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‘I saw the pitch changing colour’: Mohammed Kaif blasts Rohit Sharma, Rahul Dravid for India’s World Cup final defeat to Australia

[ad_1] Accusing India captain Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid of botching up their plans in the ODI World Cup final against Australia last November, former India batter Mohammed Kaif said the duo was involved in altering the pitch before the defeat in Ahmedabad. India, favourites to lift the title at home after 12 years, were undefeated in the league stage of the campaign and entered the summit clash on the back of ten consecutive wins. However, the hosts crumbled before a well-oiled Australian unit on a tacky pitch at the Narendra Modi Stadium in the final. Kaif, who was on commentary duties in Ahmedabad during the match, observed that Rohit and Dravid made regular evening inspections for three successive days before the final. Speaking in an interview with the Lallantop, Kai...
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Hardik Pandya back from injury with IPL and T20 World Cup inching closer, Ishan Kishan to follow suit

[ad_1] For the first time since his last appearance at the 2023 ODI World Cup, Hardik Pandya marked his return back to professional cricket as he took the field for Reliance 1 in the 18th edition of D Y Patil T20 Cup 2024 at the DY Patil Stadium in Navi Mumbai. It was a triumphant return for the all-rounder, who snapped a couple of wickets – conceding 22 runs – to help his side restrict BPCL to 126 in 18.3 overs after opting to field. With the bat then, Pandya held himself lower down the order and came in to bat after Reliance 1 had slipped to 113/8 and partnered up with Piyush Chawla to see through a two-wicket win. Also slated to mark his return back to professional cricket in the ongoing tournament is Ishan Kishan, who will take the field for the Reserve Bank of India against Route Mo...
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Former BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah becomes another office bearer to have a stadium named after him

[ad_1] On Tuesday, the Saurashtra Cricket Association (SCA) announced that it would rename its home venue in Khanderi, Rajkot, as the Niranjan Shah Stadium on February 14. This, a day before India and England take the field at the venue for the third Test of the ongoing five-match series. Having played 12 first-class games for Saurashtra in the 1960s and the 70s, Shah is more renowned for having served as secretary of SCA for almost four decades. Having also held the post at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), he is not the only office bearer to have a cricket stadium named after him; Chennai’s MA Chidambaram, Bengaluru’s Chinnaswamy, Mohali’s IS Bindra and Mumbai’s Wankhede stadiums get their names from former presidents of the cricket board. Niranjan’s son Jaydev is the c...
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Virat Kohli named 2023 ICC ODI cricketer of the year, Pat Cummins wins Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy

[ad_1] For a year that saw him finish as the highest run scorer at a home ODI World Cup, Virat Kohli has been named as the ICC men’s ODI player of the year (2023). Kohli, who was an integral part of India’s road to the World Cup final against Australia, finished the year with a whooping 1,377 runs in the 50-overs format which included six centuries and eight fifties. The 35-year-old also surpassed Sachin Tendulkar as the player with most hundreds in the format when he notched up his 50th triple figure score against New Zealand in the World Cup semifinal. This is the seventh individual ICC award won by Kohli during his glittering career, and his fourth in the ODI category after previous wins in 2012, 2017 and 2018. A half-century of CENTURIES 🤯 Virat Kohli, take a bow! 🙌#CWC23 | #INDvNZ ...
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‘It was extremely tough’: Mickey Arthur on hostile Ahmedabad crowd during India vs Pakistan World Cup match

[ad_1] Former Pakistan team director, Mickey Arthur, said that playing against India in the ODI World Cup in front of the “hostile crowd” in Ahmedabad was very difficult. “It was extremely tough not having any Pakistan support. The one thing that really drives the Pakistan team is the incredible support they receive at grounds and hotels,” Arthur was quoted as saying by the Wisden. “Here we never had that, and that was quite tough in a World Cup, particularly for the players,” he said. “As you can imagine it was a tough, hostile environment in Ahmedabad. But we were expecting this, and to their credit our players never moaned or complained once. They cracked on and tried their best – nevertheless it ultimately does play a role in motivation when you can’t see or hear that support base a...
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Shakib Al Hasan wins seat in Bangladesh Parliament after landslide win in general elections

