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Virat Kohli just revealed his retirement plans and we are shook

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Retired cricketers plying their trade in T20 leagues might be a global trend right now but India captain Virat Kohli says he wouldn’t even be “seen around the scene” the day he is “totally spent” to pick up the bat again.
Responding to a query on whether he would consider playing in the Australian Big Bash league after retiring or if the BCCI lifts the bar on its players, Kohli said he would certainly not be around for such a stint after retirement.
“Look I don’t know whether that stance is going to change in the future. As far as I am concerned, playing more cricket when I am done, I don’t think I am in that zone, to be honest,” the 30-year-old said ahead of the opening ODI against Australia on Saturday.
Retired cricketers such as AB de Villiers and Brendon McCullum are regularly seen playing in T20 leagues such as the IPL and Big Bash but Kohli says he isn’t interested in joining the bandwagon.
“I have played enough cricket in the last five years and I cannot comment on even the first thing I do when I retire because I don’t feel like I am going to pick up the bat again,” he said.
“I will be spent, the day I finish I will be totally spent and that’s the reason I am going to stop playing cricket. So I don’t see myself coming back and playing again. Once I am done, I will be done, and I won’t be seen around the scene,” Kohli said.

The skipper was all praise for his team’s batting line-up and said the line-up looks strong heading into the ODI World Cup starting May 30 in England. “In the last 12 months, our ODI batting has been very strong and openers are a very big factor in that. There was a phase in the middle when we addressed the issue of middle overs and from 25-40 overs we tried to change our batting style,” he said.
“Where our batting is at the moment, the team management and I are very comfortable because we have results in ODI cricket and performances have been very good as well.” In fact, Kohli felt the Indian team is perfectly balanced in every aspect.
“The bowling has been balanced too. In one-day cricket, any team can beat you on any given day. But as a team, you have to give your best and take your strongest eleven. And we feel like a one-day team we are on the right track and are on our full strength,” he said.

Nisha Shiwani has worked in many companies in various capacities and in her free time loves to express herself through her articles. She is based out of the pink city Jaipur.

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IPL 2019: Rajasthan Royals owner to sell stakes ahead of 12th edition

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Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Rajasthan Royals‘ owners are all set to sell half of their stakes in order to give the side a much needed financial boost ahead of the 12th edition of the popular league.

It has been learned that the current franchise owners have approached key BCCI officials and intimated their decision to sell around fifty percent of their stakes. Manoj Badale is the principal owner of Rajasthan Royals.

“Yes, Rajasthan Royals are selling a major part of their stakes and the highest bidder will be getting it. What we have heard is that it is around fifty percent and some of the biggest business houses in the country are apparently interested in buying stakes,” a senior BCCI official privy to the development told PTI on conditions of anonymity.

While there are no confirmations as of now but Sanjeev Goenka, former IPL franchise Rising Pune Supergiants’ owner, is keen on buying stakes. Goenka could not be reached for comment.

Another big industrialist based out of Western India with multiple business interests is also in the mix.

Goenka, who is also the principal owner of Indian Super League (ISL) team ATK, had bought the Pune franchise (Rising Pune Supergiants) for the two seasons when Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings were banned for their involvement in spot-fixing scandal.

“Mr Goenka has always been interested in coming back after he had a fairly good but short stint in the IPL. His team made it to the finals in one of the years. Let’s wait and watch how it all pans out,” the official said.

Royals have been the champions of the first edition of Indian Premier League back in 2008 under the stewardship of legendary Shane Warne.

Their reputation, however, took a beating back in 2013 when three cricketers S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan, and Ajit Chandila were arrested on charges of spot-fixing and the franchise was subsequently banned for two years by the Supreme Court-appointed committee.

