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We will review why batters are failing in 3rd innings of Test matches: Rahul Dravid | Cricket News – Times of India

BIRMINGHAM: India head coach Rahul Dravid on Tuesday said the repeated failures of his batters in the 'third' innings of a Test match is a matter of concern and they will sit with the national selectors to address the issue. The Indian team, under Dravid's tutelage, has lost its last three overseas Test matches -- two in South Africa and one in Birmingham. It failed to defend a whopping 378-run target in the just-concluded game against England. India scored 266 in their second innings in Johannesburg, 198 in Cape Town and 245 in Birmingham, which has been effectively third innings of a Test match. In all these three games, India failed to defend targets like 240, 212 and now 378. Asked how he plans to analyse, the Indian coach gave a glimpse of his humorous side. "There is so much of cr...
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‘My road to recovery has begun’: KL Rahul tweets after successful surgery in Germany

Indian opener and vice-captain KL Rahul has undergone successful surgery for sports hernia in Germany. The senior batter is expected to be out of competitive cricket for another couple of months. Informing his fans and followers about the surgery, Rahul took to Twitter on Wednesday night and posted a photo of himself with a message, “It’s been a tough couple of weeks but the surgery was successful. I’m healing and recovering well. My road to recovery has begun. Thank you for your messages and prayers. See you soon.” Hello everyone. It’s been a tough couple of weeks but the surgery was successful. I’m healing and recovering well. My road to recovery has begun. Thank you for your messages and prayers. See you soon 🏏♥️ pic.twitter.com/eBjcQTV03z — K L Rahul (@klrahul) June 29, 2022 Rahul ...
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KL Rahul undergoes successful surgery in Germany, could be out of action for couple of months | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Senior India opener and regular vice-captain KL Rahul has undergone a successful surgery for sports hernia in Germany and is expected to be out of competitive cricket for another couple of months. Rahul, who was forced to opt out of the home T20I series against South Africa earlier this month, has over the years had recurrent lower abdominal related fitness issues, including groin strains and hamstring injuries. "It's been a tough couple of weeks but the surgery was successful. I'm healing and recovering well. My road to recovery has begun. Thank you for your messages and prayers. See you soon," Rahul tweeted. Hello everyone. It's been a tough couple of weeks but the surgery was successful. I'm healing and recovering well.… https://t.co/jHRPbd4D15— K L Rahul (@klrahul) 165652...
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India vs England, 5th Test: India to take late call on Rohit Sharma’s inclusion after positive Covid test | Cricket News – Times of India

India's captain Rohit Sharma may miss their Test match against England starting on Friday after he tested positive for Covid-19, but the team will take a late call on his inclusion after his next Covid test, head coach Rahul Dravid said on Wednesday. Sharma tested positive during a warm-up match in Leicester last week and the question of who leads the side in his absence has been left hanging, with vice-captain KL Rahul not in the squad due to an injury. India were 2-1 ahead in the series last September when the final Test at Old Trafford was cancelled due to Covid-19 cases in their camp. The fifth Test will be played in Edgbaston from Friday. "We'll keep monitoring him (Sharma). We've got close to 36 hours to go. He'll have a test later tonight and one tomorrow as well. It's up to th...
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Rohit Sharma can be relieved as captain from T20s: Virender Sehwag

