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KL Rahul
KL Rahul (Image Credit: Twitter)

KL Rahul Could Be Made Skipper Of New Lucknow Franchise And Rashid Khan May Be Included But The Duo Can Be Banned For 1 Year

KL Rahul has been in ominous form with the bat, especially in the T20 format. Now, with KL Rahul parting ways with Punjab Kings, as per a report, new franchise Lucknow is set to lap him up. Reports claim Lucknow has offered him Rs 20 Cr. If that happens, he would become the most expensive player in the history of the league.

Even otherwise, KL Rahul at Rs 17 Cr (2018-2021) is still the most expensive player. If Lucknow ropes him in, then he could very well be made the captain of the side. Thus far, KL Rahul has played 94 matches in IPL and has amassed 3273 runs at an average of over 41.

KL Rahul
KL Rahul (Image Credit: Twitter)

KL Rahul Could Be Made Skipper Of New Lucknow Franchise Which Reportedly Has Offered INR 20 Crores Making Him The Most Expensive Player In IPL History

In the 2021 IPL, KL Rahul smashed 626 runs in 13 matches and was the third-highest run-getter in IPL 2021, but unfortunately, failed to inspire the side to a title. KL Rahul has been the best opener in IPL since 2018 and scored 659, 593, 670, and 626 runs in the past four seasons, respectively.

The Lucknow franchise has zeroed in on KL Rahul to be their next captain, and negotiations are learnt to be on with the opening batsman. If it goes ahead, the development will leave seven franchises – including SRH, if they want an Indian to replace Kane Williamson as captain and the new Ahmedabad franchise – looking for a new skipper. The BCCI will come out with its new media-rights tender after the mega-auction gets over.

Rashid Khan
Rashid Khan. Image Credits: Twitter

Some reports also suggest that the new franchise is in talks with Rashid Khan. Lucknow is interested in getting the services of the Afghan star. Rashid Khan is apparently not happy with Hyderabad’s offer. He wants to be the first-choice at the Retention, but the franchise reckons Kane Williamson is the one for that.

The existing eight franchises of the Indian Premier League (IPL) have reached the deadline to submit their respective lists for player retention. The BCCI will make the names of retained players public on Tuesday afternoon and pave the way for the two new teams to start signing players ahead of the mega-auction.

The retention rules are as follows: A franchise can retain a maximum of a) three Indians and one overseas player; b) two Indians and two overseas players.

It has been learnt that RPSG owned Lucknow based new IPL franchise is willing to offer INR 20 Crores salary to KL Rahul to leave PBKS while Rashid Khan will be getting INR 16 Crores for his services in the coming season.

Chennai Super Kings Have Retained MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Moeen Ali, While Mumbai Indians Have Retained Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishan Kishan and Kieron Pollard

Bearing these set of rules in mind, IPL 2021 defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have retained MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Ruturaj Gaikwad and Moeen Ali.

Five-time champions Mumbai Indians are holding back captain Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Ishan Kishan and Kieron Pollard. However, it is learnt that MI have, until the last moment, been deliberating over all-rounder Hardik Pandya who played as a specialist batter in the last 2 IPLs but whether the Baroda cricketer will be fit to bowl or not starting next season remains the key.


Here are the details from the remaining franchises:

Delhi Capitals: Rishabh Pant, Prithvi Shaw, Axar Patel, Anrich Nortje. The franchise has decided to let go of former skipper Shreyas Iyer and their leading batsman Shikhar Dhawan.

Kolkata Knight Riders: Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Varun Chakravarthy and Andre Russell. Late until Monday evening, there was no confirmation if Shubhman Gill would remain part of the Knight Riders’ plans.

Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Mohammed Siraj and Glenn Maxwell. The franchise wanted to retain Yuzuvendra Chahal, but it is learnt that both sides couldn’t reach an understanding.

Sunrisers Hyderabad: The beleaguered franchise may just retain New Zealand captain Kane Williamson. Afghanistan leg spinner Rashid Khan is learnt to be negotiating with one of the new franchises.

Punjab Kings: Mayank Agarwal and two uncapped players Ravi Bishnoi and Arshdeep Singh, are what Punjab is looking to retain.

Rajasthan Royals: Sanju Samson, Jos Butler and Yashasvi Jaiswal.

