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After selectors, BCCI not to renew Upton’s contract

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided not to extend the tenure of India men’s team mental conditioning coach Paddy Upton. A full-fledged India squad led by Rohit Sharma is set to leave for Bangladesh next week for three ODIs and two Test matches that are part of the World Test Championships and Upton won’t be accompanying the team. The 53-year-old Upton was roped in by the BCCI this July after head coach Rahul Dravid requested for a mental conditioning coach keeping the T20 World Cup in mind. The South African began his services from India’s tour of West Indies and was scheduled to be part of the team till the completion of the T20 World Cup. And with the team making an exit in the semifinals, the BCCI has now decided not to renew Upton’s contract. Before Upton, t...
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If something happens to Shaheen, where will you find another bowler like him?: PAK experts

Former Pakistan pace bowler Aaqib Javed criticised the side’s medical team while former Pakistan fast bowler Sarfraz Nawaz lamented Shaheen Shah Afridi’s inclusion in the squad after the Men In Green lost the T20 World Cup final to England on Sunday. Afridi had to be taken off in the middle of match after bowling one ball of the 16th over, smarting from taking Harry Brook’s catch earlier in England’s run chase. Now, according to a report on Dawn, if the initial injury does not result in more injuries, it’ll take the pacer around 4 months to be fit. “If the injury doesn’t result in more injuries, it would take Shaheen three to four months to recover,” former Pakistan Cricket Board chief medical officer Dr. Sohail Salim told Dawn. “If the PCB’s medical board chooses to treat it through su...
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T20 World Cup: India, Pak stuck with conservative style as England, NZ embrace attacking philosophy

Where do you prefer your team to be after the Powerplay in a T20 game: 38-0 or 50-3? This is a question at the core of the difference in playing styles evident after the recent T20 World Cup. England was chasing a mediocre target of 138 in Sunday’s final against one of the best bowling attacks in the tournament, and were 49-3 after six overs. However, Jos Buttler’s team won by five wickets with an over to spare, despite the early setbacks. When the team was two down, Buttler ramped an express delivery from a fire-breathing Naseem Shah over the wicketkeeper. The England batsmen constantly tried to put bowlers under pressure, even at the risk of wickets falling. Earlier in the World Cup, Pakistan – who eventually reached the final – were chasing a mere 128 against Bangladesh in a do-or-di...
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Watch: Jos Buttler asks Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid to step aside before champagne celebration

After registering a historic win over Pakistan in the finals, England have become the champions of the 2022 T20 World Cup. Apart from his brilliant performance with the bat on the field, England skipper Jos Buttler is being lauded for another act that has touched fans’ hearts. As Ben Stokes hit the winning runs for his team, celebrations began in the dressing room and on the ground. Soon after, when the team gathered for celebrations, skipper Jos Buttler was handed the trophy and champagne bottles were ready to be popped. However, Buttler, respecting the religious faith of two of his teammates- Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, asked them to step aside. Showing a beautiful gesture, Buttler, first participated in the photo session with the entire team and then reminded Ali and Rashid of the ch...
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Kohli, Suryakumar named in “Most Valued Team” of 2022 T20 World Cup

India’s Virat Kohli (R) plays a shot as England’s wicketkeeper and captain Jos Buttler looks on during the ICC men’s Twenty20 World Cup 2022 semi-final cricket match between England and India at The Adelaide Oval in Adelaide on November 10, 2022. | Photo Credit: AFP Tournament's leading run-getters Virat Kohli and Suryakumar Yadav were on Monday named in the "Most Valuable Team" of ICC 2022 T20 World Cup. Indian superstar Kohli ended as the tournament’s most prolific batter with 296 runs at a stunning average of 98.66. Kohli kick-started his campaign with a pivotal 82 not out against arch-rivals Pakistan to anchor his side to a heart-thumping final-ball four-wicket victory. And further knocks of 64 not out against Bangladesh, 62 not out against the Netherlands, and 50 against England ...
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Confident that this group of young men can lift the World Cup: Matthew Hayden to PAK team

