LIVE Cricket Score, South Africa vs England, 1st ODI in Bloemfontein

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England skipper Jos Buttler and his South African counterpart Temba Bavuma at the toss ahead of the first ODI in Bloemfontein. Twitter @ICC

Toss update: Fast bowler Jofra Archer was back in the England team for the first time in nearly two years for the first one-day international against South Africa on Friday.

South Africa captain Temba Bavuma won the toss and chose to bat first at Mangaung Oval in Bloemfontein at the start of a three-match series that the teams will finally get to play after it was postponed in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Archer last played international cricket in March 2021 and last appeared in an ODI in September 2020.

He was out with elbow and back injuries but has been playing in the South African domestic Twenty20 league to prove his fitness for the ODI series.

Batsman Harry Brook will make his ODI debut for England.

South Africa recalled seam bowler Sisanda Magala for his first ODI in a year.

Lineups:

South Africa: Quinton de Kock, Temba Bavuma (captain), Rassie van der Dussen, Aiden Markram, Heinrich Klaasen, David Miller, Wayne Parnell, Sisanda Magala, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Tabraiz Shamsi

England: Jason Roy, Dawid Malan, Ben Duckett, Harry Brook, Jos Buttler (captain), Moeen Ali, Sam Curran, David Willey, Adil Rashid, Jofra Archer, Olly Stone.

With inputs from The Associated Press

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Really looking forward to seeing Virat Kohli vs Pat Cummins contest: Jason Gillespie

Virat Kohli for long has been India’s best batter while Pat Cummins is currently the No 1 bowler in the ICC Test rankings.


Virat Kohli will look to continue his good form against Australia. AP

The battle between former India captain Virat Kohli and Australia skipper Pat Cummins when the two teams compete against each other in the Border-Gavaskar four-match Test series next month will be one to keep an eye on. Kohli for long has been India’s best batter while Cummins is currently the No 1 bowler in the ICC Test rankings.

Former Aussie pacer Jason Gillespie is also looking forward to seeing the two stalwarts come up against each other. Gillespie has also adviced the Australian team to have Cummins bowling straight away as soon as Kohli comes out to bat.

“I am really looking forward to seeing (Virat) Kohli vs Cummins. That’s a fantastic match-up. It will be interesting to see how they go. When Virat comes out to bat, I would love to see Cummins take the ball and go at him straightaway. That will be great theatre, two wonderful cricketers at the top of their game,” Gillespie told Hindustan Times.

Pacers Cummins and Josh Hazlewood will be without the services of Mitchell Starc for the first Test. Starc is out with an injury. Australian meanwhile have added spinner Mitchell Swepson and Todd Murphy to the squad in addition to Nathan Lyon, but Gillespie is of the opinion that the ball will reverse during the Test series and Australian fast bowlers will make a big impact against Indian batters.

“Starc is obviously a left-armer and does get it to reverse very late. But Hazlewood and Cummins are equally good. They can all have a real impact with the old ball. Watch out for Green too. He can be a really awkward customer for the Indian batsmen. I think we will see the ball reverse swinging in this series,” Gillespie added.

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‘He is still an invaluable player’: Ex-India cricketer’s remark on Suryakumar Yadav’s poor form in ODIs

A mega star in T20Is, Suryakumar Yadav has been struggling to match his form in the One Day Internationals.


Suryakumar Yadav bats during an ODI for India. Sportzpics

India’s rising star Suryakumar Yadav certainly comes among the most trustworthy names in the 20-over format thanks to his explosive batting in T20 Internationals. However, he has been struggling to match his form in the One Day Internationals. The 32-year-old was a part of the recently-concluded ODI series against New Zealand but failed to produce anything significant. Having the opportunity to bat in two games, Yadav managed to score just 31 and 14 runs in the first and third ODIs respectively. Referring to his rhythm in 50-over cricket, ex-India cricketer Saba Karim expressed his doubt that Yadav might lose his place in the ODI team if he continues this form. Speaking on India News, the former wicket-keeper said that the batter should take time to get accustomed to the format.

