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Need to be realistic, not easy for NZ to play series three days after WC final, says Rahul Dravid

Kolkata (West Bengal) [India]: Team India head coach Rahul Dravid on Sunday said that he is happy with his side’s performance in the three-match T20I series against New Zealand but also have to be realistic about the victory.Rohit Sharma’s 56-run knock followed by Axar Patel’s three-wicket haul helped India defeat New Zealand by 73 runs in the third and final T20I here at the Eden Gardens on Sunday. “It was a really good series win. Everyone played really well right through the series. It feels good, nice to start well. We are also quite realistic. We have to keep our feet on the ground and be a bit realistic about this win. Not easy for NZ to play a World Cup final and then to turn up three days later to play three games in six days, was never going to be easy for…

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Ind vs NZ, 2nd T20I: PIL in Jharkhand HC against full capacity permission at JSCA stadium

Ranchi (Jharkhand) [India]: A Public Interest Litigation (PIL) has been filed in the Jharkhand High Court against the full capacity permission of spectators at JSCA stadium for the India and New Zealand T20 match. The petitioner, Advocate Dheeraj Kumar on Thursday asked the concerned authorities such as the Jharkhand Chief Secretary, the Director of Disaster Management Department and the Jharkhand Cricket Association, why the government allowed full occupancy in the stadium whereas temples, courts, and other places are allowed with 50 per cent only.According to the PIL, allowing a hundred per cent capacity of spectators is risking the lives in the view of COVID 19. India and New Zealand will play the second match of the three-match T20 series in Ranchi on Friday. (ANI)

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India wins toss, opts to bowl

Jaipur (Rajasthan) [India]: India won the toss and opted to bowl first against New Zealand in the first T20I here at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium on Wednesday.Venkatesh Iyer was handed his cap by India skipper Rohit Sharma and he will make his T20I debut in the first T20I. Speaking at the toss, Rohit said, “We will bowl first. The wicket looks good, thought behind is to have a score behind us, there was quite a lot of dew while practising from a couple of days. It’s been good, has been only 2 days, been a quick turnaround, back from Dubai, spent a couple of days and back here. But it’ll be good for the team.“We have Shreyas Iyer back, Venkatesh is debuting, Bhuvi, Siraj and Chahar are back. We’re playing three pacers and two spinners. We have one eye on the next World Cup,…

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Australia defeat NZ to lift maiden title

Dubai [UAE]: Mitchell Marsh and David Warner played knocks of 77 and 53 respectively as Australia lifted its maiden T20 World Cup title here at the Dubai International Stadium on Sunday.In the summit clash, Australia outclassed New Zealand by eight wickets with seven balls to spare while chasing a target of 173. Chasing 173, Australia got off to a bad start as the side lost its skipper Aaron Finch (5) in the third over of the innings as he was sent back to the pavilion by Trent Boult. Mitchell Marsh joined David Warner in the middle and the duo took the team’s score to 43/1 after the end of the powerplay.Warner took a special liking to Kiwi spinners Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner, and the left-handed batter brought up his half-century in the 11th over of the innings. However, the introduction of Trent Boult…

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Australia win toss, opt to bowl

Dubai [UAE]: Australia skipper Aaron Finch won the toss and opted to bowl against New Zealand in the final clash of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup here at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday.Speaking at the toss, Australia skipper Finch said, “We’ll have a bowl. Looks a little bit dry but I don’t think it will change. It might skid with the new ball. We’re playing the same team. The way we hung in the contest and take it deep was crucial for us. Zampa has been superb for a while in the shortest format, and hopefully that will continue. It is a new format, a new team and our record over NZ doesn’t matter at all.” While Australia and New Zealand are two contrasting units, both are high on confidence after inspired shows in the semi-final games and it will…

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Don’t want to see any result : Hussey

Dubai [UAE] : Former Australia all-rounder Michael Hussey feels that the team from Down Under has been good at building momentum and has gotten better with each game.Australia and New Zealand will square off in the finals of the T20 World Cup on Sunday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. “I think this Aussie team has been good in building momentum and has got gradually better with each game. There were a few question marks over this Aussie team at the start of the tournament, but it’s just got better and better and gained more confidence as they’ve gone along,” Cricket.com.au quoted Hussey as saying.Hussey further said the toss will be playing a crucial role in the final match of the T20 World Cup on Sunday.“I think New Zealand have been superb, and fantastic in all three formats of the game in the last…

