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11:41 AM ET Sreshth Shah in Nagpur Character, that’s the word used by Vidarbha captain Faiz Fazal to describe his team’s attitude after they beat Rest of India on first innings lead in Nagpur to become only the third Ranji Trophy winners to also defend their Irani Cup title. Speaking to the media after their
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12:23 PM ET Sreshth Shah in Nagpur What two international tours can do to a young man’s confidence, eh? In August 2018, Hanuma Vihari was still knocking on the doors of the national team, piling on the runs for India A against South Africa A in the outskirts of Bengaluru. Part of a line-up that
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6:52 AM ET ESPNcricinfo staff Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah and KL Rahul will be back playing for India again when they take on Australia in a series of two T20Is and five ODIs starting February 24. While those three players will be available for each of the seven matches, frontline fast bowler Bhuvneshwar Kumar has
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3:00 AM ET ESPNcricinfo staff England Lions 140 (Saini 3-30, Nadeem 3-32) and 24 for 0 (Duckett 13*, Holden 5*) trail India A 392 (Abhimanyu 117, Rahul 81, Panchal 50, Chappell 4-60, Briggs 3-71) by 228 runs Navdeep Saini and Shahbaz Nadeem picked up three wickets apiece as India A shot England Lions out for
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1:18 PM ET Before the cricket world turns its gaze IPL-wards starting March 23, there is one key limited-overs series that India will play, at home, against Australia. Comprising two T20Is and five ODIS, it starts on February 23 and runs through March 13. India, as the senior selection committee chairman MSK Prasad said recently,
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10:18 AM ET ESPNcricinfo staff A life ban has been recommended for Anuj Dedha, the Delhi cricketer who assaulted Amit Bhandari, the former India bowler and now chairman of selectors for Delhi’s senior and Under-23 teams. The recommendation to ban Dedha was taken on Wednesday at a Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) meeting attended
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2:26 AM ET ESPNcricinfo staff India left-arm wristspinner Kuldeep Yadav has leapfrogged fellow wristspinner Shadab Khan to move to No. 2 on the ICC’s T20I rankings for bowlers. Rashid Khan, who is on top, has a 65-point lead over Kuldeep. Pakistan’s left-arm spinning allrounder Imad Wasim has jumped up five places to fourth after claiming
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  shares Daryl Mitchell was non-plussed after a contentious lbw dismissal © Getty Images For once, DRS was unable to prevent a contentious dismissal. In fact, it only added to the confusion during the second T20I between New Zealand and India. Daryl Mitchell was given out lbw off Krunal Pandya despite HotSpot showing a clear
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7:52 AM ET ESPNcricinfo staff Ajinkya Rahane will lead the Rest of India side in the Irani Cup match against the Ranji Trophy champions Vidarbha, in Nagpur from February 12 to 16. The selectors named the squad shortly after the conclusion of the Ranji final, and included two players from the runner-up side Saurashtra: wicketkeeper
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1:01 AM ET ESPNcricinfo staff The end of India’s Women’s World T20 campaign in November was marred by a dispute centered around Mithali Raj’s exclusion and she found herself on the outside once again as the team played their first match since losing that semi-final in November. ESPNcricinfo understands Raj will likely be picked for
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  shares Snell Patel hit his second first-class century © PTI Lunch: Saurashtra 284 for 9 (Snell 102, Unadkat 34*, Sarwate 5-90, Wakhare 3-72) trail Vidarbha 312 by 28 runs Snell Patel completed his second first-class century, but it really was their gutsy lower-order batting, led by captain Jaydev Unadkat, that kept Saurashtra in the
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8:15 AM ET ESPNcricinfo staff Sachin Tendulkar believes India are “the favourites” to win the 2019 World Cup. Tendulkar’s comments came two days after his former India team-mate Rahul Dravid, too, backedVirat Kohli’s men to win a third World Cup for India. “As far as our chances are concerned, I will not hesitate in saying
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3:00 AM ET Saurabh Somani in Nagpur Tea Vidarbha 130 for 4 (Kale 35, Unadkat 2-20) v Saurashtra Saurashtra kept a tight leash on Vidarbha’s scoring, but the middle order defended stoutly as the defending champions recovered from three early strikes to reach tea at 130 for 4 on the first day. Saurashtra are still
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