The Sports Thread 2021 (4)

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  1. “I have haven’t been fortunate enough to have been in the same change room as MS Dhoni. But I just see the calmness that he brings to situations. He is not Captain Cool for nothing. There is never any panic. For the first time in that 19th over, when Thakur bowled wides, for the first time, I saw him diddle a bit because it was only delaying the inevitable.”

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/cricket/i-haven-t-been-fortunate-enough-to-be-in-the-same-change-room-as-msd-gavaskar-s-tribute-to-ms-dhoni-after-ipl-win-101634364989818.html

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  2. ‘If any team deserved to win the IPL, it’s KKR’: Dhoni’s comment wins hearts
    KKR, hoping to win their third IPL title, fell short by 27 runs, but the team sure did manage to win a lot of admirers, including MS Dhoni, through their resilient show in IPL 2021.

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  3. who will the IPL teams want to retain, 3 domestic and 1 international?
    CSK – Gaikwad, Jadeja,
    MI – Bumrah, Rohit, Pollard
    RCB – Maxwell, H Patel
    DC – Shikar
    KKR – Narine, V Iyer

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  5. How iconic!! This shot virtually captures the point in the time in history when Indian cricket overtook pakistan’s in terms of mind, body and money equired in the game.

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    • No it only happens when Saurav taught them how to win in tough situations. Pakistan team is 90s was way better than Indian team.

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  6. Movies, cricket…what more for theatres?

    Election results could also be a big draw.

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  7. India pretty comfortably messed up England and Aussies in the warm-up: Let’s wait for the emotionally-charged match versus Pak…

    On another note, I never watch IPL but watched this guy – https://www.espncricinfo.com/player/ruturaj-gaikwad-1060380 – and found him technically proficient with the bat; i.e. has the capacity and cerebellum to play test and one-days. [I don’t know if he has already played; Yodha please educate me…}

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  8. Wishing the Indian team all the best….will be one cracker of a T20…as always, since I have been a bad luck persona for Team India, I don’t think I will be watching this one….

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  9. WTF is team India doing. They need to relax and settle down.

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  10. hats off to shaheen though. Those 2 deliveries to Sharma and Rahul were brilliant. Especially Rahul’s.

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  11. 84/4. hardly any hope for India.

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  12. Great cover-drive. It’s such a delight to watch Virat and Sachin hit those cover-drives…

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  13. A captain’s innings by Kohli. Good one. Lead the shaky ship by standards.

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  14. LOL chaos all over!!!! 150 is gettable now!!! Thank You Pakistan!!!

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  15. I had always said never to take Pak lightly in a T20 series. They have terrific ammunition. They are hardly good in 1-days and test matches. Looks like India is facing a record-breaking moment of never succumbed to Pakistan here…

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  16. I’m just gonna take this as a fluke and not be concerned about it but it totally ruined my Sunday.

    At least one wicket should have been taken.

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  17. Totally a depressing Sunday. But full marks to Pakistan and congrats to the team for an astounding win. They were clinical and ruthless and India was defensive from the word go. I can understand that it was India under pressure and never Pakistan but still, this will be an embarrassing defeat from India; considering that this is a wicket-less win for Pakistan.

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  18. It seems Kohli lost his cool — if he ever had one — when asked by a reporter as to why Rohit was in the team. And he answered, as per his nature, : What do you expect me to do? Do you want me to replace Sharma?”

    Why wasn’t Ishan played today replacing Sharma? If anything Kohli should have learnt from Dhoni, it is risk-taking. Dhoni was ready to show the door to Tendulkar and Dravid!!!

    I feel that Kohli — thanks to the drunkard Shastri — is getting into a shell; where, no, matter what the circumstances of the game demand, he would run down to Rohit and his yes-men…He is not ready to take bold chances…

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    • Rohit’s still my pick to captain the ODI side for the next 2 years. No idea about his T20 form though.

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    • Its is a fighting loss for India. They did try after the initial setback to post a decent total.
      However it was not enough more so due to due and sensible and once in a life time batting by Pakistani openers. They are playing for their pride after the drubbing they received when teams left them dry.
      Yeah…who knows?
      I am looking at a hopeful situation here. Jayshah knows that i am the eternal optimistic and he is jealous of me for this.
      My hope is,
      India does have a knack to start a series with a loss, and then from the kickback received after that loss regroup and perform. So am hoping for a strong comeback in the next important game against NZL.

