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Gary Stead Brushes Off New Zealand’s 2021 T20I World Cup Warm-Up Losses To Australia And England

Gary Stead, New Zealand coach, has brushed off T20 World Cup warm-up losses to Australia and England, believing the Black Caps got just what they wanted out of the games as they prepare for their tournament opener against Pakistan on October 26.

New Zealand, one of the favourites to win the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, has suffered back-to-back losses in their warm-up matches. Wednesday’s 13-run defeat at the hands of England in Abu Dhabi followed a final-over thriller against Australia (win by 3 wickets) on Monday.

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Gary Stead – Getty Images

Gary Stead: The Three Warm-Up Games Gave Everyone Some Match Time

However, New Zealand coach Gary Stead has brushed off T20 World Cup warm-up losses to Australia and England alongside a narrow win over minnows Netherlands, believing the Black Caps got just what they wanted out of the warm-up games as they prepare for their tournament opener against Pakistan on October 26.

“Really, the three games for us have just been about getting everyone some match time,” Gary Stead told reporters from Abu Dhabi.

“It’s been making sure we’ve slotted people in in roles they might play, and managing our bowlers as well. Three games in five days might not sound much but when you have the heat and humidity that he have here, it’s pretty sapping.”

Martin Guptill - AP
Martin Guptill – AP
Steve Smith made a 30-ball 35 while scores in the twenties from Marcus Stoinis, Aaron Finch, Mitchell Marsh, and Ashton Agar helped Australia through in a chase of 159 against New Zealand with three wickets and one ball to spare. Australia needed 19 off the last seven balls when Ashton Agar hooked a six before in the final over the uncapped Josh Inglis scooped his first ball for four then edged the winning boundary to the third man.
New Zealand made 158 for 7 – after being asked to bat first – on the back of quickfire runs from Martin Guptill (30), Daryl Mitchell (35), Kane Williamson (37), and James Neesham (31).

The Black Caps edged the Netherlands by six runs in their opening Twenty20 World Cup warm-up game on Sunday (NZ time). With skipper Kane Williamson and Mark Chapman both nursing hamstring niggles, Martin Guptill captained a New Zealand side who had just 11 players to pick from in very hot conditions at the ICC Academy in Dubai. Daryl Mitchell top-scored with 40 alongside regular opener Martin Guptill (32).

Fellow all-rounder James Neesham hit 33, assisted well through the middle by Devon Conway (16), who was also taking the wicketkeeping gloves in this game, as the Kiwis posted 154-8 from their 20 overs. In reply, the Dutch got close, ending on 148-8. Leg-spinners Ish Sodhi and Todd Astle claimed two wickets apiece, while Trent Boult, Kyle Jamieson, Adam Milne, and Mitchell Santner shared the other four.

Gary Stead: Kane Williamson Was Rested As A Precautionary Measure After His Elbow Flared Up After Australia Match

Captain Kane Williamson was rested from the England game due to an elbow injury, Gary Stead said.

“Kane’s elbow flared up a bit after the (Australia) match so today was more precautionary than anything,” Gary Stead added.

“We just feel if we can get his preparation right and not overhitting and aggravating it in training, that gives him the best chance of being right throughout the tournament. I think, on the whole, we’re tracking really well,” Gary Stead said.

The Black Caps open their campaign against Pakistan at Sharjah and will also play a qualifier at the venue in their fourth match of the Super 12. New Zealand will play their last three group matches in the space of five days, and Gary Stead said it was conceivable that Kane Williamson might have to be rested at some point in that period.

“There’s always that chance, but we’re still pretty hopeful and confident that if we get (his) rest right now, then he should be right to play,” Gary Stead said.

Kane Williamson. Photo: @ICC
Kane Williamson. Photo: @ICC

England beat New Zealand by 13 runs in their second warm-up match ahead of the IC T20 World Cup Super 12 stages. Jos Buttler was the star with the bat for the Three Lions as he scored 73 runs in 51 balls with the help of 11 fours and 2 sixes.

Jonny Bairstow and Sam Billings made handy contributions down the order to help England score 163/6 in 20 overs. In response, the Kiwis were bowled out for 150. Mark Wood finished with figures of 4/23, while leg spinner Adil Rashid picked up 3 wickets. Martin Guptill played a useful knock of 41 at the top of the order, but the rest of New Zealand’s batters failed to show up.

Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders. Image Credits: Twitter
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Before The Resumption Of IPL 2021 In UAE, Not Many Thought KKR Would End Up In Top 4: Deep Dasgupta

Deep Dasgupta lauded the Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) stunning efforts to qualify for the playoffs of the Indian Premier League 2021. However, he acknowledged that no one would have counted on the Kolkata-based franchise to finish in the top four before the resumption of the IPL in the UAE.

