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Imran Tahir celebrates the fall of another TKR wicket at the Werner Stadium, St Kitts & Nevis Patriots.
Imran Tahir celebrates the fall of another TKR wicket at the Werner Stadium, St Kitts & Nevis Patriots.
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Imran Tahir Felt He Deserved More Respect After He Was Axed For 2021 T20I World Cup

Imran Tahir, South Africa’s leg-spinner has said that he felt he deserved a little more respect from the team management who thought of him as worthless. He also said that since Mark Boucher became the head coach, there was no communication with him on plans for the T20 World Cup.

Imran Tahir was one of the three big omissions alongside Faf du Plessis and Chris Morris from South Africa’s squad for the T20 World Cup to be held in Oman and the UAE from October 17 to November 14.

 Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, and Chris Morris
Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, and Chris Morris-Image AP

Imran Tahir Not Feeling Great After Not Being Picked In South Africa’s T20I Squad For 2021 World Cup

Though Imran Tahir retired from ODIs after the 2019 World Cup, he had made himself available for T20Is. He is South Africa’s second-highest wicket-taker in T20Is with 61 wickets at an economy rate of 6.56. Imran Tahir last featured in a T20I for South Africa in March 2019.

“I am not feeling great that I am not in the squad. Last year Graeme Smith spoke to me and said I want you to play in the World Cup, which was in Australia. I said obviously I am available and excited and honoured because you give me respect. I am ready,” said Tahir in an interview to IOL Sport on Friday.

Temba Bavuma Source: twitter
Temba Bavuma Source: Twitter

“I am working hard and you can see my performances in all these leagues. He said that’s why he wants me. He also said he was going to speak to a few other guys like AB (de Villiers) and Faf (du Plessis). They put me on the Proteas group and everything, but then nobody contacted me,” added Tahir.

“After a few months I texted Smith and Boucher and nobody replied to me. Since Boucher has become coach, he has not contacted me once to tell me what his plans are. It’s really sad man. I served the country for 10 years. I think I deserve a little more respect than these guys thinking I’m worthless.”

The 42-year-old revealed how he tried to reach out to white-ball captain Temba Bavuma, who directed him towards convenor of selectors Victor Mpitsang.

“I spoke to Temba and he said he has a meeting with Boucher the following week. Temba came back to me with a message from Boucher that I must speak to Victor. I again tried to reach him (Mpitsang) and he tried to call me on my WhatsApp number. But he didn’t realize WhatsApp doesn’t work in Dubai. Victor eventually spoke to me and said he will let me know. But then after a couple of months again I heard nothing.”

Imran Tahir said the South African team management hasn’t spoken to him about his future even as he was not picked as part of the 15-member squad for the marquee tournament, starting October 17 in Oman and the UAE. Following the T20 World Cup snub, Imran Tahir has revealed that he hasn’t received a reply from CSA director of cricket Graeme Smith, who wanted the spinner to play the ICC event.

Imran Tahir Wants To Win A World Cup For South Africa

Imran Tahir, currently playing in the Caribbean Premier League, has no plans to retire from international cricket. He is still passionate to represent South Africa in T20Is.

“I want to tell the people of South Africa my story because I played with my heart. Whether people accept me as a South African or not, I am South African. My wife is South African and my family is South African. My child is born in South Africa, so it’s home to me. I have always wanted to win a World Cup for South Africa to say thank you for the opportunity this country has given me, so I am not planning on retiring. I am going to play until 50 if I have to,” concluded Tahir.

Imran Tahir
Imran Tahir (Image Credit: BCCI/ Twitter)

Imran Tahir, who retired from ODI cricket after the World Cup in 2019, said he is not planning to retire from the shortest format of the game, adding his dream is to help South Africa win a World Cup.

Imran Tahir has been playing under MS Dhoni at CSK since 2018 in the Indian Premier League and wishes to continue playing for CSK in the near future as well.  Leg-spinner Imran Tahir had finished as the highest wicket-taker in the 2019 IPL. He has so far picked 35 wickets in 27 matches for CSK in the IPL. He has picked 82 scalps overall in IPL in 59 games averaging a decent 20.76.

South Africa squad for T20 World Cup 2021: Temba Bavuma (c), Keshav Maharaj, Quinton de Kock (wk), Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, Aiden Markram, David Miller, W Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Dwaine Pretorius, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen.

