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ICC T20 World Cup 2021 complete schedule: India to face Pakistan on October 24

  • Aug 17, 2021
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The International Cricket Council (ICC) announced the dates of the T20 World Cup matches on Tuesday, which will be held in the United Arab Emirates and Oman from October 17 to November 14. As 8 teams will participate in the qualifying round of which 4 will reach the Super 12 stage, which will start from October 23. The long-awaited India-Pakistan match, will kick off on October 24 in Dubai. Both India and Pakistan are entered in Group Two of the Super 12 stage of the T20 World Cup, which also includes Afghanistan and New Zealand as other two automatic qualifiers. India plays a total of 4 matches in Dubai and one in Abu Dhabi. None of their Super 12 matches in Sharjah have been scheduled. Meanwhile, Super 12 of first group move begins with two heavyweight battles. South Africa and Australia kick off the Super 12 in Abu Dhabi, which will be followed by the repeat of 2016 T20 World Cup final between England and the West Indies in Dubai on 23 October.India's fixtures at T20 World CupIndia vs Pakistan - October 24 - 6 pm local time in Dubai India vs New Zealand - October 31 - 6 pm local time in Dubai India vs Afghanistan - November 3 - 6 pm local time in Abu Dhabi India vs B1 (qualifier) - November 5 - 6 pm local time in Dubai India vs A2 (qualifier) - November 8 - 6 pm local time in Dubai. Overview of teams for T20 World CupRound 1 (Top 2 teams from each group qualify for Super 12)Group A: Ireland, Netherlands, Sri Lanka and Namibia Group B: Oman, Papua New Guinea, Scotland Bangladesh Super 12 (Top 4 teams qualify for semi-final) Group 1: Australia, South Africa, England, West Indies, A 1, B2 Group 2: India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, A2, B1 The tournament will kick off with the Group B first round match between hosts Oman and Papua New Guinea at 2:00 p.m. local time on October 17, with Scotland and Bangladesh, the other teams from Group B match start in evening 6pm. Ireland, Netherlands, Sri Lanka and Namibia, which make up Group A, will play in Abu Dhabi the next day, with first-round matches continuing till October 22. The top two teams in each group will move to the Super12 stage of the tournament, starting on October 23. Top 4 teams from the Super 12 will make it to the semi-final. Reserve days for semi-finals and finalThe first semi-final will take place in Abu Dhabi on November 10 at 6pm local time. Dubai will host the second semi-final on November 11. Both semifinals have backup days. The finalThe final of the tournament will take place in Dubai at 6pm local time on November 14, Sunday, with Monday being the reservation day for the final.Also Read- KL Rahul becomes 10th Indian to hit Test hundred at Lords

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England vs India, 4th Test Day 1: Shardul Thakur breaks Ian Botham's record, hits fastest Test fifty in England

  • Sep 03, 2021
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Shardul Thakur came on the counterattack on Thursday as he helped India advance to a respectable first innings total on Day 1 of 4 Test against England at the Oval. Shardul hit 57 of just 36 balls while stitching up 63 runs on just 48 balls with tail-ender Umesh Yadav after the top Indian batsman failed to make runs. Shardul Thakur reached fifty with his 3rd six, pulling Chris Woakes to the mid-wicket stand. Shardul celebrated his second test with a lot of swagger as he waved his bat to the dressing room and players stood up to applaud his brave effort. 50 runs in 31 balls, Shardul Thakur broke Ian Botham's record for the fastest fifty in England. Botham had reached the historic milestone with 32 balls in 1986 at the Oval. Notably, this was also India's second fastest 50 in a test match. Kapil Dev holds the record for the fastest fifty by an Indian batsman. He had hit 30 balls 50 against Pakistan in Karachi in 1982.7 boundaries and 3 sixes! Shardul Thakur went after everyone after the tea break and was hitting them hard. He made England pacers feel unsure of their length, as he drove with ease and go on back foot to punish shorter deliveries. Thakur hit 7 boundaries and 3 sixes while attacking England pacemakers. He made fun of the midfielder because he constantly kept finding the boundaries after clearing the player into the ring. Joe Root cut a frustrated figure as Shardul and Umesh expand the total of the India's first innings.India are bowled out for 191.Chris Woakes finishes with a four-for.#WTC23 | #ENGvIND | https://t.co/zRhnFiKhzZ pic.twitter.com/T8eP4jp8EB— ICC (@ICC) September 2, 2021Also Read- England vs India, 2nd Test: India Win Thriller At Lord's To Take 1-0 Series Lead vs England Also Read- Afghanistan cricket get green signal to play their 1st Test since Taliban's takeover, to face Australia in November

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Ayesha Mukherjee confirms divorce with Shikhar Dhawan after 8 years of marriage

  • Sep 08, 2021
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Indian cricketer Shikhar Dhawan and his wife Ayesha Mukherjee have divorced after 8 years of marriage. Ayesha Mukherjee took to social media to confirm the news and put an end to all the rumors.Shikhar Dhawan married Ayesha Mukherjee, who has two daughters from her first marriage, in October 2012. The couple have a 7-year-old son named Zoravar, who was born in 2014.I THOUGHT DIVORCE WAS A DIRTY WORD UNTIL I BECAME A 2 TIME DIVORCEE. Funny how words can have such powerful meanings and associations. I experienced this first hand as a divorcee. The first time I went through a divorce I was soooooooo fu@kn scared. I felt like I had failed and I was doing something so wrong at that time.I felt as if I had let everyone down and even felt selfish. I felt that I was letting my parents down, I felt that I was letting my children down and even to some extent I felt as if I was letting God down. Divorce was such a dirty word.So now imagine, I have to go through it a second time. Woooahhhhhh. That is terrifying. Being divorced once before already, felt like I had more at stake the second time round. I had more to prove.So when my second marriage broke down it was really scary. All the feelings I felt when I went through it the first time came flooding in. Fear, failure and disappointment x 100. What does this mean for me? How does this define me and my relationship to marriage?"Well, once I went through the necessary actions and emotions of what had happened I was able to sit with myself and see that I was fine, I was actually doing great, even noticed my fear had totally disappeared. The remarkable thing is I actually felt much more empowered. I realised my fear and the meaning I gave to the word divorce was my own doing.So, once I realised this I started to redefine the word and the experience of divorce according to the way I wanted to see it and experience it," Ayesha Mukherjee posted on social media.View this post on InstagramA post shared by Aesha Mukerji (@apwithaesha)Shikhar Dhawan is currently in the UAE, where he will be playing for Delhi Capitals in the second half of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Aisha Mukherjee, who is originally from West Bengal but moved to Australia when she was eight years old. She is trained kickboxer and a sports fanatic based out of Melbourne.Also Read- IPL 2021 May Resume In 3rd Week Of September In UAEAlso Read- England vs India: Jasprit Bumrah, Shardul Thakur, Ravindra Jadeja script historic win for India over England

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T20 World Cup: Shikhar Dhawan, Yuzvendra Chahal among big names missing from India's 15-man squad

  • Sep 09, 2021
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There were many surprises come when the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) announced the Indian team for the T20 World Cup, which kicks off on October 17 in Oman and the UAE. The biggest of them all was the addition of MS Dhoni to Ravi Shastri-led support staff as mentor of the team. MS Dhoni, who led India to victory in the inaugural T20 World Cup in 2007, will take on the role of support staff role for the first time at the international level. India T20 World Cup Squad Big misses Shikhar Dhawan Yuzvendra Chahal Surprise inclusions R Ashwin Axar Patel India's 15-man squad: Virat Kohli (Capt), Rohit Sharma (vc), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami. Standby players: Shreyas Iyer, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar.Also Read- ICC T20 World Cup 2021 complete schedule: India to face Pakistan on October 24No place for Chahal and Dhawan Yuzvendra Chahal, who was India's No. 1 spinner in the limited-overs format from last couple of years, was left out along with his wrist-spin partner Kuldeep Yadav. India also ruled out opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan, who led the team India in Sri Lanka in July in the absence of Test regulars. Washington Sundar, who will miss out on the remainder of IPL 2021, was not picked even as he is recovering from an injury setback. R Ashwin is back after a 4-year hiatus India did not pick Chahal but went with two left-arm spinners in Ravindra Jadeja and Axar Patel. The most important story to announce by the Indian team for the T20 World Cup was R Ashwin. The off-spinner returned to the limited-overs set-up for the first time since 2017.The former selection committee, headed by MSK Prasad and team management had looked towards grooming two wrist spinner Chahal and Kuldeep after a after a dismisal shown from Indias finger-spinners Ashwin and Jadeja at the Champions Trophy in 2017 when India lost to Pakistan in the final. R Ashwin last played for India in T20I format in July 2017, where he appeared against the West Indies in the West Indies. Ashwin has 52 wickets in 46 matches with an impressive economy rate of less than 7. Ashwin has been a consistent performer for Delhi Capitals in the IPL. The off-spinner has been grooming his ability to bowl inside the powerplay as well in the crunch middle overs. Shreyas Iyer, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar named in stand-by group Shreyas Iyer, who recently recovered from a shoulder injury after surgery, has not found a place in the top 15 but he is part of the 3 stand-by group. Deepak Chahar, who has been a constant member of the limited-overs squad, is also part of the stand-by group. Meanwhile, Shardul Thakur, who played a crucial all-round role in India's victory over England in the Oval Test, is also part of the stand-by group. Krunal Pandya misses out Krunal Pandya, who was a regular player for the Mumbai Indians in the Indian Premier League, had traveled to Sri Lanka in July for the Limited Series, but India have gone with Axar Patel as the team's second left-arm spinner in the squad. Axar last played T20I for India in March against England in Ahmedabad after making his record debut in the Test earlier this year.Also Read- Ayesha Mukherjee confirms divorce with Shikhar Dhawan after 8 years of marriage

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IPL 2021: RCB to wear blue jersey against KKR on September 20 to honour frontline workers

  • Sep 14, 2021
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Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) will resume their Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 campaign on September 20 by wearing a blue jersey against the Kolkata Knights Riders in Abu Dhabi.RCB had announced in May that they would be sporting blue jerseys to honour the frontline workers fighting against the Covid-19 pandemic in India. However, before their next fixture, the IPL was suspended due to positive Covid-19 cases in the bio-bubbles of franchises in Delhi and Ahmedabad.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) shifted IPL out of India and said that the remaining season will take place in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) from September 19 to October 15."RCB to wear Blue Jersey v KKR on 20th. We at RCB are honoured to sport the Blue kit, which resembles the colour of the PPE kits of the frontline warriors, to pay tribute to their invaluable service while leading the fight against the Covid pandemic," RCB said in a statement.RCB to wear Blue Jersey v KKR on 20thWe at RCB are honoured to sport the Blue kit, that resembles the colour of the PPE kits of the frontline warriors, to pay tribute to their invaluable service while leading the fight against the Covid pandemic.#PlayBold #1Team1Fight pic.twitter.com/r0NPBdybAS— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) September 14, 2021Instead of the flagship "Go Green" campaign jersey, RCB will wear a blue this year. The blue jerseys will also have important health messages engraved on it.Virat Kohli and Mohamed Siraj arrived in the UAE on a chartered flight from Manchester were India played a test series against England. The fifth and last test of the aforementioned series has been canceled after the Covid-19 scare in the Indian camp.The likes of AB de Villiers and Glenn Maxwell also arrived in the UAE earlier this month to prepare for the rest of the season.Mike Hesson, who has doubled as coach after Simon Katich's withdrawal, has been overseeing the training with the available RCB players in the UAE.RCB will be looking to reach the play-offs for the second successive IPL season. Virat Kohli's men are currently in third place with 5 wins from 7 matches, tied on 10 points with the Chennai Super Kings, who are in second place. Delhi Capitals leads the points table with 12 points from 8 games.Also Read- T20 World Cup: Shikhar Dhawan, Yuzvendra Chahal among big names missing from India's 15-man squad

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IPL 2022: Auction for new teams to take place on October 17

  • Sep 15, 2021
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The two new IPL teams will be auctioned on October 17. The league's ninth and tenth teams will be decided just two days after the IPL final in Dubai and the day the T20 World Cup begins.The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) recently announced a tender for owning and operating two new Indian Premier League franchises.“The Governing Council of the IPL invites bids to acquire the right to own and operate 1 (one) of the 2 (two) new teams proposed to be introduced to take part in the Indian Premier League from the IPL 2022 season, through a tender process,” the BCCI said in a statement.Also Read- IPL 2021: RCB to wear blue jersey against KKR on September 20 to honour frontline workersThe deadline for the purchase of tender document is October 5.Among the venues where the teams could be based include Ahmedabad, Lucknow and Pune. The Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad, Ekana Stadium in Lucknow the larger-capacity could be an option for franchises. This effectively indicates that the IPL will be a 10-team tournament starting in the 2022 season.Also Read- T20 World Cup: Shikhar Dhawan, Yuzvendra Chahal among big names missing from India's 15-man squad

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ICC mens T20I rankings: Indian captain Virat Kohli moves to No 4, KL Rahul retains sixth spot

  • Sep 15, 2021
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South Africa wicketkeeper-batsman Quinton de Kock has advanced four places to reach a career-best eighth position in the ICC Men's T20I Player Rankings after some fine performances in the series against Sri Lanka, which his team won 3-0. The left-hander led the series total with 153 runs, including unbeaten 59 off from 46 deliveries in the final in Colombo that his team won by 10 wickets. This is the first time that he has been in the top ten of the T20I rankings, but he is ranked high in his career, third in the ODI and sixth in the Test. India captain Virat Kohli moved to fourth place while KL Rahul has held on to his sixth slot.Also Read- T20 World Cup: Shikhar Dhawan, Yuzvendra Chahal among big names missing from India's 15-man squad Gains for Quinton de Kock Mustafizur Rahman rises up This week's @MRFWorldwide ICC Men's T20I Player Rankings has some big movements Details https://t.co/rxcheDGCjM pic.twitter.com/83AUWRMqwf— ICC (@ICC) September 15, 2021Aiden Markram is another South African player on the rise, move to 11 positions from 12, while Bjorn Fortuin up from 103 places to 43 and Anrich Nortje up 29 places to 71 have made rapid progress in the bowlers list. Sri Lanka's Kusal Perera climbed 10 places to 38th after scoring 69 runs in two innings in the latest weekly update which also includes the last two games of the Bangladesh and New Zealand series. Bangladesh fast bowler Mustafizur Rahman has moved up two places to eighth after finishing with eight wickets in the series while Nasum Ahmed (up 25 places to 15th) and Mehedi Hasan (up four places to 20th) have also made notable progress. However, Shakib Al Hasan has conceded the top spot for all-rounders to Afghanistan's Mohammad Nabi. New Zealand's Tom Latham has advanced 22 places to 44th after his 50 not out in the final match and Finn Allen has moved up 23 places to 66th with 41 in the same match. In the ICC Men's ODI Player Rankings for batsman, Ireland William Porterfield advanced seven places to 66th, Craig Ervine of Zimbabwe moved up five places to 72 and Jaskaran Malhotra of the United States, who hit six sixes in an over from Papua New Guinea's Gaudi Toka in an ICC Men's Cricket World Cup Super League 2 match, has rocketed 169 places to 132nd. In the bowlers' list, the Ireland pair of Andy McBrine (up seven places to 27th) and Simi Singh (up 11 places to 38th), Nepal leg-spinner Sandeep Lamichhane (up 19 places to 91st) and Charles Amini of Papua New Guinea (up 11 places to 96th) are among those to advance.Also Read- IPL 2021: RCB to wear blue jersey against KKR on September 20 to honour frontline workers

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Virat Kohli to step down as India T20 captain after World Cup

  • Sep 16, 2021
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Virat Kohli confirmed on Thursday that he will step down as captain of India's T20I team after the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates in October-November. The bat star said that he will continue to lead India in Tests and ODI cricket."I've decided to step down as the T20 captain after this T20 World Cup in Dubai in October," Kohli said in a statement that he shared on his social media handles. pic.twitter.com/Ds7okjhj9J— Virat Kohli (@imVkohli) September 16, 2021Virat Kohli has led India in 45 T20I internationals since taking over from MS Dhoni in 2017. He has a winning percentage of 64.44 with 29 victories and 14 defeats.Also Read- ICC mens T20I rankings: Indian captain Virat Kohli moves to No 4, KL Rahul retains sixth spotFor some time, there has been speculation about Kohli's future as white-ball captain especially in the backdrop of Rohit Sharma's brilliant track record of winning five IPL titles for Mumbai Indians.Discussed decision with Ravi Shastri, Rohit Sharma: Virat Kohli"Understanding workload is a very important thing and considering my immense workload over the last 8-9 years playing all three formats and captaining regularly for last five to six years, I feel I need to give myself space to be fully ready to lead Indian team in Test and ODI cricket," Kohli said in a statement on his Twitter page."I have given my everything to the Team during my time as T20 captain and I will continue to do so for the T20 captain and will continue to do so for the T20 team as a batsman moving forward," he further added.The decision, Kohli said, was taken after consulting head coach Ravi Shastri, his heir apparent Rohit, BCCI president Sourav Ganguly and secretary Jay Shah."Of course, arriving at this decision took a lot of time. After a lot of contemplation and discussions with my close people, Ravi bhai and also Rohit, who have been an essential part of the leadership group...," Kohli stated."I have also spoken to the secretary Mr Jay Shah and president of BCCI Mr Sourav Ganguly along with the selectors about the same. I will continue to serve Indian cricket and Indian cricket team to the best of my ability," Kohli said.The T20 World Cup begins on October 17.Also Read- T20 World Cup: Shikhar Dhawan, Yuzvendra Chahal among big names missing from India's 15-man squad

