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

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

The Freedom series trophy
The Freedom series trophy. (Photo source: Twitter)

ICC announces latest T20I player rankings; Virat Kohli slips down further

  • New Zealand have returned to the top of the MRF Tyres ICC T20I Team Rankings after winning the three-match series against the Windies by 2-0.
  •  They had entered the series against the Windies in third place behind Pakistan (124 points) and India (121 points) on 120 points.
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Reports: KKR to release Gautam Gambhir for IPL 2018

  • Kolkata Knight Riders are all set to release their captain Gautam Gambhir for the next edition of Indian Premier League (IPL).
  • The news comes as a severe jolt to the cricketer who has led the side admirably well in the last few seasons and has won the coveted title twice.
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Virat Kohli, MS Dhoni set to be retained by respective franchises for IPL 2018

  • With the auctions for the upcoming edition just around the corner, teams have started making strategies to finalize the players they would want to retain.
  • Before the bidding process begins the final retention list of players is to be announced by the franchises.
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Murali Vijay set to bring his ‘A game’ against the Proteas

  • The Tamil Nadu cricketer earlier today declared that he was ready for the challenge and will bring his “A game” against South Africa in the three-Test series starting Friday.
  •  The 33-year-old right-hander opined the 22-yard pitch was “quite green” but wasn’t exactly confident as to how it will behave on the first day of the Test.
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Kamran Akmal scores a double hundred in domestic One-Day Cup

  • The discarded Pakistan cricketer Kamran Akmal has scored a sensational double-century in the ongoing domestic One-Day Cup in the country.
  • He was representing Water and Power Development Authority (WAPDA) and his knock helped his team chase a stiff target against Habib Bank Limited.
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PSL franchisees haven’t shown keenness in signing local players

  • The same is the case for Peshawar Zalmi. Other than a couple of young cricketers hailing from Peshawar, none of the big names have any relation with Peshawar.
  • The likes of Mohammed Hafeez, Wahab Riaz, Hasan Ali and Kamran Akmal, all belong to different centres.
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Shikhar Dhawan seen practicing in the nets ahead of Cape Town Test

  • However, a pressing issue ahead of the Cape Town Test was the injury of India opener Shikhar Dhawan.
  • The left-hander was restrained with an ankle injury and thus it was reported that he might not be fit enough to start in the 1st Test. There was a strong belief that third opener KL Rahul would play the match starting on January 5.
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Colin Munro credits a former New Zealand player for his T20 exploits

  • The left-hander was also named Man of the Series for his belligerent batting display throughout the series.
  • However, he still believes to improve in the One-Day Internationals and has credited the former Kiwi player for his refined skills in the department.
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Sunil Gavaskar finds a place in the panel of commentators on SuperSport

  • The official broadcasters from both the countries have listed the names of the commentators who will be taking up the microphones for the series.
  • From the Indian side, Sunil Gavaskar a name that frequently appears with the mic in hand and has quite an insight to share was missing.
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Manoj Tiwary appointed Bengal skipper for the Syed Mushtaq Ali T20 tournament

  • The latest edition of the first-class tournament was an inspirational one for Bengal as they made it to the knockouts.
  • They were up against some tough teams in Group D but lost only a solitary game thereby securing the second position in the points table only behind the eventual winners Vidarbha.
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Jeff Thomson takes a dig at England bowlers after failing to pick wickets on the final day at MCG

  • Moreover, England had a great chance to secure the result in their favour but could only scalp a couple of wickets.
  • However, Thomson has criticised the likes of James Anderson and Stuart Broad and believed that they lacked power in their bowling.
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Hardik Pandya will be a key unit to India’s fortunes in South Africa: Sachin Tendulkar

  • Sachin stated that in his 24 years cricketing career worth gold, he never saw a player in the Indian team like Hardik who has the ability to contribute both with bat and ball in the longest format of the game.
  • He mentioned that the all-rounder has the ability to bowl 17-18 over at challenging pace and also has the potential to score runs at the No. 7 or 8.
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Glenn McGrath hopes to garner a whopping amount during the Pink Test in Sydney

  • Thursday as it will be a ‘pink affair’ thanks to the McGrath foundation who raise the funds for the people affected by Breast cancer.
  • The famous urn has already been regained by the home side as the visitors would look to make amends. However, the response to the New Year Test is expected to be huge which has led to the legendary cricketer being hopeful.
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South Africa vs India: Shikhar Dhawan declared fit for the first Test

  • Earlier, the reports had surfaced that Shikhar Dhawan will not be taking part in the first Test following an ankle injury.
  • He had reportedly suffered the injury prior to the day the team left for South Africa. It was safely assumed that Murali Vijay and KL Rahul will be opening India’s batting in his absence.
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Sachin Tendulkar backs KL Rahul to come good in South Africa

  •  Sachin also believed that the upcoming Test series would be the biggest of Pandya’s career and would help him to improve as a cricketer.
  • Even the Indian skipper has been banking on him despite having the experience of only three games in whites.
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Virender Sehwag hints Kings XI Punjab’s retention strategy

  • While there have been speculations that following a dismal show the franchise might not want to retain any player and look to rebuild the team.
  • The former cricketer admitted that the management might go on to retain just one player. They will target other players with the Right To Match (RTM) cards to retain other valuable players in the squad.
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Ashes 2017-18: Aussies speedster, Mitchell Starc back for the fifth Test

  • Starc’s return was confirmed as the only change to the team before the final clash against the Englishmen. He is still the leading wicket-taker in the series despite missing the fourth Test match.
  • He will now will replace Jackson Bird in the XI. Thus far in the series, Australia won the first three Tests while the fourth was a draw.
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South Africa vs India: Ottis Gibson sets his sights on number one Test ranking

  • Team South Africa head coach Ottis Gibson has set his sights on making his team the numero uno Test side. Currently, the Indian side is sitting comfortably at the helm of ICC Test rankings.
  • However, is South Africa manages to beat India and Australia in their next two assignments, they will escalate to the top spot.
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Technical flight fault leaves team Delhi stranded at Indore airport after Ranji finals

  • Well, the match was done and dusted but the fortunes for the Delhi’s players did seem to change even after the game. The players of the Delhi Ranji team were left stranded at Indore after the final game.
  • The finals of the tournament was played at Indore. After the conclusion of the game, the teams were expected to depart for their respective destinations from the Indore airport.
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Chris Gayle’s retention for IPL 2018 could be a big call for Royal Challengers Bangalore

  • This is a very crucial time period for the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise owners and team management to figure out their retention strategies and layouts for the different situation before the designated deadline.
  • The teams have been asked to submit their list of number of players to be retained for the eleventh edition of the big tournament by January 4, 2018.
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Steve Smith states the reason behind Glenn Maxwell’s exclusion from the ODI squad

  • The big name missing from the bunch of guys was of big-hitting batsman Glenn Maxwell who was ignored for the series after a string of low scores in the recent games.
  • His inconsistency and a shorter stay at the crease are termed as the major reasons for his exclusion.
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