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UsmanKhawaja enters top 10 after heroic Dubai resistance

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UsmanKhawaja’s heroics against Pakistan helped him jump nine spots to No.10 in the latest update to the Test player rankings for batsmen.

Khawaja was colossal in the first Test, played in Dubai. He top-scored for Australia in the first innings with 85, scored in over four hours, and then – with his team staring at defeat – led a stunning resistance on the final day, with an innings of 141, scored in close to nine hours.

Aaron Finch had a memorable debut with scores of 62 and 49 Aaron Finch had a memorable debut with scores of 62 and 49

 

That helped him move up past Aiden Markram to the 10th spot in the MRF Tyres ICC Test Player Rankings. His points tally – 719 – was, however, below his career best of 747, achieved in 2017.

There were no changes above him, with ViratKohli’s 139 in the first Test against the Windies keeping him firm at No.1 with 936 points – one off his career-high of 937. Steve Smith, Kane Williamson, Joe Root and David Warner round off the top five.

Following the completion of the two Tests – India v Windies in Rajkot and Pakistan v Australia in Dubai – there were many other movers among the batsmen.

Mohammad Abbas picked up seven wickets in the match Mohammad Abbas picked up seven wickets in the match

In Dubai, AsadShafiq’s 80 and 41 took him up five points and to No.20, while Mohammad Hafeez, who scored 126 in the first innings, re-entered the list at No.45. Tim Paine, the Australian captain who scored 61* to help draw the Dubai Test, entered the top 50 at No.49 with a career-high 524 points.

 

Slightly lower down, HarisSohail’s first Test century took him to the 57th spot (up 17), while two of the three Australian debutants also had good returns: Aaron Finch hit 62 and 49, and entered the list at No.72 and Travis Head’s second-innings 72 took him to the 103rd position.

Across in Rajkot, the hero for India was Prithvi Shaw, the debutant scoring 134 opening the innings. He entered the chart at No.73, one spot below Finch. RavindraJadeja also made a stirring comeback to the Test XI, hitting 100* in India’s only innings. He was up six spots to No.51 with a career-best 511 points.

Prithvi Shaw lived up to expectations by scoring 134 in his maiden Test innings Prithvi Shaw lived up to expectations by scoring 134 in his maiden Test innings

On to the bowlers now, and two Pakistani bowlers made significant gains. Mohammad Abbas returned 4/29 and 3/56, and was joint 13th with Jason Holder after rising eight spots. Bilal Asif, the debutant, got 6/36 in the Australian first innings, and entered the chart at No.69.

The big mover for the Indians was KuldeepYadav, the young left-arm wrist-spinner gaining 16 spots to get to the 52nd position after picking up his first five-wicket haul in Tests – 5/57 in the Windies second innings.

 


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Rasikh Salam banned for two years for submitting faulty birth certificate

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Mumbai Indians and Jammu and Kashmir pacer Rasikh Salam has been handed a two-year ban by the BCCI after he was found to have submitted a faulty birth certificate to the board.

Subsequently, he has been removed from the under-19 squad that will travel to England to play in a tri-series and has been replaced by Prabhat Maurya.

Salam, a pacer from J&K, made news when he debuted for Mumbai Indians in this Indian Premier League. He was the third player from Jammu & Kashmir to get an IPL contract – after Parvez Rasool and Manzoor Dar – and only the second after Rasool to get into the playing XI. He hails from Ashmuji village in southern part of Kashmir, which is often said to be affected by curfew and power cuts. Mumbai Indians picked him for his base price of INR 20 lakh.

 

Earlier this week, IANS had reported that Salam could be in trouble for age fraud after the Jammu and Kashmir State Board of School Education informed JKCA that the age Salam gave the board doesn’t match the records they posses.

JKCA and the BCCI soon got involved in the matter and a two year ban was deemed appropriate.

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Dhoni could be ‘exposed’ by Yuvraj’s dad after World Cup

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Mumbai: Father of recently retired former Indian all-rounder Yuvraj Singh, Yograj has struck again, and all the signs point toward former captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni.

While the cricketer is busy preparing for India’s next clash against Pakistan on Sunday after rain played spoilsport on the much-hyped India-New Zealand clash, a recent video of Yograj has surfaced where he speaks about an ‘un-named’ player who is responsible for the ‘dirty politics’ in the Indian cricket team.

Yograj further goes on to state that this player is the reason that many players like Gautam Gambhir, Virender Sehwag, VVS Laxman, and his own son Yuvraj Singh were not included in the Indian team at crucial points in time.

 

While Yograj didn’t reveal much about the player he talks about, he did mention that he’d make the complete revelations after the currently ongoing 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup. Based on earlier allegations by Yograj, who was also a former pace bowler, towards then Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, It seems pretty evident that he is speaking of ‘Captain Cool’.

“I don’t want to take his name but he has been playing these dirty politics from the last 15 years. He has made lives difficult for Indian cricketers. I will make this revelation after the World Cup gets over. He will remember this for life that someone said something about him,” said Yograj.

“I don’t want to speak about him at this point in time because I don’t want the team to get affected during the World Cup,” he added.

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FIFA Rankings: India unmoved at 101

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London: The Indian national team remain unmoved in the June 2019 edition of the FIFA Rankings released.

Following India’s exit from the 2019 AFC (Asian Football Confederation) Asian Cup, India have had a change in coach with Igor Stimac replacing Stephen Constantine.

Under Stimac, India recently participated in the King’s Cup 2019 in Thailand where a 3-1 defeat against Curacao (79) was backed by a 1-0 win over hosts Thailand (116) in the third-place play-off.

 

GFX India FIFA Rankings June 2019

The Blue Tigers are set to face Tajikistan (120), DPR Korea (122) and Syria (85) in the upcoming Intercontinental Cup 2019 next. India enter the tournament as defending champions.

Meanwhile, in the global standings, Belgium continue to lead at the top having bettered their advantage over second-placed France who also stay put in their position, the same as Brazil and England at third and fourth spots respectively.

2019 UEFA Nations League champions Portugal have displaced Croatia to stand fifth while Spain (7) has gained two places. Germany (11 – tied with Argentina), Italy and Netherlands (both at 14) have also moved two places up.

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