Can GenNext halt dominance of The Big Three?

Partab Ramchand Updated: 28 June, 2019, 4:22 PM IST

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Wimbledon is round the corner and the main point of interest this year will be whether the Big Three of Roger Federer, Rafael Nadal and Novak Djokovic will continue their dominance or whether the GenNext of challengers led by the likes of Kevin Anderson, Stephanos Tsitsipas, Dominic Thiem and Alexander Zverev can end it.

The Big Three along with Andy Murray have between themselves won every singles title since 2003. That is an unbelievable 16 years with the spoils being shared between Federer (8), defending champion Djokovoc (4) and Nadal and Murray twice each. For some time the younger challengers have been climbing up the ladder as far as the rankings are concerned, have been able to get the better of the Big Three around the ATP Tour circuit and have been winning tournaments including a couple of major competitions. But when it comes to the top three rankings and the four Grand Slams these are seemingly the property of Messrs Federer, Nadal and Djokovic. Just to emphasize this point all the last ten Grand Slam titles since January 2017 have been cornered by The Big Three.

It is of course a tribute to the amazing skill and longevity of the Big Three that they have been able to dominate the scene for so long. Entering Wimbledon they are still the top three seeds and with a total of 53 Grand Slam titles between them one of them is poised to take the number to 54. They are all showing admirable form on court and winning tournaments. Federer just five weeks short of his 38th birthday won the Halle Open title for a record tenth time a few days ago. Nadal won a record 12th French Open crown earlier this month and in January Djokovic won a record 7th Australian Open crown. Both Nadal and Djokovic are in their early 30s and showing no signs of slowing down.

One more point in favour of the Big Three is the fact that none of their nearest challengers has a particularly good record at Wimbledon. Anderson would appear to be the best being runner-up last year to Djokovic. Thiem who is more at home on clay (he has been runner-up to Nadal at the French Open the last two years) has never gone beyond the fourth round at Wimbledon. The same goes for Tsitsipas and Zverev. Under the circumstances there is every reason to believe that the winner at Wimbledon this year will be one of the Big Three. Tsitsipas at 20 arguably the best of the GenNext of players has spoken of his eagerness for a change of guard at Wimbledon. But that is unlikely to happen this year.

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Virat Kohli comes out in support of Ravi Shastri, says trolling of head coach is agenda driven

Staff Writer Updated: 30 November, 2019, 9:28 PM IST

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Virat Kohli is not happy with the way fans have targeted Ravi Shastri in the recent times. However, he is glad that Ravi Shastri is hardly bothered by the relentless trolling. The Indian skipper further spoke about Ravi Shastri's qualities, which he showed as a player during his international career.

“I think most of these things are agenda driven and I don’t know whose, why, what for, but to accept lies in that manner, it couldn’t be anything but agenda driven,” Kohli told India Today on its special show ‘Inspiration’.

“In Ravi bhai’s case, luckily, he is a person that doesn’t care at all.”

Ravi Shastri, who started as a spinner, went on to open the innings for India.

“(Promoted from) number 10 to opener and got an average of 41 as an opener, he is not going to be bothered about someone sitting at home and trolling him, because if you want to troll a guy who has done that, then get up, face those bowlers, do what he has done, have the clarity to do it, have the courage to do it, then have a debate with that guy,” Kohli said in his message to the trolls.

“He is absolutely chilled out, he says our only focus is how we can be the best team of all time. I think these petty things on the outside, they don’t matter at all to him.”

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Virat breaks silence on Anushka-Farokh Engineer controversy, says she was not in selectors box

Staff Writer Updated: 30 November, 2019, 9:27 PM IST

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Virat Kohli has broken his silence on the needless controversy created by former Indian great Farokh Engineer claims that Anushka Sharma was served tea by one of the selectors during the World Cup in England and Wales. She had hit back at Farokh, stating that her name should be kept away while making statements about Indian cricket.

Talking about the incident, Virat said, "When the lies are spoken so much all around, they start becoming truths. So you need to speak up at some stage and that's exactly what happened recently.

