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Watch: How Mitchell Santner foxed the in-form Virat Kohli in 1st ODI | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India's run-machine Virat Kohli failed to carry forward his good form in the first one-day international (ODI) of the three-match series against New Zealand on Wednesday at Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad. Kohli, who scored a majestic 166 not out against Sri Lanka in his last ODI, was dismissed for 8 off 10 balls in the 16th over.Kohli was bamboozled by a Mitchell Santner's ball, which shattered on to his off stump. The right-hander totally misjudged the length and instead of a front foot shot, he stayed back on the crease to block and missed it completely.#INDvsNZ Virat Kohli out https://t.co/e6VGOeE931— jayprakash Ajay (@jayprakash093) 1674035188000As soon as the ball shattered the off stump, batting legend Sunil Gavaskar said on commentary: "Kohli played on...
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‘Axar Patel’s promotion ahead of Virat Kohli hard to understand’: Sunil Gavaskar

India had lost two wickets in the chase of the 145-run target when they sent the left-handed Axar Patel ahead of Virat Kohli at No. 4. India were reduced to 45 for 4 at stumps on day 3 with Axar unbeaten on 26. Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar wasn’t quite pleased with the move. “It doesn’t send good signals to Kohli. To the world’s best batsman that you bat down. Unless Kohli himself asked for it; then it’s different matter. We don’t know what happenned in change room. But it’s hard to understand. Axar has played well, of course,” Gavaskar said on Star Sports. It didn’t help Kohli much as he fell to just 1 in 22 balls, edging to short-leg. Bangladesh’s off spinner Mehidy Miraz stunned the Indians with a three-wicket haul from his 8 overs to turn the pressure on India, who now need 1...
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Sunil Gavaskar slams ‘unbelievable’ exclusion of Kuldeep Yadav | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Indian batting legend Sunil Gavaskar on Thursday slammed the "unbelievable" exclusion of left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav from the India playing XI for the second Test against Bangladesh in Dhaka. Kuldeep had career-best figures of 5/40 in the first innings in the opening Test at Chattogram and backed it up with three wickets in the second innings for a career-best match figures of 8/113 as India defeated Bangaldesh by 188 runs.But Kuldeep was replaced by left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat in the second Test, which got under way at Mirpur on Thursday, making Gavaskar, former Test bowler Dodda Ganesh and former women's captain Anjum Chopra wonder why the team management had taken such a decision."Dropping a Man of the Match, that is unbelievable. That's the only word I can use ...
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‘Unbelievable’: Sunil Gavaskar baffled after Kuldeep Yadav’s exclusion in IND vs BAN 2nd Test

The Indian team management’s decision to bench Kuldeep Yadav in the second Test between India and Bangladesh at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium on Thursday has not gone down well with former India legend Sunil Gavaskar. Yadav, who won the Player of the Match award in the opening Test in Chattogram, was replaced by left-arm pacer Jayadev Unadkat. India’s stand-in captain KL Rahul said it was a difficult decision to keep Kuldeep out but he had confidence that Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel will do a good job. But Gavaskar said that it was unbelievable for India to leave out a player who won the Man of the Match award. “Dropping a Man of the Match, is unbelievable. That’s the only word I can use and it’s a gentle word. I would like to use quite stronger words, but it’s unbelievable ...
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Leave it alone — it’s a subtle art, but there’s some danger too 

