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Jasprit Bumrah gets body-shamed over his picture with Virat Kohli at the Jolly beach

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Team India began their ICC World Test Championship campaign with the two-match Test series against the West Indies on Thursday.

Ahead of the first Test in Antigua, the Indian team took a day off and went to the Jolly beach on Wednesday. As players had an amazing time and also posed for a team picture, the Indian captain Virat Kohli and his go-to fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah flaunted their six-pack abs.

Bumrah shared the photo of the same on his social media accounts. He captioned the image as “Sun soaking with @virat.kohli and the team.”

Meanwhile, some of the fans didn’t miss looking at Bumrah’s innerwear and felt that it was transparent. They body-shamed him to the hilt over the same and advised him to delete the photo. Rather the truth is that the sun was shining on his innerwear and it seemed like it is transparent.

Here’s how Bumrah was brutally trolled:

India vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane hits form ahead of first Test against West Indies

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Ajinkya Rahane finally hit some form with the bat as he led India to a draw against West Indies ‘A’ in the three-day practice match at Coolidge Cricket Ground in Antigua.

Rahane, who opened the innings for his side on Monday scored 54 but batted out time as he faced 162 balls in India’s second innings. He also added a 96-run stand for the second wicket along with Hanuma Vihari who followed up his first-innings of 37 not out with an excellent 64.

Rahane had been struggling for form since he began his maiden county stint with a century for Hampshire in May.

The Indian vice-captain was not the best of form at the international level. And the upcoming two-match Test series against West Indies will be crucial to his future with the national team.

India declared their second innings on 188/5 to have a go at West Indies A in the final session of the last day. The likes of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja who did not feature in the first innings got an opportunity to both bat and bowl in the second innings.

Both Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha, who is making a comeback after a long injury layoff, got an opportunity to bat on Day 3.

West Indies A put on 47 runs for the loss of 3 wickets in 21 overs when both the captains decided to call the practice match a draw.

India will now take on West Indies in the two-match Test series. It will also be the first World Test Championship match for the two teams respectively, starting on August 22 at Sir Vivian Richards Stadium in Antigua.

Brief Scores:

India 297/5 (Cheteshwar Pujara 100; Jonathan Carter 3-39) & 188/5 (Hanuma Vihari 64; Akim Frazer 2-43) drew with West Indies A 187 (Kavem Hodge 51; Umesh Yadav 3-19) & 47/3 (Jeremy Solozano 16; Ravindra Jadeja 1-3).

ICC Test Rankings: Steve Smith jumps to second spot, Virat Kohli still on top

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In the latest ICC Test batting rankings, former Australian skipper Steve Smith has jumped to the second spot overtaking Kane Williamson. Smith is now just 9 rating points behind Indian captain Virat Kohli.

The right-handed batsman has been in brilliant form in the Ashes series, scoring a total of 378 runs in his three innings. In the first test, Smith scored twin tons (144 & 142), making a dream comeback in Test cricket after a year-long ban.

It’s something I have never done in any form of cricket. It’s incredibly special and special to put us in the position we are in.“, said Smith in an earlier interview.

New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson slipped to number 3 spot due to some ordinary performance in the test series against Sri Lanka. On the other hand, Sri Lankan captain Dimuth Karunaratne who played a match-winning knock of 122 runs in the first test, broke into the top 10 for the first time.

With 922 rating points, Kohli is still at the top spot in the rankings. Team India is scheduled to start their Test campaign against West Indies on 22nd August 2019.

