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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.

Zadran Dedicates POTM Win to Deported Afghans After Dominating Pakistan in ICC World Cup 2023 By Asian News International | Updated: October 24, 2023 08:07 AM IST | Read Time: 2 min

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.





India Legends Criticize Pakistan Team Director's Peculiar World Cup Remarks

India Legends Criticize Pakistan Team Director’s Peculiar World Cup Remarks

“Pakistan Team Director Sparks Controversy Over World Cup Comments

Pakistan’s team director, Mickey Arthur, ignited a controversy when he remarked that the 2023 Cricket World Cup resembled more of a BCCI event than an “ICC event.” His comments stemmed from the heckling of Pakistani cricketers, particularly Muhammad Rizwan, during their match against Team India in Ahmedabad.

The crowd at the Narendra Modi Stadium taunted Muhammad Rizwan with religious slogans after he was dismissed for 49 by Jasprit Bumrah. This followed Rizwan dedicating his Player of the Match award in a previous game to the people of Palestine, drawing a strong reaction from the Indian public.

Muhammad Rizwan offered Islamic prayers (Namaz) during an active World Cup match. These displays of religious fervor triggered a response, given the historical tensions between India and Pakistan and their differing stances on the Israel-Hamas conflict.

Mickey Arthur questioned the Indian fans’ treatment of Pakistani cricketers and suggested that the atmosphere felt more like a bilateral series or a BCCI event than an ICC tournament. However, his comments drew criticism from former Indian cricketers, who saw it as an attempt to deflect blame for Pakistan’s performance against India.




Gautam Gambhir's Perspective: India-Pakistan Rivalry - A Detriment to Subcontinental Cricket

Gautam Gambhir’s Perspective: India-Pakistan Rivalry – A Detriment to Subcontinental Cricket

Gautam Gambhir’s Fascinating Perspective on the India-Pakistan Rivalry Post Rohit Sharma and Team’s World Cup 2023 Victory.

“Former Indian Opener Gambhir Voices Concern Over India-Pakistan Rivalry

Gautam Gambhir has expressed his concerns regarding the growing disparity between India and Pakistan in cricket. After India’s resounding victory against Pakistan in the 2023 Cricket World Cup, Gambhir remarked that the dominance enjoyed by the Rohit Sharma-led team does not bode well for subcontinental cricket.

Gambhir pointed out that India has recently dominated the rivalry between the two nations. He believes that if India and Pakistan were to engage in a bilateral series at this juncture, it would lack competitiveness.

He stated, ‘Hammering and domination—these are terms we seldom associate with India-Pakistan clashes. In the past, Pakistan used to dominate India, but in recent years, the tables have turned. This is a concerning trend for subcontinental cricket. We used to anticipate competitive India-Pakistan series, but the vast gulf in their performance levels now makes that unlikely.’

Gambhir also lauded the performance of Jasprit Bumrah and Kuldeep Yadav in the match against Pakistan, highlighting the luxury of having bowlers who can consistently take wickets.

India’s victories against Australia, Afghanistan, and Pakistan in the 2023 Cricket World Cup have put them in a strong position for semi-final qualification.”




2023 World Cup: Australia vs Sri Lanka at Lucknow's Ekana Cricket Stadium - Weather and Pitch Update.

2023 World Cup: Australia vs Sri Lanka at Lucknow’s Ekana Cricket Stadium – Weather and Pitch Update.

Australia and Sri Lanka enter the match with both teams experiencing dual losses at the beginning of their World Cup journeys.

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Australia’s World Cup campaign has had a rocky start, losing both of their initial matches. They were first outclassed by India and then suffered a 134-run defeat to South Africa in the 2023 World Cup.



Shoaib Akhtar Criticizes Afridi and Pakistani Team: 'Rohit Humiliated Pakistan' in World Cup Defeat

Shoaib Akhtar Criticizes Afridi and Pakistani Team: ‘Rohit Humiliated Pakistan’ in World Cup Defeat

Rohit Sharma, the Indian captain, has garnered widespread acclaim from the cricket community, not only from Shoaib Akhtar, for his exceptional batting performance against Babar Azam’s Pakistan during the 2023 ICC World Cup. This remarkable display occurred on a Saturday at the Narendra Modi Stadium, further solidifying Rohit’s impressive track record in the One Day International (ODI) World Cup held in India.

Rohit Sharma, an experienced opener, showcased a dazzling array of strokes, rendering the bowling attack led by Shaheen Shah Afridi utterly ineffective. Demonstrating his leadership and prowess as a captain, Rohit led India to a resounding seven-wicket victory, inspired by the brilliant performance of Jasprit Bumrah, during the 12th matchday of the ICC World Cup in Ahmedabad. In a 50-over contest, Pakistan managed to muster only 191 runs, and their defeat was sealed in just 30.3 overs. The victory was largely shaped by half-centuries from Shreyas Iyer and Rohit Sharma.

