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Virat Kohli sports a new hair style before West Indies tour

Indian Test captain Virat Kohli is all set for the West Indies tour.   After a month’s break from cricket, Kohli started his training for the four-Test West Indies tour.

In the 2015-2016 season, he started his cricket season against South Africa when his team defeated South Africa and broke their unbeaten run in Test cricket.  Kohli as a batsman  during the Australia tour played an outstanding cricket. India lost the ODI series, but in the T20I series India bruised Australia  with 3-0 margin.

In the Asia Cup T20 Virat kept his swansong and blew away everything that hurled at him. India have won the Asia Cup and then in the World T20 he excelled with series of mind-blowing performances.

But in the semifinal against West Indies Kohli’s  unbeaten 89  has gone in vain as West Indies have won the match by seven wickets in hand as Lendl Simmons’ unbeaten 82 run unstoppable innings   destroyed India’s hope in the WT20. However, Kohli’s swansong continued in the IPL where he scored record-breaking 973 runs in 16 matches as a captain of the Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Kohli also inspired his team to qualify for the final  from bottom second position  of the point table.  Kohli’s team finished at the second position at the point table after the end of the tournament.

However, in the final, his team failed to chase down Surisers Hyderabad’s  207.

BCCI has given him a rest  from international cricket along with other key players of the Indian team. A young brigade toured Zimbabwe under the captaincy of MS Dhoni. India have won both the ODI and T20 series.

Now for the West Indies tour, he sports a new style to his hair. Possibly the weather conditions of the Caribbean prompt him to make hair small and straight.  Add to this he is going to start another new season from a break because after the West Indies tour he will lead India against New Zealand , England, and Australia at home.

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Video: These Virat haters felt ashamed and couldn’t hold back tears after watching these scenes

The Indian batting starlet Virat Kohli poised in this IPL. He broke all the previous records and set a bar for the batsman. Now with  973 runs in 16 matches and four hundred his batting draws a comparison with the batting legend Sachin Tendulkar.

But Virat has already proved himself a distinct cricketer. He is prolific both in scoring and chasing. There is  few cricketer who can match Kohli’s skill of chasing and scoring at the same time as a top order batsman.

He is great finisher too. He showed how to finish match coming at  No. 3.

His rise in domestic cricket at the age of 16 when he had to play his one of memorable innings of hiss life to save the Delhi from a humiliating defeat at the hand of Karnataka.

Virat’s father Prem Kohli succumbed to cardiac attack. But the teenager showed great character with pain in his mind he played an innings which was cut short by a wrong decision of the umpire. His innings saved the match. As he got out opened the pad and marched to the funeral ceremony of his father.

Since then teenager Virat becomes a matured a cricketer and went on to win the ICC Under 19 World Cup in 2008. In 2009, just a year after his debut, he scored unbeaten 79 against West Indies to help India to defeat the later while chasing a low target but on a difficult target.

That was Virat’s first chase. Since then he chased down massive target one after another. His chased down colossal target opponents against Sri Lanka, Pakistan, and Australia at home and abroad.

His prolific stroke play demoralizes opponents’ bowlers.

He helps India to win the 2011 World Cup, 2013 Champions Trophy, 2016 T20 series in Australia, Asia Cup T20 in Bangladesh. And was the leading run scorer in ICC World T20 2016 in India. His devastating form continued in the IPL where he made other batsman and bowlers to feel ashamed for his inhuman batting display. Everybody was whacked.

But still the unnecessary comparison by some people carve out a group of Virat haters who are ardent fans of the God of Indian cricket retired Sachin Tendulkar.

There is no need to draw any comparison between Sachin and Virat as they are players of two different eras. Virat is a star on its own. His deeds will make him a great star of his generation. Hi is genre is different.

Watch this video

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Revealed: Facebook wall of Bangladesh cricket fans

After the defeat against India in the finals of the Asia Cup, Bangladesh cricket fans updated their facebook status. They were then trolled by the Indian cricketers.

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Bangladesh were 20 runs short in Asia Cup final: Mortaza
Bangladesh were 20 runs short in Asia Cup final: Mortaza
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Bangladesh were 20 runs short in Asia Cup final: Mortaza

Dhaka, March 7 (IANS) Bangladesh cricket captain Mashrafe Bin Mortaza said the Asia Cup final may have had a different outcome if they had scored 20 runs more.

Asked to bat first in the rain-hit Twenty20 match, that was reduced to 15 overs a side, the hosts posted a fighting 120 for 5 at the Sher-e-Bangla National Cricket Stadium in Mirpur on Sunday.

In their chase, India went over the line with seven balls to spare losing just two wickets.

