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Virat Kohli hits 67; Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja also score fifties in warm-up game | Cricket News – Times of India

LEICESTER: Virat Kohli showed his class, hitting an impressive 67 off 98 balls while Shreyas Iyer (62) and Ravindra Jadeja (56 not out) also got ample batting practice as India finished their second innings on 364 for 7 against Leicestershire on day three of their four-day warm-up match here on Saturday. Kohli, who has been enduring a prolonged lean patch, decorated his innings with five boundaries and two sixes. He was ably supported by Iyer, who scored his runs off 89 balls with the help of 11 boundaries, and Jadeja who struck 10 fours during his unbeaten knock. ☕️ 𝐒𝐓𝐔𝐌𝐏𝐒@BCCI reach the close on day two 364/9, leading by 366. Jadeja is unbeaten on 56. Kohli top scored with… https://t.co/D5SN0IQLW8— Leicestershire Foxes 🏏 (@leicsccc) 1656174879000But Chesteshwar Pujara could only manag...
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Umran Malik should be in T20 World Cup team, feels Dilip Vengsarkar | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Impressed by his raw pace, former India skipper Dilip Vengsarkar feels rookie pacer Umran Malik should board the flight to Australia for this year's T20 World Cup. "I hope so because he (Umran) is a very exciting talent. He did well in the IPL and he deserves a chance as he looked the best bowler in the format. I hope he is in the plane and I am sure he will do well if given an opportunity," Vengsarkar told reporters here on Saturday. The T20 World Cup is set to be played in Australia in October-November later this year. "He (Umran) is young and raring to go. You must give an opportunity to someone who is in form. He is young, keen to play and hungry for success," added the former national chairman of selectors. Umran had picked up 22 wickets in 14 games for Sunrisers Hyderabad ...
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Bowlers did a good job: Smriti Mandhana | Cricket News – Times of India

(Photo credit: @BCCIWomen Twitter)DAMBULLA: Star India opener Smriti Mandhana hailed her side's bowling unit for getting the job done as they clinched the three-match Women's T20 International series against Sri Lanka with a five-wicket win in the second match here on Saturday. India dished out an impressive bowling display in both spin and pace departments, choking Sri Lanka to a paltry 125/7 after the home side were 87 for no loss inside 14 overs. In reply, India overcame some early hiccups to secure the series-clinching win and take an unassailable 2-0 lead. "They (bowlers) did a really good job today and also in the last match to defend 139," Mandhana said at the post-match press conference. The Indian bowlers struggled to get a breakthrough early on as the Sri Lankan opening duo of...
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Ireland vs India: Hardik Pandya relishes captaincy, says it brings best out of him | Cricket News – Times of India

MALAHIDE: He struck gold in his debut season as captain in the IPL, and Hardik Pandya admits that responsibility brings out the best in him on a cricket field. Hardik, who led the Gujarat Titans to the IPL title in the side's and his debut season earlier this year, has been named as captain of the Indian team for the two-match T20 International series against Ireland, starting here on Sunday. And the dashing all-rounder said he believes in taking ownership on the field. "Earlier also, I liked taking up responsibility and now also it is the same but it is a bit more responsibility now. I always believed that I did better when I took responsibility," Hardik said during a virtual press conference on the eve of the first T20I. 💬💬 I have performed well when I have taken up responsibility: #T...
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Consistency is paramount for progress, says hockey coach Janneke Schopman ahead of World Cup | Hockey News – Times of India

Indian women's hockey team coach Janneke Schopman (TOI photo)NEW DELHI: Indian women's hockey team coach Janneke Schopman is stressing on consistency, without which, she said on Friday, the side will struggle to go far in the upcoming World Cup. The quadrennial event will be jointly hosted by the Netherlands and Spain from July 1 to 17. India's best-ever result at the World Cup is a fourth-place finish in the inaugural edition in 1974. In 2018, India finished eighth. "If we truly play to our potential, we play the way we know we can consistently, anything is possible. Women hockey at this moment is very tight, anyone can beat anyone," Schopman told PTI in an interview. "(But) consistency is a big point of attention. If we can play consistently well, top-4, and who knows a podium in the ...
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Blessed to have spoken to Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant after being dropped: Jemimah Rodrigues | Cricket News – Times of India

