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Kedar Jadhav
Kedar Jadhav (AP Photo/Aijaz Rahi)
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Kedar Jadhav Will Strengthen SRH’s Middle Order: VVS Laxman

VVS Laxman, SunRisers Hyderabad mentor said the addition of Kedar Jadhav will strengthen their middle-order in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

SunRisers Hyderabad went into the Indian Premier League 2021 auctions with a set mindset as they wanted to pick specific players to provide balance to the squad.

Kedar Jadhav. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)
Kedar Jadhav. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

VVS Laxman: Kedar Jadhav’s Experience Will Strengthen SunRisers Hyderabad’s Middle Order

SRH decided to add a third Afghanistan spinner into their team as they picked up Mujeeb Ur Rahman for his 2 crore base price. According to VVS Laxman, SRH also wanted to bolster their middle-order and so they bought Kedar Jadhav for INR 2 Crores. SRH already has the likes of Shahbaz Nadeem, Rashid Khan, and Mohammad Nabi in their squad, and Mujeeb Ur Rahman’s addition will provide them further options in their team selection.

VVS Laxman said the addition of Kedar Jadhav will strengthen their batting besides the fact that he can bowl a handful of overs. In the players’ auction held on Thursday, Hyderabad acquired Kedar Jadhav, Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb Ur Rahman and Jagadeesha Suchith to their ranks. The side had bowed out of IPL 2020 in Qualifier 2 last year after suffering a loss against Delhi Capitals.

“Mujeeb is an experienced IPL bowler and there is a mystery to his bowling style. The other option for us was an overseas fast bowler, we felt with our fast bowling options available and the Indian talent available, we thought it would be better for us if we have a mystery spinner in our squad as it strengths our spin bowling department,” said VVS Laxman while replying to ANI query during a virtual press conference on Thursday.

VVS Laxman. (Photo Source: Twitter)
VVS Laxman. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Kedar Jadhav had scored only 62 runs in 8 games for Chennai Super Kings at a modest average of 20.66 and a strike rate of 93.93 which is poor by T20 standards and he was released by CSK. Despite playing only 87 IPL games, he has an average of only 22.82 and has only 4 fifties. He hasn’t bowled in IPL.
Mujeeb Ur Rahman has played 18 IPL games and picked 17 scalps averaging 33.11. He failed to pick a wicket in IPL 2020 despite featuring in 2 games and was released by Punjab Kings.

Chris Morris Becomes Most Expensive Foreign Player In The History Of The IPL

South Africa all-rounder Chris Morris has become the most expensive foreign player in the history of the IPL as he was picked up by Rajasthan Royals for 16.25 crore. RCB bought Kiwi all-rounder Kyle Jamieson for 15 crores. Arjun Tendulkar was picked up by Mumbai Indians for his base price of 20 lakh.

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

Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan on Thursday was picked up by Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the ongoing IPL mini-auction for 3.2 crores. Steven Smith was sold to Delhi Capitals for INR 2.2 Crores while Moeen Ali was sold to CSK for 7 Crores.

Nathan Coulter-Nile went to defending champions Mumbai Indians for Rs 5 crore, who also picked up Piyush Chawla for Rs 2.40 crore. Glenn Maxwell was sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore for INR 14.25 Crore.

Umesh Yadav was picked by Delhi Capitals for his base price of Rs 1 crore. Shivam Dube was sold at INR 4.4 Crore to Rajasthan while Punjab Kings bought Dawid Malan for a base price of INR 1.5 Crore.

The IPL “mini-auction” this year has 291 players going under the hammer as England pacer Mark Wood withdrew from the auction at the end moment. All these cricketers have been shortlisted by the eight franchises. A total of 164 Indian players, 125 overseas players, and 3 players from associate nations are up for grabs in the mini-auction.

Chris Morris
Chris Morris
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Chris Morris Sold To Rajasthan Royals For INR 16.25 Crores

Chris Morris became the most expensive buy ever in the history of the Indian Premier League 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 on Thursday.

With a base price of just INR 75 lakhs, Chris Morris invited a huge battle that saw Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Punjab Kings, and the Rajasthan Royals fighting for the Protea all-rounder. Rajasthan Royals eventually got the 33-year-old for the highest ever amount in the IPL auction, surpassing Yuvraj Singh’s record of INR 16 crore in 2015.

