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Prelude to World Cup prep

Prelude to World Cup prep

In World Cup mode, hosts ready to mix and match against Australia in first T20I24 Feb 2019 | 8:10 AM

VISAKHAPATNAM:Cementing spots in their World Cup squads will top the agenda for India and Australia alike when their limited-over series starts with the first T20I tomorrow.

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Visakhapatnam, February 23

Cementing spots in their World Cup squads will top the agenda for India and Australia alike when their limited-over series starts with the first T20I tomorrow.

Virat Kohli returns to lead India as the two teams face off in two T20Is, followed by a five-match ODI series, which will be India’s last rubber before this year’s 50-over World Cup. India will get busy with the Indian Premier League before heading to the World Cup in England. However, Australia will have another opportunity to hone their 50-over skills when they play Pakistan next month.

For Kohli, this series will be the last chance to identify the batsman to fill a middle-order spot in an otherwise settled side. There is not much ambiguity in their pace bowling options, while the successful spin duo of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav is set to travel to England, where the two-time champions begin their World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 5. 

Kuldeep Yadav has, however, been rested for the T20I leg against Australia while all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been ruled out of the entire series with lower-back stiffness. That has presented an opportunity to spin bowling all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja for a final World Cup audition, after being initially overlooked.

Top trouble

Australia are yet to nail down captain Aaron Finch’s opening partner, though it is a spot that David Warner is likely to fill at the World Cup after his ball-tampering ban expires. They have multiple options in vice-captain Alex Carey, D’Arcy Short and Usman Khawaja and a good performance in the shortest format would do a player’s hopes of opening in the ODI side no harm.


Don’t pick up bad habits in IPL, manage workload: Kohli

India captain Virat Kohli had a clear message for all his World Cup-bound teammates — don’t pick up bad (technical) habits during the IPL and manage workload carefully, taking rest whenever necessary. “They have to make sure that their game does not drift away too much from the ODI mould of things. That means we will have to be very wary of the bad habits that might creep in during the IPL,” Kohli said. The national team’s interest has always been paramount for Kohli, and accordingly, he wants his teammates to make that effort during the IPL. “That (not picking up bad habits) will take a consistent effort from all the players. The moment you enter the nets and inculcate bad habits, you lose the momentum and you lose batting form. It is very difficult to get it back in a tournament like the World Cup,” Kohli warned his teammates about the wild shots that are in vogue in the shortest format. — PTI


Focus on Markande, Shankar at India nets

India coach Ravi Shastri and bowling coach Bharat Arun gave special attention to Indian squad’s latest wrist-spinner, Mayank Markande. The Punjab leggie was called on to bowl after Yuzvendra Chahal today as Shastri and Arun chatted with the youngster. Vijay Shankar bowled full steam at the nets alongside Umesh Yadav, indicating the all-rounder will have a lot to do in the T20I and ODI series against Australia. The 28-year-old all-rounder will look to play the role of the third seamer behind Jasprit Bumrah and Umesh Yadav.

In Numbers

  •  3 T20I played at the venue till now. In 2012, an India-New Zealand match was abandoned without a ball being bowled. India bundled out Sri Lanka for 82 here in 2016
  • 19  T20Is Australia have played in 2018, their most in a year, excluding a T20I World Cup. India have also played 19, their second-highest tally of matches in a year
  • Rohit Sharma needs just two sixes to be the most prolific six-hitter in T20Is— Reuters
Apurvi Chandela breaks world record; claims gold in shooting World Cup

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24 Feb 2019 | 8:09 AM

NEW DELHI: India’s Apurvi Chandela shattered the world record on her way to the gold medal in women’s 10m air rifle event at the ISSF World Cup here on Saturday.

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24 Feb 2019 | 8:09 AM

PORT ELIZABETH:Oshada Fernando and Kusal Mendis struck unbeaten half-centuries as Sri Lanka claimed a historic eight-wicket win in the second and final Test at St George’s Park to become the first Asian side to win a Test series in South Africa.

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24 Feb 2019 | 8:09 AM

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24 Feb 2019 | 8:09 AM

NEW DELHI:Indian men’s hockey team skipper Manpreet Singh has been honoured with the 2018 Player of the Year award by the Asian Hockey Federation (AHF), while women’s team striker Lalremsiami bagged the Rising Player of the Year prize.

