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Rajagopal Satish With KKR Teammates Image Credit – BCCI
Rajagopal Satish With KKR Teammates Image Credit – BCCI
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Rajagopal Sathish Lodges Police Complaint After Claiming He Was Offered INR 40 Lakhs To Fix TNPL Matches

Rajagopal Sathish, a 40-year-old, lodged a police complaint in Bengaluru, claiming he was offered a sum of 40 lakh to fix matches. As per a report, Rajagopal Satish told the police he was approached by an Instagram user, who goes by the name Bunny Anand.  The report further stated that Rajagopal Satish didn’t take the money.

Rajagopal Sathish has played for Tamil Nadu in the Ranji Trophy and was also part of the IPL franchise Kolkata Knight Riders.  He now plays for Chepauk Super Gillies in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL).

Rajagopal Sathish has played 41 first-class games and 57 List A games. (Pic Credit: Chepauk Super Gullies)
Rajagopal Sathish has played 41 first-class games and 57 List A games. (Pic Credit: Chepauk Super Gullies)

Rajagopal Satish Offered INR 40 Lakh By Bunny Anand To fix TNPL Matches

As per the report, the police believe the money was offered to fix matches in TNPL, before adding that the cricketer had also approached the cricket governing body, BCCI, in this regard.

“On January 3, a person named Bunny Anand contacted Satish on Instagram and messaged him luring to pay 40 lakh and told that two players have already agreed to the offer,” the complaint read. 

Rajagopal Sathish
Rajagopal Sathish. (Photo Source: TNPL)

The 41-year-old Rajagopal Sathish was part of the Chepauk Super Gillies squad that won the TNPL 2021. The former Tamil Nadu player has also been part of Mumbai Indians, Punjab Kings, and Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL. Meanwhile, a special team has been formed to catch the accused, who police are suspecting to be in Bengaluru.

Rajagopal Satish Played 34 IPL Games, The Last Of Which Came In 2016

Rajagopal Sathish has also played 41 first-class games and 57 List A games. He was also a part of the now-defunct unsanctioned Indian Cricket League. Rajagopal Sathish played 34 matches in the IPL and scored 270 runs at an average of 15.88 and a strike rate of 116.88. He last played an IPL game in the year 2016.

Rajagopal Sathish
Rajagopal Sathish [ Image Credit – BCCI ]
Chief of BCCI’s Anti-Corruption and Security Unit (ACSU) Shabbir Khandwawala has said that Rajagopal Sathish has approached the BCCI and ICC earlier this month and now the police will investigate this matter.

Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal. Image Credits: Twitter
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Yuzvendra Chahal Who Wasn’t Retained By RCB For IPL 2022 Expressed Gratitude To RCB For Overwhelming Support

Yuzvendra Chahal, the Indian leg-spinner, expressed his gratitude towards the franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore for their support over the years. His reaction came after he wasn’t retained on Tuesday by the franchise ahead of the mega auction.

The Royal Challengers Bangalore, just like other franchises, announced their retained players list on Tuesday night. As was widely expected, the 2016 runners-up have retained former skipper Virat Kohli, Australian swashbuckler Glenn Maxwell, and pacer Mohammed Siraj.

Virat Kohli, Mohammed Siraj And Glenn Maxwell Retained By RCB Image: IPL/BCCI/PTI
Virat Kohli, Mohammed Siraj, And Glenn Maxwell Retained By RCB Image: IPL/BCCI/PTI

Yuzvendra Chahal Not Retained By Royal Challengers

Yuzvendra Chahal proceeded to comment on a video post where RCB revealed the names of players they’ve retained.

He wrote: “Thank you for everything @RCBTweets”

Virat Kohli is the first player retained by the franchise. He will fetch Rs 15 crore as opposed to Rs 17 Crore, which he was earning earlier. Glenn Maxwell is the second player to be retained for an annual retainer of Rs 11 crore.

Meanwhile, Mohammed Siraj is the third pick at a sum of Rs 7 crore. As a result, the total purse remaining for the Bangalore franchise is Rs 57 Crore.

RCB leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal in action during IPL 2020 | Saikat Das / Sportzpics for BCCI
RCB leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal in action during IPL 2020 | Saikat Das / Sportzpics for BCCI

Yuzvendra Chahal’s exclusion comes as a huge surprise to RCB fans. The leg-spinner has been the leader of Bangalore’s bowling attack for a good five to six years now. Yuzvendra Chahal is the only RCB bowler to claim 100+ IPL wickets. Over the course of the last few years, he was the real Most Valuable Player for the franchise as far as bowling is concerned.

