F1: Verstappen calls Hamilton jabs disrespectful

AP Updated: 1 November, 2019, 12:48 PM IST


Max Verstappen is happy to take all the space Lewis Hamilton will give him — in his head.

Verstappen fired back at the Mercedes driver's verbal jabs after the Mexican Grand Prix. He said Hamilton's suggestion to give the Red Bull driver as much space as possible to avoid getting hit on the race track were "disrespectful." Hamilton and Verstappen clashed when their cars bumped early in the opening lap in Mexico City last weekend. The contact caused Verstappen to drop from fourth to eighth and his chance of winning was ruined three laps later with a punctured tire when he touched Valtteri Bottas' car.

Hamilton went on to win and Verstappen finished sixth. After the race, Hamilton said smart drivers give Verstappen plenty of room because he's a "magnet" for contact. Ferrari's Sebastian Vettel, who has had his own clashes with Verstappen, agreed.

"From my side, it was a bit of a silly comment to make," Verstappen said ahead of the U.S. Grand Prix. "I think I'm always a hard racer, but fair. I think it's just not correct. But it's easy to have a dig at someone. I don't need to dig into other people in a press conference. I think it's a bit disrespectful, and I prefer to fight on track, which I love to do.

"From my side, it's fine," Verstappen said. "It's always positive when they talk about you because that means you're in their head."

Hamilton said he wasn't trying to disrespect Verstappen.

"I was explaining the (race) scenario. No disrespect," Hamilton said.

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Yearender 2019: Cricket Today's ODI XI of 2019

Renin Wilben Albert Updated: 13 December, 2019, 5:24 PM IST


The year 2019 saw England being crowned new World Cup champions, continuing the tradition of hosts winning the trophy. New Zealand finished runners-up for the second time in a row while India and defending champions Australia stumbled at the semi-final stage. Apart from England, Australia and India had a reasonable year overall while South Africa stumbled. Here’s a look at Cricket Today's ODI XI of 2019.

Openers: Jason Roy, Rohit Sharma

England’s dazzling opener Jason Roy had a fantastic year, with 845 runs in 14 games at an average of 70.41. Roy notched up three hundreds and six fifties at a strike rate of 118.18. He scored 153 in the World Cup game against Bangladesh, and went on to score hat-trick of fifties against India, New Zealand and Australia (semi-final).

Rohit Sharma joins Roy as the other opener. He amassed 1,232 runs in 25 games at an average of 53.56 and a strike rate of 88 with six centuries, five of them coming in the World Cup, three of them back-to-back. His reserved his best of 140 for mega World Cup clash against Pakistan.

Middle-order: Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, Babar Azam, Eoin Morgan (Captain)

There is no alternative to Virat Kohli at number three. The Indian captain has registered 1,288 runs to his name in 23 matches at an average of 64.40 and a strike rate of 95.90. Kohli has five ODI hundreds in the year, with his best of 123 coming against Australia at Ranchi. He registered five consecutive fifties in the World Cup, and scored back-to-back hundreds in West Indies.

New Zealand’s unlucky World Cup captain Kane Williamson also finds a place in the middle-order. In 20 matches, Williamson has 948 runs at an average of 59.25 and a strike rate of 75.35. Williamson scored consecutive hundreds in the World Cup -- 106 not out against South Africa and 148 against West Indies.

Pakistan’s Babar Azam also slots in with 1,092 runs in 20 games at an average of 60.66 and a strike rate of 92.30. Azam scored three hundreds in the year, with World Cup tons against England and New Zealand enhancing his reputation.

England’s World Cup-winning skipper Eoin Morgan will captain the side. In 21 matches, the left-hander scored 791 runs at an average of 52.73 and a strike rate of 112.19. Of his two hundreds in the year, one was the smashing 148 from 71 in the World Cup clash against Afghanistan, which featured a record 17 sixes.

Wicket-keeper: Jos Buttler

England’s dashing wicket-keeper Jos Buttler takes the responsibility behind the stumps. In 20 games, he smashed 667 runs at an average of 47.64 and a strike rate of 135.56. He enthralled with 150 off 77 against West Indies at St George's, and also hit 103 from 76 against Pakistan in a losing cause in the World Cup.

All-rounder: Ben Stokes

An automatic choice following his exploits in the World Cup final. In 20 matches, Stokes accumulated 719 runs at an average of 59.91 and a strike rate of 92.53. With the ball, he chipped in with 12 wickets. In the World Cup, he made valiant 80s against Sri Lanka and Australia, and the unforgettable 84 not out in the pulsating final.

