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ICC World Cup 2019: Twitter Lashes Out at Faf du Plessis for Citing IPL as Reason Behind South Africa’s Abysmal Show

On Sunday (June 23), South Africa’s ICC World Cup 2019, has come to a halt when they lost their fifth match of the ongoing ODI showpiece at Lord’s. Thus, following a premature exit from the tournament, skipper Faf du Plessis drew flak for holding the Indian Premier League (IPL) responsible regarding the Proteas horrendous show at the World Cup.

With Proteas loss by 49 runs against Pakistan, their hopes to remain alive in the coveted tournament shattered as their search to lift the first-ever World Cup title will continue until 2023.

Proteas looked a pale-shadow at the World Cup:

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Their World Cup standings could explain Their woeful performance. They’re sitting at ninth position with just a win under their belt in seven matches. Subsequently, they won their solitary game against an inexperienced, Afghanistan.

After making their entry at the 1992 World Cup, the Proteas further failed to qualify for the knockout fixtures post-2003. Earlier, in the twelfth edition of the World Cup, South Africa lost their first game against India. Also, they lost their next two games which eventually put pressure on a quality side from which they hardly overcame to live up to the expectations.

Soon after the loss, the former Proteas players have expressed disappointment by scathing the South African cricketers.

Meanwhile, the squad included a couple of players who are past their age. It eventually asks for an overhauling for the 13th edition of the ODI World Cup.

Faf du Plessis plays a ‘fresh’ card following Proteas World Cup exit:

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Recently, in his post-match press conference dejected Du Plessis has regretted to see Kagiso Rabada having a longer stint at the IPL 2019.

Pertinently, Rabada has featured in 12 matches for the Delhi Capitals (DC) before nursing a back injury. He conceded that rest was necessary for a couple of players ahead of the World Cup.

In seven matches, Rabada has managed to bag six wickets, whereas, Imran Tahir has bagged ten scalps.

Overall, du Plessis is the sixth skipper for the Proteas to lead them at the World Cup. Du Plessis also faced severe criticism for turning a blind eye following his IPL stint, too.

“So I don’t think it’s not necessarily just the IPL, but it was important for a few guys to rest; and the fact that they didn’t meant that they — you know, they came into the tournament not fresh. That’s not an excuse; that’s just a fact. And KG (Kagiso Rabada) is — you can see that his pace is probably a little bit down from where he normally is,” du Plessis said at a press conference.

Interestingly, at the same time, du Plessis himself represented Chennai Super Kings (CSK) at the IPL 2019.

It didn’t sit well with the Twitter users. They further lambasted the 34-year-old for blaming IPL following their miserable run at the ICC World Cup 2019. He also received the backlash for not owning mistakes committed during the World Cup in England and Wales.

Here’s how Twittersphere reacted following Faf du Plessis’ comments regarding the IPL:

 

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: I Am Just Focused On My Own Preparation – Vijay Shankar

Ahead of the upcoming Cricket World Cup, the Indian all-rounder Vijay Shankar is focusing on his preparation.

Since early 2018, the national selectors have seriously observed the all-rounder Vijay Shankar. While he made his T20I debut in March 2018, he made his ODI debut in this January during the Australia tour.

Soon after his ODI debut, Vijay Shankar has impressed with his batting skills. The national selectors have chosen him in the 15-member Team India squad for the upcoming Cricket World Cup. The chief selector MSK Prasad has claimed that Vijay Shankar can be one of the good options for the no.4 batting position.

However, Vijay Shankar is currently focusing on himself only. The 28-year-old pace-bowling all-rounder doesn’t want to think any other things.

Shankar recently told India Today, “Well, there might have been a lot of debate about the number four slot. As cricketers we tend to face all these things. It is really important to keep it simple and believe in our own strengths.

“The only thing that we can do is to work on all the aspects of our game. I am just focused on my own preparation rather thinking about anything else. That is what I have been doing. These things happen and I have learnt to overcome all of it.”

Vijay Shankar about his IPL 2019 performances

In the recently concluded IPL 2019, Vijay Shankar had the mixture experiences with the bat. Playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), the right-handed batsman scored 244 runs in 14 innings with an average of 20.33 and strike-rate of 126.42.

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Vijay Shankar

Though his World Cup selection has faced some questions due to his inconsistent IPL 2019 form, Shankar feels that his performances were not so bad according to the situations.