This list of retention is based on sources in the IPL, but final confirmation of the same can only be expected on Tuesday. Once the BCCI ratifies these retentions, the two new franchises – Lucknow and Ahmedabad – will be asked to identify players – a maximum of three Indians and one overseas player or two Indians and two overseas players – by mid-December and the remaining players will go into the mega-auction being planned either towards the end of December or January first week.

Last mega auction

This will be the last mega-auction that the IPL intends to hold and most stakeholders in the league, including the majority of franchises, are in line with the proposal.

“We genuinely hope this is the last mega-auction because the trend has clearly gone past its sell-by date. This, in turn, will also put pressure on franchisees to pick well at this mega-auction because they’ll be building their future teams around these set of players,” said sources privy to developments.

Amidst all the retention process going on with the eight Indian Premier League (IPL) franchises, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) could hand-over one year ban to Indian star batsman KL Rahul and Afghanistan spinner Rashid Khan for breaching the IPL code of conduct.

A verbal complaint has been raised by Punjab Kings (PBKS) and Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) against Lucknow based new IPL franchise for ‘pursuing & poaching’ Rashid Khan and KL Rahul to leave their respective franchise in the coming season.

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

It Would Be Better If A New Team Like RCB Or Delhi Capitals Lift IPL 2021 Trophy: Salman Butt

Salman Butt feels it could be a blessing in disguise if Mumbai Indians (MI) do not qualify for the playoffs in the latest edition of the Indian Premier League. Salman Butt believes in their absence, the odds of a new champion being crowned would increase.

While speaking on his YouTube channel, Salman Butt claimed that Mumbai Indians are a formidable team. He emphasized how they have gone on to win the tournament on several occasions, despite a rocky start.

Mumbai Indians
Mumbai Indians (Image Credit: Twitter)

Salman Butt: It Would Be Better If A New Team Like RCB Or DC Win The IPL 2021

The 37-year-old former tainted batsman and Pakistan skipper pointed out that the likes of Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Capitals could benefit from Mumbai’s exit. RCB and DC will look to lay their hands on the coveted trophy for the very first time.

“It is good that MI are out of the playoffs because once they start winning from the bottom, then they go on to win the title more often than not. Wouldn’t it be better if a new team like RCB or DC wins the title?. MI are dangerous,” Salman Butt said.

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

Rohit Sharma-led Mumbai Indians currently occupy 6th place in the IPL 2021 points table. However, their underwhelming net run rate of -0.048 could limit their chances of making the cut for the all-important playoffs.

Mumbai Indians Can Still Qualify For Playoffs If They Score More Than 200 Runs Batting First And Beat SRH By At Least 171 Runs

The five-time defending champions will have to topple the 4th placed Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in the points table to become the fourth team to qualify. However, the chances of that happening are very slim as they will have to beat SRH by a humongous margin in order to do so.

MI is slated to take on SRH on Friday (October 8) in Abu Dhabi. They will have to score more than 200 runs after batting first in the game and beat Hyderabad by at least 171 runs to surpass KKR’s net run rate. Notably, they will not stand a chance if they bat second in the fixture.

KKR’s massive win against RR made the equation extremely stiff for MI to qualify for playoffs. Prior to the KKR vs RR match, all MI needed was a win and hoped that the Knight Riders lost. But KKR’s win made it all the more tricky for MI. KKR’s NRR jumped to +0.587 win a win over RR, which means that MI now will not only have to win but do it comprehensively to make it to the Playoffs.

Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) ran riot with the ball and beat Rajasthan Royals (RR) in Match 54 of the VIVO Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 in Sharjah on Thursday. Put into bat, KKR posted 171/4 and then bowled out RR for 85 to register their seventh win of the season. While youngster pacer Shivam Mavi scalped four wickets, Kiwi pacer Lockie Ferguson picked three wickets as KKR marched towards the victory.

Brief Scores: Kolkata Knight Riders 171/4 (Shubman Gill 56, Venkatesh Iyer 38; Chetan Sakariya 1/23) beat Rajasthan Royals 85 (Rahul Tewatia 44, Shivam Dube 18; Shivam Mavi 4/21) by 86 runs. 

