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Vitality Blast watch | How overseas signings and England’s T20 stars have fared thus far

The Vitality T20 blast is not known as ‘IPL on cocaine’ for no reason: 10 days in, we’re already through 46 games. That’s right, FORTY SIX! Make no mistake, keeping up with this high-octane competition is no mean task, but at SportsCafe we like to push limits. So let’s begin the recap, shall we?
Anirudh Suresh
newscricketan hour ago

Twitter reacts to Cheteshwar Pujara being ‘smacked’ on his helmet off Wagner’s bowling

It was another day in the office for Cheteshwar Pujara, a slow turtle-like start, where he got his first run after six overs for India. However, after that, Pujara had struck two boundaries before being smacked straight on the helmet by New Zealand’s short-ball specialist Neil Wagner after lunch.
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newscricketan hour ago

ENG vs SL | George Garton gets maiden call-up for Sri Lanka ODIs; Olly Stone ruled out of season

Left-arm pacer George Garton has earned a call-up for the three-match ODI series against Sri Lanka, while promising Olly Stone has been ruled out of the summer with a stress fracture. Barring Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes, all the other English stars were named in the squad on Saturday.
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newscricket3 hours ago

WTC Final | This game is the big daddy of all World Cups, declares Ravi Shastri 

India's head coach Ravi Shastri believes that the World Test Championship Final is more significant than all the World Cups. Shastri reasoned it by saying that it's a big final in the toughest format of the game which is what makes it such a humungous occasion for everyone involved.
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newscricket3 hours ago

WTC final | Indian players wear black armbands in memory of late Milkha Singh

Indian cricketers have worn black armbands in the WTC final against New Zealand in the memory of late sprinter Milkha Singh, who passed away Friday night owing to complications caused by the deadly Covid-19 virus. India were put into bat in the game, and they ended session one at 69/2.
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newscricket4 hours 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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newscricket4 hours ago

If Amir takes back retirement and does well, doors are open for him, reveals Misbah-ul-Haq

Pakistan head coach Misbah-ul-Haq has made it clear that the doors are still open for Mohammad Amir if he does come out of retirement and performs well. He also added that playing against top teams like England and West Indies, ahead of the T20 World Cup, will be very beneficial for the side.
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newscricket8 hours ago

‘Flying Sikh’ Milkha Singh passes away at 91

Legendary Indian sprinter Milkha Singh passed away on Friday in Chandigarh, at the age of 91, one month after he contracted the deadly COVID-19 virus. The Flying Sikh's family issued a statement where it was mentioned that the ace sprinter fought very hard in his final days.
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newscricket8 hours ago

WI vs SA | I’ve already learnt that bowlers keep coming at you relentlessly in Test cricket, reveals Kyle Verreynne

Kyle Verreynne, who gutted out a 89-ball 27 on Friday, revealed that, in just two Tests, he’s realized that, unlike domestic cricket, there are no ‘easy’ passages of play at the international level. Verreynne, who strung a 87-run partnership with Elgar, revealed that he was guided by his skipper.
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newscricket9 hours ago

Know exactly what Christian Eriksen is going through, I was lucky to not die, says James Taylor

Retired England batsman James Taylor, who in 2016 had to quit Cricket due to a rare heart condition, asserted that he was incredibly lucky to survive and said that he understands what Christian Eriksen is going through. Taylor further advised Eriksen to be open to people about how he feels.
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newscricket10 hours ago

WTC Final | Will be important for India to not overthink, says Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma, ahead of the World Test Championship final, has stressed on the need for India to keep things simple, and has insisted that it’ll be important for the side to not overthink. Rohit further has claimed that he will enter the contest knowing the strengths and weaknesses of the Kiwis.
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newscricket11 hours ago

WTC Final | R Sridhar hints at India not making a late change; says current XI can thrive in all conditions

Team India’s fielding coach R Sridhar labelled the XI India named on Thursday as a team that can ‘play and perform on any surface’ and hinted towards India making no late changes despite the intervention of rain. In rainy and wet conditions, many have questioned the sanctity of picking two spinners.
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reportcricket20 hours ago

Shafali Verma stars again as rain halts England’s march to victory

Rain had the last laugh in Bristol on Friday but England, in the little time they had, ensured that they put themselves in pole position heading into the final day. Young Shafali Verma stole the show for India again, but the visitors have a huge mountain to climb on the final day.
Anirudh Suresh
newscricketa day ago

Day 1 of World Test Championship Final called off due to rain

Rain has played spoilsport in Southampton as incessant showers have resulted in Day 1 of the World Test Championship Final clash between India and New Zealand getting called off. The washout means that the Reserve Day comes into effect, meaning there will be a play on Day 6 of the Test.
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newscricketa day ago

Ireland's Kevin O’Brien announces retirement from ODI cricket

After representing Ireland in 153 One-Day International games, all-rounder Kevin O’Brien has decided to hang his boots in the 50-over format, Ireland cricket confirmed on their official website. O’Brien retires as the third-highest run-getter for Ireland in ODIs, behind Stirling and Porterfield.
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newscricketa day ago

WI vs SA | Definitely expect Windies to bounce back in second Test, admits Dean Elgar

South Africa captain Dean Elgar has stated that he expects West Indies to bounce back after their loss in the first Test in St Lucia ( by an innings and 63 runs) and cited his personal experience of home teams bouncing back. The Proteas leader said he would ideally bat first in the second Test.
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newscricketa day ago

Players who pulled out from West Indies tour will find it hard to justify IPL participation, comments Aaron Finch

Australia’s white-ball skipper Aaron Finch has commented that it will be hard for his teammates who withdrew themselves from the limited-overs tour of West Indies to justify participating in the rescheduled IPL 2021 in UAE. Last week, 7 Australian players pulled out from the WI and BAN T20Is.
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newscricketa day ago

Voluntarily accepted to quarantine so that I could represent Australia, reveals Dan Christian

Dan Christian, who had to break his Vitality Blast stint and go into hard quarantine after being called up by Australia, revealed that he willingly made the sacrifice as he didn’t want to pass up an opportunity to represent the country. Christian has spent 11 of the last 12 months inside bubbles.
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newscricketa day ago

WTC Final | Indian bowlers should use bouncers liberally to trouble New Zealand batsmen, reckons Aakash Chopra

Commentator Aakash Chopra has asked the Indian speedsters to apply the utmost usage of bouncers against New Zealand batters to make them uncomfortable in the WTC final in Southampton. The former cricketer has also asked the lower batting order of India to contribute with some crucial runs.
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newscricketa day ago

Will provide fresh Test pitch when Indian women’s team tours Australia, confirm Cricket Australia

Cricket Australia (CA) have assured that the Indian women’s team will play on a fresh Test pitch at WACA when they tour Australia to play a one-off Test starting September 30. The announcement comes on the back of ECB controversially providing a used pitch for the one-off ENG-IND Test.
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