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Krishnappa Gowtham
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Bowlers Love Playing Under MS Dhoni, Says Krishnappa Gowtham

Krishnappa Gowtham on Monday said bowlers love playing under Mahendra Singh Dhoni because he knows their strength and how to get the best out of them.

Krishnappa Gowtham, the spin-bowling all-rounder bagged an Rs. 9.25 crore contract from Chennai Super Kings.

Krishnappa Gowtham. Pic/AFP
Krishnappa Gowtham. Pic/AFP

Krishnappa Gowtham: Bowlers Love Playing Under MS Dhoni

While overseas players like Chris Morris, Kyle Jameison, and Glenn Maxwell stole headlines bagging contracts of above INR 14 crores, Krishnappa Gowtham became the most expensive uncapped Indian player in the history of the competition.

“Bowlers love playing under Mahi bhai because he understands a bowler’s strengths and knows how to get the best out of him,” Gowtham was quoted as saying by the CSK website.

The Karnataka cricketer said it was a dream come true moment for him to be playing under talismanic skipper MS Dhoni. Krishnappa Gowtham recalled that he hasn’t had many lengthy interactions with the Indian cricket icon, but is hopeful of having many fruitful conversations with the CSK skipper in IPL 2021 as he had signed for the franchise.

“I don’t feel any pressure of expectations playing for a champion side like CSK,” Gowtham, who previously played for Punjab Kings, said.

He said what differentiated CSK from most teams in the Indian Premier League was the clarity in their thought process and an organized approach.

“The CSK management understands cricket owing to its long association with the game which again reflects in its approach to players, the comforting words and confidence given when things aren’t going right,” he added.

MS Dhoni (BCCI/IPL)
MS Dhoni (BCCI/IPL)

Rajasthan Royals picked Krishnappa Gowtham for a whopping INR 6.2 crore from his base price of INR 20 lakhs in IPL 2018 auctions. He delivered for the team with both bat and ball in crunch situations and gave a good account of himself as it was due to him that Rajasthan Royals could finish out close matches, which eventually helped them qualify for the IPL 2018 Playoffs.

The all-rounder scored 126 runs and took 11 wickets in 2018 where he played 15 games. He played only 7 games in 2019 for Rajasthan and only 2 in 2020 for Punjab Kings (formerly Kings XI Punjab) and didn’t perform that well.

Krishnappa Gowtham Trained In Chennai Before Shifting Base To Mumbai

He also spoke about the importance of a strong leadership group like what CSK has in a team’s success.

“It makes a big difference as it helps a player to express himself. They talk to the player if anything specific is needed or if he’s working on something. When these things are taken care of, it’s much easier for a player to go out and give his best,” the new CSK recruit said.

The CSK players are currently training in Mumbai where they play their first five matches of IPL 2021 starting with a game against Delhi Capitals on April 10.

Ravindra Jadeja, CSK
Ravindra Jadeja. Image Credits: Twitter

The MS Dhoni-led team trained in Chennai from March 8 before shifting base to Mumbai. Ace all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja, who has recovered from the injury he sustained during the Australia tour, batsmen Cheteshwar Pujara, Suresh Raina, and Robin Uthappa have joined the squad in Mumbai.

Jofra Archer made his Test debut at Lord’s against Australia last year. (Source: Reuters)
Jofra Archer made his Test debut at Lord’s against Australia last year. (Source: Reuters)
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England Set To Make A Call On Jofra Archer Playing IPL 2021

England is set to make a call on Jofra Archer’s participation in the upcoming Indian Premier League this week following surgery on the finger injury he suffered when accidentally smashing a fish tank at his home in January.

Jofra Archer, 25, was due to undergo a procedure on Monday to examine whether any glass remains inside his right middle finger. It follows some minor irritation in the digit after playing in England’s recent T20 series in India.

England's Jofra Archer | Source: Twitter
Jofra Archer | Source: Twitter

England’s Jofra Archer Suffered An Injury As A Result Of Fish Tank Being Dropped While Attempting To Clean It In January As He Feels Minor Irritation

The irritation was the result of a fish tank being dropped in a bath while he was attempting to clean it and though the cut healed before arriving on the India tour, the need to rest his longstanding elbow issue made this week the ideal time to double-check.

Jofra Archer
Jofra Archer Getty Images

The second cortisone injection to Jofra Archer’s elbow in the last few days makes this problem the more concerning of the two, not least with England hoping to prime the fast bowler for both the T20 World Cup and Ashes campaigns this year.

