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Mark Boucher Charged With Gross Misconduct By CSA And May Be Sacked As Head Coach

Mark Boucher, South Africa head coach has been charged with “gross misconduct” by Cricket South Africa (CSA) in their follow-up to the preliminary findings of alleged racism in the sport in the country by Social Justice and Nation-Building (SJN) report.  Mark Boucher’s alleged role in discrimination experienced by former spinner Paul Adams will be looked into even as he is set to continue as the head coach of the senior national team.

South Africa’s head coach Mark Boucher is in danger of losing his job after Cricket South Africa on Thursday charged him with gross misconduct following allegations of racism against him by his former Proteas teammate spinner Paul Adams. CSA has announced a disciplinary hearing into the allegations.

Mark Boucher. (Image Credits: Getty)
Mark Boucher. (Image Credits: Getty).

Mark Boucher Charged With Allegations Of Racism By Paul Adams

CSA on Thursday appointed well respected Senior Counsel Advocate Terry Motau (SC) as chairperson of the disciplinary hearing into allegations of misconduct against Mark Boucher. It is proposed that the parties will meet with the Advocate on January 26, 2022, to determine a timetable for the proceedings.

In December, the SJN report made tentative findings regarding allegations of discrimination and racism against various persons, including Mark Boucher. Specifically, during the SJN process, allegations of racism were levelled against Mark Boucher by his former Proteas teammate Paul Adams.

South African spinner Paul Adams. (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
South African spinner Paul Adams. (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)

In releasing his report, the Ombudsman, Advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza SC, indicated that he was not in a position to make “definite findings” and recommended that a further process be undertaken in this regard. In keeping with this approach, the Board was obligated to institute further formal inquiries into CSA employees, suppliers, or contractors who are implicated by the SJN report, and this is the first of these processes.

Former spinner Paul Adams said he had been called a “brown shit” in a South Africa team song during his time in the side, which spanned a nine-year period from 1995 to 2004, including by former wicketkeeper Mark Boucher who has since apologized.

Mark Boucher Can Be Sacked As Head Coach

CSA confirmed that it has charged Mark Boucher with gross misconduct and it could lead to his dismissal from the head coach role.

However, “CSA emphasizes it is important that the independent inquiry first needs to test all allegations before any question of sanction can arise.”

The upcoming inquiry will also consider concerns and allegations that arose following the resignation of former assistant coach, Enoch Nkwe.

“The Board remains mindful of its duty to treat allegations of racism or discrimination with the utmost seriousness and in a manner that ensures fairness and due process in terms of South Africa’s Constitution and labour legislation.

“It is now up to the inquiry to determine to which extent the allegations are true and justify the need for further disciplinary steps,” CSA Board Chairperson, Lawson Naidoo said.

Cricket South Africa Image Source: TWITTER/CSAOFFICIAL
Cricket South Africa Image Source: TWITTER/CSAOFFICIAL

Mark Boucher has been a key member of the current South African unit that has achieved incredible highs even while in transition over the last few weeks. Under Mark Boucher’s watch, South Africa defeated India in a 3-Test series after coming back from behind.

The ombudsman’s report also criticized current CSA director of cricket Graeme Smith and former national team captain AB de Villiers. South Africa also outclassed India in the ODI series opener on Wednesday and will look to take a 2-0 unbeatable lead when the two sides meet in the 2nd ODI on Friday in Paarl. India won the toss and will bat first. India is fielding an unchanged team while Sisanda Magala comes in for Marco Jansen for South Africa.

South Africa made a good start to the three-match series with a comfortable 31-run win in the series opener. Temba Bavuma and Rassie van der Dussen scored centuries for South Africa; India had three half-centurions in Shikhar Dhawan, Virat Kohli, and Shardul Thakur but it went in vain as middle-order batsmen failed.

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South Africa's Dean Elgar celebrates with teammates and the trophy after winning the match and the series, Third Test - South Africa v India - Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, South Africa - January 14, 2022 | Photo Credit: Reuters
South Africa's Dean Elgar celebrates with teammates and the trophy after winning the match and the series, Third Test - South Africa v India - Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, South Africa - January 14, 2022 | Photo Credit: Reuters
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Ali Bacher Reckons Test Series Win Against India Is One Of The Gutsiest Ever Performances By A South African Team

Ali Bacher reckons the series win against India was one of the gutsiest ever performances by a South African team, considering before the series started, very few would have put their money on the home team winning the series.

Ali Bacher, the former South African captain, saw the first two Test matches at the Centurion and the Wanderers, Johannesburg, and the third at Newlands, Cape Town from his home at Johannesburg.

Ali Bacher Photo Credit: (Twitter)
Ali Bacher Photo Credit: (Twitter)

Ali Bacher: Series Win Against India One Of The Gutsiest Ever Performances By A South African Team

India lost the series 2-1 after winning the opening Test in Centurion. What followed was the stepping down of Virat Kohli as India’s Test captain and several doubts as to what might have led him to do that. Virat Kohli still remains an important part of the Indian team across formats for the next four to five years.

“I have never seen a three-Test series in South Africa when the ball has deviated so much. All three pitches were the batsmen’s nightmare and the fast bowlers’ paradise. I have never seen a more gutsy and determined South African team. They have made the country proud,” said Ali Bacher.

