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Three Players Delhi Capitals Might Release Ahead Of IPL 2020 Auction

Delhi Capitals finally ended their drought last year by qualifying for the playoffs after seven long years. The franchise took some tough decisions and also named Shreyas Iyer as full-time captain, who did the job to perfection. By roping in Shikhar Dhawan, they ensured that they have a senior and a local player in the team who teamed up with youngster Prithvi Shaw.

Also Read: IPL 2020: Three Players Mumbai Indians Might Release Ahead Of Auction

In IPL 2020, the challenge for DC will be to continue their performance and aim to win the trophy. Sans their advisor Sourav Ganguly, it will be a tough task for the team but Ricky Ponting will continue to guide Delhi. Before the auction for IPL 2020, here’s a look at three players whom the franchise might let go –

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IPL 2019: Watch – Colin Ingram, Axar Patel Pulls-Off a Sensational Relay Catch

South Africa southpaw batsman Colin Ingram who recently became a father pulled off a sensational effort at the boundary lines while fielding at the mid-wicket region. Ingram steadied himself at the boundary ropes and grabbed a fine catch. However, the momentum was carrying Ingram over the boundary cushions.

Ingram took his time as he showed a great presence of mind. The left-hander was able to throw the ball to Axar Patel who was standing at long-on. It was a fine effort from the Proteas batsman. In fact, the catch will go down against the name of Axar Patel. However, it was Colin Ingram who had done the bulk of the work.

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It was a crucial wicket for Delhi Capitals as Chris Gayle was going all guns blazing. The combative batsman had scored a fine knock of 69 runs off just 37 balls with the help of six fours and five sixes.

Meanwhile, Sandeep Lamichanne was able to get the big wicket of the Universe Boss. The leg-spinner was able to get another wicket on the last ball of the same over as he caught and bowled Sam Curran. The Nepal talented spinner has been the pick of the bowlers as he has scalped three wickets. However, he conceded 40 runs in his four overs quota.

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Furthermore, Kagiso Rabada and Axar Patel have scalped one wicket each. Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals skipper Shreyas Iyer had won the toss and decided to bowl first.

Mandeep Singh and Ravichandran Ashwin are currently batting in the middle for the hosts. Meanwhile, Delhi Capitals and Kings XI Punjab have won five matches and lost four in the ongoing season. The last match between these two sides was won by Kings XI Punjab by 14 when they snatched a win from the jaws of defeat.

Here is the outstanding effort from Colin Ingram:

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IPL 2019: “He’s a Hell of a Talent” – Colin Ingram Hails Rishabh Pant

Delhi Capitals (DC) wicket-keeper batsman Rishabh Pant entertained one and all present at the Wankhede Stadium with his quality hitting against Mumbai Indians during match four of the 2019 edition of Indian Premier League (IPL). His knock of 78 runs propelled the Capitals to post 213 runs at the halfway stage. Pant’s Delhi teammate Colin Ingram, who also played a significant part in the game, shared high praise on the young cricketer.

Pant is an exciting talent

Rishabh Pant smacked everything that came his way and cleared the ropes with ease. He didn’t spare any of the Mumbai Indians bowlers not even Jasprit Bumrah. His knock included seven fours and seven sixes which was a treat to watch. Meanwhile, Pant is aiming for a World Cup berth starting from May 30 at England and Wales. Pant admitted that he would look use IPL 2019 as a platform to strengthen his case and the start has been pitch perfect. Following his knock, Colin Ingram praised Rishabh Pant saying he is an exciting talent.

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The South African also added Pant batted like last year. Incidentally, the southpaw finished as the second highest run-scorer in the tournament after Kane Williamson. He picked up exactly where he left to launch a carnage and set the IPL stage on fire.

“I think he (Pant) played like the last season. I was watching it from home last year. He’s a hell of a talent, just the way he practices – it’s awesome to watch,” Ingram said. 

