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Kapil Dev Part Of Panel To Pick India Women’s Cricket Team Coach


Kapil Dev Part Of Panel To Pick India Women


The BCCI confirmed the news on Tuesday. © PTI/File Photo


The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday confirmed the formation of an ad-hoc committee, comprising India’s first World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev, former opener Anshuman Gaekwad and ex-Indian women cricketer Shantha Rangaswamy, to pick the head coach of the Indian women’s team. The interviews will be conducted on December 20 at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai. “The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday announced the ad-hoc committee to conduct the interviews of the eligible candidates for the selection of head coach for Team India (Senior Women),” the board announced in a statement.

The Indian women’s team was recently embroiled in a controversy after the World T20 semi-final exit.

The Harmanpreet Kaur-led side failed to enter the final after going down meekly to England in the semis, post which veteran batswoman Mithali Raj lashed out at the current coach Ramesh Powar’s behaviour towards her, describing it as “unfair and discriminatory”.

The deadline for applying for the women’s team head coach expires December 14 and till now the names of former India all-rounder Manoj Prabhakar and ex-South African batsman Herschelle Gibbs have been doing the rounds.

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Virat Kohli Achieves Rare Feat As Captain Of Indian Cricket Team


Virat Kohli has several records as a batsman but on Monday he achieved a rare feat as the Indian cricket team skipper. The 30-year-old Virat Kohli, who represented his nation for the 75th time, became the first Indian skipper to win Tests in Australia, England and South Africa. It also made him the first captain in Asia to win Tests in these three nations. Former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who had helped the national team clinch the No.1 Test ranking in December 2009, had won Tests in England and South Africa.

Indian batting great Rahul Dravid had also led the nation to Test victories in England and South Africa, but had failed to win in Australia.

India’s 31-run victory over Australia in the first Test on Monday, under the leadership of Kohli, was also the first for the tourists in 10 years. The last time India defeated Australia at home was back in 2008 in Perth. This is also the visitors’ first victory in Adelaide since 2003.

Meanwhile, Kohli did not fare too well in the Adelaide Test, notching up the scores of three and 34 in the first and second innings, respectively. Kohli has 6,368 runs in the longest format of the game with an average over 53.

Australia will host India in the second Test at the WACA Ground in Perth from December 14. The final two Tests will be played in Melbourne and Sydney.

India will next play a three-match One-day International (ODI) series that will conclude at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on January 18.



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Cricket Fraternity Hails India After Adelaide Win Against Australia


India registered a 31-run victory against Australia in an exciting encounter in the opening Test at the Adelaide Oval on Monday. By virtue of this victory, India registered their first Test win on Australian soil in 10 years. Following this win, Virat Kohli became the first Indian captain to win Test matches in Australia, England and South Africa. Rahul Dravid and MS Dhoni captained India to Test victories in England and South Africa but never in Australia. Impressed by the intensity of the Adelaide Test, cricketers took to Twitter to praise the visiting team.

After the Adelaide victory, India also became the second Asian side to win the first Test of a series in Australia after Pakistan won the MCG Test in 1978-79 (series 1-1).

This is the second instance of India winning three Test matches outside Asia in a calendar year after three wins in New Zealand in 1968. Apart from today’s Adelaide win, India beat South Africa in Johannesburg by 63 runs, registered a 203-run victory against England in Nottingham.

Ravichandran Ashwin, who took three wickets in the second innings, put the final nail in Australia’s coffin to end the hosts’ admirable rearguard action.

Pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami were also crucial to India’s cause, picking three wickets each while Ishant Sharma chipped in with one.

Australia’s tail fought valiantly on the final day of the Test, almost pulling off the impossible but India kept pegging away to finally clinch a much-deserved win on Australian soil.

Cheteshwar Pujara, adjudged man of the match, played the role of an anchor for India in both innings. Praising Pujara, Kohli said that he was the difference between India and Australia.





