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  1. Owing to a violent partition, the prevailing Kashmir conflict, political and cross-border tensions, India and Pakistan, over the years, have developed a complex and largely hostile relationship. Their topsy-turvy relations have also given birth to one of the most extreme and intense sports rivalries in the world, making their duels in the sporting arena much more than just ordinary contests. The current scenario is no different. The recent cross-border strikes eradicated any hope of resuming the bilateral ties between the two countries. And, the sporting bodies of both India and Pakistan are now completely governed by the political stands of their respective governments. Ahead of the ongoing ICC World Cup in England & Wales, there were calls by some Indian political leaders and cricket pundits to boycott Pakistan at the mega event. But, luckily for the cricket fans, the calls for boycott subsided and the much-anticipated clash between India and Pakistan will go as planned on 15th June. © Reuters In a more recent case, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has sought permission from the government to host the Pakistani women's cricket team for a One-Day International (ODI) series this year. Now, given the current mood in the country, the decision to host Pakistan at home is expected to leave many baffled and disappointed, especially after what the nation endured earlier this year. The chorus of keeping politics and sports aside has been doing the rounds over the years. And, it does make sense. For the countries who can't seem to see eye-to-eye, what better way to mend tarnished relations than using cricket, a sport that grips the populations of the two countries, as a platform to bring people together. Now, while that might seem a little far-fetched at the moment, the latest plea of the Indian cricket board is more on the lines of safeguarding the interest of its women's cricket team, than going against the mood of the nation. © Reuters The BCCI is seeking the government's approval to host the Pakistani cricket team for an ODI series as a part of International Cricket Council's Women's Championship - a tournament that will determine India's qualification for the Women's World Cup in 2021. The ICC conducts the Women's Championship where teams need to play each other on a home and away basis. The points system of this tournament further determines the ranking of the teams to qualify for the World Cup. The likes of Australia, England, India, New Zealand, Pakistan, South Africa and Sri Lanka will be playing the ICC Women's Championship - a tournament that involves home and away tours over a span of two-and-a-half-years. The top four teams and hosts New Zealand will qualify directly for the ICC Women's World Cup in 2021. The remaining three teams will have fight for their World Cup spot in the Qualifier in 2020. © Reuters The Indian cricket board faces a tough challenge in getting the nod due to the prevailing political tensions between India and Pakistan which has prevented any bilateral series between the men's teams for six years now. In a letter sent to the sports ministry, BCCI general manager (cricket operations) Saba Karim explained the Indian cricket board's situation. "As per the schedule of the event, BCCI is to host Pakistan women's team for at least three ODIs in India between July and November. BCCI would like to seek necessary permission from the government for India before giving its consent to ICC on this subject," the letter, accessed by TOI, read. It remains to be seen whether India will have to forfeit points if the series is not cleared by the government, or the BCCI will host Pakistan at a neutral venue like UAE. But, if the government approves the bilateral series, it will not only help the Indian women's cricket team to stay in contention for a coveted tournament like the World Cup, but will also help in bridging the ever-increasing gap between the two neighbouring countries - a vital opportunity to kill two birds with a single stone.
  2. With the sudden influx of immense talent into first class and mainstream cricket for Team India, even being great seems to be inadequate in order to become a member of the Men in Blue. The position requires brilliance beyond measure and with the margin of error negligible. That's a 5-wkt haul for @yuzi_chahal ðð#AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/GReuwxIjIu — BCCI (@BCCI) January 18, 2019 While Yuzvendra Chahal and chinaman Kuldeep Yadav have been well settled in the main team, players like Ravindra Jadeja, who have staggered just a little in the recent past, have been turned a blind eye towards by the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) selectors, it is highly disappointing to see a great cricketer like Ravichandran Ashwin waste his prime years sitting at home, waiting by the telephone, just hoping to get a call for the next ODI series. Having not played a single ODI game with Virat Kohli and the rest of the team since 30th June 2017 against the Windies at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium, the last time Ashwin was seen representing India was on 6th December 2018 in the first of five Test-game series against Tim Paine's Australian cricket team at Adelaide Oval. Still on the 6th position in ICC rankings for all-rounders in Test cricket format, the 32-year-old's inability to stay fit has caused him his berth in the Indian cricket team and may finally have led to him losing it for good. Time and again, Ashwin has made various remarks over his growing vexation with not getting a call from the Indian selectors. "It entirely depends on what other people (team management and selectors) perceive of my cricket. It's definitely not in my control," Ashiwin had said in a press conference just days after being axed from the ODI roster in July last year. The competition for every single spot on India's ICC World Cup 2019 roster is not so easy, to say the least and despite Ashwin coming out in public and openly showing his desire to play on the biggest stage of the cricketing world dressed in the blue jersey, he might just miss out on the opportunity to play for his country this year. "There is competition in terms of Chahal and Kuldeep who have done incredibly well in the last few months. Massive credit to them. But I do feel there will be a time for me at some stage. Because I didn't go out on account of bad performances," a hopeful Ashwin had said on Salaam Cricket 2018. "I'm always hopeful of what I can achieve in any given game. Like most of the others I believe I can crack a game open with the way I bowl because I'm a very brave bowler. Keeping all these things in mind, World Cup is something which every cricketer wants to play and I do want to play it," Ashwin said. However, with less than two and a half months left for the World Cup, no hints have been dropped by the BCCI over Ashwin's spot in the team. After waiting for two years to return to the team, the frustration may finally have broken Ashwin. His so called “instinctive decision” to 'mankad' English batsman Jos Buttler in the IPL match between Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royal therefore seems to be nothing more than an agitated cry for attention. Ashwin waited for him to get out of the crease. It is obvious for batsman to consider the ball is been released at that given moment when he completed the bowling stride. He just set a bad example as a captain! #mankading pic.twitter.com/4LXDzMcJhl — Chowkidar Devendra singh (@Devendra5611) March 26, 2019 Winning a simple league match at the cost of hatred from millions of fans of the game may not be what Ashwin had thought of heading towards Sawai Mansingh Stadium but the amount of attention the incident has gathered may bring back the spotlight on the Indian all-rounder.
  3. Following the ODI series against the visiting Australian cricket team comes as a wake-up call for the Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI). It gives a hint of how dire a situation they are in right now and what kind of competition they are looking at in the ICC World Cup 2019 come June. It was also a reminder of how badly do they still need Mahendra Singh Dhoni to be included in the final roster. Virat Kohli's Commander In Chief © Reuters Yes, Virat Kohli has proven his worth maybe a million times both as a batsman and a leader and his efforts were even recognised by the International Cricket Council (ICC) when they honoured the 30-year-old with three of the most prestigious awards in the game - Men's Cricketer of the Year, Test Cricketer of the Year and ODI Cricketer of the Year while also naming him the captain of the Test and ODI Teams of the Year. However, the man himself has agreed to the fact that he can afford the luxury of fielding at the boundary whenever Dhoni plays from his team. A big fan of the former skipper's ability to lead, Kohli trusts Dhoni's decision-making, especially in crunch time, when the match is on the line. Kohli's frustration and anger in the final overs of Indian bowling in the fifth ODI were enough to understand how gravely he missed having 'Mahi Bhai' by his side. Skills Behind The Stumps © Reuters Rishabh Pant may turn out to be a great substitute for MSD in due course of time and as his childhood coach Tarak Sinha very rightly said that it is unfair to compare a seasoned veteran like Dhoni to a fresher like Pant. Having said that, Pant will get a lot of chances to brush up his skills behind the wicket. For now, at least till the World Cup is over, India can't afford to have the kind of slip-ups the 21-year-old did in the last two ODIs. "Yeh aank band karke rokega. Dusra waala daal sakta hai isko." MS Dhoni from behind the stumps reads Boult, suggests Kuldeep to bowl a googly. Kuldeep obliges and Rohit takes a simple catch at first slip. NZ have been bowled out for 157. #CricketMeriJaan #NZvIND — Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) January 23, 2019 India also missed how Dhoni reads the game and the batsman's mind and instructs the bowlers accordingly. Success of Indian spinners in the recent past has a lot to do with Dhoni's observations from behind the stumps. On the contrary, his absence from the roster has led to bowlers like Kuldeep Yadav and Kedar Jadhav being thrashed by the batsmen from Down Under. Dependable On The Crease © Reuters His capabilities as a batsman also needs to be taken into account. Albeit his consistency to score big runs and hit long shots has gone down drastically in recent days, but one can still bet on Dhoni's ability to stay on the crease. During the T20I and ODI series in New Zealand and the partnership between him and Jadhav, Dhoni made sure that his side doesn't lose any more wickets while enabling his partner to score big runs on strike. His Locker-Room Aura © Reuters Finally, just the mere presence of a personality like Dhoni in the locker room brings a sense of stability to the team. After the win in the first ODI, Jadhav openly advocated that notion: “Every time I see 'Mahi bhai', it instills confidence in me. That sort of aura is like, that you see him and feel that 'I will deliver today'. He has the knack of getting the best out of every player and that's what everybody loves about him.”
