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Cheteshwar Pujara slams 63rd first-class century, Saurashtra in command against Manipur | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Seasoned batsman Cheteshwar Pujara showcased his class once again by smashing his 63rd first-class century, while Prerak Mankad and Arpit Vasavada also notched up centuries to give Saurashtra a commanding 387-run first-innings lead against Manipur on Saturday.In a dominant display of batting, Saurashtra's middle-order batsmen took control of the match on the second day, building on their overnight score of 153/3. Stand-in skipper Arpit Vasavada and all-rounder Prerak Mankad led the charge with a formidable 152-run partnership for the fourth wicket, pummeling the Manipur bowling attack.However, the highlight of the innings came from the bat of Pujara, who demonstrated his versatility by scoring a brisk century at less than a run-a-ball rate. Pujara's aggressive knock of 108 of...
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Mumbai thrash Assam by innings and 80 runs to warm up for Ranji Trophy quarter-finals | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: All-rounder Shardul Thakur showcased his prowess with a match haul of 10 wickets, complemented by Shivam Dube's aggressive century, as Mumbai concluded their group B Ranji Trophy league campaign with a commanding innings and 80-run victory against Assam in just two days at home.Mumbai, a powerhouse with 41 titles, displayed ruthless dominance throughout the season, securing five wins, four of them with bonus points, to lead Group B with an impressive 37 points.Already qualified for the quarter-finals before their last match, Mumbai treated the final game as a warm-up.Shardul, who had claimed 6/21 in the first innings, added 4 more wickets in the second innings with figures of 8-1-31-4. Assam was bundled out for 108 in 33 overs, and Mumbai sealed the victory within two days.Mu...
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Sunil Gavaskar criticizes Team India for wearing black armbands for late Dattajirao Gaekwad | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Indian cricket team's gesture of wearing black armbands to honor the memory of former captain Dattajirao Gaekwad during the ongoing third Test against England in Rajkot on Saturday has sparked criticism from legendary Sunil Gavaskar.Dattajirao Gaekwad, who passed away on February 13 at the age of 95, played 11 Tests for India between 1951 and 1962.He was India's oldest living Test cricketer and captained the team during the 1959 tour of England. Gaekwad, the father of former India batter and coach Anshuman Gaekwad, was remembered by the Indian players with black armbands as a mark of respect.However, Gavaskar expressed his dissatisfaction with the timing of the tribute, suggesting that it should have been done on the first day of the match."Better late than never... they ...
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Anand Mahindra’s Gift to Sarfaraz Khan’s Father Naushad Khan | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The story of Sarfaraz Khan's struggles and hard work has moved one and all. India rewarded 26-year-old Sarfaraz for his prolific form in domestic cricket with a debut in the third Test against England at Rajkot on Thursday.Sarfaraz got his Test cap from former captain Anil Kumble with his teary-eyed father, Naushad Khan, and wife looking on.And Sarfaraz made his Test debut a memorable one by hitting a quickfire 62-run knock off 66 balls before getting run out.Sarfaraz had been knocking on the selectors doors for more than three years while scoring in the Ranji Trophy and has a first-class average of over 69 in 45 matches and a best of 301 not out.Sarfaraz burst into the limelight with a record 439 in school cricket in 2009 but his career later hit roadblocks and controversies...
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EXCLUSIVE: In letter to top cricketers, BCCI secretary Jay Shah warns ‘skipping domestic red-ball games will have severe implications’

BOARD OF Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary Jay Shah on Friday wrote to top cricketers — centrally contracted as well as India A — warning them that domestic cricket remains a “critical yardstick for selection” to the national team and non-participation in it will have “severe implications”. The reason for the communication, according to the letter, was “the concerning trend of players prioritising the IPL over domestic red-ball cricket”. “There is a recent trend that has started to emerge and is a cause for concern. Some players have begun prioritising the IPL over domestic cricket, a shift that was not anticipated. Domestic cricket has always been the foundation upon which Indian cricket stands, and it has never been undervalued in our vision for the sport,” Shah said in th...
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Mukesh Kumar returns to make a difference in Ranji Trophy match | Cricket News – Times of India

