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Kevin Pietersen, Joe Denly, England vs West Indies 2020
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IPL 2020: Kevin Pietersen Comes Out in Support of Ravichandran Ashwin On The Mankading Issue

Former England cricketer Kevin Pietersen has come out to back Delhi Capitals’ Ravichandran Ashwin on the issue of Mankading. A recent incident involving Ravichandran Ashwin and Aaron Finch in the DC vs RCB clash, where the former only warned Finch of Mankading when he was caught running early from the non-striker’s end. Ashwin, who has joined DC from KXIP this season did mankading of Jos Buttler, last season in KXIP’s clash against RR.

However, Pietersen was not in the favour of Ashwin back then but now has grown a sentiment for him over the issues of Mankading.

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Ravichandran Ashwin warns Aaron Finch of Mankading. Credits: Twitter

I think what he did was perfect: Kevin Pietersen backs Ravichandran Ashwin on issuing Mankading warning to Finch

Kevin Pietersen, who is a part of the IPL commentary team mentioned that the act of Mankading was frowned upon when he played. He said Mankading is in the rule books and is to be allowed but seeing the Finch- Ashwin incident and how far Finch was before Ashwin released the ball, he feels Ashwin did the right thing.

“Apparently (Mankading) is in the coaching manuals now and is to be allowed,” said Pietersen.

Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen (Photo by Matthew Lewis/Getty Images)

“(But) seeing how far down the wicket Aaron Finch was, almost stealing two metres before Ashwin bowled, I think what he did was perfect, Finch, get back in your crease. Do not steal runs!” he added.

Kevin Pietersen says in the past 12 months he has changed his thoughts and he now backs Ashwin’s actions

KP revealed watching the same incident twelve months back, he would’ve criticized Ashwin’s act but not having analyzed it he feels it’s the right thing to do.

“Watching Ashwin do it twelve months ago I would have said, ‘come on mate, no no no’” but “having thought it over the past 12 months, (I think) it was absolutely perfect what he did,” said Kevin Pietersen.

Ricky Ponting, Ashwin
Mankad dismissal. Photo Credit: Getty Images

In an opportunity to ‘Brown’ Aaron Finch, Ravichandran Ashwin gave it a pass and just warned the batsman. Ashwin had been warned by DC head coach Ricky Ponting to avoid Mankading before the season started.

Sunil Gavaskar, Harsha Bhogle
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Sunil Gavaskar Says, No Need To Change The Rules But Can Allow Two Bouncers Per Over In T20 Cricket

Indian cricketing legend Sunil Gavaskar has opined that there is no need to change the rules of T20 cricket but can consider allowing two bouncers per over, moving ahead.  He thinks the format is still novel to be tinkered with. Earlier, this week Gavaskar had questioned the Mankading rules and the name itself.

Gavaskar opined that using Indian legendary cricketer, Vinoo Mankad’s name for unsportsmanlike behaviour in the sport is not acceptable to him.

He suggests that the Indians should be the last to encourage the usage of such. He said he used ‘Brown’ while commentating when Ashwin warned Finch of Mankading in the RCB vs DC match because Bill Brown was at fault in the history books, not Vinoo Mankad.

Ravichandran Ashwin Mankad
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Sunil Gavaskar feels T20 format heavily favours batsmen

The IPL commentator feels that T20 format is doing very well and the rules are not needed to change. However, he accepted that T20 heavily favours batsmen and suggested that two bouncers in an over should be allowed to the bowlers. He also said the bowlers could get an optional extra over if they pick a wicket in their first three overs.

“The T20 game is doing very well and there’s no need to tinker with it. It is loaded heavily in favour of the batsmen for sure. So, give a fast bowler two bouncers per over and yes the boundaries can be easily longer, if the ground authorities want it,” Gavaskar told PTI.

Sunil Gavaskar
Sunil Gavaskar. Credit: Getty Images.

“Also look at giving an extra over to the bowler who takes a wicket in his first three overs. But seriously there’s no need to bring any changes at all,” he added

Sunil Gavaskar demands penalty for Non-striker leaving the crease early

Gavaskar believes that the game should be equal for both batsmen and bowlers and if the bowlers are being checked for a potential no-ball, the batsmen should also not be allowed to leave the crease before the ball is delivered.

