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Ranji Trophy 2019-20: Vinay Kumar joins elite 400-wickets club

Patna, Dec 12:  Veteran medium-pacer Vinay Kumar has joined an elite club of bowlers taking 400 wickets in Ranji Trophy competition. He achieved the feat during Puducherry's 10-wicket win over Bihar at the Moin-ul-Haq Stadium. Vinay took four wickets for 57 runs in the second innings to take his overall wickets tally to 401 in Ranji Trophy. The 34-year-old is now the joint-10th highest-ever wicket-taker of the tournament, sitting alongside former Bengal and India left-arm spinner Utpal

12 Dec 2019 12:30 pm
New Zealand name squad for ICC U-19 World Cup 2020

Wellington, Dec 12:   New Zealand have announced their 15-member squad for the U19 World Cup slated to be held in South Africa from January 17 to February 9 next year. Left-arm spin-bowling all-rounder Jesse Tashkoff will lead the team coached by Paul Wiseman. "These boys should be proud of their selection in the U19 side but they will know the hard work is ahead of them," Wiseman said in an official statement. "We saw how strong the Bangladesh U19 side were that toured

12 Dec 2019 12:21 pm
Happy we did well batting first in a T20 game: KL Rahul

Mumbai, Dec 12:  A scintillating display batting first will help the Indian team gain a lot of confidence leading up to the World T20 next year, feels in-form India opener K.L. Rahul. Rahul top-scored with a devastating 56-ball 91 and shared a 135-run opening stand with Rohit Sharma (71) as India cruised to a 67-run victory against the West Indies in the series deciding third T20I, riding on their imposing total of 240/3. Skipper Virat Kohli too joined the party with an unbeaten 70 that cam

12 Dec 2019 9:28 am
India vs West Indies: Rohit, Rahul & Kohli blitz seals T20I series

Mumbai, Dec 11: K.L. Rahul and Rohit Sharma shared a hundred-run opening stand before skipper Virat Kohli bludgeoned an unbeaten 70 off just 29 balls as India batted the West Indies out of the series-deciding third T20 International to win it by 67 runs and grab the series 2-1, at the Wankhede Stadium here on Wednesday. Openers Rahul (91 off 56b; 4x9, 6x4) and Rohit (71 off 34; 4x6, 6x5) shared a 135-run partnership to decimate the West Indies before Kohli showed why he is the best batsman in th

11 Dec 2019 11:33 pm
Important to continue momentum once we got that start: Rohit Sharma

Mumbai, Dec 11: Rohit Sharma started the carnage that ensued at the Wankhede Stadium here on Wednesday as India posted a mammoth 240/3 in the third T20I against the West Indies. Rohit scored 71 off just 34 balls in an innings that was punctuated with six fours and five sixes. But, incredibly enough, he was upstaged by his opening partner K.L. Rahul (91 off 56 balls) and captain Virat Kohli (70 not out off 29 balls). "It's a good track to bat on, and with the dew, we knew we had to get o

11 Dec 2019 10:28 pm
Injured West Indiesopener Evin Lewis unlikely to take part in third T20I

Mumbai, Dec 11:  West Indies opener Evin Lewis is unlikely to take part in the remaining part of third and final T20I against India after he damaged a soft tissue in his right knee while fielding, here on Wednesday. Lewis was taken to the hospital for scan and later a BCCI statement said: "Evin Lewis unlikely to bat. Has soft tissue damage to right knee which will significantly restrict his ability to run between the wickets." In place of Lewis, Brandon King came out to open with

11 Dec 2019 9:59 pm
Ranji TrophyRoundup: Delhi fight back after following-on vs Kerala

New Delhi, Dec 11:   After a lacklustre show in the first innings against Kerala in their Ranji Trophy opener, Delhi made a solid start to their second essay to end Day 3 at 142/1 after being asked to follow on, in Thiruvananthapuram on Wednesday. Openers Anuj Rawat (87) and Kunal Chandela (51 batting) handed a strong start to Delhi as they shared a 130-run opening stand before the former fell. Skipper Dhruv Shorey (2*) and Chandela were at the crease when stumps were drawn. However, D

