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Top 5 Overseas Players Who Can Hardly Get Playing Opportunity In IPL 2020

IPL 2020 is very much likely to happen as the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) is in the final process to finalise the schedule of the 13th edition of the IPL. The United Arab Emirates (UAE) is likely to host the IPL 2020 between September and November 2020.

Overseas players are important parts of the IPL tournament. In an IPL match, each team can utilise the maximum of four overseas players, so the team management always put the special attention in this part.

Though the IPL franchises have the tendencies to pick the best overseas players, some of them hardly earn an opportunity in a full season due to various reasons.

Here we are talking about the top five overseas players who can hardly get playing opportunity in the IPL 2020.

Tom Banton (Kolkata Knight Riders)

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The 21-year-old England wicketkeeper-batsman Tom Banton hasn’t made his IPL debut yet. The IPL 2020 will be his maiden IPL experience where he will serve for the KKR.

Banton has played three T20Is and 34 T20s where the wicketkeeper-batsman has scored 58 runs (average 18.66) and 944 runs (average 30.45) respectively. He has already hit one century in T20 career.

KKR wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik is the captain of this side. While the maximum four overseas players can be used in the IPL playing XI, it is very hard to think that the KKR team management will select the overseas wicket-keeper in a match, except the skipper’s unavailability or setting any other specific duty in the batting line-up.

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SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA - FEBRUARY 27: Mitchell Johnson of Australia poses with the 2003 World Cup trophy during the Australian Cricket team World Cup portrait session at The Hilton Hotel February 27, 2007 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Nolan/Getty Images)

5 Cricketers Who Won The ODI World Cup Without Playing A Single Game

For cricketers playing on the international stage, a world cup trophy is an achievement that is rare and extremely special. Winning a world cup is the dream of every nation and all the cricketers who take up professional cricket. For some cricketers, a world cup win is an ultimate glory in their international cricketing career.

For them, what adds to the speciality is performing to the best of their abilities when it matters the most and guide their team to the most coveted trophy win in world cricket. There have been a lot of cricketers who have shone exceptionally in an edition of the world cup. However, there have been a few lucky cricketers who have not played any game in the world cup but still possess the world cup trophy.

Srinivas To MS Dhoni, Here Are The Six Skippers Who Led India In World Cup
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Today, we’ll take a look at the five cricketers who won the ODI World Cup without playing a single game during the entire tournament.

5 Cricketers Who Won The ODI World Cup Without Playing A Single Game:

5. Marvan Atapattu – 1996

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Marvan Atapattu. Image Source: Twitter

Former Sri Lankan batsman Marvan Atapattu has scored close to 13000 thousand runs in international cricket. The veteran made his ODI debut in 1990, after which he was given a place in the team for the World Cup 1996. Sri Lanka won the World Cup in 1996, but Attapattu did not get a chance to play a single match during the entire tournament. And, it makes him one of the cricketers to win a world cup without playing a single game.

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Looking Forward To Winning Games For The Rajasthan Royals: Tom Curran

The 24-year-old English all-rounder Tom Curran is looking forward to participating in the upcoming IPL 2020 and achieve success for his team.

In the IPL 2020 auction, Rajasthan Royals (RR) bought Tom Curran for the base price (INR 1 crore). The English youngster is very excited to participate in the upcoming IPL 2020.

Tom Curran made his IPL debut for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in 2018. In that edition, the youngster played five matches and picked up six wickets. He is now getting ready to serve for Rajasthan Royals, where he will have to play along with Steven Smith, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler. The English cricketer feels lucky to get a good opportunity to play with these top cricketers.

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Curran told IANS, “It will be a great experience. Have been lucky to have played with and against them for a bit and know them well and looking forward to play with them and win games for the Royals.”

While Tom Curran takes the major responsibility with the ball in hand, he is also a powerful big hitter in the lower-order batting. When Curran was asked whether he tried to emulate the top-class English all-rounder Ben Stokes, the youngster lauded the senior’s effort.