"She came for 1 World Cup game against Sri Lanka and the family box and the selector box was different, and there was no selector in that box. She came for 1 game with two friends. As I said, she is known, she's been successful at a very high level so when people take her name, it gets noticed.

"You want to mention something about the selectors do that, but why join her name with it. We are not people who would go out and start these debates but you have to put the truth out there - the way things actually are and the way they are perceived and accepted are very different. So you need to put across what is happening because you are in those situations yourself," Kohli clarified.

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Warner backs Paine's declaration decision, says result is more important than record

AP Updated: 30 November, 2019, 8:55 PM IST

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David Warner produced the biggest innings ever in the day-night test cricket format and surpassed some of Don Bradman’s records before finishing unbeaten on 335 when Australia captain Tim Paine declared at 589-3 on day two against Pakistan.

Paine’s decision to put the team above the individual on Saturday evening left Warner in second spot on Australia’s all-time list of biggest test scorers, behind only Matt Hayden’s 380 against Zimbabwe in 2003.

But it had rewards for the Australian team, with paceman Mitchell Starc taking four wickets for 22, including a double-wicket maiden near the end, as Pakistan struggled to 96-6 at stumps.

Babar Azam was 43 not out at stumps, and Yasir Shah was on 4.

Warner had just taken a single to surpass 334, which was the great Bradman’s highest test score, when Paine called him back to the pavilion in order to give the Australian pacemen the new ball under lights.

Along the way, Warner shared a 361-run stand with Marnus Labuschagne (162), a record for Australia against Pakistan, and had partnerships of 121 with Steve Smith (36) and 99 with Matthew Wade, who finished unbeaten on 38 from 40 balls.

Warner was almost immediately in the action in the field, too.

Pakistan openers Shan Masood (19) and Imam-ul-Haq (2) both got the better of decision referrals in the first two overs before Starc claimed the breakthrough, getting a thick edge off ul-Haq’s bat that carried at waist-height to Warner in the gully. Pakistan was 3-1 at the dinner break.

The first five sessions were painful for Pakistan, with Shaheen Afridi’s three wickets the only highlights. The sixth session went entirely to Australia, too, with five wickets tumbling.

Warner, who missed the last southern summer while serving a 12-month ban and entered the series against Pakistan after a poor Ashes in England, beat Bradman’s record of 299 not out — set against South Africa in 1931-32 — for the highest test score at the Adelaide Oval.

Then he just kept going, and finally was called back into the pavilion with the 10th-highest score ever in a test match — Brian Lara’s 400 not out remains the record.

Warner had one reprieve in the first test at the Gabba, when he was caught on 56 off a no-ball from 16-year-old Naseem Shah. He had another reprieve on Saturday, this time on 226 and against another test rookie, when he edged 19-year-old Muhammad Musa to the slips but stayed at the crease because the young paceman had over-stepped.

“It wasn’t a thing in our mind to go out there and try and get the records ... It was more about putting ourselves in a position to win the test,” Warner said.

Warner’s innings lasted 418 balls and contained 39 fours and one six and, combined with his 154 in the first test against Pakistan last week, has no doubt cemented his place in the Australian team.

That came into question when he scored 95 runs in 10 innings in the Ashes in August and September, getting one half-century, making three ducks and failing to get out of single figures every other time except once — when he was out for 11.

Smith’s return to the runs ensured he became the fastest batsmen to pass 7,000 career runs in test cricket.

Smith was the highest scorer in the Ashes but was out for four in the series-opener against Pakistan at the Gabba, where Australia won by an innings and five runs.

He was more circumspect in Adelaide and more deliberate each time he set up on strike before first interval, ensuring he reached the milestone in his 126th innings and beating a record set by England’s Walter Hammond in 1946.

But he played an extravagant Twenty20-style attempted slog off Shaheen and got an inside edge to wicketkeeper Mohammad Rizwan.

That gave Shaheen his second wicket of the day after bowling Labuschagne with the new ball.