Defending the total, Bangladesh started off well by sending back opener Rohit Sharma for just one run. But Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli played to their strengths to seal India’s sixth Asia Cup trophy, their first in the Twenty20 format of the tournament.

“I thought 135 or 140 was a good score to defend here,” Mashrafe was quoted as saying by bdnews24.com on Monday.

“If we could score 20 runs more or take one or two more early wickets, the match could have been different.”

Mashrafe believes the toss played an important part in deciding the outcome of the match.

“The wicket was pretty good to bat on in the second innings. Obviously, losing the toss was one of the keys.”

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Twitter reactions to image of MS Dhoni and Taskin Ahmed after the finals

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Revealed : Facebook wall of MS Dhoni

After the match against Bangladesh was over, MS Dhoni updated his facebook status. Dhoni was angry over the way Bangladeshi fans had reacted after their team had reached the finals of the Asia Cup. Dhoni finished the match with a six, something that is not new for Indian fans.

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5 things we learnt from Asia Cup 2016
5 things we learnt from Asia Cup 2016
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5 things we learnt from Asia Cup 2016

India became the champions of the Asia Cup for the sixth time. India defeated Bangladesh in finals of the Asia Cup 2016 played at Mirpur, Dhaka yesterday which was curtailed to a 15 over game due to rains. Asia Cup 2016 provided the right opportunity for the teams to prepare well for the World T20. All the matches in the tournament provided some lessons. Here are the five things we learnt from the Asia Cup 2016.

1. Domination of Indian team
India played excellent cricket in the Asia Cup 2016 tournament. They won five matches in a row. The likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Yuvraj Singh, did perform well in all matches. The Indians had the entire basis covered. In the first three matches MS Dhoni kept the same team, in the final league game against UAE, MS Dhoni gave chances to players sitting on the bench. In the finals, the bowlers did a good job. The fast bowling department especially Nehra, Bumrah have been outstanding. Ashwin and Jadeja also did a pretty decent job. The death bowling of Bumrah in the finals against Bangladesh was outstanding who gave away just 7 runs in the final over. MS Dhoni finished the game for India with a quick fire 20 off 6 balls.

2. Bangladesh cannot be taken lightly
Despite losing the finals to India by 8 wickets, the Bangladesh team played outstanding cricket in the Asia Cup 2016. Bangladesh defeated teams like Sri Lanka and Pakistan with an excellent team effort. The team has excellent fast bowlers including Taskin Ahmed, Al-Amin which can trouble the best batsmen in the world. Their performance in the Asia Cup 2016 has shown that Bangladesh is a force to reckon within the shorter format. The batting unit played aggressive cricket in this tournament. The fielding of Bangladesh team was exceptional in this tournament. They gave a tough competition to the Indian team but could not cross the line on both occasions. Bangladesh is a dangerous side in the shorter format and this team can surprise any big team on its day.

3. Sri Lanka struggled to get their act together
The performance of the Sri Lankan team in Asia Cup 2016 was below average. They only defeated UAE despite scoring a low total. Apart from that, they lost to India, Bangladesh and also against Pakistan. The batting order did not look settled. Chandimal was the only batsmen to score 2 half centuries for Sri Lanka and his partner Dilshan was not up to the mark. The bowling also suffered because of an injury to Malinga. In the bowling front, Dushmantha Chameera was impressive and bowled with pace. Mathews failed to get going as a batsman which led to the downfall of the Sri Lankan team. They were not looking a champion side in this tournament.

4. Inconsistent batting by Pakistan’s key batsmen
Pakistan pace attack is formidable but the batsmen did not put up enough runs on the board to defend or chase the target. The top order failed to give good starts often. Sarfraz Khan and Shoaib Malik were the only batsmen to score some runs. Shahid Afridi also failed to contribute to the team’s success. Pakistan lost to Bangladesh and India which halted their progress to the finals. Pakistan must focus on their batting if they have to achieve success in the World T20.

5. UAE impressive bowling
The most impressive part of the Asia Cup 2016 was the bowling of UAE team. UAE qualified for the main round after winning all three matches in Asia Cup qualifying round. The team restricted the likes of Sri Lanka, Bangladesh batting to a modest total. Amjad Javed, Mohammad Naved, Raza all bowled with a good line and lengths which were tough to hit. The main problem for UAE was their batting which failed to score runs.

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Twitter reactions to India vs Bangladesh final match in Asia Cup

India completed a stunning Asia Cup win over Bangladesh in an almost one-side Final in Mirpur. The game was shortened to a 15 overs-a-side due to heavy rains, but a stunning world by the ground staff enabled the game to take place.

