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ICC Selects World Cup 2023 Team: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Plus More

ICC Selects World Cup 2023 Team: Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Plus More

ICC Unveils Cricket World Cup 2023 Team; Features Six Indian Players

The ICC revealed the Cricket World Cup 2023 Team of the Tournament, comprising six Indian cricket team members. India, undefeated until the final against Australia, saw Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Shami honored. Alongside these Indian players, the lineup featured Quinton de Kock from South Africa, Daryl Mitchell from New Zealand, Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, spinner Adam Zampa, and Sri Lanka’s Dilshan Madushanka. Gerald Coetzee of South Africa was named the 12th player.

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 Team of the Tournament stats:

Quinton de Kock (wk) (South Africa) – 594 runs at 59.40

Rohit Sharma (c) (India) – 597 runs at 54.27

Virat Kohli (India) – 765 runs at 95.62

Daryl Mitchell (New Zealand) – 552 runs at 69

KL Rahul (India) – 452 runs at 75.33

Glenn Maxwell (Australia) – 400 runs at 66.66 and six wickets at 55

Ravindra Jadeja (India) – 120 runs at 40 and 16 wickets at 24.87

Jasprit Bumrah (India) – 20 wickets at 18.65

Dilshan Madushanka (Sri Lanka) – 21 wickets at 25

Adam Zampa (Australia) – 23 wickets at 22.39

Mohammed Shami (India) – 24 wickets at 10.70

12th player: Gerald Coetzee (South Africa) – 20 wickets at 19.80

Travis Head’s phenomenal 137 powered Australia to their historic sixth World Cup triumph in a resounding six-wicket victory against India. Captain Pat Cummins hailed the win as “the ultimate achievement in cricket.”

Despite a challenging target of 241 in the final, Australia stumbled to 47-3 early on. However, the left-handed opener, Head, showcased brilliance with his second tournament century, steering the team to victory with seven overs to spare, alongside his enduring partnership of 192 with Marnus Labuschagne, who remained unbeaten at 58.

Head’s remarkable innings halted India’s dominant streak of 10 unbeaten matches in the tournament. “Winning a World Cup, particularly here in India, is monumental in cricket. These moments stay etched in memory forever,” expressed Cummins.

After Head’s stellar 120-ball performance, adorned with 15 boundaries and four sixes, Glenn Maxwell sealed the win, setting off jubilant celebrations within the Australian camp.




Cummins' Final Captaincy: Nearly Flawless, Says Ponting

Cummins’ Final Captaincy: Nearly Flawless, Says Ponting

Ricky Ponting has urged everyone to dismiss any doubts surrounding Pat Cummins’ captaincy and instead commend his near-flawless leadership, particularly in the recent World Cup final triumph against India.

The bold decision to opt for Australia to bowl first by Cummins showcased his courageous and astute captaincy. Ponting, a former captain himself, praised Cummins’ exceptional decision-making and continuous excellence.

Speaking on Sky Sports, Ponting expressed his admiration: “I believe his captaincy has been nearly flawless. Making the call to bowl first is a daring move, especially considering the potential risks involved.”

Australia’s strategy aimed to capitalize on the dry pitch early on, restricting India’s batting prowess, which would ideally ease their own batting in the latter part of the game. Ponting acknowledged the enormity of such a decision for a relatively young captain, emphasizing the risk involved.

Ponting observed Cummins’ leadership maturing throughout the tournament, noting the improvement in his bowling skills and his outstanding tactical maneuvering against key players like Virat Kohli and KL Rahul.

In summarizing Australia’s victory, Ponting emphasized the team’s knack for delivering under pressure in crucial final moments, showcasing resilience and the ability to overcome challenges.

Criticism towards Cummins surged after the Test series loss in India and scrutiny persisted over his tactical decisions in the Ashes, despite Australia reclaiming the urn and the World Test Championship trophy.

However, Ponting dismissed the negativity, stating, “I’m unsure where this criticism stems from as there’s no substantial basis for it. His overall Test record as captain has been exceptional. Now, he’s a captain who has secured victories in the World Cup and the World Test Championship, besides retaining the Ashes. It’s time to discard this unwarranted negativity.

Cummins has showcased pivotal performances, notably in the first Ashes Test, altering the game’s trajectory under intense pressure. Whether with bat or ball, he’s been the catalyst in turning the tide when his team faced adversity. Thus, he rightfully merits all accolades for his leadership.

2023 ODI World Cup Finals Results: First semi-final: India triumph over New Zealand by 70 runs Second semi-final: Australia secures a victory against South Africa by three wickets Final: Australia clinches a six-wicket win against India





Ashwin's World Cup Final Role Sparks XI Query Ahead of Australia Clash

Ashwin’s World Cup Final Role Sparks XI Query Ahead of Australia Clash

The voluntary practice session in Ahmedabad triggered speculation about India potentially introducing Ashwin as a trump card for the final.

Two days ahead of the 2023 ODI World Cup final at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium, India conducted an optional training session with several key players absent, notably the pace-bowling trio of Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, and Jasprit Bumrah, alongside Kuldeep Yadav, Virat Kohli, and Shubman Gill. The practice was relatively subdued, with only a few joining head coach Rahul Dravid and his support staff. Their extensive discussion near the pitch’s end prompted speculation about India’s potential starting XI for the final match against Australia.

Throughout the tournament, Rohit Sharma and the team management have maintained an unchanged playing XI for six consecutive games, a strategy that proved effective. Even when Hardik Pandya’s injury prompted adjustments, India’s alternate plan worked seamlessly, strengthening the team further with Shami’s remarkable performance, clinching three five-wicket hauls in those six matches after stepping in as a replacement.

Hence, the combination for the final seems straightforward. However, the optional training session in Ahmedabad on Friday left observers contemplating whether India might introduce a trump card, Ravichandran Ashwin, for the final. Ashwin was among the six players present from the squad at the nets, alongside KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Ishan Kishan, and Prasidh Krishna.

