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

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

All the stories that hogged the headlines.

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Indian cricketer Mahinder Singh Dhoni. (Photo credit ARUN SANKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Ambati Rayudu to undergo Yo-Yo Test once again after failing the first time

  • After a fantastic outing in the Indian Premier League 2018, Ambati Rayudu and his cricketing career seemed to be on the road to resurrection. However, as unlucky as he has been in his career, Rayudu failed the yo-yo Test and was once again thrust back into the ineligible pile, something the 32-year old has been used to in recent times. He eventually lost out on the place he deserved for the England tour as he was replaced rather promptly.
  • However, despite the setback, Rayudu is set to re-take the Yo-yo Test and is also seems keen on completing his comeback. He also added that he is working hard and expects to be on the selector’s radar once more.
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Morne Morkel reprimanded by England’s Cricket Discipline Commission

  • The former South Africa bowler Morne Morkel has been warned by Discipline Commission of England Cricket. He retired from international cricket earlier this year after the controversial Test series against Australia and is now plying his trade in the ongoing County Championship. He is known as one of the nicer fast bowler going around in world cricket but was reported while playing in the game against Hampshire last month.
  • He was one of the most successful bowlers for the Proteas as he ended his career with 309 Test wickets in 86 matches. Morkel was also instrumental in the famous series victory of his team over Australia and bid adieu to the international career with a win. He is now playing for Surrey and is performing extremely well for them.
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If the ball isn’t turning or drifting, then a spinner is not a spinner: Kuldeep Yadav

  • In his young career, Kuldeep has played a lot of T20 cricket and doesn’t change his plan or course of attack. He had a dream game in the 1st T20I against England which was his first on the English soil. Kuldeep in his four overs spent 24 runs and dismissed five batters. His dismissals were all prominent batsmen who were expected to take the home team to a huge total or at least a par score.
  • With his performance, Yadav became the first left-arm wrist spinner to pick a five-wicket haul in T20Is, the third Indian bowler to do so in the format and bagged the Man of the Match. He said that his mindset of not being bogged down when hit for a six helps and attributed it to his coach who made him immune to such an onslaught.
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N Srinivasan reacts to Ambati Rayudu’s exclusion from the Indian team

  • Ambati Rayudu was dropped from the Indian team ahead of England tour following his inability to clear the yo-yo fitness test. There was a lot of outrage from all the corners of the cricketing world over the same as the cricketer had earned his place back in the side with some scintillating performances in the IPL. Many questioned the transparency of the fitness test and the new entrant in the argument is the former BCCI and ICC Chief N Srinivasan who has expressed his disappointment over Rayudu’s exclusion from the team.
  • Rayudu was in exceptional form in the Indian Premier League for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) franchise who eventually went on win the title this season. N Srinivasan was not amused with the fact that Ambati Rayudu was not with the team for the three-match ODI series which is set to commence on July 12. While expressing his disappointment he also made it clear that he is not criticising the selection criteria and doesn’t want to be misunderstood.
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Cricket Australia clarifies suspensions won’t be relaxed on the banned trio

  • Australian cricket stooped to a new low earlier this year when some of the players of the Test team were accused of ball-tampering in South Africa. Cameron Bancroft was clearly caught on cameras while using the sandpaper in an attempt to change the condition of the ball. It was later revealed that the captain Steve Smith and David Warner were also part of the plan after which Cricket Australia (CA) handed severe suspensions on the trio.
  • While Smith and Warner had to step down from their positions with immediate effect in the middle of the Cape Town Test match, they were also banned for 12 months. Bancroft was also suspended for 9 months and nobody had seen the severe implications of the incident coming at them. A lot of water has been flown under the bridge since then and the Australian cricket team is understandably struggling in the aftermath of the scandal.
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The humble beginnings of India U19 cricketer Yashasvi Jaiswal

  • Sometimes you have to work extremely hard and fight with the odds to live your dreams. Yashasvi Jaiswal, the India U19 cricketer, has done the same and is finally living his dream to play for his country. He has been picked in the team for the upcoming Sri Lanka tour and is set to join the team. However, his emotional story before he was picked in the junior national side will surely make the cricket fans respect him more.
  • Yashasvi is the younger of the two sons to a small-time shopkeeper in Bhadohi in Uttar Pradesh. He moved to Mumbai to pursue his dream of playing cricket and his father also did not object him and allowed to live it. But the main problem for the 11-year old kid was to stay. His uncle, Santosh had a house in Worli but it wasn’t big enough for another occupant. But he had requested the owners of Muslim United Club, where he was a manager if the boy could stay in the tent.
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Ambati Rayudu reacts after failing the yo-yo test

