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Mithali Raj: Shafali Verma is definitely in the radar for ODIs
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Mithali Raj: Shafali Verma is definitely in the radar for ODIs

Mithali Raj will return to the 50-over format after 487 days when India takes on South Africa in the first game of the five-match ODI series in Lucknow on Sunday. Tell her this, and there's a smile on her face. The 38-year-old hopes to channel some of the rhythm she had in her last series vs West Indies in November 2019 when she takes the field again this weekend."I am training the same way I do before any international series. But I am Looking forward to getting more runs. I was in rhythm in the last series in 2019. Hope to do the same here," the ODI captain said.India won that three-match series 2-1 and reached the T20 World Cup final - where it lost to Australia - in March 2020 before women's cricket came to a screeching halt due to the coronavirus pandemic. India has been the slowe...
Vijay Hazare Trophy knockout: Delhi eyes quarterfinal spot
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Vijay Hazare Trophy knockout: Delhi eyes quarterfinal spot

After an impressive show in the league stage, Delhi will eye a place in the quarterfinal of the Vijay Hazare (50-over) trophy when it takes on Uttarakhand at the Ferozeshah Kotla ground here on Sunday.After finishing second in Group ‘D’ behind Mumbai, with four wins from five matches, Delhi booked a clash with Plate Group topper Uttarakhand for a place in the last-eight. Should Delhi win, it will play Uttar Pradesh on Tuesday in the third quarterfinal. IND vs ENG: Axar Patel equals more than 40-year-old record with another five-wicket haul!  The line-up of other quarterfinals - Gujarat v Andhra Pradesh, Karnataka v Kerala (both on Monday) and Mumbai v Saurashtra (on Tuesday). The other venue for the competition is the Air Force ground, Palam, in the Capital.Delhi will miss the servic...
IND vs ENG: Rishabh Pant’s hundred puts India in control of fourth Test
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IND vs ENG: Rishabh Pant’s hundred puts India in control of fourth Test

James Anderson and Ben Stokes bowled their hearts out to push India on to the back foot, but Rishabh Pant’s methodical madness and a classy Washington Sundar changed the complexion of the game as the home team finished the second day of the fourth and final Test against England with a lead of 89 runs.Thanks to the 113-run seventh-wicket partnership between centurion Pant and Sundar, India breezed past England’s first innings total of 205. With Axar Patel lending support to Sundar after Pant’s dismissal, India reached 294 for seven at stumps at Motera.India was tottering at 149/6 when Sundar walked out to join Pant 25 minutes before tea, but they relied on their defence and rotated the strike till almost an hour into the final session. IND vs ENG, 4th Test, Day 2 Highlights: Pant 101, ...
India vs England: WTC qualification, H2H numbers and other stats that matter ahead of 4th Test
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India vs England: WTC qualification, H2H numbers and other stats that matter ahead of 4th Test

The stakes, as always, are high for a contest in whites! The fourth Test between India and England at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad would see Joe Root and his men try and get the basics right to stay in the game and stun the host with another fight-back to obstruct its way to the World Test Championship (WTC) final.While India would want to win the series 3-1, a draw against England will be enough for Virat Kohli's men to qualify for the inaugural five-day final.As for the visitor, it will have the backing of arch-rival Australia for quelling India, for that could see Tim Paine and Co. qualifying for July's WTC final.Here are some numbers you need to know before the final Test of the series gets underway on Thursday:India will seal its place in the WTC final at Lord’s against ...
IND vs ENG: Zak Crawley expects batting to be easier in fourth Test
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IND vs ENG: Zak Crawley expects batting to be easier in fourth Test

England opener Zak Crawley expects batting to be easier in the fourth Test even if the wicket is likely to be similar to the one that was used in the previous game, which India won in just two days with spin dominating proceedings. Crawley, who was the best batsman for England in the day-night pink ball Test scoring a fluent 53 in the first innings, felt the return of the red ball should make a slight difference.“I think if it is the same pitch, I do think, it will be slightly easier. I feel the pink ball was a bit harder and therefore skidded on quite quickly, which is why Axar Patel got so many wickets, LBW and bowled,” said Crawley. READ| IND vs ENG: Former GCA curator Parsana opens up on pitch debate “I think he still has that ball in his armoury for sure and it will be a massive...
IND vs ENG: Former GCA curator Parsana opens up on pitch debate
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IND vs ENG: Former GCA curator Parsana opens up on pitch debate

