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

Here are the top cricket headlines of the day.

Mithali Raj of India
Mithali Raj of India. (Photo by Gary Prior-IDI/IDI via Getty Images)

Virat Kohli establishes himself as the most popular Indian celebrity on Facebook

  • Indian skipper Virat Kohli has reached a new career milestone but this time it is not cricket. The charismatic cricketer went past Bollywood superstar Salman Khan to ace the list of most followed celebrity on Facebook.
  • Kohli, who is currently dating Bollywood diva Anushka Sharma, is now the most popular Indian celebrity on Facebook with over 35 millions fans. The aggressive cricketer left behind Salman Khan who is arguably one of the most influential personalities in the country, by more than 6,00,000 followers. Kohli also became the most ‘liked’ personality on social media platform ‘Instagram’ which completely portray the amount of fame the batsman has achieved with his contributions to the nation.
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Contrasting tales in first DRS reviews of India Men and India Women teams

  • Mithali Raj taking a review was the first ever instance of a review in women’s cricket. Fortunately for team India, the review decision went in favor of them. The action perspired in the 18th over of the English run chase when Deepti Sharma bowled to Natalie Sciver. Sciver tried to sweep the full ball but ended up edging it. The wicket keeper managed to catch the ball but the on field umpires ruled it not out. Mithali Raj, the Indian skipper, was quick to review the decision. The replays suggested that there was a faint tickle from the gloves of Sciver and the decision was in the favor of the Indian side.
  • Very contrasting to this, in the history lanes of the men’s cricket, the first review for India’s men’s team was an unsuccessful one. India took their first ever review in a Test match against Sri Lanka at 2008. Playing at Colombo in the first Test, it was Harbhajan Singh who asked for a review in the 46th over of the game in the first innings. Harbhajan bowled to Malinda Warnapura and managed to hit his pads.
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Virat Kohli will have no say on who the next Indian coach will be, says Vinod Rai

  • Vinod Rai, who is currently heading the Committee of Administrators was in all praise of the former Indian coach and leggie Anil Kumble saying he did his role ‘absolutely impeccable’. Rai also expressed that Virat Kohli, the Indian skipper would have no say on who the next Indian coach of the team would be.
  • Rai also expressed that Kumble had been impeccable throughout his time at the helms of the affair in the Indian Cricket team, adding there is nothing to talk about the coach-captain issue. He went on to quash the rumours of Virat Kohli selecting the next coach, adding that Virat Kohli has never been involved in the selection process.
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Former cricketer Venkat Sunderam suggests India doesn’t require a coach

  • Former Indian cricketer Venkat Sunderam, who has represented both Delhi and Tamil Nadu, believes the Indian cricket team does not need a coach, instead, require a manager for administrative work. The spot of the head coach remains vacant now that Anil Kumble has decided to resign from the post, looking at the ‘untenable’ relationship with the team.
  • Looking at the recent developments, Sunderam commented that players should be capable enough at the international level to administer themselves. “Now that Anil Kumble has stepped down, there is a need to review whether a coach is required. A national team should have players capable of fine-tuning their game and equating the requirements to different formats,” said Venkat Sunderam according to Deccan Chronicle.
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Hathurusingha to replace Graham Ford as Lankan head coach

  • Graham Ford’s untimely and bizarre exit as the head coach of Sri Lankan cricket team indeed raised a few eyebrows. Lankan cricket is currently in a transition period and they were looking for someone with tons of experience to lead them in these sensitive times. Hence, Graham Ford was offered him 45-month contract last year and he obliged to it.
  • 15 months after consenting Sri Lankan Cricket’s (SLC) request, Ford quit his duties on 24 June, a week after their country’s disastrous performance in the recently concluded ICC Champions Trophy. Fielding coach Nic Pothas has taken over currently as the interim head coach and reports suggest that SLC is trying to rope in Chandika Hathurusingha, their former cricketer to take up the coveted job.
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Damien Martyn gets into an ugly spat with a footballer on Twitter

  • Former Australian batsman Damien Martyn has recently found himself engaged in a Twitter battle with a renowned Australian rules footballer Clayton Oliver, over the controversial dive he made during Melbourne Demons game against West Coast.
  • Martyn being an ardent West Coast fan wasn’t amused watching the 19-year old antics on the field and was quick to tweet his reaction after the controversial dive from the footballer. However, Oliver was quick to remind the cricketer’s not-so-fond-memories of the Sydney Test of 1994, where the then 21-year old could not steer his side home even after being perilously close to the total.
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Yuvraj and Dhoni are important to the team says Sanjay Bangar

