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

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

The news stories and headlines that hogged the limelight during the day.

Saba Karim News
Saba Karim. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Virat Kohli set to return to nets for South Africa tour from today

  • With the wedding shenanigans almost coming to an end, Indian cricket team skipper Virat Kohli is set to resume practice from today. However, there is another reception party, scheduled to be hosted on December 26. But the dynamic skipper’s dedication to his craft is no secret and his return to training serves as a testament to the fact. Amidst hosting two reception parties the Indian captain set an example once more.
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Team India name 17-man ODI squad for the tour of South Africa

  • The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) named the India squad for the six-match ODI series on the tour of South Africa. Skipper Virat Kohli after opting out of the home series against the Sri Lankans will be back in action marching his troops. The selectors have named a 17-man squad that includes nine specialist batsmen, two all-rounders and six bowlers.
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BCCI appoints new General Manager for cricket operations

  • The Board Of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has appointed the former Indian wicketkeeper Saba Karim as the General Manager for cricket operations. The board was looking for a new GM after MV Sridhar resigned from the position following conflict of interest issues.
  • Karim’s name was being considered for a long time and the only other notable former player in contention was that of Venkatesh Prasad who is currently serving as the chief of the junior selection committee. Karim will assume office from January 1 and he will report to the CEO, Rahul Johri.
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U19 World Cup holds a very special place in my heart: Virat Kohli

  • India captain Virat Kohli: “The ICC U19 World Cup was a very important milestone in my career. It helped us get a good platform to build on and make our careers from thereon, so it holds a very importance place in my mind and heart. It’s very important to understand and respect the opportunity it provides you and as I said, for me, it holds a very special place in my heart.
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England all-rounder Ben Stokes ends his stint with Canterbury

  • Ben Stokes hasn’t had the best of times in the last few months or so. His horrendous runs started with a physical altercation at a nightclub. Thereafter, he went under the radar of police investigation following which he was suspended by the English team management from representing the national side. He was initially included in England’s squad for the Ashes, but was left out of the prestigious tournament.
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Justin Ontong aim to improve Protea’s fielding ahead of India visit

  • With the all-important series of India-South Africa just around the corner, both teams have started off with their penultimate preparations. And in a bid to bolster the team for their upcoming challenge, newly appointed Proteas fielding coach Justin Ontong has revealed his strategy to improve his side’s fielding.
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Ace Indian badminton player feels that cricket is not the only big sport in India

  • World number three badminton player India’s Kidambi Srikanth has enjoyed a royal run this season. He won super series after other to end up with four titles straight and had the best year of his career rising to the highest individual rank as well. Recently he said that he has come a long way in sports and unlike olden times cricket is not the only big sport in India.
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India U19 players to travel with seniors on the same flight

  • For the first time ever, Indian U19, as well as the senior team, will be travelling together on the same flight to Dubai towards the end of this month. Dubai will be a stopover for the two camps from where they will head to different routes with the seniors flying to South Africa, while the juniors making their way Down Under for the World Cup.
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New Zealand announce T20I squad for the series against Windies

  • New Zealand Cricket (NZC) has announced the new-look and flexible T20I squad for the upcoming three-match series against Windies. Martin Guptill has been recovered from his hamstring injury and has returned to the top of the order. His presence will surely bolster the squad as the Kiwis will look to keep the visitors at bay throughout their tour. However, Tim Southee has been named as the skipper albeit only for the first T20 International.
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Harsha Bhogle picks his best T20 XI of 2017

  • Cricket expert and commentator Harsha Bhogle has his pick from the pool of players who played in the shortest format of the game. There are some easy picks for Bhogle, while some of them have emerged from the shadows of the other players. However, said and done there have been only a few T20 cricket matches are played on the International front. The best of T20 is still played in countries of prime importance. The picks were definitely not easy for Bhogle, due to the enormity of the leagues around the world.
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Tim Paine could miss the Boxing Day Test

