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WATCH: All 11 sixes hit by India in the first ODI as Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma floor Windies

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Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma both hit centuries and combined in a stand of 246 to help India chase down a difficult target against West Indies for a convincing eight-wicket victory in the opening one day international of the 5 match series on Sunday.

Shimron Hetmyer struck his third ODI hundred in just his 13th match to help West Indies to 322-8 after India captain won the toss and put the visitors to bat.

Chasing 323, Kohli smashed 140 off 107 balls while Rohit remained unbeaten on 152 off 117 deliveries as India coasted to the victory with 47 balls to spare.

Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli

Kohli pounded the Windies bowlers with 21 fours and two sixes to complete his 36th ODI century while Rohit hit his 20th ODI hundred which came off 117 balls with 15 fours and eight sixes.

After Kohli’s dismissal, Ambati Rayudu (22) supported Rohit till the end, seeing India cross the victory line with eight wickets remaining. He too helped himself to a maximum.

Overall, there were 11 sixes hit during the Indian innings.

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AB de Villiers to take a final call on his international retirement in January 2019

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AB de Villiers

The Proteas star batsman AB de Villiers shocked everyone earlier this year with his retirement from international cricket.

He came up with two reasons for the sudden retirement, first he stated that he had run out of steam to cop up the physical demands of the game and the second reason was that for him, playing for South Africa meant playing all three formats or nothing.

Before announcing his retirement. De Villiers had a superb Indian Premier League (IPL) season. Also, he was in prime form in preceding Australia and India Test series.

AB de Villiers to play in the 2019 World Cup?

According to the reports in Sports Tak, AB de Villiers will take a final call on his international retirement in January next year. This means that there is every possibility of him making a comeback and give it a final shot to winning the ODI World Cup which will take place in England and Wales.

AB de Villiers Six

The news was recently revealed by Vikrant Gupta, the sports editor for Aaj Tak, while reviewing the first ODI between India and Windies on their Youtube channel. This comes as a delighting news for De Villiers’ fans who were extremely saddened by his decision.

WATCH: Virat Kohli reacts animatedly to Rohit Sharma’s delicate flick

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Rohit Sharma shot, Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma both hit centuries and combined in a stand of 246 to help India chase down a mammoth target of 323 against West Indies for a convincing eight-wicket victory in the first ODI in Guwahati on Sunday.

During his knock of 152 runs off 117 balls, Rohit overhauled Indian batting legend Sachin and beleaguered Aussie cricketer David Warner to score most 150-plus scores in ODIs. Rohit has six such knocks to his name as against Sachin and Warner’s five.

While reaching the Windies target, Rohit also played a shot which even amazed his partner Virat Kohli.

Rohit Sharma

On the 5th delivery of 9th over in India’s innings, the Windies pacer Kemar Roach bowled a fullish delivery on middle and leg, not a really bad ball. But such is Rohit’s talent that he nonchalantly flicked from within the stump line towards backward square leg without moving his front foot much.

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WATCH: Mohammed Shami clean bowls debutant Chandrapaul Hemraj for 9

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Mohammed Shami, Chandrapul Hemraj

In the first ODI of the 5-match series between India and Windies played at Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati, India pacer Mohammed Shami clean bowled Windies opener Chandrapul Hemraj cheaply.

After winning the toss, Virat Kohli asked the Windies side to bat first. The pitch seemed to be batsmen friendly as the visitors posted a huge total of 322 for the board, thanks to a sensational hitting from middle-order batsman Shimron Hetmyer. He blasted 106 runs off just 78 balls with the help of 6 sixes and 6 fours.

Earlier, in the 4th over of the match, Shami cleaned up debut Chandrapul Hemraj on a quicker delivery. Hemraj, who is the son of Windies legendary batsman Shivnarine Chanderpaul departed for just 9 runs.

The left-hander was trying to pull Shami’s delivery but edged it into the stumps.

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Virat Kohli backs Ambati Rayudu for number 4 spot at the 2019 World Cup

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The 2019 World Cup in England and Wales is less than eight months away and India have 18-odd games left to decide their middle order, mainly the number four position where many have been tried but with little success. But India captain Virat Kohli believes that with Ambati Rayudu stepping up for that position in recent times, the batting order has been more or less settled.

