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IPL 2017: Cost Per-Run Of 10 Most Expensive Batsmen!

Indian Premier League (IPL) is one of the popular tournaments in the cricket world. It is a cash-rich franchise-based professional T20 tournament which is organised by BCCI (Board of Council for Cricket in India) every year since 2008.

One of the most interesting parts in the IPL is the Player’s Auction which is held in every year. Before the auction, there is the lowest base price tag for the each player who participates in that auction. During the auction, franchises bid for interested players. At first, the franchises begin from the particular player’s base price and then raise the price until they win the bid.

Raising the money on a particular player shows that how much the franchise has faith in that player. But results come out during the IPL when the player has to perform on the ground and produces their exact value. The lower cost per performances of a player actually means that the player is more successful.

T20 cricket is known for favouring batsmen big time. Big-hitting is one of the most important and exciting parts of this game. That’s why every franchise gives importance to good batsmen and the all-rounders, during the auction.

Now let’s check out the cost per run of 10 most expensive batsmen who were bought in IPL 2017 Player Auction. (Updated until 21/04/2017)

(Note: 1. Those players who have not played a match yet are excluded; 2. Taken only batsmen and genuine all-rounders)

Mitchell McClenaghan and Adam Mine are expected to New Zealand's team part for the Champions Trophy.
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Adam MIlne, Corey Anderson And Mitchell McClenaghan Find Places In The 15-Man Squad For Champions Trophy

Tearaway quick Adam Milne, attacking all-rounder Corey Anderson and left seam bowler Mitchell McClenaghan have earned their comebacks to the teams after they were included in the 15-man squad for the Champions Trophy. The squad features five specialist batsmen, four pace bowlers, three seam-bowling all-rounders, two spinners and one specialist wicketkeeper.  The touring party will be led by Kane Williamson.

Martin Guptill and Ross Taylor are the most experienced men in the line-up. Tom Latham, Neil Broom are the other specialist batsmen in the side whereas Corey Anderson, Colin de Grandhomme and James Neesham will be fighting for the all-rounder’s place at No.7 in the team.

The seam bowling attack will be led by Tim Southee and has Adam Milne, Trent Boult and Mitchell McClenaghan along with spinners Jeetan Patel and Mitchell Santner. Luke Ronchi is the only specialist wicketkeeper in the squad.

Milne, McClenaghan and Anderson were away from the international fold due to injuries since last year. These men, however, are currently a part of the IPL and have proven their fitness. Anderson was also bogged down with back injuries but made his comeback earlier this year.

Milne and McClenaghan have not played for New Zealand since the last Year’s World T20. Milne, known for his capability of bowling over 145 KMPH on a consistent basis, suffered an elbow injury and a hamstring tear which kept him out of action for a long time while McClenaghan due to an eye injury.

Speaking at the press conference after the announcement, Coach Mike Henson showed immense trust in the trio when quizzed about their inclusion.

“It’s been good to see all three back on the park and bowling; together they add a lot of experience to our squad,” Hesson said. “Mitch and Adam have been running in well, and Corey has shown he’ll be capable of providing an option with the ball.

“We believe it’s an exciting squad; an experienced squad, and one that has the batting power and the bowling variations to prevail in a potentially high-scoring tournament.

“Having four all-rounders (including Mitchell Santner) certainly helps with balance, and the return of Mitch and Adam will offer options with the new ball, through the middle of the innings, and in the death overs.”

New Zealand is scheduled to play a four-match tri-series with hosts Ireland and Bangladesh from May 14-24. Hesson confirmed a small group of players from the squad for the tri-series will remain in England as Champions Trophy cover.

As far as the Champions Trophy schedule is concerned, New Zealand will start their preparation with warm-up matches against India on May 28 in London and Sri Lanka on May 30 in Birmingham, before playing their opening match against Australia at Edgbaston on June 2.

NEW ZEALAND SQUAD: Kane Williamson (c), Corey Anderson, Trent Boult, Neil Broom, Colin de Grandhomme, Martin Guptill, Tom Latham, Mitchell McClenaghan, Adam Milne, Jimmy Neesham, Jeetan Patel, Luke Ronchi, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, Ross Taylor.

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IPL 2017: Twitter Reacts As Delhi Daredevils Thrash Kings XI Punjab

Delhi Daredevils thrashed Kings XI Punjab by 51 runs in a one-sided affair at Kotla to register their second win on the trot.

Chasing an imposing 188, the visitors kept on losing wickets at regular intervals and never looked in contention to chase down the big total. Manan Vohra (3) and Wriddhiman Saha (&) departed with only 21 on the board, as KXIP found it tough to deal with the early setbacks.

