Wednesday, June 28, 2017
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Yuvraj Singh

Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh said that he wants to continue playing cricket for a few more years while being in good form. He will be playing in his 300th ODI when India will face against Bangladesh in the semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy on Thursday, 15 June.

The Punjab men said “Sir zindagi bach gayi humari, who sabse badi hain (I am alive and that is the biggest thing for me). I don’t want to talk about my regrets when I am in a good zone. I am playing well and would continue for a few more years. As long as I am performing, I would like to play.”

Yuvraj, who suffered cancer for a six, made sure that the 2019 World Cup is on his mind. He will be the fifth Indian cricketer to play in 300 ODIS.

Yuvraj Singh

The 35-year-old left-hander said that getting India jersey may not be very difficult, but wearing it for 17 years demands willpower of a different level along with copious amount of self-belief.

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Yuvraj said “It’s not difficult to play for India but sustaining is tough. You need to have determination and self-belief is important. When things are not going well, people will have a lot of opinions and you need to believe in yourself it’s a matter of time you can do it again.”

Yuvraj Singh

When asked about the milestone, Yuvraj said “I don’t know whether I am a role model but it’s been a big achievement for me to get to 300 games. It’s a huge honour. When I started playing, I was happy playing just one game for India. That would have been a big achievement for me but here I am now.”

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Yuvraj said that he never give up that’s worked in his favour, “I think my biggest quality has been never to give up, pushing no matter what obstacles came in my life… Be persistent, be consistent and focus on the process of the game.”

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Virat Kohli

Indian cricket team is ready to face against the neighbour country Bangladesh in their second semi-final of the ICC Champions Trophy 2017 on Thursday, 15th June at Edgbaston in Birmingham.

Indian captain Virat Kohli took to social media and uploaded a picture with team players on his Twitter account and he twitted “With the boys yesterday at our stopover from London to Birmingham.

Defending champions India have won in 2013 under the captaincy of MS Dhoni. Kohli’s troop started the campaign with a perfect manner when they smashed arch-rivals Pakistan by 124 runs (D/L Method) but lost the plan after the match defeat against Sri Lanka by 6 wickets chasing the target of 322 runs.

Virat Kohli

The Blue Men team were locked in a do-or-die condition against South Africa in the third and last group games. As both the team came into the game with a win and loss under their belt and a win.

India clutched an unbelievable win by 8 wickets against South Africa and placed in the semi-final stage.

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On Thursday, India will face against Bangladesh, who defeated New Zealand in their respective last group game to secure a place in the semi-final of the Champions Trophy 2017.

Virat Kohli

Bangladesh have shared the point with Australia after the match was washed away due to non-stop rain but lost to hosts England in the opening match.

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The two sides who have registered a semi-final berth are England and Pakistan. The two teams will lock horns with each other on Wednesday in Cardiff.

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Virat Kohli

India skipper Virat Kohli said that AB de Villiers run out was the key points in the Group B match at the Kennington Oval, London of the Champions Trophy 2017.

After the crucial win against South Africa by eight wickets with 72 balls remaining, India skipper Virat Kohli said at the post-match press conference. “The run out of AB De Villiers was one of the turning points of the match.”

“The pressure was put on by our bowlers. They stuck to their lines and got us the breakthroughs when required. The pressure was built by the bowlers that resulted in those breakthroughs,” said Kohli.

Virat Kohli

Talking about the efforts of Jasprit Bumrah, Kohli said that he is an attacking bowler and told him to express himself. “His intention was to pick up wickets and that helped us as both the Pacers were attacking from both ends. I am delighted for all the bowlers. To be able to bowl like that to a batting line-up such as this boosts a lot of confidence.”

The 28-year-old India captain said about their fielding was up and a big bonus for his side. “In the two games, we played we finished off our oppositions. That is something we have spoken about and are looking to do regularly.”

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Kohli said about three teams from the subcontinent, “Maybe the experience of playing limited-overs cricket and playing such high-pressure games was a reason. But credit to all the teams that made it to the semis. It’s all about who can play better cricket.”

Virat Kohli

Speaking about earlier match presser, “It’s not an ideal way to finish the tournament. Very disappointing. Credit to them in those first 15-overs in the field. They had great intensity, they didn’t miss the mark very often. They put pressure on us, going at 3 and a half or 4 an over.”

