India vs Australia: Rohit Sharma hits fifty in 1st innings after becoming a dad

first_imgIndia vs Australia: Rohit Sharma hits fifty in 1st innings after becoming a dadIndia vs Australia 1st ODI: Australia 288/5 (Handscomb 73, Khawaja 59, Kuldeep 2/54) vs India 95/3 (Rohit 50 not out, Dhoni 36 not out, Maxwell 0/9, Siddle 0/26) after 23.5 overs, need 270 to win off 41.2 over. Rohit Sharma hit his 38th fifty as India battled against Australia in the 1st ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Saturday.advertisement Rajarshi Gupta SydneyJanuary 12, 2019UPDATED: January 12, 2019 13:54 IST Rohit Sharma became a father before the start of the ODI series (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSRohit Sharma hit his 38th half-century for India in the 1st ODI against Australia in SydneyRohit Sharma was playing for India for the first time after becoming a fatherRohit is now 3rd in the list of highest scorers in India-Australia ODIsAustralia vs India, 1st ODIFull ScorecardBrief Scores:Australia 288/5 (Handscomb 73, Khawaja 59, Kuldeep 2/54)India 95/3 (Rohit 50 not out, Dhoni 36 not out, Maxwell 0/9, Siddle 0/26) after 23.5 overs, need 270 to win off 41.2 oversRohit Sharma hit a half-century in his innings after becoming a father. He smashed 3 sixes on his way to a fifty in a stunning counter-attack for India in the first ODI against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Rohit, who returned home to be with his wife Ritika for the birth of their daughter, got off the mark with a six after Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayudu were dismissed cheaply.Chasing 289, India were in deep trouble at 4 for 3 after Jason Behrendorff had removed Shikhar Dhawan for a golden duck and Jhye Richardson dismissed Virat Kohli and Ambati Rayudu in the same over. Rohit Sharma, who has three ODI double hundreds, was under pressure to keep India afloat in the company of MS Dhoni, who was clearly struggling. The asking rate kept climbing steadily and India needed a Rohit special to stay in the hunt for 289.India vs Australia 1st ODI in Sydney – Live ScoreIn the course of a fine innings on Saturday, Rohit Sharma went past Adam Gilchrist to become the third highest run-scorer in India-Australia ODIs.FIFTY!38th ODI fifty for @ImRo45, his 6th against Australia https://t.co/b0F0zsEAxg #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/5SpyoZhguJ BCCI (@BCCI) January 12, 2019Sachin Tendulkar heads the list with 3077 runs while Ricky Ponting is second with 2164 runs. Rohit Sharma is now followed by Adam Gilchrist (1622) and Matthew Hayden (1450).advertisementRohit announced his intentions to dominate Australia with a six off Jason Behrendorff. After a period of lull, Rohit targeted Peter Siddle, who was returning to the Australian ODI side after eight years. Rohit hit a six over deep backward square to break the shackles.Rohit sends one into the stands!Stream via Kayo HERE: https://t.co/rHhkFrd50M #AUSvIND pic.twitter.com/cNkkVbwiJUcricket.com.au (@cricketcomau) January 12, 2019And then in the first over after drinks, Rohit Sharma came down the track to hit off-spinner Nathan Lyon for a six over deep mid-wicket.Rohit Sharma had scored his first Test fifty outside Asia since 2015 in the Boxing Day Test against Australia. But he flew back home to be with Ritika for the birth of their daughter Samaira.Also Read | MS Dhoni 5th batsman to score 10,000 ODI runs for IndiaAlso Read | Rayudu comes on to bowl, questions raised on the legality of his actionAlso Read | Bhuvneshwar Kumar 4th slowest Indian to reach 100 ODI wicketsFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Tags :Follow Rohit SharmaFollow India vs AustraliaFollow 1st ODIFollow Rohit Sharma daughterFollow Samairalast_img read more

