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ICC World Cup: PAK vs AFG | This win will give batters a sense of self-confidence, says Trott

Afghanistan players and staff members celebrate their win against Pakistan in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 match in Chennai on October 23, 2023. | Photo Credit: Reuters After a few close encounters between the two sides in recent times, Afghanistan finally got one over Pakistan for the first time in one-day internationals, and the team’s coach, Jonathan Trott, was all praise for the way his side dominated the game on October 23. “Well, yeah, it doesn’t take a lot to see the passion and the rivalry between them. You know, (in) Asia Cup, we had a very disappointing loss last year. And then we had a series against them a couple of months ago, a three-match ODI series, in which a few times we were in the game, and I am just glad today we were in the game again and managed to get across t...
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Explained: How can Pakistan still make it to World Cup semis after Afghanistan shocker | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Pakistan's ODI World Cup campaign is in jeopardy after they were stunned by Afghanistan by eight wickets in Chennai on Monday. A third successive defeat pushed them into a must-win situation for a place in the semifinals with only four points from five matches.Pakistan posted a score of 282-7 in their 50 overs, with the contribution of 74 runs from their skipper Babar Azam and 58 runs from opener Abdullah Shafique.However, this total proved to be insufficient against a clinical Afghanistan side.In pursuit of a target of 283 runs, Afghanistan found their heroes in Ibrahim Zadran (87), Rahmat Shah (77 not out), and Rahmanullah Gurbaz (65), propelling them to a total of 286-2 within 49 overs.This historic victory marks Afghanistan's first-ever win against Pakistan in eight ODIs,...
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World Cup: ‘Knowledgeable Chennai crowd’ lives up to the reputation as Afghanistan stun Pakistan for a famous win

Knowledgeable Chennai crowd. It is a phrase that has stuck with Chennai for a long time now. Youngsters who have grown up hearing that phrase – appreciating quality cricket even when India are not involved or on the losing side – are now middle-aged. And the fans who turned up at the MA Chidambaram Stadium showed that the phrase will remain relevant for years to come. On a Monday evening, after Afghanistan stunned Pakistan to throw the former champions’ campaign into crisis mode, it was the former’s turn to take a lap of honour, much like the latter did on that famous day in 1999. It wasn’t just a win, it was a statement from Afghanistan as they won by 8 wickets while chasing 283 to defeat Pakistan for the first time in this format. On Monday, after Afghanistan stunned Pakistan it was ...
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Watch: Irfan Pathan dances with Rashid Khan to celebrate Afghanistan’s historic win over Pakistan | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: As Afghanistan pulled off a stunning eight-wicket win over Pakistan in the ongoing ODI World Cup, the team marked the victory with joyous celebrations at the Chepauk Stadium in Chennai.Led by Rashid Khan, the team was seen dancing and enjoying as Afghanistan registered their first-ever win over Pakistan in ODIs.Former India cricketer-turned-commentator Irfan Pathan also joined the celebrations and was seen dancing alongside Rashid after their famous win.The celebrations continued in the dressing room as well as the Afghans were seen enjoying the victory moment in the presence of the support staff.Team mentor and former India cricketer Ajay Jadeja too was seen smiling and enjoying Afghan win.Chasing 283 for victory, Afghanistan rode on fifties from its top-order batters and ac...
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ICC World Cup: PAK vs AFG | Our bowling was not up to the mark, says Babar Azam