Former India opener Virender Sehwag feels current skipper Rohit Sharma could be relieved from captaincy duties from T20s so that the 35-year-old can manage his workload better. Rohit has not been able to feature in all of India’s matches since taking over as captain due to injuries and workload management. “If the Indian team management has someone else in mind as captain in the T20 format, then I think, Rohit (Sharma) could be relieved and the following can be taken into consideration going forward,” Sehwag told PTI in an interview. “One, that would allow Rohit to manage his workload and mental fatigue, given his age. Rohit Sharma is down with Covid-19 infection these days. (FILE) “Two, once someone new is appointed as captain in T20s, it would also allow Rohit to take breaks and reju...
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India vs England 2022, fifth Test: KL Rahul missing out is a massive setback for India, says Sanjay Manjrekar | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: One of the most crucial aspects for India gaining a 2-1 lead in the 2021 Test series against England before the fifth and final Test was rescheduled for July this year due to fears of Covid-19 outbreak in the visitors' camp was the runs from openers KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma. Sharma was India's top run-getter, amassing 368 runs in four matches, including a fine 127 in the second innings of the fourth Test at The Oval apart from fifties at Lord's and Headingley. Rahul, on the other hand, made 315 runs with a stunning 129 in the first innings at Lord's, becoming one of the main architects for a famous victory. But this time, while Sharma is returning to England with captaincy duties on his shoulders, Rahul is unavailable for the Edgbaston Test due to a right groin injury, which me...
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Six captains in eight months wasn’t planned but we have created more leaders: Rahul Dravid | Cricket News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Six captains leading Indian teams across formats in a span of eight months isn't something that head coach Rahul Dravid had planned but he isn't complaining as it provides an opportunity to create more leaders within the group. Since Dravid took over in November after the T20 World Cup, India have had Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant, Hardik Pandya (set to lead in Ireland) as national captains due to the COVID-19 related bubble breaks, simultaneous series held in countries, and injury-induced breaks. "It's been challenging as well, we have got six captains in the last eight months, which actually wasn't the plan when I started, but it's the nature of the number of games we are playing," Dravid told Star Sports before the start of the fifth mat...
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Rishabh Pant not a certainty in Indian T20I side going forward, feels Wasim Jaffer | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Expressing concerns over Rishabh Pant's form in T20I cricket, former India opener Wasim Jaffer has said that the wicketkeeper-batter has not been able to replicate his Tests' success in the shortest format of the game and the left-hander is not a certainty in the Indian side going forward. The 24-year old Pant is leading India in the ongoing 5-match T20I series against South Africa. He was named the captain after KL Rahul, who was initially picked as the skipper, was ruled out of the series due to a groin injury. The left-handed batter had a decent IPL 2022 campaign with Delhi Capitals wherein he scored 340 runs in 14 matches but he has been struggling to get going in the ongoing T20I series, having managed just 34 runs in 3 matches. The more concerning thing about Pant is th...
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India vs South Africa T20I: KL Rahul, Kuldeep Yadav ruled out; Rishabh Pant named captain

Team India Captain KL Rahul has been ruled out of the T20I series against South Africa owing to a right groin injury while Kuldeep Yadav will also miss out in the T20I series after getting hit on his right hand while batting in the nets last evening. The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named wicket-keeper Rishabh Pant as Captain and Hardik Pandya as vice-captain for the home series against South Africa. The selection committee has not named a replacement for KL Rahul and Kuldeep Yadav. Both the cricketers will now report to the NCA where the medical team will assess them further and decide on the future course of treatment. India’s T20I squad: Rishabh Pant (Captain)(wk), Hardik Pandya (vice-captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ishan Kishan, Deepak Hooda, Shreyas Iyer, Dinesh Karthik (wk...
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India vs South Africa: With T20 World Cup in mind, India begin auditions for select spots | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Zeroing in on a core group for the upcoming T20 World Cup will be India's main endeavour as they audition a bunch of players, both old and new, in the five-match T20 International series against a strong South African side, starting here on Thursday. The Men in Blue are on a 12-match winning streak and come Thursday, they can create an all-time record of winning 13 T20I games in a row. However, for head coach Rahul Dravid, the primary aim over the next 10 days will be to narrow down on a core group of players going into the World Cup in October. And he couldn't have hoped for a better opposition than a gritty South African side which has seen its stock rise recently. With likes of skipper Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli rested for the series, stand in captain KL Rahul is a certa...
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India vs South Africa: Team India one win away from most consecutive victories in T20Is