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

Chris Morris Entered IPL 2021 Auction With A Base Price Of INR 75 Lakhs

It indeed was a massive surprise that the Royal Challengers Bangalore had decided to release Chris Morris. South African all-rounder Chris Morris, who entered the IPL 2021 auction with a base price of INR 75 lakhs, was injured in the initial phases of the tournament held in UAE in the year 2020.

Chris Morris
Photo Credit: Getty Images.

However, he became one of the vital players for the side and justified the purchase amount of INR 10 crores. Chris Morris featured in nine matches and took 11 wickets at 19.09 while maintaining an economy rate of 6.63. While the 33-year old did not get enough chances with the bat, he kept a strike rate of 161.90, delivering some lusty blows.

Chris Morris was one of the most impressive bowlers in IPL and RCB releasing him ahead of the auction came as a huge surprise. The South African all-rounder became one of the million-dollar buys yet again in the IPL 2021 auction due to his all-around abilities.

Chris Morris has impressive IPL statistics as he has 79 wickets from 70 matches at 24.29 with three four-wicket hauls alongside a decent economy rate of 7.81.

Glenn Maxwell And Jhye Richardson Attracts Bid Of INR 14 Crore And Above

Glenn Maxwell was sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore for INR 14.25 Crore but Chris Morris was sold at an even higher price 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. Amongst others, 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.

Shivam Dube was sold at INR 4.4 Crore to Rajasthan while Punjab Kings bought Dawid Malan for a base price of INR 1.5 Crore. Adam Milne was bought by MI. The likes of Kusal Perera, Sam Billings, Kedar Jadhav, Jason Roy, and Evin Lewis went unsold. Mustafizur Rahman, Piyush Chawla, Jhye Richardson, Umesh Yadav, and Nathan Counter Nile were sold.

Glenn Maxwell. Image Credits: Twitter
Glenn Maxwell. Image Credits: Twitter

India all-rounder Shivam Duve was also in huge demand and went to Rajasthan Royals for Rs 4.40 crore. While there were some big signings, there were some big names that remained unsold including Jason Roy, Alex Hales, Kedar Jadhav, Aaron Finch, Evinn Lewis, among others. Punjab Kings spent big on Jhye Richardson, buying him for a whopping Rs 14 crore.

Nathan Coulter-Nile went to defending champions Mumbai Indians for Rs 5 crore, who also picked up Piyush Chawla for Rs 2.40 crore. Umesh Yadav was picked by Delhi Capitals for his base price of Rs 1 crore.

Glenn Maxwell
Glenn Maxwell
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Glenn Maxwell Sold To RCB For INR 14.25 Crore Despite Poor IPL 2020

Glenn Maxwell was sold to Royal Challengers Bangalore for INR 14.25 Crore but 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. Among others, 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.

Shivam Dube was sold at INR 4.4 Crore to Rajasthan while Punjab Kings bought Dawid Malan for a base price of INR 1.5 Crore. Adam Milne was bought by MI. The likes of Kusal Perera, Sam Billings, Kedar Jadhav, Jason Roy, and Evin Lewis went unsold. Mustafizutr Rahman, Piyush Chawla, Jhye Richardson, Umesh Yadav, and Nathan Counter Nile were sold.

Chris Morris (M) Sold To Rajasthan Royals For INR 16.25 Crores
Chris Morris (M) Sold To Rajasthan Royals For INR 16.25 Crores(Credits: Twitter)

Glenn Maxwell Sold To Bangalore For INR 14.25 Crore After Receiving Bid Of INR 10.75 Crores In IPL 2020 Auction

Glenn Maxwell is one of the players on the auction list who will enter the IPL 2021 auction with a base price of INR 2 crores. Glenn Maxwell has been inconsistent in the past few seasons of IPL, and there were doubts that he will be amongst the most in-demand but the auction proved otherwise. Glenn Maxwell represented Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2020 and endured a forgettable edition after receiving a bid of INR 10.75 crores.