  • Ambati Rayudu was at his best in the recently concluded Indian Premier League season. He amassed 602 runs in 16 matches at an average of 43 with the strike-rate of 149.75. He was expected to be a part of England T20I series but given a chance in the ODI series, eventually getting ruled out for failing the yo-yo test. According to reports, he got the yo-yo score of below 15.
  • BCCI selection committee was quick to announce Suresh Raina as his replacement for the three-match ODI series, starting from 12th of July. However, the Hyderabad captain is yet to give up the dream of playing international cricket for the Men in blue. Suresh Raina was already picked in the T20I squad.
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Reports: Sequel of MS Dhoni: The Untold Story likely to go on floors in 2019

  • Reports now suggest that Bollywood producer Ronnie Screwvala’s RSVP Films is planning a sequel of the movie. There are no details available on who will direct the movie. Actor Sushant Singh Rajput who portrayed the character of Dhoni in the first movie is expected to play the lead character once again in the sequel. At the same time, it hasn’t been confirmed yet either by the production house or the actor but Mid-day quoted a source close to Rajput saying that things are being discussed.
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Nawazuddin Siddiqui set to play coach of Indian team in Movie 83

  • Shortly after Ranveer Singh was cast in the upcoming production ’83 as Kapil Dev, Nawazuddin Siddiqui has become the latest addition to the cast and crew as he will now be playing the role of the coach of the Indian team that triumphed in the 1983 World Cup.  Although Kabir Khan – the director of the film has chosen not to comment, the widespread rumour is that Siddiqui will indeed play the role.
  • Fondly known as Kapil’s Devils, the Indian team of 1983 beat the odds to secure a victory in the World Cup when they beat the West Indies. The latter was a star-studded side comprising of the likes of Viv Richards, Andy Roberts, and Clive Lloyd. However, with some fantastic cricket on the day, the Indians bowlers the Windies out for 140, thus winning the World Cup for the first time in their history.
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Sourav Ganguly wants an Indian bowler to be a consistent member of all three formats

  • Team India stamped their authority on the English side in the first T20I at Old Trafford as the visiting team won the game by 8 wickets, courtesy Kuldeep Yadav’s fifer and KL Rahul’s blistering second T20I century. Both the cricketers earned praises from cricketers around the world.
  • The former Indian skipper Sourav Ganguly was highly impressed with the Chinaman’s performance in India’s successful T20I outing last night. He wants Kuldeep Yadav to be a part of all three formats and he went on to talk about Kuldeep’s ability of using faster balls as his advantage.
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Ireland top-order batsman Sean Terry retires at 26

  • Ireland batsman Sean Terry has announced his retirement from all forms of cricket at the age of 26. His retirement decision at a young age came as a shock. Sean represented Western Australia at t Under 19 level before representing Hampshire and Northamptonshire. He wants to start a new chapter in his life.
  • Sean Terry was born in Southampton before moving to Australia. He is the son of former England batsman Paul Terry. After announcing his retirement, he said that playing for his Irish team as the proudest moment of his life and he is going to cherish those moments in the coming days of his life.
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David Warner all set to return to captaincy

  • Cricket Australia has recently banned the former Australian opener David Warner from holding any leadership position in Australian cricket. However, he is all set to take over captaincy duties of Winnipeg Hawks in the ongoing Global T20 Canada. The 31-year old is yet to create impact with the willow in the tournament.
  • Warner returned to cricket for the first time since the infamous ball-tampering scandal in Newlands earlier this year. He scored only six runs in the three innings he played. His teammate Dwayne Bravo has been pulled out of the remainder of the Global T20 Canada tournament and the reason is yet to be revealed. The team management has no other option than to go ahead with Warner as skipper.
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England vs India, 2018: 1st T20I – Who Said What

  • After the end of the first T20I in Manchester, Team India and their fans would be thinking what was all this hype around England and their run limited-overs cricket? Skipper Virat Kohli won the toss and asked the hosts to bat first, things changed completely once the spinners were in force. Then, KL Rahul just took the game away from England and in the end, it proved to be a pretty easy victory for the Men in Blue.
  • Indian captain Virat Kohli said: Just looking at all the three skillsets and how convincing we were gives me a lot of pleasure. We are shuffling around keeping the World Cup in mind and that’s why KL went in at three and I went in at four. Kuldeep is a wrist spinner, he’s going to be lethal with any help from the pitch. He’s very difficult to pick and his wrong ‘un is very good and I hope he can keep working on it.
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