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WI vs Ind 3rd T20I to start 1.5 hours late due to 2nd T20I’s delayed finish

Cricket West Indies said that the revised timing was rolled out keeping in mind adequate rest and recovery time for the players of both teams and also in consideration of the fact that the last two back-to-back matches will be held in Florida, US Cricket West Indies said that the revised timing was rolled out keeping in mind adequate rest and recovery time for the players of both teams and also in consideration of the fact that the last two back-to-back matches will be held in Florida, US Cricket West Indies (CWI) on Tuesday announced a revised start time of the third T20 International between India and the West Indies due to late finish of the second match, which was twice delayed because of luggage issues.The third T20I was scheduled to begin 10:30 am local time (8 pm IST) but has n...
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Indian cricket dips its toes in the multi-sport ocean

At the Commonwealth Games, Harmanpreet Kaur’s side has the opportunity to break out of the shadow of the men’s team on a stage cricket does not frequent. A good showing will fuel the growing interest in the women’s game at home and strike a blow for gender parity At the Commonwealth Games, Harmanpreet Kaur’s side has the opportunity to break out of the shadow of the men’s team on a stage cricket does not frequent. A good showing will fuel the growing interest in the women’s game at home and strike a blow for gender parity Cricket is unique. It’s a team game where individual excellence not only defines its players but often supersedes the team itself. It aspires to a global footprint without compromising on the privileges of its powerhouses. It’s a sport that basks in its adherence to ...
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Team looking to bounce back: WI captain Nicholas Pooran after loss to India in first T20I | Cricket News – Times of India

PORT OF SPAIN: Following his side's 68-run loss to India in the first T20I, West Indies captain Nicholas Pooran said that the team is looking to bounce back from the loss. Tight bowling by India, led by Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravi Bishnoi's two-wicket haul respectively helped the Men in Blue to defeat West Indies by 68 runs in the first T20I of the five-match series against West Indies, here at Brian Lara Stadium on Friday. "Disappointed. The players are feeling hurt, it is the first game of the series and we are looking to bounce back. 18 overs it was 150 I guess and then they took the momentum away from us, we just have to work on our discipline. The spinners did well and we have to look at some of the combinations going ahead," said Pooran in a post-match presentation. A brilliant h...
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Happy with my performance, keeping things simple helped: Arshdeep Singh | Cricket News – Times of India

Arshdeep Singh (Reuters Photo)TAROUBA: Young Indian pacer Arshdeep Singh said that using variations, especially the slower ones, on a sticky wicket was the key to his success in the T20 series-opener against the West Indies. Arshdeep (2/24 in 4 overs), who featured in the first T20I against England at Southampton earlier this month, picked up two wickets on his return to the national side. "It was a good experience. I am happy with my performance. The team won, so the happiness doubled. Due to a break, I am playing after a long time. So, I want to work with Paras (Mhambrey) sir and improve on my areas," Arshdeep said at the press conference. "I guess, keeping things simple and using the wicket a lot and using the slower one and at the last just trying to nail my yorkers, I think that wo...
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Dinesh Karthik says enjoying finisher’s role after India win against West Indies | Cricket News – Times of India

India's Dinesh Karthik is enjoying the finisher's role, the 37-year-old said, after his breezy cameo helped secure his side's 68-victory against West Indies in the first Twenty20 International on Friday. Captain Rohit Sharma smashed 64 but Karthik provided the late flourish with an unbeaten 41 off 19 balls as India posted 190-6 at Tarouba in Trinidad and Tobago. Indian spinners then restricted West Indies to 122-8 to put the visitors 1-0 up in the five-match series. "I have been enjoying it a lot," veteran middle-order batsman Karthik said of his role after collecting the man-of-the-match award. "It is a very interesting role. It is not something that you can be very consistent with but on some days, you can make an impact on the team. "You need the backing of the captain and coach and ...
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Sarfaraz Khan: ‘Play in hope of getting better each day; luck will decide when I make it to India team’

Sarfaraz Khan, 24, the leading runscorer in this year’s Ranji season, talks about his dream run with the bat, which saw him score 936 runs in six games, his relationship with his father Naushad, who is also his coach, mentor and warden, and his dream of making it to the Indian cricket team. It’s not an easy task to reach where you are at present. Can you tell us about the kind of effort that has gone into the last 10-12 years? When I was young, I never thought that I would get my fair share of chances at the Ranji trophy. We used to live in a chawl… my father managed an STD booth along with a dairy business and was also a cricket coach. Studying was never my forte as all my attention was on playing cricket. With Abbu being in the field every day, I was bound to develop an interest there...
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Cricket taking football route: Bilaterals to be friendly, World Cups real deal

“It (cricket) should go the football way, where, in T20 cricket, you just play the World Cup. Bilateral tournaments — no one remembers.” Former India player-turned-broadcaster-turned-coach-turned-broadcaster (again) Ravi Shastri has emphasised this idea more than once in the last year or so. The 60-year-old mentioned in a recent interview with ESPNCricinfo that he didn’t “remember a single (T20I) game in the last six-seven years as coach of India, barring the World Cup”. “A team wins the World Cup, they will remember it,” he further added. “Where I am coming from is: you play franchise cricket around the globe; each country is allowed to have their franchise cricket, which is their domestic cricket, and then, every two years, you come and play a World Cup.” Shastri’s words have been rin...
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If Ashwin can be dropped from Test, why can’t Virat be dropped from T20Is: Kapil Dev

