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  1. Brits wants the crown to bypass Charles' kingship with William ascending the throne after Queen Elizabeth
  2. Meghan Markle claim that she married Britain?s Prince Harry several days before the official lavish ceremony at Windsor Castle in 2018.
  3. Jonny Bairstow on Friday hit back at former India captain and legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar over the latter's comment regarding the England batsman's appetite for Test cricket. Before we get to Bairstow's message to Gavaskar, here's a bit of context to what actually led to this war of words. After Bairstow registered three ducks in the last two Tests between India and England, Gavaskar described him as "uninterested" in Test cricket. Sunil Gavaskar said it right - Bairstow just doesn't care. Went with hard hands on the first ball he faced. If he is a spin specialist, then England can forget winning in India anytime soon. Anderson plays spin better. — Anand Batra (@anandrbatra) March 6, 2021 After powering England to a crushing 6-wicket win over Virat Kohli's men in the 2nd ODI, Bairstow made sure he not just addressed Gavaskar's remarks but also sent a firm message to the India great. "First of all, no, I hadn't heard that and secondly, I am interested as to how opinion can have been made especially when there has been no correspondence and communication between myself and him." "So he is more than welcome to give me a ring and I will speak to him about my will to do well in Test cricket and the enjoyment I do get out of playing Test cricket. As I said, my phone is on. If he wants, he can call or message me," he added. "He's more than welcome to give me a ring & I'll speak to him about my will & want to do well in Test Cricket." Jonny Bairstow hits back at comments from Sunil Gavaskar that he looks 'disinterested' playing Test Cricket #INDvENG is live on @talkSPORT2 [️ ECB] pic.twitter.com/1nG9X2nqV2 — talkSPORT Cricket (@Cricket_TS) March 26, 2021 After a dismal outing in the Test series, The 31-year-old roared back to form with a dominant display in white-ball cricket, which included an impressive hundred in the 2nd ODI. Bairstow (124) and Ben Stokes (99) chased down a 337-run target set by India rather easily at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. In typical England fashion, the world champions played an aggressive brand of cricket from the very first ball on a wicket that was conducive to strokeplay. Sunil Gavaskar can message me, I'll speak to him about my will to do well in Tests: Jonny Bairstow https://t.co/WkdSRRKyCK — TOI Sports News (@TOISportsNews) March 27, 2021The England openers stitched together another 100 run opening partnership, only this time the visitors held on to the momentum to see off a successful run chase unlike the 1st ODI. After losing the Test and T20I series, the 2nd ODI was a must-win game for England in order to prevent a series sweep. With the ODI series now tantalizingly poised at one a piece, the decider will be played on Sunday. View the full article
  4. The final match of the T20I series between India and England was full of action but not everything exciting which took place on the field had to do with cricket. During the 13th over of the touring side’s batting innings, opening batsman Jos Buttler had lost his wicket to Bhuvneshwar Kumar following a Hardik Pandya catch and had to go back to the dressing room disappointed, despite a stunning performance at the crease to give his side an ideal start to such a high scoring game. On Buttler’s way back to the pavilion, however, the captain of the Indian cricket team Virat Kohli was seen getting upset about something the latter had said and let the Englishman hear it. This made Buttler come back towards the pitch to participate in a war of words. Kohli and Umpire talk over Buttler spat was quite animated. #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/fZsOrjgwnF — cricBC (@cricBC) March 20, 2021What led to the argument remains unclear but shortly after, the hosting skipper could be seen having a loud and animated discussion with the on-field umpires while Jonny Bairstow made his way to the crease to join Dawid Malan for a very brief partnership. This exchange has left the fans of the touring side with a bitter taste in their mouths and have even called out Virat Kohli for considering himself to be above the game of cricket. Kohli, a great batsman but he has far too much to say. He thinks he’s above the game. — Steve Cox (@SteveCox74) March 20, 2021Kohli in India is a joke! NEVER out on 3rd umpire or LBW, and is possibly the ONLY player allowed to badmouth officials and players alike without reproach! What happened following Jos' dismissal is a disgrace! No other player would get away with it! 🇬🇧 — Marc Eden And TPC (@Marc88Eden) March 20, 2021Article 2.5 of the ICC Code of Conduct deals with "using language, actions or gestures which disparage or which could provoke an aggressive reaction from a batter upon his dismissal during an international match".#INDvENG https://t.co/9CEqwbMJyL — Wisden (@WisdenCricket) March 20, 2021Kohli was absolutely incredible during the match as he opened the Indian innings alongside Rohit Sharma for the very first time in the shortest format of the game. While the ‘Hitman’ did the majority of the scoring early in the game, Kohli played second-fiddle and ensured wicket-safety to his partner to allow him to go for big shots. Once Sharma’s wicket fell, Kohli partnered up with Suryakumar Yadav first and then Hardik Pandya and guided the Men in Blue to a big total of 224 runs while playing an unbeaten 80-run innings and orchestrating the squad for the series win. With the Tests and T20Is now behind them, India will lock horns against Eoin Morgan’s men in a three-match ODI series which starts from March 23, at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune. The ODI series will also be played behind closed doors due to the resurgence of coronavirus cases in the state. View the full article
