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Rohit Sharma reveals the person who gave him the name ‘Hitman’

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Rohit Sharma HITMAN

Rohit Sharma continued with his fine track record of captaincy in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 by sealing the title for the fourth time as MUmbai Indians (MI) skipper. Maintaining his odd-year sequence in clinching the trophy, the 32-year-old led MI to a narrow one-run victory over MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Hyderabad on May 12.

Rohit, who has been named as Virat Kohli’s deputy for the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup, recently took some time off from the game to spend with his family and friends.

“The best thing to hold onto in life @ritssajdeh”, he captioned one of his picture on social media.

Mystery behind his nickname ‘Hitman’

After the conclusion of IPL 2019 final, Rohit was asked why he is called the ‘Hitman’? To which, he responded that it could be since his name includes the word ‘hit’ and it is followed by the suffix ‘man’ since he is a guy.

Rohit also added that in 2013, one member of the production house of Star Sports called Peedi had told him during an interview: “You are the hitman of this Indian cricket team” after the stylish batsman had scored his first double hundred. “After that, it was picked up by a few commentators and it was spoken on air,” he said.

Rohit too faced the question about his favourite food. The Mumbaikar said he is always after home-cooked food since that is something he always miss while touring abroad. “When at home, I genuinely like to eat just home-cooked food. If I am travelling, I like Japanese,” he said.

When asked to name his favourite football player, Rohit said it is Zinedine Zidane, the World Cup-winning footballer from France.

Whether he speaks Telugu? To this, Rohit said he understands it a little bit, not so much. “I can understand and can speak a little bit as well.”

The Indian opener played it safe when asked to name his best friend. He said: “I have a lot of friends and would like not to mention one name as that could upset others”.

ICC World Cup 2019: Australia – Squad, fixtures, match timing, date and venue

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Australia ICC World Cup squad 2019

All eyes will be on Steve Smith and David Warner in the upcoming cricket mega-event, as Australia start off their ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 campaign against minnows Afghanistan on June 1.

The duo will make a comeback in international cricket after completing a 12-month suspension for their role in the ball-tampering scandal during the Test series against South Africa in Cape Town last year. The batting unit will be led by the skipper Aaron Finch along with Usman Khawaja, Shaun Marsh, Warner, and Smith.

In the 15-man squad, Cricket Australia have also named two all-rounders in the form of Marcus Stoinis and Glenn Maxwell. Meanwhile, the pace battery will be spearheaded by Mitchell Starc and Pat Cummins. The other seamers that have been named are Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jhye Richardson and Jason Behrendorff.

Complete squad:

Aaron Finch (c), Usman Khawaja, David Warner, Steve Smith, Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Marcus Stoinis, Alex Carey (wk), Pat Cummins, Mitchell Starc, Kane Richardson, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Jason Behrendorff, Nathan Lyon, Adam Zampa.

Australia’s Schedule and Fixtures at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019:

1. Australia vs Afghanistan

Date: June 1, 2019 (Saturday), 6:00 pm IST, 8:30 pm SGT

Venue: County Ground, Bristol

2. Australia vs West Indies 

Date: June 6,  2019 (Thursday), 3:00 PM IST, 5:30 PM SGT

Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham

3. Australia vs India 

Date: June 9, 2019 (Sunday), 3:00 PM IST, 5:30 PM SGT

Venue: The Oval, London

4. Australia vs Pakistan

Date: June 12, 2019 (Wednesday), 3:00 PM IST, 5:30 PM SGT

Venue: County Ground, Taunton

5. Australia vs Sri Lanka

Date: June 15, 2019 (Saturday), 3:00 PM IST, 5:30 PM SGT

Venue: The Oval, London

6. Australia vs Bangladesh

Date: June 20, 2019 (Thursday), 3:00 PM IST, 5:30 PM SGT

Venue: Trent Bridge, Nottingham

7. Australia vs England

Date: June 25, 2019 (Tuesday), 3:00 PM IST, 5:30 PM SGT

Venue: Lord’s, London

8. Australia vs New Zealand 

Date: June 29, 2019 (Saturday), 6:00 PM IST, 8:30 PM SGT

Venue: Lord’s, London

9. Australia vs South Africa

Date: July 6, 2019 (Saturday), 6:00 PM IST, 8:30 PM SGT

Venue: Old Trafford, Manchester

ICC World Cup 2019: Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo among 10 Windies reserve players list

