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EXCLUSIVE: We want to make sure we peak at the right time ahead of the ODI World Cup; Ben Stokes is the best all-rounder in the world: Joe Root | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: England's dominant run in limited overs cricket in recent years is no secret. They are the defending ODI World champions as well as the defending World champions in the T20I format, after winning the last edition in Australia to become just the second team after the West Indies to win the T20 World Cup title twice. England will now aim to defend their ODI World Cup title when they travel to India in October this year for the showpiece event. Over the years, one standout player for the English team has been Joe Root. The former England Test captain has now set his sights on the upcoming tour to New Zealand starting February 16.Root, who is playing for the Dubai Capitals in the DP World ILT20 league being played in the UAE, spoke to TimesofIndia.com in an exclusive interview an...
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Ravichandran Ashwin wants ODI World Cup matches to start at 11:30am for reducing dew factor | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Premier India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin wants 2023 ODI World Cup matches, which will be played in India in October and November, to begin from 11.30am, a timing which is earlier than the usual 1:30pm start of day-night 50-over games in India.Ashwin cited the example of India's first ODI against Sri Lanka in Guwahati, where the Rohit Sharma-led side defended a mammoth 373 to win by 67 runs. "India batted brilliantly on a slow wicket and posted a score well above par. But they still ended up having to fight tooth and nail (to win against Sri Lanka)."The quality difference between the teams isn't coming through - dew is narrowing that gap if you happen to lose the toss. My suggestion - or rather my opinion - for the (ODI) World Cup is to look at what venues we are playing ...
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Next year’s T20 World Cup could be David Warner’s last international assignment | Cricket News – Times of India

SYDNEY: Australian batting stalwart David Warner has indicated he wants the 2024 T20 World Cup in the United States and the West Indies to be his international swansong, saying winning the title would be an icing on the cake."(This will) most likely be my last year of my international career. I've got my sights set on the 2024 (T20) World Cup as well, so finishing in the Americas (North America and Caribbean islands), that'd be nice to top it off with a win over there, pending selection," Warner was quoted as saying by Sky Sports on Thursday.Warner was adjudged the 'Player of the Tournament' for his tally of 289 runs in Australia's winning campaign in the T20 World Cup in the UAE in 2021. He is currently playing in the BBL for Sydney Thunders."I've signed (with the Thunder) for this yea...
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Shahnawaz Dahani shares heartwarming meeting with Rahul Dravid | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: It is needless to say that Rahul Dravid is one of the most loved cricketers around and on the occasion of his 50th birthday on Wednesday, the Indian coach found another admirer in young Pakistan pacer Shahnawaz Dahani.Dahani took to Twitter to extend his birthday greetings to Dravid and also shared a heartwarming meeting with him at a restaurant in Brisbane during the T20 World Cup last year.Sharing a photo of a meeting with Dravid, Dahani revealed that he was having dinner with friends at a restaurant in Brisbane where the former Indian player also made his entry. To Dahani's surprise, Dravid went on to meet him even before finding a seat for himself."Happy Birthday to the most humble Person, Sir #RahulDravid. Here is Story behind this picture. I was in restaurant having din...
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Casinos, fake prophet marred Sri Lanka’s World Cup, report finds | Cricket News – Times of India

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka's inglorious exit from the T20 World Cup in Australia was accompanied by players partying at casinos, corruption and the influence of a fake prophet, an inquiry showed on Thursday.Batsman Danushka Gunathilaka was arrested hours after Sri Lanka's tournament prematurely ended and has been charged with four counts of sexual assault on a woman in Sydney.An independent panel which investigated Sri Lanka's off-field behaviour during the World Cup in October-November revealed a litany of wrongdoing among players, officials and associates.Sri Lanka, the Asian champions, were stunned by Namibia in their opening match and failed to progress to the knockout rounds after finishing fourth in their Super 12 group.Bowler Chamika Karunaratne was involved in a brawl at a casino along ...
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Hope we can take women’s cricket to a higher level this year, says Smriti

