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IPL 2021: Jaydev Unadkat Reckons High Scoring Games On Flat Wickets In UAE

Jaydev Unadkat, the Rajasthan Royals pacer, believes that the conditions in the UAE for the second leg of IPL 2021 will be similar to last year with high-scoring games expected on flat wickets.
With the competition set to resume in Dubai on September 19, the left-arm pacer is confident that Rajasthan Royals, who are placed fifth in the table currently, “can perform well” despite missing the likes of Jos Buttler, Ben Stokes, and Jofra Archer due to injuries and personal issues.
Jaydev Unadkat (File Image)
Jaydev Unadkat (File Image)

Jaydev Unadkat On IPL 2021 UAE Leg: Its About Restricting Those Boundaries In Smaller Grounds Like In Sharjah

Jaydev Unadkat has been in stellar form in the First-class circuit, emerging as the leading wicket-taker of the last season of Ranji Trophy, where he picked up 67 wickets. In IPL 2021-his fourth season with the Rajasthan Royals– he picked 4 scalps in as many matches averaging 28.25.
“It is harder to bowl when the boundaries are smaller like in Sharjah because the batsmen are more confident of clearing the boundary, but you have to accept the challenge and find ways to bowl,” Unadkat, who has accumulated 85 wickets in 84 matches in the IPL, said.
Jaydev Unadkat
Jaydev Unadkat | IANS
“We know that those games are going to be high scoring, so you got to be aware that even if you get hit, you must come back stronger. It’s not about going for 24 runs or getting 2 wickets – it’s about restricting those boundaries. On a ground which is small, and has flat wickets, every single ball matters. We played quite a few games on all the grounds last season, and the wickets and the weather are going to be similar, and we’re confident that we can do well.”
Jaydev Unadkat, 29, also revealed that he has worked on some of the technicalities in his bowling during the offseason, at his hometown in Rajkot. Having made his international debut in a Test match against South Africa in 2010, Jaydev Unadkat has so far represented India in 1 Test, 7 ODIs, and 10 T20Is. He picked 8 scalps in 7 ODIs and 14 scalps in 10 T20Is besides the solitary Test. His last T20I appearance came in 2018. In 84 IPL matches, he has 85 scalps besides his name.

Jaydev Unadkat Wanted To Make A Few Changes In His Bowling Action

Having made a decent start to the season, which includes him picking up a three-wicket haul against the Delhi Capitals, Jaydev Unadkat is keen on “looking to continue doing the same in this phase as well.”
Jaydev Unadkat (File Image)
Jaydev Unadkat (File Image)
“I wanted to make a few changes in my bowling action, so (I) was working on that, and that itself requires a good amount of time,” Unadkat, who picked up four wickets in four matches in the first half of the IPL that was held in India, said. “So, I was devoted towards making those changes and getting used to them.”
It was also the time when he was ignored for the limited-overs series against Sri Lanka when India fielded a second-string side. He had a record-breaking 2019-20 Ranji Trophy season when he picked up 67 wickets that culminated in Saurashtra’s historic win and he was in contention. However, his Rajasthan Royals team-mate Chetan Sakariya was drafted into the squad.
Chetan Sakariya picked up two wickets in the third ODI of the India vs Sri Lanka series (Image Source: Twitter)
Chetan Sakariya picked up two wickets in the third ODI of the India vs Sri Lanka series (Image Source: Twitter)
Jaydev Unadkat, who took a break from social media after the disappointment, feels “that kind of a phase can actually help you at times” and helps in one coming back stronger with renewed confidence.
“I wanted to do some work with my bowling and wanted to go off the attention a bit. It’s always nice if you can have some time with only yourself and the family, and not really listen to what the outside world has to say about you,” he said.
“And I’ve done that in the past as well so it’s kind of a normal process which gives me that space to go deep and just be honest with myself and find out what I need to work on, and what I’m good at. That helps in gathering confidence again and come back stronger.”
Jaydev Unadkat has been snubbed for India’s ongoing tours as the 29-year-old pacer is too old to be picked for India, according to a BCCI selector. Jaydev Unadkat had done his best job as the left-arm pacer bagged 67 wickets in the 2019-20 season, the most by any bowler in the season.

However, despite his heroics with the ball in the Ranji Trophy, left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat wasn’t picked for the Indian squad for the UK tour comprising of the WTC Final and 5 Tests against hosts England. He might be just 29, but as per a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) selector, he is ‘too told’ to be picked for the senior squad.

Chetan Sakariya IPL
Chetan Sakariya IPL
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It’s Heartening To See Chetan Sakariya Do So Well In IPL 2021, Says Ajay Jadeja

Ajay Jadeja heaped praise on left-arm pacer Chetan Sakariya and said he was a talent who could be groomed for the future. Chetan Sakariya made his debut for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2021. The left-arm pacer made a big impact and bagged 7 wickets in 7 matches.

