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IND vs AUS T20Is | I have a role in the team and a clear mindset: Tilak Varma

Tilak Varma addressing the press conference ahead of the second T20I match between India and Australia. | Photo Credit: JOTHI RAMALINGAM B Though Tilak could not make a big impact in the first match as he got out trying to attack Tanveer Sangha, the youngster felt he would continue to back his strength. “My mindset was that because a leg-spinner (Sangha) was bowling, I wanted to take charge as we needed ten runs per over. “For the fast bowlers, a settled batter in Surya bhai (Suryakumar Yadav) was batting and knew he could (take them on). ALSO READ:  India will look to fix bowling issues, and extend the lead“So that over I wanted to charge (against) the leg-spinner,” said Tilak about his game plan. “I have a role in the team playing at No. 5, and I have a clear mindset. If it is in my ...
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IND vs AUS T20Is | India will look to fix bowling issues, and extend the lead

Eyeing an encore: Kishan and Suryakumar will again be keen to come up with match-winning knocks. | Photo Credit: JOTHI RAMALINGAM B India, leading the five-match series 1-0, will look to press on the advantage when it takes on Australia in the second T20I here at the Greenfield International Stadium on Sunday. With a young team for the ongoing series, the Men in Blue will be quietly confident after their performance in the first match in Visakhapatnam, which had quite a few positives. Chasing a big total, the team had the game in control for most of it despite a last-over stutter when it lost three wickets in as many balls. While the experienced Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan led the way with half-centuries, Rinku Singh’s calm and composed unbeaten 22 towards the end was equally im...
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Does India have bowlers who can finish games with the bat and where does Steve Smith fit for Australia?

The format may change, but some things in Indian cricket appear to remain the same. One of them is lack of batting depth; one can’t expect too many runs after No.7. This is what held Virat Kohli and KL Rahul back in the middle overs of last Sunday’s World Cup final, and it almost turned the tables on them in the first T20I against Australia in Vizag on Thursday. They needed 15 runs in 14 balls with five wickets in hand when skipper Suryakumar Yadav got out after a 42-ball 80, but the team almost managed to fluff its lines; had it not been for Rinku Singh’s presence in the middle, they probably would have lost, even against an Australian side missing its whole first-choice bowling attack. Surya, Rinku and Ishan Kishan ensured that India chased down their highest-ever successful chase in ...
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Australia exposed India’s little chinks in World Cup final: Sanjay Manjrekar | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former cricketer turned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar feels Australia superbly exploited 'little chinks' in India's batting line-up in the World Cup final to secure a record-extending sixth title. The absence of all-rounder Hardik Pandya highlighted a significant 'lack of depth' in India's batting during the final in Ahmedabad last Sunday.India faltered, losing half their side within the 36th over, ultimately getting to a modest 241 in the summit clash."India felt the pressure of not having depth; you know, those little chinks in India's armour came to the fore," Manjrekar told Star Sports.Pandya pulled out of the tournament following a twisted ankle in India's fourth league match against Bangladesh as India were forced to ring in two changes -- Suryakumar Yadav and Mohammed S...
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IPL 2024 Retentions: Kolkata Knight Riders release Shardul Thakur, Delhi Capitals to retain Prithvi Shaw

With less than 24 hours left in the IPL 2024 Retentions deadline, The Indian Express has learned that Kolkata Knight Riders have released Shardul Thakur one season after acquiring the bowling all-rounder as the most expensive trade buy in IPL history – INR 10.75 Cr. Also, Delhi Capitals have decided to retain swashbuckling opener Prithvi Shaw. Thakur, who was part of the Chennai Super Kings squad between 2018 to 2021 before he moved to Delhi Capitals for a season, had a dismal season with KKR in 2023 where he scored only 113 runs with the bat from 11 innings and struck only seven times with the ball. The two-time IPL winner with CSK was unable to inspire KKR – who clinched the league in 2012 and 2014 – to reach the playoffs as they slumped in the bottom half of the 10-team points table ...
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It was a big thing when PM Modi came to console us after World Cup final loss: Suryakumar Yadav

