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

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

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers of South Africa. (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)

Inzamam-ul-Haq: Sehwag was a dangerous player

  • When asked about a player he thought was the most dangerous while he led Pakistan, Inzamam said it was the former Indian opener Virender Sehwag.
  • “Sehwag was a dangerous player because if he scored 80 odd runs it meant his team would end up scoring 300 or more in a Test or ODI.”
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Cyclone disrupts Team England practice session plans

  • Nature seems to be playing games with the England team. The recent cyclone Vardah has affected the Indian coasts in a fatal way.
  • The final Test between India and England is scheduled to be played in Chennai. The current build up in the city has forced the England team to cancel their practice sessions owing to poor weather conditions in the city.
  • The BBC Test match special informed this news on their official Twitter handle. They wrote, “England have cancelled practice tomorrow because ground is unfit after cyclone. Organisers say confident Test will go ahead #bbccricket.”
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Geoffrey Boycott wants England to strategize a better XI for the Chennai Test

  • Ahead of the fifth and final Test match that will be played in Chennai from December 16, former England opener Geoffrey Boycott wants a complete overhaul the selection strategy.
  • Talking on BBC Radio 5 Live’s Test Match Special podcast Boycott said, “I’ve been in games like this, on winning sides and losing sides – when the rolling stone is going downhill, it’s very difficult to stop it. You just fold. You don’t give up but it just goes badly,”
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Keaton Jennings to captain England Lions on tour of Sri Lanka

  • Durham opener Keaton Jennings who made his England Test debut in the fourth Test against India at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai will lead England Lions team for the tour of Sri Lanka.
  • National Selector James Whitaker was quoted by as saying: “Keaton Jennings impressed everyone on the Lions programme, with his leadership skills as well as his batting – he was named captain for their one-day games against the UAE, and scored a century in the first.
  • That has already led to his call into the England Test set-up in India, but the Sri Lanka tour offers him the chance to gain further captaincy experience as well as playing some high-quality cricket in different and challenging conditions.
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I have never seen a cricketer like Virat Kohli: Kapil Dev

  • Legendary all-rounder Kapil Dev has come out in strong support of India’s Test captain Virat Kohli saying that he hasn’t seen a cricketer like him and the star batsman can score in all conditions.
  • “Virat can very well play in all conditions. He is simply playing fabulous cricket. It is great to see an Indian play like this. I have never seen a cricketer like him,” said Kapil at an event in the Capital on Tuesday.
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No major damages to the MA Chidambaram Stadium due to Cyclone Vardah

  • The fifth and final Test match between India and England, which literally was under dark clouds due to the Cyclone Vardah, will take place start as per schedule on December 16 at the Chepauk.
  • Tamil Nadu Cricket Association secretary Kashi Viswanathan assessed the damage and said that although centre strip and the outfield have not been affected by the cyclone, the sight screen has been badly damaged, the bulbs of the floodlights blown off, a number of air-conditioners also got damaged and those need to be set in order in the next two days.
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Michael Vaughan calls Anderson ‘naive’ for comments on Virat Kohli’s technique

  • Former England captain Michael Vaughan wasn’t quite impressed with fast bowler James Anderson’s decision to question Virat Kohli’s batting technique while interacting with the media after the third day’s play of the Mumbai Test.
  • “For him to say Virat’s technique’s not changed and it’s just the conditions here that suit his style of play – it’s so naive.” Vaughan said.
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I would love to repeat that performance from the 2015 World Cup: Wahab Riaz

  • Wahab Riaz, who is now back to Australia, has warned the home side to be prepared for the same hostile fast bowling he produced the last time he played against them on Australian soil.
  • “That was one of my best matches I have ever played,” Wahab said at the Gabba on Tuesday in the lead-up to the first Test against Australia.
  • “It was really exciting. I would love to repeat that performance from the World Cup, I want to bowl like that on this tour but I want to be amongst the wickets – I was lacking some wickets in that spell. So this is what I’m looking for.
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Sunil Gavaskar backs Virat Kohli to equal Clarke’s 4 double centuries record in Chennai

  • Sunil Gavaskar has made a very exciting prediction stating that Indian skipper Virat Kohli may make it four double century in the upcoming Test in Chennai.
  • Gavaskar added, “Kohli can very well score four double centuries (in this year) as India still have one more Test to play against England. His form, throughout the year, has been brilliant.
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Full marks to Virat Kohli for ensuring calmness: Sunil Gavaskar

  • Sunil Gavaskar has applauded Virat Kohli for maintaining his calmness when the Ashwin-Anderson verbal spat took place.
  • “Things do happen sometimes on the field and its good for the umpires to step in and always better if the captain can come and ensure calm prevails and I think that’s what Virat did and full marks for him for doing that,” Gavaskar told NDTV.
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Virat Kohli moves to No.2 in ICC Test Batsmen’s Rankings

  • Indian Test captain Virat Kohli who scored a magnificent double hundred to lead the team to an innings victory over England in the fourth Test at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai has achieved career best ranking in the latest ICC Test Rankings. Virat who was on No.3 before the match has gained one position and toppled England batsman Joe Root to rise to the second spot.
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Virat Kohli is the best in the world: Michael Clarke

  • For Virat Kohli, who hits a magnificent 235 in Mumbai, the past couple of days has been only about enjoying all the compliments. The latest to join the long list of admirers happens to be Clarke who, during a recent chat on twitter, regarded Kohli as “the best batsman” in the world.
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I don’t want my seamers to get carried away on South African wickets: Angelo Mathews

