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BCCI announces owners of Women’s IPL teams; combined valuation of ₹4,670 crore

Image for representation only | Photo Credit: AFP The BCCI on Wednesday earned a ₹4,669.99 crore windfall for the sale of five teams in the inaugural Women’s Indian Premier League (WPL) with Adani Sportsline shelling out a massive ₹1,289 crore for the Ahmedabad team, which emerged the most expensive franchise.IPL team owners Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals made successful bids of ₹912.99 crore, ₹901 crore and ₹810 crore respectively to enter the WPL.Capri Global Holdings got the Lucknow franchise for ₹757 crore.“Today is a historic day in cricket as the bidding for teams of inaugural #WPL broke the records of the inaugural Men’s IPL in 2008! Congratulations to the winners as we garnered ₹4,669.99 Cr in total bid,” BCCI secretary Jay Shah tweeted.Earlier t...
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Rohit Sharma reveals change in batting style, underlines importance of attacking bowlers

Indian skipper Rohit Sharma plays a shot during the 2nd ODI match in the New Zealand tour of India, at Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Stadium, in Raipur on Saturday. | Photo Credit: ANI India captain Rohit Sharma shared that he is adapting to a new batting approach, which was to take the attack to bowlers. Speaking to reporters after the hosts coasted to a eight-wicket win on Saturday, the right-hander underlined the importance of attacking the bowlers early in the innings, stating that he is not worried about not having converted the starts he got in the past few innings. "I'm trying to change my game a bit now, have been trying to take the bowlers on. I think that's important. I know the big scores haven't come, but I'm not too worried about it," said Rohit. He heaped prai...
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Ind vs NZ, 1st ODI | Shubhman Gill becomes fastest Indian to reach 1,000 ODI runs in terms of innings; hits double ton

Shubman Gill celebrates after scoring double century during the first one-day international (ODI) cricket match between India and New Zealand at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad on January 18, 2023. | Photo Credit: NAGARA GOPAL Shubhman Gill, who scored his first double century in One-Day Internationals on Wednesday against New Zealand in Hyderabad, became the quickest Indian to score 1,000 runs in ODI cricket in terms of innings. The record for reaching the 1,000 runs mark by an Indian was jointly held by former skipper Virat Kohli and veteran opener Shikhar Dhawan. Both Kohli and Dhawan had taken 24 innings to reach the milestone, five more than Shubhman Gill who achieved the feat in 19 innings. Milestone 🚨 - Shubman Gill becomes the fastest Indian to score...
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Grateful for support, good wishes, says Rishabh Pant as he recovers

Star Indian wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant. File | Photo Credit: PTI Star Indian wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant on Monday thanked all his fans and well-wishers for their support and good wishes as he continues to receive treatment after meeting with a car accident last year. Pant said that his surgery was a success and his "road to recovery" has begun. He also thanked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and government authorities for their "incredible support". "I am humbled and grateful for all the support and good wishes. I am glad to let you know that my surgery was a success. The road to recovery has begun and I am ready for the challenges ahead. Thank you to the @BCCI, @JayShah & government authorities for their incredible support," tweeted Pant. I am humbled ...
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Ethics Officer dismisses ‘Conflict of Interest’ complaint against BCCI president Roger Binny

Roger Binny, BCCI President. File | Photo Credit: R. Ragu The BCCI Ethics Officer Justice (Retd) Vineet Saran has "dismissed" the 'Conflict of Interest' case filed against BCCI president Roger Binny, stating that complainant Sanjeev Gupta's claims were devoid of any "merit". Gupta's contention in his complaint was that 1983 World Cup hero's daughter-in-law Mayanti Langer Binny working for Star Sports as an anchor amounts to having a contract with the BCCI and thus is a Conflict of Interest. Star Sports is the official broadcaster of Indian Premier League as well as Indian national team's home games along with all ICC events. Gupta, a former Apex Council member of Madhya Pradesh Cricket Association (MPCA), has been filing complaints against who's who of Indian cricket including Sachin ...
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Jofra Archer fighting mental and physical battle: Zaheer after England pacer’s comeback