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

IPL 2021: The UAE Government Would Allow 60 Percent Attendance For 2nd Phase Of IPL 2021 At UAE

IPL 2021 received a big boost when the UAE government decided to allow 60 percent attendance at the stadiums for the second phase of the IPL 2021. This decision was taken after thorough consultations with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the Emirates Cricket Board (ECB), as per the reports in the Telegraph.

Earlier, when the BCCI hosted the IPL 2021 in India before it got indefinitely postponed due to a bio-bubble breach, where no crowds were allowed at the venues, keeping the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in mind.

The Emirates Cricket Board are closely working the UAE government to allow fans inside stadiums during IPL 2021.
The Emirates Cricket Board is closely working with the UAE government to allow fans inside stadiums during IPL 2021.

IPL 2021: The UAE Government’s Decision To Allow 60 Percent Attendance Will Come As A Massive Boost For Players Playing IPL 2021

Likewise, no spectators were allowed to watch the games live during IPL 2020, when the entire tournament was played in the UAE. With 60 percent of the audience turning up at the stadiums, it will be a massive boost for the players while playing the IPL matches.

The BCCI had announced the entire schedule of the remainder of IPL 2021 last month. According to it, in the span of over 27 days, a total of 31 matches will be played.  Amit Mishra(DC), Sandeep Warrier, Varun Chakravarthy(KKR), and Wriddhiman Saha(SRH) contracted the virus. Chennai Super Kings’ batting coach Michael Hussey and bowling coach Laxmipathy Balaji had also contracted the virus in India which led to the indefinite postponement of IPL 2021.

Fans At An UAE Stadium During IPL Photo Credit: (Twitter)
Fans At An UAE Stadium During IPL Photo Credit: (Twitter)

The second phase of IPL 2021 will commence on September 19 with a game between the Mumbai Indians (MI) and the Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in Dubai. A total of 31 games, including the playoffs, will be played in this phase of the tournament. It will come to a close with the final on October 15. Abu Dhabi, Dubai, and Sharjah are the three venues shortlisted to host the remaining IPL 2021 matches.

CSK and MI Are The First 2 Teams To Reach The UAE

Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians ©BCCI/IPL
Chennai Super Kings vs Mumbai Indians ©BCCI/IPL

Before the IPL 2021 came to an abrupt halt due to rising COVID-19 cases within the franchises, the Delhi Capitals (DC) were at the top of the table with 12 points (six wins in eight matches). CSK and the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) were second and third with five wins from seven games, while MI was fourth with four wins in seven matches.

The Rajasthan Royals (RR) and the Punjab Kings (PBKS) have won three games each out of seven and eight matches, respectively. Kolkata Knight Riders won just two games out of seven, while Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) got over the line only once in seven appearances and is at the bottom of the points table.

Ravi Shastri. (Photo Source: Twitter)
Ravi Shastri. (Photo Source: Twitter)

Bharat Arun’s 10-day Isolation Rules Make Ravi Shastri Unhappy But He Trusts 2 Jabs Of Vaccine

Bharat Arun, along with senior wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha and standby opener Abhimanyu Easwaran, had to remain in isolation for 10 days as per the UK Health protocols as they had been in contact with Dayanand Garani.

In the past few weeks, a few Indian team players and coaches including Bharat Arun had to isolate as they were in contact with throwdown specialist-cum-masseur Dayanand Garani, who had tested positive for Covid-19. Rishabh Pant had also tested positive on July 8 and had to isolate for 10 days as per UK Health protocols. India bowling coach Bharat Arun also had to isolate for 10 days as he had come in contact with a COVID-19 positive person.

File picture of Bharat Arun. - B. JOTHI RAMALINGAM
File picture of Bharat Arun. – B. JOTHI RAMALINGAM

Bharat Arun’s 10 Day Isolation Rules Make Ravi Shastri Unhappy

However, India head coach Ravi Shastri is not happy with the isolation rules in place for vaccinated people. Ravi Shastri expressed his disappointment at the 10-day isolation rules imposed on Bharat Arun, who had already completed his vaccination course.

Senior wicketkeeper Wriddhiman Saha and standby opener Abhimanyu Easwaran had to remain in isolation as they had been in contact with Dayanand Garani. The trio was back in the team bubble on Saturday after completing their mandatory isolation period of one and half weeks. This was despite all of them testing negative during RT-PCR tests.

