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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However, ahead of the resumption of the fourteenth season, many players have withdrawn from IPL 2021 citing various reasons.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.


IPL Trophy. (BCCI/IPL Photo)
IPL Trophy. (BCCI/IPL Photo)

BCCI Informed IPL Franchises That Every Player Coming In From The UK To UAE Have To Undergo 6 Days Of Quarantine Before Joining Team Bubbles

BCCI directs six days mandatory quarantine for players coming from the UK.  The final Test between India and England got cancelled owing to some COVID-19 cases in the Indian camp and BCCI and ECB are discussing when to reschedule the match.

To further avoid the spread of the virus, the Indian side didn’t take the field in Manchester and the match stood cancelled. It has to be noted that the second phase of IPL 2021 is just around the corner and franchises are eyeing how to take their players out of the UK.

BCCI Image-Twitter/ BCCI
BCCI Image-Twitter/ BCCI

BCCI Informed IPL Franchises That Every Player Coming In From The UK To UAE Have To Undergo 6 Days Of Quarantine Before Joining Team Bubbles

In the latest turn of development, it has been confirmed by a franchise official that BCCI has directed a mandatory quarantine of six days for players coming from the UK before they join the IPL bubble. It is very obvious that bubble to bubble transfer no longer stands valid as there are already few cases in the Indian camp.

“The BCCI has informed us that every player coming in from the UK to UAE will have to undergo six days of quarantine before they can join the team bubbles. Obviously, the bubble-to-bubble transfer from the UK to UAE no longer stands keeping in mind the current scenario,” a franchise official said.

Suryakumar Yadav and Rohit Sharma Image Source : SURYAKUMAR YADAV/TWITTER
Suryakumar Yadav and Rohit Sharma  Image Source: SURYAKUMAR YADAV/TWITTER

Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma, pacer Jasprit Bumrah and Suryakumar Yadav along with their families arrived in UAE on Saturday for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. They will now undergo six days of quarantine and then will link up with the Mumbai Indians squad. The trio tested negative before departure from Manchester and arrival in Abu Dhabi.

RCB Have Arranged A Charter Flight For Their Skipper Virat Kohli And Pacer Mohammed Siraj

Talking about several franchises airlifting their players from the UK, RCB stated that they have arranged a charter flight for their skipper Virat Kohli and ace pacer Mohammed Siraj. They will move from the UK to Dubai on Saturday around 11.30 pm. The team source added that the safe transit of players stands at the utmost priority for them.

“Yes, we have arranged a charter flight for Virat and Siraj, both of them will be flying out at 11:30 PM UK time on Saturday and they will reach Dubai early Sunday morning. The safe transit of players is the utmost priority for RCB. They will undergo 6-day quarantine there before joining the team bubble,” a team source added.

RCB skipper Virat Kohli with pacer Mohammed Siraj(Twitter)
RCB skipper Virat Kohli with pacer Mohammed Siraj(Twitter)

In the same line, CSK is also trying its best to get its players out of the UK as quickly as possible. CSK’s CEO confirmed that they will move Cheteshwar Pujara, Ravindra Jadeja, and Shardul Thakur to Dubai on Saturday itself.

“Now that the Test match is off, we are looking to get the CSK boys into Dubai tomorrow,” said Kasi Vishwanathan on Friday.

Meanwhile, several of England’s all-format players have withdrawn from this year’s IPL as a result of bubble fatigue and in anticipation of a long winter. Jonny Bairstow, Chris Woakes, and Dawid Malan have joined Jos Buttler in confirming their withdrawals.

Dawid Malan will be replaced at Punjab Kings for the rest of the season by Aiden Markram. Jonny Bairstow (Sunrisers Hyderabad), Chris Woakes (Delhi Capitals), Dawid Malan (Punjab Kings), and Jos Buttler (Rajasthan Royals) have all been named in England’s T20 World Cup squad and might expect to be named in England’s Ashes tour party, too.

Moeen Ali, Sam Billings, Sam Curran, Tom Curran, George Garton, Eoin Morgan, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Liam Livingstone, and Jason Roy are the England players still expected to participate in the IPL.

