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Twitterati Trolls Sanjay Manjrekar For Questioning the Inclusion of Wrist Spinners in Test Squad

The Men in Blue started off their tour in England with a victory in the Twenty20 International series by a 2-1 margin. However, the No. 1 One-day International side in the world England proved their worth in the series by clinching it 2-1. They were thoroughly outplayed in the opening ODI in Nottingham. But the Three Lions bounced back strongly to win the series.

For the visitors, Kuldeep Yadav has been one of the top performers. In six limited-overs matches against England, Kuleep bagged 14 wickets. It also includes 11 wickets in just a couple of matches.

The Uttar Pradesh-based spinner bamboozled the English batters with his variations. He bagged five wickets in the opening T20I while returned with the best figures by a spinner in ODI’s in England during the opening ODI.

Kuldeep bagged six for 25 as India registered a comprehensive victory.

For the home team, Adil Rashid performed quite brilliantly in the limited-overs format. However, he has not played red-ball cricket for a long time.

The English selectors in all likelihood will name him in the squad. It was due to his heroics in the limited-overs leg that Kuldeep managed to retain his place in the Test side.

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Twitterati Trolls Sanjay Manjrekar For Questioning the Inclusion of Wrist Spinners in Test Squad 1
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Ashwin and Jadeja has been the preferred spinners in home conditions 

In home conditions, Ravichandran Ashwin and Ravindra Jadeja are the preferred first-choice spin pair. However, in England, Kuldeep has a high possibility of being in the playing XI.

But former Indian middle-order batsman, Sanjay Manjrekar doesn’t like the idea of including wrist spinners in the Test squad on the basis of their performance in the limited-overs circuit.

Kuldeep has impressed all and sundry. He made a dream Test debut against Australia, last year.

Ravichandran Ashwin
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The left-arm chinaman bowler bagged four crucial wickets and it will be interesting to see whether he can again spin a web around the English batsmen or not.

Taking to his Twitter handle Sanjay Manjrekar had written, “Not liking the trend of wrist spinners getting ahead in the race for spots in Tests based on their limited overs performances.”

However, Twitterati started trolling him for the same. This is not the first time that the commentator draws ire from the fans due to his rather unusual posts.

There are many experts who feel that Ashwin and Jadeja have not done enough overseas. Hence, Kuldeep might well be the first-choice spinner in the series.

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Ricky Ponting (Credits - Getty)

IPL 2018: Head Coach Ricky Ponting Joins Delhi Daredevils’ Pre-Season Camp

Ricky Ponting, the new Head Coach of Delhi Daredevils, has joined the team’s camp at Feroz Shah Kotla stadium that started a couple of days back.

Ponting landed in Delhi yesterday (March 28) and headed for the camp today.

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Ponting has coached Mumbai Indians earlier

Ponting was officially appointed as team’s Head Coach after Delhi Daredevils’ official confirmed the news on the IPL retention day.

He was associated with Mumbai Indians from 2013 to 2016, but the franchise replaced him with Mahela Jayawardene before IPL 2017.

Ponting first joined Mumbai Indians in 2013 as a player.

During the season, he decided to relinquish captaincy and joined the backroom staff.

Rohit Sharma was appointed as the captain, and Mumbai Indians went onto clinch the trophy.

The Rohit Sharma-led side repeated the glory in IPL 2015 with Ponting as Head Coach.

However, the franchise replaced him with Jayawardene before IPL 2017 – under whom the team won IPL trophy, again.

There were reports that Ponting might coach Australian national team.

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Ponting is also in line to become Australia’s coach. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)

The reports turned out to be true, and he joined Australia’s backroom staff as Assistant Coach for three-match T20I series against Sri Lanka in 2017.

He again assumed the same role for Trans-Tasman Trophy.

With Darren Lehmann quitting his post as the Head Coach of Australia in the coming week, his name is in the race to join Australia’s backroom staff on permanent basis.

Ponting might have to leave his job at IPL if he joins Australia’s backroom staff in any position.

Meanwhile, Delhi Daredevils’ preparations are in full flow.

