Tata group to replace Vivo as IPL title sponsors from this year
New Delhi, Jan 11 (Cricket News) One of India's largest business conglomerates, the Tata Group, is all set to replace Chinese mobile manufacturer Vivo as the Indian Premier League's title sponsor from this year, the event's governing council decided in a meeting on Tuesday.
"Yes, Tata group is coming in as IPL title sponsor," IPL chairman Brijesh Patel confirmed the development to PTI.
Mr. Jay Shah – Honorary Secretary, BCCI said, “This is indeed a momentous occasion for the BCCI IPL as the Tata Group is the epitome of global Indian enterprise with an over 100 year old legacy and operations in more than 100 countries across six continents. The BCCI like the TATA Group is keen to promote the spirit of cricket across international borders and the growing popularity of the IPL as a global sporting franchise, bears testimony to the BCCI’s efforts. We are truly happy that India’s largest and most trusted business groups has believed in the IPL growth story and together with the Tata Group, we will look to take Indian cricket and the IPL forward to greater heights.”
Vivo had a deal of Rs 2200 crore for title sponsorship rights from 2018-2022 but after the 2020 Galwan Valley military face-off between the Indian and Chinese Army soldiers, the brand took a break for a year with Dream11 replacing it.
However, Vivo were back as IPL tittle sponsor in 2021 even as speculation raged that they were looking to transfer the rights to a suitable bidder and the BCCI approved the move.
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If possible, I would play for KKR forever: Gill
Kolkata, Dec 23 (Cricket News) The talented Shubman Gill said that given a choice he would like to play for Kolkata Knight Riders forever.
Gill, who is currently nursing a shin injury which is keeping him out of South Africa tour, was released by the KKR management, who retained Andre Russell, Sunil Narine, Venkatesh Iyer and Varu Chakravarthy.
Once seen as KKR's future captain, the 22-year-old Indian opener was among the likes of Eoin Morgan, Dinesh Karthiik, Rahul Tripathi and Nitish Rana to be released.
"The kind of bond I have with the KKR franchise is something really special to me," Gill said in a short-film titled 'Love, Faith and Beyond'.
"Once you're associated with a franchise you would want to carry on and play with them forever... And if I would be able to play in purple and gold, I would play forever," he added.
Bought for Rs 1.8 crore ahead of IPL 2018, a 18-year-old Gill rose to prominence with KKR in the very first season where scored 203 runs in 13 matches at a strike-rate of 146.04.
But later on he drew flak for his poor conversion rate while his strike-rate too came down as overall he has so far played 58 matches for the franchise, scoring 1417 runs at a strike rate of 123.00.
"Not every year you can have all the best teammates or all the best players or all your best friends in one team. Instead of cribbing about the fact that we don't have them we should cherish the time that we had with them," Gill added.
The 11-minute short-film is a KKR's tribute to some of the best and the brightest players who were a part of the franchise.
"Ideally, there are so many players you want to retain but it just does not work that way," MD & CEO, KKR Venky Mysore said.
"They are a bunch of highly talented kids, very motivated, grounded and have a deep desire to succeed." Assistant coach of KKR Abhishek Nayar said: "A Shivam Mavi, Prasidh Krishna and Kamlesh Nagarkoti, will never forget this franchise, as it stood by them when no one else did.
"When KKR invested in the youngsters, their vision was purely for the guys to feel more connected to the franchise. KKR wanted the players to know that it was about the franchise caring for the players and helping them grow & become better cricketers."
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IPL's Lucknow franchise appoints Gautam Gambhir as team mentor
New Delhi, Dec 18 (Cricket News) Former India opener Gautam Gambhir was on Saturday appointed mentor of the new Lucknow franchise ahead of IPL 2022.
The southpaw, who is also a member of parliament, had captained KKR to two IPL titles during his playing days.
"Thanks a lot to Dr Goenka and the RPSG Group for presenting me this wonderful opportunity in their setup.
"The fire to win a contest still burns bright inside me, the desire to leave a winner's legacy still kicks me 24x7. I will not be contesting for a dressing room but for the spirit and soul of Uttar Pradesh," Gambhir said in a statement.
Owner of the yet to be named franchise, Sanjiv Goenka welcomed Gambhir into the RPSG family.