When the 14th edition of the tournament was halted in May due to the COVID-19 outbreak in India and bio bubble breaches, KKR was placed second from the bottom of the table and had won just two matches out of their first seven. However, Brendon McCullum’s side manifested a fearless approach in the second leg.

Deep Dasgupta
Deep Dasgupta. (Photo Source: Instagram)

Deep Dasgupta: Before The Resumption Of IPL 2021 In UAE, Not Many Thought KKR Would End Up In Top 4

While reviewing every franchise’s performance during the league stage, Deep Dasgupta praised the Eoin Morgan-led side. After KKR’s impressive display during the second leg, he said that they now have the much-needed confidence and momentum in their side. However, deep Dasgupta also opined that the biggest issue for the two-time champions is the unavailability of Andre Russell in the last few games, as it remains to be seen if he is available for the playoffs.

“They (KKR) are pretty much in form the way they’re playing right now. The biggest issue is the unavailability of Andre Russell. It remains to be seen whether he will be available for the knockouts. But it looks like they’re a solid team, have momentum on their side and have instilled confidence. Before the resumption of the second half of the IPL, not many would have thought they would end up in the top 4. And the fact that they have qualified, tells you that they are in very good form.”

Kolkata Knight Riders (Image Credit: Twitter)
Kolkata Knight Riders (Image Credit: Twitter)

Brendon McCullum’s troops will look to lift their third IPL trophy this season. They will face the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Eliminator at the Sharjah Cricket Ground on October 11.

Deep Dasgupta: Rajasthan Royals Missed Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, And Jos Buttler

Meanwhile, the Men in Pink Rajasthan Royals took their inconsistent form from India to the UAE. Before the resumption of the competition, the Rajasthan Royals were in the fifth position after playing seven matches and winning only three games.

Deep Dasgupta opined that RR hand-picked their overseas contingent as the nucleus of the side, which eventually paved their downfall. The side’s star players, like Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, and Ben Stokes, were unavailable for the UAE leg of the competition. Moreover, the new signings – West Indian duo of Evin Lewis and Oshane Thomas, New Zealand cricketer Glenn Phillips, and South Africa’s left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi didn’t help the cause of Rajasthan to progress into playoffs.

Jofra Archer missed out from playing in IPL 2021 due to injury, while Jos Buttler, who was recently blessed with a child, opted out of IPL 2021 UAE leg, and Ben Stokes prioritized his mental wellbeing and decided to not play in India’s Test tour and IPL 2021 besides T20I World Cup 2021.

“They finished seventh in the table and you have to feel bad for them. They missed out on their big names. Rajasthan’s philosophy has always been to find success around their overseas players like Archer, Buttler, Stokes. Unfortunately, Jofra was not available for the franchise during the first leg, who was one of their best players last season. Unfortunately again in the second half, there was no Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes available as well.”

Rajasthan Royals batsmen Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson
Rajasthan Royals batsmen Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson Photograph: BCCI/IPL

Deep Dasgupta also stated that the consistent form of their skipper, Sanju Samson, was the biggest positive for the side. The 26-year-old amassed 484 runs at an incredible average of 40 runs per match in 14 encounters for his side. He was also the first player to score a hundred this season. Deep Dasgupta praised the wicket-keeper batsman.

“But the biggest positive for them was their captain Sanju’s consistent performance. Down the years the main issue with him was his inconsistency but this season, we’ve seen his maturity. His consistency is good news for Indian cricket as well. The only thing is that they were let down massively from their overseas contingent due to the unavailability.”

Considering their performances this season, Rajasthan Royals will look to revamp their entire squad for the cash-rich league in 2022.
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England, PTI
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Ashes 2021/22 Is Set To Go Ahead With England’s Players Aggreging To Tour Australia

Ashes 2021/22 is set to go ahead this summer with England’s players reportedly agreeing to tour in a move that will green-light the A$200 million series. England’s Test specialists cricketers spoke with Cricket Australia (CA) bosses again on Tuesday evening, to thrash out their concerns over strict Covid-19 protocols for Ashes 2021/22.

Players have been given until the end of this week to make a decision by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB), with the team only set to tour if an adequate number of front-liner players agree to travel. However, those fears have now seemingly been allayed with the report that captain Joe Root has led a group of players committing to the series.