11 Dec 2019 9:36 pm
3rd T20I: Kohli, Rahul, Rohit decimate West Indies to post 240/3

Mumbai, Dec 11:  K.L. Rahul and Rohit Sharma shared a hundred-run opening stand before skipper Virat Kohli bludgeoned an unbeaten 70 off just 29 balls as India put on a batting masterclass to amass 240/3 in 20 overs in the series-deciding third T20I against the West Indies at the Wankhede Stadium here on Wednesday. Openers Rahul (91 off 56b; 4x9, 6x4) and Rohit (71 off 34; 4x6, 6x5) shared a 135-run partnership to decimate the West Indies before Kohli showed why he is the best batsman in th

11 Dec 2019 9:31 pm
3rd T20I: West Indies win toss, elect to field against India

Mumbai, Dec 11:   West Indies skipper Kieron Pollard won the toss and decided to field first against India in the third and final T20 international here on Wednesday. The series is locked 1-1 and with everything to play for, the hosts made two changes to the side that lost the second game. Mohammed Shami and Kuldeep Yadav were drafted in for Ravindra Jadeja and Yuzvendra Chahal respectively. The Windies named an unchanged squad. West Indies (Playing XI): Lendl Simmons, Evin Lewis, Bran

11 Dec 2019 6:44 pm
WATCH: Stronger every day, says Hardik Pandyain social media post

Mumbai, Dec 11: Plotting a return to international cricket during the tour of New Zealand which begins in the last week of January, India allrounder Hardik Pandya on Wednesday posted a workout video of his on social media, saying he is getting "stronger every day". In an exclusive interview to IANS on Tuesday, Hardik, who underwent a back surgery in October, said that according to the plan worked out with India's team management, he is scheduled to join the squad "midway"

11 Dec 2019 4:35 pm
Trent Boult doubtful for first Australia-New Zealand Test

Perth, Dec 11: Despite Trent Boult struggling to regain full fitness ahead of the first Test against Australia here due to a side injury, New Zealand captain Kane Williamson is willing to give the pace spearhead every chance to get back to the mix before the match begins on Thursday. The pink ball Test at the Perth Stadium will suit Boult's swing bowling and the ace fast bowler is a key weapon in Kiwis' armoury. But his fitness issue is keeping the visitors on their toes. "We're

11 Dec 2019 4:28 pm
Reminded of India: Usman Khawaja on Sydney smog

Sydney, Dec 11: Cricketers playing a domestic match in Australia in smog-hit Sydney struggled with visibility issues and breathing difficulties. The Sheffield Shield match between New South Wales and Queensland was played under a cover of thick smog that covered Sydney due to smoke coming from a raging bushfire in New South Wales. Usman Khawaja, who captaining Queensland, said the conditions reminded him of playing in India. "When we arrived here this morning it reminded me of playing in In

11 Dec 2019 4:22 pm
Pakistan propose Day-Night Test in Karachi against Bangladesh

Lahore, Dec 11:  Pakistan have invited Bangladesh to play a day-night Test during the latter's tour of the country next month. Bangladesh will tour Pakistan for two Tests and three T20Is in January. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB), however, is still awaiting a security report and government directive before making a final call on the tour itself. The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), according to ESPNCricinfo, has asked the BCB if the team would be willing to play in a pink ball Test mat

11 Dec 2019 4:15 pm
There's only love & nothing else: Virat Kohli on 2nd wedding anniversary

New Delhi, Dec 11:  Team India skipper Virat Kohli, who on Wednesday is celebrating his second marriage anniversary Anushka Sharma, expressed gratitude for his actor wife. Kohli took to social media to share a black and white picture with Anushka along with the caption: "In reality there is only love and nothing else. And when god blesses you with the person who makes you realise that everyday, you have just one feeling, gratitude." Anushka also defined love in a heartwarming wedd