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    • Very graceful. It is quite uncanny and whether you believe it or not, I had the same discussion with a playing cricketer last night…when Rohit went to Babar and started the talk of kneeling, I immediately knew there is a high, higher chance that India will succumb. It seemed like the news, social media, took a lot of hits on the team. Of course, we can say sitting on our arm-rests, oh they are professionals, they can take any pressure, they have therapists etc., etc.,but then….

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  21. These are all pro player making lots of money and are best of best. Yes, we can debate on this player should have been taken, this one should have been dropped, etc. but at the end of the day, all of these players are pro and good enough that’s why they’re in team India.

    Putting up 150 is not a bad total. It was decent.

    I don’t have issue with us losing, it’s just getting to me that at least one wicket was not taken.

    Not sure why Shami is getting trolled, it’s not like india lost in that one last over by shami. The result was pretty clear even before shami last over started.

    Gambling industry probably made a fortune on this one game. Bets are not just on win/loss, there’s how many runs will be score by each team, by each player, wickets, etc… They made money on just about every parlor.

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  22. Feel sorry for whoever India is playing next, i think team India will come locked and loaded…

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  24. Now pak bet NZ and head to the top of group 2; go figure…

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  25. ‘In the heat of the moment, I said something’: Waqar apologises for his ‘namaz’ remark
    I apologise for this, this was not intended at all, genuine mistake: Waqar Younis

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    • Dumb regardless.

      We’re human, I’ve said things to my wife in the heat of the moment which i feel very bad about a day later.

      As an analyst by profession, i try to analyze it later what trigerred my response, what i can do differently next time and so on.
      But then there are times in life where you just lose control over yourself and things comes out of your mouth.

      When you’re in public eye, you have to be even more cautious on what you say.

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      • and sometimes “Sorry” just isn’t enough.

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        • Agree. People will not forget certain things. There are too many examples. Like saying sorry for Jallianwalabagh incident, sikh riots and other riots etc. A simple sorry will not erase history. But not saying sorry is also wrong. It shows that there is no repentance. And not to repeat the mistake is also very important to show real regret. That is why they say to be careful with words.

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  26. @Sanjana we all know very well how the Pakistani team works. So far, as I said, I only saw SA talk gracefully. And I support him when he says some idiot Indian commentator asked who are these Rizwan and Babar? “Abhi samajh mein aaya, yeh kaun hai?” I will completely support him for that: If an Indian cricket commentator can say such third-rate stuff, what can you say? SA was completely right in pulling him in up.

    And I would NOT support WY statement when he referred to religious BS as something he would regret in the past and compare it with a husband-wife heated argument. He has years, years of experience in cricket. He KNOWS that India/Pak cricket is charged. I will NOT forgive him. If a zealot like Inzamam makes that statement — who tortured the only Christian in the Pak team, Yousuf Youhana, to come and offer namaz – before start of a play, I can understand. But never, ever players like Akram, Akhtar, Abbas and many more who are such terrific cricketers loved by Indians.

    And for those who are trolling Shami, they are IMPOTENT folks who have nothing to do better in their life than sit idle and get a so-called-life in the disgusting social media.

    Great comment at Shivaay. After all, the very founding reason of the nation is quite well known…

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    • Who exactly is SA? Definitely not that clown Shahid Afridi (with more ducks than Courtney Walsh I guess) or that charsi Shoaib Akhtar whose taken more needles than Rakhi Sawant’s botox.

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      • Am talking about Shoaib Akthar (SA) only in terms of the rare mature statement he made on this T20 regarding media pressure et.al; …Afridi, Jagdeep is a far better comedian than him….

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  27. I had another question about T20. I know debates and discussions have been around that by being exposed to international players, their fitness regimes and tactis, Indians have learnt. But then, how would you explain Azhar’s terrific fielding, Sachin’s total devotion to fielding [find me more than 5 instances where he has misfielded or dropped catches], and of course, the cheetah Jonty Rhodes and to an extent, the oft-forgotten Robin Sharma. How did they give importance to fielding and fitness? Or are they mere exceptions?

