India

Feb 09 2024, 20:04

रवींद्र जडेजा के पिता ने बहु रिवाबा पर लगाए गंभीर आरोप, बचाव में उतरे क्रिकेटर ने कहा-पत्नी को बदनाम मत करो

#ravindra_jadeja_family_dispute

भारतीय क्रिकेट टीम के स्टार ऑल राउंडर रविंद्र जडेजा और उनकी पत्नी रिवाबा पर उनके पिता अनिरुद्ध सिंह जडेजा ने गंभीर आरोप लगाए हैं।अन‍िरुद्ध सिंह ने इस इंटरव्यू में बेटे रवींद्र जडेजा और उनकी विधायक पत्नी र‍िवाबा पर कई संगीन आरोप लगाए। इसके बाद जडेजा का भी रिएक्शन आया। जडेजा ने इन आरोपों पर अपनी चुप्पी तोड़ी है और एक बयान जारी करते हुए इन आरोपों को गलत और एकतरफा बताया है।

रवींद्र जडेजा के पिता अनिरुद्धसिंह जडेजा ने एक गुजराती अखबार को दिए इंटरव्यू में भारतीय ऑलराउंडर पर संगीन आरोप लगाए। उन्होंने दावा किया कि दोनों में रिश्ते खराब हैं और काफी वक्त से अलग-अलग रह रहे हैं। उन्होंने साथ ही दावा किया कि रवींद्र की पत्नी रिवाबा से शादी के बाद ही रिश्तों में दरार पड़ने लगी थी।

अनिरुद्ध सिंह जडेजा ने अखबार को दिए इंटरव्यू में आरोप लगाया कि 2016 में रिवाबा से शादी के बाद से ही उनका बेटा पूरी तरह बदल गया था। उन्होंने रवींद्र की पत्नी रिवाबा पर आरोप लगाया कि शादी के 2-3 महीनों बाद ही वो सारी प्रॉपर्टी अपने नाम करने का दबाव बनाने लगीं। उन्होंने ये भी कहा कि रवींद्र और उनकी पत्नी परिवार से अलग रहते हैं और उनसे बातें भी नहीं करते।अनिरुद्ध जडेजा का कहना है कि उनकी बहू को सिर्फ पैसों से मतलब है।

अनिरुद्ध जडेजा ने कहा सच, बोलूं तो मेरा रवि या उसकी पत्नी रिवाबा से कोई संबंध नहीं है। हम एक दूसरे को नहीं बुलाते हैं। हमारे बीच कोई रिश्ता नहीं है। मैंने 5 साल से अपनी पोती का चेहरा भी नहीं देखा है। बेटे की शादी ना होती तो अच्छा होता। क्योंकि हम इस हाल में आज ना होते। उन्होंने यहां तक कहा कि उन्हें अपने बेटे को क्रिकेटर नहीं बनाना चाहिए था।

इस इंटरव्यू के आने के बाद से ही बवाल मचा हुआ है और अब जडेजा ने इस मामले में अपना पक्ष रखा है। पिता के आरोपों से बौखलाए जडेजा ने गुजराती में अपना बयान जारी किया और इंटरव्यू को ‘स्क्रिप्टेड’ बताते हुए इसे अनदेखा करने की अपील की। अपने बयान में जडेजा ने लिखा कि अखबार में आया हालिया आर्टिकल बकवास और झूठा है और बिल्कुल एकतरफा है। भारतीय ऑलराउंडर ने आगे लिखा कि उसमें कही बातें सही नहीं हैं और वो इससे सहमत नहीं हैं। रिवाबा पर लगे आरोपों से जडेजा और भी ज्यादा खफा नजर आए और कहा कि ये उनकी पत्नी की छवि को खराब करने की कोशिश है।

WestBengalBangla

Nov 21 2023, 21:26

*Suresh Raina: Pat Cummins' captaincy proved the difference*

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 KKNB : From an Indian perspective, the final was disappointing, but that’s what cricket is all about.

Australia played better than India, you can't complain about that. It was just one bad day at the office.

Australia won the toss and they knew that dew would be the key factor. They restricted India to 240 and chased really well. 

What swung the game in Australia’s favour was Pat Cummins’ captaincy. The way he brought Glenn Maxwell in to the attack to get the wicket of Rohit Sharma with a brilliant catch from Travis Head was very smart. Adam Zampa was great too, as was Cummins himself in dismissing Virat Kohli. 

They outplayed India and were very solid in their planning. 

Another big factor was Australia’s fielding, I think they saved 30 to 40 runs. From ball one, they were saving a lot of singles and boundaries. There was Travis’s catch and some excellent work in the deep from David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne.

