featurecricket6 days ago

India v England | India's predicted starting XI for the first ODI

With Virat Kohli's reign as India's full-time captain starting on Sunday in the first ODI against England, we take a look at the potential starting XI for the match at Pune. Keeping the Champions Trophy in mind, we have gone with the selection of 6 batsmen, 2 all-rounders and 4 bowlers.
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newscricketa month ago

Rahul Dravid gives credit to Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli for the youngsters’ success

Former India skipper Rahul Dravid has given credit to Test skipper Virat Kohli and coach Anil Kumble for ensuring a smooth transition of youngsters from the domestic to the international circuit. Dravid has also expressed his happiness for Karun Nair and termed his triple-ton as “fantastic”.
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newscricketa month ago

Ajinkya Rahane's injury layoff puts him in doubt for England ODIs

Ajinkya Rahane could also miss the limited-overs leg against England to be played in the second half of January following a fracture on his index finger that ruled him out of the final two Tests. The batsman suffered the injury during practice a day before the ongoing fourth Test in Mumbai.
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newscricket2 months ago

Hardik Pandya ruled out for six weeks

Hardik Pandya will remain on the sidelines for six weeks as he recovers from the hairline fracture he had suffered in the nets before the start of the third Test match against England at Mohali. The 23-year-old all-rounder was earlier released from the Test squad by the BCCI alongside KL Rahul.
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newscricket2 months ago

Twitter reacts to Pandya's mystery injury and trolls Dharmasena yet again

India ended the day at 271/6 thanks to some good batting from Virat Kohli and Ravi Ashwin. The Twitterati though reacted from Parthiv's comeback to India's middle order collapse to trolling Dharmasena for his umpiring skills to Pandya's injury which is still a mystery for everyone.
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newscricket2 months ago

Ishant Sharma lacks the ability to get breakthroughs, says Kapil Dev

Kapil Dev feels that despite all his talent, pacer Ishant Sharma lacks the ability to bowl wicket-taking deliveries consistently. Kapil is also of the opinion that India should focus on developing Hardik Pandya into a good all-rounder instead of looking at him as “the next Kapil Dev”.
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newscricket2 months ago

Anil Kumble stresses on importance of grooming Hardik Pandya

Indian cricket team’s coach Anil Kumble has backed Hardik Pandya’s inclusion in the Test squad, stressing on the importance of having an all-rounder ahead of the first Test against England. Kumble has also revealed that the team combination for the first game is yet to be decided.
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newscricket3 months ago

Hardik Pandya surprised by Test call-up

Hardik Pandya has expressed surprise at being named in the Test squad for the upcoming England series, saying that it is his dream to don the Test cap. Pandya, who made his ODI debut last month against the Kiwis, will become India’s 286th Test player if he is picked in the XI in Rajkot on Nov 9.
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newscricket3 months ago

Working with Rahul Dravid has helped Hardik Pandya's selection, reveals MSK Prasad

Chief selector MSK Prasad has revealed that Hardik Pandya's change in attitude while working with India A's head coach Rahul Dravid has played a part in his selection for the first two Tests against England. Prasad also said that the decision was taken after considering the player's current form.
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newscricket3 months ago

India vs England | India squad for first two Tests announced

The BCCI has announced a 15-man squad for the upcoming home series against England. Amid all the speculations, Rohit Sharma has been sidelined due to injury, while Gautam Gambhir has retained his place, but the surprise has been Hardik Pandya's inclusion in the Test squad.
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