IPL 2021: Ishan Kishan’s gesture after spotting Sachin Tendulkar In dressing room

Kieron Pollard alongside other Mumbai Indians players was seen laughing at the move of wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan after he spotted the legendary Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar in the Mumbai Indians (MI) dressing room.

Ishan Kishan in MI dressing room
Ishan Kishan’s reaction after spotting Sachin in dressing room.

Meanwhile, Master Blaster joined the Mumbai Indians camp after a long wait of 2 years in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 United Arab Emirates (UAE) leg. Notably, he missed Indian Premier League (IPL) 2020 and was unable to join Mumbai during the India leg of IPL 2021 as he contracted COVID-19 in March.

Ahead of joining the Rohit Sharma-led team, Tendulkar went through a mandatory quarantine period, he also shared the picture after joining the team.

Recently, Mumbai Indians shared a video of their preparation before their battle against the MS Dhoni-led Chennai Super Kings. In the video, wicketkeeper-batsman Ishan Kishan was seen quickly removing his shades after spotting Legendary Sachin Tendulkar sitting in the dressing room, this move by the 23-year-old left West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard in splits.

Watch the reaction of Ishan Kishan after spotting Sachin.

Ishan Kishan was recently named in India’s T20 World Cup 2021 15-member squad, He was kept in the team as a backup wicketkeeper-batsman and a backup opener. However, with his poor run with the bat in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 UAE leg it’s difficult to say whether he will be retained in the World Cup squad or not.

David Warner

IPL 2021: End of the road for David Warner with SRH?

Star Australian opener David Warner who represents Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) in the Indian Premier League (IPL) has revealed that he’s not going to be a part of Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) playing XI for the the rest of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 United Arab Emirates (UAE) leg.

David Warner
David Warner in Orange(SRH)

David Warner, who is regarded as one of the most successful batsmen in the history of the Indian Premier League (IPL) was dropped in the 40th match of Indian Premier League (IPL) against Sanju Samson-led Rajasthan Royals (RR) at Dubai International Cricket Stadium on Monday, September 27.

Meanwhile, the official Instagram account of Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) posted a picture after the completion of 10 overs during the first innings of the match against Rajasthan Royals. In the same post, a fan questioned where was Warner in the RR vs SRH game.

SRH Instagram Post
Instagram Post by official account of SRH
SRH Instagram Post
Comments on the Instagram Post of SRH official account.

The fan wrote: “Is Warner in the stadium, We didn’t spot him.”

To which the opening batsman replied “Unfortunately won’t be against but keep supporting, please”

David Warner’s comment confirms more or less that he is no longer in the scheme of things of Sunrisers Hyderabad (SRH) and he will not be provided the opening slot for the remainder of the season.

The Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 has been an awful season for the Australian opener. In the first half of the IPL 2021, Warner was removed from the captaincy after the poor performance of the team and was even dropped from the playing XI. Overall he had a forgettable run in the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2021 as he scored only 195 runs at a strike rate of 107 in eight games.

Harshal Patel

IPL 2021: RCB’s Harshal Patel breaks records in match against Rajasthan Royals

Royal Challengers Bangalore seamer Harshal Patel, who presently holds the Purple cap, achieved a massive milestone as he broke the record for maximum wickets by an uncapped player in an Indian Premier League season on Wednesday.

Harshal Patel
Harshal Patel celebrating a wicket.

Royal Challengers Bangalore fast bowler Harshal Patel is on a roll. Already the Purple Cap holder, Harshal improved his stocks even further when he claimed a three-wicket-haul against Rajasthan Royals in Match 43 of IPL 2021 in Dubai. Harshal dismissed Riyan Parag, Chris Morris and Chetan Sakariya in his last over and the final one of the innings, his performance playing a key role in restricting RR to 149/9, when at one stage, RR were cruising and looked good for 180.

Harshal went past his RCB teammate Yuzvendra Chahal, who previously held the record for most wickets by an uncapped players in an IPL season. Chahal had picked up 23 wickets in IPL 2015.

With his three-wicket haul on Wednesday, Harshal Patel also bagged the record for most wickets in a season by an RCB bowler.

Earlier, that record was jointly shared by Chahal and R Vinay Kumar, both had picked up 23 wickets.

