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India needs to space out their experienced batsmen at the World Cup in England and veteran MS Dhoni is best suited at number five, according to batting great Sachin Tendulkar. Skipper Virat Kohli joins openers Shikhar Dhawan and Rohit Sharma to complete India’s stable top three while all-rounder Vijay Shankar is set to bat at number four in the earlier games.

11:33:07 on 23 May

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The coach of Kenya’s Olympic track team in 2016, Michael Rotich, has been banned for 10 years for corruption after he asked for $12,000 to give athletes advance notice to help them beat doping tests. Rotich was banned by the IAAF ethics board following a three-year investigation prompted by an undercover sting by British newspaper The Sunday Times.

07:13:43 on 22 May

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Sachin Tendulkar is arguably the prime example that one player can't always win you all the matches and tournaments. He has cautioned Team India, saying that "one individual can't win a tournament. The Indian batting legend also emphasised on his point, saying players should step up during the crucial moments at the World Cup 2019.

06:18:19 on 22 May

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The 2019 FIFA Women’s World Cup is coming up soon and the German women’s team has a new advertisement that’s got everyone talking online. Announcing the final squad for the eighth edition of the tournament, the advertisement for the team attack the sexism that the team has had to face.

04:45:06 on 22 May

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The advent of some fearsome power-hitters, led by a burly Andre Russell, has suddenly made the once intimidating but now struggling West Indies emerge as a serious threat to the World Cup's top contenders. The flat pitches during the English summer could serve as the ideal platform for the WI batsmen to unleash their power game.

03:28:14 on 22 May

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England, the hosts of the World Cup 2019, unveiled their jersey for the ICC showpiece event on Tuesday but it got a lukewarm response from fans on social media. For the World Cup 2019, starting on May 30, the kit-makers have taken inspiration from the 1992 edition of the 50-over cricket World Cup, last time when England made it to the final.

01:00:25 on 22 May

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Gomathi Marimuthu fails dope test twice

Gomathi Marimuthu had been the biggest surprise for India with her 800m gold at the recent Asian athletics championships in Doha, but now she is in big doping trouble. The Tamil Nadu athlete has failed a dope test for a banned steroid at last month’s Doha Asians and now faces a four-year ban. “I will surely be asking for my ‘B’ sample to be tested,” Gomathi said.

11:30:04 on 22 May

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Indian cricket team left for the World Cup 2019, starting on May 30 in England and Wales, on Wednesday. MS Dhoni, who led India to their second World Cup title in 2011, was spotted along with 14 others selected for the World Cup squad in official uniforms at the Mumbai airport. India will commence their World Cup 2019 campaign against South Africa in Southampton on June 5.

10:37:21 on 22 May

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We have seen how India and Pakistan had forced the World Cup out of England for the 1987 edition. There was a new sponsor, and the matches were shorter. But while these were impressive moves, they were nothing compared to the ones taken in 1992, when the tournament crossed the Equator for the first time. And why not? Was it not Australia that revolutionised the sport?

09:40:02 on 22 May

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England captain Eoin Morgan believes the tournament hosts have done everything they possibly could to get themselves ready for a tilt at the World Cup. One-day cricket has long been the poor relation of the international game in England in terms of status. But a humiliating first round exit at the 2015 World Cup in Australia and New Zealand, prompted a major rethink.

07:40:01 on 22 May

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After facing backlash from her sister for revealing her sexual orientation, India’s fastest woman Dutee Chand said Tuesday that her sister is blackmailing her and has been demanding Rs 25 lakh from her. Earlier, Dutee told The Sunday Express that she has found a soulmate, a girl from her hometown in Odisha.

07:21:30 on 21 May

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High-quality rivals competing in a round-robin format has made the upcoming World Cup the “most challenging” for Kohli, who says maintaining intensity from the first ball will be key to his side’s fortunes. Kohli said they do not have much breathing space because they have four tough games upfront and in a way it should help them.

06:47:20 on 21 May

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PUMA, one of the worlds leading sports brands, on Tuesday announced the launch of a special collectors edition PUMA one8 cricket shoes - A tribute to team Indias prolific captain and it's brand ambassador, Virat Kohlii. Virat will be seen sporting these gold spiked shoes at the biggest cricketing event of the year --the World Cup.

