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Deepika Padukone, Ranveer Singh Could End Up Owning A New IPL Team

Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh could end up owing an IPL 2022 team with Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United, a dark-horse. The race to buy two new Indian Premier League teams is really hotting up. If well-placed sources are to be believed, the Bollywood superstar couple Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh are the latest to join the bandwagon.

What was once seen as a two-horse race previously is now going to see multiple companies or consortiums bidding for the two new teams, which the BCCI will sell.

The Adani Group and the RP-Sanjeev Goenka Groups are no more tagged as the ‘favourites’ to walk away with the new teams. However, some serious bidders are willing to spend money on the world’s most lucrative T20 cricket league, said a top official involved with the bidding process.

Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh
Deepika Padukone and Ranveer Singh (Photo: @ranveersingh/Instagram)

Deepika Padukone And Ranveer Singh Could End Up Owing A New IPL 2022 Team Along With Cristiano Ronaldo’s Manchester United

IPL and Bollywood have always had a great connection. Kolkata Knight Riders continue to be co-owned by Bollywood superstar Shah Rukh Khan and Juhi Chawla, while Preity Zinta has stakes in Punjab Kings. Deepika Padukone has sport in her genes.

Her father, Prakash Padukone, is a former All England badminton champion. Ranveer Singh has been involved with the English Premier League and is currently the brand ambassador of the world’s most popular basketball league, the NBA.

Apart from the Adanis and the RP-Sanjeev Goenka Group, the Glazer family, the owners of English Premier League giants Manchester United, have shown interest in the IPL teams.

It is learned that a corporate behemoth in India is backing Manchester United. According to a report in March this year, Manchester United’s net debt increased to 455 million Great Britain Pounds due to a sharp fall in gate receipts due to COVID-19.

Manchester United
Manchester United. Image Credits: Twitter

“The BCCI is not keen to give the rights to an off-shore company and will prefer Indian buyers but power equations can change the script dramatically,” said the source.

Among those who have picked up bids, documents are pharma companies like Torrent Pharma and Aurobindo Pharma. A Singapore-based private equity firm and US-based venture capitalists have also shown interest. Naveen Jindal (Jindal Power and Steel) and entrepreneur Ronnie Screwvala are also keen to acquire a new team.

Deepika Padukone Keen To Take Part Bidding Process Of Two New IPL Teams

The results will be declared in Dubai on October 25, a day after the T20 World Cup blockbuster clash between arch-rivals India and Pakistan. But, first, there will be an elimination round where all bids will be ‘technically’ verified as per rules laid out by the BCCI. All successful bids will then be opened, and the highest bidders will be awarded the teams.

“Although it is a closed bid, we are expecting a fair and transparent process. The only hodgepodge could happen in the verification/elimination stage but it is unlikely BCCI will adopt unfair means to favour particular companies,” said a bidder on condition of anonymity.

Winning bids could be anywhere between 375 to 425 million USD per team for a 10-year license. That means BCCI will make anything between 3000-3500 Crores per team. But there could be bigger surprises in store.

Shah Rukh Khan | Punit Paranjpe/AFP
Shah Rukh Khan | Punit Paranjpe/AFP

Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone are said to be very keen on taking part in the bidding process of two new IPL teams. But the sources refused to reveal more details. Deepika Padukone has a sports background, and earlier, she was the ambassador for Royal Challengers Bengaluru (RCB). Bollywood has a great connection with cricket, and stars like Shah Rukh, Preity Zinta, and Shilpa Shetty already own three teams, respectively.

BCCI expects to raise around Rs 7,000-10,000 crore from the team bidding process slated to take place on October 25. While the IPL bid document costs just Rs 10 lakh, the league allows only firms and consortiums with an annual turnover of Rs 3,000 crore to bid for the teams. The base price for new IPL teams is pegged at Rs 2,000 crore.

Eoin Morgan hasn't been in best of the forms with the bat | Photo: England Cricket
Eoin Morgan hasn't been in best of the forms with the bat | Photo: England Cricket
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Eoin Morgan Expects to Play In 2022 T20I World Cup But Unsure Of Playing In 2023 ODI World Cup

Eoin Morgan, England’s white-ball captain, expects to play in next year’s Twenty20 World Cup, but he is not sure he will be part of the team’s title defence at the 50-overs World Cup in 2023, the 35-year-old said.

Eoin Morgan will lead England at T20I World Cup 2021 in the United Arab Emirates and Oman. The team set to take on defending champions of 2016 West Indies in their tournament opener on Saturday in Dubai.

Eoin Morgan- Instagram
Eoin Morgan- Instagram

Eoin Morgan Unsure About Playing In 2023 ODI World Cup

The next edition of the T20 World Cup will be played in Australia next year, followed by the one-day edition of the world showpiece in India in 2023. England won the 50-overs title for the first time in 2019 when the Eoin Morgan-led team defeated New Zealand in a memorable final at Lord’s, which went down the wire and was decided by boundary count after scores were tied after 50 overs and Super Over.

“I certainly see myself this time next year playing, hopefully, a really strong role in another T20 World Cup,” Morgan told the BBC on Thursday.

Eoin Morgan of England celebrates with his team as he lifts the Cricket World Cup trophy after the Final of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 between New Zealand and England at Lord's Cricket Ground on July 14, 2019 in London, England. (Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
(Photo by Clive Mason/Getty Images)
“That is the expectation I have put on myself. I am not sure about another two (tournaments). Obviously, results determine how well you do and how often you are kept on. But certainly, my hunger and determination are as strong as ever.”

