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The Spirit Of Brendon McCullum Imbibed By Rest Of KKR In IPL 2021 UAE Leg: Ian Bishop

Ian Bishop, the former West Indies pacer turned commentator feels the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have imbibed the spirit of their head coach Brendon McCullum during the COVID-19-enforced break-in IPL 2021.

KKR registered a thumping seven-wicket win over the dominant defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) on Thursday to keep their winning momentum intact in the UAE leg after beating Royal Challengers Bangalore the other night by 9 wickets after dismissing them for a sub 100 total.

Ian Bishop
Ian Bishop. (Photo by MICHAEL STEELE/POOL/AFP via Getty Images)

Ian Bishop: The Spirit Of Head Coach Brendon McCullum Has Been Imbibed By Rest Of KKR

KKR struggled in the first half of IPL 2021 with just two wins in seven matches before the tournament was suspended due to COVID-19 concerns and bio bubble breaches. However, the Kolkata-based franchise has won both their first two matches in commanding fashion since the tournament resumed in the UAE.

Ian Bishop said regarding KKR’s improved form: “I was tweeting that during the interval after the first half, there seems to have been a religious experience that has taken place where the spirit of McCullum has been imbibed by the rest of the team. That’s exactly how [Eoin] Morgan and McCullum would have wanted the team to play, it’s exactly how those guys played the game.”

Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum BCCI

Ian Bishop added: “If they continue doing this for the rest of the games and qualify and do well in the IPL, then a lot of the philosophies, including part of my philosophy on how the game is played, will have to be adjusted.”

Brendon McCullum played a destructive knock of 158 off 73 balls in the 1st ever match in IPL’s inaugural edition in  2008 to show the world what they are going to witness in the marquee Indian Premier League (IPL). His innings were filled with 10 fours and 13 maximums. This was the only ton to date from a KKR batsman. He has instilled confidence and self-belief in the KKR team after being appointed as coach.

Before thrashing the MI by seven wickets and nearly five overs to spare while chasing 156, KKR had beaten Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by nine wickets after bowling Virat Kohli’s team out for 92. KKR is now fourth in the IPL 2021 table and is firmly in the race for a top-four finish.

Venkatesh Iyer, who scored an unbeaten 41 off 27 deliveries on his KKR debut against RCB, put in yet another fine performance against MI. Venkatesh Iyer once again got off to a blistering start and along with Rahul Tripathi, he took the game away from five-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians.

Ian Bishop Credited The KKR Team Management For Instilling Confidence In Venkatesh Iyer

Venkatesh Iyer hit four boundaries and three sixes during his entertaining 30-ball 53 knock before eventually being dismissed by pacer Jasprit Bumrah who took all 3 scalps. But by the time he left the crease, KKR had effectively won the match. Ian Bishop praised the KKR team management for giving opener Venkatesh Iyer the freedom to go out and play the way he wants while also complimenting the left-handed batsman’s skills.

Venkatesh Iyer made a quick-fire half century (53 off 30) against Mumbai Indians to follow up on his unbeaten 41 against RCB (Twitter/KKR)
Venkatesh Iyer made a quick-fire half-century (53 off 30) against Mumbai Indians to follow up on his unbeaten 41 against RCB (Twitter/KKR)

The former Windies pacer Ian Bishop explained: “You’ve got to give the management staff great credit for giving a guy confidence to go and play that way. The intent is one thing, but having the ability to go out there and carry it out is another aspect of it that is sometimes overlooked. It’s amazing that he’s been sort of hidden away in domestic cricket up until now.”

Although Venkatesh Iyer stole the limelight with his maiden IPL half-century, it was Rahul Tripathi, who top-scored for KKR with his unbeaten 42-ball 74, a knock studded with eight fours and three maximums. Tripathi scored an unbeaten 74 off 42 balls and Venkatesh Iyer, playing his second IPL game, smashed 53 off 30 balls, as Kolkata raced to 159 for 3 in 15.1 overs, chasing down Mumbai Indians’ 155 for 6 quite comfortably.

Brief Scores: Mumbai Indians 155/6 (Quinton de Kock 55, Rohit Sharma 33; Lockie Ferguson 2-27) vs KKR 159/3 (Rahul Tripathi 74*, Venkatesh Iyer 53, Jasprit Bumrah 3-43).

Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Image Credit: Twitter)
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IPL 2021: Top 5 Teams With The Biggest Win Margin In The League

IPL 2021 is in its 14th edition. IPL is a T20 competition that was organized by the BCCI. Notably, the tournament was first held in the year 2008 and Rajasthan Royals (RR) won the tournament. Since then every year it is held and has become a fan-favourite tournament.

People of every age group enjoy the high octane and nail-biting encounters between the franchise teams. The cash-rich Indian T20 league is regarded as the World’s best T20 league ahead of CPL, PSL, LPL and it has witnessed some of the greatest cricket games of all time.

However, sometimes fans have also witnessed the dominance of one team which resulted in one-sided games. In this article, we will have a look at the most one-sided games played in the history of the tournament. However, our main focus will be on the victories based on the biggest run margin. Because in total 15 times, a team has won the game with 10 wickets in hand.