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Make KL Rahul vice-captain, groom him as future leader, says Sunil Gavaskar

  • Sep 17, 2021
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Legendary Indian batsman Sunil Gavaskar has asked the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) to groom KL Rahul to be India's next captain.Gavaskar wants to appoint KL Rahul as T20 vice-captain for India, with Rohit Sharma appointed as captain after Virat Kohli decided to leave the captaincy after the T20 World Cup.“It's a good thing that the BCCI is looking ahead. It's important to think ahead,” said Sunil Gavaskar“If India are looking to groom a new captain, then KL Rahul can be looked at. He has performed well. Even now in England, his batting was very good. He has been performing well in IPL and 50-overs cricket as well at the international stage. He can be made vice-captain,” said Gavaskar.Gavaskar praised Karnataka's batsman for his quality of leadership shown in the IPL. Rahul is the captain of Punjab Kings in the IPL.Also Read- Virat Kohli to step down as India T20 captain after World Cup“He has shown very impressive leadership qualities in the IPL. He hasn’t let the burden of captaincy affect his batting. His name can be taken into consideration,” said Gavaskar.The 34-year-old Rohit is Kohli's deputy in the white ball formats and is likely to take the lead role when India meets New Zealand in a home series in November that will feature three T20 Internationals along with two Test matches.Current head coach Ravi Shastri and the tenure of the support staff are coming to an end with the T20 World Cup and as things stand, there are indications that they won't seek an extension.“There is a CAC that will make the decision. If you want to think about the new coach, then you can’t keep talking to the captain. Yes, there needs to be an understanding between the captain and the coach. But you can’t ask a student who his principal or professor can be,” said Gavaskar.Also Read- ICC mens T20I rankings: Indian captain Virat Kohli moves to No 4, KL Rahul retains sixth spot

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Virat Kohli to quit RCB captaincy after the end of IPL 2021 season

  • Sep 20, 2021
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When one talks about the Indian Premier League (IPL 2021) franchise Royal Challengers Bangalore, the first name that comes to mind is Virat Kohli. The legendary batsman has been associated with the franchise since the inception of the league's in 2008 and has become a formidable figure in its history. Kohli has been the face and captain of RCB since he took over as captain in the middle of the 2012 season. He has been an ambassador for the franchise in T20 cricket. But despite his impressive performances on the field with the bat, Kohli has not managed to lift the IPL trophy ever, either as a player or captain.He came within touching distance in 2016, when he re-wrote the record books by scoring 973 runs in the tournament as he single-handedly took his team to the final. But it was not to be as his team lost to SunRisers Hyderabad.The 2021 season will be Kohli's last chance to win the coveted league as the RCB captain.Virat Kohli on Sunday made it clear that he will continue playing for the Royal Challengers Bangalore but won't be captaining the team beyond the ongoing Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 season.Also Read- Virat Kohli to step down as India T20 captain after World CupKohli dropped his second bombshell this week as he confirmed the news in a video posted by RCB on social media. The 32-year-old also gave up the captaincy of India's T20 team to manage his immense workload, saying he would not continue in the role after this year's World Cup in the UAE.Virat Kohli to step down from RCB captaincy after #IPL2021“This will be my last IPL as captain of RCB. I’ll continue to be an RCB player till I play my last IPL game. I thank all the RCB fans for believing in me and supporting me.”: Virat Kohli#PlayBold #WeAreChallengers pic.twitter.com/QSIdCT8QQM— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) September 19, 2021Here's what Kohli said in an emotional video, which was shared on social media by RCB:“This will be my last IPL as captain of RCB. I’ll continue to be an RCB player till I play my last IPL game. I thank all the RCB fans for believing in me and supporting me,” the RCB skipper said in a statement."It wasn't an easy decision but one that has been well thought of and in the best interest of this wonderful franchise."The RCB family remains close to my heart as we continue to strive to achieve excellence. As I have mentioned previously in many occasions, I will only play for RCB until my retirement from the game of cricket.Kohli, who took over as RCB skipper full time from Daniel Vettori in 2013, has yet to lead the side to an IPL title."I spoke to the management this evening. This was something that was on my mind... I needed the space to refresh, regroup and be absolutely clear in how to move forward," Kohli said.RCB currently ranks third in the IPL 2021 points table with 5 wins from 7 matches. They will resume their campaign against the Kolkata Knight Riders in Dubai on September 19.Also Read- Make KL Rahul vice-captain, groom him as future leader, says Sunil Gavaskar

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IPL 2021, PBKS vs RR: Battle for survival between Punjab Kings and Rajasthan Royals

  • Sep 21, 2021
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On paper, Punjab Kings and the Rajasthan Royals have more than a few things in common in the second leg of the Indian Premier League (IPL). Both affected by the withdrawal of players and locked at six points each, the two teams will look to revive their falling campaign during their clash at Dubai International Stadium on Tuesday.Wicketkeeper captains KL Rahul and Sanju Samson comfortably sit among the top six scorers of the tournament, but their individual efforts have left no impact on their team's performances so far.With the odds stacked against them in their 14th attempt to lift the elusive trophy, Punjab Kings will hope for their coach Anil Kumble and the leadership group to get their campaign back on track.Also Read- Virat Kohli to quit RCB captaincy after the end of IPL 2021 seasonDuring his playing career, Kumble had back India from the clutches of defeat on numerous occasions. With the former India captain name doing the rounds for a second stint as head coach of the national team once Ravi Shastri completes his tenure after the T20 World Cup, the legendary leg-spinner will look to prove his mettle as a franchise coach.Before his fallout with Virat Kohli, Kumble had coached India to the 2017 ICC Champions Trophy final. However, his brief tenure as coach of the Punjab Kings has yet to produce the desired results. The Mohali-based franchise finished sixth in 2020 and is currently at the same spot midway into the IPL 2021 season.Tuesday's competition will be more about what kinds of starts can be made by the top order players on both sides. As for the Kings, Rahul and Mayank are expected to open with Chris Gale providing just the right momentum to their innings at No.3.Prabhsimran Singh is another exciting prospect at the top of the order in case he gets into the XI. The middle order will be manned by Mandeep Singh, M Shahrukh Khan and a toss-up between new recruit Aiden Markram and West Indian Nicholas Pooran, eager to get over a nightmarish first phase, where he got four ducks.Leg-spin remains Punjab's forte and the addition of experienced campaigner Adil Rashid, alongside the India pair of Ravi Bishnoi and Murugan Ashwin, could come in handy in UAE conditions. The withdrawals of Riley Meredith and Jhye Richardson means Mohammed Shami is set to be partnered by either Chris Jordan or Nathan Ellis. Left-armer Arshdeep Singh's improved death bowling will also strengthen his case.Similarly for the Rajasthan, a lot will depend on the start provided by power-hitters Liam Livingston and Evin Lewis. Coming to the IPL after some sensational performances in "The Hundred" for Birmingham Phoenix, Livingston will be excited to stretch his run, while at the same time his skills will be tested against a high-quality leg-spin.Weakened by the withdrawal of Ben Stokes, Joss Butler and Jofra Archer, Rajasthan hope that their Indian Players like Rahul Tewatia, Riyan Parag, Jaydev Unadkat and Chetan Sakariya to turn the tide.Also Read- Pakistan vs New Zealand: Entire tour called off due to security concerns minutes before 1st ODI

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IPL 2021, DC vs SRH Preview: Delhi Capitals Eye Top Spot, SunRisers Hyderabad Fight For Survival

  • Sep 22, 2021
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Delhi Capitals have been the team to beat in IPL 2021, with Rishabh Pant doing a great job leading the franchise in the absence of Shreyas Iyer. But that was all before Covid outbreak in the IPL bio-bubble that led to the tournament being postponed. Iyer is back, but Pant will continue to lead the team, at least until the end of the current season. Delhi hopes to pick up where it left off in India, and their first test comes in the form of bottom-placed SunRisers Hyderabad on Wednesday.While DC was the form team in the first leg in India, SRH endured a nightmare. The team had just one win under their belt from seven games.SRH's dreadful showing cost David Warner his captaincy and he was replaced by Kane Williamson before the tournament was halted. The Covid-enforced break, however, came at the right time for SRH. The team has now had time to regroup and hopes that a change of scenery will lead to a change of fortunes.Also Read- DC vs SRH Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Playing XI UpdatesBefore the UAE resumed, SRH was hit hard when England star Jonny Bairstow withdrew from the tournament.Jonny Bairstow is the top-scorer for SRH this season with 248 runs in seven matches, boasting a strike-rate of 141.71. SRH have added West Indies batsman Sherfane Rutherford to their squad following Bairstow's withdrawal.Rashid Khan will once again hold the key for SRH when it comes to bowling but others will need to provide him support. Bhuvneshwar Kumar seems to be getting back to his best and that will be good news for the Hyderabad franchise.Delhi are currently level on 12 points with league leaders Chennai Super Kings but have an inferior run-rate to MS Dhoni's team. A win against SRH will put Delhi on top at least till CSK play next.Also Read- Virat Kohli to quit RCB captaincy after the end of IPL 2021 season

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MI vs KKR Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Playing 11 and Much More

  • Sep 23, 2021
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The five-time champion Mumbai Indians did not start well in the second leg of IPL 2021, as they lost to Chennai Super Kings by 20 runs. They did a good job of pick up the wicket early on, but later in death overs, they conceded plenty of runs, which brought about their downfall. Rohit Sharma, who missed the last match due to a niggle, is likely to be back for this match.On the other hand, the Kolkata Knight Riders were stunning against RCB in their previous match, as they bowled Virat Kohli’s team out for just 92 runs. The Knights then chased the target with 10 overs still left in the game. This was one of the biggest victories in IPL in terms of balls remaining. Youngsters are doing great work for KKR at the moment.Match Details:Mumbai Indians vs Kolkata Knight Riders, Match 34Venue:Sheikh Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu DhabiDate & Time: September 23rd at 7:30 PM IST, and at 6:00 PM local timeLive Streaming:Star Sports Network and Disney+HotstarPitch Report:The wicket is conducive for the bowlers, and we witnessed some terrific bowling performances from KKR bowlers against RCB on Monday. Having said that, the batters need to spend time at the crease to put a decent total on the board.Also Read- IPL 2021, MI vs KKR: It's Rohit Sharma vs Varun Chakravarthy as Mumbai Indians eye winProbable Playing XIs for MI vs KKR: Mumbai IndiansQuinton de Kock (wk), Rohit Sharma (c), Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Hardik Pandya / Saurabh Tiwary, Adam Milne, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult, Jasprit BumrahKolkata Knight RidersShubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh KrishnaTop Picks for MI vs KKR Dream11 Match: Top Picks ­– BatsmanSuryakumar Yadav got out cheaply for a single-digit score in the last match against Chennai Super Kings. That being said, he is a match-winner who has got the necessary backing of the Mumbai team management to play freely. He has scored 176 runs so far in this IPL at an average of 22.Shubman Gill played a sensible knock in the last match against RCB. The 22-year-old talented batter from Punjab scored 48 runs from 34 deliveries in the run chase. Overall, in this year’s IPL, he has amassed 180 runs in 8 matches at an average of 22.5.Top Picks ­– All-RoundersKrunal Pandya can be a good budget pick. He might be struggling to make a big impression in this IPL. However, he is a resilient all-rounder and will be hopeful of delivering well in this match.Andre Russell was brutal with the ball against RCB. His unplayable yorker to dismiss AB de Villiers was one of the main highlights of the match. He ended with the figures of 3/9.Top Picks ­– BowlersTrent Boult is a wicket-taking bowler who swings the ball both ways and is very effective in the powerplay. The New Zealand left-arm quick has scalped 10 wickets in this year’s IPL, with the best figures of 3/28.Varun Chakravarthy likes to attack the stumps every time he runs in, and he did the same against RCB. Bangalore batters struggled to read his variations and fell to his trap. He was the player of the match for his figures of 3/13.Top Picks ­– WicketkeepersQuinton de Kock was cruising well in the match against Chennai Super Kings, but was dismissed when he was batting on 17 runs. He has mustered 172 runs in 7 matches so far in this year’s IPL, with the highest score of 70*.Suggested Playing XI No.1 for MI vs KKR Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav (c), Nitish Rana, Shubman Gill, Andre Russell (vc), Venkatesh Iyer, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah, Prasidh Krishna, Varun ChakravarthySuggested Playing XI No.2 for MI vs KKR Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Quinton de Kock (c), Ishan Kishan, Shubman Gill (vc), Suryakumar Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Krunal Pandya, Jasprit Bumrah, Lockie Ferguson, Varun ChakravarthyMI vs KKR Risky Captaincy Choices:Playing in his debut IPL game, Venkatesh Iyer played some breath-taking shots against RCB and fearlessly attacked the top-quality bowlers. He remained not out on 41* runs from 27 deliveries. He is a risky captaincy pick for your fantasy teams.It will be interesting to see how he adjusts to his role of a number three, but Nitish Rana played quite a few extraordinary knocks in the first phase of IPL 2021, where he batted as an opener. In fact, he scored a half-century against Mumbai Indians.Player you should avoid:Dinesh Karthik bats way down the order for KKR, which is why it’s hard to pick him in the final eleven.Also Read- Virat Kohli to quit RCB captaincy after the end of IPL 2021 season

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IPL 2021, MI vs KKR: It's Rohit Sharma vs Varun Chakravarthy as Mumbai Indians eye win

  • Sep 23, 2021
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Bolstered by the return of Captain Rohit Sharma, the Mumbai Indians (MI), still agonizing from their defeat against the Chennai Super Kings will look to return against the Varun Chakravarthy (KKR) inspired Kolkata Knight Riders (KKR) at Sheikh Zayed Abu Dhabi Stadium on Thursday night.The Tamil Nadu tweaker won handsome praise from India and RCB skipper Virat Kohli, who said he’s going to be “a key factor when he plays for India” after taking 3/13 in four overs. The 30-year-old’s magical spell included as many as 15 dot balls and Glenn Maxwell was one of his three scalps.When the teams met in Chennai during the first stage of the IPL, Rohit hit 43 off 32 balls and Chakravarthy took 1-27 in four overs, as MI won by 10 runs. Their 10-wicket victory over RCB allowed KKR to climb a little further to sixth spot on the table with six points from eight games.In order to keep their playoff hopes alive, they need to keep winning from here.Also Read- Virat Kohli to quit RCB captaincy after the end of IPL 2021 seasonMissing the services of their talismanic captain and India allrounder Hardik Pandya, MI went down by 20 runs to CSK on Sunday night. Both the players were rested as a precautionary measure, allowing them to recover from their niggles.While there’s still doubt over Pandya’s availability, head coach Mahela Jayawardene had said that Rohit should be returning for the KKR match.In a pre-match presser on Wednesday, MI’s left-arm pacer Trent Boult said: “They (Rohit and Hardik) are both recovering very well. In terms of their selection for the next game, I’m not too sure what’s going on there. But day by day, they are improving. It was probably more of precaution that they had that extra bit of rest the other night against Chennai. But they are obviously two vital players in the XI for Mumbai. And we’re desperate to get them back. So, fingers crossed that they’ll be pretty good to go over the next couple of games.”Lying at the fourth spot with eight games in eight matches, MI desperately need their key players for the business end of the tournament.View this post on InstagramA post shared by Mumbai Indians (@mumbaiindians)He (Rohit) was sorely missed. He is right up there in terms of experience and runs achieved in this format. So, it was a big hole but it was a good decision to make sure (that) he’s 100% with the amount of cricket coming up. If he comes to the eleven, it will be brilliant, but we want to make sure he is 100% fit,” said Boult.Whether Pandya plays on Thursday or not, he will also be seen by the Indian selectors, who chose him ahead of players like Shardul Thakur and Deepak Chahar for the T20 World Cup, which follows directly from the IPL in the United Arab Emirates.“If Hardik is fully fit, he can contribute with both bat and ball. He’s a very good player for any side. He’s working hard to get himself fit and we’re desperate to have him back,” said Boult.They would blame themselves for allowing CSK to get out of jail in the last game. Having reduced them to 24 for four in six overs, MI’s stand-in captain Kieron Pollard perhaps allowed their opponents to get off the hook when he chose to take off pacers Jasprit Bumrah and Boult and bring on his spinners.Also Read- Former Mr India contest winner Manoj Patil attempts suicide, blames actor Sahil Khan for harrassment

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RCB vs CSK Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Playing 11 and Much More