He claimed, “You need to see the kind of situation I walked in. It was mostly after the 13th or 14th over. It was just going out and showing the intent for the team.

“When the openers play till the 12th over, it is just about rest of us going in and trying to get the maximum. It has been very different experience for me. I might have missed out on a few not out opportunities but other than that I felt that I had a pretty decent IPL season this time. I ended up with 244 runs and half of the IPL I played at number four or five position. Walking in after the 15th over is something different. Yes, I do rue not returning not out on certain occasions.”

I made sure that I trained well after finishing off IPL – Vijay Shankar

After finishing off his IPL 2019 journey, Shankar was busy to train himself for the upcoming Cricket World Cup. He is focusing to adapt quickly to the English conditions to perform better in the forthcoming Cricket World Cup.

He said, “I made sure that I trained well after finishing off IPL. It wasn’t anything really different but I worked a lot on my skills with my coach. It is all about being in good space and being confident. More than number four, I think it is about adapting quickly to the conditions and the situations there (England) that I might encounter. That is more important than to keep on thinking about this number four slot.”

In every practice session, I worked really hard on my bowling – Vijay Shankar

In recent times, the right-arm medium pacer Vijay Shankar hasn’t much involved in bowling. However, the Indian captain Virat Kohli can utilise his bowling in the English conditions during the upcoming Cricket World Cup. So, Shankar has worked hard in his bowling during the recent practice sessions.

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He said, “It is important for me to work on all aspects of my game. Ever since the end of the Australia series, I have been working a lot on my bowling. I used IPL to a good effect. In every practice session, I worked really hard on my bowling. It was followed by extended bowling sessions in Chennai. All I can do is just to keep myself prepared and should be ready when I get a chance to do it for the team.”

How Vijay Shankar spent his time before leaving India for the Cricket World Cup

The Cricket World Cup opportunity is very special for Vijay Shankar. After completing his IPL 2019 campaign, Shankar spent big time with his family and friends.

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He said, “Being part of the World Cup team is definitely very special for any cricketer. Every time we wear this India jersey, it is very special for us. The best that has happened to me is that my family and friends never spoke about it when I was home during the past 8-10 days.

“They’ve been pretty normal and gave me space. I always enjoy my time whenever I am in Chennai. I have not only had a really good time with my friends but also been practicing hard since last one week and been very busy with it. So, it is all properly packed. It has been quite simple and calm for me, this period before the World Cup.”

India will begin their journey in the 2019 ICC Cricket World Cup on 5th June. In their first match of this tournament, India will face South Africa at Southampton.

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Determined Kuldeep Yadav Is Not Feeling Disturbed Due To Poor IPL 2019 Form

The 24-year-old left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav is ready to make a fresh start in the upcoming Cricket World Cup. Recently, he had an awful experience in the entire IPL 2019. However, he is confident of performing better in the forthcoming Cricket World Cup.

The Indian youngster will play his first Cricket World Cup in the upcoming edition. While it is a dream for him, Kuldeep is only focusing on winning this Cricket World Cup.

Kuldeep recently told AajTak, “It is such a big opportunity, just like a dream for me. I want to perform really well in the World Cup. That is my main aim. I have been training hard for it. My full focus is on winning the cup for India.”

I was bowling well but still not getting wickets – Kuldeep Yadav

Ahead of the upcoming Cricket World Cup, Kuldeep Yadav massively failed in the IPL 2019. The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) cricketer took only four wickets in nine matches in the recently concluded IPL season. Due to his poor form, the KKR team management dropped him in the last five games.

However, Kuldeep claimed that he was bowling well but failed to take wickets. He also added that the Eden Gardens pitch was very good for the batsmen, so he didn’t get much turn this season.

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Kuldeep said about his poor form in IPL 2019, “I was bowling well but still not getting wickets. I really don’t know why I was failing to get wickets despite bowling well. The Eden Gardens pitch was also very good for batting.. the ball wasn’t turning much there. If you gave a little bit of flight, it was easy for the batsman to take the ball into his radar and smash it out of the park. I think maybe I need to improve my bowling more if I have to play on such pitches.”

I am fully ready for the World Cup – Kuldeep Yadav

From the middle of the IPL, Kuldeep hasn’t played a professional match yet. He feels that it is a good break for him to make a fresh start in the upcoming Cricket World Cup. The left-arm chinaman is fully ready to represent his national side in the forthcoming Cricket World Cup.

