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South Africa's Dean Elgar celebrates with teammates and the trophy after winning the match and the series, Third Test - South Africa v India - Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, South Africa - January 14, 2022 | Photo Credit: Reuters
South Africa's Dean Elgar celebrates with teammates and the trophy after winning the match and the series, Third Test - South Africa v India - Newlands Cricket Ground, Cape Town, South Africa - January 14, 2022 | Photo Credit: Reuters
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Ali Bacher Reckons Test Series Win Against India Is One Of The Gutsiest Ever Performances By A South African Team

Ali Bacher reckons the series win against India was one of the gutsiest ever performances by a South African team, considering before the series started, very few would have put their money on the home team winning the series.

Ali Bacher, the former South African captain, saw the first two Test matches at the Centurion and the Wanderers, Johannesburg, and the third at Newlands, Cape Town from his home at Johannesburg.

Ali Bacher Photo Credit: (Twitter)
Ali Bacher Photo Credit: (Twitter)

Ali Bacher: Series Win Against India One Of The Gutsiest Ever Performances By A South African Team

India lost the series 2-1 after winning the opening Test in Centurion. What followed was the stepping down of Virat Kohli as India’s Test captain and several doubts as to what might have led him to do that. Virat Kohli still remains an important part of the Indian team across formats for the next four to five years.

“I have never seen a three-Test series in South Africa when the ball has deviated so much. All three pitches were the batsmen’s nightmare and the fast bowlers’ paradise. I have never seen a more gutsy and determined South African team. They have made the country proud,” said Ali Bacher.

“India came to South Africa after beating Australia twice in Australia and England in England once, and with four good fast bowlers. I think, before the series started, very few South Africans would have put their money on the home team winning the series. In these circumstances, this has been one of the gutsiest ever performances by a South African team.”

“Man-for-man this South African team, the batters in particular, cannot compare with the likes of Graeme Smith, Jacques Kallis, Faf du Plessis and AB de Villiers. Yet this inexperienced South African batter showed guts and determination that I have never seen before from any South African team in the past.”

Ali Backer also had a word of praise for the South African batsmen in the series. He said that they were without their experienced batsmen like AB De Villiers, Faf Du Plessis, Graeme Smith, and Jacques Kallis but still showed great guts and determination which he did not see before from any South African side.

“All the three pitches — the Centurion, The Wanderers and Newlands — aided the fast bowlers. There was a lot of rain at the Centurion and Johannesburg. So I understand that the pitches there aided the fast bowlers. I don’t know why the pitch became difficult for batting at Cape Town. Batting was difficult on all three pitches.”

Keegan Petersen scored at a brisk pace Getty Images
Keegan Petersen scored at a brisk pace Getty Images

“The hero of South Africa’s batting performance was Keegan Petersen. His technique is superb, his head is over the ball all the time.To me, he is the find of the series for South Africa and man of the series. He appeared like he has played for ten years and scored thousands of Test runs,” said Ali Bacher.

“South African cricket off the field has been in turmoil on the administrative side. But the team showed extraordinary guts and determination facing one of the best fast bowling groups in the world, and on different pitches that aided fast bowling. This must rank as South Africa’s one of the best Test series win,” said Ali Bacher.

“Nortje is quick, and he bowls at around 150 kmph. He is a very good bowler, and it was a big blow that he was ruled out before the start of the series. He was a big loss. And Quinton (de Kock); retired from Test cricket after Centurion. So South Africa had a great Test series without two of its key players. I cannot praise this team any less,” said Ali Bacher.

Keegan Petersen, who has played only 5 Tests was deservingly the Man of the Match for the 3rd Test with scores of 72 and 82. He was Man of the Series too for being the top scorer with 276 runs. At just 29 years of age and having played 54 Tests, Quinton de Kock announced his retirement from the traditional format at the end of the opening Test against India, which the Proteas lost by 113 runs at SuperSport Park and didn’t feature in the last 2 Tests.

The 28-year-old Anrich Nortje had been in good form in Tests this year, picking up 25 wickets in five matches at an average of 20.76 and a respectable economy rate of 3.30. He missed Proteas three-match Test series against India after failing to recover from “a persistent injury”.

Ali Bacher: Indian Pacers Were Unlucky At Newlands, Cape Town

Ali Bacher said that the Indian bowlers were unfortunate not to extract the maximum benefit from the pitches. Ali Bacher said that all three pitches favoured the pacers but he was surprised to see the uneven bounce in the Cape Town track. He also acknowledged the fact that batting was difficult on all the tracks. India’s first innings score of 327 in Centurion remained the highest score in the series.

“On Friday (Jan 14) India’s fast bowlers were unlucky at Newlands. They were outstanding. So many times they beat the bat by half an inch, a quarter of an inch. Those half inches or quarter-inch misses would have probably taken the outside edge. To be honest, fortune was on South Africa’s side on the fourth day morning. India’s bowlers were superb,” said Ali Bacher.

“Look, all the three pitches this time were very unlike normal South African pitches. They favoured the fast bowlers, in deviation of the seam, particularly in Johannesburg. Even in Cape Town. It was a batsmen’s nightmare this time in South Africa. There was always movement of the seam and variable bounce,” said Ali Bacher.

