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Tahir Ibn Manzoor (Tahir Hussain Sofi) is an editor at Sportzwiki.com, who follows cricket like food after listening to running commentary on a transistor radio when he was only eight, and penned down the scorecard when he turned 11. Twitter - @TahirIbnManzoor

Kevin Pietersen, Joe Denly, England vs West Indies 2020
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What’s Happening To Cricket In SA Is Catastrophic: Kevin Pietersen On CSA’s Chaos After Facing One-Month Suspension From SASCOC

Soon after South African Sports Confederation and Olympic Committee (SASCOC) has suspended Cricket South Africa (CSA) owing to the pending investigation for “malpractice and maladministration” within the African board, former England skipper – Kevin Pietersen is livid with whatever is taking place in Africa while terming that it’s the ‘catastrophic’ situation for cricket in South Africa.

On Thursday (September 10), SASCOC has suspended the Proteas cricket board for a month owing to further investigations which had marred South African cricket to a great extent.

While taking to Twitter, Pietersen wrote about the chaos in cricket administration in South Africa, “Goodness me! What’s happening to cricket in SA is catastrophic.”

I think it’s been a cancer: Graeme Smith

Graeme Smith
Graeme Smith. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

So much so, Director of Cricket for CSA, and former South African skipper, Graeme Smith had recently stated that ‘cancer’ had been within the organisation after senior officials had brought disgrace to the board.

Besides, internal problems had gone from bad to worse after owing to media leaks for some time now.

“I think it’s been a cancer from within the organisation for a while and it’s not getting any better,” Smith recently stated.

Sport unites SA: Kevin Pietersen

Cricket South Africa, 3 Team Cricket, 3TCricket
Photo Credit: CSA.

The Pietermaritzburg-born Kevin Pietersen had further termed it as the ‘horror show’ which is subsequently finishing cricket in South Africa.

The former English batsman Pietersen further added that it’s a sport that unites South Africa. He further expressed sorry for those who have done an outstanding job on being at the helm of affairs.

Besides, Pietersen feels for all those players who are at the receiving end due to the recent happenings apart from the decision of CSA’s suspension.

“I feel so sorry for the many amazing people that work in that organisation and to all the players that are suffering at the hands of this disaster. Sport unites SA! This horror show is finishing cricket,” Kevin Pietersen further wrote on his Twitter handle.

 

Owing to the wide range of issues within CSA including racism, interim CEO Jacques Faul and CSA President Chris Nenzani had tendered resignation in August. Faul was replaced by Kugandrie Govender.

Earlier, former CEO Thabang Moroe was expelled from his position following the ‘misconduct’.

Meanwhile, it remains to be seen how the world cricket governing body – International Cricket Council (ICC) will proceed further post CSA’s suspension after SASCOC intervention which could also be construed as the interference of government within the Proteas board.

Gautam Gambhir,
Virat Kohli and Gautam gambhir. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.
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Gautam Gambhir Wants Virat Kohli’s RCB To ‘Learn From Their Mistakes’ And Progress Deep In IPL 2020

Former Team India opener Gautam Gambhir, who also led Kolkata Knight Riders remarkably well in the Indian Premier League (IPL), believes Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) side led by Virat Kohli should stick with their players despite not getting best of the possible starts in the initial phase of the IPL 2020.

The southpaw said it after explaining that RCB had not remained persistent with their players which also diminished their chances of making more impact in the celebrated T20 league. He is hopeful that RCB will learn from their mistakes by making amends at the earliest.

“So, I would want to see from RCB that even if the start is not good, they should persist with their playing XI and give them 6-7 matches. Because then only the players will give you performances and not if you give one or two matches,” Gambhir said while speaking during a show on Star Sports.

In between, he said there was a lack of balance in the RCB squad when compared to this edition of the IPL squad.

While citing an example of English all-rounder, Moeen Ali, Gambhir believes even if Ali won’t fire at the beginning of the tournament they should not tinker with the side. He further remarked that it would be interesting to see how RCB will deliver — and how long Kohli will continue with a player like Ali.

