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  1. Dates of PSL's 10th edition might see a clash with the world's richest league IPL
  2. A commentator from Meerut, with talent of mimicking famous Indian commentator Harsha Bhogle, was also involved to strengthen the "authenticity of the fake IPL"
  3. A hard-hitting middle-order batter and fast bowler, Pandya has played 11 Tests, 63 one-day internationals and 54 T20 matches for India
  4. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) medium pacer Harshal Patel has left the team bio-bubble in Pune and returned back home after his sister’s death. Patel played a crucial role in RCB’s last night’s seven-wicket victory over Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians at the MCA Stadium in Pune. According to a report in Hindi website Dainik Jagran, the Sanand-born learnt about his sister’s demise during the match and he left for his home as soon as the match got over. View this post on Instagram The 31-year-old has gone back home only for one day and will rejoin the RCB squad soon after. However, given the strict COVID-19 guidelines laid out by the BCCI, the pacer might be asked to complete the mandatory quarantine before he is allowed to mingle with the other team members upon his arrival. Stay strong @HarshalPatel23. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. — Pari (@BluntIndianGal) April 10, 2022bc jo abhi bhi IPL match ke baare mein soch rahe hai laanat hai unpe — ViKrAnT⁴5 (Vicky) (@VikrantSolver) April 10, 2022Cricket availability should be the last thing to be discussed. Stay strong, champ. More power to you and your family. — Sanchit Desai (@sanchitd43) April 10, 2022Family comes first and RCB management made all the arrangements for him to be with his family members in this time of grief. The fans were left stunned as the news started doing rounds on the internet and they offered their condolences and prayed to the almighty to give the Patel household the strength to deal with this tragic loss. He available for csk match? Stay strong camp — Ramrajsarma01 (@RamRam28766807) April 10, 2022He will be playing on 12 april . In case you dont know — Shashank Rajput (thank you VK ) (@i_am_virat_fan) April 10, 2022Isme bhi mi fans hans rahe Aur RCB fans availability pe Questions kar rahe https://t.co/KVV6C9bHkF — (@kaam_kar_apna) April 10, 2022However, there were a few insensitive bunch of people who instead of sympathising with the RCB star seemed more worried about his availability for the upcoming IPL matches. Patel has, no doubt, been one of RCB’s better bowlers this season alongside Wanindu Hasaranga and has played a key role in their brilliant start to the new season. Harshal Patel strikes at the right time for @RCBTweets @SDhawan25 departs after a well-made Live - https://t.co/LiRFG8lgc7 #TATAIPL #PBKSvRCB pic.twitter.com/r8c0qmEHbg — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 27, 2022 The Haryana pacer has picked up six wickets in four matches at an outstanding economy of 5.50, and this while bowling some of the most difficult overs towards the fag end of the innings which makes this stat all the more impressive. His unavailability might affect RCB’s game plan but people must realise that this is not the right time to worry about whether he will be available for the next match or not. Harshal Patel with the much needed breakthrough as Shikhar Dhawan departs for 43 runs. Live - https://t.co/z5hns662XQ #RCBvDC #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/VL6ZcOIUtl — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) October 8, 2021 There are much more important things in life than cricket and family is certainly one of them. Losing a close family member is never easy and Patel should be allowed all the time he needs to recover from this unbearable loss. View the full article
  5. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) medium pacer Harshal Patel has left the team bio-bubble in Pune and returned back home after his sister’s death. Patel played a crucial role in RCB’s last night’s seven-wicket victory over Rohit Sharma’s Mumbai Indians at the MCA Stadium in Pune. According to a report in Hindi website Dainik Jagran, the Sanand-born learnt about his sister’s demise during the match and he left for his home as soon as the match got over. View this post on Instagram The 31-year-old has gone back home only for one day and will rejoin the RCB squad soon after. However, given the strict COVID-19 guidelines laid out by the BCCI, the pacer might be asked to complete the mandatory quarantine before he is allowed to mingle with the other team members upon his arrival. Stay strong @HarshalPatel23. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family at this difficult time. — Pari (@BluntIndianGal) April 10, 2022bc jo abhi bhi IPL match ke baare mein soch rahe hai laanat hai unpe — ViKrAnT⁴5 (Vicky) (@VikrantSolver) April 10, 2022Cricket availability should be the last thing to be discussed. Stay strong, champ. More power to you and your family. — Sanchit Desai (@sanchitd43) April 10, 2022Family comes first and RCB management made all the arrangements for him to be with his family members in this time of grief. The fans were left stunned as the news started doing rounds on the internet and they offered their condolences and prayed to the almighty to give the Patel household the strength to deal with this tragic loss. He available for csk match? Stay strong camp — Ramrajsarma01 (@RamRam28766807) April 10, 2022He will be playing on 12 april . In case you dont know — Shashank Rajput (thank you VK ) (@i_am_virat_fan) April 10, 2022Isme bhi mi fans hans rahe Aur RCB fans availability pe Questions kar rahe https://t.co/KVV6C9bHkF — (@kaam_kar_apna) April 10, 2022However, there were a few insensitive bunch of people who instead of sympathising with the RCB star seemed more worried about his availability for the upcoming IPL matches. Patel has, no doubt, been one of RCB’s better bowlers this season alongside Wanindu Hasaranga and has played a key role in their brilliant start to the new season. Harshal Patel strikes at the right time for @RCBTweets @SDhawan25 departs after a well-made Live - https://t.co/LiRFG8lgc7 #TATAIPL #PBKSvRCB pic.twitter.com/r8c0qmEHbg — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 27, 2022 The Haryana pacer has picked up six wickets in four matches at an outstanding economy of 5.50, and this while bowling some of the most difficult overs towards the fag end of the innings which makes this stat all the more impressive. His unavailability might affect RCB’s game plan but people must realise that this is not the right time to worry about whether he will be available for the next match or not. Harshal Patel with the much needed breakthrough as Shikhar Dhawan departs for 43 runs. Live - https://t.co/z5hns662XQ #RCBvDC #VIVOIPL pic.twitter.com/VL6ZcOIUtl — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) October 8, 2021 There are much more important things in life than cricket and family is certainly one of them. Losing a close family member is never easy and Patel should be allowed all the time he needs to recover from this unbearable loss. View the full article
  6. he first two weeks of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 were filled with lots of drama, heartbreaks and exciting cricket that kept the fans on the edge of their seats. Two of the most successful teams in IPL's history Chennai Super Kings and Mumbai Indians are without a win while debutants Gujarat Titans (only unbeaten side) and Lucknow Super Giants are in second and third position on the points table respectively. Apart from CSK and MI, the other team that is still searching for its first win of the season is Sunrisers Hyderabad. Having let go of the likes of David Warner, Rashid Khan and Jason Holder, SRH have been completely outplayed in both of their opening games this year. The Hyderabad-based franchise invested heavily on Nicholas Pooran, getting him onboard for a whopping Rs 10.75 core but the West Indies wicket-keeper batter scored a nine-ball duck and in the second match, he showed glimpse of what he can do with the bat but it wasn't enough to get his team over the finish line. Here is a look at how the players who got big paychecks at the IPL 2022 mega auctions have fared so far in the tournament: Nicholas Pooran (10.75 cr) View this post on InstagramThe West Indies batter has had a disappointing start to the tournament. Pooran had failed last year