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Liverpool interested in bringing FC Barcelona stopper Jasper Cillessen to Anfield this summer

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According to reports in Spain, Premier League giants Liverpool have joined Napoli and Atletico Madrid in the race to sign FC Barcelona’s number two Jasper Cillessen – who has been playing second fiddle to Marc Andre ter Stegen at the Catalan outfit. It is understood that the Dutch international believes he has what it takes to be a number one at one of Europe’s top clubs.

It is understood that all three clubs have made initial enquiries to Barcelona about the keeper and they are expected to reply in the due course about his availability. Liverpool are building something concrete and unique under Jurgen Klopp and that factor may attract Cillessen to the club.

Their German manager has used both his keepers Loris Karius and Simon Mignolet this season, but doesn’t seem overly impressed with the both of them. In fact, it seems the latter has fallen out of favour at the club and could be on his way out in the summer.

He moved to Barcelona in 2016 hoping to displace ter Stegen and become the club’s undisputed number one, but unfortunately for him that has not happened. The German has been in prolific form domestically as well as in Europe, restricting Cillessen to very few minutes on the field of play.

Thus, Liverpool could be a good destination for the player. Karius may have earned Klopp’s trust for the time being, but the manager knows that he will have to find an upgrade quickly if they are to challenge for the Premier League title next season.

While some may argue that Cillessen does not necessarily prove to be an upgrade on Karius, given the situation regarding Mignolet’s uncertain future at Anfield, Klopp could be happy to offload the Belgian in order to make way for the FC Barcelona goalkeeper, and could thus commence negotiations for the player without any further ado.

IPL 2018: 71 Runs Loss Will Haunt Delhi Daredevils In The Remaining Tournament

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Delhi Daredevils
Delhi Daredevils

Delhi Daredevils were handed over a 71 run defeat by the Kolkata Knight Riders on Monday at the Eden Gardens. Given the T20 format, this would be counted as a huge defeat in terms of margin. Gautam Gambhir who returned to the Eden Gardens in a different jersey decided to bowl first after winning the toss. The decision turned out to be a nightmare for the Delhi Daredevils as Kolkata Knight Riders posted 200 in their 20 overs. In response, Delhi Daredevils were wrapped up for just 129 in 14.2 overs.

Andre Russel and Nitish Rana took the Delhi Daredevils’ bowlers to the cleaners and posted a mammoth and daunting total. Nitish Rana made a magnificent half-century on the way to his knock of 59 from just 35 balls. Andre Russel too blasted the opposition with a fiery knock of 41 from just 12 deliveries. Delhi bowlers went for plenty as the Delhi Daredevils leaked runs in plenty.

Also, see IPL 2018 RR vs KKR: Battle of Two Wining Track Riders

Also, see Aaron Finch All Set To Replace Steve Smith As Captain

DAREDEVILS MADE A MESS OF THE CHASE 

Chasing the humungous total, Delhi Daredevils never looked in control. While they needed a flying start to fancy their chances, the openers miserably failed. Skipper Gambhir managed just 8 while the star of the last game, Jason Roy scored just 1. Sent in to bat at number 3, even Shreyas Iyer failed to give Daredevils any hope. Shreyas got out for just 4 and the trail of misery continued.

Also, see IPL 2018: Vintage MS Dhoni Sent Across A Strong Warning To Other Teams With A Stellar Knock On Super Sunday

Glenn Maxwell and Rishabh Pant gave Delhi some hope with knocks of 47 and 43 respectively. From being 86 for 4 DD were all out on just 129 and this would have dented their morale badly. It was a poor show put up by Delhi Daredevils’ batsmen and this loss will haunt Delhi in the rest of the tournament. They have to get over this defeat as soon as possible and look to bounce back in the tournament.

DD now find themselves in the bottom half of the points table with just one win from 4 games. They would be keen to bounce back in the tournament for its still a long way to go. Let us see what Delhi Daredevils do from here to keep themselves alive in the tournament.

IPL 2018 RR vs KKR: Battle of Two Wining Track Riders

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RR vs KKR both are on winning track, it is to find who will continue the winning ride

IPL 2018 RR vs KKR. In the game number 15 of the IPL 2018, Rajasthan Royals will lock horns with Kolkata Knight Riders at home. Both the teams would be high on confidence and morale having won their respective last games. Surely, some great cricketing action is on offer on Wednesday as two handsome sides battle it out. Both these teams have had their share of glories in the first leg of IPL 2018.

Both, Rajasthan Royals and Kolkata Knight Riders have two wins each to their kitty. Rajasthan Royals in their last game outsmarted Kohli’s RCB and defeated them by 19 runs. On the other hand, KKR posted a handsome victory over the Delhi Daredevils by 71 runs on Monday. Both the teams would be keen to continue with the winning ways and strengthen their position in the points table of IPL 2018.

Also, see IPL 2018: Vintage MS Dhoni Sent Across A Strong Warning To Other Teams With A Stellar Knock On Super Sunday

BIG GUYS OF RAJASTHAN ROYALS NEED TO PERFORM 

For the RR, Sanju Samson has been in a sublime touch with the bat. Sanju Samson is the orange cap holder with 178 runs from just 3 games. But the Rajasthan Royals cannot depend on him every time. The likes of Ajinkya Rahane, Darcy Short, and Ben Stokes need to come good with the bat. Ajinkya Rahane must lead from the front. Ben Stokes too needs to live up to his repute and price tag. Sanju Samson would be the key player for the RR given the form he has shown in IPL 2018 so far.

Also, see IPL 2018: Mumbai Indians Will Try to Open Their Account in the Battle between Indian Captain and Vice Captain

KKR WOULD BANK BIG ON ANDRE RUSSEL 

For the Knight Riders, Andre Russel has been the real hero. He has just been amazing so far and is striking at soaring strike rates. He holds the key to swing any game in KKR’s favor. In IPL 2018 so far, Andre Russel has scored 153 runs in 4 games. Nitish Rana too played a great knock in the previous game. However, a Robin Uthappa special is still due.

The KKR also might want to sort its bowling woes with the pace department. They need to get some stability in the pace department. The spin department looks impressive but KKR needs to come good as a comprehensive bowling unit.

Also, read IPL 2018: Strong Protest Against IPL in Chennai, All Remaining Match Moved to Pune

IPL 2018: Vintage MS Dhoni Sent Across A Strong Warning To Other Teams With A Stellar Knock On Super Sunday

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MSD SENT A WARNING ACROSS TO OTHER TEAMS BY HIS DESTRUCTIVE BATTING ON SUNDAY AGAINST KXIP

“Applause Comes Hard Earned, Criticism Comes For Free”. MSD gave all the answers to his critics by his destructive batting performance on super Sunday of IPL 2018. The vintage MS Dhoni charged up the stadium with his helicopter shots at Mohali against KXIP.

MS Dhoni is not just about a name, it is about a fairytale journey that took Indian cricket to places. On last Sunday, the Chennai Super Kings fell 4 runs short of the target set by the Kings XI but the showstopper was none other than MS Dhoni. CSK walked into its third game having won both their first games but that winning streak was broken by Kings XI Punjab.

Also, see IPL 2018: Mumbai Indians Will Try to Open Their Account in the Battle between Indian Captain and Vice Captain

But what entertained the crowd most at Mohali was a Vintage MS Dhoni. MS Dhoni is someone who is synonymous with clinical finishes. But in recent times, he has been under criticism as some might argue that the former Indian captain is now a spent force. MS Dhoni unleashed the good old beast in him as he played an unbeaten and stellar knock of 79 from just 44 balls.

Chasing a big total of 198, the Chennai Super Kings never looked in control with both the openers failed to give CSK the much-needed start. Then with Ambati Rayudu’s heroics ending in a direct hit by Ashwin, it came down to MS Dhoni. Rayudu batted superbly for his 49.

Also, read IPL 2018: Strong Protest Against IPL in Chennai, All Remaining Match Moved to Pune

MSD SENT A WARNING ACROSS TO OTHER TEAMS 

The way MS Dhoni batted in Mohali, he has put a seal to all those mouths who doubted his finishing capabilities with the bat. After setting his eye on, MS Dhoni set free and almost took the Chennai Super Kings home. MS Dhoni hit 5 long sixes and got the Kings XI Punjab’s bowlers hopping. Dhoni swung his bat like a boss and almost handed over a defeat to the Kings XI Punjab.

In his unbeaten knock of 79, MS Dhoni hit 6 fours and 5 sixes and batted with a whopping strike rate of 179. If Ravindra Jadeja had provided him support from the other end, Dhoni would have surely sealed the win. CSK might have tasted their first loss in the tournament but MS Dhoni has made clear that his vintage style is still pretty much alive and there is every reason why bowlers must fear him.

Also, see IPL History: The Unbelievable Records From IPL 2008 Which Still Persists

IPL 2018: Mumbai Indians Will Try to Open Their Account in the Battle between Indian Captain and Vice Captain

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Mumbai Indians will battle with Royal Challengers Bangalore at Wankhede on Tuesday to open their account in IPL 2018

Right from the word go, this IPL 2018 has been about some nail-biting contests. The charged up teams have kept fans on the edge of excitement but the defending champions are yet to get underway. Mumbai Indians would be desperate for a win having lost their first three games. In their fourth encounter in the race to the trophy, the Mumbai Indians will be facing Kohli and his men at the Wankhede.

The RCB have managed just one win from their first 3 games. Even they would be keen to bounce back in the tournament by winning this game. There is every reason why both the teams would give in their everything to this contest which promises to be a great one. For both, their chances and morales, this win would be so important. It offers to be a riveting contest between Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma.

Also, read IPL 2018: Strong Protest Against IPL in Chennai, All Remaining Match Moved to Pune

RCB’s Batting Needs To Fire 

For the Royal Challengers Bangalore, they would have to make sure that their rich batting order fires. They have been seen struggling to chase scores despite having the most lethal batting line up. If RCB plays to their potentials then there is no stopping this side. RCB also needs to work on its death overs bowling performance. Virat Kohli would be the key player for the RCB.

Also, see IPL 2018: Kedar Jadhav Ruled Out of the Entire IPL Tournament, Again an English Cricketer Called as Replacement

Best of MI Yet To Come 

As for the Mumbai Indians, we are yet to see the best of Rohit Sharma and Jasprit Bumrah. In this game, Rohit Sharma would surely want to lead from the front which has not been the case so far. As for their bowling, with Jasprit Bumrah not being at his best, the death overs bowling woes would be haunting the Mumbai Indians. Rohit Sharma has scored just 44 runs in 3 games which worries the MI.

There have been some sparkling individual performances but they need to come good as a unit. Mumbai needs to give up on their cautious approach. In their last game against the Delhi Daredevils, they could not defend a handsome total of 195 courtesy their bowlers. Mayank Markande, the young sensation from Patiala might just be a surprising factor.

Also, see IPL History: The Unbelievable Records From IPL 2008 Which Still Persists

IPL 2018: Strong Protest Against IPL in Chennai, All Remaining Match Moved to Pune

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Strong Protest Against IPL
Strong Protest Against IPL in Chennai, Home Ground of CSK Can Be Changed. Saurashtra Cricket Association offered to host rest of the CSK home matches

There is an old relation between IPL and the controversies. In the same sequence, another controversy was seen around M.A. Chidambaram Stadium Chennai. After the protest against IPL match played in Chennai, the remaining matches of the Chepauk will be shifted to Pune. Sources say the Saurashtra Cricket Association also offered to host CSK’s remaining home matches.

Already it was feared that the Indian Premier League may have to face heavy opposition in Chennai, it is proven to be true and there was a heavy opposition to the first match tomorrow. On Tuesday, TVK’s supporters and the New Tamil Forum of Tamil Directors decided to oppose the IPL.

Also, see IPL 2018: Kedar Jadhav Ruled Out of the Entire IPL Tournament, Again an English Cricketer Called as Replacement

Because of this protest, CSK team arrived late on the field. In such a situation, the security of the players could be in danger. That’s by the reaming IPL home matches of CSK can be shifted from Chennai. ANI writes on it’s Twitter handle about this.

