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Southampton curator aims for ‘pace, bounce and carry’ in WTC final pitch | Cricket News – Times of India
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Southampton curator aims for ‘pace, bounce and carry’ in WTC final pitch | Cricket News – Times of India

SOUTHAMPTON: Head groundsman at Southampton Simon Lee is aiming to produce a pacy and bouncy pitch for the World Test Championship final with some assistance for spinners later on in the game. The final will be played between India and New Zealand from June 18. "Pitch preparation for this Test is a little simpler as we are a neutral venue, we are guided by the ICC, but we all want is a good pitch that offers an even contest between the teams," Lee told ESPNcricinfo. "For me personally I just want to get something out that has some pace, bounce and carry in the pitch. "It can be a hard thing to do in England as the weather doesn't help us most of the time, but the forecast in the build-up is good with a lot of sun, so we are hopeful that we'll get some pace and a hard pitch without over-...
WTC final: Adaptability will be key, feels Ashwin; Shami, Ishant want to give their all in one final push | Cricket News – Times of India
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WTC final: Adaptability will be key, feels Ashwin; Shami, Ishant want to give their all in one final push | Cricket News – Times of India

SOUTHAMPTON: A "well-planned and knit" New Zealand side with two Tests against England under their belt will come into the World Test Championship final with an advantage and the Indian team will have to adapt and be ready for challenge, feels senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. The WTC final here from June 18-22 will be a culmination of two years of hard work, filled with emotional moments and a lot of learnings, said Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami, on their part, as the Indian bowling unit's senior pros spoke about the biggest match of their lives. "I expect a well planned and knit New Zealand team to come at us. Having played two Tests definitely comes with an advantage so we have to adapt to that," Ashwin told 'bcci.tv', referring to the Black Caps' ongoing series against Engl...
Adaptability will be key during WTC final against New Zealand: R Ashwin
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Adaptability will be key during WTC final against New Zealand: R Ashwin

A “well-planned and knit” New Zealand side with two Tests against England under their belt will come into the World Test Championship final with an advantage and the Indian team will have to adapt and be ready for challenge, feels senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin. The WTC final here from June 18-22 will be a culmination of two years of hardwork, filled with emotional moments and lot of learnings, said Ishant Sharma and Mohammed Shami, on their part, as the Indian bowling unit’s senior pros spoke about the biggest match of their lives. “I expect a well planned and knit New Zealand team to come at us. Having played two Tests definitely come with an advantage so we have to adapt to that,” Ashwin told ‘bcci.tv’, referring to the Black Caps’ ongoing series against England ...
‘Carrom ball’ in armoury, Krishnappa Gowtham ready to soar under Dravid’s wings | Cricket News – Times of India
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‘Carrom ball’ in armoury, Krishnappa Gowtham ready to soar under Dravid’s wings | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Krishnappa Gowtham was nicknamed "Bhajji" by his teammates during his early years and he has adored Ravichandran Ashwin's cricketing philosophy but the all-rounder's skill-sets, including the "carrom ball", is his own customised version. Gowtham is among the six uncapped players picked for India's white-ball tour of Sri Lanka, comprising three ODIs and three T20 matches between July 13 and July 25. "You live a dream for years and now it has come true and you can't be more happier," was Gowtham's first reaction when PTI caught up with him. A consistent performer for a formidable Karnataka side, Gowtham hit the headlines when Chennai Super Kings broke the bank to win his services after an intense bidding war and now at 32, the lanky all-rounder has got his maiden India call-up....
Ashwin clears air, says he would never ask ICC to relax rules to help bowl ‘doosra’ | Cricket News – Times of India
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Ashwin clears air, says he would never ask ICC to relax rules to help bowl ‘doosra’ | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Seasoned off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Thursday clarified that he would never say that the International Cricket Council (ICC) should look to relax the 15-degree rule to help bowl the 'doosra'. Ashwin's clarification came as some media reports cited the off-spinner's YouTube channel and quoted him as wanting the apex cricket body to relax the rule. Taking to Twitter, Ashwin sighted an article and replied: "Really?? Pls, don't carry the wrong stuff!! I will never say such a thing." @sportstarweb Really?? Pls don’t carry wrong stuff!! I will never say such a thing.— Mask up and take your vaccine🙏🙏🇮🇳 (@ashwinravi99) 1623340509000In another tweet, the spinner said: "Wrong wrong wrong!! My channel is done for all the right reasons and audience to know cricket better. If you c...
ICC should relax 15 degree elbow extension for doosra: R Ashwin
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ICC should relax 15 degree elbow extension for doosra: R Ashwin

