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Shaun Pollock Was Proteas Glenn McGrath Says Allan Donald After The All Rounder Is Inducted In ICC Hall Of Fame

Shaun Pollock was one of the finest bowling all-rounders the game has ever seen. Fast-bowling great Allan Donald on Saturday said his former teammate Shaun Pollock was the Glenn McGrath of a South African team that dominated world cricket alongside Australia.

Shaun Pollock, a former South African captain, was inducted into the ICC Hall of Fame on Saturday ahead of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup final alongside Sri Lanka’s Mahela Jayawardene and ex England women’s team skipper, late Janette Brittin.

Shaun Pollock and Allan Donald © PA Photos/Getty Images
Shaun Pollock and Allan Donald © PA Photos/Getty Images

Shaun Pollock Was Proteas Glenn McGrath: Allan Donald

In a letter to Shaun Pollock, which was uploaded on the ICC website, Allan Donald heaped high praise on his former pace bowling partner.

“What I admire a lot about you is the way you were able to adapt your game. When you first came into the Proteas side, you were this fast bowler who could terrorise batters. Despite injuries later in your career, you always managed to be effective, even if you didn’t quite have the pace you once had, and that’s a remarkable quality. You were our Glenn McGrath, the sort of bowler who could lock down an end and let the rest of us run free at the other,” Donald wrote in the letter.

Allan Donald of South Africa
Allan Donald of South Africa — DIGITAL IMAGE. Mandatory Credit: Nick Wilson/Getty Images

Allan Donald will be remembered as one of the best South African bowlers of all time. He bowled with an aggressive intent and looked to attack the stumps. The right-arm pacer generated a lot of speed and more often than not troubled the batsmen with his quick bouncers. His fast yorkers would often unsettle the batsmen.

The 53-year-old would hit the deck hard and always tried to bowl in the good length area. Allan Donald operated quite well in the slog overs and extracted a lot of bounce even on slow wickets. Allan Donald took 330 wickets in 72 tests and 272 wickets in 164 One Day Internationals. He was quite penetrative with his fast outswingers.

Shaun Pollock Also Scored 2 Test And 1 ODI Ton Apart From 421 Test And 393 ODI Scalps In His 13 Year Long Career

Shaun Pollock was the first player to achieve the 3,000 runs and 300 wickets double in both Test and ODI cricket.

“We could throw you the ball and say ‘See you tonight’. You would pile up the dots at one end and then I would have licence to express myself,” Donald wrote.

“Where my style was to combine control with pace, you did so with swing, getting so close to the stumps that batters would have to play almost every ball. It took incredible stamina and concentration because you gave them nowhere to hide.”

Shaun Pollock
Shaun Pollock (Image Credit: Twitter)

“I think we were never better than when the West Indies came to South Africa in 1998/99. Between us we took 52 wickets in a 5-0 series victory. There was also the tour to India in 2000 when we won 2-0 and the two of us, along with the rest of the pace attack and Nicky Boje just seemed to click.”

The son of former South Africa Peter Pollock and nephew of ICC Hall of Famer Graeme Pollock, Shaun Pollock went on to play 108 Tests, 303 ODIs, and 12 T20Is across 13 years after making his Test debut in 1995 against England.

It was with the ball that pacer Shaun Pollock was truly special, but as a batsman he stood out as well, managing three centuries in total in Tests and ODIs combined. Two of those hundreds came in Test cricket, in which he made 3781 runs at an average of 32.31 with a further 16 half-centuries to boot.

His lone ODI ton came for an Africa XI against an Asia XI in 2007. It was a 110-ball 130-run blitz fitting for a man with a career strike rate of 86.69. In total, he made 3519 runs at 26.45 in ODIs, with 14 fifties to his name alongside the lone ton. Unerringly accurate with the ability to swing and seam the ball, Shaun Pollock took 421 Test wickets at 23.11, 393 ODI wickets at 25.4, and 15 T20I wickets at 20.6.

 

(File) Muttiah Muralitharan
(File) Muttiah Muralitharan
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Muttiah Muralitharan Says Mahela Jayawardene Is One Of The Most Important Players In Sri Lankan Cricket History After His Induction In ICC Hall Of Fame

Muttiah Muralitharan, Sri Lankan spin legend has called his former teammate and the ICC’s latest Hall of Fame inductee Mahela Jayawardene one of the game’s “great thinkers”.

Lauding him for his contribution to not just his country but world cricket, Muttiah Muralitharan wrote in an open letter that Mahela Jayawardene is one of the most important players in Sri Lankan cricket history.

