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No India in T20 World Cup final but an Indian voice will rock MCG, meet 13-year-old Janaki Easwar

Though India failed at the semifinal hurdle, the T20 World Cup final at Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on Sunday will still have an Indian flavour. Janaki Easwar, a 13-year-old girl of Indian origin, will perform along with the Australian rock band Icehouse before Pakistan take on England in front of more than 90,000 spectators. Janaki’s parents Anoop Divakaran and Divya Raveendran hail from Kozhikode in Kerala and have been living in Australia for the last 15 years. She rose to fame last year by becoming the youngest-ever contestant in The Voice Australia, a widely-viewed music reality show. A thrilled Janaki told indianexpress.com she was looking forward to performing in front of a packed MCG. “Performing in front of a massive MCG crowd and getting broadcast to millions of people glob...
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‘Ghar ka ek hi buzurg hona chahiye, saat buzurg nahi’ (There should only be one leader in the team, not seven): Ajay Jadeja

Former India player Ajay Jadeja has made a scathing attack on Team India’s captain Rohit Sharma following India’s 10-wicket loss in the semifinals against England in the T20 World Cup on Thursday. Jadeja said the ageing side is also one of the major factor in India’s World Cup debacle. “Ghar ka ek hi buzurg hona chahiye, saat buzurg honge toh bhi dikkat hai. (There should only be one leader in the team. If there are 7, it would be difficult),” Ajay Jadeja was quoted as saying by Cricbuzz. Jadeja also questioned Rohit Sharma’s captaincy before the lead up to the World Cup. “Main ek baat bolunga jo chubhegi agar Rohit Sharma sunenge, agar team banaani hai kisi captain ko, toh usko saare saal team ke saath rehna padta hai. Poore saal me Rohit Sharma kitne daure pe rahe? Ye hindsight me nah...
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Diwali to Diwali: How Killer Miller turned his game around to become one of world’s best T20 batsmen

Around Diwali last year, David Miller was facing uncertain times. His hitting prowess was on the wane, his stocks in the franchise league circuit was plummeting and his spot in the national team was not a certainty either. The trip to India in November last year was a last lease. But with an unbeaten 64 off 31 balls at Feroz Shah Kotla, he rediscovered his form and has sustained it ever since. In the last 12 games, he has aggregated 68 runs a game and clocked a strike rate of 178. So much so that he has reclaimed his stature as one of the finest finishers in the game. The 59 not out at Perth was another classic instance of chasing skills. He was a clinical sniper, waiting for the perfect time to fire his gun-shots. He targeted Ravi Ashwin, who he struck for three sixes. He waited for t...
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England vs Ireland: Blow by blow account of how Ireland won a dream upset win over England

The ‘descendant of Jesus’ plays a dreamy lap shot. When Ireland’s Lorcan Tucker made his debut in U-19 world cup against India, a curious thing occurred. The TV commentator would read out from the vandalised wikipedia page that Tucker is a “direct descendant of Jesus Christ”. Luckily, for us, our former colleague Daksh Panwar was at the ground in Dhaka and spotted Tucker’s family. Here is their explanation on the whole Jesus affair. In the here and now, on a rainy day at MCG, Tucker would unfurl a dreamy lap shot off Chris Woakes. A pretty decent delivery, full and just about seaming away from the off-stump line, but Tucker was ready, shuffling across nimbly, crouching, and he would lap it up and over short fine for an one-bounce four. Ever since that U-19 world cup, Tucker has shown a...
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Kohli swat flick: The shot that’ll rank on top alongside Sachin Tendulkar’s six off Shoaib Akhtar

How many World Cup sixes by a modern-day Indian batsman can you call iconic and will remember forever and a day? Sachin Tendulkar’s thump over point of Shoaib Akhtar, for sure. MS Dhoni’s thunderous wallop to cap off a perfect Wankhede night. Yuvraj Singh’s six-orgy off Stuart Broad, perhaps. Anything else? Right on top, alongside  Sachin, will sit Virat Kohli’s “freaky” swat-flick of a six against Haris Rauf at MCG. It’s a variation of a mutant that he had created in the first place from a regular flick. A couple of years ago, Sunil Gavaskar had predicted to this newspaper how Kohli was going to evolve even further with that shot and target newer areas. “It’s because he now wants to cover not just square-leg but wants to use that shot to target the full arc from fine-leg to wide long-o...
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I hope Suryakumar Yadav becomes the X-factor for India: Rohit Sharma ahead of the T20 World Cup

Looking ahead to the T20 World Cup this month, Team India captain Rohit Sharma spoke about the form of of Suryakumar Yadav, and said he hopes the middle-order batter can give his side the edge in Australia. All Captains. One Frame. One Goal @T20WorldCup pic.twitter.com/a9Rdj1YhF1 — BCCI (@BCCI) October 15, 2022 “Surya is in good form. I hope he continues to bat in that way, high on confidence,” he told reporters on Friday. “He is a confident player. He plays fearlessly, he uses his skill set efficiently. I hope he becomes the x-factor.” The 35-year-old said that fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has been one of the most crucial players for India in the recent past, and his presence will be missed at the World Cup, but he had to be left out of the team in order to safeguard his career. Rohit ...
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The Big Question: Is Pakistan too reliant on Babar-Rizwan?