06:23:54 on 21 May

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Virat Kohli said the 2019 Cricket World Cup will be the most challenging of all the 3 World Cups he has played so far. Kohli, who is now the India captain, was part of the World Cup-winning squad in 2011 and a key player in 2015 when India reached the semifinals. Virat Kohli and Ravi Shastri spoke to the media before Team India's departure for the 2019 World Cup.

05:47:44 on 21 May

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The Committee of Administrators (CoA) on Tuesday said that the much-awaited elections of the BCCI will be held on October 22. The CoA, which was appointed by the Supreme Court in January 2017 to oversee the sweeping reforms recommended by the Lodha panel, announced the elections date here after due consultation with the apex court-appointed amicus curiae PS Narsimha.

05:25:56 on 21 May

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Hello and welcome to our live coverage of the pre-departure press conference at the BCCI headquarters in Mumbai. Team India captain Virat Kohli and coach Ravi Shastri will address the media before the team jets off to England. "We are an experienced bowling unit. Each one compliments each other and keeps the pressure." said Shastri

04:12:01 on 21 May

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For Virat Kohli, the presence of two quality wrist-spinners in his bowling group is a great cushion to have. On flat batting pitches in England, the importance of wicket-takers in the middle phase of the innings is not lost on any side and hence, the form of Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav is important for the Indian team.

03:29:35 on 21 May

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Liam Dawson has come in from the cold to make England's Cricket World Cup squad at the expense of Joe Denly while David Willey has also missed the cut. Denly and Willey were in the provisional 15 picked last month but both men had their tournament dreams dashed when the final squad was announced on Tuesday, 22 May.

03:18:22 on 21 May

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Formula One legend Niki Lauda dies aged 70

Three-time Formula One world champion Niki Lauda, who won two of his titles after a horrific crash that left him with serious burns and went on to become a prominent figure in the aviation industry, has died. He was 70. The Austria Press Agency quoted Lauda's family as saying he "passed away peacefully" on Monday.

02:42:24 on 21 May

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West Indies legend Brian Lara has said nobody will be surprised if India manages to lift the World Cup trophy in England and Wales this summer. The Virat Kohli-led side will head into the tournament as one of the favourites having played some exceptional cricket in the past couple of years. India were the runners-up at the Champions Trophy in 2017.

12:39:49 on 21 May

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The Indian squad for the World Cup resembles a rather settled look and the according to coach Ravi Shastri and captain Virat Kohli, different players are well-versed in their own roles, which provides a great balance to the team. The top order is perhaps the best in the world, the middle-order looks solid and the bowling attack is well-rounded.

11:12:26 on 21 May

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Pakistan is pinning their hopes for World Cup glory on a crop of youngsters who have the talent to beat anybody but could also pay for their lack of experience. The side has only won the showpiece 50-over tournament once -- under the captaincy of current Pakistan PM Imran Khan in 1992. Khan pledged to give youth a chance while campaigning for election last year.

09:40:02 on 21 May

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The Indian women's hockey team started their bi-lateral series on a bright note as they defeated hosts South Korea 2-1 in the first match of the three-match series on Monday. The Indian players, who gained confidence from their good results in their previous tournaments in Spain and Malaysia, made a good start in the first quarter but failed to convert a penalty corner.

07:57:02 on 20 May

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BCCI CEO Rahul Johri who is paid an annual gross salary of Rs. 5,76,36,000 crore other than the allowances and other benefits, has requested the SC-appointed CoA to look into his increment process. With CoA chief Vinod Rai giving the go-ahead to Johri's request for immediate attention, the matter is set to be brought up when the three committee members meet on Tuesday.

07:09:15 on 20 May

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Sprinter Dutee Chand, who recently admitted to having a same-sex relationship with a younger relative, is facing a tough battle of acceptance in her family. After her elder sister Saraswati's alleged that Dutee is being pressurised and blackmailed, the athlete's mother Akhoji Chand told ANI, that it is not possible for her to accept her daughter's relationship status.