Former India captain Kapil Dev feels if a bowler of Ravichandran Ashwin’s calibre with nearly 450 Test wickets can be dropped from the Test team’s playing eleven then Virat Kohli too is no longer indispensable in T20Is after his prolonged bad patch. Kohli hasn’t been among big runs for nearly three years now and the World Cup winning all-rounder feels that Indian team management will be doing disservice if in-form players aren’t given enough opportunities to showcase their skills. “Yes, now the situation is such that you might be forced to bench Kohli from T20 playing eleven. If world No. 2 bowler Ashwin can be dropped from Test side then (once upon a time) world No. 1 batter can also be dropped,” Kapil told ABP News. Kapil had no hesitation in saying that Kohli is currently looking lik...
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India to tour Australia twice in next FTP cycle, number of Tests increased to 5 | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: The Indian team could tour Australia twice in the next Future Tours Programme (FTP) cycle from 2024-2032, with the number of Tests per series increased from the existing four to five. According to a report in the Age, Cricket Australia (CA) has "recently informed a range of broadcasters, both domestic and international, of the fact that it has secured two full Test tours by each of India and England over the next FTP, with India's tours increased from four to five-match series." The last two Test tours of Australia, which comprised four matches in each series, were won by India, triumphs that went down in history as two of their greatest. The current ICC FTP, running from 2018 to 2023, ends with the men's 50-over ICC World Cup, to be played in India in October-November next y...
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Why India’s bowlers failed to defend 378 at Edgbaston

For the third consecutive overseas Test, India have failed to defend a fourth innings total and this time, at Edgbaston, they had 378 runs to play with. The series ended 2-2, but this would feel like a loss for India, as they were in an out-and-out winning position in this game and let it slip in the fourth innings. The batting brilliance of Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow notwithstanding, it was a failure of the bowling unit, while the visitors erred in their tactics as well. A second innings batting implosion, too, heavily contributed to the defeat, when India had the opportunity to slam the door shut on the hosts. Sheer Domination on Day 5🔥#JoeRoot & #JonnyBairstow helped ENG record the highest target successfully chased down by any team against 🇮🇳 Tune in to Sony Six (ENG), Sony Te...
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Kotak, Bali, Bahutule part of India support staff for Ireland tour under Laxman

National Cricket Academy coaches Sitanshu Kotak, Sairaj Bahutule and Munish Bali will be part of Indian cricket team’s support staff, which will be headed by VVS Laxman, on the short tour of Ireland later this month. Kotak, who has been part of the India A set up earlier, will be the batting coach while Bali and Bahutule, who were part of the victorious U-19 World Cup campaign in the Caribbean earlier this year, have been handed the fielding and bowling duties. NCA head Laxman will coach the team in Ireland with the games scheduled on June 26 and June 28 in Malahide. With head coach Rahul Dravid and the other senior team support staff set to depart for England with the Test squad later this week, the trio of Bali, Kotak and Bahutule has already joined the squad currently playing South A...
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Dilip Vengsarkar feels Umran Malik is ready to play international cricket | Cricket News – Times of India

CUTTACK: Former India cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar feels that tearaway pacer Umran Malik is ready to play international cricket. Malik, the Jammu-based pacer, who made heads turn by clocking speeds above 150kmph consistently in IPL 2022, is a member of India's ongoing T20I series against South Africa. But Malik didn't get a chance to play in India's seven-wicket loss to South Africa in Delhi on June 9. In the run-up to the series opener, India head coach Rahul Dravid was excited by the prospect of having Malik in the squad but didn't drop much hints on whether the right-arm speedster would get game time in the series against South Africa. Vengsarkar, though, has no such doubts. "Everybody has a different outlook on the game. But I feel he deserves to play after showing that kind of speed ...
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On this day in 1983, India ended West Indies’ 8-year unbeaten World Cup run | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: On this day in 1983, the Indian cricket team made history by ending West Indies' unbeaten run at the World Cup events that lasted for eight years by defeating them by 34 runs at Edgbaston Cricket Ground in their group B tie of the tournament. West Indies were the favourites heading into the match and the tournament in general. Not much was expected from India, whose run during the first two World Cups consisted of only one win and five losses. On the other hand, the Windies had won the 1975 and 1979 World Cups. Put to bat first by the Windies, India were off a shaky start, losing their openers Sunil Gavaskar and Kris Srikkanth by the time team's score was 46. Mohinder Amarnath and Sandeep Patil tried to resist the brutal bowling attack of their opposition, but their innings ende...
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‘Had I been picked by an IPL team, I would have just practised’, says Cheteshwar Pujara

