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IPL 2021 will is scheduled from April 9 to May 30 [Credits: IPL]
IPL 2021 will is scheduled from April 9 to May 30 [Credits: IPL]
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T20 Cricket: 5 New Rules Which Can Make T20s More Interesting

T20 cricket is now watched eagerly across the globe as the shortest format has generated a lot of interest. The game of cricket has evolved vastly over the years. There was a time when 5 days of Test cricket was probably the only thing that happened. Then came the 50 overs ODI and the 20 overs T20I format which made the cricket on-lookers experience the fresh breeze blowing. With the inception of T20 cricket, the game became even more athletic.

T20 cricket made people ponder then so as to how cricket can be played in such a short span of 20 overs. But then came the T10 league that further shortened the format. With T20s, the approach of the game witnessed a shift. The batters came in with innovative shots whereas bowlers introduced more variations. The Hundred (100 balls) and T10 leagues (10 overs) have generated a lot of interest but T20s were the first thing that saw edge-of-the-seat thrillers and generated revenues.

The IPL further garnered the audacity of the T20 cricket format as its pace and entertainment fetched in a large chunk of the audience to watch the games. It is probably the most celebrated format now with fans yearning to watch the action unfold. But T20 cricket can be more interesting if some rules are changed.

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

T20 Cricket: 5 New Rules Which Can Make T20s More Interesting

1. 8 runs for sixes over 100 meters

Chris Gayle Image Source : IPLT20.COM
Chris Gayle Image Source: IPLT20.COM

The T20 cricket matches carry a tag of being entertaining and full of action-packed performances. With the likes of power hitters like Chris Gayle, Andre Russell, AB de Villiers to name a few, big hits are always in the scenario. Often the power that these players generate whilst hitting the shots leaves many in awe of their strength.

Big sixes aren’t a rare sight in T20 cricket and often the ball is out of the stadium. So the thought of rewarding the batters with much more than just 6 runs for their effort of hitting it big will do wonders to the individual player and team. Hitting the ball over 100 meters requires immense strength in T20 cricket and the ones who can do it must be provided with some advantage. So giving eight runs instead of six to a maximum that goes over 100 meters could be a new rule that adds to the fascination of the T20 cricket format.

Maybe one can think of bringing it in the franchise leagues in the first place. If that happens, the team with hard hitters will benefit. It will take the target of the side to an even more challenging total for the opposition to chase. In case the team batting first had struggled initially to get in runs, if their attacking batters are able to send the ball out of the stands it might help the team to chip in some necessary runs.

2. More Than 4 Overs For A Bowler

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

The format is shorter but it demands the players to challenge themselves even more. By tuning out all the distractions, they have to find the shelf of possibilities to take the team past the total or put a commanding target on board. It thus becomes the game of calculation, wherein the batters decide their targets.

They play out the tough bowlers and then design their approach in such a way that they then take on the part-timers and the less fancied ones. A batter has the opportunity to play an entire inning when in form, but when it comes to the bowlers, they have just four overs to bowl.

However, a tweak in the quota of the bowlers can be made. If the number of overs is increased, the bowler who is having a good day will make most of it and the team will be gifted with more important breakthroughs. This will scrape off the tension of the skipper in case one of his prime bowlers is having a bad day.

The batters will then have to face more balls from the lethal in form bowlers and that would test their abilities in T20 cricket. This move can provide more challenges to the batters and will produce furthermore compelling contests for the fans. The batsman will have to go big against the prime bowlers and that would exude more competition and build excitement around the matches.

Bowlers like pacer Jasprit Bumrah of Mumbai Indians or spinner Rashid Khan of Sunrisers Hyderabad can bowl more than 4 overs if this rule comes to effect in T20 cricket thus worrying the opposition.

3. Player Replacement In The 2nd Half Of T20s

Chris Lynn and Dan Lawrence
Chris Lynn and Dan Lawrence in Big Bash League (Photo by Brendon Thorne/Getty Images)

This rule was brought in by Cricket Australia in the recent edition of the Big Bash League. As per the rule, the teams will be allowed to make use of one ‘X’ factor player after the 10th over of the ongoing match.

The ‘X’ factor player can only replace a player who hasn’t been quite active in the game. Thus, on the batting side, he can replace a batter who hasn’t taken the charge of the field. And from the bowling side, the replacement will come for a bowler who hasn’t bowled more than an over. If this rule is considered in the bigger picture, it might sometimes change the fortunes of the game upside down.

For instance, after playing a few overs on the field, if the team realizes that a certain player who isn’t in the playing XI can be crucial whilst the conditions, they can rope in him. It takes no time for the game to turn around completely in T20 cricket. The substitution of the player at times can have an immediate impact on the game.

If the team is in trouble they can get in an extra batsman and put a respectable total on the board. On the other hand, with the bowlers, it will provide an extra option for the side. The teams will have the opportunity to bring in an extra spinner or pacer depending on the surface and the condition. The anticipation that the substitute will bring on the 22 yards will keep the fans etched to the match to see if he changes the things around.