11 Dec 2019 12:38 pm
Lance Klusener focusing on improvement in T20s for Afghanistan

Kabul, Dec 11:   Afghanistan head coach Lance Klusener believes T20 cricket is Afghanistan's strength and wants them to improve their game to perform better in next year's World T20 slated to be held in Australia. Afghanistan, ranked eighth in the ICC T20I rankings, recently came from behind to win the three-match series against the West Indies in Lucknow. "We had a great comeback in the T20 series (against West Indies). Afghanistan's strength is T20 cricket," Klusener

11 Dec 2019 12:18 pm
Ranji Trophy: Delhi on back foot against Kerala

New Delhi, Dec 10  Kerala started Day 2 of the ongoing Ranji Trophy from where they ended and put up a massive 525/9(d) in their first innings against Delhi, who were 502 runs behind when stumps were drawn for the day. Captain Dhruv Shore (6*) and Nitish Rana (0*) were at the crease with Delhi reeling at 25/2 after openers Anuj Rawat and Kunal Chandela were dismissed cheaply with just 17 runs on board. Earlier, Kerala added 2249 runs to their overnight score of 276 runs as Robin Uthappa (10

10 Dec 2019 9:04 pm
Shreyas Iyer should focus on off-side batting: Kevin Pietersen

Mumbai, Dec 10: Former England skipper Kevin Pietersen feels Shreyas Iyer, who has been considered as an option for the No. 4 slot in India's ODI team, should concentrate on improving his off-side batting and should spend extra time on the nets. Speaking about Shreyas on Star Sports Select Dugout, Pietersen said: "Shreyas Iyer needs to focus more on his off-side batting and he needs to spend more time on the nets, get more practice to hit at extra cover, take his left pad off and focus

10 Dec 2019 5:40 pm
You will not win games if you drop catches: WI coach Phil Simmons

Mumbai, Dec 10:   West Indies coach Phil Simmons said on Tuesday that dropping catches could be a major reason behind the defeat of any team and and if any player drops a catch, it's his fault and he shouldn't cite any excuse for it. In the ongoing T20I series between India and the West Indies, many catches have been dropped by the players from both the sides and Simmons felt that players should keep working hard to avoid fielding lapses. "You will not win games if you dro

10 Dec 2019 5:32 pm
World T20 too far, need to focus on winning WI series: Rohit Sharma

Mumbai, Dec 10:   India opener Rohit Sharma has said that he is not thinking too far ahead with talks going about the composition of the team for next year's World T20 and is focused only on the series-deciding third T20I against West Indies to be played on Wednesday evening. India won the first match of the series by six wickets while registering their highest-ever successful run chase in T20Is in Hyderabad. However, in the second T20I, the hosts came out with a lacklustre perform

10 Dec 2019 5:29 pm
Rohit Sharma promises 'dinner treat' for Yuzvendra Chahal

Mumbai, Dec 10:   India opener Rohit Sharma and spinner Yuzvendra Chahal have often been seen sharing fun time off the field and now the Mumbai batsman has promised a "dinner" treat for his junior. Both are currently playing in India's three-match T20I series against the West Indies. A video shared by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday that also featured Kuldeep Yadav, was captioned: "Rapidfire ft. Kuldeep, Chahal and the HITMAN. Many fun fac

10 Dec 2019 5:26 pm
New avatar of Election se Selection with eye on IPL auction

Mumbai, Dec 10 With the IPL auction just round the corner, there is palpable excitement amongst fans. Riding on the success of the previous editions, Star Sports, the official broadcaster of the IPL, has launched the third edition of Election se Selection ahead of the auction. Election se Selection is an online contest for IPL fans which allows them to have a say in the form of a vote about the IPL auction. Voting began on December 7 and goes on until 11:59 p.m. on December 18 only on https://vi

10 Dec 2019 1:47 pm
Rohit Sharma provided much needed motivation to Shivam

Mumbai, Dec 10   Indian all-rounder Shivam Dube has revealed that star opener Rohit Sharma provided him with a much-needed motivation during the second T20I against West Indies in which he scored his maiden half-century. "Rohit bhai helped me and he said 'stay calm and back your strength'. I think that was the motivation I needed from a senior player," Shivam was quoted as saying by the official Twitter handle of Mumbai Indians. India, who had registered their highest-ever

