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Ravindra Jadeja’s comeback game: One hour in nets, pep talk with team after being named Saurashtra captain | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja will captain Saurashtra in their final Ranji Trophy league fixture against Tamil Nadu beginning in Chennai on Tuesday, marking his comeback to competitive cricket after close to six months.Though Saurashtra are set to qualify for the knock-out phase, Jadeja's return has generated a lot of interest in the game ahead of the crucial four-Test series against the visiting Australia next month.The four-day game will effectively be a fitness test for Jadeja, and if the net session on the eve of the match is any indication, the 34-year-old is likely to pass with flying colours.Wearing a GPS tracker that monitors all the required fitness parametres, Jadeja bowled left-arm spin for 30 minutes before spending approximately the same time with the bat.A N...
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Making tough calls to get it right matters more now than ever before 

Where does Indian cricket stand? Stock-taking is a continuous process in sport, especially when a team loses. India didn’t lose a Test in Bangladesh, but had they done so, there might have been significant changes before the next Test, against Australia in Nagpur in February.Just as newcomers deserve a chance to succeed, old-timers deserve a chance to fail. India might be approaching a generational shift in their batting even if some of the seniors are younger than when previous generations called it a day.The 2-0 series win might have helped cover up weaknesses in the team — remember this was India without Jasprit Bumrah and Ravindra Jadeja. A defeat might have brought in changes the selectors are too timid to try.No magic formulaThere is no magic formula to decide whether a player is ...
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If Rohit Sharma comes in for Australia series, KL Rahul has to go without a doubt: Wasim Jaffer | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Under-fire KL Rahul, who had a horrible run in the two-Test series against Bangladesh, will be dropped for the upcoming India vs Australia series, feels former India opener Wasim Jaffer.The stand-in skipper Rahul had scores of 22, 23, 10, and 2 in the four innings against Bangladesh, averaging a mere 17.13.Jaffer believes Rahul will be dropped from the playing XI if injured Rohit Sharma is fit and returns for the four-Test series against Australia in February-Match next year."KL Rahul has to go without a doubt, in my opinion. He had a pretty ordinary series as a batsman. If Rohit Sharma comes in, KL has to make a way," Jaffer said while speaking on ESPNCricinfo.Jaffer also questioned KL Rahul and Shubman Gill's defensive strategy while chasing a small target of 145, saying th...
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India need just one set batter to win second Test, says confident Mohammed Siraj | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Pacer Mohammed Siraj is confident about India winning the second Test against Bangladesh and said on Saturday that there is nothing to worry about as one set batter can take the visitors to victory.Visitors India found themselves in a spot of bother after they were reduced to 45 for four at stumps on Day 3 in a tricky chase of 145. As many as 14 wickets fell on an engaging third day's play in Mirpur. "I feel we shouldn't think too much now because we have lost just four wickets. We need around 80 (100) or so. We need just one batter to get set, Axar is showing the right intent," Siraj said during the press conference.At stumps, Axar Patel (26) and Jaydev Unadkat (3) were at the crease with India still needing another 100 runs."Yes, we lost two extra wickets but Axar is set, h...
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Good preparation for Indian batters ahead of Australia series at home: Vikram Rathour | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Batting coach Vikram Rathour reckons the ongoing Test series against Bangladesh provides the Indian batters the perfect preparation for the high-profile Border-Gavaskar Trophy against Australia at home. India thrashed Bangladesh by 188 runs in the first Test on a rank turner in Chattogram to lead the two-match series 1-0 and the Indian pitches are also expected to provide support to spinners.India's next assignment in Test cricket will be against World Test Championships topper Australia. The four-match series to begin in Nagpur on February 9. "You expect wickets to turn in the sub-continent, and after this we will be playing an important series against Australia where wickets are expected to turn," Rathour said on the eve of the second and final Test here."So it's good pract...
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2nd Test: India to go for the kill against Bangladesh as WTC battle heats up | Cricket News – Times of India