"Gautam has an impeccable career record. I respect his cricketing mind and look forward to working with him," he said.
The 40-year-old played 58 Tests, 147 ODIs and 37 T20Is for India.
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Sanjay Bangar appointed RCB's head coach
Bengaluru, Nov 9 (Cricket News) Indian Premier League side Royal Challengers Bangalore on Tuesday elevated its batting consultant Sanjay Bangar to the post of head coach for the next two years.
Bangar, who was appointed as the side's batting consultant in February, will be taking over the reins from Mike Hesson.
Hesson, who remains with the team in his existing role as Director of Cricket Operations, had donned the additional hat of head coach for the second leg of the IPL in UAE after Australian Simon Katich stepped down due to personal reasons.
"Today we have appointed Sanjay Bangar as head coach of the RCB for next two years," Hesson said in video posted by RCB's official Twitter handle.
"Sanjay is highly respected as a coach, primarily know as a batting coach, he certainly has far more expertise than just that.
"Sanjay is very good at building relationships with the players and support staff, he does that through his expert knowledge, which is a key element we are looking for in terms of growing and developing our group so we are title contenders," Hesson added.
Bangar comes with vast experience having served as the batting coach of the Indian men's senior team for five years from 2014 when Ravi Shastri took over as team director. He continued in the role till the 2019 World Cup before being replaced by Vikram Rathour.
Speaking about his new role at RCB, Bangar said, "I have worked with some exceptional and talented members in the squad and can’t wait to take this team to the next level.
"There's a lot of work that needs to be done with the IPL Mega Auctions and the season following it, but I'm sure that together with the continued support of the management and the support staff, we can deliver the goods and bring cheer to our fans across the globe." The 49-year-old, who represented India in 12 Tests and 15 ODIs between 2001 and 2004, will have his work cut out with the IPL mega auctions scheduled ahead of the new season.
"RCB has been committed to its philosophy of supporting and grooming talents from within the team and appointing Sanjay Bangar is the reflection of that belief," RCB Chairman Prathmesh Mishra said.
"Sanjay Bangar has been part of our support staff as a batting consultant and brings a wealth of experience, both as a player and batting coach, having worked extensively with the Indian cricket team.
"We are confident that he will be able to bring his experience to the fore and maximize the potential of the squad." he added.
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My style of leadership in IPL-2021 was a little wild, says KKR coach McCullum
Wellington, Oct 28 (Cricket news) Kolkata Knight Riders head coach Brendon McCullum has said that his coaching style during the IPL this year was "a little wild".
After struggling in the first leg of the tournament in India, KKR made a remarkable turnaround when the event was moved to the UAE, reaching the finals to play eventual champions Chennai Super Kings.
"My style of leadership or coaching was perhaps a little wild," McCullum told SENZ Drive on Thursday.
The former New Zealand captain though, was pleased to see the comeback KKR made in the league.
"It takes a little while to really dig down and thankfully we were able to do it in the second half of the tournament and we got a bit more intent into batting and then we were able to play a bit more of an aggressive form of cricket.
"Thankfully it translated to results and we got on a bit of a roll." KKR had just two wins out of seven matches at the end of the first leg and were placed seventh.
But, in the second half of the tournament in the UAE, they won five out of their remaining league matches to make the playoffs, and then, the finals.
"We rocked in the second half of the tournament, we were kind of dead and buried (after starting with two wins and five losses). We were under a fair amount of pressure with two wins from seven games and seventh on the table out of eight.
"The expectations on us were pretty low," said McCullum, who won the IPL 2012 title with KKR as a player.
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IPL News: Hardik unlikely to be retained; Rohit, Bumrah, Pollard set to be in MI's retention list
New Delhi, Oct 28 (Cricket news) Colourful all-rounder Hardik Pandya is likely to be sent back into the IPL auction pool by Mumbai Indians as the five-time champions are more or less sanguine about the players who are in their retention list for the 2022 season.
With the IPL set to be a 10-team affair after RP-SG bought Pune and CVC owned the Ahmedabad franchises respectively, there will be a big auction in December this year with a lot of teams restructuring their core, looking at the future.
