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Joe Root, Jonny Bairstow lead England to a thrilling 3-0 whitewash over New Zealand

This is England’s perfect start under the new coach and captain combination of Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes.

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England on Monday wrapped up a stunning 3-0 series whitewash over World Test Champions New Zealand in the third Test at Leeds, Headingley.

This whitewash is seen as the perfect start under the new coach and captain combination of Brendon McCullum and Ben Stokes.

Playing a much more positive brand of cricket under new coach McCullum, England have certainly delivered some truly thrilling cricket against New Zealand, successfully chasing down totals of 277, 299 and 296 to win Test matches at Lord’s, Trent Bridge and now Headingley.

Joe Root and Jonny Bairstow played unbeaten knocks of 86 and 71 respectively as England chased down 296 with 7 wickets in hand in the third Test against New Zealand in Headingley.

After resuming on day five needing a further 113 runs to win, It had been cleared that England would comfortably win the match.

New Zealand did make an early breakthrough when Tim Southee bowled Ollie Pope for 82 with the fifth ball of the day.

Resuming from 183-2 after rain at Headingley, the home side got their business done in a hurry as Bairstow (71no off 44 balls) blitzed England’s second fastest Test fifty, from 30 balls. Johnny Bairstow, who has been playing Tests cricket like T20, has stolen show with huge winning six and secure a 3-0 series against New Zealand.

Earlier, Day 5 of the ongoing third Test between England and New Zealand has finally resumed and New Zealand made a perfect start as Tim Southee removed Ollie Pope. However, Jonny Bairstow changed the complexion of the game with his 30-ball 50.

At stumps on Day 4, Pope was unbeaten on 81 and Root 55 not out with England needing 113 more runs to win the third and final Test at Headingley.

Ben Stokes’ side will be back in action at Edgbaston on Friday against India for the rescheduled fifth Test.

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After Kapil Dev’s appeal, Jay Shah directs BCCI to provide Rs 1 crore financial assistance for Anshuman Gaekwad in cancer battle

Anshuman Gaekwad is battling blood cancer.

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A few days after India’s World Cup-winning captain Kapil Dev’s appeal, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Secretay Jay Shah has instructed the cricket board to release Rs 1 crore with immediate effect to provide financial assistance to India’s veteran cricketer Anshuman Gaekwad, who is battling blood cancer.

According to BCCI Apex Council, Shah has also spoken to Gaekwad’s family and took stock of the situation and provided assistance.

In the statement, the Council has stated that the board stands by Gaekwad’s family in this hour of crisis and will do whatever is essential for Gaekwad’s quick recovery. The BCCI will continue to monitor Gaekwad’s progress and is confident that he will come out of this phase strongly, the BCCI Apex Council further said.

Earlier, speaking to a Sports channel, Kapil said that he had written to BCCI requesting to lend financial support to Gaekwad, who is battling blood cancer alone and said he is ready to donate his pension to help him.

He further said that his former teammates such as Mohinder Amarnath, Sunil Gavaskar, Sandeep Patil, Dilip Vengsarkar, Madan Lal, Ravi Shastri and Kirti Azad have been generating funds to help Gaikwad, who has been undergoing treatment for the past year at King’s College Hospital in London.

Kapil showed his confidence in the BCCI going to take a look into the matter and extend its help to support the former India head coach Gaekwad financially. Kapil said he was saddened and depressed because he had played alongside Gaekwad and couldn’t bear to see him in this situation. No one should suffer, he added.

The cricket legend said he knows the Board will take care of him and not compel anyone. Any help for Anshu should come from the heart. Kapil further said that Anshu took blows to his face and chest when standing up to some of the ferocious fast bowlers. “Now is the time for us to stand up for him. I am sure our cricket fans will not fail him. They should pray for his recovery,” Kapil added.

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India unlikely to travel to Pakistan for Champions Trophy next year

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The Indian cricket team is not likely to travel to Pakistan for the Champions Trophy in 2025. The BCCI told the media on Thursday that it will ask the ICC to host matches in Sri Lanka, Dubai in a hybrid model. The Indian team has not travelled to Pakistan since 2008 the two teams have played against each other only at multi team events. The last Asia Cup was hosted in Pakistan but India played all their matches in Sri Lanka under a Hybrid model which had been set by the organisers.

The Indian cricket team claimed that the Indian government has not granted permission to visit Pakistan for the Asia Cup. The marquee tournament is scheduled from February 19 to March 9, 2025 (Reserve Day). Pakistan has not hosted any major international tournament since 1996, but in 2025 they will be hosting the Champions Trophy.

The two nations have not played bilateral cricket with each other since the 2012-2013 season. The ICC head of events Chris Tetley met the PCB chairman Naqvi in Islamabad and inspected the other arrangement. The Pakistan Cricket Board has allocated approximately Rs 17 billion for the upgradation of stadiums in Karachi, Lahore, and Rawalpindi for 50 over Marquee Stadium, featuring over 8 teams.

According to reports the Pakistan Cricket Board had planned a match between India and Pakistan in Lahore on March 1, 2025 and the Chairman of Pakistan Cricket Broad Mohsin Naqvi had submitted a report of the 15 matches. But the BCCI has not given any confirmation about the Champions Trophy since touring Pakistan is a big concern for the Indian government.

On May 6, Rajeev Shukla, the Vice President of the BCCI told the media that they will do whatever the Government of India tells them to do. He further added that they will send the Indian team only once they get permission from the government of India.

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Abhishek Sharma creates history with fastest century by an Indian batsman in T20Is, takes India to mammoth total of 234 against Zimbabwe

Abhishek Sharma reached his century with 3 consecutive sixes, scoring his first 50 runs in 33 balls and his next 50 in just 13 deliveries.

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Abhishek Sharma creates history with fastest century by an Indian batsman in T20Is, takes India to mammoth total of 234 against Zimbabwe

Abhishek Sharma’s outstanding century in his 2nd T20 international match not only made him the highest scorer for India against Zimbabwe in T20Is but also set a new record for the fastest century by an Indian batsman in this format which was achieved in just 2 innings.

Sharma took just 2 innings to hit a century for India in T20Is and crossed Deepak Hooda (3 innings) and KL Rahul (4 innings) as the fastest to achieve this milestone. He reached his century with 3 consecutive sixes, scoring his first 50 runs in 33 balls and his next 50 in just 13 deliveries.

With this knock, Abhishek Sharma at 23 years and 307 days, has joined an elite list of young Indian cricketers to score a century in T20 Internationals, following closely behind Suresh Raina (23 years and 156 days), Shubman Gill (23 years and 146 days), and Yashasvi Jaiswal (21 years and 279 days).

Abhishek Sharma’s innings in Harare 2024 also marks the 4th fastest century for India in T20 Internationals. He joins the ranks of KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, and Rohit Sharma. India won the toss and elected to bat first but the opening partnership could not grow long, with Shubman Gill was sent back to the pavillion early in his innings to Blessing Muzarabani. But Abhishek Sharma along with Rutuiraj Gaikwad took the innings forawrd with his aggressive batting and calculated strokeplay.

Abhishek’s intent was evident from the outset as he hit Brian Bennet for a 6 and continued to attack the Zimbabwe bowling attack. Despite some early pressure from Zimbabwe’s bowlers he maintained his composure and found boundaries with precision. His Partnership with Ruturaj Gaikwad became stronger as it crossed the 100-run mark, with Abhishek Sharma leading the charge. Sharma attacked Wellington Masakadza, and hit him for consecutive sixes which took him to his century.

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