Keshav Maharaj prepares to send one down AFP
Keshav Maharaj prepares to send one down AFP

Ravichandran Ashwin picked up just three wickets in the series. His rival spinning partner Keshav Maharaj picked just one wicket to show for his efforts. The former South African spinner said that he was surprised by how little the spinners bowled in the series. Ali Bacher also praised Rishabh Pant who scored his 4th Test ton.

“Rishabh’s century was a special one. It was a pleasure to watch him bat; the left-hander is a special talent. Ashwin hardly bowled. I have never seen a Test series in South Africa when the spinners had had such little impact. The two spinners hardly bowled,” said Ali Bacher On Rishabh Pant and Ravichandran Ashwin

Both teams now will play a three-match ODI series between January 19-23. The first two games (January 19, 21) will be played in Paarl while the third and final game will be played in Cape Town.

Shikhar Dhawan (BCCI)
Shikhar Dhawan (BCCI)
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Shikhar Dhawan Could Have Been Treated Slightly Better In Tests, Say Aakash Chopra

Shikhar Dhawan last appeared in a Test match over three years ago in India’s tour of England in 2018. Former India Test opener Aakash Chopra believes Shikhar Dhawan could have had a longer run in Tests had he been treated better by the team management.

The out-of-favour opening batsman last appeared in a Test match over three years ago in India’s tour of England in 2018. Since then the left-handed batter has not been considered in the longer format of the game. He managed 162 runs at an underwhelming average of 20.25 in the four Tests he played against England in the 2018 tour.

Shikhar Dhawan playing Test (AFP)
Shikhar Dhawan playing Test (AFP)

Aakash Chopra Feels Shikhar Dhawan Could Have Been Treated Slightly Better

Shikhar Dhawan has so far played 34 Tests and scored 2,315 runs with seven centuries under his belt at an average of 40.61. Soon after the 2018 England tour, the left-handed southpaw was ditched for younger guys like KL Rahul, Mayank Agarwal, and Shubman Gill.

“Test career, in my opinion, was the England tour where, to be very honest, it was not right. He could have been treated slightly better. He was played in the first match, was not played in the second, played the third, and then they dropped him.” 

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

“It just did not go right. He could have played continuous matches; they were changing repeatedly, and that does not go down well. Personally, that’s my issue,” said the former India cricketer.  

Shikhar Dhawan was not picked for the Lord’s Test after he was dismissed on 39 in both the innings at Edgbaston.  KL Rahul, who came to bat at No. 3 in the series opener then, was promoted to open with Murali Vijay at Lord’s and Cheteshwar Pujara was included in the playing XI.

Shikhar Dhawan Whose Form Deteriorated Was Handed A Lifeline After Being Included In 18 Member Squad For South Africa ODIs

Shikhar Dhawan last appeared in a limited-overs game for India in July, in the tour of Sri Lanka. Despite an impressive performance in the first leg of IPL 2021, a poor return in both the formats in the Sri Lanka tour saw him miss his place for the T20 World Cup.

Shikhar Dhawan Image Source : AP
Shikhar Dhawan Image Source: AP

His form deteriorated further in the second leg of the IPL 2021, in the UAE, and then in the recent Vijay Hazare Trophy as well where he scored just 56 runs in five innings at 11.20 which included a duck as well. Shikhar Dhawan though has been handed a lifeline with the selectors adding him to the 18-member squad for the South Africa series.

Shikhar Dhawan will have to play some substantial knocks against the Proteas to hold on to his spot as he will fight for the opening spot with KL Rahul, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and Ishan Kishan in the fray.

Shikhar Dhawan had a good outing in IPL 2021 scoring 587 runs in 16 games averaging 39.13 finishing as 4th highest run-scorer after Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, and KL Rahul. In IPL 2020 too, he finished as second-highest run-scorer after KL Rahul with 618 runs in 17 games averaging 44.14.

Shikhar Dhawan averages a high 45.56 amassing 6105 runs in 145 ODIs with 17 tons. He averaged 56.33 and 64 in the last two ODI series against England at home and in Sri Lanka.

Full Squad For South Africa ODIs: KL Rahul (Capt), Shikhar Dhawan, Ruturaj Gaekwad, Virat Kohli, Surya Kumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Venkatesh Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Y Chahal, R Ashwin, W Sundar, J Bumrah (VC), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Prasidh Krishna, Shardul Thakur, Mohd. Siraj.

Ruturaj Gaikwad
Ruturaj Gaikwad (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Chetan Sharma Praised Ruturaj Gaikwad And Hopes He Does Wonders For India

Chetan Sharma, the chief selector has heaped praise on in-form opener Ruturaj Gaikwad, who has been selected for the upcoming ODIs against South Africa, saying that the Maharashtra batter would “do wonders” for the national Indian team.

The Indian team is scheduled to play three one-day internationals against South Africa on January 19, 21, and 23 at Paarl and Cape Town respectively.

Chetan Sharma, Chairman Of Selectors (Pic Source: Twitter)
Chetan Sharma, Chairman Of Selectors (Pic Source: Twitter)

Chetan Sharma: Ruturaj Gaikwad Has Got The Opportunity At The Right Time

The team for the ODIs against Proteas was picked on Friday by the Chetan Sharma-led selection panel.