However MI, one of the best IPL teams across the 14 seasons, will have their core almost same but a notable absentee could be Hardik, a flamboyant all-rounder who has of late become more of a specialist batter.
"I think BCCI will have three-player retention formula with one Right to Match card. If RTM is not there, there could be four retention. Rohit Sharma and India's pace spearhead Jasprit Bumrsh are automatic picks.
"Kieron Pollard will be third retention. MI's strength is their continuity as these three are pillars of MI," a senior IPL official tracking the retention market of franchises told PTI.
"At this point in time, there is less than 10 percent chance that Hardik will be retained by MI. Yes, he might just outperform everybody in the next few T20 World Cup games but even then, chances are dim. If there are four retention or 1 RTM, then Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan are the contenders for that slot," the IPL official added.
The reason behind MI's reluctance to retain Hardik is purely cricketing as he is no longer the feared all-rounder that he used to be two years back.
His back will perhaps never allow him to be the brisk fast-medium bowler that he used to be once upon a time. He will not be able to bowl consistently in late 130 kmph and no seasoned IPL outfit will punt purely on his batting skills.
Hardik might still be picked by MI from the auction if he comes within the budget ear-marked for him.
"Yes, obviously there is a market dynamics and if required MI will pick him from the auction, provided he fits within a specific budget. In order of preference, the first five MI players are Rohit Sharma, Jasprit Bumrah, Kieron Pollard, Suryakumar Yadav and Ishan Kishan," the IPL insider stated.
Eyeing leadership role, Shreyas Iyer may leave Delhi Capitals ====================================== It is understood that talented India batter Shreyas Iyer is unlikely to be a part of Delhi Capitals set-up during next year's Indian Premier League.
If sources close to the cricketer are to be believed, he is keen on a leadership role and it looks unlikely that Delhi Capitals would hand over the captaincy back to him as Rishabh Pant has also led the side to the IPL play-offs during this edition.
Under Iyer, Delhi had reached the play-offs twice, including its maiden final appearance during the 2020 season.
Having been a successful leader in his own right, Iyer would like to make himself available for a leadership role.
With two new franchises in the market and a few like Rajasthan Royals and Punjab Kings always in hunt for new captains, not to forget RCB, there is a good chance that he will be one of the potential captains.
New franchises may get to choose three players from pool before auction ============================================= To create a bit of a level-playing field, the BCCI is mulling giving the two new franchises (Lucknow and Ahmedabad) the chance to pick three players from the available pool before the auction.
"The logic is to give new teams a chance to get a core ready. Obviously modalities need to be worked out, which includes the fees as well as whether that particular player is willing to be picked before auction.
"Since most of the top franchises will retain the 'big boys' of India and international cricket, the two new franchises also needs level playing field. But this is still being deliberated," a BCCI official said.
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Global interest for new teams shows IPL is biggest 'Make in India' brand: Dhumal
New Delhi, Oct 28 (Cricket news) BCCI treasurer Arun Dhumal says the global interest for new teams in IPL has shown that it is the biggest 'Make in India' brand and the billions of dollars added to its ecosystem will also help the game the world over.
At the bidding process conducted in Dubai on Monday, private equity firm CVC Capitals Partners paid Rs 5625 crore for the Ahmedabad franchise and RPSG Ventures shelled out Rs 7090 crore for the Lucknow franchise.
The owners of Manchester United also tried to be part of the IPL but lost out in the race.
"All of us Indians have to be proud of the fact that how IPL has grown over the years and how it has become a global sporting brand. For Manchester United owners and the likes of CVC, they eyeing for the IPL says it all. It is the biggest 'Make in India' brand the country has created and we all have to be proud of it," Dhumal told PTI.
Dhumal is also a member of the IPL Governing Council. The lucrative league will be a 10-team affair from 2022.
Asked if the BCCI expected such high bids after keeping the base price at Rs 2000 crore, he said: "Forget the numbers, what it has showcased the world is that we are capable of organising a tournament of this scale very successfully. The best of players want to be part of it. It has also changed the way cricket is played across formats.
"It is not for us to evaluate. The market is the best place to determine the price. We have opened the property to the world and people are valuing it. You can say the numbers were mindboggling back in 2008 (before first edition) but look what it has done to the eight franchisees.