  • Australia have attained an unassailable 3-0 lead in the ongoing Ashes series, with the Boxing Day Test approaching the Australians will have something to worry about. Wicketkeeper Tim Paine has not travelled with the team to Melbourne and has decided to stay in Hobart after his father-in-law suffered a stroke.
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SLC name 23-member preliminary squad for Bangladesh tour

  • Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has picked 23-member preliminary squad for the ODI tri-series in Bangladesh next month which also involves Zimbabwe. This will also be the first assignment of Chandika Hathurusingha who is set to take over as the head coach of Sri Lanka. Nic Pothas will continue to be the assistant coach after being with the team in their recent torrid times. However, the players have also been requested not to play domestic cricket after returning from the ongoing tour of India.
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Angelo Mathews to miss out of final T20I owing to a hamstring injury

  • The 30-year-old all-rounder was forced to return to the dressing room halfway through his third over – 12th in the Indian innings – as he suffered a grade one hamstring tear. He didn’t come out to bat either as Sri Lanka slumped to a heavy 88-run defeat in Indore. Mathews has been Sri Lanka’s best batsman on the current tour with a century in the third Test in Delhi and a hundred in the second ODI in Mohali.
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Sachin Tendulkar’s game stumps Dravid giving Ganguly a much higher rating

  • Sachin Tendulkar’s highly anticipated game ‘Sachin Saga’ released on December 6 earlier this month for Android and iOS. The game lets you relive the legend’s journey and has attracted many Sachin fans. The game lets you unlock players as you move up the levels. The game developers have rated Rahul Dravid as the 18th best batsman with a rating of 155.
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Graeme Smith thinks South Africa will be very strong at home

  • After a magnificent run in the home season, the No. 1 Test side is ready to battle out the challenges and obstructions coming in their way when they face the Proteas next year on their own turf. The three-match Test series between India and South Africa is expected largely to be a competitive series with both sides surrounded by star names of the longest format currently. Which is why former South Africa captain Graeme Smith feels that the Proteas have some powerful fast bowlers in their attack presently which pose a serious threat to the Indian batters in the upcoming Test series.
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Rajasthan Royals gets the fans’ verdict on IPL retentions

  • In order to solve the conundrum of whom to retain and who to leave, the Royals management decided to get the verdict from their fans via social media. From among their players who played for RPS and GL, they get to pick from the likes of Ajinkya Rahane, Steven Smith, James Faulkner, Dhawal Kulkarni and Rajat Bhatia for either retention or get them through Right to Match (RTM) policy.
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Sagarika has turned into my personal stylist: Zaheer Khan

  • Sagarika, the 31-year-old actress, popularly known for her role in “Chak De! India” spoke to the media and said, “He is usually the person I go to for any advice and someone who I will always look up to. I always take pointers from him before I do anything and make sure I give mine to him.”
  • Later, the husband Zaheer replied, “But we respect each other’s space.”
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David Willey’s career at a crossroads

  • David Willey, the English paceman finds himself on the wrong end of the red-ball cricket. While enjoying a successful stint with the Perth Scorchers in the last two seasons, Willey has been termed as a “white-ball specialist” by England coach Trevor Bayliss.
  • His ability to move the ball along with his subtle variations ranks him among the best in business in England. Willey is more than a handy batsman and an able fielder who can contribute to his team in all possible ways.
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Holkar Stadium, the new fortress for Team India

  • With Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul striking a massive stand of 165 runs for the first wicket, Team India posted a humongous 260/5 on the board in the 2nd T20I against Sri Lanka. Skipper Rohit’s breathtaking stroke play, helped India registered an 88-run victory at the Holkar Stadium in Indore.
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PSL players to get bulletproof vehicles in Pakistan

  • Pakistan has been a no-go zone for almost every cricketing nation since the militant attack on the Sri Lankan team in 2009. Following this horrific incident, Zimbabwe was the only international team to tour the country. The Pakistanis always loved their cricket and tried really very hard to restore their lost glory. After too many efforts from both the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) and the government, International cricket returned to their nation as the World XI visited Pakistan for three T20Is.
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