Looking at India’s ODI batting order, Shreyas Iyer is looking more promising for the No 4 position rather than Suryakumar Yadav. Iyer finished the 2022 season as the highest run-scorer among Indian batters. Owing to his tremendous performance, he has become the only Indian batter to be included in ICC’s Men’s ODI Team of the Year of 2022. On the other hand, SKY has not yet demonstrated his skill in 50-over cricket. He has played 20 ODIs in the Indian outfit so far and has recorded 433 runs at a batting average of 28.87.

Taking the numbers into his account, Saba Karim noted, “This is not the first time. Previously, when he got the opportunity to play in ODIs, he didn’t score as per expectations.” He termed SKY an “invaluable player” in the format while explaining, “Some players need some time to adjust.” Karim further suggested Yadav discuss the matter with captain Rohit Sharma and head coach Rahul Dravid to get some clarity on his role in the ODI squad.

Suryakumar Yadav’s tally in the shortest format is nothing but fascinating. He has appeared in 45 T20Is for India and has notched up 1578 runs at a worth-mentioning strike rate of above 180. He has already registered three centuries and thirteen half-centuries, with his latest ton coming earlier this year against Sri Lanka in the final T20I of the three-match home series. SKY has earned his maiden Test call-up for the first two games of the upcoming Border Gavaskar Trophy against Australia.

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‘We have to consider things like…’: India selector on ignoring Sarfaraz Khan for Australia Tests

Ever since the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the squad for the first two Tests of the Border Gavaskar Trophy, several questions have been raised regarding the exclusion of Mumbai batter Sarfaraz Khan. Even though limited-over specialist Suryakumar Yadav has earned his maiden call-up to don the whites for India, Khan has once again been ignored despite having been enjoying exceptional form in the domestic circuit. However, the BCCI had remained silent since then and decided not to pass any comment on the matter.

Now, Sridharan Sharath, one of the members of the board’s five-member national selection panel, finally addressed the topic while speaking in an interview with Sportstar.

According to Sharath, the BCCI is well aware of Sarfaraz Khan’s current form and has been following his batting in the Ranji Trophy. But looking from the team’s perspective, he failed to make it to the 17-man unit for the Australia Tests. Sharath made it clear that the selectors put more focus on the team combination, rather than thinking about any individual cricketer. Thus, considering the balance of the team, the 25-year-old could not fit into the squad.

After being asked about Khan’s future in the national team, Sharath noted, “He is certainly on our radar. In due course, he will get his due. While picking the team, we have to consider things like composition and balance.”

Sarfaraz Khan’s batting has become a crucial component for his Ranji Trophy side Mumbai for the last few seasons. He recorded 928 runs in the 2019-20 season and 982 runs in the 2021-22 season. His tremendous performance continues in the current season as well. So far, the youngster has notched up as many as three centuries in the ongoing edition of the tournament.

In his latest appearance for Mumbai, Sarfaraz Khan smashed a commendable century scoring 125 runs against Delhi. But, it came in a losing cause as Mumbai eventually lost the match by 8 wickets. Khan has been rested for the upcoming fixture against Maharashtra which is also their final Group league game.

Coming to India’s next assignment, the Men in Blue have three T20Is against New Zealand before taking on powerhouse Australia in February. The first 20-over battler against the Black Caps is slated to be held today at the JSCA International Stadium Complex in Ranchi. On the other hand, the Border Gavaskar Trophy will begin with the opening Test on 9 February.

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India vs New Zealand: Prithvi Shaw’s wait to get longer

The last time Prithvi Shaw played a T20I for India, his only appearance till date, Shikhar Dhawan was leading the side, Suryakumar Yadav was doing Suryakumar Yadav things, Krunal Pandya featured in the XI and the pair of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Deepak Chahar made the new ball talk. It was the three-T20I series vs Sri Lanka which is mostly remembered for the COVID-19 outbreak in the Indian camp. The situation during the series was such that there was a challenge to put together a Playing XI and someone like Bhuvi came out to bat at No.6 in the third fixture.

In over 550 days, a lot has changed in the cricketing ecosystem in the country. Rahul Dravid, the stand-in coach in 2021, is now the full-time coach, Rohit Sharma is the captain across formats and Shikhar Dhawan, the captain during the 2021 tour, is no longer part of the white-ball set-up. For, Shaw too it’s been a rollercoaster ride of sorts away from the Indian dressing room. The 23-year-old turned up for his state Mumbai in the domestic competitions during this duration and kept scoring runs and tons for fun. Knock by knock, the calls for Shaw’s inclusion back in the set-up only grew louder and the moment finally came when he left the selectors with no choice.