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Hasan Ali pens heartfelt note

Dubai [UAE]: Pakistan bowler Hasan Ali on Friday issued a statement for the first time since the Men in Green’s semi-final defeat in the T20 World Cup 2021 against Australia.Hasan Ali was one of the main talking points in Pakistan’s five-wicket defeat against the Aussies. In the penultimate over of the match which later turned out to be the final over, Ali dropped the catch of Australia batter Matthew Wade, who then smashed three sixes in three balls to win the match for his team. Ali took to Twitter and wrote: “I know you all are upset because my performance didn’t meet your expectations from me but not more disappointed than me. Don’t change your expectations from me. I want to serve Pakistan cricket at the highest level possible, so back to hard work. This patch will make me stronger so Alhumudilah. Thank you…

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“‘Underdog’ tag can’t control”

Dubai [UAE]: New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson on Saturday said that his side being constantly viewed as “underdog” is not something they can control and the Kiwis just look to focus on their cricket.Australia and New Zealand will square off in the finals of the T20 World Cup on Sunday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. “I mean look, it (underdog tag) sort of does not have anything to do with us, we focus on our cricket, try our best and we want to keep improving as a side. The different tags is not something we control,” said Williamson while replying to an ANI query during a virtual pre-match press conference.When ANI asked whether he is big on match-ups while doing captaincy, Williamson said: “Yeah, I mean there is definitely a bit of match-ups in this format where it is so condensed and the…

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Finch reckons toss won’t be big factor

Dubai [UAE] : Australia skipper Aaron Finch on Saturday reckoned that toss would not be a big factor in the T20 World Cup final against New Zealand. Australia and New Zealand will square off in the finals of the World Cup on Sunday at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium.“Absolutely it can be overcome. At some point, to win this tournament you’re going to have to win batting first. I was actually hoping to lose the toss against Pakistan because I would have loved to put a score on the board in that semi-final. It was one of those ones where you’re probably never going to bat first but you don’t mind if you have to. It’s the same going into the final,” Sydney Morning Herald quoted Finch as saying. “We saw it in the IPL final. Chennai were able to put a big score…

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“Can handle the heat”

Dubai [UAE]: Former South Africa fast bowler Morne Morkel has backed the “street smart” New Zealand team to win the T20 World Cup final against Australia on Sunday.Australia and New Zealand will lock horns in the finals of the ongoing T20 World Cup on Sunday. Morkel said he was confident that New Zealand would make it to the final of the showpiece event before the tournament started. “While the spotlight was on India, Pakistan, England and Australia throughout the tournament there was a little voice inside my head saying: ‘hang on don’t forget about New Zealand’,” Morkel wrote in his ICC column.“They are the current World Test champions, played in the last 50-over World Cup final and their white-ball cricket has been exceptional over the past couple of years. They are street smart and organised and have an inspirational leader in Kane Williamson,” he…

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Devon Conway ruled out

Dubai [UAE]: New Zealand batsman Devon Conway has been ruled out of the upcoming T20 World Cup final against Australia and following tour to India with a broken right hand.Conway sustained the injury when he struck his bat immediately after being dismissed in last night’s semi-final win over England in Abu Dhabi – with an X-ray on Thursday confirming a break to his right-hand fifth Metacarpal. Coach Gary Stead said Conway was devastated by the news. “He’s absolutely gutted to be ruled out like this at this time,” Stead said.“Devon is hugely passionate about playing for the BLACKCAPS and no one is more disappointed at the moment than he is – so we’re really trying to rally around him. It looked a pretty innocuous reactionary incident on the field, but the blow obviously caught the bat between the glove padding and while it’s not…

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T20 WC: Australia beat Pakistan

