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

All the news stories that hogged the headlines today.

Mohammad Azharuddin
Mohammad Azharuddin. (Photo Source: Twitter)

ICC World Cup 2019: Mohammad Azharuddin picks his Indian playing XI for the tournament

  • With the road to the World Cup getting narrower with each passing day, each team is trying to figure out the best playing combination for the event.
  • A lot of former players are being asked to draft their own playing XI from which Kohli and Co. can take reference.
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Navjot Singh Sidhu sacked from Kapil Sharma show after his controversial comments on Pulwama attack

  • The former Indian cricketer and the Congress leader Navjot Singh Sidhu came under severe scrutiny after he defended Pakistan after Pulwama attack.
  • The comment didn’t go down well with the people in India and #BoycottSidhu started to trend on social media soon.
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Ronit More and Krishnappa Gowtham set to miss Syed Mushtaq Ali tournament

  • Karnataka will be without the services of fast bowler Ronit More and off-spinning all-rounder Krishnappa Gowtham for the upcoming Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy (T20), which is organised each year by the Board of Control for Cricket in India after the Ranji Trophy ends.
  • More, who picked up 37 wickets in the Ranji Trophy, has been rested, while Gowtham will miss out because of a shoulder injury sustained during the Irani Cup match.
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Michael Clarke confident about Smith, Warner and Bancroft doing well after comeback

  • Steve Smith, Cameron Bancroft and David Warner were found guilty in the ball-tampering scandal back in March 2018 and were handed suspensions by Cricket Australia (CA).
  • While Bancroft made his comeback in December and played for Perth Scorchers in the Big Bash League (BBL), Warner and Smith need to wait for one and a half months before their suspension period comes to a close.
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Don’t be surprised if Umesh Yadav is in the World Cup squad: Sanjay Manjrekar

  • The selectors’ decision to include Siddarth Kaul in the ODI squad for the first two games against Australia made one thing crystal clear that the team is yet to identify its fourth pacer for the upcoming ICC World Cup.
  • Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mohammed Shami are set to be the first three pacers of the team.
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Mayank Markande is looking forward to sharing the dressing room with Rohit Sharma

  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recently announced the T20I squad for the three-match series against Australia, which is scheduled to get underway on Sunday, February 24 with the first match to be played in Visakhapatnam.
  • The selectors have included Mayank Markande, the 21-year-old leg-break bowler, for the 20-overs fixtures.
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MSK Prasad drops a hint of trying Rishabh Pant as an opener during Australia ODIs

  • The MSK Prasad-led selection panel announced a T20I and ODI squad for the upcoming home series against Australia.
  • While KL Rahul returned to the team, Dinesh Karthik’s exclusion has left many bamboozled as he had done nothing wrong to be left out.
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Virat Kohli could be protected and sent at No.4 if situation arises: Sunil Gavaskar

  • Ever since India head coach Ravi Shastri insisted that Virat Kohli could play at number four in the forthcoming ICC World Cup, the debate over whether the move will be right or wrong has refused to die down.
  • The number four spot is seen as the weak link in the otherwise strong batting lineup of India.
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India vs Australia: Sunil Gavaskar disappointed with Dinesh Karthik’s exclusion from ODI series

  • Dinesh Karthik’s exclusion from the Indian ODI squad against Australia raised several eyebrows.
  • Karthik, who has taken up the role of a finisher in the team, deserved to retain his place, argue many.
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To play at the World Cup is my main goal: Wahab Riaz

  • The fourth edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) has got underway and the tournament’s timing is perfect for the local players either to break into the national side or make a comeback.
  • Wahab Riaz is one of those players who will be eyeing to make it to the Pakistan side with a brilliant performance in the T20 league.
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Rishabh Pant credits Kiran More for improvement in his wicket-keeping

  • India’s new find in Test cricket, Uttarakhand-born Rishabh Pant had a pathetic start to his career with the gloves.
  • With swinging conditions in England, the rookie found it tough collecting the ball properly.
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Vidarbha donate the Irani Cup Prize Money to the families of martyred soldiers in Pulwama attack

  • The Ranji Trophy Champions Vidarbha defended the coveted Irani Trophy against the Rest of India (ROI) on Saturday in Nagpur.
  • Chasing a total of 280, the hosts batted superbly on the fifth and final day and reached 269/5 before both the captains decided to call it a truce and shook the hands.
  • (Read more about the story)

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