ICC Test Batting Rankings:

  • 1. Virat Kohli – IND (922)
  • 2. Steve Smith – AUS (913)
  • 3. Kane Williamson – NZ (887)
  • 4. Cheteshwar Pujara – IND (881)
  • 5. Henry Nicholls – NZ (770)
  • 6. Aiden Markram – SA (719)
  • 7. Quinton de Kock – SA (718)
  • 8. Dimuth Karunaratne – SL (716)
  • 9. Joe Root – ENG (710)
  • 10. Francois du Plessis – SA (702)

Ashes 2019: Jofra Archer finally responds after hitting Steve Smith with a fiery bouncer

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On the fourth day of the second Ashes Test at Lord’s, the former Australian skipper Steve Smith was knocked down by a nasty bouncer from England pacer Jofra Archer. Smith was forced to retire hurt and walk-off the field for further medical assessments.

The incident occurred on the 77th over when Smith was batting on a score of 80 runs from 152 balls. A 92.4 mph bouncer struck Smith on the neck just below the left ear knocking him down.

In a recent interview with Sky Sports, the speedster expressed his thoughts about the incident. Jofra said, “It’s never a nice sight,

I honestly don’t know what I was thinking at the time, seeing someone go down, you don’t ever want to see anyone carried off on a stretcher, or you don’t want to see them missing a day, or a game, especially with what happened a few years ago as well.”

Back in 2014, Australian cricketer Phillip Hughes suffered a subarachnoid hemorrhage after being hit by a bouncer on his neck, causing his death.

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Jofra did attract some criticism on social media for his behavior after the incident as he walked away and didn’t check on Smith.

Ashes 2019: Shoaib Akhtar unhappy with Jofra Archer’s reaction after hitting Steve Smith with a bouncer

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The ‘Rawalpindi Express’ Shoaib Akhtar was not impressed by Jofra Archer’s behavior after hitting Steve Smith with a fiery bouncer. Smith was knocked down after a 92.4 mph bouncer hit him on the unprotected part of the neck below the left ear on the fourth day of the second Ashes Test.

English players and the medical team rushed to check Steve Smith, but Jofra went back to his bowling mark without checking on the batsman.

Smith was forced to walk off the field after this incident.

Shoaib was baffled by Jofra’s act and took social media platform Twitter to express his disappointment. He tweeted, “Bouncers are a part & parcel of the game but whenever a bowler hits a batsman on the head and he falls, courtesy requires that the bowler must go & check on him. It was not nice of Archer to just walk away while Smith was in pain. I was always the first one to run to the batsman.

Smith was back to the crease after passing the medical assessments 40 minutes later.

Shane Watson opens up about the relationship between CSK skipper MS Dhoni and coach Stephen Fleming

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Winning the IPL championship thrice, Chennai Super Kings has been the second most successful team in the tournament after Mumbai Indians.

The hero of IPL 2018 final Shane Watson recently talked about this experience with the CSK franchise. Waston stated, “My experience with Chennai Super Kings has been very special and welcoming. I’ve played a lot of leagues for franchises around the world, whether that’s here in India or other parts of the world. There’s no doubt that CSK is a very slick operation with how it is run, on and off the field.

Watson was all praise for the Chennai Super Kings management, especially owner N Srinivasan, skipper MS Dhoni, and head coach Stephen Fleming. “And everything comes down to the leaders, with how N Srinivasan, how he allows the team to be run by the franchise; with MS Dhoni and Stephen Fleming, who I believe are the best captain-coach combination in the world.“, he added.

Stephen Fleming started as the team’s head coach back in 2009 and resumed his role in 2018 as CSK returned from a 2-year ban.

Obviously, they have a lot of history with working together as well, it is an amazing dynamic these guys have got and they know how to get the best of all the players around them. And also the coaching staff. So, it is really a privilege to be able to play for CSK,” told Watson.

I have had an amazing time in the last couple of years. We’ve had a lot of success as well, which is a nice bonus. There aren’t any secret theories as to why they are so successful. It’s just because it’s such a great franchise and such a great operation,” he concluded.

West Indies vs India: Harsha Bhogle opens up on Rishabh Pant’s irresponsible shot selection

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On Wednesday, India defeated West Indies by six wickets in the final ODI of the three-match series at Queen’s Park Oval. Indian skipper Virat Kohli smashed his 43rd ODI century, taking the Men in Blue to the finish line.

