New Zealand wicketkeeper BJ Watling on Tuesday announced that he will hang up his gloves after the Kiwis's tour of England, which includes two Tests against the hosts and then the World Test Championship (WTC) final against India. The 35-year-old said that he felt it was the right time to quit. Watling has represented New Zealand in 73 Tests, 28 ODIs and five T20 Internationals (T20Is). Watling had a stellar career, especially behind the stumps, and also played several crucial knocks in front of them as well. "The curtain is set to come down on the career of one of New Zealand's most widely respected cricketers, with wicket-keeper BJ Watling to retire from all cricket after the upcoming Test tour of England," New Zealand Cricket said in a release. "It's been a huge honour to represent New Zealand and in particular wear the Test baggy. Test cricket really is the pinnacle of the game and I've loved every minute of being out there in the whites with the boys," Watling was quoted . . .
New Zealand enjoyed the greatest triumph in their cricket history as they beat India by eight wickets in the inaugural World Test Championship final at Southampton on Wednesday. Two years after their agonising Super Over loss to England in the 50-over World Cup final at Lord's, the Blackcaps claimed their first major global title. Set a modest target of 139 in 53 overs, New Zealand finished on 140-2 with time to spare in a match extended into a reserve sixth day following two days lost to rain. Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin reduced New Zealand to 44-2 by removing openers Tom Latham and Devon Conway to the delight of India fans. But New Zealand captain Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor, the team's most-experienced batsmen, settled any lingering nerves in an unbroken stand of 96. Williamson, who won plaudits for the sporting way he dealt with defeat in the 2019 World Cup final, was 52 not out. It was only the second fifty of the match after New Zealand opener Devon Conway's . . .
India captain Virat Kohli was adamant that their decision to stick to playing three pacers in the World Test Championship final was the correct one as they fielded their "best combination" in the defeat against New Zealand . India had announced their side a day before the final was supposed to start, but rain washed out Day 1, and there were questions on whether India should have played with another fast bowler, given the conditions would provide more assistance to them. "We've been successful with this combination in different conditions. We thought this was our best combination, and we had batting depth as well, and if there was more game time, the spinners would have come into the game more as well," Kohli said after the match in Southampton. He also congratulated New Zealand for forcing a result in a match marred by rain. "Big congratulations to Kane (Williamson) and the whole team. They showed great consistency and heart to pull out a result in just over three days, . . .
Sachin Tendulkar led the way as members from the cricket fraternity took to social media to congratulate New Zealand for winning the inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) title . Led by Kane Williamson , New Zealand defeated India by eight wickets at The Ageas Bowl in Southampton, on Wednesday. "Congrats @BLACKCAPS on winning the #WTC21. You were the superior team. #TeamIndia will be disappointed with their performance. As I had mentioned the first 10 overs will be crucial & Flag of India lost both Kohli & Pujara in the space of 10 balls & that put a lot of pressure on the team," tweeted Tendulkar. Congrats @BLACKCAPS on winning the #WTC21 . You were the superior team. #TeamIndia will be disappointed with their performance. pic.twitter.com/YVwnRGJXXr — Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) June 23, 2021 2011 ODI World Cup winner Virender Sehwag praised Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor for their match-winning partnership. "Missed being 50-over champions 2 . . .
Indian batsmen who were dismissed for 217 in the first innings were restricted to a paltry 170 in 73 overs. The Virat Kohli-led side, therefore, had a lead of 138 runs. Tim Southee (4/48) and Trent Boult (3/39) were the pick of the bowlers for New Zealand. While Kyle Jamieson (2/30) and Neil Wagner (1/44) were also amongst the wickets. WTC Final: Day 6: Kohli, Pujara, Rahane fall cheaply; India 130/5 at lunch break; Jamieson shines for NZ After losing the key wickets of Virat Kohli (13), Cheteshwar Pujara (15) and Ajinkya Rahane (15) in the morning session on day six, India pinned hopes with the pair of Rishabh Pant and Ravindra Jadeja in the post-lunch session. But their hopes were dashed soon after the lunch break as they lost the wicket of Jadeja early. WTC Final: BJ Watling returns to keep wickets in farewell Test despite dislocated ring finger against India The left-handed batsman - who was constantly battling against New Zealand's disciplined bowling . . .
New Zealand under Kane Williamson grabbed their maiden ICC Trophy, winning the WTC Final and Kohli said India lost too many wickets on the sixth day morning (the reserve day) hurt their cause. "A big congratulations to Kane and his team. They've shown great consistency and heart, and pull off a result in three days. They put us under pressure throughout the Test and did extremely well to win. It was difficult to get momentum on second day, and we did really well with the ball in the first innings. "This morning (Day 6 morning) was the difference where their bowlers executed their plans to perfection and didn't give us scoring opportunities. We were 30-40 short of giving them a good target," said Kohli during the post-match presentation on Wednesday (June 23). India had announced their playing 11 a day before the Test while New Zealand withheld it till the toss on Day 2, helping them to go with four pacers and Colin de Grandhomme as pace-bowling all-rounder, whereas India . . .
WTC FINAL by Cricbuzz Staff • Last updated on Share Tweet Williamson and Taylor shared an unbroken 96 run stand. © AFP After two years of cluttered cricket, a pandemic, change in points system, gloomy weather forecast, washouts and a rare reserve sixth day to make up for it, the inaugural World Test Championship has a winner. New Zealand. A familiar Indian collapse left New Zealand with a target of 139 in 53 overs. It wasn't a straightforward chase in a Test match where the average scoring had hitherto been only 2.39, but it hardly mattered in the end as Kane Williamson and Ross Taylor weathered India's spin and pace challenge and set up a famous win with an unbeaten stand of 96 for the third wicket. A moment India would be left to rue was Taylor's dropped catch by Cheteshwar Pujara at first slip. It sustained Jasprit Bumrah's wicketless run in the Test match which he would finish with figures of 0-57 and 0-35 . . .
India were 64 for 2 at stumps on the fifth day with a 32-run lead. Skipper Virat Kohli and seasoned Cheteshwar Pujara were at the crease. "We have lost a lot of time due to rain. So, there is no discussion as such, on a total. We have just started our second innings and we need to put runs on the board," Shami, India's man of the day with four wickets, said. "We have to score as many as possible and then see how much time is left to put them in and decide accordingly. In conditions like England, anything can happen but we simply can't have a pre-plan in mind that we can get them out in this many overs. You need time to get 10 wickets. But first, we need to enough back-up runs," Shami said. Shami was the pick of the Indian bowlers on the fifth day and he was pleased that the plans that he wanted to execute came off nicely. "Obviously as you play the Test match, you can't stick to one plan for five days. You need to be flexible and set up lines as per the track. We needed . . .
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AUBURN HILLS, Mich. – Before declaring for the NBA draft, before falling to the second round as a projected lottery pick, before flaming out with the Kings, before spending years in Lebanon, China and the D-League… Hassan Whiteside was a freshman at Marshall who planned to study nutrition. That went on the backburner as he went on a basketball odyssey that saw him sink below basketball hell . He was so focused on getting back to the NBA, he couldn’t afford to spend much time on the big picture – literally. The last few years, Whiteside’s salary ranged from modest for an NBA player to modest for an American. The Heat finally rewarded him with a four-year, $98 million max contract last summer, making Whiteside the first player to go from a minimum salary one year to a max salary the next. “It changed my life,” Whiteside said. One of the most immediate improvements: Whiteside hired a full-time chef. His previous chef cooked for him just a couple times a week. Any more . . .