Reflecting on Pakistan’s demoralizing loss to India on his YouTube channel, Shoaib Akhtar praised Rohit Sharma as a one-man army. Akhtar commended the manner in which Rohit not only avenged his relatively modest performance in the past two years but also humiliated Pakistan’s bowling attack. Akhtar celebrated Rohit’s decision to aggressively take on the bowlers, emphasizing that there was no need to delay finishing the game until the final overs. According to Akhtar, Rohit Sharma’s authoritative batting left the bowlers thoroughly dismantled.

Shoaib Akhtar had raised questions about Rohit Sharma’s form when facing Pakistan in major cricket tournaments. In a remarkable response to his critics, the Indian captain, Rohit Sharma, delivered an exceptional performance, scoring 86 runs from just 63 balls in India’s memorable victory over their arch-rivals at the largest cricket stadium. Rohit’s match-winning innings included six fours and six maximums, showcasing his exceptional batting prowess.

Prior to the highly anticipated World Cup clash with Pakistan, the 36-year-old Rohit Sharma had set numerous records by achieving his 31st century in One Day Internationals (ODIs) against Afghanistan. Under Rohit’s leadership, an undefeated Indian team handed Pakistan their first defeat in the 2023 World Cup. This victory extended India’s winning streak to eight matches against Pakistan in ODI World Cups.

Expressing his thoughts on Pakistan’s performance, Shoaib Akhtar remarked, “It was a disappointing performance, a very disappointing performance. Today, India completely outclassed Pakistan. Rohit Sharma was a one-man army. It’s remarkable to see his resurgence, especially after his relatively quieter last couple of years. He is a player of immense stature with a wide array of shots, making him a complete batsman and a vital asset to the team.”

The host nation, India, is scheduled to face Bangladesh in the 17th match of the ICC World Cup on Thursday, further enhancing the anticipation and excitement surrounding this prestigious tournament.




Watch: Virat Kohli Playfully Teases Mohammad Rizwan for Time-Wasting with Viral Clock Gesture

Watch: Virat Kohli Playfully Teases Mohammad Rizwan for Time-Wasting with Viral Clock Gesture

Virat Kohli Mocks Mohammad Rizwan’s Time-Wasting in India vs Pakistan World Cup 2023 Match Virat Kohli taunted Mohammad Rizwan for time-wasting during the India vs Pakistan match at the Cricket World Cup 2023, making a viral clock gesture. Kohli was displeased with Rizwan’s delay in getting ready to face the ball, as it could lead to fielding punishments under new rules if overs are not completed on time.

Indian Bowlers Shine as They Dismiss Pakistan for 191 in the Cricket World Cup Clash

The Indian cricket team’s bowlers showcased their skills in unity to dismiss Pakistan for a total of 191 runs. A formidable pace trio, featuring Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj, and Hardik Pandya, each secured two wickets. The spinners, Kuldeep Yadav and Ravindra Jadeja, also made significant contributions by each taking two wickets. Despite a promising start by Pakistan, with Babar Azam top-scoring at 50 off 58 balls and Mohammad Rizwan contributing 49 runs from 69 balls, the team eventually crumbled from a score of 155 for two to an all-out total of 191 runs in 42.5 overs.

Jasprit Bumrah, named Player of the Match, expressed his thoughts on the game: “It felt good. Usually, you try to analyze the wicket as soon as possible. We realized the wicket is on the slower side, so we wanted to bowl hard lengths. We were trying to make it as difficult as possible.”

He also shared insights into his pitch-reading abilities: “On how he reads pitches quickly and understands what lengths work, just being aware I guess. I used to ask a lot of questions when I was young, and that helps me now. Now I’m experienced. In my younger days, they (seniors) were used to being troubled by me sometimes (with questions), but it helps to read the wicket and try different options.”

Regarding his slower ball that dismissed Rizwan, Bumrah said: “We were bowling in the middle overs, and I saw Jaddu’s ball was turning, not too much but a little bit. I count my slower ball as a spinner’s slower ball, one of those days where it came off.”

He concluded by mentioning the reverse swing: “On the ball that got Shadab, a little phase where there was reverse swing, one of the occasions when the white ball was reverse swinging.




Joe Root Shuts Down ODI Retirement Speculation, Sets Sights on Upcoming Cricket World Cup

Joe Root Shuts Down ODI Retirement Speculation, Sets Sights on Upcoming Cricket World Cup

Joe Root is not considering ODI cricket retirement after the Cricket World Cup and is open to another four-year cycle. Despite England’s squad having several thirty-something players who may call time on their ODI careers, Root, at 32, has no major fitness concerns. While he has been out of England’s T20 squad for four years, he sees himself as more than a Test specialist. The future of 50-over cricket in a crowded global schedule is uncertain, but with the 2027 World Cup already awarded to South Africa, Namibia, and Zimbabwe, the event will continue. Root aims to participate and joked about enjoying a safari at the next tournament. He plans to keep playing unless he’s not good enough and others surpass him. In the current World Cup, Root broke Graham Gooch’s record to become England’s all-time leading run-scorer and is likely to exceed 1,000 runs in the tournament.

