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West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard announces retirement from international cricket, see how cricketers reacted to it

Kieron Pollard announced his retirement from international cricket. However, the allrounder will continue to take part in private T20 and T10 leagues across the world.

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West Indies white-ball captain Kieron Pollard

West Indies white-ball captain Kieron Pollard announced his retirement from international cricket. However, the allrounder will continue to take part in private T20 and T10 leagues across the world.

Kieron Pollard announced his retirement from international cricket through his Instagram page. He wrote, “Hi everyone, after careful deliberation, I have decided to retire from international cricket. It was a dream of mine to play for West Indies since I was a 10-year-old boy and I am proud to represent the West Indies for over 15 years in T20 and ODI format of the game.”

Chris Gayle and Sachin Tendulkar wishes him luck for the next chapter and congratulated him fir representing the West Indies cricket. Kunal Pandya commented under his post saying “All time legend Polly! Lots of love my brother,” while he fellow IPL teammate Suryakumar Yadav wrote, “My brother, you’re an inspiration and a legend. All the very best.” The six-hitter feared by all will be missed by all as well. Kieron Pollard and MI fans were heartbroken as soon as the news of his retirement was out. Other IPL franchises also wished Pollard on completing his international cricket journey.

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The 34-year-old Pollard made his ODI debut in 2007. He played his last series against India, seemingly a country which has become Pollard’s second home due to his long association with the most successful team of IPL, Mumbai Indians. Kieron Pollard played around 123 ODIs and 101 T20 matches for West Indies. And He scored 2706 ODI runs with the average of 26, with 55 wickets. On the other front, in T20 internationals, he scored 1569 runs at an average of over 25 and also took 44 wickets.

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Yes! Pollard has three centuries in ODIs, but he was never the same player for West Indies as he has been for Mumbai Indians. Reason being the West Indies cricket’s financial crunch that burdened Pollard to realize his priorities. And probably that’s the reason for Pollard not being at his best while representing his national side.

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Border Gavaskar Trophy: Jasprit Bumrah begins bowling sessions in NCA, might play last 2 Tests against Australia

The Test series will begin on February 9 at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Jamtha, Nagpur.

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Border Gavaskar Trophy: Jasprit Bumrah begins bowling sessions in NCA, might play last 2 Tests against Australia

The Australian cricket team has reached India on Wednesday and they have also practiced in Bangalore today, while the Indian team will also participate in the practice camp in Nagpur. Meanwhile, there something more good coming up for the Indian team. According to reports, fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah has started bowling in the nets at the National Cricket Academy, Bangalore.

Jasprit Bumrah, who has been out of the team since September last year, is recovering from an injury. In such a situation, if Bumrah does not feel any problem in his back, then it is expected that he can return for the last two Test matches of the upcoming Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

The third Test of the prestigious India-Australia series will begin on March 1 in Dharamshala. A BCCI source told the Times of India that Bumrah has started bowling in the nets. “Let’s hope all goes well and he is declared fit,” revealed the source. Team India will assemble in Nagpur on February 2 and train there at the old stadium in Civil Lines and the new stadium in Jamtha from February 3 to February 8.

Meanwhile, the Australia Test team led by Pat Cummins has reached Bengaluru on Wednesday. Their 5-day camp at Alur on the outskirts of Bangalore begins today. After the camp, they will go to Nagpur for the first test. The Test series will begin on February 9 at the Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Jamtha, Nagpur.

India’s Test squad for the first two Tests against Australia: Rohit Sharma (captain), KL Rahul (vice-captain), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, Shreyas Iyer, KS Bharat (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk) , R. Ashwin, Akshar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohd. Shami, Mohd. Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat and Suryakumar Yadav.

Australia Test squad for India tour: Pat Cummins (Captain), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey (wicket keeper), Cameron Green, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Lance Morris, Todd Murphy, Matthew Renshaw, Steve Smith (Vice Captain), Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson and David Warner.

