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WTC Final: Rohit Sharma would want to prove himself against the moving ball in England, it will be a big test for him, says Monty Panesar | Cricket News – Times of India
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WTC Final: Rohit Sharma would want to prove himself against the moving ball in England, it will be a big test for him, says Monty Panesar | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Who should open for India against New Zealand in the World Test Championships final? The answer seems to be quite straightforward. Though there are multiple opener options that the team management can pick from, most experts would say that Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill are the prime picks for the two opening slots in a match that is being compared to a World Cup final and one where the two best Test teams in the world currently, going by ICC team ranking, will clash. The likes of Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul (subject to fitness clearance) are also part of the Indian squad, but Rohit and Shubman should get the nod to open. Former England cricketer Monty Panesar echoed that sentiment, saying that captain Virat Kohli should opt for this as India's opening combination against the ...
Addressing Mental Fatigue: Indian players to get three-week break between WTC and England series
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Addressing Mental Fatigue: Indian players to get three-week break between WTC and England series

The Indian team management has decided to give a three-week break to its players after the World Test Championship final in a bid to address the mental fatigue that might be triggered by lengthy spells in a bio-bubble. The WTC final against New Zealand will be held from June 18-22 at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton and the members of the Indian squad will disperse for close to three weeks (20 days) before regrouping on July 14 to prepare for the five-match series against England starting in Nottingham from August 4. “As skipper Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri had told the media at the pre-departure press conference, there will be a break. There is a six-week gap between WTC final and opening Test against England, so we had to address the issue of players’ well-being. Withi...
‘It hurts’: R Ashwin engages in a banter with Sanjay Manjrekar | Cricket News – Times of India
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‘It hurts’: R Ashwin engages in a banter with Sanjay Manjrekar | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar might feel that Ravichandran Ashwin is not quite there as an all-time great yet, but the spinner on Monday replied back to his criticism in the funniest manner possible. "All-time great' is the highest praise and acknowledgment given to a cricketer. Cricketers like Don Bradman, Sobers, Gavaskar, Tendulkar, Virat, etc are all-time greats in my book. With due respect, Ashwin is not quite there as an all-time great yet. #AllTimeGreatExplained," tweeted Manjrekar on Sunday. ‘All- time great’ is the highest praise & acknowledgement given to a cricketer. Cricketers like Don Bradman, Sobers… https://t.co/FRPJtQUmEB— Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) 1622984499000On Monday, Ashwin shared a famous dialogue from Tamil movie 'Aparachith' and i...
Ashwin is better bowler than Nathan Lyon: Ian Chappell | Cricket News – Times of India
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Ashwin is better bowler than Nathan Lyon: Ian Chappell | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former Australia skipper Ian Chappell believes that Ravichandran Ashwin is a better spinner as compared to Nathan Lyon. Chappell also highlighted how Lyon is scored off through the onside when he is bowling to the right-handers and this is why Ashwin has an edge over Lyon. Ashwin has taken 409 wickets in 78 Tests at an average of 24.69, including 30 five-wicket hauls and seven 10-wicket hauls. He is also India's fourth-highest wicket-taker in the longest format. "I think Ashwin is a better bowler than Nathan Lyon. Have a look at Nathan Lyon's strike rate, you are in the 70s and I am going back to 2018. Nathan Lyon, to me, I think runs get scored through the onside when he is bowling to the right-handers and that really just shouldn't happen. Yes, he is a fine bowler but I thi...
‘Excitement Building Up’ For WTC Final, Watch How Cricketers Travelled From One Bio-Bubble To Another
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‘Excitement Building Up’ For WTC Final, Watch How Cricketers Travelled From One Bio-Bubble To Another

Southampton: Indian cricket team landed in London on Thursday. From London, the entire team took a two-hour-long bus ride to reach Ageas Bowl in Southampton. The Ageas Bowl has a hotel inside the stadium where the men's and women's Indian team would be in quarantine.  Board of Control for Cricket In India (BCCI) has shared a video of the players traveling from Mumbi to England with their families. The women's team will be playing a Test series against England women. Here is the full video: The team has to go through a rigorous quarantine period of three days and after that, they could resume their practice sessions, etc. Indian spinner, Axar Patel said that before practicing at the Ageas Bowl for the WTC final, team India will have to undergo strict three-day isolati...
Indian players not allowed to meet each other for three days in Southampton
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Indian players not allowed to meet each other for three days in Southampton

