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KL Rahul
KL Rahul (Image Credit: Twitter)
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RCB May Appoint KL Rahul As Skipper In IPL 2022: Dale Steyn

Dale Steyn, who has played a lot of cricket for RCB under Virat Kohli, shared his thoughts on life after Virat Kohli for the Bangalore-based franchise.

Virat Kohli announced that IPL 2021 will be his last season as RCB’s skipper as speculations are doing the rounds on who will be his likely replacement as skipper ahead of IPL 2022, which will see a mega auction taking place.

Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn – RCB Twitter

Dale Steyn: RCB May Appoint KL Rahul As Skipper In Place Of Virat Kohli Who Will Step Down As RCB Skipper

Dale Steyn said keeper opener KL Rahul could be the next captain of RCB in the 15th edition of IPL, weighing in on who could be the next potential candidate to take over the reins from Virat Kohli.

“If RCB is going to look at a long-term contender as captain, they should be looking within their own borders. The name I’ve got is an ex-Bangalore player. It’s KL Rahul. I just have a feeling he is going to return back to Bangalore in next year’s auction,” Dale Steyn told ESPNCricinfo.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul (Image Credit: Twitter)

KL Rahul, who is currently leading Punjab Kings in IPL 2021, was a part of the RCB set-up in the 2016 IPL and had a pretty good record at the top of the order with Virat Kohli. An unfortunate injury ruled him out of the entire 2017 IPL, and he was surprisingly released by the franchise ahead of 2018.

In that auction, Punjab Kings (formerly KXIP) picked him for 11 crores. KL Rahul was appointed as the PBKs skipper in 2020 when the Punjab franchise decided to trade Ravichandran Ashwin.

Dale Steyn Don’t Think AB de Villiers Will Be Assigned Captaincy

A mega auction is all set to take place, with two new teams entering the competition. BCCI has not made any formal announcements but going by the reports, the eight existing franchises in IPL 2021 won’t be allowed to retain more than two players.

Besides KL Rahul, AB de Villiers is another candidate, but when asked about the former South Africa captain’s chances of taking over from Virat Kohli, Dale Steyn said AB de Villiers is a very good leader, but perhaps RCB would want to look at the future and appoint an Indian captain.

AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli
AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli

“I don’t think AB de Villiers is the right way to go. I think he is a phenomenal player. But he is at the end of his career. I think he is a great leader,” Steyn concluded.

RCB, meanwhile, has not gotten off to an ideal start in the UAE leg of the IPL. They were hammered by KKR in the first match, and then CSK got the better of them in the next.

Former Indian cricketer Sanjay Manjrekar also has named three players who can fit into the role of RCB captain from the next IPL season. The commentator named Kieron Pollard, Suryakumar Yadav, and David Warner as the probable candidates to lead RCB after Kohli. Among the three, he picked Mumbai Indians all-rounder Kieron Pollard as his favourite to lead the RCB.

Royals Challengers Bangalore have not yet tasted a victory in the UAE leg of IPL 2021, and they are placed at the third spot on the points table. The Virat Kohli-led side will lock horns with Mumbai Indians on Sunday, September 26, and RCB will look to make changes by bringing in the likes of Mohammed Azharuddeen, Shahbaz Ahmed, and Kyle Jamieson.

RCB’s predicted playing XI vs MI: Devdutt Padikkal, Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers (WK), Glenn Maxwell, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Tim David, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Mohammed Siraj, Navdeep Saini

Shreyas Iyer. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Shreyas Iyer. (Photo Source: Twitter)
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Shreyas Iyer Revealed IPL 2021 Skipper Rishabh Pant Make Him Comfortable

Shreyas Iyer opened up on his camaraderie with skipper Rishabh Pant and revealed how the left-handed batsman makes him feel comfortable while he is batting on the other end.

Delhi Capitals middle-order batsman and regular skipper Shreyas Iyer opened up on his camaraderie with new IPL 2021 skipper Rishabh Pant and revealed how the left-handed southpaw batsman makes him feel comfortable while he is batting on the other end.

Shreyas Iyer of Delhi Capitals in action during an IPL match for Delhi ©BCCI
Shreyas Iyer of Delhi Capitals in action during an IPL match for Delhi ©BCCI

Shreyas Iyer Revealed Rishabh Pant Make Him Comfortable

There were concerns over the Delhi Capitals franchise retaining Rishabh Pant as captain for the remainder of the IPL 2021 despite Shreyas Iyer’s return from injury, but all those have been waved away with the two players stitching important partnerships for DC in their last two games.