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Dwayne Bravo, Kieron Pollard

Hard-hitting Trinidadian all-rounder Kieron Pollard has been named on a 10 man reserve list of the West Indies players for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 which starts at the end of this month in England and Wales.

Pollard last played an ODI back in 2016 against Pakistan in the UAE and featured for the Windies last in November 2018 against India in the T20I series. Pollard was part of the title-winning Mumbai Indians (MI) side in the IPL 2019 and played a couple of game-changing knocks including one in the grand finale.

Dwayne Bravo is also on the list along with John Campbell, Sunil Ambris, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre and Raymon Reifer.

The 35-year-old Bravo, one of the premier short-format all-rounders in the game when at his peak, earlier quit international cricket after playing 40 Tests, 164 ODIs and 66 T20Is in October 2018.

Ambris and Reifer will also join the team’s four-day training camp which begins in Southampton on Sunday as the two-times champions continue their preparation for the marquee tournament. They were a part of the recently-concluded Tri-Nation ODI Series in Ireland. Ambris has been picked as cover for Evin Lewis, who has just recovered from a viral infection and Reifer will be the cover for the bowling unit as part of work-load management.

Addressing the reserve players, the Interim Chairman of Selectors, Robert Haynes said: “The choice of players in the reserve list is to really cover our bases and ensure we have a good balance in the pool of players that can be selected if replacements are required. We think the skill set in this pool is strong with a good blend of experience and upcoming young players who can be ready to contribute when required.”

Meanwhile, the four-day camp involving the Windies 15-man squad for the World Cup will include an additional warm-up game against Australia on Wednesday (May 22) at the Ageas Bowl.

The original Windies schedule was based in Bristol from May 23, with two official ICC Cricket World Cup warm-up matches against South Africa and New Zealand on May 26 and May 28 respectively.

Jason Holder & Co. will begin their 2019 World Cup campaign against Pakistan on May 31 at Trent Bridge.

Windies reserves list for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019:

Kieron Pollard, Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Ambris, John Campbell, Jonathan Carter, Roston Chase, Shane Dowrich, Keemo Paul Khary Pierre and Raymon Reifer.

ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Warm Up matches: Schedule, Broadcast channels and LIVE streaming

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ICC World Cup Warm Up matches

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is just 12 days away and things have started to get serious with the teams having preparatory camps. Also, the schedule for the warm-up games has been finalized and with it, the official broadcasters of the tournament across the world; ICC has confirmed that all of the 10 warm up matches will be telecasted live.

The warm-up matches begins on May 24 and will continue till May 28. These matches will give the teams the opportunity to get accustomed to the playing conditions in England and also be able to fine-tune their playing XIs.

All of these matches don’t have an official status since there is no restriction on the playing XI and it gives the whole squad a chance to get out and have some game time.

Here’s the complete schedule for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 Warm-Up matches:

S.No. Date Fixture Venue Time
1. Friday, 24 May Pakistan vs Afghanistan Bristol County Ground 3.00 pm IST
2. Friday, 24 May Sri Lanka vs South Africa Cardiff Wales Stadium 3.00 pm IST
3. Saturday, 25 May England vs Australia Hampshire Bowl 3.00 pm IST
4. Saturday, 25 May India vs New Zealand The Oval 3.00 pm IST
5. Sunday, 26 May South Africa vs Windies Bristol County Ground 3.00 pm IST
6. Sunday, 26 May Pakistan vs Bangladesh Cardiff Wales Stadium 3.00 pm IST
7. Monday, 27 May Australia vs Sri Lanka Hampshire Bowl 3.00 pm IST
8. Monday, 27 May England vs Afghanistan The Oval 3.00 pm IST
9. Tuesday, 28 May West Indies vs New Zealand Bristol County Ground 3.00 pm IST
10. Tuesday, 28 May Bangladesh vs India Cardiff Wales Stadium 3.00 pm IST