Gautam Gambhir, team’s captain, has already joined the team’s camp and he is also keeping a keen eye on players.

It will be after eight years that he will play for Delhi Daredevils again.

His last stint with the team came in 2010 when he was also the captain of the side.

The franchise released him before IPL 2011, and he went onto play for Kolkata Knight Riders for next seven years.

He also led the team to two IPL title victories (2012 and 2014) during his stint as captain.

Delhi Daredevils would be Gambhir to replicate his success for this team as well.

Delhi Daredevils face Kings XI Punjab in their first game in an away game on April 8.

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Warner is the cream of SRH. Photo Credit: BCCI.

Flashback: A look at the leading run-getters in IPL 2017

The 2017 edition of IPL saw Mumbai Indians clinching their third India Premier League (IPL) title. The finals at Pune saw an enthralling match where the home side fell heartbreakingly close to the Mumbai total by just one run.

However, the season belonged to one man named David Warner hands down as he ended up with the Orange Cup for the second time in his IPL career.

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The man with pure aggression on the field: Photo: BCCI

Warner amassed as many as 641 runs in just 14 outings, scoring at a ridiculous average of 58.27 and strike the ball at a rate of 141.8.

In the 2017 edition, Warner registered four half-centuries and a mammoth 126 off just 59 deliveries against KKR at Hyderabad. David Warner turned out to be a different batsman since he took charge of the Sunrisers’ in 2014.

Warner was also the highest run scorer in the 2015 edition of IPL and was only second to Virat Kohli in the edition of 2016 where he scored a monumental 973 in a single season. Interestingly, Warner ended up with 848 runs in the 2016 season, a record on its own.

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Kohli has improved with every game. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

The Australian ended up amongst the top four run-getters since his move to Hyderabad in 2014. Warner was miles ahead of Gambhir who was the second highest run scorer in the tournament with 498 runs.

Both SRH and KKR were knocked out during the playoffs. Gambhir single-handedly took his side towards the knock out stages with four half-centuries to his name.

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Gambhir scored the second highest runs in IPL 2017.

Warner was well supported by his opening partner at the other end, Shikhar Dhawan. The flamboyant southpaw compiled 479 runs. Also, he made his way back into the national side subsequently.

If Warner and Gambhir took their respective sides to the knockout stages of the IPL, it was Steve Smith who led from the front almost took his side to clinch the trophy.

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Steven Smith of RPS.

Smith scored 472 runs throughout the tournament with a best of 84*. Also, Suresh Raina entered amongst the top five leading run-getters with his tally of 442 runs.

Here’s a look at the top ten run scorers in IPL 2017

Pos Player Mat Inns NO Runs HS Avg BF SR 100 50 4s 6s
1 David Warner SRH 14 14 3 641 126 58.27 452 141.81 1 4 63 26
2 Gautam Gambhir KKR 16 16 4 498 76* 41.5 389 128.02 0 4 61 7
3 Shikhar Dhawan SRH 14 14 1 479 77 36.84 376 127.39 0 3 53 9
4 Steve Smith RPS 15 15 3 472 84* 39.33 387 121.96 0 3 38 12
5 Suresh Raina GL 14 14 3 442 84 40.18 307 143.97 0 3 42 13
6 Hashim Amla KXIP 10 10 3 420 104* 60 288 145.83 2 2 40 17
7 Manish Pandey KKR 14 13 5 396 81* 49.5 308 128.57 0 2 28 12
8 Parthiv Patel MI 16 16 0 395 70 24.68 293 134.81 0 2 49 8
9 Rahul Tripathi RPS 14 14 0 391 93 27.92 267 146.44 0 2 43 17
10 Robin Uthappa KKR 14 13 0 388 87 29.84 235 165.1 0 5 36 21


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Ashish Nehra's advice has helped - Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Ashish Nehra's advice has helped - Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Flashback: A look at the highest wicket-takers in IPL 2017

For the Sunrisers Hyderabad, since the 2016 edition, it was David Warner who excelled with the bat and so did Bhuvneshwar Kumar with the ball. The two have been quintessential in Hyderabad’s campaign in the last couple of editions of IPL.