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Curran claimed, “I know Stoksey as a good mate and honestly, his training is second to none. It is great to be around such a great player.”

Just trying to get better every time I go out to the middle: Tom Curran

The ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2020 will be played between 18th October and 15th November 2020 in Australia. Tom Curran is not thinking too far yet as he is just trying to perform better in the upcoming matches.

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Tom Curran (Image Credit: Twitter)

He said, “Every game of cricket I play I feel will have an influence – however big or small – on my selection for the World T20 in Australia, but I am not really looking to think so far ahead and want to take one game at a time. Just trying to get better every time I go out to the middle.”

In international career, Tom Curran has already played two Tests, 20 ODIs and 18 T20Is.

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IPL 2020: Tom Curran Eyes To Target Virat Kohli And Rohit Sharma

Tom Curran has established himself as one of the valuable assets for England. The English bowling all-rounder had a pretty good series against hosts South Africa. Of late, he snared five wickets in the three-match T20I series. Curran hit the peak performance on the field when he single-handedly helped his team to win the second match by two runs.

With T20 World Cup tournament scheduled to be held this year’s October, the 24-year-old all-rounder is in good space at the moment.

Sam, who plied his trade for Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in IPL 2018, was roped in by Rajasthan Royals (RR) at his base price of INR 1 crore in the 2020 IPL auction held in Kolkata on December 19.

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Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma are world-class players: Tom Curran

Curran stressed on the fact that he is targetting the big wickets of India opener Rohit Sharma and skipper Virat Kohli in the upcoming Indian Premier League (IPL). He said that Rohit Sharma and Kohli are world-class players while also adding that he is looking forward to executing his tactical plans against them in the upcoming edition of the IPL.

“I think they are world-class players and it is about as a bowler looking to executing my plans and looking at my skills than theirs. It will be a great challenge and one that I looking forward to,” he added.

Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, India vs Windies 2019
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The Royals’ player also felt that every match he plays from now on will have a tremendous impact for him in the build-up the World T20 later this year in Australia. He also said he does not want to think too much about the showpiece event as it is still a long way to go but has promised to improve himself with every game.

“Every game of cricket I play I feel will have an influence – however big or small – on my selection for the World T20 in Australia, but I am not really looking to think so far ahead and want to take one game at a time. Just trying to get better every time I go out to the middle,” said Curran.

Since 2018, Curran has featured in five matches. He has a total of six wickets to his name.

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South Africa Vs England 2020: 2nd T20I, Durban – England Level The Series After Tom Curran’s Thrilling Final Over

The visitors England have levelled the three-match T20I series against the hosts, South Africa, after winning the thrilling second game by just two runs at Durban. While the Proteas captain Quinton de Kock scored the fastest T20I half-century in South African history, English pacer Tom Curran gifted the game to his team after holding the nerve in the last over.

After winning the toss, the hosts decided to field first. While England scored 204/7 (20 overs), South Africa replied with 202/7 (20 overs).

Quinton de Kock scored 17-ball fifty

South African openers Temba Bavuma and Quinton de Kock provided the firing 92 runs partnership for the first wicket. Captain and wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock completed his half-century in just 17 balls. It was the fastest T20I fifty by a South African batsman as captain de Kock broke the previous fastest record of 21-ball fifty by himself and AB de Villiers.

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But after Quinton de Kock was dismissed on 65 runs off 22 balls (2 fours and 8 sixes), South Africa lost their next wickets at regular intervals. Another opener Temba Bavuma scored 31 runs while David Miller played the 21-run knock.

While Rassie van der Dussen was controlling the situation from one side, he was not getting support enough as the hosts were struggling on 158/5. At the late moment, Dwaine Pretorius played a firing cameo that brought them to closer the target.

Dussen and Pretorius had the 44 runs partnership for the sixth wicket. In the last over of the match, South Africa needed 15 runs to score. In that over, Pretorius hit a six and four to Tom Curran on the second and third ball respectively.