“The only position we were trying to figure out was number four for a long time. We tried many players who unfortunately could not capitalise or cement their places in a way we wanted.

“With Rayudu coming in and playing well in the Asia Cup, it’s about giving him enough game time till the World Cup so that the particular slot will be sorted for us,” Kohli said ahead of the first ODI against the West Indies.

“The team felt there — and I also watched him — that he (Rayudu) is designed to play that middle order batsman’s role. We feel that our middle-order is more or less balanced now,” Kohli added.

Rayudu was selected in the Indian ODI squad for England tour after his strong performance in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018, where he slammed 602 runs at an average of 43.00 and a strike-rate of 149.75 for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK). However, his luck ran out as he failed the Yo-Yo test and was dropped from the squad.

But Rayudu did make a successful return at the Asia Cup 2018 in UAE last month and played a crucial role in India’s victorious campaign under the stand-in captain Rohit Sharma.

Batting at No. 3 in Kohli’s absence, Rayudu clubbed 175 runs, averaging 43.75 from six innings in the Asia Cup, virtually sealing his place for the experimental No. 4 slot.

“We believe he is the right person to capitalise on that spot. He is experienced and has won many games for his state and also in the IPL. He has a great ODI record already for India. I think the batting order is sorted,” Kohli said.

India will play 18 games before the first game against South Africa on June 5 in the ICC World Cup 2019, with the first of them being the first ODI of the five-match series against West Indies in Guwahati on Sunday.

“Now these 18 games would be to find the perfect combination that we want to take into the World Cup,” Kohli said.

“Barring injuries or niggles, we want one combination to play through and through. Apart from bowlers resting here and there in the ODIs, we only changed the No. 4 slot because we wanted someone to cement the place,” Kohli reasoned.

There has been criticism about veteran MS Dhoni’s waning batting ability. But, when asked if he was open to adjusting No. 5, 6, 7 slots, Kohli said, “Here, more often than not people want to create controversies out of nothing.

“You look at things the way you want to. You see anyone stepping out at number three according to the situation for a side in England.”

The captain said in recent past the bulk of the scoring has been done by the top three batsmen and so the lower-order got little chance to bat.

“Batting order is always ready, especially after four. The guys below four are always flexible in terms of the situation. You want the best thing for the team. Being flexible is very important,” Kohli said.

He said if the openers batted till 40 overs, the common sense was to send a hard hitter instead of him going to bat.

“There’s no rocket science to it. In T20 cricket, you do that all the time. You are flexible in what you want to do as a batting order.

“Yes, you would want a consistent batting line-up at those positions invariably but if there’s a situation where you’re only two down after 40 overs then someone who can capitalise in the death overs better can step in. As a team we understand that,” Kohli explained.

Praveen Kumar announces retirement from all forms of cricket

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Veteran Indian pacer Praveen Kumar has decided to hang his boots from all forms of cricket eleven years after making his international debut for India and 13 years of competitive cricket.

He will only play company cricket for ONGC after his retirement.

The right-arm pacer played 68 ODIs for India since his debut against Pakistan in 2007. He picked up 77 wickets at an average of 36.02 in these matches. He made his T20I debut shortly after and played 10 T20Is in total picking up eight wickets.

“I have decided to retire from cricket. The decision is not taken in haste, I gave a thought over it and I felt it was a right time to say goodbye to the sport which gave me so much. I want to thank my family, BCCI, UPCA, Rajeev (Shukla) sir for giving me the opportunity to fulfill my dreams,” Praveen was quoted as saying by The Indian Express.

The Meerut-born pacer played only six Tests for India and picked up 27 wickets at an average of 25.81 including a five-for at the Home of Cricket – – Lords cricket ground.

Praveen Kumar Lords

He was also part of India squad for the ICC World Cup 2011 but was ruled out due to an injured elbow.

“I have no regrets. Dil sey khela, dil sey bowling daala (I played and bowled with my heart). There are good bowlers waiting in the wings back in UP and I don’t want their careers to be affected. Mein kheloonga toh ek ka jagah jayega, (If I play, one spot would go); itโ€™s important to think of other players’ future as well. My time is over and I have accepted it. I’m happy and thankful to god for giving me this chance,” Praveen added.

