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

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

Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli
Ravi Shastri and Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: BCCI)

Dean Jones reasons why Australian fans dislike Virat Kohli

  • Virat Kohli is as similar to the Australians as one can be. He matches them with the attitude, he never back down approach, his body language, his language largely, the way he handles the situation and carries himself.
  • When someone so strikingly similar to them clashed with the Aussie’s sparks were expected to fly off. They did and the Australian team targeted him ahead of the start of the series, downplaying the rest of the team by calling him the head of the snake.
  • “Kohli is almost as disliked as English captain Douglas Jardine” and reasoned. “Kohli is now Australia’s No. 1 enemy or the “head of the snake”, as Nathan Lyon has put it. The Australian boys are quite prepared to take it up to him and this series has been compulsive viewing. This is what Test match cricket is about. It’s the same when we play England for the Ashes or when India meet Pakistan,” Jones wrote.
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Cheteshwar Pujara and Wriddhiman Saha’s epic reply to Josh Hazlewood’s sledging attempt

  • Former Pakistani cricketer Abdul Qadir has blasted the former cricketers Wasim Akram and Inzamam Ul Haq for being the root cause of match fixing in India.
  • He also named Waqar Younis and Mushtaq Ahmed as the other two big names who according to him were the first ones who helped this blotch creep in the lanes of Pakistani cricket.
  • In the year 2000, the Qayyum report was submitted. However, it saw all the big names like Akram, Inzamam and Waqar facing no actions. Instead, the out of form players in that phase of time, Salim Malik and Ata-ur-Rehman, were handed life bans.
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Delhi police books a man who allegedly stole MS Dhoni’s phones during the fire mishap

  • Deputy Commissioner of Delhi Police, Surender Kumar said former India captain MS Dhoni had lodged a complaint after his three mobile phones went missing from his hotel room in Dwarka where a fire broke out on Friday.
  • It was a scary moment for Dhoni and the Jharkhand team as smoke engulfed their hotel rooms and they had to leave the area. During the evacuation process, the former captain forgot to carry his belongings including the phones. Later when the fire dozed off and Dhoni returned to his room, he found the phones missing.
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Out of form Virat Kohli takes a word of advice from Ravi Shastri

  • Former team India director Ravi Shastri is back to the commentary panel now ever since Anil Kumble took over the reign ahead of the India-West Indies series last year.
  • Shastri was succeeded by legendary spinner Anil Kumble who was appointed by the Cricket Advisory Committee of the BCCI which comprise of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman.
  • The bonding and chemistry between Shastri and Kohli are well known so it was a pleasing sight to see the duo together in public after a long time.
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Suspended Shahzaib Hasan set to challenge charges pressed on him

  • Pakistan batsman Shahzaib Hasan who has been out of favour for the national team since 2010 was back in the news when the Karachi cricketer was provisionally suspended by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) for his involvement in the Pakistan Super League (PSL) spot-fixing scandal.
  • He has been charged by the PCB’s Anti-Corruption Unit (ACU) under multiple clauses of the Anti-Corruption Code for being in touch with bookies, luring other players for spot-fixing and for getting the players in touch with the bookies.
  • “I am innocent and I have done nothing wrong. I reported the offer made to me to the Board. I will fight this case,” Shahzaib was quoted in the Indian Express.
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BCCI’s COA freeze payment worth 76 lakhs to Bookmyshow

  • The Supreme Court of India had appointed the Committee of Administrators (COA) to take care of the administration of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI).
  • There were constant acquisitions of financial irregularities within the board but there existed no body to audit and clear payments. Now, the COA is investigating all such matters and has recently decided to freeze a payment worth 76 lakhs issued to bookmyshow.com.
  • “It has been informed to us by WC Management / Operations that you have not submitted account of the Option to Buy ( OTB ) tickets drawn by you from book My show for the world cup matches and the amount as you know is staggering ( Approx. Rs. 76 lacs ).”
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MS Dhoni’s mobile phone stolen from Delhi hotel

  • Things seem to not be going MS Dhoni’s way. First, the Jharkhand team hotel in the Dwarka area of New Delhi caught fire, their semi-final match of the Vijay Hazare Trophy was postponed, they eventually played it yesterday (March 18) but lost to Bengal.
  • To add to it as per reports the former Indian skipper has lodged a FIR with Delhi Police for three missing mobile phones that were possibly stolen from the hotel.
  • The Welcome Hotel in Dwarka was hosting the Jharkhand and Tamil Nadu teams both being semi-finalists of the domestic One-Day tournament. At 6 a.m. on March 17, the hotel caught fire, it was detected before it spread wild and all the 500+ guests were evacuated safely.
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