IMAGE: Fans celebrate ahead of start of Day 2 of the second Test between India and England at the Narendra Modi stadium in Motera on Thursday, February 25, 2021. Photographs: Amit Dave/Reuters There was finally some joy among the gloom as fans thronged the Narendra Modi stadium in Motera for the second Test between India and England. The N M stadium took over from the Melbourne Cricket Ground as the world's biggest cricket stadium on Wednesday, February 24, 2021, and Team India made sure their fans left a happy lot even though the game didn't even last two days. Fans, who were deprived of live cricketing action this past year because of the COVID-19 pandemic, made sure to flock to the stadium in large numbers. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, only 55,000 fans were allowed to attend the match, but there was no shortage of passion as fans came in early through the gates to watch the cricketers in action. There was no shortage of entertainment on the field as … [Read more...] about Cricketing Carnival in Ahmedabad!
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R Ashwin and Axar Patel demolished the England batting line-up as India scripted an epic ten-wicket win in the third Test in Motera, Ahmedabad on Thursday. The duo combined to pick 18 wickets in both the innings as the pink-ball affair between both the sides was completed inside two days. Axar bagged 11 wickets in the contest and was named man of the match for his effort, while Ashwin scalped a total of eight wickets and also went on to become the fastest Indian cricketer to pick 400 wickets in Tests. The cricket fraternity lauded the efforts by the duo and shared their congratulatory messages on Twitter. Here are a few tweets: Just unbelievable to witness the boys sealing the match in just two days. What a clinical win! Onwards and upwards. Jai Hind. #INDvENG #Pinkballtest @BCCI pic.twitter.com/uJrF3yQjaM — Suresh Raina (@ImRaina) February 25, 2021 Congratulations #TeamIndia on going up 2-1 in the Test Series. Let’s make it 3-1 guys! Good … [Read more...] about ‘Let’s make it 3-1 guys’: Cricket fraternity celebrate India’s emphatic win against England in Motera
After India's crushing 10-wicket win against England in the third Test in Ahmedabad, which saw the contest get wrapped inside two days, several former cricketers were highly critical of the pitch. Many, including India's 2011 World Cup hero Yuvraj Singh, felt it was not an ideal track for a Test match. The former Indian cricketer took to Twitter to express his disappointment and claimed that spin legends like Harbhajan Singh and Anil Kumble would have scalped over 800 wickets if such tracks were available during his playing days. "Finished in 2 days Not sure if that's good for test cricket !If @anilkumble1074 and @harbhajan_singh bowled on these kind of wickets they would be sitting on a thousand and 800?" Yuvraj tweeted on Thursday. finished in 2 days Not sure if that’s good for test cricket !If @anilkumble1074 and @harbhajan_singh bowled on these kind of wickets they would be sitting on a thousand and 800 ?However congratulations to @akshar2026 what a spell! … [Read more...] about ‘Not sure if that’s good for Test cricket’: Former cricketers slam Motera pitch
Tiger Woods suffered serious injuries in a car crash in California on Tuesday, with details continuing to emerge about the incident. The 15-time major champion was alone in an SUV and heading northbound on Hawthorne Boulevard at Blackhorse Road, a major road that cuts through the Palos Verdes Peninsula to the south of Los Angeles, when he crashed shortly after 7am local time (3pm GMT). The crash occurred on a curvy, steep stretch of road, with Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva telling reporters that Woods was travelling at a "relatively greater speed than normal" and the area "has a high frequency of accidents". It is believed that Woods lost control of his vehicle during a downhill stretch of the road, with no signs of skid marks or breaking as the car hit the centre kerb, a tree and then rolled over several times before coming to rest several hundred feet away. The car - a Genesis GV80 with a 'Genesis Invitational' logo on its side - was the only vehicle … [Read more...] about Tiger Woods car crash: Details from incident that left former world No 1 with significant leg injuries
British media seems to be a divided house as they reacted to England’s dramatic 10-wicket defeat at the hands of India in the third Test on Thursday. The contest didn’t even last two days with spinners accounting for 28 of the 30 wickets to have fallen at the Narendra Modi Stadium which was hosting its first international match since undergoing renovation. The defeat meant England were knocked out from the race for ICC World Test Championship final with India now needing just a draw to qualify. Australia are still in contention to join New Zealand in the summit clash but that depends on India’s defeat in the fourth and final Test of the series set to be played at the same venue from March 4. The manner in which the batting of both the teams folded left to a sharp criticism from several former players including the likes of Yuvraj Singh, VVS Laxman, Michael Vaughan among others with the pitch branded “not ideal” for Test cricket. The Guardian though chose to focus on England’s … [Read more...] about Motera Pitch Controversy: Opinions Polarised as British Media Reacts After England’s Crushing Defeat to India