“Look, absolutely (he has) got the opportunity at the right time. He was in the T20 team and also now he is in the ODI team, wherever his place can be made, selectors are thinking he will go and do wonders for the country,” Chetan Sharma said at the team selection press conference.

Ruturaj Gaikwad. (Photo: IPL)
Ruturaj Gaikwad. (Photo: IPL)

The 24-year-old Ruturaj Gaikwad, who hails from Pune, was the leading scorer in the 2021 Indian Premier League after he amassed a staggering 635 runs and played a key role in Chennai Super Kings winning the title. He was the Orange Cap winner for scoring the most runs in IPL 2021 ahead of teammate fellow opener Faf du Plessis.

Chetan Sharma: Ruturaj Gaikwad Was Rewarded For Doing Well

According to Chetan Sharma, Ruturaj Gaikwad was rewarded for his stellar performance. He has so far played 2 T20Is scorings 35 runs. Both matches came against and in Sri Lanka.

“We have selected him (Ruturaj). Now it is up to the (team) management to see when he can play in the XI, when he is required and how to go about the combination, these things we will coordinate. But, at present, he (Ruturaj) was in the T20 side also against New Zealand and he is in ODI now. He is doing well and he is rewarded for that,” added Sharma, himself a former India pacer.

KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma---Image: Twitter
KL Rahul, Rohit Sharma—Image: Twitter

After his IPL high, the opener continued his dazzling form in the Vijay Hazare Trophy too and was the leading scorer there, aggregating 603 runs from five matches with 168 as his highest score. Ruturaj Gaikwad hit his fourth hundred of the Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021/22 to equal the record of most centuries in a single season of India’s premier domestic 50-over competition.

KL Rahul has been named as captain for the ODI series as Rohit Sharma is ruled out owing to an injury. Fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah will be vice-captain for the series. Fast bowler Mohammed Shami has been rested while Axar Patel and Ravindra Jadeja remain unfit.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has roared back into the limited-overs format and has been picked in the ODI side for the first time since 2017. He last played for India in the format in June 2017 in West Indies but fell out of favour as the wrist spinners Yuzvendra Chahal and Kuldeep Yadav were preferred ahead of him.

Spin bowling all-rounder Washington Sundar has been recovering from a finger injury he sustained in July last year and since then he has not played international cricket. The year 2022 will see him restart with the ODI series against the Proteas.

Indian Team For ODIs Against South Africa: KL Rahul (C), Shikhar Dhawan, Ruturaj Gaekwad, Virat Kohli, Surya Kumar Yadav, Shreyas Iyer, Venkatesh Iyer, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Y Chahal, R Ashwin, W Sundar, J Bumrah (VC), Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Prasidh Krishna, Shardul Thakur, Mohd. Siraj

India vs South Africa - | BCCI/Twitter
India vs South Africa - | BCCI/Twitter
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Cricket South Africa (CSA) Chairperson Lawson Naidoo Thanked BCCI To Ensure Proteas Tour Goes On Despite Covid-19 Omicron Variant

Cricket South Africa (CSA) chairperson Lawson Naidoo has said that the Board of Control for Cricket in India’s (BCCI) decision to tour South Africa shows how good the friendship is between both countries.

Cricket South Africa’s chairperson also said that the series will be closely contested and everything will be taken care of and the Omicron COVID-19 variant would not be of any hindrance.

Cricket South Africa Image Source: TWITTER/CSAOFFICIAL
Cricket South Africa Image Source: TWITTER/CSAOFFICIAL

Cricket South Africa (CSA) Chairperson Lawson Naidoo Ensures CSA Fully Equipped So That India Tour Goes Accordingly

In an interaction, Cricket South Africa’s chairperson Lawson Naidoo opened up about his expectations from India’s tour of South Africa, how challenging the series has become on the backdrop of the Omicron COVID-19 variant, whether crowds can be expected and how Cricket South Africa is looking to celebrate the 30th anniversary of cricketing ties between India and South Africa.

“As you said, this series will mark the 30th anniversary of cricketing relations between India and South Africa. When South Africa was readmitted to the ICC in 1991 the first tour that we went on was to India in 1991 and India then toured the following year for four Tests and seven ODIs in 1992-93.

“We are excited about the series, the T2OIs will be played later but we are confident that the upcoming series will be closely contested,” Naidoo said.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) chairman Lawson Naidoo. Credits: Twitter
Cricket South Africa (CSA) chairman Lawson Naidoo. Credits: Twitter

Previously, India A side toured the rainbow nation for the three-unofficial Tests from November 23 to December 9 and came back unharmed. This gave BCCI the confidence to go ahead with the tour although the four-match T20I, which was part of the tour, will be played on the new date. India has been touring South Africa since 1992. They have managed to win only three Tests so far.

“We as Cricket South Africa are fully equipped to ensure that the series goes ahead and we will ensure the protection of players from both India and South Africa. The series will be contested in a bio-secure environment. India will be travelling to South Africa via a charter flight.

“The hotel staff of the Indian team will be regularly tested for the virus, the hotel staff will be staying in the hotel only for the duration of the Indian team’s stay in South Africa. Once the Test series concludes, both India and South Africa squads will travel to Paarl through a chartered flight,” he added.

Last week, Cricket South Africa had announced the updated schedule of India’s men’s tour of South Africa, beginning December 26.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) Chairperson Lawson Naidoo

India and South Africa will lock horns in three Tests and three ODIs, while the four-match T20I series will be rescheduled for a more opportune time in the new year.