Credit: ANI

Also, see IPL 2018: Amazing Things which will Happen for the First Time in IPL

During the match at the MA Chidambaram Stadium, two people were arrested in connection with throwing a shoe at Ravindra Jadeja and Faf du Plessis. This incident occurred during the eighth over of the Kolkata Knight Riders inning. Jadeja, who was fielding at Long on, from the audience someone thrown shoe towards him.

At the same place, Du Plessis and Lungi were also strolling around the boundary. The police identified both the shoe-smugglers as members of the protesting group in Tamil Nadu.

Keeping an eye on this protest, about 4000 policemen were appointed to protect the MA Chidambaram Stadium, which was organized for the first time since May 2015. In addition, commandos and Rapid Action Force Jawans were also present there.

After the threat from protesters, the security of the cricketers was also increased. Even strict security arrangements have also been made for teams to go to the stadium from their respective hotels. Although despite all the efforts, the team of Chennai Super Kings reached the stadium a little late.

Also, see IPL History: The Unbelievable Records From IPL 2008 Which Still Persists

The Actual Issue of this Protest:

There has been a panic among both the states Tamil Nadu and Karnataka regarding water sharing of the Kaveri river. Several Tamil organizations are performing for the water sharing of the Kaveri River for nearly a week. They had threatened to perform outside the Chennai-based MA Chidambaram Stadium on Tuesday. Due to this, there was a protest before the match and during the match.

TVK activists tried to encircle the stadium but the police removed them immediately. The workers opposing the IPL match had banners in their hands, which said that we do not want IPL, we want Kaveri Management Board. Apart from this, they were also sloganeering against Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Also, see IPL 2018: IPL is going to Broadcast on Doordarshan for the first time

IPL 2018: Kedar Jadhav Ruled Out of the Entire IPL Tournament, Again an English Cricketer Called as Replacement

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Hussey confirmed that Kedar Jadhav has been ruled out of the entire ipl 2018, English cricketer David Willey will replace him

Chennai Supers Kings returned to the IPL 2018 like Kings after two years suspension. CSK came back strongly and defeated defending champions and traditional rivals Mumbai Indians in their first match at Wankhede. The CSK team was on the edge of losing the match, but Dwayne Bravo and Kedar Jadhav won it by playing fine innings.

But sadly, Kedar Jadhav has been ruled out of the IPL 2018. Now in the entire IPL, he will not be able to play a single match. In the first match against Mumbai Indians, Kedar had got a hamstring injury. Sources say that he is suffering from grade-2 pain in the hamstring. It’s really a very big blow for CSK.

Also, see IPL 2018: Amazing Things which will Happen for the First Time in IPL

CSK’s batting coach Michael Hussey informed that he is injured. Hussey said, “Unfortunately for us, Kedhar Jadhav has been ruled out for the rest of the tournament.”

“His hamstring scan did not come back so good. I believe it is a Grade 2 tear and he is going to be out for some period of time. We haven’t picked a replacement as yet but we will go through the process. It is a big loss for us because he is obviously a very good player and a key player in that middle order. There are big shoes to fill for that little man I guess,” Hussey added.

Chennai Super Kings also announced about Jadhav at their official Twitter handle.

Credit: CSK

Also, see IPL History: The Unbelievable Records From IPL 2008 Which Still Persists

Earlier, in the match, due to the injury, he returned to the Doug Out after retired hurt. At the end, when the team needed him and CSK required 7 runs in 6 balls, he came on the field to bat. He won the match for his team by hitting a six and a four in the last over. However, during his batting, it was clearly visible that he was in trouble. He scored 24 runs against Mumbai in 22 balls at the strike rate of 109.09.

CSK replaced Jadhav with English Player David Willey. Willey plays for Yorkshire and Yorkshire CCC itself announced the confirmation of Willey joining IPL at their Twitter handle.

Credit: Yorkshire CCC

David Willey is a handy all-rounder and can open the inning as well as can bat at the lower order. Now there are 12 English cricketers in this IPL season.

Also, see IPL 2018: IPL is going to Broadcast on Doordarshan for the first time

Manchester City vs Liverpool Champions League: Possible Line-ups, Team News and Prediction

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Manchester city vs Liverpool champions league 2nd leg

Manchester City vs Liverpool Champions League Preview: Pep Guardiola’s side are looking to bounce back against Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool side in UEFA Champions League quarter-final 2nd leg at Etihad Stadium on Tuesday (7:45 GMT).

Importance of this Match for both Team 

Manchester City vs Liverpool Champions

Manchester City were on course to one of the best season in their club history up until mid-February, Remember quadruple Talks?

Well in space of few weeks it looks like Manchester City will have to settle for EFL Cup and Premier league double unless they pull off a miracle against Liverpool tomorrow night.

For Liverpool, Champions League is the only tournament they can win this season. And they are well on their way into the semi-final. They just need to avoid a heavy defeat, like one they received at Etihad in the premier league this season.

Who will go through in the Semi Final

  • Liverpool (77%, 54 Votes)
  • Manchester City (17%, 12 Votes)
  • Draw (6%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 70

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Team News

Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola’s Pre Match Press Conference:

Benjamin Mendy and John Stones are recovering from injury.  “Everything is much much better with Mendy and Stones, They are training,” Guardiola said

Kevin De Bruyne will come to starting 11 but it remain to be seen whether Guardiola starts with Sergio Aguero or Gabriel Jesus. In short, city have almost fit squad to choose from.

Liverpool on other hand have different situation, Captain Jordan Henderson will not able to play due to suspension. While Joel Matip, Adam Lallana, Joe Gomez and Emre Can all injured. But Jurgen Klopp is hopeful to have in-form Mohamed salah against at Etihad.

“I am not sure 100%. At 5 pm we train at Melwood and see if he will be part of the training and wait for the reaction tomorrow and then make decision.” Jurgen Klopp on Mohamed Salah’s availability.

Predicted Line-ups
Manchester City: Ederson, Kyle Walker, Otamendi, Vincent Kompany (C), Danilo, Kevin De Bruyne, Fernandinho, David Silva, Raheem Sterling, Sergio Aguero, LLory Sane

Liverpool: Loris Karius, Alexander-Arnold, Virgil Van Dijk, Dejan Lovren, Andrew Robertson, Georginio Wijnaldum, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Milner, Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino, Sadio Mane

Head to Head – Both team played 209 time against each other. Liverpool have won 103, Manchester City have won only 54 While 52 ended in a draw.

Form Guide:

Manchester City: L-L-W-W-L-W

Last Match: Manchester City 2-3 Manchester United

Liverpool: D-W-W-W-L-D

Last Match: Everton 0-0 Liverpool

 

Manchester City vs Liverpool Champions League Prediction:

It is highly unlikely that Manchester City will allow Liverpool another easy ride like one at Anfield. Equally, it will be very hard for Man City to overcome 3-0 deficit especially after what has happened in Manchester Derby. Both teams are brilliant going forward so expect goals in this one.  Manchester City 2-2 Liverpool

Who will win 2nd leg at Etihad stadium

  • Liverpool (64%, 36 Votes)
  • Manchester City (29%, 16 Votes)
  • Draw (7%, 4 Votes)

Total Voters: 56

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IPL 2018: Here comes the fasted fifty of all time in IPL History from Lokesh Rahul

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The opening batsman of Kings XI Punjab hits the fasted fifty of all time in IPL History in the second match of IPL 2018

Fastest Fifty of all time in IPL History. The fever of IPL 2018 has begun and all the excitement of fans is out now. It’s only the second day and the second match of IPL and records started to be broken. In the 11th season of the IPL KXIP’s Lokesh Rahul is the one who started to set new records. Rahul set a new record in IPL by hitting fastest fifty in IPL History in his first match only against Delhi Daredevils while batting from KXIP.

Kings XI Punjab’s opener Lokesh Rahul has played a long remembered innings of cricket for IPL fans. Lokesh destroyed the bowling attack of Delhi Daredevils and completed his half-century in just 14 balls. After this innings, Lokesh Rahul became the fastest half-century scorer in the IPL History.

Also, see IPL 2018: Amazing Things which will Happen for the First Time in IPL

Rahul scored 51 runs in 16 balls with the help of 6 fours and 4 sixes in his innings against DD. He scored these runs with a strike rate of 151.52.

Earlier, this record was held by Sunil Narine and Yusuf Pathan. They both scored 50 runs in just 15 balls but Narine has a better strike rate.

Also, see IPL History: Importance of Orange Cap and Purple Cap

Here is the list of top fastest fifties of IPL

S. No. BATSMAN COUNTRY TEAM BALLS OPPOSITION SEASON
1. Lokesh Rahul IND KXIP 14 DD 2018
2. Sunil Narine WI KKR 15 RCB 2017
3. Yusuf Pathan IND KKR 15 SRH 2014
4. Suresh Raina IND CSK 16 KXIP 2014
5. Kieron Pollard WI MI 17 KKR 2016
6. Chris Morris SA DD 17 GL 2016
7. Adam Gilchrist AUS DC 17 DD 2009
8. Chris Gayle WI RCB 17 PWI 2013

 

Also, see IPL History: The Unbelievable Records From IPL 2008 Which Still Persists

Lokesh Rahul made the fastest half-century in IPL but, it was the third fastest fifty in T20 history and he occupied the 4th position in this ranking. The fastest half-century in T20 history is registered in the name of Yuvraj Singh and Chris Gayle. Both of them had scored half-centuries on just 12 balls.

Yuvraj Scored the Fastest fifty in T20 internationals against England in ICC T20 World Cup 2007, which is also a world record.

Also, see IPL 2018: IPL is going to Broadcast on Doordarshan for the first time

Here is the all-time fasted fifty record in T20

S. No. BATSMAN BALLS OPPOSITION
1. Yuvraj Singh 12 England
2. Chris Gayle 12 Adelaide Strikers
3. Marcus Trescothick 13 Hampshire County Cricket Club
4. Lokesh Rahul 14 Delhi Daredevils

 

Also, see BCCI: Bidding for Media Broadcasting Rights of Bilateral Cricket Series of India Crossed ₹ 6000 Crores

IPL 2018: Amazing Things which will Happen for the First Time in IPL

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Some Amazing Things which are going to be included for the First Time in IPL Tournament

IPL 2018. First Time in IPL. The new season of IPL is going to start from today. The IPL is considered as the MAHAKUMBHA OF CRICKET across the world. India is always mad about cricket and IPL is the biggest festival of cricket in the world. Every cricketer wants to be a part of IPL in any manner, even he is retired from international cricket. This kind of things makes IPL a unique and a different tournament. But this year there are some other things as well which will make this 11th season of IPL more different in many manners.

The biggest festival of cricket is starting today. Indian Premier League i.e. IPL happens every year, but this time the case is different. Teams such as Rajasthan Royals and Chennai Superkings have been back in the league after the ban of two years, leaving behind controversy of spot-fixing.

Also, see IPL History: Importance of Orange Cap and Purple Cap

The seven captains of eight teams are Indian. There will be a total of 60 matches in the tournament. 8 teams will clash for 51 days with each other to lift the IPL trophy along with ₹ 51 crores price money.

This time the IPL season will be different from all the previous versions in many ways. Let’s know about these different changes:

IPL 2018: IPL is going to Broadcast on Doordarshan for the first time

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IPL 2018. Cricket is considered as a religion in India. Cricket is one of the things which connects diverse India uniformly. The popularity of cricket is uniform across India. IPL is the biggest tournament of cricket in India. So now this time its is going to connect with another uniformly famous thing in India, the Doordarshan.

A great news for the fans is that the biggest event of T20 will now be telecasted on Doordarshan. Still in the present scenario, a large part of Indian population is a viewer community of Doordarshan. This community of DD Network viewers is definitely gonna love this.

Also, see IPL 2018: This time IPL will get a new champion, Sehwag expressed confidence

This information has been given by Prasar Bharati in a tweet made on it’s official Twitter handle. Prasar Bharati tweeted that “Good news for Doordarshan viewers! For the first time, you can watch IPL matches on DD Network.”

