Umran Malik

Umran Malik, Dinesh Karthik
Umran Malik, Dinesh Karthik

India vs South Africa 2022: Dinesh Karthik To Earn Recall, Uncapped Umran Malik And Mohsin Khan Likely To Get Call-ups Too

The selectors are going to make several changes to India’s T20I team for the upcoming T20I series against South Africa. India will host the Proteas for a five-match series next month. The much-awaited series will get underway on June 9 in Delhi and will end with the fifth and final game on June 19 in Bengaluru. India are unlikely to be at their full-strength for the series as several first-choice players will be leaving for England in mid-June for the series against the hosts.

In such a scenario, selectors are set to bring in some new faces in the team. According to reports, fast-bowlers Umran Malik and Mohsin Khan are likely to get their maiden call-ups after impressing in the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League. Both Malik and Mohsin have impressed one and all with their pace and wicket-taking abilities in the tournament. Malik has constantly touched the 150 kph mark this season and has picked up 23 wickets including a five-wicket haul.

Umran Malik
Umran Malik (Credits: Twitter)

Mohsin has also bowled with fire and has picked up 13 wickets in just 8 games while maintaining a stunning economy-rate of 5.93. Apart from Malik and Mohsin, another uncapped bowler who is in line to earn his maiden call-up is Punjab Kings’ Arshdeep Singh. The left-arm pacer has impressed with his bowling in death overs and his ability to bowl yorkers at will. Young batsman Tilak Verma is also likely to be named in the team.

Playing in his maiden IPL, Verma is the highest-run scorer for Mumbai Indians. The southpaw has scored 376 runs in 13 games and could breach the 400-run mark in his last game. Rohit Sharma has already called him a future all-format player for Team India. With the India captain backing him publicly, he is likely to be named in the team.

Seniors players to return:

Along with the uncapped players, some old-horses will return to the team too, according to a report from The Times of India. Veteran wicketkeeper-batsman Dinesh Karthik is likely earn a recall after his impressive displays in IPL 2022. Karthik has been one of the best finishers of the season and looks set to be a part of Team India for the first time since 2019. Veteran opener Shikhar Dhawan is also set to get a recall after last playing a T20I for India in July 2021.

Dinesh Karthik Photo: © Reuters (Main Image)
Dinesh Karthik Photo: © Reuters (Main Image)

Allrounder Hardik Pandya, who has not played for India since the T20 World Cup last year, is set to be named in the team too. Pandya has performed well with both bat and ball in IPL. The selectors could also try the old ‘KulCha’ combination by adding in-form duo of Kuldeep Yadav and Yuzvendra Chahal in the team.

Tilak Verma
Tilak Verma (Credits: Twitter)

IPL 2022: 5 Uncapped Players Who Can Get Their Maiden India Call-up After Doing Well This Season

5 Uncapped Players Who Can Get Their Maiden India Call-up After Doing Well This Season: The Indian Premier League has been providing platform to uncapped players since its inaugural season in 2008. Several relatively unknown faces have gone on to play international cricket due to their performance in the IPL. The ongoing season has also seen some uncapped players turning heads with their performances. So through this article, we are taking a look at 5 uncapped players who can get their maiden India call-up after doing well this season.

5 Uncapped Players Who Can Get Their Maiden India Call-up After Doing Well This Season:

5. Mukesh Choudhary:

Mukesh Choudhary
Mukesh Choudhary (Credits: Twitter)

Mukesh Choudhary is one of the finds of the ongoing season of the IPL. The left-arm pacer has impressed one and all with his performances in his maiden IPL season. Choudhary did not cost Chennai Super Kings big. CSK had signed him up at his base price of Rs 20 lakh and what a signing he has turned out to be. Choudhary got the chance to play this season mainly because of Deepak Chahar’s absence and he has grabbed the opportunity with both hands.

In 12 games so far, he has picked up an impressive 16 wickets. Choudhary has also showed that he is capable of bowling a left-arm pacer’s traditional mode of inswing to the right-hander and outswing to the left-hander. Team India are searching for a good left-arm pacer for quite some time now and Choudhary could be their answer.

4. Tilak Verma:

Tilak Verma
Tilak Verma (Credits: Twitter)

Tilak Verma is another player who has impressed a lot this season. Unlike his team Mumbai Indians, the left-handed batsman has managed to deliver consistently in IPL 2022. Mumbai spent Rs 1.7 crore on the youngster and he has totally justified the faith show in him by the franchise. In 12 games so far, he has scored an impressive 368 runs at an average of nearly 41 and a strike-rate of more than 132. Verma has also scored two fifties so far.

