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Beauty of sport: Virat Kohli shares Instagram photo of Rafael Nadal crying for Roger Federer on his last match, calls it the most beautiful sporting picture ever

Roger Federer played his last game along with Rafael Nadal in the Laver Cup 2022.

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Former Indian skipper Virat Kohli shared an emotional Instagram post today, but not for himself but for Swiss maestro Rafael Nadal shedding tears for Rodger Federer on his last game in Laver Cup 2022.

Rafael Nadal was seen in tears after the swiss goat played his last match during Laver Cup on Friday. And Kohli shared the picture of both seating on the same bench crying over Federer’s exit and wrote that this is the beauty of sport when your rival cries for you.

Coming himself from a gentlemen’s game cricket, Kohli wrote that who could have thought that rivals can feel like this towards each other. But then that’s the beauty of sport. Kohli further wrote that this is the most beautiful sporting picture ever to him.

“When your companions cry for you, you know what you’ve been able to do with your god given talent. Nothing but respect for these 2,” Virat Kohli further added. Checkout his Instagram post here:

For the unversed, Federer had taken to social media to announce his retirement from World Tennis on September 15. The 41 years old, struggling with a knee problem for the last three years is the first men’s player to win 20 grand slam titles.

Federer’s sudden retirement announcement was the second exit from Tennis in September after 23-time major winner Serena Williams, who shared the stage with Federer for his entire career, also transitioned into retirement following her defeat in the third round of the U.S. Open.

On the other hand, Virat Kohli was seen in great form in the second T20 match against Australia, which was being played at Nagpur’s PVC Stadium. However, the match that was scheduled to start at 7:00 was delayed by 9:30 pm due to rain, but due to the hard work of staff men, the match was played for just 8-8 overs.

After winning the toss, Indian captain Rohit Sharma decided to bowl first. Australia gave a total of 92 runs for India to chase with the help of skipper Aron Finch’s 40 of 28 balls. But India captain led Men in Blue from the front and made 46 not out from just 20 balls and won the match by 6 wickets.

The India vs Australia T20 series is levelled up by 1-1 and the final match which will be played in Hyderabad will be the series decider.

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IND vs NZ 2nd ODI: Weather update, venue, possible playing XI | Know here

The Indian team has not won any ODI match on Seddon Park in Hamilton ground for the last 13 years.

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IND vs NZ 2nd ODI: Weather update, venue, possible playing XI | Know here

The second match of the 3-match ODI series between India and New Zealand will be played in Hamilton on Sunday. It is a do or die match for the Indian team who lost the first match. A loss in this match would mean losing the series.

Seddon Park in Hamilton has never been easy for the team India. The Indian team has not won any ODI match on this venue for the last 13 years. Let us take a look at weather condition, pitch report and possible playing XI of both the teams.

Chances of rain during the match

The match is scheduled to start at 7 am Indian time and 2:30 pm, according to Hamilton time zone.  The weather predictions say that the chances of rainfall in Hamilton on Sunday ranges from 40 per cent ot 68 per cent. There is more than 60 per cent chances of rainfall in afternoon 2 to 3, evening 5 to 6 and from 7 pm to 8 pm. Indicating that the match can get disturbed by rainfall.

Team batting later will have upper hand

The team batting later has more advantage at Seddon Park in Hamilton. So far, thirty-seven One Day Internationals have been played here. Of these, the team batting first in 13 and the team batting later in 22 have  have won. Two matches have remained inconclusive.

The average score in the first innings of an ODI match in Hamilton is 245 runs. The team batting first has scored more than 300 runs at least five times. Meanwhile, a score of 270 to 300 runs has been scored at least eight times. The target of more than 300 runs has been chased twice on this pitch.

In 2007, New Zealand won a match by scoring 350 runs in the second innings against Australia. The Kiwi team won against India in 2020 by scoring 348 runs in the second innings.

Probable playing-11 of both teams

New Zealand: Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Kane Williamson, Daryl Mitchell, Tom Latham, Glenn Phillips, Mitchell Santner, Adam Milne, Matt Henry, Tim Southee, Lockie Ferguson.