Prime Minister Narendra Modi with Indian players during a meeting with the team in the dressing room at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad during the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 final match between India and Australia on November 19, 2023. | Photo Credit: PTI Suryakumar Yadav on Saturday expressed his gratitude towards Prime Minister Narendra Modi for his motivational words following India's heart-breaking World Cup loss and said the team will continue to play with the same spirit going into next year's T20 World Cup.India's dream of winning the ODI World Cup after 12 years came crashing down after they went down by six wickets against Australia in the final last Sunday.In a heartwarming gesture, PM Modi visited the team's dressing room and consoled the players."Just after the...
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Rahul Dravid, BCCI engage in discussion but board inclined towards new coach | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The top brass of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and Rahul Dravid engaged in extensive discussions regarding his potential continuation as the head coach, keeping the fast approaching T20I World Cup in mind.However the board's inclination seems to be leaning towards appointing a new individual with the current NCA Director VVS Laxman emerging as a strong contender.Dravid's initial two-year contract as India's head coach concluded after the recent World Cup final where Rohit Sharma's and co. faced a disappointing six-wicket loss to Australia. Since then, debates have been ongoing regarding Dravid's future role as the helm of the Indian cricket."Rahul and the BCCI had a talk about where things stand now. We will respect the decision taken by him. The general fe...
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Satwiksairaj and Chirag used lobs to good effect to enter final of Super 750 China Masters

Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty carry the undeniable reputation of snipers from a vantage: via the fiery down strokes and smashes for which the 6-and-up footers are known. But in their ever-expanding armoury is the backhand lob, which they used to repeatedly go over Chinese He Ji Ting and Ren Xiang Yu on Saturday to hand the home pairing a 21-15, 22-20 defeat in the semifinals of the Super 750 China Masters.Making their seventh final of the year, fourth on the Tour in 2023, India’s prolific finalists and serial winners, rankedNo.5 now, will look to achieve yet another milestone — beating the Chinese in a China Tour event. They were the only non-Chinese pairing amongst four men’s doubles semifinalists at the Shenzhen Bay Gymnasium. India’s foremost badminton names — Saina Nehwa...
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IPL 2024: Delhi Capitals retain Prithvi Shaw | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Dashing Mumbai opener Prithvi Shaw, currently recovering from a knee injury he sustained while playing for Northamptonshire in County cricket, has been retained by his IPL side, the Delhi Capitals, TOI has learnt.Recently, there was speculation that Shaw would be released by DC, but a source confirmed to this paper, “Yes, he has been retained for IPL-2024 by the Delhi Capitals.He has been recovering at the National Cricket Academy, and should be fit for the Ranji Trophy.”The youngster has been with the Delhi Capitals (earlier Delhi Daredevils) since he was bought by them in the 2018 IPL auction for Rs 1.2 crores.The 24-year-old had smashed blazing knocks of 244 (off just 153 balls) & 125 in his maiden county season this summer before a bad knee injury while fielding cruelly ...
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Ravichandran Ashwin on Hardik Pandya’s prospective return to Mumbai Indians: ‘If true, MI have struck gold’

In the glory days of Mumbai Indians, the five-time Indian Premier League champions stood as a well oiled machinery that had all the departments covered. From swashbuckling openers in the likes of Rohit Sharma and Quinton de Kock to picture perfect death bowling executioners in Jasprit Bumrah and Trent Boult. A cherry on top of the cake was the presence of all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who was part of four winning seasons with the perennial title holders. There were a few eyebrows raised when MI had let go of Pandya in 2021. Rumors of his return back to his first IPL franchise only makes sense. India and Rajasthan Royals off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin shared his views on the prospective return. “If it’s true, Mumbai Indians have struck gold. So if it’s true, it’s a complete cash deal fr...
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Novak Djokovic furious over being asked to undergo doping tests 90 minutes before Davis Cup match