Recent reports have claimed that he might be named in the Indian team for the upcoming T20I series against South Africa. Prior to doing well in the IPL, he had also impressed in the domestic circuit. He had scored 215 runs at a strike rate of 147.26 in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy 2021-22.

3. Avesh Khan:

Avesh Khan
Avesh Khan (Credits: Twitter)

Avesh Khan has been doing well in the Indian Premier League (IPL) and that is why he caused a bidding war in this year’s mega auction. After registering himself at a base price of Rs 20 lakh, he went on to secure a lucrative deal of INR 10 crore from Lucknow Super Giant. The right-arm pacer has once again managed to impress everyone with his bowling. In 11 games so far, he has picked up 17 wickets while conceding less than 8 runs per over.

He is one of the big reasons behind Lucknow Super Giants’ fine performance in their maiden season. The Lucknow-based franchise are in a strong position in the league and are looking set to seal their place in the playoffs. Avesh is yet to play for India but the way he is performing from the last few seasons, it is just a matter of time before he replaces a player in the national team.

2. Rahul Tripathi:

Rahul Tripathi
Rahul Tripathi (Credits: Twitter)

Team India have been searching for a good middle-order batsman for quite some time now and Rahul Tripathi could be one of the options for them. The right-handed batsman has been doing well in the IPL since his inaugural season in 2017. His consistent displays in the previous seasons was one of the reasons why Sunrisers Hyderabad spent Rs 8.5 crore on him in the mega auction. And Tripathi has done quite well this season.

In 12 outings, he has scored only 317 runs at an average of more than 35 and a strike-rate of nearly 160. Tripathi has the ability to play the big shots at any stage of an innings and that makes him a valuable T20 player. Tripathi’s consistency is also good and is a really good player in the shortest format of the game.

1. Umran Malik:

Umran Malik
Umran Malik (Credits: Twitter)

It would not be wrong to say that Umran Malik has been the most impressive uncapped player this season. Sunrisers Hyderabad had raised a number of eyebrows by retaining him before this year’s mega auction. In his maiden IPL season last year, Malik had played only 3 games and had picked up 2 wickets. But it was enough for Sunrisers to know about his talent and they did not release him. And Malik has repaid the faith in fine style.

He has set the stage on fire with his raw pace this season. The pace sensation has clocked the fastest ball of IPL 2022 when he bowled one at 156.9 kph against Delhi Capitals. He has constantly touched the 150 kph mark this season. Malik was also the first bowler to pick up a five-wicket haul this season. So far, he has picked up an impressive 18 wickets in 12 games. It is just a matter of time before he receives his maiden India cap.

Team India
India national cricket team- file pic (Credits: Twitter @Shreyasiyer15

Selectors Set To Name Two India Squads For South Africa And England Series, Tilak Verma, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh Likely To Get Chance

The national selection panel is reportedly set to pick two squads for the upcoming series against South Africa and England. Few days after the ongoing season of the Indian Premier League ends, Team India will be in action at home against South Africa. The Men in Blue will host the Proteas for a five-match T20I series. The series will get underway on June 9 in Delhi and will end with the fifth and final game on June 19 in Bengaluru.

The tour of England, on the other hand, will get underway in July with the fifth Test of last year’s series. The match had to be cancelled last year due to covid-19. The Test will be followed by three T20Is and as many One-Day Internationals. The selectors are expected to name the squads in a week’s time, according to Cricbuzz. The report has started that the Chetan Sharma-led committee is likely to pick two teams – one for the tour of England and another for the home series against South Africa. The situation will be somewhat similar to last year, when India had one team in England and another in Sri Lanka.

Rohit Sharma
Rohit Sharma Photo Credit: (BCCI)

The Indian team selected for the upcoming tour will leave for England around June 16, three days before the home series against South Africa ends. The news outlet further stated that all the regular players – the likes of Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Rishabh Pant, KL Rahul, Mohammed Shami, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ravindra Jadeja and Cheteshwar Pujara  among others — will be selected for the England tour.

As a result, they will not be a part of the team that locks horns against South Africa at home next month. The squad for the home series is set to be a mix of youth, experience and standout performers of the IPL. Few new faces are likely to make the cut for the upcoming series. The likes of Tilak Varma, Umran Malik, Arshdeep Singh, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Prasidh Krishna and Avesh Khan are likely to be named in the squad along with the likes of Shikhar Dhawan, Hardik Pandya, Dinesh Karthik, Bhuvneshwar Kumar among others. There is also the possibility of Dhawan leading the team.