Ashwell Prince squeezes a run off Danish Kaneria © AFP
Ashwell Prince squeezes a run off Danish Kaneria © AFP
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It Was No Dream To Represent South Africa After Being Targeted Racially: Ashwell Prince

Ashwell Prince, a Proteas batsman who scored 3,665 runs at an average of 41.64 in 66 Tests, claimed he had been labelled a “quota player” and was not made to feel welcome in the national team.

CSA has for several years set racial “targets” to ensure diversity in the team and several players said they had to fight accusations that they were selected only because of their colour.

Ashwell Prince at a press conference
Ashwell Prince at a press conference © Getty Images

Ashwell Prince: It Was No Dream To Represent South Africa

Allegations of racial discrimination in South African cricket have been made during a month of hearings, with one star claiming he was blasted as a “quota player” and that representing the national team was “no dream”.

Another cricketer said a modified version of the 1970s pop song “Brown Girl in the Ring” was used to single him out. What Cricket South Africa (CSA) described as a Social Justice and Nation Building project was sparked by current fast bowler Lungi Ngidi’s support for the Black Lives Matter movement in 2020.

Lungi Ngidi. Picture: REUTERS
Lungi Ngidi. Picture: REUTERS

Public criticism of Lungi Ngidi’s comments, including from some former players, led to a statement from a group of black former international cricketers that they had suffered discrimination during their careers. An independent ombudsman, advocate Dumisa Ntsebeza, has heard testimony from some prominent former players, including Ashwell Prince and Paul Adams.

“You think that you’re playing for your country, that you’re living a dream, but it was no dream,” said Prince, who now coaches the Cape Cobras franchise team.

Ashwell Prince revealed how three fellow national teammates had used the quota issue to insult him during a franchise game the week before he scored a Test century against Australia as an opening batsman, despite not normally batting in that position.

“I raised my bat to my parents, then to my wife on the other side of the stadium and then, lastly and reluctantly, I raised my bat to my teammates,” he said.

“If I had a choice, I wouldn’t have raised my bat to them. We weren’t a team.”

Ashwell Prince said team management including Gary Kirsten as a coach, had rejected a request from another player of colour to discuss South Africa’s history during a team bonding weekend. He said if such discussions had taken place, the Black Lives Matter issue might not have been so controversial.

Paul Adams Had Not Initially Complained But His Wife Pointed Out He Was Racially Being Targeted

Paul Adams, a spin bowler who took 134 wickets in 45 Tests, said he had been called a “brown shirt” in after-match fines meetings when teammates adapted the words of a Boney M song “Brown Girl in the Ring”.

He said he had not initially complained, but his girlfriend, now his wife, had pointed out that he was being racially stereotyped. Several white former players, including current coach Mark Boucher, director of cricket Graeme Smith and recently retired star batsman AB de Villiers, have been mentioned during the hearings. Mark Boucher has stated that he will respond to allegations against him.

South African spinner Paul Adams. (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
South African spinner Paul Adams. (Photo by WILLIAM WEST/AFP/Getty Images)
Ashwell Prince said he felt unwelcome throughout his nine years in the national team, was labelled a “quota player” by his teammates on several occasions, and experienced racism in the dressing room. He has not been convinced the issues have been resolved to this day.
Ashwell Prince last played for South Africa in 2011 and detailed how the national team had an opportunity in that year to discuss their diverse backgrounds but rejected it, something that he feels has repercussions on the team dynamic today.
Mark Boucher. Twitter/@SuperSportTV
Mark Boucher. Twitter/@SuperSportTV
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Teams Will Have An Idea Of Par Score In T20 World Cup After The Conclusion Of IPL 2021, Says Mark Boucher

Mark Boucher said teams will have an idea after the conclusion of the Indian Premier League as to what is a par score for the upcoming T20 World Cup, both of which will be held in the UAE. He added that spinners will play a major role in matches.

South Africa head coach Mark Boucher feels the Proteas side would “probably be playing” the upcoming T20 World Cup in similar conditions as that of in the Caribbean. South Africa defeated West Indies in the T20I series 3-2 on Saturday after registering a 25-run victory over the hosts.
Mark Boucher @Twitter
Mark Boucher @Twitter

Mark Boucher: The Wickets After The IPL 2021 Are Going To Be A Bit Dry

The remainder of the Indian Premier League being held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will affect the pitches, which might get worn out and help the spinners “massively” during the ICC T20 World Cup, feels South Africa head coach Mark Boucher.

The 2021 IPL, which was suspended following Covid-19 cases inside the bio-bubble, will be completed in UAE, which will also host the T20 World Cup after the ICC decided to shift the showpiece event from India due to the 2nd wave of Covid-19 prevailing in India.

