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Wriddhiman Saha

On Friday, Indian wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha said that he certainly not found to former head coach Anil Kumble “strict” and adding that current coach Ravi Shastri always support them to go out there.

Kumble resigned as a head coach from Indian men’s cricket team before the West Indies tour after Captain Virat Kohli had lifted up about his style of coaching. Kumble wrote in his resignation letter that their relationship becomes “untenable.”

Before arriving from Sri Lanka Saha said to reporters, “I did not feel that way. As a coach, he has to be strict in some way or the other. Some have felt he is strict, some have not. I have never felt that way under Anil bhai.”

When asked about differences between the two coaches, Saha said “Anil bhai always wanted us to score 400, 500, 600 and the opponent will be all out by 150-200. That is not always possible. Ravi bhai always tells us to go out there hit the opponent out of the park. This is the only difference I could see. Rest both were positive all the time.”

Wriddhiman Saha

Talking about the imperious form Saha said on losing at Galle two years back. “We lost the Galle Test. Then all the players had a meeting and we are maintaining the momentum from there. It has helped us recharge our batteries. We stuck to a plan and have been executing it so far.”

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Saha’s injury makes him lashed out in the first series which India won against Sri Lanka, Saha said “I did not play in the first series. In the next two, I played. I could not be there during a series win last time, this time I was there to witness the 3-0 whitewash. So it’s a good feeling.”

Wriddhiman Saha

The partnership between pace bowler Mohammed Shami and praised by Shastri, Saha said “It’s great that Shami is continuing his aggression after coming back from injury. It is good for him and the team. He always creates a wicket taking the opportunity. He swings the ball and gets the outside edge of the batsman. I take the catch.”

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Speaking about Kohli tie with the team really well which makes him one sign on Delhi batsman, Saha said “He is moving with time and his association with players has increased. We dine together and go for outings also together. He is always mingling with us which I see as a plus point in him.”

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Michael Clarke

Former Australian captain Michael Clarke has said that even if his country media may not write positive things about Indian captain Virat Kohli, it wouldn’t be right to think that the exciting cricketer doesn’t have enough fans Down Under.

When asked by Cricbuzz, former Aussie captain Clarke said that “I disagree that Virat doesn’t have too many fans in Australia. I think Virat has a lot of Australian spirit in him.”

Clarke added, “To be honest, he plays the game really tough and is really competitive on the field, but he is a nice guy off the field. So when people get to know Virat, they realize that what they see on the field is just his competitive spirit.”

“I can’t think of any Australian cricketer who wasn’t like that every time we walked out on the field. I certainly think there is respect for Virat in Australia.”

Michael Clarke

Talking about Kohli few controversies with the Australian media over the past few years, Clarke said “You probably are not going to read the positive stuff (about Virat) in the Australian media though. They all wait to write a negative story. But I have a great relationship with him and I think he is respectful.”

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Clarke said that India might be difficult to strike at home, “The Indian team right now is full of confidence and the upcoming tour for Australia is going to be tough. This tour will be a great challenge for Australia as India, at the moment, are playing very well. Obviously, the Australian supporters expect their team to be best in the world. But, India is ticking all the right boxes under the captaincy of Virat Kohli.”

Michael Clarke

He said, “If India can beat South Africa, Australia, and England at away conditions, there will be no doubt that India is the number one team in the world.”

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Speaking about the rift between Cricket Australia and the players association came to an end. “It is fantastic that the deal has been done and everybody can focus on cricket. Australia will be travelling to Bangladesh very soon and then we come to India and then the Ashes, so it is wonderful that the game can now move forward.”

“The players can focus on what they do the best – playing – and the administrators can do their job too. I think everybody is sick and tired of talking about it and very happy that it’s over,” added Clarke.

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Jonty Rhodes

Former South African Test and one-day international cricketer Jonty Rhodes said that AB de Villiers wanted to leave from Test cricket earlier but was persuaded by Cricket South Africa (CSA) to stay till 2016

Jonty is currently in India for a period with Tamil Nadu Premier League franchise Ruby Trichy Warriors as a mentor. He has always been frank about his vision on South African cricket. However, he shares a pleasant with De Villiers.

Talking to Cricbuzz, Jonty said “I think he wanted to retire a while back from Test cricket, but Cricket South Africa persuaded him to stay on. Before 2016, he was talking to people about his Test future. In South Africa, people are critical because they don’t see the IPL mechanism.”

Jonty Rhodes

Jonty said that South Africa cricket fans do not recognize the concept of IPL. “They think cricketers are trying to make as much money as possible and it’s often at the expense of national call-ups.”