Ashes Urn Photo: cricket.com.au
Ashes Urn Photo: cricket.com.au

Ashes 2021/22 Is Set To Go Ahead Without Moeen Ali, Ben Stokes, And Jofra Archer Missing And Jos Buttler Doubtful

According to the report, wicketkeeper Jos Buttler could be the only England player not to agree to tour. He had previously indicated his concerns over the Ashes 2021/22  tour and potential time away from family. Allrounder Moeen Ali will be unavailable after he recently retired from Tests, while all-rounder Ben Stokes is taking a break from the game, and pacer Jofra Archer is out injured.

Moeen Ali has played the last of his 64 Tests for England AFP/Getty Images
Moeen Ali has played the last of his 64 Tests for England AFP/Getty Images

Cricket Australia is yet to officially be informed about the development but will no doubt be breathing a massive sigh of relief given the magnitude of the decision of players. In a series of two separate meetings with England players in recent days, it’s understood fears over snap lockdowns and quarantine conditions in Australia for families were the chief concerns.

Nick Hockley Stressed Conditions In Australia Were Improving

But CA CEO Nick Hockley stressed to England players that conditions in Australia before Ashes 2021/22 were improving, with the country’s vaccination rate on the rise. Likewise, it’s believed a move to have a second group of England’s players’ families arrive before Christmas to quarantine in Melbourne has also been crucial.

Players had feared that families would only be able to arrive with them in November, meaning a hard quarantine before a long tour. But the move to let a second group into Victoria would be welcome news, given they do not need to spend as much time away from home.

Cricket Australia's CEO Nick Hockley Image Source: Getty Images AsiaPac
Cricket Australia’s CEO Nick Hockley Image Source: Getty Images AsiaPac

There could be some freedoms for families in regional Victoria. That deal is not officially over the line with the state government, but would be in line with the road map out of COVID-19 as Victoria edges closer to 70 and 80 percent double dosage rates.

The last concern for CA will now be the Perth Test, with officials adamant they will be granted clearance to play in Western Australia just days after being in Sydney. If that doesn’t eventually happen, Canberra or Hobart could seize their first-ever Ashes Test. Alternatively, the match could be held as a second fixture at the SCG or MCG.

Test specialists James Anderson and Stuart Broad have publicly stated they are prepared to tour Australia for Ashes 2021/22, as have youngsters Dan Lawrence and Ollie Pope.

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Ashes Urn Photo: cricket.com.au
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Australia Working To Be Flexible And Practical To Ensure Ashes 2021/22 Go Ahead: Greg Hunt

Greg Hunt, the Australian health minister, said that their government is working to be “flexible and practical” to ensure the Ashes 2021/22 can go ahead. Still, the fate of the series ultimately lies in the hands of the touring party.

Australia has been “flexible and practical” to ensure that the England men’s cricket team will tour the country for the Ashes, but the fate of the series lies in the hands of the touring party, health minister Greg Hunt said on Tuesday.

Minister for health Greg Hunt
Minister for Health Greg Hunt. Photograph: Mick Tsikas/AAP

Greg Hunt: Ashes 2021/22 Happening Lies In The Hands Of England, But Australia Are Working To Be Flexible And Practical

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said in a statement that it will decide this week whether the proposed arrangements in Australia are sufficient for the Ashes 2021/22 tour to go ahead. Greg Hunt said Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison and sports minister Richard Colbeck had been working day and night with their British counterparts to ensure the series, which starts on December 8 in Brisbane, happens.

“Ultimately, it’s always in the hands of the touring party, but we’ve been working to be flexible and practical,” Greg Hunt told Sky News Australia on Tuesday.

England and Wales Cricket Board
England and Wales Cricket Board

“On the one hand, make sure that we have safety arrangements for Australia. On the other hand, to be practical and flexible to give that touring party every chance of coming here and to have the Ashes played this summer,” said Greg Hunt.

England captain Joe Root and other players have expressed doubts about the tour due to “bubble fatigue” and concerns their families will not be able to travel with them due to Australia’s strict COVID-19 protocols. As reported by local media, the five-Test series pours about 200 million AUD into Cricket Australia (CA) coffers through broadcast, sponsorship, and ticketing.

Australia’s health minister Greg Hunt said that the government is doing everything to ensure that England’s team can come and play the Ashes in December this year.

Cricket Australia Negotiating With England and Wales Cricket Board Over The Past 6 Months To Ensure Health And Wellbeing Of Both Squads

CA has been negotiating with authorities and the ECB over travel conditions and whether players’ families can visit during the Christmas and New Year periods.

“We have had regular and positive discussions with the ECB over the past six months on providing conditions which will allow players from both teams to perform at their best during the Ashes summer,” CA said in a statement.

“The health and wellbeing of both squads while ensuring the tour proceeds in a safe manner is a priority and we especially thank our government partners for all their support in this regard.”

