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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 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