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Workload of Indian cricketers not an issue in Australia: Laxman

Wouldn’t players be tired after playing in the 53-day IPL, which was preceded by a bio-bubble?

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New Delhi, Nov 20: Indian cricketers’ workload on their current tour of Australia won’t be an issue if the coaching and support staff take good care of them, says former India batsman VVS Laxman, even though the players have moved from one bio-secure bubble to another, after playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL).

After playing in the 53-day IPL in the United Arab Emirates (UAE), the players travelled to Australia in a bubble and straightaway got into a two-week quarantine. After that period, they will get into a 54-day series comprising 10 matches of all formats. The players are currently in quarantine while also practising in a bio-secure bubble.

“Yeah, the workload can be an issue, but I feel that it should not affect the players because there has been a long gap now, even though the players have travelled from one bubble to another. I am also sure that they are recovering well, and the team management and the coaching/support staff are planning in a very professional manner so that all the players are fresh, come the first match,” Laxman told IANS.

“There’s definitely a challenge going from one bubble to another bubble. But with my experience during the IPL [as mentor of SunRisers Hyderabad] the players were actually feeling privileged and blessed that they were part of a very secure bubble where they could move very freely within the bubble, while the entire world was struggling with Covid, when there is so much of uncertainty,” he said.

Laxman, 46, said the players acknowledge they are lucky doing something they love doing –playing cricket, instead of sitting at home.

“So, I don’t think psychologically the players will fail to adjust to another bubble. But it’s going to be a challenge as the tour progresses, especially by the time the third [January 7] and the fourth Test [January 15] starts. That is where the coaching staff has to be very smart in making sure that the players are fresh and don’t get jaded. But I don’t see any issue at the start of the tour and the first two Tests,” he said.

Wouldn’t players be tired after playing in the 53-day IPL, which was preceded by a bio-bubble?

“Not at all, because all the players are professionals and they have worked a lot on their fitness. Even though it was almost a two-month long tournament, all the franchises made sure that they gave enough rest to the players so that they were fresh for the matches. And the good thing playing the IPL in the UAE was that the players didn’t have to travel too much because matches were confined to Dubai, Sharjah, and Abu Dhabi, and it was just a bus drive away. Suppose you had played the IPL in India the players would have been more tired because of all the flights and check-ins and check-outs and stuff. So, I don’t think they would be feeling tired or jaded,” insisted Laxman.

Seven players – Kohli, Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Ravindra Jadeja, Jasprit Bumrah, and Navdeep Saini – are common in the three squads who have played the IPL and will also play the T20s, ODIs, and the Tests.

“As far as batsmen are concerned, I don’t think workload will be a major issue. But we will have to ensure that the fast bowling unit remains fresh because one of the reasons why we won in Australia the last time was because out fast bowling unit put a lot of pressure on the Australian unit [Bumrah, Shami, and Ishant Sharma captured 50 of 70 wickets to fall, or 71.43 p, Surat, Hyderabad, Raipur, Bhubaneshwar, Jaipur, Kanpur, Unnao, Meerut, Delhi, Bengaluru, Mumbai and Kolkata.

Sources said that two arrests were made on Friday in Gurugram while one each was made in Nagpur, Kolkata and Mumbai CGST zones. Searches were conducted at multiple premises in Kanpur, Unnao, Delhi and Meerut in relation to nine GSTIN registrations. Most of the addresses were found to be non-existent. The mastermind behind this racket, Amit Kumar, is absconding and efforts are being made to apprehend him.

At Hosur, during the course of premises verification, eight entities were found fictitious by the GST enforecement wing. From the inquiry conducted, it is found that the registrations were taken in the name of various persons by one auditor who was paying some amount to the identity lenders on monthly basis, sources said.

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Diego Maradona’s personal doctor under investigation

The medical psychiatrist and one other person who was in the house when Maradona passed could also be investigated.

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Leopoldo Luque, Diego Maradona’s personal doctor, is under investigation in Argentina over the football legend’s death.He has been named by prosecutors in San Isidro, in Buenos Aires, and the judge has ordered for the doctor’s house and clinic to be searched, with 30 police officers at each site.

