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‘You will always be my captain,” Kohli to MS Dhoni

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NEW DEHLI (JAN 06, 2017): Indian skipper Virat Kohli has praised former One0day International (ODI) captain Mahendra Singh Dhoni saying that the former would always be his captain.

“Thanks for always being the leader a youngster wants to have around him. You’ll always be my captain @msdhoni Bhai”, said Kohli on his official Twitter account.

The 28-year-old’s remarks came two days after Dhoni announced that he was stepping down as the ODI and T20I captain.

Kohli, who is likely to become Dhoni’s predecessor, made his Test and ODI debuts under the 35-year-old’s captaincy and the swashbuckling right-hander was quick to thank India’s most successful captain for donning the role of a perfect senior in the dressing room.

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Dhoni, who has made himself available for selection for the upcoming limited overs series against England, has played 283 ODIs, scoring 9110 runs, averaging 50.89 with an 88-plus strike rate. He has hit nine centuries in this format to go with 61 fifties.

He has also played 73 Twenty20 Internationals, scoring 112 runs, averaging nearly 36 with a 122 strike rate.

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T10 League: Shahid Afridi dismisses three wickets in the new format!

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UAE: Shahid Afridi yesterday (14th of December) wrote history by dismissing three batsman  – South African Rilee Rossouw, West Indian Dwayne Bravo & Indian Virendar Sehwag – off three balls in the first ever hat-trick in cricket’s newest format of T10.  

Pakhtoons that were asked by Marathas to bat first scored 122. In response Maratha Arabians scored 96 for 7.  Pakhtoons’ Fakhar Zaman scored 45 while Maratha’s Alex Hales managed to muster-up 57.

TEAMS:

Maratha Arabians: Virender Sehwag, Shaiman Anwar, Alex Hales, Lendl Simmons, Rillee Rossouw, Ross Whiteley, Imad Wasim, Roelof van der Merwe, Zahoor Khan, Mohammad Amir, Mohammad Sami, Hardus Viljoen, Wayne Parnell, Kumar Sangakkara, Kamran Akmal.

Pakhtoons: Fakhar Zaman, Tamim Iqbal, Dwayne Smith, Ahmad Shahzad, Najibullah Zadran, Shahid Afridi, Amjab Javed, Mohammad Nabi, Liam Dawson, Junaid Khan, Mohammad Irfan, Sohail Khan, Umar Gul, Shaheen Afridi, Saqlain Haider.

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NZ vs WI: Trent Boult – Paceman of Black Caps – gets his 200th test wicket!

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HAMILTON (Seddon Park): By taking the wicket of West Indies captain Kraigg Brathwaite (caught by Black Caps skipper Kane Williamson at gully) Trent Boult has become the 42nd player in test history to take 200 wickets.

He got his 200th scalp as New Zealand beat the West Indies by 240 runs today completing a 2-0 sweep of its first test series since March.

Left-arm swing bowler Trent Boult is the sixth New Zealand cricketer to have accomplished this feat.

New Zealand’s top test wicket-takers:

Sir Richard Hadlee…. 431

Daniel Vettori…………361

Chris Martin…………..233

Chris Cairns…………..218

Tim Southee…………..207

Trent Boult……………200

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Bangladesh appoints Shakib Al Hasan as Test Captain!

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DHAKA: Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) has replaced Mushfiqur Rahim by Shakib Al Hasan as Test captain.

All-rounder Shakib (already T-20 skipper) had led the Test side in nine Tests between 2009 and 2011.

He will be leading the pride of Bengal Tigers against Sri-Lankans next month in the two-Test home series.

It is pertinent to mention here that following the South Africa debacle (when Tigers lost tests with heavy margins) while BCB had deemed it fit to let wicketkeeper-batsman Mushfiqur Rahim concentrate on his batting, no other major changes had been made in the equipe.

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