“If they start with Moeen Ali, they should give him 6-7 matches. If he doesn’t perform in the beginning, they should not get in another player. So if Virat Kohli has a calmness in his mind that this is the most balanced squad, the important thing will be how they perform and how much he persists with this player,” Gambhir said.

The 38-year-old Gambhir further addressed that RCB have got a balanced squad for the IPL 13 on seeing a sense of calmness within Virat Kohli. He added that Kohli should have been involved in the team selection if he had felt that their squad was lacking fizz in terms of balance and execution of plans.

He equally asserted that at times captains don’t come to know regarding plenty of changes throughout the tourney without having an understanding of their best playing XI.

“The first thing is that Virat Kohli is the one who has been captaining RCB since 2016. So if the balance was not there earlier, then Virat Kohli should have got more involved,” Virat Kohli added.

“What Virat Kohli has said, when you are happy with your squad as a captain, you would have already planned which playing XI you want to play. If you are satisfied, then the calmness also comes along. Because there are times that you do not come to know your best XI in the entire tournament and that is why you make a lot of changes.”

Despite RCB doing much with the playing XI, Gambhir expects RCB to deliver goods in the impending IPL 2020.

RCB bowlers happy to move out of RCB’s den: Gautam Gambhir

Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2019, F
Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

While speaking about the batting-heavy side, Gambhir further believes RCB bowlers would be benefitted given to the conditions in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).  He further believes, Bengaluru-based franchise RCB’s bowlers would be happy to not bowl at the placid surface like M. Chinnaswamy Stadium which also has shorter dimensions — and had proved difficult for the bowlers.

“I still feel that RCB look a little batting-heavy. But one thing that you will see a little different is that the bowlers will be happy because they will not have to play 7 matches at the Chinnaswamy Stadium.

“You will be playing in Dubai and Abu Dhabi which probably have bigger grounds, wickets are not as flat as Chinnaswamy. It is always difficult to judge the bowlers from Chinnaswamy’s point of view,” Gambhir said.

Gautam Gambhir on the difference between Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni as a captain:

MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli
MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

The cricketer-turned-politician Gambhir further analyzed the captaincy of veteran MS Dhoni and exciting Kohli.  Gambhir observed that Dhoni showed enough faith in players despite their failures. In contrary, Kohli believes in many changes at regular intervals which eventually led to their downfall from time to time.

“The biggest difference between Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni is that MS Dhoni persists with his players for 6-7 matches. If you see RCB’s trend, they make changes very quickly because they doubt that their playing XI does not have a proper balance,” Gambhir said on captaincy styles of Dhoni and Virat Kohli.

In Dubai, RCB will face-off Sunrisers Hyderabad on 21st of September.

Shoaib Akhtar Bets Misbah-ul-Haq Will Be Replaced With Andy Flower As Next Head Coach Of Pakistan
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PCB Quashes Rumours Of Approaching Shoaib Akhtar For Chief Selectors’ Role: Report

Of late, the speculations were rife that Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) is in talks with speedster – Shoaib Akhtar for the chief selector’s role. However, the report carried by Daily Jung revealed that PCB has denied any such approach for the top-most position.

The reports suggested that Akhtar had met PCB chairman Ehsan Mani besides board’s CEO Wasim Khan. The Urdu daily of Pakistan Jung in its report maintained that things have been conjectured.

Shoaib Akhtar claim on major position within PCB was false?

Shoaib Akhtar, Misbah-ul-Haq
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Furthermore, it added that Shoaib had requested the PCB official for a meeting before speaking in the public about the possibility of the selector’s role.

On September 10 (Thursday), Shoaib maintained that he had been in touch with the PCB for the responsibility — to some capacity and nothing has panned out in this regard so far.

“I will not deny it. Yes, I have had some discussions with the Board and I am interested in playing a major role in Pakistan cricket. But nothing is decided as yet,” Shoaib Akhtar told Waheed Khan on YouTube show – Cricket Baaz.

It is pertinent to point out that Shoaib had shown a keen interest long before – to hold the position of the chief selector for setting things right within the board.

Pakistan had recently lost the Test series 1-0 against England despite levelling the three-match T20 series one each, Shoaib came out all guns blazing. Recently, it has been assumed that Pakistan would relieve Misbah-ul-Haq given to his dual role within the board.

