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Virender Sehwag

The Indian cricket board’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) is set to go through the list of applicants to find the new head coach of Indian men’s cricket team before they travel tour of West Indies.

Former Indian captain Ajit Wadekar feels fit to Virender Sehwag for the head coach of Indian men’s cricket team. Wadekar said in an interview to NDTV “If not Anil Kumble, then Virender Sehwag is the best option India can have. He has an attacking style approach towards the game and it will be good for India.”

Indian legendary leg-spinner Kumble stepped down as head coach of Indian men’s cricket team on Tuesday. After Kumble’s stepping down as head coach, The Board of Control for Cricket in India had announced for application to fill-up the post before the ICC Champions Trophy.

Before Kumble was a direct entry into the coach selection while the others who applied for the head coach post included Tom Moody, Virender Sehwag, Lalchand Rajput and Richard Pybus.

Virender Sehwag

Wadekar added, “I will still prefer Anil for this job. Let’s have a look at India’s performances in the past one year. The statistics itself give the answer. India’s domination in the past one year is commendable in Kumble’s reign. So, we must respect that. But, if you ask me as a Kumble’s successor, it should be Sehwag.”

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Talking about leading India as coach between 1992 and 1996, Wadekar said, “When I was the coach of the Indian team, Anil Kumble was there. He was one of the nicest persons in the team. He was well educated, sincere and mad about his game. The only thing he focussed on – victory. I am amazed after his resignation.”

“I have seen Kumble sweating it out on a particular delivery during the net sessions. He wanted perfection in everything. Jumbo is a real gem. I really don’t understand why a captain like Virat Kohli has gone to such extent. Kumble is the best man to handle Team India right now.”

Virender Sehwag

The 76-year-old former captain-coached said “Greatness and modesty should go along. And, in Virat’s case, it is almost opposite. He should be feeling blessed to have Anil as a coach. If you are disciplined that doesn’t mean that you are not a good coach. I am sure Virat will realise soon what mistake he has made.”

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Wadekar asked on Kohli saying that “I want to ask Kohli, how could he change his opinion in just one year? India were performing and giving positive results. Then why did he do this? It’s a complete sign of immaturity.”

“He has been leading the Indian side for a while now, such behaviour wasn’t expected from him. If you talk about India team, they should consider themselves losers. They have lost a gem like Kumble.”

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Mithali Raj

Indian women’s captain Mithali Raj has clearly made it that female cricketer must hold their own and not to be the judge to their male counterparts.

When asked on the eve of the Women’s World Cup about her favourite men’s cricketer, captain Raj said “Do you ask the same question to a male cricketer? Do you ask them who their favourite female cricketer is? I have always been asked who your favourite cricketer is but you should ask them who their favourite female cricketer is.”

Although Captain Raj, who plays in most popular and well-supported cricketing nation in the world. She quickly pointed out that the Indian women’s cricketer does not receive the same amount of publicity as their superstar men.

Mithali Raj

Raj said “There’s a lot of difference because we are not a regular on television. Now the BCCI has made an effort that the last two home series have been televised and social media has improved a lot of it but there is a still a lot of catch-up to do in terms of recognition.”

Raj agreed that they need to learn more from men’s game especially in the coaching department. Later this year, Coach Tushar Arothe replaced Purnima Rau as the Indian women’s coach and she said the team has brought the advantage under his guidance.

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“Men’s cricket sets the bar. We are always trying to reach where they set the standard. All of us follow men’s cricket because we want to some point that women’s cricket would be up there. All of us at some point have been coached by a man cricketer.”

Mithali Raj

“I strongly believe that they get a lot of intensity into the training sessions. They are very hard taskmasters. I believe that if you are representing your country, your country should get the best of the best. It’s nothing to do with women coaches [who] don’t have the ability, they do.”

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“But if you really want to push the team to the highest level, you need to have somebody who is a tough taskmaster so that the girls really put in the intensity in their training sessions and they carry that into the main tournaments.”

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Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli

The Supreme Court-appointed Committee of Administrators chief Vinod Rai likely to meet with the Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) Chief Executive Officer Rahul Johri to discuss the spat between Anil Kumble and Virat Kohli.

CEO Johri wants a complete detailed report from team manager Kapil Malhotra as he will submit the report to CoA Rai, who will discuss Kumble stepping down. The meeting between CEO and CoA will be held on June 24th and will decide the future of action and will invite in fresh applications to the post of head coach.

Kumble original agreement expired with the team Champions Trophy campaign, but Kumble was inclining to get an extension after having a successful run during his leading year.

Kumble has chosen as the head coach of India men’s cricket teams by former players Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, and VVS Laxman. The selection process of the new coach is expected to be named before India starts their tour of Sri Lanka in next months.

