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Shweta Sehrawat: From playing with boys as a kid to Under-19 World Cup cricket star | Cricket News – Times of India

Shweta Sehrawat helped her school win inter-zonal volleyball championshipsNEW DELHI: Sanjay and Seema Sehrawat from South Delhi have two daughters and a son. The daughters took up sports early but the son was not interested. Years after elder daughter Swati quit cricket to focus on academics, Shweta is now just a step away from becoming an U-19 World Cup winner. She is the star batter of the team which will clash with England in the final on Sunday.For years, Sanjay tried telling his peers that his daughter was good at cricket but no one bothered. The couple went to every game the daughter played. As Shweta went about powering India to the inaugural U-19 World Cup final over last fortnight, Sanjay started receiving calls from the same peers."Arey yaar teri beti toh bahut achcha khelti h...
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Some of the shots are just remarkable: Ricky Ponting lauds trailblazer Suryakumar Yadav | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Australian cricketer great Ricky Ponting is in awe of India middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav and the legend feels that the trailblazer will bring about global revolution in T20 cricket.Surya, who had an incredible run in the shortest format in 2022, was recently named the ICC Men's T20I Cricketer of the Year and according to Ponting the 32-year-old is one of the best players in terms of innovation and skill. Ponting feels that Surya could inspire a new breed of players to emulate his style of play and take T20 cricket to "another level" globally.In 2022, Surya became only the second batter in the world to score 1000-plus runs in a calendar year in the shortest format. He scored two centuries and nine half-tons on way to amassing 1,164 runs in 2022, only second behind Pak...
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Coaches wrongfully taking credit for success of players is bad practice: Gurcharan Singh | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Padma Shri awardee Gurcharan Singh has said many coaches taking credit for the success of athletes only because they trained at their academies is a wrong practice.The 87-year-old veteran cricket coach, who has produced more than a dozen internationally-acclaimed players including Kirti Azad, Ajay Jadeja and Maninder Singh among others, added that Sunil Gavaskar, Sachin Tendulkar, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are "once in a generation" players.The octogenarian was conferred the Padma Shri this year for his contribution to Indian cricket and became only the second cricket coach after Desh Prem Azad to have received the prestigious award."In cricket coaching, a coach needs to keep his fundamentals right. If athletes just attend the training and simple practice sessions, various...
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India brace for T20 appetiser against New Zealand ahead of marquee Australia Test series | Cricket News – Times of India

RANCHI: India are set for a T20 appetiser ahead of their marquee Test series against Australia when they face the touring New Zealand in a three-match series beginning here on Friday.With less than two weeks left for the Border Gavaskar Trophy matches against Australia that will determine India's World Test Championship Final fate, a T20 series in the midst of a packed ODI calendar ahead of the 50-over World Cup may seem purposeless.As a result, Hardik Pandya, who led a 2-1 series win over Sri Lanka earlier this month, is back leading the T20 side with some regulars and fringe players in the squad.Hello Ranchi 👋We are here for the #INDvNZ T20I series opener 👏 👏#TeamIndia | @mastercardindia https://t.co/iJ4uSi8Syv— BCCI (@BCCI) 1674657494000While skipper Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rah...
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Suryakumar Yadav named ICC Men’s Cricketer of the Year | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: Swashbuckling India middle-order batsman Suryakumar Yadav, who had an outstanding run in the shortest format in year 2022, was on Wednesday named the ICC Men's Cricketer of the Year by the sports' global governing body. Surya had a phenomenal run last year where he broke a plethora of records in the T20Is.Popularly known as 'SKY', the 32-year-old amassed 1164 runs in 31 T20I matches at an average of 46.56 and a strike-rate of 187.43 last year. He beat the likes of Sam Curran, Pakistan wicketkeeper-batter Mohammad Rizwan and Zimbabwe's batting all-rounder Sikandar Raza for the top honour.However, India vice-captain and last year's Cricketer of the Year Smriti Mandhana lost out to Australia's Tahlia McGrath in the women's category.In 2022, Surya became just the second batter to mak...
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Mohammed Siraj becomes world number one ODI bowler | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: India pacer Mohammed Siraj on Wednesday became number one in the ICC rankings for ODI bowlers, a testament to his rapid rise in international cricket.Siraj went past New Zealand's Trent Boult and Australia seamer Josh Hazlewood to become the top-ranked ODI bowler for the very first time.Not only has Siraj's form over the last 12 months been imperious, but his effort in the ODI series at home earlier this month against Sri Lanka and New Zealand has shown just how much the right-armer has improved in recent times.India bowling coach Paras Mhambrey challenged Siraj to work on certain aspects of his game last year and the extra training the energetic quick has put in has paid off.Siraj took nine wickets against Sri Lanka to be the leading wicket-taker for the three-game series and ba...
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Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill: India revel in new opening pair | Cricket News – Times of India

