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England pacer Stuart Broad has said he did think about calling it a day after being axed for last month’s opening Test against West Indies. “Were there thoughts of retirement going round my head? 100%. Because I was so down,” Broad told Daily Mail on Sunday.

Broad finished the third Test between England and West Indies with a match haul of 10 for 67 during which he touched the milestone of 500 Test wickets. Broad is just the seventh bowler — and second Englishman after James Anderson — to go past 500 Test wickets. He is also one among four fast-bowlers to achieve this impressive feat.

 “I was expecting to play, which is always a bit of a dangerous thing in sport but I felt I deserved to play. When Stokesy (Ben Stokes) told me I wasn’t playing, I felt my body go into shakes. I could barely speak.”

Broad, who is now targeting 600 Test wickets, also revealed that Stokes, who was captaining in England in the first Test in the absence of Joe Root, then played a key role. “Stokesy knocked on my door on the Thursday night and stayed in the corridor to talk to me. He said: ‘This isn’t about cricket, but how are you, mate?’ That was very impressive for him to do.”

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Bumrah finally breaks his silence on being ruled out of T20 World Cup with back injury

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A day after the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) revealed that the Indian pacer, Jaspreet Bumrah will not feature in India’s World Cup squad, the injured pacer has finally broken his silence on the issue by giving a statement on Twitter.Taking to Twitter on Tuesday, Bumrah opened up about sustaining an unfortunate back injury in the ongoing T20I series between India and South Africa. Bumrah said, “I am gutted that I won’t be a part of the T20 World Cup this time, but thankful for the wishes, care and support I’ve received from my loved ones. As I recover, I’ll be cheering on the team through their campaign in Australia.”BCCI secretary Jay Shah said in a statement, “The BCCI Medical team has ruled out Team India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah from the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup squad. The decision was taken following a detailed assessment and in consultation with the specialists.”Bumrah also missed the entire edition of the Asia Cup in August and September due to a back injury. Making a return to the Indian side following the continental tournament, Bumrah only featured in the second and third T20Is against Australia.

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Malan’s half-century helps England clinch series after 67-run win over Pakistan

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Malan’s half-century helps England clinch series after 67-run win over Pakistan

Unbeaten half-century by Dawid Malan and a dominant show from pacers helped England seal a highly-entertaining T20I series after a 67-run win against Pakistan in the seventh and final match in Lahore on Sunday.
England has clinched the series 4-3. In the first innings, Malan’s 78* off 47 balls powered the visitors to 209/3 in 20 overs. Mohammad Hasnain (1/32) took a wicket for Pakistan. Chasing 210, Shan Masood (56) did hit a half-century but did not get ample support from other batters, which meant that Pakistan could only score 142/8. Woakes (3/26) led the English bowling chart for the day and other bowlers took key wickets too.
Chasing 210, Woakes gave England the big wicket of skipper Babar Azam for just 4 after the batter gave a simple catch to Harry Brook at short cover. Rizwan’s (1) stumps were rattled by Reece Topley balls later, leaving Pakistan at 5/2.
Iftikhar Ahmed and Shan Masood then started repairs after two early hiccups. But they could not proceed for too long as Ahmed was dismissed for 19 off 16. Willey got his first wicket of the match after Ahmed gave a top-edge to keeper Phil Salt while going for a cut. Pakistan was 33/3 in 5.1 overs.
After the end of powerplay in six overs, Pakistan was at 37/3, with Masood (11) joined by Khushdil Shah (2).
The duo helped their side cross the 50-run mark and rotated strike carefully, hitting fours and sixes occasionally. The 53-run stand between the duo was broken after spinner Adil Rashid dismissed Khushdil for 27 off 25 balls. Pakistan was now at 86/4 in 12.2 overs.
From that point on, it was basically Masood carrying the Pakistan batting. Other batters, notably Asif Ali (7) and Mohammad Nawaz (9) failed to make an impact. Masood did score a half-century, before being dismissed by Woakes for 56 off 43 balls with four boundaries and a six.
Pakistan could only score 142/8 in their 20 overs as none of the batters except Masood, Iftikhar, Khushdil could get into two digits.
While Woakes (3/26) led the bowling attack, he also got support from David Willey (2/22) and also Topley, Sam Curran and Rashid, who all got a wicket each.
Earlier, put to bat first, openers Salt and Alex Hales gave England a solid start before Hasnain trapped Hales leg before wicket for 18 off 13 balls, leaving England at 39/1 in 4.1 overs. Salt was run out for 20 off 12 soon by Shadab Khan.
From 39/2, Malan and Ben Duckett rebuilt England’s innings. England was at 57/2 in six overs at the end of powerplay, with Duckett (8) and Malan (9).
The duo started to score with attacking intent. Malan in particular looked in good touch and scored at a better strike rate than his recent outings. A 62-run stand between the duo was ended after Duckett was run out for 30 off 19 balls by Rizwan.
Harry Brook, England’s star in this series was next. Malan brought up his half-century in 34 balls with six fours and a six. Saving the best for the last, Brook-Malan ended the innings on high after smashing Mohammad Wasim for 20 runs in the final over.
Malan’s knock of 78* off 47 balls with eight fours and three sixes earned him the ‘Man of the Match’ title.
Harry Brook on the other hand won the ‘Man of the Series’ title for scoring 238 runs.

