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

Here are the top cricket headlines of the day.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith. (Photo Source: IANS)

Former Pakistani cricketers react to Misbah-ul-Haq’s retirement decision

  • One of the most successful captains to take part in the field for Pakistan, Misbah-ul-Haq has announced that he will hang up his boot after the end of Test Series against West Indies on May 10th.
  • One of the veterans for Pakistan Cricket, Misbah has taken part in 72 Tests, 162 ODIs and 39 T20I’s for his team, since his debut against Australia in 2001.
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IPL 10: RPS v MI lock horns in Maharashtra derby


  • The much awaited Maharashtra derby finally got underway with the Rising Pune Supergiant hosting the Mumbai Indians at the MCA stadium at Pune.
  • The run chase for Pune started with Ajinkya Rahane scoring a brilliant 60 off mere 34 deliveries. When he was dismissed, the baton was taken over by skipper Steve Smith who remained unbeaten on 84 to see his side home by 7 wickets.

Tamil Nadu’s Washington Sundar to replace Ravi Ashwin in Supergiant squad

  • Tamil Nadu’s Washington Sundar will replace India’s ace spinner Ravi Aswhin in the Rising Pune Supergiant squad for the Indian Premier League.
  • Aswhin, who had a brilliant 2016-17 season with both bat and ball, is suffering from a sports hernia and has been sidelined for the IPL this year.
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India maintain 4th spot in ICC ODI rankings

  • Team India, currently led by Virat Kohli, have a total of 112 rating points. South Africa tops the chart with 119 rating points, with current world champions Australia closing in on 118 points. 2015 world cup runners-up New Zealand are at the third place with 113 rating points.
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Misbah-ul-Haq announces retirement, West Indies series to be last assignment

  •  Pakistan Test captain Misbah-ul-Haq has called it quits from international cricket and has announced that the Test series against West Indies will be his final assignment in Pakistan colours. Taking to their twitter handle, Geo News broke this news.
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IPL 10: Ben Stokes wants to pick MS Dhoni’s brains at RPS camp

  • At the RPS camp, Ben Stokes will be sharing the dressing room with the likes of world class players like MS Dhoni, Faf du Plessis and Steve Smith. He surely is very excited about the opportunity. As per the recent quotes in the Indian Express, the all-rounder expressed his desire to pick up the brains of former Indian skipper MS Dhoni.
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Jadhav run-out was the turning point: Shane Watson

  • Stand-in captain Shane Watson conceded that the run-out of Kedar Jadhav, who was batting beautifully till he was found short of the crease by a bullet of a throw from Ben Cutting from the deep, was the turning point in the game.
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Yuvraj Singh reckons India comeback has allowed him to bat more freely

  • The Sunrisers Hyderabad began their title defense in grand fashion, with Yuvraj Singh powering his team to a big total in the curtain-raiser of the IPL. Crowds at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium witnessed an essence of vintage Yuvraj.
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Virat Kohli knows that he is talented enough: Viv Richards

  • In an interview with India today Richards quoted “This isn’t the first or will not be the last time. Was something said in a derogatory manner where someone’s color was brought into play? I am not quite sure why Virat would have made such a strong statement. Maybe he feels strongly in his mind. But if those borders are crossed, then certainly it’s no good. It’s totally idiotic. We have an obligation as sportsmen. Confrontation can be healthy but one should not cross the line. These are the things that will be in question.”
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Pakistani cricketer’s sentence for wife beating to be reviewed in UK

  • A Pakistani national beat his wife with a bat after he claimed he was offered a contract by a cricket club. The man was, however, able to escape jail time for the atrocities he committed.
  • Nevertheless, a British judge ordered that the sentence offered to the Pakistani national be reviewed.
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That’s the Yuvraj Singh I am used to watching on TV: David Warner

