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Dial R for Rohit and records!

Rohit Sharma | Photo Credit: Ritu Raj Konwar. A look at the records notched up by Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli during India’s massive win on Wednesday:Rohit’s third six of the innings helped him surpass Chris Gayle’s record of 553 sixes, scored in 551 innings, across formats. The Indian skipper now has 556 maximums in 473 innings.Rohit’s 63-ball hundred is the fastest World Cup hundred by an Indian, bettering Virender Sehwag’s 81-ball ton against Bermuda in 2007.Rohit broke the tie with Sachin Tendulkar for most World Cup hundreds with his seventh ton in just 19 innings across three editions.Rohit equalled David Warner to become the joint-fastest batter to 1000 ODI World Cup runs in 19 innings. Rohit is the fourth Indian to score 1000 World Cup runs after Sachin, Sourav Ganguly and Vir...
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Cricket World Cup Nz vs Ban | Williamson progressing well: NZ bowling coach Shane Jurgensen

Right track: Williamson is expected to be match ready soon. | Photo Credit: RAGU R New Zealand bowling coach Shane Jurgensen was pleased with skipper Kane Williamson’s progress ahead of the team’s match against Bangladesh on Friday. Williamson, who is recovering from an ACL knee injury, missed the first two games of the World Cup — against England and The Netherlands — as he wasn’t match ready. On Wednesday, the 33-year-old batted for nearly an hour in the nets at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium. Williamson started by taking some throwdowns before having a session facing pacers Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry and James Neesham, and the spinners. “He is coming along nicely and is taking full training today, and he keeps improving and progressing every day,” said Jurgensen. “He is putting himse...
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Cricket World Cup: Rohit Sharma hammers Afghan bowlers as India win second successive game

For all the acclaim Rohit Sharma has received over his career, the word ‘best’ is rarely used to describe his batting. Coming through the ranks, he was anointed the heir apparent to Sachin Tendulkar, a pedestal subsequently occupied by Virat Kohli. He was considered the best proponent of the Mumbai school of batting, but didn’t display the ruthlessness and hunger that’s its characteristic trait, especially in his earlier days and especially in the longer format. He is not even considered the best player in the current team.But when it comes to the 50-over World Cups, Rohit is in a league of his own. The batsman with the most hundreds – his seventh coming in Wednesday’s eight-wicket thrashing of Afghanistan, India’s second win in two matches in the tournament – he invariably shines when ...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 | Australia, South Africa in battle of heavyweights

Trump cards: Skipper Cummins and spearhead Starc will have their task cut out. | Photo Credit: SANDEEP SAXENA The most enduring memories of ODIs between Australia and South Africa invoke the shock of seeing Allan Donald inexplicably rooted at the non-striker’s end in a tied World Cup semifinal in 1999 and the thrill of a Protean pursuit of a record 435 in 2006 at Johannesburg in a match that gave 50-over cricket its first taste of 400-plus totals. Between these events and beyond, South Africa has reinforced its ‘choker’ tag while Australia has added four World Cup titles. But with the winds of change blowing across cricketing meadows and knocking down cherished ideals and dogmas, South Africa is showing signs of shedding that tag and injecting life into the one-dayers. It amassed the b...
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Sachin Tendulkar fanboy Rohit Sharma steps out of idol’s shadow (a little bit) with records-breaking knock

In his schooldays, Rohit Sharma, an average student by his own admission, was allergic to books. But he could not resist borrowing The Making of a Cricketer, written by Ajit Tendulkar on his younger brother Sachin, from a friend. In the book, the writer details the sacrifices and hard work that went behind the making of the man that Donald Bradman referred a the closest to him in style and technique. Sharma read every single line of the book, perhaps reread too. He could suddenly relate to the legend.. “I could relate to his life. I know people will wonder how I found something common between his life and my life,” he once told this newspaper. Their backgrounds were different. Tendulkar was brought up in a middle-class, intellectual household. Sharma used to sleep on the floor with hi...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 Ind vs Afg | We decided to forget the IPL episode: Naveen-ul-Haq

