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BCCI nominates Dhoni for Padma Bhushan, says he’s “one of our greatest ODI cricketers”

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If awarded, the 36 year-old will become the 11th Indian cricketer to be conferred with the country’s third highest civilian honour

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Wednesday, announced that it had unanimously endorsed the nomination of Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the prestigious Padma Bhushan title, the third highest honour conferred by the Indian government on civilians.

The 36-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman is the only cricketer whose name the BCCI has recommended for next year’s Padma Awards, the nomination process for which ended on September 15. The process of submitting nominations and recommendations had begun on May 1while those chosen by the government for the honours will be awarded on the eve of the Republic Day next year as per convention.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been nominated by the BCCI for the Padma Bhushan award. It was a unanimous decision by the members. He has been one of the greatest names in contemporary cricket and the most appropriate choice of the Indian cricket board,” BCCI’s acting president CK Khanna was quoted as saying by news agency PTI.

“He is one of our greatest ODI cricketers with nearly 10,000 runs. Not many players have played 90 Test matches. There is no one better than him, who could have been nominated,” Khanna added.

Dhoni is currently in Kolkata preparing for the second One Day International against Australia that is scheduled for Thursday. He hit a half century in the opening ODI in Chennai, on Sunday, as India won the rain-hit contest to take a 1-0 lead in the five-match series.

If Dhoni is conferred with the Padma Bhushan, he will become the 11th Indian cricketer to be awarded the honour. He will then join the elite club of other Padma Bhushan awardees like

Sachin Tendulkar, Kapil Dev, Sunil Gavaskar, Rahul Dravid, Chandu Borde, DB Deodhar, CK Nayudu, Lala Amarnath, Raja Bhalindra Singh of Patiala, who played 13 first-class matches, and Vijaya Anand – the Maharaja of Vizianagram – who was India’s captain during their 1936 tour to England.

Often hailed as ‘captain cool’ for his calm composure during the time he led the Men in Blue as their captain, Dhoni has scored 9737 runs in 302 ODIs besides 4876 runs in 90 Test matches. He has also played 78 T20 Internationals, notching up 1212 runs.

Dhoni has 16 international hundreds (6 in Tests and 10 in ODIs) to his credit along with 100 international half-centuries. As a wicketkeeper, he has held 584 catches across formats (256 in Tests, 285 in ODIs and 43 in T20 Internationals) and has also effected 163 stumpings.

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INDvsENG, 5th Test: AB De Villiers hails counterattack partnership by Indian duo, calls it best he has ever seen in Test cricket

After losing quick wickets on Day 4, India looking for a partnership to extend their lead vs England.

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South African 360 degree batter AB De Villiers on Monday praised the duo for their performance. He was left impressed with team counterattacking partnership by Team India all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja and wicket-keeper batter Rishabh Pant on Day 2 of the ongoing fifth Test match between India and England in Edgbaston.

Haven’t been home and missed most of the Cricket action. Finished watching the highlights now. That counterattack partnership from Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja is right up there with the best he has ever seen in Test Cricket, de Villiers tweeted on Monday.

The duo of Pant and Jadeja came together with India’s score reading 98/5 and added 222 runs, a joint-record sixth-wicket partnership for India, and post a giant total of 416 runs. Rishabh Pant smacked 146 runs in 111 balls with 4 sixes while Ravindra Jadeja made 104 runs.

Then, the Indian bowlers did their job brilliantly as England was reduced to 84/5 and despite a counterattacking 106 by Jonny Bairstow and his partnerships with Ben Stokes and Sam Billings, England only managed to make 284 runs.

For India, Mohammed Siraj picked four wickets, captain Jasprit Bumrah took three wicket, Mohammad Shami took 2 and Shardul Thakur took one wicket.

After India got bundled out for 245 runs in their second innings, England have got off to a solid start as they eye history in chase of 378 runs vs India. Alex Lees and Zak Crawley start the final innings for the hosts in final test match at Edgbaston, Birmingham.

Cheteshwar Pujara has been the top scorer for India in the innings with 66 runs while Rishabh Pant followed him with a 57-run knock.

