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Anrich Nortje Expressed Disappointment To Not Win An Elusive IPL 2021 Title For Delhi Capitals

Anrich Nortje, Delhi Capitals pacer said he was “proud” to be a part of the set-up but expressed “disappointed” on not being able to clinch the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 trophy.

Delhi Capitals’ IPL 2021 campaign ended with a hurtful defeat as Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) got over the line courtesy of Rahul Tripathi’s six-off Ravichandran Ashwin in the final over.

Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals (Image Credit: Twitter)

Anrich Nortje Feels Proud Of Delhi Capitals Achievement And Disappointed To Not Win Elusive IPL 2021 Title

Anrich Nortje shared pictures from his IPL 2021 campaign and thanked fans who supported Delhi Capitals.

“In sport and in life, things move so rapidly. Can’t believe how time went by with this amazing bunch. Proud of what we achieved and disappointed that we couldn’t get the trophy. Thank you to everyone involved, especially the fans for sticking with us,” Anrich Nortje tweeted.

Anrich Nortje
Anrich Nortje (Image Credit: Twitter)

Delhi Capitals brought in Anrich Nortje as a replacement for Chris Woakes ahead of IPL 2020 and the South African speedster, in his maiden IPL season, delivered the goods for Delhi Capitals, scalping as many as 22 wickets in 16 games. The right-arm pacer proved his worth yet again in IPL 2021 by picking 12 scalps for Delhi Capitals in 8 games averaging a mere 15.58.

Shimron Hetmyer Thanks Delhi Capitals For Giving Him Opportunity To Represent The Franchise

West Indies star batter Shimron Hetmyer thanked Delhi Capitals for giving him the opportunity to represent the side in the IPL 2021. Shimron Hetmyer managed to score 242 runs in 14 IPL 2021 games averaging a decent 34.57 at an excellent strike rate of 168.05- the best of the season.

“Thanks to @DelhiCapitals for supporting me and giving me the opportunity to represent you guys really enjoyed it,” Hetmyer tweeted.

Shimron Hetmyer (Photo: BCCI/IPL/ANI)
Shimron Hetmyer (Photo: BCCI/IPL/ANI)

After the defeat, Delhi Capitals (DC) head coach Ricky Ponting said he would like to retain each and every player on his team for the IPL 2022.

“I would like to keep everyone, to be honest. We have got this terrific group of people at the Delhi Capitals. The playing staff and the coaches have done an amazing job for the last couple of seasons and I think our performances so to speak for themselves,” said Ponting during the post-match press conference.

Ricky Ponting also said Delhi Capitals failed to utilize the powerplay and were eight to 10 runs short of the good first six overs score in the game. Needing 136 runs to win, KKR was off to a brisk start, courtesy of Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer. The pair cashed in on all the scoring opportunities but DC though managed to get Venkatesh Iyer out when he and Shubman Gill were inching closer to a hundred-run stand.

While Nitish Rana and Shubman Gill added 27 runs together, DC continued to put in a fight and scalped three wickets, conceding just three runs as KKR moved from 123/1 to 126/4 at the end of the 18th over – an over where Kagiso Rabada conceded just a run and picked up a wicket. Anrich Nortje then had the better of Eoin Morgan in the penultimate over as DC pushed KKR to score 7 runs in the final over.

Ravichandran Ashwin then scalped two wickets, dismissing Shakib Al Hasan and Sunil Narine – in the first four balls of the last over. However, with 6 runs to get from the last 2 balls, Rahul Tripathi creamed a maximum to help KKR seal a place in the final.

Brief Scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 136/7 (Venkatesh Iyer 55, Shubman Gill 46; Kagiso Rabada 2/23) beat Delhi Capitals 135/5 (Shikhar Dhawan 36, Shreyas Iyer 30*; Varun Chakravarthy 2/26) by 3 wickets. 

File image of former India captain Sunil Gavaskar | AFP
File image of former India captain Sunil Gavaskar | AFP
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Rishabh Pant Could Have Stepped In And Defused The Situation In The KKR-DC Match In IPL 2021: Sunil Gavaskar

Sunil Gavaskar said that Delhi Capitals captain Rishabh Pant could have stepped or refused to take the contentious run when a row erupted between his teammate Ravichandran Ashwin and Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Eoin Morgan in an IPL 2021 match.

