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Shane Warne - Getty Images
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I Watched Every Single Match Because Of Shane Warne – Yuzvendra Chahal Recalls Early Days Of Rajasthan Royals

Indian leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has paid a heartfelt tribute to the legendary spinner Shane Warne who passed away on Friday from a suspected heart attack in Koh Samui, Thailand. He was just 52.

The news left the cricketing world in shock and the tributes and condolence messages have been pouring from all corners of the world. Chahal recalled the early days of IPL when he used to follow Rajasthan Royals just because he was a huge fan of the legend.

Shane Warne led RR to its maiden IPL title
Rajasthan Royals- IPL 2008 Champions

Shane Warne played 55 matches for Rajasthan Royals

“In 2008, the team I followed was Rajasthan Royals because Shane Warne sir was in it. He was my idol. Till the time I didn’t join IPL, the first three years, I followed Rajasthan Royals religiously and I watched every single match because of Warne sir,” Chahal spoke in a video released by Rajasthan Royals.

“I felt that this team welcomes youngsters and it’s good to see how they take chances on unknown players who later become superstars,” he added.

Shane Warne played 55 matches for Rajasthan Royals and left a huge legacy behind as a captain. He led a young team of Rajasthan Royals to its maiden title in the inaugural season in 2008. He picked 57 wickets in 55 matches with an economy of 7.27.

The franchise also posted an emotional tribute for its first Royal.

“Shane Warne. The name stands for magic. Our first Royal, a man who made us believe that impossible is just a myth. A leader who walked the walk, talked the talk, and turned underdogs into champions.

“A mentor who turned everything he touched into gold. We don’t have words to express what we truly feel at the moment but what we know is that the world is poorer today as it will now exist without his smile, his brilliance, and his attitude to live life to its fullest. We’re completely heartbroken, as are millions of cricket fans all around the world,” Rajasthan Royals posted on Twitter.

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Shane Warne
Shane Warne. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Leg Spin Was A Dying Art Before Shane Warne Burst Onto The Scene – Nasser Hussain

Former England captain Nasser Hussain remembered Shane Warne after his sudden death on Friday as he called him the greatest ever player to play the game. He added that he was always an entertainer on the field.

The legendary spinner passed away on Friday in Thailand at the age of 52. The news left the cricketing fraternity in shock and the tributes have been pouring from all corners of the world.

Shane Warne
Shane Warne. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“For me, he was arguably the greatest cricketer to ever play the game”- Nasser Hussain

Writing in his column for Sky Sports, Nasser Hussain termed him as the greatest ever to play the game. He also recalled how the England batters had no clue against his ‘flipper’.

For me, he was arguably the greatest cricketer to ever play the game. The game is about entertaining people, and there was never a dull moment when Shane Warne had the ball in his hand. He was absolutely genius.

“Leg spin was a dying art before he burst onto the scene; we had never heard of a ‘flipper’, and then suddenly he used to set us up with it,” Nasser Hussain wrote.

He also recalled how he brilliantly used to set the batters up with his tricks.

“He’d bowl us a ball that was short and you’d think ‘ah, Shane has lost it today, and then the very next ball was the flipper, and it was through us. He was an outstanding cricketer,” he added.

Hussain also remembered the historic Ashes 2005 when England beat mighty Australia by 2-1 in the 5-match series. Shane Warne picked 40 wickets in that series with an average of 19.92 which included two 10-for in the match. He also made some handy contributions with the bat and scored 249 runs in the series with the highest score of 90.

When Australia really needed him in that 2005 Ashes series, when England were all over them, and they were crumbling, there was one Aussie that stood up and said ‘not today’.

“He got wickets by the shed load; he got runs by the shed load too, and he showed a lot of fight and a lot of character. Some people are brilliant at the game; some people are genius; some people have fight. Shane Warne had everything in abundance,” Hussain wrote.

Warne picked 195 wickets in 36 Tests against England which included 11 fifers.

Also read When You Are On 195-196, Then You Think Twice – Dinesh Karthik Defends India’s Declaration

Dinesh Karthik Photo: © Reuters (Main Image)
Dinesh Karthik Photo: © Reuters (Main Image)

When You Are On 195-196, Then You Think Twice – Dinesh Karthik Defends India’s Declaration

Former India wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik defended Rohit Sharma’s call to declare the innings when Ravindra Jadeja was on the verge of his maiden double hundred. Karthik feels that it’s always a team game, individual milestones are just secondary.

