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If I had about 20 minutes with Virat Kohli, it might help: Sunil Gavaskar | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The legendary Sunil Gavaskar feels he can help the out-of-form Virat Kohli regain touch by sorting his batting woes, especially his weakness outside off stump. Kohli is enduring a wretched run with the bat and has failed to score a century since November 2019. He could manage just 76 runs from six innings across formats on the England soil, which included the rescheduled fifth Test, two ODIs and as many T20s. "If I had about 20 minutes with him, I would be able to tell him the things he might have to do. It might help him, I am not saying it will help him but it could, particularly with regards to that off-stump line," Gavaskar told 'India Today'. "Having been an opening batter, having been troubled by that line, there are certain things that you try and do." Kohli's lean pat...
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Shoaib Akhtar backs Virat Kohli, says ‘He has 70 hundreds in international cricket, it’s not candy crush’

With former India captain Virat Kohli struggling for runs recently, Pakistan pace icon Shoaib Akhtar has thrown his weight behind him and said that the criticism is unnecessary. “People are saying that he should be dropped. Virat Kohli is finished. There is nothing more left in his career and he would not be able to do anything more in his career. To them, I say Virat Kohli is the greatest player. In the last 10 years, if there has been any greatest player, it is Virat. He has 1-2 bad years, he still has scored runs, just the century has not come,” Akhtar said in his YouTube channel. “As a Pakistani, I’m supporting Virat Kohli because he has 70 centuries. It’s not Candy Crush. Only a great player can score these many centuries, something a normal player can’t do. When Kohli comes out of...
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Focus is to keep bowling in right areas, not on Akhtar’s fastest delivery record, says Umran Malik | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India's speed sensation Umran Malik has made it clear that he is not focusing on breaking Shoaib Akhtar's fastest delivery record of 161 kph, and said that his plan is to keep bowling in right areas and help India win against South Africa. Many young Indian bowlers impressed the experts and fans with their sheer pace in the recently concluded IPL 2022 but Malik was the standout performer because of his raw pace. The Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer had a breakout season as he picked 22 wickets in 14 matches and often clocked speeds in excess of 150 kmph. For his impressive performance in IPL 2022, Malik got the Emerging Player award. The young pacer was rewarded for his IPL performances as he got picked in the India squad for the T20I series against South Africa, beginning on June 9...
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IPL 2022: Umran Malik has potential to break Shoaib Akhtar’s fastest delivery’s record, says Parvez Rasool | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India cricketer Parvez Rasool showered praise on Umran Malik, saying that the pacer from Jammu and Kashmir has ability to break former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar's fastest delivery's record. Sunrisers Hyderabad pacer Umran bowled the fastest delivery of IPL 2022 when he clocked 157 kmph during his team's match against Delhi Capitals at the Brabourne Stadium, on May 5. The 22-year-old achieved the feat on the fourth ball of the 20th over. Rasool said Umran deserves to be fast-tracked into the Indian team across all formats. "The way Umran is bowling in the IPL, I think he will break Akhtar's fastest delivery's record very soon. Umran is an amazing talent. He is performing well in the IPL and it's a great sign for Indian cricket that these kinds of talents are coming and ...
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Shoaib Akhtar knew he was chucking, quips Virender Sehwag | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former India batter Virender Sehwag has quipped that Pakistan's express pacer Shoaib Akhtar used to 'chuck', adding that the much feared bowler knew "he used to jerk his elbow". Speaking on Home of Heroes, Sports18's latest offering, Sehwag said that it was tough to pick the Pakistani pacer because of his action. "Shoaib knows he used to jerk his elbow; he knew he was chucking too. Why would the ICC (International Cricket Council) ban him otherwise?" Sehwag said. "(Australian pace bowler) Brett Lee's hand came down straight, so it was easy to pick the ball. But with Shoaib (Akhtar), you could never guess where the hand and the ball will come from." Sehwag added that New Zealand pace bowler Shane Bond, who is currently the Mumbai Indians bowling coach, was the toughest fast bo...
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Memorable Andrew Symonds moments: From explosive batting to ‘monkeygate’ | Cricket News – Times of India