Ajay Jadeja, former Indian cricketer, and commentator shared his views on Chetan Sakariya’s chances of becoming a regular in Team India after he was picked in the squad for the Sri Lanka tour consisting of 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is.

Chetan Sakariya Photo Credit: (IPL)
Chetan Sakariya Photo Credit: (IPL)

Ajay Jadeja: Chetan Sakariya Has Done Well But It Will Be Hard For Him To Make It To The XI For The Availability Of More Experienced Pacers In Team

In the IPL 2021, left-arm pacer Chetan Sakariya emerged as one of the finest debutant bowlers in the tournament. Having suffered a personal tragedy ahead of the tournament where he lost his brother and later his father, Chetan Sakariya made a big impact in the cash-rich league. Ajay Jadeja is impressed with Chetan Sakariya’s rise and shared his views on his performance so far.

When asked about Chetan Sakariya’s chances of becoming a regular in the India squad, Ajay Jadeja, at a virtual press conference, said that it was great to see him doing well but felt it was too early for him to be a part of the squad with competition from relatively more experienced Navdeep Saini and Deepak Chahar.

Ajay Jadeja
Ajay Jadeja (Photo- Twitter)

“It’s very heartening to see him do so well. One, especially where he comes from and there’s a personal attachment. I saw him for the first time in the SPL. And he was a star there as well. With the Indian team, there is so much talent at the moment that in spite of him being very good, there is enough talent, and who do you play him in place of?”

“In case if you want to play a left-armer, you might think, but when you have got bowlers like Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Bhuvneshwar Kumar – bowlers who have been around for so long,” Jadeja said in response to a query from timesnownews.com.

Playing for Rajasthan Royals in IPL 2021, Chetan Sakariya bagged 7 wickets and played all 7 matches before the suspension of IPL 2021. Ajay Jadeja went on to add that while Chetan Sakariya had the talent, given the experienced pacers at India’s disposal, he was unlikely to get a chance so early in his career.

“It’s nice to see young guys coming up and everybody expecting them to be ready.  But it takes a little time. Once somebody is playing, you should play him only if you believe in him. And if you believe in him, even if he has a couple of bad years, you still have to go with him. “

“Otherwise, you are not selecting, only rejecting people.  Rather than giving him an opportunity so early and forget about him after he has had one bad game, he is a talent and we can groom him. Indian team can only have 11 people play. There may be good players and Chetan has done well for himself but there is still time before he pushes a Bumrah or pushes a Shami,” Jadeja added.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar will spearhead the pace attack in the Lanka tour with support from the likes of Deepak Chahar, Navdeep Saini, and Chetan Sakariya.

Ajay Jadeja Hopes Chetan Sakariya Isn’t Be Treated Like Jaydev Unadkat Who Was Shown The Door By Selectors After Few Matches After Impressing In IPL

Ajay Jadeja cited the example of Jaydev Unadkat, who was shown the door by the selectors after few matches and said it was better to groom Chetan Sakariya than push him into international cricket.

“Let’s not forget, we did something similar to Jaydev Unadkat. He had a good IPL season, then he played one game for India and went home. Give someone an opportunity when you believe in him. Even Tendulkar got out sometimes, even the great Aravinda de Silva with us got out, it doesn’t mean they are not good enough players.”

Jaydev Unadkat (File Image)
Jaydev Unadkat (File Image)

“I think we go too much by performance on that one day and that’s happening because we have so much talent. I wish him luck, I hope I am wrong and he is in India’s squad for T20 World Cup. If I was there, I would wait for it,” the former middle-order batsman concluded.

Jaydev Unadkat has been in stellar form in the First-class circuit, emerging as the leading wicket-taker of the last season of Ranji Trophy, where he picked up 67 wickets. But he wasn’t selected for Sri Lanka or England tour even as a standby bowler.

Having made his international debut in a Test match against South Africa in 2010, Jaydev Unadkat has so far represented India in 1 Test, 7 ODIs, and 10 T20Is. He picked 8 scalps in 7 ODIs and 14 scalps in 10 T20Is besides the solitary Test. His last T20I appearance came in 2018. In 84 IPL matches, he has 85 scalps besides his name.

Jaydev Unadkat (File Image)
Jaydev Unadkat (File Image)
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Sanjay Manjrekar Opens Up On Jaydev Unadkat Missing Out On India Squad For Sri Lanka Tour

Sanjay Manjrekar was overall pleased with India’s squad for the Sri Lanka tour, but there is one player the former India batsman reckons was dealt a rough hand by not getting included.

