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BCCI Decides To Delay Selection Meeting To Name ODI Squad For South Africa To Know Rohit Sharma’s Availability

BCCI has decided to delay the selection committee meeting for the ODIs in South Africa till the end of this month to get a clear picture of new white-ball captain Rohit Sharma’s left-hamstring injury status.  Rohit Sharma has been doing his rehabilitation program at the National Cricket Academy (NCA) but it could still take some time for the Indian captain to regain full fitness.

In the India tour of South Africa 2021-22, after the Test series concludes, the teams will play a three-match One Day Internationals (ODI) series which will begin from January 19, 2022, at the Boland Park, Paarl. The second One Day International will be played at Boland Park, Paarl on January 21, 2022, and the third and final One Day International will be played on January 23, 2022, at the Newlands, Cape Town.

BCCI (File Photo| PTI)
BCCI (File Photo| PTI)

BCCI Decides To Delay Naming ODI Squad For South Africa ODI Series

Earlier, the BCCI selection meeting was supposed to be held just after Vijay Hazare Trophy but it has been pushed back only to ensure that Rohit Sharma gets a chance to pass the fitness test.

“The team selection meeting will happen after the first Test. It could be on December 30 or 31st but the BCCI is yet to take a final call. Rohit is pulling all stops to get fit but hamstring injuries are a bit different from other injuries.”

Ravichandran Ashwin of India. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Ravichandran Ashwin of India. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

“It has been learnt that Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel are unavailable for selection. About Rohit, a call will be taken closer to the selection date,” a senior BCCI official said on conditions of anonymity.

Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel’s unavailability has opened the door for Ravichandran Ashwin to make an ODI comeback after four years. In T20I World Cup 2021, senior off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin had impressive figures of 2 for 14 on his white-ball comeback against Afghanistan, then 1/29 against Scotland, and 3/20 against Namibia.

Off-spinner Ravichandran Ashwin has played 5 T20Is since his comeback in the limited-overs format after a gap of 4 years. He has picked 9 scalps at an average of 11.66 and an economy rate of 5.25, and a strike rate of 13.3.

KL Rahul Will Lead In Case Rohit Sharma Fails To Clear Fitness Test

In case new ODI skipper Rohit Sharma is not fit in time for the ODIs, KL Rahul will be leading India for the first time in a bilateral series.

“It could well happen that Rohit is not fit by the time of selection cut-off but then with the first ODI still three weeks away, he could get enough time to be with the team and regain full fitness closer to the date. In that case, he can be selected subject to fitness. These are things that chairman of selectors Chetan Sharma needs to check,” the BCCI official said.

KL Rahul And Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Twitter)
KL Rahul And Rohit Sharma (Image Credit: Twitter)

As of now, Venkatesh Iyer and Ruturaj Gaikwad are the two youngsters who will be part of the ODI squad on the basis of their performance in the Vijay Hazare Trophy and IPL 2021. M Shahrukh Khan’s name, who has impressed one and all as a finisher during the Vijay Hazare Trophy, might come up for discussion.

Meanwhile, Virat Kohli was recently removed from white-ball captaincy and Rohit Sharma was appointed as the new captain of the Indian team in limited-overs cricket and he was also given the vice-captain’s role in Test cricket. However, he suffered a hamstring injury and was ruled out of the South Africa Test series and KL Rahul was named as the new Test vice-captain.

Senior opener Shikhar Dhawan who has lost his spot in T20I and Test side is expected to retain his place in the ODI team for the South Africa tour. The opening batsman KL Rahul was unbeaten on 122 when the play ended on Day 1 of the first Test at SuperSport Park in Centurion. His century took India to 272/3 in 90 overs.

No play was possible on the second day though as the incessant rain kept the ground under covers.

Manchester United owners Glazer family are intrested in buying an IPL team |Courtesy-@MancesterUnited | Photo Credit: Instagram
Manchester United owners Glazer family are intrested in buying an IPL team |Courtesy-@MancesterUnited | Photo Credit: Instagram
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Manchester United Owners, Mumbai Indians Will Be Part Of Emirates T20 League

The Glazer Family that owns and runs the Manchester United football club may have fallen short of a few thousand crores in their attempt to buy a new Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 franchise last month, but that isn’t stopping them from making a foray again into the cricketing world.

The Glazer Family along with five-time IPL champions Mumbai Indians, Shahrukh Khan’s Knight Riders franchise, financial services company Capri Global, Kiran Kumar Grandhi of Delhi Capitals and Big Bash League (BBL) club Sydney Sixers are now part of the new Emirates T20 League that’s all set to get underway early 2022.

