WTC Final Countdown – Playing in overseas conditions has given me a lot of confidence: Shubman Gill | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Talented young batsman Shubman Gill has been in sensational form with the bat recently. Following an impressive performance in the recently-concluded Indian Premier League season 16, the 23-year-old is now set to carry his good form into the eagerly-awaited World Test Championship (WTC) Final against Australia. The match is scheduled to commence on June 7 at the Oval.
Considered to be an all-formats superstar in the making, Shubman, while playing for the Gujarat Titans in IPL 2023, displayed his dominance by smashing three centuries and emerging as the highest run-scorer of the tournament. Shubman signed off the tournament with a total of 890 runs at an average of 59.33 under his belt.
Shubman in fact became the first batsman to score centuries in Tests, ODIs, T20Is and in the IPL in the same calendar year.

Considering his recent scintillating form, Shubman is expected to fire on all cylinders when he opens Team India‘s batting alongside captain Rohit Sharma.
Shubman was also part of the Indian team that lost the inaugural World Test Championship final to New Zealand by eight wickets in Southampton in 2021. He contributed with 28 and 8 in the WTC final and will be itching to better those statistics.

“The experience in red ball cricket has been phenomenal. I have learned a lot with time and will keep learning. I have played around 15 Tests so far. Most of those Tests have been outside India. Playing overseas has given me a lot of confidence. The experience has been really great. You get to know different conditions, you get to play on different tracks, be it bouncy, spin-friendly, or anything else. I have cherished every single condition I have played in,” Shubman told in an interview.
Shubman has played 15 Tests in his career so far, averaging 34.23, and has played the most number of Tests against Australia and England — 5 each.
In 5 Tests against Australia, Shubman has scored 413 runs at an average of 51.62. He has one century and 2 fifties under his belt against the Aussies.

Shubman’s Test debut was also against Australia during India’s 2020-21 tour, under the captaincy of Ajinkya Rahane. He was part of the victorious Rahane-led Team India’s memorable 2-1 series win against Australia in Australia.
Shubman played 3 Tests on that tour and scored 259 runs at an average of 51.80.
“From making my debut in Melbourne against Australia to playing in England, I got to learn a lot. Sharing the dressing room with the seniors – Virat bhai, Rohit bhai, Ajinkya, Pujara has been amazing. I have enjoyed batting in overseas conditions,” Shubman further told

On being asked about his favourite Test knock so far, Shubman rated his Brisbane knock as his best. He scored 91 runs in India’s thrilling three-wicket win against Australia in that match.

“There are so many (favourite knocks) but I will rate my knock in Brisbane on top. It will be close to my heart. Our team needed runs in that crucial match and I am happy that I could contribute and give my best. It was one of the best series wins. I am happy and proud that I was part of that series win,” the 23-year-old winner of the IPL 2023 orange cap said.

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“Ajinkya led from the front and we all were confident that we would win. Rishabh played a wonderful knock and took us to a series win. It was a memorable win. I wanted to score as many runs in the fourth innings as possible and played confidently. I wanted to win the match for my team,” Shubman signed off.

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WTC Final: Rohit Sharma reveals challenges of batting in English conditions ahead of WTC final | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: During an ICC event ‘Afternoon With Test Legends,’ India captain Rohit Sharma provided valuable insights into the difficulties of batting in English conditions as his team prepares for the World Test Championship final against Australia. With an impressive batting average of over 50 in the tournament, Rohit emphasised the significance of hard work and adaptability on English tracks.
“In England in general, it’s pretty challenging conditions for batters. As long as you are prepared to have a good grind, you can have success,” Rohit stated, addressing his fellow cricketers Pat Cummins, Ross Taylor, and Ian Bell.
Drawing from personal experience, Rohit acknowledged the unpredictable nature of English weather and the constant challenge of never feeling fully “in” or settled. He stressed the need for sustained concentration and the development of intuition to identify the right moments to take on the bowlers.

