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

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

Samit Gohel
Samit Gohel. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Stuart Broad picks Joe Root ahead of Smith and Kohli

  • England pacer Stuart Broad has revealed that he believes that his England teammate Joe Root is the best batsmen in the world. In Broad’s book, Root is a better batsman compared to current India Test match skipper Virat Kohli and current Australian skipper Steve Smith.
  • Moreover, the 30-year old went on to add that Root was someone who was capable of scoring runs in any conditions and is also consistently someone who has scored runs across all countries.
  • “I’d say Joe Root, but just because I’ve played a huge amount of cricket with him,” Broad told when he was asked to judge the trio.
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Record breaking Samit Gohel credits Parthiv, Dravid for successParthiv, Dravid for success

  • Gujarat opener Samit Gohel entered the record books when he smashed an unbeaten 359 against Odisha in the Ranji Trophy 2016-17 quarter-final match.
  • Reflecting back at the long way he has come, Samit Gohel spoke to after the match. He was once tipped as a slow cricketer who took very few risks. Gohel attributed his success to former Indian cricketer Rahul Dravid.
  • “I still remember what Rahul Sir said when we met him at NCA, he specifically told us how to concentrate ball by ball and stay positive at the back of the mind. Now I am trying to implement them in my game. I too have dreams to play for India like him,” he quoted.
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Bad light poses threat to India v England Kanpur T20

  • Even before the limited-overs series between India and England gets underway, some dark clouds have started causing threats.
  • As per reports in the Hindustan Times, the Kanpur T20I is under serious threat of poor light at the venue. The lux levels, which is a parameter to judge the light intensity, is reported to be poor at the Green Park Stadium.
  • However, the levels are still found to be low with 2000 lux as against as expected value of 5500 lux.
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Islamic clerics condemn Mohammed Shami over pic row

  • Controversies do not seem to end for Indian pacer Mohammed Shami in the recent days. A day after Shami slammed all the haters for their hate comments on Facebook, some Islamic clerics have now condemned Shami’s actions.
  • Many people posted hate comments on the picture on social media platform Facebook. The key concern of the group of people abusing Shami was the way his wife was dressed up.
  • In a couple of tweets, Shami managed to shut the mouths of all those narrow-minded people who came with disgusting comments on his wife.
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Rohit Sharma likely to play for Mumbai in Ranji semi-final against Tamil Nadu

  • Indian limited-overs opener Rohit Sharma is all set to make his comeback prior to the ODI and T20I series against England after fully recuperating from his injury.
  • According to reports, the naturally gifted stroke-maker will be included in Mumbai’s squad to take Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy 2016-17 semi-final at Rajkot.
  • Sharma was in a rich vein of form when he sustained the injury. He had scored 238 runs in the Test series against New Zealand at an impressive average of 79.33.
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Azhar is showing himself as one of the best batsmen Pakistan had; Wahab Riaz

  • Azhar Ali has once again impressed the cricketing world and the experts with his fine batting skills.
  • While praises are coming from all sects, Pakistan fast bowler and his teammate Wahab Riaz seemed completely bowled over by Ali and has declared him as one of the greatest batsmen the country has produced.
  • “Azhar is showing himself as one of the best batsmen Pakistan had. The way he has maintained an average of 46 in the last five years it shows he has scored consistently for Pakistan throughout his career.
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Junaid Khan eyes Pakistan comeback after being frozen out

  • Ever since being frozen out of the Pakistan side, Junaid Khan has been seeking a way back into the side.
  • “It’s not just about taking wickets in BPL, I’m happier with the way I’m able to bowl. Most importantly, my rhythm and confidence are back and those are key for a fast bowler,” the Dawn quoted Junaid as saying.
  • Junaid Khan also went on to state his displeasure after hearing the news. “I was in England when I heard about the news and denied the false claims that I had said I’d like to play for India and not Pakistan via a tweet.
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It looks pretty ridiculous to have a coloured bat: Shane Watson

  • Shane Watson, the veteran all – rounder has backed his Sydney Thunder teammate Andre Russell to get back in form quickly but did not give his vote supporting the use of black bats, saying that he would prefer the nice plain old willow rather than using flashy colours.
  • “In the end, I know it’s a bit of a marketing tool but I think it looks pretty ridiculous having a coloured bat,” Thunder captain Watson said on Tuesday.
  • “I prefer just to see a nice willow coloured bat compared to something painted black or green.” Watson won’t get his wish.
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Australia bowling coach David Saker wants Steve Smith to bowl more

  • Bowling coach David Saker feels that Steve Smith should give himself more opportunity to bowl.
  • Smith, who made it to the Australian team as a leg-spinning all-rounder under the captaincy of Ricky Ponting, transformed into a full-time batsman leaving behind his bowling skills.
  • “I’d like to see him bowl more, without a doubt. He got picked for Australia originally as a spin bowler and I’d like to see him bowl more,” Saker said after Pakistan finished day two at the MCG on 6-310.
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Virat Kohli named captain of Cricket Australia’s ODI team of the year

  • Days after announcing the Test team of the calendar year, Cricket Australia came up with their ODI XI for the year and named Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli as the captain of the ODI team.
  • Cricket Australia’s ODI team of the year consists of 5 Australians other than the Indian duo. A couple of South Africans and one English and Pakistani each complete the XI.
  • Wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Cock will open the innings with hard-hitting David Warner.
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Samit Gohel scores world-record 359 for Gujarat and carries his bat in quarter-final

  • Samit Gohel of Gujarat made history on Tuesday by becoming the first opening batsman to score a triple century and carry his bat through the innings in 81 years of first-class cricket.
  • With his stupendous innings, Gohel went past legendary cricketer Bobby Abel who scored 357 way back in 1899. He also became the 5th batsman to score a triple century in Ranji Trophy this season.
  • It was not too long ago when Gohel was cited as a strokeless wonder in Ranji circles.
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I do get frustrated, I am human: Shahbaz Nadeem

