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featurecricket8 hours ago

Shubman Gill - the time for understudy to step out and make his own mark

The fact that India won't have Virat Kohli for major part of the four-match Test series against Australia comes across as a huge blow for the side. But, it is also a great time for one of the top ranked Test sides to blood in youth in form of Shubman Gill, who is vying hard to make his Test debut.
Harshit Anand
featurecricket10 hours ago

10-6 - The ideological deadlock

As with many decisions taken by the International Cricket Council lately, the election process to elect the next chairman is veering towards ludicrous. The process is unfounded, full of tragic logic that carries a sense of off-field bearing that is enough to leave you in doldrums.
Bastab K Parida
newscricket10 hours ago

IND vs AUS | Smith's technique is unconventional, test him on the off-stump channel, advises Sachin Tendulkar

Sachin Tendulkar has advised Indian bowlers to target Steve Smith on the fourth-fifth stump line than going for short-stuff. The former Indian batsman has also added that the absence of Virat Kohli for the last three Tests will be a big void though the team have good bench strength.
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newscricket11 hours ago

IND vs AUS | Still annoys me that we lost Test series to India, professes Tim Paine

Australian Test skipper Tim Paine admitted that the feeling of losing Test series to India in 2018/19 still annoys him a lot, two years on. He added that irrespective of Warner and Smith's absence, it still grinds him to have lost the Border-Gavaskar series 2-1 at home to Kohli's India. 
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featurecricket12 hours ago

High on pace and promise, low on performance: Litmus test beckons Navdeep Saini

That fast, booming inswinging yorker to Roston Chase in Cuttack which crashed into the base of middle-stump. That wicket maiden in the final over against the Windies on debut. Those two rapid, snorting timber-cleaners against the Sunrisers in Dubai.
Anirudh Suresh
newscricket14 hours ago

IND vs AUS | Rohit and Kohli’s absence leaves a bit of hole in Indian batting, claims Steve Smith

Steve Smith has insisted that Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli not being there in the Indian team for the ODIs and Tests respectively leaves a bit of hole in the Indian batting line-up. However, the star Aussie batsman has admitted that India have a number of players coming up to challenge any team.
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newscricket15 hours ago

IND vs AUS | India will get smoked 4-0 if they don't do well in white-ball series, predicts Michael Clarke

Former Aussie skipper Michael Clarke has made a bold prediction and stated that India would get whitewashed in the Tests if they don't do well in the limited-overs series. Indian skipper Virat Kohli will miss the last three Tests and Clarke feels he will need to set the tone in the first Test.
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newscricket16 hours ago

IND vs AUS | I've found my hands in the last few days, which I'm extremely excited about, reckons Steve Smith

Steve Smith has admitted that he was not happy about his batting form in the Indian Premier League but the way he is knocking it in the last few days has made him happy. He has also added that it took him ‘longer than usual’ time to find his old mojo back with the IPL seeing a dip in form.
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newscricket17 hours ago

Make Shubman Gill the new KKR captain, groom him for future, asserts Aakash Chopra

Former Indian Test opener Aakash Chopra has stated that youngster Shubman Gill should be made the new KKR captain, replacing Eoin Morgan. He also added that KKR should only retain three players in Shubman Gill, Andre Russell, and Varun Chakravarthy while they should release the rest.
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newscricket18 hours ago

Kohli is not a bad captain, but Rohit Sharma is a better captain, claims Gautam Gambhir

Former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir has asserted that Indian skipper Virat Kohli is not a bad captain but Rohit Sharma is a better captain. Rohit Sharma had led Mumbai Indians to their fifth title win in the recently-concluded IPL 2020 when they beat Delhi Capitals in the Grand Finale. 
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newscricket18 hours ago

Reports | Rohit Sharma, Ishant Sharma to miss Australia series in entirety

According to reports from Mumbai Mirror, Rohit Sharma and Ishant Sharma will miss the entire India vs Australia Test series with NCA reports stating that their injuries are serious. The National Cricket Academy have already reported the same to the BCCI informally with a formal report expected soon.
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newscricket18 hours ago

Reports | Shreyas Iyer to be asked to stay in as reserve for Test series

If Rohit Sharma’s availability is not confirmed for the first Test, then the selectors might ask Shreyas Iyer to stay with the squad for the Test series. Recently, Ravi Shastri stated that it would be difficult for Rohit and Ishant Sharma to play the Tests if they don't make it to Australia soon.
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featurecricketa day ago

Questions loom and spots up for grab as Proteas enter first chapter of Mission 2021

After having seen their 2020 get abruptly halted by the pandemic, in March, the Proteas will take to the field for the first time in 8 months when they lock horns with the Three Lions on Friday. But lying on the other side of the welcome break is a handful of questions and healthy headaches.
Anirudh Suresh
newscricketa day ago

Marcus Stoinis is five times better than what he was last year, feels Ricky Ponting

Ricky Ponting, who worked with Marcus Stoinis at Delhi Capitals this season, has claimed that the all-rounder from Melbourne has developed around five times more than what he was last season. The Australian legend has also added that Alex Carey was all praise for Stoinis even before the IPL began.
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newscricketa day ago

Shane Warne has always advised me to carry myself like a champion, reveals Kuldeep Yadav

Kuldeep Yadav has revealed that his idol and mentor Shane Warne, after observing his body language, advised him to always keep his shoulders up and act strong even during the direst of circumstances. Kuldeep also quipped that he adores his ‘friend’ Warne’s dismissal of Strauss in Ashes 2005.
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newscricketa day ago

Hopeful of getting fit for India warm-up match but will only play as batsman, reveals Mitchell Marsh

Mitchell Marsh, who has spent the last two months recovering from an ankle injury he sustained in IPL, revealed that he is hopeful of getting fit in time to represent Australia A in the warmup games against India. The all-rounder, however, revealed that he won’t be able to bowl for at least a month.
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newscricketa day ago

Feel there is no chance of me leading the national side, claims Mushfiqur Rahim

Turning down to lead in the BCB President’s XI, Mushfiqur Rahim has stated that he doesn’t have a chance to lead the national side, and wants young players to take over responsibility. However, he clarified that he took over the captaincy in Bangabandhu T20s because the franchise asked him to.
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newscricketa day ago

Cricket Australia announce full Big Bash fixtures as Perth, NSW, Melbourne join list

In the full confirmed schedule for the upcoming edition of the Big Bash League, Cricket Australia have announced that all six cities part of the BBL will be hosting matches this season. While Tasmania, Queensland and South Australia were named earlier, WA, NSW, and Victoria have joined the list.
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newscricketa day ago

T20 cricket will be the preference with two T20 World Cups coming up, asserts David Warner 

Seasoned Australian opener David Warner has made it clear that T20 cricket will take the front seat with two T20 World Cups lined up in the next two years. He also revealed that bio-bubbles are challenging sans family besides ruling out playing in the Big Bash League given the hectic schedule. 
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newscricketa day ago

IND vs AUS | Watch our fab five hunt Australia in their own den, predicts Ravi Shastri

Ravi Shastri, ahead of the series against Australia Down Under, has predicted the fans to watch India’s fab-five bowlers hunt down Australian batsmen in their own den. He also added that the team would gain the needed match-fitness in white-ball cricket before adapting themselves to the Test format.
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