when he was with the Punjab Kings and now with a new setup that consists of a legendary coaching staff with Brian Lara, Tom Moody, Dale Steyn among others. fans felt it could be his season but so far he hasn't been able to live up to the expectations of SRH fans. Pooran scored 34 off 24 against Lucknow Super Giants in a match where they were chasing 170 for the win. However with 27 needed of 16, Pooran smashed a full toss by Avesh Khan straight into the hands of Deepak Hooda at long off and SRH's chances of a win also ended with his innings. He has scored 34 runs in two matches at a strike-rate of 103.3 and he certainly has not done justice to his price tag. Ishan Kishan (15.25 cr) View this post on InstagramThe pocket dynamite was the most expensive player of this year's IPL. Mumbai Indians retained him by splashing money like water as they spent 15.25 crore to get his services. Ishan Kishan started the tournament with a bang as he scored 81 off 48 balls. In the next couple of games, Kishan has not been himself as his strike-rate dropped significantly. The southpaw scored a half-century in the second game but it took him 43 balls. He again struggled against the swinging deliveries as he played 21 balls for his knock of 14. Ishan Kishan's inability to get the team off to a good start in the last couple of games has affected Mumbai Indians dearly. With Rohit Sharma also not in form has not helped their cause either. Shreyas Iyer (12.25 cr) View this post on InstagramShreyas Iyer was given the opportunity to lead Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) after the franchise decided to let go Eoin Morgan, the man who led them to the finals last year. While Iyer has done well as a captain, his batting form has dropped since the start of the 15th edition of the IPL. Iyer was scoring runs for fun before the IPL in international cricket but in the four matches he has played so far, the 27-year-old has only managed to get 69 runs at a strike-rate of 138. KKR would be hoping that their skipper could turn this around in the upcoming matches if they want to lift the trophy this year. Liam Livingstone (11.50cr) View this post on Instagram After a quiet start to the tournament, Liam Livingstone unleashed his fury on the bowlers, scoring back-to-back half-centuries. Punjab Kings invested 11.50 crore in the England all-rounder and so far he has delivered for them with both bat and ball. Livingstone is the third-highest run scorer in this year's IPL with 162 runs from four matches at a strike-rate of 190. Add to that he has also picked up a couple of wickets. Punjab Kings, under the leadership of Mayank Agarwal, looks like a team on a mission and with the likes of Livingstone firing on all cylinders, this could turn out to be their season. View the full article
  7. The 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL 2022) was supposed to be grander than ever before. The BCCI and the official broadcasters had hoped that with the arrival of two new teams, the cash-rich league would once again create a new viewership record. The opening week ratings from the previous editions have always presented a clear picture as to how the whole tournament would pan out over the next few weeks. Given all the hype and excitement, the ratings in the opening week are always on the higher side as compared to the subsequent weeks. © IPL The ratings for the opening week of IPL 2022 are out and the results are contrary to everybody’s expectations. The viewership has taken a massive hit, falling by nearly 33 percent. According to a report in InsideSport, the first eight matches of IPL 2022 witnessed 2.52 on TV rating charts, which is nearly 30 percent less than the last year when the opening week’s action had generated a rating of 3.75. In 2020, the opening week had garnered a solid 3.85 rating. View this post on InstagramApart from the huge decline in TV rating, the overall reach of the lucrative has suffered a great deal, dropping around 14 percent as against last year. Last year, 267.7 million people had tuned into their television sets in the opening week itself, while in 2022 this figure has dropped down to 229.06 million. From the BCCI’s point of view, these numbers are not satisfactory, especially since they are in the market to sell the broadcasting rights of their cash-cow for the next five year cycle 2023-27. View this post on Instagram For a league that aspires to compete with the world’s top sports leagues, this steep decline in viewership is not a good sign. What’s the reason? Now, one simple explanation could be that last year there was a partial lockdown in place and people were confined to their houses, and it contributed to the higher ratings. However, this year with COVID-19 situation under control, things have started to get back to normal and that’s why instead of following the matches on TV, people are streaming live action on the OTT platform. View this post on Instagram Another reason could be that people don’t find the league attractive anymore. It has started to bore them out and that is why they, instead of tuning into all the matches, they have started picking and choosing and it has affected the overall viewership. Another reason could be that Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings – two of the most popular franchises – have performed way below expectation, facing defeat in all three matches so far. Both these teams have a great reach and their poor performances have alienated the fans even further. What do fans think? View this post on Instagram The fans are divided in their opinions. Some feel that the ratings have dropped because more and more people have started enjoying the action on their personal devices. There are also those who feel that people are moving away from the league because IPL games don’t give them the same kick anymore. Some are even blaming the BCCI for increasing the number of teams and killing the fun and excitement. In sab kya farak padta hai. ? Last year is team log Ghar me velle bete the. That's main reason — Shashank Balnad (@shashank_balnad) April 8, 2022Till 2021, ipl is all about 8 different teams. But pushing to 10 teams is like boring , especially fans can't wait to see their favourite team for waiting for long days gap for every match. Especially CSK , RCB , SRH ,MI & DC having almost 5+ days gap for every match. — Raghu varma (@raghuvarma330) April 8, 2022Group format,star sports commentery,and no hype ,wrost ad,this is the main reason for viewership fall. When ipl on Sony fan watching interesteingly and promo make hype in ipl season . — Baljeet Singh (@Baljeet76682778) April 8, 2022MI & CSK fans disappointed & not watching — Gayatri Deshmukh (@gayatreeeeeeeee) April 8, 2022i no longer watch IPL...coz its so long..duration and boring... — Avinash kumar (@HONEYFORU199) April 8, 2022It's because of more teams, big players got divided in diffrent teams, so it ruined the excitment. — Innocent Child (@bholaladkaa) April 8, 2022 It’s true that the opening week of IPL 2022 hasn’t produced many thrilling encounters but there’s still a long way to go in the competition and we just hope that things get back on track. View the full article
  8. The Indian Premier League is a wild ride where there is chaos, and fierce competition and every single day someone or the other goes on to have a match of the lifetime. It is a great gesture for the league and all the 10 franchises to acknowledge the players’ success during the post-match award ceremony that takes place every single night. But while there are some really good awards and means to encourage the players to continue to do better on the field, in the 2022 edition of the Indian Premier League, as a marketing stunt, Swiggy, the Indian online food ordering and delivery platform, decided to reward the bowler who goes on to bowl the fastest delivery of the match. I think swiggy fastest delivery should be the most stupid award ive seen in IPL. You get hammered for a 6 bowling 155 kmph, doesn't matter here's your 1 lakh. — arfan (@Im__Arfan) April 7, 2022 “Fastest Delivery of the Match Award” they call it and it has quickly become one of the most hated things about this season of the Indian T20 tournament. There are multiple reasons why fans are absolutely against such an award. First of all, it completely disregards the spinners, who have absolutely no chance of winning it, thereby demoralising them and making them feel inferior to the pacers, whereas real cricketers know that that can never