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India vs England, 5th Test: Ravichandran Ashwin a victim of circumstances or conditions? | Cricket News – Times of India

Ashwin finds himself out in the cold againThey say the more things change, the more they stay the same. One can apply that theory to the way Ravichandran Ashwin's spot becomes so dispensable every time India play in an away Test in SENA countries. Like the previous four Tests in the series against England in the UK, contested last year, he was left out again as India chose a four-pronged seam attack and the lone spinner's spot went to left-arm spinner Ravindra Jadeja. Former England captain Michael Vaughan tweeted his disgust in one sentence: "No @ashwinravi99!!!Ridiculous." No @ashwinravi99 !!!! Ridiculous .. #ENGvIND— Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) 1656671320000Former England off-spinner and allrounder Moeen Ali had told TOI last week about how the conditions in Edgbaston would be ...
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India vs England, 5th Test: Old rivalry, new look | Cricket News – Times of India

Both India & England have fresh management but the spotlight will also be on some familiar foes in the rescheduled fifth Test starting todayUnlike the India-Australia contests, the India versus England rivalry has been devoid of personality clashes like Shane Warne vs Sachin Tendulkar or Glenn McGrath vs Tendulkar. There were only brief episodes in the early 2000s when Nasser Hussain and Sourav Ganguly clashed with their unique captaincy styles. It was only after the 2014 series, when Jimmy Anderson had Virat Kohli for lunch, breakfast and dinner, and Kohli responded in style in 2016 at home and 2018 away, that a clash of personalities got top billing. This one-off Test starting at Edgbaston on Friday will perhaps be the last time that one will see the ageing warhorse go up against ...
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India vs England: Jasprit Bumrah drawing inspiration from MS Dhoni ahead of captaincy debut | Cricket News – Times of India

BIRMINGHAM: Accidental India captain Jasprit Bumrah feels leading the Indian team is the biggest achievement of his career and he would go into the rescheduled fifth Test remembering the wise words of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who had no captaincy experience but went on to achieve phenomenal success as leader. Bumrah only got to know that he will be captaining the Indian team on Thursday morning after Rohit Sharma returned another positive test for Covid-19, ruling him out of the game. Taking on an in-form England side will be a big challenge but Bumrah is up for it. NEWS 🚨 - @Jaspritbumrah93 to lead #TeamIndia in the fifth Test Match against England.@RishabhPant17 will be the v… https://t.co/wOErUMASyN— BCCI (@BCCI) 1656593316000"The taste of success feels good when there is pressure. I am...
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EXCLUSIVE: India vs England – India will clinch series by winning fifth Test, not drawing it, says Mohammed Siraj | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Mohammed Siraj had put his heart and soul into his bowling in Australia when the Indian team was there last in 2020-21. He lost his father while he was in Australia, ahead of the 4 Test series, but stayed on to play. He made his Test debut in the second Test in Melbourne and had match figures of 5-77. As India stood on the cusp of a win in the fourth and final Test in Brisbane, Siraj found himself standing behind the boundary rope. And when Rishabh Pant smashed Josh Hazlewood for the match-winning boundary in the Gabba Test to win the series he ran towards the two Indian batsmen at the crease - Pant and Navdeep Saini - to hug them and then took out one stump as a souvenir. He then waved his hands at the crowd. His eyes were moist, a big smile on his face. He looked up to the ...
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India vs England 2022: Virat Kohli an inspiring figure, don’t look at his 100s as success, says India coach Rahul Dravid | Cricket News – Times of India

While his last Test hundred may have come a good two and a half years ago and he has been averaging in the mid 20s since 2020, India coach Rahul Dravid is still confident that star batter and former skipper Virat Kohli has it in him to make impactful performances for Team India. “He’s the most hard-working guy I have come across — his hunger, desire and the way he prepares and looks after himself. Even the way he played in the practice match at Leicester, he was keen on playing against our bowlers like Bumrah. He’s ticking all the right boxes. I don’t think he needs any extra motivation," said Dravid. "You go through such phases and it’s not about focusing on those three figures. People see only getting a hundred as a success, but as a coaches’ perspective, we want match-winning contrib...
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I want match-winning contributions from Virat Kohli even if it’s not three figure mark: Rahul Dravid | Cricket News – Times of India

