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Anshu was born in a family of cricketers. She grew up playing and watching cricket. She loves writing about the Indian Premier League and Women Cricket. You can write to her at anshuoct1@gmail.com.

World Cup 2019: Nasser Hussain predicts the finalists and eventual winner of the tournament

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World Cup 2019 semi-finals

Former England captain Nasser Hussain has made his predictions for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-finals and is backing India and England to progress.

India won seven of their eight completed league stage matches to top the points table ahead of defending champions Australia, hosts England and fourth-placed New Zealand.

India is currently locking horns with New Zealand in the first of the two semi-finals at Old Trafford and Australia will face England at Edgbaston on Thursday.

When asked who will advance to Sunday’s final at Lord’s, Hussain told the Daily Mail: “India are just too strong.

“They will always get a score. New Zealand have been under-par and a bit lucky to be there.

“Are there enough New Zealand batsmen in form to be able to chase down whatever India score? I don’t think so.

“England will be pleased they are playing Australia away from Lord’s because as we saw in the group stages Lord’s suits the Aussies and the way they play.

“Their swing bowlers would have been more dangerous at Lord’s than Edgbaston. England loves playing at Edgbaston and I will go for them. Just.”

Hussain also backed England to beat India in the final, with Eoin Morgan’s side already securing one victory over their rivals in the group stage. He added: “If England beat India twice they will be worthy winners of this World Cup and nobody could argue.

“There are some great players in this India side but there are still a few holes and I don’t see any holes in the England team. I’m going for England. Just.”

World Cup 2019: Sarfaraz Ahmed reacts on whether India deliberately lost to England to knock Pakistan out

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Sarfaraz Ahmed on India defeat against England

Sarfaraz Ahmed-led Pakistan bowed out of the ICC World Cup 2019 after finishing at the fifth position on the points table. Though they had the same number of points as fourth-placed New Zealand, the Black Caps made it to the semi-finals because of their superior net run rate.

But amidst all this, the Pakistani fans and even some former players have been taking shots at Team India, accusing them of not giving their best against England. A win for India against England would have surely put Pakistan through. However, the Men in Blue lost that game by 31 runs while chasing an improbable 337. The loss was India’s first and only in the tournament so far.

Not right to blame India

Unlike his compatriots, Pakistan captain Sarfaraz Ahmed credited England for the win instead of blaming India for the loss. He made it clear that putting the blame on India is not right.

“No, no, it is not right to say this. I don’t think India lost because of us. England played well to win,” Sarfaraz told reporters after returning home.

He also came down hard on a journalist during the press conference after she used the word ‘Bengalis’ while asking about Pakistan’s clash against Bangladesh.

“Please don’t use this word. It could become an issue for you on social media. I think you should address them as Bangladesh. You are using an objectionable word,” Sarfaraz said after the journalist asked why the team management did not give Shoaib Malik a farewell in the match against the ‘Bengalis’.

“Shoaib is our senior-most player and though he did not have a good World Cup, he has served the country a lot. His presence in the team was very good for all of us,” Sarfaraz said.

Shoaib announced his ODI retirement after Pakistan’s exit from the 2019 World Cup and will now only focus on playing T20 cricket.

CWC 2019: Sanjay Manjrekar, Michael Vaughan indulge in Twitter spat over ‘bits and pieces cricketer’ remark on Ravindra Jadeja

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Michael Vaughan, Sanjay Manjrekar, Ravindra Jadeja

Cricketer turned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar has predicted the probable Indian team for the semifinals of World Cup 2019 and as a surprise, he also picked Ravindra Jadeja in his playing XI, whom he had termed as ‘bits and pieces cricketer’ a few days back.

As Manjrekar tweeted out his probable XI, former England captain Michael Vaughan took a dig at the former for changing his stance on the Indian all-rounder.

Ahead of India’s game against Bangladesh, Manjrekar called Jadeja a ‘bits and pieces cricketer’ and said, personally, he would rather prefer a batsman and a spinner in an ODI match, than someone like Jadeja.

But just a day after Jadeja’s criticism, the Mumbaikar sensationally included him in his predicted eleven for India’s semi-final clash against New Zealand. As Jadeja had a good outing against Sri Lanka with the ball and on the field, Manjrekar did not refrain from naming him in his eleven for the game against the Black Caps.

