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Most veteran England cricketers and experts refused to pick India as favourites for the rescheduled fifth Test at the Edgbaston Cricket Ground despite the visitors having a 2-1 lead against England in the 2021/22 Pataudi Trophy series. England’s recent win against ICC World Test champions New Zealand, in a dominant fashion, under their new head coach Brendon McCullum and the talks around the ‘Bazball’ concept saw former England cricketers put their team ahead in the all-important tie. But the hosts struggled both with the ball and with the bat as India remained in complete control of the Test match in…

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After an impressive last couple of years that saw Ravindra Jadeja’s rise as one of the best all-rounders across formats, he had a forgettable start to 2022 which while saw him being named as the new Chennai Super Kings captain at the start of IPL 2022, the 33-year-old also lost his role after then defending champions’ horror start to the season. Jadeja was later ruled out of the entire season with an injury and did not play in any of the T20I matches for India last month. But he made a superb return to the sport with his third Test…

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Under the heroics of Rishabh Pant’s record knock of 146 and Jasprit Bumrah’s rare all-round brilliance, Ravindra Jadeja’s batting feat got overshadowed. But the all-rounder, who was making his comeback to the sport after the Chennai Super Kings captaincy debacle, played a crucial role in India amassing 416 runs in the first innings against England in the Edgbsaton Test. Besides ably supporting Pant as the sixth-wicket pair added a record 222-run stand, Jadeja also notched up his third Test century. And following the knock on Saturday, Jadeja gave a savage reply to James Anderson’s comment on his batting, while recalling…

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The Edgbaston Test lost more overs on Day 2 than on the opening day, but nothing hampered India’s intention in the rescheduled fifth Test against England as they remained in complete control. And while it was Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja who helped India take Day 1 honours with their respective knocks, it was was India skipper Jasprit Bumrah at helm on Day 2. He picked 3 for 55 as Bumrah rattled the England top order single-handedly to go 5 down at Stumps on Day 2, but much before his usual act, the captain handed Stuart Broad a nightmarish over…

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Team India reached a strong score of 416 in the first innings of the rescheduled fifth Test against England in Birmingham. Wicketkeeper-batter Rishabh Pant top-scored for India with a brilliant knock of 146, while all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja also scored a century (106). During the closing stages of the Indian innings, Jasprit Bumrah (31*) broke Brian Lara’s world record for most runs in a single over in Tests, smashing Stuart Broad for 29 runs. Broad eventually gave away 35 runs in the over including extras.India, then, made a strong start with the ball with Bumrah shining again, as he removed the…

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It was Jasprit Bumrah’s day on Saturday at Edgbaston as India remained on top in the fifth and final Test match of the series against England. While it was expected for the India skipper to do damage with the ball, which he did in top-class fashion, picking three of the five England wickets that fell so far in the first innings. But much before his usual act, Bumrah pulled off the unthinkable as he smashed 35 runs against Stuart Broad to break Brian Lara’s 19-year-old record for most runs scored in an over in Test cricket and the West Indies…

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With the exception of the pandemic-stricken 2020, every year in the last decade has seen a superhero or franchise film become the top-grossing film of the year. It’s a list populated by Marvel and Star Wars films, and Frozen ($1.2 billion in 2013). Hurray for Disney, I guess. But 2022 is out to change the status quo. The year has seen the release of several big franchise films. First came Robert Pattinson and his eyeliner in The Batman. Then, Benedict Cumberbatch took fans on a weird ride through the Multiverse, and finally Chris Pratt brought the OG gang back for…

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There is the hit-the-deck kind of delivery that can set up the most rip-roaring bowled and leg-before dismissals, but in England nothing trumps the satisfaction of making the batter chase the ball. On a rain-truncated day at Edgbaston, Jasprit Bumrah conjured that trick thrice—twice off balls that weren’t supposed to be bowled in the first place—to prick the confidence England have built in less than a month. Slips coming into the picture every time, Bumrah delivered just the touch of thrill this Test needed before Mohammed Siraj steamed in to remove the crutch England always lean on when he enticed…

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In the previous Test Ravindra Jadeja played in England, the fourth game of this series at The Oval, questions were raised over why he was promoted ahead of Ajinkya Rahane in both the innings? Yes, the left-hander always got important runs when the team needed, but was not a specialist batter while Rahane also had copybook technique and controlled stroke-play. The debate didn’t stop despite India’s win for a 2-1 lead before Covid halted the series.Ten months on, Jadeja scored a brilliant hundred in the first innings of the fifth Test at Edgbaston. He not only rescued his team, but…

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Dinesh Karthik captained India for the first time in his international career in the warm-up T20 match against Derbyshire on Monday, leading a similar outfit to the one which won the series against Ireland 2-0 last week. While Karthik has led Tamil Nadu and Kolkata Knight Riders in the past, this was the first time he got the opportunity to captain an Indian team in his 18-year long career.Following the match, a 7-wicket win, Karthik took to Twitter to express his pride and gratitude at having been given that opportunity. Karthik said, “Have been around for many years but this…

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