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  1. The current Test cricket roster for the Indian side is being touted as one of the best sides to have played in this format, in the history of the game, especially because of the kind of feats they have achieved as a unit, barring the WTC final (and we won’t talk about it because we hate dealing with heavy losses). Anyhow, making a stunning comeback on the final day of the second Test against England at the iconic Lord’s cricket ground in London to win it all and gain a 1-0 lead in the series became the latest addition to this squad’s biggest achievements. View this post on Instagram At the helm of such a proud run remains the captain of the Indian cricket team, Virat Kohli, who became the fourth most successful captain in the history of Test cricket after booking the 37th win under his name. To add to the kind of impact he has on his team, the team speech that he gave ahead of England’s second innings on Day 5 managed to find its way online and has gone viral ever since. pic.twitter.com/VGpD8Fo3Wa — pant shirt fc (@pant_fc) August 16, 2021 “If I see anyone laughing in front of their players, see what happens. Got it? For Sixty overs they should feel like hell out there,” Kohli could be heard saying in the team hurdle. And to his credit, the kind of intensity brought along by his teammates, especially Mohammed Siraj, ended up working in their favour as the entire English batting order collapsed for just 120 runs, giving the Men in Blue a convincing 151-run victory. View this post on Instagram Having said that, those who love to criticise the Indian captain did not see any way in which Kohli contributed towards India’s winning cause. Instead, they went on to harp about how the skipper has been struggling to put up numbers on the scoreboard for a long time now and how he ended up dropping a crucial and simple Jos Buttler catch which could have cost them the match. No test performances in the last 670 days. Dropped Butler's catch at a crucial stage yesterday but yet take all the credit. He is lucky the English have a shitty batting line ATM. — Zee khan (@Zeekhan14909841) August 17, 2021When VK got out early, some fans came up with the idea of removing him as a test captain. Few days later his captaincy earned India a famous win. — Farrukh Rz (@FarrukhRz) August 17, 2021I'd rather a Kane Williamson who encourages his team to express themselves than curb their instincts and dull them into being a clone of yourself https://t.co/lw9BgEc1fZ — A comment & 3 slow (@krishnavallabh) August 18, 2021This is really ridiculous ...it is a game of cricket, not war behaving like a dictator https://t.co/cWjgYlrJ4u — ABHIJIT NAIR (@Rahul_bill) August 18, 2021An unlikeable and totally self-obsessed man. I'd much rather have Root as my captain personally https://t.co/wvBx3vjm2Q — Nicholas (@ncarowland) August 17, 2021What happened to this intensity when they faced a good batting line-up of NZ in the WTC Final? Why didn't it work? https://t.co/qwRB5hCCp6 — Aman (@cric_ap) August 18, 2021The second Test makes Kohli only the third Indian captain after Kapil Dev (1986) and Mahendra Singh Dhoni (2014) to win a red-ball match at Lord’s and the sheer experience of going through such a trying five-day period shows why it will forever be remembered as one of the most iconic Test wins. View the full article
  2. The A-String of the Indian cricket team are set to begin their first practice match against the County Select XI in Durham from today onwards but it was yesterday’s training session that left fans completely puzzled and agitated. In a video shared by the official Twitter handle of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), the team’s fielding coach R Sridhar broke down the two drills that the Men in Blue went through in order to work on their catching, direct hits and throwing the ball towards the bowler’s end. This was followed by an “underarm throwing competition” which was supposed to help the athletes “boost their spirits and improve agility and fitness”. Two squads 🤜🤛 Fielding drills A run-through #TeamIndia's fun drill, courtesy fielding coach @coach_rsridhar ahead of their practice session - by @RajalArora #ENGvIND pic.twitter.com/NXZ4LI0aPR — BCCI (@BCCI) July 19, 2021 Sridhar then went on to describe the entire setup and what took place next. “We had two teams, one was obviously Virat, Rohit and most of them in the one team and the other was completely taken over by Ashwin and Pujji so it was a tight competition. After some rolling backs of the scoreboard and some debates… eventually, Virat’s team took the competition with a 10-8 lead over the other team,” he said. “Pujji and Ashwin were convinced they won, the scoreboard said 10-8 but