  • Mahendra Singh Dhoni and Yuvraj Singh have been under the needle for a long time now. There are former players who have been criticising them for their scarce contributions but Bangar came out in support of the duo. He cited their performances in the recent games and said that they are very important to the team.
  • “It all boils down to the fitness part. If you’re fit and capable of delivering. You saw in the match against Pakistan, how the experience came to the fore – In the last eight overs we scored 108 runs and that wouldn’t have been possible without the contribution of Yuvraj Singh,” he said.
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The Kochi Tuskers saga finally comes to an end

  • The franchise Kochi Tuskers had been abruptly terminated from the Indian Premier League, six seasons ago with Shashank Manohar at the helm of affairs at the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). Since then negotiations between the two have been on, and finally, they have come to a conclusion, with ‘fruitful’ negotiations on the cards.
  • Kochi Tuskers was wrongfully terminated from the tournament in September 2011, while BCCI decided to encash Tuskers’ bank guarantees valuing up to INR 153.33 crore. The owners of the franchise decided to take up this case to the court, which was seen by the Chief Justice of India RC Lahoti. After a long and tedious procedure that continued for four years, RC Lahoti has awarded the arbitration in favour of Tuskers, and the award states in its very first sentence that the “termination (of Kochi Tuskers) was wrong and a declaration should be sought from BCCI that the termination was wrongful.”
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CSA wants Sunil Gavaskar to be a part of its T20 league board

  • Former Indian cricketer and legendary batsman Sunil Gavaskar has been approached by Cricket South Africa, to be part of the newly unveiled T20 league. Gavaskar is required to be a member of the advisory board of the league, that is expected to take off this December.
  • The offer that CSA has on board for the former Indian cricketer is understandable because the CSA has positioned the tournament as a global event, and not a South Africa domestic league. The Indian batsman has earlier been a part of the governing body of the Indian Premier League (IPL), a flagship T20 tournament. Gavaskar, of course, was appointed by the Supreme Court of India to head the IPL in 2014 and the CSA feels that he is the right person to lead.
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Boy from Kashmir gets arrested for posting a status update in favor of Pakistan after Champions Trophy win

  • A young boy from Kashmir has been charged with a case after he congratulated Pakistan after their win against India in the Champions Trophy final. Madhya Pradesh has engaged the young resident because they believe that the boy’s status a turmoil on social media platform Facebook.
  • The boy expressed his support for Pakistan after the match on June 18 but it was not taken lightly by Indian locals. His Facebook post soon turned into a brawl as the locals even went out searching for Musadir. The lad was also termed as anti-national as his post did not go down lightly with the rest.
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Anurag Thakur comes in support of Virat Kohli in the captain-coach controversy

  • It’s obvious that the recent situation has been weighing badly on the skipper for the past week. But Anurag Thakur’s comment can come as a solace for Virat. The former BCCI president said that the 28-year-old has been unnecessarily blamed for the fiasco and that there have been no proven grounds to hold him responsible. He feels that Board should protect him as he is the future captain of India.
  • “Virat is being unreasonably targeted, I think the discussion should stop. Virat has the ability to take Indian cricket to new heights in the next 10 years. This is not the first time that a cricketer is being targeted. In the past too, captains and former captains have been targeted,” Thakur was quoted as saying by TOI.
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End of the line for Lalit Modi?

  • Lalit Modi suffered a severe blow as the Rajasthan Cricket Association (RCA) initiated the disaffiliation of the Nagaur District Cricket Association. As a result, Modi, the acting president of the Nagaur District Cricket Association, is currently without a position of power. The suspension order from the RCA came through on Saturday, 24th of June.
  • The BCCI had previously banned the RCA from being functional. Subsequently, the governing body had provided the RCA with an ultimatum to revoke the ban if and only if the latter would remove Modi from all authoritarian positions.
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India are fortunate to have two leaders in the team says Ian Chappell