“India came to South Africa after beating Australia twice in Australia and England in England once, and with four good fast bowlers. I think, before the series started, very few South Africans would have put their money on the home team winning the series. In these circumstances, this has been one of the gutsiest ever performances by a South African team.”

“Man-for-man this South African team, the batters in particular, cannot compare with the likes of Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis, Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers. Yet this inexperienced South African batter showed guts and determination that I have never seen before from any South African team in the past.”

Ali Backer also had a word of praise for the South African batsmen in the series. He said that they were without their experienced batsmen like AB De Villiers, Faf Du Plessis, Graeme Smith, and Jacques Kallis but still showed great guts and determination which he did not see before from any South African side.

“All the three pitches — the Centurion, The Wanderers and Newlands — aided the fast bowlers. There was a lot of rain at the Centurion and Johannesburg. So I understand that the pitches there aided the fast bowlers. I don’t know why the pitch became difficult for batting at Cape Town. Batting was difficult on all three pitches.”

Keegan Petersen scored at a brisk pace Getty Images
Keegan Petersen scored at a brisk pace Getty Images

“The hero of South Africa’s batting performance was Keegan Petersen. His technique is superb, his head is over the ball all the time.To me, he is the find of the series for South Africa and man of the series. He appeared like he has played for ten years and scored thousands of Test runs,” said Ali Bacher.

“South African cricket off the field has been in turmoil on the administrative side. But the team showed extraordinary guts and determination facing one of the best fast bowling groups in the world, and on different pitches that aided fast bowling. This must rank as South Africa’s one of the best Test series win,” said Ali Bacher.

“Nortje is quick, and he bowls at around 150 kmph. He is a very good bowler, and it was a big blow that he was ruled out before the start of the series. He was a big loss. And Quinton (de Kock); retired from Test cricket after Centurion. So South Africa had a great Test series without two of its key players. I cannot praise this team any less,” said Ali Bacher.

Keegan Petersen, who has played only 5 Tests was deservingly the Man of the Match for the 3rd Test with scores of 72 and 82. He was Man of the Series too for being the top scorer with 276 runs. At just 29 years of age and having played 54 Tests, Quinton de Kock announced his retirement from the traditional format at the end of the opening Test against India, which the Proteas lost by 113 runs at SuperSport Park and didn’t feature in the last 2 Tests.

The 28-year-old Anrich Nortje had been in good form in Tests this year, picking up 25 wickets in five matches at an average of 20.76 and a respectable economy rate of 3.30. He missed Proteas three-match Test series against India after failing to recover from “a persistent injury”.

Ali Bacher: Indian Pacers Were Unlucky At Newlands, Cape Town

Ali Bacher said that the Indian bowlers were unfortunate not to extract the maximum benefit from the pitches. Ali Bacher said that all three pitches favoured the pacers but he was surprised to see the uneven bounce in the Cape Town track. He also acknowledged the fact that batting was difficult on all the tracks. India’s first innings score of 327 in Centurion remained the highest score in the series.

“On Friday (Jan 14) India’s fast bowlers were unlucky at Newlands. They were outstanding. So many times they beat the bat by half an inch, a quarter of an inch. Those half inches or quarter-inch misses would have probably taken the outside edge. To be honest, fortune was on South Africa’s side on the fourth day morning. India’s bowlers were superb,” said Ali Bacher.

“Look, all the three pitches this time were very unlike normal South African pitches. They favoured the fast bowlers, in deviation of the seam, particularly in Johannesburg. Even in Cape Town. It was a batsmen’s nightmare this time in South Africa. There was always movement of the seam and variable bounce,” said Ali Bacher.

Keshav Maharaj prepares to send one down AFP
Keshav Maharaj prepares to send one down AFP

Ravichandran Ashwin picked up just three wickets in the series. His rival spinning partner Keshav Maharaj picked just one wicket to show for his efforts. The former South African spinner said that he was surprised by how little the spinners bowled in the series. Ali Bacher also praised Rishabh Pant who scored his 4th Test ton.

“Rishabh’s century was a special one. It was a pleasure to watch him bat; the left-hander is a special talent. Ashwin hardly bowled. I have never seen a Test series in South Africa when the spinners had had such little impact. The two spinners hardly bowled,” said Ali Bacher On Rishabh Pant and Ravichandran Ashwin

Both teams now will play a three-match ODI series between January 19-23. The first two games (January 19, 21) will be played in Paarl while the third and final game will be played in Cape Town.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers. Image Credits: Twitter
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AB de Villiers Retired From All Formats As Soon As The Enjoyment Of Playing Cricket Went Down In IPL 2021

AB de Villiers, the former Proteas wicketkeeper-batsman recently called time on his illustrious career, but that was a decision that was already made before its confirmation. AB de Villiers retired from all forms of cricket late last year, after having completely ruled out any possibility of returning to the Proteas fold months earlier.