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Please leave the gentleman alone,’ says Sunil Gavaskar of MS Dhoni

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Please leave the gentleman alone,” former India captain Sunil Gavaskar said of Mahendra Singh Dhoni, insisting that the veteran’s value to the team cannot be calculated despite the lack of consistency.
Dhoni turned back the clock with a match-winning half-century against Australia in the second one-dayer in Adelaide, even hitting one of those trademark last-over sixes. The well-timed knock eased the pressure he has been under due to inconsistent form.
“My prayer is to please leave the gentleman alone and he will continue to do well. He is also not getting younger. So the consistency you might have at a younger age will obviously not be there and you have to bear with that,” Gavaskar told ‘India Today’.
The 37-year-old two-time World Cup-winning former captain’s future is one of the most debated topics in Indian cricket right now but Gavaskar feels he deserves better.
“Bear with that little inconsistency. But he’s still tremendous value to the team…
That value you cannot calculate at all,” the batting great said.
Elaborating on what he thought makes Dhoni a crucial cog, Gavaskar said the veteran stumper’s reading of the game and match situations is impeccable from behind the stumps.
“He keeps telling the bowlers to bowl a particular delivery, what a batsman is planning to do. He has a sense of what a batsman is thinking…What the batsman is looking to do now…is he looking to get out of jail kind of shot?” he said.
“These are the kind of things where Dhoni helps the bowlers and of course with the field placing because Virat is so important in the deep (as he fields outside 30-yard circle) in the final overs when he saves those two runs diving around, takes magnificent catches in the deep,” he added.
Gavaskar also spoke about the trust that current skipper Virat Kohli has Dhoni’s assessment of situations.
“…it’s not possible for Virat to maybe have a conversation with the bowlers or to make adjustments to the square fielders. That is where Virat has complete faith and trust in Dhoni to make those little bit of adjustments for him,” Gavaskar said.

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India vs Australia: Mohammed Siraj claims unwanted record on ODI debut

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Mohammed Siraj earned an unwanted record during the second One-Day International (ODI) between India and Australia in Adelaide on Tuesday

The Hyderabadi fast bowler, Siraj, who made his ODI debut at the Adelaide Oval, replaced Khaleel Ahmed in India’s playing XI.

Siraj, who became India’s 225th ODI player, did not have the perfect start to his international one-day career. It was just a repeat of his disastrous T20I debut, which he had made last year against New Zealand in Rajkot.

While India won on Tuesday by six wickets, Siraj gave away the most number of runs by an Indian bowler on debut as he was hit for 76 runs by Australian batsmen.

His figures (10-0-76-0) are the second most expensive for an Indian bowler on ODI debut. Karsan Ghavri holds the record for the most expensive figures on debut, having conceded 83 runs in 11 overs against England in 1975.

Coincidentally, Siraj also holds the forgettable record of second-most expensive figures on T20I debut. In 2017, Siraj had given away 57 runs on his T20I debut for India against New Zealand in Rajkot.

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BCCI serves showcause notice to Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul for comments on ‘Koffee With Karan’

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Indian cricketers Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul were Wednesday issued show cause notices by the BCCI for their comments on women on a TV show that triggered a massive outrage and might prompt the Board to bar players from such appearances.

Pandya, whose remarks on Koffee with Karan were criticised as sexist, apologised for his remarks, saying he got “carried away by the nature” of the show. Rahul, on the other hand, has not yet responded to the criticism.

“We have sent showcause notices to Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul for their comments. They have been given 24 hours to give an explanation,” Chairman of the Committee of Administrators that runs the BCCI, Vinod Rai, told PTI.

The 25-year-old all-rounder and Rahul appeared on the celebrity chat show, hosted by film-maker Karan Johar, together.

Taking to Twitter, Pandya posted, “After reflecting on my comments on Koffee with Karan, I would like to apologise to everyone concerned who I may have hurt in any way. Honestly, I got a bit carried away with the nature of the show. In no way did I mean to disrespect or hurt anyone’s sentiments. Respect.”

On the show, Pandya boasted about hooking up with multiple women and also how open he has been about it with his parents.

When asked why he didn’t ask women their name in a club, Pandya responded by saying, “I like to watch and observe how they (women) move. I’m little from the black side so I need to see how they move.”