  4. After losing the 2-match T20I series in a rather disappointing fashion, Indian cricket fans saw a ray of hope when the Men in Blue went on a great run, winning the first two ODIs in the five-match series, with Indian batsmen--including Virat Kohli, Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni playing some brilliant innings. However, after losing the Ranchi ODI by 32 runs, all eyes were on Kohli's men giving their best in order to come out victorious in Mohali, winning the series with the Delhi game still in hand. After scoring a massive total of 358, the win looked almost certain, all we had to do was bowl the 50 overs as there was no way the Aussie were going to chase such a score. Who knew Aaron Finch's men would get some extra boost as the Indian cricketers created some major goof ups in the form of dropped catches, misfields and dropped catches (so many dropped catches). And then the unthinkable happened. Not only did the Australians chase the massive total, they did it with more than two overs to spare. Following the loss, one of the Indian cricketers who found himself taking a major share of the blame was the Indian wicket keeper Rishabh Pant who missed out on major stumping opportunities at crucial junctions of the game. To make matters worse, the 21-year-old also dropped a couple of catches behind the wicket. The fact that veteran keeper and former captain of the team, Mahendra Singh Dhoni wasn't a part of the playing XI and Pant had to replace his presence led to all the MS Dhoni fans putting on a barrage of brutal criticisms, taunting his inability as a wicketkeeper whilst comparing him to a veteran like Dhoni. As the day ended, a lot of people came forward to show their support for the player who had suffered a lot of firing in the past 24 hours. While his childhood coach, Tarak Sinha called all the comparisons between Dhoni and Pant completely unfair, the Delhi-born cricketer got support from a rather unexpected source. He's just 21 and represents India in all 3 formats. Let's introspect and see what we were doing at that age. Give him a chance. @RishabPant777 u are pure talent keep the focus, you got this ! pic.twitter.com/GDySpRgiGU — Suniel Shetty (@SunielVShetty) March 11, 2019 Bollywood actor Suniel Shetty came to the young athlete's rescue reminding everyone of the fact that having been only 21 years old, Pant is one of the top choices for the team in all three formats of the game. Shetty also goes on to urge everyone who's criticising the talented star to introspect and realise what they were doing when they were of his age. Finally, he requests the ever-so-passionate fans of the game to give Pant a chance as he is destined for greatness and great things are in store for him. Wise words.
  5. Arguably one of the most feared openers in limited-overs cricket, Shikhar Dhawan has proved to be a vital cog for India while batting at the top in international cricket. The left-handed batsman, alongside Rohit Sharma, also forges a deadly opening pair that is more than capable of giving the opposition bowlers a run for their money. But, for someone who is bestowed with the responsibility of getting his team to a flying start, Dhawan has struggled to get going, let alone aid Team India with consistent knocks. If his last five One-Day International (ODI innings read: 1, 21, 0, 6 and 13, the fact that he hasn't scored a hundred in the 50-over format after 17 matches and nearly six months, goes on to highlight his misery. And, as India continue to find the right team balance ahead of the ICC World Cup, Dhawan's dip in form was a major concern for the selectors. In fact, Dhawan's inconsistency with the willow earned him a lot of flak and saw him getting demoted from an A-plus (Rs 7 cr) contract to an A (Rs 5 cr) grade category in the players' annual contract with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Twitter/@BCCI However, on 10th March, none of those things mattered as the left-handed batsman played one the best ODI knocks of his career. The 33-year-old smashed a blistering 143 runs off just 115 balls, including 18 fours and three sixes to power India to a formidable total of 358 runs during 4th ODI against Australia. It was Dhawan's 16th ODI hundred and third (in the 50-over format) against the Aussies. For someone who scored his last ODI hundred during the 2018 Asia Cup last September, Dhawan looked in ominous form right from the start as he hammered the Australian bowlers all around the park with relative ease. He also stitched a mammoth 193-run opening partnership with Rohit who missed out on a potential ton by a mere five runs. Twitter/@BCCI Dhawan was eventually bowled by Pat Cummins in the 38th over after his effort to heave the ball over midwicket failed miserably. Following his dismissal, the likes of Rishabh Pant (36), KL Rahul (26) and Vijay Shankar (26) all played a crucial role in ensuring India didn't lose momentum later in the match. While Dhawan would surely rue missing out on his 150, the Indian opener strokeful innings and return to form had the Indian fans lauding his effort. So happy for Shikhar Dhawan! He is a fantastic one day batsman and now he has got a big score under his belt. And yes, well done to the selectors for picking him this game. ðð#INDvAUS — Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) March 10, 2019 This is simply sensational striking from Shikhar Dhawan. Only seeing the gaps, oblivious to the presence of fielders — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 10, 2019 Dhawan and Mohali. The story continues. Much needed century.... ðð #IndvAus — Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 10, 2019 Dhawan's preferred cricket: *ICC tournaments *Tests at Galle *Australia at Mohali #AUSvIND — Gaurav Kalra (@gauravkalra75) March 10, 2019 Century for @SDhawan25. Relief and joy for him, team managment and selectors — Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 10, 2019 Such a relief to see Shikhar among runs again. If he continues, Indian middle order will be in a very comfortable position! #INDvAUS @SDhawan25 — R P Singh रà¥à¤¦à¥à¤° पà¥à¤°à¤¤à¤¾à¤ª सिà¤à¤¹ (@rpsingh) March 10, 2019 Love it when a player is under the microscope and he pulls out a gem of an innings. @SDhawan25 well batted. Australia have a fight on their hands tonight. #AUSvIND #cricket — Brad Hogg (@Brad_Hogg) March 10, 2019 Well played @SDhawan25 Much awaited innings. Keep going. Onwards and upwards. #INDvsAUS — Unmukt Chand (@UnmuktChand9) March 10, 2019
  6. In the digital age, where our dependency on machines continues to grow, the technological interventions have now transcended into sports. Whether it's football or cricket, the use of technology claims to marginalise human error in a bid to avoid catastrophic decisions. But, going by the recent cases in sports, the so-called technological help seem to have created more problems, than solve the ones at hand. The Round of 16 clashes of the UEFA Champions League were marred by Video Assistant Referee (VAR) howlers. One major case came to the fore when Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) were penalised with a penalty after their defender Presnel Kimpembe handled the ball with his hand inside the box, despite the replays suggesting that it was unintentional from the French footballer. The crucial penalty allowed Manchester United, who were surely on their way out of the tournament, to progress further. VAR penalty review. @ManUtd vs @PSG_inside pic.twitter.com/wydo6v5k5B — KDB_Se7en (@MacaronSe7en) March 6, 2019 If the controversial VAR decision had the football fraternity confused, the use of Decision Review System (DRS) in cricket during the 3rd One-Day International (ODI) between India and Australia in Ranchi, once again, had everyone questioning the use of technology in sports. Opting to bat first, Australia were cruising at 193/0 following a brilliant opening stand between Aaron Finch (93) and Usman Khawaja (104). With India desperate to get a breakthrough, Kuldeep Yadav trapped Finch right in front of the stumps in the 32nd over. But, as the on-field umpire raised his finger, the Australian captain decided to call for a review. What on earth has just happened with the Finch LBW? Ball tracker has the ball pitching somewhere completely different, and that sort of affects the trajectory doesn't it. Might still be out, but bizarre. #INDvAUS #Finch pic.twitter.com/fDyZR1X0p0 — Raunak Kapoor (@RaunakRK) March 8, 2019 The DRS couldn't help Finch as the replays suggested that the ball would have gone on to hit the stumps. Finch looked out from the naked eye and the review further bolstered the claim. But, what was surprising about his dismissal was the fact that 'ball tracking' had it all wrong. The ball had actually pitched in the middle, but the 'Hawk-Eye' showed it pitching on leg. While no one actually disputed Finch's dismissal, the astonishing blunder on 'Hawk-Eye' left the cricket fans questioning the use of technology and its efficiency. Finch LBW. Are we just gonna ignore the fact that ball tracking had it pitching in a totally different place to reality? I saw it pitching middle, maybe even middle and off. Ball tracking had it pitching on leg. Still out but pretty weird. #INDvsAUS — Jimmy Neesham (@JimmyNeesh) March 8, 2019 This is weird. pic.twitter.com/RtCEs9h7tG — Akhil Nair (@akhiln) March 8, 2019 Also for some reason, Hawkeye seems to underestimate the turn when the bounce is lesser. — random bro (@anirudhdbz) March 8, 2019 Unrelated but Still can't get over the fact..how can u be out or not-out for the same delivery depending on the umpire's call. — movieman (@movieman777) March 8, 2019 Ball tracking seemed to have shown a different ball altogether.the ball was turning into the batsman rather than going out as shown in ball tracking. DRS is shit. — sachin jha (@sachin_jha9) March 8, 2019 I had it pitching on middle, Hawkeye had it almost umpires call on leg and they are just ignoring it. So weird — Harold Tree (@92tharold) March 8, 2019 One of the reasons BCCI never accepted drs. Technology is not foolproof. But this is a blunder. They need to get to the bottom of this and figure out it doesn't happen again. Btw, is it broadcaster dependant or is it like same software for all? — Ashok- first_of_his_name (@Dracaarrys) March 8, 2019 WELL SPOTTED .... CRAZY SOMETIMES THE WAY #DRS behaves. — #NamoAgain2019 (@PriyankushGhos3) March 8, 2019 So that means Aus loses the review. But it was probably only just clipping leg, meaning they should have retained it! — Robert Tihanyi (@robtihanyi) March 8, 2019
