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England Squad, Schedule, Date, Time And Venue For 2021 T20I World Cup

England which will be led by Eoin Morgan is one of the favourites to lift the World Cup trophy. The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the schedule for the much-awaited ICC T20 World Cup 2021 which is scheduled to begin from October 17 and will end on November 14 in the UAE.

Eoin Morgan-led 2019 World cup winners England is placed in Group A, which is also referred to as a ‘group of death’ by several cricket fans and experts. Considering the group contains dangerous teams like England, West Indies, Australia, and South Africa.

Notably, team West Indies will be the biggest threat for England considering the firepower they have in the team. Also, Australia might pull something unexpected with the return of star players in the team.

Eoin Morgan of England celebrates with his team as he lifts the Cricket World Cup trophy after the Final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between New Zealand and England at Lord's Cricket Ground on July 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
Eoin Morgan celebrates with his teammates. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

England Will Miss Ben Stokes And Jofra Archer

Team England will be very desperate to win the championship this time in the T20 World Cup 2021 as they came very close to winning the championship in 2016. Notably, Englishmen were defeated by West Indies in the finals of the T20 World Cup 2016 by 4 wickets.

England has been a dominant force in white-ball cricket lately, they have been one of the best teams in the World in ODIs and T20Is. They have explosive batters in top order, dependable all-rounders, and a fierce fast bowling unit.

Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes
Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes (Image Credit: Twitter)

In the last 10 T20 Internationals series England have played, they have faced loss only once, against Team India. However, Jofra Archer who is undoubtedly their best pacer will miss out on the marquee event. As he suffered a severe injury and has been ruled out of cricket for an entire year.

Meanwhile, star All-rounder Ben Stokes will also be unable to provide his services as he is on the break from cricket to focus on his mental well-being. The 2019 World Cup winners will be starting their T20 World Cup 2021 campaign with a high-profile battle against team West Indies. Team England will be looking forward to winning the T20 World Cup title after a decade as they won their first title in 2010 by defeating Australia by 7 wickets.

England’s Squad For Upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021:

Tymal Mills was among the 15-strong squad England announced on Thursday, 9 September for the upcoming ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021. Tymal Mills last played a T20I in 2018, as part of a World XI that took on West Indies at Lord’s, and his latest appearance for England goes further back, to February 2017 in a T20I against India in Bengaluru. His pace will help the team offset the loss of Jofra Archer, who has been sidelined for the rest of the year with an elbow injury.

England (Photo: BCCI)
England (Photo: BCCI)

Eoin Morgan, Moeen Ali, Jonathan Bairstow, Sam Billings, Jos Buttler, Sam Curran, Chris Jordan, Liam Livingstone, Dawid Malan, Tymal Mills, Adil Rashid, Jason Roy, David Willey, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood; Reserves: Tom Curran, Liam Dawson, James Vince

Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali will look to make the most of spin-friendly conditions in the UAE, with the all-rounder Liam Livingstone providing support. Chris Jordan and Mark Wood will be joined by left-arm pacers Sam Curran and David Willey in a well-rounded attack.

England, the runners-up of the 2016 men’s T20 World Cup, will hope to go one better in the upcoming event. They will begin their campaign against defending champions West Indies on 23 October.

England’s complete schedule for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021:

23 October 2021: vs West Indies, Dubai (07:30 PM IST)

27 October 2021: vs Qualifier (B2), Abu Dhabi (03:30 PM IST)

30 October 2021: vs Australia, Dubai (07:30 PM IST)

November 1, 2021: vs Qualifier (A1), Sharjah (03:30 PM IST)

November 6, 2021: vs South Africa, Sharjah (03:30 PM IST)

IPL 2021: Complete List Of Players Who Have Come In As Replacements For The UAE Leg
IPL 2021: Complete List Of Players Who Have Come In As Replacements For The UAE Leg.

IPL 2021: Complete List Of Players Who Have Come In As Replacements For The UAE Leg

IPL 2021, the much-awaited second phase of the cash-rich league is all set to resume from September 19 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Reigning champions Mumbai Indians (MI) will take on three-time winners Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the opening game at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai.

However, ahead of the resumption of the fourteenth season, many players have withdrawn from IPL 2021 citing various reasons. While some have opted to stay out for fitness concerns and personal reasons, others focused on the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021, which will start right after the lucrative league. Due to this, IPL franchises have also announced replacements for those players who will not be available for the remainder of IPL 2021.

IPL 2021: Complete List Of Players Who Have Come In As Replacements For The UAE Leg

Wanindu Hasaranga replaces Adam Zampa (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

Wanindu Hasaranga
Wanindu Hasaranga. Image Credits: Twitter

RCB, who had a great run so far, has roped in Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga as a replacement for Australia’s Adam Zampa. Wanindu Hasaranga was the star performer for Lanka in the recently concluded series against India.

Wanindu Hasaranga was brilliant in the T20I series against India and also played an important role with the bat in the last two matches to help Sri Lanka clinch the series. The legspinner and lower-order hitter was impressive in India’s series against Sri Lanka picking up 7 wickets from 3 matches to be Man of the Series.

Dushmantha Chameera replaces Daniel Sams (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

Dushmantha Chameera
Dushmantha Chameera. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Sri Lanka and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) pacer Dushmantha Chameera is reputed for his pace, control, and round-arm action. He also boasts an excellent yorker and an effective slower ball in his arsenal. With 31 wickets in as many T20Is at an economy rate of 7.76 and an average of 17.26, Dushmantha Chameera is fifth on the list of highest wicket-taking pacers for Sri Lanka in the shortest format.

