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Gautam Gambhir
Gautam Gambhir (Credits: Twitter)

Watch: Gautam Gambhir’s Befitting Reply After Journalists Questions His Association With IPL Despite Being An MP

Gautam Gambhir’s association with cricket has been questioned ever since he switched to politics in 2019. Just before the elections in 2019, the former India batsman had joined BJP and had gone on to win the East Delhi seat.

Since then, he has been constantly targeted for not parting ways with cricket. Even after becoming a Member of Parliament, he worked as an IPL analyst as well as commentator for Star Sports.

Recently, he donned the hat of mentor for Lucknow Super Giants who were making their debut in the competition. And his association with the game was once again questioned during a media interaction.

Gautam Gambhir AFP
Gautam Gambhir (Credits: AFP)

Gautam Gambhir speaks on his association with IPL:

The legendary cricketer was interacting with the media over BJP’s 8 years in power. During the same interaction, he was asked about his association with IPL franchises and commentary roles. Known for giving straightforward answers, Gambhir did not beat around the bush as he revealed the reason behind his association with the IPL.

The World Cup-winning former cricketer explained that he needs to take up those jobs in order to continue the welfare work he is doing for the society. In 2020, he had set up a community kitchen in Gandhi Nagar called ‘Jan Rasoi’ that offers a meal for Rs. 1.

“Why I commentate in IPL or work in it is because I spend INR 25 lakh every month to feed 5000 people. This translates to roughly 2.75 crore per year. I’ve also spent INR 25 lakh to build a library,” said Gambhir.

“I spend all of this money from my own pocket and not from the MPLAD fund. The MPLAD fund doesn’t run my kitchen or other things that I do. I don’t have a tree in my house from where I can pluck money either.

“Only because I work, am I able to feed those 5000 people or establish that library. I have no shame in saying that I do commentary and work in the IPL. All of this that I do has an ultimate goal,” he added.

Mohsin Khan
Mohsin Khan (Credits: Twitter)

Aakash Chopra Reckons Impressive Lucknow Super Giants’ Pacer Mohsin Khan Will Play For India Very Soon

Aakash Chopra, the former Indian batter believes the disconcerting bounce Mohsin Khan extracts from the pitch will earn the pacer a Team India call-up pretty soon. The youngster was first picked up by Mumbai Indians in 2018 and was again bought at the auction for his base price at the 2020 auction. He was brought on board for INR 20 Lakh by LSG in IPL 2022 auctions and made his debut for Lucknow in the just-completed IPL 2022.

Mohsin Khan was one of the star performers for the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) in IPL 2022. The lanky left-arm pacer snared 14 wickets in just nine matches at an exceptional economy rate of 5.97. The 23-year-old left-arm fast bowler was impressive amongst the pool of emerging players in IPL 2022. Mohsin Khan picked as many as 14 scalps in 9 games averaging an impressive 14.07 and an economy rate of 5.97. His best bowling figure is 16/4.

Mohsin Khan
Mohsin Khan (Credits: Twitter)

Aakash Chopra Impressed By Lucknow Super Giants’ Pacer Mohsin Khan And Reckons He Will Play For India Very Soon

In a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra spoke about some of the uncapped Indian pacers who impressed him the most in IPL 2022.

He said the following about Mohsin Khan: “Mohsin Khan has a unique thing, just like Umran (Malik) has pace, he (Mohsin) has the bounce. Either you have the bounce or you don’t. Mohsin Khan has a high point of release because bounce is directly proportional to the point of release.”

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

The cricketer-turned-analyst reckons the Lucknow Super Giants pacer is likely to get an India cap soon.

Aakash Chopra reasoned: “If the ball is going to hit my chest or is near my head, how will I play a shot because it is not that short that I can play the pull and it is not that full that I can play a drive. The disconcerting bounce Mohsin Khan gets makes this bowler unique and that is why I feel he will play for India very soon.”

Team India is on the lookout for an effective left-arm pacer, with their seam attack mostly comprising right-arm bowlers. Arshdeep Singh has been included in the Indian squad for the upcoming T20I series against South Africa and Mohsin Khan could also be in the selectors’ thoughts.