Harshal has been Kohli’s go-to bowler in this year’s IPL. The 30-year-old had recently picked up a hat-trick against Mumbai Indians.

The 2021 season has been a breakout year for Harshal who was traded into the Kohli-led franchise earlier this year from Delhi Capitals.

In his nine-season IPL career, the 30-year-old has racked up 72 wickets in 59 matches with alone five-wicket haul that came earlier this year against Mumbai Indians. Harshal also picked up a sensational hat-trick in RCB’s previous match against MI last Sunday.

BCCI to request ECB for two warm-up matches for India before England Tests: Report

The BCCI will be writing to the England and Wales Cricket Board, requesting them to arrange a couple of warm-up matches for the Indian cricket team before the start of the five-Test series against England from August 4.

Virat Kohli; Ajinkya Rahane

There is a six-week-long gap between now and the start of the Test series, and after India’s performance in the World Test Championship final which they lost to New Zealand by eight wickets, the Indian Express has reported that Jay Shah, the board’s vice-president, has spoken to the Indian team management and the decision has been taken collectively.

“Jay (Shah) will be speaking to ECB and its Chief Executive Officer (CEO) Tom Harrison to make an arrangement for two warm-up games before the five Test match series,” BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal told the Indian Express. “The secretary felt that the BCCI should request the ECB to give at least two warm-up games so that players can get in some good match practice before the series starts.”

Virat Kohli hints at changes in India Test side after WTC final loss

Virat Kohli said the Indian team management might take a cue from the limited-overs sides and create enough backup and bench strength even in Test cricket, consisting of players with the right mindset.

Virat Kohli; WTC final
Virat Kohli after losing WTC Final

India captain Virat Kohli was not ready to lose sleep over the WTC final loss to New Zealand but he gave indications that there can be changes in the Test side going ahead. The WTC final went into the reserve day with a draw being the most likely result but a collapse in India’s second innings – some of it due to shot selection – gave New Zealand a realistic chance which the Kiwis accepted with both hands and chased down the 139-run target with 8 wickets in the bank to lift the inaugural WTC title.

Kohli, who had no regrets of naming India’s WTC XI in advance, said his side can’t fall prey to patterns.

“We will continue to reassess and continue to have conversations around what are the things required to strengthen our side and not follow or fall prey to certain patterns,” Kohli said at the post-match virtual press conference.

The Indian captain, who himself has been below-par in the WTC, including the final, said the team management might take a cue from the limited-overs sides and create enough backup and bench strength even in Test cricket, consisting of players with the ‘right mindset’.

“We will not wait for a year or so and have to plan. If you see our white-ball team now, we have great depth and guys are ready and confident. Same thing needs to be done with Test cricket.

“You have to reassess and replan and understand what dynamics work for the team and how we can be fearless. Bring in the right people who have right mindset to perform,” the skipper added.

Kohli did not take any names but the skipper’s words are sure to keep senior batsman Cheteshwar Pujara on his toes. Pujara managed 8 off 54 balls in the first innings and consumed 35 balls for his first run. He then scored just 15 runs off 80 balls in the second essay. In the end, New Zealand chased down a 139-run target without much trouble.

For the current management, a 50 off 80 balls is of more value than a 15 off 80 which can put unnecessary pressure on batsmen coming after someone with an ultra-defensive mindset.

“I think evolving with the game and improving yourself with the game is very important and when you have been a top side for few years in a row, you don’t want to suddenly drop your standards…”, said Kohli.

“We will certainly take those decisions and have those conversations and in near future,” the skipper looked visibly hurt and in a mood to take some tough calls in near future.

He also spoke about finding ways to score runs against quality attacks like that of New Zealand. India scored only 217 in the first innings and were all out for 170 in the second effort.

“We definitely need to work out better plans on understanding how to score runs. We have to stay in sync with the momentum of the game and not let the game drift away too much. I don’t think there are any technical difficulties as such,” he asserted.

“It’s more down to game awareness and being more brave in putting bowlers under pressure and not allowing them to bowl in similar areas for longer periods of time unless it is absolutely overcast and ball swinging all over the place like it happened on day 1.”

“You can’t be too worried about getting out as your bringing the bowler into the game completely. If as a batting unit, we put 300 on the board, it’s a different kind of pressure on opposition with the kind of bowlers we have. Kohli urged his batsmen to take calculated risks and strike a balance between well-timed strokeplay and holding an end.