That statement alone crushed the spirits of many a Proteas fan, who had been clinging on to any sight hope that they would get to see AB de Villiers in the green and gold South African cricket jersey again. However, despite a year of publicly flirting with the idea of a sensational return, both CSA and AB de Villiers seemed to finally accept that his international career had come to an end.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers. Image Credits: Twitter

AB de Villiers Retired From All Formats As He Felt The Difficulty Of Travelling In Bio Bubbles In IPL 2021 For Close To 3 Months

That is, of course, an incredible international career, which saw AB de Villiers represent the Proteas for 16 years at the highest level. In that period he amassed all of 114 Tests, 228 ODIs, and 78 T20s for South Africa, doubling up as wicketkeeper-batsman. He was also no slouch on the field when deployed elsewhere when not wearing the gloves behind the stumps.

But it was undoubtedly with the bat in hand where he made his name and shone the most for the Proteas. The 37-year-old notched up a mind-boggling 20,017 runs across all formats of the game for South Africa. He also holds the unique record of being the fastest batter to reach 50, 100, and 150 in ODIs.

AB de Villiers (Image Credit: Twitter)
AB de Villiers (Image Credit: Twitter)

AB de Villiers revealed that the decision to retire was already set in stone before it was announced to the world.

“Cricketing wise, it has been coming for quite some time, it’s always been about enjoyment for me. And the minute where I felt the difficulty of traveling and being there at the IPL for two and half to three months a year, specifically with this one that was spilt into two, bubbles and this and that made things very complicated with regards to cricket and the enjoyment thereof,” said de Villiers.

AB De Villiers retires from IPL as the sixth highest run-getter in the tournament and one of the two overseas players to scale the mountain of 5000 runs. AB De Villiers retired from all forms of cricket in November 2021, making the 2021 season of the IPL his last IPL season.

The 37-year-old had played in 184 IPL matches, firstly for Delhi Capitals (formerly Delhi Daredevils) for three seasons, followed by a successful decade with Bangalore, where he formed a formidable partnership with Virat Kohli. Overall, he scored 5162 runs at an average of 39.70 and strike rate of 151.68, including three centuries and 40 half-centuries while being a member of the Royal Challengers Bangalore side, which entered the IPL playoffs five times.

AB de Villiers Said It Was Time To Move On As Soon As The Enjoyment Of Playing Cricket Went Down

AB de Villiers then made a startling revelation that, while the rest of the world enjoyed seeing the talented former batter racking up the runs on the park, the feeling was rather different for him.

“I found myself on the park where scoring runs and doing well for the team didn’t really match with everything that goes with it any more and that’s where the balance started leading towards hanging my gloves up.I have never been the guy who is going to push every single bit of energy of my ability and my cricketing skill, I have always played for the enjoyment of the game. And the minute that sort of started going down, I knew it was time for me to move on,” concluded de Villiers.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers (Image Credit: Twitter)

No matter how one feels about AB de Villiers, his contribution to not only the Proteas but the sport of cricket deserved a better ending than that. AB de Villiers announced his retirement from all forms of cricket on November 19, 2021.

Notably, he had already retired from international cricket in May 2018 and since then he was playing only franchise cricket. AB de Villiers, who hangs up his boot as one of the greatest players in the shortest format of the game, hit 9424 runs in 340 matches in T20 cricket, having played franchise-based cricket across the globe.

He had retired from international cricket in 2018 after scoring 1672 runs in 78 T20Is, 9577 runs in 228 ODI matches, and 8765 runs in 114 Tests. He played seven matches for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in IPL 2021 and smashed 207 runs at a strike rate of 164.28 averaging 51.75.

Jasprit Bumrah (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP)
Jasprit Bumrah (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP)
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Jasprit Bumrah Is Emotional On Return To Ground Where He Debuted-Cape Town In 2018

Jasprit Bumrah, the Indian pace spearhead penned an emotional note on his official Instagram handle to share his feelings ahead of the India-South Africa Test series decider in Cape Town.

The Mumbai Indians pacer revealed that returning to Cape Town brought back many great memories and opened up that he had grown as a person and a cricketer since then.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah (Image Credit: Twitter)

Jasprit Bumrah Returns To Cape Town For 2021/22 Test Series Decider 4 Years After His Test Debut At The Same Venue

Jasprit Bumrah is glad to be back at Newlands as one of India’s premier fast bowlers, four years after making his Test debut at the same venue. Seeking their first series win in South Africa, India will lock horns with the hosts in the series-deciding third Test at Cape Town, Newlands from January 11-15 and he will be expected to play a pivotal role with the ball.

A nostalgic Jasprit Bumrah shared the following post on his official Instagram account and captioned it: “Cape Town, January 2018 – is where it all began for me in Test cricket. Four years on, I’ve grown as a player and a person and to return to this ground brings back special memories.”

Jasprit Bumrah AP Photo/Rui Vieira
Jasprit Bumrah AP Photo/Rui Vieira

Jasprit Bumrah made his Test debut at Newlands in Cape Town four years ago against South Africa. He made an instant impact in the first innings by uprooting the stumps of legendary batter AB de Villiers. He bowled a wonderful spell (3/39) in the second innings to showcase his talent in foreign conditions on the global stage. Despite a brilliant display from the Indian bowlers, the visitors eventually lost the match by 72 runs.

The Indian team lost that match but Jasprit Bumrah took a five-wicket haul in the Johannesburg Test to help the visitors to a fine win. He finished that series with 14 wickets in three matches. He has since grown into the team’s leading pacer, picking up more than 100 wickets in overseas conditions.