  7. There will never be another Mahendra Singh Dhoni and with all the love for Virat Kohli's captaincy, there will never be another captain to lead a team and a nation with millions of crazy cricket fans in such a calm yet explosive manner than Mahi, himself. His humility and humbleness, even though he has all the money in the world, continues to surprise and move us emotionally. He is basically living an amplified life of a common man. By that, we mean that no matter how rich and famous he gets, no matter how big of a legend he will become down the memory lane, 'Mahi Bhai' chooses to live his life like an average human being, without any qualms. Take for example the fact that he personally came to the Ranchi airport a couple of days ago to greet and collect his teammates Rishabh Pant and Kedar Jadhav. While he did that in his super expensive Hummer H2, we can't say that 'someone like Kohli would have done the same', with a lot of confidence. View this post on Instagram ♥ï¸♥ï¸♥ï¸ A post shared by Team Indiað®ð³ (@indiancricketteam7) on Mar 6, 2019 at 2:02am PST MSD also hosted the entire Indian cricket team (including the coaching staff) for a giant dinner party at his Ranchi residence. Such is the humbleness of the Indian wicketkeeper-batsman of the Men In Blue. Dinner at Thala's home#Dhoni #MSDhoni #CSK #Tamil #Tamilnadu #Chennai @ChennaiIPL . Follow ð@dhonicsk_7 pic.twitter.com/HDBRkyPMVI — Chennai Super kings (@dhonicsk_7) March 7, 2019 'But he is just a man,' is the saying that comes to mind as we have seen the former captain's beard turn grey with time, age, experience and wisdom. Not today but soon enough, Dhoni will hang his boots and keep his bat in the corner of a dark room for the last time and never return to cricket as a player. As for the people who belong to his hometown, Ranchi, today's game might just be the last time they get to become a part of Dhoni's (more often than not) thunderous batting innings at home and the fans have begun to realise it. Taking to Twitter, these believers of Dhoni are paying their regards and thanks to the star for his years and years of excellent service: Dhoni's last ODI match in Ranchi. I am getting a feeling it is going to be an MS Show on 8th March 2019. #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/sekbl5hClM — Mohit Raj (@_MohitRaj) March 6, 2019 Dhoni's last match in blue , at his hometown . Let that sink in ð#INDvAUS — ... (@_TheSolitario) March 7, 2019 3rd ODI: India eyeing to take an unassailable 3-0 lead which is likely to be Dhoni's last match at homehttps://t.co/GgVMcNEG39#XtraTime #MSDhoni #ViratKohli #INDvAUS #Cricket pic.twitter.com/l49ebtK0ky — XtraTime (@greymind43) March 7, 2019 #Dhoni will play last international match in his home town Ranchi tomorrow... In last 3 decades players born in big cities led Indian team but not #Dhoni... Truly outstanding ð#Azhar-Hyderabad #Tendulkar-Mumbai#Ganguly-Kolkata#Dravid-Bangalore#Kumble-Bangalore#Kohli-Delhi — Irshad (@Irshad_8055) March 7, 2019 India won the match but don't forget that probably it would be Dhoni's last ODI series in Indiað¢#INDvsAUS #Dhoni pic.twitter.com/QdBYydGgHL — Kamal Sharma (@kamal25_sharma) March 2, 2019 Tomorrow in a Ceremony , A Stand will be named after @msdhoni in JSCA Stadium , Ranchi. Who knows this might be the last Match of #MSDhoni playing for #TeamIndia in his Home Ground Ranchi , Jharkhand.#INDvAUS #Dhoni #AUSvIND #IndVsAus #MSD #AUSvsIND pic.twitter.com/YNqhlHqsii — Aditya Saha (@adityakumar480) March 6, 2019
  8. Over the years, Indian cricket fans took a special liking towards MS Dhoni calling the shots on the field. And, why not. Under his leadership, the Indian cricket team scaled new heights (needless to mention the World T20 triumph in 2007 and World Cup title win in 2011). But, then, came a change - one that brought a more expressive and aggressive leader to the fore. Virat Kohli took over the reins as India's new captain and his never-say-die attitude created a new environment in the dressing room. But, despite being the captain, Kohli doesn't shy away from seeking out Dhoni on the field. Whether it's about placing the fielders in the right positions, taking DRS calls or even giving advice to the bowlers, Dhoni has pretty much been the unofficial captain whose experience and know-how of the game is being wisely used by his successor Kohli. Such has been Dhoni's judgement that not only Kohli but Rohit Sharma - who has often been seen leading the Indian side as stand-in captain - also looks up to the former Indian captain for advice. © AP But, on 5th March, the Indian cricket fans witnessed a rare moment of magic when all these three captains combined their acumen to eke out a thrilling eight-run win over Australia at the Vidarbha Cricket stadium in Nagpur. Defending a below-par total of 250 runs was always going to be difficult in the modern-day setup. And, India never looked in complete control of the match against the Aussies. As the match reached its climax, Kohli was contemplating the idea of using Vijay Shankar for the 46th over. But, a brief discussion with Rohit and Dhoni saw him changing his decision as he gave the ball to Jasprit Bumrah. "I was thinking of using Vijay in the 46th over, but I spoke to Rohit and MS, and they said, let's stick with Shami and Bumrah, and if they get some wickets we're on top, and that's exactly what happened," Kohli revealed after the game. © AP The decision bore fruit immediately as Bumrah dismissed Nathan Coulter-Nile and Pat Cummins in the 46th over to put pressure on dangerous-looking Marcus Stoinis. The seesaw battle between the two sides eventually boiled down to 11 runs off the final six deliveries. The situation looked tailor-made for death-overs specialist Bumrah, but he had already bowled his quota of 10 overs. And, that's when Kohli pulled another ace in the pack following yet another crucial discussion with Rohit and Dhoni. "We had a discussion on whom to give the final bowler. We had a thought that if a spinner's delivery comes in the radar, then it will be easier to step out and hit it for a six. There was reverse swing on offer for a fast bowler. So, I was hoping that Vijay would be able to reverse swing a bit," Kohli said. "If he bowls in the right areas, the batsman might go for a swing and miss, which happened on the first ball. And then it reversed a bit on the final ball, and we won. So we were hoping he could exploit the swing on offer. 11 runs were needed in the final over, so I knew it could be easier for Vijay. Because then the batsman had to go for a big hit. And they just had two wickets left," he added. © AP It was a battle of nerves as the Indian skipper tossed the ball to Shankar, who had earlier aided his team with a gem of an innings. The first delivery of the over saw Stoinis getting trapped in front of the stumps and even a review couldn't save him. The second ball allowed Adam Zampa to score two runs. And, the third delivery - a perfect yorker - resulted in another wicket and dashed Australia's hopes. "I was ready to bowl that over. Only if I do it will people know I can. It was just about being mentally clear, not be crowded mentally. Wanted to hit the hard lengths because it was reversing a bit, and I told myself to bowl at the stumps. I think when you play for the country you have to be ready to do whatever the team needs. I keep telling myself to work on all aspects of the game, and when the opportunity comes, be ready to grab it. I thought I was timing the ball well, rotating the strike in the middle overs. I was confident of doing that and it was a good partnership," Shankar said. © AP` Kohli, too, heaped praise on Shankar and his contribution in India's 500th ODI win. But, the sight of three important members of the side coming together and sharing their experiences and tactics is what stands out in India's triumph. The likes of Dhoni, Kohli and Rohit will be key for India's chances in the ICC World Cup in England & Wales, not just in their assigned roles, but also in making crucial decisions for the team. "Vijay kept it stump-to-stump, kept it simple, and it worked. It's always nice to speak to Rohit, he's the vice-captain, MS has been around for so long, and you go and speak to the bowler as well. Invariably they're all on the same page. Bumrah is a champion, two wickets in an over, just turned the game, happy to have him in our team. Just coming through these kinds of games gives us confidence. It's important to look ugly at times, and come through and win. We might get these low-scoring games in the World Cup as well," Kohli concluded.
