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England slight favourites against India, feels Graeme Swann | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: England will be playing India on the back of the three-Test series against New Zealand and former off-spinner Graeme Swann believes it would make the hosts slight favourites going into the rescheduled fifth Test starting in Birmingham on Friday. England on Monday completed a 3-0 series whitewash against New Zealand after wining the third and final Test by seven wickets. "England are in a very good position and I would say they are slight favourites because of that series (against New Zealand)," Swann said in a virtual interaction, facilitated by Sony Sports, official broadcasters of India-England series. "And the fact that India just had one (warm-up) game in England, so they are coming in cold (for) the Test match, which is a bit of disadvantage. They (England) have got the thr...
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We’ve ticked all boxes: Dravid satisfied with India’s preparation for one-off Test

India ticked all the required boxes during the four-day practice match against Leicestershire and will look to hit the ground running when they face England in the rescheduled one-off Test beginning Friday, said head coach Rahul Dravid. Shreyas Iyer, Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja — all struck fifties during the drawn warm-up game. “I think whatever we needed to achieve and whatever boxes we needed to tick in terms of our preparation leading into the Test match on Friday, I think we are very satisfied and happy, we have been able to do that this week,” Dravid said in a video posted by Leicestershire Foxes on Twitter. 🗣 | “𝐈𝐭 𝐰𝐚𝐬 𝐚 𝐠𝐫𝐞𝐚𝐭 𝐰𝐞𝐞𝐤.”@BCCI Head Coach 𝐑𝐚𝐡𝐮𝐥 𝐃𝐫𝐚𝐯𝐢𝐝 was full of praise for the week the side spent at Leicestershire, crediting the facili...
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Rohit Sharma can be relieved from T20I captaincy: Virender Sehwag | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Former India opener Virender Sehwag reckons that skipper Rohit Sharma could be relieved from captaincy duties in the T20I format which would allow him to manage his workload better. Rohit has not been able to feature in all of India's matches since taking over as captain due to injuries and workload management. "If the Indian team management has someone else in mind as captain in the T20 format, then I think, Rohit (Sharma) could be relieved and the following can be taken into consideration going forward," Sehwag told PTI in an interview. "One, that would allow Rohit to manage his workload and mental fatigue, given his age. "Two, once someone new is appointed as captain in T20s, it would also allow Rohit to take breaks and rejuvenate himself to lead India in both Tests and OD...
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View Review: Why India will face a braver England in the 5th Test at Edgbaston

That was the only time when Jamie Overton looked nervy, after moving into the 90s in his debut Test. Eventually he fell for 97, got a bear hug from Jonny Bairstow and left to a standing ovation from the Headingley crowd. The newcomer was allowed to be nervous as he approached the moment of his cricketing life. Ninety-seven per cent of his innings, though, oozed boldness that ‘Bazball’ demands. To paraphrase The Beatles, Brendon ‘Baz’ McCullum took a sad song and made it better very quickly. Exhibit 1: A year ago at Lord’s, New Zealand had declared their second innings and set England a target of 273 in 75 overs on the final day. Joe Root and Chris Silverwood’s team opted to play out for a boring draw instead. About 10 days ago at Trent Bridge, England’s fourth innings target against New...
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India vs Leicestershire: Kohli gets into groove with a watchful fifty

Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah averted each other’s gaze. Kohli turned towards the square-leg umpire and practised a forward defensive; Bumrah strode back to the top of his run-up. As if nothing had happened. Seconds ago, Kohli had upper-punched than upper cut. Bumrah for a six over the point boundary. The ball was on the shorter side of the back-of-length band, just outside the off-stump. Kohli arched back, opened up his left-shoulder and punched him aerially. Imagine if it were to happen in a competitive game, the footage would have acquired the value of pure gold. ✂️ | 𝐊𝐨𝐡𝐥𝐢 𝐮𝐩𝐩𝐞𝐫𝐜𝐮𝐭𝐬 𝐁𝐮𝐦𝐫𝐚𝐡 𝐟𝐨𝐫 6️⃣. What a shot! Kohli is now onto 44. Can he get to 5️⃣0️⃣ ? Find out. 👇 𝐋𝐈𝐕𝐄 𝐒𝐓𝐑𝐄𝐀𝐌: https://t.co/SFmJYQNe8u 👈 🇮🇳 235/6, lead by 237 🦊 #IndiaTourMatch | #LEIvIND | #TeamIndia pic.twitt...
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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 Vengsarkar

