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World Cup 2019: Shaun Marsh ruled out of the remaining tournament, Glenn Maxwell hurt

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Shaun Marsh, Glenn Maxwell

Australia’s middle-order batsman Shaun Marsh has been ruled out of the remaining ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 after breaking his arm in the net session.

The 35-year-old – who made two appearances at the World Cup, scoring a total of 26 runs – will be replaced in the squad by Peter Handscomb.

Marsh got injured while facing teammate Pat Cummins in the nets at Old Trafford on Thursday.

The injury makes Marsh a major doubt for the Ashes, which starts on August 1 with the first Test at Edgbaston.

“Unfortunately, the scans have revealed Shaun has suffered a fracture to his forearm which will require surgery,” Australia coach Justin Langer said. “We are right behind him in his recovery.”

Thursday’s practice session, which took place two days before defending champions Australia’s final round-robin game against South Africa, also saw all-rounder Glenn Maxwell taken to hospital for a check-up after he got injured while batting against Mitchell Starc.

Maxwell injured

“The scans have cleared Glenn of any serious damage and we’ll continue to monitor him over the coming days,” Langer said. “We are hopeful he will be fit to perform for us on Saturday against South Africa.”

Australia have already qualified for the World Cup semi-finals and victory over South Africa will take them to the top of the points table and set up a semi-final clash against New Zealand on July 9.

World Cup 2019 – WATCH: Jasprit Bumrah’s toe-crushing yorkers to dismiss Rubel Hossain and Mustafizur Rahman

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Jasprit Bumrah bowled Bangladesh batsmen with yorkers

‘Yorker King’ Jasprit Bumrah again proved his worth in the Indian cricket team and helped them beat Bangladesh at Edgbaston on Tuesday. With the win over their neighbours, India has secured its place in the semi-final of the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup. Opening batsman Rohit Sharma scored his fourth century in the tournament while Bumrah claimed 4 wickets and lead India to victory.

Toe-crushing yorkers

Bumrah has been a tad unlucky to not get wickets with the yorker. Everything just fell into place against Bangladesh at Edgbaston though. He snapped three of his four scalps through these full and wickedly fast deliveries aimed at the block-hole. Sample the two back-to-back wickets he took to end Bangladesh’s vigil. So furious was the delivery to Rubel Hossain that he had no chance to bring his bat down.

Similarly, No.11 batsman, Mustafizur Rahman was barely contemplating the task at hand, by which time Bumrah’s bullseye dislodged his off-stump. The banality with which he whipped out these yorkers was almost mind-boggling.

Bollywood actress Sunny Leone reveals her favourite cricketer

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Sunny Leone cricket

Team India has impressed everyone so far in the ongoing ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, and fan-favourite Rohit Sharma has been at the heart of the performances. However, Bollywood actress Sunny Leone doesn’t think he is her favourite.

In fact, Sunny Leone has revealed that former Indian skipper MS Dhoni is her favourite cricketer, and she has a simple reason behind it. He is a family man.

“My favourite is Dhoni. I think he has the cutest child, doesn’t he? I see him post pictures of him with his child (daughter Ziva Dhoni) and it just looks so cute. Therefore, he is my favourite cricketer as he is a family man,” she said while talking to IANS.

It is true that Dhoni has shared several posts with his daughter on social media, and has received praise for being a true family man.

MS Dhoni, Ziva, Sakshi Dhoni

India takes on Sri Lanka in their last league match of the 2019 World Cup, and Dhoni will surely be up for the game, following a bit of criticism from fans and cricket experts, who believe that he needs to accelerate more during the second half of the innings, especially in death overs.

A win over Bangladesh on Tuesday (July 2) confirmed Men in Blue’s spot in the semifinals, considering the current points table of the 10-nation tournament.

World Cup 2019 – Twitter Reactions: Jonny Bairstow, bowlers power England into the semifinals

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England beat New Zealand

Jonny Bairstow smashed his second successive century as England thrashed New Zealand by 119 runs to storm into the semifinals of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

At the Riverside Ground in Chester-le-Street on Wednesday, Bairstow’s gritty knock of 106 guided England to 305/8 in their 50 overs.

