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15 Lady Chevrons,15 million hopes – Chronicle

The Chronicle

Brandon Moyo, Sports Reporter
TWO months after their male counterparts dazzled at home to qualify for next month’s International Cricket Council Men’s T20 World Cup in Australia, Zimbabwe’s women’s cricket is just one match away from qualifying for the ICC Women’s T20 World Cup.

It is simple for the Mary-Anne Musonda-captained Lady Chevrons – they have to beat Ireland under floodlights at the Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates tonight in the semi-finals of the 2022 ICC Women’s T20 World Cup Qualifier to book a ticket to next year’s T20 World Cup to be held in South Africa.

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Zimbabwe have had a solid campaign, with two great wins over Papua New Guinea and Thailand, the only dent being a four-wicket loss to UAE in their last pool match on Wednesday. The Gary Brent-coached ladies topped Group B and face Group A runners up Ireland.

A win against Ireland in the semi-finals would mean that the team will be the first group of Zimbabwean female cricketers to qualify for the World Cup.

From Zimbabwe’s group, Thailand also managed to qualify and will face Bangladesh in the other last four encounter.

The two teams that will reach the final will book their tickets to next year’s global showpiece that will be hosted by South Africa.

Zimbabwe missed out on the last edition in 2019 following the country’s suspension by the ICC when the world cricket governing body deemed that the action taken by the Sports and Recreation Commission to suspend the Tavengwa Mukuhlani led Zimbabwe Cricket board amounted to a violation of the ICC’s statutes. Their spot in the qualifier in Scotland was taken by Namibia whom they beat in the African qualifiers.

Having already beaten one of 2019 finalists, Thailand, the Lady Chevrons will fancy their chances of making it to the World Cup.

The eighth edition of Women’s T20 World Cup is scheduled for February 9-26 2023 after it was moved from its original slot at the end of this year. – @brandon_malvin.

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‘Time Spent With His Family Has Done Virat Kohli Wonders’: Former India Fielding Coach – News18

Team India received a massive boost as Virat Kohli returned to form at the right time ahead of the T20 World Cup. He has been scoring runs consistently in recent matches. Kohli ended his century drought in Asia Cup with a sublime ton against Afghanistan and he carried forward his form against Australia with a crucial half-century in the series-decider to help India clinch the series 2-1.

Earlier, this year, several former cricketers started raising questions about Kohli’s place in the T20I set-up. However, the batting maverick took a short break from cricket ahead of Asia Cup 2022 and missed the tours of West Indies and Zimbabwe to work on his mental health. During the multi-nation tournament, Kohli admitted that the break helped him get in the right frame of mind.

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Former India fielding coach R Sridhar, who worked closely with Kohli, suggested that the break the premier batter took has done wonders for him.

“He is in a better space now. Like he admitted himself, he was probably not in the right frame of mind and now has got it in the right place. The break has done him wonders; the time spent with his family has done him wonders. And we saw what he could do right in the first game against Pakistan in the Asia Cup,” Sridhar told

Kohli looked energetic on the field in recent matches and has been running hard to help his team with his athletic abilities.

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Sridhar suggested that Kohli is fielding like a panther and said that looking at his recent form it’s evident that the ‘King is Back’.

The 33-year-old scored crucial 63 runs off 48 balls as he played with responsibility in a tricky situation and helped India clinch the series. His knock was laced with three fours and four sixes.

“After seeing him bat from ringside in Hyderabad, you can well and truly say that the king is back. Great mindset. He is fielding like a panther and his batting is brilliant. All in all, it augurs extremely well for Indian cricket going into the World Cup,” he added.

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Shreyas, Umesh, Shahbaz brought into India squad for South Africa T20Is – ESPNcricinfo

Shahbaz Ahmed, the uncapped left-arm-spin-bowling allrounder, has been added to the squad too. This will be his second stint with the national team, after he had been called up earlier during the Zimbabwe ODIs in July in place of the injured Washington Sundar.

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Sanju Samson Has to Perform Big In First-Class Cricket: S Sreesanth Expects Consistency From His Former Tea – News18

Despite being one of the rising stars of the game, Sanju Samson continues to be ignored by the national selectors. That’s why he has played a handful of T20Is, despite making his India debut in 2015. The 27-year-old has seen his stocks take a tumble when he was dropped during the three-match T20I series in England as the likes of Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma made their way. Furthermore, he was played just two T20Is on West Indies trip where he scored 30 and 5. The selectors then went ahead and gave him the snub, which was expected, from the 2022 T20 World Cup.

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Now, Samson’s exposure is limited to playing ODI cricket. From July onwards he has played the three ODIs in West Indies and well as the same number of matches in Zimbabwe, donning the role of the Wicket-Keeper. With reports of his promotion as ODI vice-captain for South Africa series, his ardent fans must be fearing: Is his T20 career over? Maybe, or maybe not as India is likely to restructure its t20 squad irrespective of their success or failure at the T20 World Cup. Meanwhile, one of his mentors S Sreesanth spoke on this issue exclusively to Hindustan Times and said that Samson will have to up his game.

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“He has to be consistent. See, everyone is talking about the IPL. I’m from Kerala, I’m somebody who has always supported him. I’ve seen him play from U14. He has played under me. In fact, I was the one who gave him the cap on his Ranji Trophy debut. But the way I see him… it’s a request to him – he has to start performing in first-class matches,” Sreesanth on the sidelines of the Delhi leg of 2022 Legends League Cricket.

“Sanju has to come out and perform in first-class matches. Not just score a hundred, score 200s. Come and make the Kerala team win the Ranji Trophy!”

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