Cricket World Cup 2019: Key players to watch out in Afghanistan-Bangladesh clash

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June 24, 2019

Southampton, Jun 24: After giving a tough fight to India in the last match, Afghanistan will look to register their maiden victory when they lock horns with Bangladesh on Monday at Hampshire Bowl in Southampton.

On June 22, Afghanistan lost to India by 11 runs after they nearly pulled off a stunning upset against the Men in Blue.

The team is yet to win any game and are languishing at the bottom of the points table.

On the other hand, Bangladesh have had a decent start to their World Cup campaign, winning two games so far but lost three.

Their match against Sri Lanka was abandoned due to rain. They currently hold the sixth position in the tournament standings.

The Bangla Tigers displayed a spirited performance in their last match against Australia while chasing a huge target of 382. Although they lost by 48 runs, their batting performance was lauded.

Here are the key players to watch out during the Afghanistan-Bangladesh clash:

Shakib Al Hasan

Shakib moved to the top in the ICC ODI rankings for all-rounders last month. The 32-year-old has been in sensational form in this World Cup as he is the second highest run-scorer in the tournament so far. The left-hander has scored 425 runs in the World Cup till now.

Shakib's innings in the current World Cup are -- 41, 124, 121, 64 and 75. Apart from his batting, he also bagged five wickets.

Rashid Khan

The 20-year-old Rashid leads Afghanistan's spin bowling attack. He entered the World Cup at the back of 17 wickets in this year's IPL tournament.

Rashid returned with the figures of 2-17 against Sri Lanka.

Soumya Sarkar

Of late, the left-handed batsman has been in exceptional form for Bangladesh. The opener has provided quickfire start to the team. He along with Tamim Iqbal has provided the team with a solid foundation.

Sarkar scored 42 runs off just 30 balls in Bangladesh's first match in the World Cup against South Africa. The 26-year-old has become a lynchpin of the team and the side's hopes will rely on him in the match against Afghanistan too.

Mohammad Nabi

Nabi strengthens Afghanistan's bowling attack as the 34-year-old provides experience to the squad. He bagged four wickets against Sri Lanka.

The Afghan all-rounder can also add some runs with a bat when required by the team. He nearly helped his side to chase India's score of 225.

Nabi has scalped six wickets so far in the tournament.

Gulbadin Naib

The Afghan skipper possesses dual ability of bowling as well as batting and is a vital member of the squad. He can bat in the lower order and is also a regular bowler of the team.

Naib returned with the figure of 2-51 against India. He has seven wickets to his name in the ongoing World Cup.

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January 3,2021

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Kolkata, Jan 3: The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) president Sourav Ganguly had an "uneventful last night" and the medical board will meet on Monday to discuss the further treatment plan, the Woodlands Hospital said in a medical bulletin.

It also said that the treating doctors are keeping "constant vigil" on his health situation and taking appropriate measures from time to time.

Former India captain was hospitalised at 1 pm on Saturday with "chest discomfort, the heaviness of head, vomiting and a spell of dizziness" while performing physical exercise in the home gymnasium at around 11 am. Following this, doctors had conducted angioplasty on him.

The hospital also said the "routine ECG done at 10 am is satisfactory". On Saturday, Ganguly was tested for the SARS-CoV-2 virus, which turned out to be negative.

Earlier, West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee visited Woodlands Hospital on Saturday evening.

Interacting with the media while leaving the hospital, Banerjee had said, "He (Ganguly) is fine now, he even spoke to me. I thank the doctors and hospital authorities that they have taken the right decision of conducting an angioplasty."

"I did not have the idea that international sportspersons like him do not undergo check-ups. I asked Avishek Dalmiya to conduct medical check-ups of cricketers before games," she had said.

On Wednesday, Ganguly had visited Eden Gardens and discussed preparations for the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy with the Cricket Association of Bengal (CAB) president Avishek Dalmia.

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January 6,2021

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Sydney, Jan 6: India head coach Ravi Shastri unveiled the portrait of his former skipper Sunil Gavaskar for the Bowral Museum on the eve of the third Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Wednesday.

Shastri showered praise on his former skipper and explained why he believes that Gavaskar was the best opening batsman he had seen.

"Gavaskar is easily the best opening batsman I have ever seen. I had the privilege to play under him. He was the master tactician, nothing fazed him. 13 hundred against West Indies is a tribute to the way he played the game and in his prime, he was called the Mumbai Bradman when he was getting all those hundreds. For me it's an honour to unveil this," Shastri said in a video posted by BCCI.

The coach also launched a new book 'India's 71-Year Test: The Journey to Triumph in Australia'.

According to a report in cricket.com.au, the book features more than 200 pictures, many of which were found languishing in the United States of America (USA) and purchased by former Australia Test opener Wally Edwards who donated them to the Bradman Museum collection.

"It was an honour because the history of Indian cricket and Australian cricket goes deep. I was fascinated after reading the first four or five chapters of this book," said Shastri.

"You get goosebumps in the early stages, Lala Amarnath coming here, Vinoo Mankad coming here. Bradman playing against India and India playing against New South Wales, Hazare getting 200, it's fascinating," he added.

Meanwhile, the four-match series between India and Australia currently stands level at 1-1 and the third Test is slated to be played at the SCG from Thursday.

Rohit Sharma made a return to the Indian team for the Pink Test against Australia while pacer Navdeep Saini is set to make his debut in the longest format of the game.

India on Wednesday named the playing XI for the Pink Test. Opening batsman Mayank Agarwal has been dropped from the side as Rohit replaces him. Gill will open the innings with Rohit after playing knocks of 45 and 35* in his debut Test at the Melbourne Cricket Ground.

Saini comes in for speedster Umesh Yadav. The latter sustained a strain in his left calf muscle on Day 3 of the Boxing Day Test in Melbourne and has returned to India after he was ruled out of the series.

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January 12,2021

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Sydney, Jan 12: India's Virat Kohli and Ajinkya Rahane have each dropped down by a spot to number three and seven respectively while Cheteshwar Pujara has made a jump of two places to occupy the eighth place in the latest ICC Test rankings for batsmen.

Pujara played knocks of 50 and 77 in the drawn third Test against Australia at the Sydney Cricket Ground. Rahane, on the other hand, scored 22 and 4 at the SCG. Kohli, was not part of the India XI as he had returned to India where he welcomed his baby girl with wife Anushka Sharma on Monday afternoon.

Meanwhile, Rishabh Pant's scores of 36 and 97 have also helped him gain 19 places to reach 26th position. Hanuma Vihari and Ravichandran Ashwin too have gained after their fighting knocks, as has Shubman Gill.

Prolific Australian batsman Steve Smith has leapfrogged Kohli to second position after scores of 131 and 81 in the Sydney Test.

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson sits at the top with 919 rating points, the highest-ever attained by a Black Caps batsman.

In the list of bowlers, Ashwin and Jasprit Bumrah have both gone down and currently occupy the ninth and tenth positions respectively. The rankings, currently topped by Pat Cummins, has seen Josh Hazlewood gain three places to reach fifth position with four wickets in the third Test against India.

The fourth and final Test between Australia and India will begin from Friday in Brisbane.

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