Indian Premier League (IPL) outfit Rajasthan Royals (RR) signed him for Rs. 50 lakh in 2018, but he never featured for them. Three years later, he was signed by the RCB as a replacement for Kane Richardson for the second leg of the IPL 2021 season, which will soon start in the UAE.

George Garton replaces Kane Richardson (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

George Garton
George Garton. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Royal Challengers Bangalore has signed English fast-bowler George Garton as a replacement for Australian bowler Kane Richardson for the remainder of VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. The left-arm quick has featured in 38 T20s and has taken 44 wickets with a bowling average of 20.06. As a batsman, George Garton has a batting average of 20.77 in the T20s, with a strike rate of 124.66. This will be his debut season in IPL 2021.

Tim David replaces Finn Allen (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

Tim David (Image Source: timdavid8- Instagram)
Tim David (Image Source: Instagram)

Australian batsman Tim David, who plays for Singapore, has so far scored 558 runs in 15 T20Is at an impressive strike rate of 158.42. He also has 1186 runs to his name in 50 T20 matches at 155.84 including six half-centuries. Finn Allen of New Zealand is part of the T20I and ODI squads for the tours of Bangladesh and Pakistan.

While the Bangladesh tour concludes well before the IPL 2021 resumes, the Pakistan tour clashes directly with the cash-rich league. Since ICC has accorded T20 International status to all its 106 member nations, Tim David has played 14 T20 Internationals with 558 runs in his kitty at a strike rate of 158 plus. Overall, he has played 49 T20 games, factoring in his appearances in the BBL and PSL with a tally of 1171 runs at a strike rate of 155 plus.

Akash Deep replaces Washington Sundar (Royal Challengers Bangalore)

Washington Sundar, Akash Deep
Washington Sundar, Akash Deep. Image Credits: Twitter

Bengal cricketer Akash Deep, who is with Royal Challengers Bangalore as their net bowler, has been named as injured Washington Sundar’s replacement. Washington Sundar has played 42 IPL matches since 2017 managing 217 runs and picking 27 scalps. In 6 matches in IPL 2021, he picked 3 scalps and scored 31 runs.

RCB will be without their allrounder Washington Sundar for the UAE leg of IPL 2021 after he failed to fully recover from a finger injury. Washington Sundar had sustained the injury in the UK last month which ruled him out of the ongoing Test series between India and England as well. Washington Sundar hurt his finger during a warm-up match in the lead-up of the five-match series.

Glenn Phillips replaces Jofra Archer (Rajasthan Royals)

Glenn Philips
Glenn Philips. Image Credits: Twitter

24-year-old Glenn Phillips represents Auckland in New Zealand’s domestic cricket and made his international debut for New Zealand during a bilateral T20I series against South Africa in 2017.

The top-order batsman has 506 runs to his name in 25 T20Is with a strike rate of 149.70 and has also been involved in various cricket leagues around the world, most recently in The Hundred and the Caribbean Premier League (CPL). England pacer West Indies-born Jofra Archer was ruled out from IPL 2021 and for the rest of the year following an elbow injury.

Tabraiz Shamsi replaces Andrew Tye (Rajasthan Royals)

Tabraiz Shamsi
Tabraiz Shamsi. Image Credits: Twitter

Tabraiz Shamsi, the world’s number one ranked T20I bowler in ICC rankings, will be joining the Rajasthan Royals squad as a replacement for Australian pacer Andrew Tye for the remainder of IPL scheduled to be held in the UAE from September 19. Tabraiz Shamsi had earlier played four IPL matches in which he picked up three wickets for the Royal Challengers Bangalore, who had recruited him as a replacement player during the 2016 season.

Nathan Ellis replaces Riley Meredith (Punjab Kings)

Aussie pacer Nathan Ellis has signed for an IPL franchise for the 2021 season | Courtesy: @HurricanesBBL | Photo Credit: Twitter
Aussie pacer Nathan Ellis has signed for an IPL franchise for the 2021 season | Courtesy: @HurricanesBBL | Photo Credit: Twitter

PBKS have signed Australian fast bowler Nathan Ellis for his country teammate pacer Riley Meredith. Nathan Ellis recently was in the limelight following his hat-trick on his international debut against Bangladesh earlier this month. The right-arm pacer is also one of the reserve players in Australia’s 2021 T20I World Cup squad.

Adil Rashid replaces Jhye Richardson (Punjab Kings)

Punjab Kings rope in Adil Rashid. (Image Credit: PBKS Twitter)
Punjab Kings’ rope in Adil Rashid. (Image Credit: PBKS Twitter)

Punjab Kings have signed Adil Rashid as a replacement player for the UAE leg of IPL 2021. The 33-year-old England leg-spinner, the joint-highest wicket-taker at The Hundred, replaces Australian fast bowler Jhye Richardson, who along with compatriot Riley Meredith, has withdrawn from the second half of the tournament.

Adil Rashid, who hasn’t played in the IPL before, is currently ranked fourth in ICC’s list of T20I bowlers and has taken 232 wickets from 201 T20 matches at an economy of 7.43. He will also be one of three leg-spinning options for KL Rahul alongside the Indian pair of Ravi Bishnoi and Murugan Ashwin.

