#indvnz 2nd Odi: Nz Sets India 243 After Williamson Ton

New Zealand after losing the toss for 5th consecutive time in the series, were put into bat, and on the Kotla surface, where one expects a lot of runs, many wondered whether MS Dhoni took the right decision to bowl first, but Umesh Yadav didn’t disappoint his skipper as he had Martin Guptill cleaned up with a brilliant delivery in the very first over.

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At Number 3 was Kiwis’ skipper Kane Williamson, who had a huge responsibility to show some fight against Indian bowlers, after his awful Test series and failure in the first match. Understanding the sense of responsibility, he along with inform Tom Latham played brilliant cricket with a slight fortune of luck, both added 50 in first 10 overs, and then escalated to add another 50 on board in 40 balls.

As Blackcaps’ skipper Williamson and opener Tom Latham tried to be more aggressive, India bowlers came out of the hangover of Umesh Yadav’s delivery as Kedar Jadhav trapped Latham lbw.

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With Kane WIlliamson, batting in 70s, in came Ross Taylor, who was struggling to find bat on ball and he eventually vanished after he slog swept Amit Mishra only to find Rohit Sharma at deep square leg.

Corey Anderson’s innings was similar to that of Ross Taylor, as initially he struggled, then tried to counter attack but only managed to find himself plumb in front of the wicket, not only he scored exact same runs that of Taylor, 21, he was dismissed by the same bowler as well.

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Soon, Kane Williamson’s 8th ODI Hundred came to end as he middled the ball, got the elevation right but ball failed to travel the distance as Ajinkya took a brilliant catch on long off. Kane Williamson scored 118 off 128 balls. Kane Williamson’s wicket triggered a downfall, as Kiwis’ slided from 213-5 to 237-9.

Pick of the bowlers among Indians was Jasprit Bumrah, who finished with 3/35 in his 10 overs while Amit Mishra also took 3 wickets.

New Zealand Team Lacks Determination, Grit And Fight – Sourav Ganguly

Mahendra Singh Dhoni Led Indian ODI Team record their historic 900th ODI win, when they won the series opener against New Zealand in Dharamsala on Sunday, where the Men in Blue leading with 1-0 in the 5-match One Day International Series.

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Former Indian Captain Sourav Ganguly feels that if New Zealand perform like that previous matches they can not win the matches and they are going to be have prepare for one more whitewash by India.

During in a chat with Times of India, Dada said after the victory in Dharamshala, “I was watching the game & I have seen the Test series as well, with all due respect to everyone in the Kiwi team, they want this series to get over as soon as possible. I think they (New Zealand) have given up hope, they have given up coming back and trying to beat this Indian team. There is no determination in that side, there is no fight or grit in that team”

Ganguly also added about the New Zealand’s senior batsman, who could manage only 190 runs on the board. He said, “You see Martin Guptill, innings after innings he has been rolled over by the Indian quicks. New Zealand cricket has never beaten the likes of Australia, South Africa or England as they never had that much talent but when you see dismissals like the ones of Kane Williamson & Ross Taylor, you just don’t see the determination. The only way they can come back is show some fight. If Tim Southee at no. 10 can get a fifty, if Tom Latham can bat with grit and determination then I really don’t see why the others cannot.”

Virat Kohli once again proved that he is the star batsman for India in an ODI run chase who has scored unbeaten 85 runs against the Kiwis in the first ODI. Dada highly praised Kohli for his batting, “When you see Virat Kohli bat you see the fire, you see the hunger, you see the feet moving, it is just a different mindset. It is just his quality, he enjoys batting in ODI cricket. Players go through this period when they start believing sub-consciously that I will just walk on and get runs and that is exactly what has happened to Virat Kohli. To be honest I don’t see Virat Kohli facing any problems with this New Zealand attack specially when they get only 190 on the board with this white ball & on these pitches.”

MS Dhoni has credited Indian bowlers for this victory and hugely praised ODI debutantHardik Pandya who took 3 wicktes for 31 run. Ganguly said, “Dhoni showed a lot of faith in Hardik Pandya. The young fast bowler Pandya created trouble for them (New Zealand), Umesh Yadav, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami all have created trouble for them, so in a side when every opposition bowler is giving trouble for the batsmen then you don’t win. From my point of view what lacks in this New Zealand team is fight. I have see New Zealand teams in the past under the likes of Stephen Flemming and Brendon McCullum, there was a lot more heart in those sides as compared to this one.”

