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Explaining Hardik Pandya's Mumbai Indians Transfer Despite Gujarat Titans' Retention

Explaining Hardik Pandya’s Mumbai Indians Transfer Despite Gujarat Titans’ Retention

According to sources, Hardik Pandya finalized a sensational transfer from Gujarat Titans to Mumbai Indians ahead of the 2024 Indian Premier League (IPL).

Indian cricket team all-rounder Hardik Pandya orchestrated a surprising shift from Gujarat Titans to Mumbai Indians for the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024. Despite being listed in Gujarat Titans’ retention, Pandya’s move was confirmed through an all-cash deal on Sunday, after the retention deadline of November 26. The unexpected transfer became possible due to the trading window, which remains open until December 12.

During this timeframe, all trades among IPL franchises are deemed valid. Consequently, despite Gujarat Titans including Pandya in their list of retained players, the trade to Mumbai Indians was successfully executed. Pandya assumed the role of captain for Gujarat Titans in 2022, securing a title in their debut season and steering them to the IPL 2023 final, where they were defeated by the Chennai Super Kings.

The IPL 2024 mini-auction is scheduled for December 19 in Dubai.

Mumbai Indians Retention and Releases:

Retained: Rohit Sharma (Capt), Dewald Brevis, SKY, Ishan Kishan, Tilak Varma, Tim David, Vishnu Vinod, Arjun Tendulkar, Cam Green, Shams Mulani, Nehal Wadhera, Jasprit Bumrah, Kumar Kartikeya, Piyush Chawla, Akash Madhwal, Jason Behrendorff, Romario Shepherd (trade).

Released: Arshad Khan, Ramandeep Singh, Hrithik Shokeen, Raghav Goyal, Jofra Archer, Tristan Stubbs, Duan Jansen, Jhye Richardson, Riley Meredith, Chris Jordan, Sandeep Warrier.

Gujarat Titans Retention and Releases:

Retained: Hardik Pandya (Captain), David Miller, Shubman Gill, Matthew Wade, Wriddhiman Saha, Kane Williamson, Abhinav Manohar, B Sai Sudharsan, Darshan Nalkande, Vijay Shankar, Jayant Yadav, Rahul Tewatia, Mohammed Shami, Noor Ahmad, R Sai Kishore, Rashid Khan, Josh Little, Mohit Sharma.

Released: Yash Dayal, KS Bharat, Shivam Mavi, Urvil Patel, Pradeep Sangwan, Odean Smith, Alzarri Joseph, Dasun Shanaka.




Pakistan Spinner Imad Wasim Bids Farewell to International Cricket Following World Cup 2023 Exclusion

Pakistan Spinner Imad Wasim Bids Farewell to International Cricket Following World Cup 2023 Exclusion

Pakistan’s spin bowling all-rounder Imad Wasim has retired from international cricket following the disappointing World Cup 2023, where he was notably omitted from the squad despite Pakistan’s spin challenges. Imad, 34, took to Twitter to express his gratitude for the 121 matches he played for Pakistan and thanked fans for their unwavering support. While he didn’t elaborate on the reasons behind his retirement, he extended his best wishes to the incoming management. In his Twitter post, Imad reflected on his career, expressing gratitude to the PCB, and conveyed excitement for Pakistan’s cricket future under new coaching and leadership.

When questioned about Imad’s inclusion in the World Cup 2023 squad, former chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq highlighted that Imad hadn’t played ODIs since 2020 and needed to prove himself in domestic cricket for a recall. Imad expressed gratitude to Pakistan fans for their passionate support and thanked family and friends for their crucial role in his success. Looking ahead, he eagerly anticipates the next phase of his playing career beyond the international arena. In his final appearance for Pakistan against New Zealand in 2023, Imad showcased his all-round prowess, contributing 31 runs off 14 balls and registering figures of 4-0-21-2 in a match that ended in defeat.




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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Virat Kohli (India) – 765 runs at 95.62

Daryl Mitchell (New Zealand) – 552 runs at 69

KL Rahul (India) – 452 runs at 75.33

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

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

Jasprit Bumrah (India) – 20 wickets at 18.65

Dilshan Madushanka (Sri Lanka) – 21 wickets at 25

Adam Zampa (Australia) – 23 wickets at 22.39

Mohammed Shami (India) – 24 wickets at 10.70

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

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

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

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

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




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.





