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

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

Rahul Dravid
Rahul Dravid. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Viv Richards lashes out at WICB for terminating Darren Bravo’s tour contract

  • West Indies legendary batsman Sir Vivi Richards felt that the recent home sending off of Darren Bravo from the Tri-Nation series in Zimbabwe was yet another indicator that the progress in West Indies cricket was lagging way behind.
  • The former Caribbean legend stated that whenever there were positive strides made, they were always being threatened by controversy and this was something which needed to change if West Indies cricket has to move forward as reported by CMC.
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MCA announces free student passes for Mumbai Test

  • The Mumbai Cricket Association (MCA) has given a great news to the Mumbaikars ahead of the 4th Test between India and England.
  • The cricket association has announced free passes for students to watch the high action game starting on December 8. In an announcement made by the MCA, the state association said that the school and college students will get free passes for the 4th Test of the series.
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Kohli, Ashwin are legends of the modern generation: Rahul Dravid

  • Former Indian skipper was all smiles about the recent performance of team India. He spoke at length about the various prospects for this team and the current players. Dravid was present at the launch of ‘Link Lecture Series’ at Mumbai recently.
  • He had shouldered the responsibility of being the pillar stone of India batting for almost a decade and a half. ‘The wall’, as he is popularly known, believes the team is in safe hands.
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Virender Sehwag feels Virat Kohli can emulate Sourav Ganguly as a captain

  • Former Swashbuckling opener Virender Sehwag was very impressed with Virat Kohli’s captaincy skills and was confident that the current crop, under the leadership of Kohli has the ability to win outside the Indian sub-continent just like Sourav Ganguly’s invincible side during 2000-2004.
  • Team India has performed exceptionally well under Kohli so far winning the Test series in Sri Lanka and West indies besides drubbing South Africa and New Zealand by 3-0 margins at home and is also on a roll against England in the Test series which they are currently leading 2-0.
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Haseeb Hameed expresses his gratitude to Virat Kohli

  • England’s batting sensation Haseeb Hameed has expressed his happiness after meeting Indian skipper Virat Kohli. Kohli quickly dropped in to meet the 19-year-old after the culmination of the 3rd Test at Mohali. India registered a comfortable at Mohali and went up 2-0 in the 5 match contest.
  • However, it was the teenager, who won the hearts of the cricket fans with his show of commitment to his team. The right-hander scored a patient half-century playing with a broken finger and gained the respect of everyone including Kohli & Co.
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The secret behind MS Dhoni’s fitness despite retiring from Test cricket

  • MS Dhoni has been one of the most popular figures in Indian cricket history and has led his nation to great heights in international cricket. Ever since making his international debut, Dhoni has been extremely fit and it’s always been a matter of discussion for the ardent Dhoni fans that how he manages to keep himself match fit despite retiring from Test cricket two years ago.
  • The fact that Dhoni loves to train hard is not unknown among his fans and fellow cricketers. Besides that, he has been following the ongoing India-England Test series with great interest. Dhoni last appeared for Jharkhand in the Vijay Hazare Trophy earlier this year before flying to Australia for an ODI and T20 series.
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Dale Steyn set to hit the nets by the end of January

  • Proteas speedster Dale Steyn who is currently recuperating from a shoulder injury which he sustained during the opening Test against Australia, insisted that he could hit the nets by the end of January. The veteran fast bowler fractured his left shoulder during Australia’s 1st innings of the opening Test which the Proteas won by 177 runs at Perth.
  • Following his injury, it was suspected that Steyn could be out of action until at least May 2017 and he might require a surgery. With age not by his side, his absence would have prompted many to believe that it could be the end of the career for Steyn. However as the current situation stands, we might be in for a pleasant surprise as he has hinted to make a return to the national side during South Africa’s tour of England in July next year.
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AB de Villiers and Morne Morkel to play for Titans in a bid to prove fitness

  • Test skipper AB de Villiers and fast bowler Morne Morkel have made themselves available for the upcoming domestic matches in order to prove their fitness ahead of the for the home series against Sri Lanka later this month.
  • Both de Villiers and Morkel, who have been out of action since the CPL with an elbow and back injury respectively, will play for their franchise, Titans.
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Sachin Tendulkar and MS Dhoni will be ‘baaratis’ for Yuvi’s wedding in Goa

