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Playing in different conditions will help during T20 World Cup preparations: Dinesh Karthik | Cricket News – Times of India

LAUDERHILL: Wicketkeeper-batter Dinesh Karthik feels playing in different conditions on the Caribbean tour will stand India in good stead while preparing for the various challenges Australian grounds will pose during the T20 World Cup later this year. India played the opening three T20s in West Indies before moving to Florida for the remaining two games. In the three games, the Indians had to navigate through different conditions. They were faced with a two-paced pitch in Tarouba, while St Kitts had a strong wind. "I think it is very interesting because even in the World Cup straightaway the three grounds that come to my mind are Sydney - [where] the sides are slightly smaller and the straights are longer," Karthik said ahead of the fourth T20I. "Adelaide, we all know that the sides are...
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BCCI announces schedule for white-ball home series against Australia and South Africa | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Mohali and Delhi are among nine Indian cities that will host back-to-back white-ball matches against Australia and South Africa, respectively, starting September 20, BCCI secretary Jay Shah said on Wednesday. While India will play six T20 International games against Australia and South Africa, which will serve as a dress rehearsal for the T20 World Cup Down Under, a separate team will play three 50-over games against the Proteas, with Shikhar Dhawan as the captain. Mohali will host the first T20I against Australia (September 20) with Nagpur (September 23) and Hyderabad (September 25) organising the second and third respectively. Take a look at #TeamIndia's home series fixture against Australia. 👍#INDvAUS https://t.co/zwNuDtF32R— BCCI (@BCCI) 1659538583000The home series again...
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Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid ensured increased security and freedom for players: Hardik Pandya | Cricket News – Times of India

BASSETERRE: India skipper Rohit Sharma wants the team to step away from what it had been doing for the past five-six years and has given the players security and freedom to express themselves, said star all-rounder Hardik Pandya. "Ro (Rohit Sharma) gives you a lot of flexibility and freedom which is his strength throughout his captaincy stint whenever I have played with him," Pandya said after India's seven-wicket win in the third T20I. "A lot of credit goes to him and Rahul Dravid the way they have got the team together and making sure a lot of positive mindset comes in and players are feeling secure; they are not looking over their shoulder; making sure they are getting ample chances; they are getting told as well if they are not playing, and that is something which is commendable." I...
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WI series will help us in identifying our bowling attack for T20 WC: Mhambrey | Cricket News – Times of India

BASSETERRE: India bowling coach Paras Mhambrey is looking at the ongoing T20 International series against the West Indies to identify the team's bowling attack for the upcoming T20 World Cup in Australia. "It's all part of our preparation for the (T20) World Cup. Right now, we are looking at different options that we have and giving opportunity to youngsters to find out who does the job for us," Mhambrey told reporters after the second T20 which India lost by five wickets on Monday night. "It's easier to kind of plan that way," he added. Mhambrey praised the young Indian bowling line-up, which includes the likes of Avesh Khan and Arshdeep Singh, alongside the more experienced Bhuvneshwar Kumar. "Very happy with the potential they have shown. The last couple of games we played, Arsh and ...
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We have to bat 50 overs: West Indies coach Phil Simmons ahead of India series | Cricket News – Times of India

PORT OF SPAIN: The West Indies have struggled to bat for full 50 overs in the last couple of years and head coach Phil Simmons said that is one aspect of the game they would look to improve on in the three ODIs against India. To put things into perspective, West Indies have played out 50 overs just six times in 39 innings since the 2019 World Cup, and lost nine of their 13 ODI series since the showpiece event. Simmons' side also faced a humiliating series defeat against Ireland at home earlier this year. The series against India begins on Friday. "The main thing is how we bat our 50 overs…we have to bat 50 overs and put our innings together and partnerships together," Simmons told reporters in the pre-series press conference. "Somebody has to be looking to score a hundred and hold the t...
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Stokes is once-in-a-generation player, England will miss him in ODIs: Buttler | Cricket News – Times of India

CHESTER-LE-STREET: England white-ball captain Jos Buttler has described Ben Stokes as "once-in-a-generation player", while his predecessor Eoin Morgan hailed him as a "true leader" after the star allrounder retired from ODIs, leaving the cricket world shocked. The chief architect of England's historic 2019 World Cup triumph, Stokes ended his 105-match ODI career with a forgettable 5-run innings at his home ground here in Durham as England lost to South Africa by 62 runs to trail 0-1 in the three-match series. "People who play like Ben are once-in-a-generation players, so it's a good challenge for us (as an ODI side) to work out our best way forward as a team without him," Buttler said after the match. "From myself and all England fans, we want to say thank you for everything he has done...
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Ben Stokes hopes ODI retirement serves as a warning to cricket | Cricket News – Times of India

CHESTER-LE-STREET (United Kingdom): Ben Stokes said on Tuesday he hopes his retirement from one-day internationals will serve as a warning to cricket chiefs over an increasingly congested global schedule, with the all-rounder insisting players "are not cars, you can't just fill us up". Stokes was a central figure in England's 2019 World Cup final triumph, their greatest moment in 50-over cricket. But Stokes is making his 105th and final ODI appearance against South Africa on Tuesday -- a match taking place at his Durham home ground. Test captain Stokes announced his ODI retirement on Monday with a notably pointed comment that England's current fixture schedule was "unsustainable" and that he could no longer give of his best in all three international formats. Stokes, who will continue t...
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The girls want to work hard and go again: Janneke Schopman | Commonwealth Games 2022 News – Times of India