The Glazer Family
The Glazer Family Source: cdn.theathletic.com

The Glazer Family, Along With Mumbai Indians, Capri Global, Kiran Kumar Grandhi And Sydney Sixers, Will Be Part Of The Emirates T20 League

The six-franchise league – which is a brainchild of former IPL chief operating officer Sundar Raman, and now being run by the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB) in the United Arab Emirates with the blessings of Sheikh Al Nahyan, who heads the UAE Ministry of Culture, Youth & Social Development – had been in the making for a couple of years now and will finally see the light of the day tentatively in January next year.

 

United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan.(AP)
United Arab Emirates Foreign Minister Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan. (AP)

ECB is all set to lock in a broadcaster soon, and despite the IPL’s media rights tender waiting to come out soon, there has been relative interest.

“January’s a great time to play cricket in the UAE. The destination caters to multiple time zones, especially in the west. It suits prime-time in the Indian sub-continent very well, as we’ve seen during the last two IPLs and the recent T20 World Cup that were played there,” say industry executives tracking developments.

Sheikh Al Nahyan first began working on the league two years ago. The business model backing it and multiple IPL owners – including the proverbial ‘Big Three’ MI, CSK and KKR – initially took interest. According to reports, the defending IPL 2021 champions Chennai Super Kings were also in the fray to buy a team, but they backed down at the last minute. Nevertheless, the league is duly approved by the International Cricket Council (ICC).

“However, as things changed and the ECB took charge, CSK opted out. But Mumbai Indians giving their consent was a huge shot in the arm for the organisers of the league,” sources added.

The Glazer family showing interest in the Emirates league, after their recent bid attempt at owning the new IPL 2022 franchise either Ahmedabad or Lucknow, shows their growing interest in cricket and how the sport – that India dominates in terms of finances and eyeballs – is waiting to hit the American markets in the near future.

The Glazer Family Failed To Win Bid For New Franchise In IPL 2022

Meanwhile, financial services company Capri Global too, had submitted bids for an IPL franchise in the recent auction and are learnt to be taking an active interest in the sport’s T20 landscape. However, Delhi Capitals co-owner Kiran Kumar Grandhi is learnt to be investing in the league from an individual perspective. The IPL’s franchise other 50% co-owner Parth Jindal will not be a part of this league.

Sydney Sixers, the first participants of the T20 Champions League – one that was conceived by former IPL commissioner Lalit Modi back in 2008-09 – have always looked beyond Australia.

Kiran Kumar Grandhi of Delhi Capitals with family Photo by Arjun Singh /SPORTZPICS for BCCI
Kiran Kumar Grandhi of Delhi Capitals with family Photo by Arjun Singh /SPORTZPICS for BCCI

“And for Shahrukh, Dubai has always been a second home to him. Brand SRK has been synonymous with this part of the world and it naturally augurs well to have him and his franchise participating in our league,” say those working on the property.

This ‘desert league’ will work on a unique business model where the franchises will invest on an annual basis and work on substantial returns through broadcast and sponsorships. While there’s no word on whether the BCCI – that now shares a good working relationship with the ECB – will allow any Indian players to participate, the league’s organisers expect cricketers from across the globe to show huge interest.

The Glazer family submitted a sealed bid to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at the Taj hotel on behalf of Lancer Capital. But Lancer Captial’s bid failed to secure one of the new two franchises, who will be added to the lucrative IPL from 2022. Instead, Lancer Capital was outbid by CVC Capital Partners, the private equity firm that already has stakes in Premiership Rugby, the Six Nations and La Liga.

Just 24 hours after the Manchester United owners, the Glazer family saw their club humiliated at the hands of Liverpool, the Glazer family’s attempts to venture into cricket were scuppered in IPL 2022 auction in Dubai, as RPSG and CVC Capital bagged the rights for the two new teams in 2022.

Arshdeep Singh [photo: Twitter]
Arshdeep Singh [photo: Twitter]
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Arshdeep Singh Praised By Virender Sehwag For His Wonderful Inswinger

Arshdeep Singh, Punjab Kings’ speedster, left some serious impact with his phenomenal bowling show against inconsistent Kolkata Knight Riders in the Indian Premier League 2021 match no. 45 in Dubai. The young left-arm pacer registered the figures of 3 for 32 in his four-over spell to help his team restrict KKR to 165 for 7.

Punjab Kings kept their playoff hopes alive, even if it hangs by a thread with their win over Kolkata Knight Riders in Dubai on Friday.

PBKS bowler Arshdeep Singh (Photo| ANI)
PBKS bowler Arshdeep Singh (Photo| ANI)

Arshdeep Singh Praised By Virender Sehwag Who Asked BCCI To Make Sure His Talent Doesn’t Get Wasted

Arshdeep Singh provided an early breakthrough for Punjab by knocking over KKR opener Shubman Gill in the third over. He bowled a lethal inswinger that got a little inside edge before ramming into the off and middle stump.