be the case. The award ceremony goes on for too long. Like there are too many of them. At this point the whole league is an Advertisement and some cricket in between, even the commentators have to market some products in their stint every game. — Skidmark (@FrAnkenstien978) April 7, 2022 Secondly, it does not take into account the consequences of the “fastest delivery”. Even if that ball gets smashed over the field for a six, the bowler is going to get rewarded, simply because he threw the ball faster than the rest of the guys. Thirdly, it only adds to the already exhausting post-match award ceremony and is honestly not something that is worthy of watching the highlights again. The fans are tired, the players are tired and usually, it is almost midnight by the time all the awards are distributed. Asking fans to stick around for so long, especially children is simply unacceptable. Fans have always been in favour of the BCCI experimenting with the IPL, after all, it is their brainchild. Back in the day, there used to be an award called “Karbonn Kamal Katch” that used to reward the fielder for taking the most impressive catch of the match and it made sense. It was fair to all and genuinely added value to the team’s hustle to win. But with the inception of the “fastest delivery award” cricket fans on Reddit and other social media platforms have started calling the IPL “lazy” for not being innovative enough to further commercialise themselves. As Swiggy, the idea of rewarding speedy deliveries does sound good in the head but when it comes to execution, the company might just have missed the mark with this one. Bowler recieving this award : pic.twitter.com/RAzz5dgjn4 — Freeshabh (@Rishabhahaha) April 7, 2022It lines with their mantra of that we will deliver fast, but it may be the wrong thing in the end, but we will deliver https://t.co/TqAt5tGeJd — Antidentite8 (@AntiDentite8) April 8, 2022Unfortunately Kumble retired otherwise he would have won every single game he played https://t.co/8bzR6NzUBY — AD (@cricadharsh) April 7, 2022And this award is injustice to spinners.. discriminatory award https://t.co/ttqwtf6Zcj — Anurag Saini (@AnuragSaini04) April 7, 2022 View the full article
  9. Mumbai Indians are the five-time Indian Premier League (IPL) champions but this year, their problems seem to have no end. From the form of their captain Rohit Sharma to their death bowling woes, nothing seems to be working for the Mumbai-based franchise at the moment. At the IPL 2022 mega auction, Mumbai let their strike bowler Trent Boult go to Rajasthan Royals and the five-time champions went for injured Jofra Archer, who was already ruled out of this year's competition. Jofra Archer Sold to MI for 8 cr He will be part of IPL from next Season! Boom + Archer #IPLAuction pic.twitter.com/n54KJbVdNJ — S H E B A S (@Shebas_10) February 13, 2022 They are dearly missing that x-factor in their bowling department and to add to their problems, even Jasprit Bumrah is looking out of form. In their recent defeat, Australia all-rounder Daniel Sams got clobbered for 35 runs in his third over by Pat Cummins as the Australia Test captain finished the match with four overs to spare. Knight Riders needed 35 to win off five overs Pat Cummins: pic.twitter.com/hEUe2i4dVU — ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) April 6, 2022 While many fans dissed Sams for his poor bowling, others demanded the inclusion of Arjun Tendulkar, son of legendary batter Sachin Tendulkar. Arjun is an all-rounder and like Sams, he is a left-arm pacer who can tonk the ball if needed. But his lack of experience at the first-class level might be the only reason that has kept him out of the playing XI despite Mumbai Indians not doing well. Le aao Arjun Tendulkar ko ab. #KKRvMI — AT (@TweettoAT) April 6, 2022#IPL2022 #KKRvMI 3-0 @mipaltan come on. We still can do it. Pace Bowling unit looks rough. Time to try young master. Arjun Tendulkar #arjuntendulkar. — Twitty (@Twittyim) April 6, 2022Arjun Tendulkar can play instead of Sams. Usko kya internship ke liye team me rake ho kya ? @mipaltan ? — Shashank Balnad (@shashank_balnad) April 6, 2022Arjun Tendulkar for Daniel Sam's, Riley Meredith for basil thampi https://t.co/t8UtLEw1g9 — #pontingout #mandeepout (@Poojith91227500) April 6, 2022It's Arjun Tendulkar time @ImRo45 — DK hype account (@gillfan_) April 6, 2022Arjun Tendulkar was bought by Mumbai Indians for Rs 30 lakhs after a surprise bid by Gujarat Titans' Ashish Nehra increased his price by 10 lakhs. The 22-year-old made his debut for Mumbai in the domestic T20 competition, Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy and picked up a couple of wickets. Cricket in his blood. Refined in the nets. Now ready to take the 22-yards by storm Welcome home, Arjun Tendulkar!#OneFamily #MumbaiIndians #IPLAuction pic.twitter.com/jncjVF64Lh — Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) February 18, 2021 With nothing going Mumbai's way, it won't be a bad idea to try out the left-arm pacer as they have nothing to lose at the moment. If the move pays off, it will do his and the team's confidence a world of good View the full article
  10. The clash between Mumbai Indians and Kolkata Knight Riders during the 2022 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was full of surprises and depending upon which side you were supporting, these surprises were either exceedingly delightful or extremely dreadful for you. However, a day after the match, yet another surprise took place that left a sour taste in the mouths of the fans on both sides of the contest. The official website of the tournament released a statement in which they revealed that Mumbai Indians’ Jasprit Bumrah and Kolkata Knight Riders’ Nitish Rana were being reprimanded by the league. Nitish Rana has been fined 10% of his match fees for breaching IPL's code of conduct. Jasprit Bumrah has been given a warning and no financial penalty on him. — Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) April 7, 2022 According to the statement, while Bumrah was simply left go off with a stern warning, the league went ahead and fined Rana 10% of his match fees. The problem here is that not a single soul, outside of Rana, Bumrah and the match referee knows what did the two cricketers do to get reprimanded. Even the people who watched the entire match ended up scratching their heads and scoured all over the internet to look for answers and failed to find anything concrete. What did they do? — Vivek Sheth (@vk_sheth) April 7, 2022They haven't told. — Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) April 7, 2022what did Rana do? — SportRadioAS (@SportRadioAS1) April 7, 2022Reason kya, lade hi hnge https://t.co/BD6v99JtCJ — JC (@JayC1718) April 7, 2022While most speculate that the two cricketers on both sides of the field might have gotten into some sort of altercation during their time away from the field after the match was over, a few are saying that Rana got frustrated by the way he was dismissed and ended up smashing the digital signages just behind the boundary line while walking back to the dressing room. However, there were absolutely no speculations around what Bumrah could have done to get into trouble with the league authorities. During the clash on Wednesday, Bumrah managed to deliver just three out of his four overs, especially after the Australian all-rounder Pat Cummins decided to end the match with four overs to spare and tied the record for the fastest half-century in the history of the tournament. On the other hand, Rana got to play a total of seven deliveries during which he even struck a six but mistimed his last shot which landed straight into the hands of Daniel Sams who was standing at deep mid-wicket to pick the easy catch. View the full article
