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Rohit Sharma, India
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One Can’t Be Lazy And Has To Be Ready As There Isn’t Much Time To Think About In Cricket, Says Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma is the only batsman in the world to have scored three double-centuries in ODIs. He also holds the record for scoring the maximum number of centuries in a single edition of the World Cup, which is five. He achieved the feat in the 2019 World Cup in England.

Rohit Sharma is the most successful captain in the history of IPL, having led Mumbai Indians to five title wins, and as India skipper, he has led the team to 15 wins from 19 T20Is, a win percentage of 78.95.

Rohit Sharma and Mumbai Indians created history as they won the IPL title for the fifth time, with Rohit winning it for the sixth time. , BCCI/IPL Twitter handle
Rohit Sharma and Mumbai Indians created history as they won the IPL title for the fifth time, with Rohit Sharma winning it for the sixth time.  BCCI/IPL Twitter handle

Rohit Sharma: Every Batsman Is Challenged Facing The Opposition Bowler

Rohit Sharma is many things – a world-class batsman, a formidable opener, an impressive captain – but the two things he is not is a batsman who has ‘extra time’ and ‘lazy elegance’. Former cricketers and fans alike have commonly associated these two terms with Rohit Sharma’s batting time and again, but the batsman has ridiculed both, saying he does not believe in either.

“I’m facing the bowler, you have to be ready. There is no such thing as extra time or he has got more time. Every batsman is challenged when he is facing the bowler, so you just have to be on top of your game, mindset to come out on top for that particular delivery,” Rohit Sharma told Dinesh Karthik in a video uploaded by Sky Sports.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma | AFP

“There is no time. Those guys are quick enough to rattle you. Yes, technically you can say that he plays the ball late, but there is no such thing as ‘he has got less time, more time’. I don’t think so.”

Rohit Sharma might have played a gutsy knock of 83 runs in the first innings of the 2nd Test against England but the opener said it was the “most challenging” knock he has played in the longest format of the game away from home. Rohit Sharma adopted a calm approach and shied away from playing lofted shots. He smashed 11 fours and one six during his knock.

Rohit Sharma: One Can’t Be Lazy In Cricket

The terms ‘lazy elegance’ was first described for former Pakistan batsman and captain Inzamam-ul-Haq, who had a calmness about his batting. But, as far as, Rohit Sharma is concerned, he is anything but a batsman who personifies that characteristic.

“When you’re playing a sport, you cannot be lazy. As simple as that. Maybe it sounds or looks like that on television but if you are lazy, you cannot achieve what you want to on the field. You have to be at it. You cannot be ahead of the game if you’re lazy,” Rohit added.

“There is an effort. When I play the pull shot, there are guys who are bowling at 145-plus and all that, you can’t be lazy. I’ve been hearing about this since I started playing for India. ‘Oh he’s got lazy elegance’. I don’t understand this term.”

Inzamam-ul-Haq JEWEL SAMAD / AFP
Inzamam-ul-Haq JEWEL SAMAD / AFP

KL Rahul became only the 3rd Indian opener and the 10th overall from the country to hit a hundred at the iconic venue and find himself a spot on the Lord’s Honours board. KL Rahul remained unbeaten on 127 at Stump’s on Day 1 as India finished at a dominant position, having posted 276 for 3 in 90 overs.

KL Rahul was happy to play second fiddle to Rohit Sharma during their 126-run opening stand that set a solid platform for India after Joe Root won the toss and opted to bowl. After Rohit Sharma missed out on a well-deserved hundred by just 17 runs, KL Rahul took charge and dominated his partnership with Virat Kohli for the 3rd wicket.

Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.
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Shakib Al Hasan Has Been The No. 1 ODI All-Rounder For The Last 10-12 Years: Bangladesh Teammate Mahmudullah

Shakib Al Hasan’s career is laden with numerous milestones from being the youngest centurion in ODIs and becoming the youngest ODI captain, both at the age of 22, to most Player of the Series awards in T20Is (3).

He, without a shred of a doubt, will be remembered as one of the greatest all-rounders in the history of the sport. His exploits for the Bangladesh cricket team have helped his side fight it out with other international teams in the world as he has played an instrumental role in the meteoric rise of Bangladesh cricket.

Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images
Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Shakib Al Hasan’s Return Has Been Uninspiring

However, he hasn’t been near his best lately. Before IPL 2021 came to an abrupt halt due to the Covid-19 crisis in India and multiple positive cases within numerous franchises, Shakib Al Hasan could score 38 runs in three matches for his newly acquired franchise Kolkata Knight Riders. As a result, he has been dropped soon after.

Moreover, he carried the poor form to the ongoing ODI series against Sri Lanka. Even his team has already sealed the series after winning the first two games, Shakib Al Hasan’s return has been uninspiring. The 34-year-old has only scored 15 runs in two matches at a strike rate of less than 50.

Shakib Al Hasan
Shakib Al Hasan. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/GettyImages)

With the ball, however, he has been better. In the ongoing series in Dhaka, he has picked up three wickets and in IPL 2021, he claimed two. Not highly impressive but he’s been a tad better with the ball.

In the 2019 World Cup, he scored 606 runs along with 11 wickets – statistics that truly highlight his value. Picked by the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2011, he was an important part of their two title-winning sides in 2012 and 2014. The 34-year-old was bought by his former franchise for 3.2 crores in the players’ auction in February 2021. He missed the 2020 IPL edition on account of being banned for a year for not reporting corrupt offenses.

Shakib Al Hasan has so far played four 50 overs World Cups for Bangladesh since the 2007 edition. While he captained Bangladesh in the 2011 World Cup, the 2019 edition turned out to be individually his most successful one, when he scored 606 runs and picked up 11 wickets. But in spite of Shakib Al Hasan’s outstanding performances both with bat and ball, Bangladesh finished 8th out of 10 teams in the last World Cup in England and Wales.

Shakib Al Hasan Has Been The No. 1 All-Rounder For The Last 10-12 Years : Mahmudullah

As Shakib Al Hasan strives to find his rhythm, his teammate and fellow all-rounder Mahmudullah has come out to support him. While speaking to The Daily Star, he said that Shakib Al Hasan was the best ODI all-rounder for more than a decade for a reason.

“There is not much to say about Shakib. He knows his game. It is no joke that a guy has been the number one [ODI] all-rounder for the last 10-12 years. He knows when to bat and how much batting [practice] will benefit him. He got a good start in the first ODI, but unfortunately, he could not cash in on it. But I am certain that he will play better in tomorrow’s game.”

Bangladesh cricketer Mahmudullah. (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)
Bangladesh cricketer Mahmudullah. (Photo by STR/AFP via Getty Images)

Bangladesh secured their first-ever ODI series win against Sri Lanka in the second ODI. They would now look to make it three in three and secure 10 more points for their ICC Cricket World Cup Super League tally. Bangladesh’s Mushfiqur Rahim was the star performer in both the ODIs, scoring 84 in the 1st and then 125 in the 2nd ODI. Bangladesh won by 33 runs in the 1st ODI and by 103 runs in the 2nd one decided by Duckworth-Lewis.

Bangladesh has attained the pole position in the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League points table with a historic win against Sri Lanka. The Tamim Iqbal-led outfit took an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 3-match series against Sri Lanka. Bangladesh now has 50 points in the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League. Sri Lanka continues to be in the last position with -2 points in five outings.

2nd ODI:- Bangladesh 246 (Rahim 125, Mahmudullah 41, Chameera 3-44) beat Sri Lanka 141-9 (Rahman 3-16, Miraz 3-28) by 103 runs(DLS)

1st ODI:- Bangladesh 257 for 6 (Mushfiqur 84, Mahmudullah 54, Tamim 52, Dhananjaya 3-45) beat Sri Lanka 224 all out (Hasaranga 74, Mehidy Hasan Miraz 4-30) by 33 runs

Suresh Raina
Rishabh Pant. Image Credit: Getty Images.

I Was Not Happy That I Couldn’t Win World Cup 2019 For India: Rishabh Pant

One of the architects of the historic Test match win in The Gabba against Australia, Rishabh Pant has opened up that after the disheartening World Cup 2020, his career went down the spiral. He was disappointed with himself for not guiding India to victory in the World Cup 2019 semi-final against India.

