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Shane Warne Feels, Controversy Surrounding Hardik Pandya And KL Rahul Was Ridiculous

New Delhi: Australian cricket legend Shane Warne feels that the recent controversy around Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul’s comments on a TV chat show was “ridiculous”.

Pandya and Rahul appeared on popular TV show Koffee with Karan and talked about their sexual conquests. The duo’s comments were deemed to be misogynist and disrespectful. The players were subsequently dropped from the Indian side.

Warne, who took 708 Test wickets in a storied cricket career, feels that the reaction to Pandya and Rahul’s comments was ridiculous and players should be allowed the space to express themselves without inhibitions.

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Former Aussie Skipper Ponting Counts India, England Favourites To Win World Cup

New Delhi: Former Australia captain Ricky Ponting has tipped India and England as favourites to win the upcoming World Cup on current form but feels that his country also has a chance to defend the title it clinched in 2015. Ponting said with the impending return of suspended batsmen Steve Smith and David Warner, Australia can win the ODI showpiece, which begins on May 30 in England. "Absolutely," Ponting replied when asked if he thought Australia could win the World Cup.

"India and England are probably the two standout teams right now, but if you add Warner and Smith back into that line-up then I think that team looks as strong as any," the batting legend was quoted as saying by Cricket Australia official website cricket.com.au. Australia have won just four of their most recent 26 ODI contests but Ponting, who was on Friday named as new assistant coach, said the team will be a contender for the title yet again.

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Dhoni Invaluable For Team India, Says Yuvraj

New Delhi: Veteran Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh on Friday said Mahendra Singh Dhoni's presence is crucial to the country's World Cup chances as he is a "guiding" force for current captain Virat Kohli and "important" in decision-making. Dhoni's place in the side has been a subject of debate owing to his inconsistent form but many, including former captain Sunil Gavaskar, have said that his tremendous grasp of match situations makes him invaluable.

The 37-year-old left-handed batsman was speaking after being announced as the brand ambassador of sports-tech startup LivePools at suburban Bandra in Mumbai. Yuvraj, the 2011 World Cup's player of the tournament, echoed the sentiment when asked about the Dhoni factor here at an interaction. "I think Mahi (Dhoni) has a great cricket brain. And as a wicket-keeper, you are in the best position to monitor the game and he has done that fantastically over the years. He has been a great captain. (He is) with the young players and guiding Virat (Kohli) all the time," Yuvraj said.

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Rohit Sharma Needs Only 35 Runs To Be The Leading Runs Getter In T20 Matches

New Delhi: After a comprehensive 4-1 win in the five-match ODI series against New Zealand, India began their three-match T20I series with hopes of another win. However, they slumped to an 80-run defeat, their biggest T20I loss by runs.

The Kiwis’ set up a steep target of 220 runs and the visitor’s folded up for just 139 in response. It was poor performance all around for the Indian side.

India’s chase never got going as they kept losing wickets at regular intervals. Rohit Sharma, who is leading the side in the absence of the rested Virat Kohli, was the first one to go. The Mumbai batsman could contribute just one run his team’s cause before getting out to Tim Southee.

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P V Sindhu exuded confidence of striking gold at the World championship slated for August

New Delhi:  Indian ace P V Sindhu exuded confidence of striking gold at the World championship in August after settling for the silver medal twice in the last two editions.

“Yes, last two times it was silver in the World championship. I am hopeful of winning the gold this time,” Sindhu, who finished runner-up in the last two editions of the world championship, told reporters here.

“It is one of the biggest tournaments and nobody is going to give it away easily. It is just about giving my best. Everybody is aiming for Tokyo 2020 and there are many good players and its not going to be easy.

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