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Windies deserve to be in Cup: Dwayne Bravo

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Chennai: It’s hard to imagine a cricket World Cup without the West Indies, the two-time ODI champions and one of the greatest entertainers on and off the field. If not for a heavy downpour towards the end of a Cup qualifier match in Harare on Wednesday, the unthinkable would have happened with minnows Scotland looking on course to pull off a major upset.
Former West Indian captain Dwayne Bravo said no one team is guaranteed of anything. “There is a Fifa World Cup without Italy. So, these things are possible,” said the Chennai Super Kings all-rounder who landed in the city on Friday for the upcoming IPL-11.
Rain might have facilitated the West Indies entry into the 2019 World Cup, but Bravo said the Caribbeans were well deserved. “First of all, congrats to the team. I’m very happy that the West Indies have made it. It’s a young team and I honestly believe they deserve to be there despite what’s going on in West Indies cricket. I love to see them compete amongst the best. We always do well in World Cups. Hopefully, I play the Cup as well,” said Bravo.
Bravo said cricketers from the West Indies bring a lot of flair and entertainment to the game, but they are no less serious when it comes to achieving victory. “We are natural entertainers. At the same time, we like to win tournaments. For me, every T20 league that I take part in has been successful. We fancy ourselves in the shortest format as T20 is about flair and entertainment. And that is what attracts the fans to the stadium. We all play the game in right spirit,” he added.
Bravo said the advent of T20 has made India a flamboyant team. “These days, Team India play with a lot of flair. I think T20 cricket has developed a lot of cricketers. It has made them fearless. Having fun is part of the game now,” he added.
‘Dhoni is the best captain in the world’.
Bravo said M.S. Dhoni is the best captain in the world. “To play under MS is special for any player. For me personally, CSK are like a family. This is not just a cricket team. Apart from playing in the IPL, we keep in touch with each other. I can feel the love and appreciation from the fans. We missed all this in the last two years.
“I was hoping and praying (during auction) that I come back to Chennai. I didn’t play any cricket after the Big Bash and was resting. I wanted to ensure that I prepare myself mentally and physically so that I can come and give my all for the city and the franchisee,” he said.


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Chahal registers best ODI bowling figures by a spinner Down Under

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Mumbai :Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal on Friday recorded the best bowling figures by a spinner in an ODI clash in Australia, during the series-decider against the Aussies in Melbourne.

Chahal picked six wickets while conceding just 42 runs at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG), registering a dominant performance against the hosts, in a crucial clash. He also became the first spinner to pick six wickets in an ODI in Australia.

The bowler’s excellent performance certainly played a key role in India restricting Australia to a total of just 230.

 

The 28-year-old cricketer further equalled the best-ever ODI figures registered by any bowler in an ODI clash in Australia, alongside former Indian fast-bowler Ajit Agarkar.

Agarkar had accumulated the same tally as recorded by Chahal, against the hosts at the same venue, back in 2004.

Australian paceman Mitchell Starc enjoys a bowling tally, which trails the figures registered by the duo by a single run, having picked six wickets for 43 runs against India at the MCG, back in 2015.

English fast-bowler Chris Woakes is the fourth name on the list, after accumulating figures of 6/45 against Australia in Brisbane, 2011.

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Phogat becomes first Indian nominated for Laureus Awards

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Mumbai: Ace Indian wrestler Vinesh Phogat has become the first Indian to receive a nomination in the prestigious Laureus World Sports Awards to be held in Monica on 18 February.

The 24-year-old Indian, who made a sensational comeback after battling a long injury lay-off to win a gold medal at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games and Jakarta Asian Games in 2018, has been nominated for the Laureus World Comeback of the Year.

The Haryana wrestler, who was stretchered off after dislocating her knee during the quarterfinals of 50kg freestyle event at the 2016 Olympic Games, has been nominated alongside US Tour Championship winner Tiger Woods, who won his first tournament in five years.

 

Also nominated are four inspirational Winter Olympic athletes; Japanese figure skater Yuzuru Hanyu, Canadian snowboarder Mark McMorris, US ski racing legend Lindsey Vonn and Dutch Paralympic champion Bibian Mentel-Spee.

The last time an Indian sporting feat made its way to the Laureus World Sports Awards was in 2004 when the Indian cricket team and Pakistan cricket team shared the Laureus Sport for Good Award for playing an International match despite political tensions between the two countries.

Most recently, Magic Bus from India won the Laureus Sport for Good award in 2014. However, Vinesh makes history as the first Indian athlete to be nominated in one of the seven main categories at the Laureus World Sports Awards.

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All foreign stars will play PSL ties in Pakistan, says Mani

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LAHORE: All star cricketers will come to Pakistan to play in the eight matches of the fourth Pakistan Super League (PSL) scheduled for Karachi and Lahore, chairman of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Ehsan Mani said.

The PSL matches will be staged from Feb 14 to March 17 at three venues — Dubai, Sharjah and Abu Dhabi — in the United Arab Emirates before the remaining fixtures move to Pakistan with Karachi staging five games, including the final, and Lahore three.

Talking to media on sidelines of a friendly cricket match between the Sports Journalists Association of Lahore (SJAL) and the UK-based Pakistani journalists at the Gaddafi Stadium, Mani said a good number of star cricketers had signed up in the six PSL franchises.

 

However, because of security concerns, prominent overseas players have been reluctant to travel to Pakistan. But with the passage of time, the number of prominent cricketers willing to visit Pakistan has risen. In the recent development the ex-South Africa captain A.B. de Villiers has already pledged to play two matches of Lahore Qalandars in Lahore on March 9 and 10.

To a query, Mani said the talks with Cricket Australia are still on to convince them to send their national side to Pakistan for two games of the five-match One-day International series in the UAE in March despite reports of Australia’s expressing their reluctance regarding playing here.

The PCB chief declared that he has persuaded CA to send a security delegation to assess the current situation in Pakistan before taking a final decision, which is expected to be taken before the PSL begins in the second week of February.

Mani further said that talks were on with the cricket boards of South Africa and England to send different age-group teams to Pakistan.

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