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Virat Kohli has all the tools to come out of batting slump: Mahela Jayawardene | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: Star India batter Virat Kohli is a quality player and has all the tools needed to come out of his prolonged dip in form, said former Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene. Kohli and a fit-again KL Rahul on Monday returned to a 15-member Indian squad for the Asia Cup scheduled to be held in Dubai and Sharjah from August 27 to September 11. Kohli is enduring his worst slump in form and has not scored a century in international cricket since November 2019. His last assignment was the England tour where he could manage just 76 runs from six innings across formats, which included the rescheduled fifth Test, two ODIs and as many T20s in July. The former skipper was rested for limited over West Indies tour and the upcoming ODIs against Zimbabwe. "It is unfortunate what Virat is going thr...
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Never let this feeling creep in that I play only one format for India now: Shikhar Dhawan | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Behind Shikhar Dhawan's cheerful exterior lies an intensely "spiritual man" who has made peace with representing India in only one format. Approaching his 37th birthday, Dhawan has made a pledge to himself. "Till the time I am playing for India, I would like to be an asset and not a liability," Dhawan told PTI in an exclusive interaction after leading India to an ODI series victory in the West Indies. From the start of 2020 till the end of the West Indies series, Dhawan has played 22 ODIs and scored 975 runs with 10 half-centuries, the highest by an Indian batter by a distance. "I am a calm, matured person. The performance is a reflection of my experience," Dhawan said when he was reminded of his phenomenal numbers. "My basics have been pretty strong and I have put in a lot o...
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MS Dhoni instilled confidence in me, no shortcuts to get into Team India: Deepak Chahar | Cricket News – Times of India

CHENNAI: India's right-arm pace bowler Deepak Chahar has credited the growth in his cricketing career to former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni's advice, saying the veteran wicketkeeper-batter instilled a lot of confidence in him, which translated into good performances. Chahar, who missed the 2022 Indian Premier League (IPL) season due to a hamstring injury and is ready for India comeback when the Asia Cup squad is announced on August 8, said: "Mahi bhai has given me a lot of advice. The best advice was to believe in myself. When I first played for CSK (Chennai Super Kings), the amount of confidence he gave me reflected in my performance. He's the number one captain. If he believes in you, you have to believe in yourself. The belief I got from playing for CSK was massive. That chang...
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Exclusive: ICC issues ‘clarifications’ to broadcasters over media rights process but lack of transparency persists | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: The International Cricket Council (ICC), on Friday, sent out a list of clarifications that were sought by broadcasters last month over the tender document to sell television and digital media rights for the next cycle. After the ICC came out with the Invitation-To-Tender (ITT) immediately post the e-auction of Indian Premier League (IPL) media rights, broadcasters had raised a gamut of questions arising out of the complications they saw in the process. While the clarifications have come in - some are listed below - broadcasters remain unconvinced about the manner in which the ICC has decided to go about with this whole process. The ICC maintains that should it remain unconvinced about the bids received in Round One - the metrics of which remain unmentioned - the bidding will mov...
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MI owner asked to respond to ‘conflict of interest’ allegation

The Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) new Ethics Officer, retired Supreme Court judge Justice Vineet Saran, has asked for a written response from Mumbai Indians owner and Reliance Industries Limited director Nita Ambani over an alleged ‘conflict of interest’ complaint against her. Justice Saran, in the communication assessed by The Indian Express, has set September 2 as the deadline for the response that “should be supported by a duly executed affidavit”. The complainant, former Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association member Sanjeev Gupta, in his communication to Justice Saran last month, wrote that Ambani is “hit by an instance of Conflict of Interest”, according to BCCI rules, since “she is owner of BCCI IPL Franchisee of Mumbai Indians Team & also RIL-Owned / Subsidiary ...
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‘Unable to express my feelings’: Mumbai Indians’ Kumar Kartikeya meets his family after 9 years | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Madhya Pradesh and Mumbai Indians's cricketer Kumar Kartikeya on Wednesday revealed that he has met his family after nine years and three months and can't express his feeling on being with his dear ones after a long time. The 24-year-old took to twitter to post a picture along with his mother to express his joy. "Met my family and mumma after 9 years and 3 months. Unable to express my feelings," wrote Kartikeya along with the picture. Met my family and mumma ❤️ after 9 years 3 months . Unable to express my feelings 🤐#MumbaiIndians #IPL2022 https://t.co/OX4bnuXlcw— Kartikeya Singh (@Imkartikeya26) 1659494122000Notably, Kartikeya had earlier said that he would return home only after becoming something in life. Back in May, he said that he would go home after the completion of t...
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KKR’s dream gives us a hint to how they see cricket’s future

