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New Zealand Cricketer Colin Munro Announces His Retirement From international Cricket

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New Zealand Cricketer Colin Munro Announces His Retirement From international Cricket

New Zealand Cricketer Colin Munro Announces His Retirement From international Cricket: New Zealand opener batsman Colin Munro has announced his retirement from international cricket. The aggressive batsman from New Zealand, who scored over 3000 runs in international cricket, has not played for the national side in the last four years; his last game was a Twenty20 international against India in 2020.

He begun his international career in Dec 2012, followed by ODI debut in the same month. While he only played one Test match in January 2013, he was predominantly recognized as a specialist in white-ball cricket.

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He played in 123 matches in all forms for New Zealand during his career, scoring more over 3000 runs. Interestingly, Munro is the only batter from New Zealand to score three hundred in Twenty20 Internationals.

He was a member of the side that placed second in the ODI World Cup in 2019 and made contributions to the T20 World Cup squads in 2014 and 2016.

Munro has been focusing on franchise cricket worldwide and cited his absence from the 2024 T20 World Cup squad as the reason for his retirement.

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“Playing for the BLACKCAPS has always been the biggest achievement in my playing career,” the 37-year-old said. “I never felt prouder than donning that jersey, and the fact that I’ve been able to do that 123 times across all formats is something I will always be incredibly proud of.”

“Although it has been a while since my last appearance, I never gave up hope that I might be able to return off the back of my franchise T20 form. With the announcement of the BLACKCAPS squad for the T20 World Cup now is the perfect time to close that chapter officially.”

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“Colin was one of our first players to embrace the aggressive, 360-degree style batting that is now accepted all around the world as best practice,” he said. “He was one of the pioneers of the new game, an innovative batsman who took calculated risk-taking to a new level, and led what was to become a revolution in the way short-form cricket was played.”

“We thank him for his amazing contribution in more than 100 international games, and wish him well in his future pursuits.”

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IPL 2024 Final: Kavya Maran Can’t Hold Back Tear After SRH’s Final Loss against KKR

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IPL 2024 Final: Kavya Maran Can't Hold Back Tear After SRH's Final Loss against KKR

Kavya Maran Can’t Hold Back Tear After SRH’s Final Loss against KKR: Kolkata Knight Riders finally have won the final match against Sunrisers Hyderabad. It was the 3rd title for the KKR after 2012 and 2014.

With a phenomenal bowling attack from KKR, Andre Russel have took three wickets while Vaibhav Arora and Mitcell Starc took two wickets each.

SRH owner Kavya Maran could not control her tear as she waved towards the crowd, and the video of her reaction after the match has gone viral on social media.

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“Really happy, credit goes to Abhishek Nayar, all the credit in the world, the way he’s worked for the franchise. Some contributions go unnoticed, I want to make sure they don’t. He was the one who built this Indian core. We waited for 10 years, credit to the management and the coaching staff,” Venkatesh Iyer said after the match.

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This was KKR’s first IPL championship in ten years, and Gautam Gambhir served as their mentor. They have, incidentally, won the previous two titles with Gambhir at the helm.

“When GG bhai was appointed as the mentor I had messaged him and said I am very happy he’s coming back to KKR, but he said that he would be happy if we are on that podium lifting the trophy. Today is that day and I will never forget that message,” Nitish Rana said when asked about Gambhir’s impact.

Rinku Singh also echoed similar sentiments as the KKR players celebrated the victory.

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“Outstanding feeling right now. Dream has come true – I have been here for 7 years and we are so happy. Credit to GG sir. I will finally lift the IPL trophy. It was God’s plan,” he said.

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MS Dhoni Spotted At A Hair Saloon in Mumbai

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MS Dhoni Spotted At A Hair Saloon in Mumbai: Former India and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain, MS Dhoni, was recently seen at a hair salon in Mumbai. The cricket icon last participated in an IPL 2024 virtual knockout match at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium between CSK and Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB).

Team CSK lost match in eliminator in the IPL, managed to finish the fifth in the points table. In the eliminator match, he contributed 25 runs but he was out in the final over.

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However, a facn shared a video in Instagram providing a recent glimpse of Dhoni, were the iconic wicket-keeper batter is seen entering a hair salon in Mumbai.

“It’s extraordinary. I heard about it first; then we played them [CSK] twice. They came to Lucknow, and our capacity crowd [in Ekana Stadium] is about 50,000, and honestly, there would have been 48,000 MS Dhoni number seven shirts. I couldn’t believe it, and then we went to CSK, and there wasn’t 98%; there was 100%.”

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“And it’s unbelievable. The hero worship in India is unbelievable. And look, I felt it when we played in India before as a player, particularly with Sachin Tendulkar. Then, when I was coaching with [Australia], Virat Kohli, and MS Dhoni, But when you get over there, it’s unbelievable.”

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LSG’s head coach Justing Langer was amazed by MS Dhoni’s outstandign popularity during the IPL 2024, especially druing away games for CSK.

Speaking on BBC Sport’s podcast “Stumped,” Langer expressed his disbelief at the level of support Dhoni received.

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