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Suryakumar Yadav is like AB de Villiers: Ponting

Suryakumar Yadav has received high praise from the great Ricky Ponting, who compared the batter with AB de Villiers, saying the Indian possesses a 360 degree game like the South African genius. Ponting suggested that Yadav should bat at number four in the Indian line-up. "Surya (Yadav) scores 360 degrees around the ground, a bit like an AB de Villiers did when he was in his actual prime. The lap shots, the late cuts, you know, the ramps over the keeper's head. He can hit down the ground," Ponting said on the latest episode of The ICC Review. "He hits really well over the leg side, flicks to deep backward square particularly well, and he's a good player of fast bowling and is a good player of spin bowling." Yadav, 31, has scored 672 runs at an average of 37.33 and a strike rate of 175.45 in 23 T20 matches and now sits at No.2 in the ICC T20 Batter Rankings, behind Pakistan skipper Babar Azam. "He's a very, very exciting player and I'm sure someone that's going to find himself in their team, not just their squad," Ponting, who has seen Yadav up close in his early years at Mumbai Indians, said. Also Read: CSA T20 League: Johannesburg Super Kings to be captained by Du Plessis; rope in Moeen, Theekshana, Shepherd "I think you'd find him in their team for the T20 World Cup. And if he's in that team, then I think all the fans in Australia are going to see a very, very good player." "He's quite a confident person. He backs himself and he's never going to step down from a challenge or any situation that arises in a game. I feel he thinks he can win that situation and therefore go on and win the game for his team." Asked whether Yadav would make India's best XI, the former Australian skipper said he has "played better than anybody else in the Indian team for the last couple of series" and should be slotted at the top order." "It's got to be in the top four, I think. I said stick with him (Virat Kohli) in his traditional spot, which has been number three," Ponting, a two-time World Cup-winning captain, said. "For Surya, it's one, two or four. I think he can open, but I think he's probably, you know, if you could probably just keep him away from the new ball, let him control the middle part of the game outside the Powerplay, through in the middle, and if he's in at the end, you know what can happen." Yadav's strike rate rises to 258.82 in the death overs in T20Is -- in 34 balls he has smashed 88 runs with 15 of those deliveries going for boundaries. Ponting said: "I think in the top four is, well, actually I'll go out on a limb: I don't want him to open. I think number four is his best spot." This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

15 August,2022 10:21 PM IST | Dubai | PTI
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Johannesburg Super Kings to be led by Du Plessis; rope in Moeen, Theekshana

South African batter Faf Du Plessis will lead Johannesburg Super Kings in the inaugural T20 League by Cricket South Africa (CSA) set to start from next year onwards.  As per ESPNCricinfo, the franchise has picked up Du Plessis as one of its five direct signings for US$375,000. The franchise is owned by Chennai Super Kings Sports Limited, the owners of the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings. The side has also acquired the services of Moeen Ali (for $400,000). Du Plessis has represented CSK in 100 matches in two stints, first from 2011-15 then 2018-21. Moeen had also joined CSK in 2021. Also Read: Former England captain Strauss believes Test and T20 cricket can co-exist The Johannesburg franchise has also picked up another CSK 2022 player, Maheesh Theekshana (for $200,000), a Sri Lankan offspinner. It has also picked up West Indies allrounder Romario Shepherd (for $175,000) and South African pacer Gerald Coetzee (for $50,000), with the pacer being a development player. The coaching staff of the franchise also involves old men from CSK. Stephen Fleming will serve as its head coach, with Eric Simons as his assistant coach. The franchise is also on verge of signing former South African all-rounder Albie Morkel, who represented CSK from 2008-2013. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

15 August,2022 07:49 PM IST | Johannesburg | ANI
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Former England captain Strauss believes Test and T20 cricket can co-exist

