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IPL 2022 Mega Auction. Image Credits: Twitter
IPL 2022 Mega Auction. Image Credits: Twitter

IPL 2022: 1214 Cricketers Registered Their Names For Mega Auction

IPL 2022 mega auction will be held on February 12 and 13 in Bengaluru with two new franchises based out of Lucknow and Ahmedabad entering the fray from the upcoming season IPL 2022 onwards. Their addition means a total of 10 teams will be bidding for the top T20 stars from across the globe.

The registration for the upcoming IPL 2022 mega auction ended on January 20 and a total of 1214 players have registered their names for the two-day event. Of this, 896 are from India while 318 are from overseas.

IPL Trophy
IPL Trophy, Image Credits: Twitter

David Warner And Mitchell Marsh Among 49 Players Who Have Listed Base Price At INR 2 Crore For IPL 2022 Mega Auction

David Warner, the Player of the Tournament at the recent 2021 T20I World Cup, and his Australian team-mate Mitchell Marsh, who was the Player of the Match in the final, are among 49 players who have listed their base price at the maximum of INR 2 crore for the IPL 2022 mega auction. Among the notable absentees from the initial longlist, are Mitchell Starc, Sam Curran, Ben Stokes, Chris Gayle, Jofra Archer, and Chris Woakes.

Mitchell Marsh and David Warner
Mitchell Marsh and David Warner. (Photo by Alex Davidson/Getty Images)

Among the big names on the list, which includes 17 Indians and 32 overseas players, are Ravichandran Ashwin, Shreyas Iyer, Shikhar Dhawan, Ishan Kishan, Suresh Raina, Pat Cummins, Adam Zampa, Steven Smith, Shakib Al Hasan, Mark Wood, Trent Boult, Faf du Plessis, Quinton de Kock, Kagiso Rabada and Dwayne Bravo.

Shreyas Iyer will be one of the most sought-after players in IPL 2022 mega auctions. The right-handed batsman has the experience of playing 87 games in the IPL. He has scored 2375 runs at an average of 31.67 including 16 fifties.

Devdutt Padikkal, Harshal Patel, And Odean Smith Marked Their Reserve Price In The Highest Bracket

The likes of Devdutt Padikkal, Harshal Patel, and even the emerging West Indies allrounder Odean Smith, have not been shy of marking their reserve price in the highest bracket.

Devdutt Padikkal
Devdutt Padikkal (Image Credit: Twitter)

The two-day IPL 2022 Mega Auction will see 10 Teams bidding for some of the finest talents in world cricket. The players’ list incorporates 270 capped, 903 uncapped, and 41 Associate players.

The detailed list is as below:    

  • Capped Indian (61 players)
  • Capped International (209 players)
  • Associate (41 players)
  • Uncapped Indians who were a part of previous IPL seasons (143 players)
  • Uncapped International who were a part of previous IPL seasons (6 players)
  • Uncapped Indians (692 players)
  • Uncapped Internationals (62 players)

Note: If every franchise were to have a maximum of 25 players in their squad, 217 players will be taken in the auction (of which up to 70 may be overseas players).

The country-wise breakdown of 318 overseas players is listed below:

Country Players Registered Country Players Registered
Afghanistan 20 Bhutan 1
Australia 59 Namibia 5
Bangladesh 9 Nepal 15
England 30 Netherlands 1
Ireland 3 Oman 3
New Zealand 29 Scotland 1
South Africa 48 UAE 1
Sri Lanka 36 USA 14
West Indies 41
Zimbabwe 2


A total of 33 players have been retained/picked ahead of the Player Auction. The existing 8 IPL Franchises have retained a total of 27 players while the 2 new IPL teams have picked 6 players ahead of the Auction.

The list is as below:

Ravindra Jadeja Rishabh Pant Andre Russell Rohit Sharma Mayank Agarwal
MS Dhoni Axar Patel Varun Chakaravarthy Jasprit Bumrah Arshdeep Singh
Moeen Ali Prithvi Shaw Venkatesh Iyer Suryakumar Yadav
Ruturaj Gaikwad Anrich Nortje Sunil Narine Kieron Pollard
RR RCB SRH Team Ahmedabad Team Lucknow
Sanju Samson Virat Kohli Kane Williamson Hardik Pandya KL Rahul
Jos Buttler Glenn Maxwell Abdul Samad Rashid Khan Marcus Stoinis
Yashasvi Jaiswal Mohammed Siraj Umran Malik Shubman Gill Ravi Bishnoi


Shakib Al Hasan (Image Credit: Twitter)
Shakib Al Hasan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Bangladesh’s Win In NZ Will Change Notion Of Over-Depending On 4-5 Seniors: Shakib Al Hasan

Bangladesh created history earlier this week by beating the Black Caps, the reigning World Test Champions, by eight wickets to capture their first-ever win in New Zealand.