Adil Rashid is ranked fourth in the ICC table for T20I bowlers, behind South Africa’s Tabraiz Shamsi, who recently signed with the Rajasthan Royals, Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga, now a Royal Challengers Bangalore replacement player, and Rashid Khan, the Afghanistan stalwart who has been a star for the Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Aiden Markram replaces Dawid Malan (Punjab Kings)

Aiden Markram(twitter)
Aiden Markram (twitter)

Punjab Kings suffered a big blow just eight days ahead of the second phase of IPL 2021 as their star player Dawid Malan pulled out of the tournament. No sooner the England player made himself unavailable for the second leg, the red brigade roped in South African batsman Aiden Markram in their side.

PBKS recent recruit Aiden Markram of South Africa is equally a competent batsman who would be playing his inaugural edition in the second phase of IPL 2021. The 26-year old has a fine T20 record. He has played 53 innings, amassed 1424 runs, and returned with an average of 30.95. He has played 26 Tests, 34 ODIs, and 15 T20Is and averages above 35 in Tests and T20Is.

Dawid Malan, who played his inaugural edition of IPL this season was bought by the PKBS for INR 1.5 crores during the IPL 2021 auction. In the first leg, however, the explosive batsman played just one match for the team where he scored 26 runs.

Tim Southee replaces Pat Cummins (Kolkata Knight Riders)

Tim Southee is the third-highest wicket-taker in T20I cricket, with 99 strikes in 83 games Associated Press
Tim Southee is the third-highest wicket-taker in T20I cricket, with 99 strikes in 83 games Associated Press

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have signed Tim Southee for the remaining 31 games of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Pacer Tim Southee, understandably, comes in place of Australian pace all-rounder Pat Cummins who has pulled out of the IPL 2021 second leg, citing personal reasons.

Having featured in the IPL for six consecutive years, Tim Southee went unsold in the 2020 auction. His most recent appearance came in the 2019 edition when he turned up for RCB, finishing with an economy rate of 13 in the three games he played. The 32-year-old right-arm pacer had previously played for Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Mumbai Indians (MI), and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

In 40 IPL games, he has picked 28 wickets at an economy rate of 8.47. Pat Cummins picked 12 wickets in 14 games that included a 4-wicket haul in the 2020 IPL season. He bowled well in IPL 2021 picking 9 scalps in 7 games averaging 26.33 besides scoring 93 runs averaging 31.

Sherfane Rutherford replaces Jonny Bairstow (Sunrisers Hyderabad)

Sunrisers Hyderabad rope in Sherfane Rutherford for remainder of IPL 2021. (Twitter Photo)
Sunrisers Hyderabad rope in Sherfane Rutherford for the remainder of IPL 2021. (Twitter Photo)

Sunrisers Hyderabad have signed West Indies batsman Sherfane Rutherford as a replacement for Jonny Bairstow for the UAE leg of IPL 2021 slated to begin from September 19. Sherfane Rutherford has featured in only one IPL season as he represented Mumbai Indians in 2019 and managed to score just 73 runs across 7 games.

Sherfane Rutherford, who has made 1102 runs in the T20 format at a strike rate of 138.26, is currently plying his trade with St Kitts and Nevis Patriots in the Caribbean Premier League and is having a good season. He’s scored 202 runs in 7 games including 3 fifties.

Notably, SRH has had a disastrous campaign so far winning only one of the seven games in the first phase of IPL 2021 and are currently placed at the bottom of the table.

Ben Dwarshuis Replaces Chris Woakes (Delhi Capitals)

Ben Dwarshuis is the sixth-highest wicket-taker in the BBL Getty Images
Ben Dwarshuis is the sixth-highest wicket-taker in the BBL Getty Images

Chris Woakes was part of the Delhi Capitals and took five wickets in three games in the first half of IPL 2021 at 16.40 apiece. The franchise announced Australian seamer Ben Dwarshuis as his replacement on Monday. Ben Dwarshuis has taken 100 wickets in 82 T20 matches at an average of 23.73.

The 27-year-old, who plays for the Sydney Sixers in the Big Bash League, is the sixth-highest wicket-taker in the history of the tournament with 85 wickets in 69 matches. Delhi Capitals confirmed that English all-rounder Chris Woakes has pulled out of the tournament due to personal reasons.

Evin Lewis And Oshane Thomas Too Replaces Jos Buttler And Ben Stokes Of RR

Evin Lewis & Oshane Thomas Signed By Rajasthan Royals Image: ICC/Twitter/AP
Evin Lewis & Oshane Thomas Signed By Rajasthan Royals Image: ICC/Twitter/AP

Rajasthan Royals have signed West Indies opening batter Evin Lewis and fast bowler Oshane Thomas as replacements for Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes, for the second leg of IPL 2021, which will run from September 19 to October 15 in the UAE. Evin Lewis is West Indies’ fifth-highest run-getter in T20Is, with 1318 runs, including 103 sixes. Only Chris Gayle (121) has hit more sixes for West Indies in T20I cricket.

Oshane Thomas picked 5 wickets in his maiden IPL season in 2019 before being benched by Rajasthan Royals.  Evin Lewis played two seasons in the IPL for Mumbai Indians in 2018 and 2019, scoring 430 runs from 16 games at 26.87.  Oshane Thomas who made his international debut in 2018, has picked up 27 wickets in 20 ODIs, and 19 wickets in 17 T20Is.