Mahela Jayawardene
Former Sri Lanka skipper Mahela Jayawardene (File | AP)

Muttiah Muralitharan: Mahela Jayawardane One Of The Most Important Players In Sri Lankan Cricket History

Mahela Jayawardene appeared in 652 international matches representing Sri Lanka in a career spanning about 18 years. During his international career, he also formed a healthy relationship and friendship with fellow veteran player Kumar Sangakkara. He is the first player in the history of Sri Lankan cricket to score over 10,000 Test runs and is also the second Sri Lankan player to score more than 10,000 runs in ODIs after Sanath Jayasuriya.

“You played so many wonderful innings and were always happy to be in the team, getting a lot of runs. There was less pressure on me to take wickets because once you put on all those runs, my job became easy. That is why you are one of the most important players in Sri Lankan cricket history,” Muttiah Muralitharan said.

“More than that though, you are a great human being and a very soft, kind guy away from cricket. In sport, everyone sees that champions are always very competitive. On the field, you had this ability to switch on, you were a great person to be around and play with,” Muttiah Muralitharan said.

Muttiah Muralitharan is considered one of the greatest bowlers in the history of cricket and he has the most wickets in Tests and ODIs with 800 and 534 respectively , Twitter
Muttiah Muralitharan is considered one of the greatest bowlers in the history of cricket and he has the most wickets in Tests and ODIs with 800 and 534 respectively, Twitter

“You were much quieter than me! You know I talk a lot and there were a few others in the dressing room to do the talking but you were quieter, you concentrated so much on the game at the time, you were glued to the match even while in the dressing room.”

The 44-year-old Mahela Jayawardene retired as one of Sri Lanka’s greatest ever players, a key member of the Sri Lankan team that won the T20 World Cup in 2014 and reached four other major ICC finals. The former Sri Lankan captain was inducted into the Hall of Fame on Saturday ahead of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup final alongside former South Africa all-rounder Shaun Pollock and ex England batter Janette Brittin.

Muttiah Muralitharan: Mahela Jayawardene’s Induction In Hall Of Fame Is A Reward For The Toil Over The Years And Contribution To Sri Lanka

He is the third Sri Lankan player to be inducted into the Hall of Fame after another batting great and former skipper Kumar Sangakkara and Muttiah Muralitharan himself.

“It isn’t just for one individual moment that you are being inducted into the Hall of Fame, it’s a reward for the toil over the years and everything you contributed for Sri Lanka,” Muttiah Muralitharan wrote.

File image of former Sri Lanka cricketer Kumar Sangakkara | Reuters / Dinuka Liyanawatte
File image of former Sri Lanka cricketer Kumar Sangakkara | Reuters / Dinuka Liyanawatte

“Those are all taken into consideration when choosing who is inducted and the ICC thinks it is right that you are the next Sri Lankan to be chosen, to join Kumar Sangakkara and me in the Hall of Fame. You have been selected because as a captain you were very successful, you consistently delivered as a batter, and then as a fielder, you took a lot of catches ­– more than anyone else. You have done everyone in Sri Lanka proud.”

Mahela Jayawardene was a key member of the team that won the 2014 ICC World Twenty20 and was part of the team that made it to the final of 2007 Cricket World Cup, 2011 Cricket World Cup, 2009 ICC World Twenty20, and 2012 ICC World Twenty20.

Mahela Jayawardena played 652 international matches, comprising 149 Tests, 448 ODIs, and 55 T20Is. Only India’s Sachin Tendulkar played more international matches, pipping the Sri Lankan by 12 games.  A classy right-hander who scored runs relentlessly and captained his nation superbly, Mahela Jayawardena’s 149 Tests are the most by a Sri Lankan, as are his 448 ODIs (12,650 runs at 33.37, 19 centuries) where globally only Sachin Tendulkar (463) played more matches.

He is Test cricket’s ninth greatest run-scorer with 11,814 to his name at an average of 49.84, making the sixth most Test centuries in the longest format’s history. Among his 34 centuries is the famous 374 – Test cricket’s fourth-highest score – he made in the midst of a record-setting 624-run stand with close friend Kumar Sangakkara against South Africa in 2006.

Jos Buttler smashed his maiden T20I ton | Photo: Rajasthan Royals
Jos Buttler smashed his maiden T20I ton | Photo: Rajasthan Royals
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Ben Stokes Terms Jos Buttler As Best In The World After His Unbeaten 101 Innings Against Sri Lanka

Ben Stokes, England’s all-rounder, labeled keeper opener Jos Buttler as “best in the world” following the right-handed batter’s century against Sri Lanka in the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup.

Jos Buttler smashed his maiden ton before England displayed an all-around performance to defeat Sri Lanka by 26 runs in the Super 12 match of the T20 World Cup at the Sharjah Cricket Stadium on Monday.

