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I’ve matured as a captain: Shikhar Dhawan

Dithering and indecision is a thing of past for Shikhar Dhawan, who as the leader of the pack does not hesitate in taking decisions which individuals may despise but are beneficial for the Indian team. The left-handed batter is getting ready to lead India in the three-match ODI series against New Zealand, starting Friday. It won’t be the first time that Dhawan will wear the captain’s hat as he has led a second-string Indian team in the past and enjoyed good results against Sri Lanka (2-1), South Africa (2-1) and West Indies (3-0). Also Read: Virat Kohli had to dig deep to get out of recent slump, says Shikhar Dhawan The Delhi batter says his decision-making has improved over time, courtesy his presence of mind. “As you play more, you get confident in the decisions you take. Earlier, there used to be instances where I would give an extra over to a bowler out of regard (for him). But now, as I have matured, even if someone is feeling bad, I will take a decision that will help the team,” Dhawan told ESPNCricinfo. Further talking about leadership skills, Dhawan said the key is to maintain balance and earn the players’ faith. He is hardly seen feeling any pressure and keep the environment around him happy. “When you play music on a string instrument, if the string is too loose, it won’t sound right, or if it’s too tight, it will break. So it is a question of creating a balance.[As a captain] creating that balance is very important.” This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

05 December,2022 10:24 AM IST | New Delhi | PTI
Pakistan's Ben Stokes (L) celebrates with teammate after taking the wicket of Pakistan's Babar Azam (R) during the fourth day of the first cricket Test match between Pakistan and England at the Rawalpindi Cricket Stadium, in Rawalpindi. Pic/AFP

Pakistan need 263 runs to beat England

England pushed its first Test in Pakistan in 17 years to an exciting last-day finish after setting a brave target of 343 runs for the home team on Sunday. Pakistan ended the fourth day at 80-2, needing a further 263 runs in a maximum of 90 overs left in the first Test of the three-match series. First innings centurion Imam-ul-Haq was not out on 43 while one of four Pakistan debutants, Saud Shakeel, was lucky to be there on 24 after Keaton Jennings couldn’t hold on to a two-handed catch close to the wicket in the penultimate over of the day. Also Read: Pakistan pile on runs, but England still far ahead This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

05 December,2022 08:36 AM IST | Rawalpindi | PTI
Nathan Lyon

Nathan Lyon picks six as Australia beat West Indies by 164 runs

Spin king Nathan Lyon bagged six wickets, including century-maker Kraigg Brathwaite, as Australia ground down a gutsy West Indies to win the first Test in Perth by 164 runs on Sunday. Skipper Brathwaite, who took the match into a final day with a defiant overnight 101 after Australia declared their second innings at 182-2 on Day Four, couldn’t keep the momentum going against Lyon and was bowled for 110. The Caribbean team resumed on 192-3, needing to bat through 90 overs for a draw after gamely rebuffing an attack missing the injured Pat Cummins for two sessions on Saturday.  Also Read: Brooks replaces Bonner as concussion substitute for West Indies in ongoing Test against Australia But they were all out for 333 after some plucky late resistance.  Lyon ended with 6-128, in the process surpassing India’s Ravichandran Ashwin to become the eighth-highest wicket-taker in Test history with 446. “The batters did their job, the quicks stood up, it was a fantastic all-round performance,” said Australian skipper Pat Cummins. “Lyon is the most important bowler in our team, he keeps taking wickets. There wasn’t much on offer for the spinners, but he found out a way and kept picking wickets.” Brief scoresAustralia 598-4 decl and 182-2 decl beat West Indies 283 and 333 (K Brathwaite 110, R Chase 55; N Lyon 6-128, T Head 2-25) by 164 runs This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

05 December,2022 08:33 AM IST | Perth | AFP
Bangladesh’s Mehidy Hasan Miraz plays a shot against India during the first ODI in Mirpur yesterday. Pic/PTI

