against Australia in Chennai on Sunday.Kohli (85) and Rahul (97*) steered India to a six-wicket victory in the modest target of 200.Former India skipper Kohli and Rahul sat together for a freewheeling chat, a video of which was shared by BCCI on their X handle.Kohli initially assumed the role of an interviewer and asked Rahul about the match-winning knock he played."Talking about the special partnership that I and KL had, we had one in the Asia Cup as well but this was a bit more special. How does it feel, how is the body feeling firstly," Kohli asked."Tired", pat...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 | Battered Sri Lanka looks to get its act together against confident Pakistan

No margin for error: Sri Lankan bowlers need to hit the straps from the word go against a batting heavy opposition.  | Photo Credit: K.V.S. Giri A confident Pakistan, eager to keep the momentum going after its emphatic win over The Netherlands in its opener here, takes on a battered Sri Lanka in its second match of the World Cup on Tuesday.It is never going to be easy for Sri Lanka, especially for the bowling attack, to come back strongly after the way the South African batters had treated it with such disdain in posting a record-breaking World Cup score of 428 for five in the previous game at Delhi.The conditions and the opposition may be different, with the ground being much bigger here. Sri Lanka needs to get its act together quickly to make a statement here and keep the team’s mora...
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LA28’s recommendation for inclusion of cricket in Olympics delights ICC | Cricket News – Times of India

The International Cricket Council (ICC) is thrilled with the decision made by the organisers of the Los Angeles 2028 Olympics to propose the inclusion of cricket as a sport in the Games.Following a comprehensive two-year process, during which the ICC collaborated closely with LA28, the selection of sports to be added in Los Angeles now incorporates cricket. This development marks a significant milestone, as cricket's inclusion will be submitted for approval to the International Olympic Committee (IOC).“We are delighted that LA28 have recommended cricket for inclusion in the Olympics," said ICC chairman Greg Barclay in a media statement.“Whilst this is not the final decision, it is a very significant landmark towards seeing cricket at the Olympics for the first time in more than a centur...
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Cricket set to be included in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics: Report

In a pretty big development which will come as music to the ears of the cricket fans, the sport is set to be included in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics, according to a report by the Guardian. The LA organising committee’s decision will be officially announced after the International Olympic Committee’s 141st session in Mumbai on Sunday, the report added. The Olympics had earlier played host to cricket in 1900 when England played France in a single match to decide the gold medal. As per the report, in LA in 2028, there will be a T20 men’s and women’s tournament just like they had in the recently concluded Asian Games. In an earlier report by the Indian Express, Michael Payne, a former marketing and broadcast rights director of the IOC who is familiar with its inner workings after working ...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 | England braces for a trial by spin against Bangladesh

Pivotal: Rashid and Moeen will be a force to reckon with against left-handed Bangladesh batters.  | Photo Credit: EMMANUAL YOGINI The WrestleMania 36 theme song, Blinding Lights by The Weeknd, was blaring from a Bluetooth speaker as Harry Brook headed to the nets at the HPCA Stadium accompanied by two net bowlers: a left-arm spinner and a leg-spinner.He shaped up for a cut first ball from the left-armer and was hit on the pads. After a few plays and misses and a couple of close leaves, Brook started middling the ball and held his shape after playing a drive. On cue, the speaker played Ed Sheeran’s Shape of You.England’s training session, ahead of its second ODI World Cup 2023 match against Bangladesh on Tuesday, had a proper British vibe going, with Dua Lipa, Sheeran, and Harry Styles ...
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Cricket World Cup 2023: Kuldeep Yadav attributes success to more pace in his deliveries

Buzzing again: Kuldeep is making inroads because of his change in bowling style.  | Photo Credit: JOTHI RAMALINGAM B  After his impressive performance against Australia in the World Cup opener, Kuldeep Yadav said that increasing the pace behind his deliveries has helped him regain his mojo. On Sunday, the 28-year-old left-arm wrist spinner picked up crucial wickets of David Warner and Glenn Maxwell and played a key role in restricting the Aussies to 199. Maxwell was the key to Australia’s hope as he is one of the best players of spin in the side, but he got bowled when he tried to cut a delivery that spun sharply into the right-hander and skidded off the surface. Speaking about bowling on a helpful pitch, Kuldeep said, “It is important at what pace it turns. If it is a slow turner, it ...
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India vs Australia | Well begun is half done as India checks most boxes 