05:24:16 on 20 May

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Pakistan batsman Asif Ali was included in the final 15-man World Cup squad, selectors said on Monday, one day after the death of his 18-month-old daughter Noor Fatima was announced. Chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq said Asif would return to Pakistan from the tour of England for his child's funeral.

05:10:16 on 20 May

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Dutee Chand came out to disclose that she is in a same sex relationship with a girl. As the country hailed her for having the strength, Chand's sister alleged that the sprinter was being "pressurised and blackmailed into marriage" by her partner. Saraswati Chand, Dutee's elder sister, said that her coming out was not a choice and that she was forced into the move.

04:31:54 on 20 May

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The ICC Cricket World Cup has always been a platform which has seen batsmen flourish and score big runs. Batting has always been of paramount importance in a World Cup. With 10 days to go for the World Cup here’s a look at the top 10 highest individual scores of the tournament so far.

03:50:19 on 20 May

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Experienced fast bowlers Mohammad Amir and Wahab Riaz were brought back into Pakistan’s 15-man World Cup squad on Monday following a loss to England in the one-day series. Leg-spinner Shadab Khan has fully recovered from illness and replaced Yasir Shah, who was named as cover for Shadab for the one-day series against England.

03:11:55 on 20 May

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Former mental conditioning coach and strategic leadership coach of Team India Paddy Upton was with the side for three years from 2008 till 2011. Paddy Upton wasn’t a familiar name among Indian cricket fans. It was only in the past few days since the release of his autobiography ‘The Barefoot Coach’ and some of the startling revelations, he has finally kicked up some storm.

03:01:04 on 20 May

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Rafael Nadal is right back where he wants to be. After losing in the semifinals of three straight clay-court tournaments, Nadal dominated for stretches against his longtime rival, Novak Djokovic, in a 6-0, 4-6, 6-1 win Sunday for a record-extending ninth Italian Open title. Nadal bageled Djokovic for the first time in his career during his 3-set win

12:37:27 on 20 May

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Virat Kohli and Steve Smith, considered the best batsmen in the world, will look to make it count at the biggest stage as the World Cup 2019 gets underway on May 30 in England and Wales. While Virat Kohli will look to continue dominating, Steve Smith will want to show the world what it missed out on for the last 12 months as he served a ban for ball-tampering.

11:51:15 on 20 May

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England players will be waiting for that one phone call from the selectors to announce the final 15-man squad for the upcoming ICC Men's Cricket World Cup, said fast bowler Chris Woakes. England are expected to name its final 15-man squad at the Lord's on May 21. Woakes was adjudged Player of the Match in the fifth and final match against Pakistan for his five-wicket haul.

11:29:52 on 20 May

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Former India opener Lalchand Rajput believes the Virat Kohli-led side has the best bowling attack among the 10 teams to take part in the upcoming World Cup, making it one of the favourites for the 50-over showpiece event. “I think India has got best bowling attack and we have got a very well balanced team. We have got very good all-rounders," he said.

03:57:01 on 20 May

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Yuvraj Singh, one of India’s greatest limited overs cricketers, is seriously contemplating retirement from international cricket and pursue a freelance career in ICC approved foreign Twenty20 leagues. The Punjab left-hander would make a final decision only if he gets permission from the BCCI.

06:33:29 on 19 May

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Belgian defender Vincent Kompany said on Sunday he is leaving Manchester City after helping the Premier League club to a become the first team to win the English treble of league championship and both domestic cups. The 33-year-old central defender said he would be posting a second part of the letter “shortly” with details of his future plans.

04:34:28 on 19 May

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Australia coach Justin Langer on Sunday said that England are obviously the red-hot favourites going into the World Cup and said the team deserves to be the number one team in the world. England has had huge success in the ODI format after 2015 and the success can be credited to the change in the batting style. The team is now known for its aggressive mindset.

12:53:48 on 19 May

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Last summer in England, in the space of two balls, Kuldeep Yadav embarrassed two of England’s most competitive batsmen of this generation with his googly — one that breaks away from the right-hander. Both Johnny Bairstow and Joe Root couldn’t pick the googly, gauge the flight, assess the dip, and were drawn out of the crease to be stumped by MS Dhoni.