I think Cummins showed real temperament in his captaincy. He changed his bowlers knowing he could put pressure on each India batter even though they were all in such good form. His tactics made all the difference and his planning and execution was perfect.

If you look at Australia’s innings, they were 47 for three, but India couldn’t put the pressure on because they were only defending 241 and then Travis Head played the best knock of the World Cup to change the direction of the game with his positive batting.

India looked very good from a bowling point of view but were left disappointed because they didn’t understand the wicket. 

It was very dry and they couldn’t keep pressure on with the bat because Australia bowled a lot of short balls and deliveries into the wicket which meant India couldn’t rotate the strike. Rohit’s wicket was a turning point and there were not enough runs on the board, especially when you’re used to making totals of up to 400. 

Credit goes to Travis and Marnus, the way they played when the pressure started to come back onto Australia showed they know how to win an ICC trophy. 

Glenn Maxwell’s double century against Afghanistan gave them the belief they could win the World Cup because when one player performs that well, everyone else wants to do the same for their country. Travis believed he could do it in the final and he did.

Reflecting on the entire World Cup, I think it was played in a great spirit. We saw lots of runs and wickets to both seam and spin. 

Afghanistan and the Netherlands both really impressed me and New Zealand did well too. We saw a lot of great individual performances from Bas de Leede and Paul van Meekeren of the Netherlands, to Rachin Ravindra of New Zealand and Mohammad Wasim of Pakistan, who looked very promising. 

From an Indian perspective, I was very impressed with KL Rahul but Mohammed Shami was my player of the tournament. The way he bowled against New Zealand and throughout the whole World Cup, he just went bang, bang, bang.

I thought Rohit Sharma’s captaincy was fantastic too. He looked very solid in his planning, decision making, approach and execution. He looked like a proper leader. 

Like MS Dhoni before him, he brought a team together and they played excellently. I don’t know if Rohit will play in the next 50-over World Cup, he might play in the T20 World Cup, but he really wanted to win the World Cup for the whole country. But God planned something else.

It’s very disappointing because they did so well in every department before the final. 

There were still some great moments, not least Virat scoring his 50th century in front of his idol, Sachin Tendulkar. 

We will see the Indian team doing well again because they know how to reach the latter stages of tournaments now. It just takes a bit of time to understand how to manage those pressure situations, especially when you’re at home. 

Sometimes when there’s a lot of pressure you can lose your focus, and I think that’s a lesson they will learn from this.

Despite the disappointment, there’s no doubt that this event has truly captured the hearts of the nation. New records have been set in stadium attendances, broadcast viewership and digital engagements, making this truly the biggest ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup ever.

In four years’ time, all eyes will be on hosts South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia, and it will be great to see new teams come through like we’ve seen with Afghanistan in the recent years. 

It might be Ireland or another team from Europe who really steps up, or perhaps one of the Asia Cup teams like Nepal. It will be exciting to see 14 teams and how it all shapes up.

 Pic Courtesy by: ICC

WestBengalBangla

Nov 13 2023, 19:09

*Ross Taylor: India will be nervous about facing this New Zealand side*

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ODI ICC World Cup,2023

KKNB: As New Zealand prepare to take on India in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 semi-finals, it is impossible not to look back at the parallels with 2019.

Four years ago, India went into the semi-final in Manchester as the form side in the tournament, while we were more focused on ensuring our net run-rate would keep Pakistan out of reach for the final spot in the top four.

This time around, India are even bigger favourites, at home and having played so well during the group stage.

But when we have nothing to lose, New Zealand teams can be dangerous. If there is a team that India will be nervous facing, it will be this New Zealand side.

We’re up against it, of course, but that was also the case in 2019. That was a two-day one-day game! It was a strange situation for me, I was not out overnight. That is nerve-wracking enough in Test cricket, let alone a one-dayer and a World Cup semi-final.

At Old Trafford, I’d say the crowd was probably about 80% Indian, with a sprinkling of New Zealand friends and family and then some English.

We had to back ourselves in that game. South Africa had just scored 300 there so most commentators thought we were crazy because we were scoring pretty slowly, but Kane Williamson and myself were confident that 240-250 would be a competitive total.

That is what we ended up on, and then Matt Henry and Trent Boult got us some early wickets, which we knew would be crucial.

The other thing I remember from the game is Martin Guptill’s run-out of MS Dhoni. Obviously everyone remembers the run-out of Guptill in the final, but that one in the semi-final gets a lot of air time in New Zealand as well.

