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IPL 2022: Faf du Plessis named as the RCB’s new captain

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Faf du Plessis has been appointed as the Royal Challengers Bangalore’s new captain for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League which is scheduled to begin from March 26 in India.

Du Plessis is one among the RCB’s big-ticket signings at this year’s IPL mega auction as the franchise has bought 19 players.

RCB’s new skipper’s announcement for the upcoming IPL season has ended weeks of speculation over Virat Kohli’s successor at the franchise. After the resignation of Virat Kohli who led the franchise last year and stepped down as RCB skipper after the last year’s tournament, the franchise were looking for a new skipper for the upcoming season.

In a virtual event, the franchise chairman Prathmesh Mishra and director cricket operations Mike Hesson has handed over team’s captaincy cap to Du Plessis who gave up South African captaincy across all formats in 2020.

The 37-year-old veteran batsman, who has been part of the Chennai Super Kings for many years and also opened the batting for them, will be appeared in RCB jersey this year’s IPL season.

So far, former CSK skipper has scored 2935 runs in his 100 IPL innings at a strike-rate of over 131. With scoring 633 runs, he was the top scorer of the CSK’s last year’s IPL-winning campaign.

RCB, the three-time finalists, has not won even a single IPL title. The franchise will open their campaign against Punjab Kings in Mumbai on March 27, the second day of the season.

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IND vs NZ: Do or die for India in the third ODI match, Sanju Samson’s place in playing XI still questionable

The 3rd IND vs NZ ODI match will begin at 7:00 pm IST and the toss will be held at 6:30 pm.

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IND vs NZ: Do or die for India in the third ODI match, Sanju Samson's place in playing XI still questionable

Team India is all set to play the third One Day Internationals tomorrow at Hagley Oval against New Zealand. Team India is now in a do or die situation as they will not only have to win the decider match but will also have to pray that even a droplet of rain does not fall at Christchurch tomorrow in order to equalize 1-1 in the three-match ODI series.

The weather forecast claims that there are 40 percent chances of rain at Christchurch tomorrow and if it happens then there will be nothing more disappointing for the young cricketers of the Indian team. The rain has already played a spoilsport for the youngsters as they got a golden opportunity to prove their mettle in the absence of the senior players.

But the first and third match of the India vs New Zealand T20 series was disturbed by the rain. Later India won the series as they had defeated the host in the second T20 match. And now something same seems to happen in the ODI series.

The first match was won by Black Caps and the second match was cancelled after heavy rain at Napier. And now both the teams are all to seal the third match on a winning note but they’ll only be successful in doing so if rain does not interrupts the match.

On the other hand, out of these five matches Sanju Samson only got to play one match and seems like in order to give Rishabh Pant the priority, Samson may be benched for the 3rd IND vs NZ ODI.

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IND vs NZ ODI Streaming details

Just like the T20, the One Day Internationals will also be available on platform Amazon Prime Video, but if you want to enjoy this series without any cost, then you can watch it on DD Sports channel of DD Free Dish.

The match will begin at 7:00 pm IST and the toss will be held at 6:30 pm.

IND vs NZ ODI Series Squads

India: Shikhar Dhawan (C), Rishabh Pant (VC & wk), Shubman Gill, Deepak Hooda, Suryakumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Sanju Samson (wk), W Sundar, Shardul Thakur, Shahbaz Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Arshdeep Singh, Deepak Chahar, Kuldeep Sen, Umran Malik.

New Zealand: Kane Williamson (c), Finn Allen, Michael Bracewell, Devon Conway, Lockie Ferguson, Daryl Mitchell, Adam Milne, Jimmy Neesham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Tom Latham (wk), Matt Henry.

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ODI World Cup 2023: Team South Africa can be ruled out of the World Cup, here’s everything you need to know

As per ICC rules, the top eight teams on the points table of the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League will directly qualify for the World Cup.

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All the teams have started preparations for the ODI World Cup 2023, which will be held in India. With less than a year left in this tournament every team is keeping their best foot forward and working out team combinations for the big ICC tournament.

As the host, Team India has already qualified for the ODI World Cup 2023. After this, seven teams including England, New Zealand, Australia, Bangladesh and Pakistan have qualified for this World Cup. Afghanistan has also recently qualified for the big battle, but surprisingly West Indies, Sri Lanka and South Africa have not been able to qualify for the World Cup so far.

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As per ICC rules, the top eight teams on the points table of the ICC Cricket World Cup Super League will directly qualify for the World Cup. The Indian team will make it to the tournament as hosts. Whereas, the rest of the teams will have to play the qualifying round and the first two placed teams will make it to the main round. In such a situation, teams like South Africa, Sri Lanka and West Indies can be in trouble.

The Sri Lankan team is currently at the 10th position in the points table of the Cricket World Cup Super League with 67 points. They have four matches to make it to the eight teams. Same way South Africa is at 11th position with 59 points. They will have to win four of their five matches to make it to the super eight. Three of these matches are against England and two are against team Netherlands.

On the other hand, West Indies is at the eighth position with 88 points. This team can directly qualify for the World Cup by performing well in their upcoming matches. Compared to South Africa and Sri Lanka, the road to West Indies is easier.

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Saba Karim blames NCA for frequent injuries of Indian fast bowlers

Bumrah has been out of the team for a long time due to a back injury. He missed two major tournaments- Asia Cup and T20 World Cup 2022.

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Former India cricketer Saba Karim

Former India cricketer Saba Karim has questioned the failure of the National Cricket Academy (NCA) to monitor the fitness of fast bowlers in India. His argument comes at a time when several fast bowlers, including India’s premier pacer Jasprit Bumrah, are recovering from injuries.

For those who don’t know, Bumrah has been out of the team for a long time due to a back injury. He missed two major tournaments due to injury. These include the Asia Cup and the T20 World Cup 2022 and naming several bilateral series amid these big tournaments doesn’t even make it to the cut.

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Apart from them, the famous bowlers Prasidh Krishna and Yash Dayal have also joined the list of fast bowlers struggling with injury. Deepak Chahar and Harshal Patel have also made comebacks recently after being sidelined due to injury for a long time. Shardul Thakur was also absent from India’s playing XI against New Zealand on Sunday, which was called off due to rain. Before the match, Shardul was seen warming up but was under the close supervision of a support staff.

Sharing his views on Team India’s fast bowling to a sports website, Saba Karim said that as far as he knows, it is the work of the National Cricket Academy, which sits with the team management and selectors and comes up with a pool of 10-12 fast bowlers. They also shortlist the needs of NCA to guide fast bowlers and to keep an eye on his fitness. He further revealed that its NCA that focuses on the workload management of the bowlers, so that the players are available whenever the team needs them.

But is near past that did not seems to happen. Saba said that it is difficult to say, but India definitely has young fast bowlers, who can bowl well. While Karim admitted that recent injuries have been a cause of concern, he also pointed out that there is no dearth of fast bowling talent in the country and went on to name a few. He said you can count them on your fingre tips as there are just four-five names.

Elaborating further Saba named them and said Kuldeep Sen, selected for Bangladesh tour can bowl at a speed of 140 kilometers per hour. There are also Avesh Khan and Shivam Mavi, who play for UP and has seen him clicking on 140 in domestic cricket. Karthik Tyagi had impressed as a net bowler during the tour of Australia. Khaleel Ahmed has also bowled very well in the IPL. But these questions and doubts raised by Saba Karim have raised concerned and has brought to light some facts that have been doing rounds in everyone’s minds as well.

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