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Time for the center around cricket, says Proteas captain Faf du Plessis

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Time for the center around cricket, says Proteas captain Faf du Plessis
Time for the center around cricket, says Proteas captain Faf du Plessis

Faf du Plessis wants to center on-field affairs for South Africa as it prepares to take England backward.

Cricket South Africa CEO Thabang Moro was suspended on Friday as a “precautionary step” after allegations of misconduct.

Former captain Graeme Smith is scheduled to be appointed as South Africa’s new director of cricket next week and du Plessis believes the focus should turn to play XI.

“A lot has happened, but now it’s a new beginning,” the captain was quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo.

“There is not a long time before the English series, so now it is about getting our attention back on the team, to make sure that the Test team gets all the things we need.”

Time for the center around cricket, says Proteas captain Faf du Plessis
Time for the center around cricket, says Proteas captain Faf du Plessis

The last two or three weeks have been a little difficult to stop, which is already too late, so we need to make sure in the next week that things start to get the most attention to the test team.

The last two weeks. It has not taken much notice that we will try and drive in the next week.

“Now it is about moving forward. I am a firm man of conviction that it is time that we watch as we move through all this nonsense that is happening behind the scenes. It is about making sure that the players are in cricket. Things are focused on. Now focus on what’s important, which is a Test series against England.”

“A lot of negative things have happened in the last four or five weeks, and our cricket is stable for a lot of issues all the time. We take pride in having a cricketer talk about this stuff all the time. It’s worth noting. The need is to be on cricket and to make sure that we build ourselves as a team and as an organization to be great again. “

The first Test between South Africa and England will start at Centurion from 26 December.

Virat Kohli crushes his most noteworthy ever T20I score in epic triumph over West Indies

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Virat Kohli crushes his most noteworthy ever T20I score in epic triumph over West Indies
Virat Kohli crushes his most noteworthy ever T20I score in epic triumph over West Indies

India’s skipper Virat Kohli on Friday beat his deputy Rohit Sharma’s record for most fifties in T20I as he helped India out of their highest T20I chase.

India scored 208 runs in one over to chase Kohli’s career-best 94 * runs. Kohli’s 50-ball innings took six fours and six sixes. He got a lot of support from opener KL Rahul, who scored 62 runs in 40 balls.

During his 62-run innings, Rahul completed his 1,000 runs in T20I and became the joint third-fastest to reach this milestone. Babar Azam led the table, achieving the milestone in 26 innings, followed by Virat Kohli in 27 innings. Rahul finished third with Aaron Finch, completing his 1,000 runs in 29 innings.

Kohli’s innings helped Rohit, the former vice-captain of India, who scored eight off ten balls in the run chase. Before this match, Rohit and Kohli were tied in the charts with half-centuries of 22 T20I events.

Virat Kohli crushes his most noteworthy ever T20I score in epic triumph over West Indies
Virat Kohli crushes his most noteworthy ever T20I score in epic triumph over West Indies

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Virat Kohli got off to a slow start, but after his 23rd T20I half-century, he started scoring his trademark lofted drive, and the wrist went off his pad to disappoint the West Indies.

Sir Vivian Richards praised everyone for Indian captain Virat Kohli when he played a brilliant inning to give his team a 6-wicket win over WI.

Earning praise from someone like Viv Richards is not an easy task, but not for Indian captain Virat Kohli, who is in the second tier when he is out in the middle chasing a target under pressure.

Jason Holder (24 not out off nine balls) and Dinesh Ramdin (11 not out) remained unbeaten on seven as the West Indies scored 63 runs in the final five overs.

KL Rahul becomes seventh Indian batsman to finish 1000 T20I runs

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KL Rahul becomes seventh Indian batsman to finish 1000 T20I runs
KL Rahul becomes seventh Indian batsman to finish 1000 T20I runs

Indian opener KL Rahul became the seventh Indian batsman to complete 1000 runs in the T20I format. Rahul needed 26 before the first T20I against the West Indies.

The flamboyant is currently batting on 39 and heading towards a big score. India needs to chase a big score of 208 runs and Rahul will have to move in the same way.

Earlier, the Indian captain, Virat Kohli, won the toss and decided to bowl first. Shimron Hetimer scored his first half-century in the T20I format, while Evin Lewis hit a quick 40-run knock.

