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T20 World Cup ladder: Hardik Pandya drops out from top 15; Shivam Dube, Yuzvendra Chahal soar in week 4 of our rankings

India’s top stars continue to stay put at the top of our T20 World Cup Ladder standings as we head into week 4.The Indian Express’ previous T20 World Cup Ladder standings had Mumbai Indians pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah emerging as our pick for the first name the Indian think tank should write on the list to catch the plane to the T20 World Cup in the USA and the Caribbean. Bumrah overhauled skipper Rohit Sharma who holds ground at number two for another week. However, the top 15 is still lacking the cohesiveness of a well-rounded squad with key all-rounders and fast bowlers floundering in their displays. This is why The Indian Express sports team will run the T20 World Cup Ladder, a daily form tracker of sorts where we try to slip into the shoes of the Indian think tank and try to work...
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Australian Jake Fraser-McGurk steps in after idol David Warner falters, and resurrects Delhi Capitals’ hopes

Synopsis: Little-known Aussie hero Jake Fraser-McGurk and familiar show-stealer Kuldeep tango a campaign-lifting victory for Delhi Capitals over Lucknow Super Giants, who suffered their second defeatOnly the stats nerd would instantly recognise Jake Fraser-McGurk. The 22-year-old became the fastest century maker in List A cricket last year when he reached the three-figure mark in merely 29 balls, for South Australia against Tasmania, in a futile chase of 436. However, IPL is a quicksand that has drowned several record-setting overseas batsmen. Fraser-McGurk, though, made an emphatic impression on his debut, rattling off 55 power-drilled runs in 35 balls, pursuing 168 for Delhi’s second win of the season. If handing him the cap was a surprise, shocking was to see him walk in after the f...
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Virat Kohli’s dig at fans after hug with Gautam Gambhir: ‘Tumhara masala khatam ho gaya’

Virat Kohli took a playful dig at fans who enjoy his on-field tiffs with other players especially Gautam Gambhir and Naveen u Haq, with whom the the former India captain has squashed his beef recently, saying that the ‘masala’ the fans wanted were over. “People are disappointed because I hugged Naveen Ul Haq and then Gauti pa hugged me. Tumhara masala khatam ho gaya toh oo oo kar rahe ho. (‘Masala’ got over for you),” he said in a recent interaction, whose video became viral on X on Thursday. Gambhir and Kohli recently shared a warm moment between them before the Royal Challengers Bengaluru vs Kolkata Knight Riders match as the Kolkata mentor hugged Kohli. Virat Kohli talked about his hug with Gautam Gambhir.pic.twitter.com/r8RqBLfuQc — KKR Vibe (@KnightsVibe) April 11, 2024 Coming int...
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Sanju Samson’s batting transformation: Spin domination and six-hitting spree

With two successive half-centuries under his belt, Sanju Samson is signalling a move to a new batting dimension in the IPL.As the Rajasthan Royals found themselves in a dicey situation against the Gujarat Titans at home on Wednesday, Samson commanded attention with an unbeaten 68 off 38 balls that lifted his team to 196. Entering in the fifth over, Samson picked his battles wisely against lead spinners Rashid Khan and Noor Ahmad before breaking free at the death. There were two contrasting hundreds in the Rajasthan Royals-Royal Challengers Bengaluru game last weekend, but it was a half-century that caught the eye for more than one reason. Samson’s 69 off 42 balls not only played a key role in RR reaching the target of 184 with plenty to spare, but also showed a new side of the captain’s...
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Ambati Rayudu on Rohit Sharma and MI controversy: ‘I am sure he will go to a franchise that maybe treats him better’

Former India international Ambati Rayudu said that if Rohit Sharma decides to leave Mumbai Indians one day, there will no shortage of Indian Premier League franchises who will go for him. “It’s Rohit’s call at the end of the day. He can go wherever he wants to go. All the teams would love to have him as a captain for sure. I am sure he will go to a franchise that maybe treats him better than what has happened here,” Rayudu said on a Star Sports show. Rohit was replaced by Hardik Pandya as captain of the MI franchise, a decision that hasn’t gone down well with the fans. Ambati Rayudu speaking about MI – Hardik captaincy saga They did wrong with Rohit Sharma pic.twitter.com/iVB2cOfwDH — VIVEK.RO45 (@UniquePullShot) April 10, 2024 While Hardik’s signing was seen as a game-changer, his asc...
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Virat Kohli’s childhood coach slams strike rate critics: ‘This is a lobby running an agenda…who knows even the ‘C’ of cricket would never do such nonsense’