India’s squad for the tour of Sri Lanka was an indication of the BCCI rewarding the consistent performers of those doing well in the IPL. Devdutt Padikkal, Chetan Sakariya, and Ruturaj Gaikwad – three of the uncapped players who earned their maiden India call-up – performed splendidly well in the IPL 2021 before the tournament was halted. Nevertheless, their hard work paid off in the form of an India call-up.

Jaydev Unadkat
Jaydev Unadkat[photo: Twitter]

Sanjay Manjrekar Wondered Whether Selectors Would Have Included Jaydev Unadkat As A Net Bowler

Sanjay Manjrekar reacted to the 20-member squad announced by the BCCI, and while he was overall pleased with the names that made the list except for Jaydev Unadkat.

“I wonder whether they would have included Unadkat as a net bowler considering his experience and he’s an India player… a seasoned First-Class bowler. He’s unlucky to miss out. When you look at the seam department, it’s not the strongest because the quality bowlers are playing Test cricket for India,” Sanjay Manjrekar told ESPNCricinfo.

Sanjay Manjrekar | Sportzpics
Sanjay Manjrekar | Sportzpics

Jaydev Unadkat has been in stellar form in the First-class circuit, emerging as the leading wicket-taker of the last season of Ranji Trophy, where he picked up 67 wickets. In IPL 2021-his fourth season with the Rajasthan Royals– he picked 4 scalps in as many matches averaging 28.25.

Sanjay Manjrekar: Jaydev Unadkat’s Never Been An IPL Raging Success As He Has Been Brilliant At The First Class Level

However, Sanjay Manjrekar made an interesting point, explaining how Jaydev Unadkat’s success in the IPL may not have been on par with some of his peers. But the fact that the left-arm pacer was not even included in the squad as a net bowler sends a message, Sanjay Manjrekar believes.

“Unadkat would feel hard done by. He’s never been an IPL raging success. I mean, he has been brilliant at the First-class level. This year though I think there were a couple of performances where he’s shown his class. So yes, there are a few that you would think have missed out. But that’s always the case,” he said.

Jaydev Unadkat | IANS
Jaydev Unadkat. Twitter

“When you look at the seam-bowling options, you’ve got a Sakariya, you’ve got someone like a Pandya who can bowl. Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Saini… maybe Unadkat might have felt he could have got a nod there.”

Jaydev Unadkat has been snubbed for India’s upcoming tours as the 29-year-old pacer is too old to be picked for India, according to a BCCI selector. Jaydev Unadkat had done his best job as the left-arm pacer bagged 67 wickets in the 2019-20 season, the most by any bowler in the season.

However, despite his heroics with the ball in the Ranji Trophy, left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat wasn’t picked for the Indian squad for the UK tour comprising of the WTC Final and 5 Tests against hosts England. He might be just 29, but as per a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) selector, he is ‘too told’ to be picked for the senior squad.

Having made his international debut in a Test match against South Africa in 2010, Jaydev Unadkat has so far represented India in 1 Test, 7 ODIs, and 10 T20Is. He picked 8 scalps in 7 ODIs and 14 scalps in 10 T20Is besides the solitary Test. His last T20I appearance came in 2018. In 84 IPL matches, he has 85 scalps besides his name.

Jaydev Unadkat (File Image)
Jaydev Unadkat (File Image)
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Jaydev Unadkat Is Too Old To Be Picked For India: BCCI Selector

Jaydev Unadkat has been snubbed for India’s upcoming tours as the 29-year-old pacer is too old to be picked for India, according to a BCCI selector.

Jaydev Unadkat has been one of the most consistent bowlers in Ranji Trophy in the last two seasons. He emerged as the highest wicket-taker in the 2019-20 season with 67 wickets under his belt. Despite his good show with the ball in hand, Jaydev Unadkat wasn’t considered for selection for India’s tours to Australia and England.
Jaydev Unadkat | IANS
Jaydev Unadkat| IANS

Jaydev Unadkat Wasn’t In Plans As The 29 Year Old Is Too Old To Be Considered For Selection: A BCCI Selector Said BCCI Would Rather Invest In Bowlers Who Can Serve For India For 8-12 Years

If performances in India’s premier domestic tournament, Ranji Trophy, is the parameter for the selection in the senior squad, Jaydev Unadkat had done his best job as the left-arm pacer bagged 67 wickets in the 2019-20 season, the most by any bowler in the season.

However, despite his heroics with the ball in the Ranji Trophy, left-arm pacer Jaydev Unadkat wasn’t picked for the Indian squad which will soon leave for the UK. He might be just 29, but as per a Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) selector, he is ‘too told’ to be picked for the senior squad.