“You need to keep concentrating for longer periods of time and you will get that intuition when it’s time to take on the bowlers. More importantly, you need to be out there and you have got to understand what your strengths are,” Rohit explained.
Recognizing his inclination towards data and analysis, Rohit suggested studying the scoring patterns of successful players who have excelled at the Oval. While he did not intend to emulate them, he believed that understanding their approach could prove beneficial.
“I am not going to try and emulate them (successful players) but it would be a bit nice to know their pattern of scoring. What I have found out at Oval is that the square boundaries are pretty quick,” Rohit shared.

Having successfully transitioned between formats for over a decade, Rohit acknowledged the challenges involved and expressed his enjoyment of the constant test it poses to his skills. He emphasised the need for adaptability, mental readiness, and self-reflection.
“That (change of formats) certainly has been the challenging factor. You know you play multi-format. Mentally you have to be very adaptable and tweak your technique. You need to be talking to yourself and get mentally ready,” Rohit explained.
Despite his numerous accomplishments in limited-overs cricket, Rohit holds Test cricket in the highest regard.

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“It keeps challenging you. You want to be in these situations. You look forward and as a person, it brings the best out of you. In the last 3-4 years in Test cricket, we have had good success. Now it is about crossing that final hurdle and giving that confidence to youngsters so that they can play in the way they want to play,” Rohit concluded, highlighting the team’s aim to inspire younger players and achieve success in the upcoming World Test Championship final.
(With inputs from PTI)

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WTC Final: Time to reformat for Team India | Cricket News – Times of India

The endless grind of franchise T20s & international cricket is now reality, meaning India’s players have to stay fit & adjust quickly, in just a few nets sessions, to play a Test in England on the heels of the IPL
At the start of the year, there was a lengthy meeting at a five-star hotel in Mumbai where some BCCI office-bearers huddled with India captain Rohit Sharma, who was present virtually, head coach Rahul Dravid and National Cricket Academy chairman VVS Laxman.
Their topic of discussion? ‘Workload management,’ a term bandied about by the board in the media to give an impression that something is being done about it.

The BCCI, it seemed, was a bit concerned with the workload of the players in the light of 2023 being the year of the World Test Championship final and the ICC ODI World Cup in India in October-November.
The after-effects of a long tournament like the IPL were visible and certainly played a part in India’s dismal campaigns in the 2009 T20 World Cup in England, and in the Test series two years later, which the team lost 0-4.
Another IPL later, we still have no solution to this problem. There was no sign of any player’s workload being managed during the IPL.


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In fact, the last batch of the four Indian players supposed to be playing in the WTC final at Oval – Ravindra Jadeja, Ajinkya Rahane (CSK), Shubman Gill (GT) and Mohammed Shami (GT) – were locked in a tense IPL final, which stretched to three days, just a week before the Test.
Someone like Mumbai Indians coach and former South African wicketkeeper Mark Boucher feels that a tournament like the IPL isn’t too much taxing because it involves playing just T20 cricket.
However, these are high-intensity T20 games in a short duration, with hardly any time left for the body to recover before the next match. Almost all the players carry some niggle or the other.


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At the start of the tournament, a report emerged that Rohit Sharma would rest for a few games, allowing Suryakumar Yadav to lead Mumbai Indians, but that happened in just one match. With MI’s qualification on the line, Rohit ended up playing almost every game in IPL 2023.
Not to forget, this was the first IPL post-Covid which involved the home and away format since 2019. It meant the players were on a usual ‘Bharat darshan’ trip, clocking thousands of air miles with its attendant hassles.
Add several matches which go deep into the night, and you have a situation where the body clock of the sleep-deprived cricketer goes for a six. A classic example was the reserve day of the IPL final, which saw the post-match ceremony finishing around 3.30 am!