BIRMINGHAM: Virat Kohli has set an altogether different bench-mark with his 70 international hundreds but Rahul Dravid, from a coach's perspective, wants his best batter to make "match-winning contributions" even if it is not a three-figure one like it has happened over the years. Kohli has not scored an international hundred since November 2019 but Dravid dismissed notions that the owner of 27 Test hundreds is "lacking in motivation". "As players, you go through these phases and I don't think you need motivation to be very honest with you and I think in Virat's case it is nothing to do with lack of motivation or desire," Dravid said ahead of India's rescheduled fifth Test against England starting here on Friday. "It's not always focussing on those three figures like even a 70-odd (79) ...
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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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Rahul Dravid: We’ve ticked all the boxes; Rahul Dravid satisfied with India’s preparation for one-off Test | Cricket News – Times of India

LEICESTER: India ticked all the required boxes during the four-day practice match against Leicestershire and will look to hit the ground running when they face England in the rescheduled one-off Test beginning Friday, said head coach Rahul Dravid. Shreyas Iyer, Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja -- all struck fifties during the drawn warm-up game. "I think whatever we needed to achieve and whatever boxes we needed to tick in terms of our preparation leading into the Test match on Friday, I think we are very satisfied and happy, we have been able to do that this week," Dravid said in a video posted by Leicestershire Foxes on Twitter. 🗣 | “𝐈𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐤.”@BCCI Head Coach 𝐑𝐚𝐡𝐮𝐥 𝐃𝐫𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐝 was full of praise for the week the side spent at Leicest… https://t.co/KRr...
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Ireland T20Is: Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson set to be in playing XI | Cricket News – Times of India

MALAHIDE: Dashing stroke-players Suryakumar Yadav and Sanju Samson will be returning to the India playing XI in place of Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant in the two-match T20I series against Ireland starting Sunday. While chief coach Rahul Dravid is in Leicester with the Test squad, National Cricket Academy (NCA) head VVS Laxman, who is in charge of the T20I side for this particular series, is expected to follow the template set by 'The Wall'. With Iyer and Pant in the Test team, Surya, who is making a comeback from a wrist injury, and Samson, who is looking to make use of what could be his last chance to prove his worth, will be sure-shot starters. Surya has been a regular in the Indian T20I side for the past one year and will only get his place back. But as far as Samson is concerned, hi...
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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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Rahul Dravid joins Team India in Leicester ahead of fifth Test against England | Cricket News – Times of India

LEICESTER (England): Team India head coach Rahul Dravid has joined the Test squad in Leicester, where they will take on Leicestershire in a four-day warm-up game match ahead of their fifth and final Test against England at Edgbaston, Birmingham which will start from July 1. "Look who's here! Head Coach Rahul Dravid has joined the Test squad in Leicester. #TeamIndia," tweeted the BCCI. Look who's here! Head Coach Rahul Dravid has joined the Test squad in Leicester. 💪💪 #TeamIndia https://t.co/O6UJVSgxQd— BCCI (@BCCI) 1655804274000Ahead of the rescheduled fifth Test against England, Team India on Friday began training for the match after arriving in London for the tour. India will lock horns with England for the rescheduled fifth Test at Old Trafford starting on July 1. But before that,...
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India vs South Africa: Hits and misses for Team India | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: With the next edition of the T20 World Cup around the corner, the five-match T20I series between India and South Africa was seen as a preparatory series for the mega event. Team India coach Rahul Dravid has gone on record to say that he wants to identify his core team for the tournament as soon as possible and by the end of the England T20Is in July, wants to have a fair idea about the 18 to 20-odd players he would be looking at ahead of the World Cup in Australia. Some of the regular players were rested for the series against South Africa. Captain Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah were all rested. Surykumar Yadav was nursing an injury. KL Rahul was initially named the captain of the series before he got injured and Rishabh Pant was asked to lead for the first time. T...
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Rishabh is very big and integral part of our plan in next few months: Dravid

India head coach Rahul Dravid on Sunday made it clear that the under-fire Rishabh Pant is a “big” and “integral” part of the set-up heading into the T20 World Cup in Australia. Pant, who led the side in the five-match series against South Africa that ended in a 2-2 draw after the last game was called off due to rain, managed only 58 runs in the five innings that led to some questions being raised about his place in the shortest format. However, Dravid was very clear that Pant is going nowhere. “Personally, he would have liked to score a few more runs but it is not concerning him. Certainly, he is a very big part of our plans going ahead in next few months,” Dravid said during the post-match press conference.Best of Express PremiumPremiumPremiumPremiumPremium He was categorical that he w...
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Ireland-bound Indian squad to get three-day break to rejuvenate | Cricket News – Times of India