The big daddy knock, enough to earn his slot back in the Indian team, came against Assam in the Ranji Trophy this season. The 379-run knock broke plenty of records and finally reopened the door to the Indian dressing room as he was picked for the three-T20I series vs New Zealand. Social media celebrated his return to the squad like there was no tomorrow but for Shaw it seemed like just another day at work as he prepped to take on Delhi in the Ranji Trophy contest earlier this month.

His walk from the makeshift photo booth of the broadcaster to the pavilion at the Arun Jaitley Stadium was of a man riding high on confidence, and form. He would begin the innings on that note and looked supremely impressive during a 40-run knock before an incoming delivery, and a debatable decision ended the breezy outing. The right-hander stood in disbelief but had to make the long walk back early in the first innings. Till the time he was out there, batting looked ridiculously easy on a spicy pitch, at least for the first session, but it was a different story moment he was dismissed.

This has been his impact wherever and whenever he has played. May it be for Delhi Capitals in the IPL or Mumbai in the domestic circuit, an on-song Shaw can be a pain for the opposition, and the rate at which he scores runs can deflate any bowling attack. The red-ball knock sealed the selection deal for him but his consistency across formats was making it increasingly difficult for the selectors to keep him waiting in the wings. The Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2022 was a good one for the pocket dynamo as he amassed 332 runs in 10 games at a brutal strike rate of 181.42.

The wait to get longer

Shaw’s long wait to be back in the Indian XI is all set to get longer as captain Hardik Pandya, during the pre-match presser, confirmed that Shubman Gill will start the series. Gill has been in phenomenal touch this year and is yet to put a foot wrong. The classy right-hander was preferred in the Sri Lanka T20Is too and is set to get a longer rope at top of the order.

“Shubman Gill has done well and will start the series. The way he is batting, he was already in the team,” Pandya said on Thursday.

Ruturaj Gaikwad, the other opener in the reserves, has been injured and will not take part in the upcoming series vs the Black Caps. This fairly improves Shaw’s chances of getting game time at some point in the series. If he does, the youngster would hope to cement his place in the Indian set-up and replicate his domestic heroics in the international arena.

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India vs New Zealand 1st T20I Live Streaming: When and where to watch IND vs NZ live telecast

The three-match T20I series between India and New Zealand starts on Friday with the first encounter taking place at Ranchi. Having won six ODIs on a trot against Sri Lanka and New Zealand, hosts India will enter the contest as firm favourites.

Also, with the T20 World Cup scheduled for 2024, India are not really in a hurry to fine-tune their squad with the focus being on ODIs. With the same motive, Rohit Sharma and Virat Kohli have been made to sit out of the T20I series. Making a return to the side Prithvi Shaw who last played for India in 2021. The explosive opener, however, may not get a game as India are set to use Ishan Kishan and Shubman Gill as openers. But if a chance arises, Shaw could be the one to get it as another opener Ruturaj Gaikwad has been ruled out of the series due to a wrist injury.

Whoever starts, India’s main focus will be to win the series and take the momentum into the Test series vs Australia that starts in February.

Here’s all you need to know about the first T20I between India and New Zealand:

When will the first T20I between India and New Zealand take place?

The first T20I between India and New Zealand will take place on Friday, 27 January.

Where will the first T20I between India and New Zealand take place?

The first T20I between India and New Zealand will be played at the JSCA International Stadium in Ranchi, Jharkhand.

What time is toss in first T20I between India and New Zealand?

The first T20I between India and New Zealand will start at 6:30 PM IST. Toss will take place half an hour before the start of play.

How can I watch the first T20I between India and New Zealand?

The first T20I between India and New Zealand will be shown live on the Star Sports Network. You can also live stream the match on the Disney+ Hotstar app, as well as follow the live commentary and updates on Firstpost.com.