That brings us to the million-dollar question. Will the players be fatigued going into the World Test Championship final against Australia?
“No, fatigue is definitely not a factor for international players. These players’ workloads have been monitored continuously. They should be raring to go and be able to give their best,” former India left-arm spinner and ex-national selector Sunil Joshi told TOI.
Barring Cheteshwar Pujara, who was enjoying another dream season for Sussex, all the other Indian cricketers were involved deeply in this rigmarole. In contrast, the Aussies, with a view to win their first WTC title and the Ashes, were more focused on getting as used to the English conditions as possible.

Being left unsold in the IPL auction in December proved to be a boon in disguise for someone like Steve Smith, who revelled as Pujara’s teammate in Sussex, getting some useful runs and game time in the UK.
The Aussie pace battery is also fit and raring to go. Skipper Pat Cummins and Mitchell Starc decided to give the IPL a skip, while Josh Hazlewood played for RCB in just three games, in which he bowled 9 overs.
In a curious turn of events, the pacer flew back to Australia mid-way into the IPL due to an ‘injury,’ but was pronounced fit for WTC and the Ashes in a few days’ time.
The only Aussie players involved in both the IPL and the WTC final are allrounder Cameron Green, who had a stellar season for MI, and veteran opener David Warner, who captained a floundering Delhi Capitals campaign.


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As they scamper to prepare for the big final while trying to put in a few meaningful practice sessions in the UK without even a warm-up game under their belt, India’s top cricketers are clearly in danger of being under-cooked for red-ball cricket.
Joshi, though feels that Team India “has had a good preparation”. “The fact that we are practicing at the Arundel Castle Cricket Club – a open ground where there’s a strong breeze – will help our cricketers immensely, as the ball will swing a lot there, and the bowlers will get an idea of bowling with and against the breeze.
“Form is important irrespective of format. If a pacer is hitting the hard lengths and a batsman is able to middle the ball, everything should be fine.”


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MCA announces 35 probables for off-season camp | Cricket News – Times of India

MUMBAI: In its first meeting, Mumbai’s new senior selection committee, led by former India pacer Raju Kulkarni, on Friday dropped pacer Siddharth Raut from the list of 35 probables for an off-season camp, which will be held at the Mumbai Cricket Association’s Indoor Academy from next week. Raut played 4 games in the Ranji Trophy last season, in which he took 4 [email protected]. 00, with a best haul of 2-26.
Meanwhile, on Thursday night, the MCA’s office-bearers and the rest of the Apex Council hosted the selectors and coaches of all the age group teams of Mumbai for a dinner at the Wankhede Stadium.
The probables: Rohit Sharma, Prithvi Shaw, Yashaswi Jaiswal, Bhupen Lalwani, Ajinkya Rahane, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Sarfaraz Khan, Shivam Dube, Arman Jaffer, Jayesh Pokhare, Pranav Kela, Hardik Tamore, Prasad Pawar, Siddhant Adhatrao, Shardul Thakur, Dhawal Kulkarni, Tushar Deshpande, Mohit Avasthi, Roystan Dias, Harsh Tanna, Shams Mulani, Tanush Kotian, Vijay Gohil, Dhrumil Matkar, Khizar Dafedar, Parikshit Valsangkar, Sylvester Dsouza, Saksham Jha, Aman Khan, Sairaj Patil, Sujit Nayak, Aditya Dhumal, Shashank Attarde, Atif Attarwala

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WTC Final: Big Challenge For Rohit Sharma’s Team India To Come Out Of T20 Mould, Says Sunil Gavaskar

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar feels emerging from the IPL 2023 T20 mode will be the biggest challenge for the Indian players when they take on Australia in the World Test Championship (WTC) final against Australia next week. Rohit Sharma’s India will play the WTC final at The Oval from June 7 with a majority of the players having come through the rigours of IPL 2023, which concluded on Monday night with Chennai Super Kings lifting the trophy for a record-equalling fifth time.

