Indian cricketer Suresh Raina reportedly said that playing for Chennai Super Kings made him a real cricketer. “We have played so many matches together. We had to play for CSK again. In fact, I became a real player in Chennai,” Raina said. Raina has been retained by CSK for the 2018 edition.
Top seed Rafael Nadal retired hurt when trailing 3-6 6-3 6-7(5) 6-2 2-0 against Marin Cilic at the Australian Open on Tuesday at Rod Laver Arena. Nadal called it quits due to leg injury, when he was behind 2-0 in the fifth round. Sixth seed Cilic advanced to the semi-finals and will meet Briton Kyle Edmund for a place in the final.
India batsman Shreyas Iyer reportedly said that former India captain MS Dhoni’s addition will help the team and they will bounce back strongly in the ODI series. "MS is coming back. He has led the Indian team previously. He's a great finisher, looking forward to the ODI series. We would look to win the ODI series. That would be my target." said Iyer. The three-match ODI series begins February 1.
Former South Africa captain Graeme Smith questioned Virat Kohli's leadership and said that he is not sure Kohli can be considered as a long time captaincy option. "I don't know, when I look at him, if he is a long-term captaincy option for India," Smith said during an event ahead of the 3rd Test at the Wanderers. Smith also said that Kohli needs to take all his teammates along with him and his reactions on the field could end up impacting his teammates negatively.
Tamil Nadu bowler Athisayaraj Davidson is being referred to Sri Lankan bowler Lasith Malinga as he has a similar slingar action. Former India cricketer Aakash Chopra took to Twitter to upload a video of Athisayaraj and captioned: "Meet The Indian Lasith Malinga... #Davidson #DELvTN #SyedMushtaqAliTrophy #IPL." Athisayaraj came into the spotlight during the ongoing Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy. He has already participated in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL).
South African seemer Vernon Philander reportedly said that they want to win every game and look to take the series 3-0. "It is just another game of cricket for us, but we do want to win each and every single game we play. So, it doesn't matter that the Test series has already been won, we want to win all three matches," said Philander. SA leads the series 2-0.
Spanish football team Lugo’s goalkeeper Juan Carlos Martín Corral scored a spectacular goal from 60 yards on his 30th birthday on Saturday. Marino caught his Sporting Gijon counterpart Diego Marino off guard and smashed the ball from his own half to score the goal. The goal helped his team win the match 3-1. Watch it here.
Former West Indies fast bowler Michael Holding reportedly said that India captain Virat Kohli is a very good batsman but he has to score in England to become a great batsman. "Virat Kohli is a fantastic batsman. I was asked to name three top cricketers and I included Kohli in that list. He is a very very good player. When I see him score runs in England, I would call him a great player," Holding said.
The Indian Premier League has reportedly said that it will allow a replacement player for the team that buys England's Ben Stokes if he misses the entire tournament due to legal proceedings. Stokes' participation in IPL 2018 is still a question mark after he was charged with affray following an incident outside a Bristol nightclub in September last year. Notably, Stokes was the most expensive overseas player in IPL history during the 2017 auction.
Former Australia captain Ian Chappell criticised Hardik Pandya after his run-out during the second Test against South Africa. Pandya got out in a careless fashion as he failed to ground his bat. “Pandya’s laziness, sloppiness, arrogance, call it whatever you want, it was unforgivable,” said Chappell. India lost the match by 135 runs.
Team India defeated Pakistan by two wickets and won the 2018 Blind Cricket World Cup, on Saturday. Following the huge victory, congratulatory wishes have been pouring in for the team from notable personalities including Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Check the tweet here.
Congratulations to our cricket team for winning the 2018 Blind Cricket World Cup! They make the nation proud and inspire every Indian with their game as well as phenomenal attitude. True champions!— Narendra Modi (@narendramodi) January 20, 2018
Former India off-spinner Harbhajan Singh said that India can bounce back in the third Test against South Africa. "Of course, they can bounce back. Every game is a new opportunity. Whatever has happened, you cannot change that. But you can change what is in front of you. I wish and hope they win the next Test match," Harbhajan said. South Africa leads the three-match series 2-0.
18-year-old Indian opener Shubman Gill reproduced a shot made famous after Indian captain Virat Kohli played it against England last year. Playing against Zimbabwe in the Under-19 World Cup. The stylish right-hander smoked Nkosilathi Nungu for a six over mid-wicket with a short-arm jab similar to what Kohli did to dispatch Chris Woakes’ short of a length delivery for a six.
Virat Kohli invents short-arm jab & Shubman Gill reproduces it https://t.co/XA2iSUdbsk— Amit K (@amitkumar104) January 20, 2018
South African speedster Kagiso Rabada said that they want to get a whitewash against India. "Obviously we know how to play fast bowling and we've got respect for their attack. Every game you go into, you want to win. So obviously we want to get a whitewash against India," Rabada said. SA lead’s the three match Test series 2-0.
South African cricketer JP Duminy on Wednesday created a new record when he smashed 37 runs in an over in a Momentum one-day cup match on Wednesday. Duminy hit 4 sixes in the first 4 balls. However, he was able to score only 2 runs in the fifth ball. The bowler Eddie Leie bowled a no-ball as the next delivery which was turned into a four by Duminy taking the total in the over to 31. Then, JP Duminy sent the sixth ball to six creating the record by scoring 37 runs.
Chennai Super Kings have roped in Laxmipathy Balaji as their bowling coach and former New Zealand captain Stephen Fleming as the head coach for the upcoming Indian Premier League season 11. Earlier, CSK roped in former Australian batsman Michael Hussey as the batting coach. CSK is gearing up for a comeback to IPL after a two-year ban.
When asked about India's series loss against South Africa at an event in Chennai, MS Dhoni said that he won't comment on India’s loss but it was important to look at the positives of the team's performance. “If you can't take 20 wickets, you can never win a Test. We are taking 20 wickets, which means you are always in a position to win the match”, said Dhoni.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni revealed that he was approached by many teams when he was not a part of Chennai Super Kings. "A lot of people approached me, I can tell you that. But, you know, I can't think (of) not coming back to CSK," said Dhoni. He also added that Chennai is a special place and the thought of being with any other franchise was never a question.
Former Indian captain MS Dhoni reportedly said that he is happy and proud to be back in Chennai and it is like a second home to him. Dhoni added that the city is very special to him as he made his Test debut and also scored his highest score in Tests in Chennai.
ICC has named Indian leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal's six-wicket haul against England in a T20I last year at Bengaluru as T20I Performance of the Year. Chahal’s 6/25 is the best by an Indian bowler in T20I history, and the third-best of all time. Notably, Virat Kohli was named ICC player, captain of the year.