Last Updated: February 04, 2023, 00:15 IST
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Hello and welcome to our daily blog for February 3, 2023, Friday. On Wednesday, Former India opener Aakash Chopra felt that the return of Ravindra Jadeja is a great sign for India ahead of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy this month. Jadeja, who sustained a knee injury during Asia Cup last year, returned to action in the Ranji Trophy match for Saurashtra. The southpaw announced his return to competitive cricket with seven wickets in the second innings of Tamil Nadu.
India have already announced the squad for the first two Test matches against Australia and Jadeja has been put into the team but the BCCI’s note suggested that he Read More
It is estimated that inclement weather affected Test cricket 64 per cent of the time in the last eight years in the Sydney. However, Michael Clarke is against any changes. Read More Here
BCCI General Secretary Jay Shah has flown to Bahrain to take part in an emergent meeting called by Pakistan Cricket Board regarding the hosting rights of Asia Cup 2023. Read More Here.
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“He should be given a long rope. He is a high-quality player with a lot of potential. He has not been given a long opportunity. If you want to use him at No. 3, give him at least five opportunities. If you want to use him at No. 5, give him the opportunities at least. But give him a chance,” Robin Uthappa told TOI. Read More Here.
Resuming at their overnight score of 106 for 3 after following on, Uttarakhand batters could add just 103 runs before being bowled out for 209 in 73.4 overs on the fourth day of the quarterfinal match. Read More Here
Ahead of the Women’s Premier League auction, we take a look at the top five India batters who can strike it rich. Read Here
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After conceding a big first innings lead of 151, MP bounced back on the third day on Thursday by skittling out Andhra for a mere 93 in 32.3 overs. Read More Here
Bengal had played the final in the 2019-20 season and after a COVID induced break, the team qualified for the semi-finals last year when it lost to eventual champions Madhya Pradesh. Read Here
Former Australia assistant coach Sridharan Sriram is disappointed that spinner Adam Zampa is not with the touring team for the four-match Test series against India beginning on February 9. Sriram said that Zampa was someone who could “hold” his action for long periods of time like Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja, something which Ashton Agar and Mitchell Swepson might find difficult in tough subcontinental conditions. (Read Full Story Here)
Women’s Premier League franchise Gujarat Giants on Friday announced they have roped in legendary Australia cricketer Rachael Haynes as the head coach for the upcoming inaugural season. Haynes appointment comes just days after the Adani Sportsline owned team had announced the legendary Mithali Raj will serve as their as their mentor and advisor. (Read Full Story Here)
Legendary Australian pacer Jeff Thomson feels that the jam-packed schedule in recent times will force the players to take a call on whether they want to play one format or all. In recent times, several star players have already given up on one or two formats to manage their workload and extend their longevity in the game. Thomson feels that Bumrah might have to take the call on whether he wants to play all the formats or opt out from one to extend his longevity. (Read Full Story Here)
“Australia are not playing any tour matches this time. This is not new. Even India avoids tour games when they go on a few overseas tours. Since Team India’s schedule is packed with international games, it is not possible to turn up for practice games with the same intensity,” Ashwin said on his YouTube channel. Read More Here
#TeamIndia have begun their preparations for the Border Gavaskar Trophy ahead of the 1st Test in Nagpur.#INDvAUS pic.twitter.com/21NlHzLwGA
— BCCI (@BCCI) February 3, 2023
Test cricket action is set to begin in India with the Border-Gavaskar Trophy starting on February 9. The much-awaited clash between India and Australia will have four matches beginning in Nagpur on February 9. The second Test will be played in Pune from February 17, followed by matches in Dharamsala (from March 1), and Ahmedabad (from March 9). Latest media reports suggest that leaders of both India and Australia will witness the latest chapter of the fierce rivalry between the two cricketing powerhouses.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Australian Prime Minister Anthony Albanese will be in attendance for the fourth and final Test of the 2022/23 edition of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy in Ahmedabad, reported the Times of India.
Eight-time champions Karnataka dominated with both bat and ball as they thrashed Uttarakhand by an innings and 281 runs to enter the semifinals of the Ranji Trophy here on Friday.
Resuming at their overnight score of 106 for 3 after following on, Uttarakhand batters could add just 103 runs before being bowled out for 209 in 73.4 overs on the fourth day of the quarterfinal match.
Swapnil Singh (51 off 100 balls) top-scored for Uttarakhand.
Dinesh Karthik made his Test debut against Australia at the Wankhede Stadium nearly two decades ago. Ahead of India vs Australia series, the 37-year-old has announced that he will be making yet another home debut, but in a different avatar. The wicket batter will don the hat of a commentator in the upcoming Border Gavaskar Trophy. The Indian side will take on Australia in the four-match Test series at home starting on February 9. Karthik shared an update on Twitter and wrote, “Made my Test debut in India against Australia… Well…It’s happening again!”
Joginder Sharma, one of the members of Team India at the 2007 T20 World Cup, has announced his retirement from all formats of the game on Friday. After making his debut in 2004, the right-arm bowler played 4 ODIs and as many T20Is, picking up 1 and 4 wickets respectively. Though his international career was short-lived, he will always be remembered for the thrilling final over against Pakistan in the final of the inaugural T20 World Cup in South Africa.
Khan made his international debut in 2009, and would go on to make his Test debut in a span of few months. However, he last played an international match against World XI in 2017 and hasn’t been selected since.
Furthermore, he also said clearly what he felt about Rohit vs Virat battle.
“Virat Kohli is a great batter, but Rohit Sharma is even better than Kohli. Rohit is technically better, he plays late and has a lot of time. Rohit ruled world cricket for 10-12 years.”
“He plays it very late and has a lot of time.” When the podcast host retorted that Rohit is struggling, he replied: “Cricket hai, 15 years se raaj bhi to kar raha tha.(This is cricket, he had ruled it for 15 years)”
Quinton de Kock led from the front with a half-century to revitalise Durban’s Super Giants’ Betway SA20 campaign with a five-wicket victory at Kingsmead on Thursday evening.
De Kock showed great courage to battle through the pain of an injured finger. The skipper struck 63 off 41 balls to set up his team’s successful chase before Matthew Breetzke took the home team over the line with an undefeated 48 off 39 balls.
MI Cape Town, though, pushed the Super Giants to the penultimate ball before Breetzke pulled a six into the stands to surpass the visitors’ 165/5.
Chopra, who is known for his vocal cricketing opinions, suggested that with Rishabh Pant’s unavailability and uncertainty over Shreyas Iyer’s fitness, Jadeja getting fit in time is very crucial for the hosts.
“Ravindra Jadeja is available. He recently played one Ranji Trophy match, where he also took a lot of wickets. He is already a part of the Indian team’s camp. Jadeja being fit is really important for India, and I’ll tell you why because Rishabh Pant is not there, and Shreyas Iyer may not be either,” Aakash Chopra said on JioCinema’s new daily sports show ‘#AAKASHVANI.
Iyer, who was in phenomenal form with the bat last year, missed the New Zealand series due to a back injury. Several reports suggested that it will be tough for Iyer to recover in time for the Border-Gavaskar Trophy opener in Nagpur.
Chopra said that there are high chances that Suryakumar Yadav will make his Test debut in Nagpur if Iyer misses out due to injury. He also suggested in such a scenario India need Jadeja in the lower-middle order.
“Iyer has a hamstring or back injury from which he has not fully recovered. So, if he is not available, we might also see Surya in the starting lineup. Also, Hanuma Vihari, who is not even a part of the team. So without Jaddu, the batting becomes very weak. Jadeja being fit and Shreyas Iyer being unfit is big news for India,” Chopra added.
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