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

Here are the top headlines of the day.

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Virat Kohli celebrates with coach Ravi Shastri. (Photo by ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

Jasprit Bumrah attains career best ranking after Sri Lanka ODI series

  • India pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah has made handsome gains in the latest ICC ODI Player Rankings after playing a big role in the team’s 5-0 series whitewash over Sri Lanka.
  • Bumrah has moved up 27 ranks to a career-best fourth position in a list led by Australia pace bowler Josh Hazlewood with South Africa spinner Imran Tahir and Australia pace bowler Mitchell Starc the other two bowlers ahead of him.
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Sri Lankan team has dropped record catches in 2017

  • Sri Lanka has had a nightmare of a year in 2017 when it comes to cricket. From losing back to back matches to being plagued by injuries, the team members have been left scratching their heads, clueless of how to emerge from the abyss they’ve been thrown into.
  • To add insult to injury, the Lankans have been guilty of putting down a lot of catches in the cricketing year of 2017, making their plight even more severe.
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Virat Kohli believes it will not be easy to surpass the great man Sachin Tendulkar

  • Indian skipper Virat Kohli scored his 30th ton in the fifth and final ODI of the series as India whitewashed Sri Lanka 5-0. He shepherded yet another masterful chase and remained unbeaten for his side.
  • Though, Virat believes that it will take a hell of an effort to surpass his idol Sachin Tendulkar in terms of centuries.
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Ben Dunk signs a 2-year contract with Melbourne Stars

  • Tasmania batsman Ben Dunk has inked a 2-year deal with Melbourne Stars, on Monday ( 4th September). The explosive opener represented Adelaide Strikers during the 2016-17 season of BBL and turned out to be the highest run-getter with 364 runs.
  • Previously, Dunk has played for Hobart Hurricanes in the Big Bash League. The 30-year old has played 5 T20I games for Australia, scoring 99 runs at a strike rate of 143.47.
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We don’t want to be predictable in the 2019 World Cup: Virat Kohli

  • Indian skipper Virat Kohli couldn’t have asked for more, as his side cleaned up the Sri Lankans at their backyard in both Tests and ODIs. India won the Test series 3-0 and handed a white wash to the hosts and wrapped up the limited overs series in a similar fashion.
  • Kohli stressed the importance of transparency in the team and added that each of players will be tested in different stages.
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Won’t give up captaincy, says Sri Lankan captain Upul Tharanga post whitewash

  • Sri Lanka lost their second successive ODI series at home (after the loss to Zimbabwe and India) but the captain, Upul Tharanga does not feel the urge to give up captaincy yet.
  • Tharanga feels that there is still a long way to go for Sri Lankan Cricket and administration need to stick with the current bunch of players.
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Star India wins the IPL media rights auction

  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) today auctioned the media rights for India, rest of the world along with the digital media rights for the Indian Premier League (IPL).
  • There was an intense bidding as the BCCI expecting historical figures from this auction. Star India and Sony were the two major competitors for the media rights. Eventually, it was Star who won the auction.
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Suresh Raina starts the season with a low score

  • India discard Suresh Raina began the domestic season on a poor note as he managed to score just 16 in the All India Buchi Babu Invitation organized by the Tamil Nadu Cricket Association.
  • The 30-year old is leading the Uttar Pradesh side in the prestigious tournament and batted at No. 4 in the tournament opener.
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Asela Gunaratne ruled out of the Pakistan series due to injury

  • Asela Gunaratne is unlikely to recover from injury and travel with the Sri Lankan squad to UAE to play against Pakistan. Gunaratne has to go for a surgery after injuring his broken thumb on the opening day of the 1st Test match against Sri Lanka in Galle.
  •  The all-rounder dived to his left at second slip to try and catch opener Shikhar Dhawan but ended up breaking his thumb at three places.
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Robin Uthappa clarifies the reason why he opted out of KPL this season

  • The Karnataka Premier League (KPL) has been a tournament which has unearthed a lot of unknown talents over the past few years. It is also a league where biggest names from Karnataka namely Karun Nair, Manish Pandey, Robin Uthappa, Vinay Kumar, Mayank Aggarwal and many others showcase their talents.
  • But in this edition of the league, many prominent stars have missed out of the competition and one man’s absence in the tournament has befuddled many. Former Indian International and mainstay of Kolkata Knight Riders and Karnataka batting, Robin Uthappa missed out of the competition. Uthappa took to Twitter to clarify about the reason for his absence in the present edition of the tournament.
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Daniel Christian replaces injured Brendon McCullum in the TKR squad

