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Shubman Gill and Harvik Desai scored half centuries for India after Anukul Roy’s bowling heroics in their third Group B match against Zimbabwe. Get live cricket score of ICCU-19 Cricket World Cup 2018, India vs Zimbabwe, here.

Shubman Gill and Harvik Desai scored fifties as India inch towards victory in their ICCU-19 Cricket World Cup 2018 match against India in Mount Maunganui on Friday. Earlier, Anukul Roy took four wickets to bowl out Zimbabwe for just 154. India, with two wins in as many matches, have four points. For their Group B rivals Zimbabwe, the match is a must-win one. They are placed third behind Australia U-19, who have better run-rate. India have so far defeated Australia and Papua New Guinea at the ICCU-19 Cricket World Cup 2018. Zimbabwe’s only win came against Papua New Guinea. Get live cricket score of ICCU-19 Cricket World Cup 2018, India vs Zimbabwe, here. Source : ht

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The new Bradman? Quirky Smith rises to exalted heights

Written by Tuesday, 19 September 2017 10:02

Sydney, Dec 19 (AFP) Steve Smith has broken English hearts and smashed records with his phenomenal Ashes batting and is being acclaimed as the best Australian batsman since the greatest of all, Don Bradman.

That is rarefied company for the quirky 28-year-old skipper, who led Australia to reclaiming the Ashes with an imperious 239 -- his highest Test score -- in Australia's mammoth first innings 662 for nine declared in the third Perth Test victory yesterday. Ashes-winning skipper Smith has almost single-handedly batted Joe Root's team out of the series, accumulating 426 runs in just four innings at an average of 142, which allowed his bowlers to do the rest. Smith, whose idiosyncratic style -- moving across his stumps as the bowler delivers -- flies in the face of cricket's purists, has a career average of 62.32 from 59 Tests.
That places him second only in Test history to Bradman, whose average of 99.94 at the pinnacle was forged from 1928- 48. Records have tumbled for the cricket-obsessive Smith, who broke into the Test arena as a leg-spin bowling all-rounder batting at number eight in 2010. Since then Smith has reeled off the milestones to draw comparison with the greatest batsman the game has ever seen.
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He has amassed 22 Test centuries, 14 of them in 29 Tests as captain. Bradman made 14 hundreds in 24 Tests as skipper. Smith is only the fifth Australian captain, one of them being Bradman, to have scored two Ashes double hundreds.Rival skipper Root has tried everything during the current series to dislodge Smith, to get him out of his "bubble", but to little effect. Over the 15 days of the one-sided series Smith has batted for more than three full days. He has simply been the difference. Much has been said about Smith's unconventional batting technique, in some ways similar to Bradman, who would bring his bat down in a rotary movement. Smith is similarly unique and possesses rapier-like reflexes. He rarely hits the ball in the air, cutting down risk and making him even harder to set fields against. "You wouldn't coach a young player to hold a bat like he does with such a strong bottom hand or move around quite as much," observed former England captain Nasser Hussain.
"But when his bat comes down in contact with the ball it is the full face and his hand-eye coordination is just phenomenal." Former Australia captain Mark Taylor added: "At the moment his bat looks six-foot wide. "Smith has got an insatiable appetite for runs. You can see when he bats, he gets in that little bubble. "He's almost oblivious to everything that's going on around him, except the ball that is coming out of the bowler's hand." Such is Smith's attention to detail that he gets his fiancee Dani Willis to act as a bowling-machine operator in their backyard for extra batting practice. "He sets everything up and I just load the balls," she revealed. Smith is a notorious fidgety character while at the batting crease.
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Host broadcaster Channel 9 counted 23 different ticks, fidgets and movements by him during his routine preparation before facing the bowler. Other maverick moments have come to light during the Ashes series. At a Perth drinks break while Smith was batting in his 399-ball epic, team support staff brought a chair onto the WACA Ground so Smith could sit down -- not to rest, but redress.
As with tennis superstar Rafael Nadal's fastidious obsession with the precise placement of his water bottles by his courtside chair, Smith also has a peculiarity where he is distracted by the sight of his shoelaces. As Smith sat on the chair, he had the laces re-taped to avoid seeing them. "I have always had an issue with looking at my shoelaces when I'm batting," Smith said of his habit earlier this year. He said the sight of laces "would sort of do my head in a bit". "So I ended up getting a physio to tape my shoelaces to my socks. I just like just seeing my shoes and everything to look sort of clean ... just no shoelaces." Another of Smith's oddities is that he changes his batting gloves every 20 to 30 minutes during an innings, and has up to 15 pairs of gloves in his kit. Source : PTI