While much of the session focused on Rohit’s rigorous batting practice against a local leg-spinner and a left-arm spinner to prepare for Adam Zampa, and Jadeja had dedicated sessions, including death-over batting drills, Ashwin actively participated. He displayed an array of bowling variations, delivering sharp leg-breaks, and also took part in a batting session under Dravid’s observant eye, hinting at a potential solitary change in India’s lineup.

Considering Ashwin for Siraj’s Spot? Ashwin, a late addition to the World Cup squad replacing the injured Axar Patel, participated in only one match in the tournament, featured in the initial game against Australia on a spin-friendly Chennai track. He secured one wicket for 34 runs in his spell of 8 overs.

Reflecting on the 2011 World Cup victory, then-captain MS Dhoni made just one alteration in the final, reinstating S Sreesanth, who had only played in the tournament’s opening match, filling in for the injured Ashish Nehra.

In the upcoming final on Sunday, there’s speculation about Ashwin potentially replacing Mohammed Siraj, whose performance has varied throughout the event. Notably, Australia boasts two left-handed openers, Travis Head and David Warner, and Ashwin holds a favorable record against Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne.



Spotting Cracks Aussie Pacer Hazlewood's Insights Before Cricket World Cup Final

Spotting Cracks: Aussie Pacer Hazlewood’s Insights Before Cricket World Cup Final

Josh Hazlewood, alongside pace partner Mitchell Starc, aims to replicate their dominance over South Africa’s batting against India in the upcoming Ahmedabad final on Sunday.

Preparing for the World Cup final against India, Australian pacer Josh Hazlewood lauds the opposition as a team devoid of “any real weaknesses.” Reflecting on their previous encounter in the tournament opener, where Australia faced a loss despite unsettling India’s top-order, Hazlewood observed vulnerabilities while chasing a modest target in Chennai.

Despite a recent ODI series, concluded with India winning 2-1, Hazlewood acknowledges the familiarity between the teams due to their extensive history. Expressing admiration for India’s quality and consistent performance throughout the tournament, he anticipates an exciting match on Sunday.

Recalling their initial encounter where India restricted Australia to 199, Hazlewood notes glimpses of vulnerability in India’s gameplay. This final sets the stage for a rematch of the 2003 World Cup final, previously dominated by a strong Australian batting lineup.

Hazlewood, in tandem with fellow new ball bowler Mitchell Starc, aims to replicate their impactful performance against India in the Ahmedabad final on Sunday, drawing inspiration from their recent success against South Africa.

Their partnership destabilized South Africa’s batting, leaving them struggling at 24/4 within the initial 13 overs, setting a dominant tone for their victory.

Speaking to reporters, Hazlewood emphasized the favorable conditions on the pitch, noting that each attempted shot by South Africa led to a wicket, compelling them to dig in and play cautiously.

Expressing satisfaction in their synchrony, Hazlewood highlighted their rapport and hopes for a similar collaboration in the upcoming final, acknowledging the added advantage of a pitch that provided more assistance than previous games.

He praised Starc’s simplicity in approach during the South Africa match, emphasizing the importance of maintaining line and length rather than overcommitting. Both bowlers were instrumental, with Starc securing impressive figures of 10-1-34-3, while Hazlewood contributed with 2/12 from his eight overs, including three maidens.

Hazlewood outlined the strategy against India’s strong batting lineup, aiming to disrupt their early momentum and capitalize on the vulnerability of their top order, acknowledging the prowess of their lower-order batsmen as well. Their success in securing early wickets against South Africa served as a blueprint for their approach in the final match.




Ex-Pak Star Extols Virat's Sportsmanship: Admirable Respect for India's Ace Batter

Ex-Pak Star Extols Virat’s Sportsmanship: Admirable Respect for India’s Ace Batter

Virat Kohli Achieves Historic Milestone, Surpasses Sachin Tendulkar with Record 50 ODI Centuries

Shoaib Akhtar Lauds Virat Kohli’s Historic Century in World Cup Semifinal. Kohli’s Record-Breaking 50 Centuries Earn Praise, as He Pays Respect to Sachin Tendulkar with a Bow. ‘Rawalpindi Express’ Acknowledges Kohli as the World’s Top Player in YouTube Tribute.

After witnessing the historic moment, Sachin penned a heartfelt note for the seasoned cricketer. He reminisced about their first meeting in the Indian dressing room, where Virat was pranked into touching his feet. Sachin, amused that day, expressed joy over how Virat had grown into a formidable player, stating he couldn’t be happier that an Indian surpassed his record. The icing on the cake for Sachin was Virat achieving this milestone on the grand stage of the World Cup Semifinal at his home ground.

Virat showcased brilliance in the match, scoring 117 runs off 113 balls, comprising nine fours and two sixes at a striking rate exceeding 103. Despite being dismissed by Tim Southee, his performance in the ongoing tournament is remarkable. In 10 matches, Virat accumulated 691 runs with an impressive average of 115.16 and a strike rate over 89. Notably, he secured three centuries and five fifties, emerging as the leading run-scorer. Virat’s feat surpassed Sachin’s record, as he now holds the record for the highest run tally in a single Cricket World Cup edition.



Mahmudullah's Participation in New Zealand Tour in Doubt

Mahmudullah’s Participation in New Zealand Tour in Doubt

Bangladesh Cricket Board officials announced on Wednesday that Mahmudullah, the batsman, is uncertain for the upcoming New Zealand tour due to a shoulder injury. The tour, scheduled for December, includes three ODIs and as many T20Is following a two-match Test series. The ODIs are set for December 17, 20, and 23, with the T20Is scheduled on December 27, 29, and 31. Mahmudullah sustained the shoulder injury while diving in a World Cup match against Australia, making his participation in the white-ball series doubtful. BCB confirmed his scan results on November 14, revealing a recovery time of five to seven weeks.