Glenn Maxwell was phenomenal with the bat in his first season for RCB as he ended up the season as their highest-run scorer with 513 runs from 14 innings at the strike rate of 144.10. In 2008, Virat Kohli was inducted into the RCB squad and started leading the side in the year 2013.

In the year 2016, he sat atop on the leading run-scorers list, thereby donning the Orange Cap at the end of the ninth edition of the league. He is the leading run-scorer in IPL history with over 6000 runs, (6283 runs) at an average of over 37 in 207 matches, all for RCB. In addition, he has 5 tons and 42 fifties.

Pace bowler Mohammed Siraj has also developed his skills and is progressing at RCB by not leaking enough runs. Mohammed Siraj has picked 11 wickets each time in the last two seasons. Virat Kohli (15 cr), Glenn Maxwell (11 cr), and Mohammed Siraj (7 cr) were retained.

Royal Challengers Bangalore Expressed Gratitude To Non-Retained Cricketers

According to media reports, negotiations over contract money between the management and Yuzvendra Chahal couldn’t come to fruition. However, following the release of the retention list, RCB social media handles expressed their gratitude towards players who have not been retained.

“The RCB management wholeheartedly thanks all the players who were a part of our 2021 squad for their unquestionable commitment to RCB and we sincerely hope this is not a goodbye, and our paths cross sooner than later,” they wrote.

Royal Challengers Bangalore
Royal Challengers Bangalore (Image Credit: Twitter)

With Yuzvendra Chahal back in the auction pool, it could lead to a bidding war between the franchises. The newly formed Lucknow and Ahmedabad franchises are also set to randomly pick three players from the release pool.

Hence, the leg spinner could very well land up in either of these two teams. On the other hand, Yuzvendra Chahal has thus far featured in 114 IPL games, claiming 139 wickets at an average of 22.28 and an economy rate of 7.59-all for RCB.

The likes of George Garton, Navdeep Saini, Dushmantha Chameera, Tim David, Shahbaz Ahmad, Wanindu Hasaranga, Dan Christian, and retired AB de Villiers were released before IPL 2032 mega auctions.

David Warner
David Warner (Image Credit: Twitter)
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IPL 2022: Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) Franchise Decides Not To Retain David Warner

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) confirmed their retentions ahead of the IPL 2022 Mega Auction, and Australian opener, David Warner, wasn’t one of them. Although it was along expected lines, it was a rather poor way for the two parties to separate.

The much-publicized feud between David Warner and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) finally came to an end. The eight existing franchisees involved in the IPL announced their retention list. The Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) management opted to retain Kane Williamson, Abdul Samad, and Umran Malik, much to the surprise of the cricketing fraternity.

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH)
Sunrisers Hyderabad (Image Credit: Twitter)

Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) Doesn’t Retain 2021 T20I WC Player Of Tournament David Warner For IPL 2022 Mega Auctions

Former Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) captain David Warner has confirmed he has been released by the franchise despite his stellar campaign in the T20 World Cup 2021, where he bagged the Player of the Tournament award for 289 runs in seven matches for Australia. IPL 2021 has been the Australian’s worst season ever with just 195 runs in 8 games, with two fifties, averaging 24.38, and striking at 107.73.

As the IPL 2021 season resumed in UAE, the Aussie opener featured in the first two games for SRH but aggregated just 2 runs. Leg Spinner Rashid Khan was expected to be the top choice, but SRH was adamant about offering Kane Williamson the biggest contract. While the failure to keep Rashid Khan was a surprise, the most successful batsman of the franchise – David Warner, was also not retained and the 34-year-old took to Instagram to thank the fans.

David Warner
David Warner[photo: Twitter]

“Chapter closed!! Thanks to all of the fans @srhfansofficial @sunrisersfansofficial for your support over all the years, it was was much appreciated. #fans #loyal.”

David Warner was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the 2014 IPL auction for USD 880,000. The very next year, he was appointed as the captain. In the 2016 IPL, he led them to their second trophy, defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the final.

David Warner Is The Only Batsman To Win The Orange Cap Thrice

Along with AB de Villiers, David Warner is one of the most successful overseas players in the history of the IPL. To date, he is the only batsman to win the Orange Cap three times. In just 95 innings for SRH, David Warner amassed 4014 runs at a brilliant average of 49.56 and an excellent strike rate of 142.59.

David Warner is still the only player to win the IPL Orange Cap three times, and with SRH on all occasions. He even led SRH to an IPL title in 2016 and holds the record for the second-most runs in a single edition of the IPL (848 in 2017) after Virat Kohli’s 873 runs in 2016. He has been Sunrisers Hyderabad’s (SRH) star opener for a number of years, having carried the weight of a fragile middle order single-handedly. He was the Orange Cap winner in 2015, 2017, and 2019.

