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Hardik Pandya’s journey: Reckless to priceless | Cricket News – Times of India

Improved fitness has helped Pandya bowl at sharp pace and new-found ability to mentor a precocious talent like Pant during a tricky chase adds to his CVThroughout the first few years of his international career, Hardik Pandya was unfairly compared to legendary allrounder Kapil Dev. However, even India's World Cup-winning captain would be proud of what Pandya achieved with the bat and ball to play a massive role in the magnificent five-wicket win over World Champions England in the final ODI at Old Trafford on Sunday. Realizing that he needed to step up as the fourth medium-pacer/fifth bowler after India lost their No 1 pacer Jasprit Bumrah to back spasms, Pandya, exploiting the bounce on the rock-hard surface, made the short ball his 'WMD', returning career-best figures of 7-3-24-4, wit...
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Watch: Rishabh Pant gifts champagne bottle to former coach Ravi Shastri

Rishabh Pant, who was named the Man-of-the-Match for his sublime 113-ball 125, gifted his champagne bottle to former India coach Ravi Shastri. In a video shared by a fan, it can be seen that Pant, after his post-match presentation, walked toward Shastri; the duo hugged and later, the Indian wicketkeeper-batter gifted his champagne bottle to India’s former coach. Hardik Pandya’s all-round brilliance and Rishabh Pant’s 125 not out off 113 balls carried India to a five-wicket win in the ODI series decider against England on Sunday. India won the series 2-1. India won the first ODI at the Oval by 10 wickets before England responded with a 100-run victory at Lord’s in the second match. A special innings from Pant. Congratulations to India on winning the series 👏 Scorecard/clips: https://t....
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Cricket taking football route: Bilaterals to be friendly, World Cups real deal

“It (cricket) should go the football way, where, in T20 cricket, you just play the World Cup. Bilateral tournaments — no one remembers.” Former India player-turned-broadcaster-turned-coach-turned-broadcaster (again) Ravi Shastri has emphasised this idea more than once in the last year or so. The 60-year-old mentioned in a recent interview with ESPNCricinfo that he didn’t “remember a single (T20I) game in the last six-seven years as coach of India, barring the World Cup”. “A team wins the World Cup, they will remember it,” he further added. “Where I am coming from is: you play franchise cricket around the globe; each country is allowed to have their franchise cricket, which is their domestic cricket, and then, every two years, you come and play a World Cup.” Shastri’s words have been rin...
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ODI cricket needs to find its relevance, says Ravichandran Ashwin | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Ace India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin believes that ODI cricket needs to find its relevance as the 50-over format is turning out to be an extended form of T20 cricket without "ebbs and flows". Bilateral ODIs across the globe are fast losing relevance and some like former India head coach Ravi Shastri want more franchise-based T20 leagues than these kinds of series. "It's a question of relevance and I think ODI cricket needs to find its relevance. It needs to find its spot," Ashwin, who has 151 wickets in 113 ODIs, said on the upcoming show of the 'Vaughany and Tuffers Cricket club podcast'. The podcast is hosted by former England captain Maichael Vaughan and left-arm spinner Phil Tuffnell. "The greatest beauty of one day cricket is – sorry was – the ebbs and flows of the gam...
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Rohit Sharma defends struggling Virat Kohli from ‘expert’ views | Cricket News – Times of India

Life sometimes takes interesting turns. Just a few years back, Rohit Sharma was speculated to not enjoy a great equation with Virat Kohli, then India's undisputed leader in all formats of the game. Cut to the present and Rohit, India's all-format captain now, finds himself vigorously defending the inclusion of an out-of-form Kohli, even as the din to drop him from India's T20I side, grows louder. Once rated as the best batsman in the world, Kohli has been under-fire after his failures in the fifth Test (11 & 20) and the T20I series (1 & 11) in England, where his extended lean patch has continued. Post India's 17-run defeat in the third T20I, though, Rohit ruled out the thought of dropping someone of the stature of Kohli from the Indian team, while referring to his team's favouri...
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Pundits slam ‘timid’ India after England Test loss | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Cricketers and pundits slammed India's batting in the second innings as England batsmen Jonny Bairstow and Joe Root hit hundreds to thrash the tourists in the fifth Test on Tuesday. India fell to 245 all out to hand England a record victory target of 378, which the hosts achieved with two sessions and seven wickets to spare on the fifth day and end the Covid-delayed five-match series at 2-2. The in-form Bairstow (114*) and Root (142*) put on an unbeaten stand of 269 for the fourth wicket to pull out a sensational victory. "Special win by England to level the series. Joe Root & Jonny Bairstow have been in sublime form and made batting look very easy," batting great Sachin Tendulkar wrote on Twitter. "Congratulations to England on a convincing victory." Special win by Engla...
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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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Ravi Shastri reunites with Wasim Akram at Lords, picture goes viral

