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Rashid gets rid of Kohli and Pant. Watch

Leg-spinner Rashid Khan was the game-changer for Afghanistan, taking the crucial wickets of Virat Kohli, Rishabh Pant, and Shivam Dube in the T20 World Cup Super 8 match against India at Kensington Oval. Rashid's spell disrupted India's plans after they opted to bat, with Pant, Kohli, and Dube falling to his exceptional bowling.

20 Jun 2024 9:33 pm
Laxman might accompany India squad to Zimbabwe for T20I series

The squad for the Zimbabwe series is expected to be revealed by the end of this week, either on June 22 or 23. Presently, young IPL performers, including players from the BCCI's 'targeted list,' are participating in a camp under Laxman's guidance at the NCA. As the head coach, Gambhir will have the opportunity to select his support staff, which will include batting, bowling, and fielding coaches.It is anticipated that Gambhir will commence his role in mid-July when Team India embarks on a white-

20 Jun 2024 8:18 pm
Indian players wear black armbands. Here's why

Indian cricketers wore black armbands in their T20 World Cup Super 8 match against Afghanistan at Kensington Oval, Barbados, to honour former fast bowler David Johnson, who died at 52. Johnson, who played two Tests in 1996, tragically fell from his apartment's balcony. He was a key part of Karnataka's 1990s bowling lineup.

20 Jun 2024 8:16 pm
'It's better than New York': Rohit praises Barbados' pitch

Skipper Rohit Sharma won the toss and opted to bat against Afghanistan in their opening Super 8 stage game. This is also the first time India chose to bat first in the tournament. India have also changed their Playing XI, bringing in left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav in place of pacer Mohammed Siraj. While assessing the pitch, Rohit said it might get slower as the match progresses. India have also changed their Playing XI, bringing in left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav in place of pacer Mohammed Sira

20 Jun 2024 7:57 pm
When Nikhat Zareen had her nose punched in the ring & told her mom ... Don't worry, if I get name & fame, there will be line of grooms outside our home

Four Indian boxing champions share their struggles, victories, and dreams, highlighting the resilience and determination behind their success.

20 Jun 2024 7:48 pm
Lovlina Borgohain: I don't consider myself a star. With fame comes responsibility

Four Indian boxing champions share their struggles, victories, and dreams, highlighting the resilience and determination behind their success.

20 Jun 2024 7:26 pm
My ultimate aim is to become an Olympic champion, says Saweety Boora

Four Indian boxing champions share their struggles, victories, and dreams, highlighting the resilience and determination behind their success.

20 Jun 2024 7:26 pm
I've faced several obstacles to reach where I'm today, says Nitu Ghaghas

Four Indian boxing champions share their struggles, victories, and dreams, highlighting the resilience and determination behind their success.

20 Jun 2024 7:26 pm
'Found 4-5 players sleeping...': Ex-Pak captain makes shocking revelation

Former Pakistan skipper Mohammad Hafeez criticized the national cricket team's lack of discipline after their early exit from the T20 World Cup. Serving as Director of Cricket from November 2023 to February 2024, Hafeez recounted an incident where players slept during a Test match. He emphasized the need for focus during games, citing this as a reason for Pakistan's poor performance and his subsequent departure.

20 Jun 2024 7:05 pm
Ex-Pak captain defends calling Kohli 'selfish', says...

Former Pakistan skipper Mohammad Hafeez has defended calling Virat Kohli 'selfish' during the ICC ODI World Cup last year. Hafeez criticized Kohli's 101 runs off 121 balls against South Africa, arguing that Kohli prioritized personal milestones over the team's victory. Hafeez believes players should always aim to contribute to the team's success.

20 Jun 2024 5:57 pm
Team India's schedule for home season announced

The BCCI has unveiled the schedule for the eagerly awaited international home season of the Indian cricket team for 2024-25.

20 Jun 2024 5:12 pm
How Rohit became record-breaker Sahil's calling in cricket

In a record-breaking performance against Cyprus, Chauhan smashed the quickest T20 century ever, which came in just 27 deliveries. In his unbeaten knock of 144 off 41 balls, the 32-year-old Estonia batter, who hails from a village in Haryana, hammered an astonishing 18 sixes and six fours during his innings.