While most of the debate in the row between Ravichandran Ashwin and Eoin Morgan during the Indian Premier League (IPL) match was around who of the two was right or wrong, former India captain and batting great Sunil Gavaskar said that Delhi Capitals skipper and Ravichandran Ashwin’s teammate Rishabh Pant could have defused the situation.

Rishabh Pant
Rishabh Pant (Image Credit: Twitter)

Ravichandran Ashwin Ran An Extra Run Which Resulted In An Exchange Of Words With Tim Southee And Eoin Morgan

The row erupted after Ravichandran Ashwin ran an extra run when the ball hit Rishabh Pant after a throw. It was Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) fast bowler Tim Southee who exchanged words with Ravichandran Ashwin first and then KKR skipper Eoin Morgan.

Ravichandran Ashwin then celebrated animatedly when he dismissed Eoin Morgan during the KKR innings. KKR wicketkeeper Dinesh Karthik later explained that Eoin Morgan had taken exception to Ravichandran Ashwin taking the extra run.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Eoin Morgan had a heated exchange during KKR vs DC match.© IPL
Ravichandran Ashwin and Eoin Morgan had a heated exchange during KKR vs DC match.© IPL

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.

Sunil Gavaskar: Rishabh Pant Could Have Stepped In And Defused The Situation

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.

“What nobody asked is, why did Pant run? He was the one who was struck by the ball and if at all anybody should have known that the tradition is not to take the run after the ball is deflected, then it was the Delhi skipper. Maybe, in the heat of the battle and the anxiety to add runs to the team’s total, he took that extra run,” Sunil Gavaskar wrote in his column for Mid-Day.

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

“But why blame Ashwin? He may not have even seen the ball hitting his skipper as he would be intent on getting to his end and may have only seen the ball that was away from a fielder and so responded for the extra run.

“Pant could have stepped in and defused the situation, but in the intensity of the battle and especially in the hot and humid desert atmosphere, it is extremely tough to keep a cool head, so he may have not realised what had happened,” explained Sunil Gavaskar.

In the 19th over of the Delhi Capitals innings, Ravichandran Ashwin and Rishabh Pant ran an overthrow after Rahul Tripathi’s shy from point had taken a ricochet off Rishabh Pant at the non-striker’s end. However, an argument broke out in the next over once Tim Southee had dismissed Ravichandran Ashwin.

Eoin Morgan quickly joined in, giving a mouthful to the spinner while Dinesh Karthik rushed in to play peacemaker. Ravichandran Ashwin later said that he hadn’t seen the ball striking Rishabh Pant but he would have taken that run even if he had.

While several former cricketers backed Ravichandran Ashwin as he was within the rules to take the extra run, some slammed the Delhi Capitals spinner for his action. Now, batting legend Sunil Gavaskar has shared his views on the incident and said it is unfair to blame Ravichandran Ashwin.

Jason Gillespie, former Australia fast bowler has hit back at compatriot Shane Warne over the dispute between Ravichandran Ashwin and Eoin Morgan in IPL 2021. (Source- Twitter)
Jason Gillespie, former Australia fast bowler has hit back at compatriot Shane Warne over the dispute between Ravichandran Ashwin and Eoin Morgan in IPL 2021. (Source- Twitter)
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Jason Gillespie Reacts To Shane Warne’s Comments On Ravichandran Ashwin-Eoin Morgan Spat In IPL 2021

Jason Gillespie, the former Australian pacer, has hit back at his former teammate Shane Warne for the latter’s comment on the Ravichandran Ashwin-Eoin Morgan saga.

Ravichandran Ashwin, playing for Delhi Capitals, was involved in an ugly altercation with Kolkata Knight Riders captain Eoin Morgan during a recent game after the former claimed a single after the ball had ricocheted off non -striker skipper Rishabh Pant.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Eoin Morgan had a heated exchange during KKR vs DC match.© IPL
Ravichandran Ashwin and Eoin Morgan had a heated exchange during KKR vs DC match.© IPL

Jason Gillespie Not In Favour Of Blaming Cricketer Playing Within The Cricket Laws

Shane Warne took to Twitter after the incident, offering full support to KKR skipper Eoin Morgan for ‘nailing’ Ravichandran Ashwin, terming the off-spinner’s act ‘disgraceful’.