  5. One of the most celebrated and talked-about batsmen in the history of England cricket, Kevin Pietersen allowed fans to go back in time as he put on a show during the ongoing Road Safety World Series tournament in Raipur. Batting at the top of the order for the England Legends’ team, the 40-year old instantly became the best batsman on the field even while locking horns with the India Legends side that included names like Virender Sehwag and the master baster, Sachin Tendulkar himself. 40 year old Kevin Pietersen Today 75(37) - 6(4s),5(6s) 🤯 Absolute Legend !#RoadSafetyWorldSeries2021 pic.twitter.com/Uv9oHm3ggE — COLONEL (@CloudyCric) March 9, 2021 Off 37 deliveries, Pietersen smashed a quick 75 which included six 4’s and five 6’s while sending bowlers like Irfan Pathan, Yusuf Pathan, and Munaf Patel over the ropes one after the other. And even though the younger of the two Pathans went on a late rally and played a stunning 61-run innings while coming to bat at the number seven spot, there just weren't enough deliveries for him to drive his team to victory. India Legends lost the match by six runs. What a fightback from Irfan Pathan and Gony - India Legends was down and out then both added 63* runs from 26 balls but lost the match by 6 runs to England Legends - Irfan Pathan 61*(34) and Gony 35*(16). pic.twitter.com/PSTB1RAswO — Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) March 9, 2021 Watching Pietersen put on a show, fans of the Indian cricket team found a new way to mock the current England squad who got dominated in Test cricket on India soil, losing the series 3-1. They asked the England and Wales Cricket Board to allow Kevin Pietersen to play for the team once again: Saw Kevin Pietersen’s fantastic innings yesterday against the Indian legends. He still looks to be in shape as a batsman. And I honestly feel he would’ve got more runs than the current English top order had he played the recent test series. @KP24 legend #DoddaMathu #INDLvsENGL — ದೊಡ್ಡ ಗಣೇಶ್ | Dodda Ganesh (@doddaganesha) March 10, 2021At this rate @KP24 could be playing the first T20 in Ahmedabad. #INDLvsENGL #kevinpietersen — Sportoraid Culture (@sportoraid) March 9, 2021Tonight was a very special evening. Sharing the field with superstars. I loved it. Thank you for all being so nice! Proper little England team show! pic.twitter.com/FxMJhSyBra — Kevin Pietersen🦏 (@KP24) March 9, 2021At this rate, @KP24 can make his England comeback before Alex Hales.#RoadSafetyWorldSeries2021 #INDLvsENGL — AA (@preeelax) March 9, 2021Can KP make his comeback in ENG national team according to his current form?? Irrespective of fact that he is retired#LetsCrackIt#UnacademyAskTheExperts @ramanbhanot @KP24 — ANKIT PANWAR (@ankit_panwar1) March 9, 2021What made the case worse for the current Joe Root-led side was the sheer magnitude with which they lost those games. While the fourth and final Test ended on the third day, the third Test at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad saw the touring side getting wrapped up twice in just a day and a half, making it the shortest Test match since World War II. Despite Pietersen’s stellar performance which got his side the win, India Legends are still ahead of the rest of the teams participating in the Road Safety World Series with 12 points and the second-highest Net Run Rate in the tournament. England are now on the third spot with 8 points, followed by South Africa (4 points), Australia, West Indies, and Bangladesh respectively. View the full article
  6. Ben Stokes' heroics in the 4th India-England Test at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad were applauded by cricket fans across the globe. The all-rounder, often touted as the best in the world, left nothing in the tank as he bowled his heart out in trying conditions. Despite the best efforts of Stokes and Jimmy Anderson, the visitors couldn't prevent another crushing defeat at the hands of Virat Kohli's men, who romped home to a 3-1 series win and sealed their spot in the World Test Championship final against New Zealand. © Twitter/Fox Sports One of the words used by Harsha Bhogle in commentary during Stokes' gladiatorial spell was 'spent.' The veteran cricket commentator alluded to how Stokes was producing a high-class bowling performance despite the visible exhaustion. The 29-year-old has now revealed that was a direct reflection of astonishing weight loss suffered by him and his teammates during the Ahmedabad Test. The searing Gujarat heat made matters worse for some England cricketers who caught a sickness bug in the run-up to the final Test with the series at 2-1 in favour of India. While none of Joe Root's men missed the Test, they certainly found the going tougher than usual. While Stokes lost 5kg during the week, his teammates too endured a massive weight loss. "Players are totally committed to England and I think that was emphasised last week when a few of us went down with illness that made operating in 41-degree heat particularly taxing. I lost 5kg in a week, Dom Sibley 4kg and Jimmy Anderson 3kg, among others. Jack Leach was ducking off the field in between bowling spells and spending more time than is ideal in the toilet," Stokes told Mirror Sport in an exclusive interview. Despite the astonishing weight loss, Stokes stood out as the best England player during the 4th Test, making significant contributions in all three departments. More impressively, Stokes accounted for 27.4 overs in England's bowling, twice more than what he'd bowled in the previous three Tests. Apart from picking up four wickets, Stokes also scored a brilliant fifty. © Twitter/Fox Star On Day 1, Stokes and Kohli were involved in a war of words after the former had reportedly abused India pacer Mohammed Siraj following a bouncer. When asked about the incident, Stokes played it down saying, "The thing in cricket nowadays is that it becomes a massive talking point when two opponents have a word with each other. People seem, I do not know, not to lose their heads but they think it is all wrong." View the full article
  7. India will now meet New Zealand in World Test Championship at Lord's in June of this year
