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MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli nominated for ICC People’s Choice award

MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli nominated for ICC People’s Choice award

Dubai: Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni and star batsman Virat Kohli were on Saturday nominated for the International Cricket Council’s People’s Choice Award, the winner of which will be declared on December 13 during the governing body’s 10th annual awards. “The quintet of players nominated for the award are Australia’s Michael Clarke, England’s Alastair Cook, India’s duo of MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli, and South Africa’s AB de Villiers,” the ICC said in a statement. Both Kohli and Dhoni have been ICC award winners in the past. While Kohli won the ICC ODI Player of the Year 2012, Dhoni had bagged the same trophy in the year 2008 and 2009. Fans will have the opportunity to decide the winner by voting either via www.lgiccawards.com or via Twitter using the hashtag #lgiccawards. Voting opens on Saturday and will close at midnight November 23 with the winner to be announced on December 13, along with all the… Read More

Sachin Tendulkar should be unofficial sports minister: PT Usha

Sachin Tendulkar should be unofficial sports minister: PT Usha

I hate to admit it, but I haven’t followed Sachin Tendulkar’s career as closely as the average Indian has. I had heard and read about his exploits in local and domestic cricket. And I remember he made his Test debut in Pakistan because I, too, ran my first international race in the neighbouring country many years ago. But what humbled me the most was something he said in an interview in the mid-1990s. Believe it or not, he admitted that watching an Indian lady athlete excel at the world stage motivated him a great deal. I must say I was extremely touched by that compliment and became a Sachin fan right away! As he prepares to call it a day, I want every Indian to sit down and think what he has done for the country. Imagine the pressure of representing your country for 25 years. Now multiply that by 100 because the country is… Read More

Double centurion Rohit Sharma blasts India to series win

Double centurion Rohit Sharma blasts India to series win

Bangalore: Rohit Sharma re-wrote the record books and also authored personal bests en route to a magnificent 209 (158b, 12×4, 16×6) that carried India to a dramatic 57-run win against a fighting Australia and also helped them clinch the seven-match ODI series 3-2 here Saturday. In a match of twists and turns, India, asked to bat first, notched up 383 for six with 101 runs coming in the last five overs during the rollicking 167-run partnership for the fifth wicket between Sharma and skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni (62, 38b, 7×4, 2×6). In reply, the Australians, reeling at 211 for eight in the 31st over, waged a magnificent fightback with James Faulkner scoring 116 (73b, 11×4, 6×6) and taking the visitors agonizingly close to a dream win with a 115-run stand for the ninth wicket with Clint McKay (18) before both departed within a delivery of each other as they were all out for 326 in… Read More

Advantage India ahead of final ODI against Australia

Advantage India ahead of final ODI against Australia

There is nothing like happy endings and India and Australia couldn’t have hoped for a better finish. Weather and some good cricket have evened out the imbalances generally seen in a seven-game series. Despite commerce being given preference over cricket, everything has fallen into place, starting with two games being washed out to make it the ideal five-game contest. The teams played their parts brilliantly by making each other dig deep, and the see-saw battle will culminate into a grand finish with the seventh game on Saturday. Even taking into consideration how the bowlers’ have been treated, the matches have created enough excitement to draw everyone’s attention. The series has seen some cracking games and an equally high-voltage clash is on the cards at the Chinnaswamy Stadium. India have proved they deserve the top ranking and Australia that they are worthy contenders. Throughout the series, Australia have carried the edge into the games after their win… Read More

Scoring runs is Virat’s biggest high

Scoring runs is Virat’s biggest high

  The game was in its final stages and Australia pace spearhead Mitchell Johnson’s tail was up. He had just punched two holes in the India batting by snaring Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh. During the 2011 World Cup, the Nagpur crowd had seen their team collapse from a similar situation against South Africa after a roaring start. Only Virat Kohli stood between Australia and victory. The packed stands at the Vidarbha Cricket Association waited with bated breath as Johnson came charging in for the kill. Virat’s response was stunning. With lightning quick bat speed he met the ball on the up and smashed it over the infield. The sound of ball meeting the bat was so loud that it led to an uproar in the stands. Using Johnson’s 150 kph pace in your strokes is one thing but to take him head-on is another. It only shows the confidence with which Virat is batting.… Read More

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