those two were convinced that I cheated sided with the team which won,” Sridhar added. As #TeamIndia regroup in Durham, @mayankcricket gives a behind-the-scenes tour, with @cheteshwar1 making a cameo - by @RajalArora Watch the full video #ENGvINDhttps://t.co/PxtcdyhJMf pic.twitter.com/iMpNkpyPy0 — BCCI (@BCCI) July 18, 2021 Regardless of the detailed breakdown of the drills, fans were not convinced with exactly how effective they would be, especially in improving their batting and bowling performances (something they were completely outclassed in by the New Zealand roster during the World Test Championship final. Here’s how they reacted: Just wanted to say , such drills & practices they did before WTC , but in vain. Plz bat and bowl better — TR (@TR58447194) July 19, 2021Again more talking than results — Devdut Saha (@DevdutSaha) July 19, 2021Phir bhi slips mein catch chodenge hi — Dr Sourav Gupta (@Sggenios7) July 19, 2021Full flex baazi, jb khelne utregi to phir whi haai — Shubh (@Shubh81583662) July 19, 2021the most useless guy in the team is sridhar — Subash Reddy (@SubashReddy1718) July 19, 2021Sridhar went on to talk about his level of satisfaction with the team’s fitness level and how every member of the team felt motivated and mentally focused ahead of the five-match Test series against the hosting England side. “This leg, I am extremely happy with the way we have started. On Day 1, we had inducted them with a lot of throwing and catching which was very satisfactory. It went well, there was no soreness the next morning. And yesterday we did a lot of one on one work with the players, talking to them, telling them what we need from them individually and how can they be a crucial part of the team in terms of fielding contributions. So we had a lot of individual drills tailored specifically for them.” Sridhar said. View the full article
  3. Day 1 of the Gabba Test between India and Australia at the Brisbane Cricket Ground has already seen some unfortunate fielding errors by the Ajinkya Rahane and team that has given the hosts numerous opportunities to keep adding to their total in the first innings. Labuschagne gets a life! Live #AUSvIND: https://t.co/IzttOVtrUu pic.twitter.com/8FoaapsPGe — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 15, 2021 However, one of the biggest debacles came at the hands of reserved player for the Men in Blue, Prithvi Shaw who ended up hitting his own teammate with the ball while fielding. Trying to get a run-out on Matthew Wade, Shaw caught the ball at squad leg and launched it towards the non-striker's end without giving the throw a second thought. However the ball never made it to the stumps. ⚠ Friendly fire ⚠ Live #AUSvIND: https://t.co/IzttOVtrUu pic.twitter.com/8naJ3ykMe7 — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 15, 2021 Upon reviewing the moment in slow motion from a different camera angle, it was found that Shaw had smacked his Test vice-captain Rohit Sharma in the stomach, rendering him in pain followed by anger. A closeup of Rohit Sharma’s face was good enough to see that the ‘Hitman’ was angry at his teammate but was trying his best to contain the emotions. Rohit right now🤣🤣 pic.twitter.com/0mupNjYGL5 — Harish (@Harish01959302) January 15, 2021 Even the commentators were talking about how lucky Shaw was that the match was being broadcast all over the world and that there were multiple cameras around him otherwise he would have been in trouble and would have been looking forward to some not-so-kind words from the veteran. To be fair, one can’t be too harsh on Shaw for trying to go for a run-out as Wade was running with a lack of intent and had made up his mind that he was safe even before making it to the crease. Also, basic fielding intelligence suggests that the fielder in the middle of the thrower and the wicket should have ducked out or moved out of the way. You all are far too critical. Prithvi Shaw was just aiming for Rohit Sharma's stumps. https://t.co/8IiaUoW46q — Sorabh Pant (@hankypanty) January 15, 2021 Considering the already extensively injured squad that Rahane has been asked to play the Gabba Test with, a serious injury to Sharma would have been the worst possible thing that could have happened to the Men in Blue and might as well have been the final nail in their coffin. The Bleed Blue army was also thinking the same thing and here’s how some of the fans reacted to the incident: Shaw trying to find a place in playing X1 — Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) January 15, 2021Shaw to sharma : Na khelunga, na khelne dunga — प्रफुल्ल गमरे PRAFULL GAMARE (@prafull_tweetz) January 15, 2021shaw trying to replace rohit sharma for next test match LMAO XD pic.twitter.com/1836O6jtPZ — RealAadityaSinghOP0646 (@ROp0646) January 15, 2021Rohit's body language was like "Bol Rahane, kya karu main iska" — Naved Qureshi (@naved_qureshi) January 15, 2021 View the full article