10:26:55 on 19 May

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All the 15 Indian players who are slated to appear in ICC World Cup 2019 are coming off from an arduous Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 which comprised of 64 matches stretched over 51 days. They will now gear up for the showpiece event which is just a fortnight away and ahead of the tournament, the team members have been given just one advice - 'relax'.

02:55:01 on 19 May

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Kedar Jadhav has been declared fit and is all set to travel to England and Wales with the rest of the Indian squad for the upcoming 2019 World Cup. The middle-order batsman was doubtful for the World Cup after picking up a shoulder injury while playing for his Indian Premier League franchise Chennai Super Kings in their last game of the recently-concluded season.

01:04:33 on 18 May

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With less than 15 days left for the ICC 2019 World Cup to get underway, all ten teams are busy sorting out their best combinations to field at the showpiece event. While India has a formidable 15-man squad at the disposal and a dynamic skipper in Virat Kohli, there still remain doubts over the much-debated no.4 slot, which many experts feel can haunt India.

11:18:52 on 18 May

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Winner of the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019 will earn a purse of $ 4 million, the highest prize money to date, along with the trophy that the victorious team will lift at the Lord's on July 16. The total prize pot, which sits at $ 10 million, will see the runners-up assured of $ 2 million and the losing semi-finalists $ 800,000 each.

09:27:01 on 17 May

Dhoni's six-hitting prowess is still intact and the Indian team management must give him the license to attack from the word go during the World Cup, suggests Harbhajan Singh. A trend shows that Dhoni has been taking the game deep before going for a final assault but his one-time national and current CSK teammate wants him to go back to his big-hitting ways.

07:33:09 on 17 May

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2019 ICC Cricket World Cup – the England and Wales-based showpiece -- will start on May 30, and will go on till July 14. However, this year the cricket governing body has decided to change the format of the tournament -– where ten teams will play versus other nine teams, and the four teams that comes out on top will advance to the semi-finals.

06:40:51 on 17 May

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Managing the workload of Indian players who are part of the 15-man squad for the WorldCup was an important consideration for captain ViratKohli before the start of the IPL. Most of them, however, have ended up playing almost all the matches in the cash-rich league.

06:24:43 on 17 May

The questions and discussions around India's No. 4 conundrum are never ending. With no clear choice, the team management's stance has been non-committal. Coach Ravi Shastri himself wasn't too concerned, saying they'd go with 'horses for courses', adding they have multiple players who can bat at No. 4. One of the options for whom support is growing by the day is KL Rahul.

05:27:01 on 17 May

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The last year and a bit has seen Jasprit Bumrah’s meteoric rise as one of the world’s best fast bowlers. Much of the Indian team’s success on recent overseas tours can be attributed to the brilliance of its pace spearhead. In order to understand how Bumrah accomplishes this, it is important to take a look at the aerodynamics of a cricket ball.

03:26:01 on 17 May

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ICC has released a star-studded list of commentators for the 2019 World Cup, starting May 30 in the United Kingdom. 3 indian commentators, including former captain Sourav Ganguly, are part of the 24-member commentator's list for the ICC TV, according to the apex body's release. It is expected that the regional broadcasters will add more names apart from the ICC TV list.

02:48:07 on 17 May

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On the eve of Australia’s title defence in 2003, Shane Warne tested positive for a banned substance known as Moduretic. Warne, as a result, was banned from international cricket for a year. No big tournament is complete without its fair share of controversy, and the World Cup is no exception. Here’s a recap of the unforgettable events from the past editions of World Cup.

01:22:28 on 17 May

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Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir said there is no comparison between Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli when it comes to captaincy in the IPL. The cricketer-turned-politician pointed out that while the Mumbai Indians have won four IPL titles under Rohit as captain, the Royal Challengers Bangalore, led by Kohli, are yet to emerge on top in the tournament.

10:38:00 on 17 May

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This is the first World Cup in 27 years that has just the strongest ten teams in the world playing each other. Every single one of those teams can beat any other on their day; this is completely unprecedented. Due to this format and this kind of competition, the 2019 World Cup is set up to be the toughest cricket tournament in the history of the game so far.