Jasprit Bumrah has taken 107 wickets in just 26 matches and played a role in India’s major wins in England and Australia. Interestingly, he has only played two Test matches at home so far.

Aakash Chopra: It Was A Rare Off Day For Indian Pace Duo Of Jasprit Bumrah And Mohammed Shami On 4th Day Of 2nd Test

Former Indian Test opener Aakash Chopra opined that Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami had rare off days in the second innings of the Johannesburg Test. Aakash Chopra felt that their performances were nowhere near the lofty standards the duo have set in recent times.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Speaking in a video on his YouTube channel while reviewing the Indian bowling following their defeat in the second Test, Aakash Chopra said: “We saw a rare off day from the pace attack. It was slightly an off Test match for Bumrah, it was slightly an off Test match for Shami as well. The performance was not up to the standards we have seen.”

The series decider between India and South Africa will commence on January 11 in Cape Town. India began the Test series on a rousing note, winning the opener at Centurion by 113 runs before succumbing to a seven-wicket defeat in the second Test at Johannesburg.

Powered by an unbeaten 96 from captain and opener Dean Elgar, the hosts overhauled the target of 240 for the loss of just three wickets and also ended India’s unbeaten run at The Wanderers. Jasprit Bumrah returned with figures of 17-2-70-0 while Mohammed Shami returned with figures of 17-3-55-1.

Harshal Patel
Harshal Patel (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Harshal Patel Reveals Reason For Not Being Retained By RCB Before IPL 2022 Mega Auction

Harshal Patel wasn’t retained by RCB ahead of IPL 2022 mega auction despite leading the bowling charts in the previous IPL 2021. The franchise instead decided to keep Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, and Mohammed Siraj in the team.

Retention of players ahead of mega auction remains an incredibly tough task for Indian Premier League franchises. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) decided to keep hold of Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, and Mohammed Siraj ahead of IPL 2022 auction, leaving out the likes of Harshal Patel, Devdutt Padikkal, and Yuzvendra Chahal.

Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal. Image Credits: Twitter

Harshal Patel Reveals Reason For Not Being Retained By RCB Was To Better Manage Their Purse

While there’s no denying that the team management had to make some tough calls, Harshal Patel has now revealed why exactly was he let go by the team. In a chat, the seamer, who recently made his international debut, said that the decision was taken by the team in order to better manage their purse, going into the auction.

“When I was not retained, Mike Hesson (RCB’s Director of Cricket) called me and said, that it was mainly purse management,” Harshal Patel said.

Harshal Patel
Harshal Patel (Image Credit: Twitter)

Speaking of his future ambitions, the Haryana-born medium-pacer confirmed that he would love to continue his career at RCB. When it comes to other franchises, Harshal Patel also said that he hasn’t been approached by anyone in particular.

“They would obviously love to have me back in the team and I too would obviously would love to go back and play for the team because RCB and this season (2021) changed my entire career and my entire life. However, in terms of auction, I haven’t heard from any franchises yet,” he added.

Harshal Patel picked up as many as 32 wickets in 15 games, making him the highest Indian wicket-taker in a single season and joint-most with Dwayne Bravo. Harshal Patel was able to bag 32 wickets in just 15 IPL 2021 games at an average of 14.34, an economy of 8.14, and a strike rate of 10.56.

His best bowling figure in IPL 2021 was 5/27. Harshal Patel won the Gamechanger of the season, Most Valuable Player of the season, and Purple Cap award during his sensational run.

Harshal Patel Didn’t Get Star Struck But Admired Great Teammates Like Virat Kohli And AB de Villiers

Harshal Patel was also asked about the feeling of sharing the dressing room with greats like Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers at RCB. Responding to the query, the 30-year-old said that he has never been star-struck by the presence of such players, even during the early days of his carer.

AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)
AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

“It’s pretty normal, to be honest. I don’t get star-struck. Even I remember my first year in IPL, I was never star-struck.

“I just admire them for what they bring onto the field, the kind of people they are, the level of skill they have, and their ability to stand up in pressure situations and say: ‘I am going to bring the team out of this difficult situation.’ That’s what I have learned from those two guys,” he answered.

Harshal Patel is expected to be on the radar of many franchises in the upcoming mega-auction. Having ended the 2021 season as the highest wicket-taker, the Haryana lad is likely to trigger a big bidding war.

Harshal Patel won player of the match for his figures of 2/25, besides giving away just 16 runs in his last two overs in the 17th and 19th and taking the wicket of the dangerous Glenn Phillips in that period as India beat New Zealand by seven wickets in the second T20I. He picked 4 wickets in 2 T20Is, both coming against New Zealand but he was ignored for the South African tour with India’s regular pacers making comebacks.

Quinton de Kock has also been the captain of the South Africa Test team. (Reuters)
Quinton de Kock has also been the captain of the South Africa Test team. (Reuters)
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Shaun Pollock Reckons There Might Always Be Calls Requesting Quinton de Kock To Come Out Of Test Retirement

Shaun Pollock believes that South African wicketkeeper-batter Quinton de Kock announcing his Test retirement and the uproar that has followed it “might not be the end of the saga.”