Jofra Archer was ruled out of England’s one-day series against India and will also miss at least the start of the Indian Premier League due to his ongoing elbow injury.

He has completed five Twenty20 appearances for England in the space of nine days, bowling his maximum allocation of 20 overs, but has been managing a painful right elbow throughout. He missed two of the four Tests against India as a result of the same issue and was sent back home for further assessment.

Jofra Archer Is Scheduled To Miss At Least Start Of IPL 2021

Jofra Archer is currently scheduled to miss the start of the IPL but England is expected to decide in the coming days whether he can feature in the back end of the tournament, or tell Rajasthan Royals they need to source a replacement.

Rajasthan Royals finished last season at the bottom of the table with 12 points from their 14 matches but Jofra Archer was the Most Valuable Player Of The Tournament.

If so Jofra Archer would forgo his £800,000 deal with Rajasthan Royals this year, although a number of players on the larger contracts ensure their earnings against injury. England’s stand-in ODI skipper Jos Buttler confirmed that he would be joining the Rajasthan Royals squad on Monday 29th March for the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.

Rahul Tewatia in action against KXIP | IPL 2020 / Sportzpics / BCCI
Rahul Tewatia in action against KXIP | IPL 2020 / Sportzpics / BCCI

Rajasthan Royals will begin their Indian Premier League 2021 season against rebranded Punjab Kings in a repeat of one of the most memorable matches from 2020 when Rahul Tewatia stole the show in Sharjah. RR finished eighth in the table in IPL 2020 and will be led by Sanju Samson in the upcoming edition.

At the auction, Rajasthan Royals went big, spending Rs 24.20 crore on buying players. South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris was snapped up by the franchise at Rs 16.25 crore, becoming the most expensive player in the history of the league.

They spent Rs 4.4 crore on Shivam Dube while Chetan Sakariya (Rs 1.2 crore), Mustafizur Rahman (Rs 1 crore), Liam Livingstone (Rs 75 lakh), KC Cariappa (Rs 20 lakh), Kuldip Yadav (Rs 20 lakh), Akash Singh (Rs20 lakh) will also feature for the team this season.

Jofra Archer made his Test debut at Lord’s against Australia last year. (Source: Reuters)
Jofra Archer made his Test debut at Lord’s against Australia last year. (Source: Reuters)
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Jofra Archer Can Be Rested For Three-Match ODI Series Against India

Jofra Archer could be rested for the forthcoming three-match ODI series against India. The England team management is likely to take a call on the same following the conclusion of the fifth and final T20I between the two teams on Saturday.

Earlier, Jofra Archer missed the last fourth Test against India due to an elbow injury and there were question marks over his participation in the five-match T20I series as well. But the Barbados-born cricketer has recovered well enough to play in all four T20Is thus far.

Jofra Archer - GETTY IMAGES
Jofra Archer – GETTY IMAGES

Jofra Archer Is Leading Wicket Taker In T20I Series And Will Play In 5th Deciding T20I As Well

He is the leading wicket-taker in the series with seven scalps to his name and is expected to feature in the fifth T20I as well. Although Jofra Archer showed no signs of discomfort in the ongoing T20I series, the England team management isn’t in favor of overburdening him. Since the Ashes and the T20 World Cup are scheduled to be played this year, the England team management doesn’t want to take any chances with the ace pacer.

Jofra Archer (AP)
Jofra Archer (AP)

Resting Jofra Archer could also provide the other England fast bowlers like Reece Topley, Jake Ball, David Willey an opportunity to play in Indian conditions. The next T20 and ODI World Cups will be played in India.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) are yet to announce their squad for the three-match ODI series. The three ODIs will be played on March 23, March 26, and March 28 respectively at the Maharastra Cricket Association Stadium in stringent biosecure bubbles in Pune.

Rajasthan Royals Could Benefit If Jofra Archer Is Rested For 3 ODI Series

Steve Smith, Akash Singh, Anirudha Joshi, Ankit Rajpoot, Oshane Thomas, Shashank Singh, Tom Curran, and Varun Aaron were released by the franchisee ahead of the next IPL edition. Rajasthan Royals have bought Chris Morris who became the most expensive buy ever in the history of IPL besides acquiring Shivam Dube, Mustafizur Rahman, Liam Livingstone, and several domestic uncapped Indian players.
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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BCCI Announces Online Broker Upstox As An Official Partner For IPL 2021

IPL GC(Indian Premier League Governing Council) today announced Upstox, one of India’s leading and fastest-growing digital brokerage firms, as an official partner for IPL, which will begin on April 9th, 2021. This will be a multi-year partnership.

