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

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Suresh Raina. (Photo by Morne de Klerk/Getty Images)

Ishant Sharma to feature in County Championship: Ravi Shastri

  • Following in the footsteps of fellow teammates Ravi Ashwin and Chestashwar Pujara, Ishant Sharma is set to play in the County Championship.
  • According to Ravi Shastri, the India Test bowler is in talks with Kent, a team which plays in Division 2 of the Championship. With just four first-class games left for the season, Ishant might be rushing to England very soon.
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Suresh Raina believes his time will come

  • Suresh Raina was hit with a huge blow when his name was not included in the Indian squad for the 5 match ODI series against Sri Lanka. Raina was hopeful of making it into the team but will now have to go through the gruelling domestic schedule again to script his comeback.
  • The likes of Manish Pandey and Kedar Jadhav got the green signal ahead of the experienced cricketer who played his last ODI back in 2015.
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Charlotte Edwards announces her retirement from professional cricket

  • Former English cricketer Charlotte Edwards decided to part ways with professional cricket after her team Souther Vipers suffered a thumping loss to Western Storm in the final of the second edition of Women’s Cricket Super League, on Friday (September 1).
  • The 37-year-old top order batswoman ended his international career last year in the month of May. She was stripped of captaincy of the national side after England’s disappointing performance in the Women’s World T20 in 2016.
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Harbhajan Singh defends Shardul Thakur on the jersey No.10 controversy

  • Debutant Shardul Thakur was impressive in the 4th ODI against Sri Lanka. The pacer bowled 7 overs and ended with figures of 1/26. He picked up the first wicket of the match by dismissing Lankan opener Niroshan Dickwella. He was in the news but not for his on-field performance.
  • The medium-fast bowler was slammed by the fans of legendary cricketer Sachin Tendulkar for wearing jersey number 10 during the match.
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Senior Cricketers and Board members not amused by Ambati Rayudu’s behaviour

  • Former Indian international and key member of Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians, Ambati Rayudu, has grabbed all the headlines lately with his rash behaviour yet again but this time off the field.
  • The senior statesmen of Indian Cricket and Hyderabad Cricket Association are not amused by the unruly behaviour of 31-year old.
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Virat Kohli is the boss of the team, says Head Coach Ravi Shastri

  • Indian Head Coach Ravi Shastri, post series win in Sri Lanka went ahead and claimed that it the captain who is the boss of the team and there is an ‘element of trust’ players and the support staff share in the dressing room.
  • The former Team Director also was looking forward to the upcoming overseas tour of Australia, England and South Africa.
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Tamim Iqbal relates to MS Dhoni as an inspiration for his recent success

  • The 1st Test match between the hosts Bangladesh and the Aussies definitely registered its self as a remarkable and thrilling encounter. The show which was dominated by spinners from both the sides, as they claimed 34 out of the 40 wickets in the match.]
  • On the other hand, a terrific and incredible run-show in both the innings by the Tigers opener Tamim Iqbal cannot be ignored. The left-hander displayed some absolutely stylish stroke-making along with his aggressive batting style.
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Mohit Sharma is fit and ready to perform in the Buchi Babu tournament

  • The upcoming edition of the All India Buchi Babu Invitational Cricket Tournament to be held in Chennai will be contested between the 12 teams, across various grounds between September 2 and September 15. The domestic tournament will see TNCA President’s XI, TNCA City XI and TNCA Districts XI adding some local flavour and spice.
  • Many of the big names of Indian cricket will be representing their respective teams in an opportunity to showcase their talent to earn a call-up to the national team. Former Indian pacer Mohit Sharma is one of the names who are fit and ready to perform in the local domestic tournament.
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South Africa cricketer found guilty in Court could face jail sentence

  • Former South Africa cricketer Daryl Cullinan has been convicted in the Randburg Magistrate’s Court for failing to pay the maintenance for his two sons.
  • The cricketer has two children from his first wife Virginia and is expected to pay them for their living. The court has ordered him to pay back all the maintenance with arrears within next 24 months.
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Bizarre rule decides eleven players as Man of the Match

  • The game of cricket can be funny at times. During a recent match in Australia, a batsman was dismissed in very weird fashion, his middle stump was uprooted and it went for a walk, while the bails remained intact.
  • Now, as per the rule, the bails are to be dislodged, that is the very primary case in such dismissals. Everyone including the batsman and the bowler looked up to the umpire, as he adjudged it out, and the batsman had to walk back to the pavilion.
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No mercy for corrupt practices, warns PCB Chief Najam Sethi

  • Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) Chairman, Najam Sethi, has made it clear that the board will not tolerate any kind of corrupt activities in the game of cricket.
  • Citing the example of the Anti Corruption Tribunal verdict against Pakistani cricketer Sharjeel Khan, who was held guilty of spot fixing, Sethi said that the decision is a proof that the board is moving with a zero tolerance attitude towards corrupt practices.
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Shardul Thakur wearing the jersey No. 10 excites his parents