BENGALURU: From also-rans to podium contenders, the Indian women's hockey team covered the distance at the Tokyo Olympics last year. But once the euphoria around their fourth-place finish ended, it was back to the grind for the team. Much has changed in the last year. Sjoerd Marijne made way for Janneke Schopman as the head coach. Wayne Lombard quit as the scientific advisor. The face of the team and skipper Rani Rampal has been sidelined - battling injuries - which has seen goalkeeper Savita Punia assume leadership role. In their first major outing after the Tokyo Games - the World Cup - the team finished a disappointing ninth recently. They were let down by lack of on-field conversion of opportunities and poor success rate in penalty corners. In the six matches they played, India earn...
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Mairaj Khan creates history, becomes first Indian to win skeet gold at ISSF World Cup | More sports News – Times of India

Mairaj Khan braved rough weather and poor light to create history on Monday. The Aligarh marksman became India's first-ever skeet shooter to clinch a gold in men's event at the World Cup as he topped the podium in the ISSF event in Changwon, South Korea. Mairaj, 46, who became the first Indian skeet shooter to qualify for the Olympics in 2016, scored 37 in the rain-marred final to win gold. In the qualifiers, the player from Uttar Pradesh shot 119 to tie at the eighth position with four other shooters, including Tokyo bronze medallist, Abdullah Alrashidi. 🥇for @khanmairajahmad in Skeet Men's Individual Event 🤩He beat Kim Minsu from Korea by 37-36 in final gold medal… https://t.co/BQXZlPXZU4— SAI Media (@Media_SAI) 1658147131000Mairaj shot 12 in the shoot-off to book the eight spot for t...
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Old-style scoreboard charm as Zimbabwe blast into T20 World Cup | Cricket News – Times of India

BULAWAYO (Zimbabwe): Under the gaze of an enormous, old-fashioned manually-operated scoreboard, Zimbabwe came up with all the right numbers at the weekend as they qualified for the Twenty20 World Cup for the first time since 2016. Craig Ervine's team clinched their ticket to Australia in October when they beat Papua New Guinea in their semi-final last Friday in the country's second largest and southern city of Bulawayo. They then iced the cake with a 37-run win over the Netherlands, who also qualified, in the final at the city's Queens Sports Club, a throwback to another age when cricket did not rely so heavily on the bells and whistles of modern technology. Established in 1890 when Zimbabwe was still the British colony of Rhodesia, the ground was inevitably named after Queen Victoria. ...
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Determined to turn our form around at CWG: Savita | Commonwealth Games 2022 News – Times of India

BARCELONA: Indian women's hockey team skipper Savita is determined to stage a turnaround in the upcoming Birmingham Commonwealth Games after its mediocre outing in the FIH World Cup. India finished joint ninth with China at the World Cup. "Unfortunately, we couldn't play to our potential at the FIH Hockey Women's World Cup. But we are very determined to turn our form around at the Commonwealth Games 2022. "We have a great squad with a fantastic balance of experienced and young players. We'll take a fresh start at CWG 2022 and I am certain that we will be able to take on the best of teams in the competition," Savita said. According to the captain, the team is playing well but it needs to tweak a few things to start winning consistently. "We have to improve upon a few aspects of our game ...
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Still a lot of cricket left in Virat Kohli; he has to create path for that: Kapil Dev | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Since November 2019, Virat Kohli hasn't scored a century in international cricket and has been in a prolonged lean patch across all formats. With every low score coming off his bat, the debate on Kohli's poor form climbs up with the Men's T20 World Cup in Australia just three months away. Now, legendary all-rounder and 1983 World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev feels that Kohli has still got a lot of cricket left in him and pointed out that the talismanic batter has to himself create a way for getting back amongst the runs. "It's not like India haven't played without Virat in the last five to six years, but I want such a player to be back in form. Yes, he's been dropped or rested but there's still a lot of cricket left in him. And he has to create the path for that. "Maybe play...
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England all-rounder David Willey back in love with cricket | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: David Willey said he had found his love of cricket again after being given a second chance at an England career. The 32-year-old all-rounder helped set up Sunday's one-day international series decider against India by starring with both bat and ball as England drew level at 1-1 in a three-match contest with a 100-run win at Lord's on Thursday. He made a valuable 41 with the bat and then the left-arm quick captured the prize wicket of Virat Kohli just when the star batsman was threatening to cut loose. The 32-year-son of former England batsman David Willey has been retained in the squad for Sunday's concluding ODI against India at Old Trafford rather than be released to captain Yorkshire in Saturday's T20 Blast finals day at Edgbaston. It is all a far cry from when he was dropped...
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Neeraj Chopra a huge inspiration for me, says shooter Arjun Babuta | More sports News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Backed by Abhinav Bindra and inspired by his college senior Neeraj Chopra, young shooter Arjun Babuta is looking to "deliver" a strong performance at the World Championship and secure an Olympic quota. The 23-year-old has played a pivotal role in India's impressive show at the ongoing ISSF World Cup in Changwon, Korea, having claimed two gold for the country. "Neeraj (Chopra) and I studied at the same college in Chandigarh, although he was a batch senior than me. But what he achieved at the Olympic Games in 2020 was a huge motivating factor for athletes like me and he is indeed a huge inspiration," Arjun said in an exclusive interaction to PTI. "Sport is very difficult for young athletes who go through the grind every single day. But Neeraj's historic feat has lifted an entir...
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Virat Kohli should control his nerves and set small targets, says Pravin Amre | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: The debate over Virat Kohli's place in the playing XI for the upcoming T20I World Cup in Australia has gained pace as the batting maestro is repeatedly failing to make an impact in the game. Several former players, including ex-India captain Kapil Dev, feel the clock is ticking for Virat and he is running out of time. Amidst all the noise around Virat's form, former India cricketer Pravin Amre said the ex-skipper should stay calm, control his nerves and focus on small targets to return to form. Amre, who has played 11 Tests and 37 ODIs for India, however, feels Virat is just one good innings away from returning to form. "Virat needs to stay calm. He should not react much and control his nerves. He needs to spend more time on the wicket to score big runs. It's just a matter of...
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‘Still raw’: Has Umran Malik been fast-tracked into the Indian team too soon? | Cricket News – Times of India