IPL 2019 first month will be crucial for World Cup selection: BCCI official

first_imgIPL 2019 first month will be crucial for World Cup selection: BCCI officialA senior BCCI official has said the first month of IPL 2019 starting March 23 will be keenly followed by the selectors as they are expected to announce the squad for the World Cup around April 20.advertisement Indo-Asian News Service New DelhiMarch 19, 2019UPDATED: March 19, 2019 10:24 IST Ajinkya Rahane will be hoping to seal a spot in the World Cup squad with good performances in IPL 2019 (@ajinkyarahane88 Photo)HIGHLIGHTSVirat Kohli had earlier said IPL 2019 performances won’t influence selection for World CupConsidering the doubts around a few spots in the Indian team, the selectors are willing to consider IPL performancesIPL 2019 will kickstart with Chennai Super Kings taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore on March 23Going into the last ODI series before the upcoming World Cup — against Australia — India skipper Virat Kohli had said that Indian players’ performance in the IPL wouldn’t have any bearing with selection in the squad for the showpiece event. But with none of the batsmen managing to secure the No.4 slot post the five ODIs against the Aussies, the players’ performance in the IPL will have a bearing on the minds of the selectors when they pick the squad for the World Cup mid-April.The four primary contenders for the No.4 slot are Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul. And it all now boils down to a consistent showing in the first half of the cash-rich T20 league. A good run here and one of these four will be rewarded with a ticket to England.Speaking to IANS, a senior BCCI official said that recent performances have meant that the first month of the 12th edition of the IPL will have to be looked into when MSK Prasad and his team sit down to pick the squad for the World Cup.”With all the chopping and changing and experimentation and recent performances of the team, the No.4 slot is not yet sealed and if you ask me, a couple of other positions are also open since some players have not developed as well as one hoped over the last year. With the team selection slated for around April 20, the first month of the IPL will be crucial for the team selection for the World Cup,” the official said.advertisementTeam management looking at four batsmen for one slotEchoing the sentiments, a source in the team management said that there are technically four batsmen who will be fighting it out for the slot and a good IPL for one of them will definitely make that player a favourite to seal the position.”It was thought that the Australia series would help cement all spots for the World Cup. But that hasn’t happened and technically you now have four batsmen fighting for the No.4 slot. In fact, coach Ravi Shastri has even spoken of the option of having Kohli at 4, but that then depends on conditions and match situation. He won’t go into the tournament as India’s no.4,” the source told IANS.Rahane and Iyer confident of strong show in IPL 2019Interestingly, both Rahane and Iyer are ready for the challenge and feel that a good show in the IPL will definitely make them contenders for that No.4 spot that has had players coming in and going out without consistent success.”The approach won’t be any different with the World Cup spot looming because at the end you are playing cricket, be it the IPL or any other tournament. You have to score runs and do well for the team. The most important thing will be to think about the Rajasthan Royals rather than thinking too much about the road ahead. If I do well in the IPL, the World Cup (slot) will automatically come. I feel it is important to express yourself and not take any undue pressure thinking about things which aren’t in your control. The focus is the IPL,” Rahane told IANS.Iyer said that he too was confident of the selectors noticing a good show in the IPL.”In IPL, if I get a great start then it could really impact the selections. Selectors will be thinking twice about me. That’s what I am really looking forward to. But I have been doing well in all formats, not just IPL. So definitely this IPL they will be looking. Gagan Khoda spoke to me and said that I have been doing well and asked me to keep up the consistency,” he added.Also Read | IPL 2019: Virat not a shrewd captain, can’t compare him with Dhoni and Rohit, says GambhirAlso Read | Virat Kohli begins IPL 2019 preparations with Royal Challengers BangaloreAlso See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow IPL 2019Follow India national cricket teamFollow 2019 World CupFollow Ajinkya RahaneFollow KL RahulFollow shreyas iyerlast_img read more

