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‘Mohammad Kaif’ retires from all forms of cricket



Mohammad Kaif

New Delhi, July 14: Former India batsman, Mohammad Kaif announced his retirement from all forms of international cricket on Friday, almost 12 years after he last played for the Indian team in which he stood out as much for his acrobatic fielding as for his effective lower-order batting. 

The 37-year-old Kaif played 13 Tests and 125 ODIs for India and will always be remembered for his match-winning knock of 87 at the Lord’s during the epic NatWest Trophy final in 2002.

“I’m writing to you today to announce my retirement from all forms of first-class cricket,” Kaif intimated acting president CK Khanna and acting secretary Amitabh Chaudhary in an email, according to PTI.

Having etched his name in cricket history with the Natwest Trophy win, Kaif chose the very same day – 16 years later – to hang up his boots.

“I am retiring today as it’s been 16 years since the historic NatWest Trophy win in which I was glad to play my part, and I’d like to remember that as I bow out,” he wrote. “I am grateful for the opportunity to have worn the India cap, and to have gone on to play 125 ODIs and 13 Tests for India, and for several other moments.”

He played his last international game for India around 12 years ago, during the South Africa tour in 2006.

He even captained India’s U-19 team in their first-ever World Cup win in 2000.

Kaif also played in the domestic arena wherein he led his home team of Uttar Pradesh and helping them win their maiden Ranji Trophy title by beating Bengal in 2005-06.

An excellent batsman and an equally good fielder, Kaif finishes with 10,229 runs in 186 first-class matches at an average of 38.60.

He also led Chhattisgarh in their maiden Ranji Trophy season of 2016-17.

Post the retirement, Kaif hopes to be coaching and mentoring new talent since he has already served as assistant coach of Gujarat Lions team in the IPL and hopes to play a similar role in domestic cricket. Kaif is already a cricket analyst and a respected Hindi commentator.


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Pacer Parvinder Awana retires from all forms of cricket



Parvinder Awana
Awana played two T20Is against England.

New Delhi, July 17: Former India paceman Parvinder Awana on Tuesday announced his retirement from all formats of the game with immediate effect.

The pacer represented Delhi for nine years and played two Twenty20 Internationals against England in 2012, but failed to pick up any international wicket.

Awana shared the news of his retirement on Twitter, thanking his teammates, coaches and the support staff over the years.

“Representing India and DDCA has been a matter of great pride for me,” Awana said.

“I feel that it’s the right time to pass the baton to the younger guys. I thank all DDCA selectors and senior players for providing me the platform to show my skills,” he wrote.

The 31-year-old Awana made his first-class debut against Himachal Pradesh in 2007. Although he picked up just one wicket in his debut match, he took a hat-trick against Maharashtra in his next game.

In all, he played 62 first-class matches, claiming 191 wickets at 29.23, including 10 five-wicket and one ten-wicket haul.

His last appearance at the senior level remains the Ranji Trophy game against Jharkhand in 2016.

In the Indian Premier League (IPL), Awana represented Kings XI Punjab for three years during 2012-2014. He also played in 44 List-A games and 61 T20s, collecting 63 and 77 wickets respectively.


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England put India in to bat in ODI series decider



India vs England 3rd ODI

Leeds, July 17: England skipper Eoin Morgan won the toss and put India in to bat in the series-deciding third and final One-day International (ODI) at the Headingley cricket ground here on Tuesday.

After losing the second match at Lord’s, India made three changes to their playing XI, bringing in Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Shardul Thakur, while resting Lokesh Rahul, Umesh Yadav and Siddharth Kaul.

The hosts dropped an injured Jason Roy and brought in James Vince.

The series is currently locked at 1-1 after India won the opening match comprehensively.


India: Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli (Captain), Dinesh Karthik, Suresh Raina, Mahendra Singh Dhoni(WK), Hardik Pandya, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Kuldeep Yadav, Shardul Thakur, Yuzvendra Chahal.

England: Jonny Bairstow, James Vince, Joe Root, Eoin Morgan (Captain), Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler (WK), Moeen Ali, David Willey, Liam Plunkett, Adil Rashid, Mark Wood.


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Indian hockey team jumps to fifth in FIH rankings



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New Delhi, July 17: The Indian hockey team’s silver medal-winning effort at the Champions Trophy in Breda, the Netherlands, earlier this month has propelled them to the fifth spot in the world rankings, released by the International Hockey Federation (FIH) on Tuesday.

India finished runners up after losing the final to reigning world champions Australia, who meanwhile, consolidated their stay atop the world rankings.

Australia (1906 points) sit 23 points ahead of second-ranked Argentina (1883) and are followed by Belgium (1709) and the Netherlands (1654).

With 1484 points, India have pushed Germany (1456) to sixth from the fifth spot.

Most of the teams in the top 20 are non-movers, although 18th placed Austria and 19th ranked Egypt have climbed ahead of France, who now sit in the 20th position.


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