Shaheen returned figures of 3-88 from 30 overs, but the other bowlers were expensive. Leg-spinner Yasir Shah returned 0-197, test rookie Musa went wicketless for 114 and veteran seamer Mohammad Abbas had figures of 0-100.

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Bumrah v Cummins v Rabada in Tests- A Statistical comparison

Harshit Anand Updated: 30 November, 2019, 4:50 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

If you are crazy about fast bowling, there won't be a better time to exist than now. We are blessed to witness the Masterclass of some of the best pacers in the world at the moment. In fact, in the last one year, out of top 15 wicket-takers in Tests, only two are spinners. R Ashwin, who is ranked 10th, is the only spinner to find a place in ICC Men's Test bowling rankings, which is completely dominated by fast bowlers.

Team India have a brilliant bowling attack which boasts of names like Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav and Ishant Sharma. Australia have the likes of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins, and Josh Hazlewood. England are not far behind with the likes of Stuart Broad and James Anderson, and who can forget the wonderful Kiwi trio of Trent Boult, Tim Southee, and Neil Wagner. Windies also have the likes of Kemar Roach, Jason Holder and Shannon Gabriel. South Africa also possess tremendous pace bowling led by Kagiso Rabada and Vernon Philander. There is a great pool of fast bowlers in Test cricket, which is counted among the best that we have ever had in the sport.

Of all the fast bowlers, there are three pacers, namely Kagiso Rabada, Jasprit Bumrah and Pat Cummins, who stand out the most. They are counted as the three most exciting fast bowlers at present. They are in their mid-20s, leading the bowling attack of their respective sides and have it in them to succeed in all formats of the game and leave behind an everlasting legacy on the game. Today, we will evaluate how their numbers stack up against each other.

Overall record

South Africa's gun fast bowler, Kagiso Rabada is the youngest of the trio at 24 years. But he has played most number of Tests. After appearing in 40 Tests, the Johannesburg-born bowler has scalped 183 wickets at a brilliant average of 22.5 and he strikes almost every 40 balls, which is simply phenomenal. For bowlers to have taken 150 or more wickets in Tests, he has the best strike-rate of all-time, which shows his top-notch quality.

Australia's Pat Cummins has played 26 Tests picking up 128 wickets at a better average than Rabada- 21.62, but higher strike-rate at 46.2. When it comes to Jasprit Bumrah, he has left behind a colossal impact despite playing in 12 Tests.

The Ahmedabad-born giant has been magnificent in red-ball cricket. Bumrah has taken 62 wickets at an average of 19.24, which is better than both Cummins and Rabada and he strikes every 43 balls, which is in the middle of the aforementioned pacers' strike-rate.

Home and Away record

There isn't much difference between Pat Cummins' home and away record, which is quite rare. Cummins has 56 home wickets at 21.32 with a strike-rate of 46.80 while the pacer has claimed 72 wickets outside Australia at an average of 21.86 with a strike-rate of 45.89.

In comparison, we see stark difference in Rabada's home and away records. In 21 home Tests, Rabada has 127 wickets at an average of 19.13 with a strike-rate of 32.70, which is some domination. But outside South Africa, the right-arm fast bowler has 56 wickets in 17 Tests at an average of 30.16 and strike-rate of 57.45.

Cummins has played in four different countries in comparison to Rabada's appearance in five away nations. Notably, Australia have been producing flat tracks mostly, in the last few years while in South Africa, the pitches are much more seam friendly. When it comes to Asian conditions as well, Cummins trumps Rabada. After featuring in eight Asian Tests, Rabada has taken 17 wickets at 34.52 while Cummins has 14 wickets in four Tests at 29.71.

It is interesting to note that 25-year old, Jasprit Bumrah has not played even a single Test at home. Taking wickets in India for fast bowlers is considered to be one of the most difficult jobs in the world. But it has been remarkable how exceptionally he has adapted to helpful foreign conditions.

The unorthodox pacer had remarkable tours of South Africa, England, Australia and the West Indies. Fast bowlers, who are not used to bowling in helpful conditions generally commit a lot of errors but Bumrah has bowled like a seasoned pace bowler. He was critical in India's historic Test series win in Australia.