Bangladesh’s historic victory in New Zealand proves that the youngsters in the team are capable of handling responsibility and the side doesn’t always rely on the same 4-5 senior players to win matches, says premier all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan, who didn’t feature in the ongoing 2 matches Test series.

Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images
Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Bangladesh’s Spinner Shakib Al Hasan Credits Youngsters For Maiden Test Win Vs NZ And Feels The Notion That Always 4-5 Seniors Can Win Games Will Be Changed

Bangladesh created history by beating New Zealand, the reigning inaugural World Test Champions (2019-21), by eight wickets to capture their first-ever win on New Zealand soil. The 34-year-old was delighted by the fact that Bangladesh began 2022 with a maiden Test win over New Zealand after a difficult 2021, where they lost five out of seven Tests.

“I don’t think my presence was necessarily important (in New Zealand). I am actually happy that they did it without me. Not just me (but the others too),” Shakib, who withdrew from the series, was quoted as saying.

“I think what really delighted me was that the notion, particularly in the media, that not many players apart from the four or five senior ones can win games for the team — that will be changed. If they are handed the responsibility, these youngsters will play better.”

The 34-year-old former skipper feels while the maiden win at the Bay Oval will not change things drastically, it will open an opportunity for change. Shakib Al Hasan, who withdrew from the tour to spend time with his family, said that the victory proves the visitors don’t have to rely just on the senior players alone.

“We made an unbelievable start to 2022. I am very happy. Credit goes to all the players and coaching staff for playing well under so much pressure and in these conditions. Everyone tried hard.”

Bangladesh National Cricket Team Image Source: Twitter
Bangladesh National Cricket Team Image Source: Twitter

“This was always going to be a challenging year after a difficult time in 2021 for us. I hope we can continue in this manner. Bangladesh does not play this well all the time. “Not everything will change after a Test win. But it creates the opportunity for change. I think if we can hold onto this belief, particularly the BCB, we can do well in the World Test Championship,” Shakib said.

Speedster Ebadot Hossain put up a sensational display, taking a career-best 6-46, while his fellow pacers also played their part as the Bangladesh pace unit snared 13 wickets, the most it has ever bagged in a Test match.

Mashrafe Mortaza Delighted By Pacers Performances In The 1st Test

Another former skipper Mashrafe Mortaza was also delighted by the performance of the pacers.

“Taskin (Ahmed) and Ebadot proved that if they put in the hard work, they can improve. It is good to see the pacers winning a game for us, but this win doesn’t necessarily answer all the questions,” Mortaza said.

“This is not a reply to all the criticism in recent times. Rather, we should learn from this, that we can win matches if we give players the opportunity. Cricket boards should invest and see what’s happening so that it could bring better results in the future.”

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza addresses the media in Dhaka © Getty Images
Mashrafe Bin Mortaza addresses the media in Dhaka © Getty Images

Citing Ebadot Hossain’s case, Mashrafe Mortaza highlighted the need to give a player time to perform.

“Ebadot’s improvement isn’t recent. He has been playing for a while and has been kept in consideration in Tests. He must have been given assurance that he will play. He knows this is his career, his future. He has to serve the team.”

“Ebadot’s wickets won us the game. It could have been a drawn game. You have to give the player a bit of time. He got set slowly. Rahi has been giving service for a long time (unclear). Giving them a bit of time always brings a good result.”

He also pitched the idea of using Mirpur to develop fast bowlers.

“I think they could look at Mirpur to help the fast bowlers since the ball here goes up and down. It, however, depends on how much you depend on the fast bowlers. So it is good that the pacers won us the game.”

This was Bangladesh’s first-ever win on New Zealand soil in 32 matches across all formats and in the end, it was pretty comfortably done by the tourists. Devon Conway had scored 122 in the 1st innings but the duo of Bangladesh skipper Mominul Haque(88) and Liton Das(86) ensured Bangladesh get a handsome lead in the 1st innings before Ebadot Hossain ensured New Zealand be restricted to only 169 in their 2nd innings.

Bangladesh 458 (Mominul 88, Litton 86, Boult 4-85) and 42 for 2 (Shanto 17, Mominul 13*, Mushfiqur 5*) beat New Zealand 328 (Conway 122, Nicholls 75, Shoriful 3-69, Mehidy 3-86) and 169 (Young 69, Taylor 40, Ebadot 6-46, Taskin 3-36) by eight wickets

In the ongoing 2nd Test, Tom Latham (186) was the highlight but Devon Conway (99) too played a delightful knock. The platform though was set by the opening stand as they added 148. Will Young also looked all set for a big score but he fell. Devon Conway and Tom Latham then have built an unbeaten 200-run stand. Tom Latham is eyeing a double ton whereas Devon Conway is one short of his hundred. New Zealand is 349/1 at Stump’s on Day 1.