Squads:

India: Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan(w), Rahul Tripathi, Suryakumar Yadav, Hardik Pandya(c), Deepak Hooda, Washington Sundar, Shivam Mavi, Arshdeep Singh, Umran Malik, Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav, Jitesh Sharma, Mukesh Kumar, Prithvi Shaw

New Zealand: Finn Allen, Devon Conway(w), Mark Chapman, Glenn Phillips, Daryl Mitchell, Michael Bracewell, Mitchell Santner(c), Lockie Ferguson, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Jacob Duffy, Michael Rippon, Dane Cleaver, Henry Shipley, Ben Lister

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Fireball cinnamon whisky does not have whisky, lawsuit alleges

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Illinois: The makers of the infamous whisky named Fireball cinnamon are facing a lawsuit that claims there is no whisky in the miniature bottles of the hot beverage.

To the dismay of Anna Marquez, the Illinois lady who is suing Sazerac Company, the creator of Fireball, for “misleading” packaging, the beverage is actually a malt beverage made to taste like whisky.

The labelling on the tiny 99-cent bottles of Fireball Cinnamon, according to the class-action lawsuit Marquez filed earlier this month, is misleadingly identical to the labelling on bottles of the company’s other product, Fireball Cinnamon Whisky.

According to the company’s website, Fireball Cinnamon Whisky has 33% alcohol by volume while Fireball Cinnamon has 16.5%.

According to the lawsuit, it was “an easy error to make, and one that the manufacturer intended,” for customers to believe that the little bottles marked “Fireball Cinnamon” contained whisky.

“Even though their labels are nearly identical, what people were buying in non-alcohol retailers” was not whisky at all,” reads the lawsuit.

Although it is lawful for the business to use the brand name “Fireball” for both drinks, the lawsuit claims that both federal and state laws forbid giving the public a “misleading impression” overall.

The lawsuit criticises comparable labelling as well as the size of the text on Fireball Cinnamon’s label that lists its ingredients.

The phrase “Malt Beverage With Natural Whisky & Other Flavors and Carmel Color” is allegedly written in the “smallest allowable size,” according to the lawsuit.

The complaint also claims that the term “natural whisky” causes confusion about the product.

The phrase “With Natural Whisky & Other Flavors” is a brilliant turn of phrase since it allows consumers who struggle to comprehend it to understand how Natural Whisky differs from Other Flavors.

Customers “will believe the Product is a malt beverage with natural whisky and added flavours,” claims the lawsuit.

To put it another way, customers can mistakenly think that a distinct ingredient of natural whisky is added to the beverage rather than realising that simply “whisky tastes” are there.

The Fireball firm explains the distinctions between its whisky and malt products on its website.

The website says that there are two main distinctions between the Fireball Cinnamon and Fireball Whisky labels:”Any package with Fireball ‘Cinnamon Whisky’ on the front label is our whisky-based product.”

“Any product with Fireball “Cinnamon” on the front label, without “Whisky,” is either our wine- or malt-based beverage,” the company says.

As per a CBS news report, despite being the only plaintiff, Marquez’s action aims to compensate anyone who has bought Fireball Cinnamon in the following states: Illinois, North Dakota, Wyoming, Alaska, Arizona, Idaho,Mississippi, Iowa, South Carolina, Kansas, Arkansas, and Utah.

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India vs New Zealand: Men in Blue aim to carry ODI form over to T20Is against Black Caps

Team India will look to maintain their winning run against New Zealand, albeit in a different format, when they take on the Black Caps in the first of three T20Is in Ranchi on Friday.

India have largely been victorious in the new year; they began the year by beating Sri Lanka 2-1 in a three-T20I series in Hardik Pandya’s first full series as captain at home. That was followed by identical 3-0 sweeps against the Lankans and the Black Caps as the Men in Blue maintained their stranglehold on visiting teams on their home turf.

As has been the case with India’s squads for recent T20 assignments, Test and ODI skipper Rohit Sharma will be absent, as will Virat Kohli and other seniors such as Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, and KL Rahul, who only recently got married and will be back in action only during the Border-Gavaskar Trophy.

Watch: MS Dhoni visits India dressing room ahead of T20Is against New Zealand

In a year where the ODI format takes centre-stage with a home World Cup looming, there isn’t much context for T20Is other than testing out various options in the lineup keeping next year’s T20 World Cup in the Caribbean and the United States in mind.

