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Dwayne Bravo Announces Retirement From International Cricket

Dwayne Bravo has retired from international cricket but will continue to play franchise T20 cricket across the world.

West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo has announced his retirement from international cricket, having made his debut for the national team in July 2004 against England in Lord’s. The 35-year-old last played and ODI for West Indies on 17 October 2014.

Bravo last played an ODI in October 2014 and has not made an appearance for the Windies in Test cricket since December 2010.

“Today I want to confirm to the cricket world that I have officially retired from international cricket in all formats of the game. After 14 years when I made my debut for the West Indies, I still remember that moment I received the maroon cap before walking onto the Lords Cricket Ground against England in July 2004. The enthusiasm and passion I felt then, I have kept with me throughout my career,” Bravo said in a media statement.

“However, I must accept that for me to preserve my longevity as a professional cricketer, I must do as others before have done, leave the international arena for the next generation of players.”

“I thank the countless persons who were instrumental to my success, particularly my family and QPCC where I developed my skills at an early age,” Bravo said. “I thank the many loyal fans who continue to support my journey and who recognize my efforts on and off the field. I am extremely fortunate to have a career that has taken me across the globe into the most prestigious dressing rooms sharing experiences with all the recent legends of this glorious game. I will continue my professional career as a cricketer and entertainer living as a true champion.”

The enthusiasm and passion I felt then, I have kept with me throughout my career,” Bravo said in his statement announcing retirement.

His ability with the ball, athletic fielding and unorthodox batting made him a much-sought after player for T20 teams around the world.

‘Ravi Shastri Should Be Removed As India Team Coach”, Former Indian Cricketer

Team India head coach Ravi Shastri has been in the eye of the storm since Virat Kohli-led India suffered a 1-4 drubbing at the hands of England in the recently concluded five-match Test series.

Team India head coach Ravi Shastri has been in the eye of the storm since Virat Kohli-led India suffered a 1-4 drubbing at the hands of England in the recently concluded five-match Test series. From fans to former cricketers, everyone has been blaming Ravi Shastri for India’s dismal show in England. Former Test cricketer Chetan Chauhan also held Ravi Shastri responsible for the 4-1 debacle and said the former captain should be removed before Australia tour in November.

“Ravi Shastri should be removed as head coach before the Australia tour. Ravi Shastri is very good cricket commentator and he should be allowed to do so,” Chauhan said.

Chauhan is the latest cricketer to demand Shastri’s ouster after former captain Sourav Ganguly and Virender Sehwag.

“Team India should have performed better. Both the teams were evenly matched. But the Indian team failed to check tail enders of England,” Chauhan said

The former Test opener also criticised Shastri for calling Virat Kohli-led present Indian team as the ‘best travelling team in the world’.

“I do not agree. In 1980s, the Indian team was the best travelling team in the world,” he said.

After a thumping victory over England at Trent Bridge in the third Test on August 16, Shastri had claimed the present India side was the best travelling team in the world.

Commenting on India’s chances in the ongoing Asia Cup cricket championship in Dubai, Chauhan, who has played 40 Test matches and scored 2,084 runs between1969 and 1981, said a better result is expected as the team is balanced with experienced and young players.

He made his debut in 1969 against New Zealand in Mumbai and played his last Test against the same country in1981 in Auckland. Besides, Chauhan also played seven one day internationals.

Hardik Pandya Wins Hearts By Giving His Father A Surprise Visit

India all-rounder Hardik Pandya came for some criticism for his below-par performance in the recently-concluded Test series in England that India lost 1-4. Apart from a five-wicket haul and a half-century in the Trent Bridge Test, Hardik failed to make such of a contribution with either the bat or the ball in the five-match Test series.

However, Hardik took to Instagram and shared a video of paying a surprise visit to his father that struck a chord with his fans. In the video, captioned as “when you surprise daddy, #seeinghimafter3month”, Hardik can be seen waking up his father and greeting him with a warm hug. The expression on his father’s face tells how happy he was to see his son.

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This is not the first time that Hardik has surprised his father. In August last year, Hardik had gifted a Jeep Compass SUV to his father as he announced the news with a series of tweets.

An ecstatic and emotional father, took the phone said “I love you” to Hardik over the video call.