10:23:40 on 17 May

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Prime Minister Narendra Modi has declared that the Congress, which "considers the PM's post its birth-right", is backing out even before the elections are over and this indicates how badly the party expects to perform. After the sixth round of the election, BJP chief Amit Shah has predicted that the party's tally has crossed 300 seats.

05:57:01 on 17 May

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Among the record-breaking number of players (536) from 20 overseas countries and West Indies who have made themselves available to be picked by Caribbean Premier League (CPL) teams, Irfan Pathan features as the only Indian player. The list of players has been sent to respective teams ahead of the draft taking place in London on May 22.

07:33:46 on 16 May

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With dry pitches and hot weather on offer, cricket pundits have predicted that spinners will play a crucial role in the upcoming World Cup. As two news balls are now used during the course of each inning, the role of spinners has become all the more important. Take a look at top five spinners who can play a pivotal role for their respective teams.

06:57:58 on 16 May

Bhuvneshwar Kumar, a key cog of India's three-pronged pace attack in the 15-member World Cup 2019 squad, has issued a warning to Team India rivals ahead of the ICC mega event, starting on May 30 in England and Wales. The 29-year-old was also a part of India's 2015 World Cup squad that reached the semi-finals where they lost to Australia by 95 runs in Sydney.

05:25:10 on 16 May

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Star India wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav believes he wouldn’t have been successful at the world stage had it not been for skipper Virat Kohli, who gave him the freedom to attack. The 24-year-old said he is looking forward to put the IPL disappointment behind with a spectacular performance in the World Cup.

04:36:36 on 16 May

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Gifted with hitting the ball with impeccable timing, Rohit Sharma became the most successful captain in the IPL history when he led Mumbai Indians to their fifth IPL trophy on Sunday. With a career spanning over a decade, the Mumbaikar paved his way to the national side by performing for Mumbai in First-class cricket.

04:29:59 on 16 May

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After Mumbai’s winning captain, Rohit Sharma along with his wife and daughter set off to Maldives for a much-needed fillip, Bollywood’s favourite couple, Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma too decided to go for a short vacation ahead of the upcoming World Cup. Virat and Anushka set off to Goa for a short vacation and got caught by their fans only to be clicked at the airport.

03:35:43 on 16 May

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The selectors are keeping a close eye on the injury to Kedar Jadhav and although they are willing to wait till the final possible hour before taking a call, there are reports emerging which suggest that one of Axar Patel or Ambati Rayudu could be possible replacements in India’s World Cup squad.

02:35:40 on 16 May

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Former South Africa cricketer Jonty Rhodes has revealed the main difference in captaincy styles of former skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni and current captain Virat Kohli. Rhodes opined that Dhoni controls the mental aspect of the game brilliantly while Kohli on the other hand, likes to force the issue and ‘impose his stamp on the game’.

01:24:58 on 16 May

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Indian pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar has talked up the firepower in the team's bowling unit, saying the Indian bowlers' ability to be potent both at the start and the death will augur well even in flat pitches in the United Kingdom during the World Cup. India is banking on their bowling firepower to get the job done at the World Cup, starting May 30 in the UK.

12:22:11 on 16 May

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The 12th edition of cricket’s most prestigious tournament – the World Cup gets underway in England from the 30th of May. While England start as firm favourites at home there are four to five other teams that will challenge them for the trophy – coupled with that the format of the World Cup and this has the potential to be one of the most competitive tournaments in history.

11:01:01 on 16 May

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With IPL 2019 over, focus shifts back on India's World Cup preparations. And that implies, debates and discussions surrounding the No.4 conundrum kicks off once again amid no clear response from Indian skipper Virat Kohli or anyone from the team management regarding the position. Well, former cricket Gautam Gambhir provided his view on the batting spot.

07:40:01 on 16 May

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Former India mental conditional coach Paddy Upton, in his recent book Barefoot, has made few interesting revelations about the Indian dressing room. After speaking about Gautam Gambhir and the whole concept of mental toughness, Upton has now spoken about MS Dhoni, who in his own unique way instilled a sense of punctuality in the Indian players.