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Previously, Colin Ingram shared a crucial stand with Shikhar Dhawan to bail their side out of danger. They added 82 runs for the third wicket to set the tone for Rishabh Pant to capitalise. Speaking on his own game, the Proteas cricketer noted that he has worked hard to coming here in the shortest format of the game. Colin Ingram departed after scoring 47 runs from 32 deliveries to set the platform.

It (t20 cricket) is something I’ve had to work hard on. In the UK I’ve batted at number 3 and here it’s 4 or 5. I think we lost a couple of early wickets but then there was a good partnership,” he concluded. 

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Watch: Colin Ingram Gives His Opinion On India Wearing Army Caps In The ODI Game

Recently, the Indian National Cricket Team wore specially designed Army caps for the 3rd ODI game against Australia at Ranchi. The match took place in the home town of the former Indian skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is a lieutenant colonel in the Indian Army. Meanwhile, various controversies raised after that but Colin Ingram doesn’t see any wrong in it.

Colin Ingram is one of the few players to visit Pakistan for the final phase of the Pakistan Super League. The South African all-rounder, who signed Kolpak was asked to express his opinion regarding India’s latest scenario of donning Army caps.

I respect their feelings – Colin Ingram

The flamboyant cricket was pretty smart in answering the query by the journalist. Ingram quoted that he has seen something like these back home, which united the people in the country. Further, he wants to respect the decision taken by India for their armed forces. Meanwhile, he also quoted that they are focussed on playing PSL in Pakistan.

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Recently, Pakistani foreign minister found this gesture highly offensive and said that the Indian team was politicizing the issue and found support from Pakistan’s information minister, who said that the Pakistani board should complain to the ICC.

However, later, it comes to know that the Indian team has already taken permission from the International Cricket Council, which brought the end-card on the issue.

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Last month, India lost the lives of the 44 CRPF soldiers in a terrorist attack at Pulawama. The incident took place when a Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist rammed an explosives-laden vehicle into the bus they were travelling in. This is one of the worst terror strikes in the state since the Uri attack in 2016.

It was the tough attack to swallow for the Indians, who asked India to boycott Pakistan in every possible way. In between, Indian Air Force thrashed the terrorist camps, who had a base in Pakistan through air strikes. As per the reports, at least 300 terrorists are killed in the heroic act.

Meanwhile, a lot of individuals have pushed themselves to donate something for the families of the martyrs family. Regarding the same, the current Indian team gave their match fees to the national fund and played with Army caps in the 3rd ODI game at Ranchi.

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Big Bash League 2018-19: Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars – Review

Big Bash League 2018-19: Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars – Review. It was a one-sided affair in the 27th match of the ongoing Big Bash League 2018-19 as defending champions Adelaide Strikers won by 41 runs against Melbourne Stars. Thus, the reigning champions have occupied the second place in the points table. The visitors, Melbourne Stars won the toss and decided to bowl first.

1st Innings:

Adelaide Strikers didn’t get a good start as Matthew Bird as sent back by Jackson Bird. Furthermore, Jake Weatherald soon followed his opening partner after he scored only 15 runs. However, Adelaide Strikers skipper Travis Head and Colin Ingram added 74 runs for the fourth wicket.

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The southpaw skipper scored 43 runs off just 31 balls and scored three sixes in his innings. Furthermore, Colin Ingram continued his good form going. The left-hander scored a fine knock of 57 runs from only 41 balls, to get the Man of the match award.

Jonathan Wells applied the finishing touches to the innings as he scored 32 off just 14 balls. He scored four fours and one six in his blistering knock. On the other hand, England’s pacer Liam Plunkett scalped four wickets for the Melbourne Stars.

2nd Innings:

Melbourne Stars got an ideal start to their run-chase. Their openers Evan Gulbis and Ben Dunk added 50-runs partnership to start their chase. Evan Gulbis was the aggressor as he scored 37 from 25 balls and smashed five fours and one six.

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However, Stars veered off the track as they lost their top four wickets for only 15 runs on the board. The Windies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo tried to keep his side in the game. However, the Stars were always behind the eighth-ball.

Michael Neser, Wes Agar, Liam O Connor bagged two wickets whereas Ben Laughlin scalped three wickets in the game.