“We are probably going to be playing in conditions like this in the UAE. The wickets after the IPL are going to be a bit dry,” ESPNcricinfo quoted Boucher as saying.

T20I World Cup trophy. (Photo Source: Twitter)
T20I World Cup trophy. (Photo Source: Twitter)

“It’s not the same as we’re used to back in South Africa where you can go out and bash your way to 180 to 200 runs. You’ve got to be skillful here; you’ve got to be smart,” he added.

The second leg of the IPL is scheduled to be held from September 19 to October 15, while the T20 World Cup will begin on October 17.

Mark Boucher Expect Spinners Will Play A Massive Role In T20 World Cup

Mark Boucher said teams participating in T20 World Cup will have an idea after the conclusion of the Indian Premier League (IPL) as to what is a par score in the UAE for the upcoming marquee event.

“It’s going to be tough to bat on especially at the back end as we saw here. We will have an idea of what scores are going to be by watching the IPL and then taking a look and assess how the wickets are playing during the beginning part of the World Cup. I suspect spinners will play a massive role,” said Boucher.

Tabraiz Shamsi
Tabraiz Shamsi

The South Africa coach hopes the players who are going through a lean patch will regain form in the upcoming series against Ireland. South Africa will next tour Ireland and play 3 ODIs and as many T20Is.

“If we can get all the guys firing on all cylinders, we’ve got an idea of what could be our strongest line-up and once that happens, then you end up finding an extra 15-20 runs which, in these conditions it becomes a very difficult total to face, especially when it’s so dry,” he said.

The upcoming Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 will be staged in the UAE and Oman due to the ongoing COVID-19 situation in India. The tournament will start two days after the IPL 2021 final — October 15.

The BCCI will remain the hosts of the event, which will now be held in Dubai International Stadium, the Sheikh Zayed Stadium in Abu Dhabi, the Sharjah Stadium, and the Oman Cricket Academy Ground, from October 17 to November 14, 2021.

Left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi had claimed seven wickets as South Africa won a five-match T20I series against the West Indies 3-2 at the National Cricket Stadium in St George’s, Grenada. Quinton de Kock of Proteas amassed the most 255 runs from 5 games averaging 51 while Dwayne Bravo of West Indies picked 10 wickets.

Royal Challengers Bangalore, IPL 2021
AB de villiers[photo: Twitter]
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Sunil Gavaskar Loves Watching RCB’s AB de Villiers Bat

Sunil Gavaskar, legendary former Indian skipper, and opener turned commentator unlike many from his generation, is a fan of T20 cricket. He listed out certain aspects that make the format interesting.

The legendary Sunil Gavaskar, the first player to score 10000 runs in Test cricket, said that he, at times, is left speechless watching some of the extravagant shots batsmen play in T20 cricket.

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

Sunil Gavaskar Loves Watching T20s Since It’s A 3 Hour Game And One Gets A Result In A Action Packed Game And Wants To Bat Like RCB Mainstay AB de Villiers

Sunil Gavaskar belongs from an era where batting in Test match cricket very much meant playing sedately. However, not hiding his fondness towards batting in modern-day cricket, Sunil Gavaskar is a big fan of the way batting has evolved, especially in the T20s.

“I know a lot of people who played around my time, they’re not happy with the T20 format, but I actually love it. I love it for the simple reason that you know it’s a 3-hour game, and you get a result, and you get to see so much action.

“When somebody plays the switch hit and the reverse sweep, I’m out of my chair because I think those are fabulous and incredible shots, and it takes a lot of skill to be able to hit them for sixes,” Sunil Gavaskar said on The Analyst Inside podcast.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers (Image Credit: Twitter)

In his own era, players rarely hit the ball in the air, whereas in T20s it is just the opposite. Yet Sunil Gavaskar is a big fan. Asked about one player he would have wanted to bat like, he came up with a rather expected answer.

The 71-year-old was asked one batsman he wishes to bat as, and he named the former South Africa captain. Sunil Gavaskar heaped huge praises on the 360-degree range of the Royal Challengers Bangalore stalwart. Further, he talked about how AB de Villiers “makes it look so simple” and elegant, and on his exquisite batting technique.

Sunil Gavaskar Wants To Bat Like AB de Villiers Who Makes It Look Simple

Recently, AB de Villiers was in terrific form in the IPL 2021, which now will resume in September-October in the UAE. The right-hander often performed the rescuing task for RCB in the second half of the innings – he had scored 207 runs at a strike rate of 164.29 so far, averaging 51.75 in 7 games.

