Pretty Clear About Our World Cup XI – Virat Kohli

After the defeat 3-2 in ODI series against Australia, Virat Kohli wasn’t offering any excuses. Trying different combinations in the series needed effort and time keeping the World Cup in the mind. He also said nobody in the dressing room was ‘panic’ after losing an ODI series at home just before the World Cup, as they were “pretty clear” about the XI for the world tournament. Indian fans are hoping for their team to win the trophy this year and booking their Cricket World Cup Tickets.

Pretty Clear About Our World Cup XI – Virat Kohli
Pretty Clear About Our World Cup XI – Virat Kohli

“Just because we know the things that we were wanting to do in these last three games, but purely because now it’s just that in the pressure moments, they [Australia] showed more composure than us.

“As a side, combination-wise, we are pretty good condition. Maximum one change, you’ll get to see condition-based. But other than that, the XI we want to play, we are pretty sure about it.”

In the final match, India went in with five pure bowling options by leaving out Rahul for Mohammed Shami and played Ravindra Jadeja at No.7. Kohli didn’t offer to test as a reason for India granting the series after being 2-0 up.

“And you have not tried that anywhere else apart from those three games. That is no reason at all because we believe to raise our standard of cricket. The change in playing XI is not a reason. It will never be a reason. But we used these three games to give game time to guys who we think are good as much as necessary to perform at this level.”

Kohli also denied charging the dew, which hindered the bowlers above all in the fourth ODI in Mohali, for India’s series defeat and instead credited Australia for dealing with stress much better than the hosts did.

“We’ve given the liability to the player to be smart and to inform the management of the franchise and be in touch with Patrick, our physio,” Kohli said.

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Duminy to retire from ODIs after World Cup

JP Duminy will play his final ODI in South Africa against Sri Lanka on Saturday after announcing that he will retire from the ODI format after the World Cup in England later this year. He will continue to be available for T20 Internationals.

Duminy to retire from ODIs after World Cup
Duminy to retire from ODIs after World Cup

He has already announced his retirement from Test and first-class cricket in 2017 to put more focus on his ODI and test game, feels  “the time is right” to finalise his career of an international career

Saturday’s match will be a fitting farewell for an honourable player in front of the avid local fans at a place to calls home –  Duminy has played all of his domestic cricket for teams based in his province Cape Town. The game will be Duminy’s 194th in this format for South Africa in an international career that started I 2004 when he made his ODI debut against Sri Lanka in Colombo. Fans cannot wait to get their Cricket World Cup Tickets to watch this thrilling competition.

“The last few months on the sidelines have given me an opportunity to re-assess my career going forward and to plot some goals I’d like to achieve in the future, Duminy said. “While this is never an easy decision, I  also feel that it is the right time for me to pass on the baton. I will still be available to play international and domestic T20 cricket, but would also like to invest more time towards my growing family, who are my number one priority.”

“I have been prosperous to live out my dream playing a sport I love, and I am forever obliged for the support  I have received from my team-mates, coaches, family, friends  and fans all through the year.”

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Usman Khawaja Makes an Utterance and a Strong Case for The World Cup

After bans on Steve Smith and David Warner, Khawaja has made a strong case for World Cup selection. Fans have bought their Cricket World Cup Tickets and looking forward to Australia to perform well in the tournament.

Usman Khawaja Makes an Utterance and a Strong Case for The World Cup
Usman Khawaja Makes an Utterance and a Strong Case for The World Cup

Khawaja is in his best physical shape. He is controlled against pace and spin alike. He has been scoring runs for fun in India: 38, 50, 104, 91, 100. His total of 383 runs in five innings at an average of 76.60 is his best-ever in an ODI series.

No ODI hundreds antecedent to this tour to shrugging off nearly three in three innings, Khawaja has struck such rich from that Shaun Marsh, Australia’s best ODI batsman in the past year, can’t find a place in the eleven.

It has been some repudiation for Khawaja, and you knew it meant so much to him when he emotionally celebrated his hundred that set the scene for Australia sewing up their ODI series win in India in ten years. Khawaja raised his helmet, pumped his flat animatedly, concede the cheering from the dressing room and hugged Peter Handscomb, who has also raised his ODI game to a new plan on this tour.

When the wrist spinner Kuldeep Yadav fired his stock ball on off – or just a shade outside – Khawaja learned back, allowed the ball to turn, and deftly guided it through extra cover with soft hands.

“Look, one day at a time. I am not looking too far ahead. Nobody knows what the next day might bring”

In UAE, after bedding in, Khawaja got on top of the spinners with a variety of sweeps and regular advances down the pitch. He has followed a similar format in India and it was on bright display when the series was on the line in Delhi.

“Jadeja’s bowling to Finch was beauty, it clasped and turned, “Khawaja said at the post-match press conference. “It was the games when the spinners come into the game, you have to have enough areas to score. We’ve to respect the good balls too.

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No Decision Made About India-Pakistan World Cup Match: Vinod Rai

Chief of BCCI’s Committee of Administrators, Vinod Rai, on Friday stated that the Indian Cricket Board has not made a decision, one way or the other, about playing Pakistan at the 2019 World Cup.