David Warner (Image Credit: Twitter)
David Warner (Image Credit: Twitter)

He is still the IPL’s 5th highest scorer, having amassed 5449 runs in 150 games averaging 41.59 with 4 tons and 50 fifties. He has hit the maximum number of the fifties in IPL history. David Warner led SRH to their maiden IPL title in 2016 as they defeated Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final by eight runs.

Sunrisers Hyderabad has let go of a majority of their overseas stars before IPL Auction 2022. New Zealand all format skipper batsman Kane Williamson is the only foreigner retained by Hyderabad.

Other retained players-Abdul Samad, has played 23 IPL matches managing 222 runs besides picking 2 scalps, while pacer Umran Malik has played only 3 IPL games picking 2 scalps.

David Warner (Image Credit: Twitter)
David Warner (Image Credit: Twitter)
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David Warner Says No To Captain SRH Again In IPL 2022

David Warner’s infamous fallout with the Sunrisers Hyderabad franchise has all but marked his association with the IPL franchise. But that has not stopped the fans from hoping that perhaps one day the two parties will reunite. David Warner joined SRH back in 2014 and served the team for eight long years, but things went awry between the two when SRH stripped the Australian opener of captaincy and later dropped him from the Playing XI, picking Jason Roy instead of him.
In the T20I World Cup 2021, David Warner opened the batting. The charismatic New South Welshman amassed an impressive 289 runs, including a blistering 53 off 38 balls in the final to help the Aussies successfully chase down 172 against New Zealand. He finished the tournament as the second-leading run-scorer behind Pakistan’s Babar Azam (303 runs).
Australia's David Warner (Associated Press)
Australia’s David Warner (Associated Press)

David Warner Reacts Negatively When Asked By A Fan To Captain SRH Again In IPL 2022 Under Tom Moody

Although there has been no official word from the franchise about releasing David Warner in IPL 2022, a social media post shortly after the conclusion of the IPL 2021 hinted that the batter has parted ways with the franchise.
Ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction, as teams gear up to finalize the list of retained players, there are certain speculations that suggest that there might just be a tiny ray of hope to watch David Warner and SRH get back together. However, as far as David Warner is concerned, he has nothing to do with SRH.

On an SRH fan page on Instagram called ‘WeAreOrangeArmy’, when a fan mentioned the prospect of Tom Moody coaching and Warner captaining the side, to which Warner put in a prompt two-word reply: “No thanks.”

Kane Williamson SPORTZPICS/Instagram
Kane Williamson SPORTZPICS/Instagram

SRH endured a forgettable campaign in IPL 2021, finishing with the wooden spoon. In the first half, after losing five matches out of seven, David Warner was removed as captain of the side and replaced by Kane Williamson.

IPL 2021 has been the Australian’s worst season ever with just 195 runs in 8 games, with two fifties, averaging 24.38, and striking at 107.73. As the IPL 2021 season resumed in UAE, the Aussie opener featured in the first two games for SRH but aggregated just 2 runs.

David Warner Even Led SRH To A Title In 2016 And Won Orange Cap Thrice All With Sunrisers Hyderabad

However, the change in guard couldn’t help much in turning the fortunes of the franchise as the team slipped to the bottom of the table. David Warner was subsequently dropped but returned for the first two matches of the second phase. However, following scores of 0 and 2, David Warner never made it back to the Playing XI and even stayed back at the hotel for a couple of matches.

David Warner
David Warner (Image Credit: Twitter)

David Warner is still the only player to win the IPL Orange Cap three times, and with SRH on all occasions. He even led SRH to an IPL title in 2016 and holds the record for the second-most runs in a single edition of the IPL (848 in 2017) after Virat Kohli’s 873 runs in 2016.

He has been SRH’s star opener for a number of years, having carried the weight of a fragile middle order single-handedly. He was the Orange Cap winner in 2015, 2017, and 2019, having amassed 4014 runs in 95 games for the franchise at a whopping average of 49.56 and striking at 142.59.

He is still the IPL’s 5th highest scorer, having amassed 5449 runs in 150 games averaging 41.59 with 4 tons and 50 fifties. He has hit the maximum number of the fifties in IPL history. David Warner led SRH to their maiden IPL title in 2016 as they defeated Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final by eight runs.

