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Ranji Trophy: Parthiv Patel hundred takes Gujarat to maiden title

Gujarat have lifted the Ranji Trophy for the first time in their history, beating domestic heavyweights Mumbai by five wickets on the last day of the final at Indore’s Holkar Stadium. This stunning victory came on Saturday, the last day of this engaging summit clash, with Gujarat captain Parthiv Patel scoring an excellent 143 to help Gujarat chase down 312. It capped a memorable season for Parthiv’s team, one that began in the first week of October with a hard-earned three points in a draw with Baroda in Jaipur and…

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Split-captaincy concerns a factor in Dhoni’s decision to step down

MS Dhoni has revealed that his reservations with split captaincy were a factor in his decision to give up the role of India’s limited-overs captain. Speaking at his first press conference since stepping down as India’s ODI and T20I captain last week, Dhoni said he had waited for his successor, Virat Kohli, to settle in as Test captain before making the decision. “Right from the start, when I left Test captainship, I knew split captaincy doesn’t work in India, doesn’t work in our set-up,” he said at a press conference…

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Cristiano Ronaldo beats Lionel Messi to win Fifa best player award

Cristiano Ronaldo was named the world’s best player at the inaugural Best Fifa Football Awards in Zurich. Real Madrid and Portugal forward Ronaldo, 31, beat Barcelona’s Lionel Messi and Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann to the prize. Ronaldo also won the Ballon d’Or in December, with both honours recognition for success in the Champions League with Real and Euro 2016 with Portugal. Carli Lloyd of the United States was named the world’s best female player. Leicester’s Claudio Ranieri was named best men’s coach, ex-Germany boss Silvia Neid won the female coach…

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Yuvraj recalled, Kohli named ODI and T20I captain

Yuvraj Singh has been recalled to both the ODI and T20I squads for India’s upcoming series against England in January. Virat Kohli was named the captain in both limited-overs formats after MS Dhoni stepped down on Wednesday. While Dhoni retained his place as a wicketkeeper-batsman in both squads, uncapped Rishabh Pant was named in the T20I squad, his first international call-up. Pant had a prolific Ranji Trophy, scoring 972 runs at an average of 81, including a triple century at a strike rate of 94. In the absence of the…

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MS Dhoni gives up India’s ODI and T20 captaincy

  MS Dhoni has stepped down as captain of India’s limited-overs teams ahead of the ODIs and T20Is against England in January. He will still be available for selection as a wicketkeeper-batsman for the series, though, the BCCI said on Wednesday evening. The selectors are meeting to pick the ODI and T20I squads on January 6 in Mumbai. The BCCI did not immediately name a successor for the matches against England, though Virat Kohli, who leads India in Test cricket, is the is the frontrunner for the job. Tendulkar pays tribute…

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Supreme Court axes BCCI president Anurag Thakur; victory for cricket, says Lodha

The Board of Control for Cricket president Anurag Thakur and its secretary Ajay Shirke have been sacked by the Supreme Court today. For failing to implement the reforms suggested by the RM Lodha panel, the BCCI will now have an observer, who will be appointed on January 19. Get highlights of today’s Supreme Court proceedings here. 12:59 hrs IST: The names of Sourav Ganguly and Brijesh Patel are doing the rounds as the next BCCI president. While Ganguly is the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal, Brijesh Patel has run…

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List of players released and retained by IPL teams ahead of the 2017 auction

© ESPNcricinfo Ltd Players released 11 (six overseas) Players retained 16 (five overseas) Purse spent INR 469,000,000 Purse remaining INR 191,000,000 At a glance Rising Pune Supergaints released the most players among all the IPL franchises ahead of the 2017 auction after finishing second from bottom last season. They offloaded a lot of their seamers and overseas players and will need to replenish those stocks. Kevin Pietersen, their most high-profile player to get the axe, had played only four games in the 2016 season before he was ruled out with…

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Sixers coach make a case for Embiid – the all-star

SACRAMENTO, Calif. – Joel Embiid will be in New Orleans for All-Star Weekend, of this we can all be assured.   The 76ers rookie is a lock to be the headliner of the Rising Stars Challenge on Feb. 17. But there’s a bigger question lingering: Should Embiid be playing in the All-Star Game of Feb. 19? He’s already among the most feared players in the game, and has the numbers heading into Monday night’s tilt with the Sacramento Kings – 18.4 points, 7.4 rebounds, 2.4 blocks and 41.4 three-point percentage…

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India beat Sri Lanka in final, clinch Asia Cup under-19 title

India, coached by Rahul Dravid, continued their dominance in the Asia Cup as they clinched the U-19 title by defeating Sri Lanka in the final at the R Premadasa stadium in Colombo on Friday. This was India’s second win in the Asia Cup U-19 tournament, having won the title in 2013/14 by defeating Pakistan by 40 runs and sharing the trophy in the first edition held in Malaysia in 2012/13. India, who had entered the final undefeated, won the toss and chose to bat and their top order made solid…

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Winners of 2016 ICC awards announced; R Ashwin named the ICC Cricketer of the Year

The International Cricket Council (ICC) have announced the winners of 2016 ICC awards The International Cricket Council (ICC) have announced the winners of the 2016 ICC awards. India’s R Ashwin wins the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy for the ICC Cricketer of the year award.    The awards are handed to the cricketers based on their performances in the 12-month period between 14 September 2015 and 20 September 2016. In this period, Ashwin has taken 48 Test wickets in 8 matches at an average of 15.39 and in the limited overs format,…

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