Against Rajasthan Royals on Saturday, the duo added 62 runs together for the third wicket and their partnerships were key for DC in posting a total of 154/6 in 20 wickets on a slow batting track.

Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant added a fifty-run stand. (IPL/Twitter)
Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant added a fifty-run stand. (IPL/Twitter)

RR fell short by 33 runs and lost the match, but after the win, Shreyas Iyer, who scored 43 runs in 32 balls – and was named man of the match was questioned about his partnership with Rishabh Pant after DC openers Shikhar Dhawan and Prithvi Shaw were dismissed cheaply.

“Both (Dhawan and Shaw) of them are aggressive batsmen, just didn’t work out for them today. Whenever they get going, they give us a good start. Today unfortunately it didn’t happen, so I was like we have to build a partnership here,” Iyer said at the post-match presentation ceremony.

“To be honest I really didn’t know how it was playing so I backed myself (the pitch?). Decided that whatever happens, I’m just going to back my instincts, see the ball closely and try to hit in the gaps, and take over the spinners later on.”

Batting first, Delhi Capitals faltered early on, losing both of their openers inside five overs. Rishabh Pant (24) and Shreyas Iyer (43) steadied the ship in the middle overs with ultimately the team finishing on 154/6 after 20 overs. Chasing, RR looked uncomfortable right from the start. The Rajasthan Royals lost three wickets inside five overs and despite an unbeaten 70-run knock by skipper Sanju Samson, they failed to chase the target in the end.

Shreyas Iyer Relaxes At The Other End As Rishabh Pant Takes On The Bowler Right At The Onset

Shreyas Iyer also opened up on his equation with Rishabh Pant and how the fact that they have known each other and batted together for years has played a catalyst behind the smooth relation both share.

Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant steadied the Delhi Capitals ship with a 62-run alliance for the third wicket as the Mumbai batsman scored 43 from 32 balls, his innings included one boundary and a couple of sixes. Rishabh Pant made a run-a-ball 24 and his innings was ended by Bangladesh’s left-arm pacer Mustafiur Rahman.

“And then Rishabh came in and we got a partnership of 50 runs. We’ve been batting for the last 5 years together playing for the same franchise,” Iyer added. “The camaraderie and gelling have turned pretty awesome over the last few years. He takes on the bowler as soon as he comes in. Really relaxes me at the other end. That communication has been set.”

Rishabh Pant Photo: BCCI
Rishabh Pant Photo: BCCI

Delhi Capitals beat Rajasthan Royals by 33 runs. RR continued to lose wickets at regular intervals in the 155-run chase. Skipper Sanju Samson remained unbeaten on 70 but it was not enough to win the match for RR. Apart from Sanju Samson, all the other Rajasthan Royals batsmen struggled against Delhi’s bowling attack with Mahipal Lomror being the only other batsman to go into double figures.

File image of former India captain Sunil Gavaskar | AFP
File image of former India captain Sunil Gavaskar | AFP
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Sunil Gavaskar Hints Adil Rashid May Be A Player To Acquire Big Bucks At IPL 2022 Mega Auctions

Sunil Gavaskar has eyes on one player, an England leg spinner, whom he calls clever and expects to make some heads turn at next year’s IPL 2022 mega auction.

Former India captain Sunil Gavaskar reckons all players participating in IPL 2021 need to put up an excellent show if they are to attract the ‘big bucks’ at the IPL 2022 mega auction which takes place early next year. Next year’s auction will be different than the rest, with each franchise expected to retain only 2 players, which means that all the squads could come in for an overhaul.

Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Sunil Gavaskar: Adil Rashid Varies The Deliveries Nicely

Sunil Gavaskar has eyes on one player whom he calls clever and expects to make some heads turn at next year’s auction, and that cricketer is England leg-spinner, Adil Rashid. Adil Rashid is currently playing his trade for Punjab Kings in IPL 2021, which surprisingly is the 33-year-old’s maiden IPL stint.

