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

Here are the top headlines of the day.

Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Virender Sehwag tips Ben Stokes to fetch higher value than Virat Kohli in the IPL 2018

  • It is worth noting that Stokes is regarded as one of the hottest properties of the modern day cricket. Over the last couple of years, he has managed to evolve as a masterclass all-rounder.
  • Albeit he has been out of international cricket action in the recent times, Stokes has had his fair share of time on the field whilst playing for Canterbury in the New Zealand domestic cricket.
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PSL 2018: Commentary Panel for the season announced

  • Only five teams took part in the league in the first two seasons. The Multan Sultans are the new addition to the league, a franchise based in Multan.
  • They will be lead by Shoaib Malik. The format of the event will be double round-robin followed by the playoffs. There are 34 matches to be held this year.
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D’Arcy Short has reached another level this season: Mark Waugh

  • D’Arcy Short, a Hobart Hurricanes player, has surpassed everyone’s expectations. He has scored a lot of runs this year.
  • In the nine games Short has played, he has got out in the nineties twice. He has also scored 122 not out versus Brisbane Heat on 10th of January. The Western Australian cricketer is not only good with the bat but is also handy with the ball.
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I don’t know if Virat Kohli is a long-term captain option for India: Graeme Smith

  • Virat Kohli has faced a lot of criticism lately. After winning every series that came across, Virat has finally lost one as a captain after a long time.
  • India and their fans are not used to see India losing a game without giving much of a fight. That has slowly constructed into a criticism and has reached a point where people are questioning the ability of the team.
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Parthiv Patel most likely to keep his place in the playing XI for the third Test

  • Parthiv Patel had an average game in Centurion. He was all over the place with the gloves, dropping some dollies and that cost the Indian team a lot. Patel was poor with the bat as well.
  • A forced change that saw the Gujarat man take the Bengalis place in the team. Saha is the second best wicket-keeper in India but his injury has left Indian management with no option.
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Bangladesh Tri-series 2018: Injury concerns pile up for Sri Lanka, Kusal Perera ruled out

  • The injury concerns seem to be on the rise for the touring Sri Lanka side in Bangladesh. The islanders are currently in Bangladesh for a full tour.
  • Prior to the Tests and T20Is, they are currently engaged in the ODI tri-series that has Bangladesh and Zimbabwe as the other two teams. Much to the disappointment of the Sri Lankan fans, the team has been jolted with yet another injury concern.
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India drop hints of recalling Ajinkya Rahane for Johannesburg Test

  • The Indian team has received much flak and widespread criticism following their loss in the second Test at Centurion and the subsequent series defeat against South Africa. But the topic which has raised eyebrows is team India’s interesting squad selection.
  • And the omission of vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane from both the Tests has come down heavily on the team management.
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IPL 2018: Opening encounter and final date announced

  • The hammer is slated to be slammed on January 27 and 28 in Bengaluru. But the itinerary for the tournament is still being speculated.
  • While most predicted it will be pretty similar to that of the 2017 season, the commissioner of the IPL made the announcement about the date of the opening ceremony, the initial encounter as well as the final of IPL 2018 today.
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Harmanpreet Kaur becomes the first Indian women cricketer to sign a bat endorsement deal

  • She played a crucial role in guiding the Indian team to the finals of the World Cup. In addition, she scored 171 runs against Australia in the semi-final last year, something that was commended by one and all.
  • Following her stupendous performance, she was also bestowed with the Arjuna award apart from becoming the first Indian woman to sign a deal with the Australian Big Bash League.
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Eric Simons mighty impressed with the Indian bowling

  • Indian bowlers with the likes of Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammad Shami, Jasprit Bumrah have impressed him the most.
  • Eric couldn’t hold on praising the lengths bowled by the Indian on pitches that always had something for the fast bowlers.
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Reports: The Yo-yo test to get tougher for Indian players

  • A cricketer needs higher levels of stamina, endurance along with mental strength while playing at the highest level against the best of teams. Thus to ensure only the creamy layer enter the national team they’ve added yo-yo test as eligibility criteria.
  • Taking lead from there domestic sides are also looking to make the Yo-Yo test clearance mandatory. The Punjab Cricket Association is first among the many who are thinking on these lines.
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Anil Kumble believes it will be tough for CSK to buy R Ashwin

  • CSK retained Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja in the player retention event earlier this month. However, they are hoping to reunite their old squad to some extent in the auction.
  • Having retained three Indian players, they cannot use a Right to Match (RTM) card for Ashwin now and will have to get him by bidding along with the other franchises.
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India needs dedicated wicket-keeping coaches: Kiran More

  • Wriddhiman Saha took the responsibility of keeping wickets for India since MS Dhoni‘s retirement.
  • However, in spite of this, India is struggling to find a backup keeper for and the selectors have been going to Parthiv Patel and Dinesh Karthik from time to time when needed.
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Michael Holding stresses on one condition Virat Kohli needs to fulfil to be hailed as ‘great’

  • Kohli is revered as one of the iconic players in the current world cricket. However, Holding still refrains from calling Virat a ‘great’ cricketer.
  • As per the recent quotes in the Mumbai Mirror, the former cricketer revealed the condition after which he will put Kohli in the bracket of the greats.
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Reports: Dinesh Karthik to replace Parthiv Patel in the third Test

  • The Indian team is currently in a spot of bother after the Test series loss to South Africa. There are struggling with the team selection.
  • The team selection was constantly questioned about since the beginning of this tour. Now, adding to the selection problems is the wicket-keeper position in the team.
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Australia makes surprise call-ups for South Africa tour

  • Richardson, on the other hand, is yet to earn his Test cap.
  • He made his international debut against Sri Lanka in a T20I series last year when Australia were forced to field a second-string side.
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Suresh Raina welcomes former fast bowler to CSK with a heartfelt message

  • The team has recently retained MS Dhoni, Suresh Raina and Ravindra Jadeja in the IPL retention event earlier in December. The franchise, recently, has also appointed Laxmipathy Balaji as the bowling coach for the upcoming edition of the T20 league.
  • Suresh Raina, the discarded Indian batsman, recently expressed his joy on the selection of the former Indian fast-bowler.
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Ramachandra Guha raises questions over appointment of Ravi Shastri

  •  In spite of the side enjoying great successes in recent times, the former India skipper was not offered a contract extension.
  • The former Indian spinner reportedly had disagreements with the Indian captain Virat Kohli. After the resignation of Anil Kumble, Ravi Shastri was handed over the role.
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Once an Indian cricketer who represented RCB, he now is an Aussie prospect

  • Not all cricketers are lucky. Some get a chance to attain stardom while the others remain in the shadows. They remain in the backdrop and keep trying until they finally give up and venture into something else.
  • Some players get into the limelight at a very young age with signs of what is about to come. They keep progressing but just when they are set for the big break they are pushed back to the starting point.
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IPL 2018: I see quite a few marquee players going unsold in the auction says Deep Dasgupta

  • ince IPL has completed a decade of its existence, all the contracts will be signed all over again this season.
  • But to keep the fan-connect intact, the IPL Governing Council allowed the franchises to retain five players from the previous squad.
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