In the first match of the ODI series against New Zealand at the beautiful Himacha Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) Stadium in Dharamsala, Indian bowlers thrashed the New Zealand batting in the first innings and Virat Kohli, continuing his tremendous form in the limited over cricket led the team to chase an easy target of 191 runs, resulted into the win by 6 wickets against the visitors and 1-0 lead in the five-match ODI series. New Zealand, who had lost the Test series 3-0 and failed to do well in the first ODI, will now look to bounce back in the second ODI at Delhi on October 20, 2016. Chasing the target of under 200, Indian openers Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane played well and gave a nice platform for the upcoming batsmen to build more on it. Virat Kohli, who is in his golden period currently, played a super inning of 85 runs in 81 balls and guided India towards victory. Although the New Zealand pacers managed to send Manish Pandey and the skipper MS Dhoni quickly, it was late for New Zealand as Virat had already took the match away from the Kiwis. Earlier, the New Zealand batting order just could not hold enough in front of the inexperienced but the lethal bowling attack, which was led by the debutante Hardik Pandya, who took 3 crucial wickets and won the Man of the Match award. Umesh Yadav and Jasprit Bumrah, too bowled well and Yadav took 2 wickets. Among the spinners, Kedar Jadhav took 2 wickets and Amit Mishra also bowled well and managed to send 3 New Zealand batsmen into the pavilion. While all the batsmen collapsed in front of the Indian bowlers, Tom Latham scored brilliant 79 in 98 deliveries and at the end Tim Southee (55 off 45) took New Zealand to a respectable total. By Prajakt K.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has made the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Anurag Thakur a part of its powerful Finance and Commercial Affair committee after the completion of its board meeting in Cape Town on Saturday. According to the reports, the F&CA is considered as the most powerful decision making sub-committee of the ICC as all the revenue related financial aspects are first passed through this committee. The decision came after the BCCI raised the objection about not having an Indian member in the F&CA committee and termed it as a humiliation with Shashank Manohar being the chairman of global body. However, according to the reports, when Anurag Thakur became the president of the BCCI he automatically became the part of F&CA committee. A report said, “The rule states that since Anurag has been made Chairman Development Committee, he is also a member of the F&CA, Executive Committee (ExCo) and Governing Committee.” The BCCI had also raised the objection over the proposed budget for the next year’s Champions Trophy and according to the board their absence from the committee has been one of the reasons of it. By Prajakt K.
Indian batsman Suresh Raina, who had made a comeback to the ODI side after full one year, has been ruled out of the first ODI against NZ at Dharamsala on Sunday. According to the reports, the left-hand batsman will be missing the first ODI due to viral fever. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in a statement said, “The BCCI Medical team has confirmed that Suresh Raina, who is recovering from a bout of viral fever, is ruled out of the first ODI against New Zealand. There will be no replacement in the team.” The opening match of the ODI series against New Zealand could prove a comeback match for Suresh Raina, who was out of the team since October 2015. He was dropped for the ODIs in Australia and the limited-overs tour of Zimbabwe earlier this year along with the two-match T20 series against West Indies in USA. Raina, who recently played in the Duleep Trophy scored 52. 35 and 90 runs. He also led the team of Uttar Pradesh against Madhya Pradesh in the Ranji Trophy, in which he did not come to bat and eventually Uttar Pradesh had to face a loss by an innings and 64 runs by the hands of Madhya Pradesh. India has already won the Test series against New Zealand 3-0, the first ever clean sweep to New Zealand by India. By Prajatk K.