“There is a penalty of being dismissed if the bowler runs out the non-striker who is moving out of the crease before the ball is delivered,” Gavaskar said.

Sunil Gavaskar, reserve opener
Sunil Gavaskar Image Credit: Getty Images

“Now that the TV umpire is also checking if the bowler has overstepped for no balls, he should be able to see if the non-striker has left the crease before the ball is released and if he has, then if runs are taken, it can be called one short even if a boundary or four is hit. This should act as a deterrent,” Gavaskar said.

Sunil Gavaskar is a part of the IPL 2020 commentary team in the UAE. IPL began on September 19th and will be played till November 10th.

IPL 2020: Stephen Flemings Opines CSK Are By No Means Where They Want To Be
Stephen Fleming. Image Credit: IPL.

IPL 2020: CSK Head Coach Stephen Fleming Reveals Why Kedar Jadhav Was Sent Ahead Of Ravindra Jadeja And Dwayne Bravo

CSK head coach Stephen Fleming has explained the management’s reason for sending Kedar Jadhav — to bat ahead of Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo. In their match against KKR on Wednesday, the Knight Riders chose to bat first, winning the toss at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi. Rahul Tripathi scored a stupendous knock of 81 runs off 51 balls to power KKR’s score to 167.

CSK’s could only make 157 runs from the 20 overs with contributions from Shane Watson (50) and Ambati Rayudu(30). The CSK management were questioned on their decision of sending Kedhar Jadhav ahead of Jadeja and Bravo. Jadhav only made seven runs off 12 balls and stayed unbeaten. KKR won the match by 10 runs.

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Stephen Fleming explains the reason to send Kedhar Jadhav ahead of Bravo and Jadeja

CSK’s head coach said Kedar’s ability to play spin was the main reason he was sent above Jadeja. The plan was for Jadeja to come and finish, but the plan didn’t work at the end. Fleming said CSK have a lot of batting resources and so he always has the option to experiment with the batting order.

“At the time, we thought that Kedar could play the spinner well and dominate, while Jadeja was there to come and finish. But in the end, there was too much work to do and we fell short,” Stephen Fleming said at the press-match conference.

Kedar Jadhav
Kedar Jadhav. Image Credit: IPL.

“We’ve got so much batting resources. Kedar is a late middle to late batter for India. We could have gone a whole lot of different ways. Today Kedar had some balls but that didn’t work out. You always put players in different areas and that’s just when you have so much batting talent to choose from. It’s one of the things we look at, but it’s all in hindsight,” he added.

We feel disappointed that we let it slip: Stephen Fleming on CSK’s loss to  KKR

Fleming felt the story would’ve been different if one of the players could’ve got 75 plus runs. He stated Kolkata’s pressure stopped them from accelerating and he was disappointed that we let the match slip out of hands. Stephen Fleming mentioned with the experience their side hold they should’ve put the match to bed.

“If we could have got one of those players to 75-plus and continued that partnership for another maybe four or five overs, the game might have been a lot different. Kolkata hung in there long enough to put pressure on us and we just couldn’t accelerate. We feel disappointed that we let it slip.” said Fleming.

IPL 2019, Stephen Fleming, CSK, MS Dhoni, Kedar Jadhav
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“The performances like today, with the experience we have got, we should have put it away. We have got a lot of batsmen anyway so the balance is very good with the six bowlers. I don’t think an extra batsman is going to help,” he said.

Chennai Super Kings are now at the 5th spot in the IPL points table for now, with two wins in six games. They will next face Royal Challengers Bangalore at the Dubai International Stadium on October 10th.

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Vernon Philander. Credits - Getty

Vernon Philander’s Younger Brother Shot Dead In Cape Town

Tyrone Philander, the younger brother of former South African Pacer Vernon Philander was shot dead on Wednesday afternoon, in Cape Town, South Africa. Tyrone was just metres away from home delivering water to a neighbour when he was shot. As of now, Police are investigating the murder case.

It has been learnt that the attacker is still not caught. The Cape Town police had confirmed the incident stating, at about 1.10 pm on the corners of 7th Avenue and Webner Street in Ravensmead, 32-year-old Tyrone Philander was shot and fatally wounded.