Brief Scores: Adelaide Strikers: 178-5 (20 overs), Colin Ingram 57 (41), Liam Plunkett: 4-36.

Melbourne Stars: 137-10, Evan Gulbis: 37 (25), Ben Laughlin: 3-19.

You can check the complete scoreboard of Adelaide Strikers vs Melbourne Stars. Scorecard.

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Big Bash League 2018-19: Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Thunder – Report

Big Bash League 2018-19: Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Thunder – Report. Adelaide Strikers won the 14th match of the ongoing Big Bash League 2018-19 against Sydney Thunder by 20 runs. Strikers now have won two matches whereas they have lost as many in the ongoing season to claim the third position in the points table. Adelaide captain Colin Ingram won the toss and decided to bat first.

1st innings

The hosts got off to a steady start with Alex Carey and Jake Weatherald adding 33 runs for the opening stand. However, Weatherald could not continue as he was caught and bowled by Jonathan Cook. Subsequently, Strikers skipper Colin Ingram and wicketkeeper Alex Carey added a fine alliance of 75 runs.

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Carey who had scored a fine 70 in the first match of the season, continued his good form as he scored another good knock of 59 runs from just 40 balls. The southpaw batsman scored nine fours and one maximum in his knock.

Meanwhile, Colin Ingram was able to hit the ground running. The left-hander scored his runs at a fluent speed as he blasted a 43-ball 75. The Proteas experienced batsman scored three fours and half-a-dozen sixes in his knock.

However, Adelaide Strikers could not apply the finishing touches to their innings as they scored only 20 runs in the last three overs. On the other hand, Daniel Sams scalped two wickets and conceded only 24 runs in his four overs quota.

2nd innings

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Meanwhile, Sydney Thunder got off to a solid start with Jos Buttler and Shane Watson adding 39 runs for the opening stand. However, the visitors could not accelerate in the middle of the innings as they kept losing wickets.

Australia’s experienced fast bowler Peter Siddle came with a match-winning bowling performance. Siddle scalped three wickets which included crucial wickets like Jos Buttler, Joe Root and Callum Ferguson – who scored 47 runs from 39 balls. The veteran pacer gave away only 20 runs in his allotted overs and was adjudged the Man of the match. In fact, Rashid Khan who lost his father yesterday took two wickets and conceded 34 runs.

Brief Scores: Adelaide Strikers: 175-4, Colin Ingram: 75 (43), Daniel Sams 2-24.

Sydney Thunder: 155-4, Callum Ferguson: 47 (39), Peter Siddle 3-20.

You can check the scorecard of Adelaide Strikers vs Sydney Thunder. Scorecard

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Big Bash League 2018-19: Colin Ingram Sheds Light on his Decision to Call Back James Pattinson

Adelaide Strikers captain Colin Ingram showed great sportsmanship by calling back James Pattinson. The southpaw batsman was ruled out by the third umpire even after he had made his way back into the crease. There was a lot of confusion in the middle. Subsequently, Ingram decided to call back James Pattinson to hold the spirit of the game.

Meanwhile, the defending champions have commenced their title defence on the high after they won the first match by five wickets and five balls to spare. Rashid Khan was awarded the Man of the match as the leg-spinner scalped three wickets.

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“It was a unique scenario. I chatted with Ben Laughlin and he said ‘what’s the option of withdrawing the appeal?’,” Strikers captain Colin Ingram said.

“I didn’t know if it was an option.

“(But) we could all clearly see it wasn’t out. We thought he pressed the wrong button.

“We’ve got to back what we saw. We wanted to get on with the game.”

Meanwhile, a spokesperson said that there was some confusion regarding the decision of the third umpire. In fact, there was mis-communication between the third umpire and the on-field umpire.

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“We experienced some communication issues between the third and field umpires who thought it was a mistake,” the spokesperson said.

“When it panned out a little longer the Strikers withdrew their appeal and asked the batsman to stay – the right decision was reached.”

Consequently, it was good to see that Colin Ingram maintained the integrity of the sport. On the other hand, Alex Carey played a fine knock for Adelaide Strikers to take them close to the target of 147 runs. Thus, it was a fine start for the reigning champions.

