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Day: October 25, 2023

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Gill and Siraj close in on ODI top spots in ICC rankings

Shubman Gill plays a shot during the 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup one-day international (ODI) match between India and New Zealand at the Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association Stadium in Dharamsala on October 22, 2023. | Photo Credit: K.R Deepak Young Indian opener Shubman Gill closed the gap with Pakistan skipper Babar Azam to just six points as the No. 1 ODI batter in the ICC rankings that was released on Wednesday.The 24-year-old, who became the fastest batter to reach 2000 ODI runs in their World Cup match against New Zealand on Sunday, has improved to 823 ratings points.Babar on the other hand has dropped to a total of 829 rating point despite having amassed 157 runs from five innings so far at the World Cup, with his most recent effort a fighting 74 in a losing side against Afg...
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Cricket World Cup 2023 PAK vs AFG | The Chennai crowd comes alive as it laps up a fierce rivalry

Soaking in the atmosphere: Spectators had a great time cheering for their favourite team in a keenly contested match. | Photo Credit: JOTHI RAMALINGAM B Afghanistan delivered against Pakistan, and so did the Chepauk crowd to complete the spectacle. How would it have felt to be among the fans when two of India’s neighbours, known for their fierce rivalry, played each other in a high-stakes World Cup match?Here’s the answer. Rather, a perspective biased towards scenes captured from the ‘J’ stand in the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium through the ebbs and flows of a match that saw Hashmatullah Shahidi’s men triumph over Babar Azam’s side by eight wickets.There were no Monday blues for the Chennai crowd, 23,284-strong, as it was a red-letter day in the calendar to celebrate the auspicious Ayudha ...
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Vibrant opening salvos have set the tone for India’s stellar batting shows

Two to tango: Gill and Rohit have set it up for India during its run chases.  Photo K.R Deepak/The Hindu | Photo Credit: K.R. Deepak The essence of an emerging contest is often sensed during the opening act in ODIs. Remember Sachin Tendulkar’s upper-cut six off Shoaib Akhtar in a 2003 World Cup game at Centurion in South Africa? It set the tone for India’s successful chase and it was the bullet that set fire to the African skies. After two decades, that shot continues to have immense recall value.Cricketing tradition, even in ODIs, often expected openers to wear down fast bowlers before the middle-order stars swaggered in. But that dour garb atop the batting tree was then slightly altered. Teams mixed it up with one classic player walking out alongside an aggressive partner. Closer home...
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‘A lot needs to go right’: Glenn Maxwell, Steve Smith don’t believe 400-odd totals will become the norm in ODIs

Australia may have put in a performance of all-round domination to dismantle the Netherlands in their World Cup game on Wednesday, but their star batsmen still believe that 400-odd totals in ODI cricket remain an exception, not the norm.The former world champions put up a mammoth total of 399 and took 10 wickets for just 90 runs to record an impressive win in New Delhi. While much is made of the increasing influence of T20 cricket on the 50-over game, with middle-order collapses and huge totals both occurring with more frequency, Glenn Maxwell and Steve Smith said that conditions, opposition bowling, and a fortunate day with the bat all play a role in getting to the 400-run mark in 50 overs. Smith asserted after the game that Wednesday’s high score was enabled by the top order doing the...
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Light show at World Cup ‘dumbest idea’, says Glenn Maxwell | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Australia's record-breaking batsman, Glenn Maxwell, expressed strong disapproval of mid-match, nightclub-style light shows at the World Cup, branding them as "the dumbest idea" and asserting that they cause "shocking headaches."Maxwell's sentiment arose during Australia's victory over the Netherlands, where he achieved the fastest World Cup century in just 40 balls, leading to a record-breaking 309-run win at Delhi's Arun Jaitley stadium.However, the blaring music and flashing lights during the Dutch response did not sit well with Maxwell, who covered his eyes with both hands during the nearly two-minute spectacle."Well, I had something like that light show happen at Perth Stadium during a Big Bash game," Maxwell said after his man-of-the-match knock of 106 off 44 balls in a ...
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I drew on India experience, says Glenn Maxwell after record-breaking World Cup ton | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Swashbuckling all-rounder Glenn Maxwell fired a record-shattering ODI World Cup ton -- fastest ever -- off just 40 balls as Australia blew away Netherlands in a one-sided affair in the national capital on Wednesday. On his way to a mind-boggling 44-ball 106, Maxwell smashed nine fours and eight sixes to power Australia to a mammoth 399 for eight. Maxwell, who was averaging 12.4 in ODIs in 2023 and hadn't hit a half-century in India in ODIs since the start of 2017 after that match said he drew on his experience of playing in India, including the IPL to fire the record ton. "The fact that I've made runs in India during the IPL pretty regularly over the last couple of years, so I'm not too worried about people saying that I haven't made runs in ODI cricket because it doesn't rea...
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Earning big bucks from globetrotting franchise gigs never a temptation: Heinrich Klaasen chose domestic grind to represent country

