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Indian skipper Virat Kohli is planning to become one of the best since his early days, Kohli says that he know very well that he needs to perform well in all three formats of the game, if he wants to realise his dream.

On Wednesday night, Kohli has awarded Polly Umrigar for BCCI International Cricketer of the Year at Cricket Board annual awards. He said that he wanted to become one of the best and top players in the world.

The 28-year-old India’s skipper Kohli said “I always wanted to be one of the top players in the world for sure. So I understood what it would take for me to maintain my form in all three formats.”

“It is very important in transition phase to be available in all three formats and take the country forward.”

Kohli made a push at his critics and said that he believed in his abilities even if there were many doubters around him.

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He said “All along in my career; there were many people who had doubted the way I have gone about my game. Even now there are doubters and haters all around, but one thing is for sure that I have always believed in myself.”

“I always believed in my heart that if I work 120 per cent every day in my life I am answerable to no one,” said Kohli.

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He became the first Indian cricketer who receives the Polly Umrigar award for the 3rd time. Taking about his teammates because of their support and contribution, Kohli said that the last 12 month has been quite unbelievable.

“It is been quite unbelievable in the last 10 to 12 months. As cricketers you always have a breakthrough year for everyone. Starting late 2015 to the end of 2016, probably I could term is as the breakthrough year in my career.”

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“All the hard work, all the training on a daily basis, all the sacrifices, came together nicely. It could not have been possible without the help of the teammates throughout. At times you don’t do well but when the champion players in your side step up and everyone deliver what when you start producing results.”

“That is why we are the top side in the world at the moment, and it is testimony to the kind of talent we have in the team and how players have stepped up on occasions which helped the team pull through different situations. I thank my teammates for their support, trust and effort,” said Kohli.

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Talking about 75 runs win over Australia in Bengaluru, he stated that series-leveling was a special one. “It was good that we came back in the game. We were all sticking together. That (win) was very special and one of the best I have been part of.”

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Indian international cricketer Gautam Gambhir has blamed Delhi coach PK Bhaskar because of creating a ‘sense of insecurity’ in the dressing room mainly for the young players. Gambhir said that he had asked coach Bhaskar’s about the selection policies at the end of a season for Delhi.

On Monday, the match was lead by Rishabh Pant, 19-year-old, beat Uttar Pradesh in their final game in Bhubaneswar. However, they failed to make the quarter-final of the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

The 35-year-old opener left-handed batsman said that coach was trying to blame on a young player for the disappoint performance of the team.

On Tuesday, Gambhir said to media The Indian Express that “Bhaskar is only trying to save his job. As a coach, has he put his hand up and said ‘even I am to blame’? Instead, he had made young players insecure. He is trying to pass the buck.”


He emphasized the folder of two players Nitish and Unmukt, who were dropped during the season. Unmukt was a captained of Delhi during the season of 2016-17, was lost for the Vijay Hazare Trophy one-day tournament after scoring low scores during T20.

Gambhir said “Unmukt Chand captained India A recently, captained Delhi when I wasn’t a part of the team. Suddenly you don’t even pick him for Delhi’s one-day side. Nitish Rana was part of the Duleep Trophy and also played in the IPL, but suddenly after a few bad games you send him back,” said Gambhir.

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“How will these two cricketers feel? The youngsters in the team are insecure and being a senior player; I had to stand up for them. I wanted to tell the coach that what he was doing was not right and so I decided to do so,” Gambhir added.



He said that coach didn’t use any expletives, “There was an argument between me and Bhaskar but it is ridiculous to suggest that I used any bad language.”

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“There was a difference of opinion but what is not correct is that such incidents, which happen in a dressing room, get leaked outside.”

“What happens in the dressing room must stay in the dressing room. That is how it has always been,” said Gambhir.

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Former Australian captain Micheal Clarke had arrived down tough on Steve Smith when present skipper required help from the dressing room on a DRS (Decision Review System) call on the second Test of the fourth day in Bengaluru on March 7 on Tuesday.

Aussie captain Smith was attentive in front by Umesh Yadav leaving Australia at 74 for 4. After then he walked just before the non-striker Peter Handscomb to take his views about reviewing the decision.

After a short discussion, both the batsman turned towards the dressing room with Captain Smith making a hand signal to point out what should they do.

Umpire, Nigel Llong, quickly showed the spot intention and gave Smith the marching orders, after that Smith turned left against Virat Kohli and Co. furious.


As per the Law, any batsman can only talk to his partner before taking the decision of DRS but can ask for help from the umpires. Clarke feels that if Australia has been asking for help from the dressing room, then that’s “unacceptable.”

Clarke said to India Today that “I want to find out from the Australian team if they’re using the DRS in that way if they are then that is unacceptable. My concern and my worry is that when you look at the footage of what happened with Steve Smith, Peter Handscomb … actually suggests to Steve Smith to turn around and have a look at the support staff.”

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“If it is only a one-off, I don’t think that would have happened. The fact that Peter Handscomb is even thinking about telling the Australian captain to turn around and look to the support staff, I’ve got my concerns.”