Resilient: Kohli and Rahul rose to the occasion and lifted India from dire straits. | Photo Credit: B. JOTHI RAMALINGAM Sporting campaign-openers can be tricky affairs. The pressure of expectations, the dive into the unknown and the urgency to set a domineering tone can together affect the best-laid plans. In the latest World Cup, defending champion England learnt it the hard way against New Zealand. Seen in that light, India did well in its first game.Sunday’s fixture against Australia, at Chennai’s M.A. Chidambaram Stadium, may have eventually looked like a walk in the park but this was a tussle with enough tipping points that could have tilted the game either way. What distinguished the victor from the vanquished was the ability to hold the nerve and India did that twice to eventuall...
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Cricket World Cup: No Pak scribes, fans; govt asked to get involved to expedite visas

With Pakistan set to play their second World Cup fixture against Sri Lanka on Tuesday without any journalists or fans from their country, the government in Islamabad has been asked to get involved in the matter to expedite the visa process.The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has called on the country’s foreign secretary to step in and solve the ongoing impasse. According to PCB spokesperson Umar Farooq, the board’s management committee chairman Zaka Ashraf met Pakistan foreign secretary Syrus Sajjad, raising concerns about the visa delays faced by their journalists and fans for their travel to India. This meeting comes three days after the PCB first wrote to the International Cricket Council (ICC) flagging concerns about the delay faced by journalists and fans from Pakistan. “The chairman ...
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‘Kohli’s intensity level is always the same whether it’s a match or practice’: Fielding coach Dilip decodes Virat’s acrobatic catch | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India's fielding coach, T Dilip, showered high praise on Virat Kohli for his spectacular catch during India's opening clash in the ODI World Cup 2023 against Australia on Sunday at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai.In a remarkable display of athleticism, Kohli executed a sensational dive to his non-dominant side, securing a breathtaking acrobatic catch that resulted in the dismissal of Mitchell Marsh off the bowling of Jasprit Bumrah.This extraordinary moment occurred in the third over of the match when Marsh attempted to fend off Bumrah's short-pitched delivery, only for the ball to find the outside edge, and Kohli brilliantly snatched it with both hands.“I think one of the great things with Virat Kohli which you can always see is that his intensity level is always the s...
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World Cup 2023: What’s troubling Australia’s Adam Zampa?

What’s happening with Adam Zampa? Last March, when Australia played an ODI before their World Cup opener against India in Chennai, Zampa had walked away with the man of the match award. That evening where Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav and Ashton Agar found enough bite off the surface, it was the leg-spinner who picked up four wickets because he was more daring than the Indians as Australia successfully defended 269. On Sunday, Australia had 70 runs fewer and knew dew could be a factor in the last 10 overs of the chase. But when their fast bowlers made early inroads, the target of 200 suddenly seemed bigger, especially with Zampa around. In these slow, low conditions Indian batsmen can be often under pressure and self-destructive. As recently as the Asia Cup, Sri Lanka and B...
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Delhi’s Little Kabul divided: For some cricket a ‘Taliban’s sport’, for others a few shattered phones when Afghanistan loses

Couple of days before Afghanistan’s game against India in Delhi, the Afghans in the capital are yearning for their roots. At a post-graduate men’s hostel in Delhi University’s North Campus, Haseebullah Siddiqi, who fled Afghanistan in August this year before the Taliban regime took over, was taking recipe instructions from his motherHaseebullah, actor in Punjabi movies, is preparing a feast for his childhood friend Rahmanullah Gurbaz, Afghanistan’s wicketkeeper-batter. “We grew up in Khost, and played cricket together. I met him during the IPL earlier this year. This is the best I could do for my brother,” he gets emotional. He drops his mobile and cusses in Pashto. While Haseebullah is piecing together his dismantled phone his friend Mohammad Rafi shares a back story. Rafi too is an ac...
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Watch: Trent Boult takes a stunner to dismiss Bas de Leede in NZ vs NED World Cup 2023 match

