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

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

Quinton de Kock with Sasha Hurly (Photo Source: Instagram) News
Quinton de Kock with Sasha Hurly (Photo Source: Instagram)

Quinton de Kock marries his girlfriend Sasha Hurly

  • South African young cricketing sensation Quinton de Kock is set to join the list of married cricketers after he decided to marry his longtime girlfriend Sasha Hurly.
  • The wedding ceremony of De Kock and Sasha will take place at Le Victoria, Mauritius on September 19. The couple has been together since 2012 when Quinton de Kock first met his future wife during a CLT20 match between Highveld Lions (de Kock’s team) and Mumbai Indians.
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Misbah-ul-Haq recollects his scoop shot from the 2007 World T20 final

  • Pakistan Test skipper Misbah-ul-Haq will surely go down as one of the Pakistan greats for his long successful career across formats in international cricket. Recently, Misbah led his side to No.1 ranking in Test cricket.
  • However, something he will regret is missing out on the chance of being the hero for his country by winning the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007. Speaking about the shot, he said that the scoop shot is not something new to him as he had successfully used it several times before.
  • “I think it is that kind of shot which I used to play mostly during my tape ball days. That used to be my pet shot,” Misbah said. “The moment I knew that there is nothing I can do, I used to go for that shot and never missed. During the World T20, I don’t know how many boundaries I scored with that execution and before that as well.”
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Steve Smith expects Starc to be fit for the first Test

  • Australian skipper Steve Smith expects his spearhead Mitchell Starc to be ready for the first Test against South Africa in what will be the perfect christening of the Australian summer. Starc had earlier suffered an injury to his left shin in a training session at the Hurstville Oval.
  • Smith described the injury as ‘one of the most gruesome’ things that he had ever seen. “It wasn’t nice at all,” Smith told reporters on Monday on the eve of the Australian team’s departure for the Qantas Tour of South Africa.
  • It was actually probably one of the most gruesome things I have ever seen. I guess for Mitch (Starc), he’s got no tendon or ligament damage is so given everything goes well over the next couple of weeks we’re confident that’ll he be okay for the first Test match.”
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Kanpur curator insists that IND v NZ wicket will be a sporting one

  • The Green Park Stadium in Kanpur will host the first IND v NZ Test of the series. However, the occasion will be much more special than that when Virat Kohli leads the Indian team for the 500th time in Test matches.
  • With some of the New Zealand players fearing the worst in terms of conditions, the Green Park Stadium curator has insisted that he would prepare a wicket befitting sportsmanship.
  • Shiv Kumar, the curator of the Kanpur wicket has gone on to state that he would prepare a wicket that would not turn from the very first day’s play. Kumar also went on to add that the wicket would start turning only from the third day’s play.
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Corey Anderson included in New Zealand ODI squad

  • 25-year old all-rounder Corey Anderson has been included in the ODI squad for New Zealand in their upcoming series against India. Having been included in the Test squad, Anderson will be making a comeback to ODIs after almost six months on the sidelines due to a back injury.
  • Interestingly, Anderson will be added to the squad as a specialist batsman. New Zealand selector Gavin Larsen went on to commend the professionalism shown by the all-rounder in recent months along with his back injury.
  • Larsen added that many were indeed excited about his return to the side. However, he will be used as a specialist batsman courtesy of the presence of an all-rounder in Jimmy Neesham. (Read more about the story)

We know it’s going to be a different surface for first Test: Doug Bracewell

  • New Zealand cricketer Doug Bracewell said that he is quite aware of the fact that it will be a different surface for the first Test match of the series from the one which is provided for the warm-up match.
  • The warm-up match against Mumbai was a high scoring encounter and the 3-day match ended up in a draw. Speaking about the match, the pacer said that the visitors are quite impressed with Mumbai’s performance, who scored over 450 runs in the first innings.
  • “They played pretty well. We spoke about being patient (before the start of day’s play) and playing the long game out there. To be fair, they put us under a bit of pressure and played pretty well. credit to them. We look at the positives and got another day tomorrow as well,” said Bracewell.
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World cricket is where they are now because of India: Anurag Thakur

  • The BCCI and the ICC have on the opposite sides in recent times. Anurag Thakur, the president of the BCCI and Shashank Manohar, the ICC president have been involved in sort of banter lately due to their difference in their opinions.
  • In the recent media session which was organized to announce the much important decision to allot the IPL broadcasting rights through open tenders, Thakur looked pretty vocal about his stance in the ICC v BCCI saga and without taking Manohar’s name sent out a couple of messages to him when asked if he wanted to become the ICC president.
  • “I have no interest. Jisko ICC jana tha woh bahut pehli hi gaye,” he said, grinning. I’m more than happy serving Indian cricket. For me, serving the nation and Indian cricket comes first and foremost, said Thakur at the conference which was organized just after his return from Washington, where he was part of a delegation of Indian MPs who had gone to meet their American counterparts.”
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Best Test match after retirement was the Perth Test in 2008: Sunil Gavaskar

