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Double delight for Pakistan skipper Babar Azam in ICC awards | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: It was double delight for Pakistan skipper Babar Azam as he was picked for both the 'ODI Cricketer of the Year' and the 'Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for the ICC Men's Cricketer of 2022' on Thursday.A year after he won the 'ODI Cricketer of the Year' in 2021, the charismatic batter continued to dominate world cricket and was the only player to breach the 2000-run mark in 2022 across all formats.Babar went past that milestone in style, amassing 2,598 runs at an imposing average of 54.12.The Pakistani cricketer's eight hundreds and 17 fifties during the calendar year was the best of his career so far.The 2021 ICC Men's ODI Player of the Year continued to rule in the 50-over format, scoring 679 runs in nine matches and it was no surprise to see the 28-year-old win the title for the se...
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Mohammed Siraj becomes world number one ODI bowler | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: India pacer Mohammed Siraj on Wednesday became number one in the ICC rankings for ODI bowlers, a testament to his rapid rise in international cricket.Siraj went past New Zealand's Trent Boult and Australia seamer Josh Hazlewood to become the top-ranked ODI bowler for the very first time.Not only has Siraj's form over the last 12 months been imperious, but his effort in the ODI series at home earlier this month against Sri Lanka and New Zealand has shown just how much the right-armer has improved in recent times.India bowling coach Paras Mhambrey challenged Siraj to work on certain aspects of his game last year and the extra training the energetic quick has put in has paid off.Siraj took nine wickets against Sri Lanka to be the leading wicket-taker for the three-game series and ba...
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Rishabh Pant only Indian in ICC Test team of 2022 | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Rishabh Pant's return to competitive cricket is uncertain due to his serious car crash he suffered two days before the new year but the Indian wicketkeeper's stellar performances in Test cricket steered him into the ICC Men's Test Team of the Year 2022.The 25-year-old Pant is also the only Indian to be picked in the team.Pant saw enormous success with the bat in 2022, amassing 680 runs from 12 innings at an average of 61.81 and a strike rate of 90.90. He had two centuries and four fifties in the year.He smashed 21 sixes in Tests in 2022 and was decent with the gloves, producing six stumpings and taking 23 catches.The ICC Men's Test Team of the Year 2022 is out 👀 Find out which players make the XI 📝 #ICCAwards— ICC (@ICC) 1674550899000England skipper Ben Stokes, who transforme...
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Babar Azam must give up captaincy in one format: Mohammad Azharuddin

Former India captain Mohammad Azharuddin urges Babar Azam must give up captaincy in one format as going forward, it will take a toll on him. “Behtareen batsman hai (He is an excellent batter). He is consistent as well. Captaincy is an issue. He has led Pakistan really well so far,” Mohammad Azharuddin on former Pakistan cricketer Basit Ali’s YouTube channel. Azhar explains the reason why he thinks it will take a toll on Babar because of the amount of cricket nowadays being played. “Now the time has come that every team should have a different captain for different formats. The pressure is immense. At some point, he will have to give up captaincy in one format,” said Azhar. Azam’s Pakistan team have been through a rough patch in Tests recently. They went through a whitewash in a thr...
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Virat Kohli back in top-five in ODI rankings | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: Back at his vintage best, former India skipper Virat Kohli, who scored two centuries and scored 283 runs in three matches against Sri Lanka, jumped two places to break into top-five in the latest ICC ODI rankings released on Wednesday.Kohli now has 750 points and has second-placed Rassie van der Dussen (766) and third-placed Quinton de Kock (759) in his sights, while Pakistan skipper Babar Azam remains way out in front with 887 points.Kohli has the opportunity to close the gap further in the ongoing three-match ODI series against New Zealand.Kohli's team-mates Shubman Gill, Mohammed Siraj and Kuldeep Yadav have also moved up in rankings.Gill, who hit his maiden ODI century in India to complement his fifty during the series, has moved up 10 spots to 26th. The young Indian opener s...
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Shubman Gill surpasses Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan, becomes fastest Indian to score 1000 ODI runs | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Talented opening batter Shubman Gill rewrote record books on Wednesday as he became the fastest Indian to score 1000 ODI runs during the first ODI of the three-match series against New Zealand at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad.Gill, who slammed his second successive hundred inside four days, took only 19 innings to attain the milestone, surpassing Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan's record of 24 innings.Milestone 🚨 - Shubman Gill becomes the fastest Indian to score 1000 ODI runs in terms of innings (19) 👏👏Live -… https://t.co/DSDTonbZXr— BCCI (@BCCI) 1674037411000Overall, Gill is also the second best along with Imam-ul-Haq after Pakistan's Fakhar Zaman who took 18 innings to score 1000 ODI runs.Gill, whose previous century came against Sri Lanka on Sunday, s...
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Pakistan board defends Babar Azam over fake sexting allegations