Praveen now wants to be a bowling coach and pass on his cricketing knowledge to young kids.

Twitter Reactions: Mohammad Abbas delivers a 1-0 series win for Pakistan against Australia

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Mohammad Abbas

Medium-pacer Mohammad Abbas took his maiden ten-wicket haul in a match to fire Pakistan to a 373-run win over Australia in the second Test at Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Friday.

Abbas followed his 5/33 in the first innings with figures of 5/62 to wreck Australia for 164 after they were set a mammoth 538-run target.

This win gave Pakistan a 1-0 win in the two-match series after Australia fought back to draw the first Test in Dubai last week.

Abbas destroyed Australia with a haul of 17 wickets in the series โ€” becoming the first Pakistani fast bowler to take ten wickets in a Test since Mohammad Asif’s feat against Sri Lanka at Kandy in 2006.

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BCCI announces India A, India B and India C squads for Deodhar Trophy 2018/19

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India A, India B, India C

Ravichandran Ashwin and Suresh Raina has been named in squads for the Deodhar Trophy beginning on 23rd October with a slight tweak in the format.

The tournament remains a three-team affair but it will not feature Vijay Hazare Trophy champions this time. Instead, India A, India B and India C, captained by Dinesh Karthik, Shreyas Iyer and Ajinkya Rahane respectively, will compete for the title. With the World Cup just over seven months away, the trio will be looking to pile on consistent scores of note to present the selectors with some headaches, with the Indian middle-order, which just about pulled off a chase in the Asia Cup final last month, still looking wobbly.

Ravichandran Ashwin, who has not played an ODI since the tour of the West Indies in July 2017, will be looking to make a comeback into the ODI side and keep his World Cup dream alive as he finds himself part of India A.

Also Suresh Raina, who fell out of favour with the selectors after a torrid tour of England and was dropped for the subsequent Asia Cup last month, is unlikely to get a better opportunity to prove his ODI credentials and warrant a selection for the 2019 World Cup. The left-hander was a vital cog in the knockout stages of India’s victorious 2011 World Cup campaign.

Other players competing to break into the side include Siddarth Kaul and Jaydev Unadkat. Prithvi Shaw, who recently dazzled in his debut Test series against Windies would want to make a statement too, along with Shubman Gill, his partner-in-crime in the U-19 World Cup earlier this year.

Squads for Deodhar Trophy:

India A:

Dinesh Karthik (c & wk), Prithvi Shaw, Anmolpreet Singh, Abhimanyu Easwaran, Ankit Bawne, Nitish Rana, Karun Nair, Krunal Pandya, Ravichandran Ashwin, Shreyas Gopal, Shams Mulani, Mohammed Siraj, Dhawal Kulkarni, Siddarth Kaul.

India B:

Shreyas Iyer (c), Mayank Agarwal, Rituraj Gaekwad, Prashant Chopra, Hanuma Vihari, Manoj Tiwary, Ankush Bains (wk), Rohit Rayudu, K Gowtham, Mayank Markande, S Nadeem, Deepak Chahar, Varun Aaron, Jaydev Unadkat.

India C:

Ajinkya Rahane (c), Abhinav Mukund, Shubman Gill, Ravikumar Samarth, Suresh Raina, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (wk), Vijay Shankar, Washington Sundar, Rahul Chahar, Papu Roy, Navdeep Saini, Rajneesh Gurbani, Umar Nazir.

WATCH: Nathan Lyon’s insane no-look catch to dismiss Fakhar Zaman

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Fakhar Zaman, Nathan Lyon

Australia’s Nathan Lyon took a sensational catch to dismiss Pakistan opener Fakhar Zaman on Day 2 of the second Test match at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi.

The incident took place in the 26th over of Pakistan’s second innings as Zaman hit from the middle of the bat, Lyon showed great reflexes and the ball stuck into his hands. It was a brilliant caught and bowled dismissal by Lyon and Zaman was sent back after another half-century (66 runs) in his debut Test match.

