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Michael Vaughan. (Image Credits: Getty)
Michael Vaughan. (Image Credits: Getty)
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Ben Stokes Is A Player That Australia Fear: Michael Vaughan On Ben Stokes Return For Ashes 2021/22

Michael Vaughan, former England captain, has joined the bandwagon of players, present and former, to express excitement about all-rounder Ben Stokes’ return for the Ashes series. However, Michael Vaughan feels Australia should be concerned, as the all-rounder is an imposing prospect.

Ben Stokes has announced his return to international cricket, claiming he is looking forward to joining his mates in Australia and is ready for the Ashes 2021/22, following which he was added as a late inclusion to the squad. The seam-bowling all-rounder, who opted for a mental-health break in August, said he is prepared to play his best cricket this winter.

Ben Stokes, England all-rounder
Ben Stokes, England all-rounder (Photo | AP)

Michael Vaughan: Ben Stokes Is A Player That Australia Fear, And He Has Unfinished Business With The Australians

Writing in his column, former England skipper Michael Vaughan wrote that Australia should feel worried by the return of all-rounder Ben Stokes, considering the all-rounder’s Headingley heroics in 2019.

Michael Vaughan wrote: “Crucially, he is also a player that Australia fear. The scars he inflicted on them at Headingley two years ago will not have fully healed, and the sight of him walking out at Brisbane – or wherever he manages to play his first Test – will send a few shivers up local spines.”

Michael Vaughan (Image Credit: Twitter)
Michael Vaughan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Michael Vaughan also noted that Ben Stokes, who missed the last tour Down Under, will arrive in Australia with a point or two to prove after losing his only series in the country.

The 46-year old added: “Stokes also has unfinished business with the Aussies. Winning in Australia will be on the cricketing bucket list, and having missed the last series Down Under after the Bristol nightclub incident, I can completely understand how this was a series he felt he simply couldn’t miss. He will not have wanted to go down in history as having only played one Test series in Australia.”

Ben Stokes emerged on the scene eight years ago when England toured Australia for the 2013-14 Ashes series. In an otherwise disastrous tour, the 30-year-old scored his maiden Test hundred in Perth and was a rare silver lining for England. Eight years later, Ben Stokes is one of the best all-format all-rounders in the game and has delivered in big games and series.

Ben Stokes recently underwent a second surgery on his broken finger. Ben Stokes had decided not to take part in the England-India Test series, the second half of IPL 2021 at UAE, T20I World Cup to prioritize his mental wellbeing over cricket but returned for Ashes 2021/22. The seam-bowling all-rounder could not play in the 2017-18 Ashes in Australia after his involvement in the street brawl and the disciplinary process that followed.

Ben Stokes last played for England in the ODI series against Pakistan in July, when he returned to captain the team at short notice after Eoin Morgan and the rest of the squad were forced into isolation by a number of Covid-19 positives. He batted twice and bowled a handful of overs, as England won the series 3-0, but only played twice in the Hundred thereafter before stepping away from the game indefinitely.

Michael Vaughan Backed Australia As Clear Favorites To Win Ashes 2021/22

Although Michael Vaughan has backed hosts Australia to win the series, he thinks Ben Stokes’ return has offered England plenty of hope and optimism as most of the chosen cricketers of England aren’t in great touch and are in inconsistent form in the past Test series against India and New Zealand.

Vaughan added: “I would still make Australia clear favourites to win the series – remember, we only drew 2-2 on home soil, where we’re strong, when we had him at his best – but it does feel like this has opened up a new world of possibilities.”

Ashes Urn Photo: cricket.com.au
Ashes Urn Photo: cricket.com.au

The left-handed batsman played one of the greatest Ashes knocks in the memorable Leeds Test in 2019. Chasing an improbable 359-run target, England looked down and out at 286-9. However, in the company of last man Jack Leach, Ben Stokes helped England pull off one of the most thrilling one-wicket heists in Test history. It was largely due to Ben Stokes’ 135*, England could force a share of the spoils.

Ben Stokes broke his hand, taking a catch for Rajasthan Royals in India leg of IPL 2021, and a repeat X-ray and CT scan revealed that he has a fracture of his left index finger. As a result, he missed the 2 Tests against New Zealand, while his last Test came against India in March 2021. Ben Stokes averages 37.05 in 71 Tests, where he amassed 4631 runs with 10 tons and has also taken 163 scalps averaging 31.38 with the ball in hand.

England’s full squad for The Ashes: Joe Root (captain), James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood, Ben Stokes.

Sohail Tanvir (Source: AP)
Sohail Tanvir (Source: AP)
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India-Pakistan Game Is All About Absorbing The Pressure: Sohail Tanvir

Sohail Tanvir always rates India – Pakistan high octane blockbuster clashes as high-pressure games. The India-Pakistan match is different from other fixtures since emotions run high given the history and rivalry between the two neighboring nations.

Sohail Tanvir, a former Pakistan seamer was one among a handful of Pakistan players who received a chance to feature in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Sohail Tanvir represented Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the inaugural edition of the T20 Championship in IPL 2008 and scripted history by claiming the Purple Cap. He picked up 22 wickets in 11 matches including a best of 6 for 14- which stood as the best figure record for many years.

Sohail Tanveer. (Photo credit should read CHRIS RATCLIFFE/AFP via Getty Images)
Sohail Tanveer. (Photo credit should read CHRIS RATCLIFFE/AFP via Getty Images)

Sohail Tanvir: Even While Growing Up We Heard Pakistan vs India Is A Big Match Which Is There In Mind While Taking The Field

India has a 12-0 win-loss record in World Cups against Pakistan in World Cups-T20Is, ODIs. The two arch-rival teams had met at the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup for the first time in the group stages in 2007 when India won in a bowl-out. India won the 2007 T20I World Cup by beating Pakistan in the final, while Pakistan won the next T20I World Cup in 2009.