Pakistan cricket team mentor Matthew Hayden said he was proud of the fight that the team put up against England in the T20 World Cup final on Sunday at the MCG. “It’s amazing that these boys haven’t had the opportunity like the rest of you have but every game, they turned up. Every game, they tried their best in the nets. Bowling, throwing and I think that deserves a round of applause,” Hayden said. “I hope each one of you boys feel proud of the achievements of this playing group. I just want to say thank you for sharing your dressing room, sharing your hearts, your mind, your spirit and also putting in your absolute 100% into this campaign. On behalf of the support staff, we just feel so honoured and privileged to be a part of that story,” the former Australia opener added in a video u...
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They could not handle the pressure; We made mistakes but fought well: Pakistan experts react to PAK vs ENG T20 World Cup final result

Pakistan cricket experts Wasim Akram, Misbah ul Haq and Waqar Younis on Sunday pointed out where Pakistan went wrong in their T20 World Cup final match against England but lauded the team’s fighting spirit. “I think it was top effort by the Pakistan team but I felt that they could not handle the pressure. It felt like we could not execute our plans properly due to the pressure. That led to mistakes. The pressure was why there were mishaps in our batting. Clearly we lacked discipline and game awareness in batting as well as in bowling. You have to assess the conditions and then communicate fast as well as reassess your targets and obviously knowing your resources and the conditions, you have to maximize. If you are laidback in a match like this and when a chance comes, if you put one foo...
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The story of Harry Brook, the boy who helped Ben Stokes soak up the pressure in a World Cup final

When Jos Buttler fell in the T20 World Cup final, Pakistan must have felt the door was ajar and though they would have been wary of Ben Stokes standing in their way, as he would inevitably do, it was young Harry Brook who also wedged himself in the path to keep Pakistan out. Buttler fell in the sixth over, and it might have been difficult for even Stokes if no one stayed with him then, but for the next seven nervy overs with the game on the line, young Brook bravely soaked up the pressure with a 23-ball 20 that would stay in his memory for a long time. It’s cute that it was Brook who helped Stokes steady himself in the pressure of the chase as on the eve of a Test against South Africa earlier this year, when Stokes was asked about the newbie, he would first offer “huge talent”, “one for...
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Troubled World Cupper to World T20: How psychologist’s advice made Ben Stokes England’s last action hero

“You don’t want to play for England. You just want to piss it up the wall with your mates, and have a good time” – Andy Flower, former England coach, to Ben Stokes. On a dry hot July day in London in 2013, Ben Stokes sidled into the seats in the stands at Lord’s, and sat next to the psychologist Mark Bawden. He had struggled through the season, was feeling down with his performance, so much so that his captain at Durham, Paul Collingwood, had texted him, ‘are you ok?’ He wasn’t. But he didn’t want to share his heartache with his team-mates as he didn’t want to short-change his boisterous tattoo-star image. But he realised he had to open up to someone, and he decided Bawden was the go-to man. Bawden, who has worked with a few English teams, heard him out before giving his verdict that St...
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Ben Stokes imprints his name on England triumph; Adil Rashid shines; Babar backs his brave bowlers & Rizwan chirps away

As soon as he hit, Ben Stokes started to backpedal, roar, and kept roaring till first Livingstone hugged him. And then the rest of his team-mates. Perhaps, no other contemporary cricketer seizes big moments like him. He is imprinted in all the biggies. The 2019 World Cup final. Even when he was sprawled on the ground, the ball ricocheting off his bat, became the image. The Ashes when he couldn’t even see his partner Jack Leach bat, hunched as he was at the non-striker covering his eyes. And then that gobsmacking smack off Pat Cummins. And now, in another World Cup, he has caught hold of the big moment and pocketed it with steel and ambition. Even in that last over that England lost in Kolkata, it was him with the bowling but where it could have scarred a lesser mortal, he has wiped it ...
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T20 World Cup: Pakistan take on England in summit clash of destinies