Australia's David Warner (Associated Press)
Australia's David Warner (Associated Press)
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David Warner Felt Hurt After Being Stripped Of SRH Captaincy And Axed Without Fault

David Warner played a key role in helping the Australian side win their maiden T20I World Cup in the 2021 edition. The left-hander emerged as the second-highest run-scorer in the tournament, scoring 289 runs in 7 innings at a superb average of 48.17. David Warner also won the Player of the Tournament award.

And now, David Warner has opened up on being stripped from captaincy and being dropped from the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) side in the IPL 2021, and how he put this setback behind him and won the Player of the Tournament award.

David Warner
David Warner. (Photo by Michael Steele-ICC/ICC via Getty Images)

David Warner Isn’t Complaining After Being Stripped Of Captaincy And Axe From The Sunrisers Hyderabad Franchise In IPL 2021

The Aussie left-hander stated that he was hurt when he was dropped from the SRH side for no fault of his. Adding that he does not want to complain, the 35-year-old said that the Indian fans have always supported him, and he plays to entertain the fans of the game.

“When you are dropped from the team you have loved the most for years without any real fault of yours and stripped of captaincy without being given a reason, it hurts. At the same time there are no complaints. The fans in India have always been there for me and it is for them that you play. We play to entertain. We play to push for excellence,” said David Warner in a chat.

David Warner
David Warner (Image Credit: Twitter)

David Warner also said that even though he did not find a spot in the SRH playing XI, he continued to give his best and put in a lot of hard work in training. The left-hander also added that he was batting extremely well in the nets.

“Whatever may have been the reason for me not finding a spot in an IPL team, I can tell you I was training the hardest I ever did. I didn’t not miss a single day. I was batting extremely well in the nets and it was only a matter of time before it all started to work out,” added Warner.

IPL 2021 has been David Warner’s worst season ever with just 195 runs in 8 games, with two fifties, averaging 24.38, and striking at 107.73. As the IPL 2021 season resumed in UAE, the Aussie opener featured in the first two games for SRH but aggregated just 2 runs.

David Warner has been SRH’s star opener for a number of years, having carried the weight of a fragile middle order single-handedly. He was the Orange Cap winner in 2015, 2017, and 2019, having amassed 4014 runs in 95 games for the franchise at a whopping average of 49.56 and striking at 142.59.

He is still the IPL’s 5th highest scorer, having amassed 5449 runs in 150 games averaging 41.59 with 4 tons and 50 fifties. He has hit the maximum number of the fifties in IPL history. David Warner led SRH to their maiden IPL title in 2016 as they defeated Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final by eight runs.

David Warner Will Try To Keep Working Hard As He Knew There Will Be More Opportunities In-Store

David Warner also said that even though he was hurt, he also knew that there was another opportunity coming his way in the form of the 2021 T20I World Cup. Adding that sport is a great leveller, David Warner concluded by stating that he will continue to work hard and stay true to cricket.

“So yes, while it hurt, I knew I will have another opportunity. Sport is a great leveller and if you are true to the sport and keep working hard, you will always have a second chance. I just wanted to keep working the hardest and stay true. I am glad it worked out for me,” concluded Warner.

David Warner plays a shot during his innings of 49, which launched Australia on their way to victory. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images
David Warner plays a shot during his innings of 49, which launched Australia on their way to victory. Photograph: Alex Davidson/Getty Images

After being dropped from SunRisers Hyderabad’s playing XI during IPL 2021, David Warner turned the clock back during Australia’s maiden T20 WC-winning campaign and was awarded Player of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. He scored 49 and 53 in the semi-final against Pakistan and the final against New Zealand, respectively.

David Warner (Image Credit: Twitter)
David Warner (Image Credit: Twitter)
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David Warner Wasn’t Dropped From SRH Playing 11 For A Cricketing Reason: Brad Haddin

David Warner was dropped from the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) playing XI in the 2021 edition of the IPL. The way SRH skipper David Warner was treated by the SRH franchise hogged the spotlight in the world of cricket.

And now, the assistant coach of the SRH franchise, Brad Haddin has revealed that it was not a ‘cricket ‘decision to drop David Warner from the side.

David Warner
David Warner (Image Credit: Twitter)

Brad Haddin: Circumstances To Drop SRH Skipper David Warner Was Out Of Coaching Staff’s Control

Brad Haddin also added that David Warner was not out of form and turned up in a good mental space. Brad Haddin also revealed that the former SRH skipper was striking the ball well in the nets but the situation was out of control.

“I tell you what it was not a cricket decision that he was not playing for SunRisers Hyderabad. I think the one thing you have to realize with David is that he was not out of form, he was out of match practice. They had a long break, he did not go to Bangladesh or West Indies. But he turned up in really good headspace. He was hitting the ball well, circumstances were out of our control, even the coaching staff,” said Brad Haddin.

