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Will Coronavirus affect T20 World Cup?

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West Indies winning- 2016 World Cup Title
West Indies winning- 2016 World Cup Title

Coronavirus pandemic has been the main issue trough out the globe in the past couple of months. It also affected the sport of Cricket. Almost all the cricket fixtures have been canceled or postponed due to the concern of Coronavirus, including IPL.

But Cricket Australia is looking forward to holding the men’s T20 world cup as scheduled. Australia has reported confirmed 500 cases of Coronavirus and three deaths.

Australia Cricket is hoping to have a full house at MCG for the final of the T20 world cup as the pandemic wear off.

“We’re really hoping that all forms of sport can be played again in a few weeks’ or a few months’ time”

“None of us are experts in this situation obviously, so our hope is that we’re back in very much normal circumstances come October and November when the men’s T20 World Cup is to be played.” Cricket Australia Chief said.

The T20 world cup is scheduled to held in Seven Venues across Australia.

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Sri Lanka winning the 1996 World Cup

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On this day Sri Lanka Wining the 1996 World Cupg 1996
Sri Lanka Winning ICC World Cup-CricFixtures

Winning the 1996 World Cup on the 17th of March was the turning point of the Cricket in Sri Lanka.

The final match was held at Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore, after a heated and controversial semi-final match between Sri Lanka & India.

Sri Lanka won the toss in the 1996 World Cup final & did not hesitate to ball first. Even though Ian Chappel & most of the TV commentary team have had doubts over the decision.

Australia batting first managed to score a par score of 241/7 after their mandatory 50 overs. Aravinda de silva took 3 Wickets for 42 runs.

In reply, Sri Lankan openers got out early & then walked in Aravinda de silva as the number 4 batsman. Aravinda played the innings of his life with the support of Gurusinghe & Ranathunga to lift the 1996 World Cup. Because of this bunch of lads who stepped up to lift a World Cup for their small island, Sri Lankan people still utter their names.

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The technical mistake of Knicking a ball outside the off Stump.

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The technical mistake of Knicking a ball
The technical mistake of Knicking a ball

The technical mistake of Knicking a ball the most common dismissal that you will see in the cricket field. Even the great players have gone through bad patches because of the knicking a ball half-heartedly. We’ve seen Kumar Sangakkara got out early in his career by the technical mistake of knicking a ball outside the off-stump many times. Virat Kohli has struggled against swinging cricket ball in the recent past & Knicked the ball several times.

The question is is this really a mental thing or technical thing? It most probably is both.

But here we are talking about the technical aspect of it.

Knicking a ball outside the off-stump happens because of Two main mistakes.

Mistake 1: Planting the front foot straight down the wicket too early.

Once you plant your foot straight down the wicket you can easily be caught at the slip or wicket-keeper by knicking the ball. Mainly because your weight is committed.

Mistake 2: Play away from the body

When you are stuck in the crease planting front foot forward, Your best option is to let the ball go. But nowadays it is a rare thing to see that players letting the ball go. Most often they try to reach the ball by playing away from the body with their hands outside the line of the head.

You will end up knicking the ball outside the off-stump by committing these mistakes.

It’s easy to correct the mistake of knicking the ball at a young age when your reflexes are at it’s best.

But if you are an exceptional player like Virender Shewag, Sanath Jayasuriya or Steve Smith playing outside off stump is a different story.

These players have overcome the problem of the technical mistake of knicking by their natural flair & guile. Also their immense potential of hand-eye co-ordination.

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Covid-19: New Zealand Tour of Australia 2020 called off.

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New Zealand Tour of Australia
New Zealand Tour of Australia 2020

As the Blackcaps team rushed back to their homeland, the New Zealand Tour of Australia 2020 has officially called off due to Corona Pandemic.

New Zealand Tour of Australia mostly abandoned, because of the New Zeland government’s statement. The government said, all the incoming passengers must face a 14 days quarantine period from midnight Sunday.