In the pace department, Umran Malik and Arshdeep Singh have been included for the first time in the Indian squad. Sunrisers Hyderabad pace sensation Umran Malik has been one of the finds of the 15th season of the cash-rich league. He has impressed the selectors not just with his raw pace, clocking consistently over 150 kph, but also with his wicket-taking abilities.

In 14 games this season, he has picked 22 wickets for SRH at a strike rate of just 13.57 and an economy rate of 9.03. Umran Malik, Sunrisers Hyderabad’s leading wicket-taker this season had picked 22 scalps from 14 IPL 2022 games averaging an impressive 20.18 with a best of 5/25.

Aakash Chopra Compared Mohsin Khan To Bruce Reid And Mohammad Irfan

Aakash Chopra even compared Mohsin Khan’s bowling to the likes of Bruce Reid and Mohammad Irfan.

He elaborated: “He is extremely tall, like a monster, like a super giant and bowls with a high arm. The bounce he gets, we people haven’t played that. It is that Bruce Reid type of bounce, the tall Australian whose bounce used to trouble batters. There used to be Mohammad Irfan also in the Pakistan team.”

Mohammad Irfan (Courtesy by BCCI)
Mohammad Irfan (Courtesy of BCCI)

Mohammad Irfan is the tallest player to play international cricket beating the likes of West Indian Joel Garner and Australian Bruce Reid both of whom have been pacers. The reputed commentator concluded by highlighting that Mohsin Khan stood out even in a high-pressure game like the Eliminator.

Aakash Chopra observed: “Temperament is incredible and he even bowls a slower one. He has got hit in an odd match but other than that, he has been absolutely sensational. You reached the Eliminator and it is your first IPL, and to perform like that in that, means this guy is going to go far.”

Mohsin Khan returned figures of 1/25 in his four overs when all the other LSG bowlers were being taken to the cleaners by the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) batters. He gave KL Rahul’s side the perfect start by dismissing Faf du Plessis for a golden duck, but Rajat Patidar stole the LSG pacer’s thunder with a match-winning century.

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan (Photo Credit: Twitter/@cricketworldcup)

Rashid Khan Hails Yuzvendra Chahal And Ravi Bishnoi After Impressive IPL 2022

Rashid Khan, the Gujarat Titans superstar leg spinner made a bold prediction about the 21-year-old youngster Ravi Bishnoi in his international career. The Gujarat Titans reached the final in their maiden Indian Premier League season this year, as they defeated Rajasthan Royals in the Qualifier 1 of the IPL 2022 season earlier this week.

Incidentally, the Gujarat Titans will have a rematch with the Rajasthan Royals for the title clash on May 29 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. It has been a stellar season for GT, who also finished at the top of the points table with 10 wins in fourteen games.

Throughout the season, the side’s leg-spinner Rashid Khan has been one of their star performers; not only with the ball but also with the bat. Rashid Khan has taken 18 wickets in 15 innings in the tournament so far, and also a match-winning knock of 40 off just 22 balls in the game against CSK, in addition to important cameos. In 44 balls, Rashid Khan has scored 91 runs in the season so far at a staggering strike rate of 206.82.

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan. (Photo: Twitter)

Rashid Khan Predicts Spinner Ravi Bishnoi Will Be A Big Star For India In The Forthcoming Years

Naturally, Rashid Khan is one of the leading figures in the Gujarat Titans squad; but it’s not only the youngsters at the Gujarat Titans who want to take a leaf out of his book. Lucknow Super Giants Indian spin bowler Ravi Bishnoi is also one of the bowlers who has talked to Rashid Khan “quite a few times,” and the Afghanistan bowler believes that the 21-year-old could be a “big star for India.”

“Bishnoi is a young talent. I’ve talked to him quite a few times. In the upcoming years, he will be a big star for India. If he trusts his skills and continues to back them up, he will definitely be a big bowler for India,” Rashid Khan said.

Ravi Bishnoi
Ravi Bishnoi. (Photo Credit: BCCI)

Ravi Bishnoi was one of the draft picks for Lucknow Super Giants before IPL 2022 mega auctions. At 21 years of age, Ravi Bishnoi has been an exciting prospect in IPL and his impressive show in the last two seasons has handed him an opportunity in the Indian squad as well.