 File photo of Karsan Ghavri. (Facebook Image)
File photo of Karsan Ghavri. (Facebook Image)

Speaking to The Times of India, former Indian pacer Karsan Ghavri, who was also the Saurashtra coach when Jaydev Unadkat shone with the ball in last Ranji Trophy season, revealed that he spoke to a BCCI selector who said the board would not even consider his name.

“I asked a selector during the Ranji Trophy final (2019-20) that if a bowler takes more than 60 wickets and has taken his team into the final of the Ranji Trophy single-handedly, shouldn’t he be at least picked for India A. That selector told me: ‘Kadu bhai, he won’t be picked for India anymore.

“His name is not even considered by us when we think of 30-odd players.’ ‘Why not, I asked him.’ ‘Then what’s the point of him picking so many wickets? I was told that ‘he’s already 32-33. Age is spoiling his case. It has put a full stop to his India career,'” Karsan Ghavri told TOI.

The BCCI selector went on to add that the BCCI would rather invest in a youngster who had 8-10 years of career ahead of him.

“Why should we invest in an older player? We would rather pick a 21, 22 or a 23-year-old player if he’s good, he can serve India for 8-10-12 years. If we pick Unadkat today, how many years will he serve India for?’ This is what that selector told me,” Ghavri added.

Jaydev Unadkat was the key bowler for Saurashtra in back-to-back Ranji seasons. In the 2018-19 season, he claimed 39 wickets as Saurashtra lost against Vidarbha in the final. In the next season, he cranked his performance up by several notches to take 67 wickets and play a significant role in Saurashtra winning the title.

Jaydev Unadkat Has Represented India In A Solitary Test, 7 ODIs And 10 T20Is

Having made his international debut in a Test match against South Africa in 2010, Jaydev Unadkat has so far represented India in 1 Test, 7 ODIs, and 10 T20Is. He picked 8 scalps in 7 ODIs and 14 scalps in 10 T20Is besides the solitary Test. His last T20I appearance came in 2018. In 84 IPL matches, he has 85 scalps besides his name.

Jaydev Unadkat during his Test debut in South Africa | Getty
Jaydev Unadkat during his Test debut in South Africa | Getty

His consistent performances in the domestic circuit and IPL helped him gain selection for India’s tour of Zimbabwe in July 2013, where he made his ODI debut. It proved a largely successful trip, as he picked up eight wickets in five matches. He later played two more ODIs in the upcoming home season – against Australia and West Indies – but went wicketless in both. In IPL 2021-his fourth season with the Rajasthan Royals– he picked 4 scalps in as many matches averaging 28.25.

It’s been over 10 years since pacer Jaydev Unadkat, then 19, made his India Test debut. He bowled 26 wicketless overs for 156 runs against South Africa, not a remarkable first appearance but surely not something that would mean it should be his only international appearance in the format so far.

Jaydev Unadkat hopes IPL 2020 will go ahead this year | IANS
Jaydev Unadkat hopes IPL 2020 will go ahead this year | IANS
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I Was Hoping To Make It To The England Tour, Says Disappointed Jaydev Unadkat

Jaydev Unadkat was hopeful of returning to the India Test squad but says he still has a lot of time and not feeling frustrated for sure. It’s been over 10 years since pacer Jaydev Unadkat, then 19, made his India Test debut. He bowled 26 wicketless overs for 156 runs against South Africa, not a remarkable first appearance but surely not something that would mean it should be his only international appearance in the format so far.

Jaydev Unadkat during his Test debut in South Africa | Getty
Jaydev Unadkat during his Test debut in South Africa | Getty

Jaydev Unadkat Felt He Deserved A Chance In Australian Tour

Jaydev Unadkat has since developed into a reliable left-arm pacer with consistent performances year after year in the domestic circuit. Not that he hasn’t played for India since 2010 – he had sporadic appearances in white-ball limited-overs cricket (7 ODIs and 10 T20Is between 2013 and 2018).

But given the number of fast bowlers India has tried in the past six months in Test cricket alone, the 29-year-old, who finished as the leading wicket-taker of the last Ranji Trophy season, feels a little let down.

“I felt (exclusion from) Australia tour was fine because everyone was fit in the main squad. But later on, (looking at) those who got chances due to injuries, I felt I deserved one,” Unadkat told The Hindu.

Jaydev Unadkat@ AFP
Jaydev Unadkat@ AFP

His consistent performances in the domestic circuit and IPL helped him gain selection for India’s tour of Zimbabwe in July 2013, where he made his ODI debut. It proved a largely successful trip, as he picked up eight wickets in five matches. He later played two more ODIs in the upcoming home season – against Australia and West Indies – but went wicketless in both.