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Kuldeep said “I got a good break during the IPL. I rested well and have recovered fully. I have worked on my bowling extensively in the last 10 days.

He further added, “I am enjoying my rhythm and some errors that have been there in my basics have been cleared too. I am bowling well right now. Recovery has been full in a way and I am fully ready for the World Cup.”

Spinners will get a huge advantage in the upcoming Cricket World Cup – Kuldeep Yadav

England and Wales will host the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup from 30th May to 14th July. A total of top ten teams are ready to participate in this competition.

Kuldeep Yadav feels that his recent IPL form will not affect his upcoming Cricket World Cup journey. Apart from the different formats, Kuldeep also pointed out the different conditions that will create a different result for him. The no.7-ranked ODI bowler Kuldeep is confident of returning to the form in the upcoming tournament.

He said, “It is a different format, a 50-over game is a lot different to a T20. The conditions are a lot different too. The wickets there will be a lot faster, the ball will spin too when the temperature will be high and we will get dry pitches. Spinners will get a huge advantage and that remains my focus.”

The two-time World Cup winners India will begin their journey in the new Cricket World Cup on 5th June. In the first match of this tournament, India will play against South Africa at Southampton.

Ahead of their Cricket World Cup campaign, India will play two warm-up matches in England. India will face New Zealand (25th May) and Bangladesh (28th May) in the pre-World Cup warm-up matches.

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: David Miller Hopes A Brighter Form Than IPL 2019

South African middle-order batsman David Miller is hopeful to end his poor IPL 2019 form and return to the good batting form in the upcoming Cricket World Cup.

In recently concluded IPL 2019, Miller served for Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), but he mostly struggled in that tournament. The left-handed middle-order batsman scored 213 runs in 10 innings with an average of 26.62. Though he scored one half-century and two 40s in that tournament, he was highly inconsistent and majorly struggled to perform well. Due to his poor batting form, the KXIP team management later dropped him from the playing XI.

Talking about his IPL form, Miller recently told IANS, “There have been a couple of games where I haven’t done so well. I have been training hard and doing the right things.”

It obviously would have helped had I done well in the IPL – David Miller

Miller feels that it would be great if he performed well in IPL 2019. However, he also added that he could still return to the form in the upcoming Cricket World Cup due to the different conditions.

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Miller added, “Yeah, it obviously would have helped had I done well in the IPL and took the form into the World Cup, but what you also do need to realise is that these are two different conditions, India and England.”

The 29-year-old Miller will play his second Cricket World Cup in the upcoming edition. The previous edition (2015) was his maiden Cricket World Cup where he scored 324 runs in seven innings with an average of 64.80. He scored one century in that tournament (138* against Zimbabwe).

Miller also has a good record in England. After batting in nine ODI innings in England, Miller has scored 289 runs with an average of 48.16. He has hit three ODI half-centuries in England, including his best knock of unbeaten 75 runs. These stats can give him confidence ahead of the upcoming Cricket World Cup.

Miller said, “It is important to follow the routine and building the confidence, taking each game as it comes.”

Rabada is one of the best in the world – David Miller

Meanwhile, South African young pacer Kagiso Rabada is in brilliant form with the ball in hand. Playing for Delhi Capitals (DC) in IPL 2019, the right-arm pacer Rabada picked up 25 wickets in 12 matches. He just missed winning the Purple Cap of IPL 2019 due to his late injury.

David Miller lauded the 23-year-old South African pacer who will play his first Cricket World Cup in the forthcoming edition.

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Miller said about Kagiso Rabada, “He is one of the best in the world. He is a serious competitor and has done extremely well in the IPL.”

Virat Kohli is one of the best in the world – David Miller

Miller also praised the Indian captain Virat Kohli‘s consistent batting form who is the present no.1-ranked Test and ODI batsman.

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Miller said, “He (Kohli) is very consistent. He is one of the best in the world, so we got to be on our toes.”

David Miller about Ravichandran Ashwin’s captaincy

Miller also praised the KXIP captain Ravichandran Ashwin. He believes that the Indian off-spinner has done very well as KXIP captain.

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Miller claimed, “He (Ravichandran Ashwin) is really knowledgeable about the game. He motivates the teammates too. He has done really well I would think.”

South Africa will start their journey in the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup from the opening match of the tournament. On the opening day of the tournament (30th May), South Africa will face the host side England at The Oval (London).