No one wakes up in the morning and decides to go for a cricket match hoping to see batsmen leaving the ball alone (‘shouldering arms’). Yet it is one of the subtler arts of a fascinating sport, and one that is on the verge of disappearing from white ball cricket. In red ball cricket, it was calculated that nearly a quarter of all deliveries are left untouched by batsmen. A ball not played does not indicate an uneventful moment in the game. Cricket is unique in that it is as much about batsmen leaving the ball as hitting it. You can’t refuse to hit a good serve in tennis, for example, simply because you think it might send the ball out. Batting specialty Voluntary non-playing is a batting specialty. A form of passive aggression, if you will. A fast bowler comes thundering in off a long ...
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Sunil Gavaskar: ‘The prize that I put on my wicket was invariably a 100’ | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Indian batting great Sunil Gavaskar, who amassed over 13,000 runs during his 16-year-long international career said he was always looking to score a hundred whenever he came out to bat and avoided looking at the scoreboard. The maestro said that he always aimed at bat sessions in Test matches, beginning from the start of play till stumps. “The prize that I put on my wicket was invariably a 100. I always wanted a century; that's the minimum I wanted to get… Obviously that was impossible, even Sir Don Bradman couldn't do it in every inning. So, my whole idea was to bat sessions; first session to lunch, then to tea and then to the close of play,” Gavaskar said at an event organised by ABP Group. “I didn't look at the scoreboard when I was batting, because every batsman has his o...
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Hardik Pandya is a natural leader, allows you to play the way you feel like: David Miller | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: South Africa's hard-hitting batter David Miller is a big admirer of Hardik Pandya’s captaincy and is full of praise for the Indian all-rounder. The southpaw feels that Pandya can turn the Indian T20 team into a fearless group of players with his exemplary clarity of mind and work ethic. With India eyeing the 2024 T20 World Cup and current skipper Rohit Sharma not expected to carry on, Pandya is considered an ideal replacement in the shortest format. Miller, who became one of the best finishers in the game over the last couple of years, said, "Pandya is a natural leader. He allows you to play the way that you feel like you can and had played a crucial role in steering Gujarat Titans to the title on their IPL debut." "Just playing under him in the IPL, I feel he is very inclusi...
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‘Aap IPL khelte hain, wahaan par aapko thakaan nahi hoti? (You play IPL, you don’t get tired there?’: Gavaskar questions Team India’s concept of workload management

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has made a scathing attack on Team India’s ‘workload management’ concept following their exit from the T20 World Cup in the semifinals. Gavaskar said he can’t understand why the senior players talk about the workload management, when they are playing for India, they never questions it during the Indian Premier League (IPL). “Aap IPL khelte hain, poora season khelte hain, wahan aap travelling karte hain… sirf pichhla IPL 4 centres me hua tha, baaki sab jagah aap idhar-udhar daudte rehte hain. Vahan par aapko thakaan nahi hoti? Vahan workload nahi hota? Sirf jab Bharat ke liye khelna hota hai, vo bhi tab jab aap non-glamorous countries me jaate hain, tab aapka workload banta hai? Ye baat galat hai,” Gavaskar told Aajtak “(You play in the whole season o...
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There will be some retirements, says Gavaskar after India’s T20 World Cup exit | Cricket News – Times of India

ADELAIDE: The legendary Sunil Gavaskar expects few senior players to announce their retirements following India's humiliating 10-wicket loss against England in the T20 World Cup semi-finals on Thursday. Gavaskar also feels all-rounder Hardik Pandya will take over the reins of captaincy once Rohit Sharma steps down. "Having won the Indian Premier League (IPL) on his first assignment as the captain, they would have marked Hardik Pandya out as the next captain," the former India captain said on Star Sports. "Hardik Pandya will definitely take over the team in the future and there will be some retirements, you never know. Players will be giving it a lot of thought. "There are several players in their mid-30s who will be reconsidering their position in the Indian T20I team." England hammered...
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Suryakumar Yadav: I mastered scoop shot while playing rubber-ball cricket | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Suryakumar Yadav's outrageous scoop shot off Zimbabwe pacer Richard Ngarava became a talking point in the T20 World Cup and the attacking Indian batter says he achieved mastery over the unorthodox stroke after years of practice with rubber ball. Suryakumar mesemerised the 82,000-strong MCG crowd with his his stroke-making ability on Sunday. His unbeaten 61-run knock off just 25 balls powered India to an imposing 186 for 5. The 32-year-old struck four sixes and six boundaries during that breathtaking knock. One shot that stood out was from the last ball of the Zimbabwe innings. Going down on one knee, Suryakumar picked up a Richard Ngarava full toss from outside the off stump and scooped it on the right of fine leg for an unthinkable six. The audacious shot became instant hit ...
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Suryakumar Yadav is the new Mr. 360 degree: Sunil Gavaskar lauds SKY’s knock vs Zimbabwe

