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Gautam Gambhir says Yuvraj Singh doesn’t get credit for winning 2007 T20 World Cup  and 2011 World Cup despite being India’s best player in both tournaments

He added the media should focus on other performers as well.

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Gautam Gambhir says Yuvraj Singh doesn’t get credit for winning 2007 T20 World Cup  and 2011 World Cup despite being India’s best player in both tournaments

Gautam Gambhir slammed ‘Hero worship’ in Indian cricket, saying that the obsession with stars like Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni was the primary reason why Indian cricket was individual oriented rather than being team oriented.

He added the media should focus on other performers as well. Apparently talking about MS Dhoni, he said that one individual and his PR team made him the Hero of the 2007 and 2011 world cup. But in reality it was Yuvraj Singh who took India to the World Cup Finals in 2007 and 2011. He said Yuvraj Singh was the man of the tournament in both the tournaments.

He expressed that it was highly unfortunate that whenever people talked about the 2007 and 2011 world cup they do not take Yuvraj Singh’s name. He added that no one underrated the performance, it was all PR and marketing. He said that the people had been told, who won them the 2007 and 2011 world cup, but in reality it was the team effort and not the individual effort that mattered.

He further added that no individual can win a big tournament. He asserted that the truth is India is not a team obsessed country but  an individual obsessed country. He said in India individuals are bigger than teams. He also cited the example of other nations like Australia, New Zealand and England where the team was bigger than individuals. He said all the stake holders from the broadcaster to the media and everyone had been reduced to a PR agency.

He claimed that if the broadcaster did not give credit to a player then he would always be underrated. He said that this was the primary reason why India had not won an ICC trophy a long time.  He further claimed that this hero worship dates back to 1983 when Kapil Dev won the World Cup for India.

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Kapil Dev in pain, writes to BCCI, says ready to donate his pension to help cancer-stricken Anshuman Gaekwad as cricket board support awaited

Kapil said he was saddened and depressed because he had played alongside Gaekwad and couldn’t bear to see him in this situation.

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Cricketer Kapil Dev has written to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) requesting to lend financial support to his former India teammate Anshuman Gaekwad battling blood cancer alone and said he is ready to donate his pension to help him.

Speaking to a Sports channel, Kapil Dev said 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.

He 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.

India’s World Cup-winning captain also highlighted the lack of a system and said it is great to see this generation of players make good money. It is good to see the support staff members also being paid well. He further said that, during his time, the Board did not have the money. Today, it has and should take care of the senior players from the past. But where they send their contributions, he wondered.

Kapil said if a Trust is formed, they can put their money there. He believed that BCCI should make a system where they look after the players, former and present. He said players are ready to contribute by donating our pension amount if the family allow them to.

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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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