“When it comes to India-Pakistan, it’s always a high-pressure game. People from both the countries are more pumped up than they are when it comes to a different opponent. So, that energy automatically passes on to the players as well. Even while growing up we used to hear (Pakistan versus India is a big match ), so this thought is always there in your mind when you are out on the field playing the match,” Pakistan left-arm seamer said.

India and Pakistan rarely play against each other but have a heated rivalry. (Photo by Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)
India and Pakistan rarely play against each other but have a heated rivalry. (Photo by Tharaka Basnayaka/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

The 36-year-old from Rawalpindi was a part of the playing XI during the 2007 T20 World Cup and knows well the pressure of playing against India, particularly in a marquee tournament like World Cup. But he acknowledges that the build-up and the pressure that comes along with facing India is also ‘the most entertaining aspect of it’.

“And that is why the players look at it in a positive way and enjoy being a part of that contest. And when you are pumped up, you give your 100 percent and perform better,” he said.

“There is always advice from the management to keep a check on nerves. Nothing much changes when it comes to team meetings or briefings. But yes, somewhere at the back of your mind you know it’s a high-pressure game, so during the team discussion it is always mentioned  (don’t take much pressure) and keep your nerves in check,” Sohail Tanvir shared from his experience in Pakistan dressing room.

Sohail Tanvir has sounded a warning to other teams, saying Pakistan should not be taken lightly.

“I don’t think Pakistan are underdogs. We have played enough cricket in the UAE and we are the ones who have played here the most. Players know the nature of pitches. I feel Pakistan is a strong contender to win the World Cup.”

“In the context of India, people will say the lopsided win-loss ratio puts Pakistan on the back foot in the World Cup games, but I don’t think past performances matter much. I feel it will be a neck and neck competition. Indian players are fresh from playing the IPL, so they also know what to expect from the wicket. So it is all about absorbing the pressure,” Sohail Tanvir added.

Sohail Tanvir played 2 Tests, 62 ODIs, and 57 T20Is picking 5, 71, and 54 wickets respectively. He debuted in 2007 and his last T20I appearance came in 2017.

Sohail Tanvir: Pakistan’s Middle Order Batsmen Haven’t Got Enough Chances To Prove Themselves

Putting his weight behind Pakistan’s middle-order, Sohail Tanvir said the players have not got enough chances to prove themselves.

“On most occasions, the players in the middle-order have got to play a few overs where the demand is to go for the kill immediately or perish. This gives an impression that our middle-order is weak, which is not the case. But yes, Pakistan’s top-order is strong and the team is dependent on it,” he said.
Matthew Hayden and Vernon Philander
Matthew Hayden and Vernon Philander have been appointed as Pakistan’s coaches for the upcoming T20 World Cup 2021. (Photo Source: Getty Images)

Pakistan has Mathew Hayden and Vernon Philander as their coaches/consultants who entered the system barely a month ago. The Pakistan pace bowler, who is an active player in leagues around the globe, feels gelling with the new coaching staff need not be a problem as franchise cricket has groomed the players to deal with such situations.

“I don’t think adjusting with the new coaches can be an issue. These days everyone plays league cricket and it teaches you how to adjust and adapt quickly with new people around. League cricket has brought a lot of flexibility, (that is why the players adjust easily to the new surroundings),” Sohail Tanvir signed off.

Pakistan has won only one out of eight clashes from their neighbours in T20Is overall. This is a lot worse than Pakistan’s overall record of 106 wins in 177 matches, with just 63 losses. In the United Arab Emirates, Pakistan has played 36 matches with 21 wins.

MS Dhoni (BCCI/IPL)
MS Dhoni (BCCI/IPL)
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MS Dhoni Becomes Oldest Skipper At 40 To Win An IPL Trophy

MS Dhoni became the oldest captain to win the Indian Premier League trophy. Chennai Super Kings defeated Kolkata Knight Riders in the IPL 2021 final to win their 4th title.

MS Dhoni has achieved another record once again, this time as the oldest captain in the history of the Indian Premier League to win the trophy. At 40, the CSK captain led the team to glory in IPL 2021 and clinched his 4th title as captain in the premier T20 tournament after successful outings in 2010,2011, and 2018.

MS Dhoni
MS Dhoni (Image Credit: Twitter)

MS Dhoni Becomes Oldest Skipper At 40 To Win IPL Trophy Ahead Of Shane Warne And Adam Gilchrist

MS Dhoni is also only the 2nd captain in the history of IPL to win more than 3 IPL titles. Mumbai Indians captain Rohit Sharma is on top of the list with as many as 5 titles. CSK hammered KKR, exacting revenge for their defeat in the IPL 2012 final, in the big Dubai final.
Riding on an excellent 85 odd from their senior opening batsman, Faf du Plessis, CSK posted a mammoth total of 192. Despite the fifties from impressive KKR openers Venkatesh Iyer and Shubman Gill, KKR managed just 165 runs in 20 overs, losing the final by 27 runs.
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.
Shane Warne (left) (RR) and MS Dhoni (CSK) - AP
Shane Warne (left) (RR) and MS Dhoni (CSK) – AP

Notably, MS Dhoni has broken Shane Warne’s record as the legendary Australian leg-spinner was aged 39 years when he led Rajasthan Royals to the glory in the inaugural edition of the IPL in 2008. Notably, Shane Warne’s men had beaten MS Dhoni’s CSK in a thrilling final in 2008.

Adam Gilchrist won the title as captain for Deccan Chargers next season when he was 37. The former Australia wicketkeeper had led the now-defunct Deccan Chargers to a victory over Royal Challengers Bangalore in the final.