Shane Warne wrote: “The world shouldn’t be divided on this topic and Ashwin. It’s pretty simple – it’s disgraceful & should never happen. Why does Ashwin have to be that guy again, I think @Eoin16 had every right to nail him !!!!”

Shane Warne - Getty Images
Shane Warne – Getty Images

Replying to Shane Warne’s comment, his former Australian teammate Jason Gillespie proceeded to copy the first few lines of the leg-spinner’s tweet before adding a line of his own. The former Australian player asserted that players have every right to choose how they wish to play as long as they don’t contradict any prescribed rules.

Jason Gillespie wrote: “The world shouldn’t be divided on this topic and Ashwin. It’s pretty simple- it’s disgraceful & should never happen. Why do we blame the player that plays within the laws of the game? I believe players have every right to play within the laws of the game as set out by the MCC.”

Following the incident, Ravichandran Ashwin wrote a detailed thread on Twitter. There he clarified that he didn’t know that the ball had ricocheted off Rishabh Pant’s arm. He also asserted that he would have still gone for the run had he known it (ricocheting off Rishabh Pant’s arm). That’s because it’s not illegal as per the laws of the game.

Jason Gillespie: Everyone Should Focus On The MCC Prescribed Laws

Ravichandran Ashwin also called out his critics for seeking a moral high ground. He asserted that every player has the right to decide how they want to go about their business. Meanwhile, this is not the first time Jason Gillespie has spoken about the saga and the debate around the illusionary ‘spirit of cricket’.

Jason Gillespie on Friday wrote on Twitter that the definition of “spirit of cricket” differs from country to country or even state to state. He also said that it’s better for players and everyone associated with the game to focus on the MCC’s prescribed laws.

Jason Gillespie managed to play an unbeaten knock of 201 against Bangladesh in Chattogram.
Jason Gillespie managed to play an unbeaten knock of 201 against Bangladesh in Chattogram. (File Photo | AFP).

Jason Gillespie wrote: ”The ‘spirit of cricket’, and what constitutes this, differs from country to country, and in some cases, between states/counties/provinces/islands. The laws of the game are in place. Stick to them, and the grey areas within our game are removed.”

Ravichandran Ashwin had the last laugh in his battle against Eoin Morgan, dismissing the left-hander for a second-ball duck. KKR, though, ended up winning the game by three wickets on the night. Ravichandran Ashwin called his Delhi Capitals (DC) skipper Rishabh Pant for an extra run after a throw ricocheted, having hit the latter during an IPL 2021 clash against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Sharjah.

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, KKR won the contest by three wickets with ten balls to spare and delayed DC’s qualification for the playoffs.

In the 19th over of the Delhi Capitals innings, Ravichandran Ashwin and Rishabh Pant ran an overthrow after Rahul Tripathi’s shy from point had taken a ricochet off Rishabh Pant at the non-striker’s end. However, an argument broke out in the next over once Tim Southee had dismissed Ravichandran Ashwin. Eoin Morgan quickly joined in, giving a mouthful to the spinner while Dinesh Karthik rushed in to play peacemaker.

Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik
Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik | Photo - IPL |
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Virender Sehwag Blames Dinesh Karthik For Being Public With The Heated Spat

Virender Sehwag has laid blame on Dinesh Karthik for the ‘spirit of cricket’ controversy when heated arguments took place between Eoin Morgan and Ravichandran Ashwin during the ongoing leg of the IPL 2021.

Such is the nature of the event that the Indian Premier League (IPL) can hardly stay away from controversy. The 2021 season has been no exception with a heated spat on the pitch between Eoin Morgan and Ravichandran Ashwin giving birth to the seasons’ biggest flare-up so far.

Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant try to be the peacemakers in Eoin Morgan and R Ashwin's argument(Twitter)
Dinesh Karthik, Rishabh Pant try to be the peacemakers in Eoin Morgan and Ravichandran Ashwin’s argument(Twitter)

Virender Sehwag Blames Dinesh Karthik For Divulging Details Of The Incident To Media

Ravichandran Ashwin’s decision to go for another run after a throw deflected for an overthrow after hitting Delhi Capitals skipper Rishabh Pant had angered KKR skipper Eoin Morgan. In the aftermath, a big ‘spirit of cricket’ debate has occupied the cricketing fraternity with a deep divide amongst fans on who is in the right and wrong things. While the war of words from all sides continues, former cricketer Virender Sehwag has blamed Dinesh Karthik for divulging the details of the incident to the media.

Talking to Cricbuzz, Virender 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?”

Former KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik (Photo | PTI)
Former KKR skipper Dinesh Karthik (Photo | PTI)

In the virtual post-match press conference following the culmination of the Kolkata Knight and Delhi Capitals match, Karthik had claimed he played peacemaker saying, “Rahul Tripathi threw the ball, it hit Rishabh Pant, and then it ricocheted off that. Then Ashwin called for it and they started to run. I don’t think Morgan appreciates that.”

“He is somebody who, when the ball hits the batsman or the pad, expects them not to run in the spirit of cricket. It’s a very grey area and a very interesting topic. I have my own opinion on it but at the moment I’d just say I am happy I played peacemaker and things have come to a good standstill right now.”

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.

Virender Sehwag Prefers Remaining Quiet If A Flare Up Occurs: What Happens Inside Should Remain Inside

Virender Sehwag recounted an incident from his playing days with Punjab Kings to elaborate on why he believes Dinesh Karthik should have stayed quiet.

“Even when I was playing for Punjab, Ashwin dismissed Maxwell, picked up some dust and blew it off [in celebration]. I didn’t like that scene either but I didn’t come out publicly to say that he should not have done that or it was against the spirit of the game, although MS Dhoni was very angry about it and scolded him a lot too,” said Virender Sehwag.

Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag (Image Credit: Twitter)

He added “Even when I was playing for Punjab, Ashwin dismissed Maxwell, picked up some dust, and blew it off [in celebration]. I didn’t like that scene either but I didn’t come out publicly to say that he should not have done that or it was against the spirit of the game, although MS Dhoni was very angry about it and scolded him a lot too.” 

The former Indian opener stressed the importance of players leaving what happens on the ground inside the ground.

“What happens inside should remain inside. If more things from the inside start coming out, I can guarantee every match will have something like this that will cause an uproar. The spirit of the game also says that players should leave what happens inside the ground as is and move on,” said Virender Sehwag. 

Ravichandran Ashwin called his Delhi Capitals (DC) skipper Rishabh Pant for an extra run after a throw ricocheted, having hit the latter during an IPL 2021 clash against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Sharjah.

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, KKR won the contest by three wickets with ten balls to spare and delayed DC’s qualification for the playoffs.

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.

Yuvraj Singh celebrates after guiding India to victory against Australia in the quarter-finals of the 2011 ODI World Cup | AFP / Manan Vatsyayana
Yuvraj Singh celebrates after guiding India to victory against Australia in the quarter-finals of the 2011 ODI World Cup | AFP / Manan Vatsyayana
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There’s A Lot Of Yuvraj Singh’s Flair In Venkatesh Iyer’s Batting After His Impressive Knocks In IPL 2021 vs RCB, MI: Parthiv Patel

Parthiv Patel lavished praise on Kolkata Knight Riders’ youngster Venkatesh Iyer after the latter’s impressive showing with the willow in the UAE leg of IPL 2021.

Kolkata Knight Riders opening batsman Venkatesh Iyer grabbed eyeballs with his fine knocks against Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians in the ongoing UAE leg of Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021.