Super Substitute was a rule that was in existence in 2005, for ODI cricket but was scrapped within a year of its introduction. So, this rule says that a team can select a player and nominate him as the SuperSub before the toss. And, during the game, they can substitute the Super Sub, with another player in the playing XI.

4. 5 Penalty Runs For Slow Over Rate

IPL Franchises' Skippers
IPL Franchises’ Skippers

There have been talks on the issue of slow over-rate since always. To complete the innings in the fixed time is what is expected of the teams. Often it doesn’t go that way as the teams exceed the time and are then fined for the same in T20 cricket. But imposing fines on the cricketers particularly captains necessarily doesn’t solve the concern.

Instead, if 5 penalty runs are added to the opposing team’s total, then it might create a greater impact and a convincing solution. In the shorter format, even a single run can decide the outcome of the match. The teams strive hard on the field to save runs. Probably a run saved in the T20 cricket format is a run scored. And thus if this ruling comes to the forefront, the teams will put their thinking hats on the seriousness of following the time.

This will make the teams more conscious about the pre-set marks and they might follow them more effectively. A fine might not hurt the players the way these penalty runs would. It can then go on to affect the match’s outcome.

An over rate in cricket is generally defined as the number of overs bowled in an hour (60 minutes). In the general run of things, an over-rate in the range of 13-15 is considered to be an apt one for it allows the match to move at a fast pace.  To further curb fielding captains regarding over rates, the authorities have reduced the mandatory time of completing an IPL inning to 90 minutes in IPL 2021.

Therefore, starting from tonight in IPL 2021, fielding captains will have to ensure that they bowl their 20 overs within a 90-minute period. Technically, the time for a fielding side to bowl 20 overs in 85 minutes as an IPL innings comprises a couple of strategic timeouts (combined duration of five minutes).

5. The Golden Over

AB de Villiers played an unbeaten 75-run knock against the Delhi Capitals [P/C: iplt20.com]
AB de Villiers played an unbeaten 75-run knock against the Delhi Capitals [P/C: iplt20.com]

If one aims to add even more thrill to the T20 cricket, another rule that probably sneaks in is the golden over. Under this, the team can avail one over from the match wherein the runs scored in that particular over will count double, including the extras. The batting team will have to decide on that over before their innings start.

This creates a lot more enthusiasm as the fans will probably be waiting for that over to start. The batting team will have an unsaid pressure of delivering in this over. The over will be of utmost importance as if the side is able to smash big and pile up good runs, it will take them in a better position in the match. It would equally be challenging as well because the opposition will make sure that their best bowler takes the run-up in this case.

This tussle between the two teams in T20 cricket might produce a good fight as both sides will be keen on seizing the moment. If it is in the case of a chase, the batters on the field can calculate their innings and think of fetching in maximum runs from the over as it will get doubled.

In the T20 cricket matches where a single delivery changes the fate of the game, a Golden Over can pretty much do wonders by further increasing the anticipation of the fans. In franchise cricket leagues which attracts a lot of audiences already, such a ruling can add to the plethora of anticipation of the leagues.

In a first for a major T20 cricket competition, the Big Bash League introduced three major rule changes in the 2020/21 season: the Power Surge (the usual six-over powerplay split into four overs at the start of an innings and a floating block of two for the batting team to call in the second half of the innings), the Bash Boost (a bonus point for the team with the higher ten-over score) and X-factor replacements (the option to bring in a substitute player after ten overs of the match).

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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.
Steve Smith Image Source : TWITTER/DELHICAPITALS
Steve Smith Image Source : TWITTER/DELHICAPITALS
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IPL 2021: Steve Smith Staying On Is A Surprise As His Contract Isn’t Big Enough, Mark Taylor

Mark Taylor, former Australia captain is surprised that “so many” of his Australian compatriots have stayed back in India to fulfill their Indian Premier League (IPL) commitments amid a raging Covid-19 pandemic, especially someone like Steve Smith who does not have “as big a contract as it probably should have been.”

Mark Taylor suggested that someone like Steve Smith, who was bought for INR 2.2 crores in the player auction, should have got more and was surprised that he even went to India for that in the first place.

Mark Taylor
Mark Taylor. Image-Reuters

Mark Taylor Surprises As Steve Smith Stays To Play IPL 2021 Although His Contract Isn’t As Big As It Probably Should Have Been

As many as 14 Australian players, along with some coaches and commentators, are currently in India to participate in the IPL, from which three players of the country had pulled out owing to the unprecedented Covid-19 surge.

“I was a little surprised that so many of the Australians went over there. If you’re Pat Cummins, he’s on something around [INR 15.5 crore], so that’s very hard to knock back for six weeks of playing cricket,” Taylor said during a discussion on ‘Channel 9’.

Royal Challengers Bangalore players Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson, both from Australia, joined a growing list of players who are opting out of the ongoing Indian Premier League.

“Steve Smith was an interesting one because his contract was about Australian dollars 350,000 [INR 2.2 crore with Delhi Capitals), which is not to be sneezed at but for a guy like Steve Smith, it’s not as big a contract as it probably should have been. I was surprised he decided to go.”