Australia has strict limits on international arrivals and charges people thousands of dollars to isolate in designated quarantine hotels for a mandatory 14 days, regardless of their COVID-19 vaccination status. ECB said on Monday that its decision later this week could hinge on whether it can select a squad “befitting a series of this significance”.

“Later this week the ECB Board will meet to decide whether the conditions in place are sufficient for the Tour to go ahead and enable the selection of a squad befitting a series of this significance,” it said.

Sam Curran for CSK (Photo: Twitter/@IPL)
Sam Curran for CSK (Photo: Twitter/@IPL)

England and Wales Cricket Board warned the forthcoming Ashes 2021/22 will only go ahead if ECB can pick a squad “befitting a series of this significance”. The future of the Ashes tour will be settled by the end of this week.

The players and the England and Wales Cricket Board met over the weekend with representatives of Cricket Australia to discuss Covid-19  arrangements for the tour.  The players have been given the rest of the week to decide their availability, with doubts still existing over the strict quarantine rules for families and the strictness of the bubble once the team leaves quarantine.

England’s multi-format players, such as Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Mark Wood, Sam Curran, and Chris Woakes, wouldn’t be willing to spend up about four months away from their families as they will fly to Australia straight from the UAE, where the T20 World Cup will be held.
Moeen Ali, Sam Curran,  Tom Curran, George Garton, Eoin Morgan, Chris Jordan, Adil Rashid, Liam Livingstone, Sam Billings, and Jason Roy are the England players participating in the UAE leg of IPL 2021.
Ashes Urn Photo: cricket.com.au
Ashes Urn Photo: cricket.com.au
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England And Wales Cricket Board Warned Ashes 2021/22 Will Go Ahead Only If England Can Assemble A Strong Squad

England and Wales Cricket Board warned the forthcoming Ashes 2021/22 will only go ahead if ECB can pick a squad “befitting a series of this significance”. The future of the Ashes tour will be settled by the end of this week.

The players and the England and Wales Cricket Board met over the weekend with representatives of Cricket Australia to discuss Covid-19  arrangements for the tour.  The players have been given the rest of the week to decide their availability, with doubts still existing over the strict quarantine rules for families and the strictness of the bubble once the team leaves quarantine.

England and Wales Cricket Board
England and Wales Cricket Board

England And Wales Cricket Board Warns Ashes Will Go Ahead Only If Conditions Are Favourable And England Can Assemble A Strong Squad

Further meetings between the concerned players are expected during the week before they make a final decision on their availability. The England and Wales Cricket Board released a statement on Monday morning, just a few hours before those players involved in the Twenty20 World Cup fly out to Oman to begin their winter. If there are mass withdrawals as reported, it would dent the credibility of the Ashes, but postponement is a last resort.

“Over the weekend we have been talking to England men’s players and management to provide them with the latest information about the proposed arrangements for this winter’s scheduled Ashes tour,” said the England and Wales Cricket Board statement.

England, PTI
England, PTI

“We remain in regular and positive dialogue with Cricket Australia over these arrangements as the picture is constantly evolving. With health and wellbeing at the forefront, our focus is to ensure the tour can go ahead with conditions for players and management to perform at their best.”

“We will continue talking to our players this week to share the latest information and seek feedback. Later this week the ECB Board will meet to decide whether the conditions in place are sufficient for the Tour to go ahead and enable the selection of a squad befitting a series of this significance.”

To postpone the tour would be a financial disaster for Cricket Australia. Still, at the same time, England and Wales Cricket Board want to guarantee the best possible conditions for its players and their families, so it will continue to exert pressure behind the scenes this week.

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have released a statement on the Ashes tour, saying that they will make a decision over whether the conditions in place are sufficient for the tour to go ahead later this week. The Ashes tour to Australia has been in doubt due to the quarantine conditions and players’ families accompanying them for the five-match series.

Cricket Australia Tried Reassuring That Rules Will Be Relaxed

Cricket Australia tried to reassure the players that rules would be relaxed as Australia’s vaccination rate grew. The Government expected to open up the country once 80 per cent of the population have been double-jabbed, a target they expect to reach in early December.

Cricket Australia
Cricket Australia
It is understood that England’s key players, including captain Joe Root, will decide on their availability shortly. However, England’s multi-format players, such as Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Mark Wood, Sam Curran, and Chris Woakes, wouldn’t be willing to spend up about four months away from their families as they will fly to Australia straight from the UAE, where the T20 World Cup will be held.
Some of the players will also participate in the second half of the IPL 2021. England’s participation in the Ashes series has been a debatable issue in the last few months due to players’ concerns with the strict quarantine measures in Australia. Notably, the Australian government refused to relax the stringent quarantine protocols for the England players and their families.
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Tim Paine Didn’t Show Empathy, Says Nasser Hussain

Nasser Hussain said that England players getting criticized for their attitude towards quarantining in Australia ahead of the Ashes does not ‘sit comfortably’ with him.