  • Sep 24, 2021
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Royal Challengers Bangalore and Chennai Super Kings, will face off each other in match 35 of IPL 2021 on Friday. Royal Challengers had a bad last game against KKR, where they were bundled out for just 92 runs. They need to get over from the defeat and will be playing at a completely different venue compared to their last game. They are still placed at the 3rd spot in the standings with 10 points. On the other hand, Chennai Super Kings ruling this year's IPL. Despite losing 4 wickets in the power play for just 24 runs against Mumbai Indians, they did really well in the latter part of the innings to score 156 runs at the end of 20 overs. Sam Curran who missed the previous game due to quarantine is available for selection. With 6 wins and 2 losses, they placed themselves at 2nd spot in the standings with 12 points.Match Details: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Chennai Super Kings, Match 35Venue:Sharjah Cricket Stadium, SharjahDate &Time:September 24th at 7:30 PM IST, and at 6:00 PM local timeLive Streaming: Star Sports Network and Disney+HotstarPitch Report:It’s one of the best batting wickets in the World. The boundaries are way too short on either side of the ground. Even the score of 200 plus is hard to defend here. Bowling first is a good option.Also Read- Virat Kohli to quit RCB captaincy after the end of IPL 2021 seasonProbable Playing XIs RCB vs CSK:Royal Challengers BangaloreVirat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers (wk), Sachin Baby, Wanindu Hasaranga, Kyle Jamieson, Harshal Patel, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra ChahalChennai Super KingsRuturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran / Josh Hazlewood, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak ChaharRCB vs CSK Top Picks for RCB vs CSK Dream11 Match:Top Picks ­– BattersIt’s a well-made surface for Glenn Maxwell. He can fancy his chances of scoring big runs here at Sharjah Cricket Stadium. So far in this IPL, he has accumulated 233 runs in 7 innings at an average of 33.28 with the highest score of 78. Ruturaj Gaikwad played a rescue act in the last game against Mumbai Indians. He showed a great amount of character and remained not out in the end on 88* runs from 58 balls.Top Picks ­– All-RoundersRavindra Jadeja has a fond memory against RCB. He smashed 62* runs from 28 balls in their previous meeting in the 1st leg and even picked up 3 wickets at an economy of 3.25. Moeen Ali got out for a no score in the last match against Mumbai Indians. England all-rounder has notched 206 runs in 7 matches in this year’s IPL at an average of 29.42 and even picked up 5 wickets at an economy of 6.Top Picks ­– Bowlers Harshal Patel is the purple cap holder in this ongoing IPL. In 8 matches so far, he has picked up 17 wickets at an economy of 9 with the best figures of 5 for 27 and has 47 runs to his name with the bat as well. Deepak Chahar has picked the most wickets for Chennai Super Kings in this year’s IPL. In 8 matches he has grabbed 10 wickets at an economy of 7.57 with the best figures of 4 for 13.Top Picks ­– WicketkeepersAB de Villiers will be desperately hungry for the runs. He got out for a first-ball duck in the last match against Kolkata Knight Riders. However, one innings can’t define him. He is still an excellent pick for your fantasy teams.Suggested Playing XI No.1 for RCB vs CSK Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:AB de Villiers, Glenn Maxwell (c), Faf du Plessis (vc), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devdutt Padikkal, Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen Ali, Wanindu Hasaranga, Deepak Chahar, Harshal Patel, Kyle JamiesonSuggested Playing XI No.2 for RCB vs CSK Dream11 Fantasy Cricket: AB de Villiers (c), Virat Kohli, Ambati Rayudu, Glenn Maxwell, Ruturaj Gaikwad, Devdutt Padikkal, Moeen Ali (vc), Sam Curran, Deepak Chahar, Harshal Patel, Mohammad SirajRCB vs CSK Must Picks for Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Player Statistics Dream11 Points Glenn Maxwell 233 runs 350 AB de Villiers 207 runs 391 Ruturaj Gaikwad 284 runs 430 Moeen Ali 206 runs and 5 wickets 483 Devdutt Padikkal 217 runs 336 RCB vs CSK Risky Captaincy Choices:Virat Kohli has scored over 200 runs in this year’s IPL at an average of 29. You can take a risk and pick him as your fantasy team skipper. Sam Curran is back, and his inclusion will further add more balance to the CSK unit. You can take a risk and pick him as your fantasy team skipper.Player you should avoid:Suresh Raina is losing his charm as the year goes by, he averages 21.16 with the bat in this year’s IPL. It’s better to avoid him while making your fantasy teams.Also Read- Pakistan vs New Zealand: Entire tour called off due to security concerns minutes before 1st ODI

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Virat Kohli becomes first Indian batsman to score 10,000 runs in T20 format

  • Sep 27, 2021
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Virat Kohli is back to breaking batting records at will. In a jaw-dropping stat that is a reflection of his greatness, RCB captain Kohli became the first Indian batsman to score 10,000 runs in T20 cricket.Virat Kohli reached the historic milestone while opening the batting for RCB against Mumbai Indians in Match 39 of IPL 2021 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Sunday. Kohli achieved the landmark in the over against Jasprit Bumrah where the skipper was taking his India teammate to the cleaners.Kohli hit Jasprit Bumrah for a four and followed with a excellent pull shot that flew over the boundary ropes.Kohli, who has represented India (T20Is), Delhi (domestic cricket) and RCB (IPL), needed 66 runs to get to the T20 milestone before the crucial encounter against CSK. Kohli has arguably been the most successful batsman in the Indian Premier League. Despite not being able to land a title with Royal Challengers Bangalore, the skipper of the popular franchise owns quite a few batting records in the T20 league.6 Pulled away for a maximum and Virat Kohli reaches 10000 runs in T20s. Mr. Milestone. #PlayBold #WeAreChallengers #RCB #IPL2021 #RCBvMI— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) September 26, 2021Kohli's former RCB teammate Chris Gayle tops the list of highest run-getters inT20 cricketers. 'Universe Boss' has amassed 14,261 runs in 446 matches at a strike rate of 36.94 with 22 centuries and 87 fifties.Gayle's national team captain Kieron Pollard is second on the list, having scored 11,159 runs in 561 matches with one century and 56 half centuries to his name. Former Pakistan captain Shoaib Malik, with 10,088 runs and 66 fifties in 436 matches, ranks third in the list. David Warner rounds off the top 4 with 10,017 runs in 304 matches.Also Read- Virat Kohli to quit RCB captaincy after the end of IPL 2021 season

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IPL 2021: Match 40, SRH vs RR Match Prediction: Who will win today IPL match?

  • Sep 27, 2021
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Sunrisers Hyderabad will face the Rajasthan Royals in the 40th match of the IPL 2021 on Monday, September 27 at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. The Sunrisers, led by Kane Williamson, are in dire straits as they are languishing right at the bottom of the table. In their previous game, they lost to Punjab Kings by five runs after failing to chase 126 runs. Jason Holder shot five sixes to keep the Orange Army in the game, but his efforts went in vain. Going into the next game, it won’t be a surprise if they make quite a few changes in their playing eleven. The Royals, on the other hand, are placed at seventh in the IPL table. The 33-run loss at the hands of Delhi Capitals would have dented their confidence to some extent. But their skipper, Sanju Samson, looked in great touch. RR don’t have much room for complacency and need to string a few victories.Match DetailsMatch:Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Rajasthan Royals – 40th matchVenue:Dubai International Cricket Stadium, DubaiTime:7:30 PM IST, 02:00 PM GMTWhere to watch live:Star Sports Network, HotstarPitch ReportThe pitch in Dubai has been fairly good for batting. However, the bowlers, especially the fast bowlers, have extracted a lot from the surface. Chasing has usually been tough on the strip. Batting first should be the way forward.Avg first innings score: 159 (3 matches in the IPL 2021 at Dubai)Record of chasing teams: Won – 1, Lost – 2, Tied – 0Probable Playing XIs:Sunrisers HyderabadDavid Warner/Jason Roy, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Manish Pandey, Kane Williamson (c), Kedar Jadhav/Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad/Abhishek Sharma, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Khaleel Ahmed, Sandeep Sharma Bench: Mohammad Nabi, Abhishek Sharma/Abdul Samad, Priyam Garg/Kedar Jadhav, Basil Thampi, Shreevats Goswami, Siddarth Kaul, Mujeeb Ur Rahman, Shahbaz Nadeem, T Natarajan, Jason Roy/David Warner, Jagadeesha Suchith, Virat Singh, Vijay ShankarRajasthan RoyalsEvin Lewis/David Miller, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c & wk), Liam Livingstone, Mahipal Lomror, Riyan Parag, Rahul Tewatia, Chris Morris /Tabraiz Shamsi, Chetan Sakariya, Kartik Tyagi, Mustafizur RahmanBench: Akash Singh, KC Cariappa, Shreyas Gopal, Mayank Markande, Glenn Phillips, Oshane Thomas, Kuldip Yadav, Manan Vohra, David Miller/Evin Lewis, Shivam Dube, Tabraiz Shamsi/Chris MorrisHead-to-HeadStats Matches SRH Won RR Won  Tied Overall 14 7 7 0 At Dubai International Cricket Stadium 2 1 1 0 In the last 5 matches 5 2 3 0 IPL 2021 1 0 1 0 Probable best batter of the matchSanju Samson— Rajasthan Royals Sanju Samson has been the standout batter for the Royals in the ongoing edition of the T20 league. He is currently the leading run-scorer of his team, having amassed 351 runs from nine games at an average of 50.14 and a strike rate of 141.53. In the previous game, he stayed unbeaten on 70 and the knock should keep his confidence high, though his knock went in vain. Probable best bowler of the matchMustafizur Rahman – Rajasthan RoyalsMustafizur Rahman has been outstanding for the Royals with the ball in hand. The Bangladesh left-arm speedster has picked up 10 wickets in the ongoing edition of the IPL. Moreover, he has bowled at an economy rate of 7.88 and it shows that he has been able to tie down the batters in the death overs. The southpaw can’t afford to let his guard down by any means. Also Read- Virat Kohli becomes first Indian batsman to score 10,000 runs in T20 format

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England All Rounder Moeen Ali Retires From Test Cricket

  • Sep 27, 2021
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England all-rounder Moeen Ali announced his retirement from test cricket on Monday. The 34-year-old has played 64 test matches, taking 195 wickets including 5 wicket hauls. He also has five Test centuries to his name, scoring a total of 2914 runs in the longest format. "I just felt like I was done, especially during the India series," said Moeen on the England and Wales Cricket Board's (ECB) website, referring to the recent five-match Test series that was played between India and England. The fifth match was called off and Moeen said that while he wanted to reach a few milestones, he was content with calling time on his career. "I was hoping to play the last one, there were a couple of milestones I wanted to try and get in this series. But once that game was called off I was happy and done. It's been a good journey," he further said.Moeen said that he wants to prolong his career and that the intensity of Test cricket does take a mental and emotional toll. "I'm 34 now and I want to play for as long as I can and I just want to enjoy my cricket. Test cricket is amazing, when you’re having a good day it’s better than any other format by far, it’s more rewarding and you feel like you’ve really earnt it," he said. "I will miss just walking out there with the lads, playing against best in the world with that feeling of nerves but also from a bowling point of view, knowing with my best ball I could get anyone out. I've enjoyed Test Cricket but that intensity can be too much sometimes and I feel like I’ve done enough of it and I’m happy and content with how I’ve done," he further said. Moeen made his Test debut in a match against Sri Lanka at Lord's on June 12, 2014. His first Test wicket was that of Sri Lanka great Kumar Sangakkara, who was batting on 147 at the time. 64 Test matches195 wickets2914 runsCountless memories #ThankYouMo — England Cricket (@englandcricket) September 27, 2021'Hope I made it easier for someone to take up cricket' He said he hopes that his Test career will inspire and open the door for other British Muslims to play for England. He said he was inspired in a similar way by former South Africa batsman Hashim Amla. "It always takes somebody to inspire you or takes somebody to think if he can do it I can and I hope there are a few people out there who are thinking that. I know he wasn't English but someone like Hashim Amla, when I first saw him, I thought if he can do it I can do it, it does take that little spark," said Moeen. "I'd love one day in 8-10 years' time (someone) to say Moeen made it easier for me. There have been guys before me who made it easier, so you hope to open the door for someone else." Moeen took 27 wickets at the Home of Cricket, including 10 v South Africa in 2017. pic.twitter.com/Re7WkxF4NC— Lord's Cricket Ground (@HomeOfCricket) September 27, 2021Also Read- Virat Kohli to quit RCB captaincy after the end of IPL 2021 season

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KKR vs DC Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Playing 11 Updates

  • Sep 28, 2021
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In the first match of the double header on Tuesday, Kolkata Knight Riders will face Delhi Capitals in Match 41 of the IPL 2021. The game completely slipped away from the hands of Kolkata Knight Riders in the penultimate over of the match against Chennai Super Kings on Sunday. From now the tournament will get more and more difficult for Knight Riders, as they will need to win four more matches to qualify for the next stage. Rahul Tripathi has been sensational with the bat in this IPL and he will the man to watch out for in this match. Delhi Capitals have almost confirmed their playoff spot, awaiting only official classification. Now, they will be aiming to finish in the top 2 places. They played as a strong unit right from the first leg and rarely have we spotted their mistakes. Shreyas Iyer has made a strong statement after returning from the injury. Delhi occupy the second spot in the standings with 16 points.Match Details:Kolkata Knight Riders vs Delhi Capitals, Match 41Venue:Sharjah Cricket Stadium, SharjahDate & Time: September 28th at 3:30 PM IST, and at 2:00 PM local timeLive Streaming: Star Sports Network and Disney+HotstarPitch Report:There has been a massive change in the behaviour of the surface, as we witnessed a low-scoring encounter in the last match between Punjab Kings and Sunrisers Hyderabad. The oddball is keeping low and spinners are getting some turn as well. Having said all this, it will be interesting which surface will be used for this match.Probable Playing XIs for KKR vs DC: Kolkata Knight RidersShubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Eoin Morgan (c), Nitish Rana, Andre Russell, Dinesh Karthik (wk), Sunil Narine, Lockie Ferguson, Varun Chakravarthy, Prasidh KrishnaDelhi CapitalsPrithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Shimron Hetmyer, Lalit Yadav / Steve Smith, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh KhanTop Picks for KKR vs DC Dream11 Match:Top Picks ­– BattersRahul Tripathi is a much-improved cricketer in recent times, and the Indian selectors will be closely watching his progress. He is the leading run-scorer for Knight Riders in the ongoing IPL with 306 runs in 9 innings, at an average of 38.25. Shreyas Iyer is back to his usual form after recovering from an injury. He returned with scores of 47* and 43 against Sunrisers Hyderabad and Rajasthan Royals respectively.Top Picks ­– All-RoundersSunil Narine did really well in the death overs against Chennai Super Kings. Despite going for runs, he managed to pick up 3 wickets. He is a good pick for your fantasy teams. Axar Patel didn’t get enough opportunities with the bat in this edition of the IPL. However, he is proving his worth with the ball, as he has scalped 9 wickets in 6 matches at an economy of 6.66.Top Picks ­– BowlersVarun Chakravarthy has hardly been expensive. Tamil Nadu’s mystery spinner is the go-to go bowler for skipper Eoin Morgan. He has scalped 11 wickets in 10 matches in this year’s IPL at an economy of 6.9. Anrich Nortje has fierce pace, that is troubling the batters immensely. In 2 matches in this year’s IPL, he has scalped 4 wickets at an economy of 3.75.Top Picks ­– WicketkeepersRishabh Pant is the first choice wicketkeeping option for your fantasy teams. Including 2 half-centuries in this IPL, he has scored 272 runs at an average of 38.85, with the highest score of 58*.Suggested Playing XI No.1 for KKR vs DC Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Rishabh Pant, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer (c), Venkatesh Iyer (vc), Rahul Tripathi, Andre Russell, Axar Patel, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Varun Chakravarthy, Lockie FergusonSuggested Playing XI No.2 for KKR vs DC Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Rishabh Pant, Shubman Gill, Nitish Rana, Venkatesh Iyer, Prithvi Shaw (c), Andre Russell (vc), Sunil Narine, Ravichandran Ashwin, Anrich Nortje, Avesh Khan, Kagiso RabadaKKR vs DC Must Picks for Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Player Statistics Dream11 Points Vankatesh Iyer 112 runs 184 Rahul Tripathi 306 runs 477 Shikhar Dhawan 430 runs 666 Shreyas Iyer 90 runs 119 Rishabh Pant 272 runs 514 KKR vs DC Risky Captaincy Choices:Shubman Gill is yet to score a half-century in this IPL. He has amassed 202 runs in 10 matches so far at an average of 20.2. You can take a risk and pick as your fantasy team skipper. Shikhar Dhawan is still leading the runs-scorers’ chart with 430 runs in 10 matches so far in this IPL. It’s worth a risk and you can pick him as your fantasy team skipper.Player you should avoid:Prasidh Krishna had a day to forget against CSK. Considering there are plenty of options available in the bowlers’ slot. it’s better to avoid him while making your fantasy teams.Also Read- Virat Kohli becomes first Indian batsman to score 10,000 runs in T20 format

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SRH vs CSK Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Dream11 Team, Playing XI

