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Optus Stadium, Perth, (Photo: IANS)
Optus Stadium, Perth, (Photo: IANS)

Mark McGowan Reiterated That All Involved Have To Complete A 14-Day Quarantine Period Implying Perth’s Optus Stadium Probably Not Hosting 5th Test

Western Australian Premier Mark McGowan reiterated his hardline stance on quarantine rules and banned players’ families for the trip west. The 60,000-seat Optus Stadium is slated to host the Ashes finale from 14 January. However, the fifth Ashes Test is now almost certain to be played anywhere other than Perth’s Optus Stadium after West Australian Premier Mark McGowan confirmed his strict quarantine stance wasn’t going anywhere.

Mark McGowan had previously claimed he was confident the final Test would go ahead at Optus Stadium. Still, with his latest declaration, the chances of hosting the monumental occasion in Perth’s backyard are dwindling. However, Premier Mark McGowan says Western Australia’s plan to reopen in early 2022 remains on track, despite growing concerns over the emergence of the new Omicron strain of coronavirus.

WA Premier Mark McGowan reiterated his strong stance on the travelling cricket contingent needing to do 14 days of quarantine. Picture: Jackson Flindell The West Australian Source: The West Australian
WA Premier Mark McGowan reiterated his strong stance on the travelling cricket contingent needing to do 14 days of quarantine. Picture: Jackson Flindell The West Australian Source: The West Australian

Mark McGowan Reiterated That All Players And Support Staff Would Have To Complete A 14 Day Quarantine Period

With the new Omicron variant threatening to throw a spanner in the works, Mark McGowan reiterated that all players would have to complete a 14-day quarantine period, as opposed to a mooted shortened spell in quarantine.

“We have put in place very strict rules,” Mark McGowan said.

“So we’ve said to them, ‘You need to have 14 days quarantine’. And that has to apply to all the broadcast staff, the cricket staff. They can’t just bring wives and girlfriends with them — same rules as we put in place for the AFL. It’s up to them whether they want to adhere to those rules or not, ” said Mark McGowan.

Optus Stadium is still slated to host the fifth Ashes Test. Picture: AAP Image/Richard Wainwright
Optus Stadium is still slated to host the fifth Ashes Test. Picture: AAP Image/Richard Wainwright

Given that the fifth Test is slated to start on the 14th of January, just five days after the Sydney New Year’s Test concludes, Perth appears highly unlikely to retain hosting rights – especially if broadcast staff must be under strict quarantine rules for the duration of the match.

Mark McGowans’s comments come just days after Western Australia Cricket Association chief executive Christina Matthews backtracked on her belief that there was a “97 per cent” chance of the fifth Test being played at Optus Stadium, offering up a much lower likelihood.

“I’d probably say at the moment I’m 50-50,” Matthews said.

“I’d gone as high as 97 per cent, but I’ve gone back to 50-50. We’ll wait and see.”

Despite the first ball of the Ashes to be bowled on December 8, Christina Matthews didn’t feel that her state was in a rush to make any decisions.

“We’re slowly working on things behind the scenes. There’s great co-operation between Cricket Australia and the state government and us as well,” Matthews said.

“It’s fair to say there are a few hurdles to get across, but the beauty is we don’t have to make a decision tomorrow. We’re trying to imagine what it might be like in mid-January as opposed to what it’s like today. As everybody knows, our government has very well-known and strict protocols around different things and it’s a matter of time whether cricket can meet those demands or not.”

With serious doubts over Perth’s chances to host the fifth Test continuing to rumble, a number of other options have been discussed in the public arena. Tasmania has thrown its hat into the ring to host the game at Blundstone Arena in Hobart, while NSW Tourism Minister Stuart Ayres revealed, “we’ve said to Cricket Australia that we’re here to help if they need it”.

Shane Warne: Melbourne Can Host A Day Night Ashes Test After Boxing Day Test

Legendary Australian cricketer Shane Warne even tossed up the possibility of the MCG hosting a day-night Ashes Test for the final game of the series. Melbourne would still play host to the traditional Boxing Day Test before going to Sydney for the fourth Test.

“Now that the 5th #ashes test will not be played in Perth due to the Govt’s stringent quarantine regulations. My suggestion is that the 5th ashes test should be back at the MCG & played as a D/N test,” Warne wrote on Twitter.

“So, traditional Boxing Day then Syd then back to MCG for a D/N match!”

Shane Warne - Getty Images
Shane Warne – Getty Images

The spin king doubled down on his Twitter post, believing a second Ashes Test in Melbourne would be a nice reward for the people in the city because Shane Warne feels “they’ve probably had it harder than anyone else in Australia”.

