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  1. When we think about the game of cricket, we think about a game of sheer passion, emotions and even a way of life for some of the fans who are tilted towards the 'crazy' side, which is not something to frown upon. One must have a passion for something in life and cricket, clearly is a popular choice. Take this young boy from Tamil Nadu who cries out a river when his idol, his 'Thala' got dismissed on an objectionable run-out at the hands of fielder Ishan Kishan in the Indian Premier League final against Rohit Sharma's Mumbai Indians. MS Dhoni run-out! Out or Not out? https://t.co/HW7L7XMx68 — Aditya Pandey (@adityapandey148) May 15, 2019 The fact that the decision was announced on the giant screen inside the stadium after the third umpire reviewed the footage again and again, convincing along the way, all Dhoni supporters thought that their captain just might have made it across the crease. But when the screen showed “OUT” in that big red font, this little man lost his cool and let his emotions get the better of him. Dhoni not out..... 3rd umpire sethuruvan ððð pic.twitter.com/PWXpeUpvps — Siva (@Siva68079003) May 13, 2019 Sitting in his mother's lap, the boy can be seen expressing his emotions. Watching Dhoni walk back towards the dug-out, he curses out at the third umpire, Nigel Llong who, let's just say is not a very popular character ever since he broke a door at the M Chinnaswamy Stadium in Bangalore after getting tired of arguing with Royal Challengers Bangalore captain, Virat Kohli. Anyhow, this is what the boy said in Tamil, according to The Times of India: “Third umpire will commit suicide for the wrong decision of the umpire on the ground.” In the background, his mother tries to convince him by saying that the Indian Premier League is scripted and that it was because of “match-fixing” that the third umpire gave the unjust decision for Mahi's wicket. In the defence of the young boy, we are still not 100% sure whether Dhoni was in fact out or not as one camera shows that his bat was well inside the crease when the ball struck the bails off while the second camera shows that Dhoni did not make it to the line in time. Even the adults of social media could not come to a proper conclusion: DHONI WAS NOT OUTð¡ð¡ð¡ð¡ð¡ð¡ð¡ð¡ð¡ð¡ð¡ð¡ð¡ — KhushbuSundar â¤ï¸â¤ï¸â¤ï¸ (@khushsundar) May 12, 2019 I m Dhoni fan.. But kis angle se ye out ni lg rha bhai?? #IPL2019Final #MIvsCSK pic.twitter.com/ay800A9N5I — Jayâ¡ï¸ (@singh___sahab) May 12, 2019 Dhoni waiting outsude Third Umpire's cabin after he gave him run out#MIvCSK pic.twitter.com/DvATaaS0sr — urstrulyKajalð®ð³ (@BanarasiBasanti) May 12, 2019 Turning Point of d Vivo Ipl 2019..... Dhoni was not out.... ðððð Worst Umpiring Standards.... Hats off to Third Worst Umpire.....Low level Umpiring... Cricketing standards not at it's best.... Club Cricket Umpiring....ðððð pic.twitter.com/Uo1vBRqQVj — Nilesh Khedikar (@NileshKhedikar5) May 12, 2019 TODAY IT IS PROVED THAT MONEY SPEAKS FASTER THAN ANYTHING EVEN DHONI GOT RUN OUT IN FRONT OF MONEY pic.twitter.com/v0Ebr5iOio — Abhishek chicky (@Abhishe14832361) May 12, 2019 #IPL2019Final #GameofThrones Pic 1: Actually see the wicket is already came out a little bit There is no frame in between the 2 frames. So Dhoni must be a little behind Pic 2: This is different camera and frame in between those 2 is available. Therefore Dhoni was run out pic.twitter.com/UVk2VnEEKM — Dr Swamy Fan Club (@Swamybhakt1) May 13, 2019
  2. It has been more than a day-and-a-half since Lasith Malinga delivered that extra slow ball as the final delivery of the 2019 season of the Indian Premier League, which not only provided the Sri Lankan with the most important wicket of the league but also his team their fourth title, making them the most successful IPL franchise in history. Sure, social media hailed the unorthodox pacer as the saviour of Rohit Sharma's Mumbai Indians and yes we had a good laugh with whatever MI owner Nita Ambani was chanting during the final stages of the match, but there was one person whose heroics went unnoticed amongst all the noise. When Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Chennai Super Kings failed to come up with a steady batsman on the crease, former member of the Australian cricket team and one of the most celebrated cricketers in the history of the IPL, opener Shane Watson remained the unshaken cog of whatever competition CSK were able to give MI. © IPL - Twitter Even though the Aussie did not have the most consistent season this year, Watson returned to his old self, as the man who helped the 'Whistle Podu' team win the championship exactly one year ago. Scoring 80 off just 59 balls, Watson almost won Chennai their fourth title, single-handedly had it not been for that failed attempt to score an extra single that got the all-rounder run out. What makes his efforts a lot more impressive is that Watson played a good portion of his innings with an extensively bruised and bloodied left knee. After losing the final, CSK's veteran spinner, Harbhajan Singh put up an Instagram story talking about Watson's injury: © Instagram - Harbhajan Singh “Can you guys see the blood on his knee... He got 6 stitches after the game...Got injured while diving but continued to bat without telling anyone,” wrote the 38-year-old athlete. The Super Kings consist of the oldest cricketers of the league on an average and despite the fact that in the past two years, they have won one title and reached the final once again, which, if you ask us, sounds like a great team but replacing older players like Watson, Singh and MS Dhoni is inevitable.
  3. Mumbai Indians, which is owned by Mukesh Ambani and Reliance Industries Limited, has become the most successful Indian Premier League franchise in the history of the league after winning their fourth title, one more than the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led team, Chennai Super Kings, whom, they incidentally beat in the final last night. While the game swung in favour of both sides during the two innings and was up for grabs until the final delivery of the match, the way in which the MIPaltan nabbed this victory, one can't help but wonder if there was a supernatural entity favouring Rohit Sharma's squad at the time of the need. So, we decided to have a word with the man who is the spiritual backbone of both the team and the team owners, Pandit Chandra Shekar Sharma, who specialises in 'personal coaching and lifestyle-motivational strategies and sharing deeper spiritual insights with the world' according to his Facebook Page. “It was a perfect stage for an IPL final with an intense feeling about the fate of the game, but I knew that Mumbai (Indians) had the potential to handle such a situation,” he said about yesterday's game. “They have a combination of everything. They have Jasprit Bumrah, who can do wonders during the death overs and they have a game-changer in (Lasith) Malinga and then they have the Pandya Brothers who can change the direction of the match in an instance.” When asked about Malinga's final delivery of the match which was much slower than anyone (even the batsman) would have expected, Pandit Sharma said: “After his first over, everyone was worried but Malinga has been in such a situation before as well. He is a renowned international cricketer and he knows how to play under pressure and that's what he did.” Unprecedented scenes from Hyderabad as @mipaltan became #VIVOIPL champs for the 4â£th time! Lasith Malinga showing his true class in the last over ð#MIvCSK pic.twitter.com/ZzVK0KHx5O — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) May 12, 2019 We also asked if the team believed in following any specific ritual before the matches and here's what he said: “We do the 'Chandi paath' ahead of every match and yesterday, we performed it during the entire match, until Malinga's final ball. It is lord Durga's 'paath' and is performed in order to enhance one's luck. It gives you the power and the energy to do something in the way that it was meant to.” We even asked him about the famous chants that Nita Ambami chants whenever the team finds itself in some kind of trouble. Hello Nita Ambani can you please accompany India on the world cup tour!!! Just to do that!! #IPLFinal pic.twitter.com/yDmWU3FdRW — shilpi tewari (@shilpitewari) May 12, 2019 “That is her secret!” *laugh* “That is her belief. When you believe in something wholeheartedly, it does happen and that's exactly what she does whenever she is a bit nervous, that's it.” So, if you believe in what team owner, Nita Ambani puts her faith in or not, the fact of the matter is that it is working for Mumbai Indians, who now have another championship that they can place in their trophy room and can boast about. And hey, “if it ain't broke…”