Coming out for the chase, two crucial run-outs of Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor, cost the Black Caps as they got bungled out for just 186 in 45 overs.

Despite the defeat, New Zealand still has a chance of reaching the semifinals. However, Pakistan’s hopes of reaching the last-four dimmed further.

Brief Scores: England 305/8 in 50 overs (Jonny Bairstow 106, Jason Roy 60; James Neesham 2-41, Trent Boult 2-56) beat New Zealand 186 in 45 overs (Tom Latham 57, Ross Taylor 28; Mark Wood 3-34) by 119 runs.

Here’s how Twitter reacted:

ICC World Cup 2019: Ravindra Jadeja slams Sanjay Manjrekar for calling him a ‘bits and pieces’ player

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Sanjay Manjrekar, Ravindra Jadeja

Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has slammed former cricketer turned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar for calling him a ‘bits and pieces’ player. Jadeja said that he had heard enough of Manjrekar’s verbal diarrhea.

Earlier, Manjrekar has said that he is not a fan of ‘bits and pieces’ players like Ravindra Jadeja.

“I am not a big fan of bits and pieces players which Jadeja is at this point of his career in 50-over cricket. In Test matches, he is a pure bowler. But in 50-over cricket, I would rather have a batsman and a spinner,” he told IANS.

Manjrekar’s comments came after it was suggested that Jadeja could be brought into the playing XI for the Bangladesh match.

On Wednesday, Jadeja hit back at Manjrekar and took to Twitter to express his anger. He pointed out that he has played the double number of matches than Majrekar and asked him to respect people who have achieved (something).

Here’s what Jadeja wrote:

“Still I have played twice the number of matches you have played and I m still playing. Learn to respect ppl who have achieved. I have heard enough of your verbal diarrhea. @sanjaymanjrekar”

Despite being named in India’s 15-man squad, Jadeja has not played a single match in the ongoing World Cup.

He has come in as a substitute fielder couple of times and made headlines for taking a brilliant catch of England opener Jason Roy on Sunday.

Meanwhile, India booked their semi-final berth on Tuesday after beating Bangladesh at Edgbaston.

ICC World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma meets a fan hit by his six, gives her a signed hat

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Rohit Sharma

Indian opener Rohit Sharma added even more credence to his name, but this time not for the ideal reason when one of his sixes during his 104-run knock against Bangladesh in the ICC World Cup 2019 league stages hit a fan in the stands.

A fan by the name of Meena, who came to support the Men in Blue in their pursuit of qualifying for the semi-finals was hit by the cricket ball when Rohit tonked it into the stands for a six. The moment then was undeniably bittersweet for her.

This saw ‘Man of the Match’, Rohit, meet her and even spend time discussing the injury after the match.

BCCI shared a picture from Rohit’s interaction with the fan on their official Twitter handle and wrote: “She got hit by a @ImRo45 maximum and the opener was kind enough to check on her and give her a signed hat. #CWC19.”

It turned out to be a good day for India in the end, as they registered a win which confirmed their birth in the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup. All’s well that ends well!

World Cup 2019 – WATCH: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma meets 87-year-old Team India fan Charulata Patel; takes her blessings

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Virat Kohli,Rohit Sharma,Charulata Patel

India defeated Bangladesh by 28 runs in Birmingham on Wednesday and booked their semifinal birth in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019.

However, it was not centurion Rohit Sharma nor yorker king Jasprit Bumrah who stole the show during the match. That honour belonged to Charulata Patel. The 87-year-old became an internet sensation after she was seen cheering for the Men in Blue during their World Cup clash against Bangladesh.

Patel was caught on camera cheering for Team India and soon grabbed the attention of everyone.

Even ICC was smitten by her and the official Cricket World Cup Twitter handle shared her video as well as popular sports anchor Ridhima Pathak interviewed the passionate fan.

She also got a chance to meet Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma after the end of the match.

Kohli and Rohit went up to Charulata Patel and thanked her for supporting Team India. They even held her hands and took blessings from her.