“Do you come back to Melbourne and have another Test match to give the Victorian fans something?” Warne said on Monday.

“They’ve probably had it harder than anyone else in Australia, so do you give them a bit extra to smile about for the last Test of the Ashes? Or do you give it to somewhere like Canberra or Hobart? There’s plenty of options.”

“Obviously, as a Victorian, I’d love to see it in Melbourne at the MCG, especially with what the Victorian people have been through. I’d love to see two Test matches in Melbourne … why not (pink ball). We’ve often talked about having a day-night Test match in Melbourne, it’d be outstanding.”

Australian cricket legend Shane Warne says he wants to see Perth’s fifth Ashes Test moved to the MCG as a gift to sport-starved Melbournians. The iconic Boxing Day Test match, the third in the upcoming series against England, is scheduled for December 26-30 at the MCG, while the fourth Test will go ahead at the SCG on January 5-9 – known as the Pink Test.

Shane Warne
Shane Warne

Shane Warne Injured Himself In A Motorbike Accident

Shane Warne, the former Australian spinner, has injured himself in a motorbike accident. Shane Warne was riding his bike with son Jackson when he fell off and slid for more than 15 meters, it was reported.

Shane Warne - Getty Images
Shane Warne – Getty Images

Shane Warne Avoided Serious Injury In A Freak Motorbike Accident

Shane Warne has avoided serious injury but woke up the next morning in pain. The 52-year-old also went to the hospital, fearing he might have broken his foot or damaged his hip. However, the former Australia spinner is still expected to do the broadcasting duties for the upcoming Ashes, beginning December 8 at the Gabba.

“I’m a bit battered and bruised and very sore,” said Warne after the accident.

Pat Cummins takes over the vacant Test captaincy with the Ashes series looming. Credit: AAP
Pat Cummins takes over the vacant Test captaincy with the Ashes series looming. Credit: AAP

Earlier, Shane Warne caught media attention as he publicly criticized the Australian Cricket team for making Steve Smith the vice-captain. However, with a few days to go for the Ashes 2021-22, Cricket Australia (CA) finally appointed Pat Cummins as the skipper of the Australian Test cricket team and Steve Smith as his deputy last week.

Shane Warne Slammed CA For Giving Steve Smith A Second Chance After Sandpaper Gate Scandal In 2018

Steve Smith and Pat Cummins were the top contenders for the captaincy after Tim Paine stepped down from his leadership duties due to his alleged involvement in a sexting scandal.  Following the announcement of the new captaincy, the former Australian spinner in his column slammed Cricket Australia for appointing Steve Smith as vice-captain of Australia’s Test cricket team.

Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Steve Smith and Marnus Labuschagne. Image: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images
Tim Paine, Pat Cummins, Steve Smith, and Marnus Labuschagne. Image: Cameron Spencer/Getty Images

Although the former spinner Shane Warne called Steve Smith one of the best batters around the world, he slammed Cricket Australia for giving the 32-year-old cricketer a second chance after the sandpaper gate scandal. Shane Warne went on to say that Marnus Labuschagne should have been the vice-captain.

Along with David Warner and Cameron Bancroft, Steve Smith were handed bans by Cricket Australia for their role in the sandpaper gate ball-tampering episode in Cape Town, which rocked Australian cricket in 2018.

Shane Warne, Ricky Ponting
Shane Warne, Ricky Ponting

Gautam Gambhir Questions Shane Warne And Ricky Ponting Over Silence On David Warner’s ‘Unsportsmanlike Act’ In T20I World Cup Semi-Final Against Pakistan

Gautam Gambhir has questioned former Australian cricket legends Shane Warne and Ricky Ponting over their silence on opener David Warner’s unsportsmanlike act in the T20 World Cup 2021 semi-final against Pakistan. Gautam Gambhir has even branded the incident ‘shameful’ and ‘pathetic’.

Cricket, like every game, is supposed to be played by the rulebook, but certain grey areas continue to be debated about. While Mankading has been one subject that has divided cricket lovers for a long time, an act by David Warner in the T20 World Cup 2021 semi-final against Pakistan has seen the Australian opener being branded ‘unsportsmanlike’.

