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Indian skipper Virat Kohli defeats the match winning attempt of MS Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh, saying the ‘greats’ showed why they were essential to the team’s development.

Yuvraj and Dhoni smashed uplifting hundreds to help India post 381 for six after being 25 for three in the fifth over. Both shared 256 run stands for the fourth wicket.


What Kohli said after Defeats England by 15 runs?

The 28-years-old Indian skipper said after defeats England by 15 runs “We were wondering if we had a good start were we would have ended up…it wasn’t good batting early on. Two of the greats stood up, that is what the team management envisioned (the prospect of both Yuvraj and Dhoni in the playing eleven).”

“Getting 381 from 25 for 3 was outstanding. We knew we’d get wickets at some stage or the other but we bowled at the more difficult part of the day. The guys showed really good character. We pulled it back nicely in the end.”

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Kohli added “Having won the series, just before the Champions Trophy, the key will be for us to express ourselves and work out what is the best opening partnership. Two guys who had a really good Test series (Ravindra Jadeja and R Ashwin) stepped up and had we not picked up those wickets I don’t know where the game would have gone. I’d say we are only at 75 percent of our potential. We hope to play to our full potential in Kolkata.”


“International Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh said about the performance in the domestic season “In the domestic season I’ve been hitting the ball well.”

“Me and MS understood the situation; we had to start again. I was trying to hit the ball down the ground and once we got going I thought we started to attack at the right time.”

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Singh added “We just wanted to get one partnership going then we were able to play a lot of shots. We were thinking 340-350. It’s probably by best innings. I started as a lower-order batsman, the higher you bat the more balls you get to play – 150 was a target for me.”

“I wanted to prove a point to myself. I knew it was coming. Diet has been the key, when you pass 30 you have to work harder at your fitness.”

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England could not win a single match on their tour of India. However, ODI team vice-captain Jos Buttler said on Thursday that the host country was the best place to play cricket.

Buttler is also a part of the England team who lost the five-match Test series 0-4 before ODI series. He said that his side was looking forward to winning the do-or-die second match on Friday 20 January.

The 26-years-old England Vice-captain said at the pre-match press conference that “There’s no place like India to come and play cricket. It is a fantastic experience for someone to cherish and really embrace. The atmosphere the other day in Pune (first ODI) was fantastic. The quieter it is, it’s better for us. It’s a fantastic challenge for us and a really enjoyable one.”buttler

Buttler added “We’ve lost the first match, so straightaway it’s a knock-out game for us tomorrow. Looking ahead, there’s a tournament coming up in the summer and it’s fantastic to be under the pressure.”

Buttler said that his side could make a turnaround as they trail 0-1 in the three-match ODI series after losing the first game by three wickets.

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“As a side, if we can come from 1-0 down and win the series 2-1… obviously we’ve got to progress one game at a time, but I think it is great that we can get that excitement, not just for myself but for the group that straightaway tomorrow is a knockout type of a game. I think that’s a real motivation.”


He said that they have reached 350 runs without getting any century, “We reached 350 without anyone going on getting a 100. That’s the difference between the two sides, two guys standing up for the Indian team and going past three figures. Getting to 350 should give us confidence. Guys do go on and make telling contributions, 350 plus is achievable for us as a side.”

Buttler also said that he enjoyed his responsibility in the team, “That’s something I want to be as a player, someone who can win games of cricket for England. That’s the main driving force. The real motivation is to try and win games of cricket for England.”

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Australian Vs Pakistan 20171

Australian vs. Pakistan 3rd ODI match at Perth:  One of the strongest ODI team, Australia started playing their 3rd match in Pakistan in Perth.

There are many little numbers of touring team look forward to the WACA challenge as much as Asian Pakistani did on Thursday (19th January).

All the Pakistani player are very aggressive in this match. All the Pakistani wants to level their series and also trying hard to break the record 4-2, win loss ration against AUS at Perth.

From the prospective registry, Perth is a bouncy peach track, Pakistani bowler needs to bowl short and bouncy to beat batsman or get back into the pavilion.

Australian Vs Pakistan 20171

On the 3rd ODI, the Australian captain won the toss and invited the foreigner to bat at first. Maybe the reason that they perform well then they chase or batting at second innings.

Like other matches, Sharjeel will open for Pakistan. Fromm the previous record all we guess that the targeted will not be beyond the range.

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Australian pace bowler bowled as their previous line and length. On the other hand, Pakistani batsman will defeat the home pacer with their full strength.

Both the team has full of the good player; all the player just need to execute welly.

We all as a spectator will expect a real battle between these two team.

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Australian new coach Dav Whatmore has named Ravichandran Ashwin is one of the most valuable players in the world, said on Wednesday. He thinks that Australia will have their task cut out in the upcoming tour of India and named off-spinning all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin as talent.