[ad_1] Bangladesh men’s cricket team skipper Shakib Al Hasan on Sunday claimed a parliament seat following a landslide win in the country’s general elections. Contesting from his constituency of the western town of Magura, Shakib won by receiving 185,388 votes, as reported by the Dhaka Tribune. Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina won the Gopalganj-3 constituency in a landslide victory, her eighth term as a Member of Parliament. Hasina’s party – Awami League – secured victory in 223 seats to form the government in the election conducted on Sunday. Prior to the polls, Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina had told Shakib Al Hasan to “hit a six” in the 12th national election on January 7, Dhaka Tribune reported. “You do not need to give a speech. You can hit a six, and you can take wi...
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Ahead of farewell Test in Sydney, David Warner announces retirement from ODI cricket

[ad_1] Ahead of his farewell Test match in Sydney, Australia opener David Warner announced his retirement from ODI cricket on Monday. “I’m definitely retiring from one-day cricket as well. That was something that I had said through the World Cup, get through that, and winning it in India, I think that’s a massive achievement,” Warner said in an emotional press conference at the SCG on Monday. “So I’ll make that decision today, to retire from those forms, which does allow me to go and play some other leagues around the world and sort of get the one-day team moving forward a little bit,” he added. However, Warner also suggested that if he is “playing decent cricket in two years’ time and they need someone”, he’d consider a returns for the 2025 Champions Trophy. Having featured across 161 g...
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Pause, rewind, play: From Pat Cummins silencing Motera to Sheetal Devi, the archer without arms, looking back at 2023’s newsmakers

[ad_1] For some of India’s top stars, 2023 was the year when they had to pause, reflect and reboot. In some cases, to recover from injuries; in a few others, to rediscover lost form. All in the hope that when the big day comes, they’ll be ready and recharged for the challenge Silence is golden, the saying goes. It was certainly golden for Pat Cummins and his team when the Aussie captain induced Virat Kohli to play on to his stumps in the World Cup final at the stadium named after the incumbent Indian prime minister. The stadium, with a capacity of 1.3 lakh, was rendered voiceless and even Kohli took an age to come to terms with what had happened. The stands that were raucously cheering every run, even though progress was slow, was suddenly hushed into becoming a library. Make no mistake,...
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IND vs SA: After maiden ODI century, Sanju Samson says last 3-4 months were ‘mentally challenging’

[ad_1] Sanju Samson scored his maiden century in Team India colours on Thursday to help India seal the three-match ODI series against South Africa by a two-one margin. Samson scored 108 with Tilak Verma chipping in with a handy 52 runs before Arshdeep Singh claimed 4-30 to wrap up India’s victory by a 78-run margin at Boland Park. Before Thursday’s game, Samson had played 15 ODIs for India, managing to score just 402 runs, including three half-centuries at an average of 50.25. Samson was not picked for the Indian cricket team for the ODI World Cup at home, where India lost to Australia in the final at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium. He was also overlooked for the Indian cricket team for the recent Asian Games in China’s Hangzhou. But Samson was thrown a lifeline for the series against...
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‘Play match-winnings innings’ was Sanju Samson’s mantra before every ball in preparation for South Africa series, says coach after maiden ODI century

[ad_1] Every time Sanju Samson took strike in the nets in Kerala in preparation for the South Africa series, he would mutter a phrase: “Play match-winning innings, play match-winning innings”. After the 50-over World Cup snub, Sanju Samson was disappointed, something he even expressed through a social media post. “It is what it is !!” I choose to keep moving forward…” he posted. While moving forward, he understood what was his undoing: the lack of big scores. So he got to work with his personal coach Bijumon N in his hometown Thiruvananthapuram and tried to refine his game. Bijumon said Sanju quickly overcame that feeling of missing out on the World Cup. “He was not worrying about things that were not in his control. He only believed in the process that he was going through.” A dream re...
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Why blame Ahmedabad’s silence for India’s World Cup final loss to Australia