“The endeavour would be to try and score runs and not worry about getting out in testing conditions. That’s the way you can put the opposition under pressure otherwise you are standing there hoping that you don’t get out, which you eventually will be because you are not being optimistic enough.

WTC Final: Kane Williamson, Ross Taylor guide New Zealand to inaugural WTC title

New Zealand enjoyed the greatest triumph in their cricket history as they beat India by eight wickets in the inaugural World Test Championship final at Southampton on Wednesday.

New Zealand celebrates WTC title victory
New Zealand celebrating WTC final victory over India.

Two years on from their painful Super Over loss to England in the 50-over World Cup final at Lord’s, New Zealand’s men claimed their first major global title in the WTC final. India set a victory target of just 139 in 53 overs, New Zealand finished on 140-2 with more than seven overs left after the match was extended into the reserve sixth day after two days’ play were completely washed out.

Experienced Ross Taylor (47*) and Kane Williamson (52*) played solid knocks in the big pressure fourth innings chase as they guided New Zealand to a comfortable eight-wicket win against India on the ‘sixth’ day of the World Test Championship final in Southampton on Wednesday. With the victory, the Kiwis clinched the inaugural ICC WTC title and held on to their top spot in the Test rankings. In the 144-year history of Test cricket, New Zealand were crowned the champions of the longest format.

Chasing 139 for victory on the reserve day, Taylor and Williamson added a crucial 96-run partnership for the third wicket to take their team across the finish-line with quite a few overs to spare in the day. Earlier, a poor batting performance coupled with some exceptional bowling display from the Kiwi pacers bowled India to 170 all out in their second innings. Tim Southee led the attack from the front with a four-for as the star-studded India batting line-up collapsed in front of a combined disciplined bowling effort. The likes of Rohit Sharma, Virat Kohli, Cheteshwar Pujara and Ajinkya Rahane failed to impress in the big ticket finale, failing to score a fifty in either of the two innings. Lanky Kiwi pacer Kyle Jamieson was the top wicket-taker (7) in the low scoring WTC final.

It’s a special feeling. It’s nice to get one under the belt. I’d like to thank Virat and the Indian team. The heart that our team showed was commendable. It’s the first time we have come away with a world title, and the 22 players who played a big part in getting across the line deserve all the appreciation. This will be remembered for a long time. We don’t always have all the stars, and we saw that in this match. We saw so much heart and commitment. We know how strong the Indian side is, in all conditions. It’s a fickle game, in a one-off final. It ebbed and flowed, no one really had the upper hand for six days, and I’m happy we’re on the right side of it. It was certainly tough going in the first innings. The lower order played with more freedom and got us a lead that gave us an edge. Ross is obviously very experienced and calm in these situations and it was great to be with him right there at the end. BJ Watling – I don’t know if he’s retiring any more actually (jokes). He’s a scrappy player, so this is a fitting end to a fantastic career for BJ Watling.

Kane Williamson, New Zealand Skipper

First up, a big congratulations to Kane and his team. They’ve shown great consistency and heart, and pull off a result in three days. They put us under pressure throughout the Test and did extremely well to win. It was difficult to get momentum on Day 2, and we did really well with the ball in the first innings. This morning was the difference where their bowlers executed their plans to perfection and didn’t give us scoring opportunities. We were 30-40 short of giving them a good target. I don’t regret announcing my XI beforehand, because you need an all-rounder in the side but we made a unanimous decision that these are the best XI we can take into the park. Jamieson is coming up nicely in international cricket – good areas with the ball, and he can bat quite well too. He’s had a great game and he deserves the man of the match award. It’s great for the game (WTC) and the more Test cricket is given importance, the better it will be for international cricket. It’s a great move by ICC. Test cricket is the heartbeat of the game. It’s a long summer ahead and we are really looking forward to the next series (Tests against England).”

Virat Kohli, India Skipper

Shreyas Iyer to miss IPL 2021 due to shoulder injury.

Shreyas Iyer has been ruled out of IPL 2021 with a shoulder injury suffered during the first ODI between India and England.

