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‘They are in a bubble…’: Michael Vaughan slams England’s ‘Bazball’ approach | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: In the aftermath of England's devastating 434-run loss to India at the Niranjan Shah Stadium in Rajkot, the team's aggressive 'Bazball' approach has come under fire, eliciting pointed criticism from former England captain Michael Vaughan.Vaughan, in his column for The Telegraph, didn't mince words as he questioned England's attitude towards traditional Test cricket values. "They talk about not playing for the draw, but to me that's disrespectful to Test cricket," he remarked, emphasizing the significance of recognizing the draw as a vital aspect of the game.The former skipper also expressed concerns about the team's demeanor, particularly highlighting Joe Root's dismissal as emblematic of a potential sense of complacency. "Root's shot was another reminder that they are in a b...
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Nasser Hussain slams Ben Duckett for bizarre comment on Yashasvi Jaiswal’s attacking approach in Tests | Cricket News – Times of India

Yashasvi Jaiswal's attacking approach has yielded runs in tons for him across the three Tests played so far in the five-match series between India and England. However, Ben Duckett remarked that England deserve "some credit" for the way Jaiswal has adopted attacking brand of cricket in Tests as well. The England opener's comment has since then received a lot of criticism, including from former skipper Nasser Hussain.Jaiswal's completed a smashing century on Day 3 of the third Test in Rajkot and went on to convert it into his second double century of the series in consecutive matches. Speaking about Jaiswal's effort after the third day's play, Duckett had remarked: "When you see players from the opposition playing like that, it almost feels like we should take some credit that they're pl...
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How England’s ‘Bazball’ has come unstuck on Indian turning tracks | Cricket News – Times of India

RAJKOT: Will England’s ‘Bazball’ dream in India turn into a fiasco? Do they need to review, or even curtail it for now? Going by how Ben Stokes & Co capitulated to an embarrassing 434-run defeat in the third Test in four days here to go down 2-1 in the series, questions are bound to arise. Launched in June 2022 at Lord’s under England’s new team leadership of captain Ben Stokes and coach Brendon McCullum, the home when England successfully chased down 277 in the fourth innings against New Zealand, their ultra aggressive, go-getting brand of Test cricket has seen England storm their way to 14 Test wins since then. However, the aggressive style of batsmanship, regardless of the situation or wicket, came under fire last week after England’s best batsman Joe Root reverse-scooped Jasprit...
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‘We are 2-1 down and have a chance to win 3-2’: Ben Stokes after Rajkot debacle | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Despite one of England's most substantial Test defeats, Ben Stokes remains steadfast in his belief in their high-risk approach, and the touring captain is optimistic about their chances of winning the five-Test series in India.The bold tactics employed by Stokes and coach Brendon 'Baz' McCullum have injected vitality into Test cricket. Facing India, a team that has not lost a Test series on home soil since 2012, was always going to be a litmus test for this philosophy.In the third match in Rajkot, India handed England a crushing defeat by 434 runs, marking their most significant margin of victory in terms of runs.Despite criticism that the approach borders on recklessness, Stokes remains committed to 'Bazball.'"Everyone has an opinion or a perception of things but the people ...
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Sarfaraz Khan fourth Indian batter to achieve this feat in Test cricket | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: In a remarkable debut in the international arena during the third Test against England, Indian batter Sarfaraz Khan etched his name among the elite, becoming only the fourth Indian to achieve twin half-centuries on Test debut.Displaying an aggressive style of play, Sarfaraz took on the spinners. In the first innings, he scored 62 runs off 66 balls, featuring nine fours and a six.In the second innings, he remained unbeaten with a score of 68 off 72 balls, including six fours and three sixes.Dilawar Hussain was the first Indian to achieve this feat, scoring 59 and 57 against England in 1934 at Kolkata. Subsequently, the legendary Sunil Gavaskar (65 and 67* against West Indies at Port of Spain in 1971) and Shreyas Iyer (105 and 65 against New Zealand in Nagpur in 2021) accomplis...
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Test cricket is tough, but I’m determined to make it count: Yashasvi Jaiswal | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Playing an assertive style of cricket, Yashasvi Jaiswal has already notched up two double centuries in his budding career. The young Indian opener emphasises that while Test cricket is challenging, he remains focused on converting good starts into substantial innings.The left-handed aggressive batsman showcased his prowess by scoring an unbeaten 214 off 236 balls, steering India to a formidable 430 for 4 declared in their second innings.This set England a daunting target of 557 runs.This remarkable feat marked his second double hundred in just six matches since making his debut against the West Indies in July 2023.Jaiswal also etched his name in the record books during the Rajkot Test by hitting the highest number of sixes (12) by an Indian in a Test innings, contributing sig...
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IND vs ENG 3rd Test, Day 4 | Gill, Jaiswal power India to position of strength, hosts lead by 440 runs