"Likewise, the new teams would have also done the number crunching much before they came to the table for bidding and they know the value it brings to them." As per the exchange rate in 2008, Mumbai Indians were the most expensive franchise out of the eight teams at Rs 450 crore.
The IPL media rights, which were sold for more than Rs 16000 crore, will also be up for grabs soon and the Rs 30000 crore could be breached for the 2023-2027 cycle.
"It bodes well for the game of cricket. This will not only help Indian cricket but also global cricket. The best players want to be part of it and this has also created a buzz among the budding cricketers globally," said Dhumal.
Talking about the upcoming mega auction, Dhumal said the process will be fair for all teams, including the new entrants. A franchise is expected to retain up to four players before the auction with no right to match card.
"We are working on that and we will make sure that all including the new teams get a fair chance to build their side. The competitiveness of the tournament has to be there, that is why people watch the IPL," Dhumal added.
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Decision on Dhoni's retention will be taken only after knowing rules: CSK
Chennai, Oct 17 (Cricket news) A call on whether to retain Mahendra Singh Dhoni for the next season of the IPL will be taken only after knowing the rules of the system, a top Chennai Super Kings official said on Sunday.
The retention rules have not been laid down as yet and two more teams are set to be added in the 2022 edition.
"The rules of retention are not clear yet...We are not sure about the number of retentions that will be allowed. And a call on that will be made once the rules are known," the official told PTI when asked about the possibility of using a retention card to retain the talismanic Dhoni.
The iconic CSK skipper is the toast of the cricketing world after guiding the franchise to a fourth IPL title on Friday in Dubai. Earlier, Dhoni had said that he would like to create a roadmap for the next 10 years for CSK.
The skipper had said that he hadn't decided how he would fit into the retention scheme of things.
"Again I've said it before, it depends on the BCCI. With two new teams coming in, we have to decide what is good for CSK," he had said after his team defeated Kolkata Knight Riders by 27 runs in the IPL final.
"It's not about me being there in the top-three or four. It's about making a strong core to ensure the franchise doesn't suffer. The core group, we have to have a hard look to see who can contribute for the next 10 years," he had said.
The CSK official also said any celebrations by the team would wait till the captain returns after finishing his role as a mentor with the Indian T20 World Cup team in the UAE.
"The victory celebrations will have to wait for the return of Dhoni after he is done with the role as mentor of the Indian team for the T20 World Cup," he said. Meanwhile, CSK's star batter Ruturaj Gaikwad returned to Pune to a warm welcome on Sunday. The stylish right-hander had scored 635 runs to win the Orange cup for the highest run-getter in the just-concluded IPL.
A few of the CSK's city-based players are expected to reach Chennai on Monday.
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Rahul Tripathi and Venkatesh Iyer emerge as top performers among uncapped players in IPL
(Cricket news) The Indian Premier League has seen many youngsters grab the attention and find their way into the national squad. Sports always require the presence of youngsters in the team as they can bring in the energy and their physical superiority in the matches. This year, many uncapped players were present in the top performances and are predicted to enter the Indian national team in the coming years.
Rahul Tripathi: Kolkata Knight Riders
Rahul scored 397 runs in 17 matches for the team, he also crossed 1000 runs in IPL this season. He was the second highest run getter for the team behind Shubman Gill and scored two fifties along the way. Rahul’s best performance came in the match against Mumbai Indians where he scored 74* as the team chased the target of 155 in 16 overs.
Venkatesh Iyer: Kolkata Knight Riders
Venkatesh was playing his first IPL this season and he did not disappoint the team. He scored the most fifties for the team with four of them, he scored 370 runs in 10 matches and played a major role. He also took three wickets as he bowled almost 9 overs in the whole season and scored a fighting half century in the final. Venkatesh’s best performance came against Punjab Kings in which he opened the batting and scored 67 while also taking the wicket of KL Rahul in the last over of the match.
Arshdeep Singh: Punjab Kings
Arshdeep was the second highest wicket taker for Punjab behind Mohammad Shami. The 22 year old picked up 18 wickets in 12 twelve matches while bowling 88 dot balls. His best performance came against Rajasthan Royals where he picked up the third five wicket haul of the season which included a wicket of the last ball of the first innings.
