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

All the news stories that hogged the limelight all day.

Ishant Sharma
Ishant Sharma. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Ishant Sharma back in the ODI set-up; bowls at the Indian batsmen in the nets

  • Cricket is always a great leveller.
  • While India lost young pacer Shardul Thakur for seven weeks because of a tendon injury, they had spearhead Ishant Sharma inching back into the ODI set-up as the lanky fast bowler bowled at the Indian batsmen at the nets on the eve of the second ODI against the Windies in Vishakhapatnam on Wednesday.
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Reports: Shikhar Dhawan set to play for Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2019

  • India opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan looks all set to move from Sunrisers Hyderabad to Kings XI Punjab for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).
  • Dhawan was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad for an amount of Rs 5.2 Crore and it seems that his salary is being doubled at KXIP.
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After AB de Villiers, Jonty Rhodes bats for MS Dhoni

  • Former South African cricketer Jonty Rhodes has backed veteran Indian cricketer MS Dhoni to come good for the national side in the coming times.
  • In the recent months, there has been an increased pressure on the former Indian captain to perform.
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I was never out of contention for Team India, says Ambati Rayudu

  • India batsman Ambati Rayudu believes he was never out of contention of finding a slot in the middle order of the national side.
  • Rayudu has been a strong contender for plugging the hole in India’s middle order, which has been a source of concern for the 2011 world champions before they begin their campaign in next year’s World Cup.
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We must focus on what we have, Jason Holder opines on Chris Gayle’s absence

  • Windies skipper Jason Holder is a worried man, especially after his side’s drubbing in the Test series and the first ODI at Guwahati at the hands of India.
  • Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma blazed their way through an above par target, making an absolute mockery of the Caribbean bowling attack.
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Sarfraz Ahmed defends cricketers photographed with a match fixer in Al Jazeera documentary

  • Pakistan skipper Sarfraz Ahmed defended the number of cricketers who were photographed with notorious match fixers in a new Al Jazeera documentary.
  • Fresh claims of spot-fixing have once again jolted international cricket following a documentary which was released on Sunday by the Emirates-based news organisation.
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Hanuma Vihari gets engaged to fashion designer Preeti Yeruva in Hyderabad

  • Indian cricketer Hanuma Vihari recently got engaged to his longtime friend Preeti in Hyderabad.
  • The engagement ceremony took place at a city hotel in Hyderabad, the city where Hanuma is currently based in.
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Kuldeep Yadav’s challenge will begin when batsmen start to read him better, says Ravi Ashwin

  • In the last eight years or so, Ravi Ashwin has easily been the best spinner in Test cricket and his statistics back him up.
  • He has been picking up wickets for fun in the subcontinent and despite some failures outside Asia, the off-spinner is still rated very highly by a lot of experts.
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T10 League: Tamim Iqbal joins Bengal Tigers for the upcoming season

  • Bangladesh cricket’s stalwart, Tamim Iqbal is one of the greatest cricketers their country has seen and easily qualifies as one of the best openers across the world right now.
  • The southpaw is eager to play a crucial role in the World Cup next year as the Tigers are likely to plant their strongest ever squad for an ICC tournament.
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Nasser Hussain feels one big loss won’t affect England’s World Cup plans

  • They have won 14 of their last 17 full-fledged bilateral ODI series. England’s latest triumph came in an away series against Sri Lanka which they won 3-1.
  • However, it was the Three Lions’ humiliating loss in the fifth game – a dead rubber – which earned them criticism.
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Faf du Plessis quashes rumours about AB de Villiers’ comeback

  • South Africa captain Faf du Plessis has rubbished rumours of AB de Villiers making a comeback to the national side ahead of the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup.
  • The much-followed cricketer had announced his retirement in May this year in what came as a shock to the entire cricketing fraternity.
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Mickey Arthur’s dual role as Pakistan and Karachi Kings’ head coach raises questions

  • Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur has come under the scanner for his dual role as coach of the national team as well as PSL side Karachi Kings.
  • This issue comes close on the heels of a high-profile name having to recently give up roles of responsibility in Pakistan’s lucrative T20 league since questions about potential conflicts of interest were raised.
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BCB never forced me to play Asia Cup, clears Shakib Al Hasan

  • Amidst a lot of controversy regarding the Shakib Al Hasan’s participation in the Asia Cup 2018 held in September this year, the celebrated Bangladesh cricketer has chosen to clear the air once and for all.
  • In a recent interview, Shakib confirmed that he’d not been forced by the authorities at the Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) to play the Asia Cup.
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MSL T20: Faf du Plessis backs Dwayne Bravo to fire for Paarl Rocks

  • Faf du Plessis said that he expects Windies star all-rounder Dwayne Bravo to entertain the people of Paarl during the inaugural edition of the Mzansi Super League.
  • Du Plessis will be captaining the Paarl Rocks, which is one of 6 teams that are taking part in the brand new T20 league in South Africa.
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