The former Proteas pacer Shaun Pollock said on Monday that like in the case of dashing batsman AB de Villiers, there might be calls for Quinton de Kock to come out of retirement after two to three years. Quinton de Kock, 29, in his official statement said he wants to spare time for his young family, which is set to welcome a child soon.

Quinton de Kock during the 1st Test against India.(Twitter/CSA)
Quinton de Kock during the 1st Test against India.(Twitter/CSA)

Shaun Pollock Reckons There Might Always Be Calls Requesting Quinton de Kock To Come Back Citing Example Of AB de Villiers

AB de Villiers left international cricket in 2018 against a similar backdrop, saying he was “tired,” but later offered to return in 2019 and was unofficially asked to come back in 2021, neither of which could go through.

Speaking after Day 1 of the second India-South Africa Test in Johannesburg, Shaun Pollock shared his “funny feeling,” saying: “I have also got a funny feeling that it might not be the end of the saga. I think two maybe three years down the line, much like an ABD (AB de Villiers) discussion because ‘Quinny’ is such a fine player, there might always be calls for maybe him to come back.”

South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman, Quinton de Kock, announced his retirement from Test cricket with immediate effect. The announcement comes on the backdrop of South Africa’s defeat in the first Test match against India in Centurion, where the visitors won by 113 runs and took a 1-0 lead in the three-match series. Incidentally, Quinton de Kock began 2021 as South Africa’s temporary Test captain and ended it by retiring from the format.

Shaun Pollock (Image Credit: Twitter)
Shaun Pollock (Image Credit: Twitter)

Shaun Pollock admitted that Quinton de Kock’s decision was “sad” and “shocking” but acknowledged that the constant quarantines have taken a toll on the players’ mental health. Shaun Pollock added that keeper Quinton de Kock would have also considered having more fun (not to mention earning more) by playing in lucrative T20 leagues around the world.

Shaun Pollock said: “It is sad and it would have come out as shocking… I think just mentally the bubbles, continuously being away from home are maybe taking its effect on the individuals. ‘Quinny’ is a guy who likes to go hunting, fishing, he likes to spend a bit of time away from the game and he’s not been able to do that.”

“Then obviously, at this stage of his career, he’s 29, you look at what sort of floats your boat, what is the format that you really get excited about, you know, there’s a lot of T20 leagues where he can just stand and deliver and probably have a lot of fun and probably takes a bit of stress off his body.”

Shaun Pollock called upon cricket boards to be considerate of the players’ health and find more efficient ways to preserve the “truest” format-Test cricket.

He said: “So it did come as a surprise but you can understand it. And that’s why we’ve always been concerned about the Test format, we see it as the truest test of the game. But I think the boards need to be very conscious of how they deal with their players, particularly in this Covid time, how they can make the best of them.”

Quinton de Kock finished his red-ball career with 3300 runs, including six hundred and 22 fifties, in 54 Tests at an average of 38.82. He was considered a leader having led for a few games and a star of the Proteas’s Test lineup and has certainly left their cricket poorer. Kyle Verreynne took the gloves in place of the retired Quinton de Kock in the ongoing 2nd Test.

Quinton de Kock had scored 34 runs in the first innings of the Centurion Test, followed by 21 in the second. He also affected 232 dismissals (221 catches and 11 stumpings) behind the wicket besides scoring 3300 Test runs.

Dinesh Karthik Hopes South Africa Could Accept And Move On From Quinton de Kock’s Test Retirement

Speaking during the same interaction, Indian wicketkeeper-batter veteran Dinesh Karthik expressed hope that the Proteas could accept and move on from Quinton de Kock’s sudden Test retirement because “Test cricket needs South Africa” at its best.

Dinesh Karthik said: “He just wants to move on with his family which is very, very interesting and understandable but you know, I just hope that South Africa is able to accept what has happened and move on in a good manner because Test cricket needs South Africa to be firing, a good South African side is very important for world cricket.”

Dinesh Karthik file image. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)
Dinesh Karthik file image. (Photo: Surjeet Yadav/IANS)

The Johannesburg Test is piquantly poised with the hosts at 35-1, 167 runs behind India’s total of 202 after Day 1.

Shardul Thakur has put an end to a 74-run stand for the second wicket between Dean Elgar and Keegan Petersen as the pacer removed South Africa captain in his second over of Day 2. Shardul Thakur also removed the dangerous Keegan Petersen (62) and Rassie van der Dussen (1). His figures read 3/8 after 4.5 overs. His effort saw South Africa reduced to 102/4 at Lunch.

RCB leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal in action during IPL 2020 | Saikat Das / Sportzpics for BCCI
RCB leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal in action during IPL 2020 | Saikat Das / Sportzpics for BCCI
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Yuzvendra Chahal May Earn Big Bucks During IPL 2022 Mega Auction: Laxman Sivaramakrishnan

Yuzvendra Chahal is at a strange point in his career. Not too long ago, he was India’s premier spinner in white-ball cricket, but that soon changed when he was not included in India’s T20 World Cup squad in 2021 despite the team taking five spin-bowling options with them to the UAE.
Immediately after India’s disappointing outing in the World Cup, Yuzvendra Chahal was called back for the home T20I series against New Zealand but played only one T20I. A week later, the leg-spinner got another setback as Royal Challengers Bangalore decided not to retain him despite him being one of RCB’s top performers with the ball in the last eight seasons.
Yuzvendra Chahal was not retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL retentions.© IPL
Yuzvendra Chahal was not retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL retentions.© IPL

Yuzvendra Chahal May End Up Getting More Money For Being In IPL 2022 Auction Pool Instead Of Being Retained By RCB: Laxman Sivaramakrishnan

Former India cricketer Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, however, feels not all is lost for Yuzvendra Chahal. The former leg-spinner, in fact, is of the opinion that Yuzvendra Chahal might actually end up getting big bucks at the auction.