Prithvi Shaw comeback?

The focus once again shifts to the top three in the absence of Rohit and Virat for the T20Is. With Gill currently in the form of his life after scoring 360 runs in the three one-dayers, it is the backup options where things get interesting.

Ruturaj Gaikwad, who had been next in line for the opener’s slot, has been ruled out of the series with a wrist injury. Prithvi Shaw, who has long been overlooked by the Men in Blue, will be busy praying for an opportunity, which might be handed to him if Ishan Kishan produces another low score or two or the series is sealed with a game to spare.

Prithvi Shaw’s last appearance for India was during the limited-overs tour of Sri Lanka in July 2021. AP

Shaw, whose last appearance for India was during the tour of Sri Lanka in July 2021, has been in superb form of late for Mumbai across formats — finishing the second-highest run-scorer in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy with 332 runs at a strike rate of 181.42. He had also scored a staggering 379 during the Ranji Trophy match against Assam at nearly run-a-ball.

While Shaw certainly has the firepower to make the most of an opportunity handed to him and make life for the selectors and the team management even tougher, India T20I skipper Pandya backed Gill as the first-choice opener alongside Kishan, hinting at the fact that Shaw would have to wait for his turn.

“Shubman has done well and will start the series. The way he is batting and was already in the team,” Pandya said in a press conference on the eve of the first T20I in Ranchi.

Black Caps’ bowling a worry

A major worry for the Black Caps, who have had the wood over the Men in Blue as far as knockout matches in ICC events is concerned, is their bowling department heading into the T20Is. They ended up conceding scores of 349 and 385 when bowling first during the ODI series and barely offered any resistance after getting bundled out for 108 the only time they got to bat first.

And the manner in which Rohit and Gill toyed with the Kiwi attack in the third ODI during their 212-run opening partnership, it appeared as if the hosts would end up becoming the first team to breach the 500-barrier in ODIs.

New Zealand, who are being captained by left-arm spinner Mitchell Santner in the T20Is after being led by Tom Latham in the 50-over games, will hope express pacer Lockie Ferguson gets more support from the bowling unit. More importantly for the visitors, leg-spinner Ish Sodhi appears to have regained his fitness, and his return to the XI after missing out in the one-dayers could be a big boost as far as their hopes of opening their account on the tour is concerned.

India: Hardik Pandya (c), Suryakumar Yadav (vc, Shubman Gill, Ishan Kishan, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Rahul Tripathi, Deepak Hooda, Jitesh Sharma, Prithvi Shaw, Shivam Mavi, Washington Sundar, Kuldeep Yadav, Mukesh Kumar, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh, Yuzvendra Chahal.

New Zealand: Mitchell Santner (c), Finn Allen, Devon Conway, Daryl Mitchell, Glenn Phillips, Michael Bracewell, Mark Chapman, Dane Cleaver, Benjamin Lister, Michael Rippon, Henry Shipley, Ish Sodhi, Blair Tickner, Jacob Duffy, Lockie Ferguson.

Venue: JSCA Stadium, Ranchi, Jharkhand.

Time: 7.30 pm IST.

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Australian Open 2023: Elena Rybakina, with family watching, into another Slam final

Elena Rybakina of Kazakhstan waves after defeating Victoria Azarenka of Belarus. AP

Melbourne: The conditions were far from perfect for the big hitters. It was windy, chilly, and the evening temperature had dipped to 15 degrees Celsius in Melbourne. Playing her first evening match of the fortnight, Elena Rybakina, who had struck 35 aces coming into the semi-final against Victoria Azarenka on Thursday, was finding the courts slower.

She had jointly struck the biggest serve of the Australian Open (among women) at 195 kmph but on the night, the best she produced was 189 kmph. Even more impressively, 53% of her first serves had gone unreturned. That dwindled to 42% as the balls got slower and the evening became bitter.

“Today it was a bit tougher for me because it was different conditions. I couldn’t play really aggressive tennis. The ball was not going so much,” she said.

It made no difference in the end as Wimbledon champion Rybakina progressed to the Australian Open final for the first time – beating two-time champion Victoria Azarenka 7-6, 6-3 on Rod Laver Arena.

