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  1. As the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) came calling with a scintillating contest between Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB), the cricket fans geared up for multiple individual clashes that the opening match had to offer. While many were keen to witness the battle between 'Captain Cool' MS Dhoni and 'Captain Fearless' Virat Kohli, others were eager to see the contest between RCB's explosive batting line-up and CSK's experienced bowling unit. Amongst the key battles, there was one between Suresh Raina and the RCB skipper in the race to reach 5,000 runs in the IPL. Ahead of the IPL opener, Raina had amassed 4,985 runs in 3,601 balls (1167 dots, 1533 singles, 256 twos, 11 threes, 448 fours, 1 five and 185 sixes) in the tournament. He was just 15 runs shy of becoming the first player to score 5,000 IPL runs. Twitter/@IPL On the other hand, Kohli had scored 4,948 runs in 3,784 balls (1319 dots, 1575 singles, 266 twos, 11 threes, 435 fours and 178 sixes) in the IPL. While Raina looked in touching distance, Kohli needed 52 runs to achieve the unique feat. But, after Dhoni won the toss and asked RCB to bat first, many would have probably tipped the Indian captain to reach there first. But, contrary to popular perception, Kohli, akin to majority of his teammates, had a forgettable outing as he was sent back into the hut for just six runs. On a raging turner of a track at the MA Chidambaram stadium, perennial underachievers RCB were bowled out for a mere 70 runs. Twitter/@IPL With Kohli bottling his opportunity, all eyes were on Raina when he came out to bat in the third over. After surviving a run-out scare (thanks to Mohammad Siraj's fumble while collecting the ball), Raina tickled the ball towards fine leg for an easy single in the ninth over, etching his name in the history books as the first-ever player to complete 5,000 runs in the IPL. There it is, the magical 5000! What a player! Mr. IPL for reason! #ChinnaThala #WhistlePodu #Yellove #CSKvRCB ð¦ð pic.twitter.com/lyMtouHNlG — Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) March 23, 2019 Blessed & proud to cross #5000runs. Here's to many more victories with the team. Well done guys! @ChennaiIPL — Suresh Rainað®ð³ (@ImRaina) March 23, 2019 After achieving the milestone, Raina was dismissed in the very next over by Moeen Ali who got him caught at long-on. While he couldn't finish the game for Chennai who eventually won by seven wickets, Raina's latest achievement earned him a lot of plaudits from fans and pundits alike. 5000 runs for @ImRaina. He has been an #IPL legend. — Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) March 23, 2019 Suresh Raina becomes the first batsman to score 5,000 runs in the history of IPL. First to score in IPL, 1,000 runs: Adam Gilchrist 2,000 runs: Suresh Raina 3,000 runs: Suresh Raina 4,000 runs: Virat Kohli 5,000 runs: Suresh Raina*#CSKvsRCB — Umang Pabari (@UPStatsman) March 23, 2019 Mr. IPL Rocks ⤠Proud of you @ImRaina — RAINA's SAKSHI ⤠(@SakshiRMishra) March 23, 2019 Raina... ððð Hope Raina will get his chance in WORLD CUP by his IPL performance — Call Me Johnny (@CallMeJohnny5) March 23, 2019 I want him to play in world cup, he is way better than Pant and DK in terms of experience.. I hope it happens @ImRaina — Aman@0305 (@Aman03051) March 23, 2019 Congratulations @ImRaina for scoring 5000 runs in @IPL Pure class in t20 for CSK..#CSKvRCB @ChennaiIPL #Raina — Chowkidar Vikas ð®ð³ (@VikasDarji_) March 23, 2019 Legendary!! Legendary!! Legendary!! — AKASH RAINAð¥ (@ImakashRaina) March 23, 2019
  2. Arguably one of the most consistent teams in the history of the tournament, Mumbai Indians (MI) continues to remain a top contender going into the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Being the most valuable IPL franchise with a brand value of $106 million, MI always made sure that it stands on the expectations of their fans. They registered their name in the history books as they became the first team to win the IPL title for a record third time. Having a knack of making a comeback and winning matches, MI will certainly look forward to break their title-tie with CSK and bag their record fourth trophy. For their road to glory, here are the top five players to look forward too: Jasprit Bumrah Credit: Instagram - Mumbai Indians IPL is all about spotting Indian talent and giving them the platform, and Jasprit Bumrah is yet another prodigy of IPL. John Wright not only did MI favour but to the Indian Cricket, by spotting spotted the young gun in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy before drafting him into the squad. With time Bumrah has shown continuous improvement on both domestic and international level and now has become best bowler in the world. Being the second highest wicket-taker for MI last season, Bumrah will be all geared up to show his extraordinary skills for his home side once again. Rohit Sharma Credit: Instagram - Mumbai Indians One of the most successful captain in the league, Rohit Sharma, has profoundly proven his worth time and again. Playing an important role in all the title victories and bringing the team back from downfalls, Rohit has been a great tactician in his teams glorious run. Leading his team from the front, the right-handed batsman has the third highest runs in the history of the league and stands on the same position in his scorings of last season. Entering this season with quite a young team, Sharma ji would be expected to give a tough time to their title counterpart, CSK. Yuvraj Singh Credit: Instagram - Mumbai Indians Not having quite a season for the past few years, Yuvraj Singh still manages to get his name in the in Mumbai's list. We know its a long shot but one thing we all would agree with is that once this man starts hitting, there is no coming back for any team. We saw that short stint with both Delhi Daredevils (Delhi Capitals) and Kings XI Punjab in the past season where he performed in a few matches. Hoping to see vintage Yuvraj Singh back is a dream worth living, which not only entertains us fans but will also help in rejuvenating his career. Mayank Markande Credit: Instagram - Mumbai Indians The young leg spinner from Punjab has proved to be a big asset to the Mumbai Indians squad. Dodging the batsman with his unorthodox bowling style, he has impressed one and all with his consistency and his success in the last season. Bagging 15 wickets in 14 matches, Markande has more or less fixed his place in the playing XI. And the thing with leg spinners is that if they strike, they can take down the whole opposition within minutes, and we hope Markande does the same for MI. Hardik Pandya Credit: Instagram - Mumbai Indians The most stylish player in the MI dugout is known to be Hardik Pandya, but the most impressive thing about him is that he made sure that he never let his style affect his game and he even proved the same in the last season. Scoring a decent total of 260 in his 14 matches, he took everyone by surprise by taking 18 wickets and that too with the likes of Jasprit Bumrah, Mitchell Mclenegan and Mustafizur Rehman being in the team.
  3. Rajasthan Royal is the most balanced side you will find in this season of Indian Premier League. From great batsman to some hard-hitting all-rounders and some world class bowlers, they have made sure that they excel in every department, on paper. Now the real task would be to pan out the action plan on the field. RR did taste the success once when the won the inaugural season of IPL in 2008 under the captaincy of Shane Warne. Since then the team has been a part of many controversies, but despite that, they made a good start in last year's IPL, securing the fourth spot by the end of the season. With a perfectly balanced team, it will be interesting to see how Rahane and his boys complete their puzzled combination of players. Here are the top five players who can play a crucial role for RR: Steve Smith Credit: Instagram - Rajasthan Royals One of the finest Australian batsman in the modern day cricket, Steve Smith, is all set to make a comeback to the IPL after the ball-tampering scandal. Being barred from international cricket and IPL for a year has surely given him some personal space to reconnect with himself. And now being back in the RR, he will definitely want to make his presence count by showing his form, and especially when the World Cup is right over the head. Ajinkya Rahane Credit: Instagram - Rajasthan Royals One of the most dependable batsman in the Rajasthan side, Ajinkya Rahane (Jinx) seems all set to take charge of the team. Jinks will once again look forward to entertaining the crowd with his silken touch in the shortest format of the game. Known for being calm, patient and determined on the field, Rahane has now been the backbone of the RR side for many years. Scoring the third highest runs in his team last season, Rahane will be in full swing to guide from the front. Ben Stokes Credit: Instagram - Rajasthan Royals One of the most consistent all rounders in the league, Ben Stokes has worked as two players in one for RR. Filling the shoes of a full-time bowler and adding to the cavalry of the team, Stokes would be a perfect pick for any team. Now playing his second season with the RR, Stoke will be all set to prove his worth and shut his critics. Jaydev Unadkat Credit: Instagram - Rajasthan Royals Once again the costliest buy of the season, Jaydev Unadkat, is bought by the same team who bought him last year, Rajasthan Royals, but this time for a little less than before, Rs. 8.4 crores. He did perform well last season and took 11 wickets for the team but everyone expected more from such a humongous buy. We hope this time Unadkat can stand tall above all and prove his metal. Jofra Archer Credit: Instagram - Rajasthan Royals Jofra Archer was one of the most exciting picks in the VIVO IPL Player Auction 2018. Fetching a cool INR 7.20 crore, Archer proved to be a complete package for RR. Possessing the strength to whack the ball clean and hard, he can also bowl at flashing speed of 150 kph. Being the highest wicket-taker for his side last season(15), Archer will be expected to once again play a crucial role in this season.