On Saturday, India declared their first innings at the score of 574/8 when Jadeja was batting on 175 and he already added 103 runs with Mohammed Shami (20*) but Rohit Sharma called them in. However, the Indian bowlers justified the call by taking 4 wickets before the close of the second day’s play.

Dinesh Karthik file image. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
Dinesh Karthik file image. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

Notable that Rahul Dravid, who is currently India’s head coach, once famously declared when Sachin Tendulkar was batting on 194 at Multan in 2004.

Speaking to Cricbuzz, Dinesh Karthik said that these milestones are considered when the batter is just one or two shots away from the milestone, not when one needs 20-25 runs more. He further stated that team goals always take precedence.

When a decision like that is taken on a team front, you always feel that it is fine unless you are on 195-196. When you are on 175, it’s a different one altogether. When you are on 195-196, then you think twice.

“Other than that, as a captain or coach, you are not thinking too much about individual glory. You are trying to think how much time do we have, how many wickets do we want to pick, and how much time do we want to give ourselves,” Dinesh Karthik said.

Ravindra Jadeja (AFP Photo)
Ravindra Jadeja (AFP Photo)

“He has taken off phenomenally since the 2019 World Cup”- Dinesh Karthik

Karthik further pointed out that Jadeja had always the batter’s mindset as he used to bat higher up in the order for Saurashtra in Ranji Trophy. He said that Jadeja’s innings in the semifinal of World Cup 2019 was the turning point of his batting turnaround.

Not many people realize that Jadeja’s credentials as a batter are phenomenal in Ranji Trophy. I cannot think of anybody who has scored three triple hundreds. When I see Jadeja bat, when I see what he has achieved today, it doesn’t come as a surprise at all. He has taken off phenomenally since the 2019 World Cup.

“Towards the end, he was unstoppable at that World Cup and since then, he has not looked back. He has been a different player,” he added.

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I Think They Will Have To Work On This In The Nets – Parthiv Patel On Indian Bowlers Bowling No-Balls

Former India wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel believes that India’s problem with no-ball can hurt them big time in the future and they need to work on it sooner than later.

On the second day of the test match, Jasprit Bumrah was denied a wicket after he shattered Nissanka’s stumps but the TV umpire found out that he overstepped.

File photo of Parthiv Patel with Mumbai Indians | Sandeep Shetty – Sportzpics – IPL
File photo of Parthiv Patel with Mumbai Indians | Sandeep Shetty – Sportzpics – IPL

In Sri Lanka’s first innings, India bowled a total of 8 no-balls. Since the beginning of 2018, they bowled a total of 199 no balls in Test cricket (till Sri Lanka’s first innings in the first test). Speaking to Cricbuzz, Parthiv Patel said that it’s definitely hurting them.

It is definitely hurting them and it will keep hurting them. You will see that in crucial games if you get a wicket and it’s a no-ball, then that can change the game.(About number of no-balls) It’s quite a staggering stat. And we saw that they showed Paras Mhambrey when India bowled that no-ball but these are the same bowlers who have been playing under the previous bowling coach.” Parthiv Patel said.

Ravindra Jadeja (Image Credit: Twitter)
Ravindra Jadeja (Image Credit: Twitter)

“Jadeja definitely looked most lethal on this pitch”- Parthiv Patel

However, India didn’t find much difficulty as the Sri Lankan batsmen didn’t resist much against the quality Indian attack. Specially Jadeja looked unplayable with bowling in rough of outside off stump. Parthiv pointed out that his flatter trajectory also makes things tough for batsmen.

“Jadeja definitely looks like India’s most lethal bowler on this pitch. And even the pace at which he is bowling, it makes it even more difficult to play him. And that is Ravindra Jadeja’s strength, that the odd ball turns.

“It’s not like every ball is turning. And that makes it very difficult to play the one that goes straight,” Parthiv Patel said

“I also feel that he uses his trajectory to force the batters back. When the ball is flighted, a batter can try to play on the front foot, but Jadeja bowls it so quick, it forces the batter to play on the back foot.

“So when the ball stays low, it’s definitely difficult. He can also finish as the highest wicket-taker in this match,” Parthiv Patel stated.

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Ravindra Jadeja (Image Credit: Twitter)
Ravindra Jadeja (Image Credit: Twitter)

Ravindra Jadeja Is The Best All-Rounder In The World – Aakash Chopra Rates Him Above Ben Stokes

Former India opener Aakash Chopra believes that Ravindra Jadeja is the best all-rounder in the longest format. He argued that no one contributes with both bat and ball so well than the 33-year old.

