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Axar Patel in T20 re-build mode after World Cup injury low
Axar Patel, the left-arm spinner for the Indian cricket team, has been left out of the T20I squad for the upcoming tour of South Africa. This comes after Patel missed out on the opportunity to compete in the home ODI World Cup due to injury. Despite the setback, Patel delivered an outstanding performance in the fourth T20 International against Australia, taking three wickets for 16 runs and being declared Player-of-the-Match. Patel credited his captain, Suryakumar Yadav, for creating an environment that allowed him to perform at his best after his injury layoff. Patel's performance has raised hopes for a spot in the T20 World Cup squad in six months' time.
‘Kohli bhai, easy ho jao…’: Pakistan star reveals teammate's text to Virat after on-field argument with Naveen in IPL
During a recent podcast interview, Pakistani cricketer Imam-ul-Haq revealed that his teammate Agha Salman had sent a personal message to Indian cricketer Virat Kohli on Instagram, asking him to calm down during a heated incident in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The incident took place during a match between the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) and involved LSG player Naveen Ul Haq and then LSG mentor Gautam Gambhir. Imam also mentioned that Kohli and Pakistani player Shadab Khan share a good bond and often communicate in Punjabi.
165 players in the fray for auction for the 2nd Women’s Premier League
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is set to hold a players' auction for the second edition of the T20 Women's Premier League (WPL) on December 9. A total of 165 cricketers, including 104 Indians and 61 overseas players, will be up for auction. The highest reserve price is ₹50 lakh, with Deandra Dottin of West Indies and England's Kim Garth being the only players in that bracket. Giants and Royal Challengers Bangalore have the most slots to fill, with Giants having the biggest purse of ₹5.95 crore.
'If Rahul Dravid wants an extension, give him. Or else...': Gautam Gambhir's blunt statement on next India coach
Former Indian opener Gautam Gambhir believes that the head coach of the Indian cricket team should always be an Indian or a Pakistani. Gambhir feels that someone like Rahul Dravid, who has a deep emotional connection to the Indian cricket team, can bring a unique passion and understanding to the role that a foreign coach cannot replicate. Gambhir also praised the coaching abilities of Indian coaches, stating that they may lack the presentation skills of foreign coaches but are more connected to the grassroots level and understand the right emotions needed to succeed in cricket.
Brian Lara takes inspiration from ‘Kohli’s commitment, dedication' to prepare son to become ‘No. 1 sportsman'
West Indies cricket legend Brian Lara has praised Indian cricketer Virat Kohli for his commitment and dedication to the sport. Speaking at the Tiger Pataudi Memorial Lecture in Kolkata, Lara said that he would use Kohli's example to inspire his own son if he wanted to play any sport. Lara also highlighted Kohli's discipline and how it has changed the face of cricket, stating that Kohli's legacy goes beyond his individual success on the field. Kohli was the leading run-scorer in the recent ODI World Cup, amassing 765 runs in 11 matches.
'Average close to 50 even in Ranji...selectors have seen something': Nehra justifies India star's selection for SA ODIs
India secured a series victory against Australia in the fourth T20I match on Friday. Chasing a target of 175, Australia could only manage 154/7 in their 20 overs, with Axar Patel taking three wickets and Deepak Chahar taking two. Matthew Wade top-scored for Australia with an unbeaten 36*. Earlier, India had posted 174/9, with Rinku Singh (46) and Jitesh Sharma (35) making significant contributions. Former Indian cricketer Ashish Nehra praised Singh's performance, highlighting his ability to deliver in different situations. The final T20I match will take place on December 3 in Bengaluru.
Insane to have a selector who was locked up for match fixing: Ramiz Raja lambasts PCB for Salman Butt appointment
The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has appointed former cricketers Salman Butt, Kamran Akmal, and Rao Iftikhar Anjum as consultant members to newly-appointed chief selector Wahab Riaz. This move has caused controversy, with former PCB chairman Ramiz Raja calling it "insane" due to Butt's involvement in a match-fixing scandal in 2010. The PCB clarified that the trio will have no involvement in selection duties and will only provide recommendations and feedback to the chief selector. Pakistan made several changes in the administration following a disappointing World Cup campaign, including hiring Mohammad Hafeez as team director and head coach.