“My right hand back in the house. Looking fitter and stronger after being in isolation for 10 days even though testing negative all the way. Bloody frustrating these isolation rules. 2 jabs of the vaccine have to be trusted,” Shastri tweeted along with a selfie with his close friend and bowling coach Bharat Arun.

Wriddhiman Saha and Rishabh Pant | Source: Twitter
Wriddhiman Saha and Rishabh Pant | Source: Twitter

For the record, Wriddhiman Saha had already recovered from COVID in May after contracting the virus while playing for Sunrisers Hyderabad in the Indian Premier League 2021 which was postponed due to multiple cases inside the bubble.

Rishabh Pant Contracted Covid-19 After Visiting Dentist And Was Also Spotted Without A Mask At Webley Stadium In An Euro 2020 Match

Rishabh Pant was also kept in isolation for 10 days as per United Kingdom guidelines after testing positive for the novel coronavirus on July 8. He had to miss Team India’s warm-up match against County Select XI in Durham. However, now he is fully recovered and has joined back the team. Rishabh Pant received a grand welcome as he joined the team after recovering from COVID-19.

Rishabh Pant gets first dose of COVID-19 vaccine
Rishabh Pant gets the first dose of COVID-19 vaccine Pic credit: Rishabh Pant Twitter handle

Rishabh Pant had gone to a dentist on July 5th and 6th before getting fully vaccinated on July 7th. On July 08, the wicket-keeper batsman had tested positive for Covid-19. The 3-week break in England for Indian cricketers came at the cost of Rishabh Pant and throw-down specialist Dayanand Garani contracting the novel coronavirus.

Rishabh Pant had also gone to the Wembley Stadium on June 29 when England took on Germany in a Euro 2020 match. Questions have been raised over this visit of Rishabh Pant too.

Pat Cummins. (BCCL/IPL)
Pat Cummins. (BCCL/IPL)

Pat Cummins Will Be Unavailable For The Remainder Of IPL 2021 At UAE

Pat Cummins who has established himself as one of the best bowlers in the world in the last few years, will not be available for the remainder of IPL 2021 to be staged in UAE without giving any reason behind the move.

Pat Cummins was the most expensive buy in the 2020 IPL Auction after being bagged by KKR for a whopping 15.50 crores.

Pat Cummins
Pat Cummins[photo: Twitter]

Pat Cummins Picked 9 Scalps In 7 Games Besides Scoring 91 Runs In IPL 2021

It was back to purple and gold for pacer Pat Cummins who picked 12 wickets in 14 games that included a 4-wicket haul in the 2020 IPL season. He bowled well in IPL 2021 picking 9 scalps in 7 games averaging 26.33 besides scoring 93 runs averaging 31. Pat Cummins’ KKR teammates Prasidh Krishna, Varun Chakravarthy, Sandeep Warrier, and Tim Seifert had tested positive for Covid-19 leading to the indefinite postponement of IPL 2020.

Varun Chakravarthy (File Photo)
Varun Chakravarthy (File Photo)

The resumption of the Indian Premier League (IPL)was given yet another blow after reports emerged that Australian pacer Pat Cummins would not be heading to the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to take part in the remaining matches for the Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR).

Pat Cummins And David Warmer Could Be Rested From West Indies Tour Due To Family Reasons

According to a report in Sydney Morning Herald, Pat Cummins had already made it clear that he would not be taking part in the remaining matches of the IPL. However, no reason was given behind his decision.

“David Warner and Pat Cummins could be rested from the West Indies tour because of family reasons – others could follow after a draining year in several bubbles – and Cummins, despite a multimillion-dollar IPL contract, has already said he will not return to the T20 tournament this season,” stated the report.

SRH handed over the captaincy reins to Kane Williamson after suffering defeats in five of their six matches under David Warner’s leadership. However, the move did not yield immediate dividends as the Orange Army was handed a 55-run drubbing by the Rajasthan Royals. With Jonny Bairstow and Kane Williamson in good form, SRH did not have any other option but to leave David Warner out of their playing XI.

David Warner
David Warner (Image Credit: Twitter)

The suspended 14th edition of the IPL is likely to be played in UAE in the September 15 to October 15 window with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) looking at a 25-day window for the cash-rich league. The BCCI on Saturday announced it will complete the remaining matches of the IPL 2021 season in the UAE.