Steve Smith
Steve Smith (Image Credit: Twitter)

Mark Taylor also ridiculed another Australian payer, Mumbai Indians’ Chris Lynn, for suggesting that Cricket Australia should arrange a chartered flight to bring back players at the end of the tournament. Chris Lynn had said that since Cricket Australia takes a percentage of its players’ IPL earnings, it should work towards bringing them back. Mark Taylor called the comment “very rich”.

“I think Chris Lynn’s comments were very rich, absolutely,” Taylor said on Sports Sunday.

“The 10 percent Cricket Australia does receive from a player’s contract over there surely has got something to do with actually providing the cricketer with some coaching, education along the way to become an IPL-worthy cricketer.”

Despite, three cricketers Andrew Tye, Kane Richardson, and Adam Zampa returning home amid the raging crisis due to the COVID-19 pandemic in India, 14 Australian cricketers, members of the coaching staff, and commentary teams, many Australian players are still in India doing their respective jobs.

Mark Taylor Thinks Australian Players And Coaches Are Hoping They’ll Get Home As Soon As Possible Once IPL 2021 Is Over

Andrew Tye, Adam Zampa, and Kane Richardson returned home from the IPL as India’s fresh Covid-19 cases hit record highs but Mark Taylor said most of the Australian players and coaches seemed comfortable at this point.

“[Ricky] Ponting is over there, [David] Warner, Brett Lee there. Good mates of mine. Brad Haddin, Trevor Bayliss are coaching over there. I haven’t heard much from them apart from that they’re there to see [out] the end of the tournament,” Taylor said.
Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson pulled out of IPL 14 while Andrew Tye decided to leave midway | Twitter
Adam Zampa and Kane Richardson pulled out of IPL 14 while Andrew Tye decided to leave midway | Twitter

“A lot of the players have actually said they feel comfortable in the bubble they’re in; but what they would like once the tournament’s over? I think the Australian players and coaches are hoping that they’ll get home ASAP. That is what they’re after at this stage.”

The IPL ends on May 30. Australian cricketers may face trouble getting back home and could be left stranded somewhere after their media reported that the Australian government was mulling hefty fine and jail term for those returning from India, which is reeling under an unprecedented surge in Covid-19 cases.

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IPL 2021: Dale Steyn Suggests Mumbai Indians Should Open With Quinton de Kock And Chris Lynn

Dale Steyn suggests Mumbai Indians should open the innings with Quinton de Kock and Australia batsman Chris Lynn and make the captain bat at No. 3.

Despite the fact that Mumbai Indians returned to winning ways with a victory over Rajasthan Royals in Delhi on Thursday, fast bowler Dale Steyn reckons the team can do with a bit of a batting shuffle to throw the opposition off-guard. The pacer Dale Steyn suggests MI should open the innings with Quinton de Kock and Australia batsman Chris Lynn and make Rohit Sharma bat at No. 3.

Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, Chris Lynn (Pic Source: Twitter)
Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, Chris Lynn (Pic Source: Twitter)

Dale Steyn: MI Can Experiment A Little By Pushing Rohit Sharma At No. 3

Chris Lynn played the first match of the season for MI, scoring 49 against Royal Challengers Bangalore opening the batting, but hasn’t gotten a game since Quinton de Kock returned from the second match. Rohit Sharma on the other hand has got starts, scoring 43, 32, 44, 63, and 14 in the five matches played so far.

“I like Rohit as an opening batter but you could throw a real spanner in the works by opening with QDK (Quinton de Kock) and Chris Lynn and push Rohit at 3 and SKY (Suryakumar Yadav) at 4,” said Dale Steyn on ESPNCricinfo.

Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn

However, Dale Steyn feels MI can experiment a little dropping the skipper down to No. 3 and in form Suryakumar Yadav in at No. 4. Notably, Rohit Sharma’s MI have failed to put up a total of more than 160 runs in their first 5 matches of the IPL 2021 season.

Playing on the slow and tricky wickets of Chennai, Mumbai Indians have batted first on all 5 occasions and have managed to win two of them. In their match against Delhi Capitals, Mumbai failed to defend 137 and then failed to defend 131 against Punjab Kings. The middle-order consisting of Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, and Kieron Pollard are yet to score big.

Dale Steyn: Ishan Kishan’s Form Cause Of Worry

Dale Steyn expressed concern over the form of MI batsman Ishan Kishan, who hasn’t quite got going in IPL 2021. Contrary to IPL 2020, where Ishan Kishan scored 516 from 14 matches, he has produced innings of 28, 1, 12, 26, and 6. Dale Steyn believes the youngster has failed to reproduce his form from the last season while also speaking about the likes of Hardik Pandya and Kieron Pollard as MI is fielding 3 overseas players nowadays.

“It (Ishan Kishan’s form) is a cause of worry. They have played some games now, they have given him the opportunity to get going, he hasn’t shown the same form as last year. And there’s an option because they have only been playing three overseas pros for the last couple of games,” Dale Steyn pointed out.

Ishan Kishan. Photo Credit: (Twitter)
Ishan Kishan. Photo Credit: (Twitter)

“It just extends their batting a little bit. We have seen them struggle in their middle order with Hardik, Krunal and Kieron (Pollard). Kieron has done OK but Hardik hasn’t just pitched up yet.”