RCB retained Virat Kohli, Glenn Maxwell, and Mohammed Siraj in the IPL retention that took place on Tuesday. Yuzvendra Chahal, who had been a part of the franchise since 2014, was released. However, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan said RCB would want the leg-spinner back in the fold during the mega auction ahead of IPL 2022.

“RCB would want to buy him back. The other teams would want Chahal in their side because of his exceptional record in the IPL. The people who have more money will have the luxury of going for Chahal.

‘In the end, Chahal might end up getting more money for being in the auction than by being retained,” Sivaramakrishnan told NDTV during a media interaction arranged by Sony Sports Network.

Laxman Sivaramakrishnan
Laxman Sivaramakrishnan. (File)

Laxman Sivaramakrishnan, who is in the commentary panel for the Ashes, gave an example of the bidding war for Ravichandran Ashwin between RCB and CSK to explain how other franchises might increase the price of Yuzvendra Chahal if RCB desperately wants him back in the side.

“I remember how RCB was raising the paddle seeing CSK going hard for Ashwin. If RCB want Chahal then the other teams might just bid to ensure he costs more to them. So, in the end, Chahal might end up being benefitted,” Sivaramakrishnan added.

Yuzvendra Chahal’s exclusion comes as a huge surprise to RCB fans. The leg-spinner has been the leader of Bangalore’s bowling attack for a good five to six years now. Yuzvendra Chahal is the only RCB bowler to claim more than 100 IPL wickets. Yuzvendra Chahal has thus far featured in 114 IPL games, claiming 139 wickets at an average of 22.28 and an economy rate of 7.59-all for RCB.

The likes of George Garton, Navdeep Saini, Dushmantha Chameera, Tim David, Shahbaz Ahmad, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dan Christian, and retired AB de Villiers were released by Royal Challengers Bangalore before IPL 2022 mega auctions.

Laxman Sivaramakrishnan Said More Indian Payers Being Retained Means They Will Form The Core

Unlike past retentions, only eight overseas players were retained by the teams this time around, while the number of retained Indian players was 19. Laxman Sivaramakrishnan said it was a good sign for Indian cricket.

“The overseas players not being retained are a sign that the Indian players are good enough. And the Indian players is what we really need to look at. The foreign players might make a fortune but the Indian players will form the core,” he added.

David Warner
David Warner[photo: Twitter]
Asked whether the likes of Steve Smith, David Warner, Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer will be dejected for not being retained by their respective IPL franchises, Laxman Sivaramakrishnan said they would be focused on the Ashes, starting on December 8.

“Playing for the country is first and foremost. Your ambition as a young cricketer is not to play in IPL but to play for the country. There was no IPL when Ben Stokes or Steve Smith started to play.

“So, their aim would always have been to play for England and Australia. There are two ways to look at IPL retention. Firstly, the players who have already been retained will feel a sense of security. The players who have not been retained also have opportunity,” he signed off.

Many of the big-ticket players, including MS Dhoni, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, and Glenn Maxwell, were retained. But the list of players released and going back into the auction pool is a long one.

Likes of Rashid Khan, KL Rahul, Shreyas Iyer, Shikhar Dhawan, Ravichandran Ashwin, Hardik Pandya, Ishan Kishan, Shubman Gill, Yuzvendra Chahal, and Deepak Chahar were released by their respective franchises.

David Warner
David Warner (Image Credit: Twitter)
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IPL 2022: Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) Franchise Decides Not To Retain David Warner

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) confirmed their retentions ahead of the IPL 2022 Mega Auction, and Australian opener, David Warner, wasn’t one of them. Although it was along expected lines, it was a rather poor way for the two parties to separate.

The much-publicized feud between David Warner and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) finally came to an end. The eight existing franchisees involved in the IPL announced their retention list. The Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) management opted to retain Kane Williamson, Abdul Samad, and Umran Malik, much to the surprise of the cricketing fraternity.

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)
Sunrisers Hyderabad (Image Credit: Twitter)

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) Doesn’t Retain 2021 T20I WC Player Of Tournament David Warner For IPL 2022 Mega Auctions

Former Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) captain David Warner has confirmed he has been released by the franchise despite his stellar campaign in the T20 World Cup 2021, where he bagged the Player of the Tournament award for 289 runs in seven matches for Australia. IPL 2021 has been the Australian’s worst season ever with just 195 runs in 8 games, with two fifties, averaging 24.38, and striking at 107.73.