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24 Feb 2019 | 8:09 AM

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BRIEFLY

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24 Feb 2019 | 8:09 AM

Dehradun: Afghanistan took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the three-match series against Ireland after amassing the highest total in T20Is, 278/3, which led to an 84-run win in the second game.

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23 Feb 2019 | 10:31 PM

KOLKATA: Reacting to Sachin Tendulkar's comment that he would 'hate' to see India concede two points to Pakistan by not playing them in the upcoming World Cup, former India captain Sourav Ganguly on Saturday said he would rather want the coveted crown and not worry about losing two points.

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23 Feb 2019 | 7:42 PM

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India ready to mix and match against Australia in T20s

23 Feb 2019 | 1:17 PM

VISAKHAPATNAM: Indian team will be aiming to lock in the last couple of available slots in their England-bound World Cup squad when they square off with familiar foes Australia in a limited overs series starting with the first T20 here on Sunday.

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23 Feb 2019 | 4:27 PM

VISAKHAPATNAM: Captain Virat Kohli on Saturday said his team would "respect the decision of the government" with regard to playing Pakistan in the upcoming World Cup after the Pulwama attack.

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23 Feb 2019 | 11:02 AM

BRIDGETOWN: Sheldon Cottrell marked his return to the West Indies team with a five-wicket haul as the home side snatched a series-levelling 26-run victory over England in the second one-day international of a five-match series at Kensington Oval in Barbados on Friday.

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23 Feb 2019 | 8:01 AM

Karachi: Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed is “disappointed” that cricket is being targeted after the Pulwama terror attack and said the high-profile India-Pakistan World Cup game should go ahead as planned despite calls for the match’s boycott from several quarters of the neighbouring country.

BRIEFLY

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23 Feb 2019 | 8:01 AM

London: FIFA have banned Chelsea from the next two transfer windows after the Premier League club was found guilty of breaching rules regarding overseas players under the age of 18.

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23 Feb 2019 | 8:01 AM

MUMBAI:Left-arm spinner Ekta Bisht snared four wickets as Indian bowlers dished out a clinical effort to beat England by 66 runs in the first ODI of the ICC Women’s Championship.

Navy officer Anuradha to make debut in World Cup

23 Feb 2019 | 8:01 AM

NEW DELHI:The 10m range was all but empty by the time Anuradha — or rather lieutenant Anuradha, a logistical officer in the Indian Navy — was finishing her optional practice session.

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23 Feb 2019 | 8:01 AM

NEW DELHI:The IPL will not have an opening ceremony this year after the Committee of Administrators (CoA) decided to allocate the money set aside for it to the families of the CRPF personnel killed in the Pulwama terror attack.

Punjab lose by 35 runs

23 Feb 2019 | 8:01 AM

INDORE:Led by pacer Dhawal Kulkarni, Mumbai defended a modest 156-run target as they defeated Punjab by 35 runs in their Group C match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy, registering their second successive win in the premier domestic T20 tournament.

IOC puts international events on hold in India

23 Feb 2019 | 8:01 AM

NEW DELHI:The International Olympic Committee (IOC) has revoked two quota places in the men’s 25m Rapid Fire competition due to the non-issuance of visas to three-member Pakistan delegation that was to participate in the ISSF World Cup.

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23 Feb 2019 | 8:01 AM

CHANDIGARH:The Indian cricket board (BCCI), taking a bold policy stand, has requested the International Cricket Council and international cricket community to “sever ties with countries from which terrorism emanates”.

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22 Feb 2019 | 9:21 PM

MUMBAI: Indian women’s team secured a 66-run win over England in the first one-dayer of three-match series here on Friday.

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22 Feb 2019 | 6:22 PM

NEW DELHI: Cricket icon Sachin Tendulkar on Friday said he would “hate” to see India concede two points to Pakistan by not playing them in the upcoming World Cup as such a move would only help the arch-rivals in the mega-event.