Shoaib Akhtar  said ‘yes’ to chief selector’s role:

PCB
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Recently, many believed that Pakistan should work towards the betterment of the game by making a shift in their policies.

The Rawalpindi expressed further asserted that without much happening on the ground, but he had been in discussion with the board by giving a green signal from his side.

“Yes, there have been some discussions. I can reveal only this much but nothing concrete as yet. But talks are still on. I have not said yes and neither have they (PCB) said yes,” Shoaib said.

In the recent past, Shoaib had criticised board for not having hard-line approach following Pakistan’s poor performance on the field. It had subsequently left their fans dejected with no-so-good improvement in ICC rankings.

Shoaib, who was criticised for praising Indian cricketers, believes that the pragmatic approach leads to the desired results – and he believes Pakistan has failed to meet all the requirements to do well.

In his recent statement, he further suggested that he would be open to help to improve cricket in Pakistan and extended his helping hand to the board.

Virat Kohli, IPL 2020, Shivam Dube, Gautam Gambhir
Virat Kohli. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.
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RCB Skipper Virat Kohli Getting In The Groove Ahead Of IPL 2020; Happy With Team Preparations

As Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) squad is training rigorously in the scorching heat of the United Arab Emirates (UAE), skipper Virat Kohli is delighted with the fitness and preparation of his teammates ahead of the IPL 2020.

The experienced campaigner maintained he was back to do basics as soon as he felt comfortable out in the middle.

Virat Kohli is happy with the preparations:

Virat Kohli RCB
Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

The players have been rusty before making a strong return to prove their credential despite no practice whatsoever before touching down in the UAE.

The fitness freak is delighted to gradually start training alongside his teammates following an extended break due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

“I am very happy with how the team is shaping up. From a fitness point of view, everyone is looking great, everyone is in good shape. It’s a matter of feeling good and I think I felt good from the first session onwards,” Kohli said in a video.

The other members of RCB had also been training hard to adjust according to the conditions. The star batsman Kohli himself maintained earlier it was not easy to take on the task, however, it was altogether a different experience to be back and play with the same frame of mind what players had five months before.

“First few days we are just getting our eye in, getting back in thick of things after 5 months, it’s a bit different, try and get into the frame of mind which you usually want to be,” Kohli maintained.

Kohli further maintained that it will some time to get used to it. They have been batting in the middle and work on what they have been doing before the pandemic-enforced lockdown. Moreover, Kohli explained that they are

“It takes a bit of time, in these sessions now we are mostly batting in the middle, trying to figure out hitting angles, understanding the pace of the wicket and all these,” said Kohli.

Virat Kohli on their approach to avoid any of the injuries:

Virat Kohli
Photo Credit: Twitter.

On speaking about avoid injuries; Kohli asserted that they have maintained poise and don’t want to rush. However, they had been training in a phased manner – to make things easier by giving sufficient time to their players before returning to training sessions.

“We don’t want to push anyone into a niggle or an injury because we understand it’s been a while away from the game. So I think we moved ahead in a balanced manner.

“We don’t want to be a maniac like doing 6 sessions in six days. We gave ample off time to the boys which we will continue to do along the course of the these next few training sessions also,” Virat Kohli quipped.

Owing to the 14-day programme, Kohli is happy with the way things have panned out so far for the RCB. He further reiterated that they have been keen to put things on track to enter the competition a force to reckon with.

With RCB eyeing their first IPL title, they will keen to take on Sunrisers Hyderabad on September 21, in a bid to mark the beginning of their IPL campaign on a high note.

Gautam Gambhir, Yuvraj Singh
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Gautam Gambhir Pleased As Yuvraj Singh Decides To Come Out Of Retirement

Earlier, this week, Yuvraj Singh wished to come out of his retirement and represent his state-side Punjab in the domestic fold. His former India teammate – Gautam Gambhir remarked that not only his fans in fact, everyone would enjoy the southpaw back on the field.

The cricketer-turned-politician Gambhir further stated that it is Yuvraj’s personal choice to decide what he believes is the best for him.

“It’s his personal decision and each and everyone loves seeing Yuvi play,” ANI quoted Gautam Gambhir as saying.