India batsman Shreyas Iyer was ruled out of the ongoing ODI series against England as well as the IPL after dislocating his left shoulder in the opening game on Tuesday March 23. Sources in the BCCI told PTI that Iyer is set to undergo surgery on his left shoulder as he is currently in serious pain, which will rule him out of action for a minimum of 4 months.

Shreyas Iyer’s shoulder injury in Tuesday’s ODI will keep him out of the entire duration of IPL 2021. This was confirmed by Delhi Capitals Co- owner Parth Jindal.

“Absolutely devastated and gutted for our skipper @ShreyasIyer15 – stay strong captain – hope for a very quick recovery. Have full faith that you will come back even stronger from this. India needs you in the T20 World Cup ” Jindal tweeted.

Iyer had fallen badly on his left shoulder while attempting to stop a Jonny Bairstow stroke in the circle and could take no further part in the match as he hobbled off to undergo scans.

Iyer’s unavailability from India’s 18-member squad could offer Suryakumar Yadav a chance to make his ODI debut in the next match on Friday.

On Tuesday, the BCCI had stated, “Shreyas Iyer subluxated (partially dislocated) his left shoulder in the 8th over while fielding. He has been taken for further scans.”

His absence will be felt far more keenly by Delhi Capitals, who Iyer led to the final in 2020, where they lost to Mumbai Indians. Iyer was prolific with the bat, finishing as DC’s second highest scorer behind Shikhar Dhawan.

Also read: IPL 2021 Schedule announced

IPL 2021 schedule announced, MI will face RCB on April 9

The BCCI announced the schedule for IPL 2021, with the season set to begin on April 9 in Chennai.

IPL 2021 Schedule

The BCCI announced the schedule for the Indian Premier League 2021 on Sunday. The IPL 2021 season will begin on April 9 in Chennai, with defending champions Mumbai Indians taking on Royal Challengers Bangalore. The final will be played on May 30 at the Narendra Modi Stadium in Ahmedabad. The previous season’s runners-up Delhi Capitals will begin their season on April 10 against Chennai Super Kings in Mumbai. The tournament will be held in six cities — Chennai, Mumbai, Ahmedabad, Delhi, Bengaluru and Kolkata.

Each team will play in four of the six designated venues during the league stage, the IPL release said. Notably, every match will be held at a neutral venue, with no team scheduled to play in their home stadium.

Chennai, Mumbai, Kolkata and Bengaluru will host 10 matches each while Ahmedabad and Delhi will host eight matches apiece during the league stages. The knockout stages of the competition will be played entirely in Ahmedabad, the largest cricket stadium in the world.

As part of safety measures due to the coronavirus pandemic, the organisers have ensured that each team has to travel only thrice during the league stage.

Jay Shah

“The IPL this year at home will be played behind closed doors to begin with and a call on allowing spectators will be taken at a later stage of the tournament,” BCCI secretary Jay Shah said in a statement.

“The fixtures of the tournament have been mapped in a way that every team will travel only three times during the league stage, thus reducing commute and minimising risk”, Shah added.

“After hosting the tournament safely and successfully in UAE last year, the BCCI is confident of hosting the IPL at home with health and safety of players and all people involved being paramount”, he said.

The tournament will see 11 double-headers, with six teams scheduled to play three afternoon matches and two teams playing two afternoon games.

Also Read: IPL 2021: Player Retention list

World’s largest cricket stadium has left cricketers and fans in awe

Motera Stadium
Motera Cricket Stadium picture by Gujarat Cricket Association

The newly reconstructed Sardar Patel Stadium also known as the Motera will unfold another glorious chapter in Indian cricket as the world’s largest cricket arena gears up to host Team India’s 3rd Test match against Joe Root-led England on Wednesday. First opened for the aficionados of the gentlemen’s game in the early 1980s, the iconic Sardar Patel Stadium was closed for reconstruction in 2015. Six years later, the Motera is all set to hold its first international match which is touted to be the series decider between the two ICC World Test Championship frontrunners.

Motera Cricket Stadium
Motera Cricket Stadium view from top

The stadium boasts the newly installed LED floodlights which will help players spot the aerial balls in India’s third pink-ball Test match in the international arena. Outclassing the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) in terms of crowd capacity, the new-look Sardar Patel Stadium or the new Motera has a seating capacity of 1,10,000. The Gujarat Cricket Association (GCA) has reportedly opted to sell 55,000 tickets for the upcoming two-Test matches which are a part of the ongoing four-match series.