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Butterfly specialist Astha Choudhury sets new National Games record

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Assam’s Astha Choudhury claimed the honour of becoming the first swimmer to break a record as the National Games Aquatics competition commenced at the Sardar Patel Aquatics Complex here on Sunday.
She clocked 1:03.91 in the 100m Butterfly heats to take the Games record from Richa Mishra, who set it at 1:04.41 in Ranchi in 2011. Incidentally, the Butterfly specialist had clocked 1:03.07 in Guwahati last month to claim the National Record too. Tanishi Gupta (Karnataka) and Divya Satija (Haryana) were second and third fastest in the heats.
Sajan Prakash, the Best Male Athlete of the 2015 National Games, started his quest to repeat that feat by entering two individual finals and the Kerala team’s 4x100m Freestyle relay final. On a day when his younger Olympic colleague, Srihari Nataraj, made his appearance only in the Freestyle relay heats, Sajan Prakash stated his intent in very clear terms.
Aware of the number of races that he will have to compete in in his pursuit of that title, he was conservative in doing enough to make the finals in the 200m Freestyle and 100m Butterfly. Sajan Prakash opened with a 1:55.74 in the 200m Freestyle, his time being the fifth fastest in the heats behind rising star Aneesh S Gowda and Sambhavv Rao (both Karnataka), Gujarat’s big hope Aryan Nehra and Vishal Grewal (Delhi).
Vedaant Madhavan, who trains alongside Sajan Prakash in Dubai, also made it to the final. National champion Harsh Saroha (Haryana), who finished ninth, has been marked as a reserve for the final.
The vastly experienced Sajan Prakash breezed to the top of the 100m Butterfly qualifications with a time of 56.16 seconds. Sambhavv Rao also made it to his second final, clocking 57.47 though Assam’s Bikram Changmai (Assam) was the second fastest of the qualifiers from the heats.

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CWG medalists Lavpreet and Sambo win easily, Komal wins in a tough fight

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CWG medalists Lavpreet and Sambo win easily, Komal wins in a tough fight

Weightlifter of Arunachal, Maharashtra and Punjab each won a gold in the National Games on the fourth day. CWG medalist Lovepreet Singh of Punjab and Sambo Lapung of Arunachal won easily while Maharashtra’s Komal Wakale had to fight hard for the gold.
Lovepreet has confirmed a gold in the first attempt of clean and jerk in the men’s 105 kg category. After that he didn’t have to turn up for the last two attempts. He said that the forthcoming World Championship would be a very important one for him and he did not want to take any risk. He will try to improve his skill in clean and jerk event at the world level.
Similarly, Sambo Lapung son of a farmer won a gold in the 96 kg category. He revealed that he had to go for loan several times to meet his preparation and household expenses. He had no idea when that loan amount would be settled. Sambo, who set the record in the clean and jerk event, said that he came into this sport from boxing because the coach of the boxing was very strict and by adopting this sport he had got relief.
Komal Wakale of Maharashtra won the gold in the women’s 87 kg category. BN Usha of Karnataka, who finished second, had a tough fight. She lost a total of 210 kg, leaving behind Usha by a difference of only one kg.