The 2011 World Cup-winner Yuvraj had announced his retirement from all forms of cricket in June 2019.

I will be playing only T20s: Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj Singh, retirement
Yuvraj Singh. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The fulcrum of the Indian batting order, the duo including Gambhir had played a remarkable role for India in the 2011 World Cup after India’s triumph under MS Dhoni in the inaugural edition of the 2007 T20 World Cup in South Africa.

The 38-year-old Yuvraj has expressed his desire to feature in the shortest version of the game, which is subjected to clearance from the BCCI.

Besides, owing to the wealth of experience — Yuvraj had featured in 137 IPL matches in which he had scored 2750 with the help of 13 fifties.

“As things stand now, I will be playing only T20s if I get the nod. But who knows, let’s see,” Cricbuzz quoted Yuvraj as saying.

The Player of the Tournament for 2011 World Cup, Yuvraj had earlier written to BCCI following a request from Punjab Cricket Association (PCA).

Moreover, star opener maintained that if a player wants to return to cricket despite retirement, he should be welcomed if he continues to play with such gusto.

“If he wants to play for Punjab so why not? You can’t force a cricketer to start or to end and if he wants to come back from retirement and play with motivation, he is most welcome,” Gautam Gambhir said.

I was done with domestic cricket: Yuvraj Singh

Yuvraj Singh, 10 Richest Indian Cricketers As Per Their Net Worth
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Earlier, PCA administration was keen to have Yuvraj back in the fold after veteran held two training camps – to impart knowledge to the youngsters like Shubman Gill, Anmolpreet Singh, Abhishek Sharma and young wicketkeeper-batsman Prabhsimran Singh in Mohali.

Recently, PCA secretary Puneet Bali has approached Yuvraj to come out of the retirement — in a bid to help Punjab cricket in the best possible way.

Interestingly, Bali was the first official to reach out to Yuvraj for which the latter took notice before writing to the country’s cricket board.

“I was done with domestic cricket, though I did want to continue to play in other domestic franchise-based leagues worldwide if I got permission from the BCCI,” Yuvraj told Cricbuzz.

As of now, Yuvraj is yet to get clearance from the national board to return to the field. After making his debut in 2000, Yuvraj had featured in 304 ODIs, 58 T20Is and 40 Tests for India. He had played a pivotal role for India for nearly two decides which also pushed PCA to avail his services yet again.

Shoaib Akhtar, Sachin Tendulkar, Shahid Afridi
At times, Shoaib Akhtar found it difficult to tackle Sachin. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
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Shoaib Akhtar Recalls Sachin Tendulkar’s 2003 World Cup Show; Believes They Should’ve Opt For ‘Bodyline Attack’

Former Pakistan fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar in his recent interview maintained that they should have given a thought or so – to bodyline bowling attack much before when Sachin Tendulkar was taken Pakistan bowlers to cleaners in the 2003 World Cup.

The star bowler believed despite poor fielding believes they could have got rid of Tendulkar way too early, had they decided to attack the Indian batsmen.

Shoaib Akhtar on bodyline bowling:

Shoaib Akhtar,
Shoaib Akhtar. Image Credit: Getty Images.

The Rawalpindi Express further reckons that on placid surfaces where things would be difficult for bowlers, they should resort to bodyline bowling in a bid to unsettle the batsmen.

“At the most, I would have got hit for 2 sixes in an over, so what would have happened. I could have still picked up a wicket. The same bodyline bowling I did in the second spell, I got Sachin’s wicket,” Shoaib Akhtar revealed in a YouTube show ‘Cricket Baaz.

Given to the strategy, Shoaib remarked that he realised it after the game that they should have attacked the batsmen in a bid to get help from the pitch.

“I realised after that match that when the wicket is so easy, then you should do bodyline bowling. I should have gone just to hit the batsman,” Shoaib Akhtar said.

It becomes important to maintain that Sachin scored crucial 98 in the all-important clash against arch-rivals Pakistan in 2003. Interestingly, he was dismissed by Shoaib after he opted for short-pitch deliveries during his second spell of bowling.

Besides, Shoaib Akhtar was asked what had left him saddened whether it was 2003 World Cup loss or the 1999 World Cup grand finale loss against Australia.