ON the eve of the T20 World Cup final, there has been a buzz around why Pakistan decided not to conduct pre-match practice sessions since their past two games – against New Zealand in the semi-final and against Bangladesh, their final group match. Some say that the team has become superstitious, some say they observe roza (fasting) before their crucial games and that is why they didn’t practise ahead of the final too. The build-up to the final has revolved around how Sunday’s clash is a throwback to the 1992 World Cup final at the same Melbourne Cricket Ground, where Imran Khan-led Pakistan clinched their maiden world trophy by defeating England. The campaign of Babar Azam’s team has had shades of that vintage side’s title run. Like in 1992, nobody trusted this Pakistan team to reach th...
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Pak’s 1992 World Cup triumph: How Imran Khan got an ill Inzamam to play, why a sulking Miandad was flown into Australia, a talk which spurred the ‘Cornered Tigers’

Before we come to Imran Khan, we must, as always, go past Javed Miandad. Pakistan cricket, as we know it today, is not cast in Imran’s shadow. Miandad owns the team’s identity. A street-hustler’s lack of trust in people around him, the snarl when pushed to the corner, often self-driven to that spot in the first place, a permanent smirk as if nursing a sense of injustice, the froth of victimhood on the mouth, mischievous twinkle in eyes, and a strange confidence emanating from an ethereal junoon. It’s Miandad; it’s Pakistan. Imran bottled this spirit and sprayed it at the opponents but the essence, the rooh, belongs to Javed bhai. In 1992, Miandad was boiling in injustice. The team had left without him to Australia, his back injury combined with a lack of form had Imran convince himsel...
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England’s Mark Wood struggling to be fit for T20 World Cup final vs Pakistan

England pace spearhead Mark Wood said he is unsure if he will recover from a hip injury in time to play in Sunday’s Twenty20 World Cup final against Pakistan but could throw his name into the hat if skipper Jos Buttler desperately needs him. Wood, who is nursing a right hip problem, missed England’s brilliant 10-wicket victory over India on Thursday along with injured batsman Dawid Malan. “I tried my best to make the last game but I couldn’t bowl at the intensity and speeds required to play for England,” Wood told the BBC. “I couldn’t get my hip going. Hopefully if required I can try and get it right for this game — I don’t know if I’ll be able to. The team did really well last game — if the captain desperately needs me and I’m fit enough then I’ll put my name in the hat like everyone e...
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Watch: Rohit Sharma in tears after India’s loss to England in T20 World Cup

India suffered heartbreak at the T20 World Cup yet again, losing to England by 10 wickets in the second semifinal in Adelaide on Thursday. After the match, the cameras caught Indian skipper Rohit Sharma wiping away tears as he looked devastated after the loss. He was then calmed down by head coach Rahul Dravid. It was another debilitating loss for India in a major ICC tournament, their second 10-wicket loss in the space of one year in the same tournament. Last year, they lost to Pakistan by 10 wickets in Dubai and Thursday’s result harkened back to that fateful night as England openers Jos Buttler and Alex Hales made merry against the Indian bowling lineup. pic.twitter.com/Suz9nHjpTs — Tanay Vasu (@videoformtanay) November 10, 2022 Rohit himself had a match to forget, scoring just 27 o...
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This Sunday, it’s 152/0 vs 170/0: PAK PM Shehbaz Sharif takes a dig at India

Pakistan Prime Minister Shehbaz Sharif appeared to take a dig at India after they lost by 10 wickets to England in the second semifinal on Thursday. “So, this Sunday, it’s: 152/0 vs 170/0,” Sherif tweeted referring to India’s 10 wicket loss against Pakistan in the 2021 T20 World Cup and the fact that England will now meet Pakistan in the final on Sunday. In that match, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam stroked his way to 68 while his opening partner, Mohammad Rizwan, smashed 79 as the Indian bowlers struggled to contain the two batters, who ultimately reached the target of 152 without much trouble. So, this Sunday, it’s: 152/0 vs 170/0 🇵🇰 🇬🇧 #T20WorldCup — Shehbaz Sharif (@CMShehbaz) November 10, 2022 Earlier in that match, Virat Kohli’s half-century had helped India recover from a disastr...
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Since introduction of IPL, India have never won a T20 World Cup: Wasim Akram