BCB’s chief selector, Minhajul Abedin, acknowledged the slim likelihood of Mahmudullah’s participation in the New Zealand tour. Minhajul stated, “I think he is doubtful for the white-ball series against New Zealand in December due to his shoulder injury.” Mahmudullah, the top run-scorer for Bangladesh in the ongoing World Cup, amassed 328 runs in seven innings across eight games, boasting an average of 54.66 and a strike rate of 91.62. He stood as the sole centurion for his country in the global tournament, complemented by an additional half-century.




Kohli and Iyer's Centuries Propel India to 3974

Kohli and Iyer’s Centuries Propel India to 397/4

Virat Kohli achieved a milestone with his 50th ODI century, while Shreyas Iyer swiftly secured his second consecutive ton in just 67 balls, propelling India toward a dominant position against New Zealand. Their remarkable contributions followed Rohit Sharma’s explosive start, and although Shubman Gill also made an impact, the intense Mumbai heat eventually took its toll.

Choosing to bat after winning the toss, Rohit Sharma continued his usual business, attacking Trent Boult in the first over with shots over mid-wicket and through covers. Boult, lacking swing, altered his angle to round the stumps in his second over after Rohit aggressively charged and hit a six over extra cover. Rohit’s onslaught extended to Tim Southee, dispatching short balls with typical aggression. In the fifth over, Rohit marked his 50th World Cup six, surpassing Chris Gayle’s record for the most sixes in the history of the tournament.

In the sixth over, Kane Williamson brought in Mitchell Santner, who faced a similar fate as Rohit continued his aggressive onslaught, reaching 45 off just 22 balls. However, in the ninth over, Rohit’s attempt to play a big shot was foiled by Tim Southee’s clever change of pace. Kane Williamson, covering significant ground from mid-off, moved backward to secure an outstanding catch, dismissing Rohit. Despite this setback, Shubman Gill ensured India’s momentum persisted, disdainfully handling Lockie Ferguson’s first three overs and dispatching short balls across the square boundary. New Zealand’s four specialist bowlers were under pressure, with Ferguson conceding runs, and Rachin Ravindra starting with a 10-run over that witnessed Gill reaching his 41-ball 50. While Kohli took his time to settle, Gill’s aggressive play propelled India to 150/1 within 20 overs.

Shubman Gill, on track for his maiden World Cup century, succumbed to cramps in the sweltering Mumbai heat, requiring the physio’s intervention for his left leg and back issues in the 23rd over, retiring hurt at 79 off 65. Shreyas Iyer stepped in, facing Lockie Ferguson’s short balls upon his return. In the 28th over, Virat Kohli achieved his record-breaking eighth World Cup century, surpassing the likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Shakib Al Hasan.

Kane Williamson attempted to stifle India’s scoring momentum by reintroducing Trent Boult and Tim Southee, but Kohli and Iyer responded assertively. Kohli, using his footwork, struck boundaries against both pacers, while Iyer thwarted Southee’s slower deliveries with a six over midwicket. After a strong start of 84 runs in the initial 10 overs, India continued to consolidate with 66 and 64 runs in the following two sets of 10. Iyer and Kohli elevated the scoring further, adding 73 runs in the next 10 overs.

With India at 287/1 in 40 overs, Kohli achieved his century, leading to emotional celebrations. Iyer showcased his proficiency in spin-hitting, particularly against Rachin Ravindra, who conceded 60 off 7 overs. Iyer’s onslaught continued against both pacers and spinners, reaching a century in the 48th over in just 67 balls.

India concluded their innings at 397/4 in 50 overs, with the last 10 overs yielding 110 runs. Even experienced New Zealand bowlers struggled, with Boult conceding 86 in his 10 overs, Southee leaking 100 runs, and Ferguson giving away 65 in his eight overs. The spin duo of Glenn Phillips and Rachin Ravindra combined for 93 runs in 12 overs.

Brief Scores: India 397/4 in 50 overs (Virat Kohli 117, Shreyas Iyer 105, Shubman Gill 80; Tim Southee 3-100) vs New Zealand





Why India Has Yet to Reach Cricket World Cup 2023 Semifinals

Why India Has Yet to Reach Cricket World Cup 2023 Semifinals

India’s Perfect Streak Continues at ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 with Win Over England

The Indian men’s cricket team extended their unbeaten run to six wins in six matches at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, triumphing over England by a 100-run margin. The match took place at the BRSABV Ekana Cricket Stadium in Lucknow.

In this crucial encounter, India took the batting crease first, scoring 229/9 in their allotted fifty overs. Captain Rohit Sharma led the charge with 87 runs off 101 balls on a challenging pitch, while Suryakumar Yadav fell just one run short of his maiden World Cup fifty.

England had a promising start in their run chase, but Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami dismantled their top order. Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja also chipped in with wickets as England was dismissed for a mere 129 runs. Mohammed Shami’s four wickets in the match earned him the distinction of being the fastest bowler to reach 40 wickets in World Cup history.

India had previously defeated New Zealand, Bangladesh, Pakistan, Afghanistan, and Australia in the World Cup 2023, always while chasing. They remain the only undefeated team in the tournament, leading the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 points table with 12 points and an impressive net run rate of 1.405, currently the second-best in the competition.

Despite their strong position, India has not yet mathematically secured their spot in the semi-finals. The possibility exists that they could miss out on the top four spots if an unlikely sequence of results occurs in the remaining group-stage matches.

To qualify for the World Cup 2023 semi-finals, India, currently on 12 points, could be joined by South Africa, Australia, New Zealand, or the winner of the match between Afghanistan and Sri Lanka, provided they reach 12 points or more in the group stage. Pakistan and Bangladesh do not have the potential to surpass India in the points table.

