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Cricbuzz news Tour Diary: A London mishap and a Kohli stroll and enjoy livescore, commentary, points table, upcoming schedule, team ranking, match ranking and Series info. 18 Thursday October 2018 013036000000

July 10 - A stroll for Kohli, and a bus conversation^^18 Thursday October 2018 023036000000

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Cricinfo news Tour Diary: A London mishap and a Kohli stroll and enjoy livescore, commentary, points table, upcoming schedule, team ranking, match ranking and Series info.18 Thursday October 2018 013036000000

Virat Kohli must adore Nottingham, and most other England cities where he can indulge in simple pleasures he's denied in India - like taking a stroll in the heart of a city without being noticed.^^18 Thursday October 2018 023036000000

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With two days out to the first ODI, he and his wife - another celebrity who'd be absolutely mobbed at home - are wandering about and soaking in some lovely sunshine without attracting any kind of attention. How do I know? Well, I happened to walk past them while trying to reach the city centre myself.^^18 Thursday October 2018 023036000000

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^^ I settle into Nottingham and figure out very soon that the best way to travel within the city is by buses. And one such bus ride has made way for a fascinating conversation. I run into a very chatty Mr. Mark, from Scotland, who went to music school, could play several percussion instruments and is in charge of organising music festivals around England. The Scottish accent is hard to grasp, but I am doing alright. I understand enough to know that he isn't particularly a cricket fan, but recently took joys in rubbing it in to his English co-workers, thanks to Calum MacLeod.^^18 Thursday October 2018 023036000000

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^^ Bravo, Mark.^^18 Thursday October 2018 023036000000

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^^ July 11 - Target practice and the World Cup excitement ^^18 Thursday October 2018 023036000000

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^^ The England team has an interesting training drill on the eve of the ODI series opener. Players have assembled in a file and are taking turns, like they would while taking high catches, for a football skill. From a short distance a football is hit to either side, expecting them to reach it and hit it back to the fielding coach in a single kick. Target practice to succeed in such tight run-out scenarios? Looks like it.^^18 Thursday October 2018 023036000000

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^^ In the press conference earlier, Joe Root couldn't contain his excitement. It's afterall the day England try and take another step towards ensuring 'it's coming home'. There's wide anticipation that they'll overcome Croatia and meet France in the summit clash. The roads are completely empty at quarter to seven, and just five minutes into the game, Kieran Trippier curls one in to send the city - and the entire country - into delirium.^^18 Thursday October 2018 023036000000

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^^ But that's unfortunately short-lived. Croatia hit back, and again, for another come-from-behind victory. The dream is over, it isn't coming home to England this year.^^18 Thursday October 2018 023036000000

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^^ July 12 - They pick him, they pick him not!^^18 Thursday October 2018 023036000000

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^^ England cannot make up their mind over Kuldeep Yadav. They struggle at Old Trafford, learn and cope at Sophia Gardens, only to fail again, at Trent Bridge - the land of the 481. He has his best ODI figures by the end of the first half and India have a modest target to chase to go 1-0 up. Easy, peasy.^^18 Thursday October 2018 023036000000

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^^ July 13 - London mishap and 'Dump Trump'^^18 Thursday October 2018 023036000000

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^^ I had hoped the passport fiasco was behind me and I was done goofing up on tour, but there was a mishap waiting for me in London. Just as I got out of the London Finchley Road coach station, I realise that the hotel I'd booked myself, and the cameraman, in was 20 miles away from Lord's. In my defence, it had the same name as one that was 4 miles away, but the cameraman is none-too-pleased. He's shocked to realise that he'll have to lug his equipment around for that much of a distance.^^18 Thursday October 2018 023036000000

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^^ We head to the closest tube station, and an hour and two tube rides later, we're in East Ham. If you're really looking for a positive takeaway from such an error - because I am - there is one. I now have a fair knowledge of how to get around from one corner of London to another without any hassle.^^18 Thursday October 2018 023036000000

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^^ I've decided to spend my evening in the beautiful Oxford street. It's an evening when Londoners have decided to cut all possible ties with subtlety and make their feelings about the President of the United States, who was in London for a visit, known - loud, clear and rather graphic.^^18 Thursday October 2018 023036000000

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^^ July 14 - Boos for MS^^18 Thursday October 2018 023036000000

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^^ It's a weird outing at Lord's for India. First, England manage to score truckloads off Kuldeep, and then India decide to pull out of a chase when the asking rate is deemed too much.^^18 Thursday October 2018 023036000000

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^^ Dhoni earns the dubious distinction of being booed by the crowd on the same day he becomes the fourth Indian to get 10,000 ODI runs.^^18 Thursday October 2018 023036000000

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^^ Virat Kohli launches an angry defence of 'Mahi bhai' after the game, Chahal does it in a press conference. For a finisher to deem a chase out-of-bounds, and shut shop, deserves questioning. But the answers are all predictable.^^18 Thursday October 2018 023036000000

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^^ July 15 - A stadium view^^18 Thursday October 2018 023036000000

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^^ I've made up for my London gaffe. The hotel in Leeds is right behind Headingley. I've even managed to spot the stands and the floodlights from outside the hotel and felt proud. In other news, Sachin [the cameraman] is cheerful today and offers me his box of orange juice.^^18 Thursday October 2018 023036000000

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^^ July 16 - Sam Wisniawski - Remember the name? ^^18 Thursday October 2018 023036000000

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^^ Sam Wisniawski is 16, scrawny and feels slightly out of place in the England camp full of tall and athletic individuals. But on a day ahead of the important series decider, the tyro holds the key to Morgan's troubles.^^18 Thursday October 2018 023036000000

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^^ Wisniawski has been with Yorkshire since he was 14, and as a left-arm wrist spinner, he's a prized possession. Morgan decides to test himself against the youngster, and does alright until a stock delivery spins sharply to hit the stumps.^^18 Thursday October 2018 023036000000

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^^ It delights Wisniawski that Morgan didn't pick one of the four googlies he unfurled, and the fact that the captain of the national side has words of praise for him.^^18 Thursday October 2018 023036000000

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^^ He obviously has a few more levels to climb to actually be England's answer to wrist spinners, but he seems promising. Remember the name, then?^^18 Thursday October 2018 023036000000

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^^ July 17 - A retirement rumour^^18 Thursday October 2018 023036000000

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^^ MS Dhoni is the topic of discussion on the internet once again, but there is no crowd discontent this time to spark it. This time it is an 'act' caught on camera that sends a shiver down the spine of his fans.^^18 Thursday October 2018 023036000000

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^^ Uncharacteristically, Dhoni took the match ball from the umpire after India's defeat and slipped it into his pocket. And thus was born Dhoni's retirement rumour.^^18 Thursday October 2018 023036000000

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^^ In the press conference, Shardul Thakur said he wasn't aware, and then the media manager laughed it off. False alarm...but it won't kill to keep an eye on all press releases arriving by mail. Just in case. For now, though, my six-city England tour involving twelve subway sandwiches, seven pizzas, a couple of visits to Nando's and Indian restaurants, interspersed with a few English breakfasts, has come to an end.^^18 Thursday October 2018 023036000000

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^^ Over and out.^^18 Thursday October 2018 023036000000

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