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IND vs AUS 1st Test, Day 5: india vs australia live cricket score 1st test 5 th day


IND vs AUS 1st Test, Day 5: ऑस्ट्रेलिया पर जीत से भारत पांच विकेट दूर

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आस्ट्रेलिया के खिलाफ एडिलेड टेस्ट मैच के पांचवे दिन( IND vs AUS 1st Test) का खेल शुरू हो गया है. भारतीय टीम ऑस्ट्रेलिया पर जीत से छह विकेट दूर है. ऑस्ट्रेलिया ने 323 रनों के लक्ष्य का पीछा करते हुए चौथे दिन तक चार विकेट पर 104 रन बनाए थे. भारतीय टीम ने दूसरी पारी में निचले क्रम के पुजारा(71) और रहाणे(70) की पारियों के बदौलत 307 बनाने में सफलता हासिल की थी. लक्ष्य का पीछा करने उतरी ऑस्ट्रेलिया पर भारतीय गेंदबाज शमी और रविचंद्रन अश्विन ने कहर बरपाना शुरू किया. शमी ने जहां 15 रन देकर दो विकेट लिए, वहीं अश्विन ने भी 44 रन देकरदो विकेट लिए. बता दें कि भारत ने पहली बार में 250 रन बनाए थे और ऑस्ट्रेलिया की टीम को 235 रनों पर आउट कर 15 रनों की बढ़त हासिल की थी भारत की दूसरी पारी में भी मुंबईया रोहित शर्मा बड़ी पारी खेलने में नाकाम रहे. पहली पारी में उन्होंने कुछ आकर्षक शॉटों से 37 रन जरूर बनाए थे, लेकिन इसे भी वह बड़ी पारी में तब्दील नहीं कर सके थे. ऊपर से उन्हें घटिया शॉट खेलकर आलोचकों को कोपभाजन पड़ा. और अब दूसरी पारी में रोहित शर्मा के बहुत ही सस्ते में आउट होने के बाद एक बहुत ही खास मामले में उनका हाल बहुत ही खराब हो गया है.

पांचवे दिन ऑस्ट्रेलिया का एक और विकेट गिरा. भारत अब जीत से महज पांच विकेट दूर. 

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Steve Rixon Appointed Fielding Coach Of Sri Lankan Cricket Team


Sri Lanka have appointed former Australia wicketkeeper Steve Rixon as new coach of the cricket team. On the appointment, Sri Lanka Cricket CEO Ashley de Silva on Saturday said that Rixon will help the team move forward. Sri Lankan cricket is going through turbulent times both on and off the field and the latest staff appointment will be a boost to the team’s preparations for the ICC World Cup 2019. Rixon will replace Manoj Abeywickrema, who took over the responsibility following the departure of Nic Pothas as a fielding consultant in April this year.

Rixon, who played 13 Tests and 6 ODIs for Australia, had earlier been the fielding coach of the Pakistan team but parted ways in June after two years, citing differences with the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

The 64-year-old will begin his new assignment later this month and join the team in New Zealand where, starting December 15, Sri Lanka are scheduled to play two Tests, three one-day internationals and one Twenty20 international.

They will later play two Tests in Australia from January 24.

“We are happy to welcome Steve into the team,” Sri Lanka Cricket CEO Ashley de Silva said.

“I am sure he will be able to help the team moving forward, with his expertise in the area of fielding which is a vital component of the game.”

De Silva said Rixon will work with the national team until the end of the 2019 World Cup.

Sri Lanka have been struggling for form recently, losing the home ODI and Test series to England.

They have also been hit by crisis off the field.

Bowling coach Nuwan Zoysa was suspended by the International Cricket Council in October after he was accused of match-fixing and other “corrupt conduct”.

Earlier that month, ex-chief selector and former captain Sanath Jayasuriya was charged for failing to cooperate with a match-fixing probe and concealing information.

The country recently sought help from neighbouring India to draft laws to combat cheating in the game.

