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

All the news that hogged the headlines today.

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Riyan Parag. (Photo Source: Facebook)

Irfan Pathan reveals his favourite moments and the best batsman he played against

  • Irfan felt that he was quite lucky to have played alongside the legends Sachin Tendulkar and VVS Laxman. “I have to say that I’m very lucky to have played alongside two batsmen, VVS Laxman and Sachin Tendulkar. I had to bowl them in the nets and they were the best,” the left-arm swing bowler said.
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I really believe Pandya’s bowling is going to take him a long way: Irfan Pathan

  • Talking about his Baroda teammate, Irfan said that Pandya’s bowling has the real potential to take him places but at the same time, it was going to be crucial in determining his future.
  • “I really believe his bowling is going to take him a long way. His career depends upon how well he bowls. While he bowls the short delivery well, he needs to bowl at the right length,” he said.
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Jake Ball is in the mix for the 1st Test in Brisbane: Paul Farbrace

  • England’s assistant coach Paul Farbrace is very confident of Jake Ball returning to action, sooner than the cricketing fraternity had expected. He feels that Ball will be ready for the 1st Ashes Test, which will take place at the Gabba, in Brisbane from 23rd November onwards. The pacer suffered a sprained ankle during a warm-up match against Cricket Australia XI.
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UAE ready to step in if Zimbabwe loses out on hosting World Cup Qualifier

  • The UAE cricket officials have shown their willingness on hosting World Cup Qualifier in March next year, if the International Cricket Council (ICC) decides to move the tournament out of Zimbabwe. It was earlier reported that the clash to decide the final two teams for the 2019 World Cup would be played in Zimbabwe. Due to the Pakistan Super League fixtures, it wasn’t possible for the Emirates Cricket Board to host the event.
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Sunil Gavaskar and Simon Doull dig in a banter on ICC’s fake-fielding rule

  • Despite no attention from the umpires, the topic was picked on by veterans of the game, sitting in the commentary box- Sunil Gavaskar and Simon Doull. The duo decided to make a banter and dig into it.
  • On the next delivery, Bhubaneshwar miscued a shot to which Gavaskar jokingly said, “He (Bhubaneshwar Kumar) missed the shot so the fielding side should get 5 penalty runs as he faked it.”
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Shaun Marsh eager to grasp the last chance, concedes failure could end his Test career

  • Flamboyant Australian batsman Shaun Marsh looks all determined to grasp, what he admits will probably be a final chance to establish himself as a regular member of the Australian Test side after earning an Ashes recall. The 34-year-old, who has donned the national outfit in 23 Tests since his debut in 2011, secured his eighth recall to the Test side with some solid performance for Western Australia.
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Jason Sangha becomes the second youngest to score a FC ton against England after Sachin Tendulkar

  • The 18-year-old Jason Sangha’s talent was on display during England’s last warm-up match ahead of the Ashes series as the youngster scored a brilliant hundred. The Australian scored 133 in the 2nd innings to ensure his team Cricket Australia XI avoided an innings defeat. The CA XI conceded 515 to the visiting side after getting bowled out for 250 in their first innings. They posted 364/4 in the 2nd innings to draw the game.
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Ahmed Shehzad to consult psychologist to improve performance

  • Pakistan head coach Mickey Arthur wasn’t able to fathom Shehzad’s dip in form and therefore suggested him to see a psychologist, to better understand the problem he is facing. According to reports, the 25-year-old is going to consult the psychologist after the ongoing National T20 Cup ends.
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Riyan Parag becomes India’s first FC cricketer born in 21st century

  • The 6th round of the Ranji Trophy 2017-18 lost its charm with lack of International stars and the outset of the India v Sri Lanka Test series but it did witness a special moment. At India’s new International venue, the Barsapara Cricket Stadium in Guwahati, 1000 km far from the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, Assam cricketer Riyan Parag made his first-class debut. Riyan was born on 10th November 2001 and thus became the first Indian first-class cricketer born in the 21st century.
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David Warner sledges Cameron Bancroft during the Sheffield Shield game

  • Cameron Bancroft may be David Warner’s new Test match opening partner in the Australian team now, but the youngster had to deal with a bit of sledging from the dashing left-hander once while playing against New South Wales in Sheffield Shield.
  • Bancroft though didn’t mind it at all as he is keen and excited to be on the same side as Warner in a few days’ time and make an impact together at the top of the order in the Baggy Green during the upcoming Ashes.
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Kapil Dev thinks only the selectors can decide MS Dhoni’s future in T20 format

  • “There is nobody who will play throughout their life. But, I think he (Dhoni) is playing very good. Rest, I leave it to the selectors. They will do better job than what we have to do,” he said. “I give opinion and it will only create confusion in people’s mind. I don’t want to (do that). Let’s leave it to the selectors who are doing this job. They will put a lot of time when he should play and when he shouldn’t play,” Kapil added.
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20-year-old South African batsman creates history with a 490-run knock

  • A 20-year-old player from South Africa is hogging all the limelight. In a 50 overs club game between NWU-Pukke and Potch Dorp, Shane Dadswell went on to score a mind-boggling 490 runs from just 151 balls. Yes, you heard that absolutely right.
  • At the Witrand Oval, Dadswell celebrated his 20th birthday with a mammoth inning of 490, an individual score that has been never heard of in a limited-overs game. His side NWU Pukke posted an unimaginable total of 677/3 in their quota of 50 overs. He hit a stupendous 27 boundaries and an unbelievable 57 sixes in his breathtaking innings.
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