Also, see IPL 2018: Yuvraj Showed His Capability Again, Scored 120 Runs With 12 Sixes

Doordarshan is also offering this broadcast on their DTT service in 19 cities and on DD Free Dish all across India. Doordarshan also told this in a tweet.

But knowing the fact, it can be a little frustrating as well that you can only see the match of IPL with a delay of an hour on DD Network. Doordarshan will not broadcast the live coverage of these matches. Doordarshan will broadcast matches with one hour delay through D-Live.

But still, this is a pleasuring news for IPL fans those are still not in reach of Star India yet. With this information, it has also been revealed that Doordarshan will not broadcast all IPL matches, it will only broadcast selected matches.

Earlier, Star India has paid a huge amount of ₹ 16,000 crores for the broadcasting rights of IPL tournament. Star India has also purchased rights of other matches to be held in India other than IPL. For this, they paid another huge amount  ₹ 6138.10 crores for these rights. Star India has bought these rights for the next 5 years.

Also, see BCCI: Bidding for Media Broadcasting Rights of Bilateral Cricket Series of India Crossed ₹ 6000 Crores

IPL 2018: This time IPL will get a new champion, Sehwag expressed confidence

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Sehwag Said that This time IPL will get a new champion,

The action of IPL 2018 is just 2 days away. Every franchises team has prepared very well for the upcoming tournament. 3 teams from the present IPL franchise teams could never win the IPL title. Kings XI Punjab, Royal Challengers Bangalore and Delhi Daredevils are these teams. But former Indian batsman and Kings XI Punjab’s mentor Virender Sehwag’s views differ for this year.

Kings XI Punjab’s mentor Virender Sehwag said with confidence that this time IPL will get a new champion. He expressed confidence that if strength and balance are concerned, then all teams are almost equal in IPL 2018. While talking about the Kings XI Punjab, he said that Cricket fans are expecting more from this team this year as they are the best side in the last 10 years. There are some great Indian players in our team, as well as this team has many good overseas players.

Also, see IPL 2018: Yuvraj Showed His Capability Again, Scored 120 Runs With 12 Sixes

Previously, Sehwag said about Gayle and Yuvraj Singh that it is good for us that they both joined the team at their base price. If the second franchise went for them, then they could have a higher price. They both are the match-winning players. If both of them could win two or three matches on their own, our money will be recovered.

Also, see BCCI: Bidding for Media Broadcasting Rights of Bilateral Cricket Series of India Crossed ₹ 6000 Crores

Also, see IPL 2018: Players Need to Pass Yo-Yo Test to Prove their Fitness

Sehwag also talked about captain Ashwin. He said that this bowler can prove to be the best captain for the team because he gets to know any situation more quickly. Ashwin’s strength is that he is a very clever player and he knows the best use of the bowlers.

Earlier, Sehwag also made a comment on the arrival of Varun Aaron and Darren Sammy. He said they will definitely strengthen Kings XI Punjab. He added that due to the arrival of new players like Varun Aaron, T. Natarajan and Darren Sammy, the team will be on the field with a new pace. At the moment, our camp will focus on developing the team’s aggressiveness, courage and careless style of cricket.

In this IPL, Kings XI Punjab have to play their first match against Delhi Daredevils at Mohali on April 8. Ashwin will captain in the IPL for the first time, in such a way, how will he perform as a captain everyone looks for.

Also, see Master-Blaster Sachin Tendulkar Donates his Entire Salary as Rajya Sabha Member to PM Relief Fund

IPL 2018: Yuvraj Showed His Capability Again, Scored 120 Runs With 12 Sixes

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Yuvraj Showed His Capability in Practice Match and Scored Unbeaten 120 Runs With 12 Sixes

The 11th season of IPL is going to start from April 7. All the teams are in their last stages of pre-tournament practice for IPL 2018. Many players are showing their talents in the practice matches and franchise teams are also focusing on the form of their players. With this, the perfect playing 11 can be built.

In the same sequence, Yuvraj Singh also showed his capability in the game of cricket. Yuvraj Singh used to be criticised for his inconsistency in batting. But, A good news is here for Yuvraj Singh’s fans in this IPL tournament. Yuvraj Singh showed his form for this tournament even before the start and once again he has begun to rule the bowlers. Yuvraj scored an unbeaten 120 in the practice match played on Wednesday. During this match, he also hit 12 maximums out of the boundary.

Also, see BCCI: Bidding for Media Broadcasting Rights of Bilateral Cricket Series of India Crossed ₹ 6000 Crores

Also, see IPL 2018: Players Need to Pass Yo-Yo Test to Prove their Fitness

Yuvraj was the Icone Player of Kings XI Punjab in IPL’s first tournament in 2008. He was the very first captain of this franchise team as well.

Yuvraj had played for SunRisers Hyderabad in the last season, but this time Preity Zinta’s team bought him for a base price of ₹ 2 crores. In this IPL 2018, Kings XI Punjab will play their first match against Delhi Daredevils. Both the teams will meet on April 8 at IS Bindra Stadium, Mohali.

Also, see Master-Blaster Sachin Tendulkar Donates his Entire Salary as Rajya Sabha Member to PM Relief Fund

Yuvraj Singh smashed the bowlers in practice match and it was started after the entry of his wife Hazel Keech at the stadium. Indeed, Hazel came to the field to watch his practice match and Yuvraj welcomed him with a six. Yuvraj’s fan made this video, which Hazel Keech commented on as well.

BCCI: Bidding for Media Broadcasting Rights of Bilateral Cricket Series of India Crossed ₹ 6000 Crores

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Bidding for Media Broadcasting Rights of Domestic Bilateral Cricket Series of India has already Crossed ₹ 6000 Million

As we all know that BCCI is the richest cricket association in the world. IPL is one of the USPs of BCCI. But there, much other cricket series are also played in India. In the same sequence, the bidding for media broadcasting rights of bilateral cricket series of India is going on online.

India will play 102 matches in all three formats during the next five year period. For the next five years (2018-2023), the bid for media rights of domestic bilateral cricket series, which has reached 6032.5 million rupees, has gradually increased. On the second day, the tug of war between the big broadcasting companies Star and Sony was continuing.

There has already been a big increase in global overall rights (which includes digital rights besides broadcasting in India and the rest of the world). There are basically three categories to bid on, BCCI – global television rights and rest of the world digital rights (GTVRD), digital rights for the Indian subcontinent alone (ID), and the global consolidated rights comprising worldwide  Last year, in 2012, Star India had secured India’s media officer Rs 3851 crore.

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A senior BCCI official said, “This is the power of Indian cricket. It can resist any kind of negativity, administrative mess and even bigger controversies. The potential bidders know that in India, only one sport can give you proper return on investment. We don’t know who has the top bid but the pattern indicates that all three are still in the race if you see the bid amounts.”

According to him, BCCI is expecting the clear winner of the bidding process by late afternoon on Thursday. He added, “Every bidder has its threshold. They are slowly reaching that point. If it reaches Rs 7000 crore, it will be another landmark financial deal for Indian cricket.”

After the second day, the price of BCCI media rights has increased 56 percent, in which the bid for each match has reached about 60 crore rupees. It is already 17 million more than the bid of 43 crore rupees (per match) of 2012-2018.

Also, see Master-Blaster Sachin Tendulkar Donates his Entire Salary as Rajya Sabha Member to PM Relief Fund

Shahid Afridi Tweets Pic with Indian Flag after Gambhir Slammed him on his Kashmir Tweet

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Gambhir Slammed him on his Kashmir Tweet

The clash of Indian and Pakistan Cricketers can be seen out of the cricket ground this time. One social media this war is going on. Former Pakistan captain Shahid Afridi expressed his sympathies with the 12 terrorists killed during the Indian army’s anti-terror campaign in Jammu and Kashmir. After his tweet, the Indian cricketer Gautam Gambhir slammed him on Twitter, but Afridi made another tweet even after the serious reprimand.

Also, see IPL 2018: Players Need to Pass Yo-Yo Test to Prove their Fitness

In this tweet, Afridi has appealed to show humanity to the people while photographing with the Indian Tricolor flag. Afridi has written in this tweet ‘we respect everyone.’

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Credit: Shahid Afridi

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Afridi tweeted on Tuesday that the condition of Kashmir was restless and raised questions about the United Nations as well as other international organizations. Responding to this, Gambhir, the captain of the Indian Delhi Daredevils in IPL, hit him hard. Gambhir slammed him for his tweet by tweeting only.

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Credit: Gautam Gambhir

Also, see Master-Blaster Sachin Tendulkar Donates his Entire Salary as Rajya Sabha Member to PM Relief Fund

Afridi wrote in a tweet that the Kashmir situation is restless and worrisome. To suppress self-determination and the voice of independence, the oppressors are killed by oppressive rule. Where are the United Nations and other international organizations? Why are they not doing anything to stop this bloody conflict?

Also, see IPL 2018: Kolkata Knight Riders sign Tom Curran replacing injured Mitchell Starc

Credit: Shahid Afridi

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This is not the first time that Afridi has raised the issue of Kashmir. He did similar tweets last year too. Afridi then also wrote that Kashmir has been the victim of cruelty over the last several decades, now it is time to resolve this issue, which has killed many people.

Also, see IPL History: 5 Most Successful Captains in IPL

IPL 2018: Players Need to Pass Yo-Yo Test to Prove their Fitness

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IPL Teams Want their Players to Pass the Yo-Yo Test

IPL 2018. The new season of IPL is going to start from April 7. Keeping in mind the international level, now the IPL teams have asked the players to give fitness measuring Yo-Yo Test. IPL teams want their players to pass Yo-Yo test to prove their Fitness. So in the 11th season of the Indian Premier League, teams have made the biggest bid on any player but still, his place is not confirmed yet.

Also, see IPL History: 3 Great Players Who Never Got a Chance to Captain Any Team

According to the sources, players of four teams have given this test. These tests were taken immediately after the IPL auction. Mumbai Indians first adopted this test, in which players were given 14.5 seconds to cross each level. There were 5 such levels.

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This was followed by Royal Challengers Bangalore, Kings XI Punjab and Rajasthan Royals. Soon Sunrisers Hyderabad, Chennai Super Kings, Kolkata Knight Riders and Delhi Daredevils will also take their Yo-Yo tests.

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IPL is not just a domestic tournament, it is world’s most reputed cricketing event. IPL involves the world’s best international players from all cricket playing countries. In this case, every player must be at the peak of fitness. The players believe that it is not easy to pass this test, but hopefully, the more Fit players will make this 11th season of IPL even more exciting.

Also, see IPL 2018: Kolkata Knight Riders sign Tom Curran replacing injured Mitchell Starc

Yo-Yo test is a fitness testing test. Only a player with good fitness and stamina can pass this test. This test comes handy to know the fitness level of players and identify the unfit players. The score of 16.1 in the Yo-Yo test is necessary to pass the test.

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Cones are kept at a distance of 20 meters in this test and the player has to start with the beep and get the distance. There is a break of only 10 seconds allowed. Slowly, the speed is increased. Based on the speed of the player, his score is fixed. According to the score, the fitness scale of the player is prepared.

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Liverpool vs Manchester City preview: Probable Lineups, Team News and Prediction

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Liverpool vs Manchester City

UEFA Champions League Liverpool vs Manchester City – Two best attack in the premier league are set to face each other in the UEFA Champions League quaterfinals on Wednesday.

The Reds will play the first game of the two-legged tie in front of their home fans, meaning Jurgen Klopp and his men will have it all to do against Pep Guardiola’s side in the return leg – who have just lost once at the Etihad Stadium in all competitions this season.

Thus, the Citizens go into this one as clear favourites, but will still be vary of threat Liverpool pose, and that on their day, they’re capable of beating anybody among the continent’s élite. They are also the only side to beat City in the Premier League this term and would fancy their chances against the runaway leaders, who are set to be crowned champions in the next few weeks.

In-form Mohamed Salah can prove the difference at Andfield

Team News

Liverpool received a major injury blow on Tuesday as they found out that centre-back Joel Matip is likely to miss the rest of the season through injury. He suffered an injury on his thigh in their 2-1 win against Crystal Palace on Saturday, and will now need surgery on it, ensuring that he will miss a considerable share of football.

