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Should England's Batsmen & Batting Coaches Have Consulted Gavaskar How To Play Spin?

INDIA V ENGLAND | PAYTM TEST SERIES | 3RD TEST - NARENDRA MODI STADIUM | MOTERA, AHMEDABAD | GUJARAT DAY 1 REVIEW England's  batsmen, including their impressive-against-spin captain Joe Root succumbed to a common theme - caught at the crease - while playing spin during their first innings batting in this pink-ball Test. They chose to bat and crumbled to 112 all out to the guile of local hero Axar Patel and now spin wizard Ravichandran Ashwin. It's not clear how many batsmen from this English side paid heed to " How Do You Play Spin Bowling?", a video released on March 13, 2019 by the England & Wales Cricket Board.  This video shows England's current assistant batting coach Graham Thorpe, who's touring with this team and is in Ahmedabad, sharing his " Batting Masterclass " captioned " Graham Thorpe's Batting Tips ". See video here: ECB's teaser also asks: "Ready to be the next superstar batsman? Watch Graham Thorpe's t

India Lose Toss Yet Going For A Win Facing 5 Concerns In Pink-Ball Test; Sundar 11th In, Eng Lose 3rd Wicket

INDIA V ENGLAND | PAYTM TEST SERIES | 3RD TEST - SARDAR PATEL STADIUM | MOTERA, AHMEDABAD | GUJARAT PREVIEW Pulls off brilliant catches & stumpings 👍 Hits big sixes with ease 💪 @RishabhPant17 now has some fun with the drone camera. 👌👌 @Paytm #INDvENG #TeamIndia — BCCI (@BCCI) February 23, 2021   India have lost the crucial toss in the 3rd Test, their second pink-ball match at home, but turned it into a huge advantage when Ishant Sharma, playing his 100th Test and the other Sharma, Rohit combined to send back England opening bat Dom Sibley. Local boy Axar Patel, intelligently brought into the attack by captain Virat Kohli in the 7th over, struck with his opening delivery, removing England's reliable Jonny Bairstow.  Ravichandran Ashwin increased the pain for England when he sent back their skipper Joe Root, leaving the visitors on 74 for 3. "We are gonna bat first. Hopefully, we will get a big score like the first Test. Hoping the wicket

Naomi Osaka Is Setting An Example For Peers With These 5 Traits

TENNIS - AUS OPEN Three-time Grand Slam singles champion Naomi Osaka, 23, could have been representing the United States.  Instead she's now recognized as the first Asian to hold the world No 1 ranking in women's singles owing to her Japanese citizenship. Two major developments during early stages of her life decided her citizenship. Firstly, the United States Tennis Association (USTA) showed little interest in helping nurture her talent. When they eventually did, Naomi had turned 16 and declined their offer.  According to their parents -- mother Tamaki from Hakkaido and father  Leonard François, an American of Haitian origin --  Naomi and her older sister Mari, also a professional tennis player, always felt Japanese.  The fact is, both were given their mother's maiden family name Osaka, that's the name of the large Japanese port city and commercial center on the island of Honshu. This move was done so that their mother's marriage and the tennis players' births

Contrasting Win-Loss Fate For Longtime Friends Maxwell, Finch At IPL 2021 Auction With RCB

 IPL 2021 AUCTION They have been flatmates in Melbourne, have played together for over a decade, initially for their state Victoria, then for the baggy green cap. And both, Glenn Maxwell and his Australia T20 skipper Aaron Finch were released by their respective Indian Premier League teams after the 13th edition got over in November 2020 in the United Arab Emirates.  The release, announced in January 2021 by the eight teams competing in the IPL, also had other big names including Steve Smith.  On Thursday, 18 February 2021, Maxwell who was let go by Kings XI Punjab (now Punjab Kings) became the X-Factor purchase for the IPL trophy-less Royal Challengers Bangalore, led by all-format India skipper Virat Kohli.  Maxwell's price: A whopping Rupees 14.25 crore (about U.S.$2 million).  Finch's price: Unsold (IPL future literally over).  Finch was dumped by RCB, who splashed out a large fund from their kitty for allrounder Maxwell instead. Their story makes interesting reading. They

IPL 2021 Player Auction: All Eyes On 11 Top Draws And 282 Others

IPL 2021 PLAYER AUCTION Mini Auction for the 14th edition of the IPL today (18 Feb, 2021) at the ITC Grand Chola Hotel in Chennai Time:  Starts 3PM, IST   Telecast:  On Star Sports Network & Live streaming on Hotstar Although 11 of the biggest ticketed players will be in the spotlight the moment the first hammer is struck at the IPL Auction 2021 for the 14th edition of the league, surprises and shock are expected because this'll be a mini auction. The Covid-19 pandemic and prospect of adding new teams to the league in the 15th edition in 2022 are two major reasons that are doing the rounds as cause for this mini auction. The top five purpose of the eight competing teams in vying for players in this auction are:  1. Finding a player / players who'll help balance the team dynamic after releasing and retaining players in January 2021.  These balance requirements vary from need for a finisher, an X factor, a wicket-keeper, left arm bowler, death overs bowler, or even a potenti

Victorious Team India Riding On 5 Successful Corporate Management Team Characteristics

INDIA V ENGLAND | PAYTM TEST SERIES | 2ND TEST | CHEPAUK, CHENNAI  DAY 4 REVIEW Ravichandran Ashwin deservedly walked away with the Player of the Match honor for his 8 for 96 and 106 in the match, Rohit Sharma rightly with the game changer award for his 161 when India batted first that set the stage for complete domination over England.  However, a resurgent display of collective effort following a huge loss has gained the spotlight once again, after a similar act in Australia.  The 1-all series result in this 4-Test series became apparent after England's first innings folded on 134. The stranglehold increased resulting in a whopping 317-run defeat for the Joe Root-led team. Anand Mahindra, chairman of the automotive-to-Information Technology Mahindra Group that has presence in 100 countries, commended Virat Kohli and his victorious men with: "So our team members have confirmed their competence in scriptwriting as well as sports...From the ashes of defeat to the roar of victo