Former India opener Virender Sehwag praised the young Punjab pacer for his classy delivery to clean up Shubman Gill. Speaking with Cricbuzz after PBKS’ five-wicket win, Virender Sehwag said Arshdeep Singh has the capabilities to benefit Team India with his remarkable bowling and urged the BCCI to nurture him.

Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag (Image Credit: Twitter)

“That’s typical bowling from a left-arm fast bowler that comes in after pitching away from the off stump. He [Arshdeep] said he worked with Zaheer Khan for three days. If he can swing the ball within three days, imagine the benefits he can provide to the Indian team if he spends some time with them. If such a player is not in the team, then the BCCI must look after him and make sure his talent doesn’t get wasted,” Sehwag told Cricbuzz.

“Arshdeep is a very fine bowler and if he continues to work hard and perform like this, he would surely make it to Team India someday,” he added.

In pursuit of a 166-run target, skipper KL Rahul smashed a gritty fifty while Shahrukh Khan slammed 22 off 9 balls as PBKS registered a win. They needed 24 runs in the last three overs, and the duo helped the side register a win over KKR despite a wobble in the last over.

Arshdeep Singh Is Among The Top 5 Leading Wicket Takers In IPL 2021

The in-form pace bowler, Arshdeep Singh, was called in early, and he made the inroad his skipper was looking for. After a couple of wayward deliveries, the 23-year-old found the perfect length outside off. There was considerable movement on offer, and Shubman Gill was unable to deal with it.

Arshdeep Singh of Punjab Kings celebrates the wicket of Shubman Gill of Kolkata Knight Riders (Image Courtesy: PTI)
Arshdeep Singh of Punjab Kings celebrates the wicket of Shubman Gill of Kolkata Knight Riders (Image Courtesy: PTI)

He stepped across, looking to defend, but there was a massive gap between bat and ball. It was more than enough for the ball to sneak through and crash into the top of off-stump – the dream for every fast bowler. With the wicket of Shubmsn Gill, Arshdeep Singh entered the top 5 wicket-takers list in this season.

He has taken 16 scalps from 10 IPL 2021 games, averaging a remarkable 16.56. The youngster played three matches for PBKS in the 2019 season and was retained by the franchise ahead of the 2020 IPL auction, where he played eight games, taking nine scalps averaging 24.22.

Uncapped Harshal Patel, Avesh Khan, and experienced Jasprit Bumrah are only ahead of Arshdeep Singh among the top 5 leading wicket-takers. Incidentally, all top 5, including 5th placed Mohammed Shami, are Indian pacers. Arshdeep Singh picked 5/32 against Rajasthan Royals at Dubai before his 3/32 against KKR at the same ground.

KKR captain Eoin Morgan Twitter/@KKRiders
KKR captain Eoin Morgan- Twitter/@KKRiders
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We Want Some More Runs From Eoin Morgan, Says Brendon McCullum

Brendon McCullum, Kolkata Knight Riders coach on Friday admitted that captain Eoin Morgan’s lack of form is not a good sign and demands runs from the skipper’s bat for the upcoming matches. Kolkata Knight Riders lost their IPL match against Punjab Kings by 5 wickets.

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain Eoin Morgan’s lack of form in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 has been a talking point in the ongoing season. In the last five matches, since the resumption of IPL 2021, Eoin Morgan has failed to cross the double digits. He has contributed only 7,8,0 and 2 in the last 4 matches at UAE leg.

Head coach Brendon McCullum says KKR will make couple of changes in Mumbai (Image Courtesy: KKR Twitter)
Head coach Brendon McCullum with skipper Eoin Morgan (Image Courtesy: KKR Twitter)

Brendon McCullum, Kolkata Knight Riders Coach Said Team Wants Some More Runs From Skipper Eoin Morgan

The skipper has managed only 17 runs in 4 innings so far when IPL 2021 resumed in UAE. After KKR’s five-wicket loss against Punjab Kings, coach Brendon McCullum also questioned Eoin Morgan’s lack of form with the bat.

“Morgan is one of our senior players, and he is one of our international batters. As captain also, in his own head he would have liked to contribute a lot more runs,” said Brendon McCullum during a virtual post-match press conference.

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

“Actually, I think he has captained the side really well tactically. We want some more runs from him. No doubt in that, you need some runs from your overseas batter. Look, I am confident that he will come right,” Brendon McCullum added.