  4. After a nail-biting match between Mumbai Indians and Chennai Super Kings at Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium, the IPL 2019 came to an end with Rohit Sharma's team lifting the coveted trophy for a record fourth time. That last-ball thriller was literally everything. © Twitter While Mumbai Indians fans are dancing with joy and celebrating this victory, others are busy debating whether the team members had anything to do with the victory. I know it sounds lame, but these tweets have people convinced that it's not Rohit Sharma or Hardik Pandya or Jasprit Bumrah, it's actually Mumbai Indians' owner Nita Ambani whose prayers made the team clinch the IPL 2019 trophy. © Twitter In case you missed it, a 'tensed' and praying Nita Ambani has now caught people's attention and has been doing rounds on social media, since last night. Nita Ambani was spotted praying in the later half of the match, especially in the last over and now that her team won, people want to know what 'mantra' she was chanting. Man of the match award goes to Nita Ambani #IPL2019Final #MumbaiIndians #IPL2019 #Mi #MIvsCSK #CSKForever pic.twitter.com/8peouvhHax — Atul Shinde (@atulshinde007) May 12, 2019 I doubt nita ambani does some black magic #IPL2019Final pic.twitter.com/oVrqfTu1Y1 — Ajinkya Narale (@narale_95) May 12, 2019 Nita Ambani's prayers were so powerful though. Can someone tell me what is on her hand at time of prayers? So I can also get one of those to rescue myself #MI #MIvsCSK #IPL2019Final — smit (@_smitmistry_) May 12, 2019 Nita Ambani during last overs!!#IPL2019Final#MIvCSK pic.twitter.com/qj1FQJEZLE — Hilarious Tweets ð¯ (@TrollAjithMemes) May 12, 2019 Ye hi vo mantra hai jo Nita Ambani bolte hai match me? — Intolerant Vivek... (@IntolerantVivek) May 12, 2019 Nita Ambani's mantra worked really well. — Riddhi (@Desi_Chokri) May 12, 2019 Frnds: aaj hum v baht aamer hote agar mereko ek mantra PTA hota toh! Me: konsa?ð Frnds: ye Nita ambani match k aage Jo mantra jaap ta hai! pic.twitter.com/lQsD1BIxMm — Rohan pal (@rohanpal636) May 12, 2019 Hit like if you think Nita Ambani prayer is more effective than any Baba and Guru.ð#CSKvsMI #MIvCSK #IPL2019 pic.twitter.com/D1VzyyUAzJ — Mohammad Rizvee Bhuiyan (@BhuiyanRizvee) May 12, 2019 Nita Ambani: Abhi Final me CSK ko khareed liya.. Bhagwaan, aapko kuch chahiye toh bolna..#MIvsCSK pic.twitter.com/26eIjaGv7w — Einstein Babuð¥ (@Einstein_Babu) May 12, 2019 Hello Nita Ambani can you please accompany India on the world cup tour!!! Just to do that!! #IPLFinal pic.twitter.com/yDmWU3FdRW — shilpi tewari (@shilpitewari) May 12, 2019 Although the video is old, but it's definitely relevant right now and people's reaction on this is pure gold.
  5. As the twelfth season of the Indian Premier League moves to the latter half of the tournament, with Kings XI Punjab at the second to last spot in the league's points table, their captain Ravichandran Ashwin continues to make headlines for all the wrong reasons. Comically enough though, everything that the former Indian all-rounder has done in the 2019 season fits perfectly for him, if Ashwin wants to become a part of the pro-wrestling world, whilst becoming a successful in-ring performer. Created A Big Controversy Around Him 25th March 2019 was supposed to be a casual day for the IPL fans who were less than excited for a match between KXIP and Rajasthan Royals when Ashwin did the unthinkable and 'mankaded' Royals' batsman Jos Buttler after being unable to dismiss him by usual means. What made it worse was the fact that Ashwin publicly announced that he was unapologetic about the deed and that he did nothing wrong. Ravi Ashwin's Mankad garnered widespread condemnation from the cricket world. But there's another key side to the debate. MORE: https://t.co/OHfU7KCorD pic.twitter.com/U35w475JYS — Fox Cricket (@FoxCricket) March 26, 2019 Became The Perfect 'Heel' (Made The Audience Hate Him) In the pro-wrestling world, a 'heel' is a character that makes the audience hate himself just to get a negative reaction out of them. Ashwin's attitude and actions during the 12th season have not been too likable. Disrespecting the honour with which the gentleman's game is commonly played got him a lot of flak from the cricket-crazy fans, fellow cricketers and even commentators. While Harsha Bhogle and Shane Warne had a social media spat about his 'mankading', Buttler's teammate, James Anderson showed his protest by shredding Ashwin's picture online. EXCLUSIVE: @jimmy9 give us his unique take on @josbuttler's controversial run out last week... More rows should be settled like this. Full story on this week's #Tailenders https://t.co/YOQ4PMSwiu pic.twitter.com/hYCPpdSqJm — Greg James (@gregjames) March 31, 2019 Called Himself 'The Best' In The Business Much like some of the greatest wrestlers in the history of the WWE such as Chris Jericho, CM Punk and now even Shane McMahon, Ashwin called himself the best at what he does. “I would like to think that I am right up there and I have been for a long time now. It's my 11th season of the IPL, so I would like to think I have done a fairly good job. I have never shied away from competing with anyone. I am right on top of the pile,” Ashwin said as reported by the Times of India. Got Himself Trolled To Entertain The Fans Finally, the biggest goal of a pro-wrestler is to make the audience have the time of their lives, even if it comes at the cost of making yourself look like a fool. In a match between Kings XI Punjab and Delhi Capitals, Ashwin tried to 'mankad' Indian opener Shikhar Dhawan but 'Gabbar' was too smart for the Chennai-born and stayed inside the crease when Ashwin tried to dismiss. Later, to the delight of the audience, Dhawan even mocked him the next time he came for a run-up. WATCH: Shikhar's dance moves on the crease ð½ï¸ð½ï¸https://t.co/KtJkaIpubw — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 20, 2019
  6. International coaches have been a part of the Indian Premier League (IPL) curricula ever since the inception of the league took place back in 2008 when teams like Chennai Super Kings (runners-up) and Rajasthan Royals (champions) were coached by foreign legends like Kepler Wessels and Shane Warne, respectively. However, the situation with regard to the ongoing IPL season seems to be a bit on the edge, especially with the ICC World Cup 2019 less than a month away. The fact that there eight IPL franchises this year and all of them are head-coached by international personnel, seems to be irking a lot of members of the management team of the Men in Blue. A simple scenario: Former Australian captain, Ricky Ponting is currently entrusted with the role of the head coach of the Delhi Capitals franchise. Within ten days of IPL getting over, Ponting will join the head coach of the Australian cricket team, Justin Langer, as an assistant coach as they fly over to the United Kingdom for the World Cup. © Reuters As integral members of DC's batting strategies, Ponting spends a good portion of the day with batsman Shikhar Dhawan, who will also open the Indian batting order come June when India begin their World Cup journey against South Africa. Observing Dhawan from such a vantage point for so long gives Ponting a good idea of the batsman's strengths and weaknesses, he knows which shots is he comfortable playing and which shots give him a tough time executing. It's clearly unhealthy. Rishabh, Prithvi, Shreyas — see the amount of analysis they're being able to gather,” says one of the members of the management team for India, as reported by the Times of India. View this post on Instagram Ready for the opening blitz! ð¥ Batsmen roar machaane ke liye hai taiyyar! Aa jao neela pehen ke, chillao DC DC ðª #ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals #DCvKXIP #IPL #IPL2019 A post shared by Delhi Capitals (@delhicapitals) on Apr 20, 2019 at 5:16am PDT “We don't think it's fine for Australia's national assistant coach (Ponting) to be spending time with the Indian team opener just weeks ahead of a World Cup campaign, or even otherwise with a franchise that includes India's four Test cricketers. Of course, the IPL's a free market but some lines have to be drawn.” Now the question is whether there is some gravity to such beliefs or is it the result of sheer paranoia. International coaches have been a part of IPL for the past 12 years. Since then, we have had a couple of World Cups too, out of which India even won the trophy once in 2011. Will Ponting's work with Dhawan brings him some added advantage over Ravi Shatri and the rest of the Indian cricket team, I guess we'll just have to wait and watch.