There's A Lot Of Yuvraj Singh's Flair In Venkatesh Iyer's Batting After His Impressive Knocks In IPL 2021 vs RCB, MI: Parthiv Patel 1
Venkatesh Iyer has impressed for KKR in the UAE leg of the IPL 2021 so far.© BCCI/IPL

Parthiv Patel: There’s A Lot Of Yuvraj Singh In Venkatesh Iyer’s Batting

Venkatesh Iyer remained unbeaten on 41 against RCB in a 9 wicket win and brought up his maiden IPL half-century against defending champions Mumbai Indians in the next game. Impressed with the left-hander’s batting prowess, former India wicketkeeper-batsman Parthiv Patel said Venkatesh Iyer’s flair reminds him of Yuvraj Singh.

“There is a lot of Yuvraj Singh in his (Venkatesh Iyer) batting. He has a bit of flow into him. I mean, sure, you don’t compare him to Yuvraj Singh but here you talk about the bat flow, the shots, the drive… standing upright. The backfoot drive which he played I thought was the shot of the day,” Parthiv Patel said on the pre-match show for the official broadcasters Star Sports.

Parthiv Patel, whose father had passed away on 26th September played 25 Tests, 38 One Day Internationals (ODIs), and 2 T20Is for Team India. Parthiv Patel has scored 934 runs in Tests while he has 736 runs to his name in ODIs. In T20Is, he scored 36 runs. After retiring from cricket, Parthiv Patel is currently playing the role of a commentator. He is currently doing commentary in IPL 2021.

File photo of Parthiv Patel with Mumbai Indians | Sandeep Shetty – Sportzpics – IPL
File photo of Parthiv Patel with Mumbai Indians | Sandeep Shetty – Sportzpics – IPL

On Sunday, Venkatesh Iyer scored 18 runs against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) as KKR suffered their first defeat in the UAE leg of IPL 2021. Venkatesh Iyer’s contribution at the top of the order has given the likes of skipper Eoin Morgan, Andre Russell and Dinesh Karthik to come in and play big shots from the word go. Despite going down against CSK in a last-ball thriller on Sunday, KKR are still placed fourth on the IPL 2021 points table.

KKR Named Tim Southee In Place Of Injured Andre Russell And Sandeep Warrier In Place Of Expensive Prasidh Krishna Against Delhi Capitals

The Kolkata-based franchise will be up against Rishabh Pant’s Delhi Capitals in Sharjah on Tuesday. While KKR will look to get back to winning ways, Delhi Capitals will be aiming to continue their unbeaten run in the UAE.

Tim Southee is the third-highest wicket-taker in T20I cricket, with 99 strikes in 83 games Associated Press
Tim Southee is the third-highest wicket-taker in T20I cricket, with 99 strikes in 83 games Associated Press

Kolkata Knight Riders skipper Eoin Morgan won the toss and elected to bowl first in their Indian Premier League match against Delhi Capitals. KKR made a couple of changes from the previous game with injured all-rounder Andre Russell and out-of-form pacer Prasidh Krishna making way for Kiwi quick Tim Southee and fast bowler Sandeep Warrier. For the Delhi Capitals, the injured Prithvi Shaw made way for Australian Steve Smith in the playing XI.

In 40 IPL games, Tim Southee has picked 28 wickets at an economy rate of 8.47. He came as a replacement player for Pat Cummins who picked 9 scalps in 7 games averaging 26.33 besides scoring 93 runs averaging 31 in the first half of IPL 2021 in India.

Playing XI – Delhi Capitals

Shikhar Dhawan, Steven Smith, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c/wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Lalit Yadav, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan

Playing XI – Kolkata Knight Riders

Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Nitish Rana, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Varun Chakaravarthy, Sandeep Warrier

Venkatesh Iyer and Rahul Tripatih during their 88-run partnership, Image: BCCI
Venkatesh Iyer and Rahul Tripatih during their 88-run partnership, Image: BCCI
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Sanjay Manjrekar Credits Venkatesh Iyer And Rahul Tripathi For The Resurgence Of KKR In IPL 2021 UAE Leg

Sanjay Manjrekar credited the batting duo of Venkatesh Iyer and Rahul Tripathi for the resurgence of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the second phase of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 in UAE. The attacking starts that they have provided at the top of the order have helped the side put up decent totals on the board.

KKR won just two out of their first seven matches in the first leg. They started the second leg in whirlwind fashion, however, winning their first two matches comprehensively. They then went down to the table-toppers Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in a closely fought contest in the third match, which was decided in the last ball.