West Indies captain Kirron Pollard scored 37 runs off just 19 balls to add the finishing touch. Deepak Chahar hit an innings of 56 runs in his four-over quota.

KL Rahul becomes seventh Indian batsman to finish 1000 T20I runs
KL Rahul becomes seventh Indian batsman to finish 1000 T20I runs

KL Rahul (Credit – Twitter)

Rahul would like to achieve a big milestone.

Meanwhile, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina, Shikhar Dhawan and Yuvraj Singh succeeded in achieving this feat and thus it is the best score ever for India.

Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the ongoing series against the Windies and so Rahul opened the innings with vice-captain Rohit Sharma, who was cheaply dismissed for eight.

Rahul was not in the best form in recent times, but he was able to regain his confidence in the recently concluded Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy.

The right-handed batsman scored 313 runs in eight matches at an average of 52.16 and a strike rate of 155.72.

Therefore, Rahul was instrumental in bringing Karnataka glory in the tournament. After this, Rahul would like to continue his current form internationally.

Apart from this, Rahul scored 598 runs in 11 matches of Vijay Hazare Trophy. The right-handed batsman scored at an average of 66.44 and a strike rate of 81.25. The stylish right-hander has scored six fifties and two centuries in the T20I edition.

Will Shivam Dubey Replace Hardik Pandya in the Indian squad? Comparisons are Still on!

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Hardik Pandya had suffered a back injury for which he had to undergo a surgery in England. Due to this, he will not be able to play until he has recovered completely.

Cricket, like any other sport, requires physical activities which at times lead to injuries that might take a few days to recover from or it can take a while.

In place of Hardik Pandya, Shivam Dube will play for the Indian Cricket team. Shivam Dube is an all-rounder. People are saying that Shivam Dube is here to replace Hardik Pandya, but that is not the case as cleared by Shivam Dube.

The young all-rounder says that he is not replacing Hardik Pandya. He is just representing team India in his absence.

Shivam Dube has represented India before in three T20 Internationals with the best figures. He has played against West Indies in T20.

Shivam was asked in an interview if he was replacing Hardik Pandya in the team and he said no. He said that he does not see it as an opportunity to replace Pandya, but he looks at it as an opportunity to represent India internationally. He went on to further state that he is working very hard not to let down the team.

Will Shivam Dubey Replace Hardik Pandya in the Indian squad? Comparisons are Still on!

He said that being an all-rounder, he has to work hard. He has to be good at bowling as well as batting. He says that he can go for four overs at a time. He has got significant support from the team captain, team members, and team management.

Shivam aimed at for three T20 Internationals against West Indies. Team India proved itself. They won against West Indies. Hardik Pandya is currently under rehabilitation and for the time being, Shivam Dube will represent him on the field.

It remains that Shivam Dube will not be replacing Hardik Pandya but just representing him.

Ashwin Finally Revealed Reason for Switching From Bowling to Batting

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Ravichandran Ashwin is a successful off-spinner after Harbhajan Singh. Being a fantastic bowler, Ashwin is also a decent batsman.

He holds the fifth position in ICC’s Test All-Rounder’s list. Being known for his batting skills, everyone wondered how he came into being a bowler as well.

In an interview, Ashwin said that when he first started in cricket, he wanted to be a batsman. He loved batting, and he wanted to be one of the best ones.

But then one day, he saw team India losing, and he thought to himself that he could have saved the match if he was a bowler. Then he decided to brush up and polish his bowling skill.

Yes, bowling is less attractive, and not a preferred trade but that is what team India needed. His decision was respected and encouraged by many.

Ashwin Finally Revealed Reason for Switching From Bowling to Batting

He began to experiment and made progress in his professional career. He said that his experience taught him to strike a perfect balance and then try out new things while keeping things simple.

The off-spinner has not played a single limited over for two years now, but he believes that he has grown so much as a cricketer. He says that he is more mature now. He tries to keep a clear head on the field while being as competitive as he can be.

Ashwin set his mind to be what he is today. He aims to improve himself in his profession further. The cricketers are always under pressure like any other sport, to represent their nation in healthy competition.

The team, captain, coach, and management have to go through so much hard work that is usually not out in the media.

These cricketers have to show themselves as an idol to encourage the youth to be the best version of themselves.

