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EXCLUSIVE: In letter to top cricketers, BCCI secretary Jay Shah warns ‘skipping domestic red-ball games will have severe implications’

BOARD OF Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah on Friday wrote to top cricketers — centrally contracted as well as India A — warning them that domestic cricket remains a “critical yardstick for selection” to the national team and non-participation in it will have “severe implications”. The reason for the communication, according to the letter, was “the concerning trend of players prioritising the IPL over domestic red-ball cricket”. “There is a recent trend that has started to emerge and is a cause for concern. Some players have begun prioritising the IPL over domestic cricket, a shift that was not anticipated. Domestic cricket has always been the foundation upon which Indian cricket stands, and it has never been undervalued in our vision for the sport,” Shah said in th...
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We are not going to tolerate any other tantrums: Jay Shah says centrally contracted players will have to play domestic red-ball cricket

BCCI secretary Jay Shah on Wednesday made it clear that India’s centrally contracted players will have to mandatorily play in the domestic red ball tournaments and the board will not tolerate any excuses. “They have been informed on phone already and I’m going to write letters as well that if your chairman of selectors, your coach and your captain are asking for it then you will have to play red-ball cricket,” Shah said as quoted by PTI. Shah, however, said that the players’ participation in these domestic tournaments will happen in accordance with the guidance from the national cricket academy. “Whatever advice we get from the NCA — say suppose somebody’s body is not able to handle both white-ball and red-ball cricket — so we do not want to impose anything in that regard. (It applies t...
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Dattajirao Gaekwad, India’s oldest Test cricketer, passes away at 95

Dattajirao Krishnarao Gaekwad, India’s oldest living test cricketer, passed away at his residence in Gujarat’s Vadodara on Tuesday. He was 95. Gaekwad is survived by his son, Anshuman Gaekwad, a former coach of the India cricket team. Distantly related to the royal family of Baroda, Gaekwad, who studied at the Maharani Chimnabai High School in erstwhile Baroda state, is celebrated for winning the Ranji Trophy for Baroda in his first year as the captain of the Baroda cricket team in 1957-58. Led by Gaekwad, the Baroda team had defeated the Services Team by an innings and 51 runs in the final match played at the Motibaug Stadium in Vadodara. Under the shade of the banyan tree at the Motibag cricket ground, from his blue Maruti car, Indian captain D.K. Gaekwad sir tirelessly scouted young...
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Insights on Rohit Sharma’s Leadership Approach | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Indian cricket captain Rohit Sharma shed light on his leadership approach, highlighting the significance of fostering confidence and trust among players during an event in Mumbai on Friday.Rohit emphasized the multifaceted nature of his role, encompassing strategic decisions on the field and personal interactions off it, aimed at nurturing a cohesive team environment."As a leader, it's crucial to instill confidence in players and make them feel valued regardless of their role in the team," Rohit stated during the Leo1, Mastercard & NSDL event. "Each player's contribution is essential to the team's success, whether they play ten balls at No. 6 or 7."The skipper underscored the importance of personal engagement with each player, emphasizing the need for equal treatment and ...
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Ravindra Jadeja responds to father’s allegations, calls it an attempt to tarnish wife Rivaba’s image – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Team India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja on Friday criticised an interview of his father, Anirudhsinh Jadeja, in a Gujarati daily - slamming it as "scripted", "nonsense" and an attempt to show his wife, Rivaba, in bad light. "Let's ignore what's said in scripted interviews," wrote Jadeja in the caption along with an image, which had his response written in Gujarati, he posted on microblogging website 'X'. In the interview, Jadeja's father accused his son of not being in touch with the family, while also accusing Rivaba for creating a rift. "Right after their marriage, there was a dispute regarding the ownership of Ravindra's restaurant. She (Rivaba) told him to transfer the ownership of the restaurant to her name. They even had a major fight because of that," the father alleged...
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1st Test: Ashwin and Jadeja face unexpected challenge in Hyderabad against England | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, the dynamic duo of Indian cricket, have been dominating their opponents at home with their exceptional bowling skills. They have now surpassed the legendary Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh to become the leading wicket-takers for India in Test matches, with a combined tally of 511 wickets.Scorecard: IND vs ENG 1st TestIn the first Test against England in Hyderabad, Ashwin and Jadeja played a crucial role in bundling out the visitors for 246 in the first innings, taking six wickets between them. However, England fought back strongly in their second innings, scoring 420 at a brisk pace, leaving the Indian spinners frustrated.The English batsmen, led by Ollie Pope, employed a barrage of sweeps and reverse sweeps to counter the spinners' th...
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Ranji Trophy: Fog, harsh winter playing spoilsport in North India