In the previous edition of the T20 World, Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan 303 and 281 runs respectively in Pakistan’s run to the semifinals. The next highest contribution was Fakhar Zaman’s 109. Only other batsman, Shoaib Malik, managed 100 runs, and the underwhelming middle order copped criticism for their middling returns. A year on, the situation remains as grim as it was during the World Cup, so much so that Zaman was recalled into the World Cup squad. Both in the Asia Cup as well the seven-game rubber against England, besides the tri-series in New Zealand, the vulnerabilities of the middle-order was exposed. In the Asia Cup, they were over-reliant on Rizwan, with Babar enduring a rare lean patch (68 runs at 11). Joy in the Pakistan camp, the trophy moment and more – BTS of the cel...
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Why six hitters alone can’t win the T20 World Cup trophy

For one night at the Eden Gardens, Carlos Brathwaite was the Hercules of cricket. A metaphor of the blazing power of six. The echoes of his four sixes could be heard far and wide. A month later, the cricketer who once ran a sports shop to keep his cricketing career afloat and hopped to Dublin so that he could at least make some money playing cricket and coaching children, fetched Rs 4.2 crore, 13 fold his base price in the Indian League auction, and had advertising giants queuing up. Other franchises tried to discover or manufacture Brathwaites of their own. Six became the inflation-proof currency of the game and the sultans of six the nouveau riches. The humbler methods of the 2016 edition’s highest run-getter, Virat Kohli, was ridiculed. Singles and twos, threes and fours would never ...
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‘Respect for the oppostion doesn’t comes with victories and defeat. We certainly respect the Pakistani side and so do they’: R Ashwin takes a cheeky jibe on Ramiz Raza

Taking a cheeky jibe at Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief Ramiz Raza, Ravichandran Ashwin said that respect for the opposition doesn’t come from ‘victories’ and defeats.’ “Respect for the opposition is not something that comes with victories and defeat. It comes with how you are made, and we certainly respect the Pakistani side, and so do they,” R Ashwin told reporters in Perth. Ashwin’s remark came after Rami Raza, a couple of days back had said that the Indian team had started to respect Pakistan following their defeats in the last year’s T20 World Cup and this year’s Asia Cup. “We must give credit to this Pakistan team as they have defeated a one-billion-dollar cricket team,” Raza had said. On IND vs PAK match In less than two weeks’ time, India will be up against Pakistan at the M...
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Watch: Mohammad Rizwan hails Suryakumar Yadav, opens up on their battle for No 1 T20I ranking

There is a stern competition going on between Mohammad Rizwan and Suryakumar Yadav for the No 1 spot in the T20I rankings. The Pakistan wicket-keeper batter is current at No 1 position, followed by India’s Suryakumar Yadav. After his match-winning 78 from 50 balls against Bangladesh in the T20 Tri-series in New Zealand, Rizwan was asked about the comparison between him and Suryakumar Yadav. Rizwan hailed Suryakumar but also pointed out the difference between them. He said: Good player hain Suryakumar Yadav. Jis tarah se woh khelte hain, mujhe bohot pasand hai. (He is a good player and the way he plays I really enjoys it). “Magar jaha tak cheezen hai and different tarike se dekha jae kyunki middle order and top order mukhtalif cheezen hain (As long as comparisons are concerned, there is...
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Credit must be given to this Pakistan side, they’ve defeated one billion-dollar Indian cricket team in last T20 World Cup: Ramiz Raza on facing India

Two weeks before the India and Pakistan tie in the T20 World Cup at Melbourne Cricket Ground, Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chairman Ramiz Raza made a huge statement before the arch-rivals will lock horns on October 23. Raza said that credit must be given to the Babar Azam-led team, who defeated one billion-dollar Indian cricket team in the last T20 World Cup, and it has given them an edge in this year’s tournament. Speaking on the Dawn News show “Replay,” Raja said: “Skill aur talent se zyada mental match hota hain yeh. So agar aap temperamentally strong he and mentally focussed he aur haar manne ko taiyar nahi hain toh chhoti team bhi badi team ko hara sakti hain. (India vs Pakistan is more of mental than skill and talent. If you are mentally focused and is not ready to give up, a smal...
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India’s Non-Playing 16 at the T20 world cup

The Wall of his time, Dravid’s path to taking charge of India was inevitable. Appointed Head Coach post Ravi Shastri’s end of tenure, Dravid is tasked with finding the right squad and perfect balance in Australia in his first big ICC challenge. Unlike the whirlwind Shastri, Dravid’s stylesheet is plenty of pep talk and long meetings. 🔴Vikram Rathour (Batting coach)The former India opener has been on the selection committee earlier, and later appointed batting coach. Rathour has gained trust of not only Dravid, but players too who open up to him easily. The former opener plans batting schedules in practice sessions and corrects flaws with help of the video analyst. 🔴Paras Mhambrey (Bowling coach) A former Mumbai and India pacer, Mhambrey has been in Dravid’s team since India under 19 co...
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Singapore-born Tim David in Australia’s T20 World Cup squad

The 26-year-old David played 14 T20 matches for Singapore in 2019 and 2020, averaging 46.5 with the bat The 26-year-old David played 14 T20 matches for Singapore in 2019 and 2020, averaging 46.5 with the bat Singapore-born allrounder Tim David has been named in Australia's T20 cricket World Cup squad for the host country's defense of its title beginning in late October.After being bought by the Mumbai Indians for more than a million dollars in this year’s Indian Premier League auction, David decided to be part of Australia’s squad. The 26-year-old David played 14 T20 matches for Singapore in 2019 and 2020, averaging 46.5 with the bat.David was raised in Perth but moved back to Australia with his Australian family when he was 2. The Australian side will travel to India for three T20 In...