  7. Ahead of the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL), all eyes were on tainted Australian duo of Steve Smith and David Warner who were marking a return to the field following their role in the infamous ball-tampering scandal last year. Confessing to their respective roles in the shambolic act, both Smith and Warner had attracted a lot of backlash from cricket fans and pundits across the globe. While they will always have to carry the burden of bringing disrepute to the gentleman's game, the exploits of the two Aussie cricketers in the ongoing IPL season have undoubtedly allowed them to win the fans back. On one hand, where Smith has been seen carrying the baton for Rajasthan Royals (RR) with decent batting performances, Warner has undeniably been a class apart for Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH). © Twitter/@IPL The left-handed batsman took IPL 2019 by storm with consistent performances for Hyderabad. In the 12 games, he played this season, Warner has amassed a staggering 692 runs including eight fifties and a hundred. Currently, he also leads the list of top run-getters this season, with the second-placed KL Rahul over 150 runs behind. For someone who was slammed by fans and left to fend for himself, Warner's rise on the back of spirited performances in IPL defines his character as a true champion. Thus, as he got ready to join the Australian training camp for the all-important ICC World Cup, he penned an emotional message for Hyderabad and the IPL fans. View this post on Instagram I can not express my gratitude enough to the @sunrisershyd family for your support, not just this season but also for the last year. It's been a long time waiting but it was great to be back amongst the boys. Owners, support staff, players, social media team and the fans thank you very much for welcoming me back with open arms. I thoroughly enjoyed being back out there swinging that willow. Good luck to the guys for the rest of the tournament and finish ðªð». #family #orangearmy #humbullð #hashtag A post shared by David Warner (@davidwarner31) on Apr 29, 2019 at 9:34pm PDT Taking to Instagram, Warner wrote: "my gratitude enough to the @sunrisershyd family for your support, not just this season but also for the last year. It's been a long time waiting but it was great to be back amongst the boys. Owners, support staff, players, social media team and the fans thank you very much for welcoming me back with open arms. I thoroughly enjoyed being back out there swinging that willow. Good luck to the guys for the rest of the tournament and finish". Outstanding finish to your ipl season @davidwarner31. The girls and I are forever proud of you. Your work ethic and your never give up attitude is inspirational. We love you. ð§¡ð§¡@sunrisershyd#ipl#orangearmypic.twitter.com/qnxkGXBwgk — Candice Warner (@CandyFalzon) April 29, 2019 Apart from Warner, his wife Candice, too, had nothing but praise for her husband as he departed for national duty. "Outstanding finish to your ipl season @davidwarner31. The girls and I are forever proud of you. Your work ethic and your never give up attitude is inspirational. We love you," she tweeted.
  8. Nearly 50 games into the tournament, the 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is already proving to be a big success. For one of the biggest T20 leagues in the world, the ongoing season did suffer a minor hiccup with the general elections raising security concerns. But, the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) and the IPL Governing Council have done well to segregate the tournament in phases to avoid problems. Keeping that in mind and of course the dew factor, the Indian cricket board has announced the revised timings for this season's Playoffs and the all-important final. Like last year, the BCCI has now decided to advance the 8:00 pm (IST) start to 7:00 pm (IST) for the knockout stages of this year's edition. NEWS: Change of Timings for #VIVOIPL Playoffs and Women's T20 Challenge Full details here https://t.co/KsukeSIpCA ðð pic.twitter.com/bJIP8Rq8ov — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 29, 2019 Meanwhile, the BCCI also confirmed that the Qualifier 1 will be played at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai on 7th May. It will be followed by the Eliminator on 8th May at the ACA VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam. Further, the Qualifier 2 will also take place in the Visakhapatnam stadium on 10th May, while Hyderabad's Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium will host the IPL 2019 final on 12th May. On the other hand, the timings and dates for the Women's T20 Challenge have also been revealed. Comprised of some of the biggest names in women's cricket, three teams - Supernovas, Trailblazers and Velocity - will be seen competing against each other. The games will be held from May 6 to May 11 at the Sawai Mansingh Stadium, in Jaipur. While the matches scheduled on 6th, 9th and 11th May will start at 7:30 pm (IST), the second game, scheduled on 8th May will commence at 3:30 pm (IST). Schedule for IPL Playoffs & Final 7th May – Qualifier 1, Team 1 vs Team 2 at MA Chidambaram Stadium, Chennai 8th May – Eliminator Team 3 vs Team 4 at ACA VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam 10th May – Qualifier 2, Winner of Eliminator vs Loser of Qualifier 1 at ACA VDCA Cricket Stadium, Visakhapatnam May 12 – Final at Rajiv Gandhi International Cricket Stadium, Hyderabad Timings – All Matches Will Start At 19:30 IST Schedule for Women's T20 Challenge 6th May – Supernovas vs Trailblazers 8th May – Trailblazers vs Velocity (3:30 pm IST start) 9th May – Supernovas vs Velocity May 11 – Final
  9. As the tenth and last team to have announced their 15-man-squad for the upcoming ICC World Cup 2019, West Indies have decided to include massive hitters like Chris Gayle and Andre Russell in the roster to help skipper Jason Holder put up some big numbers on the scoreboard. While the team has the right to make amendments to this provisional list of cricketers without seeking special permission from the International Cricket Council (ICC) until 23rd May 2019, the two veterans seem to have given themselves a good chance of making it to the final roster. The wait for the #MenInMaroon squad is over! England & Wales..here WI come! ð´ ðªð½ð¥ #Weallin #ItsOurGame #CWC19 pic.twitter.com/Wy9KHx9OZA — Windies Cricket (@windiescricket) April 24, 2019 The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) had announced that the selection process for the Men in Blue will not include their performance during the twelfth season of the Indian Premier League. With due credit to them, they stood by that promise when they chose old-timer and consistent Dinesh Karthik over the explosive youngblood, Rishabh Pant. BREAKING: India have named their #CWC19 squad! pic.twitter.com/mMXt5kAG6Y — Cricket World Cup (@cricketworldcup) April 15, 2019 On the other hand, it seems as if the Windies roster has had a huge influence by the two Carribean athletes' performances during the Indian Twenty20 league. Albeit, Gayle looked dialled in during their ODI series against Eoin Morgan's English Team before the IPL began, Russell's entry into the squad seems to be decided purely on his monstrous season with the IPL franchise, Kolkata Knight Riders. Well played boys @KKRiders @lynny50 @NitishRana_27 @robbieuthappa . Each one in the team did so well but you all will agree all words of praise r worth less than this picture... pic.twitter.com/bak2zQ9NqD — Shah Rukh Khan (@iamsrk) April 5, 2019 "I spoke to Andre a few days ago. He has a few niggles. He has some pain behind his knee but he assured the selection panel that he'll be okay for the World Cup," Robert Haynes, the interim chairman of Cricket West Indies, said. "He (Russell) has scored a lot of runs and we'll be using him as a batting all-rounder," said interim head coach Floyd Reifer. "He's doing very well in the IPL. We have got to manage his injuries and have three to four days rest between the games." Surprisingly, other big hits such as Kieron Pollard, Sunil Narine and Devendra Bishoo did not succeed in putting themselves on the list. But should Team India be concerned? There is no doubt that players like Gayle and Russell have the potential to smack the ball to far away places, as their massive success during the Twenty20 league is testament to their batting prowess. Having said that, the difference between the formats of T20 and ODIs is significant. One-dayers require better stamina, more endurance and most of all, the patience to play 50 overs without making silly mistakes that can lead to the loss of wickets. In the past year, both Gayle and Russell weren't included in the ODI roster for many bilateral and trilateral series for the Windies. While the 'Universe Boss' has played in just five ODIs, Russell was involved in a single ODI against Mashrafe Mortaza's Bangladesh side which the Windies lost. With the lack of familiarity with this format of the game in the recent past, even though the Windies roster seems to be imposing on paper, their success on the field is yet to be witnessed.