Australia captain Tim Paine did not show empathy as a fellow professional for England players when he said that the Ashes will go ahead regardless of whether Joe Root boards the plane to Australia or not, said Nasser Hussain.

Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)
Nasser Hussain. (Photo by Gareth Copley/Getty Images)

Nasser Hussain: Tim Paine Didn’t Show Empathy

The former England captain said that current skipper Joe Root and the rest of the players have conducted themselves well, considering their hectic schedule and the number of days they had to spend in quarantine.

“When Tim Paine, Australia’s Test captain, spoke recently I didn’t hear much empathy from a fellow professional. Now others have jumped on the Ashes bandwagon, as if England are somehow trying to dodge an important series,” said Nasser Hussain.

Tim Paine recently said that England players have a choice to make as far as travelling to Australia is concerned for the Ashes later this year.

“They’ll have a choice to make, you either get on that plane or don’t,” Australia’s captain said on radio station SEN.

Australia Test skipper Tim Paine (Photo | AP)
Australia Test skipper Tim Paine (Photo | AP)

“No one is forcing you to come. If you don’t want to come, don’t come. The Ashes are going ahead. The first Test is on 8 December, whether Joe is here or not. There will be a squad of England players coming here.”

Tim Paine, Australia Test captain, said that the Ashes will begin on December 8 regardless of whether counterpart Joe Root is part of the tour amid ongoing uncertainty about the level of restrictions the tourists may face.

Nasser Hussain: England Has Played 18 Tests-The Most By Any Team Since Covid-19

Nasser Hussain said that England players have played many more Tests than Australia has since March 2020.

“England have played 18 Test matches since the start of the pandemic in March 2020. That’s five more than anyone else – and 14 more than Australia, whose four Tests all came at home against India last winter,” said Nasser Hussain.

England, PTI
England, PTI
“I’m quite proud of the way in which England’s Test team have kept the show on the road in difficult circumstances, moving in and out of bubbles and spending time away from their families. It’s draining. Mental health has suffered,” he said.
Australia has caps on international arrivals, and there is a mandatory 14-day hotel quarantine even for the fully vaccinated.  The first Australia vs England Test match will be contested at Brisbane’s Gabba from 8-12 December whereas, the 2nd Test match will be at the Adelaide Oval from 16-20 December, and it will be a Day-Night affair.
The iconic Boxing Day and New Year’s Tests will be played at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (26-30 December) and Sydney Cricket Ground (5-9 January), respectively, with the final 5th Test scheduled for Perth’s Optus Stadium (14-18 January).
It is understood that England’s key players, including captain Joe Root, will decide on their availability shortly. However, England’s multi-format players, such as Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Mark Wood, Sam Curran, and Chris Woakes, wouldn’t be willing to spend up about four months away from their families as they will fly to Australia straight from the UAE, where the T20 World Cup will be held.
Some of the players will also participate in the second half of the IPL 2021. England’s participation in the Ashes series has been a debatable issue in the last few months due to players’ concerns with the strict quarantine measures in Australia. Notably, the Australian government refused to relax the stringent quarantine protocols for the England players and their families.
Ruturaj Gaikwad
Ruturaj Gaikwad (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Brian Lara Praised ‘Orthodox’ Orange Cap Holder Ruturaj Gaikwad But His 101* Goes In Vain

Brian Lara, the former West Indies captain heaped rich praise on CSK opener Ruturaj Gaikwad, saying the young CSK opener is a testament to the fact that big runs can be scored in T20 cricket by playing orthodox cricket.

Brian Lara, the legendary batsman and former West Indies captain said he is hugely impressed by Ruturaj Gaikwad’s batsmanship in the ongoing 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL) after the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) opener hit a record-breaking century, albeit in a losing cause against Rajasthan Royals in Abu Dhabi on Saturday.

Ruturaj Gaikwad
Ruturaj Gaikwad (Image Credit: Twitter)

Brian Lara: Ruturaj Gaikwad Is In KL Rahul’s Category

Brian Lara said CSK opener Ruturaj Gaikwad proves that a batsman can score much-needed runs in T20 cricket with orthodox shots and it gives him great pleasure watching the CSK opener dominate the opposition with his silky gameplay.