The decision has come after Ashley Giles, managing director of the England men’s team, had said that the ECB is not planning to change their schedule for the IPL. The remaining matches of the IPL would most likely be played between September 15 and October 15 window. Australia will tour West Indies for 5 T20Is and 3 ODIs in July, followed by a five-match T20I series against Bangladesh away in August.

While Australia does not have any bilateral commitments in the September-October window, Cricket Australia faces a tough call to decide whether it should leave players ahead of the ICC T20 World Cup. After England made its players unavailable for IPL 2021 Phase 2 and New Zealand playing bilateral series, Australian players could also be unavailable with KKR’s Pat Cummins all but certain to not return for the UAE leg.

IPL 2020: Mumbai Indians vs Delhi Capitals: DC Predicted XI
Delhi Capitals. Image Credit: IPL.

IPL 2020: Delhi Capitals Will Be Hoping Shikhar Dhawan And Ravichandran Ashwin To Come Good Against SRH – Kris Srikkanth

Former Indian cricketer Kris Srikkanth believes that Delhi Capitals (DC) can only have the upper hand against SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) had individual performances come good. DC will clash against SRH in the second qualifier on Sunday (November 8) to face Mumbai Indians in the grand finale of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 on November 10.

In the column written to Times of India, Kris Srikkanth had measured SRH above in all the departments when comparing to DC and concluded that Hyderabad was likely to be the winner. But he believes that some ‘individual brilliance’ can change the momentum for DC. He stated that Shikhar Dhawan, batting at the top, while Ravichandran Ashwin with the ball, needs to come good.

Delhi Capitals
Delhi Capitals (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

“Individual brilliance can fling any prediction through the window in this format. Delhi will only be hoping for Dhawan to have a fun-filled day and Ashwin to come good with the ball, especially during the powerplay,” Kris Srikkanth wrote.

Although DC has best pacers Kagiso Rabada and Anrich Nortje, Srikkanth stated that Ashwin’s role is pivotal in powerplays because the pacers have not necessarily picked wickets in the first six overs.

“In (Kagiso) Rabada and (Anrich) Nortje, Delhi have two new-ball merchants who have picked wickets but not necessarily in the first six overs. This is where the contribution of Ashwin is vital,” he wrote.

Kris Srikkanth advises to Delhi Capitals:

IPL 2020: Delhi Capitals Will Be Hoping Shikhar Dhawan And Ravichandran Ashwin To Come Good Against SRH - Kris Srikkanth 1
Delhi Capitals (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

At last, the former chief selector concluded that DC needs to bring Shimron Hetmyer back in the attack to boost the middle-order while Daniel Sams can be replaced with any Indian seamer.

“If I were to pick Delhi’s XI, I would definitely bring in (Shimron) Hetmyer to boost the middle order. The think-tank has to identify an Indian option for seamer Sams in order to give the side a better chance of upstaging a side that is on a roll,” he said.

Delhi Capitals have lost the first qualifier against Mumbai Indians. Although bowlers could not restrict MI to give massive targets, their batting performance was more disappointing. They need to come back stronger against SRH, who have momentum and rhythm all in their favour.

Rashid Khan, Rishabh Pant is tough to bowl
Rashid Khan. Image Credit; Getty Images.

IPL 2020: Sunrisers Hyderabad Need To Take Care Of Basics – Rashid Khan

Rashid Khan, Afghanistan’s spinner has said that they need to take care of the basics when they take on Delhi Capitals in the second Qualifier of the Indian Premier League.

Rashid Khan and his team were victorious in Eliminator at Abu Dhabi as they beat RCB. Unlike RCB, SRH has peaked at the right time and entered the business end of the tournament on the back of three consecutive wins.

IPL 2020: Sunrisers Hyderabad Need To Take Care Of Basics - Rashid Khan 2
Rashid Khan of SunRisers Hyderabad (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

Rashid Khan Kept It Simple And Thanks God For Winning Eliminator

Rashid Khan has 19 wickets from 15 matches at an average of  16.73 and economy of 5.3. The average is 3rd so far, and the economy rate is least among all bowlers so far. He is 8th among the wicket-takers list which is headed by Jasprit Bumrah of Mumbai Indians. Jasprit Bumrah has 27 wickets from 14 matches averaging 13.92.

