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EXCLUSIVE – ‘I feel India…’: Brett Lee on Rohit Sharma-led team’s T20 World Cup title chances | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: With the announcement of India's T20 World Cup squad expected in the coming weeks, Australian cricket legend Brett Lee believes that Team India, despite their loss in the ICC ODI World Cup final at home, will be the frontrunners for the title in the 2024 edition. The coveted tournament is scheduled to commence on June 2 and will be held in the US and the West Indies.India's last triumph in a T20 World Cup was in the inaugural edition in 2007 when the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led team clinched victory over Pakistan by five runs in the final, marking their sole title victory in the tournament since its inception.Since their 2007 triumph, India have reached the final only once in eight editions, during the 2014 tournament in Bangladesh, where they suffered a defeat to Sri Lanka by s...
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WATCH: Rohit Sharma picks ‘Bad Habits’ song for daughter Samaira; Ed Sheeran sings | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Renowned singer Ed Sheeran on Friday sang a song for India cricket team captain Rohit Sharma's daughter Samaira. Rohit recently made an appearance on the popular Indian show 'Breakfast with Champions' alongside Ed Sheeran and host Gaurav Kapoor.From cricket banter to insights into the music industry, the trio engaged in a lively conversation. Rohit's wife Ritika and their daughter Samaira also joined in on the episode.A standout moment occurred when Sheeran sang one of his hit songs 'Bad Habits' for Rohit and Ritika's little one. Rohit couldn't contain his smile, applauding happily after the performance.Turning to Samaira, Sheeran inquired if she enjoyed the song, to which she bashfully responded.In addition to the musical interlude, Sheeran also broached the topic of Rohit's...
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‘They may have different approaches but…’: Paras Mhambrey on Virat Kohli and Mohammed Shami | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India's bowling coach, Paras Mhambrey, reckons both Virat Kohli and Mohammed Shami possess exceptional mental strength, despite their contrasting personalities. Mhambrey attributes this mental fortitude as a significant factor contributing to Team India's success.During the ODI World Cup last year, Kohli demonstrated his batting prowess by amassing an impressive 765 runs at an astounding average of 95.62, securing the top spot on the batting charts.On the other hand, Shami showcased his bowling prowess by claiming 24 wickets at a remarkable average of 10.70, topping the bowling charts. Their stellar performances played a crucial role in India's journey to the runner-up finish in the tournament.Despite their differences in personality, Kohli and Shami's mental resilience and a...
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T20 World Cup ladder: After record 8th IPL century, Virat Kohli moves up 5 spots to No.3 in week 3 of our rankings

The rankings continue to sway heavily at the top of our T20 World Cup Ladder standings as we head into week 3.The Indian Express’ first T20 World Cup Ladder standings had Mumbai Indians talisman Rohit Sharma 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. Rohit was later overhauled by pace ace Jasprit Bumrah who continues to hold the top spot. 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 out what Team India will look like for the World Cup 2024. Here’s how the T20 World Cup Ladder works and how you can participate as well: Player positions o...
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Venkatesh Prasad bats for inclusion of Shivam Dube and Rinku Singh in India’s T20 World Cup eleven | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former India pacer Venkatesh Prasad wants all-rounder Shivam Dube and swashbuckling Rinku Singh in the national team for the upcoming T20 World Cup in June.Dube has emerged as a standout performer for CSK in the ongoing IPL season, displaying an impressive strike rate of over 160. Given the spin-friendly conditions expected in the West Indies, Dube's skills could be crucial in navigating the slower pitches.Rinku Singh, known for his explosive batting prowess has made a compelling case for selection in India's T20 World Cup squad, particularly with the tournament being held in the USA and Caribbean."Shivam Dube for his striking ability against spinners, Surya (Kumar Yadav) for being the best T20 international batter and Rinku Singh for his exceptional finishing ability," Prasa...
