MI hopeful of Hardik's return against RCB on Sunday, says Zaheer
Dubai, Sep 25 (Cricket News) Mumbai Indians Director of Cricket Operations, Zaheer Khan on Saturday exuded confidence that star all-rounder Hardik Pandya would be fit to play in their next game against Royal Challengers Bangalore after missing the title holder's first two games in the second leg of the ongoing Indian Premier League.
MI did not have the best of starts in the second phase of the tournament, losing their first two games against Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders.
But Zaheer is optimistic about Hardik's return in the playing eleven in their next game on Sunday.
"Well, we have a practice session today lined up, so after we finish the press conference we are going to go there and will take an informed call on that. He (Hardik) has started practicing, that's what I can share with you guys right now. So, we are hopeful that he (Hardik) will be fit and available. That's what we are hoping," the former India pacer said at the pre-match conference.
MI head coach Mahela Jayawardane had said that the Baroda all-rounder missed the game against CSK due a little niggle. He also the missed the next game against KKR. According to Zaheer, every team has become smart in their preparations and the five-time champions MI very well know how to perform under pressure.
"As you know, IPL is a very highly competitive tournament, so teams are always trying to have a one up on each other and they are getting smart in their preparation and these days every team is analysing every other team. So we have to stay on the top.
"The focus has always been on us, this team has been so successful because we have been focusing on our processes, our strengths and our players who are taking the field. And these are the players who have got us the championship, so we have that kind of approach and we have had quite a lot of good conversations around those things," he said.
"When it comes to the back-end of the tournament, the pressure is (high), this team certainly knows how to perform under pressure," added Zaheer.
MI middle-order has misfired in the first two games since the IPL's resumption. "When you look at the scorecard, you will say ya (laughs), there is a concern." But Zaheer stressed that it was just a matter of time.
"But I don't see it (the middle-order form) as a concern. It is just about finding that rhythm. You have seen in this format and this tournament particularly that once you get on a roll, you can win a couple of games together," he said.
"This team has been so successful because of certain processes in terms of form, it is always just one innings away, be it a batter or a bowler and for you to win games of cricket, everything has to come together," he explained.
Zaheer said they got good starts in the last two games but weren't able to finish off things.
"So far, we have been getting good starts, we have been having those platforms, (we are) not being able to close in those situations, so the focus will be on that going forward. It is just about everything coming together and we just need that one game and that one game I am certain has to be the next game," he said.
"Because we are getting in that business end of the tournament where every game is going to matter and every game is going to bring in more pressure. When we have such a successful background to look at and such experienced players to fall back on, we are looking forward to the challenge and we are looking forward to the opportunity we have right now, going forward to make history.
"It is just a matter of time before we turn things around," Zaheer signed off.
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Chennai boy Varun Chakravarthy pose biggest threat for Chennai Super Kings
Abu Dhabi, Sep 25 (Cricket News) Varun Chakravarthy's extra bounce and unpredictable angles will keep the Chennai Super Kings batsmen on tenterhooks as they take on Kolkata Knight Riders in a high-octane Indian Premier League encounter here on Sunday.
On a roll post IPL's resumption, both Chennai Super Kings and Kolkata Knight Riders would look to continue their winning streak when the two most impressive sides of the tournament's second phase lock horns against each other in the second double header.
Both CSK and KKR have registered two wins out of as many games post IPL's resumption in the UAE, and the two sides would be desperate to outwit each other in their bid to register a hat-trick of victories.
However Chakravarthy, who had tormented the CSK batters during last season in UAE will like to once again ask probing questions to the likes of Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Ambati Rayudu and MS Dhoni on tracks where the ball would occasionally grip and come onto the bat slower than expected.
Another common factor post the tournament's resumption is that CSK and KKR have registered both their thumping wins against Royal Challengers Bangalore and defending champions Mumbai Indians.
While CSK beat MI and RCB by 20 runs and seven wickets respectively, KKR tamed RCB and MI by nine and seven wickets respectively.
But it is in the standings where CSK hold an edge over KKR. While the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led side is atop the pecking order with 14 points from nine games, KKR is at the fourth spot with eight points from the same number of matches.
Young Gaikwad has been ominous form at the top. After scoring a match-winning unbeaten 88 off 58 balls against MI, he made quick 38 against RCB on Friday and in the company of Faf du Plessis provided a good start for the team while chasing 157. And Dhoni would want the youngster to continue in the same vein.
After an unimpressive outing against MI, CSK batters lifted their game with Du Plessis (31), Moeen Ali (23), Ambati Rayudu (32), Suresh Raina (17 not out), Dhoni (11) all getting starts.
But it is the performance of the bowling unit which should be lauded as the bowlers were upto their task for the second consecutive match to hand CSK its seventh win of the season.
Dwayne Bravo (3/24) was brilliant with the ball against RCB, while Shardul Thakur (2/29) and Deepak Chahar (1/35) provided good support to the West Indian.
KKR, on the other hand, had a dream start to the second leg after struggled in the first phase.
KKR is looking a completely different unit, in the manner in which they defeated RCB and MI.
Rookie Venketesh Iyer had impressed all and sundry with his stroke making in his first two IPL games. While he made a 27-ball 41 in KKR's 93-run chase against RCB, in the game against MI the opener made 53 off 30 balls.
Shubman Gill is also in fine form and with Rahul Tripathi (74 not out off 42) to coming good, KKR's batting looks in safe hands.
