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India in England 2018: Pant, Kuldeep picked for first three England Tests, Rohit dropped

Wicketkeeper-batsman Rishabh Pant and left-arm legspinning-sensation Kuldeep Yadav have been picked in India’s 18-man squad for the first three Tests. While Kuldeep was part of India’s squad for the Afghanistan Test in June, this was a maiden Test call-up for Pant, who has followed up a smashing IPL with important innings for the India A side in England. The squad was named for the first three Tests. The selectors didn’t consider Rohit Sharma‘s two limited-overs international centuries enough to hand him a Test comeback as the India A captain Karun Nair continued to…

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Kohli, Dhoni the brains behind new A+ player contracts

Recognising the best performers in Indian cricket and rewarding them for maintaining those high standards. This was the idea behind the BCCI’s new A+ category contract worth INR 7 crore (USD 1 million approx.) and it came to be on the suggestion of the current Indian captain Virat Kohli and the former captain MS Dhoni. The number of contracted players is now down from 32 to 26, with a new A+ category created ESPNcricinfo Ltd Anil Kumble, the previous head coach, had initiated discussions about the pay structure, first among senior players and then with the…

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Kohli, Dhoni and key bowlers rested for Nidahas Trophy

Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni have been rested from the Nidahas Trophy, a T20I tri-nation series in Sri Lanka in March, also involving Bangladesh. Rohit Sharma was named stand-in captain of India’s 15-man squad, with Shikhar Dhawan his deputy. India also rested several other limited-overs regulars in fast bowlers Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jasprit Bumrah, wristspinner Kuldeep Yadav and allrounder Hardik Pandya. Kuldeep had missed the three T20Is in South Africa with an injury. The five new inclusions in the squad were wicketkeeper Rishbah Pant, allrounders Vijay Shankar and Washington Sundar,…

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Team India Coach: Shastri, Zaheer, Dravid in India’s new coaching team

Ravi Shastri, the former India allrounder and team director, has been appointed head coach of the national side until the 2019 World Cup. Zaheer Khan has been named bowling consultant for the same tenure, while Rahul Dravid will be India’s batting consultant for overseas Test series. The confirmation came late on Tuesday night after the CoA impressed upon the BCCI’s Cricket Advisory Committee (CAC), comprising Sourav Ganguly, Sachin Tendullkar and VVS Laxman, the urgent need to end the uncertainty over the next India coach. The vacancy arose because Anil Kumble resigned after the Champions Trophy in June, stating…

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Mishra, Rasool added to India’s T20 squad

India have added legspinner Amit Mishra and offspinner Parvez Rasool to their squad for the three T20s against England, choosing to rest their first-choice spin pair of R Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja for the series. Ashwin and Jadeja had been part of the initial 15-man squad for the series, which also includes legspinner Yuzvendra Chahal. The series begins on January 26 in Kanpur, rounding off England’s full tour of India. Mishra played two Tests against England in the recent home series and picked up five wickets. In the home ODIs…

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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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