At the moment, personal records are of secondary importance compared to the team’s overarching goals. Joe Root emphasized the need for achievements to have lasting significance over an extended period. Winning another World Cup and becoming the leading run-scorer would be gratifying, but these are merely personal achievements. What truly matters is the team’s collective success, and that can only be realized through their ongoing commitment and determination, which they are confident they can achieve.





Australia vs Sri Lanka LIVE: ODI World Cup Cricket Score and Updates

Australia vs Sri Lanka LIVE: ODI World Cup Cricket Score and Updates

The ICC Test Championship spans a two-year cycle of matches among nine teams, concluding with a two-team final to determine the champion. New Zealand clinched the inaugural championship with a thrilling win over India in June 2021.

The 50-over World Cup, established in 1975, boasts Australia as the record five-time champions (in 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2015). England claimed the 2019 title in a dramatic super-over victory against New Zealand, led by Ben Stokes, at Lord’s.

In the shortest format, Twenty20, teams globally compete. This modern format has gained instant popularity, featuring highly lucrative competitions enjoyed worldwide. Australia holds the title of reigning world champions, achieving victory in the 2021 tournament.

For the latest updates on today’s match, stay tuned to the live blog below:

1 day ago Australia vs Sri Lanka Teams will be announced at the toss

15 October 2023 09:31 1 day ago Australia vs Sri Lanka Follow live coverage of Australia vs Sri Lanka in the ODI World Cup today.

The ICC Test Championship features nine teams in a two-year cycle, culminating in a final showdown to crown the winner. The inaugural championship was secured by New Zealand in a thrilling victory over India in June 2021.

The 50-over World Cup, dating back to 1975, boasts Australia as the five-time record winners (in 1987, 1999, 2003, 2007, and 2015). England claimed the 2019 title with a dramatic super-over victory over New Zealand at Lord’s, inspired by Ben Stokes.

In the shortest format, Twenty20, teams compete globally. This modern format has achieved instant global popularity, featuring several highly lucrative and massively popular tournaments worldwide. Australia holds the title of reigning world champions, securing victory in the 2021 tournament.





Cricket World Cup 2023: England's Jos Buttler Elects to Bowl Against Afghanistan - Live Score Updates

Cricket World Cup 2023: England’s Jos Buttler Elects to Bowl Against Afghanistan – Live Score Updates

DI World Cup 2023: England’s Jos Buttler Elects to Bowl After Winning Toss Against Afghanistan – Live Update

England’s skipper, Jos Buttler, won the toss and elected to bowl against Afghanistan in their ODI World Cup 2023 match on Sunday in New Delhi. England, led by Jos Buttler, faced an early seven-wicket defeat against New Zealand but rebounded with a convincing 137-run victory over Bangladesh. In contrast, Afghanistan is yet to secure a win, having lost both of their initial matches in the tournament. England enters the match as the favorite and aims for another comfortable victory. (Live Scorecard | Points Table)

Just moments away from the match start, the teams and officials will line up for the national anthems, beginning with Afghanistan’s anthem followed by England’s.

PITCH REPORT – Dinesh Karthik and Lisa Sthalekar provide insights from the pitch, mentioning the hot weather with some wind offering respite. The boundaries on the square are 66 meters and 58 meters on either side, with straight boundaries extending to 72 meters. They predict a high-scoring pitch and anticipate dew later in the evening. Teams winning the toss are expected to opt for bowling first and chasing.

Afghanistan’s skipper, Hashmatullah Shahidi, expresses that he would have also chosen to bowl first, considering the good batting conditions and the challenge of setting a target. He hopes to score above 300 and put pressure on England, relying on their spinners. One change for Afghanistan as Ikram Alikhil replaces Najibullah Zadran.

England’s captain, Jos Buttler, chooses to bowl first with no specific reason and a desire to chase. The team remains unchanged, with Buttler emphasizing the importance of focusing on themselves. He acknowledges the talent and toughness of the Afghan team.

TOSS – Jos Buttler wins the toss, and England opts to bowl.

The 2023 ODI World Cup journey for Afghanistan has been challenging, with two consecutive losses. They faced difficulty with the bat in the opening match against Bangladesh but improved in their second game against India, posting a competitive total. The resurgence of Hashmatullah Shahidi and Azmatullah Omarzai was a positive for Afghanistan. Their top-order, featuring Rahmanullah Gurbaz and Ibrahim Zadran, has shown promise. Afghanistan relies on their batting synchronization. In bowling, Rashid Khan stood out despite limited support. Fazalhaq Farooqi and Mujeeb Ur Rahman need to improve their performance. A score above 300 is their target.

Reigning champions England experienced mixed results in the tournament, suffering a defeat to New Zealand followed by a convincing win against Bangladesh. England’s batting was exceptional in their previous game, led by Dawid Malan and Joe Root, with a total of 364 runs. However, their middle-order, including Jos Buttler, Liam Livingstone, and Harry Brook, needs to convert starts into substantial contributions. The form of middle-order batters is a concern, and the return of the injured Ben Stokes is uncertain. Bowling-wise, Mark Wood and Reece Topley shone, compensating for some expensive spells by Chris Woakes and Sam Curran. Moeen Ali’s inclusion remains a topic of discussion for the team.

