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

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

Faf du Plessis press conference
Faf du Plessis. (Photo by Johan Rynners/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

IPL 2018 auctions will be a distraction during Johannesburg Test, admits Faf du Plessis

  • Team South Africa is all pumped up to take on the visiting Indian side in the final Test of the three-match Test series. Having won the series already, the hosts only have total domination on their mind.
  • Skipper Faf du Plessis expects his team to whitewash the number one ranked Indian side. Amidst all this, the Johannesburg Test is set to collide with the dates of the much hyped IPL auctions.
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Anil Kumble expects Mumbai Indians to retain Krunal Pandya using RTM

  • The Mumbai Indians have built a fantastic combination of match winners over the years.
  • With most of them set to go under the hammer, it’s no surprise that other franchises would be eyeing to pick them. Kumble conceded that it’s going to be a difficult job for them at the auctions.
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Afghanistan players ready to try their luck in the upcoming IPL auction

  • Afghanistan players are making a name for themselves. Since attaining the Test status, their best players have traveled all over the world. The fact that they are not only traveling but are busy impressing each and everyone around them is in itself amazing, to say the least.
  • Afghanistan cricket has come a long way without a doubt. A country which is fighting terrorism, sports is one of the few positives to take away in the grand scheme of things.
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IPL 2018: Anil Kumble thinks one of the teams will target Harbhajan Singh and name him the skipper

  • Harbhajan Singh is a fierce competitor. He has been at the top of his game for a better part of two decades now.
  • Harbhajan has done well for the Men in Blue as well as Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League (IPL). His franchise decided against retaining the veteran and now they can’t even use an RTM for him.
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South Africa vs India: Virat Kohli hints at inclusion of Rahane for final Test

  • Team India has had tough times on their tour to South Africa this season in the first two Tests. Having lost both the matches, the Virat Kohli led side only has pride to play for in the final Test of the series.
  • There have been a lot of talk about the permutations and the combinations that the Indian team should go forward with for the lively track at the Wanderers, Johannesburg.
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South Africa vs India, 3rd Test- South Africa Predicted XI

  • However, South Africa will be without opening batsman Aiden Markram who has been sidelined after he suffered a mild left quadriceps strain in the previous fixture.
  • The dynamic youngster put up an impressive display with the willow during South Africa’s first innings at Centurion scoring a crucial 94 to give the hosts a stable start and set them up for a total of 335.
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Virender Sehwag predicts the winner of IPL 2018

  • The excitement for the 11th edition of the Indian Premier League is mounting up. With the auction, just four days away, all the teams are now finalizing the players they would want to have in their teams.
  • The think tanks of all the eight teams will be figuring out the finances. Also, they will try to predict how the other franchises will go about this auction.
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Women’s WT20 2018: ICC announces venues for the tournament

  • The ICC Women’s World T20 will be staged from 9th to 24th November this year. The tournament will be played in the Carribean Islands.
  • Yesterday, the ICC announced three venues in the West Indies that will host the tournament. This is also the first stand-alone Women’s T20 cup.
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Gary Kirsten reckons India missed the trick by fielding an extra bowler

  • Kirsten feels that the visitors should have fielded an extra batsman in the South African conditions.
  • It is worth noting that the Indian camp has been stressing on the fact that the team needs to pick up 20 wickets in their bid to win Test matches.
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Yusuf Pathan likely to feature in Dhaka Premier League 2018

  • Historically, the BCCI has not been very interested in letting the Indian players feature in the leagues of the other countries.
  • But, their stance has been different when it comes to the 50-over List A competitions. Hence, in all likelihood, Yusuf Pathan could get an NOC to play in the DPL this season.
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Mohinder Amarnath wants Dhawan back for 3rd Test, Pujara in lower middle-order

  • Ahead of the final Test, the former Indian cricketer suggested a few changes for the Indian team in his column for Times of India. Mohinder Amarnath cited that the prime reason for the faltering Indian batting is their improper footwork.
  • The players must know that they have to move their feet a lot quicker on the South African tracks than they would do on conventional sub-continental wickets.
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Joe Root to miss England T20Is in order to play IPL

  • The England Test captain, Joe Root is having a dream run with the bat. The 27-year old Yorkshire batsman is scoring runs in all three formats of the game.
  • However, England recently lost the Ashes series to Australia 0-4. He took the responsibility of captaincy after the former captain Alistair Cook resigned from the post.
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India disappointed over training wickets at Johannesburg

  • The team is currently training hard to amends for a dismal tour thus far. However, during their practice session, the Indians complained of a substandard wicket and subsequently asked the curators to re-roll the wickets.
  • Most of the Indians were engaged in playing football. However, batting coach Sanjay Bangar called upon Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Umesh Yadav for a batting session.
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IPL 2018: Franchises unhappy with proposed match time changes

  •  This move was reportedly suggested by the broadcasters, Star India, who feel that such match timings will improve the ratings of the tournament.
  • While the move could potentially benefit the organizers, the franchises are least impressed with the suggestions.
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We will bounce back strongly in the ODIs: Shreyas Iyer

  • They will play 6 ODIs and 3 T20Is against the Rainbow Nation beginning shortly after the conclusion of the third Test.
  • The limited-overs series starts on 1st February. India will lock horns with the Proteas in the first ODI on the same day. Young top-order batsman, Shreyas Iyer is confident about doing well in the limited overs format.
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This lad can pack a punch, says Fanie de Villiers about an Indian batsman

  • During the 90s, he had managed to dismiss Tendulkar on quite a few occasions.
  • Revealing the secrets to his success against the master, Fanie de Villiers noted that Sachin never respected the slower deliveries.
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IPL 2018 Auctions: Rajasthan Royals unhappy with auction policies

  • Manoj Badale, a co-owner of the Royals franchise, believes that the system of auction is flawed this time around.
  • Usually all capped players go under the hammer first and then the uncapped players come to the fore.

 

Moin Khan alludes the problem with Pakistan batting

  • After a 5-0 whitewash in the recently concluded ODI series against the Kiwis, the men in green have been under scrutiny courtesy their dismal show with the bat on the entire tour.
  • The batsmen have failed to adapt to the conditions and hence their worries against the moving ball have once again been alluded.
  • (Read more about the story)

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