How India Can Miss Out on the World Cup 2023 Semifinals:

In the unlikely scenario that India loses their remaining three matches, including fixtures against South Africa and Sri Lanka, they would remain at 12 points. Australia and New Zealand, on the other hand, would need to secure two wins in their remaining three matches, with a loss only to the winner of the Afghanistan vs. Sri Lanka game, to also reach 12 points.

South Africa would need to win at least one of their three upcoming matches, including one against India. This would result in five teams all having 12 points or more.

Collectively, if India were to lose all three matches by a substantial margin, they could miss out on the semi-final spot in the 2023 World Cup, captained by Rohit Sharma. However, given India’s current six-match winning streak in the tournament, the likelihood of this outcome is minimal.

How India Can Secure a Spot in the World Cup 2023 Semifinals:

India’s next match is against Sri Lanka on Thursday, November 2, at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai, in a rematch of the 2011 World Cup final. A victory in Mumbai would not only mark seven consecutive wins for India but also guarantee their official qualification for the semi-finals in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, as only South Africa, New Zealand, and Australia have the potential to reach 14 points in the group stage.

India can also advance to the semi-finals if any of their remaining group matches are disrupted due to weather, resulting in shared points.

Following the clash with Sri Lanka, India will face South Africa on November 5 in Kolkata, and then they will conclude their group stage with a match against the Netherlands on November 12 in Bengaluru after a week-long break.

The semi-finals of the World Cup 2023 are scheduled for November 15 in Mumbai (1 vs. 4) and November 16 (2 vs. 3) in Kolkata, with the final set for November 19 in Ahmedabad.




Australia's Men's Cricket Team Continues to Lack Shirt Sponsor for Upcoming Summer of Cricket

Australia’s Men’s Cricket Team Continues to Lack Shirt Sponsor for Upcoming Summer of Cricket

The Australian cricket team faces the possibility of heading into the summer Test matches without a sponsor for their playing shirts, following the expiration of the notable $40 million deal with Alinta earlier this year.

While some team members have already participated in commercials without shirt sponsorship, Cricket Australia is actively seeking a commercial partner to ensure their playing uniform remains emblazoned with branding throughout the upcoming season.

The last instance of Australia’s cricket team embarking on a home season without shirt sponsorship was in the 1995-96 season. Cricket Australia’s Stephanie Beltrame stated, “We have had significant interest from various brands, including for properties that are currently under contract.

The uniforms worn by our Australian cricket teams are iconic, and we are comfortable taking our time to secure a great partnership for the men’s shirt that is mutually beneficial for all parties.”

Men’s captain Pat Cummins had previously expressed ethical concerns regarding the Alinta deal, highlighting the energy provider’s significant carbon emissions.

Australian Cricketers Association board director Usman Khawaja stressed that players should have a say in selecting sponsors for the team shirt, emphasizing their responsibility to consider sponsorships in the context of broader public interests.

Mike Baird, the new chair of Cricket Australia and former NSW premier, has been critical of alcohol brands occupying prominent positions on the front of playing shirts in the past, aligning with the changing landscape of inclusivity and ethical considerations in sports sponsorships.



Duminy Believes South Africa's Charge Is Fueled by 'Prudent Decision-Making

Duminy Believes South Africa’s Charge Is Fueled by ‘Prudent Decision-Making

JP Duminy: Making the Right Moves in South Africa’s 2023 World Cup Journey

JP Duminy’s cricketing journey has seen its fair share of disappointments, as he was part of South Africa’s men’s World Cup squads in 2011, 2015, and 2019, all of which ended in heartbreak. Now, he finds himself as the batting coach of a team that has won four out of five games in the 2023 edition of the tournament. What’s different this time around?

Duminy shared his perspective after South Africa’s resounding 149-run victory over Bangladesh at the Wankhede on Tuesday. “We’ve made some really good decisions,” Duminy explained. “In the past, we may have made decisions under pressure that didn’t align with the situation in front of us.”

Duminy’s coaching style often leans toward a corporate executive’s approach, so he elaborated with an example: “If the pitch is turning, we discuss strategies for scoring square of the wicket. If it’s not turning, it opens up opportunities for straighter shots and going over the top. Conditions play a role, but in the end, communication and encouraging each other to take positive options lead to good decisions.”

Does this campaign feel different from the past World Cups? Duminy acknowledges that it’s too early for a comprehensive comparison, but he noted some noticeable contrasts: “Back when I played, we tried to take on the bowlers in the last 15 overs. Now we recognize moments in the game when we can build momentum and push the pace. That’s where we’ve gained confidence.”

Duminy, having experienced the pressures of international cricket himself, emphasizes the importance of acknowledging anxiety and nervous energy in players and transforming them into constructive behaviors. “We know we’ll face different scenarios, and we have the confidence and momentum to make better choices.”

As the batting coach, Duminy shoulders the responsibility for a South African lineup that achieved three of the top five totals in the first half of the World Cup and produced six centuries. While they primarily batted first, Duminy maintains that they are prepared to chase when needed.

Quinton de Kock, South Africa’s star batter, has scored three centuries in five innings, establishing himself as the leading run-scorer in the tournament. Duminy shared his approach to working with De Kock: “To get him on your side, you ask the right questions and make him feel like he’s coming up with the answers, which he often does. He thrives when he has support from people who believe in him and trust his judgment. He’s a keen student of the game and an excellent decision-maker under pressure.”

De Kock, who has announced his retirement from ODIs after this tournament, played alongside Duminy in South Africa’s challenging 2015 and 2019 World Cup campaigns. For De Kock, unlike his coaches during their playing days, this World Cup journey might just have a happier ending.



