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

The news top stories that hogged the limelight on the day.

Virat Kohli & Anushka Sharma
Virat Kohli & Anushka Sharma in their wedding reception. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Do Royal Challengers Bangalore have second thoughts over the retention of Virat Kohli in IPL 2018?

  • It is indeed a big thinking and analyzing time for the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises to decide about the retentions and the other kind of things related to the huge auction to be held in 2018.
  • Every team is figuring out the different strategies to work out the best possible combination of their side for the eleventh edition of the tournament.
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Harsha Bhogle picks his best Test XI of the year 2017

  • It is said that Test cricket is the original form of cricket. A players’ quality and class is determined by the way he plays the longest format of the game.
  • It is unfortunate to see the format’s future in peril. When the match goes into the fifth day with both oppositions having an equal chance, that is when we get to witness cricket in its purest form.
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Venkatesh Prasad names the player who poses threat to India on SA tour

  • The upcoming South Africa tour will be a challenging one, as the Men in Blue have never succeeded in winning a Test series in the rainbow nation.
  • The Indian team, of late, has enjoyed umpteen success, and their indomitable form in the recently concluded home-season serve as a testament to that.
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Ricky Ponting picks his BBL all-time XI

  • Cricket Australia’s Big Bash League (BBL) has been a massive success as huge crowds are coming to watch the games on the ground.
  • The BBL has been a trending topic in the OZ along with the ongoing Ashes series which the Australians have already got back in their pocket with a 3-0 lead. Another trending topic in the past few months has been selecting the best XI sides.
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Rohit Sharma reveals the main man behind his nickname ‘Hitman’

  • Rohit Sharma, India’s limited overs captain has been in the news recently for his stupendous innings in recent times. In the recently concluded series against Sri Lanka, Rohit Sharma became the first ever batsman to score a century in all three formats of a tour.
  • The 30-year-old also scored his third double hundred in one-day internationals in the second game in Mohali.
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BCB unwilling to play newly proposed ACC Emerging Cup in Pakistan

  • The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) are trying their best to host the game in the presence of millions of their home crowd fans who wish to watch the game closely in their natives.
  • But the some of the teams including the likes of Bangladesh and India are still unwilling to play the entertaining game of cricket in Pakistan.
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Washington Sundar talks about his experience in the Indian dressing room

  • Among those players who are being tried out for preparing a pool of probables to choose from with the vision of the 2019 World Cup is Tamil Nadu’s Washington Sundar.
  • He made his debut in International cricket only weeks back against Sri Lanka in Mohali. His T20I followed soon in the recent series against Sri Lanka, in the last match of the series at Mumbai.
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Commentary Panel for the ‘Freedom Series’ announced

  • The much awaited India-South Africa series is only ten days away, India tour of South Africa starts from 5 January 2018. India was unbeaten in any bilateral series this year.
  • With 37 wins this year, India has jumped to the second place in terms of most wins in a calendar year behind Australia who had 38 wins in a calendar year. India will look to stamp their dominance on overseas tours after having a successful home season.
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Shane Warne ready to take the coaching responsibilities of the Australian team

  • The biggest outcome of this is of former Aussie spin legend Shane Warne who is a well-equipped person to handle the coaching responsibilities of the Australian national team.
  • Warne has also revealed that he is open to become the next coach of his team if his former teammate Lehman feels the need to.
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Rohit Sharma conveys a strong message to MS Dhoni’s critics

  • However, the World Cup-winning former captain with his relatively more impactful contributions in the recently-concluded Sri Lanka series, silenced some of these talks by batting higher up the order.
  • Apart from his exploits with the bat, Dhoni’s guidance in the absence of skipper Virat Kohli worked wonders for the hosts.
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We will do our best to win the series in South Africa: Ajinkya Rahane

  • India’s much-awaited tour of South Africa is around the corner and the Indian team soon will leave for the Proteas for the three-match Test series which starts from January 5. The world has already started giving their inputs regarding the tour.
  • India hasn’t had a lot of success in South Africa. But this time though according to India’s vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane the side will do their best to win a series in South Africa.
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PCB unveils new T20I kit for the series against New Zealand