 

Dushmantha Chameera and Wanindu Hasaranga. (Getty Images)
Dushmantha Chameera and Wanindu Hasaranga. (Getty Images)
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Wanindu Hasaranga And Dushmantha Chameera Won’t Play In IPL 2021 Playoffs If RCB Qualifies

Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera, Sri Lankan stars have received No Objection Certificates from Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC). The duo will be available to play for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the second phase of IPL 2021 until October 10. The 2021 edition of the IPL will resume on September 19 in the United Arab Emirates.

Royal Challengers Bangalore are one of the top contenders to win the league championship this year. However, RCB will have to play without their Sri Lankan stars if they qualify for the playoffs.

Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera will play for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the second phase of IPL 2021 (Image Source: Instagram)
Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera will play for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in the second phase of IPL 2021. (Image Source: Instagram)

Wanindu Hasaranga And Dushmantha Chameera Won’t Play The Playoffs If RCB Qualifies

SLC has allowed Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera to be a part of the IPL only till October 10, the date on which Qualifier 1 is scheduled to happen. The two Sri Lankan players will leave RCB and join their national squad to play in the warm-up matches of the ICC T20 World Cup 2021 after October 10.

“The ‘No Objection Certificate’ to the duo was issued for them to join the IPL teams starting from 15th September (following the completion of the South Africa Tour of Sri Lanka).

“The two players will join the Sri Lanka squad on 10th October 2021 to play in the two warm-up games prior to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifiers,” an official statement from SLC read.

Wanindu Hasaranga Celebrates A Wicket in 1st T20I @SLC
Wanindu Hasaranga Celebrates A Wicket in 1st T20I @SLC

The 24-year-old Wanindu Hasaranga was impressive in the three-match T20I series against India, taking seven wickets at an economy rate of 5.58, while 29-year-old Dushmantha Chameera was the second-highest wicket-taker in the series with four wickets at an economy rate of 5.25. Other replacements for RCB are Dushmantha Chameera for Daniel Sams, left-arm quick George Garton for Kane Richardson, and Tim David for New Zealand’s Finn Allen.

Wanindu Hasaranga And Dushmantha Chameera Hasn’t Played Even A Game In IPL Before And May Debut In IPL 2021

Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera could make their IPL debuts this year. While Wanindu Hasaranga received his first-ever IPL contract from RCB this year, Dushmantha Chameera was part of the Rajasthan Royals team in IPL 2018.

Dushmantha Chameera
Dushmantha Chameera. (Photo Source: Twitter)

However, the Sri Lankan fast bowler did not get a single game. It will be interesting to see how the two Sri Lankan cricketers perform for the Virat Kohli-led outfit in IPL 2021.

Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals has brought in New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Glenn Phillips as a replacement for England’s Jofra Archer. The No.1 T20I bowler Tabraiz Shamsi has also joined the Royals as Andrew Tye’s replacement. On the other hand, Punjab Kings have roped in Nathan Ellis and Adil Rashid for the remainder of IPL 2021 while New Zealand veteran Tim Southee joined Kolkata Knight Riders.

As of 31 December 2018, the top nine ranked ICC Full Members, alongside hosts India, qualified directly for the 2021 tournament. Of those ten teams, the top eight ranked sides qualified for the Super 12s stage of the tournament. Sri Lanka and Bangladesh did not qualify for the Super 12s, instead of being placed in the group stage of the competition

Wanindu Hasaranga
Wanindu Hasaranga
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Sri Lanka Cricket Gives Permission To Dushmantha Chameera And Wanindu Hasaranga To Play IPL 2021

Sri Lanka Cricket announced that permission has been granted to Sri Lankan cricketers Dushmantha Chameera and Wanindu Hasaranga to take part in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. The permission for the players was granted by the SLC in consultation with the Technical Advisory Committee.

The ‘No Objection Certificate’ to the duo was issued for them to join the IPL teams starting from 15th September (following the completion of the South Africa Tour of Sri Lanka). The two players will join the Sri Lanka squad on 10th October 2021 to play in the two warm-up games prior to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifiers.

Dushmantha Chameera and Wanindu Hasaranga.(Getty Images)
Dushmantha Chameera and Wanindu Hasaranga.(Getty Images)

Sri Lanka Cricket Allows Wanindu Hasaranga And Dushmantha Chameera To Play In The IPL 2021

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have roped in Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga and Dushmantha Chameera as replacements for Adam Zampa and Daniel Sams respectively for the 14th edition of IPL.

“Sri Lanka Cricket wishes to announce that permission has been granted to National Players Dushmantha Chameera and Wanindu Hasaranga to take part in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. The permission for the players was granted by the SLC in consultation with the Technical Advisory Committee,” the release issued by Sri Lanka Cricket said.

Sri Lanka Cricket(Photo credit: SLC Twitter)
Sri Lanka Cricket(Photo credit: SLC Twitter)

“The ‘No Objection Certificate’ to the duo was issued for them to join the IPL teams starting from 15th September (following the completion of the South Africa Tour of Sri Lanka). The two players will join the Sri Lanka squad on 10th October 2021 to play in the two warm-up games prior to the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup Qualifiers,” Sri Lanka Cricket added.

The 14th season, which was postponed in May this year in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic, will resume on September 19 in Dubai with a blockbuster clash between Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians. The action will shift to Abu Dhabi where Kolkata Knight Riders will square off against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Wanindu Hasaranga, Dushmantha Chameera, George Garton, And Tim David Are RCB’s Replacements For IPL 2021

The Virat Kohli-led side has roped in Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga as a replacement for Australia’s Adam Zampa. Wanindu Hasaranga bagged a total of 7 wickets, including a 4-wicket haul in the final T20I during the recent limited-overs series against India. Other replacements for RCB are Dushmantha Chameera for Daniel Sams, left-arm quick George Garton for Kane Richardson, and Tim David for New Zealand’s Finn Allen.