CWC 2019 – Twitter erupts as Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah lead India into semi-finals; knock Bangladesh out

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Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, INDvBAN

India sailed into the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 semi-finals and knocked out Bangladesh after Rohit Sharma’s century and Jasprit Bumrah’s four-wicket haul secured a 28-run victory over their neighbours.

Rohit (104) smashed his fourth century of the tournament and featured in a massive 180-run opening partnership with KL Rahul to help India post a formidable total of 314-9 on the board.

Shakib Al Hasan struck a defiant 66 but the lack of partnerships hurt Bangladesh, who were bowled out for 286 in 48 overs with Bumrah (4-55) sealing the victory by claiming two wickets off his last two deliveries.

India are now second with 13 points, one behind the table-toppers Australia, and will compete against Sri Lanka in their final league fixture on Saturday.

Here’s how Twitter reacted:

CWC 2019: Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan reveals his favourite cricketer

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Hrithik Roshan

Team India have impressed so far in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, and fan-favourite Virat Kohli has been at the heart of the performances. But, Bollywood star Hrithik Roshan has heaped praise for veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Mahendra Singh Dhoni, saying the former Indian skipper is his most favourite cricketer.

“My mother and I, we like Mahendra Singh Dhoni. I feel he is a very good teacher, he is a great thinker. My mom will be very happy that I have taken his name, I think he is very inspiring, sorted and a planner,” Hrithik said while promoting his upcoming film “Super 30” on Star Sports Philips Hue Cricket Live.

Hrithik, who made his Bollywood debut back in 2000 with ‘Kaho Naa Pyaar Hai’, also shared some memories from the India-England match in the 2011 World Cup. The match was played at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore where both teams ended on 338 to yield a tie.

“I remember I had planned to go and watch the game in the stadium but due to some last minute work I could not make it, but after finishing my work I watched the last over in my house with my family and we really enjoyed the great victory,” he mentioned.

Hrithik also went down the memory lane when he was shooting for ‘Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham’, and an India-England match was underway. To his delight, India came out victorious that time and he also sounded confident about the Men in Blue’s win at Edgbaston. Unfortunately, that didn’t happen as Eoin Morgan-led England defeated Virat Kohli & Co. by 31 runs in their must-win game.

“During Kabhi Khushi Kabhi Gham, Shahrukh and I were in a car. We were hearing the commentary of a match, and co-incidence was, it was an India-England match. That match India had won, and today also India will win,” the veteran actor added.

India is currently competing with Bangladesh in Birmingham and has posted 314/9 on the board, thanks to Rohit Sharma’s fourth century in the tournament.

World Cup 2019: Semi-finals qualification scenarios for Pakistan, England, India, New Zealand and Bangladesh

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World Cup 2019 qualification scenario

Defending champions Australia have already booked their place in the 2019 World Cup semi-finals while Sri Lanka, South Africa, West Indies, and Afghanistan cannot make it out of the 10-team round-robin phase.

Meanwhile, Pakistan, England, India, New Zealand, and Bangladesh are still looking for a place alongside Australia in the last four.

Teams receive two points for a win and one point for a tie or no-result washout.

If two sides level on points at the end of the league stage, the one that has won more matches goes through.

If then also they remain level, the side with the higher net run-rate advances. In the unlikely event, if they still cannot be separated, then the result of their match against each other will be a tie-breaker.

Semi-finals qualification scenarios:

Pakistan – 9 points

Remaining pool match:

July 5: v Bangladesh

Pakistan needs to beat Bangladesh and hope England have already lost to New Zealand if they are to qualify for the semi-finals.

England – 10 points

Remaining pool match:

July 3: v New Zealand

A win over New Zealand would see the tournament hosts into the knockout phase.

But if they lose, England would be dependent on other results.

If Pakistan fails to beat Bangladesh and Bangladesh fail to win both of their remaining matches – against India and Pakistan – the host nation would qualify.

India – 11 points

Remaining pool matches:

July 2: v Bangladesh

July 6: v Sri Lanka

India needs to win one of their two remaining games to be certain of reaching a third successive World Cup semi-final.

Even if India lose both of their matches, they should still advance on net run-rate.

