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Litmus test for India as they gear up for a tri-series ahead of World Cup | Cricket News – Times of India

EAST LONDON (South Africa): The matches against Australia exposed a lot of chinks in their armour and India will be eager to address them by improving in all three departments in their T20 tri-series opener against hosts South Africa here on Thursday.With only a few days left for the T20 World Cup in South Africa, skipper Harmanpreet Kaur will be keen to provide the team a winning start in the tri-series against South Africa and West Indies.In the previous series, which India lost 1-4, Harmapreet and Co. were able to push the mighty Australia to the limit but failed to land the killer blow, be it with the bat or ball. Their fielding was also found lacking.The series exposed India's frailties in the bowling department and the team has a lot of work to do before the ICC event, starting Fe...
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Women’s U-19 T20 World Cup: India crush South Africa to begin campaign on positive note | Cricket News – Times of India

BENONI: Opener Shweta Sehrawat smashed an unbeaten 92 after skipper Shafali Verma blazed away to a 16-ball 45 as India crushed South Africa by seven wickets to begin their campaign in the inaugural Women's U-19 T20 World Cup on a rousing note on Saturday.Set a challenging target of 167 after South Africa opted to bat first, India were off to a blazing start with the opening duo of Shafali and Sehrawat adding 77 runs in just seven overs at Willowmoore Park.Shafali, who has already played 51 T20Is, 21 ODIs and two Test matches for the senior team at the international level, looked in excellent touch as she toyed with the South African bowlers and put her side on course for a big win.Vice-captain Shweta Sehrawat scored a superb 9️⃣2️⃣* off just 57 deliveries and bagged the Player of the Ma...
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Shikha Pandey makes India comeback for T20 World Cup

Shikha Pandey made a surprise return to India’s 15-member squad for the Women’s 2023 T20 World Cup in South Africa. File. | Photo Credit: Vivek Bendre Veteran pacer Shikha Pandey on Wednesday made a surprise return to India's 15-member squad for the Women's 2023 T20 World Cup in South Africa.The ICC event will be played from February 10 to 26.Shikha last played for India in October 2021 before being controversially dropped from the team. Her inclusion also shows the lack of depth in the pace bowling department.The 33-year-old, whose strength is to swing the ball, has featured in three Tests, 55 ODIs and 56 T20s.Harmanpreet Kaur will lead the side with Smriti Mandhana being her deputy.Jemimah Rodrigues has managed to retain her place in the team despite low returns in India's 1-4 series...
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‘Rohit was maybe not able to use his resources or he’s kind of stuck’: Zaheer Khan on Rohit Sharma’s captaincy

India lost a close encounter against South Africa to suffer their 1st defeat of the 2022 T20 World Cup. While dissecting Rohit Sharma’s captaincy performance, Zaheer Khan said on a Cricbuzz show, “You got the game to that level from where you got to just finish it. So I’m disappointed with that. Rest of the things (are) fine. You know what you did? Leading up to that didn’t matter, you made the game out of it. And from there, you let South Africa come into play and they went on to win the match.” Zaheer further said, “10 overs and 94 to get. You created panic in the South African side as they were relying on Miller and Markram’s partnership. That mark where you have got South Africa thinking that okay, everything has to go your way. Fielding, catching, everything has to go your way alon...
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Why did Suryakumar Yadav succeed when Rohit and Kohli failed at the bouncy Perth?

There was one crucial difference to his way from his team-mates. They tried to get on top of the bounce, which was a losing cause against the steep tennis-ball bounce that Perth threw up. Suryakumar got under the ball, and side of it, at unique angles, to tap the bouncing ball further along. The weight on the back foot. Sometimes tapping it up and over. It needed special skills, eyes, hands, wrists, and a big heart to do it his way. It was also very smart.He doesn’t ride the bounce in a conventional way, trying to get the bat and hands over the ball; instead he is like a beach swimmer, using tall waves to float away. Exhibit A: Rohit Sharma’ dismissal Sometimes, it’s best to appreciate a method through failures of other methods. In his brief stay, that included a hooked six, Rohi...
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T20 World Cup | Bhuvi’s economical bowling has helped me attack: Arshdeep