Nathan Lyon catch

The off-spinner almost had his head taken off by Zaman’s shot but managed to get a hand up on time and grabbed a blinder.

Lyon wasn’t even looking at the ball when it went into his hands. “Catch it or die,” one commentator said of the remarkable effort.

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Windies opener Evin Lewis withdraws from ODI and T20I series against India

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Evin Lewis

Hard-hitting Windies opening batsman Evin Lewis has withdrawn from the upcoming limited-overs series against India due to personal reasons, Cricket West Indies (CWI) confirmed on Wednesday (October 17).

Kieran Powell will replace Lewis in the ODI squad while Nicholas Pooran has been named as his replacement for the T20I series.

Lewis’ withdrawal comes as a big blow for the Windies team, who already is missing the services of experienced players like Chris Gayle, Sunil Narine and Dwayne Bravo in the ongoing India tour.

Also, left-arm fast bowler Obed McCoy, who grabbed eyeballs in the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) for St Lucia Stars, is yet to make a debut in ODI, but will join the squad after he was announced as Alzarri Joseph’s replacement.

Obed McCoy
Obed McCoy

The limited-overs leg between the two teams begins with an ODI in Guwahati on October 21.

Windies ODI squad:

Jason Holder (c), Fabian Allen, Sunil Ambris, Devendra Bishoo, Chanderpaul Hemraj, Shimron Hetmyer, Shai Hope, Obed McCoy, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Kieran Powell, Rovman Powell, Kemar Roach, Marlon Samuels, Oshane Thomas.

Windies T20I squad:

Carlos Brathwaite (c), Fabian Allen, Darren Bravo, Shimron Hetmyer, Obed McCoy, Ashley Nurse, Keemo Paul, Khary Pierre, Kieron Pollard, Nicholas Pooran, Rovman Powell, Denesh Ramdin, Andre Russell, Sherfane Rutherford, Oshane Thomas.

West Indies coach Stuart Law suspended for first two ODIs against India

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Stuart Law

West Indies coach Stuart Law has been suspended for first two ODIs against India (October 21 and October 24) after being fined 100 percent of his match fee and getting three demerit points for inappropriate comments made towards the TV umpire and the fourth official.

Law had previously received a 25 percent match fee fine and one demerit point in May 2017 for a similar transgression during the Dominica Test against Pakistan, and hence has now been give a two-match suspension owing to the accumulation of four demerit points.

Law was found guilty of breaching Level 2 Article 2.7 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to “Public criticism of, or inappropriate comment in relation to an incident occurring in an International Match or any Player, Player Support Personnel, Match Official or team participating in any International Match, irrespective of when such criticism or inappropriate comment is made”.

Law was annoyed by the decision that saw Kieran Powell walk back to the pavilion for a nine-ball duck in the second innings of the Hyderabad Test.

Ajinkya Rahane, Kieran Powell

In one of those calls where soft signal played a crucial role in arriving at the final decision, Powell was adjudged out caught at first slip by Ajinkya Rahane off Ravichandran Ashwin, as there was no conclusive evidence that the ball had taken a bump or that the fielder didn’t get his palms underneath the ball.

The Windies coach is said to have reacted to that by going to the TV umpire’s room and then the fourth umpire’s area and made inappropriate comments to them. Law admitted to the offence and accepted the sanctions.

Pakistan announce the 12-man squad for 2nd Test against Australia

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Pakistan Test

Pakistan’s limited-overs opener Fakhar Zaman is in line to make his Test debut against Australia, while Wahab Riaz has been dropped for the series decider beginning from Tuesday (October 16) in Abu Dhabi.

Fakhar, uncapped quick Mir Hamza and allrounder Shadab Khan have been picked in the 12-man Pakistan squad for the second Test at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, with Sarfraz Ahmed to confirm their final XI at the toss.

The fractured finger of Imam-ul-Haq has paved the way for Fakhar to open the batting after his incredible performances in the limited-overs format.

The left-hander recently became the fastest man to 1,000 ODI runs, breaking a record first set by Viv Richards, while he blasted a 46-ball 91 against Australia to lead Pakistan to victory in the final of Tri-nation T20I series held in Zimbabwe three months back.

