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Covid could hit India’s preparations for England Test | Cricket News – Times of India

BENGALURU: India's preparations for the rescheduled Test against England at Birmingham from July 1-5 have been hit as some of their players have been struck by Covid. While senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has not travelled to the United Kingdom along with his teammates after testing positive for the virus, TOI has learnt that former India captain Virat Kohli too was struck by Covid-19 after the team landed in London last week. "Yes, Virat too was hit by Covid after returning from holidaying in Maldives, but he's recovered now," a source told this paper. A few enthusiastic fans have put their selfies with Kohli in Leicester on Monday. "This now means that India's tour game against Leicestershire from June 24 won't be as intense as coach Rahul Dravid wanted it to be, since the medi...
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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 ...
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IPL 2022: Golden boy Virat Kohli gets a shot at first IPL title | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Faltering superstar Virat Kohli and his IPL side Royal Challengers Bangalore have a shot at winning their first title after a late blitz and a bit of luck secured them a playoff spot. Bangalore, led by Faf du Plessis after Kohli stepped down, sneaked in as the fourth side to make the final four after Delhi Capitals went down to wooden-spooners Mumbai Indians on Saturday. With eight wins in 14 league matches, Bangalore entered the play-offs for the third time in a row in the Indian Premier League, and will play Lucknow Super Giants in the eliminator on Wednesday. Kohli, who bounced back from three golden ducks this season with a match-winning 73 in his team's last league game, tweeted "Kolkata" -- venue of the eliminator -- after Mumbai's victory. ✈️ Kolkata @mipaltan 🤝 @RCBTw...
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IPL 2022, RCB vs GT: This was for the team, says Virat Kohli | Cricket News – Times of India

His hard work at the nets has paid off: Mike HessonIt wasn't the vintage Virat Kohli on show on Thursday night at the Wankhede stadium, but the signature focus, intent and hunger to see his team through was on display. After a prolonged dry run with the willow, the former Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper shrugged off the rustiness with an assured 54-ball 73 (8x4, 2x6), an innings which helped RCB get past Gujarat Titans by eight wickets to stay alive in the competition. With the win Faf du Plessis' men occupy the fourth place on the points table and will need Mumbai Indians to beat Delhi Capitals on Saturday to advance to the playoffs. While the team management would be relieved to see Kohli back among runs, the opener wore his heart on his sleeve as he ticked a few boxes. Speaking a...
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IPL 2022: Virat Kohli believes he is going through ‘phase of evolution’ | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: In a declaration that is not commensurate with his current form, Virat Kohli says he is "actually" going through the "happiest phase" of his life, when he is not receptive to either success or failure. He is "not finding any self-worth or value" in what he is doing on the field now, a far cry from the man known for his intensity and passion, things that made him a cricket icon, besides his incredible range of shots with the bat in his pomp. Kohli has not scored a hundred in competitive cricket for nearly three years and the current edition of IPL happens to be his worst. "I'm actually in the happiest phase of my life. I am not finding any self-worth or value in what I do on the field. I'm way past that phase. This is a phase of evolution for me," Kohli told Star Sports. The form...
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Hopefully, AB de Villiers will be back at RCB next year in some capacity: Virat Kohli | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Virat Kohli is hopeful that his friend and South African superstar AB de Villiers will be back at the Royal Challengers Bangalore in a new role next year. De Villiers had been a big part of RCB family before he retired from all forms of cricket last year. "I miss him a lot. I talk to him regularly. He was in the US recently with his family watching golf... He is keenly observing RCB and hopefully he will be here next year in some capacity," Kohli said during a light-hearted chat posted on RCB's Twitter handle. Interview of the year! Catch Virat Kohli in a relaxed, honest and fun avatar, even as Mr. Nags tries to annoy him j… https://t.co/XkRVe5GUaD— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) 1652239800000Kohli is enduring one of the worst phases of his career, having scored 216...
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Virat Kohli struggling in Indian Premier League | Cricket News – Times of India

Three golden ducks, three single-digit scores and just one score above 50. If Virat Kohli's name wasn't attached to that sequence of batting scores in the world's richest cricket league, selectors may already have run out of patience. But Kohli has runs on the board in so many other ways. He is India's most accomplished batter, with more than 10,000 runs in limited-overs formats, and he carries loads of experience. Virat Kohli. (BCCI/IPL/PTI Photo)Kohli gave up the captaincy of Royal Challengers Bangalore ahead of this Indian Premier League season while promising to serve the franchise as a player. Most cricket pundits thought that removing the burden of leading Bangalore -- which has never won the title in the lucrative Twenty20 league -- would bring the best out of Kohli. But it hasn'...
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IPL 2022: Concerned that different types of bowlers are getting Virat Kohli out, says Ian Bishop | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Virat Kohli has not been able to score fluently in the IPL this season and it is a matter of concern that he is getting out to different types of bowlers, observed former West Indies pacer Ian Bishop. Kohli has managed just 175 runs with a top score of 58 at a strike rate of just 111.09, which is the third lowest among batters with at least 150 runs this season. On Wednesday, Kohli was cleaned up by Mooen Ali after a laboured 30 off 33 balls and Bishop said he is concerned about Kohli's struggles against spin, especially off-spin. "For a while, for 10 or 15 runs, he wasn't even going at a run-a-ball, or he was just going at a run-a-ball," Bishop said on ESPNcricinfo's 'T20 Time Out'. "He didn't get ahead, and there wasn't much intent. He hit one (six) over extra-cover off the...
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IPL 2022: Virat Kohli will come back stronger, says Sanjay Bangar | Cricket News – Times of India