Ben Stokes Image Source : GETTY IMAGES
Ben Stokes Image Source: GETTY IMAGES

Ben Stokes Tweet Jos Buttler Is The Best Batsman In The World

England scored 163 in 20 overs and then restricted Sri Lanka to 137 to register their fourth win in four games in the tournament. Sri Lanka needed 34 from the final three overs to win the match, but the Lankan Lions lost their last five wickets for eight runs. England has now won all its four matches in the Super 12 stage, and they are all but set to qualify for the semi-finals.

Ben Stokes had decided not to participate in the England-India Test series, the second half of IPL 2021 at UAE, and the T20I World Cup to prioritize his mental well-being over cricket. He, however, would return for Ashes. Unfortunately, Ben Stokes broke his hand, taking a catch for Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League 2021, and a repeat X-ray and CT scan revealed that he has a fracture of his left index finger.

Ben Stokes’ teammate, Rajasthan Royals opener Jos Buttler, wasn’t at his usual best before he came to his own with a scintillating 124 versus Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH), just a few days before BCCI suspended IPL 2021 due to Covid-19 threat. Jos Buttler didn’t play the second leg of IPL 2021 held a UAE.

“Best in the world @josbuttler,” tweeted Ben Stokes on Monday.

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 Jos Buttler joins elite list with maiden T20 World Cup hundred (AP Photo)
Jos Buttler joins the elite list with maiden T20 World Cup hundred (AP Photo)

Jos Buttler put on a fine show of T20 batting on Monday in Sharjah as he struck his maiden T20I hundred. The England batter became the first to get to the 3-figure mark in the T20 World Cup 2021 as he hammered 101 not out in just 67 balls on a tough pitch against Sri Lanka in their Super 12 match.

Jos Buttler became the first England men’s team batter to hit a hundred in all 3 formats of international cricket. He also became the second England men’s team batsman after Alex Hales hit a hundred in a T20I World Cup. Jos Buttler also joined an elite list of batters who have scored hundreds in the showpiece T20 event.

Jos Buttler joined the likes of Chris Gayle (2), Ahmed Shehzad, Alex Hales, Mahela Jayawardene, Brendon McCullum, Suresh Raina, and Tamim Iqbal after the stunning knock on Monday.

Jos Buttler Felt Staying Patient Was The Key When England Lost Early Wickets

England might have managed to defeat Sri Lanka in the ongoing ICC Men’s T20 World Cup, but wicketkeeper-batter Jos Buttler admitted that his side England was under pressure in the second innings, and he hailed the bowling attack in ensuring the Three Lions walk away with another victory.

.”I think staying patient was the key (when England lost early wickets), but I managed to get a partnership with Morgan. I found it really tough early on in the innings. There was a point when we were thinking to get to the 120-run mark, but then we got going and got 160-plus. I use the same bat, even in the nets. It feels good,” said Buttler after the game ended.

Eoin Morgan | Photo: England Cricket
Eoin Morgan | Photo: England Cricket

England was reeling at 47/3 at the end of the 10th over, but a 100-plus stand between Jos Buttler and Eoin Morgan helped the 50-over World Champions post an above-par total of 163/4 in 20 overs.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya
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Hardik Pandya Opens Up On Being Bad Boy Of Indian Cricket After His Suspension In 2019 For Insensitive Remarks On A TV Show

Hardik Pandya, Team India all-rounder, has turned out to be one of the decade’s best finds as a finisher and a batsman with an aggressive instinct who can bowl and was even responsible for the Indian team ending their search for an elusive all-rounder. However, his cricket journey so far has not been all smooth, with a significant wobble coming in the form of a suspension by the BCCI in 2019.

The board suspended Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul for their insensitive remarks on a TV show. As a result, Hardik Pandya missed a large portion of India’s tour of Australia and New Zealand, and it made an impact off the field as well, with the public perceiving him in a different way. As a result, the all-rounder lost several endorsement deals as well.

Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul in Talk Show (Source: Twitter)
Hardik Pandya and KL Rahul in Talk Show (Source: Twitter)

Hardik Pandya Opens Up On Being Bad Boy Of Indian Cricket After Insensitive Remarks On A TV Show

Hardik Pandya revealed the testing times he endured after the suspension was lifted. He claimed he struggled particularly at the start of the 2019 IPL, despite coming into the tournament in solid form.

India allrounder Hardik Pandya faced tough times in his career in 2019, after his appearance on a talk show ‘Koffee with Karan’ led to a wide media outburst. Some of his remarks on the show went viral on social media, and brought negative reactions from the public, leading to the cricketer being suspended by the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), along with KL Rahul.

“When I heard I was going to get suspended, a lot of cricketers who knew me personally, who knew what kind of an individual I am, they went out and spoke about it, which is fine. They thought I was done. I heard lots of people saying, ‘Hardik’s done, he won’t be able to cope with this.’ Because I was the bad boy of Indian cricket at that time.”