(With AFP Inputs)



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AUS vs IND, 3rd Day Live Updates : AUS vs IND, 3nd Day score cricket match score live


AUS vs IND, 3rd Day Live Updates : भारत-ऑस्ट्रेलिया  टेस्ट के तीसरे दिन हुई हल्की बारिश, सवा 6 बजे से शुरू होगा मैच, ओवर्स में नहीं होगी कटौती

AUS vs IND, 1st Test: आर अश्विन कंगारू बल्लेबाजों के लिए बड़ा सिरदर्द साबित हुए

भारत और ऑस्ट्रेलिया (India tour of Australia, 2018-19) के बीच एडिलेड (Adelaide Oval, Adelaide) में खेले जा रहे चार टेस्ट मैचों की सीरीज के पहले टेस्ट (AUS vs IND, 1st Test, 3rd Day) के तीसरे दिन हल्की बारिश के कारण मैच शुरू होने में देरी हो सकती है. फिलहाल जोर-शोर से मैदान से पानी को सुखाने का काम चल रहा है. बता दें कि शुक्रवार को दूसरे दिन खेल खत्म होने तक भारतीय गेंदबाजों के प्रभावी प्रदर्शन के बीच ऑस्ट्रेलिया ने सात विकेट 191 रन बना लिए हैं. वह तो भला हो तीसरा टेस्ट खेल रहे नंबर छह ट्रेविस हेड (नाबाद 61) की अर्धशतकीय पारी का, जिनके प्रयास के चलते ऑस्ट्रेलिया भारतीय गेंदबाजों से लोहा लेने में कामयाब रहा. अभी भी ऑस्ट्रेलिया भारत के पहली पारी के 250 रन से 59 रन पीछे है और उसके हाथ में तीन विकेट बाकी हैं.

भारत-ऑस्ट्रेलिया की चार टेस्ट मैचों की सीरीज के पहले टेस्ट के तीसरे दिन हल्की बारिश से मैदान गीला हो गया. मैदान फिलहाल सुखाने का काम चल रहा है. मैच अब सवा छह बजे से शुरू होगा. हालांकि, ओवर्स की संख्या में किसी तरह की कटौती नहीं होगी.

बारिश के कारण एडिलेड के मैदान को चल रहा सुखाने का काम. मैच में हो सकती है देरी

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India vs Australia: Cricket Australia Urges India To Play Day-Night Test Matches


Cricket Australia wants the Adelaide Test to become a permanent day-night fixture and hopes India agree to play the pink-ball match when they tour next time. Australia’s cricket chief  Kevin Roberts on Friday urged India to reconsider its opposition to play under the lights after a poor crowd turnout on day one of the first Test. Cricket Australia had originally pencilled in the ongoing opening Test of the four-match series as a pink-ball match, but India did not endorse the idea.

India, the top-ranked Test side in the world, are yet to play a day-night Test and they did not want to risk their first one during such a high-profile series.

In day-night Tests over the past three years, Adelaide’s opening-day crowds numbered around 47,000, 32,000 and 55,000.

But on Thursday only 24,000 passed through the turnstiles, which new CA chief executive Kevin Roberts blamed on fewer interstate visitors who would have come for the night-time spectacle.

“We think we would’ve had 15,000 or so interstate visitors if it was a day-night Test so there’s no doubting we’ve lost that group of fans,” he told SEN radio.

Asked if the poor crowd had convinced him that the Adelaide Test should be day-night, Roberts replied: “Absolutely”. 

“It matters what the fans think and they’ve voted with their feet. Those numbers (in previous years) are incredible so we’re really excited about getting back to that in the future.”

Roberts said he hoped to convince India of the merits of a day-night Adelaide Test on their next tour of Australia in 2020/21.

“Let’s hope so. Part of that fabric of cricket both nationally and internationally is so rich so we embrace the fact that they’ve had a different view about this Test match,” he said. 

“We hope that the sentiment from fans is something India can see.”

According to Roberts, India is the only national team still holding out on day-night Tests, which CA believes is one of the key ways to retain interest in the five-day version of the game following the rise of the quickfire Twenty20 format.

Australia have played four day-night Tests since 2015, three of them in Adelaide, winning them all. They play Sri Lanka under lights in Brisbane in January.

(With AFP Inputs)



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Gautam Gambhir Announces Retirement From All Forms Of Cricket, Says Noise Of “It’s Over Gauti’ Got To Me


“The next Ranji Trophy game against Andhra will be my last day in the sun. It is coming to an end where it all started at the Feroz Shah Kotla ground,” Gambhir said in the more than 11-minute long video post.