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

Top 5 IPL Teams With The Biggest Win Margin In The Tournament

5. Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 130 runs

On April 23, 31st match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2013 at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore saw the most extraordinary, explosive, exceptional, and destructive innings in the history of T20 Cricket. Pune Warriors India was facing Royal Challengers Bangalore and they won the toss and elected to field first. The Universe Boss Chris Gayle opened the innings with Tillakaratne Dilshan and he literally demolished the PWI bowling unit.

Chris Gayle slammed 175 against Pune Warrior in 2013
Chris Gayle slammed 175 against Pune Warrior in 2013 | Photo Credit: PTI.

Almost half of Chris Gayle’s inning was filled with boundaries as the West Indies opener smashed 13 fours and 17 sixers. The Universe Boss was going berserk against every bowler.

Meanwhile, in the end, he finished his knock at unbeaten 175 off 66 deliveries at a massive strike rate of 265.15. With the help of his century, RCB posted 263/5 on the board. During the chase, PWI was unable to give a tough fight to the opposition and in 20 overs they scored 133 at the loss of 9 wickets.

Meanwhile, the Virat Kohli-led RCB won the game by a humongous margin of 130 runs. Chris Gayle had scored the highest individual score and RCB’s total was the highest to date.

4. Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 138 runs

Team Royal Challengers Bangalore was in the records again when they locked horns with Kings XI Punjab ( now Punjab Kings) in the 40th match of IPL 2015 at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore on May 6. The George Bailey led Kings XI Punjab won the toss and elected to field first inviting RCB to bat.

Opener Chris Gayle had a sensational outing as he scored 117 runs from just 57 balls. Also, Skipper Virat Kohli and AB De Villiers scored 32 and 47 respectively. Meanwhile, RCB posted 226 runs on the board.

RCB teammates Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers (Image Credit: Twitter)
RCB teammates Virat Kohli, Chris Gayle, and AB de Villiers (Image Credit: Twitter)

During the chase Kings XI, Punjab (now Punjab Kings) were bowled out at the score of 88 in the 14th over. Notably, Axar Patel made the biggest contribution from the Punjab side scoring 40 runs from 21 balls. Only Wriddhiman Saha and Axar Patel scored double-digit runs. Meanwhile, Sreenath Aravind and Mitchell Starc were able to bag 4 wickets each from team RCB.

3. Kolkata Knight Riders won by 140 runs

Yet another RCB involvement, in the biggest win margin columns came this time on the losing side. The match was the 1st game of the inaugural edition of IPL at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore on April 18, 2008.

Brendon McCullum scored 158 runs off 73 balls in IPL 2008 opener.
Brendon McCullum scored 158 runs off 73 balls in IPL 2008 opener. | Photo Credit: BCCL

Royal Challengers Bangalore which was led by Rahul Dravid won the toss and they elected to field first. Meanwhile, KKR openers skipper Sourav Ganguly and Brendon McCullum opened for the first time in IPL. The openers had a 61 runs partnership and Sourav Ganguly was dismissed at 10.

Meanwhile, the New Zealand cricketer Brendon McCullum played a destructive knock of 158 off 73 balls to show the world what they are going to witness in the marquee Indian Premier League (IPL). His innings were filled with 10 fours and 13 maximums. Notably, he batted with a strike rate of 216.43. He helped KKR score 222/3. This was the only ton to date from a KKR batsman.

Meanwhile, during the chase RCB had a horrible run as all their main batters got out in single-digit scores. Only Praveen Kumar was able to score 18 runs and all the other players were dismissed under the score of 10 which resulted in RCB getting bowled out at 82 and losing the game by 140 runs. Ajit Agarkar-3, Ashok Dinda-2, and Sourav Ganguly-2 were amongst the wickets.

2. Royal Challengers Bangalore won by 144 runs

In the 44th match of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2016, Royal Challengers Bangalore faced off Gujrat Lions at M Chinnaswamy Stadium, Bangalore. The Virat Kohli-led side lost the toss and was invited to bat first. The start was not at all good for RCB as they lost the opener, Chris Gayle, in the 4th over and they were at 19-1 in 3.5 overs.

However, after that fans witnessed a batting master class by two of the greatest batsmen of the generation. Former Proteas batsman AB De Villiers and Indian masterclass batsman Virat Kohli. Both the batsmen brought in the storm and destroyed the opposite bowling unit.

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

AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli added 229 runs for the 2nd wicket which is the record of highest partnership in the IPL. The captain of RCB scored marvellous 109 runs off 55 deliveries including 5 fours and 8 six at a strike rate of 198.18. Meanwhile, Virat Kohli’s mate AB de Villiers scored exceptional 129 runs off 52 balls including 10 fours and 12 sixes at a strike rate of 248.07. Notably, RCB posted 248 runs on the board in that IPL game.

Meanwhile, during the chase Gujrat Lions despite having star batters were bowled out at 104 and RCB won the game by 144 runs. Notably, in that match, RCB used as many as 9 bowlers. Apart from Aaron Finch’s 37, the likes of power hitters Dwayne Smith-7, Brendon McCullum-11, Ravindra Jadeja-21, Dinesh Karthik-2, and Dwayne Bravo-1 failed with the bat.