Brian Lara’s comments came after Ruturaj Gaikwad took the Rajasthan bowlers to the cleaners on Saturday. The opener got off to a slow start, hitting 30 runs off his first 29 balls but he ended up with 101 not out in just 60 balls, helping CSK post a mammoth 189/4 in 20 overs after RR sent them in to bat.

Ruturaj Gaikwad showcased his class, hitting spinners inside-out and sending pacers on a leather hunt with his elegance. He needed a six off the last two balls of the CSK innings against RR to get to his maiden hundred and he missed the penultimate delivery.

However, Ruturaj Gaikwad held his stance and smashed the final delivery into the mid-wicket stands to become the youngest batsman to score a hundred for CSK in the IPL.

Brian Lara (Image Credit: Twitter)
Brian Lara (Image Credit: Twitter)

“Yeah, he could have been 135 if he had got more strike in the end overs. But it was a complete show of batsmanship. That’s what I like about him, seeing how he put that innings together, how he surged in the second half of the innings. He was just tremendous to watch,” Brian Lara told Star Sports.

“He shows that you can play good cricket shots and still score big runs. And that’s what I am proud of as a batsman. It was just remarkable and unbelievable. I will put him now in the KL Rahul category,” Brian Lara said. 

Ruturaj Gaikwad also bagged the Orange Cap from Punjab Kings skipper KL Rahul, becoming the first batsman in IPL 2021 to get to 500 runs. Ruturaj Gaikwad now has 508 runs in 12 matches at an average of over 50 and a strike rate over 140. But Yashasvi Jaiswal’s 50 and Shivam Dube’s unbeaten 64 saw Rajasthan reach 190 in the 18th over.

Ruturaj Gaikwad Carrying CSK’s Batting At The Moment: Ajit Agarkar

The 24-year-old grabbed the limelight in IPL 2020, providing CSK fans something to cheer for with three fifties in a season where the 3-time champions failed to qualify for the play-offs. He has grown from strength to strength, leading the CSK batting unit. Lauding the young opener, former India pacer Ajit Agarkar said Ruturaj Gaikwad is carrying the CSK batting unit on his shoulders in IPL 2021.

“He took a little bit of time to get his first 30 rims and after that, he just took off. For me, he has been the find for CSK in the last season and a half. He is improving with every game. He is carrying their batting at the moment. He needed 6 off the last two balls. He misses one and hits the last one, it’s incredible,” Agarkar said.

Ajit Agarkar Photo: AFP
Ajit Agarkar Photo: AFP

Ruturaj Gaikwad, promising Chennai Super Kings batsman recalled how he overcame his early struggles in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 where he scored just 5 runs in the first three games.

Gaikwad smashed a hat-trick of half-centuries in the last three games to amass 204 runs averaging 51 in 6 games after scoring 5 runs in the first 3 outings. He scored unbeaten 65, 72, and unbeaten 62 as CSK won the last 3 games but finished 7th.

He has played 12 games in IPL 2021 so far amassing 508 runs averaging 50.8 besides being the 4th batsman to score a ton in IPL 2021 after Devdutt Padikkal, Jos Buttler, and Sanju Samson.

Andrew Strauss
Andrew Strauss
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The Ashes 2021/22 Need To Go Ahead: Andrew Strauss

Andrew Strauss, the former England captain has advised England players to board the plane for the Ashes tour if selected. England’s participation in the Ashes series has been a debatable issue in the last few months due to players’ concerns with the strict quarantine measures in Australia. Notably, the Australian government refused to relax the stringent quarantine protocols for the England players and their families.

It is understood that England’s key players, including captain Joe Root, will decide on their availability shortly. England’s multi-format players, such as Jos Buttler, Jonny Bairstow, Mark Wood, Sam Curran, and Chris Woakes wouldn’t be willing to spend up about four months away from their families as they will fly to Australia straight from the UAE, where the T20 World Cup will be held. Some of the players will also participate in the second half of the IPL 2021.

Andrew Strauss. (Image Credits: Twitter)
Andrew Strauss. (Image Credits: Twitter)

Andrew Strauss: The Ashes Need To Go Ahead

However, Andrew Strauss earmarked the Ashes as the most significant event in the Test calendar and all the stakeholders need to make it happen by making compromises.

“To me, the Ashes need to go ahead. We are learning to live with Covid in this country and Australia is in a slightly different place. But the Ashes means a lot to a lot of people, and some of them are people that are going through a tough time themselves. There is a way of making it happen and I think we are moving in the right direction. I think there will be accommodations made and that families will get out there.”

Australia Test skipper Tim Paine (Photo | AP)
Australia Test skipper Tim Paine (Photo | AP)

While Andrew Strauss stated he understands every player’s plight, he added that they must not pull out of an Ashes tour, if selected. He trusts both cricketing boards to find a workable solution for everyone.