  4. Ravichandran Ashwin got his fourth wicket in the 67th over of the first Test between India and Australia at Adelaide, after tailender Nathan Lyon lofted an easy catch into the safe hands of Virat Kohli. As soon as the skipper caught the ball, he looked towards the heavens with an expression of pure relief on his face followed by a boyish smile. The quirky reaction came after his team had gone through a rather unpleasant day at fielding, dropping one catch after another. After taking Nathan Lyon catch, Virat Kohli reaction: Thank god ball came towards me. #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/GDTcn0nQlR — Kamal Singh Bisht (@Ksbtweeets) December 18, 2020 Fans who were watching the game could relate to what Kohli was going through and here’s how they reacted: #AUSvsIND That sigh of relief from captain Kohli after taking Lyon's catch shows just how much India loves catches right now! — Rahul Pandey (@sportstoryguy) December 18, 20209 Down, Kohli reaction said at all, Big relief for India! 4 for Ashwin, He is been phonemal, Lyon out for 10. #INDvAUS Australia 167-9 (67 overs) — Amjath (@CricProfAJ) December 18, 2020Kohli after lyon's wicket ️ pic.twitter.com/AbDzYX7dPg — Loyal soul (@tHe_SAdiST12) December 18, 2020 Earlier in the day, it was pacer Jasprit Bumrah and Prithvi Shaw who dropped Marnus Labuschagne on two different occasions, followed by Mayank Agarwal’s sloppy attempt to catch out Aussie skipper Tim Paine, and wicket-keeper Wriddhiman Saha being unable to keep up with Mitchell Starc’s floating shot behind the wicket. Ahead of making Lyon return to the pavilion, Kohli had taken a blinder of a catch, a superhuman effort, in which he flew towards his right to grab the pink ball with one hand to end Cameron Green’s international Test debut. View this post on Instagram The Adelaide pitch has proven to be rather comfortable for tailenders in both the teams to go for some bold shots. For India, it was yorker specialist Jasprit Bumrah who stunned the world with a neat cover drive and for Australia, names like Nathan Lyon and Josh Hazlewood also hit some brilliant strokes. View the full article
  5. All eyes were on India when they arrived in Australia for their much-anticipated tour. The two cricketing powerhouses colliding always makes up for a thrilling contest, but the turn of events in the three-match ODI series was far from what any fan would have expected. Losing two successive games by a decent margin, Team India was left with a lot to ponder over as the world no. 2 side was made to look mediocre majorly due to their own frailties. If the dreadful bowling display cut them a sorry figure, the fact that India looked miserable in the field further added to their woes. Oh dear... Virat Kohli drops a 𝐂𝐋𝐀𝐍𝐆𝐄𝐑 and is clipped on the head for good measure #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/heXL8sN9Ih — Cricket on BT Sport (@btsportcricket) December 4, 2020 Desperately seeking some redemption in the series, India did manage to bag a consolation win in the 3rd ODI. But, the poor fielding standards continued to follow India with Virat Kohli making an absolute mess of an easy catch in the 1st T20I. The Indian captain had dropped a sitter in the 7th over of Australia's chase as he failed to keep his eyes on the ball before spilling the chance to give D'Arcy Short a lifeline. Well, Short couldn't make the most of the extra life, adding a mere 16 runs before eventually returning to the pavilion, as Australia succumbed to a 11-run defeat. But, Kohli's misery in the field continued as he dropped another dolly in the 2nd T20I at Sydney. And, somehow, the Indian skipper still managed to have the last laugh. What a calamity! #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/2NeeTB4ixT — cricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) December 6, 2020 During the 8th over of Australia's innings, Wade was looking dangerous before he scooped Washington Sundar's length delivery towards cover where Virat Kohli made a mockery of a sitter, spilling the catch on two attempts. But, such was Wade's luck that, rather than watching the Indian skipper drop a dolly, the Aussie captain conceded it to be his downfall and didn't bother to return to the crease. And, unlike Wade, Kohli had some match-awareness as he fired in a throw at the striker's end to help wicket-keeper KL Rahul catch the Australian short at the crease. For poor Wade, it was a classic case of staying optimistic and not giving up which halted his marauding innings. Needless to say, cricket fans, mostly Indians, couldn't help but poke fun at the Aussie skipper on social media. That is comedy gold.. horrible cricket all round. 