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“That’s not the way we usually bat. We got something going until those run-outs that cost us dearly today. We never got going. We were hoping to play a better game of cricket today. We did not plan to play conservative cricket up front. They bowled pretty well. They didn’t miss the mark a lot. We were completely outplayed today. We had a lot of soft dismissals.”

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Bhuvneshwar Kumar

India pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar said about white ball refuses to make a swing for seamers in English conditions and he changed his strategy after failing to understand why this happen during the ongoing ICC Champions Trophy.

Bhuvneshwar has bowled 22.3 overs in three games taking four wickets for 100 runs at a rate of 4.44. After reaching the semi-finals against South Africa, Bhuvneshwar said “It’s very difficult to point out why the ball is not swinging in England. The wickets are not generally this hard in England during this time of the year.”

“During the Champions Trophy in 2013 and the next year during Test series, wickets were soft. Not very soft that batsmen would encounter problems but soft enough for some deviation.”

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Talking about failed to pinpoint whether it is the quality of white kookaburra to be blamed, Bhuvneshwar said: “I don’t know whether that’s the reason or something to do with the quality of the balls, but as everyone is watching that it’s difficult for the bowlers to get swing.”

Bhuvneshwar has success match against South Africa pair of Quinton de Kock and Hashim Amla during their 76 run opening stand. “When the ball doesn’t swing then you have to alter the length. You have to bowl a bit back of the length.”

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“Normally, we bowl fuller length to get wickets but here we are holding the length back. The par score is 300 and the main aim is to take wickets and if, then build up adequate pressure so that we can get wickets later to restrict them to a small total.”

Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Bhuvneshwar added, “In these circumstances, the idea is not to bowl at their strengths. Look, they will still find ways to score but idea was to keep it at bare minimum. I feel the pressure that we created in the first 15 overs helped us get wickets, later on, not to forget the three brilliant run-outs.”

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Talking about key point that worked during the match against South Africa, Bhuvneshwar said “When (Quinton) De Kock and (Hashim) Amla were batting, we knew that their strategy was to not lose too many wickets till the 30th over, before going for the kill. But our plan was to ensure that we build pressure with dot balls.”

“The 40 runs that we saved during the second Powerplay helped. If you are only 130 at the end of 30th over, you are mentally under pressure,” said Bhuvneshwar.

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Steve Smith

Australia skipper Steve Smith said that his side needs to perform well to beat England if they want to reach the semi-finals after suffering two matches with no result in their last group games.

Cricket Australia (CA) has endangered not to pay contracted players past June 30 ending of their current financial deal if they do not accept a new offer.

It has, in turn, leading David Warner, Smith’s vice-captain to quarrel that if the players don’t have an agreement then they will not able to take part in the showpiece home Ashes Test series against England in November.

When asked about the impact of the pay dispute on his preparations, Smith said to the reporters at Edgbaston on Friday, “We’re worried about that at all. We know the ACA (Australian Cricketers’ Association) is handling that back home.”

Steve Smith

Smith added, “For us, it’s about concentrating on this tournament – and tomorrow (Saturday) is a big game for everyone in this group.”

Talking about suffering a group stage defeat by England at Edgbaston in the 2013 Champions Trophy, Smith said: “The Champions Trophy only come around every four years, and it’s the second biggest tournament after the World Cup, so we’ve got to be focused on that.”

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Smith feels his side to raise their game on Saturday, “Obviously, it’s a must-win match for us … essentially a quarter-final. That usually does bring out the best of the Australia cricket team in big tournaments. So let’s hope that is the case tomorrow.”

Steve Smith

England captain Eoin Morgan said about his experience playing against Australia, “I’ve been in a position where I haven’t played in Ashes cricket. If you never get to play in an Ashes game, this is the closest you will ever get to beating an Australia team.”

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Talking about the Saturday games which will be very important for England post on the line to the 2019 World Cup in England, Morgan said “If we’re looking to win this tournament and go beyond and win the World Cup, we need to be beating the best sides in the world – and Australia at the moment are one of them.”

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Bangladesh

After a historic win against New Zealand, former Bangladesh captain Shakib AI-Hasan said that as his side has come a long way forward and looking to carry with good results.

After defeated New Zealand by five wickets with 16 balls remaining, Shakib said at the post-match presentation ceremony. “Winning a match in an ICC tournament is a big thing and we have come a long way in the last two years. From here on we can only go forward.”

Bangladesh, chase 266 to keep their hopes alive in the tournament, was reduced to 33 for 4 in the first 12 overs. Shakib and Mahmudullah dropped anchor and began to continue an innings left in tatters by New Zealand pacers, Adam Milne, Trent Boult and Tim Southee.