  • Sri Lanka is all set to tour South Africa for a three-Test, three-T20I and three-ODI series. “I don’t want my seamers to get carried away on these wickets. I want them sticking to the basics. Even when the conditions suit the bowlers, you’ve still got to get the ball in the right spots without getting carried away…the same thing applies whether you’re bowling in South Africa, England or New Zealand,” Mathews said yesterday.
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ayant Yadav lost his grandmother while he was batting in the Mumbai Test

  • While Jayant was fighting it out on the cricket field his grandmother was battling with life back in his hometown in Haryana. The Mumbai Test proved to be the best for rookie off-spinner Jayant Yadav.
  • After the end of the Test, he learnt that he had lost his grandmother. Jayant’s father, Jay Singh broke the disheartening news and said that he couldn’t witness the moment when his son got to the triple figures mark as he was travelling to Jalandhar to his in-laws place.
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Mickey Arthur was very nice and helpful: Usman Khawaja

  • The Australian team is set to go up against Pakistan in a three-Test series and while the teams are preparing for what is expected to be a close series the fact that it is former Australian coach Mickey Arthur who is heading the Pakistan side this time has grabbed a lot of attention as well. Australian batsman Usman Khawaja, however, maintained that Mickey’s tenure was a long time ago.
  • “It’s water under the bridge. It was so long ago,” Khawaja ahead of the opening Test at the Gabba said on Tuesday (December 13). “I’m not spiteful. Mickey is a very good guy. He was very nice, every time … he was very helpful. I don’t hold on.”
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Virender Sehwag backs Virat Kohli for captaincy role in all formats

  • Virat Kohli’s constant rise as the Test skipper has created a debate over MS Dhoni’s cricketing future. Dhoni hasn’t done anything wrong as far as performances are concerned but Kohli’s success as the Test skipper has made everyone think that it is perhaps the right time for Dhoni to hand over the rest of responsibility to Kohli.
  • However, Virender Sehwag seems to be convinced of the Kohli’s capabilities as a captain no matter what the format is. The 4th Test between India and England in Mumbai saw the hosts win the match by an innings and 36 runs to not only pocket the Anthony De Mello series 3-0 but also extend their unbeaten streak to five series in a row.
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Barmy army distances itself from the tasteless jokes which featured on the Wankhede scoreboard

  • The Wankhede Stadium was almost packed to its capacity as spectators continued to throng the venue to witness the fourth Test between India and England which concluded recently.  Fans did whatever they could do in to witness the match.
  • The ones who didn’t get the ticket online or from the windows, got it arranged it in black. While all these happened, a few erratic people thought of pranks and hijacked the scoreboard at Wankhede for sickening spoof-texting during the Test match.
  • But on the third day, tasteless jokes started to appear on the giant screen. Reference was made to the shamed English footballer Adam Johnson to politician Nigel Farage and deceased former IRA member Bobby Sands.
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Australia, New Zealand and England to play T20 tri-series series in early 2018

  • Cricket Australia, New Zealand Cricket and the England and Wales Cricket Board have agreed to play a Twenty20 tri-series involving the three teams after the 2017-18 Ashes Test series down under. New Zealand and Australia will host England for the tri-series which will be the first of its kind series involving the three teams.
  • The T20 series will replace the Chappell-Hadlee ODI Trophy between Australia and New Zealand. The Trans-Tasman neighbors will co-host the round-robin matches. Each team will play the others twice before the final of the tournament that is scheduled for February 21, 2018, at the Eden Park in Auckland.
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Australia to play England in historical pink-ball clash in next year’s Ashes contest

  • Cricket Australia today announced the full schedule for the national men’s team next domestic summer. The packed schedule includes five Ashes Tests against England, five ODIs and a seven-match Trans-Tasman T20 International tri-series featuring Australia, England and New Zealand.
  • Day – Night Test, more famously known as the Pink ball Test is also set to make its debut in the battle for cricket’s oldest and most prestigious Test match trophy.
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English Daily accuses Ravichandran Ashwin of using foul language against Anderson

  • After their team failed to put up any inspirational performance on Indian soil the British media seems to be looking out for ways to spark something out of the series.
  • At first, the Indian skipper was accused of ball tampering which was absolutely baseless and now the same English Daily has reported that off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin used foul language against England pacer James Anderson.
  • The incident in question was an altercation between the Indian ace spinner and Anderson who had on the previous evening questioned Virat Kohli’s technique and said it was the because of the wickets that his faults were covered.

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IPL franchises eager to switch workshop venue from London to Dubai

  • Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises have requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to move the venue for the annual workshop conducted by the board to Dubai from London.
  • The workshop is scheduled for January 8 and 9. Franchise owners want it to be shifted to Dubai to not only cut down the cost which will ensure a few more representatives could attend the session but also save travelling time.
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Kamran Akmal likely to make Pakistan comeback

  • Pakistan wicket-keeper discard Kamran Akmal might soon find himself playing for the national team. Akmal last featured in Pakistan colors back in 2014. Since then, he has been an out of favor wicketkeeper.
  • His poor run back then combined with Sarfraz Ahmed’s steady rise meant his ouster from the national setup. As per a report in DNA India, the sources have revealed that Kamran Akmal recently met chief selector Inzamam Ul Haq in Karachi on the weekend. Reportedly, Kamran was asked he was match fit.
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