He picked 8 scalps in 7 ODIs and 14 scalps in 10 T20Is besides the solitary Test. His last T20I appearance came in 2018. In 84 IPL matches, he has 85 scalps besides his name.

Jaydev Unadkat Was Hoping To Make It To The England Tour And Is Disappointed But Not Frustrated

He was also hopeful that for the 2021 England tour, where India is to play six Tests starting with June 18’s World Test Championship final, he would be given a chance. However, he wasn’t even named among the standbys with the pace trio of Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan, and Arzan Nagwaswalla making the cut in the list instead.

“I was hoping to make it to the England tour. As simple as that. I have said in the past that the guys who are at the top are doing well, so I have to wait for my chance. This time around, I have been honestly disappointed. I’ll still take the disappointment positively to motivate myself to do better,” Unadkat said.

Prasidh Krishna Source: Google/ Image Credit: India Today
Prasidh Krishna Source: Google/ Image Credit: India Today

However, Jaydev Unadkat, who has taken 327 wickets in 89 First-Class matches so far, isn’t frustrated.

“I haven’t reached that level of frustration for sure. As I look at it, it’s not now or never for me. When I say I am at my peak, it’s still four or five years more to remain at my peak,” he said.

“I am 29 and because I made my debut early (in 2010), people consider me ‘old’. I was a teenager when I made my Test debut a decade ago, so I still have a lot of time. I am not that frustrated for sure,” he added.

While Rajasthan Royals had released Jaydev Unadkat after the IPL 2019, they bought him back at the auction for INR 3 crores and retained him for the IPL 2021. The 2017 IPL season was one of the best for Jaydev Unadkat, who claimed 24 wickets from 12 matches for the defunct Rising Pune Supergiants.

With 11 wickets in 15 games in IPL 2018, the pacer was probably bogged down by the expectation of a high salary he received at the IPL Player Auction 2018.

However, after being released initially, RR bought him back for INR 8.4 crore at the auction prior to the 2019 season, showing faith in his ability. In IPL 2021-his fourth season with the Rajasthan Royals- he picked 4 scalps in as many matches averaging 28.25.

Prithvi Shaw
Prithvi Shaw
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ICC World Test Championship Final: 3 Players Who Should Have Been In The Indian Squad

The Indian squad for the ICC World Test Championship final against New Zealand was announced yesterday by the BCCI and the selectors have covered most of the bases. The likes of Ravindra Jadeja, Hanuma Vihari, and Mohammed Shami have all returned to the test squad and the rest of the squad pick themselves.

Washington Sundar, Axar Patel, and Mohammed Siraj have been retained for their impressive performances in the tests against England while Kuldeep Yadav has been dropped from the squad. There are four openers in the squad, the middle order of Pujara, Kohli, and Rahane while the first-choice wicket-keeper will be Rishabh Pant. Here are 3 players who should have been in the Indian squad.

India vs England 2021
Axar Patel | Pankaj Nangia/ Sportzpics for BCCI

3 Players Who Should Have Been In The Indian Squad:

Prithvi Shaw:

Indian test team
Prithvi Shaw [photo: Twitter]
Prithvi Shaw started his test career with a bang scoring a century on debut, but injuries did not help his progress and he was given a chance in the Australia series. But his poor form and technique were exposed and he was eventually dropped from the Indian test team for the England series. He then went on to play the Vijay Hazare Trophy for Mumbai and finished as the top run-getter of the tournament.

He scored 827 runs with four centuries in eight innings at an average of 165 and broke the record for the highest individual score in Vijay Hazare tournament history with a 227 not out. He continued his good form in the IPL and proved to have got his touchback. He was very destructive and scored 308 runs in eight innings at a terrific strike rate. He would have surely been among the eyes of the selectors and he must be unlucky to miss out despite his great form.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar:

World Test Championship finals, India
Bhuvneshwar Kumar[photo: Twitter]
The Indian speedster Bhuvneshwar Kumar returned to international action recently in the limited series against England and delivered at the crunch times for the nation. After being hit by a lot of injuries, this was the time for him to excel and he did look to have got his rhythm going.

Bhuvneshwar Kumar is one of the best swing bowlers in India and England is a place that offers a lot of seaming conditions for him to exploit. He has good numbers in England in tests and he was expected to be on the flight to England on his recent form. He hasn’t played test cricket for the last three years but he did deserve to be on the squad being one of the leading bowlers in Indian cricket.

Jaydev Unadkat:

Ranji Trophy 2020, India
Jaydev Unadkat[photo: Twitter]
The left-arm seamer Jaydev Unadkat has been out of international action for the last three years, but certainly, he has been on the radars of the selectors showing consistent performances in domestic cricket. Unadkat led his side Saurashtra to win in the Ranji Trophy final 2020 and he had to take a lot of credit for the team’s performances.