Tabraiz Shamsi
Tabraiz Shamsi. Image Credits: Twitter

Meanwhile, Rajasthan Royals has brought in New Zealand wicketkeeper-batsman Glenn Phillips as a replacement for England’s Jofra Archer. The No.1 T20I bowler Tabraiz Shamsi has also joined the Royals as Andrew Tye’s replacement. On the other hand, Punjab Kings have roped in Nathan Ellis and Adil Rashid for the remainder of IPL 2021 while New Zealand veteran Tim Southee joined Kolkata Knight Riders.

IPL 2021 Player replacements – 

Injured / Replaced Player Team Replacement Player
Adam Zampa RCB Wanindu Hasaranga
Daniel Sams RCB Dushmantha Chameera
Kane Richardson RCB George Garton
Finn Allen RCB Tim David
Jofra Archer RR Glenn Phillips
Andrew Tye RR Tabraiz Shamsi
Riley Meredith PBKS Nathan Ellis
Jhye Richardson PBKS Adil Rashid
Pat Cummins KKR Tim Southee
Punjab Kings (Image Credit: Twitter)
Punjab Kings (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Punjab Kings Signed Leg Spinner Adil Rashid As A Replacement Player For IPL 2021 UAE Leg

Punjab Kings have signed Adil Rashid as a replacement player for the UAE leg of IPL 2021. The 33-year-old England leg-spinner, the joint-highest wicket-taker at The Hundred, replaces Australian fast bowler Jhye Richardson, who along with compatriot Riley Meredith, has withdrawn from the second half of the tournament.

Adil Rashid is yet to feature in IPL.
Adil Rashid is yet to feature in IPL. © Getty

Punjab Kings Acquired Nathan Ellis And Adil Rashid As The Replacement Players

Punjab Kings management had already confirmed the signing of Nathan Ellis as one of the replacement players and the acquisition of Adil Rashid balances their quota of eight overseas players.

Nathan Ellis, the Australian pacer is having a dream year. He got to make his T20I debut against Bangladesh recently and made it memorable by picking a hat-trick. Apart from that, he was also named as a reserve player in the squad for the upcoming ICC T20 World Cup 2021. Now, the year 2021 has got even bigger for him as Punjab Kings has picked him for the UAE leg which is set to resume on September 19.

Adil Rashid, who hasn’t played in the IPL before, is currently ranked fourth in ICC’s list of T20I bowlers and has taken 232 wickets from 201 T20 matches at an economy of 7.43. He is one of three Englishmen in the Punjab Kings setup, alongside Dawid Malan and Chris Jordan. He will also be one of three leg-spinning options for KL Rahul alongside the Indian pair of Ravi Bishnoi and Murugan Ashwin.

Aussie pacer Nathan Ellis has signed for an IPL franchise for the 2021 season | Courtesy: @HurricanesBBL | Photo Credit: Twitter
Aussie pacer Nathan Ellis has signed for an IPL franchise for the 2021 season | Courtesy: @HurricanesBBL | Photo Credit: Twitter

Punjab Kings are placed sixth in the standings and will begin their UAE leg with a clash against Rajasthan Royals in Dubai on September 21.

Adil Rashid Will Join Punjab Kings Squad On September 8 In Dubai

It is understood that Adil Rashid will join the Punjab Kings on September 8 in Dubai and will be available for the entire second chunk of the tournament. The Punjab Kings will land in Dubai on August 29 and undergo the mandatory six-day hotel quarantine before starting their training.
Adil Rashid, who had a base price of INR 1.5 crore (US$ 200,000 approx.), went unsold in the IPL auction held earlier this year. A regular in England’s limited-overs set-up, he has picked up 65 wickets in 62 T20Is at an average of 24.29. In the series against Pakistan in July, Adil Rashid picked up six wickets in two T20Is at a cost of 65 runs in his eight overs.
Punjab Kings rope in Adil Rashid. (Image Credit: PBKS Twitter)
Punjab Kings’ rope in Adil Rashid. (Image Credit: PBKS Twitter)
At the time of this update, Adil Rashid is ranked fourth in the ICC table for T20I bowlers, behind South Africa’s Tabraiz Shamsi, who recently signed with the Rajasthan Royals, Sri Lanka’s Wanindu Hasaranga, now a Royal Challengers Bangalore replacement player, and Rashid Khan, the Afghanistan stalwart who has been a star for the Sunrisers Hyderabad.
Punjab Kings already have legspinners Murugan Ashwin and Ravi Bishnoi and finger spinning options in Jalaj Saxena, Saurabh Kumar, and Harpreet Brar, but Adil Rashid, apart from being much more experienced than the others, could be a smart pick in place of a quick because of the large grounds in Abu Dhabi and Dubai.
Ben Stokes
Ben Stokes
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Massive Blow For Rajasthan Royals As Ben Stokes Has Been Ruled Out Of The IPL 2021 With Broken Finger

Ben Stokes, Rajasthan Royals all-rounder, has been ruled out of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 with a broken finger. Rajasthan Royals took to Twitter to announce the news.

Ben Stokes was a key member of Rajasthan Royals and was expected to deliver the goods. He was a part of England’s long tour of India across all three formats.