Shikhar Dhawan
Shikhar Dhawan Image Source : AP
New Zealand cricket team. (Credits: Twitter)
New Zealand cricket team. (Credits: Twitter)

Gary Stead Hopes IPL 2022 Bound New Zealand Players Will Be Available For England Test Series

Gary Stead, New Zealand head coach hopes the IPL-bound Kiwi players will be available for the Test series in England in June. The Kiwi coach believes shifting from white-ball cricket would be a significant turnaround; however, he feels it has become the norm.

12 players are set to fly to India for the 15th season of the IPL, commencing from the 26th of March. Hence, most Kiwi players won’t play in the ODI series against the Netherlands, concluding in the summer. With the Test series against England starting on the 2nd of June, New Zealand has a turnaround time of only three days.

New Zealand head cricket coach Gary Stead. (Photo| EPS)
New Zealand head cricket coach Gary Stead. (Photo| EPS)

Gary Stead Hopes IPL Bound Players Will Be Available For England Test Series

Nevertheless, Gary Stead says such adjustments are the norm today and believes they should get three or four days to be ready for the Tests.

“It will be a tight crossover. If it is that tight it’s not ideal, but it is what it is, the guys are used to it. They’re used to adjusting to different formats quickly, so it will be the same situation.

“I think there’d still arrive there on the 30th of May, or the day after, and they’ve still got three or four days. I think players will be available coming from the IPL final,” Gary Stead said.

Lockie Ferguson
Lockie Ferguson (Image Credit: Twitter)

Kane Williamson, Trent Boult, Mitchell Santner, Devon Conway, Daryl Mitchell, Lockie Ferguson, Tim Southee, Adam Milne, Tim Seifert, James Neesham, Finn Allen, and Glenn Phillips have IPL contracts.

“After a 1-1 draw against South Africa at home, the Blackcaps will be wary of England in their three-match series. However, they notably won the series last year in a two-Test tour before lifting the World Test Championship trophy.

Gary Stead Hopes Kane Williamson Will Play From IPL 2022 Start

Gary Stead further claimed that skipper Kane Williamson remains on track for a full recovery and has dealt cautiously with it in the last few months. The 50-year-old expects his availability for the IPL from the start.

He said: “Kane is going really well. He’s hitting balls for about 45 minutes now. The danger we faced through the test series was the worst thing that could have happened for us is he bats for four or five hours and he aggravates it again.

“That’s why it’s been a progressive loading programme for him. T20 cricket is probably the more ideal format for him to start for us. We’re expecting he will be pretty close to playing right from the start of the IPL.”

Kane Williamson SPORTZPICS/Instagram
Kane Williamson SPORTZPICS/Instagram

Kane Williamson has been out of action since the tour of India last year due to an elbow injury. The 31-year-old missed the home series against Bangladesh and New Zealand due to that. Sunrisers Hyderabad retained Kane Williamson (INR 14 crore), Abdul Samad (INR 4 crore), and Umran Malik (INR 4 crore) before IPL 2022 auctions.

New Zealand and Sunrisers Hyderabad captain Kane Williamson is hopeful of being fit for IPL 2022. The 31-year-old has opted against surgery for a long-standing elbow injury and is instead undergoing rehab now.
Kane Williamson had come into IPL 2021 on the back of the elbow injury that had sidelined him from the ODI series at home against Bangladesh. He was not fit enough for selection in the early exchanges of the first leg of IPL 2021 in India.
Jay Shah AP Photo
Jay Shah AP Photo

Jay Shah Elated As Ranji Trophy 2022 Is Back On Track

Jay Shah, the secretary of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI), on Thursday said that a lot of hard work went behind the scenes to get Ranji Trophy back on track.

India’s premier red-ball domestic tournament Ranji Trophy resumed after a hiatus of two years on Thursday.

Secretary BCCI, Jay Shah. Courtesy: Indiatimes
Secretary BCCI, Jay Shah. Courtesy: Indiatimes

Jay Shah: A Lot Of Effort Behind Getting First Class Cricket Back On Track

India’s premium red-ball tournament, Ranji Trophy, is returning back to India after a two-year-long gap. The Board of Control for Cricket in India was forced to cancel the tournament last year owing to restrictions imposed by Covid-19. However, the board has this time decided to host the league in two phases, pre IPL and post IPL.

BCCI secretary Jay Shah, on Thursday, took to Twitter to convey his wishes as India’s premier domestic cricket tournament returned.

“Have been eagerly waiting for this day as India Cricket’s premier domestic tournament, the #RanjiTrophy returns. A lot of effort has gone behind the scenes to get our first-class cricket back on track, and it is now time to let red-ball take centre stage. Good luck, everyone,” Jay Shah tweeted.