  4. The biggest festival of India aka the IPL 2019 starts today, with two of the strongest teams playing against each other - Chennai Super Kings (RCB) vs Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). Honestly, there couldn't have been a better way to kick-start the 12th season of the Indian Premier League, than pitting Virat Kohli and MS Dhoni against each other. The ground at M.A. Chidambaram Stadium is gearing up to witness an epic match, as every cricket fan is now sitting in front of their TV waiting with bated breath for the clock to strike 8 PM, and people are gearing up to fill the stadium with chants of 'Chickoo' and 'Mahi'. Twitter However, one of the most attractive events of IPL i.e. the glittering opening ceremony will not be happening this year. In the wake of the Pulwama terror attack, where the nation lost more than 40 CRPF bravehearts, the BCCI has decided to pay them a tribute. There won't be an opening ceremony this time, instead, a military band will perform at the stadium ahead of the first T20 match. In fact, the money budgeted for the ceremony will go to the families of the martyrs. Twitter According to the Indian Express, an official close to BCCI said "It's about a 15 to 20-minute show which will happen. The band will perform just before the felicitation happens. The toss is being advanced by 10 mins." The official further added, "the game will begin at 8 pm and toss will be at 7:30. From 7:20 to 7:30 the Madras Regiment band will perform for the audience." Twitter Reportedly, the Madras Regiment Band based out of Chennai will be performing at the stadium before the felicitation programme for the Indian Armed Forces. The BCCI will also contribute Rs. 20 crore for the welfare of the Armed Forces. The captains of the 8 IPL teams have, in fact, pre-recorded a video message for the performance.
  5. For a team that is never short on glamour and style quotient - thanks to its co-owner Preity Zinta, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP), sadly, has not been able to live to the hype on the cricket field in the Indian Premier League (IPL). Despite boasting of some of the biggest names in the sport, KXIP's dream of clinching the IPL title continues to elude them. They came mighty close to realising that dream in 2014 as they went one opponent past another to win 11 matches alongside just three defeats that season. They were tipped as favourites to win the trophy after their spectacular win over a consistent Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the second qualifier. But, a their three-wicket loss in the final against Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) broke their hearts. After failing to secure a top-four finish in the last four editions, the Mohali-based franchise underwent a major overhaul as they spent a staggering Rs 32.50 crore at the 2019 IPL Auctions. And, the result is quite obvious. Punjab is now well-equipped with some of the most feared batsmen, proven bowlers and valuable all-rounders. Going into the twelfth edition of the IPL, here are the five key players from Punjab who can change the fortunes for their side this season: KL Rahul Instagram/@kxipofficial Arguably one of the highly-rated upcoming talents in India, KL Rahul, time and again, has proved his mettle with some blistering knocks in dire situations. He might have struggled a bit in the Indian colours lately, but Rahul, in the Punjab jersey, is a batsman who is more than capable of taking the game away from the opposition. Boasting of a wide array of strokes, the right-handed batsman took the IPL by storm last season. He was the leading run-getter for Punjab last year, scoring 659 runs in 14 games at a strike-rate of 158.41. And, the fact that out of the 659 runs he scored, 364 runs came in the first six overs at a strike-rate of over 157, shows how deadly he can be in the powerplay. Chris Gayle Instagram/@kxipofficial If Rahul adds teeth to Punjab's opening line-up, Chris Gayle ensures there is no shortage of fireworks early on. One of the most feared batsmen in limited-overs cricket, Gayle needs no introduction when it comes to sending the ball into the stratosphere. He might struggle in running between the wickets, but the 'Universe Boss' can easily make up for it by flexing his big muscles to send the ball over the fence at will. Released by Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in 2018, Gayle sent a stark reminder to his previous employers by shining bright in the Punjab jersey last season. Though he played just 11 games last season, Gayle amassed 368 runs at a strike-rate of over 146. With a highest score of an unbeaten 104, Gayle also slammed three fifties alongside 30 fours and 27 sixes. If Punjab intend to challenge for the title this year, they'd surely need Gayle's firepower at the top. Andrew Tye Instagram/@kxipofficial Owing to his success in Australian domestic cricket and later in Big Bash League (BBL), Andrew Tye was roped in by Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in 2015, only to warm the bench throughout the season. In 2017, signed by now-defunct Gujarat Lions, Tye made a sensational IPL debut, taking five wickets including a hat-trick. His bowling figures of 5-17 were the best by a bowler on IPL debut. But, with the Gujarat franchise completing its two-year term and bidding adieu to IPL in 2018, Tye found suitors in Punjab who were heavily benefited by his addition. Taking 24 wickets in 14 games, Tye emerged as the leading wicket-taker of the tournament last season. Punjab will once again count on the last year's 'Purple Cap' holder to work his magic for them this season. Varun Chakravarthy Instagram/@kxipofficial Karnataka-born Varun Chakravarthy was quietly sitting with his parents at home when he saw his life turn upside down. The 29-year-old Tamil Nadu Premier League (TNPL) sensation saw Delhi Capitals, Rajasthan Royals, Punjab, Kolkata Knight Riders and Chennai Super Kings bid furiously for him. And, then came the big moment: Punjab securing his services for Rs 8.4 crore (42 times his base price of Rs 20 lakh). C V Varun spun a web in TNPL 2018. Will the batters be able to decode his magic in #IPL2019? pic.twitter.com/ha2aCjicdt — TNPL (@TNPremierLeague) 19 December 2018 So, what's so special about this leg-spinner, you'd ask? Well, the mystery spinner has seven different variations and, going by his hefty paycheck, they now officially cost more than Rs 1 crore each. For someone who spun Siechem Madurai Panthers to their maiden TNPL title last season, Varun will surely be expected to carry the baton for his new employers Punjab in latest edition of the IPL. Mayank Agarwal Instagram/@kxipofficial For someone who has been patiently waiting for a national call-up in limited-overs cricket, Mayank Agarwal has done pretty much everything a batsman can do to strengthen his case. The prolific right-hander has been busy scoring runs in domestic cricket over the past couple of years. He also looked in ominous touch on Test debut against Australia where he scored two clinical fifties for India. While he struggled to carry on his domestic form into the IPL last season, this could very well be his year. His unbeaten 85-run knock powered Karnataka to the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy title earlier this year. And, with both Gayle and Rahul (World Cup prospects) expected to be used in limited capacity this season, Mayank can surely make the opportunity count with crucial knocks for Punjab.
  6. SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) were one of the best teams to be a part of last year's Indian Premier League (IPL), maybe even better than the current champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and if it wasn't for Shane Watson's heroic 117-run innings in the final, the men in orange and black could have even won their second title. Known for their exceptional bowling lineup, SunRisers came to be known as the 'guardians of low totals' because of their bowlers being able to not only hold their opponents to a low score but also take wickets in the process. Here are the key players for SunRisers Hyderabad, who will play a major part in the squad's attempt to bring home the trophy: 1. Rashid Khan View this post on Instagram ð¶ Woke up in the morning feeling fine, got @rashid.khan19 's magic spell on my mind ð¶ Hattrick hero. First player to take 4 wickets in 4 balls in a T20I. 11 wickets in the series. WHAT. A. PLAYER. 𤩠#OrangeArmy #RashidRush A post shared by SunRisers Hyderabad (@sunrisershyd) on Feb 24, 2019 at 8:55pm PST This 20-year-old bowler from Afghanistan is somewhat of the main man for the franchise. His variations with the ball has made him his opponents' worst nightmare and also provided him with the top position in ICC's T20 rankings for bowlers as he's bagged 75 wickets in 38 T20Is with a staggering economy of just 6.02 throughout his career. SunRisers clearly are in awe of this young star as they paid more than double of what they did last year to make sure Khan doesn't go anywhere else. Opening their season against Kolkata Knight Riders on Sunday, the team will depend heavily on his wrist-spin bowling to bring them success. 2. David Warner Nothing much, just a fully focused @davidwarner31... ð¤·‍âï¸#OrangeArmy 𧡠pic.twitter.com/LEkRH6XsiX — SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) March 19, 2019 For any sportsperson, his integrity and respect in the eyes of his fans are very important, maybe even bigger than the championship, itself. After stepping down from captaincy and later being disbarred from playing in the league altogether last year, the 2019 season has to mean a lot more to David Warner than any of his teammates. Warner is one of those players who are a perfect fit for wherever they play. Being under contract with the team since the 2014 IPL auction, he holds the records for scoring the most runs by an overseas player (4,014), most half-centuries (35) and the highest individual score by a captain (126) in the league. 3. Kane Williamson View this post on Instagram 'When he's on song, Kane Williamson is the most attractive batsman to watch in world cricket' - Virat Kohli #TeamIndia skipper @imVkohli has heaped praise on his Kiwi counterpart's batting prowess ð #OrangeArmy, what do you make of #KingKohli's assessment of @kane_s_w? ð¤ A post shared by SunRisers Hyderabad (@sunrisershyd) on Jan 25, 2019 at 1:34am PST Known for his cool temper as a skipper but an absolute beast with the bat, Kane Williamson proved his worth to Hyderabad in the 2017 season when he amassed 256 runs with a strike rate of 151.47 in just seven matches and was promoted as the leader of the squad. In the 2018 season, the Kiwi outdid himself as he became the top scorer of the league (735), won the Orange Cap and took his side to the final. If the team wants to make it big this season yet again, Williamson has to play on a similar level. 4. Bhuvneshwar Kumar View this post on Instagram With figures of 2â£/4â£6⣠including a maiden, Bhuvi contributed in #TeamIndia's 7-wicket victory over New Zealand that sealed the series at Bay Oval ð #NZvIND A post shared by SunRisers Hyderabad (@sunrisershyd) on Jan 28, 2019 at 1:35am PST Having a bad run with injuries, one of the finest bowlers of the Indian cricket team, Bhuvneshwar Kumar had a below-average IPL season last year when he was able to scalp just nine wickets in 12 matches. However, it seems Bhuvi is back to his ideal fitness conditions and his decent performance in the series Down Under and New Zealand have to have a positive impact on the pacer's confidence and that of the SRH team managers. 5. Manish Pandey View this post on Instagram #SyedMushtaqAliTrophy 2019 Champion ð . Congratulations to our Riser @manishpandeyinsta for leading Karnataka throughout the tournament! ð #OrangeArmy 𧡠. . . #SunRisersHyderabad #Hyderabad #Cricket #Champion #Karnataka A post shared by SunRisers Hyderabad (@sunrisershyd) on Mar 14, 2019 at 8:24am PDT Raw, brute force is what comes to mind when you try to define Manish Pandey's cricketing style and it seems to resonate with the owners of the team who literally invested a fortune behind his success. Keeping aside the retained players, Pandey was Hyderabad's biggest buy at Rs. 11 crore. Playing in 15 matches for SunRisers, the right-handed batsman scored a total of 284 runs at a 25.81 batting average which is not that great, especially for the mammoth deal with franchise. However, Pandey has shown significant improvement in his stint with the India A roster and during the latest Ranji Trophy season with Karnataka.
