Indian legend VVS Laxman is not too impressed with former Australian captain Michael Clarke’s claims that Australian cricketers ‘sucked up’ to India captain Virat Kohli and went soft on him as they wanted to protect their IPL contracts. Contradicting Clarke, Laxman stated that being nice does not guarantee any player a place in an IPL franchise, and that much more needs to be done to earn the big bucks.
Former Australian captain Michael Clarke has claimed that Australian players of recent times have refrained from sledging Indians, particularly skipper Virat Kohli, as they were mindful of their Indian Premier League (IPL) contracts.
India skipper Virat Kohli has opened up about the disastrous 2014 Test series in England during which he struggled to put bat to ball. In a Live Instagram session with former England batsman and captain Kevin Pietersen, Kohli revealed that he felt like he would get out every time he went out to bat.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Friday held a meeting with 40 top sportspersons of the country via video conference. The sporting legends included prominent current and former Indian cricketers like skipper Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly, Yuvraj Singh, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Virender Sehwag. During the meeting with the sports personalities, the PM discussed about the ongoing crisis owing to the Coronavirus and the subsequent 21-day lockdown as well as the active role sportspersons are playing in the fight against COVID-19.
Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi, in his address to the nation on Tuesday, announced a complete lockdown of 21 days in the country in an effort to stop the spread of the dreaded coronavirus. Bigwigs of the Indian cricket fraternity hailed the move, and requested people to follow instructions given by the PM.
India's outgoing chief selector MSK Prasad has come out in strong support of Indian skipper Virat Kohli in the wake of his torrid run with the bat in New Zealand. Not only did India get blanked in both ODIs and Tests, Kohli personally failed to score a single fifty in the two formats. In fact, he managed only one half-century on the entire tour.
India succumbed to their first loss in the World Test Championship, going down to New Zealand by 10 wickets in the Wellington Test, the first game of a two-match series. Resuming day four at 144 for 4, still trailing by 39 runs, India were bowled out for 191 as man of the match Tim Southee picked up 5 for 61 and Trent Boult 4 for 39.