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Rishabh Pant to lead India against South Africa | Cricket News – Times of India

Rahul injures groin on eve of T20I seriesNEW DELHI: Rishabh Pant's journey in international cricket has been as unpredictable as his batting. He has zoomed through the ranks forever copping criticism for his flamboyant game. Even as doubts over his consistency continue, Pant became India's second youngest T20I captain as KL Rahul was ruled out of the T20I series against South Africa due to a groin injury on Wednesday. A carefree and happy-go-lucky man on the face of it, Pant wore an intense look during the optional training at the Ferozeshah Kotla on Wednesday, a day before the first T20I against South Africa. Juggling duties with match officials and his wicket-keeping drills under the scorching sun, Pant was getting ready for his big day. As he walked off the ground and headed for the ...
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As a coach, Rahul Dravid will do a remarkable job: Sourav Ganguly | Cricket News – Times of India

KOLKATA: BCCI president Sourav Ganguly is confident that Rahul Dravid will achieve success as a coach too. Ganguly himself played an active role in selecting Dravid as the India coach after the tenure of Ravi Shastri got over. Sharing the same dressing room since age group cricket, Ganguly feels Dravid has remained the same person over the years. "He is as intense, as meticulous and as professional as he was during his playing days," Ganguly said on the sidelines of a promotional event in the city on Saturday. "The only difference is that now he does not have to bat at No. 3 for India which I feel was harder since he had to face the best bowlers of the world which he also did exceptionally well for a long period of time," he added. Ganguly, whose tenure as the board chief will come to a...
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Wriddhiman Saha deserved honesty and clarity about his position: Rahul Dravid | Cricket News – Times of India

Dravid says he is 'not hurt' after Saha reveals India coach asked him to consider retirementKOLKATA: Wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha might have revealed a private conversation when he said on Saturday that Rahul Dravid had suggested that he should consider retiring. The India coach, however, is neither irked or hurt. Rather, he had a hearty laugh before commenting on the issue on Sunday after India's victory over the West Indies in the final T20I of the series at the Eden Gardens here. "I have a deep respect for Wriddhiman Saha and his contributions to Indian cricket. My conversation with him actually came from that place," the ice-cool Dravid said. "I think he deserved honesty and clarity. I didn't want him to hear it from the media." Dravid went on to add that such conversations with pla...
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BCCI will investigate Saha quote and tweet; wants action to be taken against those found guilty | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Fraught with embarrassment over interviews given by senior India wicket-keeper-batsman Wriddhiman Saha and pained at a tweet posted by him sharing a screenshot of a series of 'insulting' WhatsApp messages the cricketer received from a journalist, the BCCI is calling for a "thorough investigation". Well-placed individuals in the know told TOI that "the matter cannot be put to rest until every single detail of what Saha has said in the interview and the tweet he shared is looked into". After all of my contributions to Indian cricket..this is what I face from a so called “Respected” journalist! This… https://t.co/3p2z2sqlkf— Wriddhiman Saha (@Wriddhipops) 1645288925000The BCCI intends to delve deep into the crisis and also find out if any other cricketer has gone through a similar ...
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Dravid told me won’t be picked henceforth, suggested retirement, says furious Wriddhiman Saha | Cricket News – Times of India

KOLKATA: Veteran wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha, who has been dropped from the Indian Test team, on Saturday revealed that the team management headed by head coach Rahul Dravid had told him to think about "retirement" as he won't be considered for selection henceforth. It was reported by PTI on February 8 that Wriddhiman has pulled out of Ranji Trophy as he has been told that he won't be selected in the Indian team. "The team management had told me that I would not be considered henceforth. I could not tell this so long as I was part of the India team setup," an explosive Wriddhiman told media persons on Saturday. "Even coach Rahul Dravid suggested that I think about taking retirement," he spilled the beans on classified conversations with the head coach. Wriddhiman also hit out at BCCI p...
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NCA mulls 5-tier structure, revival of ’emerging’ team | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Following the success of the Indian team in the U-19 World Cup, the Indian cricket board (BCCI) and the National Cricket Academy (NCA) are planning to revive the 'emerging team' concept to get the supply line running. The NCA, under its new cricket head VVS Laxman, is mulling a five-tier structure to groom youngsters right from the U-16s to the senior level. Before the India 'A' team concept flourished in the last seven years under Rahul Dravid when he was NCA head, India 'A' and U-19 coach, the BCCI often fielded 'emerging' teams in tournaments. Virat Kohli is a product of one such team after he won the U-19 World Cup in 2008. Even Dravid had advocated for the structure before the pandemic hit in 2020. BCCI had last played an Asia Cup for 'emerging' teams in 2019. The idea i...
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We missed guys who help balance the squad: Rahul Dravid | Cricket News – Times of India

India coach identifies lacklustre batting in middle overs & ineffective bowling as key problem areasWhen Rahul Dravid took over as India's head coach in November, he claimed his primary job for the first few months would be to sit back and observe. Moments after his team was blanked 3-0 in the ODIs in South Africa on Sunday, he termed the series as an eye-opener. The Indian team landed in Johannesburg in mid-December as overwhelming favourites, much like the travelling Australian sides at the turn of this century. Forty days later, a spirited South African team - battling cultural and cricketing issues - has exposed the soft underbelly of the Indian team. The much-ignored chronic problems in India's white-ball cricket, suddenly flared up, exposing the frailties in a system that was ...
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2nd ODI: Time for India’s middle order to show some steel against South Africa | Cricket News – Times of India