MIRPUR: Stand-in skipper KL Rahul would be eager to overcome his lean patch as India are expected go for the kill in the second Test against Bangladesh, beginning here on Thursday, to strengthen their position in the World Test Championship.The race for the top-two spots in the WTC standings has become more interesting with India (55.77 PCT) moving up to the second position following South Africa's (54.55 PCT) heavy loss to Australia (76.92 PCT) in two-day Gabba Test.The upcoming home series against Australia will be decisive in India's bid for a second straight WTC final but they also can't afford any slip-ups against Bangladesh, who showed plenty of fight in the first Test after a poor first innings with the bat.With regular skipper Rohit Sharma yet to recover from his thumb injury, n...
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India vs Bangladesh 2nd Test: Cheteshwar Pujara set to go past Don Bradman | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India's Test batting icon Cheteshwar Pujara played a magnificent role in the opening Test match against Bangladesh which India won by a huge margin of 188 runs. Pujara missed out on a century in the first innings and departed for 90 but the star batter left that disappointment behind soon and reached the triple-figure mark in the second innings. The right-hander notched up his 19th Test century, scoring 102 off 130 balls at a strike rate of 78.46. This was his fastest century in Tests.With 19 centuries, Pujara has joined the greats like Ross Taylor (New Zealand), Gordon Greenidge (West Indies), Clive Lloyd (West Indies), and Mike Hussey (Australia). With India, who are 1-up in the two-match series, slated to take on Bangladesh in the second Test from Thursday (December 22), P...
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India vs Bangladesh 1st Test: We had to really work hard for this win, says KL Rahul | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Though India registered a comprehensive 188-run win against Bangladesh in the first Test of the two-match series at Chattogram on Sunday, captain KL Rahul admitted that his team was made to really work hard for the victory. India wrapped up the match inside one hour in the morning session, with four wickets needed on the final day, bowling out the hosts for 324 to take a 1-0 lead in the series. AS IT HAPPENEDBangladesh had offered dogged resistance on the fourth day morning session on Saturday with Zakir Hasan (100) hitting a patient century, while Najmul Hossain Shanto (67) scoring a fifty. "Hard fought Test match and we had to really work hard for this win. Really happy we did that," Rahul, who registered his first Test win as skipper, said at the post-match presentation. "...
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IND vs BAN 1st Test: India crush Bangladesh by 188 runs, take 1-0 lead in two-match series | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Kuldeep Yadav scalped eight wickets as India cruised to a resounding 188-run win against Bangladesh at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram on Sunday, just 50 minutes into the final day's play. With this win, India have taken a 1-0 lead in the two-match series. WHAT. A. WIN! 👏👏#TeamIndia put on an impressive show to win the first #BANvIND Test by 188 runs 🙌🙌Scorecard ▶️… https://t.co/rrGUeCVlkD— BCCI (@BCCI) 1671338006000India needed four Bangladesh wickets at the start of day five to seal a win and KL Rahul's men wrapped it up in a flash. This was Rahul's first Test win as India captain. He is the stand-in skipper in place of the injured Rohit Sharma. Kuldeep, who claimed five wickets in the first innings, returned a match-haul of 8/113 -- his best in Tests. The C...
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Gill and Pujara’s hundreds help India set a mammoth 513-run target for Bangladesh