10 runs later, they suffered another body blow when their in-form batsman Hashim Amla was dismissed by Chris Morris. A 33-run stand between David Miller and Eoin Morgan stopped the rot for a while but a dismissal of the latter and Glenn Maxwell in a space of run all but quashed their hopes of staging a fightback.

David Miller also joined his teammates in the pavilion soon as the visitors were reduced to 88 for six in the 14th over. Axar Patel waged a lone battle from one end and was dismissed on the very last ball of the innings for 44, as KXIP were restricted for 137 for 9.

Earlier, a quickfire knock from Corey Anderson lifted Delhi Daredevils to a big total after they were looking destined to post a below par total after getting a good start.

Their openers Sam Billings and Sanju Samson gave them a solid start, adding 53 runs for the opening wicket. But the capital-based outfit was looking well set to squander the good start by losing wickets at regular intervals.

They were reeling at 131 for five at the end of the 16th over, before Corey Anderson and Chris Morris decided to unleash the big shots. Morris was dismissed after scoring 16 from only eight balls while Anderson remained unbeaten on 40 from only 22, as Delhi collected 57 runs from the last four overs.

Here is how Twitter reacted to the match:

https://twitter.com/TheRohitGulati/status/853304514174111744

 

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IPL Auction 2017: Delhi Daredevils Buys Corey Anderson For One Crore

The flamboyant all-rounder Corey Anderson who had the opening bid of one crore was sold to Delhi Daredevils after there was no other bidding in the room.

The promising prospect had made his last appearance for Mumbai Indians before suffering form the injury.

The 27-year-old Anderson was the second costliest buy in 2014 Indian Premier League edition for 4.5 crore.

In his 16 IPL appearances, the swashbuckling left-hander has scored 379 runs at an average of 31.58. He has also bagged five wickets in 2014 and 2015 edition.

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IPL 2017 Auction: Two Players KKR Should Target To Balance Their Squad

Champions of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in 2012 and 2014 editions, Kolkata Knight Riders, released almost the half of their squad while retaining only 14 of their core members. This decision means the Shah Rukh Khan-owned team will be the most active franchise in the IPL auction, which is set to take place in a couple of weeks. No points for guessing that they will be scanning through every player profile to build their team again.

Talking about the team composition, KKR would have certainly figured out the sort of players they lack in their side at the moment which can make the unit complete and balanced. While, as mentioned above, they have their core unit intact but variety seems to be missing. So here in this article, Sportzwiki tries to evaluate a couple of names who can add the balance to their side and strengthen the two-time champions.

The Anderson Show: The day when Corey broke 20-year-old record.
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New Zealand vs Bangladesh 2016/17, 3rd T20I: Corey Anderson’s Power Hitting Help Hosts Complete 3-0 Clean Sweep

On the back of a stellar batting performance from all-rounder Corey Anderson, New Zealand completed a 3-0 rout (in the T20I series) over Bangladesh at the Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui. This game was Bangladesh’s last chance to ensure that there was at least one win in their column for the tour (taking the limited-overs series into consideration), but the visitors ended up squandering that chance as well. Skipper Mashrafe Mortaza won a decent toss and had no hesitation in putting the hosts in to bat.

New Zealand didn’t get off to an ideal start, as the new look opening pair of Kane Williamson and Jimmy Neesham couldn’t provide the fireworks. Hard-hitting batsman Colin Munro, who scored a ton in the second T20I, was dismissed for a duck as the hosts seemed in some trouble at 36-2. Tom Bruce made his way back to the hut soon as well with the Kiwis being reduced to 41-3.

Williamson, however, remained solid and ensured that he held up one end. While the right-hander was more than happy to take the singles, his partner Corey Anderson was in a different frame of mind altogether. The southpaw took the Bangladeshi bowlers to the cleaners as he unleashed his fury of clean hits.

Medium pacer Soumya Sarkar, used as a part-time bowler, was thrashed for 21 runs in his only over with three sixes against his name. Anderson remained unbeaten on 94 off just 41 deliveries with two fours and 10 massive sixes. Thanks to his explosive knock, New Zealand amassed a healthy 194-4 in 20 overs. Pacer Rubel Hussain was the pick of the bowlers with three wickets for 31 runs in his quota of 4 overs.

Bangladesh once again got off to a rocketing start as Tamim Iqbal and Soumya Sarkar came out all guns blazing. When the second wicket fell for 82, only 8.2 overs had been bowled and the run-rate was never an issue. However, the old middle-order woes dented Bangladesh as the hosts struck regularly to adversely impact the scoring rate.

Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi was terrific as he conceded just 22 runs in four overs picking a couple of wickets. Bangladesh eventually fell short by 27 runs as the Kiwis pulled things back rather smoothly .