Ever since the first Test match here in 1983 till the last one, before this series, in 2012, Dhiraj Parsana was the curator who laid out the pitch for every Test match in Ahmedabad. According to the veteran curator, now retired after serving the Gujarat Cricket Association for more than three decades following a successful career as a left-arm bowler, admits that modern-day curators don’t have a choice but to cater to demands of the home team.“Call it curator or groundsman, I feel they are never allowed to prepare pitches their way. It’s been going on for the last 10 years. When I was a curator, my sincere attempt used to be to make a pitch that would last the whole duration of the game,” Parsana, 73, told Sportstar here on Tuesday.READ| Ajinkya Rahane shoots back after question on do...
IND vs ENG: Leach keen to learn subtleties of spin bowling from Ashwin, Axar
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IND vs ENG: Leach keen to learn subtleties of spin bowling from Ashwin, Axar

By his own admission, England's Jack Leach is in awe of the exploits of Ravichandran Ashwin and Axar Patel during the pink ball Test and he is eager to learn the nuances of spin bowling from the Indian duo in the fourth and final match, starting on Thursday.India won the day-night third Test by 10 wickets inside two days to take a 2-1 lead in the four-match series. How Akshar Patel became Axar Patel  Ashwin and Axar used the spin-friendly Motera pitch to great effect and picked up 18 of the 20 English wickets in the match to demolish the Joe Root-led side. "When you see players having so much success, like Ravichandran Ashwin, who has just got to 400 Test wickets and has a lot of experience in India, and Axar Patel, who has had a great start to Test cricket, of course, you try to lea...
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Questions Arise After Death Of Former NFL Player Louis Nix III | Sports

Louis Nix III, a former NFL player and standout athlete at Notre Dame, has reportedly died in Florida after being missing for several days. The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office says the 29-year-old was reported missing on Wednesday, however a tweet update on Saturday (February 27) said Nix had been located. They didn’t provide any further details. Nix’s mother, Stephanie Wingfield, told WJXT-TV that authorities informed her that her son died, but she hasn’t been able to find out how, which is raising questions about the circumstances of Nix’s death. ''They said they couldn't give me any more information,'' Wingfield said to the local news station. RELATED: Former NFL Star Vincent Jackson Found Dead In Hotel Room In an interview with the Florida...
Sir Viv Richards asks England to stop ‘moaning and groaning’
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Sir Viv Richards asks England to stop ‘moaning and groaning’

West Indian batting legend Sir Viv Richards is not amused with past and present English cricketers "moaning and groaning" about the spin-friendly pitches in India and said the visiting team did not prepare well for the challenge.The newly-laid Motera track in Ahmedabad became a subject of debate after India crushed England inside two days in the third Test to go 2-1 up in the four-match series. The severe criticism came from former England captain Michael Vaughan and a section of the British media. Ahmedabad pitch likely to be spin-friendly in fourth England Test  All the chatter has not gone down well with Richards, whose incredible range of strokes and fearless approach to the game terrorised the best of bowlers in his prime in every corner of the cricketing world."I've been asked ...
Weekly Digest (Feb 22-28): From India’s 10-wicket win to Man City’s 20th straight victory
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Weekly Digest (Feb 22-28): From India’s 10-wicket win to Man City’s 20th straight victory

From India beating England by 10 wickets in the shortest Test since the second World War to Manchester City extending its winning run to 20 matches, here's a wrap-up of all the major sports news and updates from the week that passed.Here's a wrap-up of all the major sports news and updates from the week (February 22 to 28) that passed:CRICKET Axar Patel removed Zak Crawley and Jonny Bairstow for ducks in the first over of England's second innings.   -  Sportzpics  India won by 10 wickets late on the second day of the third Test to take a 2-1 series lead and move a step closer to a berth in the World Test Championship final. (REPORT)Jasprit Bumrah has been released from India's squad for the fourth and final Test against England in Ahmedabad, starting March 4, because of "personal r...