  • The latest clothing has the Pepsi logo along with the national symbol on the front side of the shirt. It is a lot different one as compared to the old jersey of the Pakistan cricket team and the one they wear in the one-day international matches.
  • The players would be thriving and raring to take the field in the T20I series contest with the new set of layers.
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Virat Kohli in contention to break Sachin Tendulkar’s 21-year old record in South Africa

  • On the eve of India’s tour of South Africa, Virat Kohli stands on the verge of another record- this time of Sachin Tendulkar’s 21-year-old record. In January 1997, the Master Blaster smashed his way to 169 runs at Cape Town that included 24 boundaries.
  • Mohammed Azharuddin notched a century too. However, they weren’t enough to save the game for India as the Men in Blue lost by a mammoth 282 runs.
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Wanted to be a dependable player for my country, says Murali Vijay

  • In the swinging and pacy conditions of South Africa, Indian batting units are going to be tested. Return of Dale Steyn in the team will boost the confidence in the South African conditions.
  • The former South African skipper Graeme Smith, who was recently in the commentary box during Sri Lanka’s tour of India said that the South African quick bowlers will be testing the Indian batting unit with their pace.
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Rohit Sharma warns South African players ahead of the tour

  • To be the No.1 team in the world, the team has to well in overseas conditions too. Rohit Sharma, the in-form batsman of the Indian team feels that the Indians will not settle for anything less than a win.
  • They have the momentum on their side and will give their 100% in the tour. It is India’s first major overseas tour since the 2014-15 trip to Australia.
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MS Dhoni, Rohit Sharma among others to attend Virushka’s wedding reception in Mumbai

  • The second leg of the wedding reception hosted by Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma is set to take place in Mumbai at the prestigious St.Regis hotel on December 26. The couple had earlier got married on December 11 in Tuscany, Italy.
  • After spending their honeymoon in Finland, the couple hosted the first reception at Delhi where honourable Prime Minister of India Shri Narendra Modi graced the event with his presence.
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Following Mohammed Siraj’s success, his brother has a change in profession

  • Mohammed Siraj, the 23-year-old Indian speedster has taken great strides ever since his foray into first-class cricket. He first came under the spotlight with his performances in the IPL for the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise.
  • And the blossoming career of the cricketer has not only caused his father Mohammed Ghaus to stop driving an auto rickshaw for a living in Hyderabad. The medium pacer’s brother Ismail too has made a change in his profession.
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Faf du Plessis ruled out of Boxing Day Test

  • AB de Villiers will lead South Africa in his comeback Test match against Zimbabwe in the absence of regular captain Faf du Plessis, Cricket South Africa confirmed on Tuesday (December 26).
  • Until yesterday, the Proteas were sweating over the fitness of du Plessis, who has been out of action since the second ODI against Bangladesh in October as he injured his back.
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CKM Dhananjai back as team analyst for India, replaces Ashish Tulli

  • Before India heads to South Africa, the last minute change has been made in the team’s support staff with analyst CKM Dhananjai coming back into the fold, replacing Ashish Tulli.
  • According to reports, it is understood that the team management made a specific request to get Dhananjai back in order to travel with the “best support staff and technology support possible” as the next year features tough tours of South Africa, England and Australia.
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Fazal’s solidity at the top a major reason for Vidarbha’s success feels Suresh Raina

  • Vidarbha skipper Faiz Fazal had led the team by example throughout the season with brilliant batting and has been well supported by the seamers. Experienced Wasim Jaffer has been a great help for Fazal.
  •  India’s star cricketer Suresh Raina who has played with and against the 32-year-old on a number of occasions said that he is very happy for Fazal and the form he has been in this season.
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India and Pakistan players to feature in a T20 event

  • Along with Sehwag and Afridi, many former players who have confirmed their participation.
  • The other stars include likes of Graeme Smith, Mohammad Kaif, Shoaib Akhtar, Mahela Jayawardene, Lasith Malinga, Michael Hussey, Jacques Kallis, Daniel Vettori, Nathan McCullum, Grant Elliot, Monty Panesar and Owais Shah.
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