  7. Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) are entering the twelfth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) in the first game of the year against the three-time champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on Saturday, 23rd March 2019. However, the burden on their shoulders is a lot heavier as compared to their opponent. Having never won the title ever since the team's inception in 2008, the expectations and hopes of the people of Bangalore with regards to hosting the prestigious IPL trophy one day, are brutally crushing the team owners and the star-studded player line-up. Despite probably having the best coaching staff in the league and being captained by some of the greatest cricketers in the past, RCB have failed to seal the deal and their supporters are losing their cool. Having said that, after spending an amount as big as Rs. 16.35 crores at the 2018 IPL auction and retaining their best lot, the roster looks amazing. Here are the five key RCB players whom people should watch out for this IPL season: 1. Virat Kohli View this post on Instagram A post shared by Royal Challengers Bangalore (@royalchallengersbangalore) on Feb 15, 2019 at 6:43am PST Let's not spend too much time on the obvious. Virat Kohli, who is the captain of RCB and that of the Indian national cricket team, has to have an impact during this IPL season if he wishes to continue with the team as its skipper. Even though 2018 was his year and he won all the major individual awards put up by the International Cricket Council (ICC), Kohli has earned a bad reputation for himself as the captain of an IPL team. Having said that, Kohli is the second highest run-scorer in the entire league just behind CSK's Suresh Raina and became the first batsman to score 4000+ runs in the league during RCB's most successful season in 2016. As talented and gifted as Kohli is, he can manage to get runs even in his sleep. What is to be yet seen is how the King uses the supporting cast around him to take his team to the top. 2. AB de Villiers View this post on Instagram #TB to when @abdevilliers17's brilliance propelled us to a victory against Delhi Daredevils! #ThrowBackThursday #TBT #PlayBold #Repost @royalchallengersbangalore • • • • • If not for the roof, this would have landed in Cubbon Park. #PlayBold A post shared by Royal Challengers Bangalore (@royalchallengersbangalore) on Mar 14, 2019 at 2:35am PDT De Villiers was RCB's main man before Virat Kohli took the throne. The South African's furious batting style combined with years and years of experience as the captain of one of the leading teams of the cricketing world, made him an ideal piece of the puzzle that the team's road to title victory really is. Even though Mr. 360° is not the dynamic hitter he once used to be, he still possesses a lot of command over his bat and is very much capable of bringing home wins against many of the franchises from this season's matchups. 3. Yuzvendra Chahal View this post on Instagram Your focus determines your reality! ðð@yuzi_chahal23 #MondayMotivation #PlayBold A post shared by Royal Challengers Bangalore (@royalchallengersbangalore) on Mar 10, 2019 at 9:51pm PDT Yuzi Chahal has grown as a cricketer by leaps and bounds in the past couple of years. Putting in hours of practice in his craft has earned him a high chair in the Indian cricket team as he looks to represent his nation in the upcoming World Cup. Being Bangalore's leading wicket-taker, Chahal has earned immense respect and trust in the eyes of the team management that retained the leggy for his sixth season in red and gold. While bowlers like Mohammed Siraj and Washington Sundar will be at Kohli's disposal, the captain will turn to Chahal in the hour of need and demand of him the ability to break partnerships. 4. Marcus Stoinis Skipper @imVkohli with our new joinee, @MStoinis. Maybe he wants him to save his best for the upcoming VIVO IPL when he dons the red and black at #Chinnaswamy! #PlayBold #AUSvIND https://t.co/VQXFLo3JxV — Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) November 22, 2018 Aussie Marcus Stoinis is probably one of those rare cricketers who are on the list of every fantasy cricket club owner. Having being named Australia's men's One-day International Player of the Year, the allrounder was a gem to look at as he hit big runs and scalped many wickets. A reliable player in general with the capacity to score runs on cue, Stoinis will be expected to go out there and perform on the same level as he does for his national cricket team. 5. Shimron Hetmyer Shimron Hetmyer is BOLD. We acquire him at INR 4.20 Cr!#PlayBold #BidForBold #IPLAuction — Royal Challengers (@RCBTweets) December 18, 2018 Getting paid for absolutely dismantling the Men in Blue during the Windies' visit to India in October 2018, Hetmyer was signed up by the RCB for Rs. 4.20 crores as they outbid literally every other team present in that ballroom during the IPL auctions. Known as a run-machine, this 22-year-old plays the sport like there is no tomorrow. Boasting a scary strike rate of 142.42, the lefty has scored 517 runs in the 21 T20 matches he has played so far. If Hettie brings even a fraction of his game to RCB, his presence in the team will be a huge boost for Virat Kohli and the rest of the squad.
  8. One of the original eight franchises of the Indian Premier League (IPL), Delhi Capitals recently changed their name from 'Delhi Daredevils' after a rather forgettable season. According to Co-Owner and Chairman of the team, Parth Jindal, the reason behind changing the name was that Delhi is the power centre of the country and also the capital, hence the name 'Delhi Capitals'. Classic. Having never been able to make it to the Indian Premier League final, the last time Delhi Capitals made it to the Playoffs was all the way back in 2012 when the former Indian opener, Virender Sehwag stepped down from the position of the captain of the team following one of the worst seasons in the history of IPL in 2011. Having made significant changes to the team's name and roster ahead of the 2019 IPL season, the ownership hopes to bring success to the city and these five players will be crucial in doing so: 1. Shikhar Dhawan Bina Gabbar ke Holi bhi koi Holi hai? #HappyHoli #ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals pic.twitter.com/EewQPoc51G — Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) March 21, 2019 Making his return to the team with which he made his IPL debut in 2008, Shikhar Dhawan has wreaked havoc against his opponents in the league. Although he has been struggling with the bat for the Indian cricket team for quite some time now, Delhi Capitals has sent a lot of talent including the rising allrounder Vijay Shankar, spinner Shahbaz Nadeem and the young Abhishek Sharma to SunRisers Hyderabad in the trade to bring back Dhawan. We look forward to seeing the veteran use his experience along with the young batting line-up consisting of Rishabh Pant and Prithvi Shaw to bring back the glory days to the city. 2. Rishabh Pant When @RishabPant777 hits it, it stays hit Describe kijiye inki batting ek word mein... #ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals #QilaKotla pic.twitter.com/HdcuT9BCLh — Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) March 20, 2019 After getting accused of being one of the major reasons for India's ODI series loss against Australia, the 21-year-old athlete will be on a mission to redeem his worth and prove his abilities not only as a batsman but behind the wicket as well. This will be Pant's fourth season with his hometown team ever since he made his debut in 2016 and the franchise clearly has high hopes from him as he was one of the first stars to be retained by the owners. Although Ravi Shastri has made it clear that the IPL will have zero effect on the decision-making for squad selection for the upcoming ICC World Cup, the 2019 IPL may be Pant's final opportunity to convince the selectors of why he should be on the roster. 3. Prithvi Shaw SHER hai tu SHER Roarrrrrrrrrrrrr pic.twitter.com/HJm3uRtQTn — Prithvi Shaw (@PrithviShaw) March 21, 2019 The 19-year-old powerhouse that Prithvi Shaw is, he is certain to go for big hits throughout the tournament while it is highly likely for him to open the Delhi batting-lineup with the veteran Shikhar Dhawan on the other end. After being out of action for nearly three months suffering an ankle injury during India's tour of Australia, Shaw returned to the game in the Syed Mushtaq Ali Trophy but failed to do well with the exception of a 71-run innings against Goa. Ever since Shaw came into the limelight, he has been referred to as a talent as good as any. Being great at such a young age has earned him comparisons to Sachin Tendulkar and if there is even the smallest truth in that, people better watch out for him. 4. Amit Mishra 3⣠hat-tricks. 1⣠and only Mishi bhai. Sunday se aayega mazaa Mumbai mein kitne wickets lenge hamare DC legend?@MishiAmit#ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals pic.twitter.com/lo8xIHO1oe — Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) March 21, 2019 One of the cornerstones of the Delhi team since the last four years, Mishra was retained by the team for the 2019 season. He has been consistent in collecting wickets and also boasts the record of becoming the first player to take three hat-tricks in IPL. He has been the most successful bowler in the history of Delhi Daredevils/Capitals history bagging 132 wickets for his side in the past four seasons. His ability to stick to the crease in dire situations makes him an essential player too. 5. Trent Boult Boult's name on the roster cost DC approximately Rs. 2.8 crores at the time of the 2018 auction which justifies his number two position on ICC ODI rankings for bowlers. In the recent ODI and T20 series against the visiting Indian cricket team, Boult's 12 wickets in five matches were crucial for the Kiwis, even though their side lost the series 4-1.