“A consequence of this is that we need to get our team back to New Zealand before the restriction is imposed, meaning it will not be able to participate in the two remaining Chappell-Hadlee fixtures,”

“Arrangements are at this moment being made to fly the bulk of the squad home this evening.”

“NZC understands and supports the government’s position. This is a time of unprecedented risk and peril, and the personal health and well-being of our players are paramount.” a New Zealand Cricket spokesman said.

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Australia Vs New Zealand ODI series to be played in empty stadium at the SCG

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Aus vs NZ ODI Series

Late-night cricket Australia Thursday led to announce that the Australia Vs New Zealand ODI series would be played in empty stadiums as the coronavirus spreading throughout the globe.

Before the first Australia Vs New Zealand first ODI, it was reported that the New Zealand player Kane Richardson was isolated from the Squad and tested for the COVID 19. But later in the day, confirmed that it was just a mild sore throat.

In this ODI, interviews were done via the spider cam even though players exchanged handshakes at the toss.

Australia ended up winning the first ODI match.

Match Summary :

Australia 7-258: David Warner 67 (88), Aaron Finch 60 (75), Ish Sodhi 3-15

New Zealand 187 all out: Martin Guptill 40 (73), Pat Cummins 3-25, Mitch Marsh 3-29

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VIVO IPL 2020 Postponed

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VIVO IPL 2020

VIVO IPL 2020 has been postponed due to the worldwide concern of the COVID-19 virus. The decision to postponing the VIVO IPL has been taken by the top brass of the IPL.

The new schedule for the tournament likely to be April 16 to June 5.

BCCI media release said, “The BCCI is concerned and sensitive about all its stakeholders, and public health in general, and it is taking all necessary steps to ensure that, all people related to IPL including fans have a safe cricketing experience,”.

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England tour of Sri Lanka 2020 – Postponed

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England tour of Sri Lanka 2020
England Tour of SriLanka 2020 Postponed

Sri Lanka Cricket has announced that the England Tour of Sri Lanka 2020 has been postponed due to COVID-19 concerns.

After the discussion with England Cricket Board, Sri Lanka cricket has decided to send the full squad of England players back to the UK. Especially recent events occurred due to Noval Corona Virus cases in Sri Lanka. Even the practice matches played without spectators.

England cricket board stated that ” at this time, the physical and mental well-being of England players and support teams is paramount “.

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Does Hyper-extension mean chucking?

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In cricket usually throwing means to as “Chucking”. Current ICC regulations set the legal limit to 15 degrees of permissible straightening of the elbow joint for all bowlers in international cricket. This happens due to the well-known incident which occurred between Umpire Darrel Hair and Sri Lankan Bowler Muththiah Muralitharan during the “Boxing Day” Test in Melbourne, 1995. After Darrel Hair called “No ball” multiple times in the field, Murali had to face a Bio-mechanical test & which revealed that he is not chucking the ball under the new ICC regulations.

But in some cases of throwing (chucking) like Shoaib Akthar (Pakistani Fast Bowler) & R.P. Singh (Indian Fast Bowler), they were seen to extend their elbow by a negative angle with respect to the upper arm. This is a phenomenon known as “Hyper Extension” which also gives an illusion of chucking. In the recent past, Indian Cricketer Jasprit Burah was in the spotlight for hyper-extending his arm.

Hyper-extension is not a conscious effort to bend the arm. Actually it’s an outward bending than an inward bending. (As the figure shows). This illusion also occurred during the career of people like Great Kirtley Ambros.

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England tour of Sri Lanka 2020: 2nd Tour Match

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England tour of Sri Lanka 2020

England Playing XI vs Sri Lanka Board President’s XI

  1. Dominic Sibley
  2. Zak Crawley
  3. Joe Denly
  4. Joe Root (Captain)
  5. Ben Stokes (Vice-Captain)
  6. Ollie Pope
  7. Jos Buttler (Wicket Keeper)
  8. Sam Curran
  9. Chris Woakes
  10. Dominic Bess
  11. Jack Leach