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Kohli backs Mukund, Dhawan to make use of opening opportunity

Indian skipper Virat Kohli on Friday asserted that both Shikhar Dhawan or Abhinav Mukund would treat the chance to open alongside KL Rahul as an opportunity and not get bogged down by the pressure. Speaking to the press, Kohli added, “Abhinav is there, he has played a lot of domestic cricket. Shikhar got a hundred here last time, and then he had to miss a couple of games. I am sure they are going to be up for it.”

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Ravi Shastri compares Harmanpreet Kaur to Kapil Dev

India cricket head coach Ravi Shastri posted a picture of Indian women's cricketer Harmanpreet alongside former India captain Kapil Dev. Harmanpreet Kaur on Thursday knocked an unbeaten 171-run in the World Cup semi-final against Australia. Notably, Kapil Dev knocked a 175-run innings against Zimbabwe in the 1983 World Cup taking India to a 31-run victory.

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India 1st to beat top 3 ranked teams in 1 women’s World Cup

India became the first team to defeat the three top-ranked women ODI sides in a single edition of the World Cup. India beat Australia in the semi-final at Derby on Thursday. India women beat second-ranked England in their opening match of the tournament, while New Zealand suffered an 186-run defeat in India's last group stage match. Notably, India will face England again in the big finals on Sunday at the Lord's.

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India beat defending champions Aus to reach women's WC final

India's women's cricket team defeated defending champions Australia by 36 runs on Thursday to reach the World Cup final for the second time in history. Harmanpreet Kaur scored a brilliant 171(not out) to set up the victory. Deepti Sharma was the pick of the bowlers who returned with figures of 3 for 59. Chasing a target of 282, Australia were bowled out for 245. India will face hosts England in the title clash on Sunday.

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Kumble was paid Rs 48 lakh as monthly fee

BCCI’s monthly list of payments revealed that the board paid former India head coach Anil Kumble Rs 48.75 lakh as a professional fee for the month of April. The board's Cricketer Rohit Sharma was paid Rs 1.12 crore as share of gross revenue from the 2015-16 season, while spinner Ravichandran Ashwin received Rs 1.01 crore. IPL franchise Mumbai Indians received over Rs 56 crore from the board.

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India's Harmanpreet smashes 171* in World Cup semi vs Aus

India's middle order batswoman Harmanpreet Kaur on Thursday put India to a commanding total of 281/4 as she smashed 171 not out off just 115 balls against Australia in the Women's World Cup semi-final at Derby. Kaur became only the second player in women's World Cup history to score a century in the knockout stage. Kaur also registered the highest individual score by an Indian in the women's World Cup, going past Mithali Raj's 109, scored against New Zealand in this edition.

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I choose Roger, Roger chooses me in video games: Sachin

Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar has said he and Wimbledon champion Roger Federer connect over PlayStation. “Roger follows cricket. Also, something which I learnt is that when Roger is playing video games, he prefers to use Sachin and when I am playing any racquet game, I prefer to be Roger”, Tendulkar said.

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No one is really running fast: Usain Bolt

Jamaican sprinter and currently the fastest human in the world Usain Bolt complained that the younger male sprinters he's met in the competition haven't shown much promise. "No one is really running fast at the moment. I guess they'll take time to mature", said Bolt. Bolt also said that he is very much impressed with the female side of his sport. Bolt is set to run his final two races at the World Championship event at London in August before he retires.

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Kevin Pietersen eyes International return with South African Cricket Team

Kevin Pietersen on Wednesday said that he has not ruled out resurrecting his international career with his native South Africa team. "I'm going to be playing a lot of cricket in South Africa over the next two years, so we'll see”, said Pietersen. The 37-year-old batsman will become eligible to play for the Proteas in 2019 having not been selected for England after being sacked in the aftermath of the 2013-14 Ashes defeat in Australia.

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Want play for India in Tests under Kohli, Shastri: Karthik

Indian wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik has backed himself to represent India in Tests under the new regime of Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri. "I want to try to push for a spot in the Test team now that I am part of the ODI and T20 sides. That is a plausible dream for me. I would love to wear the whites again and play under Virat Kohli's captaincy," added the former Tamil Nadu skipper.