INDORE: The only complaint that you can have with Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill, who represent the bright present and future of Indian cricket, after the third ODI against New Zealand at the Holkar Stadium on Tuesday is that they couldn't carry on after their sparkling centuries.However, the duo again enhanced their growing reputation as perhaps the most formidable opening combination in ODIs at the moment, something which augurs well for India as they build up towards the ODI World Cup on Indian soil later this year.1/9Top 5 - The Best of Rohit Sharma & Shubman Gill's opening standsShow CaptionsHands down the best opening partnership between the veteran Rohit Sharma and youngster Shubman Gill. <br /><br />The duo attacked the Kiwi bowlers in the 3rd ODI from the word go...
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Rohit Sharma equals Ricky Ponting’s record of ODI hundreds | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The century was long awaited for Rohit Sharma but the Indian skipper doesn't seem to be perturbed as he predicted the 'big one is just around the corner' ahead of the third ODI against New Zealand.Rohit on Tuesday walked the talk by ending century drought in the one-day internationals with his scintillating hundred against the Kiwis in Indore. The 35-year-old Rohit slammed 83-ball hundred which is his first in ODIs since January 2020 and second against New Zealand as well.Rohit's 30th ODI ton in his 241st match also pits him alongside former Australian skipper Ricky Ponting, who also has the same number of centuries in 375 games.𝗖𝗘𝗡𝗧𝗨𝗥𝗬! 🔥Talk about leading from the front! 🙌🏻A magnificent century from #TeamIndia captain @ImRo45 💯Follow… https://t.co/SSt7PnanyR— BCCI (@BCCI) 1...
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Not that I’m aware of: Rahul Dravid on India adopting split captaincy | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The talk of split captaincy is doing the rounds in Indian cricket after the likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and KL Rahul have not been a part of the team since India's unceremonious semifinal exit from the T20 World Cup last year.And Hardik Pandya, in the absence of Rohit, has instilled a fire into the team with his leadership skills in the shortest format. The all-rounder is also seen as the front-runner to lead the team in the 2024 T20 World Cup.But India head coach Rahul Dravid has a different take altogether on the issue and denied that his team has adopted split captaincy."Not that I am aware of (India adopting split captaincy). That's a question you need to ask the selectors but as of now, I don't think so," Dravid said at the pre-match press conference ahead of the ...
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Rahul Dravid: ‘The workload of key players will be monitored during this year’s IPL’ | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: After questions were raised about the senior Indian players' availability in the upcoming IPL considering the ODI World Cup scheduled to be held later this year in India, head coach Rahul Dravid made it clear that they will compete in the tournament unless there are injury concerns.The workload management is something that turns out to be one of the key factors in Indian cricket and it was seen in the recent past that the workload of seniors like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma is being managed by giving them rest in T20Is.According to BCCI's new policy, the workload of key players will be monitored during this year's IPL by the NCA and the franchisees considering the 50-over World Cup at home in October-November."Workload management is something that is a part and parcel of the...
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Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya in ICC Men’s T20I Team of the Year 2022 | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Virat Kohli's return to form saw him feature in the ICC Men's T20I team of 2022 while all-rounder Hardik Pandya and top-ranked T20I batter Suryakumar Yadav also made it to the eleven.India might not have reached the Asia Cup final in 2022 but Kohli found his mojo back as he finished as the second-highest run-getter with 276 runs in five games.Kohli's memorable performances include his maiden T20I century against Afghanistan in the Asia Cup that also brought an end to his century drought of close to three years.The ICC Men's T20I Team of the Year 2022 is here 👀Is your favourite player in the XI? #ICCAwards— ICC (@ICC) 1674464404000It was vintage Kohli when he snatched victory from the jaws of defeat with his one of the greatest T20I innings of 82 not out against Pakistan in th...
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24 wins in 27 bilateral series: India’s incredible home record in ODIs since Nov 2009 | Cricket News – Times of India

