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Day: November 18, 2023

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What led ICC to suspend Sri Lanka Cricket? | Explained

A secutiry person is seen outside the Sri Lanka’s cricket board in Colombo on November 11,2023, after Sri Lanka Cricket’s membership of the International Cricket Council (ICC) has been suspended for government interference. | Photo Credit: Reuters The story so far: On November 10, the International Cricket Council (ICC), cricket’s world governing body, suspended Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) over government interference. In a statement, the ICC said that SLC was in “serious breach of its obligations as a Member, in particular, the requirement to manage its affairs autonomously and ensure that there is no government interference in the governance, regulation and/or administration of cricket in Sri Lanka.”What was the ‘government interference’? In the immediate aftermath of Sri Lanka’s disastr...
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Sonia Gandhi sends good luck wishes to Indian team ahead of World Cup final

Congress leader Sonia Gandhi speaks during a video message wishing the Indian men’s cricket team good luck for their ICC World Cup 2023 final match against Australia. | Photo Credit: PTI Ahead of the cricket World Cup final between India and Australia on Sunday in Ahmedabad, Congress Parliamentary Party (CPP) chairperson Sonia Gandhi sent her best wishes to the Indian cricket team and lauded their performance so far.In a video released by the Congress on Saturday, Ms. Gandhi said the team has given enough for the people to be “collectively joyous and proud” and offered lessons on “unity, hard work and determination”.मेरी प्यारी टीम इंडिया के खिलाड़ियों,सबसे पहले इस वर्ल्ड कप के दौरान आपके खेल और टीम वर्क के लिए आपको बहुत सारी बधाई।आपने पूरे देश को लगातार खुशी और गौरव के पल दिए हैं। इस ...
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Mohammad Yousuf appointed Pakistan junior team head coach – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) continued its streak of new appointments by naming former captain Mohammad Yousuf as the head coach of the national U-19 team in preparation for the upcoming Asia Cup and World Cup early next year. Yousuf's selection follows closely after the PCB's appointment of former fast bowler Sohail Tanvir as the head of the junior selection committee.In a series of decisions made in the wake of Pakistan's early exit from the World Cup in India, the PCB also announced the induction of former pacer Wahab Riaz as the chief selector of the national selection committee. Additionally, Mohammad Hafeez, who recently resigned from the technical committee, has been appointed as the director of cricket (men's team) and is expected to take on a coaching role during...
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Badminton: Dhruv Negi takes advice from Lakshya Sen, inspiration from Lin Dan

As a young kid growing up in Dehradun, Dhruv Negi would often accompany his father Rakesh Negi to the Survey of India office. He would see his father dealing in maps as well trigonometry files in his office and lose interest with his mind drifting towards sport. On Saturday, as the 17-year-old Uttarakhand player eked out a 21-10, 21-18 win over Ishan Rohilla to enter the boys’ singles quarter-finals of the Yonex Sunrise 30th Smt Krishna Khaitan Memorial All India Junior Ranking Prize Money tournament being organised by Express Shuttle Club Trust at the Tau Devi Lal Sports Complex, he dialled up his father to update him about his result. “My father is always involved in his work at the Survey of India office in Dehradun and is always talking about mountains, deserts and sea with his coll...
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Virat Kohli takes rest for second day ahead of World Cup final | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: After experiencing cramps in the intense Mumbai heat during the semi-final, Indian team's premier batter Virat Kohli opted out of the optional net session for the second consecutive day.This decision was made to ensure his freshness for the upcoming World Cup final against Australia in Ahmedabad on Sunday.Despite battling cramps on his way to achieving his 50th ODI hundred, Kohli played a substantial role in the semi-final against New Zealand, dedicating a significant portion of the match to fielding.Considering the demanding travel schedule for the Indian team, the support staff has adeptly managed the players' workload. Consequently, Kohli, along with all the pacers, was given a day of rest. Neither Kohli nor the three pacers participated in the two pre-final sessions at Mo...
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Delighted to know you found joy among people, culture in India: PM to Mick Jagger

Musician Mick Jagger (right) is pictured in the stands during the England versus Pakistan ICC World Cup match in Kolkata on November 11. | Photo Credit: REUTERS Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Saturday said that he is delighted that legendary rockstar Mick Jagger enjoyed his stay in India and shared the title of one of his famous songs in a post on X."'You Can't Always Get What You Want', but India is a land brimming with seekers, offering solace and 'Satisfaction' to all. Delighted to know you found joy among the people and culture here. Do keep coming...," Mr. Modi said on the social media platform.In his post mixed with Hindi on X, Mr. Jagger shared a video of him singing and expressed his happiness with his stay in the country. "Thanks India. Got away from it all here! Away from ro...
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IND vs AUS: Mohammed Shami and David Warner key to setting up World Cup final for their teams