Founded with the vision of making financial investing easy, equitable, and affordable to all Indian investors, Upstox provides online investments in Stocks, Mutual funds, Digital Gold, Derivatives, and ETFs for both investors and traders. Backed by marquee investors such as Tiger Global, Upstox currently has over 2.8 million customers.

IPL 2021: IPL GC today announced Upstox, one of India’s leading and fastest-growing digital brokerage firms, as an official partner for IPL
IPL 2021: IPL GC today announced Upstox, one of India’s leading and fastest-growing digital brokerage firms, as an official partner for IPL

IPL GC Pleased To Have Upstox On Board As Official Partner In IPL 2021

RKSV, known by the brand name Upstox, is an Indian financial services company. It is headquartered in Mumbai, India, and holds memberships with the NSE, BSE, MCX, and MCX-SX. Upstox is a trading platform from RKSV. Nearly 98.5% of trade orders are received through its web and mobile platforms. In 2016, the company launched the e-Aadhar account opening service, making the process of trading faster, entirely paperless, and efficient.

Mr. Brijesh Patel, Chairman, IPL GC, said “We are pleased to have Upstox on board as an official partner of the Indian Premier League 2021. As one of the most-watched cricket leagues in India, IPL along with Upstox, one of India’s fastest-growing digital-trading platforms, can create a huge impact on the audience, especially the millions of Indian youth who are financially independent and looking for more options to manage their portfolios.”

IPL GC chairman Brijesh Patel
IPL GC chairman Brijesh Patel (Photo | PTI)

Commenting on the partnership, Mr. Ravi Kumar, Co-founder & CEO of Upstox said “We are thrilled to partner with BCCI for IPL 2021. In India, Cricket is more than just a sport. It is an important part of our culture and social life, with a huge fan following, especially by the millennials.

“IPL has paved a bold new direction to Indian cricket in the last decade just like Upstox, which is revolutionizing finance in India. This is what sparks a natural connection between both brands. With this integration of sports and finance, we intend to spread financial awareness across the country.”

It was created by Ravi Kumar, Raghu Kumar, and Shrinivas Vishwanath in 2009 and opened to the general public in 2011. RKSV Securities changed the brand name of its trading platform to Upstox in 2016. Upstox has raised Series A funding from many investors such as Kalaari Capital and Ratan Tata. Upstox raised $25 million in its second round of institutional funding from Tiger Global Management in 2019.

IPL GC And BCCI Announced IPL 2021 Schedule

BCCI’s IPL GC announced the schedule of IPL 2021 earlier this month. Defending champions Mumbai Indians and Royal Challengers Bangalore are set to face each other in the opening game in Chennai. The tournament will be played only at six venues this time around due to the rising COVID-19 cases in the country. To avoid home advantage to any of the teams, all the matches will be played at neutral venues which is a first in the history of the tournament.

BCCI’s IPL GC on Sunday (March 7) revealed the entire schedule for IPL 14 season, which will be played in six venues namely Ahmedabad, Bengaluru, Chennai, Delhi, Mumbai & Kolkata amidst strict COVID-19 protocols. As per the IPL media advisory, BCCI mentioned that each team will play at four venues. Out of the 56 league matches, Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata & Bengaluru will host 10 matches each, while Ahmedabad and Delhi will get to host 8 matches each with no home matches.

Chris Morris playing for RCB. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)
Chris Morris playing for RCB. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

11 doubleheaders, where 6 teams will play three-afternoon matches & two teams will play two-afternoon matches, will be held in IPL 14 season. The timings will remain the same as it was during IPL 2020. The afternoon games will commence from 3:30 PM IST start whereas the evening games will start from 7:30 PM IST.

Chris Morris became the most expensive buy ever in the history of the IPL with a price tag of INR 16.25 crores as Rajasthan Royals went all-out for the all-rounder at the IPL 2021 Auction in Chennai. Glenn Maxwell was sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore for INR 14.25 Crore. Steven Smith was sold to Delhi Capitals for INR 2.2 Crores while Shakib Al Hasan was sold to KKR for INR 3.2 Crore, and Moeen Ali attracted a bid of exactly INR 7 Crore and was sold to CSK. RCB bought Kiwi all-rounder Kyle Jamieson for 15 crores.

BCCI (File Photo| PTI)
BCCI (File Photo| PTI)
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BCCI Shortlists 6 Cities To Conduct IPL 2021

BCCI has now shortlisted six cities of India to conduct this year’s IPL tournament as the board moved away from their initial plan to host the Indian Premier League’s (IPL) 2021 edition between Mumbai and Pune and part of the playoffs and final in Ahmedabad.