  11. Virat Kohli took a splendid catch during Royal Challengers Bangalore's four-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals at the Wankhede stadium on Tuesday (April 5). However, the former RCB skipper failed with the bat after being run out for five by the brilliance of Sanju Samson and Yuzvendra Chahal. While he did not entertain much with the bat in hand, Kohli sure brought smiles to the faces of RCB fans and cricket fans in general just as his team was inching closer to their second consecutive win in the 15th edition of the IPL. Back to back W. Top knock by DK & Shahbaz. @RCBTweets pic.twitter.com/z5tMuQqxzp — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) April 5, 2022 In the 15th over, when Dinesh Karthik smashed a boundary off Navdeep Saini. The cameras panned towards the RCB dressing room and captured Kohli overjoyed with the performance of his team. Kohli was also seen giving a friendly back massage to the newly-married Glenn Maxwell, who had completed his mandatory quarantine and recently joined the rest of the team. Watch the video here: kolhi maxwell #RCBvsRR pic.twitter.com/8jEAn9io8b — _DJANGO_ (@dace7735) April 5, 2022 The video soon went viral and fans turned this sight into a meme fest on social media. Here are some of the funniest reactions to the incident: When IPL cancels the honeymoon plans pic.twitter.com/MGmjKvMAKd — Sonali (@samtanisonali1) April 5, 2022KOHLI preparing maxi to play like Dinesh Karthik — Vijay (@Mystery_75) April 5, 2022@samtanisonali1 https://t.co/tX3ZSe1f9X pic.twitter.com/gUYX3ODUxz — Om (@DelhiCapitalsOm) April 5, 2022Glenn Maxwell was shamelessly asking asking Virat to do it once more. This guy got married just a week ago. https://t.co/16StmsIuRS — Indian Youngsters Hypebot (@HailKingKohli) April 5, 2022Maxwell to kohli after that massage#RRvsRCB pic.twitter.com/bmtNvxG89h — Mohit Singhania (@Mohit_chandler) April 5, 2022Kohli massage center First costumer Maxwell#RCBvsRR — AADVY (Adnan Aadi) ( عدنان) (@Adnan_aadi_) April 5, 2022 At one stage, RCB looked down and out in the contest but Dinesh Karthik and Shahbaz Ahmed had other plans. The Bangalore-based franchise was reeling at 87 for five, chasing 170 for the win. Karthik and Shahbaz put on a 67-run stand for the sixth wicket to bring RCB back in the contest and they eventually got over the line with five balls to spare. Image 1 For his cool and composed knock under pressure, Karthik was adjudged player of the match and after receiving the award, the wicket-keeper batter reminded the world (and himself) that he is not finished yet. "I think I made a conscious effort this year to do justice to myself because the last year, I felt I could have done better. The way I trained was much better this time around. Credit to the person who trained with me. I'm making a conscious effort to tell myself that I'm not done yet," he said at the post-match presentation. "I am not done yet; I have a goal and I want to achieve something"@DineshKarthik on his transformation and goals ahead #TATAIPL #RRvRCB pic.twitter.com/ctOu0q4j79 — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 5, 2022 With four points in the bank, RCB will be boosted by the arrival of Maxwell for their next game and they would be hoping that Kohli too finds form because if the former skipper starts clicking for them, then good luck to other teams stopping this scary-looking batting line-up. View the full article
  12. Mumbai Indians’ pocket-sized dynamite Ishan Kishan has made an impressive start to the IPL 2022 campaign, blasting 135 runs in just two innings. The 23-year-old, who was picked for a whopping Rs 15.25 crore in last month’s mega auction, has done justice to his incredibly high price tag thus far and repaid the faith shown in him by the team management. View this post on Instagram However, despite his brilliance with the bat, the record IPL champions have yet to register their first win of the season but looking at their performance, the victory seems just around the corner. The southpaw was all of 17 when he made his IPL debut for the now defunct Gujarat Lions back in 2016, who had bought him for Rs 40 lakh. In his maiden season, he struggled to get going and could manage only 42 runs in five outings. View this post on Instagram The next season he roared like a lion and made his presence felt, smashing 277 runs in 11 appearances. It was enough for him to get on the radar of a champion side like Mumbai Indians. The Rohit Sharma-led side went all-out to sign the defender in the 2018 mega auction and splashed a whopping Rs 6.20 crore to tie him to their contract. View this post on Instagram It was a life-changing moment for the teenager and during an interaction on Breakfast with Champions, the wicketkeeper-batter shared how his family members reacted to his bumper IPL contract that made him an overnight crorepati. Kishan said he wasn’t too affected by the huge bidding war but his mom and dad were over cloud nine. The MI opener revealed that his dad got so excited during the auction that his blood pressure took a hit and he had to go to the hospital to get it checked. “I was chilled out. It was my auction, I should be stressed about it. I had gone to play football with my friends. When the auction ended I got a call from Monu Bhai. He is telling me what all happened at the auction. I was like ‘it’s good I have been sold at good money, I should go home and meet everyone’,” Kishan said on the famous show. “I went home and saw that mom is on the call, cheeks red and on a call. I saw that dad wasn't even there. I asked where is dad? She said, ‘He has gone to the hospital to check his BP’. I am thinking ‘what has happened to my family?’ (laughs),” said Kishan recalling his family’s reaction to his first major IPL auction. View this post on Instagram Since joining Mumbai Indians, the dashing wicket-keeper has gone from strength to strength and even made his India debut in the limited-overs format. Three years after earning that huge paycheck in 2018, Kishan has gone on to become the most expensive player in MI history. Given the start he has had this season, don’t be surprised if he topped the run-scoring chart and added another feather to his cap. View the full article
  13. The 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is currently underway in full swing, with 10 teams fighting it out in the group stage. But the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has already geared up to take the tournament to the next level. The world’s richest cricket board has already started issuing the Invitation-To-Tender (ITT) to sell the broadcasting rights for the next five-year cycle 2023-27. © IPL Some of the biggest media companies including Disney, Zee, Sony, TV18-Viacom and Amazon have already purchased the tender documents in the last one week and several others like Apple and YouTube are also interested in associating themselves with the cash-rich league. According to a Times of India report, the American tech giant Apple is expected to pick the tender documents next week. The interest from some of the biggest companies is a clear indication of the league’s immense popularity. Since its inception in 2008, the IPL has grown multi-folds and that’s why everyone wants to become a part of the tournament. © Reuters The world’s biggest phone brand Apple has never bid for any major cricket competition before and their interest indicates that the league has the potential to rival the world’s biggest sporting events in the future. For the Indian cricket board, this is great news. However, fans are not very excited at the prospect of Apple entering the bidding war for IPL’s broadcasting rights. © Reuters The reason is simple, many believe that if Apple succeeded in putting together a successful bid, watching the league would become very expensive. Apple is known for its premium quality smartphones which cost lakhs of rupees and it’s a luxury that not everyone can afford. As soon as the news of Apple showing interest in IPL media rights started doing rounds on social media, the fans started expressing their apprehensions. The usual jokes about “selling kidney” that float around the internet whenever a new iPhone is launched started doing rounds in response to this news as well. Subscription ke liye kidney bechni pdegi frands — Cricket wala ladka (@cricketwalaldka) April 5, 2022Then we would have i - commentary, i- scorecard, i- replays etc etc. Itna mehnenh ipl nhi dekhna hai bhai — Avneet (@Avneet_Shilpa) April 5, 2022Bhai Iske Subscription ke liye konsa Body Part Girvi Rakhna Padega...? — SIDDHESH JADHAV®️ (@Siddhes74106361) April 5, 2022Imagine selling your kidney only to watch your team bottle the season — Heisenberg (@internetumpire) April 5, 2022iPhone kyu Lena parega Apple TV android pe v chalta hai — Amrit Mishra (@A__mrit) April 5, 2022Kya? What? Matlab ab IPL dekhne ke liye IPhone aur iPad khareedne padenge kya — Jayesh (@Jayesh_45) April 5, 2022Mera IPL dekhna band karoge kya — Anii (@Ani45L) April 5, 2022No doubt iPhones are quite expensive but it doesn’t mean that to watch IPL people will have to dig deep into their pockets to buy an Apple product. In fact, Apple’s digital streaming platform costs only Rs 99 per month which is cheaper than what many other major OTT platforms charge for their annual subscription. It’s not a given if Apple would win the rights but even if they do, rest assured that watching IPL wouldn’t be out of your reach. View the full article