Eoin Morgan has played 246 one-day and 107 T20 matches for England, amassing 7701 ODI runs, and 2360 T20I runs. He is 7th among leading run-scorers in T20Is behind Virat Kohli, Martin Guptill, Rohit Sharma, Paul Stirling, Aaron Finch and Mohammad Hafeez.

Eoin Morgan Is Going Through A Lean Patch With The Bat

England captain Eoin Morgan said that he would be ready to drop himself from the team during the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 if his poor form with the bat continues in the tournament as well. Eoin Morgan, who led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to the final of the recently concluded season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, has been going through a lean patch in both the international cricket and franchise leagues.

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

Eoin Morgan has scored just 82 runs for England in seven T20I matches this year. The 35-year struggled in the whole IPL, scoring just 133 runs in 17 games at an average of 11.08, which included just one knock of 40-plus. Similarly, he aggregated just 151 runs in 7 innings in The Hundred, leading London Spirit.

Eoin Morgan’s form has been the subject of much debate ahead of the tournament after he struggled for runs when playing for Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL, averaging just over 11 with four ducks. During the summer, he also notched only 49 runs in four innings for England in T20 internationals against Pakistan and Sri Lanka. However, he admits hitting big scores can be difficult when batting at No 6 in the format.

Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images
Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images
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Shakib Al Hasan Is Available For Scotland Match But Tired After Playing IPL: Mahmudullah

Shakib Al Hasan, fresh from Kolkata Knight Riders’ appearance in the IPL final on October 15, is “tired” but available for Bangladesh’s first match against Scotland in the T20 World Cup, confirmed captain Mahmudullah.

In the IPL 2021 second leg at UAE, Shakib Al Hasan has been a silent contributor with his bowling—pulling off spells of 1/20, 1/1, 0/24, 0/28,0/33. Like before, Shakib Al Hasan continues to be indispensable for KKR.

Shakib Al Hasan. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/GettyImages)
Shakib Al Hasan. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/GettyImages)

Shakib Al Hasan Is Available But Tired After Playing For KKR In IPL: Mahmudullah

Shakib Al Hasan played 8 matches for KKR in IPL 2021 and picked 4 scalps bowling 26 overs and managed 47 runs.

”Shakib is available. Probably he is a bit tired after coming back from the IPL but he is there with us,” Mahmudullah said.

Bangladesh, admittedly missing their full-strength squad, lost both their warm-up games but the captain said that he’s not worried about the warm-up losses but is only focused on the upcoming games for now. Bangladesh batsmen failed to get going in the practice games, finishing with scores of 147-7 and 144 all-out against Sri Lanka and Ireland respectively. They eventually lost both the matches, by four wickets and by 33 runs.

”I am not bothered what others are saying and I feel as a team we have the ability. We are not bothered about the practice games as we missed few players and now we know what we have to do,” Mahmudullah told reporters ahead of their opening encounter against Scotland.

Mahmudullah had captained Bangladesh during the Nidahas Trophy in March until he was replaced by Shakib for the business end of the tournament. @ Getty Images
Mahmudullah had captained Bangladesh during the Nidahas Trophy in March until he was replaced by Shakib for the business end of the tournament. @ Getty Images

”We will play hard cricket and if we can play to our potential result will take care of itself. We have to cross a few barriers and we want to go step by step and I hope if we can play good cricket tomorrow we can go a long way.”

Bangladesh will have to play the qualifying tournament of the ICC T20 World Cup this year. Bangladesh’s Twenty20 side defeated hosts Zimbabwe 2-1 in July, beat Australia 4-1 at home in August and completed a 3-2 series victory against New Zealand in Dhaka.

Veteran all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan says that the team will take confidence from series wins against Australia, New Zealand, and Zimbabwe. Bangladesh’s star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan believes that series wins against Australia, New Zealand and Zimbabwe will boost their chances at the T20 World Cup despite a record that shows just one victory at the tournament since 2007.

Mahmudullah Has Full Faith In Out Of Form Mushfiqur Rahim

Mahmudullah added that he has full faith in Mushfiqur Rahim’s form and feels that he just needs to have one good match to regain his touch. Mushfiqur Rahim, who failed to be available against Australia at home for failing to report before the bio-bubble deadline, managed to score 39 runs in the five-match T20 home series against New Zealand. Furthermore, he scored 0, 13, and 4 respectively against Oman A, Sri Lanka, and Ireland.

”We are not concerned about Mushfiqur form and he will come back. He just needs one good innings to regain his form and it might be tomorrow. We all know about his capability and we fully back him.”

Mushfiqur Rahim plays a shot. - AFP
Mushfiqur Rahim plays a shot. – AFP

In Group A, Bangladesh is slotted alongside Scotland, Oman, and Papua New Guinea, and looks like they are well-placed to qualify to the Super 12 of the ICC T20 World Cup.

Bangladesh is coming into the tournament with nine T20I wins in the calendar year, only behind South Africa who have 12. In fact, since losing to New Zealand in March away from home, Bangladesh has registered series wins over Zimbabwe (2-1), Australia (4-1), and New Zealand (3-2).