🤦‍♂️ — Deano 🇦🇺 (@StDeano1) December 6, 2020Lesson from kohli and Wade is :It’ll all be good in the end and never lose hope. Respectively — Wesam🦅 (@WesamJ10) December 6, 2020Kohli great backup plan. pic.twitter.com/cPADc8lvCM — ganesh punem (@punem_ganesh) December 6, 2020Loosing moment. When irresponsible captain looses his wicket so CARELESSLY — Eastern11CricketClub (@Eastern11CC) December 6, 2020@AGuyCalledCody the King dropped it knowing he’d get a run out — Oscar Brotherston (@glory_oscar99) December 6, 2020I think Lachy’s point was he thought he was out caught, so was heading for the dressing room, and as such shouldn’t be run out. — RYAN CRAIG (@RYANCRA54791917) December 6, 2020Sums up 2020 — ajmal sami (@ajmalsami) December 6, 2020T20 cricket in a nutshell - all a laugh — Anthony Kernich (@AntJKernich) December 6, 2020Tactical drop una — Junu (@Itxjunu18) December 6, 2020Wade damn🤣🤣🤣 — ॐ (@madmax29580547) December 6, 2020Premature disappointment can be as dangerous as premature celebration ! Matthew Wade learnt it the hard way.#AUSvsIND pic.twitter.com/eQgz5Gr2WG — Shivasis Mohanty (@ImShivasis) December 6, 2020The comical run-out brought an end to Wade's blistering 58-run knock that was laced with 10 fours and a six. It was his blazing knock that played a key role in helping Australia pile up a mammoth total of 194 runs. However, the likes of Dhawan (52) and Kohli (40) kept India's run-chase on track before a Hardik Pandya (22-ball 42) special stole an emphatic win for India in the 2nd T20I and sealed their 2-0 series win with a game to spare. View the full article
  6. How quickly do they forget that Virat Kohli, the captain of the Indian cricket team and one of the greatest cricketers of our generation, is also known to be a phenomenal fielder, who has put on display some magnificent catches to stun the opponents and the fans in an instant! Yes, he dropped two significant catches of KL Rahul and might as well have cost Royal Challengers Bangalore the victory against Kings XI Punjab on Thursday and yes, his one-run innings did not help his side’s winning efforts. It was one bad day at work and it does not give the people the right to target his wife and unborn child like that. Here are five of Virat Kohli’s greatest fielding efforts to prove one bad day at work can’t define the man: Faster Than The CameramanM17: RCB vs RPS – VIVO perfect catch of the match – Virat Kohli https://t.co/bzE0qvTXxs via @ipl — Aditya Pandey (@adityapandey148) September 25, 2020 During IPL 2017, RCB were bowling against Rising Pune Supergiants and in the second delivery of the ninth over, RPS opener Rahul Tripathi tried slamming the ball towards long-off. He hit the ball so hard that it rocketed past the cameraman’s frame. Little did Tripathi realise that Kohli, standing between cover and mid-off, was ready for the challenge. Before the cameraman could trace back to the ball, it was already in the hands of the RCB skipper who simply got up after a phenomenal catch and went to his teammates to celebrate. Even the shocked batsman couldn’t help but smile. Bullet Throw - Bye Bye Munro In his career, Kohli has had some excellent direct hits to dismiss the opposing batsmen but this throw to trap New Zealand’s opening batsman Colin Munro is simply exceptional. Munro sweeped and ran for a couple when some excellent synergy between fielder Shardul Thakur and Kohli clicked. Thakur relayed the ball to his captain who aimed for the stumps on the non-striker’s end and BAM, the bails flew off with Munro falling short by a couple of inches. Superman Run Out - Henry NichollsIncredible Kohli dive runs out Nicholls https://t.co/IUT6PoAXJW — Aditya Pandey (@adityapandey148) September 25, 2020 During the same series as the one in which he got Colin Munro, Kohli put his fielding prowess on display once again when he took Henry Nicholls by surprise and ran him out on a diving direct hit. Ross Taylor nudged the ball in the hopes of sneaking a quick single but Kohli went after it without thinking twice. He was in the air as soon as he got the ball, leaping towards the wicket on the striker’s end and before Nicholls knew, he was walking back towards the pavilion. Controversial Yet Phenomenal Dismissal Of Eklavya DwivediM57: GL vs RCB – Freecharge Bolt Moment – Virat Kohli https://t.co/JVDUZDq50N via @ipl — Aditya Pandey (@adityapandey148) September 25, 2020 In IPL 2016, Shane Watson was playing for RCB and bowled to Gujarat Lions batsman Eklavya Dwivedi who tried to go big with a shot over mid wicket but failed to connect properly. Kohli, running in all the way from the boundary line at deep forward, lunged forward and managed to