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SL's Sports Minister backs official inquiry over 2011 WC final

According to reports, the Sports Minister of Sri Lanka has pledged his support for an official inquiry into the country's loss in the final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2011. This comes amid allegations that four last-minute squad changes were made, without the minister's customary approval. Notably, India defeated the Sri Lankan cricket team by six wickets at Mumbai's Wankhede Stadium.

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Herath replaces Ashwin in top spot in ICC Test rankings

Sri Lankan spinner Rangana Herath has replaced Ravichandran Ashwin to take the second spot in the latest ICC rankings for bowlers in Tests. However, India’s Ravindra Jadeja continues to lead the charts in the latest ICC rankings for bowlers in Tests. The 39-year-old Herath, who has 384 Test wickets in 81 matches, played a pivotal role in Sri Lanka's historic win against Zimbabwe on Tuesday, accounting for match figures of 11 for 249.

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Kohli expects smooth working equation with Ravi Shastri

India cricket captain Virat Kohli on Wednesday said he is expecting a smooth working equation with new coach Ravi Shastri given that they have a fair understanding of each other. Kohli, flanked by Shastri, said, “We have worked together in the last three years. I don't think I need to understand anything else. We have worked before, we know what's expected and what's on the plate. I don't think it will require any effort.”

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Manpreet Kaur fails dope test

According to reports, India's top-ranked shot putter Manpreet Kaur has failed an in-competition dope test conducted by the National Anti Doping Agency. The national record holder, who won a gold medal at the recently concluded Asian Athletics Championships, failed the test during the Federation Cup in Patiala from June 1-4. Notably, Kaur is still eligible for August's World Athletics Championships in London.

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R Ashwin compares CSK to Manchester United

Indian off-spinner and Chennai Super Kings star Ravichandran Ashwin compared CSK’s 2-year break from the tournament to that of English club Manchester United. “I think the two-year hiatus for CSK probably increases its value much like what it did for Manchester United when the air crash happened”, said Ashwin. “I don’t know if it’s in the same league but surely people in Chennai and fans across the world are waiting for CSK to return. I hope it turns out to be a good comeback”.

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Ravi Shastri is going to make a fantastic coach: Matthew Hayden

Australian legend Matthew Hayden spoke about the appointment of Ravi Shastri as the new Indian coach. “I don't know the inner workings of Indian cricket but what I can tell you is that Ravi Shastri will make a fantastic coach after being a great director of cricket”, Hayden said. ‘He will also be backed up by the team and I am sure Ravi will be a great replacement for Anil Kumble”, added Hayden.

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Ravi Shastri wants Sachin Tendulkar as Team India Consultant

According to reports, the newly appointed India team head coach Ravi Shastri has told the BCCI that he would like to have little master Sachin Tendulkar as the consultant for overseas tours. Notably, Tendulkar is a part of the Cricket Advisory Committee along with Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman that picked Shastri and also recommended the names of Dravid and Zaheer as consultants. However, a senior BCCI official said that a decision on the consultants will not be taken immediately.

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I wanted my core Team and got it: Ravi Shastri

Team India's new head coach Ravi Shastri said that he needed his core team to work with till the 2019 World Cup. "I was very clear in my mind what my core team would be. I wanted my core Team and got it. what you just heard is my core team", Shastri said. Sanjay Bangar, previously the batting coach has now been elevated to assistant coach while fielding coach R Sridhar, physiotherapist Patrick Farhat and trainer Shankar Basu were retained and Bharat Arun was appointed as the bowling coach of the Indian cricket team.

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MMA fighter dies after getting knocked out in bout

Donshay White, an American MMA fighter, died after getting knocked out in his first bout in Kentucky on Saturday. The 37-year-old collapsed backstage after the referee stopped the fight in the second round as he was rushed to a hospital in Louisville, Kentucky, where he died. White was responsive after the fight but had to be administered CPR backstage.

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Veshti is very comfortable, light and cool: Matthew Hayden

Former Australian opener Matthew Hayden has reportedly said that Veshti is comfortable, light and cool. The former Chennai Super Kings star, who is in Tamil Nadu for promotions of Tamil Nadu Premier League, also reportedly said, “It's a great honour to be back here in Chennai, my hometown in India.” Stating that he is more excited about the league, Hayden reportedly said, he looks forward to see more number of talents emerging from the state.

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