Glenn Maxwell. Image Credits: Twitter
Glenn Maxwell. Image Credits: Twitter

The right-handed batsman managed to amass only 108 runs in 13 games at a pathetic average of 15.43 with a strike rate of 101.89 and failed even to hit a single six. However, the 32-year old did well in the limited-over games for Australia after IPL. The Victorian’s form was also decent in BBL 2020-21, managing 379 runs in 14 matches at 31.38.

Glenn Maxwell’s Performance In IPL 2020 Was Criticized But He Attracted Bidding Wars From CSK And RCB In IPL 2021 Auctions

Glenn Maxwell’s performance in IPL 2020 came under heavy criticism as plenty of experts questioned the hype behind him and doubted reasons as to why the franchise shell out hefty bucks. But he shut all his critics when he carted the ball to all parts of the ground during the Australian summer against India.

The 32-year old hammered boundaries at will against the likes of pacers Jasprit Bumrah, and Mohammed Shami, and spinners Yuzvendra Chahal, and Ravindra Jadeja.

Glenn Maxwell plays a reverse sweep for six during his Australia vs India first ODI innings. (Getty)
Glenn Maxwell plays a reverse sweep for six during his Australia vs India first ODI innings. (Getty)

The Victorian is also a handy option with the ball and a terrific fielder besides his batting exploits, who could take outstanding catches and effect game-changing and breathtaking run-outs. All these factors make him an unpredictable prospect as he attracted bidding wars from Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore before being sold to RCB.

Glenn Maxwell scored 167 runs in 3 ODI games averaging 83.5 at a strike rate of 194.19 which is pretty impressive and 78 runs in 3 T20Is averaging 26 at a strike rate of 150 in the 3 ODI and 3 T20Is against India.

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Delhi Capitals Sought Clarity Over Availability Of Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje

Delhi Capitals has sought clarity from the board BCCI over the availability of the South African duo of Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje after South Africa announced a series against Pakistan in April this year.

Indian Premier League (IPL) teams Delhi and Chennai have sought clarity over the availability of South African players ahead of the new season. The fresh development comes in the wake after Cricket South Africa (CSA) recently announced a limited-overs series against Pakistan in April 2021. The new season of IPL is expected to start around April 10.

Delhi Capitals Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje BCCI
Delhi Capitals Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje BCCI

Delhi Capitals And Chennai Super Kings Sought Clarity Over South African Players Availability In IPL 2021

A couple of IPL sides including the Delhi Capitals have taken up the issue with the BCCI, according to a report in Cricbuzz. Delhi Capitals have two South African players in their squad namely Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje. The South African duo who are key pacers of Delhi Capitals were mighty impressive as they picked up 52 wickets between them in the UAE in 2020. Kagiso Rabada picked most scalps as he was a purple cap holder with 30 scalps.

Apart from the franchise who were runners-up of IPL 2020, there are five other South African players on the roster of other teams including Chennai Super Kings (CSK). CSK has batsman Faf du Plessis and pacer Lungi Ngidi in their squad apart from retired spinner Imran Tahir. The franchise might lose Proteas players for two games or two weeks at the initial stages of the season which will depend on quarantine duration and the venue of matches.

Faf du Plessis and Lungi Ngidi. (Image Source: Twitter)
Faf du Plessis and Lungi Ngidi. (Image Source: Twitter)

BCCI had recently informed the franchises involved that the board will shortly send the availability details of the overseas players ahead of the new season. South Africa will take on Pakistan in a three-match ODI series and 4 T20Is between April 2 to 16. If the likes of Anrich Nortje and Kagiso Rabada take part after being selected in the series, they might miss a couple of weeks of IPL action.

Chris Morris, Van Der Dussen, Morne Morkel, And Andile Phehlukwayo Are Some South African Cricketers Available At Player Auction On February 18

The likes of David Miller who isn’t selected much nowadays and retired AB De Villiers are other South African players part of their respective IPL franchises. Considering AB De Villiers has retired from international cricket and David Miller has been running out of favour from the national side for a while now, their availability is not a huge concern for the franchises.

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

The likes of Chris Morris, Van der Dussen, Morne Morkel, and Andile Phehlukwayo are some other South African players who will be available at the player auction on February 18.

Pakistan’s tour of South Africa was initially scheduled to comprise just three T20Is, but after a request from Cricket South Africa, the series will now comprise four T20Is, with the first two matches being played in Johannesburg, followed by two T20Is in Pretoria. South Africa is now playing 3 T20I series in Pakistan.