1. Mumbai Indians won by 146 runs

Team Mumbai Indians is currently sitting at the top in terms of the biggest winning margin in the history of the tournament. The match was the 45th game of the IPL 2017 at Feroz Shah Kotla, Delhi. The Rohit Sharma-led team was facing the team Delhi Daredevils (Capitals).

Delhi Capitals won the toss and they invited Mumbai Indians to bat first. Meanwhile, The decision turned out to be a horrible one for the Zaheer Khan-led franchise. As Mumbai batters went berserk against the DC bowling unit.

Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Instagram
Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Instagram

West Indies powerhouse Kieron Pollard & Lendl Simmons smashed 63 and 66 runs. Also Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya batted with a 207.14 strike rate and MI finished the innings at 212/3.

During the chase, Mitchell McClenaghan dismissed Sanju Samson on the very first ball. Before the power play ended Delhi Capitals were reduced at 35-5 and soon they were bowled out at the score of 66 which resulted in Delhi Capitals setting the record of the biggest loss in the history of IPL by 146 runs.

The likes of Karun Nair (21), Corey Anderson (10), and Pat Cummins (10) were the only cricketers to score double-digit runs as the likes of heavyweights Sanju Samson, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant, and Marlon Samuels failing. Harbhajan Singh and Karn Sharma took 3 scalps apiece.

Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum BCCI
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KKR Was Being Paralyzed By Fear Due To COVID-19 Cases: Brendon McCullum

Brendon McCullum, Kolkata Knight Riders head coach says they were “paralyzed a little bit by fear” when coronavirus struck the first half of the IPL in India. It was KKR’s mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy and seamer Sandeep Warrier, who first tested positive for COVID-19 in May in the middle of the league, which was eventually postponed due to more Covid-19 cases due to bio bubble breaches.

The Purple and Gold brigade led by England white-ball skipper Eoin Morgan had an underwhelming first half. They are languishing at the seventh spot but Brendon McCullum is hopeful for a strong showing when action resumes from September 19 in the UAE.

Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders (Image Credit: Twitter)

Brendon McCullum: There Were Sometimes Throughout IPL 2021 When KKR Was Being Paralyzed By Fear Due To Covid-19 Cases In The Camp

The spike of positive cases in the bio-bubble had already resulted in the postponement of two IPL games earlier. The KKR vs RCB clash was rescheduled after spinner Varun Chakravarthy and pacer Sandeep Warrier returned with positive results.

Later, the CSK vs RR fixture was also rescheduled after a couple of fresh cases were reported from the CSK camp. However, the governing bodies were forced to take the massive step as two more players – SRH’s Wriddhiman Saha and DC’s Amit Mishra were infected by the virus.

File photos of Delhi Capitals' Amit Mishra (left) with SRH's Wriddhiman Saha. Image Source : IPLT20.COM
File photos of Delhi Capitals’ Amit Mishra (left) with SRH’s Wriddhiman Saha. Image Source: IPLT20.COM

“In regards to the tournament which is upcoming (second half of the IPL phase), we can end it right. We can take the game on and we’re in a situation where we need things to go our way,” Brendon McCullum was quoted as saying by the KKR website.

“We need to hit the ground running, challenge one another privately, support one another publicly and try and get the best out of one another in the next 4-5 weeks. Who knows where we can go with this. There were sometimes throughout the season when I just felt we were being paralyzed a little bit by fear,” Brendon McCullum added.

The virus had wreaked havoc in India at that time, claiming thousands of lives. Prasidh Krishna, who has been picked as a standby player for England tour, became the fourth Kolkata Knight Riders player to test positive for Covid-19. KKR wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert was reported to have tested positive for Covid-19.

Brendon McCullum: KKR Will Just Go Out There And Try And Enjoy The Game

The 39-year-old former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum, who started his IPL journey as a player with KKR, is hopeful the team will be able to get rid of the angst that had been built in the first phase of the league.

“I wasn’t able to free the guys up enough to understand that and that’s sort of a challenge for me. But it is also a good challenge for the guys as well that they need to push the envelope of their own thinking as well.”

“Hopefully we will be able to strip away a bit of the angst which had built up in the first part of the season, just go out there and try and enjoy ourselves. That’s the ambition that I have got for the franchise and hence why I am unapologetic and unrelenting in my belief that we need to play a braver style of play,” Brendon McCullum said.

Head coach Brendon McCullum says KKR will make couple of changes in Mumbai (Image Courtesy: KKR Twitter)
Head coach Brendon McCullum with skipper Eoin Morgan (Image Courtesy: KKR Twitter)

Talking about his coaching style, McCullum said, “When we left India (after IPL was called off due to Covid), I think everyone understood me as a coach on how I want our team to play. I am unapologetic about that as well because my job is to try and build something at KKR that is going to last far longer than I am going to last for the franchise,” McCullum added.

