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“No Offence To The Bowler, But…”: Dinesh Karthik Reacts To Hanuma Vihari’s ‘Reverse Slap’ During Batting In Ranji Trophy | Cricket News

India batter Hanuma Vihari revived memories of his heroics and determination from the third Test of the 2020-21 Border Gavaskar Trophy against Australia when he batted left-handed after sustaining a fracture on his left wrist during his side Andhra Pradesh's Ranji Trophy quarterfinal match against Madhya Pradesh on Wednesday. Vihari returned to the crease after injuring his left wrist while trying to fend off a bouncer from pacer Avesh Khan. After coming back, he batted with a left-handed stance in order to protect his left-arm, which would have faced the bowler if he continued playing as the right-hander he is.The batter scored 15 runs with the help of three fours before Saransh Jain cleaned him up during Andhra Pradesh's second innings. One of the highlights of Vihari's valiant knock ...
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2007 World Cup Hero Joginder Sharma Announces Retirement From All Forms Of Cricket | Cricket News

India's 2007 T20 World Cup winner Joginder Sharma announced his retirement from all forms of international and domestic cricket on Friday. In a letter addressed to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) secretary, the cricketer turned police officer expressed his gratitude to the board, Haryana Cricket Association, Chennai Super Kings and the Haryana Government for the opportunities provided to him. "Today, with immense gratitude & humility, I announce my retirement from all forms of international & domestic cricket. My journey from 2002-2017 has been the most wonderful years of my life, for it was an honour to represent India at the highest level of the sport. I am grateful for the opportunities given to me by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), Haryana ...
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To Counter R Ashwin Threat, Australia Fly In His ‘Duplicate’ Ahead Of Border-Gavaskar Trophy: Report | Cricket News

File image of R Ashwin© AFPArguably the biggest Test rivalry in the world at the moment, India and Australia are set to square off in a 4-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy starting February 09. Having turned down the plan to play a few practice games in the sub-continent, Australia are preparing for the Test assignment in a unique manner. To counter the Ravichandran Ashwin threat in the Test series, Australian batters have reportedly been practicing against the off-spinner's "duplicate" Maheesh Pithiya, flying him to Bengaluru by the touring team as a net bowler.As per a report in cricket.com.au, Maheesh Pithiya has an uncanny resemblance to Ashwin. Australia's support staff was reportedly sent a footage of Pithiya's bowling via social media. The uncanny similarities between him and Ashwin p...
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“Avoid Banter Bordering On Bullying, Racial Harassment”: Ex England Captain’s Message To Cricket World | Cricket News

Former England captain Andrew Strauss has urged cricketers to avoid dressing room banter bordering on racial harassment and bullying in order to avert controversies like the Azeem Rafiq fiasco. The Pakistan-born cricketer, who played for county side Yorkshire for almost a decade, had told UK's Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport (DCMS) in November 2021 that racist comments and actions by fellow cricketers had left him "close to taking his own life".Strauss, the former England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) director of cricket, said during his Marylebone Cricket Club Cowdrey Lecture at Lord's on Wednesday that with players of different nationalities and races now sharing dressing rooms more than ever, cricketers will have to be more guarded in what they say and do."As we mo...
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Moeen Ali Tries Audacious Reverse Switch Hit, Fails Completely. Watch | Cricket News

Moeen Ali in action for England cricket team© TwitterEngland all-rounder Moeen Ali is not the first cricketer one thinks of when talking about unconventional shot selections. However, the left-hander attempted a one-handed reverse switch hit during England's 3rd ODI encounter against South Africa but the effort was in vain. Moeen went for the spectacular against Tabraiz Shamsi but was unable to make any contact with the delivery and the attempt left a number of people shocked on social media. Besides cricket fans on social media, New Zealand cricketer Jimmy Neesham also took to Twitter to take about the shot.Ali Bhai Slaying #SAvENG @prasannalara pic.twitter.com/AfQx53pDOS— Zakir Siddiqui (@BarestOfMargins) February 1, 2023"Hahahahaha what have you done @Bazmccullum?!?!" asked Neesham.B...
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We Will Look To Take Positives From Tri-Series Into World Cup: Deepti Sharma | Cricket News