Ishan Kishan was dropped from the match against the Royal at Delhi’s Arun Jaitley Stadium. Ishan Kishan played in the first 5 matches of the 5-time champions and scored 73 runs at an average of 14.60 and strike rate of 82.95 on slow Chennai pitches.

Brief Scores:  Mumbai Indians: 172-3 (Quinton de Kock 70*, Krunal Pandya 39; Chris Morris 2-33 ) beat Rajasthan Royals: 171/4 (Sanju Samson 42, Jos Buttler 41; Rahul Chahar 2-33) by 7 wickets.

Chris Lynn Instagram
Chris Lynn Instagram
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Chris Lynn Texts Cricket Australia To Arrange A Charter Flight For Safe Return After The Culmination Of IPL 2021

Chris Lynn, who plays for the Mumbai Indians in IPL, said he had texted Cricket Australia to arrange for a charter flight for the safe return of Australian players after Indian Premier League 2021 gets over.

Batsman Chris Lynn has asked Australia’s cricket board to arrange a charter flight to bring players home at the end of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as India battles a surge in Covid-19 infections.

Mumbai Indians opener Chris Lynn (Courtesy- Mumbai Indians Twitter)
Mumbai Indians opener Chris Lynn (Courtesy- Mumbai Indians Twitter)

Chris Lynn Admits It Would Be Great To Get Home As Soon As IPL 2021 Is Over

Three Australian cricketers namely Andrew Tye, Kane Richardson, and Adam Zamps have already cut short their IPL season to head home but a number of the country’s top players, including Steve Smith, David Warner, and Pat Cummins, remain. Cricket Australia (CA) contacted Australia’s IPL players on Monday inquiring about their health and travel plans.

“I texted back that as Cricket Australia makes 10% of every IPL contract was there a chance we could spend that money this year on a charter flight once the tournament is over?” Chris Lynn, who plays for Mumbai Indians, told News Corp media.

Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins (File Photo)

“I know there are people worse off than us. But we are going from a really tight bubble and are getting vaccinated next week so hopefully the government will let us get home on a private charter. We are not asking for shortcuts and we signed up knowing the risks. But it would be great to get home as soon as the event is over,” said Chris Lynnn.

The regular IPL season ends on May 23, with qualifiers and eliminators to follow before the final on May 30. CA was unable to provide immediate comments. India recorded 352,991 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday, placing further strain on an already overwhelmed health system. Australia is set to consider a proposal on Tuesday to suspend all flights from India to prevent more virulent coronavirus variants from entering the country.

Eoin Morgan Lends Support To Everybody Ill Or Going Through Tough Times

The government said last week it would cut the number of its citizens able to return from India and other red-zone countries. The IPL is being played under biosecurity protocols and Chris Lynn said he felt comfortable in the biosecure environment and had no immediate plans to leave.

“Obviously India is in chaos at the moment. But we are at least giving people something to smile about by playing the tournament,” he added.

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

KKR skipper Eoin Morgan, one of 11 England players in the IPL, said they were constantly talking about the situation outside the bubble.

“It’s not nice to watch from afar, considering how lucky we are in a bubble and not be affected by it very much,” Morgan told reporters. “We lend our support … to everybody who is ill or going through tough times.”

New Zealand Cricket Players Association chief executive Heath Mills said none of their players had asked to go home. There are ten New Zealand players playing in the IPL so far in the likes of Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, and Kane Williamson and they will all be under the scanner if the Indian flights are banned to their nation.

“There’s no doubt they’re certainly anxious about what’s happening in India and what they’re witnessing. But they feel well looked after by their IPL franchises and safe in their bubbles,” Mills said.

Eoin Morgan led KKR to a 5 wicket win against Punjab Kings as his unbeaten 47 saw him return to much-needed form. Meanwhile, Australia has banned flights to and from India until May 15 amid the second wave of Covid-19 in India.

Australia has suspended all flights connecting it with India due to a surge in Covid-19 cases in the country. Prime Minister Scott Morrison said that all direct passenger flights from India will be suspended until May 15

Mumbai Indians pacer Trent Boult hailed Rohit Sharma's captaincy. (Photo credit: BCCI)
Mumbai Indians pacer Trent Boult hailed Rohit Sharma's captaincy. (Photo credit: BCCI)
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IPL 2021: Trent Boult Hails Rohit Sharma’s Captaincy

Trent Boult, New Zealand pacer heaped praise upon veteran Rohit Sharma’s captaincy saying the Mumbai Indians skipper backs his players to execute their skills with a positive frame of mind.

Mumbai Indians (MI) skipper Rohit Sharma showed his captaincy skills in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and revealed the reason behind remaining as one of the most successful captains. With five IPL titles to his name, Rohit Sharma has won praise from several experts. Even in IPL 2021, Rohit Sharma has led from the front to help his bowlers defend low totals on a couple of occasions.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

Trent Boult: Rohit Sharma Is Very Approachable Abd Backs All Players To Execute Their Skills

New Zealand pacer Trent Boult, who has been a part of the Mumbai Indians setup since the 2020 season, was full of praise for Rohit Sharma’s captaincy and said the Mumbai batsman backs his players to execute their skills.