If Team India win the third and final ODI vs New Zealand on Tuesday in Indore, they will record back to back ODI series clean sweeps at home. India had blanked Sri Lanka before the ongoing series against the Black Caps.Winning home bilateral ODI series has become more than just a habit for the Men in Blue. Incredibly, since 2009, in 27 home bilateral series that India have played, the team has won 24 and lost only 3.Ahead of the third ODI vs the Kiwis, TimesofIndia.com takes a look at some very interesting statistics and trivia on the Indian juggernaut that continues to steamroll opposition at home in the ODI format. It really makes for very pleasant reading if you also remember the fact that the next edition of the ICC ODI World Cup will be played in India later this year.Team India in...
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Nathan Lyon-Ashton Agar Australia’s best spin formula to win in India: Darren Lehmann | Cricket News – Times of India

SYDNEY: Left-arm spinner Ashton Agar could be Australia's X-factor and should be considered as their "second spinner" in pursuit of the team's first Test win in India since 2017, feels former coach Darren Lehmann.Agar, who has only five Tests under his belt, returned wicket-less during Australia's last Test against South Africa in Sydney but, on Indian conditions, the finger spinner could be successful, the former coach thinks."Having been there, I'm probably more inclined to play finger spinners," Lehmann, who was the coach of their 2017 victory in Pune, said on Australian radio station SENQ.At that time, left-arm spinner Stephen O'Keefe played the match-winning role by bagging 12 wickets.Australia begin the marquee four-Test series against India at Nagpur from February 9. It was at th...
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3rd ODI: Middle order in focus as rampant India eye series sweep against New Zealand | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Oozing with confidence after a dominant eight-wicket win and an unassailable 2-0 lead, India will have a series sweep in sight when they take on New Zealand in the third and final one-dayer in Indore on Tuesday. A Shubman Gill masterclass in Hyderabad was followed by new-ball carnage from the seamers in Raipur as India clinched the series with a game to spare. India's middle order, which has been unimpressive in the last few games, will be eager to give a better account of themselves in the final match of the series. The team management will also be contemplating rotating its bowlers in the dead rubber.Watch: Indian cricket stars SKY, Kuldeep offer prayers at Mahakaleshwar temple for Pant's recoveryOpener Gill has been in excellent form, having scored a sensational double hun...
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Playing spin: The missing string in Virat Kohli’s bow now? | Cricket News – Times of India