Rishabh Pant has proved that he is the X-factor in the Indian team. His fearless brand of cricket was the highlight of Australia’s tour of India. The wicketkeeper-batsman scored a gritty 97 runs with pain in his elbow in the Sydney Test. He replicated the similar knock in the Gabba and scored unbeaten 83 runs to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

After the Australia tour, Pant is in the headlines for his goods unlike being criticised for even a minor mistake in keeping or batting before the tour. Everyone has acknowledged his style of playing and supporting him to manifest a similar performance for India in the coming tours and tournaments.

My career hit a low after the World Cup: Rishabh Pant

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant. Image Credits: Twitter

Speaking to India Today, Rishabh Pant has revealed that the World Cup 2019 was a big learning for him. He has focused only on improving himself and has realised that he will always look for upgrading himself.

“The journey from World Cup 2019 to this has been quite good so far. There have been ups and downs, the World Cup was a massive opportunity because it comes once in every 4 years. But I got out in my 30s, I was very disappointed because that was one of the biggest opportunities for me.

“I was not happy that I couldn’t win the game for my team. My career hit a low after the WC, but then slowly I started increasing my focus towards the game because there is always scope for improvement in life. I’ve realised that there is no limit to how much you can improve, that’s what I’ve got to know in these last 2 years.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant. Credits: Twitter

“I think good things will happen if you keep improving yourself and focus on the things that you want to do,” Rishabh Pant told India Today’s Consulting Editor (Sports) Boria Majumdar.

Rishabh Pant is in the squad for the first two Test matches against England at home. But the debate will be still there to chose him or Wriddhiman Saha in the playing XI.

Rohit Sharma. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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It Was A Hard Pill To Swallow: Rohit Sharma On 2019 World Cup Semi-Final Defeat Against New Zealand

Rohit Sharma had hard times after India lost the World Cup 2019 semi-final against New Zealand. Not only Rohit, but every Indian cricket fan would also have faced difficulty to move on from the Men in Blue’s defeat.

Although it has been over a year since that match, India’s vice-captain still has not come into terms to believe that how could they lost their match despite having the best players in the team.

The run-curtailed match, India had a usual fall of top-order losing three crucial wickets of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul within three runs. MS Dhoni and Ravindra Jadeja gave the hope of winning but they also lost their wickets before taking the team across the finishing line. Eventually, India lost that match by 18 runs.

Rohit Sharma,
Rohit Sharma. (Image Credit: Getty Images).

Recalling the defeat, Rohit Sharma said that it was a hard pill to swallow. Before losing the semi-final, India had won all the matches in league stages except England, who went on to lift the trophy. Rohit said that the team was in very good space before that match.

“It was a hard pill to swallow and it wasn’t easy because of the team that we had and the cricket that we were playing in the entire tournament. In the lead-up to the WC, we were all in good form, we were also in good space mentally, we were enjoying each other’s company. Everything was going pretty well,” Rohit was quoted as saying to India Today.

I want to win World Cups: Rohit Sharma

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. Image Credit: Getty Images.

That one odd day ended many dreams of seeing the team lifting the World Cup trophy. The only thing that bothers Rohit Sharma is why they lost the match when they had the best players in the cards.

“And one bad day in the office and we were out of the tournament. It’s very hard if you had to re-think about it. But again, the only thing that I wasn’t able to understand was despite having a team like that, we couldn’t go through. We had everything, we had good bowlers, batsmen.

However, Rohit has moved on and is now focusing to lift the trophy in the coming World Cup campaign.

“But then, life moves on, you have to move on, there was so much cricket that was coming up after that as well. But I want to win World Cups, that’s my dream, be it T20 or 50-overs,” he added.

India is set to host T20 World Cup 2021 while also World Cup 2023.

Amol Palekar, World Cup 2019, England vs New Zealand
Amol Palekar. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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England Should Have Said To New Zealand Let’s Share This Cup : Indian Actor Amol Palekar On World Cup 2019 Finale

Veteran Indian actor Amol Palekar, who is famous for his role in Bollywood movie Gol Maal, recalls England’s dramatic World Cup 2019 triumph after defeating New Zealand. As per him, New Zealand was the correct winners while England should have had the magnanimity to share the trophy. 