“It was tough, it was the same kind of feeling like the game against KXIP. A game which is Eliminator, and that pressure as well. Thank god we won it. Just kept it very simple for myself, just hit a good area,” Rashid told host broadcaster Star Sports after the match.

Jasprit Bumrah
Jasprit Bumrah. Image Credit: IPL.

“As long as I’m hitting that area, I’m good. I’ve watched my videos and analyzed that most of the time I’ve been hit when I bowl full. So I try to bowl the right areas. This wicket sometimes you get a skiddy kind of turn,” he added.

Rashid Khan has taken 74 wickets in 61 matches in IPL averaging a meagre 20.41 at an economy rate of 6.24.

Rashid Khan: Need To Do Basics Right Against Delhi Capitals

SRH now face Delhi Capitals at the same ground, and the spinner already has a plan.

“Today it wasn’t that, it was a bit slow and not skidding as much as the last time we played here. You just have to keep it simple, back of a length. We just need to do the basics right against Delhi and see what happens,” said Rashid Khan

Yuzvendra Chahal and Rashid Khan
Yuzvendra Chahal and Rashid Khan Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL

Leg Spinner Rashid Khan has played IPL since 2017 and picked more than 15 wickets each time after being bought by Sunrisers Hyderabad for 4 crores. He was one of the eleven cricketers to play in Afghanistan’s first-ever Test match, against India, in June 2018. Among spinners in IPL 2020, Yuzvendra Chahal is leading with 21 wickets in 15 games averaging 19.28.

SunRisers Hyderabad. Image Credit: IPL.

IPL 2020: SunRisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians – SRH Predicted XI

In the last league match of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020, SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) will face Mumbai Indians (MI) on Tuesday (November 3) at Sharjah Cricket Stadium in Sharjah.

Sunrisers Hyderabad have their last opportunity to secure the berth in playoffs by defeating Mumbai Indians, who have already qualified. Lying at the number five position, they need to win by a huge margin to improve their run rate. But the most important factor will be luck.

Here, let’s take a look at SunRisers Hyderabad Predicted XI against Mumbai Indians:

Wriddhiman Saha (wk):

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Wriddhiman Saha (Image Credit: IPL)

Wriddhiman Saha has impressed with his batting in the last two matches. Against DC, he played a sensational knock of 87 runs to leave everyone in awe-struck. In the last match against RCB, while chasing a below-par target of 121 runs, he set a good base for the team, scoring 39 off 32 balls.

David Warner (c):

David Warner
David Warner. Image Credit: IPL.

After a disappointing match against KXIP, SRH captain David Warner went all gun blazing against Delhi Capitals. He amassed 66 runs off 34 balls and struck eight fours and two sixes. Although in the last match, he lost his wicket early, it didn’t harm them because they were chasing a below-par total. But he will have to play a big knock against strong Mumbai Indians.

Manish Pandey:

Manish Pandey
Manish Pandey. Image Credit: IPL.

Manish Pandey, who was the match-winner for SunRisers Hyderabad against Rajasthan Royals, scored 44 runs off 31 balls and struck four fours and one sixes against DC.

The Indian batsman has very handled the pressure and took them across the line. His role will be crucial against MI to secure a berth in the playoffs.

Kane Williamson:

Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson. Image Credit: IPL.

Kane Williamson might be disappointed with his performance against RCB. He was out after scoring 8 runs off 14 balls although his early fall of wicket didn’t hurt the team. Against a strong MI, the New Zealander has to get good runs on the board to fulfil his franchises dream.

Abhishek Sharma:

Abhishek Sharma
Abhishek Sharma. Image Credit: IPL.

Vijay Shankar’s injury has given an opportunity to Abhishek Sharma. He surfaced from a hamstring injury against DC and has been ruled out of the tournament. Now, Sharma has a big responsibility to fill up his shoes.

Abdul Samad:

Abdul Samad
Image credits: Indian Express

Abdul Samad, the power-hitter, has featured in nine matches but has not got enough opportunities to bat. Contrastingly, he has also failed to prove his mettle whenever he has got the chance. With his short cameo in his first match, he had gathered a lot of praise. But the youngster has not stood up to the expectations. He will look to play a capitalise on the opportunity if he gets against MI.

