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

The news stories that hogged the limelight during the day.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma celebrates his double hundred. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Sri Lanka likely to add Shanaka, Fernando in squad for T20I series against India

  • The next two games will be played on December 22, and December 24. Now, as per the recent reports in CricketAge, the Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) is likely to announce two additions to their squad.
  • Pace bowling all-rounder Dasun Shanaka and pace bowler Vishwa Fernando are tipped to make the cut to the national side. Both players have represented the national side previously across the different formats of the game.
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Brad Hodge unhappy as Mitchell Marsh replaces Peter Handscomb in the 3rd Test

  • England had declared their playing XI earlier in the evening. Joe Root won his third toss in a row and opted to bat first. Smith during the conversation confirmed that Marsh is back in the side replacing the 26-year-old Handscomb for the third Ashes Test.
  • Australia had won the first two games where Handscomb had scored 14 runs in the first game and 36 and 12 in both the innings respectively in the second game.
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Schedule for Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, and Zimbabwe Tri-series announced

  • Team Bangladesh is all set to host Sri Lanka and Zimbabwe for a tri-nation series in January 2018. The Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) had made the announcement about the series a couple of weeks ago.
  • Now, the board has confirmed the fixtures for the short tri-nation series. In the series, all teams will face off against one another twice before the top two sides will lock horns in the finals for the ultimate glory.
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Ranji Trophy 2017-18: Ankle niggle rules out Ishant Sharma from the semis

  • Veteran Indian pacer, Ishant Sharma, will not be featuring in the semis of the ongoing edition of the Ranji Trophy. Ishant has been one of the seniormost members of the Delhi team in the recent times.
  • His absence is bound to hurt the chances of the Delhi team against the much fancied Bengal side. Delhi and Bengal have done exceedingly well this season to make it to the penultimate stage in the tournament.
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Mohammad Amir looks forward to working with Wasim Akram in the T10 league

  • Wasim had earlier stated that Amir will create a sensational impact in the 12 balls he gets to bowl every match in this format of the sport.
  • He reckoned that the left-arm pacer’s spells would be crucial in determining their team’s success in the tournament.
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Proud parents shower praises on son Rohit Sharma after his double ton

  • It was their second marriage anniversary. And when Rohit took the single to get to his double ton, she almost was in tears.
  • Back home in Mumbai, his parents were glued to the TV as their son was about to reach the mighty landmark of hitting 3 double tons while no one else has managed to score 2 of them.
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Sourav Ganguly lauds Rohit Sharma for his consistency in registering double hundreds

  • After a patchy first game as the Indian skipper, Rohit Sharma made amends in the Mohali ODI. He did so in a tremendous fashion.
  • The Indian opener became the first ever cricketer to hit three double hundreds in One-Day Internationals. And eventually, India managed to win its first game under Rohit’s captaincy.
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Virender Sehwag excited to play alongside Mohammad Amir in T10 league

  • Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag is eager to play with Mohammad Amir in the upcoming T10 Cricket League in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).
  • The inaugural edition of the tournament is all set to commence on December 14. Sehwag is the captain of Maratha Arabians side and was also the icon player for the franchise.
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AB de Villiers ‘surprised’ by wedding of Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma

  • But as the adage goes, better late than never. AB de Villiers recently shared a message for the newly-wed celebrity couple.
  • The South African superstar posted a video message for Virat and Anushka on his official app. In the message, AB exclaimed that he was surprised to see the news. He certainly did not see it happening in such quick time.
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Pune century my best knock in Test cricket says Australian captain Steve Smith

  • He showed his worth during the thee tour of India as he smashed a great century in the first Test in Pune. Smith was brilliant during the whole series despite the fact that the Aussies lost the series.
  • But Brisbane was special for all the Australian fans. They won the game against their arch-rivals and also managed to take a lead in the series.
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Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma’s reception invite is winning hearts of everyone