Saqlain Mushtaq was the only spinner who bowled a “legal doosra” during his playing career, feels India’s star spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, who wants game’s governing body ICC to do away with the current elbow flexion of 15 degree to a permissible level. Ashwin in an engaging discussion with former South Africa performance analyst Prasanna Agoram spoke elaborately about one of off-spinners’ lethal delivery that spins away from right-handers. While Saqlain started the doosra revolution, the others who bowled the wrong ‘un included Muttiah Muralitharan, Harbhajan Singh and Saeed Ajmal. “According to me, let’s not do away with it (doosra) but enable spinners to bowl the doosra responsibly with an appropriate bend,’ Ashwin said in his Tamil YouTube show ‘The Legend of the Doosr...
‘It hurts’: R Ashwin engages in a banter with Sanjay Manjrekar | Cricket News – Times of India
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‘It hurts’: R Ashwin engages in a banter with Sanjay Manjrekar | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar might feel that Ravichandran Ashwin is not quite there as an all-time great yet, but the spinner on Monday replied back to his criticism in the funniest manner possible. "All-time great' is the highest praise and acknowledgment given to a cricketer. Cricketers like Don Bradman, Sobers, Gavaskar, Tendulkar, Virat, etc are all-time greats in my book. With due respect, Ashwin is not quite there as an all-time great yet. #AllTimeGreatExplained," tweeted Manjrekar on Sunday. ‘All- time great’ is the highest praise & acknowledgement given to a cricketer. Cricketers like Don Bradman, Sobers… https://t.co/FRPJtQUmEB— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) 1622984499000On Monday, Ashwin shared a famous dialogue from Tamil movie 'Aparachith' and i...
Ashwin is better bowler than Nathan Lyon: Ian Chappell | Cricket News – Times of India
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Ashwin is better bowler than Nathan Lyon: Ian Chappell | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former Australia skipper Ian Chappell believes that Ravichandran Ashwin is a better spinner as compared to Nathan Lyon. Chappell also highlighted how Lyon is scored off through the onside when he is bowling to the right-handers and this is why Ashwin has an edge over Lyon. Ashwin has taken 409 wickets in 78 Tests at an average of 24.69, including 30 five-wicket hauls and seven 10-wicket hauls. He is also India's fourth-highest wicket-taker in the longest format. "I think Ashwin is a better bowler than Nathan Lyon. Have a look at Nathan Lyon's strike rate, you are in the 70s and I am going back to 2018. Nathan Lyon, to me, I think runs get scored through the onside when he is bowling to the right-handers and that really just shouldn't happen. Yes, he is a fine bowler but I thi...
Have a problem when people call Ravichandran Ashwin all-time great: Sanjay Manjrekar | Cricket News – Times of India
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Have a problem when people call Ravichandran Ashwin all-time great: Sanjay Manjrekar | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar has said that he has a "few problems" when people call Ravichandran Ashwin as "one of the all-time greats of the game". The off-spinner, who has played 78 Tests and taken 409 wickets, has 30 five-wicket hauls, most of them on Indian pitches. "When people start talking about him as being one of the all-time greats of the game then I have a few problems. One basic problem I have with Ashwin is that when you look at SENA (South Africa, England, New Zealand and Australia) countries, Ashwin doesn't have a single five-wicket haul there," Manjrekar told cricinfo.com. Of Ashwin's 409 Test wickets, 286 have come in India, including 24 five-wicket hauls. Manjrekar feels that all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has matched the off-spinner in the last four year...
Ashwin not an all-time great because of SENA record: Sanjay Manjrekar
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Ashwin not an all-time great because of SENA record: Sanjay Manjrekar

