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  • 4:53 PM IST
    After another dismal show from Royal Challengers Bangalore in the Indian Premier League, skipper Virat Kohli‘s leadership skills were under the scanner, but young allrounder Shivam Dube, who played for the franchise and will now feature for Shivaji Park Lions in the Mumbai T20 League, feels the Indian captain knows how to manage a team.

    Dube, a budding talent from Mumbai, was all praise for the Indian run-machine and said it is every young cricketer’s dream to play with Kohli in any format of the game.

    Speaking to IANS after Bangalore’s exit from IPL 2019, Dube said: “Virat (bhaiya) is undoubtedly the best player we have in our team (RCB) at the moment. It’s a great opportunity to be mentored by him and playing under him.

    “I think every young cricketer wants to play with him at least once, sharing the crease with him is something that goes a long way in helping you learn. I was lucky to have been able to play under him in this IPL.”

    Expressing his views on Kohli’s captaincy, the 25-year-old said: “I have been able to learn a lot of things from him, including his way of managing the team and keeping the entire team together. He is a great leader.”
  • 3:06 PM IST
    The Australia skipper Aaron Finch has tipped teams with superior fast bowling attacks to emerge successful at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, while singling out the middle overs of ODIs in England as the area where matches can be done with pace.

    A high-scoring World Cup in England this summer has been predicted, with the likes of David Warner and Glenn Maxwell expecting record totals and Brett Lee forecasting a tough time for bowlers once the shine wears off the ball.

    “All the trend and stats suggest that in the last couple of years in one-day cricket the teams that have taken the most wickets in the middle overs have been successful,” Finch said during the third and final one-day practice match between the Australia XI and New Zealand XI at Allan Border Field in Brisbane on Friday, which the hosts won by five wickets.
  • 1:48 PM IST
    Former India opener Vikram Rathour is reportedly set to coach India A in a home series against Sri Lanka that gets underway later this month. The report comes almost three months after Rathour’s appointment as the batting coach of India A and U-19 teams was put on hold by the Committee of Administrators citing conflict of interest.

    Rathour is a relative of current India U-19 selector Ashish Kapoor and a cousin of former BCCI president Anurah Thakur. In February this year, CoA decided to stall the appointment after Rathour’s written declaration regarding his relationship with Kapoor.
  • 12:46 PM IST
    Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor VVS Laxman has termed the team’s defeat to Delhi Capitals in IPL 2019 Eliminator as the one that summarised their entire campaign this season.

    SRH posted competitive 162/8 in Vizag but failed to defend the total with DC posting a thrilling two-wicket win in the last over to enter Qualifier 2.

    SRH qualified for the playoffs as they became the first team to enter the stage after managing just 12 points. Kolkata Knight Riders and Kings XI Punjab also had 12 points each but the 2016 champions edged ahead on account of a better net run-rate.

    “Sunrisers Hyderabad’s defeat at the hands of Delhi Capitals, and subsequent elimination from IPL 2019, was symbolic of our entire campaign,” Laxman wrote in his column for The Times of India on Friday. “We weren’t necessarily at our best, but we kept scrapping and battling and, in the end, we fell just short. There are learnings from this campaign that we will take on board, and come better prepared to try and fulfil the expectations of our fans.”
  • 11:53 AM IST

    Former Sri Lankan cricketers Nuwan Zoysa and Avishka Gunawardene have been charged on several counts of breaching the ICC’s anti-corruption code.

    The retired fast bowler turned coach Zoysa, who played 30 Tests and 95 ODIs for Sri Lanka, has been charged for breaching four counts of the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) Corruption Code for Participants in relation to the T10 League in 2017.

    Gunawardene, a former opener who featured in 61 ODIs and six Tests, and who also has coached post retirement, has been charged for two counts.

  • 10:57 AM IST

    One match remains before the IPL 2019 final, and vying for the chance to take on Mumbai Indians on Sunday are defending champions Chennai Super Kings and title hopefuls Delhi Capitals in today’s Qualifier 2 match in Visakhapatnam.

    Delhi stormed into the IPL playoffs for the first time in six seasons and on Wednesday beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by two wickets in the Eliminator to meet CSK, who lost to Mumbai Indians in Qualifier 2 on Monday.

    After topping the league table for most of the season, CSK slipped to second place at the end of the league stage and then lost badly to MI in Qualifier 1. What will MS Dhoni and his men come up with today?

  • 10:01 AM IST
    Cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar has heaped praise on Rishabh Pant, saying that the wicketkeeper-batsman is Virender Sehwag of the current generation.

    Manjrekar further said just like Sehwag, Pant should be treated differently and allowed to play the game in his own way.

    “Penny dropped for me last night. Rishabh is this generation’s Viru. Batsman who needs to be treated differently… which is to just let him be. You either pick him or drop him but never try and change him,” Manjrekar posted on his Twitter account.
  • 9:40 AM IST

    For the first time since the inaugural men’s World Cup in 1975, England will be staging the two biggest events in its international calendar — the 50-over global showpiece and a Test series against Australia — in the same home season.

    “It’s awesome, the summer of our generation,” England paceman Broad said Thursday. “What an opportunity for the game to grow and inspire.

    “I just think this England group, for the past four years since the last World Cup have had a clear definition of the plan,” added Michael Vaughan.

  • 9:37 AM IST
    Unheralded New Zealand batsman Will Young smashed his second century in a row on Friday, mastering a full-strength Australian attack led by Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc in a World Cup warm-up match.

    The 26-year-old, who is uncapped and not part of New Zealand’s World Cup squad, followed up his classy 130 against the Aussies on Wednesday by reaching another ton with a pull for six over mid-wicket.

    He eventually fell to Marcus Stoinis for 111 as a weakened New Zealand, missing some of their top players, made 286 for nine off their 50 overs in the unofficial game in Brisbane which is not counted as a full international.

    Opener George Worker hit 59 with Cummins the best of the bowlers, taking 4-32 off eight overs.
  • 9:07 AM IST

    England’s fiery Barmy Army supporters rarely need much incentive to get stuck into their arch-rivals and got the ball rolling on Twitter Thursday with a brutal pot shot.

    In a taste of what to expect from British crowds, they doctored an image of Warner’s official World Cup player portrait, replacing ‘Australia’ on the front of his shirt with ‘Cheats’.

    They also photo-shopped Mitchell Starc and Nathan Lyon holding sandpaper.

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