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Suryakumar Yadav plays a shot during the first one day international cricket match between Sri Lanka and India in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, July 18 (Photo | AP)
Suryakumar Yadav plays a shot during the first one day international cricket match between Sri Lanka and India in Colombo, Sri Lanka, Sunday, July 18 (Photo | AP)

Fortunes Changed After Representing Mumbai Indians In 2018, Says Suryakumar Yadav

Suryakumar Yadav has admitted that his fortunes have taken a turn for the good ever since he started representing Mumbai Indians (MI) in the IPL. The 30-year-old made his ODI debut in the first one-dayer against Sri Lanka and was named man of the series for registering scores of 31 not out, 53, and 40 in the three-match series.

India went down to Sri Lanka by three wickets (D/L method) in the final ODI in Colombo but clinched the series 2-1. At a post-match conference, Suryakumar Yadav said that he became a more mature cricketer after he started playing for Mumbai Indians.

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Suryakumar Yadav (BCCI)

Suryakumar Yadav: Things Changed After Representing Mumbai Indians From 2018

His sensational run for Mumbai Indians in the IPL earned him a spot in the England T20I series at home. With 512 runs in the 2018 season, followed by 424 runs in 2019 and 480 runs in 2020, the conversation around the Mumbai batsman shifted to the prospects of him doing the same for Men in Blue.

It took until the fourth T20I in the five-match series against England earlier this year for him to get a chance to bat in international cricket, where an instant impact was made. His 31-ball 57, consisting of six fours and three sixes, bore an uncanny resemblance to what he regularly pulled off for his IPL franchise. He did it again just two days later with a 17-ball 32 in the fifth T20I.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav (Image Credit: Twitter)

“I have always been batting the same that I am batting right now. After I came to Mumbai Indians in 2018, things started changing a bit. I got to know what my responsibility is. How to go about my game and how can I take it one step ahead. That’s when I started practicing even more. I talked to all the players who knew me really well since the last 5-6 years. I am happy with the way things are going.”

Speaking about his bold stroke play, Suryakumar Yadav stated that playing cricket in Mumbai has taught him a lot and made him tougher as a batsman.

“Talking about the strokes, I have been a Mumbai boy. So, whenever you grow up in Mumbai, the types of cricket you get over there, club games and domestic cricket, they are very challenging.

“There, automatically I have to think what strokes I have to play on that kind of wickets. The same thing I have carried on to the international stage as well. I will be doing the same things, just try to keep things simple and follow my routine.”

Suryakumar Yadav returned to Mumbai Indians for the 11th season of the IPL in 2018 and made a splash. Bought for INR 3.2 crore, the Mumbai batsman used his ample knowledge of the Wankhede Stadium pitch and made full use of the opportunities given to him.

In a season where they failed to qualify for the playoffs, Suryakumar Yadav shone with his performances at the top of the order. Asked to open the batting, Suryakumar Yadav excelled in his role and scored over 500 runs in 2018, including four fifties.

Suryakumar Yadav: It’s A Dream Representing India

Suryakumar Yadav made his international debut in the home series against England after what seemed like a never-ending wait. Asked if he feels he belongs at the international level now, the cricketer replied that it’s a dream to represent India.

Suryakumar Yadav
Suryakumar Yadav (Instagram)

“Obviously, it’s a dream playing for India. There has been a lot of effort, pride and patience behind this. It has been worth the wait and I am really happy about it. From now on, how I build it, it is all in my hands. And I am really excited for the journey ahead.”

Suryakumar Yadav has so far featured in 3 ODIs and as many T20Is and has scored 124 and 89 runs respectively. The 30-year-old from Mumbai clinched the man of the series award for amassing 124 runs with the highest score of 53 in his debut ODI series against Sri Lanka.

