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Virat Kohli’s dig at fans after hug with Gautam Gambhir: ‘Tumhara masala khatam ho gaya’

[ad_1] Virat Kohli took a playful dig at fans who enjoy his on-field tiffs with other players especially Gautam Gambhir and Naveen u Haq, with whom the the former India captain has squashed his beef recently, saying that the ‘masala’ the fans wanted were over. “People are disappointed because I hugged Naveen Ul Haq and then Gauti pa hugged me. Tumhara masala khatam ho gaya toh oo oo kar rahe ho. (‘Masala’ got over for you),” he said in a recent interaction, whose video became viral on X on Thursday. Gambhir and Kohli recently shared a warm moment between them before the Royal Challengers Bengaluru vs Kolkata Knight Riders match as the Kolkata mentor hugged Kohli. Virat Kohli talked about his hug with Gautam Gambhir.pic.twitter.com/r8RqBLfuQc — KKR Vibe (@KnightsVibe) April 11, 2024 Comi...
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AIFF constitutes 5-member committee to hold discussions with coach Igor Stimac after India’s recent below par performances

[ad_1] All India Football Federation (AIFF) president Kalyan Chaubey on Friday constituted a 5-member panel which will hold discussions with national coach Igor Stimac and seek clarification on his recent comments where he said he would quit his position if India failed to reach the third round of the World Cup qualifiers. “Never mind the contract, If I don’t take India to the third round, I will leave,” Stimac had said at the pre-match press conference in Guwahati on Monday. “With my pride, with my honour, with everything that I have done in the last five years. But if we qualify, there’s plenty of work that has to be done.” The 5-member committee comprises of N.A. Haris, Vice President, AIFF, Mr. Menla Ethenpa, Member, Executive Committee and Chairperson, Finance Committee, Anilkumar ...
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FIFA World Cup qualifiers: Why losing to Afghanistan is a new-low for Indian football

[ad_1] When he scored in the 37th minute, Sunil Chhetri’s face bore no emotion as he trudged back to his half. When India misplaced the most pedestrian of passes minutes later, his face contorted itself into that familiar mix of abject fury – one that only his Indian teammates seem to elicit. When he was substituted in the 67th minute after scoring a penalty in his 150th game for the Indian national football team, his face on the bench turned to one of concern and urgency. And when thirty minutes later, the referee blew the final whistle, the country’s most recognisable footballer buried his face in between his hands, unable to face the reality of what Indian football truly is.It was the 2013 SAFF Cup Final where Afghanistan had last beaten India in an international football match. On Tu...
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FIFA World Cup qualifiers: Coach Igor Stimac puts his job on line as India play virtual must-win match

