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There is an Aussie in Virat Kohli: Michael Clarke

Former Australian skipper Michael Clarke on Thursday said that the captaincy style of the India captain Virat Kohli is very similar to the brand of cricket that Australians play. "Virat is a wonderful player. He wants to win and doesn't want to take a step back. There is an Australian in Virat Kohli", said Clark.

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India to face Australia in ICC U-19 Cricket World Cup opener

India will face Australia in their tournament-opener of the ICC Under 19 Cricket World Cup scheduled to be held from January 13 to February 3 in 2019 at New Zealand. India and Australia are placed along side Zimbabwe and East Asia Pacific qualifier Papua New Guinea, in group B. Defending champions West Indies, 2012 champion South Africa, New Zealand, Africa qualifier Kenya are placed in Group B. Notably, the Indian team has won the tournament thrice.

 

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Father gets a surprise gift from Pandya brothers

Himanshu Pandya was surprised when his sons, cricketer duo Hardik Pandya and Krunal Pandya, gifted him a car. Mumbai Indians all-rounder Krunal Pandya took his father to a car showroom, while India all-rounder Hardik Pandya was on a video call assisting to select the car. Hardik posted the video on Twitter.

 

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Usain Bolt to make Manchester United debut against Barcelona

Jamaican sprinter Usain Bolt is all set to make his debut for Manchester United for a Legends match against Barcelona at Old Trafford on September 2. Bolt, a Manchester United fan, will be playing alongside legends like Ryan Giggs and Paul Scholes. Bolt's career came to a crashing end as he failed to finish his final race when he pulled up with a leg injury during the World Championship 4x100m relay. "I've always said I wanted to play football. It's something I'll be good at", Bolt said.

 

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Yuvraj, Raina failed to clear key physical test

According to reports, Indian players Yuvraj Singh and Suresh Raina failed to clear the 'Yo-Yo' endurance test at the National Cricket Academy that led to their ouster from the one-day squad for the Sri Lanka limited overs series. The 'Yo-Yo' endurance test is an advanced version of the 'beep' test that is used to evaluate the fitness level of a player. Reportedly, both Yuvraj and Raina have scored well below the permissible level of 19.5 with Yuvraj barely managing to touch 16, which was the biggest reason for his ouster.

 

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UFC fighter hired by Neymar as bodyguard in France, say reports

According to reports, football sensation Neymar Jr has hired UFC fighter Nordine Taleb as his personal bodyguard. Reportedly, 36-year-old Taleb is a 6 feet 1-inch welterweight fighter from France. The fighter has reportedly appeared inside the octagon seven times. Taleb, who last fought a competitive match in May, has seven knockout wins to his name, alongside a 13-4 win-loss record.

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Hayden posts English translation of Indian national anthem

Former Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden shared an English translation of India's national anthem on Twitter, wishing Indians a happy Independence Day. Hayden was praised for the gesture, with a follower posting, "Never saw English version of National Anthem before.! Thanks champion." The cricketer was earlier trolled by Indian fans, posting the wrong Indian flag on Republic Day.

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Ganguly to play charity match with Diego Maradona

Former India cricket captain Sourav Ganguly will reportedly play a charity match with 1986 FIFA World Cup Winner Diego Maradona on October 2 in an exhibition match called 'Match for Unity' in Barasat, Kolkata. The exhibition match would be held at the Aditya School of Sports in Barasat. Former India hockey captain Dhanraj Pillay, popular Bengali actor Abir Chatterjee and cricketers Manoj Tiwary and Deep Dasgupta will also be a part of the charity match to be played.

 

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Aiming for 'outrageous' comeback in Australian Open: Serena Williams

American tennis player Serena Williams who is expecting her first child reportedly said that she is aiming for an ‘outrageous’ comeback for Australian Open. According to media reports, the 35-year-old star said, “I am feeling new power from pregnancy, and my plan to enter into Australian Open is the most outrageous”.

