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Updated - Oct 13, 2017 11:39 pm
Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri are ‘indirectly’ responsible for Pakistan’s Champions Trophy triumph
As it turns out, former Indian cricketers Sunil Gavaskar and Ravi Shastri motivated the players before the encounter.
Just like most of the other cricket pundits, Gavaskar and Shastri weren’t ready to accept that the green shirts can put up a spirited performance, which helped the players perform exceedingly well.
ICC gives a nod to Test Championship and ODI League
- International Cricket Council (ICC) has approved the Test Championship and One-Day International League on Friday (October 13).
- The Chief Executive of ICC, David Richardson, confirmed the news in Auckland after the meeting of governing body. The leagues will now bring more context to the bilateral series especially in the 50-over format in which the team will battle for a place in World Cup.
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A Bollywood actor who played for Pakistan
The political tension between India and Pakistan has not allowed the teams to play in a bilateral series for a long time now.
But surprisingly a Bollywood actor named Mohsin Khan has played for Pakistan against their arch-rivals in International cricket. While the rivalry between the two always witnesses the high-voltage drama, it is interesting that the actor has managed to play for Men in Green while acting in India.
Security beefs up for the final T20I in Hyderabad
The Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium in Hyderabad is leaving no stones unturned in terms of security measures after what happened in Guwahati, the venue for the previous T20I encounter between India and Australia.
It has been learnt that fans can bring their mobile phones to watch the final T20I between the two sides, but power-banks and other electronic devices are strictly prohibited according to Mahesh Bhagwat, Commissioner of Police, Rachakonda.
I hope Nehra will do well in Hyderabad and India wins: Suresh Raina
Indian cricketer Suresh Raina has paid tribute to the veteran pace bowler Ashish Nehra who is set to retire from international cricket on November 1. Nehra will play his last international game against New Zealand in the first of the three-match T20I series on his home ground.
He himself confirmed the news on Thursday and cleared he will not play any competitive cricket after bidding adieu. However, Raina heaped praises over the left arm fast bowler and hoped that his performance wins the series for India in Hyderabad.
Adam Zampa was fired up after causal feedback from his teammate
Australian spinner Adam Zampa played a very vital role in the visitor’s victory over India in the 2nd T20I in Guwahati. Zampa picked up the wickets of Kedar Jadhav and MS Dhoni, as India faltered without a fight.
The 25-year-old not only ended the match with figures of 2/19 but also achieved a rare feat of getting Dhoni stumped. The spinner’s wild celebration thereafter showed how crucial that particular breakthrough was.
Australian spinner Brad Hogg feels India are way ahead of Australia
Australian spinner Brad Hogg has honestly admitted that India are way ahead of the men from down under at the moment.
He also doesn’t want to compare the dominating Indian team of the present with the invincible Australian side which played with the same attribute.
Virat Kohli has a given Anushka Sharma a cute name
Virat has been given a pet name as ‘Cheeku’ by his teammates and it is yet to be revealed what his girlfriend would be calling him. The Indian skipper has a special name for Anushka and he calls her with that name itself.
Despite being busy with his hectic schedule, he has managed to juggle his commitments with the actress and things are looking good for both of them in the near future. However, it remains to be seen when the duo announces the news of them being engaged.
Chris Gayle to sue publishers for allegations of exposing himself to masseuse
West Indies explosive cricketer Chris Gayle is set to appear in a Sydney court in order to defend himself from allegations of being exposed to female message therapist in a dressing room. The superstar of world cricket will provide evidence in the NSW Supreme Court in a $1 million defamation case.
The 38-year old has said that a certain section of people tried to defame him by suggesting that intentionally exposed his genitals to a woman in the West Indies team dressing room during a training session at the 2015 World Cup.’
Bangladeshi cricketer Arafat Sunny accused of torturing wife and demanding dowry
Nasrin Sultana, the wife of Bangladeshi cricketer Arafat Sunny, accused him and his mother of demanding a huge sum as dowry and torturing her when she wasn’t able to pay it.
Not just this, Nasrin also accused Sunny of ditching her when her family wasn’t able to meet the demands of their son-in-law.
Aamir Khan will attend India v Australia 3rd T20I match
When two top-notch sides like India and Australia collide, it is a treat for every cricket enthusiast. One such treat is due today when Virat Kohli‘s men will take on David Warner’s soldiers. While the Aussies might have been humiliated in the ODI series, they have made a good comeback in the T20Is winning the second match after going down in the first, to square things.
Now it is time for the decider, and billions of Indian loyalists will follow the match closely. Among the thousands, one notable mention is Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan, who will be present at the stadium to witness the final showdown.
Ross Taylor delighted to be in India
The veteran New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor has expressed his delight to be in India for the limited overs series starting from October 22. New Zealand team led by Kane Williamson arrived in Mumbai on Friday for their 3-weeks tour to the country.
However, only nine players came as the remaining players will be picked from the ongoing series between India A and New Zealand A. The teams are playing the fourth One-Dayer in Visakhapatnam with the hosts leading the series by 1-0.
South Africa and Zimbabwe will play the four-day Test after ICC’s approval for a trial
The International Cricket Council (ICC) took some important decisions in the governing body’s meeting in Auckland. The council approved the Test Championship and the One-Day International League.
The ICC also announced that the teams are free to play the four-day Test matches on a trial basis, which is part of an experiment before the 2019 World Cup.
Mumbai captain Aditya Tare to miss Mumbai’s Ranji opener
Mumbai captain Aditya Tare has made himself unavailable for the upcoming Ranji Trophy game against Madhya Pradesh tomorrow. Having notified the selectors earlier, Tare said that his selection depended on the birth of his baby.
He will hence be spending this time with his wife, who is expected to deliver a baby anytime.
Anil Kumble-led cricket committee to discuss on the playing conditions for 4-day Tests
It has been learnt that the cricket committee chaired by former Indian coach Anil Kumble will discuss the new playing conditions for the 4-day Tests.
According to the ICC (International Cricket Council) sources, the playing conditions will be charted before the Chief Executives’ Committee (CEC) and the final decision on awarding the official status to the 4-day Test will be deliberated by the Board members later this week in New Zealand.
Ashish Nehra admits that it is the right time to move on from the game that he loves
Veteran left-arm seamer Ashish Nehra has admitted that time has come, or him to step down from the game that he dearly loves. Nehra was recalled to the squad for the shortest format of the game, after spending most of the IPL season out with an injury.
Since his return, the left-arm seamer was not picked in the playing XI despite being the most experienced seamer in the squad.
Sachin Tendulkar is not the greatest, Bradman’s average isn’t 99.94, claims IIM-C study
According to Business Standard, the Indian Institute of Management Calcutta (IIM-C) solves the jigsaw with a tested method to compare players across generations.
The research paper subjected ‘Measuring batting consistency and comparing batting legends in Test cricket: Innovative applications of statistical tools’ put on by IIM-C’s faculty members Sahadeb Sarkar and Anirban Banerjee digs into more than just mere runs.
Colin Munro reveals he may have given up cricket if not for a friend’s advice
New Zealand cricketer Colin Munro revealed how he had almost given up on cricket at the age of 24.
He talked about his mindset during the time he was struggling, early in his career and how he turned the tables. He admitted how things panned out for him luckily and he never had second thoughts later on.