Dubai [UAE]: Marcus Stoinis and Matthew Wade played unbeaten knocks of 40 and 41 respectively as Australia defeated Pakistan by five wickets to enter the final of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup here at Dubai International Stadium on Thursday.Australia will now lock horns against New Zealand in the summit clash on Sunday at the Dubai International Stadium. Chasing 177, Australia got off to the worst start possible as skipper Aaron Finch (0) was sent back to the pavilion by Shaheen Shah Afridi on just the third ball of the innings. However, David Warner and Mitchell Marsh did not let the momentum drop and the score read 52/1 after the end of the sixth over.Pakistan stormed right back into the match as Shadab Khan dismissed Marsh (28), and this brought Steve Smith to the middle. In his next over, Shadab dismissed Smith (5).…

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Australia wins toss

Dubai [UAE]: Australia skipper Aaron Finch won the toss and opted to bowl against Pakistan in the second semi-final of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup here at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Thursday.Speaking at the toss, Australia skipper Finch said, “We will bowl. The wicket will not change a lot over the course of the game. The guys are relaxed, there’ll be obvious nerves. This pitch has played true right through the IPL and the World Cup, no changes.” On the other hand, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam said, “We’ll have to put runs on the board and then defend it. It’s an honour to lead this bunch of players, looking forward to playing some good cricket. UAE is our backyard, we know these conditions well. No changes for us as well.”Australia finished at the second spot in Group 1 after winning…

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Brilliant game of cricket

New Delhi [India] : Former Indian cricketers Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag heaped praises on the New Zealand team following their maiden semi-final win in the T20 World Cup.Daryl Mitchell’s superb unbeaten fifty fired New Zealand into their first-ever ICC men’s T20 World Cup final following a thrilling win over England on Wednesday. While Mitchell anchored the New Zealand chase, Jimmy Neesham blasted 27 from 11 to turn the tide in the Kiwis’ favour.Tendulkar said New Zealand won hearts along with winning the game and praised Mitchell and Neesham for their gutsy knocks.“What a brilliant game of cricket. #NewZealand once again winning hearts along with winning the game. Great knock by Mitchell who was well supported by Conway & Neesham. Bairstow’s incident at the ropes reminded me of what happened with Boult in the 2019 finals. Kudos to NZ,” Tendulkar tweeted.Sehwag also lauded New…

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‘We’re devastated’

Abu Dhabi [UAE] : England skipper Eoin Morgan confessed to a feeling of “devastation” after losing the semi-final clash at the hands of New Zealand in the ongoing T20 World Cup.England had a dream start with the ball with Chris Woakes dismissing Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson early, and Liam Livingstone’s two for 22 helping put the brakes on further. But the ship was steadied by Daryl Mitchell and Devon Conway, who added 82 for the third wicket before Jimmy Neesham smashed 27 from 11 to turn the game in Kiwis’ favour.“Yeah, we’re devastated. To be on the wrong side of a close game is not easy to take. I thought we fought unbelievably well today on a wicket that didn’t necessarily suit our batting, but we managed to post in and around a par score. We were brilliant with the ball,” said Morgan…

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NZ stun Eng to enter final

Abu Dhabi [UAE]: Daryl Mitchell’s unbeaten 72-run knock aided by James Neesham’s quickfire cameo of 27 runs off just 11 balls helped New Zealand defeat England by five wickets to enter the final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup here at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium on Wednesday.New Zealand will now face the winner of the second semi-final between Pakistan and Australia in the summit clash on Sunday at the Dubai International Stadium. Chasing, New Zealand got off to the worst start possible as the side lost opening batter Martin Guptill (4) in the very first over bowled by Chris Woakes. The Kiwis were given a body blow in the third over as Woakes sent skipper Kane Williamson (5) back in the hut. After the end of the powerplay, New Zealand’s score read 36/2.Devon Conway and Daryl Mitchell found run-scoring difficult and at…

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NZ wins toss, opts to bowl

Abu Dhabi [UAE]: New Zealand won the toss and opted to bowl against England in the first semi-final match of the ongoing ICC men’s T20 World Cup here at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi on Wednesday.Speaking at the toss, New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson said, “We’re bowling first. It’s a good pitch but a bit of dew later. We’re going in with the same team. Busy period for us, and we’ve come through, giving in good performances.” England had topped Group 1 of the Super 12 stage after winning four matches out of five while New Zealand finished at the second spot in Group 2 after winning the same number of matches.New Zealand Playing XI: Martin Guptill, Daryl Mitchell, Kane Williamson (c), Devon Conway (wk), Glenn Phillips, James Neesham, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Tim Southee, Ish Sodhi, Trent Boult.England Playing XI: Jos Buttler (wk),…