Vinod Rai

India will travel to Sri Lanka in July for the three Tests, five ODIs and a T20 International which will starts from July 26 to September 6.

According to the local media reports, captain Kohli was found Kumble’s brand of coaching a bit too assertive and their relationship was beyond repair.

Kumble becomes the India’s most successful leg-spin bowler and led the country to 12 victories in 17 Tests with just one loss. He helps the country to win One-day International series against New Zealand and England with losing only in T20 series against West Indies and also in Champions Trophy 2017.

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The BCCI said in a statement that “While the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) had endorsed an extension to his tenure as head coach, Anil Kumble has decided not to continue as the coach.”

Rahul Johri

But Kumble’s statement said that his decision to resign due to Kohli had reservations about his style of coaching. “I was informed for the first time yesterday by the BCCI that the Captain had reservations with my ‘style’ and about my continuing as the Head Coach.”

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“I was surprised since I had always respected the role boundaries between Captain and Coach. Though the BCCI attempted to resolve the misunderstanding between the Captain and me, it was apparent that the partnership was untenable, and I, therefore, believe it is best for me to move on.”

It is learned that five men have been shortlisted for the new coach of the Indian men’s cricket team, like Tom Moody, Virender Sehwag, Lalchand Rajput, Richard Pybus and Dodda Ganesh.

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Luke Ronchi

New Zealand wicketkeeper and batsman Luke Ronchi has announced his retirement from international cricket. He is well known when his career comes at the highest stage with Australia in 2008 in four ODIs and three T20s. He gained a spot in the national side and finished up playing in four Tests, 81 ODIs, and 29 T20Is.

Ronchi’s last playing tournaments for New Zealand in the recently ended Champions Trophy 2017. He has performed with a bright start with 43 balls 65 against Australia and first ball duck against England and 16 against Bangladesh.

Ronchi will be continuing playing in the domestic circuit. “It was a dream come true. I can’t think of a better time to have been involved with New Zealand Cricket. From the 2015 World Cup campaign, through to the overseas tours of that time and some amazing games and series, it’s been a genuine highlight for me.”

Luke Ronchi

As Ronchi will leave the international arena, New Zealand’s coach Mike Hesson praise with his few words for the wicketkeeper-batsman of black caps.

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Hesson said “We’ll remember Luke fondly for the energy he created in the field and his selfless attitude towards the team. He was always prepared to play a role for the greater good of the team; to do what was required even if that risked sacrificing his wicket.”

Luke Ronchi

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“Luke was one of the best glovemen going around and I think that’s often overlooked in a game increasingly dominated by batting and run-scoring. He was a very skillful wicketkeeper and a very destructive batsman.”

“We’ll miss having him around the group and we wish him well in his future endeavours.”

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AB de Villiers

After losing their campaign in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, South Africa will play the match T20 International series against England. Captain AB de Villiers wants an opportunity the series against England.

After succeeding the inaugural Champions Trophy in 1998, South Africa will soon to clinch their second ICC One-day title. Having top ODI players like Kagiso Rabada, Hashim Amla, Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers, could only manage to register a win against Sri Lanka.

Talking to media ahead of the three-match series opener in Southampton, Captain De Villiers said that “It was a tough few days after the Champions Trophy, to go through that phase of reflecting and to hear some of the criticism.”

AB de Villiers

“It’s never easy but I have always been the kind of guys to see the positive in that and see an opportunity to improve. These three matches give me that opportunity as a player and as a captain for the team.”

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De Villiers said that he is in fine touch and simply was a casualty of poor luck. “I don’t feel like I need to prove anyone wrong or prove something to someone. I just want to go play.”

AB de Villiers

Before playing the tournament in the ICC Champions Trophy 2017, they had lost in a three-match ODI series of 2-1 against England.

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De Villiers concluded, “I feel like a youngster starting my career again. I am really full of energy and love playing. I just want to score runs again and captain the team to a few good wins. I feel like I am playing very well. There’s nothing wrong with my form. The results are not showing.”

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Anil Kumble

On Tuesday, June 20th, Anil Kumble resigned as the coach of the Indian cricket team. The decision was taken by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) not to extend his one-year agreement and invited fresh applications for the post.

According to the reports, Kumble’s agreement as the head coach of the Indian cricket team ended on Tuesday after the ICC Champions Trophy and also he was not interested in an extending of his contract.

After resigning, the former Indian captain said in a statement on Twitter and wrote that “the captain had reservations with my ‘style’… In light of these ‘reservations’. I believe it is best I hand over this responsibility to whomever the CAC and BCCI deem fit.”

Earlier sources said to NDTV that captain Virat Kohli was “not ready to budge”, from his position on Kumble and that “coach-captain relationship was ‘irreparable.’