There were rumours within the IPL fraternity to rest the Purple Cap to Bhuvi permanently at one point in time. The pacer topped the list of highest wicket-takers in two consecutive seasons, i.e., 2016 and 2017.

Ashish Nehra's advice has helped - Bhuvneshwar Kumar
Ashish Nehra’s advice has helped – Bhuvneshwar Kumar

Much like Warner, Bhuvi turned out to be a different bowler since the Sunrisers acquired him. Bhuvneshwar Kumar was always renowned for his classical seam bowling.

However, during his tenure in Hyderabad, Bhuvi added an extra yard of pace, perfected the yorker and developed the deceiving knuckleball.

His form in IPL transcended into the Indian side, and gradually, Bhuvneshwar Kumar became the best death bowler in the sport. The UP seamer clinched 26 wickets in 14 matches at a ridiculous economy of 7.05.

Jaydev Unadkat (Photo Source: IPLT20 Website)
Jaydev Unadkat (Photo Source: IPLT20 Website)

Bhuvi struck a wicket every alternate overs during the 2017 edition. Saurashtra’s Jaydev Unadkat also made giant strides of progress during the tournament. He bettered Bhuvi’s incredible strike rate, average and economy.

Unadkat ended up with 24 wickets even after playing two games less than Bhuvi. The two Indian International picked up a five-wicket haul each during the tournament.

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Bumrah is one of the best death bowlers in the world.

Jasprit Bumrah in his 16 matches ended up with a tally of 20 wickets. He was closely followed by his Mumbai Indian teammate Mitchell McClenaghan who scalped 19 wickets in the same number of games.

The season of 2017 will also be looked at the watershed moment of Rashid Khan’s franchise league career as he ended up with 17 wickets. His tally, amongst spinners, was only bettered by Imran Tahir who bagged 18 wickets in the league.

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Rashid Khan never looked back since acquired by SRH.

Here’s a look at the top ten wicket-takers of IPL 2017

Pos Player Mat Inns Wkts Runs Avg Econ SR 4w 5w
1 Bhuvneshwar Kumar SRH 14 14 26 369 14.19 7.05 12.07 0 1
2 Jaydev Unadkat RPS 12 12 24 322 13.41 7.02 11.45 0 1
3 Jasprit Bumrah MI 16 17 20 444 22.2 7.35 18.1 0 0
4 Mitchell McClenaghan MI 14 14 19 507 26.68 9.38 17.05 0 0
5 Imran Tahir RPS 12 12 18 369 20.5 7.85 15.66 0 0
6 Rashid Khan SRH 14 14 17 358 21.05 6.62 19.05 0 0
7 Sandeep Sharma KXIP 13 13 17 398 23.41 8.29 16.94 1 0
8 Umesh Yadav KKR 14 14 17 410 24.11 8.45 17.11 1 0
9 Chris Woakes KKR 13 13 17 386 22.7 8.77 15.52 0 0
10 Pawan Negi RCB 12 12 16 197 12.31 6.12 12.06 0 0


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Tax Notice Worth 3 Crore Issued For Gujarat Lions

Gujarat Lions, the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise has been asked to pay Rs.3 Crore as entertainment tax as the department has issued a notice against the franchise for the two games which Gujarat-based franchise played at their second home ground at Kanpur.

The franchise which was formed last year ahead of IPL 9 has a tradition of playing five games at their home ground at Rajkot and rest of the two home games at their second home ground at Kanpur. This time, they played their two home games against Delhi Daredevils and Sunrisers Hyderabad on May 10 and 13 at Kanpur.

Earlier, the notice was sent to the state association as they were deemed as the assessee but the state association transferred the burden of tax on the franchise stating that it had declared UPCA as the second home ground and association has no role in conducting the games.

Hence, the tax notice was sent to the franchise, going by which they have been asked to pay a tax on 3 Crore as an entertainment tax.