  14. Since the start of IPL 2022, defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) have looked a pale shadow of the franchise that won the tournament last year. While there are several reasons for that, some fans strongly believe that the groundstaff has also played a major role in their franchise’s worst start of the season. View this post on Instagram The defending champions lost to KKR by six wickets in their opening match. The Ravindra Jadeja-led side then lost to debutants Lucknow Super Giants (LSG) by a similar margin in a high-scoring encounter. Never before had they lost their first two matches of a season. The Chennai-based outfit suffered its third consecutive defeat of the season as they went down in a one-sided encounter, losing to Punjab Kings (PBKS) by 54 runs. View this post on Instagram As the result suggests, the first two defeats came batting first but the third loss came while batting second. Now you’ll ask, what’s all this got to do with the groundsmen. Well, the CSK supporters are miffed with the groundstaff because of what they did prior to their match against PBKS. View this post on Instagram After their previous defeat against KL Rahul’s side, where they couldn’t defend a huge 210-run total, the CSK head coach Stephen Fleming had put the blame on the excessive dew for taking their spinners out of the contest. Many CSK supporters strongly believed that, if not for the dew, they would have easily beaten LSG. CSK skipper Ravindra Jadeja won his first toss of the season and he decided to bowl. Given what they went through in their previous clash, his decision made total sense. They expected chasing would become a lot easier with dew, but to their disappointment, the dew had no impact on the match whatsoever. Before the game, the groundstaff sprayed an anti-dew agent - Apsa 80 and it worked wonders. Very minimal dew today and bowlers were able to grip the ball in the second innings. Big game changer.#IPL2022 #CSKvPBKS — Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) April 3, 2022 It was later revealed that before the match, the groundstaff had sprayed an anti-dew agent called Apsa 80 to stop the dew from settling onto the grass. Guess what, it worked wonders and the PBKS bowlers had no difficulty in gripping the ball whatsoever in the second innings. The CSK fans obviously didn’t like this and they expressed their frustration on the micro-blogging site. They questioned why this spray was not used during their previous match against LSG. Some even accused the BCCI of conspiring against the four-time winners. Give us an LSG Vs CSK rematch then. Can't just randomly change things like this. #IPL2022 https://t.co/3Ish6OTk3Z — Arun Sreenivasan (@arunayyar28) April 3, 2022IPL management should have did this from the beginning of the tournament. Already some teams lost matches while bowling second due to more due. It is hard on CSK as they thought of bowling first because of dew. https://t.co/AqN4WmrGkA — pRRRasanth (@P_V_Prash_483) April 4, 2022हाँ सब चेन्नई के खिलाफ ही करो https://t.co/4MQFgYSoU6 — Prashant Kumar Jha(प्रशांत मुस्कान) (@aham_pk_asmi) April 4, 2022Had to do it in this match only uh? https://t.co/prjhdNJS14 — ANIRUDH_BS22 (@AnirudhBs22) April 4, 2022Where was that when we were literally playing in swimming pool in last game vs LSG https://t.co/XrEmvlhzHS — Billgates Billu (@BillgatesBillu) April 3, 2022No way, they have an agenda against us. It's all rigged. https://t.co/iy8lRN3pka — MehmeT (@CSKified) April 3, 2022It’s true that the dew played a role and made it extremely difficult for their bowlers to grip the ball but it wasn’t the only reason why the defending champions lost to LSG and PBKS. They failed to seal the crunch situation of the match and that’s why they ended up on the wrong side of the result. View the full article
  15. The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2022 is currently in progress, and fans have already watched some thrilling bat-and-ball action. At the Maharashtra Cricket Association Stadium in Pune, Gujarat Titans faced Delhi Capitals in the competition's tenth match. The match played out like a rollercoaster, with DC looking for a key role while pursuing 172. The likes of Mohammed Shami, Rashid Khan, and, especially, Lockie Ferguson, though, were too hot to handle for the Delhi hitters, and GT won their second game in a row. In the meantime, the game drew attention for a different reason. ?????? pic.twitter.com/EJw4LEJPyF — Prayag (@theprayagtiwari) April 2, 2022 A couple was seen kissing in the stands, and the photo quickly went viral. And without taking a lot of time, people started talking about it as if they had never seen anyone kiss both in real and reel life. The camera operators, in particular, have been a talking topic in the IPL. They tend to capture various other interesting happenings at the location, which supposedly become viral, in addition to the on-field action. The couple was captured on video on this occasion and people are divided on whether or not the cameramen were right to broadcast this moment all over the world just to earn some brownie points. Two people enjoying their moment and theprayagtiwari from twitter dot com can't handle it... https://t.co/vD6m3GCBgc — 𝕂𝕠𝕝𝕕𝕂𝕒𝕡𝕡𝕚_𝟜𝟠𝟚𝟞 (@ReverseJinxGod_) April 3, 2022What's your problem? https://t.co/7rdHvilbhb — Amit (@Ikumar7) April 3, 2022This country will always remain awkward about PDA. Then will ask samaj har cheez mai judge kyo karta hai hame? Tum hi samaj ho chumtiye https://t.co/BPtLwgBUCT — OJAS NIRULA (@ONirula) April 3, 2022Is it wrong? I don't think so.. https://t.co/OZI89NQRaB — 𝓼𝓪𝓬𝓱𝓲𝓷 ;) (@illusoAla_) April 2, 2022Goals https://t.co/utjfzzq5pz — Nikhil (@CricNiks) April 2, 2022Exactly kya samajh nahi raha isme? https://t.co/dM4JMK6tkL — chamkila farishta (@tuduumm) April 2, 2022The discussion around PDA or ‘Public Display of Affection’ has been going on among the Indian population for a long time now. Just like in Hollywood films, on-screen kissing has been normalised in Bollywood over the years as well. People are a lot more comfortable with actors kissing in films and web series. However, when it comes to the common people, real couples kissing in public, everyone loses their minds. Bhai tumhe kya dikkat wo jo marzi kare https://t.co/NggRNdULDz — Raghav Mittal (@mittalrag) April 2, 2022Twitter Audience discovered kissing and can't stop tweeting about it now https://t.co/yrQrybswR5 — a. (@nubhav00) April 2, 2022Han to kya Galat kiya unhonen? https://t.co/7fO5TFSzMP — Ritik Raj (@ritik___raj) April 2, 2022Meanwhile, Lockie Ferguson of New Zealand was the match's star player, as he broke the backbone of DC's batting line-up with a four-fer. Apart from him, Shubman Gill hit 84 off 46 deliveries to help the Titans reach 171/6 in their allotted 20 overs. Gujarat's triumph was their second in a row, while Delhi had one win and one loss in two games. Hardik Pandya, the captain of the Gujarat Titans, was ecstatic at the end. The all-rounder was satisfied with the overall performance, despite his initial belief that the total should have been higher. View the full article