Jos Buttler was furious with the umpire's decision after being Mankaded by R Ashwin (BCCI Photo)
Jos Buttler was furious with the umpire's decision after being Mankaded by R Ashwin (BCCI Photo)

Tabraiz Shamsi Backs Spinner Ravichandran Ashwin Saying Bowlers Should Mankad Without Fear

Tabraiz Shamsi, South African cricketer has backed spinner Ravichandran Ashwin, saying that bowlers should Mankad without any fear.

Ravichandran Ashwin received severe criticism for Mankading Rajasthan Royals’ batsman, Jos Buttler, during an IPL game between Punjab Kings (then known as Kings XI Punjab) and Rajasthan Royals in 2019.

Tabraiz Shamsi (Credit: Getty Images)
Tabraiz Shamsi (Credit: Getty Images)

Tabraiz Shamsi Supports Ravichandran Ashwin On Mankading And Thinks All Bowlers Should Do It Without Any Fear

However, the senior cricketer stood his ground and backed his decision. He also received praise from several sections. Tabraiz Shamsi has now come out in support of Ravichandran Ashwin, saying that it is the batters who are cheating. Tabraiz Shamsi agrees with the Tamil Nadu-born off-spinner, saying the bowlers must do it as it is within the rules of the game.

The left-arm wrist-spinner also thinks that why the bowlers should receive criticism for abusing the spirit of cricket when it’s the batsmen stealing a few extra yards.

“@ashwinravi99 I think all bowlers should do it without any fear.. it’s within the rules of the game,” tweeted Tabraiz Shamsi.

Delhi Capitals player Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo | IPL)
Delhi Capitals player Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo | IPL)

“Why must the bowlers get abused about the “spirit of cricket” when it’s actually the batsmen that are stealing yards and THAT is against the spirit of cricket. That’s the real truth,” added Tabraiz Shamsi.

Ravichandran Ashwin while playing for Kings XI Punjab had dismissed non-striker Jos Buttler of Rajasthan Royals when he had left the batting crease before the ball was bowled. The incident which happened in 2019 was not repeated in 2020 when Ravichandran Ashwin while playing for Delhi Capitals warned Royal Challengers Bangalore’s Aaron Finch when he left the crease at the non-striker’s end.

Tabraiz Shamsi’s comments came after former India cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar and Ravichandran Ashwin had a constructive debate on Twitter on how to even out the contest between batsman and bowlers in the modern game.

Ravichandran Ashwin Suggested A New Rule-Free Ball For Bowlers Every Time Batsman Leaves Non-Strikers End Early

In his column for the Hindustan Times, Sanjay Manjrekar stated that the free-hit rule was introduced by a ‘sadist’ who hated bowlers.

“Free hit is a thing I want gone, again terribly unfair on the bowlers. Today with the TV umpire monitoring no balls, a bowler has to be a centimetre over, and immediately, a string of punishments are meted out,” wrote Sanjay Manjrekar.

“The bowler has to bowl an extra ball, the batter cannot be out to that no ball already bowled and there is also a penalty of one run. To add to that, there is a free hit offered to the batter in which he cannot be out. The penalty is just not commensurate to the ‘wrongful’ act. It’s as if the rule was introduced by a sadist who hated bowlers,” added Manjrekar.

File image of Sanjay Manjrekar | Sportzpics
File image of Sanjay Manjrekar | Sportzpics

In his response, Ravichandran Ashwin suggested a new rule – ‘free ball’. According to the bowler, ten runs should be docked from the bowlers’ figures and also from the overall total every time a non-striker leaves the crease early.

“Come on @sanjaymanjrekar, free hit is a great marketing tool and has captured the imagination of all the fans. Let’s add a free ball for the bowlers every time a batter leaves the non-strikers’ end early, a wicket of that ball will reduce 10 runs of the bowlers’ analysis and total,” tweeted Ravichandran Ashwin.

“Remember: “you are supposed to leave the crease only after the ball leaves the hand,” added Ravichandran Ashwin.

Sanjay Manjrekar, a cricketer-turned-commentator, also called for the removal of the leg-bye rule.