Criticism started coming Pandya’s way soon after and it is learnt that he was ticked off by the BCCI top brass.

According to a source, his comments were deemed “crass and cringeworthy” and might have a bearing on whether Indian cricketers appear on “such non-cricket shows” after this.

“It will be considered whether players should even be allowed to appear on such shows which have got nothing to do with cricket,” a BCCI source told PTI.

Pandya is currently with the Indian team in Australia where it recently recorded a historic maiden Test series win.

Pandya had joined the team before the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne after recovering from a back injury which he had suffered during the Asia Cup in UAE last year.

He will be seen in action in the three-match ODI series against Australia which starts on January 12 in Sydney.

 

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ICC announces USA Cricket as its 105th Member

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The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced that USA Cricket will now be approved as an Associate Member to become the ICC’s 105th Member.

What started as the expulsion of the USA Cricket Association (USACA), this announcement came as a significant milestone. The application to become the 93rd Associate Member in accordance with the ICC Constitution was approved by ICC Members following the Membership Committee’s recommendation to the ICC Board late last year, according to an ICC media release.

The USACA had been suspended thrice between 2005 and 2015. The ICC had expressed concerns over governance, finance, reputation, and cricketing activities before it was expelled in 201

Now, as a member of the ICC, USA Cricket can be eligible to receive funding in accordance with the ICC Development Funding Policy and can also sanction domestic and international cricket in the United States.

ICC Chief Executive, David Richardson said: “This is the culmination of a great deal of hard work and I would like to congratulate the Chair of USA Cricket, Paraag Marathe, and the Board, on this important milestone and wish them all the very best for the future.

USA Cricket Board Chair, Paraag Marathe said: “USA Cricket was established to bring together the cricket community in the United States, develop the game and unlock the sport’s undoubted potential for growth. Today’s confirmation that it is the ICC’s newest Member is a significant staging post on that journey.

“As David mentioned, this recognition is not just the work of our Board but is a result of thousands of volunteer hours over the last 18 months and USA Cricket appreciates the time, effort and sacrifice of all those involved.

“On behalf of our Board of Directors and the entire U.S. cricket community, I also want to thank the ICC and the other 104-member countries for your faith in us to deliver on the nearly limitless potential for cricket in the United States. We do not take this responsibility lightly and pledge to lead this great game with the integrity, passion and tireless work ethic that is a foundation for global cricket.”

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Rashid Khan’s emotional message to his late dad is breaking our heart

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Afghanistani cricketer Rashid Khan who is currently playing for Adelaide Strikers in the eighth edition of the Big Bash League (BBL) in Australia lost his beloved father and the spinner is expected to fly back home to perform the last rites.

The Nangarhar-born spinner tweeted saying, “Today I lost the most important person in my life, father-the everlasting candle. Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un. Now I know why u always asked me to be strong, bcz u knew that today I would need the strength to bear your loss. Will be always in my prayers. I miss u #plztalktomeOnce”.

The Afghan all-rounder’s foundation also quoted the cricketer saying, “Inna lillahi wa inna ilayhi raji’un Dad, your memories have become my heartbeats & will stay with me for the rest of my life. I became #RashidKhan because of your duas & you are no longer with me to share my achievements. I have so much left to say to you. I Miss You,”

Rashid of Adelaide Strikers has played three contests so far in which he picked up five wickets. He has picked up wickets at an average of 8.20 and an economy of 3.41.

The Strikers had roped in Rashid in the last season and his inclusion has turned out to be boon for the franchise. The Strikers went on to win the championship. With 18 wickets, Rashid was crowed as the tournament’s leading wicket-taker. It would come as a huge blow for the Strikers if he decided not to continue to play.

 

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Mumbai player Vaibhav Kesarkar dies of Heart Attack

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Mumbai player Vaibhav Kesarkar suffered a heart attack on the field while playing a local cricket match which resulted in his death and the unfortunate incident took place on December 23.