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IND vs AUS: Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul join Team India camp in Nagpur ahead of Border Gavaskar Trophy

Rohit Sharma is returning as captain, having taken a break from the T20I series against New Zealand.

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IND vs AUS: Ravindra Jadeja, Virat Kohli, KL Rahul join Team India camp in Nagpur ahead of Border Gavaskar Trophy

India vs Australia 1st Test will be played at Vidarbha Cricket Association Stadium in Nagpur. While the Australia is practicing in Bangalore, Indian team has reached Nagpur. Indian all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja has also joined the team.

The first match of the India vs Australia four-match Test is to be played from 9 February. Rohit Sharma is returning as captain, having taken a break from the T20I series against New Zealand. Virat Kohli, Akshar Patel and KL Rahul were also rested along with him. Players included in the Indian T20 team also reached Nagpur for the test on Thursday evening. Team head coach Rahul Dravid travelled with the team.

Ravindra Jadeja joins the team

All-rounder Ravindra Jadeja is making a return to the team after several months, earning a place in the squad after passing the NCA fitness test. He also reached Nagpur from Bangalore on Thursday. Jadeja is an important player for the team, hence all eyes will be on his comeback. Prior to this Test, he played the only Ranji match as a preparation, in which he took total 8 wickets.

The Indian cricket team will have a chance in this series to get the number 1 position in the Test rankings. If India wins the 3 Tests, they will become the number 1 Test team on the ICC Test Team Rankings. India is currently at the number one spot of ICC T20 and ODI team rankings. Men in Blue will hold the first practice camp on Friday for the first Test.

India vs Australia 1st Test Squad

Indian Squad: Rohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (Vice-Captain), Shubman Gill, Cheteshwar Pujara, Virat Kohli, KS Bharat (wicketkeeper), Ishan Kishan (wicketkeeper), R. Ashwin, Akshar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Ravindra Jadeja, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Jaydev Unadkat and Suryakumar Yadav.

Australian Squad: Pat Cummins (Captain), Ashton Agar, Scott Boland, Alex Carey (wicket keeper), Cameron Green, Peter Handscomb, Josh Hazlewood, Travis Head, Usman Khawaja, Marnus Labuschagne, Nathan Lyon, Lance Morris, Todd Murphy, Matthew Renshaw, Steve Smith (Vice Captain), Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Swepson and David Warner.

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Hardik Pandya wants to become the new Dhoni of Team India, talks about his role in the team

Captain Hardik put forward his point and said that he has no problem in playing the role that MS Dhoni used to play.

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Hardik Pandya wants to become the new Dhoni of Team India, talks about his role in the team

With a resounding victory in the third T20, the Indian team won the T20 series against New Zealand 2-1. India’s captain Hardik Pandya was awarded the title of Player of the Series. After the historic 168-run victory in the third T20, Hardik said that his role in the team is now the same as MS Dhoni had.

Captain Hardik put forward his point and said that he has no problem in playing the role that MS Dhoni used to play. Pandya further added that at that time, he was young and was hitting shots all around the ground. But now since Dhoni has left the team, suddenly that responsibility has come on him to play the finisher and he has no objection to it. “We are getting results, if I have to play a little slow then there is no point in that too,” added Pandya.

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For the unversed, in the third T20 match, while batting, Hardik played an inning of 30 runs in 17 balls, while bowling, he was successful in taking 4 wickets. Hardik showed a great game in the whole series. Under the captaincy of Hardik, India has succeeded in winning the fourth consecutive T20 series. Captain Hardik in T20, has led Men In Blue in 12 matches and has won 8 of India’s matches.

Moreover, reports even suggest that BCCI and the selectors are all set to announce Hardik Pandya as the regular T20 captain, as they want senior players like Virat Kohli and Rohit to focus on longer formats and add youngsters in the T20 format.

And with this finally India will have split captaincy after a lot written and said about the same. While Virat Kohli wanted to leave the T20 format captain and continue with ODIs and Tests, the then BCCI president Sourav Ganguly was not much in favour and Kohli was ousted from ODI captaincy. Later he himself left the Test captaincy too.

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