Hardik Pandya Image Source : GETTY
Hardik Pandya Image Source: GETTY

Hardik Pandya set the tournament alight after overcoming the initial struggle. He went on to amass 402 runs at a strike rate of 191.42 at IPL 2019, averaging 44.66 with the bat. Apart from that, he contributed with the ball as well, with 14 wickets averaging 27.85 to his name as the Mumbai Indians clinched their 4th title.

Hardik Pandya Struggled After Coming Out Of Suspension In 2019

Hardik Pandya revealed how he struggled to concentrate after coming out of his suspension. Hardik Pandya said that he felt a lot of emotions because of how people were perceiving him as the ‘bad boy of Indian cricket’.

“At the Chinnaswamy [Bengaluru], while practising, I was missing the ball by this much (shows a wide gap). Because when this is not right (points to head) and when you question yourself, things just go wrong. That day I cried during training because there was a lot of emotion. Because of how I was portrayed [after the talk-show incident]. I was never that individual. I was not able to concentrate on my sport because there was a lot of expectation from myself, leave anyone else.”

Krunal Pandya. (Photo: Twitter)
Krunal Pandya. (Photo: Twitter)

He added that Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene and brother Krunal Pandya played important roles in helping him get his headspace right. Hardik Pandya will feature for Team India in the upcoming T20 World Cup, but his role is yet to be defined. His struggles with injury, which have severely hampered his ability to bowl, means that he will only be able to feature as a pure batsman.

Hardik Pandya has played 49 T20Is and has averaged below 20 despite a strike rate of 145, amassing 484 runs in 49 matches. He has also taken 42 scalps averaging 26.45. As a finisher in the 2021 T20I World Cup, he would certainly look forward to amending his batting average and bowl a few overs, trying to pick crucial wickets.

Stephen Fleming Image Source: IPLT20.COM
Stephen Fleming Image Source: IPLT20.COM
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Stephen Fleming Becomes Most Successful IPL Coach By Winning 4th IPL Title

Stephen Fleming on Friday became the most successful coach in the Indian Premier League after Chennai Super Kings beat Kolkata Knight Riders by 27 runs to win their fourth title in Dubai. Stephen Fleming, who has been CSK coach since 2009, surpassed Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene with his fourth title – 2010, 2011, 2018, and 2021.

Stephen Fleming is the most successful coach of IPL. Under his guidance CSK won 4 IPL Title ( 2010,2011,2018, 2021) and one CLT20 (2010).

Stephen Fleming also won the battle of the Kiwi coaches as his CSK outclassed Brendon McCullum's KKR.
Stephen Fleming also won the battle of the Kiwi coaches as his CSK outclassed Brendon McCullum’s KKR. (Courtesy of BCCI).

Stephen Fleming Wins 4th IPL Title As Coach Surpassing MI’s Mahela Jayawardene Who Has 3 Titles

On the other hand, MI coach Mahela Jayawardene has won 3 trophies with MI in 2017, 2019, and 2020. Stephen Fleming also won the battle of the Kiwi coaches as his CSK outclassed Brendon McCullum’s KKR for the third successive time in IPL 2021.

“We have had a number of finals, but crossing the line is what you want to conquer. There has been a bit of criticism about the age of players on our side, but the players have stepped up. We value youth, but experience is very important. We don’t go too deep into the numbers, analytics, but are a team more on instincts. Yes we are a bit old school in that sense but it works for us in this group,” Fleming said after the match.

Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene (Photo| Mumbai Indians website)
Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene (Photo| Mumbai Indians website)

The four-time champions’ 2020 campaign was disastrous as they could not reach the playoffs for the first time in IPL history. They finished seventh in the rankings, and MS Dhoni’s captaincy reign came under question. But they turned it around in IPL 2021 in style, finishing as winners lifting the elusive trophy for the 4th time.

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.

Faf du Plessis Anchored Chennai’s Innings With 86 Off 59 Balls In IPL 2021 Finals

Put into bat, Chennai amassed 192-3 with opener Faf du Plessis anchoring their innings with 86 off 59 balls. Ruturaj Gaikwad made 32, while Robin Uthappa (31) and Moeen Ali (37 not out) chipped in with useful cameos. Kolkata, led by England white-ball captain Eoin Morgan, got off to a flying start with a 91-run stand between openers Shubman Gill and Venkatesh Iyer before wheels came off their innings finished on 165-9.

Faf du Plessis
Faf du Plessis (Image Credit: Twitter)

Eoin Morgan made four runs, and only four Kolkata batsmen managed double-digit scores. Shardul Thakur returned 3-38, while Ravindra Jadeja claimed 2-37 and took two stunning catches to hurt Kolkata. It was a dream comeback for the Men in Yellow as CSK, who missed out on the play-offs berth for the first time in the history of the tournament in 2020, romped to the title in 2021, making a statement once again.