Meanwhile, Wahab’s axing has come after an at-times wayward bowling effort in the first Test at Dubai Cricket Stadium, going wicketless through 27 overs.

Fellow left-armer Hamza appears the most likely man to replace Wahab given the absence of another fast bowler in the 12, though Shadab, who has recovered from a groin injury, could be considered if Sarfraz want another spinner in his side.

Here is the 12-man squad of Pakistan:

Fakhar Zaman, Mohammad Hafeez, Azhar Ali, Haris Sohail, Asad Shafiq, Babar Azam, Sarfraz Ahmed, Bilal Asif, Yasir Shah, Mohammad Abbas, Shadab Khan, Mir Hamza.

Prithvi Shaw a mix of Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag and Brian Lara: Ravi Shastri

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Prithvi Shaw, Sachin Tendulkar, Virender Sehwag, Brian Lara

India cricket team head coach Ravi Shastri saw in Prithvi Shaw’s batting, glimpses of two of the greatest batsmen of modern era and a non-conformist who redefined batsmanship. An overwhelmed Shastri on Sunday, in one breath, mentioned the names of three legends โ€” Sachin Tendulkar, Brian Lara and Virender Sehwag โ€” while trying to describe the 18-year-old Shaw who won the man of the series award for his phenomenal batting in his maiden Test series.

“He (Shaw) is born to play cricket. He’s been playing since the age of eight in the maidaans of Mumbai. You can see all that hardwork showing. He’s a spectator’s delight. There’s a bit of Sachin there, a bit of Viru in him and when he walks โ€“ there’s a bit of Lara as well,โ€ Shastri said. “If he can keep his head on his shoulders and keep the work ethic, he has a bright future.”

Shastri was speaking to the broadcasters after India whitewashed the Windies (2-0) with a 10-wicket victory at the Uppal Stadium in Hyderabad. Opener Shaw flayed the Caribbean attack during his 52-ball-70 on the second day of the second Test to give India a flying start, few days after hitting a century on debut.

Even skipper Virat Kohli gushed about the teenager.

Prithvi Shaw maiden hundred

“The guy (has) grabbed his chance beautifully. He looks like someone who can get you off to a kind of start you require. Making a mark in the first series that you play, from that point of view, it is great to have a guy who is so fearless. And he is not reckless, he is very confident about his game,” Kohli said.

“You might feel that he will nick one now and then but he hardly nicks the ball. That we saw in England as well. He was batting in the nets, really attacking but was in control. But that kind of rare control against new ball is a great thing to have. Any of us weren’t even 10 percent of what when he is at 18 or 19,” added the captain.

WATCH: A fan tries to kiss Rohit Sharma during Vijay Hazare Trophy quarter-final match

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Rohit Sharma fan

Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai defeated Bihar by nine wickets in a quarter-final match of the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy at the Just Cricket Academy Ground in Bengaluru on Sunday.

But what made news was a fan who breached the security in order to go and meet Rohit Sharma.


Mumbai was chasing Bihar’s paltry 70-run target when a fan burst on to the scene and tried to kiss opening batsman Rohit Sharma. The fan first touched Rohit’s legs, tried to kiss him and then made a dash back to the stands.

Later when Mumbai match-winner Tushar Deshpande was asked about the incident, he cheekily replied, “It is going to happen. He is Rohit Sharma and it is an open ground. But he was quite calm (after the incident).”

Here’s the video:

Twitter Reactions: Umesh Yadav’s maiden 10-wicket haul help India to whitewash Windies

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Umesh Yadav 10 wickets in a Test match

A clinical India completed one of the most ruthless whitewash in recent times, demolishing a listless Windies by 10 wickets in the second Test, inside three days, to clinch the series 2-0.

Umesh Yadav’s maiden 10-wicket haul (6/88 and 4/45) on a decent track was the highlight as India reached the meagre victory target of 72 in 16.1 overs, courtesy unbeaten partnership between openers Prithvi Shaw (33) and KL Rahul (33).

The visitors were back to their worst despite showing signs of fight in the first innings as they couldn’t last two full sessions on Day 3 and were bowled out for 127 in only 46.1 in their second innings.

Here’s how Twitter reacted:

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