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IANS-CVoter Snap Poll: Cricket remains the most popular sport in India
The poor form and performance of the big stars also seemed to play a role in the seeming decline of popularity of cricket as a sport in the country. Besides, the excellent performance of Indian athletes and sportspersons in other sports suggested that there is more to sports than just cricket. Some cynics and pessimists have already made doomsday forecasts that cricket will soon stop becoming an obsession with fans as they switch to other genres of sports and entertainment.
IND v SA: Pant happy on being made skipper; wants to make most of opportunity
As Pant made his way through to address his first press conference on the eve of his India captaincy debut at his home ground Arun Jaitley Stadium, the 24-year-old was happy on being made the captain and acknowledged the not-so-ideal situation the leadership duties came to him.
Players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and K.L Rahul need to decide their roles in the team: Kapil Dev
The 1983 world cup-winning captain said that players like Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and K.L Rahul need to decide whether they want to play the role of an anchor or striker. "Reputation is quite big and maybe, the pressure is too much but that shouldn't be the case. You have to play fearless cricket. All these players (Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma and K.L Rahul) can play at a 150-160 strike rate. They are such big players, but when the time comes to score runs, they all get out.
Win against New Zealand massively important but going to be a long ride: Ben Stokes
"It was massively important but it's going to be a long ride. It's not going to happen overnight, we'll have tough times, no doubt. But it's about how we respond. The way that Leesy (Alex Lees) came out and played yesterday, it was only 20 but it was the best he'd looked in an England shirt," said Stokes after the match.
CLOSE-IN: The new high-octane cricket spectators
The new-found spectators view the match as a spectacle. They have become lazy as viewers as they have the option of watching the live incidents of the ground a few minutes later on the big screens. The interesting viewers are the VIPs and those in the corporate boxes, who are there to get seen and for social interaction for a business or a financial deal.
Nothing wrong with Virat's technique, sometimes you also need a bit of luck: Azhar
However, Azhar felt it's a matter of time before Kohli rediscovers his form, adding that just one century for the cricketer will get him firing again. Kohli has endured a long lean path, having not scored a century since November 2019 in any of the three formats. He then endured a poor IPL 2022 season, scoring 341 runs from 16 matches at 22.73, even though he is the highest-ever run-getter in a single IPL season, when he scored 973 in 2016 for Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Anderson, Broad in England's Playing XI for first Test vs New Zealand
The England side will see seamer Matthew Potts make his Test debut, as the 23-year-old becomes the 704th men's Test capped player for the country. New England skipper Ben Stokes will bat at No.6, with Joe Root to return to his preferred position at No.4, a move that will also likely bolster the middle-order.
Test cricket on downward trend, England can really change it: Brendon McCullum
McCullum, the former New Zealand captain, has been appointed head coach of the England men's red-ball team in a bid to improve their sagging fortunes in the format, with just one win in the last 17 matches. His first assignment coincidentally will be against New Zealand, in a three-match series starting from Lord's on June 2.
Eoin Morgan "absolutely delighted" to have Matthew Mott on board as England's white-ball coach
Last week, Mott was appointed as England men's white-ball coach, which also meant him leaving his position as head coach of the Australia women's team after a highly successful seven years in charge. Mott led Australia to victory in the ICC Women's Cricket World Cup in New Zealand this year apart from winning Women's T20 World Cups in 2018 and 2020. Under Mott, Australia has a record 26-match winning streak in women's ODIs that ran from 2018 to 2021 apart from remaining undefeated in women's Ashes.
Cricketing world reacts in shock after Andrew Symonds dies in car crash
A host of former Australian team-mates and international cricketers took to social media to share their sympathies surrounding the loss of the 46-year-old Symonds. Former Australian wicketkeeper Adam Gilchrist and fast bowler Jason Gillespie -- who both played alongside Symonds at the 2003 World Cup -- expressed their shock at the news.