  8. The clash between Indian captain Virat Kohli and England all-rounder Ben Stokes just took another exciting turn when on Day 2 of the fourth and final Test of the series, Stokes dismissed him for a duck. After seven deliveries of going scoreless, the Indian batsman was caught off-guard by Stokes who added some extra bounce to the ball, allowing it to be just close enough to Kohli’s bat for a slight edge before it travelled into the hands of wicket-keeper Ben Foakes behind the stumps. Kohli gone for a duck to Stokes. #INDvENG — Crick Academy (@AcademyCrick) March 5, 2021 Unable to put even a single run on the board, Kohli gave a surprised look after his dismissal and walked back to the pavilion without protest as Stokes celebrated with his teammates in the background. © Twitter /Fox Sports Kohli’s duck-out must feel special for the England all-rounder considering the kind of theatrics which took place on Day 1 of the fourth Test at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium when the two icons of international cricket got in a war of words after Stokes had reportedly abused India pacer Mohammed Siraj following a bouncer. What’s going on here lads? 🇮🇳󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿#INDvENG pic.twitter.com/lThox51Pp4 — Chloe-Amanda Bailey (@ChloeAmandaB) March 4, 2021At the end of Day 1, Siraj shared what led to the confrontation : "Ben Stokes gave me gali (abused me) so I told Virat bhai about that. Virat bhai handled it thereafter.” On the other hand, Stokes managed the same question with utmost professionalism when he said: "The thing in cricket nowadays is that it becomes a massive talking point when two opponents have a word with each other. People seem, I do not know, not to lose their heads but they think it is all wrong," Stokes told reporters at the press conference after the day's play. © Twitter /Fox Sports "Look at it from a different way, guys care about what they are doing and what they are representing. Playing against each other, we are competitors and we are not going to back down to anyone, whoever it may be," he added. And even though the England cricketer played down the verbal spat, his fans were not going to let this one slide so easily. Stokes is in Kohli's head. Great stuff — DeckyMac (@deckymc63) March 5, 2021 Stokes vs Kohli is Underrated battle — Arslan || Gladiator (@babarcoverdrive) March 5, 2021 Stokes:1 kohli:0 — ADITYA TRIPATHI🇮🇳 (@aditya4801) March 5, 2021 View the full article
  9. While the use of technology has evolved with time in order to make the game of cricket as accurate and player-friendly as possible, there are some occasions on which one of the two teams will end up disappointed with the outcome of using that technology. One such incident took place in the second session of the first day of the fourth and final Test match between India and England at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi stadium when England batsman Jonny Bairstow was given out on an LBW appeal by pacer Mohammed Siraj. View this post on Instagram Batting at 28, Bairstow was visibly shocked to see umpire Nitin Menon nod to Siraj’s appeal for a Leg-Before after his delivery rushed past the Englishman’s bat and nicked his back-foot pad. After a brief discussion with his batting partner Ben Stokes, Bairstow decided to go for a DRS review in which it was established that while the ball did not touch the bat before hitting the pad, the trajectory of the delivery ‘may or may not’ have led to the bails falling off the stumps. Under such circumstances, it is the umpire’s call that remains final and the review is retained by the team. England 4⃣ down! Mohammed Siraj picks his 2⃣nd wicket. Jonny Bairstow is out LBW. @Paytm #INDvENG #TeamIndia Follow the match https://t.co/9KnAXjaKfb pic.twitter.com/reUWwrKke5 — BCCI (@BCCI) March 4, 2021 When the on-field official was given the go-ahead by the third umpire to stick to his decision, he once again lifted his finger to declare the wicket and Bairstow had to walk back while shaking his head in disappointment as the Men in Blue could be seen celebrating in the background. The conflict, therefore, led to some obvious differences in opinion between the two sides and the different sets of fans backing up each team. Indian cricket fans complimented on-field umpire Nithin Menon and third umpire Anil Chaudhary for conducting some high quality officiating: Umpiring of the highest quality ever now #INDvsENG #INDvENG Siraj gets Bairstow Wicket Do not dare to criticize Indian umpires again since you cannot blame the pitch again — Ethan 001 (@001Ethan) March 4, 2021Umpiring has been top notch for most part of this series! #INDvsENG @BCCI — Alexander Supertramp (@atirmataavihs) March 4, 2021Excellent Umpiring!!! That looked out to the naked eye. The on-field umpires have been on point this series. #INDvENG #INDvsENG — Chinmay Rane//Shy Munchkin// Stan Account (@cvrane) March 4, 2021Excellent start for Umpire Menon. Top decision. — Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) March 4, 2021The umpire better make sure Bairstow is happy next time he gives him out. We wouldn’t want an unhappy Bairstow now, do we mate? May be the English players can get lollies on their way back to the pavilion. #INDvsENG https://t.co/N8fJaOFI7H — Sushrutha (@3eyeview) March 4, 2021On the other hand, fans who supported Bairstow were heart-broken with the verdict and called out the officials for horrible decision-making: Player review from Bairstow. Obviously makes sense to check everything - just seems like a small gap in the logic of Umpire's Call in this very specific scenario. — Ben Jones (@benjonescricket) March 4, 2021It’s really rough on Bairstow because it was umpire’s call but umpire’s “caught out” thinking invalidates LBW in his mind so not really fair to India to not look at it. Now whether umpire’s call should be a thing or whether ball tracking is infallible is another conversation — Anna Forsyth (@aforsyth03) March 4, 2021Bairstow was given out caught by the on field umpire .... how is that umpires call relevant for a LBW decision ?? #EngvsInd #INDvEND — imagineer3.0 (@Imagineer31) March 4, 2021Other than Jonny Bairstow's dismissal, umpiring on Day 1 of the fourth Test at the Motera stadium has been well-accepted and acknowledged by fans of either side. Out of the three DRS reviews being taken in the first 38 overs, two belonged to Indian skipper Virat Kohli and one came off England. All three reviews agreed with the final decision of the officials and only one of them got retained on a technicality. View the full article