Sanjay Manjrekar | Sportzpics
Sanjay Manjrekar | Sportzpics.

The free-flowing batting of openers Venkatesh Iyer and Rahul Tripathi has helped reduce KKR’s dependence on the senior batsmen in the side, reckons Sanjay Manjrekar.

“Kolkata, it’s been quite a story in this Indian T20 league. The resurgence of Kolkata in the second half. It’s really on the back of two players. One cost them (INR) 20 lakhs, the other (INR) 60 lakhs. I am talking about Venkatesh Iyer and Rahul Tripathi. These guys have set to light the whole platform for Kolkata to the extent that they have not had to rely so much on the likes of Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, or Morgan,” Sanjay Manjrekar said on Instagram.

Sanjay Manjrekar lauded the bowling unit of KKR, especially the spin duo of Varun Chakravarthy and Sunil Narine.

“Bowling is looking really formidable. Both spinners, Varun Chakravarthy and Sunil Narine, showing class in the last couple of games. Lockie Ferguson, good death bowler. If Russell is fit, he bowls in the death as well. And they will be hoping that he is fit.”

Sanjay Manjrekar shared his concerns about pacer Prasidh Krishna’s bowling at the death overs. The expensive penultimate over against CSK cost his side the match on Sunday (September 26). Sanjay Manjrekar felt KKR could use their spinners more at the death.

“Maybe Kolkata could look to use Prasidh Krishna in the first 16-17 overs. And if he doesn’t bowl his full quota of four overs, maybe they could not use him at the death and have Varun Chakravarthy and Sunil Narine to bowl at the death, because these are bowlers capable of bowling in the death. A lot of power hitters aren’t so good at death when it comes to hitting the spin.”

Prasidh Krishna has been expensive as his economy rate is above 9. Right from his debut IPL season in 2018, he has leaked more than 9 runs per over every time. His IPL career average is also above 35, so he may be rested for the next few games and the likes of Shivam Mavi, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, and Sandeep Warrier may be tried out.

Sanjay Manjrekar: Delhi Capitals Is A Formidable Side And The Best Team In IPL 2021

Sanjay Manjrekar reckons Delhi Capitals (DC) is the best side in the IPL based on their current form. He pointed out that their bench strength allows the Delhi Capitals to be at their best even when a regular player misses out on a game citing the example when Marcus Stoinis wasn’t fit, DC played only 3 instead of 4 overseas players and yet won.

“Delhi is a formidable side. As of today or in current form, it is the best team in this T20 league. When you call a big team, that is a team that doesn’t have any major weaknesses. In the last game, when Stoinis wasn’t fit, they played Lalit Yadav and it didn’t affect their performance. When they miss a player, it doesn’t affect their team drastically,” Sanjay Manjrekar added.

The only weakness the Delhi Capitals have, according to the commentator Sanjay Manjrekar, would be their dependence on two finger spinners. He wants Rishabh Pant to play wrist-spinner Amit Mishra to change that up.

“If at all there is a little weakness, maybe two finger spinners is a gamble. If you get a flat pitch and a power-hitting batting unit in the opposition, that can be a bit of a risk. So maybe Amit Mishra could get some games on occasion, because, every time he has played for Delhi, he has made quite a mark,” Sanjay Manjrekar signed off.

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, which eventually led to the postponement of IPL 2021 in India.

DC are placed second in the pecking order with eight wins and 16 points from 10 outings, while two-time winners KKR find themselves in the fourth position with four wins and six defeats.

Predicted Playing 11s

KKR Predicted 11:  Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Andre Russell/ Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh Krishna/ Shivam Mavi

DC Predicted 11:  Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c/wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Marcus Stoinis/Lalit Yadav, R Ashwin/ Amit Mishra, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan

Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum BCCI
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Prithvi Shaw’s Innings A Template Of How KKR Wants To Play, Says Brendon McCullum

Brendon McCullum, KKR’s head coach is not impressed with the way the campaign has gone for the Knights in the ongoing 14th edition of the IPL after suffering a seven-wicket defeat at the hands of Delhi Capitals on Thursday which sees Kolkata Knight Riders sitting at the fifth spot in the points table with just two wins after seven games.