Temba Bavuma admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Kevin Gallagher of the ICC International Panel of Match Referees and ratified by the ICC Cricket Operations department. (File photo) - AKHILESH KUMAR
Temba Bavuma admitted the offence and accepted the sanction proposed by Kevin Gallagher of the ICC International Panel of Match Referees and ratified by the ICC Cricket Operations department. (File photo) - AKHILESH KUMAR

Temba Bavuma Reprimanded For Breaching Level 1 Of ICC Conduct During 1st T20I vs Ireland

Temba Bavuma has been reprimanded for breaching Level 1 of the ICC Code of Conduct during the first T20I against Ireland in Malahide on Monday.

The South African skipper was found to have breached Article 2.3 of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel, which relates to the “use of an audible obscenity during an International Match.”

Temba Bavuma
South Africa’s Temba Bavuma plays a shot. (Photo by Dan Mullan/Getty Images)

Temba Bavuma Admits Offence Of Breaching Level 1 Of ICC Code Of Conduct

Article 2.3 covers the use of words commonly known and understood to be offensive, obscene and/or profane (in any language) and which can be heard by the spectators and/or the viewing public whether by way of the stump-microphone or otherwise.

This conduct may include, for example, swearing in frustration at one’s own play or fortune. In addition to this, one demerit point has been added to the disciplinary record of skipper Temba Bavuma, for whom it was the first offence in a 24-month period. The incident occurred in the sixth over of South Africa’s innings, when Temba Bavuma used an audible obscenity on being adjudged caught behind.

Temba Bavuma Source: twitter
Temba Bavuma Source: twitter

Temba Bavuma admitted the offence and accepted the sanction which was proposed by Kevin Gallagher of the Emirates ICC International Panel of Match Referees and ratified by the ICC Cricket Operations department as per the COVID-19 interim playing regulations and so there was no need for a formal hearing.

On-field umpires Alan Neill and Mark Hawthorne, third umpire Rolland Black and fourth official Paul Reynolds levelled the charge against the South African skipper.

Level 1 breaches of the ICC Code of Conduct for Players and Player Support Personnel carry a minimum penalty of an official reprimand, a maximum penalty of 50 per cent of a player’s match fee, and one or two demerit points.

When a player reaches four or more demerit points within a 24-month period, they are converted into suspension points and a player is banned. Two suspension points equate to a ban from one Test or two ODIs or two T20Is, whatever comes first for the player.

Demerit Points to remain on a Player or Player Support Personnel’s disciplinary record for a period of twenty-four (24) months from their imposition following which they will be expunged.

Ireland Lost Against South Africa By 33 Runs In The 1st T20I

Ireland lost its first-ever Twenty20 with South Africa by 33 runs. South Africa was restricted to a sub-par 165-7 bolstered by tailender Kagiso Rabada’s four boundaries in the last over, but Ireland couldn’t round up a chase.

Quinton de Kock made 20 off 11 until he mistimed to mid-off. Captain Temba Bavuma tried reverse sweeping only to edge behind at 44-3. There were 26 more balls without a boundary. Rassie van der Duren went for 25 off 18. Top scorer Aiden Markram added his 39 off 30 and was stumped at 115-5.

Ireland medium-pacer Mark Adair had a well deserved 3-22 off three overs before he was given the ball for the last over, which South Africa started on 147-8. Kagiso Rabada hit the first four deliveries to the boundary and 17 came from the morale-boosting over.

Kagiso Rabada AFP/Getty Images
Kagiso Rabada AFP/Getty Images

At 46-5 in the eighth over, it was all but over, but the end was dragged out to 132-9. The first of three T20s wasn’t competitive, surprisingly so after a thrilling one-day international series that was drawn 1-1 last week.

Ireland delayed the outcome by playing out its quota of overs in losing its first-ever Twenty20 with South Africa by 33 runs at Malahide. South Africa was restricted to a sub-par 165-7 bolstered by tailender Kagiso Rabada’s four boundaries in the last over, but Ireland couldn’t round up a chase.