He has picked 13 scalps in 14 games in IPL 2022 averaging 35.08 at an economy rate of 8.44. He has also picked 4 scalps in as many T20Is averaging 27 which came at an economy of 6.75 after debuting in 2022 against the West Indies. In IPL, he has 37 scalps from as many games averaging 28.7 playing for Punjab Kings and Lucknow.

Rashid Khan Praised The Best Indian Leg Spinner Yuzvendra Chahal

The leg-spinner also talked in detail about former RCB spinner Yuzvendra Chahal during the conversation, insisting that he is one of the best leggies going around.

“Definitely, the way he performed for RCB and India, he is the best spinner. He bowled the tough overs for India and RCB, which is very difficult. He has played most of the matches in Bangalore, which is a smaller ground, and he showed his skills brilliantly,” said Rashid.

RCB leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal in action during IPL 2020 | Saikat Das / Sportzpics for BCCI
RCB leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal in action during IPL 2020 | Saikat Das / Sportzpics for BCCI

Yuzvendra Chahal, the current Purple Cap holder is leading the IPL 2022 wicket-takers charts with 26 wickets in 16 matches. The leg-spinner was picked for Rs. 6.5 crores by Rajasthan Royals during the IPL 2022 auction.

The leg spinner was part of Royal Challengers Bangalore last season. He scalped 18 wickets in 15 games in IPL 2021. He has picked 26 scalps in only 16 games averaging only 19.5 which came at an economy rate of only 7.92.

Yuzvendra Chahal is the only RCB bowler to claim more than 100 IPL wickets. Yuzvendra Chahal has featured in 113 IPL games for his former franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore, claiming 139 wickets at an excellent average of 22.04 and an economy rate of 7.58.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Credits: Twitter)

IPL 2022: Here’s How Much RCB And LSG Have Received As IPL Prize Money After Playoffs Appearance

IPL prize money: Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Lucknow Super Giants’ (LSG) campaign in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 came to an end with defeats in their respective playoffs games.

LSG were the first team to exit the playoffs after losing to RCB in the Eliminator. RCB were the next to bow out of the competition. The Faf du Plessis-led side exited IPL after losing to Rajasthan Royals in the second Qualifier.

RCB’s defeat has further extended their long wait for their first-ever IPL title. The Bengaluru-based outfit is playing in IPL since the inaugural season and are yet to lay their hands on the trophy.

Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis (Credits: Twitter)

They are one of the only three teams who are playing in the league since 2008 but are yet to win the trophy. The other two teams are Delhi Capitals and Punjab Kings.

On the other hand, LSG were making their first-ever appearance in the IPL this season. The Lucknow-based outfit would have loved to go all the way in the competition but would not too disappointed with their performance in their inaugural season.

IPL prize money for RCB and LSG:

While RCB and LSG have missed out on the chance to play the final and win the trophy, their appearance in the playoffs have ensured a good amount of prize money for the respective franchises.

RCB have received Rs 7 crore for finishing the tournament at the third spot. On the other hand, LSG have received Rs 6.5 crore for the 4th spot finish this season.

IPL trophy
IPL trophy (Credits: Twitter(

Talking about the prize money for the winners and the runners-up, the champions will receive Rs 20 crore while the losing team in the final will get Rs 13 crore.

Meanwhile, the final of IPL 2022 will take place on Sunday (May 29) in Ahmedabad. Gujarat Titans will lock horns against Rajasthan Royals in the title-decider.

Marnus Labuschagne (Image Credit: Twitter)

Virat Kohli Will Go Big In Qualifier 2 Against Rajasthan Royals: Marnus Labuschagne

Virat Kohli may not be leading Royal Challengers Bangalore in the ongoing IPL 2022, yet the focus would be on him when RCB takes on Rajasthan Royals in Ahmedabad’s Narendra Modi Stadium on Friday for Qualifier 2. With a ticket to the finale at stake, there is all to play for. While predictions are being made, Australia’s premier batter Marnus Labuschagne passed his verdict during a Twitter poll.

After 62 days of riveting action in Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022, the tournament is down to just three teams. Gujarat Titans, who had emerged as the table toppers, have reached the final and wait for the winner of Rajasthan Royals and Royal Challengers Bangalore in Qualifier 2, which will be played on Friday.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (Image Credit: Twitter)

Virat Kohli Will Go Big Tweets Marnus Labuschagne

Ahead of the big game in Ahmedabad, an Australian cricket star Marnus Labuschagne ran a poll on Twitter on who will win the IPL trophy this season, before giving his verdict on the same.