India: Shikhar Dhawan, Shubman Gill, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, Suryakumar Yadav, Sanju Samson, Washington Sundar, Deepak Chahar, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh and Kuldeep Yadav/Yuzvendra Chahal.

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Rohit Sharma should quit IPL in order to win World Cup, says his childhood coach Dinesh Lad

Keeping the ODI World Cup 2023 in mind, Sharma’s childhood coach Dinesh Lada has advised Rohit not to play IPL.

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Rohit Sharma should quit IPL in order to win World Cup, says his childhood coach Dinesh Lad

Team India captain Rohit Sharma, who is currently rested for the India vs New Zealand ODI and T20 series is under lot of scrutiny after the episode loss at the T20 World Cup 2022. Since then his captaincy has also been questioned by many veterans. Amidst all this, another shocking statement has come to the fore on Rohit Sharma.

Keeping the ODI World Cup 2023 in mind, Sharma’s childhood coach Dinesh Lada has advised Rohit not to play IPL. He believes that if the Indian team has to win the ODI World Cup 2023, then Rohit will have to distance himself from the Indian Premiere League and focus on the bilateral and ICC tournament.

For the unversed, Team India was out of the T20 World Cup 2022 after losing the semi-final match against England. Dinesh Lad said that Team India has not been stable in the last 7-8 months. And if they are preparing for the World Cup, then the team has to be united.

Lad further added that in the last seven months, anyone is coming to open, then someone is coming to bowl, hence, the team does not look stable at all. “I don’t think workload management is the reason. Everyone around the world is playing cricket. If this is the case then don’t play in IPL if you want to win the World Cup,” said Dinesh Lad.

Rohit Sharma’s childhood coach believes that if a cricketer plays for India or for the state then only his name is considered for IPL and then their game only helps in the salary cap in IPL.

On the sport front, Rohit Sharma has not had a good run in the T20 World Cup 2022. The Indian skipper scored only 116 runs in 6 innings. He scored only 1 half-century during this period at an average of 19.33. Since then Rohit Sharma’s captaincy is also under question.


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IND vs NZ ODI: Black caps defeat India by 7 wickets, Tom Latham’s century overshadows Umran-Arshdeep’s ODI debut

New Zealand has taken a lead of 1-0 in the three match series. Now the second ODI match will be played on Sunday.

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IND vs NZ ODI: Black caps defeat India by 7 wickets, Tom Latham’s century overshadows Umran-Arshdeep’s ODI debut

Host New Zealand has defeated Team India in the first game of 3-match ODI series by seven wickets. Batting first after losing the toss, India set a target of 307 runs in front of New Zealand. In response, the Kiwi team achieved the target with seven wickets in hand with the help of a 221-run partnership between skipper Kane Williamson and Tom Latham.

With this victory, New Zealand took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. The first game was being played at Eden Park Auckland. Stand in captain Shikhar Dhawan lost the toss when Kane Williamson invited Men in Blue to bat first. India gave a good defending total of 307 runs for black caps to chase.

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But New Zealand’s number three and four batsman came to win it all. New Zealand was struggling at 48 for 3 when Kiwi captain came to bat in. Giving the much needed stability to the New Zealand innings, he took the score board forward. Tom Latham was in a fabulous form scored another century in One Day Internationals.

200-run partnership between Tom Latham and Kane Williamson made the match one-sided. Kiwi team scored 309 runs losing three wickets in 47.1 overs and easily achieved the target. Kane Williamson and Tom Latham batted brilliantly for New Zealand.

Umran Malik and Arshdeep marked the ODI debut with this game and also took one one wicket each. But the Indian skipper and pacer Shardul Thakur could not help their team in the first ODI game. Now both the team will play the second match on Sunday.

IND vs NZ ODI match schedule

1st ODI – 25 November, Eden Park Auckland

2nd ODI – November 27, Seddon Park, Hamilton

3rd ODI – 30 November, Hagley Oval, Christchurch

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.

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