keep the ball in his hands despite rolling over and even losing it for a split second as well. Unsure of whether or not it was a legitimate catch, Umpire Kumar Dharmasena went to the third umpire for replays and upon multiple viewings, it was confirmed that Kohli had got it. Proving his point yet again, Kohli tipped his hat in sarcasm and went about doing his business again. Brings The Clamps Down On Handscomb During the 2018 Test between India and Australia in Perth, the hosts were at 145/3 at Tea and India needed to strike soon. Veteran pacer Ishant Sharma’s short ball that Peter Handscomb didn’t expect. The delivery caught the Aussie high on the bat and was destined to race towards third man for a boundary. However, Kohli, standing on slip (worst nightmare of every batsman playing on the other side) timed his jump to the T and raised his right hand to clamp the ball out of thin air and gave his side a commanding lead in the red-ball game. View the full article
  7. The world of cricket has seen many greats come and go, but there will never be another Rahul Dravid, for he exhibited greatness at its most humble and redefined discipline in the sport. Dignified, fair-minded, eloquent, gentle, yet tougher than anyone will ever know. A selfless cricketer and down-to-earth human being who always did and said the right things; the kind of man you'd want your son to grow into. A cricketer who mastered all the textbook shots to stand firm against some of the best bowling attacks, Dravid will always be remembered for his temperament and patience at the crease which saw him frustrate the opposition by batting for countless hours. And, the fact that the right-hander slammed a staggering 24,208 runs including 48 hundreds and 146 fifties across formats, shows how clinical he was with the willow. © Reuters While Dravid's batting talents surely make him one of the greatest to have ever graced the gentleman's game, it also overshadows his other talents on the field. With the memories of his iconic innings still afresh in the minds of cricket pundits and fans, Dravid, the fielder, still finds himself lurking in the shadows, rarely getting his due. Outstanding catcher Rahul Dravid pic.twitter.com/DnLQhKlHPV â Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) June 30, 2020 But, on 30th June, it was Dravid and his fielding abilities that rightly became the talk of the town after a heartfelt tribute from Harbhajan Singh went on social media. Taking to Twitter, the Indian spinner shared a video compilation of Dravid's top catches, celebrating his efforts as a fielder. "Outstanding catcher Rahul Dravid," Bhajji captioned the video. Apart from scoring 13,288 runs in 164 Tests, Dravid also has a whopping 210 catches to his name in the longest version of the game. His tally of catches remains the most by a player in the history of Test cricket. Apart from Dravid, only two more players, Mahela Jayawardene (205) and Jacques Kallis (200), have taken 200 or more catches in Test cricket. Agree 100%. Wonderful hands. I also kept telling Jam to field at short-leg....but he wouldnât come in. Too modest to admit that he was indeed the best in the playing XI at that position https://t.co/9OLW6lsjMQ â Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) June 30, 2020 Wow !! Just wow https://t.co/vQh6Mbb8QX â Ashwin (During Covid 19)ð®ð³ (@ashwinravi99) June 30, 2020 The best of those were off your bowling.... â Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) June 30, 2020 Rahul Dravid is a gem of a person in Indian team.. he is the one who never expressed any negative emotions against any player in the ground.. Perfect gentleman.. And very passionate on his cricket.. Miss that kind of a person now a days â nimmy (@nimmyspace) June 30, 2020 The word âGentlemanâ belongs only to Dravid on and off filed ð»ð» â UnnalMudiyum Thambhi (@KarthikKumar_80) June 30, 2020 Most under rated player in history of cricket.. â inder keswani (@inder_manila) June 30, 2020 one of the best gentleman to have played this beautiful game.. unfortunately did not receive the support when he led the side.. to me best cricketer India ha ever produced.. even now associated with the game and grooming youngsters#dravidgentlemanofcricket #rahuldravid #TheWall â My conscience/à®à®©à¯ மனà®à®¾à®à¯à®à®¿ (@machanae1) June 30, 2020 This alone shows why Dravid is Indias GOAT...the ONLY team man..batted WHEREVER was needed by the TEAM, kept, slip, shortleg, covers, square and STILL avg more than 50!!! Numbers are NEVER a true reflection of what really is..WITHOUT him ur #4 would NEVER ha â Imraan16 (@imorati) June 30, 2020 The selfless cricketer: Fielded at any position: slip, Fwd SL, silly point, gully, short MW, leg gully and cherry on cake --wicket keeping. Show any cricketer worth his salt donning different roles at different times. By far the best . â Bharat kumar 6871 (@bharat6871) June 30, 2020 View the full article