“He’s a very clever bowler, Adil Rashid. We have seen him in limited-overs international. He varies the deliveries nicely. He bowls a different line to the left-hander, different to the right-hander taking the ball away from them so that if they are looking for a big hit, they would want to hit it against the turn so that would sky the ball in the air,” Gavaskar had said on Star Sports.

England leg-spinner Adil Rashid
England leg-spinner Adil Rashid- Twitter

PBKS roped in Adil Rashid as a replacement for Jhye Richardson after the Australia pacer pulled out of the IPL. Adil Rashid made his IPL debut in the game against Rajasthan Royals, where he went wicketless and conceded 35 runs. He was dropped from the next game which PBKS won against Sunrisers Hyderabad but this did not indicate that he might be done. Against SRH, Punjab Kings defended 125 to keep their hopes of making the top four alive.

Sunil Gavaskar Isn’t Surprised That Adil Rashid Picked 12 Scalps In The Hundred

Former legendary batsman and skipper of India, Sunil Gavaskar feels that Adil Rashid might be one of the players to look out for at next year’s IPL 2022 mega auction.

“He’s a very, very clever bowler. I’m not surprised that he’s gotten those 12 wickets (in The Hundred). What’s surprising is that he wasn’t part of any of the franchises early on. There is a big auction coming in 4 months’ time and this is the time for him to prove himself. Not just him; in fact, all the players in every single franchise know that if they want the big bucks, they have got to perform now,” the former India batsman added.

Punjab Kings rope in Adil Rashid. (Image Credit: PBKS Twitter)
Punjab Kings’ rope in Adil Rashid. (Image Credit: PBKS Twitter)

A World Cup winner and one of the finest modern-day leg-spinners in white-ball cricket, Adil Rashid, replaced Jhye Richardson in the PBKS squad. Adil Rashid has a bag full of experience in international cricket and it will come in handy for PBKS.

England spinner Adil Rashid who emerged as the joint-highest wicket-taker in ‘The Hundred’, will represent Punjab Kings in the UAE leg of IPL 2021. He was chosen as a replacement for Rs 14 crore price-tag player Jhye Richardson. Adil Rashid was the highest wicket-taker in The Hundred. He had taken 12 wickets for his franchise. Overall, he has played 202 T20s and taken 232 wickets at an economy rate of 7.45.

He has featured in 112 ODIs and 62 T20Is for England apart from featuring in the T20 Blast. In the T20Is, he has accounted for 65 wickets and has conceded runs at an economy rate of 7.48 which is pretty much decent. Even in the ODIs, he has picked 159 wickets while also picking a couple of five-wicket hauls. Adil Rashid, who had a base price of INR 1.5 crore (US$ 200,000 approx.), went unsold in the IPL auction held earlier this year.

CSK and DC have been the most consistent sides' in IPL 2021 [Image- IPLT20]
CSK and DC have been the most consistent sides' in IPL 2021 [Image- IPLT20]
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Chennai Super Kings Is Still Looking As The Better Side Than Delhi Capitals In IPL 2021: Ajay Jadeja

Ajay Jadeja, the former Indian cricketer, has picked the 2nd placed MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings (CSK) as the better team than table-toppers Delhi Capitals (DC) in the ongoing season of the IPL.

CSK and DC have proved to be the most consistent sides in the 14th season of the Indian Premier League. The two sides occupy the first two spots in the IPL 2021 points table. While Delhi is placed at the numero-uno spot with eight wins in ten games, Chennai is second with seven victories in nine matches.

Ajay Jadeja
Ajay Jadeja (Photo- Twitter)
Delhi Capitals once again asserted their dominance with a clinical win against Rajasthan. Delhi Capitals beat Rajasthan Royals by 33 runs as the top-ranked Delhi Capitals once again proved that why they are the team to beat in this edition of IPL.
Marvellous bowling from the likes of Anrich Nortje helped DC to defend the 155-run target. But their struggles with the bat on a sluggish pitch and Chennai’s big-match experience make the latter the favourites to go all the way.

Ajay Jadeja said in this regard: “I think Chennai is still looking for the better side among the two, although Delhi is also doing really well. Delhi sometimes get rushed in a big game like we saw today with their batting.

“Semi-final, final are one-game shoot-outs, and Chennai have immense experience of crunch game,” said Ajay Jadeja.