“AB de Villiers… bat like him, you know 360 degrees, play everything. I mean, just make it look as if you’re having a net. He makes it look so simple. He hits a fair distance, and he is very elegant as well. When he hits some of those shots, I love how his bat’s follow-through goes right over the shoulder. It’s not one of those punches; it’s like a proper shot. I love watching him bat” the former India captain explained.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers. Image Credits: Twitter

Recently, there were calls of AB de Villiers returning to international cricket, but South Africa coach Mark Boucher cleared the air and confirmed that the 37-year-old is not making a comeback. He also listed out the potential reason for AB de Villiers’ decision. Mark Boucher went on to say that, though AB de Villiers was in talks with the management, he decided otherwise and did not want to take up the place of a deserving youngster.

AB de Villiers is 6th on the list of maximum run-getters in the history of IPL and has amassed 5056 runs in 176 games averaging 40.7 7 with 3 tons and 40 fifties. The list is headed by RCB skipper and Indian captain Virat Kohli who has 6076 runs on his belt. AB de Villiers announced his international retirement in 2018.

It was during the 2019 World Cup that the idea of AB de Villiers’ potential return first floated. South Africa performed awfully in the 2019 World Cup, becoming the second team after Afghanistan to be knocked out. AB de Villiers has played 114 Tests scoring 8765 runs averaging 50.66 and 228 ODIs scoring 9577 runs averaging 53.5. He also featured in 78 T20Is where he averaged a modest 26.12.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers. Image Credits: Twitter
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Absence Of AB de Villiers Diminished South Africa’s Chances To Win 2021 T20I World Cup: Aakash Chopra

Aakash Chopra has said the absence of AB de Villiers has further diminished South Africa’s slim chances of winning the 2021 T20 World Cup.

AB de Villiers recently told Mark Boucher that he would not be playing for South Africa again. The Proteas great’s excellent form for the Royal Challengers Bangalore in IPL 2021 had earlier rekindled hopes of his return to the national setup.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers (Image Credit: Twitter)

Aakash Chopra: South Africa’s Chances Of Progressing Would’ve Been Better If AB de Villiers Was There

While responding to a fan question in a video shared on his YouTube channel, Aakash Chopra almost ruled out South Africa as a T20 World Cup contender in the absence of AB de Villiers.

“The chances of their progressing would have been better if AB de Villiers was there but if he is not there, it is impossible to get a player of his quality. The team still has good players but is it a team that can win the World Cup, I personally don’t think so,” said Aakash Chopra.

Aakash Chopra
Aakash Chopra. (Photo Source: Twitter)

While acknowledging that South Africa can upset a few top-ranked teams, the former India player pointed out that the side might be found wanting on the slightly slower and spin-friendly tracks.

“This team can do well, trouble a few people and spoil other teams’ parties but they might not be able to win the World Cup because wherever it happens, whether in India or the UAE, I have my reservations with regards to their chances to win the tournament in these conditions,” added Aakash Chopra.

While AB de Villiers has ruled himself out, South Africa has also not picked some of their experienced players like Faf du Plessis and Chris Morris for the T20I series against West Indies and Ireland. The Proteas team would be weakened further if such accomplished players are not in their scheme of things for the upcoming T20 World Cup.

Aakash Chopra: South Africa Failed To Win Either T20I Or ODI World Cup Even In AB de Villiers’ Presence

Aakash Chopra also highlighted that some of the best South African sides in the past have failed to win a World Cup.

“The first thing is whether they can win the World Cup is a big question. They did not win when AB de Villiers was there as well. They play well but something happens when they come for an ICC trophy,” said Aakash Chopra.

South African Cricket Team
South African Cricket Team. (Photo Source: Twitter)

While admitting that one can never rule out a team, the 43-year-old signed off by stating that South Africa does not seem to have a side that can go the full distance.

“At this point in time, the team is not that good. Let’s be fair, don’t count them out. They are a good team, they fight but they are also a team that struggles at the end and chokes at times. They don’t really know how to close the big moments. That problem has been there with this team,” observed Aakash Chopra.

South Africa is likely to field a young and rather inexperienced side in the T20 World Cup, with Temba Bavuma at the helm of affairs. It would certainly be a tall ask for them to win their maiden World Cup in unfamiliar conditions. South Africa has never won an ODI or T20I World Cup.

With two T20 World Cups scheduled within a span of one year, South Africa will be keen to see the likes of Janneman Malan, Kyle Verreynne, and Lizaad Williams making a mark in the series.