  9. For someone who has developed a knack for shattering records at will, Virat Kohli romped his way to yet another individual milestone as he brought up his 40th hundred in One-Day Internationals (ODIs) on 5th March. Carrying the baton for his side, Kohli led from the front as he hammered the opposition bowlers all around the park during his strokeful innings of 116 runs including 10 fours against Australia in the 2nd ODI in Nagpur. In the process, the Delhi lad became only the second man to reach 40 ODI hundreds after great Sachin Tendulkar who currently leads the list with 49 tons. King Kohli scores his 40th century against Australia in Nagpur. ð¯#INDvAUS https://t.co/7V5ywUDPMl — Twitter Moments India (@MomentsIndia) March 5, 2019 Coming out to bat, with India reeling at 0/1 following the early dismissal of Rohit Sharma, Kohli held the fort at one end as he stitched crucial partnerships with his teammates to stabilise the innings for his side and ensure they managed to post a competitive total of 250 runs. As he reached the 22-run mark, the 30-year-old also reached 9,000 international runs as a captain. He achieved the feat in 159 innings while breaking Ricky Ponting's record that was notched up by the Aussie great in 203 innings. ð¯ Stand up and applaud. The Run Machine brings up his 40th ODI Century ðð What a player #KingKohli ð#INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/9s2ziwh6kR — BCCI (@BCCI) March 5, 2019 Kohli also became the sixth player to score 9,000 runs in international cricket as captain. Graeme Smith (220 innings), MS Dhoni (253), Allan Border (257), Stephen Fleming (272) are the other former captains in the list. Later, Kohli also brought up his 50th ODI fifty and now boasts of over 10,570 runs in the 50-over format with a brilliant average of over 59. #KingKohli Has Completed 9,000 International Runs As Captain ð®ð³ 159 -- Innings* 9000 -- Runs 66.66 -- Average 35 -- ð¯ 4515 -- Test 3879 -- ODI 606 -- T20i#INDvAUS #AUSvIND @imVkohli Congratulations skipper #ViratKohli ðððð pic.twitter.com/cWGLiNBNJ4 — KARTHICK (@KarthickS_31) March 5, 2019 Overall, it was Kohli's 7th ODI hundred against Australia, two less than Tendulkar, who also leads the list of most hundreds by a batsman in India-Australia ODIs. For a man who had a sensational run in 2018 where he scored 11 tons across formats, Kohli appears to be in ominous form this year. Already touted as one of the greats, Kohli has been enjoying a sensational run ever since he took over MS Dhoni as India's captain in 2017. The right-hander has slammed 18 hundreds while leading India in ODI cricket. As many as 24 of his 40 ODI tons have come while chasing - something that proves how efficient he has been under pressure. On a day, when other Indian batsmen failed to get going, Kohli stepped up to the task and aided his side with a brilliant knock. There was no surprise to see 'King Kohli' drawing plaudits on the social media following his majestic innings. Top innings. Another day at work. Century for Virat Kohli. 40 in 224 innings is an unreal stat. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 5, 2019 Virat Kohli moving towards maximum international hundreds... #IndvsAus pic.twitter.com/Jx0TePb3bF — The-Lying-Lama (@KyaUkhaadLega) March 5, 2019 Kohli. Not human. ðð» Time to fight @cricketcomau !! #INDvsAUS ð — Erin Holland (@erinvholland) March 5, 2019 Virat Kohli will have 50 ODI hundreds by year end. #INDvAUS — Jamie Alter (@alter_jamie) March 5, 2019 After 224 ODIs - Sachin Tendulkar - 8350 runs, ave 42.6, SR 86.45, 23 hundreds, 44 fifties Virat Kohli - 10686* runs, ave 60.03, SR 92.61, 40 hundreds, 49 fifties. It isn't even close for the best ODI batsman ever any more. Kohli wins hands down. — Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) March 5, 2019 Sources: Virat Kohli looking to break Sachin's ODI record by early 2020. — Trendulkar (@Trendulkar) March 5, 2019 I mean, Kohli's last 10 hundreds came in his last 25 innings. That is just ridiculous. Otherworldly. — Peter Miller (@TheCricketGeek) March 5, 2019 Number 40 for the King, what a champion. A great innings on this surface by Kohli. #IndvAus pic.twitter.com/GPH9o4uuA0 — Mohammad Kaif (@MohammadKaif) March 5, 2019 ODI century No. 40 for Kohli. In Rome, they would have said that he XLs as a batsman.#MildSelfThoo — Ramesh Srivats (@rameshsrivats) March 5, 2019 I'm shooting so didn't get a chance to watch, but I hear another top knock by Kohli. The hurry that he's in, I won't be surprised if he goes past 50 ODI centuries by the end of the WC ðð½#KingKohli #INDvAUS — Saiyami Kher (@SaiyamiKher) March 5, 2019
  10. Arguably one of the most iconic sportspersons in the country, Mahendra Singh Dhoni enjoys unmatched popularity and love from cricket fans in India. From his impeccable leadership skills, lightning quick glovework to majestic batting, Dhoni, over the years, has managed to carve a niche of his own. Whether he's on the field or off it, the Jharkhand cricketer is chased by fans who seek their moment of the spotlight in the company of the star cricketer. The 2nd One-Day International (ODI) between India and Australia, once again, brought Dhoni's ever-growing fanbase to the fore. © AP After posting a below-par total of 250 runs, the Indian cricketers were making their way on the field when a pitch invader got his moment of stardom. Breaching the security at the Vidarbha Cricket Association stadium in Nagpur, the fan made his way towards Dhoni who decided to give him a run for his money. Resiting the advances of the fan, Dhoni dodged the poor man who was seen wearing a white jersey that had 'Thala' written on the back alongside MSD's jersey no. 7. The former Indian captain hid behind Rohit Sharma for a while before sprinting ahead towards the pitch. After playing 'cat & mouse' with the fan, Dhoni eventually made his day by giving him a warm hug. I proudly stan this man, MS Dhoni.. pic.twitter.com/rbAoVKfvZF — amrozi (@denissesque) March 5, 2019 Earlier, in the match, India were bowled out for 250 runs following a brilliant 116-run knock by skipper Virat Kohli. The Indian captain brought up his 40th ODI hundred, becoming only the second man after Sachin Tendulkar (49) to achieve the feat. He also became the sixth player to score 9,000 runs in international cricket as captain, leaving Ricky Ponting behind. While Kohli achieved the milestone in 159 innings, Ponting took 203 innings to reach there. Apart from Kohli, Vijay Shankar proved his batting credentials with a crucial knock of 46 runs. He also stitched an 81-run partnership with Kohli for the fourth wicket. It proved to be a bad day for the likes of Dhoni and Rohit Sharma who both got dismissed on golden ducks during India's innings.
  11. In 2018, a depleted Indian cricket team snatched victory from the jaws of defeat in the Nidahas Trophy final in Sri Lanka. The thrilling victory against Bangladesh will be remembered for two things: Dinesh Karthik's match-winning knock and Vijay Shankar's struggles. While the former turned the tide in India's favour with a stunning batting display, the latter's sluggish innings almost cost his side the game and trophy. Following India's emphatic triumph, while Karthik was being hailed for his batting prowess, Shankar became the subject of immense criticism on the social media. Since that match, a lot has changed, but cricket fans still won't let poor Shankar catch a break. Every time he comes on to bat or sprints in to bowl, social media trolls patiently wait for the Indian allrounder to stutter in a bid to remind him of his debacle in Sri Lanka. Lately, as India continues to tinker with their batting line-up in a bid to find best possible alternatives for the ICC World Cup, Shankar has often been seen batting higher up the order to the sheer displeasure of the trolls. © BCCL On 5th March, Shankar was once again sent ahead of Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni at the No. 5 slot against Australia in the 2nd One-Day International (ODI) in Nagpur. But, as the trolls geared up to fire volleys at him, Shankar, owing to a brilliant batting display, made them eat their own words. Coming out to bat, with India reeling at 75/3, the right-handed batsman gave adequate support to his skipper Virat Kohli as the duo stabilised the innings for their side with a pivotal 81-run partnership for the fourth wicket. Striking at over 112, the 28-year-old scored a crucial 46 runs, including five fours and a six to aid the hosts. He was on his way to what would've been a well-deserved fifty before getting dismissed in the most unfortunate manner. In the 29th over, Adam Zampa tossed it up to Kohli who smashed it straight back before the bowler got some fingertips to the ball that eventually crashed onto the stumps at the non-striker's end, catching Shankar short at the crease. © Twitter/BCCI The right-hander had played just five ODIs before this game, with 45 being his highest score. But, it was arguably during this innings that Shankar looked at his fluent best, proving his credentials as a batsman. Thus, there was no surprise to see the cricket bigwigs and fans lauding his batting effort on social media. Forget Vijay Shankar the all rounder, let's focus on Vijay Shankar the batsman. That innings of 46 was oozing class. ðððð#AUSvIND — Sanjay Manjrekar (@sanjaymanjrekar) March 5, 2019 Undortunate end to Vijay Shankar's innings. But he's been very impressive today, which wouldn't have been lost on his partner and captain — Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 5, 2019 Vijay Shankar's batting will be the talk of the town in the IPL. Will play some match winning knocks this season. Early call. #SRH #IPL — Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) March 5, 2019 Vijay Shankar has been extremely impressive. This is who he is. A quality batsman who can give you a few overs. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 5, 2019 Late starter in ODI cricket, Vijay Shankar making a strong surge for a place in the World Cup squad — Cricketwallah (@cricketwallah) March 5, 2019 Waiting for someone appreciate Vijay Shankar Pure class innings ððð — Vishal (@VishalVeera1) March 5, 2019 Maybe VijayShankar at 4 is the answer to the problem at 4? — Priyatham (@priyathamr) March 5, 2019 Vijay Shankar utilized his opportunity to the fullest, coming ahead of Dhoni is always a special thing for any all rounders. Some shots around the park, but a unfortunate way to get dismissed. — Subham NAndi (@Nandi_Subham918) March 5, 2019 He should be preferred over Raydu..rayadu is too inconsistent and does not deserve to be No 4 of No 1 team!!even on his best day he is 70 material!! — Uttam Vijay (@goforgloryuttam) March 5, 2019 One thing i liked about him is his ability to shift gears easily.. — ALEX 2.0 (@kokokoshy) March 5, 2019 Would have him at no. 4 — Skinhead Rooney (@centreleft123) March 5, 2019 That was some inning...how about trying @vijayshankar260 at 4 instead of rayudu..i'm sure he must have impressed the captain at the other end.. #INDvAUS #AUSvIND — Vatsal Patel ð®ð³ (@vatsalpatel1511) March 5, 2019
  12. Ahead of the second ODI between India and the visiting Australian cricket team, Indian all-rounder Kedar Jadhav has come up with some words of praise for former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni as one of the most steady pillars of the squad. A self-proclaimed fan of the legend from Ranchi, Jadhav marvelled at his idol's brilliant innings against the dominating cricketers from Down Under during the first ODI match, as they built a formidable partnership of 141 runs while chasing a challenging total of 236 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium in Hyderabad. MS Dhoni finishes it off in style. Kedar Jadhav (81*) and MS Dhoni (59*) hit half-centuries as #TeamIndia win by 6 wickets and take a 1-0 lead in the 5 match ODI series #INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/HHA7FfEDjZ — BCCI (@BCCI) March 2, 2019 While Jadhav had an impressive 81-run innings, it was all because of Dhoni's ability to stick to the crease on the other side that gave him the confidence to go for the big hits. “I can't put it out in words. Every time I see Mahi bhai, it instills confidence in me. That sort of aura is like, that you see him and feel that 'I will deliver today'. He has the knack of getting the best out of every player and that's what everybody loves about him.” Jadhav has also come out and complemented Dhoni's ability to calm his teammates down before a big game or tough circumstances. Talking about his affection towards the wicketkeeper, Kedar recalled his debut series: “The kind of cricketer I am today is because of him. He has always encouraged me… He had seen me in Zimbabwe first and in the New Zealand series at home in 2016, he just wanted two overs from me and luckily for me in my second over, I got two wickets.” No doubt Dhoni has been one of the most successful captains of the Indian cricket team and a huge reason behind his excellence in that role, was his ability to mould himself according to the situation, a leader, a batsman, a wicketkeeper, a mind-reader, you name it, he's done it. Despite being flaked with hate-mails after his game in the T20I series loss against the Aussies, Dhoni has yet against proved his haters wrong.
