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No Virat Kohli! Just One Indian Star Included As Jos Buttler Picks Dream ODI Team



England cricket team star Jos Buttler picked his dream five-a-side ODI team and just one Indian cricket team batter was able to make the cut. Buttler did not include Virat Kohli but instead went with the India skipper Virat Kohli. When it comes to the batters, Buttler included South Africa’s Quinton De Kock along with Rohit and picked Australia’s Glenn Maxwell as the all-rounder option. In the bowling department, he went for South Africa pacer Andrich Nortje and his England teammate Adil Rashid.

Adil Rashid (England)

184 ODI wickets at an average of 32.41, economy 5.67

11 Cricket World Cup wickets at an average 47.81, economy of 5.71

Adil’s was Buttler’s first selection- tipped to enjoy a successful trip to India next month as England attempt to defend their title.

Back in 2019, the leg-spinner got 11 scalps in his debut World Cup on home soil, including figures of 3/54 (10) against Australia, 3/66 (10) when taking on Afghanistan. His economy was under five an over against New Zealand in the final, where the side eventually lifted the trophy.

Rashid will be aiming to enjoy India’s spin-friendly conditions and comes into the tournament boasting strong form, going 10 ODI matches on the trot taking at least one wicket.

In the last 10 ODIs, Rashid has taken 22 wickets at an average of 22.72, at an economy of 5.95, taking a wicket every 23 deliveries. He could pass the 200 wickets milestone during the tournament, with 16 more scalps to go.

Quinton de Kock

6,178 ODI runs at 44.75, Strike Rate 95.75

450 Cricket World Cup runs at 30.00, Strike Rate 85.55

190 catches, 16 stumpings

18 catches, 1 stumping

The 30-year-old is pulling down the curtains on his ODI career after the Cricket World Cup, but his threat as a match-winner is still widely recognized ahead of Proteas campaign in India.

He strikes close to a run-a-ball in the 50-over format, de Kock’s average of 44.75 is great, considering the new ball challenges at the top of the order and his aggressive, high-risk approach with the bat.

At World Cups, de Kock has not made a huge score. He made three half-centuries at the 2019 tournament, including a knock of 68 (74) against England and 52 (51) against Australia in a winning effort.

Rohit Sharma

10,031 ODI runs at an average of 48.69, Strike Rate 90.26

978 Cricket World Cup runs at an average of 65.20, Strike Rate 95.97

Having recently 10,000 ODI runs, the Indian skipper’s 2019 Cricket World Cup campaign is fresh in everyone’s memory. Bouncing back from the heartbreak of missing India’s 2011 squad, Rohit showed glimpses of his class with 137 (126) against Bangladesh and also two half-centuries at the 2015 tournament.

The 2019 campaign for Rohit exceeded everyone’s expectations, blasting five centuries, including three tons in successive knocks against England, Bangladesh and Sri Lanka. He scored 648 runs in the tournament with five tons and a fifty, ending up as leading run-scorer in the tournament.

Rohit will most likely pass 1,000 runs in Cricket World Cup matches, with his average of 65.20 only bettered by one player to cross four four figures – South Africa’s AB de Villiers.

Glenn Maxwell

3,490 ODI runs at an average of 33.88, Strike Rate 124.82

501 runs at an average of 38.53, Strike Rate 169.25

60 ODI wickets at an average of 50.23, economy 5.56

6 wickets at an average of 85.50, Economy 5.89

Highly regarded as a match-winner both with ball and bat, Maxwell was acknowledged by his English rival, and will be key for Australia in Indian conditions.

At Cricket World Cup 2019, Maxwell was not blessed with a lot of opportunities with the bat, mostly taking to the crease in death-over situations, but in 2015 campaign, Maxwell stepped up. He made a swashbuckling 102 (53) against Sri Lanka in Sydney, as well as quick-fire half-centuries against Afghanistan and England on the road to lifting the trophy.

Churning runs out through the middle and death overs with the bat, Maxwell will also be useful with his off-spin and could be taking a greater responsibility on slower pitches.

Anrich Nortje

36 ODI wickets at an average of 27.27, economy 5.85

Yet to play at a Cricket World Cup

Battling Anrich Nortje is a headache, and Buttler knows first hand, dismissed by the Proteas quick in their first meeting in the ODI format back in January.

Nortje’s plan of hitting back of the length brought Buttler undone in Bloemfontein, who edged to Quinton de Kock. Buttler has scored only 19 runs off 15 balls against Nortje in the format aside from the dismissal.

Ruled out with a hand injury for the 2019 tournament, the 2023 competition was supposed to be his first WC, but he was ruled out of the squad due to an injury again.

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Singapore Open: PV Sindhu, HS Prannoy Enter 2nd Round, Lakshya Sen Crashes Out




Star shuttlers PV Sindhu and HS Prannoy progressed to the second round but Lakshya Sen went down fighting to world No. 1 Viktor Axelsen at the Singapore Open Super 750 Badminton Tournament here on Wednesday. Sindhu had last won a BWF title at Singapore two years back and she entered the tournament after signing off with a runner-up finish at Thailand Open last week. Up against world no. 21 Line Hojmark Kjaersfeldt of Denmark, the Indian registered a 21-12 22-20 win in a 44-minute opening round encounter to set up a mouth-watering battle against Rio Olympic champion Carolina Marin of Spain.

World No. 3 Marin has an overwhelming 11-5 record against the Indian. The last time the two clashed, it turned out to be an ill-tempered match at Denmark Open which saw both players receiving yellow cards for verbal exchanges.

World No. 10 Prannoy then quelled a spirited challenge from Julien Carraggi, ranked 45, of Belgium 21-9 18-21 21-9 to set up a meeting with Japan’s Kenta Nishimoto next.