South Africa Test squad for WI tour

Dean Elgar (C), Temba Bavuma, Quinton de Kock, Sarel Erwee, Beuran Hendricks, George Linde, Keshav Maharaj, Aiden Markram, Wiaan Mulder, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Keegan Petersen, Marco Jansen, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Prenelen Subrayen, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Lizaad Williams

South Africa squad for WI and IRE T20Is

Temba Bavuma (C), Quinton de Kock, Bjorn Fortuin, Reeza Hendricks, Heinrich Klaasen, George Linde, Sisanda Magala, Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Lizaad Williams, Andile Phehlukwayo, Dwaine Pretorius.

South Africa squad IRE ODIs

Temba Bavuma (C), Quinton de Kock, Heinrich Klaasen, Sisanda Magala, Keshav Maharaj, Janneman Malan, Aiden Markram, David Miller, Lungi Ngidi, Anrich Nortje, Kagiso Rabada, Tabraiz Shamsi, Rassie van der Dussen, Kyle Verreynne, Lizaad Williams, Andile Phehlukwayo

Ab de Villiers
Ab de Villiers.
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Mark Boucher Respects AB de Villiers’ Decision To Stay Retired From Int’l Cricket

Mark Boucher, South Africa coach has explained the reason behind AB de Villiers’ decision to stay retired from international cricket.

Fans of AB de Villiers will feel disappointed as Cricket South Africa confirmed that the former South Africa captain would be sticking to his decision to stay retired.

Mark Boucher @Twitter
Mark Boucher @Twitter

Mark Boucher Agrees That AB De Villiers Is Still One Of The Best T20 Players But Respects His Decision To Stay Retired

Having announced his retirement from international cricket in 2018, speculation about AB de Villiers making an international return for the T20 World Cup later this year has been doing the rounds. In fact, SA coach Mark Boucher had hinted several times in the past that he could be in the mix for South Africa for the ICC event.

However, a day after CSA broke the news that AB de Villiers would in fact remain retired, Mark Boucher has explained the reason behind the decision. Acknowledging that the veteran batsman is still probably the best T20 player in the world, Mark Boucher called the development unfortunate but understood where AB de Villiers is coming from.

“AB has his reasons, which I respect. Unfortunately, he’s no longer in the mix. I say unfortunately because I think we all agree that he’s still one of the best – if not the best – T20 players in world cricket,” Boucher told The Citizen.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers. Image Credits: Twitter

“But he alluded to being concerned about coming in ahead of other players who have been a part of the system. I don’t think it sat well with him, which I understand.”

It was during the 2019 World Cup that the idea of AB de Villiers’ potential return first floated. In a staggering revelation, former SA captain Faf du Plessis had announced that AB de Villiers had offered to come out of retirement but his request was turned down keeping the hard work of other players in mind.

Mark Boucher Respects AB De Villiers Decision To Stay Retired

South Africa performed awfully in the 2019 World Cup, becoming the second team after Afghanistan to be knocked out. With a fresh World Cup awaiting albeit in a T20 format, Mark Boucher feels it is best everyone moved on from the AB de Villiers saga.

“As a coach I needed to try and get our best players, for the team and the environment. AB is an energy booster in any environment, but I respect his reasoning. It was worth a go, but now let’s move forward,” Boucher pointed out.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers (Image Credit: Twitter)

AB de Villiers has time and again played a key role for Virat Kohli-led Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) where he has demolished the best bowlers in the tournament with his entertaining knocks. Even in IPL 2021, he scored 207 runs in 7 matches at an impressive average of 51.75.

AB De Villiers has played 114 Tests scoring 8765 runs averaging 50.66 and 228 ODIs scoring 9577 runs averaging 53.5. He also featured in 78 T20Is where he averaged a modest 26.12. In 176 IPL matches, he has 5056 runs averaging 40.77 and is 6th among the leading run-scorers in IPL history.

Varun Chakravarthy (File Photo)
Varun Chakravarthy (File Photo)
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We Were Trying To Save Varun Chakravarthy’s Overs For AB de Villiers, Says Brendon McCullum

Brendon McCullum, KKR head coach tried to justify skipper Eoin Morgan’s decision of not giving that fourth over of RCB innings to Varun Chakravarthy (his 2nd over) but added that in retrospect the leg-spinner should have bowled that over.

Captain Eoin Morgan not persisting with Varun Chakravarthy even when the leg-spinner struck twice in his very first over to rock Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) early surprised many. When Varun Chakravarthy came back later, Glenn Maxwell was well set and had laid the platform for RCB to post a formidable total, which Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) eventually failed to chase down.

