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Pink ball Test feather in Ganguly’s cap: Vengsarkar

“It’s a good innovation. One day cricket came in the 70s and then T20s came with the 2007 World Cup. Now we have T10 as well,” he concluded.

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Kolkata, Nov 21 : Former captain Dilip Vengsarkar on Thursday hailed Sourav Ganguly, saying the first Pink Ball Test in India is a feather in the BCCI President’s cap as he was the man behind making it happen.

“A cricketing background always helps any administrator to take the right decisions. He has been a very good cricketer, hence, its a right decision as an administrator. The first pink test in India is happening under his leadership which is another feather in his cap,” Vengsarkar said at a promotional event here.

India were apprehensive about playing a pink ball Test and even refused one at Adelaide against Australia last year. But after becoming the BCCI President, Ganguly emphasised on the issue. He said it took captain Virat Kohli only three seconds to agree to it.

India will take on Bangladesh at Eden Gardens here on Friday, which is the second Test of the series. The rampaging hosts won the first rubber by an innings and 130 runs.

“We will have to wait and see,” Vengsarkar said about pink ball test’s future.

“It is happening at one of the best grounds in India — Eden. I scored my first hundred here which I remember vividly. As a captain, I also scored a hundred against West Indies. It is one of my favourite grounds. I am sure it will be a success. I hope it brings more people to the grounds. The timing is very good. Those who work can also come and watch. In Australia, it was a huge success,” the 63-year-old added.

“It’s a good innovation. One day cricket came in the 70s and then T20s came with the 2007 World Cup. Now we have T10 as well,” he concluded.

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West Indies beat India by 8 wickets in 1st ODI, Hetmyer, Hope hit tons

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Chennai, Dec 15 : Shimron Hetmyer cracked a career-best 139 while Shai Hope scored an unbeaten 102 as the West Indies romped to a eight-wicket victory against India in the first One-Day International at the M.A. Chidambaram Stadium here on Sunday.

Chasing a challenging 288 for a victory on a sluggish wicket, 22-year old Hetmyer took 106 balls for his sensational 139 which was studded with 11 fours and seven huge sixes. The left-hander was dropped on 106 by Shreyas Iyer off Deepak Chahar but most of the damage was already done by then.

Wicketkeeper batsman Hope gave Hetmyer excellent company with a patient 102 off 151 balls (7×4, 1×6), bringing up his hundred in 149 balls by hitting Chahar for a six and a four in the 47th over.

The pair shared a mammoth 218-run partnership for the second wicket. The Windies lost Sunil Ambris (9) early, trapped in front by Chahar who was the only bowler who looked good for India on a rare bad day in office for Virat Kohli’s men.

But once Hetmyer and Hope got together, there was no looking back for the tourists as the pair mixed caution with aggression and made India feel the need for a fourth bowler with allrounders Shivam Dube and Ravindra Jadeja going for plenty.

While Hetmyer played in his usual aggressive manner, hitting Ravindra Jadeja for 16 runs in the 22nd over, Hope held one end up and made sure they did not lose wickets. He got to his 50 in 92 balls as Hetmyer raced to his fifth century from just 85 deliveries.

In the 35th over, Iyer dropped him at long-on off Chahar and the destructive batsman made the team pay by smashing Jadeja for two consecutive sixes in the next over.

Hetmyer finally holed out to Iyer on the midwicket boundary off Mohammed Shami in the 39th over but with 58 more required from 11 overs, it was too easy in the end as Hope and Nicholas Pooran (29) joined hands for an unbroken 62-run stand to guide the team home with 13 balls to spare. West Indies scored 291/2 in 47.5 overs.

Earlier, Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant slammed fluent half centuries as India’s middle order came to the party to help the hosts post 287/8.

Iyer (70; 88b; 5×4, 1×6) and Pant (71; 69b; 7×4, 1×6) shared a 114-run partnership for the fourth wicket to help India recover from a top-order collapse and post a challenging total on a slow wicket after they were asked to bat first.