Former England captain Andrew Strauss believes that Test cricket can co-exist alongside rising T20 cricket around the world. But at the same time, he admitted that the format faces a huge challenge as the cricketing world continues to be on a choc-a-bloc schedule. Strauss is currently serving as chairman of the cricket committee England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), and is leading the high-performance review into the future of the game in the country. "One thing we know in other countries, Test cricket doesn't pay the bills, like it does here. The T20 format is the way that a lot of people get introduced to the game in the first place. I still maintain that they can sit together comfortably, Test cricket and T20 cricket." "But the challenge we have is (to provide a) manageable schedule that allows players to do both. That is really complicated. It's multi-dimensional," Strauss was quoted as saying by The Daily Telegraph. In recent times, the decision of New Zealand pacer Trent Boult to opt out of central contracts to give himself space to take part in T20 leagues and blooming of franchise leagues in the UAE and South Africa has added to the threat international cricket is facing right now. Strauss admitted that developments like these add to uncertainty about the future of the game and urged the need for England to be nimble and adaptive in a fast evolving landscape. "It definitely feels like right at the moment, the rate of change is increasing. And the truth is, none of us know what's around the corner so you can all look into the future and go, 'Yeah, we're going to have this situation where players are signed up to franchises for 12 months of the year and there's less international cricket.' We don't know any of that at this point." "One of the things that we need to be conscious of in the game in this country is we have to be nimble and adaptable. And we can't afford to be slow moving and have our heads in the sand. I think that's really important that we set ourselves up in this country, we set the game up in a way that allows us to be flexible and adaptable." Also Read: Cricket is going down the path of football: Kapil Dev Strauss further warned that an increasing number of T20 leagues in the world will give players greater powers to pick and choose matches as well as formats as per their convenience. "The cricket world around us is changing unbelievably quickly. Every day, every week, every month, we're seeing a new example of how that world is changing around us. And one thing that we're having to ask ourselves in this country is where does our game fit into all of that?" "At both domestic and international level what are we meant to be prioritising, investing in, not investing in etc, to make sure that the game remains strong and relevant and that we have incentives there for our players to play both red and white-ball cricket? They (the players) will always look at those opportunities side by side and decide what's best for them and you don't hold that against them." "And so we need to continue promoting all the brilliant things that cricket in this country offers players - we want to have a strong vibrant domestic game and we want to make sure the players are playing the right balance of formats as well so that it's not all drifting down that white-ball short-form route. There's still plenty of players that want to commit and challenge themselves to be the best Test cricketers they can be." This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

15 August,2022 07:35 PM IST | London | IANS
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Cricket is going down the path of football: Kapil Dev

Former India captain Kapil Dev feels that the International Cricket Council (ICC) needs to put more time into ensuring the survival of One-day as well as Test match cricket. The growth of franchise T20 leagues has raised a serious question marks over the future of ODI cricket, and concerns for its future down the line, including Test cricket. The ODI retirement of England Test captain Ben Stokes due to a jam-packed unsustainable schedule has raised even further doubts about the future of 50-over game. "I think it's fading out. The ICC (International Cricket Council) has a bigger responsibility how to manage this game. It's going the way as football in Europe. They don't play against each country. It is once in four years (during the World Cup). Is this what we're going to have, the World Cup and the rest of the time playing club (T20 franchise) cricket?" "In a similar way, will cricketers eventually be playing mainly the IPL or the Big Bash or something like that? So the ICC have to put more time into that to see how they can ensure the survival of one-day cricket, Test match cricket, not only club cricket," Dev was quoted as saying by The Sydney Morning Herald. Also Read: OTD: MS Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket Dev, the 1983 ODI World Cup winning skipper, was guest of honour at the India-Australia Strategic Alliance dinner celebrating 75 years of Indian Independence in Sydney. He went on to fear that with South Africa and the UAE having their own T20 leagues early next year, international cricket could just be restricted to World Cups. "Club cricket is OK for a while. The Big Bash is OK. But the South African league is coming, the UAE league is coming. If all the countries are going to play the club cricket, then international cricket will be only for the World Cup." South Africa's T20 League, scheduled to be held in January and February 2023, will be directly clashing with UAE's International League T20 (ILT20), to be also held in January next year. Both leagues will be operating in the time when Australia's Big Bash League (BBL) and Bangladesh's Bangladesh Premier League (BPL) will be on. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