 

 

 

 

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MS Dhoni’s spot in the Indian cricket team has come under a lot of scrutiny in the last few years, but chief selector MSK Prasad believes that he is the best wicketkeeper in the world right now.

It is not that it appeared to require fresh validation, but the national selectors have made it clear they are on the same page as the Indian team management when it comes to MS Dhoni’s spot until the 2019 ICC World Cup.

Chief selector MSK Prasad even declared MS Dhoni as the world’s best wicketkeeper at the moment, essentially announcing that his choice for the 2019 World Cup in England is sealed. Prasad may not entirely be off the mark as Dhoni is seen as a leader among limited-overs keepers.

The debate over Dhoni losing the ability to tee off in the slog overs, considering that he will be 38 when the next World Cup is played, has somewhat died down.

With the ODI middle-order somewhat unsettled and the team management refusing to play Ajinkya Rahane at No 4 or 5, MS Dhoni’s calm approach, be it in the series in Sri Lanka in August-September or in the Chennai game against Australia, have suited the team.

Besides, MS Dhoni has been a vital ally to skipper Virat Kohli in terms of deciding tactics on the field. He has also mentored Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal, who have stepped into the big shoes of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, cementing their spots.

However, it is unusual for a chief selector to insist there is no other wicketkeeper who can do MS Dhoni’s job. Prasad effectively said the selectors don’t want to consider any other stumper till the World Cup.

Different logic

By that logic, India’s spin department would not have been boosted in limited-overs cricket. On the other hand, they have not even picked Ravindra Jadeja in the squad, despite his sharp fielding, batting and bowling, not even ahead of third spinner Axar Patel.

Former India stumper and chief selector Kiran More fully backed MS Dhoni but disagreed with Prasad’s comments on the rest of the country’s wicketkeeping resources.

“I don’t agree with that statement,” More told Hindustan Times. “Dhoni is still the best, especially with young bowlers in the team like Kuldeep and Chahal, and that shows in the game. Dhoni is the key person for Virat on the field, whether it’s setting the field or discussing tactics.

And he bats at 6 or 7, and can carry the innings. If he is fit, he can play. He is quick. As a fast bowler, Ashish Nehra showed if you are fit, you can play (despite the age).”

Back-up crucial

But More felt the selectors should ensure back-up in the build-up to the World Cup and is surprised one obvious choice is not in the mix.

“But 2019 is a long way off, and if there are any niggles (for Dhoni), you need to have back up,” he said. “Dinesh (Karthik) is there. But I’m really surprised Wriddhiman Saha is not there. He has scored T20 100s. I’m a bit surprised, why don’t they have a look at him?”

Saha, 33, took over when MS Dhoni retired from Tests in 2015 and has become an integral part of the side as a keeper and batsman. Saha has expressed keenness to play limited-overs cricket, but Karthik, picked as batsman, is the back-up.

More is confident the other keepers are competent if asked to step into Dhoni’s shoes. “All are good enough. But I do agree they should be given some matches now and then to keep them motivated.” Source : ht

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The presence of Hardik Pandya gives India an extra edge in South Africa, says Sachin Tendulkar. The Baroda all-rounder is the trump card in Virat Kohli’s Indian cricket team, he adds

Sachin Tendulkar is backing the Indian cricket team to win its first Test series in South Africa. The retired cricket icon, who has six Test hundreds against the Proteas, feels India have the experience and balance to come good in South Africa’s testing conditions. The first Test will be played in Cape Town from January 5.He spoke to Hindustan Times exclusively on Tuesday.