The tall opener Venkatesh will face a different kind of challenge when Deepak Chahar starts swinging the ball both ways which will also test his skills considering he doesn't have a distinct footwork whole playing the faster bowlers.
But skipper Eoin Morgan would be desperate to return among runs.
On the bowling front, Varun Chakravarthy, star all-rounder Andre Russell, Lockie Ferguson, Sunil Narine and Prasidh Krishna would hope to continue their fine show.
KKR will hope to continue playing in the aggressive fashion and win the title just like the 2014 edition when they notched nine victories in a row.
Teams (From): Chennai Super Kings: MS Dhoni (Captain) Ruturaj Gaikwad, Moeen Ali, Suresh Raina, Ambati Rayudu, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Lungi Ngidi, Deepak Chahar, Imran Tahir, Faf du Plessis, Robin Uthappa, Karn Sharma, Josh Hazlewood, Jason Behrendorff, Krishnappa Gowtham, Mitchell Santner, Ravisrinivasan Sai Kishore, Hari Nishanth, N Jagadeesan, Cheteshwar Pujara, KM Asif, Harishankar Reddy, Bhagath Varma.
Kolkata Knight Riders: Eoin Morgan (captain), Dinesh Karthik, Gurkeerat Singh Mann, Karun Nair, Nitish Rana, Rahul Tripathy, Shubman Gill, Harbhajan Singh, Kamlesh Nagarkoti, Kuldeep Yadav, Lockie Ferguson, Pawan Negi, M Prasidh Krishna, Sandeep Warrier, Shivam Dube, Tim Southee, Vaibhav Arora, Varun Chakravarthy, Andre Russel, Ben Cutting, Shakib Al Hasan, Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer, Sheldon Jackson, Tim Seifert.
Match starts at 3:30 PM IST.
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Chris Gayle staring at more milestones in second phase of IPL
(Cricket news) Chris Gayle has been described as the most attacking batsman ever in the game of cricket. The left hander turned 42 four days ago and still poses enough danger to the current generation of bowlers. He started his IPL career in 2009 and is currently playing for Punjab Kings while having played for Kolkata Knight Riders and Royal Challengers Bangalore in the earlier seasons. He is back from lifting the title in CPL as St Kitts and Nevis Patriots defeated Saint Lucia Kings in the final.
Gayle needs fifty more runs to become the third overseas player and seventh overall to score 5000 runs or more in IPL. He will look to achieve the milestone and might as well try to go past Ab De Villers who has 5068 runs to his name. Gayle only played seven matches last year but had scored three half centuries which included a 99 and had had an average of 40.14 in the end. Though he is the oldest in the team, he is still the best when it comes to clearing the ball out of the ground and has played over 446 T20 matches for fifteen plus teams in his career making one of the most experienced in the format behind Dwayne Bravo and Kieron Pollard.
Gayle has played over 140 matches in the Indian Premier League while scoring 4950 runs and taking 18 wickets. He has the highest score of 175 not out, record 6 centuries, 357 sixes which is the most and was the the first player to score more than 700 runs in a single season at the league. He is undoubtedly the greatest T20 player and will be a major weapon for the West Indies team at the T20 World Cup. He is the leading run scorer for his country who is only 150 runs short of the 2000 run mark in T20 and has the most sixes with 121 maximums in 74 matches.
Gayle also known as the Universal boss which is his bat sticker is yet to play in the second phase of the league and last played in May against Delhi Capitals. He has so far scored 178 runs in 8 matches this year and might be included in today’s match against Sunrisers Hyderabad. His attacking style has proven fruitful for the team and needs to be at his best to push Punjab Kings in the top four of the table.
Gayle has played over 16 T20 matches this year and is the fourth highest run getter with 227 runs. Retirement is not a question but having played cricket over the past 22 years he will be looking to secure a third title for his country and showed wild emotions as they won the Cup last time. He is already a legend in the game and has put his power in the right place, Gayle last scored a century in IPL three years ago and the spectators will be needing a treat in UAE as the Gayle storm does not give any warnings before unleashing itself.
Testing time for India stars as out of sync RCB face rusty Mumbai Indians
Dubai, Sep 25 (Cricket News) Virat Kohli and Rohit Sharma will be aiming to up their captaincy quotient and raise their respective team's performance by a few notches when Royal Challengers Bangalore lock horns with defending champions Mumbai Indians in an IPL game, here on Sunday.
India's outgoing T20 captain and the one who will replace him, both have endured crushing defeats. It puts them on a slippery slope as the tournament approaches its business end.
RCB are still in top four with 10 points from nine games while MI after their back-to-back defeats have slumped to sixth spot with eight points from nine games.
The fact that bulk of India's top-order batters, who are currently under-performing, are from these two sides, sticks out like sore thumb.
Going into the World T20, Kohli, Rohit, Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan are some of the batting mainstays.
Also there is Hardik Pandya, who is not being picked by Mumbai Indians as he is perhaps not 100 percent fit to carry his all-round duties which includes four overs of brisk fast-medium bowling.
But if Hardik is batting fit and still the burly and bordering on sloppy Saurabh Tiwary is preferred, then it does seem a bit baffling as the Baroda all-rounder purely as a batsman is miles ahead of the Jharkhand man.
Kohli showed some form en route his half-century against CSK at Sharjah but the overall form has been scratchy and his MI counterpart also didn't completely look in his elements during the previous game against KKR.