[ad_1] When the going gets tough, Igor Stimac likes to dust off the classics.Ahead of the second World Cup qualifier clash between India and Afghanistan in as many as five days, the Croatian bemoaned the fickle nature of support for the national team (‘Criticising players is not helping’). He reiterated that India’s best performances were preceded by national camps held by him (‘In my four years there were three long camps that we had.’) and that the country’s inability to stop their goal drought was a problem before he arrived and would remain after he would leave (‘It’s because foreigners are playing in the important positions in ISL.’). Amongst all of those statements, the 59-year-old also made it clear that the team still has a good chance of making it into the third round of the Wor...
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‘You can’t bat again…’: AB de Villiers on Rohit Sharma’s second Super Over batting | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: The question on everyone's mind during the third and final India-Afghanistan T20I was whether Rohit Sharma had retired hurt or was retired out. In the penultimate ball of the first Super Over, the Indian skipper walked back, leaving fans curious about the nature of his departure.Rohit, who made a return to the T20I series after more than a year, faced challenges in the first two matches, being dismissed without troubling the scorers.However, in the third T20I, he made a solid comeback and scored a remarkable 121* off 69 balls, propelling India to a total of 212 for 4 in 20 overs.Afghanistan then matched India's score of 212, leading to a Super Over at the jam-packed M.Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.In the first Super Over, Afghanistan set a target of 16 runs.Chasing 1...
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‘If youngsters can replicate half of what Virat Kohli does…’ – India’s fielding coach T Dilip hails Virat’s intensity | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] The third and final T20I of the series between India and Afghanistan saw a thrilling double 'Super Over' finish, with the hosts eventually clinching the second tie-breaker to sweep the series 3-0. But what the close finish also once again highlighted is the fact that how every run saved in the field can at times determine the outcome of the match. That put into perspective Virat Kohli's brilliant effort in the match, when he saved a certain six with a last-second leap to almost turn it into a catch before he had to throw the ball back into play without touching or crossing the fence.Then in the first 'Super Over', his rocket throw from the deep led to Gulbadin Naib's run-out.The effort in the field won the 35-year-old Kohli 'Best Fielder of the Series' award by the team management...
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‘He tried to go hard…’: Rohit Sharma praises Virat Kohli’s intent in T20I comeback against Afghanistan | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: India's T20I series against Afghanistan marked the return of both Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma to the format after more than a year, indicating their aspirations to be part of the squad for the T20 World Cup 2024. While Rohit Sharma redeemed himself with a century in the third T20I, Virat Kohli showcased commendable intent despite scoring fewer runs, leaving an impression on the skipper.In a post-match chat with Jio Cinema, Rohit emphasized the importance of clarity in player roles and expressed satisfaction with Kohli's aggressive intent, even though he faced an early dismissal. Rohit also acknowledged Sanju Samson's intent."We only need to give the players clarity about their position and the manner of cricket we want them to play with. The boys know what to expect wh...
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Rohit Sharma’s exceptional captaincy skills in thrilling T20I victory | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: India's captain, Rohit Sharma, displayed exceptional leadership and resilience in the third T20I against Afghanistan, guiding his team to a thrilling victory and equalling the T20I win record set by the legendary MS Dhoni. Having faced setbacks in the first two matches of his comeback T20I series, Rohit's triumphant comeback, 121 not out off 69 balls, in Bengaluru showcased both individual brilliance and strategic acumen.Teaming up with finisher Rinku Singh (69* off 39), Rohit rescued India from a precarious batting situation, leading the hosts to a victory in the double Super Over thriller. His outstanding century, a record-breaking fifth T20I century for India, and an unbeaten 190-run partnership with Rinku Singh helped India recover from 22/4 to post a formidable tot...
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IND vs AFG T20Is | Dravid impressed by his players stepping up at the right moment