Talking about the discussions with BCCI regarding the tour, Naidoo said: “We were in constant touch with the BCCI. We would like to thank them for going on with the tour. We were also in touch with our own epidemiologist about the spread of COVID-19 and further measures that we need to take to ensure that the series goes ahead.

“We relayed the entire information to the BCCI and they were satisfied that the series could go ahead. Tests and ODIs will be played first, and T20Is will be played at a later stage.”

Yuzvendra Chahal & Kuldeep Yadav. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Yuzvendra Chahal & Kuldeep Yadav. (Photo Source: Twitter)

India won their first-ever bilateral ODIs against the Proteas in 2017-18 when they beat the Aiden Markram-led side by 5-1. In that series, the Men In Green and Gold didn’t have any answers to the leg-spin bowling duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal.

“Globally, we have grown accustomed to this. Teams have been playing cricket in bio-bubbles for more than a year now. Earlier this year, India was in the UK when there were elevated levels of transmission of the virus and the tour went ahead.

“Right now, Ashes is going on in Australia, we have seen how certain teams have different standards when it comes to touring countries, but we appreciate how BCCI did not fall into that trap and we really appreciate India touring South Africa and it shows how good the friendship is between both countries,” he added.

When asked whether there will be a crowd allowed for the India-South Africa series, Naidoo said: “The regulations at the moment state that only 2,000 spectators can be allowed inside the stadiums.

“We will be guided by whatever decision the government takes keeping public safety in mind. We will make every effort to ensure that the series is enjoyed by everyone, even if spectators are not allowed, there will be dynamic interaction with people who might watch the series on television. We will ensure that everyone enjoys this series.” 

The first Test between India and South Africa will take place from December 26-30 at the SuperSport Park, Centurion; Second Test will take place from January 3-7, 2022, at the Wanderers, Johannesburg. The third Test will take place from January 11-15, 2022, at the Newlands, Cape Town.

The first ODI will take place on January 19, 2022, at Boland Park, Paarl; the Second ODI will take place on January 21, 2022, at the same venue while the third ODI will take place on January 23, 2022, at Cape Town.

In 2006, they won their first-ever game in the longest format in the first game of the series. Four years later, MS Dhoni-led side beat the Graeme Smith-led side in the second game of the series. Eight years later, the Virat Kohli-led side beat the Faf Du Plessis after losing the first two Test games.

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan (Getty Images)(HT_PRINT)
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Saba Karim Questions Need For Shikhar Dhawan’s Inclusion In India’s ODI Squad For South Africa Tour

Saba Karim, the former India wicket-keeper batter questioned the need for left-handed opener Shikhar Dhawan’s inclusion in the ODI squad for the South Africa tour. The left-handed opener has fallen behind in the pecking order with Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul being touted as openers across all formats.

With young openers like Ruturaj Gaikwad and Prithvi Shaw making their case in the domestic circuit, the 36-year-old has only limited opportunities up his sleeve. Saba Karim notes that management would already be having one eye on the 2023 World Cup.

Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw of Delhi Capitals during match 2 of the Vivo Indian Premier League. (Photo | ANI)
Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw of Delhi Capitals during match 2 of the Vivo Indian Premier League. (Photo | ANI)

Saba Karim Doesn’t See The Point Of Shikhar Dhawan’s Inclusion In 3 ODIs Against South Africa

Shikhar Dhawan had a good outing in IPL 2021 scoring 587 runs in 16 games averaging 39.13 finishing as 4th highest run-scorer after Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, and KL Rahul. In IPL 2020 too, he finished as second-highest run-scorer after KL Rahul with 618 runs in 17 games averaging 44.14.

While speaking on the Khelneeti podcast on YouTube, Saba Karim said: “Even if Dhawan is there in the squad, will he be part of the playing XI? KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma have opened in Tests and T20s, so I think they will open in ODIs as well. So, if you are including Dhawan in the squad and not playing him, should he be in the team?”

File photo of former wicketkeeper Saba Karim. – The Hindu
File photo of former wicketkeeper Saba Karim. – The Hindu

“I don’t see the point of his inclusion, what is the need? The only thing possible is the left hand-right hand combination of Rohit Sharma and Shikhar Dhawan. It has been a formidable partnership as well.”

36-year-old Shikhar Dhawan was part of the last two ODI series that India has competed in. He had a set of decent outings against England at home before proceeding to lead a second-string side in Sri Lanka. Shikhar Dhawan averages a high 45.56 amassing 6105 runs in 145 ODIs with 17 tons.

He averaged 56.33 and 64 in the last two ODI series against England at home and in Sri Lanka recently but was left out of the 2021 T20I World Cup squad. In T20Is, he averages a modest 27.92 in 68 T20Is amassing 1759 runs.

Saba Karim: It Would Be Difficult For Shikhar Dhawan To Make A Comeback

Saba Karim admitted it would be tough for Shikhar Dhawan to break into this current unit despite his credentials and experience. He notes that being a left-hander is the only thing that works in his favour at the moment.