The more worrying factor will be Surya's lack of form which might be a result of lack of game time, having sat through two Tests in England. He is suddenly looking a lot rustier than usual.
It was no different for Ishan also as the trio needs to fire to be in good head space before the T20 World Cup on same tracks that are expected to get slower.
One can only hope that their form doesn't desert them when they need it most in the "Desert Nation".
Interestingly, both RCB and MI have lost their two matches on resumption to same opposition --- KKR and CSK.
What's more disconcerting has been the patchy bowling efforts from both sides save an odd bowler.
For Mumbai, it is Jasprit Bumrah, who has looked head and shoulders above the rest of the pack while Yuzvendra Chahal with wiry little frame is carrying the burden of an entire below-par bowling attack.
No support for either of the two from the other bowlers have not helped their cause either.
RCB's case is a bit trickier as they have now lost seven matches on the trot in the UAE. Five of those defeats came in the last edition.
RCB's bowling attack, in terms of quality, is a bit wafer-thin as the likes of Harshal Patel don't have the wherewithal to perform match after match.
In case of Navdeep Saini, a success-rate of just about "half wicket per IPL game" (17 scalps in 30 matches) gives a picture of why Kohli can't always rely on him.
Wanindu Hasaranga was taken after just two good matches against a second string Indian side in Sri Lanka and even if one goes by his ICC rankings, there are enough quality players who would see his spell through.
In batting, it's more about Kohli and Devdutt Padikkal who put on 111 for the first wicket only to find that others weren't good enough to add even 50 runs.
They have a keeper in Kona Bharath, who is primarily a red-ball specialist. Against the CSK, Harshal Patel, who had some sporadic experiences of batting for Haryana, was sent ahead of him.
That only speaks of skipper's lack of trust having sent him up the order.
Glenn Maxwell as usual is the "big buy" which more often than not goes waste and Tim David not being the man for slow tracks is also hurting RCB chances.
Squads Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli (Captain), Navdeep Saini, Glenn Maxwell, Dan Christian, Rajat Patidar, Dushmantha Chameera, Pavan Deshpande, Mohammed Siraj, Harshal Patel, Mohammed Azharuddeen, Sachin Baby, Wanindu Hasaranga, George Garton, Yuzvendra Chahal, Shahbaz Ahmed, Devdutt Padikkal, Kyle Jamieson, Suyash Prabhudessai, KS Bharat, Tim David, Akash Deep, AB de Villiers.
Mumbai Indians: Rohit Sharma (captain) Quinton de Kock, Ishan Kishan, Suryakumar Yadav, Aditya Tare, Anmolpreet Singh, Chris Lynn, Saurabh Tiwary, Anukul Roy, Arjun Tendulkar, Hardik Pandya, Krunal Pandya, James Neesham, Jayant Yadav, Kieron Pollard, Marco Jansen, Yudhvir Singh, Adam Milne, Dhawal Kulkarni, Jasprit Bumrah, Mohsin Khan, Nathan Coulter-Nile, Piyush Chawla, Rahul Chahar, Trent Boult.
Match starts at 7:30PM IST.
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India hoping to avoid whitewash against Australia in 3rd W-ODI as World Cup comes closer
(Cricket news) After a thrilling last ball victory in the 2nd W-ODI, Australia won the 3 match series against India. Indian captain Mithali Raj and coach Ramesh Powar have always maintained that this series is the best possible preparation for the World Cup. Which means that India will be treating this match as more than just a consolation.
India lost the 1st W-ODI after a poor performance with the ball as well as the bat. The 2nd W-ODI was a much better performance by the Indians. They were still unable to capitalise on their performance and poor fielding and two no balls cost them the game.
Possible playing XI
India: Smriti Mandhana, Jemimah Rodriguez,Yastika Bhatia, Mithali Raj (C), Harmanpreet Kaur, Richa Ghosh (WK), Shikha Pandey, Meghna Singh Rajeshwari Gaikwad, Jhulan Goswami, Poonam Yadav.
Shefali Verma went off injured while fielding in the 2nd innings. Jemimah Rodriguez should replace her in the lineup if Shefali is unfit. The extent of Harmanpreet Kaur's thumb injury remains unclear but she wasn't withdrawn from the squad completely which suggests that she should be fit. Experienced all rounder Shikha Pandey hasn't featured in the first two games but might get an opportunity.
Australia: Alyssa Healy (wk), Beth Mooney, Meg Lanning (c), Ellyse Perry,Nicola Carey, Ashleigh Gardner, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molineux, Georgia Wareham, Hannah Darlington, Darcie Brown
Rachel Haynes missed the 2nd game due to an elbow injury. The game might be too soon for her return therefore Beth Mooney should retain her opening spot after her century in the last game. Australia may choose to rest a few players but keeping the World Cup in mind there is a strong chance that they retain the same XI
The game may not have any significance in the context of the series but it is an incredible experience from the World Cup perspective. India has struggled to do well in high pressure games for the past few years and playing against Australia in games like the last one is a good learning process for this Indian side.
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The use of gender-neutral terms for promoting inclusivity in cricket
(Cricket news) There is a fine distinction between tradition and being outdated, in an era where cricket is being played amongst both men and women, inclusivity has never been more vital than it is today. The Marylebone Cricket Club in London that upholds the laws of the game have officially brought about a change in cricket terminology. The word ‘batsman’ or ‘batsmen’, that has been used since 1744 (according to the Times) has now been replaced with a gender-neutral term ‘batter’ to make the sport more welcoming to women players.