And if they manage to qualify, Bangladesh will join India, Afghanistan, New Zealand, Pakistan, and the Group topper in the Super 12 and that should be incentive enough for Bangladesh.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Chennai Super Kings Will Use First Retention Card For ‘Skipper’ MS Dhoni In IPL 2022

Chennai Super Kings fans were elated when skipper MS Dhoni after lifting the IPL trophy, told Harsha Bhogle at the post-match presentation on Friday that he hadn’t yet left behind a legacy. However, while it was seen as a sign that fans might still get to see the legend on the cricket pitch, the CSK management has now confirmed the same.

A CSK official said the first retention card at the auction will be used to retain the captain of the ship.

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

Chennai Super Kings Will Use First Retention Card For MS Dhoni In IPL 2022

MS Dhoni had said he hadn’t left behind with a wide grin when the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) captain was asked if the talismanic batsman is proud to have left a legacy behind in 12 seasons for the newly crowned Indian Premier League (IPL) champions. However, one of the most successful captains in the shortest format of cricket, MS Dhoni, had earlier admitted to the ‘uncertainties’ surrounding the 2022 edition of the cash-rich league.

“There will be retention and that is a fact. The number of retentions isn’t something we are aware of yet. But honestly, that is secondary in MS’ case because the first card will be used for him. The ship needs its captain and rest assured he will be back next year,” the official said.

MS Dhoni (BCCI/IPL)
MS Dhoni (BCCI/IPL)

MS Dhoni, on his part, played it like he always has as he said CSK will try to make a strong core that can contribute for the next few years.

Asked about the road ahead after registering his fourth title win in the IPL, Dhoni said: “Again I’ve said it before, it depends on BCCI. With two new teams coming in, we have to decide what is good for CSK. It’s not about me being there in top-three or four. It’s about making a strong core to ensure the franchise doesn’t suffer. The core group, we have to have a hard look to see who can contribute for the next 10 years.”

In the IPL 2021, the likes of CSK openers Ruturaj Gaikwad (635 runs) and Faf du Plessis (633 runs) finished as leading run-getters in IPL 2021. Moeen Ali (357 runs), Ambati Rayudu (257 runs) also delivered in crunch situations. Dwayne Bravo (14), Deepak Chahar(14), Ravindra Jadeja(13), Josh Hazlewood(11), and Shardul Thakur(21) were amongst the wickets.

MS Dhoni Credits KKR For Comeback After Covid-19 Induced Break

He even made it a point to first congratulate Kolkata Knight Riders for this season’s tremendous display before talking about his own team’s display.

“Before I start talking about CSK, need to talk about KKR. Difficult to come back and do what they have, if any team deserved to win the IPL, it’s KKR. Huge credit to the coaches, team, and support staff. The break really helped them. Coming to CSK, we shuffled players. We had match winners coming game after game and doing really well,” said Dhoni.

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

“Every final is special, if you look at stats, we may say we’re the most consistent team to lose the final too. I feel it’s important to come back strong, especially in the knockouts. Frankly no chats, we don’t talk a lot [meetings]. It’s more one-on-one, our practice sessions are meeting sessions. The moment you get into a team room, it brings about different pressure,” he added.

Dhoni didn’t forget the all-important CSK fans and said: “I would love to thank the fans, wherever we’ve played, even when we were in South Africa, we’ve always had a good number of CSK fans. That is what you crave. Thanks to all of them, it feels like we’re playing in Chennai. Hopefully, we’ll be back in Chennai for the fans.”

The Covid-19 induced break in the season came at the right time for KKR as they could regroup from the dismal start they had to the season. Unfortunately, the likes of KKR spinner Varun Chakravarthy and pacer Sandeep Warrier and SRH’s Wriddhiman Saha and DC’s Amit Mishra were contracted with the Covid-19 virus, which eventually led to the postponement of IPL 2021 in India and the remainder of the league was moved to UAE.

The virus had wreaked havoc in India at that time, claiming thousands of lives. Prasidh Krishna, who has been picked as a standby player for England tour, became the fourth Kolkata Knight Riders player to test positive for Covid-19. KKR wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert was reported to have tested positive for Covid-19 earlier.

Andre Russell. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)
Andre Russell. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)
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Brendon McCullum Opens Up On Andre Russell’s Unavailability For IPL 2021 Final

Brendon McCullum, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) head coach, has explained why star all-rounder Andre Russell didn’t play the much-awaited IPL 2021 final against Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Chasing a stiff target of 193 against CSK in Dubai on Friday, KKR fell short by 27 runs.

Brendon McCullum said West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell tried hard to recover from his hamstring tear but was still a ‘big risk’ to play him in the final. He explained that recovery from hamstring injuries is difficult to determine. So he said KKR decided to stick with the same team that saw them reach the finals after qualifying for playoffs thus far in the competition.

Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum BCCI

Brendon McCullum: Playing Andre Russell Was A Risk In The IPL 2021 Final, Which KKR Couldn’t Afford To Take

Andre Russell has been the trump card for KKR. He has scored 183 runs from 10 IPL 2021 games averaging 26.14, and also has picked 11 scalps averaging 17.09, including a career-best 5/15. However, Andre Russell has missed his sixth straight game for Kolkata ever since injuring his hamstring against CSK.

While speaking at a post-match press conference, Brendon McCullum said about Russell: “Yeah, look, Andre obviously had a hamstring tear early on in the competition. He worked unbelievably hard to try and get himself available. He was still at risk there. And I felt (if) it was a risk in a final, we just couldn’t afford to take.”

