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Ex-cricketer Analyzes Kishan's Evolving Role A Slow Start, Then Soaring Impact for Team India

Ex-cricketer Analyzes Kishan’s Evolving Role: A Slow Start, Then Soaring Impact for Team India

A retired cricketer praises Ishan Kishan’s distinctive role in Team India’s batting lineup throughout the current T20I series against Australia

India has kicked off their post-World Cup campaign impressively, securing a 2-0 lead in the ongoing five-match T20I series against Australia. After their World Cup final loss to Australia, ending their unbeaten streak, India made a strong comeback. In the second T20I, the hosts successfully restricted Australia to 191/9 in 20 overs, chasing down the 236-run target and winning by 44 runs. Ravi Bishnoi and Prasidh Krishna displayed excellent bowling performances, each securing three-wicket hauls. The innings saw notable contributions from Ruturaj Gaikwad (58), Yashasvi Jaiswal (53), and Ishan Kishan (52).

In the second T20I, Ishan Kishan continued his resurgence, following a half-century in the first T20I, where India secured a two-wicket victory. In the initial T20I, Kishan scored a brisk 58 off 39 balls, a marked improvement from his World Cup performance, marred by a failure to capitalize on Shubman Gill’s absence due to dengue.

Former India cricketer Abhishek Nayar, commenting on JioCinema, commended Kishan’s impact in the T20I series and analyzed his strategy. Nayar remarked, “Ishan Kishan has embraced a completely different role. Although accustomed to batting in the middle order at No. 4 and 5 for India, he now takes on the No. 3 position in T20Is. What’s intriguing is the pattern he has developed in his batting that leads to success. Initially, he takes his time, as seen today with 17 off 19 deliveries. Then, he accelerates, efficiently covering the dot balls played early on. As a wicketkeeper-batter, he brings in flexibility to score runs, adapting to any batting position.

Tuesday in Guwahati, both teams are set to clash, with India eyeing a series-clinching victory to secure a 3-0 lead. The Australians, on the other hand, aim to mount a comeback and narrow the series to 1-2.

In this ongoing series, key players such as Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, and Mohammed Shami have been given a rest. Suryakumar Yadav has assumed the captaincy, showcasing commendable leadership skills. Reflecting on the second T20I, he stated, “The boys are not putting too much pressure on me. They are taking onus. I told them before, be prepared to bat first. There was a lot of dew. We talked to defend it later. When I saw Rinku came in to bat in the last game, the composure he showed was brilliant. It reminded me of someone (laughs). Everyone knows the answer (laughs again).

Reference:

https://www.timesnownews.com/sports/cricket/ishan-kishan-finding-it-fun-batting-in-new-role-at-number-three-in-batting-order-article-105529155

Shoaib Akhtar Hardik's Respectful Farewell to Rohit & Kohli Key in India's Post-World Cup Shift

Shoaib Akhtar: Hardik’s Respectful Farewell to Rohit & Kohli Key in India’s Post-World Cup Shift

Akhtar Suggests: Hardik Should Lead Respectful Transition for Rohit and Kohli During Phase-Out

After an ODI World Cup, India anticipates a transition phase. As fans recover from the final’s heartbreak, selectors must focus on the future. Coach Rahul Dravid’s reported departure and the upcoming 2027 ODI World Cup prompt scrutiny—Rohit Sharma at 40 and Virat Kohli at 39 then. Can BCCI expect peak performance from both at that stage? Though undeniably talented, a four-year stretch might strain these Indian cricket icons. Immediate decisions await the board and selectors.

India faces the T20 World Cup next June, barely time for a format shift, especially for a team without a confirmed head coach or captain. While Hardik Pandya led India in T20Is for a year, his role in the forthcoming World Cup remains uncertain.

The inclusion of Rohit and Kohli raises queries. They haven’t played a T20I since the 2022 World Cup, possibly due to focus on the recent ODI World Cup. Rohit hinted at T20 World Cup aspirations, given his impressive leadership in the 50-over tournament, warranting a chance at securing an ICC trophy.

Akhtar Praises Rohit Sharma as India’s Best Opener, Urges Respectful Transition for Kohli & Rohit in Cricket’s Shift

Shoaib Akhtar lauds Rohit as unparalleled in the opener role, emphasizing their longevity in cricket. He highlighted Hardik Pandya’s potential role as captain in a potential transition phase. Drawing parallels with Dhoni’s handling of Tendulkar and Kohli’s respect for Dhoni, Akhtar stresses the importance of Pandya respectfully managing the phase-out of these legends.