Brad Haddin | Reuters
Brad Haddin | Reuters

Brad Haddin also said that David Warner was not out of form and needed some match time to get back in the groove. IPL 2021 has been David Warner’s worst season ever with just 195 runs in 8 games, with two fifties, averaging 24.38, and striking at 107.73. As the IPL 2021 season resumed in UAE, the Aussie opener featured in the first two games for SRH but aggregated just 2 runs.

After being dropped from SunRisers Hyderabad’s playing XI during IPL 2021, David Warner turned the clock back during Australia’s maiden T20 WC-winning campaign and was awarded Player of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. He scored 49 and 53 in the semi-final against Pakistan and final against New Zealand respectively.

Brad Haddin: David Warner Has Got A Back Of Rhythm Into His Game Which Was Good To Watch

Brad Haddin added that Australian opener David Warner has got the rhythm back into his game in the way he is playing and is very good to watch.

“But it was not because he was out of form. All he needed was some match time, he was hitting the ball well. He just needed to spend some time in the middle to get the rhythm again. As the tournament went on, you have seen his class. He got a bit of rhythm back into his game and he was good to watch,” concluded Haddin.

Australia's David Warner (Associated Press)
Australia’s David Warner (Associated Press)

David Warner was the star performer for the Australian side with the bat in the T20I World cup 2021 and top-scored for the kangaroos by plundering 289 runs in 7 innings in the 2021 T20 World Cup. The 35-year-old has even been adjudged the Player of the Tournament for his stellar show with the willow in hand.

David Warner has been SRH’s star opener for a number of years, having carried the weight of a fragile middle order single-handedly. He was the Orange Cap winner in 2015, 2017, and 2019, having amassed 4014 runs in 95 games for the franchise at a whopping average of 49.56 and striking at 142.59.

He is still the IPL’s 5th highest scorer having amassed 5449 runs in 150 games averaging 41.59 with 4 tons and 50 fifties. He has hit the maximum number of the fifties in IPL history. David Warner led SRH to their maiden IPL title in 2016 as they defeated Virat Kohli’s Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final by eight runs.

Shane Warne
Shane Warne
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Amount Spent For 2 New IPL Teams Shows Why Cricket Is 2nd Most Popular Sport: Shane Warne

Shane Warne, the former Australia spinner, has said that after seeing the amount spent for two Indian Premier League (IPL) teams, one has to realize why cricket has become the second most popular sport in the world. Shane Warne said the sale of two new Indian Premier League teams only shows the rise in the popularity of cricket across the globe. Shane Warne also congratulated the BCCI after the windfall on Monday.

BCCI announced the following successful bidders for two new teams on Monday (subject to definitive documentation and other formalities being completed): RPSG Ventures Ltd. – Lucknow (for INR 7,090 crores) and Irelia Company Pte Ltd (CVC Capital Partners) – Ahmedabad (for INR 5,625 crores).

Shane Warne - Getty Images
Shane Warne – Getty Images

Shane Warne: Staggering Amounts Of Money For Each Of The 2 Teams Showing Why Cricket Has Become The 2nd Most Popular Big Sport

The new franchises will participate in IPL from the 2022 season onwards, subject to the bidders completing the post-bid formalities as specified in the ITT document. The IPL 2022 season will comprise ten teams and will have 74 matches. Wherein each team will play seven home and seven away matches. Shane Warne was left amused after the two new teams of IPL went for a whopping price.

“Wow!Congratulations to both of the new franchise owners. Staggering amounts of money for each team & shows why cricket has become the 2nd most popular & biggest sport on the planet. $932 & $692 million dollars (USA). Well done to @SGanguly99 & everyone at the @BCCI on the @IPL,” tweeted Shane Warne.

IPL Trophy
IPL Trophy. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Business tycoon Sanjiv Goenka and international equity investment firm Irelia Company Pte Limited (CVC Capital) shelled out a combined Rs 12,715 crore (approx $1.7 billion) to win the bids for two new IPL teams, a windfall that far exceeded BCCI’s expectations on Monday.

The BCCI was hoping for a cumulative bid in the range of Rs 10,000 crore but, to their surprise, earned Rs 7090 crore from Sanjiv Goenka’s RP-SG Group for the Lucknow franchise, while CVC capital forked out Rs 5625 crore for the Ahmedabad team. As a result, the two new sides will take part in the 2022 IPL.

