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

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

Here are the top cricket headlines of the day.

Aaron Finch
Aaron Finch in Chennai. (Photo Source: Instagram)

Aaron Finch might return to the Australian squad for 3rd ODI

  • Australian opener Aaron Finch might return to the side at the top for the third ODI in Indore after missing the first two games of the series.
  • Finch aggravated the injury in his right calf after landing in India and was rested from the practice game as well. But he could not recover before the start of the series and Peter Handscomb had to fly in all the way from Australia on the eve of the first game in Chennai as cover.
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It is a good sign that Australians are not able to pick the wrist spinners: Ajinkya Rahane

  • Australians are struggling miserably against the wrist spinners in the ongoing ODI series. They have been extremely poor against the young Indian wrist spinners.
  • The makeshift Indian opener Ajinkya Rahane also talked about the young spinners. He said that he likes to live in the present when asked about his place in the future when Dhawan returns to the squad.
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Probable squad for Ranji, Vijay Hazare Trophy announced by UPCA

  • Former Indian International Suresh Raina is all set to lead Uttar Pradesh in the upcoming season of Ranji Trophy and Vijay Hazare Trophy. Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association (UPCA) took to Twitter to make the announcement of the probable squad.
  • Due to international duties, the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Kuldeep Yadav are all set to miss out in the upcoming seasons.
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BCCI decides to include Bihar and North-East states in the domestic circuit

  • The Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) announced the inclusion of Bihar and some of the North-East states in the domestic cricket circuit. The board further revealed that both Bihar and North-East states will participate in the Under-16, Under-19 and Under-23 tournaments.
  • However, the state of Mizoram missed out on the inclusion as it is not affiliated with the BCCI.
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I got a lot of confidence after talking with Sachin Tendulkar: Ajinkya Rahane

  • Indian opener Ajinkya Rahane has credited Sachin Tendulkar for his confident knock in the second ODI against Australia in Kolkata. India rode on the half-centuries from Rahane and Virat Kohli and posted a competitive total after which the wrist spinners spun a web around the visitors to seal the deal by 50 runs.
  • Ajinkya played a sublime inning after the loss of Rohit Sharma early and consolidated the start perfectly. His cover drives were pleasing to the eyes as he looked assured in his stay at the crease.
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Once spinners come on, it’s a different ball game altogether: David Warner

  •  Australian opener David Warner feels that when the spinners start bowling in tandem, it becomes a different ball game altogether. The visitors have been unable to combat spin and were troubled by the duo of wrist spinners, Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav, in both the games.
  • While practising on the eve of the third match in Indore, there was spring in Warner’s stride in the nets. The determination was also there from a man who is not accustomed of repeated failures.
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Kuldeep Yadav’s coach not pleased with Virat Kohli

  • The coach of Kuldeep Yadav, Kapil Pande is not at all pleased with the Indian skipper Virat Kohli who received the Man of the Match on Thursday.
  • The chinaman bowler lit up the iconic Eden Gardens by picking up a sensational hat-trick against the Aussies which helped India seal the game easily by 50 runs on a topsy-turvy day in Kolkata.
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Virat Kohli should have shared the MoM momento with Kuldeep Yadav: Chetan Sharma

  • Former Indian pace bowler, Chetan Sharma, who clinched the first hat-trick for India in ODIs, claimed that Indian captain Virat Kohli should have shared the man of the match award with Kuldeep Yadav.
  • The KKR Chinaman bowler lit up his adopted home ground in Eden Gardens by becoming the third Indian to take a hat-trick after Sharma and Kapil Dev.
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Sir Vivian Richards to stay permanently with Quetta Gladiators

  • The Quetta Gladiators team management has announced that the West Indian legend Sir Vivian Richards has become a permanent member of the franchise. Earlier, there were rumours that the legendary cricketer was about to leave the team.
  • Richards has shown a different side of himself in the Quetta dugout. Earlier he had mentioned that unlike all the other T20 leagues where he has played similar roles, for the first time he felt he was part of a closely-knit family at Quetta.
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Eoin Morgan to feature in Ten Cricket League in Sharjah