Virat Kohli is a man known to wear his emotions on his sleeve. Frustration, dejection and resignation is what you get to see in one of the greatest exponents of the game across formats. He's hit a trough with the willow for a prolonged period now and his woes were compounded with another golden duck against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Saturday night. In eight matches thus far, the top-order batsman has scored 119 runs at an average of 17, his lowest point in the 12 editions of the competition. He's returned scores of 41 n.o., 12, 5, 48, 1, 12, 0, 0. Backing Kohli to return to form soon, RCB's head coach Sanjay Bangar said, "He is somebody who has consistently performed for the team. Players go through these kinds of rough patches. He started the season really well, but then you have an odd r...
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IPL 2022, SRH vs RCB: Sunrisers Hyderabad blow away Royal Challengers Bangalore | Cricket News – Times of India

Kohli gets back-to-back first-ball ducks as Jansen, Natarajan dazzleFor Royal Challengers Bangalore, the Brabourne stadium in Mumbai turned into a haunted house on Saturday as they played out a horror show they won't forget in a hurry. AS IT HAPPENEDAgainst Sunrisers Hyderabad's fiery bowling attack, Faf du Plessis' men came up woefully short in shot selection and focus and crumbled to 68 in 16.1 overs, the sixth lowest total in the IPL. Soon, Sunrisers batters rubbed salt into RCB's wounds and called it an early night. Powered by Abhishek Sharma's 28-ball 47 (8x4; 1x6), the team cruised to 72/1 in eight overs for a convincing nine-wicket victory. Invited to bat by Kane Williamson, the RCB wheels came off in the second over bowled by South Africa's young pacer Marco Jansen (3/25). The 2...
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IPL 2022: Dinesh Karthik has presented very strong case for India comeback, says Virat Kohli | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Calling him the man of the IPL so far, Virat Kohli feels his Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate Dinesh Karthik has made a strong case for another India comeback with his stellar run in the T20 tournament so far. Kathik, who has been playing the role of a finisher for RCB, has had the highest strike rate among the leading run-getters in the tournament scoring 197 runs in six innings at 209.57. He has only been dismissed once in the tournament. On Saturday night, he smashed an unbeaten 66 off 34 balls as RCB beat Delhi Capitals by 16 runs. In a conversation with Karthik on iplt20.com, Kohli said it has been a joy and honour to watch the wicket-keeper batter go about his business in the competition. “The ultimate goal is to win games for India”: @DineshKarthik tells @imVkohli 🙌🏻S...
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IPL 2022: RCB takes dig after Virat Kohli’s contentious LBW dismissal against Mumbai Indians | Cricket News – Times of India

PUNE: After batter Virat Kohli faced a contentious LBW dismissal during the clash against Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore took a dig at the decision. Virat Kohli fumed with anger after being dismissed LBW for 48 against Mumbai Indians on Saturday. He fell to Dewald Brevis on his first ball in the IPL. After being given out by the on-field umpire, the former RCB skipper reviewed the decision. The third umpire, however, felt that the ball hit the bat and pad simultaneously, and there wasn't enough evidence to overturn the on-field umpire's decision. Kohli was left furious with the call and slammed the bat on the ground as he walked back to the pavilion. Reacting to the decision, the franchise took to Twitter and wrote, "We were just reading through the MCC Laws of Cricket for ...
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IPL 2022, MI vs RCB: Mumbai Indians face Royal Challengers Bangalore with season at stake | Cricket News – Times of India

Struggling five-time champions take on RCB who have winning momentumIt is a season of change for Royal Challengers Bangalore. Change of guard with Faf du Plessis taking over as skipper, fresh talent, a new-look bowling attack and a middle-order that looks stable, courtesy the seasoned Dinesh Karthik and Shahbaz Ahmed. The changes notwithstanding, RCB have had some teething issues, which saw them lose a high-scoring opener against Punjab Kings before they found their touch and pulled off back-to-back victories. They will take heart and confidence from the twin wins when they face a struggling Mumbai Indians in their fourth match of the season. In sharp contrast, former champions Mumbai have looked a pale shadow of the competitive unit they have been. They have struggled in all department...
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Explained: The controversial Umpire’s call in DRS | Cricket News – Times of India

The Decision Review System (DRS) was introduced in cricket in 2008. WHAT IS DRS?According to the International Cricket Council (ICC), the DRS is a technology-based process for assisting the match officials with their decision-making. On-field umpires may consult with the third umpire (an Umpire Review) and players may request that the third umpire take another look at a decision made by the on-field umpires (a Player Review). To make a decision, the DRS relies on ball tracking (to estimate the trajectory of the ball) and snickometer (to see if there is an edge off the bat). Virat Kohli. (Photo by Visionhaus/Getty Images)THE PROBLEMATIC AREAWhile the addition of snickometer technology was seen as a welcome move, it is the ball tracking aspect that has been controversial. Ball tracking tr...
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Virat Kohli said younger members of team felt intimidated by Anil Kumble: Vinod Rai book