The World Cup 2019 grand-finale is marked as the most entertaining clash which had all the emotions in it. Many few scriptwriters would have ever conceived the climax like England and New Zealand created during the marquee clash. 

ICC World Cup 2019, Eoin Morgan, England
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The match was tied because of Ben Stokes‘ marvellous spell (84* off 98 balls) which led the match to Super over. The one over eliminator also fell into the tie but England won the match because of the boundary count rule. No sane cricket fan in the ground or watching the match could conclude that New Zealand deserved to lose. 

Although it’s been over one year to that match, Amol Palekar, the Bollywood Actor, has also not forgotten the moment when New Zealand returned the home without the trophy. 

“That [Martin Guptill’s run-out in the tied Super Over] is the height of not only entertainment, [but] tension, suspense, everything…I genuinely believe even today that NZ was the correct winners. And, I also felt England should have had the magnanimity to say, ‘Let’s share this Cup’,” Amol Palekar said.

Amol Palekar lavishes praise on Kane Williamson: 

Kane Williamson, Jasprit Bumrah, New Zealand vs India 2020, India tour of New Zealand 2020,
Kane Williamson. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Well, only Kane Williamson led side could have taken their defeat so graciously in the most riveting finale. Amol Palekar also heaped the praise on Kiwi skipper’s attitude in the game. 

“No tantrums, no show off, no showing of emotions, nothing, just play in a dignified matter. And, that’s what he did and hats off to him,” Mr Palekar exclaimed.

However, ICC has scrapped that controversial boundary count rule, which ended the hopes of Kiwis and gave England their first maiden title. 

Mohammad Hafeez,
Mohammad Hafeez. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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Mohammad Hafeez Opens Up On Team India’s Intent After Ben Stokes’ Remarks

Mohammad Hafeez has also now questioned India’s content in the match against England during the World Cup 2019 after Ben Stokes wrote about the same in his book. The England allrounder in his book ‘On Fire’, wrote Virat Kohli and Co. showed no or little content to chase down the target of 338 runs in that match.

Many Pakistan players reacted to Stokes’ controversial statement. Some even claimed that India lost the match deliberately to ensure that Pakistan gets disqualified. Notably, this particular match was the only one India lost in the group stage matches. And if India had won the match, England would not have qualified for the knock out stages.

We were out because of our small mistakes: Mohammad Hafeez

Mohammad Hafeez
Mohammad Hafeez. Credits: Getty Images

Mohammed Hafeez agreed that it was evident to everyone that India had no intent to play with the spirit against England. However, he acknowledged that Pakistan had failed in the tournament because of their own mistakes.

“Ask any cricket fan, everyone will say intent to play with the spirit was not there. I don’t know about the results and who went out because of that. We played good cricket and we were out because of our small mistakes. So I can’t blame any result for that,” Hafeez said during a video conference organized by Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB).

I felt bad for the sport: Mohammad Hafeez

Mohammad Hafeez, Pakistan
Pakistan national cricket team. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Besides claiming India for showing no intention, Mohammad Hafeez also counted his countrymen mistakes during the event. Pakistan ended at the fifth spot in the points table of the World Cup 2019. They had won the match against South Africa, New Zealand and England but failed to qualify for the knockout rounds.

“But as a fan, if I see the match, I did not see the match-winning intent. I felt bad for the sport. The encounter factor was missing where both teams were playing to win. The mistakes we made, we failed to tick a few boxes in the 2019 World Cup. But as a fan, that is my opinion about that game,” Mohammad Hafeez added.

Nevertheless, India reached the semi-final but failed to register the victory against New Zealand.

S Sreesanth, Kerala Ranji team
S Sreesanth. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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S Sreesanth’s Furious Reply To Ben Stokes’ ‘Little Or No Intent‘ Remark On MS Dhoni’s Innings

Many cricketers have not well taken Ben Stokes’ statement on MS Dhoni’s innings against England during the World Cup 2019. Indian cricketer S Sreesanth has also joined them in the list while he has gone a step further and has challenged Stokes to face Dhoni again.

Ben Stokes, in his book, ‘On Fire,’ mentioned that there was ‘little or no intent ‘ from Dhoni during India’s chase of 338 at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground in Birmingham. Notably, the Men in Blue lost that match by 31 runs. Also, this was the only match India lost in group stage matches before losing in the semi-final against New Zealand.