The 2019 World Cup-winning captain made a return to the Kolkata Knight Riders in 2020 after being one of the top buys for KKR in the 2020 IPL Auction. He also took over captaincy duties from Dinesh Karthik mid-season in 2020 but hasn’t been consistent with the bat and as skipper. He scored 418 runs from 145 games in IPL 2020 averaging 41.8 but is clearly struggling in IPL 2021 managing only 109 runs from 12 appearances averaging a pathetic 10.9.

Eoin Morgan has scored 109 runs in 11 innings so far in IPL 2021 at an average of 10.98 and a strike rate of 100.92. While there have been several instances of franchises changing their captains because of a lack of runs, KKR has stressed that Eoin Morgan will stay in the role.

Brendon McCullum: Punjab Kings Deserved To Win As They Seized The Key Moments

Punjab Kings boosted their chances of making the IPL play-offs with a five-wicket close win over KKR as effective death over bowling and smart batting by skipper KL Rahul and Shahrukh Khan shaped their crucial victory in Dubai on Friday. KL Rahul scored 67 runs off 55 balls.

He shared a 70-run stand with fellow teammate opener Mayank Agarwal (40), knocking off a 166-run target with three balls to spare. Shahrukh Khan then produced an impactful 9-ball 22-run knock when it mattered and finished the match with a six.

“We played a great game, Punjab Kings deserved to win because they seized the key moments. I still felt we had a chance in the game, with two overs to go. It was a touch and go, small margin in the game, which didn’t go our way,” said Brendon McCullum.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul (Image Credit: Twitter)

Earlier, Venkatesh Iyer hit a fluent 67 while Nitish Rana produced a fiery 31 off 18 balls before Punjab Kings managed to stop KKR at 165 for 7.

“Venkatesh Iyer is definitely an all-rounder. It is not just his cricketing ability, it is his mindset and cricketing brain. He is a guy with huge ambition and has a great as a general all-rounder. I think he is one of those cricketer, who is going to get better and better,” said Brendon McCullum.

Kolkata Knight Riders will face SunRisers Hyderabad in Dubai on Sunday. KKR, who have ten points from 12 matches, now need to win their next two matches against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals and hope some other results go their way as well.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul (Image Credit: Twitter)
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KL Rahul’s Disallowed Catch By 3rd Umpire A Shocking Decision: Gautam Gambhir

KL Rahul anchored the chase for his team, scoring 67 off 55 as PBKS chased down the 166-run target with three balls to spare. However, things could have been different if KL Rahul had been given out in the penultimate over of the chase, but the third umpire made a huge call, deciding that KKR’s Rahul Tripathi had not taken the catch cleanly.

Punjab Kings remained in contention to qualify for the playoffs thanks to a five-wicket win over Kolkata Knight Riders in Dubai on Friday. The victory helped PBKS go level on 10 points with KKR and Mumbai Indians, who have a game in hand over both the teams.

Rahul Tripathi's catch was disallowed by the third umpire.© BCCI/IPL
Rahul Tripathi’s catch was disallowed by the third umpire.© BCCI/IPL

KL Rahul’s Disallowed Catch Was A Shocker: Gautam Gambhir

KL Rahul pulled a shortish Shivam Mavi delivery with Rahul Tripathi running in from the deep and diving forward to take a brilliant catch, or that’s what many thought. But the third umpire thought otherwise. Former cricketers Gautam Gambhir and Graeme Swann, speaking on Star Sports’ post-match show, tore into the third umpire. Ex-KKR captain Gautam Gambhir termed the decision a “shocker”.

“That was a shocker. This can end someone’s campaign. It was clearly out. He shouldn’t have even seen the replay more than once. Even without the slow-mo, it looked out. Things could have changed. We have seen Punjab panic in the last over. These sorts of shockers cannot happen, especially at the level of IPL. It could be very unfair not only to the player but to the entire franchise,” said Gambhir.

Gautam Gambhir AFP
Gautam Gambhir AFP

But the result could have been different had the third umpire deemed Rahul Tripathi’s catch as legal which would have seen the back of Rahul with Punjab needing 11 from 9 balls. The controversial moment occurred in the 19th over when KL Rahul hooked a short delivery from Shivam Mavi towards the mid-wicket boundary. Rahul Tripathi, who was stationed on the boundary line by Eoin Morgan, ran in to take the catch while diving forward.

Graeme Swann Witnessed One Of The Worst Bit Of 3rd Umpire’s Decision

Former England spinner Graeme Swann, didn’t mince his words either, calling the decision one of the “worst” third umpiring calls he had seen.

