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Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers inducted into RCB’s hall of fame | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Legendary cricketers Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers have become the first two players to be inducted into the Royal Challengers Bangalore's Hall of Fame. Former RCB skipper Virat Kohli made the announcement about the inductions of his two dear mates. "AB has truly changed the game of cricket with his innovation, brilliance, and sportsmanship which truly defines the RCB Play Bold philosophy," Kohli said in a statement posted on the franchise's website. A player who personified power hitting, a thorough entertainer and one of the best T20 batters ever to grace the g… https://t.co/xvQfFmJLWi— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) 1652763600000A special player who touched every RCB and cricket fan alike with his genius, his brilliance and most of all his lo… https://t.co/Gsc1dQP1...
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I would select Dinesh Karthik in T20 World Cup squad if given chance to be selector, says Harbhajan Singh | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Former Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said that Royal Challengers Bangalore's wicketkeeper batter Dinesh Karthik is one of the best finishers during the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League and he would select him in the squad for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia if given a chance of being a selector. While speaking on Star Sports, Singh said, "Dinesh Karthik has been outstanding for RCB. He is very good at leg side shots than his offsides, excellent at taking singles but I think, overall he understands his game very well. Whenever he is left with last chances, he makes sure that he finishes the game. For me, if anyone has played the best role of a finisher in this entire IPL then it is none other than Dinesh Kartik. If I were a selector I would have given him ...
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IPL 2022: Struggling Virat Kohli mutes TV to silence critics | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Out-of-form Virat Kohli says that he has a sure-fire way of drowning out his growing number of critics -- he just mutes the television. The 33-year-old former India skipper has endured an extended batting slump for Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League and fell for his third golden duck of the season on Sunday. Commentators have said that the usually prolific batsman looks "overcooked" and needs a break, but in a mostly light-hearted video on Bangalore's website Kohli said that he has learnt to drown out those who criticise him. Interview of the year! Catch Virat Kohli in a relaxed, honest and fun avatar, even as Mr. Nags tries to annoy him j… https://t.co/XkRVe5GUaD— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) 1652239800000"They can't be in my shoes, they can...
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Hopefully, AB de Villiers will be back at RCB next year in some capacity: Virat Kohli | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Virat Kohli is hopeful that his friend and South African superstar AB de Villiers will be back at the Royal Challengers Bangalore in a new role next year. De Villiers had been a big part of RCB family before he retired from all forms of cricket last year. "I miss him a lot. I talk to him regularly. He was in the US recently with his family watching golf... He is keenly observing RCB and hopefully he will be here next year in some capacity," Kohli said during a light-hearted chat posted on RCB's Twitter handle. Interview of the year! Catch Virat Kohli in a relaxed, honest and fun avatar, even as Mr. Nags tries to annoy him j… https://t.co/XkRVe5GUaD— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) 1652239800000Kohli is enduring one of the worst phases of his career, having scored 216...
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AB de Villiers hopes grass is greener for golf team-mate Ashleigh Barty | Cricket News – Times of India

