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Skipper Kohli unwilling to restrain his natural mannerisms

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Port of Spain: India skipper Virat Kohli has said he wouldn’t clamp down on his natural self just because he is the captain of the Indian cricket team. cricket news current sports news

On Sunday, Kohli brought up his 42nd ODI hundred and in the process went past former skipper Sourav Ganguly’s tally of 11,363 runs in the list of leading run-getters in ODI cricket. cricket news current sports news

The 30-year-old has scored 11,406 runs at 59.91 in 238 matches and is currently at the eighth spot in the list topped by legendary Indian batsman Sachin Tendulkar who compiled 18,426 runs in 463 matches. cricket news current sports news

Speaking to leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal on ”Chahal TV” for BCCI.TV, Kohli revealed that at the moment, he is enjoying his life to the fullest and is in a very happy space. cricket news current sports news

In the ongoing West Indies tour, Kohli has been grooving to the Caribbean tunes on a number of occasions. When asked about the same, the Indian skipper said: “I am enjoying myself on the cricket field. I don’t let myself get into a typical mould where I have to restrain myself as I am the captain of the team.

“We have been blessed to represent India and thus it’s important to enjoy the life. We should dance whenever there is music played and enjoy with the opposition players as well. Right now, I am in a very happy space in my life and that’s why I start dancing whenever I get the opportunity.”

Kohli also revealed how he was tired when he had reached 65 during his 120-run knock against the West Indies in second ODI which India won by 59 runs (DLS method) at the Queen’s Park Oval.

“It is always our target that one of our top three gets a big score. Rohit has been doing that consistently for us. I have also chipped in whenever I have got an opportunity,” said Kohli.

“Unfortunately, both Rohit and Shikhar failed today. So, it was important for me to stay at the wicket for a long time and take the score somewhere near 270-280.

“Honestly, I was too tired by the time I reached 60-65. But then the situation was such that I had to play without taking too much of a risk and build a partnership. As a cricketer, we always learn that whenever we are thinking about the team, we get the enthusiasm and the energy to play long.”

“The conditions were quite challenging because it rained in the middle and then it got more humid,” he added.

When asked about his motivation to play consistently for the team, whether while batting or fielding, the Indian skipper said, “My mindset is quite simple. I want to contribute to the team in whichever way possible. Whether it”s a catch or a run-out, I want to give my 100 per cent.

“I think every player should have a disciplined lifestyle so that he can give his 100 per cent on the field. If you are not giving your 100 per cent, I don”t think you are doing justice to the team,” he added.

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Cricketer Ravindra Jadeja among 19 sportspersons nominated for Arjuna Award

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Jadeja has played 156 ODIs, 42 T20Is and 41 Tests for India

New Delhi: Indian cricketer Ravindra Jadeja has been nominated for the prestigious Arjuna Award by the award selection committee on Saturday. The list includes 19 other sportspersons like Poonam Yadav, track and field stars Tejinder Pal Singh Toor, Mohammed Anas and Swapna Barman, footballer Gurpreet Singh Sandhu, hockey player Chinglensana Singh Kangujam and shooter Anjum Moudgil.

Earlier, Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had recommended fast bowlers Mohammed Shami, Jasprit Bumrah, all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and women’s team leg-spinner Poonam Yadav for the Arjuna Award. Ravindra Jadeja showcased a spectacular show with a 59-ball 79 innings against New Zealand in the semi-final during World Cup 2019.

The Arjuna Awards are given to honour excellence in sports by the Ministry of Youth Affairs and Sports in India. In 2018, Indian woman cricketer Smriti Mandhana was the only cricketer to receive the prestigious award.

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Russel Domingo appointed Bangladesh cricket team head coach

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Russel Domingo has coached South Africa national team from 2013 to 2017.

New Delhi: Russell Domingo has been appointed Bangladesh cricket team head coach on Saturday.

The 44-year-old South African has agreed on a two-year term with the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) and is expected to arrive in Dhaka on 21 August to take charge of the national team.

Announcing the appointment  BCB president Nazmul Hassan, said, Domingo’s vision for Bangladesh made him the ideal candidate for the role, “He has a wealth of experience and we have been very impressed with his passion and coaching philosophy. He has a clear idea of what is required to take the team forward.”

Domingo said he was eagerly looking ahead to his new challenge, “It is a massive honour to be appointed the Head Coach of the Bangladesh National Cricket Team. I have followed Bangladesh’s progress with keen interest and I am extremely excited to assist the team in reaching the goals that they are capable of.

“I look forward to continuing the ongoing development of current players whilst also looking towards the future and developing some new bright stars from within the talent pool of Bangladesh cricket,” he added.

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Ashes: Rain truncates play as England reduce Australia to 80/4 on Day 3

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Play abandoned due to the weather, Australia will resume today on 80/4

New Delhi: Not a single ball could be bowled after lunch as England made the most of the seam-friendly conditions to dent Australia’s top-order and leave them stuttering at 80/4 before showers forced a break to be taken early on Day 3 of the rain-affected second Ashes Test at Lord’s on Friday.

It rained heavily post-lunch as played seemed unlikely as time progressed. It was called off after a final inspection at 5:20 p.m. local time with two days left for a result to the game.

The Aussies won the first rubber by a handsome margin. Steve Smith, whose twin tons helped the Aussies script the memorable 251-run victory in the first rubber at Edgbaston, remained at the crease on 13 off 40 balls (2×4) as other batsmen fell around him.

For England, pace spearhead Stuart Broad picked up two wickets with debutant Jofra Archer and in-form Chris Woakes scalping one each. England rode Rory Burns and Jonny Bairstow’s fifties on Day 2 to post 258 after the first day’s play was washed out.

Resuming from overnight score of 30/1, the tourists lost Cameron Bancroft (13) who was trapped in front by Archer. Bancroft reviewed the decision but replays showed the ball nipping back nicely off the seam and hitting the pads in line.

Archer celebrated his first Test wicket to rousing applause from the packed crowd as Smith walked in to bat.

Usman Khawaja looked good for his 36 from 56 deliveries, before Woakes found his outside edge with a good length delivery outside off stump. Khawaja pushed at the ball to give Bairstow a regulation catch behind the stumps.

Travis Head (7) could not dig in for long as he was out plumb in front to Broad who was first turned down by umpire Aleem Dar with a review showing the ball hitting the middle stump with no inside edge.

At 71/4, the Aussies were in all sorts of trouble but Smith looked in a league of his own, once again trying to save his side from a collapse. Matthew Wade joined him at the other end and defended 19 balls without scoring when lunch was taken as it started drizzling.

Brief scores: 1st innings: England 258 all out (Rory Burns 53, Jonny Bairstow 52; Josh Hazlewood 3/58, Pat Cummins 3/61, Nathan Lyon 3/68) Australia 80/4 (Usman Khawaja 36, Steve Smith 13 batting; Stuart Broad 2/26) at lunch.

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