Welcome to match number 13 between England and Afghanistan in the 2023 ODI World Cup, held at the Arun Jaitley Stadium in Delhi. The weather is suitable for cricket, and no rain is expected. Stay tuned for the exciting match.




India-Pakistan World Cup Clash Shatters Streaming Records on Disney Hotstar

India-Pakistan World Cup Clash Shatters Streaming Records on Disney Hotstar

The India-Pakistan World Cup 2023 Match Sets New Streaming Record on Disney Hotstar with 3.5 Crore Concurrent Viewers

The ICC World Cup 2023 encounter between India and Pakistan, held on Saturday, created history by garnering a record-breaking 3.5 crore concurrent viewers on Disney Hotstar. This milestone, achieved during the clash of the titans on October 14, signifies a pivotal moment for the platform and digital sports viewership nationwide. Disney Hotstar’s statement confirmed this achievement as the highest peak concurrency number ever recorded in all cricket formats. Surpassing the previous record of 3.2 crore concurrent viewers set during the Indian Premier League (IPL) final between Chennai Super Kings and Gujarat Titans earlier this year, this monumental achievement is a testament to the passion of cricket fans. Sajith Sivanandan, Disney+ Hotstar India Head, expressed gratitude to the fans and reiterated their commitment to delivering an unparalleled viewing experience to users. In the match, India emerged victorious by seven wickets, effortlessly chasing down a target of 192 runs in 30.3 overs at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.





Jonathan Trott, Afghanistan's English Coach, Prepares for the ODI World Cup 2023 Clash Against England

Jonathan Trott, Afghanistan’s English Coach, Prepares for the ODI World Cup 2023 Clash Against England

Afghanistan’s coach, Jonathan Trott, will be facing his former team, England, as they meet in a World Cup match in New Delhi this Sunday. Trott’s journey to leading Afghanistan’s team is an intriguing one, resulting from the illness of another former England batsman, Graham Thorpe. Trott took over in July last year for a Twenty20 tour of Ireland leading up to the T20 World Cup in Australia.

Trott, at 42 years old, boasts a career with over 200 international matches and previously worked as a batting coach for the England team during their 2021 tour of India. Despite their undeniable talent in the T20 format, Afghanistan has struggled in 50-over games.

Their recent losses to Bangladesh and India at the beginning of this World Cup mark a streak of 14 consecutive defeats in the tournament, dating back to their lone win against Scotland in 2015. Afghanistan’s ODI struggles primarily stem from their inability to score runs, despite notable fifties from players like Hashmatullah Shahidi and Azmatullah Omarzai.

Jonathan Trott, known for his focus and meticulous approach to batting, is now the coach who aims to change Afghanistan’s fortunes. Born in Cape Town to a British father and South African mother, Trott initially played for South Africa’s youth teams but later seized the opportunity to play for English county Warwickshire thanks to his British passport and connections with coach Bob Woolmer.

Trott’s Test career commenced with a memorable century on debut during the 2009 Ashes series, which set the stage for an illustrious England career that yielded nearly 4,000 runs in 52 Tests at an impressive average of 44.08.

However, his journey was not without its challenges. Trott’s struggles against the short ball forced him to exit the 2013/14 Ashes tour of Australia due to a stress-related illness. He later returned to the England side for a series in the West Indies in 2015 but faced difficulties as an opener, prompting his international retirement at the end of the tour and his farewell from Warwickshire in 2018.

His own well-documented challenges led to questions about his ability to lead a national team. Nevertheless, Trott has embraced the pressure of making decisions as a head coach. Despite not being able to travel to Afghanistan due to security concerns, Trott appreciates the opportunity to oversee various aspects of the team’s performance, not just as a specialist coach.

This position comes with significant responsibilities, as seen during a heart-wrenching finish to Afghanistan’s Asia Cup campaign. Despite falling just short of the required target, Trott acknowledges the weight of being the head coach and the ultimate decision-maker. He continues to work diligently to lead Afghanistan to success in international cricket.




Shastri and Gavaskar Criticize Shaheen Afridi: 'He's No Wasim Akram, Nothing Special' After India WC Victory

Shastri and Gavaskar Criticize Shaheen Afridi: ‘He’s No Wasim Akram, Nothing Special’ After India WC Victory

Shaheen Afridi’s lackluster performance continued in the 2023 World Cup, as Pakistan suffered a heavy seven-wicket defeat to India in Ahmedabad. The much-anticipated showdown between Pakistan pacer Shaheen Afridi and the formidable Indian top order was a focal point of the blockbuster match at the Narendra Modi Stadium. With Pakistan setting a meager target of 192, the onus was on Shaheen to disrupt the Indian batting lineup, a task he has excelled at in the past.

Despite being a tall left-arm seamer with the ability to generate late movement and trouble right-handed batsmen, Shaheen’s recent form woes persisted as India cruised to a commanding seven-wicket victory. In the opening two games against Netherlands and Sri Lanka, he managed just two wickets while conceding 103 runs. His form was a major concern heading into the high-stakes India clash.