Clarke said while fronting the media after the game, Kohli said that he also noticed this in the first two days of the Test and informed the match referee and umpires.

“I saw that two times happening when I was batting out there. I pointed it out to the umpire as well, that it has happened twice, that I’ve seen their players looking upstairs for confirmation, and that’s why the umpire was at him,” he exposed.

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He added, “When he turned back, the umpire knew exactly what was going on, because we observed that, we told match referee also, and the umpires, that they’ve been doing that for the last three days and this has to stop.”

After this drama, India closes the game by 75 runs to level the series at 1-1, now next third Test will be held in Ranchi.

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Indian veteran skipper Virat Kohli has the honour to his team after an incredible win in Bengaluru and levels the series as 1-1. Kohli told at the post-match conference that “Our player showed the intent and the belief that we can win from any position. It was about taking responsibility and the way they showed heart and character, along with the crowd, is unbelievable.”

Kohli gives an insight into the attitude of the team, “The moment they did not score big in the second innings, we knew we had a chance. We knew if we got anything over 150, we had a chance,” he said.

“We would have liked anything over 200; we thought from 225 there was only one winner. The moment we got 187, we knew we needed in-out fields, we needed to finish it today. Can’t wait for Ranchi. We need to push that momentum further. The team is not going to look back now.”

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The 28-year-old also said set off his batting unit for showing lots of gravel and willpower, “After conceding the lead, Pujara and Rahane had a champion partnership. Two best Test batsmen we have got, so much character and technique and heart. Wriddhi’s knock in the end, Ishant’s application that was a bonus.”

The Pune’s match has hit the team hard, a man of the match KL Rahul has come with an impressive performance.

“After that first loss, to come here and do what we did is really really special. We have achieved a lot but this win for a young team will be really really special,” Kohli said.

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“I have played all my cricket here. I told them if we get 150 lead we will win by 30. We knew the third day was the best day to bat on, and the approach from us was brilliant.”

Rahul said about missing out on a hundred, “Openers need to get big runs. This was a disappointment, but now that we have won, that disappointment is gone.”

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“My shoulder gets quite sore, I can’t dive, and I have to restrict a couple of shots. It is not such a bad thing. I can bat within myself. I am enjoying batting with the problem,” Rahul said.

Losing skipper Australian Steve Smith feels that the second Test against India was a great test match.

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“Certainly the match ebbed and floed throughout. I am proud of the way the boys played it. The partnership between Rahane and Pujara hurt us. They played really well. And we weren’t up for it today,” said Smith.

“It was quite hard to play. Bit up and down with the quicks throughout the match, and that rough outside off. Quite difficult but Test match cricket is not supposed to be easy. Series is well and truly alive. Great two Tests. Plenty to play for when we go to Ranchi,” he added.

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Former Australian cricketer and current selector Mark Waugh has said that Indian captain Virat Kohli is suffering from a “brain fade” However, his elder brother and also former captain Steve Waugh is confidently told that Kohli team will return harder at the Aussies.

Conversation on his Facebook page, elder Waugh did not agree that Kohli has been out of sorts. However, it made clear that Kohli will shortly be on the runs and prove that the fans are wrong.

The 51-years-old former Australian right-handed batsman Waugh explained that “Kohli seems to be a little out of sorts at the moment. It’s the first time he’s been under pressure for a while. Australia have had good plans to him as well (but) he’s been a little bit muddled in his thinking.”


“That’s best shown by two of his dismissals where he let balls go against the spinners (against Steve O’Keefe in the second innings in Pune and against Nathan Lyon in the first innings in Bangalore).”

“That’s something he never would have done even in his junior cricket days. So far Australia have (contained him) very well … but I expect him to score runs later on (in the series).

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Former Aussies skipper Waugh said that the two sacks against Lyon and O’Keefe prove that the Indian captain Kohli isn’t at the top of his game presently. He feels that the pressure hopes from the home fans have received to Kohli.

waugh  He said “That means he’s not quite thinking 100 per cent, so Australia have got him a bit rattled at the moment. (A) home Test series, they’re expected to win it and right now (at stumps on day three) Australia are in front.”

“I think he’s feeling the pressure of 1.3 billion Indians, wanting him to score runs and thinking he’s going to every time.”

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Waugh believes that it won’t be long before Kohli is back in his part, “That was always going to be a key component of this Test series, how many runs Virat Kohli was going to score,” said Waugh.

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West Indies international cricketer Darren Sammy said that the decision to tour to Pakistan was for a good reason. Many foreign players were pulled out when it was announced that the Pakistan Super League final match would be played in Lahore.

Sammy leads Peshawar Zalmi in the second edition of PSL in the final which held in Lahore. Many overseas players travelled to play like Chris Jordan, Marlon Samuels, David Malan, Morne van and Anamul Haque.

After leading his team to the title on Sunday, Sammy said “When you have not been in a place you always have your doubts. You get different views, different opinions. But I spoke to Javed [Afridi, the Peshawar team owner] and Shahid Afridi and they influenced my decision to come here.”