While Arshdeep has taken seven wickets in three games at an economy rate of 7.83, Bhuvneshwar, despite three wickets in as many games, has been phenomenal with an economy rate of 4.87 in the 10.4 overs that he has bowled. While Arshdeep has taken seven wickets in three games at an economy rate of 7.83, Bhuvneshwar, despite three wickets in as many games, has been phenomenal with an economy rate of 4.87 in the 10.4 overs that he has bowled. Arshdeep Singh credits his success in the ongoing T20 World Cup to senior pace bowling partner Bhuvneshwar Kumar who, he feels, has been creating relentless pressure in Powerplay overs which has made it easier for him to get wickets. Arshdeep had struck vital blows in both his opening overs against Pakistan and South Africa, removing top batters lik...
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Diwali to Diwali: How Killer Miller turned his game around to become one of world’s best T20 batsmen

Around Diwali last year, David Miller was facing uncertain times. His hitting prowess was on the wane, his stocks in the franchise league circuit was plummeting and his spot in the national team was not a certainty either. The trip to India in November last year was a last lease. But with an unbeaten 64 off 31 balls at Feroz Shah Kotla, he rediscovered his form and has sustained it ever since. In the last 12 games, he has aggregated 68 runs a game and clocked a strike rate of 178. So much so that he has reclaimed his stature as one of the finest finishers in the game. The 59 not out at Perth was another classic instance of chasing skills. He was a clinical sniper, waiting for the perfect time to fire his gun-shots. He targeted Ravi Ashwin, who he struck for three sixes. He waited for t...
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Arshdeep Singh: Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s economical bowling has helped me attack, says Arshdeep Singh | Cricket News – Times of India

PERTH: Arshdeep Singh credits his success in the ongoing T20 World Cup to senior pace bowling partner Bhuvneshwar Kumar who, he feels, has been creating relentless pressure in Powerplay overs which has made it easier for him to get wickets. Arshdeep had struck vital blows in both his opening overs against Pakistan and South Africa, removing top batters like Babar Azam and Quinton de Kock respectively. While Arshdeep has taken seven wickets in three games at an economy rate of 7.83, Bhuvneshwar, despite three wickets in as many games, has been phenomenal with an economy rate of 4.87 in the 10.4 overs that he has bowled. "We study the batters' weaknesses and myself and Bhuvi bhai try to get some swing first up and beat the batter at start. I'm able to attack the batter because Bhuvi bhai ...
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T20 World Cup, India vs South Africa: One of my best T20 performances, Virat Kohli’s wicket was special, says Lungi Ngidi | Cricket News – Times of India

PERTH: Lungi Ngidi was pleased as punch to have Virat Kohli among his four scalps in "one of his best T20 performances" after South Africa won a crucial T20 World Cup match against India by five wickets on Sunday. Ngidi, who replaced Tabraiz Shamsi in the playing XI, got 4 for 29 which included the wickets of rival captain Rohit Sharma, opener KL Rahul, Kohli, and Hardik Pandya. "Virat had hit me for two boundaries, so he was trying to attack me a bit. Bowling that (short) ball, I probably knew he would go for it. Could have gone anywhere, for six or in hand, and luckily, it went by my side," Ngidi told reporters in the mixed zone when asked about his favourite dismissal. In fact, he rated this performance better than his 5/39 against England. #TeamIndia fought hard but it was South Afr...
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“Suryakumar Yadav is the best middle-order batsman in T20 cricket” Misbah-ul-Haq says he hasn’t seen a knock like this

Suryakumar Yadav’s 68 off 40 balls on a pacy Perth track against South Africa when the next highest Indian score was 15 has caught the eye of the world. Former Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq would hail him as the best middle-order batsman in the world in T20. “He is the best middle-order batsman in T20 cricket. At 170 strike rate, in this match situation, against this bowling, on this pitch, it’s amazing. I haven’t seen an innings like that. To play a dominating innings like that on this pitch …it seemed as if he knew where the ball would land and where he can hit it.” Misbah told A Sports. His co-panellist Shoaib Malik would offer his reasons for Surya’s success. “The reason for his success and consistency is that he doesn’t change his game. Even when he gets out in 2 innings, the ...
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T20 World Cup: How India’s loss to South Africa has further dented Pakistan’s hopes of reaching the semifinals

