Top Stories: Things that made news in the cricket world today

All the latest news from the fraternity that hogged the limelight.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli at the India House in Johannesburg. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Possibilities are all open, quips Virat Kohli on Rahane’s position in Centurion Test

  • The discussions have come to the fore following the poor show by the Indian batsmen in the Cape Town Test. A dismal outing in both innings by the team prompted the pundits to call for the inclusion of Ajinkya Rahane in the playing eleven.
  • It was not so long ago when the same pundits wanted Rahane out of action after he could score only 17 runs in 5 innings against Sri Lanka.
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South Africa vs India: Hardik Pandya finds no place in Agarkar’s playing XI for Centurion Test

  • Former Indian cricketer Ajit Agarkar recently picked up his playing XI that he would like to see in the upcoming Centurion Test.
  • Team India is all set to lock horns with South Africa in the second Test of the 3-match Test series at the SuperSport Park in Centurion.
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South Africa vs India: Star Indian batsman likely to be left out in Centurion Test again

  • Commenting on the first Test, the Indian team showed absolutely no fight in the batting department barring Hardik Pandya’s resilient 93 in the first innings. The no show from the Indian batsmen prompted many to call for changes in the Indian lineup for the next Test.
  • If India fails to win or draw the second Test, the series would be gone. On the eve of the second Test, some serious news has broken out in the India.
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Being able to be competitive makes me feel nice: Piyush Chawla

  • Veteran India spinner Piyush Chawla returned to action in this season’s domestic league with the Gujarat side in the Ranji Trophy.
  • After significant contributions in the tournament, Chawla has continued the good work for his side in the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. The leggie looks in good shape and aims to keep the momentum going.
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Imrul Kayes remains doubtful for the first two matches of the tri-series

  • The tri-series which also includes Zimbabwe and Sri Lanka is scheduled to start with the first game to be played between the hosts and Zimbabwe on January 15, 2018.
  • Though the batsman practised for a decent amount of time in the net sessions he will only take part in the series after fully recovering from his injury.
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Pakistan’s pace sensation declines BPL offer for the U19 World Cup

  • The U19 World Cup begins on January 13, with the first match to be played between Pakistan and Afghanistan. India play their first match of the tournament on January 14 against Australia.
  • For the fans, unfortunately, there is no India vs Pakistan match in the group stages but depending on the results, we could see one game in the knockout stages.
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There is plenty of room for improvement, believes Kane Williamson

  • The bilateral series between New Zealand and Pakistan have started in the favour of the host as the produced two match-winning knocks.
  • The first encounter between two nations started in host favour after skipper produced a brilliant hundred which helped his side to cross three hundred run mark.
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Australia’s preparations disturbed; top batsman sidelined due to illness

  • Australia’s preparations for their opening ODI game against the Englishmen have been disturbed by rain.
  • A washed out training session and David Warner’s illness hampered the team’s preparations ahead of the series opener on Sunday. The Aussies vice-captain missed out the session due to a stomach bug.
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Innocence of cricket went immediately after Hughes’ demise: Shane Watson

  • It was a couple of years later that Shane Watson retired from all forms of the game. The camaraderie between Hughes and Watson is quite old. Hughes received his NSW call up at the bare age of 19.
  • In his third First Class match, he was dismissed by Shane Watson, who was playing for Queensland. A year later, Watson switched to NSW and became Hughes’ teammate.
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Karun Nair smashes his maiden T20 century for Karnataka

  • After being inserted to bat first, Nair stood out as every other batsman alongside him was getting out not contributing much to the team’s cause. It was him who batted gamely and kept his team in the hunt being dismissed only in the 18th over.
  • He farmed most of the strike as the others were struggling to get bat on the ball and propelled his side to a decent score of 179 after 20 overs.
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HPCA investigations problematic for officials kids

  • The Himachal Pradesh Cricket Association (HPCA) on Thursday expressed gratefulness to the new state government for ordering a withdrawal of ‘all cases filed under political vendetta’ against the cricket body.
  • The HPCA was having a troublesome time during the reign of the Congress.
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Shadab Khan showers praises on the new six hitting machine of Pakistan

  • Pakistan leggie Shadab Khan is making some serious progress in the world cricket. He had recently entered the record books as the youngest overseas player to play in the Big Bash League.
  • Currently, he is New Zealand with the national side. The Pakistani team is scheduled to play limited overs cricket during their stay in New Zealand for almost a month.
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Hardik Pandya is nowhere near Kapil Dev, says Karsan Ghavri

  • Following Pandya’s recent exploits with the bat and his ability to roll his arm over has brought comparisons with the legendary Kapil Dev.
  • Speaking on the same lines, Kapil’s bowling partner in Tests in the 1970s and 1980s, left-armer Karsan Ghavri put an end to this debate saying Pandya is miles away from the 83’ World Cup winner.
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BBL 07: Ryan Harris handed a suspension penalty for castigating ‘obstructing the field’ decision

  • The Big Bash League 2017-18 witnessed one of the most bizarre dismissals in the history of the seven editions of the big tournament.
  • Brisbane Heat batsman Alex Ross was adjudged guilty of obstructing the field by the third umpire in the league game against Hobart Hurricanes.
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Reports: Team India to get a new logistics manager

  • When Team India wins a series, we can only see the squad and the coaches in the celebration picture with the trophy.
  • The support staff, which relentlessly works behind closed doors, is often kept away from the limelight. Apart from the head coach, there are many other positions in the support staff department.
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Leave balls pitching outside the off-stump, says Chandu Borde

  •  As history prevailed, the Indian batsmen yet again struggled to survive in the pacy South African conditions. The batting lineup fell like a pack of cards, deceived by the pace and bounce the wicket presented.
  • India slumped to a 72 runs defeat in the first Test at Cape Town after failing to chase a modest 208 target after being shot out for 135 to give South Africa a 1-0 lead in the three-match series.
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Joe Burns found guilty upon breaching CA’s code of conduct

  • Australian opening batsmen Joe Burns has been found guilty for breaching the Cricket Australia’s (CA) code of conduct, the news was confirmed as per the media release made by CA.
  • The cricketer was charged for committing an offence in a game against Hobart Hurricanes playing for his home side, Brisbane Heat in the ongoing Big Bash League in Australia at Gabba on January 10.
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Cricket named the third most boring sport in England, golf ranks first

  • In a recent YouGov poll, published in Thursday’s edition of The Times, Golf has emerged as the dullest sport in England.
  • Despite the nation boasting 2 million regular golfers, 70 percent of people in the UK who had watched the sport reported that it was “boring”, while 52 percent described it as “very boring.”
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National selector paid a staggering amount despite being fired from office

  • Last year, around the same time the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced its decision to remove Jatin Paranjpe and Gagan Khoda from the senior selection panel.
  • The decision was taken in accordance with the Lodha committee recommendations which did not allow non-Test cricketers to be national selectors.
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Selection headache for India ahead of the Centurion Test

  • It was the inaugural Test of the Freedom series, the expectations of the fans were touching cloud nine before India went down to the Proteas in a disappointing way.
  • India decided to go with five proper batsmen on a pitch that was well suited for the quicks, expectedly the South African quicks caused havoc dismissing India for an insignificant 135 in the second innings.
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Kohli is a showman, the way Steve Smith scores his runs is a work of art: Kepler Wessels

  • Virat Kohli, Steve Smith, Joe Root and Kane Williamson! There is no doubt, these are the best batsman in the current generation. Each of them has been consistently doing well for their teams for a long time, now.
  • All of them have remarkably similar numbers, especially in the last few years. However, picking the best out of these four extraordinary batsmen has always been a difficult task.
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