  9. Chennai Super Kings is literally the 'king' of this league as they have won three titles out of the ten seasons they have played. Despite being off the tournament for two years, CSK made an epic comeback by winning the last season with some prolific performances. Keeping their core team intact, CSK has been one of the most lethal sides in the Indian Premier League. A fact to back our statement is that CSK has made to the playoffs in all the ten seasons they have played. The MS Dhoni-led side has been cool as ever and is renowned for making some dramatic comeback with players like Bravo and Watson who can snatch the game away from you anytime they want. Despite the star-studded squad CSK have, here are our top five key players who can help them lift the title for record 4th time: 1. MS Dhoni © Instagram The most beloved player of the CSK squad, Mahendra Singh Dhoni, topping our list would come as no surprise because we all know the importance this man holds in the team. He is the most calm and clever captain you'll find on the cricket ground. His insane tactics and game-changing abilities make him the most threatening player in the squad. Equipped with his helicopter shot, MSD has every knowledge of when to strike and when to become an anchor for the team. Having the core team he requires, Captain Cool will surely give it all to win his fourth title. 2. Suresh Raina © Instagram Making a comeback in the big scene, Suresh Raina is definitely a player to look out for in this year's IPL. The leading run scorer in the IPL, Raina had a pretty decent season last year where he scored 445 runs (including four 50+ scores) in 15 innings with a strike rate of 132.44 Since then, he has been out of international cricket, firstly because of injury and later because of poor form. But he still is one of the most dangerous batsmen if he starts firing. Looking forward to rebooting his career with the IPL glory, Raina will do anything asked for to prove his worth. 3. Shane Watson © BCCI The most reliable overseas player in the CSK side would be none other than Shane Watson. Brilliant with the bat and handy with the ball, Watson ticks two crucial boxes in the team's side. Scoring massive 555 runs in 15 innings, the Aussie star has proved his worth time and again. Apart from his batting prowess, Watto will also provide an extra bowling option to Chennai in crunch situations. Adding to it, his precision with the medium bowling not only gives them an extra option but will also provide them helps them to cover the quota of four overs but also to get a crucial breakthrough at times. With that, he brings experience to the side which is certainly a boost for the younger players' confidence. 4. Imran Tahir © Instagram Another star performer of the CSK side is their South African leggie, Imran Tahir. Getting to bowl all the four overs in every match, Tahir plays an important role in CSK's win counts. One of the most experienced bowlers in the side, Tahir surely instils a whole lot of confidence in the team, both on and off the field. Though he got to play just six matches last season, we hope we get to see him in action more often so that he can prove his metal to the world. 5. Ambati Rayudu © Instagram The top run scorer in IPL 2018 journey for CSK, Ambati Rayudu is all set to own the yellow jersey once again. Having a mammoth total of 602 runs (comprising of a century) in 16 innings, Rayudu has already proven why he should be retained. Another important task for Rayudu would be to cement his place in the World Cup squad by performing well in the season. Having a robust last season, a whole lot will be dependent on him as the season passes through.
  10. Kolkata Knight Riders, being a side associated with huge celebrity status, have made sure that they don't let the stardom affect their performance. After displaying a poor form in the first few seasons of the Indian Premier League, they made sure they bounced back strong and have been in prime form ever since. Winning the trophy twice, once in 2012 and 2015, both by defeating Chennai Super Kings in the finals, they have made sure that they made the qualifiers every single time after that. With the 12th edition of the IPL right over their heads, KKR will be looking forward to opening their innings on a good note. The top five players who could become the knights in shining armour for KKR in this season are: 1. Dinesh Karthik © KKR Facebook Dinesh Karthik, the captain of the KKR for the second season in a row, will play a key role in guiding the team to glory. Leading the team from the front, DK was the top run scorer of the squad with 498 runs in 16 innings including two fifties. Having a good tactful mind, Karthik will be looking forward to at least make it to the playoffs and on the individual front, he would give his best shot so that he can make a place for himself in the final World Cup squad. 2. Sunil Narine © BCCI Arguably the most mysteriously successful bowler in the history of the game, Sunil Narine deserves to be the key player of the side. Beginning with his off-break bowling and ruling the 'purple cap,' he later stunned everyone with opening the innings and thrashing the ball in all directions. Usually, we expect him to be the leading wicket-taker but after his beating to all the faster bowlers and the pacers, he took his name among the top and the leading run scorer in the team with his 357 runs in 16 innings, comprising of two 50+ scores. 3. Andre Russell © KKR Facebook Another hard-hitter that KKR possesses is the Carribean star, Andre Russell. The Right-arm fast bowler is capable of snatching the match from the lion's mouth if once unleashed, both with the bat and the ball. An example of it would be his humongous knock of 88 in mere 36 balls (consisting of 11 sixes), which almost stole the show from Chennai Super Kings but they managed somehow. Another advantage Russell provides is his ability to bowl in debt overs and that too with precision. 4. Kuldeep Yadav © KKR Instagram Having a world-class bowler in the squad is always a perk and Kuldeep Yadav has proven to be the same for KKR. Having a wonderful season last year with 17 wickets in the bag, Yadav has been a go-to bowler for DK. The number of variations he owns and his ability to read the batsman's mind is counted to be his most lethal weapon, which eventually proves to be an asset for the team. 5. Chris Lynn © KKR Instagram The Australian blessing in the KKR squad, Chris Lynn, is another deadly weapon in the team's arsenal. The right-handed batsman has been a consistent scorer for the side and went on to score 491 runs, the second highest in the team. An opening partnership of Lynn and Narine proved to be a breathtaking combination in the last few seasons and we hope it continues to go their way.
  11. Despite being written off as title contenders by the media, Rajasthan Royals set their fans' hearts racing after clinching the Indian Premier League (IPL) trophy in the inaugural season. Under the leadership of Shane Warne, the Jaipur-based franchise went on a rollercoaster ride, winning 11 matches to top the points table before bagging the coveted IPL trophy. But, for a side that had initially set the tone of the tournament, Rajasthan, despite their knack for unearthing obscure, high potential talent has never managed to live up to their reputation of champions. From 2009 to 2012, Rajasthan consistently finished at the bottom half of the points table. In 2013, Rahul Dravid's leadership changed their fortunes as Rajasthan to make the cut for the Play-offs for the first time in four years. After finishing third in the group stage, Rajasthan won the Eliminator against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and looked promising in their efforts to reach the final. But, a spirited performance by Mumbai Indians (MI) in 2nd Qualifier saw them crashing out of the tournament. If their heart-breaking loss left fans in disbelief, the infamous spot-fixing scandal that led to the arrest of Rajasthan's S Sreesanth, Ankeet Chavan and Ajit Chandila further dented their reputation. The following seasons saw them finishing fifth and fourth in the points table respectively before their suspension for two years. © BCCL Like Chennai Super Kings (CSK), Rajasthan returned to India's cash-rich T20 extravaganza last season, but couldn't match the heroics of MS Dhoni's men. Ajinkya Rahane-led Rajasthan finished fourth in the points table, but a 25-run loss in the Eliminator at the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) crushed their dreams. In a bid to push for the title this season, the Royals splurged Rs 13.80 crore at the 2019 IPL Auctions. They roped in Jaydev Unadkat (Rs 8.4 cr), Varun Aaron (Rs 2.4 cr), Oshane Thomas (Rs 1.1 cr), Ashton Turner (Rs 50 lakh), Liam Livingstone (Rs 50 lakh), Shashank Singh (Rs 30 lakh), Riyan Parag (Rs 20 lakh), Manan Vohra (Rs 20 lakh) and Shubham Ranjane (Rs 20 lakh). Jos Buttler's carnage at the top last season - which made him the leading run-getter for Rajasthan with 548 runs to his name - makes him a threat for Rajasthan's opponents this year as well. But, with captain Rahane at the other end boasting of a strike-rate of 118.24 - lowest by any player facing at least 200 balls in the last two editions, Rajasthan will have a mismatch at the top, unless they fix it this time around. © BCCL The availability of Steve Smith is a major boost for Rajasthan this season. He will find adequate support in the likes of Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson, Ashton Turner, Manan Vohra and Rahul Tripathi who are all capable of accelerating the innings for Rajasthan. The pace attack looks good with Jofra Archer, Varun Aaron, Jaydev Unadkat and Dhawal Kulkarni in the fray. The spin-bowling department will probably see the likes of Shreyas Gopal, Ish Sodhi and Krishnappa Gowtham combining for Rajasthan this season. Overall, Rajasthan looks solid on paper. But, the lack of back-up Indian pacers and absence of proven candidates on the bench could hurt Rajasthan's chances this season. Squad: Steve Smith, Ajinkya Rahane (c), Ben Stokes, Sanju Samson (wk), Shubham Ranjane, Ashton Turner, Stuart Binny, Shreyas Gopal, Sudeshan Midhun, Jaydev Unadkat, Ish Sodhi, Prashant Chopra, Mahipal Lomror, Oshane Thomas, Aryaman Birla, Riyan Parag, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jofra Archer, Krishanappa Gowtham, Liam Livingstone, Jos Buttler (wk), Varun Aaron, Shashank Singh, Manan Vohra, Rahul Tripathi.