After two narrow losses, they opened their account with a routine win over the Netherlands on Sunday. Pakistan was in the unusual position of cheering on arch-rivals India in the next match. But South Africa defeating Rohit Sharma & Co has drastically reduced their semifinal chances. Now they not only have to beat both the Proteas and Bangladesh, but also hope that Temba Bavuma’s men lose to the Dutch, or India lose at least one of their two remaining matches. Pakistan have a net run rate close to India’s, as of now, but need to put points on the board to make it count. Winning their two games by big margins is their only hope. South Africa seems uncatchable for them, even if Pakistan beat them, as the Proteas have an extra point due to their abandoned match against Zimbabwe. India...
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Surya keeps raising bar, Perth knock is his new T20 high

It’s Suryakumar Yadav’s eyes that tell the story. They don’t light up when he sees a bad ball as the commentators are prone to say. There’s no frantic scanning and surveying of the field. They remain calm, and they alone should hold off a tempest, like the one at Perth on Sunday. The captain had perished, the hero had drowned. His 40- ball 68 against South Africa was on a fast and bouncy track against a frightening quartet of hard-length perpetrators. Surya is just 35 international T20 innings old. Yet, in this briefest of periods, he has remade T20 batting in his own image. Every time he makes the world believe that he has compiled his greatest knock, he makes them rethink. Within days, he raises the bar, comes up with a new greatest knock. This was a night when all there was to do was...
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If we had taken our chances in the field, it could have been different: Bhuvneshwar Kumar | Cricket News – Times of India

PERTH: Senior India speedster Bhuvneshwar Kumar didn't mince words when he categorically said that "things could have been different" had Aiden Markram's catch been taken or a couple of close run-outs been effected in the team's five wicket defeat against South Africa on Sunday. Virat Kohli dropped a dolly of Markram at deep mid-wicket off Ravichandran Ashwin when the batter was on 35. "Yes, if you had taken those catches, it would have been different. Catches win matches and those chances, if taken, could have made the difference," Bhuvneshwar said at the post match conference. Markram scored 52 off 41 balls and added 76 crucial runs for the fourth wicket with David Miller (59 not out) as South Africa chased a target of 134 with two balls to spare. While he didn't want to commit that t...
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‘Those two wickets got us into the match’: Bhuvneshwar Kumar credits Arshdeep Singh after India-South Africa match

Despite a five-wicket defeat at the hands of South Africa, Bhuvneshwar Kumar was all praise for Arshdeep Singh for his bowling figures of 2/25 in Perth for the Super 12 fixture. “It was really a good spell,” Bhuvneshwar said in the post-match press conference. “Those two wickets got us into the match. Because of his wickets. The way he has bowled so far in the tournament has been really good from the team’s point of view.” Defending 134, against the Proteas, India got off to spectacular start after Arshdeep Singh picked up two wickets in his first over. The left-armer took his tally at this T20 World Cup to 7 scalps in three games. The 23-year-old dismissed Quinton de Kock with an outswinger to the left hander, who was caught at the first slip by KL Rahul. He followed it up with a leg b...
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T20 World Cup: Dinesh Karthik suffers back injury | Cricket News – Times of India

PERTH: Dinesh Karthik, the oldest playing member of the Indian team, suffered a back injury during the side's T20 World Cup match against South Africa on Sunday and is a doubtful starter against Bangladesh at Adelaide. Karthik, who has had a disappointing tournament with the bat, struggled to cope with pace, bounce and swing on offer at the Optus Stadium track and managed only six off 15 balls in a 52-run stand. At the end of the 15th over Karthik was seen writhing in pain as he clutched his back and was on his knees. The physio immediately rushed out and, after a few minutes, he was seen leaving the ground while holding his back. While the exact nature of his injury wasn't known it seemed like back spasms which can happen at times due to the extreme cold that one encountered in Perth. ...
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‘Hopefully will win all from here’: Twitterati root for India to lift World Cup after South Africa loss | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India might have suffered their first loss in the T20 World Cup in the Super 12 Group 2 match against South Africa after back-to-back wins against Pakistan and Netherlands, but netizens found joy in it and started comparing India's 2011 50-over World Cup results with this edition. Interestingly, South Africa got the better of India in the group match of the 2011 World Cup, India emerged victorious against Netherlands and Pakistan and Ireland stunned England. In an uncanny scenario, South Africa, India and Ireland have beaten the same opponents in the ongoing T20 World Cup that sparked Twitterati to make India favourite to lift the second T20 World Cup title after the South Africa defeat. Well Done South Africa. India fought well till the end but 133 wasn’t enoughSimilar to th...
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We were not good enough, conditions are not an excuse: Rohit

