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

Here are the top cricket headlines of the day.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli of India. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Virat Kohli lists out the reasons for dropping Ashwin & Shami

  • Even without playing the off-spinner, India managed to get a comprehensive win past rivals Pakistan in their opening Group B fixture at Edgbaston on Sunday. While most complimented Virat Kohli for picking the best team, there were people who wondered how a champion performer like Ashwin could be left out.
  • “Ashwin is a high-class bowler, everyone knows that he’s very professional as well. He understood the dynamic of the side we picked in the last game. He was absolutely fine with it,” said Kohli.
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Virat Kohli tells the CAC his preferred name as the new coach


  • Before the Indian team flew to London Kohli met Sachin and Laxman and suggested them to consider Shastri’s candidature and invite him for an interview.
  • The report suggested that CAC will only interview Kumble, Sehwag, Moody and Pybus.
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Virat Kohli heaps praises on Hardik Pandya, says he is rare talent

  • The skipper sees Pandya as the potential next big name in Indian cricket.
  • Kohli also said that if Pandya gets the support he deserves, he will make a big name for himself in Indian cricket in the coming years.
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News Channels In Pakistan are not sparing their team, criticism continues

  • Media channels across the border are currently scrutinizing their cricket team for not showing any fighting spirit against India, and frustration is visible on social media too.
  • According to a few news channels, it has now become a norm for the team to lose even the smallest of the games.
  • Many media channels are requesting the team to stop playing cricket and sit at home, because as per them, they are good for nothing.
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Virat Kohli throws a challenge to the Journalists

  • The press conference was due to be held in the indoor nets of the Ken Barrington Centre of Cricket where journalists were waiting for Kohli to come and answer their questions. While waiting for the Indian Captain to arrive, certain members of the media decided to have a go in the indoor nets. By the time Kohli arrived the contest between journalists had become quite intense.
  • When Kohli sat down for the interaction, he decided to throw a challenge towards the media personnel. “Let’s make them play against our bowlers,” the Indian captain said jokingly as quoted by Cricketnext.
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Netizens show huge interest on India v Pakistan CT 2017 clash

  • A total of 13000 fans’ conversations were surveyed and the exponential traffic came from India.
  • The survey showed how pronounced India-Pakistan cricketing rivalry is. Fans from European countries accounted for the most interactions outside India. Fans from Germany, England and other cricket loving countries of Europe put in their reactions on Rooter. Middle East which had mostly Pakistani fans also came into the picture with a sizeable no of conversations.
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MS Dhoni’s bat sold for an enormous sum of £100,000

  • MS Dhoni’s Reebok bat that he used while captaining the Indian team in the World Cup 2011 is the highest ever auctioned bat in the cricketing history, another record to add with the former skipper already having many records under his name.
  • The bat was then auctioned and purchased for a cool £100,000 ($161,295) by RK Global Shares and Security.
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Virender Sehwag is reportedly still hanging around in England

  • According to Mid Day, Virender Sehwag, who was supposed to fly back to India yesterday has reportedly stayed put in England.
  • Sehwag has applied for the job of India’s coach and the interview will be scheduled shortly.
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Virat Kohli urges India to carry the momentum against Sri Lanka

  • Indian skipper Virat Kohli has urged India to produce an encore of their Pakistan demolition when they face Sri Lanka in their next match of the tournament on Thursday.
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Harbhajan feels India should not be complacent against Sri Lanka

  • Veteran off-spinner and Indian legend Harbhajan Singh has commented that the team led by Virat Kohli must not be complacent when they face the Asian side Sri Lanka at The Oval.
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Ian Chappell feels Islamabad is much safer than England

  • Former Australian captain and cricket commentator Ian Chappell have said at a recent press event that he feels much safer in the city of Islamabad than in the country of England.
  • Chappell’s comments came amidst terror attacks that took in England, in light to the bomb blast where three men killed nearly seven people and injured another 48 people on Saturday.
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Indian players enjoying foreign cuisines in England

  • The team set out for lunch yesterday when the practice session was called off, reported Mid Day. Unlike in the past, when Indian cricketers travelling abroad, especially the vegetarians, would be in the lookout for Indian restaurants, which would offer them a taste of home, the bunch of cricketers yesterday enjoyed themselves at a sushi restaurant.
  • After sushi, they enjoyed grilled chicken wth peri peri sauce at Nando’s.
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The Cricket Advisory Committee to meet today to take further action on coach selection

  • The BCCI appointed Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC) consisting of Sachin Tendulkar, Sourav Ganguly and VVS Laxman is likely to meet for a meeting today at the Royal Garden Hotel.
  • The meeting is expected to be convened by BCCI CEO Rahul Johri and it has been learnt that the reason for the meeting is to read the minds of the three key members of the committee.
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Angelo Mathews will play only as a batsman against India