Indian cricketers hit on Abdul Razzaq for his statement on Jasprit Bumrah

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Irfan Pathan took to Twitter on a comment by Abdul Razzaq on Jaspreet Bumrah. He told the fans not to pay much attention to the comment and to laugh it off.

Abdul Razzaq said that in his days he would have taken on Jaspreet Bumrah. He said that he has played against great bowlers like Glenn McGrath and Wasim Akram, and Bumrah is like a bay bowler for him. He says that he could have easily dominated Bumrah in a match.

Irfan Pathan, in his tweet, brought back another comment made by former Pakistan skipper Javed Miandad in 2004.

Miandad said that bowlers like Irfan Pathan could found in any street of Pakistan. In his tweet, Pathan said that every time this street bowler played against them, they always lost. He asked the fans to ignore the comment and laugh it off.

Indian cricketers hit on Abdul Razzaq for his statement on Jasprit Bumrah

Miandad made this statement when Pakistan was hosting India for a Test series. After 24 months, Irfan Pathan became the only bowler to take a hat-trick in first over of the match in Karachi Test.

Commentator and former cricketer, Aakash Chopra, also did not let Razzaq off the hook. He said that growing old is a compulsion but growing up is a choice.

Bumrah is currently the No. 1 ranking bowler in ODIs. Bumrah is currently recovering from an injury that has kept him out of the game for a while now. He is working on his strength and fitness under Rajnikanth Sivagnanam, Delhi Capital trainer.

Bumrah might have missed the series against South Africa and Bangladesh, but he will be back for the New Zealand tour.

The comment passing has always been a part of the cricket community, and India and Pakistan have been on top of it. It is sportsmanship to recognize and appreciate the strengths of the opponent instead of calling anyone a baby bowler or a street bowler.

Chris Basham: Sheffield United star’s ascent from Newcastle to an inexpensive food specialist

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Chris Basham: Sheffield United star's ascent from Newcastle to an inexpensive food specialist
Chris Basham: Sheffield United star's ascent from Newcastle to an inexpensive food specialist

Basham in a recent interview confirmed his journey from odds to becoming a star. He said that how embarrassing the situation he had once he was thrown out from Newcastle. A letter, a piece of paper was read out loud 16 years ago by his father. And it took no time and the game had changed forever. 

He also said that the letter was read out by his father and the moment was not less than an embarrassment. Something things that hurt him more were deceived by rivals. He said in Sunderland there was a Youth system and he was part of them. 

And he was conspired by the group of rivals from that system only. He was expected to get support from them but the opposite happened. Despite of supporting him they went against him and the story  ends up with a piece a paper. It was hard for Basham to take those words from his father. 16 years ago he had to work as a food serving.

Chris Basham: Sheffield United star's ascent from Newcastle to an inexpensive food specialist
Chris Basham: Sheffield United star’s ascent from Newcastle to an inexpensive food specialist

 He said that he joined McDonald’s to work but wrapped up in foodservice. Because all that required was experienced. On Thursday he upfront to remind those things from the past. The reason was that it would be the first time he will play against Newcastle and would get a chance to prove them wrong at the decision of exile. Although that man played premier league for Boston Blackpool and now for Sheffield. What exactly his statement was in an interview will justify the facts.

“Obviously you want to prove it to them in a good way because this is a kid they released,” Basham said.

“It’s hard when you’re 16, you get released and your dad is reading a letter saying: ‘you’re done at Newcastle now son’. It was tough to take.

“It did hurt back in the day when I got released because it is a bit embarrassing in front of friends.

“I thought I could get a contract. I was one of those young lads that were full of energy, but a bit smaller and not as developed as the other boys. I probably needed a bit more time so that’s why I think it didn’t happen.

“I went to McDonald’s and worked there but it is all about the experience. To go from serving fast food, it’s a big turn around and a dream come true to play in the Premier League.

“It’s been a long road back to the Premier League and I couldn’t be any happier at Sheffield United.”

Arizona Women’s’ Basketball’s 3-point Shooting Has Improved As Trusted

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Arizona Women's' Basketball's 3-point Shooting Has Improved As Trusted
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The asset of any dream team is to score well in the game and Arizona women’s basketball team is no exception when it comes to playing with their heads held high. Yes they have performed well in their recent games and their performance has become great and an increase in their score has been seen by 36%.