Current form

Pat Cummins is world's no.1 ranked Test bowler, followed by Kagiso Rabada at no.2. But Cummins is the numero-uno by a country mile as he has 907 rating points in comparison to Rabada's 839. Bumrah is ranked fifth in ICC's Test bowling rankings.

In last one year, Cummins is the leading wicket-taker with 62 wickets in 12 Tests at 19.29. Rabada hasn't done as well as Cummins and has 32 wickets in eight Tests at 26.21. But India's Jasprit Bumrah has done wonders with 34 wickets in six Tests at an average of 14.02.

Final Verdict

This sensational pace trio of Cummins, Rabada and Bumrah is simply amazing. But, if we have to pick one, it has to be Pat Cummins, given how well he has performed irrespective of the conditions. Rabada has untouchable numbers at home but he has to catch up with his displays away from home. As far as Bumrah is concerned, he has the potential to better both Cummins and Rabada but for that, he will need to prove himself on Asian wickets.

*STATS UPDATED TILL 29 NOVEMBER 2019

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I have a lot of admiration for Ravindra Jadeja - Rangana Herath

Tarun Singh Updated: 30 November, 2019, 4:37 PM IST

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Former Sri Lankan left-arm off-spinner Rangana Herath expressed his special admiration for Ravindra Jadeja during a coaching stint in Mumbai.

The 41-years-old Herath retired from cricket last year and the 433 wicket-taker in 93 Tests is already in demand to coach England Lions.

Herath is in Mumbai for a short coaching stint organized by the Global Cricket Academy.

During a break from the coaching session, Herath highlighted the qualities of Indian spinner Ravindra Jadeja.

Herath thinks that Jadeja and South Africa’s Keshav Maharaj are the assets for their team and performing well.

“Keshav Maharaj [of South Africa] and Ravindra Jadeja are doing well as left-arm spinners at the moment. They are important for their teams. It depends on the combination. When you are playing in the sub-continent, he might get a chance. But when you are playing outside India, it is not easy to bring that combination of two spinners.”

Herath applauded Jadeja batting and fielding and went on to say that Jadeja is one of the fittest guys in the Indian team.

When asked, what more should Jadeja do to be an automatic choice in the playing XI?

Herath replied, “It depends on the combination. When you are playing in the sub-continent, he might get a chance. But when you are playing outside India, it is not easy to bring that combination [of two spinners]. At some stage, maybe [Ravichandran] Ashwin is playing or Kuldeep Yadav is bowling. It depends on the situation and conditions. If you consider his batting and fielding, he is one of the fittest guys in the team. I have a lot of admiration for Jadeja.”

Ravindra Jadeja recently became the fastest left-arm bowler to scalp 200 wickets in Tests.

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India’s Test under Floodlights reveals Australia’s ‘Pain’e

Sreelata S Yellamrazu Updated: 30 November, 2019, 4:30 PM IST

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In the end, the actual proceedings of the first ever day and night Test on Indian soil may have seemed underwhelming on the field. However, it did manage to stroke a few stinging reminders as Australia’s Test captain, Tim Paine, inadvertently pointed out recently.

India won their first overseas tour down under in seven decades earlier this year. At the turn of the year, India were bent on not squandering the opportunity of capitalizing on a rather weak Australian batting line up. Virat Kohli, having led the Test team de facto in 2014, pushed them to history with a phenomenal series win.

While that was humiliation enough for Paine and his team, there was more angst within Cricket Australia over India turning down the opportunity to participate in the day and night Test in Adelaide. Since the inception of the day and night Test cricket in 2015, Australia have kept at least one Test as part of their summer itinerary, carved out exclusively for the Test cricket under lights. One of their money spinners, Australia would stand to have made a lot of money from India’s participation.

However, India were wary of playing their first Test under lights and that too in foreign conditions such as Australia. With the hosts under pressure for a change, India were not going to squander a golden opportunity by taking on a huge risk and gamble and promptly turned down the request. Besides, Australia do enjoy a five out of five wins as far as Test cricket under floodlights at home go. Why would India hand such a huge impetus on a silver platter?

