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

Here are the top stories of the day.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli celebrates his hundred. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Virat Kohli might be rested for the T20Is against NZ; Jadeja & Ashwin to make a Test comeback

  • The selectors might rest the Indian skipper Virat Kohli for the upcoming T20I series against New Zealand starting from November 1. The committee led by MSK Prasad is all set to meet in Mumbai on Monday and will pick the team for T20Is and the Test series against New Zealand and Sri Lanka respectively.
  • Kohli and his men are constantly playing cricket since Champions Trophy in June and will play continuously until the end of South Africa tour.
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Vernon Philander to make a return to competitive cricket after injury

  • South African mainstay as far as pace department is concerned in Tests, Vernon Philander is scheduled to make his return to First-Class cricket early this week after being named in the Cobras squad against Dolphins starting Monday.
  • The last time Vernon Philander featured in a cricket match was back in July when he suffered a bug in his stomach during the third Test match against England at Oval.
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Hasan Ali beats Rumman Raees in a fun challenge

  • Most impressive in Hasan Ali’s case is the fact that he has leapfrogged the likes of Kagiso Rabada, Mitchel Starc, Josh Hazlewood and Imran Tahir and occupied the No. 1 spot in the ICC ODI bowlers rankings.
  • He has 43 wickets this year, which still miles ahead of Liam Plunkett’s (36) and Adil Rashid’s (26) wickets each in the year.
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David Warner mellows down “war” statement following backlash from ex-England players

  • Australian batting mainstay, David Warner invoked severe criticism from several former England players, following his likening of the Ashes to “war”.
  • Warner admitted to having exaggerated his stance, while maintaining that a competitive attitude was needed to fire up the series.
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Colin de Grandhomme will strive to prove himself in the series against India

  • All-rounder, Colin de Grandhomme will seek to prove his mettle in the series against India. With both Jimmy Neesham and Corey Anderson out of contention, de Grandhomme has emerged as the frontline pace bowling all-rounder.
  • However, whether or not he manages to cement his position in the New Zealand side will depend largely on his performance in the limited-overs series against India.
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Nic Pothas justifies his decision of pulling out of Lahore T20I

  • Sri Lanka and Pakistan are fighting it out against each other in a bilateral series. All the matches till now are played in the UAE, however, the final T20 game is to be played in Lahore.
  • That said, several Sri Lankan players and also their head coach Nic Pothas have pulled out of the Lahore T20I.
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Sarfraz Ahmed records statement after being approached by bookies

  • The captain of Pakistan cricket team, Sarfraz Ahmed, does not only lead by example on the field but also off it. Reportedly, Sarfraz was approached by bookies in the ongoing series against Sri Lanka at Abu Dhabi and the former turned down the lucrative deal.
  • The captain recorded his statement officially before the International Cricket Council’s Anti Corruption Unit. The body conducted a detailed interview of Sarfraz regarding the matter.
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Virat Kohli to sit and discuss players’ workload

  • Indian cricket team has been under a hectic playing schedule ever since the start of the Champions Trophy after which they toured West Indies and Sri Lanka. They returned home for the limited-overs leg against Australia and now facing the touring New Zealand side.
  • After the conclusion of the series against Kiwis, India will face Sri Lanka once again at home before touring for a two-month tour in South Africa.
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Indian T20I team selection date announced

  • The All-India Senior Selection Committee will meet in Mumbai on Monday (October 23) to pick the Indian team for the T20I series against New Zealand. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) revealed the news in the Press Release on Sunday.
  • The selection committee led by MSK Prasad will also select the teams for a warm-up tie and the three-match Test series against Sri Lanka in November.
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Specially-abled fan Dharamveer Pal denied accreditation as ball-boy for upcoming matches

  • Dharamveer Pal, the widely-recognised polio-afflicted fan of the Indian cricket team who has been a regular feature near the boundary line for years, won’t be able to function as a ball-boy anymore.
  • It has been made clear that he will be free to sit in the stands and cheer the game, however, he can no longer be a boundary-rider.
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Bishan Singh Bedi surprised with continued exclusion of Ashwin and Jadeja

  • Legendary Indian off-spinner Bishan Singh Bedi seemed baffled with selector’s decision to continuously exclude India’s premier spin twin of Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja from the Indian squad.
  • The veteran off-spinner believes that it remains crucial to preserve and protect the mystery behind Kuldeep Yadav as the art of Chinaman is very rare.
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Captaincy was my dream and it has come true: Thisara Perera

  • It’s a dream come true for Thisara Perera as he’s been named as the skipper of the Sri Lankan T20I squad against Pakistan in the absence of Upul Tharanga. This makes him the ninth individual to lead the Lankan team in the shortest format of the game.
  • Tharanga has chosen to opt out of the 3-match T20I series owing to security concerns in the last T20I which is slated to be held at the Gaddafi Stadium, Lahore.
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Why did Ravi Shastri lose his cool at Wankhede Stadium?

  • he head coach of the Indian cricket team reportedly lost his cool ahead of the first ODI between India and New Zealand. The three-match series is all set to commence on Sunday in Mumbai at Wankhede Stadium.
  •  Kane Williamson and his men are in the country to improve their limited overs record in the country as they had lost the last series in 2016. However, they were the only team to have pushed India to the corner in that period.
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Parthiv Patel feels he is ready to don the gloves for India anytime

  • Parthiv Patel, the wicketkeeper and the captain of Gujarat Ranji Trophy side, believes his wicketkeeping is at its best than ever before. He was a pocket-sized dynamo when he made his debut at the highest level in 2002 and was just a 17-year-old kid.
  • But he lost his place in the side as his work behind the stumps went from competent to shoddy. However, he made his comeback late last year after an impressive performance in domestic cricket.
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S Sreesanth intends to play in foreign T20 League, suggests his statements were misquoted

  • Shortly after the outburst of S Sreesanth a couple of days back regarding his desire to represent a different country to play cricket, the Kerala pacer retracted his statements by claiming that he was misquoted.
  • The former India international instead claimed that he intends to play in the T20 leagues outside India.
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The Anti-Corruption Unit of ICC to investigate the approach made on Sarfraz Ahmed

  • The Anti Corruption Unit (ACU) of International Cricket Council (ICC) will investigate regarding the bookie approaching Sarfraz Ahmed. The skipper had turned down the lucrative deal from the bookies during the ongoing the ODI series between Pakistan and Sri Lanka last week.
  • The incident had shocked the entire cricketing fraternity as the team is doing extremely well especially in the shorter formats.
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KSCA to develop cricket ground on the outskirts of the Hassan city

  • Karnataka State Cricket Association (KSCA) is all set to develop a brand new cricket stadium on the outskirts of the city. Hassan Urban Development Authority (HUDA) has handed over a land of 14 acres in the newly built S.M. Krishna Layout to the cricket association.
  • They are now confident of staging an international cricket match in the upcoming seven to eight months at the venue.
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Sourav Ganguly advises Virat Kohli and co. to treat Kiwi spinners cautiously

  • Former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly warned the Indian team not to take the likes of Ish Sodhi and Mitchell Santner lightly, prior to the start of the 3-match ODI series starting on Sunday, 22nd October at Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai.
  • Indians have been on a roll in the ODI format after winning seven consecutive bilateral series on a trot. The last time the Kiwis toured India was back in October 2016 where they lost the Test series by 3-nil and also lost a riveting 5-match ODI series by 3-2.
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