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IPL 2019: Three Teams Might Consider a New Skipper in Season 12

It has been eight days since the culmination of the Indian Premier League’s edition 12 when Mumbai Indians (MI) thump Chennai Super Kings (CSK) by a run in the never-jangling finale at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium on May 12 (Sunday) in Hyderabad.

Owing to a thrilling final over finishes, Indians stepped up at the right team – to end up clinching their record fourth title since 2013. In the IPL 2019, the fans had witnessed Super Kings dominating the charts until the fag end of group stage fixtures, but Indians has had shown class only to sit atop on the points table.

Apart from the nail-biting finishes, the recently-concluded domestic Twenty20 professional has witnessed a fair share of controversies.

In between a couple of teams have faced a torrid team while losing six straight fixtures.

The miscalculations from the teams were enough to reflect how captaincy could have been done in a better possible way despite results falling in another way.

Rajasthan Royals (RR) have already announced their skipper in the form of Steven Smith. It came following the sacking of Ajinkya Rahane.

Moreover, Kings XI Punjab’s (KXIP) leader Ravichandran Ashwin has a lot to prove despite a good start since 2018.

Let’s have a look at the team which are in dire need of changing a guard.

Kolkata Knight Riders:

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Following a decent start, Dinesh Karthik-led side – Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) has faced the heat after six consecutive loses.

The two-time champions had failed to make it to the playoffs. They finished fifth on the points table with just six wins. The disappointing show was telling on players which further saw the muddling things amid the IPL season.

In between Karthik has drawn the criticism for his glaring errors which included not his Andre Russell according to the situation. Thus the tactical mistakes resulted in creating a not-so-cordial atmosphere in the change room.

Evidently, even the things flared-up on the field when Karthik had a heated exchange with in-form Andre Russell.

In between, Karthik could do much with the bat as he ended up with season with 253 in 14 matches. This is a clear indicator that KKR would like to have a look at new captain following all the drama which unfolded in season 12.

Sunrisers Hyderabad:

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The runners-up of the IPL 2019, Sunrisers Hyderabad, had somehow made it to the top four. But the dismal show from regular skipper Kane Williamson has remained a cause of the concern.

However, during the IPL season, Bhuvneshwar Kumar has also led his side when in Willaimson’s absence. SRH has managed to win six games. The victories mostly came when David Warner and Jonny Bairstow did the bulk of the job at the top.

Well, if Hyderabad management would like to consider a skipper, Warner could be in the contention.

Royal Challengers Bangalore:

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Kohli had a good season with the bat, Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

So far, many have had criticised Virat Kohli’s captaincy role, but we are not questioning his potential as a team leader. Despite all the hardwork himself as a batsman, Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) might consider a skipper. This could be done to allow the stylish top-order batsman play according to his will.

On the other side, while leading India across all formats is the primary factor that Kohli has possibly lacked in results. Besides,  the workload somewhat gets tricky in a fast-paced T20 league.

Meanwhile, Kohli himself has led the RCB’s batting charts with 464 runs in 14 innings at an average of 33.14. On the other side, AB de Villiers accumulated 442 runs in 12 matches at an average of 44.20.

In conclusion, the lack of more impact players has often cost them games.

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Danny Morrison Believes That Virat Kohli Should Have Stayed Away From IPL 2019 Captaincy

Former New Zealand pacer Danny Morrison believes that Virat Kohli should have stayed away from the IPL 2019 captaincy. Morrison believes that Kohli’s IPL captaincy pressure can put an impact on his game in the upcoming Cricket World Cup.

Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) had a horrible start in the IPL 2019. RCB lost all their first six matches and had no hope to return from that situation. Finally, RCB finished at the bottom of the points table (eighth position) with 11 points after winning five matches (and one no result). However, RCB was only one point away from the fourth position of IPL 2019.

Though RCB had a very satisfactory finish in the IPL 2019, Danny Morrison believes that Kohli shouldn’t have played the captaincy role in this IPL season. The former Kiwi pacer feels that the captaincy can impact anyone’s game. He believes that it would be better for Kohli if he would have only focused on his batting.

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Morrison recently told India Today, “I would have liked to have Virat relax his captaincy in IPL, just focus on his batting, have a breather, have some downtime. When you are captaining everything, it has to impact you. I think am not alone and other former players who have seen the IPL closely, am saying what some colleagues of mine have said that Virat should have rested in IPL.”

