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Steve Smith

Under Virat Kohli’s captaincy, the Indian team has destroyed all the visitor team in the home during 2015 Sri Lanka Test series and raised Indian team to the top of the ICC Test ranking list. Team India won all the Test series from 2014-15 Sri Lanka’s Test series.

Captain Steve Smith knows that their upcoming Test series will be one of the toughest Test for them. From 2016’s September India rushed out England and New Zealand in a clean sweep.

On Monday Steve Smith said – Virat Kohli is a threat for Australia. Before him, Mike Hussy also said the same statement. But Hussy suggests Smith that don’t sledge him, act with him as a player.

“We are very excited about this tour, it is going to be a difficult challenge,” Smith said while addressing the media in Mumbai on Tuesday.

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“India are a very good team, we have prepared very well, and hopefully the players can be successful,” he added.

Steve Smith

Steve Smith said about the gaming plans that will for the Indian Test series, “We are trying to form a game plan. Obviously, I am not going to tell you about it. He is a world-class player and is batting very well, has got four double hundreds in his last four series. He is a key player for India, but they have a strong top six.”

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Australian Captain said that on the India peach, both the spinner and pacer would be challenging for any visitor team, that’s why England and New Zealand batsman couldn’t manage to stand for a long time in front on Indian bowler.

“It is not only spinners; but they also have some great fast bowlers.”

For the Indian tour, Australia has hired India left-arm spinner Sridharan Sriram, who has played eight One-Day Internationals (ODI) before going to India.

“Sriram and Monty tried to explain how to play spinners better,” said coach Lehmann.

“That will be the key to success, but we know they have quality seamers as well,” he added.

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Indian Test Team

February 14: After winning the Bangladesh Test series, Indian team preparing for the upcoming four-Test match series against Australian.

Indian selector and Captain Virat Kohli don’t want to lose his winning team combination. From the 2015 Sri Lankan Test series India didn’t lose any single Test Match at home which is also prove in the last Test match against Bangladesh.

On the Last Test, Bangladeshi Test team defeated by the number one Test ranking Team. Kohli directly said he is not interested in changing any combination from the last Test match.

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On the last few Tests, India Team missing one blower (Bengal speedster Mohammed Shami), who got injured during the five-Test rubber against England and he lost his father in the last month.

It is possible that his name is added to the Test squad of “India A” for the practice match against Australia which is started from 17th February. Selector wants to check his fitness before that Test series if he wants to stay in the Indian Test team.

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India Test

On the last Bangladesh Test match, Shami was replaced by chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav. That might be a possible to select for the upcoming Test series instead of Amit Mishra.

The Australian squad For the India Tour:

The Australian team led by Steve Smith arrived here on Monday (Feb 13) ahead of the four-match rubber.

They will play a three-day warm-up match against India A squad led by Hardik Pandya at the Cricket Club of India’s Brabourne Stadium from February 17-19 before proceeding to Pune.

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Though it is a warm-up match, it will be a real testing one for Hardik Pandya because he let the team for that warm-up match.

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Afridi

Former Pakistan player Shahid Afridi believes that Pakistan Super League (PSL) will be an example to stop the spot-fixing. Before four days back what PCB (Pakistan Cricket Board) does with some Pakistani player that was entirely fair, that statement told by Afridi.

On Monday Afridi told at Geo Super channel, “What can I say? I have been saying in the past also that until the PCB sets or makes an example of such players it will be difficult to stop this menace,”

“To me, it is the same situation because you are allowing tainted players back into cricket,” he added.

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In the 2010 England series, three Pakistani player was suspended due to spot fixing. But during that punishment period, all three players are returned to play competitive cricket.

Afridi

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But on 2015 Pakistan cricket board requested to the International Cricket Board to give permission them to play in the domestic cricket.

What is the use if after five years the same players are coming back? I don’t think this can be stopped until the right example is set,” Afridi said.

Former Pakistan Test opener Mohsin Khan said about suspended, “You can’t show leniency in such cases. Once a player is found guilty of soiling the game and his country he should be told to leave cricket forever. But unfortunately, in Pakistan cricket set-up, we still have some players who have been accused of fixing in the past.”

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Pujara

In the Hyderabad Test, India recent best spinner Ravichandran Ashwin picked his fastest 250 wickets in the ICC 250 wicket-taking list. During this test, Cheteshwar Pujara feels that Ashwin is one of the unpredictable ones for any batsman even when Ashwin holds his half of his best form.

“Pujara said that Ashwin is the toughest spinner when you, “thinks like a batsman.”

“Probably, Ashwin is the toughest spinner when it comes to any opposition team. The teams now plan on how they are going to face Ashwin. I would like to congratulate him for reaching 250 wickets. The kind of brain he has, he thinks as a batsman, what are his weaknesses and areas he needs to bowl. I think it’s his experience that makes him one of the strike bowlers in this team,” Indian Test first down batsman, Pujara said after stumps on day four of the one-off Test here.