Anil Kumble

The BCCI said in a statement that “The Board of Control for Cricket in India confirms that Anil Kumble has withdrawn his services as the post of the head coach for the senior India men’s team. While the Cricket Advisory Committee had endorsed an extension to his tenure as head coach, Anil Kumble has decided not to continue as the coach.”

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The acting Secretary Amitabh Choudhary wishes good luck to Anil Kumble “We wish to place on record our sincere appreciation for the immense contribution by Anil Kumble to the team which enabled India to attain the No. 1 Test position. Indian cricket needs his continued contribution in various capacities and wishes him all the best in his future endeavour.”

Anil Kumble

The situation had increased just prior to the ICC Champion Trophy with the BCCI issuing a press release, asking for the applications for the post of head coach for the Indian cricket team. The applicant who applied for the Indian men’s cricket head coach were, Virender Sehwag, Tom Moody, Richard Pybus, Dodda Ganesh and Lalchand Rajput.

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For the new head coach of the Indian men’s cricket team will conduct the interviews for the job by a three-member BCCI Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC).

The CAC held meetings with Kumble and also with Kohli to sort out the differences between the pairs. Skipper Kohli made it clear that his relationship with Kumble had reached a dead end. It was only the CAC which had picked Kumble as the coach last year.

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Sarfraz Ahmed

Pakistan captain Sarfraz Ahmed heaped praise on to his youngsters after defeating India by 180 runs in the Champions Trophy on Sunday at The Oval. He hoped for the victory to be memorized for a long time to come.

Pakistan coach Mickey Arthur repeated the ideas of his captain saying that the team has followed the plan set by him and the captain.

Captain Ahmed said at the post-match press conference after defeating India by 180 runs, he said “First of all, thanks to all the media. I think great things went for me, my team and my country. Hopefully this win, everyone will remember, not today, not tomorrow, (but for a) very long, long time.”

“Credit goes to my team management. They worked really hard after the first defeat. They motivated us, and they passed it on to my boys. They’re learning very well, and they’re hard working. When we arrived here, we were No. 8, and now we are the champions, so hopefully this win well boost up Pakistan cricket and hopefully all playing nations are coming to Pakistan. Thank you very much.”

Sarfraz Ahmed

Talking about the feeling of winning Champions Trophy, Ahmed said “I’m not sure how to react. After the loss to India, the morale was done and a lot of credit should go to the team management for the way they lifted the side. The boys have to be given credit as well.”

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“The way they got motivated after that, we played every single game, thinking this is a knockout game for us. We defeated good teams in this tournament. The players did a lot of hard work and that’s why we are champions.”

Sarfraz Ahmed

Ahmed said about the combination of experience and also youngsters in the side, “When big players play, we don’t have to tell them how to get out of pressure situation. The youngsters we have – Hasan Ali, Shadab (Khan), Fakhar (Zaman) – that they are playing their first ICC event.”

“No one thought we’ll perform like this. A lot of people thought we couldn’t defeat India. We lost the toss, we scored 338, the fielders caught well and the bowlers did their job as well.”

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Pakistan

On Sunday, India unsuccessful in picking up wickets the at usual period after winning the toss and elected to field against Pakistan in the ICC Champions Trophy final at The Oval.

Pakistan opening batsmen Farkhar Zaman and Azhar Ali has scored 128 runs for the first wicket on a track that was good for batting. After that, Zaman went on to the field and scored his maiden century and posted a total of 338 for 4 for India to chase.

On the other hand, India was all out for 158, however, skipper Virat Kohli took the decision to bowl on a flat track and said that a lucky reprieve for Centurion Fakhar Zaman proved to be a costly one.

Captain Kohli said “Small margins can be massive but we’ve only lost a game of cricket, we need to move forward and learn from our mistakes. The pitch was consistent throughout; we backed out strengths (to chase).”

Pakistan

Zaman, who has scored 114 off 106 balls, was batting on four when he edged one to MS Dhoni before the umpires checked that bowler Jasprit Bumrah had overstepped.

Talking about his sides chasing in the title clash, Kohli said, “We can’t take anyone lightly but they were more intense and passionate on the day. With the ball, we could have had a few more wicket-taking opportunities.”

Kohli added, “We tried to do our best, but even with the ball, they were aggressive, we didn’t show any resistance apart from Hardik, who knocks was outstanding.”

Pakistan

Kohli smiles and congratulates Pakistan after losing final match of the ICC Champions Trophy. “I want to congratulate Pakistan, they had an amazing tournament, the way they turned things around, speak volumes for the talent they have.”

“They proved it again, they can upset anyone on their day, disappointing for us but I have a smile on my face because we played well to reach the final.”

Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed praised his team for their outstanding performance after dramatic comeback after losing to India in the league stage. “After the India match, I said to my boys, the tournament is not finished yet. We played very well and now we have won the final.”

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