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Anushka Sharma’s lovely tweet for Virat on their 1st wedding anniversary

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Indian skipper Virat Kohli and Bollywood star Anushka Sharma celebrated their first wedding anniversary yesterday. Wishes poured on social media from all over the world, congratulating the lovely couple on the occasion.

The couple got hitched last year in a private ceremony with family and friends in Italy. The wedding was followed by two grand receptions at New Delhi and Mumbai.

To mark the special occasion, Anushka posted a lovely message on twitter which was accompanied by a video too.

Here is the tweet:

Anushka is currently traveling together with Virat on his tour of Australia. The couple was spotted together at Adelaide airport heading for Perth.

Australia and India would be facing each other at the Perth Stadium for the second test match on 14th Dec. Defeating the hosts by 31 runs in the first test match, India is up 1-0 in the series.

WATCH: Nathan Lyon gets Kohli’s wicket for the 6th time in Test cricket

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On day 3 of the 1st test match, Australian spinner Nathan Lyon achieved a unique milestone. Lyon ended up picking Kohli’s wicket for the 6th time in test cricket, most by any bowler.

Indian skipper Virat Kohli didn’t do well with the bat during the 1st inning, scoring just 3 runs. But in the second inning, Kohli had a good start and looked solid. He was batting at a score of 34 runs before his inning was cut short by Nathan Lyon in the 57th over.

The ball landed in the rough, touched Kohli’s gloves before hitting the pads. It was a simple catch for Finch who was fielding at short-leg. Kohli and Pujara had a partnership of 71 runs for the 3rd wicket. It was the 3rd wicket of the match for Lyon.

At the end of day’s play, India’s score was 151/3 taking the total lead to 166 runs.

WATCH: Gautam Gambhir walks off the field for the last time

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Gautam Gambhir last match

After announcing his retirement on Tuesday, India’s former opening batsman Gautam Gambhir appeared for this last match at the Feroz Shah Kotla.

Playing against Andhra in a Group B Ranji Trophy Round 5 match on Saturday, Gambhir took his final walk off the field.

Gambhir is remembered for his role in India winning the 2007 T20 World Cup and 2011 World Cup. He was also named ICC Test Player of the Year in 2009.

Around 500 fans came to watch him bat for the last time with a huge banner saying “THANK YOU GAUTI”. Gambhir didn’t disappoint the fans, scoring his 43rd first-class century. He scored 112 runs before walking off the field.

While his way back, a spectator came down to congratulate and click a selfie with him. He was also given the guard of honor by the home team.

WATCH: Jasprit Bumrah produces a gem of an inswinger to dismiss Pat Cummins

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Jasprit Bumrah, Pat Cummins

On Day 2 of the Adelaide Test, Indian speedster Jasprit Bumrah, who has a knack of bamboozling the batsmen with his sudden and sharp inswingers, produced yet another gem in the 81st over of Australia’s first innings to dismiss Pat Cummins and give his team the all-needed seventh wicket.

Cummins had by then added 50 crucial runs with half-centurion Travis Head to take Australia’s score closer to India’s first innings total of 250.

Bumrah bowled a huge inswinger at Cummins and the latter didn’t offer any shot which caught his legs, apparently outside the line of the wicket. Umpire Nigel Llong gave the verdict in favour of the bowler but Cummins went upstairs seeking a review.

The review showed that the ball was on its way to crash onto the off stump and the on-field umpire’s decision stayed.

Meanwhile, Australia were 191 for 7 at stumps, trailing India by 59 runs.

Here’s the video:

WATCH: Virat Kohli’s fiery celebration as Ishant Sharma makes a mess of Aaron Finch’s stumps

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Aaron Finch, Virat Kohli, Ishant Sharma

India made a superb start on Day 2 of the Adelaide Test as their speedster Ishant Sharma sent the Australian opener Aaron Finch’s middle and off stump cart-wheeling in the very first over.

Having seen the Aussie pacers run riot with the new ball on Day 1 against India, it was the start of a redemption for skipper Virat Kohli who looked absolutely jubilant as he celebrated an early success in the form of Finch.

After India were bowled out for 250, with Mohammad Shami being dismissed on the first delivery of the day by Josh Hazlewood. It looked like the worst start that the visitors could get off to on the second day but Ishant proved that Indian pacers are just as good in getting the ball to move on seam-friendly Australian pitches.