KKR-led by Eoin Morgan will open their second-phase campaign against Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore on September 20 in Abu Dhabi. KKR have to lock horns with Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), Delhi Capitals (DC), Punjab Kings (PBKS), Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), Rajasthan Royals (RR), Mumbai Indians (MI), and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the remaining 7 matches.

Standing at the 7th position, the team needs a victory in five matches to ensure a top-four spot. The likes of Tim Seifert, Shakib Al Hasan, Sheldon Jackson, Vaibhav Arora, Karun Nair, Harbhajan Singh, Ben Cutting, Venkatesh Iyer, Pawan Negi hasn’t played many games for KKR this season and may get opportunities in the UAE leg.

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
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Kolkata Knight Riders Have Signed New Zealand Pacer Tim Southee For IPL 2021 UAE Leg Replacing Pat Cummins

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have signed Tim Southee for the remaining 31 games of the Indian Premier League (IPL). A franchise official has confirmed the signing of the New Zealand pacer on Thursday (August 26).  Pacer Tim Southee, understandably, comes in place of Australian pace all-rounder Pat Cummins who has pulled out of the IPL 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.

Tim Southee Playing For RCB © BCCITim Southee Playing For RCB © BCCI

Kolkata Knight Riders Signed Tim Southee

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.

“Tim has been a strong player and has been the spearhead of the New Zealand team. In the UAE conditions, we hope he will be very effective,” a KKR official said.

The exact amount of signing has not been known but Pat Cummins was acquired by the Kolkata Knight Riders franchise for 15.5 crores in the 2019 IPL auction.

Kolkata Knight Riders' Pat Cummins
Kolkata Knight Riders’ Pat Cummins[photo: Twitter]

Tim Southee, who will be the third New Zealander in the Kolkata Knight Riders squad, was expected to be a part of the New Zealand team for their twin tours of Bangladesh and Pakistan but he did not figure in the final squad under Tom Latham. He will join the country’s young pacer, Lockie Ferguson, and top-order keeper batter Tim Seifert in the KKR squad.

Brendon McCullum Will Take Charge Of KKR In UAE

Kolkata Knight Riders head coach former New Zealand keeper Brendon McCullum, who has stayed away from Caribbean Premier League (which starts on Thursday), is expected to take charge of KKR in UAE.

“He will be back for the IPL,” said the official of KKR, which owns the Trinbago Knight Riders team in the CPL.

Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum BCCI

Kolkata Knight Riders are in seventh place in the IPL points table with four points with two wins in seven games. They are hoping Tim Southee will provide the impetus.

“He will be a backup to Lockie Ferguson. With his new ball skills, he should be very effective in the UAE conditions,” the KKR official said.

Pat Cummins, who was signed for Rs 15.5 crores for IPL 2020 season, has been a key member of their side, and this season he played all their seven games, taking nine wickets and scoring 93 runs, including a career-best 66 not out against Chennai Super Kings.

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. Pat Cummins’ KKR teammates Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy, Sandeep Warrier, and Tim Seifert had tested positive for Covid-19 leading to the indefinite postponement of IPL 2021.

Tim Southee is the third-highest wicket-taker in T20I cricket with 99 wickets in 83 matches and has been part of Rajasthan Royals, Chennai Super Kings, Mumbai Indians, and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the past. He will now reunite with his former captain Brendon McCullum, the head coach of KKR.

Tim Southee happens to be a great addition and acquisition by KKR, as the Kiwi pacer is currently the third-highest wicket-taker in Twenty20 Internationals, having claimed 99 wickets in 83 matches at an economy of 8.39. In T20s, he has 224 scalps to his name from 201 at 8.30.

However, it is unclear if Tim Southee would get the nod ahead of his Kiwi teammate Lockie Ferguson. Although the latter is currently recovering from COVID-19, he is expected to recover on time and make it to the playing XI.

Chris Cairns during his farewell international appearance, New Zealand v West Indies, Twenty20, Auckland, February 16, 2006, @AFP
Chris Cairns during his farewell international appearance, New Zealand v West Indies, Twenty20, Auckland, February 16, 2006, @AFP
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Chris Cairns Suffers Spine Stroke Which Paralyzed His Legs

Chris Cairns faces a long road to recovery, with paralysis in his legs after suffering a stroke in his spine. The former Black Caps allrounder, 51, has returned to Canberra where he lives but remains in a serious condition after suffering complications following major heart surgery in Sydney.

Chris Cairns suffered an aortic dissection, a major medical event that saw him transferred to Sydney’s St Vincent’s Hospital on life support earlier this month.

Chris Cairns announced his retirement at a news conference in Christchurch
Chris Cairns announced his retirement at a news conference in Christchurch © Getty Images

Chris Cairns Suffered Stroke In His Spine Which Resulted In Paralysis In His Legs

A statement issued by Chris Cairns’ lawyer Aaron Lloyd on Friday confirmed the latest on his condition:

“During the life saving emergency heart surgery Chris underwent in Sydney he suffered a stroke in his spine. This has resulted in paralysis in his legs,” the statement said.

“As a result, he will be undertaking a significant rehabilitation process at a specialist spinal hospital in Australia. Chris and his family remain appreciative of the immense public support as they deal with this difficult time. They also appreciate the way in which their privacy has been respected.”