Sreesanth reply to Ben Stokes:

MS Dhoni, Ben Stokes, Sreesanth
MS Dhoni. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Sreesanth, who has played under Dhoni, has said that the wicketkeeper-batsman would not forget Stokes’ statement. According to him, whenever the former Indian captain will face stokes, he will never show mercy against him in the ground. He even said that the former Indian captain might also end his career.

“I hope Ben Stokes wishes he never plays against Dhoni, because he (Dhoni) doesn’t forget anything,” Sreesanth said during an Instagram Live. “I wish Stokes all the best because if during the IPL or an India-England match, him and Dhoni cross paths again, whatever the one or two million Stokes has been getting, it’ll all go away. Dhoni may even end his career.”

Ben Stokes gets the challenge from the world cup winner:

Sreesanth, Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendulkar, South Africa Test series
Furious Sreesanth. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Further, Sreesanth challenged Stokes to dismiss Dhoni. He also said that he is ready to bowl against him and answered what he had said about Dhoni.

“I openly challenge Stokes to dismiss Dhoni, irrespective of whether he’s the No. 1 allrounder in the world. Ben Stokes, you’ve been playing for the last four to five years and since I wasn’t playing, I am really looking forward to bowl to you brother. Just to give an answer to what you said about Dhoni,” he said.

Meanwhile, Dhoni has been under sabbatical from international cricket. He was set to play in the IPL 2020, but because of the pandemic, his return has been delayed.

alex hales and eoin morgan, England cricket team
Alex Hales and Eoin Morgan. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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It Would Take Time To Build Up Trust: Eoin Morgan On Alex Hales’ Comeback

Alex Hales has got the support from England’s White ball captain Eoin Morgan for returning to fields with the national team. Morgan opines that Hales is a fantastic player but need to learn on and off-field values to recreate bond with his teammates.

Alex Hales was ruled out from the team just ahead of the World Cup 2019 after he failed to pass England Cricket Board‘s recreational drugs policy for the second time in his career. The opening batsman was the crucial player for the English team and his ouster from the mega event would have costed the team.

Alex is in a unique position: Eoin Morgan

Alex Hales, ICC World Cup 2019, England
Eoin Morgan and Alex Hales. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The skipper Morgan backs Hales for a comeback but feels it would be hard for him to gain the trust back.  Eoin Morgan added by saying that the incident happening during the cusp of the World Cup was dramatic and heartbreaking. Hence, like life in general, only time can heal the wounds.

“Alex is in a unique position, probably a position that nobody else has found themselves in before. On the cusp of a World Cup, the huge breakdown in trust between him and the players was extremely dramatic, given the circumstances surrounding the four years [between World Cups] and the build-up, and the way that things unfolded. I’ve certainly spoken to Alex, and certainly see an avenue for him to coming back to playing cricket. But like in life and in any sport, I think when there’s a breakdown of trust, the only healer in that is time.” Morgan said as quoted by ESPN Cricinfo.

Further, Morgan heaped praise on Hales’ batting, saying there is no doubt that he is a fantastic player. However, he said that he needs to improve in one area that adheres values which might help to regain the trust.

Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Yograj Singh
Yuvraj Singh with MS Dhoni. (Image Credit: AFP)
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Yuvraj Singh Was Supposed To Become Captain But MS Dhoni Got The Captaincy Because Of Destiny: Yograj Singh

Yuvraj Singh’s father and former cricketer Yograj Singh had from time to time blamed the Indian team management for being biased with his son. His aggression came out after Yuvraj Singh announced his retirement last year after not getting a place in the World Cup squad.

Earlier, Yograj had blamed MS Dhoni for not supporting the sixer king. And now, he has again pointed out the fingers on the former Indian captain, saying that Yuvraj was the preferred captain ahead of Dhoni but because of destiny, the latter became the captain.

Yuvraj Singh, MS Dhoni, Five Players Whose Careers Got Affected Due to MS Dhoni's Presence
Yuvraj Singh and MS Dhoni. (Photo Credit: AFP)

Yograj also compared Ganguly’s captaincy period with Dhoni. According to him, Dhoni didn’t have to work hard as Ganguly had already built up the team which was led by the wicketkeeper, so he became successful.