Gambhir, one of the most successful batsmen for India, has been out of favour with the national team for a while now after a dip in form and last played a Test back in 2016 against England.

 “The thought has been with me day and night. It has travelled with me on flights like an irritable excess baggage, it has accompanied me to practice sessions, mocking at me like a menacing bowler. On certain other days, it has made my dinner taste horrible,” Gambhir said, elaborating on his thought process leading up to Tuesday’s decision.

 Gambhir made 58 Test appearances for India, accumulating 4154 runs at an average of 41.95. His 147 ODI games fetched 5238 runs, while in 37 T20 Internationals, he scored 932 runs.

 The capricious left-hander, who courted controversy of late for his outspoken views on political issues as well, had a prolific first-class career, which spanned 197 matches and produced 15,041 runs. His List A run count stands at 10,077.

 “Each time I got out playing for India, or KKR or Delhi Daredevils, this thought would turn into a sharp disturbing noise and walk with me all the way to the dressing room shouting that ‘it is over Gauti’,” he explained.

 Gambhir said the thought became overpowering during the 2014 IPL, the lowest ebb being three successive ducks in the tournament and things only got worse for him after that.

 “I was searching for my confidence in that deep, dark pit but I could only lay my hands on the same sharp, disturbing noise. It said the same: ‘It is over Gauti’,” he said.

 Gambhir, who recently drew criticism for cherrypicking his Delhi Ranji appearances, said he tried hard to make a comeback in this year’s IPL but could not make it count.

 “After a decent 2017 domestic season, I entered this year’s IPL with confidence as my best buddy. I thought all those negative noises were dead. But I was wrong. Six games of IPL for Delhi Daredevils it was back. And this time it was louder than before. Perhaps, my time was up. Yes, my time was up,” he said.

 “So, here I am, after more than 15 years of cricket for my country I want to retire from playing this beautiful game,” he added.

 Willing to go through the same “aches and pains” and “fears and failures” all over again even in his next life as a cricketer, Gambhir said being the top run-getter in the two World Cup finals would remain the high point of his career.

 “I think someone up there was writing my script but looks like now he has run out of his ink! But along the way he wrote some fascinating chapters,” he said.

 The other such chapters in his career included being the ICC’s Test batsman of the year in 2009, and being a part of a world number one Indian Test team.

 “The historic series win in New Zealand and in CB series in Australia will be reflected upon fondly,” he said.

 He refused to call his international career, which began in 2003 with an ODI against Bangladesh, completely satisfactory but certainly the kind he would look back at fondly.

 “I feel I was good enough for a lot more,” he said.

 In the video, Gambhir thanked his coaches, teammates and family members for standing by him.

 “At some stage, I would like to shed the retired cricketer’s tag and would like to recycle myself to be useful for something else in cricket and beyond. Let’s see,” he added.

(With PTI inputs)





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Pakistan Opener Mohammad Hafeez To Retire From Test Cricket After The Abu Dhabi Test


“I feel time is up. I am announcing my retirement and feel happy that I worked hard in my career,” said Hafeez, who has also played 203 one-day internationals and 89 Twenty20s.

“I had been thinking of retiring from Tests for the last two weeks and thought that now is the time to leave the five-day format but I will continue to play limited-over matches.”

His early career was marked by off-and-on performances before he settled in the team in 2011.

His top score of 224 came against Bangladesh in Khulna in 2015 but he struggled in England the following year and was dropped.

Hafeez said he was not forced into retirement.

“This is my own decision,” said Hafeez, after falling for nought on the second day of the third Test. “I had conveyed the decision to Pakistan Cricket Board and the selection committee.”

– Triumphant return –

Hafeez came back after a two-year gap in October, notching a brilliant 126 against Australia in Dubai but he has struggled since.

Also an off-break bowler, Hafeez took 53 Test wickets but his career as bowler was marred by questions over the legality of his bowling action.

His action was reported on three separate occasions, the last in October last year. After the second report of his action in August 2014 Hafeez was banned from bowling at international level for 12 months.

Hafeez said he was satisfied with his Test career.

“I am satisfied with what I have achieved,” said Hafeez. “As an opener I worked hard and maintained a standard, so I am proud to have served my country.”

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