[ad_1] Spirited bunch: India will feel confident about where it stands after finishing all its T20I bilateral ties ahead of the world event. | Photo Credit: K. MURALI KUMAR A manic game of cricket, like the 424-run, double Super Over affair that unfolded at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium between India and Afghanistan, can be difficult to process.But away from the on-field din and in the cozy comfort of the press-conference room, head coach Rahul Dravid reflected on the contest that helped India sweep the series 3-0 and on the period it helped culminate ahead of this summer’s T20 World Cup.“We have had different players play after the ODI World Cup and it’s been good,” Dravid said just after midnight on Wednesday. “It’s nice to see that there are some options. Players have shown that they h...
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When Virat Kohli told Team India’s fielding coach he didn’t want to stand in slips and instead… | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: For those who have tracked Virat Kohli's journey since his early days, it's evident that he has invested considerable effort behind the scenes to transform himself into the fittest cricketer on the global stage. His dedication to the sport and sacrifices, discipline, and commitment to fitness have not only reshaped his own career but also positioned him as an inspiring figure for numerous aspiring cricketers worldwide.From a chubby cricketer who loved biryani, rolls, and his favourite 'choley bhaturey', to the lean run machine that he is now, Virat's cricketing and fitness journey has been a fascinating one.The 35-year-old's live-wire athleticism was one of the key moments in India's thrilling win in the third and final T20I against Afghanistan. Virat was given the 'Fie...
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We have one more…’: Rohit Sharma eyes T20 World Cup glory | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: The dejection was clearly evident on Rohit Sharma's face when the broadcasters asked the Indian skipper about the ODI World Cup loss. India, who were the only unbeaten team till the final in the quadrennial event, held in India, had lost to Australia in the title clash at the jam-packed Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad in November last year. Following a triumphant 3-0 victory in the three-match Twenty20 International (T20I) series against Afghanistan, Rohit faced questions from the broadcasters regarding the ODI World Cup setback.To this, Rohit, who looked emotional, said: "I don't want to think about it now (World Cup loss). For me, 50 over World Cup is the biggest World Cup. It's not like I don't give that importance to the T20 World Cup and World Test Championship....
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Super-Over Rules Explained: What happens if second Super Over also ends in a tie, who is allowed to bat or bowl and who not? | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] In a rare instance, the third T20I beteween India and Afghanistan on Wednesday required two 'Super Overs' to decide the winner after the regulation 20-overs-a-side match and the first 'Super Over' both ended in a tie. India and Afghanistan found themselves locked at 212 at the end of the match, which required a Super Over to break the tie, but in the six balls of that tie-breaker, both the teams once again scored 16 runs each.It brought the second 'Super Over' into play, where Ravi Bishnoi struck twice in the first three balls to win the game for India after the hosts had scored 11 runs. The sport has so far seen only two matches requiring a double 'Super Over' to decide the winner. The first instance was the Mumbai Indians vs Punjab Kings match in the 2020 edition of the Indian P...
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Rohit Sharma retired hurt or retired out? Rahul Dravid hails India captain’s game sense | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] The question on everyone's mind is whether Rohit Sharma retired hurt or retired out during the third and final T20 against Afghanistan. The situation arose when the Indian skipper walked back before the last ball of the first Super Over, after the match ended in a tie and was eventually decided with a second 'Super Over' tiebreaker.As it turned out, Rohit's exit was a strategic move.With India needing two runs from one ball to win at that point, Rohit wanted to capitalize on the better running abilities of the third batter, Rinku Singh, to secure the extra run. However, the intrigue heightened as Rohit returned to open the innings alongside Rinku in the second Super Over.The rules stipulate that once a batsman is declared retired out, he cannot come out to bat again if another Sup...
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Rinku Singh is doing what is expected of him, says Rohit Sharma | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] Team India skipper Rohit Sharma has stressed the importance of having a player like Rinku Singh in the latter part of the innings as the hard-hitting middle-order batter once again proved his worth with an impressive unbeaten 69 off 39 balls while partnering Rohit to rescue India from a challenging situation in the third T20I against Afghanistan in Bengaluru on Wednesday. "The last couple of series that he played, he showed what he can do with the bat. Very calm and knows his strength pretty well. He is coming off age and doing what is expected of him and he has done really well for India," said Rohit, who scored a memorable 121 not out off 69 balls -- his fifth T20I century."It augurs well for the team moving forward, wanted someone like that at the backend and we know what he ha...
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Watch: Virat Kohli’s funny entry for victory photo after India swept Afghanistan 3-0 | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] A double 'Super Over' thriller at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru saw India sweep Afghanistan 3-0 to win their last T20I series ahead of the T20 World Cup later this year in the West Indies and USA.After the match was tied with Afghanistan equalling India's total of 212, the 'Super Over' decider came into play, but that too ended in a tie, resulting in another 'Super Over' that India won with Ravi Bishnoi's double-wicket effort. Maddening celebrations followed in the Indian dug out as well as in the stands, which also brought out the kid in Virat Kohli when he was seen sliding on grass to enter the frame for team photograph. Watch Virat's entry in video below:The match also saw Rohit Sharma get his first runs of the series after scoring ducks in two previous innings. And it...
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Double Super Overs Dhamaka seals a tense India-Afghanistan T20 game