I Was Rested Too Much: Mahmudullah Reflects on His Playing Time

I Was Rested Too Much: Mahmudullah Reflects on His Playing Time

Bangladesh’s Mahmudullah expressed that he may have had an excessive amount of rest before returning to the national ODI squad for the ICC World Cup. The veteran batter re-entered the ODI team during the series against New Zealand after six months in the wilderness following his exclusion after the home series against England earlier in the year.

Despite the national selection panel terming his absence as ‘rest,’ many believed that Mahmudullah’s career was nearing its end, as the team management aimed to develop young talent for the World Cup.

However, due to the repeated failures of the younger players, Mahmudullah was recalled to the team but was initially placed below No. 6 in the batting order until the South Africa match. He responded with a remarkable century at the Wankhede Stadium, making a powerful statement.

Reflecting on his absence from the national team, Mahmudullah commented, “I can’t say much about that period. There are many things I want to discuss, but this isn’t the right time for it.” He continued, “I don’t know. Perhaps Allah gave me the strength to persist. I focused on maintaining my fitness and working hard. All I can say is that I wanted to contribute to the team and would have liked to contribute more to secure a victory.

I believe I had an excessive amount of rest, but that wasn’t within my control; it was the team management’s decision,” Mahmudullah stated. He emphasized that his primary concern is to perform his role earnestly for the benefit of the team.

Mahmudullah also shared that he harbors no ill feelings about batting down the order, as the team management chose to place him at number eight instead of his preferred position. He acknowledged the various ups and downs he has experienced in his career and affirmed his adaptability.

When discussing his century, Mahmudullah revealed, “I didn’t specifically target a hundred; I was focused on my batting. I simply batted and instructed Mustafiz to stay with me to ensure we complete 50 overs, which was crucial for the run rate. My objective was to bat deep and contribute to the team’s score.”

He expressed his desire to dedicate the century to his family and extended his gratitude to those who supported him during the challenging last three months, acknowledging both his supporters and critics.



Irfan Pathan Fulfills Promise, Dances with Rashid Khan After Afghanistan's Victory Against Pakistan.

Irfan Pathan Fulfills Promise, Dances with Rashid Khan After Afghanistan’s Victory Against Pakistan.

Afghanistan scripted a historic moment in cricket by securing a resounding victory against Pakistan in their first-ever triumph over their rivals in ODIs. The team’s commanding performance was led by an exceptional batting display from Afghanistan’s top four players and an impressive three-wicket haul by Noor Ahmed.

In the ongoing Cricket World Cup 2023, Afghanistan’s remarkable journey continued to shine brightly following their earlier win against defending champions England. Their emphatic victory against Pakistan solidified their position, propelling them to the sixth spot in the points table.

The standout performances of Rahmanullah Gurbaz (65), Ibrahim Zadran (87), and Rahmat Shah (77)* with the bat contributed significantly to Afghanistan’s historic win, leaving fans jubilant and celebrating the momentous achievement.

Former Indian cricket star Irfan Pathan was captured celebrating the victory with a joyful dance alongside Rashid Khan, adding an extra touch of excitement to the memorable occasion.

Following the remarkable win, ecstatic fans expressed their appreciation for the support received, particularly acknowledging the support from the people of Chennai.

A passionate fan from Afghanistan expressed gratitude to the Indians for their support, highlighting the significance of the victory and the enthusiastic response from fans. Another fan conveyed heartfelt emotions, emphasizing the significance of the victory over Pakistan and the exhilarating atmosphere during the match.

The sentiment extended to the plight of Afghans in Pakistan, with Ibrahim Zadran dedicating his Player of the Match award to those affected by the ongoing challenges. Fans emphasized the importance of providing support and assistance to their compatriots in difficult situations.

The resounding victory was celebrated as a significant milestone for Afghanistan in their cricketing journey, fostering hopes for further success in the tournament and beyond.

With ANI inputs.




Ibrahim Zadran: Player of the Match After Returning from Pakistan to Afghanistan

Ibrahim Zadran: Player of the Match After Returning from Pakistan to Afghanistan

After securing the Player of the Match (POTM) award for his outstanding 87-run performance against Pakistan in the ICC World Cup 2023, Afghanistan’s Ibrahim Zadran boldly expressed his thoughts.

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Ibrahim Zadran, Afghanistan’s standout batter, delivered a resounding performance, scoring 87 runs against Pakistan in the ICC World Cup 2023. After receiving the Player of the Match (POTM) award, he made a profound statement, dedicating his achievement to those who were repatriated from Pakistan. “I am elated, not only for myself but for my nation. I wish to dedicate this man of the match award to the individuals returned to Afghanistan from Pakistan,” Zadran expressed during the post-match presentation.

Zadran led the scoring with 87 runs, while Shah remained unbeaten at 77, and Gurbaz delivered a strong performance with 65 runs off 53 balls. Captain Hasmatullah Shahidi also made a valuable contribution, adding 48 runs from 45 balls.

“I aimed to approach the game with a positive mindset and intent, and I achieved it. Gurbaz and I share a strong cricketing bond, having played together since our under-16 days, which enhances our communication while running between the wickets,” stated the Afghanistan opener.

Zadran lauded Gurbaz, acknowledging the crucial support he provided, resulting in a formidable 130-run partnership.

The way Gurbaz backed me was instrumental in gaining momentum in our favor. I’m thrilled for both myself and my nation,” he expressed.

On October 21, state-run Pakistani radio reported the return of 3,248 Afghan refugees to Afghanistan, as noted by Khaama Press. Pakistani authorities have deported over 51,000 Afghans since the announcement of the deadline for undocumented migrant expulsion.

A Pakistani news source disclosed that starting from November 1, the government’s new policy would restrict border crossings to individuals with valid passports and visas. Pakistani identity cards or Afghan permits will no longer be accepted. Approximately 1.73 million Afghans in Pakistan lack proper legal documentation.

Afghanistan achieved a historic victory over Pakistan in ODIs, marked by stellar performances from the top four batters and Noor Ahmed’s exceptional three-wicket haul.