“The biggest test will be the fact that just about everybody will be coming out of a T20 format, and Test cricket is a longer format. So, I think that’s going to be the big challenge,” said Gavaskar on Star Sports on Tuesday.

He added that among all the India players only veteran batter Cheteshwar Pujara was well acclimatised to the longer format as he has been playing county cricket. “They (India) have only Cheteshwar Pujara who has been playing in the English County Championship, so he will be the only guy who has played the longer format in these conditions, so that’s going to be the big challenge for them.”

On Ajinkya Rahane, who after a long form slump has come back strongly in the IPL and helped CSK win the title this season, Gavaskar said the the 34-year-old’s experience of English conditions will be beneficial to the side. “He’s got a lot of experience having played in England, having scored runs in England. So, yes, I think he is going to be crucial down at number 5. And yes, I do believe he has a point to prove, I still feel he has got plenty of cricket left in him, and this is a wonderful opportunity for him.”

The cricketer-turned-commentator hoped Rahane makes full use of the opportunity that has come his way to extend his professional career. “I’m hoping he will be able to grab this opportunity with all the experience that he has and make a place for him back in the Indian team,” Gavaskar said.

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GT Vs MI Dream11 Team Prediction, Match Preview, Fantasy Cricket Hints: Captain, Probable Playing 11s, Team News; Injury Updates For Today’s GT Vs MI IPL 2023 Qualifier 2 in Ahmedabad, 730PM IST, May 26

Defending champions Gujarat Titans (GT) will be facing off against five-time former winners Mumbai Indians (MI) in the IPL 2023 Qualifier 2 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Friday. Both teams are bidding to join Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the IPL 2023 final on Sunday.

This is the third time that GT and MI are going up against each other with Rohit Sharma’s side winning two of those matches. MI posted their second win over GT recently, when they thrashed the table-toppers by 27 runs at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai.

GT had defeated MI by 55 runs when the two sides met earlier in the season in Ahmedabad. In the last match between the two sides, Suryakumar Yadav scored his maiden T20 century. For GT, opener Shubman Gill is in sensational form with the bat, having scored back-to-back centuries earlier in the season and is just 9 runs short of possibly becoming the youngest winner of the IPL Orange Cap.

In the bowling department, while GT pacer Mohammad Shami is leading the Purple Cap table with 26 wickets, MI’s Akash Madhwal produced the best-ever bowling figures in a Playoffs match – claiming 5/5 against Lucknow Super Giants in Eliminator. It will be interesting to see if MI will bring back Arjun Tendulkar to play in his first-ever IPL Playoffs match.

Gujarat Titans vs Mumbai Indians IPL 2023 Qualifier 2 Details

Venue: Narendra Modi Stadium, Ahmedabad

Date & Time: May 26, 730pm IST onwards

Live Streaming and TV details: Star Sports Network and Jio Cinema website and app.

GT vs MI IPL 2023 Qualifier 2 Dream11 Prediction

Wicketkeeper: Ishan Kishan

Batters: Shubman Gill, Vijay Shankar, Suryakumar Yadav, Tilak Varma

All-rounders: Hardik Pandya, Cameron Green

Bowlers: Rashid Khan, Mohammad Shami, Piyush Chawla, Akash Madhwal

Captain: Shubman Gill

Vice-captain: Suryakumar Yadav

GT vs MI IPL 2023 Qualifier 2 Predicted 11

Gujarat Titans: Shubman Gill, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Hardik Pandya (c), Vijay Shankar, David Miller, Sai Sudharsan/Abhinav Manohar, Rahul Tewatia, Rashid Khan, Noor Ahmad, Mohit Sharma, Mohammed Shami

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Nehal Wadhera, Tim David, Tilak Varma, Cameron Green, Chris Jordan, Hrithik Shokeen/Kumar Kartikeya/Arjun Tendulkar, Piyush Chawla, Jason Behrendorff

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IND vs AFG: युवा खिलाड़ियों की एंट्री, BCCI लेगी बड़ा फैसला!