KOLKATA: Twelve wickets fell on the opening day as Bengal took control of the Elite Group 'B' Ranji Trophy match against Bihar at the Eden Gardens here on Friday. The last time Bengal bowlers dominated their rivals so convincingly was against Uttar Pradesh when they bowled them out for 60 runs in one session at Kanpur. That match unfortunately did not go in Bengal's favour as the weather played spoilsport.But this time Bengal should end up with maximum points against an opposition who are still wanting at this level of cricket.The Bengal pace trio of Mukesh Kumar, Suraj Jaiswal and Mohammed Kaif ran through the Bihar innings to dismiss them for 95 after skipper Manoj Tiwary won the toss and elected to bowl.At stumps on Day I, the hosts have taken a slender 16-run lead finishing at 111 f...
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Ajinkya Rahane called back by Assam after being given out for obstructing the field | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Mumbai captain Ajinkya Rahane experienced a rare event in his sixteen-year professional career when he was given out for obstructing the field during the final league match of the Ranji Trophy at the BKC Ground in Mumbai.However, an unexpected turn of events occurred as he was reinstated to bat after the opposing team, Assam, withdrew the appeal.The incident transpired in the final over before tea, with Mumbai at 102 for 4 in response to Assam's 84 all-out. Rahane, batting on 18, played a shot to mid-on from Assam debutant Dibakar Johri and attempted a single.Miscommunication with his batting partner Shivam Dube led to a tentative return to the crease, ultimately resulting in Rahane getting struck by a throw from Assam captain Denish Das.The Assam players swiftly appealed for...
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Ishan Kishan risks BCCI ire as his Ranji Trophy absence continues | Cricket News – Times of India

Ishan Kishan's continued absence from the Ranji Trophy has drawn criticism as the wicketkeeper-batsman, who plays for Jharkhand in domestic cricket, opted out of the final round of matches starting on Friday.Kishan's prioritization of the IPL over first-class cricket has prompted the BCCI to enforce a minimum requirement of Ranji Trophy games for players to be eligible for the IPL auction pool.Joining Kishan in missing action are Deepak Chahar and Shreyas Iyer. Despite specific instructions for the trio to participate in first-class cricket for their state teams, they remaini missing. However, Iyer's absence is attributed to concerns with his lower back and groin.In Kishan's absence, Kumar Kushagra has taken up wicket-keeping duties for Jharkhand, who are facing Rajasthan in their final...
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Watch: Sarfaraz Khan’s Special Phone Call After Memorable Test Debut | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Sarfaraz Khan made a memorable Test debut in the 3rd Test against England in Rajkot on Thursday and hit a quickfire 62-run knock off 66 balls before getting run out.A prolific run-getter in Indian domestic cricket, Sarfaraz got his Test cap from former captain Anil Kumble with his teary-eyed father, Naushad Khan, and wife looking on.Sarfaraz made the most with his 48-ball fifty to take the attack to the opposition bowlers and shine on a day of centuries by skipper Rohit Sharma (131) and Ravindra Jadeja (110 not out). Sarfaraz's younger brother Musheer Khan, who played for India in the recently-concluded Under-19 World Cup, called up his brother in Rajkot after the day's play.The Indian cricket board (BCCI) shared a video of Sarfaraz talking to his brother: Sarfaraz had been k...
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AB de Villiers on Ishan Kishan’s absence: Importance of Clear Communication in Managing Career Challenges | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former South African batting legend AB de Villiers has weighed in on the absence of Indian wicketkeeper-batter Ishan Kishan from international cricket, emphasizing the need for clear communication between players and team management during such challenging situations.Kishan, who last played a T20I match against Australia in November, requested a break from the Test squad during the South Africa series due to personal reasons. Despite being in the T20I squad for the South Africa tour, he did not feature in any matches and has been absent from the ongoing Ranji Trophy as well.Reflecting on this situation, de Villiers, speaking on a YouTube channel, shared his own experiences with managing career challenges, particularly towards the end of his playing days. He highlighted the co...
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Test call-up a crucial stepping stone for Devdutt Padikkal – Times of India