India’s current number 4 batsman, Rishabh Pant disappointed his fans once again. Pant came out to bat after the dismissal of Shikhar Dhawan in the 13th over of India’s inning (91/2).

Facing the very first delivery, Pant went down the pitch for a big hit but found himself nowhere near the bowl, giving an easy catch to Keemo Paul standing at mid-off.

Harsha Bhogle, the popular Indian cricket commentator and journalist,  was not at all impressed with Pant’s shot selection. He had a clear message for the youngster, tweeting, “This is a shot that Rishabh Pant will want to forget but shouldn’t. It should remind him of how much ability he is wasting. He is a batsman-keeper, not the other way around, so his batting must speak for him even more.

Earlier, Pant also faced heat in the T20I series against West Indies when he got himself dismissed in a similar fashion. The incident occurred during the first T20I, Pant on his first delivery decided to slog sweep and gave a simple catch to the deep square leg fielder.

Shreyas Iyer, who came at number 5, played a crucial knock of 65 runs off 41 balls, adding 120 runs for the 4th wicket partnership with captain Virat Kohli.

Cricket returns in Commonwealth Games; 8 teams to participate in Women’s T20 tournament

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Cricket is set to return in the 2022 Commonwealth Games, to be hosted by Birmingham, United Kingdom. It’s the first time since 1998 that cricket will be a part of the Commonwealth Games, albeit only as a women’s sport.

When cricket was last included during the Kuala Lumpur games in 1998, it was a men’s event, and South Africa clinched the gold medal, beating Australia in the final.

While the games in Kuala Lumpur were played in the 50-over format, Birmingham will see eight teams participating in the T20 format. The 2022 edition of the Commonwealth Games will run between 27th July 2022 to 7th August, and all the matches will be played at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground, the home of Warwickshire Cricket Club (WCC).

The International Cricket Council (ICC) said in a statement the sport’s return to the Games was “a truly historic moment for women’s cricket and the global cricket community”.

“Cricket’s inclusion in an event with such a large global reach aligns perfectly with our plan to enable more women and girls to be inspired to get involved in cricket,” England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) Chief Executive Tom Harrison said.

The next edition of the Women’s ICC Cricket World Cup will take place in New Zealand in 2021 and the White Ferns’ skipper Amy Satterthwaite described the inclusion of the sport in the Birmingham programme as “a huge boost”.

“Having the opportunity to play against countries we currently don’t usually compete with will be unique and only a good thing for the growth of the game,” Satterthwaite said.

WATCH: Hardik and Krunal Pandya team up to sing “Why This Kolaveri Di”, video goes viral

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The Pandya brothers are making the headlines again, but this time not because of their cricketing talent. The two got together to sing Dhanush’s “Why This Kolaveri Di” song.

On Saturday, the big brother Krunal posted the video on Twitter, commenting, “Why this Kolaveri Kolaveri Kolaveri Di at the Pandya music studio.”

After India’s exit from the ICC World Cup 2019 in the semi-final, the team management rested Hardik Pandya for India’s tour of West Indies.

On the other hand, Krunal recently returned home from the Caribbean after the T20I series win against West Indies. For his all-round performance in the tournament, he was presented with the ‘Player of the Series’ award.

The two brothers were also part of the Mumbai Indians squad who won the Indian Premier League 2019 under the captaincy of Rohit Sharma.

Suresh Raina receives a heartfelt message from Jonty Rhodes after knee surgery

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Jonty Rhodes, former South Africa international, has penned a heartfelt message for star India batsman Suresh Raina after the latter underwent successful knee surgery in Amsterdam on Friday.

Raina had a niggling knee problem since last season and will require at least six weeks of intense rehabilitation for recovery.

