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

Here are the top cricket headlines of the day.

Ravi Shastri
Ravi Shastri. (Photo by SUJIT JAISWAL/AFP/Getty Images)

Ravi Shastri applies for the Indian head coach position officially

  • Retired Indian international Ravi Shastri has made himself available for the Indian head coach post officially, as he handed in his application for the job, according to BCCI sources. Shastri had previously said that he will try his luck for the second time in grabbing the opportunity and the move was expected sooner than later. The news was confirmed by the Times of India through a Tweet from their official handle on Twitter.
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We would like to carry the momentum overseas: Cheteshwar Pujara

  • Cheteshwar Pujara, the highest run-scorer for India in the recent home series with 1316 runs in 13 Tests at an average 62.66, recently returned from his stint at county cricket in England with Nottinghamshire. Presently, he is preparing himself for the gruelling tour of Sri Lanka by training in Chennai.
  • Virat Kohli & Co. won 12 of the 13 Test matches they played in the grand home season defeating sides like New Zealand, England and Australia on home soil. The India No.3 feels that the team would be a force to reckon with when they replicate their performance overseas as well.
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Fakhar Zaman gets richer by 20 lakhs for his performance in Champions Trophy

  • Rewards and accolades continued to pour in for Pakistani players after they defeated India in the recently concluded Champions Trophy. It was the swashbuckling left-handed opener Fakhar Zaman yet again who received a reward of 20 lakhs from Bilal Malik, who is the son of Malik Riaz, the owner of Bahria Town, Karachi.
  • Fakhar Zaman was responsible for single-handedly changed the fortunes of Pakistan in Champions Trophy. Only the ardent followers of Pakistan Super League had an idea about the devastation he can create with the blade of his. During the start of the tournament, the well established yet struggling for form, Ahmed Shehzad was favoured over the talent of Zaman.
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Sanjay Bangar congratulates women’s cricket team, says they are inspirational

  • What the Indian men’s cricket team could do not do weeks ago has been done by the Indian women’s team as they crushed arch-rivals Pakistan in their 3rd game of the tournament by 95 runs to top the points table after three consecutive wins. Sanjay Bangar, the batting coach of the India men’s team has sent congratulatory messages to the girls, saying that they are an inspiration for the men’s team.
  • Hailing the bowling performance put up by the Mithali Raj-led side, Bangar said he hopes that the women’s team can compensate for men’s Champions Trophy loss by winning the World Cup. “I want to congratulate our Indian women’s cricket team. They won back to back three matches. Today as well, they needed to defend just 169 runs. So they displayed a spectacular bowling performance. We are getting inspired from them fully. They had already won three matches, but the tournament is very long,” Bangar told in a conversation with ANI.
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Windies players Selman, Connell ruled out of WWC 2017 due to injury

  • The Windies women’s squad received yet another setback to their floundering World Cup campaign with their bowling duo of Shakera Selman and Shamilia Connell being ruled out for the remainder of the tournament. They have now been replaced by Subrina Munroe and Kycia Knight. Selman was struck on the head while fielding at short-leg in Windies’ opening fixture against Australia. Connell on the other hand, suffered a hip injury against India, only bowling four overs for 23 runs in the seven-wicket loss before leaving the pitch.
  • The substitutions were affirmed by the World Cup event technical board comprising of Geoff Allardice, the administrator, Campbell Jamieson, the ICC delegate, Steve Elworthy, the competition chief, Alan Fordham, the host agent, and independent nominees Anjum Chopra and Alison Mitchell.
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ACA will hire Ashes team  if no mediation takes place on cricket impasse

  • With the ugly contract dispute leaving more than 200 elite Australian players unemployed, and all future tours also in doubt, there was a new twist in the tale when the Australian Cricketers Association (ACA) held an emergency meeting with the players in Sydney yesterday. Following that, Cricket Australia could be forced to licence back its Test stars from the players’ association it is at war with to avoid an Ashes tour blackout this summer.
  • On Friday, the Australia A side decided not to leave for South Africa and the players made it clear there would be no tours of Bangladesh or India either if things weren’t resolved. Players’ association chief executive Alastair Nicholson again called on CA to accept mediation and for its chief executive James Sutherland to help break the impasse.
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MS Dhoni’s contribution to Indian cricket cannot be matched, says Aakash Chopra

  • Former Indian Test opener and a renowned Hindi commentator, Aakash Chopra hailed praises for former Indian skipper MS Dhoni, after he surpassed the runs tally of Adam Gilchrist recently against West Indies in Antigua. Chopra claimed that his contribution with the bat as well as captaincy will remain unparalleled in Indian cricket.
  • Though, Chopra mentioned that surpassing Sangakkara’s tally of runs might be far-fetched but one has to take into account that Dhoni has spent his entire batting career batting lower down the order at number 5,6 and 7. Meanwhile, Gilchrist and Sangakkara have been top order batsman throughout their careers, which makes his feat even more special.
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Solomon Mire’s first love wasn’t cricket

  • In a series of firsts, the underdogs of International cricket, Zimbabwe shocked the entire cricketing world with a record win over Sri Lanka on 1st of July 2017. In the 1st ODI played at the Galle International Stadium, the man who stole the show was 28-year-old Solomon Mire who thrashed the powerful Lankans with his maiden ODI hundred smashing 112 off mere 96 balls which included 14 flawless boundaries covering almost every corner of the ground.
  • Though he might have won an unlikely game for his team, cricket was not Mire’s first love. He wanted to become a pilot but eventually moved away from aeroplanes to pursue a career in cricket and would’ve been a huge moment for the right-hander when he guided his team to a win.
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No Indian in Cricket Australia’s top ODI cricketers for 2016-17 financial year