Royal Challengers Bengaluru player Virat Kohli scored 72-ball 113 runs against Rajasthan Royals at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur. However, on his way to his three-figure mark. While the innings received plaudits there was also a fair amount of criticism thrown at the knock and Kohli’s strike rate during the innings was under scrutiny. Kohli on his way to a three-figure mark bagged an unwanted record to his name, He equalled Manish Pandey’s record of the slowest century in the history of IPL in terms of balls (67). However, Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma would slam strike rate critics and would go on to say it is a lobby trying to push an “agenda”. “Look, this is a lobby which is running an agenda. They’re just pushing an agenda, and as fans or true analysts, we don’t car...
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MI vs DC: Just Jasprit things as Bumrah produces a special yorker, Rohit vs Ishant in battle of Sharmas and more

Just Jassi things That Jasprit Bumrah bowls a mean yorker is no surprise. That Jasprit Bumrah continues to dismiss even well-set batters who know full well that a mean yorker is always around the corner, is the stuff of genius. Brought back into the attack when Delhi were stitching together a decent partnership, Bumrah produced one of those heat-seeking missiles from his armory. It’s like his brain has a radar and the ball is programmed to hit the base of the stumps when he demands it to. Shaw was batting on 66 off 39 balls, and was starting to find the gaps more regularly. But the gap Bumrah needed was just millimeters between the bottom of the bat and in front of the stumps. The ball was angled in, nearly took Shaw’s toe off his backfoot, then completely took the leg stump off the gro...
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Yash Thakur’s pace, Krunal Pandya’s guile orchestrate Lucknow Super Giants successful defence against Gujarat Titans

Synopsis:The forgotten Pandya and feisty Thakur conceptualise Super Giants’ maiden win over Gujarat TitansAfter his final over, Krunal Pandya, a bandana shackling his bouncing hair, held the ball aloft and waved to all parts of the ground. The spectators reciprocated with thunderous applause. The electronic scoreboard flashed his figures. It read 4-0-11-3. The forgotten Pandya brother had, yet again, asserted his unsung knack of defining games. In a sense, he is his brother Hardik’s antithesis; flying under the radar, his set of skills commonplace. One would find several of his type, a flattish left-arm spinner who can freewheel with the bat, in the leagues of Mumbai and its neighbourhood. But dish out a slow, slightly dual-paced surface, and he becomes deadly. He could repeatedly pound...
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CSK need Daryl Mitchell to start turbo-charging the middle order against spinners

As Daryl Mitchell takes his seat with a filter coffee in a brass dabara set, he appears totally at home in Chennai. “It is the morning shot that I need,” says the Kiwi as he settles down. But, the only thing is, bought at Rs 14 crore at the auction, primarily for his striking abilities against spinners, Mitchell is yet to ascertain himself fully at Chennai Super Kings. After two successive away defeats as Chennai return to their den for their game against Kolkata Knight Riders on Monday, Chennai badly need the free-flowing Mitchell back at his best. With Ambati Rayudu not around, it didn’t come as a surprise to see CSK go big to acquire Mitchell. A bankable middle-order batsman, at the 50-over World Cup, the 32-year-old showed his power-hitting prowess against spinners. Playing mostly s...
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Kolkata heavyweights Mohd Sporting win I-League; set to join East Bengal, Mohun Bagan in ISL

Comebacks are tough when you’re 133 years old but Mohammedan Sporting achieved theirs on Saturday when they confirmed their first-ever promotion to the Indian Super League – becoming the second club to do so since promotion to the top division was opened last year. Mohammedan achieved their promotion by winning the I-League title on the penultimate day of the second division championship, beating Shillong Lajong FC 2-1 on the road. Before the game, Mohammedan needed a solitary point to ensure that Sreenidhi Deccan couldn’t catch up to them in the remaining games. Alexis Gomes put Mohammedan Sporting in the front in the first minute of the game itself before the home side’s Douglas Tardin restored parity in the 15th minute. Evgeni Kozlov scored the decisive goal for Mohammedan Sporting i...
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India vs Australia: Harmanpreet Singh and Co dished out reality check as relentless Kookaburras produce slick passing masterclass to win Match 1