“I have just witnessed one of the worst bits of third umpiring in my life. That is blatantly out. Running in and taken a brilliant catch. That is superb. It’s out in full motion,” said Swann.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul (Image Credit: Twitter)
“That shouldn’t have been looked into anyway but they have looked at it, there is none of that silly soft signal anymore. The third umpire has somehow not got the cricketing knowledge to know that’s out. He’s looked at it from four or five angles that we saw up close and it never looked not out at any point. And yet he gave him not out. It’s terrible umpiring. That was just a joke.”

While KL Rahul was dismissed on the second ball of the final over, PBKS’ Shahrukh Khan kept his cool to get the team over the line. Eventually, Shah Rukh Khan, who scored an unbeaten nine-ball 22, smashed a six on the third delivery in the final over to seal a much-needed win for his team.

Punjab Kings (Image Credit: Twitter)
Punjab Kings (Image Credit: Twitter)
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Wasim Jaffer Relieved To See Punjab Kings Winning After Yet Another Tense Finish Against KKR In IPL 2021

Wasim Jaffer, Punjab Kings batting coach was relieved as his side pulled off a tense win against the Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday in Dubai. Wasim Jaffer opened up on the victory in a video uploaded by Punjab Kings’ official Twitter handle.

Punjab Kings were facing a potential loss from a winning position once again as the middle-order crumbled after a strong start. Things remained tense even as Punjab Kings needed only five runs off the final over. But Shahrukh Khan smashed a six off the third ball to gun down 166 with five wickets to spare.

Wasim Jaffer Source : KXIP Website
Wasim Jaffer Source: KXIP Website

Wasim Jaffer Happy To See Punjab Kings Winning After Yet Another Tense Finish

Wasim Jaffer was pleased with PBKS’ efforts after they prevailed over the Kolkata Knight Riders. However, he admitted that Punjab Kings has made a habit of giving nervous moments.

“It was very tense as usual. We never make it easy for ourselves, so similar, but glad we came out on the right side of the game. So, very happy we pulled this one off.”

KL Rahul
KL Rahul (Image Credit: Twitter)

KL Rahul and his opening partner Mayank Agarwal set the platform for the run-chase with a 70-run stand. KL Rahul earned the man of the match award as he scored 67 off 55 deliveries. His run-tally rose to 489 in IPL 2021, earning him the orange cap. KL Rahul is the highest run-scorer in IPL 2021 so far amassing 489 runs in 11 matches averaging 54.33 with 5 fifties. He was the highest run-scorer in IPL 2020 too with 670 runs in 14 appearances averaging 55.83 with 1 ton and 5 fifties.

Wasim Jaffer: Shahrukh Khan Is An Exciting Talent

Wasim Jaffer also hailed middle-order batsman Shahrukh Khan for his invaluable cameo of 22 from nine balls that proved to be the vital difference in the end. The 43-year old was glad to see his hard work rewarded and hopes the franchise wins their last two matches.

“He is an exciting talent and he performed against Shahrukh’s team, which is a very unique thing. But I’m happy for him. He worked really hard coming into this game. But really happy that we went over the line finally, so hopefully fingers crossed for the next two games.”

Shahrukh Khan
Shahrukh Khan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Shahrukh Khan was one of the brightest young stars in the first half of IPL 2021. He contributed with vital cameos lower down the order for the team. In all, he scored 107 runs in 8 matches at an average of 21.40. He now has 129 runs from 9 matches in his debut IPL season averaging 25.8. Shahrukh Khan was part of the victorious Tamil Nadu team which won the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021.

With five victories, the Punjab Kings surged to the fifth position in the points table. They still have an outside chance of reaching the playoffs but need to win handsomely against Chennai Super Kings and Royal Challengers Bangalore. PBKS though will not have the services of dashing batsman Chris Gayle who has decided to leave the IPL’s bio-secure environment due to bio-bubble fatigue.

Brief Scores: Punjab Kings 168/5 (KL Rahul 67, Mayank Agarwal 40; Varun Chakravarthy 2/24) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 165/7 (Venkatesh Iyer 67, Rahul Tripathi 34; Arshdeep Singh 3/32) by 5 wickets.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul (Image Credit: Twitter)
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KL Rahul Should Have Been Blamed If Punjab Kings Had Lost Match: Virender Sehwag

Virender Sehwag, former Indian opener has opined that Punjab Kings captain KL Rahul nearly lost the game for his team due to his inability to finish off the match against the Kolkata Knight Riders on Friday.

KL Rahul once again anchored the innings for his side during a run-chase of 166, scoring a 55-ball 67. But with just four runs needed off the last five deliveries, KL Rahul went for the glory shot trying to hit the maximum and holed out at long-off off Venkatesh Iyer. Virender Sehwag expressed his disappointment with the thought process of the Punjab captain.