Pakistan’s captain Babar Azam reacts after his team’s defeat during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 match against Afghanistan in Chennai on October 23, 2023. | Photo Credit: AP A disappointed Pakistan captain Babar Azam on Monday admitted that his side's bowling attack was not up to the mark after Afghanistan beat them by eight wickets in yet another World Cup upset in Chennai. Afghanistan chased down the target of 283 with six balls to spare with openers Ibrahim Zadran (87 off 113 balls) and Rahmanullah Gurbaz (65 off 53 balls) setting up the win. One-down Rahmat Shah and captain Hashmatullah Shahidi chipped in with 77 not out and 48 not out respectively as Afghanistan continued their giant-killing spree. They had shocked defending champions England earlier in the tournament. The stunn...
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‘I presume ‘Dil Dil’ Pakistan wasn’t played in Chennai’: Michael Vaughan takes a dig at Mickey Arthur after Afghanistan stun Pakistan – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former England captain Michael Vaughan wasted no time at all to take a subtle dig at Pakistan team director Mickey Arthur after they were handed a shocking 8-wicket thrashing by Afghanistan in the ODI World Cup match in Chennai on Monday.Vaughan took to social media platform 'X', formerly Twitter, to take a jibe at the South African."I presume ‘Dil Dil’ Pakistan wasn’t played in Chennai today," Vaughan posted on 'X'After suffering a seven-wicket thrashing against India in Ahmedabad, Arthur lashed out at the BCCI for not playing the song 'Dil Dil Pakistan' at the Narendra Modi Stadium."Look, I'd be lying if I said that It didn't seem like an ICC event, tonight, to be brutally honest. It seemed like a bilateral series; it seemed like a BCCI event. I didn't hear Dil Dil Pakistan...
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Afghanistan record another World Cup upset, stun Pakistan by eight wickets | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A spirited Afghanistan pulled off a second ODI World Cup upset as they stunned Pakistan by eight wickets in Chennai and continued their giant-killing spree in the ongoing cricketing extravaganza.Registering their first-ever win against Pakistan in the ODIs, Afghans have now literally push Babar Azam and co. on the brink of elimination. After earlier stunning the defending champions England, Hashmatullah Shahidi and co. pulled off a remarkable effort with the bat to hunt down 283 with 6 balls to spare.On a challenging Chepauk track, a target of 283 was certainly not the easiest of chases but Kolkata Knight Riders' Rahmanullah Gurbaz (65 off 53 balls) teed off in style while his partner Ibrahim Zadran (87 off 113 balls) dropped anchor at the other end in an opening stand of 130...
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Bishan Singh Bedi was Indian cricket’s greatest moral voice: Michael Holding offers his tribute

My early memories of running into Bishan Bedi weren’t exactly pleasant.It was the controversial 1976 Test series in West Indies and in particular, the Sabina Park game, where Bishan was the captain and declared the second innings with five wickets in hand. Bishan and India didn’t like the amount of bouncers we bowled in that game. I was a kid, doing my thing, and I didn’t quite warm-up to Bishan then. A few months later, on our tour of England, I would run into him at Lord’s. He was there, warming up with his Northamptonshire county teammates, and we were at the nursery end, about to get into our training. I remember turning and looking in his direction, and he sort of looked away as if he didn’t want anything to do with me! I could understand his anger though. My own Mother hadn’t lik...
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Hangzhou Asian Para Games, Day 1: Avani Lekhara, track and field athletes shine as India win 17 medals

India had won 14 medals at the 2010 edition, 33 in 2014 and 72 in 2018. In Guangzhou at the inaugural edition, India had won 1 gold while that number went up to 15 in Indonesia. In Jakarta, India finished 9th overall in the medals tally. Historically, much like the Asian Games, track and field have contributed most to the India medal tally at the Asian Para Games. Before the 2023 edition, India had won a total of 119 medals and 60 of those came from athletics. — On day one of medal events at the fourth edition of Asian Para Games, Tokyo Paralympics champion was among the gold medallists while track and field expectedly contributed handsomely to India’s tally. Indian contingent brought home a total of 17 medals on day one and are placed fourth on the table. Most Read 1 ...
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Kuldeep Yadav reveals how Shane Warne still influences his bowling | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India spinner Kuldeep Yadav on Monday revealed the profound influence the late Shane Warne had on his cricketing journey, mentioning that he still watches videos of the spin legend for motivation.Kuldeep, known for his left-arm wrist spin, has shone in the World Cup, amassing eight wickets and becoming India's primary slow bowler on tracks conducive to turn.He played a pivotal role by claiming two crucial wickets in India's recent triumph over New Zealand, and his match-winning performance of 2-35 against arch-rivals Pakistan earlier in the tournament was particularly notable.Although he initially started his cricketing journey as a fast bowler and was a fan of former Pakistani left-arm quick Wasim Akram, Kuldeep's shift to spin was guided by his coach's advice."If there is a...
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Formidable South Africa wary of Bangladesh threat