File picture of England fast bowler Jofra Archer | Photo Credit: Reuters Jofra Archer is fighting a physical as well as a mental battle, said Zaheer Khan after the England pacer made a promising return to competitive cricket after a 541-day absence due to multiple injuries.Archer took three wickets in his four overs in his comeback game on Tuesday night, helping MI Cape Town beat Paarl Royals in the opening game of the inaugural SA20.WHAT A CATCH 🔥 George Linde with a special one #MICTvPR@Betway_Indiapic.twitter.com/GmH3PRiLAs— SA20_League (@SA20_League) January 10, 2023IPL giants Mumbai Indians have invested heavily in the 27-year-old Archer and they bought him ahead of the 2022 edition even thought he was not going be available for the entire season.Zaheer is director of cricket at ...
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Sri Lanka opt to bowl against India in first ODI

Sri Lankan players during a practice session on the eve of the 1st ODI match against India at Barsapara Cricket Stadium, in Guwahati on January 9. | Photo Credit: ANI Sri Lanka captain Dasun Shanaka won the toss and opted to field against India in the first ODI in Guwahati on Tuesday.Skipper Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill will open for India as Ishan Kishan misses out. Suryakumar Yadav has also been excluded from the playing XI. For Sri Lanka, Dilshan Madushanka will make his ODI debut.Teams: India: Rohit Sharma (c), Shubman Gill, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul(w), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Mohammed Shami, Umran Malik, Mohammed Siraj and Yuzvendra Chahal.Sri Lanka: Dasun Shanaka (c), Pathum Nissanka, Kusal Mendis(w), Avishka Fernando, Dhananjaya de Silva, Charith Asalanka,Wanindu...
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Ashish Nehra made a big difference to my captaincy at Gujarat Titans: Hardik Pandya

Captain Hardik Pandya celebrates with teammates after their win in the third T20 cricket match against Sri Lanka, in Rajkot on January 7, 2023. | Photo Credit: AP There has been no looking back for Hardik Pandya since he led Gujarat Titans to an IPL triumph in their maiden appearance last year, and the new Indian T20I skipper credits his franchise coach Ashish Nehra for making "a big difference" to his captaincy. Coming back from a long injury layoff, the premier all-rounder was made the Gujarat skipper in a bold move by the first-timers. But Pandya, who had led only once at senior level in a tour game against Australia, proved his detractors wrong and led by example. "What has been very important from Gujarat point of view is the kind of coach I worked with. Ashish Nehra made a big d...
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Axar, Surya almost pull off the impossible before Lanka level T20I series

The world around Axar Patel and Suryakumar Yadav was a mad scramble. Fielders rattling endlessly in their sing-song tone; spectators screeching in frustration in the gallery, some hurriedly filing out; their colleagues, one after the other, losing their heads; the gazes from the dugout wandering aimlessly, as though the embers of hope were flickering out, as though each stride and step was taking them closer to the edge of the cliff. India’s Axar Patel bats during the second Twenty20 cricket match between India and Sri Lanka in Pune, India, Thursday, Jan. 5, 2023. ( AP Photo/Rajanish Kakade ) But the pair was immune to all the fatalism and pessimism around them. They saw hope when there was none to be found; they found life when no traces were visible. Together, they completed a near-i...
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BCCI invites bids to own WIPL teams

Image used for representative purpose only. File The BCCI on Tuesday invited bids to own and operate teams in the inaugural Women's Indian Premier League (WIPL) scheduled for March. The inaugural season of the Women's IPL is likely to be played from March 3 to 26, which will be followed by the men's IPL. "Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announces release of Invitation to Tender for the right to own and operate a team in Women’s Indian Premier League," the board said in a statement. "The Governing Council of the IPL invites bids from reputed entities to acquire the right to own and operate a team in Women's Indian Premier League, through a tender process." The ITT will be available for purchase for a non-refundable fee of Rs five lakh till January 21. "Any interested party ...
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Rishabh Pant likely to be shifted to Delhi; DDCA Director monitoring his health