A three-match ODI series will be played between the two sides from 2nd April before the T20Is get underway on 10 April as part of the Men’s CWC Super League. The first and third ODIs will be played in Pretoria, with Johannesburg hosting the second ODI on 4 April.

While Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje are two key figures for Delhi Capitals, Faf du Plessis and Lungi Ngidi (Chennai Super Kings), Quinton de Kock (Mumbai Indians) and David Miller (Rajasthan Royals) are the other players who potentially miss out on a couple of weeks action.

Virat Kohli, RCB
Virat Kohli, RCB
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Overseas Players Couldn’t Contribute To Virat Kohli-Led RCB In IPL 2020: Manoj Tiwary

Manoj Tiwary, an Indian cricketer who plays for Bengal in the domestic circuit has blamed RCB skipper Virat Kohli’s failure as an IPL captain on a combination of poor selection, team strategy, and some bad luck.

Royal Challengers Bangalore is one of the franchises that are yet to win an IPL title ever since the league’s inception in 2008. Royal Challengers Bangalore’s best performance under skipper Virat Kohli came in 2016 when the team finished runners-up.

Manoj Tiwary (Reuters Photo)
Manoj Tiwary (Reuters Photo)

Manoj Tiwary: Lots Of Reasons For Virat Kohli’s Team Not Winning IPL

Manoj Tiwary tried to decode one of the IPL’s biggest mysteries while speaking to Sportskeeda’s Indranil Basu in an SK Live session on Facebook.

He explained: “There are lots of reasons for it (Virat Kohli not winning IPL). His record with the Indian cricket team is far better than his record with RCB as a captain. To build a good team, you have to have a good combination.”

Manoj Tiwary pointed out South African swashbuckling batsman AB de Villiers not keeping wickets at the beginning of the tournament held in UAE hurt the team’s prospects.

“Until and unless AB de Villiers keeps for the whole tournament, you will not be able to play another overseas player in your team. We did not see AB keep in the first six or seven games. But eventually, they had to do it,” said Tiwary.

AB de Villiers, Josh Philippe, IPL 2020 in UAE, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB),
AB de Villiers, Josh Philippe, IPL 2020 in UAE, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB)

Manoj Tiwary added that the failures of star players and the absence of some overseas players due to injury didn’t help Virat Kohli’s cause in IPL 2020.

“Josh Philippe was a big letdown (last season). They thought he would come and do the job for them at the top of the batting line-up. Unfortunately, he could not contribute. When your overseas players cannot contribute, then your team is in trouble. Chris Morris was also injured in the first half of the tournament,” noted Tiwary.

“Virat Kohli had made a statement that after so many years, they had a balanced side this year (IPL 2020). Unfortunately… Aaron Finch was disappointing as well. These are the main factors (for RCB struggling),” Tiwary added.

Josh Phillipe scored only 78 runs in 5 matches averaging 19.5. Aaron Finch was another letdown scoring only 268 runs in 12 games averaging 22.33. Moeen Ali scored only 12 runs and picked 1 wicket in 3 games and was another failure. Chris Morris did well with the ball picking 11 scalps in 9 games and scored 34 runs with the bat but couldn’t play all matches due to recurrent injuries.

Manoj Tiwary: No comparison between Virat Kohli’s RCB and Rohit Sharma’s MI

Virat Kohli’s captaincy in the IPL has often been compared to Mumbai Indian skipper Rohit Sharma’s, who has led the Mumbai Indians to a record five IPL titles. However, according to veteran Manoj Tiwary, a comparison between the duo is unfair.

“Rohit Sharma’s team and Virat Kohli’s team are completely different. Everything boils down to the combination of the team. Players like Hardik and Krunal, from the time they have come in, have looked unbeaten. They have good three good all-rounders in the lower-order. So, when they get a good start, then they know that these three guys will finish the job for them,” said Tiwary.

Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma(Source: IPL)
Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma(Source: IPL)

“They have a good scouting team. I can vouch for that. RCB does not have that,” the 35-year-old added.

RCB has retained just 12 squad members before the IPL 2021 auction and released 10 players. The release list includes recently-retired Parthiv Patel and Dale Steyn, who opted out of IPL 2021. 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.

Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir. Image Credit: Getty Images.
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Gautam Gambhir Criticizes RCB For Releasing 10 Players In IPL 2021

Gautam Gambhir, former Indian cricketer has criticized the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) franchise for releasing a plethora of as many as 10 players before the IPL 2021 Auction.

He even sarcastically mentioned that Mike Hesson, Director of Cricket Operations, and head coach Simon Katich not getting axed was the best thing for the franchise.

Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Gautam Gambhir: Biggest Positive For RCB Is Retention Of Mike Hesson And Simon Katich As The Franchise Released 10 Players

RCB have retained just 12 squad members before the IPL 2021 auction and let go of 10 players. The release list includes recently-retired Parthiv Patel and Dale Steyn, who opted out of the upcoming edition of the cash-rich league. During a discussion on the Star Sports show Cricket Connected, Gautam Gambhir was asked if it was a fair call by RCB to release an injury-prone Chris Morris. The Bengaluru-based franchise could utilize the extra budget to bring in someone like Cameron Green.

Simon Katich and Mike Hesson
Simon Katich and Mike Hesson-Image Credit: IPL.

The former Indian opener responded by pointing out that although Cameron Green has shown early promise, he cannot match the South African all-rounder’s experience. He also suggested that Mike Hesson and Simon Katich were probably lucky to retain their jobs, considering the franchise’s past record.

“The biggest positive for RCB is that they have retained Mike Hesson and Simon Katich because I even had a doubt that they might release them as well. I don’t think Cameron Green has the experience of Chris Morris. Yes, you might have seen Cameron Green bowling at 135-140 kph but IPL is a completely different beast,” said Gambhir.

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.

Gautam Gambhir: RCB Should Have Stayed With Chris Morris For Another Year Working On His Fitness

Gautam Gambhir was further asked for his opinion whether it would have been okay for RCB to risk ₹10 crores on Chris Morris, considering his track record with injuries. Chris Morris scored 34 runs and took 11 wickets in 9 matches after being bought by RCB in IPL 2020 from Delhi Capitals.

The southpaw replied he would have preferred RCB to go that route and stick with the 33-year-old all-rounder for another year or so as there won’t be too many all-rounders available at the auction.

“For me, it would have been correct because you will not have an all-rounder like Chris Morris available in the market. How many like him do you have – Ben Stokes, Hardik Pandya and the franchises will never release these players. So, they could have stayed with Chris Morris for one more year and worked on his fitness,” observed Gambhir.

Chris Morris
Chris Morris. Photo Credit: IPL

The left-hander even cited the example of the injury-prone Andre Russell, whom the Kolkata Knight Riders had backed when he was the franchise’s skipper.

“I remember when I was in KKR, we used to play extra attention to the fitness of players like Andre Russell because many times his body was also very fragile.

“So, they could have spoken to Chris Morris that he needs to keep himself fit and could have given him one more year. Now if you have let him go and think that you will get a replacement for him, I doubt it,” added Gambhir.

Gautam Gambhir agreed with RCB’s decision to release Aaron Finch because of the Australian’s indifferent performances in IPL 2020 where he scored only 268 runs in 12 games averaging only 22.33.

“You can understand Aaron Finch because he was an expensive buy and you had given him a long run and he could not do much as well,” said Gambhir.

Gambhir signed off by stating that Australians and Mitchell Starc could be the players RCB might be targeting at the IPL 2021 Auction.

“According to me, RCB will go for Glenn Maxwell and Mitchell Starc because of the form Glenn Maxwell has had at the Chinnaswamy stadium, he can hurt the opposition. They might see towards Mitchell Starc as he has played for them previously. This could be the reason but an all-rounder like Chris Morris is not available in the market,” concluded Gautam Gambhir.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore might have taken a prudent hasty decision to release all-rounder Chris Morris, considering his huge price tag and injury concerns. They have the option of buying him back though, probably at a cheaper price, if they desire to do so with Right To Match card.

AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli, RCB, IPL 2019
AB de Villiers and Virat Kohli
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IPL 2020: Brian Lara Blames Inconsistency For Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Elimination

Brian Lara, legendary batsman of West Indies and former Australian pacer Brett Lee said Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) should address their concern of depending too much on batsmen skipper Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers if they are to pose a serious challenge for the title in the upcoming seasons.