Adam Lallana is another player who is ruled out of the game while Emre Can’s major back concern puts him on the unlikely list. Right-back Nathaniel Clyne could push for a starting berth after being named on the bench against Palace over the weekend.

For City, defensive issues are aplenty as Fabian Delph, John Stones as well as Aymeric Laporte are all doubts for Wednesday’s game. Sergio Aguero may have returned to training but this game may have come too soon for him and Brazilian Gabriel Jesus is expected to lead the line as he did against Everton last weekend.

A trio of City’s players – Fernandinho, Danilo and Ilkay Gundogan – are on tenterhooks as they’re one booking away from facing a one-match ban in the Champions League.

Probable Lineups

Liverpool: Karius; Alexander Arnold, Lovren, Clyne, Robertson; Wijnaldum, Henderson, Chamberlain; Salah, Firmino, Mane.

Manchester City: Ederson; Walker, Kompany, Otamendi, Zinchenko; Fernandinho; Sterling, Silva, De Bruyne, Sane; Jesus.

Prediction

Liverpool vs Manchester City 2-1

Liverpool’s attacking has one of the most lethal in Europe this season and given Mohamed Salah’s red-hot form and City’s issues defensively, it is unlikely that the Citizens will keep a clean sheet. On the other hand, the visitors have plenty of firepower in their ranks to ruffle a few feathers, which could see it led to an open and attacking game with both sides getting on the scoresheet.

IPL 2018: Kolkata Knight Riders sign Tom Curran replacing injured Mitchell Starc

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Tom Curran is replacing injured Mitchell Starc for KKR, BCCI confirmed

Since IPL is a long tournament so some players do get injured but this year, the IPL 2018 tournament is not even started yet and the number of injured players is increasing day by day. In the same sequence of injured players, Kolkata Knight Riders replaced their injured star Aussie pacer Mitchell Starc with English death over specialist Tom Curran.

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KKR has announced the name of English fast bowler Tom Curran as an alternative to injured fast bowler Mitchell Starc. The KKR team bought this 23-year-old fast bowler for his base price ₹ 1 crores. Earlier, KKR spent ₹ 9.4 crores on Mitchell Starc. This is the very first time when Curran will play in IPL.

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A media release by BCCI on Monday stated: “Curran was picked for INR 1.62 crore from the Registered and Available Player Pool (RAPP) list.”

On his selection, Curran said he was thrilled and excited to be joining Kolkata. He also made a tweet from his Twitter account showing his excitement to play in IPL.

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Credit: Tom Curran

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“I know from chatting to other players I can learn a lot from being in that environment, skills that I hope will benefit Surrey and my chances of representing England again this year and if selected, for next year’s World Cup.” He added.

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Young English player has not got many chances in the international cricket matches. He has so far taken 7 wickets in his 6 T20 Internationals. Tom Curran made his debut in T-20 in 2014 playing from Surrey. After this, he has played 51 T20 matches so far and has picked 53 wickets. His best performance is 35/4 in T20 cricket. He has also taken 90 wickets in his 60 List ‘A’ matches. In the first-class matches, he has been named 173 wickets.

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Starc suffered a leg injury during the third test match against South Africa, after which he withdrew his name from the IPL along with the Test series due to a stress fracture. Significantly, Starc has been out of the IPL for the third consecutive time due to injury. Earlier, the Royal Challenger Bangalore had to face their shortcomings and this time it’s Kolkata’s turn.

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Master-Blaster Sachin Tendulkar Donates his Entire Salary as Rajya Sabha Member to PM Relief Fund

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Sachin Tendulkar Donates his Entire Salary
Sachin deposited the amount of approx ₹ 90 lakh as salary and other monthly allowances of Rajya Sabha to the Prime Minister Relief Fund.

Everyone knows that how descent person Sachin Tendulkar is. He is not only a great cricketer but a humble human being. Sachin is known as ‘GOD OF CRICKET’ in India and he always respects the Indian public and his fans. He again proved this fact by his kind work. Sachin Tendulkar donates his entire salary earned as a Rajya Sabha Member along with all other monthly allowances to Pradhan Mantri Relief Fund.

Former Indian cricketer Sachin Tendulkar’s tenure ended as a Rajya Sabha MP recently. After this, as an MP, he deposited the amount of approx ₹ 90 lakh as salary and other monthly allowances to the Prime Minister Relief Fund. Sachin had earned so much money in the last six years as a Member of Parliament.

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Following Sachin’s generosity, a gratitude letter was issued by the PMO in which states “Prime Minister acknowledges this thoughtful gesture and conveys his gratitude. These contributions will be of immense help in providing assistance to the persons in distress.”

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Sachin Tendulkar also used money issued for the development of his area very well. Sachin’s office released a data, according to which he has sanctioned 185 projects across the country and claimed to spend ₹ 7.4 crores on the structural development and education out of the 30 crore rupees allocated.

Sachin has also fulfilled all the duties provided as a Member of Parliament. Sachin Tendulkar had also adopted the two villages under the ‘Adarsh Gram Yojana’, which included Andhra Pradesh’s Puttamraju Kandriga and Maharashtra’s Donja Village.

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Tendulkar has also used his MPLAD scheme fund properly and effectively. Earlier, Sachin had given Rs 40 lakhs to build a school building in Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir. Sachin continues to help many NGOs on a personal level as well.

Along with Bollywood actress Rekha, Sachin Tendulkar was criticized for the fact that his presence in Parliament is quite low. He only attainted 7.3% sessions in Rajya Sabha. The former cricketer has attended 29 Rajya Sabha sessions out of nearly 400 sessions since 2012 when he was nominated as Rajya Sabha member. He just asked 22 questions and never introduced any bill in Parliament.

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But with this kind act of donating the entire salary, he might have won hearts of all his critics.

Also, see IPL 2018: Rajasthan Royals Replaced Steve Smith with Proteas Hard Hitter Heinrich Klaasen

Lt. Col M. S. Dhoni Received Padma Bhushan Award by President Ram Nath Kovind

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Lt. Col M. S. Dhoni Receiving Padma Bhushan Award by President Ram Nath Kovind in Rashtrapati Bhawan on Monday

Lt. Col M. S. Dhoni Received Padma Bhushan Award. Padma Award Ceremony was organized in Rashtrapati Bhawan on Monday. Padma Awards are the most prestigious civilian awards in India. Padma Bhushan is the Third Highest Civilian Honour in the country. Two big sports stars, cricketer Mahendra Singh Dhoni and billiards champion Pankaj Advani were awarded Padma Bhushan by President of India. Mahamahim President Ramnath Kovind honoured them with this honour.

Dhoni led Indian Cricket Team to win the ICC Cricket World Cup on 2 April 2011 after 1983. It is a coincidence that Dhoni received this honour on this memorable day. Dhoni has been honoured with Padmashree before.

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Credit: ANI

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Former captain of the Indian cricket team, who came to receive this honour, dressed Indian Army Uniform of Lieutenant Colonel and in this dress, he got this honour. When his name was called, he marched to take this award in his uniform. Significantly, the Army has given the standard title of the lieutenant colonel to the former Indian captain. After becoming part of the Indian Army, Dhoni gets all the facilities which are provided to an Indian Army soldier.

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Former Legendary Indian Cricketer VVS Laxman shared the video of the award ceremony on his Twitter account and congrats MS Dhoni.

Credit: VVS Laxman

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Indian Coach Ravi Shastri Congrats him as well on Twitter.

Credit: Ravi Shastri

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Apart from President Ramnath Kovind, there were other dignitaries, including Vice Presidential Venkaiah Naidu, Prime Minister Narendra Modi, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj. Law & Justice and Information Technology Minister of India Ravishankar Prashad also congrats him on twitter.

Credit: Hon’ble Minister of Law and Justice and Information Technology

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IPL 2018: Rajasthan Royals Replaced Steve Smith with Proteas Hard Hitter Heinrich Klaasen

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After the ban on Steve Smith, Rajasthan Royals found his replacement in the team. After Smith’s exit from IPL-2018 confirmed by BCCI, the South African player Heinrich Klassen has been included in the Rajasthan Royals team in place of him. Rajasthan Royals bought this Proteas wicket-keeper-batsman Klassen at the base price of ₹ 50 lakhs. Earlier, SunRisers Hyderabad also announced the replacement of David Warner with English Batsman Alex Hales.

Also, see BCCI Goes Hard on Ball Tampering, Banned Smith and Warner in IPL 2018

After found guilty in the incident of ball-tampering, Cricket Australia put a one-year ban on Steve Smith and David Warner. After this, BCCI also banned both Smith and Warner in the IPL 2018. Although both Smith and Warner had already left the captaincy of their own IPL teams. After the resignation of Smith from captaincy, Rajasthan Royals appointed Ajinkya Rahane as their captain.

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A Press release from BCCI states “The Rajasthan Royals have picked Heinrich Klaasen as the replacement for Steve Smith. The wicket-keeper batsman was picked for INR 50 lakh from the Registered and Available Player Pool (RAPP) list.”

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Rajasthan Royals Also Welcomed him on their official Twitter account.

Credit: RR

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Heinrich Klaasen, the wicketkeeper-batsman from South Africa has been selected by the Rajasthan Royals because he had done well in both, the ODI and T20 series against India recently. The 26-year-old player made his debut against India. He also got awarded as Man of the Match in both his ODI and T20 debuts. This shows his potential in limited overs cricket.

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Heinrich Klaasen, the wicketkeeper-batsman has played 3 T20I for South Africa and with an average of 30.66, he has scored 92 runs. Klaasen has also played 4 ODIs for his country and scored 110 runs at an average of 36.66. So he is showing quite a good promising performance in limited overs cricket. IPL can be a life-changing tournament for Klaasen if he performs well.

Also, see IPL: 10 Most Astonishing Batting Records

IPL History: The Unbelievable Records From IPL 2008 Which Still Persists

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Records From IPL 2008 Which Still Persists. The 11th season of IPL is to begin from 7 April 2018 and all the teams have got themselves ready for this new season of IPL. Every cricketer in the world cricket, even if he has retired, wants to join the IPL in some way. Everyday records are created in the IPL and the old records are broken down daily. This is the best thing that makes the IPL more special and interesting.

But, you know that there are some records of the IPL which were made in the first edition of IPL e.i. IPL 2008, but could not be broken yet. More than 500 players showed their talent in more than 600 matches in last 10 seasons of IPL, but these records still persist.

Also, see IPL History: Importance of Orange Cap and Purple Cap

Let’s know those records which were made in the first season of the IPL and are still up to date…  

IPL History: Importance of Orange Cap and Purple Cap

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Orange Cap and Purple Cap Winners

As we all know that IPL is one of the biggest and most entertaining cricketing tournament. IPL has glamour, spark, and everything that you can ever look for enjoying a sporting event. IPL Awards are also very valuable because by just winning them, you can be notified at world level. The raining sixes and toe-crushing balls are one of the main attractions of the IPL.

In the same sequence, two most valuable awards are provided in IPL. One is Orange Cap for Highest Run Score and other is Purple Cap for Highest Wicket Taker in a particular IPL Season. So let’s have a look at these most precious awards of IPL, year wise and try to know the honoured players.

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Let’s know about The Winners of Orange and Purple Cap year wise…

SunRisers Hyderabad Confirmed the Replacement of David Warner with Alex Hales for IPL 2018

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The replacements for many players in this season of IPl is going on and in the same sequence, SunRisers Hyderabad announced the replacement of David Warner. After being trapped in the ball tempering case along with Steve Smith, David Warner will not play for his IPL team Sunrisers Hyderabad this season. This time for Sunrisers Hyderabad, the opening batsman from England Alex Hales will replace Aussie David Warner.

Also, see BCCI Goes Hard on Ball Tampering, Banned Smith and Warner in IPL 2018

Alex has been a member of Mumbai Indians in IPL 2015 where he had replaced Cory Anderson in the squad. However, he couldn’t get any chance to play a game in IPL. Alex Hales is one of the few batsmen in the world who has scored a century in international T20 cricket.