“I have played one season under his captaincy. He has 5 IPL titles to his name and that probably comes with a lot of experience. The best thing is that he is very approachable, very easy to talk to and he backs all the players to execute their skills. V

“ery positive guy, I really enjoy the opportunity to play under his captaincy,” Trent Boult said in response to a question from timesnownews.com during a virtual press conference.

Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah | MI Twitter
Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah | MI Twitter

Trent Boult, who was traded to Mumbai Indians from Delhi Capitals ahead of IPL 2020, proved to be a wonderful addition to the side as he ended up as the third-highest wicket-taker in IPL 2020 with 25 wickets and also MI’s highest wicket-taker in the tournament after Jasprit Bumrah (27). In IPL 2021, Trent Boult has so far claimed six wickets in four matches.

Trent Boult: Middle Order Would Be Desperate To Put In A Good Performance

Mumbai’s middle-order has failed to fire this season and it would concern the team management going into the match against Punjab Kings (PBKS) on April 23. Trent Boult added that the middle-order would be desperate to put more runs on board in MI’s last game in Chennai.

“I am sure the middle-order would not be too pleased with how things have gone so far. I know those guys are hungry and desperate to put in a good performance in our last game in Chennai tomorrow. Not the ideal start, we would have wanted to have few more runs on the board,” Boult said.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav (Instagram)

MI had a mixed campaign so far where they have won two matches and lost as many in the 14th edition.

After getting off to a losing start against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the IPL opener, Mumbai got back to winning ways with two successive wins against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) before losing to Delhi Capitals (DC) – whom they had defeated in IPL 2020 final to lift a record fifth IPL title.

Rohit Sharma is MI’s highest run-scorer in IPL 2021 by amassing 138 runs in 4 games while Suryakumar Yadav has aggregated 121 runs. Ishan Kishan has managed only 67 runs in 4 games while both Chris Lynn and Kieron Pollard have managed 49 runs playing 1 IPL game and 4 IPL games respectively.

Quinton de Kock managed only 44 runs in 3 matches. Hardik Pandya managed to score 35 runs while Krunal Pandya has scored 26 runs.

Among bowlers, Rahul Chahar has 8 scalps while Trent Boult has 6 scalps and Jasprit Bumrah has 4 scalps behind his name. The team will be looking to give more opportunities to the likes of Adam Milne, Anukul Roy, Arjun Tendulkar, Dhawal Kulkarni, James Neesham, Nathan Coulter-Nile, and Piyush Chawla in the forthcoming games.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma
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Rohit Sharma Has To Do Lot Of Maintenance Work To Remain Physically Fit In IPL 2021

Rohit Sharma, Mumbai Indians captain says he has to do “a lot of maintenance work” to ensure he remains in peak physical condition ever since the hamstring injury he suffered during the last IPL.

The stylish right-handed batsman missed some part of the IPL last year and the initial portion of the Australia tour, including the white-ball leg, due to the injury.

Rohit Sharma and Mumbai Indians created history as they won the IPL title for the fifth time, with Rohit winning it for the sixth time. , BCCI/IPL Twitter handle
Rohit Sharma and Mumbai Indians created history as they won the IPL title for the fifth time, with Rohit Sharma winning it for the sixth time. BCCI/IPL Twitter handle

Rohit Sharma: There’s A Lot Of Maintenance Work To Do To Maintain Body

Having been appointed captain of the Neeta Ambani-owned franchise in 2013, Rohit Sharma has led MI with distinction, winning an unprecedented five IPL titles-the most by any IPL team. Rohit Sharma is also the fourth-highest run-getter in IPL history, having collected 5,249 runs in his kitty from 201 matches. He was run out for 19 in the opening game vs RCB as a result of a mixup with Chris Lynn.

“Maintaining what I have built up in the last three or four months. Obviously, I was injured during the last IPL. So there’s a lot of maintenance work that I have to keep doing just to maintain my lower body, hamstring and stuff like that,” Sharma said in ‘Captain’s Corner’, a video posted by Mumbai Indians on its Twitter handle on Tuesday.

Mumbai Indians' Rohit Sharma was run out for 19. - BCCI/IPL
Mumbai Indians’ Rohit Sharma was run out for 19. – BCCI/IPL

Speaking about the hard work put in by the players who took part in a fitness session after MI’s loss in the tournament opener of this edition of the league, Rohit Sharma said they take a lot of pride in that.

“Exactly that is something we take a lot of pride in. We want to keep putting that effort whether we win the game, lose the game, it doesn’t matter. For us, what matters is the preparation. It is great to see some of the fast bowlers who played in yesterday’s game come out and do the fitness drills, which is always nice. That’s what MI always takes pride in. Putting that extra yard in, that’s why we get the results in our favour,” he said ahead of the five-time champion’s next game against KKR.