In a statement by the MCC on their website, they said “At the time of the last redraft in 2017 it was agreed, following consultation with the International Cricket Council (ICC) and key figures within women’s cricket, that the terminology would remain as ‘batsman’ and ‘batsmen’ within the Laws of the game. The changes announced today reflect the wider usage of the terms ‘batter’ and ‘batters’ which has occurred in cricketing circles in the intervening period. The move to ‘batter’ is a natural progression, aligning with the terms of bowlers and fielders that already sit within the Laws.”
Jamie Cox, assistant secretary for cricket and operations at the MCC, reiterated that the change comes in place keeping in mind the growing popularity of women’s cricket. In a statement, he said “The use of the term ‘batter’ is a natural evolution in our shared cricketing language and the terminology has already been adopted by many of those involved in the sport. It is the right time for this adjustment to be recognised formally and we are delighted, as the guardians of the laws, to announce these changes today.”
In addition to the word ‘batter’, The Hundred has also been using other gender-neutral terms such as ‘third man’ has been referred to as ‘third’ and ‘nightwatchman’ has been referred to as ‘nightwatch’ by broadcasters. However, these are unofficial changes while the term ‘batter’ is the only word implemented by the MCC at the moment. In a message on MCC’s Twitter handle, they said “The fielding position ‘third man,’ along with other cricketing terms like ‘nightwatchman’ and ‘12th Man’ is not included in the Laws, and so any changes to such terms are outside of MCC’s controls as Guardians of the Laws.”
For some, the use of gender-neutral terms might be exasperating and sway away from the traditions that have made cricket the sport it is today. For others, the move is a welcoming one, a progressive initiative that makes the sport more accessible to women. It’s important to keep in mind that much of cricket’s terminology was implemented centuries ago when the world was a lot different than it is today and if the sport is to survive for generations to come, adapting and evolving is the only way it can sustain itself for the future.
3rd WODI: Under-pressure Indian bowlers gear up to prevent clean sweep vs 'Southern Stars'
Mackay (Australia), Sep 25 (Cricket News) India's under-fire bowlers will need to put up a much-improved show as they face the ignominy of a clean sweep against an Australian team, which is looking for its 27th win on the trot, during the third and final women's ODI here on Sunday.
A marginal no-ball call off the final delivery bowled by Jhulan Goswami found India on the wrong side of the result in the second WODI.
The match indeed was a humdinger but not being able to defend a total as big as 274 after having the home team on the mat for the better part doesn't speak highly of Mithali Raj's outfit.
There is a trend in cricket, the sides that snatch defeat from the jaws of victory in close games like India did on Friday, end up losing both momentum and confidence in their next few games.
The manner in which Beth Mooney, who opened in absence of Rachel Haynes along with Tahlia McGrath and Nicola Carey, snatched the game away would hurt for a long time. And they could do it with ease without any contribution from one of their best batters Alussa Healy and the iconic captain Meg Lanning.
India's bowling attack barring Goswami, who is in a league of her own, hasn't delivered throughout 2021. A lot of it is due to the fact that the Indian cricket establishment failed to find a worthy new ball partner for Goswami once Amita Sharma left the scene a decade back.
Shikha Pandey is very hardworking cricketer but could never measure up to the level of being a regular partner for Goswami and neither the likes of Mansi Joshi, Puja Vastrakar, Monica Patel could instil any confidence.
Niranjana Nagarajan was put in cold storage by the cricket system and Meghana Singh is still raw and requires time to deliver.
The spin department was India's strength but stronger opposition teams have now measured up how to play Poonam Yadav's loopy leg breaks and thus she has largely become ineffective.
Deepti Sharma, at least in bowling, has been consistent but is more of a restrictive bowler without skill-sets to run through an opposition.
One could sense a bit of complacency in Yadav, who seemed to have taken her place for granted knowing that there aren't good enough replacements in the horizon.
Ditto for Deepti, whose overall game hasn't improved one bit in the last four years since the 2021 WODI World Cup. She still gets stuck in the middle overs where the team loses momentum and this happens even after playing in all big T20 leagues across the globe.
How Mithali, who herself is facing the heat because of her pedestrian strike-rate, would manage to lift the team is the big question.
She has scored a lot of half-centuries of late but save the one that came in an inconsequential win in England, most of those runs has added to her growing tally of 20,000 plus international runs without much help to the team.
If India lose this series 0-3, chances of which look imminent, then they would have lost nine out of their last 11 50-over games which isn't the best preparation going into the WODI World Cup in New Zealand early next year.
Mithali and Deepti are the two weak links in this batting line-up when it comes to scoring runs at a quick clip. They have in the past year wasted an awful lot of deliveries putting the other batters under tremendous pressure and the below-par team totals have made it even more difficult for the bowling attack.
It could be said that Indian captain's run-out after scoring 8 off 23 balls proved to be a blessing in disguise as Smriti Mandhana and Richa Ghosh could again up the ante which was lost after Shafali Verma's departure.
In case Harmanpreet Kaur is available, it would be great but the Indian vice-captain has also been in poor form so no one knows how much of a difference will it make in such a situation.