Brendon McCullum leads Kolkata Knight Riders' warm-up session BCCI
Brendon McCullum leads Kolkata Knight Riders’ warm-up session BCCI

Brendon McCullum: KKR Management Tried To Save Varun Chakravarthy’s Overs For AB De Villiers

Head coach Brendon McCullum tried to justify Eoin Morgan’s decision of not giving that fourth over of RCB’s innings(the spinner’s 2nd over) to Varun Chakravarthy as the team management was trying to save the spinner’s overs for AB De Villiers.

“In hindsight, if we had our time again, we probably would have bowled Varun in that next over when Maxwell came out. But look, we were also trying to save Varun’s overs for (AB) De Villiers,” Brendon McCullum told reporters.
Fitness woes for Varun Chakravarthy continue BCCI
Fitness woes for Varun Chakravarthy continue BCCI

Admitting that his team didn’t execute their plans well, Brendon McCullum also wholeheartedly praised Glenn Maxwell and AB de Villiers — the architects of RCB’s 38-run win in Chennai on Sunday.

“Our plans were sound, but we didn’t execute them too well. What AB and Maxwell did is they took the pitch out of play by their presence at the crease and that put us under immense pressure,” Brendon McCullum said.

After RCB won the toss and elected to bat first, the mystery spinner outfoxed Virat Kohli and Rajat Patidar in his first over, the second of the innings, to pin the opposition reeling at 9/2.  Virat Kohli mistimed a big shot and was caught brilliantly outside the circle by Rahul Tripathi running back from cover; while Rajat Patidar was castled with a slider and KKR was in a commanding position.

However, to a surprise to many, Eoin Morgan didn’t continue with the spinner for his second over and instead introduced Shakib Al Hasan, who immediately leaked runs against Glenn Maxwell. Varun Chakravarthy returned in the 7th over, but then, Glenn Maxwell has settled himself at the crease as he scored 30 off 19 and hit the Tamil Nadu spinner smashing a six and a four on the first couple of deliveries.

Brendon McCullum later revealed that Varun Chakravarthy was saved for bowling to AB de Villiers – the battle KKR were expecting took place in the 13th and 15th over, where the South African took 12 runs off 7 balls from Varun Chakravarthy – but he also acknowledged that the spinner should have bowled his second over in the powerplay.

AB De Villiers In Talks With CSA To Make A Comeback In International Cricket

Man of the Match AB De Villiers’s knock not only kept RCB in great spirits, but looking at the larger picture, Cricket South Africa too should be really serious about the former captain’s international comeback. AB De Villiers said he would be having a chat with South Africa head coach Mark Boucher about his return to international cricket.

“We are lined up to have a chat somewhere during this IPL, but yes, we’ve been talking about it.”

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers. Image Credits: Twitter

Versatile South African cricketer AB de Villiers on Sunday said it will be “fantastic” to make an international comeback ahead of the upcoming T20 World Cup. The T20 World Cup is scheduled to be held in India in October-November. In May 2018, AB de Villiers had announced his retirement from international cricket. He played 114 Tests, 228 ODIs, and 78 T20Is before announcing his surprise retirement.

After Sunday’s loss, KKR is placed at the 7th position on the points table, and has damaged their net run rate; they have completed their Chennai leg and will move to Mumbai to face Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday.

Quinton de Kock,
Quinton de Kock. (Photo by Isuru Sameera Peris/Gallo Images)
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Biggest Challenge For South Africa Will Be Playing Conditions In Pakistan: Quinton de Kock

Quinton De Kock, South African skipper of squad touring Pakistan has admitted the fact that unfamiliarity with Pakistan conditions is one of their biggest challenges to be overcome as they prepare to face the hosts in a two-Test series starting January 26.

From the current South Africa squad, none of the players played in Pakistan. Only head coach Mark Boucher has experience of the conditions as he was part of South Africa’s tours of Pakistan in 1997, 2003 and 2007.

Mark Boucher
Mark Boucher. (Photo Credit: Getty Images.)

Quinton de Kock: Pakistan Will Have Advantage Of Home Conditions

The current Pakistan tour is the Proteas’ first since 2007. At a virtual press conference, Quinton de Kock admitted that home conditions definitely give Pakistan the edge. He played in last year’s IPL before South Africa’s white-ball series against England, which came to an abrupt halt with half the games not played when England, spooked by cases of the virus detected went home.