India’s Virat Kohli with Afghanistan’s Naveen-ul-Haq during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 match between India and Afghanistan. | Photo Credit: PTI Even as Rohit Sharma set the Arun Jaitley Stadium alight with a scorching hundred against Afghanistan, his dismissal, in the 26th over of India’s chase, helped douse a fire. Virat Kohli and Naveen-ul-Haq exchanged a handshake, a friendly one this time, after Rohit was bowled by Rashid Khan. “He is a nice guy and a good player. We shook hands and decided to forget whatever happened in the IPL... There was nothing outside the ground. People made it big on media for followers. We are done with that thing,” Naveen said after the match. Naveen was greeted with chants of “Kohli, Kohli” when he came out to bat and similar chants echoed acros...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 Ind vs Afg | I look at the conditions and bowl accordingly: Jasprit Bumrah

Personal touch: Bumrah is excited about India’s next match in Ahmedabad, where he will meet his mother. | Photo Credit: MOORTHY RV  His words are as rapid and to the point as his deliveries. Having grabbed four wickets to restrict Afghanistan before India dominated the chase in the World Cup fixture here on Wednesday, Jasprit Bumrah downplayed his spells and sought refuge in following the process.“I look at the conditions and bowl accordingly. Today we felt that the ball was coming along nicely to the bat and we tried to bowl harder lengths. There was some swing initially and then there was nothing much,” Bumrah said. “I just follow the process,” he stressed. The spearhead was as surprised as the fans with the rapidity in which India surpassed the target but he was clear that no discus...
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‘Not at all’: Jasprit Bumrah denies India planned to boost NRR against Afghanistan | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India's eight-wicket victory over Afghanistan came with 15 overs to spare, but pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah denied it was a planned ploy to boost their net run-rate in the World Cup group stage.India captain Rohit Sharma smashed 131 off 84 balls as the tournament hosts chased down a 273-run victory target in 35 overs on a good batting track at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi on Wednesday.The hosts are only the third team to win their first two games and they are sandwiched between New Zealand and Pakistan at the top of the standings.Net run-rate could come into play later in the tournament, but Bumrah denied it was a factor in India's performance against Afghanistan."Not at all. We are not looking at it from the beginning (of the tournament). (Besides) we did not know that...
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Virat Kohli moves up in ICC rankings after 85 against Australia in World Cup | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Star India batter Virat Kohli on Wednesday moved up a couple of places to reach the seventh spot in the latest ICC men's ODI rankings. Kohli moved up the table in batters' ranking after his terrific 85-run knock against Australia in India's World Cup opener in Chennai last week.Kohli walked out to bat with India placed in a precarious 2 for 2 which soon became 5 for 3 but the 34-year-old lifted his side with a gritty knock and alongside KL Rahul and took India to a comfortable six-wicket win. The Kohli-Rahul duo had added a match-winning 165 stand for the fourth wicket.Rahul, who struck 97 not out against Australia, moved up 15 positions to reach the 19th spot while World Cup history's fastest century-maker, South Africa's Aiden Markram reached 21st, as he moved up 11 positio...
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Arctic Open 2023: Ashwini Ponnappa / Tanisha Crasto, Kiran George enter second round after wins against higher-ranked opponents

India’s men’s singles shuttler Kiran George and women’s doubles pairing of Ashwini Ponnappa and Tanisha Crasto registered impressive wins against higher-ranked opponents in the opening round of the Arctic Open Super 500 event in Vantaa, Finland on Wednesday. Ponnappa and Crasto, the veteran-youngster pairing who only started playing on tour at the start of this year, produced a superb performance against world No 13 Rena Miyaura and Ayako Sakuramoto in straight games 22-20, 21-19. Miyaura and Sakuramoto had a sizeable lead in the opening game, but the Indians fought back from 11-17 down to take the lead. Crasto and Ponnappa, ranked No 39 in the world now, produced a couple of stunning rallies late in the game. Most Read 1 India vs Afghanistan Live Score, World Cup 20...
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Asian Champions Trophy: Savita Punia to lead India’s charge in Ranchi as Hockey India name largely same squad as Hangzhou