15 August,2022 05:15 PM IST | Sydney | IANS
MS Dhoni. Pic/AFP

OTD: MS Dhoni announced his retirement from international cricket

MS Dhoni has always had impeccable timing, that was never in doubt. And that was also the case when he announced his retirement from international cricket. On 15th August 2020, the day of India's independence, Dhoni decided to let the nation know that he would not be donning the iconic blue jersey ever again. Dhoni dropped the shocking revelation in the evening once the celebrations had died down and people were revelling in the last few hours of the national holiday they had left. His message was straightforward and simple. His announcement read, "Thanks a lot for your love and support throughout. From 1929 hrs consider me as retired." Two years ago today MS Dhoni announced his international retirement 🗓️ pic.twitter.com/rjaT5EjgH6 — ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) August 15, 2022 The announcement sent India and the cricketing world into a state of shock. Despite not having played an international game since that infamous semi-final runout that sealed India's fate at the World Cup in 2019, many believed he would still have a T20 World Cup left in his locker. Alas, that wasn't to be. Also Read: Photos: Indian sports stars celebrate Independence Day 2022 Nevertheless, this was not the last time fans saw India's greatest ever captain take the field. He still continues to play in the IPL for Chennai Super Kings and the legacy of what he achieved will always live on in the hearts and minds of every Indian.  It's perhaps fitting that the day of India's independence can also be the day to pay Dhoni his plaudits as arguably India's greatest ever sportsperson.

15 August,2022 05:00 PM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
Brandon King and Sharmarh Brooks put on a 100 run partnership during the third T20i between West Indies and New Zealand. Pic AFP

Brandon King, Shamarh Brooks give WI a consolation win over NZ in third T20I

Half-centuries from West Indies openers Brandon King and Shamarh Brooks helped the hosts defeat New Zealand by eight wickets and avoid a series sweep by the visitors in the third and final T20 International at Sabina Park on Monday (IST). King slammed 53 and his opening partner Brooks hit an unbeaten 56 as West Indies overhauled New Zealand's score of 145/7 for the loss of just two wickets with an over to spare and earn a consolation win going into the ODI series beginning on August 17. The Kiwi top-order all reached double figures during their respective innings, but only one batter scored more than 24 as the hosts' bowlers put the clamps on the visitors. Glenn Phillips looked the best of the New Zealand batters, with the No.5 smashing 41 from just 26 deliveries to help the visitors post a below-par score of 145/7 from their allotted 20 overs. After scores of 185/5 in the first match of the series and 215/5 in the second, Kane Williamson's side would have been disappointed with their efforts after they won the toss and elected to bat first. While New Zealand opener Martin Guptill only managed 15 before he was bowled by Akeal Hosein, the veteran did enough to become the leading run-scorer in the history of men's T20I. Guptill has now made a total of 3,497 T20I runs during his career, with his latest knock helping him overtake India captain Rohit Sharma (3,487) narrowly, according to ICC. Rohit and third-placed Virat Kohli (3,308) will get the chance to move to the top when India take part in the Asia Cup that commences later this month in the UAE. West Indies made four changes to their XI and the decision to rest skipper Nicholas Pooran paid off as the hosts' top-order looked composed in chasing down New Zealand's score with ease. Also Read: Biggest challenge for Australia is coming to India and winning: Glenn McGrath Right-hander Brandon King (53) got the hosts off to a flyer on his return from injury, while fellow opener Shamarh Brooks (56 not out) played a more cautious role as the hosts put on 102 for the opening wicket to leave New Zealand requiring a miracle. Rovman Powell (27 not out) then came in to guide the run chase home, with the stand-in West Indies captain smashing Jimmy Neesham for six on the final delivery of the penultimate over to seal the contest. The decision by the West Indies to play two spinners proved pivotal in the result, with Hosein (2/18) and Hayden Walsh (1/16) proving difficult to dispatch and pacer Odean Smith (3/29) reaping the rewards with career best figures. King, who won the 'Player of the Match' award for his impressive half-century, said the bowlers deserved much of the praise for the victory. "Today credit has to be given to the bowlers," he said after the match. "They did an excellent job for us and made my job that much easier." Williamson said his side was outplayed on the day, with New Zealand now turning their attention to the three-match ODI series that commences on Wednesday. "The West Indies adapted to the conditions nicely," Williamson said. "We knew that with 140 things would have to go well for us with the ball and they outplayed us today." Brief scores: New Zealand 145/7 in 20 overs (Glenn Phillips 41; Odean Smith 3/29, Akeal Hosein 2/28) lost to West Indies 150/2 in 19 overs (Brandon King 53, Shamarh Brooks 56 not out) by eight wickets. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