  16. Rajasthan Royals batter Jos Buttler became the first batter to score a century in the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) as he smashed Mumbai Indians bowlers all over the park at the DY Patil stadium in Mumbai on Saturday (April 2). Buttler smashed 11 boundaries and five maximums en route to his second three-digit score in the cash-rich league. Thanks to Buttler's explosive knock of 100 off 68 deliveries, Rajasthan Royals managed to put up a big score of 193 for eight in their quota of 20 overs. Buttler undone by a ripper from @Jaspritbumrah93 and his fine innings comes to an end on 100. Live - https://t.co/VsJIgyi126 #MIvRR #TATAIPL pic.twitter.com/o1e5l5gQCj — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 2, 2022 Buttler took a special liking to Basil Thampi in the powerplay as he deposited the uncapped India pacer for 26 runs in an over. The 31-year-old smoked three sixes and two boundaries to register the most runs in an over in this year's IPL so far. Buttler's thrilling knock not only caught fans' attention but a few former cricketers like Aakash Chopra, Harbhajan Singh and others too took to Twitter to react as the England batter tore into the Mumbai Indians' bowling lineup. Joss the boss .. what a 100 @josbuttler class @IPL @StarSportsIndia — Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) April 2, 2022Jos Buttler’s skills to hit the white ball are simply unbelievable…creates angles, plays the field…and often doesn’t even bother about the fielders in the deep, for he deposits the ball 10 rows back. #IPL2022 #MIvRR — Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) April 2, 2022Buttler - #Beast Mode Activated #TataIPL #RRvMI — S.Badrinath (@s_badrinath) April 2, 2022How’s the Jos.. high, very high sir! A deadly display of batting by Jos Buttler, just like we all expect him to do. First century of IPL 2022. Heart goes out for for the bowlers who have to bowl him in such scorching heat. #MIvsRR pic.twitter.com/tqKu16Ayjr — Amit Mishra (@MishiAmit) April 2, 2022He's been always big headache for mi — Chris RCB (@Chrisrcb100) April 2, 2022He is INCREDIBLE Lovely innings ... And the shots were treat for the eyes @josbuttler #HallaBol pic.twitter.com/qqEGheqj0M — Anamika (@AK19580074) April 2, 2022Jos The Boss well deserved century Take A Bow, Great Jos Butter the most exciting and most incredible batsman in the world. Let's welcome 1st hundred of IPL 2022 #MIvRR #MIvsRR #JosButtler pic.twitter.com/jpJ3p3YNBG — Ashutosh Srivastava (@kingashu1008) April 2, 2022 Buttler has always liked to take the attack to Mumbai Indians. His last five innings against Rohit Sharma's outfit read -- 100, 41, 70, 89, 94. After reaching the milestone, Buttler was soon castled by a Jasprit Bumrah yorker in the penultimate over of the innings. Performance of Jos Buttler in the last 5 innings against Mumbai Indians: 100(68) 41(32) 70(44) 89(43) 94*(53) Take a bow, Jos the Boss. — Johns. (@CricCrazyJohns) April 2, 2022 Rohit must be ruing his decision of inviting Rajasthan to bat after winning the toss on a track that offered very little to the bowlers. Although Mumbai managed to pick two wickets inside the first six overs, Buttler and Rajasthan skipper Sanju Samson's partnership of 82 runs took the game away from the five-time IPL champions. Out of the last six IPL centuries hit by batters, four have come from Rajasthan Royals' team. Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson, Buttler (twice). View the full article
  17. Ravichandran Ashwin is one of the few active Indian cricketers who has been vocal about women's cricket on social media. The off-spinner rarely misses a game of cricket and was one of the first from the men's team to lend support to the Indian women's team during their journey in the ongoing Women's World Cup. Ever since the Indian team reached the final of the 2017 Women's World Cup, fans started to show a keen interest in women's cricket. This change also brought opinions that the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) should introduce a Women's Indian Premier League (IPL) to promote the sport in the country. JUST IN: BCCI has proposed a six-team women's #IPL from 2023. @vijaymirror has more — Cricbuzz (@cricbuzz) March 25, 2022 It took the Indian board five years but they have finally proposed a six-team full-fledged IPL. Ashwin, while answering fans' questions on ESPNCricinfo's Polite Enquiries, revealed that his franchise Rajasthan Royal is 'passionate and excited' about having their own women's IPL team. Ashwin mentioned that when he heard about a possible six-team women's IPL. He had a chat with RR's CEO Jake Lush McCrum and he was looking forward to it. "The other day I was having a chat with the (RR) CEO. I read an article on some six teams possible for the women's IPL. I just wanted to check because there are 10 franchises at this point and Jake was up in the arms. He said, 'Of course! It's going to be something that we are very, very passionate [about] and very, very interested in," Ashwin said. Battle Royale @rajasthanroyals @IamSanjuSamson @yuzi_chahal pic.twitter.com/Jjzjw0Jkoy — Ashwin (@ashwinravi99) March 27, 2022 The 35-year-old further added that he thought about buying a women's IPL team of his own but then decided against it because it is 'too expensive' for his liking. "So I just looked around the corner and said, 'OK, is there an opportunity that I can buy some team?' It's just too expensive for my liking (chuckles) but I'll be extremely thrilled to see what RR does," he added. Fans reacted positively to the news and were excited about the future of women's cricket in India. Women's IPL would be so good! https://t.co/KHAAhLfPo4 — Abinesh (@vel_abinesh) April 1, 2022PBKS RR we've already got 2 teams which are interested in participating ! https://t.co/OlXyeEzMmR — Camlin Oil Pastels (@CamlinTweets) April 1, 2022With each passing day RR Is turning into my favorite team and ASH aana is turning into my favorite player @ashwinravi99 @rajasthanroyals #HallaBol #WIPL https://t.co/bFk7Jh584P — aditya yadav (@imyadavji) April 1, 2022RR women's team What a news to start the day https://t.co/1scNafmE1P — Amme31 #CWC22 (@MegaVyas) April 1, 2022Ash Anna full support to RR this time #HallaBol https://t.co/DphwSLSgHH — Ashwini (@AshuCric07) April 1, 2022Ashwin definitely going to have a great career as a commentator, he loves cricket all over the world, follows domestic cricket also, tweet about that, and so good with words. #RoyalsFamily — PUTIn #RR (@rus_vala) April 1, 2022The Women's IPL is subject to clearance by the BCCI AGM. After Punjab Kings co-owner Ness Wadia showed interest in buying a Women's IPL team, Rajasthan Royals are the latest entrant to put their name forward and it is a great sign for female cricketers in the country as their dream of featuring in a tournament as big as the IPL may finally come true next year. View the full article
  18. Bowling a dot ball in the shortest format of the game is considered to be gold dust. It doesn’t matter how skillful a bowler is, he is always behind the eight ball with batters looking to smack him all over the park. The dot balls can still be achieved, if a bowler sticks to his game plan and bowls according to the set field. However, what’s not easy is bowling six dot balls on the trot. It’s a herculean task for any bowler. Records tell us that bowling a maiden over is more difficult than picking up a wicket. View this post on Instagram In the last 15 years, only 120 bowlers have managed to bowl a maiden over in the IPL. Given the fact that hundreds of players have graced this league since its inception in 2008, it’s a pretty small number. If we filter it out to include bowlers who have bowled more than one over in their IPL career, the number drops down to 61, almost half of the original figure, which tells how difficult of a task it is. View this post on Instagram The reason why I am giving you all this ‘gyaan’ is to make you understand how brilliant Royal Challengers Bangalore’s (RCB) medium pacer Harshal Patel was the other night during their game against last year’s finalists Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR). Patel, who was the biggest revelation for RCB last year, was bought for a whopping Rs 10.75 crore in the mega auction and his performance against KKR showed why the franchise were so hell-bent on acquiring his services. View this post on Instagram The Sanand-born, who plays domestic cricket for Haryana, justified his price tag on Wednesday, returning an impressive figures of 2/11 from his four overs. Bowling in the middle phase of KKR innings, the 31-year-old bowled not one but two maiden overs which dried up the runs and forced them to play expansive shots which led to their downfall. Bowling two maiden overs in a single match is a rare achievement in IPL. So rare that before Harshal, this was only achieved once in the last 15 years. Incidentally, the first bowler who achieved this huge feat was also a RCB pacer. View this post on Instagram Siraj had scripted history against KKR during IPL 2020. His bowling figures on the night read four overs, two maidens, eight runs, and three wickets. Coming back to Harshal, it was a brilliant turnaround for the RCB star who had leaked 36 runs in their previous match which they lost to Punjab Kings while defending 205 runs. With his spell he announced himself for the first time this season and increased the hopes of RCB fans. The supporters flocked the micro-blogging site and praised his outstanding bowling display. The reason why the RCB fans were pumped was because he achieved this bowling against one of the most destructive batters in world cricket – Andre Russell. What a player he is turning out to be , bas Nazar na lagey kisi ki . — Keval Pathak (@kevpathak) March 30, 2022Harshal Patel has been revelation for RCB. Only Positive for RCB in Last 2 Season. — Vicky Shinde (@iamshinde83) March 30, 2022His rise is really encouraging for Indian cricket. Hope he can deliver for India as well — Sid (@united_sid) March 30, 2022Already second best t-20 fast bowler for india along side Bumrah in my books . — Saksham Garg (@sakshamgarg100) March 30, 2022good for india will be helpful in t20 wc — Helloworld (@ShivamK83596389) March 30, 2022Maiden against Russell. Like just wow. — Anshu Raj (@nshubolega) March 30, 2022 Harshal has witnessed a meteoric rise in the last 12 months and RCB fans would be hoping he continues on the same path and gets hold of that Purple Cap this year as well. View the full article