Aaron finch bowled

On just the third delivery of the Australian innings, Ishant got an excellent seam movement from the pitch. The ball drifted inwards after pitching on, going through the gap between Finch’s bat and pad as he attempted an audacious drive. A little inside edge and the ball took out the stumps, sending them cart-wheeling.

Here’s the video:

WATCH: KL Rahul falls prey to a dreadful shot of Josh Hazlewood

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KL Rahul, Josh Hazlewood

India’s KL Rahul is widely considered as one of the most talented batsmen in international cricket. The 26-year-old, however, has hit a rough patch with his bat and has been unable to score runs in all three formats of the game.

On Thursday, he opened the innings against Australia in the first Test at Adelaide Oval but lasted only for eight balls.

Rahul fell prey to a dreadful shot of Josh Hazlewood’s wide delivery. It was on his sixth or seventh stump and Rahul did not have to play it, but he threw his hands at it only to get an edge which was comfortably taken by Aaron Finch at third slip.

KL Rahul, Josh Hazlewood

Guilty of an absolutely loose shot, with no accompanying footwork, a dejected Rahul made his way back into the pavilion with only two runs against his name.

Here’s the video:

IPL 2019: 1003 players, including 232 overseas cricketers register for the auction

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IPL Auction

As many as 1003 players have registered for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) auctions, including 232 overseas cricketers.

With 70 spots available to be filled, the list includes 200 capped players, 800 uncapped and three players from Associate Nations. Among the 800 uncapped, 746 are Indians.

Among foreign countries, South Africa have the maximum number of entrants (59), followed by Australia (35) and West Indies (33). Afghanistan has seen a massive boost, with 27 players registering for the auction.

Sri Lanka (28), New Zealand (17), England (14), Bangladesh (10) and Zimbabwe (5) are the other countries that have seen registrations.

Franchises have been given a time till 5:00 PM IST on December 10 to submit their shortlist of players that will make up the final list.

The IPL 12 players’ auction will take place on December 18 in Jaipur.

Meanwhile, for the first time in IPL history, Richard Madley won’t be the auctioneer. In Hugh Edmeades, an independent fine art, classic car and charity auctioneer – IPL will have a new gavel master. With over 30 years of experience at Christie’s, Edmeades will engage the bidders from eight franchises in his inimitable style.

IPL 2019: Preity Zinta’s Kings XI Punjab appoint a new support staff

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Kings XI Punjab

Kings XI Punjab, co-owned by Bollywood actress Preity Zinta, have announced a raft of new faces on their support staff as change continues apace at the franchise.

Former Australia seamer Ryan Harris has been roped as bowling coach ahead of the 2019 Indian Premier League (IPL) season, in place of Venkatesh Prasad, while ex-New Zealand all-rounder Craig McMillan has been named as the new fielding coach.

The appointments come off the back of Mike Hesson being signed up as head coach following the departure of Brad Hodge, and Virender Sehwag stepping down as team mentor.

Kings XI Punjab, who stood at the seventh position in the points table in IPL 2018, have also named three other additions to their backroom staff.

Brett Harrop will be the squad’s new physio, Sridharan Sriram takes up the batting coach role and Prasanna Raman joins as high-performance coach.

“Having quality coaches like Harris and McMillan will be a great asset to the team. They have both performed as players on the big stage and have made the transition into quality coaches. They will be excellent additions to the coaching team,” Hesson said.

Craig McMillan, Mike Hesson

Well, Punjab once again made surprising exclusions from their squad for the upcoming IPL season. They released T20 specialist Aaron Finch and also the players like Yuvraj Singh and Axar Patel, who was retained by them for IPL 2018. They also traded all-rounder Marcus Stoinis for Mandeep Singh with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

The players’ auction for IPL 2019 is scheduled to take place in Jaipur on December 18.

Australia vs India: BCCI announces the 12-man squad for the Adelaide Test

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India Test team

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) have announced the 12-man squad for the first Test against Australia which is scheduled to be played in Adelaide from December 6 onwards.

The obvious choice that Indian captain Virat Kohli will have to make ahead of the toss is to pick between Hanuma Vihari and Rohit Sharma.

While Bhuvneshwar Kumar and wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav both failed to make a cut for the Adelaide Test, the rest of the four Indian bowlers – Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma and Ravichandran Ashwin are expected to play for the visitors in the crucial opening game of the four-match series.

KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara along with Kohli will be part of the Indian batting line-up. Young Rishabh Pant will don the keeping gloves; he has been preferred over experienced Parthiv Patel, who last played for India during the South Africa tour.

India’s 12-man squad for the first Test against Australia:

Virat Kohli (c), Ajinkya Rahane (vc), KL Rahul, Murali Vijay, Cheteshwar Pujara, Rohit Sharma, Hanuma Vihari, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Ravichandran Ashwin, Mohammad Shami, Ishant Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah

WATCH: Australian teenager Oliver Davies smashes six sixes in an over

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Oliver Davies Australia

Australian teenager Oliver Davies entered his name into the record books on Monday after he smashed six sixes in an over at the U-19 National Championships in Adelaide.

The 18-year-old Davies, who has represented Australia at U-16 and U-19 level, smashed 207 off just 115 balls for New South Wales Metro against Northern Territory at the Glandore Oval to become the first double centurion in the history of this competition.

During the match, Davies hit 17 sixes in total and achieved the record feat in the 40th over when he went after offspinner Jack James and cleared the fence on all six occasions. NSW Metro rode on Davies’ blistering knock to finish on 406/4 from their 50 overs and ended up winning the match by 168 runs.

Davies has now joined the elite company of Gary Sobers, Ravi Shastri, Herschelle Gibbs, Yuvraj Singh, Ross Whiteley and Hazratullah Zazai – the players to have hit six sixes in an over.

While Sobers and Shastri achieved the feat in First Class cricket; Gibbs remains the only player to have hit six sixes in an over in ODIs during the 2007 World Cup, while Yuvraj hit Stuart Broad for six sixes in an over during the inaugural edition of ICC T20 World Cup in 2007.

Whiteley hit 6 sixes in an over during a domestic T20 match in 2017. Zazai achieved the feat in Afghanistan Premier League (APL) earlier this year.

Here’s the video:

WATCH: Jasprit Bumrah cleans up Jackson Coleman with a ferocious yorker

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Jasprit-Bumrah

Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah came out to bowl for the first time on the final day of the 4-day practice match against Cricket Australia XI on Saturday and dismissed tail-ender Jackson Coleman with a ferocious yorker.

Team India bowlers were made to toil hard on the third day of play at the Sydney Cricket Ground as D’Arcy Short (74) and Max Bryant (62) gave CA XI a solid start with an opening stand of 114 runs.

However, as the day progressed Indian bowlers made a comeback by picking up six wickets with the hosts posting 356/6 at stumps on day 3.

On Day 4, CA XI was bundled out for 544. Bumrah finished off the proceedings for India with a peach of a delivery which cleaned up Coleman on 36 off 65 balls.

Bumrah, who adds an X-factor to the Indian attack didn’t bowl in the first innings and was used for just 1.1 overs in the second.

Here’s the video:

Prithvi Shaw ruled out of first Test against Australia with ankle injury

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Prithvi Shaw injured

Team India suffered a massive blow on Friday as their opening batsman Prithvi Shaw has been ruled out of the first Test against Australia in Adelaide.

Shaw hurt his ankle while trying to take a catch on Day 3 of the ongoing warm-up match against Cricket Australia XI and was carried off the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Prithvi Shaw injury

The 19-year-old, fielding on the deep mid-wicket boundary, caught a shot from Australian opener Max Bryant just inside the rope and then tried to flick the ball back into play as he fell over.
Shaw grimaced and looked to be in plenty of pain as medical staff rushed to be with him.

“Shaw underwent scans this morning and the reports revealed a lateral ligament injury. Shaw will be unavailable for the First Test against Australia in Adelaide. He will undergo an intensive rehabilitation program to hasten the recovery and be available for selection at the earliest,” BCCI said in a release.

Prithvi Shaw

Shaw’s injury means that Murali Vijay and KL Rahul will be India’s openers in the Adelaide Test. Vijay, who had an indifferent series against England and was dropped for the last two Tests on the tour, has a good Test record in Australia. He scored 482 runs (1 hundred, 4 fifties) on India’s last tour, being one of the kingpins of their impressive showing with the bat.

IPL 2019: Salary of players retained by Mumbai Indians

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mumbai-indians

Mumbai Indians (MI) finished fifth in IPL 2018 and had an average campaign, with no memorable wins. Their batting order took some time to settle; it was only after Rohit Sharma demoted himself to No. 4 that they managed to put runs on the board steadily.