“Chris and his family now want to focus on spending time together where possible and making whatever progress they can in his recovery. We will update everyone when there is more news, but that is likely to be sometime away.”

Chris Cairns is a New Zealand cricket legend (Image: GETTY)
Chris Cairns is a New Zealand cricket legend (Image: GETTY)

An aortic dissection is a serious condition in which a tear occurs in the inner layer of the body’s main artery (aorta).

Chris Cairns’ condition was described as “serious but stable” on August 11 on transfer to Sydney, then there was encouraging news last week that he was off life support and communicating with his family.

Chris Cairns, the son of former test player Lance Cairns, played 62 tests and 215 one-day internationals for New Zealand between 1989 and 2006 and was named one of the Wisden Almanack’s cricketers of the year in 2000 when at the peak of his powers. He and his wife Melanie live in Canberra and have two young children.

Chris Cairns Faced Allegations Of Match-Fixing While Playing In Now Defunct ICL

The 51-year-old, however, also faced allegations of match-fixing when he played in the now-defunct Indian Cricket League in 2008 and fought many legal battles to prove his innocence during which he won a defamation case against the IPL founder Lalit Modi in London in 2012.

Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum BCCI

He again faced fixing allegations from fellow cricketers Lou Vincent and Brendon McCullum before being acquitted of perjury and perverting the course of justice following a gruelling trial in London court in 2015. Fighting corruption allegations took a toll on his life and at one point in time, he had to take up a job with the Auckland Council to drive trucks and clean bus shelters to foot the legal bills.

Chris Cairns played 62 Tests, 215 ODIs, and two T20I matches for New Zealand between 1989-2006. Chris Cairns played 62 Tests between 1989 and 2004, averaging 29.4 with the ball and 33.53 with the bat, including 87 sixes — a world record at the time.

Chris Cairns is a New Zealand cricket legend (Image: GETTY)
Chris Cairns is a New Zealand cricket legend (Image: GETTY)
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Chris Cairns Suffers An Aortic Dissection In Main Artery And Is In Sydney Hospital’s Intensive Care Unit

Chris Cairns, former New Zealand all-rounder is in an intensive care unit at a Sydney hospital after undergoing cardiovascular surgery following a major heart incident in Canberra last week. St Vincent’s Hospital in Sydney said Chris Cairns, who was admitted on Tuesday, was in “a serious but stable condition” in intensive care.

His wife Melanie Cairns said the cricketer had surgery in Canberra after a “major medical event” late last week but the seriousness of his condition required him to be transferred to St Vincent’s for another operation.

Chris Cairns
Chris Cairns in Auckland. The former NZ star cricket player is in hospital in Sydney in a serious but stable condition after surgery. Photograph: Nigel Marple/Reuters

Chris Cairns Suffers An Aortic Dissection In Main Artery And Is In Intensive Care Unit In A Sydney Hospital

Chris Cairns has reportedly collapsed in Australia and is on life support. As per reports, he suffered a major medical emergency – an aortic dissection – in Canberra last week. This is when a tear occurs in the inner layer of the body’s main artery.

The Black Caps legend has reportedly undergone several operations while in hospital but has not responded to treatment as hoped. Chris Cairns will be transferred to a specialist hospital in Sydney soon.

“Chris’ family and friends are heartened by the respectful and warm manner in which this terrible news has been reported, and received by the public, both in New Zealand and around the world, and thanks to everyone for their warm wishes, prayers, and kind words,” she said in a statement on Wednesday.

New Zealand media outlet Newshub on Tuesday reported 51-year-old Chris Cairns had suffered an aortic dissection – a tear in the body’s main artery.

“We’re deeply concerned to hear of Chris Cairns’ medical emergency,” Cricket New Zealand boss David White said in a statement.

“Our thoughts are with his family in Aus and here in NZ. Chris is a much loved husband, father, and son – and remains one of our finest all-rounders. We hope he’s able to make a full recovery.”

Chris Cairns played 62 Tests, 215 One-Day Internationals, and two Twenty20 Internationals for New Zealand between 1989 and 2006. His father Lance Cairns also represented New Zealand in cricket.

Chris Cairns life support cricket legend medical emergency
Chris Cairns is on life support after suffering a medical emergency (Image: GETTY)

News of his health setback rocked New Zealand, where former teammates expressed sympathy for his family.

“It’s absolutely devastating. It’s the worst news you could possibly get,” former New Zealand teammate Chris Harris told local media.

In 62 Test matches, Chris Cairns has scored 3320 runs and scalped 218 wickets. Whereas in the ODIs he has chipped in 4950 runs and has picked up 201 wickets. He was named as one of five Wisden Cricketers of the year in 2000 and is the son of former New Zealand all-rounder Lance Cairns. He went on to become a commentator with Sky Sport.

Chris Cairns Denied Any Wrongdoing After Allegations Of Match-Fixing In Defunct ICL In 2008

Chris Cairns has lived in Canberra for several years. After retiring from international cricket, he was the subject of allegations of match-fixing in India as captain of Chandigarh Lions in the defunct Indian Cricket League (ICL) in 2008. He denied any wrongdoing and fought several legal battles to clear his name, winning a libel case against former Indian Premier League chairman Lalit Modi in 2012.

