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

Here are the top headlines of the day.

Ajinkya Rahane
Indian cricketer Ajinkya Rahane made a brisk hundred. (Photo by LAKRUWAN WANNIARACHCHI/AFP/Getty Images)

Jayant Yadav’s father Jai Singh passes away in Delhi

  • Indian off-spinner Jayant Yadav suffered a huge loss on 3rd August 2017 which was a Thursday. The bowler lost his father, Jai Singh in Delhi, who was a former Ranji cricketer. The news was confirmed by Yogendra Yadav, who is the cousin of the late Jai Singh. Singh was associated with Air India as the manager of the in-flight services.
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Sri Lankan head coach Nic Pothas feels Ajinkya Rahane’s innings was the turning point of the day

  • After winning the toss, Virat Kohli decided to bat and at the end of the day’s play, Team India is in a comfortable position with 344 runs with the loss of just three wickets. Rahane played a classic knock of 103. He is still at the crease alongside Cheteshwar Pujara who has also completed his century. Interim coach of Sri Lanka Nic Pothas feels Rahane’s knock changed the complexion of the day’s play.
  • “Rahane came and played very well. He was very positive which is what you expect. From that point onwards, we didn’t perhaps execute as well as we had done up to that point. We just released the pressure a little bit. That was the turning session. India got the momentum back,” said Pothas.
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The constant motivation from the team helped during the rehab, says KL Rahul

  • He missed the IPL as well as the Champions Trophy tour due to a shoulder injury but said that the team constantly motivated him through messages to finish his rehab quicker and get back to his usual business of scoring runs. Speaking to the media after the play on Day 1, Rahul was thankful for the constant motivation from the support staff, coaches and everybody else, which helped him through his rehab and daily physiotherapy sessions.
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Mickey Arthur warns Wahab Riaz and Umar Akmal, says won’t compromise on fitness

  • Known to be a hard-taskmaster, Arthur pays a lot of attention on the team’s performance in terms of fielding. Hence, he has no vacancy in his team for any player, no matter how experienced the player might be. Hence, despite taking Umar Akmal to England, he sent him back and called for Haris Sohail. Now, the South African has given clear warnings to two senior cricketers, Akmal and Wahab Riaz.
  • “We are not going to compromise on fitness at any cost and we have set some standards to meet for every player and only those players, who will keep on meeting that set standards, will remain in the team. The benefits of that will result in better running between the wickets, better fielding, and better performance. Umar Akmal got seven opportunities, so he should have cemented his place in the team,” said Arthur who came to Pakistan very recently for the first time after winning the ‘mini World Cup’.
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Sourav Ganguly feels that Cheteshwar Pujara plays crucial role in India’s overseas tours

  • India ended Day 1 of the second Test at Colombo on 344/3, riding on KL Rahul’s half century and dual tons from Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane along with their unbeaten 211-run partnership. The cricket fraternity is in awe of Pujara’s heroics, and so is former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly. The president of the Cricket Association of Bengal wished Pujara good luck for his future endeavors while praising him for his outstanding innings.
  • “Terrific player. It’s a remarkable turnaround since the West Indies tour. Doesn’t get picked in ODIs, doesn’t play IPL but he comes and gets runs in Test cricket. His hunger is amazing and it’s great to see him getting all these runs,” he said. “Wish him many more and hopefully he continues the run-scoring spree. India will start to go away and Pujara’s form at No. 3 will be important,” Ganguly was quoted by India Today as saying.
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Old Trafford’s Pavillion End set to be renamed as the James Anderson End

  • England speedster James Anderson will be rewarded with a huge honor when Old Trafford’s Pavillion End gets renamed after his name on 4th August that is a Thursday. It is set to be given the name of the James Anderson End for his outstanding contributions to English cricket. The bowler has been the all-time leading wicket taker in Tests for the Three Lions with 480 wickets from 125 Test matches.
  • As Anderson nears the 500 wicket mark, the change of name comes as a tribute to the bowler. It is also to recognize the Lancastrian’s excellence since he made his debut for the county in 2002. The 35-year-old cricketer has been on song in the ongoing series too with 13 wickets to his name at an average of 17.53.
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Sri Lanka find themselves in discomfort as Nuwan Pradeep gets ruled out of the Test series

  • Miseries continue to pile upon the Sri Lankan team as far as injuries are concerned. After effective all-rounder Asela Gunaratne it is Nuwan Pradeep who joins the list and has been ruled out of the series. Pradeep who bowled a heroic spell in the first Test fell victim to a hamstring injury. The growing list of players picking up injuries is a worrying sign for the hosts and we are just into the 2nd Test.
  • The right arm bowler suffered the hamstring damage in the final hours of the first day’s play of the second Test at the SSC stadium in Colombo. The bowler just bowled 4 deliveries with the new ball before being taken off the field. The bowler kept himself away from taking the field on Day 2 and will undergo an MRI scan.
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Dhammika Prasad feels miserable to miss out on bowling at Virat Kohli

