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IND vs WI: Tweeple slam BCCI – Seven captains in eight months?

The BCCI has announced the Indian squad for the three-match One Day International series against the West Indies, which will be played at the Queen’s Park Oval, Trinidad from July 22 to July 27.

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Rohit Sharma and Rahul Dravid

Ever since Virat Kohli stepped down from Indian captaincy in all formats of cricket, India has been struggling to have an even captain in every tour. The work for Head coach Rahul Dravid has become tough now by not having a stable leader by his side.

After India already had Jasprit Bumrah as the sixth captain this year, now BCCI has announced the Indian Squad for the India VS West Indies ODI series. And Shikhar Dhawan has been named the captain while Ravindra Jadeja will be the vice captain.

And with this, India will have seventh captain in the eight months. This does not only exposes the lack of leadership in the Indian team but is also exposing this huge chink in India’s armor for other teams to take advantage of.

And seems like this severe changes in the Indian leadership has even got the tweeple angry. Several twitter users not only criticsed BCCI for making fun of an important post but they also shared several memes and quotes explaining the current scenario in the Indian dressing room. Some of the reactions are given below:

https://twitter.com/IconTweetz/status/1544659886415286272

Ever since Dravid has taken over as coach, India has had six different captains in eight months. First, it was Virat Kohli for the India vs South Africa Test series, later it was KL Rahul for the ODI series against South Africa, followed by Rohit Sharma in the India tour of Sri Lanka and West Indies tour of India.

Then, Rishabh Pant led the Indian side against South Africa for the T20 series and Hardik Pandya led the men in blue against Ireland for two match T-20 series, followed by Jasprit Bumrah leading the Indian side in the India vs England 5th match. And now, Shikhar Dhawan will lead men in blue against West Indies in the ODI series.

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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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Happy Birthday MS Dhoni: Cricketers, Bollywood celebrities wish world champion on his 43rd birthday

The legendary India skipper turns 43 on July 7, 2024.

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Happy Birthday MS Dhoni: Cricketers, Bollywood celebrities wish world champion on his 43rd birthday

The legendary Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni is celebrating his 43rd birthday today. Wishes are coming from all over the world for the one and only Captain Cool. MS Dhoni’s wife Sakshi Singh shared a beautiful birthday post for the world champion. She shared a video from the midnight birthday celebration on Instagram.

https://www.instagram.com/p/C9F3jV5K8eA

In the video posted MS Dhoni is seen cutting not just one, but 3 cakes. In the video MS Dhoni is seen cutting a black forest cake with Sakshi standing next to him. Sharing the video, Sakshi wrote, Happy Birthday, MS Dhoni. Mahendra Singh Dhoni also celebrated his birthday with actor Salman Khan. In a video shared by a fan on X, Salman Khan is seen standing next to Dhoni and his wife during the cake-cutting ceremony. MS Dhoni fans can see 3 new cakes on the table.

The first one is a chocolate drip cake. The next one is a customized cake with MS Dhoni’s jersey number 7 on it. The cake has a topping of chocolate balls and macaroons. The last one looks like a cheesecake with caramel topping. Salman Khan also shared a picture from the midnight celebration on X (formerly Twitter). In the picture, the actor is looking at MS Dhoni. The note read, Happy Birthday, Kaptaan Sahab!

Former Indian batsman Suresh Raina wrote Happy Birthday, Mahi bhai!  He wished that Dhoni’s birthday may be as cool as his helicopter shot and as epic as his stumping skills. He hoped that this would turn out to be a fantastic one

Cricketer Kuldeep Yadav took to X and wrote Happy Birthday Mahi bhai. He also shared a picture with the former Indian captain.

BCCI Chairman Jay Shah wished the former Indian captain on his birthday and wrote Happy Birthday to the one and only MS Dhoni! You’ve given everything to the sport and inspired millions with your leadership and calm demeanour. Wishing you endless success and happiness!

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