Thursday, February 23, 2017
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Gujarat Lions are excited to roar again; they made a dream debut last season. The Lions have roped in former Indian cricketer Mohammad Kaif as new assistant coach.

Kaif has made to the national team on the strength of his performances at Under-19 level and also the captain of the World Cup-winning in 2000.

The 36-year-old Indian former cricketer is going to work with teams head coach Brad Hodge. Kaif is very excited about his new job and said to TOI that he would help his team a vast experience.

“I have played with top players like Shane Warne, Chris Gayle, AB de Villiers, Mahela Jayawardene and Virat Kohli and I am sure I will be able to help my team with my experience.”


The Chhattisgarh cricket team batsman said that having a young batsman like Keshav Bansal was a significant advantage for Gujarat. Kaif said, “The presence of Keshav would make a lot of difference to the dressing room atmosphere.”

Bansal came with the statement about Kaif; he said Kaif’s training would boost the side to perform better than the previous year.

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“Kaif has played a key role in many Indian victories. He has captained a couple of domestic teams for long and also played in the IPL for different sides over the years. Out team will certainly benefit from his presence in the dressing room,” said Bansal.


He added saying that “This year we are hoping to better our performance and Kaif’s role would be important.”

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“We had a goal when we came in as a team for two years. We would love to continue our association with BCCI. We will take a call when the time is right.”

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Virat Kohli

Indian all format Captain-Virat Kohli’s brand value is likely to have gone up by 20-25% after appointed Captain of India’s T20I and One Day International team. And it might have a big chance to increase his brand value if he is going like that for upcoming few years, said by the sports marketing executives.

According to the October 2016 report by Duff & Phelps of India’s most valuable celebrity brands, Virat Kohli’s brand value holds on $92 million which is only second to Shahrukh Khan whose brand value is $131 million.

In the previous few years, Kohli scored consecutive four hundred in four consecutive series. From the last year, Kohli scored the most Test runs (1206) in home compare any Indian player.

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If Virat Kohli will play like previous Test matches, then it will be guaranteed that he will cross Smith record who currently holds the top place of ICC Test batsman ranking. From the present record, Kohli’s point is 895 where Smith’s is 933. For the India, Sunil Gavaskar is the only player to cross 900 points and legendary Sachin’s highest reached record was 895.

Virat Kohli

“Performance improves the perceived value of a brand ambassador,” said Tuhin Mishra.

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“The moment Virat Kohli became captain of ODI and T20, his value would have gone up by 20-25% as is the norm,” he added.

Director of Duff & Phelps, Aviral Jain said, “The track record of a sports player has a direct bearing on his attractiveness as a brand endorser. Given the consistent and unbeatable record of Virat Kohli, companies that want to position themselves as a market winner will look to sign him on as a brand ambassador.”

“Like in the case of any product or service brand, a brand ambassador’s value goes up with better performance. Better performance means the greater number of eyeballs, increased awareness and increase in acreage in print (coverage),” added Kiran Khalap, co-founder, Chlorophyll Brand, and Communications Consultancy.

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Founder and chief executive of CAA Kwan, Anirban Das Blah said, “We are not far from the day when Kohli could easily be the most expensive brand ambassador in the history of endorsements in India, and justifiably so.”

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If Indian 19-match unbeaten winning streak was not enough then, there is great news for India. If Indian able to win their first Test against Australia then, they will be awarded an amount of $1 million by the International Cricket Council (ICC) which will start from February 23rd in Pune.

The amount will be a reward for the team for keeping the number one ranking in Test cricket. ICC’s has mentioned the date to retain the top rankings and win the prize money on April 1, 2017.

So, therefore winning in the first Test will keep India in the top rankings and also will reward them money.


India is going to play the four-match Test series against Australia which will continue till March 29. However, they received the top spot in Test rankings four months back during the New Zealand Test series.

When India wins their third and final Test Indore against New Zealand, they achieved the number one rank in the game’s longest format and also awarded the ICC mace.

Also Read: India Vs Australia: Australia Prepares Like Indian Team

The earlier prize money for the highest ranked Test amount was $5, 00,000, however, now it became the second amount to $1 million in 2015.


In October, India wins against New Zealand have been on an unbeatable run. They defeat New Zealand 3-0 and also beat England at 4-0 in the five-match Test series.

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In the Test against Bangladesh, the first five-day matches played the visitor in India. The hosts beat them with a huge margin of 208 runs. India has not lost a Test match since loss to Sri Lanka in 2015 in Galle.

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Glen Maxwell

World’s No. 1 team will face against Australia in the Test Cricket format from 23rd February. On Monday Australian team landed on the Indian ground from Dubai. All player looks very confident for the upcoming four-match Test series.

After reaching on the Mumbai Airport, the whole Australian team moved to their reserved hotel with a big truck when they were told there was no help arranged for them from the BCCI. On luggage unloaded time, David Warner was helping and the whole team called his bull.