  10. When asked to choose between representing your nation in the ICC World Cup and a month of crazy match schedules along with gruelling travelling in a league like the IPL, veterans would pick the former in a heartbeat. But someone like Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who is so dedicated to the game of cricket along with the love and prayers of both Chennai and the rest of the cricket-hungry lunatics of the country, tries to give more than he could bargain for and sometimes, that level of commitment leads to dire consequences. Sure, for a young athlete, being able to play for his country and a major league franchise on a regular basis, while literally making crores of rupees, has to be the greatest dream they could be living. There's nothing else they would rather do. But as they get older and their joints begin to crack and the muscles don't recover at the rate they once used to, priorities change. Dhoni has, without doubt, provided excellent service to his country with years and years of leading the Indian cricket team to glory both as a member and the leader of the squad. His unique batting style, raw power blended well with his ability to remain calm under stressful situations and it is that rare combination that allowed Mahi to do great things for his team on a regular basis. On the other hand, the man has led his IPL franchise, Chennai Super Kings to great heights, winning three titles (2010, 2011, 2018), thereby making it the most successful team of the league (tied with Rohit Sharma's Mumbai Indians. Well done, @ChennaiIPL. A great display of quality cricket. Certainly the most consistent side of the tournament. A special knock from @ShaneRWatson33 in a crucial game which saw them through. #CSKvSRH #IPL2018Final pic.twitter.com/HhuaQJPbEF — Sachin Tendulkar (@sachin_rt) May 27, 2018 Having said that, the service took a great toll on the wicket-keeper batsman's body, more specifically his back. Ever since the beginning of 2018, the former skipper had complained of an annoying back pain that he has incurred from the hours and hours of wicket-keeping, following the need to finish games for his side on a regular basis. At 37 years of age, Dhoni's fitness levels were questioned by fans and critics alike when he had decided to sit out of the match against Kane Williamson's SunRisers Hyderabad with less that two months remaining for the World Cup. While he did make an explosive comeback to the format, scoring his IPL career best of 84 in just 48 deliveries versus Virat Kohli's Royal Challengers Bangalore, he did not feel a hundred percent as a player. What an innings! #JustThalaThings #WhistlePodu pic.twitter.com/30pvfu7v3D — Chennai Super Kings (@ChennaiIPL) April 21, 2019 But 'Thala' is a fighter and believes in playing through the pain. “I feel international cricketers are used to playing with some kind of a pain. If you want to be 100 percent and then play a game, maybe you will have to wait five years before you play the next game,” he'd said in a press conference on Tuesday. His wisdom, on the other hand, has asked of him to rest for a while, if his body demands it. With the quadrennial tournament just a month away, Dhoni, who started his IPL 2019 journey with an acute back spasm says that “it's holding up,” and that “It's not showing signs of getting worse”. However, he can't risk getting injured at this juncture, especially when he is such a vital pillar upon which the Men in Blue stand, and the Ranchi-born legend knows it: “With the World Cup coming up, I have to keep in mind that I can't really get injured, so that (World Cup) comes first. If it (back problem) gets worse, I'll definitely take some time off,” Dhoni added at the conference.
  11. One of the most celebrated cricket leagues around the world, the Indian Premier League (IPL) has covered almost half of its journey so far. With all teams fighting hard for a spot in the top four, the real game is yet to unfold. Currently, all the teams are playing with their full bench strength, but what if we remove most of the foreign players from the equation? Yes, as the ICC World Cup 2019 approaches, most of the big names such as David Warner, Chris Gayle, Johnny Bairstow will leave to play for their country. More or less, all the big teams except India and Australia are playing one or more bilateral ODI series before the World Cup. The main reason behind this is to bring the teams back into the groove ahead of the main tournament. While West Indies will be playing Ireland and Bangladesh from 5th May, England, on the other hand, will be hosting Pakistan from 5th May itself. All this comes down to many players including Jos Buttler and Jofra Archer who are currently playing in the IPL, leaving right away in the second half of the tournament. Here is how the teams could potentially stack up following the departure of their foreign players- 1. Kolkata Knight Riders View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kolkata Knight Riders (@kkriders) on Apr 19, 2019 at 9:32pm PDT Kolkata Knight Riders will be one of the most worst-affected teams in the final stages of the tournaments. They will have to depend solely on their local strength as players like Sunil Narine, Carlos Braithwaite, Joe Denly, Lockie Ferguson and many more will be leaving for national duty. The only ones that haven't been selected in the World Cup squad or the teams for upcoming tournaments will play in the IPL. Chris Lynn, Harry Gurney and Matt Kelly will be amongst the foreign players left with KKR. 2. Sunrisers Hyderabad View this post on Instagram A post shared by SunRisers Hyderabad (@sunrisershyd) on Apr 23, 2019 at 1:01am PDT Another team which will be bear the brunt of the World Cup preparation will be the SunRisers Hyderabad as their entire top order will collapse with the departure of Warner, Bairstow, Martin Guptill and Kane Williamson. Not only this, even their spin department will take a major blow when their Afghani duo of Mohammed Nabi and Rashid Khan along with Shakib-Al-Hasan will leave in the middle of the tournament. 3. Delhi Capitals View this post on Instagram A post shared by Delhi Capitals (@delhicapitals) on Apr 17, 2019 at 10:04pm PDT The table toppers at the moment, Delhi Capitals, could have been one of the least affected teams after the departure of its foreign players but unfortunately, their key bowler, Kagiso Rabada will also join the list. Playing for South Africa, Rabada will leave as soon as the national camp begins. Along with him, Colin Munro and Trent Boult will also be expected to leave in the middle of the season itself for the same reason. 4. Chennai Super Kings View this post on Instagram A post shared by Chennai Super Kings (@chennaiipl) on Apr 20, 2019 at 7:07am PDT The defending champions might not face that big a problem because most of the foreign players they own are not included in their national squad except for the South African duo of Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir along with Mitchell Santer and David Willey. Tahir would be their only worry as he is their leading wicket-taker and both main spinners leaving at the same time might cause some problems, but even for that, they do have Harbhajan Singh and Ravinder Jadeja as backups. 5. Rajasthan Royals View this post on Instagram A post shared by Rajasthan Royals (@rajasthanroyals) on Apr 23, 2019 at 4:30am PDT Rajasthan Royals should be expecting a lot of trouble comings its way, as a majority of foreign players are performing in their team and soon, even they would leave. While the new skipper, Steve Smith will leave for Australia, Jofra Archer, Ben Stokes and Jos Buttler will depart to play against Pakistan at the beginning of May. In the end, they would be only left with Liam Livingstone, who has just played one game till now and Ashton Turner, who is currently going through a nightmare of a season. 6. Mumbai Indians View this post on Instagram A post shared by Mumbai Indians (@mumbaiindians) on Apr 20, 2019 at 7:16am PDT The three-time champions, Mumbai Indians will have to face the drums as most of their star-performing players would leave the MI camp as the World Cup comes closer. The first name will be Quinton de Kock, followed by Alzarri Joseph, Lasith Malinga, Adam Milne, Jason Behrendorff and Mitchell McClenaghan. The one player that is doubtful is Kieron Pollard who also might leave if selected in the West Indies World Cup Squad. It will be a real test for Rohit Sharma and his men to perform in the conditions in which they have never played before. 7. Royal Challengers Bangalore View this post on Instagram A post shared by Royal Challengers Bangalore (@royalchallengersbangalore) on Apr 19, 2019 at 9:00pm PDT The Virat Kohli-led RCB currently has a lot on stake, and with the WC approaching, things might get out of hand for them, as a few of their key players might leave early for national duty. The earliest one to leave will be Moeen Ali as England is playing Pakistan before the main tournament. The next in line would be Marcus Stoinis, Shimron Hetmyer, Dale Steyn, Colin de Grandhome and Tim Southee. Already being on the 8th spot, it will become even more difficult for Kohli and AB de Villiers to help their team do any good. 8. Kings XI Punjab View this post on Instagram A post shared by Kings XI Punjab (@kxipofficial) on Apr 22, 2019 at 3:12am PDT The lions of Punjab are among the lucky few teams that might not be adversely affected by this exit as most of their home players are doing well. The only sad news for Punjab fans would be the desertion of Chris Gayle and David Miller for their respective nationals teams. Apart from that, KXIP contains an awesome pool of young local talent including Mayank Agarwal and Sarfaraz Khan who will surely help the team in making it to the playoffs.