MS Dhoni’s men came up with a nearly spotless campaign as they qualified for the play-offs ahead of the chasing pack and asserted their dominance in the knockout stages before eventually winning IPL 2021.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya
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Hardik Pandya’s Inability To Bowl In IPL 2021 May Cost Him His Place In The T20I World Cup Squad

Hardik Pandya’s failure to bowl in the ongoing IPL 2021 is likely to cost him dearly as his place in the T20 World Cup squad remains uncertain.

The final 15-member squad has to be submitted to the International Cricket Council by October 10. Any changes after the deadline will have to be cleared by the tournament’s technical committee.

Hardik Pandya Bowling [Image-Twitter]
Hardik Pandya Bowling [Image-Twitter]

Hardik Pandya’s Inability To Bowl In IPL 2021 May Cost Him His Place In The T20I World Cup Squad

There’s also a good chance that out-of-favour spinner Yuzvendra Chahal could be rewarded for his consistent IPL performances. He may find himself among the reserves, subject to clearance from the team management. Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene has admitted that Hardik Pandya’s fitness could be an issue if he is forced to bowl now. That has set the alarm bells ringing among the national selectors.

Yuzvendra Chahal was left out of the Indian squad for the T20 World Cup 2021, and he wasn’t named in the reserves as well, owing to his poor form in the last six months. Even in phase one of IPL 2021 in India, Yuzvendra Chahal could pick up just 4 wickets in 7 games at a high bowling average and never looked in a good rhythm. However, he started to get better in the series against Sri Lanka and has been a revelation since the start of the UAE phase of IPL 2021.

Yuzvendra Chahal has picked up 11 wickets in 6 games in UAE already with an excellent economic rate.

Yuzvendra Chahal
Yuzvendra Chahal appeals for a wicket © ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images

A one-dimensional Hardik Pandya upsets the team balance since he has been picked for his all-around abilities. Chief selector Chetan Sharma had said  Hardik Pandya would be available to bowl his quota of overs. However, Hardik Pandya sat out Mumbai Indians’ first two matches after the resumption because of a niggle.

Hardik Pandya-the younger Pandya brother largely failed to hit a big knock in the first leg of IPL 2021. In 11 IPL 2021 matches so far, he scored 117 runs averaging a pathetic 14.62. After missing out on a lot of action owing to a back injury, Hardik Pandya made a phenomenal comeback in the IPL 2020 season, playing the finisher role for the team and hammering the ball in the slog overs at a strike rate of 178, unlike this season.

Shardul Thakur Or Deepak Chahar From The Reserves Will Make It To The Main Squad If Hardik Pandya Isn’t Available

The selectors are awaiting the team management’s views. The Indian support staff will leave for Dubai on Friday, barring head coach Ravi Shastri, who is already there for personal reasons. If Hardik Pandya is left out, Shardul Thakur or Deepak Chahar will make the squad from among the reserves. Talk about Varun Chakravarthy’s fitness issues have been dismissed by KKR, who feel the mystery spinner has shown huge improvement.

Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar (Image Source: @IPL)
Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar (Image Source: @IPL)

Shardul Thakur, who has been instrumental in India’s red-ball success over the past two years, made the T20 World Cup squad only as an injury reserve. The bowling all-rounder has extended his purple patch to the IPL as well.  He has consistently provided CSK with pivotal breakthroughs at just the right moment.

Shardul Thakur’s overall tally in IPL 2021 reads at 15 wickets from 14 matches at an average of 28.33. He is among the top 10 wicket-takers in IPL 2021. The right-arm pacer Deepak Chahar showed magnificent form in the first leg, picking 2 four-wicket hauls. He has picked up 12 scalps from 13 games, averaged 28.75, and had an economy of 8.02.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya
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Hardik Pandya Is Getting Closer To Playing After Missing First 2 IPL Games In UAE :Shane Bond

Hardik Pandya is “close to playing” but Mumbai Indians won’t rush him back as the franchise is also keeping in mind the needs of the Indian team while managing his workload, MI bowling coach Shane Bond said.

Hardik Pandya, who has hardly bowled ever since returning to action after back surgery last year, missed his second successive IPL game in the UAE leg but coach Shane Bond asserted that the Baroda all-rounder was training well and hopefully will make a mark in the business end of the tournament.

Hardik Pandya
Hardik Pandya[photo: Twitter]

Hardik Pandya Is Getting Closer To Playing As MI Balancing Needs Of Team With The Needs Of Indian Team As Well: Shane Bond

Mumbai Indians suffered a seven-wicket loss to Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday in their second IPL 2021 game at UAE. It was after their 20-run loss to Chennai Super Kings in the first game after the resumption.

“Look, Hardik is training well, like Rohit. He is getting closer to playing. We are obviously balancing the needs of our team with the needs of Team India as well,” Bond said at the post-match press conference when asked about Hardik’s status.