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 in the I...
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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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Virat Kohli’s career took off because he was nurtured by Dhoni but in Pak, seniors can’t digest your success: Ahmed Shehzad

Ahmed Shehzad may not be a name which casual cricket fans would be familiar with but he was one of the more notable names in Pakistan cricket not too long ago. Often compared to India’s Virat Kohli due to his look and playing style, the Pakistani batter’s career never quite reached the heights that was once expected of him. In a recent interview to Cricket Pakistan, Shehzad said that while Virat Kohli’s career took off due to the support of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, the seniors in the Pakistan squad hampered his (Shehzad) career. “I have said this before and I will say it again, Kohli’s career picked off amazingly because he found MS Dhoni but unfortunately, here in Pakistan, your own people cannot stand your success.” “Our own senior players and ex-cricketers cannot digest seeing someone...
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Warm-up match, Day 2: Rishabh Pant rises in west with his signature attacking batting | Cricket News – Times of India

(Photo credit: @leicsccc Twitter)LEICESTER: Rishabh Pant decided to rise in the west after his woes in the sub-continent, batting in his signature attacking manner to hog the limelight on the second day of the warm-up match between India and Leicestershire here. One among four India players to turn out for the English county side in the practice match meant to help the visitors acclimatise with the conditions, Pant knocked his way to an entertaining 76 off 87 balls at Grace Road. During his 154-minute stay in the middle, Pant entertained the crowd with 14 boundaries and a six. Responding to India's 246 for eight declared after a day of multiple rain interruptions, Leicestershire were primed to take a sizable lead over the tourists when Pant was in his element. But the possibility died d...
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Virat Kohli: Tour Game, India vs Leicestershire; Surprised at his dismissal, Virat Kohli misses out on a big score | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Just when it seemed that Virat Kohli was finding his lost touch ahead of the crucial fifth and decisive Test to conclude the unfinished tour of England from last year, the former India skipper failed to get going in the warm-up game against Leicestershire and was dismissed for 33 by Roman Walker. However, Kohli took a while before walking back, as he inquired about the decision after the umpire raised his finger. It was the first day of the practice game for the visitors and Kohli looked good while adding 50-plus runs for the sixth wicket with KS Bharat. But in the 41st over of the day, he missed the line while trying to drive a full-length delivery from Walker and the ball kissed Kohli's pads before going into the wicketkeeper's gloves. The umpire upheld the bowler's appeal,...
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‘Don’t expect people to stay quiet’: Kapil Dev blasts Virat Kohli on his lean patch

The long and tedious wait for Virat Kohli’s 75th international century dragged on for past two and half years. Since he has scored his last international century, Kohli became a father, forsook captaincy, and the halo around his batting has just begun to fade. Former India captain Kapil Dev has lashed out at Virat Kohli’s poor run of form. “I haven’t played cricket as much as Virat Kohli. But sometimes you may not have played enough cricket but you can look to figure things out. Either that, or we just cannot criticise such great players. We have played cricket and we understand the game and after that, they have to improve their thought process, not ours. If you prove us wrong, we will like it,” the legendary all-rounder said on Uncut. “If you don’t score runs, we feel there is some fa...
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Watch: Virat Kohli attempted Root’s bat trick, fails

During India’s warm-up match against Leicester on Thursday, former Indian skipper Virat Kohli attempted a trick that England skipper Joe Root had showcased during a Test against New Zealand recently. Like Root, Kohli tried to make his bat stand without support while he was at the non-striker end. He twice tried to balance the bat but soon gave up. In Test cricket, both Root and Kohli have hit 27 hundreds. Kohli has been struggling to score a century since 2019. Wicketkeeper Srikar Bharat impressed with an unbeaten 70, even as India’s top-order failed to get batting practice on the first day of their warm-up match against Leicestershire. After Joe roots magic which was seen on the pitch by balancing the bat @imVkohli trying the same 😂 pic.twitter.com/TUZpAUJSA1 — Yashwanth (@bittuyash...
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India vs Leicestershire warm-up match: Brilliant KS Bharat saves India blushes on Day 1