  12. In what initially felt like a show completely run by the home team, Rajasthan Royals, the young guns of Delhi Capitals were successful in snatching the win from right under their noses as opener Prithvi Shaw and keeper-batsman Rishabh Pant along with veteran Shikhar Dhawan shine in the second innings of the match. The Capitals looked in the winning attitude ever since the beginning and an impressive to of 191 felt like a rather comfortable chase, especially with the kind of opening partnership established by two of the more talented batsmen who have represented Team India in the past. With Shaw's strategic yet powerful batting and Dhawan's brutal beating, the duo was able to post a 50-run partnership in less than six overs. .@SDhawan25 REACHES HIS FOURTH FIFTY OF THIS @IPL SEASON! ðª GABBAR, WE LOVE YOU! ð#RRvDC #ThisIsNewDelhi #DelhiCapitals pic.twitter.com/43h5MaIgyV — Delhi Capitals (@DelhiCapitals) April 22, 2019 Once Gabbar was dismissed by keeper Sanju Samson in a cheeky stumping and Delhi skipper Shreyas Iyer was forced to leave the pitch early, it was Rishabh Pant's time to hold the fort with his buddy, Shaw. The 19-year-old continued to stick to the crease for enough time for Pant to comfortably settle in, while also scoring at his own pace to keep the contest at hand. Scoring 78 off just 36 balls, Pant played a brilliant match-winning knock and was rewarded for his performance with the 'Man of the Match' award as the two went on to establish a 53-run-partnership in 31 balls. The camaraderie was seen yet again when the duo was asked to interview one another after the match. “I was really confident because you (Prithvi) were also playing by my side. I thought we would finish the game together,” Pant told his teammate. Pant also described the winning moment when he finished the game with a six and the team's special advisor, Sourav Ganguly lifted him in celebration. Rishabh pant â¦@RishabPant777â© â¦@ParthJindal11â© u deserve this .. u r wow pic.twitter.com/tTYgWrZZpH — Sourav Ganguly (@SGanguly99) April 22, 2019 “He (Ganguly) wanted me to finish a good match for the team and when it finally happened, it was a great experience, especially when Sourav sir lifted me up,” Pant told Shaw. With the heroic display of “showing up in the crunch”, the young duo helped their franchise reach atop the IPL Points Table, going two points ahead of the reigning champions, Chennai Super Kings. The same team that ranked last in the league a year ago, are at the top now. Maybe changing their name did bring them good luck, huh?
  13. Ashton Turner, one of the Australian youngsters currently playing for Rajasthan Royals (RR) in the Indian Premier League (IPL), managed to create a record which he surely wouldn't be proud of; that is of earning five consecutive ducks in T20 matches. After getting his first duck in the Big Bash League match in February, Turner went on to score a decent 84 against India in an ODI match. Making an entry in the T20 squad on Australia's tour to India, Turner again fell prey to the hands of Krunal Pandya after facing five balls. And now, in the current season of the IPL, the 26-year-old youngster made sure that he continues his poor form as he acquired three consecutive golden ducks against Kings XI Punjab, followed by Mumbai Indians and the last against Delhi Capitals (DC). © IPLT20 This form of his has made him the first T20 batsman in the history to accomplish five consecutive ducks. We have a feeling that if he scores even one run in the next match (if he gets to play), he would raise the bat and would get a huge round of applause for his knock. While Turner disappoints once again, RR went on to give a tough fight to the roaring DC. Posting a total of 191 on the board with the help of Ajinkya Rahane's ton and the skipper Steve Smith's fifty, the Men in Pink fell short in front of the Delhi cavalry led by Shikhar Dhawan's knock of 54 and later finished by Rishabh Pant's 78*, chasing the total with five balls to spare. With still four games to go, will the RR management give Turner a chance to break his curse?
  14. The 2019 edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is already proving to be a scintillating affair. The 39 games in the tournament so far, have been full of exciting duels that have managed to capture the imagination of cricket fans. But, apart from catching all the cricketing action through various mediums, the fans have also relished numerous fantasy sports platforms that continue to garner engagement. While a bit of cash and some bragging rights continue to entice the fans, the rise of fantasy sports platforms has also allowed individuals to test their knowledge of the game and players involved. But, picking the winning team is far more than difficult than it seems. Anyone can pick players on their star value, but those who've found themselves addicted to the fantasy leagues would agree that it requires a careful deliberation of facts, figures and performances of the cricketers before one drafts them in what can potentially become a winning team. With Match 40 of the season pitting Delhi Capitals (DC) against Rajasthan Royals (RR) at the Sawai Mansingh stadium in Jaipur tonight, here's a look at the Dream XI you can pick that to trump your mates and earn some cash in the fantasy sports leagues: Captain & His Deputy © Twitter/@IPL Arguably one of the most difficult decisions to make in the fantasy sports league, picking the right captain and his deputy can undoubtedly make or break your chances. Going into tonight's clash, it will be a big mistake if you appoint anyone other than Kagiso Rabada as captain and Steve Smith as the vice-captain of the team. Undeniably one of the most effective bowlers across formats in international cricket, Rabada has been the bowling spearhead of Delhi this season. The South African has immense knowledge of the game which allows him to read the situations well and, thereon, act accordingly. His consistency will the ball can be ascertained from the fact that he currently leads the list of leading wicket-takers with 21 scalps in 10 games. While Rabada has been pivotal for Delhi, Smith, after a bit of hiccup, seems to have found his form to establish himself as a vital cog in Rajasthan's batting line-up. The Australian batting sensation has amassed 245 runs in eight games so far in the tournament. And, his unbeaten knock of 59 runs in the last game paved way for Rajasthan's five-wicket triumph over Mumbai Indians (MI). The Man Behind The Stumps © Twitter/@IPL When it comes to the wicket-keeping duties in India, none comes close to the stature of MS Dhoni. But, in today's game, the choice of selecting a wicket-keeper between Rishabh Pant and Sanju Samson is quite obvious. There is little doubt over the capabilities of Pant behind the stumps. Dhoni's pupil has been the first-choice keeper for Delhi and continues to prove his worth with the gloves. His lightning-quick glovework led to the end of dangerous KL Rahul and Mandeep Singh in the last game against Kings XI Punjab (KXIP). And, the fact that he is a prolific batsman, further makes him a great addition to your Dream XI. The World Cup snub might have dampened his mood, but make no mistake, Pant will leave no stone unturned to use the ongoing IPL season as a platform to question the Indian selectors over their surprise decision. Jack Of All Trades © Twitter/@IPL Deriving a right mix of all-rounders is another crucial task that can help you rake in the points, and in turn, the moolah. Their ability to make their presence felt in almost all facets of the game make the all-rounders a vital cog in any dream team. So, for tonight's game, a winning dream team must include the likes of Riyan Parag and Axar Patel. The belligerence of 17-year-old Parag turned out to be Rajasthan's mantra of success when he overshadowed Smith during the course of their match-winning partnership against Mumbai in the last match. When it comes to the bowling department, the U-19 World Cup winner's leg-break can also do the trick. While he might not have taken a single wicket in the two games he has played so far, the third youngest player to feature in the IPL should still be a valuable pick for any dream team. If Parag has come into his own for Rajasthan, Patel