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India’s former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni made an unknown visit to the Jharkhand State Cricket Stadium to have a look the pitch where the team Australia and previous match winner team India will play the 3rd matches.

The whole stadium was set for 3rd Test, now just wait for the clash between both the team on 16th March. That will be a turning point for the 4-match series.

The 3rd Test will be an interesting match because in the last match team Australia was caught on unofficial DRS taking during the match.

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Dhoni was supposed to be present at the BCCI Awards which held in Bengaluru, but now he came to the home to spend some time with his family. Test retired Dhoni played in Jharkhand team for Vijay Hazare Trophy and also qualify for the quarter-finals.  M S Dhoni

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M.S Dhoni said, “When he’s here, he often visits the stadium for fitness work out and spends a long time at the gym. Today was no different. He also saw the wicket, and we had an informal discussion. This is not unusual for me.”

“He has never intervened in pitch preparation in the last four years. Being such a great player, I always look forward to his inputs on the quality of wicket,” he added.

If someone asks for his quality, then Dhoni is such type of player who never gone to see any pitch before the match for the last four years.

“Each of them will behave differently. The team will choose the strip two days before the match. The pitch will suit both the batsmen and bowlers and will last five days,” he said.

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Australian all-rounder cricketer Marcus Stoinis will play for Australia in the upcoming Test in India on the strength of his bowling, and earlier performances said on Thursday interim chief selector Trevor Hohns.

Stoinis has been named as a replacement for the injured of Mitchell Marsh which will leave for India Test at the conclusion of the match.

Mitchell’s shoulder injury makes his return to Australia after an unacceptable campaign. He scored 48 runs in four innings and had been bowled five overs in first two Test at Pune and Bengaluru.

The 63-year-old former Australian cricketer Hohns said to the reporters “When we looked at the various options we had to replace Mitch there were two or three people that came to mind of course.”

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“Marcus was one, Moises (Henriques) was another, another young fella by the name of Jack Wildermuth was considered as well, he’s had a terrific season too.”

Marcus Stoinis has played seven games in IPL T20 for Kings XI Punjab, he also toured Indian with Australia A in the year 2015.

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Hohns said in Bengaluru “Marcus got across the line simply because during Australia A here a couple of years ago he performed very well. Secondly, to give us as many options we could have going forward in this series; we felt the stronger bowler was the best option at this stage. That’s what got him across the line.”

Marcus Stoinis caught the eye after 146 unbeaten over New Zealand in ODI series. He had scored 126 runs at the average of 12.60 in six games.

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Hohns added “(Auckland) was very impressive, there’s no doubt about that. What he showed there was his ability to perform under extreme pressure as well, so that obviously was taken into account, albeit it was different form of the game.”

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However, he is not sure to replace Marsh in the starting side for the next Test in Ranchi. All-rounder’s Ashton Agar and Glenn Maxwell settled in as members of the touring party although not playing in the first two matches.

The series between India and Australia is level at 1-1 with the second last Test starting on 16th March.

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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.”

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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.

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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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In the last Test matches of India Vs. Australia, both the team was struggling with the bat to get some big score. Even Indian Captain Virat Kohli was also struggling hard to score, and as a result, he slipped down to No.3 from No.2 position.

On Wednesday’s report from Australian coach Darren Lehmann, Australia’s all format all-rounder Mitchel Marsh will be ruled out for the last two Test against India due to his shoulder injury. There was no official announced the replacement name for him.

In the last four innings, Marsh scored 4,31,0 and 13, and as an all-rounder, he only bowls five over in the second Test match. In the first Test, he didn’t bowl.

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Lehmann said, “Mitch Marsh will go back to Melbourne with his shoulder.”

“We’ll decide in the next day or so the replacement there, and then work out what our best XI is from there,” he added.

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“He had the injury through the summer, he was fine when he got here, but it just got worse. I was really happy with the way he played the second innings in Pune. It’s unlucky for Mitch, and we move to whoever the next person comes in. Whether we go with Usman Khawaja or Glenn Maxwell or whoever is selected, we’ll wait and see.”

The Australian cricket team physio revealed, “”Mitchell has been playing with a shoulder injury for most of the summer, which we have been managing up until now, but unfortunately it has progressively deteriorated to a point where he is unable to function at the level required. Consequently, he will return to Australia to consult with specialists to advise the best course of action.”

The next Test will be an interesting one for both teams, which will start on March 16 in Ranchi.

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After losing the 1st Test match against Australia, Captain Kohli seems very angry through the second Test match. After India’s superb came back in the last innings of second Test, Indian team forced Australia to defeat by 75 runs.

Australian former wicket-keeper Ian Healy criticized Captain Kohli’s behavior. But former Pakistan pacer Shoaib Akhtar defended Indian Captain Virat Kohli after Ian Healy’s criticizing comment.

After India’s win in the second Test match, Shoaib Akhtar said, “We have 1.2 billion people in India, and one person doesn’t make a difference.”

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 The 28-years Delhi batsman said, “And also I think you should go and search on YouTube when he was given out in Centurion down the leg side. I heard he said something about me not having good behavior with the umpires. I think you all should YouTube that video.”
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Captain Kohli got support from Akhtar who gave a long comment about it on Twitter.

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At Melbourne radio station SEN, the 119-Test veteran player said, “The pressure is starting to tell on (Kohli). I’m losing respect for him. He’s got to be a lot more respectful of his opponents. The stuff he did with Steve Smith was unacceptable.”.

“I’ve said in the past, he (Kohli) is the best batsman I’ve ever seen. His feistiness and real aggression towards the opposition has been good (in the past), especially when he was not captain. It would lead his team with him. They’re timider than they look and they let on, the Indian cricketers.”

The former Australian Healy said, “So Kohli’s aggression was good for them. But I think it’s not good for them anymore. He’s putting some pressure on (his players). You can read pressure all over Ravichandran Ashwin’s face. I think there are massive cracks showing in (Kohli).”

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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.

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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.”

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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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