It will be a largely unchanged Indian women’s hockey team squad from Hangzhou that will take part in the Women’s Asian Champions Trophy 2023 set to take place from 27th October to 5th November in Ranchi, Jharkand. Hockey India announced a 20-member squad on Wednesday with Savita Punia leading the side with Deep Grace Ekka as her deputy. India recently won the bronze medal at the 19th Asian Games Hangzhou. India will compete at the ACT alongside Japan, China, Korea, Malaysia, and Thailand. India’s Chief Coach Janneke Schopman said, “It is an important tournament for us to continue our momentum and our steady improvement as a team. While we performed well at the Asian Games to claim bronze, the upcoming tournament will give us a chance to further improve our standings against our Asian ch...
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Australia vs South Africa Live Streaming: When and where to watch AUS vs SA World Cup match live?

Australia vs South Africa World Cup 2023 Live Streaming: Australia and South Africa come into Thursday’s World Cup encounter with contrasting fortunes. While South Africa are on a high after scoring 428, the highest in the 50-over WC history, and blowing away Sri Lanka, Australia will be hoping the debilitating loss against India won’t hurt as much as the tournament progresses. The last time these two met was in a 5-match ODI series where the Proteas came back to win 3-2 after going 2-0 down. That result is unlikely to worry Australia though as they were without key players like Pat Cummins, Steven Smith, Mitchell Starc and Glenn Maxwell. South Africa, meanwhile, will have to be wary of a wounded Australian team who will be hoping to get their World Cup campaign back on track after the ...
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Watch: Virat Kohli and Naveen-ul-Haq bury the hatchet in heartwarming World Cup moment | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: In a delightful and heartwarming moment, Afghanistan's Naveen-Ul-Haq and India's Virat Kohli were seen sharing pleasantries during the World Cup game in New Delhi on Wednesday. The duo were involved in a heated clash in the IPL earlier this year, which at that point, became one of the most talked about moments of the tournament. But on Wednesday, both Kohli and Naveen let bygones be bygones and patched things up between them and were seen hugging and sharing a smile together.As the fans at Kohli's home ground kept teasing Naveen, the India star also urged the people not to do the same in another touching gesture.Earlier, in IPL in May, Lucknow Super Giants' Naveen and Royal Challengers Bangalore's star Kohli squared-off in a on-field and post-match war of words. The feud even...
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Cheteshwar Pujara skips Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy | Cricket News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: For the first time in his career, veteran India batsman Cheteshwar Pujara has decided to skip the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 Trophy. The 35-year-old’s name was missing from the Saurashtra squad which was announced on Wednesday by the Saurashtra Cricket Association."I am skipping the Mushtaq Ali Trophy since I have been playing a lot of cricket lately but I will start playing from next month onwards," Pujara told TOI. "He expressed his unwillingness to play in the tournament," said SCA president Jaydev Shah.Though he played 105 Tests for India, in which he scored 7,195 runs@43.60, Pujara's white-ball career never took-he played just five ODIs. In 71 T20s, he scored 1556 runs@29.35, with one hundred and nine fifties.Recently, Pujara's former India teammate Shikhar Dhawan too...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 Aus vs SA | ODIs have been tiring for me for a couple of years: South Africa’s Quinton de Kock

Process: De Kock, who is coming off a century against Sri Lanka, said his side needs to stay consistent in the tournament. | Photo Credit: MOORTHY RV South Africa’s Quinton de Kock, who announced in September his decision to retire from ODIs after the World Cup, said that he felt the format was “quite tiring” for the last couple of years. “I’m sure a lot of guys love the format. I’m not going to speak on behalf of everyone. For myself, it’s been doing it for a couple of years now, so I find it quite tiring,” he said on the eve of South Africa’s match against Australia in Lucknow. At a time when the one-day format finds itself at a crossroads, de Kock believes ODIs will need to find a suitable place and time to continue being relevant. The opener began his ODI swansong in style, smashin...
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‘Virat Kohli is a nice guy’ says Naveen Ul Haq after hugging it out in India vs Afghanistan World Cup clash