  10. According to latest reports, Jasprit Bumrah will soon give up on his single status and will get married. The reports started surfacing after the pacer was allowed to miss India's final Test match against England at Ahmedabad. Speaking to ANI, sources in the BCCI have confirmed that the pacer is set to get married soon and has taken a leave to prepare for the same. “He informed the BCCI that he is getting married and has taken the leave to help in preparations for the big day," the source said. Ind vs Eng: Bumrah has taken leave to prepare for marriage Read @ANI Story | https://t.co/HoCS8Oi3CZ pic.twitter.com/0fcRbGpMj7 — ANI Digital (@ani_digital) March 2, 2021 The 27-year-old pacer played two of the three Tests in the ongoing four-match series against England and scalped four wickets in what was his first home Test series since making his debut for India. After the news started going viral, people started to react to these rumours and wanted to know who the lucky lady was. They also asked him to share updates about the wedding. Here are the reactions: On Personal Leave for Wedding Preparation! Who’s the lucky girl Jasprit !!!! — Donald Soares (@DonaldSoares) March 2, 2021Shadi Me Jaroor Bulana Sir 🥺 — Harshad 🇮🇳 (@HBJ3221) March 2, 2021He's glowing reet ji! Shaadi k baat pakki hogaye — Naaz (@stfunaaz) March 2, 2021Congrats Boom Boom Don't forget to invite us to your marriage 🥰 Will miss u in the rest of the series pic.twitter.com/iJdi8yuVDq — Gayathri #TeamIndia 🤍 (@KLRMSD_FanGirl) March 3, 2021In the past there are rumors that *anupama* and *bumrah* are in love... Now at the same time both taking leave from their respective profession. So just a guess and she is from south pic.twitter.com/0urK3K9lfG — Kiran Aghria (@Kiran44689186) March 2, 2021In 2019, there were speculations that Anupama Parameswaran, who rose to fame with her performance in Premam, was in a relationship with the Indian cricketer. One of the users also highlighted in Jasprit Bumrah’s recent feed that she too had taken a break from work. The rumours of a relationship between the two started doing rounds after the two followed each other on social media and started commenting on each other's posts. But as the rumours started gaining pace, the two unfollowed each other which also made headlines. Later, she clarified that she is not dating him. She said, “I don’t even know who he is. I just know that he is a cricketer and that’s about it. There is nothing more. It is sad to see such link-up rumours circulating on social media about a woman without any proper information. Since their relationship is out of the question, we are also left wondering who the lucky woman is then. View the full article
  11. While India and England look to lock horns in the fourth and final match of the Test series at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium, the English brotherhood of pitch-critics have once again come together to shame the spin-friendly turf. The unofficial leader of this fraternity, Michael Vaughan has once again found a new and agreeably hilarious way to criticise the Indian pitch curators with less than half a week’s time before the final Test begins. View this post on Instagram “I can report that preparations for the 4th Test are going great ... The Curator is expecting movement early, good carry & might spin on day 5,” wrote the former England skipper in the caption of his Instagram post. Another former England cricketer David Lloyd too opened up about his disappointment with the deck, predicting “huge ramifications” in the longest format of the game in the future if the International Cricket Council (ICC) did not intervene with the quality of pitches in India. EX-England cricket David Lloyd has said if the ahmedabad pitch, used in the pink ball Test between India and England, is acceptable to ICC, than there will be 'huge ramifications' for test cricket. — Emmanuel Macron (@Emmanue51625756) February 28, 2021 In his column for Daily Mail, Lloyd wrote: "I'm really not bothered who wins when it's a lottery like this. It's just not a contest. Yes, techniques have been poor but if this pitch is acceptable to the ICC and there's more of this there will be huge ramifications for world Test cricket." Interestingly, players of the Australian Test cricket team have come to the rescue of the Indian pitch curators and some of them are even inviting them to make bowling pitches on their home ground. Nathan Lyon ️ 'The Ahmedabad pitch was absolutely brilliant' pic.twitter.com/KjBDXalUAH — ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) February 28, 2021 "We play on seaming wickets around the world and get bowled out for 47, 60. Nobody ever says a thing (about the pitch)," Nathan Lyon was quoted as saying by cricket.com.au. But as soon as it starts spinning, everyone in the world seems to start crying about it." "I don't get it. I'm all for it, it was entertaining," he said. "I was up all night watching it (Ahmedabad Test). It was absolutely brilliant. I'm thinking about bringing that curator out to the SCG (Sydney Cricket Ground)." However, the Aussie’s support for the Ahmedabad pitch did not sit well with the fans of the England cricket team who were quick to react to his opinion: And you are the most over rated offie ever , at least those blokes can drift it — Gary Murray (@bombermurray11) February 28, 2021Ipl auction is over!! Isn't it? Why this guy is so late in flattering BCCI? He must be targeting next ipl auction. Oh!! yes man. Keep doin hard work it eventually pays of. — Sohaib Khan (@sohaibkhan1308) February 28, 2021Shock horror a average spinner wants spin friendly pitches!! — Wayne Moore (@WayneMoore004) February 28, 2021 View the full article
  12. Technically speaking, the third Test of the India-England series was supposed to get over on Sunday, February 28, 2021 had the two sides played until the final day of the match. However, a rather disappointing batting display by the England side in both the innings led to their sudden collapse, bringing them defeat in less than two days’ time. View this post on Instagram There exists yet another perception about the Day-Night clash at the newly inaugurated Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad according to which, the reason behind such a short, two-day international Test match was the extremely tricky pitch and its uneven bounce. Following the conclusion of the penultimate match of the series, one of the most important members of the Indian cricket team and Test 2 ‘Man of the Match’ winner Ravichandran Ashwin was questioned by an English journalist about his thoughts on the Motera pitch. The 34-year old Indian cricketer however, thought of responding to the journalist's question with a question of his own. ️ ️ "We have never complained about the pitch in the past."#TeamIndia's ace spinner @ashwinravi99 sets the record straight.