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

Here are the top cricket headlines of the day.

Rising Pune Supergiant
Rising Pune Supergiant. (Photo Source: BCCI)

Michael Clarke has his say on India’s squad for Champions Trophy

  • The Ravi’s of Indian cricket have caused chaos in the Indian home test season to plenty a batsman- including the in-form batsman Steve Smith and the English batsman Joe Root.
  • Former Australia captain Michael Clarke believes that spin twins Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja will be the key weapons for Virat Kohli’s Indian team in the Champions Trophy that starts in England this June.
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IPL 10: MS Dhoni guides RPS to stunning win


  • Former RPS skipper MS Dhoni hit a brilliant unbeaten 61 off 34 balls to help RPS chase down 176 against SRH at Pune in IPL 10.
  • Earlier in the game, a fifty from Moises Henriques had helped SRH post a decent total of 176 on the board.
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VVS Laxman backs Shikhar Dhawan to open with Rohit in Champions Trophy

  • Sunrisers Hyderabad mentor VVS Laxman is mighty pleased with the way the SRH players have got into good form in the ongoing edition of the IPL.
  • Most of the SRH batsmen have managed to be among the runs in the tournament thus far. Coming in to the tournament, a lot of eyes were on Shikhar Dhawan. In the recent times, Dhawan had largely struggled with his timing in the middle.
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Diehard Yusuf Pathan fan offers free Auto rides everytime Yusuf scores for KKR

  • The cricketers are not just glorified in India but are worshiped as well. Over the years, there have been fans who have carved a name for themselves for the heroes they adore and revere in the game.
  • Another name from Valsad, Gujarat has joined the list of such diehard fans. Javed Shah, an auto-rickshaw driver, has been following the Indian cricketer Yusuf Pathan for quite some time now.
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Tinu Yohannan vouches for Basil Thampi to represent the national side soon

  • Former Kerala pacer Tinu Yohannan has backed the talent of Gujrat Lions’ Basil Thampi to make it into the Indian XI soon.
  • The qualified level 1 coach believes that Thampi is a much-improved bowler than he was and has earned a much-deserved spot for the Gujarat Lions in the Indian Premier League after consistent performances in the domestic circuit.
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IPL 10: It is hard to plan against Virat Kohli and Chris Gayle, remarks L Balaji

  • The Kolkata Knight Riders were on a winning spree until they faced a sudden hiccup against the Gujarat Lions recently.
  • They have a tough road ahead as well as they take on Royal Challengers Bangalore in their next fixture. L Balaji, the KKR bowling coach is confident of getting back to winning ways against RCB in their home game. However, the former cricketer is wary of the challenges that lie ahead.
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IPL 10: Tom Moody explains late arrival of Kane Williamson in the tournament

  • The Sunrisers Hyderabad have been on a roll this season at their home venue. They recently registered their fourth win at the home venue this season.
  • The team head coach Tom Moody was a very pleased man with the performances of the defending champions. One thing that has been troubling the side in a perfect season thus far has been the excess of overseas players.
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Learnt how to finish games from Dhoni: Suresh Raina

  • Suresh Raina looked a relieved man when Ravindra Jadeja smashed the winning runs off KKR’s Nathan Coulter-Nile. Gujarat Lions had arrested the slide, in some ways.
  • Nobody gave them a chance against KKR, and rightly so, for they had been destroyed by the team from Kolkata in their opening game a couple of weeks ago. The fact that they were playing at the Eden Gardens, added to their woes.
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Once we play to full potential, we will be tough to beat: Jacques Kallis

  • Former South Africa all-rounder and current KKR coach Jacques Kallis was of the opinion that his side hasn’t yet played to their full potential. They have already won 4 out of 6 games this year but lost their last game to Gujarat Lions on Friday night.
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Pakistan make six changes in the squad ahead of Women’s World Cup

  • The Pakistan Women’s cricket team has made six changes to their squad for the upcoming Women’s World Cup which is scheduled to be played in the United Kingdom in June-July. The team has also appointed a new head coach, in Sabih Azhar who will replace former coach Kabir Khan.
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Younis Khan hints at reconsidering retirement

  • One of the most decorated batsmen in Pakistan history Younis Khan dropped a hint that he may rethink his retirement plans if the team needs him. The batter had earlier announced that he will retire from the game of cricket after the three-match Test series against the West Indies.
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Yuvraj and Nehra still awaiting their insurance amount from the Indian cricket board

  • The Indian cricket board has not been able to pay the insurance money of some of the senior cricketers till date though the board has been talking about the insurance policy of its players for quite a time now.
  • Indian left-handed batsman Yuvraj Singh and bowler Ashish Nehra, both players who play for the Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League are contracted players of the Indian team.
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Pakistan announce preliminary squad for Champions Trophy

  • Pakistan has announced their preliminary squad for the champions Trophy scheduled to be played in England from June. Wicket-keeper Kamran Akmal failed to retain his place after a lacklustre performance against West Indies while the selection committee brought back former limited-overs captain Azhar Ali to the reckoning.
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Rishabh Pant reveals why he played the game against RCB despite his father’s demise

  • Rishabh Pant has played some wonderful innings in the tenth season of the Indian Premier League but his team is in a spot of bother as they have lost their last two matches.
  • In the last match against the defending champions, Sunrisers Hyderabad the youngster did not have a good time with the willow as he was dismissed for zero by Yuvraj Singh.
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Yuzvendra Chahal assures De Villiers’ availability in RCB’s next game

  • Royal Challengers Bangalore bowler Yuzvendra Chahal produced a wonderful bowling performance of 6/21 against England earlier this year and believes that life has changed ever since. That was also the best figure by an Indian bowler ever in the shortest version of the game.
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Shakib Al Hasan appointed T20I captain of Bangladesh

  • Veteran Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan has been appointed as the new T20I skipper of the Bangladesh team. He has replaced Mashrafe Mortaza at the helm of the team in the shortest format. It was earlier this season when Mashrafe Mortaza had called it a day in the T20 format of the game.
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Harsh Goenka sheepishly lauds the effort of Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Twitter

  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni displayed his class yet again during the latter half of the innings. With 47 needed of the 21 balls, MS, along with able support from Manoj Tiwary, sealed a win for the RPS team from the jaws of defeat.
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Sunil Gavaskar buys 5000 sqft villa in Goa

  • Sunil Gavaskar has enjoyed a lengthy and illustrious cricket career. He is known as one of the greatest batsmen to have ever graced the cricket field.
  • By the time he retired from the beautiful game of cricket, he had broken Sir Don Bradman’s record of the most test centuries and became the first man ever to score 30 test centuries.
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