On Saturday, Jadeja scored his career-best 175 which took India to 574/8 in the first innings. It was the highest score by any Indian batsman batting at no.7 or lower. Also on Sunday, he joined an exclusive list to pick a fifer and score a hundred in the same test match.

Ravindra Jadeja

Ravindra Jadeja became the 6th player to score 150+ score and a fifer in the same Test

Speaking on his Youtube channel, Aakash Chopra said that Jadeja is clearly ahead in the all-rounder’s race, even ahead of England’s Ben Stokes who is wildly regarded as best in the business in the red-ball format. But Chopra believes that Stokes is more of a batting all-rounder and doesn’t offer as much with the ball as Jadeja does.

We declare this today that if we talk about Test cricket, Ravindra Jadeja is the best all-rounder on the planet at this point in time. I rate him above Ben Stokes as well. If we talk about the current scenario, as a batter and bowler, as a complete package, Jadeja is the best all-rounder,” Aakash Chopra said.

“Only one player comes near him – I am not counting Cameron Green in that, he is good but still very young – I am talking about Ben Stokes. His bowling does not work that much in Test cricket, he is a batting all-rounder,” he added.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Jadeja has been often criticized for his lack of performance away from home. Chopra defended him by saying that the record of Stokes in Asian conditions is not much different either and Jadeja’s numbers improved away as well.

“We say Jaddu scores runs at home. Ben Stokes has also scored a majority of his runs in his areas. He is not going to score 150-175 when he comes to India, contributions will be there but it cannot be as significant as they are at home,” Chopra said.

In his 58-Test career, he scored 2370 runs with an average of 36.46 2 hundreds and 17 fifties and already picked 10 fifers in the longest format.

We say the same thing about Jaddu. He has scored 175, 100 and 90 at home and when he goes away, it remains 50-70 runs. And he is a bowling all-rounder, Ben Stokes is a batting all-rounder. So in my opinion, Ravindra Jadeja is the best all-rounder in the world at the moment,” Chopra said.

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Shane Warne helped Australia win the 1999 Cricket World Cup (Toby Melville/PA)
Shane Warne helped Australia win the 1999 Cricket World Cup (Toby Melville/PA)

Large Amount Of Blood Was Found In Shane Warne’s Room, Reveals Thailand Police

Australia legendary spinner Shane Warne passed away on Friday at the age of 52 in Thailand. The news left the whole world in shock. The tributes have been pouring from all corners for the legendary cricketer.

However, the Thailand Police have still not zeroed in on the exact cause of death. It is learned that Shane Warne visited the doctor hours before he was found unresponsive in his hotel room.

Shane Warne - Getty Images
Shane Warne – Getty Images

“I am not sure as it depends on the doctor’s opinion,” said Yuttana from the Thai police.

The commander of the provincial police, Satit Polpinit revealed that there was a lot of blood in his room and the CPR procedure was followed, he coughed a lot of liquid.

A large amount of blood was found in the room. When CPR was started, the deceased had coughed up liquid and was bleeding,” said Satit Polpinit as quoted by Skynews.com.au.

Just a few hours ago, he tweeted about former Australian player Rod Marsh’s death. So it’s quite mysterious how his health deteriorated suddenly.

 

Sad to hear the news that Rod Marsh has passed. He was a legend of our great game & an inspiration to so many young boys & girls. Rod cared deeply about cricket & gave so much-especially to Australia & England players. Sending lots & lots of love to Ros & the family. RIP mate,” Warne tweeted on Friday morning

Warne’s body will be transferred to mainland Thailand for an autopsy on Sunday. Meanwhile, the Australian ambassador in Thailand, Allan McKinnon, said that they would be able to send Warne’s body to Australia as soon as possible.

I’m here on behalf of Shane Warne’s family and his travelling companions to thank Superintendent Yuttana and his team here at the Bo Phun Police Station and the hospital in Koh Samui for facilitating this process and getting Shane Warne back to Australia as quickly as possible. They have been very compassionate, very efficient, and very understanding,” said McKinnon.

Shane Warne represented Australia in 145 Tests and 193 ODIs in his 15-year long career spanning from 1992 to 2007. His Test wickets tally of 708 wickets is the second-highest among the leading wicket-takers list. In ODIs, he finished with 293 wickets which included two player-of-the-match performances in the semifinal and final of World Cup 1999.