Gujarat Lions had an abysmal IPL season as they finished the tournament as the seventh-placed team with just four wins in their account. The table toppers of last year’s tournament had a poor bowling line-up which was the main reason behind them failing to emulate their success. Just when the team showed form, they lost the services of their star bowler Andrew Tye, who was ruled out due to a dislocated shoulder. Later, Brendon McCullum and Nathu Singh were also ruled out due to respective injuries which had an impact on team’s performance.

With BCCI yet to come up with an official word regarding status Gujarat and Rising Pune Supergiant in IPL, it will be interesting to see whether the franchise owners bid for the team again.


IPL 2017: Hit List – Top 15 Who Hit The Bulls-Eye

As Mumbai Indians defeated Rising Pune Supergiant in a nail-biting encounter in the ‘Grand Finale’ on May 21, IPL season 10 came to end.

This tenth edition of the IPL had seen a plethora of performances starting from some uncapped players to international stars rising to the occasion. Some have come up with their sparks lately while some performed throughout.

Sunrisers Hyderabad skipper David Warner and Kolkata Knight Riders’ captain Gautam Gambhir were the biggest performers with the bat. 

While pacers Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Jaydev Unadkat and Afghan spinner Rashid Khan were impressive with their bowling efforts.

Just like the previous nine editions, the 10th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) brought out a number of hits and misses. While many star players failed to deliver with both bat and ball, youngsters and rookies took the centre-stage with their impressive performances.

Let’s have a look who all joins the hit parade:

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IPL 2017: How Big Buys (Bowlers) Fared In IPL 10

In the auction of IPL 2017, many bowlers drew big bucks and pouched crores of an amount.

However, not everyone delivered to the promise with which they were coming in. It’s important to analyse and judge players on the basis of their performance so as to compute their money value.

Here is an analysis of players who drew big amounts and let’s try to find out whether they performed according to price tag or not –


Facebook Records 350 Mn IPL 10-Related Interactions

New Delhi, May 25 (IANS) Over 120 million people joined the Indian Premier League (IPL) conversation on Facebook and the company recorded 350 million interactions related to the season on the platform.

While Virat Kolhi was the most talked about player on the platform, Mumbai Indians was the most talked about team this season, the company said in a statement.

The 10th edition of the IPL concluded on Sunday with a dramatic final-over victory by the now three-time champions Mumbai Indians over Rising Pune Supergiant.

Throughout the 47-day tournament, IPL posted videos of team warm-ups before each match and closed the tournament on Facebook by sharing the video of the championship trophy presentation.

The league shared images of key match moments as they happened and special off-the-field moments as well.

As far as the teams were concerned, champions Mumbai Indians went live on Facebook after they returned to the hotel after the win.

Teams including the Mumbai Indians, Kolkata Knight Riders and Sunrisers Hyderabad also shared their cake cutting celebrations using Facebook Live and videos. Players also used Facebook to connect with their fans.

News and sports publishers and broadcasters took to Facebook Live throughout the event to provide exclusive match commentary and analysis, as well as engage and entertain fans during the IPL.

Karn Sharma and Harbhajan Singh will have race to be there in CSK's playing XI

Harbhajan Singh Disappointed After Missing Out On IPL 2017 Final

Harbhajan Singh and three-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians share a very special bond indeed.

The veteran off-spinner has been an integral part of the unit in all highs and lows, and his association with the team goes back in 2008. Bhajji led the team to glory in the 2011 Champions League T20 and was also the side’s man in charge for the 2012 edition of the IPL, where the Mumbai Indians finished fourth.

This is exactly why fans were in for a rude shock when Harbhajan wasn’t a part of Mumbai’s XI for the IPL 2017 playoffs and finals. Watching Mumbai Indians win the IPL without the presence of Harbhajan Singh in the playing XI didn’t go down quite well with the fans and the off-spinner opened up about the same in an interview with NDTV.

“Obviously frustrating when you’re sitting out and watching the game and it is something which is out of your control,” Harbhajan said about not being part of the playing XI for the final. “Till last year, I was part of the management that used to pick the playing XI. But this time I needed to spend time with my family,” he said.

Harbhajan added, that the decision to play a leg spinner (Karn Sharma) instead of him was taken purely on the basis of the opposition and on tactical grounds.

