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

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

The news top stories that hogged the limelight on the day.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith of Australia. (Photo by Michael Dodge/Getty Images)

I don’t actually like watching cricket: Steve Smith

  • Australia captain Steve Smith is arguably the finest batsman in world cricket in the present era. However, in a recent revelation, the dynamic Aussie skipper conceded that he does not enjoy watching the sport.
  • Smith, who scored yet another century in the 4th Test at MCG, Melbourne to guide his team to a draw, disclosed he’d rather be on the pitch than watch the sport on television.
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Virat Kohli ‘gets into the groove’ ahead of South Africa tour

  • After having a relaxed session yesterday, the Indian team were out on the field ahead of the crucial encounter against the home side.
  • Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) released a video of Virat Kohli’s practice in the nets. In the video, the right-handed batsman could be seen knocking the ball effortlessly off the middle of the bat.
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Yo-Yo tests likely to get tougher for Indian players

  • The board has set the aspirants a minimum of 16.1 a few months back, to get into the national team.
  • However, as per the latest reports from Times of India, the management is decided to increase the minimum requirement from 16.1 to a few notches above at 16.5 or 17.
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Virat Kohli smashed all the records, Team India end 2017 as the most successful

  • On one hand, India hosted and participated in its first ever FIFA event while Virat Kohli & Co. demolished yet another team in Tests to go number one. There were shuttlers soaring new heights while Virat Kohli was busy crushing records older than this generation.
  • India’s snooker artist, Pankaj Advani sealed his 18th title while Rohit Sharma became the only human being to score three ODI double tons.
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Joe Root expects Moeen Ali to comeback strongly in Sydney Test

  • England side were in the ascendancy in the fourth Test at MCG and needed quick wickets on the final day to force the result.
  • But Moeen couldn’t provide any breakthroughs extending his poor form as an all-rounder However, Root believes that he has a great future as England player but refused to speak if he will in Sydney.
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Steve Smith creates history as he scores yet another century to conclude 2017

  • Steve Smith, undoubtedly, the batsman of the year in Test cricket. He has entertained every cricket fan with his unorthodox technique and has shattered the barriers of technically sound players holding the edge.
  • There were many fingers pointed at him when he first entered the Australian team. He was there as a leg-spinner who could wield the bat but is now world’s No.1 Test batsman.
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IPL 2018: Rajasthan Royals might not retain Ajinkya Rahane or Steve Smith

  • The inaugural champions of the Indian Premier League, Rajasthan Royals are currently stuck in a conundrum regarding the players’ retention.
  • After serving a 2-year ban, the high-profile side from the Northern part of India has a lot of options to choose from as far as the retention thing is concerned.
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Glamorgan rope in the services of Shaun Marsh

  • Shaun Marsh is in the middle of a healthy patch.
  • After some fantastic performance in the Ashes, the left-handed batsman has now acquired a contract with English County Club, Glamorgan. He is expected to represent them in all the three formats in the upcoming season.
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Mithali Raj proposes an IPL like league for women

  • Proposing the idea of a Women’s T20 league, Mithali stressed on the need of such tournaments for women.
  • The veteran has been the flag bearer of Women’s cricket in the country and having been an icon in this form of the game has inspired a lot of young girls to take up the sport at professional level.
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Despite extra attention to bowling, the main man not part of the Indian Test squad

  • The upcoming tour of South Africa will be a challenging one as the Indian team has never succeeded in winning a Test series in the rainbow nation.
  • Coming off a comprehensive series victory against Sri Lanka across every format, the Men in Blue will aim to carry forward the momentum and repeat the success in the foreign soil as well.
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A tough road ahead doesn’t bog down Karn Sharma’s spirit

  • Karn Sharma has been pushed to a corner after a brief stint with the national team. The leg-spinner recently made a switch from Railways to Vidarbha in the domestic circuit.
  • However, he has failed to get many chances. The 30-year-old made the opportunities count claiming 14 wickets in the four matches he played.
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Other IPL franchisees mull over favours to CSK and RR for player retention

  • Both the teams were suspended for a period of two years following the 2015 edition.
  • Now that they are making a comeback, they’ve been allowed to retain players from their side in 2015 that were picked by RPS and GL. Some franchises aren’t pleased with the decision, considering the two teams don’t have contracts with any players currently.
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Brisbane Heat replace Shadab Khan with Yasir Shah for the remainder of the season

  • Shadab Khan’s contract with the team was only for the first three games. He played all the games and was super impressive.
  • The leg-spinner notched up six of the very important wickets as he managed to leave a mark. He was economical as well. His economy at the end of his contract was 7.03 which is very good for a spinner.
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Salman Irshad from Kashmir included in the Lahore Qalandars squad

  • As a result, he was included in the Qalandars’ Rising Stars squad. The team travelled to Australia for a quadrangular tournament, where Salman again made a mark.
  • Impressed by his amazing outing, the Australian Cricket Club Hawksberry CC managed to sign him for the rest of the season.
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SLC hire Australian psychologist in a bid to stabilize the under-performing team

  • Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is dwindling through a tough phase, and the results speak for itself.
  • From failed captaincy to poor match tactics, the Islanders have failed to capitalize on any opportunity in most of their encounters. Only recently they were left decimated across all the formats on their tour to India.
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Vidarbha fast bowler, Rajneesh Gurbani recreates history with a hat-trick in Ranji Trophy final

  • The 24-year old’s sensational performance with the ball took Vidarbha to a commanding position. Rajneesh picked 4 wickets in seven deliveries, which helped him equal the 44-year-old record.
  • Despite a stand out knock by Dhruv Shorey, Delhi lost quick wickets. Considering how things transpired, Dhruv’s knock became that much more crucial for Delhi as hi 145, made the difference.
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Longest serving BCCI employee set to retire

  • The BCCI was not as big as it is today. It used to operate in a small office inside the Cricket Club of India at the Brabourne stadium.
  • Tambe has been an employee since then and has become a familiar face in the backroom staff who ensures smooth conduct of India’s official cricket.
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Shikhar Dhawan ruled out of the first Test against South Africa

  • India opener Shikhar Dhawan has been ruled out of the first Test against South Africa in which is all set to commence on January 5 in Cape Town.
  • The news comes as a severe jolt to Team India ahead of their first overseas assignment of the year. They will play 3 Tests, six ODIs and three T20 Internationals during the 50-day gruelling tour against the Proteas.
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