I was also on the end of a run-out in that game. Ravindra Jadeja got me from the boundary, I was sure I would be ok but he got a direct hit. He really is a freak and I am sure he will be crucial again this time.

Mumbai is usually a ground where you can expect big scores, but the big test for New Zealand will be dealing with the conditions.

The toss is important but if New Zealand can start well with bat and ball, that will give them a lot of confidence to stay in the fight.

The first ten overs in both innings are crucial. When India are batting, you want to get them two or three down in the first ten overs to put them under pressure. They rely heavily on an excellent top three. There is Shubman Gill, the number one player in the world, and then Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. We need to try to make inroads and put the middle order under pressure. If you can do that, it stifles them and affects how early they can assert their dominance.

Then when India are bowling, it is similar. You want to score runs but it is also vital we keep wickets in hand against weapons like Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj and Mohammed Shami. When they get on a roll, they can be a lethal force, and the spinners can really pile on the pressure. If you keep wickets in hand, that is when it becomes a bit easier, rather than having to chase the game.

It will be a big day for Rachin Ravindra. When you have a guy who is named after a combination of Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar, it is special to play India in India in a World Cup semi-final.

We needed someone to score heavily in the tournament. I am not sure many people would have expected it to be Rachin but I have been really impressed, not only by the runs he has scored but also the way he has gone about it, his tempo and calmness. He is just going out there and batting like he did as a little kid. He has not put any pressure on himself and I hope he continues to do that.

He has a big part to play in the semi-final and in the future for New Zealand. It is funny to think that if Michael Bracewell had made it to the World Cup, Rachin probably would not have made it. Luck has probably played a part, but we all need that.

Hopefully the luck is with New Zealand on Wednesday.

Pic Courtesy by:ICC

WestBengalBangla

Nov 09 2023, 18:38

*Sir Viv Richards: Virat Kohli is proving his status as one of the all-time greats*

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 KKNB : I have been thoroughly enjoying the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 and I am highly impressed with some of the performances on show.

As a batter, it has been magnificent to see and I’m not sure fans around the world could have asked for anything better.

Some of the pitches have been really good for run-scoring and we have seen so many high-class performances. There have been the record-breaking centuries from Aiden Markram and Glenn Maxwell, Quinton de Kock has had an amazing tournament and the young man Rachin Ravindra looks an exceptional talent.

There have been a whole host of talented individuals on show but to top them all, you cannot look past Virat Kohli. I am a huge fan of Virat, I have been for a long time, and he continues to show why he has to go down as one of the all-time greats, right up there with the likes of the great Sachin

Virat will have been through some tough times before this World Cup and some folks were even brave enough to call for his head.

Credit must be given to the backroom staff and everyone who backed him. So much was said about his form but he is back on top of his game. It is phenomenal to see an individual who has had his low points bouncing back and playing like this. They say form is temporary – and he has certainly proven that class is permanent. I am so happy for him, he looks so focused and he is a credit to the game of cricket.

Virat is a go-getter and what sets him apart is his mental strength. He will have backed himself throughout, and on the occasions in the past in which I have chatted with him and we have discussed things, his mental strength has always been evident. That has been key to pushing him through to how he is playing now. Very few players, or people, are built like that.

Many people have made comparisons between the two of us over the years, partly because of our shared intensity on the field. I love Virat’s enthusiasm – even if he is fielding at long-on or long-off, when one of his bowlers hits the pad, he is appealing. He is always in the game and I like individuals like that.

Shubman Gill is another who bats with style and he is just one among a whole host of players who have all the big shots. I am just hoping no one forgets there was a guy without a helmet by the name of Vivian Richards who went out and played like that sometimes! Some of the shots played today are those I like to think I had in my armoury, maybe with the exception of the reverse sweep, but that would have been unwise without the lid on. I’d like to think my scoring rate matches up with the guys playing today, though the game has moved on massively – as a fan, I am delighted with where the game is at currently.

In terms of this year’s competition, India have a mindset that they can go all the way playing like this. That absolutely should be their mindset and would be mine if I was in that dressing room – let’s go out with all guns blazing. That approach has worked so far and if that changes, things may go astray.

I believe they can go all the way unbeaten, which is really something to strive for. There may be some fears of ‘we have played so well so far, there may be a bad game around the corner in the semi-final’. They have to try and nullify those and banish any negative thoughts.

Pakistan could yet join them in the knockout stages but I can’t help thinking that with the talent they have, they should have already sealed their spot. I have seen up close in recent years through my coaching work [Pakistan Super League] how much ability exists in that squad but they have made life hard for themselves – I think they are a more talented squad than their place in the table would suggest. They can beat the very best on their day so there may be some punches left in that team.