@Paytm #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/K2V4OvBQDn — BCCI (@BCCI) February 27, 2021 “I have a question back. What is a good cricket surface? Who defines it,” Ashwin counter-questioned the journalist. “Yes, of course. The bowler wants to win the game. The batsman needs to bat well to get runs. There’s absolutely no question about it. What makes a good surface? Who defines this? Seam on the first day and then bat well and then spin on the last two days? Come on! Who makes all these rules, we need to get over it and not talk about whatever picture you want to paint.” “If you’re asking whether it was a good Test surface, I don’t see any of the players coming from England having an issue with the surface. They want to improve; they look like they want to have a contest. Is it the players and the people who are reporting back that want their players to not compete and complain about the pitches? Because we have never done that on any of the tours,” Ashwin added. Shite https://t.co/hZTQN1OdK2 — Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 25, 2021 Ashwin, who has leveled up as the fifth best all-rounder in the longest format of the game, said everything along the lines of what opening batsman Rohit Sharma had said following India’s win at Chennai’s Chepauk stadium in the second Test. However, it was the way in which he responded to the question that has the fans of the Men in Blue divided in two categories - those who loved what he said and backed up his answer as completely legitimate and those who felt it was more of an escape from a tough situation. ️ ️ "We have never complained about the pitch in the past."#TeamIndia's ace spinner @ashwinravi99 sets the record straight.@Paytm #INDvENG pic.twitter.com/K2V4OvBQDn — BCCI (@BCCI) February 27, 2021i personally like Ashwin's Bold answers like i admire MSD. he clearly telling that indians not complaining about pitches while playing overseas. players need guts to play in india. spinning Land! play with skills — AB (@ImAbsarAli) February 27, 2021Omg , not once have I ever seen anyone complain when the batters gets runs on a batting pitch , whilst everyone seems to lose their minds when bowlers do well. — IRVIN (@Vakil_giri1000) February 27, 2021What is with indian players, they start getting aggressive when they don't have any answers. — Nikhil (@NykhilChopra_) February 27, 2021Absolute B.S reply. A good surface means even bounce on day one. — Shafiq Ahmad (@Akhund_Shafiq) February 27, 2021The question was "do you think that was a good Test match pitch?" Fair question, asked politely. Ash could have given his perspective without flaring up. — The Wag Post (@ManThirteenth) February 27, 2021 View the full article
  13. Chasing a record victory target of 482, England were all out for 164 in their second innings of the Test match
  14. It goes without saying that pitch conditions play a huge role in the way a Test match is destined to be played and when the turf becomes as drastically different between two days of the same match, it contributes substantially as to who wins the toss first. The first match of the India-England series was a pure testament to the situation and how winning the toss for Joe Root became the first and arguably the biggest reason why the touring side ended up with the win. The toss was more important to win in the 1st test than this one, as it did nothing the 1st 2 days. Then exploded. This one has been a turner from ball one. Eng should’ve bowled India out for 220. No different between spinning or seaming & Rohit showed how to play on this surface https://t.co/xg1gPDetRs — Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) February 14, 2021 But instead of blaming the dynamics of the pitch for the loss, Indian skipper Virat Kohli owned up and took the defeat head first, with the promise of “doing better” in the second Test which was also scheduled to take place at the same Chepauk stadium in Chennai as the first. Winning the toss this time around, India chose to bat first and the results were similar, except that the scoreboard tilted in the hosts’ favour and not the Englishmen. However, some fans and even analysts in support of the touring side, ended up using the tricky surface of the pitch as an excuse for their below-average performance. It’s entertaining cricket as things are happening all the time but let’s be honest this Pitch is a shocker .. Not making any excuses as India have been better but this isn’t a Test Match 5 day prepared Pitch ... #INDvENG — Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 14, 2021 “It’s entertaining cricket as things are happening all the time but let’s be honest this Pitch is a shocker .. Not making any excuses as India have been better but this isn’t a Test Match 5 day prepared Pitch ...” former England skipper Michael Vaughan said after Root’s side’s humbling performance with the bat in the first innings. It didn’t do anywhere near as much for 2 sessions ... Spun but not like what it’s doing now ... India would have drawn the first Test if they had batted anything like in the 1st innings ... This isn’t a good Test match pitch ... https://t.co/HhK6dYLiHm — Michael Vaughan (@MichaelVaughan) February 14, 2021 “It didn’t do anywhere near as much for 2 sessions ... Spun but not like what it’s doing now ... India would have drawn the first Test if they had batted anything like in the 1st innings ... This isn’t a good Test match pitch ...” Vaughan backed up his claim while replying to Australian legend Shane Warne on Twitter. Various other fans of the opposition said how this is what they expected from India while hosting and how we wanted to be unfair towards the visiting side, while using the pitch to the advantage of the bowlers of the Men in Blue. Would you expect anything less from India though? — Ryan T Yule (@rtyule) February 14, 2021 The pitch is a disgrace but you getting when you play away it's a form of cheating I agree pitches should be up to certain standard but makes me wonder was done between there 1st and our 1st innings because it gave us nothing bowling them but was all over for them bowling at us — Jamie Squires (@JamiefSquires) February 14, 2021 It’s a shameful disgrace of a deck. #INDvsENG — Paul Zauch (@PaulZauch) February 14, 2021 The thing is, just like Joe Root had himself a double-ton innings on the first two days of the first Test, Indian opener Rohit Sharma’s 161-run stint proved how batsmen can perform on the deck as tricky as the one in Chepauk as well. If your excuse is that the pitch’s conditions changed drastically by Day 3, it certainly showed by the way names like Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant got dismissed. However, Kohli’s crucial 38-run innings and a fantastic 50-run partnership with Ravichandran Ashwin before lunch proved that you can save your wicket even in the later half of the match in Chennai. Then comes the issue of using the pitch to the advantage of the home side and this tweet from former England cricketer Graeme Swann perfectly summarises why they visitors should not be complaining. I have no problem at all with a pitch offering this much spin (hardly a surprise naturally). We prepare green pitches to suit our bowlers at home when deemed necessary so it’s fair game. We should be taking notes on how to excel from @ImRo45 @RishabhPant17 and @ashwinravi99 — Graeme Swann (@Swannyg66) February 14, 2021 I have no problem at all with a pitch offering this much spin (hardly a surprise naturally). We prepare green pitches to suit our bowlers at home when deemed necessary so it’s fair game. We should be taking notes on how to excel from @ImRo45 @RishabhPant1 and @ashwinravi99,” he tweeted. View the full article