“And then we had another hamstring issue with Rahul Tripathi so, look, such is the nature of hamstrings that you are just never sure whether they are going to be fully healed or not, and it’s such a big risk. “

Andre Russell celebrates a wicket - BCCI/IPL
Andre Russell celebrates a wicket – BCCI/IPL.

Brendon McCullum added: “In the end, we decided to go for the guys who had done so well to get us into the final, and I am proud of all their achievements. It’s a shame we fell short, but we were outplayed by a very good CSK side today.”

Andre Russell strained his hamstring while fielding against CSK in a league game. He missed the subsequent few games for injury, so KKR replaced spin all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. However, the Bangladesh all-rounder proved key in KKR’s success at the spin-friendly grounds in Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.

However, many fans vouched for Andre Russell’s return to the KKR eleven even if he was not fully fit because of the flat nature of the Dubai wicket. In hindsight, they were probably right, as Shakib Al Hasan returned figures of 0-33 (three overs) and scored a golden duck.

Brendon McCullum: Eoin Morgan Captained KKR At His Best But Wasn’t Fruitful While Scoring Runs With Bat

McCullum said in this regard: “Yeah, look, it’s a really unique situation, wasn’t it? He was really captaining out of his skin. He captained as well as I have ever seen him captain and as well as I have seen anyone really captain in a T20 competition.”

Head coach Brendon McCullum says KKR will make couple of changes in Mumbai (Image Courtesy: KKR Twitter)
Head coach Brendon McCullum with skipper Eoin Morgan (Image Courtesy: KKR Twitter)

“I thought he was driving the team forward with his captaincy, but unfortunately, the runs weren’t there for him. No matter how hard he tried, we tried to put him in that position where he’s been so successful – in those last five overs – in T20 cricket right throughout his career. But unfortunately, it wasn’t to be.”

Former New Zealand captain concluded by saying he hoped that the out-of-form batsmen Eoin Morgan and Dinesh Karthik would deliver under pressure in the final, but that wasn’t to be.

Brendon McCullum said in this regard: “There are many examples over the years of guys who have struggled for form coming into big games, (and) they have been able to find something in that situation to get that performance. And that’s what I was clinging on to tonight for both the captain and the vice-captain as well. But it wasn’t to be. Those guys played their hearts out and did their absolute best, but just weren’t able to get those performances that they would have liked…”

KKR ended the season as runners-up, which was impressive, considering the fact that they had won just two of their seven games in the India leg of the tournament. Eventually, CSK was the better team on the day as KKR fell short of their third IPL title.

Venkatesh Iyer scored his maiden IPL fifty in the game vs MI.© Instagram
Venkatesh Iyer scored his maiden IPL fifty in the game vs MI.© Instagram
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Covid-19 Induced Break Came At The Right Time For Venkatesh Iyer: Brendon McCullum

Brendon McCullum hailed the impact Venkatesh Iyer, and the rest of his Indian players had in the UAE, allowing the team to bounce back from a dismal position after the first half of the season and reach the final.

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) head coach Brendon McCullum was full of praise for the impact that opener Venkatesh Iyer and the rest of the Indian top-order batsmen (Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, and Nitish Rana) had in the second half of the 2021 Indian Premier League (IPL). As a result, KKR went from having just two wins in seven matches to reach the final in the UAE leg of the season.

Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum BCCI

Brendon McCullum: Venkatesh Iyer Has Been An Incredible Story

In opening the innings with Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer scored 370 runs in 10 innings and even put in handy shifts with the ball, taking three wickets in the season. In just 10 IPL 2021 games, all at UAE, the opener Venkatesh Iyer has 370 runs beside his name, averaging 41.11 with as many as 4 fifties. It was his debut IPL season, where he also picked 3 scalps averaging 23 with the ball.

“Venkatesh Iyer has been an incredible story. He was actually going to play in the next game after what turned out to be our last game in India but the break came at the right time there in a funny way. It gave him the opportunity to get a couple of months of cricket under his belt,” Brendon McCullum told the media after KKR’s 27-run defeat to Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the final on Friday.

“Then it was just a matter of bringing the game that he owns. The ‘Venkatesh Iyer Game Plan’ which is an aggressive intent. He is a big presence, a tall man, plays the game with a kind of a cavalier streak. It is so important to hold on to that because he might be challenged to change his methods,” said Brendon McCullum.

Venkatesh Iyer scored a half century in the final.
Venkatesh Iyer scored a half-century in the final. (Courtesy of BCCI)
“He might not be the most consistent with his flamboyance but I hope he remains the Venkatesh Iyer we have seen so far. He has got a big future in this game and he is a very intelligent man. I thank him for all his efforts he was a big catalyst for our turnaround this season,” said Brendon McCullum.

Shubman Gill amassed 478 runs in 17 games, while Nitish Rana amassed 383 runs and Rahul Tripathi managed 397 runs, while the likes of Eoin Morgan (133 runs) and Dinesh Karthik (223 runs) failed to deliver with the bat.

Brendon McCullum: Break Came At The Right Time

Brendon McCullum said that the Covid-19 induced break in the season came at the right time for KKR as they could regroup from the dismal start they had to the season. But, unfortunately, the likes of KKR spinner Varun Chakravarthy and pacer Sandeep Warrier and SRH’s Wriddhiman Saha and DC’s Amit Mishra were contracted with the Covid-19 virus, which eventually led to the postponement of IPL 2021 in India and the remainder of the league was moved to UAE.