Ajay Jadeja, former Indian cricketer, and commentator said Chennai is ahead of Delhi to win IPL 2021 for their immense experience in crunch games.

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

The Super Kings will have a chance to regain the top spot on Sunday when they lock horns with the Kolkata Knight Riders in Abu Dhabi. Chennai has 14 points but has a better run rate than Delhi Capitals who has 16 points.

The star of the match between DC and RR was South Africa’s Anrich Nortje who took two important wickets in the four overs spell that he bowled giving away just 18 runs. RR Skipper Sanju Samson played a lone hand of unbeaten 70, but it wasn’t enough on the night as none of the other batsmen managed to hang in with the RR captain.

Pragyan Ojha: MS Dhoni’s Tactics And Strategies Proved Helpful For CSK Players

Meanwhile, former spinner Pragyan Ojha knows MS Dhoni may not be contributing with the bat. But his prowess as a tactician and a leader cannot be understated. Pragyan Ojha also echoed former batsman Ajay Jadeja’s opinion. He said that when it comes to crunch games, CSK skipper MS Dhoni knows how to absorb pressure and play mind games with the opposition.

Pragyan Ojha — File Photo
Pragyan Ojha — File Photo

DC and CSK locked horns earlier in the season where the Rishabh Pant-led unit emerged winners. CSK had scored 188/7, with Suresh Raina scoring a fifty. Still, it wasn’t enough as Delhi Capitals openers Prithvi Shaw(72) and Shikhar Dhawan(85) hit spectacular fifties batting at a strike rate of above 150.

They laid a solid foundation as the openers added 138 for the 1st wicket. DC won by 7 wickets as the likes of Moeen Ali, Shardul Thakur, and Sam Curran were taken to the cleaners. DC has won three consecutive games against CSK and will look to extend their dominance over the former champions in their next meeting as well.

File image of former India captain Sunil Gavaskar | AFP
File image of former India captain Sunil Gavaskar | AFP
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Punjab Kings Repeating Same Mistakes Of IPL 2020 At UAE: Sunil Gavaskar

Sunil Gavaskar lashed out at the Punjab Kings (PBKS) for not learning from their past mistakes and repeating them. The former India captain came down heavily on the KL Rahul-led unit for losing their match against the Rajasthan Royals (RR). Punjab needed 10 runs off 15 balls at one stage with eight wickets in hand, yet they unbelievably lost.

Sunil Gavaskar: Punjab Once Again Made A Mess Of A Chase

In the previous match against Rajasthan Royals, KL Rahul led from the front by scoring 49 while his opening batting partner Mayank Agarwal aided him in scoring 67. Still, middle-order woes were out in the open as Aiden Markram and Nicholas Pooran failed to rotate the strike, and Deepak Hooda’s dismissal ended their hopes of winning.

Punjab Kings
Punjab Kings (Image Credit: Twitter)

With eight runs needed off 12 balls and eight wickets in hand, Mustafizur Rahman conceded just four singles off the penultimate over. Punjab Kings needed only four off the final over with eight wickets in hand, but they came up short. Not many expected the RR pacer to guide his team to a win, but Kartik Tyagi stunned everyone with a fantastic final over.

He bowled a dot ball to Aiden Markram to begin the over. The PBKS batsman took a single on the next ball. In the last over, well-set Nicholas Pooran handed a catch to Sanju Samson on the third ball while new batsman Deepak Hooda played a dot ball and lost his wicket on the penultimate delivery of the match. Caribbean star Fabian Allen had to score three runs off the last ball as he failed to connect the shot.

“Punjab once again made a mess of a chase and lost a match they should have won. Despite all talk of learning from past mistakes, the same errors of last year in UAE were repeated to give Rajasthan a win that three overs earlier looked highly unlikely.”

KL Rahul
KL Rahul (Image Credit: Twitter)

Sunil Gavaskar emphasized the importance of partnerships, throwing light on how it becomes the responsibility of the other batter to carry on batting after losing his settled partner.

“It’s important even in this ultra-short format of the game that after a good partnership, the batter, who is at the crease after his partner gets out, has to ensure that he carries on batting without taking too many chances, even as the new batter at the crease settles in. Punjab, last year, got great starts as they did in the game against Rajasthan, but then when the opening partnership was broken, the other partner got out fast,” Sunil Gavaskar added.