Former India legend Sunil Gavaskar hailed Suryakumar Yadav’s shot selection during India’s game against Zimbabwe on Sunday. SKY enthralled the 82,000 fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground with his 25-ball 61. The 71-run trouncing booked India a semi-final against England. Hailing Suryakumar for his fabulous batting display, Gavaskar told India Today, “Each of those innings was pretty much 360 degrees. He is the new Mr. 360 degree. There was that one shot that he hit for a six just to the left of the wicketkeeper. Then he went a little squarer in the final overs, for example, taking advantage of the angle that the bowler was trying to aim at. Then also the lofted extra cover drive, he has got every shot in the book. There was a straight drive as well.” With 225 runs, Yadav is now second o...
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‘Unke paas toh Hardik Pandya jaisa player hai’: Sunil Gavaskar slams Pakistan for not playing Mohammad Wasim Jr against India

Former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar lashed out on the Pakistan team management for not playing Mohammad Wasim Jr and compared him to star India all-rounder Hardik Pandya. Against Zimbabwe, Mohammad Wasim Jr picked up 4 for 24 with the ball and almost won it with the bat. “I feel their selection hasn’t been good. For Australia’s conditions, if they had a bowler who could seam up, like Mohammad Wasim did against Zimbabwe. And he also played a couple of good shots as well. He has that talent,” Gavaskar told India Today. “Unke paas toh Hardik Pandya jaisa player hai (They have a player of Hardik Pandya’s calibre), he’s still new but I’m just giving the idea that he can play those lofty shots and can give you a couple of overs as well. And they did not play him against India. They played...
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T20 World Cup: Confident India hoping to turn tables on Pakistan | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Its unblemished record of success against the arch-rivals at the marquee ICC events a thing of the past, a hurt Indian team will be desperate for revenge against a high-quality Pakistan side in a sell-out Super 12 clash of the T20 World Cup, here on Sunday. While rain is threatening to play spoilsport, it's unlikely to be a complete washout according to people who understand weather conditions here. Thousands of fans from both countries have crisscrossed the globe to watch their team in action and trust rival captains Rohit Sharma and Babar Azam to tell you this is another 'match' for them but all the 22 players and the reserves know that this is 'The Match'. Mahendra Singh Dhoni, under whom, India never lost to Pakistan at ICC events, would repeat himself time and again that...
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Rishabh Pant and Dinesh Karthik can be accommodated in playing XI if Hardik Pandya is fifth bowler: Sunil Gavaskar | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: The great Sunil Gavaskar feels India can accommodate both Dinesh Karthik and Rishabh Pant in the playing XI by making Hardik Pandya the fifth bowling option in the upcoming T20 World Cup. The Rohit Sharma-led side, who will open their campaign against Pakistan in Melbourne on Sunday, have two wicketkeeper-batter options in Karthik and Pant, both of them vying for a spot in the XI. As the India think-tank ponders over its team combination ahead of the Pakistan clash, the legendary 73-year-old feels both could be accommodated. “It's just that maybe, if they decide to go with six bowlers, with Hardik Pandya being the sixth bowler, then he (Pant) may not be able to find a place," Gavaskar said on Star Sports show ‘Cricket Live'. "But if they decide to go with Hardik Pandya as a fift...
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Watch: Shami shares tricks of trade with Afridi, Gavaskar advises Babar | Cricket News – Times of India

BRISBANE: Camaraderie between the likes of Mohammed Shami and Shaheen Shah Afridi on Monday added another dimension to the hype, the feeling of one-upmanship among fans that precedes an India-Pakistan World Cup clash. Veteran India seamer Shami was on Monday seen sharing the tricks of the trade with Pakistani pace sensation Afridi, while the legendary Sunil Gavaskar shared batting tips with Pakistan captain Babar Azam. In a video posted on Twitter by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), Shaheen was seen praising Shami's ability to bowl with an upright seam. The @T20WorldCup meetup: Stars catch up on the sidelines 🤩#WeHaveWeWill | #T20WorldCup https://t.co/J1oKwCDII2— Pakistan Cricket (@TheRealPCB) 1665992685000"Jab se maine bowling start kari hai tabse mai aap ko follow kar raha hu, aap ki...
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Sachin Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar ‘ineligible’ to vote in MCA polls | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Cricket icons Sachin Tendulkar and Sunil Gavaskar are among the eight former international cricketers who are “ineligible” to vote in the elections of the Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) on October 20 as they haven’t submitted their MCA voter’s identity card before the polls. On Friday, election officer JS Saharia posted a list of eight former international cricketers — Tendulkar, Gavaskar, Agarkar, Manjrekar, Paras Mhambrey, Wasim Jaffer, Vinod Kambli and Avishkar Salvi — stating that “Following former international cricketers have not submitted the voter’s Identity Card, so hereby declared ineligible to vote.” “It’s very unfortunate,” former India batsman Sandeep Patil, who’s contesting for the MCA president’s post from the Mumbai Cricket group, told TOI. “(Before he left for...
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Tendulkar, Gavaskar, Manjrekar, Agarkar can’t vote in Mumbai Cricket elections as they don’t have voter ids and e-voting wasn’t allowed

