We need to work on improving match temperament of our players, says Neetu David

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September 27, 2020

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New Delhi, Sept 27: Neetu David, the newly-appointed chief women's selector on Sunday said that the match temperament of all Indian players needs to be worked upon if the side wants to win close and crucial matches.

David was appointed as the women's chief selector on Saturday. She holds the record for best bowling figures in an innings in a Test as she returned with the figures of 8/53 against England in 1995.

"One issue that I have observed when I was not in the committee, is that of the match temperament. Playing good cricket but not winning is something which is related to the match temperament, it can be worked out and we will definitely do that," David told media persons.

"Mental toughness is important it's not necessary that a player will click in all games, there have been small performances from everyone, patience and playing with unity is required and I am sure we will talk about it and be successful in this regard," she added.

When asked as to whether selecting the Indian team would be a difficult task looking at the COVID situation, David said: "Everyone is professional, everyone knows their role and responsibilities. We are also keeping this COVID situation in mind and we will work according to the guidelines of BCCI. This new committee was in touch with the players, we have seen them playing in the domestic circuit and I don't think there is any need of a trial base for the selection because all are professionals but yes at the same time there are some young players who can be scanned, we will definitely look into it."

"It will be a bit challenging to form a team because we haven't seen players playing on the field in the current situation but we will see how to tackle this, this committee is full of experience, we will keep everything in mind. Girls are performing well but one thing I feel is that we need to talk to the coach and captain of the team so we will come to know what they are feeling and what's their mindset."

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Saturday appointed a five-member women's selection committee.

All-India Women's Selection Committee includes former India cricketers -- Neetu David (10 Tests and 97 WODIs), Arati Vaidya (3 Tests and 6 WODIs), Renu Margrate (5 Tests and 23 WODIs), Venkatacher Kalpana (3 Tests and 8 WODIs), and Mithu Mukherjee (4 Tests).

David-led panel's first task will be to pick players for three teams for the upcoming Women's T20 Challenge which is slated to be held in the UAE in November alongside the IPL play-offs.

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October 16,2020

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Dinesh Karthik has handed over the Kolkata Knight Riders captaincy to Eoin Morgan midway through IPL 2020. Karthik said the decision would help him focus on his batting more. Knight Riders are currently fourth on the points table, with four wins in seven matches.

"We are fortunate to have leaders such as DK who has always put the team first, "Knight Riders CEO Venky Mysore said in a statement. "It takes a lot of courage for someone like him to take a decision such as this.

"While we were surprised by his decision, we are respectful of his wishes. We are also fortunate that Eoin Morgan, the 2019 World Cup-winning captain, who has been the vice captain, is willing to lead the side going forward. DK and Eoin have worked brilliantly together during this tournament and although Eoin takes over as captain, this is effectively a role swap and we expect that this transition will work in a seamless manner."

Morgan, who led the England ODI team to a World Cup win in 2019, was bought by the Knight Riders for INR 5.25 crore at the December 2019 auction. After seven league games, Morgan is second on the list of most runs for the Knight Riders this season, hitting 175 runs at an average of 35. Karthik has scored 108 runs at an average of 15.42.

Karthik was earmarked as a leader after they parted ways with Gautam Gambhir after the 2017 season. The Knight Riders bought him for INR 7.4 crores ahead of the 2018 season, where they finished fourth. Last year, they failed to make the playoffs.

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October 17,2020

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Abu Dhabi, Oct 16: Quinton de Kock delivered an impressive performance as he guided Mumbai Indians to a massive eight-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) here on Friday.

Quinton de Kock played an unbeaten knock of 78 runs off 44 balls to help Mumbai Indians chase down a decent target of 149 runs, set by KKR.

Chasing the target, Mumbai Indians got off to a brilliant start as openers Rohit Sharma and de Kock struck regular boundaries. Both took the team over the 50-run mark in the sixth over.

Continuing the impressive form, de Kock went on to score his half-century off just 25 deliveries. Their 94-run partnership was brought to an end by Shivam Mavi as the pacer got hold of Sharma, who was caught behind after scoring 35 runs.

Suryakumar Yadav then came out to bat but failed to impress as Varun Chakravarthy bowled him in the 14th over. Hardik Pandya was the next batsman and he, along with de Kock, easily took Mumbai Indians over the line in the 17th over.

Earlier, Pat Cummins' gutsy half-century and skipper Eoin Morgan cautious knock of 39 runs helped KKR post 148 runs after witnessing a bad start against Mumbai Indians.

KKR collapsed from 33/1 to 61/5 in five overs. However, Cummins and Morgan rebuilt KKR's innings stitching an unbeaten 87-run stand for the sixth wicket. The duo smashed 14 runs in the penultimate and 21 runs in the final over to help KKR post a respectable total in the 20 overs.