Excerpts:

India will be on the road for most of 2018. Do you think this will be toughest phase for Virat Kohli’s Team India?

Yes. It will be a good challenge to play in seaming conditions in South Africa and England. It’s about the Indian team and not about any individual. As a team India is very well prepared.

Do you reckon Virat Kohli will be under pressure as a captain and batsman?

Virat Kohli will succeed if the team succeeds. Virat should just play his normal game and stick to the basics. The team should rally around him. India can only succeed if they can put up good totals. Runs will matter and not only Virat, but the entire team has to contribute. So, it’s not only about Virat Kohli.

You said the current team has the perfect balance. Could you elaborate?

In my 24 years with the Indian Test team we never had the balance this team has. The man who brings in such versatility is Hardik Pandya. A guy who can bowl 17-18 overs and is perfectly capable of scoring runs at No 7 or 8 is an asset. This is going to be Pandya’s biggest series and Virat will be banking on him.

Why Pandya is an asset?

Simply because he can do the job of the fourth seamer, bat like a good middle-order batsman and is a good fielder. For the first time India can afford to play with three genuine seamers. Never before could we think of three pacers and a fourth one to fall back on -- not even during Kapil Dev’s time could we enjoy this luxury. At best we would play with three quicks with Manoj Prabhakar being one of them. But this team is just so well balanced.

There is lot of talk about South Africans bouncing India out of the Tests. How much will mental strength matter?

I don’t think our players are scared of either pace or bounce. They may have played a lot of cricket on Indian wickets but that doesn’t mean they are not equipped to play on quick surfaces. Our batsmen are mentally very strong.

Is this India’s best chance to beat South Africa in their den?

South Africa will miss a lot of experience. There are a lot of new faces who are largely untested. Old guns like Dale Steyn, AB de Villiers and Faf du Plessis are coming off injuries or were indisposed. So there is a definite experience vacuum in the South Africa team and India must exploit that.

Dale Steyn is doubtful for the first Test in Cape Town.

That’s going to be a big setback for South Africa. Their pace attack is at the weakest now with Steyn rusty, and Philander and Morkel still not at their best. South Africa will miss Steyn more than anything else because he is one man who can strike upfront, bowl in the right areas and break partnerships. In Test cricket, it is difficult to come in straightaway and make the ball talk.

How big a factor will AB de Villiers be?

Massive. If South Africa have to be successful, then De Villiers and Hashim Amla must score in every match. Du Plessis is the third man in the pecking order, but it’s about De Villiers and Amla. If India can get them out early, then that’s a big job done. De Villiers is the key man for sure. South Africa will now feel the absence of a Kallis, Graeme Smith and Mark Boucher.

How much will slip catching play a role in Tests?

Extremely decisive, but let me tell you India will be better off on South African wickets where the ball will come at a good pace and height. They can stand back and wait for the ball to come. In India, we can’t do this as the balls come low and we have to stand closer to the wickets.

What’s your first XI for the first Test?

That’s a difficult one. All I can say is KL Rahul is a capable opener. I haven’t seen much of him, but Rahul is well equipped to handle the South African bowlers. All batsmen go through good and bad patches. So, current form can at best be a pointer but all depends on the pitch that is on offer. Even bowlers can have off days. Overall, India have enough firepower and they should come out trumps. Source : ht

 

 

 

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Don't be surprised to see me on the podium in 2018: Paes

Written by Friday, 15 September 2017 06:09

 

Kolkata: Even after being excluded from India's Davis Cup team, veteran India tennis player Leander Paes on Thursday stood his ground saying he is far from finished and people should not be surprised if they see him on the podium next year.

"I will have a new mixed doubles partner and don't be surprised if you see me at the podium in 2018," Paes said at the launch of Senco Gold's new platinum collection here.

