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On this day in 2014: Rohit Sharma sets stage on fire with sensational 264 at Eden Gardens | Cricket News

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NEW DELHI: Seven years ago on this day, India opener Rohit Sharma lit up the Eden Gardens with a record-breaking double century in an ODI match against Sri Lanka. The opening batter smashed 264 runs in Kolkata that remains the highest score by any batter in the limited-overs format to date.
Rohit, popularly known as ‘Hitman’, registered the highest individual score in ODIs as he surpassed compatriot Virender Sehwag‘s 219.
The Mumbai Indians skipper took 173 balls to reach 264 runs, a knock studded with 33 fours and nine glorious sixes. Rohit is the only batter to score three double tons in ODI cricket.
India went on to score 404/5 in the 50 overs and later restricted Sri Lanka to 251 to clinch the fourth ODI.
Sachin Tendulkar was the first batter to register a double century in the 50-over format as he achieved the feat against South Africa in 2010.
Earlier this week, Rohit was named India’s T20I skipper and he will now be leading the side after Virat Kohli stepped down as the captain in the shortest format.
Kohli had the T20 World Cup as his last assignment as skipper in the shortest format of the game. KL Rahul has been named as vice-captain. Ruturaj Gaikwad, Harshal Patel, Venkatesh Iyer, Avesh Khan, Axar Patel have also been named in the squad for the series against New Zealand.
New Zealand will play a T20I series and then follow it up with two Test matches. The T20Is will be played on November 17 in Jaipur, November 19 in Ranchi and November 21 in Kolkata. The two Tests will be played in Kanpur (November 25-29) and Mumbai (December 3-7).





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Rahane, Ishant get honourable ‘injury’ exit route from team management for 2nd Test | Cricket News

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MUMBAI: Ajinkya Rahane and Ishant Sharma‘s position in the Indian Test team had become untenable due to prolonged run of poor form and more than anyone else, the two cricketers knew about it.
However on Friday, the BCCI and the team management found an “exit route” which was honourable for both the distinguished senior cricketers as everyone associated wanted to be subtle while taking a tough decision, at least for this Test.
Before the opening day of the second Test, the BCCI officially announced that Rahane, Ishant and, more importantly, Ravindra Jadeja are out of the match due to various injuries.

In case of Rahane, he sustained what was described as a “minor left hamstring strain” while fielding on the final day of the first Test match in Kanpur.
The Kanpur Test ended on November 29 and on the final day, Rahane was on the field for the entire duration of 90 overs, and at times sprinted towards the boundary.
Hamstring niggles are believed to be the most painful as it tends to hamper movement and batting becomes an issue with restricted feet movement.
On Thursday, the Indian team were training indoors at the Bandra Kurla Complex facility and the BCCI’s official Twitter handle posted a picture of Rahane batting with a wide grin. Playing through pain as one might say.

On Friday, before the game, Rahane had a nice little jog around Wankhede (with the hamstring niggle) and then gave catching practice to the slip cordon where he would plonk his left foot and get power behind his throw for the catches.
When PTI got in touch with a state team physio, he said: “Hamstring tear is something that depends on the Grade and if it is grade 1, you will be out for two weeks minimum and grade two would be between four to six weeks. But in case of niggle, you need to rest and not exert yourself.
“But with niggle, it’s best advised not to bat as it can aggravate and become a tear.”
While nobody is saying it openly but both for the team management and the BCCI, it was a catch-22 situation where they had no option but to drop an out of form man but also at the same time make it look more dignified.
How can one drop a player on the basis of form after he was captaining in the previous game? Obviously, the team management had to find an escape route which doesn’t make it awkward for a veteran of 80 Test matches.
This also gives them a chance to select Rahane for the South Africa tour despite failure in 12 successive matches.
In case of Ishant, everyone associated with Indian cricket knows that the “old workhorse” is past his prime.
He had dislocated the little finger of his left-hand during the final day of the first Test in Kanpur.
Normally, a CT scan or MRI report comes instantly and for the last 72 hours, the Indian team is in Mumbai.
Even when bowling coach Paras Mhambrey spoke about Ishant’s bowling lacking a bit of rhythm due to lack of game time, there was no information on his dislocation which is believed to have been clear by then.
In this back-drop, it is to be seen whether Rahane is able to retain his vice-captaincy in South Africa or it goes to another senior player Rohit Sharma.
For Ishant, even if he is able to regain his place in the side, whether he would make the playing XI in the presence of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Umesh Yadav, Mohammed Siraj, Prasidh Krishna and Avesh Khan is a big question.
The answer will be out soon but Rahane and Ishant’s fans would hope that they haven’t seen the last of two tireless servants of Indian cricket.





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My heart and soul with RCB: Virat Kohli after being retained by franchise | Cricket News

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NEW DELHI: After being retained by the Indian Premier League franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), India Test and ODI skipper Virat Kohli said that his heart and soul is with RCB and he did not have second thoughts about staying with the team for the next three editions of the tournament.
Kohli shared an emotional message on the official YouTube channel of RCB, saying his best with RCB is yet to come.
“I will be there with my heart and soul for RCB. The journey continues. When I was contacted, (I) did not have any second thoughts at all. It has been an amazing journey over the years, three more years with the franchise that means so much to me,” said Kohli in a video posted on the official YouTube channel of RCB.

