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INDWvENGW: Shafali Verma leads India fightback after England enforce follow-on
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INDWvENGW: Shafali Verma leads India fightback after England enforce follow-on

Shafali Verma continued to amaze the cricketing world with her audacious strokeplay as she became only the fourth player in the history of women’s Tests to two half centuries on debut, taking India to 83 for 1 at stumps on the third day of the one-off Test against England. The teenage prodigy was batting on 55 not out off 68 balls in the Indian second innings when the day’s play ended after the third session was washed out by rains. Rain plays spoilsport as the final session in Bristol is washed out 🙁 India will start day four on 83/1, with Shafali Verma and Deepti Sharma at the crease. #ENGvIND | https://t.co/S6aaY05DMD pic.twitter.com/1sx1aZhgWx — ICC (@ICC) June 18, 2021 Another debutant Deepti Sharma, who was promoted to number 3 after her resolute 29 not out in the fi...
Against New Zealand, one needs to keep things simple: Rohit Sharma
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Against New Zealand, one needs to keep things simple: Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma believes that keeping things “simple and realistic” against a quality side like New Zealand should be the way to go for the Indian team in the World Test Championship final, the opening day of which has already been affected by a heavy downpour. Rohit, who will be opening for the first time in England, is also confident of tackling the New Zealand attack, having faced it enough in the shorter formats. “I have played those guys and know about their strengths and weaknesses. It will all boil down to what the conditions are, what sort of situation the team is in, whether we are batting first or second,” Rohit told broadcasters ‘Star Sports’. The marquee game’s opening session was rained out here on Friday. “All that will count and it’s important not to overthink. ...
WTC Final 2021: Rain Plays Spoilsport, No Play In First Session Of Day 1
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WTC Final 2021: Rain Plays Spoilsport, No Play In First Session Of Day 1

The final match of the World Test Championship between India and New Zealand will be played from June 18 to June 22 at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton.The World Test Championship Final which was delayed since 2013 is finally happening in 2021 but under the threat of rainfall. It is pouring down heavily at Southampton. The first session on Day 1 has been washed out due to rain.If the entire day gets washed out, we have a reserve day - June 23 - and remember in case of a tie or draw, the Test Championship mace will be shared by India and New Zealand.From India's point of view, Virat Kohli's batting form is very important in the Ind vs NZ WTC final.  Virat had scored many runs, the last time he visited England, so the team will have high hopes from skipper in the WTC fina...
WTC Final: Ideal to bat first in seaming conditions, says Sourav Ganguly
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WTC Final: Ideal to bat first in seaming conditions, says Sourav Ganguly

Up against the “best New Zealand” side of the past 35 years, India should opt to bat first even if the conditions are overcast as that is what has worked best for the side during overseas tours, feels BCCI President and former captain Sourav Ganguly. The decorated former batsman is hopeful that Virat Kohli’s men will bring the World Test Championship trophy home but it won’t be easy considering the quality and depth of the Kane Williamson-led Blackcaps. “If you dig into the record books and see India’s best overseas performances (save 2021 Australia), we have always won matches when we have batted first. It’s about a choice whether you want to face the pressure first up in adverse conditions or wait for the fourth innings,” Ganguly told ‘Aaj Tak’. “Look at Leeds in 2002 or ...
Ankeet Chavan can play again after spot-fixing ban reduced to 7 years by BCCI
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Ankeet Chavan can play again after spot-fixing ban reduced to 7 years by BCCI

Ankeet Chavan, one of the three Rajasthan Royals players who was banned for life for spot-fixing in 2013, can now resume competitive cricket. The Indian cricket board reduced the 35-year old Mumbai left-arm spinner’s ban to seven years. Chavan intends to write a letter to Mumbai Cricket Association seeking permission to allow him to resume local cricket. “I want to play cricket again, I want to go back to the ground and start playing. I still feel I have it in me to make a comeback. Being a spinning all-rounder I have kept myself fit. It was a very, very tough time for me. It was the most difficult phase of my life. My home is near Shivaji Park and still I couldn’t play. Imagine a situation like this for a cricketer. I’m really eager and excited and looking forward to play ...
India’s WTC triumph can do Test cricket what T20 World Cup did in 2007: Cheteshwar Pujara
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India’s WTC triumph can do Test cricket what T20 World Cup did in 2007: Cheteshwar Pujara