  • Sep 30, 2021
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Bottom-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad will take on table-toppers Chennai Super Kings in the 44th match of the IPL 2021. With some good shots from Jason Roy and a responsible from Captain Kane Williamson, Sunrisers Hyderabad finally broke their losing streak with a convincing 7 wickets over Rajasthan Royals. Since they are already out of the tournament, they will be looking to spoil the party for the other teams. Chennai Super Kings is one of the most complete teams, with real winners in all positions. ‘Sir’ Ravindra Jadeja brutal hitting in the penultimate over of the match against Knight Riders handed the Super Kings their eighth victory in this edition. The mastermind behind the stumps, MS Dhoni has led the team well and is likely to extend its winning streak.Match Details: Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Chennai Super Kings, Match 44Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, SharjahDate &Time:September 30th at 7:30 PM IST, and at 6:00 PM local timeLive Streaming: Star Sports Network and Disney+HotstarPitch Report:We are witnessing a completely contrasting surface here at Sharjah Cricket Stadium to what is was before. The odd-ball is keeping low and the batters are struggling to score runs this year due to the slowness in the wicket.Probable Playing XIs for SRH vs CSK:Sunrisers HyderabadJason Roy, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Sandeep Sharma, Siddarth KaulChennai Super KingsRuturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Sam Curran / Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh HazlewoodTop Picks for SRH vs CSK Dream11 Match:Top Picks ­– BattersIn his debut game for Sunrisers Hyderabad, Jason Roy announced his arrival with a sensational half-century. The Englishman went after the Royals bowlers from the start and scored a 42-ball 60. Ruturaj Gaikwad is having a memorable IPL 2021. He has been pretty consistent in the second leg and has scored 166 runs in 3 matches at an average of 83.Top Picks ­– All-Rounders Jason Holder hasn’t given away runs easily. He might be short of pace, but uses his height quite well, which makes him hard to hit. Moreover, Holder can be very effective with the bat as well. So far in this IPL, he has picked up 6 wickets in 4 matches at an economy of 6.88 and has also scored 61 runs with the bat.Ravindra Jadeja is getting ready for the upcoming T20 World Cup by scoring runs freely in this IPL. He completely turned the game in a single over against Kolkata Knight Riders and won the game for Chennai. He scored 22 runs from 8 balls and even picked up a wicket as well.Top Picks ­– BowlersOne can’t keep Rashid Khan away from the game. He is the go-to-go bowler for skipper Kane Williamson, and he doesn’t disappoint when he gets the ball. Rashid is the leading wicket-taker for Sunrisers in this IPL with 13 scalps in 10 matches. Having been given a chance in the playing XI in the last match, Siddarth Kaul did not let the Sunrisers management down, as he picked up 2 wickets.Top Picks ­– WicketkeepersWriddhiman Saha should be the first-choice wicket-keeping option for your fantasy teams. In 5 matches in this IPL, he has accumulated 75 runs at an average of 15, with the highest score of 31.Suggested Playing XI No.1 for SRH vs CSK Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Wriddhiman Saha, Kane Williamson, Faf du Plessis, Jason Roy (vc), Ruturaj Gaikwad (c), Ravindra Jadeja, Moeen Ali, Jason Holder, Siddarth Kaul, Shardul Thakur, Rashid KhanSuggested Playing XI No.2 for SRH vs CSK Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Wriddhiman Saha, Ambati Rayudu, Kane Williamson (c), Faf du Plessis (vc), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Ravindra Jadeja, Jason Holder, Dwayne Bravo, Josh Hazlewood, Sandeep Sharma, Rashid Khan SRH vs CSK Must Picks for Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Player  Statistics Dream11 Points Jason Roy  60 runs 92 Kane Williamson 198 runs 293 Ruturaj Gaikwad 362 runs 542 Faf du Plessis 394 runs 622 Ravindra Jadeja 7 wickets and 179 runs 624 SRH vs CSK Risky Captaincy Choices:Shardul Thakur was the pick of the bowlers from Chennai Super Kings in the last game against Knight Riders, where he removed well-set Venkatesh Iyer and Andre Russell. Overall, in this tournament, he has scalped 10 wickets at an economy of 9.11. Faf du Plessis is the leading run-scorer for Chennai Super Kings in this IPL. He has scored 394 runs in 10 matches at an average of 49.25. It’s worth a risk to pick him as your fantasy team skipper.Player you should avoid:MS Dhoni averages 10.4 with the bat in this IPL. Considering his current form, it’s better to avoid him while making your fantasy teams.Also Read- Champions League: Messi stars in PSG win over Manchester City, Liverpool see off Porto, Sheriff shock Madrid

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RR vs MI Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Playing XI Updates

  • Oct 05, 2021
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Rajasthan Royals will go one-on-one against Mumbai Indians in the 51st match of the IPL 2021. It’s a must-win match for both teams and as they are aiming for the one remaining one playoff spot. Rajasthan Royals kept their qualifying hopes alive by defeating current table leaders Chennai Super Kings in their previous match by seven wickets with 15 balls remaining in the match. They made plenty of changes to their playing XI and they got the desired result. The tournament is still wide open and Rajasthan need to win their remaining 2 matches to make it to the playoffs.Mumbai Indians, on the other hand, did not perform well as a unit in the second phase of the IPL. Batters failed miserably and as a result managed to win only 1 of the last 5 matches. They are currently placed at the 7th spot in the standings with 10 points. They have been in this situation many times and know how to win matches under pressure.Match Details:Rajasthan Royals vs Mumbai Indians, Match 51Venue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, SharjahDate & Time: October 5th at 7:30 PM IST, and at 6:00 PM local timeLive Streaming: Star Sports Network and Disney+HotstarPitch Report:It’s all depends on what kind of sur face will be provided on the match day. The wicket looks comparatively better to bat on as we witnessed in the previous match between RCB and PBKS. 164 is the highest recorded score in the last 6 matches played here. Anything over 150 is a defendable score on this wicketProbable Playing XIs RR vs MI:Rajasthan RoyalsEvin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Sanju Samson (c&wk), Shivam Dube, Glenn Phillips, David Miller, Rahul Tewatia, Mayank Markande, Chetan Sakariya, Kartik Tyagi/Akash Tyagi, Mustafizur RahmanMumbai IndiansRohit Sharma (c), Quinton de Kock (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, Krunal Pandya, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar/Jayant Yadav, Trent Boult, Jasprit BumrahRR vs MI Top Picks for RR vs MI Dream11 Match:Top Picks ­– BattersYashasvi Jaiswal finally scored the maiden half-century of his IPL career in the last match against Chennai Super Kings. He achieved that feat in just 19 deliveries, with a six-over-long off bringing up his fifty. In 8 matches in this tournament, he has scored 237 runs at an average of 29.62.Suryakumar Yadav showed signs of returning to his usual form in the last game against the Delhi Capitals. He batted freely and scored a handy 33 runs from 26 deliveries. Mumbai Indians will be expecting big runs from him in this match.Top Picks ­– All-RoundersShivam Dube, who spent the early days on the bench in the second leg of the IPL, finally got his chance against Chennai Super Kings and proved his selection in an excellent manner. He took on the bowlers and smashed unbeaten 64 runs from 42 deliveries.Krunal Pandya has been a tad off-colour in this IPL. 134 runs with the bat and 5 wickets with the ball doesn’t justify his potential. However, he has got the backing from team management and we can expect him to do well in this match.Top Picks ­– BowlersChetan Sakariya is doing an exceptional job with the ball for the Royals. He hasn’t given away too many runs in this IPL so far. In 12 matches in this competition, he has picked up 12 wickets at an economy of 8.15.Jasprit Bumrah is the key bowler for Mumbai Indians over the years. He has scalped the most wickets for his side, with 17 scalps in 12 matches at an economy of 7.59.Top Picks ­– WicketkeepersSanju Samson is in the race for Orange Cap. The Rajasthan skipper has had an outstanding IPL 2021, where he has mustered 480 runs in 12 matches at an average of 48, which includes one century and 2 half-centuries.Suggested Playing XI No.1 for RR vs MI Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Sanju Samson (c), Rohit Sharma, Suryakumar Yadav (vc), Evin Lewis, Yashasvi Jaiswal, Kieron Pollard, Shivam Dube, Jasprit Bumrah, Mustafizur Rahman, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Chetan SakariyaSuggested Playing XI No.2 for RR vs MI Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Sanju Samson, Quinton de Kock, Rohit Sharma (c), Evin Lewis (vc), Glenn Phillips, Saurabh Tiwary, Shivam Dube, Krunal Pandya, Trent Boult, Jasprit Bumrah, Mayank MarkandeRR vs MI Must Picks for Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Player Statistics Dream11 Points Yashasvi Jaiswal 237 runs 368 Sanju Samson 480 runs 789 Rohit Sharma 341 runs 486 Suryakumar Yadav 222 runs 376 Glenn Phillips 14 runs 29 RR vs MI Risky Captaincy Choices:Kieron Pollard has managed to score 232 runs in 12 matches in this IPL and has picked up 5 wickets as well. Considering his current form, he will be a risky captaincy pick for your fantasy teams.Saurabh Tiwary is highly underrated, as he is doing his job quietly and consistently with the bat for Mumbai Indians. You can take a risk and pick him as your fantasy team skipper.Player you should avoid:There is no doubt that Akash Singh is a talented bowler, but considering there are better options in the bowlers’ slot, it’s better to avoid him while making your fantasy teams.Also Read- Virat Kohli becomes first Indian batsman to score 10,000 runs in T20 format

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RCB vs SRH Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Playing 11 Updates

  • Oct 06, 2021
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Royal Challengers Bangalore became the third team to qualify for the playoffs after Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals in this edition. They have an excellent chance to finish in the top two spots if they win their last two matches, but might still need to rely on the Chennai Super Kings result. Currently, they are in third spot in the standings with 16 points. Three wins in a row have greatly increased their confidence and they would want to carry the same momentum in the remaining matches. Things are getting worse for Sunrisers Hyderabad at this stage. They became the first team to be eliminated from the playoff race, and it is now confirmed that they will finish last. Hyderabad will be aiming to spoil the party of RCB. Batting has been their major area of concern and their batters need to step up in the last 2 matches.Match Details: Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Sunrisers Hyderabad, Match 52Venue: Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu DhabiDate &Time:October 6th at 7:30 PM IST, and at 6:00 PM local timeLive Streaming: Star Sports Network and Disney+HotstarPitch Report:379 runs were scored here in the last match between Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals. It was absolutely a belter of a track for the batters where they scored runs freely. We can expect a similar kind of surface for this match as well.Probable Playing XIs for RCB vs SRH:Royal Challengers BangaloreVirat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Kona Srikar Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Dan Christian, Shahbaz Ahmed, George Garton, Harshal Patel, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra ChahalSunrisers HyderabadJason Roy, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Kane Williamson (c), Priyam Garg, Abhishek Sharma, Abdul Samad, Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Umran MalikTop Picks for RCB vs SRH Dream11 Match:Top Picks ­– BattersDevdutt Padikkal is a reliable batter for RCB at the top of the order. He is 51 runs shy of scoring 400 runs for the second consecutive season in IPL. Jason Roy likes to be positive from the start. In 3 matches, the Englishman has scored 72 runs, with the highest score of 60.Top Picks ­– All-RoundersGlenn Maxwell has made his intentions clear that he is here to terrorize opposition bowlers. He has been quite successful in doing that for RCB in this edition of the IPL. Maxwell was adjudged as the player of the match for his 57 runs from 33 deliveries against Punjab Kings on Sunday. Jason Holder is the premier all-rounder for Sunrisers Hyderabad. He is consistently picking wickets for his side. Overall in this competition, Holder has scalped 11 wickets in 6 matches and has even scored 68 runs with the bat.Top Picks ­– BowlersYuzvendra Chahal is answering the national selectors who ignored him by picking up wickets for fun in the second leg of the IPL. He has picked up 10 wickets in the last 5 matches, with the best figures of 3/11 against Mumbai Indians. Rashid Khan keeps things simple with the ball, which is his biggest strength. He rarely bowls a bad delivery, which is what makes the Afghan spinner so special. He has picked up 15 wickets in this edition and has even scored 67 runs with the bat.Top Picks ­– WicketkeepersRCB experimented in their batting order in the last match against Punjab Kings. Kona Srikar Bharat was pushed down the order and he didn’t face a ball. In the second leg of the IPL, Bharat has scored 92 runs at an average of 30.66.Suggested Playing XI No.1 for RCB vs SRH Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Kona Srikar Bharat, Kane Williamson (vc), Jason Roy, Devdutt Padikkal (c), Glenn Maxwell, Jason Holder, Shahbaz Ahmed, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Siddarth Kaul, Rashid KhanSuggested Playing XI No.2 for RCB vs SRH Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Wriddhiman Saha, AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli, Kane Williamson, Abdul Samad, Glenn Maxwell (c), Jason Holder (vc), Siddarth Kaul, Yuzvendra Chahal, George Garton, Rashid KhanRCB vs SRH Must Picks for Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Player Statistics Dream11 Points Glenn Maxwell 407 runs and 3 wickets 706 Devdutt Padikkal 349 runs 563 Yuzvendra Chahal 14 wickets 510 Jason Roy 72 runs 114 Jason Holder 11 wickets 68 runs 433 RCB vs SRH Risky Captaincy Choices:Virat Kohli got starts in the last two matches, but didn’t convert them into big ones. He is the second-highest run-scorer for RCB in this edition with 357 runs in 12 matches. It’s worth a risk to pick him as your fantasy team skipper. Wriddhiman Saha has scored 111 runs in the last 5 matches in the second leg of the IPL. Considering his decent run of form, you can take a risk and pick him as your fantasy team skipper.Player you should avoid:Bhuvneshwar Kumar might be economical, but he hasn’t picked up wickets in the last 2 matches. Considering his recent performances, it’s better to avoid him while making your fantasy teams.Also Read- Shooter Aishwary Tomar smashes world record to win gold in Junior World Championships

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CSK vs PBKS Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Playing 11 Updates

  • Oct 07, 2021
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In the battle between kings, Chennai will face the Punjab in the 53rd match of the IPL 2021. It is a crucial match for both sides. Chennai will aim to finish in the top 2 spots, while on the other hand, Punjab must win this match to stay in the qualifying race. Chennai Super Kings are in a troubled position right now, since they lost their last two games to the Delhi Capitals and the Rajasthan Royals. Currently, they are in second place in the standings with 18 points. Punjab relies mainly on their top order batters and the lack of mid-order players has been one of its main concerns during this tournament. At one point they were cruising well against RCB, but ended up on the losing side by 6 runs. They need to have a close look at the results of KKR, MI, and RR for their qualification scenarios. Currently, they are in the 6th spot in the standings with 10 points.Match Details:Chennai Super Kings vs Punjab Kings, Match 53Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, DubaiDate &Time: October 7th at 3:30 PM IST, and at 2:00 PM local timeLive Streaming: Star Sports Network and Disney+HotstarPitch Report:The batters have struggled a lot to score runs in the last game between Chennai Super Kings and Delhi Capitals. The wicket is more on the slower side when the score of 160 is defendable on this wicket.Probable Playing XIs for CSK vs PBKS:Chennai Super KingsRuturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina / Robin Uthappa, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, MS Dhoni (c & wk), Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Josh Hazlewood, Deepak ChaharPunjab KingsLokesh Rahul (c & wk), Mayank Agarwal, Nicholas Pooran, Aiden Markram, Deepak Hooda/Sarfaraz Khan, Shahrukh Khan, Moises Henriques, Harpreet Brar, Mohammad Shami, Ravi Bishnoi, Arshdeep SinghTop Picks for CSK vs PBKS Dream11 Match:Top Picks ­– BattersRuturaj Gaikwad is stealing the show with the bat for Chennai Super Kings. Currently, he is second in the list of leading run-scorers in this tournament, having scored 521 runs in 13 matches, including one century and 3 half-centuries. Mayank Agarwal is a bit under the shadow of Lokesh Rahul, but has done well in the second leg of the IPL, scoring 2 half-centuries in his last 4 matches.Top Picks ­– All-RoundersRavindra Jadeja is one of the premier all-rounders in the Chennai lineup. He has done a remarkable job with his all-round performances in this IPL. In 13 matches, Jadeja has scalped 10 wickets at an economy of 6.75 and has also scored 212 runs at an average of 70.66. Playing in his first game in the second leg of the IPL, Moises Henriques proved his worth by picking 3 wickets against RCB, and he also scored 12* runs with the bat.Top Picks ­– Bowlers'Lord’ Shardul Thakur is well known for giving breakthroughs whenever needed for his side. He is the leading wicket-taker for Chennai in this edition of the IPL, with 15 scalps in 13 matches at an economy of 8.52. Mohammed Shami has been phenomenal in the second leg of IPL. In the last 5 matches, he has already picked up 10 wickets, with the best figures of 3 for 21.Top Picks ­– WicketkeepersLokesh Rahul likes to take the game deep, though it has backfired for his side on some occasions. He has been a consistent performer over the last 4 years and has scored heaps of runs. In 12 matches in this edition, he has scored 528 runs at an average of 52.8 and a strike rate of 129.09.Suggested Playing XI No.1 for CSK vs PBKS Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Lokesh Rahul, Aiden Markram, Mayank Agarwal (c), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moises Henriques, Moeen Ali (vc), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravi Bishnoi, Mohammad Shami, Shardul Thakur, Deepak ChaharSuggested Playing XI No.2 for CSK vs PBKS Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:KL Rahul (vc), Shahrukh Khan, Aiden Markram, Mayank Agarwal, Ruturaj Gaikwad (c), Faf du Plessis, Dwayne Bravo, Moeen Ali, Arshdeep Singh, Harpreet Brar, Josh HazlewoodCSK vs PBKS Must Picks for Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Players Statistics Dream11 Points Ruturaj Gaikwad 521 runs 782 Faf du Plessis 470 runs 745 Ravindra Jadeja 221 runs 10 wickets 768 Lokesh Rahul 528 runs 799 Mayank Agarwal 429 runs 647  CSK vs PBKS Risky Captaincy Choices:Faf du Plessis is fifth in the list of leading run-scorers in this tournament, with 470 runs in 13 matches. It’s worth a risk and you can pick him as your fantasy team skipper. Shahrukh Khan is a genuine finisher for Punjab Kings. He has scored 16 and 22* in his last 2 matches. You can take a risk and pick him as your fantasy team captain.Player you should avoid:MS Dhoni struggled a lot to score runs in this tournament. Considering his current form, it’s better to avoid him while making your fantasy teams.Also Read- Sagar Rana murder case: Delhi court denies bail to Olympic wrestler Sushil Kumar

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RCB vs DC Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Playing 11 Updates