Indian team for the first three matches of the five-match ODI series against New Zealand has been announced. Batsmen Suresh Raina has made a comeback in the Indian squad for the first three matches of the ODI series. However, the three senior players including off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin were rested keeping in busy season in mind. Leg spinner Amit Mishra has also been chosen for the series. The chairman of the selection panel MSK Prasad made it clear that Raina’s selection is a short term move made primarily keeping in mind his ability to bowl tight off-breaks in sub continental conditions. The other two players, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Shami has also been rested as the committee feels they would prove significant in the upcoming Test series against England and Australia. As both the opening batsmen KL Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan are injured and have been ruled out of the series, newcomer Mandeep Singh will be opening the game along with Rohit Sharma. Off-spinner Jayant Yadav and left arm spinner Axar Patel have replaced Ashwin and Jadeja while Dawal Kulkarni is making a comeback in place of Mohammed Shami. Hardik Pandya, who was dropped during Zimbabwe tour and the tour to the United States, has also made a comeback into the squad. The series will kick-off from the first match on October 16 at a beautiful Cricket stadium of Dharamsala. Indian Squad: Mahendra Singh Dhoni(Capt), Rohit Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane, Virat Kohli, Manish Pandey, Suresh Raina, Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Jayant Yadav, Amit Mishra, Jasprit Bumrah, Dhawal Kulkarni, Umesh Yadav, Mandeep Singh, Kedar Jadhav. By Prajakt K.
Indian pacer Mohammed Shami was looking in his full flow during the second Kolkata Test of the ongoing series against New Zealand, which India won by 179 runs and the pacer took three wickets in each innings. However, the world was unaware of the fact that Shami’s daughter got admitted into the hospital on the second day of the Test as she was suffering from breathing problems. After the end of every day’s play Shami used to visit his daughter in the hospital before returning to the team hotel. People close to Shami said that his daughter was released from the hospital on the last day of the Test. Reports said that during the few days when his daughter was in the hospital, he was not in peace, however, he never let his sorrow to come between his performance while playing for the national team and took three wickets in each innings and scored important 14 runs which took India past 300 in the first innings of the Test. Shami said that his team and especially the captain Virat Kohli supported him throughout the difficult period. About Kohli, Shami has been quoted as saying, “My captain had given me huge inspiration every night after I returned from the hospital. So, I am extremely thankful to him and also thankful to the mates who also gave me belief that my daughter must get cured by the time Test ends.” By Prajakt K.
In reaction to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI)’s threatening to call off on going series against New Zealand, Justice RM Lodha-led panel on Tuesday clarified that it didn’t directed the bank to freeze the accounts of the Board and the board can carry on with its routine expenses. After the BCCI refused to accept the recommendations of the Lodha Panel, which is directed by the Supreme Court, the Lodha panel had asked the banks, where BCCI hold accounts, not to disburse large funds to the state associations, a decision taken by the Board at its special meeting on September 30. Lodha, however, clarifying on Tuesday said, “We have not frozen the accounts of BCCI, we have directed the BCCI to not disburse funds to the state association. Day to day affairs, routine expenditure, matches, games, that should go on. There is absolutely no prohibition.” The BCCI had said that the state associations are dependent on the parent body to organize matches and they were unable to carry on their functioning in the wake of the latest directive from the Lodha panel. A senior BCCI official said, “The members are pained at the treatment meted out to them. They are depended on BCCI's funds for organizing matches. So far seven associations have communicated their inability to host games in the home season while nine of them have inquired about the matter. If things are the way they are, the series (against New Zealand) could be called off by today evening.” “There is too much interference at the moment. People need to realise India has become a cricketing super power under BCCI's administration. We are the only sports body which has not taken a single penny from anyone including the government. We have created the entire infrastructure on our own,” he said. BCCI President Anurag Thakur, on Monday, warned that India may have to pull out of next year’s Champions Trophy in England if the BCCI implements the Committee recommendations. However, Lodha made it clear that as the schedule of the Champions Trophy has already been prepared a year ago, recommendations won’t affect India’s participation. “If Champions Trophy calendar was already settled a year back, our recommendations won't affect that,” he said. By Prajakt K.