Shakib Al Hasan (Image Credit: Twitter)
Shakib Al Hasan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Shakib Al Hasan Has Been Ruled Out From Participating In At Least 1st Test Against Pakistan

Shakib Al Hasan will not be available for the opening match of the Bangladesh vs Pakistan Test series, BCB chief selector Minhajul Abedin confirmed today.

In a chat, Minhajul Abedin stated that Shakib Al Hasan had not fully recovered from his hamstring injury. As a result, he will miss at least the first Test of the upcoming series against Pakistan.

Shakib Al Hasan (Image Credit: Twitter)
Shakib Al Hasan (Image Credit: Twitter)

Shakib Al Hasan Ruled Out From Playing At Least 1st Test Against Pakistan

Shakib Al Hasan has played 58 Tests amassing 3933 runs averaging 39.33 runs with the bat and 215 scalps averaging 31.06 with the ball. His last Test was against Zimbabwe in July 2021. He has played only 2 Tests in 2021, none in 2020, and 1 in 2019 when he was banned for not reporting corrupt approaches.

Shakib Al Hasan played 8 matches for KKR in IPL 2021 and picked 4 scalps bowling 26 overs and managed 47 runs.

Minhajul Abedin said: “Shakib will miss the first Test, that’s for sure. He is yet to recover from injury. After assessing the physiotherapist’s report, we can say whether he will be available for the second Test.”

Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images
Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Shakib Al Hasan sustained a hamstring injury while playing against West Indies in the ICC T20 World Cup 2021. The all-rounder missed Bangladesh’s last two matches of the Super 12 round against South Africa and Australia and was also ruled out of the home T20I series against Pakistan.

Shakib Al Hasan Played Only 1 Match During The 2019-21 WTC Cycle

Bangladesh will aim to register its first win in the ICC World Test Championship in the upcoming series against Pakistan. The Bangladeshi team failed to win a single match in the previous cycle. The team’s veteran all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan played only one match during the 2019-21 WTC cycle, scoring 68 runs. He bowled six overs but could not pick up any wickets.

Tamim Iqbal (Image Credit: Twitter)
Tamim Iqbal (Image Credit: Twitter)

Shakib Al Hasan will look forward to recovering soon and donning the whites for Bangladesh again. The Bangladesh vs Pakistan Test series will start this Friday-26th November. Dhaka will play host to both matches of the series. With Shakib Al Hasan not playing, Pakistan has a golden chance of winning an away series in the new WTC cycle 2021-23. It will be interesting to see which Asian team comes out on top.

Meanwhile, Pakistan won the T20I series against Bangladesh in a dominating manner by 3-0 and the Test series between the teams is all set to begin from Friday in Chattogram. Opener Tamim Iqbal has also opted out of the Test series against Pakistan and New Zealand due to an injury.

Bangladesh has added uncapped duo Mahmudul Hasan Joy and Rejaur Rahman Raja to the squad. Mahmudul Hasan Joy performed really well in the National Cricket League, smashing two centuries, and Rejaur Rahman Raja picked 33 wickets in 10 first-class games.

Tamim Iqbal (Image Credit: Twitter)
Tamim Iqbal (Image Credit: Twitter)

Tamim Iqbal Ruled Out Of New Zealand Tour Due To Thumb Injury

Tamim Iqbal, Bangladesh opener, has been ruled out of their two-Test series in New Zealand in January because of a thumb injury, as per a report on Tuesday. It’s been more than four months since the Tigers’ left-hander last played international cricket.

The report quoted Bangladesh Cricket Board (BCB) chief physician Debashish Chowdhury as saying Tamim Iqbal would need a month’s rest to recover from the injury he picked up last month. Debashish Chowdhury said that the 32-year-old will need the rest of one more month to get back to shape.

Tamim Iqbal: File photo
Tamim Iqbal: File photo

Tamim Iqbal Ruled Out Of Bangladesh’s Both 2 Test Series Against Pakistan And New Zealand

Last week, Tamim Iqbal, who opted out of this year’s Twenty20 World Cup, citing a lack of game time as he recovered from a knee injury, was ruled out of Bangladesh’s two-Test home series against Pakistan, which starts on Friday, due to the injury.

“He met the physician and they have advised him to take a one-month rest though he won’t require any surgery,” Chowdhury told Cricbuzz.

“In that case, he’s missing the New Zealand tour.”

Tamim Iqbal(Photo- Twitter)
Tamim Iqbal(Photo- Twitter)

Bangladesh is due to play the first Test against New Zealand at Bay Oval in Mount Maunganui from Jan. 1, followed by the second match at Hagley Oval in Christchurch from Jan. 9. Both Tests will be part of the teams’ World Test Championship 2021-23 cycle.