Ben Stokes Image Source : GETTY IMAGES
Ben Stokes Image Source: GETTY IMAGES

Ben Stokes Injured A Finger On His Left Hand While Fielding Against Punjab Kings Which Ruled Him Out Of The Remainder Of IPL 2021

In the eight matches he played during IPL 2020, he contributed by scoring 285 runs averaging 40.71, including an innings of 107 not out, but only picked two wickets. Ben Stokes scored 203 runs in 4 Tests, 135 runs in 3 ODIs, and 84 runs in 5 T20Is in the India tour. He also picked 12 scalps across formats.

“Rajasthan Royals all-rounder Ben Stokes injured a finger on his left hand while fielding during the team’s match against Punjab Kings on 12 April 2021 in Mumbai.

“Subsequent investigations revealed that he sustained a broken finger, which will, unfortunately, rule him out of the remainder of the Indian Premier League 2021 season,” Rajasthan Royals said in an official statement. 

Ben Stokes hurt himself while going for a catch in the Royals' first game BCCI/IPL
Ben Stokes hurt himself while going for a catch in the Royals’ first game BCCI/IPL

“Everyone at Rajasthan Royals absolutely admires Ben for being such a huge asset and a valuable member of the Royals family, both on and off the field, and wishes him a speedy recovery,” the statement further read.

The allrounder sustained the injury during the Royals’ opening game, against the Punjab Kings, when he ran in from long-on and dived forward to take Chris Gayle’s catch in the tenth over of the Kings’ innings.

Rajasthan Royals Will Look For Ben Stokes Replacement

Rajasthan Royals also announced that Ben Stokes has decided to stay with the team and they will soon look for a replacement for the England all-rounder.

“We are delighted that Ben would like to stay with the group to provide his valued support and inputs off the field. In the meantime, we will be reviewing potential replacement options for the remainder of the season,” the official statement read. 

Ben Stokes bowled just one over against Punjab Kings on Monday and was looking in a bit of discomfort after he completed a low diving catch to dismiss Punjab Kings’ Chris Gayle. The 29-year-old carried on playing but did not bowl in the match afterward. With the bat, Ben Stokes lasted for just three deliveries before he top-edged one that landed in the hands of Mohammed Shami.

He subsequently came out to open the innings for the Rajasthan Royals but lasted only three balls before top-edging a pull back to the bowler Mohammed Shami to be out for a duck. The Royals lost the match by four runs.

Jofra Archer and Steven Smith
Jofra Archer and Steven Smith (Image Credit: Twitter)

Ben Stokes’ injury could disrupt the Royals’ plans significantly, especially because they are already without a first-choice player in Jofra Archer, who is recuperating and is expected to miss at least the first four games of the season.

Both Jos Buttler and Chris Morris are first-choice picks, and for the other two slots, they have to choose from among Liam Livingstone, David Miller, Mustafizur Rahman, and Andrew Tye. Devon Conway, Thisara Perera, Adil Rashid, Glenn Phillips, and Marnus Labuschagne are the overseas choices for his replacement.

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma © BCCI
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma © BCCI
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Indian Batsmen Struggling Against Spin Has Become A Pattern: VVS Laxman

VVS Laxman said Indian batsmen struggling against spin bowling has become a pattern as he cited the examples of world-class batsmen Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

Former India cricketer VVS Laxman said the Indian batsmen struggling to deal with spin has become a pattern these days after skipper Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma were both dismissed by spinners in the third ODI against England on Sunday.

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma
Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma. Photo Credit: Twitter.

VVS Laxman: Both Virat Kohli And Rohit Sharma Will Be Disappointed As They Were Dismissed By Spinners Which Has Become A Pattern

Virat Kohli’s struggles against spin have been left exposed in the last couple of years as the Indian captain has found it hard to get going against the turners in white-ball cricket.

VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman. Photo Credit: Twitter.

“The dismissal of KL Rahul was really unfortunate but then both Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma will be disappointed when they see their dismissal in the replay. This has almost become a pattern against the spinners,” VVS Laxman said on Star Sports.

“Rohit not being able to read the googly against Adil Rashid. And then Virat Kohli looked to play through the off-side against the turn, giving himself room and then missing it. It’s definitely a cause of concern because Indian players are supposed to be excellent batsmen against spin bowling,” he added.

In the recent past, the duo has often been dismissed by spinners in white-ball cricket, which is a cause of concern for Team India, according to VVS Laxman.

Virat Kohli Has Been Dismissed 9 Times Each By Moeen Ali And Adil Rashid

On Sunday, Virat Kohli was once again dismissed cheaply by England spinner Moeen Ali after scoring only 7 runs off ten balls in the series-decider in Pune. Virat Kohli, who had earlier been dismissed by spinner Adil Rashid in the second ODI, saw his stumps getting castled by Moeen Ali in the 3rd ODI. Rohit Sharma, on the other hand, was bowled by Adil Rashid after scoring 37 off 37 deliveries.

Virat Kohli has been dismissed nine times each by Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid in international cricket. Only New Zealand’s pacer Tim Southee (10) has dismissed the Indian skipper more times in international cricket.  Former England spinner Graeme Swann, Test specialist James Anderson and all-rounder Ben Stokes have got the wicket of Virat Kohli 8 times each.

Moeen Ali, Adil Rashid
England cricketers Adil Rashid and Moeen Ali © AFP

The dismissals of the duo didn’t come back to haunt India as the hosts rode on half-centuries from Shikhar Dhawan (67), Rishabh Pant (78), and Hardik Pandya (64) to help India post a match-winning total of 329 runs on the board.