Saba Karim added: “It would be difficult for Shikhar Dhawan to come back into this side. I still think that he should be given one more opportunity because he is a big player with experience. Have to see what the selectors and the team management think. I don’t think Delhi will qualify for the knockouts, so Dhawan has to prove by scoring runs and he only has one more match to do so.”

Shikhar Dhawan Image Source : AP
Shikhar Dhawan Image Source: AP

Shikhar Dhawan has only been able to register 44 runs across 4 matches in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy. He has one more fixture against Saurashtra to make his case ahead of the squad selection for the upcoming tour. Ruturaj Gaikwad on the other hand had scored 3 consecutive tons- 136, an unbeaten 154, and 124 to emerge as the leading run-scorer in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy. He scored 21 in the last match against Uttarakhand.

Ruturaj Gaikwad had amassed 435 runs in 4 matches so far averaging 145 with 3 tons. Venkatesh Iyer is the 2nd highest scorer with 348 runs averaging 87 in 4 games. Venkatesh Iyer followed scores of 112 and 71 in the Vijay Hazare Trophy this season with a dazzling 151. Shikhar Dhawan averages only 11 in the ongoing Vijay Hazare Trophy 2021/22 in stark contrast.

MS Dhoni (BCCI/IPL)
MS Dhoni (BCCI/IPL)
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MS Dhoni Has Helped My Career Personally, We Both Have A Great Legacy At CSK: Dwayne Bravo

Dwayne Bravo said that MS Dhoni personally played a big role in helping his career, and both of them have a great legacy at the Indian Premier League (IPL) franchise Chennai Super Kings (CSK).

In an interaction, the former West Indies all-rounder Dwayne Bravo opened up on his admiration for CSK skipper and Indian ex-skipper MS Dhoni, the legacy at IPL franchise CSK and his upcoming fashion label ‘Djb47’.

MS Dhoni with Dwayne Bravo (Photo/ Dwayne Bravo Instagram)
MS Dhoni with Dwayne Bravo (Photo/ Dwayne Bravo Instagram)

Dwayne Bravo Will Be 100% In The IPL 2022 Mega Auction

CSK retained Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and Moeen Ali ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022. Dwayne Bravo also confirmed that he would be entering the mega auction.

“I am not retained by the CSK, but I will be in the auction, I will be 100 percent in the auction. I do not know which team I will end up with. I will end up where I am destined to be. I do not know whether I will be picked up by CSK or not, I can be picked up by any other team as I am in the auction,” said Bravo.

Dwayne Bravo receives a guard of honour on his farewell appearance for West Indies, Australia vs West Indies, Men's T20 World Cup 2021, Super 12s, Abu Dhabi, November 6, 2021© ICC via Getty
Dwayne Bravo receives a guard of honour on his farewell appearance for West Indies, Australia vs West Indies, Men’s T20 World Cup 2021, Super 12s, Abu Dhabi, November 6, 2021© ICC via Getty

“We all know that MS Dhoni and I call each other brothers from another mother. We have developed a strong friendship. He is a global ambassador of the game and he has helped my career personally. We both have a great legacy at CSK and we have helped in turning that franchise into one of the most dominant franchises and that will be there in the history books. We have a strong friendship and that is more important than anything else,” he added.

The likes of Dwayne Bravo, Faf Du Plessis, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, and Suresh Raina were released by CSK. The 38-year-old all-rounder recently announced his retirement from international cricket at the 2021 T20I World Cup.

Dwayne Bravo had a below-par tournament in the United Arab Emirates, scoring 16 runs in four group games and picking up only two wickets. West Indies could only beat Bangladesh and lost to England, South Africa, Sri Lanka, and Australia in group games.

Dwayne Bravo, 38, played his swansong game as West Indies exited the T20 World Cup following an eight-wicket defeat against Australia. Dwayne Bravo played in the 91 T20Is for the West Indies since making his debut against New Zealand at Auckland in 2006.

Dwayne Bravo came out of retirement in 2019 to help West Indies defend their T20 title, but it could not happen as they could manage to win only one of their five Super 12 games. Dwayne Bravo was part of the West Indies teams that won the T20 World Cup in 2012 and 2016. He also featured in 40 Tests and 164 ODIs in a career that spanned nearly 18 years.

Dwayne Bravo: T10 Might Be The Way To Go At The Olympics

Dwayne Bravo also said that T10 perhaps might be the format that can help cricket become an Olympic sport.

“That is every cricketer’s dream to see the sport in the Olympics. T10 might be the way to go there, no one knows but everyone is hoping for it. Hopefully, sooner rather than later, cricket will become an Olympic sport.”

Dwayne Bravo. (AFP)
Dwayne Bravo. (AFP)/ AFP PHOTO / PUNIT PARANJPE

Dwayne Bravo is now gearing up for his maiden innings as a fashion entrepreneur with the launch of his clothing line. DJ Bravo, as he is popularly known after his hit single ‘Champion’ launched Djb47 in partnership with Singapore-based 3 Big Dogs Pte Ltd.

“In life, there is nothing too late. This is one part of my business venture. My biggest fanbase is in India, what I am doing is for my fans. India has done so much for me, so I think it is fair and right that I launch my first store in India,” said Bravo.

“There is a long-term plan, but I also need to take it slow. People have started to go outdoors, the plan is to open stores in UAE, Caribbean, the US, Australia. These are the long-term goals.