The virus had wreaked havoc in India at that time, claiming thousands of lives. Prasidh Krishna, who has been picked as a standby player for England tour, became the fourth Kolkata Knight Riders player to test positive for Covid-19. KKR wicketkeeper-batsman Tim Seifert was reported to have tested positive for Covid-19 earlier.

“The break came at a right time for us, it is difficult to keep your composure when the results are going against you. We had just two wins in seven games so the break came at a good time. We had some conversations in those months with some guys to smooth out some rough edges,” said Brendon McCullum.

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

“Always felt that our intent needed to increase to put pressure back on the opposition. I can’t speak highly enough about our top four Indian batters what they achieved during the second half of the tournament. It takes guts to play the way they did and courage to trust the way that we were asking them to play. They were absolutely fantastic and a massive reason we had such a huge chance at winning this competition,” Brendon McCullum said.

In IPL 2021 final, CSK opener Faf du Plessis led the charge, making 86 as he anchored half-century stands for each of the three wickets that fell during the course of Super Kings’ 192. Robin Uthappa and Moeen Ali played their parts with the bat before Shardul Thakur ended Venkatesh Iyer’s innings – and a dangerous opening stand – to cut Knight Riders’ middle-order open and consign them to their first defeat in an IPL final.

Chennai Super Kings 192 for 3 (du Plessis 86, Moeen 37*, Narine 2-26) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 165 for 9 (Gill 51, Iyer 50, Thakur 3-38, Hazlewood 2-29) by 27 runs

Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders (Image Credit: Twitter)
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KKR’s Positive Intent On And Off The Field Reason For Reaching IPL 2021 Final: Venkatesh Iyer

After an underwhelming first half where KKR lost as many as five out of their seven games, the 2-time IPL champions won seven of their nine matches in the second leg in the UAE to reach the final. The two-time champions will take on Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the summit clash in Dubai after their three-wicket win over Delhi Capitals in the second qualifier on Wednesday.

“The brand of cricket that the KKR is playing and by KKR I just don’t mean the cricketers who are playing out there but the entire management. The way we are thinking, the way we are going about the things that are the real turnaround for us,” Iyer told KKR chief mentor David Hussey in a video posted on IPL’s website.
Shubman Gill (Image Credit: Twitter)
Shubman Gill (Image Credit: Twitter)
“The intent we are showing not just on the field but off the field is what brought us here,” he added.
Chasing a modest target of 136, Venkatesh Iyer smashed a 41-ball 55 and, alongside Shubman Gill (46), set up KKR’s win over DC.

 Venkatesh Iyer Will Try To Give His Best In The IPL 2021 Final

Such has been the resurgent ride in UAE that Kolkata Knight Riders moved from seventh to fourth place in the points table and now find themselves in contention for the IPL trophy. Their opening pair of Venkatesh Iyer and Shubman Gill have been impressive. Likewise, the bowlers have been efficient, with Lockie Ferguson, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy, and Sunil Narine doing the job with utmost precision.

“I wasn’t chasing 136, I just went out there to bat. I just wanted to play the first six overs and see what the situation is. That brought the best,” he said.
Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik
Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthik. Photo – IPL |
Asked about the final against CSK on Friday in Dubai, he said: “I am not going to treat it as a final or big game. I will just play my game and give my best and that is what the entire team is going to do.”

Kolkata Knight Riders have won two out of two in the IPL finals. On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings have reached the finals nine times, emerging victorious in three of them. However, the form with the bat of their senior players Eoin Morgan and Dinesh Karthik is a major cause of concern. Dinesh Karthik is averaging only 23.77, while Eoin Morgan’s average is an abysmal 11.72.

Gautam Gambhir AFP
Gautam Gambhir AFP
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Comparing Their Forms Is Very Wrong: Gautam Gambhir On MS Dhoni And Eoin Morgan

Gautam Gambhir believes it’s unfair to compare the batting forms of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) skipper, MS Dhoni, with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain Eoin Morgan because the two are at different stages of their respective international careers.

The former Indian opener on Thursday argued that MS Dhoni, despite retiring from international cricket in August 2020, has still performed better than Eoin Morgan, who is the current captain of England’s ODI and T20I teams.

Gautam Gambhir. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
Gautam Gambhir. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Gautam Gambhir: Comparing Eoin Morgan And MS Dhoni’s Forms Is Wrong

Two-time IPL 2021 winning skipper for KKR, Gautam Gambhir’s observations came during a video interaction ahead of the IPL 2021 final between CSK and KKR. The former KKR skipper was asked to analyze the lacklustre forms of the two World Cup-winning captains regarding the contrasting success of their teams.

Gautam Gambhir replied: “Comparing their forms is very wrong in itself because MS Dhoni has retired from international cricket and the second player is the captain of his national team. You should not compare apples with oranges.”

“MS Dhoni hasn’t played international cricket for so long and it’s acceptable if he’s not in form or is contributing less. But on the other hand, Morgan is playing international cricket. Still, if you look at their performances, MS Dhoni has performed better than Morgan even with the bat.”