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    • Robin Singh? original finisher for sometime in ODIs?

      Fielding in Azhar and Sachin days was more within certain body reach. In new era, that reach has increased. Catching sometime in new era is atrocious especially at night with dropped catches. Now almost everyone dives and stop boundaries, I don’t think I had seen that in old era except some Australians and then Srilankan mimicked them.

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      • Yes Robin Singh sorry.

        If you are talking of people jumping over the shoulder-boundary passing over catches like Cotterel, yes, that’s a different athletic standard. But still, my point is we had it in us. Why were Prabhkar or Manjarekar or anybody weren’t as good as Azhar or Sachin?

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        • Azhar was a good fielder..here are some of his better ones

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        • He is one the Mumbai Indians coaches..originally from West Indies.

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        • Robin Singh was better than many as he was born and brought up in west indies and then moved to India around the age of 20. So, all his cricket training and coaching was done overseas. Indian fielders were not diving during 80’s as the grounds were not good enough and they can seriously injure themselves. That slowly changed in 90’s and later. Robin Singh was good but it was for another reason and he even played like international player.

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    • Ajay Jadeja was India’s finisher and very good fielder too.

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    • I actually agree with this law. no reason for anyone to celebrate pakistan victory in india, however, coming from yogi, he is a raciest bigot so you know where this is coming from and the motives behind it…

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      • It is game but more importantly, it’s not about the law. It is the misuse of law and they can arrest anyone saying we saw some crackers near your house!

        But agree something should be done to see if there are such celebrations and to restrict them.

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        • “It is the misuse of law and they can arrest anyone saying we saw some crackers near your house”

          That’s a great point. How many innocent people are in jail due to misuse of the law?

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        • Also, where does it stop?

          Can you celebrate mumbai “INDIANS” victory in Yogiland since there will be an IPL team in UP too?

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        • For IPL 2022, there will be another law. No one can support any other team except Lucknow IPL team.

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      • Have lived in Kanpur for four years and there were celebrations with Pakistan victory. There is no real issue but the reason for celebration were obviously religious affinity than good play. I think that is morally wrong. Having said that it is a two way street. Majority community shouldn’t ask for allegiance for every instance because someone belongs to a particular community. But with some much polarization everywhere people are asked to do stuff which causes more division.

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        • Munna; I am from Bombay and have lived in Bangalore and in Rajinder Nagar in Delhi and in Kolhapur and many, many other cities and have seen the celebrations when Pak won and the religious war-cries called out. The celebrations, are, TOTALLY RELIGIOUS and as that ass-hole mentioned, ‘KUFR TOOT GAYA.’ Live with that, and deal with it.

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    • IF THIS IS TRUE, totally agree on the misuse of law. But folks celebrating the Pak victory to incite riots and there are such uneducated filth so many of such kind in India, they NEED to be put behind bars. PERIOD. Like in JNU and the state of J&K.

      A lesson for Indians, DON’T fall to the level of idiots like Waqar and a smart-person turned idiot like SA, be greater than them. Always remember the foundational reasons of this country versus the other nation.

      Pakistan played terrific cricket, they won fair and square. Indians lost. Put an end to this idiotic debate.

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  29. Pakistanis just can’t shut up; can they? Let this be the first and last time they win in a world cup match ffs.

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  30. My semis and finals predictions –

    Pak Vs Aus _____
    >>> Aus Vs Ind
    India Vs Eng ———-

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  31. Was a fun, very good match between WI/Ban.

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  32. The Brits have put the Aussies on the mat…RR 4.70

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  33. He Bhagwan; kuch to karo…..

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  34. Bench@d, this is getting freakin depressing.

    Something just doesn’t seem right.

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    • selection issues. why Hardik Pandya getting selected when not fit to bowl. Venkat Iyer would have been such an asset given the fragile batting line up. Would have played Kallis kind of role giving stability at the top.

      Kohli’s conversion to vegeterianism or veganism is impacting his game.

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      • Shivaay will accuse me Of chopping and demoralizing players, but with the right kind of players, they will deliver.

        Keep up with the policy of giving a long rope to all like Pandya, Shami and such embarrassing defeats will keep happening

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  35. There are still 3 matches which we can easily win.
    Against Afghanistan, Scotland and Namibia.