With series on the line, India's middle-order batters will be on test in 2nd ODIHow fortunes change in sport within a matter of 20 days! On December 30, India began their tour of South Africa with a bang, recording a comprehensive 113-run win over South Africa for their first Test triumph in Centurion. Their dream of securing a maiden Test series win in South Africa looked nearer than ever. Less than a month later, India's tour is threatening to turn into a nightmare. After their 'Test' dream went up in smoke with a 2-1 verdict in favour of the hosts, their captain announced his resignation. The beleaguered tourists were jolted further when they went down by 31 runs in the opening ODI in Paarl. With questions cropping up after every defeat, India will be desperate to bounce back to stay...
India vs South Africa, 2nd Test: India seek Wanderers wonder | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs South Africa, 2nd Test: India seek Wanderers wonder | Cricket News – Times of India

Victory at favoured venue could help team win series, break South Africa jinxUnchartered territory is an expression that is fast losing its relevance when it comes to Indian cricket. For years, areas which were virtually no-go zones, have been turned into free-access rides by Virat Kohli and his band of fearless warriors. Fort Australia has fallen, a win in England is no longer a once-in-25-years experience, and now it's about conquering South Africa. Centurion, a bastion of the Proteas since their readmission into international cricket in the early 1990s, has been smashed and the juggernaut moves to Wanderers for the second Test, a venue where India have never lost a Test match. Kohli couldn't have asked for a better setting to realize a dream that germinated when he won a dead rubber ...
India vs South Africa, 1st Test: KL Rahul hits century as India grab upper hand on Day 1 at Centurion | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs South Africa, 1st Test: KL Rahul hits century as India grab upper hand on Day 1 at Centurion | Cricket News – Times of India

The demons of cricketing lore that reside in the Centurion pitch decided to largely sleep through Boxing Day. There had been too much rain coming into the first day of the first Test. Until late in the second session, there wasn't enough sunshine to dry up the moisture, quicken up the wicket or rouse the baddies in the wicket to give the SA bowlers a serious nudge. Often the demons would wake, momentarily, only to cock a snook at the South African pace attack and disappear. It was easier to enjoy the Indian batting instead as the visitors put up a rousing performance led by KL Rahul's composed century (batting 122; 17x4, 1x6), his seventh in Tests and sixth away from home. SCORECARD | AS IT HAPPENEDIt was Virat Kohli's brave call to bat first that saw India dominate Day 1, putting up 27...
Team management rewarding ground staff with cash an age-old practice in Indian cricket
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Team management rewarding ground staff with cash an age-old practice in Indian cricket

Shiv Lal, the curator at the Green Park Stadium, rewinds to 2008, when MS Dhoni captained India in a Test for the first time and after winning the match against South Africa, sent a note of thanks and Rs 10,000 to the Green Park Stadium ground staff. Further back in 1996, Chhotelal, the Green Park head groundsman then, laid out a turner for the India-South Africa series decider. Sachin Tendulkar-led India won and then head coach Madan Lal rewarded the groundsman with Rs 25,000. Chhotelal had learnt from his mistake in 1983, when he produced a green-top allowing Malcolm Marshall to lick his lips. A snorter saw Sunil Gavaskar’s bat fall from his hands, as India suffered an innings defeat. Brickbats followed. The press box announcement in Kanpur on the final day of the India v...
Selection headaches for Team India ahead of South Africa tour | Cricket News – Times of India
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Selection headaches for Team India ahead of South Africa tour | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: If only 2021 follows India. This is the year they scaled the Test summit, well almost, if not for the reverse in the World Test Championship final. The year started on a propitious note, with India winning their second successive Test series in Australia. Virat Kohli and Co then followed it up by schooling England at home 3-1 in the four-Test series. They were tested to the core in the return series in England, but they have their noses ahead at 2-1 with the fate of the series likely to be decided next year. The series had to be called off abruptly after a few members of the Indian support staff had tested positive for Covid-19. Before shutting shop for this year at home, India spanked World Test Champions New Zealand by 372 runs to become the No. 1 Test side. What makes this ye...
India vs New Zealand, 2nd Test: Mindset is same under new support staff, says Virat Kohli | Cricket News – Times of India
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India vs New Zealand, 2nd Test: Mindset is same under new support staff, says Virat Kohli | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: The Virat Kohli-Rahul Dravid era began with a convincing Test series win against New Zealand at home and the India skipper on Monday said team is following the same "mindset" and objective under the new support staff which was being followed under previous dispensation. The legendary Dravid replaced Ravi Shastri as head coach while Paras Mhambrey and T Dilip became new bowling and fielding coaches respectively in place of Sanjay Bangar and R Sridhar. "The mindset is the same to take Indian cricket forward, even with the new management. It's important to keep the standards of Indian cricket and make sure it's always growing," Kohli said after India hammered New Zealand by 372 runs in the second Test. Kohli and Shastri made a successful captain-coach combination, winning several T...