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

All the latest news from the fraternity that hogged the limelight.

Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Pakistan has a young pacer who made his mark by scaring the batsmen

  • The Pakistan team was one of the favourites in the U19 World Cup 2018.
  • Though they were knocked out after the semi-final against India who went on to win the championship eventually there were some positives for the team. One of the players who hogged the limelight was pacer Muhammad Musa.
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Ben Stokes submits not guilty plea to Bristol court

  • English all-rounder Ben Stokes has reportedly submitted a not guilty plea to one charge of affray at the Bristol Magistrates Court.
  • The English all-rounder has been in the news for the wrong reasons in the recent times. Stokes was being tipped as the next big thing in world cricket. Also, his brand value as a player was on the rise as the Ashes 2017-18 was approaching.
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I don’t try to copy Virat Kohli and Tendulkar: Shubman Gill

  • The youngster though took some time to replicate his recent performances in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy.
  • After three consecutive failures, he smashed an authoritative ton against Karnataka in a must-win encounter for Punjab. His 123-run knock eclipsed the likes of KL Rahul who also scored a ton but could not win the game for Karnataka.
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Khaya Zondo named South Africa A captain for tour game against Australia

  • Cricket South Africa (CSA) has announced the 11-member squad for the upcoming warm-up fixture against the touring Australian side.
  • The selectors have named Dolphins skipper Khaya Zondo as the captain of this side. South Africa A will be taking on the Australian side in a three-day warm-up fixture commencing on February 22.
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Martin Guptill not getting an IPL contract leaves Michael Vaughan baffled

  • With retaining some of the greats of modern day cricket and going heavy on few others, the Auction made it difficult for Guptill to fit in.
  • However, he yet again proved his worth while playing against England in the tri-nation series involving Australia and hammered the ball all around the park.
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I am honoured to lead Pakistan in all formats: Sarfraz Ahmed

  • Moreover, the expectations from the team have increased after their triumph in the ICC Champions Trophy last year. Sarfraz’s performance with the bat has also gone down since he has been named the leader of the pack.
  • He was found wanting in alien conditions with the bat and also struggled to manage his troops during their losing streak. There were also reports of his rift with the fast bowler Hasan Ali during the tour.
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JP Duminy appointed South Africa skipper for the T20I series against India

  • Heinrich Klaasen’s heroics in the last match has earned him the place in the shortest format as well. Even the batsman Christiaan Jonker and the fast bowler Junior Dala have earned their maiden call-ups to the national side as well.
  • The key players have been rested by South Africa with the Test series against Australia set to commence on March 1. The first T20I against India will be played on February 18 at the Wanderers in Johannesburg.
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Sunil Gavaskar lashes out at Virat Kohli for his decision to bat first in 4th ODI

  • Their resplendent in pink to raise money for a greater cause, ensured they maintained their unbeaten record on this beautiful day.
  • In the rain curbed game, the likes of Klaasen and swashbuckler David Miller were absolutely phenomenal to take out the game away from the tourists.
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We should respect the flags of other nations, says Shahid Afridi

  • His priceless gesture led to building the ‘lost’ affectionate concordance between two nations.
  • Having been appreciated by almost every famous Indian cricketer, the former Pakistani skipper was further asked about his unconditional love towards others. Speaking to newsmen in Karachi on Monday, Afridi said we should respect the flags of other countries.
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India to play only two Tests at home before 2019 World Cup

  • They were unbeatable in home conditions and they proved it once again with some magnificent performances.
  • Amidst all the overseas tours, Team India will host Windies in October this year for 2 Tests and the tour will include a handful of limited-overs fixtures ahead of the World Cup in England.
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IPL 2018: Shane Warne appointed mentor of Rajasthan Royals

  • Recently, the Aussie legend himself had indicated that he will be making an announcement regarding the IPL soon on his official Twitter handle.
  • He will join hands with Zubin Bharucha who is the Head of Cricketing Operations of the franchise. The association of both goes long way back to 2008 and once again have forged a solid combination to work wonders for the team.
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Former Indian cricketer worried about faltering strike rates of Dhoni, Pandya

  • Meanwhile, the likes of Hardik Pandya have failed to live up the promise they had shown in home conditions.
  • At the very same time, during the previous ODI at Johannesburg, MS Dhoni’s struggle to get going towards the end overs proved to be a worrying concern for the visitors. Reflecting at all these factors, Kris Srikkanth admitted that the faltering strike rates and inconsistency of Dhoni and Pandya is hurting India.
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Elated parents of Sandeep Lamichhane to visit India for IPL 2018

  • Young 17-year old Sandeep Lamichhane made the headlines after becoming the first Nepalese cricketer to be on the Indian Premier League (IPL) roster. At the IPL 2018 auctions, the Delhi Daredevils roped in the talented leg break bowler.
  • Now that Sandeep has a very good chance of playing in the tournament, his parents are willing to travel to India more often. In fact, his parents have started following Indian cricket more than ever before now.
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Chadd Sayers gets national call as he replaces injured Jackson Bird for South Africa series

  • Interestingly, Chadd Sayers had shown displeasure in open when he was not selected in the Australian squad for the series.
  •  Sayers’ been in a terrific form with the ball as he has performed consistently in the Sheffield Shield tournament where he won a player of the tournament last season.
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CSA defends Imran Tahir after allegations of retort surface in racial row

  • Cricket South Africa (CSA) have recently expressed their firm backing to Imran Tahir in the racial gate that sprung up during the recently concluded Johannesburg ODI against India.
  • Reports had surfaced the media that the veteran leggie was targeted by a spectator who passed lewd racial remarks at him. Tahir was quick to report the incident to the ground security.
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Angelo Mathews is all set to return to International Cricket during the Nidahas Trophy

  • Their limited overs skipper Angelo Mathews seems has been struggling with his fitness for quite some time now but he believes that a new rehabilitation process on the lower half of his body will help him to stay injury free in 2018.
  • Throughout last year, Mathews was plagued by a series of hamstring, quadriceps and ankle injuries and missed out on a large portion of cricket.
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Former Indian stars to take part in Gujarat Premier League

  • A total of six former Indian players, 18 international and six domestic stars will be in action. GPL will have six teams fighting it out for the ultimate glory.
  • Each team will consist of one former Indian cricketer, three former International players, three new-cap players and domestic stars.
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Jhulan Goswami ruled out of South Africa T20Is against South Africa

  • Jhulan Goswami has been one of India’s greatest fast-bowlers to have played the game. She has notched wickets for her team and has been head and shoulders above the rest. The
  • Bengal-born fast bowler is currently the leading wicket-taker in women’s international cricket. Recently, she also emerged as the first women cricketer to rack 200 wickets in One Day Internationals.
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SA vs IND: MS Dhoni bowls leg spin in nets ahead of 5th ODI

  •  Team India will have to win just one game more to seal their first ever bilateral series in the Rainbow nation.
  • The Pink ODI and AB de Villiers seemed to have helped South Africa’s cause in the previous game. However, the Proteas should be on the top of their game to prove that the victory was no fluke.
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