Veteran cricketers, including Shahid Afridi, had expressed their support for Shaheen and attempted to help him rectify his errors. However, on the day of the crucial match, Shaheen struggled right from the first ball as Rohit Sharma took on the challenge.

As Pakistan sought a miraculous comeback amidst Rohit’s dominance, former India head coach Ravi Shastri delivered a scathing assessment of Shaheen. Shastri dismissed the notion that Shaheen could be compared to the legendary Wasim Akram, asserting that he is merely a good bowler with the new ball and nothing extraordinary. He emphasized the importance of accepting the truth regarding Shaheen’s abilities.

Sunil Gavaskar echoed Shastri’s criticism, expressing disappointment in Shaheen’s failure to replicate Jasprit Bumrah’s success with slower off-cutters. Gavaskar pointed out that Bumrah’s approach led to crucial wickets and suggested that Shaheen should have adopted a similar strategy with the new ball.

The performance left Pakistan in a difficult position, as Rizwan’s wicket was critical, and his departure hindered Pakistan’s chances of posting a competitive total. Gavaskar emphasized that the Pakistan bowlers should have utilized the cutter technique earlier in the game.

In the end, the Indian team emerged victorious, securing a seven-wicket win and maintaining their dominance in World Cup encounters against Pakistan.





Virat Kohli's Heartwarming Gift to Babar Azam After India's World Cup Victory Over Pakistan

Virat Kohli’s Heartwarming Gift to Babar Azam After India’s World Cup Victory Over Pakistan

After India’s triumph over Pakistan in the 2023 World Cup, Virat Kohli had a special gift for Babar Azam. Despite not frequently facing each other on the cricket field, these two champions share profound mutual respect and admiration. Babar has long seen Kohli as a role model, while Kohli himself acknowledged Babar’s greatness in an interview last year, referring to him as “the top batter in the world across formats.”

Their camaraderie extends to their interactions on social media, with Babar extending heartfelt wishes to Kohli during a rough patch in his form, and Kohli expressing gratitude for the well-wishes.

On Saturday night, a new chapter in their camaraderie was written when Virat gifted Babar an autographed jersey after India’s victory over Pakistan. The two shared a wholesome moment, shaking hands and engaging in conversation, which resonated with fans, providing joy even after a one-sided game.

India secured a resounding win in the World Cup, extending their unbeaten streak against arch-rivals Pakistan to 8-0. Jasprit Bumrah was named Player of the Match as India achieved a seven-wicket victory. They chased down 192 runs in 30.3 overs, with Rohit Sharma playing a pivotal role with 86 runs off 63 balls, accompanied by a fifty from Shreyas Iyer.

Rohit praised his bowlers for setting up the game and shared his thoughts on the chase. He highlighted the importance of adaptability and strategy in their approach to each match, emphasizing the need for balance and calmness in the face of high-quality opposition.

As India progresses in the tournament, they remain cautious, knowing that every match poses a unique challenge.




It Seemed More Like a Bilateral BCCI Match Than an India-Pakistan World Cup Fixture: Mickey Arthur

It Seemed More Like a Bilateral BCCI Match Than an India-Pakistan World Cup Fixture: Mickey Arthur

The absence of Pakistan fans at the Narendra Modi Stadium during their World Cup clash with India has deeply disheartened the Pakistan team management, and their disappointment and criticism have been quite vocal. Mickey Arthur, the team director, expressed his concerns, emphasizing that the event felt more like a bilateral contest arranged by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) rather than a genuinely global championship governed by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

Arthur didn’t mince his words, stating, “Look, I’d be lying if I said it did. It didn’t seem like an ICC event to be brutally honest. It seemed like a bilateral series; it seemed like a BCCI event. I didn’t hear Dil Dil Pakistan coming through the microphones too often tonight.” He made these remarks after Pakistan, led by Babar Azam, suffered a seven-wicket loss to India. When asked if the massive and largely partisan crowd, numbering 130,000, affected their performance, he acknowledged the role it played but didn’t use it as an excuse. He stressed that their focus was on living the moment and strategizing against the Indian team.

In response to whether such circumstances should have been allowed, Arthur refrained from commenting to avoid any potential repercussions: “Look I don’t think I can’t comment on that just yet. I don’t want to get fined.”

The absence of Pakistani fans has been a significant pre-tournament talking point, and the BCCI has faced criticism for not collaborating with the Government of India to facilitate travel approvals for Pakistani fans. Visa approvals for Pakistani journalists were also delayed, resulting in only a handful being able to attend this match.

The Pakistan coach, Grant Bradburn, shared Arthur’s sentiments, acknowledging the unusual atmosphere and lack of familiar music, which made it feel less like a World Cup game. He expressed disappointment that they couldn’t do justice to the occasion and the fans.

While Arthur admitted that Pakistan was second-best in the contest, he highlighted that their approach was somewhat timid, and they could have been more assertive against the Indian spinners. He also expressed a desire to meet the Indian team in the final.