Teams (from): India: Mithali Raj (Captain), Harmanpreet Kaur (vice-captain), Smriti Mandhana, Shafali Verma, Punam Raut, Jemimah Rodrigues, Deepti Sharma, Sneh Rana, Yastika Bhatia, Taniya Bhatia (wicket-keeper), Shikha Pandey, Jhulan Goswami, Meghna Singh, Pooja Vastrakar, Rajeshwari Gayakwad, Poonam Yadav, Richa Ghosh, Ekta Bisht.
Australia: Meg Lanning (captain), Darcie Brown, Maitlan Brown, Stella Campbell, Nicola Carey, Hannah Darlington, Ashleigh Gardner, Alyssa Healy, Tahlia McGrath, Sophie Molineux, Beth Mooney, Ellyse Perry, Georgia Redmayne, Molly Strano, Annabel Sutherland, Tayla Vlaeminck, Georgia Wareham.
Match Starts at 5:35 am IST.
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Our batters are lot more aggressive than they were last time: Simons
Sharjah, Sep 25 (Cricket News) Chennai Super Kings batsmen plan to bat more aggressively on the slowish UAE tracks compared to last time and that's what they have been doing during the first two games, said bowling consultant Eric Simons.
Simons also said that the Mahendra Singh Dhoni-led outfit had learnt their lesson after a horrendous show in the 2020 edition, which was also held in the UAE.
"We have already spoken about what worked for us in India during the first half of the IPL (2021). We spoke about what we did wrong here (in the United Arab Emirates last time). You know any situation, often the bad performance is the best place to learn," Simons said at the post-match press conference after his side outplayed Royal Challengers Bangalore.
CSK produced a clinical all-round show to humble Royal Challengers Bangalore by six wickets and claim the top spot in the IPL pecking order here on Friday.
The former India bowling coach said that last IPL was a good learning experience.
"So, what went wrong here in the last IPL was a tremendous lesson for us. But I think, probably the biggest different is the aggression in our batting, we have come out (a) lot more aggressive than we did last time," the bowling consultant explained.
Simons also had words of praise for all-rounder Dwayne Bravo, who returned with figures of 3/24, saying the team was "extremely happy" with his performance and the West Indian "has bowled particularly well in the last few matches." All-rounder Shardul Thakur, also scalped two crucial wickets and Simons said that the Palghar boy was very smart in the way he used his tactics and ability to read the wicket and the batsman and the (game) situation.
Royal Challengers Bangalore opener Devdutt Padikkal, who scored stroke-filled 70, said that the team was looking to get 170-180 on the board.
"Obviously, when you have a start like that, we would like to get to probably 170-180 at-least and that's… we didn’t really set a target like that because it can go above that as well.
"So, we were just looking to play the ball on its merit and try to get as many runs as possible, unfortunately just didn’t work out today towards the end of the innings, but hopefully, we can make that in the next game," Padikkal said at the post-match media conference.
When asked whether he and Virat could have shown more intent, Padikkal replied, "Yeah definitely, there is always things we can improve on.' "And at that point, we were looking to take the game as deep as possible and we felt that the wicket was getting a little tougher. We knew that for someone new coming it, it won't be that easy to straight away get going.
"So yeah, that is what we were looking to do and try and take our chances whenever possible and pick the right spots and right bowlers at the right time." Padikkal also defended the move to send Harshal Patel and Wanindu Hasaranga ahead of KS Bharat, saying both are capable batsman.
"They both (are) two good batsmen as well and they are very much capable of clearing the boundaries and we have seen that in our practice matches and stuff like that and they are really capable batsmen as well," he said.
".....so there is no reason that they shouldn't be going higher and we just thought that the match-up was better for them to go out and get those runs for us, unfortunate it didn’t work out, but yeah, these things happen," the southpaw said.
Padikkal in both the games, against KKR and CSK, had been dismissed while playing the upper cut and he said he would be more careful next time around.
"Definitely, I will keep working on that short (upper-cut). And it is a really high-run making short and I felt today it was on.
"It is just that I could not execute it well enough, and probably didn't come on as well as I expected it to, sometimes these things happen and that is not going to stop me from playing the shot but to be more careful next time," the Karnataka opener signed off.
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Our players have understood their roles and responsibilities: Dhoni on turnaround
Sharjah, Sep 24 (Cricket News) Chennai Super Kings skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni on Friday attributed his team's remarkable turnaround this IPL season to the players' hard work and understanding their roles and responsibilities.
Three-time winners CSK endured their worst outing last season when they finished seventh in the eight-team league, a far cry from the manner in which they are dominating in this edition, including their latest six-wicket win over Royal Challengers Bangalore.
"Our players have worked hard, they have understood their roles and responsibilities. Over here, the three grounds are different. This is slowest (so far) of all. Dubai and Abu Dhabi are different. So the players have been adapting," Dhoni said after the comfortable six-wicket win over RCB.
RCB skipper Virat Kohli (53) and young Devdutt Padikkal (70) struck brisk half-centuries in an impressive 111-run stand but CSK pulled the strings to restrict them to 156 for six after electing to bowl.
The in-form Ruturaj Gaikwad, then, came good again with a quick 38 while Faf du Plessis made 31 at the top to lay a strong foundation for CSK to chase the modest target in 18.1 overs.
CSK's decision to bowl first was prompted by the dew factor.
"We were worried about the dew, so whenever there's chances of dew we want to bat second.
"They got off to a good start but after ninth over wicket slowed down. You still had to bowl tight, and Jadeja's spell was important with Padikkal batting from one end.