South Africa thrashed defending champions England in their previous match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai. On October 24, the Proteas will take on Bangladesh at the same venue. | Photo Credit: Twitter/@ProteasMenCSA South Africa will look to build on their superlative performance against the defending champions when they take on a struggling Bangladesh in their World Cup match at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on Tuesday (October 24), knowing well that taking the foot off the pedal at this stage could spell trouble.South Africa were off to a flier when they thrashed Sri Lanka and Australia by 100-plus margins, but a shocking defeat against the Netherlands pegged them back before they demolished England by 229 runs to put their campaign back on track. Bangladesh might not look too thr...
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Bishan Singh Bedi: A connoisseur’s delight, man of uncompromising principles, IPL cynic, proponent of better pay for cricketers

Bishan Singh Bedi the bowler and Bishan Singh Bedi the person were two distinct entities, and need to be analysed separately.While the left-arm par excellence was full of guile, variety and deception – foxing the best batsmen of his time – and retiring as the highest wicket-taker in Tests for India, his straightforwardness in matters of cricket administration, and life in general, took few prisoners. Who else would dare to declare a Test innings as India captain in the West Indies in protest of what he believed to be intimidatory bowling after several of his teammates had been put in hospital, effectively losing the game? Or forfeit an ODI in Pakistan against biased umpiring? Or charge England left-arm pacer John Lever of using Vaseline to swing the ball during a tour of India? Or becom...
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Bishan Singh Bedi: An artist, a rebel and forever cricket romantic | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: He could mess with a batter's mind with his flighted deliveries, give administrators sleepless nights being a quintessential rebel and then floor a youngster with his magnanimity.Bishan Singh Bedi just knew how to touch people's lives with various facets of his character -- being an artist, a straight-talker and a mentor to many as and when the need be.Read AlsoBishan Singh Bedi: Remembering the legend's top bowling spellsOften referred to as 'poetry in motion' by cricket romantics, left-arm spinner Bishan Singh Bedi ruled the world along with his three partners -- Erapalli Prasanna, BS Chandrasekhar and S Venkataraghavan -- who together formed the famous 'spin quartet' of India. In 67 Tests, Bedi, who also captainedFormer India captain and legendary spinner Bishan Singh Bedi...
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Rohit Sharma has hit more sixes in first powerplay than any other team at World Cup – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Rohit Sharma's felicity with the bat is giving a decisive edge to India's campaign in the World Cup with the Indian skipper trying to make the most of the powerplay with his strong hitting.An indicator of Rohit Sharma's fearless audacity against top opposition attacks is the number of sixes he has hit so far in the World Cup, which are more than combined maximums hit by any other team.And the Indian opener is trying to make the most of the opportunity he has, having missed the 2011 World Cup which India won, when he was an emerging talent.Rohit's explosive powerplay partnerships with Shubman Gill and signature pull shot reflect a missionary approach as India tries to recreate the 2011 magic.His attacking approach has helped Virat Kohli and other batsmen in the middle order - ...
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Bishan Singh Bedi death | It is a personal loss to me and my whole family, says Prasanna