India vs Pakistan (IND vs PAK), World Cup 2019 Match 22: Prediction and Probable Playing 11s

first_imgIndia vs Pakistan (IND vs PAK), World Cup 2019 Match 22: Prediction and Probable Playing 11sKicker: India vs Pakistan (IND vs PAK) Playing 11 Prediction: As India face Pakistan at Old Trafford on June 16, they would look to maintain their 6-match winning streak in World Cups against the Asian giants.advertisement India Today Web Desk ManchesterJune 16, 2019UPDATED: June 16, 2019 11:38 IST India vs Pakistan (IND vs PAK) Playing 11 Prediction (Twitter/@BCCI)On a lovely Sunday morning, India and Pakistan will clash against each other at Old Trafford cricket stadium in Manchester on Sunday to reignite the biggest rivalry of the game.But is the hype around the game being too much? Well, no, if you get to know there were 400,000 applications for match tickets between India and Pakistan, and the numbers means they “could have packed out Wembley four times over”.Recent form:It would not be wrong to say that Pakistan is one of the most inconsistent and unpredictable teams of the tournament. They were stunned in their first game by West Indies in what was a batting collapse for the side but came back strong to produce an all-round performance to topple tournament favourites England to break their 12-match losing streak in ODIs.However, they failed to take that form against Australia to get defeated by 41 runs.India on the other hand are No. 2 ODI team in the ICC rankings for a reason as they have won both their matches — against South Africa and Australia to remain undefeatable in the tournament so far.Pitch and weather conditions:The pitch is flat, which means the bowlers should not expect much from it. There is not a tinge of green and the batsmen would look to get their best scores here. The team who wins the toss first is likely to win the match as well.The weather has been pleasant in Manchester since the last couple of days but its supposed to mostly cloudy, with some showers during the afternoon time.advertisementMatch Prediction:Tracing the World Cup history suggest India are going to win the game hands down as in their last 6 encounters they have remained undefeatable.Also, India has won five of those tosses and of course, all six games. It was only in Centurion (2003) that India chased after losing the toss and the match turned out to be a close contest.IND vs PAK: Predicted Playing 11sGoing with the pitch conditions, India is likely to play Mohammad Shami in what would be a debut match for him at this World Cup. While Shadab Khan who was made to sit out against Australia, is expected to return in the Pakistan side.India (probable): Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli (c), Vijay Shankar, MS Dhoni (wk), Kedhar Jadhav, Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit BumrahPakistan (probable): Imam-ul-Haq, Fakhar Zaman, Babar Azam, Mohammad Hafeez, Sarfaraz Ahmed (c & wk), Haris Sohail, Shoaib Malik/Asif Ali/Imad Wasim, Shadab Khan, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali, Mohammad AmirAlso Read | India vs Pakistan, World Cup 2019: Will June 16 witness the most-watched match in cricket history?Also Read | India vs Pakistan: Mohammad Amir inspired by memory of late mother ahead of Manchester tieAlso SeeFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Tags :Follow India vs PakistanFollow ManchesterFollow ICC World Cup 2019 Nextlast_img read more