Gautam Gambhir AFP
Gautam Gambhir AFP

Gautam Gambhir Questioned Shane Warne And Ricky Ponting For Their Silence On David Warner’s ‘Shameful’ Act Of Hitting A Six Off A Mohammad Hafeez Ball Which Slipped Out Of His Hands

Gautam Gambhir — a former opening batsman, full-time politician, and part-time pundit — has been quite vocal about the day-to-day cricketing affairs. Having seen Australian opener David Warner exploit a two-bouncer delivery by Mohammed Hafeez after the ball slipped out of his hands in the match on Thursday, Gautam Gambhir didn’t just take a swipe at the Aussie southpaw but also targeted spin legend, Shane Warne.

On the set of Star Sports, Gautam Gambhir targeted Shane Warne asking why hasn’t the iconic cricketer commented on the incident that saw David Warner hitting a six against Mohammed Hafeez despite knowing that the ball had slipped out of the Pakistani all-rounder’s hand.

“Shane Warne comments and tweets on everything. Even Ricky Ponting makes big, big claims about the spirit of the game. What have they got to say about this?” said Gautam Gambhir while speaking on the broadcaster’s post-match show after the Pakistan vs Australia match.

 David Warner hit a six after the ball slipped out of Mohammad Hafeez's hand and pitched twice (AP Photo)
David Warner hit a six after the ball slipped out of Mohammad Hafeez’s hand and pitched twice (AP Photo)

“When Ashwin does Mankad, they come up with big comments. Today, what has Shane Warne got to say about David Warner? Because it’s easy to criticize someone but extremely difficult to criticize your own players,” Gautam Gambhir added.

Gambhir had also taken to Twitter to brand Warner’s act ‘absolutely pathetic’ and ‘shameful. “What an absolutely pathetic display of spirit of the game by Warner! #Shameful What say @ashwinravi99?”, Gautam Gambhir had written.

David Warner scored a quickfire 49 off 30 balls, taking the attack to the Pakistani bowlers before being dismissed by spinner Shadab Khan. In fact, his dismissal was also a curious one. The left-hander hadn’t quite edged the delivery into the hands of wicket-keeper Mohammad Rizwan, yet he decided to walk off.

Later, even the UltraEdge showed that there was a huge gap between David Warner’s bat and ball. But, with the non-striker Glenn Maxwell also acknowledging that there was a noise when the ball went past David Warner’s blade, a review wasn’t taken.

Matthew Wade And Marcus Stoinis’ Cameos Takes Australia Over The Line In A Pulsating Finish

Australia beat Pakistan by five wickets in the 2nd semi-final in Dubai. Marcus Stoinis (40*) & Matthew Wade (41*) took the team over the line in a pulsating finish.

Pakistan set Australia a target of 177 in 20 overs in the 2nd semi-final in Dubai. In response, Australia lost their skipper Aaron Finch on a golden duck as Shaheen Afridi trapped him LBW in the first over. Then, David Warner and Mitchell Marsh rebuilt, stitching half-century stand. However, the joy was short-lived as Shadab Khan sent Mitchell Marsh packing on 28 to leave Australia on 57/2 after 7 overs. Then, Steve Smith fell cheaply on five as Shadab Khan’s twin strike rocked Australia.

But David Warner continued on his merry way, smashing 49 before being sent packing by Shadab Khan. Australia reached 95/4 after 12 overs. Glenn Maxwell didn’t last long either as Shadab Khan bagged the fourth scalp, and Australia reached 127/5 in 16 overs.

Matthew Wade
Matthew Wade (PA AAP)

All eyes were on their key man, Marcus Stoinis. He, along with Matthew Wade, put on 81 runs for the 6th wicket in just 6.3 overs to take their side over the line.

Marcus Stoinis smashed 40 not-out, while Matthew Wade hit 41* off 17 balls. 22 runs were needed in the last 12 balls, and Matthew Wade took Australia home with 6 balls to spare. Shaheen Shah Afridi got hammered for three sixes in a row in the penultimate over.

Shane Warne
Shane Warne

Amount Spent For 2 New IPL Teams Shows Why Cricket Is 2nd Most Popular Sport: Shane Warne

Shane Warne, the former Australia spinner, has said that after seeing the amount spent for two Indian Premier League (IPL) teams, one has to realize why cricket has become the second most popular sport in the world. Shane Warne said the sale of two new Indian Premier League teams only shows the rise in the popularity of cricket across the globe. Shane Warne also congratulated the BCCI after the windfall on Monday.

BCCI announced the following successful bidders for two new teams on Monday (subject to definitive documentation and other formalities being completed): RPSG Ventures Ltd. – Lucknow (for INR 7,090 crores) and Irelia Company Pte Ltd (CVC Capital Partners) – Ahmedabad (for INR 5,625 crores).