Cricketer Rishabh Pant receives treatment at a hospital after his car met with an accident, in Roorkee, on December 30. | Photo Credit: PTI The Delhi & District Cricket Association Director Shyam Sharma said a DDCA team will be at Max Hospital in Dehradun to monitor Indian cricketer Rishabh Pant's health, who met with an accident on December 30, and if needed the batter-wicketkeeper would be airlifted to Delhi for his plastic surgery.While returning from Delhi to Roorkee, Pant’s car collided with the divider on the Narsan border of Roorkee near Hammadpur Jhal on Friday.Also read: Rishabh Pant injured in car accident in RoorkeeMr. Sharma said that Pant might be airlifted to the National Capital for further surgery as he suffered multiple injuries. The 25-year-old was alone in the ca...
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Rishabh Pant injured in car accident, admitted to hospital: reports

Indian cricketer Rishabh Pant. | Photo Credit: AP India wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant survived a car accident while returning home to Delhi on Friday. His car met with an accident on the Narsan border of Roorkee near Hammadpur Jhal, according to media reportsAs per initial information, Pant has been admitted to a hospital where he is reportedly being treated for a forehead and leg injury.His car hit a divider near Manglaur when he was coming from Delhi, Haridwar Senior Superintendent of Police Ajai Singh said.He was rushed to the Saksham hospital first and from there he was referred to the Max Hospital in Dehradun, he said.Dr. Sushil Nagar, chairman of Saksham Hospital, told that Rishabh Pant’s present condition is stable. Pant was part of India’s Test squad in its recent 2-0 win in Bangla...
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Australia’s Cameron Green ruled out of Sydney test with broken finger

Australia’s Cameron Green bats during the second cricket test between South Africa and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Australia, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 2022. | Photo Credit: AP Australia all-rounder Cameron Green will not bowl for the rest of the second test against South Africa in Melbourne and has been ruled out of the third and final match in Sydney to recover from a broken finger, the team said on Wednesday.Green was struck in the right index finger by an Anrich Nortje ball and retired hurt late on day two at the Melbourne Cricket Ground on Tuesday.After finishing the Melbourne test, Green will have a period of rest ahead of the tour of India, the team said.Green, who was picked up for $2.12 million in the recent Indian Premier League auctions by Mumbai Indians, took a ca...
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Overthinking is a perception that has followed me since my debut: Ashwin

Good hand: Ashwin shone with the bat in trying circumstances. Ravichandran Ashwin has taken a slight dig at people who perceive him as an “overthinker” of the game following his match-winning performance against Bangladesh in the second Test in Mirpur. | Photo Credit: AP Ravichandran Ashwin has taken a slight dig at people who perceive him as an "overthinker" of the game following his match-winning performance against Bangladesh in the second Test in Mirpur. Batting alongside Shreyas Iyer, Ashwin played one of the best Test innings of his career to steer India to a famous three-wicket win from an improbable situation. His 42 not out came after a match haul of six wickets, making him the player of the match. "Overthinking is a perception that has followed me ever since I wore the India...
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Karnail Singh pitch row: Venue likely to be barred again

Karnail Singh Stadium is likely to be barred from hosting first-class matches again after the Ranji Trophy fixture between Railways and Punjab had to be suspended after the surface was deemed “dangerous and unfit for play” by the match officials. The Indian Express has learnt that the venue which had come under scanner in 2011 is likely to get suspended again. In 2012, Railways had to shift their home base to Bhubaneswar after it was banned for two years from hosting games after the BCCI committee arrived at a conclusion that local curators had deliberately under-prepared the wicket to help the home team. The match re-started on Day 3 (on Thursday) after the local curators prepared a fresh pitch. The rescheduled two-day match ended in a draw with Punjab taking the first-innings lead. Du...
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My mental health wasn’t 100 percent” What is going on between David Warner and Cricket Australia?