INDORE: It was surprising to see Virat Kohli board the early morning flight from Raipur to this Madhya Pradesh town for the third and final ODI of the series against New Zealand at the MPCA Stadium here. Normally these days in India, both the teams are taken around the cities in a chartered flight. There was naturally a clamour in the plane for selfies with the cricket superstar, before the passengers were told by the flight attendants to avoid mobbing the former India captain. Having stroked three centuries in his last four ODIs coming into the ongoing series against New Zealand — his ODI century tally has now swelled to 46, just three short of equaling the legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s record of 49 ODI tons — Kohli, having left his demons of poor form behind in 2022, must be enjoying s...
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You can rule the world: Mohammed Shami advises Umran Malik to work on line and length | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Umran Malik might be warming the bench in the ODI series against New Zealand as the team management has preferred all-rounder Shardul Thakur over him but the express pacer has been mighty impressive with his sheer pace in his short international career.Bowling at around 150 clicks consistently, the Jammu and Kashmir speedster has taken the Indian cricket by storm with his raw pace but has struggled with accuracy. Veteran Indian pacer Mohammed Shami, who tormented the Kiwis with the new ball alongside Mohammed Siraj in the second one-dayer, is excited with the pace Umran has but advised him to work on his line and length.1/10Indian bowlers outclass New Zealand batters in 2nd ODIShow Captions<p>Indian bowlers fired in unison as they bundled out Black Caps for just 108 in ...
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Virat Kohli slams Cristiano Ronaldo critics, says CR7 is 38 and still doing it at the highest level | Football News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: A die-hard Cristiano Ronaldo fan, Virat Kohli slammed CR7 critics on Friday and came out in full support of Portugese striker saying the veteran player is 38 and still coming up with the top performance at the highest level.Reacting on Ronaldo's last night performance against Lionel Messi's Paris Saint Germain (PSG) in a friendly where the striker made his competitive debut for Saudi club Al Nassr.The Portuguese gave fans a reminder of his talent when he scored twice in a friendly on Thursday, leading a team made up of players from Al Nassr and Al Hilal against PSG.Though Ronaldo's team lost 4-5, the highly-anticipated contest offered much entertainment to fans as long-time rivals Ronaldo and Messi shared the pitch together for possibly the last time.Former Indian skipper Koh...
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Adam Zampa’s Test aspirations have probably passed him by after India snub: David Hussey | Cricket News – Times of India

MELBOURNE: Former Australian cricketer David Hussey believes Adam Zampa's omission from the Border-Gavaskar series in India could have dealt a body blow to the off-spinner's Test aspirations.Hussey, 45, a white-ball specialist, felt strongly about Zampa's exclusion after being assured of a Test berth in the India tour."He (Zampa) played a red-ball Shield game for New South Wales against Victoria at the Junction Oval just prior to the Big Bash starting and he bowled particularly well," Hussey told SEN Radio on Thursday."I think all reports from (head coach Andrew) McDonald and (chairman of selectors) George Bailey (was that) he (Zampa) was going to be going to India."The former Australia cricketer added that had Zampa been selected, he would have been successful in India."Unfortunately f...
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Intent was to put bowlers under pressure: Shubman Gill | Cricket News – Times of India

HYDERABAD: Young India opener Shubman Gill, who on Wednesday became the youngest player to slam a double century in ODIs, said his intent was to put the New Zealand bowlers under pressure and it paid off.Gill struck a master-class 208 off 149 balls with 19 fours and nine maximums to lift India to an imposing 349 for 8."I was waiting eagerly to go out and do what I want to do," Gill said while receiving the player-of-the-match award after India's nervy 12-run win over New Zealand in the series-opener here.Gill stepped up his innings brilliantly with his first 50 coming off 52 balls. He went from 50 to 100 off just 35 deliveries and again from 100 to 150 off just 35 balls. But it was his final flurry that saw the acceleration really take off, with Gill going from 150 to 200 in just 23 bal...
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Virat Kohli back in top-five in ODI rankings | Cricket News – Times of India

DUBAI: Back at his vintage best, former India skipper Virat Kohli, who scored two centuries and scored 283 runs in three matches against Sri Lanka, jumped two places to break into top-five in the latest ICC ODI rankings released on Wednesday.Kohli now has 750 points and has second-placed Rassie van der Dussen (766) and third-placed Quinton de Kock (759) in his sights, while Pakistan skipper Babar Azam remains way out in front with 887 points.Kohli has the opportunity to close the gap further in the ongoing three-match ODI series against New Zealand.Kohli's team-mates Shubman Gill, Mohammed Siraj and Kuldeep Yadav have also moved up in rankings.Gill, who hit his maiden ODI century in India to complement his fifty during the series, has moved up 10 spots to 26th. The young Indian opener s...