Cummins' Final Captaincy: Nearly Flawless, Says Ponting

Cummins’ Final Captaincy: Nearly Flawless, Says Ponting

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





Shakib Al Hasan's Political Debut Aiming for Bangladesh's 2024 Elections

Shakib Al Hasan’s Political Debut: Aiming for Bangladesh’s 2024 Elections

Bangladesh’s Cricket Star Shakib Al Hasan Ventures Into Politics, Eyes 2024 General Election

Shakib Al Hasan, renowned skipper and all-rounder for Bangladesh, has ventured into politics, vying for the ruling Bangladesh Awami League’s endorsement for the upcoming January 7 general election.

AFP reports that Shakib obtained nomination forms from the Awami League on Saturday, expressing interest in running across three constituencies.

“Nasim confirmed to AFP that as a popular celebrity, Shakib holds significant appeal among the country’s youth.”

However, Shakib’s candidacy requires approval from Bangladesh Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina’s parliamentary board within the ruling party. Nasim stated his intentions to contest in either the capital city of Dhaka or his hometown district of Magura, situated in southwest Bangladesh.

Bangladesh’s Skipper Shakib Sidelined for New Zealand Test Series Due to Finger Injury

Shakib, Bangladesh’s captain across all formats, will miss the upcoming Test series against New Zealand due to a finger injury sustained during a World Cup 2023 match against Sri Lanka. The injury occurred amid a notable incident where he made a unique appeal against Angelo Mathews, resulting in the first-ever timed out in international cricket history.

Notably, Mashrafe Mortaza, Bangladesh’s former cricket captain, delved into politics in 2018. He swiftly transitioned to serve as a member of the ruling party’s legislature that same year. Mortaza led Bangladesh during the 2019 World Cup but eventually left the game to focus entirely on his political endeavors.




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.



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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



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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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




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.



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.




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.




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.



SA vs AUS 2nd Semifinal World Cup 2023: Live Score Updates, Kolkata Weather Forecast

SA vs AUS 2nd Semifinal World Cup 2023: Live Score Updates, Kolkata Weather Forecast

In the upcoming ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 semifinal at Kolkata’s iconic Eden Gardens, South Africa is set to clash with Australia. Despite South Africa’s stumbling performance against the Netherlands and a significant loss to India, the team exhibits prowess but shows vulnerability in chasing. On the other hand, Australia, initially written off after two defeats, makes a stunning comeback with seven consecutive triumphs, securing a spot in the semifinals. The Eden Gardens match promises strategic adaptability, with the pitch favoring initial batting and spinners as the innings progress.

The head-to-head record stands at 55-50 in favor of South Africa in their 109 matches. Key players to watch include Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma, Mitchell Marsh, and David Warner. Mitchell Marsh, approaching a 500-run milestone, is crucial for Australia with dynamic batting and adept bowling. Adam Zampa, with 22 scalps, is a potential match-winner.

Follow the live score and updates for the Cricket World Cup 2023 Semifinal 2 between South Africa and Australia.

In addition to the on-field action, keep an eye on the Kolkata weather prediction, as rain is anticipated on Thursday and Friday, potentially impacting the crucial semifinal clash.

Notable milestones to watch for include Australian batter Glenn Maxwell needing 108 runs to reach 4,000 in ODIs and opener David Warner requiring 104 to achieve 7,000 in 50-over cricket. Can Maxwell and Warner reach these landmarks in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 2nd semifinal against South Africa?

As you ponder your fantasy picks, consider the dilemmas: David Warner or Quinton de Kock? Pat Cummins or Keshav Maharaj? Who should be your top fantasy selections?

Australia and South Africa have a history at ODI World Cup matches, having played each other seven times, with an even split of three wins each and one infamous tie at Edgbaston in 1999. The question looms: which team will have the edge in the ICC Cricket World Cup 2023 semifinal on Thursday?




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.

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Mahmudullah's Participation in New Zealand Tour in Doubt

Mahmudullah’s Participation in New Zealand Tour in Doubt

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

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




Kohli and Iyer's Centuries Propel India to 3974

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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





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.




ICC World Cup 2023 ENG vs SL Match Guide - Watch Live, Streaming Info, Date & Venue

ICC World Cup 2023: ENG vs SL Match Guide – Watch Live, Streaming Info, Date & Venue

October 26, the 25th ODI World Cup 2023 match unfolds as England faces Sri Lanka at Bengaluru’s M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in a day-night showdown beginning at 2 pm.