Regarding Hardik’s fitness and potential captaincy, the Ajit Agarkar-led selection committee faces a challenge due to his susceptibility to injury. While Suryakumar Yadav leads in the ongoing T20Is against Australia, Hardik’s recovery timeline raises doubts about his leadership in the upcoming South Africa T20Is starting December 10

Reference:

https://www.indiatoday.in/sports/cricket/story/hardik-pandya-should-bid-goodbye-to-rohit-sharma-and-virat-kohli-respectfully-shoaib-akhtar-2467381-2023-11-25

https://www.firstpost.com/firstcricket/sports-news/hardik-has-to-bid-them-goodbye-respectfully-shoaib-akhtar-on-indias-transition-post-rohit-sharma-and-virat-kohli-13429382.html

India's Heartbreak: 2023 World Cup Final Loss to Australia

India’s Heartbreak: 2023 World Cup Final Loss to Australia

India Suffers Heartbreak in World Cup Final Loss to Australia

Millions of Indians grapple with disappointment as the national cricket team succumbs to Australia in the World Cup final. Australia, claiming their sixth title, secured a six-wicket victory with seven overs to spare.

The path to the final saw Australia triumph over South Africa in the semi-finals, while India bested New Zealand to secure their spot.

Played at Gujarat’s massive stadium, the match drew over 100,000 fervent fans at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, creating a sea of blue jerseys in support.

While many couldn’t attend, they fervently watched from home, yearning for India’s victory—last achieved in 2011. However, Australia’s triumph left a deep sense of disillusionment among fans, triggering an outpouring of disappointment on social media platforms.

Expressions of solidarity poured in from Indian celebrities on social media, with Bollywood star Shah Rukh Khan praising Team India’s legacy despite the loss. Olympic medalist Abhinav Bindra extended congratulations to Australia and stood in solidarity with the Indian team during this challenging moment.

While the final eluded you, your performance epitomized true champions. Each match, run, and wicket showcased your skill, spirit, and sportsmanship,” the message conveyed.

Fans expressed optimism for India’s future World Cup prospects, noting, “India’s journey faced a hurdle, but great tales have unexpected chapters. This is a plot twist, not the conclusion,” shared a user.

Another fan reflected, “This match highlighted that hard work doesn’t always suffice; sometimes luck plays a role. Best wishes for the next time, Team India.”

During Sunday’s final, Australia won the toss and elected to bowl. The Australian pacers proved formidable, dismissing India for a mere 240 runs, marking the first instance of India losing all 10 wickets in the tournament.

India exhibited resilience in their bowling, with Mohammed Shami and Jasprit Bumrah removing three of Australia’s top batters within seven overs. Despite India’s efforts, Australia forged a determined batting partnership, ultimately securing victory with six wickets to spare.

Reference:

https://apnews.com/article/world-cup-cricket-final-australia-india-eb2d39fba2eab7a283faefc7a0f9ab6b

https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/sports/world-cup-2023-fans-emotional-as-india-loses-final-against-australia/videoshow/105337116.cms?from=mdr

https://www.news18.com/cricket/a-billion-heartbreaks-australia-beat-india-in-world-cup-final-to-lift-sixth-title-8668587.html

Disheartened Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli Reflect the Pain of India's Unfortunate World Cup Final Loss.

Disheartened Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli Reflect the Pain of India’s Unfortunate World Cup Final Loss.

The hearts of Indian players sank as Australia clinched their 6th ODI World Cup title with a convincing 6-wicket victory in Sunday’s final. India’s aspirations to secure the Cricket World Cup 2023 for the third time were dashed as Australia claimed a comfortable win, securing the coveted trophy for the 6th time in their history. Despite their unbeaten run in the tournament

until the final, the Indian cricket team couldn’t replicate their success in the summit clash, leaving players on the field shattered and disheartened. The moment Australia hit the winning runs, emotions overflowed, with Mohammed Siraj visibly in tears, and stalwarts like KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Mohammed Shami, and others expressing deep dejection.

Despite the disappointing outcome, Virat Kohli received the player of the tournament accolade for his outstanding run-scoring performances, while Mohammed Shami emerged as the leading wicket-taker of the campaign. Noteworthy contributions from players like Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Jasprit Bumrah, and others were evident throughout the event. However, fate took an unexpected turn in the final, leaving the Indian team to grapple with the bitter taste of defeat.