  8. Every single day we have been talking about how great the Indian cricket team is and how talent-laden is our pool of cricketers. We have a tendency to ignore some very crucial aspects of the game that helps teams win championships and maybe even a World Cup down the line and focus more on the highlighted strengths of the individuals that get to wear the blue jersey. We like to talk about the “goods” that happened during a match but very rarely do we mention the “bads” and maybe that's why despite having such an exceptional reservation of players in the bank that BCCI has become, we haven't been able to bag a single World Cup in either of the limited formats of the game in the past eight years. Which players from the second and third lists here would make it to India's squad for the T20 World Cup next year? pic.twitter.com/T2gba8aINk — ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) December 4, 2019 One of those “bads” is the horrific fielding that we have had the dishonour of witnessing, especially in 20-over cricket in the recent past. The India-West Indies series has to be the greatest (?) example of exactly how amateur we have been on the field. The first match which took place in Hyderabad, has to be one of the worst outings for the Men in Blue as far as stopping the bleeding of runs and successful catches are concerned. On one hand, Deputy in charge, Rohit Sharma dropped Windies skipper Kieron Pollard on 24 and allowed him to go on a rampage scoring 37 off 19 balls. Washington Sundar, on the other hand, dropped Shimron Hetmyer on 44 and he made his maiden T20I half-century. Sundar spills one again and Kohli doesn't know what to do with him. Hetmyer came down the wicket and played a lofty drive. Sundar, running at full pace but fails to hold on. Rohit Sharma backs him up to save the boundary. Later Sharma drops a couple and Pollard is looking good. — Wesley00005 (@Wesley000051) December 6, 2019 For a team that boasts having a really great bowling attack, India let a struggling Windies side score over 200 runs in 20 overs! Had Kohli not been in the middle of a rage-infested innings, we would have already lost the series against the visitors instead of looking ahead to a decider in Mumbai on Wednesday, November 11 2019. One of the finest fielders in his prime, Yuvraj Singh slammed the team's sloppiness on the field with a tweet during the first match: India very poor on the field today ! Young guns reacting a bit late on the ball! Too much cricket ? ? Let's get these runs come on lads — yuvraj singh (@YUVSTRONG12) December 6, 2019 Sundar has been unbelievably faulty for the side when it comes to catching the ball. Even his technique was criticised by maestros like Harsha Bhogle and Sunil Gavaskar when he dropped the Player of the Match, Lendl Simmons. If you are being selected to play for the Indian national cricket team, you HAVE to know how to properly catch the ball! Ravi Shastri Showing Virat's Catch To Washington Sundar.#INDvWI pic.twitter.com/dcQ5Gc1ZZA — Abhishek Maurya (@abhishekkkkk30) December 8, 2019 And what has the “worthy” head coach of Team India, Ravi Shastri and fielding coach Ramakrishnan Sridhar done about the awful fielding that have been put on display, recently? Earlier in the year, Sridhar was found complementing our team as the best fielding unit in the world. Where is he now? Why hasn't he made a statement on how we have become one of the worst fielding sides with the T20 World Cup just 10 months away now? Believe me, this is in no way an overreaction. While these bilateral series don't feel as important as World Cup games, it is the best platform to check out what our team is made of. Personally, I don't want to start the blame game once the Cup doesn't make it to our trophy room. The time to make things better is NOW! View the full article
  9. With 40 matches already played in the tournament so far, the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has witnessed almost everything. From the controversial 'Mankading' episode, brilliant batting performances to majestic bowling spells, there has been no shortage of excitement or entertainment in the ongoing season. But, while many players have garnered praise for their exploits on the field, some have been laughed upon for their mediocre show. The likes of Stuart Binny and Ben Stokes became the latest addition to the latter list. During Delhi Capitals' six-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals, both Binny and Stokes found themselves entangled in a comedy of errors which, in turn, made them the butt of all