The Indian all-rounder was rested for the fifth and final Test, which India lost by 118 runs. Hardik Pandya, who returned home after the gruelling series against England, will join the Indian cricket team for the Asia Cup 2018.

In the Test series against England, Hardik mustered scores of 22, 31, 11, 26, 18, 52*, 4 and 0, while taking 10 wickets.

Hardik Pandya made his Test debut against Sri Lanka in July 2017, where he hit a 50 and picked up one wicket.

Moeen Ali Alleges He Was Called “Osama” By An Australian Player During Ashes 2015

Moeen Ali revealed the incident took place during the first Ashes Test in 2015 at Cardiff.

The abuse is supposed to have taken place during the first Test in Cardiff, where the all-rounder had scored crucial 77 while batting at No. 8 and claimed five wickets in the game as the hosts cantered to a 169-run win.

“It was a great first Ashes Test in terms of my personal performance. However there was one incident which had distracted me. An Australian player had turned to me on the field and said, ‘Take that, Osama.’ I could not believe what I had heard. I remember going really red. I have never been so angry on a cricket field,” he wrote in his autobiography.

“I told a couple of the guys what the player had said to me and I think Trevor Bayliss [the England coach] must have raised it with Darren Lehmann, the Australians’ coach.

“Lehmann asked the player, ‘Did you call Moeen Osama?’ He denied it, saying, ‘No, I said, ‘Take that, you part-timer.” I must say I was amused when I heard that, obviously I had to take the player’s word for it, though for the rest of the match I was angry.”

“But our eventual triumph and the Cardiff crowd’s reaction to me comforted me that the Australian player represented nobody.”

The off-spinner and left-handed batsman first came up against the infamously aggressive Australians in 2015 before his struggles with both bat and ball played a key role in England’s 4-0 Ashes defeat ‘Down Under’ in 2017/18, which led to him being dropped.

“Everyone you speak to…they are the only team I’ve played against my whole life that I’ve actually disliked,” said Moeen Ali.

 

India Vs England 5th Test: Cricket Fans Slams Indian Selectors For Karun Nair’s Omission

Karun Nair, last featured in a Test match for India against Australia in March 2017.

The cricket fraternity on Friday questioned the Indian cricket team selectors for omitting middle-order batsman Karun Nair from the playing eleven for the fifth Test against England. Karun was included in the 18-man squad for the ongoing five-match Test series but he failed to find a place in the playing eleven.

Nair, last featured in a Test match for India against Australia in March 2017. Well-known names in the cricket fraternity like Aakash Chopra, Harsha Bhogle and Subramaniam Badrinath took to Twitter to slam the selection. “It’s quite intriguing that no one is talking about the possibility of playing Karun Nair…If India wants to play 6 batsmen, he should be the first choice. If bowling a little is the deal-breaker, it’s another matter… #EngvInd,” Aakash Chopra tweeted.

 

Karun Nair has made six appearances for India in the longest format of the game. He averages 62.33 from the seven innings he has played.

Karun Nair also holds the highest Test score of an unbeaten 303, which he scored against England in 2016

India Vs. England: Alastair Cook To Retire After India Series

Alister Cook has called time on his record-breaking England career and will bow out at the end of the fifth Test with India after admitting “there is nothing left in the tank”.

The 33-year-old will make his 161st and final Test appearance at the Oval from Friday – a match that sees Joe Root’s side having already taken the series through an unassailable 3-1 lead – but will continue playing county cricket for Essex.

It will mark the end of a hugely significant 12-year chapter in English cricket, with Cook having risen from a century on debut in Nagpur in 2006 to become the country’s record run-scorer in Test cricket; his tally sits at 12,254 and includes 32 centuries.

The left-hander, who stepped down from a four-year spell as the Test captain in February last year after leading the side 59 times, has endured a challenging summer in which he has averaged only 22.

Cook, in a statement issued a day after England’s 60-run victory over India in Southampton, said: “After much thought and deliberation over the last few months I have decided to announce my retirement from international cricket at the end of this Test series against India.

“After much thought and deliberation over the last few months I have decided to announce my retirement from international cricket at the end of this Test series against India,” Cook said in a statement on Monday (September 3).