  12. After the first Hyderabad-based Indian Premier League franchise, the Deccan Chargers was terminated in 2012, SunRisers Hyderabad (SRH) rose from the ashes like a phoenix with new ownership, more money and a shiny new colour-scheme for their jersey. Having made their official debut in the 2013 season of the IPL, SRH have seen their fair share of ups and downs as a whole. Starting out strong, the squad went on to become one of the most successful teams that season as it qualified for the Playoffs under the captaincy of Sri Lankan legend Kumar Sangakkara and India's Shikhar Dhawan. The roster went on to spiral down the points table in the next two seasons finding themselves to be the sixth best (or third worst) team of the league in 2014 and 2015. However, under the leadership of Aussie batsman David Warner, SRH reached their true potential in 2016. As Warner had his best season in the Indian Twenty20 league, pacer Bhuvneshwar Kumar became the first of his squad to win the honorary Purple Cap for his distinguished bowling expertise that season. It was also the only season which brought the title to Hyderabad ever since the Deccan Chargers won it in 2009. In the 2018 season, SRH consisted of some world class talents in their corner. Even though David Warner was retained and appointed as the captain, he refused to accept this role after being found guilty of the infamous ball-tampering case in South Africa that summer. The Board of Cricket Control in India (BCCI) later disbarred Warner from participating in the league that season altogether. Good luck to my friends @SunRisers play well tonight. pic.twitter.com/GpYYLDLXeJ — David Warner (@davidwarner31) April 9, 2018 “Good luck to my friends @SunRisers play well tonight,” he tweeted ahead of his team's 2018 season-opening game against the reinstated Rajasthan Royals. The captaincy was then given to Kane Williamson, the Kiwi skipper who went on to have a brilliant batting season and ended up winning the Orange Cap whilst scoring 735 runs. The SunRisers went on to qualify for the Playoffs and into the final where they fought hard against Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings (CSK) that had been reinstated following a two-year ban due to player-involvement in the 2013 IPL betting scandal. Following some excellent innings played by skipper Williamson and Yusuf Pathan, it was Chennai's Shane Watson who scored an unbeaten 117 runs to crush their dreams of winning another title as CSK won the final with eight wickets and nine balls to spare and lifted the cup for a record third time making them the most successful IPL team alongside Rohit Sharma's Mumbai Indians. However, SRH's dedication and combined team-effort in the heartbreaking loss did gain high words of praise from the master blaster, Sachin Tendulkar himself, who tweeted: Hard luck @SunRisers. You really played well, displayed quality team work and thoroughly deserved to be in the finals. You can proudly hold your heads high. pic.twitter.com/IWG7h9tGTb — Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 27, 2018 Looking to get back to their winning ways in the twelfth season of the league, SunRisers Hyderabad spent a meagre Rs. 4.40 crores out of their budget of Rs. 9.70 crores in buying Jonny Bairstow (Rs 2.2cr), Wriddhiman Saha (Rs 1.2cr), Martin Guptill (Rs 1cr), while retaining the main athletes from previous season like Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Hooda, Manish Pandey, and Sandeep Sharma. Squad: Kane Williamson (c), Manish Pandey, Martin Guptill, Ricky Bhui, David Warner, Deepak Hooda, Mohammad Nabi, Yusuf Pathan, Shakib Al Hasan, Abhishek Sharma, Vijay Shankar, Sreevats Gowsami, Jonny Bairstow, Wriddhiman Saha, Siddarth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Rashid Khan, Basil Thampi, Billy Stanlake, T Natarajan, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem.
  13. As one of the original eight teams that were established for the first season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) first in 2008, Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) have had a lot of experience in the league but not the silverware to boast about through the years. While having made it to the IPL final in 2009, 2011 and 2016, RCB have never won the trophy. Ever since the beginning, the team has seen some brilliant players like Rahul Dravid, AB de Villiers, Kevin Pietersen and now Virat Kohli, lead the squad in red and gold but have failed to win the tournament even once, making it one of three original franchises to have never lifted the cup. Last year, in the franchise's eleventh season in the league, Virat Kohli's men consisted of an outstanding coaching staff. With former Kiwi skipper Daniel Vettori and Ashish Nehra as their bowling coaches and the World Cup winning coach for Team India, Gary Kirsten looking after the batting department, there was a lot of experience backing up RCB. The roster was loaded with big hitters like de Villiers, Brendon McCullum and King Kohli himself and a unique blend of spin and fast bowlers like Yuzvendra Chahal and Australia's Nathan Coulter-Nile, who are wicket-hungry and in their prime shape. However, despite all the experience, skills and talent aboard, the Royal Challengers were not as good as they appeared on paper. Injuries, bad judgement calls and the lack of team chemistry on their part made Bangalore one of the worst teams of the league that did not even qualify for the playoffs and were at the third last position on IPL's points table, just two points above the Delhi Daredevils (now Delhi Capitals), which was the worst team of them all. After their season ended on a rather forgettable note, Kohli expressed his displeasure with the team's performance in a tweet: I really believe in the concept of, "you either win or you learn". We fought hard and gave it our all but one thing is for sure, next season we definitely will bounce back stronger than ever with our learnings from this season. Take care. @RCBTweets #RCB #IPL2018 pic.twitter.com/b0QM9chRAN — Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) May 24, 2018 Kohli made a pledge to the RCB fans that they would look to make the necessary changes and try their best to be better this season and it looks like the management is dedicated to keeping that pledge. During the IPL auction ahead of the twelfth season of the league, RCB spent a total of Rs. 16.35 crores out of their purse of Rs. 18.15 crores on buying talents Shivam Dube (Rs 5cr), Shimron Hetmyer (Rs 4.2cr), Akshdeep Nath while retaining the core members of the team like Virat Kohli, AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel and Yuzvendra Chahal. Squad: Virat Kohli (C), AB de Villiers, Parthiv Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Tim Southee, Umesh Yadav, Navdeep Saini, Kulwant Khejroliya, Washington Sundar, Pawan Negi, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Moeen Ali, Mohammed Siraj, Colin de Grandhomme, Shimron Hetmyer, Devdutt Padikkal, Shivam Dube, Heinrich Klassen, Gurkeerat Singh, Himmat Singh, Prayas Ray Barman, Mandeep Singh
  14. There is an age-old saying in cricket: Catches win matches. As cliched as it sounds, it is surely the ultimate truth. A batsman can score a brilliant hundred, but it might be one crucial catch that could turn the game upside down. One crucial grab can strangle the opposition and let it stride towards a losing end. Over the years, we have seen some of the best fielders in the world in the likes of Mark Waugh, Jonty Rhodes, etc. But as the years passed by, these legends have left the game and now, it is being ruled by a new era of players who are equally good and capable of splitting a game wide open with their brilliant catches. The Indian Premier League has always acted as a pool of stunning catches and here we present you the top 5 catches in the IPL history: 1. Chris Lynn No matter how old it gets, the catch of Chris Lynn to dismiss Ab De Villiers will always be fresh in the minds of all IPL fans, and would surely go down as the perfect example for the saying 'catches win matches'. De Villiers was single-handedly taking the Royal Challengers Bangalore to a win against Kolkata Knight Riders when he skied a ball, in the final over, towards the path of Lynn standing near the boundary. Lynn slipped in the beginning but recovered well to set himself to take one of the most spectacular catches in IPL history. 2. Shane Watson & David Wiese Over the past few years, we have realised a fact that a partnership cannot only be seen between batsmen but also fielders. And just to back this statement, we have Shane Watson and David Wiese showing their outstanding awareness and prolific presence of mind during their match against Delhi Daredevils (DD). Shreyas Iyer of DD knocked the ball high but unfortunately couldn't manage the distance, just when Watson chased the ball over his head and managed to grab it, but as soon as he realised he's going to cross the boundary, he threw the ball in the air again, and this time, he put out an amazing dive to get hold of the ball right at the boundary line. These types of partnerships can be seen very often in modern day cricket but this was definitely one of the best you will see. 3. Ab De Villiers While Spiderman so far has been a fictional character, Ab De Villiers, on the other hand, has shown every sign of being one in real life. Renowned as a multi-tasker on the cricket field, De Villiers has been top class in his fielding abilities. Last year he took a stunning one-handed flying catch of Alex Hales who was batting for Sunrisers Hyderabad. A fantabulous jump on the right moment helped AB to grab the ball with one hand while making the crowd go insane. 4. Ricky Ponting Age is no bar for anything and Ricky Ponting proved the statement with his marvellous catch on the first ball of the Delhi Daredevils' innings. The Mumbai Indians skipper didn't even think twice before becoming a superman to take the catch of Unmukt Chand and showing him the way to the pavilion. The take by the former Australian captain became a major development right in the opening day of IPL season 6. 5. Trent Boult © Twitter One of the fastest bowler in the world, Trent Boult, clinched a breath-taking catch on the ropes of RCB skipper, Virat Kohli. The catch was a total unexpected beauty, as after grabbing the ball, Boult had to stop himself from falling over the ropes which was totally against the momentum of his body. But to our surprise, the New Zealand pacer didn't just keep the ball in his hands but also defied gravity to ensure he kept his body inside the ropes. Even Kohli was shocked by the stunner taken by Boult and kept his ground before realising that he had no choice other than returning to the pavilion.