New Zealand – 11 points

Remaining pool match:

July 3: v England

Victory over England would send the 2015 losing finalists into the last four again.

Even if they are joined by either Pakistan or Bangladesh on 11 points, New Zealand’s likely superior net run-rate should still see them through.

Bangladesh – 7 points

Remaining pool matches:

July 2: v India

July 5: v Pakistan

Bangladesh needs to win both of their remaining matches and hope New Zealand beat England if they are to go through.

ICC World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma defends MS Dhoni as Pakistan fans criticize India hero following England defeat

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Rohit Sharma, MS Dhoni

India vice-captain Rohit Sharma has defended MS Dhoni after he received criticism from Pakistan fans and a number of cricket legends following the World Cup defeat to England on Sunday.

Dhoni scored 42 off 31 balls in a 31-run defeat at Edgbaston but his fairly subdued innings in India’s chase left many scratching their heads. Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum called India’s finish to the match ‘bizarre’ while former Indian spinner Murali Karthik said Dhoni should at least have ‘gone down fighting’.

A number of Pakistan fans took to social media to criticize Dhoni after a defeat which severely impacts their own hopes of reaching the semi-finals of the World Cup. After beating India, England knows that victory over New Zealand on Wednesday will see them through to the knockout stages.

Former England captain Nasser Hussain also questioned Dhoni’s approach, “I am completely baffled. What’s going on! ‘This is not what India needed. They need runs. What are they doing? Some Indian fans are leaving now. Surely they must want to see Dhoni go for his shots, even if he slogs it off in the air,” he said while speaking on Sky Sports.

However, Rohit Sharma, who top-scored for India with 102, has blamed the pitch for Dhoni-Jadhav crawl in the end.

“When Mahi and Kedar were batting, they were trying to hit (boundaries) but were not able to because of the slowness of the pitch,” he said.

“Towards the end, it got pretty slow. We got to give credit to the English team, they used the conditions very well.

“They mixed up their variations quite nicely and kept us guessing all through the game,” Rohit added.

World Cup 2019: ICC approves Mayank Agarwal as replacement for Vijay Shankar in India squad

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vijay shankar-mayank agarwal

The International Cricket Council (ICC) on Monday approved Mayank Agarwal as a replacement player for injured Vijay Shankar in the Indian squad for the remainder of the 2019 World Cup.

All-rounder Shankar has been ruled out of further participation in the tournament due to a toe injury sustained during the training session. He was hit on the toe by a Jasprit Bumrah yorker.

The replacement of a player at a World Cup requires the approval of the ICC Event Technical Committee before the replacement player can be officially added to a squad. The Event Technical Committee of the ongoing World Cup consists of Geoff Allardice (ICC, ETC chairman), Campbell Jamieson (ICC representative), Steve Elworthy (CWC representative), Alan Fordham (host representative), Harsha Bhogle and Kumar Sangakkara (both independent representatives).

Shankar is the second Indian player to be ruled out of the 2019 World Cup after opener Shikhar Dhawan exited with to a thumb fracture, sustained during the game against Australia. Rishabh Pant had replaced Dhawan and made his World Cup debut against England on Sunday (June 30).

It has also been learnt that Mayank Agarwal’s performance in England during the last ‘A’ series under Rahul Dravid’s coaching has been factored in while deciding his name. India ‘A’ won the ODI tri-series involving England Lions and West Indies ‘A’ with Mayank and Prithvi Shaw topping the batting charts.

“The Indian team management has asked for Mayank Agarwal as a replacement since he is an opener and also it might give KL Rahul a chance to get back to the No.4 position in case Rishabh Pant fails in the next two games,” a source told PTI.

Earlier, vice-captain Rohit Sharma also talked about Shankar’s injury on Sunday but it was presumed to be an old hit that he took to Southampton. It now seems that Shankar’s toe injury has aggravated after playing against Afghanistan and West Indies.

“There is no uncertainty with regard to the number four position. Vijay Shankar was supposed to play but before the game, he got hit on the toe by Jasprit and he wasn’t fit. Every team will have these one or two changes happening every now and then,” Rohit said after India’s 31-run defeat to England.