Just before the pandemic set in March, Mandla Mashimbyi the head coach at the Titans in South Africa, remembers a dejected Heinrich Klaasen showing up at Centurion. Overlooked by the Proteas for over a year, Klaasen had announced himself big time with a man of the series performance in the ODI series against Australia at home. He even scored his maiden century then, before finding his name missing from Cricket South Africa’s annual contract. After missing out on the 2019 World Cup, his career was once again at crossroads even as South Africa had taken baby steps from moving on from big names for the 2023 edition. With domestic T20 leagues sprouting up and normal service resuming post-pandemic, Klaasen could have been easily allured by the big money contracts that came his way. A natural...
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ODI World Cup: Team India reaches Lucknow ahead of clash against defending champions England | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Indian cricket team on Wednesday reached Lucknow for their next clash in the ongoing ODI World Cup against defending champions England. Rohit Sharma and co. will take on the 2019 champions at the Ekana Stadium on October 29.India have won all of their five matches in the World Cup so far and will look to extend their winning streak against an under-pressure Jos Buttler and co. India currently hold the top spot in the tournament standings with 10 points and have a net run rate of +1.353.England on the other hand, sit at the 8th spot with a solitary win and three losses in 4 matches.(TOI photo)Upon their arrival, the Indian team was greeted by hundreds of fans at the Chaudhary Charan Singh International Airport. All-rounder Hardik Pandya was a notable absentee as he is curr...
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World Cup: Glenn Maxwell fires, Australia are title-contenders again

It takes one day. So goes the promotional campaign for the World Cup.However, on Wednesday, it took Glenn Maxwell just 42 balls to potentially change the course of Australia’s fortunes in this tournament, as the fastest hundred in the history of the World Cup set up a 309-run annihilation of the Dutch, the largest victory margin ever in the competition. With matches against India and South Africa out of the way already, they consolidated their hold over fourth spot and on current form, look a good bet for the semifinals. Follow all the action from the Cricket World Cup 2023 on our special World Cup section. You can also find the latest stats, like the top scorer and the highest wicket-taker of the current edition, upcoming World Cup fixtures and the points table on the site. Two succes...
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Watch: Entertainer David Warner delights Delhi fans ‘Pushpa’ style | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Opener David Warner played a pivotal role in Australia's mauling of Netherlands in Delhi on Wednesday as Pat Cummins and co. registered the biggest-ever ODI World Cup win.Warner, who fired a second successive ton in the tournament, first delighted the fans at the Arun Jaitley Stadium with a blistering knock and was later seen pulling off a dance step to perfection from a famous Indian movie which garnered him a huge cheer from the fans.During the Netherlands' chase, Warner in a pleasing gesture, was seen imitating the hook step of film star Allu Arjun's famous movie Pushpa.The Aussie opener was earlier also seen celebrating his century in a filmy avatar.(ANI photo)Warner has been known for his love of Indian movies and often imitates famous dialogues and dance steps on his so...
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Hangzhou Asian Para Games, Day 3: Javelin thrower Sumit Antil smashes World Record again, Ankur Dhama wins second gold as Indians bag a whopping 30 medals

The fourth edition of Asian Para Games officially got underway with medal events from 22 October.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. xxxxxxxx On Day 3, India got close to their best-ever tally at the Asian Para Games, raking in a total of 30 medals in Hangzhou on Wednesday. The headline belonged to Sumit Antil, the Tokyo Paralympics champion, as he broke his own Wor...
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World Cup: How Glenn Maxwell used the reverse switch hit to deflate Netherlands