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Alex Hales has scored 1456 runs in his 52 T20 matches for his country. He scored these runs with an average of 31.65 and a strike rate of 136.32. His highest score in T20 International is unbeaten 116 which he achieved in 2014 against Sri Lanka. Hales has scored 1 century and 7 half centuries in T20I.

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Hyderabad has acquired Hales for his base price of ₹ 1 Cr. Alex Hales is the first and only batsman for England to score a century in T20 Internationals. He is also the only English cricketer to rank among ICC Top 10 T20I Batsmen Ranking. Hyderabad announced his inclusion in the team for IPL 2018 from their Twitter account.

Credit: SRH

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SunRisers approached Sri Lankan Kushal Perera before Hales:

Sources say that earlier, the Hyderabad franchise has contacted Sri Lankan wicketkeeper-batsman Kusal Perera to be included in the team in place of Warner. Perera is an aggressive batsman just like Warner and has been in good form in the last few months.

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But, Kusal Perera had rejected this proposal from Sunrise Hyderabad. Perera rejected the offer of Hyderabad because he wanted to play domestic cricket in Sri Lanka in the meantime. so that he can make his place in the Sri Lankan Test Team. So he could not be available for SRH and then they moved to Alex Hales.

Gautam Gambhir Raised Serious Questions Against Cricket Australia’s Decision on Ball Tampering

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Cricket Australia yesterday sentenced ban on Steve Smith and Devid Warmer for 12 months and on Cameron Bancroft for 9 months from international cricket after being found guilty in ball-tampering. Every cricket personality is sharing their views on this incident. In the same sequence, Indian player and Delhi Daredevil’s IPL captain Gautam Gambhir also made his statement.

Also, see BCCI Goes Hard on Ball Tampering, Banned Smith and Warner in IPL 2018

Gautam Gambhir has said that this decision of Cricket Australia is a very strict action against Australian cricketers Steve Smith and David Warner in the ball-tempering case. Gautam added, “Smith and Warner have not had to suffer the inability to adopt a rebel step in raising their wages.” Let you know that both of them Smith and Warner, had shown rebel views for increasing salaries against Cricket Australia on television.

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Gambhir took this sentence seriously and wrote on his official Twitter page about this,

Credit: Gautam Gambhir official Twitter Account

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Gautam raised the question against Australian Cricket Administration. He also made a tweet saying that “He doesn’t think that Smith is a cheat, He was just trying to win the match for his team as a leader. However, his methods of doing so are questionable. But let’s not label him a corrupt. ”

Credit: Gautam Gambhir official Twitter Account

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Gautam Gambhir has also appealed to the Australian media and the general public on this episode that they should also think of the families of these players. what they will be experiencing after the punishment. Gautam also felt sorry for Smith and his family.

Credit: Gautam Gambhir official Twitter Account

Also, see IPL Worst Captains: 5 Most Unsuccessful Captains of IPL History

Sunrisers Hyderabad Named their Captain for IPL 2018 and This is not Shikhar Dhawan

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Sunrisers Hyderabad Named their Captain for IPL 2018. Caught involved in ball tampering scandal the former Austrailian vice-captain Devid Warner had already left the captaincy of Sunrisers Hyderabad. BCCI has already banned Warner to play in IPL after Cricket Australia’s strict decision against him. Along with Warner BCCI also banned the former Australian captain Steve Smith from IPL 2018. In such situations both the franchise teams, SRH and RR needed to appoint their new captains for IPL 2018.

Also, see BCCI Goes Hard on Ball Tampering, Banned Smith and Warner in IPL 2018

Rajasthan Royals had already announced Ajinkya Rahane as their captain for the 11th season of IPL. In the same sequence, SRH also has announced their captain today. Surprisingly it’s not Shikhar Dhawan.

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Sunrisers Hyderabad announced their captain’s name for the 11th season of IPL. New Zealand captain Ken Williamson will captain Hyderabad this season. Kane Williamson was also named after players who were considered captaincy contenders since Warner left the captaincy along with Indian opener and former SRH captain Shikhar Dhawan and Bangladesh captain Shakib Al Hasan. At last SRH prefered Williamson among all. Williamson has proved himself a good captain for his country in international cricket.

Sunrisers Hyderabad announced their new captain by their official Twitter account.

Also, see 3 Most Disgraceful Records in IPL History

Credit: SRH

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Also, see IPL Worst Captains: 5 Most Unsuccessful Captains of IPL History

After Warner left the captaincy of Sunrisers, there were speculations that this place in Sunrisers Hyderabad could now be given to India’s opening batsman Shikhar Dhawan.

If Shikhar Dhawan or any other Indian player was made the captain of this team then this would be the first time in the history of IPL when the captain of all the IPL teams was an Indian player. But Sunrise’s team gives the command of their team to Ken Williamson. Hence this record will no longer be able to be made. So this time even the captain of all the IPL teams will not be Indian.

Also, see 5 most Astonishing Bowling Records in IPL History

Earlier, Rajasthan Royals replaced an Indian player Ajinkya Rahane as the captain in place of restricted kangaroo player Steve Smith.

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5 Most Interesting Unknown Records in IPL History

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Cricket is not only all about batting and Bowling records. Some other records also exist. Many of them are nor made intentionally but anyhow unlikely they exist. Some of them are glorious and some of them are awful. Here in the article, such 5 most interesting unknown records in IPL history are discussed.

IPL has completed it’s 10 years of glory and in these long 10 years many records are created and many are broken. Every one of us only focuses on big records but here, some other miscellaneous unknown IPL records are discussed.

Also, see 5 most Astonishing Bowling Records in IPL History

Let’s proceed to know about 5 most interesting unknown IPL Records in the IPL History.

5 most Astonishing Bowling Records in IPL History

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Bowling Records in IPL

Bowling Records in IPL. Once batting was considered as the most entertaining aspect in the cricket but now in modern day cricket, this myth has been broken. Now the bowlers have the equal control in the match as batsmen. Many great spells are bowled by bowlers in IPL History. Even on many occasions, it is noticed that in big stages of the game, the main bowlers are the key to win the match. This fact also suits Super Over.

The hat-trick ball, the maiden over in power play, the slower bouncers in middle overs and the toe-crusher yorkers in the death overs have the ultimate nail-biting excitement. The bowling also has the equal fun in IPL.

Also, see IPL History: First Ever Records in the Last 10 Years of IPL

So let’s have a look at 5 most astonishing bowling records in the previous 10 years of the Indian Premier League.

Waiting for Cricket Australia’s Decision on Warner, said Laxman. Ganguly called Smith’s act ‘Absolute Stupidity’

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Steve Smith has already resigned as the captain of Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League 2018. However, David Warner has stepped down as vice-captain of Australia but Sunrisers Hyderabad has not taken any action against Him yet. In an interview with the PTI, VVS Laxman told that Sunrisers is waiting for Cricket Australia’s decision on Warner.

Also, see IPL History: First Ever Records in the Last 10 Years of IPL

Laxman told PTI, “It’s very unfortunate what happened in the Cape Town Test. As far as Sunrisers is concerned, it’s too early for us to comment because it was just We will wait for the decision of Cricket Australia.”

“The information available here is very limited. So, we will wait for further information. If at all, the need be, then we will discuss about that As far as Warner is concerned, he has been an exceptional leader for the Sunrisers group,” Laxman added in his statement.

Also, see IPL 2018 Current Team Roster Analysis: Mumbai Indians

The Australian team on the tour of South Africa tampered the ball during the third Test, after which captain Steve Smith and vice-captain David Warner had to resign from their captaincy and sub-captaincy in the middle of the match respectively. Following this act of Smith and fellow players, the legends of the cricketing world are fiercely criticizing this move of Australian players.

Also, see IPL: 10 Most Astonishing Batting Records

In the same sequence, the former Indian captain Sourav Ganguly also shared his views on the same case. He said “Steven Smith need not have to do it (ball tampering). I think what Smith did or David Warner did or Bancroft did be absolute stupidity.”

“Actually, I think he (Smith) had a brain fade. I thought it was for the sake of just saying when he last said in India that he had a brain fade. But after this incident, I thought he actually had a brain fade,” the former Indian skipper added.

Also, see IPL History: 5 Most Successful Captains in IPL

Speaking of the Smith and Warner’s chances to play IPL 2018, The cricketing legend said “I do not think the teams will dismiss their contract with them. For both the Rajasthan and Hyderabad teams, it would be very difficult to take this decision. Smith has resigned from the captaincy of Rajasthan due to ball-tapping allegations. In such a situation, Hyderabad will have to find alternatives to captaincy instead of Warner. ”

Also, see IPL 2018 Current Team Roster Analysis: Chennai Super Kings

Manchester United interested in Bayern Munich’s Arturo Vidal as Jose Mourinho steps up midfielder chase

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According to Manchester Evening News, Jose Mourinho is looking to bring Bayern Munich midfielder Arturo Vidal to Old Trafford this summer. The Chilean has been linked with a move away from the Allianz Arena for a while, and it finally seems like he could be on his way out should the Manchester United boss offer him an escape route.

United’s long-serving midfielder Michael Carrick is set to retire at the end of the season and join up with Mourinho’s coaching staff. The Portuguese is aware that midfield is an area that he needs to address and has gone on record to state that he will be looking to bring in someone in that position in the summer.

Since then, speculation has vile as United have been linked with array of central midfielders – many of them who’re plying their trade overseas. Mourinho’s scouting net is certainly well set up in the football-rich countries such as Spain, Germany and Italy, and it seems that his next signing could be from the German Bundesliga.

Vidal has been linked with a move to Old Trafford since the days of Louis van Gaal, but due to the performances and stature of the two clubs, he opted to move to Bayern Munich and has ended up being a success for the German giants.

The Chilean has more than proven himself at Bayern and even before joining them, he impressed to a great extent while anchoring the Juventus midfielder that comprised of Andrea Pirlo and Paul Pogba. The former has retired from professional football while the latter is currently struggling at United.

However, Vidal’s arrival could help free up the Frenchman and his past experience of playing with him could make United appear like a more fluid unit in the middle of the park. The Chilean could sit alongside Nemanja Matic – giving Pogba the freedom to drift forward, express himself and complement the likes of Alexis Sanchez, Anthony Martial and Romelu Lukaku in the attack.

IPL History: 5 Most Successful Captains in IPL

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Most Successful Captains in IPL

A leader is the one who knows the way, goes the way and shows the way: John C Maxwell.

This is what a successful captain does. Indian Premier League has been completed it’s 10 years and in these previous 10 years of the tournament, we have witnessed to some tremendous efforts from captains. Many all-time great captains have pursued this job in IPL but couldn’t get success and many unknown captaincy talents are discovered in the same tournament.

Since the IPL is a long and busy tournament, every team needs a captain who can lead them from the front and can set examples by his performance as well. There might be many ways to select successful captains in the IPL but here the captains are analysed as per playing more than 50 matches as a skipper.

Also, see IPL History: First Ever Records in the Last 10 Years of IPL

So here is the list of top 5 most successful captains in IPL history according to winning percentage…

IPL History: First Ever Records in the Last 10 Years of IPL

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First Ever Records in IPL History

IPL History. The 11th season of Indian Premier League is now at our doorsteps. New season, newly arranged teams, many new and young players (even from associate countries of ICC), the return of Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals and along with many more things IPL has arrived to entertain us. The IPL 2018 tournament will start on April 7 and end on May 27. Like every season of IPL, this 11th season is also expected to break all the old records of popularity.

But, the real records are made on the cricket grounds. IPL has been the biggest cricket tournament in the world for last 10 year. Many records were made and many were broken. But the First Ever Records can only be made once and can never be broken. So in this article, you can know the year wise First Ever Records made in the last 10 years of IPL History.

Also, see IPL: 10 Most Astonishing Batting Records

So let’s explore the First Ever Records in the Last 10 Years of IPL History

IPL: 10 Most Astonishing Batting Records

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Indian Premier League is back again for this season. IPL 2018 is going to be more interesting this year as the two old IPL teams and former champions Chennai Super Kings and Rajasthan Royals are returning to the tournament. The excitement is on top of the cricket fans as the Indian Premier League is again at their doorsteps.