The match was held against the new Mexico team where they played to their might and improved their performance. The win was a long shot. The score that was at the end of the game recorded was 85-38. The team has been busting their arse off and the result showed this Sunday as they worked beautifully and covered the high ground by shooting the 3s. Their score from last year increased big time and their improvement was seen in the scores they have got and the performance.

Arizona Women's' Basketball's 3-point Shooting Has Improved As Trusted
Arizona Women’s’ Basketball’s 3-point Shooting Has Improved As Trusted

The performance improved from 30% to 46%. The Wildcats are currently on the 29th spot in the country with an average score of 28.5. They are right now on the higher spot currently in this season which has improved better than that of the last one. The main reason to score this well is because of the 3s that they have succeeded in scoring which made them ahead.

However, the main contribution toward their accomplishment is made by Aari McDonald whose goal percentage is alone 55%. The percentage of a score of McDonald’s has raised from 42% and it has created a huge difference. Freshmen like Tara Manumaleuga, Mara Mote and Helena Pueyo had also contributed toward making them win the match as they did what they had to do fast as they secured 19 for 41 (.463) from behind the arc.

Improvisation was seen in the performance of returners like Reese, Sam Thomas, and Dominique McBryde too as they scored 58% better than they did in the last season. All the players contributed to the winning of the team.

Recently selected Premier League CEO David Pemsel leaves before beginning the job

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David Pemsel steps down and resigns before starting his job as the Chief Executive of the Premier League in less than two months. The decision was made after his personal life was not just scattered in front of people but also got run over. 

The Sun, a website that published a series of text conversations between David Pemsel and a former female colleague later removed the photographs and the news from their website. But by then the texts that were sent to the young lady by the 51year old Pemsel.

People had been asking the Premier League for the removal of Pemsel after the controversy. David Pemsel was announced as the next CEO on October 2nd, which was the third time someone was approached for the post after Richard Scudamore’s resignation almost 18 months ago.

Meanwhile, Richard Masters continues to be the interim CEO until someone is finalized. Liked for his style- straightforward and full of integrity and married to a known face of an ad agency, David Pemsel hasn’t commented anything on the matter yet.

Recently selected Premier League CEO David Pemsel leaves before beginning the job
Recently selected Premier League CEO David Pemsel leaves before beginning the job


According to the reports that came out later, was that the bosses at the organization had held an urgent meeting for crisis management and crisis talk. After which the organization released a statement on the 29th of November 2019, the football organization Premier League reported that after the controversy, media reports and the meeting with David Pemsel, has now accepted his resignation and thus will not be joining as the Chief executive of Premier League.

Ever since, Scudamore’s resignation 18 months ago, the organization has been looking for a replacement. This was their third attempt which again became unsuccessful and now the organization is back at hunting for a new CEO.

Anthony Davis drives the NBA in Squares per game, and it’s been a key piece of the Lakers’ protection

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The first season of NBA is nearly coming to an end and Los Angeles seems to have retained the best defensive rating throughout the league, thanks to their shot-block tall players.

The Lakers have an upper hand with Anthony Davis leading the NBA in the total number of 38 blocked shots. What adds up to their power is having Dwight Howard and JaVale McGee ranked at 21 and 22 positions respectively.  No other team in the entire league seems to have a trio ranked among the top 25 in blocks.

At present, the Lakers are averaging 7.5 blocks per match. Last time they gave the same average of blocks back in the year 1973.

The team is additionally ranked at number 7 in the NBA for their defensive skills allowing 103.1 points per 100 possessions. All thanks to their seasoned player Anthony Davis and defensive dominance.

Anthony Davis drives the NBA in Squares per game, and it’s been a key piece of the Lakers’ protection

If we go by the Synergy, Anthony is in the 95th perceptive among the best blocks of the league and that is actually very crazy. However, as crazy as it sounds, Davis is actually the strength of the lakers. It an actually compare all the players participating in NBA, Davis stands at second position for his best defends with 40%.

Talking about various block techniques including pick & rolls, defenses, fast-break or isolation, Anthony Davis gets puts his skills on display in numerous ways and most of them come from the help defense. The player is always there to lend his hand as a help to other defenders of his team.

The next goal on the player’s list is to win the Defensive Player of the Year (DPOY) award. Although it is too early to say if he can actually bag this award under this name, he is undoubtedly a deserving candidate to be on the list of nominated players for this award.