Miraz miracle at Mirpur

Bangladesh’s last wicket pair of Mehidy Hasan Miraj and Mustafizur Rahaman pulled off an absolute heist with a thrilling 51-run stand as India choked during final half an hour to lose a low-scoring opening ODI by one wicket here on Sunday. While India produced yet another poor batting show which saw them get all out for 186 in 41.2 overs, the bowlers did a splendid job to reduce Bangladesh to 136 for 9 in the 40th over. However, KL Rahul, who was entrusted with ’keeping duties to fit him and another veteran Shikhar Dhawan in the same XI, dropped an aerial sitter when Bangladesh still needed 32 runs. Washington Sundar also didn’t go for an easy catch at third man earning the wrath of skipper Rohit Sharma as Miraj (38 not out off 39 balls) along with Mustafizur (10 not out) got the team past the finishing line in exactly 46 overs. Match-winning stand The 51-run stand between Miraj and Mustafizur was Bangladesh’s highest 10th wicket partnership and the fourth-highest 10th wicket partnership in a successful ODI chase. On a track that assisted both seamers and spinners, Indian top-order barring  Rahul (73 off 70 balls) flopped badly to be bowled out for a score below 200. But the total that looked eminently gettable at the break turned into a sizeable one due to lion-hearted efforts from Mohammed Siraj (3-32), Shardul Thakur (1-21) and Washington Sundar (2-17). Debutant Kuldeep Sen’s (2-37) pace was used to hit him for three sixes—two of them during the slog overs while Deepak Chahar (1-32), despite providing a first-ball breakthrough, looked pedestrian towards the end when there was no nip in the air. In the end, Miraj ensured that hosts didn’t suffer a setback in a game which should have been won with their bowling effort alone. Also Read: India vs Bangladesh 2022: Full schedule, time and date Rahul delights Earlier, Rahul struck 73 off 70 balls on a day when the others struggled to get going and when the side was packed with all-rounders. Rahul hit five fours and four sixes. India’s innings lasted 41.2 overs with left-arm spinner Shakib Al Hasan (5-36) doing most of the damage. Opting to field, Mustafizur Rahman started the proceedings with a maiden, before India skipper Rohit Sharma opened the visitors’ boundary count by smashing Hasan Mahmud through the gap between point and cover.Bangladesh skipper Litton Das effected an early bowling change, bringing in off-spinner Miraz into the attack in the fourth over, and he started on a tidy note before castling Dhawan for seven. Pant released from one-day squad The Indian team on Sunday announced that they have released wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant for the ODI series against Bangladesh. A statement from the BCCI said Pant was released after consultation with its medical staff and that no replacement will be sought by the team in his absence, without mentioning specific details on why the left-hander will not take part in ODIs against Bangladesh. Pant is expected to link up with the team ahead of the two-match Test series. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

05 December,2022 08:31 AM IST | Mirpur | PTI
Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh and author Sanjay Sharma during the launch of Glory Beyond Dreams at Prabodhankar Thackeray Krida Sankul in Vile Parle yesterday. Pic/Sameer Markande

Yuvraj Singh: Teenaged athletes must stay away from social media

Former India all-rounder Yuvraj Singh has advised teenaged sportspersons to stay away from social media activities. “Get out of social media. We are old school people. We believe in books, we believe in knowledge and in our parents. It’s very important that teenagers today avoid spending time on social media [in order] to overcome struggles. Parents have to be a friend to their children,” Yuvraj said on Sunday while addressing a gathering during the launch of ex-India badminton player Sanjay Sharma’s book, Glory Beyond Dreams in Vile Parle. Sharma’s (mid-day’s badminton expert) book features the struggles of 10 sportspersons. Yuvraj, 40, conquered the biggest battle of his life—cancer—and bounced black to play for the national team again. He was one of the key reasons behind India’s 50-over World Cup triumph in 2011 when the team was led by MS Dhoni. While answering a query from a parent on his tough days, Yuvraj revealed that it was his mother (Shabnam Singh) who gave him that strength to beat a disease like cancer and play for India again. Also Read: FIFA World Cup: Yuvraj Singh picks Cristiano Ronaldo as his favourite player

05 December,2022 08:28 AM IST | Mumbai | Subodh Mayure
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IND v BAN, 1st ODI: Kuldeep Sen debuts as Bangladesh win toss, elect to bowl