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टीम इंडिया में आ सकते हैं आईपीएल के जांबाज

भारतीय टीम को 7 जून से 11 जून तक ऑस्ट्रेलिया के खिलाफ लंदन के ओवल में वर्ल्ड टेस्ट चैंपियनशिप का फाइनल खेलना है। उसके बाद जून के अंत में टीम को वेस्टइंडीज रवाना होना है एक बड़े दौरे के लिए। इस दौरे पर टीम टेस्ट वनडे और टी20 खेलेगी। अभी हालांकि, इसका पूरा शेड्यूल सामने नहीं आया है। गुरुवार शाम यह भी जानकारी सामने आ रही थी कि भारत और अफगानिस्तान के बीच इसी दौरान होने वाली सीरीज पर संकट के बादल मंडरा रहे हैं। लेकिन अब जो ताजा रिपोर्ट सामने आई है उसमें कहा जा रहा है कि टीम इंडिया अपनी युवा ब्रिगेड को अफगानिस्तान के खिलाफ उतार सकती है।

पीटीआई/भाषा की एक रिपोर्ट के मुताबिक भारतीय टीम के सीनियर खिलाड़ियों को वेस्टइंडीज दौरे से पूर्व आराम दिया जाएगा। वहीं हार्दिक पांड्या की अगुआई में सेकंड स्ट्रिंग टीम यानी युवा ब्रिगेड को अफगानिस्तान के खिलाफ उतारा जा सकता है। गौरतलब है कि दो महीने तक आईपीएल खेलने के बाद अब टीम के सीनियर 15 खिलाड़ी इंग्लैंड रवाना होने लगे हैं। कुछ रवाना हो चुके हैं वहीं कुछ 28 मई को आईपीएल फाइनल के बाद जाएंगे। हार्दिक टेस्ट टीम का हिस्सा नहीं हैं, ऐसे में वह अफगानिस्तान के खिलाफ बागडोर संभाल सकते हैं। 

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Hardik Pandya

किन खिलाड़ियों की हो सकती है एंट्री?

अगर खाली विंडो की बात करें तो भारत और अफगानिस्तान सीरीज के लिए 20 से 30 जून तक का समय नजर आ रहा है। इस दौरान बीसीसीआई या तो सिर्फ वनडे या सिर्फ टी20 कोई एक सीरीज करवा सकती है। इस दौरान टीम इंडिया में आईपीएल 2023 में शानदार प्रदर्शन करने वाले कई युवा खिलाड़ियों की भी एंट्री हो सकती है। वहीं कई ऐसे खिलाड़ी जो सीनियर टीम में जगह बनाने में जूझते हैं उनकी भी इस टीम में एंट्री हो सकती है। जैसे संजू सैमसन, राहुल त्रिपाठी जैसे खिलाड़ी इस टीम का हिस्सा हो सकते हैं। वहीं सूर्यकुमार यादव इस टीम का अहम हिस्सा हो सकते हैं। इसके अलावा आईपीएल में शानदार प्रदर्शन करने वाले यशस्वी जायसवाल, रिंकू सिंह और तिलक वर्मा जैसे कई नए चेहरे भी नजर आ सकते हैं।