Vernon Philander
Vernon Philander. Getty

Vernon Philander confirms the demise of his younger brother Tyrone

The former South African pacer took to Twitter to confirm the news of his younger brother Tyrone’s demise. He issued a statement thanking the well-wishers for their support and requested all to be allowed to mourn in peace.

“I would like to confirm the following and wish that our family’s wish to allow us to mourn be respected. Thank you all for the love and support,” tweeted Vernon.

“Our family is coming to terms with the brutal murder in my hometown of Ravensmead earlier today. I would like to ask that the family’s privacy be respected during this difficult time.

“The murder is now the subject of a police investigation and we respectfully ask that the media give the police the space to conduct a thorough investigation. There are no details around the incident at the moment and speculation will make it very difficult for us as a family to mourn in peace.

“Tyrone is forever in our hearts. May his soul rest in peace,” Vernon Philander further said in a statement released by his family.

Vernon was part of the World Number one South African Test team in 2012 and had announced his retirement earlier this year at 34 years of age. He has 224 Test wickets to his name in 64  matches played for the Proteas.

IPL 2020: Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals: DC Predicted XI
Delhi Capitals. Image Credit: IPL.

IPL 2020: Delhi Capitals vs Rajasthan Royals – DC Predicted XI

The Delhi Capitals are having their best start to an IPL campaign with four wins in their first five matches. The DC side have a great blend of experience and youth in their team this season, which is giving them the result on pitch. The youngest captain in IPL, 25 year old Shreyas Iyer is leading his side appreciably. DC have faced a major blow with veteran spinner Amit Mishra being ruled out of the tournament due to a finger fracture.

37-year-old Mishra with 160 wickets, is the second-highest wicket-taker in the IPL and highest among spin bowlers in the history of the IPL. He was performing well for the Capitals this term, bagging three wickets in three matches with an economy of 7.34. DC are set to face RR in their next clash on October 9 at the Sharjah cricket stadium.

Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals, Image credits: BCCI/IPL

Delhi Capitals Predicted XI

1. Prithvi Shaw

20 year old Batsman, Shaw has been in a scintillating form for DC, having scored two half centuries this season. He has 179 runs to his name in the 5 matches played in IPL 2020 and has cemented his place at the opening spot for DC.

Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

2. Shikhar Dhawan

The veteran Indian batsman has had a slow start to the new campaign and hasn’t been able to score a big knock yet. However, he will retain his place in the team for now. He gave the team a good start with his 32 runs off 28 balls against RCB.

Shikhar Dhawan, Delhi Capitals, DC, IPL 2020
Shikhar Dhawan. Image Credit: Getty Images

3. Shreyas Iyer

The skipper has been in the best of form and has scored 181 runs for the team in the five matches. He has been showing great leadership and has been lauded for using smart tactics round the pitch. Iyer has been handling the pressure situations extremely well, coming at one down to bat for the team and is a constant threat to the opposition.

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Delhi Capitals captain Shreyas Iyer. Image Credit: Getty Images.

4. Rishabh Pant

Pant has lately again found his form with the bat and has consistently quick fired some runs coming at the two down spot for DC. Rishabh Pant has a total 171 runs to his name in the IPL 2020, having played five matches yet. His form will be very important for Delhi, throughout the tournament.

Rishabh Pant
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5. Marcus Stoinis

The Australian all-rounder has been a key player in DC’s success this season with both bat and ball. He has scored two half centuries yet, has 123 runs to his name and has also bagged three wickets, in this campaign. He will surely be a part of the team in their clash against Rajasthan Royals.

Marcus Stoinis
Marcus Stoinis. Image credits: BCCI/IPL

6. Shimron Hetmyer

The West Indies, southpaw batsman is yet to show his class in the IPL 2020. He has scored 46 runs in three innings for the Delhi Capitals yet and will look to show some big shot against RR at Sharjah.

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Shimron Hetmyer. Image Credit: Getty Images.

7. Ravichandran Ashwin

The veteran Indian spinner who was brought from KXIP this term has played three matches and bagged three wickets for DC. His carrom-ball still remains a lethal weapon in the hands of DC and he will be be starting against RR.

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Ravichandran Ashwin. Image Credit: Getty Images.

8. Kagiso Rabada

Rabada has been in an excellent form for DC, bagging 12 wickets in 5 games. He is the current holder of the purple cap. He had a marvellous four-wicket haul against RCB in their last match, giving away only 24 runs in four overs. Rabada has proved to be undroppable in the DC lineup.