Ranji Trophy, , BCCI File Photo
Ranji Trophy, BCCI File Photo

The Ranji Trophy would be held in two phases and now it has been confirmed that the pre-Indian Premier League (IPL) phase would run from February 10 to March 15. The post-IPL-phase would run from May 30 to June 26. The Ranji Trophy this season would see 64 matches being played across 62 days.

Ajinkya Rahane’s Delhi To Play Against Cheteshwar Pujara’s Saurashtra In A High Voltage Clash

There are eight Elite Groups and one Plate Group. There would be four teams in Elite Groups and six teams would make up the Plate Group. One team from each Elite Group will qualify for the quarterfinal stages. The lowest-ranked of the eight qualified teams will have to play a pre-quarterfinal with the top team from the Plate Group.

Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara. Image Credits: Twitter
Ajinkya Rahane, Cheteshwar Pujara. Image Credits: Twitter

In a high-voltage clash, Saurashtra and Mumbai are locking horns in the Ranji Trophy and the contest is witnessing Ajinkya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara squaring off on February 17.  BCCI has selected Thumba, Delhi, Rohtak, Gurugram, Rajkot, Cuttack, Chennai, Ahmedabad, Thiruvananthapuram, Sultanpur, Kolkata, and Guwahati as the cities to conduct the Ranji Trophy league.

Mumbai skipper Prithvi Shaw was dismissed for 1 against Saurashtra, while Ajinkya Rahane is batting on 38. Bengal’s Ishan Porel has picked up 3/31 against Baroda. Under-19 Captain Yash Dhull is batting on 84* against Tamil Nadu whose pacer Sandeep Warrier has 2/54. Sreesanth is wicketless so far against Meghalaya. Mayank Agarwal and Devdutt Padikkal fell cheaply against Railways. Jammu Kashmir’s Umran Malik has 2/24 against Pondicherry and Maharashtra’s Rahul Tripathi was dismissed for 2 against Assam.

Sunrisers Hyderabad
Sunrisers Hyderabad (Image Credit: Twitter)

Nicholas Pooran Excited To Join Sunrisers Hyderabad In IPL 2022

Nicholas Pooran, West Indies wicket-keeper batter expressed excitement about joining Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL).

Nicholas Pooran was picked up by SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) for Rs 10.75 crore in the IPL mega auction 2022. For Nicholas Pooran, interest was shown by SRH and Kolkata Knight Riders, and in the end, the left-handed batter went to SunRisers Hyderabad.

Nicholas Pooran
Nicholas Pooran (Image Credit: Twitter)

Nicholas Pooran Tweets That He’s Looking Forward To Play For Sunrisers Hyderabad

Nicholas Pooran kept a base price of Rs. 1.5 crore ahead of the auction. Last season, he was part of Punjab Kings. The West Indies player made his debut in IPL 2019. He was picked by Punjab Kings during the season. Playing 7 games, he scored 168 runs in IPL 2019 at an average of 28.0. In IPL 2020, he got more chances from the team. He was part of all 14 matches.

“@SunRisers looking forward to an amazing journey with you guys! #OrangeArmy,” Pooran tweeted.

Nicholas Pooran
Nicholas Pooran (Image Credit: Twitter)

The wicketkeeper-batsman slammed 353 runs in 14 matches at an average of 35.30. He also slammed 2 half-centuries. In IPL 2021 last year, Nicholas Pooran did not manage to come up with a good show. Facing multiple ducks, he scored just 85 runs in 12 games averaging a lowly 7.73 with the highest knock of 32 runs. Hence in total, the left-handed batsman has scored 606 runs in 33 matches in IPL at an average of 22.44.

Sunrisers Hyderabad Acquires Rahul Tripathi,

Also, the former KKR batter Rahul Tripathi was sold to Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) for Rs 8.50 crore. The right-handed batter has got over 1300 IPL runs at a strike rate of 136.3. Sunrisers Hyderabad won the IPL trophy in 2016 but was placed last in the IPL 2021 Points table.

Sunrisers Hyderabad retained Kane Williamson (INR 14 crore), Abdul Samad (INR 4 crore), and Umran Malik (INR 4 crore). The Hyderabad-based outfit also bought back young Priyam Garg, who can also be groomed for the captaincy role moving forward. Priyam Garg returned to the SRH camp for a sum of INR 20 lakh.

Washington Sundar[photo: Twitter]
Washington Sundar[photo: Twitter]
Sunrisers Hyderabad also shelled out money to strengthen their all-rounders’ group. Indian star all-rounder Washington Sundar was picked up by the Hyderabad franchise for INR 8.75 crore. A brilliant option with the bat and ball as well, Washington Sundar was not retained by Royal Challengers Bangalore.