In KL Rahul and Mayank Agarwal, the PBKS have two of the most successful openers in IPL. However, all four of their century opening stands since IPL 2020 have resulted in losses as they find little support from the middle-order.

Sunil Gavaskar: Punjab Tried Non-Regular Bowlers Which Changed Rhythm And Momentum Of The Game

Sunil Gavaskar also stated that PBKS have let matches slip away by shifting the momentum with bowling part-timers at crucial junctures. In a major surprise, KL Rahul introduced Deepak Hooda as the first change bowler against RR, who was plundered for 37 runs off his two overs.

“Punjab keep trying non-regular bowlers, who go for 15 or 20 runs, and that changes the rhythm and momentum of the game completely,” Sunil Gavaskar further wrote.

Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Sunil Gavaskar. (Photo Source: Twitter)

“Punjab will take heart from the fact that Hyderabad are stuck at the bottom of the table, and if they get their team selection right, then they could still turn things around.”

PBKS will face bottom-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in Sharjah on Saturday (September 25).

Punjab left-arm pacer Arshdeep Singh will be one to watch out for after a five-wicket haul against Rajasthan. David Warner’s horror time in the IPL continued as he was dismissed for a three-ball duck in the previous outing against Delhi Capitals. The absence of Jonny Bairstow has increased the pressure on the likes of Kane Williamson.

Sherfane Rutherford, Jonny Bairstow’s replacement, has left the IPL bubble to return home after his father’s death. His exit is a big blow. SRH has faced PBKS 17 times in the IPL since 2013, holding a 12-5 win-loss record.

Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli in action against Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2021. (IPL)
Royal Challengers Bangalore captain Virat Kohli in action against Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2021. (IPL)
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Losing To CSK In IPL 2021 Should Hurt Guys: Virat Kohli

Virat Kohli, Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper on Saturday said losing to Chennai Super Kings by 6 wickets at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium should hurt the team as they gave away a great opportunity to win the game and put MS Dhoni’s team under pressure.

Coach Mike Hesson and captain Virat Kohli addressed the team after a tough loss against CSK, and identified areas to improve ahead of the all-important fixture against MI on Sunday.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

Virat Kohli: RCB Squandered A Great Opportunity To Win Against CSK

RCB was in a very good position against CSK. But they failed to drive home the advantage despite a 111-run opening stand between captain Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal after being asked to bat first by MS Dhoni.

“Giving a game away when we knew, could have really put them under pressure, and won this one. It should hurt everyone when looking to win this tournament and go all the way. It should hurt guys that we gave away a great opportunity, which is acceptable as long as we are willing to learn from it,” skipper Virat Kohli said in a video post on RCB Twitter.

Mike Hesson will look to take RCB to the IPL Trophy | RCB
Mike Hesson will look to take RCB to the IPL Trophy | RCB

Coach Hesson said: “170 would have been a good score, everybody saw it got harder and harder to bat, the pitch was always going to be tough to start. 6/66 in the last 10, we would have wanted 10-15 more than that. You would have certainly wanted a few more runs.”

Both the RCB openers Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal struck spectacular fifties but CSK came back later in the game to restrict them to 156 for six. RCB managed only 45 runs in the remaining 6.4 overs after being in a position of strength from where they could have pushed for a score in the vicinity of 200.

Virat Kohli: 175 Would Have Been A Winning Total

Dwayne Bravo’s bowling changed the course of the RCB innings as he conceded only 24 runs in his four overs besides picking the wickets of RCB all-rounders Glenn Maxwell (11) and Harshal Patel (3).

Earlier, speaking at the post-match presentation, Kohli said: “The wicket did slow down a bit. But I feel we left out 15-20 runs out there. 175 would’ve been a winning total. Didn’t bowl consistently. Didn’t show that much courage I guess with the ball.”

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

Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ambati Rayudu played knocks of 38 and 32 respectively as CSK chased down the target of 157 with six wickets in hand. With this win, the MS Dhoni-led outfit went to the top of the table.

Earlier, Devdutt Padikkal and Virat Kohli scored 70 and 53 respectively to help RCB post 156/6 in the allotted twenty overs. Both openers shared a stand of 111 runs for the first wicket, but Dwayne Bravo’s spell of 3-24 helped CSK restrict RCB under the 160-run mark.