The Hostel Ground in Jammu hosted two games in the ongoing Ranji Trophy. In eight days, only 107.3 overs were bowled due to poor visibility. In the second round game between Jammu and Kashmir and Delhi, only two overs of play were possible on the first three days.Jammu and Kashmir is not the only home side suffering due to the fog that has affected visibility. In the first-round match between Haryana and Rajasthan at Lahli, only 42 overs were possible. At the Sector 16 Cricket Stadium in Chandigarh, only 159.3 overs were bowled in the first round game against Railways, while only 26 overs of play were possible in the third round match played between Chandigarh and Gujarat. At the end of the third round, thirteen matches in venues including Delhi, Jammu, Mohali, Chandigarh, Meerut and Ka...
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Ravi Shastri to get BCCI’s lifetime achievement award on Tuesday

Former India coach, ex-allrounder and current commentator Ravi Shastri will be bestowed with the lifetime-achievement award by the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) in Hyderabad on Tuesday. The BCCI will conduct its award ceremony for the first time since 2019, the initial delay being because of COVID. Shastri, 61, has worn multiple hats during his illustrious career on and off the field. Shastri played 80 Tests and 150 ODIs for India and his international career span was from 1981 to 1992. Post retirement he took up commentary. Shastri was appointed as director of the Indian cricket team in 2014 and remained in that post till the 2016 World Cup. He returned again just over a year later after Anil Kumble decided not to continue as coach. He found an ally in captain Virat ...
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Exclusive: ‘Calm and aggressive’ – Shikhar Dhawan dissects MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli’s captaincy styles | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Ice and fire. That's the best way to describe the captaincy styles of Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Virat Kohli. Indian cricket reached great heights under the captaincy of both the stalwarts and both Dhoni and Kohli have left behind a legacy that will go down as one of the best periods in the annals of Indian cricket history.Opener Shikhar Dhawan made his debut under the captaincy of MS Dhoni and blossomed under the leadership of Kohli, who also hails from Delhi and played domestic cricket together for quite a while.In our second part of an exclusive interview, Shikhar Dhawan talks about the notable differences in the captaincy styles of Dhoni and Virat, his camaraderie with Rohit Sharma, on scoring heavily in ICC tournaments and the Asian Games snub, among others.Excerpts:You ma...
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WATCH: Virat Kohli! Who? Ronaldo says he is not ‘very popular’ | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Indian cricketer Virat Kohli has emerged as a global icon, captivating the hearts of fans across the world with his exceptional batting skills. Known for his remarkable ability to dominate bowlers from all corners of the globe, Virat has become a true inspiration for countless individuals.His sheer batting prowess and unwavering determination have propelled him to unimaginable heights, making him one of the most popular personalities in the world. But on Thursday, social media was shell-shocked after Brazilian football great Ronaldo refused to have heard Virat's name. In an interaction with YouTuber Speed, Ronaldo was asked a few questions on Virat. Here's how the interaction went:YOUTUBER: Do you know Virat Kohli?RONALDO: Who?YOUTUBER: Virat Kohli, from IndiaRONALDO: NoYOUTU...
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BCCI extends birthday wishes to cricketing icon Kapil Dev | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) showered warm birthday greetings upon cricketing legend Kapil Dev as he celebrated his 65th birthday on Saturday. Kapil Dev, an enduring figure in the cricketing world, is hailed as one of the greatest all-rounders in the history of the sport.Recognized for his exceptional skills and remarkable leadership, Kapil Dev's legacy in cricket remains indelible.A formidable fast-medium bowler known for his sheer pace and a dynamic middle-order batsman, he played a pivotal role in shaping the course of Indian cricket.In a tribute to the cricketing icon, the BCCI took to social media, sharing a picture of Kapil Dev along with his impressive international statistics. The post extended warm wishes to Team India's greatest all-rounder, ackn...
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2023: A year of what could have been for Indian cricket | Cricket News – Times of India

