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

All the news stories that hogged the headlines today.

Akila Dananjaya
Akila Dananjaya. (Photo Source: CHRISTIAAN KOTZE/AFP/Getty Images)

IPL 2020: RCB names the support staff for the upcoming season

  • The Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) is one of the very few teams in the Indian Premier League (IPL) that are yet to get their hands on the coveted trophy.
  • The franchise, presently led by Virat Kohli, has qualified for the Final a couple of times, but couldn’t go the distance.
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ICC bans Akila Dananjaya from bowling for 12 months due to illegal action

  • Akila Dananjaya, a young spinner who has been a consistent member of the Test squad for Sri Lanka has been banned for 12 months from bowling by ICC due to illegal action.
  • He has been exceptional with the ball for Sri Lanka in the recent past. In a total of six Test matches, he has picked 33 wickets, at an economy of 3.54.
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“I’m the one to be blamed,”- Temba Bavuma after South Africa’s seven-wicket loss to India in Mohali

  • South Africa and India are currently battling out in three-match T20I series which is being played in India.
  • The first match of the series got washed out due to rain, but in the second T20I India thrashed the visitors by seven wickets.
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Steve Smith is a better Test batsman than Indian skipper Virat Kohli, reckons Monty Panesar

  • There’s very little doubt that Steve Smith and Virat Kohli are two of the best batsmen in world cricket currently.
  • Smith made a staggering comeback to the Australian team in the recently concluded Ashes series.
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Delhi squad for Vijay Hazare Trophy announced; Shikhar Dhawan opts out of initial phase

  • The Delhi & District Cricket Association (DDCA) on Wednesday announced the squad for the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2019.
  • Explosive wicket-keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and impressive paceman Navdeep Saini were also included in the squad.
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Shreyas Iyer and Manish Pandey will challenge KL Rahul for India’s No.4 spot: Sourav Ganguly

  • KL Rahul was a favourite of the Indian selectors and team management till recently despite not performing on the expected lines.
  • The talented batsman’s last Test hundred came over a year ago in England but he somehow continued to get opportunities in all formats.
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Ricky Ponting confident of Steve Smith captaining Australia again

  • Steve Smith had an Ashes series to remember for generations as he averaged a Bradmanesque 110 and made 774 runs in the seven innings of the four Tests he played.
  • Australia retained the Ashes urn, but England, captained by Joe Root, managed to draw the 5-match Test series 2-2 by winning the fifth and final Test at the Kennington Oval in London.
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Had he been an Indian, his unique technique would have been accepted: Steve Smith’s coach Trent Woodhill

  • Steve Smith has been constantly criticized for his unconventional batting style right from his early days.
  • Incidentally, the right-hander had made his international debut as a leg-spinner when Cricket Australia was looking for a replacement for Shane Warne.
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