Chins up, spirits unwavering #CWC23 🏏🇮🇳”

— ICC Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) November 19, 2023

On those nights when you yearn to erase the memories, but they linger steadfastly. 💔 #CWC23 pic.twitter.com/0foeMVqvuS”

— Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) November 19, 2023

Missed out in World Cup 2011. 330 runs in World Cup 2015. 648 runs in World Cup 2019. 597 runs in World Cup 2023.

Rohit Sharma has given everything, yet this image is poignant. 💔 pic.twitter.com/cOeP1bdg0T”

— Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) November 19, 2023

Rohit Sharma led from the front, wielding the bat with aggression and playing selfless cricket. Still no trophy, and he deserves this World Cup more than anyone. 🏆💔 pic.twitter.com/YbsX3bGElN”

— Rachin Ravindra (@Notravindra) November 19, 2023

KL dropping to his knees, Siraj, Shami, Bumrah supporting each other as tears flowed, Virat attempting to hold back his emotions, and Rohit on the brink of tears 😢. This is profoundly heart-wrenching, but we remain INCREDIBLY PROUD of you @ICT. It’s okay. Heads high, kings! 👑💙 #CWC23 pic.twitter.com/mJvYIfWji4

— shreya (@_Lazy_being) November 19, 2023

In the match, Australia chose to bowl first, restricting India to 240 runs in 50 overs. On a challenging batting pitch, Captain Rohit Sharma (47 in 31 balls, with four boundaries and three sixes), Virat Kohli (54 in 63 balls, with four boundaries), and KL Rahul (66 in 107 balls, with one four) played crucial innings.

Mitchell Starc (3/55) stood out as Australia’s top bowler. Captain Pat Cummins (2/34) and Josh Hazlewood (2/60) also delivered impressive performances. Adam Zampa and Glenn Maxwell each took a wicket.

During the pursuit of 241, India had Australia at 47/3. Contributions from Travis Head (137 in 120 balls, with 15 fours and four sixes) and Marnus Labuschagne (58 in 110 balls, with four boundaries) left the Indian team grappling for answers and resulted in a six-wicket loss.

Mohammed Shami claimed one wicket, while Jasprit Bumrah took two wickets.

With inputs from ANI

Reference:

https://sports.ndtv.com/icc-cricket-world-cup-2023/rohit-sharma-virat-kohli-dejected-as-india-suffer-bitter-world-cup-final-defeat-see-pics-4588266

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cricket/virat-kohli-kl-rahul-could-not-get-big-partnership-rohit-sharma-on-where-india-lost-world-cup-final-against-australia-101700409863799.html

While the World Cup excitements captivate, looming ODI challenges remain on the horizon.

While the World Cup excitements captivate, looming ODI challenges remain on the horizon.

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A World Cup that commenced with uncertainties regarding the future of 50-over one-day internationals concludes with lingering doubts about their significance beyond the grandeur of a major tournament. Australia’s decisive six-wicket triumph over India in front of a massive 92,000-strong crowd at Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium might have left

home and neutral fans craving a more evenly contested final. However, the tournament’s earlier thrilling clashes, including Afghanistan’s stunning victory over defending champions England by 69 runs and non-Test nation the Netherlands defeating eventual semi-finalists South Africa, provided lasting memories.

One of the notable aspects of ODIs is their ability to facilitate epic comebacks reminiscent of Test matches while delivering results within a single day. Although the high-paced, smash-and-grab nature of Twenty20 cricket has gained financial prominence through events like the Indian Premier League, it seldom matches the dramatic narratives found in the longer formats of the game.

A striking example from this World Cup was Australia’s remarkable pool play victory over Afghanistan. Faced with a challenging target of 292 and teetering at 91-7, Glenn Maxwell’s extraordinary double century secured a miraculous three-wicket win, leaving a lasting impact on fast bowler Pat Cummins.

After leading Australia to a record-extending sixth World Cup title, Cummins expressed mixed emotions and admitted to rediscovering his love for ODIs during the tournament. Reflecting on the unique intensity of World Cup matches, he noted that the scenario where every game truly matters sets them apart from bilateral ODIs.

Australia faced a momentary challenge at 47-3 before Travis Head’s brilliant 137 and his partnership with Marnus Labuschagne (58 not out) guided them to victory with seven overs to spare. Cummins highlighted the rich history of the World Cup, expressing confidence in its continued existence, with the next edition slated for 2027 in southern Africa.