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In the first innings, Ravi Ashwin could not perform well as Indian team expects from him. Ashwin only got two wickets for near about 100 runs.

Puajar and Ashwin

 

“Ashwin understands that there are situations where he has to bowl tightly. If you look at first innings, he tried his best. He bowled to a plan. There might be some occasions; he can’t get wickets. But that’s the best part of this Indian team. We bowl as a unit; we bowl in partnerships, most of the times. Ashwin is the one who takes wickets, and Jadeja plays the role of a holding batsman. Sometimes Ashwin has to play the role of holding the batsman, and he did that in the first innings.”

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Pujara also said that he expect from the third day onwards Hyderabad pitch will start turning which will make Ashwin to joy his fans mind.

“I think the ball has started turning now. The wicket is slightly on the slower side but it has opened up, and there should be more assistance for spinners tomorrow. We had expected the ball to turn from day three and it started turning little more from fourth compared to the third day. A lot of credit goes to the bowlers. It wasn’t an easy wicket where you can run through the sides. You needed a lot of patience. Bowlers had to work hard to get them out.”

Pujara expects that the last seven Bangladesh wickets will be taken in next couple of sessions.

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“We are hopeful that we will get those seven wickets as early as possible. They batted well in first innings, but it was difficult conditions for our bowlers, I don’t want to criticize our bowlers. We are hopeful we will get seven wickets in next couple of sessions.”   

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Pakistan Super League

Dubai International Cricket Stadium: On 12th February Lahore Qalandars played PCL’s (Pakistan Super League) 6th match against Peshawar Zalmi. That match was played at the Neutral venue which was one of the felted pitch ground of Dubai.

Peshawar Zalmi won the toss and invited Lahore Qalandars to bat.

For LQ JJ Roy and BB McCullum came to the opening spot. But they can’t satisfy their fans with the bat. On the first over McCullum got out of Asghar’s ball. Then on the second over JJ Roy got out.

After dismissal these two opening batsmen, all other batsmen couldn’t able to stand against Peshawar Zalmi’s bowling line-up. At the end of 10.2 over, all batsman are got out in just 59 runs.

That means the target for Peshawar Zalman was 60 runs from 20 over. In present day’s short format strategy that was not an expected one for any team.

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For that small target, PZ was also struggling to reach that score because of seven wickets fall within 51 runs.

Yasir Shah was selected for the Man of the Match for his quick four-wickets.

Pakistan Super League

Yasir Shah told at the time of the presentation ceremony, “McCullum told me, on these surfaces, spinners win matches. He gave me the confidence. I tried to attack and get wickets. We had to do that since we didn’t have too many runs on the board.”

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Peshawar Zalmi’s captain, Darren Sammy said at the presentation time, “After a bowling performance like that, we thought we’ll have a good day with bat and ball. We got ten wickets, so we knew they could, too. But happy to have got the win. We made a mess of a small total; I don’t think the coach would be too happy. Hope to put in a better batting performance. After the first game when we scored 190, everyone thought the wickets would be a belter. So far, it has helped seam and spin. When I won the toss, there was some moisture in the air. We exploited that. Hasan hit the Test lengths, so did all the bowlers I called upon. When they bowled, spinners did the job for them.”

Lahore Qalandars’s captain Brendon McCullum said, “No, it didn’t feel like a 59-60 kind of pitch. We wanted to keep attacking. Credit to the boys, they got stuck in defending such a low score. We’ve come together really well. The team spirit, camaraderie and an understanding of how we want to be playing is something you can’t fault. It was a good time to be out there and enjoy what was a tight game, but not necessarily the prettiest game to watch. It’s more of a mindset thing. You don’t anticipate when you get bowled out, but we were alive because of the positive mindset. You want to be aggressive and dictate play. Results at the end of the tournament will judge if we’re successful or not, but for now, I’m very happy.”

“Nice to get another win, momentum is in our favor,” says Eoin Morgan.

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“Bowlers were outstanding on a surface that offered little more than it did the other night. When you chase a small score, you look to go for it. But the wicket didn’t allow that. It was a little two-paced. I don’t think I had a rub of the green with my dismissal. Everybody makes mistakes, thankfully it didn’t cost us,” he added.

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Virat Kohli

On the on-going Test match against Bangladesh, the 28-years-old Indian captain Virat Kohli smashed 204 runs on the second day of the Test Match from just 246 balls with 82.89 stick rate and also made another above 200 run partnership with Ajinkya Rahane. That was noted as a world record.

Indian Captain said, “I don’t know, I think it is because of captaincy that you tend to go on more than what you usually would as a normal batsman. I think the room for complacency is no more present when you become captain. So, that has something to do with me playing long innings.”

Kohli said when he asked about his huger ness of run, “I have always wanted to play long innings, and my first seven or eight hundred were not even 120 plus scores. After that, I made a conscious effort to bat long and control my excitement or not be complacent at any stage.”