Mumbai, Bangalore, Chennai, Kolkata, Ahmedabad, and Delhi have been shortlisted to host this year’s IPL. Delhi, it is learned, was included in the list later, after the board was convinced that they could not include Hyderabad for reasons concerning the local cricket association.

IPL trophy (Image Credit: Twitter)
IPL trophy (Image Credit: Twitter)

BCCI’s Decision To Host IPL 2021 In One Or Two Cities Sounded Far Better: A Franchise Official

The Maharashtra government, which has been at loggerheads with the centre on several issues, has given the go-ahead for matches to be held at the Wankhede Stadium. However, spectators will be absent, just like in the three ODIs against England in Pune, which will now be played behind closed doors due to the sudden spike in Covid-19 cases in Maharashtra.

The IPL is scheduled to begin in the second week of April (tentatively 11th) and conclude in all probability in the opening week of June (tentatively 6th). The tournament may not find spectators being allowed at some centres while other centres may allow fans up to only 50% of the stadium’s capacity. While the BCCI has zeroed in on the decision, it hasn’t had any word with the IPL franchises yet.

BCCI
BCCI Image-Twitter/ BCCI

Franchises who have learned about this decision unofficially, are mostly unhappy although some of them are willing to wait and see how BCCI goes about organising the tournament across six cities and prepare bio-secure bubbles across these venues for the smooth conduct of the tournament.

“Obviously, it’s scary. The earlier idea of hosting it in one or two cities sounded far better. After all, the 2020 edition was conducted between three venues and it went well,” a franchise representative said.

Franchises and team owners are waiting to see how the BCCI goes about organising this edition.

BCCI Sources: Format Of IPL 2021 Won’t Change As The Same Home And Away Format Will Be Implemented

The board has proposed that the eight franchises should be divided into groups and matches should be conducted venue-wise, where all teams that are part of one group play their home and away games between them before moving to another group at another venue, so on and so forth.

“The format of the tournament will not change. It’s the same home-and-away format, with each team hosting seven and travelling for the other seven. That’ll mean a total of 60 matches, like it is conducted every year. The grouping of teams is only to ensure that preparing bio-secure bubbles becomes easier and there’s less confusion,” say those in the know.

BCCI has pruned the list of players in IPL mini-auction to 292.
BCCI has pruned the list of players in IPL mini-auction to 292. (Photo: BCCI/IPL)

The decision on whether to club the teams into groups or not is still being debated.

“Franchises had started preparing, thinking it was only going to be between Mumbai and Pune, with the playoffs in Ahmedabad. Those plans change now. Franchises will want to know more and that will happen soon,” say sources.

Glenn Maxwell was sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore for INR 14.25 Crore but Chris Morris acquired more value as he was sold to Rajasthan Royals for a steep INR 16.25 crore creating new records as the most expensive buy ever in the history of IPL since 2008. RCB bought Kiwi all-rounder Kyle Jamieson for 15 crores.

Steven Smith was sold to Delhi Capitals for INR 2.2 Crores while Shakib Al Hasan was sold to KKR for INR 3.2 Crore, and Moeen Ali attracted a bid of exactly INR 7 Crore and was sold to CSK. Punjab Kings bought Dawid Malan for a base price of INR 1.5 Crore and spent big on Jhye Richardson, buying him for a whopping Rs 14 crore.

Steve Smith
Steve Smith- Photograph: David Gray/AFP/Getty Images
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Steve Smith May Not Leave Family For Low Price Of INR 2 Crore: Michael Clarke

Michael Clarke, former Australian skipper has opined that Steve Smith, the former RR captain who was bought by DC for Rs 2.2 crore in IPL 2021 auction, might not leave his family and partner for such a low price.

Michael Clarke has reckoned that Delhi Capitals‘ new recruit Steve Smith might not leave his family and partner and turn up for the upcoming edition of IPL because of his low Rs 2.2 crore auction price.

Michael Clarke with Steve Smith. Picture: Mark Brake
Michael Clarke with Steve Smith. Picture: Mark Brake

Michael Clarke: Steve Smith’s T20 Performances Haven’t Been Good To His Liking

He added that Steve Smith’s low bidding in the Chennai auction came as a surprise to the Australian and the 39-year-old added that one should not be surprised if the former Rajasthan Royals captain ‘pulls a hamstring injury’ days before boarding the flight to India.

“You talk about Steve Smith if he’s not the best batsman in the world, he’s not far away. Virat Kohli is number one, but Smithy is in the top three,” Clarke said on the Big Sports Breakfast Podcast.