Unadkat picked up 67 wickets in the 10 first-class games at an average of 13.23. He picked up seven five-wicket hauls and proved to a match-winner for his side. He bowls a very good line in the longer format and provides a tough challenge for the batsman. He recently bowled well in the IPL too and has been assigned a different role rather than the death overs. With no left-arm seamers on the Indian side, Unadkat should have made it to the flight to England.

R Ashwin
R Ashwin. Image Credits: Twitter
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Ravichandran Ashwin Promised To Distribute N95 Masks To The Needy

Ravichandran Ashwin, an Indian off-spinner has stepped up in the fight against COVID-19 and promised to distribute N95 masks. Wearing a mask is one of the ways to curb the spread of COVID-19.

The second wave of COVID-19 has hit the country hard and India is recording over 3.5 lakh cases regularly. India has also witnessed over 4 lakh cases thrice now and the death toll has also been on the high side. The country is also facing an acute shortage of oxygen, beds, and other equipment.

Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Ravichandran Ashwin Withdrew Midway In IPL 2021 After Family Tested Positive

While the country is facing probably its worst-ever crisis, many celebrities and common rich people are doing their bit in the fight against COVID-19 by donating to various schemes. Ravichandran Ashwin, who recently represented Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, has also stepped up in the fight against COVID-19. Ravichandran Ashwin has promised to buy and distribute N95 masks.

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

The senior India spinner asked the Twitterati the ways to distribute the masks and wrote: “N 95 masks can be washed and reused. I am happy to buy and give it to people who can’t afford it! Please let me know ways to distribute them if you or anyone on my timeline knows how.”

Wearing a mask and maintaining social distancing are two ways to control the spread of COVID-19. Ravichandran Ashwin himself had a tough time a few weeks back as 10 members of his family tested positive for the infection. The COVID-19 cases saw him withdrawing midway from IPL 2021 during their Chennai leg. The tournament was suspended on May 4 due to 6 confirmed cases in different camps.

Pat Cummins, Brett Lee, And Virat Kohli Among Cricketers Donating In India’s Fight Against Covid-19

Pat Cummins was one of the first cricketers who stepped up in the country’s fight against COVID-19. The Kolkata Kight Riders’ pacer donated $50000 to UNICEF Australia’s India COVID-19 Crisis Appeal. Brett Lee donated 1 bitcoin (43 lakhs) to Crypto Relief. Sachin Tendulkar, Nicholas Pooran, Jaydev Unadkat, and Jason Behrednroff also donated to different relief funds.

Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar [Image Courtesy: Twitter]
Virat Kohli and Sachin Tendulkar [Image Courtesy: Twitter]
Earlier today, India skipper Virat Kohli and his wife Anushka Sharma launched an ‘In This Together’ campaign to raise funds. The couple has donated a sum of Rs 2 crore.
Cricket Australia
Cricket Australia
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Cricket Australia To Donate USD 50,000 To UNICEF

Cricket Australia on Monday announced an initial donation of USD 50,000 towards the Covid-19 crisis appeal set up by the United Nations International Children’s Education Fund (UNICEF) for India.

The money which amounts to Rs 37 lakhs, approximately donated by Cricket Australia will be used to procure oxygen for seriously ill patients suffering from the second wave of Covid-19, providing various types of equipment in affected regions as well as supporting the roll-out of COVID-19 vaccines.

File image of Cricket Australia.(File)
File image of Cricket Australia. (File)

Cricket Australia Is Proud To Partner With UNICEF Australia To Raise Funs To Help Indian People Battling With Covid-19

Cricket Australia, along with the Australian Cricketers’ Association, is also partnering with UNICEF Australia to collect funds for the COVID-19 Crisis Appeal.

“Australians and Indians share a special bond and, for many, our mutual love of cricket is central to that friendship. We were all deeply moved by the sentiments expressed and donations given by Pat Cummins and Brett Lee over the past week. In that same spirit, we are proud to partner with UNICEF Australia to raise funds that will help the people of India by providing the health system with much-needed oxygen, testing equipment, and vaccines,” Cricket Australia’s interim chief executive Nick Hockley said.

It was Australian and KKR quick Pat Cummins who was the first cricketer to make a handsome donation of $50,000 towards the PM Cares Fund to help India fight the super-contagious second wave of coronavirus which has brought the country’s already-weak healthcare system to its knees.

Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins (File Photo)

Cricketers from all around the world started contributing towards the cause after pacer Pat Cummins, who is currently in India plying his trade for the Kolkata Knight Riders in IPL 2021, showed them the way.