But Australia’s grouse should really be with the International Cricket Council (ICC) policy mandating the mutual consent for a day Test to be turned into a day and night format. Australia’s negotiations in the board room may need looking up. Instead Paine attempted to be smart when he took a dig at the first international batsman to score a Test century in the day and night Test cricket format.

Virat Kohli, who scored his twenty-seventh Test century in the match against Bangladesh at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, became the target of Australia’s Test captain when pressed if Australia would want India to play a day and night Test on their tour down under next year now that India had a sampling for the affair under floodlights.

Paine mockingly stated that it would depend on Kohli’s mood and whether India were feeling generous. It was an obvious dig at India for turning down Australia’s request. Stung by the ball tampering scandal and hampered in the absence of Steve Smith and David Warner, Paine has not had an easy time of it as the captain of a beleaguered Australian team. That series loss is still obviously rankling. That and the fact, that India had outplayed Australia in the board room and on the field.

All things considered, while Australia would like to hold onto that grouse a little longer, knowing that they had been handed a strategic ploy for all and sundry to see, it is hard to see Australia not playing similar tactics had the shoe been on the other foot.

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3 famous instances of an overseas spinner claiming 10 wickets in a Test in India

Renin Wilben Albert Updated: 30 November, 2019, 4:22 PM IST

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West Indies off-spinner Rahkeem Cornwall recently became the first spinner from his country to pick up a 10-wicket match haul in a Test in India. Cornwall achieved the feat during the one-off Test against Afghanistan in Lucknow. After picking up 7 for 75 in the first innings, Cornwall added another 3 for 46 in the second to complete his 10-wicket match haul.

With his feat, Cornwall became the first overseas spinner in two years to pick up 10 wickets in a Test in India. Australia's Steve O'Keefe was the last one to do so, in February 2017. Even Indian spinners Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja last picked up 10 wickets in a Test against England in December 2016. In the wake of Cornwall’s achievement, here’s a look at three famous instances of overseas spinners claiming 10 wickets in a Test in India.

1. Richie Benaud

The legendary Aussie all-rounder Richie Benaud claimed 6 for 52 and 5 for 53 during the third Test of a three-match series played in November 1956 in Kolkata. After Australia were rolled over for 177 courtesy Ghulam Ahmed’s 7 for 49, Benaud hit back for Australia claiming six wickets. He got the big scalps of Nari Contractor, skipper Polly Umrigar, Vijay Manjrekar and Vinoo Mankad as India stumbled to 136 all out. After Australia declared their second innings at 189 for 9, India were set 231 to win the Test. Benaud, however, again tormented India with a five-for. He once more got the better of Umrigar, Manjrekar and Mankad as India folded up for 136 again, to hand Australia victory by 94 runs. Benaud finished with memorable match figures of 11 for 105 as the Aussies clinched the three-Test series 2-0.

2. Greg Matthews

Aussie off-spinner Greg Matthews picked up arguably the most famous ten-wicket haul in a Test in India. After all, it came in the legendary Tied Test at Madras (now Chennai) in September 1986. Australia batted first and posted a mammoth 574 for 7 declared courtesy Dean Jones’ famed double hundred, and centuries from David Boon and skipper Allan Border. Matthews then bowled his heart out in toiling heat to finish with commendable figures of 5 for 103. The off-spinner dismissed Sunil Gavaskar (8), Kris Srikkanth (53) and Ravi Shastri (62) to set India back. It needed a whirlwind hundred from skipper Kapil Dev to lift India to 397. Kapil (119) eventually became Matthews’ fifth victim of the innings.

Australia’s second innings declaration at 170 for 5 left India a target of 348. Thanks to Gavaskar’s 90, India got off to a great start in the chase. In fact, at one stage, they were cruising at 3 for 251. However, Matthews and left-arm spinner Ray Bright combined to take all ten Indian wickets as the Test ended in an incredible tie. While Bright (5 for 94) got the big scalps of Gavaskar and Azhar (42), Matthews (5 for 146) sent back Srikkanth (39), Mohinder Amarnath (51) as well as Kapil (1). Above all, he was the man to trap Maninder Singh lbw and leave Shastri stranded on 48 India were all out for 347. Matthews’ match figures read 10 for 249.