In a mid-match chat with the broadcaster, Flynn Ogilvie, an Olympic silver medallist who debuted against India 10 years ago in Perth, called for his teammates to be ‘quick in passing’.He said it in all seriousness as if Australia had been playing at the pace of a passenger train. And it must have made Indian players, eavesdropping as they walked past him into the dressing room for the half-time break, wonder how much quicker could the Aussies still get. It didn’t take long for them to discover. Australia, by then, were already 2-0 up in the first of the five Test matches in Perth. Minutes into the third quarter, they added two more and made it 4-0. And by the time the full-time hooter sounded, the scoreline read, from India’s perspective, an embarrassing 5-1. New venue, new match, same ...
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‘Your big-name players…supposed to take pressure are all in the dressing room’: Ambati Rayudu lashes RCB stars and predicts ‘they will never win’

On Tuesday chasing 182 runs things were looking grim for Royal Challengers Bengaluru against Kolkata Knight Riders until Mahipal Lamror played a blistering cameo of 33 from just 13 balls pulling back the hosts into the game after a top-order collapse. However, his heroics were not enough for them to get over the line as he lacked support from the other end. Chasing a big total Faf du Plessis, Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, and Cameron Green all fell cheaply putting the onus on inexperienced Anuj Rawat, Lamror, and others to deliver a match-winning performance. “Look at them who bats in the pressure situations for them? Young Indian batters and Dinesh Karthik,” 6-time IPL winner Ambati Rayudu would critique RCB speaking on Star Sports. Rawat though delivered a sparkling cameo on the openin...
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Narine shows why he is still a precious commodity in the IPL

Synopsis: Narine’s fireworks, in his 500th T20 appearance, topple Kohli’s masterclass, despite hoddy catching and expensive Starc A few hours before the match, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) mentor Gautam Gambhir was shown telling the host broadcasters in a prerecorded video that “the one team I wanted to beat every time and probably in my dreams was RCB,” Gambhir said. His team did not let him down, as they brushed aside RCB by seven wickets in a full-house Chinnaswamy Stadium. Thus, they became the first team to win a game on the road in IPL-17. Narine’s onslaught, Venky’s flair Chasing 183 to win, Sunil Narine came down on the Bengaluru bowlers like a ton of bricks and smashed a 22-ball 47 as Kolkata scored 85 runs in the first six overs. KKR’s chase started with Phil Salt hitting Mo...
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Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli share hug before Royal Challengers Bengaluru vs Kolkata Knight Riders IPL match. WATCH

Gautam Gambhir and Virat Kohli shared a warm moment between them before the Royal Challengers Bengaluru vs Kolkata Knight Riders match as the Kolkata mentor hugged Kohli. Coming into the match, the overall narrative was the frosty relationship between the two players but the hug at least for the time being, put the animosity to bed. “Forget Fairplay these two should be given an Oscar award as well,” Sunil Gavaskar quipped on commentary. Last season in the IPL, in a nailbiting finish in Bengaluru, Lucknow Super Giants pipped RCB by one wicket. Gambhir was there in the LSG dugout this team as the team mentor and the former India batter provoked the home crowd with a ‘finger on his lips’ response at them. Our favourite strategic timeout ever 🫂#IPLonJioCinema #RCBvKKR #TATAIPL #JioCinemaSp...
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With Yuvraj Singh as mentor and Brian Lara as guide, SRH’s Abhishek Sharma hopes to realise his potential

In a Sunrisers Hyderabad batting line up comprising bonafide stars — Travis Head, Aiden Markram and Heinrich Klaasen — 23-year-old Abhishek Sharma didn’t look out of place on Wednesday night. Sharma’s 63 off just 23 deliveries against Mumbai Indians made head turn as the team posted the highest-ever total in the IPL. Travis Head, the swashbuckling Australian opener had recorded the fastest fifty for an SRH batter in 18 balls before Sharma almost immediately rewrote the mark in 16. A knock that caught the attention of Yuvraj Singh, his mentor. Yuvraj was quick to post on X what he thought of Sharma’s dismissal — caught at deep-midwicket off leg-spinner Piyush Chawla. “Waah sir Abhishek waah, great innings but what a splendid shot to get out on! Laaton ke bhoot baaton se nahi maante! Spec...
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The Hindu Morning Digest, March 28, 2024

