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Ishant Sharma finally reaches the maturity point

In a year’s time, Ishant Sharma will make another entry into the record books – 100 Tests. With India slated to play 6 Tests in New Zealand and Australia in 2020, it is but a given that Ishant, who has 96 matches to his name, will add the necessary four to his career. Even as Kohli is spoilt for choice in the pace department nowadays, he can’t really do without Ishant.

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  • Sport is often about bravado and tales of batsmen scoring centuries with a broken finger or fast bowlers going through spells with debilitating back pain are things of folklore. But there is a significant difference between playing through pain and risking permanent brain damage.

    RPG Enterprises boss took time out from the awards function for a little poolside R&R.

    As per the current constitution, an office-bearer who has served two three-year terms, either at the BCCI or at the state association, goes into a compulsory three-year cooling-off period.

    Shooting onion prices have stung India before. But a new layer is now being peeled.

    Cricketer Rohit Sharma’s brand value shot up after this year’s ICC Cricket World Cup in England where he scored five centuries to emerge the highest run scorer of the tournament, and now he trails only Indian captain Virat Kohli and former skipper MS Dhoni among cricket celebrities.

    S Ravi, who was India's representative on the panel since 2015, was removed earlier this year after officiating in 33 Tests. Taufel said another Indian can't be expected in the elite panel anytime soon as the process "takes time"

    Having made a spectacular comeback after being sidelined by injury for more than a year, Saha is now being compared to the best of all time. Having turned heads with his keeping against the pink ball, Saha opened up to BORIA MAJUMDAR on his wicketkeeping technique, upcoming New Zealand series and how he is trying to forget the horror of the past one year.

    Fit and hungry, Mohammed Shami is bowling at his best and is pivotal to the success of the Indian team. In a conversation with Boria Majumdar, he opens up on his form, his pace colleagues and sacrificing biryani to improve fitness.

    With around 1,50,000 people watching the match at the Eden Gardens in the two-and-a-half days is what the world of Test cricket was waiting for. As Ganguly said at the end of the game, “Pink ball may not be the only answer, but it is certainly one of them. It is like a sudden burst of energy that Test cricket needed. Now we need to use it prudently and thoughtfully.”

    The cricketer said that he is an ideal husband.

    Bangladesh were bowled out for 195 in less than an hour of the first session on day three in Kolkata, as India won by an innings and 46 runs to record their 12th-straight Test series triumph on home soil. It was a memorable pink-ball international debut for India, who become the only team to win four consecutive Tests by an innings margin.

    Remember, pink’s short association with cricket prior to Friday’s match has hardly been serious. The first ODI, played under the Big Top of Kerry Packer’s World Series Cricket – ‘pyajama cricket’ –on November 28, 1978, had Australia in wattle gold (named after the golden wattle plant that signifies unity in Australia, but ‘canary yellow’ to the rest of us) taking on the West Indies in, er, coral pink. Even the likes of Andy Roberts, Joel Garner, Colin Croft and Viv Richards in salmon couldn’t inspire cricketing, never mind sartorial, confidence.

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