India name squad for ODIs against New Zealand

India have recalled wicket-keeper batsman Dinesh Karthik and a left-handed opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan for the upcoming three-match ODI series against New Zealand, starting later this month.

Karthik, 32, who was left out for the recent series against Australia, he had a prolific season in the Duleep Trophy where he scored two centuries in three matches.

Meanwhile, Dhawan, 31, also returns to the One Day International squad in the place of Lokesh Rahul, who had a poor performance in the ODI series in Sri Lanka.

Indian selectors have also retained the spin trio Yuzvendra Chahal, Kuldeep Yadav and Axar Patel while the 31-year-old all-rounder Ravichandran Ashwin continues to remain on the sidelines.

The three-match ODI series against the Black Caps to be played between 22nd and 29th October.

India squad:

Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, Ajinkya Rahane, Manish Pandey, Kedar Jadhav, Dinesh Karthik, MS Dhoni (wk), Hardik Pandya, Axar Patel, Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Shardul Thakur.
15 October, 2017

Twitter reacts to Ashish Nehra's retirement decision

India's veteran speedster Ashish Nehra has decided to hangs up his boots from international cricket after the first Twenty20 match against New Zealand on November 1.

The 38-year-old left-arm fast bowler intimated his decision to coach Ravi Shastri and team's captain Virat Kohli.

Nehra made his international debut against Sri Lanka in 1999, has claimed 44 Tests wickets, 157 in ODIs and 34 in T20s.

The Delhi-born pacer, who was part of the ODI World Cup winning squad in 2011, has played 17 Tests, 120 ODIs and 26 T20I for India.

As soon as Nehra decided to retire, here’s a look how Twitter reacted to the news.

12 October, 2017

Big Bash League: Mitchell McClenaghan signs for Sydney Thunder

Former New Zealand pacer Mitchell McClenaghan has signed up with Sydney Thunder in the Australian twenty20 Big Bash League.

The 31-year-old bowler turned down his NZ contract in August to focus on playing in the twenty20 leagues around the world.

The Left-arm paceman has plenty of experience in T20 format, having played with Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League, Durban Qalanders in South Africa's T20 league, and St Lucia Stars in the Caribbean Premier League.

"I spent some time at the St Lucia Stars with Shane Watson and got to know his outlook on the game and hear his passion for Sydney Thunder and the organisation," McClenaghan told

"I've admired watching his career and seeing how it's progressed. I enjoyed playing alongside him in St Lucia and I think I'll learn a lot from him during my time with Thunder.

"I grew up in Australia and watched a lot of Aussie cricket and to have the opportunity to play in the Big Bash is something I'm really looking forward to."

McClenaghan has played 48 ODIs, 28 T20s and 38 tests for Black Caps.

Sydney Thunder current squad: Blizzard, Cummins, Gibson, Green, McKay, Patterson, Rohrer, S. Watson, Mitchell McClenaghan (overseas).

England's 2017/18 Ashes squad

England have announced their squad for the upcoming Ashes series to be held in Australia.

Despite being arrested earlier this week for a late night fight, the 26-year-old Ben Stokes has been included in the team.

The first Ashes Test will be played at the Gabba on November 23.

ENGLAND SQUAD: Joe Root (capt), Moeen Ali, James Anderson, Jonny Bairstow, Jake Ball, Gary Balance, Stuart Broad, Alastair Cook, Mason Crane, Ben Foakes, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ben Stokes, Mark Stoneman, James Vince, Chris Woakes
01 October, 2017

The Top 10 Cricket Stars

With cricket betting on the rise, it’s worth making sure you keep an eye out for the rising stars of the sport to make sure you have an edge when placing bets. The following ten players are all ranked high for various reasons and well worth looking out for.

10. Ben Stokes

Ben Stokes is a great all-rounder who bowls right-handed and bats left-handed, as well as being England’s vice-captain under Joe Root. He’s currently ranked 5th in the ICC Player Rankings for All-rounders, which might sound low, but he’s been setting a lot of records lately with the fastest ever Test double century and the highest ever score for a Test batman batting at six, it wouldn’t be a surprise if he was ranked a little higher in a few years!

9. Cheteshwar Pujara

The 4th best Batsman by the ICC Player rankings, but very nearly the third. Kane Williamson is sneaking ahead by just 8 points. Though Cheteshwar Pujara could well make it back quite quickly. After all, this February in a one-off Test match against Bangladesh, he set a new record for the most runs by a batsman in an Indian first-class season, with an amazing 1,605 runs!

8. Kane Williamson

Pujara’s replacement at number 3, Kane Williamson is the current captain of New Zealand’s cricket team and one of the top four rising stars in cricket (the others are all on this list too!). Williamson’s focused and methodical style of batting has proven brilliantly effective at helping his team get the score they need.

7. Virat Kohli

From one of the Top Four to another, Virat Kohli’s at number five in the Test Batsmen Rankings which might sound low but he’s ranked at the very top in the ICC’s One Day International rankings. When it comes to ODI games, Kohli’s record is astounding. He’s the second batsman in the world to have scored 1,000 or more runs for four consecutive years and is definitely a player to look out for.

6. Ravichandran Ashwin

Sitting at two spots, Ravichandran Aswin is the third ranked top Test bowler and the third Test all-rounder. Part of this is down to Ashwin having a distinctive style of bowling called the Carrom ball. The only other modern player to use it is Sri Lanka’s Ajantha Mendis and that distinctive spin from using the thumb and middle finger has helped both achieve great things. Not to mention he was 2016’s player of the year.

5. Jimmy Anderson

As the 6th highest Test wicket-taker of all time and the second ranked Test bowler in the ICC’s rankings, Jimmy Anderson is definitely one to look out. In addition to his spot as the 6th highest wicket taker, he’s the first English bowler to reach a 400 wicket-haul in International Test Cricket thanks to his abilities as a swing bowler.

4. Joe Root

Yet another of the top four and the captain of the English Cricket Team who’s also ranked as the second-best Test Batsmen in the ICC’s rankings. Hitting singles with a dedicated and methodical approach, Root is a brilliantly reliable batsman who slowly but surely builds his team score up, making them a safe choice when you bet on the cricket.

3. Ravindra Jadeja

According to the ICC, Ravindra Jadeja is the top ranked bowler in test matches and the second ranked All-rounder, Jadeja usurped Ashwin from his position at the top with his slow left-arm orthodox bowling style that’s proven dramatically effective. In his ODI debut he scored an unbeaten 60 off 77 balls and has only gone up since there.

2. Steve Smith

The top ranked Test batsman in the world by the ICC’s rankings, Steve Smith hits with power, precision but his real strength is in his surprisingly unorthodox style that involves frequent movement and controlling the bat with his bottom hand. While it looks messy, Smith’s technique is deceptively polished and he holds the record for most consecutive 50+ scores in World Cup History!

1. Shakib Al Hasan

Considered by many to be the greatest cricketer to ever play for Bangladesh, Shakib Al Hasan is the top ranked All-rounder by the ICC in all forms of play- Test, ODI and T20’s the only cricketer so far in, history, to hold the position across all three. Controlled fielding, aggressive batting and accurate bowling, Hasan is an outstanding player!
25 September, 2017

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