The Anderson Show: The day when Corey broke 20-year-old record.
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SW’s Long Leg Tales: Revisiting Corey Anderson’s Whirlwind 36-Ball Record-Breaking Ton

On New Year’s Day people come up with the different plans in terms of resolutions, parties to wish their families, close friends and colleagues, before recalling memorable moments, but when it comes to cricketers they are bound to do their national duties to perform – to celebrate festivals over the ground before setting their national flag high.

There are different stories to rely on in cricket and engross the die-hard fans and equally the readers. Some players play the supportive role, but some are meant to annihilate opponents before stunning the decent crowds at will. The future is unwritten, but the records are meant to be broken. Such is the power of a sport when decade-old record gets replaced by another blistering innings.

In the fifth edition of Sportzwiki’s Long Leg Tales we came up with super Corey’s show.

Exactly three years to the day in 2014, who would have thought we would witness the whirlwind assault of New Zealand’s powerful all-rounder Corey Anderson on West Indies bowlers to break the 20-year-old record of Pakistan’s flamboyant all-rounder Shahid Afridi, who became the youngest to score the century when he was 16 years and 217 days old interestingly with no facial hair.

In 1996, the then 17-year-old Afridi took 37 deliveries against Sri Lanka to reach a sensational hundred at Gymkhana Club Ground, Nairobi.

Audacious in nature, Anderson began the year 2014 by slamming the fastest One-day International century in 36 balls against West Indies in Queenstown Events Centre to set his name at the top in record books for more than a year after smashing West Indies bowlers all around the park.

It’s not courtyard cricket where one can hit six sixes off six balls. Such knocks require some strong muscles to flex and above all the precision and great will to perform under pressure and Corey stole the show in Caribbean backyard.

In 2015, only superhuman could have surpassed his knock by going all guns blazing, it was none other than AB De Villiers himself, who had slammed the triple figure mark in just 31 balls against the same opposition in Johannesburg.

Coming back to Anderson, the left-handed batsman smashed 131 not out at a strike-rate of 278.12 while blasting 6 fours and 14 sixes to sit at number fifth overall in an ODI innings in terms of most sixes to rub salt into wounds of Windies bowlers.

Strong in the cover region, Anderson blasted 47 runs on the off-side and 84 on the on-side to choke Windies bowling line-up.

In the rain-marred game, when Kiwis were 84 for three at one stage, Anderson joined his teammate Jessie Ryder, who was playing on 41 when the former went after the Windies bowlers which led to the mammoth partnership of 191 runs between the both as New Zelanders’ set the target of 284 runs in just 21 overs which seemed improbable at one stage.

In the third one-dayer, while chasing down the daunting target, West Indies were able to score 124 for 5 in their allotted overs thus losing the game by 159 runs.

“I didn`t have a clue actually that I was on about to break Shahid Afridi`s record. It`s not that I`d look it up and try and take it down. But it`s nice to have it. I thought I would look at singles and try and get myself in but a couple came out of the middle and you keep going,” Anderson said on his blazing innings.

For his national side, the 26-year-old Anderson has appeared in 44 ODIs, scoring 1,047 runs which includes a solitary century and four half centuries while bagging 55 wickets.

His 47-ball scoring sequence read it as:

1.41.161.2146166.6.61..6666614411664124161221

The former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi tweeted to congratulate Anderson for breaking his record:

Watch the video here:

New Zealand batsman Ross Taylor will not be a part of the side's T20 squad against Bangladesh as he is yet to recover from an eye surgery.
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Corey Anderson In, Ross Taylor Out As New Zealand Pick T20 Squad For Bangladesh Series

All-rounder Corey Anderson has returned to the national squad while star batsman Ross Taylor has been ruled out of New Zealand’s 14-member T20 squad against Bangladesh. Going by the homes conditions, the hosts have picked all-rounder Ben Wheeler and hard-hitting batsman Tom Bruce in the squad too.

Anderson, who was out of the game due to a back injury, has finally been re-called into the side but only as a batsman. Ross Taylor, who recently had an eye surgery was kept out intentionally but is likely to return to the domestic T20s as per the selector Gavin Larsen.

However, the national selector seemed excited about pushing the talented and promising Tom Bruce to play cricket at the higher level.

“Tom has been one of the leading players in the Super Smash [the domestic T20 competition] the past two years and is one of the cleanest strikers of a cricket ball in the country. He has averaged 76 at a strike-rate of 174 so far this season, so Tom has proven himself to be a very dangerous player. Power is a critical element to Twenty20 cricket, so to have him alongside the likes of Martin [Guptill], Corey and the two Colins [Munro and de Grandhomme] is an exciting prospect.”