  15. Arguably one of the most iconic teams in the Indian Premier League (IPL), Mumbai Indians struggled to get going despite boasting of a star-studded in the early years of the tournament. The team was knocked out of the tournament in the league stages in 2008 and 2009, then came close to winning the title in 2010 before losing the final. The next two years saw them reaching the Play-off stages, but the IPL trophy was still nowhere in sight. Their hunt for the elusive IPL title finally came to an end in 2013 when they defeated Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the summit clash. Since then, Mumbai have claimed two IPL trophies in five years to notch up joint most title wins in the history of the competition. But, last season was far from what you'd ideally expect from a three-time IPL champion like Mumbai. © Twitter With eight losses in 14 matches, Mumbai failed to reach the Play-offs with just 12 points and fifth position to show for their efforts. One of the major reasons for Mumbai's downfall last season was their middle-order whose instability was thoroughly exploited by the opposition teams. The middle-order batsmen failed to step up in crunch situations which reflected in Mumbai's majority of last-over losses last season. But, there is nothing like learning from your mistakes and making necessary changes to avoid them in future. And, Mumbai did exactly that when they brought Yuvraj Singh at his base price of Rs 1 crore at the 2019 IPL Auctions. And, while many raised eyebrows at Yuvi's signing, Mumbai's director of operations, Zaheer Khan, believes his former teammate will have a big impact this season. Start your Monday by watching @YUVSTRONG12 walk down the Wankhede stairs and talk about the 2011 @ICC World Cup ðð#CricketMeriJaan #OneFamily pic.twitter.com/pNysQP5BPp — Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) March 18, 2019 "Bringing in Yuvraj in the squad has been a boost because of the match-winning ability he has. In our discussions leading up to the auctions, we had identified that we need experienced batsmen who can control the game in the middle. Since Rohit has decided to open, we need that experience in the middle order and who's better than someone like Yuvraj Singh," Zaheer revealed. ð£ "MI has done a phenomenal job in giving so many cricketers to #TeamIndia" ð®ð³ ð¹ | Full pre-season press conference: https://t.co/kERZNTZgC3#CricketMeriJaan @ImRo45 pic.twitter.com/74OkSlStQS — Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) March 20, 2019 With Yuvi in the fold, Mumbai will have an experienced campaigner who is more than capable of steering through the middle-order. Whether Yuvraj will be able to repay the faith shown by Mumbai in him this season or not, the Rohit Sharma-led brigade will surely be eager to make amends for the last season as they kickstart their campaign against revamped Delhi Capitals on 24th March.
  16. For someone who was mocked as an old warhorse and heavily criticised for his exploits on the field, Mahendra Singh Dhoni made his critics eat their own words on the back of a 'Man of the Series performance' that allowed Team India to script the historic ODI series win in Australia. Thriving in his new role as a sheet anchor, Dhoni continued to impress in the series to follow. In fact, his absence in the last two ODI against Australia was one of the pivotal reasons why India ended up throwing away their 2-0 lead to eventually lose the five-match series 3-2. Whether it's his batting, wicket-keeping or impeccable know-how of the game, Dhoni remains an asset that will undeniably bolster any side he plays for. And, as the cricketers gear up to shed their national colours to pledge allegiance to their respective franchises, the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is set for a cracking opening clash between Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) and Chennai Super Kings (CSK) on 23rd March. Dhoni, Dhoni, @msdhoni or Kohli, Kohli, @imVkohli? We can't wait for this battle of the greats. Match 1 of #VIVOIPL between @ChennaiIPL and @RCBTweets #GameBanayegaName pic.twitter.com/4ZzvAtZ8fa — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 14, 2019 With the IPL opener pitting two of the biggest names in cricket - Dhoni and Virat Kohli - against each other, the RCB and its captain faces a major roadblock in the Jharkhand cricketer whose Herculean stats can undoubtedly spoil the party for the Bangalore-based franchise. A key player for CSK, Dhoni has played 175 matches in the IPL so far. He is only second, behind his teammate Suresh Raina, in the list of most games played by a cricketer in the history of India's cash-rich T20 tournament. Out of the 159 games, where he led CSK, Dhoni has managed to win 94 matches - most by any captain in the IPL. His winning rate of 59.49 is another key factor that shows his leadership skills. He is only behind Steve Smith who boasts of a brilliant winning rate of 66.6 to lead the charts in the IPL. Dhoni's winning rate is one of the biggest reasons why Chennai has managed to win the IPL title on three occasions - the joint most in the T20 tournament alongside Mumbai Indians. © Instagram/IPL On the other hand, Dhoni is also one of the three captains to have won multiple IPL trophies as captain with the same franchise. He achieved the feat last season after guiding CSK to the 2018 IPL title. Dhoni had earlier won the title with CSK in 2010 and 2011. He is joined by Gautam Gambhir and Rohit Sharma - who won the IPL titles with Kolkata Knight Riders (in 2012 & 2014) and Mumbai Indians (in 2013, 2015 & 2017) respectively - in the elite list. But, if you thought Dhoni's milestones with his team are amazing, wait till you hear about his personal achievements. A proven leader for CSK in the IPL, Dhoni's individual feats are second to none. The former Indian captain is currently placed second in the list of most runs scored by a CSK player, only behind Raina, in the tournament. In the overall list, Dhoni stands at the seventh spot. © Instagram/IPL When it comes to hitting big, Dhoni also holds the record of most sixes by an Indian player in the tournament. With 186 sixes to his name, Dhoni is only behind Chris Gayle and AB de Villiers who have slammed 292 and 187 maximums respectively. In the wicket-keeping department, Dhoni has effected 116 dismissals so far in the IPL. He is second only to Dinesh Karthik who has 124 dismissals to his name from behind the stumps. While Dhoni's stats in the tournament undoubtedly make him a key player, Chennai will still need to be at their prolific best if they intend to carry on their winning momentum from last season when they lock horns with Kohli-led RCB at the MA Chidambaram stadium this Saturday.
  17. What can be more exciting for an Indian sports fan than seeing two of the country's biggest sporting icons come together? Recently, one of the best cricketers in the world, Virat Kohli, invited the prolific skipper of the Indian football team, Sunil Chhetri, who has more goals for his country than Leo Messi for Argentina, to a net session with the Royal Challengers Bangalore squad. © AP As we all know, both the skippers get along really well and have a history of making their friendship known publicly. Last year, Kohli reiterated Chhetri's plea to support Indian football and this year, Chhetri showing up at his training camp shows the growing bromance between both the icons. This meeting was just another chapter in their bromance. Both Chhetri and Kohli looked quite dynamic on the field. While the football skipper was cheered by his recent exploits in the Indian Super League (ISL) with Bengaluru FC, it was interesting to see King Kohli smiling, especially after his team, FC Goa ended up on the losing side against Chettri's Banglore FC 1-0 in the final of the tournament. © AP Keeping their ISL loyalties aside, both the players were seen sharing a laugh at the Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore. A video uploaded by a fan page shows Kohli giving a heart-warming welcome to his beloved friend before the RCB squad. Later in the day, both went on sharing a few dribbles and strokes on the field. View this post on Instagram @chetri_sunil11 today with @royalchallengersbangalore team at Chinnaswamy ! ðâ¤ï¸ A post shared by BleedKohlism2.0ðµ (@bleedingkohlism) on Mar 19, 2019 at 5:57am PDT On the one hand, where Chhetri's side just wrapped up their league season, Kohli & Co are gearing up for the Indian Premier League opening match against the defending champions Chennai Super Kings on 23rd March. This season, Kohli and his men will be hoping to better their disappointing IPL records and showcase their true worth on the field.