KKR got off to a bad start after opting to bat first, courtesy Suryakumar Yadav fielding which sent opening batsman Rahul Tripathi back in the dugout in the third over. Suryakumar took an absolute blinder at the point as Rahul tried to cut Trent Boult for four.

Nitish Rana then joined Shubman Gill in the middle and the duo stitched a brief 15 run stand before Nathan Coulter-Nile dismissed Rana in the sixth over.

Two overs later, Rahul Chahar spun a web. The right-arm spinner first dismissed Gill and then bowled Dinesh Karthik in the very next ball as KKR got reduced to 42/4.

With Morgan and Andre Russell at the crease, KKR looked to rebuild the innings. Russell smashed a six to bring up the fifty for the KKR but his stint at the crease was soon ended by Jasprit Bumrah.

In the 11th over, Bumrah bowled a short delivery which surprised Russell and de Kock took an easy catch. However, Cummins didn't show any sign of struggle and rebuilt the KKR innings along with Morgan. Cummins whacked the ball all around the park while Morgan played the role of second fiddle.

Cummins also smashed his maiden IPL half-century as KKR posted 148 runs in their allotted 20 overs.

Brief score: Mumbai Indians 149/2 [Quinton de Kock 78* (44), Rohit Sharma 35 (36), Varun Chakravarthy 1-23] defeated KKR 148/5 [Pat Cummins 53* (36), Eoin Morgan 39* (29), Rahul Chahar 2-18] by eight wickets.

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October 19,2020

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Abu Dhabi, Oct 18: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) defeated SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) in a thrilling Super Over clash at Sheikh Zayed Stadium here on Sunday.

SRH were required 30 runs from the last two overs. Shivam Mavi bowled the penultimate over and conceded 12 runs including the wicket of in-form Samad (23).

Hyderabad needed 18 runs off the last six balls. Struggling Andre Russell bowled the last over of the innings. Warner failed to score two off the last ball and the match went into the Super Over. Hyderabad scored 163/6 in their 20 overs.

Ferguson bowled the Super Over for KKR and bagged two wickets in the first three balls. KKR were required three runs to win off the Super Over.

Eoin Morgan and Dinesh Karthik came in to bat for KKR and put their team over the line easily against spinner Rashid Khan.

Chasing a moderate target of 164, Jonny Bairstow and Kane Williamson provided a solid 58-run stand for the opening wicket. Lockie Ferguson bagged his Kiwi skipper Williamson (29) in the seventh over.

Priyam Garg joined Bairstow in the middle and added 12-run for the second wicket. Ferguson struck again in his second over and this time dismissed youngster Garg (4).

In the next over, spinner Varun Chakravarthy scalped in-form Bairstow after playing a knock of 36 runs. Skipper David Warner and Manish Pandey added 12-run to the scoreboard before the latter was departed in the 12th over.

Pandey just scored six runs. Vijay Shankar came in to bat at number six and joined Warner in the middle. Shankar (7) failed to add big runs under his name and was claimed by Pat Cummins in the 16th over.

Abdul Samad and Warner added a quick partnership of 37-run for the sixth wicket. Samad played a knock of 23 off 15 balls. Warner remained unbeaten on 47*.

For KKR, Lockie Ferguson, playing in his first game of the season, scalped three wickets.

Earlier, KKR skipper Eoin Morgan and Dinesh Karthik played crucial knocks of 34 and 29* respectively, in the end, to help the team set a target of 164 runs.

After being asked to bat first, KKR got off to a good start with openers Shubman Gill and Rahul Tripathi scoring regular boundaries. The duo formed a 48-run partnership before Thangarasu Natarajan, in the sixth over, dismissed Tripathi.

In the 12th over, Rashid Khan removed Gill (36) and in the next over, Nitish Rana was also sent back to the pavilion by Vijay Shankar which reduced KKR to 88/3. Morgan and Andre Russell were the next batsmen and helped KKR get past the 100-run mark.

Both added 17 runs on the board before Russell gave away an easy catch to Shankar off Natarajan's delivery in the 15th over. Karthik then took the field.

Morgan and Karthik played brilliantly and guided KKR to a decent total. Morgan scored 16 runs in the final over before getting out on the final delivery of the innings.

Brief scores: KKR 163/5 (Shubman Gill 36, Eoin Morgan 34, Thangarasu Natarajan 2-40); SRH 163/6 (David Warner 47*, Jonny Bairstow 36, Lockie Ferguson 3-15). Super Over: SRH 2-2 (Abdul Samad 2, Lockie Ferguson 2-2) lost to KKR 3/0 (Eoin Morgan 1*).

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