Ravichandran Ashwin, despite his records, is not all all-time great, said former Indian cricketer and commentator Sanjay Manjrekar. Manjrekar said Ashwin does not have five-wicket hauls in SENA (South Africa, England, New Zealand, Australia) countries and that he has been matched by Ravindra Jadeja when running through batting orders when playing in India. “When people start talking about Ashwin as being one of the all-time greats of the game then I have a few problems. One basic problem I have with Ashwin is that when you look at SENA countries, Ashwin doesn’t have a single five-wicket haul there,” Manjrekar said on ESPNCricinfo show ‘Runorder’. “And the other thing when you talk about him running through sides on Indian pitches that are suited to his kind of bowling is th...
Chappell cites Joel Garner while telling Manjrekar that Ashwin is among the best right now | Cricket News – Times of India
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Chappell cites Joel Garner while telling Manjrekar that Ashwin is among the best right now | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Australian great Ian Chappell has described senior India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin as one of the best Test bowlers playing the game right now. But when former India player Sanjay Manjrekar expressed his "problems" with Ashwin being seen as an all-time great by citing his overseas record and the recent successes of Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel, Chappell recalled West Indies pace great Joel Garner's handsome contributions when bowling alongside some of the game's finest speed merchants. "When people start talking about him as being one of the all-time greats of the game then I have a few problems," Manjrekar said on the ESPNcricinfo programme 'Runorder'. "One basic problem I have with Ashwin is that when you look at SENA countries, Ashwin doesn't have a single five-wicket h...
Ravichandran Ashwin is a better bowler than Nathan Lyon: Ian Chappell
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Ravichandran Ashwin is a better bowler than Nathan Lyon: Ian Chappell

Australian great Ian Chappell has described senior India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin as one of the best Test bowlers playing the game right now. But when former India player Sanjay Manjrekar expressed his “problems” with Ashwin being seen as an all-time great by citing his overseas record and the recent successes of Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel, Chappell recalled West Indies pace great Joel Garner’s handsome contributions when bowling alongside some of the game’s finest speed merchants. “When people start talking about him as being one of the all-time greats of the game then I have a few problems,” Manjrekar said on the ESPNcricinfo programme ‘Runorder’. “One basic problem I have with Ashwin is that when you look at SENA countries, Ashwin doesn’t have a single five-wicket...
French Open: ‘What an effort’, says R Ashwin as Pablo Andujar upsets Dominic Thiem | Tennis News – Times of India
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French Open: ‘What an effort’, says R Ashwin as Pablo Andujar upsets Dominic Thiem | Tennis News – Times of India

PARIS: Two-time French Open finalist Dominic Thiem was knocked out on the opening day of the tournament on Sunday. Pablo Andujar came from behind to erase a two-set deficit to upset the Austrian No.4 seed 4-6, 5-7, 6-3, 6-4, 6-4. It was Thiem's first loss in the opening round of the French Open. Andujar, ranked 68 in the world, fought back from two sets down and it earned him the 150th tour-level match-win of his career. He had defeated Roger Federer en route to the Geneva semi-finals two weeks ago. India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin hailed Andujar's effort which caused an upset on the opening day of the French Open. "What an effort that was from Pablo Andujar to beat Dominic Thiem in a 5 setter after being 2 sets down. He beat Roger Federer in the lead up to this French open too. Gr...
I couldn’t sleep for 8-9 days while I was playing: Ashwin on why he had to leave IPL midway | Cricket News – Times of India
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I couldn’t sleep for 8-9 days while I was playing: Ashwin on why he had to leave IPL midway | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Thursday said he had to leave the IPL midway as almost everyone in his family got infected with Covid-19 and he had sleepless nights worrying about their safety while he was playing in the T20 competition. Eventually, the IPL was suspended after multiple cases were reported in its bio-bubble. "Almost everyone from my place got affected due to Covid. In fact, few of my cousins also got admitted and were serious and they somehow recovered," said Ashwin on his Youtube channel. Quarantine Diaries: Lockdown 2.0 | VLog | R Ashwin | Stay Home, Stay Safe"I couldn't sleep for almost 8-9 days. Since I couldn't sleep, it was really stressful for me. I was playing matches without getting any sleep. And since I found it really taxing, I had to quit IPL an...
I couldn’t sleep for 8-9 days while I was playing: Ashwin on why he had to leave IPL midway
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I couldn’t sleep for 8-9 days while I was playing: Ashwin on why he had to leave IPL midway