Mumbai made a positive start and was in a position to reach a score in excess of 180. However, Harshal Patel’s five-wicket haul halted their momentum as they crumbled to a score of 159/9. They also had an average outing with the ball, with leg-spinner Rahul Chahar having another poor game. Jasprit Bumrah and debutant Marco Jansen helped pull things back for them and took the game deep. However, AB De Villiers did enough to ensure victory for RCB.

Rohit Sharma: MI Need To Strategize And Maintain Standards

He harped on team bonding and said Mumbai Indians do most things with a group of players.

“A lot of players getting involved in whatever it is. Whether it is going outside and playing a game, whether it is doing fitness, whether it is attending meetings. We try and do that with a group of players. There is a lot of interaction especially about the game that is played or the game that is about to come. Just to keep that bonding going. Every year we see new faces and staff coming into the squad, we want everyone to get adjusted to MI culture. It is important to have that togetherness. We have maintained that and we will continue to do that,” he added.

Rahul Chahar
Rahul Chahar. Image Credits: Twitter

Asked what happens during the day and at training sessions, the MI captain said they would look to catch up and strategize as there is no home advantage this year.

“We just wanted to catch up, no home advantage this year. We are playing in different venues. We need to strategise, what sort of game plan to have. We all know as individuals, what is expected. Through the course of our training session today we will have chat individually. We will see what one needs to get out of these practice sessions. We have set some standards in this tournament. I would like us to continue to do that. And how we lead up to those games will be very critical,” he added.

Rohit, who has played 200 IPL games, said, “That’s a good milestone. I hope I can double that up by playing another 200 (laughs).”

Defending champions MI lost the season opener to Royal Challengers Bangalore in Chennai on April 9 and will take on KKR later on Tuesday.

Chris Lynn missed out on fifty in the opener, but he showcased he can replace Quinton de Kock in the line-up till the South Africa opener is ready to return. Rahul Chahar is the key spin bowler and on slow surfaces, he will be a primary asset for MI but may be replaced by Piyush Chawla. Nathan Coulter-Nile is one of the trusted customers in IPL, and he is likely to replace Marco Jansen.

Royal Challengers Bangalore 160 for 8 (de Villiers 48, Maxwell 39, Bumrah 2-26, Jansen 2-28) beat Mumbai Indians 159 for 9 (Lynn 49, Yadav 31, Patel 5-27) by two wickets

Kolkata Knight Riders Probable XI: Shubman Gill, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Shakib Al Hasan, Eoin Morgan (C), Dinesh Karthik (WK), Andre Russell, Pat Cummins, Varun Chakravarthy, Harbhajan Singh, and Prasidh Krishna.

Mumbai Indians Probable XI: Chris Lynn/ Quinton De Kock, Rohit Sharma (C), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (WK), Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, Marco Jansen/ Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar/ Piyush Chawla, Trent Boult, and Jasprit Bumrah.

 

Quinton de Kock of Mumbai Indians plays a shot. (BCCI/IPL)
Quinton de Kock of Mumbai Indians plays a shot. (BCCI/IPL)
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Quinton de Kock Available For Mumbai Indians’ 2nd Game Against KKR, Says Zaheer Khan

Zaheer Khan, Mumbai Indians’ Director of Cricket Operations, informed that Proteas wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock had completed his quarantine as per requisite norms and is available for selection on the eve of the match against Kolkata Knight Riders.

Defending champions Mumbai Indians (MI) got off to a familiar start in a new Indian Premier League (IPL) season as Rohit Sharma and his men lost their opening match against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by 2 wickets.

Zaheer Khan
Zaheer Khan Image Source : TWITTER/MIPALTAN

 

Zaheer Khan Confirms Quinton De Kock Is Available For Selection In KKR Match

Australian batsman Chris Lynn made his debut for MI as Quinton de Kock – who has been the team’s regular opener, was in quarantine after returning from the recently concluded ODI series between South Africa and Pakistan.

Ahead of MI’s next match against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR), MI’s Director of Cricket Operations Zaheer Khan informed said that Quinton de Kock had completed his quarantine and also had a net session on Sunday.

“De Kock has completed his quarantine and also had a net session yesterday. He is available for selection for tomorrow’s match,” Zaheer Khan said during a virtual press conference.

Mumbai Indians opener Chris Lynn (Courtesy- Mumbai Indians Twitter)
Mumbai Indians opener Chris Lynn (Courtesy- Mumbai Indians Twitter)

Playing his first game for MI, Chris Lynn once again showed why is he one of the most dangerous batsmen in the shorter formats as he hammered 49 runs. Chris Lynn was the top scorer for Mumbai scoring 49 off 35 balls including 4 fours and 3 sixes but it went in vain as RCB won by 2 wickets.

The explosive opening batsman Chris Lynn joined the defending champions in the 2020 season but didn’t play a single match in IPL 2020 as Quinton De Kock, Ishan Kishan, and Rohit Sharma were preferred instead.

Zaheer Khan has played for the Royal Challengers as well as Mumbai Indians before he was picked for the Delhi Daredevils in the 2015 auction. He has captained the Daredevils in 2016 and 2017. In the 2017 season, Zaheer Khan became the 10th bowler in history and 8th Indian bowler, to pick 100 wickets in the Indian Premier League.