DAMBULLA: Words of encouragement from Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant lifted Jemimah Rodrigues' spirit while she tackled a difficult phase and worked on her comeback, which began right after being dropped from the Indian women's team. The chirpy cricketer feels she is blessed to have spoken to the likes of Rohit and Pant. Jemimah, who was not part of India's World Cup squad in New Zealand, marked her return to international cricket with a vital 27-ball 36 not out to give India enough runs to defend in the first T20 International here on Thursday. "My journey since the last Sri Lanka tour has not been smooth, it had its ups and downs. I have spoken to Rohit Sharma and Rishabh Pant, they told me these moments will define your career, they told me not to take it (being dropped from the squad...
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R Ashwin recovers from COVID-19, joins Indian squad ahead of Edgbaston Test | Cricket News – Times of India

(Photo credit: BCCI Twitter)LEICESTER: Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin joined the Indian squad in Leicester ahead of the fifth, rescheduled Test match against England after recovering from COVID-19 and completing all necessary protocols. He was seen with the team before the start of their practice game against Leicestershire. Indian all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin could not board the flight to England after being tested positive for COVID-19. The off-spinner had come to Mumbai to travel with the Test team on June 16 but had to follow the quarantine. He is not part of India's squad for the warm-up game against Leicestershire, which started on Thursday. India will lock horns with England for the rescheduled fifth Test at Old Trafford starting on July 1. But before that, it is playing a four-d...
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Ronaldo Singh clinches silver in sprint event for his 3rd medal, India finish fifth in medals tally | More sports News – Times of India

Ronaldo Singh (Photo credit: SAI Twitter)NEW DELHI: Top Indian cyclist Ronaldo Singh dished out the best performance of his career as he clinched a silver medal in the sprint event of the senior category on the concluding day of the Asian Track Championship here on Wednesday. This was his third medal of the championships. He had earlier won bronze medals in 1km time trial and team sprint events. On Wednesday, he gave a tough fight to Japan's experienced rider Kento Yamasaki but finished with a silver. Yamasaki defeated Ronaldo in back-to-back races to finish at the top of the podium. Kazakhstan's Andrey Chugay won the bronze in the event. In the morning, Ronaldo defeated Kazakhstan's Andrey Chugay in the semifinal. The Indian lost the first race but bounced back to win the next two to s...
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Rahul Dravid joins Team India in Leicester ahead of fifth Test against England | Cricket News – Times of India

LEICESTER (England): Team India head coach Rahul Dravid has joined the Test squad in Leicester, where they will take on Leicestershire in a four-day warm-up game match ahead of their fifth and final Test against England at Edgbaston, Birmingham which will start from July 1. "Look who's here! Head Coach Rahul Dravid has joined the Test squad in Leicester. #TeamIndia," tweeted the BCCI. Look who's here! Head Coach Rahul Dravid has joined the Test squad in Leicester. 💪💪 #TeamIndia https://t.co/O6UJVSgxQd— BCCI (@BCCI) 1655804274000Ahead of the rescheduled fifth Test against England, Team India on Friday began training for the match after arriving in London for the tour. India will lock horns with England for the rescheduled fifth Test at Old Trafford starting on July 1. But before that,...
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India’s squad for Ireland may play England T20I series too | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: India are likely to retain the squad for the two-match Ireland tour for the three-match T20I series in England, TOI has learnt. Led by all-rounder Hardik Pandya, Team India will play two T20Is on June 26 and June 28 in Dublin. "The rescheduled fifth Test between India and England is supposed to be held in Birmingham from July 1-5, while the first T20I of the England series will take place only two days later, on July 7 at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. It will be difficult for the players involved in the Test to switch to the T20Is at such a short notice. In such a scenario, the squad picked for the two-T20Is in Ireland has been asked to go to England after that short series, since that outfit will be in T20 mode. This side will, in fact, play two T20 warm-up matches against loc...
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R Ashwin missed plane to England after testing positive for COVID-19: BCCI source | Cricket News – Times of India