Broadcast channels and Live Streaming:

As per the official release on ICC website, Star Sports network will telecast ICC CWC 2019 Warm-ups in India and other Sub Continent Countries. While Fox Sports reserves the telecast rights for Australia. The streaming lovers can catch the exclusive action on their respective OTT platforms Hotstar and Foxtel.

Let’s have a look on the full broadcast list for the other regions of the world.

Full Member Nations:

Afghanistan – Moby TV & Hotstar

Australia – Fox Sports, Channel 9, Kayo Live Stream, SEN Radio & Macquarie Sports Radio

Bangladesh – BTV, GTV, Maasranga, Rabbitholebd & Bangladesh Betar (Radio)

England – Sky Sports, SkyGo, NowTV & BBC Radio

India – Star Sports Network, Doordarshan, Hotstar & All India Radio

Ireland – Sky Sports, NowTV & BBC Radio

New Zealand – Sky Sports Nz & SkyGo Fan Pass

Pakistan – Ten Cricket, PTV Sports & SonyLiv

South Africa – Super Sports & SuperSport App

Sri Lanka – Ten Sports, SLRC Channel Eye & Hotstar

West Indies/Caribbean Islands – ESPN & ESPN Play

Zimbabwe – SuperSports & SuperSport App

Other Nations/Regions

Asia Central Region – Hotstar Website & App

Canada – ATN Cricket Plus

Europe – Hotstar Website & App

Hong Kong – Star Cricket & Now TV

Malaysia – Fox International & Astro Go

The Middle East – OSN CricHD, Eleven Sports & Wavo Stream

North Africa – OSN

North America – ESPN

Oceania – Digicel & Digicel Play

Scotland – Sky Sports, SkyGo & Now TV

Singapore – Star Cricket, Star Hub Go & Singtel

South American Countries – ESPN Website, ESPN Brazil (Stream) & ESPN Play South

Sub-Saharan Africa – Super Sports

United Arab Emirates – OSN & Wavo

United States of America – Willow TV

Virat Kohli chill out with wife Anushka Sharma in Goa ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019

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Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma

Indian team skipper Virat Kohli made the most of some time off from cricket as he whisked his wife Anushka Sharma away to Goa for a short break.

The couple were spotted by fans at Goa airport before their pictures of posing with the cabin crew and lunching out at a restaurant went viral.

Anushka Sharma, Virat Kohli with cabin crew

Virushka seem to be have had a relaxed holiday in each other’s company and we surely agree that the couple deserves it after all the hard work that they do.

Virat Kohli, Anushka

Kohli recently featured in the Indian Premier League (IPL), scoring 464 runs in 14 matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) even as his side finished at the bottom of the table.

He will now lead the Men in Blue at the ICC Cricket World Cup that is slated to be held in England and Wales from May 30.

Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma

The Indian team is scheduled to leave for the United Kingdom on May 22, with Anushka accompanying Virat on the 2019 World Cup campaign.

ICC World Cup 2019: Rahul Dravid names his semi-finalists of the tournament

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Rahul Dravid

The 12th edition of ICC Cricket World Cup will be played in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14 and every team has almost finalized its squads for the quadrennial event. The tournament will be played in a round robin league format seeing the 10 teams playing each other once, meaning that this is one of the most open tournaments in recent history.

Many former cricketers have been sharing their picks to win the tournament or at least make it to the final four for the semi-finals. England has been picked by almost every cricket expert and since Australia will be defending their title in England and Wales, the five-time champions are also considered strong contenders to romp home another title.

However, there have been some surprises and former Indian captain Rahul Dravid has also revealed his semi-finalists of the tournament.