One of the highlights of this World Cup, for me, has been watching Afghanistan. If they get a score of over 250, the bowling class they have means they are in the game all the time. Although they were denied by an amazing Glenn Maxwell innings against Australia, they have made a real statement in recent weeks and their performances will be inspirational for those who play the game in Afghanistan.

By contrast, it is a shame for the fans in the West Indies that they have not had the opportunity to see their team in action. I am hoping it acts as a wake-up call as it is a competition which means so much to us. The two World Cups we won in 1975 and 1979 remain the highlights of my career.

To make our mark on the global stage and lift the trophy was an incredible feeling. I hope it serves as a reminder to the guys who are playing today and acts as inspiration for them to reach that level.

 Pic Courtesy by : ICC

kolkata

Oct 21 2023, 18:27

*Ross Taylor: India favourites to win World Cup no matter what happens against New Zealand*

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KKNB : I arrived in India on Friday and it is fantastic to be here in time for what is set to be a great match between the two remaining unbeaten teams.

Of course, the fact New Zealand are one of them is particularly pleasing and I have been really impressed with how they have gone about it so far. They have played fantastically well.

The first game would have come as a bit of a surprise to some – not necessarily beating England, but the manner in which they did so.

They were put under pressure for 5-10 overs against Afghanistan but other than that, they have played some very consistent and dominant cricket.

Everyone has stood up at different stages. A lot has been made of the injuries to Tim Southee and Kane Williamson but the people who have come in have stepped up, particularly Will Young and Rachin Ravindra.

If you would have said two or three weeks before the tournament that Rachin would have been in the starting line-up, I don’t think anyone would have picked that.

He pushed himself in there with his performances in the warm-up games and even then, I don’t think people thought he would have batted as high up the order as he has.

But he’s taken his chance and he looks set to be a key part of the New Zealand side not only in this tournament, but also in the years to come.

Tom Latham has stepped up too and shown fantastic leadership. Kane is obviously a big part of the team but they have played well without him for a while through this year and they know they can win without him, which is important.

Getting off to a good start in the competition has been particularly crucial because New Zealand have a tough streak of games coming up, beginning with India on Sunday.

India in their home conditions are a different beast and they have started unsurprisingly strongly – I see them as favourites to win the competition at this stage, no matter what happens in Dharamshala tomorrow.

Jasprit Bumrah has led the attack brilliantly, Kuldeep Yadav and Ravi Jadeja are bowling really nicely and their top three have been fantastic for a long time.

You can’t expect your top three to score runs all the time but they also now seem to have found a nice combination at four and five with Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul. New Zealand will need early wickets to put that middle order under pressure.

The crowd will naturally play a part but I think New Zealand will thrive in that atmosphere. Every time you come here, you play in front of full crowds and you know you’ll be up against it.

But at the same time, that’s what you like about playing at World Cups, you want to play in front of full stadiums and test yourself against the best. The crowds here are very vocal but very fair at the same time.

New Zealand have a strong recent record against India, having not lost this fixture at an ICC event for 20 years.

I’m not sure quite what explains why New Zealand keep beating India at these tournaments but if you talk to a lot of Indian supporters, New Zealand are their second favourite team – maybe that has something to do with it, who knows?!

Four years ago, we played them in the semi-final in Manchester and it was an iconic occasion. There was the Martin Guptill run out of MS Dhoni, the game going over two days because of the rain and ultimately, New Zealand coming out on top.

Hopefully there will be a similar result tomorrow – top of the table at the halfway stage would be a great place to be.

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WestBengalBangla

Oct 21 2023, 17:44

*The Logan-Sybrand has broken record in the current World Cup*

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ODI World Cup,2023

KKNB : The Dutch claim they are playing at their best. As a result, the cricketers of the Netherlands cannot accept that it is inevitable if a team loses in the current World Cup. After the Netherlands beat South Africa in Dharamshala, the cricketing world heard it again and again, the Dutch caused the biggest disaster of the current World Cup. The Netherlands are playing against Sri Lanka at the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow today. Sri Lanka is still 'point-less' in the World Cup.Scott Edwards' team will be dreaming of a second win after defeating them. The Dutch batted first after losing the toss against Sri Lanka in Lucknow. In this match today Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja broke a record of ODI World Cup Logan van Beek and Sybrand Engelbrecht. Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja previously held the highest number of runs for the seventh wicket in ODI World Cup. Dhoni-Jadeja scored 116 runs for the seventh wicket in the 2019, 50-over World Cup against the Kiwis. The Logan-Sybrand duo has broken this record in the current World Cup.