While South Africa had to score three runs off two balls, Tom Curran dismissed Pretorius (25) and Bjorn Fortuin (0) in back-to-back deliveries and snatched the two-run victory. Rassie van der Dussen remained not out on 43 runs off 26 balls (2 fours and 3 sixes).

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Among the England bowlers, Tom Curran (2/45), Chris Jordan (2/31) and Mark Wood (2/39) bagged two wickets each.

Player of the Match Moeen Ali played a crucial cameo in England innings

In the first innings, after the England opener Jos Buttler (2) was dismissed cheaply, another opener Jason Roy and Jonny Bairstow handled that situation very well. Roy scored 40 runs (29 balls), and Bairstow scored 35 runs off 17 balls.

Struggling on 125/5, Ben Stokes and Moeen Ali set up a 51-run partnership for the sixth wicket. While Stokes was not out on 47 runs off 30 balls, Ali played the great cameo of 39 runs off 11 balls.

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Moeen Ali (Image Credit: Twitter)

South African pacers Lungi Ngidi (3/48) took three wickets, and Andile Phehlukwayo (2/47) scalped two wickets.

The hosts won the first game of this series by just one run at East London. After the latest result, the series is standing with 1-1 with one game to go. They will play the T20I series decider on this Sunday (16th February) at Centurion.

Some crucial stats of the match: South Africa vs England

i) Quinton de Kock scored 17-ball half-century. It is the fastest T20I half-century in South African cricket history. The previous record was 21-ball fifty by AB de Villiers (against England at Johannesburg on 21st February 2016) and Quinton de Kock (against England at Mumbai on 18th March 2016) once each.

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Jason Roy in action. (Getty Images)

ICC World Cup 2019: Tom Curran, Jason Roy Struggling With Fitness Issues

Just ahead of the ICC World Cup 2019, the England and Wales Cricket Board players are suffering injury scares, which might even put them away from the prestigious ICC World Cup 2019. The all-rounder Tom Curran followed by Jason Roy and Joe Denly have already missed the Royal London Clashes in County.

Tom Curran, who received the call letter for the ICC World Cup 2019 has been ruled out of the clash between Middlesex and Surrey. He also missed out in the previous clash owing to the fitness concerns. The other major player to miss out the action is Jason Roy.

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The flamboyant striker of the ball also missed the clash for Surrey in the Royal London ODI tournament. The fitness of Jason Roy is key for England, as he has been their best batsman in the last summer.

Joe Denly also suffering from stiff back:

Not only Roy and Tom Curran but also Joe Denly, who received a surprise call-up also suffering from the back issues. He missed out a clash for Kent against Glamorgan after scoring a half-century in the previous fixture. In the recent news, the standby player Sam Billings also suffered a shoulder injury.

England is set to start its world cup camp later this week. It means that the regular international players will not participate in the remaining games of the county season. A few regular players, who are plying their trade in IPL will also head back home.

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The like of Jonny Bairstow and Moeen Ali already finished their deal for their respective franchises. While the players like Ben Stokes and Jofra Archer will return after their clash tonight against KKR.

England will start their new season by locking horns with Ireland on May 5th. Then they will take on Pakistan team, who will be touring for the 5 ODI games and 1 T20I fixture. As far as the World Cup is concerned,  they will play their first game of the tournament against South Africa on May 30th.

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Sydney Sixers Re-Sign Tom Curran for Three Years

Sydney Sixers have signed a new three-year contract with England all-rounder Tom Curran. The English all-rounder had impressed in his stint at the Sixers. In fact, Tom Curran has played an instrumental role for Sydney Sixers in the ongoing season.

Curran played a significant role in getting Sixers to the semifinal of the Big Bash League eight season. The right-handed all-rounder has scalped 20 wickets in the ongoing season as he has impressed with the ball. Furthermore, Curran has also provided the finishing touches to the Sydney Sixers as he has scored 185 runs in this season.

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Tom Curran. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

Consequently, Tom Curran will represent Sydney Sixers in BBL 09, BBL 10 and BBL 11. However, Curran is not going to be available for the semifinal clash of Sydney Sixers when they will lock horns with Melbourne Renegades.

