Watch: Indian Team Arrives In New Zealand, Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma Get Big Reception At Airport


Team India arrived in New Zealand for a tough tour, comprising five One-Day Internationals and three T20 Internationals, starting on Wednesday. Along with the team, India captain Virat Kohli and his wife Anushka Sharma reached the Auckland airport amid loud cheers. The first match of five-ODI series will be played in Napier on Wednesday. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shared a video of the team’s arriving in Auckland on Sunday, saying: “Hello #TeamIndia. Auckland welcomes you #NZvIND.”

Under the captaincy of Virat Kohli, India recently won their first-ever bilateral ODI series in Australia. Earlier, they had won their maiden Test series in Australia in 71 years and 11 attempts after levelling a three-match T20I series 1-1 on a highly-successful tour Down Under.

On the other hand, New Zealand decimated the Sri Lankans at home. They won the two-match Test series 1-0, swept the three-match ODI series 3-0 and won the one-off T20I to end the series on a high.

The home team look in top form with captain Kane Williamson leading from the front. Besides the skipper, seasoned batsmen Ross Taylor and Martin Guptill are also enjoying a great spell with the bat at the moment.

In the recent 3-0 routing of Sri Lanka in the three-match ODI series at home, Williamson led by example scoring 132 runs in three innings with two fifty-plus knocks.

Taylor, 34, finished as the top run-scorer in the ODI series with 281 runs, including a noteworthy 137-run knock in the third and final match in Nelson.

New Zealand opener Guptill accumulated 153 runs in the ODI series with a match-winning century in the first match in Mount Maunganui.

New Zealand have brought together their strongest possible line-up for the ODI series against India.





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BCCI acting president steps in favor of Hardik Pandya – KL Rahul, says Give permission to play in New Zealand


नई दिल्ली: महिलाओं पर आपत्तिजनक टिप्पणी करने के बाद निलंबित चल रहे हार्दिक पांड्या और केएल राहुल को धीरे-धीरे पूर्व क्रिकेटरों से लेकर बीसीसीआई (BCCI) तक का समर्थन मिलने लगा है. बीसीसीआई के कार्यवाहक अध्यक्ष सीके खन्ना ने शनिवार (19 जनवरी) को प्रशासकों की समिति (सीओए) से पांड्या और राहुल पर लगे बैन को हटाने का आग्रह किया. उन्होंने इस मामले में विशेष आम बैठक (एसजीएम) बुलाने से इंकार कर दिया. 

टेस्ट क्रिकेटर रह चुके सीके खन्ना ने कहा कि बोर्ड अधिकारियों की इन दोनों खिलाड़ियों के व्यवहार की जांच के लिए लोकपाल नियुक्त करने के लिए एसजीएम बुलाने की मांग सही नहीं है क्योंकि कोर्ट में अगले सप्ताह इस मामले पर सुनवाई होनी है. खन्ना ने बीसीसीआई को संचालन कर रहे सीओए को पत्र में लिखा, ‘उन्होंने (पांड्या-राहुल) गलती की और उन्हें पहले ही निलंबित किया जा चुका है और ऑस्ट्रेलिया से वापस बुलाया गया. उन्होंने बिना शर्त माफी भी मांग ली है.’ 

सीके खन्ना ने कहा, ‘मेरा सुझाव है कि जांच लंबित रहने तक हमें दोनों क्रिकेटरों को तुरंत प्रभाव से भारतीय टीम में शामिल करना चाहिए. उन्हें जल्द से जल्द न्यूजीलैंड में टीम से जुड़ने की अनुमति दी जानी चाहिए.’ सीओए चाहते हैं कि सुप्रीम कोर्ट पांड्या और राहुल के भाग्य का फैसला करने के लिए लोकपाल की नियुक्ति करे. वे ऑस्ट्रेलिया के खिलाफ वनडे सीरीज में नहीं खेल पाए थे और उनका न्यूजीलैंड सीरीज से भी बाहर रहना तय है. माना जा रहा है कि खन्ना के एजीएम नहीं बुलाने के फैसले और खेलने देने की मांग के बाद पांड्या और राहुल का पक्ष मजबूत हो सकता है. अगर जांच ज्यादा दिनों तक चलती है तो उन्हें खेलने का मौका भी मिल सकता है.  

इन दोनों को कई महिलाओं के साथ संबंध बनाने और कार्यक्रम में इसको लेकर मजाक उड़ाने की कड़ी आलोचना झेलनी पड़ी थी. लगभग 14 राज्य इकाइयों, जिनमें अधिकतर बीसीसीआई के पूर्व अध्यक्ष एन श्रीनिवासन के वफादार हैं, ने खन्ना से आपात एसजीएम बुलाने का आग्रह किया है, जिसे दस दिन के समय में बुलाना होता है. 