Playing in a tennis -ball cricket tournament in central Mumbai’s Bhandup region,  the 24-year old complained about the chest pain which caused him severe uneasiness during the match.

Kesarkar was taken to the nearby hospital for examination and reports where he was declared dead after the check-up. Apparently, Kesarkar continued to bat despite the chest pain and severe discomfort.

Representing his side – GaonDevi in the tournament, Kesarkar was hailed as one of the brightest talents in the local Mumbai cricketing circles. When he suffered a heart attack on fthe ield, it was his teammates who rushed him off the field and called for medical assistance.

There was a live broadcast of the match on a YouTube channel and there one can see Kesarkar walking off the field while rubbing his chest.

The sudden demise of Kesarkar has put his family and friends in a state of shock. He used to represent various teams while playing local cricket tournaments. He belonged to an underprivileged background where his family used to struggle every day to make their ends meet.

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Gautam Gambhir, India’s World Cup hero, announces retirement from all formats of cricket

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One of India’s best openers Gautam Gambhir has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket. Gambhir posted a video of his announcement on social media on Tuesday.

The India and Delhi opener Gautam Gambhir will play his last game against Andra Pradesh in Ranji Trophy.

Gambhir will be remembered for his role in India winning the 2007 World T20 and 2011 World Cup trophies. He was also a crucial part of the team that reached the No. 1 rank in Test cricket.

Gambhir, with Virender Sehwag, formed one of the best opening partnerships which the world has ever seen in the longest form of the game.

Gambhir was the top-ranked batsman in Test cricket and was named the ICC Test Player of the Year in 2009.

Gambhir played 58 Test matches for India scoring 4154 runs at an average of 41.96 and 9 centuries. In ODIs, he scored 5238 runs at an average of 39.68 and 11 centuries in 147 matches. He also made his mark in T20I cricket playing 37 matches scoring 932 runs at an average of 27.41 with 7 half centuries.

Gambhir is one of the most successful captains in the IPL. He won two titles with the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in 2012 and 2014.

 

 

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Mithali Raj reacts to Ramesh Powar’s accusations, ‘It’s the darkest day of my life’

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Mithali Raj has reacted to Indian women’s cricket coach Ramesh Powar’s report to BCCIin which he has accused the senior player of being selfish, throwing tantrums and creating chaos.

Powar, in his report, has alleged that Mithali Raj threatened to retire midway through the ICC Women’s World T20 after being denied the opening slot. He also accused her for putting herself before team and country.

Raj took to Twitter to express her feelings. The veteran cricketer wrote that she was deeply saddened and hurt by the aspersions cast on her. She said that her commitment to the game, 20 years of playing for the country and hard work were being questioned. She ended with saying that it was the darkest day of her life.

She wrote, “I’m deeply saddened & hurt by the aspersions cast on me. My commitment to the game & 20yrs of playing for my country.The hard work, sweat, in vain. Today, my patriotism doubted, my skill set questioned & all the mud slinging- it’s the darkest day of my life. May god give strength (sic)”

Powar’s report came a day after the Mithali had alleged that the former spinner was out to destroy her and humiliated her during the World T20 tournament in the West Indies.

Powar’s 10-page tour report is almost entirely focussed on Mithali, taking up nearly five pages in all. He met BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and GM (Cricket Operations) Saba Karim at the Board headquarters in Mumbai on Wednesday to submit it.

 

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When elite honesty reigned supreme: Australia beat South Africa to finally end losing streak

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Australia snapped a seven-game losing streak to beat South Africa by seven runs in the second one-dayer in Adelaide on Friday, keeping the series alive and boosting their battered confidence.

Set 232 to win, the Proteas could only manage 224-9 in their 50 overs, leaving the series tied at 1-1 with the decider in Hobart on Sunday.

The hosts, who were thrashed by six wickets with more than 20 overs to spare in the opening match, dug deep with their bowlers getting them over the line.

Marcus Stoinis was the pick with 3-35 off his 10 overs, including the crucial scalp of David Miller who hit a stubborn 51.