On Wednesday while whole Australian team practicing at the Cricket Club of India, Glenn Maxwell said, “It was good leadership from the Reverend.”

On the last week, the Australian team was preparing for the Indian Test series at the ICC Academy in Dubai. Mitchell Marsh was walking around the team when Steve Smith to ball googly in the Dubai pitch. In the dressing room, there was pretty good fun between the players. Marsh took a crack, “This could come in very handy in India in the case of an upset tummy. I could even be playing in one of them.”

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During that tanning session, Marsh’s father sends a message on his blog. “I have one tip for you, mate. Well, if you can try to be funny, it would help!” Mitch had a response, though.”Apple doesn’t fall too far from the tree. I am your son. If I am not funny, then I don’t know who is going to be laughing at your blogs!”

Indian Team

On Wednesday Maxwell said, “I’m probably not going to say anything to him, that’s for sure. Virat is up and down, I suppose, with sledding. If you (strike) a chord with him, or something gets him agitated to play a big shot, then blokes are more than welcome to go for it. But at the moment, there’s not much agitating him.”

. “I think Steve (Smith, Australia captain) said it correctly in the press conference yesterday – the guys that want to get involved verbally, if that gets the best out of them, then go for it,” he added.

Australian Maxwell said about the Indian Captain Kohli, “I don’t think it’s anything particular as far as technique or anything like that. I just think he’s so on top of his game at the moment.”

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“Guys can go through a run of form like that where they just get on a roll, and everything seems to click for them, and that’s happened for him at the moment. The thing with that is it can take only one bit of bad luck or an unfortunate dismissal where he’s run out or something, and that can sometimes trigger a little bit of indecision or doubt. So hopefully in the first couple of Tests, we can create that doubt and get him wondering about his technique. We’ve obviously been watching him play over the last few months and just admired the way that he’s gone about it. He’s been extremely consistent, and he’s gone on to score big hundreds, which is something he didn’t do very much in the early part of his career, but now he’s making big double hundreds and winning the game for India.” He added.

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England Test captain Joe Root feels that Australian captain Steve Smith and Indian captain Virat Kohli have gone on to bigger and better things and taken their game to the next level after assuming responsibility of leading their teams.

Root said that the type of form motivates him to his Indian and Australian counterparts. He wanted to show an example for the rest of the team by performing his batting to the nest level, like Smith and Kohli.

Root has a striking batting average of 53 in Tests, Kohli’s average over 67 as captain and 41 as non-captain, Smith’s average before captain 53 and after skipper 71.

The 26-years-old England captain Root said on Wednesday at his Headingley home ground, “That excites me. It’s a great motivator to make sure I do everything I can to get my batting in the best place possible and set the example for the rest of the guys in the team.”


He added saying “You look at other guys who’ve taken similar roles like Virat and Steve Smith and they’ve gone on to bigger and better things and taken their game to the next level. I don’t see why I can’t look at it in the same light.”

“It’s a great opportunity to take that added responsibility and really motivate me to get better. Every kid dreams of being England captain one day. I’m just really looking forward to getting my teeth into it and putting my mark on things.”

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Root said that accepting the captaincy, he had no hesitation when he offered by England and Wales Cricket Board director Andrew Strauss. “I think it’s the biggest honour in the game, simple as that.”

Strauss predict an initial rise in the form of Root and also regular in all three international formats. “When you get to the end of a captaincy career, you look at Alastair Cook and talk about him feeling a bit drained. The opposite is also true. Early on in your captaincy career, it’s incredibly energising,” said Strauss.


“You walk a bit taller, you are passionate about taking the team forward, and you want to contribute to winning games of cricket. We’ve seen with a lot of captains that it’s had a really positive effect on their game generally. There’s no reason why that wouldn’t happen to Joe for the next 18 months. And it’s 18 very important months for both him and the England team,” he added.

Root said about his promotion to as captain, “It’s a good opportunity to give something back to the game that has given me so much. I’m very lucky to have inherited an exciting team with a great blend of experience, raw talent and a core group of players who have played 20-30 games and are ready to take some more responsibility,” he said.

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“I’d like to be a captain that wins, tough to play against, and I like to hope we’ll play cricket that is enjoyable to watch. It should be entertaining Test cricket and that’s something I want to get across to the team and the people watching,” he added.

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Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt said that he has no regret concerning his decision to retire from athletics in 2017 because he has a talent everything he wants to in the sport.

The 30-years-old Jamaican sprinter will hang up his points following the world championships in London in August, bringing the curtain down on a career that has delivered eight Olympic gold medals.

Bolt said to Reuters on the red carpet at the Laureus World Sports Awards in Monaco, “I’ve just done everything I wanted to do in the sport. I asked (former U.S. sprinter) Michael Johnson the same question, ‘why did you retire when you were on top?”

“He said the same – he had done everything he had wanted to do in athletics, so there was no reason to stay in the sport. Now I understand what he means.”