कोषाध्यक्ष अनिरूद्ध चौधरी ने भी खन्ना को पत्र लिखकर जल्द से जल्द एसजीएम बुलाने का आग्रह किया है ताकि बोर्ड के सदस्य लोकपाल की नियुक्ति पर फैसला कर सकें. खन्ना ने अपने पत्र में लिखा है कि क्योंकि मामला अभी कोर्ट के अधीन है, इसलिए वह इंतजार करना चाहेंगे. 
सीके खन्ना ने चौधरी के जवाब में कहा, ‘बीसीसीआई के संविधान के अनुसार लोकपाल की नियुक्ति वार्षिक आम बैठक (एजीएम) में की जा सकती है और इसके अलावा मामला न्यायालय के अधीन है.’ खन्ना ने इस पर बीसीसीआई के कार्यवाहक सचिव अमिताभ चौधरी की राय भी जाननी चाही और उन्होंने भी लोकपाल की नियुक्ति को लेकर नए संविधान के अनुच्छेद 40 का हवाला दिया. 

बीसीसीआई के एक सीनियर अधिकारी ने गोपनीयता की शर्त पर कहा, ‘खन्ना या अमिताभ विशेष आम बैठक बुलाने के लिए नोटिस पर क्यों हस्ताक्षर करें जबकि मामला कोर्ट के अधीन है. इसमें अदालत की अवमानना का जोखिम बना रहेगा.’ इससे पहले पूर्व कप्तान सौरव गांगुली भी कह चुके हैं कि पांड्या और केएल राहुल को खेलने का मौका मिलना चाहिए. उन्होंने साथ ही कहा कि यह सुनिश्चित करना चाहिए कि वे दोबारा ऐसी गलती ना करें. 

(इनपुट: भाषा)





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India vs New Zealand: New Zealand Name 14-Man Squad For First Three ODIs Against India


India and New Zealand are ranked second and third in the world, and coach Gary Stead said the composition of the squad reflected World Cup planning while also giving themselves the best possible chance of winning the series against Virat Kohli’s tourists.

“Our two main priorities have been to select and prepare a squad capable of winning what is shaping as a massive series against India, and gathering as much information as possible ahead of the World Cup,” Stead said. 

“Tom and Colin are experienced players in this format and will offer quality in their respective roles.” 

New Zealand squad: Kane Williamson (capt), Trent Boult, Doug Bracewell, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor

India squad for the ODIs against New Zealand: Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ambati Rayudu, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Vijay Shankar, Shubman Gill, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Ravindra Jadeja, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Siraj, Khaleel Ahmed, Mohammed Shami.

India squad for T20I series against New Zealand: Virat Kohli (capt), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Rishabh Pant, Dinesh Karthik, Kedar Jadhav, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, Vijay Shankar, Shubman Gill, Krunal Pandya, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed.

(With AFP Inputs)



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shubhman gill says There is nothing better than India’s debut in New Zealand


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Vijay Shankar, Shubman Gill Replace Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul For Australia, New Zealand Series


The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Sunday, called up all-rounder Vijay Shankar and batsman Shubman Gill for Team India’s Australia and New Zealand tours after KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya were ordered to go back home in disgrace over comments made about women on a TV chat show. Rahul and Pandya were axed ahead of India’s opening one-day international against Australia in Sydney on Saturday, which the tourists lost bu 34 runs, pending an investigation into the comments made on a TV celebrity show. “With KL Rahul and Hardik Pandya set to return from Australia, the All-India Senior Selection Committee has decided to send all-rounder Vijay Shankar & batsman Shubman Gill as replacements,” the BCCI said in a release.

“Vijay Shankar will join the team before the start of the 2nd ODI in Adelaide,” the BCCI said, referring to the second match of the three-ODI series.

“He will be a part of the squad for the ODI series in Australia and the tour to New Zealand. Shubman Gill has been picked for the ODI and Twenty20 series in New Zealand.”

Gill is yet to make his international debut while Shankar has just five T20I caps to his name.

Gill is a middle-order batsman who was the Player of the Tournament for India during the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup 2018. His Ranji Trophy form has been stunning, with his average for the season standing at 103, while he has an average of 47.72 from 37 List A games.

Pandya had bragged about his success with women and made other sexual remarks during an Indian celebrity chat show broadcast last week just as India were celebrating their historic first Test series win in Australia.

Rahul was also on the programme and watched his teammate’s antics, which sparked outrage on social media and condemnation from skipper Virat Kohli who made clear the comments did not reflect the culture within the squad.