  13. With the weekend coming up and maximum number people looking forward to party hard, a true sports fan would be the happiest, sitting at home, glued to the television box and watching back-to-back fixtures across all sports. From India and Australia's last series before the World Cup starting tomorrow to a mouthwatering El Clasico, you have got to cancel out on all your plans for the next two days. India Vs Australia, 1st ODI (Saturday 1:30 PM ) © AP Before the Australian challenge, the Indian cricket team were carrying themselves with confidence from their victories on foreign soil in the recent past. But an astonishing comeback for the underrated Aussies reversed the equation of this on-going tour of Australia. Having being white-washed in the T20I series by 2-0, the Men in Blue would definitely pull up their socks for the Aussie's challenge in the upcoming five-match ODI series. With first ODI taking place at Hyderabad, tomorrow, let's see what Kolhi & Co. have in store for us. Real Madrid Vs Barcelona (Sunday 1:15 AM) © Reuters We should consider ourselves really lucky that we are witnessing back-to-back El Clasico matchups in a space of three days. The last fixture between Real and Barca was a one-sided event where Barca completely ruled over Santiago Bernueba and registered a 3-0 win to book a place in the final of Copa Del Ray. Eyeing revenge, Sergio Ramos & Co. would make sure that they put forward their best team effort unlike last one. With Lionel Messi, Luis Suarez and Ousmane Dembele on the other side, one thing can be confirmed, that this would definitely be a super exciting match to watch. Tottenham Vs Arsenal (Saturday 6:00 PM) © Reuters With El Clasico on one side, there is North London Derby on the other, where Arsenal would be travelling to Wembley Stadium to face Tottenham Hotspurs in a league match. While the Gunners are coming from an emphatic home win over Bournemouth by 5-1, Tottenham are still being trolled over their late-game blunder by Trippier in their 0-2 lose against Chelsea. Tottenham, currently on the 3rd position in the league table, can get a tough competition by the away team as if Arsenal wins, it would place them just a point away from Spurs to take the third spot. Other fixtures from the English Premier League are : Manchester United Vs Southampton (Saturday 8:30 PM) Bournemouth Vs Manchester City (Saturday 8:30 PM) Fulham Vs Chelsea (Sunday 7:35 PM) Everton Vs Liverpool (Sunday 9:45 PM) Napoli Vs Juventus (Monday 1:00 AM) © Reuters In Series A fixture, the table-toppers Juventus go head-to-head with Napoli, who are right behind them. Both played an away game as their last match and where Napoli won 4-0 over Parma, Juventus could only score a single goal to register the win over Bologna. This would be a challenging game for Massimiliano Allegri and his men, as Napoli seems to be a strong side keeping in mind their unbeaten seven-match streak in the league. Other fixtures to look forward in Series A are: Lazio Vs Roma (Sunday 1:00 AM) Atlanta Vs Fiorentina (Sunday 10:30 PM)
  14. 2018 was a tough year for West Indies batsman and former skipper Chris Gayle, especially when it came to becoming a part of his national team to represent his country in international matches and tournaments. Bad form, injuries and controversies infested the cricketer's career to the point that he wanted to say goodbye to the sport for good back then. What made him stay in touch with the athlete in himself were the league-level tournaments that are now being hosted by most of the top cricketing nations after the success of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The Big Bash League, Pakistan Super League, Bangladesh Premier League, you name it and Gayle was there. However, 2019 brought the hitter some good fortune as the selectors decided to give him one more chance with the ODI series against the visiting England cricket team and another opportunity was all the self-proclaimed 'Universe Boss' was looking for. Playing on a superhuman level Gayle has scored 135, 50 and 162 runs in the first, second and fourth ODI matches against the Englishmen, not only becoming the first person in the history of international cricket to hit more than 500 sixes but also only the second West Indies cricketer to have more than 10,000 runs. What a record! ð³300 sixes and 10,000 ODI runs for the Universe Boss, Chris Gayle! ð´ð´ó §ó ¢ó ¥ó ®ó §ó ¿#MenInMaroon #ItsOurGame #ChrisGayle #GayleForce pic.twitter.com/aM3nDeduSa — Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) February 27, 2019 Even though Eoin Morgan's side is turning out to be way too much of a competition for the Windies, Gayle on his own, is reaching for the stars with his new-found form. Having publicly announced his decision to seek retirement after the ICC World Cup 2019, Gayle is now having second thoughts about his farewell. Overruling their own decision to part ways with the game they love isn't something new as players like Sachin Tendulkar and Shahid Afridi (obviously) have also done so in the past. And clearly, for somebody with Gayle's need to stay in the limelight, the thought of retirement has to be short-lived. "I just have to work on the body, and then maybe you can see a bit more Chris Gayle. Things change quickly,” Gayle said after losing a nail-biting fourth ODI against England. “Hopefully, the body can change in the next couple of months and we can see what happens. What's the matter with the body? I'm nearly 40. But could I un-retire? We'll see. We'll take it slowly." Never change, Universe Boss.
  15. While we are still revelling in our win against Australia in the ODI matches, the Indian Cricket team is all ready to welcome Australia for a quick limited overs tour before the Indian Premier League kicks off next month. India will take on Australia in another T20I on February 27 followed by a five-match ODI series which will go on till March 13. And after their stupendous win earlier, we cannot wait to see these stars of the Indian Cricket team perform in tomorrow's match. 1. KL Rahul ICC Cricket A dynamic batsman, who has not been able to perform with the bat in the past few series, would be looking to re-establish his form in the shorter format of the game. With a strike rate nearing 150 in the year 2018, he'd definitely try to cement his position in the World Cup squad. 2. Rishab Pant ICC Cricket One of the emerging players in the T20 format, Pant will provide a lot of stability and firepower to the Indian team for the upcoming series. With his recent breathtaking performances in Australia with 350 runs at an average of 58.33 and a few cameos in New Zealand, he has been able to gain the trust of the selectors and is in strong contention as a second wicketkeeper for the World Cup. 3. Chickstar Taco Bell And since this weekend is all sorted for in terms of entertainment with these stars in count, why not talk about another star we cannot wait to try! Heard about Taco Bell's Chickstar wrap (for Rs 169) yet? The wrap is star-shaped and is generously filled with crispy chicken, creamy habanero, veggies, and nacho cheese sauce. Don't fret, vegetarians. For you, they have the Vegstar wrap for Rs 149 which is equally mouthwatering and scrumptious! The best part though? These wrap come with free unlimited Pepsi. So it seems like you have managed to sort out food and beverages like a total pro, and you are still left with extra funds! 4. Vijay Shankar ICC Cricket An all-rounder with a solid technique and calm temperament, Vijay Shankar is definitely going to provide stability to India's middle order. In New Zealand, during the fourth ODI, he showed his quality with the bat pulling Team India out of trouble. With his sharp batting skills and seam bowling ability, he could prove to be a trump card for Team India. 5. Mayank Markande ICC Cricket An exciting young leg-spinner who grabbed 15 wickets during last year's IPL for Mumbai Indians would be looking to leave selectors in a dilemma as he gets a chance to showcase his talent at the International level. After his impressive performance against England Lions and having best bowling figures of 4/23 in T20Is, he's the youngster to watch out for. 6. Ravindra Jadeja ICC Cricket Left-arm spin bowling all-rounder, Ravindra Jadeja would be looking to make the most of this call-up due to the absence of Hardik Pandya. Since the Asia Cup last year, Jadeja has clinched 16 wickets from 11 matches. With his ability to restrict the opposition in the middle overs and playing fast cameos with the bat he is another crucial all-rounder to watch out for. I don't know about you, but I am eagerly waiting to watch the match tomorrow. One, because let's beat Australia again. And two, let's have a Chikstar while we are at it. Peace out!