BENGALURU: Senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has not travelled to the United Kingdom along with his team mates for the one-off 'fifth Test' after testing positive for COVID-19, a BCCI source told PTI on Monday. Ashwin is currently in quarantine and will only join the squad after meeting all protocols requirements. The Indian team had left for UK on June 16. "Ashwin hasn't travelled with the squad to UK as he has tested positive for Covid 19 before departure. But we are hopeful that he will recover well in time before the Test match starts on July 1," a BCCI source told PTI on conditions of anonymity. "However he might miss the practice game against Leicestershire," the source added. The rest of the squad is already in Leicester and started training under supervision of bowling coac...
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India vs South Africa: Hits and misses for Team India | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: With the next edition of the T20 World Cup around the corner, the five-match T20I series between India and South Africa was seen as a preparatory series for the mega event. Team India coach Rahul Dravid has gone on record to say that he wants to identify his core team for the tournament as soon as possible and by the end of the England T20Is in July, wants to have a fair idea about the 18 to 20-odd players he would be looking at ahead of the World Cup in Australia. Some of the regular players were rested for the series against South Africa. Captain Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah were all rested. Surykumar Yadav was nursing an injury. KL Rahul was initially named the captain of the series before he got injured and Rishabh Pant was asked to lead for the first time. T...
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Dinesh Karthik hits in unorthodox areas and that makes it difficult to bowl to: Keshav Maharaj | Cricket News – Times of India

RAJKOT: India batter Dinesh Karthik looks for runs in unorthodox areas and that is what makes him difficult to bowl to, feels seasoned South Africa spinner Keshav Maharaj. Karthik's 55 off 27 balls, his maiden fifty in the format he first played back in 2006, helped India level the five-match T20I series here on Friday. The 37-year-old batter has made yet another India comeback with a stellar showing in the IPL. A designated finisher in the Indian team, Karthik has not relied on power hitting to be effective. He has played the field brilliantly to get the desired results. On Friday, he swept the spinners and pacers with equal disdain besides pulling off audacious reverse hits. "He (Karthik) has been in serious form in the role he is fulfilling. He is certainly one of the best finishers ...
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Rishabh Pant falling into outside off-stump trap, not a good sign: Sunil Gavaskar | Cricket News – Times of India

RAJKOT: Batting great Sunil Gavaskar has questioned Rishabh Pant's shot selection, saying it is "not a good sign" that the Indian stumper is repeatedly falling into the outside the off-stump trap in the ongoing T20I series against South Africa. Pant, who has scored 740 runs in 47 T20Is at 23.12, has been getting out in almost identical fashion while going for the big shot wide outside the off-stump. "He hasn't learned. He hasn't learned from his previous three dismissals, Gavaskar said while commentating on Star Sports. "They throw wide, and he keeps going for it. He can't throw enough muscle on that. He has got to stop looking to go aerial that far outside the off-stump. "There is no way he's going to get enough on it. It has gone to short-third! They all plan it, South African bowlers...
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Don’t think players will only play for the money: Sourav Ganguly | Cricket News – Times of India

