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After Raina, Bhajji calls IPL time; Chennai Super Kings to resume training

Chennai Super Kings have been dealt a second blow after the return of all-rounder Suresh Raina with the franchise’s off-spinner Harbhajan Singh announcing his decision to skip this year’s edition of IPL.

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Chennai Super Kings have been dealt a second blow after the return of all-rounder Suresh Raina with the franchise’s off-spinner Harbhajan Singh announcing his decision to skip this year’s edition on Friday, less than 15 days from the start of the tournament from September 19. The 13th IPL is being held in Dubai after it was significantly delayed in India following the uncertainties imposed by the coronavirus outbreak in holding sports competitions.  

The veteran off-spinner has pulled out of IPL 2020 citing personal reasons. Earlier, Raina had left the tournament leading to great controversy. While a dressing room squabble and a falling-out with the CSK franchise holder India Cements was blamed initially for Raina’s return to India, the all-rounder had clarified that the grisly murder of his relatives in Punjab had led to his sudden decision.

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Now, Harbhajan Singh will miss the entire IPL 2020 season for personal reasons. He had been expected to join the team on September 1. Earlier, the CSK campaign came under a cloud after 2 players tested positive for Covid-19. But reports say the rest of the squad had tested negative in a major relief for the team ahead of Harbhajan’s decision to skip.

Though a formal announcement is expected from Chennai Super Kings, the rest of the team got together for the first time for breakfast today after their quarantine as per IPL protocol. The team is expected to begin training on Friday.

This year’s IPL assumes greater significance for CSK as captain MS Dhoni has finally announced his retirement from one-day and T20 internationals, he had already retired from international Test cricket.

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The MS Dhoni-led CSK held a brief training camp in Chennai before leaving for the UAE. Meanwhile, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly revealed that the full schedule of Indian Premier League 2020 will be released on Friday. The IPL 2020 is scheduled to be held in UAE between September 19 and November 10, but the full itinerary is not out yet. Ganguly said it’s on the verge of being finalised.  

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IND vs AUS: Team India begins prep for Border Gavaskar Trophy ahead of 1st Test in Nagpur | See Photos

It is very important for India to win the Border-Gavaskar series in terms of World Test Championship (WTC).

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IND vs AUS: Team India begins prep for Border Gavaskar Trophy ahead of 1st Test in Nagpur | See Photos

The four-match Test series between India and Australia will begin from February 9. The Australian team under the leadership of Pat Cummins has started practice in Bangalore, while the Indian team under the leadership of Rohit Sharma is currently practicing fiercely in Nagpur.

For the unversed, the first match of the Border-Gavaskar series will be played at the Vadarbha Cricket Association in Nagpur from February 9 to 13. At the same time, for the first time in the last five years, a Test match is being played at Jamatha’s Vidarbha Stadium. Other players including Virat Kohli, Ravindra Jadeja, Rohit Sharma were also seen practicing hard in the nets.

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It is very important for India to win the Border-Gavaskar series in terms of World Test Championship (WTC). If the Indian team has to reach the final of the WTC, then they will have to win the series at any cost. At present, India is at number two in the points table of WTC while the Australian team is at the top. The Kangaroo team is almost certain to reach the finals.
There is a competition between two-three teams including India. The second placed teams will play the finals in June.

IND vs AUS Test: Neck-to-Neck

Last year Australia played 12 Tests out of which they won 7. At the same time, Aussies defeated Sri Lanka and Pakistan in their home ground, and has also defeated England and South Africa. However, they has not been successful on Indian soil for a long time. Since 2017, Australian team has not won any Test on the tour of India.

Significantly, the last five Test series played between India and Australia have been won by Team India. Australia won the Test series against India in 2014-15. Since then, the visiting team has been constantly craving for victory, three times out of the last five Border-Gavaskar Trophy, the Indian players have remained intact. He has also been awarded the Player of the Series in this series.