Virat Kohli, KL Rahul | Photo Credit: AP
Virat Kohli, KL Rahul | Photo Credit: AP

Virat Kohli Retains 5th Position While KL Rahul Advances To 6th Place In T20I Rankings

Virat Kohli, the present Indian skipper retained his fifth position while wicketkeeper-batsman KL Rahul gained one spot to be in sixth place in the latest ICC T20I rankings.

With 762 points, Virat Kohli is behind England’s David Malan (888 points), Australia white-ball skipper Aaron Finch (830), Pakistan captain Babar Azam (828), and New Zealand opener Devon Conway (774). Virat Kohli was the only Indian featuring in both ODI and T20I rankings for batsmen despite India not playing much white-ball cricket since March this year but it had little impact on the rankings of their stars.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (BCCI)

Virat Kohli Retains 5th Position While KL Rahul Is 6th In T20I Rankings While England’s Chris Woakes Attains Career-Best 3rd Position Among ODI Bowlers

KL Rahul, who has acquired 743 points, and Australian all-rounder dashing middle-order batsman Glenn Maxwell have climbed a rung each to be placed sixth and seventh respectively in T20I batsmen rankings. KL Rahul and Virat Kohli are the only two Indians to feature in the top-10 among batsmen. No Indian features in the top-10 among bowlers and all-rounders in the latest T20I rankings announced by ICC.

In the ODI rankings, Virat Kohli and vice-captain Rohit Sharma remained in the top five, occupying the second and third spots respectively, behind Pakistan skipper Babar Azam. Indian pace spearhead Japrit Bumrah, the lone bowler from the country in the top 10, dropped a spot to the sixth place, while Ravindra Jadeja remained in the ninth position in the all-rounders’ list.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul-Reuters.

England all-rounder Chris Woakes reached a career-best third position among bowlers after a fine show against Sri Lanka in the three-match ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup Super League series. Chris Woakes, who grabbed six wickets in two matches, including a haul of four for 18 in the first ODI, has advanced four slots in the list led by New Zealand’s Trent Boult with Bangladesh’s Mehidy Hasan Miraz in second place.

Chris Woakes’ previous best was the fourth position he attained in September last year. He is also up one place to third among all-rounders after overtaking his team-mate, Ben Stokes who will lead the 18 men revised squad against Pakistan after a Covid-19 outbreak in the team.

David Willey, Tom Curran, Joe Root, And Eoin Morgan Of England Advance In ODI Rankings After Defeating Sri Lanka 2-0

Other England fast bowlers David Willey and Tom Curran, too, have gained positions in the latest men’s weekly rankings update. David Willey has moved up 13 places to 37th position after a ‘Player of the Series’ performance picking up nine wickets that included a haul of four for 64 in the second match, while Tom Curran’s four wickets in two matches saw him advance 20 places to 68th position.

England’s 2-0 series win, which helped them to the top of the CWC Super League Standings also saw Test captain Joe Root moving up two places to 13th position with a series-topping aggregate of 147 runs and white-ball skipper Eoin Morgan inching up from 26th to 25th.

For Sri Lanka, captain Kusal Perera is up to one place to 41st after scoring 82 runs in the series, while Dhananjaya de Silva has gained 10 slots to reach 74th position. In the men’s T20I rankings, South Africa’s Quinton de Kock has advanced nine places to 13th after aggregating 255 runs in their five-match series against the West Indies.

Joe Root's unbeaten run of 68* and 79* in the series sees him jump to 13th place.
Joe Root’s unbeaten run of 68* and 79* in the series sees him jump to 13th place.

Aiden Markram is up 23 places to 19th position while George Linde (up 30 places to 43rd) and Lungi Ngidi (up 25 places to 56th) are among the bowlers to gain after their 3-2 win. For the West Indies, Evin Lewis is up to one place to ninth position after finishing with 178 runs. Nicholas Pooran has gained 20 places to reach 87th position while Shimron Hetmyer is up 15 places to 99th.