If India goes on to win the inaugural World Test Championship title, it could prove to be the watershed moment for the revival of the longest format just like the 2007 World T20 triumph did for the popularity of the shortest format, feels Cheteshwar Pujara. One of the shining products of traditional format, Pujara made no bones in admitting that playing the WTC final against New Zealand is a “big deal” for him even though he would try to treat it as another game of cricket. “Yes of course, I think Test cricket needs to survive and with this WTC Final, it will definitely help,” Pujara said during the virtual media conference on Tuesday when asked about the epic World T20 victory of Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men in South Africa back in 2007. “If we win, more young players in Ind...
Took advice of other cricketers to prepare for Test against England: Mithali Raj
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Took advice of other cricketers to prepare for Test against England: Mithali Raj

India women’s team captain Mithali Raj on Tuesday said she took advice of other cricketers to better prepare for the longest format ahead of the one-off Test against England starting on Wednesday. Test matches in the women’s game are few and far between the world over and the 38-year-old Mithali has played just 10 longest format matches in a career of 12 years so far. She last played a Test in 2014. “I have played lesser Tests than ODI and T20, I would have liked more Test matches. I wouldn’t really get down to thinking whether my game is evolved in this format, but the preparation has been very similar,” Raj said at the match-eve virtual press conference. “And probably talking to many other cricketers, trying to get how they prepare for the longer format has helped me to p...
India squad for WTC final: Umesh pips Shardul, no Mayank, Washington
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India squad for WTC final: Umesh pips Shardul, no Mayank, Washington

Veteran speedster Umesh Yadav pipped Brisbane Test hero Shardul Thakur as the 15th member of the Indian squad that will take on New Zealand in the World Test Championship final starting here on June 18. Umesh, along with Mohammed Shami, and Hanuma Vihari all of whom got injured during the Australia tour, were back in the 15 that needed to be announced as per ICC squad protocol. Apart from Shardul, the notable names to miss out were Mayank Agarwal, and Washington Sundar, who were in the playing XI for the Test match against Australia. England series hero Axar Patel also missed out. The other big player to have missed out in the final squad is senior batsman KL Rahul, who was in fact Virat Kohli’s opposition captain in the team’s intra-squad practice game. Rahul seemed in goo...
Rahul Dravid will be the coach for Sri Lanka tour: Sourav Ganguly
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Rahul Dravid will be the coach for Sri Lanka tour: Sourav Ganguly

Rahul Dravid will coach the Indian cricket team for the short Sri Lanka series, confirmed Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly. “Rahul Dravid will be the coach for the India tour to Sri Lanka,” Ganguly told The Indian Express. The Indian squad for the Sri Lanka tour on Monday started their 14-days institutional quarantine in Mumbai. Dravid has been coaching the India under-19 and India A teams for the past few years and developing India’s bench strength. Though it seems almost certain that UAE will host the IPL in September, Ganguly said the board has written to Indian government for tax exemption and that the decision on whether to host it in India or UAE will be taken subsequently. “We have written to Indian government on tax exemption. We...
‘ICC looking at same points per Test win from next WTC cycle’
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‘ICC looking at same points per Test win from next WTC cycle’

The much-debated World Test Championship points system is set to undergo a change during the second edition where all teams will get “same standardised number of points” for winning a game rather than the 120 allocated per series, ICC interim CEO Geoff Allardice said on Monday. During the last cycle, the value for each series was 120 points where a two-match India-Bangladesh series had 60 points for a win while a four-match India-Australia Test series had 30 points in store per victory. However, during the last phase with lot of series cancelled, ICC reverted to the percentage points system where a team’s ranking was calculated on the basis points divided by the number of matches played. “We have looked at this at the end of this cycle as well and we have the second cycle s...
World Test Championship winners to get USD 1.6 million and Test Mace: ICC
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World Test Championship winners to get USD 1.6 million and Test Mace: ICC

