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

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India U19 coach Rahul Dravid speaks in the press conference. (Photo Source: Twitter)

IPL 2018: Sunrisers Hyderabad likely to retain Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar, Warner

  • The IPL 2018 auctions promises to be a huge affair. With a plethora of players set to enter the auction pool, expect the auctions to be bigger and better than the previous editions.
  • Recently, the IPL GC had announced the rules for the player retention policies. As per the rules, all franchises can retain a maximum of 5 players in their sides.
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Rahul Dravid credits Hardik Pandya for having made it to the Indian team on his own

  • The former Indian captain, Rahul Dravid recently attempted to decode the meteoric rise of the young all-rounder, Hardik Pandya.
  • The Indian team had been hunting for a quality all-rounder for quite some time in the past and their quest was rewarded in the form of Pandya, who was promoted to the senior team at a rapid pace from the junior level.
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Yo Mahesh dropped from TN side for Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy

  • Yo Mahesh with his hard-hitting batting and lively seam bowling has been a great fit for T20 cricket over the years.
  • He took part in the practice games ahead of selection and has no injury concerns yet there is no place for him or the feisty pace multi-dimensional cricketer J. Kousik.
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Mohammed Shami gives a perfect reply to Dale Steyn’s war of words

  • Mohammed Shami has taken 95 wickets in Test cricket until now and he is a bowler who seldom goes wicketless.
  • However, he is going to face a lot of quality bowlers in the continent of Africa and it will be very interesting to see how he fares in those conditions. That said, the Indian pacer looked in a good mood while talking to Xtratime.
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Virat Kohli wants to do in South Africa what the Indian team couldn’t do the last time around

  • Indian skipper, Virat Kohli invokes respect from all quarters of his fan following and critics owing to his perennial hunger for runs and victory.
  • His intent has not changed an inch as he gets ready to take on team South Africa in January 2018. The two world-class teams are all set to battle it out in 3 Test matches, 6 ODIs and 3 T20Is starting January 5, 2018.
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SLC announce 15-man Sri Lanka U19 squad for ICC U19 World Cup 2018

  • The teams have started off their preparations and have put forth their best combinations forward ahead of the mega event. Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is the latest to announce their squad for the youth World Cup.
  • The official media release by the board confirmed the list of 15 players who would travel to New Zealand for the tournament.
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Will wedding with Anushka change Virat Kohli’s aggressive attitude? Rohit Sharma has his say

  • Indian cricket team’s batting machine Virat Kohli has had a sensational calendar year both on the field and personally. He recently got hitched to famous Bollywood actress Anushka Sharma on December 11 in a close affair with a destination based wedding in Italy.
  • The Indian captain is known for his intensity and aggressive attitude while taking the field consistently in any type of match and nobody can give him a better competition in this inspiring character.
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Ravi Shastri thinks that the next 18 months will define team India’s legacy

  • The scene was set in 1992 as captains Mohammed Azharuddin and Kepler Wessels walked out to the middle, India was taking on South Africa in the ‘Rainbow Nation’.
  • What has transpired through since then has been highly surprising. It has been 25 years and India has not yet managed to win a series in South Africa.
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Quinton de Kock ruled out of one-off Test against Zimbabwe

  • A statement from Cricket South Africa said scans had revealed a low-grade hamstring strain which would keep him out of the rest of the match.
  • However, South Africa are confident that de Kock will recover in time for the first Test against India after scans confirmed no more than a low-grade hamstring strain.
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CSA trying to lure Indian players to play in their T20 Global League

  • They even have better plans for it. The failed T20 Global League will have better players this time around and better setting than the last one.
  • However, there are even better plans than that. The president of CSA, Chris Nenzani is trying very hard to get the most loved cricketers on this planet to play in their league.
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Shane Warne criticizes Usman Khawaja for lack of intensity

  • Australia’s number 3 Usman Khawaja haven’t had the best of Ashes as the left-hander has only managed to score 2 fifties in his 5 innings of the series.
  • Australian legend Shane Warne while talking about Khawaja said that he needs to be busier at the crease. He was also critical of Khawaja’s intensity in the middle.
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Alastair Cook poses a threat to Sachin Tendulkar’s mighty records

  • Recently, there was a  huge debate going on between the better player between Steve Smith and Virat Kohli given their current form in the longest format of the game.
  • While the Australian skipper averages more than 62 which is only second best to Don Bradman, Kohli is catching him up fast and has scored tons of runs in the surpassing year 2017.
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British daily ‘The Guardian’ releases the best Test XI of the year 2017

  • The newspaper also talked about the contribution of Mushfiqur Rahim to Bangladesh cricket and his vigil throughout the year.
  • He scored 159 during a record-breaking stand with Shakib against New Zealand in January, and followed up, a month later, with 127 in Bangladesh’s first-ever Test in India.
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Who will fill in for Mohammad Hafeez in NZ? Sarfraz Ahmed explains

  • Shoaib Malik has been around for quite some time now and must be able to fill up the vacancy quite comfortably. Malik has shown over the years that he can be more than a handy bowler and can be relied upon whenever the need arises.
  • Senior players are expected to cover up in these situations so as to maintain the team balance and ensure that too much of tinkering with the XI is not done.
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IPL 2018: Franchises in two minds over player retentions

  • This, however, includes players retained through the Right to Match cards. Prior to the auctions, a team can only retain a maximum of three players.
  • While one would consider this to be a good news for the franchises, it is actually turning out to be a headache for them. Interestingly, the team management stand in two minds over retaining the big names.
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Shikhar Dhawan credits U19 World Cup for the confidence he possesses in International cricket

  • India opener Shikhar Dhawan believes that the U19 Cricket World Cup helped him gain the confidence at the highest level while batting.
  • He was the part of India’s campaign in 2004 and was also the leading run-scorer of the tournament in that year.
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Cricket Hong Kong implements anti-harassment code for players

  • Cricket Hong Kong has taken a major step in redefining and codifying the anti-harassment laws in the sport in the country. The law has been implemented for the players, the support staff, and the other members in the team management.
  • The need for the implementation of these laws have come in the wake of recent sexual abuse claims made by athlete Vera Lui Lai Yiu.
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A balanced team will guide India to success in South Africa: Rahul Dravid

  • The upcoming South Africa tour will be a challenging one, as the Men in Blue have never succeeded in winning a Test series in the rainbow nation.
  • The Indian team, of late, has enjoyed umpteen success, and their indomitable form in the recently concluded home-season serve as a testament to that.
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Ashes 2017-18: Pat Cummins continues to bowl despite being highly unwell

  • Incidentally, this is not the first time that Pat Cummins has struggled big time during a Test fixture. Earlier this year, he was the solitary pacer in the Aussie lineup for a Test against Bangladesh.
  • During that game, Cummins was seen struggling too. Later, he had admitted that the conditions in Bangladesh were the worst that the team had ever faced in terms of humidity and heat.
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Halt during the IPL will be beneficial for Windies

  • The Indian Premier League(IPL) started in 2008 with a lot of expectations – to deliver for the fans with entertainment and for the board to deliver financially.
  • The T20 league announced its arrival straightaway attracting numerous crowds to witness both Indian and overseas cricketers playing together.
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