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Sunday, 30 December 2012

Virat Kohli injures his knee

India suffered another jolt when star batsman Virat Kohli suffered an injury during Pakistan's successful chase of 227 in the first ODI at Chepauk. Kohli was called upon to bowl his slow seamers in the 41st over - the last over required by India's part-timers - when he appeared to twist his ankle in delivery stride and landed hard on his right knee.

The Delhi lad winced and collapsed to the pitch as his cries of pain could be heard through the stump microphone. The physio was called and after inspection decided to take Kohli off. A stretcher was called for, but Kohli chose to walk off the field. Since he had completed just five balls of his third over, Suresh Raina was summoned to finish the 41st.

Kapil Dev urges Mahendra Singh Dhoni to consider quitting IPL

Legendary Indian all rounder Kapil Dev has urged Mahendra Singh Dhoni to contemplate not playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL) to focus on the other formats of the game.
Dev said it is not possible for any player to keep playing regularly for 300 days an year with the same consistency, Gulfnews.com reports.
When asked whether he could suggest a replacement captain, Dev replied he doesn't have the authority to propose a new captain but believes someone has to be appointed based on his leadership capabilities.

Chris Gayle names Virender Sehwag , Lasith Malinga as top T20 players

Explosive West Indies batsman Chris Gayle believes India's Virender Sehwag and Australia's David Warner are the two best batsmen in Twenty20 cricket right now with Lasith Malinga and Muthiah Muralidaran being the two best bowlers in the shortest format of the game.

Gayle said it is tough to pick the best players in T20 cricket due to the presence of so many great athletes in the game, the Sydney Morning Herald reports.

Michael Hussey says Oz's talent reserve good enough to replace him

Michael Hussey has claimed there is no lack of talent in Australia to replace him in the national team, adding that his younger brother David can get a crack at replacing him in the Test squad.

Hussey's announcement on Saturday that he'll retire from international cricket after this summer came exactly a month after Ricky Ponting revealed he was calling time on his storied career, the Age reports.

That leaves another middle-order batting vacancy going into February's tour of India, followed by two Ashes series, in England then Australia.

Pakistan beats India by 6 wickets in Chennai ODI

A resolute century from opener Nasir Jamshed helped Pakistan beat India by six wickets in the first one-day international match played at MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chepauk, Chennai on Sunday.

Pakistan chased down a target of 227 with eleven balls left with Jamshed scoring 101 not out and smacking five fours and one six in his 132-ball innings.