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  36. India played IPL in these conditions. Ditched a test match for IPL to prepare for WC. Good riddance I say. The defeat to Pakistan will hurt most but seriously for a team that has played here in these conditions more than the rest the 2 defeats are embarrassing – margin of defeat quite shocking.

    Go and play IPL and make the money.

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  37. BCCI should have never kept IPL close to ICC tournament. All those shots goes for six in IPL and here they got caught on the boundary due to ground size? Kohli and Rohit were in terrible form before the tournament so this is not so shocking. And even Rahul’s form is gone at the main time. Other batsmen are mostly sloggers. From yadav to pant to Pandya to Ishan. IPL caliber players and flat pitch bullies. Do not keep selecting based on IPL performance where the ground is smaller and even international bowlers do not put so much effort like they do when they play for their country. BCCI screwed up for the money and this is one of the most embarrassing tournament for India.

    Tournament is over for India now. Remaining matches won’t do anything as they are out. May be another embarrassment they can get when they lose even against Afghan. Absolutely shameful and disgusting performance. Shame on you BCCI and Kohli.

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  38. Thought about this whole day and it’s just not making any sense to me.

    Yes playing too much cricket can hurt but most players are playing lots of cricket, not just our players.

    I can understand if couple or few players are struggling, this is whole team struggling. It’s just odd.

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  39. Except Kachra, nobody can save the Indians…

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  40. Very good win by England, they look head and shoulder above everyone else.

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    • Jos Buttler skipped second leg of IPL; He was pretty ordinary in India-England series; But rest has done wonders to his batting.

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  42. The Delhi Commission for Women has issued a notice to the Delhi Police over the online threats to the daughter of Indian cricket team captain Virat Kohli following the team’s defeat in the recent India Pakistan cricket match in Dubai.
    The way the 9-month-old was threatened on Twitter is “very shameful”, Swati Maliwal, Chairperson of the Women Body, said in a tweet today, urging the Delhi police to share information regarding police investigation in the case.
    https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/on-reported-online-threats-to-virat-kohlis-daughter-delhi-commission-for-women-sends-notice-to-delhi-police-2596783#pfrom=home-ndtv_bigstory

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    • these threats are unacceptable.

      But given the disaster performance, somebody has to be held accountable Shastri, Kohli, Dhoni, Chetan Sharma etc. why was Venky Iyer floen back so a complacent Hardik could relax without another all rounder breathing down his neck? Whoever took the decision to fly back Venky must be fired

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  43. ‘One against Kohli’: Akhtar says there may be ‘two camps’ within Indian team
    Former Pakistan bowler Shoaib Akhtar believes there may be two camps within Team India and said the team looks divided.
    https://www.hindustantimes.com/cricket/one-with-kohli-one-against-kohli-shoaib-akhtar-says-there-may-be-two-camps-within-indian-cricket-team-101635830971013.html

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  44. Scotland putting up a good fight against kiwis.

    Good luck Team India today. We can pull this off.

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  45. India batting very well.

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  46. India should have 200 easily.

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  47. India got its first win.
    Congrats Kohli and team.

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  48. NZ just won, looking very difficult for India to sneak in semis.

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  49. KOHLI is still being defensive. He’s turning is face away to say shout Ben Stokes…

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  51. NZ vs AFG: Best Memes On Twitter As Indian Fans Pray For Afghanistan Win Against New ZealandFans of the Indian cricket team flooded Twitter with hilarious memes ahead of the crunch game between New Zealand and Afghanistan at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi on Sunday.
    https://sports.ndtv.com/icc-t20-world-cup-2021/nz-vs-afg-best-memes-on-twitter-as-indian-fans-pray-for-afghanistan-win-against-new-zealand-2601873#pfrom=home-ndtv_lateststories

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  52. New Zealand Beat Afghanistan To Reach Semifinals; India Out Of Last Four Race
    Better to be out of race than bear the brunt of snide remarks.
    Reputation is saved.

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    • Past 3 sundays have been bad.

      India needs to rethink and make few changes.
      Reputation is not saved, it will take a beating by media and fans.

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  53. Manika-Archana win their maiden women’s doubles title in Slovenia
    The world number 36 pairing beat the 23rd-ranked combine of Melanie Diaz and Adriana Diaz from Puerto Rico 11-3, 11-8, 12-10.