Opening the account: Gill made the most of the opportunity to notch up his maiden Test hundred.  | Photo Credit: AP India buried Bangladesh under a mountain of runs on day three of the first Test at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium here, leaving the hosts to chase a mammoth 513 — 95 more than the existing world record — for victory. On Friday morning, after excising the Bangladesh tail for the addition of just 17 runs to its overnight score, K.L. Rahul didn’t enforce the follow-on and chose to build on the 254-run first-innings lead. Though he fell for another score in the 20s (23, 62b, 3x4), Shubman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara made full use of the opportunity. Aggressive approach: Pujara notched up his 19th ton, his fastest ever. | Photo Credit: AFP Gill scored his maiden Test cen...
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IND vs BAN 1st Test: Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara tons put India on top against Bangladesh on Day 3 in Chattogram | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Young batsman Shubman Gill and his experienced partner Cheteshwar Pujara slammed centuries as India held a firm grip on the opening Test of the two-match series against Bangladesh on Friday. Riding on Shubman's maiden Test century and Pujara's 19th ton, India declared their second innings at 258/2, setting a mammoth 513-run target before Bangladesh. The hosts, who were skittled out for a paltry 150 in their first innings, were 42/0 at stumps on Day 3, with Najmul Hossain Shanto (25*) and Zakir Hasan (17*) at the crease. Bangladesh will have a mountain to climb on Day 4 as they still need 471 runs to win the opening Test. As it happened | ScorecardThe emotions were high for Pujara as he brought up his century off just 130 balls at a strike rate of 78.46. This was Pujara's fast...
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Cheteshwar Pujara breaks century drought, smashes his fastest Test hundred ever | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Cheteshwar Pujara provided a new life to his dwindling Test career by breaking the century drought on the third day of the first Test against Bangladesh on Friday in Chattogram. Pujara, who scored his last Test hundred in January 2019 against Australia in Sydney, brought up his 19th century off just 130 balls. It was also Pujara's fastest Test century in his 97-match career. The right-handed Pujara shifted the gears after scoring his half-century off 87 balls as his next fifty came from just 43 balls. He missed out on the three figure mark in the first innings, but gets there in style in the second innings.A bril… https://t.co/rXKNIuz56q— BCCI (@BCCI) 1671184157000After making 90 in India's first-innings 404, Pujara was unbeaten on 102 having smashed 13 fours with former skip...
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Ban vs Ind First Test, Day 2 | India 348-7 at lunch against Bangladesh

Ravichandran Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav score runs during the second day of the first test cricket match between Bangladesh and India in Chattogram, Bangladesh on December 15, 2022. | Photo Credit: AP India were 348 for seven at lunch on the second day of the opening Test against Bangladesh here on Thursday.R Ashwin made 40 not out to drive India ahead after overnight batter Shreyas Iyer was dismissed for 86 in the morning session. At the break, Ashwin and Kuldeep Yadav (21) were at the crease.After India resumed at 278-6 after winning the toss Wednesday, Ashwin started in aggressive fashion, hitting Mehidy Hasan for a six over long on as India appeared to be in control.Bangladesh made matters worse by dropping Iyer on 85 — for the third time in the game. He top-edged a short delivery of...
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We are happy with how the scoreboard looks: Pujara

Cheteshwar Pujara celebrates his half-century. | Photo Credit: AP Ever the team-man, Cheteshwar Pujara stated that missing out on a well-deserved century mattered little in the overall context of the match. “The way I was batting, I am really happy,” Pujara said after the day’s end. “It’s not an easy pitch. Sometimes we focus a lot on the three-figure marks, but here we needed those runs and the partnership was important. It was a good ball that got me. “Every ball was not turning and that is a more dangerous situation. It was a nice challenge to have. You can’t relax on this pitch and, at the same time, the loose ball had to be punished because you can’t bat time.” Pujara felt that 350 would be a good total. “We are happy with how the scoreboard looks,” he said. “We have ...
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Pujara and Shreyas revive Indian innings with a crucial partnership