The second ODI match will be played at the Feroz Shah Kotla in Delhi on 20th October.

बीसीसीआई अध्यक्ष अनुराग ठाकुर ने सुप्रीम कोर्ट में दाखिल किया हलफनामा

बीसीसीआई अध्‍यक्ष अनुराम ठाकुर ने सुप्रीम कोर्ट को बताया है कि लोढ़ा पैनल की सिफारिशों को लेकर उन्‍होंने आईसीसी के सीईओ डेविड रिचर्डसन को कोई पत्र नहीं लिखा था |

पिछली सुनवाई को सुप्रीम कोर्ट ने बीसीसीआई अध्‍यक्ष अनुराग ठाकुर को आदेश दिया था कि वो एक व्‍यक्तिगत हलफनामा दाखिल करते हुए बताएं कि लोढ़ा पैनल की सिफारिशों को लागू करने और सरकारी हस्‍ताक्षेप को लेकर उनकी आईसीसी से क्‍या बातचीत हुई थी | साथ ही उन्‍होंने यह भी बताया कि कैग का एक सदस्‍य काउंसिल में रखने को लेकर उनकी क्‍या राय है |

बीसीसीआई अध्‍यक्ष अनुराग ठाकुर ने अपने हलफनामे में बताया है कि शंशाक मनोहर ने कैग के किसी सदस्‍य को काउंसिल में नॉमिनी बनाए जाने का विरोध किया था | अनुराग ठाकुर ने यह बात सुप्रीम कोर्ट में आज दाखिल किए हलफनामे में कही है | ठाकुर ने हलफनामे में इस बात का भी जिक्र किया है कि 6 और 7 अगस्‍त को उन्‍होंने आईसीसी चेयरमैन शशांक मनोहर से बातचीत की थी |

ठाकुर ने बताया हैं कि आईसीसी चेयरमैन से मैंने यह निवेदन किया था कि आईसीसी एक पत्र जारी करके यह स्थिति साफ कर सकता है कि जब वो बीसीसीआई के अध्‍यक्ष थे तो उन्‍होंने क्‍या निर्णय लिए थे | इस पर शशांक मनोहर ने जबाव देते हुए बताया था कि जब लोढ़ा समिति की सिफारिशों पर निर्णय लिया गया तो मामला पहले से ही कोर्ट में चल रहा था |

IND NZ : 1st ODI : India Won by 6 Wickets

Defending 191 at HPCA Stadium, Dharamsala against the Indian Batting line up was always going to be a difficult task for Kiwis, but in order to prove their worth, Kiwis didn’t want to give away the match easily, Tim Southee started the proceedings for New Zealand, Rohit Sharma and Ajinkya Rahane started things off nicely for India. Both looked determined to chase the target without losing any wicket, but soon Rohit Sharma missed an inswinger from Doug Bracewell and was adjudged LBW.

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Soon after adding 13 more runs, Ajinkya Rahane’s 34-ball knock of 33 runs came to an end as he edged one from Jimmy Neesham, while Luke Ronchi took a brilliant edge. However, Virat continued his form from the Indore Test but Manish Pandey soon left Kohli high and dry in the middle as he gave a simple catch to Kane Williamson, giving Ish Sodhi his first wicket. At 102-3, in came India’s limited over skipper, as he promoted himself up the order.

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Kohli along with Dhoni looked brilliant in the middle as both added runs quickly and took risky singles and even converted ones into two but after a misunderstanding, Dhoni was found short of the ground when he had reached 21 off 24 balls.

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With just 28 to get Virat finished it with ease along with Kedar Jadhav as both finished 85* and 10* respectively. For Kiwis, pick of the bowlers was Doug Bracewell who finished with 1/44 from his 8.

10 Times Indian Cricketers Trolled Journalists With Their Amazing Responses

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INDvsNZ: MS Dhoni & The Team Has Reached In Dharamsala

Today, Mahendra Singh Dhoni aka Mahi Led Indian Team arrived in Dharamsala to play the first One Day International against the New Zealand.

Virat Kohli also joined Mahi and his teammates, who took a couple of days break after the Test matches and went home.

After reaching Team India in Dharamsala, The Board of Control for Cricket in India posted some picture of them on their official twitter handle with some special caption.