Despite numerous statistical highs, including being ranked No.1 in all formats, the big prize in men's cricket eluded the Indian teamHow would you sum up 2023 if you were an Indian cricket fan? Two words would do justice. "What if?." 2023 was a year where the Indian men's cricket team had two cracks at ending a 10-year wait for an ICC Trophy, but it came up short on both occasions in the WTC final at The Oval and the ODI World Cup final at Ahmedabad.And both times, it got outskilled by a familiar adversary. Australia.What if India had picked Ashwin at the Oval in the WTC final? What if India had tried to bounce out Travis Head earlier? What if Head had nicked one of the many balls he played and missed in the first ten overs of that chase in Ahmedabad?The loss on November 19 in Motera wo...
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‘They don’t win anything’: Michael Vaughan labels India as one of the most underachieving cricket teams in the world | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: With India unable to land an ICC trophy in over a decade now, former England captain Michael Vaughan labeled the side as most underachieving cricket teams in the world. Vaughan pointed out that despite the talent and resources at its disposal, India haven't been able to produce noteworthy performances. India's last ICC trophy came in 2013 when MS Dhoni led the side to Champions Trophy triumph.While talking in a Fox Sports panel discussion during the second Test between Australia and Pakistan at the MCG, Vaughan started the conversation thread on the Indian team, posing a question to former Australian batsman Mark Waugh."Do you think, in terms of cricket, India are one of the most underachieving sports teams in the world," Vaughan asked Waugh.But the Aussie preferred to deflec...
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‘I would choose Sourav Ganguly…’: Parthiv Patel on why he has a soft corner for the former India captain – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former Indian cricketer Parthiv Patel expressed his enduring admiration for Sourav Ganguly, selecting the former president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and captain over the illustrious Mahendra Singh Dhoni. Patel, who made his debut for India at the age of 17 in 2002, played 15 Test matches and 10 ODIs under Ganguly's captaincy between 2002 and 2004.During the 6th Advancement In Endourology Conference At the Forum Convention Centre, Patel spoke about his preference, stating, "Today I would still choose Sourav Ganguly as my captain for sure. We've had a lot of successful captains - Dhoni, Virat Kohli, everyone. But I would still choose Sourav. I think he had time for everyone. Everyone else has been great captains as well. But I would still choose him."G...
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Coming Soon: IPL-style tier-2 league by BCCI, possibly in T10 format, says report | Cricket News – Times of India