India all-rounder Deepti Sharma is pleased with their overall effort and said they will look to take positives from the Tri-series into the ICC Women's T20 World Cup beginning on February 10. The Indian women's team, which had secured a maiden final finish in the 2020 ICC T20 World Cup, suffered a five-wicket loss to hosts South Africa in the Tri-series final on Thursday. "There are lots of positives from the series, we did well as a bowling and batting unit. We have to just carry on these things in the World Cup as well," Sharma said in the post-match press-conference."Whether we play England or any other team, we have to just focus on the things we did well here and continue doing that over there as well."Obviously South Africa have home conditions. But as a team, we have to carry for...
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“Match Kara Do”: Female Fan’s Sweet Proposal For Shubman Gill Goes Viral | Cricket News

Shubman Gill scored his maiden T20I ton in Ahmedabad clash against New Zealand© BCCI/SportzpicsShubman Gill has been enjoying the form of his life. The young India opener slammed a brilliant double century during the ODI series against New Zealand and on Wednesday, he became the youngest India cricketer to score a T20I hundred. The 63-ball-126 at the top of the innings proved to be crucial for the hosts as India marched on to a mammoth 168-run victory to clinch the three-match series 2-1. During the encounter in Ahmedabad, a photograph of a female fan's proposal for him has gone viral on social media. The girl was holding a placard for Gill with the caption - "Tinder, Shubman se match kara do” (Tinder, match me with Shubman).Didi ka match karado koi pic.twitter.com/wDF99VpEaz— Shivani (...
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“Can Become An All-Format Player”: Ex India Star Backs Youngster to ‘Rule’ World Cricket Like Virat Kohli | Cricket News

File image of Virat Kohli, Shubman Gill And Cheteshwar Pujara together© TwitterFormer Indian cricket team all-rounder Irfan Pathan lauded Shubman Gill for his batting performance against New Zealand in the third T20I encounter and backed the youngster to excel in all three formats of the sport. It has been a brilliant couple of months for Gill as he slammed a double century in ODIs and on Wednesday, he became the youngest Indian cricketer in history to score a T20I ton as he surpassed the record held by Suresh Raina since 2010. Pathan said that Gill can follow the example of Virat Kohli and become a force to be reckoned with in world cricket."The way he is batting, I am a huge fan of his. I am repeatedly saying that he can become an all-format player for you. Virat Kohli ruled all forma...
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France Defender Raphael Varane Announces International Retirement At 29 | Football News

France centre-back Raphael Varane, a World Cup winner in 2018 and runner-up last year, announced Thursday his retirement from international duty at the age of 29. "I've been thinking about it for several months and I decided it was the right time for me to retire from international football," Varane wrote on Instagram.  The Manchester United defender made his France debut in 2013 and won 93 caps for Les Bleus. He had been in the running to take over as captain following the retirement of Hugo Lloris last month."To represent our magnificent country for a decade has been one of the greatest honours of my life. Each time I wore this special blue shirt I felt immense pride," said Varane.Varane's decision to call time on his France career leaves Kylian Mbappe as the frontrunner for the capta...
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“Side Pe Ho Jao…”: Pakistan Pacer Claims MS Dhoni Had Told Virat Kohli To Back Off After Sledging Attempt In World Cup | Cricket News

File image of Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni together© AFPAny India-Pakistan cricket match has the potential to stop the two countries. The rivalry between the two sides has given numerous cricket folklores. While some heroes were made, several reputations bit the dust too. Former India captain Virat Kohli has done well against Pakistan. In the two side's last match where they faced each other, Kohli singlehandedly took India over the line. Recently, Pakistan pacer Sohail Khan, who has played nine Tests, 12 ODIs and five T20Is, recounted an altercation with kohli during a 2015 World Cup match.Sohail, who played his last match for Pakistan in 2017, said that Kohli tried to intimidate him during the game. In that match, Sohail picked 5/55, including the wickets of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Sur...