Wicketkeeper-batsman KS Bharat’s unbeaten half-century helped India finish at 246/8 on day 1 of their warm-up match against the local side Leicestershire in Leicester on Thursday.  India were 81/5 before Virat Kohli and Bharat steadied the innings with a 50-run partnership against a disciplined bowling display by Leicestershire. While Kohli was trapped lbw on 33, Bharat accelerated the innings with a flurry of boundaries. He remains unbeaten on 70 and resume the innings with Mohammed Shami (18 not out). Indian batsmen Shubman Gill, Rohit Sharma, Hanuma Vihari, Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja, Kohli and Shardul Thakur were dismissed in the first two sessions of the day.  21-year old Roman Walker was the pick of the bowlers as he registered figures of 5/21 in his 10 overs. Will Davis nabbed...
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Warm-up game: Indian top order struggles in first outing in England

Just before the second rain break during the warm-up game between Leicestershire and Indians, Virat Kohli hooked Prasidh Krishna into the stands. Kohli hooks rarely, but this one was emphatic, a statement that he has shed the inhibitions and was looking to impose himself on the bowlers. An over earlier, he had regally punched Abidine Sakande through extra cover and struck an imperious high-elbowed pose in his follow-through. The stage and every other prop seemed set for Kohli. He had soaked the early perils, resisted the cover drive till the 47th ball, left balls judiciously outside the off-stump, paid homage to the blustery conditions where the ball at times swung lavishly, conceded the first hour to the bowlers, even if, barring Jasprit Bumrah and Prasidh Krishna, they turned out for ...
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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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Covid could hit India’s preparations for England Test | Cricket News – Times of India

BENGALURU: India's preparations for the rescheduled Test against England at Birmingham from July 1-5 have been hit as some of their players have been struck by Covid. While senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has not travelled to the United Kingdom along with his teammates after testing positive for the virus, TOI has learnt that former India captain Virat Kohli too was struck by Covid-19 after the team landed in London last week. "Yes, Virat too was hit by Covid after returning from holidaying in Maldives, but he's recovered now," a source told this paper. A few enthusiastic fans have put their selfies with Kohli in Leicester on Monday. "This now means that India's tour game against Leicestershire from June 24 won't be as intense as coach Rahul Dravid wanted it to be, since the medi...
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Mohammad Kaif: Hardik Pandya ticked most boxes, very impressed with his captaincy: Mohammad Kaif | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: With his elevation to becoming the India captain for the two-match T20I series against Ireland, the rise of Hardik Pandya the leader has been meteoric. In IPL 2022, Pandya was the gel which kept the Gujarat Titans together in their run to the trophy in their maiden season. Throughout the tournament, Pandya was leading Gujarat from the front, taking the charge with the bat at either number three or four, something which he hardly got to do in his previous franchise Mumbai Indians. Pandya was the anchor Gujarat needed with the bat before unleashing his stroke play in the back end of the innings, amassing 487 in 15 innings at an average of 44.27 and strike-rate of 131.26. With the ball too, he was chipping in occasionally, with his spell of 3/17 in the final at home ground in Ah...
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Indian cricketers have nets at Leicestershire County Ground | Cricket News – Times of India

LEICESTER: Indian cricketers, including skipper Rohit Sharma and opener Shubman Gill, on Monday hit the nets here ahead of the rescheduled fifth and final Test against England, starting in Birmingham on July 1. Rohit and Gill are likely to open the innings for India in the Test and the duo got into the groove as they looked to sharpen their skills during the practice session at the Leicestershire County Ground. Rohit, who was rested for the T20I series against South Africa at home, defended a few deliveries on the front foot, while also playing the pull shots against the short balls. Gill, too, looked to work on his game during the batting session. Hello from Leicester and our training base for a week will be @leicsccc 🙌 #TeamIndia https://t.co/MAX0fkQcuc— BCCI (@BCCI) 1655721058000Indi...
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‘Time flies’: Virat Kohli recalls his 11 years of Test cricket

It was on this day 11 years ago, that Virat Kohli first wore India’s whites in Test cricket. The former India captain played his first Test on the India tour of West Indies back in 2011 at Kingston. Since then the right-handed batter went on to play 100 more Tests for India, scoring over 8,000 runs in the format. He completed a century of appearances earlier this year when India hosted Sri Lanka in Mohali. The 33-year-old has played 101 Tests in his career so far, scoring 8,043 runs at an average of 49.95 with the highest score of an unbeaten 254. On the anniversary of his Test debut, Kohli took to social media to share a memory of his achievements and in Test cricket over the years. ‘Time flies’, wrote Kohli on his Twitter post celebrating 11 years of red-ball cricket. Time flies 🇮🇳#2...