After India were demolished by England by 10 wickets in their semifinal clash in Adelaide Oval, Pakistan legend Wasim Akram pointed out the fact that since the introduction of the Indian Premier League (IPL), the Men in Blue have never won a T20 World Cup. “Everyone thought the IPL will be the big difference between India and other teams. IPL started in 2008. India won a T20 World Cup before that in 2007. Since the advent of the IPL, India have never won a T20 World Cup. They won a World Cup in 2011 but that’s 50 overs,” Akram said on A Sports. India were eliminated from the Group stages in the last T20 World Cup in 2021 and earlier this year, they couldn’t make it to the last stages of the Asia Cup. Akram also raised the question that if Indian players played another overseas league i...
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Conservative India needs T20 reboot: Rohit, Rahul, Kohli misfits as Top 3

When England captain Jos Buttler walloped the ball over long-on, over Virat Kohli’s head, for the match-winning hit in the T20 World Cup semi-final, commentator Ravi Shastri would scream, “It’s over Kohli”. He meant the ball, but it also could be said about the campaign and the old warhorse’s dream of winning an ICC T20 World Cup. It’s over Kohli, it’s over, Rohit Sharma, and it’s over, Rahul Dravid. The time has come to reboot the T20 team, with youngsters and a bolder approach in the management. Not because these fresh faces would be capable immediately, but because it’s clear that this aging team can’t. A country can ache over a mythical past culturally if it so chooses; it can’t afford to do it in sports. As that adage goes, if you don’t let go, be dragged. India’s fate in the World...
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T20 World Cup | India-England semifinal could be marred by rain

The stage is set for the India vs England T20 World Cup semifinal clash at the Adelaide Oval but rain could play spoilsport The stage is set for the India vs England T20 World Cup semifinal clash at the Adelaide Oval but rain could play spoilsport Rain could make an unwanted appearance in the marquee ICC T20 World Cup second semifinal clash between India and England, on Thursday at Adelaide. Cricket fans are awaiting this clash with high anticipation following India's recent form in the T20 World Cup, where they just lost one match and finished as table toppers but rain could play spoilsport. Currently, there is a 20% chance of rainfall and the weather will stay cloudy."Partly cloudy. Slight (20%) chance of a shower. The chance of a thunderstorm this morning. Winds west to northweste...
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Pinpointing (and not criticising) Shoaib Akhtar wants India vs Pakistan rematch; but also reckons England may dump India out

When asked on ARY channel, who he would be comfortable playing in the final – England or India, he said: “I want a rematch with India. We have come back in full form now. Now (it’s a match of) our bowling, your (India’s) batting. Your MCG, your crowd. Your bowling, our batting. Now this match is on. I want one more match with India,” he said, happy after Pakistan made the final. “There should be two two benefits – why just win a final. We should beat India to win final. Both things,” he told the TV channel all gung-ho. When asked by a fretting TV host if Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s swing would pose problems in the eventuality, he backed Pakistan to cope. “The wicket has worn out, square has worn out.. they’ve played 15-20 matches there. Actually 11 matches on that square. Also weather was trick...
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Cricket South Africa to review debacle, hit ‘reset button’ ahead of India ODI World Cup

Cricket South Africa will form a panel to “clinically review” their early ouster from the T20 World Cup in Australia and the focus would be on hitting the reset button ahead of the ODI showpiece in India next year, director of cricket Enoch Nkwe has said. Living up to their ‘perennial chokers’ tag, South Africa lost to the Netherlands in their concluding Super 12 match to crash out of the T20 World Cup. “It is important that we review what has happened. We are in the process of putting a panel together to ensure the review is very clinical,” Nkwe was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo after the team’s arrival from Australia. “But the focus is hitting the reset button and not dwelling on the past. It’s important that we close a chapter and look at what lies ahead.” The CSA official further...