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featurecricket7 hours ago

WTC Final | Rose Bowl Day 3 Talking Points: Kyle Jamieson’s five-tune and New Zealand openers counter-approach

India, starting the day at 146/3, quickly found their foot away from the peddle, with Kyle Jamieson’s brilliant spell reducing them to just 217 runs in the first innings. In reply, the Kiwi openers batted with tremendous patience against the Indian new-ball bowlers before ending day on 101/2.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
featurecricket9 hours ago

Kyle Jamieson and the ‘masterful’ art of setting up Indian batsmen

In the last two years, New Zealand’s bowling attack hasn’t been just restricted to the three old-guards of Tim Southee, Trent Boult and Neil Wagner with the emergence of the lanky pacer, in the form of Kyle Jamieson. Against India in Southampton in the big WTC Final, he put on a masterclass.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
newscricket20 hours ago

WTC Final | Anything over 250 will be a very reasonable score, feels Vikram Rathour

Team India’s batting coach Vikram Rathour acknowledged the complexity of the conditions in Southampton and insisted that his side will be more than happy if they manage to post a total over 250 in the first innings. India ended day 1 on 146/3, with both Kohli and Rahane batting unbeaten.
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newscricket2 days ago

WTC Final | Time for Kane and Kohli to walk the talk, haven't done too well in England, feels Aakash Chopra 

Former Indian opener Aakash Chopra has stated that Virat Kohli and Kane Williamson haven't set the world on fire in England and it's about time the leaders walk the talk. Irfan Pathan also reckoned that Virat Kohli needs to score that big hundred that everyone has been waiting for.
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newscricket3 days ago

WTC Final | One game over five days will not reflect ‘anything’, says Virat Kohli

Indian skipper Virat Kohli, on the eve of the WTC Final, has downplayed the hype surrounding the one-off contest and asserted that one game across five days, regardless of the result, will not reflect how far India have progressed as a side. Kohli insisted that the WTC Final is ‘just another match’.
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newscricket3 days ago

India announce starting XI for WTC Final; no place for Mohammed Siraj

Team India have announced the starting XI for the World Test Championship Final against New Zealand and have opted to play two spinners, Ashwin and Jadeja, with Mohammed Siraj missing out. There are other major changes to the side, with Mohammed Shami taking the third seamer spot.
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featurecricket4 days ago

The Gameplan | How India can target New Zealand's batting and win the World Test Championship final

After toiling for no less than 2 years, everything comes down to this for the Kohli-led Indian side: The World Test Championship final. Win it and they make history, lose it and the 24-month long toil will count for nothing. The two sides are evenly matched, but how exactly can India hurt the Kiwis?
Anirudh Suresh
featurecricket5 days ago

Yes, India’s ‘dominance’ will count for little if they fail to win the World Test Championship

And so we go again. For the third time in the last seven years, the Indian team find themselves in the final of an ICC competition. And like each of the previous two occasions, they have reached the summit having absolutely dominated in lead-up, looking indomitable at times.
Anirudh Suresh
newscricket5 days ago

Steve Smith regains top spot in ICC Test rankings for batsmen; Kohli re-enters Top four

Australia’s Steve Smith has regained the top position in ICC rankings for Test batsmen following Kane Williamson’s dismal tour of England, in which the New Zealand skipper averaged 7.00. Meanwhile, a disappointing series for Joe Root has also seen Virat Kohli re-enter the top four with 814 points.
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newscricket5 days ago

WTC Final | India announce 15-man squad for final; Umesh and Vihari make the cut

On Tuesday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has announced the 15-man squad for the World Test Championship final, against New Zealand, with Umesh Yadav and Hanuma Vihari making the cut. Meanwhile, Shardul, Rahul, Washington, Axar, Mayank miss out on the last cut for the final.
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