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Indian players walk from the field at the close of play on day three of the second cricket test between India and Australia at the Melbourne Cricket Ground, Melbourne.(AP)

Indian camp keeps wary eye on protocol breach probe

By Abhishek Paul | New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 04, 2021 09:26 AM IST
The players—vice-captain Rohit Sharma, Shubman Gill, Rishabh Pant, Navdeep Saini and Prithvi Shaw—have been placed in isolation. Cricket Australia (CA) and the Indian cricket board (BCCI) are investigating whether any breach of bio-security protocol has happened.
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Shubman Gill looked phenomenal on his Test debut and is likely to retain his place for Sydney Test.(Getty Images)
Shubman Gill looked phenomenal on his Test debut and is likely to retain his place for Sydney Test.(Getty Images)

India vs Australia: No fixed cast for India’s opening show

UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 07:44 AM IST
India vs Australia: Between Melbourne 2018 and Melbourne 2020, Mayank Agarwal is one of only three Indian players, along with Rahane and the erstwhile stand-in vice-captain Cheteshwar Pujara, to have played each of India’s last 13 Tests.
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Mayank Agarwal nicks to the keeper.(Getty Images)
Mayank Agarwal nicks to the keeper.(Getty Images)

India vs Australia: ‘He cannot do that on Australian pitches,’ Sunil Gavaskar explains what’s ailing Mayank Agarwal

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON JAN 03, 2021 07:45 AM IST
India vs Australia: With scores of 17, 9, 0 and 5 in the two Tests, Mayank Agarwal has clearly struggled in Australia Tests and Sunil Gavaskar explains why that is.
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Cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar during a felicitation ceremony for his contribution to cricket.(PTI)
Cricket legend Sunil Gavaskar during a felicitation ceremony for his contribution to cricket.(PTI)

‘I would keep him in the side’: Sunil Gavaskar suggests new opening pair and changes for third Test

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 31, 2020 01:15 PM IST
The legendary India cricketer said Rohit Sharma should straightaway come into the side and open with Mayank Agarwal.
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India's Shubman Gill bats during play on day two of the Boxing Day Test at MCG(AP)
India's Shubman Gill bats during play on day two of the Boxing Day Test at MCG(AP)

India vs Australia: Shubman Gill becomes third-highest run-scorer on Test debut for India in Australia

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 27, 2020 10:17 AM IST
Shubman Gill hit eight boundaries during his stay at the crease, handing India control after an early dismissal of Agarwal for a duck on Day 1.
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India announce playing XI for Boxing Day Test, Shubman Gill and Mohammed Siraj to make debuts

By hindustantimes.com | New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 25, 2020 12:10 PM IST
India vs Australia: India made four changes - two of them forced - to their playing XI which lost in Adelaide. Gill replaced an out-of-form Prithvi Shaw and will open the batting with Mayank Agarwal.
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Nathan Lyon names Virat Kohli’s replacements in the Indian side(Twitter)
Nathan Lyon names Virat Kohli’s replacements in the Indian side(Twitter)

India vs Australia: ‘They have been exceptional’ - Nathan Lyon names Virat Kohli’s replacements in India’s side

By hindustantimes.com | New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 24, 2020 10:23 AM IST
India may still be scratching their heads to fill some big holes in its XI - the biggest one being created by the departure of Virat Kohli, who was flown back home for the birth of first child - Australia spinner Nathan Lyon said India have got enough players to fill in the “big hole” left by talismanic skipper.
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File image of Sunil Gavaskar(Getty Images)
File image of Sunil Gavaskar(Getty Images)

India vs Australia: ‘Never good to see,’ Sunil Gavaskar reacts after India register lowest-ever Test total

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 19, 2020 04:22 PM IST
India vs Australia: The shocking turn of events which transpired on the morning of Day 3 in Adelaide left many surprised, including former India captain Sunil Gavaskar.
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Sunil Gavaskar faults in Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal’s technique(Screengrab/7 cricket video)
Sunil Gavaskar faults in Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal’s technique(Screengrab/7 cricket video)

India vs Australia: ‘The whole idea in Test cricket is that you don’t go there,’ Sunil Gavaskar reacts after openers Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal flop in Adelaide

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 18, 2020 08:51 AM IST
India vs Australia: Sunil Gavaskar was not impressed with the performances of India openers Prithvi Shaw and Mayank Agarwal in the first innings of the first Test against Australia in Adelaide on Thursday.
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Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara avoids a ball on day one of the first cricket Test match between Australia and India in Adelaide on December 17, 2020.(AFP)
Indian batsman Cheteshwar Pujara avoids a ball on day one of the first cricket Test match between Australia and India in Adelaide on December 17, 2020.(AFP)

Allan Border, Glenn McGrath explain why India need to take the attack to Australia in second session on day 1 of day-night Test