Kagiso Rabada
Kagiso Rabada (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

9. Anrich Nortje

South African pacer Nortje was brought in as a replacement of injured Chris Woakes in the team. He is having a good debut season in the IPL having taken seven wickets in five matches bowling at an economy of 7.45. He will also secure his place in the starting lineup against RR.

Anrich Nortje
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10. Harshal Patel

Patel proved to be very expensive for DC against RR giving away 46 runs, but his excellent display against KKR, where he bagged two wickets will force the Delhi side to give him another chance. He will retain his place in the starting lineup in the team against RR.

Harshal Patel, IPL 2020
Harshal Patel. Image Credits: IPL

11. Axar Patel

An injury to veteran spinner Amit Mishra, has opened gates for Axar Patel to cement his place in the Delhi lineup. In the four matches played in IPL 2020, he has four wickets to his name.

IPL 2019, Delhi Capitals Predicted Playing XI, DC vs RCB
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Rajasthan Royals. Image Credit: IPL.

IPL 2020: Delhi Capitals vs Rajasthan Royals – RR Predicted XI

The Rajasthan Royals (RR had started off their IPL 2020 campaign with two back-to-back victories, but have since lost three consecutive matches. The batting order looks in turmoil with inconsistency, and getting runs on the board has been hard for the team. Captain Steve Smith and Sanju Samson had a blasting start this season but in the last three matches have lost their wicket early on in the start.

Royals are set to face Delhi Capitals next on October 9, who until now have the best record in the tournament this year with four wins in five matches. The Rajasthan camp had a sigh of relief when Ben Stokes travelled to the UAE last week to join the Jaipur-based franchise. He is in quarantine at the moment and will be available to play in their match against SRH on October 11.

IPL 2020: What Is The Point Of Playing So Many Bowlers? Aakash Chopra After Rajasthan Royals' Defeat
Rajasthan Royals. Image Credit: IPL.

Here’s our predicted XI for Rajasthan Royals

1. Jos Buttler

Jos Buttler had a slow start to IPL 2020 but looks to have found his flow back. Buttler scored an emphatic 70 runs in Rajasthan Royals’ failed chase of 194 runs, against Mumbai Indians. The wicket-keeper batsman has scored 114 runs total in four matches played this term.

Jos Buttler
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2. Steve Smith

Rajasthan gave a second opportunity to their new 18-year-old signing Yashasvi Jaiswal in their match against Mumbai. He again failed to deliver and was dismissed for 0. Rajasthan Royals might drop him again and play Steve Smith at the top with Jos Buttler, considering the fierce pace bowling of Delhi Capitals.

The skipper scored two fifties in the first two matches but has since lost his momentum. He will look to add some runs against DC for the team.

Steve Smith.
Steve Smith. Image Credit: IPL.

3. Sanju Samson

The 25-year-old batsman had a thumping start to the IPL 2020 with two Man of the Match performances, but just like captain Smith, he has failed to deliver ever since. With the match against Delhi being played in Sharjah, Samson may take advantage of the smaller ground to score a knock and get his confidence back.

IPL 2020: Surprised That Sanju Samson Is Not Playing All forms Of Cricket For India: Shane Warne
Sanju Samson. Image Credit: IPL.

4. Mahipal Lomror

The 20-year-old made his debut for Rajasthan Royals in their match against RCB and scored 47 off 39 balls and helped them recover for the early losses in the match. In their match against KKR, he scored 11 off 13. Lomror looks promising in the middle order and is likely to start against DC.

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Mahipal Lomror. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

5. Rahul Tewatia

Tewatia didn’t have the best outing against MI, scoring only five runs, but he looks to have cemented his place in the Rajasthan middle order. He has been economical with the ball too and has four wickets to his name. In five matches he has scored 106 runs for the team.

Rahul Tewatia
Rahul Tewatia (Image Credit: IPL)

6. Riyan Parag

The 18-year-old can be fielded again on the pitch against DC, with Yashasvi Jaiswal failing to perform yet again. A shuffle can be seen for Jaiswal and Parag with the latter resting in the last match and paving way for Jaiswal who failed to make a mark.