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Pakistan cricketer Zubair Ahmed dies after being hit by bouncer

Pakistan cricketer Zubair Ahmed has died after being hit by a bouncer on the head during a match in Mardan. According to reports, Ahmed was hit in the head on August 14. Ahmed has played four matches for the ListA and T20 team Quetta Bears. The Pakistan Cricket Board took to social media to inform people of the sad demise and remind players the need to wear a helmet at all times at the batting crease.

 

 


 

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Sreesanth back on cricket field for an exhibition match

Former Indian speedster S Sreesanth was back on the cricket field on Tuesday when he led a team in an exhibition match. He was cheered by a sizeable crowd and the members from the two teams presented roses to Sreesanth when he stepped on to the field. Notably, the Kerala High Court recently lifted the life ban imposed on him by the BCCI.

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MS Dhoni to set up cricket academy

Fccording to reports, former Indian Captain MS Dhoni is set to open a cricket academy in Dubai's Pacific Sports Club. The academy will be based in Springdales school and will be identified as MS Dhoni cricket academy. Reportedly, Dhoni will be the brand ambassador for the academy and will be frequently visiting the sports club.

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Upul Tharanga to lead Sri Lanka in ODI series against India

Upul Tharanga will lead a 15-man Sri Lanka squad in the five-match ODI series against India that begins in Dambulla on Sunday. Tharanga is taking up the captaincy for the first time after Angelo Mathews gave up the ODI captaincy post the 2-3 loss against Zimbabwe at home in July. Seasoned pacer Lasith Malinga has also made a comeback.

 

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Shikhar Dhawan, KL Rahul reach career-best rankings

Indian openers K L Rahul and Shikhar Dhawan reached their career-high position in the latest ICC Test rankings after India's clean-sweep of Sri Lanka in a three-match series. K L Rahul broke into the top-10 at 9th, while Shikhar Dhawan also attained a career-high position of 28th in the latest Test rankings. Dhawan, who top-scored with 119 in the final Test in Pallekele, moved up 10 places to 28th position as Rahul moved up two positions to equal his career-best 9th position.

 

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Finch blasts 30 runs in one over

Australian batsman Aaron Finch scored 30 runs in an over during Surrey's match against Sussex in the NatWest T20 Blast at The Oval on Monday. Finch’s unbeaten 114-run came off just 64 balls. Finch scored his career's third T20 ton, smashing 30 runs in the 18th over to help his side set a target of 194 runs and eventually register a 17-run win.

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Maria Sharapova to play first Grand Slam after doping suspension

Maria Sharapova, 5-time major champion will be playing her first Grand Slam after her 15-month suspension for doping. She has got a wild-card entry to participate in this Grand Slam. Sharapova had missed the Wimbledon due to a thigh injury and was rejected wildcard entry into French Open. She tested positive for meldonium during 2016 Australian Open.

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Team India hoisted national flag in Sri Lanka on I-Day

Indian captain Virat Kohli, along with coach Ravi Shastri and other Team India members, unfurled the national flag in Kandy, Sri Lanka, to celebrate Independence Day on Tuesday. Team India members stood in line as the national anthem played in the background. Kohli later shared a video, wishing Indians and revealing that it was also his father's birthday.

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Chairman of selectors MSK Prasad on Monday said that Mahendra Singh Dhoni's future is being discussed at selection meetings but they will look at alternatives only if the former India captain fails to perform. Dhoni fans were clearly infuriated by Prasad's comment and questioned Prasad’s role in the committee. Some of the tweets read, 

 

 


 


 


 

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We will look at alternatives if Dhoni doesn't deliver: MSK Prasad

Chairman of selectors MSK Prasad on Monday said that former skipper MS Dhoni's future is being discussed at selection meetings but they will look at alternatives only if he doesn't deliver. When asked about Dhoni's future, Prasad said, "We all want the Indian team to do well. If he is delivering, why not? If he is not, we will have to look at alternatives".

 

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Virat Kohli breaks MS Dhoni's record of overseas Test wins

India captain Virat Kohli went past former captain MS Dhoni in terms of most overseas Test wins as captain after his side crushed Sri Lanka by an innings and 171 runs on Day 3 of the third and final Test in Pallekele and took the series 3-0 on Monday. Kohli now has seven overseas Test wins under his belt as compared to Dhoni's six.

 

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