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Virat Kohli’s value beyond strike-rate, should be in for T20 World Cup: Brian Lara | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Legendary Brian Lara has emphasized that Virat Kohli's impact goes beyond mere statistics, advocating strongly for Royal Challengers Bangalore superstar's inclusion in India's T20 World Cup squad.Kohli faced criticism on social media following his 67-ball century for RCB against Rajasthan Royals in Jaipur. The innings matched the slowest century in IPL history, previously achieved by Manish Pandey in 2009.“The strike-rate depends on position, and for an opener strike-rate of 130-140 is pretty alright. But if you are coming in the middle-order then you may be required to hit at 150 or 160. As you have seen in this IPL, batsmen are hitting at 200 in the latter part of an innings.“But an opener like Kohli always has the chance of starting at 130, bat through the overs and finish...
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‘With that pace and accuracy…’: Former chief selector wants Mayank Yadav in India’s T20 World Cup squad | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: New found Lucknow Super Giants speedster Mayank Yadav has been the talk of the town in the ongoing 17th edition of the Indian Premier League. Swaying away everyone with his pace and accuracy, the speed merchant, who recently clocked the fastest delivery of the season at 156.7 kmph, has everyone talking about him.And former chief selector MSK Prasad is of the opinion that Mayank deserves a place in India's T20 World Cup squad. Prasad, who is now LSG's strategic consultant, pointed out that Mayank has managed to unsettle and rattle the best in the business and the 21-year-old has been able to absorb the pressure really well at the big stage such as the IPL. “Had it been some other format, probably I would have thought differently. I would have taken a call only after watching h...
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T20 World Cup 2024 Ladder: Rohit Sharma drops a spot, Virat Kohli enters top 10 in week 2 of our rankings

ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2024 Ladder: There is a change on top of our T20 World Cup Ladder standings as we head into week 2. 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 out what Team India will look like for the World Cup 2024. Here’s how the T20 World Cup Ladder works and how you can participate as well: Player positions on the T20 World Cup Ladder will be updated on a weekly basis by The Indian Express sports team. But if you think Virat Kohli should definitely make the cut into the Indian team, or if you think India should gamble on Rishabh Pant in the T20 World Cup, we’d like to know your thoughts on our T20 World Cup Ladder. Write in to us: sp...
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‘Is there any Indian who hits sixes better than him?’: Former cricketer advocates for this CSK batter’s inclusion in T20 World Cup squad | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former India opener Aakash Chopra has showered praise on Chennai Super Kings batter Shivam Dube, asserting that the left-hander should be a part of the Indian squad for the ICC T20 World Cup 2024, following his outstanding performance against Gujarat Titans in the ongoing Indian Premier League 2024 fixture.CSK clinched a comprehensive 63-run win over GT at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, maintaining their stronghold at the fortress of Chepauk.Dube's remarkable knock of 51 from just 23 balls, featuring five sixes and two fours at a staggering strike rate of 221.74, earned him the Player of the Match award.Speaking on his YouTube channel, Chopra lauded Dube's explosive batting prowess, particularly highlighting his ability to dispatch the ball for sixes with remarkable c...
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Exclusive: Big expectations ruin your mental peace, says Mukesh Kumar | Cricket News – Times of India

Team India and DC pacer Mukesh Kumar on his bowling prowess and Ishant Sharma's role behind his recent successNEW DELHI: Pacer Mukesh Kumar has been widely regarded in the Indian cricketing fraternity as one who can deliver in all three formats. In 2023, Mukesh made his international debut in all three formats, and has fared decently without setting the stage on fire.Excerpts from an exclusive interaction...What are your expectations from this season's IPL?I want to give my best and help Delhi Capitals win the IPL.It's nearly a year since you are part of the Indian dressing room. What have you learnt from a masterful bowler like Jasprit Bumrah?We interact a lot. I met him (Bumrah) for the first time during the Ireland series last year. It was his comeback series after his back injury. H...