  15. PM Imran Khan's throwback photo brings back memories from Pakistan cricket team's 1987 tour more than three decades ago
  16. The first of four Test matches of the India-England series taking place at Chennai’s Chepauk stadium has an unusual problem which is getting the better of many fans who are watching the contest on television and online. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had ensured that no spectators would be allowed inside the stadium in the first match due to the risk of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic in the country and exposing the players to unknown potential sources of the virus. View this post on Instagram It should have meant that the stadium must be absolutely silent and the only noise audible should have been that of those playing on the field or possibly even the ones sitting in the respective dressing rooms. However, the broadcasters decided to add artificial crowd noise to the feed and it hasn’t worked out well for everyone. Please someone tell Star Sports to remove fake crowd noise ....#INDvsENG #INDvsENG_2021 #EngvsInd — Shrey_Suriyal (@suriyal_shrey) February 6, 2021Whatever the channel, I still hate fake crowd noise. #INDvsENG — Jon Culley (@CulleyCricket) February 5, 2021Crowd noise on the world feed has been lifted straight from the IPL edition of stick cricket #INDvsENG — Adam Morgan (@Adam_Morgs) February 5, 2021Any chance @Channel4 can turn off the fake crowd noise everytime we play a shot. Loud cheering for one is getting quite annoying #INDvsENG — Eddy (@ChrisEddy_7) February 5, 2021I’ve got Sky anyway, but fantastic to see Test cricket on @Channel4. I’d rather they tone down the fake crowd noise personally though #INDvsENG — Tim Chambers (@timchambers321) February 5, 2021Fake crowd noise still doesn’t really improve does it? A boozy late afternoon cheer goes out for Dom Sibley miscuing a ball to point 🤷‍♂️ #INDvsENG — Andrew Brookes (@andrewbrookes84) February 5, 2021Thankfully, it has been confirmed that the second Test match, which will also take place in the same ground, will have spectators filling in 50% of the stadium’s seating capacity and the ‘fake crowd noise’ will be replaced by real cheers and boos. "In view of the Government announcement that 50% occupancy would be allowed in stadia, Tamil Nadu Cricket Association will allow 50% spectators for the 2nd Test to be held between 13th and 17th February 2021,” the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association wrote in an issued statement. Chennai match, you can watch second match of #INDvsENG in Chepauk ground (50% occupancy approved). https://t.co/cd9dGcrRvL — வெங்கி (தல_19:29_15/08/20) (@Venky20201) February 6, 2021 “Though the gap between the two Tests is only three days, we are confident that arrangements can be made for (50 per cent) fans in second Test keeping the safety norms in mind," a TNCA official said according to PTI. As far as the first Test is concerned, England have already crossed the 450-run mark ahead of the third session of Day 2. Skipper Joe Root has carried forward his impeccable form which he gained during the two-Test series in Sri Lanka and has successfully struck a double century in the first innings. The hosts on the other hand are struggling to look for ways to get rid of the English batsmen. India captain Virat Kohli is also being slammed for showing desperation on the field as he lost all three of his DRS reviews of the first innings on hasty calls which weren’t even close. View the full article
  17. With just one day left for the India and England’s four-match Test series to begin, the ‘Voice of Cricket’ Harsha Bhogle has addressed two off-the-field key points that will be crucial for the success or failure of the hosting side. India clearly start favourites. There are two things though they need to be careful about. One, the glow of a great win can linger a little too long (and that is understandable). Two, the discussion around captaincy cannot filter into the team. This is now Kohli's team again. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) February 4, 2021 “India clearly start favourites. There are two things though they need to be careful about. One, the glow of a great win can linger a little too long (and that is understandable). Two, the discussion around captaincy cannot filter into the team. This is now Kohli's team again,” Bhogle tweeted. Addressing The Two Issues1. Confidence From Winning The Australian Series View this post on Instagram If there is a lesson to be learnt from the series in Australia it’s that overconfidence can take down even the greatest of teams against the most struggling opponents when it matters the most. While it is understandable and well-justified that the rejuvenated Men in Blue will be in high spirits and are clear favourites at home, underestimating Joe Root’s men will be the biggest mistake the squad can make. View this post on Instagram It is also important to note that after Australia’s decision to skip the South Africa Test series threw a wrench in India’s position as the best performing team in the World Test Championship, they must not let the series end in a draw and will have to win at least two matches in order to progress to the finals. Read more about the World Test Championship, here. 2. Kohli Vs Rahane Debate Kohli vs Rahane debate. Virat is an aggressive captain and an aggressive player. Ajinkya is a little more relaxed on field. Both have important roles in the Indian team: @cheteshwar1, Indian cricketer tells Rahul Shivshankar on Converse India. | #PujaraOnTimesNow pic.twitter.com/bxE7JRQvm5 — TIMES NOW (@TimesNow) January 31, 2021 Virat Kohli has been a great leader for the team in red-ball cricket. Over the 56 matches he has captained the squad, India have won 33 and lost 13, while 10 matches have ended in a draw. On the other hand, Ajinkya Rahane has led India in five matches, winning four of them and drawing one. Yes, India remains undefeated in Test cricket under Rahane’s leadership. Obviously, this has led to the fans drawing comparisons between the two elite cricketers. However, this must not trickle down into the Indian dressing room and must not become a cause of friction within the squad as team chemistry will be of essence while going against a team as good as England. Although ever since coming back from Down Under, Rahane has time and again spoken about how he does not wish to take Kohli’s spot and he is more than happy to play for the team as the second in command. The first of four Test matches between India and England will take place at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai starting at 9:30 am IST. View the full article
