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newscricket8 days ago

Aim is to bowl in all games in the upcoming T20 World Cup, admits Hardik Pandya

Hardik Pandya has shifted his complete focus on his fitness with the intention to get back to bowling keeping in mind the upcoming T20 World Cup slated later this year in October. Not only this, the all-rounder has decided to take 3-4 weeks rest ahead of the Sri Lanka limited-overs tour.
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newscricketa month ago

WTC finale | Shardul should get preference as he can swing both ball and bat, claims Dinesh Lad 

Shardul Thakur's childhood coach Dinesh Lad reckons that his ward should get a place in the side for the WTC finale due to his all-round abilities. He also added that the team needs fast-bowling all-rounders and someone like Shardul should get a long-run if the team wants him to perform well.
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newscricketa month ago

Sarandeep Singh blasts selection committee; asks how they can ignore Shaw, Panchal and Unadkat

Former national selector Sarandeep Singh has come down hard on the selectors for their picks for the England tour and has criticized the panel for dropping Prithvi Shaw and ignoring veterans Unadkat and Panchal. Sarandeep has also opined that Pandya cannot play as a specialist batsman.
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newscricketa month ago

Would be nice to magically develop all-rounders like Hardik Pandya, says Bharat Arun

India’s bowling coach Bharat Arun has admitted that he wishes Indian cricket could just develop all-rounders like Hardik Pandya but credited Shardul Thakur’s rise as an all-rounder. Alongside that, he also stressed the fact that rotation would be key, going into a long cricketing calendar.
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featurecricketa month ago

Takeaways from India’s squad announcement ft. Saini’s unjust omission and the never-ending Rahul rope

The 2021 edition of the IPL got suspended abruptly, but the BCCI ensured to keep the fans busy by announcing a 20-man squad for the World Test Championship Final and the five Tests against England. The obvious ones aside, we delve into the interesting Talking Points from the squad announcement.
Anirudh Suresh
newscricketa month ago

Disappointed with Bhuvneshwar and Shaw’s omission, Kuldeep’s axing is harsh, opines Aakash Chopra

Renowned commentator Aakash Chopra expressed disappointment over the Indian selectors omitting Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Prithvi Shaw for the WTC Final and England tour, and claimed that they are match-winners who should have been considered. Chopra also reckoned that Kuldeep’s axing was harsh.
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newscricketa month ago

India announce squad for World Test Championship final; Shaw and Pandya left out

The BCCI have announced an extended squad for the World Test Championship Final against New Zealand next month and have left out the duo of Prithvi Shaw and Hardik Pandya, while retaining Mayank Agarwal. Meanwhile, opener KL Rahul has also been included, subject to fitness clearance.
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newscricket2 months ago

Twitter reacts to ‘party-pooper’ de Kock ruining Hardik’s direct hit with his gloves

There are fielders, there are great fielders and then there, Hardik Pandya, who just like Ravindra Jadeja hits the stumps from anywhere on the pitch. After nudging it to the deep, lazing Faf nearly got himself run-out, with Hardik’s direct hit only for de Kock to spoil it with his gloves.
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featurecricket2 months ago

IPL 2021 | SC’s Sedentary Review: PBKS vs MI - Rahul-Gayle and spinners snap Punjab’s three-game losing streak

Having won the toss, Punjab went the Sunrisers way, choosing to field first on a tacky surface in Chepauk, restricting Mumbai to just 131/6 despite Rohit Sharma’s 52-ball 63. In the second half, it required great batting from KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal and Chris Gayle to take Punjab home with ease.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
newscricket2 months ago

IPL 2021 | We should have performed better with the bat in the middle overs, rues Rohit Sharma

In light of Mumbai’s crash from 76/3 to 137/9, Rohit Sharma has rued the batting display from the middle-order and added that they should have batted better during that period. While admitting that dew was there, Rohit acknowledged the need for them to play smart cricket to win games.
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