Novak Djokovic may be on the cusp of an all-time great tennis season, but he is not doing so without notable controversy. The Serb was fuming at being asked to undergo a dope test ahead of his Davis Cup match against Britain’s Cameron Norrie, and highlighted that it was unusual for him to be tested just 90 minutes before the tie. The International Tennis Integrity Agency (ITIA), however, maintained that this was standard practice at a team competition. Djokovic made his anger known after routinely dispatching Norrie 6-4, 6-4 against a partisan crowd in the Spanish city of Malaga. “I didn’t believe that they could make such a decision, in 20 and more years of my career, it never happened to me that an hour-and-a-half before the match, I needed to go for doping control,” he was quoted as ...
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Mukesh Kumar will be next Mohammad Shami – ‘junior Lalettan,’ says R Ashwin

Mukesh Kumar, who impressed with his control in the first T20 game against Australia, could become the next Mohammad Shami, according to India spinner R Ashwin. “I initially thought Mohammad Siraj would become the junior Shami, but I now feel it could be Mukesh Kumar. Shami is called ‘Lala’ and as a tribute to the actor Mohanlal who is called Lalettan, I call Shami Lalettan,” Ashwin told on his YouTube channel. He then explained the reasons why he reckons Mukesh could be the next Shami. “Mukesh Kumar has a similar build, similar height, outstanding wrist position – he has that great whip of the wrist and terrific back-spin on the ball. He has a very nice straight and nice alignment. He had bowled really well in the series in the West Indies and was outstanding at a practice game in Barb...
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Vijay Hazare Trophy 2023 | Sai Sudharsan, Dinesh Karthik set up Tamil Nadu’s win

Impactful: Sai Sudharsan’s ton took TN to 296, which proved too much for Goa. | Photo Credit: Sandeep Mahankal Sai Sudharsan laid the foundation with a fluent century. Captain Dinesh Karthik played the role of a finisher to perfection. T. Natarajan and Sandeep Warrier employed the short-ball ploy with the new ball. And R. Sai Kishore and Baba Aparajith’s spin came in handy. As a result, K.V. Siddharth’s late charge could only reduce the margin of defeat for Goa as Tamil Nadu started its Vijay Hazare Trophy campaign with a 33-run victory at the Dadoji Konddev Stadium.When Lakshay Garg, having missed the opener due to a bout of viral infection, trapped N. Jagadeesan in front of the wickets in the fourth over and Arjun Tendulkar lunged forward to accept Sai Kishore’s (promoted to see off...
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Premier League: Liverpool snap Man City’s 23-match winning streak at home | Football News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: An 80th-minute goal from Trent Alexander-Arnold secured Liverpool a 1-1 draw as Jurgen Klopp's side snapped leaders Manchester City's 23-match winning run at the Etihad on Saturday.With the draw Liverpool salvaged a point while City's remarkable winning stretch at home across all competitions came to an end. City however remain top the table on 29 points after 13 games.Liverpool have 28 points.Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp made his displeasure clear at the early kick-off time on the back of an international break where both sides had players who had been in World Cup qualifying action in South America little over 72 hours ago.Fatigue appeared a factor as the expected fireworks failed to materialise.The best chances before the break came from City pouncing on sloppy Liverpool pa...
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‘If it’s in my arc…’: I am learning how to finish games from Rinku Singh, says Tilak Varma | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Tilak Varma emerged as an IPL sensation a season earlier than Rinku Singh. However, the budding talent from Hyderabad is eager to glean expertise in closing T20 matches from his national teammate, who is displaying flashes of immense potential on the international stage.Hailing from Aligarh, Rinku, the left-handed KKR player, has earned acclaim for his knack of sealing games at the franchise level, showcasing a similar composed demeanor in international fixtures.In the recent first T20 International against Australia, although his crucial six wasn't counted due to a no-ball from Nathan Ellis, Rinku's calmness during the death overs has garnered praise from all quarters."I am learning how to finish games from Rinku as he is doing it consistently for India. I also want to do an...
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Exclusive: ‘Dhoni should play till he’s 50 and beyond that’ – How Legends League Cricket aspires to extend players’ careers | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: In the cricket-crazy India, where the sport is not just a pastime but a revered passion for millions, the rise of franchise leagues might seem almost inevitable, but the extraordinary success of Legends League Cricket (LLC) in recent years has exceeded all expectations, establishing new benchmarks in the dynamic realm of T20 cricket.The spotlight on LLC has intensified with the dazzling performance from Irfan Pathan in the opening match of the 2023 edition.Crafting an explosive innings of 65 runs off 19 balls, adorned with nine towering sixes, Pathan etched a spectacle that has only heightened the allure of LLC. The league continues to captivate fans with thrilling matches scheduled until December 9, 2023.Moreover, a meeting between former Indian captain MS Dhoni and the CEO ...
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Satwiksairaj Rankireddy-Chirag Shetty duo enters China Masters Super 750 final | Badminton News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Star Indian duo of Satwiksairaj Rankireddy and Chirag Shetty produced yet another clinical performance on Saturday, beating Chinese pair of He Ji Ting and Ren Xiang Yu to advance into the men's doubles final at the China Masters Super 750 badminton tournament in Shenzhen.The former world No. 1 Indian pair secured a 21-15, 22-20 win against the newly-formed Chinese pairing of He and Ren.The top seeds will face another Chinese pair in the summit clash, the winner of the other semifinal between Chen Bo Yang and Liu Yi and second seeds Liang Wei Keng and Wang Chang.Satwik and Chirag have won the Badminton Asian Championships, Indonesia Super 1000, Korea Super 500, Swiss Super 300 and the Asian Games gold medal in a stellar year.The BWF (Badminton World Federation) World Tour is d...
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India vs Australia tip-off XI: Tilak Varma to keep his place, Avesh Khan makes it to the XI and Kane Richardson into the mix