Tamim Iqbal Opted Out Of T20I World Cup 2021

Tamim Iqbal, who last played for Bangladesh in an ODI match against Zimbabwe in July, had missed the entire T20 World Cup for the Tigers after he sustained a knee injury. The left-handed batsman opted out of the tournament in order to give a chance to the young openers like Mohammad Naim and Liton Das. Tamim Iqbal, who is also Bangladesh’s ODI skipper, said he learned he had a thumb fracture through X-ray reports.

With 4788 runs from 123 innings, Tamim Iqbal is currently the leading run-scorer for Bangladesh in the Test format. The southpaw also has 31 fifties and nine hundred to his name. Bangladesh played three T20I matches against Pakistan, all of which they lost before the two-Test matches are scheduled. The first Test match will be played between November 26-30  in Chattogram, followed by the second Test in Dhaka starting on December 4.

Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images
Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

After finishing second in Group B, Bangladesh qualified in the 2021 T20 World Cup but lost all their Group 1 fixtures in the Super 12 stage. Veteran all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was ruled out in the middle of the tournament owing to a hamstring injury, and his participation in the Pakistan series also remains doubtful.

The veteran all-rounder, though, has been picked in the Tigers’ squad for the opening Test against Pakistan, but his fitness will be assessed before the contest. Uncapped Mahmudul Hasan Joy and Rejaur Rahman Raja have been called up for the game.

Shadab Khan and Asif Ali. Pic:
Shadab Khan and Asif Ali. Pic:

Shadab Khan Isn’t Surprised With Finisher Asif Ali’s Batting Prowess In T20I WC 2021

Shadab Khan, Pakistan’s vice-captain, has stated that he is least surprised with Asif Ali’s success as a late-order hitter in the T20 World Cup 2021. According to the leg-spinner Shadab Khan, he has seen Asif Ali achieve similar feats in domestic and franchise cricket, so he was always aware of the batter’s striking potential.

Asif Ali smashed an unbeaten 27 off 12 balls against New Zealand and followed it up with 25* off 7 against Afghanistan, which included four sixes in an over. In both matches, the 30-year-old lifted Pakistan to victory from tense circumstances.

Asif Ali.
Asif Ali. File Photo.

Shadab Khan: Confident And In Form Asif Ali Can Play Like That

Shadab Khan, who was at the non-striker’s end when Asif Ali clobbered Afghanistan pacer Karim Janat for four sixes, said he was a bit angry at his partner when he refused a single during the closing stages of the match.

However, speaking to, the leggie Shadab Khan admitted: “I knew he has more power than me. He’s done it so many times in domestic cricket also. I have seen him play for Islamabad United. When he is in good form and has the confidence, he can play like that. He is a great player and now, thank God, he is performing at the international level as well. He has done so much hard work, and now it’s paying off.”

Shadab Khan (File Photo)
Shadab Khan (File Photo)

Asif Ali Never Stopped Working Hard, And His Dream Is To Win The 2021 T20I WC

30-year-old Asif Ali has not been a constant fixture in the Pakistan team, and nothing extraordinary was expected of him when he was chosen in the T20 World Cup 2021 squad.

Asked how he prepared for the tournament, the big-hitting batter explained: “I never stopped working hard. I played domestic tournaments and many leagues. There is nothing extra special about me or my talent.”

Asif Ali. (Photo Source: ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)
Asif Ali. (Photo Source: ISHARA S. KODIKARA/AFP/Getty Images)

On the four sixes he hit against Afghanistan, he asserted that he had the confidence to pull it off.

Asif Ali said: “I had planned with Shoaib (Malik) that we would attack in the next over. I felt I could finish the game and I did the same. There was a single on offer but I refused it.”

Asif Ali signed off saying that he wants already qualified Pakistan to win the World Cup to give the fans some joy.

He concluded: “The performances have been very good because we have been playing as a unit. My dream is to win the World Cup and give more joy to our fans back home.”

Having already qualified for the semi-finals, Pakistan will take on Scotland in their last Super 12 encounter in Sharjah on Sunday. Big-hitting Asif Ali was nominated along with David Wiese and Shakib Al Hasan in ICC Player Of The Month Award.

Pakistan recently played four intense T20 matches and emerged victorious against teams that put up a great fight. Two of those wins, against New Zealand and Afghanistan, were credited to the stellar performance of Asif Ali in the final overs.

The undefeated team has now pledged to dedicate their possible T20 World Cup win to Asif Ali’s late daughter, Noor Fatima.  The cricketer lost his 18-month-old daughter to blood cancer back in 2019. The child passed away after a prolonged fight against fourth-stage cancer while Asif Ali was on a month-long tour with the team in England.

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza
Mashrafe Bin Mortaza

Bangladesh Saw Two Defeats – One In T20I WC Against Scotland And Another Was The Communal Violence: Mashrafe Mortaza

Mashrafe Mortaza on Monday reacted to the communal violence taking place in his country and called it the ‘two defeats’ in reference to their losing start to the ICC T20 World Cup tournament taking place in Dubai.