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अफगानिस्तान क्रिकेट बोर्ड के अध्यक्ष मिरवाइस अशरफ इन दिनों भारत में ही एशियन क्रिकेट काउंसिल की मीटिंग के लिए मौजूद हैं। आईपीएल फाइनल के बाद एशिया कप के वेन्यू पर फैसला होगा। वहीं उसी दौरान भारत और अफगानिस्तान की इस सीरीज का भी फाइनल ब्लू प्रिंट तैयार हो सकता है। अगर भारत के आगामी वेस्टइंडीज दौरे की बात करें तो यह 12 जुलाई से 13 अगस्त तक का हो सकता है। इस दौरान दो टेस्ट, तीन वनडे और पांच टी20 मुकाबले खेले जाएंगे। इस दौरे के बाद टीम को आयरलैंड दौरे पर जाना है जहां एक बार फिर से हार्दिक पांड्या के नेतृत्व में युवा टीम खेलती नजर आ सकती है। इसके बाद सितंबर में एशिया कप के बाद टीम ऑस्ट्रेलिया के खिलाफ घरेलू वनडे सीरीज खेलेगी जो वर्ल्ड कप की तैयारी के लिहाज से अहम होगी।

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LSG vs MI Highlights: Five-star Akash scripts Lucknow’s rout, Mumbai set up Qualifier 2 clash with Gujarat | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Uttarakhand-born uncapped Akash Madhwal wreaked havoc with his maiden IPL fifer as five-time champions Mumbai Indians blew away Lucknow Super Giants in a one-sided Eliminator clash in Chennai. Demolishing the Krunal Pandya side by a mammoth 81 runs, Mumbai registered the third biggest margin of win in the playoffs and booked their flights to Ahmedabad where they will face defending champions Gujarat Titans in the Qualifier 2 on Friday.
Chasing a stiff 183, Lucknow committed harakiri, losing their last 8 wickets for just 32 runs as for the second time in a row they crashed out of the competition with a defeat in the Eliminator.

The 29-year-old Madhwal was at his absolute best, claiming sensational figures of 5 for 5 in a dream spell as he also registered the best ever bowling figures for an uncapped player in the history of the tournament.

Mumbai Indians scored 182 for 8 in 20 overs and it seemed 15 short given explosive batting firepower of Lucknow but Madhwal’s incredible figures of 3.3-0-5-5 and some terrific ground fielding led by skipper Rohit Sharma saw Gautam Gambhir mentored side crumble for a paltry 101 in 16.3 overs.

There were three run-outs in what turned out to be a forgettable evening for the Sanjiv Goenka-owned franchise.

MI will now take on Titans in the second Qualifier to decide on Chennai Super Kings‘ opposition for the big final on Sunday.

If the first part of the evening belonged to a fiery Naveen ul Haq, whose 4 for 37 made everyone feel wary about MI’s final score, Madhwal reassured the faith that his skipper showed in him.
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The delivery that clinched the final was one bowled to dangerous Nicholas Pooran (0) from round the wicket. He delivered it from slightly wide off the crease and it shaped inward before nipping away with a touch extra bounce forcing the southpaw to edge it to Ishan Kishan behind the stumps.

That literally broke LSG’s back and on either side of that wicket, Madhawal took four more to enhance his reputation having been a tennis ball cricketer till the age of 23.
Skipper Rohit, who has been pilloried for his fitness threw himself around and the relay throw to run Krishnappa Gowtham out was a fabulous effort.
Earlier, flamboyant Afghanistan seamer Naveen ul Haq picked up four wickets as Lucknow Super Giants managed to keep Mumbai Indians under-check at 182 for 8 in 20 overs.
Naveen, who has been under spotlight since his angry exchanges with Virat Kohli during a league game against RCB, was constantly booed by the Chepauk crowd but he did well enough to dismiss MI skipper Rohit (11 off 10 balls), batting mainstay Suryakumar Yadav (33 off 20 balls), last match’s hero Cameron Green (41 off 23 balls) and the ever dangerous Tilak Verma (26 off 22 balls).
Naveen getting Surya and Green in one over could well prove to be decisive as MI were atleast 15 short of par-score. MI also needed to replace Surya with Impact Player Nehal Wadhera, whose 23 off 12 balls took them past 180-run mark.
Wadhera smacked a six and hit two fours in the final over bowled by Yash Thakur (3 for 34) to boost MI’s score.
The impressive Moshin Khan (1-24) conceded only 6 runs in the penultimate over before Wadhera stepped up the pace in Thakur’s next, the final over of the innings.
Skipper Rohit (11, 10 balls, 1×4, 1×6), who began slowly, fell trying to up the pace, jumping out to hit Naveen only to find Ayush Badoni in the way in the fourth over.
Yash Thakur struck in the next over, getting Ishan Kishan (15, 12 balls, 3×4) to nick one to the keeper.
Suryakumar and Green gave some momentum to the innings with a 66-run third wicket partnership in a little over six overs.