BENGALURU: It was a nippy winter morning in December 2019 in Mysuru. Teenage southpaw Devdutt Padikkal, his feet feeling like lead, made his way back to the pavilion. He was heartbroken, having fallen on 99 against Himachal Pradesh in a Ranji Trophy league fixture. In his two-season-old Ranji Trophy career, it was the sixth occasion when Padikkal had failed to convert a start into three digits. 99 is a cruel number to be dismissed on and Padikkal, by his own admission, cried after that innings. That turned out to be a prelude to the struggles the youngster had to endure in his pursuit of excellence and the dream to wear the whites for the country. He inched closer to his dream on Monday evening. Was always confident about getting back to scoring runs: Devdutt Padikkal on comeback fro...
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Cheteshwar Pujara Exclusive: ‘The pride and passion with which I have played… that will never change’

A couple of evenings ahead of India’s third Test against England, Cheteshwar Pujara is driving with his wife and daughter to his hometown Rajkot from Ahmedabad. It’s his 11th wedding anniversary and they have a little celebratory dinner at home on Tuesday night. On Wednesday, he would be at the Test venue for the naming of the stadium after administrator Niranjan Shah. On Thursday, when India start the Test, Pujara will be with his teammates at Sanosara ground in the city, where Saurashtra take on Manipur in Ranji Trophy from Friday.“If we win that, we have a great chance to qualify for Ranji knockouts,” says Pujara. He slips into a passionate description of the Ranji season thus far. Hundreds, including one on a turner against Rajasthan – “not a sandpit but the ball turned from Day 1 a...
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Dhruv Jurel, Sarfaraz Khan in line for Test debuts in Rajkot, Shubman Gill skips optional training | – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Team India, facing injuries to key players, might introduce two debutants, Sarfaraz Khan and Dhruv Chand Jurel, in the upcoming third Test against England in Rajkot.Shubman Gill, the centurion from the previous match, didn't participate in the optional training on Tuesday due to a right index finger injury sustained while fielding in the second Test in Visakhapatnam. Although Gill mentioned the injury isn't severe, his absence from training raises concerns.With Shreyas Iyer dropped and KL Rahul still recovering, the opportunity has arisen for Sarfaraz, a prolific performer in Ranji Trophy, to make his debut. Wicketkeeper-batter Jurel's strong batting skills may also secure him a place ahead of KS Bharat, who has struggled in recent Tests.The middle order for the third Test co...
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Ishan Kishan fiasco: BCCI might make playing 3-4 Ranji games mandatory for IPL participation | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Ishan Kishan's continued reluctance to play first-class matches and being found training in Baroda with his new Mumbai Indians skipper Hardik Pandya ahead of the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League seems to have not gone down well with the BCCI as the Indian cricket board is mulling to make minimum number of first-class games mandatory to be eligible to feature in the cash-rich league's auction pool. The Jharkhand keeper-batter had earlier pulled out of the South Africa tour midway, citing 'travel fatigue'. Since then Ishan hasn't featured in any of Ranji matches for his state team, who is near bottom of group A table.The BCCI has already instructed Kishan to play Jharkhand's last group league game against Rajasthan in Jamshedpur.There is a general consensus that a s...
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Saurabh Tiwary to retire from professional cricket | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Left-handed batsman Saurabh Tiwary has announced his retirement from professional cricket following Jharkhand's last league match of the Ranji Trophy against Rajasthan in Jamshedpur starting on February 16.Throughout his 17-year career, Tiwary represented Jharkhand, made appearances in three ODIs for the Indian team, and featured for four different IPL franchises."It's a little tough to bid farewell to this journey that I had started before my schooling," the 34-year-old was quoted as saying by ESPNcricinfo."But I'm also sure that this is the right time for this. I feel that if you're not in the national team and IPL, it's better to vacate a spot in the state side for a youngster. Youngsters are getting a lot of chances in our Test team so I'm making this decision."Tiwary sco...
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Ranji Trophy: Ajinkya Rahane scores fifty as Mumbai qualify for knockouts | Cricket News – Times of India

