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Babar Azam says Pakistan always keeps cricket’s interests in mind, but others selfish

Already reeling from New Zealand’s last-minute tour abandonment, Pakistan cricket suffered another massive jolt on Monday as England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) withdrew their men’s and women’s teams from the tour of Pakistan citing increasing concerns about traveling to the region.

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Pakistan skipper Babar Azam on Tuesday expressed his disappointment over the cancellation of their home series against England.

Babar Azam took to Twitter to express his disappointment and said his nation has always tried to accommodate the interests of the game while others simply don’t.

Babar had earlier said that he has full trust in the capabilities and credibility of Pakistan security agencies after New Zealand’s pull out.

Already reeling from New Zealand’s last-minute tour abandonment, Pakistan cricket suffered another massive jolt on Monday as England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) withdrew their men’s and women’s teams from the tour of Pakistan citing increasing concerns about traveling to the region.

The England and Wales Cricket Board apologised to PCB saying that the mental well-being of their players ahead of the T20 World Cup is paramount and thus decided to withdraw from the tour.

Recently, Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe tour of Pakistan had put Pakistan back on the international map for teams to plan future bilateral series with them.

As expected, the aftermath of England’s cancellation of their Pakistan tour is seeing a multi-pronged reaction from the length and breadth of the cricketing landscape of the country.

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The PCB chief Ramiz Raja had accused England of failing a member of their cricket fraternity when it needed it most. Interestingly, Ramiz Raja had also urged the Pakistan cricket team to pull up their stocks and prove to the world that they deserve international cricket of the highest class just like any other ICC member nation.

Rawalpindi, the same venue that was set to host New Zealand after 18 years, was supposed to host men’s and women’s T20I double-headers on October 13 and 14 as England prepares for the T20 World Cup starting in October.

In other India News, Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Emmanuel Macron discussed cooperation in the Indo-Pacific region, as France deals with the fallout from Australia’s cancellation of a $40 billion French submarine order.

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Hardik Pandya wants to become the new Dhoni of Team India, talks about his role in the team

Captain Hardik put forward his point and said that he has no problem in playing the role that MS Dhoni used to play.

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Hardik Pandya wants to become the new Dhoni of Team India, talks about his role in the team

With a resounding victory in the third T20, the Indian team won the T20 series against New Zealand 2-1. India’s captain Hardik Pandya was awarded the title of Player of the Series. After the historic 168-run victory in the third T20, Hardik said that his role in the team is now the same as MS Dhoni had.

Captain Hardik put forward his point and said that he has no problem in playing the role that MS Dhoni used to play. Pandya further added that at that time, he was young and was hitting shots all around the ground. But now since Dhoni has left the team, suddenly that responsibility has come on him to play the finisher and he has no objection to it. “We are getting results, if I have to play a little slow then there is no point in that too,” added Pandya.

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For the unversed, in the third T20 match, while batting, Hardik played an inning of 30 runs in 17 balls, while bowling, he was successful in taking 4 wickets. Hardik showed a great game in the whole series. Under the captaincy of Hardik, India has succeeded in winning the fourth consecutive T20 series. Captain Hardik in T20, has led Men In Blue in 12 matches and has won 8 of India’s matches.

Moreover, reports even suggest that BCCI and the selectors are all set to announce Hardik Pandya as the regular T20 captain, as they want senior players like Virat Kohli and Rohit to focus on longer formats and add youngsters in the T20 format.

And with this finally India will have split captaincy after a lot written and said about the same. While Virat Kohli wanted to leave the T20 format captain and continue with ODIs and Tests, the then BCCI president Sourav Ganguly was not much in favour and Kohli was ousted from ODI captaincy. Later he himself left the Test captaincy too.

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IND vs NZ: Suryakumar Yadav’s unbelievable catch at the slip is still trending, here’s why | Watch

Suryakumar Yaddav’s fielding prowess also claimed few other Kiwi’s wickets in the match.