A tier-2 cricket league is set to be introduced by the Board of Control for Cricket India (BCCI), possibly in the T10 format -- the blueprint of which is already in the works. According to a report on moneycontrol.com, the league could see the light of the day as early as September-October next year, and the idea has been positively received by various stakeholders. The point of contention for the BCCI, as per the report, is whether to go ahead with the T10 format or give it a green signal under the T20 version and whether to introduce an age-cap for the tier-2 league so that it doesn't harm the interest of the established property in the form of IPL.Also being deliberated upon reportedly is to offer the present (IPL) franchise owners the 'right to first refusal', which is one of the cl...
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‘They need to value equally…’: Gautam Gambhir criticises media bias in Indian cricket | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former Indian batter Gautam Gambhir has expressed strong criticism of the prevailing obsession with statistics and perceived media bias in Indian cricket. In an interview on the ANI Podcast with Smita Prakash, Gambhir argued that the problem arises when a player's performance is not adequately recognized and valued."People who say it was an underrated knock are the people who undervalue and underappreciate.Nothing is underrated, it is under-shown and under-valued, and that is where the problem lies. The country is obsessed with stats. Till the time you let go of the obsession with stats till then you won't get results," remarked Gambhir.He highlighted the pressure faced by current players in the Indian cricket team, suggesting that the constant scrutiny and race to maintain f...
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Arshin Kulkarni justifies early sacrifices by inspiring India to victory over Afghanistan in U19 Asia Cup

The Kulkarni family is more used to wielding the scalpel and stethoscope. But Atul, a paediatrician from Solapur, wanted his youngest son Arshin to swap the doctor’s kit for a cricket bag. A failed cricketer himself, his biggest dream was to make his son a cricketer. “In my family everyone is a doctor including my daughter. I used to play cricket and even Arshin’s grandfather also played cricket,” he tells The Indian Express.On Friday, the medium-pace bowling all-rounder, made a big step in fulfilling his father’s wish by not only debuting for India’s U-19 team in their fixture against Afghanistan in the Asia Cup but also starring in the game with a crisp 70 and impressive bowling figures of 8-0-29-3. Atul’s joy knew no bounds as his son donned the star show from the ground in Dubai, wh...
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WATCH: ‘What a feeling after…’ – Prithvi Shaw hits nets, eyes return | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India batter Prithvi Shaw on Friday posted a video of himself doing batting practice in nets at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru. In September, Shaw had sustained a knee injury that has kept him out of some marquee domestic tournaments like the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy as well as the Vijay Hazare Trophy.Shaw shared a story on his Instagram handle on Thursday, with the caption: “What a feeling after three months”. Shaw was recently retained by Delhi Capitals (DC) for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 season. He had scored just 106 runs from 8 matches in IPL 2023.Shaw last played for India in July 2021. The right-handed batter, who made his debut in 2018, has represented India in 5 Tests, 6 ODIs and 1 T20I so far. !(function(f, b, e, v, n, t, s) { function ...
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‘Alastair Cook and MS Dhoni are my inspiration’: Young Innesh Mahajan gears up for U-19 Asia Cup | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Innesh Mahajanhas become a celebrity in his Noida neighbourhood, so much so that if you are struggling to navigate to his home, the locals will guide you to his doorstep. In Sector 110, neighbours are visiting the Mahajan household to congratulate Innesh and his family for selection in the Indian U-19 team for the Asia Cup, scheduled to take place in the UAE from December 8.The 18-year-old Innesh spoke to TimesofIndia.com after his call-up to the national U-19 side and said he is confident of doing well for the team."It's a big and proud moment for me to represent the country. I want to go and express myself. I am very happy. I have worked hard for this and when I got the result for my hard work, it felt nice," Innesh said during the interaction.(Photo: TOI Arrangement)"My pa...
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Shreyanka Patil, Saika Ishaque among fresh call-ups as India name Harmanpreet Kaur-led squads for England series

Shreyanka Patil and Saika Ishaque were among the new names called up to the senior team as the Board of Control for Cricket in India on Friday named the squad to be led by Harmanpreet Kaur for the T20I series against England that is starting in less than a week from now at Wankhede stadium.The selection committee also named the squads for the two Test matches to follow, one against England followed by another against Australia. Harmanpreet will lead the team as Indian women play a Test match at home for the first time in more than nine years. India had last played two Test matches in 2021, away in England and Australia. In the T20I squad against England, Shreyanka was joined by Mannat Kashyap and Saika in earning fresh call-ups. Pacer Renuka Singh Thakur is set to return after a break f...