Virender Sehwag
Virender Sehwag (Image Credit: Twitter)

Virender Sehwag: KL Rahul Didn’t Fulfill His Responsibility To Finish The Game

The former opener added that had Shah Rukh Khan’s controversial catch been adjudged out by the third umpire, Punjab might have lost the game for which the blame would have fallen squarely on KL Rahul.

Sehwag said: “He didn’t fulfill his responsibility; had he finished off the game after scoring 46 off 42 balls, then I would have said that he did his job. If Shah Rukh Khan’s catch was adjudged out and had Punjab lost the game then the entire blame would have fallen on Rahul.”

KL Rahul
KL Rahul (Image Credit: Twitter)

Eventually, Shah Rukh Khan, who scored an unbeaten nine-ball 22, smashed a six on the third delivery to seal a much-needed win for his team.

Virender Sehwag: KL Rahul May Get MOM But His Thought Process Was Wrong

Virender Sehwag further added on the same note that even if KL Rahul had stayed unbeaten till the end with an underwhelming strike rate, it would have been hailed as a job well done.

“If you need only 5 runs off six balls, take five singles and finish off the game, what is the need to go for a six? Even if had stayed unbeaten in the end, I would have said he played a captain’s knock,” Sehwag said.

Punjab Kings
Punjab Kings (Image Credit: Twitter)

KL Rahul has been eventually adjudged the Player of the Match for his knock, but Virender Sehwag wasn’t happy with the opener’s thought process. The former cricketer reckoned that even if KL Rahul has made up his mind to play the anchor’s role, he must learn the art of finishing games.

”He may get the “Player of the Match” award, but his thought process was wrong. Imagine if Shah Rukh hadn’t scored that 9-ball 22, KL Rahul would have lost the game given his strike rate. I am not happy with his approach; he needs to learn the art of finishing games,” Sehwag added.

KKR made two changes to their team, bringing in Tim Seifert and Shivam Mavi in place of Lockie Ferguson and Shivam Mavi while PBKS, who elected to bowl, brought in Mayank Agarwal, Fabian Allen, and Shahrukh Khan, replacing Mandeep Singh, Chris Gayle, and Harpreet Brar.

Mayank Agarwal made a quickfire 40 after an early reprieve, while opener KL Rahul anchored the 166 chase with a 55-ball 67. Shahrukh Khan applied the finishing touches with an unbeaten 22 off nine balls.  Punjab’s five-wicket win against KKR has kept their hopes of making the IPL 2021 playoffs alive. The KL Rahul-led unit will lock horns with the Royal Challengers Bangalore on Sunday.

KL Rahul is the highest run-scorer in IPL 2021 amassing 489 runs in 11 matches averaging 54.33 with 5 fifties. He was the highest run-scorer in IPL 2020 too with 670 runs in 14 appearances averaging 55.83 with 1 ton and 5 fifties.

Venkatesh Iyer scored his maiden IPL fifty in the game vs MI.© Instagram
Venkatesh Iyer scored his maiden IPL fifty in the game vs MI.© Instagram
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Venkatesh Iyer Will Get 12-14 Crores At IPL 2022 Auctions : Sanjay Manjrekar

Venkatesh Iyer, KKR’s opener has so far scored 193 runs in five games for KKR in the UAE leg of the IPL 2021. Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) success in the UAE leg of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 has coincided with young opener Venkatesh Iyer’s rise as a batsman.

After languishing at the bottom of the points table in the India leg of the IPL, KKR has made a turnaround by winning three games among the first five games in the UAE leg. Venkatesh Iyer has contributed heavily at the top of the order scoring 41, 53, 18, 14, and 67. KKR won against RCB, MI and DC and lost against CSK and PBKS.

Venkatesh Iyer
Venkatesh Iyer. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Venkatesh Iyer Will Get 12-14 Crores At IPL 2022 Auctions: Sanjay Manjrekar

The southpaw’s fiery starts upfront has given KKR’s middle-order batsmen a license to explode at the fag end of the innings. Venkatesh Iyer’s hitting from one end has also given his other opening partner Shubman Gill the confidence to bat freely at the other end. The youngster’s inclusion in the team has charged the team up as they hope to qualify for the playoffs.

Venkatesh Iyer’s latest knock of 67 runs against Punjab Kings (PBKS) yet again laid the foundation for the team. Although KKR lost the match by five wickets, the southpaw’s batting was lauded by all. Cricketer-turned-expert Sanjay Manjrekar lavished praise on Venkatesh Iyer and feels he can easily go for 12-14 crores in the auction.