The winner of the upcoming World Test Championship final between India and New Zealand will walk away with a prize money of USD 1.6 million along with the Test Championship Mace, the International Cricket Council said on Monday. India and New Zealand will battle it out for the prestigious title at Southampton on June 18. “The winners of the much-awaited ICC World Test Championship (WTC) Final between India and New Zealand will take home a purse of $ 1.6 million along with the ICC Test Championship Mace,” an ICC statement read. “The losing team will get USD 800,000 for finishing second in the nine-team competition, which was played over a near two-year cycle, adding context to Test cricket and to crown the first official world champions in the longest format of the game.” Th...
Why New Zealand’s crushing win over England is a warning sign for India
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Why New Zealand’s crushing win over England is a warning sign for India

New Zealand won the Edgbaston Test by a convincing margin of eight wickets to register their first series victory in England since 1999. As a result, the Kiwis jumped to the number one spot in the ICC Test rankings, making the hosts look ordinary. While it’s true that England’s tactics have been all over the place but it’s still a mighty win for the Black Caps and clearly a warning sign for India ahead of the big World Test Championship (WTC) final. New Zealand’s win on the fourth day also means that they will get the much-needed match practice and an extra 1.5 days of rest, before the final on June 18. So what makes Williamson and his men such a dominant side? Let’s have a look: Bowlers & Bench Strength The secret of New Zealand’s success has always been their strong b...
Ravindra Jadeja shines with unbeaten fifty in India’s intra-squad practice match
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Ravindra Jadeja shines with unbeaten fifty in India’s intra-squad practice match

Ravindra Jadeja showed his batting prowess on Sunday as he scored an unbeaten 54 off 76 balls in India’s intra-squad practice match at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. With the ball, Mohammed Siraj impressed with figures of 2/22 on the third day of the four-day practice match ahead of the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand, starting on June 18. .@imjadeja gets to his half-century (54* off 76) as play on Day 3 of the intra-squad match simulation comes to end.@mdsirajofficial is amongst wickets with figures of 2/22.#TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/3tIBTGsD3L — BCCI (@BCCI) June 13, 2021 The BCCI posted a video of the match consisting of multiple snippets, including Jadeja taking on Ishant Sharma and effectively running between the wickets. Earlier, the BCCI ...
Vinoo Mankad among 10 ICC Hall of Fame special inductees ahead of WTC final
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Vinoo Mankad among 10 ICC Hall of Fame special inductees ahead of WTC final

The ICC on Sunday inducted 10 icons of the game, including India’s Vinoo Mankad, into its illustrious Hall of Fame with two players each from five eras, dating back to cricket’s early days, making it to the list. The announcement has been coincided with the inaugural World Test Championship final, to be played between India and New Zealand from June 18 in Southampton. “The finest Indian left-arm spinner ever.” The great Vinoo Mankad is inducted into the #ICCHallOfFame 2021 👏 pic.twitter.com/djFdwu8GS9 — ICC (@ICC) June 13, 2021 “The 10 legends of the game to be inducted have all made a significant contribution to the history of Test cricket, and join an illustrious list of ICC Hall of Famers, taking the total number to 103 as a result of this intake,” the ICC said in a sta...
New Zealand will have advantage in WTC final but India up for challenge: Pujara
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New Zealand will have advantage in WTC final but India up for challenge: Pujara

Batsman Cheteshwar Pujara says New Zealand will have the advantage going into the WTC final after playing a Test series against England but India will utilise the available time to prepare well for the title clash, starting here on June 18. While the Indian squad is training by playing intra-squad matches after completing their quarantine period, New Zealand trumped England 1-0 in a two-match series in the run-up to the World Test Championship final. The Indian players played in the IPL before the T20 league was suspended due to coronavirus. “They will obviously have advantage having played two Test matches before the final but when it comes to final we will give our best and we know that our team has the potential to do well and win the championship,” Pujara told bcci.tv. ...
New Zealand climb to No. 1 in ICC Test rankings before WTC Final versus India
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New Zealand climb to No. 1 in ICC Test rankings before WTC Final versus India