has been quietly doing the job for Delhi this season. The left-arm spinner has taken six wickets in eight games this season. And, his impressive figures of 2-22 in the last game also contributed in Delhi's five-wicket win over Punjab. Batting down the order, Patel hasn't had many opportunities, but the fact that his strike-rate is 135 and he has slammed six fours and three sixes, proves that he can come in handy with the willow. The Bat-Wielding Warriors © Twitter/@IPL The likes of Smith and Shikhar Dhawan forge a formidable opening pair for any dream team. While Smith looks to build on his form for Rajasthan, Dhawan's rediscovery with the willow has eased the burden on Delhi's middle-order. The Indian opener is currently the leading run-getter for Delhi with 347 runs in 10 games to his name. And, his 41-ball 56 against Punjab proved to be a key contribution for Delhi in the last match. In a bid to bolster the batting line-up, Shreyas Iyer can also prove to be a valuable addition to your dream team, surely boosting the chances of raking in key points. The Delhi skipper possesses all the shots in his armoury and has the capability of taking on any bowling attack. He has amassed 327 runs in 10 games and his unbeaten 58 in the last game against Punjab was pivotal in Delhi's five-wicket triumph. Last, but not the least, Sherfane Rutherford (a wild pick) is the final batsman in our dream team for tonight's game. Often labelled as Guyana's Andre Russell, the 20-year-old might be an unknown commodity in the IPL, but that shouldn't overshadow his ability to hit the ball far and long. The swashbuckling left-hander is an exciting young talent who is rapidly rising through the ranks. Apart from that, Rutherford's medium pace can also help you grab some points. The Bowling Demons © Twitter/@IPL Fire-breathing Rabada leads the bowling attack for our dream team. The South African has made the most of the new ball and has the ability to strike in the middle overs to give Delhi vital breakthroughs. He would be well assisted by Jofra Archer, another bowler who has managed to make the tournament his own with impressive performances. Archer was dealt with a heavy blow after he was snubbed by the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) for the ICC World Cup. But, just like Pant, Archer would be eager to take in a positive stride and make the most of his time in the IPL this season. In the spin-bowling department, the likes of Sandeep Lamichhane and Shreyas Gopal should have you covered. Both the spinners have done well for their respective sides this season and could help you extract key points in tonight's game. Dream XI: Kagiso Rabada (c), Steve Smith (vc), Rishabh Pant (wk), Riyan Parag, Axar Patel, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Sherfane Rutherford, Sandeep Lamichhane, Jofra Archer and Shreyas Gopal.
  15. The IPL fever is on, and there is a lot of excitement in the air. From incessantly praying for your home team to buying exclusive IPL gears, that's the mood overall. But at work, it's a different situation. For me, I cannot even concentrate when the match is on, especially if it's my team that's playing. And I am sure you go through the same thing,when you're at work post 8.00 pm and all you can think of is IPL. So here are the 5 things that happen at office every year when the IPL is on. I bet you'll relate to this. 1. Constantly thinking of an excuse to leave early What do you do when it is a long, long day at work, and the match starts at 8.00 pm. How do you get out? Well, I suggest bring out the big guns - headaches, viral fever, flu, everything. Having said that, I sincerely hope my boss isn't reading this right now. 2. Taking innumerable washroom breaks to check the score on UC Browser IPL's on, your home team is playing, and you are still at work. One thing every cricket fan does at work is take millions of loo breaks just to check the live scores on UC Browser. One of the best things about UC Browser is that its in-app tool of cricket content aggregation offers all-in-one live cricket content, including live scores, news, videos, photos, live commentaries and more. Additionally, this time around UC Browser is going big with IPL 2019. They have launched the UC Miss Cricket Contest for the course of IPL. It's India's first ever cricket-themed online pagent. In fact, last year the contest received a tremendous response, including participation from Bollywood actress Urvashi Rautela, Miss India Priyadarshini Chatterjee and TV actress Shirin Sewani. The contest is underway till May 1, and we hear the winner will win a huge prize, and will also be featured on a billboard at New York Times Square. Now that's big, ain't it? 3. Putting your money on your favourite team This happens everytime IPL is on. It's almost like an unofficial tradition at work. I am going big on Mumbai Indians, whom are you supporting? 4. Checking the WiFi 24x7 Here's a truth. You are never going to check the WiFi speed if it's a usual day at work. But when the IPL is on, WiFi is your top-most priority. I mean, how else will you livestream the match and check the scores all the time? 5. Getting into a heated conversation During IPL, a KKR fan will always get into a heated conversation with a Mumbai Indian fan. Or, a CSK follower will never miss an opportunity to pick on a RCB fan. When we talk about the IPL fever, this is exactly what we mean. Do you relate to this? If yes, let us know which team you are supporting this time.
  16. “Oh, did you watch MS Dhoni enter the field last night to challenge the umpires?” “Oh! Oh! Ashwin 'mankaded' Ben Stokes and now, his English teammate, James Anderson shredded Ashwin's photo! OMG!” “Sunil Narine had evil plans to 'mankad' Virat Kohli but our hero was too smart for him.” C'mon @circleofcricket, that was such a cheap idea 4 likes 'n cmmnts. Change ur handle name 2 KillerOfCricket. NO #SunilNarine didn't try 4 a mankad. It was @imVkohli over reacting 'n being dramatic on d field 4 that. Love that some Narine give back to Kohlið#IPL @IPL #KKRvRCB pic.twitter.com/wL5QTuYl57 — Shan Kamarudheen (@ShanKamarudheen) April 19, 2019 *Sigh* With the kind of drama and plot twists the twelfth season of the Indian Premier League is producing, we might as well start calling the daily matches “episodes” of a cringey but superhit Indian soap opera that literally millions of people watch on a regular basis. Along with all the lights, the music, the dancing, leagues like these are most definitely making the sport a lot more exciting and with the T20 format taking over the world life wildfire, cricket has never been more popular amongst the younger generations. But, maybe that's not enough. They want people to talk about controversies and rowdy behaviour by the players and disrespecting the officials like highschool bullies. I was alive when I saw Dhoni angry. #RRvCSK pic.twitter.com/ZCawlEqqKA — Akash Jain (@akash207) April 11, 2019 The battles of “he said, she said” do not help either. Well respected men of cricket, people like Harsha Bhogle and Shane Warne are fighting on Twitter over something like Ashwin's 'mankading' just to add a tinch of masala to the piping hot mess this season is turning out to be. Harsha you are missing the point completely & I'm disappointed in you as you always push the spirit of the game - now you condone this behaviour ? Ashwin's actions were simply disgraceful, and I hope the BCCI doesn't condone this sort of behaviour in the #IPL ! #spiritofthegame https://t.co/BsIKDBN51X — Shane Warne (@ShaneWarne) March 25, 2019 The point is that IPL is famous, yes. Cricketing fans from all over the world are glued to their smartphones and televisions to watch the four-hour-long matches on weekdays and double the amount on the weekends. The viewership and continued to grow through the years thanks to channels like Star Sports 1 Tamil and Jalsha Movies providing match commentary in the regional languages and the male-female contribution in the exponentially growing views has remained consistent, according to a report shared by the Broadcast Audience Research Council of India. In other words, business is good and that should be enough, right? So, what is the need to add such controversies and disputes to the sport?
