Pakistani cricketer Babar Azam has replaced Indian skipper Virat Kohli and become the No. 1 player in the ICC rankings. Gaining 13 points in the Pakistan-South Africa series, the 26-year-old Pakistani skipper took an eight point lead from Virat. Achieving the feat, Babar became the only fourth Pakistani cricketer to chart #1 in ICC rankings. Notably, skipper Kohli had been ruling the top position for over three years.
Cricket Fans won't miss the IPL 2021 actions as 'Yupp TV' has purchased the broadcasting rights in-order to stream on its platform. Slated to begin from April 9, the 60-match tournament will be streamed in 100+ countries including Australia, Sri Lanka and Bhutan. However, this OTT platform will not stream matches in India, as Disney+Hotstar has exclusive right for IPL in India.
The second wave of the pandemic has affected seven Indian cricket board office staff and 10 ground staff at Wankhede Stadium have tested positive for Covid-19. Still, the BCCI has refused to shift the games out of Mumbai; the first of which is slated to happen on April 10. An official from BCCI has said all safety measures are being taken to ensure the safety of players and staff.
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Master blaster Sachin Tendulkar tested positive for COVID-19 on March 27. Taking to Twitter the former Indian skipper posted, "I've quarantined myself at home and am following all the necessary protocols as advised by my doctors". Facing mild symptoms, Sachin said, "all others at home have tested negative". However, in the recent Road World Safety Series, the Indian Legends Cricket Team captained by Tendulkar had won the trophy.
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England on March 26 defeated India by six wickets in the second ODI. Successfully chasing its fifth highest target of 337, England were off to a good start as Bairstow (124) and Ben Stokes (99) emerged as hero of the England’s much-needed win to stay alive in the series. Earlier, put to bat first, KL Rahul (108), Pant (77) and Kohli (66) had helped India to put a fighting total.
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Indian cricket team defeated England by 66 runs in the first ODI match held on March 23 at the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium, Pune. Chasing 318 runs, going strong with openers Jason Roy and Bairstow were later bamboozled in 42.1 overs at 251 runs by debutant Prasidh Krishna (4/54) and Shardul Thakur (3/37). Earlier batting first with the help of Shikhar Dhawan’s 98 and debutant Krunal Pandya’s quick 58-off-31 posted 317/5 on the… read-more
India Legends cricket team on March 21 defeated Sri Lanka Legends by 14 runs in the Road Safety World Series T20 final to clinch the title. Batting first, India scored 181/4 with major contributions of 60 and 62 (not out) runs from Yuvraj Singh and Yusuf Pathan respectively. Skipper Sachin Tendulkar also played a classy-knock. Chasing the target, Sri Lankan legends started well but were contained at just 167 for 7 wickets in 20 overs.
The ICC has charged the Indian Cricket Team 40% of their match earnings as a fine for maintaining a slow over-rate in the fifth T20I against England. The ICC Elite Panel of Match Referees fined India for two overs short. Reportedly, as per Article 2.22 of the ICC Code of Conduct of Players, the teams are charged 20% of the match fee per over for failing to deliver in the allotted time.
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India on March 20 defeated England by 36 runs in the fifth T20I match to seal the series by 3-2. Batting first and with new opening combination of Rohit and Kohli, India put 56-ball 94-run for the first wicket. With Kohli’s unbeaten 80, Rohit’s 64, and Suryakumar and Hardik Pandya’s quick 30s, India posted 224 runs on board. Chasing the mammoth total, England started well but tumbled later. Virat was named 'man of the series'.
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Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli on March 16 equalled New Zealand's Kane Williamson’s record of scoring most half-centuries as captain (11) in T20Is. With total 27 T20I half-centuries, Kohli also reached 10 instances of scoring two consecutive half-centuries, surpassing Chris Gayle, Martin Guptill and Brendon McCullum having six each. Kohli hammered back-to-back 50s after four years as he scored 73* and 77* in second and third match… read-more