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Conditions helped NZ but hats off to Jadeja, Dhoni for a fantastic fightback: Kris Srikkanth

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Former India skipper M.S. Dhoni's runout in the 49th over ended any remaining hopes of a victory.

Congratulations to New Zealand but that really was a thrilling semi-final – right up to the end.

I think because of the rain and the match getting spilt over to a second day, that was in my opinion one of the root causes for the defeat as far as India is concerned.

The rain and the overcast conditions on the second day meant the wicket helped New Zealand more than India as it was ideal for the bowlers.

But if you look at the first three wickets and ask if it was bad batting or good bowling from New Zealand, I would say it was fantastic bowling by New Zealand.

All those first three wickets, KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli, were outstanding international wicket-taking deliveries and got rid of players who were in brilliant form.

They literally finished off the backbone of the Indian side and then there was a good fightback, hats off to MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja, especially Jadeja in just his second game of the World Cup.

India opener Rohit Sharma with legendary Kris Srikkanth

He really made a fantastic fight out of it, he made it a brilliant game. He almost won the match alongside Dhoni and his all-round performance was brilliant for the entire match.

His bowling was fantastic, great batting and great fielding, but he cannot do it on his own and unfortunately, he was left with too much to do in the end.

I have to give great credit to Kane Williamson’s captaincy. One thing about New Zealand’s batting and bowling approach, they played to their strengths and limitations.

That’s why when they were batting they didn’t play the big shots as they knew they only had their two main batsmen in Williamson and Ross Taylor, they just wanted to hang around.

They knew if those two could stay in and they could get near 250, they could make a match out of it and they ended up winning the match and reaching the final.

The way Williamson rotated his bowlers in particular was amazing. Jimmy Neesham and Colin de Grandhomme were the weak links in the bowling but he made sure they were not too exposed.

He rotated them around well and because of the early wickets, their limitations were not exposed. I also thought Mitchell Santner bowled brilliantly, but India gave him too much respect.

They should have played more positively against Santner. When I say positively, that doesn’t mean hitting out, it’s showing some sort of positivity against Santner, putting him under pressure.

At that point in the innings, the run rate started slowly climbing up, and that’s what put pressure on the Indian’s towards the end. India were in control before the rain came though.

Had it been a full day, India probably would have had it easy. I remember in the 1983 World Cup, we batted first and scored about 260 against West indies in the opening match in Manchester.

The match then went into a second day and we bowled West Indies out and won the game, so these things do happen when the games move over to the next day because of rain.

It generally helps the team bowling second, but it’s disappointing for India as they looked like the world champions. That’s what happens in the semi-finals, though, one match and you’re gone.

The same thing happened in the 2015 World Cup, India were unbeaten to the semi-finals against Australia in Perth and here they had only lost to England before their semi-final match.

That’s what happens in the World Cup and you just have to accept it and move on. I don’t think India need to make any drastic changes, they just need to look at that middle order.

We’re still struggling to get the right middle order combination. Rishabh Pant is good but at number five we need to find someone as we’ve tried too many people there.

We’ve tried Dinesh Karthik, we’ve tried Jadeja, we’ve tried Vijay Shankar, three guys have been tried and they’ve not proved useful so maybe we can find a good youngster for No.5.

Text Courtesy: ICC Business Corporation FZ LLC 2019.

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Skipper Kohli within his rights to voice his choice as coach: Ganguly

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Virat Kohli has backed Ravi Shastri to continue as the India coach.

Kolkata: Virat Kohli has the right to say who he wants as the head coach, feels former India captain Sourav Ganguly.

“He is the captain so, he has got the right to say,” Ganguly told reporters on the sidelines of the prize distribution ceremony for Zee Bangla Football League. national news

In his pre-departure press conference, India skipper Kohli had said the team would be very happy if Ravi Shastri continues as the head coach. national news

“The CAC hasn’t contacted me yet. If they want my opinion, I’ll go and speak to them. With Ravi Bhai, we share a great camaraderie, and will definitely be very happy if he continues. But I haven’t been contacted so far,” Kohli had said in Mumbai. national news

The newly formed Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) co-member Anshuman Gaekwad saidZee Bangla Football League that that they will go in with an open mind when they sit down to interview the short-listed candidates.

The CAC — comprising India’s first World Cup winning captain and legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev, former batsman and coach Gaekwad and former women’s captain Shanta Rangaswamy — have been entrusted with the job of selecting a new head coach. national news

The current coaching staff were handed an extension till the tour of West Indies as their contract expired after the World Cup. India will play three Twenty20 internationals, three ODIs and two Tests in USA and the the Caribbean.

“We have to go with an open mind. There are interviews to be conducted. Lot of people from India and abroad have applied. We have to go there and assess things,” Gaekwad said.