“Mr Suresh Raina went through a surgery for his knee where he is been facing discomfort for last few months. The surgery is been successful and it will require him 4-6 weeks of rehab for recovery,” Raina’s Dutch surgeon Dr. H Van der Hoeven confirmed the latest development.

The BCCI also wished speedy recovery for the batsman while confirming Raina’s knee surgery on their Twitter handle.

Replying to BCCI’s tweet, Rhodes posted a special message for Raina.

He wrote: “@ImRaina u have been an inspiration to so many with your incredible work ethic over your career, especially these last couple of years. Listen to your body now my friend – knowing u, u will want to be out training tomorrow #aramse.”

Raina has played 226 ODIs, 78 T20Is for India amassing 5,615 and 1,605 runs respectively. He also featured in 18 Tests where he scored 768 runs.

He was last seen in action during the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 where he clubbed 383 runs in 17 matches for the runner-ups Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

Babar Azam opens up about being captain, comparison with Virat Kohli

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The 24 years old Pakistan cricketer, Babar Azam has impressed everyone with his consistent performance. He became the second-fastest batsman in ODI history to cross 3,000 runs mark during the ICC World Cup 2019. Babar achieved this milestone in just 68 innings, breaking Indian skipper Virat Kohli’s earlier record of 75 innings.

Currently, the sensational batsman is featuring in the Vitality T20 Blast for Somerset. He has been the leading run-scorer in the tournament with 425 runs in 8 innings with an average of more than 70.

In a recent interview with PakPassion, Babar Azam shared his thoughts regarding Pakistan captaincy and his comparison with Virat Kohli.

Speaking about leading the team, Babar said, “It’s up to the Pakistan Cricket Board to decide whoever captains the teams and in whichever format. The Board will decide who the captain or captains are and the players, of course, abide by their choice.

“I’ve never really thought about captaining Pakistan and have in all honesty only thought about playing for my country. I am not someone who craves being captain and am more interested in scoring runs for Pakistan. Whoever the Board chooses is the right choice, and in fact, I think Sarfaraz Ahmed is fine and is doing a good job at the moment“, he added.

Babar asked the media and fans not to compare him with Virat Kohli. He said, “I don’t think there is or should be any comparison as we are different types of players. I just focus on my batting and working on my strengths and weaknesses and have no desire to be compared with any other cricketer.

I’m sure I speak for most cricketers when I say comparisons are only for fans and the media and we cricketers don’t really crave any comparisons or want to be compared to any current or former players as that just creates endless pressure.“, continued Babar.

As great as he is, I don’t want to be compared to Virat or any other cricketer, I just want to win matches for my country as that is my only aim.“, he concluded.

Earlier this year during a PSL promotional event, Babar said that he is not worthy enough to be compared to Kohli yet.

ICC Test Rankings: Steve Smith breaks into top 3

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Former Australian skipper Steve Smith has been rewarded for his sensational return to Test cricket as he broke into the top-three in the ICC Test Player Rankings for batsmen after his heroics at Edgbaston in their Ashes 2019 opener against England.

Smith scored twin centuries and was awarded the Player of the Match award as Australia thrashed England by 251 runs to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match Test series.

His knocks of 144 and 142 helped Australia breach England’s fortress and complete a sensational turnaround from Day 1, where they were reduced to 122 for eight. Courtesy of the knocks, Smith has once again crossed the 900-point mark. He now sits behind leader Virat Kohli (922) and Kane Williamson (913).

Smith was earlier placed in fourth place with 857 points to his name.

Leg-spinner Nathan Lyon also moved up in the rankings for bowlers.

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Lyon took nine wickets in the first Test against England and that took him six places above to 13th while fast bowler Patt Cummins consolidated his top position with seven wickets in the game. He now has career-best 898 rating points – which is also the third-best for an Australian bowler in the past 50 years after Glenn McGrath and Shane Warne.