"After that Bravo, Josh (Hazlewood), Shardul (Thakur), Deepak (Chahar) were brilliant. It's always on the back of your mind on which bowler can be effective over here," the former India skipper said.
Even as RCB got off to a great start, Dhoni brought into play his years of experience to effect a turnaround.
"I had told Moeen (Ali) before drinks that he would be bowling soon, but then I decided Bravo should bowl. The more you delay Bravo, the more difficult it is since he will end up bowling four straight overs in these difficult conditions." Stroke-making was not very difficult on this track but RCB ended up conceding a lot of boundaries to their opponents.
"Looking at the wicket, I felt left-right combo was important. We bat deep, we have a lot of left-handers, so in the back of the head it's there.
"And I feel all of them are good enough to play in any position. That's why we went with the left-right combination, which pushed Raina and Rayudu down." Dhoni called his longtime CSK teammate Bravo "brother", who brought them back into the game with the wicket of Kohli.
"Bravo has turned up fit - that's a very good thing. And he is executing well. I call him my brother.
"We always have fights over whether he should bowl the slower ball. But I told him that now everyone knows he bowls slower balls, so I told him to bowl six different balls in one over. Whenever he can, he takes up responsibilities." Besides admitting that his team conceded too many runs off boundaries, RCB skipper Kohli said they were 15-20 runs short of a challenging target. He also said his bowlers could not make use of the conditions.
"175 could have been a winning total. The pitch had a lot to offer but our bowlers could not make use. They got away with too many boundary opportunities. They bowled well in their back end and executed the yorkers when needed," Kohli said.
"It was difficult for us to get elevation, and only bad balls could be put away. We then gave too many boundary balls. We spoke of areas we didn't want them to hit, but we couldn't do that.
"The X-Factor was missing in the first five overs with the ball. But it's very important to execute balls during the crunch moments. Those few moments... that's what we failed to capitalise on." Despite their seventh straight loss in the UAE (including results from last season), Kohli remained optimistic of turning things around in the coming days.
"We need to get on a winning run again. This game is more disappointing than the first one. We were on top and then gave it all away." Man of the Match Bravo, who returned excellent figures of 3/24 in four overs, said he just wanted to keep things simple.
"I just strive to be competitive. IPL is the toughest competition in the world. Some days it works for me, some days it doesnt. But the pride and love I have for this game keeps me going.
"RCB are a big side, and Virat is a very good player, so it was an important wicket. I wanted to just keep it simple. Variations, yorkers, slower balls...just stuck to my basics," Bravo said.
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Afghan cricket board chairman to meet Ramiz Raja on organising white-ball series
Karachi, Sep 24 (Cricket News) The chairman of the Afghanistan Cricket Board, Azizullah Fazli, will visit Lahore on Sunday and meet with his Pakistani counterpart, Ramiz Raja, to explore organising a white-ball series between the two countries.
A reliable source in the Pakistan Cricket Board confirmed that Fazli will be in Lahore to meet with Raja.
"Fazli is expected to ask the PCB to send its team for a one-day series this year," the source said.
Afghanistan was due to host Pakistan for a maiden bilateral ODI series in Sri Lanka in early September but the rubber was postponed after the Taliban took over the country.
The source conceded that the PCB would find it hard to take a final decision on Fazli's invitation as the Pakistan government is yet to recognise the Taliban government.
The International Cricket Council (ICC) has said it is contemplating banning the conflict-ridden country from participating in the upcoming T20 World Cup T20 if the Taliban government does not allow women to take part in cricket activities.
A number of Afghanistan's women footballers and some cricketers have moved to other countries when the Taliban took over Kabul, fearing a backlash from the radical group.
"It is a dicey situation at the moment although Pakistan is clearly short on international cricket after the way New Zealand abandoned their series in Pakistan and returned home and after the England board also called off their tour to the country.
"Add to the postponed series by Afghanistan and there is no doubt that Pakistan desperately needs international matches but, given the status of the Taliban government, the PCB faces a difficult decision," the source said.
Afghanistan is placed in Pakistan's group in the World Cup.
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Jayawardene roped in as consultant for Sri Lanka's T20 World Cup campaign
Colombo, Sep 24 (Cricket News) Sri Lankan batting great Mahela Jayawardene has been roped in as the consultant of the country's national team for the first round of the upcoming T20 World Cup in UAE and Oman.
The decision by Sri Lanka Cricket (SLC) has been taken keeping in mind Jayawardene's tremendous track record with Mumbai Indians and his ready made inputs post Indian Premier League stint with most of the top international stars on same UAE tracks where T20 World Cup will be played.
Additionally, Jayawardene will also act as a consultant and a mentor for the U-19 side after his stint with the senior squad in the build-up to the ICC U-19 World Cup in West Indies.
His tenure with the national side will last for a period of seven days between October 16-23 while his role with the Under 19 team will be for five months, the ICC said on Friday.
He will join up with the national side after the conclusion of the IPL, where he is currently doing duty as the head coach of Mumbai Indians.
On his appointment, a statement by the Sri Lankan Cricket Board CEO Ashley De Silva read: "We are very happy to welcome Mahela into his new roles, as his presence with the Sri Lanka Team and the U19 Team is going to help the players immensely." "From his playing days, Mahela was respected for the vast cricketing knowledge he brought into the game, first as a player, then as a Captain, now as a Coach for different teams." During an illustrious career for Sri Lanka, Jayawardene represented his national side in 149 Tests, 448 ODIs and 55 T20Is.