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Explained about playing against India, Jonty said “When we used to play against India, Mohammed Kaif and Yuvraj Singh were outstanding and Harbhajan Singh was probably the third best. Dhoni and Virat Kohli are physically strong. Fitness has certainly improved and so is the athletic ability.”

Jonty Rhodes

Comparing Virat Kohli with De Villiers and Rohit Sharma, he said “I have only seen skipper Kohli as part of Mumbai Indian’s coach on a couple of occasions. Rohit looks like a laid back guy. But he is like a duck on the water. All you see is the duck above.” He added, “From a captaincy perspective, de Villiers is just another nice guy. He hasn’t done anything different.”

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He concluded talking about great fielding abilities, “Peter Kirsten. We didn’t have any televised international cricket when I was at school during the apartheid era.”

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Rangana Herath

In 2015, when India toured Sri Lanka, Rangana Herath was the key performer, who took seven wickets and helped their team sides to beat India in the opening Test at Galle. After two years, India will play again their long tour Test at Galle on Wednesday with Herath as opponent captain.

Talking ahead of their first Test captain Herath said that his team needs to start better performance against World No. 1 team India in the three-match Test series.

The Sri Lanka skipper Herath said “Whatever happened in the recent past doesn’t count now. We’re starting another new series. We need to start well, especially in the first game. Even we have a game plan for each and every single Indian player.”

Rangana Herath

In 2015, Sri Lanka defeated Indian by 63 runs in the first Test at Galle. India had misshapen to 112 while chasing 176. But Kohli side bounced back in the next two matches and took the series 2-1.

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When asked about his side’s balance between pace and spinners options, he said “We need to look for a home advantage. But at the same time, we’ll have to look at different abilities of both teams. We select the team on that basis.”

Rangana Herath

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“So far, we have played with more spinners but we’re playing against the world’s number one team. So we have a responsibility (to judge the situation accordingly).”

Sri Lankan’s regular Test skipper Dinesh Chandimal will be missing the opening Test against India. Herath said “It’s a big loss for us. As a captain or as a player, Dinesh Chandimal gives his 100 percent to the team. We miss him but I am sure he will come back for either the second test or in the third Test.”

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Robin Singh

New Indian men’s cricket head coach Ravi Shastri said that he has picked up his support staff created a stir over the past couple of days. Shastri found a stop supporting in former Indian fielding coach Robin Singh.

Former fielding coach said that if he was the coach, he would select the people with whom “he is comfortable” with.

Karaikudi Kaalai head coach Singh said in an interaction “Let me put it like this… I like to work with people who I know. I don’t like to work with people who I don’t know. It’s really a comfort level that you need to have.”

“You have to work with people with whom you have an understanding and who you think can execute.”

Robin Singh

The 53-year-old former Indian all-rounder said that “You can ask anyone around – whether it’s cricket or a company. The CEO or the management want their own people. I don’t think there is a controversy. Everyone makes it a controversy. At the end of the day, if I’m coach, I would want people who I’m comfortable with. It’s as simple as that.”

Asked whether the BCCI handled the selection of the head coach in a proper manner, Singh said: “I’m in no position to answer that.” Singh doesn’t want to remark on Virat Kohli & Anil Kumble’s showdown. “I never ever comment on what’s done.”

Robin Singh

Talking about IPL franchises are eagerly looking at the players from TNPL. “Everyone is looking at all forms of cricket. TNPL was a stunning example. The standard was pretty good. There were a lot of young guys who looked really confident.”

Singh further added, “From MI, there were about 7-8 guys who were being looked at during IPL last season. I would pass on whomsoever the player they are looking at for our franchise as well as other franchise. At the end of the day, it’s cricket. If a young guy is good and you can afford to give him an opportunity, why not?”

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Anushka Sharma

Indian cricketer Virat Kohli is on a “much-needed break” with Anushka Sharma. Both couple latest social media posts mean that they are in New York, where the IIFA Weekend and Awards begins on Thursday.

On Wednesday, the 28-year-old India’s captain Kohli posted on his Instagram page with a photograph featuring him and Anushka in a car. “Much-needed break with my <3 (heart emoji)”

Both the couple has seen smart which Virat in a casual white T-shirt and Anushka looks smart in an olive top. The eye-catching aspects of the image are their unique eyewear. Later two days ago, Anushka has been posting an image of New York’s street on her Instagram page.

Anushka Sharma

Anushka captioned one image and posted, she wrote “The sun sets someplace and rises for a new day at another… Have a great day/night you all.., #New York #Sunset #JetLagged. There is light always at the end of the long road.”

Anushka has been caught up with the promotion of her new film with superstar Shah Rukh Khan “Jab Harry Met Sejal.” New York is set to host the 18th edition of the International Indian Film Academy (IIFA) celebrations, where stars like Salman Khan, A.R Rahman, Sushant Singh Rajput, Shahid Kapoor and Karan Johar will be in attendance.

