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

All the news stories that hogged the headlines today.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni and MSK Prasad. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Like any other MS Dhoni fan, I am also waiting for his return in the IPL: MSK Prasad

  • The absence of MS Dhoni from the sport has given rise to many speculations about his future in international cricket.
  • The entire cricket fraternity is eagerly waiting for Dhoni’s return into the national squad.
  • At the moment, Dhoni’s future looks in jeopardy as there is no certainty over the commencement of IPL 2020.
  • (Read more about the story)

India and South Africa agree to play three T20Is at the end of August

  • The sporting scenario across the world has come to a standstill due to the outbreak of coronavirus pandemic.
  • Amid these trying times, South Africa and India have agreed to play three T20Is in South Africa at the end of August if governments of both countries give the green signal.
  • The series will not be part of the Future Tours Programme and the series was negotiated by CSA’s director of cricket Graeme Smith and BCCI president Sourav Ganguly.
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‘He is the right person’ – Graeme Smith backs Sourav Ganguly to become the next ICC Chief

  • South Africa’s director of cricket Graeme Smith, on Thursday, heaped praise on former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly.
  • Smith made a strong call and backed Ganguly to be the next chairman of the International Cricket Council (ICC).
  • According to Smith, current BCCI President Ganguly is the right person to lead the sport at a time when the whole world is battling against COVID-19 crisis.
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A player’s career is reborn after he joins CSK: Dwayne Bravo heaps praise on MS Dhoni’s captaincy

  • Chennai Super Kings are considered as one of the most successful IPL franchises due to their impressive record.
  • The MS Dhoni-led side has lifted the coveted IPL trophy thrice since the tournament’s inception.
  • Bravo also said that the career of any player takes a different route after he joins the CSK squad.
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Gautam Gambhir picks Sachin Tendulkar over Virat Kohli as the best ODI batsman

  • Former India cricketer Gautam Gambhir has picked Sachin Tendulkar over Virat Kohli as the best ODI batsman considering the era in which the master blaster played.
  • Kohli is the closest to Sachin among all the active batsmen in terms of breaking his records at the moment and the debate of who is the best has been going on for quite some time now.
  • But according to Gautam Gambhir, Sachin has to be the best given the fact that he played when the game was probably balanced for both batsmen and bowlers.
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New Zealand will have to balance domestic season if IPL is held in October-November: Ish Sodhi

  • Ish Sodhi, the Rajasthan Royals spin consultant feels that New Zealand Cricket (NZC) will have to make some changes in their domestic season schedule if the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 will be held in October-November window.
  • However, everything depends on the ICC as the T20 World Cup is scheduled to be played and reportedly is set to be postponed.
  • The 13th edition of the IPL was due to begin from March 29. But, BCCI postponed it to mid-April amid COVID-19 outbreak.
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I don’t think KL Rahul is a long-term option, don’t rule out MS Dhoni in a hurry: Mohammad Kaif

  • KL Rahul turning wicket-keeper in the ODIs and T20Is has given India the option of slotting in an extra batsman.
  • Rather Virat Kohli seemed optimistic about continuing with Rahul in the near future during the New Zealand tour and it sidelined Rishabh Pant from the playing XI as well.
  • However, Mohammad Kaif is of the opinion that the Karnataka batsman isn’t a long term option in terms of wicket-keeping.
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Not important to play a lot of cricket to be successful coach: Gautam Gambhir disagrees with Yuvraj Singh

  • Yuvraj Singh, the former Indian all-rounder recently took a dig at the current Indian batting coach Vikram Rathore and raised question over his ability to help the Indian batsmen when it comes to T20Is.
  • He felt that the current coach doesn’t seem to have enough experience in that format.
  • Now, Gautam Gambhir has come out and said that it is not necessary to have vast experience to be a good coach.
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 It will affect my game if I think about competing with Hardik Pandya: Vijay Shankar
  • Vijay Shankar was a part of India’s World Cup squad until an ankle injury cut short his journey.
  • The Tamil Nadu all-rounder, since then, has failed to cement his place in the national side and his prime competitor for the all-rounder’s spot in the side is Hardik Pandya.
  • Shankar, in a recent interview, said that he is unfazed by the fact that Hardik Pandya is currently the preferred all-rounder in white-ball format for India.
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‘His cover-drive and back-foot punches are just great’- Kane Williamson rates Babar Azam as one of the best batsmen in international cricket

  • Babar Azam has emerged as one of the most consistent performers for Pakistan in the last couple of years.
  • He has hogged the spotlight on the back of his remarkable knocks across all the formats.
  • At the moment, he is counted as one among the best batsmen in modern-day cricket. Now, Kane Williamson, the Kiwi skipper has come out praising Pakistan’s T20I and ODI skipper.
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