R Ashwin
R Ashwin. Image Credits: Twitter
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Sanjay Manjrekar Is Not A Big Fan Of Ravichandran Ashwin In White-Ball Cricket

Sanjay Manjrekar has opened up about not being a fan of Delhi Capitals spinner Ravichandran Ashwin when it comes to limited-overs cricket. This is because he wasn’t impressed by how the 35-year-old off-spinner in the previous match against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Ravichandran Ashwin was the least effective amongst the Delhi Capitals bowlers in a match where Sunrisers Hyderabad was restricted to 134/9 in their 20 overs. The off-spinner conceded 22 runs in 2.5 overs without adding anything to the wickets column.

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

Sanjay Manjrekar Wished Amit Mishra Be Included Instead Of Ravichandran Ashwin Which Didn’t Happen

Delhi Capitals’ next match against Rajasthan Royals fielded Lalit Yadav instead of injuring Marcus Stoinis. Delhi Capitals are currently 114/4 in the 16th over, with Prithvi Shaw-10, Shikhar Dhawan-8, Shreyas Iyer-43, and Rishabh Pant-24 back in the Pavilion. However, Shimron Hetmyer is going all guns blazing, scoring an unbeaten 23 off 12 balls so far.

Reckoning that Delhi Capitals could give Amit Mishra the nod ahead of Ravichandran Ashwin, Sanjay Manjrekar said on Instagram: “I was a little surprised that they played Ashwin ahead of Amit Mishra. I don’t think Ashwin bowled too well. I am not a big fan of Ashwin in white-ball cricket. So if they can get Mishra in, he becomes that wrist spinner that is always a game-changer in T20 cricket.”

Sanjay Manjrekar | Sportzpics
Sanjay Manjrekar | Sportzpics

The former India batter felt the franchises were a bit unfair on low-profile players like Amit Mishra. He tends to get a raw deal despite performing well when he gets games, felt Sanjay Manjrekar.

“People like Amit Mishra, low profile players, tend to get a raw deal. Every time Mishra plays, he has got wickets for Delhi and the other franchises he has played before.”

Leg-spinner Amit Mishra remains a vital cog in the Delhi Capitals’ machinery. The wily leg-spinner, who has the most hat-tricks in the tournament, has 166 IPL wickets against his name. While the injury cut short his IPL 2020 journey, the veteran spinner picked six wickets in 4 games averaging 18.16 before contracting the virus.

Besides, as a result of which IPL 2021 was suspended indefinitely. He is the 2nd highest wicket-taker after Lasith Malinga (170 scalps).

Sanjay Manjrekar: Rajasthan Royals Needs To Field Tabraiz Shamsi In XI

Sanjay Manjrekar opined that Rajasthan Royals need a bit more depth in the spin department. Expressing his desire to see the team try and fit in left-arm wrist-spinner Tabraiz Shamsi in the side, Sanjay Manjrekar said he would add variety in the Royals’ spin department.

“The one thing that Rajasthan needs is some help with spin. Against Punjab, you could see that they were trying to get some spinners in, some variation. I really would like to see them fit in Tabraiz Shamsi, a typical T20 bowler, not quite orthodox. He might be able to give them a bit of variety. If the fast bowlers don’t get you wickets, maybe he could.”

Tabraiz Shamsi
Tabraiz Shamsi. Image Credits: Twitter
The No. 1 ranked bowler in the T20I format is the latest addition to the Rajasthan Royals line-up for the second phase of IPL 2021.

Sanjay Manjrekar revealed that he favors Delhi Capitals to win the match against the Royals on Saturday, saying: “Despite Rajasthan’s win in the last match, Delhi start as favorites. Punjab was the better side for 38 overs in the match. Something bizarre happened in the last two overs for Rajasthan to win,” Sanjay Manjrekar signed off.

Chennai Super Kings (Image Credit: Twitter)
Chennai Super Kings (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Chennai Super Kings Batting More Aggressively In IPL 2021 Than IPL 2020: Eric Simons

Chennai Super Kings batsmen had planned to bat more aggressively on the slowish UAE tracks compared to last time, and that’s what they have been doing during the first two games, said CSK bowling consultant Eric Simons.

Chennai Super Kings (CSK) produced a clinical all-round show to humble Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) by six wickets and claim the top spot in the Indian Premier League (IPL) pecking order in Sharjah on Friday.