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 12:34 PM IST
India vs Australia: Former Aussie paceman Glenn McGrath too was of the opinion that Indians need to get going in the second session. McGrath explained that while the first session was tough, the last session of the day under lights would be the toughest as the pink ball tends to do a lot more.
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Australia's Mitchell Starc, center, celebrate with teammates after bowling India's Prithvi Shaw during their cricket test match at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020.(AP)
Australia's Mitchell Starc, center, celebrate with teammates after bowling India's Prithvi Shaw during their cricket test match at the Adelaide Oval in Adelaide, Australia, Thursday, Dec. 17, 2020.(AP)

India vs Australia 1st session report: Starc strikes early as India face Adelaide examination in day-night Test

By Reuters | Reuters
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 11:56 AM IST
India vs Australia: Starc thrives with the pink ball in hand and swung a good length delivery into the out-of-form Indian opener Prithvi Shaw, who edged it onto the stumps with the inside of his bat.
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India's Mayank Agarwal is clean bowled by Australia's paceman Pat Cummins on day one of the first cricket Test match between Australia and India in Adelaide on December 17, 2020.(AFP)
India's Mayank Agarwal is clean bowled by Australia's paceman Pat Cummins on day one of the first cricket Test match between Australia and India in Adelaide on December 17, 2020.(AFP)

Day-night Test: Pat Cummins removes Mayank Agarwal with a peach of a delivery - WATCH

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 17, 2020 11:43 AM IST
India vs Australia: It was seam bowling at its very best as Agarwal had got his eye in by the time and was still beaten due to the movement off the pitch. Cummins, known for his ability to extract movement from the surface, provided the Aussies with a much needed wicket
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Photo of Prithvi Shaw(BCCI/Twitter)
Photo of Prithvi Shaw(BCCI/Twitter)

India vs Australia: ‘Very exciting to see his progress’, Kohli eager to see Prithvi Shaw play his first Test in Australia

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 02:28 PM IST
Kohli expressed his excitement to see how Shaw would perform in Australia. He is equally eager to see the performance of Gill at this level of Test cricket.
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Photo of former Indian batsman Sanjay Manjrekar(Twitter)
Photo of former Indian batsman Sanjay Manjrekar(Twitter)

India vs Australia: Sanjay Manjrekar predicts India’s XI for day-night Test in Adelaide

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 12:26 PM IST
India vs Australia: Ahead of the much-awaited face-off, former Indian batsman Sanjay Manjrekar has predicted his likely Indian XI.
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Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha(HT Collage)
Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha(HT Collage)

‘He would be the choice of the management’: Sunil Gavaskar picks between Rishabh Pant and Wriddhiman Saha as India’s wicket-keeper for first Test against Australia

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 16, 2020 09:53 AM IST
India vs Australia: Sunil Gavaskar named his preferred choice between Wriddhiman Saha and Rishabh Pant as India’s wicket-keeper for the first Test against Australia in Adelaide.
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Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, and Prithvi Shaw(HT collage)
Mayank Agarwal, Shubman Gill, and Prithvi Shaw(HT collage)

‘If I’m an Indian selector, I’m looking very closely at him’: Allan Border, Sunil Gavaskar pick between Shubman Gill, and Prithvi Shaw

By Rasesh Mandani | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 15, 2020 07:42 AM IST
India vs Australia: Legendary cricketers Allan Border and Sunil Gavaskar pick India’s openers from Mayank Agarwal, KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, and KL Rahul as India’s openers for the first Test against Australia in Adelaide.
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Shubman Gill, KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal - Who will open for India?(Getty Images)
Shubman Gill, KL Rahul, Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal - Who will open for India?(Getty Images)

India vs Australia: ‘If he opens, India can convert their weakness into strength’ - Ashish Nehra picks his openers for Australia Tests

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2020 02:43 PM IST
India vs Australia: India have four designated openers currently in their squad for the four-match Border-Gavaskar Trophy which begins December 17 – Shubman Gill, Prithvi Shaw, Mayank Agarwal and KL Rahul.
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LBW or caught? Maybe neither. Shubman Gill’s dismissal in warm-up match against Australia A raises doubts

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2020 11:34 AM IST
Indians vs Australia A: At first, it appeared that Shubman Gill was given out leg before wicket but the scorecard suggested that he was actually given out caught. That’s where the confusion started.
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Hanuma Vihari and Rishabh Pant on Day 2 of the warm-up match against Australia A(BCCI/Twitter)
Hanuma Vihari and Rishabh Pant on Day 2 of the warm-up match against Australia A(BCCI/Twitter)

India face the Shaw-Gill selection conundrum ahead of first Test against Australia

By Rasesh Mandani | Hindustan Times, Mumbai
UPDATED ON DEC 13, 2020 09:36 AM IST
India vs Australia: Hanuma Vihari and Rishabh Pant score hundreds on day 2 of pink-ball warm-up game in Sydney, but a Test opening slot is yet to be sealed.
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Photo of Indian batsman Hanuma Vihari (L) and Rishabh Pant (R)(BCCI/Twitter)
Photo of Indian batsman Hanuma Vihari (L) and Rishabh Pant (R)(BCCI/Twitter)