Babar Azam of Pakistan | Photo Credit: Getty Images The Pakistan Cricket Board has slammed a news broadcaster for tweeting baseless allegations of Pakistan cricket captain Babar Azam sexting a teammate’s girlfriend.The tweet by Fox Cricket said that Azam was accused of allegedly sexting after videos and voice notes went viral.As our media partner, you might have considered ignoring such unsubstantiated personal allegations which Babar Azam has not deemed worthy of a response. https://t.co/QZFAxbd4QR— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) January 17, 2023The allegations were based on a joke tweeted by a parody account ‘Dr Nimo Yadav’. The tweet, now deleted, read: “Babar Azam sexting with GF of another Pakistan cricketer and promising her that her bf won’t be out of the team if she keeps sexti...
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Glenn Phillips fires New Zealand to ODI series win over Pakistan | Cricket News – Times of India

Glenn Phillips smashed a quickfire half century to guide New Zealand to a two-wicket victory over Pakistan in the third one-day international in Karachi on Friday and clinch the series 2-1.Phillips scored an unbeaten 63 off 42 balls, hitting four fours and four sixes, as New Zealand chased down a target of 281 within 11 balls remaining. Opener Devon Conway (52) and captain Kane Williamson (53) also made telling contributions.Pakistan opted to bat and scored 280-9, opener Fakhar Zaman top-scoring with 101 and wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan making 77.Tim Southee took 3-56 and Lockie Ferguson bagged 2-63 while Michael Bracewell and Ish Sodhi took one wicket each.New Zealand won the second ODI by 79 runs after Pakistan began the series with a six-wicket victory. !(function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s...
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2nd ODI: New Zealand beat Pakistan to level series | Cricket News – Times of India

Devon Conway and Kane Williamson led New Zealand to a comfortable 79-run win over Pakistan in the second one-day international in Karachi on Wednesday to level the series at 1-1.After opting to bat, Conway (101) and Williamson (85) gave New Zealand a solid start with a 181-run second-wicket stand but they failed to capitalise fully as Mohammad Nawaz took 4-38 and the touring side were bowled out for 261.Pakistan lost two early wickets before captain Babar Azam steadied the ship with an innings of 79.He lacked support from his teammates, however, and Tim Southee and Ish Sodhi took two wickets each as New Zealand wrapped up victory with seven overs to spare.The third and final ODI is on Friday.!(function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { window.TimesApps = window.TimesApps || {}; ...
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Suryakumar Yadav inches closer to all-time T20I rankings record | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI (UAE): India's star batter Suryakumar Yadav inched closer to yet another record after smashing his third T20I century against Sri Lanka as he extended his lead at the top of the ICC Men's T20I Batting Rankings.His stunning returns in both games puts him second in the all-time T20I Batters Rankings, just seven rating points behind England's Dawid Malan (915). SKY was placed fifth in the all-time list during the previous update of the rankings but has now leapfrogged Babar Azam (896), Virat Kohli (897) and Aaron Finch (900) over the last week as read in a statement released by ICC.Suryakumar Yadav increased his lead at the top of the list from 883 rating points to 908. Surya scored a majestic century in the series-clinching game in Rajkot, his third in the previous six months, to fo...
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PAK vs NZ 1st ODI: Naseem Shah takes five-wicket haul as Pakistan beat New Zealand by 6 wickets | Cricket News – Times of India

