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IPL 2022 Season Review: Injuries, captain struggles, inconsistencies hurt Chennai Super Kings

It was a tough 2022 season for the Yellove. Their failure was a due to a collection of factors - transition, injuries, captain struggles and inconsistencies

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IPL 2022 Mumbai Indians preview: Rohit Sharma-led old guard the key as MI hunt for sixth title

Mumbai Indians have this knack for always finding a way. This time, the onus lies on the old guard to guide the team past the finish line.

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India look to maintain pink-ball dominance at home as listless Sri Lanka eye batting turnaround

With confidence on India's side, spin fire-power in their arsenal and formidable record in Pink-Ball Tests at home, Sri Lanka's first-ever Test win on Indian soil still looks like a distant dream.

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Without the old guard, Rohit-Dravid look to hit refresh button and earn crucial WTC points

As India start off a new journey under Rohit Sharma in the Sri Lanka series, the microscopic focus will be on the middle order. In the absence of Pujara and Rahane, the onus will fall on the relatively less experienced guys to step up and stake a claim.

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India vs Sri Lanka: Who will bat at No 3? How to slot in Jadeja? Hosts face selection dilemma ahead of T20I series

Despite a few seniors being rested and some injuries, India face a number of selection headaches. Here's a look at the selection conundrums India face ahead of the Sri Lanka series.

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Chance for newbies, inexperienced players to impress as Rohit and Co face tougher Windies challenge in T20Is

With some senior players rested and injuries hitting the Indian team, it's a chance for the relative new-comers to impress and stake a claim for T20 World Cup. And it will in turn also help India build towards plugging the holes and keeping the back-ups ready.

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India vs South Africa: In post Kohli-era, India take first step towards building for 2023 World Cup

Ruturaj Gaikwad the opener? Venkatesh Iyer the all-rounder? Kohli the batter: Transition begins as India take the first step towards building for the 2023 World Cup.

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With history in sight and Virat Kohli back, India seek batting improvement against resurgent Proteas in Cape Town

India need their batters to fire collectively as they look to conquer the final frontier against resurgent Proteas in Cape Town.

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India vs South Africa 2nd Test takeaways: Shardul makes his case stronger as gutsy Proteas batters stand tall

After going down 1-0 at Centurion, a determined and resolute South Africa bounced back hard to draw level 1-1. It was another fascinating Test with a lot of subplots that played a role in shaping the result of the Test. We take a look at the key takeaways from the Test.

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World Test Champions New Zealand face trial by spin in search for first series win on Indian soil

India start off as favourites. They have been rampant at home with 13 wins in their last 13 series.

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T20 World Cup 2021: England's aggression vs New Zealand's calm in rematch of 2019 WC

It's been a case of so near but yet so far the Kiwis in the past few years in ICC tournaments. They have arguably the best white-ball team in their path and it will take one helluva effort to get past them.

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T20 World Cup 2021: Team balance in focus as Kohli-Dhoni combo look to end India's ICC trophy drought

India have been lacking that vital push to cross the finish line in ICC events. However, they now have a mastermind in Dhoni inside that dressing room, someone who has provided those crucial final pushes in the past and that might just hold them in good stead.

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Kyle Coetzer interview: 'Scotland have skills to compete against world's best'

Firstpost caught up with the Scotland captain Kyle Coetzer ahead of the T20 World Cup to talk about their rise, goals from the tournament, the importance of opportunities for Associate countries, the impact of THAT win over England and much more.

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IPL 2021: MS Dhoni, 'the greatest finisher', rolls back the years in emotional win in Dubai

Dhoni arrived at the crease with CSK needing 24 off 11 balls. He hit 18 off them off 6 balls to power the Yellove Brigade into the finals. He came. He saw. He conquered. He rolled back the years.

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After Australia, India's chance to conquer England as hosts search for batting answers in Manchester

Kohli's team has been riding a fearless ride through the challenging terrains and after Australia, now they have the chance to conquer England as well.

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Virat Kohli and Co's never say die spirit and self belief shines through in The Oval sun

This is a special team that Kohli has built. They have conquered MCG, Gabba, Lord's and Oval, all in a space of 10 months. They have the momentum on their side. And with the adrenaline running high, Manchester doesn't look too far away.

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Team combination in focus as Virat Kohli and Co look to channel Headingley hurt

India's mental strength has stood out in the last few years. And With their backs to the wall, they will be looking to channel their inner hurt of Headingley defeat to bounce back at The Oval.

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Bhavina Patel interview: 'Was in tears, had no words when Sachin Tendulkar called to congratulate'

Firstpost caught up with Bhavina Patel, who became India's first table tennis player to win a medal at Paralympics, to talk about her performance at the Games, her key to success in Tokyo, the chat with Tendulkar, her early struggles and much more.

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India vs England: Blown away in 3 hours and 52 minutes — Kohli and Co lack application on a day when patience was paramount

On a day when patience was the need of the hour, in challenging conditions, the Indian batsmen lacked application and crumbled to their third lowest total in England.

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Michael Kasprowicz interview: 'My dream is to get the Smart Ball into gully cricket in India one day'

With the Smart Ball set to make its debut in CPL 2021, Firstpost.com caught up with former Australia pacer Michael Kasprowicz, the chairman and co-owner of Sportcor, to understand the ball in detail.