Scotland stunned fancied Bangladesh by six runs after Chris Greaves’ magnificent all-around display for a dream start in the ICC T20 World Cup on an eventful Sunday night in Al Amerat. Chris Greaves led a brilliant lower-order fightback with a 28-ball 45 as Scotland recovered from a hopeless situation to post 140 for nine in their first-round Group B opener of the T20 showpiece.

Reduced to 53 for 6, Chris Greaves made 45 and then bagged two wickets to help Scotland pick up a six-run win
Reduced to 53 for 6, Chris Greaves made 45 and then bagged two wickets to help Scotland pick up a six-run win © Getty

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza: Bangladesh Saw Two Defeats Including The Communal Violence Which Destroyed Heart

Meanwhile, communal violence rocked Bangladesh after an alleged blasphemy incident at a Durga Puja pavilion in Cumilla, bordering Chandpur and about 100 km from Dhaka, leading to the deployment of paramilitary forces in more than half of administrative districts.

Mashrafe Mortaza
Mashrafe Bin Mortaza © AFP

Several incidents of attacks on places of worship of minority communities by unidentified Muslim men were reported from across the country. Several houses of Hindus in Bangladesh were also set on fire late on Sunday in a village in Rangpur district’s Pirgonj Upazila, about 255 km from Dhaka, as per reports.

Mashrafe Bin Mortaza, who is also a Member of Parliament, posted a picture of the burning village in Pirganj, Rangpur, and wrote, “We have seen two defeats yesterday [Sunday]. One was the Bangladesh team’s defeat, which has hurt me. And, another defeat belongs to the whole of Bangladesh, which has destroyed my heart.”

“We never wanted this version of Bangladesh. Many dreams and many stories of fights of lives have finished in a blink of an eye. May Allah show us the right way,” said Mashrafe Bin Mortaza.

The attacks began last Friday and have claimed at least five lives while leaving several injured.  Bangladesh’s former captain, Mashrafe Bin Mortaza has reacted to the ongoing violence against minorities in his home country.

There has been a series of attacks on the Hindu community of Bangladesh. This series of violence against Hindus, who are in minority in Bangladesh, started after a supposed besmirching of the Quran at a Durga Puja pandal in Cumilla district last week.

Chris Greaves Does Well With Both Bat And Ball As Scotland Shocks Bangladesh

Choked by spin and reduced to 53 for 6, Scotland found a hero in Chris Greaves, who led a thrilling counter-attack with a 28-ball 45 to push the total to 140 and then returned with the ball to prize out the crucial wickets of Mushfiqur Rahim and Shakib Al Hasan to pave the pay for a memorable victory.

Bangladesh's Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images
Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Chris Greaves had played a solitary T20I heading into this first game of the T20 World Cup but he belied that inexperience with a thrilling counter-attack.

Brief scores: Scotland 140/9 in 20 overs (Chris Greaves 45, George Munsey 29; Mahedi Hasan 3-19, Shakib Al Hasan 2-17) beat Bangladesh 134/7 in 20 overs (Mushfiqur Rahim 38; Bradley Wheal 3-24, Chris Greaves 2-19) by 6 runs.

Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images
Shakib Al Hasan Photograph: Adrian Dennis/AFP/Getty Images

Shakib Al Hasan Is Available For Scotland Match But Tired After Playing IPL: Mahmudullah

Shakib Al Hasan, fresh from Kolkata Knight Riders’ appearance in the IPL final on October 15, is “tired” but available for Bangladesh’s first match against Scotland in the T20 World Cup, confirmed captain Mahmudullah.

In the IPL 2021 second leg at UAE, Shakib Al Hasan has been a silent contributor with his bowling—pulling off spells of 1/20, 1/1, 0/24, 0/28,0/33. Like before, Shakib Al Hasan continues to be indispensable for KKR.

Shakib Al Hasan. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/GettyImages)
Shakib Al Hasan. (Photo by INDRANIL MUKHERJEE/AFP/GettyImages)

Shakib Al Hasan Is Available But Tired After Playing For KKR In IPL: Mahmudullah

Shakib Al Hasan played 8 matches for KKR in IPL 2021 and picked 4 scalps bowling 26 overs and managed 47 runs.

”Shakib is available. Probably he is a bit tired after coming back from the IPL but he is there with us,” Mahmudullah said.

Bangladesh, admittedly missing their full-strength squad, lost both their warm-up games but the captain said that he’s not worried about the warm-up losses but is only focused on the upcoming games for now. Bangladesh batsmen failed to get going in the practice games, finishing with scores of 147-7 and 144 all-out against Sri Lanka and Ireland respectively. They eventually lost both the matches, by four wickets and by 33 runs.