PARIS: Ashleigh Barty's retirement in March when she was women's tennis number one and just 25 years old is a "weird one to explain", South African cricket legend AB de Villiers has told AFP in an interview before they team up for a golf event. Barty's relatively short career contrasts with that of the 38-year-old de Villiers, who, after well over a decade at the top, only retired from all formats of international cricket in 2018 and from the game entirely last year. De Villiers first met avid cricket fan Barty when he was playing in Australia's Big Bash League in 2019 and they will meet again when they team up in the inaugural Icons Series golf event in Jersey City from June 30 to July 1. A Freddie Couples-captained Team USA will compete against a Rest of the World team -- skippered by...
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IPL 2022: MS Dhoni is the ultimate finisher, says Irfan Pathan | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Former Indian pacer Irfan Pathan feels former India skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni's skills as a finisher are second to none in the IPL, even as the veteran wicketkeeper-batter is at the fag end of his career. Appreciation for Dhoni the finisher has continued to pour in after he won the game for Chennai Super Kings against Mumbai India at the DY Patil Stadium on April 21. The 40-year-old kept his cool in extremely trying conditions to score a blistering 13-ball unbeaten 28 and help CSK clinch a last-ball thriller against the five-time champions. He scored 16 runs off the last four deliveries at a time when MI looked set to notch their maiden win in IPL 2022. Speaking on Star Sports, Pathan said, "MS Dhoni is the greatest finisher in the history of IPL. Year after year, someone els...
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IPL 2022: Dinesh Karthik has presented very strong case for India comeback, says Virat Kohli | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Calling him the man of the IPL so far, Virat Kohli feels his Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate Dinesh Karthik has made a strong case for another India comeback with his stellar run in the T20 tournament so far. Kathik, who has been playing the role of a finisher for RCB, has had the highest strike rate among the leading run-getters in the tournament scoring 197 runs in six innings at 209.57. He has only been dismissed once in the tournament. On Saturday night, he smashed an unbeaten 66 off 34 balls as RCB beat Delhi Capitals by 16 runs. In a conversation with Karthik on iplt20.com, Kohli said it has been a joy and honour to watch the wicket-keeper batter go about his business in the competition. “The ultimate goal is to win games for India”: @DineshKarthik tells @imVkohli 🙌🏻S...
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IPL 2022: Ab de Villiers teaches me small things that help me a lot, says Dewald Brevis | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Young Mumbai Indians batter Dewald Brevis revealed that former South Africa captain and flamboyant batter AB de Villiers had been teaching him small things which have been helping him a lot. Brevis, who made 29 in his IPL debut against Kolkata Knight Riders, wowed everyone with a 25-ball 49 despite Mumbai losing to Punjab Kings at Pune. Many in the cricketing circle have called Brevis 'Baby AB' due to resemblances in the batting styles of the youngster and de Villiers, who made a mark for himself in the IPL with his 360-degree game for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Brevis was picked by Mumbai after being the leading run-getter in Men's U19 World Cup with 506 runs in six matches at an average of 84.33, including two centuries and three fifties. "He's played a big role, it's a spec...
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Ayush Badoni: Gautam Gambhir hugged me and said ‘well played’, thankful to him and KL Rahul for backing me, says new IPL sensation Ayush Badoni | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Ayush Badoni was batting in the nets and played a superb innovative sweep shot, reminiscent of South Africa legend AB de Villiers. Lucknow Super Giants captain KL Rahul was watching Badoni from a distance. After Badoni played the shot to send the ball over the ropes, KL walked up to him and applauded him, and asked him which cricketer he admires the most. The 22-year-old Badoni said - AB de Villiers. The next day, when the Lucknow Super Giants, who lost their first ever IPL match against the Gujarat Titans, faced defending champions Chennai Super Kings and found themselves in a tough spot, Badoni played a calm and composed cameo to take his team home. Badoni was batting on 5 off 4 balls when he moved across the line and scooped Shivam Dube for a six over deep backward leg. Ca...
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IPL 2022, GT vs LSG: Ayush Badoni is ‘baby AB de Villiers,’ believes Lucknow Super Giants captain KL Rahul | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Lucknow Super Giants captain KL Rahul believes that Ayush Badoni is 'baby AB de Villiers' after the debutant smashed quick-fire 54 against Gujarat Titans on Monday here at the Wankhede Stadium. Fighting knocks from Deepak Hooda and Ayush Badoni guided Lucknow Super Giants to 158/6 in their assigned 20 overs before their fellow IPL debutants Gujarat Titans chased the target with two balls to spare. Lucknow who were at a spot of bother with 29/4 at one time were powered up by Deepak Hooda (55) and youngster Ayush Badoni who scored 54 on his debut. Mohammad Shami was a man on fire for Gujarat Titans as it was his sensational opening spell that yielded three wickets and left LSG in tatters. Unacademy Let's Crack It Sixes of the Match between @gujarat_titans and @LucknowIPL is Ayush ...
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‘It’s like ABD never left’: Faf du Plessis pulls of an AB de Villiers in RCB colours

Newly-appointed Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Faf du Plessis pummeled the Punjab Kings attack to submission as his 88 steered his team to 205 for 2 in their IPL game on Sunday. While Du Plessis showed his six-hitting prowess, hammering seven maximums in his 57-ball knock, Virat Kohli, who had stepped down as skipper, also chipped in with an unbeaten 41 off 29 balls. Wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik joined the part late in the innings with a quick fire 32 not out off just 14 balls. Du Plessis, who also struck three fours, added 118 runs for the second wicket with former RCB skipper Virat Kohli after Anuj Rawat (21) had laid the foundation with their 50 run-stand. You do not want to miss this @RCBTweets fans 😉😉 FAF pulls off an ABD in #RCB colours 😉 Watch ▶️ https://t.co/M4eg57WM...
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IPL auction 2022: ‘Dil se khelo’ – Why Mohammed Azharuddeen wants to play with Virat Kohli again at RCB | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Young wicket-keeper batsman from Kerala, Mohammed Azharuddeen was bought by the Royal Challengers Bangalore at his base price of Rs. 20 lakh in the February 2021 player auction. Though he didn't get a single game to play last season, the 27-year-old, whose name will once again be called at the auction table this time, is hopeful of getting an IPL contract. "Practice is on in full swing. I have worked a lot on my batting and technique. I am hopeful that I will be picked at the auction and will again get a chance to share the dressing room with seniors and star players from across the world. I know how good I am in T20s. I am staying positive about the auction," Azharuddeen told TimesofIndia.com in an exclusive interview. At RCB, Azharudeen, who is also known as 'junior Azhar' ...
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Mark Boucher disciplinary hearing: Terry Motau appointed chairperson