  18. Cricket, with the arrival of white-ball cricket, has been more of a batsman's game than the bowler's. But many don't understand that bowling holds the same importance as batting. The Indian Premier League (IPL), over the years, has not only churned out brilliant batsman but some outstanding bowlers also. Jasprit Bumrah would be one such prodigy of the IPL. Keeping their importance in mind, let's have a look at the top five bowlers in the history of IPL on the basis of their wicket-taking ability: 5. Harbhajan Singh © CSK Harbhajan Singh being one of the most celebrated bowlers in the league's history has claimed134 wickets in almost 149 matches. Being with Mumbai Indians first and then moving toChennai Super Kings, the turbanator has had many ups and downs but has still been a part of the champions side for a mega four times. Currently with CSK, Bhajji will surely be looking forward to extending his supremacy. 4. Dwayne Bravo © AP The Carribean all-rounder, Dwayne Bravo has proven himself to be an asset with both the bat and the ball, ever since his arrival. Winning the title twice with MS Dhoni on his side, 2011 and 2018, DJ Bravo has been in sensational form for many seasons, earning 'the purple cap' twice (2013 and 2015), he has bagged 136 wickets in 122 matches played. Keeping his batting aside, the CSK megastar has a mind-boggling average of 23.06, the second after the rank one holder, Lasith Malinga. 3. Piyush Chawla © BCCI Another Indian in the lineup, Piyush Chawla has been an absolute blessing for any team he has been in, be it Kings XI Punjab or Kolkata Knight Riders. The right-arm leg spinner owns the spot of the third highest wicket-taker in IPL history with 140 wickets in 144 matches. Not just that, but the leggie also helped KKR get their hands on the title in 2014 by scoring the winning runs. 2. Amit Mishra © BCCI The veteran Indian leg-spinner, Amit Mishra, has given some outstanding performances with the bowl in his prime. Representing three times throughout his IPL career, the Haryana boy has picked up 146 wickets in a total of 136 games. Owning a record three hat-tricks in the tournament, Mishra has a chance to break Malinga's record of the highest wicket-taker in the upcoming season when he teams up with Delhi Capitals. 1. Lasith Malinga © BCCI Sitting on the peak, Lasith Malinga has bagged 154 wickets in mere 110 matches, with a staggering average of 19.01 and an excellent economy of 6.86. Always being the backbone of his team Mumbai Indians, the Sri Lankan pacer has helped them bag the title thrice, in 2013, 2015 and 2017. Making a comeback as a bowler in this year's IPL, let's see what other heights can Malinga attain.
  19. Cricket is India's biggest religion and its religious followers, aka the Cricket fans, are now gearing up to welcome this year's biggest festival. Yes, we're talking about the much-awaited Indian Premier League (IPL) 2019 which begins on March 23. Ahead of IPL, everyone is busy promoting their respective teams and so is the King of Bollywood, Shah Rukh Khan. As KKR gears up to play their first match against Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) on March 24, the team's proud owner Shah Rukh Khan has posted a promo on social media with the message "Aakhri Dum Tak Aakhri Run Tak". “You pray for us, we play for you” Let's be in it together, Aakhri Dum Tak Aakhri Run Tak. https://t.co/hDfglxXYMh#KKRHaiTaiyaar @kkriders — Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) March 18, 2019 He wrote, "'You pray for us, we play for you' Let's be in it together, Aakhri Dum Tak Aakhri Run Tak." SRK's Kolkata Knight Riders is hands down one of the best playing teams in the IPL and this year too, people have high hopes from the team. KKR is being coached by Proteas legend Jacques Kallis and is led by Dinesh Kartik who recently unveiled KKR's new jersey. We're sure all the KKR fans are praying hard for their team to win this year, now all we have to see is whether SRK's team manages to live up to the expectations of fans.
  20. Following their one-year suspensions in lieu to the 2018 ball-tampering scandal, Steve Smith and David Warner are raring to go for their respective franchises in the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), slated to begin from 23rd March. While Warner has already been seen in a video for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) fans, Smith got a rousing welcome in the Rajasthan Royals (RR) camp. The picture you all have been waiting to see for so long! @stevesmith49 is back ð On a scale of 1 - #HallaBol, how excited are we Royals? pic.twitter.com/B7LtNcjI3x — Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) March 17, 2019 The Australian batting sensation was seen arriving in the Rajasthan camp, sporting a yellow turban and holding a placard that read: "Halla Bol Steve". Smith's photograph was later shared on Twitter by Rajasthan Royals with a caption: The picture you all have been waiting to see for so long! @stevesmith49 is back. On a scale of 1 - #HallaBol, how excited are we Royals?". After staying away from international cricket, Smith will be eager to come good for Royals in the upcoming season of the IPL in a bid to remain in contention for the ICC World Cup slot in the Australian team. Reuters He was supposed to lead the Royals last season, but the infamous ball-tampering saga in South Africa led to his suspension and, in turn, an unceremonious exit from India's cash-rich Twenty20 (T20) league. In his absence, India's Test vice-captain Ajinkya Rahane was seen taking over the reins as captain and eventually leading Rajasthan to the playoffs last season. A thrilling contest between defending champions Chennai Super Kings (CSK) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will kickstart the twelfth edition of the IPL on 23rd March. On the other hand, Rajasthan will begin their campaign when they take on Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) on 25th March.
  21. The world's most celebrated cricket festival, the Indian Premier League (IPL), has begun taking a toll on its fans even before its arrival. Energising and pitting the fans against each other is one of the main elements which keeps the excitement-level at its peak. And what better way to kick off the season than highlighting the rivalry between two of the most beloved and legendary players of Indian cricket, MS Dhoni and Virat Kohli? Both the master-class skippers will cross swords after almost a year when their respective IPL teams, Royal Challenger Bangalore(RCB) and Chennai Super Kings(CSK) kick off this season in Chennai on 23rd March 2019. Continuing the buzz created by the earlier promo of Rishabh Pant and Jasprit Bumrah pulling the legs of Dhoni and Kohli, the advertisers this time went to the next level by depicting how the megastars have succeeded in dividing the loyalties of the Indian cricket fans. Thala vs King â vs ð¥ ð vs ⤠Whose game will your heart beat for when defending champions @ChennaiIPL take on @RCBTweets in the first #VIVOIPL clash? Watch #CSKvRCB on 23rd March, 6 PM onwards LIVE on Star Sports! #GameBanayegaName Like/RT & we'll set the reminder for you. pic.twitter.com/j6bkkLKPVD — Star Sports (@StarSportsIndia) March 14, 2019 In the new promo, both the skippers can be been seen enjoying the tussle between their team's fans from a rooftop. Enjoying a good view of the feud while sipping on hot tea, the CSK skipper tells his RCB counterpart, "don't be late" in what promises to be a cracker of an opening game between the top two teams. Focusing on the concept of 'game more than the name,' Kohli sarcastically replies saying “sure” while covering dhoni's glass with an RCB coaster, highlighting the chemistry between the best friends. Keeping in mind their title victory in their comeback season last year, CSK will be hoping to continue the same form, whereas Kohli and Co, on the other hand, had a disaster of a season last year and will be looking forward to starting strong. Meanwhile, fans, not waiting for the actual battle on the field, have already started their feud on social media to prove that their team is the best. @imVkohli RCB will win this match...â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ Kohli kohli kohli kohli kohli kohli kohli kohli kohli kohli kohli kohli kohli kohli kohli kohli kohli kohli...... — Girraj Sharma18 (@GirrajS30956768) March 14, 2019 Dhoni Dhoni Dhoni... just couldn't stop laughing at 15 seconds !!! Ee Sala.. Bring it on. Don't be late !!! ðð¦ #whistlepodu #csk — Saravanan Hari ð ‏ (@CricSuperFan) March 14, 2019 Lion is always a lion... Dhoni is a headmaster... Kohli is a student — HARISHANKAR â¤ï¸ (@Haripoomani17) March 14, 2019 #RCB @RCBTweets @imVkohli pic.twitter.com/3esMkVZtcX — M. Prasanth SK (@MPrasanthSK2) March 14, 2019
  22. Indian Premier League(IPL), one of the most entertaining tournaments in the world, has been on a roll since its arrival in 2008. Not only has it improved the level of cricket but has also been instrumental in discovering new talent from around the world. Players such as Hardik Pandya, Sarfraz Khan and currently the no.1 ranked bowler in the world, Jasprit Bumrah, are few of the many stars who showcased their flair in IPL and later went on to become International heroes. The recent IPL promo follows the mantra of 'Name Chhod, Game Dikha,' meaning putting the game forward will ensure that the name would follow itself. Even this year, there are some immense talents who are just waiting for an opportunity to show the world their powers. Here are some of the new players who got their name on the IPL teams because of their prolific performances in the domestic season: 1. Prabhsimran Singh © Instagram Prabhsimran Singh, a wicket-keeper batsman from Punjab has turned out be a big talking point in this years IPL auction. Being bought for a hefty amount of Rs.4.8 crores by Kings XI Punjab, Prabhsimran is a lump of coal expected to turn into a shiny diamond as the season progresses. Talking of his achievements, the Patiala boy has given quite a performance in the Indian Under-19 because of which he has reached this stage. Inspired by his idol Adam Gilchrist, it would have been surreal for him to represent the same team that of the former Aussie skipper. 