RCB crashed out of IPL 2020 in Eliminator following five successive defeats. They lost to SunRisers Hyderabad by six wickets in an eliminator after failing to defend 131.

Brian Lara
Brian Lara. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Brian Lara: Bangalore Played Good Cricket But Were A Bit Inconsistent

Legendary West Indies batsman Brian Lara said Royal Challengers Bangalore should realize their over-reliance on Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers and try and change it in the near future if they are to perform well in the Indian Premier League consistently.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli

Brian Lara pointed out that RCB played some good cricket, but their inconsistency hurt them at IPL 2020.

“They (RCB) played very good cricket, sometimes a little bit inconsistent. They did not finish in the top 2 when they had that opportunity. I think what they have to do is just assess the situation and realise the reliance on over-reliance on Kohli and AB de Villiers has to change, moving forward,” Lara told Star Sports.

RCB were the first side to bowl out from the playoffs after they lost to Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Eliminator on Thursday. They lost five successive matches against the likes of Delhi, Hyderabad-twice, Chennai and Mumbai as the likes of Aaron Finch, Shivam Dube, Josh Philipe failed as their batting averages were below 25.

The injury of Chris Morris who took 11 wickets in nine games came as a blow to them as he averaged 19.09 with the ball and conceded runs at an economy rate of 6.63.

Brett Lee: Bangalore Relied Heavily On Virat Kohli And AB De Villiers

Former Australia fast bowler Brett Lee backed Brian Lara’s comments, saying RCB need to have a better structure around Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers to succeed in upcoming IPLs and understand that they can’t be over-reliant on the two superstar batsmen.

“I think they relied too heavily on their big guns. When you look at Virat Kohli, the captain and ABD, two massive players in their line-up. But I think they need a bit of structure around them. Everyone fails in T20 cricket, that happens.

“I think they need to get the younger players to come up. Devdutt Padikkal is definitely a player for the future,” Lee said.

Brett Lee
Brett Lee. Image Credit: Getty Images.

As both of them pointed out, RCB have once again relied on Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers for match-winning knocks. While young opener debutant Devdutt Padikkal showed a lot of class early on, he scored only 2 fifties in last 10 innings and failed both times against SRH-one in the group stage and the other in Eliminator.

Brian Lara though pointed out that it’s a positive for RCB that they made the playoffs in IPL 2020 after a few bad seasons even finishing last twice in 2017 and 2019 and they can build on from hereon.

“Disappointment yes, but they haven’t been in this position for some years so they got to this position and maybe build from here,” Brian Lara said.

Devdutt Padikkal top-scored for RCB with 473 runs while Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers finished in the top 10 of the run-scorers charts with 466 and 454 runs, respectively in 15 matches. Barring the 3 batsmen, RCB have no one else in the top 25 with Aaron Finch, Shivam Dube, Washington Sundar and Josh Phillipe failing with bat.

Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers were under a lot of pressure as their top-order and lower-middle order began misfiring as they went on to lose five consecutive matches on the trot and crash out of the tournament.

RCB, IPL 2019
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IPL 2020: Navdeep Saini Is Doubtful Against Mumbai Indians

Navdeep Saini, the pacer of Royal Challengers Bangalore is doubtful for their next match against defending champions and table-toppers Mumbai Indians after splitting the webbing of his right hand during the defeat against Chennai Super Kings while trying to stop the ball in the 18th over of CSK’s chase.

Royal Challengers Bangalore are enjoying the best start to their IPL campaign since 2011, but the news that pacer Navdeep Saini may not play in the next match comes as a big blow to the franchise as the race for playoffs is getting hotter daily. Royal Challengers Bangalore occupy the second spot with 14 points from 11 matches after 3rd placed Delhi Capitals lost to SunRisers Hyderabad in the franchise’s third consecutive loss.

Navdeep Saini
Navdeep Saini. Image Credit: IPL.