Former Indian fast bowler Zaheer Khan has joined the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Mumbai Indians (MI) as the Director of Cricket Operations in December 2018.

Chris Lynn Jokingly Admits That His 1st Match For Mumbai Can Be His Last For Running Out Skipper Rohit Sharma And Quinton De Kock’s Availability

After the match, Chris Lynn, who ran out skipper Rohit Sharma, jokingly admitted to the fact that his first match for the defending champions could turn out to be his last in IPL 2021.

“Look, obviously I was a bit nervous, no doubt about it. (It was my) first game for Mumbai, and it was the first time I was batting with Rohit as well. It happens in the game of cricket as well.

“I thought there was a run, and then obviously there wasn’t a run. But yeah, if I had been able to run past him and sacrifice my wicket, I definitely would have done that, but it wasn’t the case.”

Mumbai Indians' Rohit Sharma was run out for 19. - BCCI/IPL
Mumbai Indians’ Rohit Sharma was run out for 19. – BCCI/IPL

“As I said, it happens, but yeah, I put just a little bit more pressure on myself. It’s not ideal, running out your captain in the first game. The first game could be my last, who knows? (laughs). But anyhow, it was a spur-of-the-moment thing, happens in the game.

“It would have been nice (if the runout didn’t happen); he was striking the ball nicely, and we were 10 or 15 runs short in the end. He would have definitely made a difference, but there were plenty of factors in this game tonight, not just the run-out,” Chris Lynn said in the post-match press conference.

Quinton De Kock, on the other hand, has been instrumental in Mumbai’s success in the last two seasons where he has amassed over 500 runs in two successive seasons in 2019 and 2020.

Virat Kohli, RCB
Virat Kohli, RCB
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IPL 2021: Virat Kohli Defends Promoting Glenn Maxwell Ahead Of AB de Villiers Against Mumbai Indians

Virat Kohli said Royal Challengers Bangalore is keen on giving Glenn Maxwell time to settle in the middle while explaining their decision to use the new big-hitting recruit ahead of AB de Villiers during their two-wicket win over Mumbai Indians.

Virat Kohli defended Royal Challengers Bangalore’s move to use new recruit Glenn Maxwell at No. 4 ahead of their star batsman AB de Villiers in their tense 2-wicket win over Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League 2021 opening match on Friday.

Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell with RCB skipper Virat Kohli. Twitter
Australia all-rounder Glenn Maxwell with RCB skipper Virat Kohli. Twitter

Virat Kohli: Glenn Maxwell’s Innings Was The Game Changer And RCB Could Have Won Earlier If He Wasn’t Dismissed

Virat Kohli heaped praise on Glenn Maxwell, saying the Australia all-rounder’s quickfire 39 from 28 balls helped to swing the momentum in their favour in the difficult chase of 160 at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai. RCB helped raise a few eyebrows when they sent Glenn Maxwell in at No. 4 ahead of AB de Villiers, who eventually walked out to bat at No. 5.

There was considerable pressure on Glenn Maxwell as he had a poor IPL outing in 2020, managing just 108 runs in 13 matches averaging a pathetic 15.42. However, the big-hitting all-rounder was at his dangerous best, hitting 2 sixes and 3 boundaries. Glenn Maxwell hit a 100-meter six that left Virat Kohli in awe. In fact, it was Glenn Maxwell’s first six in the IPL after 1079 runs as he had gone without a single six in the UAE last year.

Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell of RCB in action against MI (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Stressing that RCB is clear on giving Maxwell time to settle, especially on difficult batting pitches, Kohli said: “The thinking was that we wanted to give Maxi some balls at the start and not get him slogging right away. You saw the result today of him playing 10-15 balls. His innings were the game-changer.”

“Had he stayed in we would’ve finished a couple of overs earlier,” Kohli said.

Notably, RCB was in a spot of bother as they lost Virat Kohli (33) and Glenn Maxwell in quick succession after a 50-plus stand for the 3rd wicket.

However, AB de Villiers came up with another of his exhilarating knocks, hitting 48 from just 27 balls to help RCB get past the finish line and win a season opener for the first time in the history of the IPL. He was calm and composed in the death overs as he took the attack to the likes of Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah in the tense chase.

Virar Kohli: Versatile AB De Villiers Shows RCB Has Depth And Hints At Changing Batting Order Depending On Situations

Virat Kohli pointed out that AB de Villiers’s versatility and ability to accelerate even on the slow surfaces makes him a good contender to do the finishing role intense chases. However, Virat Kohli pointed out that the batting order will be flexible, according to different situations they face in the rest of the season.

“The opposition gets nervous about AB. We have depth in the batting which we want to utilize,” Kohli said.

AB de Villiers [Image-IPLT20]
AB de Villiers [Image-IPLT20]

“AB is probably the only player who’s so versatile and can do what he did on slow pitches today, so we have to understand. If there’s a partnership on, you might see a totally different order. But in a tricky chase, you want some options in the back end, where the opposition thinks it’s not over till he gets out.”