India

Feb 09 2024, 20:04

रवींद्र जडेजा के पिता ने बहु रिवाबा पर लगाए गंभीर आरोप, बचाव में उतरे क्रिकेटर ने कहा-पत्नी को बदनाम मत करो

#ravindra_jadeja_family_dispute

भारतीय क्रिकेट टीम के स्टार ऑल राउंडर रविंद्र जडेजा और उनकी पत्नी रिवाबा पर उनके पिता अनिरुद्ध सिंह जडेजा ने गंभीर आरोप लगाए हैं।अन‍िरुद्ध सिंह ने इस इंटरव्यू में बेटे रवींद्र जडेजा और उनकी विधायक पत्नी र‍िवाबा पर कई संगीन आरोप लगाए। इसके बाद जडेजा का भी रिएक्शन आया। जडेजा ने इन आरोपों पर अपनी चुप्पी तोड़ी है और एक बयान जारी करते हुए इन आरोपों को गलत और एकतरफा बताया है।

रवींद्र जडेजा के पिता अनिरुद्धसिंह जडेजा ने एक गुजराती अखबार को दिए इंटरव्यू में भारतीय ऑलराउंडर पर संगीन आरोप लगाए। उन्होंने दावा किया कि दोनों में रिश्ते खराब हैं और काफी वक्त से अलग-अलग रह रहे हैं। उन्होंने साथ ही दावा किया कि रवींद्र की पत्नी रिवाबा से शादी के बाद ही रिश्तों में दरार पड़ने लगी थी।

अनिरुद्ध सिंह जडेजा ने अखबार को दिए इंटरव्यू में आरोप लगाया कि 2016 में रिवाबा से शादी के बाद से ही उनका बेटा पूरी तरह बदल गया था। उन्होंने रवींद्र की पत्नी रिवाबा पर आरोप लगाया कि शादी के 2-3 महीनों बाद ही वो सारी प्रॉपर्टी अपने नाम करने का दबाव बनाने लगीं। उन्होंने ये भी कहा कि रवींद्र और उनकी पत्नी परिवार से अलग रहते हैं और उनसे बातें भी नहीं करते।अनिरुद्ध जडेजा का कहना है कि उनकी बहू को सिर्फ पैसों से मतलब है।

अनिरुद्ध जडेजा ने कहा सच, बोलूं तो मेरा रवि या उसकी पत्नी रिवाबा से कोई संबंध नहीं है। हम एक दूसरे को नहीं बुलाते हैं। हमारे बीच कोई रिश्ता नहीं है। मैंने 5 साल से अपनी पोती का चेहरा भी नहीं देखा है। बेटे की शादी ना होती तो अच्छा होता। क्योंकि हम इस हाल में आज ना होते। उन्होंने यहां तक कहा कि उन्हें अपने बेटे को क्रिकेटर नहीं बनाना चाहिए था।

इस इंटरव्यू के आने के बाद से ही बवाल मचा हुआ है और अब जडेजा ने इस मामले में अपना पक्ष रखा है। पिता के आरोपों से बौखलाए जडेजा ने गुजराती में अपना बयान जारी किया और इंटरव्यू को ‘स्क्रिप्टेड’ बताते हुए इसे अनदेखा करने की अपील की। अपने बयान में जडेजा ने लिखा कि अखबार में आया हालिया आर्टिकल बकवास और झूठा है और बिल्कुल एकतरफा है। भारतीय ऑलराउंडर ने आगे लिखा कि उसमें कही बातें सही नहीं हैं और वो इससे सहमत नहीं हैं। रिवाबा पर लगे आरोपों से जडेजा और भी ज्यादा खफा नजर आए और कहा कि ये उनकी पत्नी की छवि को खराब करने की कोशिश है।

WestBengalBangla

Nov 21 2023, 21:26

*Suresh Raina: Pat Cummins' captaincy proved the difference*

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 KKNB : From an Indian perspective, the final was disappointing, but that’s what cricket is all about.

Australia played better than India, you can't complain about that. It was just one bad day at the office.

Australia won the toss and they knew that dew would be the key factor. They restricted India to 240 and chased really well. 

What swung the game in Australia’s favour was Pat Cummins’ captaincy. The way he brought Glenn Maxwell in to the attack to get the wicket of Rohit Sharma with a brilliant catch from Travis Head was very smart. Adam Zampa was great too, as was Cummins himself in dismissing Virat Kohli. 

They outplayed India and were very solid in their planning. 

Another big factor was Australia’s fielding, I think they saved 30 to 40 runs. From ball one, they were saving a lot of singles and boundaries. There was Travis’s catch and some excellent work in the deep from David Warner and Marnus Labuschagne.