Bowlers: Chris Woakes, Trent Boult , Yuzvendra Chahal

England medium pacer emerged as an unsung hero of the team’s World Cup campaign. He claimed 29 wickets in 19 games in the year at an average of 29.79 and a strike rate of 30. His best of 5 for 54 came against Pakistan in a game at Leeds in May. Woakes claimed significant three-fors in the World Cup semi-final and final.

For the second World Cup running, Trent Boult has been among the leading wicket-takers with 17 scalps. The left-arm pacer has 38 wickets from 20 games in 2019 at an average of 23.97 and a strike rate of 30.5. His best of 5 for 21 came against India at Hamilton in January. In the World Cup, he claimed four-fors against West Indies and Australia (including a hat-trick).

India’s Yuzvendra Chahal will handle the spin department. In 16 matches, he has 29 wickets to his name while averaging 28.10 at a strike rate of 29.3. Chahal’s 6 for 42 came against Australia at Melbourne at the start of the year. He had an average World Cup with 13 wickets in nine games.

12th man: Aaron Finch

Australia captain Aaron Finch narrowly missed out on the opening slot. He has 1,141 runs in 23 games at an average of 51.86 and a strike rate of 89.42.

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Opposition to ICC Events is Board’s Protection

Sreelata S Yellamrazu Updated: 13 December, 2019, 5:23 PM IST


Opposing forces are at play. On the one hand, the International Cricket Council (ICC) is open to the idea of hosting a premier ICC flagship event every year, the top cricket boards in particular are vehemently opposed to the idea, some more openly stated their own vested interests over others.

One of the ongoing backdoor conversations has been the proposal of the ICC to have one ICC World Cup level tournament every year. Having seen the appetite of the cricket fans at large, it is not hard to see why the ICC would want to capitalize on it. It would generate both, interest and revenue, for the premier governing body who only gets this kind of opportunity and interest when hosting a multi team event.

While the ICC’s intentions to host such an event every year – in whichever format of the sport – is to generate that revenue which is then distributed, albeit in staggered fashion, to the many associate and affiliate nations besides the permanent member boards. With this being the primary way for the ICC to raise its revenue quota, the ICC is willing to disband the notion of having a World Cup every four years and even reduce it to three to ensure there is a rotation between formats while maintaining the idea of hosting a World Cup style event every year.

While there is little that beats a multi team tournament in any sport, particularly one of the stature and standing of a World Cup, there is a case of overkill to consider. Too many editions of a premier tournament and the event starts to look its shine.

While some such as the Indian Premier League (IPL) are okay with the idea that fan recall might be shortlived and they are entertainment based and therefore, not expected to be etched in gold in the history books as such, a World Cup holds a loftier leverage and therefore, requires careful consideration so as not to be become roadkill in the pell-mell of revenue generation and distribution as the ICC eyes further globalization plans.

While the Olympics are on the agenda, the fact that the World Cup participation is being deliberated shrunk under the guise of quality when not enough has been done to raise the calibre of the fringe teams, is of grave concern.

However, the opposition from the cricket boards, or rather the more influential cricket boards has to do more with the fact that the rescheduling of the yearly season calendar affects their own bilateral series and interests by impinging on time and preparation at home. With some boards standing to earn more by hosting bilateral series rather than participate in multi team events.

Cricket Australia have been honest about it in their recent conversations while acknowledging that what is in their interests might not be in the larger interests of cricket boards around the world. This delicate balancing act, which some boards have conveniently disguised as being in the interest of the health of the overworked cricketer when they have no qualms subjecting their cricketers to virtual round the year cricket, has to be of consideration for the ICC even as it plans its future course of action.

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3 reasons why Pant needs to go back to the drawing board and work his way out

CT Contributor Updated: 13 December, 2019, 5:21 PM IST


The inconsistency surrounding India's wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant has become a familiar tale and there is no hiding at the moment. With the ICC World T20 in 2020, things could get worse for Pant if he doesn't figure out how to solve the issues. At the moment there are many loopholes in his batting and one saw that in the recently-concluded T20I series against West Indies, which India won by a 2-1 margin.

Pant has somehow blocked the way for Sanju Samson, who was recently benched in both the series against Bangladesh and West Indies. The clock is ticking quickly and Pant is continuing to waste the chances presented to him. When you look at his T20I career, Pant has a dismal average of 20.45. In 26 T20Is, he has notched a poor tally of 409 runs with a poor strike-rate of 121.72. That's no where near the mark you want to be in the international level.

Pant has been lucky in terms of the management backing him and things will not be continuing in this fashion given the poor runs of games. Against West Indies, Pant was poor and here we look at three reasons why he needs to back to the drawing board and work his way back.

Pant needs to play domestic cricket

The young Pant lacks the experience and he is not learning as one would have liked. Rather than including him in every limited-overs series, the sane method would be to draft him back to domestic cricket. Let him score the runs there and work on his batting. If he gains the trust, he can be included once again.

Pant is all about the big shots

In the first T20I, he came in and scored 18 in a target of 208. With Virat Kohli batting in the other end, Pant needed to just play as per the tempo rather than forcing things. He should have respected Sheldon Cottrell, who was terrific. Yet a bad shot got him out. And then in the third T20I, he was promoted up the order at number three. With KL Rahul on song, Pant's work was mainly to rotate the strike and then set himself. Yet he lashed out and was out for a second-ball duck.

Pant is behind other Indian youngsters

When you look at the likes of Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw and Sanju Samson, these players are far more consistent and valuable. They are all fighting for berths across formats. Pant is behind in terms of quality and consistency. You cannot keep saying he has the talent and potential. That's disrespect to the others who deserve a chance.

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Nucleus of Indian T20 World Cup squad is very much in place

Partab Ramchand Updated: 13 December, 2019, 5:20 PM IST


So did the three-match series against the West Indies help the selectors and the team management in almost finalizing the Indian team that will take part in the T-20 World Cup in Australia in ten months time? On the eve of the contest Virat Kohli said that they have been experimenting in a bid to get the combination right for the mega event. Well, there are not too many T-20 matches to be played before the World Cup and it is important that the nucleus of the side that will attempt to regain the trophy India won in the inaugural event in South Africa in 2007 is already in place.

To a large extent it is. There is little to tinker with the top order with Rohit Sharma, Lokesh Rahul and Virat Kohli easily the best trio of batsmen around. There may be a case for Shikhar Dhawan who had to withdraw from the series against the West Indies because of an injury. The left-hander has an excellent record in the format and will certainly be in serious contention once he recovers.

Shivam Dube and Shreyas Iyer have virtually clinched places in the middle order but there will be a place for Hardik Pandya once he recovers from the back surgery he underwent in October. The key utility player has targeted the tour of New Zealand early next year for his comeback whereupon he hopes to work himself into top form in time for the World Cup.

There will now have to be a serious question mark over Rishabh Pant given the fact that he has been given a lot of opportunities but has failed to make the most of them. True, he remains an exciting talent and a potential match winner but even the team management which has backed him to the hilt could well be running out of patience particularly with Sanju Samson around and performing admirably. Either way it could be a tough call.

It should be an easier decision when it comes to the bowlers though the selectors may be spoiled for choice. Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal should be certainties as spinners while Ravindra Jadeja may well make it as an all rounder. Among pacemen Mohammed Shami and Bhuvneshwar Kumar should be first choices as also Jasprit Bumrah whenever he is ready to return. Deepak Chahar appears to be the front runner for the reserve seam bowler’s slot though the chances of the promising Navdeep Saini cannot be ruled out. So the nucleus of the squad for the World Cup is very much there; only a little tinkering needs to be done to finalize it.

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Inside Edge 2 Review: All drama no essence

Harshit Anand Updated: 13 December, 2019, 5:16 PM IST


Cast: Angad Bedi, Tanuj Virwani, Vivek Oberoi, Richa Chaddha, Aamir Bashir

Creator: Karan Anshuman

Streaming on: Amazon Prime Video

There is nothing like the mash-up of Bollywood and cricket in India. The combination sells like anything and Indian Premier League is a living example of that. And India's first Hindi original on OTT, Inside Edge tried to cash in on the two highest selling commodities in India- Cricket and Bollywood and was even successful in doing that in season 1.

Now, Inside Edge 2 takes the drama of the Power Play League (PPL) which is a T20 tournament loosely modeled on IPL, to a notch higher with brand new cut throat rivalries, higher stakes, blood lust for power and a good development of characters from season 1 to season 2.

Inside Edge season two commences with the introduction of the much mysterious and anticipated 'bhaisaab', Yashwardhan Patil which is played by seasoned campaigner, Aamir Bashir, the big guy whose name we have heard on numerous occasions last season but didn't get a glimpse of him. But now, he comes to the fore, expresses his vision for the game and plays on the front foot unlike season 1.

Unlike the last season, where Vayu Raghavan (Tanuj Virwani) and Arvind Vashishth (Angad Bedi) were representing the same side Mumbai Mavericks, the battle lines of the PPL this time are drawn with Vayu taking over the reins of captaincy from Arvind of the Mumbai Mavericks and with Arvind making a move to the Haryana Hurricanes.

Mumbai Mavericks gets a new co-owner in Mantra Patil (Sapna Pabbi), and Zareena Malik (Richa Chadha) is much more stronger, sharper and smarter than the last season. And the baddie Vikrant Dhawan (Vivek Oberoi), who is planning yet another comeback: is seen in hoodie and a baseball cap for a good part of the season.

When the cricket themed show was first premiered in 2017, there wasn't much Hindi periodic content on OTT platforms but it has completely undergone sort of revolution with Sacred Games series, Mirzapur taking the expectations and thrill level of the public to another level. And somehow, the first season of Inside Edge captured the attention of people simply because there wasn't a lot of content on those lines, so anything decent got applauded but now that isn't the case and that leaves the expectations of people jolted from Inside Edge franchise, especially those who were eagerly awaiting the season 2 of the Amazon Premier show, which had got nominated for Best Drama series at 46th International Emmy Awards.

Take into account the fact that there is seemingly no investigation into the (attempted) murder of a cricketer Devendra Mishra (Amit Sial) that too on the night of the Power-Play League final in one of India's biggest stadiums and on PPL's biggest day possible with all the media and people's glare on PPL. Questions are bound to be asked about the CCTV footage? And why is the entire Mavericks squad not questioned like after the death of their former coach Niranjan Suri (Sanjay Suri)?.

When you are creating a thriller, you don't want loopholes in the story and the intellect level is expected to be on the higher side. But Inside Edge 2 tries to function on the contrary, which makes the story line problematic. It is overly dramatic and also unbelievable and there are certain things, where there shouldn't be any second innings, and that should have been the case with Inside Edge season 2, which stretches things too far and becomes unbearable after a certain point.

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Dwayne Bravo comes out of retirement, makes himself available for T20Is

Staff Writer Updated: 13 December, 2019, 5:07 PM IST


Dwayne Bravo, the West Indian all-rounder, has decided to come out of his international retirement after bidding adieu in 2018 due to his issues with the previous West Indies board.

"Today I confirm the announcement of my decision to return to International Cricket to all my fans and well-wishers all around the world. It's no secret that this big announcement has come as a result of the changes made at the administration level," Dwayne Bravo quoted.

"For a while now I have been contemplating my return to international cricket and my decision was solidified by these positive changes. With the current leadership of coach Phil Simmons and captain Kieron Pollard I'm really excited about this comeback and about the chance to be part of something really special," he added.

Dwayne Bravo feels that his experience will help the West Indies young bowling unit to become stronger.

"With a powerful team such as ours we can definitely rebuild the WI T20I cricket team on and off the field and improve our rankings. I will remain fully committed to WI T20 team once selected. Thank you to all my fans and supporters for your continuous support as always."

The 36-year-old all-rounder’s last international appearance for West Indies was against Pakistan in a Twenty20 match in September 2016.

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Vini Raman was the 1st person who noticed it: Big Show opens up on health issues

Staff Writer Updated: 13 December, 2019, 5:05 PM IST


Australian superstar cricketer Glenn Maxwell, who took an indefinite break from cricket due to mental health issues, has decided to comeback. The Aussie all-rounder will play in the upcoming edition of the Big Bash League. Maxwell will soon be seen leading the Melbourne Stars in the T20 league. The Big Show also opened up on his mental health issues.

"I’ve been getting back into the swing of things for a while. I think I was pretty cooked. I decided to take some time off and a big reason as to why I took that time away was because I was mentally and physically ruined from I think it was eight months on the road and living out of a suitcase," Maxwell recently told reporters.

"That had probably been going on for four or five years being on the road. It just all caught up with me at that time and I really want to thank Cricket Australia, Cricket Victoria and the (Melbourne) Stars for giving me that space and having that time away from the game.

"It was actually my partner who suggested I speak to someone, she was the first person who noticed it. Once I had that initial conversation it was a huge weight off my shoulders."

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Dinesh Karthik gets involved in heated argument with Karun Nair

Staff Writer Updated: 13 December, 2019, 5:03 PM IST


Dinesh Karthik, who scored a well compiled hundred in the first innings of his side's Ranji Trophy game against Karnataka, lost his cool after Tamil Nadu were defeated by their arch rivals. He had a verbal slugfest with Karun Nair after the match got over.

The right hand batsman was talking to Karun Nair when Karnataka coaches S Arvind and Yere Goud decided to cool things down.

However, Dinesh Karthik lost his cool after seeing S Arvind and Yere Goud.

According to a report in Deccan Herald, Karthik was furious with excessive appealing of Karnataka players.

According to Tamil Nadu captain Vijay Shankar, such things are common in Tamil Nadu-Karnataka games. “We should be surprised if it doesn’t happen,” he was quoted as saying by Herald.

“It was the way they behaved(that irked Karthik). It could also be excessive appealing. Look he is a senior player but sometimes it triggers us. At the end of the day, you need to move on,” he added.

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Anil Kumble wants Shreyas Iyer to bat at No. 4 spot in the ODI series against West Indies

Staff Writer Updated: 13 December, 2019, 5:02 PM IST


Former Indian cricket team captain Anil Kumble wants Shreyas Iyer to bat at number 4 batting slot in the upcoming ODI series against West Indies. The number 4 position in India's batting line-up has been a bone of contention since the last edition of the World Cup in England and Wales. Ajinkya Rahane, Ambati Rayudu, KL Rahul and others have been tried but they failed to cement their spot.

"With Shikhar (Dhawan) not being there it again gives KL Rahul chance to open the batting. We have seen Shreyas Iyer's quality and he has grown in stature, so I would like him to be at number four," Kumble told Star Sports ahead of the first ODI in Chennai on Sunday.

The young Indian batsman has a shown a lot of promise in his short career so far and Kumble believes he can turn around things for India in one-day internationals.

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Rahul, Hardik, Iyer's hairstyles inspired by footballers - Hitman

Staff Writer Updated: 13 December, 2019, 5:01 PM IST


Rohit Sharma, the limited overs vice captain, was recently appointed as the new brand ambassador of La Liga. The right-handed batsman revealed that Hardik Pandya, KL Rahul and Shreys Iyer's hairstyles are inspired by footballers.

"The young guys who have come into the team like Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, Hardik Pandya, they all follow football," Rohit said after being named India's ambassador of La Liga club Real Madrid.

"They do watch all these footballers, their hairstyle and what they do with their hairstyle."

Rohit Sharma is a big time admirer of Zinedine Zidane.

"This is not because I am associated with La Liga. I used to love Zinedine Zidane, I watched him play and that's how I started watching football regularly," said Rohit.

"Real Madrid is again (my best club) because of the skill and passion, how they play and how much skills they have within the group."

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Nothing can be better than this. I love you Ritika: Rohit posts anniversary wish for wife

Staff Writer Updated: 13 December, 2019, 4:58 PM IST


Rohit Sharma tweeted a loving message for his wife Ritika Sajdeh on the occasion of their fourth marriage anniversary. "Can't imagine my life moving forward without you.Nothing can be better than this. I love you," he wrote. They god married in 2015 after dating her for nearly six years.

Rohit Sharma was in top touch in the last T20I match against West Indies. The opening batsman scored his 23rd half century of T20I career. Having missed in the first two matches of the series, Rohit Sharma came out blazing all guns in Mumbai.

Meanwhile, Rohit heaped praise on MS Dhoni for his football skills.

"There are lots of them actually... We have got Zlatan Ibrahimovic in our squad as well, that's Ishant Sharma. But M.S. Dhoni is the number one football player."

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Bumrah to test his back against Virat and Rohit ahead of the 2nd ODI against Windies

Staff Writer Updated: 13 December, 2019, 2:55 PM IST


Pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah, who is currently out of action due to the stress fracture, is expected to return soon. He will bowl to his national teammates during the next sessions ahead of the second ODI between India and West Indies.

The team management will check Bumrah’s recovery after he underwent rehabilitation for his back injury. The trainer Nitin Patel, who believes Bumrah has recovered, wants him bowl to the likes of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma to prove his fitness.

The Indian head coach Ravi Shastri wants the ‘yorker-king’ Bumrah to be completely fit before heading to New Zealand, where India will play five T20Is, two Tests, and three ODIs.