The 22-year-old Washington Sundar has featured in 42 IPL games so far. Sunrisers Hyderabad also decided to purchase Abhishek Sharma again. The 21-year-Abhishek Sharma has played 22 IPL matches, scoring 241 runs batting lower down the order, with an average of 17.21. He also has picked 7 wickets with a best of 2/4.

The franchise also sharpened its bowling by adding T Natarajan (4 Cr) and Bhuvneshwar Kumar (4.2 Cr) to the mix. Kartik Tyagi, who had defended four runs in the final over of a match for Punjab Kings last year, was also picked up by SRH.

Shreyas Gopal (0.75 Cr) and Jagadeesha Suchith (0.20 Cr) were Hyderabad’s two purchases from the uncapped players’ category on Day 1.

Hardik Pandya, Shubman Gill, Rashid Khan. (Photo: Twitter)
Hardik Pandya, Shubman Gill, Rashid Khan. (Photo: Twitter)

Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan And Shubman Gill Set To Be Part Of Ahmedabad Franchise In IPL 2022

Hardik Pandya, Rashid Khan, and Shubman Gill are set to be a part of the Ahmedabad franchise for the upcoming IPL 2022 season.
The Ahmedabad franchise, which was bought last October by CVC Capital Partners (Irelia Company Pte Ltd), has also finalized its coaching staff – they will be led by former India fast bowler Ashish Nehra, and former South Africa batter and head coach Gary Kirsten.
Former England batter Vikram Solanki, who is currently Surrey’s head coach, will be the team director. This is the second IPL franchise where the trio will work together: the previous instance was at Royal Challengers Bangalore.
Hardik Pandya Image: PTI
Hardik Pandya Image: PTI

Hardik Pandya And Rashid Khan All Set To Play Together For Ahmedabad Franchise

Ahmedabad and Lucknow, the two new franchises participating in the IPL 2022, are yet to disclose the players they have bought but the deadline for doing so is fast approaching- January 22.  Both teams were given the same purse – INR 90 crore – the same as the existing eight franchises.
However, unlike the other teams, which could retain four players, the two new ones can buy a maximum of three players with the overseas slot limited to one. It has been learned that Ahmedabad has decided to pay both Hardik Pandya and Rashid Khan the same amount – INR 15 crore.
It is also learned that Hardik Pandya is likely to take charge as Ahmedabad captain, a first experience for the allrounder in the IPL. The third player – Shubman Gill – will be paid INR 7 crore. This means the franchise will go into the auction in February with a purse of INR 53 crore.
Hardik Pandya’s rise, since he was bought as an uncapped player for a mere INR 10 lakh in 2015, has been exponential. By 2018, he had established himself as the best allrounder in India and Mumbai duly retained him as their second pick at the auction that year, paying INR 11 crore.
This is the first time Hardik Pandya and Rashid Khan will play for the same team in the IPL, having previously represented Mumbai Indians and Sunrisers Hyderabad respectively. Hardik Pandya is a four-time title-winner. However, Hardik Pandya struggled with fitness issues over the last two IPLs and did not bowl at all in this period. His batting, too, hasn’t been as effective as before.
Rashid Khan. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)
Rashid Khan. (Photo Source: IPL/BCCI)
That forced Mumbai to look in a different direction as they retained the in-form Suryakumar Yadav, who has proven he can bat and accelerate at any position. Hardik Pandya is currently focussing on regaining complete fitness and has not been part of any of the Indian white-ball squads since the 2021 T20I World Cup.
As for Rashid Khan, the Afghanistan legspinner became a big talking point immediately after Sunrisers Hyderabad decided to retain Kane Williamson, who will be full-time captain from IPL 2022, along with the uncapped Jammu & Kashmir pairing of Abdul Samad and Umran Malik.
In 2017, Sunrisers Hyderabad bought Rashid Khan for INR 4 crore and, a year later, they retained him for INR 9 crore. Remarkably, Rashid Khan featured in all 76 matches played by Sunrisers Hyderabad since his debut, picking up 93 wickets at an economy rate of 6.33. Only Jasprit Bumrah has taken more wickets (104) than Rashid Khan in the last five IPL seasons.
Sunrisers Hyderabad wanted to keep Rashid Khan, so they told him that he would be their second pick behind Kane Williamson. The talks got derailed thereafter, which freed Rashid Khan to weigh up his options, including going into the IPL 2022 mega auction.