  • Sunrisers Hyderabad captain David Warner was singing praises for the star left-hander Yuvraj Singh as he decimated the opposition with an explosive 27-ball 62 at an unbelievable strike rate of 229.6.
  • Yuvraj arrived at the crease after the dismissal of a well-set Shikhar Dhawan and took the game away from the reach of the opposition with 3 towering maximums and seven crisp boundaries.
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Mortaza will give his life for the team and the country: Nazmul Hassan

  • Bangladesh Cricket Board president Nazmul Hassan said that the board knew skipper Mashrafe Mortaza would quit captaincy in the shortest format of the game.
  • However, he was unaware of Mortaza’s decision to retire from T20s altogether.
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Would have loved to have Virat Kohli in RPS: Sanjiv Goenka  

  • The biggest news that came out of the Rising Pune Supergiant (RPS) in February was the appointment of Steven Smith as captain.
  • He replaced MS Dhoni, who had a poor season as a captain in 2016. Dhoni reportedly respected the decision and offered full support to the new skipper.
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MSK Prasad declares the identification of 15 bowlers for the future

  • MSK Prasad, the senior National selection committee chairman declared on Wednesday that 15 medium pacers have been identified for the future and the exposure tours which are scheduled to benefit them are to begin with the India ‘A’ fixtures in the coming months.
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Jayant Yadav shares his strengths, says he is a spinner who can bat

  • He also managed to score a half-century in the Mohali test, along with scalping 4 English batsman. In the fifth test of the England series, Yadav showed his ability to bat in front of a large Mumbai crowd.
  • Although he had nothing to show for in the wickets column, Yadav scored a brilliant hundred lower down the order. He thus became the first Indian to score a century at no.9. In tandem with Virat Kohli, the duo put on a 241-run stand for the eighth wicket.
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AB de Villiers launches official app AB 17 for his fans and followers

  • De Villiers who will be missing out on the opening few games of IPL 10 kept his fans busy by launching his app.
  • Meanwhile, Royal Challengers Bangalore lost their opening encounter against Sunrisers Hyderabad by 35 runs and will look for a better performance on Saturday against the Delhi Daredevils.
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Bhuvneshwar is among top 5 T20 bowlers: Moises Henriques

  • While there were a lot of ‘friendship’ related talks ever since the recently concluded India-Australia Test series, the Australian all-rounder, Moises Henriques feels that the tensions arise due to the competition in which the series was played and a stage like Indian Premier League helps to develop the mingle between the players of different nations while representing the franchises.
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Virat Kohli confirms that he will be back on the field sooner rather than later

  •  The defeat seems to be behind them as Kohli was busy posing for a picture with another superstar, AB de Villiers. Virat Kohli and the South African both are recovering well and that was the message the captain gave to their fans.
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Michael Clarke believes Steve Smith needs to use Dhoni’s experience and knowledge

  • Clarke quoted India Today “It will be interesting how the Smith-Dhoni relationship pans out. It will be the first time Dhoni hasn’t captained in his IPL career. That’s different. That’s strange for anyone playing underneath Dhoni.”
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Rashid Khan creates a new record in IPL 2017 opener

  • Rashid Khan made Afghanistan proud yesterday as he became the first cricketer from the country to feature in an IPL match. He made his IPL debut for Sunrisers Hyderabad at the age of just 18.
  • Rashid was bought by the Sunrisers for a huge sum of Rs 4 crore in the IPL auctions earlier this year.
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Yuvraj Singh is taking a lot of confidence from his India comeback: Michael Clarke

  • Michael Clarke, former Australian captain said that Yuvraj is extremely confident after making the India comeback and is playing some fearless cricket.
  • Virat and Yuvi have a good relationship, Clarke said and the Indian captain wants him in the ODI squad believes the Australian.
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Mohammad Nabi impressed with Rashid Khan’s debut performance

  • The 18 year old took a wicket in his very first over which provoked Nabi to pump his fists in celebration and yell out a cry from the dugout.
  • This is the first time a Afghan player is playing in the league and the two players have the burden of living up to the expectations of the franchise.
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