Danny Morrison further said about Virat Kohli’s cricket

Indian national cricket team’s captain Virat Kohli is currently the no.1-ranked Test and ODI batsman. Morrison does not doubt Kohli’s ability to become one of the best batsmen ever in international cricket history. However, he also added that Kohli is a person.

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Morrison said, “By his own admission Virat wants to break some of Tendulkar’s records and he has the kind of focus and drive one should have. He is all about that not only as a cricketer but as a person.

“And I know in terms of stardom, Virat is powerful. Turn every corner and there is Virat, on every billboard, TV commercial but you want to last, you want to survive.”

England and Wales are ready to host the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup. A total of top ten teams will compete in this tournament that will run from 30th May to 14th July.

Talking about the importance of Kohli’s captaincy in the upcoming World Cup, Morrison said, “There is a lot of importance being played on Virat the leader of India in the World Cup in England, the home of cricket. Lot of spotlight on him as has been on any Indian captain of the 21st century.”

I love the way they can chat and react – Danny Morrison about Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni’s relation

Morrison also praised MS Dhoni-Virat Kohli’s strong relations. He believes that it is the main reason why India is one of the toughest teams in the forthcoming Cricket World Cup.

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Morrison added, “Having someone like MS Dhoni there as his predecessor. I love the way they can chat and react. They obviously have a great rapport also with coach Ravi Shastri in the picture. I think he has a great ally in MS Dhoni because we know what he used to produce as a captain in tough situations. That’s why I think India is tough to beat.”

Indian national cricket team will start their new World Cup campaign on 5th June. In their opening match of this tournament, the two-time World Cup winners India will face South Africa at Southampton.

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ICC Cricket World Cup 2019: Rohit Sharma Is Ready For The World Cup

Indian limited-overs vice-captain Rohit Sharma is now getting ready for the upcoming Cricket World Cup. Recently, he opened up about his latest mission.

Rohit Sharma recently led Mumbai Indians (MI) to win the IPL 2019 trophy. While MI becomes the first team to win four IPL trophies, Rohit also becomes the first captain to win similar numbers of IPL trophies (four). Moreover, Rohit also becomes the first player to win five IPL trophies (for Deccan Chargers in 2009 and MI in 2013, 2015, 2017 and 2019).

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Mumbai Indians won the IPL 2019 (Image Credit: IPL)

After winning the latest IPL trophy, Rohit has spent a great time with his little family in the Maldives. His wife Ritika Sajdeh and their daughter Samaria are also present in this tour. Ahead of the big test in the upcoming Cricket World Cup, Rohit has spent some crucial times with his family.

On Friday (17th May), Rohit posted a picture of him wearing his Mumbai Indian’s jersey.

On his official Twitter account, Rohit captioned on that picture, “Mission accomplished with this blue, time to don another blue in few weeks and hopefully do the same.”

Rohit Sharma will play his second Cricket World Cup

England and Wales are getting ready to host the 2019 ICC Men’s Cricket World Cup from 30th May to 14th July. It will be the 12th edition of the Cricket World Cup where a total of ten teams will participate. These participating teams are England, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan, India, Sri LankaBangladesh, Afghanistan and Windies.

The two-time World Cup winners India is one of the favourite teams in the upcoming Cricket World Cup. The no.2-ranked ODI side is one of the in-form teams in the present international cricket. India will begin their forthcoming Cricket World Cup journey on 5th June. In their opening match of this tournament, India will meet South Africa at Southampton.

While Virat Kohli will lead the Indian national cricket team in the upcoming Cricket World Cup, Rohit Sharma will play the vice-captain role for the national team. The forthcoming edition will be Rohit’s second Cricket World Cup tournament.

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Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Earlier, he featured in the previous 2015 ICC Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand. Playing as an opening batsman, Rohit was the second most run-scorer for India. In that edition, the right-handed batsman scored 330 runs in eight matches with an average of 47.14. He scored his only century in that tournament against Bangladesh in the quarter-finals (137 runs). Moreover, he also scored two half-centuries in that tournament. India was the defending champions in that tournament but finished their journey in the semi-finals where Australia beat them.

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IPL 2019: Shane Watson Opens Up About His Chance To Play The Next IPL Season

Former Australian international cricketer Shane Watson has been appreciated for his passionate batting in IPL 2019 final with his bloodied knee. Recently, he has brought great news for the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) fans.