In 2015, he was cleared of perjury in relation to the libel case after being charged by Britain’s Crown Prosecution Service. Former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, who testified against Chris Cairns during the perjury trial, said the cricket community was suffering along with Chris Cairns’s family. Former New Zealand cricketers Brendon McCullum and Lou Vincent both claimed Chris Cairns approached them about fixing matches.

“It’s a difficult subject to obviously talk about. We haven’t seen each other for quite a long time,” McCullum, a host on New Zealand radio station SENZ, said.
Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum BCCI

“Our relationship is unimportant in the whole thing, the fact is that Chris is a father and also a son to Lance and (mother) Sue. Today my family and myself are thinking of those people who are suffering.”

Post his retirement, Chris Cairns worked in Dubai as a diamond merchant in 2010. In March 2012, Chris Cairns successfully sued former Indian Premier League (IPL) commissioner Lalit Modi in a liberal case. However, on 14 September 2013, he was charged with perjury in England.

With the costs of legal proceedings hitting his family, Chris Cairns took up the job of cleaning bus shelters to make the ends meet. As a result, he is one of the few cricketers who went from stardom to poverty.

Chris Lynn Instagram
Chris Lynn Instagram
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Chris Lynn Relinquishes Brisbane Heat Captaincy Duties In Big Bash League

Chris Lynn has relinquished captaincy duties at the Big Bash League franchise Brisbane Heat, ending a second stint in the leadership role of the franchise. His exit was expected with head coach Darren Lehmann supposed to make a possible change at the top at the end of last season.

Chris Lynn, who is also BBL’s highest run-getter, led the franchise to a third-place finish last season and also finished as the team’s highest run-getter (458) despite missing as many as five games with a hamstring injury.

Chris Lynn is the leading run-scorer in BBL history Getty Images
Chris Lynn is the leading run-scorer in BBL history Getty Images

Chris Lynn Grateful For Backing And Support From Brisbane Heat Teammates

In all, Chris Lynn led Brisbane Heat in 48 games across two separate stints as captain. He first took the captaincy role in the fifth season of BBL before handing over the reins to ‘Bash Brother’ Brendon McCullum for two seasons. He took up the mantle once more before the 2018-19 season.

“It has been a huge honour to skipper the Heat for the last three years and I am very grateful for all the backing and support from the players, coaching and backroom staff and the loyal Heat fans and sponsors,” Lynn said in a statement. 

Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum BCCI

“I am very proud to have led the boys and I have really enjoyed my time as captain. I have thought long and hard about my decision, and I think it is the right time for someone else to take over the reins and keep building with this talented group of players.”

Brisbane Heat opened with two successive defeats before Chris Lynn’s injury but experienced an upturn in fortunes under the captaincy of Jimmy Peirson, with the keeper-batsman now a frontrunner to take over as full-time captain.

Chris Lynn’s Successor To Be Announced In Due Time

Queensland Cricket CEO Terry Svenson said a succession plan for captaincy handover will be made in due course of time. Jimmy Peirson will be the favourite to take over after deputizing impressively last season.

“Something like this is never a simple or comfortable process, and Chris certainly has our full support for the decision he has reached,” Svenson said.

Jimmy Peirson
Jimmy Peirson. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

“We certainly respect his choice and the reasoning behind it. He hasn’t rushed things and has consulted with key people in his life to make this call.

“Having spoken at length with him, I am very confident that he and Heat will both benefit from his decision and we certainly look forward to him bringing his experience and undoubted batting prowess to bear on the BBL 11 season and beyond.”

The Brisbane Heat reached the Challenger final last season before being defeated by Perth Scorchers – the first time they had reached the finals since 2016-17 – having finished fifth and seventh in the previous two seasons.
Chris Lynn also led the club during the 2015-16 season before handing over to Brendon McCullum. Queensland Cricket said it will decide on his successor closer to the season but Jimmy Peirson, who deputised when Chris Lynn was injured last season, will be the frontrunner.
Chris Lynn had spent time considering his position since the season ended and informed Queensland Cricket he was standing down after returning from the postponed IPL.
Ross Taylor
Ross Taylor
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Ross Taylor Admits He Might Have Retired If New Zealand Had Won 2019 ODI World Cup

Ross Taylor, a New Zealand middle-order batsman has stated that he might have retired from international cricket if his side had won the 2019 ODI World Cup.

Two years after the heartbreaking disappointment at Lord’s, New Zealand is set to play India in another ICC tournament summit clash. The inaugural World Test Championship (WTC) final, beginning at Southampton on Friday, will be New Zealand’s third final at a world event in six years.

Ross Taylor:- REUTERS/Ross Setford (image sourced from Otago Daily Times www.odt.co.nz)
Ross Taylor: REUTERS/Ross Setford.

Ross Taylor Admits It Was Disappointing To Lose 2019 World Cup Final

After losing the 2015 World Cup final against Australia, New Zealand beat India in the semi-final of the 2019 World Cup to set up a grand finale date with hosts England.