Sourav Ganguly: Heartening To See Inclusion Of 2 New Franchises Which May Bring More Domestic Cricketers From India To Global Stage

Sanjiv Goenka was delighted to be back in the IPL and this time, as a full-time owner and not a temporary one, which was the case when he ran the Pune franchise (Rising Pune Supergiant(s) in IPL 2016 and 2017) during the spot-fixing-related suspension of CSK and Rajasthan Royals. Sourav Ganguly has said that the BCCI is not surprised by the bidding amount for the two new IPL teams, i.e. Lucknow and Ahmedabad.

BCCI President, Sourav Ganguly said: “The BCCI is happy to welcome two new teams from the next season of the Indian Premier League. I would like to congratulate RPSG Ventures Ltd & Irelia Company Pte Ltd for being successful bidders. The IPL will now go to two new cities in India viz in Lucknow and Ahmedabad. It is heartening to see the inclusion of two new teams at such a high valuation, and it reiterates the cricketing and financial strength of our cricket ecosystem.”

Sourav Ganguly. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Sourav Ganguly. (Photo Source: Twitter)

“True to IPL’s motto of Where Talent Meets Opportunity, the inclusion of two new teams will bring more domestic cricketers from our country to the global stage. The ITT process included two interested bidders from outside of India, which strongly emphasizes the global appeal of the IPL as a sports property. The IPL is proving to be a wonderful instrument in globalizing the game of cricket. I am keenly looking forward to IPL 2022,” he added.

The companies that cleared the final round of technical vetting to be eligible to place the bids included RP-SG, the Adani Group, HT Media Private Limited, Torrent Pharma, Aurobindo Pharma, All Cargo, CVC, Kotak group in a consortium, and the Glazers of Manchester United through their equity firm.

IPL Trophy
IPL Trophy, Image Credits: Twitter
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Sanjiv Goenka Who Bought Lucknow Franchise For INR 7090 Crores Said Team’s Valuation Will Go Up In Future

Sanjiv Goenka, Kolkata city-based billionaire who bought the Lucknow franchise for a whopping Rs 7,090 crore during the IPL bidding in Dubai on Monday, said the team’s valuation “would be a multiple of a few times” over the next 10 years.

The BCCI had a windfall of close to USD 2 billion, with Kolkata-based RPSG Group and international equity investment firm CVC Capital winning the bid for Lucknow and Ahmedabad franchises respectively. The Goenka-owned RPSG Group became the highest bidder, while CVC Capital pipped Adani Group to win the bid for Ahmedabad with a Rs 5600 offer.

Sanjiv Goenka (File photo| AFP)
Sanjiv Goenka (File photo| AFP)

Sanjiv Goenka: Valuations Of Lucknow Franchise Will Go Up In The Future

RPSG Group owner Sanjiv Goenka said he is delighted to have a new IPL team in Lucknow, saying the state of Uttar Pradesh had been waiting to have an IPL team of its own for quite some time.

“We do believe that the valuations of this will go up in the future. And from what we invest, to what it could be over a period of 10 years would be a multiple of a few times,” chairman of RPSG Group Goenka, who is also the principal owner of ATK Mohun Bagan in ISL, said here.

“Frankly it’s something that I’ve been keen on for a while. When the opportunity presented itself we took it. IPL has created some of the biggest brands. Look at Mumbai Indians, Delhi Capitals, Chennai Super Kings and look at some of the others, they are really household names, some of the biggest brands the country has,” Goenka added.

The Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Stadium in Lucknow will host IPL matches. (FILE PHOTO)
The Atal Bihari Vajpayee Ekana Stadium in Lucknow will host IPL matches. (FILE PHOTO)

On claiming the Lucknow franchise, he said: “For us, Uttar Pradesh has been an important state. We distribute power in Greater Noida. We have a number of Spencer stores in the state. So we do believe that will help us to connect with the state, and we look forward to this.”

On Monday, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced successful bidders for two new franchises of IPL. As a result, the next season will be a 10-team affair with 74 matches as two new teams based out of Lucknow and Ahmedabad were announced.

Sanjiv Goenka Feels Good To Be Back In The IPL After Owing Rising Pune Supergiant(s) For 2 Years- 2016 And 2017

Sanjiv Goenka, who owned Rising Pune Supergiants for a period of two years- 2016 to 2017, when Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were suspended owing to spot-fixing charges, was elated to be back in the IPL. However, rising Pune Supergiants lost the 2017 IPL Final to Mumbai Indians by 1 run, which was the team’s last game in the IPL.

“Firstly, it feels good to be back in the IPL. But this is just the first step. Now, it’s really for us to build a good team, and try to put up a good performance. So the work really begins now in terms of actually getting the coach, putting together a team, and getting a sense of discipline and performance into play,” he said.