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Shane Warne – Getty Images

Shane Warne: Staggering Amounts Of Money For Each Of The 2 Teams Showing Why Cricket Has Become The 2nd Most Popular Big Sport

The new franchises will participate in IPL from the 2022 season onwards, subject to the bidders completing the post-bid formalities as specified in the ITT document. The IPL 2022 season will comprise ten teams and will have 74 matches. Wherein each team will play seven home and seven away matches. Shane Warne was left amused after the two new teams of IPL went for a whopping price.

“Wow!Congratulations to both of the new franchise owners. Staggering amounts of money for each team & shows why cricket has become the 2nd most popular & biggest sport on the planet. $932 & $692 million dollars (USA). Well done to @SGanguly99 & everyone at the @BCCI on the @IPL,” tweeted Shane Warne.

IPL Trophy
IPL Trophy. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)

Business tycoon Sanjiv Goenka and international equity investment firm Irelia Company Pte Limited (CVC Capital) shelled out a combined Rs 12,715 crore (approx $1.7 billion) to win the bids for two new IPL teams, a windfall that far exceeded BCCI’s expectations on Monday.

The BCCI was hoping for a cumulative bid in the range of Rs 10,000 crore but, to their surprise, earned Rs 7090 crore from Sanjiv Goenka’s RP-SG Group for the Lucknow franchise, while CVC capital forked out Rs 5625 crore for the Ahmedabad team. As a result, the two new sides will take part in the 2022 IPL.

Sourav Ganguly: Heartening To See Inclusion Of 2 New Franchises Which May Bring More Domestic Cricketers From India To Global Stage

Sanjiv Goenka was delighted to be back in the IPL and this time, as a full-time owner and not a temporary one, which was the case when he ran the Pune franchise (Rising Pune Supergiant(s) in IPL 2016 and 2017) during the spot-fixing-related suspension of CSK and Rajasthan Royals. Sourav Ganguly has said that the BCCI is not surprised by the bidding amount for the two new IPL teams, i.e. Lucknow and Ahmedabad.

BCCI President, Sourav Ganguly said: “The BCCI is happy to welcome two new teams from the next season of the Indian Premier League. I would like to congratulate RPSG Ventures Ltd & Irelia Company Pte Ltd for being successful bidders. The IPL will now go to two new cities in India viz in Lucknow and Ahmedabad. It is heartening to see the inclusion of two new teams at such a high valuation, and it reiterates the cricketing and financial strength of our cricket ecosystem.”

Sourav Ganguly. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Sourav Ganguly. (Photo Source: Twitter)

“True to IPL’s motto of Where Talent Meets Opportunity, the inclusion of two new teams will bring more domestic cricketers from our country to the global stage. The ITT process included two interested bidders from outside of India, which strongly emphasizes the global appeal of the IPL as a sports property. The IPL is proving to be a wonderful instrument in globalizing the game of cricket. I am keenly looking forward to IPL 2022,” he added.

The companies that cleared the final round of technical vetting to be eligible to place the bids included RP-SG, the Adani Group, HT Media Private Limited, Torrent Pharma, Aurobindo Pharma, All Cargo, CVC, Kotak group in a consortium, and the Glazers of Manchester United through their equity firm.


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.

Jason Gillespie, former Australia fast bowler has hit back at compatriot Shane Warne over the dispute between Ravichandran Ashwin and Eoin Morgan in IPL 2021. (Source- Twitter)
Jason Gillespie, former Australia fast bowler has hit back at compatriot Shane Warne over the dispute between Ravichandran Ashwin and Eoin Morgan in IPL 2021. (Source- Twitter)

Jason Gillespie Reacts To Shane Warne’s Comments On Ravichandran Ashwin-Eoin Morgan Spat In IPL 2021

Jason Gillespie, the former Australian pacer, has hit back at his former teammate Shane Warne for the latter’s comment on the Ravichandran Ashwin-Eoin Morgan saga.

Ravichandran Ashwin, playing for Delhi Capitals, was involved in an ugly altercation with Kolkata Knight Riders captain Eoin Morgan during a recent game after the former claimed a single after the ball had ricocheted off non -striker skipper Rishabh Pant.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Eoin Morgan had a heated exchange during KKR vs DC match.© IPL
Ravichandran Ashwin and Eoin Morgan had a heated exchange during KKR vs DC match.© IPL

Jason Gillespie Not In Favour Of Blaming Cricketer Playing Within The Cricket Laws

Shane Warne took to Twitter after the incident, offering full support to KKR skipper Eoin Morgan for ‘nailing’ Ravichandran Ashwin, terming the off-spinner’s act ‘disgraceful’.