“The one thing that this franchise does very well is look after its players with an eye on not only to try and win this competition but also on the T20 World Cup that’s following on,” said the former New Zealand speedster.

“We are hopeful that Hardik will be back for the next match. As I said, he has trained today and trained pretty well by all counts.”

Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene (Photo| Mumbai Indians website)
Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene (Photo| Mumbai Indians website)

Mumbai head coach Mahela Jayawardene had earlier said that Hardik Pandya was kept out of the IPL game against Chennai Super Kings as a precautionary measure as he had a little niggle. Shane Bond backed the team management’s decision to not play the all-rounder Hardik Pandya in the first two matches. Hardik Pandya is in India’s T20I 2021 World Cup squad and may be seen bowling apart from aggressive batting.

“We are obviously desperate to put him back out on the field. But like anything you have to balance everything up, you have to also consider what the player wants,” he said.

“There’s also no point rushing him back to get injured to miss the rest of the tournament when we may have a chance to win it. I think we are doing the right thing and hopeful (that) we will get him back shortly and he’ll have an impact on the back-end of the tournament and get us into the playoffs and hopefully win the tournament from there.”

Hardik Pandya scored just 19 runs in the two innings he played in the ODI series against Sri Lanka. He picked up only two wickets in the three matches. Even in the solitary T20I, he played on the tour, Hardik Pandya scored 10 runs at a strike rate of 83.33 and conceded 17 runs in the two overs he bowled.

After missing out on a lot of action owing to a back injury, Hardik Pandya made a phenomenal comeback in the IPL 2020 season, playing the finisher role for the team Mumbai Indians and hammering the ball in the slog overs at a strike rate of 178. But in IPL 2021, he disappointed scoring only 52 runs in 7 games averaging a pathetic 8.66. He didn’t bowl in the last two IPL editions.

Shane Bond: Mumbai Indians Was Short Of Their Target Predicted Score As He Credited KKR Bowlers For Restricting Them To Below 160

On Thursday, Mumbai Indians were restricted to sub-par 155 against eventual winners KKR and Shane Bond said that the defending champions were well short of the score.

“I think it was a 175-180 kind of wicket and we were well short of the score. And KKR bowled beautifully, bowled disciplined and then came out and really put us under pressure with the bat and dominated the game and they really deserved to win,” said the 46-year-old.

Shane Bond (BCCI.TV)
Shane Bond (BCCI.TV)

Shane Bond conceded that his team was completely outplayed by the Eoin Morgan-led KKR.

“Today, they played well. You have to give them credit. They were positive, put us under pressure. We bowled some balls that by our standards weren’t good enough,” he said.

“You can say that they put pressure on us and we weren’t good enough to respond. Look, we have won four of the last six tournaments on the back of some brilliant bowling performances. We will improve, I am sure, over the next coming outings. I am not concerned about that. We were just outplayed today but expect a lot better from us in our next game.”

Rahul Tripathi and Venkatesh Iyer smashed quick half-centuries as Kolkata Knight Riders defeated Mumbai Indians by seven wickets in their Indian Premier League (IPL) match at Abu Dhabi. Rahul Tripathi scored an unbeaten 74 off 42 balls and Venkatesh Iyer, playing his second IPL game, smashed 53 off 30 balls, as Kolkata raced to 159 for 3 in 15.1 overs, chasing down Mumbai Indians’ 155 for 6 quite comfortably.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Rohit Sharma’s Quest Is To Win The 2023 World Cup

Rohit Sharma’s three double-hundreds in One-day cricket make him one of the most prominent limited-overs batsmen ever. Five IPL titles for Mumbai Indians make him one of T20’s finest captains. The limited-overs cricket alone has given him more than he could have ever wished for.

The white-ball sorcerer now understands, more than anything else, that red-ball Test magic alone instils cricketing glory.  He knows that despite being the highest scorer at the 50-over 2019 World Cup with 648 runs and five centuries, the Indian team will be remembered for losing to New Zealand in the semifinals.

Rohit Sharma and Mumbai Indians created history as they won the IPL title for the fifth time, with Rohit winning it for the sixth time. , BCCI/IPL Twitter handle
Rohit Sharma and Mumbai Indians created history as they won the IPL title for the fifth time, with Rohit winning it for the sixth time. , BCCI/IPL Twitter handle

Rohit Sharma’s Quest To Win 2023 World Cup Driving Him

A World Cup win, a Test match hundred, earning an opposition’s respect are the few things that count. Rohit Sharma will want to make the most between the present and October 2023 – when India hosts the 50-over World Cup. It’ll be 12 years to the 2011 ODI World Cup which was won by India where the lost opportunity of not making it to the squad pains him no end.