India’s Yashasvi Jaiswal (right) and Sarfaraz Khan run between the wickets on the fourth day of the third cricket Test match between England and India in Rajkot on Feb. 18, 2024. | Photo Credit: AP Shubman Gill missed out on a deserving ton by nine runs while Yashasvi Jaiswal continued from where he left on the third evening, taking India to commanding 314 for four at lunch on the fourth day of third Test against England.With overall lead stretched to 440 runs and the welcome return of Ravichandran Ashwin, who had initially withdrawn from the Test due to family medical emergency, firmed up India’s grip as only one team can win the game from this point.Having recovered from back spasms which forced him off the pitch on third day evening for 104, Jaiswal resumed from where he left off t...
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Ravichandran Ashwin to join Indian team for last two days of 3rd Test: BCCI

India’s R Ashwin in action during the 2nd day of 3rd Cricket Test Match between India and England at Niranjan Shah Stadium in Rajkot,Gujarat on Friday February 16, 2024. | Photo Credit: VIJAY SONEJI Senior India off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin will be back on national duty for the remainder of the ongoing third Test against England after attending to a family medical emergency, the BCCI confirmed on February 18.Ashwin had to rush back home hours after reaching the coveted milestone of 500 Test wickets on the second day of the third Test and BCCI vice-president Rajeev Shukla informed on social media that the cricketer's mother was not keeping well.The BCCI confirmed that Ashwin will be available from the fourth day itself."The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is pleased to a...
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‘We should take some credit…’: Ben Duckett on Yashasvi Jaiswal’s aggressive knock | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: England's Ben Duckett on Saturday praised India's Yashasvi Jaiswal, labeling him a "superstar in the making." Duckett acknowledged that while Jaiswal showcased his version of England's renowned 'Bazball' approach to run-making in Test cricket, he also credited his own team for inspiring opponents to adopt an aggressive batting style.Jaiswal's explosive innings of 104, featuring nine fours and five sixes off 133 balls before retiring hurt due to back spasms, exemplified his dynamic approach.Particularly in the final session, Jaiswal accelerated, transforming a 35 off 73 balls into a powerful century, marking his second in the series and third in his overall career."When you see players from the opposition playing like that, it almost feels like we should take some credit that ...
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Anand Mahindra’s Gift to Sarfaraz Khan’s Father Naushad Khan | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The story of Sarfaraz Khan's struggles and hard work has moved one and all. India rewarded 26-year-old Sarfaraz for his prolific form in domestic cricket with a debut in the third Test against England at Rajkot on Thursday.Sarfaraz got his Test cap from former captain Anil Kumble with his teary-eyed father, Naushad Khan, and wife looking on.And Sarfaraz made his Test debut a memorable one by hitting a quickfire 62-run knock off 66 balls before getting run out.Sarfaraz had been knocking on the selectors doors for more than three years while scoring in the Ranji Trophy and has a first-class average of over 69 in 45 matches and a best of 301 not out.Sarfaraz burst into the limelight with a record 439 in school cricket in 2009 but his career later hit roadblocks and controversies...
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BCCI mandates centrally contracted players to play red-ball domestic cricket | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has made it mandatory for centrally contracted players to actively engage in red-ball cricket within the domestic circuit in a significant move aimed at enhancing the readiness of Indian cricketers for the longest format of the game. This directive, emphasized by BCCI secretary Jay Shah, underscores the board's unwavering commitment to nurturing talent and preserving the sanctity of Test cricket.Addressing the media during the renaming ceremony of the Saurashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Shah left no room for ambiguity as he declared, "They have been informed on phone already and I'm going to write letters as well that if your chairman of selectors, your coach and your captain are asking for it then you will have to play red...
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‘Yashasvi Jaiswal is a good batsman, but too early to…’: Virender Sehwag | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: While Yashasvi Jaiswal has been in exceptional form recently, including a remarkable double hundred against England, former cricketer Virender Sehwag believes it's premature to draw comparisons with cricket legends like Sir Don Bradman and Sachin Tendulkar.The 22-year-old Indian opener's impressive performances have led to discussions and comparisons with iconic players.Sehwag, known for his straightforward opinions, suggests caution in making such comparisons at this early stage in Jaiswal's career.Comparisons with legends of the game often come with high expectations and pressure, and Sehwag seems to advocate for giving Jaiswal time and space to carve out his own identity in the world of cricket."He is a very good batsman but I think comparisons are too early," Sehwag told ...
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Ben Stokes has changed cricket in a lot of respects, says Ollie Pope | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Gearing up for his landmark 100th Test, maverick all-rounder Ben Stokes has left an indelible mark on cricket, revolutionizing various aspects of the game said teammate Ollie Pope on Tuesday, lauding his skipper's transformative influence.Known for his outstanding batting performances in intense pressure games, Stokes in the last couple of years has also emerged as an exceptional leader, inventing and introducing 'Bazball' to Test cricket.Having also played a vital role in England's white-ball revival, Stokes is on the cusp of joining the list of players in Test cricket history who have played more than 100 games."He has probably changed the game in a lot of respects, he has just got a way of bringing out the very best of him when the team needs it. Even in the Ashes at Lord'...
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Improving Shreyas Iyer’s Defensive Skills in Test Cricket: Insights from Former India Batsman | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Middle-order batsman Shreyas Iyer, who is now under fire, received guidance from former Indian batsman Sanjay Manjrekar to improve his defensive skills in order to succeed in Test cricket.Iyer has been left out of the squad for the last three Test matches against England despite having a strong long-format history. Iyer has been finding it difficult to score in Tests.Iyer has only scored 187 runs in 12 innings at an average of 17:00 in his last seven Test matches, with a top score of just 35.Speaking in a video by ESPNCricinfo, Manjrekar said that Iyer first has to decide as to which formats he is going to try excelling in.BCCI unveils new squad for remaining 3 tests against England, Virat Kohli to miss out"Iyer has to decide which are the formats he is going to try and excel...
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Interview: Mind guru Paddy Upton on why Test batting is proving difficult – ‘Decline in concentration due to intensity and volume of T20 games’

