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Suresh Raina, 33, has joined MS Dhoni in announcing his international retirement on Saturday evening India time, PTI reports. His Instagram post came only minutes after Dhoni’s retirement message on the same platform and read: “It was nothing but lovely playing with you, @mahi7781 . With my heart full of pride, I choose to join you in this journey.”

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Raina’s international career began over 15 years ago, in an ODI against Sri Lanka in July 2005. Even though he started off with a golden duck in ODIs and a century in Tests, against the same opposition five years later, his limited-overs career was much more celebrated. He finished a 13-year ODI career, the last match played in July 2018 in England, with 5615 runs from 226 matches at an average of 35.31, with five centuries and 36 half-centuries. In 78 T20Is, he scored 1605 runs, averaging 29.18, at a strike rate of 134.87, also including a hundred a five fifties.

He played only 18 Tests, the last of which came against Australia in January 2015, when he scored two ducks in what was his Test comeback then after a gap of over two years.

His attacking game combined with athletic fielding in the 30-yard circle made him a permanent member of the ODI and T20Is for many years, even helping India win the 50-over World Cup in 2011 and the Champions Trophy in 2013. He was also part of the runners-up India side in the 2014 T20 World Cup which Sri Lanka won.

Raina’s retirement on the same evening as Dhoni’s doesn’t come as a surprise as the two are considered long-time friends and the left-handed batsman played as many as 153 of his 226 ODIs under Dhoni. Raina also captained India in 12 ODIs between 2010 and 2014. In the IPL too, the duo has had a long partnership which will continue next month; Dhoni is the only IPL captain Raina played under, except when Raina himself led the Gujarat Lions.

In ODIs, Dhoni and Raina still hold the record for most runs scored for the fifth wicket overall, with a tally of 2421 that includes five centuries and 13 half-centuries.

Raina played India’s first-ever T20I, in South Africa in 2006, and was also the first Indian to score a T20I hundred, again against South Africa in the 2010 T20 World Cup in the Caribbean.



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Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr.: Fight card, date, PPV price, rules, location for the 2020 exhibition match

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Two monumental names synonymous with the sport of boxing will go for another ride in the ring this weekend when former champions Mike Tyson and Roy Jones Jr. meet in an 8-round exhibition match from the Staples Center in Los Angeles. After months of buildup as well as a delay from the original date by two months, Tyson and Jones Jr. will finally meet in the ring in what the California Athletic Commission has deemed “sparring” in hopes that neither fighter goes for the knockout.

But don’t tell Tyson or Jones that because the two have said multiple times in the buildup that this is going to be a legitimate fight.

Tyson, of course, was one of the most feared heavyweights in history, dominating the division over the late 1980s, becoming the youngest heavyweight champion in history with brutal punching power that carried him to a 37-0 record before he fell victim to one of the greatest sports upsets in history when he was knocked out by James “Buster” Douglas in Tokyo in July 1990. Tyson remained a star despite years spent in prison after being convicted of rape. Tyson would go on to infamous lows such as twice biting Evander Holyfield in their June 1997 rematch and quitting against Kevin McBride during his final pro bout. He has, in recent years, rehabilitated his image as a kinder, gentler version of himself, appearing in films, hosting a podcast and becoming an outspoken advocate for marijuana.

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Jones was named the best boxer of the 1990s by Ring Magazine. At his best, Jones displayed a dazzling combination of speed, power and defense, while being able to showboat in fantastic and improbable ways. Jones won wold championships at middleweight, super middleweight, light heavyweight, and eventually heavyweight in a historic accomplishment. After a near-flawless first 50 fights of his career — his lone loss a controversial disqualification against Montell Griffin that was avenged in less than one round in the rematch — Jones career slowly began to unravel as his style was too dependent on reflexes that diminished over time.

Below is all the information we know about the bout, including the fight card, odds and rules. Be sure to check in on this page often as it will be updated frequently.

Fight card

As of Oct. 23

Main card

  • Mike Tyson vs. Roy Jones Jr. — WBC Frontline Championship (8 rounds)
  • Jake Paul vs. Nate Robinson — cruiserweights (6 rounds)
  • Badou Jack vs. Blake McKernan — light heavyweights (8 rounds)
  • Viddal Riley vs. Rashad Coulter — cruiserweights (6 rounds)

Preliminary card

  • Jamaine Ortiz vs. Nahir Albright — lightweights
  • Irvin Gonzalez Jr. vs. Edward Vasquez — featherweights
  • Juiseppe Cusumano vs. Nick Jones — heavyweights

Odds

Odds via SportsLine oddsmakers

  • Mike Tyson -220 vs. Roy Jones Jr. +170, Draw: +1200
  • Over/Under 7.5 Rounds: Over +150, Under -180

Viewing information

  • Date: Nov. 28 | Start time: 9 p.m. ET (main card)
  • Location: Staples Center — Los Angeles
  • TV: Traditional PPV providers | Live stream: TysonOnTriller.com or FITE TV | Price: $49.99

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ICC considering deferring 2021 U-19 Women’s World Cup to later in the year

The ICC is gauging the possibility of deferring the inaugural Under-19 Women’s World Cup in Bangladesh from its originally earmarked window of January 2021 to later in the year.

Though the governing body or the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has not yet made any official announcements about the postponement of the tournament, ESPNcricinfo understands the ICC has been liaising with the BCB and closely monitoring the Covid-19 pandemic situation in Bangladesh to assess if revised dates could be accommodated in 2021 itself.

The ICC board, which confirmed last week the postponement of the 2022 Women’s T20 World Cup to February 2023 among other developments, is understood to have not arrived at a decision on the fate of the U-19 Women’s World Cup yet. Further clarity on the matter could emerge only early next year.

ALSO READ: 2022 Women’s T20 World Cup in South Africa postponed to February 2023

With the 2021 Women’s ODI World Cup in New Zealand having already been deferred by a year, no major women’s global event, save for potentially the qualifiers of the 50-over World Cup, is scheduled for next year. Should the U-19 Women’s World Cup be held in 2021, it will be one of the only two global events that year, with India scheduled to host the Men’s T20 World Cup in October-November.

While all cricket in India continues to remains suspended, the BCB resumed domestic cricket last month, with the President’s Cup, in which the board managed to keep the three participating teams in a bio-bubble, allowing them only to commute between the hotel and the Shere Bangla National Stadium. A second domestic tournament, the five-team Bangabandhu T20 Cup, got underway on Tuesday within a BCB-supported bio-bubble. As for the resumption of international cricket, West Indies has given Bangladesh hope that they will be touring the country in January 2021.

The decision to introduce a Women’s U-19 World Cup was made during the four-day ICC board meetings in October last year, under the chairmanship of Shashank Manohar. A release issued by the governing body had stated, “The board approved the establishment of an U-19 Women’s T20 World Cup with the first edition to be played in Bangladesh in 2021 and every two years after that.”

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