“This Indian team is a very, very good cricket team. I think they’re very well led by Rahul and Rohit. I think they look good. I think they’ve got all bases covered, and I’m looking forward to meeting them in the final again,” he said, praising the Indian team.




India vs Pakistan: Shubman Gill Back to His Usual Business

India vs Pakistan: Shubman Gill Back to His Usual Business

After an extensive hour-long practice session in the nets, Shubman Gill stood outside, his bat in hand. Batting coach Vikram Rathour offered a supportive pat on the back as he inquired about Gill’s well-being. The young right-hander nodded in affirmation, exiting with his gear and two bats.

Gill’s batting skills were in fine form as he faced various bowlers, including R Ashwin and Mohammed Shami, during the session. Dengue had sidelined him for the first two World Cup matches against Australia and Afghanistan, forcing him to spend a night in the hospital and miss his teammates’ journey to Delhi for the Afghanistan game. Gill appeared a bit weaker and may have experienced a mental toll from the ordeal. It was a challenging period for him, given his outstanding form in ODIs over the last year.

Notably, batting is not the concern when it comes to Gill. It’s his battle with dengue that has affected his physical condition. Having observed Gill closely over the past few years, it’s evident that keeping him away from cricket, particularly batting, is a difficult task. Whether it’s a Test match, ODI, T20I, or IPL, Gill is dedicated to the sport. He often spends hours in the nets, perfecting his craft.

Before the high-stakes match against Pakistan, Gill was already back in the nets, honing his skills. During the net session, he faced net bowlers and side-armers. Captain Rohit Sharma expressed his confidence in Gill’s availability for the upcoming game.

As Rohit Sharma was making this statement at the press conference, Gill was already on the field, warming up and engaging with his teammates in a game of football. The batting sensation appeared confident and eager to return to the action.

In the nets, Gill faced Shami, who seemed to be in fantastic rhythm, challenging both Gill and Virat Kohli. Gill, who had an impeccable record in Ahmedabad, will be a significant asset to the Indian cricket team if he is fit for the high-pressure clash against Pakistan.

However, there’s a lingering 1% of doubt, centered around Gill’s fitness after battling dengue for over a week. The management should exercise caution and not risk Gill’s health. But if he passes all fitness assessments, he is likely to be one of the first names on the team sheet.




Cricket World Cup 2023: Virat Kohli's 'Brandman-Esque' Stat and Its Implications for Pakistan

Cricket World Cup 2023: Virat Kohli’s ‘Brandman-Esque’ Stat and Its Implications for Pakistan

Virat Kohli’s supremacy against Pakistan in One Day Internationals (ODIs) has been nothing short of remarkable, particularly since 2015. As India faces Pakistan in their third ODI World Cup match at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, all eyes are on Kohli and his potential impact.

Kohli boasts an impressive career average of 55 against Pakistan in ODIs, the highest among Indian players with 15+ innings. His strike rate against them in ODIs is also over 100.

Notably, Kohli has significantly enhanced his performances against Pakistan in ODIs over the last 8 years. Since 2015, his record against Pakistan has been awe-inspiring, with an average of 99 in six innings.

In the recent Asia Cup, Kohli displayed his prowess against Pakistan by scoring a century with an unbeaten 122 runs from 94 balls.

Kohli has played Pakistan in ICC events (ODIs) seven times, boasting an impressive average of 63.4. In his last four encounters in ICC events against Pakistan (ODIs), he has notched a century and two fifties.

Since 2010, Kohli’s average of 75 against Pakistan in ICC events (ODIs) is the highest by any player facing an opponent in this period with 5+ innings.

Kohli holds the distinction of being the first Indian to score a century against Pakistan in an ODI World Cup match.

In ODIs, Pakistan’s current bowlers have found it challenging to dismiss Kohli, with only Shaheen Afridi managing to get him out.

In terms of World Cup matches, Kohli recently became the top run-scorer in ICC World Cups (ODIs and T20Is).

Kohli is within reach of two milestones in ODI World Cups: 56 runs to become the 4th highest run-scorer and one more fifty-plus score to join the top-5 list of players with the most fifty-plus scores in ODI World Cups.

This year, Kohli has adopted a more aggressive batting approach with a strike rate of 105, the second-best by a batter in ODIs in the current year.



India vs. Pakistan A Fierce Sporting Rivalry Captivating a Billion Watchful Eyes

India vs. Pakistan: A Fierce Sporting Rivalry Captivating a Billion Watchful Eyes

In the world of cricket, there exists no rivalry as intense and passionately followed as the one between India and Pakistan. When these two nations face off on the cricket field, it’s more than just a game – it’s a collision of histories, emotions, and geopolitics.

The upcoming men’s cricket World Cup match between India and Pakistan is no exception. This contest, set to unfold at the iconic Narendra Modi Stadium, with its colossal capacity of 132,000 spectators, has captured the imagination of millions. The excitement is so profound that hotel prices in Ahmedabad, the stadium’s host city, have soared to unprecedented heights.