Shane Warne wrote: “The world shouldn’t be divided on this topic and Ashwin. It’s pretty simple – it’s disgraceful & should never happen. Why does Ashwin have to be that guy again, I think @Eoin16 had every right to nail him !!!!”

Shane Warne - Getty Images
Shane Warne – Getty Images

Replying to Shane Warne’s comment, his former Australian teammate Jason Gillespie proceeded to copy the first few lines of the leg-spinner’s tweet before adding a line of his own. The former Australian player asserted that players have every right to choose how they wish to play as long as they don’t contradict any prescribed rules.

Jason Gillespie wrote: “The world shouldn’t be divided on this topic and Ashwin. It’s pretty simple- it’s disgraceful & should never happen. Why do we blame the player that plays within the laws of the game? I believe players have every right to play within the laws of the game as set out by the MCC.”

Following the incident, Ravichandran Ashwin wrote a detailed thread on Twitter. There he clarified that he didn’t know that the ball had ricocheted off Rishabh Pant’s arm. He also asserted that he would have still gone for the run had he known it (ricocheting off Rishabh Pant’s arm). That’s because it’s not illegal as per the laws of the game.

Jason Gillespie: Everyone Should Focus On The MCC Prescribed Laws

Ravichandran Ashwin also called out his critics for seeking a moral high ground. He asserted that every player has the right to decide how they want to go about their business. Meanwhile, this is not the first time Jason Gillespie has spoken about the saga and the debate around the illusionary ‘spirit of cricket’.

Jason Gillespie on Friday wrote on Twitter that the definition of “spirit of cricket” differs from country to country or even state to state. He also said that it’s better for players and everyone associated with the game to focus on the MCC’s prescribed laws.

Jason Gillespie managed to play an unbeaten knock of 201 against Bangladesh in Chattogram.
Jason Gillespie managed to play an unbeaten knock of 201 against Bangladesh in Chattogram. (File Photo | AFP).

Jason Gillespie wrote: ”The ‘spirit of cricket’, and what constitutes this, differs from country to country, and in some cases, between states/counties/provinces/islands. The laws of the game are in place. Stick to them, and the grey areas within our game are removed.”

Ravichandran Ashwin had the last laugh in his battle against Eoin Morgan, dismissing the left-hander for a second-ball duck. KKR, though, ended up winning the game by three wickets on the night. Ravichandran Ashwin called his Delhi Capitals (DC) skipper Rishabh Pant for an extra run after a throw ricocheted, having hit the latter during an IPL 2021 clash against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Sharjah.

After Ravichandran Ashwin’s dismissal, KKR bowler Tim Southee and skipper Eoin Morgan got involved in a heated argument with the Indian spinner over the extra run taken. While Ravichandran Ashwin ended up with the last laugh by scalping Eoin Morgan for a duck, KKR won the contest by three wickets with ten balls to spare and delayed DC’s qualification for the playoffs.

In the 19th over of the Delhi Capitals innings, Ravichandran Ashwin and Rishabh Pant ran an overthrow after Rahul Tripathi’s shy from point had taken a ricochet off Rishabh Pant at the non-striker’s end. However, an argument broke out in the next over once Tim Southee had dismissed Ravichandran Ashwin. Eoin Morgan quickly joined in, giving a mouthful to the spinner while Dinesh Karthik rushed in to play peacemaker.

Deep Dasgupta
Deep Dasgupta. (Photo Source: Instagram)

Better Words Should Be Used In Case Of A Disagreement, Says Deep Dasgupta

Deep Dasgupta, the former India wicketkeeper, was disappointed with the language used while expressing his opinion on the Ravichandran Ashwin-Eoin Morgan debacle. The on-field altercation between the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) captain and the Delhi Capitals (DC) all-rounder has sparked a debate among the cricketing fraternity, including prominent ex-cricketers.

Ravichandran Ashwin and Eoin Morgan both expressed their thoughts behind the incident after the culmination of the match. Deep Dasgupta felt the entire concept of “spirit of cricket” is very vague, making it a hard line to tread. Ravichandran Ashwin called his Delhi Capitals (DC) skipper Rishabh Pant for a run after a throw ricocheted, having hit the latter during an IPL 2021 clash against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in Sharjah.

Deep Dasgupta. Photo Credit (Twitter)
Deep Dasgupta. Photo Credit (Twitter)

Deep Dasgupta: Disgrace And Ashamed Are Very Harsh Words, And Better Words Should Be Used In Case Of A Disagreement

More than the incident, the events that have unravelled since it took place have particularly concerned Deep Dasgupta. While he does not hold an issue with someone expressing their opinion against something, he firmly believes the right language must be used.