“Although it is a sad day, I can do so with a big smile on my face knowing I have given everything and there is nothing left in the tank. I have achieved more than I could have ever imagined and feel very privileged to have played for such a long time alongside some of the greats of the English game. The thought of not sharing the dressing room again, with some of my teammates was the hardest part of my decision, but I know the timing is right.

“I have loved cricket my whole life from playing in the garden as a child and will never underestimate how special it is to pull on an England shirt. So I know it is the right time to give the next generation of young cricketers their turn to entertain us and feel the immense pride that comes with representing your country.”

He further added, “As a seven-year-old I queued for his autograph outside Essex County Cricket Club and years later was so fortunate to have him mentoring me. Graham was my sounding board, especially in the early years of my career, spending hour after hour throwing balls at me with his dog stick. He made me realise you always need to keep improving whatever you are trying to achieve.”

“My family and I have had 12 wonderful years fulfilling my dreams and this could not have been done without them,” Cook added. “So I wish to thank my parents and brothers, my wife, Alice, and her family for their quiet, unwavering support behind the scenes. As cricketers, who travel frequently, we often don’t realise just how important our families are to our success.

“I would also like to thank Essex County Cricket Club for their help and support ever since I was 12, and I can’t wait to get fully involved with them in the 2019 season. I wish the England team every success in the future, and I will be watching with great excitement.”

The 33-year-old will make his 161st and final Test appearance at the Oval from Friday – a match that sees Joe Root’s side having already taken the series through an unassailable 3-1 lead – but will continue playing county cricket for Essex.

India vs England: Virat Kohli Surpasses MS Dhoni, Registers New Record

India captain Virat Kohli on Saturday added another record to his statistics as he became the first Indian to score 4000 runs as captain in Tests.

Virat Kohli’s patient 58 on the fourth day at Southampton was yet another top-class effort by the Indian captain. With 544 runs in the series – more than double of second highest run scorer Jos Buttler who has 260 runs – at an average of 68, Kohli has been the standout batsman from either side in the series. With a Test to go, Kohli can move up further on the list of most runs scored by a visiting captain in England.

The 29-year-old also completed 4000 runs as Test captain in the course of the innings, becoming the first Indian to do so. He has also become the fastest to the landmark, needing just 63 innings in 38 Test matches, beating Brian Lara who took 71 innings and 40 matches.

He is also the youngest Test captain to achieve the feat.

The India captain took 19 Tests to achieve the milestone, while Ganguly played 28 Tests overseas as captain.

Dhoni is third on the list with 1591 runs at an average of 32.46. Dhoni has played 30 Tests as captain overseas.

Mohammad Azharuddin has 1517 runs under his belt in 27 Tests as captain while playing on foreign soil.

Rahul Dravid is fifth in the tally with 1219 runs at an average of 46.88. Popularly known as “The Wall”, Dravid led India in 17 Tests overseas.

India Vs. England: Look What Virat Kohli’s UK Hotel Did For Him

Virat Kohli became the second fastest Indian batsman to score 6,000 Test runs on Friday. He achieved the feat in the ongoing fourth Test against England in the 22nd over of India’s first innings. However, little did the Indian skipper know there was a surprise waiting for him in the team hotel.

The Southampton hotel that the Indian cricket team is staying in, won Kohli over by presenting him a cake to commemorate his achievement. The Indian skipper took to Twitter to post a picture of the cake and a message that read: “What a sweet gesture by the staff at the Harbour hotel in Southampton. Great Hospitality.”

 

Kohli reached the landmark of 6,000 Test runs in his 70th Test and 119th inning.

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar leads the list, having reached the milestone in 65 Tests (117 innings). Kohli now is in second place with former India opener Virender Sehwag in third (72 Tests, 123 innings).

Batting legends Rahul Dravid took 73 Tests (125 innings) to reach the 6,000-run mark while Sachin Tendulkar took 76 Tests (120 innings).

Kohli has been the standout performer with the bat in the ongoing five-match Test series between India and England.

The Indian skipper has been head and shoulders above the rest, having amassed 486 runs at an average of 69.43 in seven innings.

In the ongoing 4th Test at The Rose Bowl in Southampton, Kohli scored 46 in India’s innings but was overshadowed by teammate Cheteshwar Pujara, who scored his 15th Test hundred (132 not out), to help India take a 27-run first innings lead.