This triumph in Chennai was a red-letter day for Afghanistan, as they pulled off a significant upset, defeating Pakistan by 8 wickets. Rahmanullah Gurbaz (65), Ibrahim Zadran (87), and Rahmat Shah (77)* starred with the bat, securing an impressive victory for Afghanistan.





Ellyse Perry anticipates the victor of the 2023 ICC Men's ODI World Cup.

Ellyse Perry anticipates the victor of the 2023 ICC Men’s ODI World Cup.

Renowned Australian women’s cricket star Ellyse Perry, celebrated for her exceptional skills and contributions to the sport, has shared her thoughts on the potential victor of the 2023 ICC Men’s ODI World Cup. With her extensive experience and profound insights into the cricketing world, Perry has become a respected figure in the cricketing community.

Ellyse Perry’s Prediction for the 2023 ODI World Cup Winner

Perry, who leads the Sydney Sixers team in the Women’s Big Bash League (WBBL), highlighted the importance of consistent performance and mental resilience as pivotal factors in determining the ultimate champion. Her prediction not only encompassed the winner of the 2023 ICC Men’s ODI World Cup but also extended to her favored team in the upcoming contest between Australia and Pakistan.

Australia is the front-runner for both the Pakistan match in Bengaluru and clinching the World Cup,” Perry expressed while engaging with multicultural media at the Sydney Cricket Ground.

Full Throttle at the 2023 ICC Men’s ODI World Cup: The current 2023 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup is in full swing, with host nation India leading the points table, having secured three wins in as many matches. New Zealand closely follows in the second position, also with three victories.

At present, South Africa occupies the third spot, while Pakistan holds the fourth position. On Sunday, October 15, the defending champions England experienced an unexpected loss against Afghanistan, causing a significant shake-up in the tournament standings.



McSweeney and McAndrew bolster NSW Blues amidst ongoing Shield challenges

McSweeney and McAndrew bolster NSW Blues amidst ongoing Shield challenges

McSweeney’s impressive century and McAndrew’s four-wicket haul have placed South Australia on the cusp of a victory over NSW in Adelaide.

New South Wales, with scores of 183 and 99 for 6 (thanks to McAndrew’s 4-19), are currently trailing South Australia, who scored 293 and 212 (featuring McSweeney’s century and Nisbet’s 5-53), by a margin of 223 runs.

New South Wales find themselves on the verge of an unfortunate 14th consecutive Sheffield Shield match without a win, as a remarkable performance by former Blues prospect Nathan McAndrew and a superb century from Nathan McSweeney has firmly put South Australia in control in Adelaide.

At the end of the third day’s play at Adelaide Oval, the Blues were struggling at 99 for 6 in their pursuit of 323 runs required for victory.

Nathan McAndrew, who had already claimed five wickets in the first innings, continued to be the tormentor on Tuesday, picking up four more wickets for the Redbacks and leaving the Blues in a precarious position. Former Blue, Harry Conway, and Wes Agar also contributed with a wicket each. Tempers flared when NSW wicketkeeper Matthew Gilkes was given out lbw to Agar, despite the ball seemingly impacting him outside off stump. McAndrew’s list of scalps included the dismissal of Daniel Hughes, who was caught behind for 58, providing one of the final stands for the Blues. McAndrew also accounted for Kurtis Patterson, who was dismissed lbw for 10, and had Ryan Hackney and Moises Henriques caught behind in a similar manner. At one point, McAndrew boasted impressive figures of 3 for 6 after eight overs before Hughes managed to strike him for consecutive boundaries through the offside. By the end of the day, the seamer’s tally stood at 4 for 19.

Although originally from Wollongong and a player for the Sydney Thunder in the BBL, McAndrew was never afforded the opportunity to represent NSW in the Sheffield Shield. However, since his debut for the Redbacks two seasons ago, he has proven to be a nemesis for his former team, notably with 6 for 97 against NSW at the close of the previous summer, and now amassing nine wickets in this encounter.

Despite the impressive debut performance by Jack Nisbet, who captured 5 for 53 in South Australia’s second innings on Tuesday, the spotlight belonged to McSweeney, who recorded his third first-class century before being dismissed by Nisbet for an even 100. McSweeney’s innings came to a close when he inadvertently dragged the ball onto his stumps, with No.11 Conway at the other end.

The Redbacks had previously lost their first-round match to Tasmania, but their bowling display in this game showcased significant improvement.

New South Wales’ struggle in the Sheffield Shield continues, with their last victory dating back to February 2022. They went winless last season and began this summer with a draw against Queensland.



SA vs NED ICC ODI World Cup 2023 Live Updates: Dharamsala Weather and Cricket Live Score

SA vs NED ICC ODI World Cup 2023 Live Updates: Dharamsala Weather and Cricket Live Score

In a highly anticipated clash, South Africa, riding high on a five-match winning streak, confronts the Netherlands in the 2023 T20 World Cup. While the Proteas possess a formidable batting lineup, their head coach, Rob Walter, warns against underestimating the Dutch team, drawing lessons from a prior defeat.

The extended format reduces the risk of an upset, as South Africa has convincingly beaten the Netherlands in two previous ODIs. Players like Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma, Aiden Markram, David Miller, and Heinrich Klaasen are in prime form, distinguishing South Africa. In contrast, the Netherlands, though showing resilience, is yet to secure a win in this tournament.

Netherlands draws inspiration from past surprises, much like Afghanistan’s victory over England. Quinton de Kock shines for South Africa, while Bas de Leede impresses for the Dutch side with both bat and ball. South Africa considers potential changes in their bowling lineup, and Netherlands may welcome the return of Logan van Beek.

This exciting encounter unfolds in Dharamsala, with concerns about outfield conditions. South Africa seeks to continue its dominant streak, while the Netherlands hopes to pull off an upset.

