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Kohli should've shared Man of the Match with Kuldeep: Kuldeep Yadav's coach

Indian Chinaman bowler Kuldeep Yadav's coach Kapil Pande reportedly said that captain Virat Kohli should have shared the Man of the Match award that he won in the second ODI against Australia with the spinner. “Kohli is a senior member of the team and he could have encouraged the junior players by sharing the honour”, Pande said to Deccan Chronicle.

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Kuldeep becomes first Indian spinner to take ODI hat-trick

Indian left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav became the first Indian spinner to take a hat-trick in ODI cricket. Kuldeep achieved the feat in the second ODI against Australia in Kolkata on Thursday to give India a 2-0 lead in the series. Yadav took the wickets of Matthew Wade, Ashton Agar, and Pat Cummins in consecutive balls in his eighth over.

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Kuldeep Yadav's hat-trick gives India 2-0 lead

India defeated Australia by 50 runs in the 2nd ODI as left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav picked up a hat-trick at The Eden Gardens in Kolkata on Thursday. Opting to bat first, hosts were bowled out for 252 in 50 overs. Virat Kohli top-scored for India, falling just eight short of his 31st century while Ajinkya Rahane (55). Australia were dismissed for 202 by the 43rd over. Seamer Bhuvneshwar Kumar took 3 wickets as Hardik Pandya and Yuzvendra Chahal picked up 2 wickets each. India took a 2-0 lead in the 5 match ODI series.

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MS Dhoni completes 300 ODIs for India

World cup winning captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni became the sixth cricketer to play 300 ODIs for India, after taking the field against Australia in the 2nd ODI in Kolkata on Thursday. The match is Dhoni's 303rd ODI overall, with the former captain having played three ODIs for Asia XI in 2007. Sachin Tendulkar has played most ODIs for India at 463, followed by Rahul Dravid at 340.

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MS Dhoni gets involved in shooting at Kolkata

Former Indian captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni visited Kolkata Police Training School on Wednesday for a session in pistol shooting ahead of the second ODI. India and Australia were denied of a practice session on Wednesday as the ground remained under covers for the second consecutive day. Kolkata Police's Facebook page shared Dhoni's photos from the school and wrote, "His accuracy is breathtaking".

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Two Indians in Steve Smith's ‘Dream Team’

Australia captain Steve Smith left out his Indian counterpart Virat Kohli and veteran MS Dhoni in his dream team and picked two other Indian cricketers. "I would have Sachin Tendulkar and Harbhajan Singh in my team," Smith told reporters ahead of the second One-day International at Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

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MS Dhoni nominated for Padma Bhushan Award by BCCI

BCCI has nominated former India captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the country's third highest civilian award the ‘Padma Bhushan’ for his contribution to the game. "Mahendra Singh Dhoni has been nominated by the BCCI for the Padma Bhushan award. There was no doubt among the members that Dhoni has impeccable credentials. Two World titles (2011 50-over World Cup and 2007 World T20), nearly 10,000 runs, 90 Test matches. There is no one better than him, who could have been nominated", a senior BCCI official told media.

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Dhoni will play the 2023 World Cup: Michael Clarke

Former Australia captain Michael Clarke reportedly said that Mahendra Singh Dhoni will not only play the 2019 World Cup but will also be a part of the Indian team that will play in 2023 World Cup. "Don't ask me whether he will play in the 2019 World Cup. He will play in 2023," Clarke said ahead of the second One-Day International (ODI) between India and Australia at the Eden Gardens.

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Virat Kohli gets a bizarre proposal from a Pakistan cop

India cricket team captain Virat Kohli got a bizarre proposal from a policeman from Pakistan. During the recently-concluded Independence Cup between the ICC World XI and Pakistan in Lahore, the policeman stunned everyone when he appeared with a placard with a message that read, "Kohli, Marry Me". Notably, England women cricketer Danielle Wyatt sent Kohli a marriage proposal through Twitter in 2014.