The big match in Ahmedabad on Sunday will see India and Australia clash for the second time in the final of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. While India have remained unbeaten in this edition so far, Australia are entering the final on the back of eight consecutive victories. In their encounter earlier in the tournament, India triumphed by six wickets at Chennai. Key match-ups according to statistics Shami against openers India’s bowling to Australia’s top order will be fascinating to watch and all eyes will be on Mohammed Shami, who has 23 wickets in just six outings at an incredible average of 9.1. His tournament figures against left-handers are even more staggering (Balls 52, Wkts 8, Avg 4, economy rate 3.7). David Warner and Travis Head are capable of providing a flying start ...
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It will come down to a battle between an aggressive team and an aggressive captain, says Raina

File photo of Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina. | Photo Credit: The Hindu As the Men in Blue square off against Australia in an ODI World Cup final at the Narendra Modi Stadium on Sunday, Suresh Raina — one of the key members of India’s World Cup-winning team of 2011 — believes that it will be a battle between an aggressive Indian captain Rohit Sharma and an aggressive Australian team. “Our team looks very strong under Rohit’s leadership. It has all bases covered. But then, Australia is an aggressive team. So, it will eventually come down to a battle between an aggressive team and an aggressive captain,” Raina told Sportstar. Having seen Rohit evolve as a cricketer, Raina believes that it is important to keep calm. “Rohit loves playing against Australia, and even has a double century agai...
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World Cup: Back in Shubman Gill’s sprawling village home near Indo-Pak border, his grandparents recall tales of little ‘Shub’ before big final

Enjoying the mild warmth of the sun on a cloudy November afternoon, 87-year-old Sardar Didar Singh is lying on a cot in his front yard, watching a video clip of his grandson Shubman Gill pulverising bowlers at the World Cup. This happens to be his favourite “time pass”. The lean, ramrod-straight farmer, with large swathes of land in this quaint Punjab village 8 km from Pakistan border, points to the porch that used to be India’s in-form opener’s 22 yards for years from the time he first picked the bat and fell in love with cricket as a 3-year-old. The sprawling rural home of the landed Gill family has got several modern upgrades but grandmother Gurmail, 75, has guarded the cemented strip that has childhood memories of the grandson who has grown up to be the country’s next big batting st...
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Rohit Sharma lauds ‘team man’ Mohammed Shami – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India captain Rohit Sharma lauded senior fast bowler Mohammed Shami on Saturday for his remarkable resurgence at the World Cup after being overlooked for the first four matches.In the final against Australia in Ahmedabad on Sunday, the hosts will rely on Shami, who currently leads the tournament bowling chart with 23 wickets in six matches.The seasoned Shami, aged 33, entered the side due to an injury to all-rounder Hardik Pandya and promptly left his mark with a five-wicket haul against New Zealand in Dharamsala.From that point on, Shami has maintained his momentum, establishing himself as India's most experienced fast bowler alongside Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Siraj.His significance was underscored by a remarkable performance of 7-57 in the semi-final against New Zealand ...
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Wicket from India vs Pakistan was a lot drier: Rohit Sharma skeptical about Ahmedabad track for final | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: As India and Australia get set for the big-ticket World Cup final on Sunday in Ahmedabad, skipper Rohit Sharma pointed out that the track used during the India vs Pakistan game at the same venue was a lot drier. Unsure on how the pitch will play out during the final, Rohit expects it to be on the slower side. The skipper also asserted that toss won't be a major factor in the summit clash as dew might not come into play. “There was no grass on that wicket but this has a bit of grass on it. The wicket from India vs Pakistan was a lot drier. I still haven't looked at the wicket today. But from my understanding, it's going to be on a slower side. We'll see the pitch tomorrow and assess. The temperature has dropped a bit as well. I don't know how much of a factor the dew will be b...
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India ‘calm and composed’ amid World Cup final hype, says Rohit Sharma

Captain Rohit Sharma during the press conference ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup finals against Australia in Ahmedabad on November 18, 2023. | Photo Credit: ANI Captain Rohit Sharma on November 18 said his players understand the pressure of being Indian cricketers and remain “calm and composed” for the World Cup final against five-time champions Australia. The hosts are undefeated in 10 matches and will eye their first global trophy in over a decade in front of around 130,000 fans at the world’s biggest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad on November 19. “Leading up to every game we have been quite composed, quite calm about what we want to do, because we know how it is outside the environment we have,” Rohit told reporters. “The expectations and the pressure, criticism and everything, so ...
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IND vs AUS | Over 6,000 security personnel to guard World Cup final: Ahmedabad police

Rapid Action Force (RAF) soldiers stand guard inside the Narendra Modi stadium ahead of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup final match between India and Australia in Ahmedabad, India, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2023. | Photo Credit: AP More than 6,000 security personnel will be deployed in Ahmedabad city and the Narendra Modi stadium during the World Cup final between mighty India and five-time champions Australia on November 19, a senior police official said on Saturday.Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Deputy PM Richard Marles will be among the key personalities who are expected to attend the ICC Cricket World Cup grand finale in the Motera area of the city, said Ahmedabad Commissioner of Police GS Malik.Addressing a press conference in Ahmedabad, Mr. Malik said elaborate security arr...
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Over 6,000 security personnel to guard World Cup final: Ahmedabad police | Cricket News – Times of India