2. Prayas Ray Barman © RCB Website Royal Challenger Banglore has always had a knack of entrusting young guns, earlier it was Sarfraz Khan and now its the 16-year-old, Prayas Ray Barman, who they bought for Rs.1.8 crores. The Bengali leggie is all set to make a name for himself in this year's IPL. Making his debut for the senior side this year in the Vijay Hazare Trophy, the teenager has already made a mark in the domestic circuit by picking 11 wickets in 9 games at an economy rate of 4.45. To beat that, another mind-boggling stat of his came on his debut game against Jammu and Kashmir, where he bagged 4 wickets for 20 runs to star in his team's convincing win. 3. Himmat Singh © BCCI Another Delhi boy, Himmat Singh, joins Virat Kohli in the RCB squad. The 22-year old right-handed batsman has been bought for Rs.65 Lakh by the Challengers. Singh is currently one of the most promising batting talents in the country. Coming through the ranks of Delhi's age-group cricket, he has been a leading star for Under-16 and Under-19 teams and is renowned for producing his best during the knockout stages. Currently a part of India's Under-23 side and a regular member of Delhi's senior team, the Delhi lad would be all geared up to take yet another challenge with the likes of Kohli and Ab de Villiers. 4. Shivam Dube © RCB Website Shivam Dube, a well-known name in the Mumbai circuit, is a medium pace all-rounder. Bought for Rs. 5 crores by RCB, Dube somehow seems to be a carbon copy of Sourav Ganguly in terms of style, turning out to be a right-arm bowler but a left-handed batsman. Gaining an edge over his fellow teammates, he gave his reputation a massive uplift in the last one year with some big hitting in the Mumbai T20 League. He has given some outstanding performances in the recent domestic season. One of them was when he hit Pravin Tambe for 5 sixes in an over in the Mumbai T20 league and soon after recreated the moment in a Ranji Trophy match against Baroda's Swapnil Singh, just a day before the auction. 5. Varun Chakravarthy © Facebook Another mysterious spinner from Tamil Nadu, Varun Chakravarthy, has been bagged by Kings XI Punjab for a sum of Rs.8.4 crores. Being an architect-engineer by profession, Varun sets to be a perfect example of a person following his passion no matter at what age. He has almost fulfilled every role on a cricket field, starting off as a wicket-keeper batsman in school, to be a pacer after reconnecting to cricket post his job (which didn't go well as his play was halted by a knee injury), to being a mystery spinner who could bowl over 7 variations. Already being tested and proven at club level, Chakravarthy would surely be one of the top stars in the upcoming IPL season. With all these budding stars on a roll, let's see “Kaun apni game se apna name banata hai”
  23. After serving a one-year ban in lieu to the infamous 2018 ball-tampering scandal, David Warner is geared up to make up for the lost time on the cricket field as he prepares himself to lead Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL). While the upcoming edition of the IPL gets rolling from 23rd March, Warner and his 'Orange Army' will be seen in action on 24th March when they travel to the hallowed Eden Gardens to take on Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) in their opening match. On the other hand, the Hyderabad fans will also get to root for their team when they lock horns with Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Rajiv Gandhi International stadium in their first home game on 29th March. And, amid all the buzz, Warner has come up with a special message for Hyderabad fans. .@davidwarner31 is back and he has a special message for you. Presenting the #500ForYou offer for our first home game #SRHvRR! This one's for you #OrangeArmy 𧡠pic.twitter.com/qePCDW5jbf — SunRisers Hyderabad (@SunRisers) March 11, 2019 Taking to Twitter, the Hyderabad franchise shared a brief video where the Australian cricketer was seen calling out their fans to rally behind his team in the latest season of India's cash-rich T20 league. "Hi everyone, this is David Warner, I've a special message for all the Orange Army fans thank you for showing us all the love and support for all these years. Now it's our time to give back to our loyal fans," he said in the video. But, that wasn't all. Warner also revealed that as many as 25,000 seats (for their first home game) have been made available for Hyderabad fans at just Rs 500. © Twitter/@SunRisers The 32-year-old star batsman had led the Hyderabad-based franchise to their maiden IPL title in 2016 after defeating Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in the summit clash. However, his absence last season saw Kane Williamson taking over the reins as captain. Hyderabad was on the verge of claiming their second IPL title after securing their berth in the final. But, a returning Chennai Super Kings brigade broke their hearts following an eight-wicket triumph that saw them claiming their third IPL title. Going into the twelfth edition, the availability of Warner will play a key role in Hyderabad's title challenge this year.
  24. Since its inception in the year 2008, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has become one of the most-watched sporting events in the world. Famous for its glamorous yet hugely entertaining nature, IPL has come a long way in establishing itself as one of the most viewed league in the world. The formula of blending a fiercely contested sport with an ever so vibrant Bollywood has proved to be a sure shot winner. Coming to the end of it and into the playoffs, THE top four teams, based on the points scored, qualify for playoffs. We are no strangers to the importance of finishing fourth in the English Premier League, as well. So, with IPL around the corner and the English Premier League nearing to a nail-biting end, we decided to take a look at top four most consistent IPL teams. Note: Teams with at least three seasons are taken into consideration. 4) Kolkata Knight Riders (50.63% Win Percentage) © Sportskeeda Probably the most glamorous IPL side, KKR got off to a rocky start in IPL. After a failure to finish in the top half of the table for first three years and deemed 'not good enough' by the experts, Shah Rukh Khan, with some careful yet clever management brought in players who were not only effective but highly ambitious. A change in captaincy along with the injection of some fresh names did the trick for KKR as they won their first championship in the year 2012 and repeated the feat in 2014. 3) Sunrisers Hyderabad (55.81% Win Percentage) © Sportskeeda Before you all commence the 'keyboard war' against us, we would like to point out the fact that Sunrisers Hyderabad have been a consistent performer, winning one IPL trophy, unlike the teams you support. Having begun their endeavour in the year 2013, Sunrisers Hyderabad made it quite clear that they mean business. After some shaky initial years, SRH went on to win it's maiden IPL Championship in 2013 under the leadership of David Warner and will be looking to repeat the feat again this year. 2) Mumbai Indians (56.9% Win Percentage) © Sportskeeda The only IPL team that has two proper nouns in its name, Mumbai Indians is owned by India's richest man Mr Mukesh Ambani. The team started under the leadership of God Of Cricket - Sachin Tendulkar. First few weeks of the inaugural season proved to be a headache for South-West based side as Tendulkar was suffering from an injury. But after his return and a 'dream crossover' opening partnership with Sanath Jayasuriya, saw Mumbai fire on all cylinders. What otherwise looked like a dismal season, proved to be the one to cheer for, after MI failed to qualify for semifinal by a single point. From that point on, the Mumbai paltan have never looked back and have Rohit Sharma's captaincy to thank for leading them to three IPL titles. 1. Chennai Super Kings (60% Win Percentage) © Sportskeeda Love them or hate them you cannot deny the fact that there has been no side as consistent as Chennai Super Kings. Their knack for qualifying for playoffs (semi-final earlier) made them look like Arsenal FC, who no matter how the season went, always crept into the top four at the end. We know they've been involved in a lot of controversies and even got suspended for two years from the tournament, but Dhoni's leadership and his vision to build a team with the perfect balance of youth and experience have reaped rewards, not only in IPL but in the Champions League T20 as well. Winning the former three and latter two times.
  25. The twelfth edition of the Indian Premier League is about to start in less than a month and the hype is escalating on a Godly level. To add fuel to the fire, the new promo has been launched and it surely does justice to all the madness that surrounds an entity that is potentially the most loved league in the country. 8 teams, 1 motto - 1 trophy ð The countdown to the 2019 #VIVOIPL begins ð§®âï¸ðð ARE YOU READY? pic.twitter.com/rk9h1gd8ng — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) March 5, 2019 In the new promo, a creative parallel has been drawn between the professional cricketers who represent the country on the international level and the young enthusiasts who keep the craze going on the streets. The minute-and-a-half footage deals with the two sides trying to fight against each other over the desire to play the game of cricket they both love equally. Both try to crush the other side behind the wall and acquire as much of the playing space as the can. There's a moment when the 'gully boys' are gaining advance over the Men in Blue, who are now dressed in the colourful jerseys of the cities they will be representing in the upcoming season and Thala aka Mahendra Singh Dhoni, makes an epic entry for his boys, driving a massive road-roller into the equation. This may be a tribute to Mahi's ability to show up in the clutch and like a superhero, single-handedly finish the game in favour of his side. MSD, however, also shows other characteristics of a superhero as he gets rid of the 'wall' that divided the young fans from the players, bringing the youngsters to his side. When one of the aspirants comes forward to introduce himself, the captain of Team India and Royal Challengers Bangalore, Virat Kohli stops him in his way and says: “Name chhodh… Game dikha.” This seems to be the narrative that is going surround this IPL season. With numerous new striplings making their way to all the glitz and glamour, it is their game that will help them make their name in the cricketing world. Fans on Twitter are running out of ways to praising this new promo: BEST IPL ADDDD EVER......ð¤©ð — Rahul Chakrabarty (@rahulchoco7) March 5, 2019 @iamkarthi_V Best promo till date. :) — Prabhu Kandasamy (@PrabhuK_PK) March 5, 2019 Entry of msâ¤ï¸ — Vamshi (@svamshi183) March 5, 2019 ð¥ð¥ð¥ðð — Ràjá RãjPûT (@Prabhat17605793) March 5, 2019 Brilliant!ð ð¶ðµð§ðµð¶ — Kedar Kulkarni (@outwidit) March 5, 2019
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