MS Dhoni Of CSK With Eoin Morgan Of KKR (Sportzpics/IPL)
MS Dhoni Of CSK With Eoin Morgan Of KKR (Sportzpics/IPL)

Gautam Gambhir added:“Moreover, MS Dhoni also keeps wickets and captains so there  are three departments. Morgan has only two things – captaincy and batting, where one has been totally bad. So, it’s not fair to compare MS and Morgan’s form.”

Both MS Dhoni and Eoin Morgan are currently in the midst of their worst IPL forms ever. MS Dhoni has come out to bat 11 times this season, scoring only 114 runs averaging 16.2 at a strike rate of 106.54. His best knock came against Delhi Capitals (DC) in Qualifier 1, where a cameo of 18 off six deliveries helped CSK win the match. MS Dhoni has led CSK to title wins in 2010, 2011, and 2018 besides appearing in numerous playoffs.

Eoin Morgan, meanwhile, has batted in 15 IPL 2021 innings so far. He has mustered only 129 runs at an average of 11.73 and a strike rate of 98.47. He played a couple of decent knocks in India’s first half of IPL 2021, including a top score of 47*, but he has scored just once in double digits since the tournament shifted to the UAE.

Gautam Gambhir Hopes KKR Wins And Gets Equal Recognition To CSK

Gautam Gambhir also expressed hope that his former franchise would win the final IPL 2021 match and equal CSL’s record of three IPL titles. He feels a win in the final game on the 15th instant would make KKR as successful as CSK and should also bring similar recognition.

Gautam Gambhir concluded by saying: “Absolutely. We always talk about Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings and their match is called El Clásico, why? Just because CSK has won the IPL thrice? KKR has also won it twice. If KKR wins this final, it will perhaps become equally successful to CSK.”

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

“Then you’ll have to keep KKR on the same pedestal as CSK. When we say Mumbai Indians and CSK are the most successful sides, it’s only because CSK has won one more title than KKR. I hope KKR wins the trophy, both become equal at three trophies and KKR gets equal recognition to CSK.”

The final will kick off at 7:30 PM IST in Dubai. Eoin Morgan led England to victory in the 2019 50-over World Cup. MS Dhoni masterminded India’s wins. He was India’s captain when they won the Twenty20 World Cup in 2007 and the 2011 50-over title. But neither has been a big run-scorer in this year’s pandemic-hit tournament.
CSK vs KKR Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team- IPL 2021 Final
CSK vs KKR Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team- IPL 2021 Final.
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IPL 2021 Final- CSK vs KKR Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team, Playing XI, Pitch Report and Injury Update

IPL 2021 Final- CSK vs KKR Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team, Playing XI, Pitch Report, Dream11 Team, and Injury Update of the match between Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders.

CSK vs KKR IPL 2021 Match Preview:

Chennai Super Kings will lock horns with Kolkata Knight Riders in the Final match of the Indian Premier League, at Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai, on Friday.

Chennai will be looking to clinch their 4th Indian T20 League title when they clash against Kolkata in the summit clash. The MS Dhoni-led side beat the Delhi outfit in Qualifier 1 with 4 wickets and 2 balls to spare to book their spot in the final.

On the other hand, Kolkata beat the Bangalore side in the Eliminator and then beat Delhi in Qualifier 2 to seal a place in the final. Kolkata will be aiming for their 3rd Indian T20 League title.

The climax of the 14th edition of the Indian T20 League is finally here. Chennai defeated Delhi in the first qualifier and made it to the final. They were brilliant with the bat even as their skipper MS Dhoni finally clicking at the crucial juncture for his team. However, they came into the first qualifier on the back of a hat trick of losses and they will be aware of the shortcomings which can comeback to haunt them in the title-clash.

Kolkata, on the other hand, have survived sensational batting collapses in the eliminator and second qualifier to make it to the final. They have the momentum with them in the UAE leg of the league having won seven of their nine games. However, they will have to wary of their own middle-order as Chennai will pounce on any chance they provide in the final.

CSK vs KKR IPL 2021 Match Details:

Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, Dubai

Date & Time: 15th Oct, at 07:30 PM IST

Live Score:  Cricketaddictor 

CSK vs KKR IPL 2021 Pitch Report:

The pitch of the Dubai International Cricket Stadium offers lots of assistance to pacers in the power-play and The batters will look to attack from ball one, with the ball expected to skid nicely onto the bat. As the match progresses, the spinners should ideally come into play.

The highest score recorded so far here in the second leg is 185. The teams chasing have won the last 3 matches played here, and hence, bowling first is a preferable option.

CSK vs KKR IPL 2021 Probable Playing XIs:

CSK: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Robin Uthappa, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Josh Hazlewood

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

Top Picks for CSK vs KKR IPL 2021 Dream11 Prediction and Fantasy Cricket Tips:

CSK

Ruturaj Gaikwad has scored a stunning 603 runs in 15 innings in the 2021 edition of the Indian T20 League and has scored his runs at an average of 46.38, and a strike rate in excess of 135.

If it was Shane Watson in 2018 final, Faf du Plessis has to be the man for Chennai in the 2021 final. Experience always plays a key role and the former South African skipper is expected to step up like he has done right through the season. He has so far 547 runs in 15 matches this season at an average of more than 42 and a strike-rate of 137.09.

Robin Uthappa smashed 63 runs in the previous match will be among the top fantasy picks for this match once again. He will be aiming for a successful outing here.