The limited-overs series against England was before the home Test series against Sri Lanka, which was concluded 10 days ahead of South Africa’s departure for Pakistan.

The wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Ksock was quoted as saying: “In all honesty we don’t know what the conditions would be like because none of us have played here before barring our head coach. We have spoken to the coaches about how we’ll prepare for the series. We’ll be up against a side which have the advantage of home conditions, regardless of its makeup. The biggest challenge for South Africa will be the playing conditions.”

Quinton de Kock
Quinton de Kock. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Quinton de Kock added that spin will play a major part in the Test series.

Quinton de Kock: “Look, we are not going take Pakistan lightly by all means. They have picked several spinners who are unknown to us. Of course we understand that spin plays a huge part in the subcontinent because the pitches suit them more and we have got our bases covered.”

Terrorism took international cricket away from Pakistan from 2009 to 2015 after the terrorist attack on a Sri Lankan bus where the cricketers had a narrow escape thanks to the bus driver in 2009. During that time the Pakistanis played 134 matches away and another 135 at neutral venues – 84 of them in the United Arab Emirates.

However, since May 2015 they have been able to host 28 games at home, not least because the government has provided a level of security afforded visiting heads of state.

Quinton de Kock: Pakistan Will Be Much More Competitive For Babar Azam’s Return

Quinton De Kock also conceded that the return of skipper Babar Azam will boost Pakistan considerably. Babar Azam was ruled of both the T20I and Test series against New Zealand with a thumb injury, despite being in the squad.

“Pakistan will be a much more competitive side in the series because of their key player Babar who is returning from injury. Mind you, I have played in New Zealand and it’s never easy playing there on seaming pitches and South Africa had also struggled to beat them [New Zealand] in their own backyard. We all know how good Babar can be in all conditions,” Quinton de Kock said.

Babar Azam
Babar Azam. Image Credit: Getty Images.

South Africa and Pakistan will face off in the first Test in Karachi from January 26. The second Test will be held in Rawalpindi from February 4. The teams will also feature in a three-match T20I series to be played in Lahore on February 11, 13 and 14.

Mark Boucher, AB de Villiers, South Africa
AB de Villiers and Mark Boucher (Image Credit: Google)
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AB de Villiers Always In Reckoning To Make International Comeback: Mark Boucher

AB de Villiers is a part of South Africa’s team selection discussion and is in line for making a possible return to international cricket according to head coach Mark Boucher.

Speaking on a zoom press conference, Mark Boucher also said, that his comeback would have happened earlier, but the inevitable was delayed by Covid-19 induced break. After playing 114 Tests, 228 ODIs and 78 T20Is for the Proteas, AB De Villiers had called it a day.

Mark Boucher
Mark Boucher, Photo Credit: Getty Images.

AB de Villiers Always In Reckoning To Make International Comeback: Mark Boucher

South African coach Mark Boucher mentioned that the former South African batting mainstay is still a part of the discussion regarding the selection process and is in line for a possible return to international cricket after having bid adieu in 2018.

AB de Villiers is reputed for his range and variety of shots and has scored more than 8500 runs in both tests and ODIs averaging over 50 in both formats. He has 22 Test and 25 ODI tons. The 36-year-old batsman also can keep wickets, if required, retired in 2018.

There were also reports of AB De Villiers coming back to the national fold for the 2019 World Cup, but that did not happen eventually as South Africa had a terrible tournament winning only three matches while losing five and were placed 7th which resulted in their elimination.

“AB was in discussions before Covid, he is always in discussions when he is playing good cricket, to be honest with you,” Boucher said.

AB De Villiers
AB De Villiers. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

“Going forward I haven’t had a discussion with him at all, he has been playing in the IPL. He had a very good IPL too,” added Mark Boucher.

He scored 454 runs for Royal Challengers Bangalore this year in 15 games averaging 45.4 and was one of the most consistent batsmen for the team once again. But despite that, his team could only finish on the fourth spot in the tournament losing to SunRisers Hyderabad in Eliminator.

Mark Boucher Says He Didn’t Know That He Contracted The Virus And Was Fortunate Enough To Have A Mild Dose

Earlier, an unnamed South African player tested positive for Covid-19 when the South Africans assembled Wednesday for training on the eve of limited-overs series against England. He and two others, with whom the infected player had come in close contact, have been separated and isolated from the rest of the squad and will stay so while being monitored by the team’s medical staff.

Mark Boucher
Mark Boucher-Photo Credit: Getty Images.

According to a statement from Cricket South Africa, all three were asymptomatic to the virus. Mark Boucher said he sympathized with the affected players.