09:27:01 on 15 May

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SC appointed amicus curae P S Narsimha is confident that BCCI is moving towards forming a democratically elected body which should actually govern the game rather than the court or its appointed bodies. The amicus curae said that his near “135 hours of mediation” with the state units have been “fruitful” as the matter is now nearing a “good conclusion”.

07:02:34 on 15 May

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Chris Gayle, who heads into his fifth and final World Cup, has devised his own method of staying fit at 39, a routine that has kept the ‘Universe Boss’ away from the gym for the last two months. His fitness formula includes extensive yoga and massage sessions which help him recover after a long day on the field.

06:04:36 on 15 May

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End of en era. This is probably the only way one can sum up the feeling in Rome before the final two weeks of the football season. Also known as “Mr. Roma,” Daniele de Rossi has decided to bring down curtains on his 18-year-long Roma career. Sunday, 26 May will be the last time he wears his Roma jersey, in the game against Parma.

05:16:26 on 15 May

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Pakistan opener Imam-ul-Haq broke India's World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev's record as he became the youngest-ever batsman to score a 150-plus knock in ODI cricket in England. Kapil Dev had scored an unbeaten 175 at the age of 24 in a 1983 World Cup match. After 36 years, 23-year-old Imam-ul-Haq scored 151 off 131 balls in the third ODI between Pakistan and England.

05:01:21 on 15 May

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Croatian World Cupper Igor Stimac was Wednesday appointed head coach of the Indian football team for a two-year term. The national team has been without a coach since the departure of Stephen Constantine in January, following the creditable show at the AFC Asian Cup. The appointment was made by the AIFF’s executive committee.

04:02:16 on 15 May

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One of the talking points of World Cup selections was Dinesh Karthik's inclusion as the second wicketkeeper ahead of young sensation Rishabh Pant. And while chief selector MSK Prasad made it amply clear it was unfortunate that Rishabh Pant missed out, the decision was taken keeping in mind Dinesh Karthik's experience. Now, Virat Kohli has stressed on the same point.

03:45:45 on 15 May

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Trinamool Congress has now hit back at the BJP with video proof over violence that took place in Kolkata yesterday. TMC MP Derek O'Brien released videos to claim "BJP goons" damaged statue of polymath Ishwar Chandra Vidyasagar. He said, "Streets of Kolkata are tinged with shock, anger. What happened yesterday hurt Bengali pride."

03:18:44 on 15 May

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The story begins with South African Abe Bailey, one of the richest men of the world in the early 20th century, and a cricket patron of the highest order. Not only was he a generous sponsor of the sport, he also came up with revolutionary ideas. Bailey helped envision an ICC FTP way back in 1909. It involved two cycles, from 1909 to 1912-13 and from 1913 to 1916-17.

03:02:39 on 15 May

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The national selectors and the Indian team management will wait till the very last minute to decide whether the injured Kedar Jadhav will be replaced in the 2019 ICC World Cup squad. CricketNext has learnt that Jadhav’s left shoulder in currently a sling and he is being monitored on a day-to-day basis by Team India's physio Patrick Farhart.

02:39:52 on 15 May

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There are two reasons why this is likely to be the hardest-fought World Cup till date – the format and the competition itself. Still, England and India are favoured to reach the semis, and Australia, South Africa, Pakistan and New Zealand expected to fight for the other two places. Teams will need to keep the intensity up for much longer than any tournament before this.

01:01:59 on 15 May

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All-rounder Vijay Shankar being picked as Indias No.4 batsman for the World Cup saw the birth of the biggest debate to engulf Indian cricket in recent times. Many believe that Ambati Rayudu or Rishabh Pant would have been a better option. But then, the five wise men -- national selectors -- clearly thought otherwise when they felt that Shankar fits the bill.

12:29:50 on 15 May

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GS Lakshmi, who on Tuesday became the first woman to be included in ICC’s international panel of match referees, feels her elevation is a step forward for women’s cricket. It comes on the heels of Australia’s Claire Polosak, who became the first woman to stand in a men’s ODI this month. Lakshmi has been a referee in women’s domestic cricket since 2008.