“My fanbase is spread across the globe, we have all the designs. Definitely, we have something in line for him (Dhoni). We want to do something for MS, the brand would want to give a tribute to him. The fans can also have access to it, but we want to focus on my brand, but we would want to do something for him,” he added.

Dwayne Bravo managed 47 runs and picked 14 scalps averaging 18.78 in 11 IPL 2021 matches. Chennai Super Kings bounced back in IPL 2021 by winning IPL for the 4th time after a disappointing last season in IPL 2020 where they finished 7th and couldn’t qualify for the playoffs for the first time in IPL history.

Faf du Plessis (Image Credit: Twitter)
Faf du Plessis (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Faf du Plessis Opens Up On 2021 T20I World Cup Snub: Cricket South Africa Wanted Cricketers To Be Always Available

Despite brilliant form in the shortest format before the tournament, Faf du Plessis could not make it into South Africa’s squad. Faf du Plessis has opened up on his exclusion from South Africa’s T20 World Cup squad.

The 37-year-old, despite being in sensational form in the build-up to the tournament, which included his 633-run IPL 2021 with season champions Chennai Super Kings, found himself out of contention for the national team for the multi-team event in the United Arab Emirates.

Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis (Image Credit: Twitter)

Faf du Plessis: Cricket South Africa Wanted Cricketers To Be Always Available

Faf du Plessis, who is currently representing the Bangla Tigers at the Abu Dhabi T10 League, admitted that he desired to play for the Proteas at the short-format World Cup, which prompted him to announce his retirement from Test cricket. However, he reckoned that CSA had “unrealistic expectations” from the players.

“I am on a different journey now. Last year, when I played for South Africa against England in the series there, the plan was still very much to play in the World Cup. And the talks were that leading up to that. But at that time, it was just really difficult for Cricket South Africa and myself to find something that allows me to still play overseas,” du Plessis said.

Cricket South Africa Image Source: TWITTER/CSAOFFICIAL
Cricket South Africa Image Source: TWITTER/CSAOFFICIAL
“That was the reason why I retired from Test cricket. They tried to, but we couldn’t find a middle ground and I think they wanted people that are available all the time. That made it a challenge for the guys like myself and Imran Tahir because we were playing overseas [franchise leagues] as well. I think that’s the challenge now because we are playing overseas, if they don’t want us to play all the games, it’s probably an unrealistic expectation,” he added.
Faf Du Plessis accumulated 277 runs in the Caribbean, followed by smashing 633 for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in a title-winning campaign. However, it wasn’t good enough to get him a spot for the World T20. Faf Du Plessis retired from Test cricket in February this year; however, he intends to represent the Proteas in limited-overs cricket.
Although he is 37, the right-handed batsman could be key to their hopes in the 2022 T20 World Cup and the 50-over tournament in 2023. But he hasn’t played international cricket since February 2021.

Faf du Plessis Asserts That He Is Still In A Good Condition To Play And Mark Boucher Certainly Feels The Door Isn’t Closed For Anyone

Although the opener is as fit as ever, Faf du Plessis said that his age does not bother him, and he is still “very motivated” to play the game.

“I still feel physical like I’m in a really good condition to play for however long I want to play for, so I’m fortunate that physically I can do that,” he said. “For me, age doesn’t really matter, like it would for someone else maybe. It’s the mental freshness and the motivation that becomes the two challenges for me. And I’m still very motivated.”

Mark Boucher. Twitter/@SuperSportTV
Mark Boucher.— Twitter/@SuperSportTV

Meanwhile, with the next T20 World Cup coming in less than a year’s time, head coach Mark Boucher has stated that every player is very much in contention to find a spot in the team.

“I certainly don’t think the door is closed for anyone. The Faf conversation was had, and unfortunately, it just didn’t work out with the scheduling and all that stuff. It’s been tough during Covid times and bubble life, I understand from his perspective with family, has been very tough,” he was quoted.

Mark Boucher, the South Africa head coach, said missing out on the semi-finals of the ongoing T20 World Cup 2021 due to an inferior net run rate was a bitter pill to swallow.

South Africa went into the 2021 T20I World Cup without experienced T20I specialists batsman Faf Du Plessis and all-rounder Chris Morris besides spinner Imran Tahir. The Proteas bowed out of the 2021 T20I World Cup and ended the tournament having won 4 out of their 5 matches but failed to progress for inferior Net Run Rate.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Chennai Super Kings Is Controlled By MS Dhoni: CSK CEO

Chennai Super Kings on Tuesday retained the likes of MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad, and an overseas player in all-rounder Moeen Ali. Ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, the team will enter the mega auction for IPL 2022 and look to rebuild the squad to defend the title in the upcoming season.

There were several names missing from IPL 2021 winners and defending champions CSK’s list of retained players, and Faf du Plessis was one of them. The former South African captain had a wonderful season this year as he finished IPL 2021 as the second-highest run-scorer of the tournament, scoring 633 runs in 16 matches. He has been a consistent performer for his side, and his release was a bit surprising for many.

Chennai Super Kings (Image Credit: Twitter)
Chennai Super Kings (Image Credit: Twitter)

Chennai Super Kings Looking Forward To Bring Back Opener Faf Du Plessis In The IPL 2022 Mega Auctions: Kasi Viswanathan

However, CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan has spoken about getting Faf Du Plessis back at the auctions.