Riyan Parag
Riyan Parag. Credits: IPL

7. Tom Curran

Curran has been expensive bowling for Rajasthan and not too good with the bat either. With his compatriot Ben Stokes looking to make a return in their match against SRH, Curran could play his last game of IPL 2020 for RR against DC, making way for his fellow countryman.

Tom Curran
Tom Curran (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

8. Jofra Archer

The England speedster has been RR’s most consistent player in IPL 2020. He has 5 wickets to his name, bowling with a decent economy of 7.1, and has scored 86 runs in 3 innings for the Royals at a mammoth strike rate of 238.88. He will surely be seen in the starting XI of RR for the whole campaign.

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Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

9. Shreyas Gopal

Gopal bagged two wickets against MI and only gave away 28 runs. He is an important piece of the Rajasthan bowling attack and will retain his place for their match against Delhi Capitals at the Sharjah cricket stadium.

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10. Kartik Tyagi

The 20-year-old, right-arm pacer was bought for a whopping INR 1.3 crores by RR in the December 2019 auction, after an impressive spell in the U-19 World Cup 2020 for India. He was given his debut against MI, benching veteran Jaydev Unadkat.

Tyagi bagged a wicket but gave away 36 runs in his four-overs spell. He will be a starter again for their next match as Rajasthan Royals look to experiment with their bowling options.

Kartik Tyagi
Image credits: Twitter

11. Varun Aaron

The 30-year-old veteran pacer can be started in the place of Ankit Rajpoot, who came in very expensive for Rajasthan Royals in their match against MI. Varun Aaron hasn’t played a single match for RR in the IPL 2020.

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Varun Aaron. image credit: BCCI/ IPL.
Brad Hogg
Brad Hogg. Credits: Getty Images.

IPL 2020: Brad Hogg Explains Why Dinesh Karthik Should Not Be Replaced By Eoin Morgan As KKR Skipper

Brad Hogg has explained the reason why it is important for Dinesh Karthik to continue as KKR skipper and not replaced by Eoin Morgan. An IPL skipper has to bear the burden of all the criticism and is not an easy task to do. Karthik is the most experienced player in the KKR squad but has failed to deliver with the bat until now in the four matches played.

England limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan, who has returned to KKR this year, is in quite some form and has scored 136 runs at an average of 68. KKR fans have been in a frenzy of appointing Morgan as the captain, replacing Karthik.

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Dinesh Karthik. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Brad Hogg wants Dinesh Karthik to use more of Eoin Morgan’s skills

The former Australian spinner has opined that he’d love to see Eoin Morgan as KKR’s captain but Dinesh Karthik is doing a good job. He suggests Dinesh Karthik utilise more of Morgan’s skills in the game.

“Look, I’d love this move to make Eoin Morgan KKR captain. Morgan is a great captain, and when you got someone like that in your team, you got to utilise those skills. But Dinesh Karthik is doing a good job, but he has to utilise Morgan’s skills,” Hogg said in reply to a fan’s question on a video uploaded on his Youtube channel.

Brad Hogg
Brad Hogg (Image Credit: Twitter)

Brad Hogg explains why Dinesh Karthik should stay KKR’s captain

The IPL’s rule to only have four foreign players in a team comes as a hindrance for Morgan to be appointed as the skipper, feels Brad Hogg. He stated that if Morgan drops form and is needed to be replaced with Tom Banton then KKR would be again stuck without a captain and hence they would stick with Karthik as skipper.

“You gotta realise in their team they can only play four overseas players. If Morgan starts finding a little bit of misfortune with his form, they have to bring in Tom Banton. Having him as captain will make it difficult to drop Morgan. So, I’d stick with Dinesh Karthik, but utilise Morgan’s experience,” Hogg said.

Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

Dinesh Karthik led KKR are all set to face MS Dhoni-led CSK in their 5th clash of IPL 2020, coming from recent two losses. The Kolkata based team will be looking to break their losing streak against Chennai.

Kolkata Knight Riders will face Chennai Super Kings at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, tonight. CSK sit just behind Kolkata at the 5th spot, having played an extra match.

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler

IPL 2020: Our Top Order Has Failed To Perform – RR Opener Jos Buttler

Rajasthan Royals’ opening batsman Jos Buttler has opined that their top order has failed to deliver for the team in the last three matches and that has cost them much in this season. Buttler scored an emphatic 70 runs in Rajasthan Royals’ failed chase of 194 runs, set by Mumbai Indians at the Sheikh Zayed Stadium.