Currently ranked 62nd in men's doubles, Paes further said: "I've three months left to lift my ranking and for me to play with an Indian boy (Purav Raja) is very special, especially at this stage of my career."

"By November-end, I will finish my season and then I will see about next year. I really want to do well to get my ranking back on top," the 44-year-old said.

Recalling old times, he said: "I picked up Mahesh (Bhupathi) when he was a young boy and we became world champions. Then Rohan and I did very well in the Davis Cup (against Serbia) where we came back from two sets down to win a five-setter."

Paes made his Davis Cup debut at the age of 16 in 1990 and holds the record for the most Davis Cup doubles wins with 42 victories.

He was dropped by new non-playing captain Bhupathi for the tie against Uzbekistan earlier this year. India play Canada on Friday for the World Group playoff tie.

 

 

 

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Paris Awarded 2024 Olympics, Los Angeles Gets 2028 Games

Written by Thursday, 14 September 2017 06:21

 

 

 

The International Olympic Committee named Paris and Los Angeles as hosts for the 2024 and 2028 Olympics on Wednesday, crowning two cities at the same time in a historic first for the embattled sports body. Loud applause rang out at the Lima Convention Centre shortly after the IOC membership voted to approve a deal hashed out in July which arranged for Paris to be given 2024 and Los Angeles 2028. Paris and Los Angeles bid leaders joined International Olympic Committee President Thomas Bach on stage as the award was confirmed, embracing after an outcome hailed as a "win-win-win" by the IOC. Both Paris and Los Angeles made final presentations to IOC delegates before the formality of the rubber-stamp vote was taken.

"You can't imagine what this means to us, incredible, so strong," Paris 2024 co-chairman Tony Estanguet told delegates shortly before the vote.

It marked the final act of a campaign that had been stripped of the usual intrigue ever since Paris and Los Angeles agreed to carve up 2024 and 2028 in July following encouragement from the IOC.

Paris 2024 officials hugged and cheered following the vote, basking in victory after three previous failed bids to land the 1992, 2008 and 2012 Olympics.

The 2024 Games will mark the third time Paris has staged the Olympics, coming exactly 100 years after they last hosted the Games.

Los Angeles 2028 officials also celebrated the return of the Olympics to US soil.

The 2028 Olympics will be the first held in the United States since the chaotic 1996 Games in Atlanta.

It will also mark the third time that Los Angeles has hosted the Olympics following successful editions in 1932 and 1984.

"Los Angeles reflects the face of America's future and the heart of American values of inclusiveness, generosity and unity," Los Angeles mayor Eric Garcetti said during his final pitch to IOC members.

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Paris and Los Angeles emerged from the initial bidding race for the 2024 Games after a number of cities withdrew citing waning public support and concerns over budget.

Hamburg, Rome, Budapest and Boston all fell by the wayside during the competition, reflecting the political difficulties in persuading voters that staging the Olympics is worth the multi-billion-dollar price tag.

IOC chief Bach first signalled publicly that the double-award of an Olympics could be on the agenda in December last year, lamenting that the bidding process produced "too many losers".

As the tussle for 2024 unfolded, and as the field thinned to leave just Los Angeles and Paris, the IOC's determination to secure two high-quality bids for the next two summer games became apparent.

In July, the IOC announced it would award the staging rights for the 2024 and 2028 Olympics at the same meeting in Lima, laying the way for a swift agreement between the two over the running order.

The drama-free conclusion to the race also eliminates the risk of the vote being tainted by the sort of scandal that has embroiled the ballot for the 2016 Olympics.

The IOC was left tackling a fresh wave of graft allegations last week when investigators in Brazil swooped on the country's Olympics chief Carlos Nuzman.

Nuzman stands accused of plotting to bribe IOC members into awarding Rio de Janeiro the 2016 Games at a 2009 vote in Copenhagen.

The allegations swirling around Rio's bid revived memories of the Salt Lake City bribery scandal, which led to 20 IOC members being either kicked out of the Olympics' ruling body or pleading guilty to accepting bribes for votes.