Cricketer Smriti Mandhana during interview in Mumbai. | Photo Credit: Emmanual Yogini India’s women cricketers fell just a step short of winning their maiden T20 World Cup title in 2020. Ahead of the next edition, Smriti Mandhana, the vice-captain, isn’t putting too much pressure on herself — and her teammates - in order to bring back the trophy from South Africa in February.“I am not a person who is huge on setting targets. I am not someone who says I’ll do this and do that. Let’s hope we can take women’s cricket to a higher level this year,” Smriti told  The Hindu while responding to a query on her targets for 2023. “We shall try and do whatever we can to achieve it. Hopefully towards the end of the year, we will have a few trophies and inspire a lot of other girls to play cricket.”S...
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Chetan Sharma is chief selector again | Cricket News – Times of India

BCCI names Ankola, SS Das, Subroto Banerjee and Sharath in new committeeNEW DELIH: The Indian cricket board (BCCI) has reappointed Chetan Sharma as the chairman of selectors for the senior national team while letting go of the services of the rest of the earlier panel. Sharma and Harvinder Singh were the only ones from the previous committee to reapply for the job after the BCCI tendered an advertisement for all five posts following India’s disappointing T20 World Cup campaign. Sharma’s committee will now have former India opener Shiv Sundar Das, former India pacers Subroto Banerjee and Salil Ankola and former Tamil Nadu batting stalwart Sridharan Sharath. Das was picked as a candidate from central zone as he finished his first-class career at Vidarbha. Although he has played the same n...
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Situations you are put in don’t define you but decisions you take to deal with them do: Shikha Pandey | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A year ago Shikha Pandey was unexpectedly left out of the Indian team and the pacer's comeback for the T20 World Cup next month has also come out of nowhere, leaving her "pleasantly surprised".The 33-year-old last played for India on the tour of Australia in October 2021 and was an integral part of the team in the lead up to the 2022 ODI World Cup in New Zealand.So, being dropped from the team came as a big setback but the former Indian Air Force officer found solace in getting back to the grind of domestic cricket where she excelled and got close with her Goa teammates.Time spent with former Australia captain Belinda Clark Down Under also contributed immensely in her comeback bid.With the selectors falling back on the experience of Shikha after testing a few youngsters, ther...
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Mission 2024 | Indian T20 team under new skipper Hardik prepares for life without ‘big three’