jokes on the social media. Chasing a tricky total of 191 runs, Delhi needed 17 runs off 12 balls with Rishabh Pant and Colin Ingram at the crease. On the fourth delivery of Jofra Archer's over, Pant went for a tennis-like cross-court swat by could only manage to lob the ball in the air towards square leg. With the ball landing safely, Pant surely got away with his erratic shot, but what followed later was nothing short of a comedy show. https://t.co/xAp3LHNNmg — Cricket Junkie (@JunkieCricket) April 23, 2019 Guarding the square-leg boundary, Binny came running in to field the ball, but rather than collecting it, he ended up misjudging the spin on it before getting wrong-footed. With Binny down on the ground, Stokes tried to save his side the blushes by chasing the ball and sliding to collect it. But the Englishman couldn't control it in his hands as the ball wriggled free of his grasp right at the moment he was positioning himself to fire in a throw. What ideally should have been a single, eventually resulted in three key runs for Delhi. Following the comedy of errors, Stokes was seen slapping his leg in disappointment and sporting a sheepish smile. The incident attracted all sorts of reactions from the cricket fans on the social media, with many labelling Binny and Stokes as the "original comedy duo". pmsl Stuart Binny and Ben Stokes. the original comedy duo — The Big Show (@ravi_layer) April 22, 2019 Stuart Binny: Yeh karke dikhao. Ben Stokes: Yeh karke dikhao. #RRvDC — Tanuj Mittal (@SunkenHands) April 22, 2019 It would only have been marginally better if Stokes had thrown it for four — JT (@jft158) April 22, 2019 India's Ben Stokes and England's Stuart Binny producing fielding comedy for the ages there. #RRvDC #IPL2019 — Vinayakk (@vinayakkm) April 22, 2019 Imagine having played cricket your whole life & not knowing it spins on the second bounce. Competition is a farce. — Ryan Alex (@Major_Hank) April 22, 2019 A fielding comedy show on-field via @ipl — jha mohit (@mohitjha19999) April 23, 2019 What was that... Aaila dew..ð at Jaipur@benstokes38 & Stuart Binny@IPL#RRvDC #IPL2019 #VIVOIPL — Ankit Kumar (@kitomania09) April 22, 2019
  10. The twelfth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is still on the stage of infancy but let there be no mistake about the level of competition the league exudes every single night. Batsmen are scoring more, bowlers are being more aggressive and fielding has become a part of the teams' defense so vital that the franchises are not backing away from getting involved in some 'unfair practices' to get the upper hand in the 40-over face-offs. According to Delhi Capitals' assistant coach Mohammad Kaif, IPL teams like Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and scoreboard leaders, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) have been bringing in fitter, more agile fielders to replace poor fielders during the games and that the umpires have failed to spot it out. © Twitter - IPL “It is right that most matches are finishing close to midnight. Teams are bringing in good fielders and replacing them with slow ones. I think the umpires should look at the changes that the teams are making,” Kaif told media ahead of Delhi's game against Kane Williamson's SunRisers Hyderabad. “For example, DC versus KKR match, (Andrew) Russell went out, Rinku singh came to field. Piyush Chawla quickly bowled his four overs and went out and Rinku again came back.” “We have seen that in the last Punjab game as well. Sarfaraz Khan didn't come to field after being hit on the gloves. I don't know if he is injured. Karun Nair came to field and he took a good catch at long on of Ingram,” Kaif explained further. Always taking pride in his fielding talents, Kaif believes that such unfair practices must be stopped with immediate effect as it is against the spirit of the game. “Teams are playing smart and making changes which are not right to me. We will bring it up with the umpires,” added the former Indian cricketer. Slow over rate is another problem that irks the DC coach. Multiple cases have already come to the league officials' notice and the decision-makers have already fined Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Mumbai Indians (MI) skippers Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma with Rs. 12 lakh each. @rajasthanroyals captain @ajinkyarahane88 was fined Rs 12 lakh as his side maintained a slow over-rate during their narrow loss to the @ChennaiIPL at the Chepauk Stadium here#IPL2019 pic.twitter.com/IT58HFNUtr — IPL 2019 (@IPL20195) April 1, 2019 “Teams defending are taking too much time I think, I don't understand all these planning in the IPL, there is an hour long meeting and also a lot of planning even at the field,” Kaif said.