Jason Holder:

Jason Holder
Jason Holder (Image Credit: IPL)

The inclusion of Jason Holder has given SRH captain a good bowling option while his power hitting at lower-order has helped them to finish the games on a good note. Against RCB, the fast bowling allrounder dismantled their lower-order batsman, and while batting, he struck sixes to take the game home.

Priyam Garg:

Priyam Garg
Priyam Garg (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

Priyam Garg had a huge responsibility to play as a finisher, but his performance has not been consistent. He was out after scoring three runs against KXIP even though the target was not daunting. With last league match left to play, the youngster will want to prove his worth.

Rashid Khan:

Rashid Khan
SRH leg-spinner Rashid Khan (Image Credit: IPL)

Rashid Khan is the lynchpin for SunRisers Hyderabad. Against DC, he demolished their batting order while also chocked them to score runs. He picked three wickets while gave away only 7 runs in his four overs quota. Likewise against RCB, he got the wicket of Josh Phillippe.

The spinner is the leading wicket-taker for them, snaring 18 wickets in 13 matches.

Sandeep Sharma:

Sandeep Sharma
Sandeep Sharma. Image Credit: IPL.

Sandeep Sharma had set the momentum for SunRisers Hyderabad, picking early wickets of Devdutt Padikkal and Virat Kohli. In his four overs quota, he bowled at the economy rate of 5.00. The speedster needs to repeat a similar performance against MI to qualify for playoffs.

T Natrajan:

T Natarajan
T Natarajan . Image Credit: BCCI/IPL.

T Natrajan, the vital cog of SunRisers Hyderabad, snared two wickets against DC while conceded 26 runs in his four overs quota. Against RCB, he picked the wicket of Washington Sundar, who was going to be the dangerman for them, while gave away only 11 runs in his four overs.

Shahbaz Nadeem:

Shahbaz Nadeem,
Photo Credit: BCCI/IPL.

The left-arm spinner Shahbaz Nadeem got the prized wicket of AB de Villiers to restrict RCB to a below part total. Against the top-notch Mumbai Indians, he needs to give early breakthroughs to take the game home.

Vijay Shankar
Vijay Shankar. Image Credit: IPL.

IPL 2020: Vijay Shankar Third SRH Player To Be Ruled Out Due To Injury

SunRisers Hyderabad all-rounder Vijay Shankar becomes the third player from the franchise to be sent back home due to injury. Earlier, at the start of the tournament, their premier pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Mitchell Marsh were ruled out because of injury.

According to Sports Tak, Vijay Shankar will not play the remainder of the IPL 2020. Notably, he was earlier benched because he had picked up pain in his back. It is a huge set back for SRH who are striving to qualify for the playoffs with two games left to play.

Vijay Shankar huge ouster for SRH:

IPL 2020: Vijay Shankar Third SRH Player To Be Ruled Out Due To Injury
Vijay Shankar. Image Credit: IPL.

While playing against Delhi Capitals on Tuesday, the allrounder was seen limping after bowling the fifth ball of his second over. The physio attended him quickly and gave him some first aid, but the spinner could not manage to complete his over. And finally, the last ball of his second over was bowled by David Warner.

Last week, Vijay Shankar had taken the team to victory with his gritty knock against Rajasthan Royals. He played as the second fiddle to Manish Pandey and stitched over 100 runs partnership. Apart from batting, his contribution with the ball has also been effective.

Vijay Shankar
Vijay Shankar. Image Credit: IPL.

Overall, he has featured in seven games and has scored 97 runs while picked four wickets at an economy rate of just 6.22. SunRisers Hyderabad are surely going to miss him as they are already struggling with their team combination.

On Saturday, David Warner will take on Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in Sharjah while their last league match will be against Mumbai Indian (MI) on Sunday (November 1). As they are lying at second last in the points table, both the matches are crucial for SRH to secure a berth in the IPL 2020 playoffs.

IPL 2020: SunRisers Hyderabad Has Slight Edge Over Royal Challengers Bangalore, Feels Srikkanth
SunRisers Hyderabad. Image Credit: IPL.

