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Watch: Harbhajan Singh, Irfan Pathan dance after Afghanistan beat Sri Lanka in World Cup tie

Harbhajan Singh and Irfan Pathan danced inside the star sports studio moments after Afghanistan registered a 7 wicket victory over Sri Lanka in Pune. In the video Irfan can be seen inviting Harbhajan to join him as the two former India teammates showed their dance moves.

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Watch: Harbhajan Singh, Irfan Pathan dance after Afghanistan beat Sri Lanka in World Cup tie

Irfan Pathan is a big fan of Afghanistan cricket team. His dance moves after Afghanistan beat Sri Lanka are sure to erase all doubts. And this time Irfan was not alone. He was joined by former cricketer Harbhajan Singh. Harbhajan Singh and Irfan Pathan danced inside the star sports studio moments after Afghanistan registered a 7 wicket victory over Sri Lanka in Pune. In the video Irfan can be seen inviting Harbhajan to join him as the two former India teammates showed their dance moves.

Afghanistan were set a target of 242 to win by Sri Lanka. Afghanistan successfully chased down the target of 242 for the loss of three wickets. Azmatullah Omarzai  remained unbeaten on 73. He was supported by the Afghan Captain Hashmatullah Shahidi who scored 58 not out. The pair had successful partnership of 111 runs.

Afghanistan has six points are at the fifth position in the table, two behind Australia and New Zealand with the top four who will be guaranteed to go to the semi finals. Victory also meant Afghanistan who had already beaten champions England, had won back to back matches at the cricket World Cup for first time after they defeated Pakistan by eight wickets last time.

Previously they had managed just one win against non test playing nation Scotland in 2015. But this time Afghanistan has beaten three world cup winners in 1996 Champions Sri Lanka, 1992 Champions Pakistan and England. Shahidi said he was very happy and proud of the team. He said the Afghanistan team performed well in all departments. The Afghani captain said the Pakistan match gave them a lot of confidence that they can chase down any target. Fazalhaq Farooqui was the best of the bowlers and picked up four crucial wickets for 34 runs in 10 overs. His stunning performance helped in restricting Sri Lanka for 241 runs.

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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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