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

All the news stories that hogged the headlines today.

India A's Deepak Chahar
Deepak Chahar. (Photo by David Davies/PA Wire)

Navdeep Saini and Deepak Chahar to help Team India’s World Cup preparation with pace and swing

  • The Indian Premier League (IPL) is yet in its league phase but the fever is already building up for the ICC World Cup starting in exactly a month’s time.
  • A lot of overseas players have already departed from the IPL to join their respective countries’ final preparation for the showpiece event.
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Whatever happened in Hardik’s personal life was very disappointing for him: Rohit Sharma

  • Hardik Pandya is one cricketer who has seen life very closely over the last many months.
  • A regular member of Team India across formats, the talented all-rounder was first floored by an injury during the Asia Cup last September.
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Cricket Australia officials will be in India to sort off issues with BCCI: Reports

  • In recent times, India and Australia have developed quite a bit of rivalry on the cricket field. However, the two boards seem to have landed up in bitter taste.
  • The Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) and Cricket Australia (CA) have been involved in a dispute over a men’s bilateral ODI series to be played later this year.
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VVS Laxman stands by Ambati Rayudu, likens his situation to his own in 2003

  • He perhaps understood the pain more vividly since he himself had also been at the receiving end in the past.
  • Former India batsman VVS Laxman recently spoke over the much-debated issue of exclusion of Ambati Rayudu from India’s World Cup squad and felt the latter had all he could to get a berth.
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CoA in spot after recommending accused Mohammed Shami for Arjuna Award

  • Mohammed Shami has been one of India’s best pace bowlers in recent times, serving the side equally well in all forms.
  • However, the trouble in his personal life is something that might create roadblocks on the way of him getting recognition for professional feats.
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World Cup 2019: Alex Hales ‘devastated’ after losing place in England squad

  • In an incident that recalled the memory of 2003 when Shane Warne was sent back home from the cricket World Cup for testing positive in a drug test, England batsman Alex Hales was dropped from his country’s squad for the upcoming World Cup.
  • The 30-year-old Middlesex batsman was penalised in the wake of being banned for 21 days for taking a recreational drug.
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KXIP spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman becomes joint 2nd most expensive bowler in IPL

  • Teenage Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman who had a sensational debut in the Indian Premier League (IPL) last year, has failed to live up to the expectations this season.
  • While the 18-year-old had taken 14 wickets in 11 matches at an average of below 21, his figures this year look ominous: three wickets from five matches at an average of 63 plus and an economy rate of 10 plus (last year, it was below seven).
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IPL 2019: Ravindra Jadeja returns to CSK training ahead of Delhi Capitals clash

  • He is one of the old horses of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) even though this has been a relatively quieter Indian Premier League (IPL) for him.
  • Ravindra Jadeja, also a member of India’s World Cup-bound squad, has played 11 matches so far in IPL 2019, scoring 76 runs and taking 9 wickets.
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IPL 2019: One of KXIP openers needed to bat long, says KL Rahul

  • Hyderabad: KL Rahul continued his batting exploits from where he left in the 2018 season and became the 2nd player to reach the 500-run mark in the 2019 edition.
  • Rahul scored 659 runs across 14 innings during the previous season and 520 runs in 12 innings he batted this year thus far.
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KXIP co-owner Ness Wadia sentenced 2-year jail in Japan for possession of drugs

  • The Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) co-owner Ness Wadia has landed in a controversy. He has been sentenced to a two-year suspended jail term in Japan over possession of drugs.
  • Wadia was in the country in March earlier this year and was arrested at New Chitose Airport in the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido then.
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Shakib Al Hasan misses the team’s photo session; BCB President not pleased

  • Ace Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan hasn’t got to play many games for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019.
  • Thanks to a crowd of top overseas players, Shakib found it difficult to consistently find a place in the playing XI.
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Ajinkya Rahane and Radhika set to become proud parents

  • Ajinkya Rahane is all set to start a new inning in his life as he and his wife Radhika are expecting their first child.
  • The couple had a grand Maharashtrian wedding in Mumbai on 26th November 2014.
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