  16. Oman Confined to mere 24 against the Mighty Scotland, registering the lowest ever ODI Total © Twitter/@ICC In the world of sports, we witness players and teams achieving new records, shattering the old ones. But sometimes, the same players and teams end up setting unwanted records, owing to disastrous performances. Something similar happened with Oman On Tuesday when they were bowled out for a grand total of mere 24 against Scotland in the first ODI of a three-match bilateral series between the two teams. They thus set the record for the lowest ever ODI total (scroll down for the full list of lowest-ever totals). After losing the toss, Oman were asked to bat first, after which they could just post 24 runs on the board. Out of this two dozen, 15 runs were scored by Khawar Ali, the only player to hit double digits. A total of five players, including both the openers, were bowled out for ducks. © Reuters Adrian Neill and Ruaidhri Smith proved picked four wickets each for Scotland, giving away just 14 runs in total. It was a piece of cake for the Scottish-openers, Matthew Cross and Kyle Coetzer, who wasted little time, and wrapped up the innings in 20 balls, with 10 wickets in hands. Here's how cricket fans all over the world reacted on the social media: What an absolute hammering! Well played Scotland ð´ó §ó ¢ó ³ó £ó ´ó ¿ ðð pic.twitter.com/O81u9Uz0In — David Lundberg (@Bankieboy73) February 19, 2019 Wow great effort guys down nets for a hit or golf let's keep it up keep playing hard cricket — Chef b crawford (@crazycrwf1) February 19, 2019 Love that our last 2 ODIs are: Scotland beat England Scotland beat Oman One day the ICC will sort out what constitutes a ranked game. — Charles Davie (@chuckdavie) February 19, 2019 Yes. A world record. Well except @ICC dont consider Oman a ranked side, despite them being one of the top 20 sides in the world. But screw the @ICC - keep on winning Scotland! — Charles Davie (@chuckdavie) February 19, 2019 Lowest Ever ODI Totals Before this match : 1. Zimbabwe getting bowled out for 35 runs against Sri Lanka in 2004 2. Canada being restricted to 36 runs by Sri Lanka in 2003 3. Zimbabwe scoring mere 38 runs against Sri Lanka in 2001 4. Pakistan being succumbed to 43 against West Indies in 1993 5. Zimbabwe posting total of 44 against Sri Lanka in 2009.
  17. Team India claimed victory against New Zealand in the ODI series by 4-1, after winning the 5th ODI by 35 runs. India's victory filled the stadium with cheers for the team and Shikhar Dhawan concluded the celebrations in the coolest way possible. If India's victory on Kiwi soil after 10 years wasn't great enough, Shikhar Dhawan's dance just made it more special for everyone present on the ground and those watching it on TV. Twitter/ Circle Of Cricket Dhawan, who was also the second highest scorer after Ambati Rayudu in the series, was walking on the ground after the post-match presentation when he suddenly stopped and started doing the Bhangra on the beats of Bharat Army's dhol. Twitter/ Circle Of Cricket When you have the dhol playing in the background, how can anyone stop themselves from showing off their bhangra skills. #NZvIND @SDhawan25 dancing to the tune of the Bharat Army Dhol in Wellington! ð¥ ðº#BharatArmy #COTI ð®ð³ pic.twitter.com/X5IaVEz9gp — The Bharat Army (@thebharatarmy) February 3, 2019 Well, all we can say is, 'Gabbar' is back.
  18. First, in Australia, and now, in New Zealand. The Indian cricket team has been busy creating history on their journey away from home. On the back of three consecutive wins, the Indian cricket team had already recorded their first ODI series win in New Zealand in 10 years. And, on 3rd February, the 'Men in Blue' capped off the five-match ODI series with a 4-1 win. Having suffered a rare flop-show in the 4th ODI that resulted in a massive loss, the Rohit Sharma-led brigade ticked all the boxes in the fifth and final game to end the series on a high. Riding on the back of a responsible middle-order batting performance which was backed by their impressive bowling unit, the visitors romped their way to a 35-run win at the Westpac stadium. In a bid to test their batting on a moist Wellington track, India elected to bat first and quickly found themselves in trouble. The visitors lost four wickets for just 18 runs as the hosts fancied another opportunity to bowl India out for a mediocre total, like the last game. Twitter/@BCCI But, an impressive middle-order performance in testing conditions revived India's innings from 18/4 to eventually reach a competitive total of 252 runs. Ambati Rayudu (90) led India's revival, while the likes of Vijay Shankar (45) and Hardik Pandya (45), too, played their part. In reply, James Neesham (44), Kane Williamson (39) and Tom Latham (37) tried to keep the hosts in contention of finishing strong, but it eventually proved to be a tough ask for the Kiwis. In the bowling department, Yuzvendra Chahal (3) bagged the most wickets, followed by Mohammed Shami and Pandya who bagged two wickets apiece. Following their series win, the Indian team was presented with the trophy at the post-match presentation ceremony where Kedar Jdhav was heard shouting, "How's the josh?" before his teammates responded, "High sir". Jadhav was reciting the, now, popular dialogue of Vicky Kaushal-starrer Bollywood flick 'Uri'. Looks like the "JOSH" in the squad is "HIGH SIR" ð£ï¸ ð¢ 'HOWS THE JOSH' - @vickykaushal09 ðð#TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/bzsB5EelBd — BCCI (@BCCI) February 3, 2019 The video of their celebrations was also shared by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Twitter. "Looks like the "JOSH" in the squad is "HIGH SIR". 'HOWS THE JOSH'," read the caption of the tweet.
  19. Arguably one of the most exciting young talents in the country, Shubman Gill had garnered all the limelight with a potential debut on cards in the 4th One-Day International (ODI) between India and New Zealand on 31st January. For someone who boasts of 1,089 runs in nine first-class games and another 1,529 runs in 36 List A matches, Shubman understandably came highly recommended. Virat Kohli had already lauded the youngster, claiming that he was not even 10 per cent of the kind of player Gill is when he was 19. Then, the likes of Sourav Ganguly and Sunil Gavaskar, too, sang Gill's praise and stressed on the importance of his debut for India. Early on Thursday, Shubman finally realised his dream of featuring in the senior team after he was handed his cap by MS Dhoni, becoming the 227th player to represent India in ODI cricket. But, the day Shubman must've been dreaming of as a kid, soon turned into a nightmare as the youngster was sent back into the hut for a mere nine runs. Proud moment for young @RealShubmanGill as he receives his #TeamIndia cap from @msdhoni ðð #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/2oRc4ozwZq — BCCI (@BCCI) January 31, 2019 Coming out to bat, with India reeling at 21/1, the 19-year-old got a chance to partner Rohit Sharma in a bid to stabilise the innings. With Trent Boult breathing fire with his swing bowling, Shubman was a mere spectator as Rohit, Ambati Rayudu and Dinesh Karthik got dismissed one after another at the other end. While the right-hander, himself, became the next victim of Boult, his stay at the crease for 21 balls was nervy, but still gave a glimpse of his capabilities. The first six balls he faced, didn't yield a single run. But, the application of the young batsman made it good to watch. There were solid defences, played with confidence. And, a beautiful cover drive that went straight to the fielder. Rather than getting frustrated with the dot balls, Shubman showed great maturity in waiting for the right delivery to strike. And, he finally opened his account with a wristy clip off the toes through square leg for a boundary - his first runs in international cricket. On the very next ball, the right-hander, once again, showed great presence of mind as he pushed the drive with soft hands in a bid to keep the ball along the ground. AP The 10th over saw Shubman getting struck on the helmet on Boult's fiery bouncer. But, the youngster didn't lose his composure and carried on like a pro. His stint was eventually cut short when he played a length ball on the up, sending it straight into the hands of Boult who claimed his third scalp of the game. While some thought that the youngster wasted an opportunity, others gave him the benefit of the doubt and backed him to come good in future. But, how did young Shubman really fare on his debut? Let's put things into perspective. Despite scoring just nine runs off 21 balls, the debutant, in his shot selection and approach to the game, showed signs of maturity and confidence. But, is that enough? Well, we tried to compare Shubman's ODI debut with his idol Kohli and there was not much difference. The debutant @RealShubmanGill all smiles with his teammates ðð#TeamIndia pic.twitter.com/8xusQXbaoh — BCCI (@BCCI) January 31, 2019 Just like Shubman, Kohli had a triumphant run in the 2008 U-19 World Cup when he was fast-tracked into the Indian team. The same year, he was handed his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in Dambulla and asked to open the innings alongside Gautam Gambhir when Virender Sehwag was rested in the first match. With Chaminda Vaas sending Gambhir back into the pavilion on the second delivery of the match, Kohli was watchful in his approach and began really slow. In fact, he had scored 12 runs off 21 balls he faced till the seventh over. The Delhi lad was finally dismissed by Nuwan Kulasekara after being wrapped on the pads in front of the stumps. And, his ODI debut came to an end at a score of 12 runs off 22 balls. Kohli's maiden outing in ODI cricket was not really different than Shubman. Both the cricketers played their shots and approached with caution against a fire-breathing left-armer. Despite their mediocre debut scores, both Shubman and Kohli, with their sensible approach, showed they belong to the big stage. Both of them played goo-looking shots and held his own against a dangerous bowling attack in conditions which aided seamers. AP Giving perspective to Gill's outing, Gavaskar made a fair point. "Well, for whatever little time he was there, he was a little bit tense, nervous. That's understandable because he is playing for the country for the first time. Even then, when Boult was swinging the ball, he was able to get in line, yes...he was hit by the short ball as well. I think this guy's got a future, you have got to be patient with him," Gavaskar told Star Sports. Gill, in his brief debut, showed that he has a great technique (something a batting sensation like Kohli approves of). On a surface that had plenty of bounce, the young gun had the ability to punch the ball off the backfoot. It was also great to see him picking up the length nicely. And, just like Kohli, it looks like this youngster has got a lot of time to play his shots and a bright future going forward.