  • Cricket Australia has released its annual list of the best performers in ODIs from the 2016-2017 financial year, which includes top 5 batsmen, top 5 bowlers and top 5 wicketkeepers. Much to the dismay of Indian readers, no Indian cricketer has been featured in any of the three categories, probably because Team India played more Tests than ODIs and predominantly T20Is.
  • As for the top 5 batsmen, the no 1 spot went to Australia’s David Warner, who amassed 1,323 runs the last year from 22 innings at an average of 63.00, which included 2 centuries. England’s Joe Root is No. 2, with 1,152 runs from 20 innings at an average of 67.76, which also included two tons. At no. 3 is South Africa’s Faf du Plessis who played 22 innings and scored 1,085 runs at an average of 54.25 which included 3 centuries.
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Faf du Plessis to miss Lord’s Test after birth of his first child

  • South African Test skipper Faf du Plessis will miss the first Test against England at Lord’s starting on July 6 due to family reasons. Du Plessis had to fly back home for the birth of his first child and will thus be unable to return in time and lead the side in the opener of the four-Test series. Dean Elgar has instead been bestowed with captain duties in du Plessis’ absence.
  • Faf’s wife, Imari gave birth to a girl and he will remain in South Africa for the foreseeable future and hence miss the game at Lord’s. On the other hand, head coach Russell Domingo who had to head back to South Africa following the news of his mother’s car accident a week ago has returned in England. Domingo’s mother has now been safely discharged from the hospital. The Proteas are also sweating over the fitness of Vernon Philander, who was unable to take part in the tour match as he is rehabbing from an ankle injury.
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Nottinghamshire players awarded the wrong medal after victory in the finals

  • After Nottinghamshire’s win against Surrey in the Royal London One -Day Cup final at Lord’s, the players were handed wrong medals with “Women’s One-Day Cup Champions 2017” engraved on it. The Notts won the match with four wickets and 13 balls remaining to lift the trophy this season. Alex Hales starred in the finals with his unbeaten monumental knock of 187. The medals were later replaced with the correct ones that evening before the team had left Lord’s after an extended period of celebrations in the dressing room.
  • Surrey elected to bat first after winning the toss and elected to bat first to post a challenging total of 297. Their innings was powered by 144 from Mark Stoneman who remained unbeaten throughout the fifty overs. Samit Patel starred with the ball as he picked up three wickets in the innings.
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Sanjay Bangar holds batsmen responsible for 4th ODI defeat against Windies

  • Although batting on Sir Vivian Richards Stadium’s sluggish track was difficult, Team India’s batting coach Sanjay Bangar held batsmen responsible for a botched chase. India did well to restrict hosts Windies to 188 in the first innings but lacked intent in pursuit of a meagre target.
  • Their chase bore similarities to their first innings in the third ODI. Shikhar Dhawan and Virat Kohli departed inside the first powerplay, while Dinesh Karthik couldn’t contribute whatsoever on his comeback. The bulk of the work was left for MS Dhoni after Kedar Jadhav and Hardik Pandya were dismissed as well.
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Pakistan women’s team as unpredictable as the men’s team feels Nain Abidi

  • Nain Abidi, an active member of the Pakistan women’s team, claimed that her team’s unpredictable nature matches that of the men’s team. In a video posted by the International Cricket Council’s official Twitter handle, the right-handed batsman stated that she wants to make the World Cup an event to remember while highlighting the team’s variable nature.
  • The 23-year-old also said that the team has been well supported by the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the fans. She also thanked the players of men’s team for backing the women’s side.
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Hambantota Stadium threatened by wild elephants ahead of Sri Lanka-Zimbabwe clash

  • There is a major concern that has struck the Sri Lanka-Zimbabwe series ahead of a series of one Day Internationals scheduled to take place at the Hambantota stadium. Sri Lanka, much known for its beautiful and diverse wildlife, are now facing problems because of the same.
  • The country’s cricket board is set to spread out game wardens in order to prevent the invasion of wild elephants onto the pitch while Sri Lanka host Zimbabwe at the Hambantota Stadium.
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Virat Kohli blames poor shot selection for India’s loss in the 4th ODI

  • When a dominant India took on a rag-tag Windies in the 4th ODI, not many would have thought that the latter would win. The hosts were toothless in the 2nd and 3rd ODI, both of which India muscled by big victory margins. Had the visitors won the 4th game, they would have also sealed the series. But with the loss, the 5th ODI becomes a must-win for the Virat Kohli-led team.
  • After the match, captain Kohli pointed out how the poor shot selection was the reason for their 11-run loss. After the India bowlers restricted the out of touch Windies batter for just 190, India’s famed batting, boasting of names like Virat Kohli, Shikhar Dhawan and MS Dhoni failed to chase it down. Dhoni played unusually slow, as he laboriously crawled to a half century in 108 balls.
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Phil Simmons quietly slides in his application for India’s next coach

  • The hunt is still on for India’s next coach after Anil Kumble’s recent annulment from the coaching job. With July 9 being the last day to file the application for the coveted post, aspiring candidates are shooting in their CV’s to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to grab the spot. The latest one to have thrown his hat in the ring is Phil Simmons, former West Indies opener and coach.
  • Keeping in mind the discord which took place between Virat and Kumble and the former coach on condition of fierce disagreements between them, the BCCI would put everything on the table and look for any anomalies in selecting the next coach.
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