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The Indian Cricket team’s stellar performance against New Zealand in the deciding match of the T20I had the fans full of the praises for the blues. Team India’s star batter and vice captain Surya Kumar Yadav diving catch became a sight for the fans as the Blue’s batter diving catch stunned the fans and caught Kiwi’s Finn Allen.

The video of the catch was also tweeted by BCCI’s Twitter handle which praised the cricketer on the catch as it said ‘what a catch’. All rounder Hardik Pandya’s high paced bowling led to Kiwi opener Finn Allen on the back foot as Suryakumar Yadav chimed in to assist in dismissing the Kiwi batsman.

Suryakumar Yaddav’s fielding prowess also claimed few other Kiwi’s wickets in the match.

The Blue’s performance wasn’t only limited to Suryakumar Yadav’s catch, but also extended to Shubman Gill and Hardik Pandiya’s stellar partnership which inspired the team’s win against New Zealand in the last match of the T20 series.

Shubman Gill’s maiden century also made him the highest run scorer in T20 history for the Indian team.

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Twitter reactions

After the video of the catch by Suryakumar Yadav surfaced on social media, many fans came forward to applaud Suryakumar Yadav’s catch as one user wrote and said that it wasn’t a flying bird, but Surya Kumar who caught the ball. The user also wrote and said that it has been a great match for the Indian team as they got the wickets, runs, catches. The user also hoped for the Indian team to continue the golden run.

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Another user wrote and said that this is the reason why fitness became an important part of cricket, attributing the stunning catch by Suryakumar Yadav to his fitness and implying the importance of fitness in the Indian Cricket team.

One user wrote and said that Suryakumar Yadav during his fielding, adds another charm to the game and praised the cricketer for his excellent catching in all three dismissals.

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Virat Kohli hails Shubman Gill for breaking his T20I record, calls him the future of Indian cricket

In the third T20 match against New Zealand, Shubman Gill scored 126 runs in just 63 balls, which included 12 fours and 7 sixes.

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The Indian team defeated New Zealand by a huge margin of 168 runs in the third T20 match. With this, Team India won the series 2-1. In the third T20 match, young star batsman Shubman Gill hit a stormy century and it was because of him that Team India was successful in registering victory, putting forth a huge total.

Gill registered many big records in his name as soon as he scored a century and left behind a legendary batsman like Virat Kohli and Suresh Sharma. In the third T20 match against New Zealand, Shubman Gill scored 126 runs in just 63 balls, which included 12 fours and 7 sixes. Because of Gill’s century, Team India was able to score a mountain like total of 234 runs against Black Caps.

Gill Joins the list of giants

Shubman Gill has become the fifth batsman for India to score a century in all three formats. Before him, Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Virat Kohli and Suresh Raina have put in all three formats for India. Gill has scored Test century against Bangladesh, ODI century against Sri Lanka and T20 century against New Zealand.

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Leaves Virat Kohli behind

Shubman Gill has left behind superstar batsman Virat Kohli as soon as he played an inning of 126 runs against New Zealand. Gill has now become the best scorer for India in T20 cricket. In Asia Cup 2022, Virat Kohli played an inning of 122 runs against Afghanistan. Now Shubman Gill has become the new king in T20 cricket.

Kohli Congratulated the star batsman

Former skipper Virat Kohli congratulated Shubman Gill on his magical innings and took to his Instagram to share a story too. Kohli posted a picture of him hugging Gill after he had scored his first ODI century against Sri Lanka and wrote, “Sitara, the future is here.”

Gill becomes the seventh Indian batsman to score T20 100

Shubman Gill has become the seventh batsman of Team India to score a century in T20 cricket. Before Gill, T20 cricket for India includes Suryakumar Yadav, Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul, Deepak Hooda, Suresh Raina. Rohit has the most number of centuries in T20 cricket. He has scored four centuries.

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