In response, Shoaib, who’s known for his nonchalant approach clarified that every loss becomes hard to digest; however, he would pick 1999 World Cup loss as a sheer disappointment because it was the final.

“The disappointment is there for every match you lose. It was obviously more for 1999, the 2003 World Cup encounter against India was a league match,” Shoaib maintained.

Shoaib Akhtar on World Cup losses:

Shoaib Akhtar, India

Speaking about 2003 loss during the group stage fixture, Shoaib asserted that they were 30 runs short on a surface which proved as a belter of a surface for batsmen. He further hailed Indian batsmen for playing quite well.

During the 2003 World Cup Shoaib Akhtar gave away 72 runs in 10 overs for a solitary wicket of Tendulkar.

“I felt that our score was less on that wicket. We were 25-30 runs below par because the pitch was very flat but India played well. Sachin played very well, he got dismissed on 98 off my bowling,” Shoaib Akhtar said.

Shoaib maintained that he might have conceded a couple of sixes which he even opted for, but too late with a short-pitched delivery to undone Tendulkar. He further believes it is the part and parcel of the game when it comes to making mistakes.

He subsequently suggested to youngsters that if nothing is going to work then on placid surfaces then they should opt for attacking the body of a batsman.

“This is the part of the process that I want to deliver to the youngsters, that if nothing is happening, then the batsman has a body. You should break it,” Shoaib Akhtar stated.

Back in 2003, India eventually won the game by six wickets after Pakistan set a target of 274.

Dhiraj Malhotra
Dhiraj Malhotra. Photo Credit: Twitter.
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Delhi Capitals CEO Dhiraj Malhotra Opens Up On Ricky Ponting, Ravichandran Ashwin’s Rapport

As per Delhi Capitals’ CEO Dhiraj Malhotra, head coach for Shreyas Iyer-led side Ricky Ponting’s comments were blown out of proportion – and the latter shares a good bond with veteran off-spinner, Ravichandran Ashwin.

In the same context, Malhotra had come forward following comprehensive conservation between Ponting and Ashwin over the ‘Mankad’ debate.

“It was totally taken out of context. Ponting was having a banter with his friends back home, it was not how it was portrayed,” Malhotra told Khaleej Times in an interview.

No hard feelings at all: Dhiraj Malhotra on Ponting and Ashwin relationship

Ricky Ponting
Ricky Ponting. Image Credit: BCCI/IPL.

Pertinently, Ponting had recently agreed with Ashwin that backing too far at non-striker’s end should be considered as ‘cheating’ if it happens too often much before the bowler is yet to bowl a delivery. He also suggested that such acts should face a penalty – in a bid to make them understand that they’re doing wrong.

While lavishing praise on both star cricketers, Malhotra remarked that they have already spoken out in a recently-held show. He further added they don’t hold any grudge whatsoever ahead of the beginning of a new IPL season on September 19.

“Both are very serious cricketers and top personalities. They had already spoken about it in a chat show. They had a very good conversation about it. It is important that they have cleared the air. There are no hard feelings at all,” Dhiraj Malhotra said.

Ricky Ponting and Ashwin cleared the air over Mankad debate:

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

In his recent podcast with Ashwin, Ponting cleared the air after deciding not to allow the star Chennai-based off-spinner to opt for Mankading.

“He (Ashwin) made me get on a podcast with him when I first arrived here to have a good open chat about it. I think we’re both on the same page. He feels he did everything in the rules and laws of the game and he’s absolutely right,” Ponting told Cricket Australia.

It all started back in 2019 when Ashwin Mankaded Jos Buttler. The senior off-spinner Ashwin had enraged fans apart from the senior cricketers. However, he had received equal support for doing whatever was possible within the laws of the game despite facing the heat over hurting ‘Spirit of Cricket’.