Conditions in Perth were very difficult for batting but India captain Rohit Sharma said that cannot be an excuse for the team’s five-wicket loss to South Africa in the T20 World Cup. Suryakumar Yadav (68 off 40 balls) played the best knock of his short international career but South Africa exposed India’s inadequacies against extreme pace and bounce to win a low-scoring thriller. Chasing 134, South Africa completed the chase in 19.4 overs with Aiden Markram and David Miller making 52 and 59 runs respectively, the latter remaining not out. A thrilling win for South Africa and it takes them to the top of the table in Group 2 💪#INDvSA | #T20WorldCup | 📝: https://t.co/rUCaVyQgNE pic.twitter.com/k8n6WuzjXP — T20 World Cup (@T20WorldCup) October 30, 2022 “We expected the pitch to have someth...
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‘Surya’s knock best T20 innings ever by an Indian,’ says Gautam Gambhir

Surya Kumar Yadav’s 68 off 40 balls on bouncy Perth track against South Africa has wowed Gautam Gambhir into terming it as the “best T20 innings by an Indian”. Ravi Shastri would add that “without Suryakumar’s innings, India would have been bowled out under 100 runs.” “I have not seen a better T20 innings than this,” Gambhir said. “This is probably the best T20 innings by an Indian. The wickets had fallen, and on this pitch to do this is something,” Gautam Gambhir said on Star Sports. Before joining Mumbai Indians in 2018, Suryakumar Yadav spent four seasons with Kolkata Knight Riders under Gautam Gambhir. Couple of months back, Gambhir had made the case for Surya batting at No.3. “See, I have a reason behind it. The reason is that you don’t fiddle with someone’s form, just becaus...
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IND vs SA: The New Zulu: Lungi Ngidi from panic stricken to glorious attacker

South African pacer Lungi Ngidi once had a very scary Indian experience. Back in 2015, he was in India for a Universities World Cup. The games were in Dehradun and that saw the teams taking the busy narrow hilly roads on most days. On one such trip, on the foothills of the Himalayas, the young “Gentle Giant” had a panic attack. On a visit to University of Pretoria (UP) during India’s tour to South Africa, one had heard that story. Blanche Conradie of UP’s sports department had shared Ngidi’s unnerving experience. “It was a rare day, when the team’s tallest and broadest member, who loves to sleep, wanted to leave his room and go out. “We were in this bus on the hills with lots of hooting and honking around on the sinuous route with traffic jams. Lungi thought he was going to die and had ...
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Virat Kohli becomes second batter to complete 1000 runs in T20 World Cup history | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Indian batter Virat Kohli added another record to his tally as he became only the second player to score 1000 runs in the history of the Men's T20 World Cup. Kohli achieved the milestone in India's Super 12 match against South Africa in Perth on Sunday. Having already played two match-winning knocks (82* and 62*) in the ongoing World Cup, Kohli failed to continue his sublime touch making just 12 off 11 balls before being dismissed by Lungi Ngidi. MILESTONE ALERT 🚨Virat Kohli becomes the second player to get to 1000 runs in the Men's #T20WorldCup 🙌 https://t.co/IcijlHoqWH— ICC (@ICC) 1667130253000Kohli now has 1001 runs in 24 matches in T20 World Cups and is 16 runs away from overtaking former Sri Lankan skipper Mahela Jayawardena's record of 1016 runs in 31 matches. West Indi...