  • Oct 08, 2021
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Royal Challengers Bangalore will face Delhi Capitals in the final league fixture on Friday. Royal Challengers Bangalore’s hopes of finishing in the top 2 spots are almost over with a loss against Sunrisers Hyderabad on Wednesday. They experimented with their batting order which backfired them. Glenn Maxwell’s wicket at the wrong time was the turning point that went against them. Delhi Capitals has been one of the most consistent teams for the last 3 years in the IPL. They have exceptional strength on the bench and might experiment in this match to keep their main players fresh ahead of the playoffs. In a thrilling competition, they beat Chennai Super Kings in the previous match by a difference of 3 wickets in the final match during the match. If they win do win this match they will end as group winners with 22 points.Match Details:Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Delhi Capitals, Match 56Venue: Dubai International Cricket Stadium, DubaiDate &Time:October 8th at 7:30 PM IST, and at 6:00 PM local timeLive Streaming: Star Sports Network and Disney+HotstarPitch Report:The surface here in Dubai is unpredictable at times. Scoring runs is always tough in the middle phase of the game. Looks like anything over 160 is a good competitive score on this wicket.Probable Playing XIs for RCB vs DC:Royal Challengers BangaloreVirat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Kona Srikar Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Daniel Christian, Shahbaz Ahmed, George Garton, Harshal Patel, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra ChahalDelhi CapitalsPrithvi Shaw, Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer/Ajinkya Rahane, Rishabh Pant (c & wk), Ripal Patel/Steve Smith, Shimron Hetmyer, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Kagiso Rabada, Anrich Nortje, Avesh KhanTop Picks for RCB vs DC Dream11 Match:Top Picks ­– BattersDevdutt Padikkal played an unusual inning in the last match against Sunrisers Hyderabad. He struggled to get his timing going and batted at a relatively lower strike rate. However, one innings can’t define the champion batter that Padikkal is, and you can still back him and include him in your fantasy teams. Shikhar Dhawan has a perfect opportunity to become the leading run-scorer in this year’s IPL. ‘Gabbar’ has already scored 501 runs in 13 matches at an average of 41.75.Top Picks ­– All-RoundersGlenn Maxwell is ruling the second leg of the IPL with his exceptional batting performances. The Aussie batting all-rounder has scored 224 runs in the last 6 matches at an average of 44.8, which includes 3 half-centuries. Maxwell has chipped in with 3 wickets as well. Axar Patel has won two back-to-back player of the match awards in the last 2 matches for his splendid bowling display. In 9 matches in this edition, he has scalped 14 wickets at an economy of 6.05, with the best figures of 3 for 21.Top Picks ­– BowlersHarshal Patel became the highest wicket-taker among Indian bowlers in a single edition of the IPL with 29 wickets. He achieved this feat in the last game against Sunrisers Hyderabad, surpassing Jasprit Bumrah’s 27 wickets. Avesh Khan is second on the list of leading wicket-takers in this IPL. He has scalped 22 wickets in 13 matches at an economy of 7.14, with the best figures of 3/13.Top Picks ­– WicketkeepersRishabh Pant should be the first-choice wicketkeeping option for your fantasy teams. The Delhi Capitals skipper has scored 352 runs in 13 matches in this IPL at an average of 35.2. He is a game-changer and a must-pick player for your fantasy teams.Suggested Playing XI No.1 for RCB vs DC Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Rishabh Pant (vc), Shikhar Dhawan, Shreyas Iyer, Devdutt Padikkal, Ripal Patel, Daniel Christian, Glenn Maxwell (c), Axar Patel, Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Anrich NortjeSuggested Playing XI No.2 for RCB vs DC Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:K Srikar Bharat, AB de Villiers, Virat Kohli (vc), Shikhar Dhawan (c), Prithvi Shaw, Shahbaz Ahmed, Glenn Maxwell, Ravichandran Ashwin, Harshal Patel, Anrich Nortje, Avesh KhanRCB vs DC Must Picks for Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Player Statistics Dream11 Points Devdutt Padikkal 390 runs 616 Glenn Maxwell 447 runs and 3 wickets 773 Harshal Patel 29 wickets and 51 runs 983 Shikhar Dhawan 501 runs 767 Rishabh Pant 352 runs 637 RCB vs DC Risky Captaincy Choices:AB de Villiers hasn’t faced many deliveries as expected in the second leg of the IPL because he is batting down the order, but when he gets going, it is difficult to stop the South African. He is a risky captaincy pick for your fantasy teams. Prithvi Shaw has scored 353 runs in 12 matches so far in this edition at an average of 29.41. You can take a risk and pick him as your fantasy team skipper.Player you should avoid:George Garton has been slightly expensive, and there are considering plenty of options available in the bowler’s slot, it’s better to avoid him while making your fantasy teams.Also Read- Anshu Malik becomes first Indian woman to reach wrestling World Championships final

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SRH vs MI Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Playing XI Updates

  • Oct 08, 2021
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Sunrisers Hyderabad will face the Mumbai Indians in the penultimate league match of the IPL 2021. Sunrisers Hyderabad have something to cheer for in this second leg of the IPL, as they registered their third win in this tournament against RCB by 4 runs. Brilliant spells from Jason Holder and Bhuvneshwar Kumar helped them to secure a win. Mumbai Indians, five-time winners have had a difficult IPL so far as their playoffs hope still hang in balance. They will keep an eye on the Knight Riders game on Thursday so they can plan their strategies accordingly against the Sunrisers. They dropped their superstars Quinton de Kock and Krunal Pandya in the previous match and are likely to play the same eleven in this match as well.Match Details:Sunrisers Hyderabad vs Mumbai Indians, Match 55Venue: Zayed Cricket Stadium, Abu DhabiDate & Time: October 8th at 7:30 PM IST, and at 6:00 PM local timeLive Streaming: Star Sports Network and Disney+HotstarPitch Report:The boundaries are relatively big on either side of the ground, and it requires immense power from the batters to clear the fence. Considering the last 2 matches played here, the wicket has looked good for batting and even the bowlers have got success as well. Anything over 160 is a good score on this wicket.Probable Playing XIs for SRH vs MI:Sunrisers HyderabadJason Roy, Abhishek Sharma, Kane Williamson (c), Priyam Garg, Abdul Samad, Wriddhiman Saha (wk), Jason Holder, Rashid Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddarth Kaul, Umran Malik Mumbai IndiansRohit Sharma (c), Ishan Kishan (wk), Suryakumar Yadav, Saurabh Tiwary, Hardik Pandya, Kieron Pollard, James Neesham, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Rahul Chahar/Jayant Yadav, Trent Boult, Jasprit BumrahTop Picks for SRH vs MI Dream11 Match: Top Picks ­– BattersJason Roy played his natural game and kept the scoreboard ticking in the last match against RCB. He would have been frustrated to get out in a remarkable fashion, as he was dismissed by an excellent reflex catch by Dan Christian. In 4 matches in this IPL, he has scored 116 runs at an average of 29. Suryakumar Yadav’s form is a major concern for Mumbai management. He hasn’t performed up to the standards he has set in the second leg of the IPL. Overall in this tournament, he has scored 235 runs in 13 matches at an average of 18.07. Top Picks ­– All-RoundersJason Holder proved his worth again in the last game against RCB by picking up a wicket at an economy of 6.75. Barbados’ tall all-rounder has scalped 12 wickets in 7 matches in this edition and has even scored 84 runs with the bat. Playing his second match for Mumbai Indians, James Neesham picked up 3 huge wickets against Rajasthan Royals at an excellent economy of 3. He can be a good budget pick for your fantasy teams.Top Picks ­– BowlersUmran Malik is consistently clocking above 147 kph and he is getting excellent assistance from the surface as well. The 21-year-old right-arm quick got his first IPL wicket when he dismissed K Srikar Bharat for 12 runs with a short delivery.Top Picks ­– WicketkeepersIshan Kishan answered his critics in a perfect manner with an unbeaten half-century against Rajasthan Royals. He scored his first half-century in this IPL and helped his side to gain a thumping victory by 8 wickets.Suggested Playing XI No.1 for SRH vs MI Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Ishan Kishan, Rohit Sharma (c), Kane Williamson, Suryakumar Yadav, Jason Roy (vc), Kieron Pollard, Jason Holder, James Neesham, Siddarth Kaul, Jasprit Bumrah, Rashid KhanSuggested Playing XI No.2 for SRH vs MI Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Ishan Kishan (vc), Rohit Sharma, Saurabh Tiwary, Kane Williamson (c), Jason Roy, Jason Holder, James Neesham, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Umran Malik, Trent BoultSRH vs MI Must Picks for Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Player Statistics Dream11 Points Jason Roy 116 runs 171 Jason Holder 12 wickets and 84 runs 482 Ishan Kishan 157 runs 255 Rohit Sharma 363 runs 521 Suryakumar Yadav 235 runs 396 SRH vs MI Risky Captaincy Choices:Rashid Khan has been brilliant with the ball in this tournament. He has scalped 16 wickets and has also scored 74 runs with the bat. You can take a risk and pick him as your fantasy team skipper. Jasprit Bumrah is the highest wicket-taker for Mumbai Indians in this tournament, having picked up 19 wickets at an economy of 7.27. You can take a risk and pick him as your fantasy team captain.Player you should avoid:Hardik Pandya averages 14.62 with the bat. It’s better to avoid him while making your fantasy teams.Also Read- Italy's record 37-match unbeaten run ends with 1-2 defeat to Spain in Nations League

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T20 World Cup 2021 Schedule, All Teams, Host, Time Table, Venue

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ICC T20 World Cup 2021, the seventh T20 Cricket World Cup, has been scheduled between October 17, 2021 and November 14, 2021 in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman. Initially, the tournament was scheduled to take place in Australia from October 18 to November 15, 2020. However, in July 2020, the International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed that the tournament would be postponed to 2021, due to the Covid pandemic. In August 2020, the ICC reaffirmed India's hosting of the 2021 tournament.ICC T20 World Cup 2021The International Cricket Council (ICC) has made the final decision on the host country for the Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 and has clarified that BCCI will retain the hosting rights regardless of where the event takes place. Due to the COVID pandemic situation in India, IPL 2021 second leg is shifted to UAE. BCCI will host the T20 World Cup 2021 in UAE & Oman. A final decision on the T20 World Cup 2021 venue has been taken. The International Cricket Council (ICC) confirmed that the tournament will take place in the the UAE and Oman.Tournament T20 World Cup Year 2021 Match Type Twenty-20 Host Country UAE Organizer ICC Starting Date 17 Oct 2021 Last match date 14 Nov 2021  T20 World Cup 2021 Stage, Group and Team Details:Stage Group Teams Round 1 Group A Sri Lanka, Ireland, the Netherlands and Namibia Round 1 Group B Bangladesh, Scotland, Papua New Guinea and Oman Super 12 Group 1 England, Australia, South Africa, West Indies, A1 and B2 Super 12 Group 2 India, Pakistan, New Zealand, Afghanistan, A2 and B  Also Read- ICC T20 World Cup 2021 complete schedule: India to face Pakistan on October 24  T20 World Cup 2021 ScheduleThere are 8 teams in round 1 playing matches into 2 groups. Group A has Sri Lanka, Ireland, the Netherlands, Namibia and Group B has Bangladesh, Scotland, Papua New Guinea, Oman. From each group, 2 teams will qualify. These 4 teams later will join already qualified 8 teams (India, West Indies, England, Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Pakistan and Afghanistan) in Super 12. Semi-finals to be played on 10 and 11 November. ICC Men’s T20 World Cup 2021 Final is likely to be played on November, 14. T20 2020 World cup was postponed due to the Covid-19 until 2022 but T20 World Cup 2021 schedule should be the same as announced.All the match start times (hours) are given in India Standard Time (IST)Round 1 Fixture:Match No Date Match Centers Time Venue 1 17-Oct-21 Oman Vs Papua New Guinea 3:30 PM Muscat 2 17-Oct-21 Bangladesh Vs Scotland 7:30 PM Muscat 3 18-Oct-21 Ireland Vs Netherlands 3:30 PM Abu Dhabi  4 18-Oct-21 Sri Lanka  Vs Namibia 7:30 PM Abu Dhabi  5 19-Oct-21 Scotland Vs Papua New Guinea 3:30 PM Muscat 6 19-Oct-21 Oman Vs Bangladesh 7:30 PM Muscat 7 20-Oct-21 Namibia Vs Netherlands 3:30 PM Abu Dhabi 8 20-Oct-21 Sri Lanka  Vs Ireland 7:30 PM Abu Dhabi 9 21-Oct-21 Bangladesh Vs Papua New Guinea 3:30 PM Muscat 10 21-Oct-21 Oman Vs Scotland 7:30 PM Muscat 11 22-Oct-21 Namibia Vs Ireland 3:30 PM Sharjah 12 22-Oct-21 Sri Lanka  Vs Netherlands 7:30 PM Sharjah  Super 12 – Group 1 Fixture:Match No Date Match Centers Time Venue 1 23-Oct-21 Australia Vs South Africa 3:30 PM Abu Dhabi 2 23-Oct-21 England Vs West Indies 7:30 PM Dubai 3 24-Oct-21 A1 Vs B2 3:30 PM Sharjah 4 26-Oct-21 South Africa Vs West Indies 3:30 PM Dubai 5 27-Oct-21 England Vs B2 3:30 PM Abu Dhabi 6 28-Oct-21 Australia Vs A1 7:30 PM Dubai 7 29-Oct-21 West Indies Vs B2 3:30 PM Sharjah 8 30-Oct-21 South Africa Vs A1 3:30 PM Sharjah 9 30-Oct-21 England Vs Australia 7:30 PM Dubai 10 01-Nov-21 England Vs A1 7:30 PM Sharjah 11 02-Nov-21 South Africa Vs B2 3:30 PM Abu Dhabi 12 04-Nov-21 Australia Vs B2 3:30 PM Dubai 13 04-Nov-21 West Indies Vs A1 7:30 PM Abu Dhabi 14 06-Nov-21 Australia Vs West Indies 3:30 PM Abu Dhabi 15 06-Nov-21 England Vs South Africa 7:30 PM Sharjah  Super 12 – Group 2 Fixture:Match No Date Match Centers Time Venue 1 24-Oct-21 India Vs Pakistan 7:30 PM Dubai 2 25-Oct-21 Afghanistan Vs B1 7:30 PM Sharjah 3 26-Oct-21 Pakistan Vs New Zealand 7:30 PM Sharjah 4 27-Oct-21 B1 Vs A2 7:30 PM Abu Dhabi 5 29-Oct-21 Afghanistan Vs Pakistan 7:30 PM Dubai 6 31-Oct-21 Afghanistan Vs A2 3:30 PM Abu Dhabi 7 31-Oct-21 India Vs New Zealand 7:30 PM Dubai 8 02-Nov-21 Pakistan Vs A2 7:30 PM Abu Dhabi 9 03-Nov-21 New Zealand Vs B1 3:30 PM Dubai 10 03-Nov-21 India Vs Afghanistan 7:30 PM Abu Dhabi 11 05-Nov-21 New Zealand Vs A2 3:30 PM Sharjah 12 05-Nov-21 India Vs B1 7:30 PM Dubai 13 07-Nov-21 New Zealand Vs Afghanistan 3:30 PM Abu Dhabi 14 07-Nov-21 Pakistan Vs B1 7:30 PM Sharjah 15 08-Nov-21 India Vs A2 7:30 PM Dubai  T20 World Cup 2021 Final & Semifinal Fixture:Date Teams Semi-Final | Final Time 10 Nov 2021 TBC vs TBC 1st Semi-Final 7:30 PM 11 Nov 2021 TBC vs TBC 2nd Semi-Final 7:30 PM 14 Nov 2021 TBC vs TBC Final 7:30 PM Also Read- Virat Kohli becomes first Indian batsman to score 10,000 runs in T20 format

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RCB vs KKR Dream11 Prediction, Fantasy Cricket Tips, Playing XI Updates