Navdeep Saini Split Webbing And Is Doubtful

Royal Challengers Bangalore are dealt with a big blow ahead of their key match against table-toppers Mumbai Indians as their ace pacer Navdeep Saini split the webbing of his right hand during the defeat against the Chennai Super Kings. He is now doubtful against Mumbai Indians in Abu Dhabi on Wednesday. Navdeep Saini tried to stop the ball during bowling in the 18th over of CSK’s chase and split his webbing. He bowled only three overs against CSK.

After the match against CSK, Evan Speechly, RCB’s head physiotherapist, told RCB TV: “Saini has split his webbing. He obviously got hit on the thumb on the right hand. Fortunately, we had a good hand surgeon, he stitched it up nicely. So, we could just monitor over the night and check it after getting ready for the next game,” he said.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: IPL)

During IPL 2016, present RCB and Indian captain Virat Kohli had suffered a similar injury against the Kolkata Knight Riders. Virat Kohli had received eight stitches in his right hand before coming out to bat. He went all guns blazing and scored a match-winning 75 not out and followed it up with a 50-ball 113 against Kings XI Punjab. Virat Kohli had amassed a staggering 973 runs with 4 centuries in IPL 2016 and led from the front.

Talking about Virat’s injury, Speechly said: “Virat, four-five years ago, he had it in Kolkata, we managed to stop the bleeding and he smashed a 100 after we got a plastic surgeon who had stitched it.”

Speechly wasn’t sure if Saini would be fit to return. “Unfortunately, you cannot compare the two injuries. Some people can manage it and some can’t. It’s also because Saini’s injury is on his bowling hand, so it puts a lot of pressure on him so I cannot be sure when he will be good to go. I am hoping that he will be good to play in the next game and the rest of the tournament,” he said.

The Delhi pacer Navdeep Saini who was named in Indian squad recently for an Australian tour in all three formats has been instrumental in RCB’s success so far in IPL 2020, taking five wickets in 11 games at an economy rate of 7.95. Navdeep Saini has taken 16 wickets from 24 matches.

Navdeep Saini’s Unavailability Could Mean Recall Of Umesh Yadav

RCB may have to recall India’s Test pacer, Umesh Yadav if Navdeep Saini fails to recover in time. Umesh Yadav went for plenty-83 runs in his seven overs in the first two games, before being dropped. They would hope that pacers South African Chris Morris, Mohammad Siraj, Sri Lankan Isuru Udana and the spinners, Yuzvendra Chahal and Washington Sundar continue their fine show in the upcoming matches.

RCB’s bowling has been the talk of the town so far unlike previous editions of IPL when death bowling was a concern for them. Chris Morris who recovered from injury is in ominous form taking 10 scalps in 6 matches averaging a meagre 13.6 while Mohammed Siraj has six wickets in five matches averaging 23.16 including 3/8 against KKR. Spinner Yuzvendra Chahal has 16 wickets from 11 matches averaging 18.5 only.

Umesh Yadav
Umesh Yadav (Image Credit: IPL)

Both RCB and MI have the same number of wins and losses and thereby has the same number of points. They would be desperate to beat each other and secure a playoff berth. Mumbai Indians are still sitting on top of the table despite their loss against Rajasthan Royals while RCB holds their third spot after CSK thrashed them.

Mumbai Indians skipper Rohit Sharma trained in the nets on Tuesday night which raised quite a few eyebrows since the national selectors had only hours earlier ruled him out of the Australia tour due to a hamstring injury. However, still, he is set to miss his third game in a row.

Gautam Gambhir Is One Of My Idol: Devdutt Padikkal
Devdutt Padikkal. Image Credit: IPL.
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IPL 2020: ‘Incredible’ Devdutt Padikkal Bats Like Matthew Hayden – Chris Morris

Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) allrounder Chris Morris has heaped praise on young batting star — Devdutt Padikkal and has compared him with the great former Australian cricketer Matthew Hayden.

RCB had bought Aaron Finch ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 season to take the pressure from Virat Kohli, and AB de Villiers for scoring runs. While he has been a complete failure, the young Indian batsman Devdutt Padikkal had set the stage on fire for RCB. He has even outperformed the international cricketer and has hit 321 runs in 10 matches at a strike rate of 132.10.

Devdutt Padikkal, Chris Morris
Devdutt Padikkal and Aaron Finch (Image Credit: IPL)

Seeing Padikkal’s batting prowess, Chris Morris, who is the vital cog for RCB, stated that the youngster has similar techniques and composure like Hayden, who was also the aggressive opening left-hand batsman.