Batting has been a key to entertainment in the Indian Premier League. The raining sixes and flowing boundaries are one of the most entertaining and cheerful actions of this tournament.

 Also, see  IPL 2018; Current Team Roster Analysis: Reassembled New Teams After Auction

Let’s have a look at 10 most astonishing batting records in the previous 10 years of the Indian Premier League.

Chelsea willing to activate Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti’s release clause

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According to the Daily Express, Chelsea wanted to hold secret negotiations with FC Barcelona at the Camp Nou during their Champions League Round of 16 second leg clash. It is understood that centre-back Samuel Umtiti is the subject of those discussions as the Blues hierarchy is looking to bring the Frenchman to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Umtiti has settled extremely well at Barcelona and seems to be loving life in La Liga playing for the Catalan Giants. They have a significant lead in the standings and primed to win the league and possibly mount a challenge for the UEFA Champions League as well.

However, the defender has a 50 million release clause in his contract, and he could be tempted to move to Chelsea if they can offer him a significant hike on his wages. The Blues have plenty of star names to attract the Frenchman and he could fit in seamlessly alongside Andreas Christensen and Cesar Azpilicueta in their back three.

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Also with a coach such as Antonio Conte at the helm, who gives importance to defensive organisation, Umtiti could improve leaps and bounds under his tutelage and take his game to the next level in order to become a world class talent.

Despite all of the aforementioned things, it will be extremely difficult to lure him away from the clutches of Ernesto Valverde and Barcelona. He hasn’t expressed any concerns as of now about life at the club and hasn’t complained about anything that would suggest he’s interested in moving away from the club. Also, given his age and the fact that he is only going to improve, he can be a first team-regular for the next five to seven seasons.

Also See, Jose Mourinho desparate to sign Chelsea Target for Manchester United

Valverde has gone on record to state that the French defender is happy at the club and hasn’t informed him about his desires to leave Spain. He said: “To an extent, the buyout clause is made high so that you can’t buy the player. But, as time goes by, that fee doesn’t seem so high at all. But the player still has to want to leave. We’re very happy with Umtiti and I’m sure he’s going to stay here for a very long time.”

Former Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal hits out at Red Devils and admits Lewandowski transfer failure

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In an interview with Bild (h/t Goal.com), Louis van Gaal has hit out at his Manchester United players during his tenure at the Old Trafford and also revealed his desire to bring Bayern Munich striker Robert Lewandowski to Manchester during his time at the helm.

The former United manager said: “I also wanted to train Lewandowski and wanted to bring him to Manchester United. He’s currently the best striker in the world.

“The price was not a problem for Manchester United, but Bayern did not want to let him go.”

During his time at the club, van Gaal struggled to find a solid out and out number nine that would lead the club to glory. Radamel Falcao was brought on loan hoping to lead the line for the Red Devils, but he struggled to cope with life in England. Anthony Martial did hit the ground running, but was never the target man that would feed off crosses into the box.

Bayern Munich's Polish forward Robert Lewandowski (R) controls the ball as he passes Besiktas midfielder Tolgay Arslan during the second leg of the last 16 UEFA Champions League football match between Besiktas and Bayern Munich at Besiktas Park in Istanbul on March 14, 2018. / AFP PHOTO / OZAN KOSE (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)
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Robert Lewandowski’s arrival could have gone on a long way to save van Gaal’s job and also watch United challenge not only the Premier League, but also on the European front. Under the Dutchman, the Manchester outfit struggled to find the back of the net, and the arrival of the Pole could have changed fortunes drastically.

In another article shared by Goal, van Gaal has hit out at the lack of professionalism shown by the United players during his days in England. The Dutchman claims that players would ignore his emails, which in turn led to them underperforming on the field.

“I developed a digital tracker with my IT man,” the 66-year-old said, “Each player was able to log in. So I gave everyone the opportunity to prepare for conversations with me at home and to have a dialogue at eye level.

“That’s true [that players didn’t respond to emails]. This testifies to their lack of professionalism and have them addressed them. But I already did that with the emails at Bayern. My conviction is that a full professional also wants to live professionally. Like Arjen Robben – he read the emails.”

The Dutchman and the club parted ways at the end of his second season in charge after he guided his side to an F.A. Cup victory. The fans were disgruntled with the lack of attacking football and goals and eventually that left the board with no other option but to sack the manager.

Juventus chief hints at interest in Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere

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Arsenal's midfielder Jack Wilshere of England gestures during the UEFA Europa League round 16 first-leg football match AC Milan Vs Arsenal at the 'San Siro Stadium' in Milan on March 8, 2018. Arsenal won 0-2. / AFP PHOTO / MARCO BERTORELLO (Photo credit should read MARCO BERTORELLO/AFP/Getty Images)
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According to reports in Italy (h/t Metro), Juventus general manager Giuseppe Marotta has hinted at a probable summer move for Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere. The Englishman’s contract runs out come the end of the season, and he could be on his way out of the Emirates Stadium this summer.

However, Marotta has admitted that Liverpool’s Emre Can continues to remain at the top of their priority list. Much like Wilshere, the Germany international also has three months to run out on his contract and Reds boss Jurgen Klopp has neither confirmed nor denied any reports linking the midfielder with a move away from Anfield.

Can’s versatility is certainly a crucial facet in his game and is probably why he is been looked at by a club of Juventus’ stature. His performance levels have dramatically gone up this season as he seems to be enjoying life at Liverpool under Jurgen Klopp.

But, at the end of the day every player wants to win silverware, and on a regular basis – something which he has not enjoyed during his time at Anfield. Juventus, on the other hand are perennial trophy winners and are usually the ones to get their hands on the Serie A title come the end of the season. Liverpool are still to win a Premier League title, and the lure for winning something relevant.

However, in case Klopp manages his compatriot to stay, Juventus could be looking at another wantaway Premier League midfielder in Jack Wilshere. The England international has battled several injuries in the past to now return to full fitness, and is doing an exceptional job anchoring the midfield for the Gunners.

His solid performances have seen him earn the respect of Three Lions head coach Gareth Southgate who has named him in the squad for England’s upcoming friendlies against the Netherlands and Italy.

Wilshere is also likely to be a regular for his country at the World Cup in Russia later this season – which is an indicator of just how good he is when fit. He appears no closer to penning an extension at the club, and Wenger could be prepared to part ways with yet another first-team player come the end of the season.

Rajasthan Royals Appointed Amol Muzumdar as Their Batting Coach for IPL 2018

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Amol Muzumdar

Rajasthan Royals appointed Amol Muzumdar as their batting coach for the upcoming season of the Indian Premier League (IPL) 2018. It’s also noticeable that Rajasthan Royals, who are returning to the 11th edition of IPL tournament after two years, have already named Shane Warne as their mentor for IPL 2018.

Amol Muzumdar has been one of India’s best domestic cricketers and has scored 11,167 runs in 171 first-class matches. However, he never got a single chance to make a place in the Indian Cricket Team even after having a tremendous record in domestic cricket.

Also, see IPL 2018 Current Team Roster Analysis: Rajasthan Royals

On the appointment of Amol, the cricket head of Rajasthan Royals Zubin Bharucha said, “We are proud to have Amol Muzumdar on board as the team’s batting coach. His record on domestic circuit speaks for his greatness. The young batsmen will get so much to learn from him and develop their skills. Amol and Sairaj both bring skill, experience and vehemence that will surely drive the energy of the team in the right direction.”

Also, see IPL 2018 Current Team Roster Analysis: Kolkata Knight Riders

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Also, see IPL 2018 Current Team Roster Analysis: Mumbai Indians

“These are exciting times for a batsman. T20 has completely changed the contours of the game. The skill-sets are different, the game is more happening. There is never a dull moment. As a coach one has to constantly innovate and adapt while guiding the youngsters acquire new batting skills and keeping the basics of the game intact at the same time. It is a role I am excited about.” Amol Muzumdar commented on his appointment as batting coach in RR.

Also, see IPL 2018 Current Team Roster Analysis: Sunrisers Hyderabad

Now, it will be interesting to see the performance of Rajasthan Royals in the upcoming season of the IPL as they have gathered a solid team along with the two most expensive players in the IPL 2018 auction and the experienced coaching staff.

Also, see IPL 2018 Current Team Roster Analysis: Royal Challengers Bangalore

Nidahas Trophy: India Won the 4th T20 Against Sri Lanka by 6 Wickets

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Colombo. India won the 4th T20 by 6 wickets chasing the 152 runs target against Sri Lanka here at Colombo in Nidahas Trophy. After winning this match against Sri Lanka, India is now on Top of the points table with 4 points in the ongoing tri-series between Sri Lanka, India and Bangladesh.

In the second innings, Indian team’s start was not good as both the Indian openers Rohit Sharma (11) and inform Shikhar Dhawan (8) was sent back to the pavilion by Akila Dhananjay (2/19). Suresh Raina, who was batting aggressively, scored 27 runs off 15 balls and soon departed by Nuwan Pradeep (1/30).

India was in a bit travel as they lose their four wickets in a quick succession. But an unbeaten 86 runs 5th wicket partnership between Manish Pandey (42*) and Dinesh Karthik (39*) helped India to achieve the target. And hence India easily passed the 152 run mark in 17.3 over only. Hence India topped the table.

Earlier, due to rain, the match delayed by 1 hour 5 minute and the game started with a delay of 1 hour 20 minutes. Due to rain, the match was reduced to 19 overs. Indian captain Rohit won the toss and decided to bowl first and put Sri Lanka to bat.

Batting first, Sri Lanka scored 152 runs in 9 overs in the 19 overs. The Sri Lankan opener Guanathilake looked dangerous initially as he scored 17 runs off 8 balls. His innings ended soon when Shardul Thakur (4/27) departed him back.

No Sri Lankan batsmen could stand against Indian bowlers then, but Kushal Mendis played a magnificent inning of 55 runs in 38 balls. He hit three fours and three sixes in his innings. Anyhow Sri Lanka manages to pass 150 run mark and put the score of 152 runs for India to chase.

Sri Lanka – 152/9 [19 (19) Overs]

India – 153/4 [17.3 (19) Overs)]

I Am Ready to Talk, Said Mohammed Shami in Media After His Wife’s Press Conference

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Mohammed Shami, the pacer of Team India is in a controversy with his wife nowadays. His wife Hasin Jahan is making fresh allegations every day against the fast bowler. In the same series of controversy on Sunday afternoon, Hasin at a press conference repeatedly made serious allegations against Mohammed Shami. She talked approximately every corner of her relationship with his husband.

Hasin said that “I tried to convince him that he should accept his mistake, I have been trying for very long. He would’ve run away to UP by now if I did not catch hold of that mobile phone, he would’ve divorced me till now if I did not have the mobile phone.”

She also added “He’s making up all sorts of things to save himself from allegations. Why didn’t the media investigate even after I gave them all the details? Till the day I took to social media, I tried to convince him to save our marriage. If he tries to come back I may still consider.”

After Hasin’s press conference, Mohammed Shami also came in contact with the media. Shami did not say anything about the allegations made by his wife, but he said that I am ready to talk.

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This is the matter:

Hasin has lodged an FIR against the Indian fast bowler Mohammad Shami on charges of attempting to kill him, including domestic violence, rape, and beating. In this case, Shami has imposed non-bailable streams.

On the basis of the complaint of Hasin, a probe has been started in Jadavpur police station Kolkata against Shami and four members of his family. However, the police have not been cleared yet that who are these other four family members of the cricketer, have been charged along with him.

They have been charged under section 323 – punishment for voluntarily causing hurt, section 307 – attempt to murder, section 376  – rape, section 498A – domestic violence related to dowry,  section 506 – threat of death, section 328 – poisoning and section 34 – Mass torture under criminal conspiracy of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).

According to legal experts, Section 307, 328 and 376 of these are non-bailable. In such a situation, the arrest of Shami and his family members is almost certain if they don’t get anticipatory bail from High Court or Supreme Court.