Former Indian coach Ravi Shastri and legendary Pakistan pacer Wasim Akram had a reunion of sorts in Lords on Sunday. Shastri shared a picture of them standing together, captioned “Shaz and Waz at @HomeOfCricket yesterday. Great to catch up.” The picture has since gone viral with over 26.9k likes. Wasim Akram was there to take part in a friendly match organised by JP Morgan at Lord’s which also featured the likes of Jos Buttler. Shastri, meanwhile, was back in commentary duty. Shastri and Akram used to host a special segment on TV called ‘Shaz and Waz’ which was very popular as both used to bounce off each other effortlessly. Shaz and Waz at @HomeOfCricket yesterday. Great to catch up 🤗 – @wasimakramlive pic.twitter.com/m6LXaD6T6x — Ravi Shastri (@RaviShastriOfc) June 26, 2022 After Sha...
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My daughter saw the car for the first time, will take her for a spin in it: Ravi Shastri on restored Champion of Champions Audi car

We needed some 15-20 runs more to beat Pakistan in the final of the 1985 Benson & Hedges tournament. I had a look at square-leg to check the field set by Javed Miandad, Pakistan’s captain. Javed perked up from midwicket. “Tu baar baar udhar kya deke raha hai” (Why are you looking there repeatedly?) he said in his characteristic lisp. “Gaadi ko kyun dekh raha hai?!” (Why are you looking at the car). Voh nahi milne waali hai tere ko! (You are not going to get it!).” That’s when I had one proper look at it, and told him, “Javed, meri taraf hi aa Rahi hai! (It’s coming my way, only!)”. So, in some ways, the fun had started before I got the keys. When I got the keys from Ian Chappell in the post-match ceremony, I heard a buzz behind him. I look around and my teammates are already all ove...
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No one remembers bilateral T20 series, play shortest format in just World Cup: Ravi Shastri