  17. Born in the locality of Behala in Kolkata, Sourav Chandidas Ganguly has been one of the most successful Indian cricketers, period. His aggressive batting style along with his eventually developed bowling and his relentless methods of leading a team as prestigious as the Men in Blue has left no doubt in the minds of the cricket-mad people of the country and those abroad. However, when 'Dada' decided to take up the role of a 'Special Advisor' to the Ricky Ponting-coached Delhi Capitals ahead of the 2019 season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) little did he realise that his secondary role of being the president of the Cricket Association of Bengal might become somewhat of a hurdle of him being actively involved in the biggest cricketing league within India. Concerned about the possibility of 'conflict-of-interest' given the former Indian skipper's dual-role within the cricket fraternity of India, three fans of the Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) had written to the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) Ombudsman and Ethics Officer, DK Jain. The trio demanded a convincing justification from the former KKR captain with regards to the move he made in March. © Twitter/@IPL According to the Press Trust of India (PTI) , this is how the cricketer responded: "In my respectful submission there is no direct or indirect interest, compromising roles, commercial conflict, prior relationship or position of influence within the meaning of the BCCI Constitution which may deter my involvement with the Delhi Capitals." Having said that, ever since Ganguly has assumed the role of the 'Special Advisor' to the Delhi-based franchise, no one has been able to articulate what exactly is the legend going to be doing in his new journey with the Capitals. When Dada has first joined the team, Times of India reported that he would be working closely with the head-coach Ricky Poting. And recently when TOI asked the Australian about his relationship with his former rival, Ponting said that the two think in a similar fashion. "We have got very similar ideas and views on the game which has made us work well together. I love working with him." Even then, not even the head-coach himself, could describe Ganguly's role with the team. The closest to what felt like an actual contribution by the Bengali cricketer, according to Poting, was that Ganguly was spending time with all the southpaw batsmen of the team such as Shikhar Dhawan and Rishabh Pant, getting them ready for the Eden pitch, but is that it? © Twitter/@IPL What's worse is that not even the official website for the franchise acknowledges him as a member of the team, neither as one of the coaches nor as a staff member. Jeopardising an honourable role, one that of the president of a cricket board of a region, therefore doesn't quite settle in with the lack of recognition Dada is getting in return.
  18. One of the most prolific batsmen of the Indian team, KL Rahul, went on to achieve yet another milestone by scoring his maiden Indian Premier League (IPL) ton against the mighty Mumbai Indians (MI) on 10th April. Not being able to perform in the opening two matches, Rahul has been on fire ever since. Scoring three half-centuries with a staggering strike-rate, the Karnataka boy made a point to carry on his fine form and convert his healthy start into a three-figure individual score against the Mumbai Paltan. Setting the tone well for the game from the very beginning, Rahul alongside 'Universal Boss' Chris Gayle got KXIP to a flyer with a 116-run opening stand. Once the 'Gayle Storm'was averted on 63, Rahul carried the baton for the visitors, notching up his maiden IPL ton in mere 64 balls and propelling his team to a competitive total of 197 runs. © AP Despite being aided by some brilliant batting performances from their star batsmen, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) couldn't restrict Gayle's Caribbean counterpart -Kieron Pollard - from snatching the game away from them. Scoring 83 runs in 31 balls with 10 massive sixes, Pollard played a classic captain's knock which also earned him the 'Man of the Match' award. But nonetheless, we still believe that KL Rahul played a game-defining innings for his team but they couldn't capitalise in the end. With some amazing performances in the first seven matches itself, Rahul not only earned the second place in the race for “The Orange Cap” with 317 runs to his name, but might have also booked his berth in Team India's squad for the 2019 ICC World Cup which is expected to be announced on 15th April.
  19. So far in the twelfth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL), regardless of which team is leading the tournament according to the Points Table, we have to agree that the highlight of the entire league are the West Indies cricketers who have been playing the game of cricket on a level a lot higher than anyone else. Be it the ability to chase down huge totals or their performance with the ball, the Caribbeans look to be miles ahead that the rest of the players on the field in this month and a half long contest. For instance, Kolkata Knight Riders' Andre Russell has been on a tear ever since the franchise's first game of the season against Kane Williamson's SunRisers Hyderabad. Chasing an above average total of 181 runs, Russell took to the crease on the fifth spot and led the team to victory playing a 49 off 19 balls innings. Playing with a scary strike rate of 212.39, the 'Baahubali' of IPL is a player to look out for in the biggest tournament in the game come May. Ruthless. Relentless. Russel ðªð¥ The absolute hitting that led to this though ðð@KKRiders @Russell12A #RCBvKKR pic.twitter.com/4Ou1HzYS34 — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) April 5, 2019 If there is someone who's a bit scarier than Russell, it has to be the 'Universe Boss', Chris Gayle who opens the batting order for Kings XI Punjab along with KL Rahul. At 39 years of age, Gayle, has opened up about his thoughts of retiring from the game after the World Cup. However, his beyond-amazing performance in the ODI series against England and recently found IPL mojo, Gayle is one of those batsmen who can change the game in his team's favour in the blink of an eye. Kieron Pollard is another veteran who seems to have found his game during the 2019 IPL. Having struggled for a couple of seasons in the past, Pollard has returned to his original destructive-self and how. While struggling to connect with the ball in the first few games, Pollard showed to the world and the selectors of the Windies side that he's still skilled enough to make it to the World Cup roster, keeping in mind that this could be his final chance to lift the trophy. Hardik: Kieron Pollard is a legend. Only one man could've done this.#OneFamily #CricketMeriJaan #MumbaiIndians #MIvKXIP pic.twitter.com/YcUKauYTWv — Mumbai Indians (@mipaltan) April 10, 2019 Although Chennai Super Kings' Dwayne Bravo isn't having the best IPL season of his career, the fact that he continues to be a top-10 bowler of the league has to be appreciated. The one capable enough to catch fire with the bat quickly, Bravo's inclusion to the team could be crucial for the Windies' success. A blend of such veterans with young and raw talents like Alzarri Joseph can make for a scary West Indies squad, maybe even capable enough to bring back the glory days to the Caribbean. Alternatively, the Windies also have a tendency to fall apart when it comes to playing together as a team. Series like the one against England a couple of months ago is a perfect example of how individual talents like Gayle, Jason Holder and Darren Bravo fail to perform well as a team and the team ends up crashing and burning.
  20. The new era of Delhi Capitals in the Indian Premier League has proven to be a better one than their previous seasons so far. Winning three matches out of six, they have managed to grab the fifth position in the points table as of now. The joint forces of the coach, Ricky Ponting and the mentor Sourav Ganguly, have helped them improve as a team in every match they have played till now. Despite having a decent batting side, inclusive of Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant and Shikhar Dhawan, their bowling department is the one which has won all the games for them till now. And leading that department from the front is none other than the South African star bowler, Kagiso Rabada. View this post on Instagram A post shared by Delhi Capitals (@delhicapitals) on Apr 7, 2019 at 5:24am PDT Being retained by the team for this season also, Rabada has proven his worth time and again. From bowling the crucial yorker to the Ruthless Andre Russell in the super-over against Kolkata Knight Riders, to taking out the dangerous duo of Virat Kohli and Ab De Villiers in the match against Royal Challengers Bangalore, Rabada has not only won the games for his team but has also become the rightful owner of “the Purple cap,” with 11 wickets in the bag. With eight games still to go, let's hope Rabada continues his epic run for the Delhi Capitals.
