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AB de Villiers. (Photo Source: BCCI)

Gavaskar hails AB de Villers

  • On a day when Chris Gayle and Virat Kohli failed while chasing a modest target set by Gujarat Lions, ABD stepped up and single-handedly took RCB to the finals.
  • Hailing his performance, former Indian opener Sunil Gavaskar has coined the term for ABD. By calling him ABCDE, which translated to ‘AB Can Do Everything’, Gavaskar fully appreciated the South African for his unbeaten 79 which puts RCB directly into this year’s final.
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WICB signs a 4 year deal with Digicel

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  • West Indies cricket board has penned a 4-year sponsorship deal with telecom giant Digicel. Thanks to West Indies’ tremendous performances in the ICC Tournaments this year, winning the World T20 titles in both the Men’s and Women’s tournament, in addition to West Indies bagging the U-19 World Cup earlier this January.
  • Digicel will sponsor West Indies men, women and U-19 Teams.
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SRH’s Ricky Bhui talks about Mustafizur’s greatest fear

  • Mustafizur has been one of the quieter players of the tournament, however, the Bangladeshi pacer has let the ball do all the talking for him.
  • Ricky Bhui, Mustafizur’s SRH Teammate and former Indian U-19 player, has grown closer to the Bangladeshi pacer due to former’s fluency with Mustafizur’s native language (the only one in the team to know the language), Bengali.
  • Ricky Bhui, in an interview with ESPN Cricinfo, talked about Mustafizur’s greatest fears. “Mustafizur Rahman is afraid of only two things – batting and speaking English. Mera aur Mustafizur ka achha banta tha (Mustafizur and I get along very well” Bhui said.
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Will take up Chris Gayle issue with BCCI: Rajiv Shukla

  • Chris Gayle has grabbed the spotlight once again with some controversial sexist remarks during a personal interview. In response to Gayle’s act of indiscipline during the tournament, Rajiv Shukla has talked to the media about the incident, whose words seems ominous to Gayle’s future in IPL.
  • “The players must behave themselves. We expect the players to adhere to a certain kind of behaviour when the tournament is on. The players should maintain the sanctity of the league. These kind of statements are totally uncalled for in public domain. I will take up this issue with the president and the secretary of the BCCI.” said Shukla.
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Ben Stokes ruled out of Sri Lanka series

  • Ben Stokes, who has been ruled out of the 2nd Test against Sri Lanka, has been ruled out for the entire series, according to reports.
  • Stokes, who suffered a knee injury during the 1st Test at Headingley, has recently undergone a knee injury to address the issue, and will undergo rehabilitation to undergo a complete recovery.
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CA doctoring sub-continent like pitches to counter sub-continent conditions

  • To combat Australia’s shortcomings in the sub-continent over the past decade, CA is reportedly doctoring the pitches in Queensland to make it act like sub-continent conditions.
  • The main objective is to help CA to nourish more quality spinners in the country with exposure to quality spin conditions, and also to help the Australian batsmen to adjust to spin friendly conditions.
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Can’t explain what this final means to me: AB de Villiers

  • AB De Villers single-handedly took RCB to the finals, and the South African batsman was extremely pleased when considering the prospect of playing in the IPL finals. “Tonight was special for me.
  • To cross the line for the team, to have an impact on winning the game that’s why I play this game. Honestly, I can’t explain what this final means to me. I haven’t played in a lot of finals throughout my career,” said AB, during the post-match conference.
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Yuzvendra Chahal apologizes to AB de Villiers

  • Chahal has been one of the brighter prospects unearthed during this IPL, and he has been aptly awarded a spot in the national team for the upcoming tour in Zimbabwe.
  • With RCB qualifying for the finals, Chahal, however, took his celebration too much, as he accidently hurt ABD during his celebrations. The bowler, however, later apologized for his over-enthusiastic celebrations.
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Jason Gillespie in consideration for Australian bowling coach

  • Though CA has temporarily filled up the post for the Bowling Coach in the form of Adam Griffith, rumors are strong that Yorkshire Captain Jason Gillespie will be considered as a permanent option for the post.
  • “We’re speaking with a number of candidates but by no means is anything confirmed. We’ll look to make an announcement as soon as the process is complete, with the aim to have the coaching team finalised, at latest, by the start of the 2016-17 Australian summer,” a Cricket Australia spokesperson told cricket.com.au on Tuesday.
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