All-rounder Dwayne Bravo has moved from 95th to 44th among bowlers after finishing with 10 wickets in the series while Obed McKoy has moved up 65 places to 53rd with nine wickets.

Babar Azam
Babar Azam (Photo by Aamir QURESHI / AFP) (Photo by AAMIR QURESHI/AFP via Getty Images)

Babar Azam Seen Breaching COVID-19 Protocols Ahead Of South Africa Tour

Babar Azam, Pakistan skipper was seen breaching Covid-19 protocols as he met Director General (DG) Punjab Sports Board, Adnan Irshad in order to resolve some issues concerning his local club.

Babar Azam underwent his first Covid-19 test at the National High-Performance Centre yesterday ahead of the upcoming Africa tour. The Pakistan captain was advised by PCB to stay at home and avoid meeting the general public as he is expected to join the bio-secure bubble tomorrow at the PCB headquarters ahead of the African tour.

Babar Azam
Babar Azam (Image Credit: Twitter)

Babar Azam Didn’t Heed To Advise To Stay At Home And Avoid Meeting Public

After the aforementioned meeting, Babar Azam didn’t address the media and went to his car. He quickly reversed the car and nearly escaped hitting another car on the way. Meanwhile, the Pakistan Cricket Team under the leadership of Babar Azam will shortly embark on the tour of Africa.

Pakistan. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

They will first travel to South Africa where they will lock horns with the Proteas in three One-day Internationals and four Twenty20 Internationals. The ODI and T20I series will be held at the SuperSport Park in Centurion and at the Wanderers in Johannesburg between April 02-16.

Pakistan Will Play 3 ODIs And 2 T20Is In South Africa Before Embarking On Zimbabwe Tour

Pakistan will take part in three one-day internationals in South Africa, starting in Centurion on April 2. The other two matches are in Johannesburg (April 4) and Centurion (April 7).

The teams will also play four Twenty20 internationals after the ODI series. Following that, Pakistan travels north for two Tests and three Twenty20 internationals in Zimbabwe.

Pakistan vs Zimbabwe
Pakistan vs Zimbabwe Image Source: PTI

Pakistan had earlier completed a clean sweep 3-0 in T20Is over Zimbabwe when Zimbabwe toured the Asian country in October-November 2020. Babar Azam and Brendon Taylor were leading run-scorers both scoring in excess of 200 in ODIs which Pakistan won 2-1. In T20Is too, Babar Azam was the leading scorer. Usman Qadir picked most wickets in T20I while Blessing Muzarabani was the leading wicket-taker in ODIs.

South Africa had also toured Pakistan to play 2 Tests and 3 T20Is in February 2021. Pakistan won both Tests while winning the 1st and 3rd T20Is to win the series 2-1. Aiden Markram was the leading scorer in the Tests while Mohammad Rizwan was the leading scorer in T20Is. Hasan Ali was the leading wicket-taker in Tests while Tabraiz Shamsi and Dwayne Pretorious picked 6 scalps each to top bowling charts in T20Is.


Pakistan Now Need To Win On Away Tours: Babar Azam

Babar Azam, who is Pakistan’s all-format skipper has termed Pakistan’s boost in the Test rankings as the ‘best part of the series win against South Africa’. He also stated that the team has the potential to improve further.

Pakistan completed a 2-0 series sweep against South Africa on Monday which is their first against the Proteas since 2003. Consequently, the Babar Azam-led team has climbed the ICC Test Rankings ladder and is currently at No 5, above South Africa.

Pakistan Now Need To Win On Away Tours: Babar Azam 1Babar Azam: 5th Ranked Pakistan Have To Further Improve After Much Needed Win Against Proteas

Babar Azam, who got his Test captaincy stint off to the perfect start, expressed his joy after the match concluded. He, however, emphasized that there is still room for improvement and that the victory against South Africa will be a huge morale-booster moving forward. In the New Zealand tour, he sustained an injury and thus, could not play a match.

“It’s a welcome sign but we have to further improve. It was a much-needed win and the best part of this series win is that now we are number five in Test rankings,” said Babar Azam in the post-match press conference.