MS Dhoni won his first IPL title when he was 29 as Chennai Super Kings got it tight in their 2nd IPL final in 2010. Dhoni was 38 when he led the Super Kings to their 3rd title in 2018, which was also the comeback season for the Chennai-based franchise, who was suspended from the league for 2 years.

Oldest captain to win the IPL title

MS Dhoni – 40 years in 2021 with CSK

Shane Warne – 39 years in 2008 with RR

Adam Gilchrist – 37 years in 2009 with Deccan Chargers

MS Dhoni promised by insisting that CSK would come back stronger in IPL 2021 after the 4-time champions missed a berth in the play-offs of the last season in the UAE for the first time in their IPL history. CSK completed a dream comeback, winning their 4th title with a near-perfect campaign in the UAE next season to fulfil MS Dhoni’s promise.

CSK Was The First Team To Be Eliminated From Playoffs In IPL 2020 But Was The First Team To Qualify For Playoffs In IPL 2021

Contrary to expectations, CSK did not go for a complete overhaul in IPL 2021 after a horror season, even as their stars were not getting any younger. CSK added a few key players like Moeen Ali by playing it smart once again in the auction. CSK did not have a great start as they lost their opener to Delhi Capitals, but they stormed back with a 6-wicket win over Punjab Kings. CSK never looked back from there as they 5 out of their first 7 matches.

However, when the season was moved to the UAE after it was suspended in May due to the Covid-19 pandemic and bio-bubble breaches, questions were asked whether CSK would be able to put behind their UAE disappointment of IPL 2020 and do well away from home. CSK allayed all those fears and kept their winning momentum intact in the UAE, as from not qualifying for the play-offs in 2020, they became the first team to make the top 4 in 2021.

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

MS Dhoni’s men finished inside the top 2  spots in the points table and had that extra opportunity to qualify for the final. They did not need the other as MS Dhoni came up with a vintage finish against Delhi Capitals. In the final,  CSK hardly put a foot wrong as the Dad’s Army showed once again that they are the team to beat in the IPL.

Ben Stokes, England all-rounder
Ben Stokes, England all-rounder (Photo | AP)
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Chris Silverwood Won’t Pressurize England All-rounder Ben Stokes To Feature In The Ashes 2021/22

Following the Ashes squad announcement, Chris Silverwood, England head coach, and selector shared an update on all-rounder Ben Stokes’ return. England’s full-strength 17-man squad highlights the absence of star all-rounder Ben Stokes as he continues his break from cricket to focus on his mental health. Ben Stokes is also yet to fully recover from an injury to his finger.

The all-rounder was already likely to miss the Ashes 2021/22 tour as he and England had not revealed any information about his return to cricket following his break. Additionally, Ben Stokes recently underwent a second surgery on his broken finger. As a result, Ben Stokes had decided not to take part in the England-India Test series, the second half of IPL 2021 at UAE, T20I World Cup, and Ashes to prioritize his mental wellbeing over cricket.

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

Chris Silverwood Won’t Pressurize Ben Stokes To Feature In The Ashes 2021/22

When Chris Silverwood was asked whether Ben Stokes could join the squad later, he remained uncertain. In a virtual conference clip uploaded by the ECB, Chris Silverwood said he would not rush Ben Stokes’ comeback. The head coach Chris Silverwood claimed his priority is to allow the all-rounder a complete recovery to be able to perform well after returning.

“I’m gonna go back to my old answer. I’m seriously not going to put any pressure on Ben whatsoever. Ben will come back when he is ready, he’ll give me a call. We’ll cross that bridge when we come to make plans when necessary. But first and foremost, my first intent is to make sure he’s okay from a well-being point of view when he is back to perform, ” said Chris Silverwood.

Chris Silverwood Getty Images
Chris Silverwood Getty Images

Ben Stokes has been on an indefinite break from cricket since August. As a result, the 30-year old will miss the T20 World Cup and most probably the Ashes. However, the recovery period for his finger injury means Ben Stokes will likely return during England’s tour of the West Indies in early 2022.

Ben Stokes To Miss Second Consecutive Ashes

His performance in the 2019 Ashes in England was remarkable, helping the hosts settle for a 2-2 draw. He amassed 441 runs in 5 innings averaging 55.13, which included 2 tons. Ben Stokes’ heroics in the final of World Cup 2019, where he scored 84 runs, helping England win their maiden 50-over World Cup title, is still fresh in every English fan’s memory.
England's Ben Stokes
England’s Ben Stokes — AFP

Ben Stokes broke his hand, taking a catch for Rajasthan Royals in the now-suspended Indian Premier League 2021, and a repeat X-ray and CT scan revealed that he has a fracture of his left index finger. As a result, he missed the 2 Tests against New Zealand, while his last Test came against India in March 2021. Ben Stokes averages 37.05 in 71 Tests, where he amassed 4631 runs with 10 tons and has also taken 163 scalps averaging 31.38 with the ball in hand.

Ben Stokes and Sam Curran missed out, but seamer Stuart Broad was included despite the calf injury he picked up in the Test series against India. Fast bowler Jofra Archer was also unavailable after he suffered a recurrence of a stress fracture in his elbow, and Olly Stone was ruled out with a back injury. Moeen Ali had retired from Tests.

England’s full squad for The Ashes: Joe Root (captain), James Anderson, Jonathan Bairstow, Dom Bess, Stuart Broad, Rory Burns, Jos Buttler, Zak Crawley, Haseeb Hameed, Dan Lawrence, Jack Leach, Dawid Malan, Craig Overton, Ollie Pope, Ollie Robinson, Chris Woakes, Mark Wood.

Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders. Image Credits: Twitter
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Before The Resumption Of IPL 2021 In UAE, Not Many Thought KKR Would End Up In Top 4: Deep Dasgupta

Deep Dasgupta lauded the Kolkata Knight Riders’ (KKR) stunning efforts to qualify for the playoffs of the Indian Premier League 2021. However, he acknowledged that no one would have counted on the Kolkata-based franchise to finish in the top four before the resumption of the IPL in the UAE.