French investigators meanwhile have already announced they are investigating the 2013 vote in Buenos Aires which awarded the 2020 Olympics to Tokyo, following reports of secret payments into a Singapore-based bank account linked to the son of disgraced former world athletics chief Lamine Diack.

 

 

 

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Sachin Tendulkar Reveals The Lowest Phase In His India Career

Written by Wednesday, 13 September 2017 06:53

 

Legendary Sachin Tendulkar on Tuesday said the phase around the 2007 World Cup was the lowest ebb for Indian cricket.

Tendulkar said the Indian cricket team witnessed a lot of changes after the first round exit from the 2007 World Cup in the West Indies and the move eventually reaped huge dividends.

"I think 2006-07 we were possibly our lowest (phase). We didn't qualify for the Super 8 stage of the 2007 World Cup. But we got back from there and started fresh thinking, we started moving in a new direction," the right-handed batsman said.

"We had to make a lot of changes. And once we had planned what we had to achieve as a team, we were committed to it and the results followed," he added.

In the 2007 Cricket World Cup, the Rahul Dravid-led India lost to Bangladesh and Sri Lanka in group stages to crash out in the opening round.

"We had to change a lot of things. Whether they were right or wrong we didn't know. The change did not happen overnight. We had to wait for results. In fact it took me 21 years of my career to lift that beautiful World Cup trophy," said Tendulkar.

Tendulkar was part of the Indian squad which lifted the 2011 World Cup under the captaincy of Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

 

 

 

 

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Perhaps we should have known Rafael Nadal would win the 2017 US Open as soon as he ended his 2016 season early to recover from a wrist injury. For as much fanfare as Roger Federer has received this year for his two Slam victories following an injury shortened 2016, it’s been largely forgotten that 2017 is the third season that Nadal has come back from injury to win at least two majors.

Sunday’s match was in practice as much of a foregone conclusion as it appeared to be on paper. That isn’t to say that Kevin Anderson didn’t acquit himself well in his first ever Slam final. But, Nadal’s unique brand of looping shots, quick movement and relentless pressure was always going to be a bad matchup for the 31-year-old South African. Anderson’s best chance at winning was to hope that he could have a banner serving day while his Mallorcan opponent arrived a bit off. But, neither was to come to pass.

Nadal began the match by putting Anderson under an immense amount of pressure. In the first game of the match, Anderson immediately was pushed by Nadal’s all-court game, and had to save a break point before getting on the scoreboard. After a quick hold from Nadal, Anderson once again found himself under pressure — barely surviving multiple break points to win a nearly 12-minute service game and even the match at 2-2. Offered only a brief respite as Nadal again held service relatively easily, Anderson finally succumbed to the onslaught and lost his serve at 2-3. After that point, Nadal never gave up the lead again. Each of the subsequent sets were easier going for Nadal, as he went up a break early and never gave Anderson enough breathing room to make a comeback, as Nadal took the match, 6-3, 6-3, 6-4.

What is even more impressive is that Nadal didn’t have to alter his game plan to ride roughshod over his opponent. In some ways, Nadal couldn’t have picked a better opponent for the title match than Anderson. While Anderson has an impressive serve and clean ground strokes, the 6’ 8” South African had difficulty moving up to Nadal’s angled looping shots. Then, when Anderson tried to move into the net, his awkwardness in the front part of the court became evident, as Nadal drew volley errors and passed Anderson repeatedly. Even where Anderson was able to hit impressive serves and booming groundstrokes, more often than not, Nadal was quick enough to get in place to hit an even more impressive shot past his opponent.

With his win, Nadal captured his third US Open title and his 16th Grand Slam title overall, leaving him within three titles of Roger Federer’s record of 19, as he was at the beginning of the year. Interestingly, each of Nadal’s US Open titles have come in seasons following a season in which he has been forced to take time away from tennis to recuperate from injury. In 2010, Nadal won his first US Open title, thereby completing his career Grand Slam and a three Slam season after his first major absence from the tour in 2009, where he was forced to skip the grass court season due to knee tendinitis. In 2013, Nadal defeated Novak Djokovic for the second time in a US Open final, after missing the London Olympics due to a recurrence of his knee problems. And this year's title follows a 2016 season cut short due to a wrist injury.