There is a suspicion of medical negligence in the final days of Maradona’s life and, therefore, a potential culpable homicide.It has been claimed that Maradona didn’t have the medical permission to leave the clinic where he had surgery for a subdural hematoma earlier in November. But, he did leave on November 11 to return to his home in Tigre, Buenos Aires.

The medical psychiatrist and one other person who was in the house when Maradona passed could also be investigated.

This legal investigation could go on for some time as the prosecutors look to get to the bottom of what exactly happened in the final hours of Maradona’s life.

They’ll look to work out if he had permission to be at home, why there wasn’t a specialist doctor present 24/7, why there wasn’t an ambulance at the house, if he had the right medicine, if the general medical protocols were followed, why there wasn’t a defibrillator in the house and how the final hours were managed.

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India vs Australia: We were ineffective with the ball: Virat Kohli

Kohli with 89 runs and KL Rahul with 76 were India’s highest run scorers and both fell to sharp catches.

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Sydney: Indian captain Virat Kohli admitted that the team was ineffective with the ball on Sunday and outplayed by Australia in the second ODI at the Sydney Cricket Ground which they lost by 51 runs.

A second consecutive 62-ball century from Steve Smith helped Australia reach 389/4 and India were restricted to 338/9.

“They have outplayed us. We were ineffective with the ball, and didn’t hit the areas. They have a strong batting line-up, they know the conditions and the angles well,” said Kohli after the match.

Kohli with 89 runs and KL Rahul with 76 were India’s highest run scorers and both fell to sharp catches.

“The chase felt steep, and one or two wickets would have taken the required rate up so we had to keep hitting. They took the chances that they created in the field, which was the difference,” said Kohli.

All-rounder Hardik Pandya bowled four overs and got the wicket of Smith. “Hardik felt okay to bowl. Initially just thought of trying for a couple of overs but he felt good and bowled a couple more. And he gave away a bit of a bowling plan with his off-cutters (smiles), but credit to them, they used the dimensions well. Even Rahul or Shreyas, if they carried on, it could’ve gotten us across the line with Hardik to come,” said Kohli.

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India fall to 51-run defeat; Australia win series

Rahul and Hardik Pandya then put up 63 for the fifth wicket but both succumbed to the pressure that came with the rising required run rate.

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Sydney: Australia beat India by 51 runs in the second ODI on Sunday at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG). The hosts have thus sealed victory in the three-match series, having taken an unassailable 2-0 lead.

Chasing a mammoth target of 390, India were restricted to 338/9 after another century from Steve Smith took Australia to 389/4 batting first.

India started with a 58-run stand between openers Mayank Agarwal and Shikhar Dhawan. The pair departed within a few balls of each other after which captain Virat Kohli anchored the middle order. Kohli and Shreyas Iyer steadied the ship for the visitors and just as they were looking to shift gears, the latter fell to Moises Henriques thanks to a stunning catch by Smith at deep midwicket.

Kohli soldiered on with KL Rahul at other end before falling to a brilliant catch, this time by Henriques himself, at midwicket again off Josh Hazlewood. Kohli made 89 off 87 balls, putting up partnerships of 93 with Iyer and 72 with Rahul.

Rahul and Hardik Pandya then put up 63 for the fifth wicket but both succumbed to the pressure that came with the rising required run rate.

Earlier, Smith smashed 104 off 64 balls, reaching three figures in just 62 balls for the second consecutive time in this series. He put up 136 runs with Marnus Labuschagne, which was the second century partnership for Australia in the match after the 142-run opening stand between captain Aaron Finch and David Warner.

Smith finally fell to Pandya, who was handed the ball for the first time since making his comeback from a back injury after which Glenn Maxwell smashed 63 off 29 balls to take Australia within 11 runs of the 400-run mark.

The third and final ODI will be played in Canberra on Wednesday.

Brief scores: Aus 389/4 in 50 overs (Steve Smith 104, David Warner 83; Mohammed Shami 1/73) vs Ind 338/9 in 50 overs (Virat Kohli 89, KL Rahul 76; Pat Cummins 3/67).

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