Former India coach Ravi Shastri reckons that T20 format is not meant for bilateral series between international teams and the slam-bang style of cricket should be restricted to just World Cup. Shastri, one of the most successful India coaches, also feels that franchise cricket together with a biennial T20 World Cup is best way forward when it comes to shortest format, considering fans’ appetite for it. Shastri’s comments have come, days before India’s five-mach T20 series against South Africa. 🔟days to go 🏏#INDvSA #BePartOfIt pic.twitter.com/jE6Rewcc9RBest of Express PremiumPremiumPremiumPremiumPremium — Cricket South Africa (@OfficialCSA) May 31, 2022 “…there’s too much of bilateral stuff going on in T20 cricket. I’ve said that (before), even when I was the coach of India, I could see...
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Virat Kohli wishes former head coach Ravi Shastri on his birthday | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Star Indian batter Virat Kohli on Friday extended his birthday wishes to Ravi Shastri, the former head coach who turned 60 on Friday. Kohli took to Instagram to extend his wishes to Shastri, with who he shared a great partnership as a captain-coach duo before Shastri stepped down as head coach in November 2021. "Happy Birthday Ravi bhai. Have a good one," said the star batter's Instagram story. Indian opener Mayank Agarwal also took to Twitter to extend his wishes to Shastri, tweeting, "A very happy birthday @RaviShastriOfc bhai! Wishing you a year of good health, happiness and success." A very happy birthday @RaviShastriOfc bhai! Wishing you a year of good health, happiness and success.— Mayank Agarwal (@mayankcricket) 1653628031000Middle-order batter Cheteshwar Pujara also wis...
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Fast track: 22-year-old Umran Malik from J&K rockets into Team India | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Tearaway pacer Umran Malik, who's rocked the Indian Premier League with his thunderbolts, has earned a much-anticipated call-up to the Indian team for the five-match T20I series against South Africa, which will kick off on June 9 in Delhi. Malik, 22, son of a fruit seller in Jammu, has been generating fearsome pace above 150kmph on a regular basis. His hostile spells for Sunrisers Hyderabad have had batsman hopping, fans cheering and pundits calling for his inclusion in Team India. All-time great Dale Steyn, who's mentoring Malik at SRH, hailed him as a superstar in the making. Batting for J&K's express fast bowler Umran Malik, former Team India coach Ravi Shastri recently said he should be given a central contract by the Indian cricket board (BCCI) right away and carefully ...
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IPL 2022: SRH’s Rahul Tripathi not far from India call-up, says Ravi Shastri | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: After Rahul Tripathi scored a stroke-filled 76, which laid the foundation for Sunrisers Hyderabad to score a mammoth 193/6 against Mumbai Indians and win by three runs to keep their slender hopes of making IPL 2022 playoffs alive, former India head coach Ravi Shastri claimed that the Maharashtra batter is not far from a call-up to the national team. Tripathi's wonderful knock of 76 came off just 44 balls, laced with nine boundaries and three sixes at a strike rate of 172.73. "He's not far at all. If someone doesn't get up from the bench or gets up from the wrong side of the bed and gets injured, this guy can be slotted in straightaway. He can go at No. 3 or 4. He's a dangerous player and should be in the mix. If he's performing season after season, I'm sure the selectors will be...
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IPL 2022: Rishabh Pant should bat in the ‘Russell’ mode; just smack, no matter who the bowlers is, says Ravi Shastri | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former India coach Ravi Shastri says Rishabh Pant must bat in the "Andre Russell mode" in T20 format and not change the tempo once he gets going so that he can win more matches for his side, Delhi Capitals. The Southpaw has collected 281 runs in 11 matches at a strike rate of 152.71 but has struggled to convert his starts into meaningful contributions. The 24-year-old wicketkeeper-batter is having an underwhelming IPL season. He has shown glimpses of his destructive power but could not take the team over the line like he has done umpteen times in the past. "I feel once he gets the tempo going he shouldn't change, he should be in the Russell mould in this format of the game," Shastri said on ESPNcricinfo's 'T20 Time Out'. Just @RishabhPant17 hitting 'em all around the park 🤩P....
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IPL 2022: Did too many decision makers contribute to Kolkata Knight Riders’ downfall? | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Too many cooks spoil the broth. This age old adage fits aptly on Kolkata Knight Riders, who are staring at early elimination from the 2022 season, after competing in title-clash last year. While they are still afloat after beating wooden-spooners Mumbai Indians by 52 runs, the post-match comments from captain Shreyas Iyer have certainly opened the pandora's box, raising questions if there is too much of interference from the management, especially long-standing CEO Venky Mysore. A testimony to KKR's problems has been the fact that 20 players have played in 12 games. There has not been a single game, where the playing XI has been retained, making the outfit look completely unsettled. After the match against MI, Iyer was asked as to how players react to so much of chopping and ...
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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: All hail ‘finisher’ Dinesh Karthik – Is there another India comeback on the horizon? | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A strike rate of 200 after 12 innings while scoring 274 runs at 68.50, Royal Challengers Bangalore's designated finisher Dinesh Karthik has taken the 15th edition of Indian Premier League by storm. The wicketkeeper-batter is literally giving jitters to death overs bowlers in the league. It's not just the quick runs, Karthik's contributions overall have also been highly impactful in RCB's success in this season's campaign. Incredibly, DK has remained unbeaten in all of RCB's seven wins so far -- scoring 200 runs at a staggering strike rate of 202.02 in those games. The latest being a whirlwind 30 not out off just 8 balls against the Sunrisers Hyderabad over the weekend. https://t.co/DsFW2kmG1b— Diving Slip (@SlipDiving) 1652011279000It's not a surprise that many are suggesting...
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Virat Kohli falls for third golden duck in IPL 2022 | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Virat Kohli on Sunday fell for his third golden duck this IPL season to extend the Indian superstar's grave batting slump. Opening the batting for Royal Challengers Bangalore against Sunrisers Hyderabad in Mumbai, Kohli flicked the ball straight to short mid-wicket off left-arm spinner Jagadeesha Suchith. A wicket of the first delivery for J Suchith as Virat Kohli departs for a duck.Live - https://t.co/3yEu02Zm5l… https://t.co/C4DlkpkByb— IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) 1652004298000It was Kohli's third dismissal in the current IPL on the first ball, including two in successive matches last month. The 33-year-old star batsman and former India captain has scored just 216 runs in 12 matches with just one half-century. Pundits including former India coach Ravi Shastri believe Kohli is "...
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It was a much needed confidence-booster fifty for Kohli, says Gavaskar | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Former India cricketer Sunil Gavaskar said on Saturday that Virat Kohli's half-century against Gujarat Titans in the IPL game on Saturday will work as a much-needed confidence booster for the batter as well as his team Royal Challengers Bangalore. Several former cricketers, including ex-India coach Ravi Shastri, have suggested Kohli should take a break from the game, but in the match against Gujarat Titans, the former RCB captain showed signs of returning to form. Kohli, after enduring a series of failures (0, 0, 9 in his previous three innings), finally scored a half-century and Gavaskar said the fifty came at the right time for him and it will work as a confidence booster for the beleaguered batter. Playing as a second-fiddle to Rajat Patidar, who hit a quick-fire 52 runs, the...
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IPL 2022: Shikhar Dhawan deserves all the accolades he’s getting, says Ravi Shastri | Cricket News – Times of India

PUNE: Former India head coach Ravi Shastri believes that Punjab Kings' senior opener Shikhar Dhawan deserves all the accolades which have been coming for him. Shastri added that while Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have received a lot of attention with their batting, Dhawan has been a serious player sandwiched between the two talismanic batters. Dhawan has been in rollicking form for Punjab in IPL 2022, amassing 302 runs in eight matches at an average of 43.14 and strike-rate of 132.45. In Punjab's 11-run win over Chennai Super Kings, Dhawan smashed an unbeaten 88 off 59 balls and carried his bat throughout the innings in a changed batting approach from his side to post a challenging 187/6. "I call him a gun player because in this country most of the accolades have gone to Rohit and Virat...