In a video posted by the franchise on social media, he said, “We look forward to getting them back. For example, Faf has been a team man who has taken us to the finals of two important seasons. It will be our endeavor to go and try for him. But it’s not in our hands. We wish them all the very best wherever they are. We look forward to having a very good 2022.”

Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis (Image Credit: Twitter)

Faf Du Plessis accumulated 277 runs in the Caribbean Premier League, followed by smashing 633 for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in a title-winning campaign in IPL 2021. However, it wasn’t good enough to get him a spot for the World T20I 2021. He was also a star in Chennai Super Kings’s miserable campaign in the UAE in IPL 2020, scoring 449 runs in 13 matches at a strike rate of 140.75 with 4 fifties.

MS Dhoni Has Remained The Mainstay For The Chennai Super Kings: CSK CEO Kasi Viswanathan

The Chennai Super Kings CEO further mentioned the importance of having MS Dhoni on the side. Kasi Viswanathan said MS Dhoni ‘controls the team’ and has remained the mainstay for the Super Kings.

“Thala has been the mainstay of CSK. He has been a captain who has delivered for us. He gets the best out of the team every time he plays. As far as we are concerned, Thala plays a major role because he controls the team, and the team is benefitted from his experience. Nobody can doubt his skills as a captain,” said Kasi Viswanathan.

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

He also spoke about the chances of having a full-capacity MA Chidambaram Stadium in the 15th edition of the tournament. All 8 existing franchises announced their list of retained players on November 30 ahead of the mega auction for IPL 2022.

“Chennai has been a very lucky ground for us, we had a good home advantage. That is because of the support we get from the CSK fans who throng to the stadium. I hope that this year, we get the entire MA Chidambaram Stadium for our use,” said the CSK CEO.

In that order, Chennai Super Kings retained Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni, Moeen Ali, and Ruturaj Gaikwad. Ravindra Jadeja has been retained for Rs 16 crore, while MS Dhoni took home Rs 12 crore. Moeen Ali was retained for Rs 8 crore, while Ruturaj Gaikwad bagged Rs 6 crore. 40 years old MS Dhoni scored exactly 200 runs in IPL 2020, averaging a below-par 25 while managing only 114 runs in IPL 2021 in 16 games averaging a dismal 16.28.

The CSK skipper led the franchise to their fourth title in IPL 2021 and has not announced his retirement from IPL yet.  As per the conditions, the team management can either retain three Indian players and one overseas player or two Indian players and two overseas players. As BCCI allows 4 retentions to IPL teams in IPL 2022 mega auction thus, there’ll be no RTM card available.

The likes of Ambati Rayudu, Josh Hazlewood, Robin Uthappa, Imran Tahir, Deepak Chahar, Lungi Ngidi, Mitchell Santner, Narayan Jagadeesan, Cheteshwar Pujara, and Krishnappa Gowtham weren’t retained by CSK for IPL 2022.

Rashid Khan. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)
Rashid Khan. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)
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Robin Uthappa Believes Rashid Khan Will Fetch Above INR 16 Crore In IPL 2022

Rashid Khan is expected to create history as franchises, including Lucknow and Ahmedabad, would be keen to buy the world-class leg-spinner, after being released by Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) before IPL 2022 auctions.

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) releasing Rashid Khan ahead of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 remains to be one of the biggest talking points in world cricket. Rashid Khan, who has single-handedly won matches for the Orange Army, reportedly wanted to be retained as SRH’s No. 1 player. However, the team management went for Kane Williamson – who will lead the side after David Warner was released.

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan. Image Credits: Twitter

Rashid Khan Will Fetch Above INR 16 Crore Guesses Robin Uthappa

With Rashid Khan in the auction pool for IPL 2022 mega auctions, cricket fans can be rest assured of history being created by the Afghanistan spinner as every franchise, including Lucknow and Ahmedabad, will go deep into their pockets to buy him.

On the IPL retention day, soon after the retentions lists were announced, senior Indian cricketer Robin Uthappa was asked to guess an amount Rashid Khan would fetch at the auction. Robin Uthappa had represented Chennai Super Kings in the previous edition of the tournament.

“Well and truly above 16 crores,” Robin Uthappa told Star Sports.

It remains to be seen whether Rashid Khan goes into the mega auction or the two new franchises, who can buy three players each from the auction pool till December 25. But, whatever is the case, there’s no doubt that Rashid Khan would fetch a huge amount.

Robin Uthappa
Robin Uthappa (Image Credit: Twitter)

SRH retained three players in Kane Williamson (14 cr), Abdul Samad (4 cr), and Umran Malik (4 cr). SRH also ended its association with David Warner – who had guided them to their maiden IPL title in 2016.

In the UAE leg of IPL 2021, David Warner was abruptly sacked, and Kane Williamson led the squad. The exact reason behind what went wrong between SRH and David Warner is not yet known.

Rashid Khan has been SRH’s best bowler since joining the team back in 2017. His numbers in the IPL stand at a staggering 93 wickets from 76 games at an astonishing economy rate of 6.33.

Rashid Khan, who picked up 18 wickets in 14 matches in the last edition, has consistently turned heads with his bowling exploits in the IPL. Maintaining a good economy of 6.69, he was the seventh-best bowler in the Purple Cap standings last season.