“Sitting alone in a room for six or seven days is very tough,” said Boucher, adding that he had been fortunate to have had a mild dose of the disease.

“I didn’t even know I had it,” he said. “I felt a little down for one or two days. I had been throwing down to some players in the nets and felt some aches and pains.”

Several players like Kagiso Rabada, Faf Du Plessis, Anrich Nortje and Lungi Ngidi who have played IPL 2020 are in T20I and ODI squad led by Quinton de Kock. South Africa and England will play 3 ODIs and 3 T20Is in the African nation. England’s Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes are rested for ODI series, but included in the T20I squad.

Mark Boucher, Graeme Smith, South Africa Vs Australia, Newlands, Capetown, Test
Mark Boucher. (Photo Credit: Getty Images.)
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Mark Boucher Admits Contracting Coronavirus Without Knowing It

Mark Boucher, South African head coach revealed Thursday that he had been a victim of coronavirus without knowing he had contracted the disease.

Mark Boucher was speaking ahead of limited-overs series against England, which starts with the first Twenty20 international in Cape Town on November 27.

Mark Boucher
Mark Boucher

Mark Boucher Didn’t Know He Had Contracted The Virus After Feeling Some Pain While Training

An unnamed South African player tested positive for Covid-19 when the South Africans assembled for training on Wednesday. He and two others, with whom the infected player had come in close contact, have been separated from the rest of the squad and will stay in isolation besides being monitored by the team’s medical staff.

Cricket South Africa said in a statement that all three players were asymptomatic. Mark Boucher said he sympathized with the affected players while adding that he was fortunate enough to have a mild coronavirus.

“Sitting alone in a room for six or seven days is very tough,” said Boucher, adding that he had been fortunate to have had a mild dose of the disease.

Mark Boucher
Mark Boucher- Photo Credit: Getty Images.

“I didn’t even know I had it,” he said. “I felt a little down for one or two days. I had been throwing down to some players in the nets and felt some aches and pains.”

“Covid is bigger than sport,” said Boucher.

He said that after receiving a call from South African President Cyril Ramaphosa, the players would be under a period of mourning after coronavirus crisis as he expected the nation’s flags to be at half-mast during the first two matches in honour of victims of coronavirus and gender-based violence. It was possible that players would wear black armbands too to acknowledge the same.

Mark Boucher Happy With Outcome And Wants To Put Behind Racism Issues

But Mark Boucher indicated that it was unlikely players would “take a knee” like a previous instance where they did so in a three-team domestic match in July. South Africa and England will play against each other in 3 T20Is and as many ODIs from 27th November.

South African players, match officials, administrators and commentators, including director of cricket Graeme Smith, had taken the knee besides wearing black arm-bands with the Black Lives Matter logo on it at the ‘3TCricket’ match in Centurion for the Solidarity Cup on July 12.

“It’s not something we have to continue to show, it’s something that we have to live.”

Mark Boucher said he welcomed the series against England after a challenging winter season during which Covid-19, boardroom battles and controversy over racism grabbed the spotlight.

“We have to put that behind us. We are in a position to put some good news in South African cricket,” he said. “We had some tough issues to deal with,” he said of a ‘culture camp’ in August, held at a time when fissures in race relations in South African cricket were exposed.

Quinton De Kock
Quinton De Kock- South African Skipper. Photo Credit: IPL/BCCI.

Mark Boucher said he was happy with the outcome of the camp as they started afresh in their quest to perform well since the retirement of veterans AB De Villiers and Morne Morkel.

“We have started afresh and restructured our values,” he said. “It is all based on performance. We want to be nice and aggressive, but we need to be smart.”

Mark Boucher said he was not concerned about being in a “bio-bubble” following stringent measures in the aftermath of the coronavirus crisis until the series ends on December 9.

“We’ve been on tours where there have been security issues which have meant we have had to stay in our hotels.

“We are in a fantastic hotel with lots of open space and we have spoken to other teams that have been in bubbles.”

Playing international matches with no spectators would be an unusual experience, “but there will be no lack of passion and we know that people will be watching us,” Mark Boucher added.

South Africa will be led by Quinton De Kock and will consist of pacer Kagiso Rabada who was the leading wicket-taker and purple cap holder in recently concluded IPL 2020.

Apart from him, several players who played IPL like Anrich Nortje, Lungi Ngidi, Quinton De Kock, David Miller and Faf Du Plessis are in the squad. England’s duo of Jofra Archer and Ben Stokes have been rested for ODI, but included in T20I squads.

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