  • Sri Lankan pace bowler, Dhammika Prasad, who is currently recuperating from a shoulder surgery, stated that he feels miserable to miss out on an opportunity to have a go at Virat Kohli‘s Indian side as it is the ultimate test of caliber as a bowler. Prasad feels that bowling well against the likes of Kohli is a certificate of excellence in international cricket.
  •  “I always like the challenge of bowling against good batsmen. Kohli is one of the best in the world. He has already proved himself. It would have been really exciting to have a go at him, When you are bowling to someone like Kohli, you have to maintain a decent line and length consistently.” commented Dhammika Prasad according to Mid-Day.
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Dinesh Chandimal urges the ICC to allow a substitute player to bat and bowl

  • Sri Lanka skipper Dinesh Chandimal claimed that the International Cricket Council (ICC) should allow the substitute player brought in the first hour for an injured player to bat and bowl during a match. According to the newly appointed captain, Asela Gunaratne’s absence became a huge factor in Sri Lanka’s loss as the team missed his services. Gunaratne fractured his thumb on the first day’s play of the first Test match at Galle trying to take a catch.
  • “I think the authorities should consider this change” said Chandimal. Asela got injured in the first session itself and we badly missed him throughout out the match”.
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Mithali Raj views her experience during the ICC Women’s World Cup

  • Indian team came very close to making history in the final of the World Cup but fell 9 runs short of the title. Raj cited that the inexperience of handling pressure situation was the main reason for the defeat.
  • It did hurt as the match was in our hands for a long time and we crumbled in the end. The inexperience in the lower order and the pressure could have been the reasons. Even if it was a one-sided match, it would not have hurt so much. As a captain and a player, we disappointed ourselves by not turning a match, which was in our grip, to our advantage,” said Mithali.
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Sunil Gavaskar compares the stature of Rahul Dravid with Cheteshwar Pujara

  • Legendary Indian batsman and renowned Cricket analyst-commentator, Sunil Gavaskar has recently drawn a comparison between The Wall Rahul Dravid and current Indian number three batsman Cheteshwar Pujara.
  • Gavaskar claimed that the Saurashtra batsman has been the backbone of the Indian batting line up in Test Cricket for a while now, much like Dravid. He also lauded the captaincy of Virat Kohli and decisions made by the management for sticking with Pujara during his lean patch back in 2015. He further added that the move made by the think tank proved that the team rated Pujara highly as someone of the caliber of Dravid.
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KL Rahul spills out his unique preparation technique

  • He revealed everything about the unique technique he uses as a part of his pre-match preparation. The right-hander uses a single stump in his hand instead of the willow and faces a few balls to improve his timing. Rahul stated that he learned this trick from his Royal Challengers Bangalore teammate AB de Villiers.
  • He also mentioned that the technique helps him to watch the ball closely and also helps in getting the timing right for the shots from the onset. In addition, he also revealed that the stump has a relatively smaller face in comparison to the bat and it helps him to get close to the ball.
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I think I got under the Indian team’s skin on a few occasions: Steve Smith

  • With the Australian team set to tour India later this year, skipper Steven Smith recently opened up about some of the niggling tactics he used to assuage Virat Kohli’s side during the Border-Gavaskar Test series in March. The Aussies hold a reputation for sledging and trying to get under the skin of the opposition, but Smith revealed he has developed a very modern take on the ancient art.
  • The Australia captain had his fair share of run-ins during the series and unveiled that it was an intentional ploy to “annoy” the opposition. He had an extremely animated confrontation with Ishant Sharma which saw the bowler react to a length ball that failed to bounce, by pulling a series of neck-jerk faces. On the second morning, the Australia captain was engaged in an animated discussion with rival skipper Kohli. Smith responded with a head wobble of his own and it was on.
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Bollywood movie ‘Dangal’ inspired Harmanpreet Kaur for her success

  • Indian Women’s Team sensation Harmanpreet Kaur, in a recent interview, claimed that out of all the Bollywood movies, Aamir Khan starrer ‘Dangal’ inspired her the most. Apart from that, the tale of the Phogat family has always been a matter of motivation for the hard hitting Punjab batter. She also named the Nawab of Najafgarh, Virender Sehwag, as her cricketing idol.
  • When asked the role of his father, who is basketball and volleyball player, and the movie Dangal in her sporting career, Kaur suggested that both played a crucial role in her performances in International cricket. Kaur, in the interview, revealed that she was ‘insulted and abused’ on numerous occasions when she used to play with the boys during her childhood.
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Jamaica Tallawahs to get renamed under new owner