Cricket South Africa has appointed senior counsel, advocate Terry Motau as the chairperson of the disciplinary hearing into allegations of racism against national head coach Mark Boucher. The appointment has come after Social Justice and Nation-Building (SJN) in a report in December accused Boucher, former captain and current CSA director Graeme Smith, and former batter AB de Villiers of unfairly discriminating against black players. Allegations of racism were levelled against Boucher by his former Proteas teammate, Paul Adams. The governing body said if the independent inquiry finds Boucher guilty, it “could lead to his dismissal” but also emphasised that “it is important that the independent inquiry first needs to test all allegations before any question of sanction can arise.” In...
I have a role to play in SA cricket and RCB: AB de Villiers
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I have a role to play in SA cricket and RCB: AB de Villiers

He isn’t sure what future holds in store for him but former South Africa captain AB de Villiers is confident that he will have a role to play in national team and his IPL franchise RCB’s future set-up. One of contemporary cricket’s greatest batters, De Villiers had retired from all forms of game in November last year, putting an end to his glorious 17-year career in top-flight. “I still believe that I have a role to play in SA cricket and also over there in the IPL with the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB),” he was quoted as saying by ‘Times LIVE’. Besides a staggering 20,017 international runs across all formats under his belt, De Villiers also holds the record for fastest 50, 100 and 150 in ODIs. He has also played 156 matches for RCB and scored 4,491 runs. “I have no id...
India vs South Africa: Allahudien Paleker set for Test debut after 15-year journey | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs South Africa: Allahudien Paleker set for Test debut after 15-year journey | Cricket News – Times of India

JOHANNESBURG (South Africa): A 15-year long journey will end on Monday when Allahudien Paleker walks out onto the Imperial Wanderers turf in Johannesburg to take charge of South Africa against India in the second Test. The Cape Town-born official turned 44 on Saturday and he will celebrate his latest birthday by becoming South Africa's 57th Test umpire - and the 497th in the history of the game dating back to the year 1877. A former first-class cricketer, Paleker will line up opposite one of his mentors and inspirations, Marais Erasmus, at the 'Bullring' where he will finally reach the top after years of sacrifice and hard work. "It definitely will be a proud moment for me. You know when you start umpiring, your dream and your goal is to get to the highest level and to stand in a Test m...
Ex-South Africa captain Graeme Smith rejects charges of racism | Cricket News – Times of India
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Ex-South Africa captain Graeme Smith rejects charges of racism | Cricket News – Times of India

JOHANNESBURG: Graeme Smith, South Africa's director of cricket and former Test captain, has hit back through his lawyer at accusations of racial prejudice contained in a report by an ombudsman. David Becker, former International Cricket Council head of legal and Smith's personal lawyer, issued a statement on Friday in which he disputed findings by Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza, who headed a Social Justice and Nation Building Commission (SJN) to investigate allegations of racial discrimination in South African cricket. In a report issued on Wednesday, Ntsebeza found that Smith "failed to rebut the presumption of unfair discrimination" in appointing former Test wicketkeeper and long-time team-mate Boucher as head coach of the national team ahead of Enoch Nkwe, a black coach who served briefly ...
AB de Villiers, Graeme Smith accused of engaging in racially prejudicial conduct in SJN commission report
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AB de Villiers, Graeme Smith accused of engaging in racially prejudicial conduct in SJN commission report

Cricket South Africa (CSA) and some top former players such as Graeme Smith and AB de Villiers have been accused of engaging in racially “prejudicial conduct” against players by the Social Justice and Nation-Building (SJN) commission. According to ‘ESPNcricinfo’, a 235-page final report submitted by the SJN Commission head Dumisa Ntsebeza has accused CSA administration, former captain and current director Smith, current head coach Mark Boucher and former batter de Villiers of unfairly discriminating against black players. De Villiers, a much-admired figure in South African cricket who recently retired, denied the charge. “I support the aims of CSA’s Social Justice and Nation Building process, to ensure equal opportunities in cricket,” he tweeted. “However, in my career, I e...