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Big Bash League 2018-19: Brisbane Heat vs Adelaide Strikers – Match Preview

The eighth season of the Big Bash League 2018-19 will kickstart when reigning champions Adelaide Strikers will lock horns with Brisbane Heat at latter’s home ground. It is going to be another exciting season and both these teams will like to draw first blood in the season. Adelaide Strikers had gone all the way in the previous edition of the tournament and will like to replicate their performance.

The Strikers had ticked the right boxes in the last season and thus will like to continue with the same. South Africa’s southpaw batsman Colin Ingram who was bought by Delhi Capitals for a whopping amount of INR 6.4 Crores is going to hold the captaincy reins for Strikers. On the other hand, the hard-hitting Chris Lynn will take the captaincy bridle for Brisbane Heat.

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Strikers will like to begin their title defence on a high.

Adelaide Strikers had won seven out of the ten league matches whereas Brisbane Heat had found themselves in the bottom half of the table with only four wins from ten games. Thus, Strikers will like to repeat a similar performance whereas Brisbane Heat will like to turn the tables.

Read More: Most Wickets in BBL 2017-18.

Interestingly there will be no toss in this season of the BBL. In fact, it would be decided by a bat flip, as it would happen for the first time in the history of the game.

Brisbane Heat has a mystery spinner in Mujeeb Ur Rahman and they would want the talented Afghanistan spinner to do the job for their team. Rahman has a plethora of variations in his armoury and would like to unleash them in the eighth season of the league.

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Rashid Khan is going to hold the key.

On the other hand, Rahman will face tough competition from his country teammate, Rashid Khan. The leg-spinner is going to hold the key for the defending champions. In fact, Rashid Khan was the leading wicket-taker in the previous season as the talisman had scalped 18 wickets from 11 matches.

Similarly, one more key factor that contributed to the success of the Adelaide Strikers were their in-form batsman. Out of the top five run-getters of the last season, three were from the Strikers. In fact, all three of them were left-handers as Alex Carey, Jake Weatherald and Travis Head scored more than 350 runs for the team. Consequently, they would like to carry the same kind of form in this season.

On the other hand, Brisbane Heat is going to depend on their skipper Chris Lynn and former New Zealand skipper Brendon McCullum. Both of them make a lethal opening pair and would like to deliver the goods.

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Match Preview.

Date and Time: 19 December 2018, 1:45 PM IST.

Venue: Gabba, Brisbane.

Pitch Conditions: The Gabba pitch has always helped the fast bowlers in extracting extra bounce from the surface. Thus, the fast bowlers will enjoy bowling on this pitch.

Weather Conditions: It is going to be a partly cloudy day in Brisbane with good wind flow. The temperature is going to stay around the 30 Degree Celsius and there is no forecast of rain. Hence, a good contest is on the cards.

Brisbane Heat: Chris Lynn(c), Brendon McCullum, Max Bryant, Joe Burns, Jimmy Peirson(w), Ben Cutting, Josh Lalor, Brendan Doggett, Sam Heazlett, James Pattinson, Mark Steketee, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Mitchell Swepson.

Adelaide Strikers: Colin Ingram(c), Alex Carey(w), Jonathan Wells, Jake Lehmann, Matthew Short, Liam O Connor, Cameron Valente, Michael Neser, Rashid Khan, Jake Weatherald, Ben Laughlin, Peter Siddle, Billy Stanlake.

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IPL 2019 Auction: Top Five Unknown Most Expensive Buys for 12th Season

A total of 351 players went under the hammer in the IPL 2019 Auction. Meanwhile, there were some unknown players who didn’t have a big reputation before the auction. In fact, these players had recently risen to the ranks and made most of their current form.

Thus, these players who were not known at the big stage were able to grab eyeballs because of their recent form. Consequently, all the eight franchises went all guns blazing for these players, who are still not big names at the big stage.

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Here is the list of five unknown expensive buys for the 12th season.