IPL 2018 Current Team Roster Analysis: Delhi Daredevils

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Delhi Daredevils always had big names on their side but always failed to win the IPL title. According to the last 10 years IPL records, Delhi Daredevils is the most disappointing team of the tournament so far. Delhi Daredevils played semifinals in the year 2008, 2009 and 2012 but couldn’t make to the finals ever.

Delhi Daredevils team is looking one of the most strong teams in this IPL 2018 as they bought 2 IPL title-winning captain Gautam Gambhir along with many good international players like Glen Maxwell, Chris Morris and Jason Roy etc.

Also, see IPL 2018 Current Team Roster Analysis: Kings XI Punjab

Delhi Daredevils are the only team in the IPL history who have played all 10 seasons of the tournament but never qualified for the finals. After retaining the young players of India, their strategy towards the IPL tournament looks different this time. So let’s check their squad for this season of IPL and try to analyse their strengths and limitations.

Also, see IPL 2018 Current Team Roster Analysis: Mumbai Indians

The Retained Players:

As every franchise team of the IPL was allowed to retain its maximum three existing players in the team. Delhi Daredevils retained the young Indian domestic talent instead of big names in world cricket. They retained Shreyas Iyer and Rishabh Pant. Both are young, aggressive and talented batsmen and both have proved themselves in the previous season of the IPL.

Along with young India talent, Delhi Daredevils also retained one of the best All-rounders in modern world cricket Chris Morris. Morris is a destructive bowler and aggressive finisher in limited overs cricket. He also has been very successful in IPL so far and had a great IPL season last year with bat and ball.

Also, see IPL 2018 Current Team Roster Analysis: Kolkata Knight Riders

RTM Card Use:

After retaining three players Delhi Daredevils could only use two RTM card in the auction. So DD used their first RTM card for Indian Pacer Mohammad Shami. Shami has been a regular test bowler for India for the last couple of years and he will definitely be very useful in domestic conditions to lead the bowling attack.

The other RTM card Delhi Daredevils used for Kagiso Rabada. DD bought Rabada back and strengthen their bowling unit. The South African pacer is now a regular member of his country’s team and proved himself an asset to the team. DD should also be hoping for the same from him in this IPL season.

Also, see IPL 2018 Current Team Roster Analysis: Chennai Super Kings

The Smart Buys:

Delhi Daredevils has bought Gautam Gambhir back. Gautam is two IPL title winner captain for KKR and now his leadership will definitely solve half of Delhi’s problems. The veteran player is not only a good leader but also a great batsman and has a superb IPL record. This buy is really a golden catch from Delhi Daredevils and this can also change their fortune in IPL 2018.

Another smart buy from Delhi Daredevils is destructive Australian batsman Glen Maxwell. Maxwell is one of the best batsmen in T20 cricket nowadays. He can lead the team to the victory single-handedly. He will definitely be an asset to the DD for sure.

Also, see IPL 2018 Current Team Roster Analysis: Rajasthan Royals

Strengths:

Delhi Daredevils have arranged one of the best batting line-ups of the tournament as they have Gautam Gambhir, Glen Maxwell, Jason Roy along with young Indian talents such as Shreyas Iyer, Rishabh Pant and U-19 World Cup winning captain Prithvi Shaw. With the addition of finishers like Denial Christian and Chris Morris in the team, the squad looks more effective in the batting department.

DD’s biggest problem has been their captaincy, but due to Gautam Gambhir’s presence, this problem is now solved. They also have a great combination of all-rounders in their side and a solid bowling unit led by Mohammad Shami and Crish Morris.

Also, see IPL 2018 Current Team Roster Analysis: Sunrisers Hyderabad

Limitations:

The bowling department of Delhi Daredevils is a little bit subject to concern as their main bowlers are facing some serious issues this time. Chris Morris has been out of form for a long while, Mohammad Shami is in some controversies nowadays and Kagiso Rabada doesn’t have much experience of the IPL.

DD also has the problem of quality bench strength as they have limited options as replacement of their star players. Since IPL is a long tournament and injuries and adverse situations during a single season of IPL cannot be denied. In this situation, a strong bench strength has its own advantage.

Also, see IPL 2018 Current Team Roster Analysis: Royal Challengers Bangalore

Kings XI Punjab team for IPL 2018:

 

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IPL 2018; Current Team Roster Analysis: Reassembled New Teams After Auction

Manchester United vs Liverpool: Possible Lineups, Team News and Prediction

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In the biggest clash of the Premier League weekend, Manchester United play host to age-old rivals Liverpool. Neck and neck in the table, a win for either sides would, along with bragging rights, give them positional superiority going into the business end of the campaign.

It’s hard to name a favourite for this one as both of teams make a phenomenal case for picking up maximum points on Saturday. United have been the second best home team in the league and have just dropped seven points in front of their own fans. Also, Jose Mourinho teams are extremely hard to beat in their own backyard which has proven to be the case over his two years in charge.

Liverpool, on the other hand, have been in a great run of form and Jurgen Klopp finally seems to have nailed down his best eleven. The January arrival of Virgil van Dijk has helped him sort out his defence while the likes of Mohamed Salah, Roberto Firmino and Sadio Mane have wreaked havoc in the final third.

Team News

Manchester United

In his pre-match press conference, Mourinho stated that Marouane Fellaini is back in contention after missing a month of action. It is unlikely that the Belgian will be reinstated in the starting eleven, with Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba are expected to start ahead of him while Scott McTominay could also be considered.

Ander Herrera, Marcos Rojo, Daley Blind and Phil Jones are ruled out for the Liverpool game while Anthony Martial could undergo a late fitness test. Eric Bailly could be given his first league start in several months

Liverpool

Andrew Robertson remains a doubt after missing Liverpool’s mid-week Champions League fixture against FC Porto. However, it could have been due fatigue and the Scotsman could return to the playing eleven.

Captain Jordan Henderson, Georginio Wijnaldum and Nathaniel Clyne are also minor doubts, but are in contention to start, leaving Klopp with no major injury worries.

Probable Lineups

Manchester United: De Gea; Valencia, Smalling, Bailly, Shaw; Matic, Pogba; Mata, Sanchez, Rashford, Lukaku.

Liverpool: Karius; Gomez, Matip, van Dijk, Robertson; Can, Wijnaldum, Chamberlain; Salah, Firmino, Mane.

Prediction

Manchester United 1-1 Liverpool

It’s hard to pick a winner in this one and it can be argued that both managers would be happy taking a point. However, one can expect United to shut up shop and make it hard for Liverpool to score and hit them on the counter and the pace in the Liverpool side would see them attack back immediately.

Manchester United in constant talks with FC Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti over possible summer move

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BARCELONA, SPAIN - MARCH 04: Samuel Umtiti of FC Barcelona reacts during the La Liga match between Barcelona and Atletico Madrid at Camp Nou on March 4, 2018 in Barcelona, Spain. (Photo by Alex Caparros/Getty Images)

According to the Daily Mail, Premier League giants Manchester United have been keeping tabs on FC Barcelona defender Samuel Umtiti and have stayed in touch with the player and his representatives over a probable move away from the Camp Nou in the summer.

United boss Jose Mourinho has been frustrated with the lack of quality in defence when he moved last season and despite roping in two centre-backs, he side still appear to be frail on the defensive third. To add to that, a number of his centre-backs have fallen prey to injuries, disrupting the Portuguese’s plans at the club.

Summer signing Victor Lindelof has not lived up to his billing as yet while last season’s acquisition Eric Bailly has battled several injuries during his brief spell at the club. Adding to that, the likes of Chris Smalling, Phil Jones, Marcos Rojo and Daley Blind have not impressed either, leaving Mourinho in desperate need for a replacement.

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If reports are to be believed, he has identified Barca’s French defender Umtiti to bring the club out of a defensive crisis. The Frenchman shares a good relationship with his compatriots and United teammates Anthony Martial and Paul Pogba. It is understood that Mourinho is asking the two of them to get in touch with Umtiti and convince him to move to Old Trafford this summer.

The Frenchman would undoubtedly bolster the United defence and given the extravagant transfer prices floating around the rumour mill these days, his relatively modest buyout clause of £50 million could seem to be a bargain for the English giants.

They have watched rivals Manchester City loosen the purse strings in order to rope in quality defenders in all four positions and if they are to realistically challenge the Citizens for a league title next year, it is essential that they invest wisely in the departments that need improvements.

See Also, Chelsea to hold secret Samuel Umtiti negotiations at the Camp Nou ahead of the Champions League game

That being said, Barcelona coach Ernesto Valverde is doing all he can to keep the player at the club and is also looking to offer him an extension to ward off suitors and ensure he remains the Camp Nou for the foreseeable future.

Jose Mourinho eyeing Wolves midfielder Ruben Neves to replace Ander Herrera at Manchester United

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According to reports in Spain (h/t Manchester Evening News), Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho has turned to Wolverhampton Wanderers star Ruben Neves to replace Ander Herrera in the summer. The highly-coveted Portuguese star has been pivotal in guiding Wolves to the Championship summit this year, and could be tempted to join forces with his countryman at Old Trafford.

Herrera could be on the move in the summer as he seems to have fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford, probably due to his lack of discipline. After being the Player of the Year for the club in 2016/17, he is now playing second-fiddle to academy graduate and uncapped international Scott McTominay.

The Spaniard believes that he still has a few seasons more to offer at the top of his game, but is aware that he might not get the chances at Manchester United. He has been linked with moves to AC Milan and Atletico Madrid, and could consider jumping ship if he’s offered regular minutes on the field of play.

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To replace Herrera, Neves may be well suited to come in as he plays in a similar position as the Spaniard. He also is a younger alternative to the former Athletic Bilbao man as he is yet to celebrate his 21st birthday. He has a year’s experience in England under his belt at Wolves, and has already shown his worth at a relatively lesser team compared to the top sides in the continent.

Neves, despite being in the tender stages of his career, appears to have the maturity to play a top club. He was doing a decent job at Porto before joining Wolves, but left the Portuguese club after falling out with Nuno Espirito Santo. Surprisingly, he decided to continue his relationship with him as he followed Nuno to Wolves – where he is now a regular under his tutelage.

If the player is open to a move and the club are willing to let go of him, United are understood to be a club that Wolves could be looking to do business with, given the Portuguese connection involving the two clubs, the player and agent Jorge Mendes.

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola believes title race is far from finished

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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has urged his team not to get carried away by their performances and league position as he has gone on record to state that the Premier League is far from done in regard with their upcoming fixtures.

Four of the Citizens next six games are against teams in the top six of the table and the other two are tricky away games to relegation candidates Stoke City and an unpredictable Everton side. Also, with them gunning to win the Champions League as well, there is a possibility of them slipping up in the league.

“We are fighting for the most important title of the season by far – the Premier League,” Guardiola, whose side are still on course to win a historic treble, said at his pre-match press conference against Arsenal.

“More than the Champions League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup. Of course there is an argument to be focused because the next six fixtures are terrible in terms of the opponents.We have four games away and of course we are in a good position but it [the title] is not done.”

Guardiola has got his Manchester City side play the most eye-catching and extremely intense football in the division, so it is no surprise that the results have been equally impressive. His methodical approach has seen the players respond fantastically, and they’re starting to look their best in every position on the field.

City have a 13 point lead over second-placed Manchester United with a game in hand. That match is, of course, against their Carabao Cup final’s losing opponents Arsenal. The Gunners have not been enjoying the best of form, so it could be the perfect opportunity for Guardiola and his men to visit the Emirates and pick up maximum points.

Until now, in the league this season, only City’s rivals Manchester United have picked up maximum points from their travels to the home of Arsenal this season.

Chelsea and Manchester United in the hunt for Bayern Munich talisman Robert Lewandowski

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According to Sky Sports, Chelsea and Manchester United are in the running to secure the services of Robert Lewandowski in the summer. The Bayern Munich superstar has been prolific for club and country for the past few seasons, and is one of the best out and out number nines in Europe today.