“I know his T20 performances haven’t been as good as he would have liked last year’s IPL he wasn’t great. I’m very surprised he has gone for the amount of money he has, just under $400,000 which is still good money.”

Glenn Maxwell has had a 168% increase in his salary. ©Getty
Glenn Maxwell has had a 168% increase in his salary. ©Getty

“But when you look at what he was getting (last season) and his role as captain of Rajasthan, don’t be surprised if there’s a little hamstring strain the day the plane is meant to fly to India.

“For him to go away for an eight-week tournament and quarantine before the tournament starts call it 11 weeks. I don’t think he is going to give up 11 weeks away from his family and his partner for $380,000,” Clarke added.

Glenn Maxwell of Australia was sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore for INR 14.25 Crore whereas Chris Morris was sold to Rajasthan Royals for a steep INR 16.25 crore creating new records as the most expensive buys ever in the history of IPL since 2008.

Kyle Jamieson was acquired by RCB for INR 15 Crores while Jhye Richardson acquired a bid of INR 14 Crores and was sold to Punjab Kings. Uncapped Hobart Hurricanes seamer Riley Meredith became the costliest overseas uncapped player earning 8 crores.

Michael Clarke Interested To See If Steve Smith Doesn’t Go To India To Participate In IPL 2021

Further, former skipper Michael Clarke said that he was also interested to see if Steve Smith decides to participate and prove people wrong.

“I’m really interested to see if he gets a tight hamstring and doesn’t go. Or if it goes the other and he says I do wan’t to go and play in this T20 World Cup and I do want to get picked up for more money in the next IPL. I am going to go there, I don’t care for the money and will prove people wrong.”

Steve Smith AFP
Steve Smith Photo Credit: AFP

Steve Smith was released by RR ahead of the IPL 2021 auction as Sanju Samson replaced him as the captain of the team. Steve Smith registered himself in the INR 2 crore price bracket after being released by Rajasthan Royals. He scored only 311 runs averaging a modest 25.91 in 14 IPL games in IPL 2020 held at UAE. Delhi Capitals signed him up without facing any challenge from the other franchises in IPL 2021 auction.

Virat Kohli, RCB
Virat Kohli, RCB
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Virat Kohli Happy With RCB’s Acquisitions In IPL 2021 Auction

Virat Kohli, Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper has expressed his happiness with the buys his franchise made during the IPL 2021 auction.

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain Virat Kohli loved his team’s acquisitions in IPL 2021 auction held in Chennai on Thursday. Saying that the franchise RCB got what they wanted, the 32-year-old added that the new additions to the team will help the franchise propel in the right direction.

Virat Kohli For Royal Challengers Bangalore @BCCI
Virat Kohli For Royal Challengers Bangalore @BCCI

Virat Kohli Praised Royal Challengers Bangalore Fans For Showing Support

Further, Virat Kohli praised RCB fans and called them the “best fanbase” and urged them to continue support. The Royal Challengers have never won the IPL but finished runners-up on three occasions between 2009 and 2016.

“Very very happy with our buys and the results we had in the auction. We got what we wanted for the balance and strength of our squad. We had a really good season last year and we believe that the new additions are going to propel us in the right direction going forward,” said Virat Kohli in a video posted on the official Twitter handle of RCB.

Daniel Sams has brought huge power to the Thunder's middle order Cricket Australia via Getty Images
Daniel Sams has brought huge power to the Thunder’s middle-order Cricket Australia via Getty Images.

“Hopefully, a couple of more steps further than the last year. Cannot wait to be back and get going for RCB this year. Just want to say once again, RCB fans are the best fanbase, we look forward to your support,” Virat Kohli added.

The Bangalore outfit also made some investment before the auction by trading Harshal Patel and Daniel Sams from Delhi Capitals (DC). After all the retention and trading, RCB was left with a purse of a whopping INR 35.7 crore and a maximum of 11 slots to fill including three overseas slots.

Royal Challengers Bangalore Retained 12 And Released 10 Cricketers

The team retained just 12 players while releasing as many as 10 players that included some notable names like Aaron Finch, Chris Morris, and Moeen Ali. RCB released Moeen Ali, Shivam Dube, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Aaron Finch, Chris Morris, Pavan Negi, Parthiv Patel (retired), Dale Steyn (unavailable), Isuru Udana, Umesh Yadav from their IPL 2020 squad before IPL 2021.