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T20 WC: Will work twice as hard to repay faith, support shown, says Hardik Pandya

Dubai [UAE]: India all-rounder Hardik Pandya said the team will work “twice as hard” to repay the faith and support shown by the fans for the side in the ongoing T20 World Cup. India rounded off the Super 12s stage of the showpiece event with a resounding nine-wicket victory over Namibia in Group 2 on Monday.Both sides had already failed to make the semi-finals before the action got underway in Dubai, but India finished on a high as half-centuries from Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul helped them chase 133 with ease. Hardik Pandya thanked everyone who cheered for Team India and promised to be back with double preparation in the next year’s T20 World Cup. “This wasn’t how we wanted our World Cup campaign to go. We fell short but we will work twice as hard to repay the faith and support shown to…

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India sign off with victory

Dubai [UAE]: Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul’s fiery partnership helped team India defeat Namibia by nine wickets in the final Super 12 match of the ongoing T20 World Cup here at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Monday.Chasing 133, both and Sharma and Rahul played knocks of 56 and 54 runs and thrashed the Namibian bowlers. Earlier, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja picked three wickets each as Men in Blue restricted Namibia to 132/8. Namibia got a sigh of relief after Rohit Sharma was dismissed by Jan Frylinck in the tenth over but their happiness did not last long as Surya Kumar Yadav joined Rahul and chased the target in just 15.2 overs.Put to bat first, Namibia got off to a decent start as the side scored 31 runs in the first four overs. Jasprit Bumrah got the scalp of Michael van Lingen in the…

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“Continue with same momentum”

Sharjah [UAE]: Pakistan skipper Babar Azam said the side wants to continue the winning momentum going into the semi-finals of the ongoing T20 World Cup.Pakistan demolished Scotland by 72 runs in their final Super 12 match in Group 2 here at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah on Sunday. Veteran batters Mohammad Hafeez and Shoaib Malik had played sensational knocks to power Pakistan to 189 in 20 overs.“We are confident about each other’s ability. We are playing as a unit and hence playing consistent cricket. We wanted to bat first. We couldn’t play well in the PP. Hafeez played well and so did Malik,” said Babar after the win.“He used his experience and played well towards the end. We have been confident. We would want to continue with the same momentum. Dubai is one of the best stadiums. We love the fans over here and…

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Namibia eye ‘last little push’

Dubai [UAE]: Namibia coach Pierre de Bruyn wants his players to give a “last little push” against India on Monday to make sure the team finish the T20 World Cup on a high.India and Namibia will lock horns with each other in their last match of the ongoing tournament. Bruyn knows if Namibia don’t execute their plans well, the India batters would dominate in the game. “We have analysed the Indian team. As players, you always look to plan ahead of the game. We know upfront with the bat that they play, if you not gonna execute your plans and if you do not execute your skills. They will punish you and that’s guaranteed,” said Bruyn while replying to ANI query in a virtual press conference.“We want to finish this campaign on a high. It’s been 45 days in the bubble, there are no…

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“Aus hitting momentum”

Abu Dhabi [UAE]: David Warner believes that Australia has found their winning momentum at just the right time after his unbeaten 89 helped them defeat the West Indies in the final Super 12 match of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.Warner’s blistering knock came from just 56 balls and together with Mitchell Marsh, 53 off 32, he put on 123 for the third wicket as Australia cruised home by eight wickets in pursuit of 158. Along with England, Australia is the other team to have qualified for the semi-finals from Group 1. “I think, all in all, I think we are hitting the momentum in the right stage of this tournament. It’s just another game of cricket. We don’t feel pressure at all. At the end of the day they [Pakistan] are playing well. We are playing well. And yeah, the best…