Rising Pune Supergiants
Rising Pune Supergiants dream gets crushed by one run in IPL 2017- Twitter

Sanjiv Goenka said they’re yet to decide on the side’s name, while the team combination and marquee players would depend on the availability.

“If wishes are horses…We don’t know yet. It would depend on retention policy and who are the available players, then only we can decide on our key players,” he signed off.

This is the first time the BCCI is adding two new franchises to the 8 team IPL event since Rising Pune Supergiant/s and Gujarat Lions took part in the IPL for two years – 2016 and 2017 – when Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals were suspended due to alledged match-fixing offences.

Expansion of the IPL is not a new experiment. Pune Warriors India and Kochi Tuskers Kerala had joined the league in 2010 before both franchises were terminated. In 2011, there were 10 teams divided into 2 groups, with Pune Warriors India and Kochi Tuskers Kerala, and after the latter’s withdrawal, 9 teams played the IPL in 2012 and 2013.

Sanjiv Goenka will wait for more clarifications from the BCCI when it comes to auction and retention regulations before zeroing in on the plan to buy players for the Lucknow-based franchise. Notably, IPL 2022 will be preceded by a mega auction, and the BCCI is yet to announce the retention rules officially.

Sunrisers Hyderabad, IPL 2021
David Warner[photo: Twitter]
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David Warner Targeted By Multiple Franchises Ahead Of IPL 2022 Mega Auction

David Warner is already being targeted by multiple franchises ahead of the 2022 IPL auction, with his seven-year stint at SRH certain to end.

David Warner’s removal as captain and his eventual snub from the playing XI of Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) has been one of the most shocking incidents of the ongoing IPL 2021. The Australian opener had not only been a loyal servant of the franchise but also remains one of the finest overseas players to grace the IPL league in its history. Such has been his impact on the league that hardly anyone could see the developments from this season coming.

David Warner
David Warner (Image Credit: Twitter)

David Warner Approached By Multiple Franchises Before IPL 2022 Mega Auction

With the bat, David Warner had a rare bad IPL campaign in 2021 as he scored just 195 runs in eight games at a below-par average of 24.47. Since joining SRH in 2014, David Warner has crossed the 500 run-mark every season before the current campaign and arguably been the most consistent player in the league.

However, such is David Warner’s stature in the limited-overs format, he should still attract a big amount for himself in next season’s mega-auction. In fact, a report claims that the Australian opener has already been approached by multiple teams ahead of IPL 2022. It is believed that franchises have been shocked by SRH’s treatment of David Warner and want to pounce on the opportunity to sign him.

After missing the 2019 IPL due to his cricket ban, David Warner is back as captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad. - K. V. S. GIRI
After missing the 2019 IPL due to his cricket ban, David Warner is back as captain of Sunrisers Hyderabad. – K. V. S. GIRI

The report further states that Tom Moody aspires to become Team India’s coach after Ravi Shastri’s exit. A social media post by David Warner has almost confirmed he will be leaving the franchise.

Expressing his gratitude towards the fans, the ex-SRH skipper wrote, “Thank You for the memories created. To all the fans, you have been a driving force for our team always to give 100%. I can’t thank you all enough for the support shown. It’s been a great ride. My family and I are going to miss you all!!”

The opener is the only player in IPL history to win the Orange cap three times. He also led SRH to its first IPL title in 2016. He missed IPL 2019 because of his ban being imposed for the Sandpaper Gate ball-tampering controversy.

David Warner Has Played A Key Role In Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Success

David Warner’s fall from grace in the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) has been quite drastic. From winning the 2016 Indian Premier League (IPL) title with the franchise to helping them qualify for playoffs the following seasons, the Australian opener has played a key role in the team’s success.

Sunrisers Hyderabad
Sunrisers Hyderabad (Image Credit: Twitter)

David Warner has been SRH’s star opener for a number of years, having carried the weight of a fragile middle order single-handedly. He was the Orange Cap winner in 2015, 2017, and 2019, having amassed 4014 runs in 95 games for the franchise at a whopping average of 49.56 and striking at 142.59.  He is still the IPL’s 5th highest scorer having amassed 5449 runs in 150 games averaging 41.59 with 4 tons and 50 fifties. He has hit the maximum number of the fifties in IPL history.

Mumbai Indians (MI) ended their VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 campaign on a high as they beat Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) by 42 runs in Match 55 in Abu Dhabi on Friday. Ishan Kishan and Suryakumar Yadav hammered 84 and 82 respectively and set up MI’s win.