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The king returns to Chennai, tweets BCCI

Fans gave the loudest roar when Mahendra Singh Dhoni walked in to bat during the opening match between India and Australia at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. The moment fans saw him making his way to the middle the chant of "Dhoni! Dhoni! Dhoni!" was followed by a "CSK! CSK!CSK!" chorus. BCCI posted a video of Dhoni making his way to the middle with a tagline “The King returns to Chennai #TeamIndia #IndvAus”. Notably, Dhoni is expected to be retained by CSK for the 2017 edition of IPL.

 

 


 

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Ind vs Aus could be one of last 5-match ODI series: CA Chief

Cricket Australia Chief Executive James Sutherland reportedly said that the ongoing series against India could be one of the last five-match series in the ODI format as efforts are on to introduce a global league. Sutherland has confirmed that if the proposed introduction of a 13-team ODI league goes ahead, then future bilateral ODI series is unlikely to exceed three matches. "I don't think you'll see any country playing more than three one-day matches in a series in the future," Sutherland said.

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Indian team chills out at Chennai Airport

After taking a 1-0 lead against Australia in a rain-truncated opener at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Sunday, BCCI tweeted photos of Indian cricket team players relaxing at the Chennai airport. Former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni chilled out by lying on the floor with other players sitting around him.

 

 


 

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Wayne Rooney banned from driving

Former England football captain Wayne Rooney was reportedly banned from driving for two years and ordered to perform 100 hours of unpaid work after pleading guilty to drink driving. "Following today's court hearing I want publicly to apologise for my unforgivable lack of judgement in driving while over the legal limit. It was completely wrong", Rooney reportedly said in a statement.

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Dhoni crosses another milestone by hitting 100th half-century

Former India captain MS Dhoni on Sunday achieved another feat when he hit a half-century against Australia to take India to a winning total. Dhoni hit his 100th half century in the match, and Dhoni is the 14th cricketer to reach this milestone. Dhoni hit 79 runs off 88 balls including 4 fours and 2 sixes. Master batsman Sachin Tendulkar tops the list with 164 half centuries.

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JP Duminy announces retirement from Test cricket

South Africa all-rounder JP Duminy has reportedly announced his retirement from first-class and Test cricket with immediate effect. The 33-year old batsman reportedly said that he will be concentrating on the limited-overs format. Duminy has played in 46 Tests and has scored 2103 runs, which include six centuries and eight half-centuries.

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Shikhar Dhawan posts emotional message for ailing wife

India opener Shikhar Dhawan posted a message on Twitter for his ailing wife Ayesha Mukherjee on Saturday along with a photograph of the duo. Dhawan, in his tweet, said, “Glad to be here with my wife. Will be her strength at this moment of time. hope surgery is going to go well in the coming few days.” Twitterati went emotional over his message, and wished Ayesha a speedy recovery.

 

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Virat Kohli to stop promoting Pepsi, Fairness creams

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli has stopped endorsing soft drink maker Pepsi and fairness products because of their association with junk food and racism. Reports added that Kohli has decided that he would not ask people to consume something that he himself does not.

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PV Sindhu enters Korea Open final

Rio Olympics and World Championship silver medallist PV Sindhu defeated sixth seeded Chinese He Bingjiao 21-10, 17-21, 21-16 in the semi-finals of the Korea Open Super Series on Saturday. Sindhu will face Japan's Nozomi Okuhara in the final on Sunday.

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Brian Lara injured after falling 10 feet down a staircase

Former Windies cricketer Brian Lara suffered leg injuries after falling 10 feet down a staircase at his home. Lara shared a video of himself lying on a bed with a bandaged knee and captioned it, "Nothing is broken, Thank God! Me my TV control, fruits, cellphone and pillows will be spending some time together. #bmobilelifeison #strongbones #injurymanagement #golf."

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Applied for coach post after Shastri said he won't: Sehwag

Former Indian cricketer Virender Sehwag has revealed he applied for the post of India coach after Ravi Shastri told him he would not apply. Sehwag added he had not intended to apply but did so after being convinced by BCCI officials and discussions with Virat Kohli. Shastri had told Sehwag he would not repeat the "mistake" he had made earlier.

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