Sanjay Manjrekar | Sportzpics
Sanjay Manjrekar | Sportzpics

“I am thinking Venkatesh Iyer will get 12 to 14 crores because this is not kind of fluke show. I was looking at his First-class numbers and his List A record is outstanding. His average is 47 strikes at 92, 93, and his T20 record domestic not IPL is also fantastic. There again strike rate is pretty high the average is 37.”

“This is a guy who knows how to bat. First-class batting average of 36 plus he is a bowler. And in the last match, he showed that he can bowl the tough overs too. So he is somebody that is going to fetch a high price,” Manjrekar said according to ESPN Cricinfo.

After Venkatesh Iyer’s blistering knock of 67 runs, KKR innings flopped as their middle-order batters failed to get going. Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthick, and Tim Seifert scored 2, 11, and 2 respectively as KKR could post only 165.

KL Rahul Scores 67 As Punjab Kings Chased Down KKR’s Total

PBKS chased down the target with relative ease with skipper KL Rahul leading the charge with a well-made 67 runs.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul (Image Credit: Twitter)

KKR made two changes to their team, bringing in Tim Seifert and Shivam Mavi in place of Lockie Ferguson and Shivam Mavi while PBKS, who elected to bowl, brought in Mayank Agarwal, Fabian Allen and Shahrukh Khan, replacing Mandeep Singh, Chris Gayle and Harpreet Brar.

Mayank Agarwal made a quickfire 40 after an early reprieve, while opener KL Rahul anchored the 166 chase with a 55-ball 67. Shahrukh Khan applied the finishing touches with an unbeaten 22 off nine balls. After Venkatesh Iyer fell for a 49-ball 67 in the 15th over, Kolkata Knight Riders could make only 45 runs in 5.2 overs, finishing well short of a total near about 180 that they were on course to achieve.

Brief Scores: Punjab Kings 168/5 (KL Rahul 67, Mayank Agarwal 40; Varun Chakaravarthy 2/24) beat Kolkata Knight Riders 165/7 (Venkatesh Iyer 67, Rahul Tripathi 34; Arshdeep Singh 3/32) by 5 wickets.

M Shahrukh Khan swats one on the leg side NurPhoto/Getty Images
M Shahrukh Khan swats one on the leg side NurPhoto/Getty Images
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Shahrukh Khan Wants To Create Own Identity After Doing Well In IPL 2021

Shahrukh Khan admitted that it’s a big thing for him to be compared with West Indian Kieron Pollard but he wants to create his own identity, after proving his mettle in his debut IPL season in 2021.

Tamil Nadu batsman Shahrukh Khan made a sensational entry to Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021. Following a terrific stint in the domestic circuit for Tamil Nadu, the youngster was bought for a whopping Rs. 5.25 crore at the players’ auction for currently suspended IPL 2021.

Shahrukh Khan Image Credit : BCCI
Shahrukh Khan Image Credit: BCCI

Shahrukh Khan Needs To Create Own Identity But Felt Good When Anil Kumble Compared Him With Kieron Pollard

The PBKS team management looked for a hard-hitter in him as head coach Anil Kumble compared him with Caribbean all-rounder Kieron Pollard before the start of the tournament.

Shahrukh Khan didn’t get many opportunities to play in the season before it got suspended midway. However, the Tamil Nadu cricketer left no stones unturned in leaving an impact. His fiery cameos on multiple occasions made him a go-to middle-order batsman in Punjab’s line-up. Shahrukh Khan scored 107 in 8 innings at a strike rate of 127.38.

Shahrukh Khan, Anil Kumble And Kieron Pollard Image Courtesy: AFP | Getty Images
Shahrukh Khan, Anil Kumble, And Kieron Pollard Image Courtesy: AFP | Getty Images

In a conversation with InsideSport, Shahrukh Khan stated that he felt great to be compared with Kieron Pollard but he wants to create his own identity.

“Definitely, that is obviously a big thing when Anil Kumble compared me to Kieron Pollard. But I’m just starting off. So, I feel that I need to create an identity of my own. I want to become what I do, the way I go about. Obviously, it’s a wonderful thing that he compared me to Kieron Pollard. He is head and shoulders ahead of me. I’m just starting off. I will get there but him comparing me to Kieron Pollard was pretty good,” Shahrukh khan was quoted as saying.

With his batting exploits in the Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL), the 25-year-old Shahrukh Khan sparked an intense bidding war for his services in the IPL auction in February. The West Indian Kieron Pollard was picked up by Mumbai Indians for the 2010 season and has remained with them ever since.

Shahrukh Khan Wanted To Bat In IPL 2021 In A Similar Manner Like Tamil Nadu In Domestic Circuit

The 24-year-old further revealed the message he got from skipper KL Rahul and head coach Anil Kumble before going to bat in his debut season.