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‘Virat Kohli likely to be rested for third India-South Africa T20I’

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India’s star batter Virat Kohli is likely to be rested for the third T20I between India and South Africa which will be held in Indore on Tuesday.
According to BCCI sources, the former India skipper is likely to be rested for the third T20I against Proteas as Kohli needs to be in the best form when India plays their T20 World Cup opening match against Pakistan at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground on October 23. India have already gained an unassailable lead of 2-0 over South Africa. With Men in Blue defeating South Africa by eight wickets and 16 runs in the first and second T20I respectively to clinch the series, the third game at the Holkar Stadium on Tuesday evening becomes a dead rubber.
Kohli on Sunday became the first India to complete 11,000 runs in T20 history. He achieved this feat during the second T20I against South Africa here at Barsapara Cricket Stadium, Guwahati on Sunday. In the match after scoring 19 runs, Virat became the fastest to reach 11,000 T20 runs in just 354 matches.
Former India skipper slammed a stunning six over the long-off in the Wayne Parnell’s over to reach this milestone. With that six in Parnell’s over Kohli registered his name in the history book to become the first Indian to complete 11,000 runs in T20 history.
During the second T20I against South Africa, Kohli displayed his class. For a moment, everything was mesmerized by the beautiful shots that Suryakumar Yadav was playing but Kohli made his presence count with some quality shots around the park and scored an unbeaten 49.
After struggling with poor form the wait for Kohli’s 71st century finally came to an end during the Asia Cup after 1,020 days. He smashed a stunning 122* off 61 balls against Afghanistan, and in doing so equalled Ricky Ponting’s record of 71 international tons.
Virat Kohli found his touch during the recently concluded Asia Cup 2022, in which he finished as the second-highest run scorer in the tournament and also scored his much anticipated 71st international ton.
Kohli scored 276 runs in five matches at an average of 92.00 with one century and two half-centuries.

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Jasprit Bumrah ruled out of ICC T20 World Cup 2022

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A huge blow to India as star pacer Jasprit Bumrah is ruled out of the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2022, starting October 16 due to back injury.
The BCCI Medical team has ruled out Team India fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah from the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup squad. The decision was taken following a detailed assessment and in consultation with the specialists. Bumrah was initially ruled out from the ongoing three-match T20I series against South Africa due to a back injury. The BCCI will be naming a replacement for Jasprit Bumrah in the squad for the marquee tournament soon.
India has put a lot of effort into getting ready for the T20 World Cup. They played T20Is in Ireland, England, the Caribbean, and the UAE over the course of the past three months, in addition to the home series against Australia and South Africa.
At the ICC competition, India is in Group 2 with Pakistan, Bangladesh, South Africa, and two qualifiers.
Following their October 23 encounter against Pakistan at the MCG, they will play on October 27, against a qualifier in Sydney, on October 30, against South Africa in Perth, on November 2, against Bangladesh in Adelaide, and on November 6. (vs qualifier in Melbourne).
India T20 World Cup squad: Rohit Sharma (capt), KL Rahul (vice-capt), Virat Kohli, Suryakumar Yadav, Deepak Hooda, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Dinesh Karthik (wicket-keeper), Hardik Pandya, R. Ashwin, Yuzvendra Chahal, Axar Patel, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Harshal Patel, Arshdeep Singh.
Reserve players: Mohammed Shami, Shreyas Iyer, Ravi Bishnoi, Deepak Chahar.

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