New Delhi: Not Jasprit Bumrah’s bowling, not even Rohit Sharma’s breathtaking century, the moment of the India-Afghanistan match came in the 26th over. Rashid has dismissed Rohit and during the break Naveen-ul-Haq and Virat Kohli were seen exchanging pleasantries. Holding arms, then a pat of the back. Naveen initiated it, and both shared a lovely smile.The handshake should now relegate to the past the five-month-old on-field altercation between the two during the IPL. In May, the two players had an argument on the field that triggered a football-style clash between Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). After the game, Naveen was asked about Kohli and the nice moment they shared. The player said: “He is a nice guy, a good player and we shook hands. It’s always...
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Best world-cup haul: Smiling Jasprit Bumrah is back with a Rashford-like celebration after harassing Afghanistan

More than the wicket-taking ball, it was Jasprit Bumrah’s celebration that went viral. He stood there watching the Afghan opener Ibrahim Zadran nick a peach of an away-shaper, and with his lips curling into a lovely smile, he put his index finger on his temple, presumably to announce he had out-thought Zadran. It’s a celebration seemingly inspired by the England footballer Marcus Rashford but before we get to that, we must zoom into the ball first. The ball seamed away but he released it almost as if he wanted to swing it. A leg cutter that’s released like an outswinger. Bowlers usually cut their fingers across the seam to get that seaming-cut away but the smiling assassin Bumrah kills it in his own method. L Balaji, former India swing bowler and a coach now, explains to this newspaper...
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India vs Afghanistan: Sensational Rohit Sharma surpasses Sachin Tendulkar, sets records with his seventh ODI World Cup century | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India skipper Rohit Sharma on Wednesday etched his name in the annals of cricket history by becoming the batter with the most centuries in the ODI World Cups. Playing against Afghanistan in the ongoing ICC World Cup at Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi, India opener smashed a quick-fire hundred to lead the hosts' run chase.Rohit achieved this remarkable feat with his seventh century in this prestigious tournament, surpassing the legendary Sachin Tendulkar, who had scored six centuries in World Cup matches.It was his 31st century in One Day Internationals (ODIs), making him only the third batter to achieve the milestone of more than 30 centuries in this format. Ahead of Rohit are two other Indian cricketing legends, Sachin Tendulkar with 49 ODI centuries and Virat Kohli with 47.Sc...
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ICC WORLD CUP | Stoinis fit again and available for selection: Australian skipper Cummins

Australian Marcus Stoinis bats during a training session at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup India 2023 on October 11, 2023 in Lucknow, India. | Photo Credit: Getty Images Australia skipper Pat Cummins revealed that a fit-again Marcus Stoinis was available for selection and that the team was looking at him ‘pretty closely’ ahead of its World Cup match against South Africa at the Shri Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow on Thursday. “He’s fit. We’ll announce a team tomorrow but it’s a ground he knows pretty well. I think chatting to him and a couple of other guys, it’s probably in a bit of a different condition to what it is for IPL. The wicket looks really good, so yeah, he’s someone we’ll look at pretty closely,” Cummins said. Stoinis plays for IPL franchise Lucknow S...
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‘Should play with each other’: Inzamam-Ul-Haq advocates for India-Pakistan cricket matches | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former Pakistan cricket captain, Inzamam-Ul-Haq, voiced his opinion on Wednesday, calling for India and Pakistan to engage in bilateral cricket matches. Inzamam expressed his sentiments while visiting Amritsar and took the opportunity to commend the Pakistan cricket team for their outstanding victory against Sri Lanka in a high-scoring World Cup match on Tuesday.Inzamam, known for his illustrious cricketing career and insights, particularly lauded the performance of Abdullah Shafique and Mohammed Rizwan, who played pivotal roles in Pakistan's historic win. During an interview with ANI, he stated, "Pakistan team is playing well, and credit should go to the team, especially Abdullah Shafique and Rizwan; they played well. If the team continues this performance, the result will b...