Shane Watson played decent cricket in recently concluded IPL 2019. The right-handed batsman was the second most run-scorer for CSK in this IPL season. He scored 398 runs in 17 innings with an average of 23.41 and strike-rate of 127.56. He scored three half-centuries in this IPL season, including his brilliant knock in IPL 2019 final.

While CSK participated in this IPL season as the defending champions, they faced Mumbai Indians (MI) in the final of this tournament. After MI managed to score 149/8 (20 overs) in the first innings of that final, CSK opener Shane Watson provided a decent start.

However, the other CSK batsmen failed to perform in that crucial match. Only Watson fought almost single-handedly to chase that target. The right-handed opening batsman scored 80 runs off 59 balls before losing his wicket through a run-out in the last over. In the end, CSK managed to score 148/7 in 20 overs as they lost that final by just one run.

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Shane Watson batted in IPL 2019 final with the bloodied knee (Image Credit: IPL)

Later, it was revealed that Shane Watson played that incredible innings with a bloodied knee. He got six stitches on that left knee after playing that innings. Many cricket fans have applauded Watson for his magnificent effort in that final.

I am looking forward to come back next year – Shane Watson

Recently, Watson thanked everyone for supporting him. He also claimed that it was an amazing final, but they just missed to win that.

Then Watson has claimed that he is looking forward to returning next IPL season (IPL 2020) and take CSK one step further.

In a recent Instagram video, Watson said, “Hello everyone, I want to thank everyone for the love, support and best wishes that you’ve given me over the last couple of days. We were so close to going past the finish line against Mumbai but it was an amazing final.

“I am looking forward to come back next year to take that one step further. Thanks again, everyone for all the support. WhistlePodu!”

Here is that video:

Watson joined CSK in IPL 2018. While CSK won that IPL season, Watson was their second most run-scorer. He scored 555 runs in 15 innings with an average of 39.64 and strike-rate of 154.59. In the IPL 2018 final against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), Watson scored a match-winning century. In that match, he scored an unbeaten 117-run off 57 balls which helped them to chase 179 runs target.

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Shane Watson (Image Credit: Google)

Shane Watson is playing IPL from the inaugural season (2008). In his IPL career, he has played for Rajasthan Royals (2008-2015) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (2016-2017), before joining CSK. After playing 134 IPL matches, Watson has scored 3,575 runs with an average of 31.08 and strike-rate of 139.53. He has scored four centuries and 19 half-centuries in IPL career.

Meanwhile, he has also taken 92 wickets in IPL career as a right-arm medium pacer.

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IPL 2019: David Warner Becomes The Most Orange Cap Winner In IPL History

David Warner becomes the first cricketer to win three Orange Caps in IPL history. In IPL 2019, Warner won his third IPL Orange Cap after scoring 692 runs in 12 innings with an average of 69.20 and strike-rate of 143.86.

The most run-scorer of every IPL season wins the Orange Cap. Since the inaugural edition, nine different batsmen have won this Orange Cap. Only Chris Gayle and David Warner have won more than one Orange Cap in their IPL careers.

Gayle was the first cricketer to win the two Orange Caps in IPL history (2011 and 2012). Both times he played for Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). In IPL 2011, Gayle scored 608 runs in 12 innings with an average of 67.55 and strike-rate 183.13. In the next IPL season, Gayle retained the Orange Cap after scoring 733 runs in 15 innings with an average of 61.08 and strike-rate 160.74. He is the only player in IPL history to retain Orange Cap.

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Chris Gayle (Image Credit: Google)

 

 

Meanwhile, Warner won his all three Orange Caps playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). His first Orange Cap was in 2015 when he scored 562 runs in 14 innings with an average of 43.23 and strike-rate of 156.54.

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David Warner (Image Credit: BCCI)

Warner won his next Orange Cap in IPL 2017. This time the left-handed batsman scored 641 runs in 14 innings with an average of 58.27 and strike-rate of 141.81.

At the end of IPL 2019, Warner becomes the first batsman to win three IPL Orange Caps.