I think Cummins showed real temperament in his captaincy. He changed his bowlers knowing he could put pressure on each India batter even though they were all in such good form. His tactics made all the difference and his planning and execution was perfect.

If you look at Australia’s innings, they were 47 for three, but India couldn’t put the pressure on because they were only defending 241 and then Travis Head played the best knock of the World Cup to change the direction of the game with his positive batting.

India looked very good from a bowling point of view but were left disappointed because they didn’t understand the wicket. 

It was very dry and they couldn’t keep pressure on with the bat because Australia bowled a lot of short balls and deliveries into the wicket which meant India couldn’t rotate the strike. Rohit’s wicket was a turning point and there were not enough runs on the board, especially when you’re used to making totals of up to 400. 

Credit goes to Travis and Marnus, the way they played when the pressure started to come back onto Australia showed they know how to win an ICC trophy. 

Glenn Maxwell’s double century against Afghanistan gave them the belief they could win the World Cup because when one player performs that well, everyone else wants to do the same for their country. Travis believed he could do it in the final and he did.

Reflecting on the entire World Cup, I think it was played in a great spirit. We saw lots of runs and wickets to both seam and spin. 

Afghanistan and the Netherlands both really impressed me and New Zealand did well too. We saw a lot of great individual performances from Bas de Leede and Paul van Meekeren of the Netherlands, to Rachin Ravindra of New Zealand and Mohammad Wasim of Pakistan, who looked very promising. 

From an Indian perspective, I was very impressed with KL Rahul but Mohammed Shami was my player of the tournament. The way he bowled against New Zealand and throughout the whole World Cup, he just went bang, bang, bang.

I thought Rohit Sharma’s captaincy was fantastic too. He looked very solid in his planning, decision making, approach and execution. He looked like a proper leader. 

Like MS Dhoni before him, he brought a team together and they played excellently. I don’t know if Rohit will play in the next 50-over World Cup, he might play in the T20 World Cup, but he really wanted to win the World Cup for the whole country. But God planned something else.

It’s very disappointing because they did so well in every department before the final. 

There were still some great moments, not least Virat scoring his 50th century in front of his idol, Sachin Tendulkar. 

We will see the Indian team doing well again because they know how to reach the latter stages of tournaments now. It just takes a bit of time to understand how to manage those pressure situations, especially when you’re at home. 

Sometimes when there’s a lot of pressure you can lose your focus, and I think that’s a lesson they will learn from this.

Despite the disappointment, there’s no doubt that this event has truly captured the hearts of the nation. New records have been set in stadium attendances, broadcast viewership and digital engagements, making this truly the biggest ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup ever.

In four years’ time, all eyes will be on hosts South Africa, Zimbabwe and Namibia, and it will be great to see new teams come through like we’ve seen with Afghanistan in the recent years. 

It might be Ireland or another team from Europe who really steps up, or perhaps one of the Asia Cup teams like Nepal. It will be exciting to see 14 teams and how it all shapes up.

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WestBengalBangla

Nov 13 2023, 19:09

*Ross Taylor: India will be nervous about facing this New Zealand side*

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KKNB: As New Zealand prepare to take on India in the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 semi-finals, it is impossible not to look back at the parallels with 2019.

Four years ago, India went into the semi-final in Manchester as the form side in the tournament, while we were more focused on ensuring our net run-rate would keep Pakistan out of reach for the final spot in the top four.

This time around, India are even bigger favourites, at home and having played so well during the group stage.

But when we have nothing to lose, New Zealand teams can be dangerous. If there is a team that India will be nervous facing, it will be this New Zealand side.

We’re up against it, of course, but that was also the case in 2019. That was a two-day one-day game! It was a strange situation for me, I was not out overnight. That is nerve-wracking enough in Test cricket, let alone a one-dayer and a World Cup semi-final.

At Old Trafford, I’d say the crowd was probably about 80% Indian, with a sprinkling of New Zealand friends and family and then some English.

We had to back ourselves in that game. South Africa had just scored 300 there so most commentators thought we were crazy because we were scoring pretty slowly, but Kane Williamson and myself were confident that 240-250 would be a competitive total.

That is what we ended up on, and then Matt Henry and Trent Boult got us some early wickets, which we knew would be crucial.

The other thing I remember from the game is Martin Guptill’s run-out of MS Dhoni. Obviously everyone remembers the run-out of Guptill in the final, but that one in the semi-final gets a lot of air time in New Zealand as well.