Dwayne Bravo has been in excellent form with the ball in this UAE leg. He has taken 10 wickets in six encounters so far. He can also be pretty handy with the bat.

Ravindra Jadeja is one of the premier all-rounders in the Chennai lineup. He has done a remarkable job with his all-round performances in this IPL. In 15 matches, Jadeja has scalped 11 wickets at an economy of 6.87 and has also scored 227 runs at an average of 75.67.

Shardul Thakur is the top wicket-taker for the CSK bowling unit with 18 wickets from his 15 matches so far. Shardul will be among the top fantasy picks for this match once again. He will be aiming for another successful outing here.

Josh Hazelwood had a fantastic last outing against Delhi Capitals. He picked up 2 scalps in the previous match and will be looking to pile up huge points with the bat in this match.

KKR

This left-handed all-rounder; Venkatesh Iyer has certainly won Kolkata a few matches this season. He has amassed 320 runs in only nine innings in the season at an average of 40 and a strike-rate of 125 with three fifties to his name. Clearly, he will hold the key once again with the new ball for his side in the grand finale.

After enduring a difficult period in the earlier stages of IPL 2021, Shubman Gill regained is form towards the business end of the competition. The KKR opening batsman has scored more than 30 runs in 5 of his past 6 outings with 2 half-centuries to his name.

Rahul Tripathi has been in solid touch in this tournament. The KKR No. 3 has accumulated 395 runs and has a strike-rate of 141.07. Thus, he could be a vital batting option.

Sunil Narine will be a top all-round pick. The West Indian mystery spinner has been consistent with the ball and has returned with 14 scalps at an economy rate of 6.44. He can tonk it around with the bat too.

Varun Chakravarthy is the leading wicket-taker for Kolkata in the 14th edition of the Indian T20 League. The right-arm spinner has prized out 18 batsmen in the tournament this year and has picked his wickets at an average of 22.78.

Lockie Ferguson has been superb with the ball for KKR. The New Zealand quick has picked up 13 wickets at an average of 12.92 and an economy rate of 6.46. Thus, he can be punted upon as vice-captain.

CSK vs KKR IPL 2021 Must Picks for Dream11 Team Prediction:

Player Statistics (Last 5 matches) Dream 11 Points
Ruturaj Gaikwad  241 runs 61, 152, 27, 17, 101
Faf du Plessis   153 runs 64, 35, 24, 110, 13
Shardul Thakur 8 wickets 29, 54, 68, 91, 0
Venkatesh Iyer   194 runs + 1 wicket 111, 24, 53, 40, 85
Shubman Gill  195 runs 20, 87, 76, 41, 57
Sunil Narine  29 runs + 5 wickets 32, 10, 4, 170, 4

CSK vs KKR IPL 2021 Captain and Vice-Captain Choices:

Captain – Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ruturaj Gaikwad

Vice-Captain – Faf du Plessis, Venkatesh Iyer

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for CSK vs KKR Dream11 Team:

Wicketkeeper– MS Dhoni

Batsmen–  Faf du Plessis(vc), Ruturaj Gaikwad(c), Shubman Gill

All Rounders– Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer

Bowlers–  Shardul Thakur, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy

IPL 2021- CSK vs KKR Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team
IPL 2021- CSK vs KKR Dream11 Prediction

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for CSK vs KKR Dream11 Team:

Wicketkeeper– Dinesh Karthik

BatsmenRuturaj Gaikwad(c), Robin Uthappa, Rahul Tripathi

All Rounders– Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer(vc)

Bowlers–  Josh Hazlewood, Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur

IPL 2021- CSK vs KKR Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team
IPL 2021- CSK vs KKR Dream11 Prediction

CSK vs KKR IPL 2021 Probable Winner:

Chennai Super Kings are expected to win this match of IPL 2021.

Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

 

KKR vs DC Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team- IPL 2021
KKR vs DC Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team- IPL 2021.
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IPL 2021- KKR vs DC Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team, Playing XI, Pitch Report and Injury Update

IPL 2021- KKR vs DC Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team, Playing XI, Pitch Report, Dream11 Team, and Injury Update of the match between Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Capitals .

KKR vs DC IPL 2021 Match Preview:

Kolkata Knight Riders will lock horns with Delhi Capitals in the Qualifier-2 of the Indian Premier League, at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah, on Wednesday.

While DC come into this game after losing in Qualifier 1 to CSK, KKR are brimming with confidence after a win over RCB in The Eliminator.

DC put up a decent batting display against CSK on a good batting wicket in Dubai but couldn’t contain their opponents. Prithvi Shaw led from the front with a whirlwind half-century but couldn’t capitalize on the platform. A flurry of wickets then forced skipper Rishabh Pant to rebuild the innings. His half-century and another crucial hand from Shimron Hetmyer took DC to 173/5 in 20 overs.

Despite a solid start to their bowling innings which saw Faf du Plessis’ stumps shattered, DC couldn’t counter CSK’s move to send in Robin Uthappa at No.3. However, Tom Curran’s excellent middle-overs bowling brought them back into the game, with CSK losing two wickets in a quick interval.

However, MS Dhoni outfoxed Tom Curran in the last over, with DC required to defend 13 off the last six balls. As a result, DC will now have to beat KKR to advance to the Finals.

KKR, meanwhile, produced another superb bowling performance to restrict Virat Kohli’s RCB to an average total in Sharjah. RCB got off to a good start after winning the toss and opting to bat. However, Lockie Ferguson broke their opening partnership to bring KKR into the game.

