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newscricket8 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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featurecricket12 hours 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.
Anirudh Suresh
newscricket13 hours 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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newscricket13 hours 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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newscricket13 hours 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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newscricket13 hours ago

AUS vs IND | Definitely discussed giving opportunities to younger players, reveals Virat Kohli

Ahead of the white-ball series against Australia, Virat Kohli has revealed that the management definitely discussed giving opportunities to the youngsters in Australia, in front of crowds. He also stated that it is a no-brainer that they would have to give rest to Shami and Bumrah during the tour.
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newscricket14 hours ago

IND vs AUS | Players set to wear black armbands during first ODI to honour Dean Jones

The Indian and Australian players will be wearing black armbands during the first ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground to honour late Australian star Dean Jones. Cricket Australia will also pay two significant tributes - one during the ODI series and the other during the Boxing Day Test at MCG.
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newscricket15 hours ago

IND vs AUS | Mayank is impressive but would like to see Rahul open with Dhawan, says Kiran More

Former Indian wicket-keeper Kiran More has weighed in on the opener’s debate for the Australia series and has vouched for KL Rahul to partner Shikhar Dhawan, despite Mayank Agarwal impressing in the IPL. More further wishes to see India rest Bumrah and Shami alternately ahead of the Tests.
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newscricket15 hours ago

IND vs AUS | Was very impressed with Ajinkya Rahane’s aggressive captaincy against Australia, recalls Ian Chappell

Ian Chappell has recalled that he was mightly impressed with Ajinkya Rahane’s captaincy against Australia in the home Test at Dharamsala, hailing him as a positive and aggressive skipper. He also urged the Australian players to not be complacent in Virat Kohli’s absence from the Test series.
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featurecricket16 hours ago

How Mayank Agarwal might add new dynamics to India's opening picture in ODIs

In space of 7 deliveries, Mayank hits three sixes of RR spinners which has class and chutzpah written all over and keeps the adrenaline rush going. First one is smoked straight for a humongous hit, second one is a lofted beauty over long-off while the third one is again creamed down the ground. 
Harshit Anand
newscricket16 hours ago

ENG vs IND | India would be a good test for England as a team, opines Joe Root

Well ahead of the planned series against India, Joe Root has opined that it would be the ultimate test for the national team in tough and challenging conditions to come away with a victory. He also revealed that he’s made a few changes to his batting which would help him play across all formats.
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featurecricket16 hours ago

Down but not out: Chance at redemption for Shardul Thakur and his bag of tricks

Shardul Thakur has to go down as one of the most confusing personas in the current Indian setup – having come under fire for donning the iconic jersey. Since then his career has been always about unfulfilled promises and trolls but right now, there is an opportunity for him to turn it around.
Aakash Sivasubramaniam
newscricket18 hours ago

IPL 2020 | The contest against Pat Cummins was the most enjoyable one, admits Devdutt Padikkal 

RCB opener Devdutt Padikkal, who had a great debut season, singled out his contest against world's no.1 Test bowler Pat Cummins as the most enjoyable one of the season. He also added he knew he had to make an instant impact in the IPL as it's a tough tourney to master if you don't start well.
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newscricket18 hours ago

Indian players must be judged on their performances for India and not IPL, opines Aakash Chopra 

There has been a lot of debate regarding the Indian team captaincy on the basis of IPL performances but Aakash Chopra has asserted that Indian players shouldn't be judged on IPL. He stated that Kohli's lack of IPL wins as captain shouldn't be a parameter to judge him for India captaincy. 
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newscricket18 hours ago

IND vs AUS | Rohit’s absence will take away experience but not quality, asserts Aaron Finch

Australia skipper Aaron Finch expressed disappointment in not being able to compete against a quality player like Rohit Sharma, but opined that while India will miss his experience, they have able backups to fill the quality-shaped void. Finch further spoke of his rotten run of form in IPL 2020.
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newscricket19 hours ago

Don’t subscribe to the Big Three concept; all members should be treated equally, affirms Greg Barclay

ICC’s newly appointed Chairman Greg Barclay has affirmed that he doesn’t subscribe to the concept of a Big ‘3’ and stated that all members should be treated equally. In terms of fixtures, he downplayed his representation in the media as an advocate for bilateral series stating that they are crucial.
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newscricket21 hours ago

Rohit was not fit for selection, him playing IPL games can’t be benchmark, says Jatin Paranjape

Former selector Jatin Paranjape, whose tenure just came to a conclusion, has revealed that the selectors’ hands were tied when it came to Rohit Sharma and asserted that they merely ‘followed the process’. Paranjape has further defended the decision to leave out Rayudu from the World Cup squad.
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newscricket21 hours ago

NZ vs PAK | 6 members of Pakistan squad in NZ test positive for Coronavirus

New Zealand Cricket has confirmed that as many as six members from Pakistan's squad in New Zealand have tested positive for Covid-19. Pakistan team are currently in isolation but they had 'contravened protocols on the first day of managed isolation', and now 6 members will be moved to quarantine.
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newscricket21 hours ago

IND vs AUS | Sudden jump from T20s to Tests could lead to injuries, fears Irfan Pathan

Former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan believes that India and Australia jumping from T20s to Tests in the forthcoming series is less than ideal, due to the drastic length jump, and fears it could lead to injuries. Pathan believes it will be of paramount importance to manage bowlers’ workload.
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newscricketa day ago

IND vs AUS | I’m no Dhoni but will try my best to advice spinners from behind the stumps, claims KL Rahul

KL Rahul, who will be donning the gloves in the limited-over games against Australia, has described MS Dhoni as irreplaceable but has asserted that he will try his best to lend a hand to the spinners from behind the wickets. Rahul further spoke of his long-term future in the side as a keeper.
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