  • The most awaited wedding of the year, Yuvraj Singh and Hazel Keech finally tied the knot on November 30 under traditional Sikh rituals but if someone thought that the party was over, he or she might be totally wrong. The couple will get married according to Hindu rituals at the Teso Waterfront in North Goa on 2nd December. The cute couple is also expected to throw a grand party at a seven-star hotel in Delhi.
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Brian Lara to return for Festival of Cricket

  • Former West Indies captain and arguably the greatest left-handed batsman of all time, Brian Lara is all set to return to the cricketing arena after confirming his availability as a starter in the Western Australia Festival of Cricket Twenty20 exhibition match against the Perth Scorchers.
  • Lara will be seen in action alongside other former Aussie stalwarts like Adam Gilchrist, Ricky Ponting and Andrew Symonds. Herschelle Gibbs, a destructive batsman during his playing days will join Lara in the legends side along with Ryan Campbell who will be flying in from Hong Kong.
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Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma leave for Yuvraj Singh’s wedding

  • Lovebirds Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma were recently spotted at the airport leaving for Yuvi’s wedding in Goa as reported earlier this week.
  • The pre-wedding bash took place in Chandigarh and the entire Indian team, who were in Mohali for the Third test, made sure that they made themselves present at Yuvraj’s pre-marriage bash.  The whole team posed for photos with Yuvraj and his fiancé Hazel Keech.
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Disappointing to leave the tour in this fashion: Haseeb Hameed

  • When the England team for the tour of India was to be announced a lot of people expected 19-year-old Haseeb Hameed inclusion and here he was in Rajkot making his Test debut on the soil he has a relation with.
  • But just as he looked to capitalise having settled into it, he was hurt bad, his finger sustained a fracture which wouldn’t heal and required surgical intervention to get back in shape. Hameed is thus forced to fly back home and will not take part in the last two Tests.
  • As he leaves India he posted a couple of tweets expressing his disappointment but was also enthralled by the experience he had. Haseeb Hameed wrote, “Disappointing to leave the tour in this fashion but it’s been another incredible experience. Thank you to both sets of fans for the support.”
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A huge milestone beckons Virat Kohli ahead of the Mumbai Test

  • Indian Test captain Virat Kohli is set to reach another milestone during the 4th Test against England next week. The 28-year-old Kohli, who is in top form, is 41 runs away from completing 4,000 Test runs and is likely to get to the landmark in Mumbai.
  • Having already taken an unassailable 2-0 lead in the 5-match rubber, hosts India will be keen to claim the series at Mumbai’s Wankhede Stadium when the 4th Test starts on Thursday (December 8).
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India Women dismiss Nepal for the lowest total in Women’s T20I

  • The India Women team had the better of Nepal in the ACC Women’s T20 Asia Cup as they defeated the neighbors by a huge margin of 99 runs in the last league game.
  • Having already qualified for the final the team rested the key names and gave an opportunity to the ones on the bench to have a go in the middle.
  • Batting first the Indian team set a target of 121 runs and in response when Nepal walked out to chase it; they were wrapped up for just 21 runs.
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Every cricketer deserves to know where he stand, so we decided to communicate: MSK Prasad

  • The new selection panel led by Chairman of selectors, MSK Prasad has taken some really bold decisions in their brief tenure. Bringing back names like selection like Gautam Gambhir and Parthiv Patel, and blooding of Hardik Pandya and Jayant Yadav has earned them a few praises.
  • The committee was seen bit inexperienced considering their not so impressive international experience. But the committee doesn’t seem to be bothered about the perception few have about them.
  • Speaking to Indian Express in a recent interview, MSK Prasad spoke about the lightweight’ tag, the challenge of dealing with senior cricketers and new-age stars while introducing new channels of communication across the board.
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Michael Clarke urges Aussies to reconsider playing in the cash-rich IPL

  • Former Australia captain Michael Clarke has suggested his players to reconsider playing in the cash-rich Indian Premier League (IPL) if it places them at the risk of missing matches for Australia.
  • Clarke who led Australia to their 5th World Cup title in 2015 made this call ahead of the ODI series opener of the Chappell-Hadlee series between Australia and New Zealand to be played at the SCG on Sunday.
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Goof-up forces BCCI to replace 7 players from Youth Asia Cup team