Marnus Labuschagne took to Twitter on Thursday to post a Twitter poll on “Who wins the IPL from here? #IPL2022”. And when asked by a fan who he supports, Marnus Labuschagne backed RCB to emerge as the winner this season. “RCB – @imVkohli will go big,” he tweeted.

Marnus Labuschagne
Marnus Labuschagne (Photo by Lee Warren/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Virat Kohli has not been in the best form in the ongoing IPL 2022. He has been dismissed thrice for golden duck which does not show the potential of the ex-India captain. He has recently shown some form as he got a fifty against Gujarat ahead of the Eliminator. RCB would dearly hope Virat Kohli gets among the runs as he would be a key player in the Qualifier 2 contest.

Virat Kohli scored a fluent 73 off 54 balls against the Gujarat Titans (GT) in RCB’s last league match. He was also involved in an opening partnership of 115 with RCB skipper Faf du Plessis (44 off 38). Virat Kohli was retained ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction for INR 15 crores. He is the team’s 2nd highest run-getter this season with 334 runs averaging a mere 23.86 in 15 games which doesn’t depict a good picture going by his caliber and credentials.

60.6 percent of the poll users so far voted in favour of RCB, followed by Gujarat Titans (20) and Rajasthan (19.4).

RCB reached Qualifier 2 after defeating Lucknow Super Giants by 14 runs in the IPL 2022 Playoffs Eliminator on Wednesday. RCB scored 207/4 in the first innings, courtesy of an unbeaten 112-run knock in 54 balls by Rajat Patidar.

While Virat Kohli scored 25 runs in 24 balls, Dinesh Karthik remained unbeaten on 37 off 23 balls. Josh Hazlewood’s 3/43 in four overs helped RCB to restrict LSG at 193/6 and take the team through to the next game.

Royal Challengers Bangalore Is Yet To Win IPL

RCB is among the few teams who are yet to win the IPL trophy. They have qualified for the playoffs eight times and reached the final three times, the last being in 2016.

In 2022, RCB finished fourth in the league stage, with eight wins in 14 games. Faf du Plessis’ men then defeated Lucknow Super Giants in the Eliminator earlier this week at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata by 14 runs to make the second stage in the IPL playoffs.

RCB had earlier failed to cross the Eliminator hurdle in two consecutive seasons, losing to Sunrisers Hyderabad by 6 wickets in 2020 and to Kolkata Knight Riders by 4 wickets in 2021.

Rajat Patidar
Rajat Patidar (Credits: Twitter)

However, Rajat Patidar’s sensation century and Harshal Patel’s impressive death-over bowling helped RCB make the Qualifier 2 with the IPL 2022 final and the trophy still in sight.

KL Rahul has been in fine form for the new Lucknow Super Giants franchise this season.© BCCI/IPL
KL Rahul has been in fine form for the new Lucknow Super Giants franchise this season.© BCCI/IPL

KL Rahul’s Six Hitting Ability More Than Kieron Pollard But Lucknow Lost Due To Sluggish Start In Powerplay: Harbhajan Singh

KL Rahul never managed to accelerate his innings against Royal Challengers Bangalore despite being the top run-getter for Lucknow in that match. He finished with 79 off 58 deliveries at a strike rate of 136.21.

As Rajat Patidar laid the foundation for Royal Challengers Bangalore’s big total in the Eliminator, the spotlight was on Lucknow Super Giants captain KL Rahul to deliver in the crucial game at the Eden Gardens on Wednesday.

Chasing 208 for the win, Lucknow lost Protea keeper opener, Quinton de Kock, in the first over of their reply, while skipper KL Rahul went on to score 79. The Indian batter hit three fours and five maximums before falling to pacer Josh Hazlewood in the penultimate over, with Lucknow still needing 28 runs to advance to the second Qualifier.

KL Rahul tried to scoop Josh Hazlewood but was taken brilliantly by Shahbaz Ahmed at short fine leg, and Lucknow eventually finished on 193-6 to bow out of the 10-team competition. While he top-scored for his side, KL Rahul never managed to accelerate his innings. He finished with 79 off 58 deliveries at a strike rate of 136.21.