Fast bowler Naseem Shah picked up five wickets before the trio of Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan all scored half-centuries as Pakistan chased down a target of 256 for a comfortable six-wicket win over New Zealand on Monday.Opener Zaman (56) and captain Azam (66) stitched together a partnership of 78 runs, with Rizwan then scoring an unbeaten 77 off 86 balls to guide Pakistan over the finish line and help them take a 1-0 lead in the three-match one-day international series.Michael Bracewell was the pick of the bowlers for New Zealand, dismissing Zaman and Imam-ul-Haq, with Tim Southee and Glenn Phillips also taking a wicket apiece.Earlier on Monday, 19-year-old Naseem picked up his second five-wicket haul in international cricket to help Pakistan restrict New Zealand to 255...
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Watch: Babar Azam’s terse response to ‘do you think you should leave Test captaincy’ query

Ahead of the three-match ODI series against New Zealand, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam was asked if relinquishing his captaincy duties in Test cricket could help him succeed as an excellent batter in international cricket. However, Babar shut down a journalist with a terse reply. “I think we are having a white ball series now, and the Test matches are over. So if you have any questions about this white ball series, ask about that,” Babar shot back on Sunday. When probed again on whether his captaincy was affecting his batting and leading to a poor record at home, Babar did not mince his words and said, “I don’t have to justify myself to anyone. I know how I am doing. My focus is on performing well for Pakistan”. “In white-ball formats, we have performed well, and we want to continue with ...
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I don’t have to justify myself to anyone: Babar Azam on questions over his captaincy | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: Pakistan captain Babar Azam was bombarded with questions over his captaincy future following a winless Test season at home.Speaking to media ahead of the ODI series against New Zealand, Babar shut down a journalist when asked if he was thinking about stepping down as Test captain because of his poor record at home since last year.“I think we are having a white ball series now and the Test matches are over. So if you have any questions about this white ball series ask about that,” Babar shot back on Sunday.When Babar was asked again about his captaincy and whether it was affecting his batting, he retorted: “I don't have to justify myself to anyone. I know how I am doing. My focus is on performing well for Pakistan"Babar also said the players were excited about the One-Day series...
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Pakistan, New Zealand build towards World Cup with ODI series | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: Pakistan and New Zealand will face off in the first of three one-day internationals in Karachi Monday, with an eye on this year's World Cup in India.The preceding Test series between the two teams failed to produce a result in either of the two Tests -- both in Karachi -- ending a miserable season for both teams.Pakistan failed to win any of their three Test series at home, losing four of the eight Tests including their first-ever 3-0 whitewash at the hands of England.New Zealand also failed to win any of their last six Tests.But Babar Azam is confident his team will do well in the limited over matches."Pakistan has proved themselves to be a good white-ball team and this series provides us a perfect launching pad to kickstart our World Cup preparations," said Azam of the World ...
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Pakistan captain Babar Azam rues winless home season | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: Pakistan captain Babar Azam is dejected by the team's winless home season but refuses to blame players' injuries or unresponsive pitches for their lean run.Pakistan twice returned from the brink of defeat to force a 0-0 stalemate in the two-Test series against New Zealand, which followed a 3-0 whitewash at the hands of England last month.They have now gone eight Tests at home without a win, which put paid to their hopes of making the World Test Championship final, and Babar conceded this was not how he expected the season to unfold."The Test season hasn't gone according to expectations," Babar told a news conference after Pakistan narrowly avoided a third successive home series defeat."It's not an excuse but some of our players were unfit which disturbed our combination."Their ...
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Sarfaraz Ahmed foils New Zealand to salvage draw in second Test | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: Pakistan's last pair Naseem Shah and Abrar Ahmed survived 21 balls in fading light Friday while Sarfaraz Ahmed hit a fighting century to deprive New Zealand of a victory, bringing the second Test to a sensational draw in Karachi.New Zealand were in sight of a series-clinching victory after dismissing Sarfaraz for a career-best 118 with 39 balls remaining in the match.But as dusk settled, Naseem scored 15 and Ahmed seven to guide Pakistan to 304-9 in pursuit of a 319-run target when umpires Alex Wharf and Aleem Dar declared the light unfeasible to continue with three overs remaining.Late wickets but the match and series will finish in a DRAW with @TheRealPCB in Karachi. Michael Bracewell with 4-7… https://t.co/ODUpWuzCFV— BLACKCAPS (@BLACKCAPS) 1673010114000The two-match series ...
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Pak vs NZ, 2nd Test, Day 4 | Pakistan 2 wickets down without runs in chase of 319 target