Team India’s squad for the first two Tests against Australia

Rohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul (Vice Captain), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KS Bharat (wicket keeper), Ishan Kishan (wicket keeper), R Ashwin, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj , Umesh Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat and Suryakumar Yadav.

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2007 T20 World Cup winning cricketer Joginder Sharma announces retirement from all forms of international cricket

Joginder played a key role in India’s victory in the 2007 T20 World Cup final against Pakistan.

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2007 T20 World Cup winning cricketer Joginder Sharma

ICC T20 World Cup 2007’s star pacer has announced his retirement from all forms of International cricket. The Indian fast bowler took to his official Twitter handle and shared a long post on the social media platform.

BCCI’s official Twitter handle also re-shared Sharma’s post and congratulated him on his cricketing career. BCCI also gave their best wishes to the Indian pacer for the road ahead.

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Sharma’s statement on retirement

Joginder said in his statement that with gratitude and humility, he announces his retirement from all formats of international and domestic cricket. His journey from 2002 to 2017 has been the best years of his life. He further thanked the BCCI, Haryana Cricket, Chennai Super Kings and the Government of Haryana for their support.

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After thanking his teammates and fans, Sharma said that he is excited to explore new opportunity in the world of cricket. He also wished the Indian Cricket Team all the best for their future endeavors.

Joginder Sharma’s cricketing career

Joginder played a key role in India’s victory in the 2007 T20 World Cup final against Pakistan. Joginder bowled Pareejeet’s last over, with 13 runs needed to win. But Joginder dismissed Pakistan captain Misbah-ul-Haq to give India a five-run win.

Joginder, who made his debut in 2004, played 4 ODIs and 4 T20 Internationals for India, in which he has a total of 5 wickets to his name. Apart from this, Joginder has played 77 First Class, 80 List A and 63 T20 matches in domestic cricket. In which he has taken 297, 115 and 61 wickets respectively. Apart from this, he has scored 2804 runs in First Class, 1040 runs in List A and 425 runs in T20.

Joginder was also a part of the Chennai Super Kings captained by MS Dhoni in the IPL. He took 12 wickets in 16 matches in this tournament.

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Border Gavaskar Trophy: Jasprit Bumrah begins bowling sessions in NCA, might play last 2 Tests against Australia

The Test series will begin on February 9 at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Jamtha, Nagpur.

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Border Gavaskar Trophy: Jasprit Bumrah begins bowling sessions in NCA, might play last 2 Tests against Australia

The Australian cricket team has reached India on Wednesday and they have also practiced in Bangalore today, while the Indian team will also participate in the practice camp in Nagpur. Meanwhile, there something more good coming up for the Indian team. According to reports, fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has started bowling in the nets at the National Cricket Academy, Bangalore.

Jasprit Bumrah, who has been out of the team since September last year, is recovering from an injury. In such a situation, if Bumrah does not feel any problem in his back, then it is expected that he can return for the last two Test matches of the upcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

The third Test of the prestigious India-Australia series will begin on March 1 in Dharamshala. A BCCI source told the Times of India that Bumrah has started bowling in the nets. “Let’s hope all goes well and he is declared fit,” revealed the source. Team India will assemble in Nagpur on February 2 and train there at the old stadium in Civil Lines and the new stadium in Jamtha from February 3 to February 8.

Meanwhile, the Australia Test team led by Pat Cummins has reached Bengaluru on Wednesday. Their 5-day camp at Alur on the outskirts of Bangalore begins today. After the camp, they will go to Nagpur for the first test. The Test series will begin on February 9 at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Jamtha, Nagpur.

India’s Test squad for the first two Tests against Australia: Rohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KS Bharat (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk) , R. Ashwin, Akshar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat and Suryakumar Yadav.

Australia Test squad for India tour: Pat Cummins (Captain), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey (wicket keeper), Cameron Green, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Lance Morris, Todd Murphy, Matthew Renshaw, Steve Smith (Vice Captain), Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson and David Warner.

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