3. Monty Panesar

England left-arm spinner Monty Panesar could not fulfil his potential. However, on the 2012 tour of India he bamboozled a team considered best players of spin. Panesar picked up match figures of 11 for 210 at Mumbai in the second Test of a four-match series held in November 2012. India batted first and, despite Cheteshwar Pujara’s 135, were restricted to 327. Panesar got the better of Virender Sehwag (30), Sachin Tendulkar (8), Virat Kohli (19), and skipper MS Dhoni (29). He also had Ravichandran Ashwin lbw for 68 to finish with 5 for 129.

England responded with Kevin Pietersen smashing 186 and skipper Alastair Cook 122 to post an impressive 413. India were still in the game. However, Panesar soon ran through what was a strong line up on paper, to leaving India crumbling and embarrassed. Sehwag, Tendulkar, Dhoni and Ashwin again fell to Ashwin’s guile as the hosts tottered to 142 all out and lost the Test by 10 wickets. Panesar second-innings figures were even better -- 6 for 81. An inspired England went on to win the series 2-1.

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It has been an eventful tenure for MSK Prasad

Partab Ramchand Updated: 30 November, 2019, 4:20 PM IST

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His tenure ends shortly and it is inevitable that MSK Prasad’s term as selection committee chairman should be an eventful one. The positives far outweigh the negatives and he can look back with satisfaction at a job well done. Yes, selectors face only criticism and hardly get any praise. They have been called a bunch of jokers and worse and the present selection committee too had their share of jibes particularly since they collectively had limited international careers. But overall taking a balanced and dispassionate view the fact remains that Prasad leaves the scene with Indian cricket in the pink of health and if a lot of the credit should go to the players the selectors deserve their share too in giving many youngsters the big break at the right time.

This is the point that Prasad has been driving home in the interviews he has given lately. The legacy of his selection committee he says is the ammunition the team has across formats so that it can stay at the top. He is of the view that the bench strength the committee has built will last six to seven years with the result that the Indian team will continue to prosper in international cricket. Right now it is No 1 in Tests and No 2 in ODIs but Prasad is confident that India will call the shots in T-20 internationals too starting with the World Cup to be held in Australia next year.

According to the 44-year-old former Indian stumper who played six Tests and 17 ODIs when he took over he wanted to build a team that could win in all formats and across the world. He pointed out that the Indian team came up with a great show in winning a Test series in Australia for the first time. It is true that the results in South Africa and England didn’t go in India’s favour but as Prasad is quick to add ``the way we fought it could have been anyone’s game.’’ He emphasized that the committee has helped build a winning culture and ``today no team be it England, New Zealand, Australia or South Africa will prepare seaming tracks when we visit. We have been able to scare the world with our pace bowling unit.’’ He is of the view that ``we now have a complete team, we have amazing talent in all departments of the game and we have all bases covered.’’

On making a few incorrect decisions Prasad pointed out that selection was all about forecasting. ``At times you might be right but on occasion you may go wrong as well. As selectors our job is to pick the best possible squad that can give you the best results.’’ Indeed Prasad’s selection committee has been lauded for defining a concrete path to India selection through domestic, age-group and A teams cricket. ``We have looked at the requirements of the senior team and groomed players based on that. Prithvi Shaw, Shubman Gill and Mayank Agarwal are a few examples,’’ he said.

Terming criticism as an ``occupational hazard’’ Prasad is of the view that as long as you are honest about what you are doing and your intentions are right you don’t need to worry about criticism. In the ultimate analysis the Indian team is enjoying an unprecedented run of success and that should be the bottom line in judging this selection committee’s work.

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Pakistan paceman Hasan Ali to miss Test series vs Sri Lanka

AP Updated: 30 November, 2019, 4:19 PM IST

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Pakistan fast bowler Hasan Ali has been ruled out of the test series against Sri Lanka next month because of broken ribs.