Speaking on his YouTube channel, Deep Dasgupta said: “My opinion can be different and I may disagree with Ashwin, and that is fine. But the words that have been used so far like ‘disgrace’ and ‘ashamed,’ these are very harsh words. These are extremely, extremely harsh words. If there is only disagreement, better words could have been used.”

Ravichandran Ashwin of Delhi Capitals reacts with Tim Southee during the Indian Premier League match.(PTI)
Ravichandran Ashwin of Delhi Capitals reacts with Tim Southee during the Indian Premier League match. (PTI)

“Just because your thoughts are different and mine are different from yours, does not mean words like these are used. Especially from influential people and role models in cricket. Fewl weird hearing things like these from them.”

According to Ravichandran Ashwin, he was called a “disgrace” by the opposition skipper, and even Shane Warne used the terms “ashamed” and “disgraced” when it came to Ravichandran Ashwin’s actions. The incident follows in the footsteps of ugly on-field interactions from previous editions.

Deep Dasgupta: If Spirit Of Cricket Is Adhered To, There Shouldn’t Be An Issue

Deep Dasgupta noted that as long as the spirit of the game is being mended legally, there should not be an issue.

He added: “What I think is that, the rules of the game is a line, and the spirit of the cricket can be drawn anywhere inside the line , depends on you. The line is a barrier, as long as it is being drawn inside of it, there should not be any issue.”

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

After Ravichandran Ashwin’s dismissal, KKR bowler Tim Southee and skipper Eoin Morgan got involved in a heated argument with the Indian spinner over the extra run taken. While Ravichandran Ashwin ended up with the last laugh by scalping Eoin Morgan for a duck, it was KKR who won the contest by 3 wickets with 10 balls to spare and delayed DC’s qualification for the playoffs.

KKR, however, went on to win the game by 3 wickets with 10 balls to spare. DC’s Rishabh Pant and Steve Smith scored 39 each, while KKR’s Sunil Narine scored a cameo (21 runs off 10 balls) besides taking 2 scalps. Nitish Rana top-scored for KKR with unbeaten 36 runs.

In the IPL 2019, Ravichandran Ashwin had come under criticism after running out Rajasthan Royals’ Jos Buttler before delivering the ball, although the dismissal is perfectly legal as per the laws.

Brief Scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 130/7 (Nitish Rana 36*, Shubman Gill 30; Avesh Khan 3/13) beat Delhi Capitals 127/9 (Rishabh Pant 39, Steve Smith 39; Sunil Narine 2/18) by 3 wickets.  


England Pacer James Anderson Hopes Manchester Test Will Be Played Again

England pacer James Anderson on Sunday said he hopes the Manchester Test against India will be played at some point and the fast bowler will get to feature in the game at his home ground.

The fifth Test match between England and India was cancelled in Manchester on Friday. The BCCI and ECB held several rounds of discussion to find a way to play the Test match, however, the outbreak of COVID-19 in the Indian team contingent forced the decision of calling off the game.

James Anderson
James Anderson (AP Photo/Andy Brownbill)

England Pacer James Anderson Hopes Manchester Test Will Be Played Again And He Will Play Another Int’l Match At His Home Ground

James Anderson felt gutted for the Lancashire fans but is hopeful of playing another international game at his home ground. Ahead of the fifth and final Test against England, physio Yogesh Parmar tested positive for COVID-19 in Manchester. This had led to Team India’s training session for Thursday afternoon being cancelled.

“It’s such a shame the summer of international cricket ended this way. I’m gutted for everyone at @lancashirecricket, for the fans who paid for tickets/trains/hotels, for both sets of supporters that wanted to see the finish this series deserved,” Anderson said in his Instagram post.

James Anderson
James Anderson. (Photo by Naomi Baker/Getty Images)

“I hope it will be played again at some point and I hope I will get to play another international game at my home ground that I love so much,” he added.

The 39-year-old bowler rued the anticlimactic end to the summer cricket season and offered words of support to hosts Lancashire country cricket club as well as fans who had travelled to the stadium. Even at the age of 39, he doesn’t seem to lose his magic and showed his calibre outright in the last Test series against India. James Anderson picked 15 wickets against India across four Tests with an average of 24.66.

James Anderson, who is the leading wicket-taker of England in Test cricket, said his family won’t be travelling with him to Australia as his children will have to be present in England for their education.