Dravid, who has played three World Cups – 1999, 2003 and 2007 – believes England is a strong contender and Australia has made great strides in the last few months. Also, India and Pakistan/South Africa were his choice to complete the top four.

World Cup 2019

England is hosting the tournament and have the home advantage. They are also ranked number 1 in the ICC ODI team rankings and have completely changed their game since their ouster from the 2015 World Cup, making the new world record team total of 481/6 against Australia at Nottingham in June 2018.

India, on the other hand, is ranked two in the ICC rankings and last year won their maiden ODI series in South Africa and Australia, and is the best team while chasing the target, thanks to the presence of likes of Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma.

During the conversation with Jatin Sapru at the Re-imagine Awards, Dravid said, “There is a certain pressure associated with the event. One has to accept it, it’s inevitable. Having played three World Cups, I can say it’s a fantastic event, it’s a privilege to be part of the World Cup. One has to embrace it.”

“There are going to be good and bad days, it allows to slip a bit. India has the potential and talent to learn and improve,” he added.

AB de Villiers hilariously reveals why he is scared of saying anything to Virat Kohli

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AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli

There is a little denying in the fact that AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli are the best of friends. It all started in 2011 when de Villiers was roped in by IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Kohli was already the team’s skipper. The two hit it off soon and their friendship has only grown stronger with the passage of time. In the last few years, the two have never hidden their admiration and respect for each other. Whenever the two are interviewed, they always call each other the best in the world.

Once again, De Villiers has revealed some interesting about Virat and Anushka Sharma during his interview with Gaurav Kapur for ‘Breakfast with Champions’. The former South Africa skipper said that Virat and Anushka were his neighbors in the team hotel at the IPL this year.

Virat Kohli, Anushka Sharma

“We are neighbours. If it wasn’t for the mosquitoes here, we would’ve left our doors open and probably would’ve shared a big room. Anushka’s here all the time, my family is there, the kids are running around. The kids were knocking on his door, early in the morning waking him up. He would let them in and would have coffee together. They were so good with the kids. We spent hours in the pool together, everyone just jumping and diving, and they’re so chilled,” said De Villiers.

De Villiers scared of saying anything to Virat

De Villiers further revealed just how caring Virat is which has made him scared of telling the India skipper about anything. The Proteas veteran revealed how Virat arranges everything for him.

“I’m scared of saying anything to him now because. If I say like, “Oh, I like your shoes.” The next minute he organizes me those shoes. I’m like, “Virat, just stop it”. He looks after everyone. I was like, “My phone is flat again.” “Oh, you need a power bank.”

There you go. Now it’s mine. He’s ridiculous, man. I told him I like coffee the other day. Now I’m getting an espresso machine – he’s ordered on Amazon. It’s being delivered tomorrow,” said de Villiers.

WATCH: Shoaib Malik’s comical hit-wicket dismissal against England

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Shoaib Malik hit-wicket

Pakistan’s senior batsman Shoaib Malik got out in a bizarre fashion against England in the 4th ODI played in Trent Bridge on Friday.

Malik, who was batting on 41 off 25 balls during the 47th over of the match, got dismissed after he clattered his stumps while trying to play a late square cut of Mark wood’s delivery.

It was surely one of the most hilarious hit-wicket incidents by a seasoned campaigner such as Malik.

In the process, Malik also became the 8th player to be dismissed hit-wicket on two different occasions in ODI history. He joined the likes of Allan Border, Kumar Sangakkara and Misbah-ul-Haq on this infamous list after having been first subjected to the same fate back in 2003.

Here’s the video:

As far as the match is concerned, Ben Stokes’s unbeaten 71 rescued England from a middle-order collapse as the World Cup hosts and favourites beat Pakistan by three wickets with three balls to spare.

England has now sealed the five-match series at 3-0 up with one more game to go.

ICC World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli’s go to man Kedar Jadhav declared fit for the tournament

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Kedar Jadhav

In a major boost for team India, captain Virat Kohli’s go to man Kedar Jadhav has been declared fit for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, scheduled to be played in England and Wales from May 30 to July 14.