Taking stunning catches at the boundary is something which Trent Boult has made a habit of in his storied career. On Monday, he repeated a similar feat when he took the catch of Bas de Leede during New Zealand’s World Cup clash against Netherlands in Hyderabad. In the 17th over of the innings which was bowled by Rachin Ravindra, De Leede tried to clear the long-off boundary. However, despite the elevation, the ball did not get the distance and Boult dived up to take the catch and lost balance as he landed on the ground near the boundary. He then threw the ball back in the air, went over the boundary and returned back to the field of play to complete a marvelous catch. Earlier, Will Young, Rachin Ravindra and Tom Latham defied the sluggishness of the pitch to construct well-paced fiftie...
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Like father like son at Cricket World Cup | Cricket News – Times of India

Highly-regarded Dutch all-rounder Bas de Leede has joined a rare group of cricketers at the World Cup who have followed their fathers into the tournament.Here's a look at the seven father-son pairings to have featured at the global showpiece:1) Tim de Leede took 4-34 to help skittle out India for just 204 at the 2003 World Cup in South Africa with Sachin Tendulkar one of his victims."Umpire Peter Willey gave the ball to me as a momento. I wanted Sachin to sign it, but by the time I'd done media duties, the India team had left," de Leede told ESPNcricinfo."Some years later, Tendulkar was in the Netherlands getting some treatment on an elbow injury and a physio friend tipped me off. He was gracious, remembered the game and kindly signed it for me."On Friday, Bas also took four wickets on ...
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World Cup 2023: Will Pakistan drop Fakhar Zaman as they grapple with Powerplay problems?

What do you do with someone like Fakhar Zaman? Not many might remember but his sizzling hundred against India in the 2017 Champions Trophy final was the final straw that broke the camel’s back as far R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja go; both leaked 147 in 18 overs and went wicketless as Zaman put them out of white-ball cricket for a long while. But that was then. He is now part of Pakistan’s problem in the first Powerplay. “We’re not getting what we would like to get out of our Powerplay,” Pakistan’s coach Grant Bradburn said ahead of their second game against Sri Lanka. When specifically asked about Fakhar’s spot, Bradburn would say, “We’ve got four to five options that we could put out at the top of the order and we’d be very confident that they can deliver not only the runs but the temp...
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It was painful, wasn’t able to understand why people were criticising my performance, says KL Rahul | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India's wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul has openly admitted that the ongoing criticism he faced was both hurtful and perplexing, particularly when his performance didn't warrant such scrutiny.Following a months-long absence due to a thigh injury incurred during the IPL in May, Rahul made his comeback during the Asia Cup last month. Impressively, he emerged as the team's third-highest run-scorer in the tournament, dispelling doubts about his form and fitness."There was a lot of criticism, people were commenting on my performance in every match and situation.I wasn't able to understand why it was happening, because my performance wasn't that bad. So, that was very painful." Rahul told 'Star Sports'.Despite missing the first two games of the Asia Cup due to a minor injury concern,...
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ODI World Cup: Pakistan presenter leaves India due to ‘personal reasons’ amid backlash over old anti-India posts | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Pakistani presenter Zainab Abbas on Tuesday left India due to 'personal reasons' after backlash on social media over her alleged past anti-India posts. Zainab was part of the ICC digital team covering the ODI World Cup and was supposed to travel to the cities where Pakistan was scheduled to play its World Cup matches. The 35-year-old, who arrived in Hyderabad last week, was present in Pakistan's tournament opener against Netherlands on October 6.However, on Monday, Zainab left India from Hyderabad to Dubai. As speculation on social media intensified over her departure from India in the middle of the tournament, the ICC clarified that Zainab was not deported from the host country and has left the country due to personal reasons.“Zainab has not been deported, she has left for p...