Asked if the committee would keep Kohli in the loop before picking the next coach, Gaekwad said it was not mandatory.

“The captain can say anything. It doesn’t bother us. We are a committee. That’s his opinion and the BCCI takes a note of it, not us. cricket news

“It all depends on BCCI. BCCI has to give us guideline and then we will go accordingly. He has already said yesterday (what he wants). When we chose the women’s coach, we did not contact anybody. We did it on our own,” Gaekwad further said. cricket news

Asked about Gaekwad’s comments, Ganguly said: “Every individual is different so I cannot comment.” Ganguly also refused to comment on India and Mumbai opener Prithvi Shaw being banned by the BCCI for a doping violation.

“I am not sure what exactly is the truth. It won’t be right for me to comment,” he said. cricket news

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Ashes series kicks off World Test Championship

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Australia and England go into the Test series high on confidence. Text & Images: ICC

Birmingham: The first Ashes Test marks the start of the ICC World Test Championship, so there will be more than the urn at stake.      sports articles  

Both teams go into the Test high on confidence: England, the ODI champions, bounced back strongly after an opening day set-back in the one-off Test against Ireland. Australia are full strength, hungry and well prepared.      sports articles  

Given England’s top-order woes, Joe Root, the captain, is likely to move up a spot to bat at No.3, with Joe Denly set to come in at No.4. The availability of Jofra Archer, who could get his maiden Test cap, is the one fitness concern for the hosts.

Australia opener David Warner was hit in the nets but is expected to be fit for the match. Justin Langer, the coach, has indicated that Usman Khawaja and James Pattinson will be in the XI.

Australia will have to choose between the returning Cameron Bancroft and Marcus Harris as Warner’s opening partner. current sports news cricket news 

Remember the last time

Australia hold the Ashes, having handed England a 4-0 drubbing at home in early 2018. But they have not won the series in England since 2001, when Steve Waugh’s side razed all in their path.

In 2015, they lost the series 3-2, with Stuart Broad setting up an unassailable lead in the fourth Test by bowling out Australia for 60 in the first innings at Trent Bridge.    sports articles           current sports news

The last meeting between the sides was in the World Cup semi-final, when England bowled Australia out for 223 and eased to an emphatic eight-wicket win.      cricket news 

England all-rounder Ben Stokes said: “Both teams are desperate to win, both sets of players are desperate to perform because Ashes series are where you get scrutinised and criticised more, or praised if you do well.”

Australia coach Justin Langer said: “I honestly think, it’s not about this Edgbaston Test match, it’s about how we endure right through a five-Test match series. It’s going to be a tough series no doubt, but how we endure that will probably be the team who wins the Ashes.”  cricket news 

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Never asked umpires to cancel four overthrows: Stokes

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Ben Stokes plyed a piovotal role in England's World Cup triumph.

London: All-rounder Ben Stokes has cleared the air regarding the controversial ‘six’ which was awarded to England during the World Cup final against New Zealand.

“I saw all of that. I was thinking to myself, did I say that? But hand on heart, I did not go up to the umpires and say something like that to the umpires,” he said in the latest episode of BBC podcast.

“I went straight to Tom Latham and said ‘Mate, I am so sorry’, looked over to Kane (Williamson) and said ‘I’m sorry’,” he added.

During the final over in England’s chase of 241 on July 14 at Lord’s, Stokes accidentally knocked the ball coming in from deep midwicket fielder and deflected it off to the third man boundary, while attempting to dive for his crease with an outstretched bat in a bid to complete his second run.

After consultation with Marais Erasmus and the rest of his umpiring colleagues, Kumar Dharmasena signalled six runs for the incident, meaning that England — who by then seemed to be drifting out of contention needing nine runs from three balls — were suddenly right back in the hunt for their World Cup glory needing three more from two.

England were adjudged winners of the World Cup on the basis of their superior boundary count — 22 fours and two sixes — to New Zealand’s 17 after the the match ended in a tie after regulation play and Super Over.

Earlier, Stokes’ teammate James Anderson had claimed that the all-rounder, who was hugely apologetic the moment the incident happened, had appealed to the umpires to overturn their decision.

“I think, talking to Michael Vaughan who saw him after the game, Ben Stokes actually went to the umpires and said, ‘Can you take that four runs off. We don’t want it’,” Anderson had told BBC’s Tailenders podcast.

Dharmasena, who was targeted for his controversial overthrow call, had accepted his mistake, but said he didn’t regret the decision. ICC had also backed the Sri Lankan umpire over the issue. [hide] cricket news [/hide]

Former India skipper Anil Kumble-led Cricket Committee will also be discussing issues relating to the World Cup final, including the controversial boundary count back rule, in their next meeting in first quarter of 2020.

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