Ravi Bishnoi: Punjab Kings
Ravi Bishnoi picked up 12 wickets in nine matches for Punjab and was one of the most economical bowlers in the league. He had an economy rate of 6.34 and his best performance came against Sunrisers Hyderabad in which he took the three wickets for 24 runs. The 21 year old leg spinner is known as an emerging spinner and will look to make his maiden appearance for the Indian team soon.
Iyer was a big catalyst in KKR's turnaround in UAE leg, says McCullum
Dubai, Oct 16 (Cricket news) Kolkata Knight Riders head coach Brendon McCullum says young Venkatesh Iyer, with his flamboyance, played the role of a catalyst in turning around the fortunes of the side in the second leg of the just-concluded IPL here.
KKR was languishing at the seventh spot after the India leg was suspended in May this year due to COVID-19 outbreak in the tournament's bio-bubble, but the Eoin Morgan-led side made a fantastic turnaround in the UAE phase, finishing as runner-up after losing to Chennai Super Kings by 27 runs in the final on Friday night.
"He (Iyer) will be challenged to change his methods at times too. He might not necessarily be the most consistent because of his flamboyancy. But I hope he remains the Venkatesh Iyer that we have seen so far," McCullum said at the post-match press conference.
"He's got an enormous future in this game and he's a very intelligent man. He was a big catalyst for our turnaround this season." McCullum said Iyer's has been "incredible story" after the lanky southpaw from Indore amassed 370 runs from 10 games this season.
"But look, Venkatesh Iyer has been quite an incredible story. Looking back, he was actually going to play the last game, the next game when we were in India. In a funny way, the break came at a good time there," he said.
"It gave him an opportunity to just get another couple of months of cricket under his belt, to understand that his opportunities weren't too far away," said the former New Zealand wicket-keeper.
Himself a big advocate of aggressive brand of cricket, McCullum felt Iyer should not change his attacking game.
"For him, it was a matter of bringing the game which he owns – the Venkatesh Iyer game plan to the table, which is aggressive intent.
"He's a big presence, he's a tall man. He plays the game with a bit of a cavalier kind of streak. And that is so important that he holds on to it," said the KKR head coach.
Asked about Iyer's chances of featuring in KKR's retention list next season, McCullum quipped: "Look, we will deal with it next season.".
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Proud to leave legacy behind? Still, I haven't left behind, says Dhoni as CSK fans cheer
Dubai, Oct 15 (Cricket news) Mahendra Singh Dhoni in his inimitable style kept questions on his IPL retirement open-ended but did admit that a lot of things will depend on the kind of retention policy that BCCI puts in place for the big auction next year.
Dhoni, who is set to join the Indian team as 'Mentor' for the T20 World Cup, spoke about how he would like to create a roadmap for the next 10 years of IPL that Chennai Super Kings will be playing.
When asked if he was proud to have left a legacy behind in the 12 seasons for CSK, Dhoni assured his million fans with a wide grin, "Still I haven't left behind...." But he said that he hasn't decided how he would fit into the retention scheme of things.
"Again I've said it before, it depends on BCCI. With two new teams coming in......we have to decide what is good for CSK," the skipper said after his team won the fourth IPL title by beating Kolkata Knight Riders in the final.
"It's not about me being there in top-three or four. It's about making a strong core to ensure the franchise doesn't suffer. The core group, we have to have a hard look to see who can contribute for the next 10 years," he added.
Dhoni was happy that a lot of individual match-winners have got CSK to their fourth trophy.
"We had match winners coming game after game and doing really well. Every final is special, if you look at stats, we may say we're the most consistent team to lose the final too. I feel it's important to come back strong, especially in the knockouts," he said.
Dhoni also made it clear that he is not very much into team meetings as the average attention span during these meetings are 20 minutes.
"Frankly no chats, we don't talk a lot (meetings). It's more one-on-one, our practice sessions are meeting sessions. The moment you get into a team room, it brings about different pressure. Our practice sessions have been good." The 'Thala' had a message for the CSK fans.
"I would love to thank the fans, wherever we've played, even when we were in South Africa, we've always had a good number of CSK fans. That is what you crave for. Thanks to all of them, it feels like we're playing in Chennai. Hopefully we'll be back in Chennai for the fans." He also at the start praised KKR for a fine show as they came back from two points in seven games to reach the final which is an achievement in itself.
