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

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

Virat Kohli press conference
Virat Kohli speaks in the press conference. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Chennai Super Kings to continue association with India Cements for IPL 2018

  • The event promises to be bigger than ever, with two franchises- Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) set to make their return to the fray.
  • In the buildup to a new decade of the cash-rich league, India Cements Limited will continue its association with the much-decorated franchise for next season.
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Jonny Bairstow wary of his place being taken by Ben Stokes

  • Recently, the England and Wales cricket board cleared Ben Stokes from all accusations which means he is available for selection.
  • As he is the Test vice captain of the England team, he will be looking to make a return in the on-going ODI series with Jonny Bairstow making way.
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Hasan Ali feeling proud after winning Emerging Player award from ICC

  • Ali made his ODI debut in 2016 against Ireland but he didn’t get a wicket in the game and it was not really a great year for the fast-bowler.
  • He started 2017 as 75th ranked ODI bowler but his superb performance throughout the year meant that the Sialkot-born ended 2017 as a number 1 bowler in the ODIs.
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AB de Villiers opens up his fitness and recent performances

  • The leading run-scorer in the ongoing Test series against India, AB de Villiers has looked to be in sublime touch.
  • As an added bonus, his spectacular performances in the last 2 Tests came after a 2-year long hiatus from the longest format of the game, making his knocks even more special.
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Failure to cope with the new ball accounted for Pakistan’s loss: Fakhar Zaman

  • With the series long since gone, the final fixture doesn’t nearly have the appeal a decider would, but both teams still have a stake in the outcome of this game.
  • Although a dead-rubber, the Kiwis will be looking for a clean sweep to extend their winning streak across formats to 12, while Pakistan is desperate for a final shot at redemption going into the T20I series.
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AB de Villiers all praise of India’s pace battery

  • In terms of his own performances, de Villiers made a grand comeback into the foray of international cricket after a 2-year long hiatus from the longest format of the game.
  • The genius batsman has already piled on 200 runs in the 2 Tests and has looked to be in sublime touch.
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Waqar Younis’ all-time Pakistan ODI XI

  • The legend Waqar Younis recently revealed his best ODI XI considering all the substantial contributors for Pakistan cricket in the ODI format.
  • He named the captain he debuted under as the skipper of this all-time team which comprises of most of his teammates and none from the current generation.
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Angelo Mathews sustains hamstring injury, flies back home

  • The veteran has a long history of hamstring, calf and ankle injuries and was forced to return home early from the tour of South Africa in January last year.
  • He was out for five months and when he made his return during the Champions Trophy in England, he played only as a specialist batsman.
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Ben Stokes to appear in Bristol court on February 13

  • England all-rounder Ben Stokes was charged with affray by the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) earlier this week in relation to his involvement in Bristol brawl.
  • Though the all-rounder has been cleared to play for his country by England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB).
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Was surprised to see Bhuvneshwar, Rahane dropped from the side: Michael Holding

  • Former West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding would have surely been a delightful man seeing the pacers dictate terms in the ongoing South Africa vs India Tests.
  • While everything seemed to be right in the recently concluded Centurion Test, Holding was puzzled to see no Bhuvneshwar Kumar in the Indian lineup.
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Ben Stokes likely to play for Canterbury again

  • Two other men have also been charged along with him and the England youngster has been told to appear before the court for the hearing on February 13.
  • This might delay his return to the highest level as he was in the upcoming T20I tri-series involving Australia and New Zealand down under.
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Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2018: Tamil Nadu name new captain in absence of Dinesh Karthik

  • The Tamil Nadu Cricket Association (TNCA) has announced the 16-man squad for the Super League stage of the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2018. TN side was a formidable force in the Zonal league of the tournament that took place over the last few days.
  • Coming in to the Super League, they will be locking horns with the top performers from the other zones in the competition.
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India is too much dependent on Virat Kohli according to Faf du Plessis

  • Kohli went on to score 49.84 percent of the first innings total India posted in response to South Africa’s 335 in Centurion. It was his superb knock of 153 runs which kept the team in the game despite losing wickets at regular intervals.
  • The other batsmen completely lacked the application required on the bouncy pitches in South Africa which led to the dismal performance from the team.
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Premature injury ends 17-year-old Kalana Perera’s U19 World Cup campaign

  • Perera bowled three overs and conceded 18 runs, however, didn’t get a chance to bat. He didn’t get a game either against Ireland U19 and Afghanistan U19 in Whangarei.
  • Most recently, he twisted his ankle following which he will be flying back home. Subsequently, his World Cup endeavour came to a premature end.
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Trent Boult rested for the final ODI against Pakistan

  • The home side already lead the five-match rubber by 4-0 and is eyeing a complete whitewash of the hapless visitors.
  • The left-arm fast bowler has breathed fire in the home season so far and has taken a bulk of top-order wickets to leave the oppositions reeling early in the game.
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Complete fixtures of the Nidahas Trophy 2018 announced

  • Team India is all set to lock horns with their neighbors Sri Lanka yet again. Over the last six months, the two sides have already competed a lot. And now, the fixtures for the Nidahas Trophy 2018 have been announced.
  • The series will see 7 T20Is played in the month of March this year. Nidahas Trophy will be a tri-series that will involve Bangladesh as the third team in the series.
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South Africa vs India: Team bus drivers find Indian cricketers very welcoming

  • Team India is known to have a very huge fan base across the cricketing world. Wherever they go, they find the fans backing them. The Indian cricketers are also very responsive to their fans.
  • They often interact with the fans on the social media and oblige with the autographs and pictures during the matches. Now, the Indian team has found new followers in the form of team bus drivers in South Africa.
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2017 ICC Awards: Full list of award winners

  • The awards were given away on the basis of the achievements of the players during the period between 21 September 2016, and 31 December 2017.
  • They also announced the Test and ODI teams of the year with the Indian skipper leading both of them following the dream run of the Men in Blue under his leadership.
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SA vs IND: Dean Jones startled by top player’s exclusion from first two Tests

  • The former Aussie cricketer stated that even he failed to understand the reason for Rahane’ s exclusion from the side in the first instance.
  • But then he realized that Rohit might have been well considered for delivering some incredible performances against Sri Lanka at home and the opener had captivated the prestigious moment, which is teammate failed to do.
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I’m not going to sit here and try to comfort anyone, says Virat Kohli

  • After India conceded the series against South Africa 0-2, Captain Virat Kohli came out to give a fiery, lengthy post the match.
  • There was attack and counter-attack between him and journalists and the skipper was evidently pissed off at some of the questions asked.
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Australia v England: Josh Hazlewood to miss the second One-Dayer

  • The tall lanky pacer Hazlewood was set to replace Pat Cummins before an illness has ruled him out. A lot of players have been hit by illness this summer, rather surprisingly.
  • Tim Paine, Warner, Steve Smith and Patrick Cummins as well as England captain Joe Root and batsman James Vince, have all been affected by illness since Christmas.
  • (Read more about the story)

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