Bangladesh captain Litton Das on Sunday has won the toss and elected to bowl first against India in their ODI series opener at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in Mirpur, Dhaka. "Looks like it could be sticky for the first ten overs, that's why we are bowling first. Three seamers and two spinners for us. We want to follow the process and play good cricket," said Das. India is touring Bangladesh for the first time since 2015. Skipper Rohit Sharma said he wasn't sure of what he would have done on winning the toss, but added he was inclined towards bowling first too. "The pitch seems to have some moisture, so we would have bowled first too. We hardly played many games in New Zealand, but we fought well. Some of the guys batted really well. World Cup is still far away, we don't want to look too far ahead. We want to focus on what we have in hand and play accordingly," he added. Also read: Not thinking too far ahead: Rohit sharma Rohit revealed that India are playing four all-rounders in Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar due to injuries and some issues. Young fast-bowler Kuldeep Sen has been given an ODI debut while KL Rahul will be the wicket-keeper for India. India's top-order will have a familiar look in Rohit, Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli. Earlier, BCCI tweeted that in consultation with their medical team, Rishabh Pant has been released from the ODI squad and will join the team for the Test series, starting December 14. It added that no replacement has been sought in Pant's absence, while left-arm spin all-rounder Axar Patel was not available for selection for the first ODI. Playing XIs India: Rohit Sharma (captain), Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KL Rahul (wicket-keeper), Washington Sundar, Shahbaz Ahmed, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Mohammed Siraj and Kuldeep Sen. Bangladesh: Litton Das (captain), Anamul Haque, Najmul Hossain Shanto, Shakib Al Hasan, Mushfiqur Rahim (wicket-keeper), Mahmudullah, Afif Hossain, Mehidy Hasan Miraz, Hasan Mahmud, Mustafizur Rahman and Ebadot Hossain. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

04 December,2022 12:16 PM IST | Dhaka | IANS
Pic/official Instagram handle of Rishabh Pant

IND v BAN, 1st ODI: Rishabh Pant released from ODI squad

The Indian men's cricket team on Sunday announced that they have released wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant from their squad for the ODI series against Bangladesh. A statement from the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) said Pant was released after consultation with its medical staff and that no replacement will be sought by the team in his absence, without mentioning specific details on why the left-hander will not take part in ODIs against Bangladesh. The BCCI added that Pant is expected to link up with the team ahead of the two-match Test series in Bangladesh starting from December 14 in Chattogram. The absence of Pant means KL Rahul will keep wickets for India in the first ODI at Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS) in Mirpur, Dhaka, on Sunday. BCCI also said that left-arm spin all-rounder Axar Patel was not available for selection for the first ODI, without revealing the specific nature of the injury to him though skipper Rohit Sharma had said at the toss that there have been a few injury issues in the team. Also read: IND v BAN, 1st ODI: Kuldeep Sen debuts as Bangladesh win toss, elect to bowl first against India Earlier, on Saturday, tearaway fast bowler Umran Malik was named as a replacement for injured senior pacer Mohammed Shami in India's ODI squad for the series against Bangladesh. A statement from the BCCI said Shami sustained a shoulder injury during a training session in the lead up to the ODI series against Bangladesh. He is currently under the supervision of the BCCI Medical Team at the NCA, Bengaluru and will not be able to take part in the series against Bangladesh. It is not yet clear if Shami will be fit in time for the two Tests against Bangladesh, starting from December 14 in Chattogram. Previously, left-arm spin all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and uncapped pacer Yash Dayal were ruled out of ODIs against Bangladesh. Jadeja is still undergoing recovery post a knee surgery in September, leaving his participation for the Tests in doubt while Dayal has a lower back issue. After the three ODIs, India will play two Tests against Bangladesh under the ICC World Test Championship (WTC) cycle. The first Test will happen at the Zahur Ahmed Chowdhury Stadium (ZACS) in Chattogram from December 14 to 18, followed by the second Test at the Sher-E-Bangla National Cricket Stadium (SBNCS), Mirpur, Dhaka from December 22-26.   This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