When the 14th edition of the tournament was halted in May due to the COVID-19 outbreak in India and bio bubble breaches, KKR was placed second from the bottom of the table and had won just two matches out of their first seven. However, Brendon McCullum’s side manifested a fearless approach in the second leg.

Deep Dasgupta
Deep Dasgupta. (Photo Source: Instagram)

Deep Dasgupta: Before The Resumption Of IPL 2021 In UAE, Not Many Thought KKR Would End Up In Top 4

While reviewing every franchise’s performance during the league stage, Deep Dasgupta praised the Eoin Morgan-led side. After KKR’s impressive display during the second leg, he said that they now have the much-needed confidence and momentum in their side. However, deep Dasgupta also opined that the biggest issue for the two-time champions is the unavailability of Andre Russell in the last few games, as it remains to be seen if he is available for the playoffs.

“They (KKR) are pretty much in form the way they’re playing right now. The biggest issue is the unavailability of Andre Russell. It remains to be seen whether he will be available for the knockouts. But it looks like they’re a solid team, have momentum on their side and have instilled confidence. Before the resumption of the second half of the IPL, not many would have thought they would end up in the top 4. And the fact that they have qualified, tells you that they are in very good form.”

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

Brendon McCullum’s troops will look to lift their third IPL trophy this season. They will face the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the Eliminator at the Sharjah Cricket Ground on October 11.

Deep Dasgupta: Rajasthan Royals Missed Ben Stokes, Jofra Archer, And Jos Buttler

Meanwhile, the Men in Pink Rajasthan Royals took their inconsistent form from India to the UAE. Before the resumption of the competition, the Rajasthan Royals were in the fifth position after playing seven matches and winning only three games.

Deep Dasgupta opined that RR hand-picked their overseas contingent as the nucleus of the side, which eventually paved their downfall. The side’s star players, like Jofra Archer, Jos Buttler, and Ben Stokes, were unavailable for the UAE leg of the competition. Moreover, the new signings – West Indian duo of Evin Lewis and Oshane Thomas, New Zealand cricketer Glenn Phillips, and South Africa’s left-arm wrist spinner Tabraiz Shamsi didn’t help the cause of Rajasthan to progress into playoffs.

Jofra Archer missed out from playing in IPL 2021 due to injury, while Jos Buttler, who was recently blessed with a child, opted out of IPL 2021 UAE leg, and Ben Stokes prioritized his mental wellbeing and decided to not play in India’s Test tour and IPL 2021 besides T20I World Cup 2021.

“They finished seventh in the table and you have to feel bad for them. They missed out on their big names. Rajasthan’s philosophy has always been to find success around their overseas players like Archer, Buttler, Stokes. Unfortunately, Jofra was not available for the franchise during the first leg, who was one of their best players last season. Unfortunately again in the second half, there was no Jos Buttler and Ben Stokes available as well.”

Rajasthan Royals batsmen Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson
Rajasthan Royals batsmen Ben Stokes and Sanju Samson Photograph: BCCI/IPL

Deep Dasgupta also stated that the consistent form of their skipper, Sanju Samson, was the biggest positive for the side. The 26-year-old amassed 484 runs at an incredible average of 40 runs per match in 14 encounters for his side. He was also the first player to score a hundred this season. Deep Dasgupta praised the wicket-keeper batsman.

“But the biggest positive for them was their captain Sanju’s consistent performance. Down the years the main issue with him was his inconsistency but this season, we’ve seen his maturity. His consistency is good news for Indian cricket as well. The only thing is that they were let down massively from their overseas contingent due to the unavailability.”

Considering their performances this season, Rajasthan Royals will look to revamp their entire squad for the cash-rich league in 2022.
KKR vs RR Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team- IPL 2021
KKR vs RR Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team- IPL 2021.
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IPL 2021- KKR vs RR Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team, Playing XI, Pitch Report and Injury Update

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

KKR vs RR IPL 2021 Match Preview:

Kolkata Knight Riders will lock horns with Rajasthan Royals in the 54th match of the Indian Premier League, at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah, on Thursday.

It will be the second match of a doubleheader on the penultimate day of group stage matches, with Chennai Super Kings taking on Punjab Kings in the first.

It’s a shootout for the fourth playoff spot, with KKR the frontrunners to get there. While RR have a mathematical chance to make the playoffs, their loss to Mumbai Indians in the previous game has severely hurt their chances. KKR, meanwhile, beat Sunrisers Hyderabad in a low-scoring encounter in their last outing.

Eoin Morgan’s side has turned it around in the second half of the season, despite the skipper not being in good form himself. Their aggressive batting approach and clever bowling changes have helped them register some convincing victories, boosting their NRR.

Venkatesh Iyer has been the main positive for them with his fearless stroke-making, and he’ll look to get them off to a good start once more. The KKR spinners have been sensational in the UAE leg, with Shakib joining the duo of Narine and Chakravarthy against SRH. They’ll look to spin a web around the RR batters in this must-win game.

RR, meanwhile, allowed an excellent opportunity to make the playoffs slip away by losing to the Mumbai Indians. While the Royals’ biggest plus has been the performance of some of their young Indian stars, their overseas contingent barring Mustafizur, and to an extent, Evin Lewis, aren’t delivering.

They were demolished by the defending champions at Sharjah and could only get to 90/9 in their 20 overs. Ishan Kishan’s blitzkrieg meant that MI chased the total down in 8.4 overs. While the pitch did play better in the second innings, such a total in a crunch game exposes the batting frailties of the RR team.

