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  1. The no.4 spot in the Indian ODI team is still up for grabs with Ambati Rayudu failing to keep his place in the recently concluded five-match ODI series against Australia, that the Indian team lost 2-3. They had Rayudu at the no.4 spot for the first three ODIs and then skipper Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant took turns in an attempt to figure out alternatives. However, the spot is still open with many other contenders still feeling confident of making it their own. Players like Vijay Shankar and Dinesh Karthik are leading the races to bat at no.4 spot in the World Cup which would only be a stop-gap solution. For a long-term solution, the Indian team management may have to look elsewhere after the tournament based on how things turn out in England. Hanuma Vihari puts his hand up for the no.4 spot Indian Test team member Hanuma Vihari impressed one and all with his debut fifty against England in the Oval Test match. Since then, he has toured Australia, where he even opened the innings against the likes of Mitchell Starc, Pat Cummins and Josh Hazlewood and held his own. Vihari, who will be playing for Delhi Capitals in the upcoming IPL 2019, feels he is the best bet for the no.4 spot in the Indian team. “I think I fit the bill (for the No. 4 spot). I’ve got the technique. You need someone at that No. 4 spot who has a good technique and can adapt to any situation. I think I have the skills and the game to succeed at that position,” Vihari was quoted as saying by TOI. https://www.crictracker.com/hanuma-vihari-targets-the-no-4-spot-in-the-indian-odi-team/ IPL can be a way into the Indian team for World Cup 2019 The Hyderabad cricketer feels that his performances in the upcoming IPL 2019 can pave a way into the Indian team bound for England and Wales. The middle-order batsman was picked by the Delhi Capitals for INR 2 crores and he will be seen in the cash-rich T20 league after a period of three years. Vihari has previously played for the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise and now sees himself in the Capitals’ team which includes Shreyas Iyer, Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, and Rishabh Pant as batting powerhouses. “The challenge for me is to perform in the IPL first. Rest depends on what the team management and the selectors think. Even with India ‘A’, in the white-ball format, I’ve done quite well. I feel I can take my game to the next level and this year’s IPL will be a perfect platform,” Vihari further said. Delhi Capitals commence IPL 2019 with their first match versus Mumbai Indians (MI) at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai on March 24.
  2. Countdown timer clocks to speed up the pace of play in Test cricket, free hits for no-balls in the longer format and the use of a standard ball in the World Test Championship are some of the radical proposals put forth by the MCC World Cricket Committee to "improve the spectacle" of the longest format. According to the MCC, the proposals, discussed last week during meetings held in Bangalore, will be tested as well as forwarded to the ICC for consideration. In an exclusive chat with ESPNcricinfo, former England captain Mike Gatting, who chairs the MCC world cricket committee, and former Australian legspinner Shane Warne, outlined the idea behind each of these proposals which are as follows. Timer Clocks to prevent time wasting A timer, to be shown on the scoreboard, to count down from 45 seconds from the call of "over". This will be increased to 60 seconds for a new batsman on strike and 80 seconds for a change of bowler. If either side is not ready to play when the clock reaches zero, they will receive a warning, with further infringements in that innings resulting in five penalty runs being awarded to the opposition. A similar timer to be used at the fall of wickets, potentially with variable times, depending on the distance from the dressing rooms to the pitch, and at drinks breaks. Batsmen and fielders should be in position before the clock reaches zero. During DRS reviews, the standard protocol should be cut short as soon as the TV production team is aware that it will be 'Not out.' For example, time is often spent trying to discern an inside edge for LBWs, only to see that the ball was missing the stumps. As soon as the ball tracking data has been loaded, if it will result in a 'Not out' decision, the TV umpire should be informed immediately. Free-hit for no-ball in Tests The MCC committee felt the free hits had been successful "deterrents" in limited overs cricket to bowling no-ball, and should be tried out in Test cricket, too. Having free hits would not only make it exciting for the fans, it would also speed up the over-rate. Warne cited an example to illustrate how free hits could prove to be an advantage. "Let's say I bowl a ball, the umpire gives it out and it's a referral. And then it's found out that I actually bowled a no-ball. One, the batsman thought he's out, but not only is he not out, but it's also a free-hit. Imagine what happens to the crowd. They go from 'Oh no, my favourite player is out' to 'No, he's not out, it's a no-ball' and 'Wow, it's a free-hit.' Imagine the excitement! "It's in there for T20s and ODIs, why not in Test cricket? It actually helps the no-ball situation too. For instance, England only bowled their first no-ball in ODIs for three years, because of the free-hits. I think it can help reduce the number of no-balls in Test cricket as well. I think it's a good change and a recommendation to the ICC, hopefully they pick it up." Dukes to be the preferred ball in Tests? Currently, SG, Kokkaburra and Dukes are the major ball manufacturers engaged by various boards. With the World Test Championship kicking off with The Ashes as the first contest this summer, the MCC has proposed to standardise the usage of balls in Test cricket, barring day-night Tests where the pink Kookaburra has been used. One of the methods proposed is to have players from around the world vote in. Also, the MCC is going to try out the red Dukes ball in Asia and see the results. According to Gatting, the choice of which ball to use ought to be based on the opinions given by current players including Indian captain Virat Kohli, who last year had been critical with the lot of SG balls used during the home Test series against West Indies. India's senior off spinner R Ashwin had also given a thumbs up to the red Dukes ball, which he used while playing in county cricket in the last few years. "You take on board what people like Virat Kohli and others say about what sort of ball they like," Gatting said. "And one would have to say that the Dukes ball has come up, and people have said that as a standard ball, maybe that's what we should be looking to get and play with. "Because it seems to have given a better balance for batsmen and bowlers even on flatter wickets. I think we should be listening to the players about this. It's not what I think, it's the players. They're going to play with it. And they've spoken out and they would like to see a standardised ball and it might well be a Dukes ball." http://www.espncricinfo.com/story/_/id/26240427/countdown-clock-free-hit-no-ball-tests The Countdown timer and the use of duke balls are good ideas. Free hits for no balls in test matches not so much.
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    4th ODI. Ind vs Aus at Mohali