Umran Malik became a household name after the fast bowler from Jammu and Kashmir tormented batters in IPL 2022, sending down 150kmph plus thunderbolts on a regular basis. Incredibly he walked away with all 14 fastest delivery of the match awards in the 14 IPL games he played last season. His ability to conjure raw pace made many say that he needs to be fast-tracked into the Indian senior team. Others however were sceptical about rushing this process. Former India wicket-keeper batter and National selector Saba Karim was a guest on Times of India's sports podcast Sportscast some time back and had advocated for Umran to be fast-tracked into the Indian senior team. "Umran Malik has that rare quality of pace. You can add more variety, more control, more discipline to his bowling - which wil...
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Need to prioritise format of global event played in that particular year: Jasprit Bumrah on workload issue | Cricket News – Times of India

LONDON: Pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah says it is "difficult to manage workload" across three formats and that's why the emphasis is on the shortest format this year since the T20 World Cup is only three months away. Bumrah, who demolished England with a career-best ODI figures of 6 for 19 in the opening ODI, said preference for a format depends on multiple factors. "It's a combination and it's not just about matches you pick. Like in a World Cup year, what is the format (T20 this year) that I need to give more priority and if it's a World Test Championship final year, the emphasis is on Test cricket," Bumrah said after India's thumping 10-wicket win in the first ODI. The T20 World Cup starts in Australia on October 16. While Indian team's calendar has been choc-a-bloc, Bumrah understand...
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Mithali mantra for success: Do boring things with passion | Cricket News – Times of India

HYDERABAD: For nearly 23 long years – from a 16-year-old to her late 30s - Mithali Raj had been on the cricket field traversing across the globe showcasing her immense talent with the willow. The 'reluctant' cricketer became a torchbearer for women as she was a pioneer in many ways. But the journey hasn't been an easy one. There were many pitfalls to avoid and low phases of life to overcome. "When you are successful not many things cross your mind because you just go with the good things that are happening. But when times are difficult, it becomes a different ball game. I would always think - as a young player - why I am facing this. But then when I shared it with – I don't remember exactly with whom all – they were able to help me out," Mithali, who is busy in the promotion of her biop...
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FIFA to use new high-tech for offside calls at World Cup

FIFA will introduce new technology to improve offside calls at the World Cup in Qatar this year, using a limb-tracking camera system. FIFA said on Friday it is ready to launch semi-automated offside technology (SAOT) that uses multiple cameras to track player movements plus a sensor in the ball — and will quickly show 3D images on stadium screens at the tournament to help fans understand the referee’s call. It’s the third World Cup in a row that sees FIFA introduce new technology to help referees. Goal-line technology was ready for the 2014 tournament in Brazil after a notorious refereeing error in 2010. In 2018, video review to help referees judge game-changing incidents was rolled out in Russia. The new offside system promises faster and more accurate decisions than are currently made...
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Cricket Australia expects packed stadiums for T20 World Cup | Cricket News – Times of India

GALLE (Sri Lanka): Ticket demand for the Twenty20 World Cup in Australia later this year suggests there will be packed houses for the marquee event, the country's cricket board CEO Nick Hockley said Wednesday. Australia will host the eighth edition of the T20's showpiece tournament between October and November, with 16 teams to battle for the prize. The coronavirus pandemic forced the postponement of the Australia edition in 2020 and India hosted the event in the United Arab Emirates last year. "We are really positive that players are going to have a fantastic experience," Hockley told reporters on the sidelines of the first Test between Australia and Sri Lanka in Galle. "Obviously it was due to be played in 2020, we are delighted that the borders have opened up. Fans will be able to tr...