“I believe the best is yet to come and I have a special feeling about what is to come next season onwards,” he added.
RCB revealed their retained players ahead of the mega auction and they were Kohli, Glenn Maxwell and Mohammed Siraj. Kohli, who has been with the team since its inception, was retained for Rs 15 crore. Maxwell, who was signed by the team last season, remains with the side with a tag of Rs 11 crores. Siraj, who has been with the team since 2018, will carry on with RCB for a sum of Rs 7 crore.

“Our fan base is amazing, management has been amazing with me and all other players. Fans can see with renewed energy and a different version of me on the field. But I will be there with my heart and soul for RCB,” he added.
Speaking about the retained players, Mike Hesson, Director of Cricket Operations, RCB, said, “The player retention process has been pretty robust and exhaustive. We’ve got an exceptional bunch of players but the key for us was to ensure we have a sizeable auction purse going into the IPL Mega Auction. We had many good players whom we considered and were happy to retain, but that would have taken away our flexibility from the auction to get a balanced squad.

“We look to retain as many players during the auction as we build the perfect squad for 2022 and beyond,” he added.
Kohli has relinquished his T20 captaincy after the T20 World Cup. However, eyebrows were raised when he announced on social media that he would relinquish the captaincy. With a lot of theories floating around about the reason for such a decision, Kohli had said that he was not ready to add fuel to the fire.
“I have already explained myself a lot and I don’t think I need to harp on that anymore,” Kohli had said when asked the reason to announce it before the T20 World Cup.





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Suryakumar or Kishan, Moeen or Faf, Siraj or Harshal: Teams face conundrum ahead of IPL retention deadline | Cricket News

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NEW DELHI: Some will unveil their core, while others might just go with a clean slate when the deadline to retain players ends on Tuesday for the eight existing IPL franchises.
Most of the teams have been making last ditch efforts to keep players of their choice in the lead up to the mega auction next year.
After the eight teams finalise their retention plans, new franchises — Lucknow and Ahmedabad — will pick a maximum of three players between December 1 and 25 before the mega auction in January.
The existing teams can retain a maximum of four players, not more than three Indians and not more than two overseas recruits.
Here are likely retentions ahead of the deadline.
Delhi Capitals:
The franchise is all set to retain skipper Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Axar Patel and South African pacer Anrich Nortje. They had to make the tough call of releasing other consistent performers like R Ashwin and Kagiso Rabada, who they might look to buy back in the auction.
Another star player, Shreyas Iyer, is leaving Delhi after he didn’t get his captaincy back following his return from a shoulder injury.
Mumbai Indians:
The five-time champions will build the side around their two pillars — skipper Rohit Sharma and lead pacer Jasprit Bumrah.
Suryakumar Yadav and veteran Kieron Pollard are next in their pecking order. It might well be a toss up between Suryakumar and Ishan Kishan, both of whom went on to play for India after their exploits for Mumbai Indians.
Hardik Pandya is not the all-rounder he used to be due to his inability to bowl regularly and he might be one of the players the franchise tries to buy back on the auction table.
Chennai Super Kings:
The four-time champions have more or less figured out their four players. Leader M S Dhoni picks himself and so does Ravindra Jadeja and the prolific Ruturaj Gaekwad, who was instrumental in the team’s triumph this season following an early exit in 2020.
The tough call they need to make is in the overseas retention with the battle between the all-round Moeen Ali and team’s longtime recruit Faf du Plessis.
Punjab Kings:
With skipper KL Rahul set to go back into the auction, the franchise may look for another fresh start. Over the past two seasons, they lost crucial games they should have won and it cost them a play-off spot.
The team is keen on retaining its uncapped players Arshdeep Singh and Ravi Bishnoi, whom the side has groomed from their younger days.
Among the capped players, the team needs to decide its retentions among Mayank Agarwal, Mohammed Shami and Nicholas Pooran.
Kolkata Knight Riders:
They are likely to retain Varun Chakaravarthy, Andre Russell, Venkatesh Iyer and Sunil Narine. But that would mean letting go of World Cup winning skipper Eoin Morgan and Shubman Gill, who too can be their leader going forward.
Under Morgan, KKR made a remarkable comeback in the UAE leg of the 2021 edition by working their way into the final. Considering his proven leadership skills, it will be hard for the team to release him.
Rajasthan Royals:
Making Sanju Samson the captain did not change their fortunes but Royals are likely to retain him alongside star England wicketkeeper batter Jos Buttler.
The team is in two minds about retaining Ben Stokes, who missed a majority of the 2021 season due to injury and mental health concerns, and Jofra Archer, who has had fitness issues in the past.
Uncapped opener Yashasvi Jaiswal is also in the fray.
“I am very tempted for Yashasvi Jaiswal because he’s a young guy, who’s shown a lot of potential, and he could be the guy you could invest in,” former cricketer Irfan Pathan told Star Sports about his take on the likely retentions.
Royal Challengers Bangalore:
Virat Kohli, who has stepped down from captaincy, will be retained alongside Yuzvendra Chahal. Glenn Maxwell too did enough this season to win the team’s trust.
Harshal Patel, who made a successful India debut following a memorable IPL, and Mohammad Siraj are fighting for one retention spot. Opener Devdutt Padikal too would be hard to let go of for the perennial underachievers.
Sunrisers Hyderabad:
For a team that remained in the news for the wrong reason this year after a fallout with former captain David Warner, only two players — Kane Williamson and Rashid Khan — look set to be retained.
They also need to decide if they want to build the pace bowling line up around Bhuvneshwar Kumar and T Natarajan or start afresh.





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