However, the debate surrounding the fate of ODIs between World Cups remains unresolved. The incoming MCC president, Mark Nicholas, advocated for scrapping all ODIs between tournaments, emphasizing the overwhelming influence of T20

cricket in the current landscape. Despite this perspective, the question remains: without bilateral ODIs, how will teams like Afghanistan and the Netherlands maintain and improve their standards in 50-over cricket between major tournaments like the World Cup and the Champions Trophy?

(This story has not been edited by NDTV staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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https://sports.ndtv.com/icc-cricket-world-cup-2023/world-cup-thrills-cannot-erase-future-odi-concerns-4588283

Ravi Shastri's Radical Proposal Overhauling ODI Cricket

Ravi Shastri’s Radical Proposal: Overhauling ODI Cricket?

Ravi Shastri Proposes an Intriguing Idea to Enhance ODI Cricket’s Appeal.

In recent times, the appeal of ODI cricket has waned, prompting discussions about potentially transforming the 2025 Champions Trophy into a T20 event to draw more viewers. Mark Nicholas, the upcoming MCC President, hinted at restricting ODIs solely to World Cups. Ravi Shastri, former coach of the Indian cricket team, highlighted the necessity for substantial alterations.

Speaking on Club Prairie Fire in a conversation with cricket legend Adam Gilchrist, Shastri emphasized the need for evolution: “The One-day format has to evolve, changes have to be made.” Reflecting on the sport’s evolution from 60 to 50 overs per side since India’s 1983 World Cup victory, he noted the importance of adapting to changing times. Shastri suggested that due to dwindling spectator attention spans, reducing matches to 40 overs could reinvigorate enthusiasm for the format.

The optimal direction could involve a 40-over match, aligning the one-day format with others. I observe the crowd’s behavior. They eagerly await the toss’s outcome,” he proposed, continuing, “If their favorite team bats first, spectators hurry to the stadium, watch a fraction of the second innings, and then depart. Conversely, if India bats second, fans prefer arriving later to catch the latter part of the initial innings and witness their team’s batting.

Reference:

https://sports.ndtv.com/cricket/does-odi-cricket-need-changes-ravi-shastri-comes-up-with-extreme-suggestion-4573248

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.

Reference:

https://www.hindustantimes.com/cricket/ashwin-be-india-trump-card-in-world-cup-final-optional-net-session-before-australia-clash-spark-playing-xi-query-101700239757696.html

Rahul Dravid Architect of India's 2023 World Cup Triumph

Rahul Dravid: Architect of India’s 2023 World Cup Triumph

In 2003, Rahul Dravid led India into Johannesburg’s New Wanderers Stadium for a crucial Cricket World Cup final clash against Australia.

Great hopes surrounded India’s return to the final after nearly two decades, yet the match concluded in heartbreak as Australia outperformed them completely.

Four years later, Dravid had another chance at the coveted trophy, this time captaining the team. However, India’s ODI campaign ended in disappointment as they failed to progress beyond the group stage.

Now, nearly two decades later, the elegant batsman returns to the forefront as the head coach of the Indian team, set to face Australia in the World Cup finals in Ahmedabad.

India’s dream team appears unbeatable in the World Cup. Dravid’s legacy as a coaching maestro is almost solidified, regardless of whether he lifts the esteemed trophy.

How did he transition from a legendary batsman to a coach who orchestrates from the shadows, leaving his mark through his team’s commanding performances? The answer lies within his illustrious career.

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Dravid’s dedication defined his illustrious playing career. Renowned for his resilience, he earned monikers like “The Wall” and “Mr Dependable” due to his rare surrender of wickets.

His batting prowess shone brightly during the unforgettable 376-run partnership with VVS Laxman in 2001, rescuing India from an imminent defeat against Australia.

In a testament to his tenacity, his enduring 12-hour innings against Pakistan in 2004 during a Test match stands as a pinnacle of unwavering sportsmanship.

Amidst India’s tumultuous England tour in 2011, Dravid’s stature remained towering. Despite India’s 4-0 defeat, he amassed 602 runs, showcasing his resilience amidst adversity.

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His indomitable spirit, refusing to concede until the end, resonates vividly in his coaching methodology.

Yet, a closer look reveals the arduous path he trod. Similar to his playing days, Dravid diligently worked as a coach, resilient against criticism, adhering steadfastly to his renowned process.

His triumphs weren’t solitary achievements. Starting from the grassroots, nurturing talents for India’s senior team, was his initiation.