  11. It seems as if Virat Kohli is still hungover from his big fat Punjabi wedding or maybe he's gearing up for the wedding season back home, but he's definitely not shy to show us his dance moves, a fact proven on day 3 of the opening test at the Adelaide Oval. India bowled Australia out for 235 runs, which clearly, in turn, put Kohli in a severely good move. He was seen doing a little 'jig', while fielding, as India was on a 15-run lead in the first innings, before the rain affected the match throughout the day. (c)Twitter Earlier on day 2, the Indian skipper was all geared up after the Aussie batting line-up came under attack by India, but the third day beat the second as he showed off his excellent dance moves out of sheer excitement! Virat's loving it... #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/JV0lxo4Aen — cricket.com.au(@cricketcomau) 8 December 2018 The unpredictability of the weather delayed the game by 45 minutes in the morning but that didn't deter the spirit of the Indian team, especially that of Kohli's! (c)Twitter The innings have been quite satisfactory for the Indian team so far, after setting a score of 250, Indian pacer Ishant Sharma dismissed opener, Aaron Finch, for a duck, followed by spinner Ravichandran Ashwin picking up 3 important wickets, dismissing Marcus Harris, Usman Khwaja and Shaun Marsh. But Kohli still stole the show for us with his epic on-field dance moves. No wonder Anushka seems happier by day, as it looks like he is clearly keeping her entertained!
  12. ISLAMABAD: The Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) issued on Friday the details of political parties contesting the upcoming general elections and the percentage of tickets they have allocated to women candidates.As per the comprehensive list, 59...
  13. PSL 2018 champions Islamabad United converted a brilliant 90.4% of their catching chances. Photo: Getty ImagesThe Pakistan Super League 2018 edition saw the best fielding standards across all major T20 franchise cricket leagues around the world,...
  14. LAHORE: After his stunning catch against rival team Quetta Gladiators, former captain Shahid Khan Afridi said that at his age he runs away from fielding but today he especially requested to be on fielding. Karachi Kings defeated Quetta Gladiators in the second match of the third edition of the Pakistan Super League. Shahid Afridi played a crucial role in the wining of his team by catching the ball at the boundary, hit by Umar Ameen. At the end of the match, Afridi in an interview said that good fielding cannot be done without enjoying it and at his age, he tries to avoid fielding. Afridi said that he wanted to field at the boundary himself and thought if there is a possibility of a boundary catch then he will do it. He further said that in the T20 format, one always has to be ready for fielding.
  15. Brad Haddin SYDNEY: Former test wicketkeeper Brad Haddin has replaced Greg Blewett as Australia´s fielding coach until the end of 2019, Cricket Australia said on Thursday. Haddin, who played 66 tests despite Adam Gilchrist blocking his path into the side until he was 30, has cut his coaching teeth with the Australia A side and Islamabad United in the Pakistan Super League since retiring in 2015. The 39-year-old, who will work under head coach Darren Lehmann, said he was looking forward to working with what is a relatively inexperienced Australia team. "I grew up in an era of players like Andrew Symonds and Ricky Ponting who gave Australian cricket a real identity in the standards of world class fielding," he said in a news release. "They were the type of players who took it personally if the team wasn´t fielding well and that created a level for the rest of the group to aspire to. "I want to hold this group accountable to that kind of standard and I believe we have the talent to do that." Former test all-rounder Blewett has stepped down to take up a role as under-19 coach at the South Australian Cricket Association, where he played Sheffield Shield cricket for 15 years. "It has been fantastic having Greg involved in the side," said Lehmann. "Brad had a wonderful career as a player for Australia and will bring a multi skill set to our environment. "His primary focus will be on fielding, carrying on the good work that Greg has done, but will also work very closely with our wicket-keepers." Australia next play two tests in Bangladesh in August and September before a one-day series in India and the home Ashes series around the New Year.
  16. Usually, we hear a lot of noise regarding why cricket is much more than a game for some and even though it is, it’s really difficult to pin point why exactly that is. But after watching this spirited and inspirational bit of sportsmanship you’ll never ask that question. Take a look at Liam Thomas, member of the England Physical Disabilities team, who dived with full force while fielding against Pakistan in the final if the ICC Academy Invitational T20 tournament in Dubai on Sunday and lost his prosthetic leg doing so. What’s more inspiring is that Thomas didn’t even care one bit after losing his artificial leg and instead decided to hop on one leg to complete the throw. “It just happened, really. I was sprinting for the ball, put my hand out, hit the deck hard and the next thing I know I stood up and had no leg," Thomas said after the match. "I didn't know whether to grab the leg or get the ball in. I decided to go for the ball.” England eventually lost by three wickets but Thomas was happy that they fought hard and fought fair even though it was not enough on the day. "Having a disability, we all take the fun out of each other a little bit, we all have each other's backs, so we are all trying to give each other grief when something like that happens," he said. With stories like these it isn’t easy to fathom how challenging the sport of cricket can be for some players and yet the love for the sport overhauls every obstacle that comes their way. Here’s to the fighting spirit of Liam Thomas because with players like him we know that the sport is in very good hands indeed!
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