However, they have shown tremendous character and grit throughout this tournament and will look to bounce back with a win in this game of enormous consequence.

The last time these sides met, RR registered a comfortable six-wicket victory. KKR will hope to ensure qualification with a win and not depend on other results.

KKR vs RR IPL 2021 Match Details:

Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

Date & Time: 7th Oct, at 07:30 PM IST

Live Score:  Cricketaddictor 

KKR vs RR IPL 2021 Pitch Report:

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

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

KKR vs RR IPL 2021 Probable Playing XIs:

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

RR: Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Shivam Dube, Glenn Phillips, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Mayank Markhande/Shreyas Gopal, Chetan Sakariya, Kuldip Yadav, Mustafizur Rahman

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

KKR

Shubman Gill played a sensible knock of 57 runs from 51 deliveries in the last match against Sunrisers Hyderabad, and he was awarded as the player of the match for his impressive batting display under tough circumstances.

Rahul Tripathi has been instrumental in fetching quick runs for the team. In the tournament so far, he has smashed 356 runs. He will be determined to perform for the side in this crucial encounter.

Venkatesh Iyer is in excellent form in this tournament. He has been fairly consistent for KKR with both the bat and ball scoring 201 runs, while also picking up 3 scalps from the last 6 games.

Shakib Al Hasan is the perfect replacement of star all-rounder Andre Russell. He justified his selection by picking up a wicket against Sunrisers Hyderabad at an economy of 5.

Sunil Narine is bowling well in this IPL, and he hardly has given away easy runs. In 10 matches, he has scalped 10 wickets at an excellent economy of 6.42, and has even scored 34 runs with the bat.

Varun Chakravarthy is always a threat for the opposition batters. With his deceptive bowling skills, he has caused a lot of problems in this IPL. In 13 matches in this edition, Chakravarthy has scalped 15 wickets at an economy of 6.73.

RR

Evin Lewis is a dangerous customer at the top of the order. In 5 matches in this year’s IPL, he has scored 151 runs at an average of 30.2, with the highest score of 58.

Sanju Samson had a great journey in this year’s IPL. He is the 4th highest run-scorer in the 14th season of the Indian T20 League and has amassed 483 runs this year at an average of 43.91. The right-hander has plundered 2 fifties and a century in the tournament this year. Samson would want to end the tournament with a good knock.

Chetan Sakariya is the only Rajasthan Royals bowler to bowl a maiden in this edition of the IPL. In 13 matches so far, he has picked up 13 wickets, with the best figures of 3 for 31.

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

Player Statistics (Last 5 matches) Dream 11 Points
Shubman Gill 116 runs 28, 15, 43, 20, 87
Rahul Tripathi 169 runs 106, 67, 15, 57, 20
Varun Chakravarthy   5 wickets 8, 47, 6, 56, 56
Evin Lewis   151 runs 59, 11, 85, 43, 33
Sanju Samson  202 runs 129, 27, 59, 60, 7
Chetan Sakariya   5 wickets 29, 8, 14, 29, 44

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

Captain – Venkatesh Iyer, Shubman Gill

Vice-Captain – Sanju Samson, Rahul Tripathi

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

WicketkeeperSanju Samson(vc)

Batsmen–  Yashasvi Jaiswal, Evin Lewis, Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill

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

Bowlers–  Varun Chakravarthy, Shivam Mavi, Chetan Sakariya

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

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

Wicketkeeper– Sanju Samson

Batsmen–  Yashasvi Jaiswal, Evin Lewis, Rahul Tripathi(vc), Shubman Gill(c)

All Rounders–   Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Shivam Dube

Bowlers–  Varun Chakravarthy, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya

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

KKR vs RR IPL 2021 Probable Winner:

Kolkata Knight Riders are expected to win this match of IPL 2021.

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

 

Chris Morris (Pic Source: Twitter)
Chris Morris (Pic Source: Twitter)
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Virat Kohli Is Obviously A Genius: Chris Morris

Chris Morris, Rajasthan Royals (RR) all-rounder has named the batsmen he has found difficult bowling to over the course of his career. The right-arm pacer named a couple of his former national teammates namely AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla on his list as well as several prominent international cricketers.

Chris Morris shed praise for ace Indian batsman Virat Kohli and termed him a ‘genius’. Apart from Virat Kohli, the other Indian player that featured in his list was all-rounder Hardik Pandya. He named Australian opener David Warner and New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson on the list of tough batsmen to bowl to as well.

Chris Morris
Chris Morris (Image Credit: Twitter)

Chris Morris Finds Virat Kohli, David Warner, Kane Williamson, And Hardik Pandya Difficult To Bowl To

Chris Morris, the most expensive player in IPL’s history has so far scored 67 vital runs and taken 14 scalps averaging 16.75 and 24.85 respectively with the bat and ball in 10 games in IPL 2021. Chris Morris was sold to Rajasthan Royals for a whopping sum of INR 16.25 Cr and became the most expensive player bought in the IPL Auction history.

” Virat (Kohli) is obviously a genius, he’s an absolute jet. (David) Warner has been really tough to bowl to because he also just takes you apart. And the person that I probably hated bowling to the most just because he was so solid and he is the nicest guy on the planet is probably Kane Williamson.

“It’s so frustrating when I want to get angry with someone because he’s such a good guy. Those guys are probably the standouts for me. And I’ll add one more to that — Hardik Pandya. He’s so good, it is scary how well he hits the ball, ” said Chris Morris.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli (BCCI)

Chris Morris missed out on a chance to have a go at some of the toughest batsmen in the world after failing to find a spot in South Africa’s T20 World Cup squad.

Chris Morris Points Out He Never Dismissed AB de Villiers

The all-rounder also named former teammates AB de Villiers and Hashim Amla as very tough batsmen to bowl to. He expressed frustration over the fact that he has been unable to dismiss the former South African skipper even once in his career. He also revealed opener Hashim Amla’s surprising prowess in the shortest format of the game after having left him clueless in the match.