  • Oct 11, 2021
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Royal Challengers Bangalore will go head-to-head against Kolkata Knight Riders in Eliminator of the IPL 2021. Royal Challengers Bangalore are still looking for their first IPL title and it is a perfect opportunity for them this year as they have secured the perfect mix of experienced and talented youngsters. They missed the chance to finish the race in the top two spots on the basis of net run rate, as Virat Kohli's men finished third in the standings with 18 points. However, they are still playing an excellent brand of cricket throughout this IPL and will be looking forward to do their best in the playoffs. On the other hand, Kolkata Knight Riders had an exceptional second leg of IPL, where they bounced back from the bottom half of the table and finished fourth in the standings. They relied mainly on youngsters, who did not disappoint them. They had won their last two matches and look to extend their winning streak. Whoever wins this match will go through to Qualifier 2, whereas the loser will be knocked out of the tournament.Match Details:Royal Challengers Bangalore vs Kolkata Knight Riders, EliminatorVenue: Sharjah Cricket Stadium, SharjahDate & Time: October 11th at 7:30 PM IST, and at 6:00 PM local timeLive Streaming: Star Sports Network and Disney+HotstarPitch Report:The surface here at Sharjah has become a bowling-friendly one and the batters have struggled to score runs. The highest score registered so far here in the 2nd leg is 171. The surface might get slow down as the game progresses and hence batting first is an excellent option.Probable Playing XIs for RCB vs KKR: Royal Challengers BangaloreVirat Kohli (c), Devdutt Padikkal, Kona Srikar Bharat (wk), Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Shahbaz Ahmed, Daniel Christian, George Garton, Harshal Patel, Mohammad Siraj, Yuzvendra ChahalKolkata Knight RidersShubman Gill, Venkatesh Iyer, Rahul Tripathi, Nitish Rana, Eoin Morgan (c), Dinesh Karthik (wk), Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Shivam Mavi, Lockie Ferguson, Varun ChakravarthyTop Picks for RCB vs KKR Dream11 Match:Top Picks ­– BattersRCB skipper Virat Kohli hasn’t fired in the last couple of matches. However, he is a big match player and can deliver in this crucial game. In 14 matches in this edition, he has mustered 366 runs at an average of 28.15. Shubman Gill has scored 2 half-centuries in the last 2 matches, which is a positive sign for the Knight Riders ahead of playoffs. Overall in this tournament, he has scored 352 runs in 14 matches at an average of 25.14.Top Picks ­– All-RoundersGlenn Maxwell has made a massive impact with the bat for RCB, as he played a vital role in taking them till the playoffs. The Aussie has scored 498 runs in 13 innings at an average of 45.27, with the highest score of 78. Maxwell has chipped in with 3 wickets as well. Venkatesh Iyer is the new sensation of the second leg of the IPL. He has got good reach and can play the shots freely, which is giving him positive results. In 7 matches so far, he has scored 239 runs at an average of 39.83 and picked up 3 wickets as well.Top Picks ­– BowlersHarshal Patel has been consistently picking wickets for RCB this year. He is the current Purple Cap holder with 30 wickets in 14 matches, with the best figures of 5/27. Varun Chakravarthy has been the pick of the bowlers from Knight Riders in this edition. Tamil Nadu’s deceptive spinner has picked up 16 wickets in 14 matches at an economy of 6.5, with the best figures of 3 for 13.Top Picks ­– WicketkeepersKona Srikar Bharat became a hero by hitting a last-ball six to win a match for RCB against Delhi Capitals. He was the player of the match for his match-winning knock of 78* runs from 52 deliveries.Suggested Playing XI No.1 for RCB vs KKR Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Kona Srikar Bharat, AB de Villiers, Rahul Tripathi, Shubman Gill, Devdutt Padikkal, Glenn Maxwell (c), Venkatesh Iyer (vc), Yuzvendra Chahal, Harshal Patel, Shivam Mavi, Varun Chakravarthy Suggested Playing XI No.2 for RCB vs KKR Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Kona Srikar Bharat, Nitish Rana, Virat Kohli, Rahul Tripathi (c), Sunil Narine, Daniel Christian, Glenn Maxwell, Venkatesh Iyer, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Lockie FergusonRCB vs KKR Must Picks for Dream11 Fantasy Cricket:Players Statistics Dream11 Points Glenn Maxwell  498 runs 3 wickets 848 Kona Srikar Bharat 182 runs 284 Shubhman Gill 352 runs 547 Venkatesh Iyer 239 runs and 3 wickets 452 Varun Chakravarthy 16 wickets 576 RCB vs KKR Risky Captaincy Choices:AB de Villiers is a finisher for RCB. He has not got adequate chances in this leg, but the South African can be backed to deliver whenever needed. It’s worth a risk to pick him as your fantasy team skipper in the big match. Sunil Narine has picked up 10 wickets in 11 matches in this IPL at an economy of 6.52. You can take a risk and pick him as your fantasy team skipper.Player you should avoid:George Garton has picked up 3 wickets in 4 matches so far in this IPL. Considering his average performances, it’s better to avoid him while making your fantasy teams.Also Read- PCB can collapse if India wants as ICC getting 90 per cent of its funds from there: Ramiz Raja

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Harshal Patel equals Bravo's all-time record of 32 wickets in an IPL season

  • Oct 12, 2021
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Royal Challengers Bangalore champion fast bowler Harshal Patel came close to breaking a long-standing Indian Premier League (IPL) but fell 1 wicket short as his team crashed out of the 2021 season after a 4-wicket defeat against Kolkata Knight Riders in the Eliminator on Monday. Harshal picked up 2 for 19 from his 4 overs to finish his IPL 2021 campaign with 32 wickets and equal Dwayne Bravo's record for the most scalps in a single season. The Chennai Super Kings all-rounder had achieved the amazing feat in the 2013 season. The right-arm pacer had the chance to better Bravo's record in his final over when Sunil Narine top-edged his slower delivery towards mid-on but Devdutt Padikkal dropped the catch. Harshal is the only player to pick a hat-trick this season, against the Mumbai Indians in Dubai last month. He is also one of three to pick a five-wicket haul (5 for 27) this season alongside Punjab Kings' Arshdeep Singh (5 for 32) and KKR's Andre Russell (5 for 15) Harshal's performance meanwhile, went in vain as KKR chase down 139 against RCB with 4 wickets in hand and 2 balls to spare to set up Qualifier 2 against Delhi Capitals on October 13.Most wickets in an IPL season: Harshal Patel (Royal Challengers Bangalore) – 32 wickets in IPL 2021 Dwayne Bravo (Chennai Super Kings) – 32 wickets in IPL 2013 Kagiso Rabada (Delhi Capitals) – 30 wickets in IPL 2020 Lasith Malinga (Mumbai Indians) – 28 wickets in IPL 2011 James Faulkner (Rajasthan Royals) – 28 wickets in IPL 2013The match turned out to be the final match for Virat Kohli as captain of the RCB. Kohli, who took over as RCB's full-time captain in 2013 from Daniel Vettori, had said midway during the season that he would give up captaincy after completing of IPL 2021.It was a disappointing end to one of the most talked about captaincy tenures in the IPL as Kohli finished without a trophy despite leading the franchise for 8 seasons.“I have given my best. I don’t know how the response has been, but I have given 120% to this franchise every time, which is something I will now do as a player. It is a great time to regroup and restructure for the next three years with people who will take this ahead,” the outgoing skipper said."I have tried my best to create a culture where youngsters could come in & play with freedom & belief.I have given 120% to RCB every time, which is something I will now do as a player.”You have been an inspiration, role model and the torchbearer of RCB. #ThankYouCaptainKohli pic.twitter.com/tlC0uMH2iW— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) October 11, 2021“I don’t see myself playing anywhere else. Loyalty matters more to me than worldly pleasures. I would be in the RCB till the last day I play in the IPL.”We fought till the end and never gave up but it just wasn’t our night. Thank you, 12th Man Army for all your support this season. We will be back next year with the same Challenger Spirit. #PlayBold #WeAreChallengers #RCBvKKR pic.twitter.com/55qcDByZnu— Royal Challengers Bangalore (@RCBTweets) October 11, 2021Also Read- T20 World Cup 2021 Schedule, All Teams, Host, Time Table, Venue

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BCCI announces release of tender to own and operate an IPL team from next season

  • Oct 13, 2021
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Wednesday announced that they have decided to extend the date for purchasing the Invitation to Tender (ITT) for the right to own and operate one of two proposed new IPL teams document till October 20. The Governing Council of the IPL had issued the 'Invitation to Tender' ("ITT") document available on payment of the non-refundable tender fees on August 31, 2021 The invitation to purchase the ITT document ("Invitation"), issued on August 31, 2021, is attached as Annexure A. Subsequently, the BCCI had extended the date for purchasing the ITT document till October 10, 2021 (Extension Notice I). NEWS : BCCI announces release of tender to own and operate an Indian Premier League team.More Details — IndianPremierLeague (@IPL) October 13, 2021The Extension Notice I is attached as Annexure B.Pursuant to requests from various interested parties, BCCI has now decided to further extend the date for purchasing the ITT document till October 20, 2021. The ITT will be available to interested parties on receipt of payment of the non-refundable tender fee of INR 10,00,000 (Rupees Ten Lakhs Only) plus any applicable Goods and Services Tax. All other terms contained in the Invitation document shall be applicable. Interested parties are requested to email at ittipl2021@bcci.tv to get further details for purchasing the ITT. The email requesting the ITT should have the subject line "ITT for the Right to Own and Operate One of Two Proposed New IPL Teams". Any interested party wishing to bid must purchase ITT. However, only those who meet the eligibility criteria set out in the ITT and are subject to the other terms and conditions set out there in are eligible to bid. It is clarified that merely purchasing this ITT does not entitle any person to bid. The BCCI reserves the right to cancel or amend the bidding process at any stage without providing any reason.Also Read- BCCI unveils Team India's new jersey ahead of T20 World Cup

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BCCI unveils Team India new jersey ahead of T20 World Cup

  • Oct 13, 2021
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) revealed the new jersey of the Indian cricket team for the men's T20 World Cup tournament to be held in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and Oman from October 17 to November 14.The new jersey is named 'Billion Cheers Jersey' and the patterns on the jersey are inspired by the billion cheers of the fans."Presenting the Billion Cheers Jersey! The patterns on the jersey are inspired by the billion cheers of the fans," the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) tweeted as the board shared the picture on social media.Presenting the Billion Cheers Jersey! The patterns on the jersey are inspired by the billion cheers of the fans. Get ready to #ShowYourGame @mpl_sport.Buy your jersey now on https://t.co/u3GYA2wIg1#MPLSports #BillionCheersJersey pic.twitter.com/XWbZhgjBd2— BCCI (@BCCI) October 13, 2021The jersey was released by MPL Sports, the official kit sponsors of the Indian cricket team till December 2023. The new jersey will replace the navy-blue retro jersey with blue, green, white and red stripes, inspired by the 1992 World Cup kit which the team has been sporting since the tour of Australia in November last year.The Indian team will enter the field wearing the new jersey for the first time in their practice match against England on October 18 and then against Australia on October 20. The jersey will then be worn during India's opening match in the men’s T20 World Cup against Pakistan on October 24.India are bidding to end their 8-year-long wait for an ICC title when they take the field under Virat Kohli's captaincy at the T20 World Cup 2021 in the UAE. The Asian giants last won a major title in 2013 and their last T20 World Cup title in the inaugural edition of the tournament.India's squad for T20 World Cup: Virat Kohli (Capt), Rohit Sharma (vc), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ishan Kishan (wk), Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Axar Patel, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohd Shami. Standby players: Shreyas Iyer, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar.Also Read- T20 World Cup: Shikhar Dhawan, Yuzvendra Chahal among big names missing from India's 15-man squad

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Yuvraj Singh Arrested, Released on Bail Over Casteist Remark on Yuzvendra Chahal

  • Oct 18, 2021
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Former Indian cricketer Yuvraj Singh has been arrested and released on interim bail by Haryana police for using casteist slur against spinner Yuzvendra Chahal. Yuvraj was reportedly arrested and interrogated for over 3 hours before being released. Advocate Rajat Kalsan fought a long struggle after registering an FIR under the SC ST Act in Hansi police station city. Yuvraj Singh has been released on formal bail on the orders of the court. Hansi SP Nitika Gahlout informed here today that Yuvraj has joined the investigation as directed by the court with the investigation officer today. A case was registered against Yuvraj in February this year by a Hansi-based resident over a 'distasteful' and 'disrespectful' comment against Dalit society during an Instagram discussion with Chahal from 2020.Also Read- T20 World Cup 2021 Schedule, All Teams, Host, Time Table, Venue The case was registered against Yuvraj Singh on Sunday in the Hansi police station of Hisar. Police have registered the FIR under Sections 153, 153A, 295, 505 of IPC, besides sections 3 (1) (r) and 3 (1) (s) of SC/ST Act. The FIR comes 8 months after an advocate from Hisar filed a police complaint against the cricketer for his 'casteist comments'. Yuvraj allegedly made the 'casteist remark' during a live Instagram session with India's opener Rohit Sharma in June 2020. The former World Cup winner all-rounder had issued an apology, saying he never believed in disparity. Yuvraj had taken to Twitter and apologised for "unintentionally hurting sentiments" of a particular society of people. "This is to clarify I have never believed in any kind of disparity, be it on the basis of caste, colour, creed or gender. I have given and continue to spend my life for the welfare of people. I believe in the dignity of life and respect each individual without exception," Yuvraj Singh said in his post. "I understand that while I was having a conversation with my friends, I was misunderstood, which was unwarranted. However, as a responsible Indian I want to say that if I have unintentionally hurt anybody's sentiments or feelings, I would like to express regret for the same." Yuvraj had made the comments when talking about India leg-spinner Yuzvendra Chahal's TikTok videos.Also Read- BCCI unveils Team India's new jersey ahead of T20 World Cup

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T20 World Cup: India look to fix batting order in final warm-up game against Australia

  • Oct 19, 2021
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Their preparations for the T20 World Cup off to a smooth start, and India will look to finalize their batting order for the tournament-proper when they face Australia in their second and final warm-up match on Wednesday. India will clash against Pakistan in their main event lung-opener on Sunday. The tournament will be Virat Kohli's last as skipper in the format besides being the swan-song for head coach Ravi Shastri. As Kohli pointed out before the preparation game against England on Monday, India's top three is already settled when KL Rahul and Rohit Sharma opening the batting and the skipper coming in at the crucial no.3 position. Having made a stroke-filled 70 before retiring in the seven-wicket win over England, the young Ishan Kishan has also staked his claim for a place in the playing eleven. Rishabh Pant (29 not out) was promoted ahead of SuryaKumar Yadav and it remains to be seen where the latter bats on Wednesday. Rohit didn't bat against England and come Wednesday the right-hander is expected to get a go against the Australians. The talking point, however, remains all-rounder Hardik Pandya, who did not seem comfortable in his short stint against England. With Pandya not bowling, it remains to be seen whether the Indian think-tank will play him purely as a batter. India will also miss the sixth bowling option if one of the five strong attacks has an off day on the field. Bhuvneshwar Kumar had one against England on Monday, but Jasprit Bumrah was at his best. Mohammed Shami picked up three wickets, while Rahul Chahar was taken to task by the England batters. And come Wednesday, Ravindra Jadeja, Shardul Thakur and mystery spinner Varun Chakravarthy are expected to get a look in before the main business begins. On recent form, since losing the home series against Australia 2-0 before the 2019 ODI World Cup, India was unbeaten in eight series in a row. Since the 2016 T20 World Cup, India have played 72 T20 matches and won 45. Australia also began with winning start to their preparations with Josh Inglis hitting two fours in the final over to help his team beat New Zealand by three wickets a warm-up match in Abu Dhabi on Monday. There was mixed news for Australia in their first warm-up as David Warner's horror run continued after he was dismissed for a first-ball duck. Adam Zampa (2/17) and Kane Richardson (3/24) impressed with the ball, but a middle-order collapse meant the Australians needed late cameos from Ashton Agar (23 off 18 balls), Mitchell Starc (13 not out off 9) and Inglis (8 not out off 2) to secure the win. The Aussies have never exactly been a huge force in the shortest format and it remains to be seen whether they are able to finally get thngs going at the biggest stage. Teams (from): India: Virat Kohli (c), Rohit Sharma (vc), KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Ravindra Jadeja, Rahul Chahar, Ravichandran Ashwin, Varun Chakravarthy, Jasprit Bumrah, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Mohammed Shami, Shardul Thakur. Australia: Aaron Finch (C), Ashton Agar, Pat Cummins (VC), Josh Hazlewood, Josh Inglis, Mitchell Marsh, Glenn Maxwell, Kane Richardson, Steve Smith, Mitchell Starc, Marcus Stoinis, Mitchell Swepson, Matthew Wade, David Warner, Adam Zampa.Also Read- Yuvraj Singh Arrested, Released on Bail Over Casteist Remark on Yuzvendra Chahal

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T20 World Cup warm-up: Rahul, Kishan power India to seven wicket win over England

  • Oct 19, 2021
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India produced an energetic performance with the bat on Monday to beat England by 7-wickets in their first T20 World Cup warm-up match in Dubai. Chasing 189 for victory, the 2007 champions rode on destructive half-centuries from Ishan Kishan and KL Rahul to cross the finish line with 6 balls to spare. Kishan and Rahul opened the batting and added 82 for the first wicket to lay a solid foundation for the run chase before the latter got out against the run of play for 51 to Mark Wood. Virat Kohli, who dropped to No. 3 to accommodate Rahul at the top, suffered a rare failure with the bat, scoring just 11 off 13 balls. Kishan carried on attacking the England bowlers and top-scored with 70 not out of 46 balls with 7 fours and 3 sixes before being replaced by Suryakumar Yadav, but this move did not work because he couldn't fire as according to expectations and got out for 8 with India needing 21 off 15 balls. Fortunately, the duo of Rishabh Pant and Hardik Pandya did what was needed and knocked off the required runs without much trouble. Pant finished the match with six and finished with 29 not out while Pandya scored 12 not out.Impressive batting performance Fine bowling display #TeamIndia beat England & win their first warm-up game. #INDvENG #T20WorldCup : Getty Images pic.twitter.com/jIBgYFqOjz— BCCI (@BCCI) October 18, 2021Earlier, Mohammed Shami snapped three wickets but Jonny Bairstow smashed a 36-ball 49 to help England post a challenging 188 for 5 after being asked to bat first by Virat Kohli. Besides Shami (3/40), fellow pacer Jasprit Bumrah (1/26) and spinner Rahul Chahar (1/43) were also among wickets at the ICC Academy Ground in Dubai. Bairstow hit one six and had four hits to the fence in his knock, while Liam Livingstone (30) also contributed with the bat. But it was Moeen Ali's whirlwind 20-ball 43 which powered England to a good score in the end. India will next face Australia in their second warm-up match at the same venue on Wednesday (October 20) while England will lock horns with New Zealand in Abu Dhabi. India will face Australia in their second warm-up match at the same venue on Wednesday (October 20) while England will face New Zealand in Abu Dhabi.Also Read- Yuvraj Singh Arrested, Released on Bail Over Casteist Remark on Yuzvendra Chahal

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IPL 2022: Ranveer Singh And Deepika Padukone To Bid For Two New IPL Teams- Reports

