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    Virat Kohli Continues To Top ICC Test Rankings, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane Slip


    India skipper Virat Kohli retained his top spot among batsmen while Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane slipped in the latest ICC Test rankings issued on Wednesday. With 928 points, Kohli is way ahead of second-placed Australian maestro Steve Smith (911), the ICC said in a statement. Pujara was placed sixth, down one rung, with 791 points, while Rahane occupied the ninth spot after slipping a couple of positions with 759 points. In bowling, India's pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrah, returning from an injury layoff, remained static at sixth position with 794 points, while spinner Ravichandran Ashwin (772 points) and seamer Mohammed Shami (771) were ninth and 10th respectively.

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    Indore T20I: All-round India make short work of Sri Lanka


    All-round India ticked all the boxes on Jasprit Bumrah and Shikhar Dhawan's return to international cricket and swept Sri Lanka aside by seven wickets to take 1-0 lead in the second T20 international at the Holkar Stadium here on Tuesday.

    The first match in Guwahati was called off without a ball being bowled due to rain and damp pitch. Virat Kohli and his boys will now look to seal the series in the final match of the series in Pune on Friday.
    Chasing a reasonable 143 for victory, Kohli (30 not out) smashed a six in the 18th over to seal the deal for the rampaging hosts with 15 balls to spare.

    K.L. Rahul scored 45, Shreyas Iyer got 34 and the returning Shikhar Dhawan made 32 as India never really looked in any sort of trouble after their bowlers fired in unison to keep the Lankans in check.

    The two openers, vying for the second opener's slot along with Rohit Sharma for the World T20 later this year, got India off to a solid start. Rahul looked good, hitting six fours before his ambition got the better of him as leg-spinner Wanindu Hasaranga cleaned him up with a delivery wide of the crease in the 10th over.

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      IPL 2020



      While the 2020 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set to get underway at the Wankhede Stadium in Mumbai on March 29, the final will be played on May 24. The 57-day window also means that host broadcasters are likely to have their way and there will be no doubleheaders. The starting time is almost certain to be 7:30 pm. Sources in the know of developments confirmed that the 2020 edition will be played over 57 days and the longer window means that doubleheaders could now be a thing of the past. "While the full schedule isn't ready yet, the final is set to be played on May 24 and with the tournament starting on March 29, you obviously get a longer window than say 45 days. So, there should be no issue in accommodating one game a day. In fact, it should be a walk in the park for those chalking out how matches will be played over 57 days," the source said. Asked about the starting time, considering that broadcaster is keen on an early start, the source said it was almost certain that games will start at 7:30 pm and it isn't just about the broadcasters, it is also about how late games finished last season. "See, TRP is an issue for sure, but let us not just put it on that as you can for yourself go back and see how late the games finished last season. Even for those coming into the stadium, it was quite an issue going back home after the game. While it is being discussed, but looks like we may start at 7:30 pm. this edition onwards," the source pointed. But franchises believe that for crowds to come in at that point in time on a working day is almost impossible. "If you are living in a metro, you do know the kind of traffic issues there is say in Delhi, Mumbai or Bengaluru. Do you seriously believe that it is possible for people to leave office at around 6 pm and then come into the stadium with their families by the time the game gets underway? This is an area that needs to be taken into consideration before changing the timing of the game," the official of one of the franchises said.


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        Who is Virat Kohli's 'surprise package'?


        Moments after a clinical win over Sri Lanka in the second T20I in Indore on Tuesday, Virat Kohli got the Indian cricket fraternity curious. He named Prasidh Krishna as a probable "surprise package" in his fast-bowling attack. "I think one guy will be a surprise package going to Australia. Someone who can bowl with pace and has bounced. Prasidh Krishna has done well in the domestic arena. It is a great luxury to have this group of bowlers in all formats. Looking at the World Cup, we have enough options," Kohli said at the post-match presentation ceremony on Tuesday. Recuperating from two injuries which have kept him out of action since the Vijay Hazare Trophy semifinals in October, India skipper’s comments must’ve been like a soothing balm for Karnataka’s fast-bowling find Prasidh. Kohli and the team management are currently happy with the fast-bowling resources at their disposal. Strengthening the pool of sharp pacers across formats has been key to Kohli’s dominant run as India’s captain over the last three years.

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          Shane Warne's baggy green sold for over one million dollars



          Shane Warne's baggy green, which he put up for auction to raise funds for bushfire relief, has been bought by the Commonwealth Bank for over one million dollars.

          With minutes to go in the auction, the figure crossed into the million mark with the website listing an 'MC' from Sydney making the final bid of AUD1,007,500. It later emerged that MC stood for CBA chief executive Matt Comyn who said that the bank - who are one of Cricket Australia's major partners - would take the baggy green on a tour around Australia to raise further money before putting it on display at the Bradman Museum in Bowral.

          "I am delighted that CBA has been able to secure Shane's cherished baggy green cap," Comyn said. "This has not only raised another $1 million for bushfire relief, it will also enable us to raise further funds for the bushfire appeal as the cap commences a fundraising tour across the country before retiring as a permanent exhibit at the Bradman Museum in Bowral to be enjoyed by all Australians and cricket fans.

          "I want to thank and commend Shane for giving up one of his most cherished possessions for such an important cause. He has demonstrated the same Aussie spirit we are seeing across the country with acts of generosity and dedication throughout this disaster as communities rally to support each other."

          Moments after bidding closed, Warne tweeted: "Thank you so much to everyone that placed a bid & a huge Thank you / congrats to the successful bidder - you have blown me away with your generosity and this was way beyond my expectations! The money will go direct to the Red Cross bushfire appeal."

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