“It is the most hyped-up game in cricket history,” says Sheharyar Jaffri, a devoted cricket enthusiast in Karachi, Pakistan. “We live every ball, every run, and every moment.”

Despite Karachi’s proximity to the stadium when compared to New Delhi, there will be few Pakistani fans present in the stadium. Obtaining permission to visit India is a challenging task for Pakistanis, and the World Cup saw a limited issuance of visas, mainly for journalists who received approval at the last minute.

In the lead-up to the tournament, there was even doubt about Pakistan’s participation. Tensions between India and Pakistan, both on and off the cricket field, had cast a shadow. India had previously declined to travel to Pakistan for another tournament, prompting a relocation of matches to neutral venues. In response, Pakistan had considered withdrawing from the World Cup in India, a threat that was eventually averted.

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The ebb and flow of cricketing ties between India and Pakistan has mirrored the fluctuating relations between these two neighbors since the tumultuous partition of British India in 1947. At times, these cricketing clashes have served as a bridge to thaw icy relations and foster exchange.

However, the most recent tensions stem from the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attack, leading to a suspension of bilateral cricketing ties and barring Pakistani players from the lucrative Indian Premier League. The match on Saturday marks Pakistan’s first cricket appearance in India in seven years.

India’s sports minister, Anurag Thakur, reiterated India’s stance: “New Delhi’s stance on resuming cricketing ties will not change until they stop terrorism.”

In recent years, India’s strategic priorities have shifted, with China emerging as a more significant concern along its borders. While Kashmir remains a flashpoint between India and Pakistan, India’s focus has shifted to managing its relationship with China.

Political polarization in both countries has added to the complexity of their relations. For Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist base, Pakistan remains a potent populist rallying point. Expressing support for the Pakistani team can lead to imprisonment, and calls to boycott the Pakistani team have arisen after incidents in Kashmir.

Even the warm welcome given to the Pakistani team in Ahmedabad, featuring traditional dances and festivities, sparked backlash and further inflamed tensions.

In Pakistan, a nation grappling with the influence of Islamist militancy, displaying support for the other side often leads to legal repercussions and imprisonment.

One striking example is Shahid Afridi, a former Pakistani cricket star who faced a treason case for expressing his love from an Indian audience, stating that he had “not received this much love even from Pakistan.” Similarly, a Pakistani tailor in the state of Punjab found himself behind bars for raising an Indian flag, an act fueled by his admiration for Indian cricket icon Virat Kohli.

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Interestingly, despite the diplomatic complexities and rivalries, the players themselves have often maintained warm relations. Earlier generations of players frequently spoke of profound bonds of friendship, sharing stories of hospitality and late-night hotel pranks during times when they could travel to each other’s countries more freely.

This camaraderie extends to the women’s teams of both nations as well. A memorable selfie taken by Indian captain Harmanpreet Kaur, featuring her players posing with Pakistani captain Bismah Maroof and Ms. Maroof’s baby daughter after a match, went viral and showcased the spirit of unity in the world of cricket.

Gaurav Mittal, an information technology worker from Haryana, India, attending the match in Ahmedabad with five friends, emphasizes the importance of keeping the rivalry confined to the sporting arena. He states, “India vs. Pakistan is there, and we want India to win, but humanity is also there.”

Security remains a paramount concern, with Indian authorities deploying thousands of officers in Ahmedabad as a precaution, even though only one of the two fierce rivals’ fans will fill the stadium.

For Pakistani fans who had purchased advance tickets but couldn’t secure visas, the disappointment has led them to consider home screenings. Muhammad Subhanullah, a 36-year-old software engineer in Islamabad, spent $36 on tickets but acknowledged the challenges Pakistanis face in obtaining Indian visas. He expressed his disappointment, stating that “India did not want Pakistani fans to attend matches there.” Despite the setbacks, he plans to enjoy the match, where Pakistan is the underdog, by watching it at a local screening with fellow cricket enthusiasts.




Virat Kohli's Historic World Cup Milestone: A Sedate Fifty in Delhi vs Afghanistan Sets New Record

Virat Kohli’s Historic World Cup Milestone: A Sedate Fifty in Delhi vs Afghanistan Sets New Record

Virat Kohli’s Record-Breaking Performance Propels India to an 8-Wicket Victory Over Afghanistan

In a stunning display of skill, Virat Kohli remained unbeaten on 55 runs, securing India’s dominant 8-wicket win against Afghanistan. Kohli’s sedate yet impressive innings in his hometown of Delhi marked another record-breaking moment. Prior to this, Rohit Sharma blazed a trail with his explosive 131-run knock from just 84 balls.

Former Indian captain Virat Kohli continues his record-breaking spree in International Cricket. After delivering an exceptional 85-run performance under challenging conditions against Australia, the batting maestro notched up yet another fifty in the second encounter against Afghanistan. Kohli, with his composed 55 off 56 balls, guided the Indian team to victory while setting a new record in World Cups.