Curran has made the cut into England’s One Day International series against the Windies. Thus, the English all-rounder will join his teammates in the Carribean for national duty.

Meanwhile, England has already lost the three-match Test series as the hosts have taken an impregnable lead of 2-0. However, England has put their noses in front in the third and final Test match against the hosts.

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England batsman Joe Denly said as quoted by the franchise website, “No one works harder on their game than Tom.”

“I think he’s only going to get better, which is great for the Sydney Sixers and great for England”.

Jordan Silk who has done a great job with the bat, said “He’s been unbelievable this season”.

Sydney Sixers will take on Melbourne Renegades at Docklands Stadium, Melbourne on 15th February in the second semifinal. On the other hand, table toppers Hobart Hurricanes will lock horns with Melbourne Stars in the first semifinal at Hobart on 14th February.

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BBL 2018-19: Tom Curran Charged With CA Code of Conduct Breach

Sydney Sixers fast bowler Tom Curran has been charged with Cricket Australia code of conduct breach. Curran has been charged with Level 1 offense for his conduct during the match against Adelaide Strikers. The England bowler showed dissent at the umpire’s decision during the match which took place on 29 January.

Curran was reported for breaching the CA code of conduct of article 2.1.4. Meanwhile, the incident took place during the Adelaide Strikers innings when Tom Curran showed his disappointment at the umpire’s decision.

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Curran receives a reprimand.

The Match referee Bob Parry went through the umpire’s report. Subsequently, Parry went on to hand a penalty of $2500 to Tom Curran.

Curran admitted to the offense but appealed against the sanction at the disciplinary hearing. Consequently, the match referee revised the sanction and Curran got away with the official reprimand.

Meanwhile, Sydney Sixers is at the second place in the points table. They have won eight matches out of the 13 matches and looks set to qualify for the semifinal stages.

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Tom Curran. (Photo by Mark Evans/Getty Images)

In fact, Sydney Sixers was able to win the 45th match of the ongoing Big Bash League against Adelaide Strikers by eight wickets. Curran was on the expensive side as he gave away 37 runs in his four overs quota. The right-handed pacer scalped one wicket.

Meanwhile, Tom Curran has impressed with his skills in the ongoing BBL 2018-19. Curran has come up with good variations to keep the run down. Tom Curran is currently fifth on the list of most wicket takers of the ongoing season.

The English bowler has scalped 18 wickets in the 13 matches he has played in the ongoing season. He has bowled with an average of 19.88 and he has given his runs at an economy rate of 7.48.

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Tom Curran is excited for the ICC's coveted events. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Virat Kohli is an Unbelievable Player: Tom Curran

England promising bowling all-rounder Tom Curran has heaped praise on Virat Kohli while shedding light on the 2020 T20 World Cup. He is equally fascinated to take on the batting giant on the Australian soil. Over a couple of years, Curran has emerged as a strong contender while giving his best in all possible ways.

Tom Plans for Virat Kohli:

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Tom Curran is delivering goods for England. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Meanwhile, the world cricket board International Cricket Council (ICC) has announced the scheduled of the mega event on Tuesday (January 26). He stated he would be eyeing to get rid of the world-class batsman. While sharing high praises on Kohli, Curran is hoping not to get him off the no-ball. But following the 3-0 series win over New Zealand, Kohli will be resting for the remainder of the Black Caps’ limited-overs tour. He will start off fresh in the home series against Australia.

“Hopefully, not with a no-ball. We will see. He is an unbelievable player,” Curran was quoted as saying by ANI.

Pertinently, in Group B, England made it alongside India, South Africa and Afghanistan, in particular. The 23-year-old right-arm medium pacer is equally excited to represent England Cricket Team in Australia.

For England, Curran the elder brother of Sam Curran made his international debut against South Africa at Taunton on June 23, 2017. There on, the former went to play 11 One-day Internationals, seven T20Is and two Tests. Across formats, he has bagged 27 wickets

While reflecting on the 2020 T20 World Cup, Curran stated the crowd creates an exciting atmosphere. He added the 2019 World Cup had revealed such exciting things and is he would be happy if he breaks into the Three Lions squad for the T20I showpiece.