Going unsold in the Indian Premier League auction in February this year has turned out to be a blessing in disguise for Cheteshwar Pujara. While the IPL was on, Pujara travelled to England for what turned out to be a highly successful county stint for Sussex, which has helped him force his way back into the India Test squad for the deciding Test in Birmingham in July. “You can say that now in hindsight. Had I been picked by an IPL team, there were major chances that I wouldn’t have got any games. I would have just gone (to nets) and practised. Getting match practice and practice in the nets is always different. So when the county thing happened, I just said yes. The major reason I said yes to the county (stint) is that I wanted my old rhythm back,” Pujara told The Indian Express from Pa...
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County runs get Cheteshwar Pujara country recall

The IPL snub proved to be a blessing for Cheteshwar Pujara. While the world was busy watching the world’s most popular T20 tournament, Pujara, in his Sussex whites, was entertaining the English county faithfuls. In those idyllic surroundings, he has scored a couple of double tons and two hundreds – 170*, 203, 109, 201* – in seven inning games at an average of 143. This mountain of runs helped Pujara make a return to the Test squad. His Sussex team mate and Pakistan wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan had given a hint about Pujara’s drive and focus during his short stint. “He is a very nice person and his concentration and focus are unreal … In my life, the player with the highest levels of concentration and focus I have seen is Younis bhai. So No. 1 is Younis bhai. After that, it was Fawad ...
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Virat Kohli to discuss timing of taking a break with Dravid, Indian team management

There was one shot in Virat Kohli’s innings against Gujarat Titans on Thursday; a supremely elegant lofted drive off Rashid Khan for a six. It oozed sublimity and also, supreme confidence. A Khan googly accounted for Kohli a couple of balls later, but in a bad season, he had his best game. Kohli hasn’t scored a century in any format since November 2019. This IPL, where he has scored 309 runs in 14 matches, has been underwhelming by his lofty standards. Along the way, he suffered the ignominy of having golden ducks in successive matches. Trying to draw a 2014 analogy, when he had become James Anderson’s bunny in England and finished with 134 runs from 10 Test innings, could be tempting. Kohli begs to differ. “What happened in England was a pattern so something that I could work on, somet...
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India to play warm-up games against Derbyshire, Northamptonshire ahead of England limited overs series

India will take on Derbyshire and Northamptonshire in two T20 warm-up fixtures ahead of their white-ball series against England in July. The two matches will be played against on July 1 and 3 respectively. However, both the games will clash with the postponed fifth and final Test between India and England, which was suspended due to a COVID-19 outbreak last year. The Test, which was called off after COVID-19 cases were reported in the Indian contingent, will be held from July 1-5 at Edgbaston, Birmingham. India lead the series 2-1. “India will travel to The Incora County Ground to face Derbyshire in a Twenty20 Tour Fixture on Friday 1 July (7pm start). The number-one ranked T20 side in the world will continue their ICC Twenty20 World Cup preparations against a Derbyshire s...
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Ganguly oversteps crease and rules to sit in selection meetings

WHEN WRIDDHIMAN Saha expressed shock at being dropped from the Test team despite assurances from Sourav Ganguly, the Bengal wicket-keeper unwittingly drew attention to a new practice that’s making a mockery of the cricket board’s governance norms: the former India captain and present BCCI president’s unauthorised say in selection matters. The BCCI constitution bars its president from having any role in picking the national team in order to retain the independence and autonomy of the selection committee. “The President is shorn of his say in selections,” the Supreme Court-approved constitution says. The only BCCI office-bearer authorised to be present is the secretary, who acts as a convenor without a say in selection. However, The Indian Express spoke to three past and present selec...
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Ahead of Kohli’s Test No. 100 tomorrow, this WhatsApp group is buzzing for the ‘yaar’

THROUGH WEDNESDAY, Virat Kohli’s phone notifications would have buzzed constantly, particularly from the WhatsApp group titled ‘Under 19 Champions’. Exactly 14 years ago, Kohli, a stump in his hand, had slid on the green grass in a Kuala Lumpur stadium, with Ravindra Jadeja in hot pursuit, after leading India to the Under-19 World Cup, beating South Africa in the final on March 2, 2008. Now, with their “yaar” set to play his 100th Test on Friday against Sri Lanka, it was a deluge of emojis on the group, which was started during the lockdown in 2020 with all of its members from that Under-19 World Cup winning team. This group never has a dull moment, its members tell The Indian Express. Apart from memories of Kohli’s spiked hair and aggression from then, memes and jokes, and constant...
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Team India to have new physios, trainers; NCA to hire “rehab specialist”, focus on “non-compliant” players with regards to injury | Cricket News – Times of India

CHANDIGARH: The Indian team will soon have new physios and Strength and Conditioning coaches, who will be part of a dedicated Sports Science & Sports Medicine (SSSM) team headed by Nitin Patel. The BCCI will be making a plethora of recruitments for its SSSM team which includes physios and trainers (S&C) for Team India (men and women, junior (men and women), A teams as well as dedicated "rehab specialists" working on injury managements. Both physios and S&C coaches have two categories of recruitment in which category 1 constitutes working with senior men and women's teams while those in category 2 will work with junior men and women and domestic cricket. However, one of the interesting aspects of the new appointment is the enhanced role of rehab specialists and performance an...