The BCCI tweets, “Look who is back! Captain Cool @msdhoni is back with the boys as Team India arrive in Dharamsala for the ODI series. #IndvNZ,”

Recently, Virat Kohli Led Indian Test Team completed a 3-0 whitewash against the Kiwis to retain the no. 1 spot in the ICC Test Rankings. And now Dhoni and co. will take on New Zealand in the five-match ODI series, which starts from October 16 in Dharamshala.

India Complete 3-0 Whitewash Over New Zealand

Ravichandran Ashwin mesmerised the New Zealand batsmen with another magical spell of spin bowling as India completed a 3-0 whitewash of the visitors by winning the third and final Test by a whopping 321 runs in Indore on Tuesday.

Chasing an improbable 475-run target, Ashwin ripped through the brittle New Zealand batting line-up with a sensational spell of 7 for 59 to skittle the opposition for a paltry 153 in 44.5 overs with an entire day to spare at the Holkar Stadium, which hosted its first ever Test.

The 30-year-old finished with a match haul of 13 for 140 and ended the series with 27 wickets to emerge as the standout performer in a thoroughly one sided series which helped India to regain number one position in Tests.

Resuming at 18 for no loss, the hosts rode on Cheteshwar Pujara’s unbeaten 101, his eighth Test ton, and an aggressive 50 by comeback man Gautam Gambhir before declaring their second innings at 216 for three an hour before the tea break.

There was hardly any resistance from the Kiwi batsmen as Ashwin scalped one wicket after another to demolish the opposition in just about three hours of play, much to the delight of a near capacity Dussehra crowd.

The pitch in this match did not turn as much as it did in the earlier two games but still New Zealand batsmen looked clueless against the Indian spinners.

Indian coach Anil Kumble and his entire staff erupted in joy in the dressing room as Ashwin fittingly took the last wicket with a return catch of Trent Boult, triggering wild celebrations on the field as well. It was also Kumble’s first series win at home after the success in the West Indies.

The focus will now shift to the five match ODI series beginning at Dharamsala from October 16 with Mahendra Singh Dhoni taking over the reins of the team from Kohli.

Makers Of Dhoni’s Biopic Prefered Self-censorship To Avoid Controversy

There are just three days left for the release of the biopic of India’s limited over skipper, Mahendra Singh Dhoni – MS Dhoni: The Untold Story. Recently, the makers of the movie have decided to reveal the secret behind one of the important scenes in the film.

Considering the trailer of the biopic, there was a scene where Sushant Singh Rajput, who’s portraying MS Dhoni is being criticized and pulled up by the selectors for abruptly dropping his three senior players. Since the release of the trailer there has been a regular buzz around this scene on almost all the digital platforms.

In the scene, a selector says “Yeh teenon ko nikaalke rukne wala nahin hai,” of Dhoni, to which he replies over a video call saying, “We’re all servants, and we’re all doing national duty.” Director Neeraj Pandey confirmed about the scene that, “The sequence from the promo is very much there in the movie. All we have done is knock off names of the three cricketers who were mentioned. This is as per the original plan, discussed with Dhoni a year and a half ago, where we had decided to shoot the scene with the names, yes, but take a call on this only in the final edit.” Pandey further added, “unnecessarily ruffling feathers, when that is not the intention or tone of the movie.”

When asked about the actual names which were added previously, he replied, “Are you seriously asking me that question? Obviously, I can’t. That would be highly disrespectful of me to do. Well, he just sat in silence for 10 minutes, didn’t speak a word. It was quite an awkward feeling for him, watching his own self, being played by an actor, on the big screen.”

The actual incident happened during the 2008 Commonwealth Bank Series, which was held in Australia and the three senior players namely Sourav Ganguly, Rahul Dravid and VVS Laxman were dropped from the ODI Indian team. Back then, Ganguly’s omission became a big issue. The BCCI secretary Niranjan Shah justified the decision that, “The emphasis was on fielding abilities and the team management wanted a young fielding side for the series.”

Ravichandran Ashwin Will End As A Cricket Legend

Ravichandran Ashwin’s impressive rate of claiming wickets and destructing the batting line up of the opponent team will turn the most reliable off-spinner of Indian cricket team into a cricket legend very soon, says former Indian skipper Sunil Gavaskar.

“Ashwin is galloping towards legendary status. He is already showing himself to be a great bowler and cricketer. The way he is batting and bowling, he will be a legend when he finishes his career,” Gavaskar told a leading news media on Monday.

