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One of the most special knocks but my best was at Lord’s: Ajinkya Rahane on his century at MCG
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One of the most special knocks but my best was at Lord’s: Ajinkya Rahane on his century at MCG

Ajinkya Rahane played a captain’s knock during the second Test match against Australia. India looked in a spot of bother at the Melbourne Cricket Ground as they lost their top three batsmen cheaply on Day 2. Hanuma Vihari stuck around for a handy knock but he could not play for long. The burden fell on Rahane to steer India through to a first innings lead. And he did exactly that as when India needed someone to play a big innings, Rahane stepped up and scored century.In his innings of 112 runs, Rahane was extremely cautious at the start but after Tea on Day 2, he got into his groove and started scoring runs freely. His partnership with Ravindra Jadeja provided the platform for India to take a sizable lead in the second Test. It was one of his special knocks in Test cricke...
‘It has that fine line where I back myself and not become overconfident’: Hardik Pandya explains how he plans a successful run-chase
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‘It has that fine line where I back myself and not become overconfident’: Hardik Pandya explains how he plans a successful run-chase

Hero of India’s second T20I, Hardik Pandya has revealed how he dissected India’s stiff chase of 195 to win the match for his team by six wickets. Pandya hit an unbeaten 42 off 22 balls with three fours and two sixes and knocked off the total with India requiring 25 off the final two overs. The knock promises to improve Pandya’s reputation as a batsman, that was already on an upward curve following knocks of 90 and 92 not out in the ODI.But his epic chase on Sunday is a true testament of Pandya’s pure batting skills. Looking back at his innings, Pandya explained how he approached the chase, saying he’s learned from his mistakes in the past. Pandya has played such knocks many times for his IPL franchise Mumbai Indians, highlighting his focus is to break the equation in a cha...
‘Even if he gets out hitting, it does not matter’: Aakash Chopra not happy with the ‘my way or highway’ attitude of Prithvi Shaw
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‘Even if he gets out hitting, it does not matter’: Aakash Chopra not happy with the ‘my way or highway’ attitude of Prithvi Shaw

Delhi Capitals had a lot of positives this season. The perennial underperformers of the Indian Premier League rebooted their franchise last year and started exceeding expectations. They have been one of the most consistent teams in the IPL for the past two seasons. In 2020, DC reached the final of the tournament but lost out to five-time champions Mumbai Indians. A lot of players performed incredibly well while some underwhelmed.In the category of underwhelming performers comes young opener Prithvi Shaw. The 21-year-old started the season on a positive note as he hit a fifty against Kolkata Knight Riders while striking 42 runs against RCB in the following match. But it did not go down as planned for the batsman as he failed to get going in the following matches.He was crit...
‘He has a lot of ability’: Harbhajan backs 23-year-old wicket-keeper batsman to make a comeback
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‘He has a lot of ability’: Harbhajan backs 23-year-old wicket-keeper batsman to make a comeback

The wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant was viewed as the ideal replacement for Mahendra Singh Dhoni after the former India captain started showing signs of slowing down. Pant was not only a skilled keeper, but also was a heavy-hitting batsman like Dhoni and was seen as someone who could replace him down the batting-order.But things have turned sour for the Delhi keeper over the past couple of years. The performance has dipped and the left-handed batsman has seen himself being dropped from the limited-overs squad.Pant also had an insipid IPL in the UAE where he scored 343 runs in 14 games at an average of 31.18 and a strike rate of 113.35. He only scored a solitary fifty in the final against Mumbai Indians but it was not enough to win DC their first IPL title.READ| ‘Imagine ...
What is the minimum age to play international cricket?
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What is the minimum age to play international cricket?

The International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced that they have introduced a minimum age policy in international cricket. Players will now have to be at least 15 years old to play international cricket, ICC has said. However, as announced by the world body, countries still have the option to field a player younger than 15 years old. In exceptional circumstances, boards could apply to ICC to allow a player under the age of 15 to play for the respective country.READ| Bumrah, Shami good but we too have Starc, Hazlewood and Cummins: Australia keeper Alex Carey“The Board confirmed the introduction of minimum age restrictions for international cricket to improve safeguarding of players which will apply across all cricket including ICC events, bilateral cricket and U19 crick...
India vs Australia: Playing with pink kookaburra in Australia will be different than facing Bangladesh at home, says Cheteshwar Pujara
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India vs Australia: Playing with pink kookaburra in Australia will be different than facing Bangladesh at home, says Cheteshwar Pujara