One of the trends so far in the ongoing Test series between India and England is a lot of batsmen have gotten off to starts but haven’t been able to build that into a long innings. In Hyderabad, Ollie Pope’s 196 was a class knock but only other player apart from him spent more than 100 minutes in the middle. In Vizag, while Yashasvi Jaiswal batted for more than a day on course to a double century, not a single other Indian batter spent more than 90 minutes in the middle.Paddy Upton, former Indian men’s cricket team mental conditioning coach, spoke to The Indian Express about what it takes to bat long in Test cricket and the importance of recharging the batteries. What does it take mentally to play long innings in Test matches? There is a difference between attention focus in T20 Cricket...
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‘He was prepared to look ugly…’: Ravi Shastri highlights Virat Kohli’s dedication to improving his game | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former India head coach Ravi Shastri, renowned for his influential coaching tenure, recently shared his perspective on the transition from individual brilliance to team success, highlighting the emergence of Virat Kohli as a potential leader. In an interview with former England skipper Michael Atherton, Shastri described Kohli as an "uncut diamond," acknowledging his innate leadership qualities and passion for Test cricket."I wanted to win and to make Test cricket paramount and identified an uncut diamond in Virat Kohli," Shastri remarked, recalling his early discussions with the Indian captain. He emphasized Kohli's readiness to face tough challenges and his commitment to playing tough cricket, aligning with Shastri's coaching philosophy."We made it a free-for-all in the net...
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Ravi Shastri praises Jasprit Bumrah’s dedication to Test cricket | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former India head coach Ravi Shastri has lauded Jasprit Bumrah's unwavering commitment to Test cricket, emphasizing the pacer's desire to break away from the stereotype of being labelled as a "white-ball specialist."In an exclusive interview with 'The Times', recalling their initial conversation, Shastri reminisced, "I remember my first call to him, it was in Kolkata.I asked him would he be interested in Test cricket. He said that would be the biggest day of his life.""He was labelled as a white-ball cricketer without asking him. But I knew. I wanted to see how hungry he was. I told him to get ready, be prepared. I told him I was going to unleash him in South Africa," Shastri said.Despite Bumrah's remarkable success in white-ball cricket, Shastri emphasized the significance o...
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Team India wants wicketkeepers who can pass the ‘Test’ | Cricket News – Times of India

In January 2022, a 37-year-old Wriddhiman Saha was told by head coach Rahul Dravid that the team management wanted to groom a younger wicketkeeper as Rishabh Pant’s backup in the Test team. At that time, it seemed Indian cricket was well insured when it came to wicketkeeper-batter options. KS Bharat, in particular, had emerged as oneof the main alternatives. However, within 24 months, and just days before the third Test against England begins in Rajkot, Dravid and the selectors may well be revisiting the call. Bharat’s wicketkeeping has been by and large satisfying but his meagre returns with the bat have been a worry in a closely-contested series. With Rishabh Pant still recovering from his accident, what are the options?A few years earlier, MS Dhoni’s undisputed place behind the stump...
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Want to play T20 World Cup and finish there: David Warner hints at his T20I retirement | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Australian veteran opener David Warner has officially announced that the upcoming T20 World Cup in 2024 will signal the end of his illustrious cricketing career.After bidding farewell to ODI and Test cricket, Warner's last ODI match culminated in a victorious World Cup for Australia against India in 2023. His Test career concluded on a high note with a notable home series against Pakistan, featuring a century and a half-century.Sharing his feelings after an outstanding display in the initial T20I encounter against the West Indies, Warner expressed his excitement about joining the upcoming T20 World Cup and concluding his remarkable career on the international stage.His captivating innings of 70 runs from only 36 balls not only earned him the Player of the Match accolade but a...
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Ian Botham credits England’s Bazball style for reviving Test cricket | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Renowned England fast-bowling all-rounder Ian Botham has attributed the resurgence of crowds in Test cricket to the side's Bazball style of play, spearheaded by head coach Brendon McCullum and captain Ben Stokes.Since the inception of the McCullum-Stokes regime, England have embraced a fearless and aggressively attacking approach to the game, aptly termed as 'Bazball'. This bold strategy has seen the team secure victories in 15 out of 24 Tests, revitalizing interest in Test cricket among fans.Despite facing setbacks, such as their recent loss in the second Test against India in Visakhapatnam, where they succumbed by 106 runs, England's unwavering commitment to Bazball ensured they fought valiantly till the end.Speaking on SEN Radio, Botham highlighted the significance of ente...