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newscricket2 days ago

IPL 2021 | Delhi sign Shams Mulani as Axar Patel’s ‘short-term’ replacement; Aniruddha Joshi replaces Shreyas Iyer

Delhi Capitals have confirmed that Mumbai all-rounder Shams Mulani will serve as a ‘short-term COVID-19 replacement’ for Axar Patel, who tested positive in quarantine prior to the start of IPL 2021. Meanwhile, it has also been confirmed that Karnataka's Aniruddha Joshi will replace Shreyas Iyer.
SportsCafe Desk
newscricket14 days ago

Reports | Indore and Hyderabad kept on standby following Covid surge in Mumbai

The BCCI have reportedly zeroed in on Indore and Hyderabad as the two standby cities to host the group matches of the 2021 edition of the Indian Premier League, following a worrying Covid surge in Mumbai. The news comes on the back of a handful of groundsmen in Wankhede catching the virus.
SportsCafe Desk
newscricket15 days ago

Reports | Axar Patel tests positive for Covid-19

Delhi Capitals’ Axar Patel, who featured in the Tests and T20Is for India against England, has reportedly tested positive for Covid-19, less than a week prior to the commencement of IPL 2021. Earlier this week, KKR confirmed that Nitish Rana, in late March, had tested positive for the dreaded virus.
SportsCafe Desk
newscricketa month ago

IND vs ENG | India must play Kuldeep and Chahal in the spin department, urges Aakash Chopra

Ahead of the first ODI against England, Aakash Chopra has urged the Indian management to pick the spin duo ‘KulCha’ instead of giving a debut to Krunal Pandya as the second spinner. Chopra also questioned the squad selection, including the omission of Navdeep Saini, Deepak Chahar, and Axar Patel.
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featurecricketa month ago

Big questions in India’s series win over England ft. Opener Virat Kohli, first-choice spinners and Suryakumar Yadav

India certainly won the series 3-2 but ultimately, the win hasn’t solved any bit of their problems - at the top or with the ball. It has only created more. KL Rahul and Yuzvendra Chahal - both of whom started as the first-choice options - find their positions flipped upside down. What happens now?
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
newscricketa month ago

IND vs ENG | India got their combinations wrong; Rohit shouldn’t have been rested, states VVS Laxman

On the back of India’s staggering loss at the hands of England, VVS Laxman has stated that India got their combinations wrong, insisted that they should have played an extra seamer. Alongside that, Laxman also reckoned that India shouldn’t have rested Rohit Sharma in the series opener.
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featurecricketa month ago

The Spotlight | Key questions facing India ahead of T20Is versus England

The Indian juggernaut in Test cricket continued last week as they demolished England by an innings and 25 runs in the fourth Test in Ahmedabad to seal a spot in the World Test Championship Final, and now they will step into a format in which, of late, they’ve been equally dominant in.
Anirudh Suresh
newscricketa month ago

IND vs ENG | Ashwin is an outstanding cricketer; Axar made Tests look easy, proclaims Ryan Sidebottom

Former England pacer Ryan Sidebottom has claimed that Indian all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin is an outstanding player while he also suggested that Axar Patel made Test cricket look easy. He also said that England made some pretty wrong moves in terms of selection but Root shouldn't be blamed alone.
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newscricketa month ago

Axar Patel might just become the fastest bowler to 100 wickets, predicts Shoaib Akhtar

Shoaib Akhtar has claimed that Indian spinner Axar Patel might become the fastest bowler to 100 Test wickets, given the way he performed in his debut series against England. While Akhtar added that England should have played him better, he further agreed that Axar is an intelligent bowler.
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featurecricketa month ago

From Rohit Sharma’s A+ to Shubman Gill’s E: Grading every Indian player who played in the Test series

India confirmed a spot in the World Test Championship final by beating England 3-1 in the Anthony de Mello Trophy thanks to a combined team effort and the brilliance of the spinner. We, at SportsCafe, have decided to make things easier for you and Grade every Indian player’s performance.
Bastab K Parida