Ravindra Jadeja eyes major landmark in India vs West Indies Tests

first_imgRavindra Jadeja eyes major landmark in India vs West Indies TestsIndia tour of West Indies 2019: India spinner Ravindra Jadeja is just 8 wickets away from becoming only the 10th Indian bowler to 200 wickets in Test cricket. advertisement Asian News International AntiguaAugust 20, 2019UPDATED: August 20, 2019 12:12 IST India tour of West Indies 2019: Ravindra Jadeja is just 8 scalps away from 200 Test wickets (AP Photo)HIGHLIGHTSJadeja has 192 wickets from 41 matchesJadeja can also become the 2nd fastest Indian to 200 Test wicketsIndia begin their World Test Championship campaign from ThursdayAs India and West Indies gear up for the two-match Test series, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja will look to achieve a bowling milestone.Jadeja is just eight wickets away from achieving 200 Test wickets. He will become only the 10th Indian bowler to achieve the feat.If Jadeja achieves the feat in the first Test at Antigua, he will become the second-fastest Indian bowler to reach the landmark after Ravichandran Ashwin.Jadeja is currently ranked at the fifth position in the ICC Test Bowler rankings.India displayed a clinical performance in the recently concluded T20I and ODI series against Windies. The Men in Blue defeated the team from Caribbean 3-0 in the T20I series whereas they outclassed West Indies 2-0 in the three-match ODI series.The first ODI was abandoned due to rain, but India recorded wins in the second and third ODI.Skipper Virat Kohli had a record-breaking run in the ODI series as he scored 234 runs in the ODIs.Kohli became the first batsman to record 20,000 international runs in a single decade. During the ODI series, he also became the highest run-getter against Windies in the 50-over format. The 30-year-old also went past Sourav Ganguly to become second-highest run-scorer for India in ODI cricket.Vice-captain Rohit Sharma went past Chris Gayle to become the batsman with the most number of sixes in the T20I format.India would look to hold on to their number one ranking in the Test format when they take on West Indies. If the team loses 0-1 against West Indies, India can get dethroned from the pole position in the ICC Test rankings.advertisementThe series between India and West Indies will be a part of the World Test Championship.India and West Indies take on each other in the first Test of the two-match series in Antigua from August 22.Also Read | Rejuvenated Umesh Yadav hoping to make a mark in West Indies TestsAlso Read | Kane Williamson reported for suspect bowling action during 1st Test vs Sri Lanka Also See:For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAkshay Ramesh Tags :Follow India tour of West Indies 2019Follow Ravindra JadejaFollow R Ashwinlast_img read more

Russian GP: Lewis Hamilton leads Mercedes one-two finish to end Ferrari’s 3-race winning run

first_img Next Associated Press SochiSeptember 29, 2019UPDATED: September 29, 2019 19:06 IST Lewis Hamilton celebrates on the podium after finishing 1st at Russian GP. (Reuters Photo)HIGHLIGHTSLewis Hamilton finished in a Mercedes one-two in RussiaWith this win, Hamilton stretched his lead to 73 points in drivers’ championshipFerrari’s Charles Leclerc finished third as his teammate Sebastian Vettel retired on 28th lapLewis Hamilton coasted to a comfortable victory and led a Mercedes one-two finish at the Russian Grand Prix on Sunday to tighten his grip on a sixth World Championship.In a calamitous few laps for Ferrari, the Italian team threw away a possible one-two finish of its own after Sebastian Vettel broke down and Charles Leclerc dropped from first to third.Valtteri Bottas followed team-mate Hamilton home at the Sochi Autodrome as Mercedes secured the full quota of points. Hamilton now leads Bottas in the championship by 73 points with just 130 remaining. Leclerc is 107 points behind the British driver.Max Verstappen finished fourth ahead of Red Bull team-mate Alex Albon, who started last after he crashed out during qualifying.Ferrari had already got themselves into a needless mess before Vettel retired with an engine failure on lap 28.Vettel got the jump on pole-sitter Leclerc on the long drag down to the second corner but a curious pre-race arrangement had Leclerc calling for the roles to be reversed.It appears that the team had agreed that if Vettel benefited from Leclerc’s slipstream and moved ahead of the Frenchman off the start line, he would have to concede the position.Ferrari were on the radio to tell Vettel to let Leclerc by, but the four-time world champion resisted the order.Leclerc protested over the radio.”You put me behind and I respected everything,” he said. “We will talk later.”The Ferrari pit wall were on to Vettel again, but again the German refused to let his teammate pass, fearing that he would be exposed to Hamilton in third place if he slowed down.advertisementLeclerc was the first to stop on lap 22, but instead of calling in Vettel the next time around Vettel was left on old tires as his teammate put in several fast laps on his fresh tires.Four laps after Leclerc pitted, Vettel was eventually called in and by the time he emerged he had fallen behind his teammate and into second place.Just moments later disaster struck as Vettel broke down with an engine failure.It was then to get worse for the Scuderia. With Vettel’s broken down machine in a precarious position, the virtual safety car was deployed to slow down the field, allowing Hamilton, who had yet to pit, a free stop for tires and the lead of the race.Leclerc, meanwhile, declined to blame the team or his teammate for the mid-race drama.”I will always trust the team but the tactic was me giving the slipstream and for us to be one-two, which happened, but then I don’t know. I need to speak to the team to know the situation better.”Standing in the drivers’ championshipLewis Hamilton 322Valtteri Bottas 249Charles Leclerc 215Max Verstappen 212Sebastian Vettel 194Also Read | Russian GP: Charles Leclerc emulates Michael Schumacher with 4th pole in a rowAlso Read | Great job, really happy for you: Hamilton congratulates Vettel for Singapore GP winFor sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAnita Jat Russian GP: Lewis Hamilton leads Mercedes one-two finish to end Ferrari’s 3-race winning runLewis Hamilton’s closest rival and Mercedes team mate Valtteri Bottas took second place, with Hamilton also banking an extra point for the fastest lap.advertisementlast_img read more

