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

All the news stories that hogged the headlines today.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli. (Photo by Phil Walter/Getty Images)

Steve Waugh picks Virat Kohli as the best batsman of current generation

  • Virat Kohli’s ever-increasing list of admirers has one more name to it – the legendary Steve Waugh.
  • Kohli’s remarkable consistency with the bat across bat has put him way ahead of his contemporaries.
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India vs Australia: Vizag to host first T20 international, Bangalore for 2nd T20I

  • The first two T20 internationals between India and Australia to be played in Bangalore and Vizag are all set to get swapped.
  • Due to the Aero India Show as well as the visit of Prime Minister Narendra Modi, the Bengaluru Police Commissioner conveyed that they wouldn’t be able to provide adequate security.
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IPL is a gateway only for the T20I team, Indian chief selector MSK Prasad

  • The cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) has proved to be a platform for many youngsters who then went on to represent Team India at the highest level.
  • From Jasprit Bumrah to Shreyas Iyer, Kuldeep Yadav to Hardik Pandya, all of them first bagged limelight in domestic cricket, then in the IPL and that was the gateway into the national side.
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South Africa vs Pakistan: David Miller named stand-in captain for remaining T20Is

  • After doing well in the Test and ODI series, South Africa started the three-match T20I series against Pakistan on a grand note.
  • They won the first match at the Newlands in Cape Town by six runs and took a 1-0 lead in the series.
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Smriti Mandhana becomes the No. 1 ODI batter in the latest ICC rankings

  • Smriti Mandhana has become the No.1-ranked batter in the MRF Tyres ICC Rankings for Women’s batters after scoring her fourth ODI century and an unbeaten 90 in the three-match series in New Zealand.
  • Mandhana moved up three spots in the batters’ rankings to reach the top spot. She sits above the Australians Ellyse Perry and Meg Lanning, at No.2 and 3 respectively, and the high-flying Amy Satterhwaite, the New Zealand captain who flew up 10 places to No.4.
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Too late for Shubman Gill to make it to the World Cup squad, reckons Deep Dasgupta

  • Ever since Shubman Gill earned his maiden ODI call-up for the ongoing series in New Zealand, there are speculations all around that the youngster might be considered for a spot in the India squad for the upcoming World Cup. Seeing him make his debut in the fourth ODI only escalated those speculations.
  • The 19-year old was given an opportunity to bat at number three in skipper Virat Kohli’s absence.
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Coach Chandika Hathurusingha provides update on Dimuth Karunaratne after bouncer hit

  • The second day of the ongoing second Test between Australia and Sri Lanka in Canberra saw a heart-stopping moment when Sri Lanka opener Dimuth Karunaratne was hit by a dangerous bouncer from Pat Cummins.
  • The southpaw was batting on 46 when he tried to duck out of the way of a fast bouncer from Cummins.
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Australia release Will Pucovski from Test squad due to mental health issues

  • Young Victoria cricketer Will Pucovski got his maiden call for national duty in the ongoing two-Test series versus Sri Lanka.
  • However, the 20-year-old has been released from the squad without making his international debut and will return to Melbourne to manage his mental health.
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Michael Klinger to retire from BBL at the end of the season

  • The veteran Australian cricketer Michael Klinger has decided to call it quits from the Big Bash League (BBL) at the end of the ongoing season.
  • He has been the pivotal part of the Perth Scorchers for a long time now. But Klinger endured his worst season this time around scoring only 115 runs in nine innings at a miserable strike-rate of 83.33.
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MSK Prasad calls an Indian youngster ‘champion player in the making’

  • India has produced some significant results in limited overs cricket lately. The No.2 ranked ODI team has been riding high after registering series wins in Australia and now New Zealand.
  • However, the last game where India were bundled for 92 runs has certainly raised a few questions on the team’s middle order.
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ICC World Cup 2019: Graeme Smith names an unlikely match-winner for Pakistan

  • Pakistan have had a struggling time of late in the One Day format where they haven’t won much in the last year or so.
  • Their captain Sarfaraz Ahmed was recently handed a four-match ban by the ICC and to add to their agony they also lost their last ODI series against South Africa 2-3.
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PSL 2019: AB de Villiers to arrive in Dubai next week

  • There’s absolutely no doubt in the fact that AB de Villiers is one of the most popular cricketers across the globe, mostly owing to his stupendous potential with the bat in hand.
  • He retired from international cricket last year in May and ever since, he only takes part in T20 tournament around the globe.
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New Zealand vs India: MS Dhoni declared fit to play in Wellington

  • Team India played without Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni for the first time since 2015 and they were bundled for 92.
  • The latter was struggling with his hamstring injury and in the process, missed the last two games.
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Wriddhiman Saha is still in our scheme of things for the longer format, says MSK Prasad

  • When MS Dhoni announced his retirement from Test cricket, many feared about the future of wicket-keeping in India.
  • The fans were of the belief that the team will struggle with the man behind the stumps as it used to do in the Pre-Dhoni era.
  • (Read more about the story)

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