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

The news stories that hogged the limelight during the day.

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan celebrates his hundred. (Photo Source: Twitter)

IPL 11 auction most likely to place in the last week of January 2018, venue almost finalised

  • With the new year just around the corner, another razzmatazz year of Indian Premier League (IPL) awaits us. It will mark the beginning of the new decade in the IPL, with the 11th edition starting with a new broadcaster, Star Sports.
  • Apart from that, Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) will be making a comeback to the league after serving a two-year suspension on disciplinary grounds.
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India v Sri Lanka, 3rd ODI: Who Said What

  • Batting first, Sri Lanka was bowled out for 215 runs in 44.5 overs. Whilst Upul Tharanga was going berserk, it seemed like no one can stop them from scoring 300.
  • But Dhoni’s smart stumping sent him back for 95 and a horrible collapse from the lower order stupefied their fans. Kuldeep Yadav picked up 3 wickets, giving away just 42 runs whereas Yuzvendra Chahal returned with figures of 3/46.
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Stats: Shikhar Dhawan second fastest Indian batsman to 4000 ODI runs

  • Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan since his comeback to the Indian team in the Champions Trophy 2017 has been in rich form. He was awarded the Golden Bat for being the highest run-scorer in the tournament.
  • During the third and final ODI of the series against Sri Lanka which was his 95th inning in this format, Dhawan completed 4000 ODI runs when he took a single on 61.
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Nathan Lyon’s new relationship has devastated his former partner

  • Australian off-spinner Nathan Lyon is on the top of his game, in the last part of his career more often than not he has had the edge over the batsmen irrespective of the conditions.
  • On the personal front though he split with his long-term partner Mel Waring more than a year ago. The couple has two children together.
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Indian spinners feel lucky to have MS Dhoni by their side

  • MS Dhoni is one of the sharpest minds in world cricket. The former Indian captain is known for maintaining his cool under pressure and is always a help to the youngsters with his insight.
  • Even during tough matches, he always is ahead of the game while batting knows what the bowler is trying to do and on the field can guess what the batsman is upto.
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Indian coach Ravi Shastri opens up on his relationship with Virat Kohli

  • However, it’s no secret that the current Indian skipper backed Ravi Shastri to become the coach of the India cricket team. The partnership between Kohli and Shastri has already done wonders and the present success of the Men in Blue serves as a testament to that.
  • His contribution has been irreplaceable and he did a brilliant job at the helm to guide India in becoming a dominant force in world cricket across all formats.
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Param Uppal, an Indian born Australian cricketer to play in U-19 World Cup

  • Australia and New Zealand had a lot of migrated players from various countries before. Some play the first class cricket, some make it big in international cricket as well.
  • Indian origin cricketers in Australia is not a new thing now. There have been players born in India who has donned the Australian jersey before.
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New Macksville bridge named in honour of late Phillip Hughes

  • Hughes, who was wearing a helmet, appeared to compose himself after the impact but then leaned forward and collapsed face first onto the pitch.
  • The batsman, who played 26 Tests for Australia, was taken to a hospital and remained in an induced coma, where he died two days after. A true and brewing genius of the game, his death still brings tears everytime he is remembered.
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Jeet Raval hopes to become New Zealand opener in all formats

  • Jeet Raval has become a permanent member of the New Zealand Test set up. He has impressed a lot of people by scoring six half-centuries in just nine matches.
  • Jeet Raval has cemented his spot at the top of the order in the longest format of the game but now he wants to do the same in limited overs
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Some of Steve Smith’s idiosyncratic traits

  • He has peculiar traits while batting and his idiosyncrasies are much talked about. But that’s not all, he also has unique eating preferences, some superstitious beliefs and doesn’t like to eat while he is batting.
  • Smith played a marathon knock batting right through the fourth day and pulled out yet another tremendous knock to get to the second double hundred of his Test career.
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Fakhar Zaman most searched Pakistani cricketer in 2017

  • Fakhar Zaman was an unknown name before the Champions Trophy 2017. There were not many expectations from Pakistan in the tournament but they surprised everyone by performing brilliantly.
  • Pakistan beat one of the pre-tournament favorites India in the final to lift the trophy. Similarly, there were not many expectations from Zaman before the tournament.
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Delayed start to the semi-final between Vidarbha and Karnataka

  • For one of the most unpredictable reasons, the start of the ongoing Ranji Trophy semi-final between Vidarbha and Karnataka was delayed in Kolkata.
  • It was the Kolkata 25k run that became the reason for the delayed start and Vidarbha players had to bear the brunt as they arrived late in the stadium courtesy a traffic snarl.
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Fan offer snacks to Mitchell Marsh during Ashes

  • Following a scintillating batting display from Australian skipper Steve Smith and all-rounder Mitchell Marsh, all English hopes were demolished in the ongoing third Ashes Test at the WACA.
  • What could be heralded as clear dominance, Australia has now moved within sight of regaining the urn after the duo put England to the sword, pushing the visitors to the edge of no return.
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Ravi Shastri reveals Team India’s first choice openers for the tour of South Africa

  • Ravi Shastri took over from Anil Kumble as India coach after Kumble and skipper Kohli had some differences between the two. Ever since Shastri arrived, India has dominated almost every opponent they have faced.
  • With assistance from Sanjay Bangar, Bharat Arun and Ramakrishnan Sridhar, Shastri along with Kohli have stamped India’s dominance at home.
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Local cricketer in Kerala died on the field

  • The agency also posted a video of the incident on their Facebook handle. Padmanabh was ready to bowl another ball and as he approached the crease he probably suffered the arrest and fell down on the ground.
  • The umpire standing right next was quick to react and check upon him. Other players also rushed to the spot as nobody understood what was happening.
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I am confident that the team will create history in South Africa: Anil Kumble

  • Shastri, in his previous tenure, managed to take India to the semis of the T20 World Cup but lost to the eventual champions. However, Anil Kumble also did a fantastic job with the team as his five series win took India to the number 1 spot in Test rankings.
  • They have never left the spot since. At an award function held in Bangalore, Kumble was awarded as the coach of the year for his feat.
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Ravi Shastri plays “first thing that comes to your mind” and his answers will make your day

  • Feroz Shah Kotla saw Sri Lankan players struggle with pollution which forced Shastri walk out to the field and talk to the umpires.
  • He answered all the questions honestly and said that there was pollution but the matter was dragged by the Lankan players. That said, Shastri came on to the fun part of the questionnaire.
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Moises Henriques eyes comeback to Australia’s Test squad

  • The versatile right-hander has donned the national outfit in only 4 Tests piling up 164 runs at an average of 23.42. His last Test was against Sri Lanka in 2016 where Australia were swept 3-0 by Sri Lanka.
  • Returning after a sabbatical, Henriques is well aware that he needs to pile on plenty of runs if he needs to catch the attention of the national selectors.
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BCCI set to review its neutral commentator policy

  • The presence of Jonathan Trott in the commentary team for the current series has meant that one Indian cricketer had to be shown the door. Interestingly, BCCI is the only organization to adhere to such a policy.
  • It is not followed by any other broadcaster. The board has been seeking the services of neutral commentators in all the home series this year.
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