He finished as Sri Lanka's second highest scorer in Test cricket with 11814 runs, 34 centuries and 50 half centuries. Compatriot Kumar Sangakkara's tally of 12400 remains the country's best in the traditional format.
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Singapore batsman Tim David makes IPL debut as RCB bat first against unchanged CSK
Sharjah, Sep 24 (Cricket News) Hard-hitting T20 freelancer Tim David has become the first player from Singapore national team to make an Indian Premier League debut as Royal Challengers Bangalore were invited to bat by Chennai Super Kings here on Friday.
David replaced pacer Kyle Jamieson and RCB also brought in Indian pacer Navdeep Saini in place of batsman Sachin Baby.
CSK fielded an unchanged side.
Royal Challengers Bangalore: Virat Kohli, Debdutt Padikkal, Srikar Bharat, Glenn Maxwell, AB de Villiers, Tim David, Wanindur Hasaranga, Navdeep Saini, harshal Patel, Mohammed Siraj, Yuzvendra Chahal Chennai Super Kings: Ruturaj Gaikwad, Faf du Plessis, Moeen Ali, Ambati Rayudu, Suresh Raina, MS Dhoni, Ravindra Jadeja, Dwayne Bravo, Shardul Thakur, Deepak Chahar, Josh Hazlewood.
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Australian Women win last ball thriller against India to wrap up the series and extend winning streak
(Cricket news) Australia defeat India in a nail biting contest to win 26 W-ODIs in a row. Australia have also won the series with a consolation match left to play.
India were put into bat after losing the toss and had a good start to the innings. India's tried and trusted opening pair of Smriti Mandhana and Shefali Verma scored 70 runs in 11 overs to set the tone. Things were looking good for the Indians but Sophie Molineux broke the partnership as she got rid of Shefali Verma. India lost Mithali Raj and Yastika Bhatia in quick succession. Smriti Mandhana was going strong on the other end but was dismissed by Tahlia McGrath on 86. Cameo's from Richa Ghosh, Deepti Sharma and Pooja Vastrakar helped the Indians reach 274 runs.
India started their defence in the best possible fashion as they removed the 3 experienced Australian batters Alyssa Healy, Meg Lanning and Ellyse Perry for just 34 runs before 10 overs. Ashleigh Gardner was dismissed soon after. Jhulan Goswami and Meghna Singh got a wicket each Pooja Vastrakar, Opener Beth Mooney and Tahlia McGrath got a very important partnership of 126 runs. Beth Mooney Played an invaluable innings of 125. Nicola Carey came in after Deepti Sharma dismissed McGrath and played a match winning innings of 39 off 38 balls.
Australia required 13 from the last over which Jhulan Goswami was going to bowl. A couple of misfields and a beamer no ball eventually brought the equation down to 3 off 1. A full toss to Carrey was hit straight to the fielder and the Indians were celebrating. The third umpire then had a lengthy look at the ball and decided to call it a no ball. Carrey got 2 off the last ball as Australia won the match.
India were in command for the majority of the game but bottled it at the end. Indian fielding in particular was nowhere near international standard which eventually cost them the game. The two no balls in the last over also massively affected the end result. The 3rd ODI will be played on Sunday before a one off Test and a 3 match T20I series.
Of bat, ball, and a phone call that changed the course of Venkatesh Iyer's life
Mumbai, Sep 24 (Cricket News) A phone call from a hospital to former BCCI secretary Sanjay Jagdale changed the course of Venkatesh Iyer's life even before his ability with the bat, and utility with the ball, came into the picture.
Ignored from the Ranji Trophy camp in 2019, Iyer picked up the phone and sought help from the veteran administrator, who was also a former national selector and who was also greatly impressed by the youngster's attitude and the willingness to go the extra mile.
"I have been watching him right from the U-14 tournaments. He always looked good and he used to keep wickets also when he was 12-13," Jagdale told PTI.
"But the crucial part where I can say I had some contribution was, two-three years back, he did reasonably well for MP in U-23 tournament and it must be 2019 when selectors were picking Ranji Trophy teams. So they had short-listed some 25-30 boys and Venkatesh was not in that list.
"I don't know the details, but he called me from hospital. He told me, 'sir, I am in the hospital for last 8-9 days and I have not played any cricket but, if I get a chance in selection trials, it will be good for me and I will try to do well.
"The only thing I liked is his attitude, even though he was in hospital for six-eight days, he called me," Jagdale fondly remembered.
Jagdale then requested the selectors to give Iyer a fair trial. And the rest, as they say, is history.
From once failing to make the Ranji probable to taking the Royal Challengers Bangalore and Mumbai Indians attack to the cleansers, Iyer has come a long way.
On the 26-year-old's days of trying to stake a claim for state selection, Jagdale shared more details.
"Then I was not a selector but I spoke to the selectors, chairman was Keerti Patel, I spoke to him, I spoke to Devendra Bundela, who was the captain and somehow, I convinced that this boy has been doing well.
"I told them you should be looking for a fifth bowler also and he is a batsman-bowler, he can be there as a batsman, plus your fifth bowler in Ranji Trophy," remembered the 71-year-old Jagdale.
"So, you give him a fair trial. This is what I told them: although you have not picked him in probable, you give him two trail matches, give him an opportunity, he is out of touch, so I told them that one match will be not fair since he must not have played cricket for a long time.