Jadhav will now board the flight to London with the rest of the Indian squad on May 22.

Jadhav’s participation in the 10-team tournament was in doubt after he suffered a shoulder injury in Chennai Super Kings’ final league fixture against Kings XI Punjab in the recently-concluded Indian Premier League (IPL).

According to a report in Mumbai Mirror, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had asked team’s physiotherapist Patrick Farhart to return to India early from Australia and monitor Jadhav’s situation. He then submitted Jadhav’s fitness report to BCCI and was given the green signal.

Apart from adding steel through his batting in the middle-order, the 34-year-old Jadhav offers a decent option in the bowling department with his part-time offspin.

He has played in 59 ODIs so far, scoring 1174 runs at 43.48 alongside two centuries and five fifties. He has taken 27 wickets as well and has an economy rate of 5.15.

India will open their World Cup campaign against South Africa on June 5. Before that they will play warm-up matches against New Zealand and Bangladesh on May 25 and May 28 respectively.

ICC World Cup 2019: Rahul Dravid reveals why India have a better chance than any other team

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Rahul Dravid, Jasprit Bumrah, Virat Kohli

Former India skipper Rahul Dravid believes that the presence of wicket-taking bowlers in the 15-member squad will greatly benefit India in the middle overs during the 2019 World Cup matches.

Alongside hosts England and defending champions Australia, India will enter the ICC event as favourites. The tournament begins on May 30 with the grand finale slated for July 14 at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground.

“In a World Cup, I believe, having experienced some of the conditions in England last year with the A tour, it would be a high scoring World Cup. And in a high scoring WC, having bowlers who can take wickets in the middle will be very important. I think India is lucky in that regard,” Dravid said while speaking to Jatin Sapru at the Re-imagine Awards function in Mumbai on Friday.

“People like (Jasprit) Bumrah, Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal… (We have) got bowlers who can take wickets. Teams that are taking wickets through those middle-overs in those high scoring games have a better better chance of restricting the opposition,” he added.

India played their last one day international on March 13, after which the 12th edition of the IPL began. Though the loss in the five-match series against Australia at home came as a shock, the Men in Blue performed brilliantly in ODIs over the last few years, scripting a historic series win in South Africa. They also won the limited over series in Australia and New Zealand.

Dravid also emphasized on these victories while talking about India’s prospects in the upcoming World Cup.

“I think we have had a couple of really good years leading to the World Cup. For right reasons, we are No. 2 in the World and that actually means that we have consistently produced some successful results in the last two and half years. We can be hopeful.”

“I think it’s going to be a tough World Cup. Every team comes well prepared and wants to compete. Everyone at the World Cup will be putting their best foot forward.”

“So having said that I would say India is definitely one of the favourites into the tournament and all of us can be hopeful. Hopefully we make the semi-final and from there on there are four very good teams,” Dravid added.

Kohli setting the standards high

‘The Wall’ also showered accolades on current India captain Virat Kohli.

“Virat, you know he just keeps improving, keeps getting better. He is setting bars and standards that possibly we thought would never be achieved. Sachin (Tendulkar) scored 49-50 hundreds in one-day cricket. People thought that this would take a lot of time to achieve. Will it be ever achieved and now Virat is 10 away from it or close to it.”

“One of the things about Virat is that even if he has a bad tour, it is not that he hasn’t had bad tours, he had disappointing tour of England in 2014, he wasn’t as successful in Australia first time around, but every time he goes back again, he goes back as a better player. He sort of reinvents his game to a point where he is constantly improving,” Dravid said.

In the end, Dravid also showered praise for two-time World Cup winning captain MS Dhoni.

“The beauty about MS is that he plays these big tournaments and these big matches and that’s why he finds himself in so many of these big games, he plays them, and they mean a lot. I tell a lot of under-19 boys, he is able to find a way to play it like it doesn’t mean a lot, obviously it means a lot.”

