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10 Players Who Might Retire At The End Of The Current IPL Season

The Indian Premier League is in its 10th editions but there are a number of players who have been entertaining the crowds in the country from the start of the tournament back in 2008.

There are a number of T20 specialists that are set to make this edition of the IPL all the more interesting but it is hard to forget the veteran stars who have helped their teams immensely over the years.

A number of players currently in the IPL are well past their prime as cricketers but have been incredible in their services to the IPL franchises over the years.

However, this season might see some of the biggest stars in the sports call it quits for the domestic T20 tournament. Here are ten such players who might not be playing in the next edition of the competition:

Pravin Tambe Hoping To Play ‘Lot Of Matches’ For Sunrisers Hyderabad

Veteran leg-spinner Pravin Tambe hopes to be in thick of action for his new franchise Sunrisers Hyderabad in the upcoming edition of the Indian Premier League. The 45-year-old, who played 13 and 10 matches in the 2014 and 2015 editions respectively for Rajasthan Royals, played a limited role for Gujarat Lions (GL) last year.

In 2016 IPL, the leggie appeared in only seven matches, taking 5 wickets and conceding almost nine runs per over. But now he hopes to play an integral for the defending champions.

“SRH is a well-run franchise. They are defending champions as well. Hopefully, I will get a chance to play a lot of matches. It doesn’t matter which franchise I’m playing for as my only goal is to perform well,” Tambe told The Times Of India on Friday (February 25).

When asked about whether he was hurt after GL released him, he said:

“It’s a part and parcel of every sportsperson’s life. I have never taken such things negatively. I played seven matches for Gujarat last season and did well apart from maybe one or two matches, which is inevitable especially in the T20 format.”

The leg-spinner is currently in Chennai with the Mumbai team for the Vijay Hazare Trophy.

“I was selected in the Mumbai squad for the Vijay Hazare knockouts back in 2013, but I didn’t get to play and we lost that game. I have performed well for both Mumbai and West Zone in the T20s recently. So I am hoping to play this time around,” Tambe said.

“I enjoy the longer format as much as the shorter formats. But I have got most of my chances only in the T20 format. I cannot do anything about it,” added the bowler who has played only a couple of Ranji games for Mumbai since making his debut at 42.

Meanwhile, the bowler said he still has no plans of quitting the game.

“Only when you keep saying that I’m 45, am I reminded of my age. Otherwise, I don’t think about it. I feel I am extremely fit and can do all the things on the field that are required. Till the time that I am enjoying the game, I will keep playing,” Tambe concluded.

Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016/17: Unfit Rohit Sharma Not Named In Mumbai Squad

The unfit batsman Rohit Sharma, who suffered an injury during the Test series against England has not been named in Mumbai squad for the upcoming Vijay Hazare Trophy 2016/17. There was news that Rohit might turn up for Mumbai to prove his case for the final two Test matches against Australia but later it came to notice that Rohit refused to play the tournament as he is not yet match-fit.

Aditya Tare has been named as the skipper of the team for the first three games. Dhawal Kulkarni has made a comeback to the squad after Mumbai veteran skipped many Ranji games and Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy due to an injury. He will perform the fast bowling duties with Shardul Thakur, who hasn’t been included in the Indian squad for the first two Test matches against Australia.

The squad also includes Pravin Tambe, who was bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad in the IPL auction. Vijay Gohil will assist him in spin bowling.

The batting line-up of the team is solid with likes of Shreyas Iyer, Siddhesh Lad, Akhil Herwadkar and young Prithvi Shaw. The veteran all-rounder Abhishek Nayar has also been named in the squad and will have a role to play.

Mumbai will play its first game against Gujarat on February 25.

Mumbai squad for the first three games: Aditya Tare (Captain), Abhishek Nayar, Shreyas Iyer, Siddhesh Lad, Akhil Herwadkar, Prithvi Shaw, Shivam Dube, Sufiyan Shaikh, Dhawal Kulkarni, Shardul Thakur, Shivam Malhotra, Pravin Tambe, Aditya Dhumal, Vijay Gohil.

Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2017: Ajinkya Rahane Named in Mumbai Squad, Karn Sharma To Lead Railways

Ajinkya Rahane, who has been dropped from the Indian T20 squad for the series against England has been named in the Mumbai squad for the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2017.

The 15-member squad also includes 45-year old Pravin Tambe, who has been plying his trade in the shortest format of the game for the state since making his IPL debut in the year 2013 for Rajasthan Royals.

Aditya Tare has been named as the skipper of the side comprising of young guns Shreyas Iyer, Armaan Jaffer and Jay Bista. Veteran Abhishek Nayar has also been named in the squad whereas Shardul Thakur, who has an ankle niggle has been not been included in the side.

Mumbai will be taking on Baroda, Gujarat, Saurashtra and Maharashtra before the tournament goes to the inter-zonal stage.

Mumbai Squad – Aditya Tare (c/wk), Armaan Jaffer, Jay Bista, Prathamesh Dake, Aditya Dhumal, Shivam Dubey, Shreyas Iyer, Eknath Kerkar, Abhishek Nayar, Sairaj Patil, Rakesh Prabhu, Ajinkya Rahane, Rohan Raje, Shashank Singh, Pravin Tambe.

  • Karn Sharma To Lead Railways – 

Karn Sharma will be leading the Railways squad in the zonal T20 league. The right-arm leg-spinner is one of the senior members of the squad and is also a regular member in IPL. In the 2014 auction, he became the highest paid uncapped player.

Railways squad also includes Anureet Singh, an occasional member of India A squad. Veteran Mahesh Rawat has been selected as the wicket-keeper batsman.

It’s the best opportunity for players like Karn and Anureet to perform here and hit jackpot at IPL auction.

Railways, a central zone team will be taking on Madhya Pradesh, Vidarbha, Uttar Pradesh, Chhatisgarh and Rajasthan in the zonal league. They will be playing all their matches at Sawai Mansingh Stadium in Jaipur.

Railways Squad – Karn Sharma (c), Anureet Singh, Ashish Singh, Avinash Yadav, Deepak Bansal, Faiz Ahmed, Hemant Singh, Rongsen Jonathan, Manjeet Singh, Amit Mishra, Pappu Singh, Manish Rao, Mahesh Rawat (wk), Shivakant Shukla, Saurabh Wakaskar.

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Unusual Hat-tricks in professional cricket

A hat-trick is a very rare incident in the world cricket. In cricket, when a bowler picks up three wickets in his three consecutive deliveries in a match, a hat-trick is credited to the bowler. Hence, it is one of the toughest achievement for the cricketers.

Sometimes the hat-trick occurs in an unusual style which leaves cricket fans amazed. In this article, we will talk about those unusual hat-tricks in the professional cricket.