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T20 WC: Australia beat WI

Abu Dhabi [UAE]: Australia demolished West Indies in their final Super 12 match in Group 1 of the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium on Saturday.With this 8-wicket win, Aussies are now in a good position to make the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 semi-final. David Warner and Mitchell Marsh played the innings of 89* and 53 respectively as Australia chased the target of 158 in 16.2 overs. The two-time men’s T20 World Cup winners, West Indies racked up an impressive 157/7 first up on the back of their top-of-the-order batters. And in reply, Australia never looked uncomfortable in chasing it down, as they gathered two points with 22 balls to spare.Opener David Warner was in fine form, as he brought up a half-century to keep Australia well on track in their chase. With some help from…

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T20 WC: India beat Scotland by 8 wickets

Dubai [UAE]: Mohammed Shami and Ravindra Jadeja starred with the ball before KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma firing knocks helped India defeat Scotland by eight wickets in the Group 2 match of Super 12 stage of the ongoing ICC men’s T20 World Cup here at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Friday.India needed to chase 86 runs in 7.1 overs to better their net-run rate from Afghanistan but the Virat Kohli-led side did the needful in 6.3 overs. With this win, India moved to the third spot with four points in Group 2.Chasing 86, India got off to a firing start as the openers registered the fastest team fifty of the ongoing tournament.Rahul and Rohit kept smashing boundaries as India raced to 70 in the five overs. However, Bradley Wheal removed Rohit on 30 but India kept inching closer to a thumping win.In the end,…

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T20 WC: Pakistan bowlers were outstanding against us, says Williamson

Sharjah [UAE] : New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson was magnanimous in defeat after his side pushed Pakistan all the way before succumbing to a five-wicket loss in a Super 12s thriller.Haris Rauf took four for 22 and Asif Ali smashed 27 off 12 balls to see Pakistan to a second victory at the ICC Men’s T20 Cricket World Cup 2021. Williamson admitted that Ali, who hit three sixes, the same as New Zealand made in their 20 overs, timed the ball better than anyone. “It was a tough surface to time the ball on and someone like Shoaib Malik batting through and finishing off with a couple of blows. And Asif Ali who came in and hit the ball beautifully, much sweeter than anybody else on a tricky surface,” said Williamson in an official release issued by ICC.“Unfortunately, it didn’t quite go our way…

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T20 WC : Hardik Pandya’s shoulder injury “not serious”

Dubai [UAE] : Flamboyant India all-rounder Hardik Pandya’s shoulder injury sustained during the T20 World Cup opener against Pakistan is believed to be a minor one and he is likely to be available for the next game against New Zealand on October 31. Pandya, who did not bowl in the IPL last month, is playing only as a batter right now and scored 11 off 8 balls on Sunday night, looking distinctly uncomfortable against pacers before being hit on the shoulder by a short ball. “Yes, Hardik’s scan reports have come and the injury is not very serious. Also the fact that there is a six-day gap between two games gives him enough time to recuperate,” a senior BCCI official told PTI on conditions of anonymity. “But obviously, the medical team would wait and watch as to how he shapes up during the training sessions,” he added.…

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Varun Tej Konidela, Naga Babu Enjoys Indian Vs Pakistan T20 Match At Dubai

Tollywood actor Varun Tej Konidela was spotted with his dad Naga Babu during the Indian Vs Pakistan T20 match on Sunday at the Dubai International Stadium. On Sunday, Varun Tej took to his Instagram shared a pic with his dad Naga Babu during the match. Varun was seen wearing a white tee with a blue cap, while Naga Babu can be seen sporting a blue checks shirt in the photo. The actor also shared a glimpse of the crowd cheering the teams. Going by the clicks the father-son duo seems to be watching the match with full concentration. Even though the Indian team couldn’t win the match but seems like the two could spend quality time with each other. Sharing the pic, Varun Tej wrote, ”Mad energy here in Dubai!!! Go team India!!🇮🇳 #indvspak #t20worldcup.” View this post on Instagram A post shared by Varun Tej Konidela (@varunkonidela7) Varun Tej…

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T20 WC: Morgan open to dropping himself if poor form continues