BENGALURU: The BCCI has decided to give the Ireland-bound Indian T20 squad, led by Hardik Pandya, a three-day break before it leaves for the two-match series in Malahide. While Rahul Dravid, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant will be taking an early morning flight on Monday for London, the BCCI wants its T20 specialists to take a short break. "All the players selected for the Ireland T20s are going home for a three-day break. Although there is no bio-bubble they didn't have families with them for the series and some are playing non-stop since IPL. "It's only fair that they spend some time at home," a senior BCCI source told PTI on Sunday. It is understood that all the members of the Ireland-bound squad will assemble in Mumbai on June 23 along with NCA head VVS Laxman and his team of support ...
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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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Rahul Dravid on wearing coach’s hat: ‘Journey has been challenging, saw 6 captains in last 8 months’

Before India battled South Africa in the series-deciding fifth T20 International in Bangalore, India head coach Rahul Dravid admitted that his stint with the senior men’s team has been exciting and challenging at the same time. However, the 49-year-old also pointed out the frequent changes in captaincy across formats and how it has helped create more leaders in the team. 🚨 Limited Time Offer | Express Premium with ad-lite for just Rs 2/ day 👉🏽 Click here to subscribe 🚨 “Journey as head coach been challenging saw 6 captains in last 8 months, which actually wasn’t the plan when I started, but it’s the nature of the number of games we are playing, it’s the nature of Covid, so I have had to work with quite a few people, it has been great fun. A lot of other guys have got an opportunity to l...
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5th T20I: Hosts India look to clinch series against South Africa after superb comeback | Cricket News – Times of India

But rain may play spoilsport in deciderBENGALURU: To make a comeback, one of the most essential requirements is a setback. For proof, you don't have to look beyond Dinesh Karthik. In a T20 international career in its 17th year, the 37-year-old has played 36 matches. Before the ongoing series against South Africa, the wicketkeeper-batsman had last featured for India in the format in the 2018-19 season. After making a comeback on the back of his exploits in the Indian Premier League for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Karthik is not just achieving personal milestones, but has also turned out to be an inspiration for a young Indian team. Having piloted India's charge with a 27-ball 55 in Rajkot on Friday night, Karthik will look to play his part at 'home' in the series decider at the M ...
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Watch: Hardik Pandya hails Dinesh Karthik after Rajkot heroics, calls him an inspiration | Cricket News – Times of India

RAJKOT: India's star all-rounder Hardik Pandya has expressed his admiration for Dinesh Karthik, saying his resurrection from obscurity is an inspiration for many in and outside the team. The veteran wicketkeeper smashed his maiden T20I fifty to help the hosts secure an 82-run victory over South Africa in the fourth T20 International here on Friday. During a chat with Karthik, the video of which has been uploaded by the BCCI on its website, Hardik recalled his past conversations with the seasoned campaigner, who is going through a dream run with the bat. In-flight insightful conversation 👌Learning from the great @msdhoni 👍Being an inspiration 👏DO NOT MISS as… https://t.co/edA49dWjWC— BCCI (@BCCI) 1655526600000"I need to tell you this, genuinely I want to tell you this, you have given a l...
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India vs South Africa 4th T20I: There was pressure but credit to Rahul Dravid sir for giving chances to everybody, says Avesh Khan | Cricket News – Times of India

RAJKOT: Soon after he took four for 12, including three wickets in one over, to bundle out South Africa for 87 and shape India’s massive 82-run triumph which helped the hosts come from behind and square the T20I series 2-2 at the SCA Stadium in Khanderi here, pacer Avesh Khan dedicated his career-best T20I performance to his dad Ashique Khan on the latter’s birthday. Having conceded 87 runs in 11 overs in the first three games, the 25-year-old quick was under pressure, with many questioning his place in the side, asking him to be replaced by pace merchant Umran Malik or Arshdeep Singh in the XI. However, Avesh shut his critics for the time being with a lethal spell, riding on the extra bounce in the wicket to prise out Dwayne Pretorious (0), Rassie Van der Dussen (20), Marco Jansen (12)...
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India vs South Africa, 4th T20I: Resurgent India look to draw level and keep series alive against South Africa | Cricket News – Times of India

Pressure on Pant to deliver in must-win game for IndiaRAJKOT: With their mood lifted after a convincing 48-run win over South Africa in the third T20I at Visakhapatnam, a resurgent India will look to sustain the momentum at the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium here on Friday. A win at the Khanderi venue for them will square the scores 2-2 in the five-match series and set up a mouth-watering decider in Bengaluru on Sunday. The traditional featherbed of a pitch here promises an exciting battle. It has rained sporadically for the past few days, with the sun playing hide and seek, but the good news is: as per the weather forecast for Friday, rain will stay away. Rishabh Pant and Rahul Dravid during a training session at SCA Stadium in Rajkot. (PTI Photo)Diving into this series against...