  • Jharkhand’s Shahbaz Nadeem has been one of those impressive persons who has been instrumental in his side reaching the Ranji Trophy finals for the 2016-17 edition.
  • “I do get frustrated, I am human too,” Nadeem says. “But when you are doing well on the domestic circuit, the bowlers in the Indian team are also bowling very well. Luck is a big factor and the timing of your performance should be right.”
  • Nadeem also went on to add that he definitely needed to work harder on his game.
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Shaun Marsh feels he still has a lot to offer in Test and ODI cricket

  • Australian southpaw Shaun Marsh who is fit and raring to go insisted that he still has plenty to offer in Test and ODI cricket but said he won’t put too much pressure on himself to achieve the feat.
  • Though Marsh may not feature in the last Test against Pakistan at SCG, he will be in definite contention for the four-match Test series in India starting from February.
  • Marsh is adamant that he is not done yet and still has plenty to offer to Australian cricket. “I still feel fairly young in cricket terms. I still feel like I’ve got a lot to offer at the top level,” Marsh was quoted as saying by The Australia.
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Ross Taylor called back to the New Zealand side for the T20I series with Bangladesh

  • Black Caps batsman Ross Taylor is set to return to active cricket with the Central Stags on Thursday, four weeks after having surgery to remove a pterygium from his left eye -a growth on the tissue that lines the eyelids.
  • Ross is one of two new faces along with Luke Feldman, who provides cover for Ben Wheeler, in the Stags’ squad for their McDonald’s Super Smash games against the Auckland Aces and the Canterbury Kings in New Plymouth.
  • Taylor’s eye problems were first revealed after the Black Caps’ first test against Pakistan last month.
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Michael Vaughan, Graeme Swann, and Marcus North name their best Test XI’s

  • As we come to the close of the year, three former stalwarts of the cricketing arena in the form of Michael Vaughan, Graeme Swann, and Australian Marcus North have all submitted their All-Time XI’s for the year 2016.
  • Earlier today, Swann had revealed the best XI he had played against and it consisted of a few impressive names in Test cricket and players who had made an impact for themselves in their respective careers.
  • Michael Vaughan has been one of the best players to have been churned out by England. However, when it comes to picking the best Test team in the world, it has not been the easiest thing in the world, to say the least.
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I am only 80 per cent. I still have to improve: Umesh Yadav

  • India pace spearhead Umesh Yadav, one of the few Indian bowler with the ability to bowl  140 plus on regular basis, is not satisfied with his success so far.
  • His dissatisfaction has nothing to do with the stats which look tad mediocre at first glance.
  • However, Yadav, to be fair had a pretty successful year as the fast bowling workhorse in the Indian team which mostly played on slow tracks this year.  The exposure to various conditions has now opened up his mind and has made him think about adding more useful tricks of fast bowling.
  • “It was an interesting year. I played a lot Test matches and I was also part of the ODIs. All things taken into account, I think it was a great year for me.
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Steve Smith criticises summer scheduling which will force him to miss T20 series against Sri Lanka

  • Australian captain Steven Smith is not happy with the long and hectic summer schedule which will force him to miss the upcoming T20 series against Sri Lanka beginning in Melbourne on February 17.
  • Smith has already confirmed his unavailability from the T20 series and the likes of David Warner and Mitchell Starc will also miss the series in all likelihood. “I don’t think it’s ideal,” Smith was quoted as saying by the ABC Grandstand.
  • “I think the Australian public would love to see the best Australian team on the park for every game. It’s difficult to do that with the schedule and how much we play.”
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Deandra Dottin hospitalized after colliding with Laura Harris in WBBL

  • Brisbane Heat’s Deandra Dottin was hospitalised after colliding with her teammate Laura Harris along the fence against the Melbourne Stars in the 2016 edition of the Women’s Big Bash League.
  • The collision happened in the eleventh over when Southern Stars’ skipper Meg Lanning lofted offspinner Haidee Birkett over midwicket. Dottin and Harris began converging towards the ball.
  • The collision occurred and Dottin landed on a few kitbags on the side of the fence while Harris crashed into the picket fence.
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Graeme Swann names the best XI he faced

  • Former England off-spinner Graeme Swann has revealed his all-time XI, something that many have been expecting in the past year. Earlier, the prominent YouTube Channel Lord’s Cricket Ground had spoken to a few players who had revealed their all-time XI’s
  • Swann has begun his XI with former Indian skipper Rahul Dravid and South African opener Graeme Smith. While Smith is a certain opening batsman and a terrific one at that, Dravid has not had the best of times when he has been called upon to open the innings.
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Andre Russell receives permission from Cricket Australia to wield black bat

  • A few days after West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell brandished his black colored bat, it was disapproved by Cricket Australia when the bat left marks on the white cricket ball used in the match.
  • Russell had used the bat while batting for the Sydney Sixers in the first match of the 2016 edition of the Big Bash League.
  • However, a statement from BBL Head Anthony Everard has gone on to see that the same match officials have seemingly had a change of heart.
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We had quite a few starts that we didn’t capitalise on: JP Duminy

  • Jean-Paul Duminy was unhappy with his team’s performance on the opening day which saw Sri Lanka claw back into the game in the last session and reduce the hosts to 267 for 6 at Stumps on Day 1 of the Boxing Day Test at Port Elizabeth on Monday (December 26).
  • “It was probably a bold move to bat first with the quite tough pitch we’ve got, but we were positive things were going our way after Dean and Stephen started so exceptionally,” Duminy said after the day’s play.
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