Sam Curran produced a scare for India with an unbeaten 95 during England’s run-chase but his efforts were not enough to take the visitors home as India won the game by 7 runs to win the series 2-1.

England's Joe Root celebrates with team mates Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer. Action Images via Reuters
England's Joe Root celebrates with team mates Chris Woakes and Jofra Archer. Action Images via Reuters
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England Missed Trio Of Joe Root, Chris Woakes And Jofra Archer In ODIs: Nasser Hussain

Nasser Hussain, former England skipper was of the opinion that England lost the recently concluded ODI series against India, as they missed Joe Root’s composure at the vital no. 3 position.

Joe Root was rested for the India ODI series, with the board keeping an eye on the Ashes schedule later this year. Ben Stokes batted at no. 3 in Joe Root’s absence but failed to match his compatriot’s consistency with the willow.

Ben Stokes Image Source : GETTY IMAGES
Ben Stokes Image Source: GETTY IMAGES

Nasser Hussain Missed Joe Root Who Is Only One Man To Bat At No.3 In England’s 50 Over Side

Nasser Hussain, in his column for the Daily Mail, praised all-rounder Ben Stokes’ belligerent 99 in the second ODI which was vital in England’s win. But he also observed how England missed talismanic batsman Joe Root when the openers Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow perished early.

“They (Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow) were fantastic in the first two games, and when they play well, everything else usually falls into place. But when they go cheaply, as they did on Sunday, England are without the glue provided by Joe Root. However well Ben Stokes did in the second match, there is only one man to bat at three in the 50-over side. They have missed Root in this series.”

Joe Root
Joe Root. (Photo Source: DIBYANGSHU SARKAR/AFP/Getty Images)

Ben Stokes stepped up and batted at an unfamiliar no. 3 slots in all three games. While he failed to fire in the first match, his aggressive 52-ball-99 was the catalyst for England’s win in the second. He perished for 35 in the series decider, though, failing to score big after getting set in the middle.

Explaining why Joe Root is crucial in England’s ODI setup, ex-captain and commentator Nasser Hussain stressed the importance of having a calm head at no. 3.

“Morgan may have said ‘this is the way we play’ after England went down all guns blazing in the first match, but Root is a massive part of the way they play in ODIs because he allows everyone else to be expansive,” said Nasser Hussain.

Joe Root is a veteran of 149 ODIs and averages above 50. Against India, he averages 56 having amassed 728 runs in 18 matches with as many as 3 tons.

Nasser Hussain: England’s Death Bowling Was Also Concerning With Jofra Archer And Chris Woakes Absence

England’s death bowling was a cause for concern in the first two ODI games against India. With wickets in hand and frontline bowlers Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes unavailable, Indian batsmen were able to increase the run rate in the last ten overs.
The hosts India managed to score 112/1 and 126/3 in the final ten overs in the first two games as England bowlers were taken to the cleaners. Although England recovered well to put up a good show in the final ODI, Nasser Hussain feels the visitors were naive during the death overs.

He said in this regard:“England have certainly missed Jofra Archer and Chris Woakes, even though their death bowling was better on Sunday. In their absence, a lot of that death bowling, particularly in the second game, was naive.”

Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

The former captain also pointed out how England isn’t any closer to finding a backup for spinner Adil Rashid.  The leg-spinner was impressive during the middle overs against India, providing England with vital breakthroughs. Nasser Hussain rued the fact that leg-spinner Matt Parkinson did not get a look-in during the three ODI games.

“The only concern is they are no nearer to finding a replacement should Rashid get injured because conditions dictated Matt Parkinson never got a chance in these matches.”

Adil Rashid has played 109 ODIs since 2009 and been a constant member of the team since 2015. He has taken 158 ODI scalps. He has played 57 T20Is taking 55 wickets averaging 26.62. Matt Parkinson has played 2 ODIs and as many T20Is.

Virat Kohli (pictured left) surpassed Ricky Ponting (pictured right) as the fastest player to score 10,000 runs on home soil.(Getty Images)
Virat Kohli (pictured left) surpassed Ricky Ponting (pictured right) as the fastest player to score 10,000 runs on home soil.(Getty Images)
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Virat Kohli Is The 2nd Player To Score 10,000 Runs At No. 3

Virat Kohli became only the second player in the history of cricket to score over 10,000 runs batting at No.3 position. He achieved the feat during the 2nd ODI against England at Pune, as the Indian skipper registered his 105th fifty-plus score (62 fifties and 43 hundred).

En route to the excellent knock he completed 10,000 ODI runs and is now second only to Australian great Ricky Ponting, who had scored 12662 runs in 330 innings batting at No.3.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (BCCI)

Virat Kohli Reached The Milestone To Score 10,000 Runs At No. 3 In His 190th ODI Innings At That Position

Virat Kohli has opened in six ODIs scoring 161 runs. He has batted at No.3 in 192 ODIs scoring 10046 runs. At No.4 he has 1767 runs from 42 matches and at No.5 he has scored 127 runs in five matches. At No. 6, he has scored an unbeaten 23* in 1 inning and 38 runs in 4 innings batting at No.7.

The Indian skipper reached the milestone in his 190th ODI innings with an average of over 60. He eventually got out for 66 off 79 balls to Adil Rashid, extending his century drought to 490 days now.

