New Delhi, Sep 23 (CRICKETNMORE): Former India star Virender Sehwag has asserted that newcomers like Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal have made people "forget" bowlers like Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja. "It is a nice thing that we do not feel the pinch of not having two experienced spinners on our side, because our newcomers are performing very well," Sehwag told India TV. Kuldeep Yadav had clinched a hat-trick in the second One-Day International (ODI) against Australia in Kolkata on Thursday. Sehwag praised Kuldeep Yadav's hat-trick, but added: "He must bowl according to his field placings, because in the second ODI, he gave away too many runs during his spell." The former explosive batsman also praised Yuzvendra Chahal, pointing out that he is often the go-to-man for India skipper Virat Kohli. "Chahal has the advantage of bowling on wickets like Bengaluru during the IPL matches. Chahal plays for Royal Challengers Bangalore, which is captained by Virat Kohli," he said. "So whenever there is a crisis, Kohli hands over the ball to Chahal." Sehwag felt that overall the Indian team appears to be strong, but the middle-order seems to be the "weak link". "The middle-order did not perform well in the first two ODIs, and captain Kohli needs to change the batting order. Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav should take advantage of the chances given to them, otherwise both have been flops till now," he said. "Team India presently seems to be as strong as Steve Waugh's or Ricky Ponting's Australian teams. The present Australian team lacks strength. I am confident Team India will win the series 5-0," the former opener added. Asserting that bowling is the weak link for the visitors, the 'Sultan of Multan' opined that the Indians will have to be wary of Australian batsmen Steve Smith, David Warner and Glenn Maxwell. "The Australian team does not have good bowlers except Nathan Coulter-Nile. In the batting order, we would have to remove Steve Smith, Warner and Maxwell at the earliest," Sehwag said. "Smith, in particular, because he always makes runs against India." Nathan Coulter-Nile had taken three wickets each in the first two ODIs against India. Sehwag, famous for his whacky comments on Twitter, heaped praise on Kohli. "Hothon Par Hansi, Dil Me Gam Hai, Australiawale Kohli se Tang Hain (With smiles on their faces, but sad at heart, the Aussies find Kohli intimidating)," he said. "Kohli as captain does not speak much, but his bat speaks for him. Kohli knows how to bring a game under his control, and that is why, India is on its winning streak," he added. "Dhoni, too, knew how to bring the game under his control." It was at Holkar Stadium in Indore, where the third ODI will be played on Sunday, that Sehwag had hit a double century (219 runs off 149 balls) against West Indies on December 8, 2011. In the same innings, he had crossed the 8,000-run mark in ODI cricket.
An online betting racket was busted in Delhi and 7 bookies were arrested from north Delhi during the India-Australia cricket match in Kolkata.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi has written a letter to BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and has asked the Indian cricket team to do realise Mahatma Gandhi's dream of Swachh India.
It's been 10 years since MS Dhoni and his group of young men created history by winning the inaugural edition of the World T20 in South Africa. The famous victory changed the landscape of limited-overs cricket by paving way for the cash-rich franchise-based cricket -- Indian Premier League. The tournament was a life-changer for many, including skipper Dhoni, who showcased his nerves of steel to the world for the first time during the nail-biting final against Pakistan, which India won by five runs.
West Indies aim to bounce back and level terms, as they take on England in the third of the five-match ODI series at Bristol.
VfL Wolfsburg battled back from two goals down to snatch a 2-2 draw at Bayern Munich on Friday thanks to Daniel Didavi's late equaliser that ended their 19-match losing run in Munich. Champions Bayern missed their chance to go back on top of the Bundesliga and are on 13 points, second on goal difference to Borussia Dortmund, who are in action against Borussia Moenchengladbach on Saturday. Wolfsburg fully deserved the point," said Bayern coach Carlo Ancelotti.
London, Sept 22, 2017 (AFP) - Irish boyband Boyzone indirectly caused a rain-lashed four-day English county championship cricket match to be abandoned without a ball being bowled on Friday.
(Reuters) - Justin Thomas took a step towards winning the FedExCup and its $10 million bonus when he jumped into a share of the second-round lead at the Tour Championship on Friday. Hopefully the putter can heat up and we can have some fun this weekend," Thomas told Golf Channel after joining fellow American Webb Simpson and Englishman Paul Casey at seven-under 133. Jordan Spieth struggled with his long game and only a sublime touch around and on the greens allowed him to limit the damage to a 70 that left him four shots behind.
We cannot ignore the possibility that some underhand deal was going on: the name of this missing batsman — Felix Calvert Ladbroke — tickles thoughts further in that direction.
Bijapur Bulls have ensured a date with Belagavi Panthers in the final of Karnataka Premier League 2017 with a four-wicket win over a spirited Namma Shivamogga side at the KSCA Rajnagar Stadium on Friday, September 22. Abhimanyu Mithun's late brilliant unbeaten 12-ball 32 – after he was dropped on nought by Liyan – provided the surge Bijapur needed to cross the line after Shivamogga, after being put in, went about defending their 157 for 5 with gusto. Having done well with the bat, Shivamogga had a right go at Biapur, picking wickets at regular intervals, pinning them back with spirited fielding.