Shubman Gill Also Set To Be A Part Of Ahmedabad Franchise In IPL 2022

For Shubman Gill, this will be his second team in the IPL having been picked by Kolkata Knight Riders in the 2018 auction for INR 1.8 crore. The 22-year old, who has already played 10 Tests and three ODIs, has been earmarked as one of the brightest young talents of this decade, and at one point was even looked upon as a future leader by the Kolkata Knight Riders.
Shubman Gill (Image Credit: Twitter)
Shubman Gill (Image Credit: Twitter)
However, the Kolkata Knight Riders had several other options when it came to the retention and Shubman Gill had to be left out. Shubman Gill was a member of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and he was let go by the franchise as the franchise retained Varun Chakravarthy, Venkatesh Iyer, Sunil Narine, and Andre Russell instead.
Ahmedabad’s third choice Ishan Kishan didn’t work out and they zeroed in on Shubman Gill, who could also be seen as a potential captaincy candidate.

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Dale Steyn
Dale Steyn

Dale Steyn In Line To Be Roped In As Sunrisers Hyderabad’s Bowling Coach In IPL 2022

Dale Steyn is set for a new inning in the forthcoming Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 as Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) have approached him to be their bowling coach. Unless the talks fall through at the last minute, the franchise is expected to make an announcement next week. Dale Steyn, who has played 95 IPL games for several franchises, had announced retirement from all forms of cricket, including franchise competitions, earlier in August.

Regarded as one of the greatest fast bowlers of all time with 439 wickets in 93 Tests at an average of 22.95, the South African will be working alongside Tom Moody, who is going to take over as the head coach of the SRH franchise.

Dale Steyn has returned 97 wickets in the IPL.
Dale Steyn has returned 97 wickets in the IPL. © BCCI

Dale Steyn Approached By Sunrisers Hyderabad To Be Their Bowling Coach

Dale Steyn, who also played 125 ODIs (196 wickets) and 47 T20Is (64 wickets), has represented Deccan Chargers, Sunrisers Hyderabad, Gujarat Lions, and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the IPL and has returned 97 wickets in the league. Dale Steyn, a veteran of 95 IPL matches and 97 wickets, has been a part of the league since its inaugural year. Dale Steyn’s last IPL appearance came in 2020.

Dale Steyn did not respond to a message but an IPL official, in the knowledge of the developments, confirmed negotiations. It is also likely that Hemang Badani, a former India and Tamil Nadu all-rounder, will join the coaching staff of the Hyderabad team. Hemang Badani represented India in four Tests and 40 ODIs between 2000 to 2004.

VVS Laxman. (File Photo: IANS)
VVS Laxman. (File Photo: IANS)

The franchise needed new personnel in the coaching staff after head coach Trevor Bayliss and batting coach Brad Haddin quit after the 2021 season. The franchise has also had to part ways with long-standing mentor VVS Laxman, who took up an assignment with the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) at the National Cricket Academy (NCA). Tom Moody, SRH’s director of cricket last year, has been re-designated as head coach.

Sunrisers Hyderabad had a forgettable IPL 2021 season as they finished at the bottom of the tally to break their unbeaten playoff qualification streak running since 2016. The upcoming edition of the league is set to have ten teams as two new franchises – Lucknow and Ahmedabad – have been added to the existing eight.

The edition will be preceded by a mega auction, likely to be held in late December or early January. Ahead of the same, SRH has retained only three players, skipper Kane Williamson and uncapped Jammu Kashmir talents, Abdul Samad and Umran Malik.

BCCI Authorities Silent On CVC Capitals Buying Ahmedabad Team As CVC Capitals Endorses Betting

Meanwhile, the wait on the Ahmedabad franchise, bought by CVC Sports, continues. Although there is an air of optimism for a possible settlement soon, the BCCI authorities have been inexplicably silent on the matter. It is learned that a retired judge of the Supreme Court has been consulted and his advice is being awaited.

CVC Capital
CVC Capital

One notable development that has come to light recently is that the expert advice has gone against awarding the franchise to the second-highest bidder, should the BCCI decide to cancel the allocation of the franchise to the American investment firm.

The BCCI, apparently, will have to go for rebidding, which may offset a lot of the IPL planning. In a case where the BCCI cancels CVC Capitals‘ association with the league over their investments in betting businesses, the board would need to roll out a fresh tender to invite new bids. In such a case, the plans of the 2022 edition of the league could also take a hit.

Ishant Sharma
Ishant Sharma[Image-Twitter]

Ishant Sharma, Ajinkya Rahane And Cheteshwar Pujara To Be Under The Scanner During South Africa Tour; Failure Will End Their Test Careers – Reports

Ishant Sharma, veteran pacer along with senior batsmen Ajnikya Rahane and Cheteshwar Pujara, will be under the scanner during the forthcoming South Africa series that starts with the Boxing Day Test at Centurion.

The upcoming South Africa tour, in all likelihood, is going to be Ishant Sharma’s last Test series. With India’s pace department boasting of several young pacers, along with seasoned campaigners, the national selectors have decided to look beyond the Delhi seamer with 100-plus Tests under his belt.