11:36:43 on 15 May

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Ajinkya Rahane’s middle-order batting was crucial in India’s run to the semi-finals of the 2015 World Cup. Four years on, his name was not even discussed despite the focus on a No 4 batsman before India’s 15-man squad for the World Cup was picked. In the IPL, he led Rajasthan Royals in phases of the tournament but failed to inspire them to a play-off berth.

11:03:23 on 15 May

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Jonny Bairstow's commanding hundred was the centrepiece of World Cup hosts England's six-wicket win over Pakistan in the third one-day international at Bristol on Tuesday. England generally prefers batting first but captain Eoin Morgan decided to give them the experience of chasing just weeks away from the World Cup by opting to field first after winning the toss.

06:40:01 on 15 May

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Another season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is over. Several Indian quick bowlers such as Navdeep Saini, Umesh Yadav, Ishant Sharma, Mohammad Sami, Jaspreet Bumrah, Varun Aaron and Prasidh Krishna hurled down deliveries at over 150 kilometres per hour. Cricket fans can now turn their attention to the World Cup that begins later this month in England.

09:25:02 on 14 May

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Mumbai Indians, it seemed, had their plans laid out for their arch-rivals and familiar foes, Chennai Super Kings. Mumbai Indians comfortably outclassed Chennai Super Kings at home and then successfully invaded their fortress, Chepauk. MI showed once again they were not bothered about numbers and reputation as they went on to beat CSK in their own game, once again.

07:57:02 on 14 May

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Former skipper Mohammad Azharuddin described India as the favourites to lift the ODI World Cup, saying the team has very good bowlers who can win the quadrennial event, which gets underway in England on May 30. India's fast bowling unit is led by Jasprit Bumrah, one of the world's top bowlers in the ODI format.

05:46:33 on 14 May

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In a first, all the 10 participating teams of the upcoming ODI World Cup will have a dedicated anti-corruption officer attached with it to deliver a corruption-free tournament, according to a report. The report in the 'Daily Telegraph' said the ICC will attach an anti-corruption official with each team starting from warm-up matches till the end of the tournament.

05:45:23 on 14 May

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GS Lakshmi has become the first ever woman to be appointed to the ICC International Panel of Match Referees. Her appointment comes close on the heels of Claire Polosak becoming the first ever woman umpire to stand in a men's ODI. Lakshmi first officiated in domestic women's cricket in 2008-09, and has overseen three women's ODI matches and three women's T20I matches.

04:53:28 on 14 May

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Children at this Tamil Nadu Govt school near a fishing village get to train in state-of-the-art facilities for competitive snooker. The institution has been training its students in snooker since 2015, with funding from the Venkatraman Memorial Trust. The Trust, which was started in 2004 by British citizen Sylvia Holder, also takes care of the school’s infrastructure.

04:35:16 on 14 May

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Ahead of the ICC Cricket World Cup, team India head coach Ravi Shastri is confident about his side and believes that they have enough ammunition in the ranks to go all the way and clinch the trophy. Speaking about the number 4 position, which has been a topic of debates and deliberations, Shastri said that according to him, there is no one player for that particular spit.

03:42:39 on 14 May

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Shane Watson almost took Chennai Super Kings to IPL 2019 triumph with a brilliant knock in the final on May 12. But it wasn't to be for the Australian and the Chennai outfit as Mumbai Indians won the IPL 2019 final by one run. Harbhajan Singh has revealed that Shane Watson batted in the final after getting six stitches on his knee following an injury while fielding.

12:56:07 on 14 May

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This is a sport in which an MS Dhoni six is fetishised – the one that finished the 2011 World Cup. It’s a sport where Mitchell Starc is given the Man of the Tournament award in the 2015 World Cup for his videogenic yorkers in the group stages. In any other sport, in this day and age, competition would be more keenly accounted for in any such evaluation.

11:56:48 on 14 May

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A 17-year-old who took his team on the cusp of victory, an uncapped player who hat-tricked RCB’s star batsmen, and an all-rounder who finished as his team’s highest wicket-taker — there were the stars of the 2019 Indian Premier League, and then there were these young and new Indian cricketers who starred in this year’s IPL.