For RCB, Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers played knocks of 39 and 48 respectively. Skipper Virat Kohli also played a 33-run knock off 29 balls as efforts of opener Chris Lynn, who top-scored for MI with a 35-ball 49, went in vain.

Harshal Patel had picked five wickets (three in the final over) to restrict Mumbai Indians to 159 runs in the allotted 20 overs and as a result, he became the first bowler a take a fifer against Mumbai Indians in the IPL.

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (capt), Chris Lynn, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Marco Jansen, Jayant Yadav, Trent Boult,  Jasprit Bumrah

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli(c), Rajat Patidar, AB de Villiers(w), Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Shahbaz Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal

Mumbai Indians' Rohit Sharma was run out for 19. - BCCI/IPL
Mumbai Indians' Rohit Sharma was run out for 19. - BCCI/IPL
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Chris Lynn Maintains “1st Game Could Be His Last One” After Mumbai Indians Skipper Rohit Sharma Got Run Out Against RCB

Chris Lynn who top-scored with 49 runs in the season opener has said that his first game for the team could also be his last after MI captain Rohit Sharma got run-out following a mix-up with batting partner Chris Lynn.

On a slow wicket in Chennai, Mumbai Indians (MI) were off to a watchful start and team’s captain Rohit Sharma was just getting settled and ready to play an innings of note when a mix-up with his opening partner Chris Lynn led to his run-out dismissal.

Mumbai Indians opener Chris Lynn (Courtesy- Mumbai Indians Twitter)
Mumbai Indians opener Chris Lynn (Courtesy- Mumbai Indians Twitter)

Chris Lynn Was Obviously A Bit Nervous As It Was His 1st Game For Mumbai And He Was Batting With Rohit Sharma For The 1st Time Too

On the final delivery of the 4th over, the hard-hitting Australian placed the ball towards covers and charged down the pitch for a run before deciding against it. Rohit Sharma was halfway down the pitch by then as Virat Kohli capitalized on the opportunity to send his dangerous counterpart, his deputy in the India team, back in the pavilion for 19.

The pressure was visible on the face of Chris Lynn, who was playing in his first match for the 5-time champions. He tried to make amends and scored 35-ball 49, which was the most by any batsman in his team on Friday’s IPL 2021 season opener.

Rohit Sharma of Mumbai Indians
Rohit Sharma of Mumbai Indians BCCI/IPL Twitter handle

However, the 31-year-old feels that his ‘not so ideal’ mistake can make his first match for MI the last one as well.

“Look, obviously I was a bit nervous, no doubt about it. (It was my) first game for Mumbai, and it was the first time I was batting with Rohit as well. It happens in the game of cricket as well.

“I thought there was a run, and then obviously there wasn’t a run. But yeah, if I had been able to run past him and sacrifice my wicket, I definitely would have done that, but it wasn’t the case.”

“As I said, it happens, but yeah, I put just a little bit more pressure on myself. It’s not ideal, running out your captain in the first game. The first game could be my last, who knows? (laughs).

“But anyhow, it was a spur-of-the-moment thing, happens in the game. It would have been nice (if the runout didn’t happen); he was striking the ball nicely, and we were 10 or 15 runs short in the end. He would have definitely made a difference, but there were plenty of factors in this game tonight, not just the run-out,” Chris Lynn said in the post-match press conference.

Later, Chris Lynn took two catches, one which helped MI see the back of Glenn Maxwell, who was looking to finish the game early for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB).

The explosive opening batsman Chris Lynn joined the defending champions in the 2020 season but didn’t play a single match in IPL 2020 as Quinton De Kock, Ishan Kishan, and Rohit Sharma were preferred instead.

Chris Lynn’s 49 Though Went In Vain As RCB Won By 2 Wickets

Chris Lynn was the top scorer for Mumbai scoring 49 off 35 balls including 4 fours and 3 sixes but it went in vain as RCB won by 2 wickets. AB de Villiers of Bangalore hit a quickfire 48 off 27 balls, Glenn Maxwell contributed scoring 39 runs off 28 balls which included 3 fours and 2 sixes while skipper Virat Kohli too scored 33 off 29 balls.

The match went down the wire but Harshal Patel held his nerves to win the match for Bangalore with a single off the last ball of the 20th over.

Earlier, Harshal Patel picked 5/27 as MI lost 4 wickets in the final over. Harshal Patel also became the first bowler to pick up a five-wicket haul against Mumbai in the IPL. He picked up three wickets in the final over.

Harshal Patel finished 5 for 27 for RCB against Mumbai Indians.© BCCI/IPL
Harshal Patel finished 5 for 27 for RCB against Mumbai Indians.© BCCI/IPL

Chris Lynn was playing in place of South African Quinton de Kock, who is currently serving the mandatory 7-day quarantine period after arriving in India earlier this week. The southpaw has been the team’s first-choice wicketkeeper and opener from the last few seasons.

Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (capt), Chris Lynn, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Marco Jansen, Jayant Yadav, Trent Boult,  Jasprit Bumrah

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli(c), Rajat Patidar, AB de Villiers(w), Glenn Maxwell, Daniel Christian, Washington Sundar, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Shahbaz Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal

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