The final ended in a tie, following which the teams tussled in a Super Over which also ended in a stalemate. England was eventually crowned 2019 World Cup champions on the pre-decided “boundary count” rule which was scrapped later.

“It was disappointing to have lost that match at Lord’s a couple of years ago. I guess, when you lose, you feel that it might be the last time you are playing a World Cup final, so it is nice for me to be here.

“If we did win that game, I might have retired after that. I am glad I did not, and I am here today,” said  Ross Taylor during a virtual press conference.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 14: 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)
(Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)

In a career spanning over a decade-and-a-half, Ross Taylor is New Zealand’s most-capped cricketer with 442 international matches across all formats. The 37-year-old is also his country’s leading run-scorer in international cricket and is just four runs shy of recording 18,000 international runs.

Ross Taylor Looking Forward To The Challenge Of Meeting Fantastic Side India In The WTC Final

Ross Taylor called India a “fantastic side” as he praised the Kiwis’ WTC final opponent, and hailed their win in Australia last season which was great to watch. The Kiwi batsman believes the Indian side has all the necessary ingredients to excel in the WTC final.

“India has been a fantastic side for a long period of time — not only their batters but also their bowlers. They won a series against Australia in its home summer, and it was great to watch. It was nice for the New Zealand public to see some world-class bowling against a very good Australian attack.”

Ross Taylor added that India had a fair lot of success in England as well. He also stated that he was sure the Indian bowlers would have enjoyed the swing and the bounce that the Dukes’ ball offers.

“We are looking forward to the challenge. You go through the Indian line-up, and there are just world-class players throughout. Whatever side they decide to go with, it will have world-class players. India has been a world No.1 side for a long time. They will be very tough opposition,” Ross Taylor added.

Even with a second-string side in the absence of injury-hit players, India beat the mighty Australian side at home in the 2020/21 season to retain the Border-Gavaskar Trophy. The victory also helped the side earn crucial points in the WTC and boosted their chances of making it to the tournament final. However, India comes into this game having not contested a single Test match since February-March 2021 against England at home.

Brisbane Test: India beat Australia by 3 wickets at Gabba to win series 2-1, retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy Image Source : AP IMAGE
Brisbane Test: India beat Australia by 3 wickets at Gabba to win series 2-1, retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy. Image Source: AP IMAGE

New Zealand, on the other hand, beat England at Birmingham less than a week ago to win their first series in the country in 22 years. The 1-0 series win also helped them displace India from the No.1 Test spot. Ross Taylor believes the England series has helped them acclimatize to the conditions ahead of the WTC final.

“It was an ideal preparation, having played two Test matches against England in these conditions. Cannot think of anything better,” Ross Taylor further added.

Currently ranked 19th in the latest ICC Test Rankings for batsmen, Ross Taylor will be playing his 108th Test for New Zealand when New Zealand meets India at Southampton. Already New Zealand’s highest run-getter in Test cricket, Ross Taylor is only the fourth Black Caps cricketer after the likes of Stephen Fleming, Daniel Vettori, and Brendon McCullum to play over 100 Tests for his nation.

Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan (Getty)
Jos Buttler, Eoin Morgan (Getty)
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Eoin Morgan And Jos Buttler Should Issue An Apology To Indians: BCCI Official

Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler can get in trouble as the England and Wales Cricket Board has received the screenshots where the two cricketers can be seen mocking Indians.

What makes the matter worse for both Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler is that their historical tweets are just a couple of years old and came when the two were established cricketers in their prime form. It is speculated that the controversy surrounding Eoin Morgan and Jos Buttler can also affect the image of their IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders and Rajasthan Royals respectively.

Jos Buttler, Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2021
Jos Buttler, Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2021. [photo: Twitter]

Eoin Morgan And Jos Buttler Need To Issue A Public Apology: BCCI Official

A Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) official opened up on the whole matter saying that the English cricketers mocking Indians and earning from IPL won’t go down well for many players.

“KKR and RR will be in a fix as these are players earning from Indian Premier League and as late as 2017 were making fun of how Indians speak English. Now you can be dismissive of these posts but this also speaks about what their general perception about Indians is.

“It’s a tricky terrain but both KKR and Royals have a way out,” the senior BCCI official said as quoted by Times of India on conditions of anonymity.

Eoin Morgan
Eoin Morgan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Further, the BCCI official also offered a solution saying that if KKR and RR are mindful of their brand image, then Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan need to issue a public apology. The official added that the franchises should also ban both the players from the remaining of the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Eoin Morgan’s Suspension Won’t Be A Problem As He Has Failed To Produce Any Good Results Either As A Leader Or As A Finisher

Suspending both the players won’t have repercussions and ECB has already denied sending England players to the remainder of IPL 2021 due to a packed international schedule. Also, KKR should have no problem in suspending Eoin Morgan as he has failed to produce any good results as a leader or a finisher.

“Firstly, if Shah Rukh Khan and Manoj Badale are mindful of their respective franchises’ image, a statement of apology from both Morgan and Buttler would suffice. Now with ECB not allowing them for the second phase of IPL due to their own commitments, the suspension would count for very little.