Recently, Ashwin concluded with a 10-wicket haul at Kanpur’s Green Park Stadium as India defeated New Zealand in the first Test match by a huge margin of 197 runs to take a lead of 1-0 in the three-match series.

When Gavaskar was asked to compare Ravichandran Ashwin with other veteran spinners, the 67-year-old legendary batting maestro said in his exclusive interview with a leading news channel: “Opposition has been different when Anil Kumble and Harbhajan Singh played and when the four great spinners played. But Ashwin has got a huge heart and is a keen student of the game who is looking to get better every single day. He will certainly leave a mark on the game with both bat and ball.”

The 30-year-old Chennai-born off-spinner on Saturday (September 24) became the fastest Indian bowler to take 200 wickets in Tests. It took Ashwin 37 matches, which is nine less than Harbhajan whose record he broke.

Apart from the remarkable performance of Ashwin, the left-arm orthodox spinner Ravindra Jadeja also put up a brilliant show at Kanpur as he assisted his side bring about New Zealand’s crumple in the first innings, earning him the ‘Man of the Match’ award.

“Jadeja deserved the Man of the Match award. It is good to have three-four people in contention for the award as it means most of the players in the team have done well,” Gavaskar, who played for India from 1971 to 1987, said.

This became first victory at home for Team India under the guidance of head coach Anil Kumble. Gavaskar feels the contribution of the former leg-spinner has been vital for the team.

“As a coach, Kumble has been superb so far. His inputs must have been invaluable at the end of Day 1, when it was just one wicket down for New Zealand. The manner in which India struck back the next day in the first innings and got New Zealand dismissed for not too many, he must have told them what line and length to bowl and that made a big difference,” said the former India skipper.

“This is where somebody who has played a lot of cricket, who has been a part of a winning team and who has been captain, can make a huge difference and we are begining to see it. It’s early days as far as Kumble is concerned but the beginning has been very good and impressive.”

Gavaskar also hailed the visiting team by saying that there is a lot to look forward to from the Black Caps.

“New Zealand didn’t give up at all. They fought very well. There is plenty in this New Zealand side to like about and look forward to in the next two matches,” concluded Gavaskar.

The second Test of the Test series will be played at Eden Gardens in Kolkata from September 30 to October 4. This match will mark 250th Test of India to be played at home.

Stats: Ashwin Ravi’s journey to 200 Test wickets

Ashwin Ravi is one of the finest off spinners in modern day cricket, irrespective of the format he has been brilliant for India and is game changer on any given day. It is perhaps rather strange that someone who made his first mark in the IPL has gone on to become one of the finest Test bowlers of current times. But yes, that certainly holds true for Ravichandran Ashwin. From winning his first Man of the Series in Champions Trophy 2010 in South Africa to equaling most number of Man of Series awards for India in Test cricket with Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag, that too in such a short career. He now is the 2nd fastest to take 200 wickets in 37 Tests, beating Waqar Younis and Dennis Lillee’s record. Here we look at his milestones in Test Cricket.

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1st Test Wicket

It all started for Ashwin on November 6, 2011, when he had Darren Bravo completely rattled. Darren went for a defensive stroke but Ashwin had him clean bowled for 12 runs at Feroz Shah Kotla, who would have thought then that nearly 5 years later he will be Asia’s quickest to 200 Test scalps.

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50th Test Wicket

Against England in 2012, Ashwin became the fastest Indian to reach the 50 Test wickets Landmark after he claimed Nick Compton in his 9th Test Match.

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100th Test Wicket

In 2013, against West Indies, Ashwin broke 80 years long standing record by dismissing Daren Sammy in 1st innings of Second Test. Daren Sammy’s wicket in West Indies’ first innings was R Ashwin’s 100th in Tests. He took only 18 Tests to take these many wickets – the fastest bowler to the landmark since Clarrie Grimmett took 100 wickets in his 17th Test, against West Indies in 1931. Ashwin took two Tests less than Erapalli Prasanna, who was the previous fastest India bowler to 100 wickets in Tests. Prasanna got to the landmark in his 20th Test.

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150th Test Wicket

Ashwin beat Shane Warne and Muralitharan’s record to claim his 150th wicket in Test Cricket as he dismissed Imran Tahir in India’s home series against South Africa, it took Ashwin just 29 Tests to reach the milestone.

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200th Test Wicket

Kane Williamson became the 200th victim of Ravi Ashwin in the ongoing Test at Kanpur. He had him wrapped in front of the wicket as the Kiwi skipper was found plumb in front.

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