All in all, Malhotra is satisfied as both cricketers are sharing a similar understanding over Mankading even though Ponting wants Ashwin to caution the batsman. He made the statement after Ashwin and Ponting had discussed Mankad in the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

Meanwhile, Delhi will take on Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) in the second match of the IPL 2020 on September 20 at Dubai International Stadium

Jason Roy, ICC World Cup 2019, England, Headingley
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You Always Get Pumped Up To Play Australia; It Will Be Another Good Contest: Jason Roy

Raring to go, Jason Roy, who was the part of 2019 World Cup-winning England squad maintained hosts as a team will be ready to deliver against Australia – and they had a decent record, of late. He further added that they won’t show any complacency whatsoever against high-quality Australia.

Meanwhile, Roy is expecting a healthy contest while praising Australia being as a top-notch unit. Animated Roy reiterated that it is always thrilling to play against Australia.

“This Australia side has a huge amount of class and it will be another good contest, which is why it is so important to stay in the moment – this is all about how we go about our business now.

“But it is always exciting to play against the Aussies; you always get pumped up and I guess I must have been back then,” Roy wrote in his column for Sky Sports.

Fit Jason Roy makes a return in ODIs:

Jason Roy, Sanjay Manjrekar, ICC World Cup 2019
Photo Credit: Getty Images.

The two world-class teams will face off in the first One-day International (ODI) on September 11 (Friday) in Manchester after the Three Lions clinched the three-match T20I series 2-1. At the same time, Roy’s return had bolstered the squad.

Interestingly, the impending 50-over series is the part of the World Cup Super League considering the 2023 World Cup.

England have won as many as two matches to take a lead on the points table after beating Ireland in July-August.

In recent times, England had delivered goods against Australia following remarkable team effort owing to the consistent contributions from the members.

Jason Roy on England record:

Jason Roy
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In 2018, England had thrashed Australia 5-0 in the ODI series, which eventually saw Australia being whitewashed for the first time in a five-match series. Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid had played a significant role to make it possible in 2018.

Roy asserted that they play series to produce remarkable moments for the team.

“I know our recent record against Australia has been written and spoken about a lot recently, including the 2018 whitewash, but oddly it is not a series I have thought about a huge amount, mainly because most of the series we play produce memorable moments for the team,” Jason Roy said.

The 30-year-old Durban-born Roy has made his international debut in 2014. He had a decent record in ODIs in which he averages 41.2 after playing 90 matches.

Roy has 18 half-centuries and nine tons under his belt. He featured in 35 T20s and five Tests.

Aakash Chopra, MS Dhoni
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IPL 2020: Aakash Chopra Sees Mumbai Indians As ‘Biggest Threat’ For Chennai Super Kings

Cricketer-turned-commentator from India, Aakash Chopra during his SWOT analysis maintained that four-time IPL champions – Mumbai Indians stand as the major threat for MS Dhoni-led side in the upcoming edition of IPL. Chopra added that there are not many threats to talk about, but some areas might be a cause of concern including injuries.

Considering the record of their matches, Indians had always a better hand on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) since the beginning of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Over the years, Chennai hand found things tough to tackle Rohit Sharma-led side. Former Indian batsman further stated that CSK have faltered to overcome Indians most of the times.

Mumbai Indians always got the better of Chennai Super Kings: Aakash Chopra

Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, IPL 2019, IPL 2019 Final
Mumbai Indians (Image Credit: IPL)

Personally, the 42-year-old Chopra had observed that the Yellow Army had somewhat struggled in the precarious situations against Indians.

On picking Indians as one such team which stands out as best against Chennai, Chopra reiterated that CSK team has not been able to exhibit what they could have had against the Mumbai-based franchise.

“Talking about the threats, they have Mumbai Indians as their biggest threat. If you see the history of the IPL, this is one team against whom they have not been able to display their magic. They tend to lose to the Mumbai Indians,” Chopra said on his YouTube channel.

Given to the statistics, Mumbai had a wood over Chennai with saw them winning 17 whereas, CSK managed to bag 11 victories. Thus, it stands as the worst record for CSK against any of the teams in the lucrative league.

While speaking about further weaknesses of the CSK, Chopra feels that some top players lack match practice given to their unavailability in the competitive leg. Also, he believes CSK lack in having match-winners, and some of the players might not even get a game.

“We have seen with Shane Watson last year, that he had difficulties because of not having played continuously. Now along with him, MS Dhoni has not played for a long time, Rayudu, Vijay, Kedar Jadhav. If you are away from cricket for a long time, then it eventually shows up. So this could be a problem or a weakness.