Captain Hardik Pandya during the practise session for upcoming T20I against Sri Lanka at Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on January 2, 2023. | Photo Credit: Emmanual Yogini Hardik Pandya will be expected to begin his full-time T20 captaincy tenure on a bold note as the Indian T20 team prepares to start its life beyond Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul with the three match series against Sri Lanka, beginning here on Tuesday.The followers of Indian cricket got more than glimpse of Hardik's vision for the team when led the team to victory in the rain-hit T20 series in New Zealand. In an ODI World Cup year, the shortest format is not priority for the Indian team but the series will allow Hardik to start planning for the future, specifically the 2024 T20 World Cup. India's famed top three —...
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India vs Sri Lanka: Indian T20 team under Hardik Pandya prepares for life without ‘big three’ | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Hardik Pandya will be expected to begin his full-time T20 captaincy tenure on a bold note as the Indian T20 team prepares to start its life beyond Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul with the three match series against Sri Lanka, beginning here on Tuesday.The followers of Indian cricket got more than glimpse of Hardik's vision for the team when led the team to victory in the rain-hit T20 series in New Zealand.In an ODI World Cup year, the shortest format is not priority for the Indian team but the series will allow Hardik to start planning for the future, specifically the 2024 T20 World Cup.India's famed top three -- Rohit, Kohli and Rahul -- are not part of the squad and irrespective of their T20 future , the team must prepare for life without them.The problem with the curre...
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Rashid Khan named Afghanistan’s T20 captain | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Star leg-spinner Rashid Khan was on Thursday named Afghanistan's new in T20I captain. The 24-year-old replaces veteran Mohammad Nabi, who stepped down post the 2022 T20 World Cup in Australia."Rashid Khan is a massive name in Afghanistan Cricket. He has colossal experience of playing the format around the world which will help him take the team to a new level in the format," said Afghanistan Cricket Board chairman Mirwais Ashraf in a statement.Rashid, 24, was appointed captain ahead of the 2021 T20 World Cup as well but had stepped down following the announcement of the squad, claiming he was not consulted over selection."Rashid Khan has the experience of leading AfghanAtalan in all three formats before and we are happy to have him as our skipper for the T20I format again. I ...
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Suryakumar Yadav, Smriti Mandhana among nominees for ICC T20 Cricketer of the Year honour | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: Swashbuckling Indian batters Suryakumar Yadav and Smriti Mandhana were on Thursday nominated for the men's and women's T20 Cricketer of the Year awards, respectively, for their exploits in 2022.Suryakumar has been nominated alongside T20 World Cup-winning England all-rounder Sam Curran, Pakistan wicketkeeper batter Mohammad Rizwan and Zimbabwe's batting all-rounder Sikandar Raza for the top honours in the men's category.Pakistan bowling all-rounder Nida Dar, New Zealand's Sophie Devine and Australian Tahlia Mcgrath will give Mandhana competition in the women's category.Suryakumar had a sensational 2022 in the shortest format of the game, becoming just the second batter to score more than 1000 runs in a year in the format.He ended the year as the highest run-getter, scoring 1164 r...
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Shikha Pandey makes India comeback for T20 World Cup

Shikha Pandey made a surprise return to India’s 15-member squad for the Women’s 2023 T20 World Cup in South Africa. File. | Photo Credit: Vivek Bendre Veteran pacer Shikha Pandey on Wednesday made a surprise return to India's 15-member squad for the Women's 2023 T20 World Cup in South Africa.The ICC event will be played from February 10 to 26.Shikha last played for India in October 2021 before being controversially dropped from the team. Her inclusion also shows the lack of depth in the pace bowling department.The 33-year-old, whose strength is to swing the ball, has featured in three Tests, 55 ODIs and 56 T20s.Harmanpreet Kaur will lead the side with Smriti Mandhana being her deputy.Jemimah Rodrigues has managed to retain her place in the team despite low returns in India's 1-4 series...
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Sports Minister felicitates Blind Cricket World champions

Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur receives a representation from president of Cricket Association of Blind, G.K. Mahantesh and captain Ajay Kumar Reddy, during a felicitation function of T-20 World Cup winning team at his residence on December 19, 2022. Minister of State for Sports, Nisith Pramanik looks on. | Photo Credit: Kamesh Srinivasan The Union Sports Minister Anurag Thakur felicitated the Indian team on winning the Blind cricket T20 World Cup for the third successive time recently, at his residence here on Monday.Listening patiently to the list of “requests and suggestions” from the captain of the team, Ajay Kumar Reddy and the president of Cricket Association of the Blind, G.K. Mahantesh, the Sports Minister assured that both the government and the cricket board (BCCI) would...
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Too early to judge Rohit Sharma as captain, give him time: Mohammad Kaif | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Rohit Sharma became India's full-time captain in February this year after Virat Kohli stepped down from the position of Test captain, following India's series loss to South Africa in January. Rohit had taken over as white ball captain in December last year. Rohit had of course already proved his white-ball captaincy credentials in the IPL, captaining Mumbai Indians to a record five titles. Rohit was expected to carry on this trophy-winning spree in India colours too. Some expected almost immediate results and for him to end India's long wait to win an ICC trophy. India won their last ICC trophy way back in 2013 when MS Dhoni led the team to the ICC Champions Trophy title, beating England by 5 runs at Edgbaston in the final. Rohit led India for the first time in an ICC event a...
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England’s Jos Buttler and Sidra Ameen of Pakistan win ICC Player of the Month awards | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: England's T20 World Cup-winning captain Jos Buttler was on Monday named ICC men's Player of the Month for the first time following his stupendous show in November. Pakistan's Sidra Ameen became the second successive winner of the women's Player of the Month award from the country, thanks to her brilliant performance in the ODI series win over Ireland. One of the most fearsome batters in world cricket, Buttler had produced a Player of the Match performance in the dramatic 20-run victory over New Zealand in Brisbane to start the month with a bang. Making his 100th T20I appearance, the opener smashed 73 from 47 balls to provide some much-needed momentum to England's campaign at the T20 showpiece. After England had secured their passage to the knockout stages, Buttler demonstrated hi...
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‘Truly special’: Ishan Kishan, India’s new batting dynamite