“Personally, I think if you are selected on an Ashes tour, you should go. An Ashes tour is not the one to pull out of, in my opinion. But I understand that everyone sees things slightly differently. But I think that between Cricket Australia, the Australian government and the ECB, they will find a way that works for both the players and their families.”

Australian Test captain Tim Paine believes the Ashes 2021/22 will take place, irrespective of which set of English players decide to board the plane. He copped flak from the England fans for his lack of empathy and consideration.

Andrew Strauss: England Should Not Be Over Dependant On James Anderson And Stuart Broad

Andrew Strauss further said the tourists would have a daunting task even if all their key players are available. He expressed concerns about the batting unit which failed against New Zealand and India and thinks James Anderson and Stuart Broad cannot be overly relied on to help England regain the urn.

James Anderson
James Anderson (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

The 44-year old added: “I think we are going to have to play a lot better than we did this summer, put it that way. Our top order needs to function better than it has done for a long time. Playing against the new ball in Australia is a very tough thing to do. There will be a lot of responsibility on our bowling attack. Jimmy Anderson and Stuart Broad will have a role to play but we can’t just rely on them to win us the Ashes.”

The hosts are the current holders of the Ashes as Tim Paine’s men retained the urn in England in 2019.

Stuart Broad confirmed that he will be part of the Ashes 2021/22 tour if his fitness permits him to play but added that England’s players still need more details about the Covid-19 restrictions they will undergo in Australia.

It is expected that some of England’s multi-format players will withdraw from the trip regardless of the final protocols that are put in place but Stuart Broad, who is a single-format player and could even have an outside chance of captaining the side if Joe Root isn’t available, has committed to being there.

Deep Dasgupta
Deep Dasgupta. (Photo Source: Instagram)
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Better Words Should Be Used In Case Of A Disagreement, Says Deep Dasgupta

Deep Dasgupta, the former India wicketkeeper, was disappointed with the language used while expressing his opinion on the Ravichandran Ashwin-Eoin Morgan debacle. The on-field altercation between the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain and the Delhi Capitals (DC) all-rounder has sparked a debate among the cricketing fraternity, including prominent ex-cricketers.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Eoin Morgan both expressed their thoughts behind the incident after the culmination of the match. Deep Dasgupta felt the entire concept of “spirit of cricket” is very vague, making it a hard line to tread. Ravichandran Ashwin called his Delhi Capitals (DC) skipper Rishabh Pant for a run after a throw ricocheted, having hit the latter during an IPL 2021 clash against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Sharjah.

Deep Dasgupta. Photo Credit (Twitter)
Deep Dasgupta. Photo Credit (Twitter)

Deep Dasgupta: Disgrace And Ashamed Are Very Harsh Words, And Better Words Should Be Used In Case Of A Disagreement

More than the incident, the events that have unravelled since it took place have particularly concerned Deep Dasgupta. While he does not hold an issue with someone expressing their opinion against something, he firmly believes the right language must be used.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Deep Dasgupta said: “My opinion can be different and I may disagree with Ashwin, and that is fine. But the words that have been used so far like ‘disgrace’ and ‘ashamed,’ these are very harsh words. These are extremely, extremely harsh words. If there is only disagreement, better words could have been used.”

Ravichandran Ashwin of Delhi Capitals reacts with Tim Southee during the Indian Premier League match.(PTI)
Ravichandran Ashwin of Delhi Capitals reacts with Tim Southee during the Indian Premier League match. (PTI)

“Just because your thoughts are different and mine are different from yours, does not mean words like these are used. Especially from influential people and role models in cricket. Fewl weird hearing things like these from them.”

According to Ravichandran Ashwin, he was called a “disgrace” by the opposition skipper, and even Shane Warne used the terms “ashamed” and “disgraced” when it came to Ravichandran Ashwin’s actions. The incident follows in the footsteps of ugly on-field interactions from previous editions.

Deep Dasgupta: If Spirit Of Cricket Is Adhered To, There Shouldn’t Be An Issue

Deep Dasgupta noted that as long as the spirit of the game is being mended legally, there should not be an issue.

He added: “What I think is that, the rules of the game is a line, and the spirit of the cricket can be drawn anywhere inside the line , depends on you. The line is a barrier, as long as it is being drawn inside of it, there should not be any issue.”