Ajinkya Rahane and Ishant Sharma (PTI)
Ajinkya Rahane and Ishant Sharma (PTI)

Ishant Sharma Has Lost His Status As India’s Pace Spearhead As The Likes Of Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Mohammed Siraj, And Shardul Thakur Have Emerged

Ishant Sharma, along with the two other 33-year-olds in the squad, Ajinkya Rahane, and Cheteshwar Pujara, will be under the scanner during the 3 match Test series in the Proteas tour.

“Rahane’s removal as vice-captain is a clear warning signal to him. As a senior member in the side, he needs to contribute more. The same is true for Pujara also. He too has been around for a long time and now the team expects him to play those crucial knocks in big games. In case they score and have a significant impact on the series, they might be able to extend their Test careers. But in the case of Ishant, this could be it,” a BCCI official said.

With Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami rising to prominence, Ishant Sharma has long lost his status as India’s pace spearhead. He is now the third or fourth-choice pacer, depending on conditions and team combination. But the emergence of the likes of Mohammed Siraj and Shardul Thakur has given the team management a problem of plenty.

Several pacers like Prasidh Krishna, Avesh Khan, and Navdeep Saini have been waiting in the wings for a long time. Newest pace sensation uncapped Umran Malik, who bowled one of the fastest deliveries in IPL 2021, is another fast bowler whose progress is being closely monitored by the selection committee.

India’s next Test assignment after the South Africa tour is a home series against Sri Lanka in February-March 2022 and the team usually doesn’t include more than two fast bowlers in the playing XI in home conditions. The next overseas Test is a one-off affair at Old Trafford in 2022 when the Covid-forced postponed game will be played to complete last season’s five-match Test series.

This has also impacted the selectors’ decision to call time on Ishant Sharma’s career. Over the past 12 months, Ishant Sharma has played eight Tests, taking 14 wickets at 32.71. He has also struggled to manage his workload, especially during the England tour. After a promising show in the second Test at Lord’s, where he took five wickets across both innings, a visibly- fatigued Ishant Sharma bowled pathetically in the third Test at Headingley, conceding 92 runs in 22 overs without a wicket.

Jasprit Bumrah (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP)
Jasprit Bumrah (Photo by PETER PARKS / AFP)

In the first Test against New Zealand in Kanpur last month, he looked woefully out of rhythm. The Green Park pitch barely assisted him, but during the 15 overs Ishant Sharma bowled in the first innings, the veteran seamer looked ineffective.  He bowled just seven overs in the second innings and when, after lunch on the final day, India turned to pace, Umesh Yadav was preferred to get some reverse swing.

Umesh Yadav bowled an excellent spell, taking William Somerville’s wicket and repeatedly troubling Kane Williamson. A finger injury during the 1st game ruled Ishant Sharma out of the second Test. After the 1st Kanpur Test, India’s bowling coach Paras Mhambrey defended Ishant Sharma, citing his lack of match fitness.

“He hasn’t played much for a long time. He wasn’t there in the IPL nor (did he play) the T20 World Cup, and that makes a difference. So yes, we are working on it,” Mhambrey had said.

The WTC final followed by the England tour earlier this year was the end of a cycle for the Indian team. Ravi Shastri stepped down as the team’s head coach after the T20I World Cup. His successor, Rahul Dravid, has always shown a keen interest in nurturing youth, right from his days as India U-19 coach.

Under him, Shivam Mavi and Kamlesh Nagarkoti burst onto the scene at the 2018 U-19 World Cup, grabbing lucrative IPL contracts with Kolkata Knight Riders. Both are expected to carry on with their development under fast bowling coach Troy Cooley at the National Cricket Academy.

Both Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami, the undisputed leading pacers have some years ahead left in international cricket. Mohammed Siraj, since making his Test debut in Australia last year, has taken 33 wickets in 10 matches. His pace-burst during New Zealand’s first innings at Wankhede – 3/19 in four overs – was what India missed in the first Test.

Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami were rested for the home Tests against the Kiwis, while a bloated 18-member squad for the South Africa tour has allowed Ishant Sharma to have a farewell series.

The Perth Test in 2008 was Ishant Sharma’s moment of recognition. Lord’s in 2014 – 7/74 in the second innings – was his crowning glory. When poor form forced him out of the Indian team, he turned to former Aussie pacer Jason Gillespie at Sussex to revive his career. After claiming 311 wickets in 105 Tests, Ishant Sharma will play out his last act against the Proteas.

Cheteshwar Pujara And Ajinkya Rahane Has To Score Beyond 40s And 50s To Avoid The Test Axe

It is also learned that the upcoming Test series is the last chance saloon for Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane.