Green, who hammered a ton in the final league match against SRH, slammed six boundaries and 1 six while Yadav hit two maximums and an equal number of fours in his 20-ball knock.
(With inputs from PTI)
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There is no role for an anchor in T20 cricket now: Rohit Sharma | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: India’s cricket captain, Rohit Sharma, has expressed his belief that T20 cricket has undergone significant changes, rendering the role of anchors irrelevant in the format. In a recent interview with Jio Cinema, Sharma discussed his evolving approach as a batter, acknowledging that his change in mindset has resulted in failures but stating that he wants to explore new possibilities.
“As I see it, there is no role for an anchor now. It is just how T20 cricket is played these days, unless you are 20/3 or 4, which is not going to happen every day,” Sharma commented.
He emphasised the need for a change in mindset to keep up with the game’s evolution, saying, “If you do not change your mindset, you are going to get smashed. People on the other side are thinking about the game differently and taking it to the next level.”

Sharma believes that all seven batters in a team must play their roles effectively, regardless of the outcome. He stated, “I believe that if you get a good score, it is good, but even if you get a good 30-40 off just 10-15 or 20 balls, it is (just) as good because you are doing the role for the team. The game has changed.”
Having played T20 cricket for a considerable time, Sharma now seeks to approach batting differently, even if it means occasional dismissals. He mentioned his recent failures against Chennai Super Kings and Punjab Kings but remains undeterred in his pursuit of a new style.
“I just want to play that way and see what I can do. I have played this format for a long time and in a certain manner. But I want to do different things now. While doing that, (if) I get out, (it) does not really bother me,” Sharma asserted.
When it comes to power-hitting, Sharma recognizes that he cannot match the strength of players like Tim David, Kieron Pollard, and Cameron Green. He focuses instead on timing the ball and finding the sweet spot, highlighting his belief in the effectiveness of well-timed shots.

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“I know (that) I cannot match the power of guys like Tim David, Kieron Pollard, and Cameron Green. They are powerful hitters; they can hit 100 metres easily,” Sharma explained.
Sharma also praised fellow batsman Suryakumar Yadav for his approach and credited his success to the hard work he has put in over the years. He mentioned Yadav’s consistent performances in domestic cricket and predicted a bright future for him.
The Mumbai Indians and India captain acknowledged his team’s status as a collection of superstars but emphasised that the franchise has played a pivotal role in developing these players through its scouting process.
“It is a superstar team, but it is because the franchise has worked for it. All these players are part of the big auction pool — we have bought them,” Sharma stated, highlighting the efforts of the team’s scouts in identifying talent such as Jasprit Bumrah and Akshar Patel.

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Sharma also expressed his confidence in the potential of young players Tilak Varma and Nehal Wadhera, predicting that they would become “huge stars” for both Mumbai Indians and India in the future.
As Sharma prepares to lead India in the final of the World Test Championship and the 50-over World Cup later this year, he reflected on the 2011 World Cup, admitting that he did not watch most of the tournament due to his disappointment at not being selected. He described it as a setback year that prompted him to make significant changes to his game and routines.
With his revamped approach to T20 cricket, Sharma aims to push boundaries and adapt to the ever-changing dynamics of the game, setting his sights on achieving success in the upcoming tournaments.
(With inputs from PTI)

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GT vs MI IPL 2023 Highlights: All-round Gujarat Titans crush Mumbai Indians by 55 runs | Cricket News – Times of India