Sachin Tendulkar, Brett Lee, Shikhar Dhawan, Jaydev Unadkat, And Nicholas Pooran Among Cricketers Donating For General Mass Suffering From 2nd Wave Of Covid-19

Former Aussie pacer Brett Lee donated 1 Bitcoin (Rs. 40 lakhs, approximately) to the Crypto Relief Fund to help his “second home” India. Cricket legend Sachin Tendulkar, who had contracted coronavirus last month, donated Rs 1 crore to a fundraising campaign while opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan pledged Rs 20 lakh towards Mission Oxygen, as well any cash reward that he receives in the remainder of the IPL 2021.

Sachin Tendulkar Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images
Sachin Tendulkar Photograph: Niklas Halle’n/AFP/Getty Images

All 8 franchises of the cash-rich league have also made generous donations towards the cause over the last few days. A massive surge in COVID-19 cases has placed a huge strain on India’s health system, with a shortage of hospital beds and oxygen supplies, and morgues and crematoriums swamped.

Rajasthan Royals pacer Jaydev Unadkat said 10% of his IPL salary will be contributed to help covid-19 patients who need essential medical resources. Punjab batsman Nicholas Pooran has also decided to donate a portion of his Indian T20 League salary to help people in India fight the pandemic.

India reported 392,488 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, pushing the total cases to 19.56 million. Deaths jumped by a record of 3,689, taking the overall toll to 215,542.

Jaydev Unadkat Pic: IPLT20.COM
Jaydev Unadkat Pic: IPLT20.COM
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Andrew Tye Opted Out Of IPL 2021 After Feeling Something Amiss, Says Jaydev Unadkat

Jaydev Unadkat said that the Australian fast bowler Andrew Tye must have opted out of the tournament and flown back home after feeling something. He added that RR takes the decisions of players in a positive way.

Rajasthan Royals (RR) fast bowler Jaydev Unadkat has said that foreign players leaving the team bio-bubble and flying back home amid the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) have not spread any kind of negativity in the camp.

Jaydev Unadkat | IANS
Jaydev Unadkat | IANS

Jaydev Unadkat: Andre Tye Must Have Felt Something In His Mind

Reacting to Andrew Tye’s decision to leave the tournament midway, Jaydev Unadkat in an exclusive interview with Sports Today said that the Australian must have felt something before taking the call and that RR as a franchise is very supportive in such situations.

Notably, England batsman Liam Livingstone also left citing bio-bubble fatigue as the reason. Also, Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer, two of the most important pillars of the RR setup have been ruled out for the entire tournament due to their respective injuries.

“If an Andrew Tye decides to go home he must have felt something in his mind and it’s right on his part, people are supposed to feel a lot of things, people are supposed to be anxious sometimes, and mind you it’s not easy to be in a bubble especially when you are alone and your family is out there back home.

“If an individual is capable enough and the mindset is right, the franchise is doing everything it can, to be honest. I must tell that management has given us to talk about any matter.”

RR's Aussie pacer Andrew Tye decided to leave midway from the IPL as he feared getting 'locked out' of his own country in the wake of a Covid-19 surge in India (Photo: Cricketcomau Twitter)
RR’s Aussie pacer Andrew Tye decided to leave midway from the IPL as he feared getting ‘locked out’ of his own country in the wake of a Covid-19 surge in India (Photo: Cricketcomau Twitter)

“The atmosphere is positive, I don’t see a lot of negativity being spread around. We are expected to perform there on the ground so negativity doesn’t help that. We are getting to play the game which is in itself a blessing at the moment for all the first-class cricketers and players who are actually waiting to play cricket,” Jaydev Unadkat told Sports Today.

Andrew Tye is the 4th overseas player in the RR camp who has been ruled out. Andrew Tye, who had first joined RR in 2020, wasn’t a regular for RR but was one of the overseas options that RR could have considered.

The Purple Cap winner of IPL 2018, Andrew Tye only played 6 matches for Punjab Kings(then KXIP) in 2019. He moved to RR at his base price of Rs 1 crore. He only played one match in IPL 2020 in UAE. He went for 50 runs and scalped one wicket in the fixture and despite that fact, he was retained by the franchise.

Jaydev Unadkat: Rajasthan Royals Players Talking With Each Other In Practice Sessions More

The players in bio-bubble can not talk and mingle with anyone on the outside. Players going out together for a dinner is a thing of the past now. Rajasthan players for the same reason talk to each other a lot more, even during the practice sessions.

“To be honest we are actually coming together really well, we are bonding really well because being in a bubble we are not supposed to talk to anyone or meet anyone from outside the team. So team room visits are lot more frequent, we guys talk a lot more in the practice session as well and talking about our camp the atmosphere is still very positive, everyone takes each other’s decision positively,” Jaydev Unadkat added.