Karun Nair gets engaged to his long-time girlfriend Sanaya Takariwala

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Karun Nair engaged to Sanaya Tankariwala

Karun Nair is currently one of the most talented Indian batsmen, especially in the longer format. However, his career hasn’t panned out as it promised to be. Karun, the 27-year-old Karnataka lad has every reason to cheer in his personal life.

Karun popped the question to his long-time girlfriend Sanaya Tankariwala and they are now engaged.

The couple is out on a vacation and Karun chose that as the best moment to propose to Sanaya. With a beautiful sea in the background and wild winds, he got down on one knee and pulled out the ring. Sanaya didn’t see that coming and thus was excited, shocked and surprised all at the same time. She accepted Karun’s proposal and the cricketer put the ring in her finger.

Karun also uploaded their picture as well as a video of the proposal on his Instagram. He captioned the picture: She said ‘Yes’.

His fiance also posted pictures of the couple on her social media accounts.

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Karun is part of a long list of famous cricketers who have tied the knot in the past two years, which also includes Team India captain Virat Kohli.

ICC World Cup 2019: Virat Kohli opens up as Pakistan fans slam MS Dhoni following India’s defeat to England

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Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni

England got their World Cup 2019 campaign back on track with a comprehensive 31-run win over India at Edgbaston on Sunday.

All eyes were on the crunch England vs India encounter as the semi-final race spiced up after Pakistan held their nerves to clinch a thrilling win over Afghanistan on Saturday in Leeds. India had the backing of a billion more fans as the whole of the sub-continent, it is safe to say, rooted for Virat Kohli & Co. as the chances of Pakistan, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka qualifying for the semi-final would have received a boost with an Indian win.

However, that was not meant to be as India were comfortably outclassed by the hosts England on a good batting surface at Edgbaston.

After opting to bat, England posted a formidable total of 337/7 on the board, with Jonny Bairstow slammed a century and Ben Stokes, Jason Roy scoring fifties. In reply, India fell 31 runs short despite Rohit Sharma making his third ton of the tournament and Kohli scoring 66. Dhoni came to the crease at 226/4, with India needing 112 off 65 balls, and eventually finished on 42 not out from 31 balls.

Pakistan fans, desperate for their arch-rivals India to beat England to boost their own semi-final hopes, took to social media to criticize Dhoni but Kohli has defended the former skipper.

When asked about India’s subdued finish to their innings, Kohli said: “It’s up to the discussions with the two guys in there. MS was trying really hard to get the boundaries. It wasn’t easy because they were bowling really well. When the run-rate got to 14-15 it became tough. We will sit down and assess and try to improve in the next game.”

India’s defeat to England was also their first of this World Cup and it resulted in Sri Lanka joining Afghanistan, West Indies and South Africa in exiting the tournament.

“Every team has lost a game or two here and there. England were better on the day. No one likes to lose but you have to take it in your stride and understand that the opposition played better on the day.

“They were more clinical in the executions of their plans. We have to accept that. The mood is the same โ€“ itโ€™s a setback and we have to brush it aside and move forward,” Kohli added.

ICC World Cup 2019: MS Dhoni errs in DRS to give Jason Roy a lifeline

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MS Dhoni, Jason Roy

India missed a big opportunity as they failed to review a decision against England opener Jason Roy during their ICC World Cup 2019 match in Birmingham on Sunday.

On the fifth delivery of the 11th over, Hardik Pandya placed the field for a short ball and then bowled one that was straying down the leg. The ball brushed the batsmanโ€™s glove and Pandya immediately went for the appeal which was turned down by umpire Aleem Dar and instead signalled for a wide. After having a brief conversation with Dhoni and Pandya, Virat Kohli decided not to review the decision and the timer ran out.

The replays suggested Roy had some gloves on it and had India reviewed it, Roy would have been a goner. This was one of the rare instances when Dhoni got it wrong and India were denied a wicket.

Earlier, Rishabh Pant made his World Cup debut on Sunday after being named in the playing XI to face the England side who welcomed back opener Jason Roy for the crucial encounter to keep their hopes of reaching the semi-finals alive.