  20. For a team that had hammered Australia in their own backyard and then took an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series in New Zealand, high-flying Team India was shot to the ground by the Kiwis in the fourth ODI at the Seddon Park in Hamilton on 31st January. Amid the impactful absence of Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni, India's so-called strong batting line-up collapsed like a pack of cards against a rampant bowling attack of New Zealand. Team India was given a reality check by New Zealand's swing sensation Trent Boult. Recording sensational figures of 5-21, the 29-year-old ran through the Indian batting order to ensure they were bundled out for a paltry total of 92 runs. It all began in the sixth over when Boult trapped Shikhar Dhawan (13) in front of the stumps to hand the visitors an early blow. In his next over, Boult sent Dhawan's opening partner Rohit Sharma (7) back into the hut with a caught and bowled effort. While Boult was breathing fire at one end - hitting young Shubman on the head once, Colin de Grandhomme struck twice - dismissing Ambati Rayudu (0) and Dinesh Karthik (0) - in his first over. ð¨ RECORD ALERT ð¨ Trent Boult picks up his fifth five-wicket haul for New Zealand in ODIs, equalling the legendary Richard Hadlee's record. Follow #NZvIND live ðhttps://t.co/goloMnOKex pic.twitter.com/smJ3GbGVLG — ICC (@ICC) January 31, 2019 But, Boult wasn't done as he struck again to dismiss Shubman with his second caught and bowled effort to push India on the backfoot at 33/5 in 12 overs. Kedar Jadhav (1) became his next victim after a steaming in-swinger had the Indian batsman in trouble right in front of the stumps. Hardik Pandya (16) tried to hold fort for his side, but he couldn't stop a rampant Boult from bagging a five-for when the left-arm seamer forced an edge off the Indian batsman through to the wicket-keeper. Only four Indian batsmen managed to score in double digits, while the remaining seven couldn't even score 10. Two of the Indian batsmen failed to open their account. And, the fact that Yuzvendra Chahal (18*) emerged as the top-scorer pretty much sums up India's outing with the willow. © Twitter/BLACKCAPS In reply, New Zealand lost two wickets early in their innings, but a mediocre target of 93 runs was never going to be a problem for the hosts. Riding on the back of an unbeaten 54-run partnership between Ross Taylor (37*) and Henry Nicholls (30*) for the third wicket, the Kiwis romped their way to victory with eight wickets and 212 balls to spare. While the victory gave the home fans something to cheer for, it once again brought Team India's middle-order woes to the fore. Clearly, the Indian fans weren't happy as they took to the social media to express their disappointment and rue the absence of Kohli and Dhoni. #NZvIND #4thODI #Indvnz Meanwhile When Virat opened his T.V pic.twitter.com/qgu5YPPFqz — HIMANSHU (@UnIndian_) January 31, 2019 1. Indian batting 2. Indian batting without Kohli & Dhoni#NZvInd pic.twitter.com/4ZsTpHln1T — Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) January 31, 2019 India with and without Virat Kohli. ð#NZvIND pic.twitter.com/Hka97BQo0l — bet365_aus (@bet365_aus) January 31, 2019 Pic 1 : Indian batting with Kohli and Dhoni Pic 2 : Indian batting without them pic.twitter.com/LuNU2KN1Lh — Pakchikpak Raja Babu (@HaramiParindey) January 31, 2019 India's lowest score at the fall of 6th wicket in ODIs: 28 vs SL in 2017 (No Kohli) 35 vs NZ in 2019 (No Kohli)* — Broken Cricket (@BrokenCricket) January 31, 2019 This is why you need MS Dhoni in the squad. Finishing matches are great but saving team from collapses is not everyone's cup of Tea.#4thODI #INDvsNZ — Prahalad Yadav (@Prahalad47) January 31, 2019 #4thODI pic.twitter.com/FZQIzrtBiI — Bollywood Gandu (@BollywoodGandu) January 31, 2019
  21. A sportsman lives a very tricky life, as every once in a while, even if yours is the best team in the world, you tend to lose and lose big. We have seen that with Germany in the FIFA World Cup 2018, and now in cricket, we saw that with India's disastrous performance today. Scoring just 92 runs, they were completely demolished by New Zealand in the 4th ODI. Till date, India has had many low totals, but today's score of 92, made another record in itself, and that is of being the lowest total scored against New Zealand on their home soil. Here's a complete list of India's lowest totals ever: 1. New Zealand Vs India (Netmed ODI Series, 2019) © The week A Virat Kohli-less India couldn't do much against the fierce Kiwis in the 4th ODI of the Netmed Series, 2019. Clinching the series by 3-0 in the first three ODI's itself, might have been the reason for the dismantling of the Indian batting order by the home side. Making just 92 runs in 30.3 overs, the Men in Blue became prey to Trent Boult's vicious attack. 2. South Africa Vs India (India in South Africa, 2006) © YouTube There was a time when the whole world believed that if you bowl out Sachin Tendulkar from the Indian team, you might just win the match. And to be honest, that was somewhat true. We got to witness that against South Africa in 2006 when the Indians were chasing a total of 248 in Durban, and the moment Tendulkar got out on 35, the complete Indian line up collapsed before the lethal attack of Andre Nel and Jacques Kallis who restricted India to the score of 91, eventually losing the match by 157 runs. 3. India vs New Zealand (India-Sri Lanka-New Zealand Tri Series, 2010) © Reuters Carrying a young side to Sri Lanka for the Tri-Series in 2010, MS Dhoni would never have imagined this sort of distortion by the Kiwis. Once again chasing the total of 288, the Indian side relied on just a handful of experienced players they had on their side, counting Virender Sehwag, Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni himself. Once the top order was ripped apart, the tail-enders couldn't do much and the whole team got out on mere 88 runs. 4. Pakistan Vs India (India In Pakistan, 1978) © YouTube Let's take you back to 1970s, where legends like Sunil Gavaskar, Kapil Dev and Mohinder Amarnath, who were the masters of their craft, played some of their best innings. But wait, who said legends can't fail? Even this golden trio was toppled in fashion in a match against their arch-rivals, Pakistan in the year 1978. India, struggling to post a good total on the board, could only score 79 runs, with Sir Amarnath being the highest scorer with 34 runs to his name. Without a doubt, Pakistan comfortably won the match with 8 wickets to spare. 5. India Vs Sri Lanka (Sri Lanka in India, 1986) © Cricket Country Again from the '90s, another big loss came for the Kapil Dev-led team at Kanpur in 1986, and this time, it was Sri Lanka on the other end. Posting a reasonable total of 198, everyone thought that India would easily win the match considering the presence of Gavaskar, Ravi Shastri and many other decorated players who made the roster. But on the contrary, the Men in Blue had to face a horrifying loss after getting bundled up at just 78. 6. Australia Vs India (Benson & Hedges World Series Cup, 1981) © YouTube The Australian Tour has always been tough for India, but who thought that it would be so tough that the Indians would just be able to put a total of 63 on the board against the mighty Aussies. While the World Cup-winning team of 1983 was in the making, this defeat came as a wakeup call for the Indian side to pull up their socks. 7. India Vs Sri Lanka (Sharjah Trophy Final, 2000) © Reuters The worst defeat for the Indian side came in the Sharjah Trophy final against Sri Lanka in which, the dominating Sri Lankans posted a total of 299, with the highest individual score of 189 coming from Sanath Jayasuriya. On the other hand, India was wrapped up at a trifling 54. With RP Singh scoring the most number of runs from the Indian side (11), the rest of the scorecard looked worse than that of a gully cricket match (if there has been one).