Manish Pandey stayed unbeaten on 69 off 41 balls. Towards the end, he was struggling with what seemed to be cramps. But his knock only reduced the margin of the defeat. Mumbai, on the other hand, couldn’t achieve the unthinkable, which means they finish the league stage in fifth place, losing to Kolkata Knight Riders on the basis of net run rate.

Brief Scores: Mumbai Indians 235/9 (Ishan Kishan 84, Suryakumar Yadav 82; Jason Holder 4/52) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 193/8 (Manish Pandey 69, Jason Roy 34; Jasprit Bumrah 2/39) by 42 runs. 

Gautam Gambhir AFP
Gautam Gambhir AFP
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Gautam Gambhir Feels SRH’s Job Is To Win Matches Not Give Farewells

Gautam Gambhir doesn’t feel David Warner should return purely on the basis of a ‘farewell match’. The talks of David Warner getting a recall for Sunrisers Hyderabad’s match against Mumbai Indians are raging on the internet.

David Warner could feature for SRH in their final match against MI. David Warner hasn’t featured for SRH in the last 4 games but could return against MI on Friday. The match has been labelled as David Warner’s ‘farewell’ at Sunrisers Hyderabad. However, the Australian dashing opener is neither expected to be retained by the franchise nor likely to draw bids in IPL 2022 auction.

David Warner
David Warner (Image Credit: Twitter)

Gautam Gambhir Doesn’t Understand Farewells As Gautam Gambhir Feels SRH’s Job Is To Win Matches, Not Give Farewells

As Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) gear up for their final match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 campaign, talks of David Warner potentially getting a recall are raging on the internet. While there’s no denying that England opener Jason Roy has dislodged David Warner at the top of the batting order, many reckon if David Warner would be given a possible farewell match. However, former India cricketer, Gautam Gambhir, isn’t on board with the idea.

With the race for the playoffs well over for the Sunrisers Hyderabad, the past few matches have been quite inconsequential as far as their fate for the season is concerned. Friday’s match against Mumbai Indians (MI) would be no different. In such a scenario, the sentiments of fans and David Warner’s relationship with the franchise could see the Australian opener making a return.

Gautam Gambhir. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
Gautam Gambhir. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Gautam Gambhir said that he doesn’t believe in farewell matches, and hence, David Warner should only make a return if he is a part of the team’s best XI. Gautam Gambhir mentioned that it is not mandatory to be presenting farewell to the legends of the game, and he wanted SRH to pick a playing XI through which they can win the game.

“See, a lot of great players didn’t get farewells. We all know that even some legends didn’t, although legend is a big word. I don’t understand this system of farewells. Ultimately, you are playing to win the match. If your best playing XI includes him, then absolutely give him a chance. If not, then absolutely don’t give him a chance. As simple as it gets. SunRisers’ job is to win matches and not give farewells,” said the cricketer-turned-politician Gautam Gambhir. 

David Warner has been SRH’s captain for a long time and also the only man to have led the franchise to an IPL title (in 2016). With a few orange caps to his name too, he has unarguably been one of the finest batters in the Indian Premier League history. However, the season 2021 has been quite contrasting for the southpaw.

David Warner Had A Poor IPL 2021

A string of unimpressive performances saw him being stripped of captaincy responsibility and being dropped to the bench. David Warner returned to feature for SRH in the franchise’s first two matches of the UAE leg before being snubbed for the remaining four.

In all likeliness, the IPL 2021 season will be the last for David Warner in SRH colours. However, with the next season set to see a mega auction take place, the chances of David Warner being retained or bought in the auction remain relatively slim.

David Warner’s relationship with SRH unravelled quite stunningly over the course of IPL 2021. The left-handed opener, who scored in excess of 500 runs in six consecutive IPL seasons for the franchise besides taking them to multiple playoffs and a title triumph in 2016, was stripped of his leadership duties during the first leg. In addition to that, David Warner was also dropped from SRH’s playing XI.

David Warner
David Warner[photo: Twitter]
As the IPL 2021 season resumed in UAE, David Warner featured in the first two games for SRH but aggregated just 2 runs. IPL 2021 has been his worst season ever with just 195 runs in 8 games, with two fifties, averaging 24.38, and striking at 107.73.

He was the Orange Cap winner in 2015, 2017, and 2019, having amassed 4014 runs in 95 games for the franchise at a whopping average of 49.56 and striking at 142.59. He is still the IPL’s 5th highest scorer, having amassed 5449 runs in 150 games averaging 41.59 with 4 tons and 50 fifties. He has hit the maximum number of the fifties in IPL history.

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