Even Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli should play domestic cricket when free: Kirti Azad

Kirti Azad, a member of the 1983 World Cup-winning team, recently supported the BCCI’s decision for cricketers to participate in the Ranji Trophy. He thinks it’s a good idea and believes it should apply to all Indian players, even stars like Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli. Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer, who didn’t follow the directive to play in the Ranji Trophy, lost their central contracts.

 

Azad believes this move is positive. He thinks everyone, including famous players, should play in the Ranji Trophy. He feels that although the IPL is fun, real cricket happens in longer matches. Playing domestic cricket helps players stay connected to the game.

 

He thinks it’s unfair to only penalize Ishan and Iyer. He believes everyone should face the same consequences. Azad didn’t comment on whether this decision marks the end for Ishan and Iyer.

 

Azad wonders if young players are playing enough domestic cricket. He remembers when senior players like Bishan Singh Bedi and Sunil Gavaskar played alongside him and others in domestic matches, showing pride in their states. Kirti Azad thinks today’s youngsters lack this spirit.

 

He questions why Indian players hesitate to play domestic cricket while English cricketers willingly play county cricket when not selected for the national team. He suggests that Indian players should follow this example.

 

Azad praises players like Dhruv Jurel and Sarfaraz Khan for balancing T20 cricket with playing in the Ranji Trophy. He believes that regular participation in domestic cricket helps bowlers improve their skills.

 

In conclusion, Azad believes that playing in the Ranji Trophy is essential for all Indian cricketers, not just for the development of their skills but also for showing respect to the state that nurtured them

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Irfan Pathan raises concerns over Hardik Pandyaโ€™s special treatment in domestic cricket, urges BCCI to take action

Irfan Pathan supports BCCIโ€™s choice to leave out Ishan Kishan and Shreyas Iyer from the main contract list. However, he also points out something important about Hardik Pandya.

 

Irfan questions why Hardik Pandya, who doesnโ€™t play certain cricket matches in local leagues, gets treated differently. He thinks the Indian cricket board should treat Pandya the same as they treated Ishan and Iyer to get better results.

 

The Mumbai Indians captain hasnโ€™t played since the ICC World Cup 2023 due to an injury. Recently, he appeared in the DY Patil T20 tournament after being away from cricket for a while.ย 

 

Pandya often shares videos on social media but hasnโ€™t been active in games. Before the DY Patil tournament, he played in three practice matches organized by the National Cricket Academy.ย 

 

Because of a past back surgery, Pandya doesnโ€™t play the longer red-ball cricket matches anymore but continues to play shorter formats for the Indian national team.

 

Meanwhile, former Indian cricketer Irfan shared his thoughts on the matter.

 

โ€œThey are talented cricketers, both Shreyas and Ishan. Hoping they bounce back and come back stronger. If players like Hardik donโ€™t want to play red ball cricket, should he and others like him participate in white-ball domestic cricket when they arenโ€™t on national duty? If this doesnโ€™t apply to all, then Indian cricket wonโ€™t achieve the desired results,โ€ he wrote.

 

This isnโ€™t the first time Irfan has spoken about Hardik Pandya.

 

Irfan Pathan and Hardik Pandya havenโ€™t always gotten along, despite playing for the same team in the Ranji Trophy. They both represented Baroda in domestic cricket. When it was announced that Hardik would leave Gujarat Titans for Mumbai Indians, Irfan questioned the loyalty of the player without directly naming him.

 

Hardik played for Mumbai since his IPL debut before moving to another team when the champions didnโ€™t keep him for IPL 2022. He became captain of Gujarat Titans and led them to victory in the first season. The team made it to the final in 2023 but lost to Chennai Super Kings.

 

Pandya then decided to return to Mumbai for IPL 2024, and the deal was made between the two teams.

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“Queen shut the mouths of all her haters today”- Fans hail Smriti Mandhana after her belligerent 74-run knock in RCB vs DC clash in WPL 2024

Fans cheered for Smriti Mandhana, the captain of Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), after she played aggressively and scored fifty runs in a tough match against Delhi Capitals in WPL 2024 on Thursday, February 29. Smriti energized RCB’s game with a strong 74 runs from 43 balls, but her team lost because other batters didn’t support her.

 

In the game at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium, Delhi Capitals (DC) batted first and scored a challenging 194/5 in 20 overs. Shafali Verma (50), Alice Capsey (46), Marizanne Kapp (32), and Jess Jonassen (36*) did well in batting for them.

 

Smriti Mandhana took charge of RCB’s batting in the powerplay and attacked the bowlers. She cleverly aimed for the short leg-side boundary to score quickly.

 

Her partners, Sophie Devine (23) and Sabbhineni Meghana (36), struggled to score freely, which put pressure on Smriti. Despite this, Smriti reached her first WPL half-century with 74 runs before Marizanne Kapp dismissed her in the 12th over. RCB couldn’t recover from there and ended up with 169/9 in 20 overs.

 

RCB fans were happy to see Smriti Mandhana’s great performance, but the team lost to DC in WPL 2024. They praised her through reactions on X. Here are some of the reactions:

 

“After the loss to DC in WPL 2024, RCB captain Smriti Mandhana said, ‘It was a bad game, but we need to learn from it and come back stronger.'”