    Djokovic beats Medvedev for record 37th Masters title
    Djokovic moved one clear of fellow 20-time Grand Slam winner Rafael Nadal for Masters trophies, and nine ahead of Roger Federer, the other tennis great with 20 majors.

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  54. When Ian Bishop asked on Star Sports about the takeaways from the poor campaign during which India lost to Pakistan and New Zealand, Shastri replied: “All I can think first of is rest.”

    “I am mentally drained, but I expect that at my age but these guys are physically and mentally drained. Six months in a bubble… What we would have ideally liked was a bigger gap between the IPL and the T20 World Cup…(because) when the big games come, when pressure hits you, you are not that switched on as you should be.”

    https://www.rediff.com/cricket/report/virat-dravid-shastri-reveals-why-india-flopped-at-t20-world-cup/20211108.htm

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  55. The 59-year-old has said that Team India’s poor outing in the 2021 T20 World Cup is partly due to the exhaustion due to an extended bio-secure bubble.

    “I won’t give excuse, but we are living in the bio-secure bubble for the past six months. We would have ideally liked a bigger gap between the IPL and the World Cup. These are all human beings, they don’t run on petrol!” Shastri said on Star Sports before India’s last Super 12 match against Namibia which they won by 9 wickets.

    https://www.hindustantimes.com/cricket/players-don-t-run-on-petrol-ravi-shastri-hands-out-ominous-warning-for-cricket-boards-icc-101636423183471.html

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  56. Finally someone with the balls to drop useless Hard dick for Venkat Iyer. More power to new coach Dravid

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  57. Hyderabad Man Arrested For Online Rape Threats To Virat Kohli’s Daughter
    Ramnagesh Alibathini, 23, was arrested by the Mumbai Police today. He has reportedly worked for a food delivery app in the past. He is being brought to Mumbai, said the police.
    https://www.ndtv.com/india-news/hyderabad-man-arrested-for-online-rape-threats-to-virat-kohlis-daughter-2605782#pfrom=home-ndtv_topscroll

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  58. The Indian players had their first taste of life in a bio-bubble before the IPL last year.

    IPL 2020, which was originally scheduled to be held in April-May, was postponed to September-November and was shifted to the UAE.

    Since then, Indian players have mostly been on the road enduring the rigours of a bio-bubble, which has seen them getting virtually cut-off from the outside world and at times their own families.

    https://www.rediff.com/cricket/special/life-in-a-bubble-why-team-india-needs-a-break/20211110.htm

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  59. T20 is not a game for the veterans. Someone needs to remind the current selectors that the team that won in 2007 was full of under 27s (except the 29 year old Sehwag) and the likes of Sachin, Sourav and Dravid were dropped for this specific purpose. T20 must be treated as a testing ground for upcoming talent who can play fearless cricket without much expectation (just what T20 demands). Making a 34 year old Rohit Sharma the captain is a farce. Sharma needs to take over the ODI format till the 2023 world cup and allow the under 25s to form the T20 core base.

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  60. This creep was an IIT graduate with good pay, there’s this cognitive sickness that’s driving people. I hope more people are arrested, so that online anonymity doesn’t give free pass to all sorts of disgusting thoughts.

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  61. Great win by NZ today.

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  62. India vs New Zealand: Rohit Sharma to skip Tests; Ajinkya Rahane to lead in first Test

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  63. That missed catch by Warner; me thinks it might cost Aussies the match….

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  64. Think for world cricket it would be good if NZ or Pakistan win this. The big 3 have too much power.
    1) It was wrong of India to abandon the last test in England. They got what they deserved here
    2) England should have gone to Pakistan for their series. They are out too.
    3) The stuff happening at Yorkshire cricket club is awful
    4) Australia for years of arrogance deserve any loss coming

    A little bit of a victory for the minnows would be good and a good middle finger to the Big 3.

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  65. Aus going to pull it off.

    Nz/Aus, will be a very good final.

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  66. Matthew Wade’s a bigger hero in India today than in Australia itself 😉

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  67. Way to go Team Aus. I think they will beat NZ, should be a fun final.