“We see a bowler has bowled a great delivery and the batter is deceived, he can’t put the bat to ball. But the ball brushes to the fine leg boundary. The umpire signals a four in favour of the batting team! The batter is rewarded, the bowler penalized. How does that make sense from any angle?” asserted Sanjay Manjrekar.

Mankading has happened only 4 times in Tests,5 times in ODIs, 1 time in T20Is, and only once in IPL. The last one happened during 2019 IPL in March. The former Kings XI Punjab spinner Ravichandran Ashwin’s Mankad act divided the sporting fraternity into two halves- some criticized him for his action terming it as illegal while quite a few backed the off-spinner, saying Mankading is within the rules and spirit of the game.

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Imran Tahir Shares His Grief Over Losing IPL 2019 Final Against Mumbai Indians

Every CSK and MI fan would clearly remember the last over heart-throbbing grand-finale of IPL 2019 where Lasith Malinga ended the dreams of the yellow army. Imran Tahir, who saw his team CSK losing the final by one run, has not forgotten the old wound though it has been one year to that defeat. He believes that they would have easily won that marquee clash but the team was not destined to grab the coveted trophy.

While chasing Mumbai Indian’s 150 runs target at iconic Wankhede Stadium, Shane Watson, whose knee-bleeding picture surfaced after that match, scored 80 runs off 59 balls.

He was the highest scorer in the final while Faf du Plessis was second-highest scoring 26 runs. And all other batsmen, including MS Dhoni, could not even touch 10 runs mark, except allrounder DJ Bravo who scored 15 runs.

In the last over drama, Lasith Malinga sent Shane Watson back to pavilion in the last second ball of the over which turned the whole game scenario. However, fans still had the hope of CSK’s victory. Shardul Thakur, who is the part-time batsman, came to bat but Sri Lanka’s lethal bowler picked his wicket in the last ball and Rohit Sharma-led side clinched their fourth IPL title.

“I was very sad after the match”: Imran Tahir

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Imran Tahir and MS Dhoni. Image Credit: Getty Images.

Imran Tahir, who picked up two wickets in that marquee clash, recalls the disheartening end of the IPL 2019. He said that he could not overcome the sadness of losing final just by a mere run. He acknowledged that Malinga’s greatness had demolished CSK dreams but he still believes that they would have easily won that match.

“It was heart-breaking as we won almost every game, we managed to beat the big teams. Some of the teams we beat twice as well. You stay with your family for six to eight weeks and then you lose by one run,” Imran Tahir told Anis Sajan on his Instagram Live chat show, according to Crictracker.

“At the end of the day, it’s only a run, but you still come second. For me, I have no doubt that we did what we could, giving everything. Results are never going to be in our hands,” Imran Tahir added.

Imran Tahir
Imran Tahir. Credit: BCCI

“That was a game we could have won easily. We have seen Shardul Thakur hit a lot of sixes and that’s why he went to bat. But unfortunately, (Lasith) Malinga bowled well. Malinga is one of the best bowlers in the world and he handled the pressure well. I was very sad after the match, personally, just like the other CSK members,” Imran Tahir further said.

Imran Tamir would be seen in action for Chennai Super Kings in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 in September-November in UAE behind closed doors.

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Eoin Morgan (Image Credit: Google)

Eoin Morgan Reveals Why The English Players Were Allowed To Participate In The IPL 2019 Before The World Cup 2019

England’s World Cup-winning captain Eoin Morgan recently revealed why the English players were allowed to participate in the IPL 2019 while the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 was so near.

IPL 2019 was played between 23rd March and 12th May 2019 while England hosted the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 from 30th May to 14th July 2019. Despite the global tournament was near, a total of 11 English players were allowed to feature in the IPL 2019, where some of them were crucial members of the national team.

