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

Here are the top headlines of the day.

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Murali Vijay of India walks out to bat. (Photo by Darrian Traynor/Getty Images)

Murali Vijay admires Yuvraj Singh for the way he plays the game

  • The opening batsman of India, Murali Vijay has revealed that he admires Yuvraj Singh as a cricketer in his career. He is currently preparing himself for the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka starting from November 16.
  • It will also mark his comeback in the whites for the national side after enduring a long run without cricket since the Tests against Australia earlier this year.
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Dale Steyn set to make a comeback to competitive cricket

  • Veteran South African pacer Dale Steyn is all set to return to competitive cricket after a long injury lay off. Steyn will be back in action in the Titans outfit. He was named in the Titans squad for the upcoming clash against the Knights in the Ram Slam T20 Clash.
  • The match is scheduled to be played at the Diamond Oval in Kimberley on Wednesday. Steyn has been out of action for a long time and has missed the entire cricketing action this year.
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IND v SL: Virat Kohli rushes to attend injured TV crew member

  • Team India skipper Virat Kohli had an eventful time at the recent team practice session at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata. The number one ranked Test team is all set to host Sri Lanka for the 3-match Test series.
  • The first Test commences on November 16 and will be played at Kolkata. Ahead of the game, the hosts have had two grilling sessions of practice thus far.
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What MS Dhoni used to do when someone hits him?

  • The former Indian skipper MS Dhoni has revealed his reaction when someone used to hit him during his childhood days.
  • The veteran is known to be cool and calm on and off the field. He has won so many games for India thanks to his calmness and has led the team to World Cup victories which very few captain could manage.
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Virat Kohli doesn’t need to defend Dhoni: Kapil Dev

  • Former Indian skipper MS Dhoni has been under the scrutiny of many cricket pundits in the recent times. Ever since his willow failed to contribute in the ideal way in the Rajkot T20I against New Zealand, there have been talks about his place in the Indian side.
  • Many former cricketers, Ajit Agarkar and VVS Laxman in particular, went on to say that Dhoni should hang his boots from the shortest format of the game.
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CSK quashes rumours of not retaining Suresh Raina

  • Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have denied the claims of Suresh Raina not being retained for the next season of Indian Premier League (IPL). Earlier in the day, the news of the franchise releasing the left-hander spread like wild-fire which raised a lot of eyebrows.
  • The retention policy is yet to be finalised ahead of the auction next year and is expected to be announced by the next week. However, CSK has also cleared that they are very much interested in retaining Raina among others.
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IND v SL: Virat Kohli spotted practising with shorter bat handle

  • Team India skipper, Virat Kohli, has been in a dominating form across all the three formats of the game in the recent times. He is one of those cricketers who never cease to fine tune every little aspect of their game.
  • At the most recent practice session of the national side, Kohli was seen practising with a shorter bat handle. Apparently, the idea was to ensure that he does not end up hitting the balls in the air whilst playing the cover drives.
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Earlier Indian batting line-up was the best in the world, claims Muttiah Muralitharan

  • Later this week, the Men in Blue will face their neighbours Sri Lanka for a bilateral series. The series might not grab the attention of many owing to Sri Lanka’a awful string of performances, but there was a time when such a series would guarantee neck and neck battle.
  • Reminiscing on the golden days of yesteryears, Sri Lankan legend Muttiah Muralitharan stated that the Indian batting line-up was the best in the world.
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Ravi Shastri slams MS Dhoni’s critics, advices to look at their own careers

  • The head coach of the Indian team Ravi Shastri has once again slammed the critics of the former Indian skipper MS Dhoni. The veteran was criticised for his slow knock against New Zealand in the second T20I in Rajkot when the team was chasing 197.
  • However, Shastri feels that the people who are criticising the legend should look at their own careers before commenting on him.
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Glimpses of nepotism in the PSL 3 players draft