“It was very simple for me. They just told me to go and do what I do for Tamil Nadu and nothing different, nothing else. They told me, ‘You don’t need to do anything differently yet. It’s just a change in name, but the ball, everything is the same. We’ll be very happy with it,” said Shahrukh.

IPL 2021- PBKS vs RR: Punjab Kings' costliest uncapped India player Shahrukh Khan makes his IPL debut vs Rajasthan Royals
IPL 2021- PBKS vs RR: Punjab Kings’ costliest uncapped India player Shahrukh Khan makes his IPL debut vs Rajasthan Royals

Named after a popular Bollywood star, Shahrukh Khan is a right-hand batsman and occasional right-arm off-spinner. At 6 feet 6 inches, the 25-year-old showed plenty of promise in the 2018 edition of the Tamil Nadu Premier League tournament, where he honed his skills and compiled 325 runs in nine games for a new franchise – the Kovai Kings and it paved the way for his comeback into the Tamil Nadu side.

He was part of the Tamil Nadu side that went unbeaten all season on their way to winning the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy in 2021. The 25-year-old Shahrukh Khan was one of the star performers in Tamil Nadu’s victorious 2020-21 Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy campaign. He blasted 88 runs in four innings at a strike rate of 220, scoring a best of 40 not out off 19 balls. Subsequently, he was purchased by PBKS in the IPL mini-auction for INR 5.25 crore, becoming Punjab’s biggest Indian buy-in IPL 2021.

IPL 2021: Ravindra Jadeja to join CSK camp today. (CSK/Twitter)
IPL 2021: Ravindra Jadeja to join CSK camp today. (CSK/Twitter)
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Michael Vaughan Impressed By Ravindra Jadeja’s Fielding

Michael Vaughan, former England captain seemed highly impressed with India’s ace all-rounder Ravindra Jadeja. He shared a fleet of tweets on his official Twitter handle to lavish praises on the Indian star and named him as one of the incredible players in the cricket fraternity.

Michael Vaughan’s comments on Ravindra Jadeja came after the 32-year-old presented a stellar show in the 14th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) while playing for Chennai Super Kings (CSK) against Punjab Kings (PBKS) at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday. Ravindra Jadeja is known for his agility and swiftness on the field and he gave a glimpse of the same during the match against Punjab Kings.

Michael Vaughan
Michael Vaughan

Michael Vaughan Tweets Favourite Fielder Is Ravindra Jadeja

On the fifth ball of the third over of the first innings, on-strike batsman Chris Gayle hit the delivery by pacer Deepak Chahar in front of the backward point and ran for a single. Ravindra Jadeja, who was standing at the same position, quickly collected the ball and aimed it to uproot the stumps at the wicketkeeper’s end.

Ravindra Jadeja, CSK
Ravindra Jadeja. Image Credits: Twitter

This proved to be the turning point of the game as opposition skipper KL Rahul marched back to the pavilion after scoring 5 off 7 balls.

Following this, in the fifth over, Ravindra Jadeja took a stunning catch by diving towards the right to dismiss West Indies explosive hitter Chris Gayle. Impressed with his exploits on the field, Michael Vaughan tweeted that out of all the players, his favorite one is Ravindra Jadeja.

Ravindra Jadeja, regarded by many as India’s best fielder, produced two magical moments in the field to get rid of dangerous KL Rahul and Chris Gayle in Match 8 of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 at the Wankhede Stadium on Friday.

The all-rounder first dismissed the Punjab Kings skipper with a brilliant direct hit and then took sensational diving to get rid of Chris Gayle. While KL Rahul departed for five runs, Chris Gayle could only manage 10 runs before Ravindra Jadeja’s brilliance sent him packing off Deepak Chahar’s bowling.

Michael Vaughan Tweets Ravindra Jadeja Is The Greatest Ever Fielder In India

He also urged the Chennai Super Kings and the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to build teams around the all-rounder.  The former England skipper backed his statement with another tweet that stated that Ravindra Jadeja is the greatest ever fielder in India.

Ravindra Jadeja
Ravindra Jadeja of CSK (Photo Source: Twitter)

CSK won the game against Punjab Kings within 16 overs and the all-rounder played a crucial role in the win. Apart from his fielding, he also impressed with his bowling skills. In his four overs, the spinner conceded just 19 runs at an economy rate of 4.8.

Taking inspiration from his own fielding, Ravindra Jadeja then bowled a tidy spell, conceding just 19 runs in his four overs. He also took a good catch in the deep to dismiss Punjab Kings top-scorer Shahrukh Khan, who fought a lone battle and scored 47 off 36 balls, helping his side cross the three-figure mark.

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