Recently, Eoin Morgan revealed that the former England captain and former director of England cricket Andrew Strauss planned to send the English players to participate in the IPL 2019 ahead of the CWC 2019. The English limited-overs captain hugely supported it as he felt that it would provide the better World Cup preparation than any international bilateral series, majorly due to the event’s atmosphere.

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Eoin Morgan (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Morgan recently told Harsha Bhogle on ‘Cricbuzz in Conversation’, “Playing in IPL was part of Strauss’s plan. I pushed him to make that call because in international bilateral series, it’s so difficult to replicate the pressure that’s there in Champions Trophy or the World Cup.”

Eoin Morgan, IPL, English players
Eoin Morgan (Image Credit: AP)

“He asked me what’s different? One, you play as an overseas player so there’s huge expectations. If you play in IPL, there’s different pressure and different expectation. Sometimes you can’t get away with it and you have to find a way to deal with it.”

While the English all-rounder Ben Stokes didn’t achieve much success in the IPL 2019 serving for Rajasthan Royals (RR), Jonny Bairstow highly impressed with his bat for the Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Jos Buttler also shined with the bat for Rajasthan Royals. Another Rajasthan Royals cricketer Jofra Archer also bowled well in that tournament.

It takes you out of your comfort zone: Eoin Morgan about the IPL

Morgan, who has already played 52 IPL matches and can return to the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) for the IPL 2020, believes that the cash-rich Indian T20 league takes the players out of their comfort zone which helps the players to grow up.

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Eoin Morgan played for the KKR from 2011 to 2013 (Image Credit: Twitter)

Morgan added, “It takes you out of your comfort zone. It is completely beneficial to play in IPL. That was a big mindset shift for us. And I hope Indian cricket is alright with us because we are using it as a vehicle to try and grow players.”

In the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, though the hosts England faced some tough hurdles, Eoin Morgan-led English team finally managed to secure England’s maiden Cricket World Cup trophy after beating New Zealand in the final of that tournament on the boundary countback rule. Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, Jonny Bairstow, Jos Buttler etc. all these players successfully performed in that tournament.

Rajasthan Royals
Rajasthan Royals (Credits: BCCI)

Rajasthan Royals Going To Release Documentary On Their IPL 2019 Journey

While the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is now busy to settle up the IPL 2020 fixture as soon as possible, the Indian Premier League (IPL) team Rajasthan Royals (RR) is getting ready to release a documentary series about the team’s journey in the IPL 2019.

On Saturday (25th July), the franchise released a statement, where they claimed that they will release a three-part series named “Inside Story” on 1st August 2020. In this series, the fans can see some interviews and “never-before-seen footage” from the Royals camp. The fans can watch this entire series on Jio platforms.

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Rajasthan Royals (Image Credits: BCCI/IPL)

RR COO Jake Lush McCrum said, “We are delighted to launch this documentary to entertain both Royals fans and sports lovers around the world during this challenging time. We hope this will increase the excitement and anticipation of the 800 million IPL fans.”

Rajasthan Royals won the inaugural edition of the IPL tournament in 2008, under Shane Warne’s captaincy. It was their only IPL final appearance till the date. Later, while the franchise was suspended from the IPL tournament for two seasons (2016 and 2017) on the charges of spot-fixing and betting during the IPL 2013, they managed to reach the playoffs for thrice (2013 – 3rd; 2015 – 4th and 2018 – 4th) but never advanced to the final again.

Rajasthan Royals finished in the seventh position in IPL 2019

In the IPL 2019, Rajasthan Royals finished in the seventh position after managing to earn 11 points (five victories, eight defeats and one no result). While Ajinkya Rahane continued the leadership role of the team in the first eight games of that tournament, Steven Smith returned to the captaincy role from the ninth match of that tournament due to the continuous struggling performances under Rahane’s captaincy.

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Rajasthan Royals struggled in IPL 2019 (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

While the Rajasthan franchise managed to win only two matches under Rahane’s captaincy, Smith-led Rajasthan Royals managed to win three matches out of their last five resulted games.