Pakistan Now Need To Win On Away Tours: Babar Azam 2

“It will take time because it’s a new team. I am a new captain and we have made some changes to the squad. When you win, it lifts your confidence and I am sure this win against South Africa will help us improve,” he added.

Hasan Ali picked 10 scalps in the 2nd Test as Pakistan won by 95 runs. Pakistan won the 1st Test by 7 wickets.  While South Africa’s Aiden Markram was the top scorer with 227 runs averaging 56.75, Hasan Ali was the leading wicket-taker with 12 scalps averaging a meager 19.67.

Babar Azam: Pakistan Need To Win On Away Tours

Babar Azam deemed it important that his new-look Test side performs similarly well on away tours as well. He feels that this series victory will help the team regain confidence from the fans following a disastrous New Zealand tour.

“We have won at home, but we now need to win on away tours. I am sure that with time, we will do that. We lost in New Zealand and there were so many negative things said, but I am sure that now people will back us.”

Pakistan Now Need To Win On Away Tours: Babar Azam 3Following an emphatic Test series triumph, Babar Azam will now lead Pakistan in their three-match T20I series starting on February 11. All matches will be held at Lahore’s Gaddafi Stadium.

Keegan Petersen (left). Getty Images

Keegan Petersen Replaces Injured Aiden Markram For Second Test

South Africa have named Keegan Petersen to replace injured Aiden Markram for the second Test match against England. Markram was ruled out of the rest of the series after he broke his finger in the first Test match at Centurion. while fielding The opening batsman will undergo surgery later this week, a Cricket South Africa release said.

Meanwhile, Keegan Petersen has been in sublime form in the recent past and thus he has received his maiden Test call-up. The uncapped batsman scored a fine knock of 111 for South Africa A in a tour match at Benoni against England last week. Furthermore, he forged 155 for Northern Cape against Western Province in Kimberley last month in a second-tier first-class game.

Keegan Petersen Replaces Injured Aiden Markram For Second Test 4
Aiden Markram. Twitter

Petersen will like to grab his chance.

However, Petersen call-up is a surprising one as South Africa already has the third opener in their squad – Pieter Malan. Thus, it would be interesting to note who will get the opportunity to replace Aiden Markram in the playing XI.

Meanwhile, it is also anticipated Rassie Van der Dussen who scored a good knock of 51 runs in the second dig might be given the chance to open the innings. The right-hander had replaced injured Temba Bavuma in the first Test. Consequently, if Bavuma is fit to play the second Test match, van der Dussen can be pushed up the batting order.

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Keegan Petersen. Credits: Getty.

Keegan Petersen has scored 15 centuries in his 149 first-class innings, which have brought him 5,490 runs at an average of 40.66. Thus, he would like to grab his chance with both hands if he gets the opportunity in the second Test match.

Meanwhile, England needs 129 runs to win whereas South Africa needs another four wickets to win the first Test. The second Test match will take place at Cape Town from Friday.

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Aiden Markram Ruled Out Of The Third Ranchi Test Due To Wrist Injury

The South African opener Aiden Markram has been ruled out of the third and final Test match against India at Ranchi. The stylish batsman has been ruled out due to an injury in his right wrist. Markram has had a forgettable tour of India as he was dismissed for a pair in the second Test match at Pune.

Furthermore, Markram could only 44 runs in the first Test match at Visakhapatnam. No replacement has been thus far named by the South African board. Markram has struggled to get going against Indian spinners and he hasn’t been able to deliver the goods.

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Aiden Markram (Image Credit: Google)

Markram hasn’t been up to the mark.

On the other hand, Aiden Markram had impressed with his performances when India had toured South Africa in 2018. However, the flamboyant batsman failed to get going in the challenging Indian conditions. A lot was expected from the right-hander but he could not stand tall to the challenge of opening in Indian conditions.

Meanwhile, India has been dominated the series so far. The hosts had won the first Test match by a gargantuan margin of 203 runs and also continued their domination in the second Test match. Virat Kohli-led side won the second Test match by an innings and 137 runs. Thus, it has been one-way traffic in the series so far.