Sri Lanka-born former Australian cricketer and current coach, who lead Sri Lanka to their World Cup victory in the year 1996, has been selected as director of ‘International Cricket Academy of Excellence’ chosen by Sriramachandra Arthroscopy and Sports Sciences, Chennai.

The 62-years-old current coach said to reporters in Chennai “For a start Australia have their best T20 team. Certainly it’s a huge test coming to India, particularly in the recent times when you got incredible levels of skill and self belief.”

“You got a wonderful Test match team. A new captain as well and everybody is supporting each other. Australia has their work cut out,” he added.


Whatmore said about Ashwin “He is one of the most valuable players in the world. Not just with the ball but he can make a 100 at no. 6. He is a very smart boy. Comes from Tamil Nadu and is an engineer.”

“What an asset to have. Virat Kohli must be really happy to have him. (Muttiah) Muralitharan was absolutely world class (but) he didn’t bat as well as Ashwin could do.”

‘Dav Whatmore’ Stated About Upcoming Tour to India

About upcoming tour in next month, coach Whatmore said that he was not worried about the team picking four spinners rather than filling it with fast bowlers.

Whatmore, who had also coach of team Pakistan, Bangladesh and Zimbabwe said that “Not really because when you know even Shane Warne may not have got the number of wickets people expect; that’s a difficult area to measure when you have a leg-spinner in the team the confidence that it gives to everybody else they begin to measure that, but it does make the difference when you have good experienced players.”


“They don’t have (Glenn) McGrath or Warne, who have 1000 wickets between them, now. And they now come to India. Batsmen play spin well in Australia. But playing spin here is a totally different kettle of fish,” he added.

Coach Whatmore said about the development of fast bowling made in India “Fast bowlers (earlier) would get the ball dirty and give it to the spinners. Now there are some really good pace bowlers and swing bowlers, especially Bhuvaneshwar Kumar and others.”

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“I know that there is real effort to support pace bowling over the years and now we have got neutral venues as well in first class cricket. So you can’t be making special surfaces for your team and that has its advantages too.”

When asked by media about how a player would be picked for the Centre of Excellence, he said “Well it’s a cross section. We hope to get a solid response, a response that we would need to vet carefully. It includes female cricketers also as that area is growing very fast and ICC has also recognised that.”

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Juventus Football Club [JUVE(BIT)] wants to sign Alexis Sanchez to mark a new spot of spending at the club according to Italy’s previous day’s report. JUVA(BIT) intends to exchange the place of Miralem Pjanic with Alexis Sanchez.

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Juventus is ready to go to Chelsea, PSG & Manchester City’s interest.

All three clubs have also been looking developments concerning Alexis’s upcoming future at Arsenal.

The Italian Newspaper, Tuttospot comes with a big description story about Sanchez.

According to the newspaper report, they suggest that Pjanic could be used as a makeweight to land Sanchez.

JUVA said that they want the Chilean to line up single side Paulo Dybala and Higuain.

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The story adds that the club’s sporting director Giuseppe would not include the Bosnian replace player in part of the deal.

One of the big containers, Barcelona’s midfielder Sergi Samper claims he has rejected the chance to join Arsenal.

Despite Arsenal’s interest, the 21 year age insists that he “didn’t want to listen to Arsene Wenger.”

He said, “I made it clear that I wanted to say, that I wanted to succeed in Barcelona, that was excellent, and I was happy with my decision.”

Also, he said that “I want to be able to succeed at Baraca in the future.”

Barton, who is now back at Burney said, “No, intermediaries spoke on their behalf.”

“There was some low-level interest, and before I got sent off against Arsenal when the thing with Gervinho happened, I was due to hold some form of discussions with them.”

“But then it never came to be. Would I have linked to have played or Arsenal? Of course. Who wouldn’t?”

Finally, the Chilean has been locked with Alexis demand for 18 months.

Juventus has a huge alert to move forward who has struck 12 times in the Premium League in this season.

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India has started construction the world’s biggest cricket stadium with seating capacity of 110,000 and cost around $100 million.

The Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) Vice President Parimal Nathwani, along with other office bearers on Wednesday laid the foundation stone for the “world’s biggest cricket stadium,” in Motera area.

On the event, Nathwani said that the building of the new stadium, being built in place of the old Sardar Patel Gujarat Stadium. The construction will complete within two years.

Nathwani claimed that “Upon completion, this new stadium at Motera will be the biggest cricket stadium in the world with a seating capacity of 1.10 lakh, putting behind the Melbourne stadium (in Australia), which accommodates 90,000 spectators.”