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Ajinkya Rahane and Steven Smith (Image Credit: Twitter)

Just before the IPL 2019 season, they changed their jersey colour from blue to pink.

Ajinkya Rahane, Rajasthan Royals, IPL 2019
Photo: BCCI

IPL: “It Was Disappointing,” Says Ajinkya Rahane On Mid-Season Sacking As Rajasthan Royals’ Captain

Rajasthan Royals made a big call last season as they sacked captain Ajinkya Rahane mid-season and replaced him with Steven Smith, even when they knew that the Australian will have an early exit from the tournament. Rahane was back as captain for the last few games after Smith left. After IPL 2019, reports emerged that Rahane was moving to Delhi Capitals and a month ahead of IPL 2020 auction, the trade was confirmed.

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Commenting on his sacking for the first time, Rahane has said losing captaincy was disappointing for him. Under team India’s Test vice-captain, Rajasthan had won two out of their first eight matches. Interestingly, Smith was dropped from the playing XI in the eighth match before he made a comeback as captain.

“At that point I didn’t have anything like that in mind. Delhi Capitals wanted me to play for them and I felt there was an opportunity to learn and grow as player. I am thankful to Royals that they gave me an opportunity to play for them for so many years. Whatever happened midseason last year, yes it was disappointing. I have always believed that cricket is a team sport and you don’t lose because of one player’s mistake or win because of one player’s brilliant performance. If you want me to take the blame, okay fine,” Rahane told Hindustan Times.

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Apart from Rahane, senior India spinner R Ashwin also joined Delhi Capitals. He led Kings XI Punjab in past two seasons but following below-par results, he also decided to switch franchises. KXIP and Anil Kumble wanted Ashwin to stay but he was keen to move on to a new franchise.

Both Rahane and Ashwin will play under Iyer, who led DC to playoffs after seven long years, in IPL 2019. This time, DC will be without the services of advisor Sourav Ganguly as he is now BCCI’s President.

In IPL 2020 auction, DC spent big money on all-rounder Marcus Stoinis and bought him for Rs 4.80 Crore. They also roped in West Indies batsman Shimron Hetmyer for Rs 7.75 Crore. Apart from them, DC bought Lalit Yadav, Tushar Deshpande, Mohit Sharma, Alex Carey, Chris Woakes and Jason Roy.

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Kuldeep Yadav (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Sanjay Bangar Believes The Upcoming IPL Season Going To Be Crucial For Kuldeep Yadav

Former Indian batting coach Sanjay Bangar is a big fan of the Indian left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav. Bangar feels that the upcoming IPL season is going to be crucial for the young spinner.

In his very early age, Kuldeep Yadav has impressed with his consistent bowling performances. The left-arm chinaman made his international cricket debut in March 2017. He has played six Tests, 53 ODIs and 18 T20Is where he has taken 24, 96 and 35 wickets respectively. In his international debutant year, Kuldeep also claimed an ODI hat-trick against Australia at Eden Gardens (Kolkata).

Kuldeep Yadav, Sanjay Bangar, Ravindra Jadeja
Kuldeep Yadav (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Kuldeep Yadav is very close to becoming India’s fastest bowler to claim 100 ODI wickets. Sanjay Bangar has recently praised hugely the youngster. Bangar also reminded Kuldeep Yadav’s match-winning bowling performance during the Manchester T20I in July 2018. While the hosts England were in the fine position of 95/1, Kuldeep Yadav managed to deliver the bowling figures of 4-0-24-5 which restricted the hosts to 159/8. Later, India won that match by eight wickets, thanks to the century of KL Rahul.

Kuldeep Yadav, Sanjay Bangar, Ravindra Jadeja
Sanjay Bangar (Image Credit: Google)

Bangar recently told Star Sports, “I’m a massive Kuldeep Yadav fan and in terms of strike rates, you see he is the quickest to 100 ODI wickets and even in the shorter format, if you look at the match we won in England, he picked up five wickets at a time where the opposition was running away with the match.”