“I think AB (de Villiers) comes to mind straight away. He hits the ball so cleanly, he hits it everywhere. I’ve never gotten him out in my career which is very frustrating. I’m very happy to have played with him for many years as well but I’ve never gotten him out, ” said Chris Morris.

AB de Villiers
AB de Villiers. Image Credits: Twitter

“Hashim Amla , whether it be any format. I remember running in a T20 game going I don’t know where to bowl because this guy is smoking me everywhere, walked across the stumps to hit me, back away and cut me, and I remember going I don’t know where to bowl, ” said Chris Morris.

Chris Morris is currently in the Rajasthan Royals set up in the UAE for the second leg of the 2021 IPL but is yet to find momentum across any department. Chris Morris has scored only 67 runs in 10 IPL games averaging a dismal 16.75 and taken 14 scalps averaging 24.85.

The Rajasthan Royals would be taking on defending champions Mumbai Indians on Tuesday which is an important game for both sides to stay in the hunt for a playoffs spot. Rajasthan Royals would hope Chris Morris (if he is picked) comes up with a good show after not having delivered at his best thus far.

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

IPL 2021- RR vs MI Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team, Playing XI, Pitch Report, Dream11 Team, and Injury Update of the match between Rajasthan Royals and Mumbai Indians.

RR vs MI IPL 2021 Match Preview:

Mumbai Indians will lock horns with Rajasthan Royals in the 51st match of the Indian Premier League, at Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah, on Tuesday.

It’s a must-win match for both teams and as they are aiming for the one remaining one playoff spot. Rajasthan Royals kept their playoffs hope alive by beating the current table-toppers Chennai Super Kings in their previous match by 7 wickets with 15 balls left in the game. They made plenty of changes to their playing XI and they got the desired result. The tournament is still wide open and Rajasthan need to win their remaining 2 matches to make it to the playoffs.

Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, didn’t perform well as a unit in the second leg of the IPL. Batters failed miserably, and as a result, they managed to win only one of their last 5 matches. They are currently placed at the 7th spot in the standings with 10 points. They have been in this situation many times and know how to win matches under pressure.

RR vs MI IPL 2021 Match Details:

Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, Sharjah

Date & Time: 5th Oct,  at 07:30 PM IST

Live Score:  Cricketaddictor 

RR vs MI IPL 2021 Pitch Report:

The pitch of the Sharjah Cricket Stadium is a slower side for batting with the batters having to work hard for their runs. The pacers, who should get some swing early on, will look to take the pace off the ball as the match progresses. Given the turn-on offer, the spinners will play a crucial role in the middle overs.

RR vs MI IPL 2021 Probable Playing XIs:

RR: Yashaswi Jaiswal, Evin Lewis, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Shivam Dube, Glenn Phillips, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Chetan Sakariya, Mustafizur Rahman, Aakash Singh/ Kartik Tyagi, Mayank Markande.

MI: Rohit Sharma(c), Quinton De Kock(wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary/Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Rahul Chahar/ Jayant Yadav, Jasprit Bumrah, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Trent Boult.

Top Picks for RR vs MI IPL 2021 Dream11 Prediction and Fantasy Cricket Tips:

RR

Evin Lewis the Caribbean attacking batsman got some solid starts in this tournament. The opener has scored 127 runs in four matches at an average of 31.75 and a strike rate of 171.62. he will be hoping to score hefty fantasy points once again in this match.

Yashasvi Jaiswal finally scored the maiden half-century of his IPL career in the last match against Chennai Super Kings. He achieved that feat in just 19 deliveries, with a six-over-long off bringing up his fifty. In 8 matches in this tournament, he has scored 237 runs at an average of 29.62.

Sanju Samson he is batting superbly in this competition, has been RR’s best batsman this season. The RR skipper has mustered 480 runs at an average of 48 and a strike rate of 139.53.

Shivam Dube, who spent the early days on the bench in the second leg of the IPL, finally got his chance against Chennai Super Kings and proved his selection in an excellent manner. He took on the bowlers and smashed unbeaten 64 runs from 42 deliveries.

Chetan Sakariya the young pacer has been the most consistent wicket-taker RR in this competition as he has picked 12 wickets in 12 games so far in this IPL 2021 and will look to continue his good form with the ball into this match as well.

Mustafizur Rahman the left-arm pacer has been bowling beautifully so far in this season. He has managed to dismiss 13 wickets so far and will be eyeing to net a few crucial scalps once again in this match.

MI

Rohit Sharma is a very crucial batsman for MI, but he has been very inconsistent in the UAE leg as he scored only 91 runs in four innings. Overall, The hitman has scored 341 runs in 11 games at an average of 31 and strike rate of 124.9.

Quinton de Kock has been getting some solid starts in the UAE leg. He has scored 142 runs in the last five matches of the second phase. the left-handed batsman has mustered 297 runs in this competition.

Suryakumar Yadav he looked in fine touch in the last match as scored 33 runs including two maximums. he also has a brilliant record against RR with 295 runs at an average of 49.17 and a strike rate of 144.61.

Jasprit Bumrah The Ace bowler for MI and team India is in splendid form with the ball. The right arm pacer has picked 11 wickets in just five matches in the UAE leg. overall, he is the leading wicket-taker for MI with 17 wickets in 12 matches.

