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

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KKR players were seen in their new practice outfit at the preparatory camp, Eden Gardens. (Photo Source: XtraTime.in)

Bangladesh to host ACC Emerging team’s Asia Cup from tomorrow

  • The ACC Emerging team’s Asia Cup starting from 27th March (tomorrow) will be hosted by Bangladesh where Under 23 level teams from different countries of Asia will participate.
  • The tournament is given List A status and is organised by the Asian Cricket Council (ACC).
  • (More about the story here)

 

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KL Rahul aims big knock in 2nd innings after failing to convert his start yet again

  • Team India opener KL Rahul who has been in great run-scoring form in the ongoing India-Australia series was disappointed that he yet again failed to convert his start into a really big one in India’s 1st  innings of the 4th and the final Test in Dharamsala.
  • Rahul who converted all his first three half-centuries into a century looked in ominous touch at Dharamsala but yet again succumbed to the pressure at a crucial juncture of the game.
  • “As an opening batsman, it’s my responsibility to spend as much time in the middle as I can and try and get big scores in the first innings so that we don’t have to bat in the second innings,” Rahul was quoted as saying by Indian Express.
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Brad Hodge says Virat Kohli might have missed the final Test to play the IPL opener

  • Former Aussie batsman Brad Hodge who made his identity as a T20 batsman feels Team India captain Virat Kohli’s decision to make himself unavailable for the final Test in Dharamsala might lead to big questions being asked on Kohli’s leadership if he walks out to play in the IPL opener against Sunrisers Hyderabad on 5th April.
  • “You’d hope as a sportsman that he’s seriously injured,” Hodge was quoted as saying by Fox Sports News’ Gameday Live. “I’m hopeful, as a Gujarat Lions coach, that when we play RCB (Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore) in a couple of weeks, that he’s not playing.
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Darren Sammy surprised with Shahid Afridi’s decision to part ways with Peshawar Zalmi

  • Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi’s decision to part ways with Peshawar Zalmi came as a huge surprise to captain Darren Sammy as the former Windies captain wasn’t aware of Afridi parting ways with Peshawar Zalmi.
  • Afridi captained the Javed Afridi owned the franchise for the inaugural season of PSL and handed over the reign to Darren Sammy for this edition. It had an instant effect as Zalmi was crowned the champions of PSL 2 after defeating the Quetta Gladiators quite comfortably in the final.
  • Replying to a tweet from Zainab Abbas, Sammy wrote, “What? When did that happen?” After two successful stints with the Peshawar Zalmi, Afridi has decided to part ways and will be seen playing for a different franchise in the upcoming edition.
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AB de Villiers quashes Test retirement rumours

  • South African limited overs skipper AB de Villiers has dismissed the rumours surrounding his retirement from Test cricket. The No.1 ODI batsman said that the reason behind the temporary break from Test cricket is to spend more time with his family.
  • Despite making it pretty clear that his priority is limited overs cricket and representing the nation in the 2019 World Cup, he clarified that a Test retirement is not on the cards at this point in time.
  • “The decision not to play Test cricket this year is purely to spend a bit more time at home. I have played a lot of cricket over the past 12 years. Fully committed in all the formats. I have reached a point; actually in 2015 after the World Cup where I really felt flat and exhausted.
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Michael Clarke condemns “negative tactics” by Indian batsmen

  • Former Australian captain Michael Clarke, who currently is a part of the commentary panel for the India vs Australia series has expressed his disappointment with the Indian batsmen, who have made the Australian bowling attack look world-class.
  • Clarke added that he believes that the Indian batsmen are digging their own grave by “negative tactics.” and voiced his opinion when he was inside the commentary box during the fourth Test. By negative tactics, the former captain has a mean yet solid point to make.
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I am proud of our bowling unit: Nathan Lyon

  • Australia had a good start to day 2 of the Dharamsala Test getting rid of the stubborn Murali Vijay quite early in the inning. But once again there was a phase where the bat had the dominating say in the game and India were back in the game with KL Rahul and Cheteshwar Pujara scoring half centuries.
  • But in the last session off-spinner, Nathan Lyon bowled excellent lines, pushed with the attack and picked up 4 key wickets.
  • “(Enjoyed) Each and everyone of them (wickets). Just brilliant to bowl in partnerships. I thought we were brilliant with the ball. It was a pretty good effort to restrict them to 240-odd. In the first couple of sessions it didn’t do much
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Transition period cannot be cited as the reason for lacklustre performance by Sri Lanka: Dinesh Chandimal

  • Veteran Sri Lankan wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Chandimal who has been on the international circuit for the last 7 years expressed his disappointment after the island nation lost the opening ODI to Bangladesh at Dambulla.
  • Chandimal said that transition period cannot be cited as a reason anymore and they need to pull up their socks and start winning games for their team on a consistent basis.
  • “You can’t say every time that this is our transition period. We need to put our hands up and come up with results. All players should take responsibility for the opportunities they get. The players are all working hard, and hopefully, we’ll be able to see the results soon.
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Upul Tharanga is frustrated with Sri Lanka’s performance