David Warner’s fractious relationship with the Australian cricket board over captaincy ban continues to boil over. The infamous 2018 ball tampering incident was the trigger for the initial ban. Then captain Steven Smith and young opener Cameron Bancroft too were banned at the time for different lengths of time. Steve Smith alongside Warner received a captaincy ban. However, in the Australian summer of 2021 when Pat Cummins was made the skipper of the Australian test side Smith was made the Vice Captain. When the question of involving Warner back in the leadership group arose a whole new controversy has arisen again. Warner is set to play his 100th Test on the Boxing Day game against South Africa. What has Warner said now? “Leading into the Perth Test, my mental health probably wasn’t wh...
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England completes memorable 3-0 series sweep in Pakistan

Ben Stokes of England runs between the wicket with Ben Duckett on Day 4 of the third Test natch against Pakistan National Stadium in Karachi on Tuesday, December 20, 2022. | Photo Credit: Getty Images A relentless England lineup powered to an eight-wicket win in the third and final cricket test on Tuesday, Decembe 20, 2022 to complete an historic series sweep in Pakistan.England started the day needing a further 55 runs for victory and reached 170-2 within 38 minutes to secure its second successive win with more than a day to spare in its first test tour to Pakistan in 17 years.It was Pakistan's first ever 3-0 loss in a three-test series on home soil.Pakistan fell for 216 against 18-year-old rookie Rehan Ahmed (5-48) in the second innings to set England a modest target of 167 for victo...
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We are made to work hard for the win against Bangladesh, says Captain KL Rahul

India’s Captain K.L. Rahul sets fielding during the day four of the first Test cricket match between Bangladesh and India in Chattogram, Bangladesh, Saturday, Dec. 17, 2022. | Photo Credit: AP India captain KL Rahul admitted that his team was made to really work hard by Bangladesh to register a comprehensive 188-run win in the first Test of the two-match series here on Sunday. Needing four Bangladesh wickets on the final day to take a 1-0 lead in the series, Indian wrapped up the match inside one hour in the morning session, bowling out the hosts for 324 in 113.2 overs. This was after Bangladesh offered dogged resistance on the fourth day morning session on Saturday with Zakir Hasan (100) hitting a patient century, while Najmul Hossain Shanto (67) scoring a fifty. "Hard fought Test mat...
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Ind vs Ban, 1st Test | Axar takes India closer towards victory in first Test

India’s Kuldeep Yadav, second right, celebrates wicket of Bangladesh’s Litton Das with his teammates during the day four of the first Test cricket match between Bangladesh and India in Chattogram on December 17, 2022 | Photo Credit: AP Seasoned Axar Patel upped the ante with a triple strike just when it mattered as Indian bowlers compensated for an insipid first session by reducing Bangladesh to 272 for 6, closing in on a big victory, on the fourth day of the opening Test in Chattogram on December 17, 2022. Debutant Zakir Hasan (100 off 224 balls) showed a lot of character, scoring a patient hundred but saving the Test match by batting out for nearly 180 overs in two days was always going to be an uphill task, as also chasing a target of 513. Bangladesh need another 241 runs on...
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Williamson steps down as New Zealand Test skipper, Southee named as replacement

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson, left, gestures as he talks with bowler Tim Southee during the T20 World Cup cricket semifinal between New Zealand and Pakistan in Sydney, Australia, Wednesday, November 9, 2022. File photo | Photo Credit: AP Kane Williamson, who led New Zealand to the World Test Championship triumph in its inaugural edition, stepped down as captain from the longest format, the country's cricket board announced on Thursday, December 15, 2022.Tim Southee has been named the replacement in their WTC title defence. Williamson will continue to lead the side in the white-ball format with focus on the ODI World Cup in 2023 and T20 World Cup in 2024. Tom Latham has been appointed their vice-captain."Captaining the Black Caps in Test cricket has been an incredibly special hon...