  22. After securing an unassailable 3-0 lead in the five-match series, the Indian team management focussed on testing their bench strength in the fourth One-Day International (ODI) at the Seddon Park in Hamilton on 31st January. With Virat Kohli rested for the remainder of the tour, the No. 3 spot was occupied by young Shubman Gill who was eager to make a mark on his debut. MS Dhoni's fitness continued to be an issue, allowing Dinesh Karthik to carry out the wicket-keeping duties. And, Mohammed Shami paved way for Khaleel Ahmed to feature in his first game on this tour. With the series sealed, there was not much for India to lose and trying out different combinations made sense in the wake of the ICC World Cup in England in May. On the other hand, the hosts, who were comprehensively humbled in almost all facets of the game earlier, were eager to restore some pride going into the fourth ODI. But, what eventually unfolded at the Seddon Park was neither predicted, nor imagined by cricket pundits, fans or even the hosts themselves. © Twitter/@BLACKCAPS Asked to bat first, the high-flying Indian batting line-up was given a reality check by New Zealand's swing sensation Trent Boult. Recording sensational figures of 5-21, the 29-year-old ran through the Indian batting order to ensure they were bundled out for a paltry total of 92 runs. It all began in the sixth over when Boult trapped Shikhar Dhawan (13) in front of the stumps to hand the visitors an early blow. In his next over, Boult sent Dhawan's opening partner Rohit Sharma (7) back into the hut with a caught and bowled effort. While Boult was breathing fire at one end - hitting young Shubman on the head once, Colin de Grandhomme struck twice - dismissing Ambati Rayudu (0) and Dinesh Karthik (0) - in his first over. But, Boult wasn't done as he struck again to dismiss Shubman with his second caught and bowled effort to push India on the backfoot at 33/5 in 12 overs. Kedar Jadhav (1) became his next victim after a steaming in-swinger had the Indian batsman in trouble right in front of the stumps. Hardik Pandya (16) tried to hold fort for his side, but he couldn't stop a rampant Boult from bagging a five-for when the left-arm seamer forced an edge off the Indian batsman through to the wicket-keeper. © Twitter/@BLACKCAPS Only four Indian batsmen managed to score in double digits, while the remaining seven couldn't even score 10. Two of the Indian batsmen failed to open their account. And, the fact that Yuzvendra Chahal (18*) emerged as the top-scorer pretty much sums up India's outing with the willow. The conditions at the Seddon Park were conducive to swing and the pitch further provided assistance to the fast bowlers, making life difficult for the batsmen, which probably explains why India lost all of their so-called specialist batsmen by the 14th over, reeling at 35/6. But, what was really surprising and equally frustrating for the Indian fans was the fact that none of the experienced campaigner showed maturity to hang in there and see through troublesome times - a job that Dhoni manages to pull off more often, than not. Dhoni, over the years, has quietly gone about his business, bolstering the Indian middle-order. While most of the players in the world, like the Indian batsmen in this case, panic with the wicket tumbling at one end, Dhoni's calm and composed approach has allowed him to soak up the pressure and strike when the time's right - something that eluded India today. © Twitter/@BLACKCAPS On the other hand, at a time when boundaries were hard to come by and opposition bowlers were wreaking havoc, none of the Indian batsmen, unlike Dhoni, showed maturity to just rotate the strike and keep the scoreboard ticking. Dhoni also allows the batting to revolve around him as he holds the wicket at one end, playing the role of a sheet anchor - a role, sadly, no one was prepared for today. Maybe if one or, maybe, two batsmen had stuck in, Indian bowlers would've had some cushion to play with. But, it wasn't meant to be. India's dream of securing a 4-0 lead - what would have been the biggest series win (across formats) in their 52 years of touring New Zealand - crashed as the hosts chased down the below-par score with eight wickets and 212 balls to spare. While it was undoubtedly a much-needed reality check for India, the middle-order collapse endured by the visiting side once again highlighted how important Dhoni's presence is in the team. Dhoni's fitness concerns had excluded him from the game, but, still, his teammates could have surely taken some lessons from his past performances as to how to go about the business in such pressure situations.
  23. We are living in very interesting times where literally anything and everything is capable of stopping a game or a match. From a naked dude streaking across the field to elements in nature, no one can expect where the next obstacle in a match can come from. A few days ago, the 2nd ODI between India and New Zealand went on a halt because of sun outrage. And yesterday, another old mate came back onto the field to halt yet another match, none other than our beloved bees. © PTI Over the years we have seen many 'bee attacks', the most memorable one was witnessed in South Africa two years ago, when the host were playing against Sri Lanka. Something similar happened yesterday during the fourth one day match between India A and England Lions in Trivandrum, where the play came to a standstill for 15 minutes when a swarm of bees attacked the spectators at the stadium. An unexpected and painful turn of events took place at the Green Field International Stadium, as the match was just in its 28th over when the bees began to charge at the audience and left a lot of spectators in the stadium injured. All of this was captured in a video which went viral after the incident. Fortunately, none of the players at the stadium were seriously injured at the scene, as the bees did not enter the field. But the India A coach, Rahul Dravid, who was around the stadium at that time, had to run for his safety. A few spectators were taken to the hospital immediately because of the bee attack and the crowd at the stadium was shifted from the west side of the stadium to the east. The Chief Operating Officer of Sports Facilities Ltd told The Indian Express: "It was an unfortunate incident. We had ensured that the gallery where the spectators who sit for watching the match was cleaned ahead of the match. But it were some spectators who went upstairs where they were not supposed to go in the normal circumstances and stirred the hive unknowingly or mischievously." Though India won comfortably by 6 wickets, in which the recently named ICC Emerging player of the year, Rishabh Pant scored a blistering knock of 73 of 76 balls, and with Shardul Thakur assisting in the bowling department, team India safely secured the fourth straight win in the series.
  24. In 2018, the Indian U-19 side created history after winning the ICC World Cup for a record fourth time. The influence of pragmatic coach Rahul Dravid was being hailed as one of the reasons behind their historic triumph. But, at the heart of it all, it was the performances of young Indian cricketers who all stepped up in dire situations to aid their side. While Prithvi Shaw garnered plaudits for his leadership skills, young seamers Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi were touted as the next big things after they were seen crossing the 150kmph barrier on regular occasions in the tournament. But, apart from them, there was one batting prodigy - Shubman Gill - whose majestic strokeplay and commendable temperament left former cricketers and fans in awe. The right-hander smashed a match-winning hundred and three fifties - amassing 321 runs - to be rightly adjudged the 'Player of the Tournament'. His batting display impressed the cricket bigwigs so much that he evenly bagged a staggering Rs 1.80-crore payout from Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) during the Indian Premier League (IPL) Auctions last season. © BCCL Shubman, along with his teammates, continues to be hailed as the next big superstars of Indian cricket. But, while Shaw was seen making a fantastic debut, young Shubman was left to ply his trade in domestic cricket. The fierce competition in the Indian team has often denied opportunities to many cricketers in the past. Thus, there was no surprise to see Shubman waiting for his chance to rumble with the big boys. After consistently proving his mettle in the domestic circuit, where he slammed a 328-ball 268 against Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy earlier this season, the Punjab batsman, finally, has an opportunity to make a mark in the senior team when Team India locks horns with New Zealand in the fourth ODI on 31st January. Having already sealed the five-match ODI series 3-0, the Indian cricket team opted for numerous changes in a bid to give some star players rest and try out youngsters for the remaining two games. With Virat Kohli rested for the remainder of the tour, the vacant No. 3 spot gives a perfect opportunity to a player like Shubman to showcase his talent in front of the cricket bigwigs. © BCCL For a person who idolises Kohli, the 19-year-old looks like a shadow of his role model with the willow in his hands. A right-hander like Kohli, Shubman has great hand-eye coordination that helps him to time the ball to perfection. His ability to finds gaps, play the big shots and rotate the strike are all Kohli-esque. And, just like the Indian captain, Shubman thrives in the No. 3 position for his team. The youngster has already developed a great understanding of the game and possess the ability to pace his innings according to the match situations - something that reflects in his tally of 1,089 runs in 9 first-class games and 1,529 runs in 36 List A matches. While negating New Zealand's senior cricketers will surely be no joke, Shubman, on the back of his showing so far, seems capable of carrying that weight on his young shoulders. “Well because the No. 3 spot is vacant, I would want to give Shubman Gill a game, give him a couple of games and see how he fares. If he gets to bat, you will get a fair idea how he is taking to international cricket,” Sunil Gavaskar backed the youngster while talking to India Today. © BCCL On the other hand, Kohli, himself, after the 3rd ODI, showered praise and backed the capabilities of Gill to come good on his debut. “I think there are some outstanding talents. We saw Prithvi Shaw grab the opportunity with both hands. Shubman is a very exciting talent and I saw him bat in the nets and I was like wow I was not even 10 per cent of that when I was 19,” Kohli had said. “So, that's the confidence that they carry and it's great for Indian cricket, the standard keeps going up and the guys coming in can make those impact performances straightaway. And, we are more than happy to give them chances and provide them with the space to grow,” he further added. Apart from Gavaskar and Kohli, Sourav Ganguly, too, placed his bet on Shubman to come good. "I think they should play Shubman Gill. He certainly deserves a chance in the team. He should play the rest of the series. Who knows, India might get another good player for the World Cup," Ganguly told India TV. Carrying high hopes and expectations on his young shoulders, Shubman will be eager to make his mark in the senior team and, maybe, play a decisive role in helping India claim a 4-0 lead - the biggest series win (across formats) in their 52 years of touring New Zealand.
  25. In a one of a kind incident, the first of five ODI matches to be played between India and New Zealand was temporarily halted as the setting sun was adversely impacting the batsmen's sight, causing them discomfort. Meanwhile in Napier...#NZvIND pic.twitter.com/3p5j18O3hg — ICC (@ICC) January 23, 2019 "The setting sun is directly in the eyes of the batsmen. So we got to consider the safety of the players, umpires. So we have decided to suspend play until conditions improve. This is the first time in my 14 years that I have seen something like this happen on a cricket field. Good news is we have 30 minutes extra time. We are hoping to be back in 30 minutes and it will still be a 50-over game," umpire Shaun Haig explained. The problem seems to be with the orientation of Napier's McLean Park cricket ground in which the wicket runs from East to West unlike a typical pitch running from North to South. After the match, when Bill Dalton, Mayor of Napier was asked about the uncanny incident by local press, he said: “To be absolutely honest with you, my view is that these guys are sportsmen who play outside. If they get a bit of sun in their eyes that's part of the game.” “It's an outdoor sport and they've got to toughen up… It's all a bit weird to me,” said the unsympathetic mayor. To be clear, the mayor was not targeting the Indian cricketers in particular. The decision to pause the game until sunset was that of both sides and Kane Williamson's silent agreement to the umpire's suggestion to delay the game was enough to prove the legitimacy of the issue. Clinical. #TeamIndia start off the series with a 8-wicket win against New Zealand in the 1st ODI. 1-0 ð®ð³ð®ð³ #NZvIND pic.twitter.com/P4lLKjoCvu — BCCI (@BCCI) January 23, 2019 The hold-up had little effect on the game as only one run and one over were reduced following the Duckworth-Lewis method. India won the game comfortably with eight wickets in hand while Mohammed Shami won the Man of the Match who scalded three wickets to become the fastest Indian to take 100 wickets in One Day Internationals.
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