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No decision on Pak WC match, CoA to consult govt: Vinod Rai

22 Feb 2019 | 6:12 PM

NEW DELHI: The Committee of Administrators (CoA) running Indian cricket on Friday decided against taking any stand on the World Cup clash against Pakistan but urged the ICC and other nations to “sever ties” with countries from where “terrorism emanates”.

Lanka shine with ball before SA fight back

22 Feb 2019 | 7:35 AM

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Jeered Ronaldo reminds Atletico of CL haul

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22 Feb 2019 | 7:35 AM

Cristiano Ronaldo was singled out by Atletico Madrid fans on Wednesday as Juventus lost 2-0 but the former Real Madrid forward was quick to point out his stellar record in the competition.

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22 Feb 2019 | 7:35 AM

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BRIEFLY

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22 Feb 2019 | 7:35 AM

Hardik Pandya has been ruled out of the upcoming T20I and ODI series against Australia due to lower back stiffness with Ravindra Jadeja replacing him in the 50-overs squad.

ISSF withdraws Olympic quotas from Delhi shooting World Cup

22 Feb 2019 | 7:35 AM

NEW DELHI:The International Shooting Sport Federation (ISSF) president dropped a bombshell during the opening ceremony of the World Cup (rifle/pistol) here today.

Roy, Root hit tons in record England win

Roy, Root hit tons in record England win

22 Feb 2019 | 7:35 AM

Bridgetown: Jason Roy (in pic) and Joe Root scored centuries as England clinched a record-breaking victory over West Indies in a display of pure power-hitting and shot-making by both sides in their first ODI in Barbados.

India lose by not playing Pak in World Cup, says Gavaskar

22 Feb 2019 | 7:35 AM

NEW DELHI:India stand to lose by boycotting Pakistan in the upcoming ODI World Cup in the UK, feels former captain Sunil Gavaskar, who said the country can continue to “hurt them” by shunning bilateral ties.

Pandya-Rahul row

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22 Feb 2019 | 7:35 AM

NEW DELHI:The Supreme Court has appointed Justice (Retd) DK Jain as the ombudsman for BCCI after all the parties agreed on the name of the former top court judge.

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Pujara hits T20 ton; Punjab lose by 39 runs

22 Feb 2019 | 7:35 AM

INDORE:Saurashtra's Cheteshwar Pujara hit an unbeaten 100 in 61 balls but his effort went in vain as Railways chased down a 189-run target with five wickets in hand in their Group C match of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trorphy at the Holkar Stadium.

A Kaur for Kaur in the squad

A Kaur for Kaur in the squad

22 Feb 2019 | 7:35 AM

CHANDIGARH:Harleen Kaur Deol, the 20-year-old Chandigarh-born cricketer who plays for Himachal Pradesh, provides an indication of the growth of women’s cricket in the region.

Counting on home benefits

Counting on home benefits

22 Feb 2019 | 7:35 AM

MUMBAI:Harmanpreet Kaur’s injury-forced absence is likely to be felt but a confident Indian women’s cricket team will look to make the home advantage count when they square off against England in their three-match ODI series starting here tomorrow.

Hardik ruled out of Australia's tour of India

Hardik ruled out of Australia's tour of India

21 Feb 2019 | 6:06 PM

NEW DELHI: India all-rounder Hardik Pandya was on Thursday ruled out of the upcoming T20 and ODI series against Australia due to "lower back stiffness" with Ravindra Jadeja replacing him in the 50-over squad.

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21 Feb 2019 | 3:08 PM

NEW DELHI: The Supreme Court on Thursday appointed its former judge, Justice DK Jain, as the first ombudsman for the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

India lose by not playing Pak in World Cup, says Gavaskar; urges Imran to act

21 Feb 2019 | 2:36 PM

NEW DELHI: India stand to lose by boycotting Pakistan in the upcoming World Cup, feels former captain Sunil Gavaskar, who said the country can continue to "hurt them" by shunning bilateral ties.

No note, no way BCCI can block Pakistan from World Cup: Official

No note, no way BCCI can block Pakistan from World Cup: Official

21 Feb 2019 | 1:44 PM

NEW DELHI: The Committee of Administrators (CoA) and the BCCI have not prepared any note seeking a ban on Pakistan at the upcoming World Cup and even if such a move is made, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is bound to reject it.

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