Dubai [UAE]: England skipper Eoin Morgan said that he is ready to get himself dropped from England’s playing XI of ICC Men’s T20 World Cup if his poor form continues.Morgan has just come back after captaining the Indian Premier League (IPL) team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and taking them to the finals of the tournament. Morgan has been really short of T20 runs this year with an average of 16.63 with the highest score of 47 not out from 35 innings.“It’s always something I’ve said – it’s always an option. I’m not going to stand in the way of a team winning the World Cup. I’ve been short of runs but my captaincy has been pretty good, as it goes. So, yes is the answer,” said Morgan, as reported by ESPNcricinfo.“Not being a bowler and being a bit older and not contributing as much…

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T20 WC: Dhoni as mentor will boost morale of the team further, says Kohli

Dubai [UAE]: India skipper Virat Kohli on Saturday said that having MS Dhoni as the mentor for the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup will hold his side in good stead.India will open its campaign in the upcoming T20 World Cup against Pakistan on October 24 at the Dubai International Stadium. Kohli’s side will also have the services of MS Dhoni as the former India skipper will act as a mentor. “Massive experience. He is quite excited about getting back in this environment. He has always been a mentor for all of us, when we were starting our careers at the time he played and now he has the same opportunity to continue the same again. Especially for the younger guys who are in early stages of their career, just experience that he has gained over the years and having conversations with him about the…

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T20 WC: There are lot of challenges in front of New Zealand, says Williamson

Dubai [UAE]: New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson feels there are a lot of challenges in front of the Kiwis ahead of the T20 World Cup but their focus will be on getting better as a team in the showpiece event.New Zealand begin their T20 World Cup 2021 campaign against Pakistan in their Super 12s match at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on October 26 and will play India three days later at the Dubai International Stadium. “I mean there’s a lot of challenges in front of us. I mean any tournament, any World Cup is always tough, particularly the T20 World Cup. There are match-winners in every team and anybody can truly beat anybody and for us, we want to continue the path of growth and improve as a side and make those adjustments,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Williamson as saying.“There are very little promises in this…

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Shastri intends to step down as coach after T20 WC, says ‘never overstay your welcome’

London [UK]: Team India head coach Ravi Shastri intends to step down from his role after the T20 World Cup as in an interview with The Guardian, he said that he has achieved everything there was and he does not want to overstay his welcome.“I believe so because I’ve achieved all I wanted. Five years as No 1 in Test cricket, to win in Australia twice, to win in England. I spoke to Michael Atherton earlier this summer and said: ‘For me, this is the ultimate – to beat Australia in Australia and win in England in Covid times.’ We lead England 2-1 and the way we played at Lord’s and the Oval was special,” The Guardian quoted Shastri as saying. “We’ve also beaten every country in the world in their own backyard in white-ball cricket. If we win the T20 World Cup that…

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Kohli will be more determined, focused to win the T20 World Cup, says childhood coach Rajkumar

New Delhi [India]: India skipper Virat Kohli’s childhood coach Rajkumar Sharma feels the 32-year-old cricketer will be more “determined and focused” to win the upcoming T20 World Cup.Kohli on Thursday announced that he would step down as the T20I skipper of the national side after the T20 World Cup slated to be played in the UAE in October-November this year. Rajkumar said the new skipper will bring new ideas and Kohli will help him just like MS Dhoni used to assist the India captain.“New captain will bring new ideas and new strategies, so it will interesting to see who is named as the skipper. Just like what Dhoni did, Virat too will like to play the same role and help the new captain,” Rajkumar told ANI.“He will be more determined and focused to win the T20 World Cup as he will want to leave…

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Virat Kohli to step down as India’s T20I skipper after 2021 World Cup

Dubai [UAE]: India skipper Virat Kohli has decided to step down from T20I captaincy after the ICC T20 World Cup in November this year.Kohli explained his decision to leave the T20I captaincy in a statement on Twitter. The India skipper said he needs to give himself space in order to play all three formats for the country. “I have been fortunate enough to not only represent India but also lead the Indian Cricket Team to my utmost capability. I thank everyone who has supported me in my journey as the Captain of the Indian Cricket Team,” Kohli said in a statement.“I couldn’t have done it without them — the boys, the support staff, the selection committee, my coaches, and each and every Indian who prayed for us to win.“Understanding workload is a very important thing and considering my immense workload over the last 8-9…