On the bowling front, Ben Stokes returned 4 for 33, while Stuart Broad and Matty Potts claimed two wickets apiece. Notably, India gained a first-innings lead of 132 runs vs England in the match.

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ENGvsIND, 5th Test: Virender Sehwag claims Jonny Bairstow change gear after sledging by Virat Kohli, Tweeple furious at former opener over his offensive on-air remark on Kohli

Legendary Indian opener Virender Sehwag has come up with a tongue-in-cheek comment about Virat Kohli which has bemused several cricket fans on Twitter.

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Former India opener Virendra Sehwag, who never shies away from speaking his mind, has claimed in his tweet that England batter Jonny Bairstow had changed gear after sledging by former Indian skipper Virat Kohli during Day 3 of the the rescheduled 5th Test between India and England at Edgbaston

In his tweet, Sehwag said Jonny Bairstow’s strike rate was 21 before Kohli’s sledging but it was increased to 150 after sledging by former Indian skipper. The England batter was playing like Pujara but Virat Kohli turned him into Pant with his unnecessary sledging, former team India opener tweeted.

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Sehwag, who is known for his unique sense of humour, is now facing heat from fans on social media after a video from his commentary during Day 3 of the series decider Test on Sunday. But Sehwag came up with an epic reply after a Twitter user tried to troll him over a post on Virat Kohli riling up Jonny Bairstow.

A user replied to him asking if Sehwag would have tweeted had Bairstow gotten out after being sledged by Kohli. Haan yaar, karta (Yes, I would have), Sehwag replied.

Sehwag also showcased his sarcastic humour in his commentary too and makes an offensive remark over Virat Kohli’s dancing celebration after India picked a wicket during England’s first innings.

Virat Kohli-starrer Team India gained an upper hand on Day 3 of the 5 the test match at Edgbaston and had bowled England out on 284 on Day 3 of the game, after scoring 416 in the first innings.

Cheteshwar Pujara and Rishabh Pant were unbeaten at the crease on 50 and 30 respectively.

Bairstow, who is in a good form these days, was struggling initially but spending some time on the crease he switched gears and tore into the Indian attack. He was completed his 11th century in 119 deliveries and was eventually dismissed for 106 off 140 balls by Mohammed Shami.

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IND vs ENG: England all out for 284, India leads by 132 runs

India came to bat first and made 4016 runs in the first innings, later England got all out for 284 and India still holds a lead of 132 runs in the decider match.

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Indian bowling attack has been phenomenal in the IND vs ENG 5th Test match against England. They did not only cage English batters but also bowled them all out for 284.

This also means that India has a solid lead of 132 runs in the decider match and now after a short break, Indian batter will be out at the Edgbaston crease for the second innings.

Indian captain Jasprit Bumrah took three crucial wickets in the last session on the 2nd day and Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur took that legacy further and troubled the English batters.

While Siraj took four wickets including the most important on of former England skipper Joe Root and on the other hand Shardul Thakur dismissed the current skipper, Ben Stokes.

But it was 31 years old Mohammed Shami who had brilliant spells while bowling England batters. He had the best line and length in the decider match and took two wickets of man-in-form Jonny Bairstow and J. Leach.

While any England batsmen could not score big it was Jonny Bairstow who scored 104 and kept England in the race. Former skipper Joe Root made 31 off 67 balls, Ben Stokes made 25 off 36 balls and Sam Billings scored 36 off 57 balls.

On the other hand, Rishabh Pant was the highest scorer of the first innings. He made 146 off just 111 balls and taking forward from there all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja made 104 off 194 balls. England’s most experienced bowler was the highest wicket taker of the first innings. He took the five wickets haul and dismissed, openers Shubhman Gill and Cheteshwar Pujara, followed by Shreyas Iyer, Ravindra Jadeja and Mohammed Siraj.

India has come out to bat for the second innings of the IND vs ENG 5th Test match. India holds a lead in the series by 2-1 and the fifth match will be the decider of who would lift the Pataudi Trophy 2022.

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