2nd Warm-up match: Vihari, Pant tons hand Indians 472-run lead over Australia A

By Press Trust of India | Sydney
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2020 06:02 PM IST
Needing 19 runs to reach his century when Jack Wildermuth commenced the second evening’s final over, Pant clobbered him for 4, 4, 6, 4, 4, to remain unbeaten on a blistering 103 off only 73 balls.
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Jasprit Bumrah celebrates the dismissal of Joe Burns in the warm-up match against Australia A.(Twitter/cricket.com.au)
Jasprit Bumrah celebrates the dismissal of Joe Burns in the warm-up match against Australia A.(Twitter/cricket.com.au)

Indians vs Australia A warm-up match: Big takeaways for India on Day 1

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times
UPDATED ON DEC 12, 2020 08:37 AM IST
From the looks of it, there is much to rejoice for the Indians who were without captain Virat Kohli and batting mainstay Cheteshwar Pujara. But the fact that they were bowled out in less than 50 overs by a bowling attack that did not feature a single Aussie Test team regular is a matter of worry for Kohli and the think tank.
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File photo of Indian batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari(FILE)
File photo of Indian batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara and Hanuma Vihari(FILE)

India vs Australia: India hit Test mode with first warm-up game, look to sort combinations

By Press Trust of India | Sydney
UPDATED ON DEC 05, 2020 04:01 PM IST
With India and Australia playing the second T20I on the same day, the visiting Test squad has been named India ‘A’ for the first of the two practice games scheduled ahead of the much-anticipated four-Test series.
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Sanjay Bangar is a former batting coach of the Indian cricket team.(Getty Images)
Sanjay Bangar is a former batting coach of the Indian cricket team.(Getty Images)

‘He has done great service to the Indian team’: Sanjay Bangar picks India’s opening pair for Australia T20Is

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON DEC 06, 2020 07:47 AM IST
India vs Australia: Former India batting coach Sanjay Bangar has his opening pair for India in T20Is, saying the team has benefitted a lot from the batsman’s contribution.
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Sanjay Manjrekar and during the Semi-Final match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between India and New Zealand at Old Trafford on July 10, 2019 in Manchester.(ICC via Getty Images)
Sanjay Manjrekar and during the Semi-Final match of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between India and New Zealand at Old Trafford on July 10, 2019 in Manchester.(ICC via Getty Images)

Reality check bites touring Indian team

By Sanjay Manjrekar
UPDATED ON DEC 04, 2020 08:14 AM IST
They came back pretty well in the last game after losing the first two by big margins, but obviously Indian cricket is at a stage where fans need their team to do more than win a dead rubber.
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Prithvi Shaw batting against New Zealand earlier this year.(Getty Images)
Prithvi Shaw batting against New Zealand earlier this year.(Getty Images)

‘Let’s see how it goes’: Sanjay Manjrekar wants under-fire Prithvi Shaw to open for India in Australia Tests

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 28, 2020 04:49 PM IST
Prithvi Shaw was on a downward spiral in the IPL 2020 but Manjrekar would prefer him to open with Mayank Agarwal for India in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
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KL Rahul and Sanjay Manjrekar.(AP/Getty)
KL Rahul and Sanjay Manjrekar.(AP/Getty)

‘India’s problem in white-ball cricket’: Sanjay Manjrekar reveals why he wants KL Rahul to bat at No. 5

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 27, 2020 10:59 PM IST
Rahul was in ominous form during the Indian Premier League 2020 as he was the top-scorer in the tournament with 670 runs.
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India's KL Rahul celebrates his 100 runs during the One Day cricket international between India and New Zealand at Bay Oval in Tauranga, New Zealand.(AP)
India's KL Rahul celebrates his 100 runs during the One Day cricket international between India and New Zealand at Bay Oval in Tauranga, New Zealand.(AP)

India Predicted XI vs Australia: Will KL Rahul open or play in the middle order?

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 26, 2020 01:21 PM IST
Return of Hardik Pandya has bolstered the team and but it remains to be seen if he will be able to bowl during the series.
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Aakash Chopra.(BCCI/IPL)
Aakash Chopra.(BCCI/IPL)

‘He can even score a double hundred in ODIs’: Aakash Chopra wants 28-year-old batsman to open for Team India in Australia

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 05:43 PM IST
There will be a void at the top of the order. Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, and Sanju Samson will be fighting out for an openers spot in the team.
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Mayank Agarwal(Twitter)
Mayank Agarwal(Twitter)

‘He is a confirmed starter’: Sachin Tendulkar picks India’s opener for Australia Tests

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 25, 2020 11:25 AM IST
India vs Australia 2020: Legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar picked the opener who he feels is sure-shot starter in the India XI for the four-Tests against Australia in the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.
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Virat Kohli and Steve Smith(Twitter)
Virat Kohli and Steve Smith(Twitter)

‘They are of high quality’: Steve Smith names two India batsmen who can fill the void of big stars

By hindustantimes.com | Hindustan Times, New Delhi
UPDATED ON NOV 24, 2020 12:44 PM IST
While the absence of key players is certain to create a deep hole in the Indian batting line-up, Steve Smith believes India have enough firepower to fill the gap. The former Australia skipper named two batsmen who he believes can stand up in the absence of India’s big stars.
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