Responding to Manjrekar’s tweet, Vaughan wrote: “I see you have picked that bits and pieces cricketer!!!”

Clarifying his earlier tweet, Manjrekar said it was a ‘predicted’ XI and not the team he wants India to feature in Manchester. He tweeted, “‘Predicted’ my dear Vaughan…not ‘my’ team.”

Vaughan then sarcastically asked Manjrekar if he is picking “any bits and pieces cricketers” in his India playing XI for the semi-finals. “What’s your team then my dear Sanjay !! Are you picking any bits & pieces cricketers?” Vaughan wrote.

This conversation between the two former cricketers led to a huge fuss on Twitter and the fans have also joined to pour in their comments.

CWC 2019: South Africa legend Jonty Rhodes picks his World Cup finalists

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Jonty Rhodes picks his finalists

Former South Africa cricketer Jonty Rhodes on Monday named his finalists for the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup in England and Wales.

Seeing the way four semi-finalists are lined-up, Rhodes believes India will take on defending champions Australia in 2019 World Cup final at Lord’s on July 14.

In the semi-finals, India will face New Zealand while Australia takes on hosts England. India finished the league stage at the top with 7 wins from 9 games while Australia narrowly missed out on the top spot after they were defeated in their last match by South Africa.

“Australia are going to play India in the final. But, no one is a favourite,” Rhodes told Hindustan Times.

Despite winning their last league match against Australia, South Africa finished the tournament at the seventh position with 5 defeats from their 8 complete games.

Reflecting on the Proteas performance in the 2019 World Cup, Rhodes said: “The last twelve months have not been that pretty when it comes to their domestic results and they did not know their best XI. When you go to a World Cup and you are not even sure about your playing XI, I think you are in trouble.”

“Their performance has been quite disappointing but as far as rankings are concerned, they were quite generously poised at No. 3 before the tournament. They were unable to replace AB de Villiers and you can’t accept him back at the last moment. Also, the players who were expected to perform did not work out in the tournament,” he continued.

Rhodes also blamed South Africa’s strategy for the dismal run and said that they lacked any sort of ‘Plan B’ when it came to playing higher ranked teams.

“They really did not have a Plan B. Plan A was to bowl fast. But England has two summers. One is cold and swinging conditions while others one is flat and hot. You can’t just have Plan A here. You cannot just expect to bowl people over with sheer pace. So, in my opinion, they need different approaches to the game,” he concluded.

CWC 2019: Pakistan analyst reckons Mohammed Shami was dropped from India playing XI vs Sri Lanka because he is a Muslim

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Mohammed Shami World Cup 2019

India opted to rest Mohammed Shami along with Yuzvendra Chahal in their World Cup clash against Sri Lanka at Headingley on Saturday. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Ravindra Jadeja replaced the duo in India’s final league match of the 10-nation tournament.

India comfortably scripted a seven-wicket win in the game en route to their chase of 265 to finish at top of the points table. While the change in playing XI can be seen as a sheer plan of resting key players or looking at other options ahead of the knockout stage, one of the cricket analysts from Pakistan read a little too deep into it. He felt Shami was dropped from the Indian team because of BJP’s agenda of not allowing Muslim’s to progress.

“I wouldn’t have dropped Shami. The bowler who has picked 14 wickets in only three matches (4 matches). You’ve benched him suddenly. He was also approaching a record. He would’ve also come in top two or three in the leading wicket-takers’ list. I can’t understand. I think there is pressure on the team to bench Shami. I think BJP’s agenda of not letting the Muslims progress is the reason for Shami being benched,” he said while speaking on a Pakistan new channel.

This isn’t the first time that religion has been brought into match discussions while talking about Shami. Last week, former Pakistan all-rounder Abdul Razzaq, while speaking as one of the panelists on Geo TV, hailed ‘musalman’ Shami’s effort while accusing the other bowlers of not giving their best in India’s defeat against England.

Meanwhile, Shami is expected to return to the playing XI in the semi-final where India will face New Zealand. The match is slated to take place in Manchester on July 9.