Overall, Rashid Khan has scalped 93 wickets in 76 matches for SRH at an economy of 6.33. Only Bhuvneshwar Kumar (142 wickets), Sandeep Sharma (112 wickets), and Ashish Nehra (106 wickets) have a better wicket-taking record for the franchise than him.

SRH paid Rs 14 crores to New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson followed by Rs 4 crores each to uncapped Jammu and Kashmir talents Abdul Samad and Umran Malik. Meanwhile, David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were also released along with Rashid Khan.

KL Rahul And Shreyas Iyer Are Also Expected To Acquire Big Bucks At IPL 2022 Mega Auctions After Being Released By Punjab Kings And Delhi Capitals Respectively

Meanwhile, Rashid Khan is not the only big name to be a part of the auction pool as several overseas players in David Warner, Kagiso Rabada, Faf du Plessis, Jonny Bairstow, Marcus Stoinis, Trent Boult, Quinton de Kock are up for grabs at the auction.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul (Image Credit: Twitter)

Among Indian players, KL Rahul and Shreyas Iyer have parted ways with Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Delhi Capitals (DC), respectively, and are also expected to fetch huge sums from the auction pool. On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) also released Shubman Gill and might want to buy back the stylish opener at the auction.

Moeen Ali (Photo Credit : CSK Twitter Handle)
Moeen Ali (Photo Credit : CSK Twitter Handle)
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Chennai Super Kings Retains Moeen Ali For INR 8 Crore As He Agreed To Stay With CSK Irrespective Of Retention Amount

Chennai Super Kings CEO Kasi Viswanathan revealed that Moeen Ali was keen on staying with the defending champions for IPL 2022, saying that the England all-rounder had told them that he was not even thinking about playing for any other franchise amid retention talks.

Chennai Super Kings retained Moeen Ali for INR 8 crore. The England all-rounder played a key role in helping MS Dhoni’s men win their 4th IPL trophy in the UAE earlier this year.

Moeen Ali was retained by Chennai Super Kings for Rs 8 crore (Courtesy of BCCI)
Moeen Ali was retained by Chennai Super Kings for Rs 8 crore (Courtesy of BCCI)

Chennai Super Kings Retains Moeen Ali Who Wanted To Play For CSK Irrespective Of Retention Amount

All 8 existing franchises announced their list of retained players on November 30 ahead of the mega auction for IPL 2022. Chennai Super Kings retained Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni, Moeen Ali, and Ruturaj Gaikwad in that order. Ravindra Jadeja has been retained for Rs 16 crore, while MS Dhoni took home Rs 12 crore. Moeen Ali was retained for Rs 8 crore, while Ruturaj Gaikwad bagged Rs 6 crore.

Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings (Image Credit: Twitter)

Notably, CSK had bought Moeen Ali for Rs 7 crore at the auction ahead of IPL 2021. The England star played a crucial role in helping CSK win their 4th title as he hit 357 runs and picked up 6 wickets in 15 matches.

“When we spoke to Moeen first, he said he has been overwhelmed with the offer which was made and he said he has not thought of any other franchise at all. That was his reaction immediately and he said ‘whether I am one, two, three or four (retention number), I don’t mind, I will be there. So was the case with Rutu (Ruturaj),” Kasi Viswanathan told CSK’s official website.

“We always had a feeling that he will be a very useful all-rounder for us especially when we play in India. We were able to get him only last year. So it is good that he came in and was able to perform under the captaincy of MS (Dhoni),” he added.

Moeen Ali was a key member of the CSK squad, which won another IPL title in 2021. The English all-rounder played several cameos for the Yellow Army at the top of the order and also chipped in with crucial breakthroughs every now and then. CSK had bought Moeen Ali for Rs 7 crore at the auction ahead of IPL 2021.

MS Dhoni Also Took A Pay Cut

MS Dhoni also took a pay cut after confirming that he would continue playing for CSK and wanted to have his farewell game in Chennai. It remains to be seen if MS Dhoni will play the whole of IPL 2022.

Stressing that Dhoni will continue to play an integral role for CSK, Viswanathan added: “As all of you know, Thala has been the mainstay of CSK. He has been a captain who has delivered for the franchise and he has got the best out of the team any time he has played.”

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

“As far as we are concerned, Thala plays a major role because he controls the team and the team has benefited by his experience, and nobody can doubt his skill as a captain.”

After failing to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in the tournament’s history in 2020, CSK made a brilliant comeback in 2021 – where they not only became the first team to qualify for the play-offs but also defeated Eoin Morgan-led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to clinch another IPL title.

MS Dhoni did not have a good run with the bat, but he remains to be one of the wisest skippers and continues to play an integral role for CSK. The defending champions Chennai Super Kings have retained Ravindra Jadeja (16 crores), MS Dhoni (12 crores), Moeen Ali (8 crores), and Ruturaj Gaikwad (6 crores). This leaves INR 48 Cr with the yellow brigade to spend in the IPL 2022 mega auctions.

The likes of Dwayne Bravo, Faf Du Plessis, Sam Curran, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, and Suresh Raina were released by CSK. MS Dhoni scored exactly 200 runs in IPL 2020, averaging a below-par 25 while managing only 114 runs in IPL 2021 in 16 games averaging a dismal 16.28.

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