AHMEDABAD: More than 6,000 security personnel will be deployed in Ahmedabad city and the Narendra Modi stadium during the World Cup final between mighty India and five-time champions Australia on November 19, a senior police official said on Saturday.Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Deputy PM Richard Marles will be among the key personalities who are expected to attend the ICC Cricket World Cup grand finale in the Motera area of the city, said Ahmedabad Commissioner of Police GS Malik.Addressing a press conference here, Malik said elaborate security arrangements, with personnel from Gujarat police, Rapid Action Force (RAF), home guards and others, have been made keeping in mind the movement of over one lakh spectators and the presence of several dignitaries at the stadium.“Ov...
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‘It’s for us to do it for him’: Rohit Sharma wants to win World Cup for Rahul Dravid | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Indian skipper Rohit Sharma attributed the team's success to head coach Rahul Dravid's approach of giving every individual a liberty to play his own game. He also highlighted Dravid's unwavering support for every player during challenging moments.Speaking in the pre-match press conference, Rohit said the onus now lies on the team to win the World Cup for Dravid as he surely would desire to be part of this significant occasion."His role has been absolutely massive, getting that clarity, which I keep talking about. There's one thing for me to think about and the other thing if the coach does not agree to certain things. You know, looking at how Rahul bhai has played his cricket and how I'm playing these days. Obviously, it's got quite contrasting. For him to give us that libert...
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Move over Paul, the Octopus, this World Cup has its own pinpoint-accurate soothsayer: Mike Hesson

Over the years, Mike Hesson has donned many hats. He has coached the national teams of Kenya and been the head coach for the New Zealand men’s cricket team. He has also been the Director of Cricket Operations for the Royal Challengers Bangalore team besides being a cricket commentator. But in a recently viral clip, Hesson showed off how good he can be with predictions. In the video, Hesson is asked for his predictions for the India versus New Zealand Cricket World Cup semi-final. 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. “India is a pretty strong. So I reckon they’ll pr...
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World Cup: Can India be cricket’s new Australia? Is Blue the new Yellow?

To think of Australian cricket is to think of the hallowed green and golden yellow shirt. Of Shane Warne and Steve Waugh in the baggy outfits and large collars of 1999; of Ricky Ponting in bright yellow with a splash of green on the sides; of Adam Gilchrist in gold and bottle green union of 2007, and Mitchell Starc in the all-gold 2015. Of various other heroes who have rendered the hues of the jersey meanings and emotions deeper than the identity of a country’s sporting uniform. Green and golden yellow — yellow being the most resplendent hue — stands for power, beauty and courage, those characteristics that define the country’s sporting culture.For 15 years, yellow was the sign of dread and horror, of jealousy and awe. An apparition of the mere colour was enough to induce a cold sweat a...
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At end of bitter-sweet year, Pat Cummins on verge of entering pantheon of great Australia captains

Pat Cummins paused and took a long deep breath. He was asked about the frenetic year that was 2023. He fingers tapped the microphone, the broad features of his face went tighter, as though he would produce an evoking monologue. But he would deflate the gravity and significance of the year in platitudes like “it has been a huge year,” or that the one constant in the team “has been the morale in the year.” The usual skipper-speak.But 2023 was no ordinary year for him; it was several years rolled into one, a year that both broke and remade him. It was a year he plunged the depths of sorrow and scaled the peaks of joy, a year his world fell apart but also the one he rebuilt, displaying immense courage and resilience through tough times and showing impeccable grace in good times. It was t...
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Bangladesh appoint Najmul Shanto as captain for New Zealand Tests | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Bangladesh on Saturday announced that batsman Najmul Hossain Shanto would take the helm for the country during the upcoming two-Test series against New Zealand. This responsibility fell to Najmul due to regular captain Shakib Al Hasan's injury sustained during the World Cup in India. Additionally, his deputy, Liton Das, opted for a break to spend time with his newborn daughter."Liton asked for a month's leave. He won't play two Tests... he wants to spend this month exclusively with his family," Bangladesh Cricket Board's cricket operations chief, Jalal Yunus, told reporters in Dhaka."Najmul Hossain is captain for the next two Tests," he said.Najmul was named vice captain of the one-day international side before the World Cup, and led the side in two matches in the tournament ...
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Virat Kohli: From ‘Fab Four’ to standing on the cusp of 50-over GOAT | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Virat Kohli, at 35 years old, is compellingly positioning himself as the potential greatest 50-over player of all time after an impressive World Cup campaign on home soil.Sachin Tendulkar, the game's premier batsman until his retirement in 2013, passed on the mantle to Kohli, who has dominated the cricketing scene for extended periods over the past decade.Initially part of batting's "Fab Four" alongside Joe Root of England, Steve Smith of Australia, and Kane Williamson of New Zealand, Kohli has not only sustained his brilliance but has surged ahead of his contemporaries.Between 2011 and 2019, Kohli amassed over 1,000 ODI runs in a year on seven occasions, showcasing his remarkable consistency. However, he faced a dry spell without an international century for nearly three yea...