CWC 2019: Twitter bid farewell to retiring Imran Tahir and JP Duminy

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Imran Tahir, JP Duminy

Imran Tahir and JP Duminy ended their ODI careers with South Africa’s 10-run win over Australia in the World Cup 2019 last league match at the Old Trafford on Saturday.

In their last ODI appearance, Tahir took a much crucial scalp of Australia skipper Aaron Finch, while Duminy contributed with 14 runs in South Africa’s thrilling win in Manchester.

The 40-year-old Tahir concluded his ODI career with 173 wickets in 107 matches with the best figures of 7/45.

Duminy, 35, on the other hand, scored 5117 runs in 199 ODI matches at a strike-rate of 84.58. The southpaw also claimed 69 ODI wickets with career-best figures of 4/16.

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CWC 2019: Ritika roots for Rohit Sharma with fingers crossed; the Indian opener responds with a heartfelt message

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Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma’s wife, Ritika Sajdeh, was present in the stands at the Headingley cricket ground in Leeds on Saturday with their little princess Samaira.

Rohit’s records kept tumbling down as he smashed his 27th ODI century and a fifth hundred in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup during India’s last league match against Sri Lanka.

His fine form helped India ace what many thought could be a tricky chase against the Sri Lankan bowling line-up which stunned England last month. Chasing 265, Rohit and KL Rahul dominated Sri Lanka’s bowling attack to add 189 for the first wicket in 30.1 overs. India beat Sri Lanka by 7 wickets with more than 6 overs to spare.

On Sunday, the Indian opener posted a heartfelt message from his official Twitter handle for his wife and daughter. Thanking them for their utmost and sincere support from the stands in every India match of the ongoing 10-nation tournament, Rohit claimed that everything can be achieved if their loved ones are rooting for them with fingers crossed.

“Nothing can beat this, when your loved ones are up there in the stands rooting for you with fingers crossed.”

Rohit’s wife has been a constant presence in the stands and witnessed some of his great knocks; including the Indian opener’s third ODI double-century back in December 2017. On the other hand, ever since Rohit became a father, his daughter has also been among the crowd be it in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 and the ongoing World Cup in England and Wales.

VIDEO: MS Dhoni cuts birthday cake with daughter Ziva, wife Sakshi, members of the Indian team

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MS Dhoni, Ziva, Sakshi, India teammates, supporting staff

Former Team India captain MS Dhoni turned 38 on Sunday. The Indian camp was in a celebratory mood after their comprehensive seven-wicket win over Sri Lanka in their last league match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 and celebrated Dhoni’s birthday with much zeal.

In a video posted by BCCI on social media, MSD could be seen cutting the birthday cake with daughter Ziva present alongside him and the members of the Indian team singing the birthday song.

After cutting the cake, Mahi gave its first bite to his little princess. His wife Sakshi was also present in the background.

Here’s the video:

Dhoni’s birthday celebrations began early on Sunday as the India veteran celebrated the special day with his family and friends in Leeds right after India’s thumping win against Sri Lanka.

WATCH: MS Dhoni celebrates his 38th birthday with Sakshi, Ziva, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant, Kedar Jadhav

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MS Dhoni birthday with Ziva, Sakshi

Former India captain MS Dhoni celebrated his 38th birthday on Sunday (7th July) with wife Sakshi, daughter Ziva and teammates Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant and Kedar Jadhav.

Sakshi has posted a video on her Instagram account, where the India veteran can be seen cutting a cake with Ziva.

She also posted a few pictures from the birthday party.

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Videos and photos were also posted by the official Instagram accounts of Ziva, Hardik, Kedar and Pant.

World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma gives a hilarious answer when asked about MS Dhoni’s birthday plans

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Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni birthday

Indian opener Rohit Sharma has become the highest run-scorer of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, accumulating 647 runs in 8 innings after he smashed his fourth century (103 off 94) of the tournament in the final league match against Sri Lanka at Headingley on Saturday.

In doing so, he also became the first-ever batsman to smash five centuries in a World Cup. Rohit also levelled the legendary Sachin Tendulkar for the most number of centuries in World Cups – six. In short, the vice-captain of Team India is unstoppable. But it isn’t just the pitches in England and Wales that is bringing the best out of the Indian talisman.