[ad_1] It’s more than a week since the World Cup final in Ahmedabad, but Australia’s captain Pat Cummins can’t get over the stillness of the “sea of blue” when Virat Kohli walked back to the dressing room. On his return home, Cummins recalled the surreal moment when a jam-packed one lakh-plus capacity stadium had the “feel of a library”. Since that day, Ahmedabad’s quietude has been part of cricket’s animated conversations that hasn’t allowed the World Cup din to die. It has meant so much for so many.For Cummins, it’s the blissful tranquility of reaching a higher leadership plane. For those struggling to process the shock loss of their odds-on favourite home team, the hush was the convenient excuse that explained the sudden anti-climactic end to the team’s never-seen-before majestic marc...
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‘It was as quiet as a library’: Pat Cummins recalls Virat Kohli’s dismissal in World Cup final

[ad_1] Pat Cummins admitted the most satisfying moment of the ODI World Cup was when Indian fans at the Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium in Ahmedabad went into silent mode after Virat Kohli’s dismissal. “We’re in a huddle after the wicket of Kohli in the final & (Steve) Smith says,’Boys, listen to the crowd.” And we just took a moment of pause, and it was as quiet as a library, 100,000-plus Indians there & it was so quiet. I’ll savour that moment for a long time,” Cummins told ‘The Age’ during an interaction. Australia won their sixth title beating India by six wickets. In his interview with the ABC news, Cummins admitted that he was unfazed by the “sea of blue” in the stands and just wanted to shut them all up as he has said in his pre-match press conference. “I told myslef, thi...
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Cricket World Cup: Andrew McDonald recalls the team meeting after South Africa match that turned Australia’s campaign around

[ad_1] Australia were written off after they lost their opening two matches of the ODI World Cup. But they showed their mental resilience, won nine games on the stretch and ended up winning the World Cup for a record sixth time. They defeated India by sox wickets in the final at the Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium in Ahmedabad. Australia coach Andrew McDonald revealed how the 134-run loss against South Africa turned Australia’s World Cup campaign around. “There was a get-together post-game (after the South Africa loss),” McDonald said on SEN Whateley. “But once again, that was really just to reinforce that we were on the right path. “It was about, ‘Let’s stick to it and believe in what we’ve set out to achieve’, and that it will come to fruition eventually, albeit it didn’t in the first ...
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Ambati Rayudu criticises slow pitch in ODI World Cup final, blames conditions for India’s loss to Australia | Cricket News – Times of India

[ad_1] NEW DELHI: Days after India's disappointing six-wicket loss against Australia in the ODI World Cup final at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, former 'Men in Blue' batter Ambati Rayudu expressed his dissatisfaction with the conditions, attributing the defeat to the slow pitch in the final.In an interview with BeerBiceps YouTube channel, Rayudu questioned the decision to create a slow pitch for the crucial match.He suggested that a normal surface would have been more suitable, given India's strength over the Australian team."Even the wicket was very, very slow and lethargic for a final. I don't know whose idea it was. I think even a normal surface would have done because we were way stronger than the Australian side. We didn't have to do all that in the final. It was just supposed...
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Shoaib Akhtar says Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli still have plenty of cricket left in them, backs duo to play in T20 World Cup too

[ad_1] After experiencing disappointment in the final of the recently-concluded Cricket World Cup, the attention has now shifted to the upcoming showpiece event, which is the T20 World Cup in 2024 in West Indies and the USA. Though Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have had a productive 50-over World Cup, there has been speculation about their involvement in the shorter format in the upcoming days. However, former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar feels both the veterans still have plenty to offer for the Indian side even in the T20 format. “If you ask, do Rohit and Kohli have cricket left in them? Yes, definitely. Do you get a better opener than Rohit in the world right now? No, you don’t,” he told Zee News. Both Rohit and Kohli have not played a single T20I for India since the loss in Adelai...
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Marnus Labuschagne says Pat Cummins’ spell was the difference in World Cup final