SACHIN Tendulkar, Sunil Gavaskar, Ajit Agarkar, Sanjay Manjrekar, Wasim Jaffer, Vinod Kambli, Avishkar Salvi, and Paras Mhambrey won’t be allowed to vote in the Mumbai Cricket Association upcoming election on October 18. The reason? They didn’t submit their voter’s identity card and register before the election. Sandeep Patil, who is contesting for MCA president’s post, had requested to allow e-voting for MCA election but it was turned down. Gavaskar, Manjrekar, and Agarkar are expected to be on the commentary panel for the upcoming T20 World Cup to be held in Australia. While Mhambrey is India’s bowling coach, Salvi and Jaffer are away on coaching assignments. Sandeep Patil will take on Amol Kale, a sitting vice-president of MCA and a candidate backed by Sharad Pawar-Ashish Shelar grou...
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Sunil Gavaskar picks Siraj ahead of Shami as Jasprit Bumrah’s replacement for T20 World Cup

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar has urged team management to pick Mohammed Siraj as the replacement for injured Jasprit Bumrah for the upcoming T20 World Cup. “I’d go for Siraj because he has been bowling well; Shami has not played for a while. And to hit your steps straight away in a World Cup, yes, there are a couple of warm-up matches,” Gavaskar told Star Sports. “As of now, nobody has been selected as the 15th player. I don’t know…has he gone with the team to Australia? He hasn’t gone. So he has played no cricket. And that’s a concern,” he added. In the ODI series against South Africa, Mohammed Siraj has bagged his maiden Player of the Series award and looked in good rhythm throughout the series. On the other hand, Mohammed Shami, who is in the standbys and is one of the favour...
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Nathan Lyon starts a semi-autobiographical book series ‘Nice Garry’ for children

Sunil Gavaskar once had a comic series based on him ‘Sunny the Super Sleuth’ with memorable lines ‘They don’t call me the best stroke player for nothing’ even as he kicks a villain. Now, in Australia, the off spinner Nathan Lyon has tapped into the children’s book market with a semi-autobiographical series ‘Nice Garry’. A decade ago, David Warner had a series called ‘Kaboom Kid’ featuring as the central character a 11-year old ‘Davey Warner’. Two volumes of ‘Nice Garry’, incidentally the wicketkeeper’s cry to a well-spun offbreak from Lyon’, to come out now are ‘Bowled over’ and ‘In a Spin’. It’s about a 10-year old Garry who lives in fictional rural region called ‘Youngtown’. Lyon had grown up at Young, 400 km west of Sydney. “I sat down with Michael Wagner and basically described m...
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If Sunil Gavaskar is backing me, then he must have seen something in me: Ravi Bishnoi

Ravi Bishnoi, who has not been picked for the T20 World Cup, said he is grateful for the support he had received from former India captain Sunil Gavaskar. The legendary India batter had said that Bihnoi should not be disheartened from not being able to find a place in the T20 World Cup squad as he has age on his side. “If he(Sunil Gavaskar) is backing me, then he must have seen something in me. You get a lot of confidence when someone like him praises your game. It becomes meaningful,” Bishnoi told Sports Tak. Earlier, Gavaskar had said that the 22-year-old spinner has to raise his bar and make himself undroppable in the near future. “Well, he has got age on his side. There is another T20 World Cup in a couple of years’ time. There are so many T20 World Cups that he can play in the fut...