Adelaide has been a happy hunting ground in the past for Australia.

In fact, their last win came at the oval nine months ago against England, before the reigning world champions were knocked for six by the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March.

Their form slump since had been characterised by batting collapses and they again struggled to compile a big total with some tight South African bowling putting them back in the pavilion for 231.

But with Mitchell Starc returning to new-ball duties after a short-lived experiment with Nathan Coulter-Nile in Perth backfired, the attack did its job.

Starc got a reward in his third over, with Adam Zampa getting under a catch in the deep to end Quinton de Kock’s night.

Aiden Markram and Reeza Hendricks were looking dangerous as they pushed the score to 46, but they needlessly attempted a third run from a clip off the pads to midwicket and Markham was run out.

Six balls later and Hendricks was also in the clubhouse, getting an outside edge off Josh Hazlewood to give Australia hope.

And when Heinrich Klassen fell to Stoinis to leave the Proteas on 68-4 the crowd came alive, sensing the miserable run could be over.

Faf du Plessis and Miller set about building a 74-run partnership before Pat Cummins got a breakthrough with the South African skipper dragging the ball onto his stumps on 47.

Miller dug in as partners fell to grind out a gutsy 51 before he was given out lbw on a review decision and the South African tail failed to wag.

Australian skipper Aaron Finch stressed beforehand the need to go back to basics and build partnerships, and he and Travis Head tried to set the tone after being sent into bat.

But Head’s aggressiveness cost him and he was trapped him lbw for eight.

That brought Shaun Marsh to the crease and he quickly got into his groove.

He and Finch knocked up a 50 partnership before Marsh, on 22, got a thick edge off Rabada and de Kock took the catch.

Finch built a composed 41 before he was deceived by a Dwaine Pretorius delivery and chopped the ball onto his wicket.

The explosive Chris Lynn was in Twenty20 mode when he smacked 18 off the first four balls of a Rabada over before he pushed his luck too far on the fifth, mistiming a hook and was caught.

Adelaide has been a happy hunting ground in the past for Australia.

In fact, their last win came at the oval nine months ago against England, before the reigning world champions were knocked for six by the ball-tampering scandal in South Africa in March.

Their form slump since had been characterised by batting collapses and they again struggled to compile a big total with some tight South African bowling putting them back in the pavilion for 231.

But with Mitchell Starc returning to new-ball duties after a short-lived experiment with Nathan Coulter-Nile in Perth backfired, the attack did its job.

Starc got a reward in his third over, with Adam Zampa getting under a catch in the deep to end Quinton de Kock’s night.

Aiden Markram and Reeza Hendricks were looking dangerous as they pushed the score to 46, but they needlessly attempted a third run from a clip off the pads to midwicket and Markham was run out.

Six balls later and Hendricks was also in the clubhouse, getting an outside edge off Josh Hazlewood to give Australia hope.

And when Heinrich Klassen fell to Stoinis to leave the Proteas on 68-4 the crowd came alive, sensing the miserable run could be over.

Faf du Plessis and Miller set about building a 74-run partnership before Pat Cummins got a breakthrough with the South African skipper dragging the ball onto his stumps on 47.

Miller dug in as partners fell to grind out a gutsy 51 before he was given out lbw on a review decision and the South African tail failed to wag.

Australian skipper Aaron Finch stressed beforehand the need to go back to basics and build partnerships, and he and Travis Head tried to set the tone after being sent into bat.

But Head’s aggressiveness cost him and he was trapped him lbw for eight.

That brought Shaun Marsh to the crease and he quickly got into his groove.

He and Finch knocked up a 50 partnership before Marsh, on 22, got a thick edge off Rabada and de Kock took the catch.

Finch built a composed 41 before he was deceived by a Dwaine Pretorius delivery and chopped the ball onto his wicket.

  • The explosive Chris Lynn was in Twenty20 mode when he smacked 18 off the first four balls of a Rabada over before he pushed his luck too far on the fifth, mistiming a hook and was caught.

 

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