There will be a lot of hectic moments for England players who will be travelling to both UAE for the T20 World Cup (and IPL 2021) and later Australia as they will have to be under various COVID-19 bubbles and compel to strict quarantine rules of the respective country. James Anderson, who only plays red-ball cricket for England, said he will manage somehow but expressed concern over his teammates who would be participating in both the tours.

England Was Trailing By 2-1 When The Manchester Test Was Abandoned Without A Ball Being Bowled

In the four matches prior to the Manchester fixture, India had led the series 2-1. The opening Test at Trent Bridge was drawn before India won the next clash at Lord’s. England inflicted India an innings defeat in the third Test at Headingley but the visitors rallied to win the fourth Test at the Oval.

India vs England (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
India vs England (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)

The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has offered to ECB a rescheduling of the cancelled 5th Test match which was scheduled to be played at Manchester from Friday.

England’s James Anderson became the first seam bowler to reach 600 Test wickets, reaching the milestone in a gloomy last session of a rain-hit final day of the third Test against Pakistan. He is now the first bowler to possess 400 wickets in England, and the second bowler – after Muttiah Muralitharan – to have claimed as many wickets in his home country.

James Anderson is one of only two England bowlers – the other being Stuart Broad – to have taken more than 300 wickets at home in Test matches. Fred Trueman is third in the list of highest wicket-takers in England, with 229 wickets. Among the leading wicket-takers at home, Anil Kumble is third, with 350, followed by Stuart Broad (341 wickets), and Shane Warne (319 wickets).

Salman Butt. Image-Twitter
Salman Butt. Image-Twitter

John Buchanan Was Very High-Tech Coach As He Used To Have Long Meetings Where Players Fall Asleep: Salman Butt

Salman Butt has raised an objection to the “glorifying” of World Cup-winning coach John Buchanan. Salman Butt, who played under John Buchanan during his stint with Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in 2008, said the Australian was a ‘high-tech’ man who used to bore his players to sleep during team meetings.

John Buchanan was the head coach of the legendary Ricky Ponting-led Australian team that won three consecutive World Cups from 1999 to 2007. However, his contributions were always in question, with many believing that he simply inherited a great team. At KKR, his “multiple captaincy” strategy courted a lot of criticism, and he was ousted in 2009 after the team failed to perform as expected.

Controversial Pakistan batsman Salman Butt
Controversial Pakistan batsman Salman Butt (File Photo | AFP)

Salman Butt: John Buchanan Was Very High Tech Coach As He Used To Have Long Meetings Where Players Fall Asleep

Salman Butt said John Buchanan wasn’t successful in any other coaching assignments since the Australians would have won even without a coach.

“John Buchanan was a very high-tech coach. He used to have long meetings. I have also run teams and I am not a fan of such long meetings where players fall asleep. Players used to fall asleep in his meetings and he’s been part of a lot of coaching projects around the world but none were successful. “

John Buchanan did a commendable job as a coach Getty Images
John Buchanan did a commendable job as a coach Getty Images

“The Australian team was a massive side, it wouldn’t have mattered if they didn’t have a coach at all. Australian players have written the same in their books as well. He was a decent man but the glorifying of his coaching [is wrong]. Give any coach such players and the results will be similar,” Salman Butt remarked on his YouTube channel.

While Ricky Ponting once commended John Buchanan for his contributions to the team, players like Shane Warne were often dismissive of his convoluted coaching style. Former Australian coach John Buchanan trained the Australian side from 1999 to 2007, this was also the period when the side won three World Cups. Not just this, Australia also won the Champions Trophy and a couple of Ashes.

Salman Butt played under John Buchanan’s tutelage during his only year in the IPL. He was a part of seven matches, scoring 193 runs at an average of 27.57. KKR, despite starting the inaugural game with a bang, finished sixth in the points table that season.

Salman Butt Spoke Highly of Sourav Ganguly

“He was a good captain, there’s no doubt about that, he captained India very well. He’s very soft spoken, keeps the team with utmost care and a brilliant player too. I have a lot of respect for him. No, no, he was not at all strict. I have played with him, against him and under his captaincy as well, he was never strict,” concluded Salman Butt.

Sourav Ganguly played for KKR in the first three editions of IPL. Photo AFP
Sourav Ganguly played for KKR in the first three editions of IPL. Photo AFP

KKR finished sixth, eighth, and sixth in the first three editions of the IPL since its inception in 2008. Sourav Ganguly was an icon player for the franchise being a local lad, which resulted in fans outraging when he was left out. Gautam Gambhir replaced Sourav Ganguly, and under his leadership, the results began to improve. KKR won the tournament in 2012 and 2014, beating CSK and KXIP in the respective finals.