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    • Australia will win but I hope NZ absolutely batter Australia

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      • So agreed? Shaheen’s chamak is only with the new ball? Or just T20 randomness?

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        • kam se kam new ball se to chamakta hain. what about bumrsh, shami and biggest flop player pandya

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          • Shami is a classic test bowler. He’s not even cut out for ODIs, forget T20s. T20 is an ideal platform to try IPL noobs like Chahar & Harshal Patel and prepare them for international cricket. T20 is sasti sharaab where you play with young rowdies who have no shame or fear of losing. Its not a Jack Daniels for the likes of Kohli, Sharma or Shami. Exactly why India won in 2007 in the absence of Sachin, Sourav, Rahul, Zaheer & Kumble.

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  68. What a twisty match!! Hats off to the Pak team though … They played incredibly well and are a force to reckon with as I mentioned even before the start of the series in the T20 format … All the best for future tournaments…

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  69. Indians were like this:

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  70. A flop tournament because of the venue where Toss plays the most important role than skills.

    Win the toss, win the match.
    Its hardly superb…its predictable and unfair.

    In Semis, both the teams which lost, if not for the toss were better teams.

    It should have been Eng Vs Pak in the finals.

    But hold on….had India won the toss in their first 2 matches….who know then?

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    • Agree, toss played a major role.

      India would have easily made it to semis if they had won toss first 2 games.

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    • Funny that you expect quality from a T20 WORLD CUP (lol) anyway 😴

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    • The Toss Jeeto Match Jeeto tournament made many weaker teams looks better and several stronger team look mediocre. Such tournaments should not happen on these manhoos venues. #DueFactor #ICCT20WC

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      • the first is Pakistan and Kiwis who looked stronger and India and England who looked mediocre.

        For the second month in a row at Dubai, Men in Yellow triumph a T20 championship. Josh Hazelwood being common in both finals

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  71. NZ 57/1 in 10 overs.

    Given that chasing is easy under lights with dew, Advantage Aussies

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  72. 102/2 after 14. Williamson 54 off 35 balls steps on the gas

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  73. Rooting for NZL.

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  74. Looks like Australia may pull it off!

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  75. ‘If I was New Zealand supporter, I would have demanded a refund’: Gambhir lashes out on NZ’s T20 WC final’s performance
    While analysing New Zealand’s T20 WC final loss to Australia, former India opener Gautam Gambhir said he was left extremely disappointed with the Black Caps’ performance in the second half.
    https://www.hindustantimes.com/cricket/if-i-was-new-zealand-supporter-i-would-have-demanded-a-refund-gautam-gambhir-lashes-out-on-nz-s-t20-wc-final-s-performance-101637058175959.html

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  78. My selection for the 3rd T20I. Rest Pant please and have KL keep for a game. Since Pant needs to be fresh for the Tests
    R Sharma
    R Gaikwad
    S Yadav
    S Iyer
    V Iyer
    KL Rahul (wk)
    R Ashwin
    A Patel
    D Chahar
    A Khan
    H Patel

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  79. Ashes: Both Australia and England are going through a rough patch that would have their board worried. With Australia, it is the sexting controversy of Tim Paine after Sandpaper gate. Who will be their next skipper? and next wicketkeeper? For England, Racism is a big concern they need to address soon. Plus health of key ashes players as well

    Bring on the Gabba

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    • Good 105 by Iyer. If we stuck to Shivaay’s strategy of giving a long rope to the oldies, we would never unearth fresh talent. Albeit, there were many rested and a few injuries. What happens when Kohli is back? I hope they don’t drop Iyer now to make way for Kohli.

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  80. Non Performing Indians from Ksnpur Test
    1. Ishant Useless Sharma Zero wickets and zero runs. Passenger all the way. If India has 4just gone with 10 players, they would have won. Compare his performance to Southee’s or Jamieson

    2. Mayank Agrawal: Failed as opener on both occasions

    3. Rahane failed as captain and batsman

    4. Pujara more was expected from his experience

    5. Shubman Gill Apart from 50 in the first innings, need to convert small scores into big Daddy hundreds

    6. Umesh Yadav one wicket in each innings crucial breakthroughs like Kane Williamson and the stubborn night watchman in the 2nd. plus scored a few runs with the bat in 1st innings

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