  19. Whenever a new IPL season starts, all eyes are on the players who went for big big bucks in the auction. Ahead of IPL 2022, there were several players, both capped and uncapped, who caused a bidding war among franchises in the auction and made them pay exorbitant amounts to include them on their roster. Like most teams, SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) and Rajasthan Royals (RR) had also made some exciting signings in the mega auction. That’s why when these two former champions faced each other in their opening match, their fans were obviously excited to see these new signings doing justice to their price tag. View this post on Instagram However, only some of them were able to fulfill the fans’ expectations and the majority of them belonged to the Rajasthan-based outfit which helped them start their IPL 2022 campaign with a massive 61-run win over their Southern rivals at the MCA stadium in Pune. Chasing a massive total, the SRH batting unit crumbled like a pack of cards, with two of their top four batters folding for a duck and two others managing a single-digit score. View this post on Instagram Most of the SRH batters cut a sorry figure but according to fans the biggest disappointment was the West Indies white-ball skipper vice-captain Nicholas Pooran, who got out for a nine-ball duck. Overall, it was his sixth duck in 34 IPL innings. Barring a few odd occasions, Pooran’s IPL record has been far from satisfactory but still the SRH management splashed a whopping Rs 10.75 crore on him in the auction last month. View this post on Instagram At the time, the decision had left everyone surprised but his dismissal last night provided the fans with an opportunity to go after him and the franchise and they did so in the most hilarious manner possible. In the last 14 IPL innings, Pooran has managed double-digit scores only twice and the fans turned his misery into a meme fest on the micro-blogging site. After seeing Nicholas Pooran performance SRH Team Management:#SRHvRR #IPL2022 pic.twitter.com/m7X4KZydii — Mridul Pal (@themridulpal) March 29, 2022The IPL woes continue for Nicholas Pooran 2021: 0, 0, 9, 0, 19, 0, 32, 8, 2, 12, 3 2022: 0 Only 3 double digit scores in the last 14 innings 6 ducks in 34 IPL innings. That is 17.65%#IPL202 #SRHvRR #NicholasPooran — Pradeep Krishna M (@PradeepKrish_m) March 29, 2022New season , new teams , new jersey , new captain but one thing remains constant about Nicholas pooran #SRHvRR #NicholasPooran #SunrisersHyderabad pic.twitter.com/ixRibzgCek — abhilash (@abhilasshhhhhh) March 30, 2022#SRHvRR #KGFChapter2Trailer Nicholas Pooran's Last 7 IPL Innings In India 0, 0, 9, 0, 19, 0, 0 pic.twitter.com/FaBjA8Cwdf — G.B Abhishek (@GBAbhishek18) March 29, 2022Longest duck by a wicketkeeper in IPL: 9 balls - Nicholas Pooran v RR, 2022 7 balls - AB de Villiers v Dec, 2011 6 balls - Naman Ojha v Dec, 2009#IPL2022 #SRHvRR — Kausthub Gudipati (@kaustats) March 29, 2022That was awful from Pooran but it is not unexpected either. It was a very high quality pace bowling spell and they sent him up ahead of Markram who is far better equipped. — Static_357 (@Static_a357) March 29, 2022#SRHvRR Nobody Nicholas Pooran : pic.twitter.com/bjPcEqlWCT — Aashu (@aashu__31) March 29, 2022Pooran bhai bagging ducks in IPL #IPL2022 pic.twitter.com/Wqz7gGwFbI — Jack (@Switch_hitt) March 29, 20226th IPL duck for Nicholas Pooran. #IPL fans be like:#SRHvRR #IPL pic.twitter.com/dPatSTzDw5 — HarsitMSDian (@HarsitTiwary) March 29, 2022If he plays to his potential, Pooran can destroy any bowling line-up but so far he hasn’t been able to produce any magic in the world’s biggest league. The kind of money SRH have paid for the West Indies power-hitter, his place in the squad is all but guaranteed. For the sake of the tournament’s excitement, we hope that Pooran finds his rhythm and starts playing to his potential in the upcoming matches. View the full article
  20. The 15th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is currently underway in full swing and the tournament has produced some great encounters already. Every year, players from all over the world come and make their mark in the cash-rich league, except for Pakistani cricketers who have been barred from entering the league owing to severe political ties between the two Asian nations which has brought their bi-lateral cricketing ties to a halt. View this post on Instagram Participating in the world’s biggest T20 league is high on the priority list of most players, but given the current situation the Pakistani players can only dream about it. That’s the reason why every now and then we come across statements like how their players would have attracted huge bids if they were part of the auction. The latest comment has come from former fast bowler Shoaib Akhtar who says Pakistani skipper Babar Azam would have easily fetched Rs 15-20 crore in the IPL auction. He even joked that even if he was in a wheelchair, he would have still gotten a huge amount. © Reuters “I think me, even if I am on wheelchair,” Akhtar told Sportskeeda, when asked to name the Pakistani player who would have attracted the highest bid if he was part of the auction. “In the auction, Babar would go for 15-20 crore,” said the former speedster, who holds the world record of bowling the fastest delivery in cricket. © Reuters The ‘Rawalpindi Express’ also named the franchise he would want Babar to play for in the IPL. He said watching the current Pak skipper open the innings with former Indian captain Virat Kohli in the IPL would be a great spectacle for all the cricket lovers. “It would be great to see Babar Azam and Virat Kohli playing together in the IPL. How nice it would be if they open the innings in the IPL one day,” said Akhtar who was part of the Kolkata Knight Riders squad in the opening season. © Reuters This was not the first time a person had placed a huge price tag on the Pakistani players. Last month, a Pak journalist had become a butt of jokes after he said Shaheen Afridi would have gone for Rs 200 crore in the auction. The Indian fans weren’t that surprised by Akhtar’s comments and they actually enjoyed how stupid it made him look. Some supporters even trolled the former pacer and told him a thing or two about the IPL auction dynamics and urged him to stop daydreaming. We call it day dreaming — Hamza Aziz (@HumzahAzeez) March 29, 2022Kya mazaaak hai ye. @shoaib100mph Bhai kyu itni Bakwaas karte ho. — kunwar nanda (@kunwarnanda) March 29, 202220 cr Ye pakistani dimag ke bahar ka hi sochte hai har baar — Ratan Karlekar (@KarlekarRatan) March 29, 2022What a joke, it's not test cricket Legends like Gayle & Raina went unsold once — Indian (@Indian93305872) March 29, 2022No not really , maybe like Steve smith type money , just over base price — Rajveer Wariah (@RajveerWariah) March 29, 2022Pakistan fast bowlers may go for big price in IPL but not PAK batters — BHIMRAJ (@bhimrajAB17) March 29, 2022 Babar Azam is no doubt a world class player but that alone doesn’t guarantee success in the lucrative league. Every year we witness several world-class cricketers going unsold in the auction. Even this year, top players like Steve Smith failed to attract any bids. Also, more than a player’s quality, the crazy bidding depends on a number of factors and that’s why nobody can say for sure how much a player would go for in the auction. View the full article