Both players, who have apologised, have been suspended “from playing any form of cricket” pending an enquiry for misconduct and indiscipline.

With Pandya and Rahul missing, India crashed to a 34-run defeat in Sydney on Saturday despite a explosive century from Rohit Sharma.

The next game in the three-match series is a day-night contest in Adelaide on Tuesday.

(With AFP Inputs)



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Doug Bracewell, Scott Kuggeleijn Star As New Zealand Beat Sri Lanka In One-Off T20I


Although the target was not daunting, and Sri Lanka easily kept up with the required run rate to be four for 118 after 12 overs.

But their last six wickets fell for the addition of only 26 more runs and the innings folded for 144 with 19 balls remaining. 

Kuggeleijn and Bracewell both took wickets in their opening overs.

Kusal Perera, who raced to 22 off 12 deliveries was removed by Kuggeleijn’s third delivery while Niroshan Dickwella, who smacked a four and a six from the first two balls of the innings, went for 18 with the first ball from Bracewell.

Kuggeleijn and Bracewell also took the catches to dismiss Kusal Mendis (17) and Thisara Perera (43). 

The first game all tour for Sadeera Samarawickrama was a short-lived affair when he was bowled first ball by Lockie Ferguson.

Ferguson finished with figures of three for 21 while Ish Sodhi took three for 30.

Sri Lanka did with the toss and put New Zealand into bat with impressive early results.

With a more disciplined bowling attack than was seen in the ODIs, and with astute field placements, Sri Lanka ripped through the New Zealand top order to have them four for 27 midway through the fourth over. 

Ross Taylor, who tormented Sri Lanka in the one-dayers, had to play a more circumspect role.

His first 11 runs were all singles from 22 deliveries before he first found the boundary on his way to 33 off 37. 

Taylor’s patience, however, had set the stage for the Bracewell and Kuggeleijn to hit out and give the total some respectability.

Bracewell clubbed 44 off 26 balls including five sixes and a four while Kuggeleijn only faced 15 deliveries to be not out 35 with four sixes and a four.

New Zealand now prepare to host India in a series of ODIs while Sri Lanka head to Australia.

(With AFP inputs)



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Mayank Agarwal Credits India A’s Tour Of New Zealand For Impressive Test Debut


“I went there with a plan and I am glad it came off for a bit. I thought Australia was a top-class bowling unit. They play their cricket hard and bring out the best in you. You can’t pick out a bowler. Everyone was good and you have to be on top of your game to face them,” Agarwal said on Thursday.

“Playing in New Zealand did help a lot. It was a tremendous learning experience. The conditions weren’t same but similar to Australia. There was a lot of pace in the wickets and New Zealand A had international bowlers in their line-up. So, it was good that I got to play there before the Australia series,” he added.

Overwhelmed by the comparisons with Virender Sehwag after his ‘dream debut’ in Australia, Agarwal said he will be happy if he could do even half of what the former India opener achieved in his illustrious career.

Former India batsman Sanjay Manjrekar and his personal coach Irfan Sait are among those who feel that “there is a little bit of Sehwag” in Agarwal, who drew the flattering comparison with his aggressive style of play.

“Honestly, I am not a fan of comparisons but he is one of the greats of Indian cricket. I just like to go in the middle, give my best and see what comes out of it. Having said that, if I could do even half of what he (Sehwag) did, I will be happy,” the Karnataka batsman told PTI after returning home.

He did not have a sponsor’s logo on his bat throughout his three innings in Australia but after his exploits, hopes to get one soon.

Agarwal had replaced the injured Prithvi Shaw in the squad and with KL Rahul and Murali Vijay dropped from the side after failing in the opening two Tests, facing the likes of Josh Hazlewood, Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc was as tough a challenge as he could face in his debut innings on Boxing Day.

“Definitely, it was (special), to make my debut at the MCG and most importantly, to win the Test series in Australia. We became the first team from the sub-continent to win a series in Australia. There can’t be a better start than this,” said Agarwal, who finally got his opportunity after being on the fringes for a long time.

On the morning of the Boxing Day Test, he had received words of encouragement from Virat Kohli before the skipper handed the India cap to Agarwal. The talented opener did not let his captain down and by the end of the series, he became a strong contender alongside Shaw to open in the West Indies series after the World Cup.

(With PTI inputs)



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Jasprit Bumrah Rested For Australia ODIs And New Zealand Tour; Mohammed Siraj, Siddarth Kaul Called In


The India vs Australia ODI series is barely days away, and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to rest India’s prime pacer Jasprit Bumrah. He has also been rested for the upcoming tour of New Zealand. Hyderabad-based pacer Mohammed Siraj has been called in as Bumrah’s replacement. In another development, Siddarth Kaul, who is a successful Indian Premier League bowler, has been roped into the Indian T20I squad.

