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IPL Dream XI: From Malinga to Raina, the best from 12 years of the cricketing carnival

With everything on hold, it's time to look back, time to reflect, time to ponder, time to wonder. So Firstpost presents you with IPL Dream XI.

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The loss that still hurts: Looking back at 23 March, 2003, the most important defeat in India's cricket history

17 years to this day, India lost a one-sided World Cup final to Australia in Johannesburg. The loss still stings, but it turned out to be perhaps the most important defeat in Indian cricket's recent history.

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Ranji Trophy 2019-20 takeaways: Jaydev Unadkat inspires Saurashtra, campaign to forget for past champions and more

The bridesmaids have their own hour, at long last. Saurashtra – thrice runners-up in the previous seven seasons – were crowned Ranji Trophy champions for the first time in independent India.

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Ranji Trophy 2019-20: Undefeated Karnataka and Gujarat hold edge in semi-finals, but Bengal and Saurashtra will pose stiff challenge

Gujarat will play hosts Saurashtra in Rajkot, in the first semi-final of the Ranji Trophy, while Bengal will welcome Karnataka to the Eden Gardens in the second

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Ranji Trophy 2019-20: Gujarat, Karnataka favourites in quarter-final pool featuring four past winners

Four former champions – Gujarat, Bengal, Karnataka and Saurashtra – are joined by four competitors eyeing a maiden title in Andhra Pradesh, Jammu and Kashmir, Odisha and Goa as the business end of the Ranji Trophy 2019/20 season commences from 20 February.

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India vs New Zealand: After constantly knocking on door of Test selection, Shubman Gill's time has to be coming now

In the absence of Rohit Sharma, the role of India’s second opener becomes a straight shootout between two distinguished members from the Under-19 World Cup-winning batch of 2018 — Prithvi Shaw and Shubman Gill.

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India vs New Zealand: Virat Kohli, Jasprit Bumrah only human, Shardul Thakur running out of time and other key takeaways from ODI series

India’s tour of New Zealand will enter its final leg a two-match Test series with honours even after two entirely one-sided contests, as the hosts redeemed themselves from a 5-0 pasting in the T20Is with a 3-0 sweep of the ODIs

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ICC U-19 World Cup 2020: One bad day costs India the World Cup, but bigger battles await Class of 2020

One bad day, one bad finish, that cost India the U-19 World Cup should take nothing away from their pursuits of the real deal that they’ve shown themselves to be raring for.

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India vs New Zealand: In T20 World Cup year, it is time Men in Blue looked beyond Kedar Jadhav

With eight months to T20 World Cup, Kedar Jadhav isn't in the scheme of things. He has runs to show for in ODIs but since the World Cup his involvement in bowling has dropped: in his last 14 ODIs, Jadhav has bowled all of 16 overs. 16 wicketless overs.

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India vs New Zealand: Fielding slip ups, Tom Latham’s sweeps, and more, where Men in Blue lost the Hamilton ODI

After a week of barely-believable bottling that allowed India to romp their way to the first-ever 5-0 clean sweep of a T20I series, the Kiwis finally got themselves going at home by making a winning start to the ODI leg at Hamilton.

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ICC U-19 World Cup 2020: India win 'battle of pace' against Pakistan as fast men announce their arrival

Coming into the semis, Pakistan’s young pacers outweighed their Indian counterparts with 28 wickets to 19. But not a great deal separated the two pace batteries on the overall count.

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India vs New Zealand: A twist of fate that allows Prithvi Shaw a shot at unleashing Version 2.0

It’s been whirlwind, it’s been tumultuous, it’s been one heck of a roller-coaster – but in a country where so many can’t chance upon a first chance, Shaw is already on the cusp of his second. He’s only just turned 20, but Prithvi Shaw is getting a shot at unleashing “Prithvi Shaw 2.0”.

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India vs New Zealand: Don't write Jasprit Bumrah off, it's never over until the world’s premier death-overs pacer has spoken

You just know the game isn’t over till Bumrah has overs left. When was the last time you could say that of an Indian limited-overs bowler?

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India vs New Zealand: Visitors' T20 World Cup auditioning pool hands Men in Blue victory in strange, see-saw encounter

It’s not just the result, and that India’s second-choice picks bailed them out; it’s the confidence you derive from getting out of jail that has to amount as India’s biggest win from Westpac Stadium.

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India vs New Zealand: Of serendipity, Murphy’s Law, a Rohit Sharma who can do no wrong, and the Kiwis who just can’t get it right

Of serendipity, Murphy’s Law, a Rohit Sharma who can do no wrong, and the Kiwis who just can’t get it right

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ICC U-19 World Cup 2020: Atharva Ankolekar, Kartik Tyagi and 10 overs that turned the fate of India-Australia quarter-final

The Aussies might not have seen it coming. Some in the Indian camp, too, might not have seen it coming. Try telling Atharva Ankolekar and Kartik Tyagi that.

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India vs New Zealand: Bowlers' masterclass does the job for Virat Kohli and Co at batting paradise Eden Park

On Sunday, however, India’s bowlers delivered a masterclass to do the job at the batting paradise that is Eden Park.

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ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup 2020: Solid batting a strength, fielding a concern as India head into quarterfinals

Here's a look at the good and the not-so-good findings from India’s Group A campaign at the ICC U-19 World Cup 2020, and what to expect from the knockout rounds.

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India vs New Zealand: Shreyas Iyer's match-winning fifty suggests visitors' search for the 'finisher' may have ended

That Iyer’s exploits came in a game where Rohit Sharma failed and Virat Kohli scored his 45 runs at a below-par strike rate of 140, adds another sweet dimension from an Indian perspective – you don’t see a lot of Indian victories in that blue jersey when these two are on the wrong side of the scoresheet.