I was also on the end of a run-out in that game. Ravindra Jadeja got me from the boundary, I was sure I would be ok but he got a direct hit. He really is a freak and I am sure he will be crucial again this time.

Mumbai is usually a ground where you can expect big scores, but the big test for New Zealand will be dealing with the conditions.

The toss is important but if New Zealand can start well with bat and ball, that will give them a lot of confidence to stay in the fight.

The first ten overs in both innings are crucial. When India are batting, you want to get them two or three down in the first ten overs to put them under pressure. They rely heavily on an excellent top three. There is Shubman Gill, the number one player in the world, and then Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. We need to try to make inroads and put the middle order under pressure. If you can do that, it stifles them and affects how early they can assert their dominance.

Then when India are bowling, it is similar. You want to score runs but it is also vital we keep wickets in hand against weapons like Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Siraj and Mohammed Shami. When they get on a roll, they can be a lethal force, and the spinners can really pile on the pressure. If you keep wickets in hand, that is when it becomes a bit easier, rather than having to chase the game.

It will be a big day for Rachin Ravindra. When you have a guy who is named after a combination of Rahul Dravid and Sachin Tendulkar, it is special to play India in India in a World Cup semi-final.

We needed someone to score heavily in the tournament. I am not sure many people would have expected it to be Rachin but I have been really impressed, not only by the runs he has scored but also the way he has gone about it, his tempo and calmness. He is just going out there and batting like he did as a little kid. He has not put any pressure on himself and I hope he continues to do that.

He has a big part to play in the semi-final and in the future for New Zealand. It is funny to think that if Michael Bracewell had made it to the World Cup, Rachin probably would not have made it. Luck has probably played a part, but we all need that.

Hopefully the luck is with New Zealand on Wednesday.

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WestBengalBangla

Nov 09 2023, 18:38

*Sir Viv Richards: Virat Kohli is proving his status as one of the all-time greats*

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 KKNB : I have been thoroughly enjoying the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2023 and I am highly impressed with some of the performances on show.

As a batter, it has been magnificent to see and I’m not sure fans around the world could have asked for anything better.

Some of the pitches have been really good for run-scoring and we have seen so many high-class performances. There have been the record-breaking centuries from Aiden Markram and Glenn Maxwell, Quinton de Kock has had an amazing tournament and the young man Rachin Ravindra looks an exceptional talent.

There have been a whole host of talented individuals on show but to top them all, you cannot look past Virat Kohli. I am a huge fan of Virat, I have been for a long time, and he continues to show why he has to go down as one of the all-time greats, right up there with the likes of the great Sachin

Virat will have been through some tough times before this World Cup and some folks were even brave enough to call for his head.

Credit must be given to the backroom staff and everyone who backed him. So much was said about his form but he is back on top of his game. It is phenomenal to see an individual who has had his low points bouncing back and playing like this. They say form is temporary – and he has certainly proven that class is permanent. I am so happy for him, he looks so focused and he is a credit to the game of cricket.

Virat is a go-getter and what sets him apart is his mental strength. He will have backed himself throughout, and on the occasions in the past in which I have chatted with him and we have discussed things, his mental strength has always been evident. That has been key to pushing him through to how he is playing now. Very few players, or people, are built like that.

Many people have made comparisons between the two of us over the years, partly because of our shared intensity on the field. I love Virat’s enthusiasm – even if he is fielding at long-on or long-off, when one of his bowlers hits the pad, he is appealing. He is always in the game and I like individuals like that.

Shubman Gill is another who bats with style and he is just one among a whole host of players who have all the big shots. I am just hoping no one forgets there was a guy without a helmet by the name of Vivian Richards who went out and played like that sometimes! Some of the shots played today are those I like to think I had in my armoury, maybe with the exception of the reverse sweep, but that would have been unwise without the lid on. I’d like to think my scoring rate matches up with the guys playing today, though the game has moved on massively – as a fan, I am delighted with where the game is at currently.

In terms of this year’s competition, India have a mindset that they can go all the way playing like this. That absolutely should be their mindset and would be mine if I was in that dressing room – let’s go out with all guns blazing. That approach has worked so far and if that changes, things may go astray.

I believe they can go all the way unbeaten, which is really something to strive for. There may be some fears of ‘we have played so well so far, there may be a bad game around the corner in the semi-final’. They have to try and nullify those and banish any negative thoughts.

Pakistan could yet join them in the knockout stages but I can’t help thinking that with the talent they have, they should have already sealed their spot. I have seen up close in recent years through my coaching work [Pakistan Super League] how much ability exists in that squad but they have made life hard for themselves – I think they are a more talented squad than their place in the table would suggest. They can beat the very best on their day so there may be some punches left in that team.