  • Former Indian cricketer and legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar opens up as he looks back on his international career. Gavaskar did not feature in the first Test of the 1971 series in the West Indies at Kingston and made his Test debut in the second Test and made the most out of it.
  • He had scores of 65 and 67 not out in the match and was vital in India winning the series in the Caribbean. When asked about his debut, the little master said, “When I was told I was going to play in the second Test at Queens Park Oval, I was over the moon with joy. It was, after all, the coming true of a dream of playing for India.”
  • “At the same time, there was the awareness that the job had just started and I had to justify being in the team. I wore the India cap for the first time that day even though I had been given the cap as part of the kit before leaving for the tour,” he pointed out.
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CABI launches India’s blind women’s cricket team

  • The Cricket Association for the Blind in India (CABI) has launched India’s blind women’s cricket team comprising of 41 members. Indian blind men cricket team had a lot of success in the recent past as they have won T20 World Cup, ODI World Cup and T20 Asia Cup.
  • Taking the success story of the men’s team into consideration, CABI has decided to launch blind women’s team. Woman selection committee chairman and former Indian woman team captain Shantha Rangaswamy launched this team in Bangalore yesterday.
  • CABI General Secretary, John David said that the demand for the blind women’s cricket team was really high as there was a lot of interest expressed by various women to play cricket.
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Anil and Virat would like to play on good Test wickets: Harbhajan Singh

  • Indian off-spinner Harbhajan Singh believes that the Anil Kumble and skipper Virat Kohli would not read too much into the track and the conditions as they take center stage in the upcoming series against New Zealand. The 36-year old, who has been left out of the Test side has also gone on to observe that the previous management did indeed have a liking for home advantageous wickets.
  • “Over past four-five years, the previous team management’s preferred pitches where Test matches would end inside three days. But I believe both Anil bhai and Virat are positive people, who would like the play on good Test pitches, where the results are decided on the fourth evening or by fifth-day post lunch session,” Harbhajan told PTI in an interaction.
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Steven Smith stresses the need to communicate more with the public

  • Steven Smith’s decision to leave the Australian team mid-way during the ODI series against Sri Lanka in Sri Lanka citing workload as the reason was not well-received by the pundits of the game. They criticized him and the Cricket Australia heavily for taking this decision.
  • Smith remained silent all the while during at that time and let things cool down before he came out to justify the move. The Aussie skipper believes that the timing of the announcement did not help.
  • On top of the decision being revealed just moments after a loss and just a day before his departure, it had always been CA’s plan to send him home two games into the five-match one-day series.
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MS Dhoni shares his love for Tamil Nadu

  • Indian skipper MS Dhoni and his love for the state of Tamil Nadu dates way back to the time when he was in the doldrums of India’s domestic cricket scene. Speaking about the first time Dhoni made his way out to Tamil Nadu. “The first time I came to Tamil Nadu goes way back to 1999-2000 when myself and a few other players were selected for the Cooch Behar tournament that took place here.”
  • “There were five of us travelling by train and we had only two lower berths in the train. We somehow had to manage with that. So, we put the kit bags and the suitcases, and tried to make it a uniform plane so that we could all sleep on it together. That was my first memory.”
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Biopic is not to glorify me: MS Dhoni

  • The biopic on the India’s limited-overs captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni – ‘MS Dhoni-The Untold Story’ is all set to hit the theatres is a few days time and Dhoni lamented that the film is not to ‘glorifying him’, rather it speaks about the journey of a professional sports person.
  • Dhoni said that he asked the director of the movie, Neeraj Pandey to make sure that the film depicts the journey of a professional sportsperson.
  • While speaking at a press conference in the USA, Dhoni said, “It is a very simple story and that is the beauty of it. One thing I told Neeraj [the director] was, this story should not be to glorify me. It is about the journey of a professional sports person and that’s what it should be about.”
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Wankhede Stadium likely to be renamed soon

  • The Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai is one of the iconic stadiums in India, which witnessed quite a few historic matches including the final of the World Cup 2011. The four-decade-old stadium is named after the former president of the Bombay Cricket Association SK Wankhede.
  • However, reports suggest that the name of the stadium might well be changed to introduce the name of a sponsor in it. This will happen if the deal between Mumbai Cricket Association and the advertising company DDB Mudra is finalized.
  • TOI quoted a MCA official saying, “Yes, we’re in talks to brand the stadium, which might have a sponsor’s name ‘prefixed’ or ‘suffixed’ to it. We expect a sharp fall in revenues allocated to state associations once the Lodha reforms are implemented since the pie has to be shared by the NorthEast states too. We’ve to do something to generate funds,” he said.
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When Shahid Afridi opened up about the player he hates the most

  • Retired Pakistan cricketer Shahid Afridi made it clear that his relationship with Gautam Gambhir will always remain bitter. It is well-known that the duo don’t share a great bond and were also involved in a couple of fiery on-field incidents.
  • A tweet from the past resurfaced today where Afridi answers a fan’s question and names the cricketer he hates the most. Afrid had replied – Gautam Gambhir. It was no surprise anyway and Afridi was honest with his reply.
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