LSG Skipper KL Rahul (Image Credits: IPL)
LSG Skipper KL Rahul (Image Credits: IPL)

KL Rahul’s 6 Hitting Ability Is More Than Even Kieron Pollard: Harbhajan Singh

Pundits and fans questioned the conservative batting approach of KL Rahul, who has amassed more than 550 runs in every edition of IPL since 2018. But former India tweaker Harbhajan Singh said the Karnataka lad can hit sixes and even rated him higher than West Indian all-rounder Kieron Pollard. Harbhajan Singh further pointed out Lucknow’s sluggish scoring rate at the start that eventually made the difference.

Harbhajan Singh. (Twitter/KKRiders)
Harbhajan Singh. (Twitter/KKRiders)

“KL Rahul often plays the role of an anchor. His six-hitting ability probably is more than someone like Kieron Pollard. But Lucknow played slow in the initial six overs.

“If they had got early momentum, Lucknow would have had fewer runs to score in the last few overs. Of course, Harshal and Hazlewood bowled well but Lucknow missed a trick by not scoring more runs in the powerplay. In the end, that decided the outcome of the game,” Harbhajan Singh said.

Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) made an impressive debut in the IPL 2022 edition as they qualified for the final four at the 3rd spot. KL Rahul led from the front scoring 616 runs in 15 matches with two centuries against Mumbai and an average of over 50 and a strike rate of about 136.

He even added an IPL record opening partnership of 210 runs with Quinton de Kock in one of the matches against KKR where his Proteas partner made 140* and he made a half-century. That was the first time an opening pair batted for the whole 20 overs and the first time two batters played out entire innings in T20 cricket.

KL Rahul Admits He And Lucknow Haven’t Done Well While Chasing

KL Rahul himself acknowledged that “two big hits” would have probably done the job for Lucknow, who were chasing a hefty total. He managed to amass just a single boundary in seven overs after the powerplay.

“Yes, I think now, looking back, yes, it was just about two big hits in the middle overs and that could have gotten us over the line,” Rahul said in the post-match press conference on Wednesday.

“We won a few games but generally overall we did not do well chasing. It’s something that we need to learn,” he said. “For me, I think this season has been like every other season, has been a good learning experience.”

KL Rahul
KL Rahul. (Photo: IPL)

KL Rahul, who signed off with 616 runs in 15 games this season, admitted that his numbers while chasing haven’t been satisfactory. His 79 in the eliminator was his highest and only fifty while batting second.

“I paid a bit of attention to the stats this season as well. Yes in this season, I’ve not scored much while batting second,” he agreed.

“But it was a big game and when you come to a big game, you forget about your form, your runs in the last 14 matches.”

Rajat Patidar slammed 112* in 54 balls with 12 fours and 7 sixes and along with 25 from Virat Kohli and 37* from Dinesh Karthik, he took RCB to a daunting total of 207/4 in 20 overs.

KL Rahul led from the front, making 79 runs and Deepak Hooda made 45 runs, but LSG left it a little too late for the last burst of big hits and fell 14 runs short in the end, getting eliminated from the IPL 2022, albeit a great outing in their maiden IPL tournament.

Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar
Virat Kohli, Rajat Patidar (Credits: Twitter)

‘Very very special’: Virat Kohli Lavishes Praise On Rajat Patidar After Latter’s Heroic Ton Against LSG

Batting superstar Virat Kohli has showered praise on Rajat Patidar after the latter’s sensational century against Lucknow Super Giants in the Eliminator on Wednesday (May 25).

In a game where even the likes of Kohli, Faf du Plessis and Glenn Maxwell failed to deliver, Patidar stood tall. The 28-year old slammed an unbeaten 112 off just 54 balls to help Royal Challengers Bangalore beat Lucknow by 14 runs.

His breathtaking knock was studded with 12 fours and 7 sixes. Patidar got into his rhythm with consecutive boundaries off Avesh Khan in the fifth over and did not look back after that. He raced away to his fifty off 28 balls and scored his next fifty off just 21 balls to reach his century in 49 deliveries.

