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

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

Here are the top cricket headlines of the day.

Virat Kohli stands as a pillar for MS Dhoni at the post-match conference

  • Skipper Virat Kohli has come in defence of the ageing Mahendra Singh Dhoni when the latter needed the most. Critics have raised their voices recently questioning the place of MS Dhoni in the Indian team. Many people believe and have voiced their opinions asking MS Dhoni to consider his retirement and pave way for the youngsters.
  • But Virat Kohli has taken a guard in front of the legendary captain and has replied back harshly.  Virat made it clear that Mahi is an indispensable part of the team. “He is striking the ball beautifully, you don’t need to tell him anything in terms of how to play a situation, how to build an innings,” said Kohli at the post-match conference after India’s series win in the Caribbean.
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Younis Khan’s humble gesture donates PM award to a foundation

  • Former Pakistan batsman Younis Khan is known to be one of the better human beings going around. He always played his cricket with a smile on his face, irrespective of his performances. He retired from international cricket in May earlier in the year, leaving a big hole in the middle order of Pakistan.
  • He was awarded a cash award of Rs 10 million by the Prime Minister of Pakistan, Nawaz Shareef for his outstanding contributions to Pakistan’s cricket. The former No. 3 batsman has decided to donate the amount to Edhi Foundation. He even urged the government of Pakistan to not charge him any tax so that maximum benefit of his generous act could reach to the foundation. Younis has set a great example which must be adopted by more and more cricketers.
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Krunal Pandya aims to make his mark in South Africa tour

  • Hardik and Krunal Pandya have emerged to be absolute assets for any team and are oozing with confidence. While Hardik has already announced himself into the international scene following a memorable IPL, Krunal is yet to make his entry.
  • The elder of the two promising brothers, Krunal, has been doing everything right since his return from injury. After his comeback, the highly talented all-rounder grabbed the limelight in the blue and silver colours of the Mumbai Indians. The 26-year-old caught everyone’s eyes with solid performances with the bat, ball and on the field.
  • “This is a lifetime opportunity for me. I would first like to thank the Mumbai Indians management. Had they not picked me in 2016, I would not have got an opportunity to showcase my talent.”
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Dhoni still the fittest, no one has to tell him when to retire, says childhood coach of the stumper

  • As scrutiny of MS Dhoni has increased post his slow 114-ball 54, his childhood coach Chanchal Bhattacharya has defended his pupil saying that he knows when to call it quits. Dhoni recorded the slowest half-century made by an Indian in an ODI in 16 years when he raised a half-century after facing 108 balls on Sunday.
  • More than the slowness of approach, the inability to close out the game in the dying stages of the game by the former captain has sparked criticizers to snub MS Dhoni. Known to be one of the greatest finishers of all time, Dhoni has failed to finish games for India in the last two years. In between low scores, though, Dhoni has displayed shades of his own-self by playing rollicking knocks. In the 3rd ODI, the Indian stumper played a match-winning inning of 78* which also fetched him the Player of the Match award.
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Tethered bails to be introduced in the game of cricket soon

  • Looking at player’s safety, MCC has been looking at the use of tethered bails in order to save wicketkeeper’s injury due to the flying bails. The new addition to the woodwork was recently trialled at Lord’s recently in a match between Cardiff MCCU and Loughborough MCCU in the MCC Universities Challenge final ahead of its introduction in October.
  • Many wicketkeepers in the past were forced to retire from the game of cricket citing injuries to their eyes. Mark Boucher, retired from the game of cricket, after an injury to the eye during South Africa’s tour to England back in 2012. He still holds the record for most number of dismissals in international cricket (with 999 dismissals)
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Kapil Dev reveals how he overcame his superstitions during his playing days

  • Kapil Dev, one of the greatest all-rounders the world has ever seen, also had some superstitions of his own. The World Cup winning captain recently threw some light on how he managed to overcome them.
  • “When I was a youngster, I too had my own set of beliefs. I would always wear the left pad first and put the right foot first on the ground. These were little things… do the right things in life,” added Kapil on What the Duck Show.
  • Kapil Dev then went on to share the incident which got him free of his superstitions. He took us to a match when he almost got out because his chain came into contact with his bat while playing a shot. The ball went back to the keeper and had the umpire confused the sound of the chain with th sound of the ball hitting the bat, Kapil was sure to make his way back to the pavilion. But luckily the umpire gave the right decision.
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Ramiz Raja hits back at his trollers for misinterpretation of MSD comment

  • After Twitter roasted Ramiz Raja for him questioning MS Dhoni’s Grade ‘A’ comment, the renowned cricket commentators lashed out at his trollers for misinterpreting the logic and intent behind his statement. Raja justified his statement by claiming that his agenda focussed on the future of Test Cricket.
  • Much has been talked about the Raja’s comment on MS Dhoni’s Grade ‘A’ contract despite retiring from Test Cricket for a long time now. He also questioned the Superstar Culture prevalent within the Boards of the Indian sub-continent. He cited out the case of Shahid Afridi from Pakistan who had a ‘Grade A’ contract despite retiring from Test Cricket for a long time.
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Supreme Court turns down Anurag Thakur’s apology following the perjury charges

  • Former BCCI President, Anurag Thakur finds himself in turmoil as the Supreme Court has rejected his apology in the perjury case. The Supreme Court has turned down Thakur’s apology by terming it as ‘conditional’.
  • Thakur has been ordered to file another new apology which must be ‘unconditional an unqualified’. As per the instructions from the Supreme Court, Anurag Thakur will have to be present on 14th July too.
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Virat Kohli reminiscent of his 122 against England, calls it a special inning

  • Indian captain Virat Kohli must be an elated man after winning the 5-match ODI series 3-1 in the West Indies, and all of that without a head coach by the team’s side. He didn’t fiddle much with the playing combination and retained almost all the players from the Champions Trophy 2017 squad. Kohli expressed delight on having found match winners in Hardik Pandya and Kedar Jadhav, both of them have sprung up surprises when expected the least.
  • Kohli revealed that West Indies could not be taken lightly, no international team can be taken lightly, which is why he didn’t want to make a lot of changes in the squad. Speaking to media after trouncing Windies in the fifth and final ODI at Kingston’s Sabina Park, Kohli said its important to stick to the plans without making too many abrupt calls.
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Coach must understand that players win the matches: John Wright

  • The Kumble era will never be remembered for the results the former leg-spinner got during his year-long stint. His old school methods were not liked by a section of Indian players, including skipper Virat Kohli. Despite the media reporting a rift between Kohli and Kumble, the former India skipper was given a month extension but he stepped down just days before India’s tour of the West Indies.
  • The Cricket Advisory Committee is scheduled to screen the applicants on Sunday in Mumbai. According to sources, Ravi Shastri is the frontrunner to replace Kumble, though Virender Sehwag and Tom Moody have strong profiles as well. It will be interesting to see how they fare in the interviews. The selected candidate will be responsible to coach the national team until the end of the 2019 World Cup.
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Reports: Shane Warne to coach Rajasthan Royals in 2018 edition of IPL

  • If reports are to be believed, Australian legend Shane Warne is set to be back for the next season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as the coach of the Rajasthan Royals. The Jaipur-based franchise, alongside the Chennai Super Kings, will complete their two-year suspension on July 14, 2017, and will be a part of the IPL next year.
  • Earlier on July 15, 2015, they Royals and CSK were suspended from the IPL for two years after some of their officials were found guilty of illegal betting. Raj Kundra, the co-owner of the Royals, and Gurunath Meiyappan of CSK were banned from all cricket-related activities for life.
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