One of the highlights of this World Cup, for me, has been watching Afghanistan. If they get a score of over 250, the bowling class they have means they are in the game all the time. Although they were denied by an amazing Glenn Maxwell innings against Australia, they have made a real statement in recent weeks and their performances will be inspirational for those who play the game in Afghanistan.

By contrast, it is a shame for the fans in the West Indies that they have not had the opportunity to see their team in action. I am hoping it acts as a wake-up call as it is a competition which means so much to us. The two World Cups we won in 1975 and 1979 remain the highlights of my career.

To make our mark on the global stage and lift the trophy was an incredible feeling. I hope it serves as a reminder to the guys who are playing today and acts as inspiration for them to reach that level.

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kolkata

Oct 21 2023, 18:27

*Ross Taylor: India favourites to win World Cup no matter what happens against New Zealand*

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KKNB : I arrived in India on Friday and it is fantastic to be here in time for what is set to be a great match between the two remaining unbeaten teams.

Of course, the fact New Zealand are one of them is particularly pleasing and I have been really impressed with how they have gone about it so far. They have played fantastically well.

The first game would have come as a bit of a surprise to some – not necessarily beating England, but the manner in which they did so.

They were put under pressure for 5-10 overs against Afghanistan but other than that, they have played some very consistent and dominant cricket.

Everyone has stood up at different stages. A lot has been made of the injuries to Tim Southee and Kane Williamson but the people who have come in have stepped up, particularly Will Young and Rachin Ravindra.

If you would have said two or three weeks before the tournament that Rachin would have been in the starting line-up, I don’t think anyone would have picked that.

He pushed himself in there with his performances in the warm-up games and even then, I don’t think people thought he would have batted as high up the order as he has.

But he’s taken his chance and he looks set to be a key part of the New Zealand side not only in this tournament, but also in the years to come.

Tom Latham has stepped up too and shown fantastic leadership. Kane is obviously a big part of the team but they have played well without him for a while through this year and they know they can win without him, which is important.

Getting off to a good start in the competition has been particularly crucial because New Zealand have a tough streak of games coming up, beginning with India on Sunday.

India in their home conditions are a different beast and they have started unsurprisingly strongly – I see them as favourites to win the competition at this stage, no matter what happens in Dharamshala tomorrow.

Jasprit Bumrah has led the attack brilliantly, Kuldeep Yadav and Ravi Jadeja are bowling really nicely and their top three have been fantastic for a long time.

You can’t expect your top three to score runs all the time but they also now seem to have found a nice combination at four and five with Shreyas Iyer and KL Rahul. New Zealand will need early wickets to put that middle order under pressure.

The crowd will naturally play a part but I think New Zealand will thrive in that atmosphere. Every time you come here, you play in front of full crowds and you know you’ll be up against it.

But at the same time, that’s what you like about playing at World Cups, you want to play in front of full stadiums and test yourself against the best. The crowds here are very vocal but very fair at the same time.

New Zealand have a strong recent record against India, having not lost this fixture at an ICC event for 20 years.

I’m not sure quite what explains why New Zealand keep beating India at these tournaments but if you talk to a lot of Indian supporters, New Zealand are their second favourite team – maybe that has something to do with it, who knows?!

Four years ago, we played them in the semi-final in Manchester and it was an iconic occasion. There was the Martin Guptill run out of MS Dhoni, the game going over two days because of the rain and ultimately, New Zealand coming out on top.

Hopefully there will be a similar result tomorrow – top of the table at the halfway stage would be a great place to be.

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WestBengalBangla

Oct 21 2023, 17:44

*The Logan-Sybrand has broken record in the current World Cup*

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KKNB : The Dutch claim they are playing at their best. As a result, the cricketers of the Netherlands cannot accept that it is inevitable if a team loses in the current World Cup. After the Netherlands beat South Africa in Dharamshala, the cricketing world heard it again and again, the Dutch caused the biggest disaster of the current World Cup. The Netherlands are playing against Sri Lanka at the Ekana Stadium in Lucknow today. Sri Lanka is still 'point-less' in the World Cup.Scott Edwards' team will be dreaming of a second win after defeating them. The Dutch batted first after losing the toss against Sri Lanka in Lucknow. In this match today Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja broke a record of ODI World Cup Logan van Beek and Sybrand Engelbrecht. Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja previously held the highest number of runs for the seventh wicket in ODI World Cup. Dhoni-Jadeja scored 116 runs for the seventh wicket in the 2019, 50-over World Cup against the Kiwis. The Logan-Sybrand duo has broken this record in the current World Cup.