India spinner Axar Patel has revealed that the team will serve a three-day hard quarantine before it is allowed to train at the Aegeas Bowl here ahead of the World Test Championship final against New Zealand. The final begins on June 18 and India have limited time to prepare having arrived here on Wednesday. On the other hand, New Zealand are already involved in a two-match series against England. 🇮🇳 ✈️ 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Excitement is building up as #TeamIndia arrive in England 🙌 👌 pic.twitter.com/FIOA2hoNuJ — BCCI (@BCCI) June 4, 2021 The India squad was in quarantine for 14 days in Mumbai prior to its departure and is in the middle of another yet shorter quarantine. “I had a good sleep…the plan is to quarantine. We have been told that we can’t meet each other for three days so we ...
India players’ families to be allowed for UK trip; no BCCI officials for WTC final
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India players’ families to be allowed for UK trip; no BCCI officials for WTC final

The families of players and support staff of both the Indian men’s and women’s cricket teams will be allowed to accompany them during their lengthy tour of England this month, a senior BCCI source revealed on Tuesday. The BCCI had put in a request that the players be allowed the company of their loved ones given that they have to spend a considerable amount of time in a bio-secure bubble because of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, it is learnt that none of the BCCI office-bearers, including president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah will be present for the World Test Championship final against New Zealand in Southampton from June 18-22, due to the strict quarantine rules of the country. “Yes, it’s good news that players will have their families during the tour of UK. Di...
Watch: Team India sweats it out in the gym to be in best physical shape ahead of WTC final | Cricket News – Times of India
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Watch: Team India sweats it out in the gym to be in best physical shape ahead of WTC final | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: The Indian cricketers might be in quarantine ahead of the UK tour, but they are sweating it out in the gym to ensure they are fit and ready to go to England ahead of the World Test Championship final against New Zealand in Southampton. The official handle of BCCI tweeted a video in which the players like Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah, Ravindra Jadeja and Cheteshwar Pujara can be seen sweating out in the gym. "Preps in full swing as #TeamIndia sweat it out in the gym ahead of the ICC World Test Championship Final," read the caption. Preps in full swing as #TeamIndia sweat it out in the gym ahead of the ICC World Test Championship Final 💪💪👊 - by… https://t.co/tpyFnrsFbQ— BCCI (@BCCI) 1622463071000"Looking at our team, Nick Webber and I both feel that we have benefitted with the gap ...
Personal equations don’t matter when you’re playing for India: Mithali Raj | Cricket News – Times of India
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Personal equations don’t matter when you’re playing for India: Mithali Raj | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Personal likes or dislikes don't matter when one is playing for the country, India's Test and ODI captain Mithali Raj said on Sunday, insisting that she and head coach Ramesh Powar have "moved on" from a bitter past to take the team forward. Mithali and Co. are currently quarantining in Mumbai ahead of the UK tour, which is expected to provide a big push to the team's preparations for the ODI Word Cup in New Zealand early next year. The full-fledged series comprising India's first Test in seven years will also be Powar's first assignment as head coach. The former India spinner returned to the role after being sacked following India's semifinal defeat in the 2018 World T20. Mithali was controversially dropped from that game and relations between the two went south with both ac...
India pacer Natarajan receives first dose of Covid-19 vaccine | Off the field News – Times of India
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India pacer Natarajan receives first dose of Covid-19 vaccine | Off the field News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India and Sunrisers Hyderabad's (SRH) latest pace sensation T Natarajan received the first dose of the Covid-19 vaccine on Thursday. Natarajan thanked all the health care workers who have put themselves at "risk" amid the coronavirus pandemic. "Am so grateful to get my #Vaccine this morning. A million thanks to our incredible health care workers who have put themselves at risk for our people," Natarajan tweeted. Am so grateful to get my #Vaccine this morning. A million thanks to our incredible health care workers who have put… https://t.co/xyQuK08EIq— Natarajan (@Natarajan_91) 1622104762000Natarajan was ruled out from the 14th edition of the IPL due to a knee injury before the tournament was suspended due to a rise in Covid-19 cases. The pacer underwent knee surgery in April ...
‘Getting stronger each day’: How Team India is training hard before WTC final
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‘Getting stronger each day’: How Team India is training hard before WTC final