Balance needed between formats, franchise, and international cricket and also between enriching corporates and enriching the sport Balance needed between formats, franchise, and international cricket and also between enriching corporates and enriching the sport The cat is beginning to slip out of the bag. The chief executive of Kolkata Knight riders has been quoted in the Daily Telegraph as saying that IPL franchises hope to contract players for 12 months of the year to play for their different teams. “If we were able to have X number of contracted players, and were able to use them all in different leagues, I think that would be nirvana. Hopefully, someday it will happen,” Venky Mysore told the newspaper.Meanwhile Ravi Shastri, player, coach and television pundit, in a podcast batted...
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Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Ruturaj Gaikwad have played a huge role in my cricketing journey: Pacer Mukesh Choudhary | Cricket News – Times of India

CHENNAI: Chennai Super Kings left-arm pace bowler Mukesh Choudhary has revealed that the Chennai franchise skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and opening batter Ruturaj Gaikwad have had a big impact on his cricketing career since the time he became a part of the side in IPL 2022. The 26-year-old Choudhary, the leading wicket-taker for Maharashtra in the 2021/22 edition of Vijay Hazare Trophy, was bought by CSK for his base price of Rs 20 lakhs at the IPL 2022 mega auction. Since then, it has been great going for the pacer, though his side finished ninth this season. The quick ended up playing 13 matches in IPL 2022, taking 16 wickets with a best of 4/46 and a strike rate of 17. Despite doing well in the domestic season, Choudhary conceded he did not expect to be picked by CSK and then being g...
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Reliance, RPSG and CSK among the six IPL franchise owners for South Africa’s T20 league

Reliance, RPSG, Sun TV, CSK, Royals Sports Group and JSW Sports, owners of six Indian Premier League franchises have now been confirmed as the successful bidders for South African T20 league. In a press release, Cricket South Africa stated that the owners of the Mumbai, Lucknow, Hyderabad, Chennai, Rajasthan and Delhi franchises from the IPL now own the South Africa T20 teams from Cape Town, Durban, Gqeberha (formerly known as Port Elizabeth), Johannesburg, Paarl and Pretoria respectively. The open bid process, managed by Deloitte Corporate Finance, attracted over 29 bidders interested in buying a franchise. Over 10 venues were made available for interested bidders to own a franchise, six of which were finally shortlisted. There had been prior reports of owners from the IPL looking to i...
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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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India vs England 2022: I try to outsmart the batter, says Hardik Pandya on his return to bowling at his best | Cricket News – Times of India

MANCHESTER: Hardik Pandya, the bowler, feels he has finally got his rhythm back and going forward, the India star will continue to be 'smart' about his job and bowl at full pace only when 'required'. Not being able to bowl regularly due to fitness issues had cost Hardik his place in the Indian team but he made a roaring comeback with the IPL. More recently, he was at his absolute best with bat and ball in the white-ball series in England. His ability with the bat was never in doubt but he has turned heads with his brilliant bowling performances against England. The 28-year-old took career-best figures, 4/33 and 4/24, in the T20 and ODI series. The standout figures in the 50-over format came on Sunday when he bowled at good pace before making a match winning contribution with the bat...
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Thanks to BCCI, IPL gets what it truly deserves | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: For the umpteenth time in 15 years since inception, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has always moved in a direction that changed the global cricket calendar as we have known it. This year, it has moved beyond the expected. Largely thanks to the current BCCI administration led by its secretary Jay Shah, the marquee T20 property has now carved out an extended window for itself in the international calendar, one that will now allow the IPL to run for a full three months and ensure that any or all cricket in the rest of the world comes to a standstill during this time. The credit for ICC's new FTP, in the context of this changing landscape, goes to BCCI & Shah alone. The draft of ICC's Future Tours Program (FTP) is ready and the game's parent body is in the middle of selling its...
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Camaraderie with Rohit Sharma has been good: Suryakumar Yadav | Cricket News – Times of India

MANCHESTER: India batter Suryakumar Yadav on Saturday said his camaraderie with Rohit Sharma has been really good, adding that the skipper has helped him a lot with his batting since his domestic cricket days. Apart from sharing the Indian dressing room, both Rohit and Suryakumar represented Mumbai in domestic cricket and play for the same IPL side, Mumbai Indians. "Camaraderie has been really good. He's been watching me and talking about my cricket since I played domestic cricket," Suryakumar said on the eve of the third ODI between India and England. "Coming into IPL in 2018-19 we used to talk about how I can improve my game, handle pressure situations and move forward. We have had a lot of chats about my game and I have literally felt him on the ground whenever he's leading. I have l...
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ICC’s rough FTP draft has dedicated two and half month IPL Window: Reports

