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

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

All the news stories that hogged the headlines today.

Shahid Afridi and Babar Azam
Shahid Afridi and Babar Azam. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

I thought Babar Azam would survive in Tests and ODIs but not in T20Is: Shahid Afridi

  • The top-order batsman has also smashed 1,850 runs in the longest format of the game maintaining an average of 45.1 in 26 games.
  • However, Pakistan’s legendary all-rounder Shahid Afridi recently revealed that he initially didn’t think that Azam could excel in the shortest format of the game.
  • Though he had confidence that Babar would perform well in the Tests and One-day Internationals.
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Sreesanth picks his India XI including himself in the squad; chooses Rohit Sharma as the T20I captain

  • Sreesanth said that he believes in the idea of keeping one fixed side across all formats.
  • He even heaped praise on Suresh Raina and said that the left-hander deserves more appreciation.
  • Talking about the leadership role, Sreesanth opined that the T20 captaincy must go to Rohit Sharma, with Virat Kohli leading in other two formats.
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England opener Dom Sibley loses 12kgs during the lockdown period

  • England’s opening batsman Dom Sibley recently revealed that he lost two stones (almost 12 kg) during the lockdown after being inspired by his senior teammates of the England cricket team.
  • The cricketer saw the hard work his colleagues put in to keep themselves in perfect shape.
  • This motivated Dom to lose some calories and be physically fit.
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‘Happy b’day Mahi bhai’ – Virat Kohli extends wishes to MS Dhoni on his 39th birthday

  • Dhoni’s die-hard fan-following was evident as social media has been flooding with birthday wishes for him.
  • Several members of the Indian cricket fraternity took to Twitter and Instagram to wish Dhoni on his special day.
  • Indian skipper Virat Kohli also joined the bandwagon and extended wishes to Dhoni while wishing him health and happiness.
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‘One of the biggest hitters we’ve ever seen’ – Cricket Australia shares MS Dhoni’s sixes on his 39th birthday

  • The former Indian captain turned 39 on Tuesday (July 7).
  • Social media has been flooded with heartfelt wishes for the Ranchi stalwart from fans and cricket players all over the world.
  • Despite being absent from the match field for more than a year now, there has been no change in the popularity of MS Dhoni.
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‘I was trying to protect Shane’ – Steve Waugh opens up on his 21-year-old feud with Shane Warne

  • The animosity between Former Australian captain Steve Waugh and spin legend Shane Warne is no secret.
  • There have been many instances in the past where the two have openly admitted their dislike for one another.
  • The major turning point of their relationship was Waugh dropping Warne during Australia’s tour of West Indies in 1999.
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ECB announces full fixtures for Pakistan tour of England

  • The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is the first cricket board to resume the sport amidst the coronavirus pandemic.
  • The game of cricket was halted for the past four months in the view of the COVID-19 outbreak.
  • After the unexpected long break, the England board is trying hard to bring back some kind of normalcy in the game.
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‘I am consistently practicing my batting’ – Yasir Shah reveals he wants to score a century in England

  • Ahead of the much-awaited series starting from 5th August, Pakistan international Yasir Shah has expressed his desire to score a century on the English soil.
  • In December 2019, Yasir got his name on the Adelaide Oval honours board for scoring a Test hundred at the venue, after his 113-run knock helped Pakistan to post 302 runs on the scoreboard.
  • While speaking to media ahead of the series, Yasir also revealed that he has been practicing his batting skills as well in the nets.
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Jasprit Bumrah and Jofra Archer are very similar: Faf du Plessis

  • Faf du Plessis, the former South Africa skipper, has lauded Jasprit Bumrah for his style of bowling that made it hard for the Proteas in the 2018 Test series against India.
  • The lanky speedster made his Test debut after impressing one and all in the limited-overs formats for a couple of years.
  • In the series, he picked up 14 wickets in 112.1 overs with best figures of five for 54.
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‘It was men taking on boys’ – Faf du Plessis on South Africa’s 5-1 defeat against India in 2018

  • Faf du Plessis, the former South African skipper, went down the memory lane to the time when India beat the Proteas 5-1 in an ODI series back in 2018.
  • Barring the rain-curtailed game at the Wanderers in Johannesburg where Heinrich Klaasen’s heroics hogged the limelight, the hosts were beaten black and blue.
  • It was a series where the home team lost firepower due to injury concerns.
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