Players who won Orange Caps in IPL history

Player No. of time(s) won the Orange Cap Orange cap winning season(s)
David Warner 3 2015, 2017 and 2019
Chris Gayle 2 2011 and 2012
Shaun Marsh 1 2008
Matthew Hayden 1 2009
Sachin Tendulkar 1 2010
Michael Hussey 1 2013
Robin Uthappa 1 2014
Virat Kohli 1 2016
Kane Williamson 1 2018

 

IPL Orange Cap records

Season Player Team Runs scored
2008 Shaun Marsh Kings XI Punjab 616
2009 Matthew Hayden Chennai Super Kings 572
2010 Sachin Tendulkar Mumbai Indians 618
2011 Chris Gayle Royal Challengers Bangalore 608
2012 Chris Gayle Royal Challengers Bangalore 733
2013 Michael Hussey Chennai Super Kings 733
2014 Robin Uthappa Kolkata Knight Riders 660
2015 David Warner Sunrisers Hyderabad 562
2016 Virat Kohli Royal Challengers Bangalore 973
2017 David Warner Sunrisers Hyderabad 641
2018 Kane Williamson Sunrisers Hyderabad 735
2019 David Warner Sunrisers Hyderabad 692

David Warner’s IPL career record

David Warner, Orange Cap, IPL 2019
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David Warner is playing IPL from 2009. The left-handed opening batsman is the fourth most run-scorer in IPL history. However, the Australian cricketer is the most IPL run-scorer as an overseas batsman. He has scored 4,706 IPL runs in 126 innings with an average of 43.17 and strike-rate of 142.39. In his IPL career, Warner has scored four centuries and 44 half-centuries which is the most number of 50+ scores for a batsman in IPL history.

Hardik Pandya
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IPL 2019: Gautam Gambhir Hails Hardik Pandya for his New Beginning

In the recently-culminated Indian Premier League (IPL), Mumbai Indians (MI) allrounder Hardik Pandya has shouldered the responsibility not only with the bat but with the ball too. The exciting cricketer has played some match-winning cameos apart from picking wickets at regular intervals to despite looking off-colour in between. Thus, he has impressed former Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir.

The southpaw has credited Pandya for maintaining his integrity and backing his time well according to the situation. Gambhir continued Indians have identified the talent quite well.

Gambhir further reiterated that he was anxious how Mumbai’s management would respond in the wake up of talk show. Eventually, which also saw Hardik and KL Rahul facing the heat over social media. He has lauded Mumbai’s management for handling the situation with ease.

Gambhir hinted that Pandya was brimming with confidence.

Gautam Gambhir, Hardik Pandya, IPL 2019
Hardik has been in some form. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

“Other bit that stands out for me is how Mumbai identifies their talent pool. The Pandyas are an example. They were picked out of nowhere and developed into a real force. Honestly, I was worried how the Mumbai team management would react to Hardik’s talk show fiasco. Team owners can be very sensitive to such things but all credit to them for how the whole thing was handled. Hardik never seemed out of depth or out of confidence,” Gambhir wrote in his column for the ToI.

While clearing his stance, Gambhir maintained this doesn’t mean he’s backing what Pandya has said on the chat show. But what he has actually delivered on the field for the four-time IPL champions Indians.

Also, he believes his former franchise – Delhi Capitals (DC) should be happy for making it to the playoffs. However, he suggested the management need to look at the broader spectrum in a bid to look beyond their major players like Kagiso Rabada.

“I am not advocating what he said on the talk show, I am merely stating that Hardik and important stakeholders in his life handled the whole thing really well. Delhi Capitals should be proud to have made to the playoffs. They need some solid talent scouting to have a bigger pool which will stop their dependence on the likes of Rabada or others,” said Gambhir.

The right-handed batsman Pandya, who’s known for flexing his muscles, has amassed 402 runs at an average of 44.67. He further managed to score runs at an outstanding strike-rate of 191.43.

Also, on being used as a medium pace option, Pandya further eked out 14 wickets in the IPL 2019.

Mumbai Indians, IPL 2019, Hardik Pandya
Mumbai Indians won their fourth title under Rohit Sharma. Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

IPL 2019: Gautam Gambhir credits CSK and MI –

In conclusion, Gambhir has hailed Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Indians for playing their A-game during the crunch situation despite failing to do much with the bat. He stated that backing a player is an important facet which according to him could prove to be fruit in many ways.

“All teams that qualified for the playoffs deserved to win the title. For sheer perseverance and ability to handle pressure Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians deserved it more than others. Look at how Chennai has continued to play Ambati Rayudu despite a not so consistent performance this season,” Gambhir signed off.

The Delhi-based star has himself has featured in 154 IPL match to accumulate 4217 runs at an average of 31.23.

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