The opener has been working on a blueprint for quite a while now and there’s a larger plan to ensure India comes ahead of everything else over the next 24 months. Rohit Sharma rested in the first game between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Sunday but it wasn’t a last-minute call because of any niggle.

He will time and again keep taking these short breaks when required and it’s part of that larger plan. Rohit Sharma though will play MI’s second game versus the Knight Riders on Thursday because it’s the tournament’s business end and he should make it count.

Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Instagram
Kieron Pollard, Hardik Pandya, Instagram

Kieron Pollard captained the Mumbai Indians side in the absence of their regular skipper Rohit Sharma, who was given additional time off after returning from the England tour where he was on duty with the Indian team in their Test series against England. The duo of Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya missed out on the match against CSK which was played in Dubai International Stadium on Sunday.

Rohit Sharma Will Play Next Game Against KKR Confirms Coach Mahela Jayawardene

Mahela Jayawardene, Mumbai Indians head coach, after suffering a 20-run defeat against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, said regular skipper Rohit Sharma will be available for the next game, which will be against Kolkata Knight Riders, who beat RCB in the 2nd game in the IPL 2021 UAE leg.

Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene (Photo| Mumbai Indians website)
Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene (Photo| Mumbai Indians website)

Rohit Sharma, the MI regular skipper will be on the top of his confidence after his recent success against England in the Test series, where he smacked his first overseas century. In the 1st leg, Rohit Sharma was the team’s highest run-getter with 250 runs in 7 innings averaging 35.71.

He had scored 5480 runs in 207 IPL matches averaging 31.49 with 1 ton and 40 fifties. Rohit Sharma led the Mumbai Indians to a successful campaign in the 2020 season, which was their second consecutive title.

Rohit Sharma and Mumbai Indians created history as they won the IPL title for the fifth time, with Rohit winning it for the sixth time. , BCCI/IPL Twitter handle
Rohit Sharma and Mumbai Indians created history as they won the IPL title for the fifth time, with Rohit winning it for the sixth time. , BCCI/IPL Twitter handle
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Rohit Sharma Should Be Fine To Play The Next IPL 2021 Game Vs KKR: Mahela Jayawardene:

Mahela Jayawardene, Mumbai Indians head coach, after suffering a 20-run defeat against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021, said regular skipper Rohit Sharma will be available for the next game, which will be against 7th placed Kolkata Knight Riders.

The duo of Rohit Sharma and Hardik Pandya missed out on the match against CSK which was played in Dubai International Stadium on Sunday.

Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene (Photo| Mumbai Indians website)
Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene (Photo| Mumbai Indians website)

Mahela Jayawardene: Rohit Sharma Should Be Fine To Play The Next Game While Hardik Pandya Had A Niggle In Training Which Isn’t Serious

Kieron Pollard captained the Mumbai Indians side in the absence of their regular skipper Rohit Sharma, who was given additional time off after returning from the England tour where he was on duty with the Indian team in their Test series against England.

“Rohit was batting and doing his running after coming back from the UK; we felt he needed extra few days, so he should be fine to play the next game. Hardik was training, had a niggle, so (just) precaution and giving him extra days, nothing serious,” said Mahela Jayawardene during a virtual post-match conference.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Twitter)

 

For CSK, Dwayne Bravo scalped three wickets and Deepak Chahar took two to restrict MI to 136/8. Saurabh Tiwary was the top scorer for Mumbai Indians with his knock of 50 runs. With this win, Chennai Super Kings went to the top of the points table while Mumbai is now in danger of falling outside the top four.

“Well, I think the pitch was not doing much, to be honest, in the second innings, the wicket was pretty good. The odd one sat up a little bit. I agree we probably gave a couple of soft dismissals, we probably needed someone to take responsibility and bat through the innings, which we did not do. That was the difference with CSK with Ruturaj Gaikwad doing that for them,” said Mahela Jayawardene.

Chennai Super Kings won the match by 20 runs despite looking at one stage to be losing the match before Ruturaj Gaikwad came to their rescue.

Mahela Jayawardene: Mumbai Indians Disappointed With How They Handled The Situation Despite Reducing CSK To 24/4

Ruturaj Gaikwad scored 88 to bail CSK out of trouble batting first. The MS Dhoni-led outfit posted 156/6 in the allotted twenty overs after being 24 for four inside the powerplay. CSK was 24/4 at one stage and Ambati Rayudu was retired hard but the momentum was shifted after opener Ruturaj Gaikwad scored an unbeaten 88 off 58 balls which included 9 fours and 4 sixes.

Ravindra Jadeja and Dwayne Bravo scored 26 and 23 before being dismissed while Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, and MS Dhoni couldn’t contribute even 5 runs each.

“Even though they (CSK) lost wickets, there was a set batsman (Gaikwad) who went till the end. We are disappointed with how we handled the situation,” the MI coach Mahela Jayawardene added.