SYDNEY: Andrew Symonds, who has died aged 46, was widely considered one of the most skilled all-rounders Australian cricket has seen, routinely thumping runs and taking wickets. Affectionately nicknamed "Roy", he was also a rebel. A look at some of his memorable career moments following his death in a car crash: Symonds came into his own at the 2003 one-day World Cup with his maiden international century in Australia's tournament-opening win against Pakistan not just a breakthrough knock, but a truly memorable one. Harbhajan Singh and Andrew Symonds during the Sydney Test on January 5, 2008. (Photo by Ezra Shaw/Getty Images)His selection in the squad --- let alone the starting XI -- was the subject of intense speculation leading into the event, but he delivered the goods. Striding to th...
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Andrew Symonds: Australian all-round great loved by teammates | Cricket News – Times of India

SYDNEY: Andrew Symonds, who died on Saturday night in a car crash aged 46, was instantly recognisable on the cricket field with a mop of dreadlocks poking out from his baggy green cap and lips gleaming with white zinc cream. A hulking presence at 6ft 2in (1.87m) with a grin as broad as his shoulders, he was a supremely talented all-rounder equally at home bowling spin or lively medium-pace. Despite his size, Symonds was a lithe and athletic presence on the ground, with safe bucket-like hands and a laser throw that saw him rated one of the game's greatest fielders. But he was at his most destructive with a bat in his hands. Symonds -- nicknamed "Roy" -- played 26 Tests and 198 50-over games for Australia in an international career spanning more than a decade, from 1998 until 2009. A pivo...
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‘Utterly devastated’: Cricket world pays tribute to Andrew Symonds | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Andrew Symonds' sudden death triggered an outpouring of emotional tributes in the cricketing world with a host of past and present players, including his Australian teammates and international stars, expressing shock and disbelief at the tragic news. From former Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist and pacer Jason Gillespie to India's Harbhajan Singh and Sachin Tendulkar, tributes poured in for the flamboyant all-rounder, who died in a car accident on Saturday night in Queensland. Symonds, who was lovingly known as 'Roy', was 46 and is survived by his wife and two young children. "Think of your most loyal, fun, loving friend who would do anything for you. That's Roy," Gilchrist, who was part of the World Cup 2003 squad, wrote on his Twitter handle. "This really hurts." This...
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‘The plan was to beat the Indian team psychologically’: Shoaib Akhtar recalls Indo-Pak tour in 2004

The Indian national cricket team toured Pakistan in the 2003–04 cricket season for a series comprising five ODIs and three Tests. India went on to win the ODI series 3-2 and the Test series 2-1. Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar recalled his memories from the tour and revealed how the green men had plans for their arch-rivals in the Test series in 2004. “The plan was to beat the Indian team psychologically in the Test series in 2004. We wanted to create pacy wickets for Indian batters and scare them with sheer pace, Akhtar said in an interaction with former India cricketer Mohammad Kaif, who was also part of that tour. Kaif also described the love and respect which Indian players got on their Pakistan tour in 2004. “We got a lot of love and respect in Pakistan during our tour. Not...
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IPL 2022: Umran Malik is a ‘gem’ but should be managed carefully, says Daniel Vettori | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Describing Sunrisers Hyderabad fast bowler Umran Malik as a "gem", New Zealand bowling great Daniel Vettori says the youngster's raw pace generates anxiety among batters and brings an "X-factor" to the game. Vettori, a former New Zealand captain and leg-spin great, said Malik was a "rare" talent emerging after the end of era of Brett Lee, Shoaib Akhtar and Shaun Tait. "That pace generates anxiety among batters and not just tailenders, it's all batters," Vettori told ESPNCricinfo's 'T20 Time Out' show. "We don't often see bowlers get around 153-154 mark. That's exceptional pace, that's a rarity that we haven't seen I suppose consistently since the likes of (Brett) Lee, Shoaib Akhtar or Shaun Tait. "So to see that is a huge part of the game now. You can see the excitement facto...
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Virat Kohli is like a beast on the field, he wants to compete, says Ravi Shastri | Cricket News – Times of India