While Chris Morris was one of the best performers for RCB, having bowled considerably well since a late inclusion in the squad in IPL 2020, Moeen Ali and Aaron Finch are also two popular names in white-ball cricket. In the 2020 season which was played in the UAE, Umesh Yadav played just 2 matches for RCB and went wicketless.

Umesh Yadav Image Credit: AP
Umesh Yadav Image Credit: AP

Australia limited-overs captain Aaron Finch, who was RCB’s senior opening batsman in IPL 2020, is one of the big names to have been released. Chris Morris, Moeen Ali, and Dale Steyn’s contracts with the franchise have also come to an end.

RCB bought Glenn Maxwell (Rs 14.25 crore, Kyle Jamieson (Rs 15 crore), Dan Christian (Rs 4.8 crore), and 5 other players at their base price. KS Bharat, Suyash Prabhudessai, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Rajat Patidar, Sachin Baby were the other 5 buys along with Kyle Jamieson, Dan Christian, and Glenn Maxwell for RCB.

David Miller
David Miller
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David Miller Has All The Weapons To Become Important Batsman: Kumar Sangakkara

David Miller played only a game in last year’s Indian Premier League (IPL) but Rajasthan Royals (RR) Director of Cricket, Kumar Sangakkara knows how dangerous the South Africa swashbuckling batsman can be in the shortest format. He has 1850 runs in 80 IPL games averaging a decent 33.63 including 1 ton and 9 fifties.

David Miller last week delivered a magnificent exhibition of hitting by plundering an unbeaten 85 off 45 balls (5 fours, 7 sixes) to help South Africa recover from 65 for seven against Pakistan in the third T20I.

It is David Miller's first IPL season with the Rajasthan Royals. Image Credits: RR Twitter
It is David Miller’s first IPL season with the Rajasthan Royals. Image Credits: RR Twitter

David Miller Is A Left-Handed Finisher And Fantastic Player Having Ability To Punish Bowling Attack: Kumar Sangakkara

The South Africa batsman David Miller is famous for his power-hitting but still wasn’t able to find his name in the star-studded Rajasthan Royals’ playing XI in IPL 2020 except a game where he failed to score.

Kumar Sangakkara said David Miller has all the “weapons” to become one of the Rajasthan Royals’ important batsmen hinting that David Miller will get his fair share of chances in this year’s IPL.

“Well, I think David Miller is a fantastic player. The left-hander finisher. He has the ability to punish the attack. He had very good innings in the last T20 against Pakistan where he brought South Africa out of the very difficult situation,” said Sangakkara in a virtual press conference on Friday.

Kumar Sangakkara celebrates his ton against Scotland.
Kumar Sangakkara celebrates his ton against Scotland.© Getty Images

“So he has all the weapons to become very important batsmen for us in the middle to death period. And at the same time, he is a great guy with great character and it’s wonderful to have around in a team. So he brings a lot to us in terms of advantage,” he further said.

“So when he does get a chance he will be able to really good for RR. You can’t really guarantee performances but if you follow the process the result will follow,” Sangakkara added.

After playing for Kings XI Punjab over a number of years, South African David Miller was bought by Rajasthan Royals for INR 75 lakh during the IPL Players Auction ahead of IPL 2020. His 38-ball hundred against RCB in his in 2013 is still remembered by the IPL fans.

Kumar Sangakkara: Rajasthan Glad To Get Chris Morris Who Can Contribute With Bat And Ball

Rajasthan Royals bought South African all-rounder Chris Morris for Rs 16.25 crore, making the all-rounder the most expensive player at an IPL auction on Thursday. Kumar Sangakkara though agreed that the price of Chris Morris was on the higher side, he was happy to have the South Africa all-rounder for his ability to finish the games with the bat.

“We’re also glad to get Chris Morris with us simply for what he brings to the side, both with the bat and ball. With the ball especially, his numbers across the IPLs are really good and his ability to finish games with the bat down the order is useful,” said Sangakkara in a statement.

“Yes the price was on the higher side, but we’re looking for a very specific role with Chris and really happy to have someone like him in our squad,” he added.

Chris Morris of RCB. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)
Chris Morris of RCB. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

India all-rounder Shivam Dube was also picked by Rajasthan Royals for Rs 4.4 crore during the auction held at Chennai. Kumar Sangakkara, the former Sri Lanka skipper said that the side was specifically looking for someone like Shivam Dube for the middle-order spot.

“It was an exciting auction. From our point of view, we were targeting certain players and we’re happy to get our targets. We were looking at Shivam Dube for that middle-order spot in our batting line-up and finally got him,” said Sangakkara.