20 Jun 2024 3:50 pm
Former Indian cricketer David Johnson dies

Former Indian cricketer David Johnson, aged 52, died in Bengaluru. Johnson, a former fast bowler who played two Tests for India in 1996, was mourned by the cricketing community, including Anil Kumble. He was known for his brief stint with the Indian cricket team.

20 Jun 2024 2:39 pm
'These guys are seasoned...': Robin on India's chances in Super 8s

India's batters struggled in the USA phase of the ICC T20 World Cup, but Robin Singh believes a change in conditions could benefit the team. He hopes captain Rohit Sharma and star player Virat Kohli will form a strong opening partnership in Barbados. Sharma had a tough time in New York, while Kohli managed scores of 1 and 4 against Ireland and Pakistan.

20 Jun 2024 2:22 pm
Virat Kohli completes 13 years in Test cricket

13 years down the line, Virat Kohli has scored 8848 runs from 113 Test matches, with a highest score of an unbeaten 254 at an average of 49.15, with 29 hundreds and 7 double hundreds. Virat is the fourth highest run scorer for India only behind Sachin Tendulkar (15921), Rahul Dravid (13265) and Sunil Gavaskar (10122).

20 Jun 2024 1:38 pm
'Hitting the ball pretty well, but...': Maxwell on struggles with form

Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell has expressed his struggles with form and hopes for a turnaround after a challenging season with Royal Challengers Bengaluru and a slow start at the T20 World Cup. Maxwell has managed only 52 runs in ten IPL matches and 39 runs in four World Cup games so far.

20 Jun 2024 12:06 pm
WI opener Brandon King's future in 2024 T20 World Cup uncertain

West Indies opener Brandon King's future in the ICC T20 World Cup is uncertain due to a side strain sustained during a match against England in St Lucia. The injury, which occurred on his 13th ball, is of great concern due to its severity and the limited tournament duration remaining. King scored 23 runs and hit a 101-metre six off Reece Topley.

20 Jun 2024 11:42 am
'Unfair to say...': Clarke on Warner's 'sandpaper gate' comments

Former Australia captain Michael Clarke has questioned David Warner's comments about the 2018 Sandpaper Gate scandal, pointing out that other players like Cameron Bancroft and Steve Smith also suffered. Warner had suggested that criticism since returning to cricket in 2018 may be due to personal dislike towards him or the Australian cricket team.

20 Jun 2024 9:57 am
Happy being called a game changer: Suryakumar Yadav

Suryakumar Yadav, a key player for India in the T20 World Cup, embraces the pressure of being considered the best T20 batter. He focuses on adapting to different conditions and has a gameplan to face Afghanistan in the Super-8s match.

20 Jun 2024 8:45 am
For cricket to stay beautiful, the art of bowling fast has to continue: Wes Hall

Legendary pacer Wes Hall reminisces about his cricket career, including a memorable Test match at Eden Gardens in 1958-59 where Rohan Kanhai scored a double hundred against West Indies.

20 Jun 2024 8:34 am
'We know Afghanistan is a...': Dravid ahead of Super 8 clash

India's coach Rahul Dravid warned his team not to underestimate Afghanistan in their T20 World Cup match, acknowledging Afghanistan's dangerous team and impressive performances in the tournament. Dravid is well aware of the struggle his team faces at the Kensington Oval, since India defeated Afghanistan in a T20 match in Bengaluru in January, requiring two Super Overs to win.

20 Jun 2024 5:48 am
'The spinners we have...': Trott fires warning ahead of India clash

Afghanistan head coach Jonathan Trott feels his team is a stronger unit in a day game and expects his sprightly bunch to optimise the conditions against a formidable India in their opening Super 8 fixture here on Thursday.

20 Jun 2024 12:46 am
Michael Vaughan reveals struggle with stress-induced illness

Former England captain Michael Vaughan recently shared his experience with a health condition that has affected him for the past nine months. The illness, which is caused by stress, has resulted in inflammation in his body. In a post on social media, the 49-year-old Vaughan opened up about the challenges he has faced due to this condition. He mentioned that the illness has had a substantial impact on his daily life, especially around the time of Boxing Day, when he found himself unable to even h

19 Jun 2024 10:00 pm
2nd ODI: India beat SA by four runs to clinch series

Ebullient hundreds of Smriti Mandhana and Harmanpreet Kaur were nearly upended by remarkable centuries from Laura Wolvaardt and Marizanne Kapp but India kept their nerves to beat South Africa by four runs in a last-over thriller to take an unassailable 2-0 in ODI series in Bengaluru on Wednesday.