"Before I start talking about CSK, need to talk about KKR. Difficult to come back and do what they have, if any team deserved to win the IPL, it's KKR. Huge credit to the coaches, team and support staff. The break really helped them."
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Top overseas players in this year’s Indian Premier League
(Cricket news) With the IPL coming to an end yesterday, there were a lot of overseas players who have performed well with the bat and ball. The battle for the orange cap was a matter of 3, 4 runs as in the bowling section there was a clear winner even before the final match. Harshal Patel dominated the bowling charts as Ruturaj Gaikwad took on the run getters, it was overall the Indians on the top this edition. There were a few overseas players who were in the race for the purple and orange cap.
Faf du Plessis: Chennai Super Kings
The attacking right hander played his best in the final as he finished the season with 633 runs in 16 matches with six fifties and was only two runs behind Orange cap winner Gaikwad. Faf du Plessis has been one of the best overseas batters in the side and was the leading run getter for the team last year.
Glenn Maxwell: Royal Challengers Bangalore
One of the most attacking T20 batters in the world, Maxwell was the leading run getter for his team as he scored 513 runs in 15 matches with an average of 42.75. The right hander was on top in the final stages of the league even though the team fell in the eliminators. He was the only overseas batsmen other than du Plessis to score six fifties this season.
Sunil Narine: Kolkata Knight Riders
Narine was the most economical bowler this season who have bowled more than 30 overs. His economy rate was 6.44 and took 16 wickets in four matches. He and Varun Chakrvarthy were leading the spin attack for Kolkata, Narine was the star in the eliminator match for the team as he got crucial wickets while giving away few runs.
Anrich Nortje: Delhi Capitals
Although Anrich only played 8 matches for Delhi, he was one of the most economical bowlers in the league and was the most economical fast bowler. His economy rate was 6.16 and regularly topped the fastest balls chart. The Delhi team had the best pace attack as the trio of Avesh Khan, Kagiso Rabada and Anrich delivered the team when it needed the most. Anrich took 12 wickets this season and bowled around 150 km/ hour.
Bravo says experience beats youth any day; Could have been dropped but for this grounded team: Moeen
Dubai, Oct 15 (Cricket news) Dwayne Bravo said as it should be said, "Experience beats youth any day".
The West Indies all-rounder once again played his part to perfection in Chennai Super King's fourth Indian Premier League title triumph and summed up the journey of his side which his team-mate Moeen Ali termed "humble and grounded".
Deepak Chahar, on his part, said the love and loyalty for skipper Mahendra Singh Dhoni made the players push the envelope a little harder.
"It's about the belief in the squad from management, owners. After last season, I was really disappointed. We owed it to the franchise, the fans to come up with a better performance. I don't get nervous (coming into a final)," Bravo said after the match.
"I have had good performance in different phases of the tournament. Faf and Ruturaj standout for us. To have these two guys scoring over 500 runs together. Experience beats youth any day," he said.
England all-rounder Moeen expressed his gratitude when he wasn't dropped after a few indifferent games.
"I can't describe how I'm feeling. To do it with this franchise is great. I could've been dropped a couple of games ago. It's such a grounded and humble team," said Moeen.
Ravindra Jadeja on his part said: "That catch of Venkatesh Iyer changed it for us. Mr DJ Bravo is going to entertain us all night. It's time for him to change his name from 'Champion' to 'Sir Champion'." Robin Uthappa, who joined the party late, also spoke about how CSK made players secure.
"I've voiced over and over again that in this team, there's secure atmosphere, lot of communication between players and support staff. I believe its the players who aren't playing in the XI that make the atmosphere within the group." Australia pacer Josh Hazlewood credited Bravo for getting into the T20 bowling groove.
"It's fantastic. Full credit to the guys, who have been on top. It's exciting. We've got a such a senior team, and having DJ (Bravo) has been really helpful.
"A bit of downtime, and I'm straight for the World Cup. Perfect preparation really, and I am looking forward to it."