For England, Stuart Broad gained two places to reach 16 after completing 100 Test wickets against Australia during the match while Chris Woakes climbed to 29 after picking up four wickets in the game. The all-rounder also went past Moeen Ali to reach ninth among all-rounders.

Veteran South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn announces retirement from Test cricket

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Veteran South Africa fast bowler Dale Steyn on Monday announced his retirement from Test cricket.

The 36-year-old Steyn, who played his first Test against England at Port Elizabeth in December 2004, also played his last Test at the same venue (against Sri Lanka on February 2019).

In his illustrious Test career, he scalped 25 five-wicket hauls and 5 ten-wicket hauls.

Overall, Steyn represented South Africa in 93 Tests where he claimed 439 wickets, most by a Proteas pacer.

“Today I walk away from a format of the game I love so much. In my opinion Test cricket is the best version of this game. It tests you mentally, physically, emotionally,” said retiring Steyn in his statement.

“It’s terrible to consider never playing another Test again but what’s more terrifying is the thought of never playing again at all. So I will be focusing on ODIs and T20s for the rest of my career to maximize my full potential and ensure my longevity in this sport,” added Steyn.

“I’d like to thank everyone in cricket, no one specific because everyone has been a part of my journey. And I look forward to continuing to play for the Proteas in the shorter formats. Thank you,” he concluded.

Steyn missed South Africa’s disappointing recent World Cup campaign in the United Kingdom, where they finished seventh, with a shoulder injury.

Rohit Sharma, Krunal Pandya shine as India seal the T20I series against West Indies

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Rohit Sharma’s half-century and Krunal Pandya’s all-round display helped India seal the three-match T20I series against West Indies as they won the second game at Lauderhill by 22 runs in a rain-affected contest on Sunday.

Chasing 168 to win, the players were taken off the field due to bad weather conditions and the impending threat of lightning with the Windies scoring 98 for 4 in 15.3 overs. Dark clouds soon engulfed the stadium and rain shelved any chances of play after that with the hosts falling short of the DLS score of 120 runs.

Rovman Powell (54) and Nicholas Pooran’s (19) 74-run partnership had kept the Windies in the run chase after they lost both the openers Evin Lewis and Sunil Narine in the first three overs.

But Krunal struck twice with the wickets of Pooran and Powell to derail the Windies run chase. He finished with figures of 2 for 23 while Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Washington Sundar got a wicket each for India.

Earlier, India posted 167 for 5 on the board with the help of superb knocks from Rohit and Krunal.

Rohit top-scored for India with 67 runs off 51 balls and in the process, set a new record for the most sixes in T20 internationals. He hit 3 sixes during his knock and surpassed Chris Gayle (105) as the batsmen with the most sixes in the format with 107.

Rohit’s 17th half-century also saw him surpass Virat Kohli in the tally of most fifties by a batsman in T20Is.

Brief scores: India 167 for 5 in 20 overs (Rohit Sharma 67, Virat Kohli 28; Sheldon Cottrell 2-25, Oshane Thomas 2-27) beat West Indies 98/4 in 15.3 overs (Rovman Powell 54; Krunal Pandya 2-23) by 22 runs (D/L Method).

WATCH: Virat Kohli delight cricket fans in Florida with autographs and selfies

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India captain Virat Kohli obliged to fans’ requests of autographs and selfies during his team’s first practice session ahead of the 3-match T20I series against West Indies in Florida, USA.

A group of passionate cricket fans turned up at the Central Broward Regional Park Stadium Turf Ground in Lauderhill to see their heroes go through the training drills.

Kohli made sure the Indian fans didn’t go home empty-handed as he took time out to interact with them. From signing autographs on t-shirts and on caps from obliging to requests of selfies, the India captain put a smile on the fans’ faces.

The players were also seen playing football during the practice session.

India and West Indies will play two T20Is in Florida on August 3 and 4 before heading to Guyana for the final T20I of the series. They will then play 3 ODIs before kicking off their World Championships campaign with a two-match Test series.

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