MUSCAT (Oman): Former Team India head coach Ravi Shastri has termed Virat Kohli a "beast" on the field but said the former skipper is totally opposite when he is not playing the game. Kohli had stepped down as the Test skipper after India suffered a Test series loss against South Africa. Shastri said the challenge for Kohli is now to maintain the same energy when he is playing as a player and not as the captain of Team India. "Virat is like a beast on the field. He is a terrier. Once he enters the ground, he wants to compete and is not worried about anybody. He is in-your-face and passionate. Off the field, he is totally opposite," Shastri told Shoaib Akhtar on the former Pakistan pacer's YouTube channel. Ravi Shastri & Future of Cricket | Shoaib Akhtar | SP1N"Absolutely calm, chill...
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Shoaib Akhtar backs Rohit Sharma to be India’s next Test captain

Former Pakistan speedster Shoaib Akhtar has said that Virat Kohli was forced to leave the captaincy of India. Speaking to reporters on the sideline of the Legends League Cricket in Muscat, Oman, Akhtar said, “Virat didn’t leave captaincy but was forced to do so. This is not the best of times for him but he needs to prove what he is made of. Is he made of steel or iron? He is a great guy and a cricketer. Do not try too many things, just go out there and play cricket. He is a great batsman and has achieved more than anyone else in the world. He just needs to go out there and play with his natural flow.” Last year, Kohli had stepped down as the T20I captain and then he was removed as the ODI leader as the selectors wanted one skipper for the white-ball format. Kohli then last ...
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Virat Kohli was forced to leave captaincy of India, says Shoaib Akhtar | Cricket News – Times of India

MUSCAT (Oman): Former Pakistan cricketer Shoaib Akhtar feels that Virat Kohli was forced to leave the captaincy of India. Last year, Kohli had stepped down as the T20I captain and then he was removed as the ODI leader as the selectors wanted one skipper for the white-ball format. Kohli then last week stepped down as India's Test captain as well, after leading the side for seven years. While talking to ANI, Akhtar, who is currently participating in the Legends League Cricket, said: "Virat didn't leave captaincy but was forced to do so. This is not the best of times for him but he needs to prove what he is made of...He is a great guy and a cricketer. Do nottry too many things, just go out there and play cricket. He is a great batsman and has achieved more than anyone else in the world. He...
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Fast bowlers have an attacking mindset and will make good captains: Shoaib Akhtar

Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar backs Rohit Sharma to be the Indian team’s next Test captain. In a chat on the sideline of the Legends Cricket League, which is being played in Oman, Akhtar spoke to The Indian Express on various issues, including why it is wrong that fast bowlers are not looked at as potential captains. EXCERPTS: At one time in Pakistan, fast bowlers like Imran Khan, Wasim Akram and Waqar Younis were captains. Recently Pat Cummins was given the responsibility of leading Australia. Will Jasprit Bumrah make a good captain? Why doesn’t the world trust fast bowlers as captains? It is believed that batsmen are smarter than fast bowlers. However, it’s not the case. Both are good. Motivation is high in fast bowlers as they want to finish the match by taking wickets. F...
Less than 4000 people turn-up for Pakistan’s 2nd T20I against Windies
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Less than 4000 people turn-up for Pakistan’s 2nd T20I against Windies

Former Pakistan captains Wasim Akram and Shahid Afridi urged cricket fans to come to the stadium to watch the T20 series between Pakistan and West Indies after yet another disappointing turnout which was witnessed at the National Stadium in Karachi for the second international. The evening game hardly had 4000 spectators in the 32,000 capacity stadium although the Pakistan Cricket Board has allowed full attendance after months of Covid-19 restrictions. “It is really disappointing to see such a low turnout of people for these matches. We were expecting a bigger turnout after reducing ticket prices to nearly half of the usual denominations,” a PCB official said. But while the turnout is disappointing there is no doubt that people faced many problems getting into the stadium. ...