After the Indian opener KL Rahul, who has been in tremendous form in all the three formats of the game, has been ruled out of the remaining two Test matches against NZ, another Indian opener from Delhi, Gautam Gambhir has made his way to the Indian squad for the remaining Test series. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday said, “BCCI medical team has confirmed that team India opener, KL Rahul has an injury in his right hamstring and he is ruled out for the remainder of the Paytm Test series against New Zealand. The All-India Senior Selection Committee has named Gautam Gambhir as Rahul's replacement for the next two Test matches.” According to the reports, Gautam Gambhir who had a tremendous form in the recent Duleep Trophy, has been chosen ahead of Abhinav Mukund for the remaining Tests. The second Kolkata Test will be played at Eden Gardens from September 30. Read Also: Kapil Dev To Ring Bell On First day Of Kolkata Test Between India And New Zealand Another surprising name has entered the in Indian squad is of off-spinner Jayant Yadav on place of pacer Ishant Sharma. “Medium pacer Ishant Sharma is recovering and won't be available for the second Test of the series to played in Kolkata. BCCI medical Team will continue to monitor his progress. Off spinner Jayant Yadav will replace Ishant for the second Test,” said BCCI. Gambhir has been selected over Mukund to join Team India in Kolkata on the basis of his fitness report. Gambhir was at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru to undergo fitness tests and left the city on Tuesday morning. Gambhir had played his lasts Test against England in August 2014 and was aavoided by the selectors for the 17 Test matches after that. By Prajakt K.
India’s former Indian all-rounder and a skipper Kapil Dev will be ringing the bell at Eden Gardens in Kolkata to signify the start of play during the second Test match between India and New Zealand starting from Friday (September 30). Eden Gardens will be the first Indian stadium where a bell will be rung to signal the start of each day’s play, which is something normal at Lord’s since 2007. Although Kapil Dev is confirmed for the first day, currently there are no reports which eminent personalities will do the honors on the remaining four days of the Test. Read Also: To Mark India’s 500th Test Appearance, CAB To Organize Photo Exhibition At Eden Gardens Joint Secretary of Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB), Avishek Dalmiya, confirming the news said, “This was (president) Sourav Ganguly's idea and Kapil (Dev) has agreed to ring the bell on the morning of the Test.” Anurag Thakur, the President of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), confirmed that on the occasion of 250th Test of Indian Team at home, special felicitation has been organized and the players from both the teams will be gifted with specially minted silver coins, each of them weighing 100 grams. “The Board president will arrive on October 1 and the next day, on day three of the match we will have the felicitation to mark the 250th landmark Test,” said Avishek. CAB President Sourav Ganguly said that the special gold coin will be arranged to mark the Toss and the coin will be used in every match at the Eden Gardens henceforth. After taking 1-0 lead by beating New Zealand by 197-runs in Kanpur Test,Team India along with New Zealand players will be arrived in Kolkata on Tuesday evening. By Prajakt K.