 

After the match, RCB captain Smriti Mandhana talked about the loss:

 

“We didn’t perform as well as we did in the first two matches. It was a tough game, but we need to learn from it and come back stronger. When we were in the dugout, we discussed how they were ahead by 10-15 runs. I talked with Sophie and said if we play till the 14th or 15th over, we can make it.”

 

She added:

 

“Women’s cricket is improving, so I had to work on my leg side shots. The boundaries on the leg side were short, so I focused there. Regarding bowling, I won’t be too critical. We didn’t bowl or field up to our standards. With the crowd, we don’t get much attention. We’ll discuss it and improve. I’ll take responsibility and be quicker on the field.”

 

RCB will play against MI on Saturday (March 2) at the M. Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bengaluru.

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Sherfane Rutherford Smashes Gigantic 104m Six Against Hasan Ali In PSL 2024

In one of the most exciting matches of this year’s Pakistan Super League (PSL) between Karachi Kings and Quetta Gladiators, Quetta won in the end, thanks to a fantastic performance by Sherfane Rutherford. He hit six sixes during his innings of 58 runs.ย 

 

Rutherford came to bat when Quetta was struggling at 89 runs for the loss of four wickets, and soon they lost their fifth wicket too. With two new players at the pitch, Rutherford and his teammate Akeal Hosein, things were tough.

 

Among Rutherford’s six sixes, one gained a lot of attention on social media because of how far and high it went. It even hit the roof of the Karachi Stadium!ย 

 

During the seventeenth over’s final ball, Rutherford smashed a huge six over the deep mid-wicket boundary against Hasan Ali. This six relieved a lot of pressure as Quetta needed only 34 runs from the last 18 deliveries, which they managed to get.

 

After this brilliant innings, Rutherford will play for Quetta again in their next match against Islamabad United on 2nd March in Rawalpindi.

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Kane Williamson collides with Will Young to be run out for 1st time in Tests since 2012

Kane Williamson, the famous cricket player from New Zealand, got out in a Test match against Australia in Wellington. It was the first time since 2012 that he got run out. This happened on Day 2 of the match when New Zealand was having a hard time against Australia. Mitchell Starc bowled out Tom Latham, who was the Blackcaps’ wicketkeeper, in just 4.4 overs. This made the Kiwi team feel sad. Then, Australia’s Cameron Green and Josh Hazlewood, the last pair of batsmen, together added 116 runs. This made Australia’s score go from 267-9 to 383.

 

After this recovery, Australia‘s bowlers struck early, making things worse for New Zealand. When Williamson came out to bat after Latham’s dismissal, he faced a challenging delivery from Starc and then tapped the ball towards mid-off, hoping for a quick single. However, his partner, Will Young, was slow to respond, and as they tried to take the single, they collided in the middle of the pitch. Labuschagne took advantage of this confusion, collecting the ball and hitting the stumps at the non-striker’s end. This was Williamson’s first run-out since 2012.

 

Cameron Green, who made 174 runs in the first part of the game, talked about the match. Even though it was hard, he felt happy about how well he played and where the team stood. He said the field was tricky to play on but was happy they could score a good amount. Green also talked about how he and Mitch Marsh played together, knowing each other’s style, and how Marsh’s strong approach helped them. Though he got cramps, Green kept going, knowing that New Zealand had good batters and they needed to bowl well in the next part of the game.

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“Na Mereko Farak Padta Hai”: Hardik Pandya’s Straight Reply On Social Media Talks

Get ready for the spotlight on Hardik Pandya as the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2024 kicks off. He’s taking charge of the Mumbai Indians, stepping in for Rohit Sharma as the captain. Pandya hasn’t played international cricket for India since hurting his ankle in the ICC Cricket World Cup against Bangladesh last October. He missed the T20Is against Australia at home and the South Africa tour.

 

Before the upcoming IPL season, Pandya switched from the Gujarat Titans to the Mumbai Indians in November. He took over from Rohit Sharma, who led the MI to five IPL victories.

 

Leading up to the IPL, Hardik Pandya shared some lesser-known things about himself. “Most of my fans don’t know this, but I’m a homebody. I rarely go out. In the last three to four years, I’ve hardly left home, only when it was necessary or something came up with my friends. I prefer staying home. There was a time when I stayed home for 50 days straight. I didn’t even use the home elevator,” he revealed during a chat show with the UK 07 rider. “I have my home gym, home theater. Everything I like is right here at home.”

 

When asked about a viral photo of him in a fancy car, Pandya explained that someone sent it to him for a test drive. He also mentioned his approach to media comments: “I don’t usually comment in the media. I’ve never done it, and it doesn’t bother me,” said Hardik Pandya.

 

He also shared a humorous incident related to winning the ‘Man of the Match’ trophy. “I used to think the player who gets the Man of the Match award gets all the money. So when I won it, I thought the money was for me. But later, I found out it’s divided among the team. After all, it’s a team sport,” he laughed.

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