  • It was a private but gorgeous ceremony which was attended by only close friends and the family members of both groom and bride. The wedding pictures went viral in the evening which warmed up the cockles of all the hearts.
  • However, the couple now is winning hearts with their super cute reception invite which they are sending to their industry friends.
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Decoding Sobers Joban – the mastermind who promised to book BBL matches

  • In the video of the sting operation, Sobers is seen trying to sell the details of the rigged periods of play for the ongoing match at Perth. He went on to quote that he had worked with some of the international cricketers before and that includes a ‘World Cup winning all-rounder’.
  • The British tabloid further claimed that the undercover agents were even asked for USD 187,000 to do the spot fixing in the matches in the specific patterns they wish to see during the course of the game.
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Mohammad Amir sends more good wishes for Virat, Anushka

  • Kohli and Amir share great camaraderie off the field. The two players have often hailed one another as the masters of the game.
  • Recently, when Kohli got married, Amir had sent his good wishes for him. Now, as per the quotes in Khaleej Times, Amir has again congratulated the newly-wed couple of Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma.
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Ankit Rajpoot to accompany Team India on South Africa tour

  • Originally, there were reports that Team India is travelling with four quality net bowlers — Mohammed Siraj, Avesh Khan, Navdeep Saini and Basil Thampi to ensure the batsmen have a wide variety of options to face in the nets.
  • However, the former CSK and current KKR seamer, who has represented India A and been amongst wickets in domestic cricket has been backed by the selectors.
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Why didn’t Deepika Padukone wish the newlywed Anushka Sharma and Virat Kohli?

  • Twitter was flooded in with the wishes to the wonderful couple and the B-Town especially was thrilled to know that their colleague was hitched to the most handsome cricketer going around in the world.
  • However, actress Deepika Padukone stayed away from wishing the newlywed couple which raised a few eyebrows.
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I am the greatest cricketer of all time says Chris Gayle

  • Gayle was outstanding in the Bangladesh Premier League. He smashed a century and won the title for Rangpur Riders.
  • He enjoyed batting against Dhaka Dynamites as he smashed a 69-ball 146 not out. Gayle also enjoyed a double century partnership with his partner in crime Brendan McCullum.
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Wriddhiman Saha and Mohammad Shami to play the Ranji Trophy semi-final

  • Bengal take on Delhi in the Ranji Trophy semi-finals this weekend at a neutral venue in Pune. Both the sides had a strong run into the semis.
  • Delhi is yet to lose a game while Bengal have only lost one in the process. However, the Bengalis will go into the game as the favourites, the reason being the inclusion of two international regulars.
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Colin de Grandhomme to miss the ODI series against Windies

  • The three-match ODI series is all set to commence on December 20 in Whangarei. The hosts have comfortably won both the matches of the Test series and have decided to rest some of their key players in the limited overs format.
  • However, de Grandhomme was brilliant during the Tests and hopefully would be back for the T20Is.
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Delhi HC rejects Gautam Gambhir’s plea against a local resto-bar

  • Delhi High Court has dismissed the petition of Gautam Gambhir over the use of his name as a tagline for the business of its eateries and lounges.
  • The Delhi based local restaurant and bar of DAP and Co. was alleged to have used the name of the cricketer in order to grab the eyeballs of the customers. However, they have been allowed to use the same now by rejecting the plea of the Indian discard player on Wednesday.
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Ashes 2017-18: Perth Test under the scanner after reports of spot fixing surfaces the media

  • The third Ashes Test, scheduled to be played at Perth, has come under the scanner for spot fixing allegations. The recent reports in The Sun claimed that the spot-fixers have set their eyes on the Test.
  • They claimed that certain periods of the game have already been fixed. Reportedly, The Sun noted that there are two Indian bookies who are ready to give away the details of the rigged periods of play.
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Hitting sixes is not easy: Rohit Sharma

  • Rohit saw off the new ball under hazy conditions early on and then latched onto the freebies offered by the bowlers. He swiftly changed the gears after reaching his 16th century and hit sixes at will.
  • His ability to smash sixes at will has earned him the comparison with the likes of de Villiers and Gayle. But he believes in analysing the situation and then play his shots after settling his eye in.
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