  • Chappell thinks that India is fortunate to have two leaders. He wrote that Ajinkya Rahane is the second leader in the team barring Virat. Chappell thinks Rahane led India well in the last Test against England in the Dharamshala. He also said that it is Kohli’s task to concentrate on winning the games and the assistance off the field should ensure that he is not distracted.
  • “India is fortunate to have two capable leaders in Kohli and the man who stood in for him during the Test series with Australia, Ajinkya Rahane. It’s Kohli’s job as captain to concentrate on things that help win or lose cricket matches and his off-field assistants’ task is to ensure he’s not distracted in trying to achieve victory,” Chappell wrote.
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Google shows support for ICC Women’s World Cup with Doodle game

  • Arguably the most popular search engine, Google, is renowned for showing their support to important events with their innovative logos. They tend to customize the logo on their home page with a design that resembles the special event. Recently, on the day when the ICC Women’s World Cup 2017 commenced, they were at it yet again. They had a dedicated logo for the sporting event.
  • It came as a very sweet gesture from Google to be coming up with their support for the most prestigious event in the women’s cricket. They showed their support by launching the Doodle game. The game is quite interactive and it features ants and snails. They represent the women cricketers. The ants run very fast between the wickets. On the other hand, the snails are highly active on the field.
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Looking for a coach who will win matches, says Sourav Ganguly

  • Former Indian captain and an integral part of the CAC, Sourav Ganguly was at the BCCI to attend a meeting of the State Associations. When the question of what kind of a coach does he want was thrown at the left-hander, Ganguly opted for a one who will earn victories for the team. Sourav answered “One who can win cricket matches.”
  • This will be the primary factor that will be taken into account while the selection of the coach. But the coach will also need to gel with captain Virat Kohli and give him the freedom to take decisions according to the CAC.
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Here is where the Bangladesh cricketers are celebrating Eid

  • The players of the Bangladesh cricket team are very excited to celebrate the festival of Eid-ul-fitr. Muslims all around the world will be celebrating the festival with the sighting of the moon after the 29th day of the month of Ramadan. The cricketers are surely very excited for the festival. As per the reports in bdcrictime.com, most of the players have decided to celebrate the occasion with their family and friends.
  • Rubel is expected to be back in action in about 6 weeks. Wicket-keeper batsman Nurul Hasan is in Khulna right now. He is set to get married on June 30 and will surely be looking forward to the festival and his wedding preparations as well. Spin bowler Taijul Islam will stay in Natore and opening batsman Imrul Kayes is set to spend his Eid with family in Meherpur.
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Fakhar Zaman reveals how he felt after Bumrah’s no-ball

  • Pakistan batting sensation, Fakhar Zaman, finally disclosed about how he felt after he was called back after initially dismissed off a no-ball from Jasprit Bumrah. The left-hander described the feeling as a being provided with a fresh lease of life.
  • “When I was caught behind, my heart sank. I was stunned and slowly started making my way back to the dressing room with all my hopes and dreams crushed. I kept thinking how could I lose my wicket here, I was supposed to score big, not get out on three.” continued the 27-year-old. “When the umpires stopped me, it was like a new hope. It felt like a new life. I thought to myself if this is a no ball then today is surely my day.” concluded Zaman.
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Eoin Morgan discloses why he pulled out of the must-win contest against SA

  • England’s limited-over captain, Eoin Morgan, finally revealed the reason why he opted to sit out in the crunch game against South Africa today in the Third T20 International at Cardiff today. Morgan cited out that it was the right thing to do looking at the future development of the team.
  • “We recognize the series as a big opportunity to have a look at a younger group of players.  It’s an important part of our development, and our success in 50-over cricket and T20 has been down to the strength in depth we’ve had in the side. If it was a case where I could go on and captain, I would. But this is an important part of our development” commented Eoin Morgan in an interview with Sky Sports.
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N Srinivasan keen on discussing revenue sharing implementations with BCCI

  • The former President of the Indian cricket Board, N Srinivasan, is clearly not pleased with the new revenue sharing model implemented by the International Cricket Council. Earlier, the majority of the revenues was shared by the ‘big three’ boards of India, Australia, and England. This revenue sharing model where the ‘big three’ dominated the shares was a brainchild of N Srinivasan.
  • The agenda behind this was clear – the countries yielding maximum profits should get maximum shares of revenues. However, in the recent times, the other country members started complaining about the same. Hence, the ICC, under Shashank Manohar vouched for an equal distribution of share among all the member bodies. Earlier, the BCCI was at loggerheads with the ICC regarding the same as they stood firm ground on retaining the big three formula.
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