KKR captain Eoin Morgan Twitter/@KKRiders
KKR captain Eoin Morgan. Twitter/@KKRiders

After Ravichandran Ashwin’s dismissal, KKR bowler Tim Southee and skipper Eoin Morgan got involved in a heated argument with the Indian spinner over the extra run taken. While Ravichandran Ashwin ended up with the last laugh by scalping Eoin Morgan for a duck, it was KKR who won the contest by 3 wickets with 10 balls to spare and delayed DC’s qualification for the playoffs.

KKR, however, went on to win the game by 3 wickets with 10 balls to spare. DC’s Rishabh Pant and Steve Smith scored 39 each, while KKR’s Sunil Narine scored a cameo (21 runs off 10 balls) besides taking 2 scalps. Nitish Rana top-scored for KKR with unbeaten 36 runs.

In the IPL 2019, Ravichandran Ashwin had come under criticism after running out Rajasthan Royals’ Jos Buttler before delivering the ball, although the dismissal is perfectly legal as per the laws.

Brief Scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 130/7 (Nitish Rana 36*, Shubman Gill 30; Avesh Khan 3/13) beat Delhi Capitals 127/9 (Rishabh Pant 39, Steve Smith 39; Sunil Narine 2/18) by 3 wickets.  

Delhi Capitals player Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo | IPL)
Delhi Capitals player Ravichandran Ashwin. (Photo | IPL)
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Brad Hogg Insists To Play According To The Laws Referring Ravichandran Ashwin’s Controversial Run

The former Australian spinner, Brad Hogg, the “spirit of cricket” debate over an extra run taken by Ravichandran Ashwin during an IPL game needless. According to Brad Hogg, there are rules in place, and that’s all that matters.

Opinions have been split among the cricket fraternity over Ravichandran Ashwin calling his Delhi Capitals (DC) skipper Rishabh Pant for a run after a throw ricocheted having hit the latter. During an Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 clash against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Sharjah, the incident occurred.

Brad Hogg was a part of two World Cup-winning Australian teams; 2003 and 2007 © Getty Images
Brad Hogg was a part of two World Cup-winning Australian teams; 2003 and 2007 © Getty Images.

Brad Hogg: Unwritten Rules Should Be Scraped

After Ravichandran Ashwin’s dismissal, KKR bowler Tim Southee and skipper Eoin Morgan got involved in a heated argument with the Indian spinner over the extra run taken. Sharing his views on the controversy, Brad Hogg wondered what Eoin Morgan would have done had Rishabh Pant refused the run, and Ravichandran Ashwin would have got run out.

The former chinaman bowler Brad Hogg wrote on Twitter: “If Pant (knowing the throw hit him) turned his back on Ashwin who looking for the second had to retreat causing a run out would Morgan have called him back? “

Brad Hogg said:”Unwritten rules should be scraped, play to the laws. #IPL2021.”

Ravichandran Ashwin of Delhi Capitals reacts during the Indian Premier League match.(PTI)
Ravichandran Ashwin of Delhi Capitals reacts during the Indian Premier League match. (PTI)

Virender Sehwag Considers Dinesh Karthik Biggest Culprit

Former India cricketer Virender Sehwag described KKR keeper former skipper Dinesh Karthik as the “biggest culprit” in the spirit of cricket controversy. According to Virender Sehwag, Dinesh Karthik shouldn’t have divulged all the details about what happened between Ravichandran Ashwin and Eoin Morgan.

Speaking to Cricbuzz, Sehwag said: “I consider Dinesh Karthik the biggest culprit in all this. If he had not talked about what Morgan said, there would have been no such uproar. If he had said, “It was nothing much, just an argument, it happens in the game, move on,” then it would have come out in that sense only. What was the need for an explanation that someone thinks this or that?”

At the post-match conference following the game’s conclusion, keeper Dinesh Karthik admitted that the altercation between Ravichandran Ashwin and Eoin Morgan took place due to the extra run. He also went on to narrate details of the incident.

Sehwag concluded: “The spirit of the game also says that players should leave what happens inside the ground as is and move on.”

Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag (Image Credit: Twitter)

Delhi Capitals’ Ravichandran Ashwin took to Twitter to observe that he didn’t realize the ball had deflected off Rishabh Pant’s body when the duo pinched the extra run via an overthrow, which in turn upset Kolkata Knight Riders’ fielders in the 41st game of the IPL 2021.

Ravichandran Ashwin also said he had the right to take the extra run even if he knew it had ricocheted off a batter’s body. Ravichandran Ashwin, the off-spinner, will next be seen in action when DC faces Mumbai Indians (MI) on Saturday, October 2 in Sharjah.

In the IPL 2019, Ravichandran Ashwin had come under criticism after running out Rajasthan Royals’ Jos Buttler before delivering the ball, although the dismissal is perfectly legal as per the laws.

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