“There are some players in the team whom you may not be able to play because they do not have match-winners beyond their top 15-16 players,” Aakash Chopra stated.

CSK would not want injuries: Aakash Chopra

Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings Photo by Sandeep Shetty /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

Besides, speaking about the slow UAE pitches, Chopra cites the hot and humid conditions as another threat to CSK.  He believes CSK lacks flexibility given the options despite having veteran Dhoni at the helm of affairs.

“One more thing is that, it is going to be extremely hot in the UAE. That is another threat, because in that heat you would be playing back to back matches, the squad is very tight-knit, you don’t have too much manoeuvrability,” Chopra further said.

Furthermore, he maintained that CKS can’t afford injuries during this edition of the IPL.

“They should not have injuries as well because if the team is little old there is a danger of injuries, which could be a slight problem. But then as we say, Dhoni is there to manage everything,” Aakash Chopra concluded.

Chennai Super Kings will play lung-opener against defending champions Mumbai Indians on September 19 at Sheikh Zayed International Stadium.

Yashasvi Jaiswal, Robin Uthappa
Yashasvi Jaiswal. Photo Credit: Twitter.
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Yashasvi Jaiswal Is One For The Future: Robin Uthappa

Since the inception of Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2008, the cash-rich league has played a significant role for the youngsters by helping them to raise their stocks owing to a healthy competition. In a recent interview, IPL veteran Robin Uthappa has hailed raring to go Yashasvi Jaiswal while adding IPL is a stepping stone for him to make a way in senior Team India.

Uthappa added that Yashasvi has done incredibly well in the domestic fold and IPL experience will hand him opportunities to excel and rub shoulders with greats of the game.

“Yashasvi is a really exciting player for the future. I think he has performed extremely well in domestic cricket and having more IPL will be good for him in his pursuit of playing for India,” Uthappa maintained in a video uploaded on IPL’s official Twitter handle on Friday.

As Jaiswal is set to make IPL debut, he would be itching to make things count after playing 13 List A matches and a solitary first-class game in 2019.

Pertinently, Jaiswal is the part of Rajasthan Royals – a team which has some promising youngsters in the squad for the upcoming edition of IPL.

Yashasvi Jaiswal is the man to look at in the IPL 2020

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Yashasvi Jaiswal is an elegant batter. Photo Credit: Twitter.

Over the years, IPL has proved very helpful for youngsters like Hardik Pandya and Jasprit Bumrah, who went on to represent India at the elite level.

The top-order batsman Jaiswal, who is just 18 had done a significant job in the 2020 Under-19 World Cup. The promising batter aggregated a total of 400 runs in India being as a dynamic leader to take his team into the grand finale which they lost to Bangladesh.

In 2019, Yashasvi Jaiswal slammed 154-ball 203 against Jharkhand during a Vijay Hazare Trophy fixture which further saw big cricketers tipping him as an incredible asset if nursed well.

Fans looking forward to witnessing IPL 2020: Robin Uthappa

Uthappa further stated fans all around the globe are keen to watch the 13th season of the most successful league in the world.

It is a big, big IPL: Robin Uthappa

Robin Uthappa
Robin Uthappa. Image Credits: Twitter

Robin Uthappa added that it’s going to be a special ‘IPL’ amid COVID-19 challenges.

Like other cricketers, the experienced batsman Uthappa has set his sights on winning the second title for Royals. It becomes interesting to mention that Royals had won the maiden edition of the IPL under Shane Warne’s captaincy.

“Indians and cricket lovers all around the world will be looking forward to this tournament. So, in that sense, it is a big, big IPL. Having said that, I think like any other team, our desire and intention is to go out there and compete extremely well and hopefully win the tournament,” Robin Uthappa concluded.

After playing for a longer period for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), Uthappa is looking forward to delivering for Royals. He was bought by Royals in INR three crore following an intriguing bidding war with Kings XI Punjab.

In 177 matches, Uthappa scored 4411 runs at an average of 28.9 since 2008. Besides, Uthappa is keen to nurse the youngsters to help Royals in progressing deep in the much-awaited tournament beginning on September 19.