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Outplayed by very good CSK, says McCullum; explains why Russell missed final
Dubai, Oct 16 (Cricket news) Kolkata Knight Riders head coach Brendon McCullum conceded that his team was outplayed by a very good Chennai Super Kings side in the IPL final but also blamed an underwhelming middle-order batting performance for the comprehensive loss.
MCullum also stated that explosive batter Andre Russell could not make the XI despite working hard to be match-fit after a hamstring injury.
Mahendra Singh Dhoni led Chennai Super Kings to their fourth Indian Premier League title, outwitting Kolkata Knight Riders by 27 runs in a one-sided final on Friday.
"It's a shame that we fell short, but we were outplayed by a very good CSK side today," McCullum said at the post-match press conference.
Kolkata suffered a middle-order collapse and when asked whether the problem lay precisely there, McCullum agreed.
"Yeah, I think, that's a fair assessment." "I think, our bowling group did really good job, we fielded well and our top-order batting was superb, but unfortunately we weren't quite able to get the real impact through our middle-order players "...there is a lot of experience there and they did not have the greatest of tournaments and that can happen at times," lamented McCullum.
"...but again I am just really proud of all the guys for their efforts and what a story it was to go as close as we did after being under the pump half way through the," he added.
The former New Zealand mainstay said the campaign has been fulfilling in more ways than one.
"...more positives than negatives, that is for sure and we walk away with our head held high," he asserted.
McCullum also explained why Russell, who was recovering from a hamstring injury, could not make it to the summit clash.
"...Andre obviously had a hamstring tear early on in the competition. He worked unbelievably hard to try and get himself available. He was still at risk there. And it was a risk, I felt in a final, we just couldn't afford to take," the former wicketkeeper-batter explained.
"And then we had another hamstring issue with Rahul Tripathi, so, look, such is the nature of hamstrings that he was never really sure whether they are going to be fully healed or not, and it's such a big risk.
"...in the end we decided to go for the guys who had done so well for us to get into the final and I am really proud of all their achievements," he added.
McCullum also lavished praise on the in-form Venkatesh Iyer, who played a key role in the team making it to the summit clash.
Kolkata were languishing at the seventh spot after the India leg of the IPL was suspended, but in a remarkable turn of fortunes, the Eoin Morgan-led side ended up second.
Iyer amassed 370 runs from the 10 games that he played in the 2021 season and the head coach termed his story as an incredible one.
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We are extremely proud of fight we have shown: KKR captain Morgan
Dubai, Oct 15 (Cricket news) Kolkata Knight Riders failed in their bid to win their third Indian Premier League title here on Friday but captain Eoin Morgan said that he is "extremely proud" of the fight put up by his men after being down and out during the first phase.
KKR lost the IPL summit clash by 27 runs to Chennai Super Kings who grabbed their fourth title in the process.
"We are extremely proud of the fight we have shown. The character and fight is trademark. Guys fought incredibly hard and performed," Morgan said after the final.
"Iyer and Gill have been outstanding. Ventakesh is new to this platform. They have been the cornerstone of our batting. Tripathi left everything out there today. Unfortunately, he picked up an injury." Morgan also said the team owners -- Shah Rukh, Venky -- have been outstanding in their support.
KKR were impressive during the second leg of the IPL in the UAE, winning five league matches out of seven as they sneaked into the play-offs by edging out defending champions Mumbai Indians on net run rate.
KKR head coach Brendon McCullum echoed Morgan's views.
"We are super proud of what all the guys did. Congratulations to Super Kings, and their leaders. Just an amazing journey, and some things we can remember for a long time," he said, reflecting on his side's performance in the tournament.
"When you fall at final hurdle, there is always a sense of what if. The way the guys stepped up and performed - particularly the young Indian guys. Big shout out to the owners, they give us immense support." CSK opener and Player of the Match Faf du Plessis said Indian cricket is blessed with talent.
"Gaikwad is a special talent. Indian cricket is blessed with talent. He is getting better. He's got a super, bright future ahead of him. I have had a word with him, but I don't think he needs me," said the South African who scored 86 off 59 balls to help CSK post 192 for 3.
"I am really grateful for today. It was also my 100th game in the IPL. I have loved my time here. I have done almost ten years here - two seasons were a bit of a break. No. 4 in the trophy cabinet is really good."
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