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The Delhi stylish boy said, “I worked on my fitness level over the years, and I feel I can go for longer periods now. I don’t get tired as much as I used to before. I don’t get satisfied when I get a Test hundred which used to be before because I used to give too much importance to Test cricket separately. Now I have started to treat it as any game of cricket, and I have to keep going on until the time the team needs to.”

Virat Kohli

Kohli replied when he asked about the consistency of his batting form, “It is not easy to do especially with the amount of cricket we play nowadays. It is more of a mental thing. I don’t necessarily focus too much on practice because sometimes you might not get to practice so much.”

“I think mentally you need to focus and think about what you are going to do in the game. Switching to different formats is the need of the hour in these days’ cricket. I certainly want to contribute in all three formats. That has always been the mindset, and I have to prepare in a certain way. It is more mental than going into the nets,” he added.

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After his double hundred on Hyderabad, Kohli said – that pitch is not so testing one like others.

Kohli said, “The wicket was very good to bat on, to be honest. It was not as testing wicket as other wickets that I scored double centuries on. I think the focus was only to follow my intent but at the same time be careful regarding choosing my shots. Luckily I struck a right balance in this particular innings, and it feels good to have a big score.”

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Indian team

On Friday, Match no. 11 India Women’s team beats Ireland women’s team by 125 runs.

On that match, Indian Women team own the toss and elected to bat first. Indian Captain Mitali Raj knows that her team was doing well in the batting session that’s why her target was to set a remarkable run on the board that can create pressure on opposite them.

Like the previous match Indian opener doing well and scored 174 partnership for the first wicket, where DB Sharma scored 89 runs from 128 balls and on the other side, MDT Kamini scores an unbeaten 113 run from 194 balls. At the last of the match, India put 250 runs on the board for two wickets after 50 over.

For the answer of that score, Ireland Women only scored 125 runs on the board where no Irish player could score over 50 runs.

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Like the batting department, Indian bowler couldn’t give any chance to attack them. From the Indian side, Shikha Pandey was brilliant takes two wickets early in the Iris innings. But she was taken off the field following an injury during her run up, that was a big blow for the during the match. On another side, Poonam Yadav was brilliant as she took a double-wicket maiden during her spell and ended with three wickets after the match. Ekta Bisht also got a couple of wickets.

From the Indian side, Shikha Pandey was brilliant. She takes two wickets early in the Iris innings. But she was taken off the field following an injury during her run up, that was a big blow the during the match. On another side, Poonam Yadav was brilliant as she took a double-wicket maiden during her first spell and ended with three wickets after the match. Ekta Bisht also got a couple of wickets.

Ekta Bisht also got a couple of wickets which helps India to win alot.

Indian team

One thing was clear that Indian Women Cricket team bowler cracked the pitch very well compare to the Iris women team bowler.

But after winning that match, it is also clear that India Women team qualify for the ICC Women World Cup 2017. That was big news for the whole India’s cricket fan. Because Indian Men’s team already qualify for ICC WC and World Championship but after yesterday’s match India Women team also qualify.

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For Kamini’s big ton, she selected as a Man of the Match.

In the Score Board:

India Women 251 for 2 in 50 overs (Deepti Sharma 89, Thirush Kamini 113*; Isobel Joyce 1 for 39, Kim Garth 1 for 38) beat Ireland Women 125 (Isobel Joyce 31, Gaby Lewis 33; Shikha Pandey 2 for 11, Ekta Bisht 2 for 15, Poonam Yadav 3 for 30) by 125 runs.

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South Africa

On Friday, South Africa played Fifth ODI match against Sri Lanka.

At the end of the series, the result comes out to Sri Lanka defeated by 5-0 with a clean sweep and claim to the top of the ICC ranking.

Before that series, India holds the top 1 position in ICC ODI ranking. But now South Africa claim to top and India get back to the second position of the list.

On the fifth match, Sri Lanka won the toss and invited South Africa to bat. On that occasion both SA opener, Hashim Amla and Quinton de Kock smashed the Sri Lankan bowler on the power play and reached to the century where Q de Kock scored 109 from 111, and HM Amla scored 154 from 154 balls.

The South African captain said, “We follow the small processes and if you do that the rewards come your way.”

“I’m very proud of the way we performed. It’s an important year for us with the Champions Trophy and regaining the No.1 position is a step in the right direction,” he added.

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Hashim Amla

Sri Lanka recent ODI captain Upul Tharanga admitted, “It’s been a tough tour, right from the Test series (which South Africa won 3-0). It’s a very young team, and the players will learn a lot from this. The South African team played really good cricket.”

Sri Lankan captain Upul Tharanga said that both the SA opener are in good form since last few month. He also believes that Amla and de Cock’s big ton helps SA to reach 384 and also helps them to win by 88 runs over Sri Lanka.

For Amla’s big ton, he selected as a Man of the Match and Fab Du Plessis as the Man of the series.

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From the few month back India holds the number one position in the ICC ranking but that win of Sri Lanka over South Africa, helps South Africa to climb in the number one position.

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