For Kuldeep Yadav, this IPL is going to be a massive factor – Sanjay Bangar

However, Kuldeep Yadav is currently facing a tough time, especially from the IPL 2019. The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) spinner managed to take only four wickets in IPL 2019 after playing nine games. However, KKR has retained him ahead of the forthcoming IPL players’ auction.

Bangar feels that the upcoming IPL season (IPL 2020) is going to be crucial for the 24-year-old spinner.

Kuldeep Yadav, Sanjay Bangar, Ravindra Jadeja
Kuldeep Yadav (Image Credit: IPL)

Bangar added, “I wouldn’t count out Kuldeep Yadav, it’s just that he’s had a couple of poor games in the IPL last season. For him, this IPL is going to be a massive factor and if he does really well, it will be very hard to keep him out.”

Ravinder Jadeja edges over Krunal Pandya

On the other hand, in the recent T20I matches, Krunal Pandya replaced the all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. However, the elder Pandya has been dropped from the upcoming home T20I series against Windies while Ravindra Jadeja has returned to the squad.

Kuldeep Yadav, Sanjay Bangar, Ravindra Jadeja
Krunal Pandya (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

Sanjay Bangar feels that Ravindra Jadeja edges over Krunal Pandya as the experienced Indian cricketer provides more option.

Kuldeep Yadav, Sanjay Bangar, Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja (Image Credit: Google)

Bangar said, “You require a wrist-spinner in the T20 format. It has been a very major component in India’s success, wherein two wrist-spinners (Kuldeep and Yuzvendra Chahal) played a massive role in most of the ODI and T20I series the team has had across conditions; hence, you will need a bowler who is capable of bowling the complete four overs and also bat at No. 7.

“Hence, I feel Ravinder Jadeja edges over Krunal Pandya here as Krunal hasn’t been able to deliver the complete four overs at times and Jadeja has been in great form recently.”

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Lasith Malinga (Image Credit: Google)

No One Is Allowed To Be Better Than Lasith Malinga: Mitchell McClenaghan

Mitchell McClenaghan has won the heart of fans after his recent tweet about Lasith Malinga. The Sri Lankan pacer and New Zealand pacer are the teammates in Abu Dhabi T10 League as well as Indian Premier League. Both the pacers play for Maratha Arabians and Mumbai Indians.

Coincidently, the two franchises of the different league are the defending Champions of 2019 titles. On Monday, the New Zealander posted the picture on Twitter of celebrating the wins of T10 League and IPL. He captioned it with “Who’s next”.

I’m happy to sit a close second to that absolute genius – Mitchell McClenaghan

A Mumbai Indians fan appealed Mitchell McClenaghan to become the best bowler and surpass Lasith Malinga. He very confidently replied that nobody can surpass the Sri Lankan pacer.

Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga
Lasith Malinga (Image Credit: IPL)

I’m happy to sit a close second to that absolute genius – no one is allowed to be better than Malinga!

Mitchell McClenaghan joined the Mumbai Indians in 2015 and since then, he has played 56 matches for the team. In total, the Kiwi pacer has picked 71 wickets because of his commendable performance in 2019 edition, the player has been retained by the team for IPL 2020 edition.

Mitchell McClenaghan, Lasith Malinga
Mitchell McClenaghan (Image Credit: Google)

He played a crucial part for Mumbai Indians and picked important wickets. In Abu Dhabi T10 League, he also showcased his ability to give the breakthrough to his team.

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Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzendra Chahal (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Yuzvendra Chahal Thrashes A Troller Who Tried To Troll Kuldeep Yadav

We have already seen the strong on-field bonding between the Indian wrist-spinners Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal. Now, we have also got a glimpse of their strong bonding off the field. Recently, a social media user tried to troll the left-arm chinaman Kuldeep Yadav but the leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal thrashed that troller.