New Zealand dislodged India to become the number one ranked Test team in the world after beating England on Sunday. New Zealand have 123 rating points while India remains at number 2 with 121. Australia, England and Pakistan are the next three on the list. New Zealand will take on India in the inaugural ICC World Test Championship final in Southampton from June 18. Earlier in the day, New Zealand crushed hosts England by eight wickets in the second and final Test on Sunday to seal a 1-0 series win after chasing down a target of 38 runs on the fourth day at Edgbaston. The result meant New Zealand, who thoroughly outplayed the hosts in the match, secured a first Test series win in England since 1999 and only their third overall in the country. New Zealand secure rare away Tes...
It will be when it will be: Jaydev Unadkat on repeated snubs from Indian selectors
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It will be when it will be: Jaydev Unadkat on repeated snubs from Indian selectors

Left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat will not repent over repeated snubs from the Indian cricket team selectors and rather keep playing the game that has given him “so much” with a never say die attitude. After not even finding a place even in the reserves for the UK tour, Unadkat was not picked for a second string India squad for the limited overs tour of Sri Lanka next month. He had taken a record breaking 67 wickets in the 2020 Ranji Trophy season, leading Saurashtra to their maiden triumph. The 29-year-old left-arm pacer took to social media and shared a long post on Saturday night after being ignored for the Sri Lanka series. “I found my passion when I was a kid, inspired by watching all the greats of the game play with all their heart on the field. All these years later, I g...
South Africa beats West Indies by innings in first Test
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South Africa beats West Indies by innings in first Test

South Africa beat the West Indies by an innings and 63 runs on Saturday as the Proteas fast bowlers proved decisive in the first Test. South Africa bowled the West Indies out for 162 in its second innings in an extended first session on the third day, with fast bowler Anrich Nortje fittingly finishing it off when Jayden Seales edged to Wiaan Mulder in the slips. South Africa’s fast men were at the fore straight away as they blew West Indies away for just 97 on the first day in St. Lucia. The Proteas took control from there, with Quinton de Kock’s 141 not out driving South Africa to 322 all out and a big first innings lead. West Indies continued on the third day on 82-4 in its second innings and didn’t make it to lunch, although the break was delayed as South Africa closed i...
Injured Faf du Plessis taken to hospital after nasty on-field collision in Pakistan Super League
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Injured Faf du Plessis taken to hospital after nasty on-field collision in Pakistan Super League

Former South Africa captain Faf du Plessis suffered a nasty collision while playing in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Saturday. Featuring for Quetta Gladiators against Peshawar Zalmi in the 19th match of PSL, du Plessis collided with Pakistan’s Mohammad Hasnain while diving to stop a boundary in the 7th over of Peshawar Zalmi’s innings. Du Plessis’ head hit Hasnain’s knee before the South Africa cricketer fell on the ground. Du Plessis lay on the ground for a few minutes while the Gladiators physio attended to him, but eventually got on his feet to walk back into his team’s dugout. According to media reports in Pakistan, Du Plessis has been shifted to a hospital for further scans. BREAKING – Faf du Plessis has been sent to ...
Faf du Plessis Taken To Hospital For Tests After Colliding With Mohammad Hasnain During PSL 2021 Match
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Faf du Plessis Taken To Hospital For Tests After Colliding With Mohammad Hasnain During PSL 2021 Match

South Africa's legendary cricketer Faf du Plessis got injured on Saturday and had to be taken to the hospital as he suffered a collision with Mohammad Hasnain while trying to stop a boundary during the Pakistan Super League (PSL) 2021 match between Quetta Gladiators and Peshawar Zalmi on Saturday. In the match played at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, Peshawar Zalmi team came out to bat first against Quetta.Faf got injured while fielding on the fourth ball of the seventh over of Peshawar's innings.WATCH: MS Dhoni Races With Pet Pony, Wife Sakshi Shares VideoDavid Miller played a shot in the long-on direction. Faf and Hasnain ran towards the ball to complete the catch but Du Plessis's head hit Hasnain's knee and the concussed South African then fell on the grou...