The Rafael Nadal who won on Sunday is a different man than the one who captured the 2010 and 2013 titles. In 2010, Nadal was at the end of what was his best season, winning the French Open, Wimbledon, and the US Open, and already making a case for himself as one of the game’s greats. Yet, when confronted with the possibility of his nephew joining the likes of Roger Federer, Bjorn Borg and Rod Laver in the top echelon of tennis, his uncle and coach, Toni Nadal was skeptical, “They're the best. Rafael is very far away from those guys. Rafael is a good player. I think he's a very good player." Even Nadal himself was inclined to defer to Federer, saying before the 2010 French Open, "If somebody says I am better than Roger, I think this person doesn't know anything about tennis.”

In 2013, Nadal was also inclined to defer to his Swiss colleague in the greatest of all time, or GOAT, debate, saying “the question about who is the greatest is not about me or Roger, it is more about Rod Laver or Roger.” That was at a time when Nadal was closing in on Federer’s then-record 17 major titles, and Federer was coming off his worst season in a decade. Certainly, most observers had already begun to assert that Nadal had a reasonable claim on the title of GOAT, with his winning record against Federer. Yet Nadal, whether because he was more comfortable as an underdog, or due to the humility inculcated in him by his Uncle Toni, was unwilling to join the growing chorus of people asserting his candidacy for GOAT.

Yet, when asked to wax rhapsodic about his friendly rival this week in New York, Nadal demurred and offered a sarcastic joke instead:

"I don't want to look like I gonna be his boyfriend, no?"

That isn’t to say that the two rivals aren’t still close. And, the fact that the two have combined to win all of the Slams in a year for the fourth time might be the best advertisement ever for Federer’s new Laver Cup competition, where Nadal is next scheduled to play after his win in New York.

But this year’s Nadal is a much more assured player and man than we have ever seen. He was forced to substantially reassess his game after disappointing seasons and a crisis of confidence in 2015 and 2016, and added the scouting based approach of Carlos Moya to his coaching team, just as his longtime coach, his uncle, prepares to move on at the end of the 2017 season. It’s not that Moya has made significant changes in Nadal’s game — those weren’t necessary — but rather he assisted Nadal in finding the small refinements to his serve, backhand and all court game that enabled Nadal to return to the top of the game. But, perhaps the fact that Nadal now is surrounded by a team that sees him as one of the greats of the game first — as opposed to a nephew who needed to be trained — has imparted an additional degree of self-assurance in one of the most assiduously humble champions in all of sports.

In a marked contrast to Sloane Stephens’ gleeful trophy ceremony on Saturday, Nadal accepted his trophy and check with quiet pride. Even when he was given the opportunity to address the crowd in Spanish, he stopped first to give encouragement to those who are suffering due to the hurricanes ravaging the southern United States, Mexico and the Caribbean before thanking his fans for their support. A younger Nadal would have felt the same sentiment, but may not have had the confidence to speak up on such issues.

But, as he bit into a Grand Slam trophy for the 16th time, a bit of the teenage wonder peeked out at the crowd. As difficult as it was to imagine Nadal reaching this stage a year ago, it’s is equally difficult to imagine him anywhere else a year from now. After a career that has demanded as much resilience as it has talent, Nadal has returned to the spotlight a more confident, assured man than ever before.

It will be a tall task for anyone to catch him now.

 

 

 

 

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Ravi Shastri raises player burnout issue with BCCI

Written by Saturday, 09 September 2017 11:27

 

Team India head coach Ravi Shastri has urged the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to provide the national team players adequate break between series in future to avoid player burnout.

Shastri, who joined the Committee of Administrators (CoA) meet on Friday via video link, shared his thoughts after his first tour since succeeding Anil Kumble as coach of the Indian team.