Members of the Indian cricket team have kickstarted their fitness regimes before the England tour. While the men in blue are still in their hard quarantine but they are leaving no stone unturned as they sweat it out in the gym, ensuring they are in the best shape once they get out of quarantine in England ahead of the World Test Championship final against New Zealand in Southampton. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shared a video on its official social media where the likes of Shubman Gill, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Rishabh Pant, Ishant Sharma, and others were spotted going through their paces. India captain Virat Kohli, his white-ball deputy Rohit Sharma, and head coach Ravi Shastri joined the England-bound squad’s bio-bubble on Tuesday. ...
Indian men and women’s squads begin hard quarantine ahead of England tour
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Indian men and women’s squads begin hard quarantine ahead of England tour

India captain Virat Kohli, his white-ball deputy Rohit Sharma and head coach Ravi Shastri joined the England-bound squad’s bio-bubble on Tuesday as it began its eight-day hard quarantine along with the women’s team here. The Indian women’s team members also entered their eight-day hard quarantine at the Grand Hyatt in Mumbai located near the international airport. The teams are expected to fly out on June 2 after all the playing and non-playing members return three negative RT-PCR results. The men’s team will first take on New Zealand in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand from June 18 before a full series against England. The women are scheduled to take on the hosts in one Test, three ODIs and as many T20 Internationals starting June 16. First stop, Mumb...
Ravindra Jadeja joins Team India’s bio-bubble ahead of WTC final | Cricket News – Times of India
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Ravindra Jadeja joins Team India’s bio-bubble ahead of WTC final | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja on Monday began his quarantine period in Mumbai ahead of the team's departure to the UK for the World Test Championship (WTC) final. Jadeja shared a picture on Instagram and captioned the post as "Journey started. #quarantine #mumbai." Last week, Mithali Raj, Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammed Siraj, Mayank Agarwal, and Washington Sundar reached the destination through a charter flight. The BCCI's official handle had tweeted pictures of these players flying to Mumbai and they captioned the post as: "First stop, Mumbai. #TeamIndia.” First stop, Mumbai 📍#TeamIndia https://t.co/Dieotl3GrF— BCCI (@BCCI) 1621429370000The men's team will leave for the UK for the upcoming WTC final against New Zealand and then the five-match Test series against England. On...
WTC final: Team India will be more conditioned due to IPL suspension, says Ross Taylor | Cricket News – Times of India
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WTC final: Team India will be more conditioned due to IPL suspension, says Ross Taylor | Cricket News – Times of India

Ross Taylor (Getty Images)SOUTHAMPTON: New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor feels an early conclusion to the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 has helped Team India to be better prepared for the upcoming World Test Championship (WTC) final slated to begin on June 18. The safety of every individual involved in the IPL was one of the major reasons for the BCCI and the IPL Governing Council to unanimously decide on the suspension of the league on May 4. Taylor said the Virat Kohli-led side will be more conditioned ahead of the WTC final than they would have been if IPL wasn't suspended. "I couldn't think of better preparation than playing two Test matches in England. At the end of the day, it is a neutral venue. In terms of India, IPL finishing early has probably played into their hands a little...
Team India batsmen need to score big in Test series against England | Cricket News – Times of India
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Team India batsmen need to score big in Test series against England | Cricket News – Times of India

The Indian team management is looking at new training methods to reverse trend of batsmen failing to get tall scores in EnglandMUMBAI: While it's always about picking 20 wickets to win a Test match, putting those many runs on the board to allow bowlers the cushion of working on those wickets is also essential. In India's last three Test wins in England - Nottingham (2007 & 2018) and Lord's (2014) - runs on the board allowed bowlers to engineer victory. In 2007, Zaheer Khan got to bowl a total of 48 overs for his magnificent nine-wicket Test haul, but the five top-order batsmen got half-centuries in the first innings and India posted 481 runs. In 2014, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma got six and seven-wicket hauls respectively in the first and second innings, but it was also than...
Will grab the chance when it comes: Abhimanyu Easwaran | Cricket News – Times of India
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Will grab the chance when it comes: Abhimanyu Easwaran | Cricket News – Times of India