19 Jun 2024 9:52 pm
Manhas, Mohan front-runners for North Zone BCCI selector's post

Former Delhi captain Mithun Manhas and junior national selection panel member Krishan Mohan Sharma are front-runners for the North Zone selector's post, which will be vacated by former India speedster Salil Ankola.

19 Jun 2024 8:59 pm
'Five IPL teams interested in buying stakes in London Spirit'

In a recent development, Mark Nicholas, the president of MCC and soon-to-be chairman of London Spirit, has disclosed that five IPL teams have shown a soft interest in acquiring a stake in the Lord's based team participating in The Hundred. Nicholas, who is also a well-known commentator and writer, made this revelation based on a letter sent by MCC CEO Guy Lavender to the members. The letter sought the approval of the members for the England and Wales Cricket Board's proposal to privatise 49 per

19 Jun 2024 5:19 pm
Marcus Stoinis claims top spot in ICC T20I all-rounder rankings

Australia's Marcus Stoinis has risen to the top all-rounder in the ICC T20I rankings, surpassing Afghanistan's Mohammad Nabi. Stoinis' impressive performance, including taking six wickets and contributing significantly with the bat, has pushed him to the top of the standings. Nabi, however, has dropped three places to fourth, behind Sri Lanka's Wanindu Hasaranga and Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan.

19 Jun 2024 4:10 pm
Indian cricket has come a long way, says Wes Hall

Wes Hall, a legendary pacer from the 1950s and 60s, spoke to Virat Kohli at the Kensington Oval to present his autobiography. Despite playing only 48 Tests over 16 years, Hall was amazed by the impressive performance of these young players and encouraged Kohli to continue his career.

19 Jun 2024 9:19 am
Euro: Conceicao snatches Portugal comeback win over Czechs

Youngster Francisco Conceicao snatched Portugal a last-gasp 2-1 win over the Czech Republic in their Euro 2024 Group F opener on Tuesday just minutes after coming off the bench. The 21-year-old Porto winger capitalised from close range after the Czechs were unable to clear a cross, completing his team's comeback.

19 Jun 2024 6:33 am
'If you are number one, you should...': Suryakumar Yadav

The world's number one batter Suryakumar Yadav has had to change his game due to the nature of the wickets in the T20 World Cup but he is expecting the surfaces in the Caribbean to be a lot better for strokeplay. India open their Super 8 campaign against Afghanistan here on Thursday. Their other games are against Bangladesh and Australia in St Lucia, which has produced the tournament's highest total thus far, and Antigua.

19 Jun 2024 5:57 am
Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma in race to break Babar Azam's record

At the ongoing T20 World Cup, Virat Kohli is yet to touch the high batting standards he has set for himself. As the tournament progresses to the 'Super 8s' stage, with all matches now being held in the West Indies, Kohli finds himself on the cusp of a significant milestone. Interestingly, skipper Rohit Sharma is also in line to break the same record.

18 Jun 2024 11:53 pm
Javelin star Neeraj Chopra claims gold at Paavo Nurmi Games

Neeraj Chopra, Olympic and world champion javelin thrower, secured his first gold medal at the Paavo Nurmi Games in Turku, Finland on Tuesday after returning from a minor injury break. The competition also included 19-year-old German talent Max Dehning and local favorite Toni Keranen. Neerj secured gold with a throw of 85.97m on his third attempt.

18 Jun 2024 11:23 pm
T20 WC: Will Kuldeep make his first appearance vs Afghanistan?

Skipper Rohit Sharma has emphasized the importance of using four all-rounders to maintain balance in the playing XI. That leaves the decision on the Indian thinktank if they want to tinker with their group-stage strategy and drop a pacer to bring Kuldeep into the playing eleven in the game against Afghanistan.