Shastri was unhappy with the limited gap between home series against Sri Lanka and the South Africa tour which starts in January next year. There will only be a one week gap between the two series.

India will play a series of five ODIs and three T20Is against Australia from September 17 to October 13. Four days later the team will play a series against New Zealand which will go on till November 7.

A week later Sri Lanka will play a full series against India from November 15 to December 24. Then, the team will be off to South Africa on December 28 where they will play three T20s, three ODIs followed by four Test matches.

He spoke about how England and Australia schedule tours where cricketers can take a Christmas break even on away tours and come back. India will be starting their home series against New Zealand during the Diwali period.

The BCCI expressed inability to have a longer gap for now between tours given the tight scheduling. There has been one practice game scheduled in South Africa before the first Test that likely to start from January 5, 2018, while team management wanted two practice games.

The team will depart for South Africa on December 28. The home series against Sri Lanka will finish less than one week before the team's departure. One option that may be exercised is to send the Test players early to South Africa for acclimatisation.

Shastri though, was satisfied with the England tour schedule which will also take place next year. He has requested the BCCI to take the captain and coach's suggestions in future while scheduling tours to avoid player burnout.

 

 

 

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Former Australian pacer Jason Gillespie is in talks to become Delhi Daredevils head coach for the next season of the Indian Premier League (IPL). The 42-year-old ended his association with Yorkshire in 2016 and is currently part of Adelaide Strikers in the Big Bash League.

The Daredevils are presently without a coach in their ranks with Rahul Dravidhaving opted to continue as coach of the India under-19 team. This after the BCCI’s new rules regarding conflict of interest had left coaches and support staff personnel in the country to pick between working for IPL and national teams.

The Indian Express has learnt that Gillespie himself has shown interest in being part of an IPL team a few months ago. Gillespie has been part of the IPL in the past, after having been roped in as the bowling coach for Kings XI Punjab in 2011. Sources at the Delhi franchise, meanwhile, confirmed that talks are indeed on, but nothing has been finalised yet.

“He brings a lot to the table. He has vast experience behind him. He has shown keenness to be a part of Delhi team and talks are still on,” a Delhi Daredevils official said.

Impressive CV

Gillespie played 71 Tests and 97 ODIs in a career spanning a decade for the Australians during their indomitable reign as the foremost cricket team in the world, forming a deadly new-ball pairing with Glenn McGrath. He then made a very successful switch to coaching, especially at Yorkshire, where he lifted the struggling county from the second division in his first season before helping them win back-to-back County Championship titles in 2014 and 2015.

He was also attributed with playing a significant role in the development of Yorkshire cricketers who then went on to become England mainstays like Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow and David Willey. There were even talks of him taking over the England job following the sacking of Peter Moores last year but it didn’t work out. Since ending his time with Yorkshire and returning to his hometown of Adelaide last year, he’s continued to be in high demand as coach.

In addition to being touted to become Australia’s bowling coach at some point, Gillespie’s already worked this year in an interim capacity with both Kent — as bowling coach — and the Papua New Guinea national team — as head coach. He was also named as bowling coach of the Australia A team to tour South Africa, which unfortunately got scrapped owing to the pay dispute crisis Down Under.

Recently, during an interaction with the media in Bengaluru at the National Cricket Academy Gillespie insisted that he is still committed to the Adelaide Strikers. “I do a little bit of work for Cricket Australia. I’ll be looking to see what other opportunities are out there in T20 leagues around the world,” Gillespie said. The pacer was in the city with other five Australian coaches to conduct a re-certification programme for Level 3 Indian coaches. In other Delhi Daredevils related news, India’s former pace spearhead, Zaheer Khan, has confirmed that he’s keen on playing in next year’s IPL.

 

 

 

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AIHRA is one of the renowned media group in print and web media. It has earned appreciation from various eminent media personalities and readers. ‘AIHRA’ is founded by Mr. M U Dua.