As the IPL 2021 season resumed in UAE, the Aussie opener featured in the first two games for SRH but aggregated just 2 runs. Leg Spinner Rashid Khan was expected to be the top choice, but SRH was adamant about offering Kane Williamson the biggest contract. While the failure to keep Rashid Khan was a surprise, the most successful batsman of the franchise – David Warner, was also not retained and the 34-year-old took to Instagram to thank the fans.

David Warner
David Warner[photo: Twitter]

“Chapter closed!! Thanks to all of the fans @srhfansofficial @sunrisersfansofficial for your support over all the years, it was was much appreciated. #fans #loyal.”

David Warner was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the 2014 IPL auction for USD 880,000. The very next year, he was appointed as the captain. In the 2016 IPL, he led them to their second trophy, defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the final.

David Warner Is The Only Batsman To Win The Orange Cap Thrice

Along with AB de Villiers, David Warner is one of the most successful overseas players in the history of the IPL. To date, he is the only batsman to win the Orange Cap three times. In just 95 innings for SRH, David Warner amassed 4014 runs at a brilliant average of 49.56 and an excellent strike rate of 142.59.

David Warner is still the only player to win the IPL Orange Cap three times, and with SRH on all occasions. He even led SRH to an IPL title in 2016 and holds the record for the second-most runs in a single edition of the IPL (848 in 2017) after Virat Kohli’s 873 runs in 2016. He has been Sunrisers Hyderabad’s (SRH) star opener for a number of years, having carried the weight of a fragile middle order single-handedly. He was the Orange Cap winner in 2015, 2017, and 2019.

David Warner (Image Credit: Twitter)
David Warner (Image Credit: Twitter)

He is still the IPL’s 5th highest scorer, having amassed 5449 runs in 150 games averaging 41.59 with 4 tons and 50 fifties. He has hit the maximum number of the fifties in IPL history. David Warner led SRH to their maiden IPL title in 2016 as they defeated Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final by eight runs.

Sunrisers Hyderabad has let go of a majority of their overseas stars before IPL Auction 2022. New Zealand all format skipper batsman Kane Williamson is the only foreigner retained by Hyderabad.

Other retained players-Abdul Samad, has played 23 IPL matches managing 222 runs besides picking 2 scalps, while pacer Umran Malik has played only 3 IPL games picking 2 scalps.

Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Glenn Maxwell Won’t Be Assigned A Role Of RCB Skipper In IPL 2022 Because He Is A Free-Flowing Cricketer: Irfan Pathan

Irfan Pathan feels that RCB might not find a captain from among the three players they retain for the 15th season and would rather have to look for a skipper from the IPL auction pool.

One of the biggest challenges for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the impending Indian Premier League (IPL) auction for the 2022 edition will be finding a new skipper as regular skipper Virat Kohli stepped down from his role at the end of IPL 2021.

Irfan Pathan. (Photo Source: AFP)
Irfan Pathan. (Photo Source: AFP)

Irfan Pathan: Glenn Maxwell Would Be Retained, But He Won’t Be Assigned Skipper Because He Is A Free-Flowing Cricketer

Former Indian all-rounder Irfan Pathan feels that Royal Challengers Bangalore might not find a captain from among the three players they will retain for the 15th season.

Talking about RCB’s possible retention for IPL 2022 during Lunch on day 4 of the ongoing first Test between India and New Zealand, Irfan Pathan felt that the franchise should retain Australian all-rounder Glenn Maxwell, who was their top scorer last season, but added that he shouldn’t be given the responsibility to captain the side.

Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell (Image Credit: Twitter)

“I think someone from the auction. Because whatever the 4 players are in my head, Virat is obviously not going to captain he has announced that, Glenn Maxwell is there, but you do not want to give him the captaincy because he his kind of a free-flowing cricketer and you do not want to give him that kind of responsibility. You want him to play freely,” he explained.

With AB de Villiers retiring from all formats of the game, many expect RCB to retain Australia’s Glenn Maxwell, who was one of their top performers last season. He scored 513 runs, his second-highest run-tally in an IPL season after 2012, at 42.75 and at a strike rate of 144.10 with six half-centuries.

Glenn Maxwell had a poor IPL outing in 2020 (for KXIP at UAE), managing just 108 runs in 13 matches averaging a pathetic 15.42, but managed to earn big bucks when RCB signed him for a whopping INR 14.25 crore.

Irfan Pathan Leaves Out IPL 2021 Purple Cap Winner Harshal

Irfan Pathan also felt that RCB should retain Yuzvendra Chahal and pacer Mohammed Siraj.

“The third is Chahal, who is a bowler. The fourth one is a topic of discussion but I will go with Siraj. So you might to find leadership in that but you might find it in the auction. They need to work hard on that part,” he added.

RCB's Harshal Patel celebrates his hat-trick with Mohammad Siraj (BCCI/IPL Photo)
RCB’s Harshal Patel celebrates his hat-trick with Mohammad Siraj (BCCI/IPL Photo)

The 4 picks imply that former pacer Irfan Pathan has left out Harshal Patel, who picked 32 wickets last season to grab the Purple Cap, but Irfan Pathan explained that Mohammed Siraj is a “more complete package” and is a “more long-term option”.

“A lot of people will be thinking about Harshal Patel, he was the Purple Cap winner, but when you look at the complete package in Mohammed Siraj who can bowl with the new ball and deliver outstanding yorkers, he has got pace as well. So you might be looking at a more long-term option. I certainly think it’s Siraj,” he explained. 