Scans revealed cortical rib fractures that required up to six weeks to heal, the Pakistan Cricket Board said on Friday.

Hasan was cleared last week of a back injury that took seven weeks to heal, and played in the last two rounds of Pakistan’s premier four-day tournament, the Quaid-e-Azam Trophy.

But just before the start of the match last Friday, Hasan complained about pain in his left side. Scans revealed fractures of the “ninth rib on the right side and eighth and ninth ribs on the left side.”

Hasan last played an international in June against archrival India during the Cricket World Cup in England.

Pakistan is due to host Sri Lanka for a two-test series from Dec. 11. Rawalpindi stages the first test from Dec. 11 followed by the second test at Karachi from Dec. 19.

Sri Lanka will be the first team to play test matches in Pakistan in more than a decade since the team suffered a deadly ambush by gunmen in Lahore in 2009.

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Amy Finch hilariously trolls hubby Aaron Finch on twitter

Staff Writer Updated: 30 November, 2019, 3:53 PM IST

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Aaron Finch is currently away from cricket as his national team is busy in Test cricket, and the limited-overs skipper is not a part of the Test squad. He recently took to Twitter to interact with his fans. The fans asked him a lot of questions ranging from his career to hardships. But one of the questions came from his wife Amy Finch, which caught everyone's attention. He was hilariously trolled by her, leaving fans in splits. She mocked him for not washing clothes at home.

The Aussie skipper chose ignore her question, which left fans disappointed. “What are the chances of you putting the washing away?,” wrote Amy.

When he was asked to name the toughest bowler he faced during his international career so far, he came up with the names of Muttiah Muralitharan and Saeed Ajmal.

Aaron Finch has led Australia in a pretty decent way and is expected to play an important role in the upcoming edition of the T20 World Cup in 2020.

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Sourav Ganguly to bring back Sachin and Laxman to CAC

Tarun Singh Updated: 30 November, 2019, 3:50 PM IST

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Former India cricketer Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman are expected to return to the Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC).

Sachin and Laxman had to resign from their posts in July this year from (CAC) following ‘conflict of interest’ allegations against them.

Sourav Ganguly was the third member of the CAC who also had resigned with Laxman and Sachin in July this year due to the same allegations from BCCI ethics officer DK Jain.

But things are changing in Indian cricket after Dada has become the boss of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).

According to a top official of Sourav Ganguly-led BCCI, Laxman and Sachin are expected to resume their roles in CAC for a second tenure after their resignations from their posts.

“Sachin and Laxman are likely to be brought back. Since Sourav (Ganguly) is the BCCI President, he obviously cannot be there,” a BCCI source said.

Sourav Ganguly will hold BCCI’s 88th Annual General Meeting (AGM) on Sunday at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai.

And the Apex Council meeting will be held on Saturday to take decisions on the selection committee.

“The Committee will be formed at Apex Council meeting tomorrow. CAC will take a call on selection committee also.”

It is believed that Ganguly may bring changes to ‘one person one post’ rule of BCCI so that the best people can be hired by the board without an issue of ‘conflict of interest’.

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Ricky Ponting turns photographer for a fan

Staff Writer Updated: 30 November, 2019, 3:48 PM IST

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Ricky Ponting was highly successful during his international career. He still holds a lot of records and is taken seriously in cricket related matters. The former Aussie skipper had to become a photographer for one of the cricket fanatics. Ahead of the first day's play between Australia and Pakistan in Adelaide, a fan asked Ricky Ponting to click his picture with Australian sports presenter Melanie McLaughlin. Channel Seven's official account posted the pictures of Ponting clicking a photo of Melanie with the fan. She also re-tweeted the post with a cheeky caption: "This version of events is... mostly... accurate..."

He is one of the commentators of Channel Seven for the ongoing two-Test series between Australia and Pakistan. The home team is way ahead of Pakistan in the ongoing second Test match.

David Warner reached a career-high 335 and shared partnerships of 361 with Marnus Labuschagne.