Pakistan lost two wickets without scoring in its chase of the 319 winning target against New Zealand at the end of an eventful fourth day of the second test on Thursday.New Zealand set up its bid for a series victory in its first test tour to Pakistan in 20 years after declaring its second innings on 277/5 and using the last three overs of the day to bowl opener Abdullah Shafique and nightwatchman Mir Hamza.Pakistan was 0/2 at stumps and has to beat its previous highest successful chase of 314 runs in 1994 when Australia was beaten by one wicket at the same National Stadium.On a day when the umpires made misjudgements, New Zealand left no doubt when captain Tim Southee knocked back Shafique’s off stump off the second ball which kept a bit low and Ish Sodhi clean bowled Hamza for a pair ...
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New Zealand 76-1, leads Pakistan by 117 on fourth day of 2nd test

New Zealand’s Kane Williamson and Tom Latham take a run during the fourth day of the second test cricket match between Pakistan and New Zealand, in Karachi, Pakistan on January 5, 2023. | Photo Credit: AP Tom Latham and Kane Williamson steadied New Zealand for an overall lead of 117 runs after Devon Conway was out for a golden duck on the fourth day of the second test against Pakistan on Thursday.Leftarm fast bowler Mir Hamza finally picked up his first test wicket in four years when he had first-innings century-maker Conway clean bowled off the first ball after New Zealand took a 41-run first-innings lead and dismissed Pakistan for 408.Hamza was wicketless in the drawn first test last week in his hometown after being recalled for New Zealand’s first test tour to Pakistan in 20 years s...
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ICC T20I rankings: Ishan Kishan jumps 10 places to 23rd, Deepak Hooda re-enters top 100 | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: India opener Ishan Kishan jumped 10 places to 23rd position while Deepak Hooda re-entered the top-100 in the latest ICC rankings for T20I batters issued on Thursday.Both moved upwards in the chart after their impressive performances in the first T20 International against Sri Lanka in Mumbai on Tuesday, which India won by two runs.Hooda moved up 40 places to 97th after his unbeaten 41 off 23 balls while Kishan was rewarded for his brisk 37-run knock at the top of the order.The swashbuckling Suryakumar Yadav continued to hold the top spot for batters despite a rare failure in Mumbai.India's new T20I captain Hardik Pandya, up nine places to 76th among bowlers, is the other to move up the rankings.As far as Sri Lanka are concerned, Wanindu Hasaranga was once again a strong contributo...
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Pakistan and New Zealand seek Test turnaround in 2023 | Cricket News – Times of India

KARACHI: A draw last week having stopped a run of defeats for Pakistan and New Zealand, both sides will be seeking to go one better in the second and final Test in Karachi starting Monday.The tame draw halted Pakistan's four-Test losing streak at home including their first-ever 3-0 whitewash by England.New Zealand also arrived in Pakistan on the back of a 3-0 drubbing by England.Pakistan skipper Babar Azam vowed his team will play "positive and aggressive cricket" after they finished 2022 without a Test win at home."We need to take things session-by-session and day-by-day," he said."We're working on it. It's not that we need to play different cricket."New Zealand were in a good position to win the first Test on the final day with Pakistan on 77-2, needing 97 runs to avoid an innings def...