Kohli’s 55-run contribution elevated him to the pinnacle of the list of highest run-scorers in both ODI and T20 World Cups. Prior to the Afghanistan match, Kohli had amassed 2,256 runs in both formats of the World Cup, needing only 23 runs to surpass his batting predecessor, Sachin Tendulkar. The 34-year-old reached this milestone in style by scoring a boundary off Azmatullah when he was at 19, now boasting a total of 2,311 runs in both formats of the World Cup.

Leading Run-Scorers in ICC World Cups (ODI and T20I combined)

  1. Virat Kohli – 2,311
  2. Sachin Tendulkar – 2,278
  3. Kumar Sangakkara – 2,193
  4. Chris Gayle – 2,151
  5. Mahela Jayawardene – 2,116

Kohli’s remarkable achievements in India’s home World Cup do not stop here. During India’s tense pursuit of 200 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai, his 85-run performance propelled him to new heights. Kohli surpassed Sachin in the list of top run-scorers in ICC limited-overs tournaments, accumulating 2,840 runs. He also overtook the Master Blaster in the list of most runs scored in successful run-chases in ODIs during the Australia game.




Rizwan's Hilarious Response to 'Cramp' Question Amuses Simon Doull After PAK vs SL Game

Rizwan’s Hilarious Response to ‘Cramp’ Question Amuses Simon Doull After PAK vs SL Game

In a thrilling World Cup encounter at Hyderabad, Pakistan secured their second consecutive victory, showcasing exceptional batting skills as they successfully chased down a formidable target of 345 against Sri Lanka. Mohammad Rizwan and Abdullah Shafique, Pakistan’s batters, delivered stunning centuries, leading their team to a remarkable six-wicket win. Sri Lanka had appeared dominant after Kusal Mendis and Sadeera Samarawickrama notched up centuries, setting a challenging target of 345.

However, Pakistan’s response was remarkable. Mohammad Rizwan’s unbeaten 131 and Abdullah Shafique’s 113 helped them achieve the highest successful run-chase in World Cup history, surpassing Ireland’s previous record of 329 against England in 2011.

A defining moment in the match occurred in the 37th over when Rizwan, on the third ball, hit a six and then fell to the ground in pain. Commentator Simon Doull, present during the moment, couldn’t help but laugh as Rizwan’s fall appeared quite animated. He even joked that Rizwan should consider a career in movies. After the game, Doull asked Rizwan about his cramps, and the wicketkeeper-batter humorously responded, “sometimes it’s cramps, sometimes it’s acting.”

Despite a shaky start with Pakistan at 37 for 2 in just 7.2 overs, thanks to Dilshan Madushanka’s excellent bowling, the young Abdullah Shafique, in only his fifth ODI appearance, displayed remarkable maturity. Alongside Mohammad Rizwan, the duo helped Pakistan recover, bringing up the team’s century in the 19th over. Shafique, who replaced Fakhar Zaman in the lineup, notched his fifty off 58 balls, and their partnership reached 138 for 2 at the halfway mark.

In the 32nd over, Shafique reached his maiden ODI century, while Rizwan continued to pile on the runs, hitting two sixes in consecutive balls in the 34th over. A diving catch eventually ended Shafique’s brilliant innings, but Sri Lanka’s hopes of a comeback were dashed. Despite some late catches and wickets, Rizwan and Saud Shakeel continued to bring Pakistan closer to victory. In the end, Iftikhar Ahmed smashed three fours, sealing the win for Pakistan.




Cricket World Cup: Mohammad Rizwan, the Anchor, Thrives Under Pressure in Pakistan's Crucial Chase

Cricket World Cup: Mohammad Rizwan, the Anchor, Thrives Under Pressure in Pakistan’s Crucial Chase

In front of a fervent crowd of over 25,000 at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium during the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023, Pakistan faced a formidable task after Sri Lanka posted 344 to chase. The responsibility fell on Abdullah Shafique, stepping up in place of the out-of-form Fakhar Zaman, as Pakistan lost both Babar Azam and Imam-ul-Haq early.

However, Mohammad Rizwan, the constant guiding force, anchored the innings. He came to the crease in the 8th over, initially experiencing a near miss off his fifth delivery, and settled in. As Shafique opened up on the other end, Rizwan played a pivotal role by providing stability and rotating the strike effectively. He displayed a fabulous knock, finishing unbeaten on 131, comprising 57 singles, 10 doubles, eight fours, and three sixes.

Shafique’s dismissal in the 34th over, caught brilliantly by substitute fielder Dushan Hemantha, marked a turning point in the match. At that juncture, Pakistan needed 132 runs for victory, with the required run rate hovering around 8 runs per over. Rizwan then took charge, delivering clutch shots, including a stunning cover drive and a six off Dhanajaya de Silva. Despite briefly hobbling with a hamstring issue, Rizwan fought through the pain and reached his century in just 40 balls, marking his third ODI hundred.

With Saud Shakeel’s valuable support, the duo added 95 runs off 68 balls, effectively sealing the game for Pakistan. Iftikar Ahmed contributed the finishing touches as Pakistan achieved their second-highest successful ODI chase, securing a memorable victory. Rizwan’s stellar performance solidified his reputation as a dependable anchor in high-pressure situations.