The left-handed batsman from Kolkata debuted for Team India in 1992. Sourav Ganguly was adjudged as the skipper for the Indian side after the match-fixing fiasco in 2000. His cricketing career spanned 16 years.

In the 2011 IPL auctions, Sourav Ganguly was released by the KKR franchise and went unsold in the auction to the surprise of many. However, Ganguly was bought by Sahara-owned Pune Warriors after Ashish Nehra injured his finger during the 2011 World Cup and was unavailable for the tournament. Also missing for them was the 2011 World Cup Man of the tournament Yuvraj Singh, who was diagnosed with cancer and went to the USA for treatment.

Shane Warne - Getty Images
Shane Warne - Getty Images

Shane Warne Praises Virat Kohli And Indian Team For Another Outstanding England Test Series

Shane Warne praised Indian captain Virat Kohli and his team’s magnificent show in the Test series against England. Australian spin legend Shane Warne has heaped praise on Virat Kohli and the Indian team for their stellar show in the Test series against England. The five-match Test series came to an abrupt end on Friday (September 10) with the fifth Test getting called off due to COVID-19 concerns in the Indian camp.

Shane Warne. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)
Shane Warne. (Photo by Quinn Rooney/Getty Images)

Shane Warne Felt A Bit Robbed That The 5th Test Didn’t Go Ahead As He Felt The Series Was An Outstanding One

India was leading the five-match series 2-1 having won the second and fourth Test respectively and were on the verge of their first Test series win in England after 14 years. However, COVID-19 jeopardized their chances of pulling off a historic win against the hosts in their own backyard.

The abrupt end to the Test series left several fans, experts, and former cricketers of the cricket fraternity disappointed including Shane Warne, who said he felt robbed as he doffed his hat to Virat Kohli and his Indian team for putting on a show in the Test rubber.

“I just feel a bit robbed. I feel this series has been absolutely outstanding. I take my hat off to India with the cricket they played. I think both sides have played in the right spirits. So I think we all feel a little bit robbed that this Test match didn’t go ahead. If they were in the middle of a Test match or delayed it by a couple of days, that means the flow-on effect with the IPL and everything else is going to be thrown into chaos so I’m not sure they are left with any other option,” Shane Warne said on Sky Cricket.

Virat Kohli
Virat Kohli[photo: Twitter]
Shane Warne said India ticked all the boxes in the Test series and saluted their desire to beat England in England irrespective of the swinging and seaming conditions.The first Test of the series ended in a draw, after more than two days of play was lost across the duration of the match to rain. India won the second Test by 151 runs, in the final hour of the fifth day, to take a 1–0 lead in the series. England won the third Test by an innings and 76 runs before the lunch break on day four, levelling the series 1–1. India won the fourth Test by 157 runs, to lead the series 2–1 before the 5th Test was cancelled.

Shane Warne Feel For The Players As The Tests Meant A Lot To Both The Sides

The Aussie legend hailed the visitors for showcasing their desire to be the no.1 Test team in the world and conquering English conditions after back-to-back Test series wins in Australia.

“I feel for the players. Both sides were up for it and I can tell that by the way the series has been played. This Test series meant a lot to both sides. India left the series 2-1. Being the No. 1 Test side was their goal. They wanted to beat England in England… in swinging and seaming conditions with the Dukes’ ball. So, they sort of felt like they ticked every box. They would have liked to go out on a high,” Shane Warne said.

Brisbane Test: India beat Australia by 3 wickets at Gabba to win series 2-1, retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy Image Source : AP IMAGE
Brisbane Test: India beat Australia by 3 wickets at Gabba to win series 2-1, retain Border-Gavaskar Trophy
Image Source: AP IMAGE

“I saw India first hand this year in Australia play some amazing Test cricket. Just remember… they got bowled out for 36 in the first Test match and they came back and won the next. Virat Kohli went back home, they lost their captain, they had injuries. Australia hadn’t lost a Test match in Brisbane for 40 years.

“They chased over 300 to win. I just saw it firsthand how determined they were… how important Test cricket is. I think all of us have to say Thank You to Virat Kohli, thank you to India for pushing Test cricket,” he added.

Virat Kohli & Co. were a draw away from sealing the Test series against England. It would have been India’s first Test series win on English soil since 2014. BCCI has assured the England Cricket Board (ECB) of conducting the Test match at a later date next year to ensure a thrilling end to a riveting series.

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