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India fast bowlers in the pink after debut day-night Test

  • Nov 25, 2019
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Kolkata: India's fast bowlers have a rare moment in the sun after uniting to dismantle Bangladesh in the first day and night test on Indian soil.Ishant Sharma, Umesh Yadav, and Mohammed Shami led 19 of the Bangladeshi wickets to fall in Kolkata, which is rare in the subcontinent areas where spinners are ruling the field.The 17 wickets world record taken by pacemakers in a home test in 2017 against Sri Lanka, as well as in the gardens of Eden in Kolkata, was exceeded.In the first Pink Ball test for both sides, India beat Bangladesh by an innings and 46 races in just over two days to sweep the series."It has always been in the cards that pacers in India make the decision, but Bangladesh should be disappointed by the lack of implementation and the struggle of its batsmen," the former Indian batsman VVS Laxman wrote in The Times of India on Monday.Skipper Virat Kohli has been all praise for his pacers and said workload management was the key to keeping them in top shape."They have gained more experience, and now they are playing well," Kohli told reporters after India won the unilateral victory on Sunday."They are responsible for their own preparation, their physical shape and communication.We want you to be fresh for test cricket, and don't worry about anything else."They also feel confident that if they don't play, we have players in reserve to come and do the job if needed. So the strength of the bench helps us a lot too."The three-day run continued despite the absence of Jasprit Bumrah, a Yorker specialist who is recovering from a fractured back.Shami and Yadav took 24 wickets between them in India's 3-0 test in South Africa last month.The spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja threw a total of only seven overs against Bangladesh, who fell for 106 and 195."It often doesn't happen in India when the spinners barely turn their arms in the test match," Indian fast bowler Irfan Pathan wrote on Twitter.However, the real test of Indian team will come in January and February, when India plays two tests in New Zealand, a friendly sailor.Read More: IPL 2020 Auction: Players who could be released by franchises CSK, RR, RCB, MI, and others

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World XI vs Asia XI on cards as worlds largest stadium opens in Ahmedabad in March

  • Dec 02, 2019
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The new Sardar Patel Stadium, built at a cost of Rs 700 crore after the demolition of Motera's old building, could host more fans than Australia's Melbourne Cricket Ground, which has a capacity of just over one lakh.The world's largest cricket stadium in Ahmedabad is likely to have a capacity to host 1.10 Lakh supporters ready to host its first match next March: the game between Asia XI and World XI may be the opening game if the ICC accepts the Indian cricket board's request. The new Sardar Patel Stadium, built at a cost of Rs 700 crore after the demolition of Motera's old building, could host more fans than Australia's Melbourne Cricket Ground, with a capacity of just over one lakh.Jay Shah, son of trade union home Amit Shah, and the current secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket(BCCI) speaks of the stadium as Prime Minister Narendra Modi's is expected to be at the opening of the new stadium. Now that he has received confirmation from the Gujarat Cricket Association about the stadium's preparation, Sourav Ganguly, president of the BCCI, said he would seek ICC approval for the opening match in March."There will be a game of  Asia XI vs. World XI, but it will be subject to the approval of the International Cricket Council," Ganguly told the Indian Express after the ICC's annual meeting in Mumbai on Sunday. The board and GCA want to see the best stars in the world under one roof. The Motera Stadium will more than double the capacity of the 54,000 people as compared to the old buildings. Covering an area of 63 acres, it features a club with at least 50 rooms, an Olympic swimming pool and 73 corporate boxes.It will also feature an indoor cricket academy and three players' training areas. Construction of the stadium began in January 2017.The place is near the metro station, only 300 meters away. The structure is also renowned for its earthquake resistance and will have LED lights instead of normal lights as seen in other stadiums. Sardar Patel Stadium was a place for highly regarded Indian records: Sunil Gavaskar here became the first batsman in history to pass 10,000 test runs and is also where Kapil Dev overtook Richard Hadley's wicket tally with his 432nd test wicket. Modi was the former chairman of the GCA, while Amit Shah was its former chairman. The prominent association recently received its highest representation in the BCCI when Jay was elected secretary last month. A former GCA Joint Secretary, Jay, will now be present at the meeting of the ICC's Chief Executive Committee (CEC). For the CEC, the rule is Minister Jay to come and attend the meeting. As for the representative of the International Cricket Council, we will decide within two days. "Sardar Patel Stadium has come a long way since 1983 when it organized its first test against the West Indies. In 1992, when the former deputy Chief Minister of Gujarat, Narhari Amin, took over as head of GCA, the bank balance was only 356 rupees, according to Amin. After a few years to raise funds, the association showed Sarfarosh in a local car, Amin told The Week. These days, there is no financial crisis associated with a modern stadium that will open in a few months.Read More: MS Dhoni will wait patiently to see the performance of Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson: VVS Laxman