Chennai Super Kings
Chennai Super Kings. Image Credits: Twitter

Chennai Super Kings Bowling Consultant Eric Simons Said Difference From Last IPL 2020 Was CSK Batted More Aggressively

The former India bowling coach said that the last IPL 2020 was a good learning experience for the Chennai Super Kings yellow brigade failed to qualify for the playoffs for the first time in their IPL history.

“So, what went wrong here in the last IPL was a tremendous lesson for us. But I think, probably the biggest different is the aggression in our batting, we have come out lot more aggressive than we did last time,” Simons said at the post-match press conference after his side outplayed Royal Challengers Bangalore.

Eric Simmons
Eric Simons

Eric Simons also had words of praise for all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, who returned with figures of 3/24, saying the team was delighted with his performance and the West Indian has bowled exceptionally well in the last few matches. All-rounder Shardul Thakur also scalped two crucial wickets, and Eric Simons said that the Palghar boy was very smart in using his tactics and ability to read the wicket and the batsman in the crunch situation.

Eric Simons: MS Dhoni-led CSK Learned Its Lesson From A Miserable IPL 2020 At UAE

Eric Simons also said that the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings outfit had learned its lesson after a horrendous show in the 2020 edition, which was also held in the UAE.

“We have already spoken about what worked for us in India during the first half of the IPL (2021). We spoke about what we did wrong here (in the United Arab Emirates last time). You know any situation, often the bad performance is the best place to learn,” Simons said.

Shardul Thakur. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Shardul Thakur. (Photo Source: Twitter)

If Dwayne Bravo put up a fantastic bowling performance, it was Shardul Thakur, who kept things tidy, scalping two wickets to dampen RCB’s batting after a fine start. CSK coach Eric Simons said the self-belief helped Shardul Thakur fight back after going for 18 runs in the first two overs.

In the 15th over, Shardul Thakur conceded just four runs and returned for his final over in the 17th over of RCB’s innings, with AB de Villiers still on the crease. He was hammered for a six, but Shardul Thakur returned and sent him back in the same over. Then came the prized wicket of top scorer Devdutt Padikkal, who was set with 70 runs. However, his slower short ball was poorly executed, and the pacer got his second wicket with RCB struggling.

Kevin Pietersen
Kevin Pietersen. Image Credits: Twitter
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Kevin Pietersen: It Is An Issue That RCB Lost The Game From A Very Good Position From Being 111/0

Kevin Pietersen, former England batsman said the Royal Challengers Bangalore have a couple of big issues which they need to sort quickly in order to get their campaign back on track in IPL 2021.

RCB lost to current table-toppers Chennai Super Kings by 6 wickets in Sharjah on Friday. This loss came after the 9-wicket hammering they took against KKR in their first match of the second leg in Abu Dhabi where the team was dismissed after scoring only 92.

Kevin Pietersen file image | Faheem Hussain - Sportzpics
Kevin Pietersen file image | Faheem Hussain – Sportzpics

Kevin Pietersen: It Is An Issue That RCB Lost The Game From A Very Good Position From Being 111/0

Kevin Pietersen said, unlike in the last game, RCB was in a very good position against CSK. But they failed to drive home the advantage despite a 111-run opening stand between captain Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal after being asked to bat first by MS Dhoni.

“You can gain momentum through winning and then you can gain momentum through losing as well. If you are going to get hammered like they were against KKR and now you are going to lose a game from being in a very good position then there is a problem. They were 111 for no loss but lost the game, that’s an issue,” Kevin Pietersen said in the post-match show on Star Sports.

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

Both the RCB openers Virat Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal struck spectacular fifties but CSK pulled the strings to restrict them to 156 for six. RCB managed only 45 runs in the remaining 6.4 overs after being in a position from where they could have pushed for a score in the vicinity of 200.

Dwayne Bravo Restricted RCB To Below 160 From 111 For No Loss

Dwayne Bravo’s bowling changed the course of the RCB innings as he conceded only 24 runs in his four overs besides picking the wickets of RCB all-rounders Glenn Maxwell (11) and Harshal Patel (3).

In reply, CSK openers Ruturaj Gaikwad and Faf Du Plessis added 71 runs in 8.2 overs and later Moeen Ali (23) and Ambati Rayudu (32) also got starts but could not convert those into big knocks. Suresh Raina (17) and skipper MS Dhoni (11) ensured that there were no further hiccups, taking the side past the finish line.

