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Cricket Round-up June 18: Today’s top news and headlines from cricket world

Here’s a quick wrap-up of the events that have grabbed the spotlight in the cricketing world today. From captains making bold declarations to players shining with spectacular catches, and even rumors of cricketers venturing into politics, the cricketing landscape has been buzzing with excitement. Join us as we delve into the highlights, controversies, and intriguing moments that have unfolded, leaving fans and experts alike captivated by the drama and passion of the game.

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Brad Currie’s Spectacular One-Handed Catch Amazes Spectators in T20 Blast

Brad Currie’s exceptional one-handed catch during a T20 Blast match leaves spectators in awe. The stunning display of athleticism showcases Currie’s fielding skills and creates a buzz among fans and fellow players.

Jonny Bairstow on Ben Stokes’ Declaration: No Surprise in the English Dressing Room

England cricketer Jonny Bairstow shares his thoughts on captain Ben Stokes’ bold decision to declare on Day 1 of the Edgbaston Test. Bairstow reveals that the declaration didn’t come as a surprise to the English team, highlighting their aggressive approach and unity.

Shaheen Afridi Returns as Pakistan Announces Test Squad for Sri Lanka Series

Pakistan includes fast bowler Shaheen Afridi in their Test squad for the upcoming series against Sri Lanka. The team aims to perform well in the new World Test Championship cycle, with the inclusion of young talents Mohammad Huraira and Aamer Jamal in the squad.

Venkatesh Prasad Hails Ravichandran Ashwin’s Interview for Depth and Awareness

Former Indian bowler Venkatesh Prasad praises Ravichandran Ashwin’s recent interview, applauding the off-spinner’s depth, empathy, and awareness both on and off the field. Prasad commends Ashwin as a champion in cricket and as a person.

Shahid Afridi Criticizes PCB’s Reluctance to Play in Ahmedabad

Former Pakistani captain Shahid Afridi criticizes the Pakistan Cricket Board’s reluctance to play in Ahmedabad. Afridi urges the team to embrace the challenge and play in the city, questioning whether it “hurled fire” or was “haunted.”

Ambati Rayudu Reportedly Explores Political Career, May Contest Lok Sabha Polls

There are reports suggesting that Indian cricketer Ambati Rayudu is considering a political career and may contest the upcoming Lok Sabha elections. His meetings with Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister YS Jagan Mohan Reddy fuel speculations about his political aspirations

Alastair Cook and Legends Disappointed with Australia’s Defensive Field Setting in Ashes Test

Former England captain Alastair Cook and other cricket legends express disappointment over Australia’s defensive field setting in the first Ashes Test. The move deviates from Australia’s usual aggressive style, leading to a debate on strategy and playing styles in the series.

Michael Vaughan and Kevin Pietersen Criticize Ben Stokes’ Declaration in Ashes 2023

Former England captains Michael Vaughan and Kevin Pietersen express their disapproval of Ben Stokes’ declaration on Day 1 of the Ashes 2023 opening Test. The decision draws criticism for deviating from the usual aggressive style associated with England.

Virat Kohli and Anushka Sharma Attend Krishna Das Kirtan Show in London

Indian cricket captain Virat Kohli and his wife, Anushka Sharma, are spotted enjoying a Krishna Das Kirtan show in London during their break from international cricket. The couple takes the opportunity to relax and spend quality time together.

Graeme Smith Advises Rohit Sharma to Refresh Amidst a Rough Patch

Former South African captain Graeme Smith suggests that Indian skipper Rohit Sharma should take a step back and refresh himself to overcome his recent struggles. Smith highlights the importance of mental rejuvenation in overcoming performance slumps.

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