“I respect the management’s decision. I won’t cry about this. I am a team man. Mahela Jayawardene spoke to me about a lot of right-handers in the Pune team so they want to play a leg-spinner but as an offie, most of my wickets in any formats have been right-handers,” the off-spinner said.

On being asked if he would have liked to be in the playing XI for the final, Harbhajan answered in the affirmative.

“I believe. This is what I feel. But in the end what matters is that we won,” he concluded.

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Harsha Bhogle. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Harsha Bhogle Picks Mahendra Singh Dhoni As A Skipper For All-Time IPL Eleven

Engineer-turned-commentator and one of the sane voices in gentleman’s game, Harsha Bhogle has picked his all-time Indian Premier League (IPL) XI, who have been giving their best since past nine editions, adding experienced campaigner and crowd-favourite Mahendra Singh Dhoni as a skipper of the playing XI.

“Now, depending on which way you look at it. Picking an IPL team of the past ten years can either be great fun or it can be enormously difficult, a gut wrenching (too),” Bhogle said in a Cricbuzz video.

While terming the top six as an engine of the team, and he further pointed out that there is no iota of a doubt for him to choose the West Indies’ burly Chris Gayle as an opener alongside Mumbai Indian leader Rohit Sharma.

“It’s not a clinching argument, but it’s just a choice,” Bhogle said on all-time IPL openers.

The widely acclaimed league has witnessed players putting on some spectacular performances which further saw youngsters like Rashid Khan, Krunal Pandya and Hardik Pandya giving their best.

The cricket fanatics have also witnessed some best all round stuff in the recently concluded season – the top buy was in whooping INR 14.5 in the form of England’s all-rounder Ben Stokes for Rising Pune Supergiant, who scored 316 runs and picked up 12 wickets, before leaving for the international commitments.

Following the conclusion of the Indian Premier League 2017 which further saw a nerve-jangling final between Rising Supergiant and Mumbai Indians in Hyderabad, in which Rohit Sharma-led side registered a history by lifting the coveted trophy by one-run which further marked the special ten years of the lucrative league.

“I have treated it as a fun exercise,” Bhogle maintained while picking the XI.

While preferring Chris Gayle as an opener alongside Rohit Sharma on the basis of a left-and-right hand combination, Bhogle vouched for Shane Watson, Darren Bravo and all-star MS Dhoni before missing out on aggressive opener David Warner and AB de Villiers, who took a game to a new high.

The experienced campaigner, Rohit has a strike rate of 130.89 in 154 matches in which he has scored 4,207 which further include a solitary hundred and 32 fifties.

Bhogle revealed Virat Kohli is a ‘match winner’ while stating he is capable of anchoring the innings, in the middle order alongside Suresh Raina, who is a must pick choice according to the cricket analyst.

Bhogle further expressed the players could be shuffled like Kohli can come in as an opener with Rohit coming to his place while looking at the table.

Calling Jasprit Bumrah as an IPL ‘legend’, Bhogle picked Bhuvneshwar Kumar, while terming him ‘increasingly impressive’ as an excellent learner of the game before completing the playing XI with leg-spinner Amit Mishra, who according to him has been excellent with the ball in previous editions for his side.

For Bhogle the idle choice was to go with ace off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin while stating Harbhajan could be more aggressive with the bat, as the latter has the strength to deceive the batters at his will.

Here’s the list of All-Time IPL Playing XI picked by Bhogle:

Position Name Role
1 Chris Gayle Batsman
2 Rohit Sharma Batsman
3 Virat Kohli Batsman
4 Suresh Raina Batsman
5 Shane Watson All-rounder
6 Mahendra Singh Dhoni (Skipper) Wicketkeeper batsman
7 Dwayne Bravo All-rounder
8 Ravichandran Ashwin Off-spinner
9 Amit Mishra Leg-spinner
10 Lasith Malinga Fast bowler
11 Bhuvneshwar Kumar Fast bowler

The overseas players include Chris Gayle followed by Shane Watson, Dwayne Bravo and Yorker specialist Lasith Malinga.

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