Author: Soorya G

Bangladesh veteran opener Tamim Iqbal has lengthened his hiatus from T20I cricket, as he announced that he will not be available for selection in the format for a further six months. In 2021, he opted out of the squad prior to the 2021 T20 World Cup in the UAE as he wanted youngsters to get a chance to represent their country in the prestigious tournament. Iqbal’s latest decision could also mean a similar story for the 2022 edition of the T20 World Cup, scheduled to take place in Australia later in the year. However, the 32-year-old has also kept the option of returning to…

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The former India coach Ravi Shastri’s much-awaited return to the commentary box has been put off after he was not named in the commentary panel for India’s series against the West Indies, beginning on February 6. Ex-India boss was expected to make a comeback after completing his tenure as head coach of the Indian Cricket Team for nearly five years, during which time India saw a lot of success, particularly in the longer format of the game, where they were the No.1 ranked team for a majority of Shastri’s term. His stint with the national team ended after the T20 World…

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South American giants Argentina and Chile will lock horns in Matchday 15 of the CONMEBOL World Cup Qualifiers on Friday. The two sides will face each other at the Estadio Zorros del Desierto de Calama in Chile, where the hosts will be desperately looking for a win as they push to re-enter the top four after a poor 2-0 defeat to Ecuador back in November, with Arturo Vidal earning himself a needless red card. Argentina are cruising with a 27-game undefeated run across all competitions, even lifting the Copa America, Lionel Messi’s first international trophy, and Argentina’s first in 28 years. However,…

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The current Chelsea consultant promoted an NFT service on Twitter that contained copyrighted images, inviting legal trouble. The Premier League and the UEFA will be pursuing legal action over the use of copyrighted content in tweets made by former Chelsea players John Terry and Ashley Cole. The duo promoted some non-fungible tokens on Twitter that contained images of the Premier League and UEFA Champions League trophies. Chelsea are also believed to be looking into the situation after it was revealed that some of the NFTs also contained the official Chelsea badge. Credit: Getty Images Terry is considered as one of the Premier League’s…

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Veteran West Indies fast-bowler Kemar Roach has been handed a recall by the national selectors for the India tour after more than two years out of the squad. Legendary opening batsman of the golden era of West Indies cricket, Desmond Haynes, is believed to be behind Roach’s inclusion into the squad, after the former replaced Roger Harper as chief selector. The 33-year-old has not played a single white-ball game since his last ODI appearance, also against India, back in 2019. However, Haynes does not view that as a problem, as he has an eye on picking up quick wickets. Roach is one of six…

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Rovman Powell scored an excellent 51-ball century as the Windies won the third T20I by 20 runs. The West Indies went 2-1 up in the five-match T20I series against England in what was an entertaining high-scoring encounter between the two sides. Batting first, the WI registered a massive score of 224/5 in 20 overs, after Rovman Powell scored an explosive century. The English batsmen faltered at a crucial juncture of their innings to ultimately hand the Windies a 20-run victory. After losing openers Shai Hope and Brandon King cheaply, destructive duo Powell and the veteran captain Nicholas Pooran joined each other in the middle. The two batsmen gave the English bowlers…

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The BCCI on Wednesday announced the Indian squads for the ODI and T20I series against the West Indies starting on February 6. Rohit Sharma has recovered from injury and will formally take charge as permanent limited-overs captain. There were a few surprises in the teams, as Kuldeep Yadav was given a recall. Baroda all-rounder Deepak Hooda has been given a much-deserved spot in the ODI side, as Washington Sundar also makes a comeback following a lengthy hiatus from the national side. Young Indian Premier League superstars Avesh Khan and Ravi Bishnoi have also been given a call-up to both squads, as India look to start strong…

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The Tamil Nadu captain spoke very highly of Suryakumar, who played a good innings of 39 in the final ODI against South Africa. Questions were raised as to the competence and balance of the current Indian squad following their shock defeat in the Test series and a whitewash in the ODI series against the Proteas. Fans and experts across the globe were worried about India’s fragile middle-order, and also their bowling in the middle overs, as they were unable to pick up wickets in the absence of experienced all-rounders Ravindra Jadeja and Hardik Pandya. Despite a forgettable tour altogether, veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik has picked…

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Legendary Indian women’s cricketer Mithali Raj has downplayed the impact of strike rate in One-day Internationals, and has urged them to “play according to the situation” in the upcoming tournament scheduled to start on March 4. The 39-year-old had recently been at the receiving end of backlash for her lower strike rate in the last few outings for the Indian women’s team. She has also set expectations for her team, saying that the team must possess the ability to “pull the team out of the hole” if the situation demands. Credit: ABC According to Raj, India have been trying to…

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Veteran Tamil Nadu and India wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik has said that the retirement of iconic Indian captain MS Dhoni from international cricket is the reason behind the dramatic downfall of spin-bowling duo Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav. Until 2019, both players were a pivotal limited-overs setup, even taking part in the 2019 Cricket World Cup, where the Men in Blue reached the semi-finals. Karthik believes that Dhoni’s calming presence in the team was a major factor behind the duo’s success. The ‘Kul-Cha’ decline has led the Indian team to experiment with various other options in the spin-bowling department, including the…

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