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Indian cricketer Ashish Nehra (C). AFP PHOTO/Munir uz ZAMAN / AFP / MUNIR UZ ZAMAN (Photo credit should read MUNIR UZ ZAMAN/AFP/Getty Images)

MS Dhoni is the best under pressure situations: Ashish Nehra

  • Experienced India campaigner Ashish Nehra, who has played under a number of captains, including Mohammad Azharuddin, Sourav Ganguly has hailed that MS Dhoni is the best when it comes to handling pressure situations.
  • The left-arm seamer praised the current India ODI and T20 captain Dhoni, who he believes has been the best captain in pressure situations.
  • Left-arm seamer Ashish Nehra also revealed that MS Dhoni and former India coach Gary Kirsten had asked him to make a Test comeback in 2009 but the soon-to-be 37-year-old did not respond to the feelers.
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IPL 9 brings carnival to Bengaluru stadium

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  • Despite the scorching heat in Bengaluru, faithful fans thronged the M Chinnaswamy Stadium to witness their stars in action.
  • “Getting through some of the 20 gates into the stands is tough, as queues are not only a km long but also slow-moving due to security checks, causing anxiety in finding a seat in crowded galleries. It’s worth the trouble, as it’s a sheer fun watching the game here with friends and other crazy fans,” said college student S. Dayanand.
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Kane Williamson lauds McCullum’s impact on New Zealand cricket

  • Kane Williamson spoke high about the impact of McCullum in the side. He added that it was indeed a privileged to play under someone like Baz.
  • Speaking about his experience captaining the side, Williamson said that the team had a great time in the World T20.
  • He said that he was happy with the way the team performed and also sportingly accepted the semi-final loss, saying that its a part and parcel of T20 cricket.”
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Ex-Bengal woman cricketer Chandravati Pal passes away in a road accident

  • Bengal cricket suffered a huge loss on Saturday after former Bengal woman cricketer, Chandravati Pal passed away in a road accident, Cricbuzz reported.
  • She was riding pillion on a two-wheeler when she was hit by a bus from behind near the Red Road. She was taken to hospital in a critical condition and passed away around 9 am.
  • Chandravati, a right-handed batswoman, represented Bengal for 15 years. She had featured in the East Zone quite a few times in her playing career.
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Mumbai Indians chose Jaipur as new home ground

  • The Mumbai Indians have opted to play their final few home matches at the Sawai Mansingh stadium in Jaipur following the court ruling.
  • The statement from the official verdict read that the matches for the Mumbai Indians and the Rising Pune Supergiants would have to be played outside the state after the 30th of April.
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ECB proposes point based system for Sri Lanka series

  • England Cricket Board has proposed changes in the points system for the home series against Sri Lanka.
  • Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) secretary Mohan de Silva confirmed receiving the proposals covering the three tests, five one-dayers and a Twenty20 International set to be played between the teams from May 19 to July 5.
  • The ECB introduced points-based scoring across all three formats for the women’s Ashes in 2013.
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IPL 9 organizers sweat over low crowd turnout

  • The current edition of the IPL has witnessed the ticket sales plummet to an all time low. the organizers of the Indian Premier League believe that it is the ticket prices that has resulted in a the disastrous turnout.
  • Other experts have also suggested that the timing of the IPL was wrong, especially given the fact that it began.
  • IPL governing council member and chief of the Punjab Cricket Association MP Pandove, however, was optimistic and said that as the tournament progresses, interest will pick up.
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I will walk away rather than being a burden on the team: Misbah-ul-Haq

  • Misbah-ul-Haq, Pakistan’s Test captain, has indicated a willingness to play on at least until the Australia tour, later this year.
  • The veteran batsman is currently gearing up to lead Pakistan in the four-match Test series against England, scheduled to begin on July 14.
  • “If I manage to play the England series then I should also play the upcoming West Indies, New Zealand and Australia series as well, mainly because (there are) close gaps (between series),” he told ESPNCricinfo on Sunday (April 17).
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Inzamam-ul-Haq takes a pay cut to join Pakistan team

  • Inzamam-ul-Haq has been appointed chief selector of Pakistan.
  • Inzamam was the head coach of Afghanistan since October 2015, and was originally contracted by the Afghanistan Cricket Board until December 2016. But ACB chief Shafiq Stanikzai, on Saturday, said they were ready to release him.
  • According to reports the PCB, Inzamam reached a deal after he agreed to lower his monthly salary to 8 lakh rupees from the 1.2 million, he was getting from the Afghanistan board.
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World T20 2016, India sets new broadcast and digital viewership records

  • India set new viewership records across various broadcast and digital platforms during the International Cricket Council (ICC) today confirmed that the recently concluded World T20 2016
  • In India alone, the India versus Pakistan encounter rated 17.3 across the Star Sports network and Doordarshan, the best rated Twenty20 match ever since the final of the World Twenty20 in 2007, reaching 83 million people.
  • Broadcasters in Pakistan, South Africa, and United States all saw record viewership.
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West Indies refuse to tour Pakistan amid security crisis

  • In a setback to the country’s effort to bring back international cricket on its soil, West Indies has refused to tour Pakistan amid terror crisis.
  • The Pakistan board led by Shahryar Khan and Najam Sethi released the schedule for the Pakistan side earlier this year. The schedule read that the Windies were due to tour Pakistan in the month of September-October to play 2 Tests, 5 ODIs, and 2 T20 internationals.
  • However, with security concerns at a maximum, it seems as though the tour will be put on hold in the interim.
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Gayle takes a lot of pride playing for RCB: Virat Kohli

  • Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Virat Kohli sprung into the defense of out-of-form opener Chris Gayle following a disappointing loss at the hands of the Delhi Daredevils.
  • Gayle has failed to get going in the current edition, having scored only 1, and a duck in the first two games of the tournament.
  • The RCB skipper said that the Jamaican giant takes a lot of pride in playing for the franchise
  • “Chris takes a lot of pride in playing for RCB and performing for us. He has been a standout performer for us.”
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