Neither of the two RCB Indian pacers Mohammed Siraj nor Navdeep Saini could trouble the CSK openers. Whether the ball was pitched up, short, or bowled at a good length, Ruturaj Gaikwad and his Protea partner treated them with equal disdain. Realizing that spinners may turn the game around, Virat Kohli handed the ball to off-spinner Glenn Maxwell and the Australian responded with the wicket of Faf du Plessis, who was guilty of playing a loose shot.

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

However, middle-order batsmen of CSK Ambati Rayudu and Moeen Ali did not show any respect to the slow bowlers. They worked the ball around to keep the scoreboard moving and also got the big shots.

“There are bowling issues too. We keep saying it, who is the bowler (who is going get wickets… Chahal can’t continue to do it. I know h gets wickets, he gets wickets for RCB but you cannot say to him that you’ve got to do it every match. Somebody else has to stand up. One of the seamers have to stand up,” Kevin Pietersen added.

Kevin Pietersen said RCB and Virat Kohli can’t be depending on Yuzvendra Chahal alone to deliver with the ball every time. The duo of Mohammed Siraj and Navdeep Saini overall gave away 48 runs overall in 5 overs, while Wanindu Hasaranga conceded 40 runs in 4 overs.

Devdutt Padikkal , RCB Twitter handle
Devdutt Padikkal , RCB Twitter handle
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Devdutt Padikkal Disappointed That RCB Did Not Set A Target Of 170-180 After Starting Well

Devdutt Padikkal and Virat Kohli scored 70 and 53 to help RCB post 156/6 in the allotted twenty overs. Both openers shared a stand of 111 runs for the first wicket, but Dwayne Bravo’s spell of 3-24 helped CSK restrict RCB under the 160-run mark.
After suffering a six-wicket loss against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in an Indian Premier League (IPL) encounter, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) opening batsman Devdutt Padikkal said that his side should have been able to post a target of around 170-180.
Devdutt Padikkal celebrating his sixth IPL fifty(iplt20.com)
Devdutt Padikkal celebrating his sixth IPL fifty(iplt20.com)

Devdutt Padikkal Feels RCB Can Improve After Losing Their First 2 Consecutive IPL 2021 Games In UAE To KKR And CSK

Ruturaj Gaikwad and Ambati Rayudu played knocks of 38 and 32 respectively as CSK chased down the target of 157 with six wickets in hand. With this win, MS Dhoni-led’s outfit went to the top of the table. Faf du Plessis also got among the runs as he scored 31. He is now 3rd among players with the most runs(351) in IPL 2021, while Ruturaj Gaikwad is 5th on the list with 322 runs.

“Yeah, definitely. There are always some things we can improve on. At that stage, we were looking to take the game deep, we felt that the wicket was getting a little tougher and we knew it would not be easy for someone new coming into bat. So, yeah that was what we were looking to do and trying to take our chances whenever we can,” said Padikkal during a virtual post-match press conference.

Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad (Image Credit: Twitter)
Faf du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad (Image Credit: Twitter)

Last year in the IPL 2020, Devdutt Padikkal amassed 473 runs from 15 matches, becoming only the second player in the tournament’s history to score over 400 runs in a debut season. In IPL 2021, Devdutt Padikkal had taken his tally to 287 runs from 8 matches, including a century averaging 41 at a strike rate of around 145. He is 7th in the leading run-getters tally in IPL 2021.

Devdutt Padikkal Disappointed That RCB Did Not Set A Target Of 170-180 After Starting Well

Openers Devdutt Padikkal and Virat Kohli scored 70 and 53 to build a solid foundation and help RCB post 156/6 in the allotted twenty overs. Both openers shared a stand of 111 runs for the first wicket, but Dwayne Bravo’s spell of 3-24 helped CSK restrict RCB under the 160-run mark.

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

“Obviously when you have a start like that you would like to get 170-180 at least. We really did not set a target like that, we were trying to play to the merit of the ball, unfortunately, it did not work out against CSK. But hopefully, we can make that right in the next game,” said Devdutt Padikkal.

RCB will next square off against Mumbai Indians in the IPL on Sunday at the Dubai International Stadium.

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