“They have to score big runs (to avoid the axe), not 40s and 50s,” the BCCI functionary said.

Shreyas Iyer’s sensational Test debut against the Kiwis has made the middle-order competition even more intense. With Suryakumar Yadav, Shubman Gill (considered a middle-order option when Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul are available), and Hanuma Vihari vying for a spot alongside Shreyas Iyer, the two senior batsmen have little margin for error. The selection committee has already given them a long rope.

Cheteshwar Pujara
Cheteshwar Pujara[photo: Twitter]
Cheteshwar Pujara has scored 686 runs in 13 Tests over the past 12 months. His average during this period, 29.83, is well below his career average of 44.82. His last Test century came three years ago.

Ajinkya Rahane’s stats are even worse – 411 runs from 12 Tests over the last 12 months, at an average of 19.57. Surprisingly, his form nosedived following a match-winning hundred in Melbourne last year. Ajinkya Rahane was left out of the playing XI in the second Test against New Zealand under the pretext of a hamstring strain. He has now lost his Test vice-captaincy as well.

David Warner (Image Credit: Twitter)
David Warner (Image Credit: Twitter)

David Warner Expecting To Be A Part Of The IPL 2022 Mega Auction

David Warner is the top run-scorer in the IPL history so far among the foreign players. The left-hander has notched 5449 runs from 150 matches at an average of 41.59 and a strike rate of 139.96. However, Virat Kohli, Rohit Sharma, Shikhar Dhawan, and Suresh Raina are leading the charts in the list of all-time leading run-scorers in the IPL.

In fact, the Australia opener has gotten the most half-centuries in the IPL, as many as 50. After playing a few seasons for the Delhi Daredevils, now Delhi Capitals, he went on to ply his trade for the Sunrisers Hyderabad. David Warner tasted a chunk of his IPL success for the Orange Army and won the Orange Cap quite a few times. In 2016, he also captained them to their maiden IPL title, beating Virat Kohli’s RCB.

David Warner
David Warner (Image Credit: Twitter)

David Warner Had A Poor IPL 2021 For Which He Was Stripped Of Captaincy And Lost His Place In The Sunrisers Hyderabad Team

Former Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) captain David Warner was released by the franchise despite his stellar campaign in the T20I World Cup 2021, where he bagged the Player of the Tournament award for 289 runs in seven matches for Australia. IPL 2021 has been the Australian’s worst season ever with just 195 runs in 8 games, with two fifties, averaging 24.38, and striking at 107.73.

Jason Roy lands with a bang, takes SRH to win over RR(PTI)
Jason Roy lands with a bang takes SRH to win over RR(PTI)

However, 2021 turned out to be a season equivalent to a nightmare for him. Neither could he shine as a skipper, nor could he weave magic with the bat in hand. In the first leg of the IPL in India, David Warner lost captaincy after which Kane Williamson was appointed as their skipper.

Thereafter, David Warner also lost his place from the eleven after which Jason Roy was included. Jason Roy played 5 IPL games for SRH in IPL 2021 and scored 150 runs averaging 30. SRH had a woeful campaign in IPL 2021, winning only three matches and finishing at the bottom of the points table.

David Warner Thanked SRH Franchise And Is Expecting To Be A Part Of The IPL 2022 Mega Auction

Despite being a stalwart for them, the Sunrisers Hyderabad didn’t retain David Warner, quite expectedly. In the meantime, David Warner also opened up on his future in the cash-rich tournament. One of the fans, recently, asked him about his plans regarding the T20 league.

Warner bro what’s up about IPL,” the fan wrote.

The veteran Australian opener reverted and said that he’s expecting to be a part of the mega auction.

“Auction I guess,” Warner replied.

Kane Williamson SPORTZPICS/Instagram
Kane Williamson SPORTZPICS/Instagram

Earlier, SRH posted a message, bidding farewell to their players. David Warner didn’t miss out on dropping in his words on the social media platform.

“Thanks to all of you for your support over the years, up and downs, my family and I can’t stress enough how much we appreciated the love and passion you showed towards us and the team. Candice and I truly wish all the fans the very best for the future and hope whoever you wish to support the best. Love the Warner’s,” Warner said while responding to a post by SRH.

Last week, SRH retained Kane Williamson, Abdul Samad, and Umran Malik ahead of the IPL 2022 mega auction. SRH paid Rs 14 crores to New Zealand skipper Kane Williamson followed by Rs 4 crores each to uncapped Jammu and Kashmir talents Abdul Samad and Umran Malik. Meanwhile, David Warner, Jonny Bairstow, and Bhuvneshwar Kumar were also released along with Rashid Khan.


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