Virat Kohli as captain the most important man in Indian cricket: BCCI president Sourav Ganguly

first_img India Today Web Desk MumbaiOctober 23, 2019UPDATED: October 23, 2019 15:04 IST Ganguly considers Kohli as the most important man in Indian cricket right now (Getty Images)HIGHLIGHTSSourav Ganguly took charge as BCCI President on WednesdayGanguly termed India as the best team in the world at the momentGanguly also said that that he will meet Virat Kohli on October 24New BCCI president Sourav Ganguly who took charge of his new role on Wednesday, tried to shift the focus from himself while terming India captain Virat Kohli as the ‘most important man’ in the country as far as cricket sphere is concerned. Holding his maiden press conference after assuming his new role, Ganguly reiterated that he will sit down with Kohli and support him in taking the country’s cricket forward.”I will speak to him tomorrow. He is the captain of India. He is the most important man in Indian cricket. I look at that way. We will support him in every way. He wants to make this team the best in the world. It’s a great team… the way they have been a fantastic side with the way they have played their cricket in the last 3-4 years. Yes, you can say they haven’t won the World Cup but you don’t win World Cups every time. Hopefully, we will support whatever he wants and ensure Indian cricket moves forward smoothly,” said Ganguly.On relationship with Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri”I don’t what transpired with the CoA, Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri. Now with the new office bearers taking over, it will be properly discussed, there will be a mutual discussion. But be rest assured, we are here to make their life easier and not difficult. Everything will be based on performance. Performance is the most important thing and that’s what will decide the future of Indian cricket. As I said, Virat Kohli is the most important man in this context. We will be there to support him. We will listen to him. I have been a captain myself and I understand from that position. It’s mutual respect which will be there. Opinions will be there, discussions will be there and we will do what is best for Indian cricket,” added Ganguly.advertisementSourav Ganguly arrived at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai on Wednesday for the AGM. Notably, Ganguly filed his nomination for the role of BCCI president after the eleventh-hour drama earlier this month. He has been elected unopposed as the president of richest body in world cricket.Ganguly is likely to serve only 9 months as BCCI president as the “Cooling-Off” period clause in the new BCCI constitution makes it mandatory for board officials to step down after 6 years in office. Ganguly, who played 113 Tests and 311 one-day internationals and led India to 21 Test wins, has already been an administrator for his home state association, Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB).Sourav Ganguly is only the 2nd India cricketer after Maharaja of Vizianagaram to don the role of BCCI president. His nomination was validated by BCCI’s electoral officer N Gopalaswami last week.For sports news, updates, live scores and cricket fixtures, log on to indiatoday.in/sports. Like us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter for Sports news, scores and updates.Get real-time alerts and all the news on your phone with the all-new India Today app. Download from Post your comment Do You Like This Story? Awesome! Now share the story Too bad. Tell us what you didn’t like in the comments Posted byAjay Tiwari Tags :Follow Sourav GangulyFollow Virat Kohli Virat Kohli as captain the most important man in Indian cricket: BCCI president Sourav GangulyFormer India captain and new BCCI president Sourav Ganguly has thrown his weight behind current skipper Virat Kohli as he fielded questions from reporters in his maiden press conference as the governing body’s chief.advertisement Nextlast_img read more