Rajat Patidar
Rajat Patidar (Credits: Twitter)

Patidar became the first uncapped player to score a century in the playoffs. He now also holds the record of scoring the fastest century in IPL playoffs or the final. Thanks to his stunning knock, RCB recovered from 86 for 3 and posted a massive total of 207 for 4.

In reply, LSG fell short by 15 runs and finished their innings on 193 for 6. Captain KL Rahul scored a fighting fifty but it was not enough for his team to cross the finishing line.

Virat Kohli praises Rajat Patidar:

Following the game, Virat Kohli interviewed Patidar and lavished praise on his match-winning knock. The former RCB skipper stated that he has not seen many innings better than Patidar’s. Kohli was all praise for his teammate for the way he delivered in the pressure game.

“I told him as well after the game as well that I have seen many impact innings and many innings under pressure over so many years. I have not seen many better than how Rajat played today. Under pressure, big game, first uncapped player,” Kohli said.

“The magnitude of the game was so big that I was feeling the tension in the air because I have been in those situations where you have to cross the line as a team. What he did was very very special, I don’t think that anyone should take that for granted. You should understand the excellence of the innings and appreciate as a cricketer to watch an innings like that,” he added.

Rajat Patidar, Dinesh Karthik
Rajat Patidar, Dinesh Karthik (Credits: Twitter)

RCB will now lock horns against Rajasthan Royals for a place in the final. Royals lost to Gujarat Titans in the Qualifier 1 and will have another shot at the final. Royals have not made it to the final of the IPL since 2008 while RCB last played in the final in 2016.

Virat Kohli | Photo Credit: AP
Virat Kohli | Photo Credit: AP

Shoaib Akhtar Credited Virat Kohli For Investing A Lot In KL Rahul While Previewing IPL 2022 Eliminator

Shoaib Akhtar, the former Pakistan pacer has credited former India captain Virat Kohli for investing a lot in KL Rahul’s talent and giving him the opportunity to turn into the match-winner that he has become today.

Shoaib Akhtar pointed out that KL Rahul started opening the innings frequently under Virat Kohli and his game went to a different level after that. The duo of star Indian batters will be opponents on Wednesday when the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) take on the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the IPL 2022 Eliminator at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata.

Virat Kohli, KL Rahul | Photo Credit: AP
Virat Kohli, KL Rahul | Photo Credit: AP

Shoaib Akhtar Reckons Virat Kohli Invested A Lot In KL Rahul Who May Be The Major Factor In Eliminator

Previewing the knockout clash, Shoaib Akhtar praised Virat Kohli for the LSG skipper’s growth as a batter.

Shoaib Akhtar said: “Virat Kohli invested a lot in KL Rahul (when he was the Indian captain). He pushed him up to open and made him a permanent member of the Indian team. Rahul is a nice and sensible guy.

“He has been able to prove himself and has successfully shown that he is a serious contender for India and in the IPL as well. I think KL Rahul is going to be a major factor in the match.”

KL Rahul
KL Rahul. (Photo: IPL)

Both KL Rahul and Virat Kohli go into the IPL 2022 Eliminator with half-centuries against their names in their respective previous matches. The Lucknow captain made 68* off 51 against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and featured in an unbroken opening stand of 210 with Quinton de Kock (140* off 70).

As for Virat Kohli, he scored a fluent 73 off 54 balls against the Gujarat Titans (GT). He was also involved in an opening partnership of 115 with RCB skipper Faf du Plessis (44 off 38). Virat Kohli was retained ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction for INR 15 crores. He is the team’s 2nd highest run-getter this season with 309 runs averaging a mere 23.77 which doesn’t depict a good picture going by Virat Kohli’s caliber and credentials.

KL Rahul has been Mr. Consistent of IPL in the last couple of seasons, scoring over 500 runs in each of the last four editions. The right-handed batsman was picked as a draft player. Last season, he was part of Punjab Kings. He has amassed 537 runs in 14 IPL 2022 games averaging 48.82 including successive tons against Mumbai. The Lucknow skipper KL Rahul is the team’s leading run-getter so far this season and 2nd highest run-getter after Jos Buttler.

Shoaib Akhtar Wants To See If Lucknow Skipper KL Rahul Is Able To Get The Crowd Support By Controlling The Eliminator Clash Against Bangalore

Being a fan favorite, Virat Kohli is expected to have a lot of crowd support at the Eden Gardens. According to Shoaib Akhtar, the LSG captain must look to get the crowd behind him as well by controlling the game.