[ad_1] Marnus Labuschagne has credited captain Pat Cummins and his exceptional middle over spell which helped Australia win the ODI World Cup a record sixth time. Australia defeated India by six wickets to win the final at the Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium on Sunday. “I think that was certainly Pat’s best day with the ball,” Labuschagne said on SEN Afternoons. “I think I’ve never seen someone bowl the sequence he did, bowling the right balls at the right time that he did. “I haven’t seen that from a middle overs bowler, a pace bowler especially in a long time. “A lot of credit has to go to him.” Cummins give only 34 runs from this quota and picked up two wickets, including the wicket of Virat Kohli, which shifted the momentum. Before the final, India has never scored less than 326 in t...
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The hurting Indian team needs its 3 a.m. captain Rohit Sharma, and coach Rahul Dravid to continue

[ad_1] During the World Cup, a former India player-turned- broadcaster had bumped into Rohit Sharma on a rest day. What surprised him was not the calm that the Indian captain exuded, but the insight he had about each of his players. Rohit knew their game, mindset and all that was happening in their lives beyond cricket.Those who have played under Rohit talk about his ability to put everybody around him at ease. For someone who wears his authority lightly and is sensitive to the concerns of his teammates, Rohit is a classic 3 am captain. At this World Cup, for a dressing room full of men with fresh scars of physical injuries and mental trauma, Rohit was what the doctor, and the psychologist, ordered. It was this approach that went a long way in Team India’s troubled souls — Shreyas Iyer, ...
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R Ashwin on how Pat Cummins’ brilliance and Australia’s understanding of Ahmedabad conditions left him in awe

[ad_1] When Pat Cummins won the toss and opted to bowl first against India in the final of the 2023 ODI World Cup at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday, there was some surprise in the cricketing fraternity. While there was expectation of dew to play its part in the second innings it still was a brave call against the host in front of thousands of fans who were all rooting for Rohit Sharma’s men. And Australia have often relied on the mantra of ‘bat first and put runs on the board in a big game.’ However, the decision paid off big time for the Aussies as they won their sixth World Cup beating India by six wickets. Indian off-spinner Ashwin Ravichandran on his YouTube video revealed his conversation with the Australian chief selector George Bailey during the innings break. “I...
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‘World Cup final result means that cricket won’: Ex-Pakistan cricketer Abdul Razzaq in India’s defeat to Australia

[ad_1] Former Pakistan cricketer Abdul Razzaq has implied that Australia’s victory over India in the World Cup final was a win for the sport of cricket, because of how lopsided the advantage was towards the Men in Blue, who were hosting the showpiece event. The all-rounder’s comments came just days after he had to apologise to making disparaging comments about an Indian actress on stage at an event. “Indians were over-confident (in the final),” Razzaq started as he analysed India’s performance in the World Cup final and what went wrong for the overwhelming favourites. Australia won the toss and against conventional wisdom, chose to field first. But Pat Cummins was proved right in the big decision as Australia, who were rare underdogs in a World Cup final, claimed their sixth trophy. ...
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Cricket World Cup Final: Brett Lee says favourites India lost to Australia’s ‘never ever give up’ mentality

[ad_1] Former Australia pacer Brett Lee believes that the old Aussie “mentality” overpowered the “favourites” India in the World Cup final at the Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium in Ahmedabad. “If you look back on statistics and what has happened this campaign, India should have won,” Lee told foxsports.com.au. “India should have won the tournament with their men on paper, with their current form leading into the final. “India were definitely favourites, 100 per cent favourites, but it’s that old Aussie mentality to never ever give up and that goes a long way in big tournaments. “There was a lot of people that wrote the Aussies off saying they weren’t a chance, they did get off to a slow start. “But they proved once again last night that with that tenacity, dedication and self-belief amon...