“He is able to see a bigger picture in it and say I’m not defined by this particular game. It is a hard thing to do,” Dravid concluded.

Rohit Sharma chills out with ‘partner in crime’ in Maldives after record IPL win

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Rohit Sharma, Ritika Sajdeh

Rohit Sharma continued with his fine track record of captaincy in the Indian Premier League (IPL) by winning the title for the fourth time as a skipper for Mumbai Indians (MI). Maintaining his odd-year sequence in winning the trophy, the 32-year-old led MI to clinch a one-run victory over MS Dhoni’s Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Hyderabad on last Sunday (May 12).

After IPL success, Rohit took some down time before flying out to participate in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, starting on May 30 in England and Wales. The ‘Hitman’ took to Instagram to share some pictures from his recent trip to the Maldives.

The Indian team’s vice-captain, who has been a busy man in the last few months, spent some quality time with his family, including his wife Ritika Sajdeh and daughter Samaria. “Partner in crime for life never as zen as I am here in this part of the world. Perfect gateway,” Rohit Sharma captioned one of the pictures.

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Rohit Sharma and other members of team India will depart for England on May 22. India will play two warm up matches against New Zealand and Bangladesh before starting their World Cup campaign.

ICC World Cup 2019: Prize money on offer and the format of the tournament

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World Cup 2019

The winners of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 will earn a cash award of $4 million, the highest prize money on offer in the history of the tournament.

The winners of the 10-team tournament will also get a trophy that they will lift at the iconic Lord’s Cricket Ground on July 16, a statement from the ICC read.

The total prize pot, which is $10 million, will see the runners-up assured of $2 million and the losing semi-finalists $800,000 each at the end of the 46-day tournament being played across 11 venues.

The 2019 edition though only sees a 6.25% increase in prize money from the 2015 World Cup that had prize money of $3.75 million. But the rewards for the upcoming World Cup will be twice than what was on offer in 2003.

Prize Money: Winners (1) USD 4,000,000; Runners-Up (1) USD 2,000,00; Losing Semi-Finalists (2) USD 800,000 each; Winners of each league stage match (45): USD 40,000 each; Teams that do pass the league stage (6) USD 100,000 each.

Format of the tournament

The 2019 World Cup will run from May 30 to July 14. The semi-finals will be played at Old Trafford in Manchester and Edgbaston in Birmingham on July 9 and 11 respectively, while Lord’s will host the final on July 14.

The 10 teams in the tournament will play against each other in a single-league format, with the top four sides after 45 matches to qualify for the two semi-finals. There are prizes for each league match won, in what promises to be a competitive tournament with the world’s best playing against each other in a round-robin format.

Other Facts

  • England and Wales have previously hosted the World Cup in 1975, 1979, 1983 and 1999.
  • Australia is the most successful side, having won the tournament in 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007 and 2015.
  • The West Indies won the first two editions in 1975 and 1979, while India won in 1983 and 2011. Other winners are Pakistan in 1992 and Sri Lanka in 1996.

IPL 2019: Jassym Lora is all over the moon as her husband Andre Russell wins MVP award

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Andre Russell, Jassym Lora

The man who redefined every notion of big-hitting through the 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), inning after inning. It wasn’t one of those clichéd repetitions from the commentary box; impossible, really, was nothing when Andre Russell was out in the middle.

Prior to 2019, no team had ever successfully hit more than 50 runs in the final three overs of a run-chase. In the first two weeks of the season, Russell did it twice – on the second instance, he had taken KKR home with five balls to spare.

Russell batted 13 times in IPL 2019, and only thrice did he actually face more than 25 balls – yet, he finished with over 500 runs.

As if all that wasn’t enough, he was also the leading wicket-taker for the Knight Riders.

In 14 matches, Russell amassed 510 runs at a sensational strike-rate of 204.81 and claimed 11 wickets at an economy of 9.51. His all-round performance won him the Most Valuable Player (MVL) award for the season.