  • Oct 22, 2021
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If reports are to be believed Bollywood superstars Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone are set to bid for one of the two new IPL teams for the upcoming season. Manchester United, a popular Premier League club for whom Cristiano Ronaldo plays, has been a deemed a dark-horse ahead of the bidding process, scheduled to take place on October 25 in Dubai. Cricket IPL has already seen the presence of stars from the Indian film industry. Preity Zinta and Shah Rukh Khan are associated with the Punjab Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders since the inception of the IPL back in 2008. Deepika has a sports background with his father Prakash Padukone being a former All England badminton champion. On the other hand, Ranveer is the brand ambassador of the NBA, a popular basketball league. He has also been involved with EPL teams. Several companies around the world are said to be involved in the star-studded bidding process. Earlier, the Board of Control for Cricket in India, extended the deadline for bidders to Wednesday, October 20.Results to IPL bidding will be declared after India-Pakistan gameAs per reports, a corporate giant in India has backed the Manchester United, whose et debt increased to 455 million GBP during the COVID-19 pandemic.  “The BCCI is not keen to give the rights to an off-shore company and will prefer Indian buyers but power equations can change the script dramatically,” the source was quoted as saying, Outlook reported. The results of the tender will be announced a day after the T20 World Cup 2021 match between India and Pakistan at the Dubai International Cricket Stadium. “Although it is a closed bid, we are expecting a fair and transparent process. The only hodgepodge could happen in the verification/elimination stage but it is unlikely BCCI will adopt unfair means to favour particular companies,” a bidder said on conditions of anonymity. It has also been learned that Ahmedabad and Lucknow are the frontrunners to become the two new IPL teams for the next seasons. Previously, the BCCI shortlisted six cities- Ranchi, Lucknow, Ahmedabad, Guwahati, Ranchi and Cuttack for the same. The 2021 IPL ended on October 15 and since then, the BCCI has been scratching its head for the next edition.Also Read- Yuvraj Singh Arrested, Released on Bail Over Casteist Remark on Yuzvendra Chahal

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T20 World Cup 2021: A look at India vs Pakistan quick stats in T20Is

  • Oct 22, 2021
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The T20 World Cup 2021 has started and one of the mouth-watering contests between India-Pakistan is round the corner. Virat Kohli led India and Babar Azam guided Pakistan will cross swords at the Dubai International Stadium on October 24, Sunday. As the two teams gear up for the shortest format of the game scheduled to be played this weekend as a part of the T20 World Cup 2021, we look at the quick stats to rekindle the buzz ahead of the India-Pakistan contest.India vs Pakistan T20I statisticsHead to headTotal matches 8India won 6Pakistan won 1Tied 1Most runs/ Top run-getters India Player name Innings/ Runs Virat Kohli             6/ 254 Yuvraj Singh         8/ 155 Gautam Gambhir   5/ 139 PakistanPlayer name Innings/ Runs Shoaib Malik          8/164 Mohammad Hafeez 7/ 156 Umar Akmal          6/ 103Most wickets/ Top wicket takersIndiaPlayer name Innings/ RunsIrfan Pathan 3/6Bhuvneshwar Kumar 3/5 Hardik Pandya 3/5 PakistanPlayer name Innings/ RunsUmar Gul 6/11 Mohammad Asif 2/ 5 Mohammad Amir 2/ 4 Most hundredsNo player from either side- India or Pakistan has ever scored a century whenever the two sides have played T20Is in the history.Most fiftiesIndia Player name Number of fiftiesVirat Kohli 2 Robin Uthappa 1 Gautam Gambhir 1 PakistanPlayer name Number of fiftiesMohammad Hafeez 2 Misbah-ul-Haq 1 Shoaib Malik 1 Most Man of the Matches AwardIndia Player name Number of matches Virat Kohli 3 Irfan Pathan 1 Yuvraj Singh 1 Pakistan Player name Number of matchesMohammad Asif 1 Mohammad Hafeez 1Also Read- IPL 2022: Ranveer Singh And Deepika Padukone To Bid For Two New IPL Teams- Reports

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T20 World Cup: Mohammed Shami faces vicious online abuse after India loss to Pakistan

  • Oct 25, 2021
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A torrent of social media abuse was targeted at the only Muslim player in the Indian playing XI, Mohammed Shami, after his side were thrashed by arch rivals Pakistan at the T20 World Cup. Violence against Muslims in India was also reported after the emphatic 10-wicket win on Sunday, Pakistan first victory against India at any World Cup. Cricket clashes between India and Pakistan frequently heighten tensions between the neighbours, who have fought three wars since their independence in 1947. The 31-year-old Shami became the main target after the defeat in Dubai, even though India captain Virat Kohli admitted that his team had been "outplayed". Hundreds of messages were left on Shami's Instagram account saying he was a "traitor" and should be thrown out of the Indian team.Also Read- Virat Kohli becomes first India captain in 29 years to lose World Cup match vs Pakistan Former India batsman Virender Sehwag slammed online trolls for abusing fast bowler Mohammed Shami after India's defeat to Pakistan in the t20 WorldCup on Sunday. "The online attack on Mohammad Shami is shocking and we stand by him. He is a champion and Anyone who wears the India cap has India in their hearts far more than any online mob. With you Shami. Agle match mein dikado jalwa," said Sehwag in a tweet. The online attack on Mohammad Shami is shocking and we stand by him. He is a champion and Anyone who wears the India cap has India in their hearts far more than any online mob. With you Shami. Agle match mein dikado jalwa.— Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag) October 25, 2021Sehwag's fellow former India opener said that the online trolls are the ones who earlier used to burn players' effigies after a defeat. Online trolls are the ones who earlier used to burn effigies and throw paint-stones at player’s houses…with an online profile without a face worthy of a profile pic. — Aakash Chopra (@cricketaakash) October 25, 2021Former cricketer Irfan Pathan also spoke up in support of Shami. “Even I was part of #IndvsPak battles on the field where we have lost but never been told to go to Pakistan!” he tweeted.Even I was part of #IndvsPak battles on the field where we have lost but never been told to go to Pakistan! I’m talking about of few years back. THIS CRAP NEEDS TO STOP. #Shami— Irfan Pathan (@IrfanPathan) October 25, 2021Fans and politicians also urged support for him, calling on Indian players to reject the hate messages just as they had backed the Black Lives Matter movement by taking a knee. "Team India your BLM knee-taking counts for nothing if you can't stand up for your teammate who is being horribly abused and trolled on social media," Omar Abdullah, a former chief minister of Kashmir, said on Twitter. "Ignore the haters, most of India's grateful for your effort," said another supporter on Instagram. Gautam Gambhir, a former India Test cricketer who has become an MP for the Bharatiya Janata Party, said it was "shameful" that people were celebrating  Pakistan's win. India was defeated by Pakistan in their first match of 2021 T20 World Cup. Shaheen Afridi was the pick of the bowlers for Pakistan, taking the three crucial wickets of Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul and Virat Kohli. His efforts helped Pakistan restrict India to 151/7. Pakistan openers Mohammad Rizwan and captain Babar Azam made light work of the 152-run chase, getting to the target in the 18th over to break the World Cup jinx and register their first-ever 10-wicket win in a T20I match.Also Read- Manchester United owners show 'interest' in IPL franchise

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Virat Kohli becomes first India captain in 29 years to lose World Cup match vs Pakistan

  • Oct 25, 2021
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Virat Kohli became the first Indian captain to lose a World Cup match against Pakistan in 29 years as his team went down by 10 wickets in their first opening game of the Super 12s in Group 2 in Dubai. Pakistan kicked off their T20 World Cup campaign with a resounding win over their arch-rivals, scoring 152 in 17.5 overs to register their first-ever 10-wicket win in the shortest format of international cricket. It was Pakistan's first-ever win by 10 wickets against any opposition in a T20, while India also confronted the ignominy of losing by such a margin for the first time. 152 is also Pakistan's highest opening stand against India in the format.This Pakistan team has a combined experience of 625 matches - making it the most experienced team ever to take the field in a T20 international. It is also one of the oldest Pakistani teams, with an average age of 30 + years. The match also saw Kohli get out for the first time in T20I against Pakistan after scoring 226 runs. Kohli's 57 team helped India reach 151 for 7 in 20 after being put in to bat first at the Dubai International Stadium. Virat Kohli scored 226 runs against Pakistan in the t20 WorldCup and was sent off just once. Kohli headed into the T20 World Cup having scored 169 runs in 3 innings without getting dismissed in the showpiece T20I events against their arch-rivals. It was another high-quality innings against one of his favorite opponents as the India captain led the way with the bat but the end result was not enough to stop Pakistan.Also Read- IPL 2022: Ranveer Singh And Deepika Padukone To Bid For Two New IPL Teams- Reports

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India vs Pakistan: Harbhajan Singh and Mohammad Amir engage in war of words on Twitter

  • Oct 27, 2021
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After India were made to eat humble pie on Sunday when they lost to Pakistan in the T20 World cup, former left-arm pacer Mohammad Amir took a dig at Harbhajan Singh on social media. Amir taunted Harbhajan after Pakistan's ten-wicket victory over cricket India on Sunday night, Amir took to Twitter on Monday and asked, “Harbhajan Paa ji ne TVto nai toda apna?” which loosely translates to “Did Harbhajan break his TV.” The comment was made over the taunts of Indians about Pakistani fans breaking their television sets after losing to India in the past editions of world cups.hello everyone woh pochna yeah tha @harbhajan_singh paa ji ne TV to ni tora apna koi ni hota hai end of the day its a game of cricket .— Mohammad Amir (@iamamirofficial) October 25, 2021To this, Singh replied on Twitter saying, “Ab Tum bi bologe @iamamirofficial. yeh 6 ki landing tumhare ghar k tv par to nahi hui thi ?? Koi nahi hota hai end of the day it’s a game of cricket as u rightly said” which loosely translates to “Now you will also say things? Did this six land on your TV at home?” With this tweet he attached a video of him hitting a last over six against Pakistan. Ab Tum bi bologe @iamamirofficial yeh 6 ki landing tumhare ghar k tv par to nahi hui thi ?? Koi nahi hota hai end of the day it’s a game of cricket as u rightly said https://t.co/XqSnWhg9t3 pic.twitter.com/4IuWpPOpF1— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 26, 2021It was Amir who stirred things up by sharing a clip from an old cricket match where former Pakistan skipper Shahid Afridi smashed Harbhajan for a few sixes. https://t.co/tZGLtwBKCa me busy tha @harbhajan_singh apki bowling dekh raha tha test jab LaLA ne apko 4 bowls pe 4 sixes mare thay but cricket hai lag sakte but test cricket me thora ziada ho gia tha— Mohammad Amir (@iamamirofficial) October 26, 2021To this particular tweet of Amir, Harbhajan shared a still from the Lord's 2010 Test between Pakistan and England where Amir was found guilty of spot-fixing. "Lords mai no ball kaise ho gya tha ?? Kitna liya kisne diya ? Test cricket hai no ball kaise ho sakta hai? Shame on u and ur other supporters for disgracing this beautiful game," tweeted Harbhajan. Lords mai no ball kaise ho gya tha ?? Kitna liya kisne diya ? Test cricket hai no ball kaise ho sakta hai ? Shame on u and ur other supporters for disgracing this beautiful game https://t.co/nbv6SWMvQl— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 26, 2021Replying to this tweet from Harbhajan, Amir stooped low and used derogatory language towards the legendary Indian spinner. However, the Turbanator did not relent in his opinion of Amir. Taking to Twitter, Harbhajan said: "For people like you @iamamirofficial only Paisa paisa paisa paisa .. na izzat na kuch aur sirf paisa..bataoge nahi apne desh walo ko aur supporters ko k kitna mila tha .. get lost I feel yuk talking to people like you for insulting this game and making people fool with ur acts." For people like you @iamamirofficial only Paisa paisa paisa paisa .. na izzat na kuch aur sirf paisa..bataoge nahi apne desh walo ko aur supporters ko k kitna mila tha .. get lost I feel yuk talking to people like you for insulting this game and making people fool with ur acts https://t.co/5aPmXtYKqm pic.twitter.com/PhveqewN6h— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 26, 2021In his last tweet, Harbhajan shared a video from an old match where he is seen smashing Amir for a six and he captioned the post as: "Fixer ko sixer.. out of the park @iamamirofficial chal daffa ho ja." Fixer ko sixer.. out of the park @iamamirofficial chal daffa ho ja pic.twitter.com/UiUp8cAc0g— Harbhajan Turbanator (@harbhajan_singh) October 26, 2021IND vs PAK t20 worldcup 2021 HighlightsHaving won the toss, Pakistan skipper Babar Azam sent India to bat and Pakistan dominated the match right from ball one. India got off to the worst possible start with openers Rohit Sharma and KL Rahul sent back to the pavilion by Shaheen Afridi within three overs with just six runs on the board. Shaheen Afridi had Rohit trapped in front of the wicket for a duck and then bowled Rahul through the gate. Virat Kohli and Rishabh Pant then joined forces to add 53 runs in quick time before the latter was caught out by leg-spinner Shadab Khan off his own bowling in the 13th over. Kohli was finally dismissed by Afridi after scoring a 49-ball 57. India was restricted to 151 in their 20 overs. Chasing 152 to win, Pakistan openers had no trouble in making light work of the target as Indian bowlers failed to get the breakthrough. Skipper Babar Azam stroked his way to unbeaten 68 runs while his opening partner, Mohammad Rizwan, smashed an unbeaten 79 runs to take the team past the finish line.Also Read- T20 World Cup: Mohammed Shami faces vicious online abuse after India loss to Pakistan

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T20 World Cup: Why India vs New Zealand could be a do or die clash for both team

  • Oct 27, 2021
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In the ongoing ICC T20 World Cup in the UAE, Pakistan have emerged as the strongest team in Group 2. Out of the six teams which are in this group, India, Pakistan and New Zealand (ranked 2nd, 3rd and 4th respectively in the ICC T20I team rankings) are the three higher ranked teams, while Afghanistan, Scotland and Namibia (ranked 8th, 14th and 19th respectively in the IC T20I team rankings) are the three lower ranked teams. Pakistan, in their first two matches have beaten the other two highest ranked teams in their group, India by 10 wickets and New Zealand by 5 wickets. This gave them a solid NRR of +0.738. They sit at the top of the group with 4 points from two games and are top of the group. Their remaining three matches will be against the lower ranked teams - Afghanistan, Scotland and Namibia, which they are expected to win. Therefore, Pakistan looks in good shape to set a perfect record of 5 wins in the Super 12 stage and advance to the semi-finals. On the other hand, both India and New Zealand have yet to open their accounts. Both teams have played one match so far and both have lost, both of course to Pakistan. And this makes their clash against each other, which incidentally will be the next match for both these teams, a potential do or die affair.Assuming Pakistan, India and New Zealand defeat Afghanistan, Namibia and Scotland, the team that wins the India-New Zealand match will be the team that joins Pakistan in the semi-finals. After Pakistan beat New Zealand on Tuesday, there are now only two scenarios possible as far as Group 2 is concerned - either India beat NZ or NZ beat India. In scenario 1 - If India beat NZ - then India will finish on 8 points (assuming they beat Afghanistan, Scotland and Namibia) and NZ will finish on 6 points (assuming they beat Afghanistan, Scotland and Namibia). In this scenario, Pakistan and India will be the two teams going into the semi-finals from this group. This of course is based on the hypothesis that Pakistan, India and NZ will all beat Afghanistan, Namibia and Scotland. In scenario 2 - If New Zealand beat India - then India will end on 6 points (assuming they beat Afghanistan, Scotland and Namibia) and NZ will finish with 8 points (assuming they beat Afghanistan, Scotland and Namibia). And if this happens, then the Kiwis will be joining Pakistan as the second team from Group 2 to qualify for the knockouts. This of course is based on the hypothesis that Pakistan, India and NZ will all beat Afghanistan, Namibia and Scotland. Of course, T20 is the most fickle format of the sport and an upset is not going to be surprising. The team which loses on Sunday could still make the semis, provided the other team is upset by a lower ranked team or teams and they themselves win their remaining matches. The Men in Blue play the Black Caps on Sunday, October 31. While India vs Pakistan was a keenly followed clash for obvious reasons, India vs New Zealand will be perhaps the most crucial encounter for both these teams. India is ranked higher than NZ in the team rankings in T20I cricket, but history favours New Zealand in their more recent encounters vs India in ICC tournaments. Incredibly, the last time India beat the Kiwis in an ICC tournament was way back in the 203 ICC ODI World Cup. In fact, in the last 5 meetings between these two teams in ICC tournaments, NZ have beaten India four times In T20 clashes overall as well it's the Black Caps who hold the edge. In 16 T20I meetings between the two teams, NZ have won 8, while India won 6 of these matches. Two matches were tied. The Men in Blue team is looking forward to their second t20 worldcup title. They will have to be at their best to keep those hopes real and good.Also Read- India vs Pakistan: Harbhajan Singh and Mohammad Amir engage in war of words on Twitter

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I believe that India can win the T20 World Cup: Virender Sehwag