Pujara and Rahane ‘can’t be there forever. There’s enormous talent in India': Ganguly on Test team for South Africa tour
India's upcoming Test series in South Africa will be the first time since 2006 that neither Cheteshwar Pujara nor Ajinkya Rahane will be in the squad. Pujara has been a part of the Indian touring side to South Africa four times, while Rahane has played in three tours. The absence of the two stalwarts is significant considering their experience and success in South Africa, which is considered one of the toughest places for touring teams. Former BCCI president Sourav Ganguly praised Pujara and Rahane for their contributions to Indian cricket but said that it is time to move on and give opportunities to new talents.
'Classic example is Suryakumar': Zaheer Khan makes big comparison for U-19 WC winner, urges youngster to be 'consistent'
Riyan Parag, the Rajasthan Royals youngster, has once again been left disappointed as he was not selected for the Indian cricket team despite his good form in domestic cricket. Parag had a strong performance in the 2023-24 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, becoming the highest run-scorer and highest six-hitter. However, he failed to make the cut for the Australia T20I series or South Africa tour. India legend Zaheer Khan used Suryakumar Yadav as an example and advised Parag to focus on consistent performance and putting up good numbers year after year to earn a spot in the Indian team. Parag's inconsistent performances in the IPL have been a negative point in his career, but he has excelled in other tournaments.
Peak wedding season left us scrambling to accommodate 120 players: LLC CEO on struggles of hosting in tier-II cities
Legends League Cricket (LLC) CEO Raman Raheja is aiming to revive the spirit of cricket in cities that have rarely witnessed international action. The second season of the franchise version of LLC is being held in cities that have not hosted international games in years, such as Dehradun, Jammu, and Surat. Raheja believes that smaller cities with less international cricket tend to have a better audience response. Despite facing challenges in finding accommodation for players and staff, Raheja is determined to build LLC as a serious cricket league and attract retired players like MS Dhoni, AB de Villiers, Kieron Pollard, and Dwayne Bravo.
Ruturaj Gaikwad reveals crucial chat with Jaiswal after run out 'mistake' in 1st T20I: ‘After that, we decided…’
India clinched the T20 series against Australia with a 20-run victory in the fourth match. Rinku Singh scored 46 from 29 balls and Jitesh Sharma hit 35 in 19 balls as India set Australia a target of 175. Australia were restricted to 154 for seven in reply. India’s Ruturaj Gaikwad is the series' top-scorer with 213 runs in four matches. Gaikwad said he and fellow opener Yashasvi Jaiswal decided to focus on boundaries after Gaikwad was run out in the first match. Gaikwad also said he had learnt a lot from playing under MS Dhoni at the Chennai Super Kings.
BCCI questions Rahul Dravid and Rohit Sharma for World Cup final loss; coach blames Ahmedabad pitch: Report
The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) officials met with head coach Rahul Dravid and captain Rohit Sharma to review India's performance in the recent World Cup, as well as select the squads for the South Africa tour. Dravid reportedly blamed the pitch for India's loss in the final to Australia, stating that it did not turn as much as expected. The pitch was a used one, which was chosen on the advice of the local curator. The BCCI officials questioned the decision to opt for this plan when the Indian seamers had been performing well throughout the tournament.
WPL 2024 Player Auction: 165 cricketers set to go under the hammer, Dottin and Garth in highest base price bracket
The player list for the Women's Premier League 2024 Auction has been announced, with a total of 165 cricketers set to participate. Out of the 165 players, 104 are Indians and 61 are overseas cricketers, including 15 from associate nations. The auction will see 56 capped players and 109 uncapped cricketers being auctioned. Each team has a maximum of 30 slots available, with nine for overseas players. The Gujarat Giants have the highest salary cap of ₹5.95 crore, while defending champions Mumbai Indians have the smallest purse of ₹2.1 crore. West Indies' Deandra Dottin and Australia's Kim Garth have the highest base price of ₹50 lakh.
Taijul's 10-wicket haul leads Bangladesh to 150-run win against New Zealand in 1st Test
Bangladesh secured a 150-run victory over New Zealand in the series-opening match, with left-arm spinner Taijul Islam taking his second 10-wicket haul in tests. Taijul claimed figures of 6-75 in the second innings to wrap up New Zealand's innings for 181 on the final day. Daryl Mitchell top-scored for New Zealand with 58. Opener Mahmudul Hasan made 86 as Bangladesh was bowled out for 310 in its first innings, while New Zealand compiled 317, a seven-run lead, thanks to a century from Kane Williamson. The second and final test of the series begins on December 6.