”I am not bothered what others are saying and I feel as a team we have the ability. We are not bothered about the practice games as we missed few players and now we know what we have to do,” Mahmudullah told reporters ahead of their opening encounter against Scotland.

Mahmudullah had captained Bangladesh during the Nidahas Trophy in March until he was replaced by Shakib for the business end of the tournament. @ Getty Images
Mahmudullah had captained Bangladesh during the Nidahas Trophy in March until he was replaced by Shakib for the business end of the tournament. @ Getty Images

”We will play hard cricket and if we can play to our potential result will take care of itself. We have to cross a few barriers and we want to go step by step and I hope if we can play good cricket tomorrow we can go a long way.”

Bangladesh will have to play the qualifying tournament of the ICC T20 World Cup this year. Bangladesh’s Twenty20 side defeated hosts Zimbabwe 2-1 in July, beat Australia 4-1 at home in August and completed a 3-2 series victory against New Zealand in Dhaka.

Veteran all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan says that the team will take confidence from series wins against Australia, New Zealand, and Zimbabwe. Bangladesh’s star all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan believes that series wins against Australia, New Zealand and Zimbabwe will boost their chances at the T20 World Cup despite a record that shows just one victory at the tournament since 2007.

Mahmudullah Has Full Faith In Out Of Form Mushfiqur Rahim

Mahmudullah added that he has full faith in Mushfiqur Rahim’s form and feels that he just needs to have one good match to regain his touch. Mushfiqur Rahim, who failed to be available against Australia at home for failing to report before the bio-bubble deadline, managed to score 39 runs in the five-match T20 home series against New Zealand. Furthermore, he scored 0, 13, and 4 respectively against Oman A, Sri Lanka, and Ireland.

”We are not concerned about Mushfiqur form and he will come back. He just needs one good innings to regain his form and it might be tomorrow. We all know about his capability and we fully back him.”

Mushfiqur Rahim plays a shot. - AFP
Mushfiqur Rahim plays a shot. – AFP

In Group A, Bangladesh is slotted alongside Scotland, Oman, and Papua New Guinea, and looks like they are well-placed to qualify to the Super 12 of the ICC T20 World Cup.

Bangladesh is coming into the tournament with nine T20I wins in the calendar year, only behind South Africa who have 12. In fact, since losing to New Zealand in March away from home, Bangladesh has registered series wins over Zimbabwe (2-1), Australia (4-1), and New Zealand (3-2).

And if they manage to qualify, Bangladesh will join India, Afghanistan, New Zealand, Pakistan, and the Group topper in the Super 12 and that should be incentive enough for Bangladesh.

Andre Russell. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)
Andre Russell. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Brendon McCullum Opens Up On Andre Russell’s Unavailability For IPL 2021 Final

Brendon McCullum, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) head coach, has explained why star all-rounder Andre Russell didn’t play the much-awaited IPL 2021 final against Chennai Super Kings (CSK). Chasing a stiff target of 193 against CSK in Dubai on Friday, KKR fell short by 27 runs.

Brendon McCullum said West Indian all-rounder Andre Russell tried hard to recover from his hamstring tear but was still a ‘big risk’ to play him in the final. He explained that recovery from hamstring injuries is difficult to determine. So he said KKR decided to stick with the same team that saw them reach the finals after qualifying for playoffs thus far in the competition.

Brendon McCullum
Brendon McCullum BCCI

Brendon McCullum: Playing Andre Russell Was A Risk In The IPL 2021 Final, Which KKR Couldn’t Afford To Take

Andre Russell has been the trump card for KKR. He has scored 183 runs from 10 IPL 2021 games averaging 26.14, and also has picked 11 scalps averaging 17.09, including a career-best 5/15. However, Andre Russell has missed his sixth straight game for Kolkata ever since injuring his hamstring against CSK.

While speaking at a post-match press conference, Brendon McCullum said about Russell: “Yeah, look, Andre obviously had a hamstring tear early on in the competition. He worked unbelievably hard to try and get himself available. He was still at risk there. And I felt (if) it was a risk in a final, we just couldn’t afford to take.”

“And then we had another hamstring issue with Rahul Tripathi so, look, such is the nature of hamstrings that you are just never sure whether they are going to be fully healed or not, and it’s such a big risk. “

Andre Russell celebrates a wicket - BCCI/IPL
Andre Russell celebrates a wicket – BCCI/IPL.

Brendon McCullum added: “In the end, we decided to go for the guys who had done so well to get us into the final, and I am proud of all their achievements. It’s a shame we fell short, but we were outplayed by a very good CSK side today.”

Andre Russell strained his hamstring while fielding against CSK in a league game. He missed the subsequent few games for injury, so KKR replaced spin all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan. However, the Bangladesh all-rounder proved key in KKR’s success at the spin-friendly grounds in Sharjah and Abu Dhabi.