Taking charge of India’s under-19 and A teams in 2016, he embraced a role far removed from the national side’s allure. However, he excelled, leading his team to the under-19 World Cup finals that same year. After over three years of nurturing budding talents, he ascended to the directorship of the National Cricket Academy (NCA).

The NCA, a premier facility aiding player fitness and recovery, became his domain. Meanwhile, Indian cricket experienced tumult. The nation’s thirst for an International Cricket Council (ICC) trophy intensified, having last clinched one in 2013.

The agony continued with India’s heartbreaking defeat to New Zealand in the 2019 World Cup semi-finals, during his tenure.

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Against this backdrop, Dravid assumed leadership of the team in 2021. A considerable number of senior team players had been coached or guided by him during their junior level stints.

On the surface, it seemed like a smooth transition for Dravid, yet the reality was far from it. The team grappled with consistent changes, exacerbated when Virat Kohli resigned as captain in 2022.

In response, Dravid resorted to his trusted approach—he shielded his team from distractions, emphasizing belief in the process and resilience against defeats.

Focused on the 2023 World Cup in India, he experimented with various team combinations, enduring losses in the process.

He staunchly supported his players; defending KL Rahul’s inclusion despite critics’ skepticism, and today, Rahul not only fortifies the team with his batting but also showcases exceptional wicketkeeping skills.

This mirrors Dravid’s selflessness as a player; in the 2003 edition, he took up wicketkeeping duties to accommodate an extra batter or bowler for the team’s benefit.

Rahul, not originally a frontline wicketkeeper, now excels in the role, akin to how Shreyas Iyer, initially questioned for his place, emerged as one of India’s finest No. 4 batters in the tournament.

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Dravid made substantial investments in his bowlers, notably nurturing the pace trio of Mohammed Siraj, Mohammed Shami, and Jasprit Bumrah.

His meticulous process focused on attaining the optimal team composition, ensuring peak performance for the prestigious tournament.

Developing a strong rapport with captain Rohit Sharma, whose strategic acumen and unselfish batting have been revelations in the tournament, was pivotal for Dravid.

His timing in refining the team proved impeccable. Ahead of the World Cup, India’s triumph in the Asia Cup, marked by resounding victories over Pakistan and Sri Lanka, set the stage.

Remaining unbeaten thus far in the tournament, India stands on the brink of glory. For Dravid, an ambition painfully elusive during his playing days now looms tantalizingly close.

Eager for the coveted trophy, Dravid’s demeanor—calm and composed before and likely after the match—reflects his vintage style of quietly getting the job done.

Reference:

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-india-67447215

David Beckham's Encounter with Sachin Tendulkar Truly Exceptional

David Beckham’s Encounter with Sachin Tendulkar: Truly Exceptional

Beckham, a Star Celebrity, Joins Wankhede Crowd for India’s World Cup Semi-final Against New Zealand.

Attending India’s World Cup semi-final victory against New Zealand at Wankhede Stadium, former England football captain David Beckham shared his special encounter with cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar. A notable presence among star celebrities, Beckham engaged with players from both teams, including Sachin, Virat Kohli, and Ravi Shastri before the match. Reflecting on his time with the ‘Master Blaster’ and the players on the field, Beckham expressed the significance of meeting Sachin, praising not only his cricket prowess but also his exceptional personality. The English midfielder emphasized the joy of spending time with Sachin and the players before their crucial game, describing it as a pleasure to meet them all.

Before gaining prominence in football, Beckham, recalling his school days, revealed his cricket background, where he considered himself more as a batter. Shifting focus to the match, India chose to bat, amassing 397/4 in 50 overs. Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill’s formidable 71-run opening stand set the tone. Despite a strong partnership by New Zealand’s Williamson and Mitchell, Shami’s seven-wicket haul sealed a 70-run victory for India. The opponent for the final awaits the outcome of the South Africa vs. Australia second semi-final at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday.

Reference:

https://cricketaddictor.com/cricket-news/david-beckham-shares-his-experience-of-watching-the-ind-vs-nz-zemi-final-at-the-wankhede-stadium/

https://www.1news.co.nz/2023/11/16/why-was-david-beckham-watching-the-black-caps-in-india/

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.