Bangladesh

Both started counter attack with a four each in the 13th over. Mahmudullah gear up and smashed James Neesham over the midwicket for a six and a four.

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Talking about his partnership with Mahmudullah, former captain said “As Mahmudullah said, we did not talk much. We just said ‘keep going’. We did not think of the target and just wanted to bat 40 overs and see where we were. The good thing was that we handled the swinging ball well and when there were balls to hit, we hit them.”

Bangladesh

Mahmudullah said about Shakib view, “The best part was that we did not talk too much. We were just batting and enjoying each other’s company out in the middle. It was a struggle in the earlier part where we stayed calm when the ball was swinging. Once it stopped it became easier and credit to Shakib for the way he batted.”

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Mashrafe Mortaza was happy about his side performance; he said “It’s a great feeling. Both times I’ve been here (talking about the wins in Cardiff). First, against Australia. And now New Zealand. Overall we are very much satisfied.”

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Anil Kumble

The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) including Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman has decided to keep Anil Kumble as head coach of India’s Team, says source to NDTV.

On Thursday night, the three-member panel met and it is learnt that trio, who had lead in Kumble in place of Ravi Shastri, are not too eager on replacing the leg-spinner. Save one office-bearer and the others are against setting an example where almost the Indian captain decides on who will be the coach of the side.

According to the reports, the BCCI said in a statement late night that “The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) of the BCCI met today and discussed the process with regard to the selection of the Head Coach of the Senior India Men team and it was decided by the CAC to revert to the BCCI, at an appropriate time.”

Anil Kumble

BCCI president CK Khanna said on Thursday, “Whether it is Anil Kumble retained or anyone else roped in, whoever gets the job will be given a contract till 2019 World Cup.”

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The news of skipper Virat Kohli’s alleged difference with Kumble has been making rounds for some time now. The BCCI invited applications for coach’s post and even a section of officials, who are anti-Kumble, convinced Virender Sehwag to apply for the post.

Anil Kumble

The BCCI official said “On one hand, team has had great performances under Kumble. If the team reaches semi-final or say final, the BCCI would cut a sorry figure if they are forced to replace Kumble. On the other hand, cricket teams are essentially run by captains. One needs to respect a captain’s viewpoint also. It’s a Catch-22 situation for CAC members.”

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The scale of the problem according to BCCI insiders has been blown out of proportion, the source, “Virat has never come and told any BCCI official that he doesn’t want to work with Kumble. And moreover, if Kumble and Virat don’t get along, what is the guarantee that Viru (Sehwag) and Virat will be on the same page. Everyone in Indian cricketing circuit knows that Sehwag is also a no-nonsense person.”

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Virat Kohli

After a dreadful bowling performance from defending champions India crash to an unexpected seven-wicket defeat against Sri Lanka in a high-scoring ICC Champions Trophy. Skipper Virat Kohli said he expected his side bowlers to defend 321 but Sri Lanka batted very well to take the game away.

The 28-year-old skipper Kohli said at the post-match presentation, “We felt we had enough on the board, we trusted out bowlers, but Sri Lanka were pretty good. They kept the momentum through the innings, they picked their areas to hit and executed really well.”

“There’s always hindsight. I thought we bowled decently. But when you don’t execute properly, there is always food for thought. Here you have to give credit to the other team.

Virat Kohli

India, inspired by Shikhar Dhawan’s superb 125, place in a high total of 321/6 but Sir Lanka recovers the runs with eight balls left to level Group B wide open. Kohli said “I think Sri Lanka played really well. The other teams are also champions and that needs to be kept in mind. We are not invincible.”

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Indian bowlers struggled to hold the Sri Lanka’s batsmen but Danushka Gunathilaka and Kusal Mendis shared a second-wicket partnership of 159 before skipper Angelo Mathews steered his team home with a composed unbeaten 52.

Virat Kohli

Kohli said “We all felt we had enough on the board at the halfway mark. We trusted our bowlers, but they (Sri Lanka) were pretty good on the day. Kept their momentum going and executed their shots really well. Our bowlers bowled decently, but they batted really well.”

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Talking about his side bowling performance, Kohli said “There is always hindsight when you don’t win games. As I said we bowled decently well, but the execution wasn’t quite there. Obviously, there is food for thought but you have got to give credit to other teams as well. You don’t take any team lightly. It’s going to be like this throughout the tournament and we don’t expect anything less.”

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