However, many fans vouched for Andre Russell’s return to the KKR eleven even if he was not fully fit because of the flat nature of the Dubai wicket. In hindsight, they were probably right, as Shakib Al Hasan returned figures of 0-33 (three overs) and scored a golden duck.

Brendon McCullum: Eoin Morgan Captained KKR At His Best But Wasn’t Fruitful While Scoring Runs With Bat

McCullum said in this regard: “Yeah, look, it’s a really unique situation, wasn’t it? He was really captaining out of his skin. He captained as well as I have ever seen him captain and as well as I have seen anyone really captain in a T20 competition.”

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)

“I thought he was driving the team forward with his captaincy, but unfortunately, the runs weren’t there for him. No matter how hard he tried, we tried to put him in that position where he’s been so successful – in those last five overs – in T20 cricket right throughout his career. But unfortunately, it wasn’t to be.”

Former New Zealand captain concluded by saying he hoped that the out-of-form batsmen Eoin Morgan and Dinesh Karthik would deliver under pressure in the final, but that wasn’t to be.

Brendon McCullum said in this regard: “There are many examples over the years of guys who have struggled for form coming into big games, (and) they have been able to find something in that situation to get that performance. And that’s what I was clinging on to tonight for both the captain and the vice-captain as well. But it wasn’t to be. Those guys played their hearts out and did their absolute best, but just weren’t able to get those performances that they would have liked…”

KKR ended the season as runners-up, which was impressive, considering the fact that they had won just two of their seven games in the India leg of the tournament. Eventually, CSK was the better team on the day as KKR fell short of their third IPL title.

Andre Russell (Photo: BCCI)
Andre Russell (Photo: BCCI)

IPL 2021: Eoin Morgan Reveals Andre Russell Has A Grade 2 Hamstring Injury

Eoin Morgan, Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) skipper, revealed that West Indies all-rounder Andre Russell has a Grade 2 hamstring tear. The all-rounder is working hard with the medical team to be fully fit for Qualifier 2 against Delhi Capitals on Wednesday.

On Monday, Sunil Narine stole the show with both bat and ball as KKR beat RCB in Eliminator in Sharjah. After the match, Eoin Morgan said KKR will take a decision on Andre Russell’s availability on how the all-rounder presents himself on Tuesday.

KKR all-rounder Andre Russell (Source: Twitter)
KKR all-rounder Andre Russell (Source: Twitter)

Eoin Morgan: Andre Russell Has A Grade 2 Hamstring Tear

The KKR skipper added it had been a couple of weeks since the hamstring injury, and precautions have been taken on a daily basis in bringing back Andre Russell. The latter missed Monday’s Eliminator against Royal Challengers Bangalore.

“Andre has a Grade 2 hamstring tear, and it’s only been a couple of weeks since that injury. He has worked incredibly hard along with our medical team with intensive rehabilitation to try and get himself back on the park,” Eoin Morgan said in the post-match press conference.

KKR captain Eoin Morgan Twitter/@KKRiders
KKR captain Eoin Morgan- Twitter/@KKRiders

“We only have 48 hours before the next game. So we’ll have to take that decision (on whether he is fit to play) based on how he presents himself tomorrow (Tuesday) and the next day,” he added.

Andre Russell has been the trump card for KKR. He has scored 183 runs from 10 IPL 2021 games averaging 26.14, and also has picked 11 scalps averaging 17.09, including a career-best 5/15.  Andre Russell has missed his fifth straight game for Kolkata ever since injuring his hamstring against CSK. However, Shakib Al Hasan, who replaced him in the XI, has delivered consistent XI performances and played his part in the team’s success.

Eoin Morgan: KKR Bowlers Shown The Way To Be Aggressive With The Ball Trying To Take Wickets

KKR had won only two games out of seven in the IPL 2021 during the first half staged in India, but the side came back with strong performances in the UAE leg, winning 5 out of the next 7 to qualify for the playoffs.

“In the first phase of the tournament, we were still trying to implement Buzz’s (Brendon McCullum) mantra of trying to play positive, aggressive cricket. In the first phase it didn’t quite happen,” said Morgan.

“Throughout this second phase, people have turned up with a different motivation and drive to try and play the aggressive brand of cricket.”

“Our bowlers have shown us the way – how to be aggressive with the ball in trying to take wickets and identifying when to hold back and be a little bit more defensive. That’s led the way with our batting as well,” he signed off.

Kolkata Knight Riders captain Eoin Morgan attributed the team’s massive reversal in fortunes in the second leg of IPL-14 to his bowlers’ aggressive approach. Eoin Morgan added that Bangladesh all-rounder Shakib Al Hasan was available for selection in Qualifier 2. However, he will miss the final if KKR qualifies to play for his national team in the T20I World Cup qualifiers.