Reference:

https://sports.ndtv.com/icc-cricket-world-cup-2023/people-like-virat-deserve-respect-ex-pakistan-stars-ultimate-praise-for-india-batter-4578382

Shubman Gill Hits Fourth 50-Plus ODI Score Against New Zealand

Shubman Gill Hits Fourth 50-Plus ODI Score Against New Zealand

In a thrilling first semi-final clash of the 2023 ICC Cricket World Cup, India emerged victorious, defeating New Zealand by a commanding 70 runs. Shubman Gill played a pivotal role in India’s success, unleashing an unbeaten 80 off 66 balls, adorned with eight boundaries and three sixes. This remarkable innings marked his fourth 50-plus score against the Kiwis in ODIs.

Batting first in Mumbai, India witnessed a scintillating start as openers Gill and Rohit Sharma (47) aggressively set the tone. Despite Rohit’s departure, Gill continued to impress, on the verge of securing his maiden World Cup century until he had to briefly leave the field due to cramps. Gill returned in the final over as India posted a formidable total of 397/4.

Examining Gill’s performance against New Zealand, this marks his fourth 50-plus score in ODIs, with two centuries achieved in the earlier home ODI series this year. In the series opener, he made history by becoming the first player to score an ODI double-ton against New Zealand. Across 10 ODIs against the Kiwis, Gill has accumulated an impressive 590 runs at an average of 84.28, boasting a strike rate of 109.66.

This match also saw Gill securing his 13th ODI half-century, highlighting his consistent excellence in the format. With 43 ODIs under his belt, Gill has amassed 2,267 runs at an outstanding average of 62.97, including six centuries. In the ongoing World Cup, he has notched up four fifties, accumulating a total of 350 runs in eight games at an impressive average of 50.

Gill’s current ODI average of 62.97 stands as the second-highest among batters with a minimum of 1,000 runs, trailing only behind former Netherlands all-rounder Ryan ten Doeschate (67). This places Gill ahead of other cricketing greats, with no other batter boasting a 60-plus average in this context. Among Indians, Virat Kohli follows Gill on the list with an average of 58.69. Notably, Gill’s ODI strike rate is an impressive 103.61, further solidifying his status as one of the premier batsmen in the international cricketing arena.

In the prolific year of 2023, Shubman Gill has surged ahead, amassing an impressive 1,580 runs in just 28 ODIs, showcasing a remarkable average of 65.83. Remarkably, Gill stands as the sole active batsman to achieve the milestone of 1,500 ODI runs within a single calendar year.

This exceptional year has witnessed Gill’s exceptional form, with five out of his six ODI centuries occurring in 2023. Among these centuries is the historic double-hundred, a remarkable 208-run innings against New Zealand.

Adding to his prolific run-scoring spree, Gill has also notched up nine ODI half-centuries in 2023, underlining his consistency and dominance on the international cricket stage. Shubman Gill’s outstanding achievements in the calendar year reaffirm his status as one of the premier batsmen in contemporary cricket.

Reference:

https://sports.yahoo.com/india-v-zealand-live-latest-075936306.html?

https://www.newsbytesapp.com/news/sports/decoding-shubman-gill-s-stellar-odi-stats-against-new-zealand/story

David Beckham Reflects on His Encounter Sachin withTendulkar

David Beckham Reflects on His Encounter Sachin withTendulkar

Former England football captain David Beckham, present at the Wankhede Stadium to witness India’s victory over New Zealand in the World Cup semi-final, shared his experience of meeting cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, labeling it as

special.” Beckham, among the star celebrities at the stadium, interacted with Tendulkar and players from both the Indian and New Zealand teams before the match. He was also seen conversing with prominent batsman Virat Kohli and former cricketer Ravi Shastri.

Reflecting on the time spent with Tendulkar and the players, Beckham expressed, “It was very special. I met Sachin for the first time at Wimbledon, and it was special to meet him then. Firstly, he is the best, but as a person, he is even better. To

spend time with him is even better. For me, spending some time with him in his house was very special. Spending time with all the players, who were heading into an important game, was nice. It was a pleasure to meet them all,” as conveyed in a video shared by BCCI.

Before achieving global acclaim in football, Beckham disclosed his early interest in cricket, having played as a batsman during his school days. “I used to play cricket when I was a young kid at school, and I always liked being a batsman. I also liked to bowl and field, so maybe I am an all-rounder, but I see myself more as a batter,” Beckham added.

In the match, India chose to bat first, posting a formidable total of 397/4 in their 50 overs. A solid opening partnership between Rohit Sharma and Shubman Gill laid the foundation for India’s innings. Despite a resilient partnership between

New Zealand’s Kane Williamson and Daryl Mitchell, Mohammed Shami’s exceptional seven-wicket performance left the Kiwis struggling, resulting in India’s 70-run victory.

