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Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: BCCI)

Virat Kohli reminded me of Novak Djokovic: Ed Smith

  • Trent Woodhill, batting coach of RCB believes that Kohli’s consistency is pretty simple, according to a report in ESPNCricinfo.
  • “He has trained himself to repeat. What I mean by that is that before going out into the match, he is playing the same game. It’s not like he is trying to play a certain way and then can’t repeat that. When he wants to hit the ball to a certain area, he is not thinking how he is doing it technically. He is just repeating. He is seeing the opportunity and taking that opportunity,” he added.
  • Former English cricketer and journalist Ed Smith said that Kohli reminded him of Novak Djokovic who shows total commitment to every aspect of his life. He said, “In terms of total commitment in every aspect of his life to excellence on the field, it reminded me of Djokovic.”
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Virat Kohli, Yuvraj, and Hardik dances while MS Dhoni sings

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  • Virat Kohli is making good use of the free time – he conducted a grand charity gala dinner in association with Smile Foundation in Mumbai on Friday.
  • The charity dinner function had Kohli, Yuvraj Singh and Hardik Pandya dancing along with the kids of the Smile Foundation, to the hit Bollywood song ‘Tukur Tukur’ from the ‘Dilwale’ starring Shah Rukh Khan.
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Zimbabwe might just be able to spring a surprise: Heath Streak

  • Heath Streak, the former captain of Zimbabwe, feels that if the Indian players carry on the form in the IPL, it will be hard for Zimbabwe and also noted that Zimbabwe are familiar with the conditions and they might well produce a surprise for team India.
  • “If the Indian youngsters carry on with their IPL form then they’ll be a tough side to beat for Zimbabwe. However, the experience is a factor and we have seen young teams when put under pressure struggle a bit. MS Dhoni’s presence – to have his guidance and leadership – will be a calming influence no doubt, making India a tough team to beat. But Zimbabwe will be playing at home, will be aware of their conditions and they might just be able to spring a surprise,” the bowling coach of Gujarat Lions in IPL opinioned.
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Southern Stars earn ‘Best fielding side in the world’ tag

  • The Australian Women’s team, also known as the Southern Stars are on the verge of achieving a rather distinctive tag. Having showcased some terrific fielding in the recently concluded World T20, the Aussies are almost the ‘best fielding side in the world’ among the women. Team’s coach Matthew Mott is known to have run the team through rigorous training sessions is certainly one who has been credited for the same.
  • Talking to cricket.com.au, Mott said, “Looking at the World T20, we showed a lot of pressure and we’re very strong in a number of areas and we’re quite athletic in the field, but we really want to take that to the next level. I think we’re a very confident fielding side with some very solid fielders and a couple that stands out, but I want to drag the center mass up a bit higher. We want to be the best fielding team in the world.”
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Virender Sehwag had a go at the Pakistan fans

  • Virender Sehwag took on Twitter to appeal Pakistan fans not to break their TV sets, assuming India winning over Pakistan, as India had never lost to Pakistan in World Cups.
  • Earlier, when the former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar posted a team picture of Pakistan from the 90s with the caption “Dream team.. Full of talent and characters ..1 of the best Pak team I ever played with..”, Sehwag had a dig on Akhtar saying “Very good team Shoaib Bhai, many legends ,but still couldn’t beat India in any World Cup. Still searching for Mauka.”
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Every batsman should learn from Virat Kohli: Suresh Raina

  • The 29-year-old was all praises for the Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli, who almost had a dream IPL run, except the loss in the final. With over 900 runs and 4 centuries in a season, he was undoubtedly at his best this season. Raina went on to say that every batsman should learn from the Indian run machine. “He (Virat Kohli) has a different mindset.
  • He is batting the same way he does in ODIs, T20s or Tests. He knows how to make runs. Every batsman should learn from him on how to bat at No. 3 and get (a) lot of big hundreds, runs in shorter formats and also while chasing,” he told. “I am confident he will continue the same way for India and win us the games,” he added.
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BCB contact Aaqib Javed for bowling coach role

  • The Bangladesh Cricket Board have reportedly contacted former Pakistan pacer Aaqib Javed to fill the void of the bowling coach for the national side. BCB chief Nazmul Hasan Papon confirmed the same on Monday. The move comes after the Heath Streak stepped down from his position as bowling coach of Bangladesh.
  • “We are in touch with Aaqib Javed,” Hassan said. “Our CEO Nizamuddin Chowdhury informed us that we will get an answer from him – yes or no – by the day after tomorrow (Tuesday). We are also discussing if we can talk about the alternatives.”
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Sitting on the bench was hard to digest: Pawan Negi

  • While the Delhi Daredevils certainly had a memorable season, Pawan Negi was an unfortunate casualty in the grand scheme of things. Having splashed an audacious 8.5 Crores on him in the auction, he was let down by a few terrible performances with both bat and ball. In addition, Negi became surplus to the Daredevils’ requirements towards the business end of the season.
  • Speaking to the Asian Age, Negi stated that he was indeed puzzled about the fact that he was kept on the bench. He also added that the Daredevils management didn’t back his abilities.
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Alarming that we don’t have pace bowling depth: Graham Ford

  • Sri Lanka coach Graham Ford has conceded that the Lankans lack depth in their bowling attack following injuries to the likes of Dushmantha Chameera and Dhammika Prasad. While the latter was ruled out before the start of the series, Chameera was ruled out after sustaining an injury in the first Test at Headingley.
  • “Maybe it’s a little alarming that perhaps we don’t have the depth that we were hoping that we would have at this stage, in the fast bowling department,” Ford said. “That’s a project for the future because there are those injuries around fast bowlers. I did see some exciting Under-19 bowling before we came out here to England. I’m sure there are talented boys and if they’re looked after properly, we should have a decent unit of fast bowlers.”
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Tinashe Panyangara ruled out of India series; Cremer named captain

  • The India v Zimbabwe series took yet another twist with premier Zimbabwe pacer Tinashe Panyangara ruled out of the series with an injury. Reports suggest that Panyangara was ruled out of the series with a back injury, thereby witnessing a few replacements named in the side. The 30-year old Zimbabwean pacer will miss out on the three ODIs and the subsequent three T20 internationals.
  • Taurai Muzarabani, who has played six ODIs and seven T20Is, was picked in Panyangara’s place. Further reports go on to suggest that Graeme Cremer has been named as the Zimbabwe skipper for both the formats of the series.
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Nathan Lyon open to different ODI roles for Australia

  • Nathan Lyon, the star performer against the West Indies in the second ODI of the ongoing Tri-series stated that he would be open to playing a different role in ODI.
  • “Smithy (Steve Smith) and I spoke a couple of times at a few different net sessions about playing a different role potentially with the new ball, potentially at the death, so I’ve just got to be able to work with what Smithy wants,” Lyon said at the post-match press conference after Australia chased down a measly target of 117 to record a six-wicket win.
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