A day after he rocked Middlesex with an eight-wicket haul, pacer Steven Finn was backed by his county captain Adam Voges to be part of England's Ashes squad, to be played later this year in Australia.
Michael Bevan enjoyed a decade long ODI career with Australia and established himself as one of the greatest to grace the format.
Sept.23 (CRICKETNMORE) - Former Australian cricketer Tom Moody has been appointed as the head coach of Pakistan Super Leagues (PSL) new franchise Multan Sultan. The announcement was made by the franchise director of cricket, Wasim Akram during the launch of the teams kit and logo in Karachi. Addressing to ceremony, Wasim said, “Tom has great experience of coaching, especially for franchise-based cricket. His presence will lead Multan to new heights.” Moody represented Australia in 8 Test and 76 ODIs and was coach of Sri Lankas national cricket team from 2005 to 2007. He was also the coach of IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad and BPL team Rangpur Riders. The 51-year-old Moody said he was excited to be part of the franchise and was looking forward to working with Wasim Akram for making Multan Sultans a great team. “I am looking forward to being involved with Multan Sultans next year for the PSL and partnering-up with my old mate Wasim Akram,” Moody said in a video message. Australia pacer Cummins to skip T20I series against India With Inputs from Agency
Sept.23 (CRICKETNMORE) - Dhaka Dynamites represents the capital of Bangladesh in the league. Shakib al Hasan will be leading the side in the fifth edition of the league. Former Sri Lanka's legendary batsman Kumar Sangakkara will continue to remain with the side. Kevon Cooper, who had recently led his Trinbago Knight Riders to a win in the CPL, T20 Specialist bowler - Sunil Narine, all-rounder and T20 specialist Shahid Afridi, Shane Watson and Pakistan speedster Mohammad Amir are all a part of the squad. Check the complete squad below: Dhaka Dynamites Squad in BPL 2017 Shakib Al Hasan (Icon), Kumar Sangakkara (wk) (Sri Lanka), Cameron Delport (South Africa), Shane Watson (Australia), Evin Lewis, Kevon Cooper, Rovman Powell, Ronsford Beaton, Sunil Narine (Windies), Shahid Afridi (Pakistan), Graeme Cremer (Zimbabwe), Mohammed Amir, Shaheen Shah Afridi (Pakistan), Mehedi Maruf, Mosaddek Hossain, Abu Hider, Mohammad Shahid, Jahurul Islam, Nadif Chowdhury, Saqlain Sajib, Joe Denly (England), Akeal Hosein, Syed Khaled Ahmed, Shadman Islam, Noor Hossain Saddam Sahir
By Chris Gallagher TOKYO (Reuters) - Defending champion Caroline Wozniacki crushed new world number one Garbine Muguruza 6-2 6-0 on Saturday to advance to the final of the Pan Pacific Open as the Dane remained on course for a third title at the Tokyo tournament. A stunned Muguruza, who had not lost a set in the previous rounds, was unable to gain any momentum and was shut out for the remainder of a match that was wrapped up in exactly one hour. "I thought I played a good match today and stayed aggressive and served well," Wozniacki told reporters, noting that playing tough opponents in her previous matches had helped toughen her up.
Karachi [Pakistan], Sept 23 (ANI): Pakistan's prolific leg-spinner Yasir Shah has cleared the recent fitness test and as a result has been recalled in the 16-man Test squad for the two-match series against Sri Lanka, beginning September 28 in Abu Dhabi. Azhar Ali, who was also facing fitness issues, has also got a nod against Sri Lanka while Wahab Riaz has also been named in the squad, which Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq unveiled on Saturday.
In the ongoing ODI series against visitors Australia, Ajinkya Rahane has opened the batting with Rohit Sharma in Shikhar Dhawan's absence.
Asli Cakir Alptekin, who won Olympic gold at London 2012 before being stripped of the title, has been banned for life by the Turkish Athletics Federation for a third doping offence, state-run Anadolu news agency have reported. Alptekin won the 1500 metres title in London, a race where six of the first nine finishers have served drugs bans before or since, leading some to refer to it as the "dirtiest race in history". The 32-year-old was stripped of her 2012 Olympic and European titles in 2015 and suspended for eight years by the Turkish Athletics Federation.
MADRID (Reuters) - Valentino Rossi made a remarkable comeback to qualify third for the Aragon MotoGP on Saturday just three weeks after suffering a broken leg, with team mate Maverick Vinales taking pole ahead of Jorge Lorenzo. The 38-year-old Italian showed no signs of the injury that he suffered while riding an off-road enduro bike. Vinales finished quickest in the final free practice session and carried that form through to qualifying, sealing pole position ahead of fellow Spaniard Lorenzo of Ducati with team mate Rossi also on the front row for Sunday's race. ...
By Julien Pretot BERGEN, Norway (Reuters) - Chantal Blaak recovered from a crash and claimed a solo win in the women's road race as the Netherlands put on a perfect performance on a sunny Saturday at the cycling world championships. The Dutch champion broke away from a group of seven leading riders in the last of eight 19.1-km laps in Bergen to beat Australian Katrin Garfoot and defending champion Amalie Dideriksen of Denmark by 28 seconds. Blaak had crashed earlier in the race but was able to stay in the leading pack.