Yuvraj Singh reveals the toughest bowler he has faced

  • When Yuvraj was asked about the toughest bowler had to face in his entire cricketing career, he revealed that the Australian Glenn McGrath troubled him when he was young.
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MS Dhoni feels even ICC doesn’t understand Duckworth-Lewis method

  • ‘Don’t think even ICC understands Duckworth Lewis” Dhoni said.
  • India would take on Sri Lanka on Thursday at Oval, where there is a high probability of rain and Duckworth-Lewis method might come into the picture again.
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Formalities cleared for Ambati Rayudu to play for Hyderabad in the Ranji Trophy

  • Ambati Rayudu, who is set to play for his home side Hyderabad in the upcoming Ranji Trophy season has got all the formalities cleared up.
  • T Shesh Narayan, secretary of Hyderabad Cricket Association (HCA) confirmed the news.
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India likely to get a new head coach before the end of the Champions Trophy

  • India’s current coach Anil Kumble’s tenure will come to an end at the end of the ongoing Champions Trophy. India is going to tour West Indies immediately after the ICC event so BCCI wants to identify a candidate before the end of the tournament which would end on 18th June.
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Sanjeev Goenka in London for acquisition talks with Rajasthan Royals

  • The owner of RPS, Sanjeev Goenka, was recently spotted in London. Since the contract of his franchise is over now, Goenka seems keen to keep his interests in cricket going. According to Mumbai Mirror, Goenka has come to meet Manoj Badale, the ownership face of the Rajasthan Royals management. The London-based Badale hosts almost 40 per cent shares of the RR franchise.
  • Sources close to Goenka played down the visit as a prospective sporting one. But the presence of Raghu Iyer, who is the CEO of the Goenka’s sports wing, alongside Goenka has led to the murmurs of the latter’s interest in RR.
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10 cricketers from current Indian team are against Anil Kumble’s extension as coach

  • As per the latest developments in the selection of team India’s new head coach, it has been learnt that close to 10 of the present team India cricketers do not want the BCCI to reselect Anil Kumble for the position that he already holds at the present.
  • As per further inside news, only one player has come out in support of Kumble but the rest have maintained silence. One of the players even said Kumble’s stubborn attitude forced him to go for surgery.
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Shane Warne is not willing to be the coach of India

  • “Ps re Virat Kohli & I would work well together as a quote, this is totally made up. I never said that to anyone, very disappointing journalism,” wrote Shane Warne in a tweet. After the tweet, it is clear that the cricketer turned commentator will not be seen working with Virat Kohli.
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Rohit Sharma picks the toughest bowler he has faced

  • India opening batsman Rohit Sharma admitted that South African spearhead paceman Dale Steyn is the toughest bowler he has had to face in his career.
  • Sharma opened up about his experience playing for the national team and also shared that the challenge of playing as an opener has become considerably harder since he began to open the innings for India.
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Shane Warne looks back at the first time he faced off against Sachin Tendulkar

  • The Aussie recalled the first time he ever faced off against Sachin Tendulkar in India. “It was during the 1998 series, and both of us were on the top of our games,” Warne said.
  • Warne reminisced how the crowd erupted in chants of ‘Sachin-Sachin’ at the fall of the second wicket during the first innings. “We went into a huddle to discuss how we could get Tendulkar out, and I said, I will get him out,” Shane Warne shared.
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Kane Williamson and New Zealand players fined for slow over rate

  • New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has been fined 40 per cent of his match fees while the rest of the team has been handed a 20 per cent fine for completing their bowling innings at a slower rate and finishing the innings was found to be 2 overs slow.
  • After the conclusion of the match, the Match Referee Rod Tucker along with the onfield umpires Bruce Oxenford and Paul Reiffel made the decision to impose the fine.
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AB de Villiers talks about his admiration for Wasim Akram

  • AB de Villiers said that he hadn’t seen any bowler as good as the ‘King of Swing’.
  • He further added that he got on well with the Pakistani legend, who is the coach of Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL.
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Azhar Ali blames dropped catches for the loss against India in the Champions Trophy

  • Former Pakistan captain Azhar Ali echoed that belief and said that dropped catches in the first innings allowed Indian batsmen to pile on runs and hurt Pakistan’s chances of chasing down the total.
  • “We have ourselves to blame and as a team, we have to collectively accept the responsibility and take the blame. We made some crucial mistakes and they were the turning points and proved to be pivotal in the outcome of the match against India.” Azhar Ali quoted as saying by Circle of Cricket.
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Afghanistan cancels ODI series against Ireland

  • Afghanistan Cricket Board (ACB) has decided to call off the ODI series against Ireland.
  • The series was expected to be played next month. But the fixtures of the series is coinciding with Afghanistan’s domestic T20 league the Shpageeza Cricket League. Hence, they decided to cancel the series and pay more attention to their domestic Twenty20 tournament as it is expected to provide a huge platform to the local Afghan cricketers.
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