"They did so on my recommendation and he must have done reasonably well and this is how he came into MP probable also," added Jagdale, one of the most respected administrators of the game.
Jagdale reiterated that he liked the attitude of Iyer and that he also worked hard on his fitness.
"He was struggling with his fitness two years back, but he worked very hard on his fitness and other areas, and he always looked confident and the best thing I liked about him was that he gave his 100 per cent whenever he played," said Jagdale.
Iyer's club coach Dinesh Sharma recalled with pride how joining his team made a difference for Iyer.
"This is 2011-12 thing, he used to play at the Khanuja club, where he used to go from his childhood, as it was near his house. So, I was with the MYCC (Maharaja Yashwatrao Cricket Club) club, from where he plays right now.
"I saw him playing when he was a kid, his mother came to me and I suggested to them that he should either play for CCI, where Jagdale Sir teaches or MYCC, he can be better, as he has the potential," Sharma recollected.
Sharma said he had thought that Iyer's height could be a problem.
"After six months, his father, his mother came to me, and then said that we want him to play for your club and he will be under you. I felt that his height could be a problem.
"So, we started working on his fitness, and he was a natural hitter and used to generate power in the shots and we worked on his batting," recalled Sharma.
According to Sharma, Iyer was "mentally strong" and he pushed his mother not to stop him from playing cricket and also narrated his journey in age-group cricket.
"There are ups and downs in cricket, when he wasn't selected his mother used to come, he was very good in academics, his mother would say 'our relatives used to say don't let him play, his life will be spoiled'.
"I motivated his mother not to go ahead, saying the day he will shine, these people would come to you," Sharma signed off.
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Sunrisers Hyderabad face Punjab Kings in battle of laggards
Sharjah, Sep 24 (Cricket News) Almost out of reckoning for a play-off berth, bottom-placed Sunrisers Hyderabad will look to play party-poopers when they take on an equally struggling Punjab Kings in the IPL's battle of laggards here on Saturday.
Sunrisers suffered their seventh defeat on Wednesday after being blown away by Delhi Capitals and their play-off chances look less than dim as they have managed just two points after eight games.
Punjab, on the other hand, quite inexplicably found a way to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory against Rajasthan Royals and will be desperate to find an answer to their problems after being placed seventh with six points from nine matches.
The Kings were well-placed to win their first IPL game of the UAE leg before committing harakari in the last over bowled by Kartik Tyagi. They lost two wickets and scored just one run while needing four to win against Rajasthan.
Despite being packed with excellent Indian and foreign talent, Punjab Kings have regularly messed up games and skipper KL Rahul will have to address their inconsistency.
Punjab Kings have also lacked any kind of stability over the last 14 seasons with captains and coaches being changed frequently.
Their playing XI too has gone through many changes, something which has drawn sharp criticism from former team mentor Virender Sehwag.
In batting, Rahul and Mayank Agarwal have been one of the most dominant opening duo of the IPL.
In the last game too, they put on 120 runs in 11.5 overs but none of them could stay back to finish the job.
While Chris Gayle can destroy any attack even at the age of 41, he was kept out in the last game.
In the middle-order, Nicholas Pooran, who had a horrendous outing in the first phase, looked good in the last game before he lost his bearings in the final over even as Aiden Markram was left stranded on the other side.
In bowling department, Mohammed Shami has been their prime bowler and he did well to pull things back against RR.
Young Arshdeep Singh also returned with five wickets as he and Shami bowled out RR to 185 in the last game.
However, Punjab's spinners, especially England's Adil Rashid, have disappointed and they will need to step up their game in the next few weeks.
For Sunrisers, it is all about enjoying the remaining few games and ending on a high.
With Johnny Bairstow, their season's leading run-getter, pulling out and Australian opener David Warner in poor form, SRH have found the going tough against Delhi.
The likes of Kane Williamson, Manish Pandey, Wriddhiman Saha, Kedar Jadhav, Abdul Samad also failed to capitalise on their starts as SRH could manage just 134 in their last game.
Their bowling has been too dependent on spin sensation Rashid Khan and it will be important for the likes of Khaleel Ahmed, Bhuvneshwar Kumar and Jason Holder to put up a strong show to give some respectability to the team's campaign.
Squads: Punjab Kings: KL Rahul (captain), Mayank Agarwal, Arshdeep Singh, Ishan Porel, Shahrukh Khan, Mohammed Shami, Nathan Ellis, Adil Rashid, Murugan Ashwin, Harpreet Brar, Moises Henriques, Chris Jordan, Aiden Markram, Mandeep Singh, Darsan Nalkande, Prabhsimran Singh, Ravi BIshnoi, Utkarsh Singh, Fabian Allen, Saurabh Kumar, Jalaj Saxena.
Sunrisers Hyderabad: Kane Williamson (Captain), David Warner, Manish Pandey, Sherfane Rutherford, Wriddhiman Saha, Shreevats Goswami, Rashid Khan, Vijay Shankar, Mohammad Nabi, Abhishek Sharma, Bhuvneshwar Kumar, Siddharth Kaul, Khaleel Ahmed, T Natarajan, Basil Thampi, Sandeep Sharma, Shahbaz Nadeem, Abdul Samad, J Suchith, Jason Holder, Virat Singh, Priyam Garg, Kedar Jadhav, Mujeeb-ur-Rahman, Jason Roy.
March Starts: 7:30 pm.
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