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Ban vs NZ: Nice to spend some time in the middle, says Latham

Dhaka [Bangladesh]: New Zealand T20I skipper Tom Latham has said that it was nice for him to spend some time in the middle and take his team over the line in the final match of the five-game series against Bangladesh.Latham’s remarks came after the fifth and final T20I where New Zealand registered a 27-run victory. Bangladesh won the series 3-2. “It was obviously nice to spend a little bit of time in the middle. Haven’t played a lot of T20 cricket for New Zealand but also for Canterbury over the last couple of years. For me, it’s just about finding a way in these conditions that are so foreign to us and probably a little bit harder than what we expected. So, for me it’s about, I guess, do the role as best as you can and it was nice I could do that,”…

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Sri Lanka announce ODI, T20I squad for series against South Africa

Colombo [Sri Lanka]: Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) on Monday announced a 22-member squad for the upcoming ODI and T20I series against South Africa.The squad was approved by the Minister of Youth and Sports, Namal Rajapaksa. In July, Sri Lanka played an ODI and T20I series against India. The hosts lost the three-match ODI series 2-1, but managed to win the T20I series.India’s Krunal Pandya got infected with COVID-19 and as a result, eight other players were identified as close contacts and they were unable to play the second and third T20Is.Sri Lanka squad: Dasun Shanaka (c), Dhananjaya de Silva, Kusal Perera, Dinesh Chandimal, Avishka Fernando, Bhanuka Rajapaksa, Pathum Nissanka, Charith Asalanka, Wanindu Hasaranga, Kamindu Mendis, Minod Bhanuka, Ramesh Mendis, Chamika Karunaratne, Nuwan Pradeep, Binura Fernando, Dushmantha Chameera, Akila Dananjaya, Praveen Jayawickrema, Lahiru Kumara, Lahiru Madushanka, Pulina Tharanga, Maheesh Theekshana.

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T20 World Cup: In order to win, teams will have to go through India, says Darren Sammy

New Delhi [India]: Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy feels every team will have to go through India if they want to progress in the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021.India will face Pakistan in their opening game of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 at the Dubai International Stadium on October 24. India, champions in the inaugural edition played in South Africa in 2007 and finalists in 2014, will also have Afghanistan, New Zealand, and two qualifiers from Round 1 to contend with in Group 2 while Group 1 comprises England, Australia, South Africa, the West Indies and two qualifiers from Round 1. “India is the team to beat. We have heard Dinesh Karthik talk about it — the experience, their T20 players come into the international cricket with, whether it is from India’s domestic T20 cricket or the IPL, you…

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SL vs SA: De Kock rested for ODIs, Miller to make comeback in T20Is

Cape Town [South Africa], August 12 : Cricket South Africa (CSA) on Thursday announced the men’s ODI and T20I squads that will travel to Sri Lanka for a six-match tour. The fixtures will be played from September 2-14 in Colombo.Dwaine Pretorius returns to both squads after being forced to miss out on the West Indies and Ireland tours due to medical reasons. Junior Dala has been included in the ODI squad and Lungi Ngidi will miss the ODI series due to personal reasons. He will join the team in time for the T20 series. Quinton de Kock has been rested from the ODI team. David Miller sustained a hamstring injury during the final T20 against Ireland and will miss the ODI series while his progress is being monitored. Both have been marked to make their return to play in the T20 series.The ODI squad…

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T20 format enough to take cricket into Olympics, didn’t need ‘The Hundred’: Ian Chappell

Melbourne [Australia]: Former Australia captain Ian Chappell reckons that the T20 format is enough to take the sport into the Olympics and the newest addition ‘The Hundred’ was not really needed.The Hundred is an England and Wales Cricket Board’s (ECB) brainchild, and it is featuring eight teams taking on each other. The first match in the competition was played between the women’s teams of Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals on July 21. The Hundred is a 100-ball cricket competition that is seeing (both men and women) featuring in the tournament.“Apart from reducing the number of balls to obtain a terrestrial television deal, the reasoning behind the Hundred could well be that it improves the chances of cricket fulfilling the Olympic dream. This is often cited as a way to spread the game’s popularity to a wider audience. Surely the T20 format could achieve that…