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newscricket2 days ago

BCCI announce Annual Player Contracts for 2020-21; Kuldeep Yadav demoted to ‘C’ grade

The BCCI have announced the Annual Player Contracts for Team India for the 2020/21 calendar year, in which both Kuldeep Yadav and Bhuvenshwar Kumar have received demotions. Kohli, Bumrah and Rohit have been awarded the highest grade, while Hardik Pandya has also been promoted to ‘A’ category.
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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
featurecricketa month ago

No Umesh Yadav? No problem

An hour before the start of play on Day 1, at least before journalists started second-guessing India’s playing XI, it seemed inevitable that Umesh Yadav would start. He’d been integrated into the squad last week and, after Bumrah’s departure, was naturally expected to take his ‘rightful’ place.
Anirudh Suresh
newscricketa month ago

‘These things happen in sport’ - Mohammed Siraj brushes aside Ben Stokes ‘non-issue’

Mohammed Siraj, at the conclusion of Day 1, has stated that the altercation with Ben Stokes is a non-issue and these things normally happen in sports. Siraj has further delved deep into the dismissals of Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow and how he got the better of the Yorkshire batsmen in Ahmedabad.
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newscricketa month ago

IND vs ENG | Our batsmen are planning to bat for couple of days on a ‘good batting wicket’, quips Mohammed Siraj

Mohammed Siraj, who played a key hand in the hosts bowling out England for 205, asserted that the Ahmedabad wicket is ‘good’ for batting and insisted that India will look to bat for two full days. Siraj also added that bowling a consistent line and being patient was what helped India on Day 1.
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newscricket2 months ago

Reports | Pitch for the final Test in Ahmedabad to be a batting beauty 

The pitch for the fourth and the final Test between India and England is set to be a batting beauty if reports are to be believed. Also, it has been revealed that the English team hasn't lodged a complaint about the third Test pitch yet but the BCCI understands that such pitches can backfire.
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newscricket2 months ago

Reports | Umesh Yadav's fitness Test to be conducted soon; India expecting another turner

Indian fast bowler Umesh Yadav who has been named in Indian squad for the last two Tests against England, will undergo a fitness test in two days that will decide his fate for the third Test. It has also been reported that the Indian team are expecting a turner for the day-night Test.
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featurecricket2 months ago

IND vs ENG | Chepauk Day 4 Talking Points: Dan Lawrence’s harakiri and Virat Kohli’s proactive day out

On a day that was about to get tough for England, Dan Lawrence didn’t do himself any help with his ‘harakiri’ to send Ravichandran Ashwin out of the ground. After that, it was just a case of formality for the rest of the day, as the Indian spinners wrapped the English batsmen by their spell.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
newscricket2 months ago

IND vs ENG | Love to credit Vikram Rathour for improved batting displays, praises Ravichandran Ashwin 

Indian offie Ravichandran Ashwin has credited India's batting coach Vikram Rathour for his improved batting in the last four-five Test matches. He also admitted that it was great to see how Mohammed Siraj reacted when Ashwin got to his hundred and also thanked the crowd for their support.
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featurecricket2 months ago

IND vs ENG | Chepauk Day 3 Talking Points: Ashwin’s colossal century on a tough pitch and Leach’s incredible control

If day two was bad, day three was a ruckus, but was it really? Jack Leach took control of the proceedings early on in the day, with three wickets on the third day where the ball was turning. But a century from Ravichandran Ashwin and his partnership with Kohli sealed the fate of the pitch.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam