The Smith-Cronje Earpiece Connection

Sreelata S Yellamrazu Updated: 11 November, 2019, 3:05 PM IST


One of the more interesting, if not altogether controversial, instances that passed under the radar in the past week was the issue of relaying of information across the earpiece platform. Ironically Australia’s Steve Smith and South Africa’s late Hansie Cronje shared yet another strange connection – not of ignominy only but also, controversial innovation.

In the third one day international between Australia and Sri Lanka, there was a moment where Steve Smith had yet another near brain fade moment where in a conversation with the commentators, he decided to relay the information passed onto him to the Australian captain, Aaron Finch, about Pat Cummins being on a hat trick. While Finch did not heed the advice and retained the original field, it brought into question once more the veracity of having players hooked up to a microphone and earpiece while playing on the field.

The incident brought back memories of then South African captain, Hansie Cronje, trying the innovative earpiece idea with the coach, Bob Woolmer. Not customary in cricket to have the captain advised by the coach directly in real time, almost as soon as Hansie Cronje played out the event, the earpiece activity was put to rest and with it, the idea of having any kind of direct, wireless conversation between coach and captain. The innovation put to bed, cricket returned to its traditional form, with one exception particularly with the advent of Twenty20 and the need for interactive cricket to insert more spice into the game. Cricket’s version of a bird’s eye view.

While tennis has modified the relationship between coach and player somewhat, cricket buried the idea although it brought in a concept of having the commentators connected by having one of the cricketers on the field hooked in on the conversation at the discretion of the commentators and producers from time to time. While it might have added a quirky sideshow to the entertainment format, it is caused a few controversial moments not unlike the Smith moment.

It has not been without controversy, bringing into play some cricketers opposed to the idea over issues of concentration and discomfort with that kind of entertainment gimmick. More importantly, although rare, there have been a few instances where the commentators’ inadvertent slip of the tongue has led to key passing on of information which could benefit the fielding team. With more untrained commentators that are often recently retired cricketers who are still too close to the game and/or the players, it can be a tricky scenario. It becomes complicated when it could be used a way to pass on information, not unlike spot fixing, for certain interests, of team, entertainment, tournament or all of the above.

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Dhoni’s leadership makes a difference for CSK - Sanjay Manjrekar

Garima Kotroo Updated: 2 December, 2019, 5:37 PM IST


One of the most popular franchises of Indian Premier League, Chennai Super Kings remained consistent with its spectacular performances every year in the biggest cricket carnival, and the reason behind their incredible success is the man himself Mahendra Singh Dhoni. There is no doubt in saying that the phenomenal leadership quality of MS Dhoni took the yellow squad to next level in IPL.

The cricketer-turned-commentator Sanjay Manjrekar has also claimed that Dhoni’s leadership is the biggest asset for Chennai Super Kings, and if he could replicate his last season’s batting style in the next edition also, then it would add one more success to their account.

While praising Dhoni’s efforts for CSK in IPL seasons so far Manjrekar said, "Dhoni loves to take these chances with ageing players, his leadership eventually makes a difference”. MS Dhoni-led team has won the lustrous trophy of IPL thrice in 2010, 2011 and 2018. In the next year’s edition also, the kings are looking forward to repeat the history one more time. However, they will be challenged by the defending champions Mumbai Indians who will fight for their fifth IPL title next year.

The much-awaited auction ceremony for the 13th edition of IPL is scheduled to be held on December 19 in Kolkata. All the participating teams have already retained their best players for the upcoming season.

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To win two games by an innings is an exceptional effort – David Warner

AP Updated: 2 December, 2019, 3:52 PM IST


Nathan Lyon had never taken a five-wicket haul against Pakistan. The veteran off-spinner hadn’t taken a wicket in the day-night test until the fourth day.

Then they tumbled. He took two wickets in the first session Monday and three in the second before Australia finished off a victory by an innings and 48 runs under lights to complete a two-test series sweep with more than a day to spare.

The 32-year-old Lyon (5-69) now has 50 test wickets at the Adelaide Oval, where he’d worked as a curator before making the national team, his 16th five-wicket haul in tests and his first against Pakistan.

The pace trio of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood did most of the damage in the first test, which Australia won by an innings and five runs, and in Pakistan’s first innings in Adelaide before the follow-on was enforced.

Pakistan resumed at 39-3 on day four and took the total to 123 before Lyon came into his own on familiar turf with five consecutive wickets. Hazlewood picked up the penultimate wicket soon after the dinner break and Cummins finished off the match when he threw down the stumps at the non-striker’s end to run out Mohammad Abbas.

Opener David Warner’s triple century set Australia on course for another big win, following his 154 in the first test. Marnus Labuschagne also produced back-to-back centuries as the Australian batsmen dominated an inexperienced Pakistan attack.

"To win by an innings, two games in a row, is an exceptional effort,” Warner said during a presentation for the player of the series award.

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Warner’s knock one of the best innings ever by an Aussie batsman – Tim Paine

AP Updated: 2 December, 2019, 3:51 PM IST


Australia captain Tim Paine said his team played “fantastic cricket” and praised Warner’s contribution as one of the best innings ever by an Australian batsman, particularly given the unpredictable nature of the pink ball under lights.

“It’s right up there,” Paine said. “I think we all witnessed something really special.” Warner’s 335 was the second-highest test score by an Australian — behind Matt Hayden’s 380 against Zimbabwe in 2003 — and in the top 10 of all time.

Warner had a torrid series in the Ashes, when he averaged just 9.5 in five tests and his position at the top of the Australian order came into scrutiny. Lyon’s returns had been down, despite him creating opportunities, until his burst of wickets late against Pakistan.

Lyon dismissed Shaheen Afridi to complete a five-wicket haul with the last delivery before the main interval Monday as Pakistan slumped to 229-8. The visitors added only 10 further runs after the break.

Azhar Ali’s lineup was 39-3 overnight after being forced to follow-on on day three, when they were bowled out for 302 to surrender a 287-run first-innings lead after Starc took six wickets.

Shan Masood scored 68 in a determined, 127-ball stand that ended when he advanced to Lyon and mis-judged a drive to mid-off, where Starc took a simple catch to end a 103-run fourth-wicket stand and make the score 123-4.

Asad Shafiq grafted his way to 57 from 112 balls before he was caught at leg-slip by Warner, trying to work a Lyon delivery square, as Pakistan slipped to 154-5.

Pakistan have been on the back foot since Australia won the toss, batted and declared at 589-3.

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We were beaten in all three departments but we take some positives – Azhar Ali

AP Updated: 2 December, 2019, 3:50 PM IST


Pakistan have been on the back foot since Australia won the toss, batted and declared at 589-3.

The dominance continued with the ball, although with Lyon taking over from the quicks as the main threat. He bowled with subtle variety and just missing edges while getting regular wickets and conceding few runs with the old ball.

The sixth-wicket pair offered some stubborn defense before Lyon had Iftikhar Ahmed (27) caught by Labuschagne at short leg.

He trapped Yasir Shah (13) lbw in front with a ball that skidded and sped on and went to the dinner break midway through his 25th over when Shaheen was caught at mid-off by Hazlewood.

“They played wonderful cricket, especially David Warner for this match,” Pakistan captain Azhar Ali said. “We were beaten in all three departments (but) we take some positives.

“It’s very hard over here with a young bowling attack. We came here with a lot of expectations. It didn’t go well this time around, but I’m positive for the future. The bowlers and (I) have learned a lot from this.”

Pakistan will return home to host its first test series in a decade on home soil, against Sri Lanka. Australia will take on New Zealand in a three-test series starting next week in Perth.

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David Warner’s wife quotes Mahatma Gandhi to praise hubby’s triple-hundred vs Pakistan

Tarun Singh Updated: 2 December, 2019, 3:36 PM IST


Going against all odds, Australian batsman David Warner struck a magnificent triple century in the second Test against Pakistan. His career-best 335* was laced with 39 boundaries and one hit over the fence and it also broke multiple batting records.

But the news headlines were made when David Warner’s wife Candice quoted Mahatma Gandhi on Twitter while praising her husband’s gritty triple century.

Warner’s wife Candice Tweeted a picture of Warner and wrote a quote by Mahatma Gandhi, “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from a indomitable will. (Mahatma Gandhi). It’s not important what other people believe about you. It’s only important what you believe about yourself.”

Many Twitter users were amazed to see the Australian Candice following Mahatma Gandhi, who is revered as the ‘Father of the Nation’ in India.

Warner’s unbeaten 335 became the highest score by any batsman against Pakistan in Tests. Before, India’s former explosive batsman Virender Sehwag was leading the chart with 309 in Multan in 2004.

David Warner has returned to form with a brilliant performance after a ban of one year from cricket, for his involvement in the ball-tampering plot in South Africa.

With David Warner’s knock of huge 335*, Australia cruised to an innings and 48 runs victory over the visitors Pakistan in the second Test and also registered a 2-0 clean sweep.

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Virat treated himself with a chicken burger after scoring 235 runs against England in 2016

Garima Kotroo Updated: 2 December, 2019, 3:34 PM IST


Being on the top of the world cricket is not that easy as it looks like. It takes a lot of efforts and sacrifices to become the number one and the Indian skipper Virat Kohli has already set an example for others to follow. The swashbuckling top-order batsman Kohli has recently revealed that he celebrated his impressive Test innings against England back in 2016 with a chicken burger with just a single bun.

Even after getting the permission of his fitness trainer Shanker Basu to eat anything he wanted, Kohli chose to have a chicken burger with only single piece of bread and not two. Though he then treated himself with a big plate of fries and a chocolate shake but that too benefited his body.

During that enthralling Test encounter in Mumbai, Kohli thoroughly focused on his regular diet and didn’t touch anything. At last, he wrapped up the show with monumental 235 runs against England. In that nail-biting Test event, captain Kohli was highly supported by Murali Vijay and Jayant Yadav.

When on one side, Vijay amassed 136 runs against destructive English pacers, Yadav on the other, finished with 104 runs under his belt. In this way, India scripted an emphatic win over England by an innings and 36 runs in the second Test match of the series in 2016.

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Star Indian pacer Ishant faces leg-pulling the most among all the bowlers – Virat Kohli

Garima Kotroo Updated: 2 December, 2019, 3:20 PM IST


The senior-most pacer of the current Indian Test cricket squad, Ishant Sharma has gained immense popularity in the world cricket for his fierce bowling style in the longest format, but he still gets trap in the funny leg-pulling moments. Indian skipper Virat Kohli recently revealed that the brilliant speedster Sharma gets his legs being pulled around the most among all the bowlers in the dressing room. He opened up on the amazing team spirit among the Indian pacers during the cricketing assignments and stated that they always get along well.

As the world-class pacer of Men in Blue, Jasprit Bumrah was out of action in the important Test series against South Africa and Bangladesh, the other stalwarts of home team like Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav filled his boots.

With his remarkable bowling performance on the home ground, Sharma alongside Shami and Yadav turned the tables against Bangladesh. The powerful trio scalped a total of 33 wickets in the two-match Test series against Bangladesh to keep India invincible in the World Test Championship

The 31-year-old fast bowler Ishant Sharma was awarded the Player of the Series in the lop-sided encounter against Bangladesh as he took 12 wickets in the series. While his fellow teammates Umesh Yadav and Mohammed Shami picked up 12 and 9 wickets respectively.

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Indian cricketer was approached by a bookie during Syed Mushtaq Ali – Sourav Ganguly

Tarun Singh Updated: 2 December, 2019, 3:19 PM IST


The never-ending match-fixing scandals have tainted the gentleman’s game thoroughly.

Sourav Ganguly, after the BCCI’s Annual General Meeting, revealed that a bookie had approached a player during the recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament.

“Even in the Syed Mushtaq, I was told that one of the players was approached but I don’t know the exact name. But there was an approach made and he reported it.”

The BCCI president Ganguly said that a player being approached by a bookie is not a problem as it is unstoppable. How the player responds after being approached by the bookie, is the important aspect, he feels.

"That is not a problem and is not wrong. The wrong thing is what you do after getting approached. The states have brought it to our notice. We will deal with it. At the moment, two leagues where this betting and fixing happened, one is on hold, KPL, and Chennai has suspended two franchises," Ganguly said.

Earlier, two top domestic players - CM Gautam and Abrar Kazi were arrested by the police for alleged involvement in the Karnataka Premier League (KPL) match-fixing.

Among the many arrests made by the police, an international bookie, Sayyam was also taken in custody for KPL match-fixing scandal.

The BCCI president Ganguly feels that the board will have to be strict against such match-fixing scandals by strengthening the board’s Anti-Corruption Unit.

“We have to get anti-corruption system right, try and put the best anti-corruption, try and make it even stronger and assess it. If it doesn't work or doesn't stop, we will have to think of something else."

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India vs West Indies T20Is 2019: A statistical preview

Renin Wilben Albert Updated: 2 December, 2019, 3:15 PM IST


West Indies will kick-off their tour of India with a three-match T20I series, the first game of which will be played at Hyderabad on December 6. This will be followed by the second game in Thiruvananthapuram on December 8 while the final match will be played in Mumbai on December 11.

The reigning ICC World T20 champions will be led by dangerous batsman Kieron Pollard. Nicholas Pooran has been named as his deputy despite his involvement in the ball-tampering scandal. As for India, Virat Kohli is back to lead the team after being rested for the Bangladesh T20Is. Meanwhile, Sanju Samson comes in as a replacement for the injured Shikhar Dhawan after being initially left out of the squad.

Here’s a statistical preview of India vs West Indies T20Is

Head-to-Head record

India and West Indies have faced each other in 14 T20Is so far. Of them, India have been victorious in eight while West Indies have won five. One match ended in no result. At home, India have won three and lost one, but the loss was a big one -- coming in the semi-final of the 2016 World T20 in Mumbai. In West Indies, the record is neutral with both teams winning two out of four games. At neutral venues, India have won three games and lost two.

Most runs

Rohit Sharma is the top run-getter in India vs West Indies T20Is. In 12 matches, he has 425 runs to his name at an average of 47.22 and a strike rate of 139.34. Sharma has one hundred and three fifties to his credit. Kohli is second on the list with 318 runs from nine games at an average of 45.42 and a strike rate of 139.47. The skipper has three fifties to his name. As for West Indies, Evin Lewis is the leading run-getter with 242 runs in six games at an average of 48.40 and an impressive strike rate of 180.59. Lewis has smashed two T20I hundreds against India.

Highest individual score

Evin Lewis’ unbeaten 125 from 62 balls is the highest individual score in India-West Indies T20Is. The knock came during the only T20I of India’s tour of West Indies at Kingston in July 2017. Windies needed a competitive 191 to win the match, but Lewis made a mockery of the chase, blasting six fours and a monumental 12 sixes as the hosts gunned down the target in 18.3 overs to win by nine wickets. For India, Rohit Sharma’s 111 not out at Lucknow during the second T20I of West Indies’ tour in November 2018 is the best. Rohit smashed an unbeaten 111 from 61 balls with eight fours and seven sixes as India posted 195 for 2 batting first. The hosts eased to a 71-run victory.

Most wickets

Jasprit Bumrah has taken the most wickets in India vs West Indies T20Is. In five matches, the Indian pacer has claimed eight wickets at a strike rate of 15 and an economy rate of 8.10. For West Indies, Dwayne Bravo has been the most successful bowler with seven scalps in six matches. The ‘Champion’ bowler has got his wickets at a strike rate of 14.5 and an economy of 9.35.

Best bowling figures

Former West Indies captain Darren Sammy has the best bowling figures in India-West Indies T20Is. He claimed 4 for 16 in the only T20I played at Port of Spain in July 2011. Sammy dismissed Parthiv Patel (26), Shikhar Dhawan (5), Virat Kohli (14) and Suresh Raina (2). However, West Indies lost the match by 16 runs as they failed to chase down 160.

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5 batsmen who can challenge Indian fast bowlers in the World Test Championship

Renin Wilben Albert Updated: 2 December, 2019, 3:13 PM IST


India’s fast bowlers have been rampant in Tests matches in 2019. They were all over West Indies in the two away Tests before impressively getting the better of South Africa and Bangladesh at home. However, 2020 will present a tougher challenge to the Indian pacers as the team will be playing two away Tests in New Zealand, four Down Under, and five at home against England. In the wake of the same, here’s a look at five batsmen who can stand up to Indian pace bowlers in the World Test Championship.

1. David Warner

Even as this piece is being written, David Warner has created history, registering the highest individual score in a Day-Night Test, with his unbeaten 335 against Pakistan at Adelaide on Saturday. While Warner struggles in India, he has excellent success against the same team at home, as he loves the ball coming on to the bat. In eight Tests against India at home, Warner has 693 runs to his name with four hundreds at an average of 49.50 and a best of 180. On current form, even India’s in-form pacers could find things difficult against him.

2. Steve Smith

The former Aussie skipper Steve Smith may have amassed 774 runs in the Ashes against England. However, his love for the Indian bowling attack is no secret, irrespective of the venue. Of course, India’s fast bowling has improved tremendously since the last time Smith played a Test against India. So, it would be intriguing to see how the battle pans out Down Under. For the record, in four Tests at home against India Smith has a total of 769 runs at a stupendous average of 128.16 with four hundreds at a best of 192.

3. Kane Williamson

India’s first assignment in the New Year will be the two-Test series in New Zealand. India have traditionally struggled in the country. This time though there will be lots of hopes from Virat Kohli and co. Conditions in New Zealand should aid India’s pace attack, but Kiwi skipper Kane Williamson possesses the game to stand up to any challenge. His tussle with India’s fast bowlers could be an intriguing aspect of the series. Till date, Williamson has featured in two Tests against India at home, and has 170 runs to his name at 42.50 with one hundred, his best of 113.

4. BJ Watling

The underrated New Zealand wicket-keeper, who recently created history by becoming the first keeper-batsman from his country to notch up a double hundred, BJ Watling might also prove a thorn to India’s fast bowlers. His ability to drain down opponents with his enduring occupation of the crease is known to all in cricketing circles by now. In two Tests against India at home, Watling has scored 136 runs at an average of 34. His 124 at Wellington in 2014 came off 367 balls, and he occupied the crease for over 500 minutes. It was the kind of effort typical of Watling’s fighting abilities.

5. Ben Stokes

While England were the last team to beat India in India (in 2012), Kohli’s men are expected to get the better of their English rivals when the teams clash in a five-Test series early next year. England no longer have great batsmen like Alastair Cook and Kevin Pietersen in their ranks. Joe Root too has fallen apart in recent years, and England’s batting woes are evident in New Zealand presently. As such, their talisman Ben Stokes will be expected to stand up to the ferocious Indian attack, just like he has been doing in most Tests of late. Stokes average 38.33 in five Tests in India with a best of 128 at Rajkot. However, he is a completely changed player since England’s last visit to India in 2016, and will be raring to have a go at India’s fast bowlers.

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Warner’s Triple Test Ton Highlights Aussie Hypocrisy

Sreelata S Yellamrazu Updated: 2 December, 2019, 3:11 PM IST


In what has been a vindicating moment of faith for David Warner, his Test cricket resurgence is now matching pace with his belligerent and prolific scoring in the one day format in the course of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 in England in June and July. However, as the Australian opener looked set to move past 300 runs in his individual score in the second Test against Pakistan, it would seem that Australia were willing to throw the idea of fair play and competitive spirit out for a toss.

How often is it that the Australians have freely and sometimes in unsolicited fashion offered their take on how they saw other teams shaping up a particular match? When teams let players complete a milestone or cross a landmark point at the cost of stretching the game in the format of Test cricket, Australians have been amongst the most vocal to state that the need to keep the game alive rested on proactive captains and teams to declare and call for a fairer representation of both teams on the field.

Yet, the theme and tone, particularly in the commentary box, which might not necessarily reflect the sentiment of the Australian cricket loving public, following David Warner having crossed the significant milestone of his maiden triple Test century, revolved around the need for Australia to continue the batting in the interest of letting Warner have the chance to pass the next triple digit: 400 runs.

Even at the cost of sounding embarrassingly partial and biased to the point of sacrificing interest in the game, unmindful of the fact that Australia were in a commanding position, having scored well over 550 runs, the commentators seemed to forget that one amongst their own, former Australian captain, Mark Taylor, had a similar opportunity to press forth in the quest of his own milestone but chose instead in the interest of the team.

For Australia who have long held the banner of being the moral police of the game, despite having garnered the unappealing reputation of bullies and boorish champions over the last couple of decades and then some, it seemed laughable almost that almost every commentator would echo the idea that this was a rare scenario for an individual cricketer to go as far as scoring in such high numbers in a single innings. Even the name Brian Lara was mentioned.

While it would seem that every team would ultimately want their players to thrive in their individual capacity, and some captains including Rahul Dravid have gotten in trouble for choosing one way or the other, one of the reasons that makes cricket such a nuanced and lovable sport is that it puts teams above players. Therefore, an individual innings means little if it has not contributed to the team’s success. Such success rings hollow.

Australia were well within their right to think they had the better of Pakistan and could afford to use up the rest of day two to give Warner the maximum change to keep up the chase. The query about the weather having a role to play at some point over the next two days of the match, also, did not seem to bother Australia so much, judging by the statements in the commentary box.

But should Australia be getting so cocky? Post the ball tampering saga, no 400 run score is going to take away the fact that Australia were served a lesson in humility. Now whether they incorporated it into their system is something of an open question.

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3 reasons why Sanju Samson should feature in the top order versus West Indies in the T20Is

CT Contributor Updated: 2 December, 2019, 3:09 PM IST


Sanju Samson, who was benched for the three T20Is against Bangladesh, has been handed another lifeline after replacing the injured Shikhar Dhawan for the upcoming three-match T20I series against West Indies, starting December 6. Samson is no doubt a strong option as a T20 batsman. He has proved his mettle in the Indian Premier League (IPL) over the years and the results have also come in domestic cricket. Samson, a wicket-keeper batsman, is also an option in the long run to replace someone like Rishabh Pant, who hasn't yet done enough in limited-overs cricket to justify his selection.

Samson is highly versatile in nature and can be a solid addition in the Team India ranks. It is time India develop players knocking at the door by giving them experience when the moment arrives. This is therefore a crucial moment for both the Indian management and Samson to see how they are in sync with each other. It makes no sense if the talented player is benched once again. Here we look at three reasons why Samson should feature in the top order versus West Indies in the T20Is.

Setting the tone in attack atop for India

Samson can open the batting alongside Rohit Sharma at the top and set the tone. He can be aggressive during the first six overs and go berserk. That, in turn, can help Rohit take his time and play the anchor role. India can score at a brisk rate with Samson offering his qualities.