  • Australian all-rounder Daniel Christian has been roped in by Trinbago Knight Riders for the remainder of the Caribbean Premier League (CPL) 2017 season. Christian will replace Brendon McCullum who got injured in the last league game against Barbados Tridents.
  • The all-rounder who recently led his team Nottinghamshire to the title in the NatWest T20 Blast will join the Knight Riders ahead of the playoffs on Tuesday.
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Marlon Samuels renews rivalry with Ben Stokes ahead of England tour

  • Marlon Samuels is known to be a fiery cricketer who wears his heart of his sleeves. He is a no nonsense cricketer and doesn’t shy away from giving it back to players who try to wind him up.
  • England all-rounder Ben Stokes was one cricketer who had a famous run-in with the 36-year old Jamaican.
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Virender Sehwag expected to take a new cricketing role

  • Virender Sehwag has been up to a lot of stuff lately. After entertaining his followers on Twitter with some funny tweets, Sehwag also enjoyed a good commentary stint for a reasonable period.
  • He was one of the Hindi commentators during the recently concluded Champions Trophy.
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Delhi selectors name Virat Kohli in the preliminary squad for Ranji Trophy

  • The Delhi and District Cricket Association (DDCA) selectors have named a 40-man preliminary squad for the upcoming domestic season.
  • Though most names featuring in the team are Delhi players who’ve done well at various levels, club as well as Under-19 cricket they have also included Indian skipper Virat Kohli in the team.
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SLC President Thilanga Sumathipala accepts connection with a betting company

  • Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) President Thilanga Sumathipala is on the firing lines, firstly due to the poor performance of the Sri Lankan team against India in both the Test series and ODIs. He was also criticised for the unprofessional behaviour of the SLC.
  • Captain Angelo Mathews resigned after the series defeat to Zimbabwe, while the selection committee too, offered their resignation following the whitewash against India.
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Every legitimate ball in the IPL will be worth crores

  • The much-anticipated media rights of Indian Premier League (IPL) went under the hammer today. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) auctioned the digital rights as well along with the media rights for the Indian subcontinent and the rest of the world. Star India won the auction as they snaffled the global media as well as digital rights for a whopping amount of INR 16,347.50 crore.
  • If the calculations are taken deep, every legitimate delivery bowled in IPL for next 5 years would be worth 162,741 UKP (UK Pounds) roughly INR  1.35 crores.
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Virat Kohli is working hard to achieve the prediction made by Sachin Tendulkar

  • Indian skipper and iconic batsman Virat Kohli has certainly taken his game to a different level when compared to the rest of the cricketers all over the world. He registered his 2nd century on the trot in the 5th ODI against Sri Lanka to help his side win the match easily by six wickets.
  • Also, it was Virat’s 30th ODI ton in just 194 games, equaling the record of former Aussie skipper Ricky Ponting. Kohli is now just behind the little master Sachin Tendulkar for most number of centuries in ODI cricket.
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Lalit Modi expected a larger bid for IPL telecast rights

  • After noticing a rise in popularity of the T20 format after India’s triumph in 2007 World T20, BCCI decided to start a T20 league. The BCCI vice-president at the time Lalit Modi was handed the responsibility of running the league.
  • Modi was made the first Chairman and Commissioner of the IPL and he ran the league for the first three years from 2008 to 2010.Shortly after IPL 2010 ended, Modi was suspended from his post but IPL continued to grow.
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Sri Lanka announce 25 men provisional squad for Tests against Pakistan

  • Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC), on Monday, announced a 25 man provisional squad for two match Test series against Pakistan.
  • The island nation is set to tour UAE to play the longest format of the game from September 28 to October 10. They will play a day match and one day-night Test match on the tour. The Day-night Test match would be the second one in the country.
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Dean Jones takes a dig at Ravi Shastri after Team India’s series win

  • Former Australian cricketer Dean Jones took a slight dig at team India’s head coach Ravi Shastri after India clinched the fifth and final ODI match against Sri Lanka on Sunday.
  • Under captain Virat Kohli, India won the Test series 3-0, handing a whitewash to the Sri Lankan team. The ODI series was no different.
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NZC security team inspects SCA Stadium ahead of the series against India

  • New Zealand cricket’s three-member team recently visited the stadium in Khandheri to inspect the ground and other facilities, a top official from Saurashtra Cricket Association said today.
  • New Zealand will tour the sub continent to playing three ODIs and three T20Is, starting from October 22 to November 7.
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Sri Lankan squad for the one-off T20I against India announced

  • The Sri Lankan cricket team has been going through a poor patch recently. Whether it was the series defeats against Bangladesh or their early exit from the Champions Trophy, it has cast a shadow of doubt on the capabilities of the team.
  • Last month, the hosts were also defeated by Zimbabwe in the ODI series in their own backyard 3-2.
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