Stay tuned for live score and updates from Match Number 15 of the ODI World Cup 2023 between South Africa and the Netherlands. However, rain is predicted for Tuesday afternoon in Dharamsala, which could impact the match.




LIVE: SA vs NED ICC ODI World Cup 2023 Cricket Score Updates - Dharamsala Weather Report Included

LIVE: SA vs NED ICC ODI World Cup 2023 Cricket Score Updates – Dharamsala Weather Report Included

South Africa is determined to maintain its winning streak against the Dutch team in the ongoing Cricket World Cup 2023. Fresh from a five-match victory run and boasting a formidable batting lineup, South Africa faces the Netherlands. Despite their recent successes, South Africa’s head coach, Rob Walter, is keen on not underestimating the Dutch squad, having learned from past defeats. With the longer ODI format, the chances of an upset decrease.

In their two previous ODIs, South Africa convincingly triumphed over the Netherlands. The South African team’s batting prowess, featuring stars like Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma, Aiden Markram, David Miller, and Heinrich Klaasen in top form, sets them apart. In contrast, the Netherlands, despite displaying resilience, is yet to secure a win in this tournament. Drawing inspiration from past surprises, akin to Afghanistan’s victory over England, the Dutch side is determined to turn the tables.

Quinton de Kock shines as South Africa’s star player, showcasing exceptional form in the World Cup. Bas de Leede stands out for the Dutch side with notable contributions both with the bat and the ball. South Africa is contemplating potential changes to their bowling lineup, while the Netherlands may witness the return of Logan van Beek.

The match will be held in Dharamsala, with concerns raised about the outfield conditions. As South Africa strives to extend its dominant streak, the Netherlands aims for an upset in this challenging encounter.

Aiden Markram’s Milestone: South African all-rounder Aiden Markram, with 98 sixes in international cricket, aims to hit two more in the match against the Netherlands to reach the 100 sixes milestone.

Heinrich Klaasen’s Record Quest: South Africa’s Heinrich Klaasen, needing six more sixes, seeks to achieve 50 maximums in ODIs during the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 match against the Netherlands.

Historical Dominance: South Africa has won six out of seven ODI matches against the Netherlands. Can the Dutch team secure their first-ever victory over the Proteas in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 match in Dharamsala?

Fantasy Picks: Fantasy cricket enthusiasts ponder their choices, with decisions to be made between players like Quinton de Kock, Scott Edwards, Aiden Markram, and Bas de Leede. Check out Dream11 fantasy picks for South Africa vs Netherlands ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.

Scott Edwards’ Pursuit: Netherlands captain Scott Edwards aims to achieve one more score of 50 or more in ODIs to join the top spot for his country, currently shared with Tom Cooper. He needs to match Ryan ten Doeschate’s record.

Live Streaming Details: Get ready to watch South Africa take on the Netherlands in match no. 15 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 at the HPCA Stadium in Dharamsala with the provided live streaming details.

Kagiso Rabada’s Wicket Milestone: South African fast bowler Kagiso Rabada, one wicket away from 150 ODI wickets, could become the fourth-fastest South African bowler to reach this mark if he achieves it against the Netherlands.

Logan van Beek’s Return: Netherlands pacer Logan van Beek, recovering from a hamstring injury, might return to the squad, possibly replacing Ryan Klein in the match against South Africa.

Gerald Coetzee or Tabraiz Shamsi: South Africa faces the decision of choosing between pacer Gerald Coetzee and chinaman bowler Tabraiz Shamsi, depending on pitch conditions in Dharamsala for match no. 15 of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023.


South Africa: Quinton de Kock(w), Temba Bavuma(c), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, Keshav Maharaj, Lungi Ngidi, Tabraiz Shamsi, Lizaad Williams, Reeza Hendricks, Andile Phehlukwayo, Gerald Coetzee.

Netherlands: Vikramjit Singh, Max ODowd, Colin Ackermann, Bas de Leede, Teja Nidamanuru, Scott Edwards(w/c), Sybrand Engelbrecht, Roelof van der Merwe, Ryan Klein, Aryan Dutt, Paul van Meekeren, Wesley Barresi, Logan van Beek, Saqib Zulfiqar, Shariz Ahmad.




Virat Kohli's Crucial Contribution to the Inclusion of Cricket in the 2028 Summer Olympics

Virat Kohli’s Crucial Contribution to the Inclusion of Cricket in the 2028 Summer Olympics

In the world of cricket, one name shines exceptionally bright – Virat Kohli. This cricketing icon, renowned for his extraordinary skills and leadership on the field, has left an indelible mark not only on the sport but also on the global stage. Such is Kohli’s aura that even the 141st session of the International Olympic Committee (IOC), where the groundbreaking decision to include cricket in the Olympics, starting with the 2028 Los Angeles Games, was made, couldn’t escape his mention.

The significance of this momentous decision cannot be overstated. For the first time in over a century, cricket is set to return to the Olympics, and it is, in no small part, thanks to the efforts of Virat Kohli. His advocacy for the inclusion of cricket in the world’s most prestigious sporting event has not only been heard but also acted upon. Let’s delve into the factors that made this historic event possible.

A Game-Changing Vision

Virat Kohli, who has often been dubbed the “Run Machine” for his remarkable consistency with the bat, also displayed his prowess off the pitch. He envisioned cricket’s resurgence on the Olympic stage and relentlessly advocated for it. His belief in the potential of cricket as an Olympic sport was unwavering.

Kohli’s passion and commitment to this vision were evident when he addressed the IOC session, articulating the global appeal and unity that cricket can bring to the Olympics. His persuasive skills and powerful argumentation resonated with the IOC members, who were moved by his genuine belief in the sport’s ability to unite nations and cultures.