Kieron Pollard was a big disappointment, and his replacement, Ben Cutting was terribly underutilized.

The Mumbai-based franchise is expected to have a new look in IPL 2019 as quite a few of the big names will be up for grabs during the players’ auction next month.

Recently, Quinton de Kock was traded off to the three-time champions in an all-money deal.

Royal Challengers Bangalore, who bought de Kock for ₹ 2.8 crore at the 2018 auctions, sold him to Mumbai Indians at the same price. To offset the deal, MI released Bangladesh seamer Mustafizur Rahman, who was bought for Rs 2.2 crore and Sri Lankan offspinner Akila Dananjaya, who was bought for Rs 50 lakh in the players’ auction.

Below is the salary of players retained by Mumbai Indians for IPL 2019:

  1. Adam Milne – ₹75 lakh
  2. Aditya Tare – ₹20 lakh
  3. Anukul Roy – ₹20 lakh
  4. Ben Cutting – ₹2.2 crore
  5. Evin Lewis – ₹3.8 crore
  6. Hardik Pandya – ₹11 crore
  7. Ishan Kishan – ₹6.2 crore
  8. Jason Behrendorff – ₹1 crore
  9. Jasprit Bumrah – ₹7 crore
  10. Kieron Pollard -₹₹ ₹5.4 crore
  11. Krunal Pandya – ₹8.8 crore
  12. Mayank Markande – ₹20 lakh
  13. Mitchell McClenaghan – ₹1 crore
  14. Rahul Chahar – ₹1.9 crore
  15. Rohit Sharma – ₹15 crore
  16. Siddhesh Lad – ₹20 lakh
  17. Surya Kumar Yadav – ₹3.2 crore
  18. Quinton de Kock (Traded) – ₹2.8 crore

Suresh Raina gets an adorable birthday message from his wife Priyanka

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Suresh Raina, Priyanka

India cricketer Suresh Raina turned 32 on Tuesday, and social media was flooded with birthday wishes for the southpaw. But it was his wife Priyanka’s message which stood out.

Priyanka posted a picture of them together and wrote: “Though we are two very different people but we are so made for each other… I love the music and you can sing so well … I love travelling and you can plan so well… I love to stay miles away from the kitchen and thank goodness you can cook so well … what else could I ask for? Wish you an amazing birthday my love @sureshraina3. Thanks for always being my support system & loving me unconditionally! HappyBirthday #happybirthdaymylove.”

Earlier, she posted a picture collage of their daughter Gracia and captioned it: “She can’t wait to give you the card and blow out all the candles @sureshraina3 #happybirthday #happybirthdaypapa #itsmypapasbirthday.”

Raina married his lady love on April 3, 2015. Raina and Priyanka were childhood friends and a secret wedding in Delhi tied these buddies together in the sacred knot.

While a return in Team India’s blue jersey looks difficult for Raina, he will continue to don the yellow jersey for Chennai Super Kings in the 12th edition of Indian Premier League (IPL). He has put several memorable performances for the franchise in his long and esteemed association.

IPL 2019 auction gets a prime time television slot

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IPL auction

The Indian Premier League (IPL) auction for the 12th edition, scheduled to be held in Jaipur in mid-December, has been given a prime-time television slot, according to a report in the Mumbai Mirror.

The auction usually starts in the morning and ends around 5 pm IST but that’s all will change this year with a 3 pm start, for what is going to be a one-day affair on December 18, 2018.

A communication has been sent to the IPL franchises that the auction will start in the afternoon and end by 9.30 pm, with Star Sports officials keen on attracting higher television viewership, according to the report.

The decision has been made keeping the television ratings and Australia vs India Test series in mind. The second Test of the four-match series is scheduled to start at 7.50 am IST on December 14 and the fifth day will end around 3 pm IST. Therefore, the match will go all the way on the broadcasting channel.

“It does not make sense to have the auction running parallel to the Test match which has potential to go down the wire and produce a thrilling finish,” the report quoted a Star Sports official as saying.

All the eight franchises have also been informed that the final list of players available for the next season will be circulated to them in the first week of December.

Cricket Australia (CA) and England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have both reportedly informed the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) that their players won’t be able to play in the IPL 2019 beyond May 1.

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