  • Eoin Morgan, the skipper of England in limited overs team, is all set to feature in Ten Cricket League which will be held in Sharjah. He will join the likes of Shahid Afridi, Chris Gayle, Virender Sehwag and Kumar Sangakkara who have already made up their minds to participate in the unique tournament.
  • The competition is expected to be approved by International Cricket Council (ICC) in the upcoming week as the fans will surely enjoy another entertaining tournament in the shorter format.
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Arif Richards, Pakistan’s disabled team cricketer, also sweeps in real life

  • Arif Richards, a regular member of the Pakistan’s national specially abled team until 2015, also spends his livelihood as a sweeper with an appalling wage of Rs 100-150 per day in Karachi. Richards has been around on the circuit for almost a decade now.
  • Richards has also toured with the team to places such as India, England and Bangladesh in his 9-year-old career.
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Pat Cummins disgusted with the unbearable heat of Kolkata

  • Besides the wrist spinner and top-class batters, the thing which the Aussie players aren’t being able to cope up with on this India tour is the soaring temperature and humidity.
  • Australian speedster Pat Cummins, who happens to be the last wicket of Kuldeep’s stunning hat-trick, reckons that Kolkata’s conditions were as tough as that in Dhaka.
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PSL franchise Multan Sultans unveils logo and jersey

  • The Pakistan Cricket Board decided to expand the Pakistan Cricket league, so as to offer more action and nerve-wrenching drama to the spectators.
  • As a bid to do so, a new franchise from Multan called the Multan Sultans were announced. The Sultans unveiled their logo and jersey at a ceremony on Friday (September 22).
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Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar fit to play the 1st Test against South Africa

  • Soumya Sarkar hurt his shoulder while fielding in the tour game. He immediately went off and that got all the fans back home worried. The tour has not even started and Bangladesh had a major injury scares. However, Soumya going off the field was only precautionary.
  • Tamim Iqbal also went off the field on the first day of the practice game. He pulled a thigh muscle after snatching a quick single and had to retire immediately. The team physio said that Tamim is fine as the scans are encouraging.
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Pakistan Women’s team to play New Zealand Women’s team from 31st October in UAE

  • New Zealand Women’s team will play their first game against Pakistan on 31st October. There are a total of three One-Day International games and four T20 International matches to be played. All the games will be hosted by the same venue.
  • Pakistan Women’s team, captained by Sana Mir is going through a horrendous patch. They did not win a single game in the recently concluded Women’s World Cup.
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Stats: Kumar Sangakkara’s century streak in County Championship

  • It won’t be an overstatement to say that Kumar Sangakkara is currently the best Sri Lankan cricketer actively playing any form of the game as the retired international legend continues to pile up tons of runs playing across the globe.
  • The former Sri Lankan captain made his place in the 245-year-old first-class cricket records on the back of his form in the County Championship. With five centuries in five innings in the month of May, Sangakkara became only the 8th player in the first-class history to score five consecutive hundreds in the format.
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Michael Bevan interested in coaching Australian batsmen in ODIs

  • The former Australian batsman Michael Bevan has expressed his interest in the coaching the Aussie batsmen, albeit in the limited overs format.
  • The former skipper and a commentator in the ongoing series, Clarke, was elated and said that the team needs the expertise of the veteran batsman. His reply to the message was, “Exactly what this team needs buddy.”
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David Warner compares MS Dhoni with Ricky Ponting

  • Australian batsman David Warner believes MS Dhoni is much like Ricky Ponting when it comes to enjoying the company of youngsters in his team. The Indian former captain has rediscovered himself in 2017 and has made a roaring comeback after a mediocre 2016.
  • This prompted Warner to comment that Dhoni will definitely play the World Cup 2019 in England.
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India v Australia: Online betting racket busted in Delhi

  • An online betting racket was busted in Delhi during the second ODI between India and Australia at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata. Seven bookies were found gambling illegally in a rented flat on Thursday night and all of them were localities.
  • This is not the first time the city has been the centre of attraction as far as betting is concerned. Recently, 3 bookies were arrested in a police raid during the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) which concluded last month.
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Shoaib Malik tags Ahmed Shehzad as the master of trolling himself

  • One of the most seasoned campaigners for Pakistan, Shoaib Malik, in a detailed interview, talked at length about his relationship with some of the players in the national squad. One of them was Pakistan opener, Ahmed Shahzad, who he believes is a master of trolling himself.
  • Malik revealed that he has a great camaraderie with Shahzad and the latter has some of the most entertaining stories for everyone and has a hilarious personality to go with it.
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