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Consequently, India will look to continue their assault on the Proteas. On the other hand, the visitors will like to make a roaring comeback into the series. However, there is no doubt that the guests will need to play out of their skin to challenge the potent Indian side.

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The third Test match will take place at Ranchi from October 19. Earlier, Keshav Maharaj was also ruled out of the third Test match with a shoulder injury.

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After Fielding For 900 Balls, Jake Weatherald Got Out On Golden Duck

It feels humiliating that when you get out on a duck, after fielding for a long period. The same incident happened with Jake Weatherald who is playing for South Australia in Australia’s domestic Sheffield Shield.

Victoria played for 150 overs or 900 balls against South Australia and declared their innings at 616 for 6. South Australia had to set themselves to score the big total.

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Jake Weatherald

South Australia opener Jake Weatherald, who fielded for a long time in Victoria’s first innings, had a responsibility to give a good start. Unfortunately, the player was out on the very first ball. Australia’s national pacer James Pattinson got the wicket of the left-hand batsman Weatherald. The batsman gave the catch to the gully where Glenn Maxwell was fielding. Weatherald would be very upset as he waited to bat after the long innings of Victoria.

The game more depends on the opener as they give a start to the team and the pace. However, South Australia surpassed the whopping first innings total of Victoria as South Australia scored 671/6.

In the game, South Australia’s batsmen who played against victoria was able to score half-century except for Weatherald, Darren Lehmann’s son Jake Lehmann (8) and Nick Winter (29*). Weatherald has played 36 first-class matches in which he has scored 2,157 runs.

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Weatherald is not only the one to face the same situation in recent times. South African opener Aiden Markram is also not able to set himself in the field against India during the recently concluded Pune Test. He just faced two balls in the first innings of the Pune Test and was out for a duck. Also in the second innings of the Test match, he once again scored a duck after facing two balls of Ishant Sharam.

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Aiden Markram (Image Credit: Google)

Abhinav Mukund Comes Up With Sarcastic Tweet After Tired Aiden Markram Scored A Duck

South African opener Aiden Markram has hugely struggled in the ongoing international tour in India. Indian cricketer Abhinav Mukund sarcastically tweeted the Proteas opener after he had the horrific moment in the first two days of the ongoing Pune Test.

Aiden Markram is one of the talented batsmen in the present South African squad. The right-handed opening batsman is currently the 11th-ranked Test batsman. After playing 18 Tests (excluding ongoing Pune Test) since his debut in September 2017, Markram has scored 1,402 runs with an average of 42.48.

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Before the ongoing Test series, Markram played for South Africa A in the two-match unofficial Test series against the hosts India A. In the Mysore game of that series, the opener scored 161 runs in their first innings.

Markram also featured in the three-day tour game ahead of the ongoing Test series. Once again, Markram’s bat dominated as he scored 100 runs before getting retired out.

Aiden Markram scored 5, 39 and 0 runs in this Test series

However, he is totally indifferent form in the ongoing Test series against the hosts India. In the first Test at Visakhapatnam, Markram scored five runs during South Africa’s first innings. He came to bat after the hard fielding time for almost two days where India managed 502/7 decl.

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Aiden Markram (Image Credit: Google)

Later in the fourth innings of that game, opener Markram fought hard but lost his wicket on 39 runs.

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The ongoing second Test at Pune has started almost a very similar fashion. The hosts’ batsmen dominated the first two days and set the first innings total of 601/5 decl. After the two hectic days, tired Markram came to bat in the late period of the evening session of day two. Markram had the worst experience in that moment as he lost his wicket at the second ball without opening his account. Indian pacer Umesh Yadav trapped him for the lbw.

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Abhinav Mukund (Image Credit: Google)

Abhinav Mukund also plays as an opening batsman. After Markram scored a duck, the 29-year-old Mukund came with a sarcastic post where he also claimed that he felt that situation.

Abhinav Mukund has played seven Tests after his debut in June 2011. The right-handed batsman has scored 320 runs in Test career with an average of 22.85.

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