“You are suspending players who are not coming for the second phase. It will be mere posturing,” the official concluded. 

KKR captain Eoin Morgan Twitter/@KKRiders
KKR captain Eoin Morgan. Twitter/@KKRiders

During an exchange on social media in 2018, Kolkata Knight Riders and England limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan and England batter Jos Buttler used ‘Sir’ to mock Indian fans. The duo was then joined by former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, who is the head coach of Kolkata Knight Riders.

Despite a star-studded squad, the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have had a torrid first half of the IPL 2021, losing 5 out 7 matches, and languishing at the 7th place on the points table, just a couple of points above Sunrisers Hyderabad. Captain Eoin Morgan and coach Brendon McCullum have been criticized for some of the tactics in the field and with the batting order.  Both the Kolkata Knight Riders and the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have taken a strong stance against discrimination of any sort.

The matters started when pacer Ollie Robinson found himself making an unreserved apology after stumps on Wednesday, his first day in Test cricket, for tweets posted as a teenager in 2012-13 that included comments suggesting Muslim were linked to terrorism and derogatory remarks about women and people of Asian heritage. He did well in his debut Test vs the Kiwis but was suspended for the ongoing 2nd Test.

Head coach Brendon McCullum says KKR will make couple of changes in Mumbai (Image Courtesy: KKR Twitter)
Head coach Brendon McCullum with skipper Eoin Morgan (Image Courtesy: KKR Twitter)
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Kolkata Knight Riders CEO Venky Mysore Hints Eoin Morgan And Brendon McCullum Could Face Sanctions

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) CEO Venky Mysore has said the IPL franchise has zero tolerance towards any kind of discrimination meaning their captain Eoin Morgan and coach Brendon McCullum could each face sanctions for historic tweets mocking Indian accent.

During an exchange on social media in 2018, Kolkata Knight Riders and England limited-overs skipper Eoin Morgan and England batter Jos Buttler used ‘Sir’ to mock Indian fans. The duo was then joined by former New Zealand captain Brendon McCullum, who is the head coach of Kolkata Knight Riders.

Eoin Morgan and Brendon McCullum
Eoin Morgan and Brendon McCullum. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Kolkata Knight Riders CEO Venky Mysore: KKR Has Zero Tolerance For Any Sort Of Discrimination

The conversation has come to the limelight again with England debutant Ollie Robinson being suspended pending investigation for his historic tweets deemed as sexist and racist.

“We don’t know enough about it to comment at this time. Let’s wait for the process to be completed to get all the facts before we jump to any conclusions. Just to reiterate, the Knight Riders organization has zero-tolerance for any sort of discrimination,” KKR CEO Venky Mysore told Cricbuzz.

Kolkata Knight Riders CEO Venky Mysore
Kolkata Knight Riders CEO Venky Mysore (AFP Photo)

Although some of those tweets have been deleted, the screenshots of the comments are doing rounds of social media. Speaking on the matter, KKR CEO Venky Mysore said that the franchise would wait to learn about the conclusion.

However, he also made it crystal clear that the Shah Rukh Khan-owned side has zero-tolerance for any type of discrimination.  Despite a star-studded squad, the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) have had a torrid first half of the IPL 2021, losing 5 out 7 matches, and languishing at the 7th place on the points table, just a couple of points above Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Captain Eoin Morgan and coach Brendon McCullum have been criticized for some of the tactics in the field and with the batting order. Kolkata Knight Riders will be in concerning jeopardy if some of their overseas players opt out of the remainder of the IPL 2021, which is set to resume in September in the UAE.

Shakib Al Hasan, Eoin Morgan, Ben Cutting, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Pat Cummins may miss the UAE leg.

ECB Reiterated Stance Against Discrimination Of Any Sort

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has reiterated its stance against discrimination of any sort and said it will discuss how to proceed further on such instances of past comments in an appropriate manner.

“There is no place for discrimination in our sport, and we are committed to taking relevant and appropriate action where required. Given the concerns which have been raised are clearly now broader than a single case, the ECB will discuss how we deal with issues over historical social media material in a timely and appropriate manner.”

Ollie Robinson has apologized for offensive tweets posted as a teenager PA Images via Getty Images
Ollie Robinson has apologized for offensive tweets posted as a teenager PA Images via Getty Images

ECB will consider each case on an individual basis. A report suggested that Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan can face the repercussions from ECB if they come out guilty of insulting the Indian fans.

“Each case will be considered on an individual basis, looking at all the facts. We will assess cases with the ECB before making further statements,” the spokesperson said.

The paceman led England’s attack with 4-75 in the first innings at Lord’s and followed up with 3-26 in the second while in between making a useful 42 with the bat. But Ollie Robinson found himself making an unreserved apology after stumps on Wednesday, his first day in Test cricket, for tweets that included comments suggesting Muslim people were linked to terrorism and derogatory remarks about women and people of Asian heritage.

Ollie Robinson will miss next week’s second Test against New Zealand at Edgbaston after being suspended from all international cricket pending an investigation into racist and sexist Twitter messages, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) announced Sunday.

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