England were bowled out for 246, having elected to bat first with Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah accounting for three wickets. Sam Curran (78) and Moeen Ali (40) saved England’s blushes with some rearguard action to help the hosts post a respectable total.

India vs England: India Dominate Day 1 Against Feeble England

England were in dire straits at 86 for six after winning the toss before Sam Curran’s Test-best 78 revived the innings.

India dominated the opening day of the fourth Test as the visitors first bowled out England just a few overs before stumps and then scored 19/0 at the Rose Bowl Cricket Ground on Thursday. With India trailing by 227 runs, openers Lokesh Rahul (11) and Shikhar Dhawan (3) remained unbeaten. The day started with Indian pacers wrecking England’s top order, taking four quick wickets to reduce the hosts to 57/4 at lunch. Jasprit Bumrah (2/21), Ishant Sharma (1/7) and Hardik Pandya (1/16) were among the wickets even as Mohammed Shami, coming in as the second change bowler, constantly kept asking questions to the vulnerable English pair.

Electing to bat on a track with a tinge of live grass, England’s opening woes continued to haunt them as Keaton Jennings was trapped plumb in front by an excellent incoming delivery from Bumrah, for a duck in the third over of the innings.

The England captain, however, failed to take advantage of the reprieve as Ishant swung it big into the England captain to trap him lbw.

Reduced to 15/2, England’s hopes were pinned on former skipper Alastair Cook (17) and Jonny Bairstow (6), playing as a specialist batsman after injuring his finger.

But Bumrah scuttled such ambitions by scalping Bairstow, caught behind by Rishabh Pant in the 13th over before first-change bowler Hardik ended Cook’s 55-ball resistance, thanks to a brilliant low catch at the third slip by Virat Kohli.

India could have had Buttler too, but Pant missed a tough one. Together with Stokes, Buttler managed to see off the initial scare from the Indian pace attack before heading for lunch undivided.

The second session saw Indian pacers continue their domination, taking two more wickets in the second session to reduce England to 139-6.

Resuming the post-lunch session at 57/4, Stokes and Buttler played out the initial few overs cautiously before Buttler started opening up only to bring his downfall, caught by Virat Kohli off Shami.

Reduced to 86/6, the left-handed pair of Moeen and Sam steered the ship to safety, as they played the Indian pacers with extreme caution and did not allow premier off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin to dominate.

The final session saw Moeen and Curran stabilising the hosts innings, forging a crucial 81-run partnership. After Moeen’s wicket no other batter supported Curran, and as a result, the hosts were bundled out for 246 just before the end of play.

For India, Jasprit Bumrah took three wickets while Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Shami and Ravichandran Ashwin took two wickets each.

India vs England: Hanuma Vihari, Prithvi Shaw called up; Vijay, Kuldeep dropped

Under-19 World Cup Indian team captain Prithvi Shah who won the title in February has been a part of India’s A teams.

The Board Of Control For Cricket In India (BCCI) announced on Wednesday that 18-year old batsman Prithvi Shaw and all-rounder Hanuma Vihari have been selected in India’s squad for the remaining two Tests against England. The Two youngsters made their way in Indian squad because Indian Opener Murali Vijay and left-arm wrist-spinner Kuldeep Yadav in 18 men squad.

Vijay’s continuous poor form made way for the younger opener where as Vihari has been called-up as a back-up for Ravichandran Ashwin.

Indian coach Ravi Shastri told the media at the end of the Trent Bridge Test that Ashwin, who was suffering from a hip injury, would be fit in time for the next Test in Southampton starting August 30.

The 18-year old Shaw captained India to the Under-19 World Cup title also played in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Delhi Daredevils.

On the other hand, 24-year-old Vihari averages 59.79 from 63 first-class matches to make his way in Indian team squad.

Virat Kohli’s Team India played their best to make their team win the 3rd and very crucial third test match and beat the hosts by 203 runs at Trent Bridge. England still lead the 5 match test series by 2-1.

India’s squad for the fourth and fifth Tests against England: Virat Kohli (Captain), Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane (vice-captain), Hardik Pandya, Ishant Sharma, Mohd. Shami, Umesh Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Karun Nair, Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), R Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja, Hanuma Vihari.