“Bumrah will be joining the team at the nets in Vizag and his back will be tested as he goes full throttle against the world’s best batsmen like Kohli and Rohit. You can’t really have a better test than having a go against the best in business. As you are aware, the team management has been very particular about injury management and that is why this process has been put in place. It will be an interesting battle at the nets for sure.

“You can’t take a chance with one of your best bowlers even though his body was on auto-heal mode. So, he was sent to the UK for consultation. We have an important tour of New Zealand coming up in the new year and he will be an integral part of the planning there. So, the team management was very clear that they are happy to wait and have him back at his best in time for the New Zealand tour,” a source in the team said.

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Rohit Sharma hails ‘Number one Footballer’ MS Dhoni

Tarun Singh Updated: 13 December, 2019, 1:34 PM IST


India's aggressive opener Rohit Sharma became the brand ambassador of the Spanish football league ‘La Liga’. During the media briefing, Rohit hailed MS Dhoni for his great football skills and termed him as the best football player in the Indian cricket team.

MS Dhoni’s commitment to promoting football game in the country is not hidden from anyone. Former India captain Dhoni, during his extended break from cricket, since India’s exit from the World Cup in England, was seen playing a charity football match with tennis great Leander Paes. Dhoni also played the game with Bollywood star Arjun Kapoor in Mumbai.

"MS Dhoni is the number one football player. There are few guys like Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul, and Hardik Pandya they follow football and they do watch all these footballers," Rohit said.

The 32-year-old stated that football is very close to his heart and his favorite footballer is 'Zinedine Zidane’. Rohit Sharma also named ‘Real Madrid’ as his favorite football club.

‘Hitman’, who sees a great future for football in India, said, "I think it has become competitive. The infrastructure has grown immensely. ISL, in particular, has provided a great platform to all these younger Indian players to come out and display the skills just like IPL has done for Indian cricket. I can only see the Indian football grow from here."

"Cricket was my love to start with. Football was very very close to me. Only because it gives me so much joy to watch all these players when they score a goal they celebrate, they make those moves on the field. Those kinds of things I used to look forward to," Rohit further added.

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Rishabh Pant is dating Bollywood actress Urvashi Rautela?

Staff Writer Updated: 12 December, 2019, 10:13 PM IST


Rishabh Pant is struggling for runs in international cricket. The young batsman was dismissed without troubling the scorers in the third and final T20I against the Windies in Mumabi. Meanwhile, his name is being linked with hot Bollywood actress Urvashi Rautela after the two went on a dinner date.

The two were seen together before the final match of the T20 series. It is not the first time that Rautela's name has been linked with a cricketer. Earlier, there were rumors that she was dating Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya.

Earlier in January, the Indian gloveman had shared a picture with his girlfriend Isha.

Virat Kohli had backed Rishabh Pant on the eve of India and West Indies series.

"We certainly believe in Rishabh's ability. But I think it's a collective responsibility of everyone around as well to give that player some space to do well. If he misses a chance, people can't shout MS' (Dhoni) name in the stadium as well. It's not respectful because no player would like that to happen. You are playing in your own country and you should get support rather than always thinking what mistake this guy is gonna make. No one wants to be in that position," he had said.

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Indians played like tigers against the most dangerous team in this format - Ravi Shastri

Staff Writer Updated: 12 December, 2019, 10:12 PM IST


India beat West Indies by 67 runs in the third and final Tewnty20 on Wednesday after getting three half-centuries from Lokesh Rahul, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

The three batsmen combined for 16 sixes and 19 fours as India notched up 240-3 after being put in to bat.

The result gives India a 2-1 victory in the series.

Rahul top-scored with 91 off 56 balls, while Kohli added 70 not out off only 29 balls. Sharma scored 71 off 34 balls as India notched up their third-highest total in T20 cricket.

“Both Rohit and Virat were in a destructive mood today," Rahul said. “Our record batting first hasn’t been great, so today was a great opportunity and I am happy that it came off.”

In reply, West Indies could not keep up with the asking rate and were restricted to 173-8. Skipper Kieron Pollard hit 68 off 39 balls after the visitors were reduced to 17-3 in the fourth over.

India won the first T20 in Hyderabad, while West Indies won the second in Thiruvananthapuram.

Indian head coach Ravi Shastri praised his team's efforts against the Windies. "Well done guys. You played like Tigers against the most dangerous team in this format of the game. Respect," Shastri wrote on Twitter.