With the thumping 7-wicket victory over Sri Lanka, the Men in Blue also celebrate the birthday of former captain MS Dhoni. The wicketkeeper-batsman tuned 38 on Sunday (July 7).

While fans started pouring in their love for ‘Captain Cool’, India’s vice-captain Rohit also has a very special plan for Mahi.

In a video posted by BCCI, while talking in the post-match press conference, the ‘Hitman’ was asked if he has a message for Dhoni.

Rohit being Rohit, he gave the most hilarious and epic reply. He said, “Birthday mein kya bola jata hai? Happy birthday? Yehi tho bola jata hai. (What do you tell someone on their birthday? Happy birthday only right?)

“Par ha, abhi kal travel day hai humara and pata nahi hum Manchester jaa rahe hai ya Birmingham jaa rahe hai. Tho uss hisab se bus drive mein shayad cake cutting hoga” (We have our travel day tomorrow and we don’t know we are going to Manchester or Birmingham. Accordingly we will cut the cake during the bus drive).

However, what got caps and laughter in the room was Rohit’s concluding line when he told the journalists, “Photo woto bhejenge aapko”. (We will send you the photos)

This is going to be the third time when MSD will be a part of the semi-finals in ODI World Cups since 2011. Now Team India will be playing their semi-final match against New Zealand at Old Trafford in Manchester on July 9.

CWC 2019: Twitter erupts as Faf du Plessis-led South Africa beat Australia; ensure India finish as table toppers

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Faf du Plessis, SA beat AUS

It came six weeks too late but the South Africa of old – the ruthless, dominant side which has been a force to reckon with in world cricket – was on display as they bowed out of the ICC World Cup 2019 with a 10-run victory over Australia at the Old Trafford on Saturday.

It wasn’t an easy task though as David Warner (122) and Alex Carey (85) threatened to take the game away but the Proteas held their nerves to end on a winning note.

The result meant that India finished the league stage as table toppers and will now face New Zealand in the first semi-finals on Tuesday while Australia will face England on Thursday.

Led by Faf du Plessis’ 100 and Rassie van der Dussen’s 95, South Africa posted a formidable 325/6 on the board in their 50 overs. The Proteas bowlers then did the job efficiently but Warner, who has hardly put a foot wrong the whole tournament smoked his 17th ODI ton yet wasn’t able to take his side over the line.

Australia eventually was restricted to 315 in 49.5 overs.

Here’s how Twitter reacted:

CWC 2019: Twitter erupts as Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul slam centuries in India’s thumping win over Sri Lanka

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KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Anushka Sharma

In the 44th match of ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, India defeated Sri Lanka by 7 wickets as openers Rohit Sharma (103 off 94 balls) and KL Rahul (111 off 118 balls) hit brilliant centuries at the Headingley in Leeds.

Earlier, Angelo Mathews once again turned out to be a thorn in India’s flesh with a gutsy hundred after a top-order collapse, guiding Sri Lanka to a respectable 264 for 7 in 50 overs.

The former Sri Lanka captain (113 off 128 balls) played a near-perfect knock with his back to the wall, to give his team a chance to fight which looked bleak after the first hour. Jasprit Bumrah (3/37) was once again fast, accurate and mostly unplayable but his partner Bhuvneshwar Kumar (1/73) had a forgettable day.

Sri Lanka finished with only 3 wins from 9 games and will go back home disappointed. India will move on to the semi-finals which will be played on July 9 and July 11 respectively.

Here’s how Twitter reacted:

CWC 2019 – WATCH: Pakistan legend Shoaib Malik gets ‘Guard of Honour’ at Lord’s

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Shoaib Malik

Former Pakistan skipper Shoaib Malik officially announced his retirement from ODI cricket after his side knocked out of the ICC World Cup 2019 with a 94-run win against Bangladesh at Lord’s on Friday.

The 37-year-old had said last year that he will retire from ODIs after the World Cup in England and Wales.

In his long and illustrious career, Malik has represented Pakistan in 35 Tests, 287 ODIs and 111 T20Is. He has been the most successful in 50-over format having scored 7543 runs and bagged 158 wickets.

As far as the ongoing World Cup is concerned, it wasn’t the most successful outing for him as he just managed to score eight runs in three innings.