BCCI boss Sourav Ganguly talks to TOI about the IPL mega deal, the T20 WC, plans for domestic cricket & much more...NEW DELHI: As the Indian cricket board (BCCI) exults post the mega IPL media rights deal, a lot of the attention has shifted to the impact it could have on Indian and international cricket. A day after the windfall, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly spoke to TOI on a range of issues. Excerpts...How do you see this mega deal impacting Indian cricket?This is a big opportunity to further strengthen Indian cricket. This will help the BCCI create even stronger infrastructure. The money needs to go to the grassroots. This also allows the board to raise the player fees across age groups and genders. The priority is to increase the salaries of women cricketers. We have already dou...
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IPL media rights e-auction shows how big the game is in country: Sourav Ganguly | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Following the conclusion of the IPL media rights auction 2022, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly said that the event shows how strong the game is in the country. The TV and digital rights for the 2023-2027 cycle went to Star India and Viacom18 respectively for a whopping Rs 48,390 crore for 410 matches at e-auctions on Tuesday. "The game has never been just about money..it is about talent. The IPL e-auction just showed how strong the game is in our country..the numbers should be the biggest motivation for all the young players to take their ability and Team India to the highest level," Ganguly tweeted. The game has never been just about money..it's about talent .The IPL e auction just showed how strong the game is… https://t.co/vvdYIQ3MIs— Sou...
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Requires courage when you are treated unfairly: Mithali Raj on feud with Ramesh Powar

Opening up on her feud with ex-India coach Ramesh Powar during the 2018 T20 World Cup, former India captain Mithali Raj revealed that she had to overcome a “moment of hurt, anger, frustration, and irritation” during the time. The 39-year old, who recently called it quits to a 23-year long illustrious career, was left out of the playing XI during the semi-final of the T20WC against England in the Caribbean. The call eventually led to Powar’s removal at the time. Looking back at the incident in a recent interview with India Today, Raj said, “When you find yourself in the middle of chaos, you can’t really think straight because you are feeling all sorts of emotions, even if you want to internalise and think from your brain and not from your heart.” “It would still be like you are hurting, ...
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Pakistan surpass India in latest ICC ODI Rankings | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI (UAE): Pakistan have left India behind in the ICC Men's ODI Team Rankings after completing a clean sweep over West Indies in Multan. Babar Azam's side jumped a spot to No 4 in the latest ICC Men's ODI Team Rankings after the series win over West Indies in Multan. Team India is currently at the fifth spot. Before the start of the series, Pakistan were placed fifth in the rankings with a rating of 102. But the 3-0 clean sweep over the Windies has boosted them to No 4 with a rating of 106, leaving India behind at 105. Pakistan have left India behind in the @MRFWorldwide ICC Men’s ODI Team Rankings 👀Details 👇https://t.co/rIvPn6CPhq— ICC (@ICC) 1655115304000Pakistan have enjoyed a brilliant last couple of years in the 50-over format. Apart from the blip against England away from home...
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Dilip Vengsarkar feels Umran Malik is ready to play international cricket | Cricket News – Times of India

CUTTACK: Former India cricketer Dilip Vengsarkar feels that tearaway pacer Umran Malik is ready to play international cricket. Malik, the Jammu-based pacer, who made heads turn by clocking speeds above 150kmph consistently in IPL 2022, is a member of India's ongoing T20I series against South Africa. But Malik didn't get a chance to play in India's seven-wicket loss to South Africa in Delhi on June 9. In the run-up to the series opener, India head coach Rahul Dravid was excited by the prospect of having Malik in the squad but didn't drop much hints on whether the right-arm speedster would get game time in the series against South Africa. Vengsarkar, though, has no such doubts. "Everybody has a different outlook on the game. But I feel he deserves to play after showing that kind of speed ...
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India vs South Africa: It’s okay, we had an off day as bowling unit, says Bhuvneshwar Kumar | Cricket News – Times of India

CUTTACK: India seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar on Saturday said the bowlers let stand-in skipper Rishabh Pant down in the high-scoring first T20 International against South Africa. Elevated to captaincy after designated skipper KL Rahul pulled out on the eve of the series opener after a groin injury, Pant had a forgettable outing leading the side for the first time ever, even as his bowlers struggled with their line and length. Bhuvenshwar backed the wicketkeeper-batter and said he's a long way to go. "He's a young captain and it was his first match. I'm sure he will try to do better and improve as the series progresses. Generally the captain is as good as the team and it's a team effort. "Our bowling did not go off well and let him down. If we did well then you would have hailed his decision-...