Team India defeated Australia 4-1 in the five-match T20I series and began their preparations for the 2024 World Cup on a positive note. The 2024 T20 World Cup will be hosted by West Indies and United States in June, next year. Before the showpiece event, Team India is scheduled to play the T20Is against South Africa and Afghanistan, followed by the IPL. As the likes of skipper Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli and Jasprit Bumrah have been rested for the T20Is against the Proteas, former wicketkeeper-batter Parthiv Patel will face challenge of finding the right combination during the World Cup.
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Mohammed Shami possesses a rare ability of landing the ball in an upright seam position every single time and no coach in the world can create such a fast bowling "artist", gushed India's bowling coach Paras Mhambrey. Shami, who finished on top of the bowling charts with 24 wickets from seven matches in the ODI World Cup, has been India's go-to bowler in ODIs and Tests. Mhambrey, one of the quietest back-room workers in the current Indian set-up, doesn't want to take any credit for Shami's success.
Heartbroken following the loss against Australia in the Cricket World Cup 2023, the Indian team witnessed none other than Prime Minister Narendra Modi paying them a visit in the dressing room. With his visit PM Modi tried to lift the morale of the players, including veterans like Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma. While many encouraged PM Modi's decision to attend the final interaction with Indian players following the bitter result in the summit clash, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi's 'panauti' jibe in an election rally triggered a huge controversy.
Former South Africa cricket team skipper Faf du Plessis believes that the Indian cricketers are still 'heartbroken' following their loss in the Cricket World Cup 2023 final and said that it is somewhat like 'breaking up with a girlfriend'. India won ten matches on the trot in the competition before losing to Australia in the summit clash. Most of the players were rested for the T20I series against Australia but they will be back in action during the upcoming tour of South Africa. In an exclusive interview with NDTV, Du Plessis opened up about the challenges that the players may face in the upcoming T20I series.
Gautam Gambhir-Sreesanth Spat: New Video Shows What Exactly Happened, How Teammates Separated Stars. Watch
Two big Indian cricket team stars - Gautam Gambhir and Sreesanth - were involved in a heated argument during a Legends League Cricket (LLC) match. Both the stars have been teammates in the past. They were important members of the Indian cricket teams which won the 2007 T20 World Cup and 2011 ODI World Cup. However, when Gautam Gambhir, playing for India Capitals, faced Sreesanth, playing for Gujarat Giants, there was spark on Wednesday. Sreesanth gave Gautam Gambhir a long stare when he was hit for boundaries, and the latter stared back too. Then, the two again came face to face quite angrily.
The Indian men's cricket team departed for South Africa on December 6 (Wednesday) from Bengaluru for an all-format tour in the rainbow nation. The itinerary is set to unfold with a three-match T20I series (December 10 to 14), followed by a three-match ODI series (December 17 to 21). The final leg of the tour comprises a two-match Test series (from December 26), which will be a part of the ICC World Test Championship. South Africa remains a challenging place for India, particularly in Test cricket where a series victory has proven elusive. Despite previous Indian teams showing promise, they have fallen short of making history in South Africa. In three decades, India have won only four Test matches in South Africa.
Gautam Gambhir and S Sreesanth were embroiled in an on-field spat during their Legends League Cricket (LLC) match on Wednesday. Both cricketers were part of the 2007 T20 World Cup and the 2011 ODI World Cup winning squads for the Indian cricket team and their argument has resulted in some of their former colleagues weighing in on the topic. Gambhir took to social media to post an old picture of himself along with the caption - "Smile when the world is all about attention!". Ex- India all-rounder Irfan Pathan was quick to react to the picture as he wrote - "Smile is the best Answer brother."
The pitch at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad which hosted the ODI World Cup final between India and Australia on November 19 has been rated "average" by the International Cricket Council (ICC). ICC match referee and former Zimbabwe batter Andy Pycroft, however, rated the outfield as "very good". Australia had won the World Cup final after beating India by six wickets on a pitch which was slow and sluggish.