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

All the latest news from the fraternity that hogged the limelight.

Harbhajan Singh
Harbhajan Singh. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Asela Gunaratne and Shehan Madushanka ruled out for Nidhas Trophy

  • The 2018 Nidahas Trophy, which will celebrate Sri Lanka’s 70th year of independence, has been slated from the 8th March to 20th March.
  • The tournament will feature three participating countries who will play seven T20Is in Colombo at the R Premadasa International Cricket Stadium.
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Harbhajan Singh reveals what makes MS Dhoni a great skipper

  • Upbeat on rejoining forces with MS Dhoni, Harbhajan listed reasons what makes the former India skipper such a champion while speaking to CSK’s media team.
  • The off-spinner reckons that Dhoni understands the game really well and is a street-smart cricketer who thinks ahead of the game.
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SA vs IND: Bookies predict the outcome of the 2nd T20I

  • In case if you are wondering how, this is expected to be the outcome of the game if the words of bookies are to be believed.
  • The Indian team already won the first T20I and leads the series 1-0. While everyone is excited about the action, the bookies made some bold predictions ahead of the second T20I.
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Graeme Smith praises Kohli, but also raises a question on his future performances

  • The 29-year-old was the highest run-scorer for the Indian team in the six-match ODI series which the visitors won 5-1.
  • This was also India’s first ever bilateral series win in the Rainbow Nation, which came under Kohli’s captaincy. The run-machine also completed 35 ODI centuries during the series.
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Sunil Gavaskar names the key bowler for India ahead of Centurion T20I

  • The Indian team will lock horns with South Africa today in the deciding second T20I at Supersport Park, Centurion.
  • It promises to be a high octane clash as both the teams are expected to go all guns blazing in a bid to establish their final dominion.
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Not playing in IPL, Cheteshwar Pujara will head to England to prepare for India’s tour

  • While the country’s top cricketers get busy with the much-anticipated IPL come April, India’s Test specialist Cheteshwar Pujara will be starting his preparations for India’s tour of England later this year.
  • Pujara will be turning out for English county heavyweights Yorkshire in Division 1 for a second stint, eyeing the five-Test series against the Three Lions slated to be held in August.
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Najam Sethi all praise of PSL captains ahead of the tournament

  • Najam Sethi, the chief of Pakistan Super League (PSL), has showered praises on all the six captains of the tournament ahead of its commencement.
  • The opening game of the tournament is all set to be played between Multan Sultans and the defending champions Peshwar Zalmi on February 22 in Dubai.
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PSL 2018: Here are the stars lined up to perform in the opening ceremony

  • The Dubai Stadium is set to light up on Thursday with beautiful fireworks. Legendary Sufi singer Abida Parveen is set to be the first performer in the opening ceremony of PSL 2018.
  • She has a huge fan base in Pakistan. In the international flavor, there is American songwriter and singer Jason Derulo who is ready with his peppy numbers for the fans at the venue.
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South Africa vs India: Thunderstorms expected on the match day in Centurion

  • Team India has been in a rampaging form in the limited overs cricket in the recent times. The way they have dominated the South African side in the ODIs is only a testimonial of the very same fact.
  • And now, the Virat Kohli-led side is taking the same good form forward in the T20Is. In the first match of the three-match series, the visitors notched up a clinical win.
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Harsha Bhogle safe after Amitabh Bachchan’s yet another commentary dig

  • It was an indirect dig on Harsha which also recalled the famous controversy which came to the fore in 2016.
  • However, Harsha Bhogle seems to be fine this time around and will continue to commentate in the ongoing series between India and South Africa.
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Imran Khan was in contact with Bushra three years ago when I was his wife: Reham Khan

  • Imran Khan made the headlines when the reports of his marriage were doing the rounds in January. Finally, after so many speculations his political party confirmed the news.
  • Bushra is the mother of five children and also is the spiritual adviser of the former cricketer turned politician and someone whose guidance is valued a lot by him.
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Australia name playing XI for South Africa tour match

  • Usman Khawaja will open the batting in the absence of David Warner. The Aussie vice-captain will fly to South Africa after leading the side in the Trans-Tasman T20 international tri-series.
  • Khawaja will partner incumbent Test opener Cameron Bancroft at the top of the order with Victoria skipper Peter Handscomb named at No.3.
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Australia join Pakistan at the top of the ICC T20I team rankings

  • Although both Australia and Pakistan are on 126 points when the points are rounded off Australia finish on 125.65 points, 0.19 points behind Pakistan who aggregate 125.84 points.
  • Australia defeated New Zealand in the final at Eden Park in Auckland on Wednesday after having won all their league matches in the tournament played in a double-league format with England as the third team.
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PCB chairman names the player he wants to succeed Sarfraz Ahmed as captain

  • While they won the Champions Trophy at the start of 2017 and the entire team was hailed for their achievement they didn’t quite manage to end the year on a similar note.
  • Skipper Sarfraz Ahmed whose feat was compared to that of Imran Khan and his men has of late been criticized. Amidst all that PCB chairman has named the player he wants to succeed Sarfraz.
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Chris Lynn gets injured again; dislocates his shoulder

  • The injury woes of Chris Lynn continued when he landed awkwardly on his shoulder during the final of the T20I tri-series against New Zealand on Wednesday.
  • He had just made his come back to the national side after missing the major part of the home season due to the similar injury.
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Former IPL scout Monty Desai recounts his experience with Rajasthan Royals

  • Royals were one franchise who backed the younger players during the initial seasons of the T20 league in India and most importantly, won the inaugural edition of the tournament with the same set of players.
  • Since then, they’ve always backed the raw talent during the tournament which has more often than not paid off for them.
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PSL 2018: Imran Tahir expresses joy after being bought by Multan Sultans

  • He has not been in best of his form against India in the limited overs series, and will once again be eyeing to prove his stature at this level.
  • Earlier he was released by the South African unit eyeing the workload which means, Tahir might well play from the first game.
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Shikhar Dhawan’s heart-warming message for his family is a must see

  • One Indian batsman who is enjoying his time on the South African pitches is Shikhar Dhawan, as he is churning out consistent performances, especially in the limited-overs series.
  • He scored 323 runs in the six ODIs including two fifties and a century. Tally wise, Dhawan is only behind Virat Kohli who scored 558 runs in the ODI series.
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PSL 2018: Sabbir Rahman joins Peshawar Zalmi as Shakib’s replacement

  • Sabbir went unsold in the PSL auction but now will play for the defending champions Peshwar Zalmi under the captaincy Darren Sammy.
  • He left Dhaka to play the tournament on Tuesday along with Mahmudullah and Mustafizur Rahman who are set to feature for Quetta Gladiators and Lahore Qalanadars respectively. The players would be itching to prove their worth in the T20 extravaganza.
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Meg Lanning set to return from injury for India tour

  • Lanning, 25, will return to the Aussie Gold to lead her country in next month’s tour of India after undergoing a shoulder surgery last August.
  • The top order batswoman is one of the four inclusions of the 14-member strong ODI squad to play three matches in Vadodara. She has also been named in Australia’s T20 squad for the subcontinent series.
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Rashid Khan scripts history by becoming the youngest man to top ICC Player Rankings

  • Following his recent exploits against Zimbabwe in the bilateral series, the youngster has climbed to the epitome of the ICC bowler rankings list published recently.
  • Rashid was the highest wicket-taker in the series, claiming a remarkable haul of 16 wickets for a total of 127 runs, at a staggering average of 7.9.
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