“The videos I have watched lately featuring Sehwag, Gambhir or Yuvraj, everybody has said something about Dhoni directly or indirectly. Why does everybody talk about Ganguly so much? When he started building the team, its ranking was 7. He took youngsters like Yuvraj, Kaif, Zaheer, Harbhajan, Sehwag and Gambhir and built a new team,” Yograj Singh told News24.

“It’s destiny that Yuvraj was supposed to become captain but Dhoni got the captaincy as well as a well-built team,” said Yograj.

Selectors betrayed Yuvraj Singh: Yograj Singh

yuvraj singh, Yograj Singh, MS Dhoni
Yuvraj Singh. Photo Credit: BCCI.

Yograj said not only Dhoni but the national selectors have also betrayed his son. Earlier, Yuvraj had also mentioned that though he had passed the yo-yo test, he was not included in the World Cup 2019 squad. Thus, when the team was playing the mega event in England, Yuvraj hung up his boots from international cricket.

“Along with these two, I would say that even the selectors betrayed him. I had met Ravi recently. He asked me for a photograph. I called him and pointed out that all great players should get a send-off based on their performances. When Dhoni, Kohli or Rohit retire, I would request the board to give them a good send-off as they have done so much for Indian cricket. Many have backstabbed him and it hurts,” he said.

Yuvraj, currently, plays in global franchise leagues like Abu Dhabi T10 league and Global T20 Canada. He also last played for Indian team legends in the Road Safety tournament.

Henry Nicholls, New Zealand cricketer, World Cup 2019, COVID-19, coronavirus
Henry Nicholls. Image Credit: Getty Images
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Coronavirus: Henry Nicholls Donates His 2019 World Cup Final Jersey To Raise Funds

New Zealand cricketer Henry Nicholls was the top scorer for his team in the 2019 World Cup final against England. He has decided to donate the jersey, which he wore during the grand finale, to raise funds to fight the unprecedented virus.

Last year’s World Cup final was a breathtaking clash as the game went to super over. Interestingly, the super over also ended in a tie, and England won the trophy based on boundary count rule, which has now been scrapped after the World Cup. Though New Zealand had a disheartening end, they played their best game in the marquee clash.

Henry Nicholls, World Cup 2019, COVID-19, Coronavirus
Henry Nicholls.

Nicholls, who had scored 55 runs in the final, has donated the jersey, which is signed by all members of the squad, to UNICEF New Zealand. The southpaw said that he didn’t want to put the jersey into the auction but wanted to appraise the money through donation.

“NZ Cricketer @HenryNicholls27 Cricket bat and ball has offered up one of his prized 2019 Cricket World Cup jerseys, signed by the whole team! One lucky donor who has supported our #FoodForKiwiFamilies appeal will receive it. You’ve got to be in it, to win it so donate now!” Unicef tweeted.

“It can make a big difference”: Henry Nicholls

Coronavirus: Henry Nicholls Donates His 2019 World Cup Final Jersey To Raise Funds 1

“Since the start of lockdown, it’s more than tripled the demand for food parcels throughout New Zealand,” Nicholls told Stuff.co.nz.

“That was something that really sparked my interest and from my point of view, everything that happened at the World Cup last year, that’s a pretty memorable experience. I thought I could put that shirt up as a bit of an incentive for people to donate.”

Henry Nicholls, New Zealand, 2019 ICC World Cup
Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“For me, I wanted to go away from the auction sort of thing, where the highest bidder wins it. I wanted to make it a bit more inclusive and anyone can donate five or 10 dollars and go into the draw to win it,” said Nicholls, who top-scored for New Zealand in the final, hitting 55.

“It all adds up. A lot of families and everyone in New Zealand is really feeling the pinch. It’s a small little thing and hopefully, it can make a big difference.”

Nicholls is not the first cricketer to use his cricket kit to raise funds. Bangladesh cricketer Mushfiqur Rahim put his special bat into auction from which he scored the first Test double century. Also, Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers their kits from the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL)match against Gujarat Lions on auction to aid the battle against coronavirus.

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