Mumbai had won the toss and chosen to bat first. An unbeaten knock of 79 runs from Suryakumar Yadav powered Mumbai to a massive target of 194 for the Royals. MI’s bowling attack was too much to handle for the Rajasthan batsmen except Jos Buttler.

Jasprit Bumrah ended the match with an impressive four-wicket haul, giving away only 20 runs in his four overs. RR were all out for 136 in the start of 19th over and MI won by 57 runs.

Jos Buttler
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Jos Buttler admits Rajasthan Royals’ top order has failed to deliver

The 31-year-old England batsman has admitted that the RR top-order in the last three games have not managed to deliver and which has cost the team important points. Jos Buttler maintained that the powerplay is to be taken advantage of but they have failed to do so.

“We have not managed to come off as a top-order in the last three games. We have lost three wickets in the power-play a few times and in T20 cricket you never win too many games from that position,” Jos Buttler said in the post match conference.

Jos Buttler
Jos Buttler, Image credits: Twitter

“Of course, the power-play is a time you have to take advantage due to the field restrictions, but as players, we have not performed but that can happen in T20 cricket. We lost wickets. Mumbai bowled really well and we never got into our innings.

“As a batsman, you are always vulnerable early on in your innings and as a top-order, we didn’t manage to counteract the opening bowling well enough to get through that period,” he added.

Jos Buttler aims to take confidence from his knock against Mumbai for the rest of the tournament

Buttler lauded Suryakumar Yadav for his match-winning innings against RR. He stated he was not feeling his best in the middle, but spending time was good for him to find his flow at the end of the innings.

The T20 specialist batsman said he aims to take confidence from his knock against Mumbai for the rest of the tournament.

He (Suryakumar) played a fantastic innings. We could not quite tie (him) down. He used the angles and his crease really well and he is a fantastic player. We could not execute our plans to him but full credit to him. He played a very good innings.”

Suryakumar Yadav MI vs RR
Suryakumar Yadav (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

“I have not been feeling my best in the middle. It was good for me to spend time in the middle, find a bit of fluency further on in the innings. I struggled initially, but hopefully, I can take some confidence from today and use that for the rest of the tournament,” Jos  Buttler said.

Rajasthan is placed at the second last spot on the points table with two wins and three losses. They are set to face table-toppers Delhi Capitals on October 9 at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium.

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Gavaskar lauds Capitals' show. (Photo by Chirag Wakaskar-IPL 2010/IPL via Getty Images)

IPL 2020: Sunil Gavaskar Calls Using Name ‘Mankad’ For Dismissal As Unacceptable, Favours ‘Brown’ Instead

Former Indian legendary cricketer Sunil Gavaskar has called using the name ‘Mankad’ for dismissal as unacceptable.’ Mankad’ is named after legendary Indian bowler Vinoo Mankad, who first ‘Mankaded’ an Australian player Bill Brown in 1947. ‘Mankading’ is a method of running out where a bowler dismisses a non-striker by whipping off the bails before he finds a batsman well outside the crease.

A recent incident involving Ravichandran Ashwin and Aaron Finch in the DC vs RCB clash, where the former only warned Finch of Mankading when he was caught running early from the non-striker’s end. Ashwin, who has joined DC from KXIP this season did mankading of Jos Buttler, last season.

Ravichandran Ashwin
Ashwin warns Finch, Image credits: IPL

The first thing that struck me when I saw that was when will the Aussies learn? : Sunil Gavaskar on the incident involving Finch and Ashwin

Sunil Gavaskar questioned the rules for the batsman leaving the crease early and the added advantage involved with it. He said the field restrictions with a minimal flaw would call for a no-ball but there is no rule limiting the batsman at non-striker’s end to leave the crease substantially early.

“They have fielding restrictions that stipulate a minimum number of players within the 30-yard circle and if someone stands just a foot outside, then that’s ruled a no-ball. If someone gets out that ball, it’s not out.

“I have no issues with it, as that’s the rule. Why is it okay if a batsman does it at the non-striker’s end? In today’s time, thanks to technology, a batsman is run out even if it’s just millimeters and we fuss so much with endless replays to rule it out.

