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More India is allowed to get away, more toothless ICC will look: Vaughan
Former England captain Michael Vaughan on Friday said the more India is allowed to "get away" with producing pitches that are not deemed good enough for Test cricket, the more "toothless" the ICC will look. England on Thursday suffered an embarrassing 10-wicket defeat in the third Test against India on a spin-friendly Motera track to go down 1-2 in the four-match series.
Boxer Deepak upstages world champion Zoirov to enter finals of Strandja Memorial
Asian silver-winner Deepak Kumar (52kg) on Friday stunned Olympic and world champion Shakhobiddin Zoirov of Uzbekistan to storm into the finals of the 72nd Strandja Memorial Boxing Tournament in Sofia, Bulgaria.
Alastair Cook slams Virat Kohli's assessment of Motera pitch
Former England captain Alastair Cook on Friday questioned Virat Kohli's stance on the Motera pitch and said the India skipper "defended the wicket almost as if it's a BCCI thing". Disagreeing with Kohli's assessment of the third Test that ended with India crushing England by 10 wickets inside two days, Cook said batting was near impossible on the newly laid strip.
I accidentally became a cricketer, living my dream: R Ashwin
India spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has revealed that his planning before a game goes to a 'different level' and he watches a lot of footage before a match to leave no stone unturned with regard to his preparations. Ashwin also revealed that during the Australia tour, before the Adelaide Test, he watched the footage for eight straight hours which helped him better understand the game.
Yusuf Pathan announces retirement from all forms of cricket
Out-of-favour India all-rounder Yusuf Pathan on Friday announced retirement from all forms of cricket, saying time has come "to put a full stop to this innings of my life." The 38-year-old Pathan was part of the inaugural T20 World Cup-winning side in 2007 and also the one that triumphed in the 2011 ODI World Cup at home. Yusuf played 57 ODIs, 22 T20Is for India.
Have always dreamt of playing under Virat Kohli: Suryakumar Yadav
Batsman Suryakumar Yadav has revealed that he started crying after seeing his name in the T20 squad for the upcoming five-match series against England and the right-handed batter also said that he has always dreamt of playing under Virat Kohli. Last week, Suryakumar Yadav earned his maiden call-up into the Indian squad along with the likes of Ishan Kishan and Rahul Tewatia.
Cricket a very small thing, life of our soldiers more important: Gambhir
Former India opener and BJP MP Gautam Gambhir on Friday said that there should not be any relation with Pakistan till cross-border terrorism gets over. "Cricket is a very small thing. Till the time cross-border terrorism does not get over, I don't think there should be any kind of relationship with Pakistan because the life of our soldiers is more important than anything," Gambhir said.
Right shoes can work wonders when batting on dry tracks: Azharuddin
While critics have questioned the wicket at the Narendra Modi Stadium for the pink-ball Test between India and England, former India skipper Mohammad Azharuddin on Friday said that he cannot understand batsmen opting to wear spikes on the pitches that are offering assistance to the spinners.
England looked like startled rabbits in second innings: Hussain
England have lost their batting rhythm after playing on two difficult surfaces and looked like "startled rabbits" in the second innings of the third Test against India, according to former skipper Nasser Hussain. Hussain said it's all about mentality now and the tourists need to find a way to draw the series, which will be a good result for them.