No Decision Made About India-Pakistan World Cup Match: Vinod Rai
No Decision Made About India-Pakistan World Cup Match: Vinod Rai

There have been gossips of India possibly relinquish the June 16 encounter at Manchester in the wake of the Pulwama militant attack where over 40 Indian soldiers were killed after a suicide bomber crashed into their group in Kashmir. The occasion has triggered a strong public reaction in India. However, Rai confirmed that any decision on the scheduled World Cup game would be made in discussion with the government of India So, people are confused about buying Cricket World Cup Tickets of Pak vs Ind match.

“No decision yet on India’s match against Pakistan in the World Cup,” Rai said after a meeting. ” We are in talks with the government on scheduled India-Pakistan collide in the World Cup.”

While Rai made no point out of seeking a specific ban on Pakistan at the World Cup, as was widely reported, a letter signed by BCCI CEO Rahul Johri was addressed to Shashank Manohar (ICC Chairman), Dave Richardson (ICC CEO), Colin Graves (ECB Chairman) and Steve Elworthy (Managing Director of the World Cup), expressing BCCI’s concerns and sentiments rising in the result of the terrorist attack.

“BCCI urges the cricketing community to sever ties with countries from which terrorism exhale,” the letter went on to state.

For this, the BCCI has made the decision to call off the regular opening ceremony ahead of the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League, with the finances of the ceremony instead redirected to Pulwama martyrs. “We’ll not have a normal IPL opening ceremony and the amount of the budget for the opening ceremony will be given to families of the victims of this terror attack,” Rai said.

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Hafeez Dropped From Squad But Still Part of World Cup Plans – Inzamam-ul-Haq

In spite of being terminate from the Asia Cup, Mohammad Hafeez very much remains part of Pakistan’s 2019 World Cup plans according to Inzamam-ul-Haq.

Hafeez Dropped From Squad But Still Part of World Cup Plans - Inzamam-ul-Haq
Hafeez Dropped From Squad But Still Part of World Cup Plans – Inzamam-ul-Haq

Hafeez and Imad Wasim were two players released from the beginning squad for the Asia Cup as opening batsman Shan Masood was called up for national duty. Pakistan incorporated three openers, the other two are Fakhar Zaman and Imam ul Haq, five middle-order batsmen.

Hafeez was a part of Pakistan’s squads that won a triangular T20 International and a five-match ODI series in Zimbabwe. He, however, did not a trait in the playing XI. According to information, he was to be played in the final one-day, but the 37-year-old refused to be a part of the team line-up. Recently, he spurred a disagreement after he initially refused to sign a contract with the PCB, after being demoted to the ‘B’ category. Inzamam said, “there’s no precise reason to drop Hafeez” and the selection committee is “trying other options”.

Since Pakistan’s Champions Trophy achievement in England last summer, Hafeez has been a regular in Pakistan’s one-day squad. He played nine matches and scored 231 runs – which include two fifties against New Zealand in at an average of 28.8. Inzamam discarded the conception that the decision to drop Hafeez should be translated into his international career coming to an end.

“Hafeez is a part of the players that we are considering for the World Cup”

Pakistan begins their Asia Cup campaign on September sixteen. They play India three days later.

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Buttler will be different at World Cup -Says Trescothic

Marcus Trescothick said, If England needs to win this summer’s World Cup then Jos Buttler’s form will be key for Eoin Morgan’s men.

Buttler will be different at World Cup -Says Trescothick
Buttler will be different at World Cup -Says Trescothick

Buttler has seven ODI centuries to him, including his thrilling 77-ball 150 against the West Indies previous month, is in the figure of his life now.

And Trescothick played with Buttler at Somerset previously in his career, believes the big-hitter holds the key to England ending 44 years of hurt and finally win the World Cup this summer on home ground.

“That 100 he scored against the West Indies was extremely astounding. To see someone, play in that fashion is quite spectacular,” said Trescothick, who was helping to launch the ‘Wickets’ mural in Taunton, which gives fans a chance to win a pair of Cricket World Cup Tickets.

“Jos is on fire and whatever game he is playing and in whatever format, he is performing superbly now. I really hope his form continues into the World Cup, because if he is in form then he will be the stand-out difference for England.”

The former England opener says that the tournament being played on the home ground cannot be underestimated and is a benefit for Morgan’s men.

“I think it will be two teams, either England or India to win, “he added.

“They are ranked one and two in the world and I think England has a good chance as we have ever had to win the World Cup with the home advantage.

“It is a big agreement to play World Cup matches at home. Having practised one World Cup in my career back in 2003, it would have been lovely to have it in your own country.

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Afghanistan are Confident for Cricket World Cup 2019

Mohammad Shahzad and Hashmatullah Shahidi, the Afghanistan batsmen, have said that our side is going into the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 better structured than last time, aiming to add to their distinct win in the tournament so far.

Afghanistan is Confident for Cricket World Cup 2019
Afghanistan is Confident for Cricket World Cup 2019

Mohammad Shahzad and Hashmatullah Shahidi, the Afghanistan batsmen, have said that our side is going into the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019 better organized than last time, aiming to add to their distinct win in the tournament so far.