In two innings back on home soil, Warner has scored 154 in Australia’s innings victory in the first test and was unbeaten after facing 418 balls at the Adelaide Oval.

Australia has dominated the day-night match since winning the toss and electing to bat despite overcast conditions on Friday and rain on the forecast.

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MS Dhoni’s future cannot be revealed on public platform - Sourav Ganguly

Tarun Singh Updated: 30 November, 2019, 3:46 PM IST

HIGHLIGHT

MS Dhoni, the former India skipper, recently said that he can disclose his plans about comeback to international cricket only after January 2020.

But the BCCI president Ganguly said that there is ‘absolute clarity’ in the team management on the future of MS Dhoni, and they will reveal it at the right time.

"No no, there is clarity, but certain things cannot be said on public platform. There is absolute clarity on MS Dhoni and you'll find out in time.

"There's transparency between the Board, MS and the selectors. When you deal with such champions -- MS Dhoni is an unbelievable athlete for India -- certain things have to be kept within the closed doors. It's very transparent and everybody knows where they stand,” he said.

Sourav Ganguly had also backed MS Dhoni after becoming the BCCI boss by saying, “You know champions don't finish quickly”.

MS Dhoni has not featured in any cricket match since India's semifinal exit from the World Cup in England.

Since then, Dhoni has not revealed anything regarding his comeback to international cricket.

A source close to MS Dhoni had said that Dhoni will decide his future in international cricket after the Indian Premier League (IPL) next year.

The 38-year-old MS Dhoni will lead Chennai Super Kings in the (IPL), where he will be eyeing for the fourth title with the franchise.

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'Asay nahi hota bhai': Shoaib blasts Pak bowlers for their below-par display against Australia

Staff Writer Updated: 30 November, 2019, 3:43 PM IST

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David Warner surpassed one of the great Donald Bradman’s records at the Adelaide Oval with a boundary to bring up his 300 against Pakistan, then whacked a six off Mohammad Abbas to break the record for the biggest innings in a day-night cricket test.

Warner’s 37th boundary of the innings took him past Bradman’s 299 not out against South Africa in 1931-32 as the highest test score at the Adelaide Oval, which for a long time was Bradman’s home ground.

To add insult to injury for the visitors, Warner surpassed Pakistan captain Azhar Ali’s record for the biggest innings in a day-night test. He equaled Azhar’s 302, then hit his first six of the innings to move to 308.

Australia declared its innings at 589-3 with David Warner unbeaten on 335.

Pakistan bowlers were taken to the cleaners by David Warner and other batsmen. Former Pakistan player Shoaib Akhtar blasted visiting bowlers for their poor show in the ongoing second Test match at the Adelaide Oval.

He took to his Twitter handle to mock the bowlers. “Clueless how to take wickets on these tracks. Waiting for Australia to declare or just gift the wickets. Asay nahi hota bhai.”

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Hyderabad rape case: Gautam Gambhir and VVS Laxman urge for severe punishment

Tarun Singh Updated: 30 November, 2019, 3:40 PM IST

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The whole country is boiling with anger and has demanded death penalty for the rapists, after back to back horrific and shameful crimes against women.

Former India cricketers Gautam Gambhir and VVS Laxman took to Twitter to express their anguish against the gang-rape and murder of a veterinary doctor Priyanka Reddy in Hyderabad.

Gautam Gambhir was in anger at the shameful crime against Priyanka and tweeted a sarcastic picture of a girl sitting with a dog. The picture reads “Hey doc can you check with God who the real animals are anyways!!! He wrote, “Shameful!!! #rapeofveterinarian #womensafety #Nirbhaya”

On the other hand, Laxman also expressed his anguish and tweeted, “ How can someone commit such a barbaric and heinous crime. Speechless and shocked to know about the incident. Deep condolences to the family of #priyanakareddy It’s time the Govt takes stringent action and punish the guilty.”

According to sources, four prime suspects have been arrested by the police, Mohammed Pasha, a lorry driver who belongs to Mahabubnagar, a cleaner, and two other persons.