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Sourav Ganguly

The Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) has announced that the finalist candidate for a head coach will be late as they needed more time and wanted to discuss with skipper Virat Kohli before the decision is taken.

Former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly said “Whatever, I say, I take Laxman and Sachin into confidence. It’s a decision we all three have taken. We have interviewed all the candidates except Phil Simmons who has not been available for the interview and we have decided that we will hold on for the time being for the announcement of the coach.”

“We need a few more days and talk to a few more people especially the captain and then make an announcement because we feel that there is no hurry at the moment.”

Talking about team India that played West Indies series without the coach, Ganguly said “For the Sri Lanka tour coming up in a week’s time, board headed by Amitabh (Choudhary), Rahul (Johri), Vinod ji (Rai), Anirudh (Choudhary), the board will probably continue with the same set for the time being.”

Sourav Ganguly

The CAC wanted to have some discussion with captain Kohli before announcing the new coach. “We want to speak to Virat Kohli, once he is back from America, all three of us, the respective people concerned, we will explain to him that the coaches want to function in a certain way and make sure everybody is on the same page once we make the announcement.”

“Once, we make the announcement, it has to be till the World Cup and to be honest what we have heard from the coaches today is nothing different from what we heard last year and the way things have gone. We have been happy after hearing to what and how they want to go about the job. So for that point, we will have everybody on the same page and take the call in the course of time.”

The member of CAC VVS Laxman said that the candidates interviewed were Virender Sehwag, Lalchand Rajput, Richard Pybus, Ravi Shastri and Tom Moody.

Ganguly said that the Indian cricket board and CAC are in no hurry picking for the new coach of the Indian men’s cricket head coach. “We are in no hurry and we are not just looking at the Sri Lanka tour because it is a long tour. The thing that is important for us that everybody is in synchronisation of the way forward because we don’t want to see six-months down the line doing something different.”

Sourav Ganguly

“I thought the presentations were outstanding, exactly what coaches want to do in the system because we have played the game. We have been under different coaches. They all have different methods but the crux of the matter doesn’t change. That’s why we think Virat Kohli whom we respect so much is an important part of the cog.”

“I was captain, Laxman was one of the best players in the world so we understand where it goes. We will take a call which is the best way forward for the team and the boys. They are going to play and they are going to give results to the country and that’s what most important for us.”

Asked about the conclusion of the process, Ganguly said “Process is concluded and as I said we need to speak to people who will matter because as out job finishes, their job starts and that is more important. That’s the way we look at it and that’s the way we would be addressing. It’s all done and the key of the moment is how we are going to go forward.”

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Virat Kohli

On Friday, after smashing his 28th ODI hundred win against West Indies skipper Virat Kohli said about the efforts of his boys. He especially praises for Ajinkya Rahane on his performance in the series and highly praised for Shikhar Dhawan and Kuldeep Yadav.

After defeated West Indies, captain Kohli said at the post-match conference, “First and foremost the aim was to win the series, have a complete team performance. Special mention to Rahane, who’s come back after a while and he was outstanding. Shikhar as well at the top.”

“Kuldeep was outstanding. Really pleased with the team effort in general. Winning convincingly in a chase is always nice. For me, it’s all about getting the team across the line. It’s not about stats – it’s about looking at the scoreboard, looking at the bowlers, which ones to target, which ones to give respect to.”

Virat Kohli

“I like taking control of the situation, stringing partnerships. Again Ajinkya was very good, Dinesh too. People are grabbing their opportunities – Shami playing one-day cricket after two years.”

Praising on Shami and Rahane, the 28-year-old India’s captain Kohli said “Again Ajinkya was very good, Dinesh too. People are grabbing their opportunities – Shami playing one-day cricket after two years. I have always been a batsman that’s played the situation and that’s something that has never changed.”

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“I still think the same way I used to when I wasn’t the captain. It’s a taking a bit more responsibility for the guys at the other end. That’s always a nice thing to learn and also makes you understand the game better as well. I’m relishing the opportunity.”

Virat Kohli

 

Ajinkya Rahane, the player of the series, said “I really wanted to make it count. I wanted to enjoy my batting. Even in the Champions Trophy, I was batting very well in the nets, and I really wanted to make it count here. This wicket was slightly better than the last two minutes.”

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“The ball was coming nicely on to the bat – this was the best wicket to bat on. As I mentioned, I just wanted to enjoy my batting. I didn’t want to put pressure on myself. One-day cricket is all about expressing yourself and converting starts into a big one. Even in the future, I want to enjoy myself and score big ones.”

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