Both Brendon McCullum and skipper Eoin Morgan are associated with playing an aggressive brand of cricket. But the KKR hasn’t managed to do that and Brendon McCullum says it has been nothing short of disappointing at how the team has played so far, including the loss to DC.

KKR coach Brendon McCullum (left) and captain Eoin Morgan at training. (Twitter)
KKR coach Brendon McCullum (left) and captain Eoin Morgan at training. (Twitter)

Brendon Mccullum: Prithvi Shaw’s Innings Was A Template Of How KKR Wants To Play With An Aggressive Approach

Prithvi Shaw scored the fastest fifty of Indian Premier League 2021 on Thursday during the chase of 155 against Kolkata Knight Riders as due to his 41-ball 82, Delhi Capitals pulled off a comprehensive 7-wicket win to grab second place on the points table.

“I am glad you asked me this. It is very disappointing, as a player you are asked to be given freedom, confidence, and loyalty when it comes to selection. To go out there and take the game on, and be aggressive to try and make things happen for your team.

“That’s the style of play that myself and captain Eoin Morgan have asked of our players. But unfortunately, we are not getting it in abundance that we need and what we saw from Prithvi Shaw tonight was a perfect template of how we want to play,” he said while replying to an ANI query in the post-match virtual press conference.

Prithvi Shaw smashed six fours in the first over Delhi Capitals' innings against the Kolkata Knight Riders | Photo: BCCI / IPL
Prithvi Shaw smashed six fours in the first over Delhi Capitals’ innings against the Kolkata Knight Riders | Photo: BCCI / IPL

But Brendon McCullum is clear that if the boys cannot get their act right, he will have to sit with the senior team management and take calls that will see KKR return to winning ways.

“You cannot hit every ball for four or six, you can have the intent to do so. Unfortunately tonight we did not play as many shots, and that has become a theme and there’s a saying that I followed throughout my career — if you cannot change the man, change the man. We need to make some changes and try and bring some fresh personnel who can try to take the game on a bit more,” he pointed.

KKR has maintained their 5th spot in the points table after this defeat. However, with just 2 wins from half of their league games, their chances of qualifying for the playoffs are looking bleak. KKR has batsmen – Karun Nair, Gurkeerat Singh, Ben Cutting, Sheldon Jackson, and Tim Seifert – warming the bench as the side-eye changes in the games to follow.

Brendon McCullum: Batting Order On Paper Is Really Good But Hasn’t Yet Delivered

While the KKR batting line-up looks to have the firepower it needs, the runs on the board have left a lot to be desired and Brendon McCullum feels that the batsmen at the top need to take the initiative when the ball is new as the surface is slow.

“The batting order on paper is really good, but it just hasn’t delivered. You only look at the best games of the guys when you are putting batting order together, unfortunately, we haven’t been able to go on with it to post a suitable score. Andre Russell did well to take us to that score, but on a slow surface like that, you need to maximize the new ball in the fielding restrictions.”

Andre Russell. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)
Andre Russell. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

“In T20 cricket, you got to part the old school mentality of scoring a boundary and then taking a one, you have to try and put pressure on opposition teams, if you score boundary, you need to look for another one. It is very difficult if you are not looking for that boundaries. I have asked to be more aggressive and we continue to not do that, we have to make some changes for sure,” Brendon McCullum said. 

On the Ahmedabad pitch that seemed like a batting paradise, KKR batsmen only collected 154 runs in their 20 overs. A lion’s share of these came through the late flourish by Andre Russell (45 off 27). The top-3 of Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, and Rahul Tripathi got off to a good start but failed to step on the gas for the umpteenth time in the tournament. Skipper Eoin Morgan was ineffective, and the gamble of promoting Sunil Narine didn’t pay off either.

Sunil Narine has managed to score 10 runs in 4 matches while Eoin Morgan has managed 92 runs in 7 games with a highest of 47 as KKR’s middle order has failed repeatedly this season.