  • Indian debutant Shardul Thakur wearing the No. 10 jersey, against Sri Lanka in the 4th ODI was the talk of the town. It was not for Thakur’s impressive debut but because it was Sachin Tendulkar who wore and owned the number for over two decades.
  • The Mumbai pacer opted for 10 on his back when he made his international debut at Colombo. He was effective in his maiden international appearance, as he bowled 7 overs and ended with figures of 1/26. However, Shardul was slammed by Tendulkar fans for wearing No. 10.
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MS Dhoni comes out in his new avatar this Sri Lanka series

  • Ardent MS Dhoni fans might have noticed something different about the talismanic wicket keeper batsman in the ongoing Sri Lanka series and No! it is not his technique. For many a year now, we have seen one of the best finishers in world cricket sporting the bulky broad striped Morrant pads. The likes of Sachin Tendulkar and Virender Sehwag also were renowned for playing with the Morrant International Ultralite batting pads.
  • But in the ongoing series, MSD is seen wearing the conventional three strapped sleek designed pads as opposed to the two strapped bulky ones.
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Chris Lewis claims to have approached by an Indian to fix matches

  • Chris Lewis, a former England all-rounder, has claimed that an Indian had approached him to fix matches whiles he was playing.
  • Around 20 years ago, Lewis had created a controversy by accusing his teammates of fixing but later he was caught smuggling drugs into England due to which he spent more than 6 years in jail.
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Ravi Shastri spills out the real reason behind the axing of Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina

  • Prior to the start of the Sri Lanka series, the omission of Suresh Raina and Yuvraj Singh raised many eyebrows as the Board came out and stated the significance of fitness in the Indian team.
  • Indian Head Coach Ravi Shastri seconded the measures taken by the selectors in a recent interview.
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Arijit Singh dedicates ‘Channa Mereya’ song for Smriti Mandhana in KBC

  • The episode of Kaun Banega Crorepati (KBC) Season 9 in which India Women Cricketers graced their presence was aired on Sony TV on Friday.
  • The quiz show was filled with entertainment as the cricketers shared their candid moments with the legendary actor Amitabh Bachchan. But the most fun part of the night was the ‘Channa Mereya’ song that Arijit Singh sang for his biggest fan Smriti Mandhana.
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Suresh Raina eager to play under MS Dhoni and for CSK next year in IPL

  • One of the greatest camaraderies in Indian Cricket is that of former Indian captain MS Dhoni and out of favour Indian international Suresh Raina.
  • The two have played almost played together throughout the entirety of their cricketing careers, for both India and Chennai Super Kings.
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Shikhar Dhawan returns home ahead of 5th ODI

  • Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan instead of joining the team in the final One-Day International of the series against Sri Lanka will fly back home. Dhawan has to return to be with his ailing mother in New Delhi.
  • Thus he will not be a part of the team any further on the tour which also includes the one-off Twenty20 International scheduled to be played on September 6 at Colombo.
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Pakistani cricketer Abdul Razzaq to marry actress Tamannaah Bhatia?

  • Earlier this week, the picture of former Pakistani cricketer Abdul Razzaq with Bollywood actress Tamannaah Bhatia went viral on social media. Since then, rumours are doing the rounds of both they are a couple and already have a dwelling affair.
  • According to the reports, it was also revealed that they have plans to get married soon and that left a lot of fans of the actress shocked.
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AB de Villiers all praises for MS Dhoni’s longevity

  • South Africa’s ace batsman, AB de Villiers, in a recent interview was all praises for former Indian captain MS Dhoni’s longevity and his hunger to play the game.
  • Mr 360 used superlatives such as “a great cricketer, a great leader and a great man” to describe the Indian stalwarts.
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Ashley Giles reckons Adam Hose can be the next Kevin Pietersen for England

  • Former English off-spinner feels that the team England could well find another consistent middle-order batsman in the form of young Adam Hose.
  • Recently, Giles reflected back at the impressive start that Hose has had in the domestic T20 competition this year. He remarked that Hose has all the capabilities to become the next Kevin Pietersen of the English side.
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Former Mumbai and Karnataka cricketer Sharad Rao passes away

  • 60-year old Karnataka and Mumbai cricketer Sharad Rao breathed his last yesterday night following a cardiac arrest. The former right-arm pacer was part of the then Bombay Ranji Trophy squad, which was led by late Eknath Solkar. The team had defeated Bishan Singh Bedi’s Delhi side in 1980-81 final to clinch the trophy.
  • Rao’s first class career spanned from the 1980-81 season to 1985-86. He played 10 matches and took 16 wickets at an average of 33.81 and economy of 3.89. His best bowling figures are 4/27.  The pacer also scored a decent amount of runs with the bat. Rao piled up 118 runs with a best of 40.
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