Speaking about left-arm seamer Ben Wheeler, who last played at Durban against South Africa in 2015, Larsen said the 25-year-old is a great prospect and has put in lot of hard work to make it that far for himself. The all-rounder though managed just eight wickets and 58 runs in his six previous outings in ODIs and is yet to make his T20 debut.

“Ben has put in a lot of hard work to get to this point again, so we’re looking forward to having him back in the mix. His ability to swing the ball at a decent clip can trouble any batsman, as he has shown in domestic cricket this season.”

Speedster Trent Boult has been picked in-spite coach Mike Hesson’s comments on the player rotation policy, and how he will not feature in each of the T20 game. Hesson mentioned in an interview that in-order to give him space to prepare for the longer format, Boult will miss the first T20. Southee, on the other hand, will miss all three T20s to work alongside Boult for Tests.

Leg-spinner Ish Sodhi and batsman Colin Munro have retained their place while Colin Grandhomme is likely to get his first T20 cap for the Kiwis.

Squad:

Kane Williamson (c), Corey Anderson, Martin Guptill, Trent Boult, Tom Bruce, Colin Munro, Mitchell Santner, Lockie Ferguson, Matt Henry, Jimmy Neesham, Luke Ronchi (wk), Ish Sodhi, Ben Wheeler, Colin Grandhomme. 

 

Following his impressive 6 wicket haul in the 1st Test, Grandhomme has been picked for ODI's.
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Injured Corey Anderson Ruled Out, Grandhomme Picked For Australia ODIs

All-rounder Corey Anderson has been ruled out of the 14-man squad announced by New Zealand’s Cricket Board on Friday for the three ODIs against Australia, starting December 4.

Seam bowling all-rounder Colin de Grandhomme, who had an impressive Test debut against Pakistan, has been included in the squad. Ross Taylor, who is set to have an eye surgery after the Hamilton Test, has been left out while pacers Adam Milne and Mitchell McClenaghan have also been sidelined due to injuries.

Luke Ronchi, who played the full tour of India, has been dropped. BJ Watling has been picked over him.

Apart from this, an uncapped fast bowler from Auckland Lockie Ferguson has also made his cut. New Zealand selector Gavin Larsen has said Ferguson is effectively a like-for-like replacement for Milne.

“Lockie has bowled with pace, and with Milne not available through a series of injuries, Lockie was the obvious guy to step up. He bowls consistently in the 140 kmph range, and clicks over 150 every now and then. There is some real gas to Lockie Ferguson. There’s an element of surprise and no batsman likes bowlers who are up at that pace.”

On the other hand, Ish Sodhi has been overlooked while the leg-spinner Todd Astle has been given another chance after a muted performance on the green Christchurch track. Hard-hitting batsman Colin Munro and Henry Nicholls have also been picked.

New Zealand ODI Squad for Australia Series:

Kane Williamson (capt), Todd Astle, Trent Boult, Lockie Ferguson, Martin Guptill, Colin de Grandhomme, Matt Henry, Tom Latham, Colin Munro, Jimmy Neesham, Henry Nicholls, Mitchell Santner, Tim Southee, BJ Watling

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Spotlight remains on Kiwi all rounder Corey Anderson

In the test series against India, New Zealand dearly missed having Corey Anderson around. The middle order that was expected to at least put on a fight against the deadly spin duo of Ashwin and Jadeja faltered without much of a fuss. In circumstances as those, the presence of Corey Anderson in the team would have been a great incentive.

 

His counter-attacking batting against the left-arm spin of Ravindra Jadeja could have offered some respite to the reeling Blackcaps. Similarly, a few overs from him would have been another benefit.

 

Nevertheless, Anderson returns for the 5 match ODI series, which commences at the mesmerizing Dharamshala. The southpaw’s stats have been quite impressive in ODI’s, and 55 wickets in 40 ODI’s, just signifies the fact that he is a genuine wicket taker. Due to his troubled back, however, Anderson won’t be able to bowl much and will thereby play as a specialist batsman.

 

“I am slowly working on my bowling in the background. I think that’s one of those things that no, there is no timeframe,” Anderson said. “It is very similar to what the injury was in the first place. [It is about] just letting it take its time and when it’s ready, it’s ready. It is pointless pushing myself with such a big summer in front of us.”I know its India, I’d love to be doing everything. I don’t know if there is enough time on this tour potentially, but it’s just one of those things that I am focusing on my batting. That will be my main job.”

 

All-rounder added that he was ready to bat in all circumstances. “In the middle order, you have got to be able to adapt. If you lose early wickets, you are going to be able to try and take your team deep,” Anderson said. “If you get in with not many overs left, then you are going to have to start going from ball one. It’s an adaptable position and I have obviously been preparing for that.”We have got a lot of guys in the team who can do a lot of things, which is great – some of the guys in the top order can also bowl.”