“All the boys just made the decision that we are part of something that we are coming down here for a good cause. The fans here deserve to see their players playing as they haven’t seen it for quite a while. I am glad I came here.”

“I have enjoyed playing a cricket match [in Lahore], and I have even enjoyed being with the security guys as I have never seen something like this before so it was a good experience. It is hopefully a step in the right direction, where things could happen.”

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“What I can say is that being here felt like playing in St Lucia, playing in India or anywhere else in the world. And like I said at the toss, today I felt cricket was the winner.”




This was the second major match which was played in Pakistan after the hit on Sir Lanka team in the year 2009 in Lahore. Many teams refused to tour to Pakistan with the FICA (Federation of International Cricketers Association).

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Sammy recognized that the winning trophy meant a lot to him, he said “To me it was more than just a game. It started with the draft. Lala [Afridi] made the big announcement that I would be the captain and one of our mottos was to bring back the smiles, so I felt tonight I brought a lot of smiles in Lahore and Peshawar.”

“It is an amazing day and this trophy means a lot.”

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Former Argentine footballer and current coach of Tottenham Mauricio Pochettino has notified Chelsea that their Tottenham Hotspur will struggle to get a lead of any slips and keep combating for the Premier League title till the end.

Argentine central defender Pochettino hailed “belief” of his side that helped to beat Everton at 3-2 on Sunday to close the space on the leaders to seven points.

Two goals from Harry Kane and one goal from Dele Alli keep Chelsea under pressure in the Premier League race.

On Monday night match, the Blues will return to 10 points if they beat West Ham. However, Tottenham boss believes that his team needs to perform well if they want to push Chelsea.


The 45-year-old Tottenham manager said after winning over Toffees, he said “Everton was a very difficult opponent, we know that. We played, much better and if you see the score, 3-2, maybe that’s not fair [reflection] because that makes it look like a very competitive game but we deserved more. Sometimes that happens.”

“The most important things for us was to get the three points, important to keep our position in the table fighting for the highest position and to be there if Chelsea fail.”

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“We played with a lot of confidence, always knowing what we needed to do in every moment and that was fantastic,” he added.

“The team showed big confidence and that’s important for us because now we’re at the most important period with the Premier League and FA Cup and we have that consistency and that belief.”


Tottenham boss mourned that his team conceded a late goal from Enner Valencia in last scored of the game just minutes after Dele Alli had scored 3-1.

Pochettino said “Overall, it was a very good win, a fantastic performance. Okay, in the end we’re a little disappointed to concede the last goal because we showed a lack of concentration and that can’t happen again. But without that, we played very well.”

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“We played a fantastic first half and the second half we dominated and played with good quality and a high tempo. I’ve very pleased for everyone. We have to keep going.”

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Former Indian captain Mahendra Sigh Dhoni may have slumped with the bat and unsuccessful to motivate his team Jharkhand against Hyderabad on Friday. However, Coach Rajiv Kumar defended Dhoni, saying that they would bounce to qualify from Group D in Vijay Hazare Trophy.

Jharkhand’s destiny suspends in balance in the Vijay Hazare Trophy after suffering 21 run loss against Hyderabad, although well century by Sourabh Tiwary 102 off 104 balls.

While look for 204 runs to win, Dhoni played 20 balls to score the first boundary and ended his struggle at 28 runs off 47 balls. Dhoni was cleaned up by Hyderabad left-arm spinner Mehdi Hasan 3/40. Dhoni team were packed out after scoring 182 in 44.4 overs.

Jharkhand coach Rajiv said “He (Dhoni) could not have done much. There was little time to react. It was a good length ball that stayed low and skidded on to stumps. It was his bad luck.”


The coach pointed out that Dhoni added his captaincy as Jharkhand handled to control Hyderabad to a modest 203/8.

He said “His leadership quality is an inspiration to all of us. With his smart thinking, he’s able to restrict a team for 276/9 when they’re eyeing a total of 300-plus (against Services in Kalyani on Feb 28). Here we could restrict them for 200-odd. There’s an overall improvement but wicket has been difficult, we have not been successful to adapt quickly.”

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“He has seen situations like no one else here. Nobody knows to finish a game better than him. His presence is a big boost for the side. In Kalyani we lost three but Jaggi and Sourabh finished the game. It’s a big learning experience for all of us,” he added.


Coach Rajiv said that Dhoni has a good chat with the team, “He had a good chat with the team. He told us what are the areas of weakness we need to work as a team.”

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Sourabh had lost his wicket when team Jharkhand needed 31 runs off 70 balls; coach Rajiv said “It’s not fair to say he threw his wicket. Had he been successful in chasing we would have said he played exraordinary innings. But only he could feel how his body was feeling. He developed cramps. He wanted to close the game so there were a lot of things going in his mind.”



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Australian pace bowler Mitchell Johnson said that India would be nervous and overconfident in the ongoing four-Test series in Dharamsala begin on March 25...