  • The players draft for the upcoming edition of the Pakistan Super League (PSL) was held earlier on Sunday at Lahore, as the franchises completed their nifty pickings in a bid to lift the coveted title.
  • All six franchises of the PSL completed their line-up after picking players from six different categories to bolster their squad ahead of PLS 3. Lahore could pick only 19 players since they exceeded the maximum expenditure cap.
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Bengaluru F.C. appoints Rahul Dravid as brand ambassador

  • The fifth edition of India’s premier football event, the Indian Super League, would witness former Indian captain and local hero Rahul Dravid, playing the role of a brand ambassador for the Bengaluru F.C.
  • Dravid has been an ardent supporter of the team led by Sunil Chettri over the last few seasons and is now the fourth prominent cricketing personality to be associated with the league after Virat Kohli (FC Goa), Sachin Tendulkar (Kerala Blasters) and Sourav Ganguly (Athletico de Kolkata).
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Ravindra Jadeja can reclaim his top spot as an all-rounder

  • Ravindra Jadeja, the Indian all-rounder, has a great chance to reclaim his top spot during the Test series against Sri Lanka. He can leapfrog Shakib Al Hasan of Bangladesh who is currently sitting pretty at the position.
  • The cricketer hasn’t played any Test cricket since August when India was on the tour to Sri Lanka. However, the Saurashtra would also aim to become the number 1 bowler during the series.
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We want to remain as number one in Tests: Ajinkya Rahane

  • Indian fans might not show much enthusiasm after looking at their team’s roster, knowing that the phase this new look Sri Lankan team is going through.
  • Earlier this year, the Men in Blue outplayed the Lions and they are expected to do just that in the upcoming series, which will have 3 Tests and as many ODIs and T20Is. However, Ajinkya Rahane has revealed that the main target of the team is to strengthen their numero uno position in Tests.
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Melbourne Renegades acquire service of T20 veteran Brad Hodge for BBL 7

  • Former Adelaide Strikers captain Brad Hodge is set to make a homecoming after he signed with Victoria-based club Melbourne Renegades for BBL 7. The T20 veteran, who was an inaugural member of the Renegades back in BBL 1 looks extremely upbeat with the move.
  • Hodge had earlier indicated to hang up his boots after BBL 6 but decided to go around again after smashing 281 runs at a healthy strike rate of 130 for the Strikers.
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Pakistan Cricket Board allows PSL teams to increase their salary cap

  • The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has allowed the Pakistan Super League (PSL) teams to increase their total salary cap by nearly $25,000.
  • This difference in the salary cap will enable these teams to buy an additional player for the squad ahead of the third edition of the tournament.
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Lineage of business tycoon, Aryaman Birla selected for Madhya Pradesh Ranji team

  • Descendant of one of the major business tycoon in the country, owner of one of the largest conglomerate corporations, chairman of the Aditya Birla Group, Kumar Mangalam Birla, is all set to feature in the Madhya Pradesh Ranji Team.
  • 21-year-old Aryaman Birla has been rewarded for some good work with both bat and ball for the MP team in the CK Nayudu Under-23 Tournament.
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Chris Lynn to make his debut in Hong Kong T20 Blitz next year

  • Australian star player, Chris Lynn, is all set to make his debut in Hong Kong T20 Blitz next year in its third edition. He was signed up by Hung Hom JD Jaguars for the next season which will commence in February.
  • The big-hitting batsman is in demand currently across the world in all the T20 leagues.
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First-class cricketers could receive a major pay-hike; India cricket rights tender in January ’18

  • With the new year approaching, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is set to bring out the tender for Indian cricket media rights and we are expected to witness a flurry of changes.
  • The board has fixed to bring it out in January 2018, which in turn will present a fresh canvas for the game at the international and domestic level over the next four years.
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Sledging doesn’t come naturally to me: Wriddhiman Saha

  • The Test wicketkeeper of India, Wriddhiman Saha has cleared that he is not a big fan of sledging the opposition players on the field. He is currently preparing hard for the upcoming Test series against Sri Lanka.
  • The first Test is all set to commence on November 16 in his home ground at the iconic Eden Gardens in Kolkata. However, he believes that sledging doesn’t come naturally to him and he has never done that on the field.
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