  18. After a massive victory in Australia, the Indian cricket team is back in action and is preparing for the four-Test series against the touring England squad starting from February 5, 2021. Following a six-day quarantine period, the Men in Blue were at The Chepauk for a team practice session. The official Twitter handle of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shared a few pictures from the session on the field with their followers: Out and about at The Chepauk after 6 days of quarantine.#TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/mt7FShNFrb — BCCI (@BCCI) February 1, 2021 Most of the fans were glad to see cricketers like Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah and Ravichandran Ashwin back with the squad after being ruled out of the Test series Down Under due to personal reasons or injuries. However, a certain section of online trolls could not let the opportunity to talk about the team’s practice jersey simply pass by. Thoda original soch lete pic.twitter.com/I6XUxAgrGA — Keyur Chauhan (@Keyur_chauhan) February 1, 2021Har tour pe Jersey badlte rhte ho. Paisa udwalo bas — Circuit Expert (@Being_circuit) February 1, 2021Sundar and Ashwin pic.twitter.com/u30Qgc4g9L — Shreyansh Trigunayat (@Shreyansh_T) February 1, 2021Resembling the ‘alternate kit’ worn by the team during their World Cup 2019 campaign, the practice jerseys had the colour scheme of navy blue and orange. The design was not appreciated by the fans during the quadrennial tournament as well. Wondering where I had seen this outfit before. Just Remembered. Indianoil Petrol pump staff uniform.#BleedOrange #CWC2019 :-):-) https://t.co/YwJvQCOV3b — Sumanth Raman (@sumanthraman) June 29, 2019It looks like Petrol Pump guys https://t.co/OcLbDEm4G1 — Dhruv Rathee 🇮🇳 (@dhruv_rathee) June 29, 2019The designers who’d worked on the infamous World Cup jerseys said that they wanted the fans of the team to feel a sense of identity and got inspired by one of the other Team India kits which they used to wear during T20I matches back in the day. "Colour options were given to BCCI and they chose the colour combination that looked the best to them. The whole idea is to be different from blue as England also wears the same shade of blue as India," an ICC source had told ANI at the time of the tournament. "Also the design (orange) is taken from India's old T20 jersey which had orange in it. The designers who are sitting in the USA designed this jersey from something that already existed and not something completely new that fans don't identify with," the source had added. But the real trolling of the jerseys began when actual petrol pump employees started thanking Team India for representing them on the biggest platform of international cricket in viral videos. View the full article
  19. Former captain, head coach and legendary leg-spinner of the Indian cricket team, Anil Kumble recently found out about pacer Jasprit Bumrah’s talents as a spinner and based on his reaction, it is safe to say that he is left impressed. Over the weekend, the Board on Control for Cricket in India or the BCCI shared a video of Bumrah imitating Kumble’s bowling action in the nets via their official Twitter handle. We have all seen @Jaspritbumrah93's fiery yorkers and sharp bouncers. Here’s presenting a never-seen-before version of the fast bowler. Boom tries to emulate the legendary @anilkumble1074's bowling action and pretty much nails it! pic.twitter.com/wLmPXQGYgC — BCCI (@BCCI) January 30, 2021 “We have all seen @Jaspritbumrah93's fiery yorkers and sharp bouncers. Here’s presenting a never-seen-before version of the fast bowler. Boom tries to emulate the legendary @anilkumble1074's bowling action and pretty much nails it,” BCCI tweeted. The followers of the Indian cricket board were left speechless as the 27-year old’s spin did look legitimately good. The video soon became a hit online and managed to find its way to Kumble himself. The 50-year old was indeed stumped with what he saw and appreciated Bumrah’s work on the ground. Well done Boom. Pretty close 🏽. You are an inspiration to the next generation of young fast bowlers who are imitating your style. Best wishes for the upcoming series. — Anil Kumble (@anilkumble1074) January 31, 2021 “Well done Boom. Pretty close. You are an inspiration to the next generation of young fast bowlers who are imitating your style. Best wishes for the upcoming series,” Kumble responded to the video. Calling Bumrah an inspiration for the future generations himself, Kumble praised the Gujarat-born’s startling rise to success over the past couple of years. He has not only become the leader of India’s pace-bowling attack but has earned the reputation as one of the deadliest yorker-specialists and death-overs experts in the entire world. What's more deadly than a Bumrah yorker? Nothing!#INDvBAN ICC #CWC19 #TameTheTigers @Jaspritbumrah93 pic.twitter.com/vH9rVn0Oqo — Disney+ Hotstar (@DisneyPlusHS) July 2, 2019 In Test cricket, the unorthodox pacer has played in 17 Test matches ever since making his debut in 2018 against South Africa. During those 17 games, Bumrah has scalped 79 wickets including his career best 6/27 in the second Test against the West Indies at Kingston in September 2019. It is interesting to note that the lethal bowler has not made his Test debut on Indian soil as yet and must yearn to play the highest level of cricket at home. Breaking - India not to risk Jasprit Bumrah in Brisbane. They fear Abdomen injury could worsen, scans done, reports awaited. Mayank hurt at training. Scans done. Unless there is fracture he was to replace Hanuma. Scan results awaited. @SportsTodayofc at 10am for further details. — Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) January 12, 2021 The upcoming series against the powerful England cricket team will provide him with the opportunity to check that box as well, provided he is healthy and has recovered from the abdomen injury he had sustained ahead of the fourth and final match of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at the Brisbane Cricket Ground. View the full article