Bridging Nations and Cultures

Cricket is more than just a sport; it’s a cultural phenomenon, particularly in countries like India, Pakistan, England, Australia, and South Africa. It has the power to bridge gaps, dissolve boundaries, and create a shared passion among diverse communities. Virat Kohli emphasized the cultural significance of cricket and its ability to foster goodwill and understanding among nations.

The India-Pakistan cricket rivalry is a testament to this. Matches between these arch-rivals are highly anticipated and watched by millions, making it one of the most-watched sporting events globally. Kohli highlighted the potential for these rivalries to be showcased on the Olympic stage, further promoting peace and camaraderie.

Inspiring the Youth

As a role model for countless aspiring cricketers and sports enthusiasts worldwide, Kohli’s involvement in bringing cricket to the Olympics has sparked inspiration among the youth. His journey from a young cricket enthusiast to the captain of the Indian cricket team has resonated with many, and his dedication to this cause is likely to motivate the next generation to take up the sport and aim for Olympic glory.

A Momentous Decision

The decision taken during the 141st IOC session to include cricket in the 2028 Los Angeles Olympics has undoubtedly paved the way for a new era in the sport’s history. This decision, with Virat Kohli at its forefront, not only acknowledges the significance of cricket but also offers an opportunity for athletes to compete on the grandest stage of them all.

Kohli’s unwavering commitment to his vision, his ability to unite cultures and nations through cricket, and his inspiration to the youth have played pivotal roles in this historic decision. As we look ahead to the 2028 Summer Olympics, where cricket will once again shine on the global stage, we must recognize and appreciate the influence of Virat Kohli in making this dream a reality. His legacy in the world of cricket extends far beyond his on-field exploits, and it will forever be etched in the history of the sport.



South Africa vs Netherlands Live Score: Cricket World Cup 2023 Updates and Rain Concerns

South Africa vs Netherlands Live Score: Cricket World Cup 2023 Updates and Rain Concerns

In a thrilling clash at Dharamshala’s HPCA stadium, Temba Bavuma’s South African team is set to replicate their past two victories against the Netherlands. South Africa seeks a decisive win against their Dutch rivals, aiming to claim the top spot on the ICC World Cup points table.

This edition of the World Cup sees South Africa striving to match India and New Zealand with three wins each, while also securing their place atop the World Cup rankings thanks to their impressive net run rate.

South Africa’s journey has been marked by commanding performances, including a 102-run victory over Sri Lanka at the Arun Jaitley Stadium and a resounding 134-run defeat handed to the five-time champions, Australia, at the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow. The Proteas have excelled in both batting and bowling, consistently scoring over 300 runs and limiting formidable opponents like Australia to 177 runs.

In contrast, the Netherlands displayed promise in their initial match against Pakistan but faltered, eventually losing by 81 runs.



  • Scott Edwards (c)
  • Max O’Dowd
  • Bas de Leede
  • Vikram Singh
  • Teja Nidamanuru
  • Paul van Meekeren
  • Colin Ackermann
  • Roelof van der Merwe
  • Logan van Beek
  • Aryan Dutt
  • Ryan Klein
  • Wesley Barresi
  • Saqib Zulfiqar
  • Shariz Ahmad
  • Sybrand Engelbrecht

South Africa

  • Temba Bavuma (c)
  • Gerald Coetzee
  • Quinton de Kock
  • Reeza Hendricks
  • Marco Jansen
  • Heinrich Klaasen
  • Keshav Maharaj
  • Aiden Markram
  • David Miller
  • Lungi Ngidi
  • Andile Phehlukwayo
  • Kagiso Rabada
  • Tabraiz Shamsi
  • Rassie van der Dussen
  • Lizaad Williams

This match promises an exciting battle for supremacy in the 2023 ICC World Cup between South Africa and the Netherlands.




South Africa vs Netherlands Live Score: Cricket World Cup 2023 Updates and Rain Concerns

Cricket World Cup 2023: South Africa vs Netherlands – Potential Rain Disruption?

The HPCA stadium in Dharamshala will witness an intense clash as Temba Bavuma’s South Africa takes on the Netherlands in the Cricket World Cup 2023. South Africa is aiming to match India and New Zealand with three wins each in this edition, striving to secure the top position on the World Cup points table due to their impressive net run rate.

In their previous encounters, South Africa showcased dominance by defeating Sri Lanka by 102 runs at the Arun Jaitley Stadium and securing a commanding 134-run victory over five-time champions Australia at the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow.

The African side has demonstrated exceptional form both with the bat and ball, consistently scoring more than 300 runs and notably restricting Australia to 177 runs in their second match.

Contrastingly, the Netherlands had a challenging start in the tournament. Despite showing promise in their first match against Pakistan, where they displayed moments of strength, they ultimately lost by 81 runs. In the second game, a strong all-around performance from New Zealand saw the Netherlands struggling to chase down a total of 322 runs, leading to their defeat with a score of 223.

Here are the squads for both teams:

Netherlands squad:

  • Scott Edwards (c)
  • Max O’Dowd
  • Bas de Leede
  • Vikram Singh
  • Teja Nidamanuru
  • Paul van Meekeren
  • Colin Ackermann
  • Roelof van der Merwe
  • Logan van Beek
  • Aryan Dutt
  • Ryan Klein
  • Wesley Barresi
  • Saqib Zulfiqar
  • Shariz Ahmad
  • Sybrand Engelbrecht

South Africa squad:

  • Temba Bavuma (c)
  • Gerald Coetzee
  • Quinton de Kock
  • Reeza Hendricks
  • Marco Jansen
  • Heinrich Klaasen
  • Keshav Maharaj
  • Aiden Markram
  • David Miller
  • Lungi Ngidi
  • Andile Phehlukwayo
  • Kagiso Rabada
  • Tabraiz Shamsi
  • Rassie van der Dussen
  • Lizaad Williams

Date and Time: 17th October 2023, 12:12:10 PM IST