India have already reached Australia and are training hard at the nets ahead of the first ODI which takes place on November 27th in Adelaide. Cheteshwar Pujara is not part of the limited-overs squad, but he will be a key player in the upcoming Test series. Pujara already has his eyes set on the challenge of facing Australia in the pink-ball Test in Adelaide. The opening Test in Adelaide will be a Day-Night game and batting against the pink kookaburra during the twilight session will not be an easy task, Pujara told news agency PTI.READ | ‘Sachin created 100 per cent impact on game’: Former Pakistan pacer Aaqib Javed explains why Tendulkar held ‘numero uno’ spot India have so far only played one day-night Test against Bangladesh last year at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. The Vir...
‘I cannot include David Warner’: Irfan Pathan names his IPL 2020 team of the season, names surprise pick as captain
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‘I cannot include David Warner’: Irfan Pathan names his IPL 2020 team of the season, names surprise pick as captain

The 13th season of the Indian Premier League saw a lot of impactful performances with players trying to give their best to get their teams to win the title. The likes of KL Rahul, Shikhar Dhawan, David Warner were the usual suspects to star with the bat while in the bowling department, Jasprit Bumrah and Kagiso Rabada fought hard for the Purple Cap. There were some surprise additions also as youngsters like Devdutt Padikkal, Ishan Kishan, and Rahul Tewatia impressed everyone with their performance in IPL 2020.With so many options, it was hard to pick a team of 11 from IPL 2020. Former India all-rounder Irfan Pathan decided to name his team of the tournament. He picked KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan as the openers of the side while leaving out David Warner. Pathan also named S...
‘It’s no dramas for me’: Steve Smith ready for the challenge provided by Indian pacers
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‘It’s no dramas for me’: Steve Smith ready for the challenge provided by Indian pacers

India and Australia are set to renew their rivalry when they face each other in a full-fledged series that will last around 2 months. India will play 3 T20s, 3 ODI’s and 4 Tests as they look to stamp their authority over their rivals. Last time India toured Australia, they managed to win the Test series for the first time in their history. But two of Australia’s main batsmen were missing from action. David Warner and Steve Smith could not take part in the series as they were facing a one-year ban due to ball tampering.But this year, Smith is ready to face the music. He is looking forward to the competition provided by the Indian pacers. And Smith is not backing down from the challenge. Smith has dared the lethal Indian fast bowling unit to bring on the short stuff in the ...
‘Dhoni may not be the captain next year’: Former India batting coach predicts future skipper of CSK
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‘Dhoni may not be the captain next year’: Former India batting coach predicts future skipper of CSK

It seemed like Indian Premier League 2020 could be the last time we see Mahendra Singh Dhoni in action. He had already announced his retirement from international before the tournament and fans expected that Dhoni could do the same after the 13th season of the IPL. Even though expectations were high, Dhoni did not look in supreme form in the tournament as he could only manage 172 runs at an average of 25. On top of that Chennai Super Kings could not qualify for the IPL playoffs for the first time in their history. So naturally, that was the question on everyone’s mind during CSK’s last game in IPL 2020. “Could this be your last game in yellow?” commentator Danny Morrison asked Dhoni at the toss of the Kings XI Punjab game. READ | ‘Rs 10 crore cheerleader proved costly for ...
‘You could count on him’: Devdutt Padikkal reveals former India opener is his cricket idol
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‘You could count on him’: Devdutt Padikkal reveals former India opener is his cricket idol

Royal Challengers Bangalore were one of the most impressive teams initially during the 13th season of the Indian Premier League. They looked like a side reborn and were playing with purpose. After 10 games in the league, RCB had already won seven and looked like a surety for the playoffs. They had a big drop in form during the business end as they lost their last four matches to narrowly qualify for the playoffs. They managed to get into the last four but lost the eliminator to Sunrisers Hyderabad. But one of the big positives that emerged out of the league for RCB was the determination displayed by opener Devdutt Paddikal. He was a star performer for the team as he top-scored for them in IPL 2020.READ | ‘We were a bit top-heavy,’ Jos Buttler explains how Rajasthan Royals ...
India vs Australia: Indian cricket team reach Sydney, Kohli to get rugby legend’s suite during quarantine
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India vs Australia: Indian cricket team reach Sydney, Kohli to get rugby legend’s suite during quarantine