  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had picked 15 young cricketers for the Youth Asia Cup that kicks off on December 13 in Colombo. But on December 1, a day before they were scheduled to attend the preparatory camp for the tournament in Bangalore, seven players were conveyed that they were not eligible to take part in the tournament.
  • It was the result of a goof-up from board’s end as they got the eligibility cut-off year wrong. The date confirmed to them by the Asian Cricket Council was 1-9-1998 but the selectors and the joint secretary Amitabh Chaudhary were told that the cut-off year was 1997.
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Darren Lehmann reveals Glenn Maxwell was never in line for a Test recall

  • Australia’s coach Darren Lehmann has revealed that hard hitting all-rounder Glenn Maxwell was never in contention for the Adelaide Test against South Africa because he had not made enough big scores in recent seasons. The reaction has come after the outspoken Maxi expressed his displeasure over batting at No.6 behind Victoria’s wicketkeeper-captain Matthew Wade.
  • “The wicketkeeper should be batting at seven unless you’re trying to squeeze an extra bowler into your line-up,” Maxwell said.
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Cricket Australia sets a new Guinness World Record at the SCG

  • Cricket Australia created a Guinness World Record on December 2, by conducting a cricket lesson for 500 school kids at the Sydney Cricket Ground (SCG).
  • The session was led by Australian Head Coach Darren Lehmann and pace bowler Peter Siddle as they were assisted by off-spinner Nathan Lyon, Peter Nevill, Hilton Cartwright, Mitchell March, Meg Lanning and a mascot from each of the eight Big Bash League teams.
  • Ahead of the first One-Day International against New Zealand at the SCG on 4 December, CA organized for more than 500 young cricketers to be guided by some of the biggest names in Australian cricket at the moment as an attempt to create a new Guinness World Records for the largest cricket lesson.
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Senior mate Joe Root advises Haseeb Hameed ‘not to rest on his laurels’

  • England’s latest batting sensation Haseeb Hameed has received a dose of wisdom from his senior mate Joe Root who has urged the 19-year-old not to rest on his laurels following the impressive start to his Test career.
  • Root encouraged his young colleague to respond to his early success by working harder for the future while praising his “remarkable” second-innings half-century in Mohali
  • “The only advice I gave was, make sure you don’t go back to county cricket at the start of the summer and rest on your laurels,” Root said. “Don’t think: I’m a Test cricketer now.
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I think Cook is pretty set on captaining for a few years to come: Joe Root

  • The England team might not be in the best of the positions having lost a string of games in the subcontinent first against Bangladesh and then two of the three in India.
  • Barring skipper Alastair Cook and star batsman Joe Root the unit is inexperienced and cannot be really blamed for not getting their act together in the subcontinent though they were expected to do well. Despite what has happened Root believes Cook can carry on leading the Test team for another few years.
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Glenn McGrath was the greatest fast bowler I played against: Rahul Dravid

  • He batted against them with valor; he had the technical master in his craft; he defied the best and seldom let them have an upper hand when he was in the middle – that was exactly how Rahul Dravid handled some of the most fearsome fast bowlers the game of cricket has seen.
  • If someone of his stature tags a fast bowler the greatest, he certainly has to be. Having scored some remarkable knocks against the Australians Dravid agreed that it was Aussie great Glenn McGrath who he would term the greatest he has faced.
  • “They [Australia] were the best cricket team in my generation. Amongst them all, the greatest bowler that I played against, not only the greatest Australian bowler, but the greatest fast bowler [that] I played against has to be Glenn McGrath,”
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Ranji Trophy 2016-17: Round 8, Day 4 Review

  • Ranji Trophy 2016-17 is inching towards the knockouts stage. All teams are keen on notching up big wins to make it to the next stage. While Maharashtra suffered a heavy defeat against Odisha on day 2, Goa got to a comprehensive win on day 3.
  • The day 4 was expected to see a lot of results unfold. That is how the trend unfolded on the final day of the round. Madhya Pradesh clinched a thumping 232 run win against Baroda. Chandrakant Sakure bagged 5/17 to restrict Baroda to a paltry 114 in their second innings.
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