    Dhawan in beast mode
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    Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2019

    U-19 player Manjot Kalra played his first match today.
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    New kit for team India

    http://www.thecricketmonthly.com/story/1175738/they-wore-it-at-the-world-cup Another article about world cup kits.
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    New kit for team India

    Here’s How The Indian Cricket Jersey Has Evolved Over The Past 30 Years https://www.scoopwhoop.com/sports/indias-odi-jersey/#.e7qumde6z 99 WC kit looks good.
  7. Indian wicketkeeper MS Dhoni could be a doubtful starter for the first ODI against Australia, after suffering an injury to his forearm during practice a day before the game at Hyderabad. The 37-year-old was reportedly hit by a delivery that bounced higher than expected and struck his right forearm, during a throwdown session by specialist Raghavendra at the Rajiv Gandhi stadium. According to PTI, the pain was visible on Dhoni's face, and he was forced out of the practice session, not taking any further part. If Dhoni sits out of the playing XI for the game in Hyderabad, India has the option of handing the keeping gloves to Rishabh Pant. Since Dinesh Karthik is not part of the ODI squad, the other backup option is KL Rahul, although he hasn't kept in one-day cricket as a specialist. A call on his selection for the first game is expected to be taken on Friday evening by the management. For Australia, Shaun Marsh won't be available for the first game, as he is in Perth for the birth of his daughter, Mabel Rose Marsh. Left-handed batsman Alex Carey will get a look in for the Australians, with Glenn Maxwell, who scored a century in the last T20I, set to get a promotion up the batting order. After a two-nil loss in the T20I series that preceded the ODIs, the Indian side will be looking to get some much-needed practice in the 50-over game, their only ODI series before the World Cup starts on May 30 in England. https://www.sportskeeda.com/cricket/india-vs-australia-2019-ms-dhoni-injured-in-nets-ahead-of-first-odi-vs-australia Good chance for Pant.
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    1st T20. Ind vs Aus at Vizag

    Bumrah what a perfomance!
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    1st T20. Ind vs Aus at Vizag

    My Team: Kohli Rahul Pant Shankar DK Krunal Dhoni Yadav Markande Chahal Bumrah
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    Team for Australia series

    My Team for Aus series Agarwal Shaw Kohli(c) Pant Shankar DK Hardik Gowtham Markande Bumrah Saini Rajpoot Krunal Gill Rahul Good chance to try out some new players
  11. Legendary Australia cricketer Shane Warne has backed Indian wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant to seal his place in the team’s squad for the ICC World Cup later this year. Warne feels that Pant can play solely as a batsman considering MS Dhoni still taking up the wicket-keeping duties. Warne went a step further and stated that Pant can open the innings with Rohit Sharma despite Shikhar Dhawan being the trusted partner of the Indian vice-captain at the top of the innings. “There has been talk if Rishabh Pant can play in the side. I think Dhoni and Pant both can play. I can’t see why Rishabh Pant can’t play as a batsman, he is outstanding,” Warne was quoted as saying by India Today. “Maybe even open the batting with Rohit Sharma. I know Shikhar Dhawan does a great job but Rishabh Pant opening the batting with Rohit Sharma could be pretty cool too for India. Go with some of these X-factor type things and tactical battles, where you surprise the opposition.” Also Read: Chief selector MSK Prasad reveals India’s most important player for 2019 World Cup Warne also said that India could tinker with their top-order in the forthcoming series against Australia. Australia’s leading wicket-taker in Tests feels that Pant should be given a chance at the top against Aaron Finch’s troops. “It could be worth throwing Rishabh Pant at the top of the order for a couple of games and see how he goes. Maybe against Australia now and experiment and see how he goes for the World Cup. Dhawan may have a role to play somewhere else. But I am really looking forward to seeing what India have because they have a lot of players who can do a lot of roles,” Warne said. India are scheduled to play two T20Is followed by five ODIs against Australia between Feb 24 to March 13. The first T20I will be played at the Dr. Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy ACA-VDCA Cricket Stadium, in Vizag. https://www.hindustantimes.com/cricket/it-would-be-pretty-cool-shane-warne-wants-rishabh-pant-to-open-innings-with-rohit-sharma/story-6ymyU3S4Ws0Ks4BuO6vjUJ.html
  12. The only match India won in that series.
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    WC slots - DK vs Pant (2nd keeper slot)

    1.Shankar - better batsman and can also bowl. 2.Dk vs Pant: Still undecided. Dk seems good as a finisher. Pant is yet to prove his talent in this format.Maybe Dhoni can be rested for the Aus series and both of them can be given chances. 3.Krunal. 4.Shaw. 5.Umesh seems the best from the worst.
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    Rest of India vs Vidarbha

    Why is Aniket Choudhary not picked? He had a great Ranji season.
  15. Games: Half-life 1 and 2 Baldurs Gate 2 Metal Gear Solid

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