IPL 2020: Rajasthan Royals vs SunRisers Hyderabad – SRH Playing XI

Coming off from a defeat against Kolkata Knight Riders, SunRisers Hyderabad will lock horns with Rajasthan Royals in match 40 of the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 at Dubai International Cricket Stadium in the UAE.

At the start of the tournament, SunRisers Hyderabad struggled to find a proper middle-order which cost them defeats. Although now they have a well-settled batting order, it has been late for them to lock space in play-offs.

Well, nothing can be predicted this season after witnessing three-super overs in one day. So, SRH is likely to be still in the race. But the competition between SRH and RR will be highly competitive as the latter is also desperate to win this match.

Let’s take a look at SunRisers Hyderabad’s playing XI against RR:

1. Jonny Bairstow (wk):

 SunRisers Hyderabad
David Warner (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

Jonny Bairstow is playing a crucial role for SunRisers Hyderabad this season. He has been the leading scorer for them in the last matches. Overall, he has amassed 316 runs in nine matches at the strike rate of 128.97. It’s important for SRH that he stays longer in the field to give them a good start.

2. David Warner (c):

Jonny Bairstow and David Warner
Jonny Bairstow and David Warner. Image Credit: IPL.

David Warner has played more cautious innings considering the inexperienced middle-order. He has anchored the innings while has allowed Bairstow to play more freely. This strategy has worked for SunRisers Hyderabad to give them a stable start.

3. Manish Pandey:

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Manish Pandey (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

Whenever there is an early fall of openers, Manish Pandey has played gritty knocks to put a good score on the board. In nine matches, he has scored 212 runs at a strike rate of 123.25. Being at no.3, SunRisers Hyderabad will expect him to play a big knock to give a good start to the team.

4. Kane Williamson:

Kane Williamson
Kane Williamson. Image Credit: IPL.

Kane Williamson has played decent knocks for the team, but he has lost his wickets early. After missing the first two matches, he has notched up 181 runs in seven matches at a healthy strike rate of 145.96. He is going to play a crucial role for SunRisers Hyderabad against RR.

5. Priyam Garg:

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Priyam Garg (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

After scoring a half-century against Chennai Super Kings in their first meeting, Priyam Garg has scored 8, 0, 15,16 and 4 in the last five matches. Although he had shown his potential with the bat, he has a huge role to play as a finisher of SunRisers Hyderabad.

6. Abhishek Sharma:

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Abhishekh Sharma. Image Credit: IPL.

Abhishek Sharma has done a good job with both bat and ball for SunRisers Hyderabad. The youngster has not got enough chances to bat, but his short cameo has accelerated the innings for SRH. In seven matches, the leg spinner has picked up two wickets and scored 63 runs. He has not played in the last two matches, but he is likely to get back his place.

7. Abdul Samad:

Abdul Samad

Abdul Samad has also been a great find of IPL 2020. He is a power hitter while also is a good bowling option for the captain. The youngster will be the one to look out for this season.

8. Rashid Khan:

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Rashid Khan (Image Credit: BCCI/IPL)

Rashid Khan is the lynchpin for SunRisers Hyderabad. The lone spinner in the team has the big responsibility to dismiss the opposition’s batsmen early. So far, he has picked up 11 wickets in nine matches at the staggering economy rate of 5.52.

9. Sandeep Sharma:

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Sandeep Sharma. Image Credit: IPL.

The pacer’s ability to swing the ball has troubled batsman to not score runs easily against him. But he has failed to pick wickets. He has scalped up four wickets in six matches. SRH will want him to give them breakthroughs against RR.

10. Khaleel Ahmed:

Khaleel Ahmed,
Khaleel Ahmed (Image Credit: IPL)

The left-arm pacer Khaleel Ahmed has not been economical but has picked crucial wickets. He has picked up eight wickets in six matches at the economy rate of 9.73. He is still to match up to the expectation. But the youngster will maintain his spot in the coming games.

11. T Natarajan:

T Natarajan
T Natarajan . Image Credit: BCCI/IPL.

T Natarajan is in terrific form. He has remarkably executed his yorkers even though dew makes it difficult to bowl in the second half. The pacer has picked up 11 wickets in nine matches at the economy rate of 8.46. The Tamil Nadu cricketer is going to play a significant role this season for SunRisers Hyderabad.

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