RR vs MI IPL 2021 Must Picks for Dream11 Team Prediction:

Player Statistics (Last 5 matches) Dream 11 Points
Quinton de Kock    142 runs 79, 48, 33, 106, 26
Rohit Sharma   126 runs 45, 62, 13, 20, 18
Jasprit Bumrah  11 wickets 97, 89, 72, 43, 30
Evin Lewis  133 runs 11, 59, 11, 85, 43
Sanju Samson    203 runs 106, 129, 27, 59, 60
Mustafizur Rahman    5 wickets 66, 37, 64, 31, -2

RR vs MI IPL 2021 Captain and Vice-Captain Choices:

Captain – Sanju Samson, Quinton de Kock

Vice-Captain – Jasprit Bumrah, Evin Lewis

Suggested Playing XI No.1 for RR vs MI Dream11 Team:

WicketkeeperSanju Samson(c)

Batsmen–  Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav, Glenn Phillips, Evin Lewis

All Rounders– Kieron Pollard, Shivam Dube

Bowlers–  Jasprit Bumrah(vc), Nathan Coulter-Nile, Mustafizur Rahman, Chetan Sakariya

IPL 2021- RR vs MI Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team
IPL 2021- RR vs MI Dream11 Prediction

Suggested Playing XI No.2 for RR vs MI Dream11 Team:

Wicketkeeper– Sanju Samson, Quinton de Kock(c)

Batsmen–  Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Evin Lewis(vc) 

All Rounders– Kieron Pollard, Shivam Dube

Bowlers–  Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah, Mustafizur Rahman

IPL 2021- RR vs MI Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team
IPL 2021- RR vs MI Dream11 Prediction

RR vs MI IPL 2021 Probable Winner:

Mumbai Indians are expected to win this match of IPL 2021.

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

 

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

IPL 2021- RR vs CSK Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team, Playing XI, Pitch Report, Dream11 Team, and Injury Update of the match between Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Super Kings.

RR vs CSK IPL 2021 Match Preview:

Chennai Super Kings will lock horns with Rajasthan Royals in the 47th match of the Indian Premier League, at Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi, on Saturday.

It’s the second match of a doubleheader on Saturday, with Mumbai Indians taking on Delhi Capitals in the afternoon game.

Both the sides are at opposite ends of the table. Chennai Super Kings became the first team to qualify for the playoffs after beating Sunrisers Hyderabad by six wickets in their last match. Rajasthan Royals, meanwhile, were convincingly beaten by Royal Challengers Bangalore in their previous outing. While Chennai Super Kings have nine wins from eleven games, Rajasthan Royals have only four.

The Royals have failed to deliver as a team this season, despite having some quality individual performers. While Evin Lewis and Yashasvi Jaiswal got them off to a rollicking start against Royal Challengers Bangalore, they crumbled in the second half of their innings to finish with a sub-par total.

While Mustafizur Rahman and Chetan Sakariya have done well with the ball, Chris Morris and the spinners haven’t shown up in the UAE leg. Rajasthan Royals will look to address these issues ahead of their clash with Chennai Super Kings.

Chennai Super Kings, meanwhile, have won all four of their games in the UAE, and look like the favourites to lift the title. Their opening partnership is one of the strongest in the league, and both Faf Du Plessis and Ruturaj Gaikwad are in stellar form. The depth of their batting order has allowed them to play fearless cricket and take the attack to opposition bowlers.

With a revitalised DJ Bravo at the heart of it, Chennai Super Kings’s bowling is one of the best in the league. Shardul Thakur is another player whose contributions in the IPL have largely gone unnoticed.

Jadeja and Moeen Ali are two quality spinners who also add depth to the batting department. There isn’t much to criticise about the Chennai Super Kings team, and the only thing they’ll want before the playoffs is for Suresh Raina to get back into form.

Chennai Super Kings beat Rajasthan Royals by 45 runs the last time the two sides locked horns. Sanju Samson and his side will look to take the game closer this time around and get a win.

RR vs CSK IPL 2021 Match Details:

Venue: Sheikh Zayed Stadium, Abu Dhabi

Date & Time: 2nd Oct,  at 07:30 PM IST

Live Score:  Cricketaddictor 

RR vs CSK IPL 2021 Pitch Report:

It’s a balanced wicket. Anything over 160 is a good score on this wicket. Going with the trend, whoever wins the toss should bowl first.

RR vs CSK IPL 2021 Probable Playing XIs:

RR: Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c and wk), Liam Livingstone, Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag/Shivam Dube, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris/Oshane Thomas, Chetan Sakariya, Kartik Tyagi, Mustafizur Rahman

CSK: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, MS Dhoni (c and wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran/Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood

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

RR

Evin Lewis bludgeoned his way to a 37-ball 58 at the top of the order in Rajasthan’s match against the Bangalore side. The left-hander struck 5 fours and 3 sixes in his stay out in the middle. Lewis has plundered 530 runs in the Indian T20 League and has scored his runs at an average of close to 28.

Sanju Samson has had a tremendous IPL with the bat. He is a class player with loads of talent. In 11 matches in this IPL, Samson has scored 452 runs at an average of 50.22.

Mahipal Lomror is a decent striker of the ball and can play handy cameos, while he can even can bowl 2-3 overs without conceding many runs. In 4 matches in this IPL, he has scored 94 runs at a strike rate of 128.76 and picked up a wicket as well.

Mustafizur Rahman has picked up 5 wickets in the last 3 matches and he doesn’t give away easy runs. Overall, in this IPL, he has scalped 13 wickets at an economy of 7.75.

CSK

Faf du Plessis scored a valuable 41 off 36 deliveries for the Chennai side in their clash against the Hyderabad outfit. The right-hander is currently the 3rd highest run-scorer in the 2021 season and has amassed 435 runs at an average of 48.33 and a strike rate of 138.10.

Ruturaj Gaikwad makes batting looks very simple and always plays textbook shots, and he is getting maximum rewards for that. In 11 matches in this year’s IPL, he has scored 407 runs at an average of 40.7, with a strike rate of 134.76.