Sunil Narine and Andre Russell(Source: IPL)
Sunil Narine and Andre Russell(Source: IPL)

During the eliminator on Monday, Sunil Narine gave glimpses of his ‘old mystery’ with the ball and then topped it up with three monster sixes, as KKR’s four-wicket victory dashed Virat Kohli’s dream of winning an IPL trophy while leading Royal Challengers Bangalore.

KKR struck in the 10th over as Sunil Narine picked a wicket in his first over, dismissing KS Bharat. Then, Sunil Narine landed two massive blows in his next two overs. First, he disturbed the timber to get Virat Kohli out for 39 and then bamboozled AB de Villiers to pick his third wicket, pushing RCB on the backfoot.

Sunil Narine continued to make merry, and KKR dominated the proceedings as Glenn Maxwell was dismissed in the 17th over. KKR plays Delhi Capitals on Wednesday for a place in the final, where Chennai Super Kings await.

Kolkata Knight Riders 139 for 6 (Gill 29, Narine 26, Iyer 26, Chahal 2-16, Harshal 2-19, Siraj 2-19) beat Royal Challengers Bangalore 138 for 7 (Kohli 39, Narine 4-21, Ferguson 2-30) by four wickets

Gautam Gambhir. Photo Credit: Getty Images.
Gautam Gambhir. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

My Heart Says KKR Should Win But At The Same Time, I Want A New Winner: Gautam Gambhir

Gautam Gambhir has revealed that he wants either the Delhi Capitals (DC) or the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) to lift the IPL 2021 trophy. The former KKR captain led his franchise to their two IPL wins in 2012 and 2014.

The former opener’s remarks came during an interaction during ESPNcricinfo’s show ‘Runorder’.

Gautam Gambhir AFP
Gautam Gambhir AFP

Gautam Gambhir Wants KKR To Win, But Heart Wants A New Winner

Gautam Gambhir, who led Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) to their two IPL titles in 2012 and 2014, started by saying that his heart still lies with his former team. However, he added that a new winner like Delhi Capitals or Royal Challengers Bangalore would be better for the competition.

Delhi Capitals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore
Delhi Capitals vs Royal Challengers Bangalore File Photo

Gautam Gambhir said: “I want KKR to win. My heart says KKR should win but at the same time, I want a new winner. So the new winner has to be either Delhi or RCB. I want a new winner and it’s good for the league, the competition and it’s good for everyone.”

Among the four teams that have reached the playoffs this year, only the Chennai Super Kings (thrice) and KKR (twice) have won an IPL title before. DC made their best-ever finish by reaching the finals in IPL 2020, and RCB has been runners-up thrice without clinching the trophy. RCB has played three finals in the IPL but lost all of them (in 2009 to the Deccan Chargers, 2011 to the Chennai Super Kings, and 2016 to Sunrisers Hyderabad).

Gautam Gambhir: KKR’s Bowling Lineup Can Defend 150-160 At Sharjah

When asked whether KKR has it in them to go all the way this season, Gautam Gambhir replied in the affirmative. He explained that playing in Sharjah for the Eliminator and possibly also the second Qualifier gives KKR an advantage as it will suit their spinners and batting lineup.

Gautam Gambhir concluded by saying: “Yes, because they are playing in Sharjah. They’ll play their first [playoffs game] at Sharjah and if they end up beating RCB, they’ll play their next game in Sharjah as well and that’d probably suit their attack. They have got Shakib, Narine and Varun Chakravarthy and they have got their Indian batting that suits that surface. If they can probably get to 150-160, they’ve got the bowling lineup with Lockie Ferguson who’s got pace to defend that total.”

Kolkata Knight Riders
Kolkata Knight Riders. Image Credits: Twitter

KKR will clash with RCB in the Eliminator on Monday. If the Eoin Morgan-led team wins, they will then meet the loser of the first Qualifier between CSK and DC on Wednesday.

Full of youngsters and potential throughout their ranks, the franchise went into the 2021 mini-auction with a specific plan – adding experience to the squad. Their new acquisitions in the likes of Bangladeshi all-rounder Shakib Al-Hasan and youngster Venkatesh Iyer did well when their chance finally came in IPL 2021 UAE leg.

Their persistence with the Caribbean duo of Andre Russell and Sunil Narine over the years has borne fruits for the franchise as the two have been at the end of numerous match-winning performances for the purple brigade. Kiwi speedster Lockie Ferguson continued to terrorize opposition batters with his ruthless pace and menace. At the same time, all-rounder Shakib Al-Hasan is capable of winning matches both with the bat and the ball.

Moreover, the Knight Riders have a young fast-bowling contingent, with the likes of Prasidh Krishna, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Shivam Mavi, and Sandeep Warrier all in the mix and vying to play suiting KKR’s bowling combination.

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