For the most part, the chase in the first T20I against Australia looked like a cakewalk for the Indian side until it wasn’t in the final moments of the game when they lost a few quick wickets. They eventually snatched the game by a whisker. Though Suryakumar Yadav’s side succeeded in chasing down the highest total for India in the format going into the second T20I at the Greenfield International Stadium in Thiruvananthapuram the hosts would be hoping to improve in both departments of the game. Though one might argue they have chased a massive total and the batting looks fine, it has come on the back of the side’s T20 talisman Suryakumar’s sublime knock yet again. Ishan Kishan chipped in with a mature knock along with Rinku Singh’s finishing touch but the remaining batters struggled. Th...
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Shoaib Akhtar says Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli still have plenty of cricket left in them, backs duo to play in T20 World Cup too

After experiencing disappointment in the final of the recently-concluded Cricket World Cup, the attention has now shifted to the upcoming showpiece event, which is the T20 World Cup in 2024 in West Indies and the USA. Though Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have had a productive 50-over World Cup, there has been speculation about their involvement in the shorter format in the upcoming days. However, former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar feels both the veterans still have plenty to offer for the Indian side even in the T20 format. “If you ask, do Rohit and Kohli have cricket left in them? Yes, definitely. Do you get a better opener than Rohit in the world right now? No, you don’t,” he told Zee News. Both Rohit and Kohli have not played a single T20I for India since the loss in Adelaide aga...
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India vs Australia Live Streaming: When and where to watch IND vs AUS 2nd T20I live?

India vs Australia Live Streaming, 2nd T20: The young Indian bowling unit will have to push behind the timid show in the series opener and find its flow against a forceful Australian batting line-up in the second T20 on Sunday. India had won the first game at Visakhapatnam by two wickets to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series, but their bowlers, except pacer Mukesh Kumar, looked incapable of stemming the run-flow. The pitch and conditions at the Greenfield International Stadium will not be massively different, and that makes it imperative for the Indian bowlers to fire collectively.Despite that, the management might not look to shake the order for this match. In the opening encounter, pacers Arshdeep Singh and Prasidh Krishna went for 10.25 and 12.50 runs per over while leg-spinner...