‘You said I got fired up because I wasn’t picked. If I bowled poorly...': Axar's terrific response after SA T20Is snub
Indian spinner Axar Patel has revealed his disappointment at missing out on the 2019 ODI World Cup due to injury. Patel sustained the injury during the Asia Cup and was unable to recover in time for the World Cup, with Ravichandran Ashwin replacing him in the squad. Patel made a comeback to the Indian side in the T20I series against Australia and delivered a stellar performance in the fourth match, taking three wickets for just 16 runs. Despite this, Patel was not included in the T20I squad for the upcoming tour of South Africa.
'If Hardik comes back straight in IPL...': Ashish Nehra warns 'tricky' captaincy situation for Team India at T20 WC
Indian cricketers Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma will skip the white-ball leg of the upcoming tour of South Africa, according to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). The absence of the star duo in the T20Is is significant as the T20 World Cup is scheduled for June next year. Former India pacer Ashish Nehra believes that Kohli and Rohit could return to the T20 format if they want to. Nehra also mentioned that the absence of all-rounder Hardik Pandya due to injury has made the situation tricky for the Indian team.
SA20 welcomes South Africa legend AB de Villiers as brand ambassador
AB de Villiers, former South African cricketer, has been appointed as the brand ambassador for South Africa's premier T20 cricket league, SA20. The league aims to become the world's most popular cricket league outside of India. Season 2 of SA20 will begin on January 10, 2024, featuring 34 matches over 4 weeks. De Villiers will work closely with the management team to strengthen the global fanbase of the league and promote the league's brand in key strategic markets such as India and the UK. He will be joined by other South African cricket legends in advancing South African cricket to new heights.
T20 World Cup nearing, but Rohit and Kohli must choose their battles wisely
Indian cricketers Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli may have played their last Twenty20 International (T20I) matches for the country, according to recent squad selections for the upcoming tour of South Africa. Both players have requested a break from the white-ball leg of the tour, marking a potential shift in focus towards younger talent. With the T20 World Cup just six months away, India may be looking to invest in fresh blood and groom a new generation of players. The absence of Sharma and Kohli could allow for the development of exciting young talent and a fresh approach to the game.
AB de Villiers reacts to Sanju Samson's return to Team India after World Cup snub: ‘He will enjoy South African wickets'
Rajasthan Royals captain Sanju Samson will be looking to prove himself in India's upcoming ODI series against South Africa. Samson was left out of the T20I series against Australia and was also overlooked for the 2023 World Cup squad, which may have motivated him to perform well in the ODI series. Former RCB player AB de Villiers praised Samson's inclusion in the team and believes he will do well on South African wickets. Samson has had an inconsistent selection history for the Indian team, but a good performance in the ODI series could secure him more opportunities in the future. The series is set to begin on December 17.
‘We convinced him to do this job’: Sourav Ganguly on Rahul Dravid's appointment as India head coach
Rahul Dravid is set to continue as India's head coach until the T20 World Cup next year, according to multiple reports. Dravid himself confirmed that he has not yet signed the extension document and cannot comment on the length of his tenure. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) decided to give an extension to the entire support staff, including Dravid, as they did not want to break continuity ahead of the T20 World Cup, which is just six months away. Dravid was convinced to become the head coach by former BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and Ganguly expressed his happiness at Dravid's contract extension. Dravid's immediate assignment is to help India beat South Africa in their upcoming series.
Mohammed Shami unlikely to be considered for India's ODI and T20I teams; focus on Tests: Report
Indian pacer Mohammed Shami is unlikely to play white-ball cricket in the near future in order to prolong his Test career, according to reports. Shami, who was the highest wicket-taker in the recent ODI World Cup, is currently nursing an ankle injury. He was not considered for the recent T20Is and ODIs against South Africa and is expected to focus on his fitness to be ready for the upcoming Test matches. While Shami's T20 career may be on the line, he could still have a chance to play in next year's T20 World Cup depending on his performance in the Indian Premier League.
India overtake Pakistan to clinch sensational T20I record after 20-run win over Australia
Team India all-rounder Axar Patel played a crucial role in helping his team secure a 20-run victory over Australia in the fourth T20I match in Raipur. This win gave India an unassailable 3-1 lead in the five-match series and marked their 14th T20I series win at home. In addition, India also surpassed Pakistan to become the team with the most T20I wins, with 136 victories compared to Pakistan's 135. In the match, India scored a respectable 174/9 in their 20 overs, with Rinku Singh and Jitesh Sharma contributing significantly. Axar Patel then took three wickets and conceded just 16 runs to restrict Australia to 154/7.