With 21 scalps, Bumrah ended the four-Test series as the joint-leading wicket-taker alongside Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon. “Keeping in mind the work load of the bowler, it was best felt to give him adequate rest ahead of the home series against Australia. Mohammed Siraj will replace Bumrah in the squad for the Australia and New Zealand tour,” said the BCCI in a statement.    

“Punjab pacer Siddarth Kaul has also been drafted into the squad for the three-match T20I series against New Zealand,” it added.    

Bumrah, who made his Test debut just 12 months ago, has become India’s go-to pacer in all three formats. The attack comprising Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma has been hailed as India’s best ever.    

The decision to rest him comes after captain Virat Kohli also emphasised on managing the workload of the pacers following India’s maiden Test series win in Australia here on Monday. “It’s important to take care of these guys especially manage workloads, that’s going to be our priority going forward. But even more so, finding three more guys who can bowl as fast as and as relentless as these guys,” said Kohli.

India play three ODIs against Australia starting Saturday before travelling to New Zealand for a five-ODI and three-T20I assignment starting January 23.

(With PTI inputs)



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Jasprit Bumrah Rested For Australia ODIs And New Zealand Tour; Mohammed Siraj, Siddarth Kaul Called In


The India vs Australia ODI series is barely days away, and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has decided to rest India’s prime pacer Jasprit Bumrah. He has also been rested for the upcoming tour of New Zealand. Hyderabad-based pacer Mohammed Siraj has been called in as Bumrah’s replacement. In another development, Siddarth Kaul, who is a successful Indian Premier League bowler, has been roped into the Indian T20I squad.

With 21 scalps, Bumrah ended the four-Test series as the joint-leading wicket-taker alongside Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon. “Keeping in mind the work load of the bowler, it was best felt to give him adequate rest ahead of the home series against Australia. Mohammed Siraj will replace Bumrah in the squad for the Australia and New Zealand tour,” said the BCCI in a statement.    

“Punjab pacer Siddarth Kaul has also been drafted into the squad for the three-match T20I series against New Zealand,” it added.    

Bumrah, who made his Test debut just 12 months ago, has become India’s go-to pacer in all three formats. The attack comprising Bumrah, Mohammad Shami, Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ishant Sharma has been hailed as India’s best ever.    

The decision to rest him comes after captain Virat Kohli also emphasised on managing the workload of the pacers following India’s maiden Test series win in Australia here on Monday. “It’s important to take care of these guys especially manage workloads, that’s going to be our priority going forward. But even more so, finding three more guys who can bowl as fast as and as relentless as these guys,” said Kohli.

India play three ODIs against Australia starting Saturday before travelling to New Zealand for a five-ODI and three-T20I assignment starting January 23.

(With PTI inputs)



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2nd ODI: Thisara Perera’s 140 In Vain As New Zealand Snatch Series


A rollicking maiden century by Sri Lanka’s Thisara Perera was ultimately in vain as New Zealand wrapped up the one-day series with a 21-run victory in the second ODI at Mount Maunganui. With Sri Lanka chasing New Zealand’s 319 for seven, they were on the ropes at 128 for seven when Perera opened up. He faced 74 deliveries and cracked 13 sixes and eight fours before he was the last wicket to fall and Sri Lanka were out for 298 with 22 balls remaining. Sri Lanka reached 112 for two when Ish Sodhi captured the wicket of Kusal Mendis for 20 to trigger a collapse which saw five wickets fall in six overs.

But Perera refused to give up as he bludgeoned the New Zealand attack with brute force.

He made 58 in a 75-run stand with Lasith Malinga for the eighth wicket and scored 45 of the 51 runs for the ninth wicket with Lakshan Sandakan.

But when a seemingly impossible victory seemed on the cards Matt Henry had Perera caught by Trent Boult at long-on.

Opener Danushka Gunathilaka played his part at the top of the order with 71 but elsewhere the Sri Lankan batsmen failed to fire. 

It continued a dismal tour for Sri Lanka who also lost the Test series 1-0 and lost the first ODI by 45 runs. 

When New Zealand won the toss and elected to bat, Sri Lanka had their tails up when they removed first-match centurion Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson cheaply to have New Zealand at 39 for two.

But Ross Taylor (90)and Colin Munro (87) swung momentum New Zealand’s way with a 112-run stand for the third wicket, while all-rounder James Neesham lit up the tail with a whirlwind 64.

Lasith Malinga was the pick of Sri Lankan bowlers with two for 45 while bowling for New Zealand Sodhi took three for 55.

The final match in the series is in Nelson next Tuesday and the tour closes with a Twenty 20 match in Auckland on Friday.



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