Brief Scores: Delhi Capitals: 156/3 (Prithvi Shaw 82, Shikhar Dhawan 46; Pat Cummins 3/24 ) beat Kolkata Knight Riders: 154/6 (Andre Russell 45*, Shubman Gill 43; Lalit Yadav 2/13) by 7 wickets.

Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders. Image Credits: Twitter
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Kolkata Knight Riders Made IPL 2021 Boring By Repeating Same Mistakes, Says Virender Sehwag

Virender Sehwag tore through the Kolkata Knight Riders’ batting effort against the Delhi Capitals on Thursday. The former opener said the team has made the IPL 2021 ‘boring’ by repeating the same mistakes in every game. He even declared that he would consider ‘fast-forwarding’ the team’s upcoming games in the league.

On the Ahmedabad pitch that seemed like a batting paradise, KKR batsmen only collected 154 runs in their 20 overs. A lion’s share of these came through the late flourish by Andre Russell (45 off 27).

The top-3 of Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, and Rahul Tripathi got off to a good start but failed to step on the gas for the umpteenth time in the tournament. Skipper Eoin Morgan was ineffective, and the gamble of promoting Sunil Narine didn’t pay off either.

Andre Russell. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)
Andre Russell. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

VirenderWill Fast Forward The Boring Matches Of KKR

Speaking to Cribuzz, Virender Sehwag compared KKR’s batting to the ‘boring scenes’ of a movie that deserved to be skipped. Sunil Narine has managed to score 10 runs in 4 matches while Eoin Morgan has managed 92 runs in 7 games with highest of 47 as KKR’s middle order has failed repeatedly this season.

“I can’t digest this. Whenever I watch a movie, I fast-forward the boring scenes. From now on, all KKR matches in this tournament will feel a bit boring to me and I will have to watch them by fast-forwarding constantly.

“They have made it boring for all of us. Because you are making the same mistake in every game. Even when they were chasing, it was the same mistake,” said Virender Sehwag.

Prithvi Shaw smashed six fours in the first over Delhi Capitals' innings against the Kolkata Knight Riders | Photo: BCCI / IPL
Prithvi Shaw smashed six fours in the first over Delhi Capitals’ innings against the Kolkata Knight Riders | Photo: BCCI / IPL

Virender Sehwag also took KKR’s management to task, saying it was their fault for not experimenting more with the batting order even after similar results.

“Fortunately, (Eoin) Morgan made some runs in the last match but the same mistakes were committed on that day as well. I don’t think the management is making the right decisions. You can say that you are backing your player etc but you should at least try to make some changes in the batting order to change the results,” asserted Virender Sehwag.

Virender Sehwag: Andre Russell Should Have Come Before Eoin Morgan And Sunil Narine

Suggesting solutions for KKR’s batting woes, Virender Sehwag said Andre Russell needs to bat a tad higher in the batting order. He cited Thursday’s game as an example of how both Eoin Morgan and Sunil Narine came before him and went back without scoring even a single run.

“I feel if Andre Russell had come before Eoin Morgan and Sunil Narine, then perhaps they would have scored more runs because both of their wickets would have been saved. He ultimately had to come in the 12th over so at least send him before these 2 batsmen to save their wickets,” argued Virender Sehwag.

Virender Sehwag (Photo courtesy: AFP/ Puneet Paranjpe)
Virender Sehwag (Photo courtesy: AFP/ Puneet Paranjpe)

He added that Nitish Rana should be replaced with someone with a better strike rate at the top of the order.

“I am still not happy with their batting order because Rana is opening and they are not getting the starts they should. Shubman Gill scored good 40 runs but he consumed a bit too many deliveries. Even that’s fine but he should have someone with him who can at least carry forward the team’s run rate,” signed off Virender Sehwag.

KKR has maintained their 5th spot in the points table after this defeat. However, with just 2 wins from half of their league games, their chances of qualifying for the playoffs are looking bleak.

Brief Scores: Delhi Capitals: 156/3 (Prithvi Shaw 82, Shikhar Dhawan 46; Pat Cummins 3/24 ) beat Kolkata Knight Riders: 154/6 (Andre Russell 45*, Shubman Gill 43; Lalit Yadav 2/13) by 7 wickets.

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