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Mithali remains best batter in Indian team, criticism over strike-rate uncalled for: Shantha

Former captain Shantha Rangaswamy says constant criticism of Mithali Raj’s strike-rate is uncalled for since she remains the best batter in the Indian women’s cricket team. Shantha, also a member of BCCI’s Apex Council, lauded India’s performance in the ODI series in Australia where they lost 1-2 but fought hard against a champion time. With the win in the third ODI, India also snapped Australia’s record 26-match wining streak. “She is the best ever batter for India and she is still the best. She knows how to change gears very…

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Chennai boy Varun Chakravarthy pose biggest threat for Chennai Super Kings

Varun Chakravarthy’s extra bounce and unpredictable angles will keep the Chennai Super Kings batsmen on tenterhooks as they take on Kolkata Knight Riders in a high-octane Indian Premier League encounter here on Sunday. On a roll post IPL’s resumption, both Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders would look to continue their winning streak when the two most impressive sides of the tournament’s second phase lock horns against each other in the second double header. Both CSK and KKR have registered two wins out of as many games post IPL’s…

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RCB seek return to winning ways against resilient CSK

Star-studded Royal Challengers Bangalore would look to shrug off the crushing defeat in the previous outing and get their mojo back when they take on Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s resilient Chennai Super Kings in an Indian Premier League (IPL) match, here on Friday. While RCB will look to start afresh, CSK got a confidence-boosting 20-run win against defending champions Mumbai Indians on Sunday night. It is imperative for RCB to improve upon their batting as they seek to keep their place in the top half of the points table. It will…

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Iyer’s aggressive knock signifies the aggressive brand of cricket KKR want to play: Morgan

 Lavishing praise on debutant Venkatesh Iyer, skipper Eoin Morgan said the Madhya Pradesh batsman’s unbeaten knock against Royal Challengers Bangalore signified the “aggressive” brand of cricket Kolkata Knight Riders aspire to play. After bowling out RCB for a paltry 92, openers Iyer (41 not out) and Shubhman Gill (48) helped KKR cruise to a nine-wicket win with 10 overs to spare. I think Venky, the way he came in and played, was outstanding. Certainly, the brand of cricket we want to play. We have a lot of talent within our…

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Paine “extremely confident” of being fit to lead Australia in opening Ashes Test

Australia red-ball skipper Tim Paine, who went under the knife to fix a bulging disc in his neck earlier this week, is “extremely confident” he will be fit to lead his country in the first Ashes Test against England in December. The 36-year-old, who had disc replacements on his C-6 and C-7 in the neck, is expected to be under recovery for six weeks while the first Ashes Test is slated to begin at the Gabba from December 8. “As soon as this six week block is over I think…

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I can say that old Yuzi is back, asserts Chahal ahead of IPL

One of the most notable omissions from India’s T20 World Cup squad, leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal on Thursday asserted that he will be his wily, old wicket-taking self in the upcoming second half of this year’s IPL. During a training session for his team Royal Challengers Bangalore, a cheerful Chahal offered to bat, but only if the swashbuckling Glenn Maxwell was the bowler. Reflecting on his first training session with the team, Chahal said, “Obviously, the feeling was good, it was okay and I’m happy with the way I bowled today.…

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Fifth Test cancelled after India “unable to field team” against England, lead series 2-1 as of now

The fifth Test between India and England was cancelled on Friday amid a chaotic turn of events during which the host board’s statement on the visitors changed from “unable to field a team and will instead forfeit the match” to “regrettably unable to field a team”. The development came after the touring side was left on tenterhooks following physio Yogesh Parmar’s positive COVID-19 test that led to concerns that the infection could spread during the match, which was eventually cancelled a couple of hours before toss. The initial statement issued…

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Djokovic extends Slam bid; 1st time no US players in Open QF

For 1 1/2 sets, including one particularly compelling and competitive 24-point game, Novak Djokovic’s fourth-round opponent at the U.S. Open Jenson Brooksby, the last American left in singles gave him fits amid a raucous atmosphere at Arthur Ashe Stadium. That let Djokovic, above all, and everyone else, know that Brooksby a 20-year-old wild-card entry from California who is ranked 99th and never before had been on this sort of stage belonged. And then, not surprisingly, Djokovic showed why he is who he is and how he’s managed to move within…

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Legend at 19: Lekhara becomes first Indian woman to win 2 Paralympic medals

Trailblazing shooter Avani Lekhara on Friday became the first Indian woman to win two Paralympic medals by claiming the 50m Rifle 3 Position SH1 bronze to add to an unprecedented gold she had won earlier in the ongoing Games here. The 19-year-old Lekhara, competing in her debut Games, qualified second for the event with a score of 1176, including 51 inner 10s. In the fiercely contested finals, Lekhara totalled 445.9 to finish ahead of Ukraine’s Iryna Shchetnik, who let slip her grip on the medal spot with a poor third…

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IPL 2022: BCCI expects Rs 5000 crore windfall as base price for new teams kept at Rs 2000 crore

The Indian cricket board could soon get richer by at least Rs 5000 crore with the addition of two new franchises during the 2022 edition of Indian Premier League. The IPL, which is currently an eight-team tournament, will become a 10-team affair from the next edition and during a recent governing council meeting, the modalities of the bidding process were chalked out. “Any company can buy the bid document paying Rs 75 crore. Earlier top brass was thinking about keeping the base price for two new teams at Rs 1700…

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