18 Jun 2024 11:12 pm
NZ fall short again as white-ball title remains out of reach

New Zealand's journey in the tournament took an unforeseen turn when they suffered a surprising defeat against Afghanistan. Their campaign further unraveled as they faced another loss, this time to the co-hosts, West Indies. The Kiwis concluded their run with a meaningless win over Papua New Guinea.

18 Jun 2024 8:09 pm
Iyer likely for SL ODIs; Riyan, Mayank in line for Zimbabwe T20Is

Shreyas Iyer was earlier dropped from BCCI's central contracts, along with Ishan Kishan, due to his apparent reluctance to play in the Ranji Trophy. However, Iyer has consistently stated that a recurring lower back issue kept him out, even though he did participate in the Ranji Trophy final, scoring around 90 runs.

18 Jun 2024 7:39 pm
Dhoni fans on cloud nine after FIFA mentions Ronaldo as 'Thala'

Often referred to as 'Thala' (big brother), the former Chennai Super Kings captain Dhoni got surprise mention of his nickname in a FIFA World Cup post. On their official Instagram handle, the FIFA World Cup posted a photo of Portugal star Cristiano Ronaldo with the text, 'Thala for a reason'.

18 Jun 2024 7:21 pm
'Sacrifice, hard work' take Pooran past Gayle on T20 charts

The 28-year-old Trinidadian Nicholas Pooran passed the 2,000-run mark in the international game's shortest format when he clobbered Afghanistan for 98 in his team's 104-run victory in Monday's concluding group stage game of the World Cup.

18 Jun 2024 6:19 pm
Kohli reclaims top spot on India's most valued celebrity list

Virat Kohli has regained the top position to become India's most valued celebrity with a brand value of USD 227.9 million in 2023. However, Kohli's brand value is yet to reach the levels of USD 237.7 million seen in 2020, as per Kroll's Celebrity Brand Valuation Report 2023.

18 Jun 2024 5:14 pm
'Wicket-taking flair...': Fleming wants this spinner in India XI

Former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming suggests adding left-arm wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav to India's bowling line-up for the T20 World Cup Super 8 stage on Caribbean pitches for wicket-taking flair. Thus far, India have opted for a combination of three fast bowlers - Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, and Arshdeep Singh - along with two spinners, Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel, in their starting eleven.

18 Jun 2024 2:43 pm
'Lene ke dene pad sakte hain': Harbhajan warns Team India

In the ICC Men's T20 World Cup 2024 Super 8s, Harbhajan Singh warned Rohit Sharma's India of Afghanistan's rising capabilities. Afghanistan, led by Rashid Khan, impressively advanced by defeating Uganda, New Zealand, and Papua New Guinea. Harbhajan praised Afghanistan's spinners as the tournament's best, cautioning that their balanced approach and experience make them formidable opponents for India and others in the upcoming matches.

18 Jun 2024 2:12 pm
'I am the young guy...': Alcaraz on pairing with Nadal at Paris 2024

Carlos Alcaraz and Rafael Nadal will pair up for doubles at the Paris Olympics 2024. Alcaraz, excited to learn from 22-time Grand Slam champion Nadal, will compete in both singles and doubles events. Despite his own success, 21-year-old Alcaraz sees this as a valuable growth opportunity. Nadal skips Wimbledon to prepare for the Olympics.

18 Jun 2024 12:59 pm
'Will forever be tarnished by...': Warner on his legacy after retirement

Australian opener David Warner reflects on the 'Sandpaper-gate' incident, aiming to end his career positively with a T20 World Cup win amid lingering reputation concerns.

18 Jun 2024 12:12 pm
Hope floats in Barbados, Mecca of Windies cricket

The T20 World Cup finds a happy haven in Barbados, a cricket paradise with a deep bond with the game. Sir Garfield Sobers' legacy is evident throughout the island, creating a festival of cricket for fans and players alike.

18 Jun 2024 9:55 am
'Kohli ko flying kiss?': Harshit on teasing batter. Watch

Kolkata Knight Riders' Harshit Rana stirred controversy in IPL 2024 with a flying-kiss send-off, sparking penalties and a match suspension. Rana clarified he'd never give Virat Kohli such treatment, citing respect. IPL's disciplinary action marked Rana as the season's first penalized player. Rana, a pivotal figure with 25 wickets, learned the value of sportsmanship in cricket's premier tournament.

18 Jun 2024 9:34 am