  • Caribbean domestic franchise Jamaica Tallawahs may soon rename themselves to Fort Lauderdale Tallawahs, with new owner businessman Kris Persaud keen to move base to Florida. Worldwide Sports Management Group (WSMG), owned by Florida-based businessman Kris Persaud, purchased the Tallawahs in July. He took over the franchise reins from former owners Ron Parikh and Manish Patel, two Indian immigrants based out of Texas who were content to keep the team in Jamaica.
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InCred ropes in Rahul Dravid as their brand ambassador

  • The Mumbai-based new age financial services group, InCred, recently roped in talismanic Indian Batsman Rahul Dravid as their Brand Ambassador. InCred Finance in Non-Banking Financial Company (NBFC) in India, which was founded by Bhupinder Singh, the ex-head of the Corporate Finance division of Deutsche Bank.
  • Rahul Dravid is highly adored when it comes to endorsements. The Wall has been the face of Reebok, Kissan, Palmolive, Thompson, Castrol, Hutch, Sansui, Gillette and Samsung. When it comes to Banking and Finance, Dravid is already associated with Bank of Baroda and Max Life. The Indian U-19 Coach has also endorsed Karnataka Tourism, Skyline Construction and World Trade Centre, Noida.
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Bengaluru team set to rejoin Karnataka Premier League

  • A franchise from the state capital is set to return ahead of the sixth edition of the Karnataka Premier League (KPL). Kalyani Bengaluru team will be owned by Kalyani Motors, one of the city’s leading car dealers. A team from Bengaluru had participated in the first two years of the regional tournament.
  • Six other teams – Bijapur Bulls, Belagavi Panthers, Bellary Tuskers, Hubli Tigers, Mysuru Warriors and Namma Shivamogga – have renewed their franchise rights for the next five years. But the Karun Nair-led Mangalore United and actor Kiccha Sudeep-led Rockstars will not be part of the T20 tournament this year.
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Sachin Tendulkar appears at the Rajya Sabha, stays away from asking questions

  • Indian cricketing legend Sachin Tendulkar was present at the Rajya Sabha yesterday. This was the Master Blasters very first meeting in a long time. Though Tendulkar was present at the Upper House, he kept himself away from asking any questions. Famous Indian boxer Mary Kom was also present on the occasion.
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National selectors urge BCCI for a pay hike

  • The wise men of Indian cricket have demanded a pay hike from the BCCI. Their current pay structure – Rs 60 lacs per season for senior selection committee members and Rs 40 lacs for the junior selection committee members – haven’t been revised since 2012. Currently, MSK Prasad heads the five-man selection panel.
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RPS owner Sanjiv Goenka wants to continue his association with the IPL

  • Sanjiv Goenka owned Rising Pune Supergiant might not be a part of next year’s IPL, but the business magnate has not yet ruled out continuing his association with the cash-rich league in the 2018 edition. Rising Pune along with the Gujarat Lions franchise came on board on a two-year contract with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). However, with the Chennai Super Kings and the Rajasthan Royals back after a two-year suspension, there won’t be anymore place for either of them.
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Punam Raut agrees with Mithali Raj on the topic of Women’s IPL

  • She spoke at length about the necessary steps that should be taken to improve the future of Women’s cricket in the nation. Echoing her skipper, Mithali Raj‘s view on the matter, Raut said, “Yes, I agree with Mithali. IPL is a must for women’s cricket. This will help the next generation to take up cricket as a career. Youngsters will get an opportunity to play and share the dressing room with international stars. This will help them gain experience and it will improve the standard of women’s cricket in India.”
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Bangladesh Cricket Team leave for Chittagong camp

  • In recent developments from Bangladesh Cricket, a 24 member squad has left for Chittagong to attend a seven-day conditioning camp, leaving behind all rounder Mosaddek Hossain, who suffers an injury to his eyes. Hard Dust particles seemed to damage his eyes and the Bangladeshi is now advised by the doctor to take a five-day rest.
  • The camp in Chittagong would host the core squad of Bangladesh along with the reserves. The camp is considered as preparation for the upcoming series against the Australians starting last week of August. Bangladesh Cricket Team hosts Australia for a two match Test series as Dhaka and Chittagong as their venues. Apart from Hossain, the other names to miss out on the camp is Shakib Al Hasan and Mehedi Hasan Miraz who have left for the Carribean Premier League and is scheduled to start today.
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