Andre Russell
Andre Russell. Photo Credit Getty Images.

Hello, we’re here with the daily news roundup for Saturday (August 3). Here’re some of the top news stories that subsequently grabbed eyeballs around the world.

Let’s have a look at what is taking place in the cricketing world:

Virat Kohli on ICC World Cup 2019 Exit:

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Credits: Twitter)

Team India skipper Virat Kohli on the eve of the first T20I against Windies, stated that they had faced a tough phase soon after being beaten by New Zealand in the first semi-final of the World Cup at the Old Trafford in Manchester.

Kohli reiterated that they woke up with the ‘worst feeling’ after India’s exit in the ODI showpiece.

However, he added that they’ve moved on as they were supposed to focus on other things during a day.

MS Dhoni Boosts Morale of Players – Deepak Chahar:

Deepak Chahar
Deepak Chahar. Credit: Getty Images

Ahead of the first T20I against Windies, India’s paceman Deepak Chahar has heaped praise on MS Dhoni for giving confidence to the youngsters.

Pertinently, Deepak, who plays under Dhoni in the Indian Premier League (IPL) for Chennai Super Kings (CSK), believes Dhoni has boosted the morale of the players owing to his wealth of experience.

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Also, the promising youngster is optimistic about delivering on the Caribbean soil.

Deepak, who has 33 IPL wickets to his name, has proven his mettle in the domestic fold—to impress the national selectors.

Rishabh Pant Has an Opportunity to Prove his Mettle:

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant with MS Dhoni. Photo Credit: Twitter

Virat Kohli, in his presser, maintained that the southpaw has an opportunity to score consistently in the absence of MS Dhoni. He has urged the 21-year-old wicketkeeper-batsman to prove his credentials.

The 30-year-old Kohli further urged youngsters to set up and deliver for their team. Kohli also reiterated that Dhoni’s experience has been crucial for the Men in Blue. He also hinted that they would miss his services.

PCB Unlikely to Hand Central Contracts to Shoaib Malik and Mohammad Hafeez:

Shoaib Malik
Shoaib Malik (Credits: Getty Images)

With Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) mulling to limit the contract players’ list. Notably, the reports suggested that veteran Shoaib Malik along with Mohammad Hafeez and Junaid Khan are set to miss the contract.

The latest report maintained that those players would be awarded the contract who have had done remarkably well in the last one year.

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With players like Babar Azam ready for the enhancement, it is further expected that many seniors would find themselves on the other side based on monthly salaries and match fees.

Vikram Rathore Applies for Team India’s Batting Coach Job:

Vikram Rathour, BCCI
Vikram Rathore. (Express Photo by Kamleshwar Singh)

Former Team India selector Vikram Rathore has thrown his hat into the ring after Pravin Amre has applied for India’s batting coach post.

Earlier, the incumbent Sanjay Bangar had faced criticism despite doing a decent job as Ravi Shastri’s assistant. Meanwhile, the chief coach and coaching staff are enjoying the extension of 45 days.

Meanwhile, the battle for the batting coaching is set to become interesting in the time to come.

In 2012, the BCCI had appointed Rathore as the national selector. Also, Rathore had a coaching stint with Punjab and Vizag respectively.

Andre Russell Rules Himself Out of First Two T20Is Against India:

Andre Russell
Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Windies star all-rounder has pulled out off first two T20I against India after complaining about discomfort in his knee.

Meanwhile, soon after the Cricket West Indies‘ release, Russell has made his appearance for Vancouver Knights while taking on Edmonton Royals in the ongoing Global T20 Canada league.

Earlier, missed the World Cup after playing just four matches for the Windies.

Meanwhile, hosts will take on India in the first T20I at Lauderhill, Florida on Saturday (August 3).

Tahir Ibn Manzoor

Tahir Ibn Manzoor is a staffer at Cricket Addictor, who follows cricket like food and he has a great affection for the long-form journalism. He Tweets @TahirIbnManzoor