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Virat Kohli. (Photo Source: BCCI)

Tim Cook makes his presence in IPL: 

  • Apple Inc CEO Tim Cook experienced his first ever cricket match by attending the IPL match between Gujarat Lions and Kolkata Knight Riders. Cook, who was on a 4-day business trip to India, was personally invited by Rajiv Shukla, IPL chairman and Cook gladly obliged.
  • “It is tough to watch the game in this heat but I have never felt anything like this before. I see how important cricket is, how important sport is. India is hugely important. It is a great marketplace. India has an incredible future ahead. I am very optimistic,” Tim Cook said, fully hooked to the electric IPL experience.
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Mitchell Starc back in the field followed prolonged lay-off: 

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  • Mitchell Starc, who has been out of action since November 2015, seems to be completely fit and raring to go, according to his Test teammate Joe Burns. Burns, who had a practice session with the pacer, gave his certificate of approval for Starc as far his fitness is concerned.
  • “He’s bowling very fast, very accurately and swinging it,” Burns told cricket.com.au, after which he added that Starc looked at his very best.
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Chaminda Vaas hails Kohli’s batting poweress:

  • Former Sri Lankan pacer Chaminda Vaas, in a recent interview, hailed Kohli’s poweress with the bat and acknowledged his importance for the Indian cricket team as a player.
  • “If I am going to bowl to Virat, I am sure he will hit me for four sixes or six sixes. The way he is batting is tremendous. He is a different class, different person. It’s admiring the way he takes the game and tries to dominate bowlers. He is a great asset for India.” Said Vaas, fully in awe with the player’s form currently.
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Michael Clarke set for Australian domestic comeback:

  • Former Australian captain Michael Clarke is all set to make his domestic comeback with Hong Kong T20s.
  • However, he is in talks to return to Australian domestic scene by playing in BBL and Matador Cup. According to reports, he is in talks with New South Wales about the possibility of representing the team in the two tournaments.
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Moises Henriques hopes for national comeback:

  • Australian all-rounder Moises Henriques, who has not played for the Australian national team since January 2015, hopes to make a comeback into the international team with his domestic performances.
  • “All I can do is try and become a better cricketer. As long as I am improving as a cricketer then selection might come my way. All I am trying to do is win games. If selection comes from that so be it.” Moises said, talking about his attitude of giving the best all the time.
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Inzamam requests for seamer-friendly pitches to prepare for England tour: 

  • Newly appointed Pakistani chief selector Inzamam-ul-Haq has requested the PCB to prepare seamer friendly pitches for preparation for the tour of England. Currently, 31 players of Pakistan, handpicked by the selectors, are undergoing a summer bootcamp to help the players attain certain levels of fitness.
  • According to sources in PCB, the lack of experience for the Pakistani batsmen outside UAE could severely hamper their chances in the series, and Inzamam looks to prepare the players by introducing them to pacer-friendly pitches.
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Sammy, Gayle troll Pollard over national selection, slam selectors:

  • West Indies’ Darren Sammy and Chris Gayle took upto twitter to express their disappointment on not getting selected for the tri-series by openly tweeting about the absurd selection policies of WICB.
  • Their teammate Kieron Pollard became a scapegoat, as Gayle and Sammy trolled him mercilessly for his selection. Pollard, along with Sunil Narine, has been included in the team for the tri-series despite not satisfying the criteria prescribed by WICB for selection, thus baffling the like of Sammy and Gayle.
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MCL under scrutiny for not completing payments to players:

  • Federation of International Cricketers Association (FICA) has claimed that the teams participated in the inaugural Masters Champions League (MCL) are yet to complete their payments to the players. According to reports, only Gemini Arabians have completed their payment to the players.
  • “If it is possible for the Gemini Arabians to do things the right way and to honour commitments to players, we don’t see why the organisers have not ensured the same has happened for all players. They have an obligation to do so,” quoted Tony Irish, head of FICA, criticizing the other teams for not completing their payments.
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Virat Kohli was reading me like a book: Shane Watson:

  • Shane Watson, during a recent promotion event, talked about his experience of bowling to Virat Kohli during the ICC World T20. Kohli had smashed an unbeaten 82 to guide India to the semi-finals; an inning which was paced with perfection.
  • “It’s more about trying to mix it up so that he doesn’t really have much of an idea about where I am going to bowl at. But by the end of the third over or so he is reading me like a book and hits wherever he wants,” Watson said, recalling the experience which knocked Australia out of the tournament.
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We’re playing our best team against Delhi: Tom Moody:

  • Sunrisers Hyderabad have nearly grabbed a seat for the play-offs, however, coach Tom Moody refrains from experimenting for their game against DD, as he claims that SRH will play at its full strength against DD.
  • “We’re playing our best team tomorrow. It’s important that we continue our momentum. At the end of the day, we’ve still got some unfinished business. The table’s getting very competitive and we would like to finish off by winning our last couple of games and have ourselves in the top two teams,” Moody said yesterday.
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