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.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

I accept the fact that what I do, injuries will be a part: Hardik Pandya

  • With only three days remaining in the commencement of most fancy league of the year, the Indian Premier League, players are talking about their forms and fitness.
  • In the same context, Mumbai Indians star all-rounder Hardik Pandya says that he has accepted the very fact that injuries are going to be part of his life.
  • He added that he had to accept them and then strive to perform better in the coming times.
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IPL 2020: Ruturaj Gaikwad ruled out of season opener against Mumbai Indians

  • Ruturaj Gaikwad, one of the two players who had tested COVID-19 positive, has finished his two-week quarantine and is understood to be asymptomatic.
  • However, the youngster will not be available for selection in CSK’s opening fixture against defending champions Mumbai Indians on September 19th.
  • After finishing his quarantine period, 23-year-old Gaikwad is yet to clear the two mandatory COVID-19 tests which will let him re-join the squad.
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Babar Azam should come lower down the order in upcoming Zimbabwe series: Mohammad Hafeez

  • Pakistan’s limited-overs skipper Babar Azam has been finding himself in a lot of controversies these days.
  • It was only a few days back, he was being questioned for playing with a slow strike-rate when teammate Kamran Akmal backed him.
  • Coming up with another piece of advice is Pakistan skipper Mohammad Hafeez who feels that Azam should show up in the middle-order to have experience of different things.
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CSA forced to apologize to a departing sponsor after board member shares derogatory tweets

  • The crisis in Cricket South Africa (CSA) has worsened with time. CSA was struck with a severe blow after it was recently suspended by the Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee, a government body overlooking the broader sports in the country.
  • In the wake of the SASCOC takeover, Momentum, the ODI sponsor of the Proteas until 2021 decided to pull out of the contract.
  • The contract, worth the equivalent of USD 1.2 million a year, is set to expire at the end of next April.
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‘If you need me with the ball in hand, I’ll be there’ – AB de Villiers tells Virat Kohli ahead of IPL 2020

  • Former South African cricketer and IPL franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore superstar AB de Villiers recently opined on his bowling skills, hot and humid conditions of the middle-east and the quality of the cricket that will be played in the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League.
  • AB forms an integral part of RCB’s batting line-up and this time it is expected that he will be donning the gloves too in the 2020 edition of the T20 extravaganza to essay the role of a wicketkeeper for the team instead of their regular wicketkeeper Parthiv Patel.
  • However, the South African revealed that he is ready to roll his arm over and bowl one or two overs if the skipper Virat Kohli wants.
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Three Members behind the bars for murder of Suresh Raina’s relatives

  • Three members of the gang that murdered Suresh Raina’s family members in Punjab’s Pathankot, during a reported robbery, have been sent behind the bars.
  • On Wednesday, September 16, Chief Minister Capt Amarinder Singh put forth the news and also declared the case as ‘solved’. Dinkar Gupta, the Punjab DGP, mentioned that the accused were part of the inter-state gang of robber-criminals.
  • 11 other members of the gang has been identified, but they have been on the run. The senior cop said that efforts are being made to catch them as well.
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Staying in bio-bubble is almost like Bigg Boss: Shikhar Dhawan

  • The Indian Premier League (IPL) is about displaying one’s cricket skills and implementing them on the match field.
  • However, this time the performance in the tournament will depend more on the mental fitness of the players rather than their skills.
  • It would be mentally challenging for the cricketers to get accustomed to the biosecure bubble and prepare themselves for facing the field after a long pandemic-induced break.
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MS Dhoni is teaching youngsters some discipline in quarantine: Dean Jones

  • The 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to mark the return of MS Dhoni, who hasn’t played competitive cricket since the 2019 World Cup semi-final against New Zealand.
  • However, barring some unexpected occurring, he will be seen in Chennai Super Kings’ (CSK) opening match against Mumbai Indians (MI) in the IPL 2020 opener on Saturday, September 19.
  • Now that he has retired from international cricket, fans would be eager to get a glimpse of their favourite son. Over the years, he has conjured praises from many and the latest to join the bandwagon is Dean Jones, the former Australian cricketer.
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Momentum backs out as South Africa men’s ODI team sponsor

  • South Africa’s ongoing turmoil has meant that Momentum, a financial services firm, has backed out as the sponsors of the ODI team.
  • The company has been a key part of the limited-overs formats in the country from 2012 onwards.
  • Momentum’s decision came after the government in the African nation banned Cricket South Africa (CSA) and took charge of the sport in the country.
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IPL 2020: Aakash Chopra names KKR’s ideal playing XI

  • Former Indian cricketer Aakash Chopra has put forth his best XI for the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) going into the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
  • The Men in Gold and Purple are the two-time champions and Chopra named his eleven on his official YouTube channel.
  • It’s to be noted that Chopra himself played for the Knight Riders during his IPL career.
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