Both teams enter their fifth ICC ODI World Cup 2023 match. England holds the 8th spot with two points, while Sri Lanka ranks 7th with the same number of points. England’s journey began with a 9-wicket loss to New Zealand on October 5 at Narendra Modi Cricket Stadium, Ahmedabad. They bounced back with a 137-run victory over Bangladesh at Dharamsala Stadium on October 10, 2023. However, in their third and fourth matches, England faced defeats, first by 69 runs to Afghanistan and then by a substantial 229 runs to South Africa.

Sri Lanka also had a mixed start. They suffered a 102-run loss to South Africa in their opening match at Arun Jaitley Cricket Stadium, Delhi, on October 7, 2023. In the second match, Pakistan outshined them with a 6-wicket win on October 10, 2013, at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad. On October 16, 2023, they lost to Australia by 5 wickets at Ekana Cricket Stadium, Lucknow. However, in their fourth match, Sri Lanka bounced back, defeating the Netherlands by 5 wickets with 10 balls remaining at Ekana Cricket Stadium on October 21, 2023.

England’s Potential XI:

  1. Jonny Bairstow
  2. Dawid Malan
  3. Joe Root
  4. Ben Stokes
  5. Jos Buttler (captain, wicketkeeper)
  6. Harry Brook
  7. Moeen Ali
  8. Chris Woakes
  9. David Willey
  10. Adil Rashid
  11. Gus Atkinson/Mark Wood

Sri Lanka’s Likely XI:

  1. Pathum Nissanka
  2. Kusal Perera
  3. Kusal Mendis (captain, wicketkeeper)
  4. Sadeera Samarawickrama
  5. Charith Asalanka
  6. Dhananjaya de Silva
  7. Dushan Hemantha/Dunith Wellalage
  8. Chamika Karunaratne
  9. Maheesh Theekshana
  10. Kasun Rajitha
  11. Dilshan Madushanka

England vs Sri Lanka Match Weather Forecast: Bengaluru is expected to enjoy pleasant weather, characterized by abundant sunshine. According to AccuWeather, there’s only a 1% chance of daytime rain and a 4% chance at night. The likelihood of thunderstorms within the city is currently zero percent for the next 24 hours.

Temperature-wise, expect a range of 31 degrees Celsius to 19 degrees Celsius. Winds will blow at approximately 11 km/hr in the north-north-east direction during the day and at 9 km/hr in the east-north-east during the night. While there’s a slight possibility of wind gusts reaching speeds of 24 km/h during the day and 19 km/h at night, they are not expected to be significant. Cloud cover is minimal, at 2% during the day and 10% at night.

How to Watch England vs Sri Lanka Match Today: The England vs Sri Lanka match will be broadcast live on Indian television through Star Sports channels. Indian viewers can also enjoy free live streaming via the Disney+Hotstar app and website. Social media giant Meta has partnered with the ICC for World Cup 2023 coverage on Instagram, WhatsApp, Facebook, and Threads. The match is scheduled to commence at 2 pm.




The Adelaide Strikers team is en route to Brisbane.

The Adelaide Strikers team is en route to Brisbane.

After facing the Renegades and the Stars in back-to-back matches at Junction Oval, the Strikers are gearing up to take on the Hobart Hurricanes at Allan Border Field this Friday afternoon.

The versatile all-rounder, Dani Gibson, who was sidelined in Tuesday’s victory against the Heat, is set to make a return and will be available for the clash with the Hurricanes.

In less fortunate news, Courtney Neale has had to head back to Adelaide due to illness. She will utilize this time to recuperate before the Strikers’ upcoming home game on Sunday at Karen Rolton Oval.

At the moment, the Strikers are perched near the top of the WBBL|09 standings with two wins and one loss, although they’re trailing the undefeated Brisbane Heat. The Heat has been dominant in the early stages of the competition. In contrast, the Hurricanes have struggled to secure a victory in their first two encounters, including a loss to the Perth Scorchers in their most recent match.

The squad, consisting of 13 players, includes: Tahlia McGrath (Captain), Megan Schutt (Vice-Captain), Georgia Adams, Jemma Barsby, Danielle Gibson, Katie Mack, Anesu Mushangwe, Annie O’Neil, Bridget Patterson (Wicket-Keeper), Maddie Penna, Amanda-Jade Wellington, Ella Wilson, and Laura Wolvaardt.