“We’re excited to have picked up some talented Indian youngsters, all of whom add different dimensions to our squad. As a team, we’re delighted with the targets we were able to get and looking forward to working with the squad during the IPL now,” he added.

Rajasthan Royals went into the auction with a total of nine vacancies in their squad and a purse of Rs 37.85 crore. They finished the auction with eight signings. The franchise created history as they signed Chris Morris for a whopping price of Rs 16.25  which made him the most expensive player in the history of IPL auction. The Royals signed another all-rounder in Shivam Dube for Rs 4.40 crore which would help them in stabilizing the middle order.

The Rajasthan-based outfit further bought Bangladesh pacer, Mustafizur Rahman, for Rs 1 crore. The experienced left-arm pacer would provide some much-needed solidity to the Rajasthan Royals’ fast-bowling line-up including the likes of Jofra Archer, Kartik Tyagi, Andrew Tye, and Jaydev Unadkat.

Their third and last overseas signing was their former player and England batsman Liam Livingstone. The other signings were – Chetan Sakariya (INR 1.20 Cr), KC Cariappa (INR 20 L), Kuldip Yadav (INR 20 L), Akash Singh (INR 20 L)

Krishnappa Gowtham
Krishnappa Gowtham
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Krishnappa Gowtham Gets Emotional As He Bags INR 9.25 Crore Contract From CSK

Krishnappa Gowtham was congratulated by Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya as the spin-bowling all-rounder bagged an Rs. 9.25 crore contract from Chennai Super Kings.

Spin-bowling all-rounder Krishnappa Gowtham was another ‘record-breaking’ name in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 auction. While overseas players like Chris Morris, Kyle Jameison, and Glenn Maxwell stole headlines bagging contracts of above INR 14 crores, Krishnappa Gowtham became the most expensive uncapped Indian player in the history of the competition.

Krishnappa Gowtham With Rohit Sharma (Instagram)
Krishnappa Gowtham With Rohit Sharma (Instagram)

Krishnappa Gowtham Was Very Anxious As He Felt Hard To Describe Feelings After Selection In Chennai Camp

The MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) broke the bank to acquire the services of the spinner all-rounder, signing him for a whopping price of Rs. 9.25 crore.

Krishnappa Gowtham, who is currently with the Indian team in Ahmedabad for the ongoing Test series against England as a net bowler, received big hugs from Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya as the Indian national team players congratulated him on fetching the stunning new deal.

“It was nerve-wracking, I was very anxious, watching on TV,” Gowtham told ESPNcricinfo soon after he had found a new team. “We’d just landed in Ahmedabad and I’d just switched on the TV and my name came up. Emotions were changing every minute. Then, Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya knocked on my door and gave me a big hug and they asked for a big treat.”

“It was a very happy moment, we were all smiles, it was like having my family with me at that very moment. They were all so happy for me.”

Krishnappa Gowtham. Pic/AFP
Krishnappa Gowtham. Pic/AFP

Krishnappa Gowtham spoke to his parents and his wife through video call and they all had happy tears in their eyes seeing the 32-year-old bag such a huge pay package in the auction.

“My parents had tears, happy tears,” Gowtham said. “It’s hard to describe that feeling. It’s all just sinking in. Obviously, this isn’t the first time I’ve been part of the auction but every time your name comes up, the kind of butterflies in your tummy is unimaginable. So they were equally eager and anxious to see me. But I think towards the end, they were also very happy. I could see that.”

While signings for Chennai Super Kings, one of the most successful franchises in the league having won 3 IPL titles, is a great deal in itself but the prospect of playing under talismanic skipper MS Dhoni is like the cherry on the cake-a dream come true for the veteran all-rounder.

Krishnappa Gowtham Recalled Fanboy Moment After Meeting MS Dhoni

Krishnappa Gowtham recalled that he hasn’t had many lengthy interactions with the Indian cricket icon, but is hopeful of having many fruitful conversations with the CSK skipper in IPL 2021 as he had signed for the franchise.

“The first time I met him, I asked MS what I needed to do to take my game to the next level,” Gowtham recalled.

Krishnappa Gautam standing with MS Dhoni (file)
Krishnappa Gautam standing with MS Dhoni (file)

He can’t remember what MS Dhoni told him while meeting him because he was so star-struck, but the autographed bat remains a prized possession.

“It was a fanboy moment. After that, I’ve managed to chat with him a couple of times, haven’t really had long chats, they have just been short and simple. I’m waiting to now join the set-up and have many fruitful conversations with him. It’s an exciting feeling to play for CSK,” he added.