Varun Chakravarty: INR 8.4 Crores

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Varun Chakravarty was the cynosure of all eyes when he was grabbed by Kings XI Punjab for a whopping price of INR 8.4 Crores, which is the joint highest with Jaydev Unadkat. Varun is a mystery spinner who impressed with his performances in the Tamil Nadu Premier League.

The right-handed spinner scalped nine wickets in the 10 matches of the TNPL. Most importantly, he bowled at a tight economy of 4.70 as he kept the runs under the lid. Furthermore, Varun had taken 22 wickets in the nine matches of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2018.

Shivam Dubey: INR 5 Crores

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Shivam Dubey was roped in by Royal Challengers Bangalore for a whopping amount of INR 5 Crores. The southpaw batsman had become the centre of attraction when he smashed five sixes in an over. Dubey has been in fine form for the Mumbai team in the ongoing Ranji Trophy.

On the other hand, Dubey will like to make the most of his opportunities while playing for the RCB. In fact, it would be a great chance for Dubey to share the locker room with Virat Kohli and AB de Villiers.

Prabhsimran Singh: INR 4.8 Crores

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The right-handed wicketkeeper-batsman Prabhsimran Singh was sealed by Kings XI Punjab for a whopping price of INR 4.8 crores. The 17-year old batsman had a good Under-19 Asia Cup and thus would look to carry the same form while playing for the Punjab franchise.

Consequently, he will like to come up with a solid performance in the IPL. In fact, this would be the first time when Singh will be playing in the flamboyant league. Thus, it would be great exposure for the prodigy batsman.

Colin Ingram: INR 6.4 Crores:

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The southpaw Proteas was bagged by Delhi Capitals for the whopping price of INR 6.40 Crores. Thus, the left-hander reaped fruits for his consistent performances. In fact, the left-hander had played three matches in the IPL as he had represented Delhi franchise in the 2011 edition.

Subsequently, Ingram will like to make the most of his opportunities while playing for the Delhi side. As Colin Ingram is a South African player, he would be available for the whole season. The left-hander has scored 5186 runs in his T20 career and has all the experience under his belt.

Nicholas Pooran

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Nicholas Pooran was taken by Kings XI Punjab for a whopping price of INR 4.2 Crores. The southpaw batsman can also take the wicketkeeping role for the Punjab side. The left-hander is a clean hitter of the ball and can hit the ground running from the get-go.

Meanwhile, Nicholas Pooran has smashed a quickfire knock of 57 runs from just 25 balls in the third T20I against India. He had scored four sixes and as many four in the final T20I match.

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Colin Ingram Signs with Adelaide Strikers

Former Proteas opening batsman Colin Ingram has been roped in as an overseas player for the Adelaide Strikers in the KFC Big Bash League after an impressive couple of seasons in the Natwest T20 Blast.

The Adelaide Strikers who has signed Ingram, finished 6th in the previous edition of BBL. Ingram’s international career came to an abrupt end when he signed a Kolpak deal with Glamorgan in 2014.

The southpaw finished his international career with nine Tests and 31 ODI experience under his belt and ever since retiring, he has been a prolific run-scorer in England and has topped the T20 charts. He has scored 381 runs in 11 innings this season at an impressive strike rate of 168. He has also smashed a couple of centuries in the competition. In 2016, the stylish left-hander amassed 502 runs in 14 innings at a strike rate of 164 including a century and four fifties.

Former Aussie speedster Jason Gillespie who had spent several years, as the head coach of Yorkshire in the English County league was keen to rope in the services of Ingram.

“The decision was made that we’d look over the world of an overseas batsman and we found a quality one in Colin. He’s a guy who can bat in the top four and who can make the crowd excited. “He gives it a whack. He has a lot of T20 experience and adds a great deal to our batting line-up. I know that he’s absolutely thrilled and he’s really committed and really excited to be linking up with us,” Gillespie was quoted as saying by ESPN Cricinfo.

Some changes have been made to the Big Bash Schedule in 2017 and one extra week has been added to the itinerary. The addition of a week extra also gives each team with one more home matches and also the opportunity to play different venues.