  21. The twelfth season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) is still on the stage of infancy but let there be no mistake about the level of competition the league exudes every single night. Batsmen are scoring more, bowlers are being more aggressive and fielding has become a part of the teams' defense so vital that the franchises are not backing away from getting involved in some 'unfair practices' to get the upper hand in the 40-over face-offs. According to Delhi Capitals' assistant coach Mohammad Kaif, IPL teams like Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) and scoreboard leaders, Kings XI Punjab (KXIP) have been bringing in fitter, more agile fielders to replace poor fielders during the games and that the umpires have failed to spot it out. © Twitter - IPL “It is right that most matches are finishing close to midnight. Teams are bringing in good fielders and replacing them with slow ones. I think the umpires should look at the changes that the teams are making,” Kaif told media ahead of Delhi's game against Kane Williamson's SunRisers Hyderabad. “For example, DC versus KKR match, (Andrew) Russell went out, Rinku singh came to field. Piyush Chawla quickly bowled his four overs and went out and Rinku again came back.” “We have seen that in the last Punjab game as well. Sarfaraz Khan didn't come to field after being hit on the gloves. I don't know if he is injured. Karun Nair came to field and he took a good catch at long on of Ingram,” Kaif explained further. Always taking pride in his fielding talents, Kaif believes that such unfair practices must be stopped with immediate effect as it is against the spirit of the game. “Teams are playing smart and making changes which are not right to me. We will bring it up with the umpires,” added the former Indian cricketer. Slow over rate is another problem that irks the DC coach. Multiple cases have already come to the league officials' notice and the decision-makers have already fined Rajasthan Royals (RR) and Mumbai Indians (MI) skippers Ajinkya Rahane and Rohit Sharma with Rs. 12 lakh each. @rajasthanroyals captain @ajinkyarahane88 was fined Rs 12 lakh as his side maintained a slow over-rate during their narrow loss to the @ChennaiIPL at the Chepauk Stadium here#IPL2019 pic.twitter.com/IT58HFNUtr — IPL 2019 (@IPL20195) April 1, 2019 “Teams defending are taking too much time I think, I don't understand all these planning in the IPL, there is an hour long meeting and also a lot of planning even at the field,” Kaif said.
  22. A few days ago, we shared the news with you guys that music maestro AR Rahman is teaming up with Marvel, to create a special anthem for all the desi fans of 'Avengers: Endgame'. According to reports, the special track was going to be released on April 1 in Hindi, Tamil and Telugu. Turns out the Russo brothers did not pull an April Fool's Day prank on us. Marvel Studios The special song dropped just now and to be honest the song is good, but not something we were expecting to go with the theme of Avengers. The song features AR Rahman as a part of flash mob walking through the streets and singing 'Roke na rukenge ab to yaara', with stills of Thanos and the Avengers plugged in between. Marvel Studios The moment I heard the song, the first thing that came to my mind is that the superheroes are not going to 'avenge the fallen', but actually gearing up for a cricket match against Thanos. Given that the IPL season is on, if BCCI plays this track in a stadium during a match, it will sound like an IPL anthem of a cricket team. Having said that, it is one of those songs that you don't like initially, but grows on you gradually.
  23. The 12th edition of the Indian Premier League (IPL) has been off to a fiery start. With every match providing ample entertainment, we are witnessing some of the best performances from a bunch of players. Super Sunday's first match between Sunrisers Hyderabad(SRH) and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) was yet another high-flying yet one-sided affair. Johnny Bairstow joined the elite list of players to score a century in the league. Building a partnership of 185 alongside David Warner for the first wicket, Bairstow showed his batting prowess by scoring 114 off just 56 deliveries, striking 12 fours and seven sixes. Later, the centurion was joined by Warner, who himself went on to score an unbeaten hundred off mere 55 balls. Both the batsmen took the score to an epic 231 in their share of 20 overs. View this post on Instagram Endearing himself to ð®ð³ and Hyderabad with a non stop onslaught ð¥ @jbairstow21, what an outstanding innings this was ð #SRHvRCB A post shared by IPL (@iplt20) on Mar 31, 2019 at 4:47am PDT Building on the magnificent performance of their batsmen, SRH excelled in the bowling department also by restricting the reds to a mere 113 and eventually winning the match by 118 runs. In the process, they registered their biggest ever IPL win. Bairstow later managed to bag the Man of the Match award for his thunderous century and a crucial stumping of Shimron Hetmyer as well.
  24. The average middle class Indian belief is that you should either focus on studies or give up everything to make a career sports (provided you're privileged enough). But we might just have found someone who's breaking this convention. Prayas Barman, the youngest debutant to appear in the Indian Premier League (IPL) is managing his class 12 Central Board for Secondary Education (CBSE) board exams while playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) in this year's tournament. Conceding 56 in his four overs on debut, the Bengal teenager stumbled in his first RCB test along with all his teammates on Sunday. Jonny Bairstow (114) and David Warner (100 not out) stole the show as Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) posted 231 batting first and eventually won the game by 118 runs. Prayas, who is a commerce student at the Kalyani Public School in Kolkata, appeared for his economics paper a few days ago, and on Sunday made it to the front pages by becoming the youngest IPL debutant at 16 years and 157 days. Earlier, the spot was held by Afghanistan spinner Mujeeb-ur-Rahman at 17 years and 11 days, debuting for Kings XI Punjab in IPL 2018. © Instagram RCB play their next game against Rajasthan Royals(RR) on April 2, following which, the 16-year old will again be back in Kolkata for his entrepreneurship exam on April 4. He will again join the team on the eve of the match against Kolkata Knight Riders(KKR) on April 5. “It's tough but he is managing it. He has the full support of the team,” Prayas father Dr Kaushik Ray Barman told PTI. “[Virat] Kohli, AB [de Villiers] and [coach Gary] Kirsten are obviously encouraging him at the nets. Obviously they have seen some potential in him to pick him ahead of experienced duo of [Pawan] Negi and Washington Sundar.” His selection was a total surprise for the young lad. The team's think-tank had decided to go for a seam-attack first, but skipper Kohli informed Prayas of his debut just minutes before going for the toss, his father revealed. “We were shocked to see his name in the line-up in RCB's very third match. But he was not nervous,” his dad exclaimed. © Instagram “He told me 'this was not my standard. I could have done better,' I told him not to lose heart and keep his focus. This is just the beginning for him. First, he has to cement his place in Bengal then look beyond.” Prayas gave six runs in his maiden IPL over against the likes of Warner and Bairstow, but things went haywire after that. The senior Barman said Prayas had a finger bruise that affected him in Sunday's match. “He was not nervous. He told me the first over was okay but his finger got a bruise in the second over with the seam of the ball and he started bowling over pitch,” he said. With many games ahead in the season, it will be interesting to see how the young leggie can help RCB to end their win drought. What are your expectations from him? Let us know in the comments.
  25. Ever since making his debut in 2016, Jasprit Bumrah's consistent bowling performances have allowed him to establish himself as India's go-to bowler in dire situations across formats. If his anomalous, sling-arm action has troubled some of the best in the business, Bumrah's natural pace and peculiar release point of his deliveries make him a nightmare for the opposition batsmen. Such has been his accuracy that the steaming yorkers he bowls manage to find the bottom of the stumps more often, than not. For someone who thrives in limited-overs cricket, Bumrah takes his game to a whole new level in the Mumbai Indians (MI) jersey while plying his trade in the Indian Premier League (IPL). The success and popularity of Bumrah can be ascertained from the fact that a lot of youngsters have been seen trying to copy him in the past. An under-13 youngster was spotted copying Bumrah's action in Hong Kong's U-13 League recently. And, then, during India's tour of Australia, a young kid was also spotted executing Bumrah's unorthodox to perfection. Have RCB found their Jasprit Bumrah? ð¤ #IPL2019 pic.twitter.com/ib4C2oCSFW — ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) March 26, 2019 A similar incident came to the fore recently when a young seamer, with an action similar to Bumrah, was seen bowling to Moeen Ali in the nets during the training session of the Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB). The brief video shared on the social media showing the young bowler imitating Bumrah has taken social media by storm. The young bowler in question is believed to Mahesh Kumar, a local lad, who has been a net bowler for RCB in the past. Though it will still take some time for the youngster to get a game with RCB, cricket fans were clearly smitten by the next Bumrah. While some claimed that RCB might have unearthed a new Bumrah, others were just in awe of the similarities between the two. Virat Kohli-led RCB will hope to make use of the young bowler, if he's given an opportunity, to turn their fortunes in the IPL. After suffering a crushing seven-wicket defeat at the hands of Chennai Super Kings (CSK) in the opening match, RCB will be eager to bounce back when they host Mumbai in what promises to be a pulsating contest on 28th March.
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