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Ravindra Jadeja Becomes Sixth Player To Register A 150-Score And Fifer In Same Match

India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has joined an elite list of players on the third day of the first test match in Mohali as he became the 6th player to score a 150+ score and a fifer in the same test match.

On Sunday, Jadeja claimed his 10th fifer in Test cricket as he finished with figures of 5/41 in the first innings as the visitors bowled out for 174 and India enforced the follow-on after taking the lead of 400.

Ravindra Jadeja (Image Credit: Twitter)
Ravindra Jadeja (Image Credit: Twitter)

Ravindra Jadeja picked his 10th fifer in Tests

Yesterday Ravindra Jadeja scored his career-best of 175 which took India to a total of 574/8 in the first innings. He is the sixth player to achieve this double. Denis Atkinson, Mushtaq Mohammad, Vinoo Mankad, Polly Umrigar, and Garry Sobers are others in this exclusive club.

It was Jadeja’s second hundred in his Test career. In his 58 Test career, he scored 2370 runs with an average of 36.46 which included two hundreds and 17 fifties. His score of 175 was the highest by any Indian player batting at no.7 or lower. Previously this record was held by Kapil Dev (163) which he achieved against Sri Lanka at Kanpur in 1986.

Resuming the third day’s play, Sri Lanka started the day with a score of 108/4. Bumrah provided them with the first breakthrough when India reviewed an LBW call successfully against Asalanka. Then Jadeja took over as most of the lower-order batsmen looked in hurry. First Dickwella top-edged an attempted sweep which was caught by a deep square leg.

Then Lakmal was the next one to go when he miscued a big heave and Ashwin caught it comfortably at mid-off. After that Embuldeniya was bounced out by Shami as he was caught at short leg by Mayank Agarwal.

Then Jadeja wrapped up the things quickly as he picked Vishwa Fernando and Lahiru Kumara on consecutive deliveries. Sri Lanka’s batsman Pathum Nissanka was left stranded at the score of 61.

Other than Jadeja’s fifer, Shami and Ashwin also picked two wickets each while Bumrah got one.

Also read I Sent A Message That We Should Put Them In To Bat Now – Ravindra Jadeja On India’s Declaration

Ravindra Jadeja (Image Credit: Twitter)
Ravindra Jadeja (Image Credit: Twitter)

I Sent A Message That We Should Put Them In To Bat Now – Ravindra Jadeja On India’s Declaration

On Saturday, India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja scored the best score (175) of his Test career and as he was approaching his maiden double hundred, captain Rohit Sharma surprised everyone with his decision to declare the innings.

India finished his first innings with a total of 574/8 and by the end of the second day’s play, Sri Lanka looked in deep trouble with a score of 108/4.

I Sent A Message That We Should Put Them In To Bat Now - Ravindra Jadeja On India's Declaration 1
Ravindra Jadeja (File pic)

Speaking in the press conference after the stumps, Ravindra Jadeja revealed that he himself sent the message to the dressing room and asked to declare as Sri Lankan players looked tired and it was the right time to put more pressure on them.

I also told them that there is variable bounce and deliveries have started turning. So I sent a message that there is something on offer from the strip and I suggested that we should put them in to bat now itself,” Jadeja said.

“They were already tired fielding for nearly quarter to two days (five sessions). Since they were tired, it was not easy to play the big shots straightaway and bat for long hours. So the plan was to declare quickly and exploit the fatigue of the opposition batters,” he added.

Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja Photo Credit: AP
Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja Photo Credit: AP

“Rishabh, Ashwin, and Shami all three supported me”- Ravindra Jadeja

Jadeja also said that spending so much time with the bat helped him in bowling as well as he could exploit the right areas in the pitch. He enjoyed bowling in the rough outside off against left-handers.

“Since they were tired, it was not easy to play the big shots straightaway and bat for long hours. So plan was to declare quickly and exploit the fatigue of the opposition batters, My first ball (to Karunaratne) turned and the second ball I thought that I will bowl on the fourth stump and if it turns or stays low, there was always a chance of getting a wicket,” he added.

Jadeja also said that India’s good batting depth helped him to build his innings otherwise often in the lower he had to go for his shots early on his innings. He stated that he used to bat at no.4 for Saurashtra in Ranji Trophy,

“I used to bat at No.4 for Saurashtra so I had a lot of time to build my innings but here I bat No.7 but Rishabh, Ashwin, and Shami all three supported me, As a batter, I give myself time in shot selection and I select my shot after analyzing the behaviour of the strip,” he stated.