The Moscow-born Kazakh needed an hour and 41 minutes to get past the 2012 and 2013 champion Azarenka who had chances on her racket but couldn’t make it count.

Rybakina has now beaten three Grand Slam champions in a row having already accounted for World No 1 Iga Swiatek and 2017 French Open winner Jelena Ostapenko. The run also includes last year’s finalist Danielle Collins.

In the final she will face an in-form Aryna Sabalenka, who will be seeking her first major final, having beaten unseeded Magda Linette 7-6, 6-2 in the second semi-final.

The 23-year-old Rybakina admitted to not feeling as nervous as she did last year at Wimbledon – when she beat Ons Jabeur in the final for her first major title. “For sure, I got a lot of experience from Wimbledon and, to be honest, I just want to come on court and really enjoy the moment, enjoy the atmosphere,” Rybakina said on what’s to come ahead on Saturday.

“This time I think I was focusing more on the match, what I have to do, and maybe not to think what’s going to come or what’s going to happen around and so on,” she added.

What’s going to be new from that moment is the presence of her parents and sister. Rybakina’s parents have been in Australia throughout the fortnight, unlike Wimbledon when they were denied a visa to the United Kingdom owing to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine.

Also present is her sister who got a special mention in the on-court ceremony. “They are actually here, here from the beginning, so I’m super happy,” said Rybakina.

“It’s first time when everybody is here, parents and sister. So really amazing, and I’m looking forward to the next match to play in front of everybody, especially my parents,” she said.

The 22nd seed recalled her sister travelling with her to the WTA tournament in Doha and then to Wimbledon. She emphasised that they would be proud of her irrespective of how things go in the final.

“Yeah, for sure it’s great for them. I mean, I didn’t even talk with them yet. I’m sure they’re happy. They don’t see me often, playing live, so I think this time, it’s a big result already. No matter how I play in the final, I think they’re very proud and happy,” she added.

It was also fitting that seven of the ‘Original 9’ members were honoured and sat courtside during the women’s semi-finals. Their pioneering $1 contracts in 1970 opened the path for the millions now offered in women’s tennis. “I want to say a big ‘Thank you’ from the players, because it’s unbelievable what you’ve done for us, for the new generation,” Rybakina said.

“It means a lot.”

For the record, the women’s champion will take home $2,975,000 and the runner-up will bag a check of $1,625,000.

MS Dhoni visits India dressing room ahead of T20Is against New Zealand; Watch Video

While MS Dhoni visited the India dressing room, earlier Hardik Pandya shared a heartwarming picture with MS Dhoni on a sholay-like bike.


MS Dhoni had a conversation with India’s T20I squad. Screengrab of video BCCI/ Twitter

After steamrolling over New Zealand in the three-match ODI series, India will look to repeat the feat in the T20I series starting on Friday in Ranchi’s Jharkhand State Cricket Association Stadium (JSCA).

Talking about Ranchi, one cricketer synonymous with the city is the legend, MS Dhoni.

The former India captain visited the Indian dressing room in JSCA during their training hours and had light-hearted as well as intriguing conversations with the youngsters.

The BCCI shared a video of MS Dhoni’s meet and greet with the T20I squad and captioned it, “Look who came visiting at training today in Ranchi – the great @MSDhoni.”

Hardik Pandya and Ishan Kishan were seen having an animated conversation with Dhoni along with Suryakumar Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, and a few others around.

Dhoni was also seen meeting the support staff and other personnel including India’s strength and conditioning trainer.

The former wicketkeeper was also seen giving some significant tips to Washington Sundar.

Hardik Pandya shares a ‘Sholay’ picture with MS Dhoni

Earlier, Hardik Pandya shared a heartwarming picture with MS Dhoni on a bike with a sidecar similar to the one used in the Bollywood movie Sholay.

While Hardik posed driving the bike, Dhoni was seen sitting in the sidecar. Pandya captioned the video, “Sholay 2 coming soon.”

Hardik Pandya’s post took social media to storm within moments on Thursday morning.

Pandya has every now and then opened up about his camaraderie with Dhoni and has also said that Dhoni has been a significant influence in his career.

Pandya will lead India in T20Is against New Zealand, as the two sides will face off for the first T20I on 27 January.

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