  • Oct 28, 2021
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The T20 World Cup 2021 has been an eventful affair so far. The fans have been all raring to watch the action unfold in the mega event. However, in the middle of the ongoing tournament, a fan asked former India cricketer Virender Sehwag who he thinks will clinch the title this year. Sehwag is always super active across his social media platforms. The former batter never shies away from expressing his opinions on the game. Thus, whilst answering the question of the fan, Sehwag was quick enough to back the Virat Kohli-led side in the marquee event. He pinned his hopes on team India to lift the trophy this year and also asked the people to support the team at times of defeat.India only have to play better cricket here onwards: Virender Sehwag“According to me, it’s Team India who will win this T20 World Cup. They’ll only have to play better cricket here onwards. We always cheer for our team when it wins but when it loses we have to support it even more. So, I believe that India can win the T20 World Cup,” Sehwag said in his latest episode of Virugiri Dot Com on Instagram. View this post on InstagramA post shared by Virender Sehwag (@virendersehwag)Team India did not have a positive start to their t20 worldcup campaign. The team locked horns with Pakistan in their opening fixture. Although Men in Blue entered the competition as favorites to win considering their record against Pakistan in ICC events, the team faced defeat by ten wickets. The Babar Azam-led side exuded some great character to break India’s 12 matches winning streak and registered a thumping victory. Shaheen Shah Afridi was clinical with the ball as he sent back both the openers early on. Chasing down the target of 152, Pakistan’s openers Babar Azam and Mohammad Rizwan played belligerent knocks to take the team past the victory. India's next mission is against New Zealand. Both sides have lost their previous encounters with Pakistan and will be keen on getting to winning ways. It will be a crucial match for both teams as a loss here will affect their chances of reaching the semi-finals.Also Read- Neeraj Chopra, Ravi Dahiya, Lovlina Borgohain among 11 recommended for Khel Ratnas

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T20 World Cup: How can India still hope to qualify for the semi final

  • Nov 01, 2021
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It's not the first-time cricket fans in the country have had to sit with calculators and figure out permutations and combinations in a cricket season. But for the first time in recent memory, fans of the Indian cricket team will be eagerly awaiting as Virat Kohli's men are on the brink of a shocking early exit in T20 World Cup 2021. Billed as one of the pre-tournament favourites, India have shocked quite a few with their listless performances so far at the T20 World Cup. India's body language, their mental strength has all come into question after two humbling defeats. India's campaign at the t20 worldCup got off to a terrible start as they lost to arch-rivals Pakistan by 10 points. It was Pakistan's first win over India in a World Cup match and they got it in style by chasing down a 152-run target without losing a wicket and with 13 balls to spare. A week-long break did India no good, it seems as they were hammered by 8 wickets by New Zealand, who restricted a listless indian cricketer batting line-up to just 110 in 20 overs during which they went without a boundary for 70 balls. New Zealand got past the finish line in 14.3 overs.  The two big defeats meant India's Net Run Rate has taken a massive beating. Only 2 teams will qualify from each of the two Super 12 groups and India's chances are looking bleak at the moment.What does the T20 World Cup 2021 points table look like?Did you see this coming? #T20WorldCup pic.twitter.com/fxK4E0eHW7— ESPNcricinfo (@ESPNcricinfo) October 31, 2021Pakistan is on top of the 6-team table with 3 wins in as many matches. The 2009 champions are all but through to the semi-final, as their last two matches are against associates, Scotland and Namibia. Pakistan made a statement by beating India, New Zealand and Afghanistan in their first 3 matches. It is safe to say that 3 teams are still in the race for the second spot in Group 2 of the Super 12 - Afghanistan, New Zealand and India and pretty much in that order.T20 World Cup: How can India still hope to qualify for the semi-final? India's upcoming matchesVs Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi on November 3 Vs Scotland in Dubai on November 5 Vs Namibia in Dubai on November 8New Zealand's upcoming matchesVs Scotland in Dubai on November 3 Vs Namibia in Sharjah on November 5 Vs Afghanistan in Abu Dhabi on November 7 Afghanistan's upcoming matchesVs India on November 3 in Abu Dhabi Vs New Zealand on November 7 in Dubai India's only chance of reaching the semi-finals is hope for a 3-way (or 4-way tie) for the semi-final spots at 6 points. If Pakistan wins one of the next two matches, it will guarantee them a place in the semi-finals. While India can't reach 8 points from hereon, Afghanistan and New Zealand can get to 8 points. Provided the more fancied teams avoid shocks in Group 2 from here on, the November 7 match between Afghanistan and New Zealand will assume a lot of importance.What do India need to reach the semi-finals?It's simple. Win all their next 3 matches and win them by big margins to boost their Net Run Rate which is reeling at -1.609. Scenario 1 India will hope they can beat Afghanistan by a big margin on Wednesday in Abu Dhabi and Mohammad Nabi's men go on to beat New Zealand in their final Super 12 match. However, if India are tied on points with Afghanistan, it's less likely that they will be able to overtake Nabi's side on Net Run Rate. Scenario 2 India should beat Afghanistan by a big margin and hope New Zealand beat Afghanistan in their final Super 12 match -- meaning, Afghanistan don't get to 6 points from here. However, New Zealand should lose to one of Namibia or Scotland as it gives Virat Kohli's men an opportunity to overtake the Black Caps' NRR.Can Scotland and Namibia help India?Well, there are more ways that India can qualify for the semi-finals. There are two unexpected as India needs Scotland and Namibia to pull off a couple of big upsets. For example, if Pakistan loses its next two games to Scotland and Namibia and India wins its next three games by a big margin, there is a chance that India going through and their arch-rivals getting knocked out in the Super 12 stages. Well, doesn't it look unlikely? India can benefit from Scotland and Namibia's victory over New Zealand, with India winning the remaining matches by a wide margin. All said and done, India have failed to live up to their reputation so far at T20 World Cup 2021. As former cricketer Vinod Kambli wrote on social media, this has been one of India's worst-ever World Cup performances, if not the worst-ever, given the talent and potential the side has been able to develop over the years.Also Read- CSK reward Olympic gold medalist Neeraj Chopra with Rs 1 crore

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T20 World Cup: India look to end campaign on winning note

  • Nov 08, 2021
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India will look to end their underwhelming T20 World Cup 2021 campaign on a high when they take on Namibia in the final league game on Monday. Coach Ravi Shastri and captain Virat Kohli would also eye a winning end to a significant chapter in the history of Indian cricket, as Shastri and Kohli are stepping down as the head coach and T20I captain after this tournament. Against Namibia, they will surely like to win it big and skipper Kohli would do a world of good if he allows the likes of Rahul Chahar to get a game and gives Ishan Kishan another go. The senior players would gain precious little against the David Wiese's of the world save for beefing up their individual statistics. Very rarely has an Indian team played such an inconsequential game at an ICC event since its last league game in the 1992 World Cup against South Africa after already being out of the race for the semi-finals. It is not the first time that India is out of a global tournament before the last four stages, but it was not at all frustrating when one can clearly read the writing on the wall. The two losses to Pakistan and New Zealand -in which they got outplayed - had already put India on the exit path. From there, it was more of a battle pitching hope against hope and it eventually all came crashing with New Zealand's eight-wicket win over Afghanistan. And that is something that will hurt Shastri, a proud man, who has done his bit to make this a formidable all-condition Test team with a lethal fast bowling attack. Their fabulous term saw India achieve the pinnacle of Test cricket glory with back-to-back series wins in Australia, a near-win on the recent tour of England, three dominating seasons at home and a phenomenal run up to the semifinals of the 2019 ICC 50-over World Cup. This campaign also brings an end to the four-year stint of head coach Ravi Shastri, bowling coach Bharat Arun and fielding coach R Sridhar, who have decided to move on. For Kohli, who is all set to even lose his ODI captaincy in the coming days, this wasn't how he would have liked to end his T20 captaincy stint with the national team having already quit IPL captaincy. It is also the first time since the 2013 Champions Trophy that an Indian men's team has failed to reach at least the semi-final stage of an ICC event. They were champions in the 50 over Champions Trophy in 2013, followed by runners-up finish in T20 World Cup in 2014. In the 2015 ODI World Cup, the team lost in the semifinals. The 2016 t20worldcup saw them reach the last four stage while they lost to Pakistan in the 2017 final of the 50-over Champions Trophy. In 2019, his ODI World Cup campaign ended in the semi-finals, and the two-year Test World Championship also ended in a final defeat. A combination of factors led to this debacle and if Kohli's poor captaincy and selection is one factor, the problems were certainly compounded by players like Hardik Pandya, who didnt reveal the full extent of their fitness status to the national selectors. However, these fatigue-levels notwithstanding, the team faltered on multiple fronts too. Shreyas Iyer and Yuzvendra Chahal's non-selection, uncertainty about who'll open, an unplanned middle-order and not having a game plan with an in-form Shardul Thakur in focus could've been aspects for the indian cricketer to look at. cricket india will take the flight back home and begin their journey to the 2022 edition of the T20 World Cup under new head coach and a new captain on a fresh note. Namibia have managed to beat only Scotland so far in their Super 12 engagements after making the tournament-proper for the first time in the T20 format. Teams:India: Virat Kohli (captain), Rohit Sharma, KL Rahul, Suryakumar Yadav, Ishan Kishan, Hardik Pandya, Rishabh Pant (wk), Ravindra Jadeja, Ravichandran Ashwin, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohammed Shami, Rahul Chahar, Varun Chakravarthy, Shardul Thakur Namibia: Namibia: Gerhard Erasmus (c), Stephen Baard, Karl Birkenstock. Michau du Preez, Jan Frylinck, Zane Green, Nicol Lofie-Eaton, Bernard Scholtz, Ben Shikongo, JJ Smit, Ruben Trumpelmann, Michael van Lingen, David Wiese, Craig Williams and Pikky Ya France.Also Read- Babar Azam Becomes First Captain To Score 3 Fifties In T20 World Cup

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Virat Kohli T20I captaincy record: India Second most successful captain after Dhoni

  • Nov 09, 2021
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Virat Kohli, on Monday, ended his tenure as the captain of the India’s T20 international team with 30 wins in five years with Namibia being the latest side to go down against the Men in Blue at the ICC T20 World Cup in Dubai. Kohli was second most successful indian cricketer captain in his shortest format after Mahendra Singh Dhoni, who left the mantle in 2016 after stepping down as the white-ball captain. Kohli ends his T20I captaincy career with 30 wins and 16 losses from 50 games. He is also the second behind Australia's Aaron Finch on the list of most runs by captains in T20I cricket with 1570 runs from 47 innings at an average of 47.57 which includes 13 half-centuries. But regardless of all the batting and captaincy records, the fact that will hurt Virat Kohli the most would be the lack of ICC titles under his leadership. The T20 World Cup 2021 gave Kohli the last chance to win an ICC title in the format as captain but unfortunately, cricket india failed to make the knockouts of the tournament for the first time since the 2012 edition after crashing out in the Super 12s. The heavy defeats against Pakistan (10 wickets) and New Zealand (8 wickets) last month massively hurt indian cricketer the most in this tournament. Although Kohli managed to inspire his team to win in their next two games against Afghanistan and Scotland to keep the team's slim chances of reaching the semi-finals alive, it was not enough to keep them in the competition as New Zealand's victory over Afghanistan dashed all their hopes of advancing to the semi-final. Kohli however, will bow out on a high note as they beat the Namibians in their final match of this campaign by 9 wickets to finish third in Group 2. His deputy is the most-likely candidate to take over the reins from the home series against New Zealand next week while Kohli will switch his captaincy focus towards the one-day internationals and Tests, where he will still be eyeing his first major trophy.Also Read- PTV sends Rs 100 million defamation notice to Shoaib Akhtar

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Rohit Sharma named India T20I captain for New Zealand series

  • Nov 10, 2021
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The Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI) on Tuesday announced a 16-member squad for the T20I series against New Zealand at home. Rohit Sharma has been named the captain of the T20I side while KL Rahul will be his deputy for the 3-match series, starting November 17. Virat Kohli, who stepped down as T20I captain after India's early exit from the T20 World Cup, has taken a break for the series and will be back for the Tests against New Zealand to be ready in time for the tour of South Africa later this year. Rohit Sharma will join hands with newly-appointed head coach Rahul Dravid, who will take over from the New Zealand Series. India is playing two tests after the T20I series but BCCI has yet to announce the Test team. India have not made complete changes to the squad in the T20I format despite their disappointing performance at the T20 World Cup in the UAE.Also Read- Virat Kohli T20I captaincy record: India Second most successful captain after DhoniWhile Hardik Pandya is not included in 16-man squad, the likes of Ravindra Jadeja and former captain Kohli have been rested. Pace duo of Jasprit Bumrah and Mohammed Shami along with leg-spinner Rahul Chahar are the ones who are not part of the T20I squad.Yuzvendra Chahal, Muhammad Siraj and Shreyas Iyer ReturnMeanwhile, Yuzvendra Chahal, whose exclusion from the T20 World Cup squad was widely debated, returns to the squad for the New Zealand series. He has been preferred over Rahul Chahar, who played only 1 match -- the dead rubber against Namibia at the World Cup. Off-spinner R Ashwin has been retained after his impressive performances on his return to the T20I side after a 4-year-gap at the T20 World Cup. Bhuvneshwar Kumar also retains his place in the side while pacer Mohammed Siraj returns to the T20I side for the first time since March 2018. Shreyas Iyer, who was part of the reserve unit at the T20 World Cup, finds his way back to the team after a good start for the Delhi Capitals in the second half of IPL 2021. Deepak Chahar, who was also not part of the India squad at the World Cup, finds his way back into the squad.IPL performances rewardedMeanwhile, the likes of Venkatesh Iyer and Harshal Patel have been handed maiden India call-ups after dream runs in the IPL. While Harshal won the Purple Cap with a record-equalling tally of 32 wickets in IPL 2021, Iyer shone at the top, hitting 370 runs in 10 matches for Kolkata Knight Riders. Avesh Khan who rattled opposition batsmen with pace for Delhi Capitals also got the India call-up as Rahul Dravid's side looks a good mix of youth and experience..@ImRo45 all set to lead #TeamIndia's T20I squad against New Zealand. How excited are you for the home series? #INDvNZ pic.twitter.com/wGCe0gBbL2— BCCI (@BCCI) November 9, 2021India squad for T20I series vs New ZealandRohit Sharma (Captain), KL Rahul (Vice-Captain), Ruturaj Gaikwad, Shreyas Iyer, Suryakumar Yadav, Rishabh Pant (wicket-keeper), Ishan Kishan (wicket-keeper), Venkatesh Iyer, Yuzvendra Chahal, R Ashwin, Axar Patel , Avesh Khan, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Deepak Chahar, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj.Full Schedule of India vs New Zealand T20Is1st T20I in Jaipur on November 17 2nd T20I in Ranchi on November 19 3rd T20I in Kolkata on November 21Also Read- PTV sends Rs 100 million defamation notice to Shoaib Akhtar

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Today Indian Cricket Team Players List | Today Sports News

  • Nov 25, 2021
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1st TEST MATCH | TODAY SPORTS NEWS As soon as BCCI announces the Today Sports News schedule for India, fans will start researching squad details. In particular, most cricket fans will start to search for “List of Players of Today's Indian Cricket Team”.Indeed, as a fan of Indian cricket, everyone started to anticipate their XI match until the BCCI officially announced it. BCCI announces a squad that can be made up of more than 20 players with the appropriate reserve players, which may vary from round to round.Shortly before match day, the board announces the 11th team to play against the opposing team on the field. A team of 11 players will be selected and the 11th will be selected in all domestic matches, not just international matches.It is a violation of ICC rules to provide details of XI's performance in a private setting or before the official announcement.ptchhigh | today sports newsToday Indian cricket team players listToday's information on Team India Playing 11 will be updated here shortly after the draw. Check out today's Indian cricket team.Shubman GillMayank AgarwalCheteshwar PujaraAjinkya Rahane (c)Shreyas IyerWriddhiman Saha (wk)Ravindra JadejaAxar PatelRavichandran AshwinIshant SharmaUmesh YadavIndia SquadShubman Gill, Mayank Agarwal, Cheteshwar Pujara, Ajinkya Rahane(c), Shreyas Iyer, Wriddhiman Saha(w), Ravindra Jadeja, Axar Patel, Ravichandran Ashwin, Ishant Sharma, Mohammed Siraj, Umesh Yadav, Prasidh Krishna, Suryakumar Yadav, Srikar Bharat, Jayant Yadav.New Zealand (Playing XI): Tom Latham, Will Young, Kane Williamson (c), Ross Taylor, Henry Nicholls, Tom Blundell (wk), Rachin Ravindra, Kyle Jamieson, Tim Southee, Ajaz Patel, William SomervilleMatch DetailsTournamentNew Zealand tour of India 2021MatchIndia vs New Zealand, 1st TestVenueGreen Park, KanpurDate & TimeDate: November 25, 2021Time: 09:30 AM IST; 04:00 AM GMTToss DetailsIndia won the toss and opt to batWhere to WatchIndia – Star SportsUK – Sky Sports NetworkAustralia– Fox CricketSub-Saharan African countries – SuperSport Cricket.USA – Willow HDLive Online StreamingDisney+ HotstarFantasy LeagueNot only are you a cricket fan or the first to know the details of an XI player, but fans are also looking for an XI player to form a team in the fantasy league.Most cricket enthusiasts prove themselves by joining such a platform and choosing an XI player who can take the lead with the highest score.What are the Platforms to play Fantasy League?Fantasy Cricket is an online game where a virtual team of real cricketers is formed. Points are earned based on the performance of the selected player. If your team is well ranked in the competition, you will earn real money based on the selected competition.What is the Fantasy League platform?Once officially approved by the IPL Board of Directors, the Fantasy League has arrived. A lot of people can be confused as to how to play in the league and follow the tips and rules. For your convenience, our team has developed tips and rules for you to follow, as well as a way to play IPL Fantasy League.FOR DAILY MORE SPORTS NEWS TO VISIT HERE  PITHHIGHOutside of the IPL season, there are many platforms offering the same to participate in various international cricket matches. Some of the platforms are:ream 11Crix11Mobile Premier LeagueMy11Circle FantasyPlayerzPot FantasyMyTeam11 FantasyFanFight FantasyHalaplay Fantasy League