“Devdutt Padikkal, batting with Aaron Finch, he has been incredible. He has got a similar imposing way of batting like Matthew Hayden. Obviously, he has not got the size of Hayden.

“Hayden has a huge chest. But definitely, he has got a similar technique and hits the cricket ball. The way he moves on the field, the way he conducts himself all the time. You look at him, he has definitely got something,” Chris Morris said.

Chris Morris reveals the reason behind his success in IPL 2020:

Chris Morris
Image Credit: BCCI/IPL

Apart from Padikkal, Morris, himself, has been the game-changer for Royal Challengers Bangalore. He had missed the first four matches because of injury. But after he joined the playing XI, the franchise bowling attack has become a lot stronger.

Chris Morris revealed that the COVID-19 break has helped him to evolve physically as well as mentally. He also added that the reason behind his success that he has got a lot more clarity about his role in the ongoing 13th edition of the league.

”The break (due to COVID-19) was really nice both for the body and mental freshness. Good to be playing again and it is just lot of clarity and how the execution needs to be,” said the 33-year-old in an online media interaction on Friday.

Chris Morris has picked up nine wickets in five matches at the staggering economy rate of 5.00. Along with Navdeep Saini, he has plugged the hole that RCB had in the death bowling department.

AB de Villiers, RCB, IPL 2019
De Villiers has scored runs for his team RCB. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.
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IPL 2020: AB de Villiers Termed As ‘Superhuman’ By Mike Hesson After Whirlwind Match-Winning Knock Against Rajasthan Royals

AB De Villiers, RCB’s batting mainstay guided his team to an unlikely win by scoring a brisk 55 after which Mike Hesson, Director of Cricket for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) termed him as superhuman. The explosive batsman played a match-winning innings against Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2020.

Well, RCB chased down the target of 178 after AB De Villiers remained unbeaten on 55 off 22 balls with one four and as many as six sixes. The wicketkeeper-batsman has now scored 285 runs averaging 57 with four fifties in IPL 2020.

AB De Villiers
AB De Villiers. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

AB De Villiers Is Superhuman, And Royal Challengers Bangalore Is Lucky To Have Him In Squad: Mike Hesson

Rajasthan Royals were restricted to 177 for six despite skipper Steven Smith scoring 57 with Chris Morris delivering yet again with the ball by picking four wickets after conceding 26 runs in his quota of four overs. Yuzvendra Chahal picked up the other two wickets. In reply, Virat Kohli scored 43, but AB De Villiers knock was special as he went on a six-hitting spree.

Mike Hesson
Mike Hesson (Image Credit: Google)

The penultimate over by Jaydev Unadkat saw 25 runs. He went wicketless and conceded as many as 46 runs. Jofra Archer too had an off day conceding 38 runs in 3.4 overs as RCB won by seven wickets with two balls to spare.

“He is superhuman, there are very few in the cricket world who could do that, we are very lucky to have him in RCB, we have seen a couple of performances like this from him this year, probably three to be fair and in the match against Rajasthan, he was as good as it gets,” Hesson said in a video posted on the official Twitter handle of RCB.

AB de Villiers walked to the crease with more than 70 runs required off 7 overs at a required run rate of more than 10 runs per over, but the penultimate overturned the match in RCB’s favour.

AB De Villiers And Chris Morris Were Exceptional: Mike Hesson

RCB are now in 3rd position in the points table with six wins and three losses in nine matches having 12 points. Rajasthan Royals are 7th on the points table with only six points.

“Priority for us is to get better, we won against Rajasthan Royals on the back of outstanding individual performance, we relied on the fact that ABD is as good as he was. Chris Morris was exceptional but all in all, it was not our best performance, it’s a good sign for RCB that we haven’t played our best cricket yet we managed to win,” Mike Hesson said.

Chris Morris
Chris Morris. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

Chris Morris missed some initial matches with injury but came back strongly contributing with both bat and ball. He has featured in four IPL matches and picked up nine wickets averaging only 9.33. He leads the best bowling average charts. He scored 25 runs off only eight balls in the only innings he batted.

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