  20. After a remarkable victory in Australia, the confident Indian cricket team is looking forward to hosting yet another strong contender in England at home for a four-match Test series starting from February 5, 2021. When the bruised and battered Men in Blue lifted the Border-Gavaskar Trophy at the Brisbane Cricket Ground after breaking Australia’s famous 30-year old undefeated streak at The Gabba, the world acknowledged the team’s character and the unbelievable depth of the talent pool with which they are blessed. View this post on Instagram Now with many of the bigger names who had to leave the team’s side due to injuries or other personal reasons during the Australian red-ball tour are once again back to unite forces and according to former Aussie skipper Ian Chappel, make India practically ‘bulletproof’ and ‘unbeatable’. "India will start as favourites after an exhilarating victory over Australia, overcoming all obstacles. When you add the name Virat Kohli to the batting order, the team suddenly assumes a bulletproof cloak," Chappell wrote in his column for ESPNcricinfo. View this post on Instagram "In also adding the names R Ashwin, Hardik Pandya and Ishant Sharma to the list of available players, India take on an unbeatable appearance." Indian skipper in all formats of the game, Virat Kohli will once again be playing after recently becoming a father, while Ashwin looks to return after supposedly healing from the back and rib injuries he’d suffered during the Sydney Test last month. © AP On the other hand, batting allrounder Hardik Pandya is also expected to play and provide assistance on both sides of the pitch after recovering from a lower back surgery which prevented him from bowling during his limited-overs tour Down Under. Chappell, in his column, believes that Team India, which is known to play on a different level when at home, will have the upper hand over the visiting England side, despite the latter’s 2-0 domination in Sri Lanka recently. View this post on Instagram "...The availability of a premium player in Ben Stokes who, like (Hardik) Pandya, provides all-round ability and selection flexibility, albeit at a higher level than the Indian, is a big plus. And Jofra Archer adds substantially to the quality of an already strong pace attack. "However it's the top of the England order, where another returning player, Rory Burns, will reside, that the scales tip in India's favour. "India's top three feature an impressive Shubman Gill, a talented but flawed Rohit Sharma and the indomitable Cheteshwar Pujara, which places them well ahead of England's top order." View the full article
  21. Mere hours after the bruised and broken Indian cricket team full of youngblood and new-comers did an exceptional job of defeating the mighty Australian side at the Brisbane Cricket Ground to win the 2020-21 edition of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, the BCCI announced the Playing XI for the upcoming Test series against England at home. TEAM - Virat Kohli (Capt), Rohit Sharma, Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya (VC), KL Rahul, Hardik, Rishabh Pant (wk), Wriddhiman Saha (wk), R Ashwin, Kuldeep Yadav, Axar Patel, Washington Sundar, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Md. Siraj, Shardul Thakur — BCCI (@BCCI) January 19, 2021 Leaving the Men in Blue in the very capable hands of Ajinkya Rahane after the loss at the Adelaide Oval to come back home for personal reasons, Virat Kohli will be finally returning to the helm of Indian cricket once again. Some of the strong pillars of the most recent squad, including Shubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Rohit Sharma, Rishabh Pant, Wriddhiman Saha, Washington Sundar, Mohammed Siraj, Shardul Thakur and a banged up Cheteshwar Pujara will also be joining forces. Ouch! Pujara rips his glove off after copping one flush on the glove! Live #AUSvIND: https://t.co/qvYTMSiZsl pic.twitter.com/xXLuC0jcEa — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 19, 2021 Back from rehabilitation, names like Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah will also be contributing immensely towards the Indian bowling attack. For the first two Test against the Englishmen, KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya are finally back in the 18-man squad and will be of essence especially with middle-order hitter Ravindra Jadeja recovering from surgery on his dislocated thumb. A bit of extra tape for Jadeja's injured thumb #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/9LIkM19vx8 — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 9, 2021 Kuldeep Yadav will finally be getting some game time after being picked in the Playing XI for none of the four Tests on Australian soil. Axar Patel is also included in the roster to add more options to the spin department for Kohli to look towards. Based on the performance shown by T Natarajan, it is a bit of a surprise that he was rested but with more experienced names coming back to the team, it was imperative that some of the newcomers will have to give up their spot. A proud moment to wear the white jersey 🇮🇳 Ready for the next set of challenges 🏽#TeamIndia @BCCI pic.twitter.com/TInWJ9rYpU — Natarajan (@Natarajan_91) January 5, 2021 The four-series Test series against the visiting England Team and the hosting Indian team will begin from February 5, 2021 with the first red-ball match at the M. A. Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai. The series win against Australia at the Gabba gave the Men in Blue a decent 10-point lead over New Zealand in the World Test Championship as India maintains the top spot in the points table. View the full article
  22. Christian Turner says that the tour sends out a strong message: "girls everywhere can do anything they want to"
  23. The last time England and Wales' annual death toll topped 600,000 was in 1918 - the year of the Spanish flu pandemic
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