  21. The first half of the Indian Premier League 2022 is already in full swing and every single franchise has now played one match. This means that all 10 teams in this year’s edition of the IPL now have a place for themselves in the points table based on their win-to-loss ratio and the Net Run Rate, in order to break the tie between two or more teams with an equal number of wins. So far in the tournament, Rajasthan Royals, Delhi Capitals, Punjab Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders and Gujarat Titans have all won their first and only match whereas some of the more historically successful franchises like Mumbai Indians, SunRisers Hyderabad, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Lucknow SuperGiants and the reigning IPL champions Chennai Super Kings have found themselves on the lower end of the points table. IPL 2022 Points Table. pic.twitter.com/0hWo95mk0X — Mufaddal Vohra (@mufaddal_vohra) March 29, 2022 Among the losers, three teams in specific have gathered a lot of attention from the public, especially because of the bad Net Run Rates that they have had on the only match they have played so far. RCB (-0.697), MI (-914) and SunRisers Hyderabad (-3.05) are three of the worst teams at the moment, even among the losing sides. Yes, it is excruciatingly early in the season and the win or the loss in the first match of the tournament does not have a lot of weightage in terms of where will the season end for any of the teams. However, that has never stopped the online trolls from making the most of the situation and letting the teams know where they are standing at the moment. RCB at 8 — timeSquare (@time__square) March 29, 2022Not your fault as 9 comes after 8 — Prajwal𓃵 (@not_praj) March 29, 2022 pic.twitter.com/mqDUgS8NDG — Samir Shaikh (@Samir68681627) March 29, 2022Runrate k hisaab se to srh already bahar ho gyi — Harsh (@Hari01426624) March 29, 2022In points table @SunRisers Will stay in the last position permanently . Because of the SRH management and mostly whole credit goes to Kaviya — vamshi megafan (@krishnav628) March 29, 2022RCB going to Last Place tomorrow — Gill Supremacy (@GillFan77) March 29, 2022Some of the very specific concerns from the first week of the IPL: The first key concern has to do with the fact that Faf du Plessis’ RCB were unable to protect a 200-run total and were defeated by Mayank Agarwal’s PBKS with one entire left to spare. Despite a strong batting order, the fact that world-class bowlers like Mohammed Siraj and Wanindu Hasaranga went for 59 and 40 runs, respectively suggests the kind of work they have to do to make their chances look better. Secondly, the SunRisers Hyderabad aren’t looking much different from the way they were during the previous season. Not only did they start their season with a loss, but their Net Run Rate is also so abysmal that recovering from it will be a challenge in itself. It will be interesting to see the kind of changes each of these teams will make to their roster to better adapt to the situation and how that will eventually reflect on the IPL Points Table. View the full article
  22. The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) has published a media rights tender for the Indian Premier League seasons between 2023 and 2027, with an e-auction set to begin on June 12. I'm pleased to announce that @BCCI has issued the tender document for @IPL media rights for seasons 2023-27. With 2 new teams, more matches, more engagement, more venues, we are looking to take #TataIPL to newer and greater heights. — Jay Shah (@JayShah) March 29, 2022 The Indian Cricket Board filed the media rights tender for the 2023-2027 IPL seasons on Tuesday, hoping to make a windfall of about Rs 50,000 crore. For the first time in IPL history, the BCCI will hold an e-auction for new bidders, which will begin on June 12th. According to the board's secretary Jay Shah, the BCCI administrators are hoping to push the Indian T20 league to new and greater heights with two new teams, more matches, more involvement, and more venues. The Tender document is now available for purchase. For the first time in @IPL history, the media rights will be e-auctioned. The e-auction will commence from June 12th, 2022 #TATAIPL — Jay Shah (@JayShah) March 29, 2022 Shah claims that he has no doubts that this method will result in not only revenue maximisation but also value maximisation, which will greatly assist Indian cricket. Star India has the current five-year rights (TV and digital) for the IPL from 2018 to 2022, but those in decision-making positions say the valuation, which is now Rs 16,347.50 crore (USD 2.55 billion), is too low. I've no doubts that with this process there will not only be revenue maximisation but also value maximisation, which will benefit India Cricket immensely #TATAIPL — Jay Shah (@JayShah) March 29, 2022 Back in December 2021, it was analysed that the valuation for the next five-year cycle of the IPL media and digital rights will be between approximately Rs. 36,000 crore. However, within the next three months, it has been declared by the BCCI that the actual valuation might be over Rs 14,000 crore more than the previously predicted numbers. Therefore, almost a three-fold boost in the media rights valuation could be seen as early as June 12th and one of the biggest reasons for that would be the addition of Gujarat Titans and Lucknow SuperGiants teams which has led the IPL to expand from 60 to 74 matches, resulting in a bidding battle among its counterparts, including Zee-Sony and Reliance Viacom 18. 50k crores. That’s what the @IPL media rights could fetch! In 15 years this is just an incredible growth story and also is the larger story of India as the nerve center of global cricket. Media rights tender out for @IPL @BCCI — Boria Majumdar (@BoriaMajumdar) March 29, 2022 Amazon Prime, Meta, and YouTube, among others, are expected to compete aggressively for digital space, according to the BCCI. The entire terms and conditions are listed in the 'Invitation to Tender' (ITT), which will be made available upon receipt of a non-refundable deposit of Rs 25 lakh excluding GST, according to a statement released by the BCCI. View the full article
  23. Multi-dimensional cricketers are the hottest selling property in the game’s shortest format. Their ability to impact the game with both bat and ball is why most teams wish to have quality all-rounders in their ranks. If we take a look at the history of IPL auctions, it clearly shows that acquiring a world-class all-rounder has always been among the top priorities of most franchises, for that they don't even mind paying a premium price. View this post on Instagram India is not known for producing world-class all-rounders but there was a time when the majority of the players in Indian cricket used to be multi-dimensional. Just look at the squad that won the 1983 World Cup, it was full of multi-utility players. From Kapil Dev to Ravi Shastri to Roger Binny to Mohinder Amarnath, the team was filled with all-rounders who had the ability to turn the tide with both bat and ball. There was no doubt that had they been playing cricket now, all of them would have created chaos in the IPL auction and raked in huge paychecks. View this post on InstagramFormer India head coach Ravi Shastri recently shared how much he would have gone for in the IPL auction had he been playing cricket now. The former India all-rounder, who was known for his left-arm-spin and power hitting, said that he would have easily become one of the highest-paid players in the tournament, attracting a bid in the region of Rs 15 crore. He didn't even flinch his eyes once, that's how confident he was in his assessment. “Comfortably in the 15 crore bracket. Comfortably! And captain of the side. No question. It's a no-brainer,” Shastri told ESPNCricinfo. View this post on Instagram Shastri, whose coaching stint with the Indian team ended in November last year, also added that apart from getting big bucks he would have also gotten the captaincy of a franchise. The former India all-rounder represented India in 80 Tests and 150 ODIs during his illustrious international career, which began in 1981 and came to a sad end in 1992 due to a recurring knee injury at the age of 31. View this post on Instagram The tall all-rounder from Mumbai accumulated 3,830 and 3,108 runs in Tests and ODIs respectively and finished his international career with a combined tally of 280 wickets across both formats. Given Shastri’s impressive record at the international level and the IPL auction dynamics, we have to say his assessment is spot on. View the full article
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