NEW DELHI: Defending champions Gujarat Titans produced a clinical performance to demolish five-time-champions Mumbai Indians by 55 runs in their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2023 match at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Tuesday. With this crushing win, GT have jumped to second spot in the points tally.
Set a stiff target of 208, Mumbai Indians could muster 152/9 in 20 overs.
MI didn’t get the kind of start they would have liked and were struggling at 29 for the loss of captain Rohit Sharma‘s wicket in six overs, the team failing miserably to utilise the powerplay.
While trying to work the ball on the onside, Rohit got a leading edge and ended up giving a return catch to his opposite number, Hardik Pandya, in the second over.
After the seamers have done their job, star leg-spinner Rashid Khan came on and bowled a very economical first over.

MI managed to score 13 runs in the seventh over, before Rashid ended Ishan Kishan’s painstaking stay in the middle. Ishan consumed an many as 21 balls for his 13 runs.
Three balls later, Rashid had Tilak Varma trapped in front of the wicket to leave MI reeling at 45 for three in the eighth over.
From there, five-time winners MI could not do enough to challenge the defending champions.
After a forgettable outing with the ball where he was smashed around for 39 runs in two overs, Cameron Green chipped in with 33 off 26 balls, while Suryakumar Yadav contributed 23 in 12 balls. Nehal Wadhera smashed his way to 40 in just 21 deliveries, but their efforts only delayed the inevitable.
Besides Rashid’s 2/27 in four overs, Noor Ahmad, the other spinner from Afghanistan, finished with impressive figures of 3/37 in his full quota of overs.

Earlier, GT’s lower middle-order used the long handle to good effect and powered their team to a formidable 207 for six.
David Miller blazed away to a 22-ball 46, Rahul Tewatia smashed an unbeaten 20 in just five balls, while Abhinav Manohar needed only 21 deliveries to make 42 during a vital partnership of 71 runs for the fifth wicket with the South African.
This was after Shubman Gill made a neat 34-ball 56.
Arjun Tendulkar began on a promising note and conceded four runs in the opening over after his skipper Rohit opted to bowl first on winning the toss.
Gill got the first boundary of the match as the opener played one behind square off a Jason Behrendorff delivery that was slightly short.
MI didn’t have to wait long for their first breakthrough as Wriddhiman Saha missed an attempted pull shot to edge one to the keeper off Tendulkar in the first ball of the third over.
Having taken his partner Gill’s advice, Saha reviewed, but the on-field umpire’s decision was retained by UltraEdge.
It was a nice comeback by Tendulkar junior, four days after being smacked for 48 runs in three overs by Punjab Kings. Growing in confidence, the 23-year-old left-arm seamer gave away just five runs.
With the help of few fours and a six, Gill gave the GT innings the momentum it needed after a quiet first five overs.
Gill collected 17 runs off Green’s first as GT reached 50 for one at the end of the six powerplay overs.
However, defending champions GT suffered a major blow when Piyush Chawla (2/34) snared skipper Hardik caught in the deep by Suryakumar after the batter had made 13 off 14 balls.
GT were in for another shock as Gill, having played some fine shots on way to his brisk half-century, was sent back by Kumar Kartikeya to leave the team 91 for three at the start of the 12th over. Gill hit seven fours and a six.
Vijay Shankar was dismissed for 16-ball 19 before Manohar and Miller accelerated with their big hitting.
Manohar accumulated 17 runs off Chawla’s final over to ruin his figures after three economical overs.
The duo of Manohar and Miller then amassed 22 runs in the 18th over bowled by Green, who was smashed for three sixes.

Finally, Riley Meredith took out Manohar in the beginning of the 19th over, out bowled as the batter looked to loft the ball over long-off.
Tewatia had a first ball six, before Miller ended the over with two more maximums.
(With inputs from PTI)

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