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Virender Sehwag finds himself missing from India’s 500th test celebrations

  • Where is Virender Sehwag?  Few cricket fans wondered when the former skippers were being felicitated by the BCCI prior to the start of the 1st test between India and New Zealand.
  • It was a historic moment for Indian cricket today as India entered its 500th Test when Virat Kohli walked out for the toss with Kane Williamson at the Green Park Stadium, Kanpur.
  • However, there was one key man missing from the event – Virender Sehwag. It was obvious for the fans to expect him but unexpectedly, the man who skippered India in 4 Tests, was absent. He was absent unable to cricketing commitment.
  • The ‘Nawab of Najafgarh’ was in England today participating in the ‘The Yorkshire Tea20 Charity Challenge’ game between Surrey All Stars and Cricket United XI.
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ICC introduces changes to Code of Conduct and DRS Umpire’s call


  • The International Cricket Council has introduced changes to the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel and the DRS Umpire’s Call interpretation, effective today.
  • The new International Cricket Council’s Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel can be read here, with the changes confined to Article 7 of the Code.
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AB de Villiers to miss out the only ODI against Ireland

  • South African skipper AB de Villiers has been given additional time to recover from an elbow injury sustained in August and thus will miss out on the One Day International (ODI) match against Ireland in Benoni on Sunday.
  • South Africa is hopeful that he will be fit for the series against Australia starting on September 30 at the Centurion. Faf du Plessis will lead the squad in his absence and the left-hand batsman Rilee Rossouw, has been added as cover for de Villiers.
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Mohammad Hafeez ruled out of ODI series against West Indies

  • Pakistan cricketer Mohammad Hafeez has been ruled out of the upcoming three-match ODI series against West Indies in UAE on fitness concerns.
  • A member of the selection committee confirmed to The Express Tribune that the former Pakistan T20I captain has been unable to recover from his knee injury which happened during the One-Day series against England.
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JP Duminy celebrates the famous India-Australia tied test with a laugh

  • South African all-rounder JP Duminy today shared an interesting memory from the cricketing annals which would evoke a slight frustration among Indian cricket fans.
  • Today marks the 30th anniversary of the only second tied match in the history of Test cricket. On September 22, 1986, a hot gruelling day (this description remains mandatory for this Test match) in Madras witnessed an epic encounter which ended in a very very rare result. Duminy celebrated this occasion with a laugh re-tweeting the video which was captioned – “When the umpire hates you.”
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AB de Villiers reveals the spat he had with Ray Jennings

  • AB de Villiers is perhaps one of the most well-respected and one of the most loved cricketers in the world. In his book, de Villiers wrote about one incident he faced with Ray Jennings during his early career with the South African cricket team.
  • The story dated back to the time when AB de Villiers and a few other prospects were playing in the South Africa ‘A’ side. Playing against New Zealand ‘A’, de Villiers had lost his wicket after playing somewhat of a rash shot after getting a start to the innings.
  • However, little did he expect to be reprimanded by his coach Ray Jennings who did not seem to be pleased with the shot he played. ‘Who the hell do you think you are, De Villiers? You walk in and you are loose.
  • You don’t respect the opposition and the game. That attitude is going to cost us. It’s not good enough for this team and I promise you won’t play in my team again’, Jennings is quoted as having said in AB’s book.
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Virat Kohli and Yuvraj Singh play an important part in MS Dhoni’s biopic

  • The excitement about the MS Dhoni’s biopic – MS Dhoni: The Untold Story – is quite palpable with the day of the release approaching closer day by day. Makers are creating a buzz among the fans by slowly revealing the important characters in the film. Everyone knew Sushant Singh Rajput was playing MS Dhoni in the movie while Disha Patni was in the role of his wife Sakshi Dhoni.
  • Test skipper Virat Kohli has a pivotal role in the movie and the actor playing the role of the star cricketer is the dashing Fawad Khan. The role of Yuvraj Singh, one of MS Dhoni’s close friends, will be played by Herry Tangri who looks more or same like the cricketer himself.
  • Other important roles of Zaheer Khan, Rohit Sharma and Suresh Raina are played by Gautam Gulati, Shreyas Talpade and Ram Charan Teja respectively. After this revelation, there is now increased curiosity around this movie.
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Biopics will inspire people to do something for their country: Suresh Raina

  • Indian cricketer Suresh Raina believes that the biopics on cricketers will inspire people to do something for themselves and for their country. Indian limited-overs skipper MS Dhoni’s biopic is set to be released later this month on September 30.
  • “You never know the true story of why someone like Tendulkar or Dhoni became a cricketer. They too were simple just like anyone else, but they did something that made them famous. When a biopic gets made on the life of a cricketer, people get to know the struggles they went through to become icons of the country and the sport,” said the left-handed batsman.
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I feel the pink ball isn’t a good idea: Sachin Tendulkar

  • These days the longest format, regarded as the purest and the toughest in cricket, is fighting for its survival. The ICC and other cricket boards are trying to make various changes and modification in order.
  • The idea of the pink ball is slowly changing the rules of the game. Many feel this the right way of keeping the format alive. However, cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar feels otherwise.
  • “Personally, I do not like the idea of playing with a pink ball. A lot of adjustments are being made and I feel the pink ball isn’t a good idea,” Sachin Tendulkar said.
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Spider cam interrupting the game is never a nice feeling: Virat Kohli

  • Indian Test skipper Virat Kohli said that he is not against the idea of using Spidercam in Test matches as long as it doesn’t interrupt the field of play or affecting or delaying the proceedings of the match.
  • Spidercam has so far been used in ODIs and T20Is but was never used in Test matches. However, it will be firstly used in Tests in India against New Zealand, which is India’s 500th Test match.
  • “It’s something which has been added for the entertainment of the people. People to get a different view and perspective about the game, how the game is seen or looked at from different positions from the ground. That’s one thing which is achieved through the Spider cam,” said the Indian Test skipper.
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Former Indian skippers felicitated prior to start of 500th Test

  • As promised earlier, the former Indian skippers of the Indian cricket team were felicitated prior to the start of the 500th Test match involving India and New Zealand.
  • Rajiv Shukla, the president of the Uttar Pradesh Cricket Association as well as the president of the Board Mr. Anurag Thakur were present on the podium for the same.
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MS Dhoni didn’t have any say in dropping Gambhir and Yuvraj: Sandeep Patil

  • Indian skipper, MS Dhoni has been often criticised after senior players like Yuvraj Singh and Gautam Gambhir were dropped from the Indian national team. However, the former chief selector Sandeep Patil has now revealed that the Indian skipper was innocent and he doesn’t have a say in dropping Gambhir and Yuvraj.
  • Patil said that he feel disappointed to see reports speaking about Dhoni’s relation with Gambhir and Yuvraj and lamented that the current limited-overs skipper have never opposed their selection. “I feel disappointed when I read reports about Dhoni’s relation with Gambhir and Yuvraj. Dhoni never opposed their selection,” said Patil.
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Would have dropped Sachin if he had not retired: Sandeep Patil

  • Speaking about the selection of Sachin Tendulkar in late 2012, former chairman of selectors Patil revealed that had the veteran batsman not announced his retirement from the sport, the selectors would have taken a unanimous decision to drop him from the side.
  • “On December 12, 2012, we met Sachin and asked him about his future plans. He said he did not have retirement on his mind. But the selection committee had reached a consensus on Sachin… and had informed the board too about it.”
  • Perhaps Sachin understood what was coming because, at the time of the next meeting, Sachin called and said he was retiring (from ODIs). If he had not announced his decision to quit then, we would have definitely dropped him,” Patil made this stunning revelation.
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