[ad_1] It was an inconsequential match – both in terms of the outcome of the series as well as the composition of the Indian squad for the T20 World Cup. It was the last international game India played in the format before the global showpiece event, but with the IPL coming up in a couple of months, nothing really hinged on this game.But the drama and length of the game – a T20 game running almost four and a half hours with two sets of Super Overs – was akin to a match with much more riding on it. There were batsmen taking extra runs despite a throw deflecting of their body, a batsman of Rohit Sharma’s pedigree retiring himself out to get in a faster runner between wickets, and tempers being frayed between India and Afghanistan – two teams that generally get along quite well; the game wa...
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Record 5th T20I hundred: Rohit Sharma erases doubts over his T20 world cup spot with a captain’s knock

[ad_1] India were 22/4 inside four overs but judging by the way Rohit Sharma was going after two successive ducks, there was hardly any circumspection in his approach. The Indian captain could have easily got out for a single-digit score – even a third zero on the trot – but rode his luck and exploded as the innings went on. His fifth T20I hundred, the most by anyone in the format, would have brought much relief for him and the selectors. It would have put to rest any doubts, if there were any in the first place, about his spot for the ICC T20 World Cup. When the selectors brought back Rohit and Virat Kohli for the series against Afghanistan, they couched it as a necessity due to the unavailability of the likes of Suryakumar Yadav and Hardik Pandya. But there was no doubt that the select...
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When dramatic Super Over ended in a rare tie in history of cricket | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: The third T20I between India and Afghanistan in Bengaluru etched in the history of cricket that required two Super Overs to determine the winner of the match.The match ended in a tie with both teams ending on 212 as the match headed for Super Over. But what followed next left cricket fans on their toes as the Super over also failed to produce a result, meaning both teams scored 16 runs apiece.In the second Super Over, India emerged victorious over their opponents, limiting Afghanistan to 1/2 in their chase of 12 runs.What is Super Over?Super Overs in cricket are tie-breakers used to determine the winner of a match that ends in a tie, particularly in limited-overs formats like T20Is and One Day Internationals (ODIs).Super Overs add an extra layer of excitement to cricket...
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India vs Afghanistan 3rd T20I tied, Super Over necessitated to get result

[ad_1] India and Afghanistan played a scintillating 3rd T20I as the match ended in a tie after the visitors chased down the target of 212 in 20 overs which led to a Super Over. Gulbadin Naib was the man of the moment for Afghanistan as he scored 55 runs to drag his team to the target and he was aptly supported by openers Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran who both scored 50s of their own. Should Rohit Sharma have batted in the second Super Over against Afghanistan? Decoding the IND vs AFG Super Over controversy Earlier, India skipper Rohit Sharma produced a marvellous, situation-defying hundred, his fifth in T20Is, as India recovered from a top-order meltdown to post a massive 212 for 4 against Afghanistan. Rohit (121 not out, 69b, 11×4, 8×6) and his perfect sidekick Rinku Singh (69 ...
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Watch – ‘Already mera do zero ho gaya hai’: Rohit Sharma to umpire after he mistakenly gives leg-bye boundary | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: In a hilarious incident during the third and final India-Afghanistan T20I, skipper Rohit Sharma was heard telling umpire Virender Sharma that his decision of giving thigh pad boundary instead of bat extended his wait of opening an account in the series.Rohit, who was dismissed for ducks in the first two matches, guided Fareed Ahmad down the leg side on the second delivery of the match in what would have been his first runs of the series.But to his dismay the umpire signalled leg-byes leaving Rohit stranded on 0."Viru thigh pad diya kya pehla ball, itna bada bat laga hai bhai, already mera 2 zero ho gaya hai" (Viru, did you give the 1st ball as thigh pad, it clearly touched the bat. I already have two zeroes in the series).Earlier, Rohit opted to bat after winning the to...