England leg-spinner Adil Rashid
England leg-spinner Adil Rashid. Twitter

Third on the list of most ODI runs, batting at No.3 is Sri Lanka great Kumar Sangakkara with 9747 runs in 238 innings, followed by Jacques Kallis with 7774 runs in 200 innings and Kane Williamson with 5421 runs in 117 innings. Australia’s Dean Jones is fifth with 5100 runs from 131 innings.

Virat Kohli Had Earlier Surpassed Graeme Smith In The List Of Most ODI Runs As Skipper

Earlier, Virat Kohli had surpassed former South Africa captain Graeme Smith in the list of most ODI runs scored as captain. Needing 41 runs to surpass Graeme Smith’s ODI tally of 5416 runs in 150 ODIs as captain, Virat Kohli got to the milestone in 50 balls.

Cricket South Africa Graeme Smith Source: Bloomberg www.bloomberg.com
Cricket South Africa Graeme Smith Source: Bloomberg www.bloomberg.com

Ricky Ponting leads the list of maximum run-scorers with 8497 runs in his 234 ODIs as captain, followed by former Indian keeper ex-skipper MS Dhoni with 6641 runs in 200 ODIs as captain. Former skippers Stephen Fleming and Arjuna Ranatunga are in the third and fourth spots. Virat Kohli has over 12,000 runs in over 240 appearances in ODIs averaging nearly 60.

India was put in to bat by Jos Buttler-led England. India scored 336/6 in 50 overs with KL Rahul top-scoring with 108. Virat Kohli scored 66 and Rishabh Pant played a whirlwind inning of 77 off only 40 balls.

This was also the first time since February 2020 KL Rahul has got an international hundred. It was the first time KL Rahul has scored a hundred while batting at No. 4 in ODIs. KL Rahul, who also has a hundred at No. 5, has been proving to be a top player for India in the middle-order despite not naturally suited to playing in the middle overs.

VVS Laxman and Suryakumar Yadav. (Photo Source: Getty Images)
VVS Laxman and Suryakumar Yadav. (Photo Source: Getty Images)
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Suryakumar Yadav Astonished Both Me And Jofra Archer: VVS Laxman On Suryakumar’s First-Ball Six

VVS Laxman has said that Suryakumar Yadav’s first-ball six off Jofra Archer left both him and the bowler dumbfounded. He pulled the first ball he faced in international cricket for a six over fine leg, doing so against the express pace of Jofra Archer.

It was one of the many breathtaking shots he played during his enterprising 57-run knock. Suryakumar Yadav hit his maiden fifty in international cricket, on Thursday, in only his 2nd match in Indian Blues after not getting a chance to bat in his debut game-the 2nd T20I of the series.

Suryakumar Yadav poses in the India T20I jersey ahead of the series against England (BCCI)
Suryakumar Yadav poses in the India T20I jersey ahead of the series against England (BCCI)

VVS Laxman Was Left Astonished By The Spectacular 6 By Suryakumar Yadav

While reviewing the fourth India-England T20I on Star Sports, VVS Laxman lauded Suryakumar Yadav for his positive mindset, while terming his six against Jofra Archer a ‘spectacular’ shot.

“Spectacular, he astonished both me and Jofra Archer. His mindset is praiseworthy. He even told Murali Kartik that he wanted to keep it simple. If you complicate things too much, you forget at times what your strengths are and what is your template of scoring runs,” said VVS Laxman.

VVS Laxman
VVS Laxman. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The former veteran batsman spoke in glowing terms about Suryakumar Yadav’s shot selection and his ease against the English pacers.

“The timing we saw today, the way he placed the ball and the manner in which he was coming behind the line of the ball while playing the pacers and playing creative shots according to the field,” added Laxman.

Suryakumar Yadav’s 57 runs came off just 31 deliveries and were studded with six fours and three sixes as he looked comfortable against both pace and spin. He was, however, unlucky to be given out, as there was no conclusive evidence against Dawid Malan taking a clean catch, which could have overturned the on-field decision of ‘out.’

VVS Laxman Praises Suryakumar Yadav Who Played Some Fantastic Shots And His Favorite Was The 6 Hit Over Extra Cover Off Adil Rashid

VVS Laxman was particularly effusive about the inside-out six Suryakumar Yadav smacked off Adil Rashid while praising the right-hander for his all-round game.

“When the spinners came, (he played) fantastic shots. My favourite was the maximum he hit over extra-cover against Adil Rashid. He can play the sweep as well, so he is an all-round player and because of that, his strike rate is always high, and he is a match-winner,” said Laxman.

Sanjay Bangar
Sanjay Bangar. Photo Credit: BCCI.

“His knock shows how much confidence he has in his ability. And when a ripened player comes, because he has spent so many years in domestic cricket and in the IPL, his skills are sharpened and when you have the full self-confidence then only you can play such shots and that too against Jofra Archer, who is one of the world’s fastest and best bowlers,” said Sanjay Bangar.

Suryakumar Yadav has amassed 3624 runs in 172 T20s. He particularly rose to prominence with his exploits for the Mumbai Indians in the last three IPL seasons. He scored more than 400 runs in each of the last 3 IPL editions which were hailed by fans and he felt disappointed when his name wasn’t in the Australian tour’s limited-overs squad. So a maiden India call-up for the ongoing T20I series against England was a just reward.

Suryakumar Yadav has been handed a maiden ODI call-up after an impressive show in the ongoing T20Is while fast bowler Prasidh Krishna and spinner Krunal Pandya has been added to the 18 member squad which will be led by Virat Kohli.

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