Ruturaj Gaikwad
Ruturaj Gaikwad (Image Credit: Twitter)

Talking about Mumbai Indians’ batting, Mahela Jayawardene said: “We struggled in Chennai in the first half as we did not get used to the conditions. Here also, you know, it was not the easiest wicket, but probably needed some application. I put it down to game awareness and taking responsibility. The application out there is something we need to work on.”

Batting first in Dubai, Chennai was 24 for 4 at the end of the powerplay, with Ambati Rayudu additionally having retired hurt. But Ruturaj Gaikwad struck an unbeaten 88 off 58 balls, laced with nine fours and four sixes, to lift Super Kings to 156 for 6.

With Ravindra Jadeja (26 off 33), Ruturaj Gaikwad added 81 off 64 balls for the fifth wicket. That set the platform for some late-overs hitting, which Ruturaj Gaikwad and Dwayne Bravo (23 off 8) did with aplomb, Super Kings taking 58 off the last four overs. Mumbai Indians will next lock horns against Kolkata Knight Riders on Thursday.

Chennai Super Kings 156 for 6 (Gaikwad 88*, Jadeja 26, Milne 2-21) beat Mumbai Indians 136 for 8 (Tiwary 50*, Bravo 3-25, D Chahar 2-19) by 20 runs

Aravinda de Silva | Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters
Aravinda de Silva | Dinuka Liyanawatte/Reuters
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Aravinda de Silva: No Way Touring Indian Team Be Called A Second String Team

Aravinda de Silva, former Sri Lanka cricketer who was an integral part of the World Cup-winning squad in 1996 under Arjuna Ranatunga, has disagreed with his former skipper.

Arjuna Ranatunga might have sparked off a controversy with his India ‘B-team’ comment earlier this week, but his former Sri Lanka teammate Aravinda de Silva feels the Sri Lankan side shouldn’t take India lightly.

Arjuna Ranatunga and Aravinda de Silva
Arjuna Ranatunga and Aravinda de Silva. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Aravinda de Silva: It Will Be A Challenge For Sri Lanka To Beat India And Sri Lanka Can Take Confidence In T20 World Cup If They Beat India

A few days back, Arjuna Ranatunga made a claim that Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) shouldn’t have allowed the Indian tour to take place as they were sending a second-string side. He termed it as an insult to Sri Lankan cricket.

However, since his comments came, many ex-players and experts of the cricket fraternity have pointed out that this team is in no way a second-string unit, considering that it has white-ball specialists, who otherwise would be playing in ODIs and T20Is for India.

“There is no way we can call this a second-string Indian side. India has enormous talent and this side is as good as any. In fact, it will be a challenge for us to beat this Indian team,” Aravinda de Silva, who is also Sri Lanka Cricket’s cricket committee chairman, said during a media session ahead of the limited-overs series to be broadcast on Sony Sports from July 13.

Shikhar Dhawan Image Source : AP
Shikhar Dhawan Image Source: AP

“We can take an enormous amount of confidence going into the T20 World Cup (later this year) if we can beat India.”

India is fielding two sides simultaneously – the Test squad will face England next month while the limited-overs side captained by Shikhar Dhawan will take on Lanka. It is worth noting that, the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Yuzvendra Chahal, Hardik Pandya, and Kuldeep Yadav are all regulars in the Indian white-ball team for the past few years.

A total of six new players have been added to the squad — Devdutt Padikkal, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Krishnappa Gowtham, Chetan Sakariya, Varun Chakravarthy, and Nitish Rana. A total of five net bowlers have also been added — Ishan Porel, Sandeep Warrier, Arshdeep Singh, Sai Kishore, Simranjeeet Singh.

Aravinda de Silva: Fielding Two Teams Could Be International Cricket’s Future

Aravinda de Silva said this ploy could be the future due to the never-ending Covid-19 pandemic.

“Bubble-life is very challenging for the players. It takes a toll mentally. So it is not only India but other countries too are rotating players to give them time to spend with their families. I believe fielding two teams could be the future of international cricket,” the former Sri Lanka captain said.

Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene (Photo| Mumbai Indians website)
Mumbai Indians coach Mahela Jayawardene (Photo| Mumbai Indians website)

Aravinda de Silva said Rahul Dravid’s disciplined approach to the game will rub off on the players.

“Dravid has instilled the knowledge and strategy in them. Similarly, we have been trying to convince Mahela Jayawardene to take up the role of SL U-19 coach but couldn’t find any success,” he said.

The former legendary Sri Lankan batsman also praised India’s head coach for the tour, Rahul Dravid. He also hinted that Sri Lanka Cricket is trying to get former veteran batsman Mahela Jayawardene to play a similar role that Rahul Dravid has been doing for India.

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