Irfan Pathan was also full of praise for leg spinner Yuzvendra Chahal and opined that RCB shouldn’t let go of a bowler like him.

“In Chinnaswamy, you need a spinner who bowls with a big heart. And Chahal has got a big heart. He takes wicket and knows the pitch in and out. Not many spinners come to Chinnaswamy and takes that kind of wicket what Chahal has given. You do not want to lose a bowler like him.”

He picked up as many as 32 wickets in 15 games, making him the highest Indian wicket-taker in a single season and joint-most with Dwayne Bravo. Mohammed Siraj who has picked 50 scalps in as many IPL matches, picked up 11 scalps in 15 appearances averaging 32.09 in IPL 2021, but RCB lost the Eliminator to runners-up KKR despite the two pacers’ excellent performances.

Yuzvendra Chahal picked only four wickets in seven games in the India leg of the 2021 Indian Premier League, at an economy rate of 8.26, which saw him fall out of contention for the race to the T20 World Cup squad, to Rahul Chahar, who snared 11 wickets in as many games at an economy rate of 7.21.

However, the RCB leg spinner made an impressive comeback in the second leg, picking 14 wickets in eight matches at an economy rate of 7.06.

Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Aakash Chopra Doesn’t Have 100% Confidence In Glenn Maxwell And Feels RCB Won’t Retain Him In IPL 2022

Aakash Chopra, former Indian opener turned commentator, on Tuesday placed his predictions for the four players Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) might retain ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2022) auction.

Aakash Chopra excluded two of the franchise’s IPL 2021 stars in naming four Indians that he feels are most likely to be retained for the next IPL 2022. Talking about the retention list on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra opined that RCB will retain Virat Kohli, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, and Devdutt Padikkal.

Yuzvendra Chahal of Royal Challengers Bangalore celebrates a wicket with skipper Virat Kohli. Sportzpics
Yuzvendra Chahal of Royal Challengers Bangalore celebrates a wicket with skipper Virat Kohli. Sportzpics

Aakash Chopra: It Will Be A Toss Up Between Harshal Patel And Mohammed Siraj, But RCB May Feel To Retain The Latter

He excluded Harshal Patel, who was the Purple Cap winner in the last IPL 2021, a season that helped the 30-year-old break into the Indian T20I team for the first time. He picked up as many as 32 wickets in 15 games, making him the highest Indian wicket-taker in a single season and joint-most with Dwayne Bravo.

Mohammed Siraj who has picked 50 scalps in as many IPL matches, picked up 11 scalps in 15 appearances averaging 32.09 in IPL 2021, but RCB lost the Eliminator to runners-up KKR despite the two pacers’ excellent performances.

“Virat Kohli and Yuzi Chahal will be my first two choices. If I have two more in my hand, I will try for Mohammed Siraj and Devdutt Paddikal. These will be my four. I will think about these four for sure. In fact, I can think about Harshal as well – Siraj/Harshal,” he said.

RCB's Harshal Patel celebrates his hat-trick with Mohammad Siraj (BCCI/IPL Photo)
RCB’s Harshal Patel celebrates his hat-trick with Mohammad Siraj (BCCI/IPL Photo)

Adding more to his final choice, Aakash Chopra explained that if RCB pick Mohammed Siraj, they will be looking at a long-term prospect rather than Harshal Patel, which is more of a two-season vision.

“It might be a toss-up between Harshal Patel and Mohammed Siraj. You can look at Siraj with a slightly more long-term vision. Harshal, the way he is developing, the last 12 months have been extremely good, so maybe Harshal Patel. But then you are looking at three seasons, not just one or two,” he explained.

Harshal Patel was able to bag 32 wickets in just 15 IPL 2021 games at an average of 14.34 economy of 8.14 and strike rate of 10.56. His best bowling figure was 5/27. Harshal Patel won the Gamechanger of the season, Most Valuable Player of the season, and Purple Cap award during his sensational run.

Aakash Chopra Doesn’t Want To Retain Glenn Maxwell For Not Having 100% Confidence In His Consistency

With AB de Villiers retiring from all formats of the game, many expect RCB to retain Australia’s Glenn Maxwell, who was one of their top performers last season. He scored 513 runs, his second-highest run-tally in an IPL season after 2012, at 42.75 and at a strike rate of 144.10 with six half-centuries. But Aakash Chopra admitted that he is worried about his consistency and would rather not take chances.

Glenn Maxwell had a poor IPL outing in 2020 (for KXIP at UAE), managing just 108 runs in 13 matches averaging a pathetic 15.42, but managed to earn big bucks when RCB signed him for a whopping INR 14.25 crore.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

“You might be thinking about Glenn Maxwell, why am I not wanting to retain him. It is because I don’t have hundred percent confidence. He is doing very well but I don’t know if he will continue doing that. So, I don’t want to take that chance,” he explained.

According to the retention rules, each IPL team will be allowed to retain up to four players from their IPL 2021 squads. This means a franchise can include up to three Indian players or a maximum of two overseas players, whereas the two new franchises – Ahmedabad and Lucknow – will be allowed to make their picks of three players from the pool of un-retained players ahead of the auction.

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