15 August,2022 04:12 PM IST | Kingston | IANS
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Biggest challenge for Australia is coming to India and winning: Glenn McGrath

Legendary Australia pacer Glenn McGrath feels that playing a Test series in India, scheduled to be held next year, is going to be the ultimate challenge for Pat Cummins & Co. McGrath was also appreciative of Australia's recent performances in Test trips to Pakistan and Sri Lanka, saying that the side has started to understand sub-continental conditions. Australia will tour India as part of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy tentatively in February-March 2023, with an aim to win the series in a country where they have never won after the 2-1 triumph in October-November 2004. The side won the three-match Test series in Pakistan 1-0 in March and were held to a 1-1 draw in a two-match Test series in Sri Lanka in July. "Obviously the single biggest challenge for Australia is coming to India, performing well and winning the series. We were lucky enough to do it in 2004. You've got to come up with good plans, the batsmen have to learn to adapt on turning pitches and the bowlers have to learn to bowl in those conditions." "I think with IPL, a lot of players have been over here (in India) regularly and have hence experienced the conditions. The current Australian team, evident from their showings in Sri Lanka and Pakistan, are starting to get a better understanding of how to play on subcontinent wickets. That being said, India is still the ultimate challenge. I think they're up for it," McGrath was quoted as saying by cricket.com. Also Read: Marcus Stoinis seen accusing Pakistan fast bowler of chucking; faces flak McGrath is someone who has had great success in bowling in Indian conditions. In his eight Test matches in India, he picked 33 wickets at an average of 21.3, 14 of which came in the 2004-05 series triumph. Asked about the tools needed for overseas bowlers to succeed in Indian conditions, McGrath stressed on control with the ball and ability to adapt to lengths which work well. "You just need to come up with a plan that works. Pitches in Australia are quicker and bouncier so you can bowl those good areas. The secret is still having control, bowling outside off-stump or just outside. The length will obviously be different so it's about adapting to the lengths." "You still will need to look to take wickets with the new ball. Then once it gets softer, you'll have to ask yourself, 'how can I stop the opposition from scoring?'. You could probably bowl a bit straighter, have more of a ring-field and make it hard for the batsmen to score. It's just about having clear plans, but then being able to execute those plans for long periods of time." This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

15 August,2022 03:40 PM IST | New Delhi | IANS
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Marcus Stoinis seen accusing Pakistan fast bowler of chucking; faces flak

Australia all-rounder Marcus Stoinis has faced huge flak on social media after seeming to accuse Pakistan pacer Mohammad Hasnain of chucking during his team Southern Brave's seven-wicket loss to the Oval Invincibles in The Hundred Men's competition. Stoinis top-scored with 37 off 27 balls for the Brave on Sunday evening and was dismissed by Hasnain, top-edging a pull to mid-off. He fell after sharing a 55-run partnership with captain James Vince for the second wicket. While walking back to the pavilion, Stoinis mimicked a throw which looked to be suggesting that he was taking a jibe at Hasnain's bowling action. On social media, Stoinis was widely criticised for his attempt to question the legality of Hasnain's bowling action. "This is shocking! Hasnain has been cleared & it has nothing to do with Stoinis," wrote former player Azeem Rafiq on Twitter. Also Read: Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and other cricketers wish on Indian Independence Day "Who does Marcus Stoinis think he is? He got dismissed by Mohammad Hasnain tonight in #TheHundred and he went off signalling as if Hasnain was chucking! Disrespectful, really! If you can't play him, you know where the dressing room is. You're not Ricky Ponting, pipe down!" wrote a cricket fan on Twitter. "They cannot play him. First Henricks then Maxwell and now Stoinis. Hasnain is nightmare for Australians," commented another fan. "I was wondering what Stoinis was doing, and now it seems pretty obvious. Calling Hasnain a chucker like this -- sour grapes. Really poor sportsmanship and reminds me of the 2000 Aussie team attitude to subcontinent teams," typed a cricket enthusiast. Earlier this year, Hasnain was found guilty of having an illegal bowling action and was suspended from bowling. His action was then reported by umpire Gerard Abood after bowling in the BBL match between Sydney Thunder and Adelaide Strikers on January 2. In June, he was cleared to bowl again after his remodelled action, especially the elbow extension, was found to be within the permissible limits. It remains to be seen if Stoinis will face disciplinary action or not for his gestures after falling to Hasnain. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