  • On Saturday, opener Tamim Iqbal made a terrific century to set up a crushing 90-run win for Bangladesh in the first ODI against Sri Lanka. Tamim scored 127 off 142 balls while Sair Rahman and Shakib Al Hasan added two more fifties, as Bangladesh posted an imposing 324/5, which is also their highest ever score against Sri Lanka, going past 265/9 in 2006.
  • The hosts were never up to the mark, being derailed very early in the chase after captain Mashrafe Mortaza struck in the first over following which ODI debutant Mehedi Hasan had Sri Lanka struggling at 15/2 inside six overs.
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Harsha Bhogle takes a dig at Aussie media for Virat-fixation

  • Ever since the commencement of the Border-Gavaskar Trophy, both the cricketing rivals; India and Australia, have had bad blood between them, both on and off the field.
  • On Saturday, famous Indian commentator Harsha Bhogle questioned the Aussie media as to how they plan to mock Indian skipper Virat Kohli now since he is not a part of the playing XI.
  • The Australian media has made the Indian captain a subject of intense media scrutiny. Some section of their media even went to the extent of comparing Kohli to the president of the United States Donald Trump.
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The ICC Anti-Corruption Unit interviews a Sri Lankan Test player

  • Sri Lankan cricketers are seldom caught into the news for the wrong reasons but after their recent defeat in the final Test at the hands of their Asian counterparts Bangladesh, there are some concerns over a certain Sri Lankan player.
  • It is believed to have been a fan call it has not been proven otherwise yet. Lakshman de Silva from the Anti-Corruption Unit of the ICC in Sri Lanka looked into the matter and has interviewed the player.
  • “In Sri Lanka allegations of this nature are extremely rare where international cricket is concerned. However, we are kept busy by certain people who keep relying clandestine ball by ball commentaries in cahoots with bookmakers who conduct ball-by-ball bets.
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Dinesh Karthik competing for a middle-order slot in the Indian team

  • After a fabulous show in the Vijay Hazare Trophy for his state side Tamil Nadu, Dinesh Karthik feels he is ready to compete for the middle-order slot in the national team ahead of the Champions Trophy in June.
  • He, also helped his side win the trophy for the fifth time by scoring 112 runs in the final against Bengal. Previously, the 31-year-old amassed a total of 704 runs in the 10 Ranji Trophy matches that he played with an average of 54.15. The incredible consistency has put the selectors in a spot of bother.
  • “I see myself competing for a batsman’s slot. I keep scoring runs and at the moment the team has six-seven places for batsmen. So I think I can contribute in the team in that way,” Karthik said.
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Neil McKenzie and Shane Jurgensen heap praises on Quinton de Kock for batting with pain

  • South Africa batting coach Neil McKenzie heaped praises on wicket-keeper batsman Quinton de Kock who batted on Day 2 of the 3rd Test against New Zealand battling immense finger pain and went on to top score for the visiting team with a well-composed 90.
  • He played some delightful shots during his innings of 90 which included 11 fours and 2 hits over the fence. His innings was instrumental in helping South Africa post a decent 314 on the board in their 1st innings.
  • “Quinton’s a unique player, he knows his game really well for a young guy. His workload’s been dropped [because of his finger], hasn’t caught as many balls as he would have liked to, and obviously there’s a few tablets, anti-inflammatories, but Quinton doesn’t mind, he just gets on with it.
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KKR introduce a new practice jersey for IPL 2017

  • Indian Premier League (IPL) season 10 is just days away now and all the teams have already started with their preparations. It has been a long season for all the cricketers all over the world with a lot of cricket being played. India has played four Test series on a trot with a one-off Test against the Bangladeshis.
  • All the Test playing nations have been busy playing Test matches here and there and with a hectic international circuit, the league has been struck with various injuries this year with many of the star players opting out of the tournament
  • All the franchises are making some or the other change to the setup to bring about a change in the outcome. RPS altered their name while Kolkata Knight Riders decided to introduce changes fashion wise.
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Coach Anil Kumble backed Kuldeep Yadav to debut in the last Test

  • Team India was hit by a huge blow on the morning of the Dharamsala Test but like champion teams do they were willing to turn adversity into an opportunity and have done that successfully if the outcome to this point is considered.
  • The 22-year-old chinaman unleashed on the very first morning and picked 4 wickets to halt the Australian innings that was moving along at quite some pace.
  • It was a brave decision from the Indian team management to agree on a spot for a specialist bowler after losing a regular batsman in Kohli. Kumble was the mastermind behind this decision to pick Kuldeep. The coach knew that the left-arm spinner could have do the trick,” a source in the Indian team was quoted in the media.
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Cheteshwar Pujara breaks Gautam Gambhir’s record for most Test runs in a season by an Indian

  • A mainstay of the Indian middle order in the longest format of the game, Cheteshwar Pujara broke yet another record during the 2nd day of the 4th and the final Test against Australia in Dharamsala.
  • The Marathon Man went past Gautam Gambhir for most runs in a season by an Indian during the opening session of the Dharamsala Test. Gambhir scored 1269 runs in the 2008/09 season while former Aussie captain Ricky Ponting remains at the top of the ladder with 1483 runs in the 2005/06 season.
  • Pujara needed just 4 runs to achieve the feat at Dharamsala and he did that with utmost comfort. He smashed a boundary of Nathan Lyon through the cover region which brought up the landmark.
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