He said more that noted architect firm M/s. Populous has been a line in as the principle architect to design the stadium. Nathwani said this is the same company which had designed the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

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The VP escorted by GCA joint secretary Jay Shah, who is the son of GCA and BJP chief Amit Shah. Many Office holders of GCA along with Gujarat captain Parthiv Patel present on occasion.

The old Stadium which has a seating capacity of 54,000 was destroyed by the GCA to construct a new stadium; Nathwani said “The total cost of the project is estimated at Rs 700 crore. The stadium will have 76 corporate boxes, four dressing rooms, a club house and an Olympic-size swimming pool. Engineering firm L&T has awarded the work to build this stadium through tender process.”

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The 60-years-old Vice president said due to traffic congestion issues during matches; the new stadium will have three entry points instead of one. “In the new stadium, traffic will be segregated in three directions. Apart from the old Sabarmati to Motera Road, there is a planning to integrate Metro Rail, which will pass from here. Third option is to link the Sabarmati Riverfront road with the stadium,” said Nathwani.

The new stadium might have a new name, hinted Nathwani.

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East Bengal will be aiming their second successive win when they face Churchill Brothers in a Hero I-League football match on Wednesday.

Club Mohan Bagan is top of the table with nine points from three matches. East Bengal became a draw at 1-1 with Aizawl FC in the opening match of the season, whereas, DSK SHivajians lost at 0-1 against Mumbai FC.

East Bengal coach Trevor James Morgan take on a Churchill side bereft of its top players and only Tobago and Trinidad forward Anthony Wolfe to look forward.

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The 60-years-old East Bengal coach said on Tuesday “I think at the moment, all of our games are must win games, if we want to be challenging for the title. We are certainly trying and we are prepared to win the game. We’ve got some more firepower than we had in our first game. In the game against DSK (Shivajians), I thought we looked pretty good going forward.

The East Bengal group have a trip with a 22-man squad; Coach Morgan said that “It is an important game for us. Last week we did not play to our full potential. Last time we trained with just one forward. This time in the training I had four strikers available.”

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When asked who will fill the role of an under-22 in the playing eleven against DSK Shivajians, coach Morgan said that there are two under-22 players in the squad and it will be seen who starts tomorrow.

Churchill is next to being a tie on the back of successive defeats in their first two matches. Churchill coach Alfred Fernandes said that “Of course it is a must-not-lose match for us. We have to come out with at least a point or maximum points. In the last two matches, I was not disappointed with the performance, but even if we did not win the matches, at least we could have come home with a point.”

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The BCCI progress to have Ranji Trophy matches at neutral venues failed unhappily in its first challenge, according to top domestic players who say that the idea did not work due to the apathy of the host associations and poor planning.

The BCCI has announced that the concept to make the tournament more aggressive by negating the home advantage those teams earlier should exploit and exposing the players to different conditions.

The national cricket expert Rajat Bhatia said “The idea was good but the implementation was third class. Most host associations did not show interest in organising matches for other teams. The facilities were poor, be it providing us with good wickets, adequate balls or serving decent food. It could have been handled much better.”

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The Delhi-based cricketer has played for three states and is recent with Rajasthan; Bhatia was quietly scathing in his criticism. “The system was introduced to stop teams from taking undue home advantage with games often finishing inside two days. But the quality did not improve even though games were held at neutral venues.”

The 37-years-old said “Take our match against Assam in Vizag for example. The wicket was not fit enough for a First-Class match and therefore the match was over well inside three days. And it was just two weeks before an international match. The groundsmen did not have much to say when we asked them why we were made to play on such a poor surface.”

Another issue for the players was scheduling of the game since they had to travel to distant areas with limited time in hand. The 22-years-old Gujarat and Indian spinner said “Scheduling was a big problem. Sometimes there was just a three-day gap between games and we had to travel to places which were not easily accessible, which meant we had to spend a lot of time on the road in buses.”

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The senior player who criticized the concept is Tamil Nadu opener Abhinav Mukund. The 27-years-old said during the tournament, “No one actually gives a damn about the wickets that are being prepared. Everyone’s playing safe, which is why people are scoring more than 1000 runs, and I don’t see many spinners coming into play.”

“I don’t like this concept mainly because of the fact that there’s no continuity. You play throughout the year in one condition it’s really important to play at home.”

Bhatia said that BCCI can still continue with neutral venues provided the execution, “I think it was a very good idea especially after you had introduced pink-ball cricket in Duleep Trophy. It was held at a neutral venue (in Greater Noida), but crowd turned up. The BCCI could have done the same with Ranji Trophy. You got to promote it the right way. Otherwise, there is little point in doing something new.”




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Eden Garden, Kolkata: On Saturday, instant Indian death over specialist, Bhuvneshwar Kumar credited Indian Premier League (IPL) for big transformation as a death bowler...