15 August,2022 03:22 PM IST | London | IANS
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Virat Kohli, Hardik Pandya wish Happy Independence Day; See photos

Team India cricketers on Monday greeted the people on the 75th anniversary of India's Independence. The likes of Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan, Ishant Sharma, Hardik Pandya to name a few, took to social media to greet the people of India on the special day. Here are some of their tweets: 75 glorious years. Proud to be an Indian. Happy Independence Day to all. Jai Hind. 🇮🇳 — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) August 15, 2022 Wishing everyone a very Happy Independence Day #JaiHind 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/S10rKmYL0Y — Jasprit Bumrah (@Jaspritbumrah93) August 15, 2022 आप सभी को स्वतंत्रता दिवस की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं। जय हिंद 🇮🇳 #IndiaAt75 #IndependenceDay2022 pic.twitter.com/T8QDvihXr4 — Shikhar Dhawan (@SDhawan25) August 15, 2022 #IndependenceDay comes as a reminder for us to remember those great brave-hearts who sacrificed their own lives so that we breathe the air of freedom.Happy Independence Day!! ये मेरा इंडिया!! जय हिन्द!! 🇮🇳🇮🇳 #IndependenceDay2022 pic.twitter.com/sxj9E450Xr — Ishant Sharma (@ImIshant) August 15, 2022 To all my fellow Indians, happy Independence Day 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/rHRXj7VWVo — hardik pandya (@hardikpandya7) August 15, 2022 75 years of independence. स्वतंत्रता दिवस की हार्दिक शुभकामनाएं 🇮🇳 pic.twitter.com/5KlQA3Y87d — Rohit Sharma (@ImRo45) August 15, 2022

15 August,2022 11:42 AM IST | Mumbai | mid-day online correspondent
Rohit Sharma and Parthiv Patel

Parthiv hails Rohit for backing players enduring bad trots

Former India wicketkeeper-batter Parthiv Patel pointed out that captain Rohit Sharma is backing his players to the hilt even when they are not performing has been a standout for him. Parthiv cited the example of the Indian team sticking with pacer Avesh Khan in the 4-1 T20I series triumph over the West Indies despite not-so-impressive performances in first three matches. “I have played under Rohit Sharma’s captaincy at Mumbai Indians and the one thing that stands out is how he backs players who aren’t performing. He is vocal about them even in public and in press conferences, as we saw with the case of Avesh Khan. Rohit backed him even after four failures and he delivered with a man-of-the-match performance [in the fourth T20I],” said Parthiv on his YouTube channel. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

15 August,2022 09:13 AM IST | New Delhi | IANS
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Ian Chappell calls time on his commentary career

Australian cricket great Ian Chappell has officially called time on his more than four-decade-long commentating career, said a report in Daily Mail on Sunday quoting the Sydney Morning Herald. The veteran of 75 Test matches, who ended his illustrious career with more than 5,000 runs in the longest format, reportedly said his decision to leave the broadcasting box was similar to his career retirement call. The cricketing great began his tenure inside the media box soon after retiring from international cricket, where he led Australia in 30 Tests. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

15 August,2022 09:12 AM IST | London | IANS
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