India won for a mammoth 197-run in their historic 500th cricket Test to assert their supremacy in home conditions, bowling out New Zealand for 236 to take a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. At a precarious 93 for four, overnight New Zealand batsmen Luke Ronchi (80) and Mitchell Santner (71) faced the Indian bowlers for only 20 overs by adding 65 runs in the morning session. The Black Caps raised hopes of a fight till the time Ronchi and Santner held the fort but it all went upside down for them when the former played an extravagant slog sweep off Ravindra Jadeja, handing India the opening. Ashwin (6/132) completed his fifth six-wicket haul by adding scalps of Santner and Ish Sodhi (17) and Neil Wagner (0) and had become the second-fastest man to take 200-Test wickets while grabbing three wickets on Sunday. Jadeja took one wicket on Monday while Mohammed Shami, who got some reverse swing, scalped two batsmen in the morning session. The Kiwis struggled to negotiate a slow track, which had offered occasional turn and bounce but improved as the match wore on. The visitors, chasing a mammoth 434-run target, had been a daunting task at hand to bat out three full sessions on the fifth day, which has always been a big challenge. With this win, India has inched closer to the No.1 spot in the ICC Test rankings. Virat Kohli’s men need to win this series to go on the top in the list. After the Kolkata Test, the two teams will travel to Indore for the series finale, which is scheduled from October 8. "The boys applied themselves really well. Initially we had the momentum with the bat, but a couple of soft dismissals put pressure. Jadeja and Ashwin added crucial runs. I am still pretty early in my captaincy career, I look forward to advice from others. There have been cases where we've gone on one mode and the runs were leaked. All the sides that are doing well around the world have strong lower-middle orders. That's one area that we have improved and we need to keep working it because those 30-40 extra runs could prove crucial," Vrat Kohli, Indian Captain said. By Premji
The much awaited Test series between India and New Zealand kicked off at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur on Thursday.In the 500th Test, India opting to bat first, started well with Lokesh Rahul and Murali Vijay opening the Indian innings quite strongly and making a 42-run stand. The visitors, playing with three spinner and two pacers, got no success in the initial stage of the game before Kane Williamson turned to Mitchell Santner, who provided first breakthrough to NZ and took the wicket of Lokesh Rahul (32 off 39). Later, Cheteshwar Pujara and Murali Vijay put a great batting effort and 112-run stand before Pujara handing over his wicket to Santner again. After the Pujara’s wicket nobody could contribute well despite R Ashwin and Rohit Sharma’s small partnership and Indian batsmen collapsed after the strong start. Rohit Sharma (35 off 67) and R Ashwin (40 off 76) tried to support India batting in the middle order but the failure of Indian skipper Virat Kohli, Ajinkya Rahane and Wriddhiman Saha has put India backward on stumps of first day of the first match of the series. At the stumps on Day 1, India were 291 for the loss of 9 wickets with Ravindra Jadeja and Umesh Yadav still in the middle. From New Zealand, pacer Trent Boult and Mitchell Santner took 3 wickets each and Sodhi, Wagner and Craig took 1 wicket each on the first day. By Prajakt K.
MSK Prasad, the former Indian wicket-keeper has been appointed as the chief selector of the Selection Committee representing South Zone and replacing former chairman of the Selection Committee Sandeep Patil. The decision was taken at the Annual General Meeting (AGM) of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) in Mumbai on Wednesday. Reports said that, according to the the Lodha Panel Guidelines, the decision will be sent the Supreme Court-appointed body for approval. For the first time, BCCI had advertised for the post, reports said. Reports said, the eligibility criteria for the post of the chief selector includes, A. That the candidate must have represented the Indian team either in a Test match or a One Day International or more than 50 first class matches in India and B. Candidate should not be part of any IPL team/management or part of any other league in the world. The 41-year-old former Indian wicket-keeper MSK Prasad had played six Tests and 17 ODIs scoring 106 runs in Tests and 131 runs in ODIs with a fifty. While Gagan Khoda’s term as a representative for the Central Zone has been extended, Prasad will be joined by new selection committee, Devang Gandhi (East Zone), Jatin Paranjpe (West Zone) and Sarandeep Singh (North Zone). By Prajakt K.
Sri Lanka’s top pacer, Nuwan Kulasekara, who arrested earlier, for being involved in a fatal road accident which resulted into the death of 28-year-old motorcyclist, has been released on bail. According to the reports, the accident took place on Monday when Kulasekara’s car collided with the motorcyclist, who had lost control of his bike while coming from the opposite direction. Reports added that Kulasekara was returning to Colombo from Kandy. “Preliminary inquiries have revealed that Kulasekara was returning to Colombo from Kandy, when the unfortunate motorcycle rider who was travelling in the opposite direction had lost control of his bike whilst trying to overtake a bus and got flung into Kulasekara's path,” confirmed The Sri Lanka Cricket. The 34-year-old Sri Lankan pacer, who had earlier retired from Test cricket to concentrate on limited -over format, has been released on bail by the Kadawatha Chief Magistrate. By Prajakt K.