The spinners then put the choke on in the middle overs, with Sunil Narine delivering a bowling masterclass. His line and length were spot on throughout his four overs, and he finished with figures of 4/21 in four overs. With Kohli, AB De Villiers, and Maxwell all falling to Narine, RCB could only get 139/8 on the board.

KKR’s chase was filled with plenty of ups and downs, with Shubman Gill’s quickfire 29 setting the tone for the innings. However, his wicket allowed RCB to claw their way back. Sunil Narine, however, made the most of a promotion to No.5 and smashed three sixes off Dan Christian’s bowling in the 11th over. KKR then staved off an RCB comeback to cross the finish line in the last over.

Both teams won a game each in their league stage battles, with KKR beating DC in their most recent meeting at the same venue. With a place in the Final of IPL 2021 on the line, expect a cracking encounter to take place.

KKR vs DC IPL 2021 Match Details:

Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

Date & Time: 13th Oct, at 07:30 PM IST

Live Score:  Cricketaddictor 

KKR vs DC IPL 2021 Pitch Report:

The wickets at Sharjah have been slow and two-paced, and that trend should continue in this match. While it shouldn’t be as bad as RR made it out to be in their previous outing, this should be another low-scoring encounter.

It’s a contrasting surface that we are witnessing here in Sharjah, where the bowlers have completely dominated in the 2nd leg of the IPL. The batters have to be on top of their game in order to score more runs here.

KKR vs DC IPL 2021 Probable Playing XIs:

KKR: Shubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (C), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shakib al Hasan/Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy.

DC: Prithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (C/WK), Shimron Hetmyer, Tom Curran, Axar Patel, R Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan.

Top Picks for KKR vs DC IPL 2021 Dream11 Prediction and Fantasy Cricket Tips:

KKR

Shubman Gill has got a brilliant start in this last match as he scored 29 runs in 18 balls. The opening batsman has mustered 381 runs in 15 matches.

Venkatesh Iyer could be an effective option. The KOL opener has been a revelation at the top of the order and he has mustered 239 runs at an average of 39.83. He has also taken three wickets with the ball.

Sunil Narine did an all-around performance in the last match as the spinner picked 4 wickets and score 26 runs as a finisher. Overall he has picked 14 wickets at an economy rate of 6.41.

Lockie Ferguson has been in top form with the ball and done a very brilliant job in the last match against RCB. the Kiwi pacer has returned with 12 wickets in six games and has an economy rate of 6.45.

DC

Rishabh Pant has been batting beautifully and has been making some good contributions batting at No. 4. In the last match, he smashed a half-century at a strike rate of 145.71. The DC skipper has mustered 413 runs at an average of 37.54.

Prithvi Shaw the DC opener really impressed in the last match as the young Indian batter smashed 60 runs with a strike rate of 176.47. Overall In this competition, he has scored 461 runs at an average of 32.92.

The surface here at Sharjah will be ideal for Axar Patel as the ball is getting plenty of turn. He has scalped 15 wickets in 11 matches in this edition at an economy of 6.52 and even scored 36 runs with the bat.

Avesh Khan has been very impressive in this tournament and he has consistently been amongst the wickets. He has scalped 23 wickets at an economy rate of 7.5.

Anrich Nortje has been superb with the ball, The South African fast bowler has picked 10 wickets at an economy rate of 5.92 in seven games.

KKR vs DC IPL 2021 Must Picks for Dream11 Team Prediction:

Player Statistics (Last 5 matches) Dream 11 Points
Shubman Gill 179 runs 43, 20, 87, 76, 41
Venkatesh Iyer 153 runs + 3 wickets 78, 111, 24, 53, 40
Sunil Narine   50 runs + 7 wickets 108, 32, 10, 4, 170
Rishabh Pant    141 runs 50, 43, 30, 15, 72
Prithvi Shaw  142 runs 14, 11, 27, 68, 91
Avesh Khan   8 wickets 111, 105, 29, 4, 25

KKR vs DC IPL 2021 Captain and Vice-Captain Choices:

Captain – Rishabh Pant, Venkatesh Iyer

Vice-Captain – Sunil Narine, Shikhar Dhawan

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for KKR vs DC Dream11 Team:

WicketkeeperRishabh Pant(c)

Batsmen–  Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Shikhar Dhawan, Prithvi Shaw

All Rounders–   Sunil Narine(vc), Venkatesh Iyer, Axar Patel

Bowlers– Lockie Ferguson, Anrich Nortje, Tom Curran

IPL 2021- KKR vs DC Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team
IPL 2021- KKR vs DC Dream11 Prediction

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for KKR vs DC Dream11 Team:

Wicketkeeper– Rishabh Pant

Batsmen– Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Shikhar Dhawan(vc), Prithvi Shaw

All Rounders–   Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer(c), Shakib Al Hasan

Bowlers–  Lockie Ferguson, Anrich Nortje,  Avesh Khan

IPL 2021- KKR vs DC Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team
IPL 2021- KKR vs DC Dream11 Prediction

KKR vs DC IPL 2021 Probable Winner:

Delhi Capitals are expected to win this match of IPL 2021.

Disclaimer: This team is based on the understanding, analysis, and instinct of the author. While selecting your team, consider the points mentioned and make your own decision.

 

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