The Motera is the only stadium in the world to have 11 center pitches on the main ground. Gujarat Cricket Association’s joint secretary Anil Patel had asserted that the Sardar Patel Stadium is also the only stadium in the world with four dressing rooms for the players. From Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya to former England skipper Kevin Pietersen, a host of cricketers and pundits are simply stunned by the sight of the world’s biggest cricket stadium.

Cheteshwar Pujara

Looking forward to playing the third pink-ball Test at the Motera, India’s numero uno Cheteshwar Pujara said that players are enjoying the facilities available at the new arena in Ahmedabad. “The gym is next to the dressing room so you know it’s very useful for guys who want to train in between the game or whenever there is time. Gym is excellent, it’s quite spacious and we did our first gym session here today and we had a good time,” Pujara told news agency PTI.

Kevin Pietersen summed up the new Motera as the Theatre Of Dreams. Originally, Manchester United’s home ground Old Trafford is referred as the Theatre Of Dreams. However, the Englishman has opined that the game of cricketer has its own Theatre Of Dreams in the form of the new Sardar Patel Stadium. “My goodness! How spectacular does this stadium look for the next Test match in Ahmedabad?! 110K capacity,” the former England skipper wrote.

Indian all-rounder Hardik Pandya revealed that it took the players almost an hour to get used to the massive size of the new Motera aka the world’s largest cricket arena. Pandya also asserted that a gym is attached to the dressing room at the Motera – something he has never seen before. “All the boys loved it, I think, for us, it took almost one hour to get used to the size of the ground, the kind of facilities it has provided us, I feel really, really proud that we have this in India,” Pandya said.

England all-rounder Ben Stokes shared a short video originally posted by the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) ahead of the 3rd Test match. “Some stadium this is and a bit of local music to help get through to the end,” wrote Stokes as the Englishman was impressed with the reconstruction of the new stadium.

England pacer Jofra Archer has opined that the Motera is one of the best stadiums he has ever been to in his international career. “The stadium is beautiful, the seats are beautiful. The ground is probably one of the best I have ever been to. Half of 1,10,000 would be present at the stadium, this is the most we get at most places anyway,” Archer was quoted as saying by news ANI.

Appreciating the revamped Motera Stadium ahead of the pink-ball Test match, England pacer Stuart Broad claimed that the world’s largest stadium has the potential to outdo the iconic MCG in terms of crowd noise. “The loudest I’ve ever heard a crowd was at the MCG in the 2017-18 Ashes when I caught David Warner on 99 — only for us to discover Tom Curran had bowled a no ball. When he got to his hundred next ball the noise was incredible but I think this ground has the potential to outdo it,” Broad told the Daily Mail.

India vs England: Virat Kohli a century away from surpassing Ricky Ponting and creating world record

Indian Captain Virat Kohli celebrating

India captain Virat Kohli will be on the verge of surpassing former Australia captain Ricky Ponting and creating a world record when he steps out to bat in the upcoming third Test against England at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad. Kohli has scored two fifties in the series but has not been able to convert it to a hundred yet.

The right-handed batsman has not scored a century since the Day/Night Test against Bangladesh at Eden Gardens in Kolkata in November 2019. He has played 10 innings since then, but is yet to reach triple figures.

If Kohli gets a ton in the pink-ball Test, he would be crossing Ponting in the list of captains with most international hundreds. It would be Kohli’s 42nd international ton as captain, the highest by any player in the world. It would be Kohli’s 28th Test hundred.

Currently, both Ponting and Kohli are tied at the top position in the list with 41 centuries to their name.

The four-match Test series is currently levelled at 1-1 after India won the 2nd Test at the Chepauk Stadium in Chennai by 317 runs. It was Kohli’s 21st win in a Test match at home as captain – and he equalled MS Dhoni’s record of India captain with most Test wins at home.

But if the Indian team wins the upcoming 3rd Test against England at the Motera Stadium in Ahmedabad, it will be Kohli’s 22nd Test win as captain at home, and he would surpass Dhoni to claim the top spot in the list.

Other Indian captains in the list following the duo are Mohammad Azharuddin (13 wins), Sourav Ganguly (10 wins), and Sunil Gavaskar (7 wins).

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