“It’s because of the mythical spirit of cricket, applied arbitrarily. Aaron Finch was almost a yard or yard-and-a-half down before Ashwin had released the ball. Just imagine the advantage the non-striker has,” Sunil Gavaskar told Indian Express.

Sunil Gavaskar, KL Rahul, Rishabh Pant
Sunil Gavaskar (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Gavaskar said a thought struck him when he saw the Ashwin-Finch drama and that was when will the Australians learn because the first person to be Mankaded was an Australian in 1947 and its 2020 and still they haven’t learnt.

He added, “The first thing that struck me when I saw that was when will the Aussies learn? Because it happened to Bill Brown in 1947 and we are in 2020; they still haven’t learnt. The simple thing is you have to look at the bowler and move out when he releases. You can’t look at the batsman, like Finch was doing and walk out of the crease. The law is clear. It’s as simple as that.”

Sunil Gavaskar justifies his point of using the term ‘Brown’ instead of ‘Mankad’

Gavaskar opined that using Indian legendary cricketer, Vinoo Mankad’s name for unsportsmanlike behaviour in the sport is not acceptable to him. He said it baffles him to see so many in the Indian media using the term and that is not respectable to a legend.

Gavaskar suggests that the Indians should be the last to encourage the usage of such. He said he used ‘Brown’ while commentating when Ashwin warned Finch because Bill Brown was at fault in the history books, not Vinoo Mankad.

“Vinoo Mankad is a legend of Indian cricket, one of the great all-rounders who has won matches for India. And you use his name for, what is looked at by the cricketing world, as unsportsmanlike behaviour – that’s not acceptable to me.

“I don’t want an Indian legend’s name to be disparaged. It baffles me why so many in the Indian media keep using that word as if they don’t have any respect for any Indian legends. As Indians, we should be the last to encourage such usage. That’s why yesterday on television, I said Ashwin tried to Brown him. Because Bill Brown was at fault in 1947 and not Vinoo Mankad,” he added.

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Brown dismissal. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

In an opportunity to ‘Brown’ Aaron Finch, Ravichandran Ashwin gave it a pass and just warned the batsman. Ashwin had been warned by DC head coach Ricky Ponting to avoid Mankading before the season started.

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IPL 2020: Injured Amit Mishra Leaves DC Camp With An Emotional Speech

Delhi Capitals veteran spinner Amit Mishra got injured in their match against KKR and was ruled out of the tournament with a broken finger. He left the team hotel with an emotional speech on his way back to India for his treatment and rehab. 37-year-old Mishra with 160 wickets, is the second-highest wicket-taker in the IPL and highest among spin bowlers in the history of the IPL.

He was performing well for the Capitals this term, bagging three wickets in three matches with an economy of 7.34. The DC team are surely going to miss the immense experience of Mishra in the tournament ahead.

Amit Mishra
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Delhi Capitals share a video of Amit Mishra’s parting message to the team

DC shared a video on their youtube channel showing a gathering of the players and staff to bid adieu the injured Mishra. He is headed to India for his treatment and rehab. In the video DC skipper, Shreyas Iyer extends gratitude on behalf of the team to Mishra for his service and tells him he would be missed and to stay in contact with the team.

“On behalf to the whole team I would like to thank you for your service in the last five games. You were amazing in your efforts throughout those days. We would be missing you definitely but going forward, I would just like to say that please do keep in touch. We will also try to do that,” Iyer was seen speaking in the video.

Getting Injured while giving my 100 percent for the team is a bit satisfying: Amit Mishra

Amit Mishra got injured while fielding against KKR. He initially thought it would take a couple of days to recover, but with the diagnosis of a finger fracture, he was disappointed to end his IPL 2020 journey so early. Mishra said he was satisfied with the fact that he got injured while giving his 100 percent for the team and not because of any fitness issues.

“I never expected the injury would be this serious. I thought it would be for a match or two but have to accept it,” said Mishra.

“The fact that I got injured while playing — trying to catch the ball — giving my 100 percent is a bit satisfying. It is not an injury related to fitness which means I am doing fine,” he added.

DC, Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals. Image Credit: IPL.

DC will next face RR on October 9th at the Sharjah Cricket stadium. They currently sit at the number two spot on the IPL points table and have the best record with just one loss in 5 matches.

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