Sanju Samson Deepak Malik/SPORTZPICS
Sanju Samson Deepak Malik/SPORTZPICS

Rajasthan Royals after 2 wins in 5 matches are placed seventh on the 8-team points table. Sanju Samson’s team will play Mumbai Indians (MI) on Thursday. Rajasthan Royals have scored 171/4  with Jos Buttler scoring 41 and Sanju Samson scoring 42 apart from notable contributions from Yashasvi Jaiswal-32 and Shivam Dube-35.

Jasprit Bumrah, IPL
Jasprit Bumrah. Image Credits: Twitter
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IPL 2021: Virender Sehwag Praises Mumbai Indians’ ‘Brahmastra’ Jasprit Bumrah

Virender Sehwag, former Indian dashing opener lavished praise on Mumbai Indians fast bowler Jasprit Bumrah, calling him the franchise’s “Brahmastra” following their impressive win against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in their Indian Premier League 2021 (IPL 2021) encounter at the MA Chidambaram Stadium in Chennai on Saturday.

Speedster Jasprit Bumrah returned with figures of 1/14 in his four overs and bowled an excellent 17th over in which he only conceded three runs.

Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag

Virender Sehwag Is Mumbai Indians’ Brahmastra

Speaking to Cricbuzz after the match, Virender Sehwag remarked that as long as MI has this weapon, they are “unbeatable”. Jasprit Bumrah’s economy rate of 5.66 is 3rd best after Jaydev Unadkat and Rashid Khan in IPL 2021. The 2nd highest wicket-taker in IPL 2020 has picked 3 wickets in as many games in IPL 2021 averaging 22.66.

“He (Bumrah) is Mumbai Indians’ “Brahmastra”; as long as they have the “Brahmastra”, they are “Ajay” (unbeatable)”, said Virender Sehwag.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah. Image Credits: Twitter

By “Brahmastra”, he is referring to the invincible supernatural weapons mentioned in the epic of Indian mythology.

SRH collapsed from 129/5 to 137 in a space of nine balls as Trent Boult and Jasprit Bumrah denied the batsmen any chance of slogging in the death overs. Jasprit Bumrah bowled economically and just gave 14 runs in his fours overs including a wicket while Trent Boult returned with the figures of 3-28. Spinner Rahul Chahar also bagged three wickets for MI.  Jasprit Bumrah has picked 112 scalps in 95 IPL games at a decent average of 23.68.

Trent Boult, Mumbai Indians pacer lauded fellow seamer Jasprit Bumrah and said he is one of the best bowlers in the slog overs after the 13-run win over SunRisers Hyderabad at the MA Chidambaram Stadium on Saturday.

Virender Sehwag: Mumbai Indians Are The Best Team Of IPL For Ability To Defend Low Totals And Can Chase Down High Targets

The comments come after Mumbai Indians successfully defender another low total of 150 to win the game by 13 runs. Virender Sehwag also added that the reason they are the top-most team in this tournament is that they have the resources to defend low totals and also chase down high titles.

“When Jonny Bairstow hit plenty from Krunal Pandya’s two overs, that is why [Kieron] Pollard was brought on. They thought the way Vijay Shankar bowled, even Pollard could be useful the same way. That’s when I thought that we might get to see Hardik Pandya bowl as well. He is good at bowling the slower balls.”

” His pace has decreased due to back problems and doesn’t bowl as fast as he used to but he’s good at changing the pace of the ball. This is why we say Mumbai Indians are the best team of this tournament; that is because they can defend low totals and also chase down high targets.

“In the bowling department, they have Boult, Bumrah, Rahul Chahar and all three did their job very efficiently,” Virender explained Sehwag.

Rahul Chahar
Rahul Chahar. Image Credits: Twitter

Trent Boult and Rahul Chahar, too, were excellent on Saturday night against David Warner-led SRH. While Trent Boult pocketed 3/28 in 3.4 overs, wreaking havoc at the death, Rahul Chahar turned the game to his team’s favour with an exceptional spell in the middle overs.

He finished with figures of 3/19 in 4 overs. Not only did he take wickets, but he also dented SRH’s chances of a win by stemming the run-flow considerably.

This result means MI has won two of their first three IPL 2021 games, while SRH continues to reel at the bottom of the table with three losses on the trot. MI had lost to RCB but won against KKR and SRH.

Brief Scores: Mumbai Indians 150/5 (Quinton de Kock 40, Kieron Pollard 35*; Vijay Shankar 2/19) beat Sunrisers Hyderabad 137 all out (Jonny Bairstow 43, David Warner 36; Rahul Chahar 3/19) by 13 runs.

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