Monday, December 4

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

Greg Chappell and MS Dhoni. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

PCB announces central contracts for 2020-21 season; Mohammad Amir, Wahab Riaz among axed

  • The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), on Wednesday, announced the list of centrally contracted players for the 2020-21 season.
  • All eyes were on the former captain Sarfaraz Ahmed who was in Category A last year and now has been demoted to Category B.
  • On the other hand, young speedster Shaheen Afridi and Test captain Azhar Ali have been promoted to the top category alongside ODI and T20I skipper Babar Azam.
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Yuvraj Singh picks two Indian batsmen who can break his fastest fifty record

  • During the 2007 T20 World Cup, the world witnessed a one of a kind effort by Yuvraj Singh.
  • The Punjab batsman hit six sixes in an over of Stuart Broad. During the innings, he also scored to a 50 off just 12 balls.
  • Till day, this is the fastest fifty in any international match.
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MS Dhoni is the most powerful batsman and the best finisher I’ve ever seen: Greg Chappell

  • Greg Chappell might have been a great batsman, but his coaching skills have come under scrutiny many times.
  • During his tenure with the Indian side, the former Australian captain was questioned for his behaviour as a coach.
  • However, his stint had a few positives. One of them would be the emergence of MS Dhoni at the world stage.
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Jasprit Bumrah leading the race for BCCI’s Arjuna Award nomination; Shikhar Dhawan could be second name

  • After missing out on seniority last year, Jasprit Bumrah has emerged as the forerunner in the BCCI nomination for the prestigious Arjuna Award this year.
  • The Indian spearhead missed out on the award last year due to lesser experience and all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja was conferred the award instead.
  • The BCCI office-bearers are expected to zero in on nominations for the men’s and women’s categories later this month.
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‘There should have been joint winners last year’ – Gautam Gambhir lauds New Zealand’s consistency in World Cups

  • New Zealand have always been one of those underrated teams who punch above their weight in the World Cup.
  • Not many considered them even the favourites to win the mega event last year.
  • But Kane Williamson‘s inspired leadership took them to final and they lost the chance of being crowned the world champions thanks to ICC’s bizarre rule which is scrapped now.
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Rohit Sharma, Steve Smith are good but Virat Kohli is the best: Mohammad Yousuf

  • The never-ending debate over the ‘Fab Four’ batsmen of the modern era always hogs the limelight.
  • Over the years, there have been several batsmen who have gained the status of ‘world-class’ batsmen due to their consistency across all three formats.
  • Offering his two cents about the debate, former Pakistan middle-order batsman Mohammad Yousuf also opened up about his preferred choice.
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PCB appoints Babar Azam as Pakistan’s ODI captain; Azhar Ali gets extension as Test skipper

  • The Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) has appointed Babar Azam the ODI captain after a long deliberation.
  • Earlier, he was named only the T20I skipper and the decision on the 50-over format captaincy was supposed to be taken later as the team wasn’t scheduled to play any ODI.
  • Babar replaces Sarfaraz Ahmed at the helm which was expected after the latter was axed from the team across all the formats following his poor form with the bat.
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I never got a chance like Dhoni, Kohli to play for 3-4 years for one franchise: Yuvraj Singh

  • There was a time when Yuvraj Singh would chunk out big bucks at the IPL auctions.
  • In 2014, Royal Challengers Bangalore bought him for INR 14 crore.
  • At the time, this was the highest bid any player had received. However, he was released after one season.
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Nasser Hussain picks Eoin Morgan and Kane Williamson as best captains in limited-overs and Tests

  • Former England cricketer Nasser Hussain has Eoin Morgan as his favourite captain in the limited-overs format.
  • He led England to their maiden World Cup triumph last year at home. Morgan has also been at the forefront of their revival in the ODIs and T20Is after the debacle in 2015 mega event played in Australia.
  • Hussain is also impressed with the way Morgan stays calm under pressure.
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Hitting Steve Smith with the bouncer reminded me of Phil Hughes’ death: Jofra Archer

  • Ashes 2019 was undoubtedly a series to remember for Steve Smith.
  • The Australian stalwart, after returning to the game after serving the ball-tampering ban, took the world by storm by accumulating 774 runs in four matches which he played in the series.
  • One exciting battle during the Ashes was the on-field contest between Smith and Jofra Archer.
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