This was Iyer’s third successive fifty while Pant struck his maiden half century to put behind flak that he has been drawing for his poor form in recent times. Back in the team after a break, Kedar Jadhav also helped the cause with a 35-ball 40 (3×4, 1×6).

The hosts were reduced to 25/2 in the seventh over with opener K.L. Rahul (6) and skipper Virat Kohli (4) back in the hut early.

Sheldon Cottrell unfurled his salute twice in the seventh over as his double strike silenced the home crowd.Rohit Sharma (36) and Iyer then resurrected the ship somewhat with a 55-run stand for the third wicket but just as the pair looked settled, the India vice-captain mistimed a pull to midwicket where the Windies’ skipper Kieron Pollard completed an easy catch off Alzarri Joseph.

Iyer and Pant showed a lot of maturity to see off the initial period and get used to the slow surface to then build on their respective innings.

Pant got to his maiden half century in 49 balls and was lucky to survive as he was dropped by Cottrell at cover off Pollard when he was batting on 56.

Iyer, meanwhile, flicked a Joseph delivery straight to Pollard to miss out on a hundred while Pant could not make the most of his reprieve, holing out to Hetmyer at deep square leg in the 40th over.

Jadhav and Jadeja did well for a quickfire 59-run partnership but once Jadhav was removed by Keemo Paul, Windies reined in and conceded only 38 runs in the last five, taking three wickets.

Jadeja’s run out was bizarre as South African umpire Shaun George asked for a third umpire for review only after replays showed the batsman was short of his crease.

Brief scores: India 287/8 in 50 overs (Rishabh Pant 71, Shreyas Iyer 70, Kedar Jadhav 40; Sheldon Cottrell 2/46, Keemo Paul 2/40, Alzarri Joseph 2/45); West Indies 291/2 in 47.5 overs (Shimron Hetmyer 139, Shai Hope 102 not out)

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Ex-cricketer involved in UP brawl

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Meerut: Former cricketer Praveen Kumar has been accused of beating up his neighbour and manhandling a minor boy.

According to the neighbour, Deepak Sharma: “I was waiting for my son at the bus stop at 3 p.m. on Saturday. Kumar came in his car and started abusing the bus driver first and later, he abused me.

“He was in an inebriated state. He thrashed me and pushed my seven-year-old son. I have fractured my hand.”

Superintendent of Police Akhilesh Narain said: “Both neighbours informed the police about the incident. We are investigating the matter based on their statements.

“Further action will be taken accordingly. The medical process is also done.”

The victim Deepak Sharma claimed that the police had refused to register his complaint and told him to approach higher authorities as the case is related to an international cricketer.

“Now the police are forcing me to compromise. Moreover, I have started receiving death threats,” he stated.

Praveen Kumar refused to speak to the media or issue a stament on the incident.

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Burns, Pope extend contracts with Surrey till 2023

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London, Dec 14 England batsman Rory Burns and Ollie Pope have both agreed to new Surrey contracts, keeping them at the Kia Oval until the end of the 2023 season.

The news comes as the pair prepare to fly out to South Africa for a four-match Test series, starting on Boxing Day at the SuperSport Park in Centurion.

Since succeeding Gareth Batty as club captain, Burns has overseen a County Championship title in 2018 while scoring more runs than anyone else in Division One and played 14 Test matches following on from his debut in November 2018.

The opener surpassed 10,000 Surrey runs during the 2019 season and has now scored 10,316 runs for the club across all formats.

On the other hand, at just 21, Pope is a more recent addition to the senior squad with his club debut having come in 2016.

Pope’s impressive run with Surrey made him receive his first England call-up after just 15 first-class appearances.

He played two Tests against India in August 2018 before returning to the county set-up and earning a recall for the recent New Zealand tour. He now has 3,124 Surrey runs with a first-class average of 71.31.

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