E.A.S. Prasanna with Bishan Singh Bedi. File | Photo Credit: K. Murali Kumar One among the famed Indian spin quartet, EAS Prasanna was left a heart-broken man after the passing of fellow spin great Bishan Singh Bedi on October 23.“It is a personal loss to me and my whole family,” Prasanna told The Hindu. “He was one cricketer who would keep in touch with me, my wife and family.”“The last time I spoke to him was when I lost my wife. He had just come out of his brain surgery (March 2021) but he still called me and said ‘terrible loss, terrible loss, terrible loss’. Those are the last words from him which still ring in my ears.” Prasanna and Bedi first played a Test together in January 1967, against the West Indies in Chennai. In fact, Prasanna would have Bedi by his side in 43 of the 49 ...
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‘There’s nothing much to say about Virat’: Rohit Sharma on Kohli’s masterful chase | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Virat Kohli's exceptional ability to successfully chase down targets in limited-overs cricket is unparalleled. And the 'chasemaster' as he is often referred to, orchestrated another masterful chase with a 95-run knock to help India register a four-wicket win over New Zealand in Dharamsala on Sunday.Kohli came tantalisingly close to equalling the record for the most ODI centuries, currently held by his compatriot Sachin Tendulkarat 49.In a bid to secure the record and India's victory, Kohli attempted a six but was caught just near the boundary by Glenn Phillips.This was the first time in international cricket in more than five years that Kohli got dismissed in the nervous 90s.But Indian skipper Rohit Sharma is not surprised at all by Kohli's remarkable consistency and skill in...
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Bishan Singh Bedi, left-arm heavenly artistry

The breathless deception of Bishan Singh Bedi began with him adjusting his turban, the colour getting brighter with the years and the wickets. He would roll the kada on his right hand upwards, as though it would disrupt his rhythm. He would toss the ball from one hand to the other, and would embark on his six-step diagonal run-up, with all the sweet time in the world, without fuss or haste, as though he floated to the crease. The movements were relaxed and graceful, leisurely and hypnotic. From the deep edge of the crease, he released the ball like a loose-limbed yogic, every cell choreographing and culminating in that action of gods. It was later that he developed the whiskey waistline. The pivot was a pirouette, the follow-through is so smooth you wonder whether he had one at all. L...
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India clinch 17 medals, including six gold, to begin Para Asian Games campaign in style | Asian Games 2023 News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India had a remarkable start to the Asian Para Games in Hangzhou, securing a total of 17 medals on the opening day. This impressive haul included six gold, six silver, and five bronze medals. Leading the way was star shooter Avani Lekhara, who clinched gold in the women's R2 10m air rifle standing SH1 category with a games record score of 249.6.The day's events were dominated by track and field, contributing 11 of the 17 medals, including five gold. The morning commenced with Indian athletes sweeping all three medals in the men's club throw F51 event, where Pranav Soorma took home the gold. Soorma, who overcame a spinal cord injury at a young age, shattered the Asian Para Games record with a throw of 30.01m.There were only four competitors in the event with Saudi Arabia's Rad...
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Bishan Singh Bedi passes away: Anil Kumble remembers a hard task master who was also a ‘softie’

Shockwaves were sent around the world of cricket on Monday with the news of former India captain Bishan Singh Bedi’s demise. The legendary spinner, who played a total of 67 Test matches, notched 266 wickets for India during the same. Former India skipper Anil Kumble penned a heartfelt note on his social media, remembering Bedi for the impact he had on his own career. “In 1990, before the England tour, we had a camp in Bengaluru, and it was there that I had the first experience of Bishan paaji’s big heart and generosity,” Kumble wrote on X. “I had requested him if it would be possible for the Indian team to visit RV College of Engineering, where I was a student. I was only a rookie, and it could have been construed as an over-enthusiastic request from an excited youngster, but in a fanta...
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Bishan Singh Bedi passes away: From Sachin Tendulkar to Virat Kohli, tributes pour in for one of India’s greatest cricketers

Indian cricket lost one its stalwarts on Monday as former captain and legendary spinner Bishan Singh Bedi died at 77. Widely regarded as one of the best left-arm spinners to have played the game, Bedi picked up 266 wickets in 67 Tests between 1967 and 1979 with 14 five-wicket hauls. He also took seven wickets in 10 One Day Internationals, a format that was still in its infancy when he was playing international cricket. He also enjoyed huge success in first-class cricket, finishing with 1,560 wickets playing for various teams including Delhi and Northern Punjab in India and Northamptonshire in England. Bedi also led India to six Test wins including in the West Indies and Australia. From current superstars Virat Kohli and R Ashwin to former captains Sachin Tendulkar and Mithali Raj, tr...