Much to his relief, Mumbai skipper Ajinkya Rahane, who had been struggling badly this season, finally found a semblance of his form, scoring an unbeaten 56 (124b, 6x4, 1x6) on the fourth and final day as Mumbai drew their Ranji Trophy Elite Group B match against Chhattisgarh at the Shaheed Veer Narayan Singh International Cricket Stadium in Raipur. Thanks to gaining a first innings lead, Mumbai earned three points out of the tie, and they now have 30 points after six games, which means that the 41-time champions have qualified for the Ranji Trophy knockouts after crashing out at the league stage of the tournament last season.Topping Elite Group B, Mumbai will now aim to finish with most points across all the groups by beating Assam in their last match at home at BKC, which will enable t...
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Ayush Badoni hits century as Delhi set Himachal target of 327 in Ranji Trophy | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Young batter Ayush Badoni played a stellar innings, smashing a magnificent hundred for Delhi in their second innings in a Ranji Trophy Group D match in Dharamsala. The team posted a commanding total of 381 for six declared, setting a challenging target of 327 for Himachal Pradesh on Sunday.Delhi's openers, Anuj Rawat (54 off 32 balls) and Yash Dhull (82 off 81 balls), provided a flying start to the second innings.Ayush Badoni took charge with an impressive 111 off 115 balls, including 12 fours and a six.Skipper Himmat Singh (45 off 45 balls) and Jonty Sidhu (46 off 51 balls) continued the aggressive batting display as Delhi scored at a brisk pace, declaring their innings. This total marked their best performance in the ongoing Ranji season.Himachal Pradesh faced an early setb...
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Umesh Yadav expresses disappointment after being left out of the squad for the final three Tests against England | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Veteran India pacer Umesh Yadav shared a cryptic story on Instagram after being left out of the squad for the final three Tests of the five-match home series against England.Umesh seems to be venting out his disappointment at not being included in the home series in the story.His Instagram story read: "Kitaabon par dhool jamne se, kahaaniyan khatm nahi hoti," (Just because books are covered with dust, the stories do not end)Umesh has taken 170 wickets in 57 Tests for India at an average of 30.95, with the best bowling figures of 6/88.The 36-year-old was a potent weapon for India in the Virat Kohli-Ravi Shastri era, having taken 101 wickets in just 32 home Tests at an average of 25.88, with the best figures of 6/88.Umesh has also played 75 ODIs and 9 T20Is for India, taking 10...
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Akash Deep: From Twin Tragedies to Realizing His Dream | Cricket News – Times of India

KOLKATA: "I feel the Bengal bowling unit is one of the best in recent Indian domestic cricket," former India opener WV Raman had said before the Bengal vs Saurashtra Ranji Trophy final at the Eden Gardens in 2023. He was not wrong as the Bengal pace trio of Akash Deep, Mukesh Kumar and Ishan Porel tore apart all opposition that season. It's thus a natural progression that two of them -Akash and Mukesh - will share the India dressing room in the coming three Test matches against England.While Mukesh had already represented the country in all three formats of the game, it's time for his statemate now to make a mark after getting his maiden call-up for red ball cricket. Akash has been one of the most consistent performers in recent time with his standout performances for India 'A' being on...
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Ranji Trophy: Rishi Dhawan’s unbeaten 95 gives Himachal Pradesh first innings lead vs Delhi | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Himachal Pradesh found resilience in the unbeaten 95 from veteran all-rounder Rishi Dhawan and a composed 85 by opener Ravi Thakur, propelling their team to 311 for eight at stumps on the second day of their sixth-round Group D Ranji Trophy encounter against Delhi on Saturday.Having posted 264 on the first day, Delhi now trails by 47 runs with two wickets in hand.Himachal Pradesh aims to extend their lead further, aiming to place pressure on Delhi's fragile batting lineup, which has surpassed 275 only once this season.Starting their innings at 24 for 1, Himachal Pradesh faced adversity, slipping to 169 for five at one juncture. However, Dhawan's assertive innings, scoring at a run-a-ball rate, steadied the ship. His knock featured 16 boundaries and a six, the most notable bei...