Rajasthan Royals picked K Gowtham for a whopping INR 6.2 crore from his base price of INR 20 lakhs. K Gowtham delivered for the team with both bat and ball in crunch situations and gave a good account of himself as it was due to him that RR could finish out close matches, which eventually helped them qualify for the IPL 2018 Playoffs.

The all-rounder scored 126 runs and took 11 wickets in 2018 where he played 15 games. He played only 7 games in 2019 for Rajasthan and only 2 in 2020 for Punjab Kings (formerly Kings XI Punjab) and didn’t perform that well.

Jonny Bairstow Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images
Jonny Bairstow Photograph: Stu Forster/Getty Images
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Jonny Bairstow Admits It’s Difficult For IPL Players To Turn Down Big Money

Jonny Bairstow, England wicketkeeper-batsman admitted that it is indeed difficult for him and other players to turn down the big money offered for playing in the Indian Premier League (IPL)

England batsman Jonny Bairstow believes the IPL helps players to perform better in all three formats of the game and it’s also difficult to turn down the big money offered by the Indian Premier League.

 

Jonny Bairstow of SunRisers Hyderabad Image Source: IPL.COM
Jonny Bairstow of SunRisers Hyderabad Image Source: IPL.COM

Jonny Bairstow: One Can’t Tell White Ball Format Players Not To Go To Play IPL

Despite several England players featuring in the Indian Premier League 2021, there are discussions going around in the English media that some of them have skipped the tournament or even been pulled out by the ECB amidst a packed calendar. England pacer Mark Wood decided to withdraw from IPL 2021 since he wanted to spend more time with his family.

Jonny Bairstow was rested for England’s first two Tests against India but has arrived in time for the day-night 3rd Test in Ahmedabad.

England cricketer Moeen Ali (Photo | AP)
England cricketer Moeen Ali (Photo | AP)

England’s squad was named for the third and fourth Test after the result of the second Test, and it was revealed that Moeen Ali will head back home as a part of ECB’s rotation policy.

“Look, I think it is part and parcel of the game. There are guys who have white-ball contracts and red-call contracts and then there are those who have both. I think guys who have white-ball format will want to go to the IPL and you cannot tell them don’t go. When it comes to rest, if you are asking people to be away from home from Jan 2-March 29 and to be in bubbles, at some point, people are going to need rest, that’s where the coaching staff has decided to give players rest,” Bairstow said during a virtual press conference on Thursday.

The inclusion of Jonny Bairstow to the England line-up will add potency to the England top-order, which has been found wanting against Indian spinners in three out of the last four innings.

Jonny Bairstow: Hard For Anybody To Turn Down The Money Offered In IPL And Feels Lucky To Be Playing All 3 Formats

England was thumped by a whopping 317 runs in the second Test and the Joe Root-led unit will be looking to bounce back in the third Test at Ahmedabad. England won the 1st Test by 227 runs after India failed to score 420 on the last day at the same venue and Ahmedabad, the venue for the next 2 Tests will not be as spin-friendly as Chennai.

“Mentally, we have to stay as fresh as we can. We have been staying in hotels and we cannot leave, it is taxing and it is about staying fresh to produce the best on the pitch. When you are talking about the kind of money the likes of Kyle Jamieson, Chris Morris have got, it is hard to turn it down, it can be hard for anybody to turn it down.

“I do not believe there are any priorities, if you look at our away record, we have won six of our last seven Tests away from home, these results do not come by prioritizing one format of the game,” Bairstow added.

Chris Morris of RCB sold to Rajasthan Royals. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)
Chris Morris of RCB sold to Rajasthan Royals. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

“I do not know the dates of the IPL playoffs and I do not know the dates of New Zealand Test matches, so cannot say anything at this moment. I am lucky enough to be playing all three formats of the game,” Bairstow replied when was asked whether he would leave IPL playoffs for the New Zealand Tests.

In the IPL players’ auction, Chris Morris became the most expensive foreign player in the history of the IPL as he bought for Rs 16.25 crore by Rajasthan Royals. New Zealand’s Kyle Jamieson was picked up by Royal Challengers Bangalore for Rs 15 crore.

England wicketkeeper-batsman Jonny Bairstow was a new entrant to the IPL who was bought for Rs. 1.5 crore by the SRH team management for the 2019 season. He had a brilliant debut IPL season scoring 445 runs that included a century while opening the batting with David Warner. He has scored 790 runs in 21 IPL games in 2019 and 2020 averaging a staggering 41.57 with a strike rate of 142.34 with 1 ton and 5 fifties.

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