Keeping Pant on his toes to perform

If Samson goes on to get some crucial runs for the side that will see Pant be on his toes. The latter has faced intense scrutiny for being highly inconsistent. This can also spark a healthy competition and force Pant to raise the bar. Samson needs to score runs himself and apply pressure on Pant.

Adding depth and dynamism

To have a youngster, who is capable of providing the sparks is a need for Team India. The Kerala batsman can come and bat in different positions and be that versatile option. Samson also brings quality and there is a lot of dynamism attached to his game. He also brings depth in the squad. So that's a major positive.

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It's Official: Manish Pandey ties knot with Arshita Shetty

Staff Writer Updated: 2 December, 2019, 2:47 PM IST


Indian cricketer Manish Pandey has tied the knot with actor Arshita Shetty in Mumbai. He led Karnataka to its second consecutive Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy title last night and took a flight to Mumbai for his special day. The ceremony took place in presence of family members and close friends.

She is a renowned actress in South India. Arshita Shetty was applauded for her role in Udhayam NH4 alongside Siddharth and since then she hasn’t looked back.

Meanwhile, Manish Pandey will next be seen against West Indies. The middle order batsman was ecstatic after leading his state team to another title.

"Looking forward to the India series, but before that there is another important series for me, I am getting married tomorrow," Manish Pandey, who has been picked for India's limited-overs series against West Indies, said after Karnataka's win.

"We [Karnataka] won it last year but this year the victory was a lot sweeter. The way the boys played the entire tournament has been unbelievable. Everyone has put in so much effort that I thought it was a very good game. It came neck to neck but we deserved it."

Manish Pandey and Arshita Shetty have planned a big reception for the Indian players in Mumbai.

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Fans mock MS Dhoni after Yasir Shah's maiden Test ton in Australia

Staff Writer Updated: 2 December, 2019, 12:54 PM IST


Yasir Shah was in good touch during the first innings of the second Test match against Australia. The right-handed batsman, who is renowned for his bowling, made all the right noise with his bat. After setting his eyes in, he ensured to convert his hard work into something big. He scored a well compiled hundred at the Adelaide Oval. The visitors were reeling under pressure but Yasir's knock improved their position a bit. His 113 runs were laced with 13 fours and he showed how to bat against hostile pace battery of Australia.

While he was praised for his gutsy effort, some of the fans started trolling MS Dhoni, who failed to score a century outside the sub-continent in his Test career.

Despite Yasir Shah’s knock, Pakistan are sure of losing the Test match against Australia. The visiting team has failed to show any sort of fight since landing in Australia to play T20 internationals and Test series. While Babar Azam, the new T20 skipper, was ordinary in the shortest format, Azhar Ali, who is leading Pakistan in Test cricket, has the similar story in Whites.

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Ganguly ducks question on Dhoni’s future, says “Please ask MS Dhoni”

Tarun Singh Updated: 2 December, 2019, 12:25 PM IST


The hot question on Dhoni’s millions of fans minds is whether MS Dhoni will be seen playing in the next T20 World Cup or not.

“Please ask Dhoni,” answered BCCI president Sourav Ganguly when asked if Dhoni will catch the flight to Australia to play the T20 World Cup next year or not.

Earlier, Ganguly had stated that the BCCI has ‘absolute clarity’ over the future of India former captain MS Dhoni.

“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 had said.

However, Dhoni himself had ducked the question about his future recently by saying, “January tak mat poocho (don’t ask me till January).”

The 38-year-old has preferred to stay quiet over the speculations on his retirement or comeback to international cricket.

MS Dhoni has not featured in any cricket match since India's semifinal exit from the ODI World Cup in England. Dhoni will also miss the T20 and ODI Series against West Indies starting from December 6.

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.

Meanwhile, the then chief selector MSK Prasad had firmly said that “we are moving on,” from Dhoni and backing the young-gun Rishabh Pant over him.