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T20 World Cup: India to open campaign against Pakistan on October 24 in Dubai

India will begin their T20 World Cup campaign against arch-rivals Pakistan on October 24 as ICC announced the full schedule of T20 World Cup 2021 on Tuesday. The T2O World Cup will be held between October 17 and November 14 in Oman and UAE.

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India will begin their T20 World Cup campaign with a mouthwatering clash against their arch rival Pakistan on October 24 in Dubai, the International Cricket Council confirmed on Tuesday.

Announcing the ICC T2OI World Cup schedule on Tuesday, the ICC said that the arch-rivals India and Pakistan will face each other on October 24 in their Group B clash in Dubai.

The T2O World Cup will be held between October 17 and November 14 in Oman and UAE.

The tournament’s first round kicks off on October 17 in Oman, with Oman taking on Papua New Guinea and Bangladesh playing Scotland.

As per the schedule announced by the ICC, India’s next match will once again be a tricky affair when India will be up against New Zealand on October 31, also in Dubai, followed by match against Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi on November 3. India’s remaining two Super 12 matches are against the winner of Group B (November 5 in Dubai) and second placed side of Group A (November 8 in Dubai).

India play a total of 4 matches in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi. None of their Super 12 matches are scheduled in Sharjah.

Group A have Sri Lanka, Ireland, Netherlands and Namibia, while Group B has Bangladesh, Scotland, Papua New Guinea and Oman. The top two teams from each group will qualify for the Super 12 stage.

The Super 12 stage will get underway in Abu Dhabi on October 23, with the Group 1 contest between Australia and South Africa. This will be followed up with an evening clash between England and the West Indies in Dubai.

Afghanistan will be the next test for India on November 3 in Abu Dhabi followed by a clash against the winners of Group B from the first round, slated to take place on November 5 in Dubai.

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India’s final group match will be against the second-placed Round 1 qualifier from Group A on November 8 in Dubai.

The semifinals will be played in Abu Dhabi and Dubai respectively on November 11 and November 12 while final will be held in Dubai on November 14 on Sunday at 6pm local time. Both semi-finals have reserve days.

In other India News, Bollywood celebrities like Anushka Sharma, Kangana Ranaut, Sonu Sood, Swara Bhasker, Rhea Chakraborty, Shekhar Kapur among others expressed their solidarity with Afghanistan and its citizens.

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Gautam Gambhir explains why he doesn’t smile

Gautam Gambhir said he is not in the entertainment industry neither he is a Bollywood actor, he is a cricketer, and his job is to win matches and create a winning atmosphere in dressing room.

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Gautam Gambhir explains why he doesn’t smile

The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) mentor has received many criticisms for not smiling and always keeping his game face on. The former India opener is known for his aggressive expressions, and he has responded to this with a bold statement.

R. Ashwin interviewed Gautam Gambhir recently where he asked him that asks why he doesn’t smiles. The former Indian cricketer said that he doesn’t understand when people talk about him not smiling, laughing, and always being intense, grumpy, and looking like he is walking on the edge with his game face on. Gambhir said, people don’t come to watch him smile, they come to watch their team win. He said that the kind of profession they are in, he can’t help but work with this attitude in the industry.

The World Cup winner said he is not in the entertainment industry neither he is a Bollywood actor, he is a cricketer, and his job is to win matches and create a winning atmosphere in dressing room. He said he has all the rights to fight for himself, fight for his teammates, and do every possible thing within the spirit of the game to try and defeat the opponent team.

The KKR mentor said continued saying that people say he is too hard and plays in a certain way. He does because it helps him perform to the best of his abilities. He said it’s his characteristic because he is obsessed with winning, and that’s the problem, Gambhir said.

Fans on social media have reacted to this interview by saying this winning mentality is the best quality of Gautam Gambhir, as he always tries his best, and that’s why he is the No. 1 among Indian local coaches. Many users praised Gambhir for his winning attitude towards the game and how professional he is.

Under Gambhir’s mentorship, KKR will play for a spot in the final when they face Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Qualifier 1 today at Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad.

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CSK official reveals MS Dhoni’s plan on retirement

CSK was eliminated from IPL 2024 after a defeat by Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) in their final league match on Saturday.

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The former captain of Chennai Super Kings (CSK), MS Dhoni, hasn’t yet announced his retirement plan or whether he plans to continue his career in the IPL, but a CSK official has revealed a message Dhoni gave to the management.

CSK was eliminated from IPL 2024 after a defeat by Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB) in their final league match on Saturday. Both teams had 14 points each, but due to a higher net-run rate, RCB led by Faf du Plessis qualified for the playoffs. CSK fans were sad not only about the defeat of their team but also about the fact that they might see MS Dhoni for the last time in the IPL. However, a CSK official has revealed that he hasn’t commented on his potential retirement.

The unnamed CSK official revealed that Dhoni has requested that the team management hold off on any decisions regarding his retirement for a few months. He said that Dhoni himself hasn’t reached a conclusion and might be considering another season.

The official also mentioned that Dhoni felt comfortable with his running between the wickets during the IPL, a key concern for some fans regarding his age. Additionally, the introduction of the impact player rule in IPL 2024 might influence Dhoni’s decision. This rule allows teams to bring in a substitute player during the second strategic break, potentially offering Dhoni a more specific role within the team that is less physically demanding.

With Dhoni maintaining his silence and the possibility of the ‘Impact Player’ rule working in his favour, CSK fans might not have seen the last of their beloved captain just yet. The official said that the management would wait for Dhoni’s message on the topic and added that MS Dhoni has always had the best interests of the team in mind.

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Rohit Sharma slams Star Sports for broadcasting private conversation between him and KKR coach Abhishek Nayar, post goes viral

Rohit Sharma did not mince his words as he targeted Star Sports following the viral video clip where he spoke about his chat with Abhishek Nayar.

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Rohit Sharma slams Star Sports for broadcasting private conversation between him and KKR coach Abhishek Nayar, post goes viral

Indian cricket team captain Rohit Sharma on Sunday slammed Star Sports for recording and broadcasting his private conversation. Sharma took to his social media platform on X and posted that in spite of asking Star Sports to not record his conversation; it was recorded and was also then broadcasted on air, which he referred to as a breach of his privacy.

This comes after a video featuring Rohit Sharma and Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) assistant coach Abhishek Nayar went viral on social media platforms where Sharma is seen contemplating his future with the Mumbai Indians team. The former Mumbai Indians captain said, the lives of cricketers have become so intrusive that cameras are now recording every step and conversation they are having in privacy with their friends and colleagues, at training or on match days.

Sharma expressed his concern over the need to get exclusive content which is focused only on views and engagement will have a negative impact on the trust between the cricketers, fans, and cricket.

The post has gone viral on X with 2.2 million views, 2700 comments, 13000 retweets and 73000 likes which are only increasing. Large number of Rohit Sharma fans and cricket enthusiasts commented on the social media post. One X user Archer said that he was surprised on the post by Rohit Sharma and did not see it coming. He added that it was great of Rohit Sharma for calling this out.

One X user Prateek wrote finally captain had to speak against TRP mafia star sports.

Another cricket enthusiast did not agree with Rohit Sharma and wrote that he hardly gave any content with his batting as a result they had to do this.

One Rohit Sharma fan Ayush felt Star Sports should feel shameful for what they have done.

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