India’s Ishan Kishan celebrates after scoring a double-century during the third one day international cricket match between Bangladesh and India in Chittagong, Bangladesh on December 10, 2022. | Photo Credit: AP Ishan Kishan has raised expectations that India can turn around their flagging white-ball fortunes after the baby-faced assassin blasted the world's fastest ODI double century and said he could have reached 300.India have not won an international tournament since 2013 and their 10-wicket loss to England at the Twenty20 World Cup last month prompted much soul-searching. Next year they will host the 50-over World Cup. But on Saturday Kishan, 24, gave India something to cheer about, with the diminutive left-handed opener smashing a 131-ball 210 laced with 24 fours and 10 sixes aga...
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Shubman Gill is destined for greatness in the next 10 years: Yuvraj Singh | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former Indian player Yuvraj Singh lavished praise on his ward Shubman Gill saying the young batter is very hardworking and can do wonders in the next 10 years. The young Shubman honed his skills under the watchful eyes of Yuvraj alongside current Punjab skipper and Sunrisers Hyderabad all rounder Abhishek Sharma during the Covid-19 lockdown in 2020. "Shubman is very hardworking and is doing all the right things. I believe he is destined for greatness in the next 10 years," Yuvraj said. The World Cup winner Yuvraj also feels the highly rated Shubman is a strong contender to open for India in the 2023 ODI World Cup at home. Gill is not a part of the ODI series in Bangladesh but was part of the second string India squad in New Zealand. "I think Shubman is doing very well and is ...
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‘Can Suryakumar Yadav play for South Africa?’ | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Suryakumar Yadav's blazing form, which has seen him smashed 1164 runs in 31 T20Is @46.56 this year, has made him the current heartthrob of world cricket. On Friday, former South African captain Graeme Smith, who is the commissioner of SA20, South Africa's upcoming six-team T20 league, didn't have to think too hard while replying to a question about which Indian player he'd love to see in the league. "Surya, can he play for South Africa!" quipped Smith in jest. On a serious note, he said that he had "respect" for the BCCI's decision, which is currently clear that India's players, unless they are retired, cannot play in overseas leagues. "We're fortunate that South African cricket has really good relations with Indian cricket. India has one of the most talented cricketers in the w...
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Suryakumar Yadav is the new global T20 superstar: Brett Lee | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: When you talk about the batting in T20I cricket, the mention of India's Suryakumar Yadav becomes quite obvious. The in-form batter's ability to play 360-degree and astonishing shots makes him everybody's favourite and the latest to join the list is legendary Australia fast-bowler Brett Lee. Lee thinks the top-ranked T20I batsman does not need to change his approach a bit and he should keep doing what he is doing. "SKY was one of the highlights for me at the T20 World Cup. He continues to bat with the same attitude. Not only will he score big runs but he will also someday win a World Cup for Team India. I love watching him play. My advice to SKY would be no advice. Keep doing what you are doing, don't change, don't complicate things, back yourself," said Lee on his YouTube cha...