On Friday, during Pakistan’s league fixture, Malik wasn’t picked in the playing XI but came on to the ground as a substitute fielder.

After the match was over, Malik was given a ‘Guard of Honour’ by his teammates.

“I am retiring from ODI cricket. I had made this decision a few years ago, that I would retire after Pakistan’s last World Cup match,” Malik told the reporters after the match.

“I am sad to be leaving a format I once loved but I am happy that I will now get to spend more time with my family. This will also allow me to focus on T20s,” he added.

ICC World Cup 2019: Sri Lanka veteran Lasith Malinga shower praises on Indian speedster Jasprit Bumrah

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Lasith Malinga, Jasprit Bumrah

Sri Lanka veteran Lasith Malinga has rated India’s Jasprit Bumrah as the best bowler in the world but believes that there is still more to come from the formidable speedster.

Bumrah has claimed 13 wickets in India’s first seven games of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 to help the Men in Blue qualify for the semi-finals with one league game still to play.

The 25-year-old Bumrah was once considered a white-ball specialist but has spearheaded India’s bowling attack in all three formats over the past 18 months.

“When I met Jasprit for the first time in 2013, he was a young kid,” Malinga told Star Sport ahead of India clash.

“He had pace, the only thing lacking was accuracy.

“But he was always willing to learn and was extremely committed to the game. He soon realized that in T20s, only skillful players can survive,” he added.

“Jasprit Bumrah helped India qualify for the semi-finals. He learned everything quickly – be it the slower ball, in-swinger or out-swinger. He has that confidence and that’s why he is number one now.

“I don’t think he feels any pressure. That’s why he can deliver five yorkers and one slower ball at ease.

“I hope in the next year he improves on how to analyze a game. Then, nobody can beat him. Trust me on that,” the Sri Lanka veteran added further.

Malinga has taken one fewer wicket than Bumrah in the ongoing World Cup, with the two-star bowlers set to meet on Saturday when Sri Lanka finish their campaign against India.

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While Virat Kohli-led India has already qualified for the semi-finals, Sri Lanka was knocked out of the tournament last week, having won three of their six completed matches.

Saturday’s game will be Malinga’s final World Cup match and he said: “I am happy to play for the national team, especially since this is my last World Cup.

“I really enjoyed it. There is a good camaraderie between the senior and young players. I have tried to stay relaxed and play my natural game.”

Also, there were rumours that Malinga would retire from international cricket after the 2019 World Cup but the 35-year-old intends to keep playing for his country, for the time being at least.

“After the World Cup, I plan to play a little more before ending my ODI career.

“After that, I want to share my knowledge with young bowlers,” Malinga concluded.

World Cup 2019: Team India official gives an update on MS Dhoni’s thumb injury

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MS Dhoni thumb injury

During the World Cup clash against England, India’s wicketkeeper-batsman MS Dhoni was hit on his thumb and he was also seen spitting blood on the field.

After losing Shikhar Dhawan and Vijay Shankar with injuries, Dhoni’s exclusion from the team is the last thing that is worrying Team India fans right now.

However, there is good news as the 37-year-old India veteran has recovered well from his thumb injury and is all set to play against Sri Lanka on Saturday.

“Hai toh pahadi, woh yodha hai (he hails from the mountains and is a warrior). After more than 300 ODIs, do you think these little things even bother him? He has an amazing capacity to ignore pain. But more importantly, his finger is fine and there is nothing to worry about,” said a Team India official while speaking to IANS.

He also revealed that getting hit on the fingers while keeping isn’t something new for Dhoni and these things don’t even affect him anymore.

Dhoni walking off the field during the Bangladesh innings had given further charge to the rumours that his thumb injury had worsened, but it was later confirmed that it was nothing more than a loo break and such breaks mean a player cannot return back to the field before eight minutes.

In fact, Dhoni himself has a brilliant take on injuries and how sportspersons should take it in their stride. “If you wait to be 100 per cent before you play a game maybe you’d have to wait five years before you play the next game. It’s something I can afford to do (play with pain),” he earlier said.

Standing second on the points table, India still has a chance of finishing on the top if they can beat Sri Lanka, and South Africa manage to defeat the reigning champions Australia.