The IPL is all set to have its dedicated two and half month exclusive window from the next Futures Tours & Programme (FTP) calender of the ICC starting 2024, with no international cricket scheduled in that phase. That the T20 extravaganza would be a “two-and-a-half-month” affair from the next FTP was confirmed by PTI in an exclusive interview with BCCI secretary Jay Shah on the sidelines of the blockbuster IPL media rights deal last month. “Let me inform you that from the next ICC FTP calendar, IPL will have an official two-and-a-half month window so that all the top international cricketers can participate. We have had discussions with various boards as well as the ICC,” Shah had told PTI back then and it is now turning into a reality. As per the draft by the International Cricket ...
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ICC Media Rights: Global body to accept sealed bids as usual, e-auction only in case of a ‘tie’ | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) will be conducting an e-auction for its sale of media rights only if the bidders quote an identical amount in the opening round, industry sources told PTI on Friday. While Viacom18, which had recently won the IPL India digital rights with a record Rs 23,578 crore bid via an e-auction, had reportedly sought clarifications on certain aspects from the governing body, the ICC will stick to its original plan -- sealed bids for round 1 and e-auction for second round only if there is a tie. In fact, the ICC on Friday, sent out multiple clarifications to the interested parties on the bidding process that will be held in August for the cycle starting 2024. "The ICC always gets multiple queries on the bidding process and that is nothing new for t...
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Lalit Modi and his knack of pulling off surprises

Though tough to imagine, back in the day, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) lived in a cluttered two BHK apartment. Its South Mumbai address might have impressed those who corresponded with it, but not the postman who climbed those dark, dingy stairs leading to the file-filled rooms with peeling walls. Typical of those wily kinds with old money, they were low-key and conservative. And then Lalit Modi came along. He got the Indian Premier League (IPL) as well as the International Management Group and subsequently, more worrying acronyms — ED, CBI — would follow. But let’s not get ahead of ourselves in this story of how cricket couldn’t handle money and fame. Just back in london after a whirling global tour #maldives # sardinia with the families – not to mention my #better...
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All is well, says CSK official amid rift rumours with Ravindra Jadeja | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has removed all posts related to Chennai Super Kings' (CSK) 2021 and 2022 seasons from his social media account - an indication that all is not well between the all-rounder and the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise. However, an official from CSK tried to clear the air about the rift rumours and told ANI, " See, this is a personal call by him. We are not aware of such kinds of incidents from our side. All OK. Nothing is wrong." There have been some reports claiming that the all-rounder didn't wish Mahendra Singh Dhoni this year on his birthday on social media accounts, which he used to do till last year. Jadeja was named the captain of the CSK earlier this year after Dhoni relinquished his captaincy ahead of the IPL 2022 season. However, the all...
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Wasim Jaffer opines that Rishabh Pant should open for India in T20Is | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Former Indian batter Wasim Jaffer feels that Rishabh Pant should be allowed to open in the T20I format for India. "Indian think tank should think about opening with Rishabh Pant in T20Is. I think that's the spot where he can blossom. #ENGvIND," tweeted Jaffer. Indian think tank should think about opening with Rishabh Pant in T20Is. I think that's the spot where he can blossom. #ENGvIND— Wasim Jaffer (@WasimJaffer14) 1657089001000Rishabh Pant has been performing well for India in Test cricket. In his 31 Tests for India so far, he has managed 2,123 runs at an average of 43.32. He has scored five centuries and ten half-centuries. His best individual score is 159*. Pant has hundreds in overseas countries like Australia, England and South Africa as well. He is currently placed at a c...
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Jos Buttler a ‘no-brainer’ for England limited-overs captaincy: Michael Vaughan | Cricket News – Times of India

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has backed Jos Buttler to become the team's white-ball skipper after Eoin Morgan steps down, saying the decision would be a "no-brainer". Reports in British media said Morgan is set to announce his retirement from international cricket later on Tuesday, ending a career in which he played more than 300 times across 50-overs and Twenty20 formats. The 35-year-old captained England in a record 126 one-dayers and 72 Twenty20 internationals, with Buttler his deputy since 2015, but has been battling form and fitness problems in recent months. "For me it's a no-brainer that Jos Buttler takes over that role," Vaughan wrote in the Daily Telegraph. "He's the best white-ball player in the world, he's got a very smart cricket brain, and he's got that calmness y...
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Ireland vs India: Hardik Pandya relishes captaincy, says it brings best out of him | Cricket News – Times of India

MALAHIDE: He struck gold in his debut season as captain in the IPL, and Hardik Pandya admits that responsibility brings out the best in him on a cricket field. Hardik, who led the Gujarat Titans to the IPL title in the side's and his debut season earlier this year, has been named as captain of the Indian team for the two-match T20 International series against Ireland, starting here on Sunday. And the dashing all-rounder said he believes in taking ownership on the field. "Earlier also, I liked taking up responsibility and now also it is the same but it is a bit more responsibility now. I always believed that I did better when I took responsibility," Hardik said during a virtual press conference on the eve of the first T20I. 💬💬 I have performed well when I have taken up responsibility: #T...