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‘Gold layegi mhari choriya’ – Fans react as Indian Women’s Cricket Team reach Asian Games 2023 final with win over Bangladesh

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In a decidedly one-sided Asian Games 2023 semifinal clash between arch-rivals India and Bangladesh, India emerged victorious by eight wickets. With a meager target of 52 runs to win, India lost their openers early but managed to chase down the total in just 8.2 overs, securing their spot in the gold medal match.

India’s bowlers showcased a phenomenal performance, restricting Bangladesh to a paltry 51 runs in the semifinal. Pooja Vastrakar was the standout performer, making an impact with the very first delivery. Bangladesh struggled to recover after choosing to bat first, with Vastrakar ultimately claiming four wickets.

In the 2023 Asian Games semifinal against Bangladesh, Smriti Mandhana once again stepped into the role of India’s captain. This was necessitated by Harmanpreet Kaur’s two-game suspension due to a heated on-field altercation with the same opponents.

Pooja Vastrakar was the star for India with four wickets

Cricket enthusiasts were riveted during the recent 50-over match between these fierce rivals. This game served as a dramatic rematch following their thrilling three-match series, which ended in a 1-1 tie. The stakes were high because a victory for either team guaranteed their country a shot at the gold medal.

Pooja Vastrakar wreaked havoc on the Bangladesh batters, leaving them struggling at the crease and finishing with four wickets. Titas Sadhu, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Amanjot Kaur, and Devika Vaidya each contributed with a wicket, helping India Women bowl out their opponents for a mere 51 runs, marking Bangladesh Women’s lowest WT20I total against India.

Although Smriti Mandhana and Shafali Varma were dismissed while trying to accelerate the scoring, Jemimah Rodrigues guided India to victory in under nine overs. This triumph has propelled the Indian side into the final, guaranteeing them at least a silver medal.

India now aspires to clinch gold in their maiden participation in the 2023 Asian Games. They will face the winner of the other semifinal clash between Pakistan and Sri Lanka in the much-anticipated final. Indian fans are eager for a showdown with their arch-rivals, Pakistan, in the ultimate battle for supremacy.

Here’s how fans reacted:

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Wanindu Hasaranga brutally criticizes umpire for not signalling no-ball in third T20I between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan

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Wanindu Hasaranga was furious with the decision of the umpire which cost them the match. During the third T20I between Sri Lanka and Afghanistan, a decision from the leg umpire named Hannibal ensured that the home side could not chase down the target of 210 runs, which at one point in time looked possible the way Kamanindu Mendis was going at one end.  

21 runs were needed for SL against Afghanistan in the last over of the match. The equation came down to 10 of 3. That was when the bowler delivered a waist-high full toss. For the naked eye, it seemed like a huge no-ball. But the umpire did not declare it to be a no-ball, as he felt it to be fine. The batter was a bit ahead of the stance in the crease. 

Hasaranga, the skipper of SL, asked for the referral. However, the rule does not allow the fielding captain to challenge the no-ball calls. It left him furious. SL went on to lose the match by just three runs and the call from the leg umpire indeed turned out to be a decisive factor. In the post-match talk, the star All-rounder was furious at the umpire and criticized him for the decision. 

‘Umpire isn’t suited to international cricket, would be much better if he did another job’ – Wanindu Hasaranga

The Sri Lankan skipper claimed that things like it should not happen at the highest level. He claimed that the ball was not even close to the waist-high to be considered as a benefit of the doubt and felt that it would have hit the head of the batter if it was delivered at a slightly higher trajectory. The skipper of Sri Lanka felt that the umpire was not fit for his job. 

“If you can’t see that, that umpire isn’t suited to international cricket. It would be much better if he did another job,” said the star player in his statement. The leg-spinner then urged the Apex Board to bring back the province where the captains could challenge the on-field decisions of the umpires.  

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Here’s what Shubman Gill has to say when asked about missing MS Dhoni

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Shubman Gill had an animated reply to a question asked about MS Dhoni. When asked if he and the Indian team miss the star batter, Gill claimed in a low voice that everyone in the team and fact in entire India misses the former Indian skipper. He felt that no matter where India plays, the former Indian wicketkeeper batter will be missed genuinely. 

“The entire India misses Mahi bhai (MS Dhoni). It does not matter where we play, in Ranchi or anywhere in the world,” said Gill when asked about the CSK skipper. Gill was in the press conference ahead of the fourth Test between India and England. The youngster was asked a lot of questions about his form and the confidence he gained in the last two Tests. 

Gill has been in good form in the ongoing series. The right-handed batter has adapted well to the number 3 position after failing to perform in the first Test. In the 2nd Test, the star batter scored 35 runs in the first innings and a much-required hundred in the second innings. At Vizag, Gill helped India to claim a crucial win against England to level the series 1-1. 

Shubman Gill hopes to make the most of his form

When India went to Rajkot for the third Test, Gill did not have the greatest of starts as he was dismissed for a golden duck in the 1st innings. However, the Indian batter proved the critics wrong by scoring 91 runs in the 2nd innings. A big gorilla has been off Gill’s back. The youngster has been away from the criticism after his knock in the last two Tests against England. 

He would be hoping to continue the form in the fourth Test which is set to take place in Ranchi. The city is the birthplace of Dhoni, the former Indian cricketer, who was instrumental in India winning the T20 WC 2007, the ODI WC 2011, and the Champions Trophy 2013 as a skipper. Gill will be in action against Dhoni later this year as the skipper of GT in the IPL 2024. 

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Is Shreyas Iyer really injured? Latest report has something else to say!

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The latest report on Shreyas Iyer has shocked the fans to the core. The star batter was deemed unfit to play the last three Tests against England as he was declared injured after the 2nd Test in Vizag. The star batter reportedly had a groin injury and stiff back as per the statement of the Indian Cricket Board. He was hence released from the Indian squad. 

As per the protocols, the star batter was sent back to the National Cricket Academy (NCA) in Bengaluru to recover soon. However, the latest report has claimed that the NCA did not report any injury from the right-handed batter. It is being claimed that the physios and other officials in the NCA have deemed Iyer to be as fit as ever. 

The news has raised a lot of doubts amongst the followers of the Indian team. Iyer has been going through a rough patch with the bat in the longest format of the game for months now. He last hit a hundred in 2022 and has not been able to score even a fifty in a long time. While that is a matter of concern, the fans are worried about something else. 

Has the Indian management faked Shreyas Iyer’s injury?

After the latest report, the fans are wondering if the Indian management deliberately declared him injured to get him replaced by someone else in the squad. At this point, the fans are claiming that the Indian Cricket Board does not have the confidence to declare their players to be dropped. Even in the past, India declared players injured to the doubts of the fans. 

It is worth wondering if Iyer is actually injured. As per many reports, he was dropped from the team. It is claimed that he was not declared ‘Dropped’ to not be criticized by the fans of the batter. While nothing has been official yet, if what reports claim is to be believed, it might be a serious dent in the confidence of Iyer, who needs the backing of the management in tough times. 

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