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Lalchand Rajput says Hardik Pandya 'ideal' all-rounder after Kapil Dev

New Delhi: Former India cricket manager Lalchand Rajput has said that Hardik Pandya is the "ideal all-rounder" that the national team has been aspiring since the departure of legendary Kapil Dev.

"Hardik Pandya is an exceptional cricketer. The talent he has got, I have seen him at the NCA (National Cricket Academy) and then he was with me at the Zonal Camp (ZCA). He has got tremendous talent. He is an ideal all-rounder after Kapil Dev," Rajput said.

The 23-year-old Pandya played a crucial knock in the first ODI against Australia in Chennai, which eventually helped India to win the ODI by 26 runs via Duckworth Lewis method.

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BCCI Moves Kerala HC Against Order Lifting Life Ban On Sreesanth

New Delhi: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), has moved the Kerala High Court against a single bench order lifting the life ban imposed on cricketer S Sreesanth in the wake of the 2013 IPL spot-fixing scandal.

In its appeal, the BCCI said that the decision to ban the cricketer was taken based on the evidence against him.
The single judge bench on August 7 had lifted the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI. In his order, Justice A Muhamed Mustaque also set aside all proceedings against Sreesanth initiated by the board.

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1st ODI: Pandya, Dhoni Guide India To Comfortable Win Over Australia

New Delhi: Hardik Pandya's all-round flamboyance complemented by Mahendra Singh Dhoni's customary calm enabled India to register a comfortable 26-run win over Australia in the rain-curtailed opening ODI of the five-match series in Chennai.

Courtesy Pandya's blistering career-best 66-ball 83 and Dhoni's 79 off 88 balls, India posted a competitive 281 for seven despite losing the top half for less than 100 after opting to bat.

However intermittent showers during the break played spoilsport as Australia were set a revised target of 164 off 21 overs via Duckworth-Lewis method.

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Sindhu Storms Into Semifinal Spot In Korea Open Super Series

New Delhi: Olympic silver medallist P V Sindhu has stormed into the semifinals of women's singles but it was curtains for Sameer Verma in men's singles event at the USD 600,000 in Seoul.

Sindhu, who had won the silver at the World Championship last month, recovered from a mid-game slump to stave off the challenge from World No. 19 Minatsu Mitani of Japan 21-19 16- 21 21-10 in a match that lasted 63 minutes.

The fifth seeded Indian, who had a 1-1 head-to-head record against the Japanese, will next face either third seed Sung Ji Hyun or China's He Bingjiao, seeded sixth at the SK Handball Stadium here.

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ICC Says It Can't Force India To Play Bilateral Series Against Pakistan

New Delhi: ICC Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Dave Richardson has said that that the sport's governing body cannot force India to play bilateral matches with Pakistan.

Talking to the media in Lahore, Richardson also dispelled the impression that the ICC had a bigger leaning towards India compared to Pakistan cricket.

"If India is not ready to play with Pakistan, we can't force them to do so," he said.

He said obviously the ICC wanted good relations among all its member nations and discouraged member countries from being involved in legal battles with each other.

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