Despite him seeming to enjoy life at Allianz Arena, rumours linking him with an exit from the Bundesliga are not going away. It is reported that the player feels he has done it all in the German first division with Borussia Dortmund and Bayern Munich, and is contemplating over a probable switch to the Premier League in the future.

To date, the Pole has 171 goals in the Bundesliga and is showing no signs of slowing down. He has formed a nearly seamless understanding with the other attackers in the Bayern setup and has benefited by the team playing to his strengths.

However, he is aware that within a few years, he will not longer be the revered forward he is today, and for that reason in particular, he could look to try his luck out in another and more competitive league. The Premier League is as challenging as they come and has been a competition that Lewandowski has been close to playing in several times in the past.

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In case he wants to turn it into a reality, Manchester United and Chelsea are waiting to snap up his services. The two clubs shelled out a considerable amount of money in the summer to signing Romelu Lukaku and Alvaro Morata respectively, but they’re once again being linked with a striker.

The United angle does make sense as Zlatan Ibrahimovic is leaving the club in the summer and Jose Mourinho would want to sign a quality striker to replace the Swede. It could also possibly see him move to a two striker system with Lewandowski playing alongside Romelu Lukaku.

However, for Chelsea it seems pretty baffling. The Blues signed Olivier Giroud in January on a permanent basis from Arsenal in January and have Michy Batshuayi out on loan at Borussia Dortmund – where he has put in a string of impressive performances. Thus, adding another striker to the mix would only disrupt the mood in the dressing room.

It is interesting to see how this transfer shapes up and which other clubs show an interest in the Poland international.

Manchester United legend Gary Neville slams “spineless” Arsenal as they succumb to a 3-0 cup final defeat against Manchester City

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Former Manchester United captain and current football pundit and commentator Gary Neville has lashed out at Arsenal for their tame performance against Manchester City in the final of the Carabao Cup. The Gunners did go into the game as heavy underdogs, but it was their response and the lack of ability and passion that angered Neville.

Not holding back while expressing his views, the former England right-back said (as per the Daily Mirror): “I’m coming for Arsenal because they’re a disgrace. [Look at Aaron] Ramsey jogging back, absolute disgrace they are, giving up. Spineless. They’re just walking around the football pitch.”

It was an abject and tame performance from Arsenal as they seemed to forever be in the shadows of their Manchester City counterparts. Since the opening whistle, it was the Premier League leaders that dominated the proceedings, and the fans in attendance at Wembley almost expected the home team to walk away empty handed.

The Gunners held on by the skin of their teeth until the 18th minute, but eventually paid the price for their lacklustre defending. German defender Shkodran Mustafi made a schoolboy error by failing to deal with Claudio Bravo’s goal kick which led to Sergio Aguero putting the ball past Petr Cech to open the scoring for the Citizens.

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Vincent Kompany and David Silva added two more in the second period to secure the victory and hand Pep Guardiola his first cup triumph as Manchester City manager.

Neville slammed the lack of defensive cohesion in the Arsenal team and also sympathised with the fans, who were undoubtedly humiliated by their side’s performances on the day. A number of the Gunners faithful walked out of Wembley with tails held firmly between their legs.

The former Manchester United captain said: “Look at that [child crying], that’s what you caused. I’ve not liked their defending for a long time, their character or spirit, but I used to like the football.

“I don’t even like their football anymore, they’re not even a team who play good football anymore. Liverpool, Tottenham and City all play better football. Look at the Man City players sprinting back while the Arsenal players walk back. A complete difference in mentaility. Arsenal have been absolutely pathetic.”

To further add to Arsenal’s woes, they are set to play Manchester City once again in a few days’ time in the Premier League. With the top four soon slipping out of their reach and unconvincing performances in the Europa League leading to doubts about their claim over the trophy, it seems that Arsene Wenger and his men will have to be content without winning a single piece of silverware this season.

BCCI Ruled Out ICC’s Request to Reschedule One KKR Match at Kolkata

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New Delhi. The Board of Control for Cricket (BCCI) in India again proved its superiority over International Cricket Council (ICC). BCCI on Sunday declined the request of ICC to reschedule one KKR match in April at Kolkata. Actually, ICC is gathering in Kolkata along with it’s all members for their Annual Board Meeting between April 22 – 26.

ICC has organized an annual meeting in Kolkata with all of its permanent and associate countries. This is after a long time that ICC has organized such a big annual meeting. This meeting is a high profile meeting and ICC wanted that since it’s the duration of IPL 2018, so all of its members could at least watch an IPL match at Kolkata.

Kolkata is the home ground of Kolkata Knight Riders. So KKR match had to be rescheduled for this meeting. But BCCI denied doing that. BCCI also provide a valid reason for doing that.SO now ICC’s member delegates will have to visit these venues to watch any IPL match during their meeting period.

There is no match at the ground of Eden Gardens Kolkata between April 17 to May 2. KKR will play their last home match of the month on April 16 and next match will be played in next month on May 3rd. All IPL matches during April 22 to 26 will be played in Mumbai, Hyderabad, Indore, Bangalore and Jaipur. This was the reason for ICC’s request for rescheduling the IPL program.

A senior BCCI official informed “Yes, there was a specific request from ICC as they wanted it’s various member delegates to watch an IPL game. However, between April 22 and 26, there are no home games of KKR at the Eden Gardens”.

“If we have to reschedule it, the entire itinerary would be in a disarray. So we told them that it’s not possible to have an IPL match rescheduled,” the senior official added to the reason for denying the ICC’s request.

Earlier, this high profile annual meeting of ICC was to be held in Mumbai, but to avoid political issues against the attendance of the Chairmen of Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB) in the meeting it is now being held in Kolkata instead of Mumbai. However, there are still some issues regarding his visa.

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South Africa vs India 3rd T20: India Won the Last T20I by 7 Runs against South Africa, Created History Again

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South Africa vs India 3rd T20

Capetown. South Africa vs India 3rd T20. India again created History by winning two consecutive series in South African Soil. India had already won the ODI series by 5-1 against the host. Now after winning the 3rd and the last T20I by 7 runs at Capetown on Saturday India also won the three-match T20 series by 2-1. This is the first time when India won two consecutive series in South Africa. India created history once again after winning the ODI series.

Protease batsmen came to chase the target of 172 runs set by India as batting first. South African start of the inning was not good enough as Bhuvneshwar Kumar (2/24) picked the very first wicket as Reeza Hendricks (7) in the 3rd over. Captain Rohit Sharma did some new thing and gave the ball to Suresh Raina (1/27). Raina did a great job and picked dangerous looking David Miller (24) in the 10th over.

South Africa started their inning at a very low run rate that’s by at the end of the inning they suffered more. However, their captain JP Duminy scored (55) a fifty and the debutant Christiaan Jonker (49) also made efforts at the end but could not achieve the target of 172 runs set by India. In the very last over they need 19 runs to win but they fell 7 runs short. They lost the game along with series as Bhuvneshwar Kumar bowled a brilliant last over. hence India won by 7 runs

Earlier, South Africa won the toss and elected to bat second. Surprisingly, the Indian captain Virat Kohli did not come for the toss as his place is taken by vice-captain Rohit Sharma. Asking for his absence in the series-deciding final match Rohit said that Virat had a stiff back and needed some rest. Yajuvendra Chahal and Jaydev Unadkat have also missed out the match as their places were occupied by Axar Patel and Jaspreet Bumrah respectively. Christiaan Jonker was also made his debut in this match from the South African side.

India came to bat first and lost Rohit Sharma’s (11) wicket early again at the team score of 14 runs. He is picked by Junior Dala (3/35) who was also the most successful bowler for Protease in the match. The pitch was looking good to bat as Shikhar Dhawan (47) and Suresh Raina (43) put a partnership of 65 runs for the second wicket. Suresh Raina played aggressively and scored runs with the strick rate of 159.26.

Raina got out as Shansi (1/31) sent him back to the pavilion. Very soon India lost Manish Pandey (13) and Shikhar Dhawan as well. After fall of Dhawan’s wicket, no Indian batsmen could stand firmly on the pitch to score runs. Anyhow with small contributions of all other batters, India managed to put a decent target of 172 runs on the board against the hosts. India lost 7 wickets in 20 overs to score 172 runs.

India – 172/7 (20 Overs)

South Africa – 165/6 (20 Overs)

Suresh Raina Can Get a Chance to Play T20 Tri-Series in Sri Lanka

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Suresh Raina has been a valuable member of Indian Cricket team. Nowadays he is playing three-match T20 series against South Africa. However, his performance has not been satisfactory in the first two match of the series, but still, he can get a chance to play the upcoming T20 Tri-Series in Sri Lanka.

After returning from South Africa, India will tour Sri Lanka for Nidahas Trophy. This T20 Tri-Series will be played between 6 – 18 March. This special T20 tri-series featuring Bangladesh as well along with India and Sri Lanka. This Nidahas Trophy will be organized to commemorate the 70th anniversary of Sri Lanka’s Independence.

The selection committee of BCCI led by MSK Prasad will meet this week. In this meeting, they will select the team for this Indian tour of Sri Lanka. It’s possible that selection committee would select Suresh Raina again in the Indian squad, even after not performing satisfactorily in South Africa. This is because Indian Captain Virat Kohli and Coach Ravi Shastri want to provide some more chances to Suresh Raina to prove himself before going to the World Cup next year. It’s noticeable that England will host the ICC World Cup 2019.

Raina has played 18 tests, 223 ODIs and 67 T20Is for India so far. He is one of the most valuable players in IPL as well as the highest run scorer of the IPL tournament. India is still searching a permanent player to bet at number 4 in ODIs but could not find yet. However, Ajinkya Rahane was tested at that spot in ODIs against South Africa but he failed completely. So if Suresh Raina performs well then He might be the better option at number four to bat.

In Indian cricket team, Shikhar Dhawan is the only left-hander batsman and he opens the inning. In this situation, India is looking another left-hander batsman in the middle order. The left and the right-hand combination provide difficulties for bowlers of opposition and Suresh Raina fits this category as well. So he is the best option to test before ICC World Cup 2019

Just After the tour of Sri Lanka, IPL 2018 Tournament will start from 11th April. Many regular  Indian players could be given rest before IPL including captain Kohli, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jaspreet Bumrah. In this situation, the second line up of Indian bench strength (the young players) could get a chance to play in the upcoming tri-series in Sri Lanka. Along with them Suresh Raina can also get another chance to play for India and prove his value in the tri-series.

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Manchester United preparing summer swoop for Tottenham Hotspur defender Toby Alderweireld

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According to Manchester Evening News (MEN), Premier League giants Manchester United are once again planning to raid another big six side as they’re looking to lure Toby Alderweireld away from the clutches of Mauricio Pochettino and White Hart Lane this summer.

Since joining from Atletico Madrid, the Belgian has established himself as one of the best defenders in the league. Apart from being technically good and doing his defensive duties with utmost perfection, he has also emerged as a leader for the North London outfit and has been a vocal organiser at the back for them.

Alderweireld’s formed a seamless understanding with countryman Jan Vertonghen, and the duo played a pivotal role in guiding Spurs to a top two finish last season. Goalkeeper Hugo Lloris has also benefited from the exceptional bond the two Belgians share in front of him.

However, this season, things have not gone as per plan for Alderweireld as he has missed several league games through injury. Now, back in training and playing in the FA Cup tie at Rochdale, it seems that the Belgian has made a comeback just at the right time to help Spurs challenge for the Champions League and ensure that they finish in the top four.

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It is also essential that he returns to the form he showcased last season as the World Cup is only a few months away and he is undoubtedly their first-choice centre back option.

While there are a number of positives he brings to the Spurs setup, the club are still unconvinced whether he deserves an extension, given his recent run with injuries. They are reportedly unwilling to give him a pay hike in his contract that expires at the end of next season.

United will undoubtedly be willing to match his asking rate and will now be looking to capitalise on the uncertainty looming over his future. It is reported that there is a £25 million release clause in his contract which can be activated in the summer of 2019.

But it seems clear that Jose Mourinho wants to bring the Belgian to Old Trafford this summer given the lack of quality in the defensive department and could pay slightly over the top to secure the services of the Spurs centre back.