11:30:33 on 14 May

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India captain Virat Kohli bagged the International Cricketer and Batsman of the Year award during the CEAT Cricket Rating (CCR) International Awards 2019. However, the Indian captain could not make it to the glittering ceremony on Monday. Kohli, one of the best batsman of his times, will be leading India in the upcoming World Cup, which begins May 30 in England.

10:32:31 on 14 May

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A terrific IPL 2019 campaign for Mumbai Indians ended with a hard-fought, thrilling one-run win over Chennai Super Kings on Sunday. It was now time to celebrate! Rohit Sharma's team did that in style, going around the roads of Mumbai on an open top bus surrounded by overjoyed fans. The parade started with the members of the squad and staff travelling in an open bus.

06:40:02 on 14 May

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Mumbai Indians are the team to beat in the Indian Premier League. There can no more be two ways about it. Their four trophies, over the span of seven years, are truly the testimony to their consistency and constancy. Setting in place a system where experienced cricketers chalk out the way forward, the group is employed in heavy background work that culminates on-field.

08:27:01 on 13 May

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Hardik Pandya and Rahul's camaraderie has become a topic much discussed on social media after their controversial appearance on a television show. Twitterati's got another chance to get their voices heard after Mumbai Indians all-rounder Hardik Pandya collected KXIP opener KL Rahul's award for the most stylish player on the IPL 2019 final night, in the latter's absence.

07:55:01 on 13 May

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IPL 2019 ended with MI claiming their fourth title defeating CSK in a nail-biting encounter that went down to the last ball of the match. Like this year's final, IPL League has been known for producing such contests, that go down to the wire. And this season too has been no stranger to them. In fact, this season has witnessed two super-over finishes.

06:42:45 on 13 May

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A well-known Mexican wrestler who co-starred in the film comedy "Nacho Libre" died in London after he collapsed during a match that a witness described as so elaborately staged it wasn't immediately clear something seriously was wrong. Cesar Cuauhtemoc Gonzalez Barron was one of the featured wrestlers of "The Greatest Show of Lucha Libre" on Saturday night.

06:35:17 on 13 May

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Jasprit Bumrah is already the best bowler in the world but his best is yet to come, avowed batting legend Sachin Tendulkar, who also termed young leg-spinner Rahul Chahar as "fabulous" talent. In the final against Chennai Super Kings on Sunday, the 25-year-old kept his side in the hunt by returning remarkable figures of 2 for 14 in 4 overs.

05:25:50 on 13 May

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Hardik Pandya and K L Rahul's stellar show drowning their off-field distractions, David Warner sounding a warning bell to his World Cup rivals and a 40-year-old Imran Tahir turning the clock back were some of the takeaways from the just-concluded IPL. For tournament favourites India, the foremost gain has to be Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul's performance.

05:18:46 on 13 May

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England fast bowler Liam Plunkett has been cleared by the International Cricket Council following allegations he may have tampered with the ball during the second one-day international against Pakistan. A short sequence from Saturday's match in Southampton led to a debate on Twitter, with some on social media suggesting the 34-year-old had been involved in ball tampering.

04:01:53 on 13 May

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Mumbai Indians' captain Rohit Sharma believes IPL is a platform where you can judge yourself before the ICC Men's Cricket World Cup 2019, which will start on May 30. "It's a big tournament and you can judge yourself where you are at before a big tournament like the World Cup," Rohit said after securing Mumbai's fourth IPL title by one run against defending champions CSK.

03:37:09 on 13 May

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India may be packed with fabulous 15 but there are no clear favourites in the upcoming World Cup, which will be wide open due to change in format, stressed former South Africa star Jonty Rhodes. Rhodes said the Virat Kohli-led India has balance but it’s not something which other do not have.

02:53:53 on 13 May

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Former India cricketer-turned commentator Sanjay Manjrekar empathised with MS Dhoni after Chennai Super Kings suffered a heartbreaking 1-run defeat in IPL 2019 final to Mumbai Indians on Sunday. Sanjay Manjrekar, who was hosting the post-match ceremony after the big final, also said he has never seen MS Dhoni as heartbroken as he was on Sunday evening in Hyderabad.

02:36:38 on 13 May

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