Shami in trouble, KKR's injury replacement and more - Cricket News Today, 14th March 2019

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A charge sheet has been filed against Shami.

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Australia completed a stunning comeback as they beat India by 35 runs in the final ODI to win the series 3-2. They were 0-2 down after the first two games but a terrific fightback helped them win their first ODI series in over two years. South Africa continued their dominance over Sri Lanka as they took a 4-0 lead after chasing down 190 with ease in Port Elizabeth.

Afghanistan and Ireland seem all set to play their second Test matches. Dehradun which is the home ground for Afghanistan will host the Test match. There’s a lot of things happening around the IPL as well. Injuries and replacements and new additions in the support staff of certain teams.

Thus, here is all the top news that made headlines in the cricketing world today.

Pretty clear about the XI we want to play at WC: Kohli

Virat Kohli

India’s international assignments have come to an end and it ended with a series defeat against Australia. The men from down under beat India in both the T20I and ODI series. After winning the T20I series 2-0, they came from behind to win the ODI series.

India did try a few combinations and a few players at different spots. MS Dhoni was rested for the final two games as Rishabh Pant got an opportunity. Ambati Rayudu was omitted from the XI to explore different combinations. When asked about India’s composition for the World Cup, skipper Virat Kohli said that they are pretty much balanced and it’s just one spot that they need to discuss on. Moreover, he admitted that India are pretty clear about the starting XI they want to play at the World Cup.

“As a side, combination wise, we are pretty sorted condition based. Maximum one change, you'll get to see. But other than that, the XI we want to play, we are pretty clear about it,” Kohli was quoted saying.

Delhi Capitals appoint Sourav Ganguly as an advisor 

Sourav Ganguly

The Delhi Capitals are ringing in the changes before the IPL. In their latest move, they appointed former India skipper Sourav Ganguly as the adviser of the team for the upcoming IPL season. Ganguly joins the star-studded coaching staff of Ricky Ponting who is the head coach, Mohammed Kaif who was appointed the assistant coach and James Hopes, the bowling coach.

Sourav Ganguly expressed his delight after joining the Delhi franchise. “I am very pleased to come on board with the Delhi Capitals. Having known the Jindals and the JSW Group for years, I am now excited to be a part of their latest sports venture. I am really looking forward to working with the players and the support staff,” Ganguly said after his appointment.

Delhi Capitals start their IPL campaign against Mumbai Indians on March 24 in Mumbai before they return to Delhi to play their first home game on the 26th against the defending champions Chennai Super Kings.

Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi ruled out of the IPL

Nagarkoti and Mavi have been ruled out of the IPL.

India’s stars from the 2018 Under-19 World Cup, Kamlesh Nagarkoti and Shivam Mavi have been ruled out of this year’s IPL. Nagarkoti will be missing his second straight season after he suffered a foot injury last season. The extent of his injury is unknown for the time being.

Meanwhile, Mavi who played nine games for the Kolkata Knight Riders last season has been ruled out due to a back stress fracture. The Uttar Pradesh fast bowler picked up 5 wickets last season and had an expensive debut season.

Sandeep Warrier has been added to the KKR squad after the injuries to Mavi and Nagarkoti. The Kerala pacer had a good outing in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy where he picked up eight wickets in six games at an economy of 5.81. Though Warrier has never played an IPL game before, he was a part of the RCB set-up for three years (2013, 2014 and 2015). 

Charge sheet filed against Mohammed Shami

Mohammed Shami

Things off the field haven’t been as easy for Mohammed Shami in the last year or so. The Bengal pacer has been in some excellent form on the field but has had a lot to deal with off it.

Shami’s wife Hasin Jahan had made a number of allegations against Shami last year. This time around, he has been formally charged with domestic violence. The 29-year-old Indian cricketer has been charged with under dowry harassment (IPC 498A) and sexual harassment (354A). The charge sheet was filed by the Kolkata police in an Alipore court.

Shami’s wife Hasin Jahan did not have the details but said, “I have been told that police have submitted the charge-sheet mentioning IPC sections 498A and 354A.”

Shami recently finished an ODI series against Australia and will now take part in the IPL as he will represent Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). He is also certain to fly to England in May later this year as a part of India’s World Cup squad.