Saviour: Pujara pulled India out of the woods with a solid knock.  | Photo Credit: AFP A middle-order rescue act led by Cheteshwar Pujara (90, 203b, 11x4) and Shreyas Iyer (82 batting, 169b, 10x4) carried India to a respectable 278 for six at stumps on day one of the first Test against Bangladesh at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium here. The hosts could have gone into the second day with significant tailwind if wicketkeeper Nurul Hasan had not grassed a low catch off Pujara when on 12 and Ebadot Hossain had not made a mess of a sitter at deep mid-wicket off Shreyas when on 67. Ebadot’s misery was compounded when he breached Shreyas’s defence and got the ball to kiss the off-stump only for the bails to budge but not fall. Much of the day’s cricket was slow burn. Perhaps it ...
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‘It is not an easy pitch to bat on’: Cheteshwar Pujara after missing out on his 19th Test hundred | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India's batting mainstay in the longest format of the game, Cheteshwar Pujara reckoned the Chattogram pitch a ‘difficult track’ after missing out on his 19th Test hundred on Day 1 of the first Test against Bangladesh on Wednesday. However, Pujara, who added 149 runs for the fifth wicket with Shreyas Iyer (82 batting) before India lost the dependable No. 3, doesn't regret about missing the ton and would happily take his 90-run knock on a tough pitch which he says will get worse with the time. All-rounder Axar Patel fell on the last ball of the opening day as India ended the day on 278 for 6. "It is not an easy pitch to bat on so I am really happy with the way I batted today. Sometimes more than three figures, you look at trying to put the team in a winning situation," Pujara s...
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Watch: Shreyas Iyer’s lucky escape that leaves players in splits | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The first day of the first Test between India and Bangladesh probably witnessed the rarest of the rare incident when Shreyas Iyer remained intact on the crease despite being bowled by Ebadot Hossain's delivery. In order to get the batsman dismissed, you need to have bails come off the groove but what happened in the 84th over of the Indian innings left players, commentators and crowds in splits and everyone was seen in disbelief. An incredible sequence of play in the #BANvIND Test match as @ShreyasIyer15 is bowled by Ebadot Hossain but the 𝗯𝗮𝗶… https://t.co/MGxizieANS— Sony Sports Network (@SonySportsNetwk) 1671015208000Iyer was caught by Ebadot Hossain's nip-backer that hit the stumps but the bails did not come off giving Indian batter a lucky escape towards the end of the d...
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India vs Bangladesh 1st Test: Cheteshwar Pujara, Shreyas Iyer take India to 278/6 on Day 1 in Chattogram | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Cheteshwar Pujara (90) missed out on a century, while Shreyas Iyer remained unbeaten on 82 as India fought back after early blows and ended the opening day of the 1st Test at 278/6 against Bangladesh at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium in Chattogram. India lost Axar Patel on the last ball of the day. Mehidy Hasan Miraz trapped Axar lbw for 14 runs. Pujara and Iyer shared a 149-run partnership to reach a respectable total on the opening day. For Bangladesh, Taijul Islam (3/84) was the most successful bowler. Apart from Taijul, Mehidy Hasan Miraz claimed two wickets and Khaled Ahmed one. The two-match series forms part of the ICC World Test Championship. India are fourth, having won six of their 12 matches. Bangladesh are in last place with eight defeats from 10 matches. India...
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Injury-hit India chase vital Test points against Bangladesh | Cricket News – Times of India

CHITTAGONG: India face Bangladesh in the first of two Tests from Wednesday hoping to bulldoze the hosts for some much-needed ICC Championship points and preserve their unbeaten record against them. The visitors however have injury woes with captain Rohit Sharma out for at least the first match in Chittagong and fast bowler Mohammed Shami and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja playing no part in the series. Bangladesh will also be buoyed after winning the one-day series 2-1 in a further demonstration of India's white-ball frailties ahead of hosting next year's 50-over World Cup. The Two Captains - @klrahul & Shakib Al Hasan pose with the silverware ahead of the two-match Test series.#BANvIND https://t.co/IlcH39MncZ— BCCI (@BCCI) 1670832961000The five-day games form part of the ICC World Tes...
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India batter Cheteshwar Pujara receives his 2017 Arjuna Award trophy | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India batter Cheteshwar Pujara has been presented with the prestigious Arjuna award five years after he was recommended for the honour. Pujara could not attend the awards ceremony back in 2017 due to his cricketing commitments. On Saturday, he finally got his hands on the trophy at a handover ceremony here. "Thankful to @IndiaSports @BCCI and @ianuragthakur to organise and handover the Arjuna Award belatedly, which I could not collect the year it was awarded to me due to my cricket commitments. Honoured and grateful," he tweeted after getting the award from Sports Minister Anurag Thakur. Thankful to @IndiaSports, @BCCI and @ianuragthakur to organise and handover the Arjuna Award belatedly, which I cou… https://t.co/IbLqSYZVhO— Cheteshwar Pujara (@cheteshwar1) 1668870628000Puj...