In 2015, Afghanistan made history by qualifying for the Cricket World Cup. They exited the competition after the group stage, winning one game, but have gone from strength to effectiveness. They won the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Qualifier last year and ensured a spot in the tournament for the second uninterrupted time which makes supporters get their Cricket World Cup Tickets asap.

This time, they are looking at causing a few upsets. Shahidi, rebounding his captain’s recent comments to International Cricket Council, insisted they are no longer satisfied with just participating and are armed with a higher goal. “Now, it’s not like it was before. In 2015, people said it’s a conceited instant that Afghanistan is a part of the World Cup,” he told the ICC. “It’s not the time for that. Now, it’s time to say everyone else: ‘Wake up, Afghanistan is coming!”

Shahzad pointed out. “This time we are better prepared with spinners like Mujeeb, Rashid, Nabi and Zahir Khan in our ranks. We are trying our best to perform improved in the 2019 World Cup and beat four-five teams in the contest.”

We are trying our best to perform better in the Cricket World Cup 2019 and beat 4-5 teams in the competition-Mohammad Shahzad

“Our team has good fast bowlers who are clocking 140-plus balls. We train them in the nets and we’re used to facing class seam-bowling,” he mentioned.

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India to Play New Zealand and Bangladesh in World Cup Warm-up Clash

India will play New Zealand and Bangladesh in the two executive warm-up games in front of the 2019 World Cup. The two matches will be played at The Oval on May 25 and May 28 at Sophia Gardens, Cardiff in that order.

India to Play New Zealand and Bangladesh in World Cup Warm-up Clash
India to Play New Zealand and Bangladesh in World Cup Warm-up Clash

The two games will be the final boost for the team before their main tournament opener against South Africa on June 5 at the Rose Bowl for which people are rushing to purchase cricket world cup tickets.

The official warm-up games will be played at the four venues – Bristol, Cardiff, Southampton and The Oval between May 24-28 with each team has chosen two games. The games will not be Concede official ODI status with teams permitted to field all members of their 15-member squads.

“It is always a huge milestone circulate a thrilling warm-up program for the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup as it really highlights just how close we are to the action getting in evolution this,” Steve Elworthy, managing director of the tournament said.

“These games pledge another fantastic opportunity for followers to see world class players at their local venue and allows the tournament to engage local schools and communities with another chance to get concerned with the Cricket World Cup.”

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West Indies can go all the way in the World Cup 2019 – Bayliss

The Windies haven’t won a shared ODI series for close to five years and are currently ranked ninth in the 50-over format. However, both Richard Pybus and Trevor Bayliss, the respective coaches of the Windies and England, noted that with the anchor of the lineup returning to the setup, they can spring up surprises in the upcoming World Cup to be held in England and even erect the trophy.

West Indies can go all the way in the World Cup 2019 – Bayliss
West Indies can go all the way in the World Cup 2019 – Bayliss

“I know the right West Indies arrangement with a fully-focused side can beat anyone on their day,” Richard Pybus, the Windies’ provisional coach, noted. “I wasn’t at the World Cup qualifiers but, with the group of guys we have now, we feel convinced (we) could take down anyone on their day.”

“The Windies have been playing some well-mannered cricket over the last 18 months,” said Bayliss. “With the size of their thrash and the way some of them hit the ball, there can be a chance of winning that World Cup.”

Pybus commended Gayle for his remarkable show in the first two ODIs. The southpaw opener made a hundred and followed it up with a fifty during the Barbados leg of the ODI series. However, the left-handed batsman also was criticised for playing out dots during the early phase of his innings in the first game.

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West Indies a threat to all teams at World Cup 2019 – Dwayne Bravo

Dwayne Bravo, the former West Indies all-rounder is very intimidated by his old team’s latest performances and believes they will be “a threat to all teams” at the ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup 2019.

Chris Gayle, set to take your leave after the World Cup, was the star of the series for the home side, along with the likes of Darren Bravo and Jason Holder, the captain, but the biggest deduct for Bravo was the performance of the youngsters.

West Indies a threat to all teams at World Cup 2019 –Dwayne Bravo
West Indies a threat to all teams at World Cup 2019 –Dwayne Bravo

The likes of Shai Hope, Shimrom Hetmyer and Oshane Thomas all chipped in at different points during the series, and Bravo said it was a sign that the team was mounting, and that they would cause problems for more recognized names at the World Cup.

“I have talked to Captain Jason Holder and others and I consider this team will be a threat to all teams in the World Cup which is going to be a very open tournament this time. Anyone can do well on a given day, but I feel positive about West Indies as we see a good mix of experience and youth.”

West Indies a threat to all teams at World Cup 2019 –Dwayne Bravo
West Indies a threat to all teams at World Cup 2019 –Dwayne Bravo

Bravo announced his retirement from international cricket in October last year and is currently a casual T20 all-rounder. He has won two ICC Men’s T20 World Cups with West Indies but says he is enjoying the present segment of his career, playing for T20 franchises the world over.

Bravo Said, for me, this is a game I was born to play as a kid.It was my childhood dream to play. I am happy playing it, fans come to watch us and get entertained.

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