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Pakistan’s Misbah ul-Haq. (Photo by PAUL ELLIS/AFP/Getty Images)

Misbah-ul-Haq opens up about ‘cricketing journey’

  • At 42, Misbah-ul-Haq has finally achieved what no Pakistan skipper ever could. Of course, many have come close and let stranded at the altar, but, with the Test mace in his grasp, Misbah can be proud to be one of the first Pakistani skippers to ever have had such a reckoning.
  • However, in his case, it has not always been about the laurels. It has been about doing the right thing, and, as far as his cricket goes, it has been that way since he graced the arena with his presence.
  • He wants to continue playing till 50. Well, although that may very well be a bridge too far, we will most certainly have to wait and see what exactly happens.
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We are happy that our boys have given 100 percent: Ravichandran Ashwin


  • Dindigul Dragon, the current table toppers in the Tamil Nadu Premier League, suffered their first loss in 5 games after they lost narrowly against Chepauk Gillies in a spicy encounter which went till the last over.
  • Post the loss, Ashwin addressed the media at the NPR College Ground at Natham and spoke about the things that went wrong for his side.
  • “We have to accept that this is the nature of sport. We had wickets in hand and we backed our players to play good shots and accelerate in the end. We had been doing that well. Our strength is bowling – an area which we should have utilized. We are happy that our boys have given 100 percent and they are fully pumped up.”
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MS Dhoni will only step aside when he feels like: Chris Gayle

  • Irrespective of what the experts and critics have had to say, Dhoni has been adamant and hasn’t accepted that it’s time he should move away. He believes he has some cricket left in him and can captain the team in the approaching World Cup 2019.
  • But as age is taking a toll on his finishing skills we once again hear the resonating sounds asking him to rethink. West Indies smasher Chris Gayle who is in India to launch and promote his autobiography ‘Six Machine’ feels that Dhoni has all the right to decide when he should retire. “MS Dhoni will only step aside when he feels like, no one can tell him to leave,”
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Selection committee to pick India squad on September 12th

  • The selection committee will convene a meeting in Mumbai as they pick the squad of players who will feature in the first Test match against New Zealand at the Green Park Stadium in Kanpur.
  • The first Test is scheduled to begin on the 22nd of September. The Indians have a tight home schedule which sees them play 13 Test matches in the 2016/17 season.
  • After having played four matches against the Windies, they will now play the remainder of the matches against New Zealand, England, Australia, and a one-off Test match against Bangladesh.
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Glenn Maxwell becomes the No. 1 ranked T20I all-rounder

  • Following the conclusion of the Sri Lanka vs Australia 2-T20I series the International Cricket Council (ICC) has released the latest T20I Rankings for teams and players. In the team’s rankings Australia having won the series 2-0 has gained one place and is at No. 5 now.
  • As far as the players rankings is concerned the new found Australian opener Glenn Maxwell scaled new highs as he rose all the way to the top of the T20I all-rounders’ list.
  • That’s not all Maxwell has also achieved the career-best position in the T20I Batsmen rankings as he is proudly placed at No. 3 now.
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Dhananjaya de Silva is a player with a good future: Tillakaratne Dilshan

  • Sri Lankan batsman Tillakaratne Dilshan, who ended his 17-year illustrious career, feels that Dhananjaya de Silva is his possible successor. De Silva hit a fantastic 62 run knock in the 2nd T20I. Tillakaratne Dilshan has been one of the top contributors in the Sri Lankan top order.
  • As reported by ESPN Cricinfo, Dilshan said, “I think Dhananjaya will be a good example to others. He can bowl and he fields well. With the style that he batted with today and the way he opened in the one-dayers, you can tell he’s a player with a future.”
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Ravichandran Ashwin praises Glenn Maxwell’s superb batting efforts

  • After hitting a record-breaking century in the first T20I, Glenn Maxwell treated his fans with yet another super show yesterday when he smashed a quick fire 29 balls 66 run knock.
  • Everyone was in awe of his striking and the Twitter flowed with tweets praising his scoring abilities, including his on-field rival Ravichandran Ashwin.
  • He tweeted: Ok sssshhhh Maxwell batting, teeing off already. Always makes for good viewing.
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Dilshan will be remembered for his innovative strokes: David Richardson.

  • The CEO of the International Cricket Council (ICC) David Richardson has lauded Tillakaratne Dilshan on his long career that came to an end against Australia at Colombo.
  • Richardson, who played for South Africa shortly after the thwarting of the Apartheid regime, went on to commend the impact made by Dilshan across all the formats of cricket.
  • “Dilshan’s accomplishments across all three formats are fantastic. He started as a solid batsman but adjusted to the demands of the faster-paced game and came to be known as one of the best in ODI and T20 Internationals.”
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Bangladesh hope for best available England XI for tour

  • With England skipper, Eoin Morgan still uncertain about the tour, the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chairman Nizamuddin Chowdhury has gone on to give 100% security assurances to the players who will be travelling along with the support staff affiliated with the England cricket team and the England Cricket Board as well.
  • Speaking at a press conference, Chowdhury said that he hoped that the ECB would do all they could to send over their best squad for the series, something that would certainly add to the competitiveness of the event.
  • “We just hope they will send the best available squad, which we expect to be competitive,” Chowdhury told AFP.
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Heart surgery changed my outlook on life: Chris Gayle

  • 36-year old Jamaican batsman Chris Gayle gives out the vibes of someone who seems to be enjoying his life to the fullest. Speaking at the launch in Delhi, Chris Gayle said that he was diagnosed with a hole in his heart whilst playing in Australia.
  • The 36-year old also went on to add that he did not tell anyone, even his parents about the same. This adverse event changed his life for the better as he made the decision to enjoy his life to the fullest, something that he continues to do today.
  • “Nobody knows that I was diagnosed with a hole in my heart in Australia, not even my parents. I was forced to undergo a surgery and I only informed my parents after the procedure,” Gayle said during the launch of his autobiography “Six Machine” in New Delhi.
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