India awaits the final’s opposition, to be determined after the South Africa vs. Australia clash in the second semi-final at Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday.

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Stay Updated How to Watch South Africa vs Australia World Cup 2023 Semi-Final Live Streaming and Telecast

Stay Updated How to Watch South Africa vs Australia World Cup 2023 Semi-Final Live Streaming and Telecast

South Africa vs Australia: Catch the Excitement Live in the World Cup 2023 Semi-Final! The eagerly awaited South Africa vs Australia live action is just around the corner, captivating billions of fans globally. For those eager to witness the thrilling encounter, we’ve got all the essential details on where to follow the South Africa vs Australia live streaming and live telecast. Led by Temba Bavuma, South Africa secured the second spot in the points table with an impressive seven victories out of nine matches. Australia, matching with the same number of wins, claimed the third position. Both teams are set to deliver their best performances, vying for a spot in the final against India on Sunday in Ahmedabad.

When is the World Cup 2023 semi-final match between South Africa and Australia scheduled?

The highly anticipated South Africa vs Australia World Cup 2023 semi-final clash is scheduled to take place on Thursday, November 16.

Where is the venue for the South Africa vs Australia World Cup 2023 semi-final match?

The epic encounter between South Africa and Australia in the World Cup 2023 semi-final will unfold at Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

What time does the South Africa vs Australia World Cup 2023 semi-final match kick off?

Set your clocks! The South Africa vs Australia World Cup 2023 semi-final is set to commence at 2 PM IST, with the toss scheduled for 1:30 PM.

How can you catch the live telecast of the South Africa vs Australia World Cup 2023 semi-final match?

Don’t miss a moment! Tune in to the Star Sports Network for the live telecast of the South Africa vs Australia World Cup 2023 semi-final.

Where can you stream the live action of the South Africa vs Australia World Cup 2023 semi-final match?

For those on the go, catch all the action live on Disney+ Hotstar as they stream the South Africa vs Australia World Cup 2023 semi-final match.

(Note: All details are sourced from information provided by the broadcaster)

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https://www.hindustantimes.com/cricket/why-team-india-has-little-to-fear-despite-in-form-rohit-kohli-not-being-challenged-in-crucial-aspect-at-2023-world-cup-101698513840107.html

Kohli Closing in on Tendulkar's Century Record in IND vs SL World Cup Clash

Kohli Closing in on Tendulkar’s Century Record in IND vs SL World Cup Clash

Virat Kohli Closing in on Tendulkar’s Record with 48 ODI Centuries

Virat Kohli, with an impressive tally of 48 ODI centuries, is on the verge of matching the legendary Sachin Tendulkar’s record for the most centuries in One Day Internationals. This milestone seemed nearly unreachable just a few years ago, but Kohli’s consistent excellence has brought him within one century of Tendulkar’s record.

Despite some controversies surrounding century milestones, Kohli has always maintained that he doesn’t play for records. Instead, he attributes his success to the blessings of a long and illustrious career, with no initial ambitions of accumulating over 78 international centuries and more than 26,000 runs.

Reflecting on his journey, Kohli said, “If we talk about cricket, I had never thought of achieving all, as in where my career is and how God has blessed me with such a career span and performances. I had always dreamt I’d do this, but I had never thought things would unfold exactly this way. Nobody can plan these things; the journey and unfolding events shape your path.”

Recently, Kohli ended a three-year century drought by scoring eight hundreds since September of the previous year. These centuries span across various formats, with five in ODIs, one in T20Is, and two in Tests. At the 2023 World Cup, Kohli is India’s second-highest run-scorer, accumulating 354 runs in six innings, just behind Rohit Sharma and ranking sixth overall.

Kohli’s pursuit of his 49th ODI century against Bangladesh was cut short when he was dismissed for 95, and he narrowly missed equalling Tendulkar’s record. In both the innings where he fell short, observers noticed a distinct pattern in Kohli’s batting—he appeared to avoid singles to ensure he reached the coveted century mark. This approach generated mixed reactions, but it was evident that Kohli and the Indian team were determined to help him achieve these milestones, which made for a unique spectacle.