After leaving the United Arab Emirates, the Indian cricket team has reached Australia to start their preparations for a much-anticipated series between the two nations. India will play three T20s, 3 ODIs and four Tests in their two month stay in Australia. Even though the first T20 will be played on November 27, the Indian squad led by skipper Virat Kohli reached early as they will now begin a 14-day quarantine-cum-training period on the outskirts of Sydney.The Indian contingent along with Australian stars such as David Warner, Steve Smith, Pat Cummins arrived late in the afternoon and were whisked away to the Sydney Olympic Park.With New South Wales government allowing the Indian team to train during the two-week quarantine period, their sessions will conducted at the Bla...
IPL 2020 saw record-breaking increase in viewership
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IPL 2020 saw record-breaking increase in viewership

When the Indian Premier League was postponed in March due to the novel coronavirus pandemic, fans thought they would miss their favourite cricketing stars in action for a long period. They also wondered if the league would happen at all due to the circumstances created due to the Covid-19 pandemic. But IPL returned and it returned with a bang. From September 19 till November, IPL enthralled the fans with non-stop action which involved cliffhanger matches, splendid bowling spells, and spectacular batting.In a world that was dominated by negative news surrounding the deadly virus, IPL came as a relief. And it proved in the ratings also. The just-concluded 13th season of the IPL saw a record-breaking 28 percent increase in viewership compared to the last edition.READ | ‘He sa...
The genius of the Mumbai Indians blueprint
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The genius of the Mumbai Indians blueprint

Ever wondered why blueprints, those documents that form the basis of the almost every structure we inhabit, are blue?If you’re a chem nerd, you might point out that it’s because original tracing paper designs, when laid on special paper, exposed to the sun, and developed in a chemical bath, reacted to form a blue dye except where the design blocked the light, leaving white lines on blue paper. If you’re an IPL nut with a sense of humour, you might say that blueprints are blue because the Mumbai Indians are so good at them.Mumbai Indians have taken the city’s famously ‘khadoos’ attitude from the field to the boardrooms, making some canny, calculated calls. This is a team whose design was traced with painstaking precision and ingenuity at the auction table. It’s a blueprint ...
IPL 2020: ‘Playing his first IPL, Padikkal’s impact has been bigger than Bumrah and Pandya,’ GK Anil Kumar lauds promising youngster
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IPL 2020: ‘Playing his first IPL, Padikkal’s impact has been bigger than Bumrah and Pandya,’ GK Anil Kumar lauds promising youngster

Few know Devdutt Padikkal better than GK Anil Kumar, the veteran coach from Karnataka, who’s helped shape the future of many a bright and promising young cricketer. GK, as he’s fondly called, is the man responsible for giving Indian cricket some of the finest players. KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, Karun Nair are some of the cricketers whose career Anil Kumar has nurtured as coach of Karnataka’s Under-19 team.Hence, trust him to be the right man to weigh in regarding Padikkal, Indian cricket’s newest sensation. In an IPL year that saw the rise of several youngsters, Padikkal stood out head and shoulders above the rest, including all-rounder Rahul Tewatia and fast bowler T Natarajan. Padikkal became only the second player in the history of the IPL to rack up over 400 runs in his...
IPL 2020, Qualifier 2, DC vs SRH Preview: Struggling Delhi Capitals eye maiden final, but resilient Sunrisers Hyderabad stand in the way
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IPL 2020, Qualifier 2, DC vs SRH Preview: Struggling Delhi Capitals eye maiden final, but resilient Sunrisers Hyderabad stand in the way

The penultimate match of the Indian Premier League 2020 will pit two teams on the back of contrasting forms. Sunrisers Hyderabad have been on a four-match winning streak, while the Delhi Capitals find themselves in the middle of a pretty bad slump. There is so much to distinguish between the current DC side and the one that began the tournament. IPL 2020 Playoffs Live UpdatesFrom winning the six games out of their first eight to losing five out of their last six, the Capitals have over the last couple of weeks done nothing but hurt their chances, and with a place in the final up for grabs, the clock is ticking.READ | SRH’s predicted XI vs DC: One change in top-order can lead SRH to finaleThe Capitals need to find a solution to the one thing that is their core – and that is...
Virat Kohli may be available for only first two Test matches against Australia: Report
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Virat Kohli may be available for only first two Test matches against Australia: Report