In 2016 Rio Olympic Games, Bolt has done a ‘treble treble’ of 100m, 200m, and 4x100m titles, however, had his 2008 relay gold stripped last month after teammate Nesta Carter’s re-tested sample showed traces of a banned substance.

Last week, Carter said that he would appeal to the Court of Arbitration for Sport. Jamaican 30-year-old Bolt ablaze to his team of international ‘All Stars’ to victory in the inaugural Nitro Athletics Series in Melbourne.

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Bolt said “I just wanted to run and to be part of it. I had to take it easy because I wasn’t at the level I would usually be. It was the first time I had competed at this time of the year.”


Bolt is listed for the Laureus World Sportsman of the Year award along with back-to-back Olympic 5,000 and 10,000 meters gold medal winner Mo Farah and double Olympic tennis champion Andy Murray.

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In the shortlisted, many sportsmen also included for an award like Real Madrid and Portugal forward player Cristiano Ronaldo and basketball duo Stephen Curry and LeBron James.

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Germany footballer Mesut Ozil might be struggling for form however his manager Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger would not be strained into a rumour that Germany midfielder can be dropped for Wednesday’s Champion League last 16, first leg at Bayern Munich.

On Tuesday, before they arrive in Munich, the British media had reported that Ozil might leave on the bench for the game since his recent performance was poor. However, when asked about Ozil, coach Wenger said that German was entirely focused on the match.

“It is not the best moment to give you the first eleven. I will pick the team tomorrow (Wednesday) morning. We are playing in Germany and Ozil is highly focused to have a good performance tomorrow.”


The 28-years-old Arsenal players Ozil has been in the attention after nameless displays in recent Premier League beats by Watford and Chelsea. He did little to put down the criticism after missing a host of chances in Arsenal’ss 2-0 Premier League win against Hull City on Saturday.

But, coach Wenger was more approaching about who will play in goal with David Ospina starting ahead of Petr Cech due to the Colombian’s performances in the competition this season.

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The 67-years-old French former footballer said “Nothing to hide; it will be Ospina. Because of the quality of his performances, if we are today in the last 16..we are where we are basically down to his great performances.”


Arsenal has lost to Bayern at this stage of the Champions League three times since 2005 but Wenger stressed that his side have the advantage of a home second leg and the quality to leave Munich with a good result.

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Frenchman said “We know we play against Bayern who, basically, listening to you (reporters) are favourites. We have to be very positive on the fighting front and playing front.”

“I feel we have the experience to play against Bayern. When you look at their record they are always in the last four. It is a massive challenge but we are capable of dealing with it.

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Steve Waugh

From ICC’s latest update of Test bowling list, Ravi Ashwin holds the top place on that list. On the last Test match, Ashwin completes his 250 wickets milestone.

Australian former batsman Steve Waugh has given India’s recent best spinner Ravi Ashwin the unlimited tribute by saying that Ashwin is the Don Bradman of the bowling world. Waugh directly said to Steve Smith that if he wants to win these Test series than Australian team should need to overcome him in any way.

The 51-years-old Australian batsman said, “Ashwin is the Bradman of bowling. What he is doing is quite incredible. I think he is the player we have to overcome. The Australians would have to look at ways to overcome Ashwin’s bowling. If Aussies can do that, then we will have a chance. The guys need to stay calm under pressure.”

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Waugh said about Ashwin, “The way he is playing at the moment, he is going to break some records. Ashwin’s statistics are just mindboggling.”

“India are playing very well at the moment and are a very settled side. Everyone is very comfortable in their roles. They are also playing a lot at home. It is very hard to beat them at home, and that has been proved in the last couple of years,” said Waugh during an interaction before the start of the Laureus Worlds Sports Awards about the Indian Test Team.

“Virat Kohli’s leadership is also very contagious. The Indian players feel positive, and they feel they can do anything. It seems that the new Team India can achieve anything,” he added.

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Both the team are well set for the upcoming Test series, but Australian team doesn’t have any good record after 2004 in the sub-continent.

Ravi Ashwin

“Australia will provide a pretty good test to the formidable Indian side. There are players that India do not know much about and that would work to Aussies’ advantage. The first Test will be very important. If the Aussies can get off to a good start and do well in the opening Test match, you never know. Anything can happen,” Waugh said.

“We have the potential to change our side after the first two Tests. If we do well in the first Test, we may spring a surprise. We might also be able to provide an upset,” insisted Waugh.

“The senior players need to do well, and that is going to be a challenge in the opening Test. We have some match winners in our team. Sourav’s been a bit optimistic there,” he added.

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Waugh don’t know why Australian team didn’t perform well during sub-continent tour.

“I don’t know the reason. It is a global game. You have neutral umpires. There are no excuses not to play well away from home anymore. Maybe it is a mind thing. The very thought that you are playing away from home may be playing in their minds. Don’t know the reason why they have not been doing well overseas.”



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