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Watch: Rohit Sharma celebrates Holi with Mumbai Indians teammates | Off the field News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Team India captain and former Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma celebrated Holi with his IPL teammates on Monday.Mumbai Indians shared a short clip of Rohit spraying water from a pipe with his face all coloured up."Happy Holi, everyone! Brb, admin needs to get the phone repaired," is the title of the video as Rohit sprays water on the camera.Mumbai Indians lost their IPL 2024 season opener against Gujarat Titans by 6 runs on Sunday.Meanwhile, former Indian cricketers wished fans Happy Holi on the occasion of the festival.Legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar posted, "Wishing everyone lots of happiness and colours on this beautiful festival of Holi. Come, let us all together make it memorable. Hearty congratulations on Holi and Rang Panchami. Best wishes to everyone and a ver...
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Awaiting NCA clearance, Suryakumar Yadav to miss Mumbai Indians IPL 2024 opener | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Yet to receive clearance from the National Cricket Academy (NCA), Suryakumar Yadav is all but out of the Mumbai Indians IPL 2024 opener against last year's finalist Gujarat Titans on March 24 in Ahmedabad.The development comes as a major setback for the five-time champions as Surya has been the backbone of MI's batting line-up for some years now.Surya, who earlier had an ankle surgery, underwent a fitness assessment at the NCA in Bengaluru on Tuesday but has not been cleared to join his franchise, a Cricbuzz report started.Surya, himself posted a heart-broken emoji on social media on Tuesday, almost confirming the development over his participation.The swashbuckling batter last featured for India in T20I series in South Africa where he also led the side before undergoing the ...
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BCCI asks Rahul Dravid, VVS Laxman, Ajit Agarkar to suggest ways to improve domestic cricket | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: In a bid to keep up its efforts to boost men’s domestic cricket, the BCCI at its Apex Council meeting on Monday formed a three-member committee, which includes India men’s team head coach Rahul Dravid, National Cricket Academy chairman VVS Laxman and men’s chief selector Ajit Agarkar, to "give suggestions to improve domestic cricket," TOI has learnt."There were a lot of issues that cropped up during the conduct of men’s domestic cricket, with a prominent problem being that a lot of games in north India, particularly during the Ranji Trophy, were washed out or heavily curtailed due to bad weather in December-January.Dravid, Laxman and Agarkar have been asked to give their suggestions to improve men’s domestic cricket," a source said.The decision was taken in the BCCI’s Apex Counc...
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Trying to hasten my recovery during World Cup led to prolonged rehab, admits Hardik Pandya | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Hardik Pandya's attempt to expedite his return during the business end of last year's ODI World Cup match actually worsened his ankle injury, leading to a delay in his potential comeback by five months.Pandya sustained the injury while attempting to stop the ball during his follow-through in India's fourth World Cup match against Bangladesh in Pune on October 19.Initially targeting a return during the home T20Is against Afghanistan, Pandya's rehabilitation process took longer than anticipated. His eventual return vehicle now appears to be the upcoming IPL -- a lucrative league that propelled the dynamic Baroda all-rounder to fame nearly a decade ago."My injury was a freak one. It had nothing to do with my past injuries or my fitness. I tried to stop the ball and twisted my an...
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When R Ashwin almost quit cricket for MBA and marketing: ‘I was crying for a long time…didn’t expect my dad to say that’

Ravichandran Ashwin takes himself for a ‘pretty strong’ individual who’s met the trials and tribulations in his life head on. But there was a time when even continuing his cricket career, despite having been recently crowned as ICC’s Player of the Year, felt pointless. “I decided to quit cricket. I was asking myself what would I do? And I said whatever I do in life, I would try to achieve excellence and be as good as I can be in that profession. I would probably try to do an MBA and probably be in marketing,” Ashwin conceded in The Indian Express’ recent Idea Exchange. The year was 2017 and the off-spinner had been ruled out of the white-ball side without any clarity offered on his future in the team. “He didn’t know if he was dropped or rested. If someone told Ashwin, ‘come here, you a...
