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Rajesh Sawant with Sachin Tendulkar. (Photo Source:

MS Dhoni likely to play Syed Mushtaq Ali clash against Bengal

  • Jharkhand is expected to bolstered by the return of Varun Aaron who will make a comeback after a long injury layoff and if everything falls into place former India skipper MS Dhoni will feature in the game against Bengal on 5th February.
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India v England, 2nd T20I – Bumrah’s heroics seal it for India

  • Jasprit Bumrah conceded just 3 and 2 runs in the 18th and 20th over as India defended 144 in the 2nd T20I against England at Nagpur.
  • England fell short by 5 runs after India posted 144 riding on KL Rahul’s 47-ball 71.
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India U19 trainer found dead in hotel room

  • The trainer of the India U19 team Rajesh Sawant was found dead in his hotel room on Sunday morning.
  • The reason for the death is being expected to be Cardiac arrest. However, the details will be released after the post mortem.
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Justin Langer backs inclusion of Michael Klinger in national side

  • Former Australian opener Justin Langer believes Michael Klinger is suited to be included in the national team now.
  • Klinger was phenomenal with the bat for the Perth Scorchers in the recently concluded Big Bash League.
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PMO India urges children to emulate Sachin Tendulkar

  • The Prime Minister of India Narendra Modi has urged youngsters, especially students to take a cue from Indian batting legend Sachin Tendulkar.
  • Modi was addressing the nation in his first monthly-address Mann Ki Baat’ program wherein he spoke on the lines of emulating Sachin Tendulkar, who not only is a legendary cricketer, but also a world icon as well.
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BBL 2017 crosses 1 million attendees mark

  • The high-octane format has proved popular, with more than one million people attending this season’s games at an average of 30,114 per match, CA said.
  • “Once again, fans have well and truly spoken and we couldn’t be happier with how this year’s competition has progressed on all levels,” Big Bash chief Anthony Everard said in a statement.
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Mitchell Starc excited to be back at Eden Park

  • In the Chappell-Hadlee series, as far as Starc is concerned, it would be a trip back to the venue wherein he literally made his mark with an incredible 6/28 in the 2015 edition of the World Cup.
  • Starc went on to state that the ball actually dominates the bat when it comes to playing ODIs at the Eden Park.
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Ashwin doesn’t want Australia to complain about homesickness

  • Ravichandran Ashwin says Australia will be deemed “weak” if they complain about homesickness.
  • “If you look around, India is such a country where we are used to hardships. We don’t have the time to complain,” Ashwin said.
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Courtney Walsh blown away by Bangladesh fans and their support

  • Courtney Walsh intrigued and amazed by the kind of fans the Bangladeshis have towards their cricketers in recent times.
  • It is also clear that the fans have a massive part to play when it comes to their cricket team and has also taken the cue from India on how their side has performed in recent times as well.
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I won’t listen to many people if I get another chance: Ben Duckett

  • He was instructed by skipper Alaister Cook to bat out the Vizag Test match which apparently ended in a 246-run loss for the visitors.
  • With just 7 international matches under his kitty, the right-hander believes he could have rather executed his natural game of attacking and saved the Test.
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MCA stadium is now one of the best boutique sporting grounds in India: Abhay Apte

  • The Maharashtra state association after 82 years of existence will finally get a chance to host the longest format of the game.
  • MCA president Abhay Apte emphasised on the same and said, “The MCA stadium is now one of the best boutique sporting grounds in India and we believe that it is at the right stage and the right position to host the first Test match.”
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Brendon McCullum set to play for Middlesex

  • Former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum has signed up with Middlesex for Natwest T20 Blast for the next edition.
  • McCullum was recently seen captaining the Brisbane Heat in the BBL 6.
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England U-19 captain Matthew Fisher expects India tour to be a tough one

  • England Under-19 team is ready to take on the Indian colts in a 5 match ODI series starting in Mumbai on Monday and the visiting captain Matthew Fisher conceded that it will be a tough tour for his team given the quality of their opponents.
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Vidarbha wins Vijay Hazare U16 tournament

  • Vidarbha emerges as champions of U-16 Vijay Merchant Trophy. They outclassed rivals Uttar Pradesh in a four-day game to claim the title.
  • UP were handed a 171-run defeat as Vidarbha were up to the mark in all departments of the game.
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Kedar Jadhav hires bouncer after success in the cricket field

  • Indian middle order batsman Kedar Jadhav’s sudden rise in the international ranks has forced him to hire an assistant and a bouncer.
  • According to a Mid-day report, Jadhav has to now check with his bouncers if it is safe to visit a particular joint.
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