India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin on Thursday said he had to leave the IPL midway as almost everyone in his family got infected with COVID-19 and he had sleepless nights worrying about their safety while he was playing in the T20 competition. Eventually, the IPL was suspended after multiples cases were reported in its bio-bubble. “Almost everyone from my place had got affected due to Covid. In fact, few of my cousins also got admitted and were serious and they somehow recovered,” said Ashwin on his Youtube channel. “I couldn’t sleep for almost 8-9 days. Since I couldn’t sleep, it was really stressful for me. I was playing matches without getting any sleep. And since I found it really taxing, I had to quit IPL and go home midway. “In fact, when I left, around that time, I ha...
Ravindra Jadeja joins Team India’s bio-bubble ahead of WTC final | Cricket News – Times of India
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Ravindra Jadeja joins Team India’s bio-bubble ahead of WTC final | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja on Monday began his quarantine period in Mumbai ahead of the team's departure to the UK for the World Test Championship (WTC) final. Jadeja shared a picture on Instagram and captioned the post as "Journey started. #quarantine #mumbai." Last week, Mithali Raj, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Siraj, Mayank Agarwal, and Washington Sundar reached the destination through a charter flight. The BCCI's official handle had tweeted pictures of these players flying to Mumbai and they captioned the post as: "First stop, Mumbai. #TeamIndia.” First stop, Mumbai 📍#TeamIndia https://t.co/Dieotl3GrF— BCCI (@BCCI) 1621429370000The men's team will leave for the UK for the upcoming WTC final against New Zealand and then the five-match Test series against England. On...
WTC final: Playing India in a neutral country an exciting prospect, says Kane Williamson | Cricket News – Times of India
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WTC final: Playing India in a neutral country an exciting prospect, says Kane Williamson | Cricket News – Times of India

Kane Williamson (Getty Images)SOUTHAMPTON: New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson feels playing against India in the World Test Championship (WTC) final that too in a neutral country is an "exciting prospect" which he is looking forward to. England and New Zealand are set to lock horns in two Tests, beginning June 2 before the Kiwis take on India in the WTC final starting on June 18. Williamson said the focus of the Kiwis will be on one game at a time as they gear up to play two Tests against England before the WTC final. "It's great and like I mentioned it's nice always to get into the side after a break. There is a lot of excitement in the camp and we know the challenge, like coming over here and playing against England in their own backyard," said Williamson in a virtual press conferenc...
UK tour: Mithali, Ashwin, Siraj reach Mumbai in charter flight | Cricket News – Times of India
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UK tour: Mithali, Ashwin, Siraj reach Mumbai in charter flight | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The UK-bound cricketers have started assembling in Mumbai, and the likes of Mithali Raj, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Siraj, Mayank Agarwal, and Washington Sundar reached the destination through a charter flight. The BCCI's official handle tweeted pictures of these players flying to Mumbai and they captioned the post as: "First stop, Mumbai. #TeamIndia. First stop, Mumbai 📍#TeamIndia https://t.co/Dieotl3GrF— BCCI (@BCCI) 1621429370000The men's team will leave for the UK for the upcoming World Test Championship (WTC) final against New Zealand and then the five-match Test series against England. On the other hand, the women's team will lock horns against England in a one-off Test, three T20Is, and three ODIs. The BCCI had made a foolproof plan for the national team before they...
‘Probably our best chance’: Rahul Dravid predicts 3-2 win for India in England | Cricket News – Times of India
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‘Probably our best chance’: Rahul Dravid predicts 3-2 win for India in England | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Batting great Rahul Dravid reckons India will prevail over England 3-2 in this summer's away Test series and calls it the visitors' "best chance" to win in the UK since 2007. Dravid was the last Indian captain to win a Test series in England. "I really do think India have a very good chance this time," Dravid said during a webinar, according to 'ESPNcricinfo'. The webinar was organised by Live Aid India, a trust to help those affected by COVID-19. Dravid, who is now the head of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru, said Ravichandran Ashwin versus Ben Stokes could form an "interesting subplot" to what is expected to be an intriguing series. "There's no question about their (England's) bowling. Whatever bowling attack England put on the park, especially their seam-bo...
Toughest problem for India will be picking the XI in WTC final: Colin de Grandhomme | Cricket News – Times of India
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Toughest problem for India will be picking the XI in WTC final: Colin de Grandhomme | Cricket News – Times of India

Colin de Grandhomme (Getty Images)NEW DELHI: New Zealand all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme says India will have a problem of plenty when they play the World Test Championship (WTC) final against his country in June in England. "With the amount of players they've got they can cover all bases because they've got real good seam bowlers these days and gun spinner, so I think the toughest thing for them is going to be picking the XI," the ICC quoted de Grandhomme as saying. New Zealand and India face off in the WTC final from June 18 to 22 at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. India qualified for the final after beating Australia away from home 2-1 this year and then thrashing England 4-1 at home. The Australia series was notable as India were riddled by injuries, so much that they were without ca...