04 December,2022 12:06 PM IST | Dhaka | IANS
Pic/Sachin Tendulkar's Twitter account

"Keep inspiring": Sachin Tendulkar wishes birthday to Mithali Raj

India's ace Mithali Raj received warm birthday wishes from the master blaster Sachin Tendulkar. The former Indian Women's Cricket team captain turned 40 today. Greetings and best wishes poured in from all quarters. The master blaster took to Twitter to say "Wishing you a very happy birthday @M_Raj03. Keep inspiring and have a great year ahead!" Wishing you a very happy birthday @M_Raj03. Keep inspiring and have a great year ahead! pic.twitter.com/lo6Y5Buaen — Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) December 3, 2022 The right-handed batter from Jodhpur had an illustrious cricket career. She represented India in all three formats: Test, ODI and T20I. Whatever the batter aspires for she accomplished that on the cricket field with great poise and aplomb. Raj's batting style was unabashed, unapologetic and unleashed. Her staggering numbers are testimony to it. Wisden Leading Woman Cricketer has played 333 international games ( 12 Tests, 232 ODIs and 89 T20Is) most games by an Indian player. She aggregated 10868 career runs which included eight centuries and eighty-five half centuries. She has represented India in six world cups and in 2005 led India to its first World Cup final in South Africa. India won 109 matches out of 195 matches captained by her. Mithali remains an undisputed chase master. She maintained an astonishing average of 109.05 in successful chases. The only woman to score a test double hundred. India Women's Cricket team experienced monumental success and reached dizzying heights under her dynamic leadership. Due to her relentless performances, she has been embellished with various sporting awards conferred by the government of India including the highest sports honour 'Khel Ratna'. She defied all odds to make a marquee name for herself. Legends never age. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

04 December,2022 11:50 AM IST | New Delhi | ANI
Deepak Chahar. Pic/AFP

Deepak Chahar unhappy with Malaysia airlines

India seamer Deepak Chahar on Saturday claimed on Twitter that Malaysia Airlines misplaced his luggage while he was travelling to Dhaka from New Zealand.  He said he was not served food even though he was flying business class. This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

04 December,2022 08:42 AM IST | Mirpur | PTI
Pakistan's Zahid Mahmood, center, Salman Ali, third right, walk off the field as England's players shake hands on the end of the third day play of the first test cricket match between Pakistan and England, in Rawalpindi. Pic/AP, PTI

Pakistan pile on runs, but England still far ahead

England found ways to take wickets and sensed a good lead despite hundreds from three Pakistan players on the third day of the opening Test in Rawalpindi Saturday.  Pakistan were 499-7 at stumps with Agha Salman (10) and Zahid Mahmood (yet to score) at the crease—still trailing England’s mammoth 657 first innings total by 158 runs, with three wickets in hand. On a see-saw day, Pakistan were lifted by centuries from skipper Babar Azam (136), and openers Imam-ul-Haq (121) and Abdullah Shafique (114). But England took three wickets in the first session, none in the second and three again before the close to put themselves in a better position. Also Read: Runs galore on placid pitch as Pakistan openers hold firm This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

04 December,2022 08:41 AM IST | Rawalpindi | AFP
Kraigg Brathwaite

Kraigg Brathwaite’s ton keeps Windies alive in Perth

Dogged skipper Kraigg Brathwaite scored an unbeaten 101 Saturday to lead West Indies resistance as they chase 498 to win the first Test against Australia after Marnus Labuschagne joined rare company in making a double and single century. The home side declared at lunch on day four in Perth after reaching 182-2 to go with their first innings 598-4, having bowled out the Caribbean nation for 283. The in-form Labuschagne belted 104 not out to go with his first innings 204—only the eighth player to achieve the 200-100 feat in the same Test, joining the likes of Sunil Gavaskar, Brian Lara and Kumar Sangakkara. In reply, the West Indies battled to 192-3 at stumps, still 306 runs behind, with Kyle Mayers yet to score alongside Brathwaite. Tagenarine Chanderpaul (45), Shamarh Brooks (11) and Jermaine Blackwood (24) were the wickets to fall. Also Read: Brooks replaces Bonner as concussion substitute for West Indies in ongoing Test against Australia This story has been sourced from a third party syndicated feed, agencies. Mid-day accepts no responsibility or liability for its dependability, trustworthiness, reliability and data of the text. Mid-day management/mid-day.com reserves the sole right to alter, delete or remove (without notice) the content in its absolute discretion for any reason whatsoever

04 December,2022 08:39 AM IST | Perth | AFP
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