Backing the opener to do a good job, he said: “The two new teams, Lucknow and Gujarat, had to prove a point and they have been doing that very well. I would go with KL Rahul (for this game). Let’s see if Rahul is able to get the crowd support by controlling the game. He needs to focus hard on those two seconds every ball.”

Shoaib Akhtar. (AFP Photo)
Shoaib Akhtar. (AFP Photo)

The winner of the LSG-RCB clash will meet the Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Qualifier 2 in Ahmedabad on Friday to decide the second finalist of IPL 2022. Virat Kohli has had a very poor season this time around in IPL 2022.

He has only scored 309 runs in 14 matches averaging 23.77 at a strike rate of under 120, besides being dismissed on golden duck thrice this season. He also managed 2 fifties-both against Gujarat with a best of 73 in RCB’s last league match.

Shubman Gill. Photo-IPL
Shubman Gill. Photo-IPL

I’ve Never Played With A Crowd Of Over A Lakh People Watching Us: Shubman Gill

Shubman Gill who gave his team a ballistic start in the Qualifier 1 against Rajasthan Royals said that he is very excited to play the IPL 2022 finals in front of the home fans. Gujarat Titans will be playing the final of the Indian Premier League in front of their home crowd in the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad on Sunday, 29 May. Gujarat Titans, who have dominated the tournament throughout and topped the group stage, stormed into the final on Tuesday, 24 May.

Narendra Modi stadium in Ahmedabad will be welcoming home team Gujarat Titans on May 29. A sold-out stadium is expected to be buzzing in support of the home team who will play the IPL final in their first season.

The world's largest cricket stadium is in Motera, Ahmedabad (Image Courtesy: Twitter)
The world’s largest cricket stadium is in Motera, Ahmedabad (Image Courtesy: Twitter)

Gujarat Titans Batter David Miller’s Unbeaten Takes Gujarat Into The IPL 2022 Finals

Playing at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata in Qualifier 1 between Gujarat and Rajasthan, David Miller hit three sixes in the first three balls of the last over to take GT over the line, in what turned out to be a tense game in the IPL playoffs.

David Miller
David Miller (Credits: Twitter)

Needing 16 off 6 balls, David Miller (68* off 38) completed the chase in style, smacking three successive sixes off Prasidh Krishna in the final over. Debutant Gujarat Titans stormed into their maiden IPL final with this comprehensive 7-wicket victory over Rajasthan Royals.

On a track that was two-paced, Rajasthan Royals rode on opener Jos Buttler’s 56-ball-89 to post 188 for six in 20 overs, which seemed like a winning total considering the pressure of the occasion. But Hardik Pandya (40 no off 27 balls) and David Miller (68 off 38 balls) added 101 runs in exactly 10 overs to seal the deal with three balls to spare.

Gujarat Titans Batter Shubman Gill Excited For The IPL 2022 Finals As He’s Never Played With A Crowd Of Over 1 Lakh At Ahmedabad

Speaking after the game Gujarat Titans batsman Shubman Gill who gave his team a ballistic start in the Qualifier 1 said that he is very excited to play the finals in front of the home fans at Ahmedabad’s Motera Stadium. A packed stadium is expected in the Narendra Modi stadium, which holds a capacity of one lakh, the highest in India and at par with the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground in Australia.

“I hear that there is going to be a huge packed ground in Ahmedabad?” man of the match David Miller asked Shubman Gill in the post-match catch-up.

“I am very excited. I have never played with a crowd of over a lakh people watching us and it will be pretty amazing and the atmosphere will be something that we can feed off. So hopefully it will be a great game for us,” said Shubman Gill.

Shubman Gill. Photo-IPL
Shubman Gill. Photo-IPL

Gujarat has been exceptional under the leadership of Hardik Pandya, who has led from the front, scoring 453 runs in the tournament. They have had match winners in every department, with the likes of Wriddhiman Saha, David Miller, Rashid Khan, and Rahul Tewatia putting their hands up whenever needed.