Since losing to New Zealand in the T20 World Cup, Team India had registered 12 consecutive victories in the shortest format and had equalled Afghanistan’s record for most consecutive T20I wins by a Test-playing nation. On Thursday, KL Rahul-led team will have a chance to create history if they win the opening T20I of the five-match series against South Africa to be played at Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium in New Delhi. India is currently the No 1 ranked team in the shortest format of the game. Ahead of the exciting series, here’s a recap of all past 12 T20I matches Team India have won:Best of Express PremiumPremiumPremiumPremiumPremium Back in Blue – Prep mode 🔛#TeamIndia begin training in Delhi ahead of the 1st T20I against South Africa.@Paytm #INDvSA pic.twitter.com/kOr8jsGJwL — BCCI (...
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We know our top three’s quality and will give them lot of clarity: Dravid | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The troika of skipper Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and the peerless Virat Kohli might have faced a lot of flak for their dated T20 batting approach but head coach Rahul Dravid understands their quality and expects them to give "good, positive starts" going into the World Cup. Rohit, Rahul and Kohli's approach in the powerplay overs during the last World T20 came under the scanner but Dravid gave clear hints that he is in no mood to tinker with the top three even though regular skipper and the team's No. 1 batter have been rested from the series against South Africa. "We know our top three's quality. They are top class. There will be a slightly different top three in this series but what we are looking for (in general) is a good positive start and playing according to the situation,...
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Success of Indian captains in IPL augurs well for national team: Rahul Dravid | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Success of Indian players as captains in a tournament like IPL will eventually benefit the national team since the leadership role helps in accelerating the growth of cricketers, head coach Rahul Dravid said on Tuesday. Hardik Pandya led Gujarat Titans to title in its maiden season while KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, and Sanju Samson too did a commendable job while leading their respective franchises in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Rahul led new entrants Lucknow Super Giants to the playoffs in their maiden season and Samson impressed with his captaincy as he took Rajasthan Royals to a runners-up finish this season. "It is great that we have a lot of Indian captains doing well. Hardik was one of them. Brilliant. KL did a good job at LSG and Sanju in RR. Shreyas in KKR," Dravid s...
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India vs South Africa: Five Indian players to watch out for in T20I series against South Africa | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: With IPL debutants Gujarat Titans crowned champions in front of a record crowd of 1,04,859 fans at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on May 29, the cricketing action now shifts to the road to men's T20 World Cup in Australia to be held in October-November this year. On that road, India will host South Africa for a five-match T20I series beginning June 9. The first match of the series, to be held at the Arun Jaitley Stadium, will offer the Indian team a chance to chase a 13-match winning streak in T20Is. Currently, India are level with Afghanistan and Romania for most consecutive wins in T20Is at 12. India have opted to rest their main players Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah, with KL Rahul leading the 18-member side and Rishabh Pant serving as his deputy. Wit...
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India vs South Africa T20: South Africa team lands in Delhi for five-match T20I series against India | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The South African team reached Delhi on Thursday morning for a five-match T20I series against India, beginning June 9 at the Arun Jaitley Stadium here. KL Rahul is India's captain for this series and wicket-keeper batter Rishabh Pant is the vice-captain for the hosts. Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have been rested, while Dinesh Karthik, Kuldeep Yadav and Hardik Pandya are making their comeback after a stupendous show in IPL 2022. Umran Malik and Arshdeep Singh have received a maiden India call-up. Malik, the quick bowler from Kashmir, took 21 wickets in 13 matches for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in this season of the IPL. The South African team is being led by Temba Bavuma. The visitors will start their practice on June 3, although the team has to go through RT-PCR tests on a dail...
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‘This happiness can’t be explained in words’: Death-overs specialist Arshdeep Singh looking forward to potential India debut against South Africa | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Left-arm medium-pacer Arshdeep Singh was getting ready for his IPL team Punjab Kings' last league match against the Sunrisers Hyderabad when he got a call from the Indian team management. The call was about his maiden call-up to the Indian team. Arshdeep had a big smile on his face but within seconds, the 23-year-old pacer shifted his focus to the next match he was going to play. After Punjab Kings won that match, by 5 wickets, the team came back to the dressing room and celebrated Arshdeep's success. The 23-year-old from Guna in Madhya Pradesh went wicketless in that match, but was again very economical, giving away just 25 runs in his 4 overs. He had done enough to impress the selectors overall. This is his fourth IPL season and he has taken 40 wickets overall in 37 matches...
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IPL 2022, LSG vs RCB: We were trying to hit fours and sixes but they bowled really well, says KL Rahul | Cricket News – Times of India

