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IND vs AUS | Rusty bowling unit should not be an excuse, opines Zaheer Khan

Zaheer Khan has opined that the Indian team should not be taking the excuse of the rusty bowling lineup in the first match as all the bowlers have been playing regular cricket in IPL. He added that the whole team lacked the energy and urgency required to compete against proactive Australians.
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featurecricketan hour ago

Finding his hands, Steve Smith experiences epiphany and creates magic

Do you remember the time your teacher asked you to kneel down in front of the class for not completing your homework? Or that day when you had to stand on the table for teasing a friend and your miss suddenly caught you guys fighting?
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newscricket2 hours ago

IND vs AUS | Found it reasonably hard to get my timing today, claims Aaron Finch

Australia skipper Aaron Finch has proclaimed that it was not easy scoring runs up front, but he took his chances which paid off handsomely. The Victorian opener has also added that everyone stood up to show their class and was full of praise for all Aussie players for putting up a show together.
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newscricket2 hours ago

England’s tour of Netherlands postponed to May 2022 due to the coronavirus pandemic

England cricket board and the Royal Dutch Cricket Association have mutually agreed to postpone the ODI series, which was originally planned to be played in May 2021, to May 2022 due to Covid-19 uncertainties. This series would have been Netherlands' first in the World Cup Super League.
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newscricket2 hours ago

IND vs AUS | Need to find ways to get overs out of part-timers, admits Virat Kohli

Indian skipper Virat Kohli, on the back of his side’s 66-run loss in the first ODI, rued the lack of bowling depth in the side and admitted that India would need to find a way to squeeze in overs from batsmen who can roll their arm over. The five-bowler strategy came back to haunt India in Sydney.
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newscricket2 hours ago

IND vs AUS | My rhythm came back three days ago after searching for a couple of months, asserts Steve Smith

Steve Smith, who broke the shackle and hit an impeccable 66-ball 105 today, stated that he was struggling for rhythm for a while and he could find the same just a couple of days ago. The former Aussie captain has also added that he was just focusing on seeing the ball and hitting it swiftly.
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featurecricket3 hours ago

IND vs AUS | 1st ODI Takeaways: India’s outdated selection process and Aaron Finch’s masterclass in patience

Australia started their home summer in a huge manner, thrashing India by 66 runs after posting a massive 374 runs on the board. You could really sense the progression from the simple margin but the parallel path charted by Aaron Finch and Steve Smith pushed the Aussies to success.
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featurecricket3 hours ago

No more excuses — Virat Kohli’s rant has exposed BCCI’s incompetency

In the early hours of Thursday, on All Elite Wrestling (AEW), the ever-so-captivating Tazz worked what arguably was the most real and best ‘eff the management’ shoot since CM Punk’s pipebomb in 2011. Little did we know that it would get eclipsed 12 hours later by the most unlikely candidate.
Anirudh Suresh
newscricket4 hours ago

Twitter reacts to Starc facepalming in frustration after Cummins messes up simple catch

The fielding standard of both the teams dropped by a huge margin with a combined drop of six catches that left anyone watching the game bewildered. However, possibly no drop was more hilarious than the one by Pat Cummins, who made a total mess of the catch on the ropes, leaving Starc frustrated.
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newscricket8 hours ago

IND vs AUS | Hardik Pandya playing as a pure batsman is a bit of a gamble, reckons Sanjay Manjrekar

Sanjay Manjrekar feels that Hardik Pandya not bowling and playing as a pure batsman is a gamble and Manish Pandey should have been included in his place as a specialist batsman. After the toss, Virat Kohli insisted that it’s important to start strong to set the tone for the rest of the series.
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newscricket8 hours ago

Twitter reacts to desperate Virat Kohli's eagle-eyed review landing India unlikely breakthrough

The duo of David Warner and Aaron Finch played out of their skins to frustrate the Indian team, with an opening partnership of 156 runs. When wickets seemed an unlikely proposition, Mohammed Shami extracted a nick from Warner, which would’ve gone unnoticed if not for Kohli’s precision.
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newscricket9 hours ago

Rohit was not 100% fit for Mumbai but he was fit enough to do the job, claims Zaheer Khan

MI’s director of cricket operations Zaheer Khan has revealed that while Rohit Sharma took to the field in the last 3 games of IPL 2020 not 100% fit, he was still ‘fit enough’ to do a job for the side. Zaheer insisted that it is up to management to smartly handle players who are not fully fit.
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newscricket9 hours ago

Players and fans pay clapping tribute to Phil Hughes at 4:08 AEDT on latter's death anniversary

On this day in 2014, Phil Hughes lost his life after getting hit by a bouncer during a Sheffield Shield game. Hughes was not-out on 63 when the ill-fated incident took place. Team India and Australia players paid clapping tributes to the late cricketer. Cricket fans on Twitter reacted on the same.
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newscricket10 hours ago

New Zealand government warn Pakistan; confirm one more breach will result in tour cancellation

In the wake of Pakistan players being found guilty of breaching Covid-19 protocols, the New Zealand government have issued a ‘stay disciplined or go back home’ ultimatum to the Babar Azam-led squad. PCB CEO Wasim Khan has confirmed that one more breach will result in the tour getting cancelled.
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newscricket11 hours ago

Changes to WTC point structure confusing and difficult to understand, claims Virat Kohli

Indian skipper Virat Kohli has expressed bewilderment over the ICC’s decision to use ‘percentage of points’ to evaluate teams in the World Test Championship and termed the change as confusing and difficult to understand. The change, that was made last week, pushed India to second on the WTC table.
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newscricket20 hours ago

IND vs AUS | Ishant Sharma ruled out of Border-Gavaskar Trophy

The BCCI have confirmed that pacer Ishant Sharma has been ruled out of the forthcoming Test series versus Australia, despite fully recovering from the side strain he sustained during the IPL. The board also clarified that Rohit Sharma had gone back to India to attend to his ailing father.
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featurecricketa day ago

From Bumrah’s wicketless venture to Kohli and Smith’s run-out involvements: Funky predictions for the ODIs

The Men in Blue might be returning to the cricket field after eight long months, but back with a bang post an even bigger hiatus is SportsCafe’s very own Funky Predictions. Ahead of the ODIs, starting Friday, we make 11 Funky Predictions that we are certain is going to become reality.
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newscricketa day ago

IND vs AUS | Sanjay Manjrekar names his India XI for first game, leaves out Pandya and Jadeja

Renowned cricket expert Sanjay Manjrekar took to Twitter to reveal his Indian XI for the first ODI to be played on Friday and decided to drop Hardik Pandya and Jadeja. He stated that he picked his preferred XI based on the principle of playing specialists as he took Manish Pandey as his No.6.
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newscricketa day ago

IND vs AUS | Wanted to be back home for my first child, it's a special moment, reveals Virat Kohli 

Indian skipper Virat Kohli, who will miss the last three Tests against Australia, has stated that he wanted to be back home for the birth of his first child as it's a special moment in his life. He also added that he knows Aussies will come hard but the team is completely ready for the challenge. 
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newscricketa day ago

Virat Kohli slams BCCI’s lack of clarity in Rohit-Ishant fiasco; says he has no idea why duo didn’t travel to Australia

Indian skipper Virat Kohli has broken his silence on the Rohit and Ishant fiasco and has expressed bewilderment as to why the duo did not board the flight to Australia in the first place. Kohli further has claimed that there was zero clarity from the BCCI on the situation surrounding Rohit.
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