 “All the games are so exciting, the crowd will be phenomenal, and to be a part of it will be amazing. Playing T20s in Australia is unbelievable. We saw the excitement the 50-over World Cup (in 2015) created here,” Curran added.

Tom Curran and BBL experience:

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Tom Curran signed a one-year deal in December 2018 with Sydney Sixers for the BBL. Photo Credit: Getty Images.

Interestingly, Curran, who has been in Australia to represent his team Sydney Sixers of the ongoing eighth edition of the Big Bash League (BBL), has enjoyed his time. He reiterated Australia has some incredible stadiums which he eventually experienced during his BBL stint.

 “Australia have some of the most unbelievable stadiums in the world. To experience it properly in this Big Bash season has been amazing for me,” Curran signed off.

So far, Curran has bagged 16 wickets at an impressive average of 20.38 in 12 games in BBL. Interestingly, he has notched a fifty to amass 175 runs in 12 matches as his batting average read 35.

The T20 World is scheduled to be played between October 18 and November 15. The semi-finals will be held at Sydney and Adelaide, before the grand-finale will take place on November 15 at the MCG.

IPL: KKR release Curran, Johnson ; Nagarkoti retained

IPL: KKR release Curran, Johnson ; Nagarkoti retained

New Delhi, Nov 15: Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) released Mitchell Johnson, Tom Curran, Cameron Delport and Javon Searles ahead of the Indian Premier League (IPL) auction for the next season, the franchise announced on Thursday.

Apoorv Wankhede, Vinay Kumar and Ishank Jaggi were the Indian players released from the side as the franchise retained its core and a total of 13 players.

“Curran, Searles and Vinay proved expensive, while Cameron Delport and Apoorv Wankhede weren’t given an opportunity to perform. The retention was triggered by how our season went in 2018,” Venky Mysore, the CEO of KKR said.

“As we all know, we had a big auction before the last edition, where we assembled a new team. We had retained only Andre Russell and Sunil Narine (on that occasion), so it was practically a new squad, and we were quite excited by the way the season evolved.”

“We have retained 13 players now, including Kamlesh Nagarkoti. He was injured, and he, unfortunately, couldn’t play for us. He is still recovering, but given the skills and ability he has, we picked him with that intention, and we have retained him again.

“Releasing players is always a difficult decision, because we are like one big family. The cricketers, whether they play or they don’t, often contribute in many other ways to a side. However, this was an opportunity for us to fine-tune the squad, and look at the strategies going forward,” Mysore added.

Kuldeep Yadav, Robin Uthappa and Piyush Chawla will continue their association with the purple brigade.

Overseas stars like Chris Lynn, Andre Russell and Sunil Narine have also been retained.

Youngsters Shubman Gill, Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna and Nitish Rana also find a spot in the squad with Rinku Singh.

Australia pacer Mitchell Starc was on Wednesday released by KKR.

Starc, who missed the last edition due to an injury, was bought by KKR in the 2018 auction for Rs 9.4 crore.

“I got a text message two days ago from the owners of Kolkata saying I’ve been released from my contract, so at the moment I’ll be home in April,” Starc told reporters.

“I didn’t go last year with my tibia injury. It was a great opportunity to freshen the body up and let it heal by itself. If I don’t play the IPL next year it’s a good opportunity to freshen up for a massive six months of cricket in the UK. 

Starc also said IPL is a bonus but if he had to miss the league for his national team he will take the latter option.

KKR squad:

Retained: Dinesh Karthik (captain), Robin Uthappa, Chris Lynn, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Shubman Gill, Piyush Chawla, Kuldeep Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Shivam Mavi, Nitish Rana, Rinku Singh, Kamlesh Nagarkoti.

Released: Mitchell Starc, Mitchell Johnson, Tom Curran, Cameron Delport, Ishank Jaggi, Vinay Kumar, Apoorv Wankhede, Javon Searles.