KOLKATA: When Mark Zuckerberg famously said: "The biggest risk is not taking any risk", KL Rahul ought to have paid attention. The India player is too good a batter to not take on the bowlers at any stage of a game, but his conservative middle-overs approach did not help Lucknow Super Giants' cause in the eliminator against Royal Challengers Bangalore. At the end of the game, the LSG skipper acknowledged that "two big hits" would have probably done the job for his team in a chase of 208. "Yes, I think now, looking back, yes, it was just about two big hits in the middle overs and that could have gotten us over the line," Rahul said in the post-match press conference here. There was a seven-over period after the powerplay during which Rahul managed to hit just one boundary. Rahul was in r...
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IPL 2022, LSG vs RCB: KL Rahul becomes first player to score 600-plus runs in 4 IPL seasons | Cricket News – Times of India

KOLKATA: Lucknow Super Giants skipper KL Rahul became the first-ever player in the history of Indian Premier League (IPL) to score 600-plus runs in four IPL seasons. Rahul achieved this feat during the Eliminator clash of the ongoing IPL 2022 against Royal Challengers Bangalore on Wednesday here at Eden Gardens in Kolkata. He reached this unique batting milestone during his 58-ball 79-run inning against Faf du Plessis-led team. The right-handed opening batter has scored 661 runs in 15 matches of the IPL 2022 season. Before this year's edition, the top-order batter had scored 626 runs in 13 matches of the 2021 edition, 670 runs in 14 matches of the 2020 season and 659 runs in the 2018 edition of the cash-rich league. West Indies batting legend Chris Gayle and Australian opener David Warn...
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IPL 2022: Dropping easy catches never helps, Rajat Patidar made the difference for RCB, says LSG skipper KL Rahul | Cricket News – Times of India

KOLKATA: A dejected Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) skipper KL Rahul blamed sloppy fielding for his team's 14-run defeat at the hands of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the IPL Eliminator while acknowledging Rajat Patidar's brilliant hundred being the difference between the two teams. The 28-year-old Indore man Patidar scored a 54-ball 112 not out to singlehandedly win the IPL Eliminator for RCB. "I think it's quite obvious - the reasons why we didn't win. We let ourselves down in the field. Dropping easy catches never helps. Difference was obviously Patidar playing such a knock. When someone in the top three scores a hundred, more often the team wins," Rahul said after the match. Patidar was dropped thrice on the day en route his hundred and Rahul was livid with his team's fielding. "T...
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IPL 2022 Eliminator, RCB vs LSG: Patidar’s brilliant ton keeps Royal Challengers Bangalore in the hunt, sends Lucknow Super Giants packing | Cricket News – Times of India

KOLKATA: Lucknow Super Giants failed to replicate what another IPL debutant Gujarat Titans did a day earlier, going down to Royal Challengers Bangalore by 14 runs in the Eliminator at the Eden Gardens here on Wednesday. Like GT skipper Hardik Pandya, his LSG counterpart KL Rahul excelled, but failed to take the side home as they managed 193 for six while chasing 208 runs for victory. The opener took on the responsibility after losing his partner Quinton de Kock in the first over of the chase and raised hopes of a victory by being involved in a 96-run third-wicket partnership off 61 balls with Deepak Hooda. AS IT HAPPENED | SCORECARDBut things turned difficult after they managed 40 runs in the next six overs after getting 62 for two in the Powerplay. Rahul perished for 79 thereby ending ...