It was not until the 46th over that a semi-decent-capacity New Delhi crowd had truly got their money’s worth.Having seen batting of a vintage class from Australia’s heavyweight top order – half centuries for Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne, and a well-paced hundred from David Warner – Glenn Maxwell had begun in a similar vein. It was not until he unfurled his signature shot, depositing a few balls in different areas of the Feroze Shah Kotla, that the audience were up on their feet and roaring. Follow all the action from the Cricket World Cup 2023 on our special World Cup section. You can also find the latest stats, like the top scorer and the highest wicket-taker of the current edition, upcoming World Cup fixtures and the points table on the site. One can’t quite call it a reverse s...
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Australia break plethora of records on way to 399 for 8 | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: In a nerve-wracking display of their batting might, five-time champions Australia on Wednesday fired a mammoth 399 for eight against a hapless Netherlands in an ODI World Cup encounter in the national capital.The phenomenal power-hitting display was led by swashbuckling all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, who slammed the fastest century in the tournament's history -- off just 40 balls.To go with that, opener David Warner too hit a second successive World Cup ton as Australia broke a plethora of records on their way to a massive 309-run win at the Arun Jaitley Stadium.Here's a list of records that were broken in the Australia vs Netherlands clash:* Maxwell scored the fastest hundred in the competition's history, reaching the landmark in just 40 balls to go past South African Aiden Mark...
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Australia break plethora of records on way to 399 for 8 | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: In a nerve-wracking display of their batting might, five-time champions Australia on Wednesday fired a mammoth 399 for eight against a hapless Netherlands in an ODI World Cup encounter in the national capital.The phenomenal power-hitting display was led by swashbuckling all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, who slammed the fastest century in the tournament's history -- off just 40 balls.To go with that, opener David Warner too hit a second successive World Cup ton as Australia broke a plethora of records on their way to a massive 309-run win at the Arun Jaitley Stadium.Here's a list of records that were broken in the Australia vs Netherlands clash:* Maxwell scored the fastest hundred in the competition's history, reaching the landmark in just 40 balls to go past South African Aiden Mark...
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Asian Para Games: Sumit Antil breaks world record, leads India’s 30-medal haul on Day 3 | Asian Games 2023 News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India's reigning Paralympic champion, Sumit Antil, broke his own javelin throw F64 world record with an astonishing 73.29m effort, securing the gold medal on the third day of the Hangzhou Asian Para Games on Wednesday. India's medal tally reached 64 (15 gold, 20 silver, 29 bronze), with this being the most successful day, where 17 of the 30 medals, including all six golds, came from athletics.Antil, aged 25, exceeded his previous world record of 70.83m. He was joined on the podium by another Indian, Pushpendra Singh, who claimed the bronze with a 62.06m throw. Antil, who hails from Sonepat, achieved this remarkable feat in the F64 category for athletes with a leg amputation, competing with prosthetics in a standing position.Additionally, Ankur Dhama made history as the first ...
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Sumit Antil: From 53 days in hospital after his leg was amputated to training with Neeraj Chopra and breaking Paralympic world records in Javelin

On a day when her 25-year-old son Sumit Antil broke the paralympic world record in men’s javelin throw F64 category, Nirmala Devi was busy overseeing the construction of their new home in village Khewra near Sonepat. Antil broke his own record of 70.83m with a massive throw of 73.29m at the Hangzhou Olympics Sports Centre and Devi would tell the construction workers to create a new space for the Asian Games gold medal too for her son.“Jab bhi main puchu ki mere liye kya layega videsh se, hamesha kahega ki medal hi launga. (Whenever I ask him what will you bring for me from abroad, he always says I will certainly get you the medal). He is very particular about his world records and plans to make a marking wall at our new home. Perhaps we have to wait for the Paris Olympics to get the fin...
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Amol Muzumdar appointed as head coach of the Indian women’s team

Amol Muzumdar. | Photo Credit: B. JOTHI RAMALINGAM Amol Muzumdar, the domestic stalwart-turned-coach, has been appointed as the head coach of India women’s cricket team. Muzumdar will thus fill in a position that has been vacant since December last year.Despite the Cricket Advisory Committee completing the process almost six months ago, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) formally announced Muzumdar’s appointment on Wednesday. The Hindu understands that Muzumdar’s appointment is till the Women’s Cricket World Cup, to be played in India in September-October 2025.While Roger Binny, the BCCI president, hoped the team “will continue to rise in his tenure”, secretary Jay Shah stated Muzumdar “brings a wealth of knowledge and expertise and possesses a keen understanding of the m...
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Netherlands’ Bas de Leede blown away in Glenn Maxwell storm, registers most expensive figures in ODIs ever | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: As Glenn Maxwell obliterated the record for the fastest-ever ODI World Cup century with a 40-ball ton, Netherlands bowler Bas de Leede found himself on the wrong pages of the record books as he registered the most expensive figures in the 50-over format ever.In an unwarranted record, de Leede conceded 115 runs in his 10 overs to register the worst-ever figures -- in terms of runs conceded -- in the history of men’s ODI cricket.The 23-year-old took a severe punishment and found himself right in the middle of the Maxwell storm at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in the death overs as he was tonked for 43 runs in his final 2 overs.Overall in his quota of 10 overs, de Leede (10-0-115-2) got hammered for 13 fours and 6 sixes and wrapped up his day with the ball with an economy of 11.50 RP...
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AUS vs NED | Maxwell, Warner hit tons as Australia crush Netherlands by 309 runs

Australian players celebrate after winning their ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 match against Netherlands by 309 runs at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in New Delhi on October 25, 2023. | Photo Credit: PTI Glenn Maxwell struck the fastest century of the World Cup, while David Warner hit a second successive ton as Australia thrashed the Netherlands by a massive 309 runs here on Wednesday.Australia’s win was the biggest in the World Cup in terms of margin of runs and second biggest in the ODI history. Maxwell (106 off 44 balls) blew away the Dutch attack to score his century off just 40 balls, while Warner struck 104 off 93 balls to power Australia to 399 for eight after opting to bat.Also Read | Hardik Pandya may miss more World Cup matches, continues his recovery at NCA In the process, Max...