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Agni Chopra smashes first-class record with centuries in first four games

Agni Chopra has become the first batter to score centuries in his first four first-class games after making his debut for Mizoram in the Ranji Trophy Plate League earlier this month. Chopra, 25, is the son of film critic Anupama Chopra and filmmaker Vidhu Vinod Chopra, who recently made the popular movie 12th Fail. The … Read more

Shahidi’s ‘brave’ Afghanistan side ready for all challenges ahead of Sri Lanka Test

Sri Lanka’s men have one player with more than 100 Tests to his name, another with 88, a third with 76, and another with 51. All Afghanistan have ever played are seven Tests, and are likely to field debutants on Friday. It doesn’t sound like much of a contest, but if there’s one team that … Read more

Mark Alleyne named as Gloucestershire’s new head coach

Mark Alleyne, the former England allrounder who captained Gloucestershire to an unprecedented era of success in the 1990s and 2000s, has been named as the club’s new head coach. Alleyne won nine trophies during his time as Gloucestershire’s captain and also oversaw the club’s promotion to the top flight of the County Championship. He will … Read more

Can shell-shocked India even the odds vs Bazball?

Big picture It’s happened before. India have gone 1-0 down at home, and India have bounced back. This is what India will be telling themselves: ‘We’ve been here before. We trust ourselves to find our way out of this. We trust our methods.’ It’s what they should tell themselves too. Change is a fact of … Read more

Pant on his life-threatening car crash: ‘I felt my time in this world was over’

The first thought that came to Rishabh Pant immediately after his life-threatening car crash on December 30, 2022 was that his “time in this world was over.” Having been “fortunate to have a second life”, Pant, who is expected to play in IPL 2024, said the biggest lesson he has learned from this experience is … Read more

It’s a mismatch on paper, but Afghanistan’s batters can take the fight to Sri Lanka

Big picture: A fresh chapter for Sri Lanka The Afghanistan men’s team has played seven Tests in their history; for Sri Lanka, this is the first of eight (perhaps nine) scheduled for 2024. This is, on the surface, a mismatch. Rashid Khan is not with Afghanistan to provide his menacing legbreaks and general inspiration – … Read more

Shoaib Bashir to debut, James Anderson recalled for second Test against India

Shoaib Bashir, the 20-year-old Somerset offspinner, will make his Test debut at Visakhapatnam on Friday, after being named as Jack Leach’s replacement in England’s XI. Bashir linked up with the squad mid-way through their 28-run victory in Hyderabad last week, after suffering complications with his India visa, but will slot straight into the team as … Read more

Williamson ‘under no illusions’ over ‘tough contest’ against South Africa

Former New Zealand Test captain Kane Williamson is confident that he has recovered successfully from the hamstring injury he suffered during the T20I series against Pakistan last month and is fit for the first Test against South Africa that gets underway on February 4 in Mount Maunganui. “My hamstring is good, it’s progressed well in … Read more

‘He’s created a good headache’ – Sammy puts Joseph in T20 World Cup frame

West Indies Test hero Shamar Joseph could force his way into the T20 World Cup calculations this year despite not playing in the two limited-overs series against Australia with coach Daren Sammy admitting he has created a selection headache. Joseph created shockwaves around the cricket world last Sunday when he took 7 for 68 to … Read more

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