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Ashwin has been an absolutely terrific cricketer: Sunil Gavaskar | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Indian cricketing legends Sunil Gavaskar and Kris Srikkanth hailed Ravichandran Ashwin as an 'exceptionally outstanding cricketer', crediting his remarkable success to unwavering self-confidence and the backing he received from former BCCI president N Srinivasan.Ashwin On Saturday was honored by the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) for his remarkable achievements of playing 100 Tests and claiming 500 wickets.Speaking on the occasion, Srikkanth said, "If Ashwin has played 100 Tests and taken 500 wickets, one man responsible for that is sitting here as the chief guest - N Srinivasan."It is a fantastic achievement for Ashwin. His self-belief is one of the prime reasons for his success. Well done Ashwin. Congratulations."The legendary Gavaskar too lauded the senior India off...
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‘Achievements of gigantic proportions’: Ravi Shastri wants R Ashwin to keep ‘harassing batters’ for a couple of years more | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Premier India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had an emotional Test series against England where he featured in his landmark 100th Test and also scaled 'Mount 500' to become only second Indian to the feat after legendary Anil Kumble.Not only Ashwin reclaimed the no.1 Test bowler spot after the conclusion of the series, his 26 dismissals, bamboozling the England batters, played a huge role in India's 4-1 domination.Two former India coaches in Kumble and Ravi Shastri and one current in form of Rahul Dravid were all in praise of Ashwin on Saturday, labelling him as one of India's greatest ever.While Dravid hoped that he wouldn't call it quits anytime soon, Shastri wanted to see him harass batters for at least two more years. Kumble, on the other hand, found it perplexing that he...
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ICC to make stop clock rule permanent in ODIs and T20Is: Report | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Friday confirmed the adoption the stop clock rule following a successful trial period.The rule, initially introduced on an experimental basis in December 2023, has now gained approval for implementation in all white-ball cricket formats, including T20Is and ODIs.The stop clock rule is to ensure the timely progression of matches by mandating that the fielding team initiates the next over within 60 seconds of the conclusion of the previous one.The rule will come into effect starting with the upcoming T20 World Cup in June."The stop-clock is set to become permanent in all ODIs and T20Is from June 2024, starting with the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024 in the West Indies and USA,” the ICC said in a statement after its Annual Board Meeting."...
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India topple Australia to claim no. 1 ICC Test Ranking spot after trumping England 4-1, Ashwin dethrones Bumrah for top bowler spot

Following their 4-1 humbling of England at home, India occupied the top spot in the newly released ICC Test Team Rankings. The jump in the red-ball rankings now has India reigning supreme in ICC Team Rankings across all formats. Occupying a rating of 122, Rohit Sharma and Co lead the tally having two more points than Australia, and are guaranteed to keep the top spot despite the Pat Cummins-led side’s three wicket win against New Zealand to clinch the series 2-0. India also sit atop the 2023/25 World Test Championship standings with a 68.51 point percentage from the nine games they have played so far in the ongoing cycle. Meanwhile, in the ICC Player Rankings, Ravichandran Ashwin toppled Jasprit Bumrah to reclaim the number 1 spot in ICC Test Bowling Rankings. India’s bowler Jasprit Bu...
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‘I had thought to leave the game for good’: Birthday boy Mohammad Siraj reflects on his cricket journey | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Celebrating his 30th birthday, Indian right-arm seamer Mohammad Siraj shared a poignant glimpse into his remarkable journey, revealing that he once contemplated quitting cricket back in 2019-20 before his international debut.In a heartfelt video shared by the BCCI, Siraj took fans on a nostalgic tour of his hometown Hyderabad, reminiscing about the humble beginnings that shaped his cricketing career.The speedster fondly recalled the Eidgah ground as a place of tranquility amidst his bustling life as a professional cricketer."In 2019-20, I had thought I am giving myself this last year and after that, I will leave the game for good. Whenever I go to Hyderabad, my first thought is that I will go home. After home, I will go to Eidgah. Wherever in the world I go, I don't get so mu...