Jadeja’s 175* is the highest ever score by any Indian batsman batting at no.7 or lower in Test cricket.

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Wriddhiman Saha (Photo | PTI)
Wriddhiman Saha (Photo | PTI)

Boria Majumdar Accuses Wriddhiman Saha Of Doctoring, Tempering Screenshots

The saga between Wriddhiman Saha and the journalist has taken a new twist as the renowned journalist Boria Majumdar came out with a video explaining his side of the story. He accused Wriddhiman Saha of doctoring and tempering screenshots of the WhatsApp chat between the two.

Wriddhiman Saha (Image Credit: Twitter)
Wriddhiman Saha (Image Credit: Twitter)

“I have shared all the details with the committee” – Wriddhiman Saha

Earlier in the day, a three-member committee spoke to the wicketkeeper to probe into his allegations.

“I have told the committee everything I know. I have shared all the details with them. I can’t tell you much right now. BCCI has asked me not to talk about the meeting outside as they will answer all your queries,” Saha spoke to reporters.

But late in the night, Boria Majumdar posted a video on Twitter, explaining the whole scenario. He claimed that the messages were sent in a different context and Saha doctored and tempered the screenshots before posting them on Twitter. He accused Saha of ‘playing a victim card’.

“There are always two sides to a story. @Wriddhipops has doctored, tampered screenshots of my WhatsApp chats which have damaged my reputation and credibility. I have requested the @BCCI for a fair hearing. My lawyers are serving @Wriddhipops a defamation notice. Let truth prevail,” Boria Majumdar tweeted with the video.

He explained that Saha blurred a certain part of the screenshot to twist the story. He claimed that Saha was agreed to give in an interview about the IPL auction in which he bagged a deal of 1.9 crores to play for Gujarat Titans but he posted the screenshot after the Indian squad was announced for the test series which was almost a week later.

He claimed that the messages are of different dates and he tempered the screenshot to twist the context. Notable that Saha along with 3 other senior players was dropped for the 2-match test series against Sri Lanka.

 

On February 19, Wriddiman Saha posted the screenshot on Twitter, “After all of my contributions to Indian cricket..this is what I face from a so-called “Respected” journalist! This is where the journalism has gone.

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Shane Warne - Getty Images
Shane Warne - Getty Images

Great Southern Stand At MCG To Be Renamed After Shane Warne

The Great Southern Stand at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground is set to be renamed after Shane Warne following the sudden death of the legendary spinner at the age of 52. On Friday, Warne passed away of a suspected heart attack in Thailand.

Warne has some amazing memories at his home ground in Melbourne as he claimed his 700th wicket at the same venue in his farewell series against England. On Boxing Day Test in 2006, Warne got the wicket of Andrew Strauss to reach the milestone. Victoria’s minister for tourism and sport, Martin Pakula, confirmed about renaming the stand.

Shane Warne
Shane Warne

Shane Warne picked his 700th Test wicket at MCG

“We will be renaming the Great Southern Stand the S.K. Warne stand and we’ll be doing that as soon as we possibly can. I can think of no finer tribute to the greatest cricketer this state has produced than to rename the stand the S.K. Warne stand and no matter whatever happens to that stand in the future whether it’s rebuilt, refurbished, renovated, it will remain the S.K. Warne stand in perpetuity because his legend will live in perpetuity,” Pakula said.

MCG was one of the happy hunting grounds for Warne as he picked 56 wickets in 11 Test matches which included three fifers.

Cricket Australia chairman Dr Lachlan Henderson also confirmed that he had spoken to the Prime Minister as he called it a fitting tribute for one of the greatest spinners.

“That would seem a very appropriate acknowledgement of Shane Warne,” Henderson said. “He’s been an icon of the game, obviously with St Kilda Cricket Club, Victoria, our Australian team for so many years. He also played cricket all around the world. So it’s a very fitting tribute,” Dr Lachlan Henderson said.

“Right here this morning, driving past a junior cricket ground in Victoria, I saw a young leg-spin bowler bowl a beautifully flighted ball that beat the bat and I’m sure someone was looking down on that young bowler as he embarks on his career,” he added.

Shane Warne represented Australia in 145 Tests and 193 ODIs in his 15-year long career spanning from 1992 to 2007. His Test wickets tally of 708 wickets is the second-highest among the leading wicket-takers list. In ODIs, he finished with 293 wickets which included two player-of-the-match performances in the semifinal and final of World Cup 1999.

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