FORMER COMPTROLLER and Auditor General (CAG) Vinod Rai, who was asked by the Supreme Court to take charge of Indian cricket five years ago in the wake of the IPL corruption controversy, has indicated that the then captain Virat Kohli and head coach Anil Kumble had major differences of opinion — and “there was no denying that the situation could have been handled differently”. In his book, Not Just a Nightwatchman — My Innings in the BCCI, brought out by Rupa Publications, the former IAS officer says the much-discussed captain-coach rift had hit the administrators like a “ton of bricks”. The book delves into intrigue in the women’s team, too. It also details the fallout of allegations of sexual harassment levelled against the then BCCI CEO Rahul Johri. In 2017, Rai was named head of the ...
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Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli slip; Ashwin rises in ICC Test rankings | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: India skipper Rohit Sharma and veteran batter Virat Kohli moved down a rung each to be placed 8th and 10th, respectively, in the latest ICC Test rankings released on Wednesday. Rohit, who continued to remain the top-ranked Indian in the batters' chart, moved down a place to 8th. He has 754 points, while Kohli, who has 742 rating points moved to the 10th position. Major changes in the latest @MRFWorldwide ICC Men’s Player Rankings for Tests and ODIs 👀More ➡️… https://t.co/FGqTiEBSkx— ICC (@ICC) 1648630225000Ravindra Jadeja retained the top position among all-rounders, while Ravichandran Ashwin displaced West Indies' Jason Holder to be second. Ashwin and pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah continued to hold on to their second and fourth positions, respectively, in the bowlers' chart. In ...
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Explained: LBW rules and the controversial umpires’ call in DRS | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: According to the Marylebone Cricket Club (MCC), the guardian of the laws of the game, there are ten ways in which a batsman can be dismissed in cricket. These are: 1. Bowled 2. Caught 3. Hit the ball twice 4. Hit-wicket 5. Leg before wicket (LBW) 6. Obstructing the field 7. Run out 8. Stumped 9. Timed out. 10. Handled the ball. THE OFTEN DEBATED LBW RULESOf all these laws, LBW has been one of the most controversial and error-prone methods of dismissal. For the longest time the on-field umpires decided whether a batsman was out LBW or not. It's still done that way, except since 2008 (when DRS was first introduced in international cricket) the players can now challenge an on-field umpires decision, using this method. Over the decades, LBW is one rule that has seen multiple umpi...
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Rishabh Pant is learning a lot: Jasprit Bumrah | Cricket News – Times of India

BENGALURU: In his fourth Test at home, in a career spanning 29 Test matches, pacer Jasprit Bumrah collected his first five-wicket haul on home soil at the M Chinnaswamy stadium here on Sunday. On his first innings haul of five for 24 which came on a turner, the India vice-captain said, "It feels good. I play three formats and it is not easy to play all games and sometimes I have missed out on home Tests. But to be able to contribute towards the team is a great thing for all." The colour of the ball or the format had no bearing on Rishabh Pant's attacking game. Asked if the team management was backing the wicketkeeper-batsman's aggressive intent in the format, Bumrah said, "You can't teach everyone to play in the same manner. Pant has backed his strengths and that is the tempo he plays a...
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2nd Test: India pursue Sri Lanka sweep in pink ball Test | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India will be strong favourites to stay unbeaten in pink-ball Tests at home as new captain Rohit Sharma eyes a clean sweep of Sri Lanka in the second Test starting Saturday. The hosts thrashed Sri Lanka inside three days in Mohali to lead the two-match series 1-0 and the visitors need to quickly get their act together under the lights in Bengaluru. The world's top-ranked all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja hit an unbeaten 175 and took nine wickets to stand out in Rohit's first Test since replacing Virat Kohli as captain in all formats earlier this year. "Rohit, we all know how tactically strong he is and how good he is. But I saw a lot of human elements in the way he led the side," off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin said this week. "He was looking out for anyone in the team, how everyon...
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Not easy to go away and work on your game these days: Virat Kohli | Cricket News – Times of India

MOHALI: For the first four hours on Friday, the fairytale script for Virat Kohli’s 100th Test looked like playing out just as he would have loved to. The day started with head coach Rahul Dravid felicitating him on behalf of BCCI with a touching speech with Kohli’s wife Anushka Sharma standing right next to him in the field of play. And when he got going with an absolutely silken on-drive, it seemed he was at his imperious best. On his way to 45 off 75 balls, he brought up 8000 Test runs before left-arm spinner Lasith Embuldeniya managed to turn one past his outside edge as he tried to punch him off the backfoot and knock over his off-stump. Shell-shocked, Kohli stared at the pitch for a while before he marched back to the pavilion. The wait for his 71st Test hundred got longer. It has ...