Abhimanyu Easwaran (Getty Images)NEW DELHI: Opening batsman Abhimanyu Easwaran, who is due to travel to England with the Indian team, said he is not too concerned about talks that he did not deserve to be called up for the tour. "Everyone is entitled to his opinion. But I don't want to comment on it or even react to it," the batsman from Bengal told IANS. Former selector Sarandeep Singh had told IANS recently that he was surprised with Easwaran's selection. "I am surprised with Easwaran's selection. I thought Prithvi Shaw is an experienced player at international level, and has played Tests. He is currently in form also. He should have been included. I would have even thought of Devdutt Padikkal, because you need to reward domestic performances too," said Singh, who was part of the prev...
Bhuvneshwar Kumar loses father to cancer | Off the field News – Times of India
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Bhuvneshwar Kumar loses father to cancer | Off the field News – Times of India

MUMBAI: India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar’s father, Kiran Pal Singh, passed away in Meerut on Thursday (May 20) due to liver cancer. He was 63. Kiran Pal Singh had worked with the Uttar Pradesh police before taking voluntary retirement. He had been suffering from the illness since September 2020. His condition deteriorated in the last few weeks. He underwent chemotherapy in Delhi and Noida. However, his condition became worse again two weeks ago and was admitted to a hospital in Ganganagar. Kiran Pal Singh is survived by Indresh Devi, his wife and Bhuvneshwar and Rekha, his children. Bhuvneshwar is not a part of the India Test side for the ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand and the five-Test series against England. He’s expected to be picked for the Indian limited-overs s...
Rahul Dravid to coach Indian team on Sri Lanka tour: Report | Cricket News – Times of India
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Rahul Dravid to coach Indian team on Sri Lanka tour: Report | Cricket News – Times of India

Former India skipper and current National Cricket Academy (NCA) head Rahul Dravid will coach the Indian limited-overs team that will play a six-game series against Sri Lanka in July. This will be his second stint with the Indian team after working with the boys as batting consultant during the England tour in 2014.NEW DELHI: Former India skipper and current National Cricket Academy (NCA) head Rahul Dravid will coach the Indian limited-overs team that will play a six-game series against Sri Lanka in July. This will be his second stint with the Indian team after working with the boys as batting consultant during the England tour in 2014. Speaking to ANI, a BCCI official in the know of developments confirmed that the NCA head would be leading the team as the trio of Ravi Shastri, Bharat Ar...
Vijay Shankar may switch teams in bid to stage a comeback to Indian team | Cricket News – Times of India
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Vijay Shankar may switch teams in bid to stage a comeback to Indian team | Cricket News – Times of India

Vijay Shankar (Getty Images)NEW DELHI: All-rounder Vijay Shankar, who represented India at the 2019 World Cup but fell out of favour soon after, said he needs chances to bat up the order for Tamil Nadu and may not rule out switching to a different state team for that as he eyes return to the Indian team. "I did well in the limited opportunities I got for India. Even in the last T20 International series during the tour of New Zealand, I got some good scores while batting at No. 3 and 4," Shankar told IANS. He scored 27 and 43 at No. 3 and 14 while batting at No. 4. Shankar said he was upset after he was dropped even from the India A side - prior to last year's lockdown - within a few months of playing the World Cup. He was picked only as a replacement for fellow pace bowling all-rounder ...
Australia got distracted by Team India’s ‘sideshows’: Tim Paine on Test series loss | Cricket News – Times of India
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Australia got distracted by Team India’s ‘sideshows’: Tim Paine on Test series loss | Cricket News – Times of India

Tim Paine and Ajinkya Rahane. (Photo by Mark Kolbe/Getty Images)SYDNEY: Australia Test skipper Tim Paine has indicated that his side was distracted by Team India during the tour which eventually saw the hosts losing the Test series in January this year. India defeated Australia by three wickets against all odds in the final Test of the four-match series at The Gabba in January to take the series 2-1. Paine claimed that the Ajinkya Rahane-led side created "sideshows" by saying that the visitors were not going to the Gabba (venue of the fourth Test). "Part of the challenge of playing against India is they're very good at niggling you and trying to distract you with stuff that doesn't really matter and there were times in that series where we fell for that," news.com.au quoted Paine as say...