Rohit Sharma got out early after India came out to chase down 121 runs but Virat Kohli and Shikhar Dhawan mad sure that India get home. Dhawan got out after scoring a half century but Dhoni made sure that India reach home safely.

Here are the best tweets on the match

 

 

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Wasim Akram lashes out at PCB for Asia Cup probe

Former Pakistan captain and legendary fast bowler Wasim Akram has slammed the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for announcing a probe into Pakistan’s debacle in the Asia Cup.

Akram, who is now a full-time commentator and a Bowling coach with the Kolkata Knight Riders, has slammed the formation of an inquiry committee by the PCB to probe the team’s poor performance in the Asia Cup held in Bangladesh.

“I don’t understand the purpose of announcing a probe committee when the national team is due to leave for India for the World T20,” Akram said in a news conference on Saturday.

Akram, who was involved in the Pakistan Super League as the director of the Islamabad United franchise, said that such an inquiry would only put pressure on the players and that the board should instead support the team ahead of the World T20.

“I don’t agree with this thinking. This decision of the Pakistan Cricket Board to evaluate the team’s performance in the Asia Cup at this time,” he continued.

“It does not make sense as the World T20 is just a few days away.”

The fast bowling legend expressed his support for captain Shahid Afridi and said the 35-year old all-rounder is the ideal man for the role at the moment.

“Shahid Afridi has been playing for 20 years. We all know him well and his performances. He is the best man to lead the team even now. He just needs to be given full backing and support by everyone,” he added.

Akram also lashed out at the criticism directed at the Pakistan team after their disappointing performance in the Asia Cup.

“The team has been struggling in T20 cricket for a while now but we need to show more understanding and respect for the players who are already under a lot of pressure,” the former Pakistan captain said.

When asked whether he would like to be involved in an official capacity for the Pakistan National side, he said: “I am ready to serve Pakistan cricket but I need to be given a proper time table. I can’t be asked at the 11th hour to come in. I work according to a schedule. I am ready to work in any capacity but first someone needs to offer me a proper role.”

 

India meet confident Bangladesh in Asia Cup final
India meet confident Bangladesh in Asia Cup final

India meet confident Bangladesh in Asia Cup final

Mirpur (Bangladesh), March 5 (IANS) Unbeaten in the tournament with four consecutive wins, India will be wary of slipping up at the last hurdle when they meet hosts Bangladesh in the final of the Asia Cup Twenty20 cricket tournament at the Sher-e-Bangla National Stadium here on Sunday.

The Indians have seemed virtually unstoppable in this tournament. The batsmen have done well on the green wicket while the bowlers, especially the pacers, have exploited the favourable conditions well.

With the youngsters proving their mettle and a few veterans making successful comebacks, Mahendra Singh Dhoni’s men will take away several positives from this tournament ahead of the World Twenty20 at home.

Among the bowlers, veteran pacer Ashish Nehra has been in superb form. The 36-year-old has taken five wickets in three matches, but the statistics do not do full justice to his performance. Fellow opening pacer Jasprit Bumrah has also chipped in with effective performances.

Young all-rounder Hardik Pandya has been the most successful among the Indian bowlers with seven wickets in four matches.

The excellent performance by the bowlers has been backed up by the batsmen with Virat Kohli leading the pack. Opener Rohit Sharma has also been in good knick while Yuvraj Singh, 34, celebrated his comeback with a crucial knock against arch-rivals Pakistan and bettered it with a crucial inning against Sri Lanka. The only point of concern is continuing poor form of opener Shikhar Dhawan.

Harbhajan Singh, Pawan Negi, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were allowed to come off the bench in the last group match against the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and performed admirably. But they are unlikely to retain their spots, with Nehra, Ravichandran Ashwin, and Ravindra Jadeja expected to return for the final.

Placed at the top of the International Cricket Council (ICC) rankings, India are overwhelming favourites on paper against the 10th ranked hosts. The group stage match between the two teams saw India complete 45-run victory. But the final will be a different matter.

Bangladesh have developed a habbit of punching above their weight and are expected to put up a spirited fight in front of a capacity home crowd. Apart from the sole loss against India, they have won all their group matches, defeating highly rated opponents Sri Lanka and Pakistan and minnows UAE.

Pacers Taskin Ahmed and Al-Amin Hossain have been excellent with the new ball while Sabbir Rahman and Mahmudullah have put in vital contributions with the bat. Soumya Sarkar, Mohammad Mithun, and Shakib Al Hasan have performed well on occasion but have been somewhat inconsistent. The hosts will take inspiration from their 2-1 One-Day International (ODI) series victory over India last year.

With the World T20 starting next week, emerging as kings in their own continent will give the title winners a major boost before they set out to take on the world.