Virat Kohli’s Remarkable Transformation in His Cricket Journey

Virat Kohli’s ascent to cricketing greatness was a challenging journey. Despite his natural talent, the former India captain openly acknowledged that his early career was marked by a lack of professionalism that hindered his path to excellence. In 2012, Kohli made a pivotal decision to completely transform himself. He abandoned his laid-back lifestyle and committed to a comprehensive 360-degree change, overhauling his diet, fitness routine, and level of dedication to the game.

Fast forward nine years, and Kohli has earned the title of the Greatest of All Time (GOAT), and he wouldn’t have it any other way.

Kohli revealed, “My sole focus was to perform exceptionally for the team, to win games from challenging situations. To achieve this, I made several changes in terms of discipline and lifestyle. I always possessed the drive, but I lacked the professionalism. Today, my approach is singularly devoted to how I want to play the game, and the results I’ve achieved are a testament to playing that way.”

Kohli also emphasized the importance of effort in the game, stating, “The game acknowledges effort. Honestly, that’s the biggest lesson I’ve learned from my career. I’ve played cricket with unwavering commitment on the field, and the blessings I’ve received are a gift from the divine. I never imagined my journey would unfold in such a remarkable manner.

Reference:

https://www.news18.com/cricket/virat-kohli-sachin-tendulkar-odi-centuries-record-icc-cricket-world-cup-2023-india-vs-sri-lanka-8642197.html

https://www.devdiscourse.com/article/sports-games/2688142-never-thought-i-would-score-these-many-runs-and-hundreds-says-virat-kohli

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.

Reference:

https://www.timesnownews.com/sports/cricket/icc-cricket-world-cup-2023-scenario-explained-how-india-can-still-miss-out-on-semi-final-spot-despite-winning-six-matches-in-six-article-104804363

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BCCI Names Amol Muzumdar as Head Coach of the Indian Women's Cricket Team

BCCI Names Amol Muzumdar as Head Coach of the Indian Women’s Cricket Team

In a momentous and groundbreaking development, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has ushered in a new era for Indian women’s cricket by appointing former cricketing sensation Amol Muzumdar as the head coach of the national team.

After a rigorous selection process, the Cricket Advisory Committee, consisting of Ms. Sulakshana Naik, Mr. Ashok Malhotra, and Mr. Jatin Paranjape, conducted interviews with candidates competing for the esteemed position of Head Coach for Team India (Senior Women). Following extensive and thoughtful deliberation, the committee unanimously recommended Muzumdar for this pivotal role.

Amol Muzumdar: A Domestic Cricket Icon Muzumdar, a true luminary in domestic cricket, notched an impressive tally of over 11,000 first-class runs across 171 matches, a remarkable achievement that featured an astonishing 30 centuries during his illustrious 21-year career. His influence extended beyond the first-class format, as he made significant contributions in over 100 List A matches and 14 T20 fixtures. Notably, the cricketer hailing from Mumbai played a pivotal role in securing multiple Ranji Trophy titles with the formidable Mumbai team before further enriching his cricketing journey with stints representing Assam and Andhra Pradesh.

Muzumdar’s Post-Appointment Statements Expressing his deep sense of honor and privilege in assuming this role, Muzumdar acknowledged the trust placed in him by the CAC and the BCCI. He outlined his vision and roadmap for Team India, stating, “I am deeply honored and privileged to be appointed as the Head Coach of the Indian Women’s Cricket Team. I thank the CAC and the BCCI for placing their trust in me and believing in my vision and the roadmap for Team India.”

The 48-year-old coach emphasized the significant responsibility and the importance of the upcoming two years, which will include two World Cups. He expressed his commitment to working closely with the talented players, providing them with the necessary guidance and preparation to achieve success in collaboration with the coaching and support staff.

This is a tremendous responsibility, and I look forward to working closely with talented players and providing them with the right preparation and guidance to excel. The next two years are extremely important as two World Cups are scheduled in the period. Together with the coaching and support staff, we will aim to cover every aspect and give ourselves the best chance to succeed,” he added.

Reference:

https://crickettimes.com/2023/10/bcci-appoints-amol-muzumdar-as-the-head-coach-of-the-indian-womens-cricket-team/

https://sportstar.thehindu.com/cricket/womens-cricket/amol-muzumdar-appointed-india-womens-senior-team-head-coach-bcci

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.

Reference:

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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.

Reference:

www.crickettimes.com

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.

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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.

Reference:

https://news.abplive.com/sports/cricket/virat-kohli-played-pivotal-role-bringing-cricket-to-2028-summer-olympics-los-angeles-olympics-2028-here-is-how-1636440