In Qualifier 1, Gujarat opener Shubman Gill got run out on the 4th ball of the 8th over after getting involved in a horrible mix-up with Australian wicketkeeper-batsman Matthew Wade. Shubman Gill’s innings ended at 35 runs of 21 balls, including 5 fours and 1 six.

GT have quite a bit of time to rest and regain their freshness ahead of the finals as Lucknow Super Giants, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Rajasthan Royals vie for the second spot in the finals of the Indian Premier League.

Mohsin Khan
Mohsin Khan (Credits: Twitter)

It’s Good That Mumbai Didn’t Play Him: Shoaib Akhtar On Lucknow Super Giants Pacer Mohsin Khan’s Rise In IPL 2022

Shoaib Akhtar, a former Pakistani pacer believes that Mohsin Khan’s stint with the Mumbai Indians (MI) was significant even though the Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) pacer did not play a single match for the most successful IPL franchise. According to the ‘Rawalpindi Express’, the time in the MI nets must have helped Mohsin Khan fine-tune his skills and he is now reaping rewards for the same.

Mohsin Khan, 23, spent three seasons as part of the MI set-up before being picked up by Lucknow at the IPL 2022 auction. So impressive has he been for the new Lucknow Super Giants franchise, that he is being considered as one of the key players for the IPL 2022 Eliminator against the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) on Wednesday.

Shoaib Akhtar. (AFP Photo)
Shoaib Akhtar. (AFP Photo)

Shoaib Akhtar: Mohsin Khan Has Done Well So Far But Should Look To Keep Improving Himself And Pick More Scalps

Mohsin Khan is Lucknow Supergiants’ 3rd highest wicket-taker after Avesh Khan and Jason Holder with 13 scalps in only 8 IPL 2022 games. His bowling average is an impressive 13.23 and his best bowling figure is 16/4. The youngster was first picked up by Mumbai Indians in 2018 and was again bought at the auction for his base price at the 2020 auction.

He was brought on board for INR 20 Lakh by LSG. Mohsin Khan, a left-arm medium-fast bowler finally made his IPL 2022 debut for Lucknow Supergiants and has impressed everyone.

Previewing the match that will be played at the Eden Gardens in Kolkata, Shoaib Akhtar said:  “When the world stops you, understand that you have that capacity.

“When the world says you are not good enough, you have to keep moving. It was good that Mumbai did not play him. That’s because he was being readied for another team. Mohsin has done well so far, but should look to keep improving himself and pick up more wickets.”

Mohsin Khan
Mohsin Khan (Image: Twitter)

Mohsin Khan has so far claimed 13 wickets in eight matches at an average of 13.23 and an exceptional economy rate of 5.93. He picked up four for 16 in a league clash against the Delhi Capitals (DC) at the start of the month.

Shoaib Akhtar: Quinton de Kock Is A Destructive Player And A Game Changer

LSG opener Quinton de Kock will go into the Eliminator on the back of a sensational 140* off 70 balls against the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their last league game. Sharing his views on the South African batter, Shoaib Akhtar opined that he plays a lot more freely in the IPL as compared to international cricket.

The 46-year-old Shoaib Akhtar explained: “Quinton de Kock is a destructive player. He is a game-changer, who has all the shots. If you have observed, he is always happy when playing in the IPL and is seen smiling. I have never seen Quinton de Kock this happy in international cricket. There is no pressure on him and he doesn’t look lost.”

Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock. Image: BCCI

Quinton de Kock has smashed 502 runs in 14 IPL 2022 matches for LSG at an average of 38.62 and a strike rate of 149.40. Roped in for INR 6.75 crore, the South African international keeper, Quinton de Kock has been one of the most prolific overseas batting options in recent times in IPL. Last season, the left-handed batsman was part of Mumbai Indians. He had scored 297 runs in 11 games in IPL 2021 at an average of 29.70.

In IPL 2022, he is Lucknow Supergiants’ 2nd highest run-scorer after KL Rahul with 502 runs averaging 38.62 with 3 fifties and 1 ton in 13 games. Lucknow Super Giants had to endure an 18-run defeat against Royal Challengers Bangalore in their last meeting.

But a lot has changed since then and the KL Rahul-led side is now set to take on Bangalore in the Eliminator on Wednesday (May 25). The Eliminator between Lucknow and Bangalore will be played at the Eden Gardens, Kolkata.

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