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

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

Here are the top headlines of the day.

Harsha Bhogle News
Harsha Bhogle. (Photo by Vivek Shah-IPL 2010/IPL via Getty Images)

Nathu Singh of IPL fame gifts his father a brand new house

  • Young Indian pace bowler Nathu Singh has faced several personal hardships en route his way to the fame. The pacer shot to limelight during the IPL Auctions 2016 after the Mumbai Indians showed great interest in his services.
  •  From a base price of INR 10 Lakh, Nathu’s auction value escalated big time to INR 3.2 crore. Albeit he did not get a game to play in that edition of the IPL, he surely had announced his arrival at the bigger stage.
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I was calculative with my strokes depending on the bowler and the field: Indrajith

  • Tamil Nadu batsman, Baba Indrajith was very happy with his hundred which he scored batting through a situation where he had just one partner left.
  • Indrajith scored an unbeaten 120 at stumps on Day 1 for India Red in their Duleep Trophy game against India Blue and took his team to 291/9.
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Dale Steyn likely to miss Bangladesh tour as well

  • Regarded amongst the greatest pacers of the decade, Dale Steyn’s comeback has been widely awaited by the cricketing universe. Over the years, we’ve seen Steyn’s pace wind down.
  •  While the South African team management took great steps not to overburden his workload by reducing his limited-overs commitments, age a certain factor in determining the career stretch of a fast bowler started to wear him.
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Harsha Bhogle in the commentary team from India-Australia series

  • Harsha Bhogle, who is termed as ‘the voice of cricket’, has been included in the commentary team for the ODI series between India and Australia.
  • The cricket analyst makes his return to the commentary box for the home series of India for the first time since World T20 in 2016.
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Zimbabwe Cricket orders national players to return home from Afghanistan

  • As many as 9 Zimbabwean cricketers are taking part in the ongoing Shpageeza Cricket League in Afghanistan.
  •  Following a suicide bomb blast on Wednesday near one of the gates of the Kabul Cricket Stadium, Zimbabwe Cricket has ordered all its players to fly back home as quickly as possible.
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Brendan Taylor all set for Zimbabwe post termination of contract with the Notts

  • One of the finest players ever to represent Nottinghamshire, Zimbabwe International Brendan Taylor is all set to return back home as his contract with the county terminates. Taylor decided to sign the Kolpak Deal post-2015 World Cup held in Australia.
  • Internationally, Taylor last played against India during the group stages of the World Cup as he smashed 138 before retiring from the game for Zimbabwe. Looking at the improvement made by the Zimbabwe Cricket, Taylor decided to come back home and end his stint in England.
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Sourav Ganguly wants to see packed houses for Test cricket

  • Former India captain Sourav Ganguly stated that he wants to use the pink ball to draw more people to the stadiums to watch Test cricket. If it wasn’t for him, the BCCI had scrapped the Duleep Trophy from the domestic fixtures
  • The former left-hander was keen on the tournament as the pink-ball is being used in it to get players used to the behavior of the ball.
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Mohammad Asif is an amazing bowler: Hashim Amla

  • South African star batsman Hashim Amla has lauded the ousted Pakistan bowler Mohammad Asif terming him as an amazing bowler.
  •  Amla is currently in Pakistan playing Independence Cup for World XI as cricket has returned to Pakistan for the first time since 2015.
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Australian opener Aaron Finch to miss first ODI against India

  • Australia’s star opener Aaron Finch is looking doubtful for the first ODI encounter against India. The Victorian suffered the injury six weeks ago while playing for Surrey in England.
  • He was rested from Australia’s squad for the warm-up match against Board President’s XI on Tuesday after his injured calf pulled up sore at training in Chennai.
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Shikhar Dhawan asks out of the Indian squad for first three ODIs against Australia

  • Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan after missing out on the last ODI and the only Twenty T20 International against Sri Lanka requested the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to release him from the ODI team for the first three matches against Australia.
  •  Dhawan has been the first choice opener for Team India across formats since the Champions Trophy 2017 and played some remarkable knocks to give the team blazing starts.
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It was surprising to see the Lahore crowd cheering for us: Hashim Amla

  • South Africa’s modern great Hashim Amla was taken aback by the kind of reception he received during the first two T20I games against Pakistan in the Independence Cup.
  •  The fans in Lahore were seen chanting the names of their favorite cricketers, and the spectators were cheering for both the sides.
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Would have been great to see some Indian players in the World XI side: Rashid Latif

  •  Both the games have been a run-fest, full of entertainment and a delight for all the millions of cricket lovers. It was a great opportunity for the Pakistani crowds to be part of an international game after a span of almost 8 long years.
  • Amidst the big occasion and development, Rashid Latif expressed his views on the World XI tour and other future bilateral series in the nation.
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Virat Kohli is the boss, support staff there to oversee preparations: Ravi Shastri

  • Ravi Shastri’s tenure as the head coach of the Indian team has kicked off amazingly. His first assignment, a full tour of Sri Lanka, went smoothly as his troops whitewashed the home side in all three series.
  • He lauded the efforts of the boys for keeping the professionalism and hunger for the entire tour.
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If Imran Khan comes to the stadium, we all will bow before him: Sethi

  • Pakistan Cricket Board chairman Najam Sethi has said that he will welcome legendary cricketer and politician Imran Khan if he attends the Independence Cup matches, featuring Pakistan and World XI.
  •  Sethi had earlier announced that he had invited 17 former captains and legendary cricketers for the series, including Javed Miandad.
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Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina can still make it to the Indian team, says Ravi Shastri

  • The newly appointed Head Coach and the former Team Director of the India team, Ravi Shastri, in a recent interview, went ahead and affirmed that doors are still open for two of the most experienced southpaws of Indian Cricket by the names of Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina.
  • The last time Suresh Raina featured in the ODI lineup was against South Africa back in 2015. He was then selected only for T20 assignments for India.
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Jasprit Bumrah’s Instagram post shows his admiration for Zlatan Ibrahimovic

  • Indian pacer Jasprit Bumrah is probably the find of team India over the last one year. A death over specialist, who is equally effective in the middle overs or while starting with the proceedings with the white ball.
  • He has got many fans and followers, but the Indian bowler follows Manchester United’s, Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
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Virat Kohli has the hunger to become the best in the world: Robin Singh

  • Former Indian all-rounder, Robin Singh, believes that the present Indian skipper Virat Kohli has the appetite to be the best in the world. He showered praises on Kohli for his passion for the game.
  •  Singh is now gearing up for the coaching stint at the inaugural edition of T20 Global League in November. He is appointed as the coach of the franchise Bloem City Blazers.
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Virat Kohli turns down offer to promote soft drink brand

  • Virat Kohli is easily the fittest cricketer going around in India. He is also the most sought after cricketer by advertisers having a portfolio of close to 20 brands of 13 different companies until last year.
  • Kohli has transformed his fitness level by following a hardcore regime and maintaining a strict diet. The 28-year old had stopped consuming aerated drinks long back and now doesn’t see a point in promoting it, according to The Hindu.
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Pakistan find backing from ICC to host full tours

  • The International Cricket Council (ICC) has given the green light to Pakistan Cricket Boards to host full series but warned that it might be a long process.
  • Pakistan Cricket suffered for eight years as no teams agreed to tour the country citing security concerns.
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