Ravindra Jadeja is the main man for Chennai Super Kings. He is a good all-round cricketer and knows his game well. He has mustered 179 runs so far in this IPL at an average of 59.66 and has picked up 8 wickets as well.

Aussie quick, Josh Hazlewood has been sensational and has delivered well every time when MS Dhoni throws the ball at him. In 4 matches in this IPL, he has scalped 6 wickets at an economy of 8.25, with the best figures of 3/24 against Sunrisers Hyderabad.

Shardul Thakur is a consistent wicket-taking bowler for SRH in the last four matches he has picked 6 wickets in the UAE leg. Overall, the pace bowler has picked 11 wickets in many games so far.

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

Player Statistics (Last 5 matches) Dream 11 Points
Faf du Plessis    199 runs 113, 10, 45, 68, 64
Ruturaj Gaikwad  225 runs 2, 121, 54, 58, 61
Ravindra Jadeja  70 runs + 3 wickets 53, 31, 20, 69, 35
Evin Lewis  183 runs 122, 11, 59, 11, 85
Sanju Samson    175 runs 24, 106, 129, 27, 59
Mustafizur Rahman    9 wickets 4, 66, 37, 64, 31

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

Captain – Faf du Plessis, Faf du Plessis

Vice-Captain – Ruturaj Gaikwad, Dwayne Bravo

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

Wicketkeeper– Sanju Samson

Batsmen–   Faf du Plessis (c), Ruturaj Gaikwad(vc), Yashasvi Jaiswal, Evin Lewis

All Rounders– Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Mahipal Lomror

Bowlers–   Deepak Chahar, Shardul Thakur, Mustafizur Rahman

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

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

Wicketkeeper– Sanju Samson

Batsmen–   Faf du Plessis (c), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Evin Lewis, Liam Livingstone

All RoundersDwayne Bravo(vc), Chris Morris

Bowlers–   Josh Hazlewood, Shardul Thakur, Chetan Sakariya

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

RR vs CSK IPL 2021 Probable Winner:

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

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

 

Chris Morris (Pic Source: Twitter)
Chris Morris (Pic Source: Twitter)
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Kumar Sangakkara: Chris Morris Hasn’t Done Well For Rajasthan Royals In The UAE Leg Of IPL 2021

Kumar Sangakkara, Rajasthan Royals’ Director of Cricket said that all-rounder Chris Morris knows that he has not done a good enough job for the side in the last few games after RR suffered a seven-wicket loss against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the UAE leg of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021

Chasing 150, Glenn Maxwell and Srikar Bharat scored 50 and 44 respectively as RCB defeated Rajasthan Royals by seven wickets with 17 balls to spare. With this win, RCB consolidated its position at the third spot with 14 points from 11 games.

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

Kumar Sangakkara: Chris Morris Hasn’t Done Well For RR In The UAE Leg

Chris Morris has not taken a wicket in the UAE leg of the IPL in three games for RR. The big-hitting all-rounder went for 50 runs off his four overs against RCB and also didn’t have any wickets.

It was a tale of two halves for Rajasthan Royals (RR) against Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in match 43 of the IPL 2021.  But the worst part was that the second half of RR batting innings enabled them to lose the game by seven wickets. It all started to go haywire for RR when they lost their opener, Evin Lewis, at 100 for two. From there, they completely lost the plot and squandered the opportunity by losing the next seven wickets for just 51 runs.

“Chris Morris did brilliantly for us in the first half and he has not done the job as we would have liked him too in the second half. He knows that and we know that. 50 runs from four overs, his last over were the last throw of the dice to try and get a wicket. We were well out of the game at that point. He has done well for us in certain parts and whoever we think of playing next will be the best person to come into the side to play against the opposition,” said Kumar Sangakkara during a virtual post-match press conference.

Chris Morris
Chris Morris (Image Credit: Twitter)

When asked about his conversations with skipper Sanju Samson, Kumar Sangakkara said: “We do have one on one chat about a lot of things. India’s aspirations come at a time when the IPL is over. Our chats are primarily IPL focused, not just his batting, it is about the captaincy, the team, and what we want to do. He is a very good player, he has done exceptionally well for us this season.”

“I am sure that Sanju’s aspirations for playing for India will come true and he will get a longer run in the future. He is good and ready anytime he is picked,” Kumar Sangakkara added.

Chris Morris, the most expensive player in IPL’s history has so far scored 67 vital runs and taken 14 scalps averaging 16.75 and 24.85 respectively with the bat and ball in 10 games which isn’t satisfactory from the most expensive IPL player. Chris Morris was sold to Rajasthan Royals for a whopping sum of INR 16.25 Cr and became the most expensive player bought in the IPL Auction history.

 

Kumar Sangakkara: RR Was Struggling In Powerplays In India But They Struggled To Score Runs In Their Middle Order In UAE

Earlier, Harshal Patel’s three-wicket haul helped RCB restrict Rajasthan Royals to 149/9 in the allotted twenty overs. For Sanju Samson’s side, Evin Lewis top-scored with a knock of 58 runs from 37 balls.

“Well, the pitches have been very good. Especially in the first half of the tournament in India, we were struggling in powerplays and our middle and late middle-order was getting us into games. In the second half, we have gone the other way. That has been the case for us. In the last two games, from a good position, we were unable to convert, unfortunately, we have not got to the mark where we take the opposition out of the game,” said Kumar Sangakkara.

Sanju Samson
Sanju Samson (Image Credit: Twitter)

Sanju Samson is the 2nd highest scorer so far in IPL 2021 after Shikhar Dhawan as he amassed 452 runs in 11 games averaging about 50. But his teammates failed to support him as is evident that RR’s second-highest run-scorer is Yashasvi Jaiswal who has scored 187 runs in 7 appearances and is placed 27th. The seventh-placed Rajasthan Royals will next lock horns against Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Saturday in the ongoing IPL.

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