Arvind Kejriwal arrest | After India summons envoy, U.S. stresses it encourages fair, transparent legal proceedingsAfter India summoned a senior U.S. diplomat to lodge a protest over remarks on the arrest of Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal, Washington on Wednesday stressed that it encourages fair, transparent, timely legal processes and “we don’t think anyone should object to that”. “We continue to follow these actions closely, including the arrest of Delhi CM Arvind Kejriwal,” U.S. State Department Spokesperson Matthew Miller said.Two killed after anti-CAA meeting in MeghalayaTwo persons were killed in Meghalaya’s East Khasi Hills district on Wednesday following a meeting organised by a local organisation against the Citizenship (Amendment) Act (CAA) of 2019. Police said the bodie...
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How Rachin Ravindra at CSK is fast becoming IPL 2024’s best signing: ‘I’ve always idolised Jadeja’

The IPL subreddit, usually a battleground for browbeating diatribes, last night offered something to be unanimously agreed upon. “Can someone please explain why Rachin Ravindra went for so cheap?” read the comment. Underneath it, an elaboration, “Are all other teams except CSK mo**ns? Why not bid more on a young proven talent? If CSK goes on a winning streak the next few years because of him, all those other teams deserve not winning many titles.”Rachin Ravindra, poached at a bargain price of 1.8 crore INR, has turned out to be an instant hit for the defending champions CSK. Moving on from their previously successful model of sinking the opposition via their spinners to now flexing their long batting on a healthier batting wicket at Chepauk, Chennai’s new signing is coming handy to lay ...
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The Hindu Morning Digest, March 27, 2024

Employment scenario in India grim, says ILO reportIndia’s youth account for almost 83% of the unemployed workforce and the share of youngsters with secondary or higher education in the total unemployed youth has almost doubled from 35.2% in 2000 to 65.7% in 2022, as per the India Employment Report 2024 released by the International Labour Organisation (ILO) and the Institute of Human Development (IHD) here on Tuesday. The youth employment and underemployment increased between 2000 and 2019 but declined during the pandemic years, the study, released by Chief Economic Adviser V. Anantha Nageswaran, said, adding that educated youths have experienced much higher levels of unemployment in the country during the period.Photojournalists covering AAP protest face police’s wrathPhotojournalists ...
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FIFA World Cup qualifiers: Why losing to Afghanistan is a new-low for Indian football

When he scored in the 37th minute, Sunil Chhetri’s face bore no emotion as he trudged back to his half. When India misplaced the most pedestrian of passes minutes later, his face contorted itself into that familiar mix of abject fury – one that only his Indian teammates seem to elicit. When he was substituted in the 67th minute after scoring a penalty in his 150th game for the Indian national football team, his face on the bench turned to one of concern and urgency. And when thirty minutes later, the referee blew the final whistle, the country’s most recognisable footballer buried his face in between his hands, unable to face the reality of what Indian football truly is.It was the 2013 SAFF Cup Final where Afghanistan had last beaten India in an international football match. On Tuesday,...
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IPL 2024: Virat Kohli masterclass, Dinesh Karthik finishing touch takes RCB to first win as Punjab Kings implode at the end

Synopsis: After being dropped on 0, Virat Kohli rebounds with stellar knock, with cameos from Dinesh Karthik and Mahipal Lomror adding the finishing touch, as Royal Challengers Bengaluru beat Punjab Kings, who lost their composure at the death.“There’s a bit in it (the pitch) for the bowlers” and “things can get tough with the new ball” were a couple of cliches used by Sam Curran during the mid-match television interview to describe how Punjab Kings were hoping to defend 176 against Royal Challengers Bengaluru at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium on Monday. Here’s another cliche that Curran was agonisingly made aware of a few minutes later – take your chances, or the top players make you pay. VK 🤝 DK The dynamic duo behind RCB’s remarkable chase tonight 😎#TATAIPL | #RCBvPBKS | @imVkohli | @Din...