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.

Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

IPL 2020: Sunil Gavaskar picks his Mumbai Indians Playing XI

  • With the 13th edition of the Indian Premier League just a few days away, the former Indian captain Sunil Gavaskar opined on the strengths, weaknesses, and potential threats for the defending champions Mumbai Indians.
  • MI will be starting their IPL campaign with a fixture against runners-up Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on September 19 in Abu Dhabi.
  • The veteran cricketer also picked the playing XI for the Mumbai-based franchise.
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IPL 2020: Sunil Gavaskar reveals Mumbai Indians’ weaknesses ahead of the tournament

  • According to Gavaskar, Mumbai Indians do not have experienced spinners in their arsenal, unlike the other teams. MI certainly have the likes of Rahul Chahar and Krunal Pandya but they do not have ample international experience to their name.
  • Jayant Yadav and Anukul Roy are their backups, who do not have much IPL experience either.
  • Inexperienced spin force can lead to MI missing out on this year’s IPL trophy, according to Gavaskar.
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ICC release latest ODI rankings, Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma steal the top honour

  • The latest ICC ODI batter’s rankings are out, and it’s the Indian stunners Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma, who are shining at the top two slots.
  • The rankings got updated after the completion of recently-concluded three-match series between Australia and England.
  • The Indian skipper has sealed the ultimate number one position with 871 points while the brilliant Sharma is standing tall at the second spot, with 855 points in his bag.
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IPL 2020: RCB draft UAE captain Ahmed Raza on board for assistance in training

  • With only two days remaining to kick start the tournament, the preparations ahead of the Indian Premier League are going in full swing.
  • Royal Challengers Bangalore recently bagged in UAE captain Ahmed Raza and young teenage talent Karthik Meiyappan to train alongside the team during the stint of IPL.
  • The extravaganza unfolds on September 19, where the season opener will see two giants Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians, walking up to set the field on fire.
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IPL 2020: Tom Banton and Pat Cummins to undergo 6-day quarantine; other ENG-AUS players cleared to play

  • Meanwhile, players from England and Australia, after arriving from the UK on Thursday, will have different quarantine rules according to their sides’ home bases.
  • Players who have Dubai as home base will be cleared to play if their COVID-19 tests on arrival are negative.
  • However, players heading to Abu Dhabi will have to spend six days in quarantine as the capital has stricter quarantine norms.
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IPL 2020: Rajasthan Royals confident of Steve Smith playing their opening game after missing England ODIs

  • Steve Smith was sidelined from the One-day International series against England after being struck in the head by a throwdown from new assistant coach Trent Woodhill.
  • Despite clearing multiple concussion tests, Smith was deemed unfit to play in a single ODI game against England, leading to his deletion from the three-game series.
  • Smith is reportedly still experiencing concussion symptoms and he’ll have to recover fully before returning to action for Rajasthan Royals in this year’s Indian Premier League.
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David Willey tests COVID-19 positive; ruled out of T20 Blast group matches

  • The Yorkshire County Cricket Club received a massive blow on September 16 (Wednesday) as one of its players has tested positive for the novel coronavirus while three other players have been quarantined after they had contact outside a secure environment.
  • This means that the four players have been ruled out of the league stage of the remaining T20 Blast organized by the England and Wales Cricket Board.
  • Disclosing the names of the four cricketers, Yorkshire confirmed that Matthew Fisher, Tom Kohler-Cadmore, Josh Poysden and David Willey have been advised to self-isolate for 14 days.
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IPL 2020: Rohit Sharma confirms opening the innings this season but ready to keep other options open

  • The Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper Rohit Sharma has cleared that he will be opening the innings for the team in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
  • There has been a lot of talk over his batting position over the last couple of seasons.
  • Also, with multiple players available for the role, a few reckon that Rohit, being the best batsman in the line-up, should bat at three or four and take the game deep.
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Mumbai’s ‘Mini Gavaskar’ Sachin Deshmukh passes away due to coronavirus complications

  • The world has been suffering due to havoc wreaked by COVID-19 for such a long period now. The merciless virus hasn’t really left any corner of the world, and in the same light, Mumbai’s cricket family suffered a huge blow.
  • A local cricketer Sachin Deshmukh breathed his last at 2:57 pm on Tuesday at Vedant Hospital while he developed coronavirus complications.
  • The 52-year-old player has been part of Mumbai and Maharashtra Ranji teams but could never find a place in playing XI of the team.
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Rajasthan Royals’ four overseas players are its biggest strength for the season: Aakash Chopra

  • Former Indian cricketer and commentator Aakash Chopra is again back with his expert analysis on several players ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020.
  • Chopra is famous for giving his opinions on the various aspects of the game relevant in the current scenario on his YouTube channel.
  • The commentator opines that four overseas players that will find a place in playing XI of Rajasthan Royals are all ‘runaway match-winners’.
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