Andre’s wife Jassym Lora, who was always there alongside the KKR all-rounder, was all over the moon as her husband received the coveted award at the IPL 2019 and congratulated him in the most adorable fashion.

“Sometimes I look at you and wonder how I got to be so d*mn Lucky!” she wrote in her Instagram post.

Jassym Lora, Andre Russell

Jassym was inarguably one of the most popular WAGs during the IPL season. She not only set social media on fire with her presence but also won many hearts.

ICC World Cup 2019: Complete list of commentators

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ICC World Cup 2019 commentators

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Thursday announced a stellar line up of commentators for the upcoming Cricket World Cup, beginning May 30 in England and Wales.

Speaking about the World Cup being played in his home country, former England skipper Nasser Hussain said, “The whole of England and Wales is buzzing with excitement in anticipation of the massive summer of cricket ahead. This edition of the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup promises to be the most entertaining one yet and I cannot wait to be part of this event broadcast and witness history in the making, first hand.”

This year, ICC TV will produce live coverage of all 48 matches being played over 46 days, as well as full live coverage of all ten warm-up matches. Viewers will be treated to state-of-the-art coverage which will include a minimum of 32 cameras at every game, including eight ultra-motion Hawk-Eye cameras, front and reverse view stump cameras and Spidercam.

For the first time at a Cricket World Cup, the broadcast will produce 360 degree replays, which allows multiple cameras feed to be stitched together to create a stunning video that helps provide in-depth analysis of big moments in the game.

The coverage will also be complemented with a variety of analytical and visual enhancements including the use of Player Tracking. The drone camera will also provide stunning visuals of all venues across England and Wales. There will be a roving Buggy Cam as well, for a ground-level view of proceedings.

Here’s the complete list of ICC commentators for the 2019 World Cup:

  1. Nasser Hussain
  2. Michael Clarke
  3. Ian Bishop
  4. Sourav Ganguly
  5. Melanie Jones
  6. Kumar Sangakkara
  7. Michael Atherton
  8. Alison Mitchell
  9. Brendon McCullum
  10. Graeme Smith
  11. Wasim Akram
  12. Shaun Pollock
  13. Michael Slater
  14. Mark Nicholas
  15. Michael Holding
  16. Isa Guha
  17. Pommie Mbangwa
  18. Sanjay Manjrekar
  19. Harsha Bhogle
  20. Simon Doull
  21. Ian Smith
  22. Ramiz Raja
  23. Athar Ali Khan
  24. Ian Ward

ICC World Cup 2019: New Zealand’s Tom Latham suffers fractured finger; in doubt for warm up games and tournament opener

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Tom-Latham

New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Latham is in doubt for the side’s World Cup opening game against Sri Lanka on June 1 after suffering a finger fracture during the third practice match against Australia in Brisbane last week.

Latham had sustained the injury while keeping wickets and was later forced to leave the field for medical attention.

According to stuff.co.nz, the injury is healing and Latham has been cleared to depart to England and Wales with the squad on Sunday, but is doubtful for New Zealand’s two warm-up games and their tournament opener in Cardiff.

New Zealand Cricket selector Gavin Larsen has confirmed that the decision on the 27-year-old’s participation in the warm-up games will be taken close to the fixtures. “Whether he (Latham) takes his place in those warm up games we’ll take a day by day approach on that, which will be down to the medical guys and Gary (Stead) and support staff when they’re over there,” he told Trackside Radio.

With Latham likely to sit out of the two practice matches against India (May 25) and West Indies (May 28), Tom Blundell, the backup wicket-keeper in the Kiwi squad, could make his ODI debut.

Tom Blundell

NZC have also kept Tim Seifert and BJ Watling on standby. “They’re both ready; Tim has come off the back of his finger injury, that’s OK, and BJ has been going well. We’ve got the different skill sets covered,” Larsen added.

New Zealand’s 15-man squad for the 2019 World Cup:

Kane Williamson (c), Tom Blundell, Trent Boult, Colin de Grandhomme, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Ish Sodhi, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.


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