Commonwealth Games bronze medallist pair of Treesa Jolly and Gayatri Gopichand notched up a 21-7 21-14 win over Cheng Yu-Pei and Sun Yu Hsing of Chinese Taipei to make a good start in women’s doubles.

However world No. 14 Lakshya, who will be making his Olympic debut at the Paris Games, fought hard but went out of steam after the change of ends in the decider to go down 13-21 21-16 13-21 in 62 minutes against Axelsen, who won his first title of the season at Thailand Open last week.

Kidambi Srikanth’s opening round match ended in agony as he retired due to a knee injury after lagging 14-21 3-11 against Japan’s fifth seed Kodai Naraoka.

In other results, Olympic-bound women’s combination of Tanisha Crasto and Ashwini Ponnappa lost 21-18 19-21 19-21 to Ukraine’s Polina Buhrova and Yevheniia Kantemyr, while men’s pair of Krishna Prasad Garage and Sai Pratheek K suffered a 16-21 22-24 loss to second seeded Chinese Liang Wei Keng and Wang Chang.

B Sumeeth Reddy and N Sikki Reddy lost 18-21 19-21 to Malaysia’s Goh Soon Huat and Lai Shevon Jemie in mixed doubles, while Venkat Gaurav Prasad and Juhi Dewangan lost 8-21 8-21 against Mads Vestergaard and Christine Busch in another match.

Sindhu vs Line

Sindhu held a 3-0 head-to-head count against Line but things started on an even note as the two were tied 8-8 at one stage before the Indian grabbed a two-point advantage at the break with a fine drop shot.

The Indian moved to 16-11 with some quick points as Line made too many unforced errors during the testing rallies. Sindhu soon held eight game points and converted it with a straight return.

After the change of sides, Sindhu continued the momentum to open up a 5-1 lead before taking an 11-7 cushion at the interval, with Line finding the net.

However, the Dane slowly clawed back at 14-14 and stood four points away from taking the match to the decider, but Sindhu stepped up the pace in time to dash her hopes as she reeled off six straight points to seal the win.

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‘I Will Not Lie…’: Virat Kohli Recalls Feelings Before World Cup Debut Match In 2011




Virat Kohli the first and only Indian to score a century on his World Cup debut.© AFP

Virat Kohli is the global face of Indian cricket and will be ready to take on the new challenge that the 2024 T20 World Cup will bring with it. As part of the build up to the upcoming competition, Kohli talked about how he felt before making his World Cup debut against Bangladesh in the 2011 World Cup. The star Indian batter certainly made his debut in style as he stitched on a 203-run partnership with Virender Sehwag on his way to becoming the first and only Indian to score a century on his World Cup debut. He scored an unbeaten 100 in 83 deliveries and took Team India’s score to 370 which ultimately led to a 87 run victory.

“It was against Bangladesh in Dhaka, my first game and I was nervous. Yes, I will not lie. There is a different sense of excitement in the air when you come for a World Cup and I could obviously sense that. I was the youngest member of that team and I was getting to play with all these greats of Indian cricket in a World Cup game.

“For me it was definitely a moment where I was a bit nervous heading into the game and definitely the night before I was quite nervous but that is a good sign as well because your body is preparing you to enter a situation where you’re alert, you’re not taking things for granted. I think that nervousness helped me to be aware, be alert and be absolutely precise in the execution of my plans,” said Kohli on Star Sports.

The former Indian skipper has been one of the best batsmen in all formats but his T20 World Cup exploits are second to none. He is the leading run scorer in the history of the tournament having scored 1141 runs in 25 innings taking his average to be an unbelievable 81.50.

India will face Bangladesh in a warm-up game on June 1 as a part of their preparation in the T20 World Cup set to be held in the USA and West Indies.

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PSG Refused To Pay Kylian Mbappe Salary And Bonus Worth 80 million Euros: Report




Paris Saint-Germain have not paid Kylian Mbappe his wages for April as well as a mega-bucks bonus amid a financial dispute between the club and the player as he prepares to leave the French champions, sources close to the talks told AFP on Wednesday. PSG’s decision to withhold Mbappe’s salary is related to an agreement between the two parties made last year, at the start of the season, when the player accepted to waive part of a bonus due to him, the source said.

However, the source stated the talks between the club and the France captain were “relaxed” and that there was hope of reaching “a positive conclusion”.

“Everything is being sorted out,” the source said without confirming the amount of money due to Mbappe.

However, another source contacted by AFP said PSG had also decided not to pay Mbappe a bonus owed, meaning the amount of money in question totalled some 80 million euros ($86.8m), confirming figures reported by sports daily L’Equipe.

The same source said the club had decided not to make the payments without warning Mbappe and without an agreement being reached between the parties.

Neither Mbappe’s entourage nor PSG immediately responded when contacted by AFP for comment.

Mbappe’s contract expires on June 30 and he has already confirmed he will leave PSG after seven years, with Real Madrid expected to be his next destination.

The two camps admitted at the beginning of this year Mbappe had agreed to waive part of a huge bonus that was due to him in order to be reinstated to the PSG squad after he was frozen out of the team at the beginning of the season.

The total amount of these bonuses is between 60 and 70 million euros, according to a source close to the club.

Waiving that sum was seen as a way of Mbappe helping PSG recoup some money given that they will not receive a transfer fee for the 25-year-old when he departs.

However, another source said Mbappe did in fact receive that bonus in February.

Mbappe signed his last contract with PSG in 2022, a two-year deal worth some 72 million euros before tax.

On top of that there was a stratospheric signing-on fee of 150 million euros, to be paid in three instalments, and a loyalty bonus of 70 million euros for the first year and 80 million euros for the second year.

In addition, he would have received a further 90 million euros had he agreed to take up the option of staying for a third year, according to the daily Le Parisien.

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