Indian players are ready to play their first-ever day/night pink-ball Test match. From Friday (22nd November), India and Bangladesh will play this historic Test match at Eden Gardens (Kolkata) which will be also the second and final Test of this series.

The 24-year-old Kuldeep Yadav has great memories at the Eden Gardens (Kolkata). Since 2014, Kuldeep is serving in the Indian Premier League (IPL) team Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) whose home venue is Eden Gardens (Kolkata).

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Kuldeep Yadav (Image Credit: Google)

Moreover, on 21st September 2017, Kuldeep claimed his ODI hat-trick during a match against Australia.

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Kuldeep Yadav claimed an ODI hat-trick against Australia in 2017 (Image Credit: Google)

Now, Kuldeep has returned to his very familiar cricket ground once again and that too for the historic international cricket match. He is in the Indian Test squad who are playing in the home Test series against Bangladesh.

Recently, Kuldeep Yadav shared his feeling after returning to one of his favourite venues. He wrote on his one picture with the pink-ball, ““Back at the Eden ?.Lovely memories here. Excited for our first ever day night test.✌? #PinkBallTest”

One user commented on that post, “Moeen ko Yaad hai na ? @kuldeep_18”.

Yuzvendra Chahal soon replied him, “@anrikta tu pehli fursat mein nikal”

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Yuzvendra Chahal (Image Credit: Getty Images)
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It was a disaster experience for Kuldeep Yadav

The social media user was remembering Kuldeep Yadav one of his disaster moment in cricket career. It was the IPL 2019 match between Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) at Eden Gardens (Kolkata) on 19th April 2019. In the 16th over of the first innings of that game, RCB gathered 27 runs against Kuldeep, including Moeen Ali hit 26 runs with three sixes and two fours.

Moeen Ali
Moeen Ali (Image Credit: IPL)

However, on the final ball of that over, Kuldeep dismissed Moeen Ali. Kuldeep Yadav ended that game with the bowling figures of 4-0-59-1.

Kuldeep Yadav, Yuzvendra Chahal
Kuldeep Yadav (Image Credit: IPL)

RCB scored 213/4 (20 overs) in that game, thanks to captain Virat Kohli‘s century (100) and Moeen Ali’s 66 runs. Later, KKR batsmen Nitish Rana (85*) and Andre Russell (65) fought very well but just failed to reach the target as KKR scored 203/5 (20 overs).

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IPL Brand Value Rises To INR 47,500 And Teams Also Get Hike In Worth

Indian Premier League (IPL) is the most popular league in the world as it can be seen through the growth in its brand value. This league has seen growth over the years because of the marvellous promotion. Star Sports Network purchased the cash-rich franchise league in Rs 6,138.1 crore.

In the report, it is to be seen that the viewership of IPL is increasing day by day and it was seen that last year its reach was to 18.6 million people.

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In the latest report published by Duff & Phelps, it has been understood that the IPL has experienced a 7% growth in 2019, with the Mumbai Indians (MI) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) emerging as the franchises to have contributed the most.

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But it is to be seen that in IPL 2018 the growth was of 18% which is more in comparison to this year IPL.

As CSK and MI have always stood as the best performer in the IPL so there has been an increase in their worth. The Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have gone down as they were in fifth and eighth in the table respectively. Both the team have shown deteriorating performance in IPL 2019. The MI have remained in Top for successive four seasons.

As far as the valuations of the top teams go, the Mukesh Ambani-owned Mumbai Indians have an increase of 8.5 per cent in their valuation which takes the overall figure to Rs 809 crore. The MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings sit next to the list with a value of Rs 732 crore. The CSK has experienced the biggest rise (13.1 per cent) in the report.

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The Delhi Capitals (DC), who were formerly known as the Delhi Daredevils, also saw an 8.9 per cent rise, taking their valuation to Rs 374 crore in 2019.

The most profitable Indian Premier League has seen always the rise in both popularity and price.

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