Team India’s first piece of action in the post Covid world is going to be the tour of Australia. BCCI has announced the squad for the tour with Virat Kohli leading the line for the team. But it has been reported that Kohli might miss the last two Test matches against Australia. It has been said that the Indian skipper could skip the last two Tests due to the birth of his first child. Kohli along with his wife Anushka Sharma announced pregnancy in August. She is due to give birth in early January.An official word on the skipper’s itinerary is not yet out but a BCCI source told PTI that Kohli can be expected to take paternity leave after the first two Tests of the series starting December 17. Rahane is likely to lead the Indian team if Kohli decides to take a paternity leave...
IPL 2020, RCB vs SRH: ‘He is our banker,’ David Warner ‘running out of superlatives’ for SRH batsman
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IPL 2020, RCB vs SRH: ‘He is our banker,’ David Warner ‘running out of superlatives’ for SRH batsman

Sunrisers Hyderabad continued their winning run on Friday as they overcame a stiff challenge from Royal Challengers Bangalore to make it to the Qualifier 2 of the IPL 2020. SRH looked to out of the competition after their defeat to Kings XI Punjab but they have since turned around their season with three emphatic victories. After defeating RCB by 6 wickets, SRH will now play Delhi Capitals on Sunday for a chance to play Mumbai Indians for the title.It wasn’t an easy run-chase for SRH at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium. Although they needed just 132 runs, SRH found it difficult in the middle. But Kane Williamson came to their rescue in the crucial stage as he slammed an unbeaten fifty to ease SRH nerves and take them to the virtual semi-finals. SRH were reeling at 67/4 in their ru...
IPL 2020: ‘Finishers like him are rare,’ Tom Moody names an Indian player ‘you’d pick everyday of the week’
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IPL 2020: ‘Finishers like him are rare,’ Tom Moody names an Indian player ‘you’d pick everyday of the week’

When the word finisher is mentioned, the one MS Dhoni always comes to mind. However, following the international retirement of the former India captain and the fact that he doesn’t have too many IPL seasons left in him either, India remains on the hunt to find its next finisher.However, Tom Moody lavished praise on Mumbai Indians all-rounder Hardik Pandya, believing that finishers like him are rare. Moody’s comments come after Pandya struck a cameo of 27 off 14 balls against Delhi Capitals in Qualifier 1 of the IPL 2020. His knock did not include a single four, but he did in fact clear the boundary five times. Eventually, his knock along with Ishan Kishan’s half-century propelled MI to 200/5 a total which did not look likely at the end of the 15-over mark.READ | ‘8 years i...
‘He can never be MS Dhoni’: Gautam Gambhir feels Rishabh Pant ‘has a lot to improve’
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‘He can never be MS Dhoni’: Gautam Gambhir feels Rishabh Pant ‘has a lot to improve’

MS Dhoni has retired from international cricket and Team India is in search to find their next wicket-keeper batsman to represent the country. Dhoni has been one of the best cricketers India have produced with numerous records to his name. On top of that, Dhoni has been a champion captain with 2 world titles to his name. So replacing Mahendra Singh Dhoni would be a difficult task for any individual. However, that responsibility was put on a young wicketkeeper-batsman from Delhi. Rishabh Pant burst onto the scene with spectacular performances in the Indian Premier League. He was fast-tracked into the Indian team and even justified his selection with impressive displays in Indian and Australian conditions. READ | ‘He chose to let the moment pass,’ Aakash Chopra explains how ...
IPL 2020: ‘That wasn’t my strength initially,’ Ishan Kishan explains how Rahul Dravid’s advice has helped him in UAE
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IPL 2020: ‘That wasn’t my strength initially,’ Ishan Kishan explains how Rahul Dravid’s advice has helped him in UAE

There are more than a few reasons why Rahul Dravid is regarded as a legend of Indian cricket. Not only was Dravid a sensational batsman, and was deemed as ‘The Wall’ of Indian cricket, he also went on to become a successful captain for the team.Now, several years after his retirement, Dravid has taken the job of grooming youngsters as he has taken coaching roles with the U-19 team and India A team, which has allowed him to develop young talent.READ| ‘We are not playing in 70s, 80s’: Tom Moody believes Rishabh Pant struggled this season ‘because of how he arrived at the IPL’One such talent is Ishan Kishan, who smashed a blistering knock of 74* in 47 balls to help Mumbai Indians chase down 111 against Delhi Capitals on Saturday. After the win, Ishan Kishan recalled the advic...