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IPL auction: WI, Aus stars in focus but youngsters set to be top draws

  • Dec 18, 2019
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The focus will be on swords in West Indies and Australia, but some of the lesser-known youngsters may pull out with big deals at the IPL Player Auction in Kolkata on Thursday, as franchises are expected to limit their spending.The thirteenth edition of the lucrative franchise league will have additional significance because 2020 is the year of the T20 World Cup.With 14 years and 350 days, Noor Ahmed from Afghanistan has become the youngest name in the auction group. The left-arm chinaman, with a base price of Rs 30 lakh, can join players such as Rashid Khan and Mohammed Nabi to play in the prominent Super League.Noor has been impressive in the recently-launched U19 series against India, where he picked up nine wickets.Among the young Indians, the first player in Mumbai, Yashasvi Jaiswal and Priyam Garg, who lead the U-19 World Cup team in India, will be watched with the spinning of Tamil Nadu, the left arm Tamil Nadu, R Sai Kishore pacemaker from Bengal, Ishan Porel. All have a base price of Rs 20 lakh.For the stars, Shimron Hetmyer, the 22-year-old West Indies hitter who was launched by Royal Challengers Bangalore before the auction, already presented himself with a century from 85 balls in the first ODI vs India in Chennai.The Guyanese southpaw, who has a base price of Rs. 50 lakh, scored the most in the previous T20I series: 120 in three games with a hit rate of 151.89.After buying him at a whopping price of Rs. 4.2 crore last year, Royal Challengers Bangalore allowed batsmen to attack in 2019 IPL.But with three cards available for the right to match, RCB can still exercise the option to keep the player in the model.However, with a larger portfolio, other franchises will target Hetmyer at the first-time auction in Kolkata.Kesrick Williams, from the West Indies, is also expected to set a medium rhythm, which had upset the captain of India Virat Kohli as he is in the T20 International series, offering an intense offer at a base price of Rs 50 lakh.The limited money in a portfolio of most franchises may mean that the bid will not be particularly aggressive for those with a higher base rate.The auction includes five Australians: Pat Cummins, Josh Hazlewood, Chris Lynn, Mitchell Marsh and Glenn Maxwell. The five, along with South Africa's Del Steyn and Sri Lanka Angelo Matthews, are in the top group of Rs. 2 crores.Australian cricket players participating in the World Cup chose not to participate in the 2019 auction, but this time they registered their names keeping in mind the T20 World Cup at home in October.While Mitchell Starc has chosen not to participate this year, it is very likely that Maxwell, Cummins, Hazlewood and Lyn would be considered top players.After hopping two years in a row, Cummins can be a good deal. He had an impressive season for 2017 with 15 wickets at a strike rate of 18.46.However, it remains to be seen how Del Steen and Angelo Matthews will do at a high base price of Rs 2 crore.Steyn was not sold at the previous IPL auction, but Royal Cha Challengers Bangalore agreed to replace Nathan Coulter-Nile. This was not good, as he had an injury that excluded him from the World Cup.Upon entering the auction, RCB off-loaded Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis, and Colin de Grandhomme along with nine other players. They are probably the busiest among the teams to fill 10-12 spaces.With the likes of Tim Southee, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazelwood at stake, it will be interesting to see how they'll do it with Rs. 27.90 crore in their portfolio.Among the Indians, Robin Uthappa, former Kolkata Knight Riders vice-captain, who was released by his winning team at IPL, maintained his base price at Rs. 1.5 crores.Currently leading Kerala state on the national circuit, Uthappa has recorded 139 runs in six T20 national championships for Mushtaq Ali Trophy, and it remains to be seen whether the 34-year-old has found any takers.KKR also released Piyush Chawla, and he is among the four bowlers who collected 150 wickets in IPL. The leg-spinner fixture, in addition to the Yusuf Pathan, bears a price tag of Rs 1 crore.Indian test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari, at a base price of Rs 50 lakh, also enter the tender area. Pujara was not sold last year, while Vihari was released by Delhi Capitals.As for the teams, Kings XI Punjab, who is aiming for an elusive title, has the most money to brag about, Rs. 42.70 crore, and is expected to make an extensive offer.With its rocky top arrangement, KXIP looks very dependent on Mohammed Shami as a quick bowling option. They can search for a spinner to fill the void left by Captain R Ashwin's exit.Funds with franchises:CSK: Rs 14.60 crore, Delhi Capitals: Rs 27.85 crore, KXIP: Rs 42.70 crore, KKR: Rs 35.65 crore, MI: Rs 13.05 crore, RR: Rs 28.90 crore, RCB: Rs 27.90 crore, SRH: Rs 17 crore.Read More: Vivo IPL 2020 Schedule: Full Schedule Of VIVO IPL 2020,IPL Schedule,Time Table,Fixture,Team Squad,Dates,Venues,Point Table,Live Match,Tickets