10 Dec 2019 12:45 pm
Hope to see quality cricket in Pak-SL Tests: Mohammad Yousuf

Rawalpindi, Dec 10 Former batsman Mohammad Yousuf is hoping to see good, quality cricket being played when Pakistan take on Sri Lanka in the historic two-Test series beginning Wednesday at the Rawalpindi Stadium. When the first ball will be bowled at Pindi Cricket Stadium on Wednesday, it will mark the return of Test cricket in Pakistan for over ten years. Sri Lanka were the last team to play Tests there, in 2009, when their tour was cut short by an attack on the team bus. "It is indeed a g

10 Dec 2019 12:43 pm
Nottinghamshire sign Mohammad Abbas for 2020 County C'ship

London, Dec 10  Pakistan pacer Mohammad Abbas has signed up with Nottinghamshire for the 2020 County Championship. Abbas will be available for the first nine games of the season post which he is expected to join the Pakistan squad for the Test series in England. The 29-year-old has represented Pakistan in 15 Tests since debuting in 2017, taking 66 wickets at 20.37 with four five-wicket hauls. He joins England international Haseeb Hameed in making the move to Nottinghamshire ahead of next se

10 Dec 2019 11:25 am
Steve Smith bats for Boxing Day Test at Melbourne Cricket Ground

Perth, Dec 9:  Australia batsman Steve Smith believes the Boxing Day Test against New Zealand starting December 26 will be played on a safe pitch at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), saying the historic ground should not lose a great game of Test cricket. Concerns were raised over the MCG pitch after a Sheffield Shield match between Victoria and Western Australia was called-off on Sunday as the surface turned out to be dangerous to bat with many Western Australia batsmen sustaining blows

9 Dec 2019 11:46 pm
Wasim Jaffer makes record 150th Ranji Trophy appearance

Vijayawada, Dec 9:  Veteran opener Wasim Jaffer achieved another first-class milestone on Monday as he made his 150th appearance in Ranji Trophy cricket. Featuring for Vidarbha, Jaffer is playing his 150th Ranji game against Andhra at the Devineni Venkata Ramana Praneetha Ground here. Jaffer is followed by Devendra Bundela and and Amol Muzumdar, who have 145 appearances and 136 appearances in the Ranji Trophy. Jaffer has 40 tons to his name in his Ranji career and has amassed 11775 runs. Th

9 Dec 2019 4:59 pm
Julia Price becomes first-ever female coach in Big Bash League

Brisbane, Dec 9:  Former Australia wicket-keeper Julia Price has made history by becoming the first-ever female coach in the Big Bash League. Julia has been appointed as the assistant coach of Brisbane Heat for the upcoming ninth BBL season and will work alongside head coach Darren Lehmann, bowling coach Ryan Harris and coaching assistant Gavin Fitness. Price, who played 107 games for Queensland between 1993-94 and 2006-07 and a further 38 for Tasmania, will officially link with the Heat at

9 Dec 2019 1:49 pm
Rishabh Pant should be allowed to mature: Brian Lara

Thiruvananthapuram, Dec 9:   Legendary West Indies batsman Brian Lara feels Indian wicketkeeper Rishabh Pant should be allowed to mature and no extra pressure should be put on him to perform. "Rishabh Pant came into the game creating a lot of excitement, he had a lot of aggression and the Indian public expects someone to replace (MS) Dhoni immediately and in the same fold but he is a totally different player," Lara said while speaking at Star Sports' Nerolac Cricket Live

9 Dec 2019 12:36 pm
Playing 2 Day-Night Tests against India may backfire: Ian Chappell

Melbourne, Dec 9:   Former Australia skipper Ian Chappell believes the idea mooted of playing two day-night Tests by Cricket Australia against India in 2020-21 "may backfire" considering the fact that the Virat Kohli's men have a strong bowling attack. In a column for ESPNcricinfo, Chappell said: "Cricket Australia is contemplating two day-night Tests for the 2020-21 Indian tour." "However, if that ploy is meant to advantage Australia, it may backfire as In

9 Dec 2019 12:31 pm